Lawyer Paris Attacker Abdeslam Did Not Know of Plans to Attack

Rabat – A lawyer for Salah Abdeslam, one of the terrorists behind the Paris terror attacks in November, said his client “did not know of plans to attack Brussels,” which killed at least 31 people and injured over a hundred others on Tuesday.Abdeslam also no longer plans to fight his possible extradition to France, Swen Mary, his lawyer, said on Thursday.Belgian authorities arrested the suspect, a Belgian-born French national of Moroccan descent, last Friday during a raid in the neighborhood of Molenbeek in Brussels – an area known to house a high concentration of people originally from Muslim-majority countries. His capture marked the end of a four-month long international manhunt. Abdeslam was shot in the leg during the raid, officials said in a press conference during which Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said “[the arrest] was a success against terrorism,”During the same event, French President Francois Hollande said further arrests in Belgium and France are expected as the terrorist network in the two countries is “extensive.”“What we need to do is arrest all of those who allowed, organised and facilitated these attacks [in Paris],” Hollande said. “We have realised, without going into details, they are far more numerous than we thought.” read more

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Enbridge pipeline hearings enter final stage

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TERRACE (NEWS1130) – It’s the last chance for people who support or oppose the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline to have their say.Beginning Monday,  the panel reviewing the project will begin hearing two weeks of final submissions in Terrace.First on the list will be Enbridge, the company behind the proposal, followed by Art Sterritt, executive director of Coastal First Nations.Sterritt says panel members have to reject the proposal, because too many questions have been left unanswered.“Enbridge has not provided all the answers. The panel doesn’t have the information to make a final recommendation based on the environment or based on national interest. Those are the two main questions the panel is reviewing,” notes Sterritt, who adds that the First Nations began making their own independent environmental assessments of the project eight years ago.“We went out and studied what the impacts of an oil spill would be and whether or not the technology was out there to clean up a spill.  We determined that there is no technology that can do that.”And while their research evolved, so did public opinion.“When we began, opposition to the pipeline was evenly split. But now that is about 60 per cent of are opposed to Northern Gateway,” he stresses, pointing out to a recent Angus Reid poll conducted for the Asia Pacific Foundation.Coastal First Nations have all along stressed the risks involved in tankers plying BC waters and the devastation a spill would represent for their communities.But Sterritt says even on a purely economic level the project brings relatively few jobs.In April, the panel revealed a long list of conditions for the project, should it be approved.Earlier this month, the provincial government said it could not support the project.The panel will hand its recommendation over to the federal government at the end of the year. by News Staff Posted Jun 16, 2013 8:42 pm MDT Enbridge pipeline hearings enter final stage read more

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Interreligious violence poses longterm danger to Central African Republic Ban warns

“The horrific cycle of violence and retaliation between communities must stop immediately,” Mr. Ban said in his message to the extraordinary summit of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), hosted by Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno in the capital, N’Djamena. “Distrust is high and violence has fuelled anger and a thirst for revenge,” he added, highlighting the need to prioritize reconciliation efforts. In the message, delivered by Babacar Gaye, Special Representative in the country and the head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office (BINUCA), Mr. Ban commended the ECCAS Heads of State for proposing an inclusive national conference. Such a forum should provide all national actors with the opportunity “to share their concerns, agree on common challenges, and collectively find a way out of this crisis”, including through the preparation of elections, he said. Disarmament of combatants in accordance with international standards is essential, the UN chief stressed, noting also the importance of demobilization and reintegration of the former fighters. Armed attacks between ex-Séléka and Christian anti-balaka militias have escalated significantly in the past two weeks, despite the creation of a transitional government following the attack a year ago by mostly Muslim Séléka rebels which forced President François Bozizé to flee.Since then, thousands of people are estimated to have been killed, nearly 1 million driven from their homes, and 2.2 million, about half the population, need humanitarian aid.The UN and its partners have stepped up the humanitarian response but the situation remains “extremely troubling”, Mr. Ban said in today’s message. He also expressed concern about “widespread human rights abuses”. The UN is working to establish an International Commission of Inquiry to document the violations, in line with a resolution adopted by the Security Council in early December. “Together, we must send a strong message that those committing atrocities will be held accountable,” he said.In his message, Mr. Ban noted the quick deployment of the African-led International Support Mission to CAR (MISCA) and the French intervention force, SANGARIS, whose work “prevented the situation from degenerating even further”. He also noted that the UN will work closely with the African Union and other stakeholders in support of the upcoming donors conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 1 February. read more

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Geek deals Save 72 percent off the Sony BDPS270 Bluray player

first_imgMost of the readers here have been through the introduction of at least one new technology standard, watching it go from super-expensive-brand-new technology and slowly progressing to an affordable mainstream status. With the HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray wars behind us, we are all welcoming our Sony Blu-ray overlords and many geeks’ houses have some type of Blu-ray player in them. However, everyday prices aren’t yet low enough for every TV in the house to have a Blu-ray player.Sony is offering the refurbished BDP-S270 Blu-ray player for $99.99, compared to the new price of $179.99. However, Sony is dropping the price to just $49.99 with a special coupon. And this isn’t the basement bargain model either. It offers Dolby and DTS audio support, video upscaling, BD-Live 2.0, Ethernet, USB, and, of course, 1080p output. Internet apps like Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu Plus are supported via the built-in Ethernet, or you can add the optional UWA-BR100 wireless adapter.AdChoices广告This is an entry-level Blu-ray player, but has all the major features that most will need out of their player. The biggest feature it is lacking is 3D support, which also requires a 3D-capable TV and the geek-tastic glasses. Higher-end models also feature some broader audio support, to get the most out of the audiophile home theater setup. Accordingly, most people should find that this model suits their needs perfectly and you can open a whole new door by hooking the SDP-S270 up to your internet and getting Netflix et al on your TV.Spending $49.99 on a Blu-ray player that doubles as a set-top box is quite the steal. A Roku starts at $59.99, and a set-top box will only allow you to stream apps like Netflix and Pandora. The BDP-S270 does that and works as a Blu-ray player, so you’re getting quite the bang for your buck. This deal expires June 11.Visit LogicBuy for the refurbished Sony BDP-S270 deallast_img read more

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Extransport minister arrested for driving offences

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A former minister for transport was arrested earlier this week in Greece for driving with fake licence plates and appeared before a prosecutor. Michalis Liapis (62), who was minister for transport and communications from 2004 to 2007, was stopped and cited by a motorcycle police in Loutsa, north-east of Athens, after going through a stop sign. Liapis, a cousin of former New Democracy prime minster Kostas Karamanlis, was also found to be driving without insurance and did not have his driver’s licence on him either, claiming he had returned the plates for the jeep he was driving to the tax office. “I had left the car in a garage in Porto Rafti but I was about to go on a trip to Asia and was afraid the battery would go flat,” the ex-minister said by way of explaining why he was driving his SUV car. “It was unfortunate. I will be punished appropriately.” Liapis was first elected to parliament in 1985, keeping his seat until 2009. Before that, he held a position in the president’s office. He has been deputy minister for commerce (1992), minister for transport and communications (2004-2007) and minister for culture (2007-2009). He is the author of three political books: For a Radical Renewal, For a New Morality and For a Creative Overthrow. According to his declaration of wealth statement for 2011, he earned €109,223.68 while his wife earned €29,250. Liapis’ court hearing, which was to take place on Thursday, was postponed for December 30. As a result of this incident the former minister has been expelled by his party New Democracy. Source: enetenglish, ekathimerinilast_img read more

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Fertilité passer des heures devant la télé agit sur la qualité du

first_imgFertilité : passer des heures devant la télé agit sur la qualité du spermeSelon une étude américaine, les hommes qui passent plus de 20 heures par semaine devant la télévision présenteraient un sperme de moins bonne qualité que ceux qui s’abstiennent de regarder le petit écran. Si l’on savait déjà que le manque d’activité physique n’était pas bon pour la santé, c’est une nouvelle alerte que viennent de lancer des chercheurs américains de la Harvard School of Public Health de Boston. Une alerte qui concerne la fertilité de ces messieurs. Selon leur étude publiée aujourd’hui dans le British Journal of Sports Medicine, les hommes qui regardent la télévision pendant de longues heures seraient moins fertiles que les autres. Pour arriver à cette conclusion, l’étude a porté sur 189 jeunes hommes de 18 à 22 ans dont les scientifiques ont étudié le sperme. Plus précisément, ils ont comparé les échantillons et leurs caractéristiques en fonction des habitudes de vie des participants en matière d’exercice, d’alimentation et de télévision, notamment. C’est ainsi qu’ils ont constaté que le groupe qui passait plus de 20 heures à regarder la télévision avait une concentration de spermatozoïdes 44% inférieure à celle des autres. Mais l’étude ne s’est pas arrêtée puisqu’elle a mis en évidence un autre facteur important et sans aucun doute, lié au précédent : l’exercice physique. Il semblerait en effet que les hommes qui font de l’exercice “à un rythme modéré à vigoureux” au moins 15 heures par semaine ont une concentration de spermatozoïdes 73% plus élevée que ceux qui en font moins de 5 heures par semaine. L’exercice physique à un rythme léger n’a montré lui aucune différence. “Identifier deux facteurs potentiellement modifiables qui semblent avoir un impact aussi important sur le nombre de spermatozoïdes est vraiment excitant”, a commenté Audrey Gaskins, doctorante qui a mené l’étude. L’excès de sport tout aussi nocif ?À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Néanmoins, les mécanismes expliquant cet impact restent relativement flous. “Ce que nous pensons, c’est qu’être physiquement actif augmente l’exposition aux enzymes antioxydantes, qui nous le savons, augmentent le nombre de spermatozoïdes. Être inactif correspond à l’opposé : ceci provoque de hauts niveaux de stress oxydatif, qui est lié à une faible production de spermatozoïdes”, a expliqué Jorge Chavarro, professeur assistant en nutrition et épidémiologie cité par le Telegraph.Ces résultats fournissent donc une nouvelle piste à explorer pour les scientifiques qui ne connaissent pas encore avec certitude l’origine de la baisse de la qualité du sperme chez l’homme qui a été observée depuis une dizaine d’années. Néanmoins, pour les auteurs de l’étude, “il faudrait évaluer l’impact des différents types d’activités physiques sur la qualité du sperme car des études précédentes suggéraient les effets contradictoires des exercices sur les caractéristiques du sperme”. En effet, des efforts trop intenses et trop réguliers pourraient au contraire impacter négativement la concentration de spermatozoïdes. Le tout pourrait donc être de trouver la juste mesure sachant que dans tous les cas observés dans l’étude, les concentrations de spermatozoïdes étaient tout de même suffisantes pour permettre de concevoir un enfant. “Ces conclusions sont plausibles et je suis d’accord sur le fait qu’il y a des preuves suggérant que l’exercice modéré pourrait suffisamment changer la physiologie des hommes pour améliorer la santé testiculaire”, a précisé de son côté le Dr Allan Pacey, expert en fertilité masculine à la Sheffield University.  Le 5 février 2013 à 13:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Wise reveals how Chelsea could keep Hazard

first_imgFormer Chelsea midfielder Dennis Wise believes retaining Eden Hazard is a must and revealed what he thinks they can do to ensure itThe Belgian winger is yet to commit his long-term future at Chelsea with his current contract set to expire in June 2020.Hazard has recently teased the possibility of fulfilling a childhood dream of his by signing for Real Madrid, who were strongly linked with a move for him last summer.But Wise reckons a few quality signings along with a top-four finish in the Premier League this season could enough to convince Hazard to stay at Stamford Bridge.“It’s very important to keep him,” Wise told Metro.“I think from a Chelsea point of view if they want to win trophies they need to keep Hazard.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s very important because he’s such a quality player.“Every Chelsea fan would love to keep him and hopefully we can tie him up for longer.“But the important thing from Hazard’s point of view is what other personnel comes in at Chelsea Football Club and whether they can get back into the Champions League.“He wants to play Champions League football – he hasn’t this year – but if they can get that spot for next year and add a couple of top quality players then it can [help] change his mind.“He’d know then that the club can compete because at this moment Manchester City and Liverpool are in front.”Hazard has managed eight goals and six assists in 17 appearances this season for Chelsea, who will face league leaders Manchester City this Saturday.last_img read more

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Buffon talks about splitting time in PSG goal with Areola

first_imgBuffon, 40, talked to RMC Sport about his time at Paris Saint-Germain and says he has no problem rotating responsibilities in the goal with fellow goalkeeper Areola, 25.Gianluigi Buffon has been splitting his time in the goal 50/50 with teammate Alphonse Areola since arriving at PSG and praised the young keeper’s talent. The veteran Italian goalkeeper said he had already done this at Juventus during his final couple of seasons and that it’s important that everyone on the squad feels needed.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“I’ve never had a problem letting other goalkeepers play, I did the same in the last year and a half at Juventus because it’s important for everyone to feel they are contributing,” Buffon said, according to Football-Italia. “Alphonse is a great goalkeeper and an exceptional guy, so when I see people and players like that, I am very happy for them to play.“I am sure within two years Areola will become a regular first-choice goalkeeper for France, as he has been steadily improving throughout the process.”last_img read more

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Ft Carsons New Garrison Commander Underlines Significance of Regions Support

first_imgFort Carson’s new garrison commander knows he will need to rely on the post’s strong relationship with Colorado Springs to support the 4th Infantry Division, especially as many of the unit’s soldiers return from a deployment to Afghanistan. “Roughly 70 percent of our soldiers and their families live outside the gates,” Col. Brian Wortinger told the Gazette. “So we really need these partnerships to serve these families the best we can,” he said. More broadly, Fort Carson will be depending on its neighbors for a host of services to support its 25,000 soldiers, 40,000-plus family members and 6,000 civilians. “I have been at a level where I can see that type of collaboration,” Wortinger said. “And the Fort Carson community is the best I have ever seen, hands down.”Already, the post is benefitting from its mutual aid agreements with surrounding jurisdictions. Civilian fire departments currently are helping control a fire at the installation’s Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site, said Wortinger, who assumed his new role July 6.Army photo by Amber Martin Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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PHOTO Wilmington High Announces 2018 Homecoming Court

first_img(NOTE: Photo & names from WHS Athletic Director Tim Alberts via Twitter.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related2nd Annual Wilmington Tennis Open Set For August 10In “Sports”WHS Class Of 1969 Announces 50th Reunion On September 14In “Education”Wilmington High School To Administer PSAT Exam On Saturday, October 19In “Education” WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School held its annual Homecoming Dance on Saturday, September 15 inside the WHS Gymnasium.Congratulations to this year’s Homecoming Court:Hailey Collins (Queen)Cam Martin (King)Brodie CaizziConlin DuffyMindy DugganNathalie GosselinAlex PitziColin Rooneylast_img read more

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Senate passes bill to curb robocalls

first_imgThe Senate overwhelmingly passes legislation to stop robocalls. Marguerite Reardon/CNET The Senate voted Thursday in favor of bipartisan legislation to help stop annoying robocalls on your phone. The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act passed 97-1 and had more than 80 co-sponsors.The bill, introduced by Sens. John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, and Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, would improve enforcement policies, such as criminalizing illegal robocalling, and also improve coordination between agencies policing robocalls. It would also require phone companies to use a new technology protocol called SHAKEN/STIR, which would validate that calls are originating from where they claim to be coming from and would allow for faster tracing of illegal calls to find out who’s responsible for them. How to stop robocalls Thune said it’s important to up the ante in the fight against these calls and to establish criminal penalties to put illegal robocallers “behind bars.””This bipartisan, commonsense bill puts a bullseye on the scam artists and criminals who are making it difficult for many Americans to answer the phone with any bit of confidence about who’s on the other end of the line,” he said. Americans received 47.8 billion robocalls last year, according to a Federal Communications Commission report released in February. Nearly 50% of those calls were from scammers. The report also highlighted that the number of complaints about illegal robocalls has been increasing, jumping from 172,000 complaints in 2015 to 232,000 complaints in 2018.Robocalls use autodialers and recorded messages to make millions of phone calls. Often the numbers that show up in caller ID appear to belong to friends or neighbors, when they’re actually “spoofed.” These calls hide the real number to trick people into answering the call. The FCC has adopted some policies to reduce the number of calls people get, but Congress is also stepping in to ensure the agency has what it needs to give its policies teeth. The issue cuts across party lines and has proved to be an issue politicians on both sides of the aisle can support. “There are no blue robocalls or red robocallers,” Markey said. “And I am proud to partner with Sen. Thune on this critical consensus legislation. Our colleagues in the House of Representatives must heed the public’s cries, pass this bill, and send it to the president’s desk.”The TRACED Act is supported by all 50 state attorneys general, the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission, as well as several industry associations and consumer groups. “This is a very big deal for industry’s multipronged effort to battle back against illegal robocalls,” said Jonathan Spalter, president and CEO of USTelecom. “Today the Senate delivered a loud and clear message to the criminals who scam and spoof consumers: More blocking, more fines and more criminal enforcement is coming.”Rep. Frank Pallone, a Democrat from New Jersey, and the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, is also pushing a bill to end robocalls. Earlier this year he reintroduced the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, which would ban more kinds of robocalls and let consumers opt out of robocalls at any point, among other requirements. The FCC is also working to curb these annoying calls. Earlier this month FCC Chairman Ajit Pai circulated a proposal to allow wireless carriers to block robocalls for customers by default. Companies would also allow consumers to block calls from unknown numbers themselves. “I commend the US Senate for passing the TRACED Act … [which] would help strengthen the FCC’s ability to combat illegal robocalls,” Pai said in a statement. “We would welcome these additional tools to fight this scourge.” Mobile FCC Tags 2:42 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 4 Commentslast_img read more

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Speaker visits floodhit areas assures farmers of government

first_imgSrikakulam: AP Legislative Assembly Speaker T Sitaram toured in Vamsadhara and Nagavali flood-affected areas in Amudalavalasa Assembly constituency on Sunday. Along with mandal-level officials, the Speaker inspected flood-hit areas at Peddasavalapuram, Sarubujjili, Purusottapuram and other places in the Assembly constituency. He asked farmers about the crop loss and damage to paddy nurseries. He visited the inundated paddy fields in several villages. Speaking on the occasion, the Speaker assured the farmers of support from the State government. He told them that seeds will be supplied free of cost for cultivation of crops again. Officials from the departments of Agriculture, Panchayat Raj and Revenue accompanied the Speaker.last_img read more

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53m yaba pills seized in 2018

first_imgyaba. File PhotoLaw enforcers seized a record 53 million yaba pills in 2018 — up 33 per cent in a year — amid a deadly nationwide crackdown on the trade, officials said Sunday.Nearly 300 suspected drug dealers were killed last year, according to authorities, who insisted the seizure figure was proof that their campaign was working.Rights groups said the record haul showed the deaths had failed to make an impact on the trade.The government Department of Narcotics Control said the drug — popularly known as ‘yaba’, a Thai word meaning ‘crazy medicine’ — was seized across Bangladesh of 165 million people.”It is the highest amount seized in a year,” Bazlur Rahman, a department deputy director, told AFP.Masum-e-Rabbani, another senior official at the department, said the record haul was proof that a crackdown launched in May last year was yielding “positive” results.He said there has been a significant decline in the use and sale of yaba.Nearly 300 suspected drug dealers were killed by security forces in the campaign and some 25,000 arrests made, according to Rabbani.Human rights groups say many of the deaths amount to extrajudicial killings however.More than 40 were killed in the town of Teknaf, which borders Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state and is close to the refugee camps housing about one million Rohingya Muslims.Bangladesh has struggled to control a surge in yaba imports crossing the border from Myanmar, where the pills are manufactured by the millions.The pills have become an easy source of income for the Rohingyas who poured across the border after the Myanmar military launched a clampdown in Rakhine in August 2017.The refugees act as carriers, handing over the pills to dealers on the Bangladesh side of the border who then take them to major cities, according to police.In October, authorities made yaba a class-A banned substance and parliament passed a law allowing the death penalty for dealing the drug.A top rights activist said the record yaba seizure meant the hundreds of deaths had failed to make a serious dent in the drug trade.”It proves that the police crackdown is not working. They need a different approach,” Nur Khan Liton, a former head of rights group Ain O Salish Kendra, told AFP.last_img read more

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Its Tax Day And The IRS Online Payment Service Is Down

first_img Share Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Internal Revenue Service’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., in 2016.The Internal Revenue Service is experiencing computer trouble on Tax Day, leaving Americans unable to view their tax record or make tax payments as the clock ticks down toward a midnight deadline.“This service is currently unavailable,” the IRS.gov website says on several key pages, including tools to allow you to view an outstanding balance, make a direct payment or set up a payment plan.“We apologize for any inconvenience,” the website says.“Currently, certain IRS systems are experiencing technical difficulties,” IRS spokesperson Sarah Allen tells NPR. “Taxpayers should continue filing their tax returns as they normally would.”The IRS has not identified a cause of the outage, or an estimated time for tools to regain functionality.The Associated Press reports that IRS Acting Commissioner David Kautter, speaking at a House Oversight Hearing on Tuesday, told lawmakers that the agency is actively working to resolve the issue.April 17 is tax day, and the filing deadline is midnight.In a press release last week, the IRS touted its “new mobile friendly website” as a helpful tool for “people who need last-minute tax information.”“As the tax deadline nears and the demand for IRS tax help by phone is higher, the IRS encourages taxpayers to make IRS.gov their first stop when questions arise,” the agency wrote.People who need more time can file an extension, but that does only extends the deadline for filing — not for paying taxes due. The IRS emphasizes that if you do not make a payment by the deadline you may owe interest or penalties.If a taxpayer needs a little extra time to pay the tax in full, the IRS urges them to use the Online Payment Agreement application.That service is currently down.Other payment options include paying by credit card, by mail or by a bank withdrawal set up through a third party, such as a tax professional or a software program.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Solar camera strap could put an end to dead dSLR batteries

first_img Most digital SLR cameras are powered by lithium-ion batteries that must be plugged into an electrical outlet when they need to be recharged. If the photographer has no spare, a dead battery means the end of the photo shoot.The Solar Camera Strap concept was the brainchild of designer Weng Jie, and consists of a row of tiny flexible solar panels on the strap that enables the camera batteries to be recharging whenever the photographer is shooting in daylight. A storage battery is built into each end of the strap. It is not clear if the solar strap will also be able to charge the battery inside the camera, and it seems likely cameras would need some modification to allow them to be powered by the solar camera strap itself.Similar devices have been considered in the past, but for more power-hungry devices such as smartphones. A solar camera strap may be more successful since the power requirements for modern cameras are very low.The strap is only at the concept stage and is not yet available and there is no word on when or if it will ever be commercialized.Yanko Design is a website focusing on introducing modern designs in a wide range of fields, including interior design, architecture, fashion, and industrial design. Other designs by Weng Jie include “Cornification,” a pillow made of Velcro sweetcorn kernels. Battery Wrapped in Solar Cells Recharges in the Sun Explore further 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. (PhysOrg.com) — A new concept introduced by Yanko Designs could put an end to dead batteries on photography excursions. The Solar Camera Strap is a sturdy strap to secure the camera and to power it via thin solar panels across the width of the strap.center_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Solar camera strap could put an end to dead dSLR batteries (2010, June 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-06-solar-camera-dead-dslr-batteries.html More information: www.yankodesign.com/2010/06/25 … ower-around-my-neck/last_img read more

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Here are the top 12 finalists of Sharad Sundari

first_imgThe most awaited beauty pageant, Sharad Sundari presented by Shyam Sundar Co. Jewellers is back with its seventh edition. In the curtain raiser of the main event, Shyam Sundar Co. Jewellers unveiled the top 12 finalists who would compete to win the crown. Renowned model and Miss Universe 2010, Ushoshi Sengupta was present at curtain raiser and shared her experience of winning the Indian beauty pageant ‘I Am She – Miss Universe India’. The event also witnessed the presence of Jaynataa Ghosh, Ricky Chandra and Nilanjan Saha. Rupak Saha and Arpita Saha from Shyam Sundar Co. Jewellers were also present. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSharad Sundari is a hunt for the season’s most festive look who would be an embodiment of beauty, power and knowledge with the zeal to excel. With an aim to discover individuals who have a positive approach towards life with special focus on passion and creativity, this glamorous event witnessed the national participation of more than 6200 girls this year, mainly from West Bengal and Tripura from different walks of life.This enigmatic beauty pageant contest began in 2011 with the aim to spot the best faces showcasing the festive look of Durga Puja. The finalists were selected by spotting them at popular puja pandals and prominent housing societies across India. This has helped to accentuate the visibility of Sharad Sundari and make it a popular household name. The top 12 finalists were Sagarika Chakraborty, Srimoyee Roy, Ranali Saha, Anushka Samanta, Payel Sarkar, Dibyasha Das, Madhumita Soren, Manisha Sen, Aradhana Chatterjee, Moumita Sarkar, Sneha Saha and Sneha Bose.last_img read more

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The Peculiar Frenchman who Designed Washington DC

first_imgThe Statue of Liberty, believe it or not, is not the biggest nor the most impressive architectural contribution France has made to America. For much of Washington DC was in fact designed by a Frenchman. Born in France in 1754, Pierre Charles L’Enfant grew up following in the footsteps of his famed painter father who was in the service of King Louis XV.L’Enfant left his studies at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris, however, to go to America and fight on the rebellious colonials’ side in the Revolutionary War.Pierre Charles L’EnfantIn 1777 he enlisted in the Continental Army under General Lafayette as a military engineer. He went on to serve under General Washington himself, forming a close relationship aided by his production of several portraits of the future first president.After the war, L’Enfant set up a civil engineering firm in New York. He redesigned City Hall for the First Congress of the United States, providing the first example of the renowned Federal Style architecture for the country.Certificate of Membership in the Society of CincinnatiIntroduced in 1789, the Constitution of the United States provided for the development of a new city that would act as the federal district of the nation. Later named after the first president himself, Washington D.C. was allotted up to 10 square miles. L’Enfant nominated himself to plan the city and George Washington accepted, officially appointing him to the task in 1791.L’Enfant had grandiose ideas, taking inspiration from the architecture of his native France, wanting to reflect such palaces as the one at Versailles. In between the Potomac River and its Eastern Branch (today the Anacostia River), he developed a plan for the city that would compliment the contours of the land. L’Enfant’s biographer, Scott Berg, claims that, “The entire city was built around the idea that every citizen was equally important,” explaining why Congress was placed on the highest point overlooking the Potomac, traditionally an ideal location for the executive palace. In his Plan of the City […] L’Enfant described this location as “a pedestal awaiting a monument.”L’Enfant’s Plan of Washington Superimposed on the Rectangular System from which he workedThe President’s House, or Executive Palace (today the White House), was meant to be five times its actual size. Many of L’Enfant’s plans didn’t come to fruition at the time, however, including his development of the federal city. Urged by Thomas Jefferson, L’Enfant ended up resigning his post.Plan of the City of Washington, March 1792. Engraving on paper, Library of Congress recordThroughout the project, the temperamental French architect clashed regularly with city commissioners worried about the budget, local wealthy landowners whose residencies were demolished for the development of the city, and real estate firms looking to buy land which would impede L’Enfant’s vision.The Frenchman gained a reputation for an inability to work well with others. He also left the project to develop Paterson, New Jersey as well as the construction of Fort Washington, being replaced by less stubborn visionaries. This pattern would continue throughout the rest of his life.The White House ruins after the conflagration of August 24, 1814. Watercolor by George Munger, displayed at the White HouseWashington D.C. remained incomplete 110 years after L’Enfant’s resignation. In 1901 the McMillan Commission was formed by the Senate to complete the city, whose development continued based on the original and disputed plans of L’Enfant.The Commission saw to the completion of L’Enfants dream of the National Mall: an open-air space designed to be accessible, emphasizing the country’s democratic and egalitarian values. They were unable to, however, realize his plan for a waterfall on Capitol Hill.Tomb of L’Enfant at Arlington National Cemetery. Photo by Tim Evanson CC BY-SA 2.0Peter L’Enfant, having anglicized his name in honor of his adoptive country, died in poverty in 1825. Originally buried at Green Hill Farm in Maryland, his remains were exhumed in 1909 and relocated to the Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. His final resting place overlooks the Potomac River and the United States capital that he designed.Read another story from us: War of 1812: The Burning of Washington and how a Freak Storm Saved the DayToday, the chairman of the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), John Cogbill, asserts that the NCPC accommodates L’Enfants original plan into all their work in Washington D.C. These plans are today guarded by the United States Library of Congress.last_img read more

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Say Hello to Windows Goodbye

first_img 2 min read January 11, 2017 It has become second nature to hit the Windows Key + “L” combination when stepping away from my Windows PC or laptop in order to lock the screen. But it’s easy to forget to do if you’re called away urgently, leaving your system open for others to access. It looks as though Microsoft is set to solve this problem for Windows 10 users with a new feature called Dynamic Lock.We already have Windows Hello available allowing users to unlock Windows 10 using their face, fingerprint or iris. Dynamic Lock aims to repeat that same ease of access for locking the operating system, which is why internally Microsoft refers to it as Windows Goodbye (a name they surely should use instead of Dynamic Lock!).  As Windows Central explains, Dynamic Lock will be an optional feature turned on in the Sign-in options of Windows 10. Once activated, it regularly checks to ensure you are still present at the computer. It’s unclear what will be used to determine this, or if the user will be given a choice of what checks to perform. However, it’s safe to assume a webcam could be used to visually check you are there, but also a lack of activity on the machine for a specified amount of time may also feature.You can get close to the functionality of Dynamic Lock already. Simply enable a screensaver, set an inactivity time to trigger it and tick the option to lock the screen when it is active. Anyone approaching your PC will then need to unlock it to gain access.If Microsoft gets this right, approaching and moving away from your machine will seamlessly unlock and lock it without any physical interaction being required. In so doing, it will make Windows 10 more secure by default in public environments as well as in one of the most common environments you find Windows PCs: busy offices.For now, Dynamic Lock is a feature available to anyone running the latest Insider Preview build of the Windows 10 Creators Update. Hopefully it won’t be too long before it rolls out as a standard feature for the OS as part of a Windows Update. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » This story originally appeared on PCMag Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

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Pilots association rejects Qantasia

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J “Australians want Qantas not Qantasia”, according to the Australian and International Pilots’ Association’s (AIPA) president in response to the carrier’s “tactic admission” that it is moving its operations offshore.Mr Barry Jackson said despite the airline’s tough situation “aiming to base much of the airline in Asia” would not benefit the public or the carrier’s pilots. “Pilots accept that Qantas is facing a tricky point in its history, but packing up and moving to Asia is not the only option,” Mr Jackson said in an online statement.“If Alan Joyce and his execs sit down with pilots and other workers, there are any number of ways to achieve productivity gains without scrapping Qantas’s 90 year history and shifting overseas.“This is not the right time to be stripping our national airline back and selling the carcass off to Asia.”e-Travel Blackboard is awaiting comment from Qantas. In other news, Qantas launched its four times weekly service from Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth airport yesterday. Tying in with the carrier’s code share partnership with American Airlines, the new route will offer business and leisure travellers access to 54 other destinations in the US including Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Washington, Toronto, Vancouver, Cancun and Mexico City.“This new service takes Qantas customers into the heart of the United States, with a wide range of options for onward travel,” Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said.   “Dallas and Fort Worth are attractive destinations in their own right, combining rapid economic growth with Texas’ rich heritage.”The new route could also open up tourism into Australia, Mr Joyce added “particularly in Queensland and NSW”.  last_img read more

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African lion barks at zoo patrons

first_imgChinese zoo replaces exotic animals with common species. A Chinese zoo has attempted to disguise common house pets as exotic animals. “They should at least use a husky to pretend to be a wolf,” an online social commentator said. The chief of the park’s animal department Liu Suya said that while the zoo does have a lion, it had been taken to a breeding facility and the dog – which belonged to an employee – had been temporarily housed in the zoo over safety concerns. The zoo was exposed when the animal in the cage labelled ‘African lion’ began barking. “The zoo is absolutely cheating us,” zoo customer Ms Liu said. The zoo, located in the People’s Park of Luohe in the central province of Henan, was displaying a Tibetan mastiff in its lion exhibit, the Beijing Youth Daily reported. Three other species housed incorrectly included two coypu rodents in a snake’s cage, a white fox in a leopard’s den, and another dog in a wolf pen. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

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