Malmo Shooting Draws Attention to “Major Crisis” in Sweden

Rabat – Three people were shot, one killed when gunmen opened fire on a car in Malmo, Sweden, police said.The shooting happened in a residential neighborhood Sunday night adding to the growing concern about gun violence in Sweden’s third largest city. There are over 8,100 Moroccans living in Malmo.The identities nor conditions of the other three injured victims were not readily known. It is reported that several gunmen on scooters opened fire on the victims who were in a car. The gunmen then fled the scene.One Malmo resident, Samiuddin Ahmadi, told broadcaster SVT that two stray bullets entered his apartment, narrowly missing his son, reported Fox News World.Like Sweden’s other major cities, Malmo has seen a rise in gun violence in the past decade, often connected to feuds between rival gangs.Malmo gained infamy for its “no-go zones” in which refugees and immigrants, mostly from Muslim countries, have made it nearly impossible for Swedish police and firefighters to operate. These public safety departments basically have no jurisdiction to control neighborhoods. When police arrived residents throw rocks and make their duties almost impossible.Last month, more than 70 cars were set on fire by arsonists over several days in Malmo. The police managed to arrest only one suspect while investigating those attacks, reported Rt.comThere are now 55 identified areas in several Swedish cities where the police have significant problems in tackling crime. There were only 50 “no-go zones” in February providing evidence that the negative reaction by refugees to police and firefighters is increasing.“We have a major crisis. Many colleagues are choosing to quit,” police officer Peter Larsson told the Norwegian broadcaster NRK. “A drastically worsened working environment means many colleagues are now looking for other work.”Sweden by far has the most liberal laws regarding refugee relocation in the European Union. The Scandinavian country receive more refugees per capita than any other European country.In 2015, 163,000 refugees applied for asylum in Sweden. Syrians accounted for 51,00, Afghanistan 41,000 and Iraq 20,000, the rest are also from predominantly Muslim nations. Sixteen percent of Sweden’s population – or 1.6 Million people — were born in another country.The shooting in Malmo came two hours before reports began circulating of an explosion in Heleneholm, a kilometer away from the scene of the shooting, The Express reported.It is not yet known if the two incidents are linked. read more

Husky Energy wants more time for report after pipeline leak in Saskatchewan

REGINA – Husky Energy has asked for more time to submit technical reports on an oil pipeline spill into the North Saskatchewan River in July.The Saskatchewan government says Husky (TSX:HSE) has been granted a 30-day extension on the metallurgic review of the failed pipe and a geotechnical report on the land where the failure occurred.Doug MacKnight is with the Ministry of Economy’s petroleum and natural gas division, which is responsible for licensing pipelines and overseeing the Husky investigation. He says an extension isn’t common.“But then again, this is an uncommon incident. We haven’t had one of this scale,” MacKnight said Friday in a conference call with media.Pipeline regulations in Saskatchewan allow for extensions on reports. MacKnight said the rule is there specifically for this kind of lengthy and complex investigation.“This a major piece of scientific and engineering research that has to go on,” he said.“The pipe is located on a slope. There’s a lot of science in terms of investigating the metallurgic failure as well as the technical environment in which the pipe is operating. There is a lot of work involved here. The priority is getting a thorough report.”Husky was expected to submit a full report within 90 days of the pipeline breach. The government now expects a full assessment of the cause of the spill by Nov. 21.A one-page update provided Friday by Husky said 225,000 litres of oil spilled into the river near Maidstone, Sask., in July and affected an area of about 41,500 square metres. It’s the first time the government has received an official report on the affected land area, said MacKnight.The update said about 210,000 litres have been recovered.Ash Olesen, with the Environment Ministry, said that’s about 93 per cent of the oil spilled. Olesen could not say at what point officials will acknowledge that no further oil can be recovered.“The expectation is that if, in fact, there is anything to be retrieved, we would be actively requiring Husky to do so,” he said.Work has moved from spill response to recovery and remediation, Olesen said, and the river is to be monitored over the winter.The spill forced the cities of North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort to shut off their water intakes from the river and find other water sources for almost two months.The province has said it will be inspecting all oil pipelines that cross rivers or lakes where a potential failure could threaten municipal water supplies. by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 21, 2016 11:49 am MDT Last Updated Oct 21, 2016 at 4:07 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Husky Energy wants more time for report after pipeline leak in Saskatchewan read more

On World Wildlife Day UN joins call for protection of planets big

Indicating that wildlife conservation is a shared responsibility in which consumers, communities, policymakers and businesses all have a role to play, she urged people all around the world to help raise awareness. “They say cats have nine lives.  Our big cats are on at least number eight,” she held sway, highlighting the need for a new paradigm to conserve and sustainably manage their habitats, one that “acknowledges that economic growth is not in direct conflict with conservation.” UNEP GRID Arendal/Peter ProkoschMale Lion at the Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya.At an event at UN Headquarters in New York on Friday, co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Gabon, Germany, Kyrgyzstan and Thailand, and UNDP, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP,) UNODC, African Parks, Panthera, WCS and WWF, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed explained that SDG 15 highlights actions to reverse the loss of biodiversity across all regions.”Biodiversity is disappearing at a thousand times the natural rate,” lamented Ms. Mohammed, saying that the varied causes are all linked to the 17 SDGs of the 2030 Agenda. She observed that in many cases poverty, hunger and biodiversity loss are intrinsically connected.“Protecting ecosystems and ensuring access to ecosystem services by poor and vulnerable groups are therefore essential to eradicating extreme poverty and hunger,” he underscored.  Calling conservation, restoration and sustainable use of biological diversity “an effective anti-poverty strategy,” Ms. Mohammed emphasized the need to better maintain the natural resources on which billions of people depend – especially the world’s rural poor.  “We must work resolutely to improve biodiversity conservation and to eliminate the associated mismanagement, illicit trade, corruption and trafficking,” she said. A Cheetah mother with her two cubs in Kenya. (Image used under license from his message, Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said that while “the cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal […] like other big cat species, it cannot outrun the threat of extinction.”Mr. Fedotov maintained that this year’s theme: ‘Big cats: predators under threat,’ is bringing much-needed attention to the urgent challenges faced by these majestic animals.“Across the world, lions, tigers, leopards and jaguars, as well as many other big cat species, are under pressure due to poaching, lost habitats and disappearing prey,” he detailed.UNODC is working to help countries criminalize wildlife poaching and trafficking as a means of protecting animals, including big cat species, and halting their tragic disappearance into history.“Our collective roar of defiance must be aimed at the poachers, traffickers and all those who would destroy our natural heritage. We must not let them succeed,” he exhorted.Mr. Fedotov wrapped up his message calling on everyone to “work with the international community to stop wildlife crime and prevent the world’s big cat species from sliding into extinction.” “Let us act together to help ensure the survival of the world’s big cats and all of our planet’s precious and fragile biological diversity,” concluded Ms. Mohammed. “This year,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message on the Day, “the spotlight falls on the world’s big cats,” which include species such as cheetahs, pumas and snow leopards, found from Africa to Asia and the Americas. “These charismatic creatures are universally revered for their grace and power, yet they are increasingly in danger of extinction,” he continued, noting the massive decline in their numbers.Just over a century ago, some 100,000 wild tigers roamed Asia, while fewer than 4,000 remain today. All the big cats are collectively under threat from habitat loss, climate change, poaching, illicit trafficking, and human-wildlife conflict.“We are the cause of their decline, so we can also be their salvation,” Mr. Guterres asserted. “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include specific targets to end the poaching and illegal trafficking of protected species of wild fauna and flora.”Last year, UN Member States adopted the third in a series of resolutions tackling wildlife decline. “Ultimately, the solution to saving big cats and other threatened and endangered species is conservation policy based on sound science and the rule of law,” noted the UN chief, adding the need that local people be given full consideration.“When local communities and economies benefit from wildlife conservation, strategies are much more likely to succeed,” he elaborated.By protecting big cats we also protect the landscapes they inhabit and the life they harbour, “it is a gateway to protecting entire ecosystems that are crucial to our planet’s health,” Mr. Guterres pointed out.“Wildlife conservation is a shared responsibility,” he concluded, calling on people around the world to “help raise awareness and to take personal action to help ensure the survival of the world’s big cats and all its precious and fragile biological diversity.” “We need people-centred and planet-sensitive economic growth strategies that support environmental protection and wildlife conservation,” she affirmed. read more

WPA says Central Govt should intervene in City Hall garbage woes

The Working People’s Alliance (WPA), one of the political parties that comprises the governing coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), has raised concerns over the Mayor and City Council’s inability to honour its over $300M debt to Cevons Waste Management and Puran Brothers and the health consequences that could entail from the improper management of Georgetown’s waste.According to the party, while the smaller contractors that the Council brought on board will suffice in the short term, “they will have great difficulty in the medium and long term continuing their operations if and when they are confronted with the same conditions which negatively impacted the operations of Cevons and Puran Brothers.”The WPA says it is calling on “Central Government to take immediate steps to ensure the safety, health and well being of citizens of Georgetown in this period of grave uncertainty engendered by the inability of the Council to deal with the problem.”See their full statement below:The WPA is deeply concerned that the Georgetown City Council’s inability to honour its financial obligations to Cevons Waste Management and Puran Brothers has the potential of endangering the health and lives of citizens.On this occasion the problem is propelled by the inability of the administration at City Hall, which is headed by Town Clerk Royston King, to effectively manage the resources of the Council. The failure of the Council to meet its financial commitments to the garbage collectors has resulted in Cevons and Puran Brothers withdrawing their services. This is not the first occasion that this course of action has been taken by these garbage collectors.WPA believes that, notwithstanding the fact that there has been an announcement from the Town Clerk’s office of an agreement with a number of small contractors who will be collaborating with the Council’s waste collection department to address the situation, residents of Georgetown and its environs are very worried about the possible negative impact to their health as a result of the approach of the Council’s administrators to payment of garbage collectors.WPA calls on Central Government to take immediate steps to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of citizens of Georgetown in this period of grave uncertainty engendered by the inability of the Council to deal with the problem.WPA uses this opportunity to warn the public that while we believe that small contractors could be effective in the short term, they will have great difficulty in the medium and long term continuing their operations if and when they are confronted with the same conditions which negatively impacted the operations of Cevons and Puran Brothers.WPA is of the view that the problems of the Georgetown City Council are partly rooted in the shortfall of revenue and the poor performance of its top administrators for a number of years. The continued existence of these factors has eliminated any chance of the Council arriving at a solution to its many problems and must be addressed. WPA strongly believes that a long term solution to the administrative shortfall in the Council is critical to a more enlightened/professional approach to addressing the problems of the Council. While we do not see this being addressed with the urgency it deserves we wish to propose that the Council adopts a three prong approach which involves(a) immediately re-engaging the large contractors, with the issue of outstanding and current payments not only talked about as being allotted a high priority but the Council must ensure that payment timelines are kept;(b) the continued employment of small contactors with payment schedules being kept; and(c) the council must move expeditiously to develop its own capacity to actively participate in the garbage collection exercise in Georgetown. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCevons, Puran Brothers to resume collection after meeting with Central Govt, M&CCDecember 8, 2018In “Business”Small contractors to step in if Puran, Cevons halt services – Solid Waste DirectorNovember 24, 2018In “Business”Owed for over 6 moths, Puran, Cevons pull services from M&CCNovember 27, 2018In “Business” read more

Animals and plants are disappearing faster than at any other time in

first_img 97 Comments Share106 Tweet Email3 A LANDMARK REPORT that assessed the state of the world’s biodiversity was published earlier this week, which gave a grim account of the significant dangers facing plants and animals across the globe.The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) report shows that species loss on the planet is accelerating at a rate of tens or hundreds of times faster than in the past.The UN report – the biggest ever of its kind – concluded that more than half a million species on land have insufficient habitat for long-term survival and are likely to go extinct – many within decades – unless their habitats are restored. Close to a third of corals around and over a third of marine mammals are also threatened. Changes in nature caused by decades of poisoning the Earth’s forests, oceans, soil and air threaten society at least as much as climate change, was the message from the report’s authors. “We’re in trouble,” said Rebecca Shaw, chief scientist for the World Wildlife Fund, who observed the final negotiations that led to the 39-page summary. “This is the strongest call we’ve seen for reversing the trends on the loss of nature.”Biodiversity and climate change Biodiversity the variety of plant and animal life in the world or in a particular habitat. More biodiversity is associated with a healthier system. A Decline in biodiversity on the planet is bad not only due to the loss of certain animal and plant species, but also because of the danger it poses to human survival. Plants and animals are the building blocks on which human life depends. Threats like the ones now facing a huge variety of different species are also a long-term threat to human survival. One significant factor in the loss of biodiversity is human-made climate change – the warming of the Earth by human activities. Loss of biodiversity also speeds up climate change, as Earth loses its life support systems. Ireland and biodiversity loss Ireland is not immune from the losses in plant and animal life that are occurring across the planet. Environmental scientists, researchers and activists have all pointed towards a decline in certain plant and animal species across the country, with many others threatened. Of the 3,000 or so plant and animal species in Ireland that are subject to a conservation assessment (meaning, an assessment on how likely it is that they will go extinct), about a quarter are facing extinction. “And the big issue is we don’t know which plant or animal could be the source of our next medicine. It could be something that provides the air that we breathe or food for the next generation,” Noeleen Smyth, a conservation botanist with the National Botanic Gardens, told said that of about 1,200 plants in Ireland, 100 are threatened with extinction and 20 are critically endangered. Smyth said that it was of huge importance that the country worked toward conserving the species that remain. “I like to think of species in that same way: each species of plant and animal are holding together this big system and we don’t know which one is going to be the weak link, where the system might break,” she said.  Several species of the country’s wildlife are also under strain. Oonagh Duggan of Birdwatch Ireland provided with figures facing the nations habitats, plants and wildlife. These include:  May 11th 2019, 6:31 AM Saturday 11 May 2019, 6:30 AM Short URL Image: Shutterstock/TB studio By Cormac Fitzgeraldcenter_img Two-thirds of Ireland’s 202 regularly occurring birds are on the Red and Amber Lists of Birds of Conservation ConcernThe Curlew has declined by 96% since the 70s91% of Ireland’s internationally-important habitats (bogs, grasslands) have ‘bad’ or ‘inadequate’ statusOver a third of Ireland’s 99 bee species are threatened with extinctionButterfly populations have declined by 6% since 2008Data from 17 County Hedgerow Surveys show that just one-third of hedgerows are in good condition for birds and other wildlifeShifting attitudesDuggan is also a spokesperson for Environmental Pillar, a collection of different environmental groups in Ireland. She spoke to last week ahead of a hustings event in Dublin which brought together candidates in the upcoming European elections to be questioned by members of the public on climate change and biodiversity loss. Duggan said that she felt a tipping point had been reached in the public’s attitude around these subjects, with people demanding more action from their elected representatives.“I think climate change and biodiversity are really top of the agenda at this point in time,” she said. I think a tipping point has been reached. There’s been an awful lot of awareness recently [about these issues].Ireland has one of the worst records for responding to climate change in the EU and among developed nations.The country was ranked the worst in Europe in terms of climate action in response to global warming in the Climate Change Performance Index 2019. Ireland is certain to miss its 2020 targets for reducing harmful emissions as set under 2016′s Paris Agreement, and as things stand is on course to miss its 2030 targets also.  The Dáil on Thursday declared a climate emergency, a move that has been heralded as positive step, but one which has no actual binding targets attached. It also fully endorsed the recent report from the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action, which contained numerous recommendations aimed at curbing Ireland’s emissions. An All of Government Climate Plan is due to be published later this year, which will likely put to effect a number of these recommendations. In terms of biodiversity, it is likely that a Citizens’ Assembly will be convened to look specifically at how the State can improve its response to biodiversity loss. Following the publication of the UN report, Heritage Minister Josepha Madigan announced that she had received Cabinet approval to bring forward an amendment to the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2018.The amendment – if passed – will oblige public bodies to report to the minister on the measures they are carrying out to promote the conservation of biodiversity and the National Biodiversity Action Plan.Madigan said the department was taking significant action to protect and enhance Ireland’s biodiversity. However, the above examples in biodiversity loss point to a worsening crisis facing Ireland’s plant and wildlife species. While moves over the past week point to a positive shift in Ireland’s attitudes to biodiversity loss and climate change, in the words of Leo Varadkar, Ireland is still a “laggard” when it comes to addressing the issues.It remains to be seen whether concrete actions will follow-up the commitments to restore Ireland’s biodiversity and address its contribution to climate change.  Animals and plants are disappearing faster than at any other time in human history, and it’s happening in Ireland too A recent UN report has pointed to the huge threats to biodiversity across the globe. Image: Shutterstock/TB studio 13,925 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Manchots pygmées intimider pour mieux régner sur la colonie

first_imgManchots pygmées : intimider pour mieux régner sur la colonieUne équipe néo-zélandaise de chercheurs, travaillant sur les manchots pygmées, est parvenue à expliquer pourquoi l’issue d’un conflit entre deux mâles se traduit par une exhibition sonore du vainqueur.Gare au manchot pygmée ! Ce petit oiseau de Nouvelle-Zélande, sous ses aires faussement sympathiques cache un caractère farouchement territorialiste. Mieux vaut ne pas trop s’approcher de son nid sans quoi celui-ci devient alors agressif, mord, frappe et “grogne”. Au sein de la colonie, il n’est d’ailleurs pas rare que deux manchots mâles se retrouvent en conflit. A l’issue de l’affrontement, le vainqueur entame alors une parade sonore particulière, baptisée “manifestation de triomphe” par les scientifiques.”Le vainqueur retourne à son site de nidification en secouant la tête, en soulevant ses ailes et en poussant des cris proches du braiment d’un âne” confie à BBC nature Joseph R. Waas, professeur à l’Université de Waikato, à Hamilton, en Nouvelle-Zélande. Avec son équipe, le scientifique a cherché à mettre en évidence les impacts de ces exhibitions sur les autres membres de la colonie. Pour ce faire, ils ont fait écouter à l’ensemble du groupe, une série d’enregistrements sonores de diverses manifestations de triomphes et de diverses réactions du perdant. Par ailleurs, la fréquence cardiaque de chaque membre de la colonie a été mesurée.Les résultats de cette expérience montrent chez les sujets mâles extérieurs au conflit une hausse de la fréquence cardiaque plus significative avec la simulation des cris d’un gagnant qu’avec celle des cris d’un perdant. “L’audition des manchots pygmées leur permet de distinguer spécifiquement qui a gagné et qui a perdu un combat sur ​​la base des cris de celui qui communique sa victoire” explique Joseph R. Waas. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon les chercheurs, la manifestation systématique de triomphe bénéficie au vainqueur du conflit en ce sens qu’elle permet d’asseoir fermement son autorité au sein de la colonie. Les autres mâles se sentent en effet plus menacés et s’agitent lorsque le nouveau gagnant s’approche de leur terrier. “Ce système de communication leur permet de promouvoir leur propre réputation”, conclut Joseph R. Waas.Retrouvez les images des manchots pygmées sur MaxisciencesLe 9 mars 2012 à 15:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Konami Announces LiveAction Contra Film and TV Series

first_imgStay on target Today is the day when review embargoes lifted for Super Mario Odyssey, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, and Wolfenstein II: The New Order. While everyone is figuring out how they’ll have time to play all these games, Konami decided to drop some bizarre news. Apparently, Contra will get a live-action film and TV series. I can assure you that this is indeed real news.According to today’s press release, the project will be headquartered in Beijing, China. Konami has partnered with Starlight Films and others to produce the movie. There are plans to release and stream the film worldwide.Below is the film’s official synopsis via China Film Insider. Interestingly enough, this was posted back on April 20th of this year. How did this news slip by everyone?“In 1988, a huge meteorite lands on an uninhabited island in the South China Sea. Chen Qiang and Li Zhiyong investigate but come up empty-handed. 29 years later, Chen sends commandos Bill and Lance into a combat mission there to neutralize the villainous Red Falcon Organization, but end up facing a different enemy altogether.”This teaser trailer was also released back in May.As Kotaku notes, it appears the film is a mix of Contra‘s Japanese and English versions.Unfortunately, this is all the information we have for you today. Besides the fact this project exists, we don’t have any idea of who it stars or when it will release. If previous video game adaptations are anything to go by, this could all turn into one huge mess. Contra doesn’t exactly have the deepest plot out there, so I’m curious to see how they’ll try to expand on what has been established in the games.We’ll keep you updated on this story as it unfolds. Hopefully, Konami won’t drop an update on another busy news day.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Konami Lives With Classic Anniversary CollectionsReal Good You Guys: Mercenary Kings Reloaded last_img read more

Portland International Airport preparing for takeoff

first_imgPORTLAND — Last decade, Portland International Airport suffered two gut punches, first the 9/11 terrorist attacks and then the economic meltdown that became known as the Great Recession.The airport has recovered nicely. With today’s burly economy, the airport is now building a series of improvements, PDXNext, that represent a $2 billion investment in the airport’s future.“We have a significant amount of work in front of us over the next five to seven years,” said Vince Granato, Port of Portland’s chief operating officer. “We are going to be really focused on delivering those projects.”In 2010, when the economy was still limping, the Port of Portland and other local governments adopted an airport master plan that projected a 2.3 percent annual growth rate and 27 million annual passengers by 2035.Although passenger growth in recent years has topped forecasts, PDX managers say the 2010 plan has been remarkably accurate as they work to enhance airport operations.last_img read more

Vancouver gym employee accused of recording nude woman in tanning bed

first_imgA Vancouver Crunch Fitness employee who allegedly recorded a gym member with his cellphone while she was tanning in the nude appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court.Zachary Abel, 29, of Vancouver faces an allegation of voyeurism in connection withthe Saturday incident at the gym at 7809 N.E. Vancouver Plaza Drive.Vancouver police responded about 5 p.m. to Crunch Fitness for an employee who was taking photos of a woman as she dressed after tanning at the gym. The victim said she saw an iPhone recording her as she was inside the tanning cubicle. She confronted the suspect, identified as Abel, afterward, according to an affidavit of probable cause.Police later contacted Abel at his residence, and he subsequently admitted to recording the woman. He said he “knew it was illegal … but did it anyway,” the affidavit says.Abel was granted supervised release during his court appearance and will be arraigned June 21.last_img read more

San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob opposes power shutoffs during wildfires

first_imgGoing on @KUSINews in a moment to talk about SDG&E power shutoffs during heightened fire risks. Pulling the plug on rural communities and first-responders is not the answer.— Dianne Jacob (@dianne_jacob) May 17, 2019 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) – California is turning to electricity shutoffs to prevent wildfires.San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob joined us in studio on Good Morning San Diego to discuss public safety and why she believes power shutoffs are not the answer.She said that among the 10 most destructive fires in California history, four have been caused by the major utility companies. Including the 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise and the SDG&E-caused 2007 Witch Creek Fire in San Diego County.Jacob explained by shutting off electricity, SDG&E is trying to cover itself for its failure to fully harden their rural power lines and other infrastructure. Jacob then said the fact that SDG&E is still working on hardening their infrastructure, more than a decade after its equipment caused some of our biggest fires, is outrageous.Jacob is concerned that cutting off power will hurt rural residents and impact public safety. She pointed out that a lot of older residents need power in order to run medical devices, while many families need electricity to operate water wells. Posted: May 17, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Updated: 11:09 AM May 17, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob opposes power shutoffs during wildfireslast_img read more

KCR to take up Maha Sudarshana Yagam at Yadadri soon

first_imgHyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has decided to organise Maha Sudarshana yagam at Yadadri soon. Chief minister met Chinna Jiyar Swamy regarding the arrangements for the yagam. It was decided in the meeting that the yagam would be taken up in an area of 100 acres and with 1048 yagna kundams. There would be 3,000 Ruthviks and another 3,000 members as their helpers. It was decided to call Governors, chief ministers of other states and Union Ministers and Vaishnav peetham heads, also from Badrinath, Srirangam, Jagannath and Tirupati. Since lakhs of people would be visiting the yagam there would be massive arrangements at the yagashala.last_img read more

History of a feud Tatas want to fly Jet but without the

first_imgTata Sons has signalled it is in the buying game vis-a-vis debt-ridden Jet Airways for the long haul after the initial round of talks remained inconclusive, media reports say.Sources say a sticking point in the talks is Tata Sons insistence on offloading Jet’s founder and controlling stakeholder Naresh Goyal.In talks with the Jet team led by Goyal, the Tata group’s parent company has made it clear it is eyeing an outright buy of Jet or at least a controlling stake.Time is with Tata Sons as Jet is staring at defaulting on loan repayments. The airline has delayed staff salaries and the rising fuel price is fiscally bleeding the airline.With the Indian civil aviation sector facing a major crisis because of rising fuel and other costs and shrinking revenues in a crowded airspace, Goyal has difficulty finding a willing partner who would settle for a minority stake in the public-listed company. The once dominant Indian carrier is now second to IndiGo and its market share has shrunken to 17 per cent.Open skiesTata is in no mood to fly with Goyal in the cockpit and no other buyer is on the horizon. That would mean grounding the 69-year-old doyen of Indian civil aviation who started his career as travel booking clerk in 1967, followed by an entrepreneurial career that started in 1974 with Jet Air, a firm providing sales and marketing services to foreign airlines in India. Goyal launched Jet Airways in 1993 when India began opening up its skies for private civil aviation. Well-connected politically and financially, he has always courted controversy in his entrepreneurial career, including over his alleged connection with the underworld. The airline was under US watch for some time over such links. The Goyals hold a 51 per cent controlling stake in Jet.It is natural that Tata Sons, a $10.3-billion technoindustrial conglomerate, wants management control of Jet Airways.Aviation observers say Tata Sons have long been wanting independent ownership of an airline for historical reasons. After all, the company has inherited the legacy of JRD Tata, who was the first Indian to own an airline before independence in the 1930s. Tata Sons has 51 per cent stake in Air Asia India in which it partners Air Asia Malaysia and Vistara in which it collaborates with Singapore Airlines. However, it has wanted to own an airline fully and it reckons Jet Airways is ripe for plucking.Licence rajTata Sons had bid for a licence in partnership with Singapore Airlines in the early 1990s when the nation’s skies were opening up. But, it apparently did not succeed not because of lack of financial or technical capabilities. There were other factors still in play in those days setting licence raj. The hurdles included hostility from other well-connected aspirants, including the eventual winner of a licence, Goyal’s Jet Airways.Aviation circles are aware of this long-running feud between Tata Sons and the Goyals. Hence, they are not surprised that the current negotiations between Tata Sons and Jet Airways are going to be tortuously long and painful for Jet Airways.Though the Jet is simultaneously in talks with both strategic and financial investors to raise funds by selling assets and a major chunk of its business to stay airborne, it has not so far found traction. One of them, Texas-based private equity giant TPG Capital has rejected a part-ownership offer of Jet Airways.last_img read more

UN slams killing of disabled Palestinian protester

first_imgA picture taken on 15 December, 2017 shows wheelchair-bound Palestinian demonstrator Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh waving a Palestinian flag amid smoke from flaming tires during a protest along the Gaza-Israel border, as clashes during clashes with Israeli security forces against Washington`s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel`s capital intensified. Photo: AFPThe UN’s human rights chief said Tuesday he was “truly shocked” by Israeli troops’ killing of a wheelchair-bound Palestinian protester in Gaza, and demanded an “independent and impartial investigation”.Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh, a 29-year-old who lost his legs after an Israeli attack a decade ago, was among five Palestinians killed on Friday during protests against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.In a statement, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein slammed Trump’s decision as “dangerously provocative” and blamed it for the violence.The UN human rights office said Abu Thurayeh was among hundreds of Palestinians who marched across farmland towards the fence separating Gaza from Israel, and appeared to have been shot in the head when he was 20 metres (yards) from the barrier.”The facts gathered so far by my staff in Gaza strongly suggest that the force used against Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh was excessive,” Zeid said.”As far as we can see, there is nothing whatsoever to suggest that Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh was posing an imminent threat of death or serious injury when he was killed.”Given his severe disability, which must have been clearly visible to those who shot him, his killing is incomprehensible – a truly shocking and wanton act.”This file photo taken on 19 May, 2017 shows handicapped Palestinian demonstrator Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh waving a Palestinian flag during clashes with Israeli soldiers following a protest against the blockade on Gaza, near the border fence east of Gaza City. Photo: AFPIn video footage recorded early on Friday, Abu Thurayeh could be seen carrying the Palestinian flag and waving the victory sign at Israeli soldiers across the border.Palestinians consider at least part of Jerusalem, which is under full Israeli control, as the capital of their future state and have been infuriated by the decision.”Israeli security forces have responded with firearms, including live-ammunition, to disperse the protesters,” the rights office said.”These events, including the loss of five irreplaceable human lives, can sadly be traced directly back to the unilateral US announcement on the status of Jerusalem, which breaks international consensus and was dangerously provocative.”While the Israeli army has reportedly conducted a preliminary internal probe into the events, Zeid urged “an independent and impartial investigation” to ensure perpetrators are held accountable.last_img

Booker Campaign Gets 2020 Jolt With Pushback Against Biden

first_imgBy ELANA SCHOR and MEG KINNARD Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Cory Booker’s supporters have spent months waiting for a moment when the charismatic senator could break through a crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates. That opening came when Joe Biden clumsily talked about segregationists, prompting Booker to push back at his 2020 rival to great effect.The New Jersey senator called on Biden to apologize Wednesday after the former vice president nostalgically referenced the “civility” he maintained during his time in the Senate with two segregationist Democrats in the 1970s despite their vast distance in ideology. After Biden pushed back, saying Booker should apologize to him because the senator “knows better,”Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame Celebration, Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Booker called for the Democratic Party to choose a presidential nominee who can be “sensitive” to the “hurt and pain” caused by Biden noting that the two senators had called him “son” instead of “boy,” a reference to the racist way many Whites addressed Black men at the time.Biden called Booker on Wednesday night about the matter, but tension between the two Democrats continued into Thursday. During the call, “Cory shared directly what he said publicly,” Booker spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said in a statement. “Cory believes that Vice PresidentBiden should take responsibility for what he said and apologize to those who were hurt.”Booker clarified Thursday night on MSNBC that he doesn’t want Biden to apologize to him directly, but “to the American people, and having this discussion with all of us.”The schism between the two candidates, who at times offer a similar emphasis on collaboration with the GOP despite mounting polarization under President Donald Trump, promises to reverberate this weekend in a pivotal early voting state. They are the final two hopefuls set to speak to the South Carolina Democratic Party during its 21-candidate convention on Saturday.Booker, 50, has languished in the middle tier of candidates in the early months of the race, but some strategists looked to his confidence in taking on Biden, 76, as the beginning of a potential boost.“Cory’s argument is very poignant, and it is ‘Why should we be spending time teaching any nominee’ — but let’s focus on Joe Biden — ‘what it means to be conscious about race?’” said Quentin James, co-founder of Collective PAC, which boosts African American candidates in federal and statewide offices.Booker’s campaign message “has been about love” and unity, James added. “That’s fine. But we also want to see a little fight from Cory.”For Booker and his advisers, however, a willingness to engage in meaningful fights always has been on the agenda. One person close to Booker’s campaign, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal dynamics, said Thursday that Biden crossed a line with his lack of an apology for recalling that the Senate “got things done” even with White supremacists, making this week’s battle an easy one to pick.Whether the tension continues in South Carolina this weekend remains to be seen. Booker has maintained one of the sprawling Democratic field’s largest footprints in South Carolina, home of the first Southern primary and the first state in which candidates can make their cases before an audience of mostly Black primary voters.Even so, Biden has maintained a foothold in South Carolina that could prove stronger than his lead in national polls, thanks to his appeal to older Black voters who connect with him as former President Barack Obama’s No. 2. That both men are selling themselves as bridge builders with a more optimistic message could further complicate Booker’s path to translating his pushback to an advantage over Biden.“Biden is sort of co-opting his theme,” Audrey Haynes, a political scientist at the University of Georgia, said in a recent interview. “Biden has always been a ‘bring it together’ kind of guy, so he has more money, was VP to a popular Black president, and they had a visible bromance that seemed very authentic.”Biden’s public stumble over addressing his past relationships with segregationist senators offers a road map for Booker to continue to talk about thorny discussions of race as he works to undercut the White former vice president’s claim to be the most electable Democrat against Trump. Still, Booker isn’t the only Black candidate who will get that opportunity this weekend: California Sen. Kamala Harris is also scheduled to speak in South Carolina.Jalen Elrod, first Democratic Party vice chairman in Greenville County, said in a recent interview before joining Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign that Booker may be lagging in support because of Harris’ hard-charging presence and appeal among Black women.As the race moves past next week’s debates, said Elrod, “you’ll get a better sense of where the Black community is.”___Kinnard reported from Columbia, S.C. Associated Press writer Bill Barrow contributed from Atlanta.last_img read more

The episodic format of video games is being used to torment gamers

first_imgBefore consoles came with hard drives and high speed internet was readily available, video games were released on disks in their entirety. Even when games started to arrive via digital download, players still got to download the whole game in one shot. It was rare to see one released in the episodic format, where a few hours of content was released every few months over the course of a year. It was the domain of smaller indie developers who often used the money earned from one episode to finance the development of the next — a different formula than the “obligatory DLC” model used by AAA publishers. Now, the giant publishers actually are experimenting with proper episodic games and are releasing games from major franchises in this format, while the smaller publishers are wildly inconsistent in how they use it. The episodic format has mutated into a way for developers to torment players by riddling a story with cliffhangers while stretching out their development time by an extra year or more.Telltale Games was the vanguard for this business model in the early years, but they wisely experimented with the format back then, trying several different models. Their games varied between three and seven episodes, sometimes releasing as frequently as every other week or month. Eventually, though, they settled into a format of five episodes for most of their games, with the last episode arriving less than a year after the first. It was a good arrangement for players who could savor the cliffhangers between episodes, but still reach the conclusion in a reasonable amount of time. The developer had enough time to factor in player feedback before completing the final episodes.With the popularity of their games, Telltale has begun experimenting again with the number of episodes used in each game. Telltale’s current series, Minecraft: Story Mode, has five episodes, but the main storyline was resolved by the end of the fourth. A fifth bonus episode looms on the horizon, and hopefully it won’t be a superfluous wheel.AdChoices广告Meanwhile, other games by Telltale are so short that even all the episodes combined are still smaller than some DLC packs for proper games. Telltale launched a spinoff of their Walking Dead series with a mini-series that stars the character Michonne. It has just three episodes, with about two hours of play per episode. The Hearts of Stone DLC for The Witcher III is likely to be longer than every episode of Michonne put together. Overall length isn’t a measure of storytelling quality, but it does question the necessity of the episodic format for a short game where every episode will arrive within two months.At the opposite end of this spectrum is Telltale’s adaptation of Game of Thrones. This series was announced with six episodes, but even with the extra episode, almost every story thread ended with a cliffhanger. The story will be resolved in a second season coming for an unannounced price, concluding at a yet unannounced date. The implied contract of an episodic game is that it will tell a complete story over a reasonable amount of time, and for an agreed-upon price. Episodic games that are secretly designed with cliffhangers in mind violate this implied contract. The same is true for games that take years to release their conclusion.Some of the worst perpetrators of the slow release schedule are crowdfunded games. Crowdfunding proved to be a surprisingly successful way for seasoned game developers to raise large sums of money, with some veteran designers amassing millions of dollars (Star Citizen has pulled in over one hundred million dollars). However, crowdfunding is also popular with tiny indie teams who desperately need meager sums to get their project off the ground. Then the sale of the first episode can finance development of the second, and so on. Many such smaller projects proceed at a deliberate pace, with months slipping past between episodes, and even years passing by between release of the first episode and the last. The crowdfunded game Republique, for instance, had its final episode arrive just this week, despite the first episode appearing in 2013.If Republique fans had a hard time, think of the players who started The Longest Journey in 1999. Living up to its name, The Longest Journey is still not over. The first game in the series was a self-contained tale, but its sequel Dreamfall ended in a cliffhanger way back in 2006. The episodic game Dreamfall Chapters took the first step on the final leg of this journey in 2014, but the final episode is not here yet. Even more hapless are fans of the critical hit Kentucky Route Zero. They have waited over three years since its first episode launched, while the fourth and fifth are still on their way.Cult games and indies have an excuse for such behavior; the episodic format allows a smaller pool of fans to directly finance a game that is too risky for a large publisher. Without episodic releases and long development times, these games might never see the light of day at all. This is not the case with some of the high profile episodic games that have appeared lately. Long-running franchises with large fanbases have been toying with episodic games, like Resident Evil and Hitman.Last year, Capcom released Resident Evil Revelations 2 in an unusual episodic format. They put out a new episode every week for four weeks, along with a pair of bonus DLC episodes that dealt with side stories and weren’t essential to the plot. For Capcom, this was obviously an experiment rather than a business necessity; the staff didn’t need the proceeds from the first episode to keep the company afloat while waiting for the second episode to arrive a week later.With such a brief period between launch and conclusion, the developer had little opportunity to refine the later portions of the story. However, that extra month was enough to tinker with the online mode. The game launched with a solo version of the Raid Mode mini-game, but the online features were only added after the full game had been released. With a weekly episodic format, a developer could gain a brief period to perfect the multiplayer experience while players progress through the single-player game.Just this month, another big publisher released a major franchise in an unexpected format. The new Hitman game was scheduled to be shipped as a full game as recently as last December, but it arrived with an “intro pack.” Players who enjoy the Introductory Pack (which is essentially the first episode) can buy an upgrade that will unlock a series of upcoming episodes that are scheduled to arrive over the coming year. Each new episode will take the titular hitman, Agent 47, to exotic new locations where he’ll meet interesting people and kill them for money. Meanwhile, in the real world, players are financing these missions with real money.Major publishers are beginning to act like seasoned hitmen, demanding payment up front before executing the contract.last_img read more

Study shows male chameleons fighting prowess tied to color changing abilities

first_img( —Two researchers from Arizona State University have found that male chameleons use their color changing abilities for far more than hiding from predators. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Biology Letters, Russell Ligon and Kevin McGraw describe a study they conducted with captive chameleons that showed that male veiled chameleons use their colors to intimidate other males and that head coloring can predict who might win in a scuffle. Veiled chameleons (Chameleon calyptratus) are native to the Arabian Peninsula — specifically Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Credit: Russell Ligon Explore further When male chameleons challenge each other for territory or a female, their coloring becomes brighter and more intense. During a contest, the lizards show bright yellows, oranges, greens and turquoises. Credit: Russell Ligon Citation: Study shows male chameleons fighting prowess tied to color changing abilities (2013, December 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Chameleons communicate with complex colour changes during contests: different body regions convey different information, Published 11 December 2013 DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2013.0892AbstractMany animals display static coloration (e.g. of feathers or fur) that can serve as a reliable sexual or social signal, but the communication function of rapidly changing colours (as in chameleons and cephalopods) is poorly understood. We used recently developed photographic and mathematical modelling tools to examine how rapid colour changes of veiled chameleons Chamaeleo calyptratus predict aggressive behaviour during male–male competitions. Males that achieved brighter stripe coloration were more likely to approach their opponent, and those that attained brighter head coloration were more likely to win fights; speed of head colour change was also an important predictor of contest outcome. This correlative study represents the first quantification of rapid colour change using organism-specific visual models and provides evidence that the rate of colour change, in addition to maximum display coloration, can be an important component of communication. Interestingly, the body and head locations of the relevant colour signals map onto the behavioural displays given during specific contest stages, with lateral displays from a distance followed by directed, head-on approaches prior to combat, suggesting that different colour change signals may evolve to communicate different information (motivation and fighting ability, respectively).Press release The researchers can’t explain why better or faster head coloring makes for better fighters, but suggest it might indicate higher hormone levels, or perhaps be a simple indicator of a stronger or healthier chameleon.center_img Conspicuous social signaling drives the evolution of chameleon color change Humans have known about chameleon color changing abilities (to help them hide) for perhaps thousands of years, even evoking their name to describe other people who change something about themselves for added gain. Now, it appears that the researchers in this latest effort have found that at least one type of chameleon changes it’s coloring as a means of indicating its willingness to fight other males.In the study, the researchers collected 10 male veiled chameleons and set them up in paired physical contests to determine which attributes made for winners or losers. To get a better look, each contest was filmed with a high speed camera. Contests generally constituted mostly pushing and shoving with some biting. In reviewing the film, the researchers found that when two males spied one another, they turned their bodies sideways to one another—the better to display body coloring abilities. At this point, many of the males chose to walk away rather than fight. The researchers noted this was most likely to occur by a male that had less vivid coloring. Thus, being outclassed on coloring abilities appeared to be a way for chameleons to ward off unnecessary battles.The researchers also found that the degree and brightness of head coloring appeared to be a factor for predicting which chameleon would win a battle (which meant the loser giving up and walking away). The brighter the head, the more likely a male was to win. It also appeared that the speed at which a male could change color was also a predictor—faster changeovers meant a male was more likely to win. ASU researchers have discovered that color changes in chameleons convey different types of information during important social interactions. The lizards’ body stripes and head colorings are particularly important during contests over territory and females. Credit: Russell Ligon © 2013 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

Tunnel boring machine leads to cracks at Rashmoni house descendants want hydrographic

first_imgKolkata: The descendents of Rani Rashmoni will urge the Metro Railway authorities to conduct hydrographic survey of the 215-year-old building that developed cracks after tunnel boring machine started burrowing for the construction of the underground tunnel of the East-West Metro.The decision was taken following a meeting held by the descendents on Saturday morning. The construction of the affected building at 13, Rani Rashmoni Road began in 1790 and ended in 1804. The descendents felt that proper precaution should have been taken before the construction of the underground tunnel. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe house is a witness to major historical events. There are four buildings at Janbazar. Michael Madhusudan Dutt who was a barrister-at–law by profession had visited the house in connection with a law suit. Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar who used to call Rani Rashmoni pishima (aunt) came to attend Durga Puja celebrations there. His presence was not liked by many guests who refused to take food with him as he was in favour of widow remarriage. Sri Ramakrishna who was close to the family particularly to Mathur Mohon Biswas, Rani’s son-in-law, came to the house during Durga Puja and worshipped goddess Durga as “sakhi.” He intervened when Mathur Mohon refused to immerse the idol. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in statePrasun Hazra, one of the descendents, said the hydrographic survey was conducted at Dakshineshwar temple at the time of repairing the embankment. The survey was conducted by the Kolkata Port Trust. He said repairing of the cracks should be carried out in an orderly manner and under proper supervision. “Repairing an old structure is not an easy thing and repairing under proper supervision is required,” he said. There are more than 50 old buildings that are over 100 years old between Esplanade and the Bank of India intersection between Amherst Street and B B Ganguly Street. Some of the century-old structures on the route are the headquarters of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, house of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, house of Nirmal Chunder Chunder among others. Metro Railway engineers have already inspected Rani Rashmoni’s house and assured that every precaution will be taken to safeguard the heritage structure.last_img read more

Watch This Hoverbike Go for a Gloriously Scary Ride

first_imgFebruary 22, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. While we can all agree that having jetpacks and hoverboards would be super cool, it’s possible that we may not have completely thought through the safety measures necessary to make those transportation options a reality.Hoversurf, a Russian drone startup, recently released video of its Scorpion-3, essentially an electric powered single seat motorcycle/drone hybrid.The company says that the Scorpion-3 is operated by the person in the driver’s seat, with a software safety system built into the bike.Related: There Is Now a Global Competitive Drone Racing League. Seriously.While those three giant exposed propellers lifting the vehicle up in the air are a bit unnerving, the company says that it hopes the hoverbike will provide “speed, agility and stability of flight to the hands of amateur and professional navigators. For the moment, SCORPION platform is increasingly seen as an extreme sports instrument, yet the vessel’s transportation potential remains evident.”Check out the video and decide for yourself. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img 1 min read Register Now »last_img read more

What has four legs neighs and just checked itself into a motel

first_imgWhat has four legs, neighs, and just checked itself into a motel? The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share Wednesday, October 18, 2017 GEORGETOWN, KY — A Kentucky motel’s pet-friendly policy was put to the test earlier this month when an Ontario woman checked her horse into a room on her way to a competition.Lindsey Partridge, of Kawartha Lakes, Ont., said she was travelling with three horses to the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover competition on Oct. 4 when she stopped to check in to the Super 8 motel in Georgetown, Ky.When she saw other guests bring in a dog, Partridge said she jokingly asked the clerk if the motel’s pet-friendly policy would extend to her horse.“The lady at the desk just said, ‘Oh yeah, I wouldn’t care, go ahead, bring your horse in,’” said Partridge, who buys retired racehorses and trains them at her facility east of Toronto.“I asked twice and then I quickly go get the horse before she changes her mind.”The horse trainer took her grey thoroughbred mare Blizz, who races under the name Here Comes Adri, to the front desk and shot a video of the process while other motel guests watched and took photos, she said. Partridge also took Blizz briefly into her room and took photos of the two of them watching television together.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamThe goal was to show that thoroughbred horses, which Partridge said have a reputation for being temperamental, can be calm even in unusual situations, she said.“They just have such a negative stereotype against them and unfortunately a lot of those horses do end up going to auction for slaughter,” she said. “What I try to do is just try to show people that these are great horses that can be really calm and you can handle them really nicely.”Blizz seemed a little confused when they first went into the motel lobby, “but she was OK with it, she trusts me well,” she said.“And then when we were in the hotel room, she thought it was the best thing ever because I was just sharing cookies with her on the bed,” she said.After a few memorable moments at the motel, Partridge then took Blizz and her other two horses to Kentucky Horse Park, the site of the competition. Blizz took third in the competition’s trail division, with Partridge’s other two horses coming in first and second.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckThough Blizz’s brief motel stay went well, Partridge said she would hesitate to keep a horse in a room overnight.“I think maybe I would have to get a horsey diaper or something like that. I think the cleaning bill would be maybe a little high,” she said.“But also, horses only sleep three to four hours a night so she might be trying to keep me up all night watching TV.”last_img read more