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Kashmir police release photos of Shujaat Bukhari’s killers

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first_imgThe Kashmir police have released two CCTV photographs of three men riding a motorcycle, who are believed to be responsible for the killing of Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari in Srinagar on Thursday evening.In tweet, the Kashmir police requested the “general public” to identify the suspects in Thursday’s “terror attack” at the press enclave in Srinagar in which Bukhari and two of his personal security officers were killed.There has been widespread condemnation of Bukhari’s assassination both in Srinagar and in New Delhi.General public is requested to identify the suspects in pictures involved in today’s terror attack at press enclave.#ShujaatBukhari @JmuKmrPolice @spvaid @DIGCKRSGR @PoliceSgr pic.twitter.com/3cXM0CC8BD— Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) June 14, 2018last_img read more

NIA Chargesheets Indian-Origin Singapore National, 3 Others for Alleged ISIS Links

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first_imgThe National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a charge sheet on March 13 against four people, including Indian-origin Singapore citizen Haja Fakkurudeen, for allegedly hatching a criminal conspiracy, organizing clandestine training camps and mobilizing funds on behalf of the ISIS terror group in Tamil Nadu and Telangana.The others who are named in the charge sheet are Khaja Moideen, 50, of Cuddalore; Shakul Hameed, 27, of Chennai; and Ansar Meeran, 29, from Kanniyakumari. They have been accused by the NIA for allegedly promoting activities of ISIS, organizing camps, recruiting and training some people, besides helping them to travel to Syria so they could join the ISIS, along with hatching a criminal conspiracy and raising and receiving funds, PTI reported.“The case was registered at NIA in New Delhi on Jan. 26, 2017, pursuant to the order of the MHA, directing the NIA to suo-motu investigate into the information that eight accused persons from Tamil Nadu and one from Telangana with the intention of furthering the activities of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)/Daish, had hatched a criminal conspiracy and formed a terrorist gang, that had raised and received funds, organized camps, recruited and trained some persons besides facilitated their travel to Syria to join the ISIS,” NIA said in a statement.The NIA investigation revealed that Fakkurudeen, the prime accused, had organized and attended many conspiracy meetings in India with his associates to raise money and to recruit people to terror organization in 2013-14. He then, along with his family, joined ISIS in Syria in the last week of January 2014. He was seen featured in a propaganda video released by the organization on social media websites in December 2016.According to the agency, Fakkurudeen visited Chennai thrice in a span of three months in 2013. He held conspiracy meetings at Chennai, Keelakarai in Ramanathapuram district, Parangipettai in Cuddalore district and at RT Nagar in Bengaluru, with Moideen, Hameed, Meeran and Mohammed Thabraze, intending to recruit the other accused people to ISIS.“Investigation has also revealed that accused Moideen, Hameed and Meeran had knowingly assisted Fakkurudeen in joining the ISIS, in Syria during January 2014. In pursuance of the criminal conspiracy, Hameed had later radicalized and recruited Abu Thahir to the ISIS and traveled along with Thahir to Turkey during August, 2015 with the intention of joining ISIS in Syria,” the statement added. Related ItemsISISSingaporeTerrorismlast_img read more

Indian men’s 4X100m freestyle relay team in final

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first_imgLed by India’s biggest hope in swimming, Virdhawal Khade, the India quartet clocked 3:28.06 to make a cut for the final of the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle relay, after they finished sixth in their event at SPM Aquatics Complex, in New Delhi on Monday.The other three members of the team are Aaron Dsouza, Arjun Jayaprakash and Anshul Kothari.India could make their presence felt in two more categories, even as most of them failed to advance further.In men’s 50m backstroke, Badrinath Melkote clocked 27.52 to qualify for the semifinals, while Subha Chittaranjan clocked 29.96 to enter the last four stage in women’s 50m butterfly.However, India put up a disappointing show in all other categories, including women’s 200m freestyle, men’s 400m freestyle, women’s 200m individual medley, men’s 200m butterfly, women’s 50m breaststroke, as none of the swimmers could qualify in these events.Meanwhile, a formidable Australian team, followed by England and Canada have already established their dominance in the pool.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Zinedine Zidane’s remarkable Real Madrid revival complete with final appearance

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first_imgExactly four months after succeeding Rafael Benitez and inheriting a Real Madrid side on the brink of institutional crisis, Zinedine Zidane completed the team’s revival by guiding them past Manchester City to the Champions League final.As Real’s players celebrated reaching a second Champions League final in three years on Wednesday, it was easy to forget the chaotic season the club has endured.The club sensationally failed to sign David de Gea on transfer deadline day in August due to an administration error, and were further embarrassed in December when thrown out of the King’s Cup for fielding an ineligible player against Cadiz.There were also disappointments on the pitch under Benitez, culminating in a 4-0 humiliation at home to rivals Barcelona and sparking calls for president Florentino Perez to resign.Although Real remain third in La Liga, the same position when Zidane arrived, the Frenchman has quelled the protests and cut the gap with leaders Barcelona to a single point.Madrid are also in their best domestic form of the season, winning 10 league games in a row and there is an undeniable sense the players enjoy a tighter bond than under Benitez.”Zidane is doing a great job. He’s helping us and we are helping him,” said Cristiano Ronaldo.”I admire him as a coach and a person, I hope he continues coaching us. We’ve always been behind Zidane because he is a humble person who likes to listen, and that always makes things easier.”Former ‘Galactico’ Zidane heaped praise on his players but said they had not produced the most convincing performance in edging past City 1-0 in the second leg clash.advertisementThe 1-0 aggregate result, after last week’s goalless first leg stalemate, set up a mouthwatering final on May 28 against city neighbours Atletico Madrid, who they beat to lift their 10th European crown in 2014.”City made things difficult for us but we’re happy to be in the final. We didn’t concede many chances but the result shows we found it difficult,” the 43-year-old said.”We kept suffering until the end.”I’m very happy with everything that has happened to me, I’m the coach of this team so I must have done something right but it’s not just me, it’s down to everyone who works with me and the most important ones are the players.”last_img read more

Rohit Sharma reveals secret behind prolific run in limited-overs cricket

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first_imgRohit Sharma’s superb unbeaten 100 led India to a seven-wicket victory over England in a high-scoring third and final Twenty20 International against England on Sunday to earn the touring side a 2-1 victory in the series.Rohit struck five sixes and 11 fours off 56 balls as India chased down their target of 199 with eight balls to spare to finish on 201/3.”That’s the style of my play, assessing the conditions was important. We knew the wicket would be nice to play on. I was trying to hold the shape when playing the big shots,” Rohit, who won the man-of-series and also the man-of-the-match awards, said at the post match presentation ceremony.Rohit became only the second player after New Zealand’s Colin Munro to smash three hundreds in T20Is.A record-equalling century from @ImRo45 and he’s named Player of the Match and of the Series! #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/2Wqul8D5q6ICC (@ICC) July 8, 2018Rohit Sharma special but Hardik stands out: Virat KohliHe also became the only player to score at least three centuries in each format of the game.”I like to be calm, not to panic too much, because once you are there you can make up the scoring. With the wicket being so good I just knew I had to stay there,” he said.The other stand out performer in the match was Hardik Pandya, who first picked up a career-best 4/38 and then scored an unbeaten 33 off 14 balls.Also read – Rohit Sharma joins Virat Kohli in elite T20 Internationals listadvertisement”Pandya is a fearless individual and that’s what the team wants him to do,” Rohit said.England made a flying start after being put in to bat, Jason Roy (67) and Jos Buttler (34) sharing an opening stand of 94 in under eight overs,(Highlights | Report)Roy smashed seven sixes and four fours before Alex Hales (30) and Jonny Bairstow (25) chipped in with useful contributions to lift the hosts to an imposing total of 198/9.Unfortunately for England, the Indian batsmen also enjoyed the bright sunshine and short boundaries in Bristol.Also read- MS Dhoni continues record-breaking spree in T20IsLokesh Rahul (19) was brilliantly caught by Chris Jordan running back from mid-on and the all-rounder took another outstanding catch to dismiss India captain Virat Kohli off his own bowling for 43.But Rohit continued to flay the ball all around the ground with a mixture of raw power and sweet timing, finishing on 100 not out before leaving the field to a standing ovation.#ENGvIND T20I series winners! pic.twitter.com/bEtMAnvf9PICC (@ICC) July 8, 2018The sides start a three-match One Day International series on Thursday before playing five Tests.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Winter Sportfishing Weekend Feb 1416

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first_img Nova Scotians are encouraged to gear up and get out to one of the province’s waterways for a free fishing weekend. From Saturday, Feb. 14, to Monday, Feb. 16, no licence is required for winter angling on waterways. “The new Hertiage Day civic holiday on Feb. 16 means an extra day of free fishing and hopefully more opportunities for people to try it,” said Keith Colwell, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “I encourage Nova Scotians to take advantage of this licence-free weekend.” Residents and non-residents can fish for rainbow, speckled and brown trout, white and yellow perch, and chain pickerel in specified lakes and rivers throughout the province. All bag limits and other regulations apply. Anglers are urged to put safety first when fishing in the winter months. “Beginners and seasoned anglers alike can enjoy a great outdoor experience, but I encourage them all to ensure they enjoy the outdoors safely,” said Mr. Colwell. The winter sportfishing season opened Jan. 1 and closes March 31. For more information, visit http://novascotia.ca/fish/documents/Winter-Angling-Opportunities.pdf . FISHERIES/AQUACULTURE–Winter Sportfishing Weekend Feb.14-16last_img read more

Expect to come out of PCA in second quarter UBI MD

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first_imgKolkata: City-based United Bank of India (UBI), which reported losses for the last seven quarters, is expecting to come out of the prompt and corrective action (PCA) list of RBI in the second quarter of the current financial year, a top official of the bank said. “We should be coming out of PCA by the second quarter of 2019-20. Things are happening the way we have strategised,” Ashok Kr Pradhan, MD and CEO of UBI told PTI. Pradhan said that the bank is not growing due to lack of capital. “However, the government has given us capital support. Last year the bank got Rs 5000 crore which will help us to meet the regulatory requirements”, Pradhan said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja He said that the bank is increasing the asset book by changing the risk-weighted asset portfolio. “The bank is increasing the advance book by managing the risk-weighted exposures. Earlier, the asset book was tilted towards risky assets. Now we are going for AA and AAA rated accounts”. He said that UBI had received around Rs 4500 crore through NPA resolution during the last year. “Our GNPA should be in the range of 15 per cent to 16 per cent by March 2019, down from 21.27 per cent earlier”. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Pradhan said “this last quarter we expect to be in profits and continue for the rest of the period quarter-on-quarter”. RBI had imposed PCA on the bank in December 2017 which had led to restrictions on lending, non-opening of new branches and non-recruitment of staff as the cost-to-income of the bank was adverse. The advance book of the bank increased Rs 4000 crore during the last financial year with advances presently touching Rs 73,000 crore. Pradhan said “The target this year for advances should touch Rs 80,000 crore and deposits at Rs 1,35,000 crore”. He said that capital would be required for growth of the bank. “We will raise capital from the market, maybe in the third quarter. “We will also raise Rs 100 crore from the employees through Employees Stock Purchase Scheme”, he said. Since the bank is located in the east, its growth had been constrained due to lack of growth in this part of the country for which it wants to have an ambitious target. In the current fiscal, the retail sector is expected to grow by 20 per cent, MSMEs by 22 per cent to 24 per cent and agriculture eight to ten per cent, he said. “We will be very selective on the corporates and to take exposure in AA and AAA rated accounts”, Pradhan added.last_img read more

At thematic debate UN officials urge cohesive balanced approach to fighting world

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“From West Africa to Central Asia, we see how international drug trafficking jeopardizes peacebuilding efforts and bolsters terrorist groups,” Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson declared in remarks delivered at this morning’s High-Level Thematic Debate in support of the 2016 special session of the General Assembly on the issue.“At the international level, the ever stronger links between transnational organized crime, terrorism and extremist violence constitute a very serious new threat,” he added.As the international drug trade courses across continents and oceans, involving numerous partners such as organized crime syndicates and terrorist groups, it poses an increasing threat to national, regional, and international peace and security, he warned.According to the latest World Drug Report issued by the Vienna-based UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), evidence shows that Afghan heroin is increasingly reaching new markets, such as Oceania and South-East Asia, that had been traditionally supplied from South-East Asia. Meanwhile, as the long-established Balkan route seems to remain a corridor for the transit of Afghan heroin to the lucrative markets in Western and Central Europe, the so-called “southern route” is expanding, with heroin being smuggled through the area south of Afghanistan reaching Europe, via the Near and Middle East and Africa, as well as directly from Pakistan.That is why, Mr. Eliasson continued, tackling drugs and crime is included in the mandates of UN peace operations in countries such as Guinea-Bissau and Afghanistan as part of a wider effort to shore up “hard-won progress on peace, development, respect for human rights and the rule of law.”In his opening statement to the gathering, General Assembly President Sam Kutesa similarly pointed out that no country or society is “immune from the menace of illicit drugs and their attendant effects.”As an enterprise with annual proceeds estimated at $322 billion, drug trafficking had “infiltrated societies, governments and national and international institutions,” Mr. Kutesa warned, while also adding that only through “collective efforts” focused on prevention and international cooperation could Member States fight back successfully against the spread of drug networks. “People must be at the centre of all our efforts and we must do what we can to support and empower them to overcome their vulnerabilities, which exposes them to illicit drugs and crime,” said Mr. Kutesa. “Combating the world drug problem is an urgent and imperative need,” he declared, adding that countries have been fighting back with some success, but the resources directed at this problem could have been more effectively utilised for development. “Our collective efforts must focus on prevention, while also rendering treatment and care to persons affected by drug addiction and those needing help to alleviate pain and suffering. We must also scale up interventions and international cooperation to resist and combat drug-related international organized crime,” he said.Against that backdrop, the Deputy Secretary-General cautioned that the human cost of the drug trade continued to remain tragically high.For instance, the UNODC has also observed that global drug use continues to exact “a significant toll, with valuable human lives and productive years of many persons being lost.” In its Report, the agency notes that an estimated 183,000 drug-related deaths were reported in 2012. Addressing the gathered delegates, Mr. Eliasson lamented the “human tragedies” encompassed by the global drug problem and called on Member States to escalate efforts in preventing drug use, treating drug dependence, providing health care and social protection as well as supporting alternative livelihoods as “essential aspects of a balanced drug control approach.”Just last December, the UNODC launched a programme in tandem with the Colombian Government and the Austrian chocolate manufacturer Zotter to help wean Colombian farmers off of revenues from illicit drug crops and replace them with those from cacao cultivations. The project is part of a wider UN-backed campaign – known as “Montebravo” – which reaches over 120,000 farmer families and was set up to help reduce the economic dependence of farmers on coca leaf production.“The evidence is clear,” Mr. Eliasson affirmed, “around the world, we see that countries which integrate public health into drug control work achieve greater health effects and social benefits, while at the same time improving rule of law and security.”“When we meet in April next year, we must be ready to challenge ourselves, try to consolidate our approaches and integrate a range of perspectives on drug issues.” read more

President tells UN Assembly negotiations have opened new window of opportunity for

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“Following the non-renewal of actions which violated the exercise by the Republic of Cyprus of its sovereign rights within its exclusive economic zone, and the change in the leadership of the Turkish Cypriot community, a window of opportunity opened that revived our hope that the new round of negotiations which resumed this past May will lead to the final settlement of the Cyprus problem,” President Anastasiades told the annual General Debate.He also said that he hopes Mustafa Akinci, the Turkish Cypriot leader, would share similar political courage and provide a resolution for its people who “desire the solution of the Cyprus problem through a viable, lasting and functional settlement.”He said that the settlement should ideally leave neither winners nor losers and should take into account the concerns of the two communities and respect the fundamental rights of all Cypriots and other factors which contribute to peaceful co-existence between all communities.President Anastasiades cited progress on the new round of negotiations, but maintained that there are still a number of significant issues that need to see similar progress.“It is with satisfaction that I can inform this august body that during this new negotiating round, progress has been achieved in a number of issues on almost all Chapters of the Cyprus problem. However, on other substantive issues, there are significant differences that need to be resolved. Differences that, in order to be resolved, would also require Turkey’s active and determined contribution, considering that its occupation forces still remain in the northern part of our country,” he said.The President also said that he was hopeful that the resolution of the Cyprus problem can be a towering achievement of what diplomacy and negotiations can yield.“I strongly believe that reaching a solution on the Cyprus problem can become a paradigm of how diplomacy and the adoption of a reconciliatory stance can contribute to the resolution of even the most difficult international issues, prevailing over mistrust,” added President Anastasiades.President Anastasiades is among the many leaders who will address the general debate of 70th General Assembly which opened this year with the adoption of Agenda 2030 and 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Made up of all the 193 Member States of the UN, the Assembly provides a forum for multilateral discussion of international issues covered by the UN Charter. read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State opens season against No 22 South Florida

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Ohio State redshirt junior forward Makayla Waterman (24) looks to pass to a teammate in the fourth quarter of the Buckeyes’ semifinal game against Rutgers on March 2 at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Ohio State beat Rutgers 82-57. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team starts its regular season with a matchup against No. 22 South Florida on Tuesday in the Schottenstein Center, the first of six preseason ranked Top 25 matchups. The Buckeyes, who come into the season unranked, have a lot to prove after losing over 90 percent of their scoring output from last year with the departures of guard Kelsey Mitchell, forward Stephanie Mavunga and guard Linnae Harper, among others. Finding a new reliable scoring threat will be one of many things the new-look Buckeyes hope to figure out as the season progresses, with Tuesday’s opener as the first official test of a fresh roster. Head coach Kevin McGuff acknowledges there are questions that need answers in regard to the new team, but said he sees it as an opportunity for more players to get involved to help the team win.“We’re still just kind of trying to gel and get things to come together, but we’re going to have to be a really balanced team and we don’t have necessarily that one player that can just go get points,” McGuff said. “We’re going to have to execute well and spread the ball around.” The Buckeyes were able to spread the ball around during their preseason win over IUP Sunday with a 72-50 victory that saw four separate players score double digits: freshman forward Dorka Juhasz, 14, redshirt senior guard Carly Santoro, 14, freshman guard Janai Crooms, 12 and freshman forward Aaliyah Patty, 12. A healthy dose of freshman scoring is a good sign for the young team still trying to find its identity. While Ohio State wasn’t entirely consistent all the way through, the young players made their mark on both sides of the ball, with two big steals and a block from Crooms in the second quarter that began to take the life out of IUP. There was also a mixture of older help with the scoring outbreak from Santoro, who hit three 3-pointers within three minutes in the third quarter to keep the momentum in favor of Ohio State. The most ideal situation, McGuff said, is to get all players contributing to the team and ready to make an impact for the best chance at winning, which he saw glimpses of against IUP.Getting another chance to breed chemistry will do the team some good as the season progresses. Santoro believes the team is beginning to work well together. “I think we’re gelling really well,” Santoro said. “We’re friends outside of basketball, and basketball we all work really well together. We all want the best for each other.” This theory will be put to the test against USF, which found itself making an early exit in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season to an upset against No. 11 Buffalo. Shortly after the battle against USF, the Buckeyes will face Detroit Mercy Nov. 9 at home, followed by a trip to Storrs, Connecticut, to face off against t No. 2 UConn, which has gone to 11 straight Final Fours and has won six of them, on Nov. 11. The tests of the season begin heavy with two of the first three matchups against highly-ranked opponents, so the fresh-faced Buckeyes will have to learn fast and work together to show what they are made of. read more

Grenelle II le texte de loi voté aujourdhui à lAssemblée nationale

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first_imgGrenelle II : le texte de loi voté aujourd’hui à l’Assemblée nationaleFrance – L’Assemblée nationale doit voter cette après-midi le texte de loi dit Grenelle II, qui vise à mettre en œuvre les grandes lignes du Grenelle de l’environnement. Les Verts ont annoncé qu’ils voteraient contre le projet de loi, tandis que le PS considère que la révolution verte vient d’être enterrée.Les députés ont achevé dans la nuit de vendredi à samedi l’examen du texte de 267 articles sur lequel plus de 1.600 amendements ont été déposés. La loi Grenelle II est la traduction des engagements pris lors du Grenelle de l’environnement en 2007.À lire aussiDelphine Batho prend la tête du ministère de l’EcologieAprès des débats houleux, notamment au sujet du déploiement de l’énergie éolienne, c’est ce mardi que doit avoir lieu le vote solennel de la loi. Dimanche déjà, les Verts ont annoncé qu’ils voteront contre, déplorant que “le climat d’écolo-scepticisme de 2010 et la revanche des lobbies se [soient] traduits par des ambiguïtés, des régressions et des trahisons inacceptables” (voir article).Le PS, qui avait voté en faveur du Grenelle 1, devrait lui-aussi s’opposer au projet de loi, qui a selon les élus du parti, “accouché d’une triste souris”, achevant et enterrant la révolution verte promise par le Grenelle de l’environnement. “Tout ce que le Grenelle portait d’ambitions en matière de changement des comportements (taxe carbone, taxe poids-lourds), d’économies d’énergie et d’énergies renouvelables (éoliennes, biomasse…), de reconversion agricole, de biodiversité, a été raboté ou défiguré”, s’insurge le PS.De son côté, le ministre Jean-Louis Borloo se montre très satisfait et optimiste, assurant que le Grenelle de l’environnement “a été mené à bon port, n’en déplaise aux grincheux”.Le 11 mai 2010 à 16:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Algues vertes lUFCQue choisir sinsurge contre un projet du gouvernement

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first_imgAlgues vertes : l’UFC-Que choisir s’insurge contre un projet du gouvernementAlors que les algues vertes prolifèrent déjà depuis plusieurs semaines sur les plages de Bretagne, l’UFC-Que choisir, dénonce un projet du gouvernement qui pourrait aggraver la situation. Un décret et plusieurs arrêtés ministériels prévoient en effet de permettre une augmentation des épandages de lisier.L’association de protection des consommateurs UFC-Que choisir s’est insurgée contre un projet du gouvernement visant à revoir à la hausse les quantités d’azote organique autorisées pour l’épandage. Dans une lettre adressée aux élus bretons, et citée par 20minutes.fr, l’association évoque “un projet de décret et d’arrêtés ministériels” qui autoriserait une quantité augmentée de 20%. “Et ce sur les zones les plus dangereuses”, affirme la lettre. “Au moment où la prolifération des algues vertes sur les plages bretonnes donne lieu à beaucoup d’annonces mais bien peu d’actions préventives, cette initiative est pour le moins mal venue”, dénonce l’UFC. Les algues vertes prolifèrent en effet depuis plusieurs semaines, encouragées par la chaleur, le soleil, et les faibles précipitations que la région a connu au printemps. Or l’azote provenant des nitrates agricoles est l’une des causes majeures de la prolifération des algues vertes. Alors qu’en juin 2010, 12.045 tonnes d’algues toxiques avaient été ramassées, on en compte aujourd’hui déjà 20.321 tonnes. D’après un récent rapport du Conseil économique et social de Bretagne (Ceser), “109 sites d’échouages” ont été localisés en Bretagne, tandis que “des marées vertes sont désormais observées jusqu’à l’île d’Oléron ainsi qu’en Normandie”. L’étude indique que les volumes d’algues ramassées sont passés de 27.000m3 en 2007,  à 61.000 m3 en 2010. Les coûts du ramassage et du traitement des algues qui dégagent un gaz toxique lorsqu’elles entrent en putréfaction, sont alors passés de 345.000 à 850.000 euros. Les Côtes-d’Armor sont encore les plus touchées par les marées vertes, mais dans le Finistère elles sont de plus en plus nombreuses. Les volumes ramassés sont six fois plus importants que l’année dernière, passant de 1.098 tonnes en 2010, à quelque 7.577 tonnes en 2011.Le 25 juin 2011 à 15:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Jellyfish Robot to Monitor Delicate Ocean Creatures

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first_img Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain Stay on target It takes one to know one. Or, in this case, it takes one to study one.A team of scientists from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and the U.S. Office of Naval Research are using robot jellyfish to monitor delicate elements of the ocean.Designed to swim freely, steer, and move through narrow openings, the bio-inspired bot may be the key to underwater research.“Studying and monitoring fragile environments, such as coral reefs, has always been challenging for marine researchers. Soft robots have great potential to help with this,” FAU associate professor Erik Engeberg said in a statement.Soft robots based on all sorts of animals—from bugs to fish to mythical creatures—have gained popularity in the last few years.“Jellyfish are excellent candidates because they are very efficient swimmers,” Engeberg said.Their umbrella-shaped bodies pulsate, producing a combination of vortex, jet propulsion, rowing, and suction-based locomotion.To harness this maneuverability, researchers replicated the shape of a moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) during its larvae stage. They also used water to inflate soft hydraulic network actuators, in hopes of preventing inadvertent damage.Two impeller pumps inflate the machine’s eight tentacles, opening a circuit for water flow, and allowing the jelly-bot to essentially swim and steer. The elasticity of the tentacle actuator silicon rubber material pushes water back out during the “relaxation phase.”Unlike other configurations that use various propulsion mechanisms, FAU’s design eliminates the need for valves, which reduces control complexity, space requirements, and, perhaps most importantly, cost.The team 3D printed five robot jellyfish, each with a different level of actuator silicon hardness to test the effects on propulsion efficiency. They also evaluated the robot’s ability to squeeze through narrow openings, using circular holes cut in a plexiglass plate.“We found the robots were able to swim through openings narrower than the nominal diameter of the robot,” Engeberg said.“In the future, we plan to incorporate environmental sensors like sonar into the robot’s control algorithm, along with a navigational algorithm,” he added. “This will enable it to find gaps and determine if it can swim through them.”Their findings were published in the journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics.Scientists finally captured one of the ocean’s most mysterious jellyfish on film. And Harvard researchers built an origami-inspired device that gently traps and releases sea creatures. Read more about robotics here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Vancouver man remains hospitalized after ATV accident

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first_imgA Vancouver man remains hospitalized after crashing an ATV while on Larch Mountain Saturday morning.Vladimir Kovalev, 29, remains in satisfactory condition at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. He was initially reported as being in critical condition.Kovalev was riding a Yamaha Raptor 700 about 3:30 a.m. when he went off a road on Department of Natural Resources land.Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Dennis Pritchard said that alcohol may have played a role in the mishap but that no crime was committed.last_img

Cardinals Return Home to Host Central Arkansas on Wednesday Night

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first_img Live Stats GAME 8Date: Dec. 5, 2018Time: 7:00 p.m.Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court, Louisville, Ky. (22,000) (135-21 in 9th year)Television: WAVE – Kent Taylor, play-by-play; Kendrick Haskins, analyst.Radio: WHAS (840 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Bob Valvano, analyst (XM channel 384, Internet 975)Series History: First meeting. This is the Cardinals’ fourth first-time opponent this season; UofL is 240-82 in first-time meetings, including 51-2 since 2002-03.Officials: Brian Dorsey, Lee Cassell, Joe LindsayNext UofL Game: Dec. 8 at Indiana, Bloomington, Ind., 2:30 p.m. ET (FOX) Story Links Louisville Game Notes ACC Network Extra Watch List The Cardinals are very balanced on the offensive end, with six players averaging over eight points.  Sophomore Jordan Nwora leads the Cardinals in in scoring and rebounding with 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.  Ryan McMahon averages 9.9 points a game, knocking down 41.9 percent from behind the three-point line.  Darius Perry ranks third on the team with 9.6 points per game, while shooting 53.3 percent from behind the line.  Steven Enoch rounds out the top scorers, averaging 9.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.  Louisville has a 77-5 record against nonconference opponents in the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals have won 33 of their last 35 home games against non-conference opponents. Louisville has made 29 more free throws (174-of-225, .773) than its opponents have attempted (106-of-145). Louisville is second in the nation in free throw attempts per field goal attempts (225/382, 58.9 percent) and is second in the nation with 29.2 percent of its points coming from free throws. The Cardinals made 30-of-41 free throws against Michigan State. UofL is 21st in the nation in free throw percentage. Nearly half of Louisville’s points this year have come from its bench (37.9 points per game). The Cardinals’ bench produced a school-record 63 bench points against Southern and contributed 25 points in its last game at Seton Hall. Louisville has scored over 80 points in five of its seven games and the Cardinals are 42nd in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 83.1 points per game. Louisville has a 38-7 record during the month of December over the last six years (6-2 in 2017-18). Louisville’s 2019 signing class is ranked as the best in the nation by ESPN.com, third by Rivals.com and fourth by 247sports.com. All six individuals are ranked highly among the nation’s prospects, including five of the six among ESPN’s top 100. The impressive signing class includes Aidan Igiehon, David Johnson, Josh Nickelberry, Quinn Slazinski, Samuell Williamson and Jae’Lyn Withers.Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Louisville returns home to the KFC Yum! Center to play its fourth first-time opponent of the season as the Cardinals face the Central Arkansas Bears on Wednesday. In its first true road game of the season, Louisville prevailed 70-65 at Seton Hall last Saturday as the Cardinals closed the game on a 16-6 run over the last 6:03. Dwayne Sutton led a balanced Cardinal effort with 12 points and a season-high nine rebounds. Ryan McMahon, who has averaged 16.5 points and hit 7-of-14 three-pointers over his last two games, hit a three-pointer with 36 seconds remaining to stretch a tight Cardinals lead to four-points and Jordan Nwora (nine points, six rebounds) made all four of his free throws in the closing seconds. CARD FILES Three UCA players have made 11 or more threes in seven games. The Bears feature a balanced lineup with all five starters averaging at least nine points a game in scoring, led by 5-11 sophomore guard DeAndre Jones’ 14.7 scoring average. 7-0 sophomore center Hayden Koval, who swatted 105 shots last season, is within 37 blocked shots of the Central Arkansas career record for rejections in just his second season with the Bears. Central Arkansas is the Cardinals’ fourth first-time opponent this season (also Nicholls, Southern and Vermont). UofL is 240-82 in first-time meetings, including 51-2 since 2002-03. Central Arkansas (3-4) is UofL’s second straight opponent with nearly a week off after the Bears beat Arkansas Little Rock 78-65 in their its last game on Nov. 28. The Bears rank 50th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 39.3 percent of their threes.last_img read more

The NCAA death penalty was created for the Baylor scandal

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first_img Advertisement The fallout from the Baylor sexual assault scandal continued today, when former university President Ken Starr resigned from his position as school chancellor.  Starr had previously resigned as school President, but was permitted to continue to serve in the reduced role as chancellor.ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news.Ken Starr resigns as chancellor at Baylor.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 1, 2016 Not surprisingly, as the fallout from the sexual assault cover up scandal escalates, Baylor is scrambling in an attempt to minimize potentially severe NCAA sanctions. It may not matter.The most serious outcome for Baylor would be the NCAA “death penalty”. It bans schools from competing in a sport for at least a year. In The Herd today, Colin said the death penalty was made for situations like the current Baylor debacle.“If you look at what the death penalty in college football represents, why it was created.  It was created precisely for what happened at Baylor. The death penalty wasn’t created for, you get a football player on campus and you give him a golf cart to get cross campus every once in a while.  Or you give him a free meal. Or a booster there does something you can’t control.You created the death penalty in college sports when administrators and coaches are systematically turning victims into greater victims.  At Baylor you had women who were assaulted, who went to coaches and administrators and they either a) suppressed information or were hostile towards the victims.  That is the death penalty.”If Baylor is hit with the death penalty, it would likely serve as the fatal blow to its status as an elite college football program.The last Division I program to receive the death penalty was SMU, in 1986.  They received the penalty for paying players while already on NCAA probation for recruiting violations. As a result, their 1987 season was cancelled, 55 scholarships were taken away over 4 years, and other sanctions were imposed. The program was decimated and never fully recovered.last_img read more

Tourist electrocuted during sailboat tour at Laguna Milagros

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first_imgChetumal, Q.R. — One person has died and another injured when the sailboat they were touring in made contact with overhead electric cables.The accident occurred on Laguna Milagros outside the town of Huay Pix in the southern part of the state. Reports say one person died of electrocution while a second person was injured when they were touring the lagoon in a sailboat.It was around 3:00 p.m. when the boat apparently got caught up in low-hanging high voltage cables that supply the town of Huay Pix. One of the tourists on board the sailboat died instantly.Elements of the Federal Police cordoned off the area to give way to elements of the Office of the Prosecutor, who initiated investigations. The nationality of the tourists was not released, only that the respective consulate has been contacted.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GenIQ A Quantified Analysis to Assess Vascular Properties in Lesions

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first_img Learn more about GenIQ, a new post-processing application for assessing the vascular properties of brain, liver, prostate and breast tumors for initial as well as follow-up examinations.To download the white paper, click here. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Whitepapers | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | February 19, 2016 GenIQ, A Quantified Analysis to Assess Vascular Properties in Lesions last_img

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email AM Prep-Music ANOTHER ALLEGED R. KELLY SEX TAPE SURFACESNEW YORK (AP) — A man cleaning out VHS tapes from his home popped in what he thought was an R. Kelly concert video, only to find what he believes is a tape of R. Kelly sexually abusing girls. Gary Dennis says he doesn’t know Kelly and doesn’t know how he got the tape. He says because there’s also a sports game on the tape, he thinks he may have gotten it from a friend. Dennis made the revelation at a news conference yesterday with attorney Gloria Allred, who represents several women who say they are Kelly’s victims. Allred says the video appears to show a different incident than the ten counts of aggravated sexual abuse Kelly already is facing. Allred says Dennis’ tape has been turned over to law enforcement. Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, says he has not seen Dennis’ video but he denies it’s Kelly. Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents other alleged Kelly victims, says he has turned over to prosecutors two videos of Kelly abusing girls.___Sound:056183-w-425:52-(Julie Walker, AP correspondent, Gary Dennis, who says he found an R. Kelly sex tape)-“Julie Walker, New York”-Allred: Another tape appears to show R. Kelly (10 Mar 2019)< by The Associated Press Posted Mar 11, 2019 12:07 am PDTlast_img read more