People living in several villages of Sheopur Kalan district in Madhya Pradesh fetch water from the Parbati, a tributary of the Chambal, every day. As runaway crocodiles from a sanctuary 5 km away have moved up the river near the villages, lives are in danger.Women, who bear the burden of collecting water for their homes, are the most at risk. The Forest Department has put out just a warning sign: “Fetch water at your own risk.” The district administration too has failed to come up with a solution. The women test the waters before dipping their pots. “Take a long stick; if you feel the still water, double-check for a crocodile,” says Mousmi Meena, as she quickly dunks her pitcher in the water. “Of course, my heart quakes in fear. But is dying of thirst an option?”Drought-like conditions prevail in the region. Water pumps and wells have long gone dry, forcing the people of Icchana Khedi, Malarna and Dalarna Kalan to use the river water for drinking and washing utensils and clothes. “We don’t have an option as the water from the village borewell is extremely salty,” Satrawat Meena, a resident, says. The sanctuary for crocodiles and gharials was opened at Palighat two years ago. The big reptiles had ventured outside the protected territory and attacked animals, but the problem went unchecked. The people lost a few of their cows and goats in the past year. “The crocodiles have tasted blood,” says a resident, knowing full well that the conflict is not going away soon. Mangilal Gurjar, sarpanch of a village, has given up hope for a solution anytime soon. The crocodile problem has another social dimension. For over a year, young men in the villages have had to postpone their marriages, with some even facing rejection. “Neighbouring villages refuse to give their women in marriage to men in the affected villages because of the crocodile threat,” Dhanjeet Singh Meena, a resident, says.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Well, Ben Mbala is not the one to forget and he knows this version of the Green Archers is far different from the unit that won the title a year ago.“I say defense, we’re not the defensive-minded team we used to be last year and that’s something we need to change,” said Mbala Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena after La Salle lost to arch rival Ateneo, 76-75.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Ateneo sweeps first round, outlasts La SalleLa Salle’s loss to Ateneo saw it slip to 5-2, a respectable record but a far cry considering how powerful the Green Archers were last year. Read Next Pons lifts FEU over Adamson for PVL Finals berth For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “It’s only the first round, we still have a lot of time to work on our game, our team chemistry especially on defense,” said Mbala, who had 18 points and 13 rebounds against the Blue Eagles. “I’m sure coach (Aldin Ayo) and all of us players will be able to work on that.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOh how the mighty have fallen.With De La Salle’s recent slippage in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, one may be forgiven that he forgot how dominant the Green Archers back in Season 79.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Green Archers waylaid opponents in the first round of Season 79 holding them down to an average of 73 points a game while scoring 88.4 to end up with a 7-0 record.Those numbers, however, are not even close from what La Salle put up in the first seven games this season.The defending champions may be scoring more this year, averaging 96.9 points a game, but they also allow their opponents to score way more compared to last season as their points allowed skyrocketed to 90.3 points per outing.La Salle outscored opponents by 18.4 points a game in the first round of Season 79 but Season 80 saw the Green Archers take wins by an average of just 6.6 points.Mbala hopes the Archers can change their fortunes in the second half of the tournament, a stage where the Final Four picture starts to take shape.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
“I was three times more effective off the shorter run-up “I was three times more effective off the shorter run-up internationally than I was off the longer run-up. So the decision I made was right, and I was pleased about it,” he said. Hadlee, who competed with Imran Khan of Pakistan, Indias Kapil Dev and Englands Ian Botham for the best all-rounders title in world cricket in the 1970s and 1980s, said the quartet closely followed each others progress. “We did that, (but) mind you technology was a bit different in our day. We had to read it in newspapers that Kapil got five wickets or Beefy (Botham) got a hundred. We kept an eye on each other because we were similar sort of players even though we had different skill sets. “We were interested to know what others were doing and clearly when we were playing against each other. I rated Imran as the better of the four because he was more consistent with the bat and ball in my view. Id like to think I was the better bowler than the others, but my batting was a weaklink. And stats would back that,” he added. PTI NRB SSR KRK KHS RYS
India coach Roelant Oltmans praised his players for not conceding a single corner in the bronze medal match of the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, which the team won 4-0 against New Zealand.”I don’t think New Zealand had one serious shot on the goal in the whole game. We did not concede a single corner,” said Oltmans, expressing satisfaction at the manner in which India turned around their game after yesterday’s disappointing 0-1 loss to Malaysia.India needed a two-goal victory over Malaysia to secure their second consecutive entry into the final of this tournament, but played an erratic match to end up losing to the hosts, who had lost three previous matches.Against the Black Sticks, India rode on two penalty corner conversions by Rupinderpal Singh (17th and 27th minutes) besides field goals from S V Sunil (48th) and Talwinder Singh (60th) to assert their supremacy.”Our defence was really well organised today. They kept the structure really well,” said Oltmans.”We also managed to create a lot of goal-scoring opportunities. If one wants to be critical, we didn’t score as many goals from the opportunities that we created. The way we finished that off is not good enough yet. That is something we need to work hard on.”We were also unlucky at times as the ball rebounded off bar on one instance,” the coach added.
Ever since the trailer of Namaste England released, Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra’s sizzling chemistry has been the talk of the town. Fans cannot stop gushing over the couple and are rooting for them to take their romance off screen.On popular demand, Arjun took inspiration from Drake’s viral ‘Kiki’ song and asked his co-star, “Pari, do you love me?” However, Parineeti snubbed him and said that she has “no dates” for love. She also said that she loves her hair colour (she is sporting burgundy hair for Prashant Singh’s Jabariya Jodi) more. Photo: ScreenshotIncidentally, Parineeti recently took to Instagram to gush about Arjun. Calling him her “most compatible co-star, trustworthy mentor and honest friend”, she wrote that she could let her guard down and just be herself with him. She added that she admired him for “his family values and beautiful upbringing”.Meanwhile, Arjun’s grandmother thinks that Parineeti would make the “perfect bride” for him. “After watching Namaste England’s trailer, dadi said that out of all my co-stars, I look best on screen with Parineeti. She thinks that Parineeti is the perfect bride for me in real life as well,” he said in an interview.Arjun and Parineeti are currently gearing up for the release of Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s Namaste England on October 19. The two will also be seen in Dibakar Banerjee’s Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, which hits the screens on March 1, 2019.ALSO SEE: Should Arjun Kapoor-Parineeti Chopra get married? Their reply is winning heartsALSO WATCH: Up, close and personal with Arjun Kapooradvertisement
Ex-Chelsea keeper Schwarzer convinced by Mount potentialby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is convinced by the potential of Mason Mount.Schwarzer has now backed the midfielder to continue his rise, and is keen to see how he interacts with his more experience team-mates during the rest of the season.”I think Mount has done really well so far,” Schwarzer told Goal.”He has been exciting to watch. He is a big talent, he played very well in the Championship last season under Frank [Lampard] so he knows him really well.”I like so much about him. The biggest thing is that movement, dropping the shoulder, taking on a player and caressing the ball.“His link-up play is very good. His understanding with Tammy Abraham is very good. I like his evolution.”It will be interesting to see what he is like when more experienced players come into the team like Willian and Pedro, if there’s more consistency and how he links up with them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Gastech, March 25, 2014 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 zoom Delegates to Gastech 2014 were told on Tuesday that there were enormous growth opportunities with the development of new technology and improved safety measures.“Today’s growth is completely unprecedented,” said Andrew Clifton, General Manager for the Society for International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators. “We have more ships and terminals than ever before, and we currently have 400 vessels with over 100 more on order,” he said. “Within 3 to 4 years, we’ll have a fleet of over 500 LNG vessels in service. It’s certainly worth mentioning that, as recently as 1997, there were only 100 vessels in service.”Tamunoiyala Koko, Team Leader – Halifax for Lloyd’s Register, presented his risk assessment for LNGC ships transiting through the Panama Canal after the Panama Canal expansion project, which will accommodate most of the world’s LNG fleet and larger ships, and is expected to be completed in July 2015. The HAZID project takes into account all credible scenarios and accidental evidence such as human error, mechanical failures, communications errors, extreme weather, and other possibilities, Koko said. These incidents can result in possible LNGC ship grounding, and collision with other passing ships, including large vessels. The study was carried out from February 28 to March 2, 2012, looking at up to 170,000 cubic meter capacity ships with an estimated 100 LNG vessel transiting through the Panama Canal each year once the expansion is completed. “All of the scenarios considered had at most a medium risk,” he said. This risk is acceptable if sufficient controls are in place, according to the study. For 7 out of 11 medium risk hazards, no additional controls were necessary.KH Joh, Principal Engineer at Samsung Heavy Industries, introduced his company’s new membrane-type cargo containment system for LNG tankers, which has received approval in principle and general design approval from classification societies. The new design includes a reinforced corrugated primary membrane and more robust secondary membranes made of stainless steel for improved containment system integrity. The structural capacity for the sloshing load is enhanced, reducing the cargo filling limit. The new system will “increase the transportation efficiency” and “improve operational flexibility” for LNG carriers and offshore floating vessels, Joh said.Choi DongKyu, Deputy Director and Head of the Energy System R&D Team at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, discussed MEGI propulsion for LNG carriers, calling it an attractive way for achieving high fuel efficiency. The system minimizes the conversion loss since the MEGI engine directly drives the propeller without any energy conversion. Despite its higher fuel efficiency, the system does have a disadvantage, requiring high pressure for fuel gas, he said. Some amount of BOG must be left in the tank because of the low fuel consumption of MEGI consumption.Delegates who opened the Gastech 2014 technical stream conference on Tuesday morning paid their respects to Robert J. Lakey, Gastech’s longest-serving chairman, who passed away this year. Print Close My location
As part of Census 2011, one-third of Nova Scotian households are now being asked to provide more detailed information through the National Household Survey. “I’d strongly encourage all Nova Scotians who receive the survey to fill it out,” said Finance Minister Graham Steele. “The information collected in the National Household Survey provides a portrait of our province and helps government plan and deliver vital services like education, roads and housing.” The yellow survey package that one-third of Nova Scotian households will receive contains the questionnaire, a secure access code, and information on how to complete the survey. The National Household Survey can be filled out online using the secure access code or on a paper questionnaire that is returned to Statistics Canada. The National Household Survey includes questions on citizenship and immigration, ethnic origin, Aboriginal identity, language of work, education, labour market activity, child care and support payments, income and housing as well as a question asking for consent to release the personal information collected to Library and Archives Canada after 92 years. For more information or assistance, call 1-877-308-2777. TTY users may call 1-866-753-7083.
Washington: Scientists have developed a social robot that may help teach math to school children and can be customised with handcrafted materials, such as wood and wool. The team at Cornell University in the US envisioned robots built from warmer, homier materials that could be customised by their owners, so each would be unique. The robot dubbed Blossom is simple, expressive and inexpensive. It could be made from a kit and creatively outfitted with handcrafted materials. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”We wanted to empower people to build their own robot, but without sacrificing how expressive it is,” said Guy Hoffman, assistant professor at Cornell University. “Also, it’s nice to have every robot be a little bit different. If you knit your robot, every family would have their own robot that would be unique to them,” said Hoffman. Blossom’s mechanical design is centred on a floating “head” platform using strings and cables for movement, making its gestures more flexible and organic than those of a robot composed of rigid parts. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaPartly because of its simplicity, Blossom has a variety of potential uses, Hoffman said. Human-robot interaction researchers who are not engineers could build their own from a kit to use in studies. Due to the ease of interacting with the robot and the hands-on experience of helping to build it, it could help teach children about robotics. In a case study, children ages 4-8 had a chance to control and make accessories for Blossom at a science fair. Some children created accessories, such as appendages or jewelery, while others controlled the robot so the new items could be attached, illustrating how Blossom could inspire collaboration. Blossom will be used by some schools in Canada to help teach math to fourth-graders, Hoffman said. The team has also been working on an algorithm to make Blossom react to YouTube videos — performing a certain dance in response to a certain song, for instance, building on previous research showing that a robot’s response to listening to songs can influence a human’s reaction. This may be particularly useful in modeling behaviour for children with autism, Hoffman said. “It’s meant to be a flexible kit that is also very low cost. Especially if we can make it out of cardboard, you could make it very inexpensively,” he said. “Because of computation becoming so powerful, it could be a really open-ended way for people to do whatever they want with robotics,” he added.
Nova Scotia’s unforgiving coast has a starring role — alongside Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson — in a new fantasy-horror film that screened to strong reviews at the Cannes Film Festival in France this weekend.“The Lighthouse,” the follow-up to director Robert Eggers’ critically acclaimed 2015 feature “The Witch,” features DaFoe and Pattinson as two lighthouse keepers stranded together in late 19th-century Maine.The filmmakers went to Cape Forchu on the western tip of Nova Scotia, a short drive from Yarmouth, to build the titular lighthouse in a setting that fit the barren landscape and isolated mood of the movie.Co-producer Mike Volpe kept mum on the story’s details in an interview Saturday, but said ” the ocean is a character” in the black-and-white thriller where the untouched, intimidating views were key to establishing the characters’ world.The cast and crew were battered by the area’s tough winter weather while building the set and filming last year, spending more than $6.8 million over the four-month filming period.Construction on the set started in February 2018, and was hit with snow, strong winds and rain, with some scenes filmed on a soundstage in Dartmouth.Volpe said watching the “hearty” Nova Scotia crew of 150 band together was a memorable experience, and while the extreme weather was challenging it became an essential part of the movie’s feel.“At that time of year it’s freezing, it’s winter, you’re on the tip of the ocean so there’s absolutely no escape from the wind,” Volpe said, calling it a “massive undertaking” to build a set at the ocean’s edge.“It was so cold and challenging, but I think it really added to the visceral feel of the film.”Dafoe and Pattinson suffered along with the rest of the team, Volpe said, giving an authentic edge to their performances. The two actors have been the focus of early positive reviews coming out of Cannes after the film’s first screenings on Sunday.“I have to say they toughed it out with everyone,” he said. “They braved the elements and they threw everything into it.”Volpe said Dafoe stayed close by, at a place less than a kilometre away from the lighthouse at Cape Forchu.“He was right there, he wasn’t at the Ritz,” Volpe said. “He was all in as was Robert, and they were both tremendously focused.”Producer Lourenco Sant’Anna said it was a pleasure to watch the two actors with vastly different methods — Dafoe from a rehearsal-heavy theatre background and Pattinson with a more spontaneous style — grapple with challenges of the environment and the difficult period dialogue.Sant’Anna said the actors shot scenes in the cold, often with little clothing, and Pattinson had to be drenched in freezing water.“It was just beautiful to see those two actors (with) their own methods facing the challenge that was the script,” he said from Cannes on Saturday. Volpe and Sant’Anna both praised the world-building and direction of rising star director Robert Eggers, whom Sant’Anna described as “basically the captain of the ship, making sure everything was as he imagined.”While the unforgettable cold and wet stand out as defining memories of the production, Volpe and Sant’Anne said the on-set experience spoke to the professionalism and rugged beauty found when filming in the province.Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press
WASHINGTON – U.S. productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.2 per cent in the third quarter, a slowdown from the previous quarter but still better than the lacklustre gains of the last decade. Labor costs accelerated but remained at a low level.The rise in productivity in the July-September period followed a 3 per cent rate of increase in the second quarter, which had been the strongest figure in three years. Labor costs rose at a 1.2 per cent rate after having fallen at a 1 per cent rate in the second quarter.Productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, has been weak throughout the current recovery that began in June 2009. Analysts have been unable to come up with definitive reasons for the slowdown.Productivity last year rose by just 1.1 per cent. Over the past decade, productivity has been up at an average annual rate of 1.3 per cent, just about half the 2.1 per cent gains seen in the seven decades starting in 1947. The period from 2000 to 2007 saw even stronger annual gains of 2.7 per cent, a burst that was credited to efficiency improvements achieved with the introduction of high-tech computers and other devices to the workplace.A slowdown in the third quarter had been expected given that overall output, as measured by the gross domestic product, slowed to a still-strong annual rate of 3.5 per cent in the April-June quarter after a sizzling 4.2 per cent growth rate in the second quarter. With less output and hours worked rising at a rate of 1.8 per cent, productivity edged lower.Economists said they were not concerned about the slight acceleration in labour costs. The Federal Reserve closely watches various gauges of compensation to make sure that wages and salaries, the biggest component of business expenses, are not rising at such a rapid pace that the economy could be in danger of overheating.“Any rise in core inflation from here will be very modest, allowing the Fed to continue with its policy of gradually normalizing interest rates,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics.Finding a solution to the slowdown in productivity growth is one of the key economic challenges facing the country. Rising productivity is critical to boosting standards of living because productivity gains allow companies to pay workers more without having to increase the cost of their products, which can be inflationary.Economists are uncertain why productivity has remained static during a nine-year expansion. Some explanations include the difficulty of pulling out of the deep 2007-2009 recession and reluctance of companies to invest in new productivity-enhancing equipment.Without a significant improvement in productivity, the Trump administration will find it difficult to achieve its goal of sustained GDP growth of 3 per cent or better each year. An economy’s potential for growth is determined by an expansion in the labour force, which is determined largely by birth rates and immigration, as well as the growth in productivity.In a separate report, the Labor Department said that the number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits, a proxy for layoffs, dipped by 2,000 last week to 214,000, further evidence of a healthy labour market. The government will release the October unemployment report on Friday and the expectation is that the jobless rate will remain at a 49-year low of 3.7 per cent.
Prof. Sharilyn Ingram’s knowledge of Canada will be tested on CBC Radio Sunday.Humanities professor Sharilyn Ingram will put Brock University on a national stage this weekend. She’s one of three academics who will duke it out in a pre-Canada Day quiz on CBC Radio’s flagship current affairs program, the Sunday Edition.The show was pre-taped with host Michael Enright earlier this month, though Ingram is sworn to secrecy about who prevails in the good-natured derby between herself, University of Calgary professor Rebecca Sullivan and Anthony Stewart of Dalhousie University.She says the experience was fun, if a bit nerve-wracking. The questions cover a broad range of topics, from history to geography and pop culture.“There are some very creative answers, and we all laughed a lot,” said Ingram, who teaches in the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture. “The quiz was meant to be a light-hearted look at all things Canadian, and I think it lived up to this goal.”Staging a quiz with contestants in three different studios across Canada has its challenges. She said each contestant was asked to bring their own noisemaker to signal their attempt to answer.“I learned that it was most important to be the first to get the noisemaker going, and only then worry about whether you knew the answer – which accounts for some pauses, as well as some wild guesses.”Ingram ended up on CBC through a twist of fate. At a recent social event in Toronto, a producer for the program was mentioning the search for an academic who is a good fit for a pop-culture quiz on Canada. A friend of Ingram’s was present, and the rest is history.“One of my former employees said I would be perfect – never defeated in Trivial Pursuit.”The quiz will air June 24 during the show’s final hour, between 11 a.m. and noon, on 99.1 CBC Radio One.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPakistan move closer to direct qualification for 2019 World CupJune 19, 2017In “latest news”Sri Lanka secure World Cup berth after Windies defeatSeptember 20, 2017In “latest news”Bangladesh rise to No. 6 in ODI rankingsMay 25, 2017In “Bangladesh rise to No. 6 in ODI rankings” Defeats in the first two ODIs against England have sent Australia tumbling to a 34-year low in the ICC rankings. They have slipped to sixth place, and will need to win at least one of the three remaining games in the series to climb back above Pakistan to fifth.According to cricket.com.au, the last time Australia found themselves in sixth position was back in January 1984.The latest ICC ODI team rankings ESPNcricinfo LtdAustralia’s rankings situation reflects their downturn as an ODI side since beating Pakistan in a home series in January 2017. Thereafter, they have lost 13 of their 15 completed ODIs, in which time they have lost three successive bilateral series – to New Zealand, India and England – and exited the Champions Trophy at the group stage. (ESPNCricinfo)
← Previous Story Tomori, Verten and Szucsánszki stay in FTC! Next Story → Vive Targi Kielce to EHF CL TOP 16! One of the most anticipated rivalries in women’s club handball got another sequel today in Norway, as GyoriAudi ETO KC defeats Larvik 23:29 (13:18).Prior to the match, a ceremony was held in honor of the former coach of both teams and the Hungarian women’s national team, Karl Eric Bohn, who past away this weekend, aged 48.Larvik hosted arguably the best team in the world right now,in a very difficult situation as the Norwegian powerhouse had already lost an awaymatch in the group 2 against Krim Mercator (24:18).Despite the importance, the first half of this crucial match was a fairly one-sided affair for Gyor who got the early lead, forcing Ole Gustav Gjevik to call a time-out with tenminutes from the start of the match.Larvik was unable to respond to the attacking threat and solid defending from Gyor players coming from all areas of the court with the one-sided first half ends 13:18. The closest Norwegian team got was 16:18 four minutes into the second half, following a 3:0 series, courtesy ofLin JorrumSulland(3) who took up an old habit of shooting from the right-wing position. The commanding presence of Anita Gorbicz(8) was felt, as Gyor took their biggest lead of the game, 17:25 mid-way through the second half; with Bulatović(4), Loke(5)andAmorim(5) the main contributors to this great run. Larvik showed a lifeline with the only goal from the experienced Karolyn DyhreBreivang to seal the 6:2 run in their favor with the result 23:27 with ten minutes until the final whistle. This period was also married with mistakes from Gyor, who failed to find the net for 6 minutes as Larvik tried hard to get back into the match. It was ironically one of the Norwegians in the defending champion’s team who put an end to all doubts in this match Kartine Lunde, who kept a penalty from an othervise solid Nora Mork(4), and stopped Anja Hammerseng-Edin form adding to her tally of 4 goals at the very last minute of the match. Highest scorer for the home team was the experienced winger Riegelhuth Koren with 5, while of the best middle-backs in the world, Anita Gorbitz had a night to remember scoring 8 for the final score 23:29.This loss will further complicate things for the ambitious Scandinavian side, as Larvik players now find themselves bottom of the group with no points from two matches.Gyor,who is hotly tipped to be among the frontrunners for the trophy in Budapest, entered the match with highest ambition. A draw in their first match at home with Buducnost(23:23) was a wakeup call for the Hungarian side, and there were no excuses for missing out on two points again. Gyor will now take top of the Group2 with three points from two games, above Krim (2 pts.) who is to play an away match against Budućnost (1 pt.) on Sunday. TEXT: NEMANJA SAVIC Gyor handballLarvik HK
While I love playing on my Xbox 360, I have to admit I own one of the older consoles and I have always attempted to nurture it. I go as far as laying the console flat on a hard surface with plenty of ventilation and install all my games onto the hard drive so “A” I don’t overheat the console (thus attempting to stop the cause of the RROD), and “B” I don’t put any wear and tear on the disc tray, which as many of you may or may not know has been known to cause problems with discs in the past.Whilst I have never experienced these issue, news that we reported back as early as 2006 showed that Microsoft’s earlier consoles suffered with the disc scratching problem. So it comes as a surprise when we heard news that a reader of KitGuru was experiencing issues with the latest Xbox 360 console, the model that comes shipped as an all-in-one bundle with the new Kinect system.Apparently after an hour of playing Kinect Adventures (a game that comes as part of the package), he heard a rumbling noise emanating from the disc drive, this rumbling noise then turned into a louder clattering noise. After popping out the game disc, he found that the disc surface had been chewed to bits by the drive. Of course the incident could have been a one off, but more and more reports emerged from readers stating similar problems.Whilst Microsoft has yet to comment on the matter it seems that the incident is only affecting the Arcade style Kinect Bundle, which leads me to believe that the the speed of the drive (which does go like the clappers when it reads discs) mixed in with a poor batch of discs was probably the main cause of the problem. I’ve seen similar issues with dodgy discs on PC drives.It would be interesting to see if other game discs got mashed by the disc drive, at this point alarm bells would need to be raised, but until we get an official response on the matter we can only speculate at this point in time.Read more at KitGuru
There’s always going to be complaints when you ask a teen to turn off their PC and go to bed, but one 16-year-old girl decided to circumvent her 10pm Internet curfew with drugs. The drugs weren’t for her though, they were for her parents.The girl figured out that the only way to keep surfing after 10pm was if her parents weren’t around to stop her. But she also couldn’t exactly throw them out the house, so she came up with another plan: put them to sleep.Borrowing her friend’s prescribed sleep medication, she offered to buy her mom and dad a milkshake. They accepted, she mixed in the meds, and they started slurping them down. Only, they didn’t taste quite right and had a “crunchy texture.” It didn’t matter though, as after drinking a quarter of the shake both parents were asleep and she was free to surf all night.I guess you could see this as a clever solution to her problem, but waking up confused and not making it to bed the previous night obviously made her parents suspicious. They subsequently took drug tests, monitored Internet use for a while, and finally confronted the daughter who admitted to the crime.You may think that’s the end of the saga and the daughter is now under more strict rules at home, but it’s actually much worse for her. Both the daughter and her friend (and partner in crime) have been arrested on charges of conspiracy and “willfully mingling a pharmaceutical into food.”How this proceeds now depends on the parents. They decided a trip to Juvenile Hall was the best way to deal with this and hopefully stop it happening again.via CBS Sacramento [Image credit: David Richfield, NickSS]
Fukushima : les taux échappés de césium 137 et d’iode 131 revus à la hausseSelon des scientifiques de la Japan Atomic Energy Agency, les taux de césium 137 et d’iode 131 émis lors de l’explosion de Fukushima sont bien plus importants que ceux annoncés à l’époque.Ce sont les radionucléides présents dans l’atmosphère qui peuvent renseigner les experts sur l’impact environnemental et notamment maritime de l’explosion de la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima. En effet, après être restés un certain temps en suspension dans l’air (et avoir voyagé jusqu’à la côte est des États-Unis), ces radionucléides ont fini par retomber dans l’océan. Les “termes sources”, c’est à dire les dispersions atmosphérique et océanique estimées, sont comparées aux relevés réels constatés.Aujourd’hui, les chercheurs de la Japan Atomic Energy Agency indiquent que les taux de césium 137 (137Cs) et d’iode 131 (131I) rejetés dans l’atmosphère sont beaucoup plus importants que ne le prévoyaient les études. Ainsi, au lendemain de la catastrophe, entre le 12 et le 20 mars 2011, ce sont 2 x 1017 Bq de 137I et 1,3 x 1016 Bq de 137Cs qui ont été relâchés dans l’atmosphère (et non pas 4,7 x 1015 Bq d’iode et de césium comme l’avait dit la compagnie Tepco gérante de la centrale).À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La chose est loin d’être anodine car les isotopes que sont les 137Cs et 131I, issus de la fission de l’uranium 235, sont fortement radioactifs et ils peuvent entraîner la mort. De plus, l’iode, inhalé ou ingéré, entraîne des problèmes de thyroïde. Des données plus précises doivent encore être apportées pour pouvoir obtenir une meilleure estimation du taux d’isotopes émis dans l’atmosphère et déposés dans les océans. Cela permettra notamment d’étudier les zones marines où les effets de la catastrophe nucléaire sont les plus significatifs et les plus graves.Le 18 avril 2013 à 19:40 • Maxime Lambert
An Afghan man walks along a path under snow-laden trees in Kabul on 5 February, 2017. Photo: AFPMore than a 100 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by days of heavy snowfall around Afghanistan, including 50 in one village, officials said Sunday, warning the death toll could rise still further.The avalanches struck after three days of heavy snow, which has destroyed scores of homes and blocked roads mainly in central and northeastern provinces, making it difficult for rescue workers to reach the stricken villages.The bulk of the deaths however occurred in remote Nuristan province, where at least 50 people were killed in a single village, Mohammad Omar Mohammadi a spokesman for the ministry of natural disaster told AFP.“Avalanches have buried two entire villages in Bargmatal district, 50 bodies were recovered from one village while rescuers are trying to reach the other village,” said the spokesman.Elsewhere 54 people were killed in northern and central Afghan provinces, where officials said massive avalanches destroyed 168 houses and killed hundreds of cattle.Bad weather and deep snow had hampered efforts of rescue workers to reach the isolated villages, raising fears the toll could rise sharply, according to officials.In Badakhshan province also in the northeast of the country, at least 18 people, including three women and two children, were killed when avalanches struck their houses overnight, said provincial spokesman Naweed Frotan.“Several dozens are still trapped, we are trying to rescue them,” he said, adding that many roads were still blocked.Five people were killed by avalanches in the Balkhab district of Sari Pul province in northern Afghanistan and at least 70 people trapped under the snow were being rescued, said provincial spokesman Zabiullah Amani.“The roads to Balkhab are still blocked and we are trying to open them,” he said.Freezing weather killed at least two people and over 100 animals in the western province of Badghis.In Parwan province just north of Kabul, the spokesman for governor Wahid Sediqqi said 16 people died.The government declared Sunday, a normal working day in Afghanistan, to be a public holiday to deter non-essential travel and ensure schools were closed.Heavy snowfall -Unusually, snow even fell in the southern province of Kandahar.Neighbouring Pakistan was also hit by severe weather, with at least 13 people killed in the northwest by avalanches or heavy rain.An avalanche smashed into eight homes in the village of Shershal in Chitral district, killing nine people including four women and four children.The region has been hit by heavy snowfall that is four feet (1.2 metres) deep in some places.Six people who had been trapped beneath the snow were rescued.A separate avalanche killed a soldier at a border checkpoint in Chitral district, a military statement said, while six more soldiers were injured.Chitral district mayor Maghfriat Shah said the city’s airport was closed because of the weather.The region’s electricity supply was also disrupted after the main power line was damaged.In the Khyber tribal district on the Afghan border in the northwest, three infant girls were killed and two women injured when the roof of their house collapsed in heavy rain.Deadly avalanches are common in Afghanistan’s mountainous areas in winter and rescue efforts are frequently hampered by lack of equipment.Despite billions of dollars in international aid after the ousting of the Taliban government in 2001, Afghanistan remains among the world’s poorest nations.Last month heavy snowfall and freezing weather killed 27 children, all under the age of five, in Jawzjan province in northern Afghanistan.
Share Carolyn Kaster/APCIA Director Mike Pompeo speaks during the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ National Security Summit in Washington on Thursday.The CIA on Thursday was forced to walk back an assertion by Director Mike Pompeo, who incorrectly said U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian efforts to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election were unsuccessful.Asked at a security conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday whether he could say with absolute certainty that the November vote was not skewed by Russia, Pompeo replied: “Yes. Intelligence community’s assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the election.”In a later clarification, the head of the CIA’s office of public affairs, Dean Boyd, said: “The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed, and the Director did not intend to suggest that it had.”U.S. intelligence concluded in a January assessment that “the senior-most officials” in Russia had authorized hacks into the Democratic National Committee and officials connected with the Clinton campaign. And then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate hearing that the hacking was one part of a coordinated effort that “also entailed classical propaganda, disinformation, fake news.”But the agencies have yet to make an assessment about the impact of Russian interference, something Democrats were quick to point out.“In fact, the intelligence community made no such finding, nor could it,” said California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.“This is not the first time the Director has made statements minimizing the significance of what the Russians did, but it needs to be the last,” he said.At odds with U.S. intelligence assessments, President Trump has repeatedly sought to deny or minimize Russia’s role in influencing the 2016 election.