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Animal Activists Win Review of Proposed E.U. Rules

first_imgPrompted by complaints from animal rights lobbyists, the European Ombudsman will investigate a 2-year-old study by the European Commission into the use of chimpanzees for research purposes. The study, released in 2008, helped shape proposed regulations that would govern animal research in the E.U. countries. To the disappointment of many animal rights activists, however, the proposal did not include a complete ban on the use of great apes in research. It did call for an end to scientific “procedures” on great apes, with exceptions for behavioral studies, research that could prevent the extinction of the species, or in response to outbreaks of human disease. There are no chimpanzees currently available for biomedical research in Europe. The proposed regulations were approved by the European Parliament in 2009. But they need to be adopted by the European Council before they can take effect. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more


NBA Recap, 25/4/19 – Clippers win Game 5 against the Warriors

first_imgApr 24, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; LA Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) gestures to officials during the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors in game five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY SportsAdvertisementThe Los Angeles Clippers are not backing down. If you thought that their Game 2 win was a fluke, think again. They beat the Warriors yet again, claiming a 129-121 win in Game 5 in Oakland. That result made the series 3-2, and the Warriors will head back to Los Angeles as they attempt to clinch the series.Lou Williams was once again the catalyst for the Clippers, and he had 33 points and 10 assists off the bench. The likes Montrezl Harrell and Danilo Gallinari chipped in, as the Clippers claimed an impressive win. Kevin Durant had 45 points for the Warriors, but a poor defensive performance saw them lost the game.The winner of this series will face the Houston Rockets, who won their series 4-1 with the Jazz. Houston won 100-93 in Game 5 after the Jazz won the last game in Utah. James Harden had 26 points, and the Rockets got the job done to progress to the conference semi-finals.The Jazz were poor, and could not generate enough offence to trouble the Rockets. The game was a low-scoring one, and it got a bit scrappy at times. That’s all the action from today, visit this space tomorrow for more of the same!Advertisementlast_img read more


Mitchell Starc ruled out of final two Tests vs India

first_imgAustralia have suffered a massive blow ahead of the third Test against India in Ranchi. Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the four-Test series with a stress fracture in his right foot.CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEOStarc will miss the Tests in Ranchi and Dharamsala. An integral part of the Australian bowling attack, the left-arm pacer will be sorely missed as the series heats up. (Also read: Australia respect Virat Kohli despite ‘offensive’ claims)A replacement for Starc is yet to be named.Australia have already lost Mitchell Marsh to injury. (Also read: DRS row: BCCI, Cricket Australia call truce in joint meet)Cricket Australia Support Bupa Support Team Physiotherapist David Beakley said: “Mitchell experienced some pain in his right foot during the second Test in Bangalore which unfortunately had not subsided a few days after the Test as we had hoped.”We made the decision to scan his foot in Bangalore this morning and unfortunately it has revealed a stress fracture.”Subsequently, this means Mitchell will be unavailable for the remainder of the Qantas Tour of India and will return home to Australia to start his rehabilitation.”Starc was in fiery form in Pune, where he removed Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli in the same over to trigger an Indian collapse in the first innings.In Bengaluru, Starc responded in typical fashion after a stubborn stand between Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane.On the fourth morning, just when it looked like India would build a solid lead, Starc took out Rahane and Karun Nair off successive deliveries to expose an out-of-form lower order to Josh Hazlewood.advertisementStarc was a major weapon for Steve Smith in the ongoing tour. His pace softened up the top order and his hitting prowess came in handy on a tough pitch in the first Test. The 27-year-old hammered 61 and 30 to play a key role in Australia’s historic victory.last_img read more


Hummels confident Germany can cope

first_imgGermany Hummels confident Germany can cope without Neuer and Boateng Iain Strachan 21:34 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mats Hummels - cropped Bongarts Germany World Cup Germany v Mexico Germany v Sweden South Korea v Germany The Bayern Munich defender is confident the pair can be replaced if they cannot prove their fitness ahead of the World Cup in Russia Manuel Neuer and Jerome Boateng face a race against time to prove their fitness for Germany’s World Cup campaign, but Mats Hummels feels the reigning champions will be able to replace the key duo.Bayern Munich captain Neuer has been out of action since September due to a broken foot, while his club colleague Boateng suffered a hamstring injury in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals against Real Madrid in April.  Goalkeeper Neuer has returned to full training in recent weeks – and will play in an upcoming friendly against Austria – but centre-back Boateng is still working individually during the national team’s pre-tournament training camp.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Addressing a news conference on Tuesday, fellow Bayern man Hummels spoke of the pair’s importance to Die Mannschaft, but also expressed his faith in the squad’s strength in depth.”Both players are terrific, potentially the best [in their position],” he said.”Not having them on the field is a negative. But at the same time, it allows other players to step up and play that role. The potential for them to [recover in time to] play is still there.”Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Barcelona appears the prime candidate to take over from Neuer should he fail to recover, and Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger looms as a possible replacement for Boateng, despite an inconsistent campaign at club level. Hummels, though, was reluctant to identify the specific options at the disposal of head coach Joachim Low. “There are plenty of players on the roster who can step up and fill those gaps,” he said.”Whoever is in the best form and playing their best at the moment will get a chance to prove it in the right moment. I can’t say any more than that.”Germany will arrive at the tournament in Russia as both the holders and one of the favourites, but Hummels is not concerned about the potential for distraction amid the intense scrutiny that will accompany them.”Focus is not a problem for the team,” he said.”We have a system to fall back on, we have belief, we know our roles and how things should progress. Security and confidence breeds focus. I don’t believe we will struggle in that department.    “Although mental fatigue [after the domestic season] can be an issue, I don’t think that is the situation. It’s about sticking to what you do. If you conquer an obstacle you can take many more challenges head on.”last_img read more


World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni must bat at No. 4, says Dean Jones

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: MS Dhoni must bat at No. 4, says Dean JonesMS Dhoni has been playing at No. 5 or 6 at the ongoing World Cup 2019 but former Australian batsman Dean Jones feels the wicketkeeper-batsman should bat at No. 4 in the remaining matches.advertisement Next Press Trust of India MumbaiJune 29, 2019UPDATED: June 29, 2019 16:59 IST Former Australia batsman Dean Jones said MS Dhoni should bat at No. 4. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFormer Australia batsman Dean Jones said MS Dhoni should bat at No. 4 for IndiaMS Dhoni has been batting at lower middle-order at the World CupMS Dhoni has been facing criticism for his slow strike rate at the World CupFormer Australia batsman Dean Jones believes that Mahendra Singh Dhoni should bat at the crucial number four position for India in the remaining matches of the ongoing World Cup.Dhoni is facing criticism for his slow-paced knocks against Afghanistan and West Indies, but Jones feels that the 37-year-old stumper, and not Vijay Shankar, should bat at number four, while left-arm all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja must be include in playing XI as he can provide an extra spin option to the team.”Normally I don’t like touching the team when it’s flying and India is flying at the moment but I have got a concern at the player at number four. I have no problem with MS Dhoni going there and (Ravindra) Jadeja coming in a little later which gives you a spin option,” Jones told Star Sports.Jones said that with the pitches getting dry a left handed batsman would help the team down the order.”I think the pitches are getting a little more tired as the tournament progresses so you need that left hander down there to help you a little bit. But I’ll have faith and give it one more go,” added Jones.Meanwhile, former India speedster Irfan Pathan preferred Dinesh Karhik to bat at the No. 4 spot.”I know many people would have the mindset that the winning combination shouldn’t be changed, however, I feel differently.”Vijay Shankar hasn’t done anything and if we come to the position of playing in the semifinals, we are going to be facing the top quality bowling line up and if we lose early wickets, we need someone solid at number four and I prefer Dinesh Karthik at that position,” Pathan told Star Sports.advertisementPathan elaborated saying the new batsman should be given at least three innings before the semi-finals to settle at the position.”So if any changes need to be done, they need to be done from now on because you don’t want someone to come in and play just one game before the semifinal.”You want to give that particular batsman at least three innings and we have only three games left and Vijay Shankar has got enough chances and he is not even bowling regularly for Team India so you might as well get a proper batsman who has had some sort of an experience and success at batting at number four or number five and for me that pick would be Dinesh Karthik,” Pathan signed off.Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar’s take on MS Dhoni strike rate a constructive message: Aakash ChopraAlso Read | India lucky to have MS Dhoni in dressing room: VVS LaxmanAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow MS DhoniFollow Dean Joneslast_img read more


Landline telephone services restored in most places in Valley Officials

first_imgSrinagar: The communication curbs in Kashmir have been eased to some extent and landline telephone services restored in most places across the Valley in view of the improving situation, officials said on Sunday.No untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the Valley on Saturday, they said, adding the restrictions on communication were eased in view of the improving situation.Landline telephone services have been restored in most areas across the length and breadth of the Valley, the officials said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThey said a few more telephone exchanges providing fixed-line phone services, including in Srinagar, were restored on Saturday evening.The process of fully restoring the landline connectivity, baring in a few pockets, is underway and more telephone lines would be restored soon, they added.However, the services continued to remain snapped in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and Press Enclave here.On Saturday, principal secretary and government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said eight more exchanges having 5,300 landlines — would be restored over the weekend. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayHowever, mobile telephone services and internet, including BSNL’s Broadband and private leased-line internet, remain unavailable. They were snapped on August 5 when the Centre abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution and reorganised the state into two Union territories Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.Restrictions have been lifted from most areas of the Kashmir valley, but the deployment of security forces continued on the ground to maintain law and order.Markets across Kashmir continued to remain shut for the 21st consecutive day as shops and other business establishments were closed, while the public transport also was off the roads, the officials said.The weekly flea market was also did not open.However, some vendors put up stalls in a few areas of the city, they said.last_img read more


Budget watchdog says carbonprice revenues to be 26B this year

first_imgSaskatchewan, Ontario and Manitoba have all filed court challenges questioning Ottawa’s authority to impose the tax.The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Canada’s budget watchdog says revenues from the federal carbon price will be more than $2.6 billion this year and exceed $6 billion a year within five years.The new analysis by the parliamentary budget office, which includes both the high-profile fuel tax applied in four provinces and a separate pricing system for big industrial emitters, also says that revenues will start to fall after five years because Canadians will burn less fossil fuel.READ MORE: Climate change should be top issue for voters in October, advocate saysThe federal government implemented a fuel surcharge this month in the provinces that have not enacted carbon-pricing systems of their own, starting at $20 per tonne of emissions produced and rising to $50 per tonne in 2022.The PBO report says the average cost to families from the carbon price this year will be $193 in New Brunswick, $256 in Ontario, $260 in Manitoba and $425 in Saskatchewan.To offset the cost of the tax Ottawa introduced an income-tax rebate that will average more than the expected costs in all four of those provinces.last_img read more


Top soldier acknowledges handling of Afghan memorial hit a nerve vows access

first_imgTORONTO — Canada’s top soldier acknowledges that last week’s unveiling of the Kandahar memorial without the families of dead soldiers present hit a nerve.Gen. Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff, tells The Canadian Press no insult or disrespect was intended.Decisions around the opening and severely restricted access to the site have come under attack from Afghan war veterans and families of those killed there.Vance says he has asked his team to come up with plans to allow access to anyone who wants it.He also says the fragile memorial needs to be inside, and the Department of National Defence headquarters in Ottawa was chosen as the best place.In Vancouver, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today he is looking into the situation.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Ai Weiwei Explores Global Refugee Crisis With New Documentary Film

first_imgParticipant Media and AC Films are partnering on Human Flow, a documentary directed by world renowned artist, activist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei.Walking refugees near Idomeni Camp in GreeceThe feature-length film, which explores the global refugee crisis through footage and interviews in more than 22 countries, is produced by Ai Weiwei, Chin-chin Yap, and Heino Deckert. Andy Cohen of AC Films with Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann of Participant Media are executive producing. The film is currently in post-production.Ai Weiwei notes, “Human Flow is a personal journey, an attempt to understand the conditions of humanity in our days. The film is made with deep beliefs in the value of human rights. In this time of uncertainty, we need more tolerance, compassion and trust for each other since we all are one. Otherwise, humanity will face an even bigger crisis.”Filmed over the span of a year, Human Flow was shot by 25 film crews in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Palestine, Serbia, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand and Turkey. Ai Weiwei artfully captures the massive and shocking breadth of the global migration crisis in this epic film, which portrays the plight of today’s 65 million forcibly displaced individuals – the highest number ever – forced out of their homes by war, famine and climate change on long, treacherous journeys in search of new lives.Human Flow comes at a crucial and defining time, striking an important and emotional chord in light of recent events regarding refugees and immigrants.Diane Weyermann, Participant’s Executive Vice President of Documentary Films, added, “Ai Weiwei is a master of his craft and infuses emotion and urgency in this poignant and compelling film about the global refugee crisis.”Executive producer Andy Cohen said, “From wastelands of war and persecution, Ai Weiwei takes us on a global odyssey, never losing sight of the individual among this massive human flow – even when confronted by the guns and walls of the ‘free’ world.”David Linde, CEO of Participant Media, commented, “There is no better place than being here in Berlin at this critical moment to announce this powerful film to a global audience. We are thrilled to be working with an artist and filmmaker of Ai Weiwei’s caliber and exceptional vision to tell this essential story.”Ai Weiwei’s recent exhibitions include Laundromat at Jeffrey Deitch in New York, Ai Weiwei: Libero at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, #SafePassage at Foam in Amsterdam, and Ai Weiwei at Cycladic at the Museum of Cycladic Arts in Athens. Ai Weiwei was born in Beijing in 1957 and now lives in Berlin. He has made twenty documentaries about social and political issues that have won major film festival awards.Human Flow continues Participant’s strong track record of producing influential documentaries that empower social change. Most recently, the company premiered An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and sparked a growing dialogue on the pressing issue of climate change.Ai Weiwei is represented by United Talent Agency for Human Flow.last_img read more


Annan calls for allembracing approach in fighting threats to peace

“Dire potential scenarios involving nuclear, chemical and biological weapons have dominated recent disarmament discussions,” Mr. Annan told his Advisory Board on Disarmament at UN Headquarters in New York. “But a much more direct threat to many people around the world is the day-to-day violence of conflict fought with small weapons, which are supplied – sometimes legally, sometimes illegally – by often unscrupulous and predatory arms merchants.”Noting that the very first article of the UN Charter calls for “effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace,” he said it is essential to show that the UN is capable of fulfilling that purpose, “not just for the most privileged members of the Organization, who are currently – and understandably – preoccupied with terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.”In addition, he stressed, the UN must protect against the more familiar threats of poverty, hunger and deadly disease. “We must understand that a threat to some is a threat to all, and needs to be addressed accordingly,” he said.International political attention “has drifted dangerously away” from the Millennium Development Goals, such as halving extreme poverty and hunger by 2015, he observed, stressing that the world cannot afford to neglect the so-called soft threats of poverty, hunger and disease.On the issue of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) he said there were important gaps in international coverage, most notably concerning missiles. Efforts to fight small arms trafficking might involve ensuring jobs for disarmed ex-combatants in countries emerging from conflict, clamping down on the illicit exploitation of natural resources, and greater transparency in information among States about armaments and military matters in general, he added. read more


Dinamo Bucharest win Romanian Super Cup 2016

By CATALIN NEGREANUThe new season of the Romanian Men’s Handball League started with another clash between DINAMO Bucharest and CSM Bucharest, the two strongest teams in the championship.DINAMO – last season champions and CSM – holders the Romanian Cup faced each other again in the first thriller of the new season: The Supercup ! One more time, DINAMO came up victorious and put a new cupin their trophy room: 29-25 (15-9).“The Red Bulldogs”started the game very strong and after 12 minutes they were leading 7-1. After this shock, CSM defended better and reduced the score on the board, but the end of the first half belonged to DINAMO with some killer fastbreaks and the team in red finished the first part of the game with 6 goals ahead: 15-9.DINAMO began the second half storming through the defense of CSM and the difference grew to 9 goals: 21-12 in39th minute. “The Blue Tigers” tried to get back in the game butthey were only able to cut the advantage to 3 goals: 20-23 in the 48th minute. DINAMO played smart in the last 10 minutes and won the game without emotions: 29-25.As always. DINAMO’s Bucharest best scorer was the Croatian right back superstar JAKOV VRANKOVIC with 8 goals, while for CSM Bucharest, French left back GUILLAUME SAURINA, a new comer to the team, also finished the game with 8 goals.DINAMO BUCHRAEST – CSM BUCHAREST 29-25 (15-9)DINAMO BUCHAREST: Jakov VRANKOVIC – 8 goals, Pierre-Yves RAGOT – 4, Sajad ESTEKI – 3, Marius MOCANU – 3, Ciprian ȘANDRU – 3, Bogdan CRICIOTOIU – 2, Dan SAVENCO – 2, Cosmin CAPOTA – 2, Allahkaram ESTEKI – 1, Liviu MIRONESCU – 1.CSM BUCHAREST:Guillaume SAURINA – 8 goals, Goce GEORGIEVSKI – 4, Javier HUMET – 3, Nicușor NEGRU – 3, Samvel ASLANIAN – 3, Iulian STAMATE – 2, Marius STAVROSITU – 1, Ramon ȘOMLEA – 1.Photo: Razvan Pasarica ( Dinamo Bucharest ← Previous Story FC Barcelona Lassa win Spanish Super Cup 2016 Next Story → 6 things to know before IHF Super Globe 2016 read more


NASA invests 10 million in energyproducing floating algae bags

first_imgImagine a project that involves using long plastic tubes stationed in waste treatment ponds to cultivate algae. Not something you might expect from NASA, but it’s something that clever people like Dr. Jonathan Trent are actively working on. Called Project Omega (Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae), NASA has sunk over $10 million into the project in hopes of developing a renewable alternative energy source.As you saw in the video, Trent’s idea has merit “on the surface” (pun intended). As long as humans roam the Earth, they are going to produce waste and thus providing a nearly endless supply of nutrient rich matter for the OMEGA bags to feed off of. Makes sense, right?However, there are some questions about of whether or not the OMEGA system is viable. The first of which is the large amount of plastic that will be needed to deploy enough bags to make a dent in the energy consumption of the United states. For example, to produce 2.4 million gallons of algae for fuel use, an area almost two square-miles large would have to be covered with the plastic algae incubators. A pretty large area for such a small amount when you consider that the US alone consumes 800 million barrels of oil each day. Also, the main ingredient in plastics is in fact oil, so more of the natural resource would have to be used to produce the very energy that’s supposed to replace it!Another major issue is what to do with the plastic OMEGA bags once they have been used. That’s an awful lot of plastic to put into landfills, and recycling may be a problem because of the need to clean the leftover algae will have to be cleaned out if the bags are to be reused. Both methods would again fuel energy to accomplish, making the project more inefficient that it otherwise would be.All that being noted, this kind of research needs to be undertaken to work through the kinds of problems listed above so that we can be successful in developing alternative energy sources. Trent, and others like, him need to be supported by organizations like NASA so that research can move forward. Who knows, perhaps someday OMEGA will reach the point that you will have a few of the algae bags floating somewhere near your home providing natural energy.Read more at the OMEGA Project page at NASA, via Technology Review.last_img read more


Senior gangland figures sister arrested as CAB hunt for proceeds of crime

first_img Image: Niall Carson Share35 Tweet Email1 23 Comments Short URL 31,000 Views Senior gangland figure’s sister arrested as CAB hunt for proceeds of crime Criminal Assets Bureau have now expanded their surveillance to family members and friends of gangland figures who are offloading assets. A NUMBER OF senior Kinahan gang members have started ‘gifting’ their relatives and friends property and luxury items they believe may be under scrutiny from the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).A number of senior criminal figures have ramped up efforts since the specialist gardaí raided a number of businesses and properties in the past 12 weeks.And it has also emerged that a sister of one of the country’s most well-known gangland targets was arrested by the bureau last week.However, she was later released without charge. Security sources have told that officers are deciding how to proceed.It is a new departure for gangland figures to transfer assets to relatives – and investigating gardaí are examining their options.They can begin confiscation orders for the items or they can attempt to link the senior gangland figures to the gifts and pursue them in connection with connected crimes. Bureau during previous raids in Dublin. Source: Niall Carson/PAThe rate of offloading assets to trusted relatives and friends has accelerated in recent months as CAB, along with specialist officers from other divisions, close in on a number of illegal operations.In one case, luxury vehicles from a Dublin motor company allegedly acting as a front for Kinahan gang members were brought to the UK by ferry before they could be seized. Their final destination was the property of a Birmingham-based gangland figure who is alleged to have devised the strategy to murder Gary Hutch in Spain. It is understood he was able to sell them on.The England-based criminal, who is originally from Dublin city, distributed the cash to other businesses the Kinahan cartel has interests in throughout the UK.MurderCAB, set up in 1996 in the aftermath of the killing of journalist Veronica Guerin, aims to seize assets gardaí believe were obtained using the proceeds of crime.It returned in excess of €3.8 million to the Exchequer in 2014.In that year, it brought 10 new proceeds of crime proceedings before the High Court obtaining freezing orders to the value of €6.76 million.Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has recently said there are a “number of vacancies at the bureau are currently in the process of being filled including both a forensic accountant and a financial crime analyst vacancy”.Over €7 million has been spent on the bureau this year with an extra €500,000 being earmarked for 2017.Asset seizuresGardaí have also increased the number of planned raids on premises in recent months.Last month, 46 cars and significant amounts of cash, jewellery and watches were seized.Around 20 premises were raided in a series of searches , including car showrooms, garages and solicitor and accountancy offices.Read: ‘Tourist bodies don’t want us to be seen as a leprechaun country. I found that interesting’ >Read: Workers in Waterford to take industrial action on Christmas week over pay restoration claims > Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 6:15 AM Dec 8th 2016, 6:15 AM By Garreth MacNamee Image: Niall Carson Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Unearthlylooking Sapphire Tower in bloom at San Diego Botanic Garden

first_imgUnearthly-looking Sapphire Tower in bloom at San Diego Botanic Garden 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Characterized by unearthly, metallic-looking, deep turquoise blooms, that are punctuated by bright orange anthers, the Puya alpestris, commonly known as the Sapphire Tower, looks like nothing else in the plant world.The Sapphire Tower that is currently in bloom and visitors to the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas can find it in South American Garden.For more information click here. May 1, 2019 Posted: May 1, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Body found floating by Oceanside Pier

first_img Updated: 4:15 PM OCEANSIDE (KUSI) – A body suspected of being that of a young man who fell off Oceanside Pier last month while taking a selfie was found floating in the surf today not far from where the accident occurred.Lifeguards spotted the corpse drifting near the landmark wooded jetty about 12:30 p.m., Oceanside police spokesman Tom Bussey said.The body roughly matches the description of 20-year-old Paul Ventura of Escondido, who plunged off the pier about 3:30 a.m. May 25 while sitting on a railing, taking a photo of himself, according to Bussey.Ventura was able to cling to a pylon in the water for a time but slipped under the surface of the waves as a police rescue swimmer approached.The victim was presumed dead after hours of searching turned up no sign of him. The county Medical Examiner’s Office was called in to take custody of the body for identification and autopsy purposes. KUSI Newsroom, June 3, 2019 Body found floating by Oceanside Piercenter_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: June 3, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Scripps Health breaks ground on 59 Million Prebys Cancer Center

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A $59 million cancer center to be built at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego in Hillcrest will be named for the late philanthropist Conrad Prebys, Scripps Health announced Friday.The 40,000-square-foot, four-story Presbys Cancer Center will serve patients from the central and southern areas of the county. It will be the second dedicated cancer center built as part of Scripps Health’s partnership with the University of Texas’ MD Anderson Cancer Center; the other is located in Torrey Pines.Prebys donated $20 million to Scripps Health for the outpatient facility in 2016, the year he died, and also funded a $5 million grant for an endowed medical director position within the Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center partnership.“Through his many years of generous support, Conrad Prebys has significantly improved the quality of health care for our community,” Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder said at a groundbreaking ceremony. “Prebys Cancer Center will continue Conrad’s legacy by providing access to exceptional cancer care to residents in our central and southern regions of San Diego County.”The facility will feature cutting-edge radiation therapy technology, a 20-chair infusion center for treatments like chemotherapy, spaces for conferences and patient consultations and offices for physicians. A 140-space parking garage adjacent to the facility is expected to be completed by 2022.The new cancer center will be located on Fifth Avenue at the Hillcrest campus. Scripps Health expects the facility to open in early 2022. Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: August 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Scripps Health breaks ground on $59 Million Prebys Cancer Center August 9, 2019last_img read more


ASAWISHHs FEEDing Pakistan Lays Foundation for 150 Million World Bank Aquaculture Investment

first_imgASA/WISHH’s FEEDing Pakistan Project, which connected trade and development with soy-based fish feed, helped convince the World Bank to invest $150 million in Pakistan’s aquaculture sector.WISHH’s USDA-funded FEEDing Pakistan project laid the foundation for a new $150 million World Bank investment in Pakistan’s aquaculture sector, which will further drive demand for soy protein in Pakistan’s growing fish feed industry.“The results achieved through ASA/WISHH’s FEEDing Pakistan aquaculture project helped convince the World Bank to invest $150 million into the aquaculture sector in Pakistan,” said World Bank Senior Economist Pawan Patil, Ph.D.  “The ASA/WISHH results were impressive, replicable and scalable. Aquatic-sourced protein is the food of the future and we look forward to finding ways to work with ASA/WISHH in the years ahead.”Implemented between 2011-17, WISHH’s FEEDing Pakistan project forged public-private partnerships that led to local investment and activities that supported the continuation of this work after the USDA-project concluded.The result is sustained business growth in the feed and aquaculture sector in Pakistan that realized the benefits of floating fish feed made with U.S. soy.According to USDA, soy-based fish feed production grew from zero to 8000 metric tons in 2017. The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) now leads the U.S. soy industry’s work in Pakistan. The country is home to the fifth largest population in the world and continues to be an important U.S. soy customer.last_img read more


District 6 firefighter put on paid leave

first_imgA Clark County Fire District 6 firefighter was placed on paid administrative leave early last month after accusations that may include a violation of district policies, officials revealed Friday.Firefighter-paramedic Richard “Rich” Wilson is the subject of the investigation, now being conducted by detectives with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Fire Chief Jerry Green confirmed Friday evening, after The Columbian obtained the name from KATU-TV investigative reporter Dan Tilken.Tilken said he’s been following the case for about a month and has been in contact with the man who made the allegations.Green declined to confirm what Wilson is suspected of doing, but he said sexual harassment is not alleged to have occurred. Green said no crimes have been alleged, and what’s being investigated is possible violation of district policies about firefighter conduct.Green justified not revealing what is alleged to have occurred, or making any documents about it public, by saying it’s under investigation. “The district is doing everything we can to have it investigated quickly and remain fair to the firefighter,” Green said.Whether policies were violated could hinge on whether the alleged conduct occurred while Wilson was on duty, Green said.Noticeably troubled by the situation, Green said “anything that could bring potential discredit to the department is upsetting.”“We hold our firefighters to high expectations of moral and ethical conduct; that’s why we’re taking these allegations seriously,” Assistant Fire Chief Eric Quitslund said in the bulletin. “But at the same time, we want to make sure that we’re acting in fairness, so that’s why we’re conducting this third-party investigation.”last_img read more


No one hurt in Battle Ground outbuilding fire

first_imgCrews from multiple agencies battled a fire Monday night that sparked in a two-story outbuilding in Battle Ground. Firefighters were dispatched at 8:45 p.m. to the rural property, 8910 N.E. 185th St. When they arrived, crews from Clark County Fire & Rescue, Fire District 3 and the Vancouver Fire Department found a working fire on the ground floor of the outbuilding, said Tim Dawdy, spokesman for Clark County Fire & Rescue. “The fire had gone from the first floor of the garage and up into the second floor and attic space,” Dawdy said. Crews were able to extinguish the flames. No one was injured.Dawdy described the building as a “very nice garage” with a shop and a loft. The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office will investigate the cause of the fire, he said. The outbuilding was at the end of a long driveway, and residents did a good job of helping responders find the fire by sending someone to the end of the driveway to flag them down, Dawdy said.last_img read more

Looking Ahead To 2019 Meta Trends For Music Tech And The Internet

first_img Trends For 2019 In Music, Streaming & Sharing looking-ahead-2019-meta-trends-music-tech-and-internet News Looking Ahead To 2019 Meta Trends For Music, Tech And The Internet Email Facebook MIDiA Research releases its latest see-the-future report on expecting the unexpected in the year aheadPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 20, 2018 – 4:21 pm What does the future of music hold? Well, opinions vary. But media and technology analysis firm MIDiA Research specializes in seeing the future and on Nov. 16, its managing director Mark Mulligan announced the release of their latest crystal-ball insights for clients. It should come as no surprise that he predicts change ahead, but by nature, digital disruption causes shock and surprise. These changes, however they come to fruition, are bound to influence the business of music and how consumers appreciate their many options.Mulligan blogged short run-downs of nine meta trends that are the basis of more detailed analysis in his firm’s report. He closes with four “long-term structural trends” grouped into one: voice navigation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and augmented reality. The full report treats each of these separately, as to-be-continued items, progressing steadily without raising major disruptions in 2019.The impact of platforms capturing consumer data surfaces in several of the predicted meta trends, including the expectation that European regulators will make an example of some leading platforms, enforcing adequate compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. On thing is for sure, there is no shortage of data. MIDiA predicts that streamlining and simplifying what gets analyzed how must become a trend to counteract the data paralysis caused by too many numbers to crunch together effectively.A related meta trend is that privacy itself will become more of a product. The firm observes that Apple has already staked out a lead in this, to distinguish itself from Facebook and Google.Although privacy issues have had a big impact on politics lately, because of personally targeted ads, this nexus between politics and tech is something MIDiA expects will continue to grow.Just as the way a company handles private data can become a product and a selling point, the same holds true for environmental “green” issues and presumably any issues that resonate with consumer demographics in a big way. While the impact of this on music is uncertain, you can bet more and more companies will choose to align with receptive segments of opinion to boost their brands. Twitter Rights deals are also expected to remain disruptive, though their implications are still unclear. The two main related meta trends identified are major tech companies making original content and digital-first companies offering unexpected varieties of rights deals, both with the potential for massive change next year.For instance, the major internet platforms are wealthy enough to buy entertainment and sports businesses, but even without acquisitions, they are already in a position to embark on their own brand of studio system. An example of this would be a music streaming service operating as a record label, but the sky is the limit for the mix-and-match possibilities so new permutations are expected to arrive in 2019. Success itself will be disruptive because any model that wins quickly with the public is likely to attract mega millions invested in new efforts to compete with it.Perhaps the most relevant to music consumption of all these meta trends is described by MIDiA as “the validation of collective experience.” This is more complicated than it first appears but its essence has similarities to the olden days of live television broadcasts. While personalized internet media can put consumers in a private silo, this will be increasingly balanced by attractive shared experiences enabling people to connect in real time or else miss out. Sharing special times together will become enabled in new versions of “be there or be square,” and the cutting edge of high-tech marketing will seek to innovate unprecedented ways to embrace the moment with one’s peers.MIDiA Research’s clients include billion-dollar brands competing based on innovation. In this changing world, MIDiA’s expert guesswork maps out at least some of what’s ahead for all of us. For each of us, new experiences are in store and the richest companies in the world are competing to supply us with them.How Young Musicians Are Using Instagram As A Music PlatformRead morelast_img read more