Police hand out 300 tickets at Hells Angels weekend biker gathering in

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec provincial police say they handed out more than 300 tickets during a weekend Hells Angels biker gathering that was largely incident-free.Police say about 500 people passed through checkpoints, including some 300 biker gang members who set up near St-Charles-sur-Richelieu, southeast of Montreal.The full-patch Hells members and their associates were in the rural Quebec town for the biker gang’s annual Canada Run, which takes place in a different province each year.Police say most of the tickets were for minor road safety infractions such as riding without a helmet or riding on the shoulder.A 52-year-old biker from Ontario was arrested for uttering threats against a police officer during a checkpoint.Police spokesman Guy Lapointe said the weekend event went off relatively well from the perspective of authorities in that order was maintained and the law respected.“The vast majority of individuals who participated in the event collaborated,” Lapointe said late Sunday.last_img read more

Morocco Thousands Take to the Street to Protest Austerity Plans

first_imgCasablanca- A national demonstration initiated by three trade unions, namely the Moroccan Labor Union (UMT), the Democratic Confederation for Labor (CDT) and the Democratic Federation for Labor (FDT), was staged on Sunday in Casablanca to protest against the deterioration of the social and economic conditions of the working class and wage-earners, according to Maghreb Arab Press.  The demo, held under the theme “a national march to defend the buying power, dignity, freedom and social justice”, was attended by leaders of the said unions, political and associations’ actors and representatives of trade union organizations in different regions, the same source added.Thousands of protesters chanted slogans against the blockade on social dialogue and government’s delaying in settling issues relating to workers and wage-earners. They also called for implementing of the agreement dated April 26, 2011, protecting trade union liberties, including workers in the reform of the subsidy and pension system and preserving citizens’ purchasing power. According to the Associated Press, an estimated 8,000 people heeded the call from the three main labor unions to demonstrate in the country’s economic capital.“We demand the protection of our standard of living,” declared one sign carried by protesters. “No to raising the age of retirement,” said another, anticipating controversial planned reforms of retirement benefits.Faced with unrest in 2011 during the Arab uprisings, the previous government raised salaries and benefits, nearly bankrupting the country.The budget deficit rose to seven percent of GDP in 2012 as subsidy spending rose to $6bn a year.Under pressure from international lending institutions, it fell to the newly elected Islamist-led government of Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane to end subsidies on gasoline and gradually reduce them on diesel.The unions have opposed these moves, saying it hurts low income groups.“The government is attacking our standard of living by raising gasoline prices by 25 percent in the last 15 months alone, ” Miloudi Moukharek, head of the Union of Moroccan Workers told the Associated Press news agency ahead of thedemonstration. “Reform should not be carried out on the back of the poor.”On Saturday, Benkirane told supporters the opposition parties were exploiting the union protests for their own ends.With agencieslast_img read more

UN food agency shocked at killing of staff member in Afghanistan

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today expressed its deep distress over the killing of one of its staff members in a suicide bomb attack in the city of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan.The WFP employee, 24, was among the eight people killed when a suicide bomber detonated explosives hidden in a horse-drawn cart in central Kandahar on the evening of 24 December. Three civilians and a police officer were injured in the blast. The identity of the slain WFP warehouse security guard, an Afghan national who had been working with the agency since July, will not be released for his family’s protection. “I am shocked and saddened by this terrible loss,” WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of this dedicated man whose courage and commitment have contributed to our ability to provide food assistance to the hungry in southern Afghanistan,” she added. The security guard, whose remains are being taken to Pakistan, where his family lives, for burial, was off-duty at the time of the explosion. Although details are still being collected, WFP does not believe he was the intended target of the blast. The agency said it appears that he was passing by on his motorcycle when the bomb exploded. Five UN staff members were killed when militants armed with automatic weapons and grenades attacked a guest house, home to over 30 UN workers, in the capital, Kabul, in the early hours of 28 October. 28 December 2009The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today expressed its deep distress over the killing of one of its staff members in a suicide bomb attack in the city of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan. read more

BBS monks storm butchery

Officers from the Colombo Municipal Council visited the location and initiated investigations into the meat. The police also arrived at the location. A group of monks from the Bodu Bala Sena stormed a butchery in Dematagoda today alleging that the meat being distributed from the location is from animals slaughtered without a license.The monks said that the meat of over 300 animals which had been slaughtered illegally were being sent out to shops from the Dematagoda premises. In January the Bodu Bala Sena monks stormed a hotel in Beruwala after receiving a tip that a party was being conducted using the name ‘Buddha bar’. A heated argument ensued between the hotel management and the monks after the monks demanded that the bar be shut down.The Venerable Galagodatthe Gnanasara Thera, who led the ’Bodu Bala Sena’ monks to the hotel had said they will not allow any bar to operate in Sri Lanka using the name of the Lord Buddha. (Colombo Gazette) However when the monks reached the hotel the management of the hotel had rejected the claims.The party had been attended by several guests of the hotel as well as outsiders who had received invites. read more

Kenya UN steps up airlift to more than 100000 flood victims

“Airlifts are now the only viable means of getting relief supplies to the camps,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva today, noting that three flights had taken off from Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, since Friday, and two more were scheduled for today and tomorrow carrying plastic tarpaulins and medical supplies. There are concerns about the rise in malaria cases. More mosquito nets are being sent to hospitals. Diarrhoea and malnutrition are also rising rapidly in Dadaab. Overall, the worst flooding in years is threatening up to 1.8 million people in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. Dadaab, a three-camp complex for 160,000 refugees, has been especially affected by heavy rains that washed away parts of the Garissa-Dadaab road, the only one connecting the remote camp to Nairobi. UNHCR and other agencies in Dadaab have started developing a new site in the higher part of Ifo, one of the camps in the complex, in an effort to find a more permanent solution to the flooding problem. Around 1,000 refugees have already moved to the new site. Temporary services such as health clinics, communal latrines, water points and food distribution centres will be constructed in the area. The distribution of food and supplies is ongoing with priority given to the most affected. The Independent UN Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia Ghanim Alnajjar today warned that the floods there have exacerbated the already serious humanitarian situation caused by drought and conflict. “The rising flood waters are causing devastation to the Somali people and their livelihood and are hampering humanitarian relief efforts,” he said in a statement, calling on the international community “to urgently and generously assist strengthened flood relief efforts for Somalia.” Last week, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) launched a regional air operation with fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters to transport humanitarian workers and aid to more than 1 million people in flood-stricken areas of Somalia and Kenya. read more

UN chief condemns terrorist attack in Turkeys Istanbul

Senior United Nations officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the head of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) condemned last night’s terrorist attack in the Turkish city of Istanbul that killed dozens of people and injured many more.In a statement issued by his office late yesterday, Mr. Ban expressed hope that the perpetrators of the attacks be swiftly identified and brought to justice.The UN chief also expressed his sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Turkey, and wished a quick recovery to those injured. Furthermore in a news release today, the UN tourism agency said that it was “deeply shocked” by yesterday’s terrorist incident. “This attack reminds us once more that we are facing a global threat that requires us to work closer together to have a firm and coordinated response that engages all governments and the international community,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. “Turkey is a leading tourism destination and we are confident it will continue to be so with the support of all,” he added, expressing the agency’s full solidarity with the people and the Turkish Government. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse downs Jacksonville in Moes Southwest Grill Classic

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team won its matchup against Jacksonville, 9-6, in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sunday. OSU’s potent offensive play overcame the return of Jacksonville’s junior goalkeeper Pete DeLuca, improving its record to 2-0 on the season. OSU senior attacker Logan Schuss dominated against Detroit in the season opener when he recorded a career-high 10 points. Sunday’s matchup saw the goals more spread out as six different players found the back of the net. Schuss, senior co-captain midfielder Dominique Alexander and sophomore midfielder Jesse King each scored twice as OSU pulled away in the fourth quarter with a comfortable win. The two goals pushed Schuss’ total points to 12 on the season. Jacksonville was hoping its defense could keep the game close, a plan that succeeded until fatigue set in late in the fourth quarter. DeLuca, who was sidelined in the Dolphins season opener, returned with nine saves for Jacksonville and kept the game closer than the final score showed. Attempting to break a troublesome trend of letting teams outplay them early, OSU came out and doubled up the Dolphins in the first quarter, leading 4-2. The teams settled down after that point and exchanged goals back and forth, with the Buckeyes’ lead closed to one, 6-5, heading into the fourth and final period. Three goals then put things out of reach, and saw OSU head home victorious. Much improved from the first game against Detroit, the Buckeye defense took leaps and bounds toward reaching last season’s level of success, forcing 18 turnovers as junior goalkeeper Greg Dutton made nine saves. The victory was a welcome one for OSU, which is now heading into the heart of its schedule with tough games against Penn State, Denver, Virginia and Notre Dame in the coming month. Looking to build on their hot start to the year, OSU is scheduled to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Saturday at 1 p.m. read more

Joey Bosa looking to build on successful 2014 season

Junior defensive lineman Joey Bosa put on his helmet during a March 26 practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorJoey Bosa helped Ohio State to a national title last season, but he’s still planning to make changes in 2015.And for the junior defensive lineman, that started with a quick trim of his trademark long hair.“It’s kind of sad, but I like it,” Bosa said Thursday, with at least a few inches of hair missing from his head.But a simple haircut is only part of the transition for a player who came within half a sack of OSU’s program record (14) last year.Now established as a key cog on the Buckeyes’ defense, Bosa said he hasn’t been seeing a ton of live practice. Instead, the coaches have had him on the side working on non-contact drills for much of the spring, but he said that work is still helping him build on his sophomore success.OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson said Bosa’s work on the side still encompasses everything the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native needs in order to improve, which includes pass-rushing drills and video work. Johnson added that Bosa wouldn’t have it another way, because getting better is all he wants.“He wants to be a great player, and great players find a way to improve,” Johnson said.Bosa finished his sophomore season with 55 total tackles, 21 of which were for a loss, and 13.5 sacks. He also tallied four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and four additional quarterback hits.But regardless of individual numbers, Bosa said he’s not close to a finished product.“I can’t really pick one spot of my game that I could get better at, because I think I can improve every part of my game,” he said. “And that’s the plan, not just working at one thing but just getting better at every aspect of the game.”Even as he works to improve as an individual, Bosa’s personal success isn’t the top priority. He’s projected as a likely first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft should he decide to leave OSU early, but Bosa said the goal is still to help the Buckeyes repeat their title run.“I just want this team to be remembered as something great,” he said. “We definitely will for last year, but new team, new year, we’re trying to repeat, obviously.”Now with spring practice winding down ahead of OSU’s Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, Bosa said he can control his own destiny when it comes to improving his game.“I feel like if I go out and work every day, everything will fall in place,” he said. Some might argue that everything already fell in place for Bosa when he was named a consensus first-team All-American last season, which could lead to complacency.Former Buckeye Michael Bennett said last season that he was hesitant in early games because of a fear of injury before turning it on down the stretch. But Johnson said he’s not worried about Bosa’s motivation with the NFL on the horizon.“He wants to be great. Great players don’t shut down, great players go forward,” Johnson said.Amid the change in Bosa’s hunt for a second national title as a collegiate athlete, at least one thing will stay the same if he gets a sack against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 when the Buckeyes are set to open their 2015 season in Blacksburg, Va.The long hair might be gone, but Bosa said his “shrug” celebration isn’t going anywhere just yet.“It’s gotta return, right?” he said. “At least one more year.” read more

Scouting Northern Illinois A look at the 2015 Huskies

Then-redshirt sophomore quarterback Drew Hare (12) plays during the Huskies’ 23-15 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats on Sept. 6, 2014 at Ryan Field in Evanston. Credit: Courtesy of Ryan Ocasio of The Northern StarThe No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes can now turn their focus to the Northern Illinois Huskies after dismantling the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The Huskies, coached by Rod Carey, are one of the Mid-American Conference’s flagship programs, having won at least 11 games in each of the past five seasons.Here is a look at the Buckeyes’ next foe:Slow starts, fast finishesNIU has opened the 2015 season with back-to-back victories, but in both games, it has struggled in the first half.On Saturday against the Murray State Racers, a Football Championship Subdivision school that finished just 3-9 in 2014, the Huskies stumbled out of the gates. After the first quarter, they trailed 7-6. The second quarter was an improvement, but at the half they only led 20-10.A switch must have been flipped in the locker room because the second half was exponentially better for NIU, as it found the end zone six times — one of which was an interception returned for a score — en route to a 57-26 victory.In their season opener against University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the Huskies were lethargic early on, trailing the Rebels after two quarters 17-10.During halftime, NIU appeared to have flipped the same switch it did during Week 2.The Huskies would go on to outscore the Rebels, 28-13, over the game’s final 30 minutes to eventually secure a 38-30 victory.Although a strong second half has worked twice already for the Huskies, they cannot expect to upset a team of the Buckeyes’ caliber on Saturday unless they are in top form for all 60 minutes.Hare apparentStrong quarterback play has been a constant staple for the Huskies in recent history.The hole vacated by Jordan Lynch, who placed third in Heisman Trophy voting in 2013, seemed to be too deep at one point. However, redshirt junior Drew Hare has done an excellent job.Hare — who started the final 12 games in 2014, throwing for 2,322 yards, 18 touchdowns and only two interceptions, while adding 900 yards on the ground and eight scores — has opened the 2015 campaign in top form.He’s thrown for 718 yards and 6 touchdowns, while completing 78 percent of his passes over the first two contests.Maybe the best part of Hare’s game is that he takes care of the ball. Of his 399 career passing attempts, only two have been intercepted.The Buckeye defense should mix it up and put pressure on Hare, but if the O’Fallon, Missouri, native starts by getting to get the ball out quick and continuing his trend of not turning it over, the Huskies will be in a decent spot to follow the likes of fellow MAC teams Bowling Green and Toledo in upsetting Power 5 schools.Big playsThe Huskies offense has been electric to begin 2015, as it’s averaging 594 yards per contest.A key part of their offensive output throughout the first two games has been big plays. So far, they have had five plays resulting in gains of over 40 yards.To open the second half against Murray State, Hare found redshirt junior wide receiver Kenny Golladay — who is second in the nation in receiving yards — for a 55-yard touchdown.The combination of Hare and Golladay is responsible for three of their other big plays, as the two have connected on passes of 41, 48 and 41 yards — all in the second half against UNLV.The other big play came by way of the ground, on a 46-yard rushing touchdown from redshirt sophomore Jordan Huff in the final quarter against the Racers.Big plays are an easy way to gain momentum, which is exactly what NIU did against Murray State — similarly, OSU did it against Virginia Tech to open the second half on redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller’s 54-yard touchdown catch.The Huskies will need a few of them — especially early on — in the ‘Shoe on Saturday to acquire the momentum against the Buckeyes if they want a shot at knocking off the nation’s top-ranked team.Beyond the BuckeyesNIU is set to have its final non-conference game against Boston College on Sept. 19 before opening up play in the MAC on Sept. 26 when they are scheduled to take on Central Michigan. read more

Grenfell Tower survivor faces jail after police combing wreckage found remains of

first_imgZada lived in the tower prior to the tragic blaze that killed 71 people The court heard Zada is a core participant in the Grenfell inquiry, and that meetings have frequently been interrupted by angry protesters.Judge Tan Ikram refused the application, saying: “Much may be said during the inquiry and at meetings but that’s not enough for this court to resile from the principle of open justice.” A survivor of the Grenfell Tower fire is facing jail after investigators found the remains of his cannabis oil factory in the wreck of the building.Eamon Zada, 35, was arrested after officers combing the burnt-out tower three weeks after the deadly blaze found a store of cannabis cuttings, butane gas canisters and an oven in his flat.Zada, who is currently being housed at the Raddison Blu hotel in Portman Square, Marylebone, had produced enough cannabis oil to last one user 140 days, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard.On Wednesday, Zada pleaded guilty to one count of being concerned in the supply of cannabis on or before July 4 last year.The Grenfell Tower caught fire on 14 June last year, killing 71 people, including an unborn child, and leaving hundreds of others homeless.Ahead of the hearing, lawyers for Zada asked for him to be granted anonymity for fear the presence of butane canisters could be linked to the blaze and make him the target of violence. Prosecutor Maxine Channer-McDaniel told the court: “On July 4 2017 fire fighters entered Grenfell Tower, a number of items were found at a flat believed to be used in the production of cannabis – lights that related to the growing of cannabis and various other items.”A number of butane gas canisters meant a more thorough search was conducted on July 6 during which a number of items were seized from the property.”She said the cannabis had been stored in the second bedroom, while an oven had been found in the living room and the gas canisters were stored in the kitchen. She continued: “The amount of cannabis is described as cannabis trim – of that there was 14 kilos, as well as 700 grams of oil.””When he was interviewed Mr Zada said he was a regular user of cannabis since the age of 12 and that normal cannabis flower had limited effect.”He said he had not purchased the trim because it was of no commercial value and had used it to extract the oil.Zada told officers that he used five to six grams of oil per day, and thereafter refused to make any comment.Judge Ikram adjourned Zada’s sentence until March 6. Zada lived in the tower prior to the tragic blaze that killed 71 peopleCredit:NATALIE OXFORD/AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Global exploration budgets increase for first time in five years led by

first_imgThe nonferrous mining exploration sector has shrugged off its recent protracted downturn, with analysis by S&P Global Market Intelligence showing a rise in exploration budgets of more than 14% year over year to $7.95 billion in 2017 — the first increase in the annual global nonferrous exploration budget since 2012. Key highlights2017 global nonferrous exploration budget records first increase since 2012, up more than 14% yoyBudgets expected to rise again in 2018Gold leads charge, zinc makes notable recoveryLatAm remains top attractionIndustry remains risk averse, focusing on near-mine opportunities.According to the 28th edition of the Corporate Exploration Strategies (CES) by S&P Global Market Intelligence, this reversal of the near five-year downturn is being led by a robust gold sector, whose activity began picking up in mid-2016. Gold budgets for 2017 exploration are up 22% year over year. Zinc-focused producers and junior explorers have also boosted the zinc budget by 29% year over year to $489 million, based on improved zinc prices since early 2016, according to the CES report.S&P Global Market Intelligence’s 2017 exploration data and analysis are based on information collected from almost 3,500 mining and exploration companies worldwide, of which more than 1,500 had exploration budgets for 2017. The companies (each budgeting at least $100,000) budgeted a total of $7.95 billion for nonferrous exploration in 2017. Including an estimate for budgets that could not be obtained, the 2017 worldwide exploration budget totals $8.5 billion.Since mid-2016, the mining sector has gradually improved in attractiveness as an investment option. An uptick in financing levels for miners over the past 18 months — especially among the junior explorers — has been driven by improved market conditions and stronger metals prices.Associate Director of Research, Metals & Mining at S&P Global Market Intelligence, Mark Ferguson says: “We know that the juniors have endured the worst of the downturn since 2012, accounting for most of the 40% drop in the number of active explorers over the past five years. However, the new CES budget data indicate that, among all company types, the surviving juniors are making a strong comeback in 2017; they have increased their aggregate exploration budget by 23% year over year, including a 41% increase in gold-only allocations.”The CES report highlights that major producing companies have also increased their budgets in 2017, allocating 17% more for exploration than a year ago. As a group, the majors still dominate the exploration sector’s efforts with almost 54% of the global budget, despite a faster rate of growth among the pure junior explorers.Ferguson adds: “We expect both of these groups, which collectively account for more than 80% of global exploration budgets, to continue increasing their exploration efforts well into 2018. Sustained market interest will likely benefit juniors the most, allowing their aggregate budget to grow at a faster pace than the producers’ budget. As the industry rebound gains traction, we expect a similar pace of increases in 2018 budgets.”Regionally, Latin America remains the biggest draw for exploration efforts, with the region’s aggregate budget increasing 20% year over year to almost $2.4 billion in 2017. Picture courtesy of Panoro Minerals in Peru.Elsewhere, a diverse region encompassing Europe and most of mainland Asia remains the second most attractive, drawing in 9% more allocations than in 2016, followed by Canada, Africa, Australia, the United States and Pacific/Southeast Asia.Perennial mining centres Canada, Australia and the US have remained the top countries in 2017, with Canada recording a 12% year over year increase in budgets and the remaining two countries each with 19% increases. Latin American countries dominate with half of the top 10 most popular destinations, led by Chile, Peru and Mexico, with Argentina tipping Democratic Republic of the Congo to sit at 10th place.As the CES series has documented over the past few years, exploration efforts have been increasingly focused at or near operating mines, which entail the lowest risk among targets.The data from the latest report show that the minesite share (37%) of the global budget has risen above both the late-stage share (36%) and the grassroots share (27%) for the first time since the CES series began in 1989, the swing away from grassroots made worse since 2012 by the collapse in market investment in junior explorers and sharp spending cuts by the major producers.Ferguson says: “Although improved market sentiment over the past 18 months seems to have slowed the decline in grassroots’ share of budgets in 2017, another year of increase in the minesite share reflects a near-term focus by many producers, as well as a persisting climate of risk aversion.”last_img read more

Theres a big difference between what Irish men and women are living

first_img 24,139 Views RETIRED WOMEN HAVE 35% less income to live on compared to men on average, new research has revealed.The ESRI has said that the gender pension gap is down to a “complex mix of factors” but that policymakers should consider greater interventions to ensure the gap is reduced.The data used in the study comes from 2010′s Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing.It found that the total weekly pension income for that year was €280 for women and €433 for men, indicating a gender pension gap of approximately 35%.The ESRI says there is no gap between genders in the State pension but that there is a large disparity in private and occupational pensions.The figures show that 55% of retired men receive a private or occupational pension, compared to only 28% of women.This particular disparity is greatly affected by the number of years worked by men and women, with 93% of retired men having worked for more than 30 years compared to 33% of retired women.As a result, women are less likely to receive a contributory pension and among those who do, the average income received is much lower than the average income received by men.It is worth noting that the data is almost a decade old and applies to individuals who had retired in 2010, meaning more recent changes in work patterns would likely show different results.Regardless, the ESRI’s Adele Whelan says the government must consider measures to ensure that women can participate adequately and fairly in the workforce.“A complex mix of factors shape the working lives of women and men, such as personal desires, household decision-making processes, social conditions and public policies. https://jrnl.ie/4803519 By Rónán Duffy Wednesday 11 Sep 2019, 6:10 AM In order to reduce the pension gender gap, policymakers need to consider measures to raise female employments levels, reduce the differences in occupational and private pension coverage across genders, ensure increased continuity in employment and adequately protect against care-related interruptions.“Policies concerning the provision of increased and more affordable childcare and long-term care services can also play a role to increase female employment levels and ensure increased continuity in employment,” Whelan added.The ESRI’s research echoes others studies which have shown that women are far less likely to be preparing for their retirement than men.Figures from last year showed that just over one in three women own a pension (36%) compared with 55% of men and that 71% of women say they don’t know how to start a pension. Wed 6:11 AM Share6 Tweet Email1 center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock Image: Shutterstock 15 Comments Short URL There’s a big difference between what Irish men and women are living off in retirement The ESRI has put the gender pension gap at 35%.last_img read more

Une application iPhone pour anticiper les allergies

first_imgUne application iPhone pour anticiper les allergiesUne nouvelle application iPhone baptisée Alerte pollen propose aux personnes allergiques de surveiller les niveaux de pollen et d’avertir des pics allergiques.Développée par Swiss Life en partenariat avec le Réseau de surveillance aérobiologique (RNSA), cette nouvelle application iPhone pourrait bien devenir le logiciel indispensable aux personnes allergiques.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Disponible gratuitement sur l’App Store, Alerte Pollen propose en effet aux utilisateurs de surveiller l’arrivée des pollens et d’anticiper les pics allergiques. Une fonctionnalité qui ne résout évidemment pas le problème de l’allergie mais qui pourrait permettre aux personnes de mieux gérer leur maladie.Via l’application, les utilisateurs ont la possibilité de créer des alertes pour se tenir au courant des niveaux de pollens et ce, dans le ou les départements de leur choix. Des alertes qu’ils reçoivent ensuite quotidiennement. De très faibles à très élevés, les risques sont classés en fonction de leur force et les informations fournies concernent tous les types de pollens, des arbres aux herbacées. Le 25 mars 2011 à 16:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Doughnut Worry About Ordering Food With an App Again

first_img Convenience is the number one reason to own a smartphone – why go all the way home to get on your computer when you can carry one in your pocket? And when we think convenience, we think fast food. Needless to say, pretty much every major fast food chain in the world has an app to match, offering discounts, deals and other benefits. In this list, we’ll pick out the hottest and freshest fast food apps and leave the other ones in the grease trap.Fast Food FinderLet’s start out with an app that’s beholden to no single chain or franchise, but rather celebrates the world of fast food. Fast Food Finder pulls a massive database of dozens of different eateries and lets you filter by type, display on a map, and even call in your order directly from the app. It even supports voice control, so you can hunt down a restaurant hands-free if you’re eating a big slice of pizza or something.Android or iOSBurger KingThe King’s mobile app works as a sort of baseline for everything we expect from fast food on our phone. Locate nearby outposts, go through menu items for price and nutritional information, and place orders for pickup quickly and easily. They then add some solid extra features, including exclusive coupon codes and the ability to pair a Crown Card or other payment option, so you don’t have to pull your wallet out at the counter. It’s a solid, functional app.Android or iOSTaco BellEverybody’s favorite disturbingly inexpensive Mexican-esque chain has a surprisingly robust app that lets you do all kinds of things. In addition to looking up calorie counts and other nutritional information, you can also customize any item on the menu for your remote order, which certainly saves the aggravation of people standing behind you in line. The app also has a “Rotate To Reorder” feature, which allows you to instantly place a new order for a favorite meal simply by twisting your phone.Android or iOSJimmy John’sOf all the sandwich chain apps, the one that stands above is the choice of Brock Lesnar – Jimmy John’s. Their mobile app is slick, functional and reliable. It comes with all of the standard functionality but takes everything up a notch by letting you save multiple favorite orders, save delivery and pickup locations, and even place a “Freaky Fast” order with your smart watch. It also includes pretty much every customization option you could think of for a hoagie.Android or iOSRed RobinThis one’s right on the edge of “fast food,” but really Red Robin is just a glorified burger joint with tables, so we’ll let it slide because their app is so good. The Red Robin loyalty program is one of the best around – a free burger on your birthday, every tenth item is free, and even cash rewards for frequent visitors. The app even has a photo booth with themed stickers and a few simple games! Throw in the usual menu browsing, location finding, and other stuff, and you’re set.Android or iOSDomino’sSure, Domino’s no longer offers delivery in thirty minutes or it’s free, but their mobile app stands head and shoulders above just about any other pizza place. Using AnyWare, you can place and pay for orders with ridiculous ease. Special mention must go to their “Zero-Click” app, which literally requires no input from you: you just open it, and after a 10-second countdown it orders you a pizza.Android or iOSDoorDashWhat do you do if your favorite fast food restaurant doesn’t deliver, though? Thankfully, a whole ecosystem of services has sprung up to connect people with the munchies and their favorite food. For our money, the top pick is DoorDash, which partners with dozens of chains including Taco Bell, Carl’s Jr., P.F. Chang’s and Buffalo Wild Wings. Delivery prices are pretty reasonable and the food gets to you nearly as fast as if you’d gone out and got it yourself.Android or iOSMcDonaldsThe Goliath of the fast food industry obviously has a lot of cash to dump into app development, and their offering is already really solid. It lets you find nearby restaurants, get nutritional information and learn about ever-changing weekly exclusive deals. The rewards program gets you a free McCafe with every five you purchase. But the big news is in the future: McDonald’s has pledged to be the first fast food chain to support in-app ordering at every store by the end of 2017.Android or iOSPizza HutPizza Hut has always been on the cutting edge of technology – they’re the guys who let you order a pizza delivery from inside World of Warcraft, after all – so it’s not surprising that their mobile app is very solid. You can place mobile orders for anything on their menu – pizzas, wings, pasta and more – up to a week in advance, which is some high-order planning for fast food. The app also brings you local deals, which is helpful.Android or iOSKrispy KremeThe absurdly popular donut chain has one of the best signup rewards: get a free donut just by installing the app and making an account. A free donut! Just like that! The app’s good for a lot more, though – you can check in with your local operation to find out exactly when the next batch will be coming hot off the production line, as well as enrolling in a reward program that gives you more goodies for every donut you eat.Android or iOS Stay on target The Most Addictive Mobile Clicker GamesSimple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming Services last_img read more

Timecom Relaunches With Responsive Design

first_imgWith responsive design, Time will no longer maintain a separate mobile website.“There’s more available when it comes to navigation with the redesign,” says Sharick. “We have more space and with the mobile site you’re getting more content on each device. Before we only had only about 20 links on our mobile site, m.Time.com. Now that it’s gone you get every story that you see on the homepage of the site on your iPhone, for example. It’s a big change in terms of our offering.”The responsive design also provides access to subscriber content on all platforms, which will be viewable to logged-in users on the Web without requiring an app or download for each issue. Subscribers will also be able to access Time’s archive, dating back to 1923, which will also be enhanced for the new site.“We’re really looking forward to being where the reader is and that’s what we’re seeing with responsive design,” she adds. “That’s how we’re moving forward here at Time.”Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter!More on this topic Time.com Monotone Design is an Editorial Failure 3 Lessons Learned With Responsive Design Folio Top Women: Nancy Gibbs Say Media Rebrands ReadWriteWeb as ReadWrite Mashable Goes All-In On Social With Site RedesignJust In BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest RestructuringPowered by To provide a more consistent look and feel to its readers, Time magazine has re-launched its website using responsive design technology, which automatically reformats a website to fit all computer and device screens. “We’re getting a ton of traffic to Time.com through mobile,” says Catherine Sharick, managing editor of Time.com. “We wanted to have one codebase for the site that allows us to publish our content across all mobile devices, so that was the reasoning behind it.”Time has a growing mobile base, which currently makes up 15 percent of unique visitors to its site. Social media referral traffic is also a big source for the brand—the responsive design technology, which took a year to develop, will enhance the experience of users who come to Time.com through social media via mobile devices. Time has nearly 4 million Twitter followers and has more than 1.8 million followers on Google+.last_img read more

8chan owner subpoenaed to testify before Homeland Security committee

first_img Share your voice 6:06 Legal Tags Politics Now playing: Watch this:center_img What might happen to 8chan? (The Daily Charge, 8/7/2019) 4 Comments 8chan owner Jim Watkins was subpoenaed to appear before the US Committee on Homeland Security. Jim Watkins Following two mass shootings, the US House Committee on Homeland Security on Wednesday subpoenaed 8chan owner Jim Watkins to testify as part of its efforts to counter “extremist content on social media.” The subpoena (PDF) orders Watkins to appear before the committee on Sept. 5 at 6:30 a.m. PT/9:30 a.m. ET. On Aug. 4, nine people died in a shooting in a popular nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio. The day before, 20 people died in a shooting in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, with another two victims dying two days later. Just prior to the El Paso attack, the suspected gunman posted a hate-filled statement on 8chan, an anonymous online forum. Watkins is required to testify on “matters of inquiry” and is “not to depart without leave of said committee,” the subpoena states. “At least three acts of deadly white supremacist extremist violence have been linked to 8chan in the last six months,” Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, committee chairman and a Democrat from Mississippi, and Rep. Mike Rogers, ranking member and a Republican from Alabama, said in a joint statement. “We have questions on what is being done to counter this trend so we can be sure it is being properly addressed. Receiving testimony from Mr. Watkins is critical to our oversight on this matter.”The House Committee on Homeland Security originally requested on Aug. 6 that Watkins appear in front of Congress to address extremist content on 8chan. Watkins said in a YouTube video Tuesday that 8chan has been down by choice for the past week until he speaks with “Homeland Security.”  “The website has been offline voluntarily for the last week,” he said in a video filmed from the Sands Regency Casino Hotel in Reno, Nevada, according to the YouTube description. The video came in response to media reports that incorrectly stated an alleged gunman accused of an attempted terrorist attack on a mosque in Norway on Saturday posted on the 8chan message board prior to the incident. “I want them to understand that we have nothing to do with this crazy violence that’s been happening,” he said. “I want them to understand what’s been going on because it’s obviously a smear by the press.” Watkins lives in the Philippines but is currently in the US.Following the El Paso shooting, 8chan has mostly been offline due to a series of hosting and security companies, starting with Cloudflare, deciding to stop working with the site. CNET couldn’t find contact information for Watkins, and he hasn’t yet responded publicly to the subpoena.  First published at 1:42 p.m. PT on Aug. 14. Update, 3:27 p.m.: Adds statement from the House committee.last_img read more

Astronomers discover a giant planet spinning up its star

first_img Astronomers discover seven new giant exoplanets Unbinned instrumental r band light curve of HATS-18 folded with the period P = 0.8378434 days resulting from the global fit. The solid line shows the best-fit transit model. In the lower panel we zoom–in on the transit; the dark filled points here show the light curve binned in phase using a bin-size of 0.002. Credit: arXiv:1606.00848 [astro-ph.EP] Explore further More information: HATS-18 b: An Extreme Short—Period Massive Transiting Planet Spinning Up Its Star, arXiv:1606.00848 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1606.00848AbstractWe report the discovery by the HATSouth network of HATS-18 b: a 1.980 +/- 0.077 Mj, 1.337 +0.102 -0.049 Rj planet in a 0.8378 day orbit, around a solar analog star (mass 1.037 +/- 0.047 Msun, and radius 1.020 +0.057 -0.031 Rsun) with V=14.067 +/- 0.040 mag. The high planet mass, combined with its short orbital period, implies strong tidal coupling between the planetary orbit and the star. In fact, given its inferred age, HATS-18 shows evidence of significant tidal spin up, which together with WASP-19 (a very similar system) allows us to constrain the tidal quality factor for Sun-like stars to be in the range 6.5 <= lg(Q*/k_2) <= 7 even after allowing for extremely pessimistic model uncertainties. In addition, the HATS-18 system is among the best systems (and often the best system) for testing a multitude of star—planet interactions, be they gravitational, magnetic or radiative, as well as planet formation and migration theories. In order to find exoplanets orbiting HATS-18, the team used the Hungarian-made Automated Telescope Network-South (HATSouth) to obtain over 10,000 images of this sun-like star. This observation campaign was carried out between April 2011 and July 2013. The astronomers also conducted a series of follow-up spectroscopic observations in 2015, utilizing the 2.3 m telescope at the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia and the 2.2 m MPG/ESO telescope at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile.The radial velocity signals collected by the researchers allowed them to distinguish a sinusoidal variation in phase with the transit ephemeris, confirming the presence of a massive planet around HATS-18. According to the study, the newly detected exoplanet has a radius of about 1.34 Jupiter radii and is two times more massive than our solar system's biggest planet. The orbital period of HATS-18b equals 0.84 days. This exoworld is a typical example of a "hot Jupiter"—a gas giant planet with characteristics similar to the solar system's biggest planet. Hot Jupiters have high surface temperature as they orbit their host stars very closely.What intrigues the scientists about the newly found planetary system is that the planet appears to be tidally spinning up the star."The high planet mass, combined with its short orbital period, implies strong tidal coupling between the planetary orbit and the star. In fact, given its inferred age, HATS-18 shows evidence of significant tidal spin up," the researchers wrote in the paper.Penev and his colleagues believe that this system could be one of the best laboratories for testing theories of star–planet interactions and planet formation. They noted that modeling this "spin-up" effect for this system alone would bring promising results regarding the tidal dissipation efficiency."Such modeling may begin to disentangle some of the very poorly understood physics behind tidal dissipation by measuring its dependence on various system properties. (…) Extremely short-period planets like HATS-18b provide a fantastic laboratory to test a range of interactions between the planet and the star, and hence, expanding this sample is extremely valuable for the study of extrasolar planets," the paper reads.The researchers propose performing similar studies on a larger number of exoplanet systems, especially on all planets with extremely short orbital periods like HATS-18b. These future analyses could provide new insights on the dependence of tidal dissipation on planetary system parameters. In conclusion, the team endorses more systematic studies of other giant exoworlds similar to HATS-18b."Clearly, a more systematic effort to analyze all suitable exoplanet systems and properly account for the stellar angular momentum loss uncertainties is bound to yield very meaningful constraints on the stellar tidal dissipation, as well how it changes with various system properties," the team wrote. (Phys.org)—A giant "hot Jupiter" exoplanet has recently been detected by an international team of astronomers led by Kaloyan Penev of Princeton University. The newly found alien world, designated HATS-18b, is an interesting case of a planet tidally spinning up its parent star. Moreover, this planetary system could be a great laboratory for researchers when it comes to testing theories of planet–star interactions. The new findings were presented in a paper published online on June 2 on arXiv.org. © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Astronomers discover a giant planet spinning up its star (2016, June 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-astronomers-giant-planet-star.html 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

SC refuses to hear plea for bail cancellation of NSEL scamster Shah

first_imgA bench headed by Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose did not entertain the petition filed by a group of investors on the ground that it had no locus to challenge the Bombay High Court order granting bail to Shah in the case.The court said that certain individuals had approached it and not the state government or the prosecuting agency. Shah, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Financial Technologies India Ltd, is an accused in the National Spot Exchange Limited payment crisis case. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashThe Bombay High Court had on 22 August granted bail to Shah on a bond of Rs 5 lakh and a surety of like amount. He was arrested on 7 May for his alleged involvement in the Rs 5,600 crore payment crisis at subsidiary National Spot Exchange. The police have charged Shah with criminal conspiracy, breach of trust, cheating and forgery under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, and under certain provisions of the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors Act. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsMeanwhile, the turnover of the commodity bourses fell by 52 per cent to Rs 34.52 lakh crore during the April-October period this fiscal due to sluggish volumes in almost all commodities, according to the Forward Markets Commission (FMC).The exchanges had generated a business worth Rs 71.60 lakh crore in the same period last year, the FMC said in its latest report. The commodity markets regulator said that the business fell in almost all commodities — agriculture, bullion, metals and energy on the exchanges platform. Experts attributed the fall in business mainly to higher transaction costs especially after the imposition of commodity transaction tax (CTT) from last year onwards. The turnover from bullion fell by over 62 per cent to Rs 12.13 lakh crore in the April-October period of the 2014-15 fiscal, from Rs 32.17 lakh crore in the year-ago.Similarly, the business from energy items declined by over 53 per cent to Rs 8.16 lakh crore from Rs 17.48 lakh crore, the turnover from metals declined by 43 per cent to Rs 7.51 lakh crore from Rs 13.11 crore in the review period.The turnover from agricultural commodities too fell by 24 per cent to Rs 6.70 lakh crore in the April-October period of this year, as against Rs 8.82 lakh crore a year ago. At present, there are four national and six regional level exchanges operating in the country.last_img read more

Kolkatans may face thunderstorm moderate rainfall today

first_imgKolkata: Several devotees could be seen waiting outside temples of Lord Shiva with umbrellas on Monday, as they celebrated the occasion of Maha Shivratri. However, although the city did not witness any spell of rain in the morning, the evening saw a light drizzle.”Several districts of Bengal, including Kolkata, received light to moderate amounts of rainfall throughout the day. The city may also witness light to moderate amounts of rainfall on Tuesday due to cyclonic circulations which continue to prevail in Bangladesh and Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Boseother adjoining regions. There is also a possibility of thunderstorm and lightning occurring in the city, along with gusty winds,” said an official of the Alipore Meteorological department. “The maximum and minimum temperature in the city is likely to be around 28 and 21 degree Celsius respectively on Tuesday,” he further added. On Monday, while the minimum temperature in the city stood at 21.1 degree Celsius which is slightly more than normal, the maximum temperature was recorded at 28.7 degree Celsius, three degree lower than the normal temperature. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMeanwhile, the maximum relative humidity in the city was recorded at 93 percent, with the minimum relative humidity standing at 65 percent. In the previous week several districts of Bengal, including Kolkata, witnessed rough weather conditions due to Western disturbance, as thunderstorms along with strong gusty winds swept the region. Six people were killed last week due to inclement weather in the region, while there were several reports of material damage. Daily life was disrupted for almost a week in the city, as several pockets witnessed traffic snarls and moderate waterlogging. “However, this time the cause of the turbulent weather condition in the city is going to be different. A cyclonic circulation has occurred in Bangladesh and other adjoining regions, which is the primary reason,” the official said.last_img read more

Airbus is ready for pilotless jets – but are you

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> LE BOURGET, France — The chief salesman for Airbus says his company already has the technology to fly passenger planes without pilots at all – and is working on winning over regulators and travellers to the idea.Christian Scherer also said in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday that Airbus hopes to be selling hybrid or electric passenger jets by around 2035.While the company is still far from ready to churn out battery-operated jumbo jets, Scherer said Airbus already has “the technology for autonomous flying” and for planes flown by just one pilot.“This is not a matter of technology – it’s a matter of interaction with the regulators, the perception in the travelling public,” he told The Associated Press.“When can we introduce it in large commercial aircraft? That is a matter we are discussing with regulators and customers, but technology-wise, we don’t see a hurdle.”Several manufacturers are presenting unmanned aircraft at the Paris Air Show, primarily for military purposes – and some are also proposing pilotless “air taxis” of the future.When it comes to autonomous passenger jets, safety is an obvious concern. It’s an issue that is on many minds after two deadly crashes of the Boeing 737 Max jet that have implicated problematic anti-stall software.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongScherer said the crashes “highlighted and underlined the need for absolute, uncompromising safety in this industry, whether from Airbus, Boeing or any other plane.”While he said Airbus’ sales strategy hasn’t changed as a result of the crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, “there is a capacity need that materialized as a result of this, and naturally you have airlines that are frustrated over capacity, that are looking for answers.”Airbus announced several orders Monday as the air show kicked off, while Boeing had an anemic day as it works to win back trust from customers.Scherer forecast continued growth in the aviation industry after several boom years, predicting the world will need at least 37,000 new aircraft in the next 20 years, especially in Asia – and that eventually the whole industry will stop creating emissions and “decarbonize.” Tags: Airbus Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Share Airbus is ready for pilotless jets – but are you? By: The Associated Presslast_img read more