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‘Avian botulism’ reason for bird deaths near Sambhar Lake

first_imgBotulism kills migratory birds at Sambhar lakeVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:1401:14 The Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Bareilly, on Thursday confirmed avian botulism — a neuro-muscular illness caused by a toxin which is produced by a bacterial strain — as the reason for mass mortality of birds, including migratory species from Northern Asia, at Sambhar Lake in Rajasthan.The laboratory tests conducted on the samples of carcasses collected from the lake confirmed the disease infecting the birds, the probability of which was earlier stated by veterinarians in the State. The illness, caused by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, affected the nervous system of birds, leading to flaccid paralysis in their legs and wings and neck touching the ground.More than 18,000 carcasses of birds have been removed from the lake and its catchment area so far, raising concern among environmentalists and ornithologists. The scientists at IVRI found the samples infested with maggots of third stage with a clear indication that the avian mortality had occurred over a period of time.Animal Husbandry Minister Lal Chand Kataria said the IVRI report had approved the regimen of treatment adopted for birds recovered from the lake’s shores. “The rescue centres established near the lake have treated 735 birds, of which 368 are alive and 36 have been released to their natural habitat,” he said.Located 80 km south-west of Jaipur, Sambhar Lake is India’s largest inland saline water body and has been designated as a wetland of international importance, attracting thousands of migratory birds during winter.Avian flu ruled outA Bhopal-based laboratory had earlier ruled out avian flu as the cause of deaths of birds after examining the viscera. The post-mortem of two bird carcasses by a Bikaner-based research organisation had concluded that bacterium Clostridium botulinum had entered from the soil into the meat of some dead birds.last_img read more

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IPL 2017 final: MS Dhoni-Steve Smith communication has been outstanding, says Stephen Fleming

first_imgRising Pune Supergiant coach Stephen Fleming said Steve Smith and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s “outstanding” relationship was key to the team’s success this season as they eye their maiden Indian Premier League title.Smith-led Rising Pune Supergiant will take on Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2017 final on Sunday at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.Fleming tried to downplay the rumours of rift between Smith and Dhoni, who was replaced by the 27-year-old Australian as captain of the Pune franchise before the start of the season.”Between the two of them it has been outstanding. Much has been made of the relationship. Certainly sitting with them, it has been influential for the youngsters, beneficial for the senior players, and it has been helpful for me. So it has been a great dynamic to be part of,” Fleming said on the eve of the final.The change in captaincy appeared to have been prompted by Pune’s ordinary outing last year when they finished seventh in the points table after winning just five of their 14 matches.Under Smith, Pune have enjoyed a massive turnaround, reaching their maiden IPL final.Fleming also defended Dhoni, who has been under criticism from many quarters for his below-par show this season.Dhoni, regarded as one of the best limited-overs finishers to have ever played the game, managed to score 280 runs in 15 matches, including one half-century.”Dhoni has been very successful. He is one of the most successful players of the last decade to have played,” said Fleming, who has been associated with with Dhoni since the first edition of the league in 2008. The former New Zealand captain was also the coach of the now suspended Chennai Super Kings franchise, which was led by Dhoni.advertisement”He has been criticised for not doing as much, but what you have to appreciate is how good he was when he was doing it time and time again,” he added.Dhoni is set to become the first player in history to make it to the IPL final for the seventh time when he takes the field on Sunday.”Another opportunity to win a final for him, something that I know he is up for and motivated for. It has been good this year, he has played some cameo roles,” Fleming said.last_img read more

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Garz & Fricke adds software service provider e-GITS Software

first_imgGarz & Fricke Group is strengthening its position through the addition of the software service provider e-GITS GmbH, based in Stuttgart and Chennai, India. Founder of e-GITS, Sven Liess, will remain as Managing Director of e-GITS and thus retain a key role along with the Garz & Fricke management in developing the corporate group into a leading systems supplier offering a one-stop shop for HMIs, vending machines and payment systems, while also expanding the Stuttgart location.The core competency of e-GITS is to be found in tailor-made cross-platform applications. These mainly involve the development of graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for embedded IoT components in the target markets of medical engineering, industrial automation, home automation and smart vending (connected vending machines). Furthermore, e-GITS has been a certified Qt partner for many years and offers training packages in accordance with customer specifications. The software applications cover embedded, mobile and desktop applications for operating systems such as embedded Linux, Windows, Linux, Android and iOS.Including e-GITS, the Garz & Fricke Group employs some 150 people, a high proportion of whom are engineers. As well as increasing the workforce, the additional locations in south Germany and Chennai, India will allow the Group to provide even closer support for its customers in the future. The software development centre in India will continue to be supervised from Germany. Through this merger, the Garz & Fricke Group is rounding off its portfolio of services. As an integrated systems supplier with expertise covering the entire value added chain, its range extends from panel PCs via human-machine interfaces with operating system through to applications (GUIs), payment systems and cloud services.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules, Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous DUAGON-MEN-GROUP integrates OEM Technology Solutions AustraliaNext ICP: FPGA-based accelerator card for deep learning inferencelast_img read more

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HTC comes back to India with HTC Wildfire X: Key specs, price, special features and everything else

first_imgHTC comes back to India with HTC Wildfire X: Key specs, price, special features and everything elseThe HTC Wildfire X sports good looks, decent hardware and cameras, fairly big battery and good screen. Let’s take a quick look at everything HTC Wildfire X brings to the consumers. The phone will be available starting August 22 on Flipkart.advertisement Next Sneha Saha New DelhiAugust 15, 2019UPDATED: August 15, 2019 08:58 IST HIGHLIGHTSHTC Wildfire X comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor. HTC Wildfire X comes to India for starting price of Rs 9,999.HTC Wildfire X will go on sale exclusively on Flipkart starting August 22.HTC is back in the Indian smartphone business with the HTC Wildfire X. This is the smartphone that HTC launched in India on Wednesday after teasing it for some days. The HTC Wildfire X is the first smartphone from HTC this year. The last HTC phone that made to India was the HTC Desire 12 series. We at India Today Tech reviewed the HTC Desire 12+ but weren’t very satisfied with it. Read review here. The question now is, will HTC Wildfire X able to help the company gain back its long lost market presence in India? Let’s find out.We are yet to try our hands on the HTC Wildfire X but by looking at the specs the phone seems like a decent one. Not great, not very bad, but decent. The smartphone is pretty aggressively priced in the country and that’s a good thing about it. Considering the price of the phone the HTC Wildfire X goes against smartphones like the Redmi Note 7S, the Samsung Galaxy M20, among others. But will the aggressive pricing help HTC regain back its market position? This only time will say.The HTC Wildfire X sports good looks, decent hardware and cameras, fairly big battery and good screen. Let’s take a quick look at everything HTC Wildfire X brings to the consumers.HTC Wildfire X specificationsScreen: The HTC phone comes packed with a 6.22-inch HD+ IPS waterdrop display with 88.8 per cent screen to body ratio.Processor: The smartphone is powered by MediaTek Helio P22 2.0 GHz Octa-core processor.advertisementRAM: 3GB and 4GBStorage: 32GB and 128GBRear camera: On the back side the HTC phone sports three cameras. The smartphone comes with a 12MP primary sensor, 8 MP 8x hybrid Zoom lens and 5MP depth sensor.Front camera: On the front – inside the waterdrop notch – HTC phone includes an 8MP selfie shooter.Software: The phone runs on Android 9 Pie software.Battery: The HTC Wildfire X comes packed with a 3300mAh batter that comes paired with 10W charger in the box. The phone includes USB Type C port.Colours: Sapphire BlueHTC Wildfire X special features–The HTC Wildfire X comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor. — The HTC phone comes with something called a “Mybuddy” feature. This feature helps users use their smartphone as a personal security tool. “The feature allows users to pull out the device from the shell to trigger a loud alarm, send live location information to friends and family, and record and transmit audio/video of surroundings in real time.”–One of the most special things about the HTC phone is the triple camera setup. The phone includes 2x Lossless Optical Zoom and 8x Hybrid Zoom. The company claims that the big pixel (1.25 µm) of the primary camera ensures 25 per cent enhanced low light shots.–The company also claims that the 5MP depth camera provides great edge details in bokeh shots especially under low-light. There’s also a Dual Tone Flash that the company claims intelligently preserves the skin tone in any light condition.– The HTC Wildfire X comes with six months no-questions-asked accidental and liquid damage protection, and complimentary pickup and drop facility. The company also offers a standard 1 year warranty.–The HTC Wildfire X comes with expandable storage and automatic cloud backup with Google Photos.–HTC smartphones have always been big on looks. The HTC Wildfire sports curve edges, slim shape (7.95 mm) and 3D OPVD mirror finish that offers an attractive design. The phone is also very light in weight.HTC Wildfire X price in India and availabilityThe HTC Wildfire X comes to India for starting price of Rs 9,999. This price is for the base model of smartphone that packs 3GB RAM + 32GB storage. There’s another model of the HTC Wildfire X that comes with 4GB RAM + 128GB storage and this one costs Rs 12,999. It must be noted that these prices (Rs 9,999 and Rs 12,999) are under limited period offer and are subjected to change. Flipkart listing shows Rs 10,999 as the price of the base 3GB RAM model and Rs 13,999 as the price of 4GB RAM model. The HTC Wildfire X will go on sale exclusively on Flipkart starting August 22 in India.ALSO READ | HTC Desire 12+ review: Good looking Desire but looks aren’t everythingALSO READ | HTC Wildfire X launches in India with price starting at Rs 9,999, sale begins on August 22Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow HTCFollow androidlast_img read more

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Russia throws its weight behind India on Jammu Kashmir issue

first_imgNew Delhi: Russia on Wednesday called withdrawing Jammu and Kashmir’s special status as sovereign decision and internal matter of India and pitched for resolving outstanding issues between New Delhi and Islamabad through dialogue.Russian envoy Nikolay Kudashev said India’s decision on Jammu and Kashmir was in accordance with the country’s Constitution and Moscow is totally backing its close ally on the issue. “India’s decision (on Jammu and Kashmir) is a sovereign decision which is as per its Constitution. Our position on the issue is totally identical to India’s position,” he said during a press conference. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Russian envoy said India and Pakistan should resolve all outstanding issues through dialogue and on the basis of Simla agreement and Lahore declaration. Deputy Chief of Russian Embassy Roman Babushkin said Russia had taken a position during the closed-door consultations in UN Security Council on Kashmir on August 16 that it was India’s internal matter. “We were of the view that India and Pakistan should resolve their issues bilaterally,” he said. Babushkin said Russia has no role to play in disputes between India and Pakistan unless both the countries seek mediation in resolving their issues. Earlier this month, India scrapped the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution, and divided the state into two union territories.last_img read more

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Nepal election preparations in good order – UN envoy

8 April 2008The preparations for Thursday’s Constituent Assembly polls in Nepal are in good order, despite some serious acts of violence and violations of human rights during the election campaign, according to the top United Nations official there. Ian Martin, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Nepal, told a news conference today that while there had been clashes and violations of the election Code of Conduct, which had resulted in fatalities, these should not be allowed to distort the whole picture.“It is important to emphasize that in many districts, many constituencies, peaceful campaigning has been going on throughout this election campaign,” Mr. Martin said. “That is a very considerable feat for an election more complicated than any Nepal has carried out before.” Mr. Martin went on to issue five appeals related to the conduct of the election and its aftermath. He called for armed groups who had claimed responsibility for violent acts to call off those efforts; for political parties to respect the election Code of Conduct; for both Government and Maoist army personnel to remain in their barracks or cantonments; for voters not to be influenced by threats or inducements; and for all Nepalis to be patient during the voting and counting.Questioned by journalists, Mr. Martin said that given Nepal’s electoral history, some re-polling was likely, but that he hoped incidents would not be exaggerated and there would be no over-reaction. In that context, he called on the media to be “as objective as it possibly can” in its reporting. He said that it was “crucial” that election day passed off in such a way that the people of Nepal saw the result as credible, and called for all parties to “respect the result, and also respect the framework within which the decisions are made.”Once elected, the Constituent Assembly will be tasked with drafting a new constitution for the country, which has emerged from a decade-long civil war that claimed an estimated 13,000 lives until the Government and the Maoists signed a peace accord in 2006. read more

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African Union mission positive about deployment of UN troops in Darfur

7 November 2008An African Union fact-finding mission to Darfur, aiming to mend the increasingly fraught relationship between Chad and Sudan, visited the hybrid United Nations-AU operation in the war-torn region today. The AU fact-finding team, led by former Burundian President Pierre Buyoya, follows accusations from both Khartoum and N’djamena that the other side has been supporting insurgencies in its country. Attacks by Chadian rebels on N’djamena in February preceded similar rebel assaults on Omdurman, near Khartoum, in May, leading to the escalation of tension between the two countries. The fact-finding team met with the UN-AU mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in the context of AU efforts to normalize the relations between the two States after Sudan’s announced it was cutting off ties with Chad, claiming that it has helped Darfurian rebels attack the Sudanese capital. The fighting in the western Sudanese region of Darfur has significantly affected eastern Chad, where Sudanese civilians escaping the Darfur conflict comprise the majority of the estimated 315,000 refugees in that area. “There is now an opportunity to move forward … It seems that there is a national consciousness that the Darfur issue has to be dealt with,” Mr. Buyoya said in an interview UNAMID radio. “UNMIS [UN Mission in Sudan] before and then UNAMID have done a lot to protect the Darfur people and to assist the peace process in Sudan,” he added. “The Government of Sudan, the African Union and the United Nations have reached a comprehensive agreement on the deployment of UNAMID.” UNAMID has been in place since January, but only about 10,000 military personnel have been deployed so far, well short of the roughly 26,000 troops, military observers and police officers expected when the operation reaches full deployment. read more

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New green initiative handles Brocks several tons of cardboard a week

Checking out the new cardboard baler are (in front) Russ Higham and Ken Wake from Custodial Services, (back row, left to right) Domenic Maniccia, director of Custodial Services; Tom Saint-Ivany, Associate Vice-President of Facilities Management; Steven Pillar, Vice-President Finance and President Jack Lightstone.Brock generates more than 358,000 kilograms of cardboard every year, and now there’s a more efficient way to get rid of it.Facilities Management has acquired a new baler that will allow the University to dispose of its cardboard in a way that’s greener and generates revenue. Custodians will put about 1,400 pounds of cardboard through the baler a day. The material will then be sold to an independent contractor for recycling.From the Campus Store to Sodexo, “a large volume of cardboard goes through the University,” said Tom Saint-Ivany, Associate Vice-President of Facilities Management. “This allows the University to manage its disposal of cardboard and generate revenue.”The baler arrived last month. Each bale weighs about 700 pounds. When the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex opens, Brock will produce about two bales a day, said Domenic Maniccia, director of Custodial Services. read more

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Ohio State mens soccer team preparing for NCAA tournament rematch at Akron

OSU junior forward Danny Jensen (9) dribbles the ball as Binghamton junior back Shervin Mohajeri (12) pursues during an August 30. match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 0-1. Photo Credit: Muyao Shen / Assist. Photo EditorIn the midst of a four-game losing streak, the Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-4-0) is preparing for a tough game against one of its in-state rivals.OSU is scheduled to take on No. 11 Akron (4-1-0) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field in Akron, Ohio.The Buckeyes will be walking into a stadium in front of a large crowd — the Zips drew 2,734 fans to their last home game — as they take on the task of bringing a victory back to Columbus.Last season, OSU was able to upset the Zips in a first-round NCAA tournament matchup that came down to 15 rounds of penalty kicks. The Buckeyes walked away with the 13-12 penalty kick victory after a 1-1 double overtime draw, leaving the Zips anxious for the 2015 season and a chance to get back at the Scarlet and Gray.“They’re going to want to come back at us because we knocked them out of the tournament last year,” sophomore forward Marcus McCrary said.After returning from a loss against Northwestern on Friday, sophomore defender Hunter Robertson said the Buckeyes have a lot of work to do before taking on the task of handling the Zips.“On Sunday, a lot of the kids who didn’t get to play trained really hard,” Robertson said.  “The practice (on Monday) was really intense, but because it’s a rival game, we’ll be ready for this one.”Despite OSU’s slow start to the 2015 season, the Buckeyes are looking to improve their record in a stadium full of fans seeking revenge.“The atmosphere is going to be awesome, (I’m) excited for that, but at the same time we’ve got to keep our concentration,” junior forward Danny Jensen said. “We know what they’re going to throw at us, we’ve played there before and it’s a little crazy, we’ve just have to keep our minds and play our game and hopefully we get the end result.”Honorary captainThe OSU men’s soccer team named 10-year-old Ivan Applin as an honorary captain for its game against Wisconsin on Oct. 18.Ivan had undergone a heart procedure at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ivan’s story made the news after he expressed his concern that he would wake up from surgery a fan of the Michigan Wolverines.The Buckeyes heard about Ivan’s story and created a video, inviting him to become an honorary captain. Two days later, Ivan and his family responded, expressing their excitement about the invite from the Scarlet and Gray. What’s next?Following Wednesday’s game, the Buckeyes are scheduled to host their Big Ten home opener against No. 13 Penn State on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. read more

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Tánaiste defends Bank of Ireland share sale to vulture capitalists

first_img(Image Credit: Screengrab/ Ceann Comhairle reminded members of the House at the end of the exchange of the conditions of qualified privilege, that it is “a long-standing parliamentary practice to the effect that they should not comment on, criticise or make charges against a person outside the Houses or an official by name or in such a way as to make him or her identifiable”.Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’’s Politics page?Read: Bank levy will cost Bank of Ireland €40 million a year >More: Five Irish banks included in ECB stress-test plans > TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has said that he is satisfied that the sale of Bank of Ireland shares in 2011 was “above board and transparent”.He was responding to questions from Independent TD Seamus Healy during Leaders’ Questions, who asked how “a consortium of North American vulture capitalists” bought the shares at a discounted rate to what the government paid.The South Tipperary TD said that the government bought a 15 per cent stake in the bank for “around €4 billion”, while others received 37 per cent for €1.123 billion.(Image Credit: Screengrab/ also referenced a interview with Bloomberg TV earlier this year, in which investor Wilbur Ross said that Bank of Ireland was one of his best investments.‘Considerable welcome’“I think if you go back to the period of time involved,” the Tánaiste said, “there was very considerable welcome that the government was able to sell shares in Bank of Ireland.“I wish it was different. I wish we didn’t have the crisis in the banking system that we inherited”He added that the stabilisation of the bank was one of the foundations of the country’s economic recovery.The Tánaiste was also asked by Deputy Healy whether or not the taxpayer would be required to further recapitalise the bank if it fails ECB stress tests next year, and if he agreed that the only option available if they failed would be nationalisation.He said that the government now has to focus on growth, and “drive on, get the economic growth, get the jobs, and get the increased propriety tat will come from  that will come from a growing economy”.‘Stop that innuendo’Deputy Healy also made allegations relating to a former senior civil servant, during which he was interrupted by the Ceann Comhairle.Tánaiste responded that he would not comment on individual cases, and asked the Deputy to “stop that innuendo and side-of-the-mouth allegations”.“If you want to make an allegation, make the allegation,” he said, “and if you are sure of the allegation, make it outside of the House.”last_img read more

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Penney JJ Hanrahan has got the blowtorch on Keats

first_imgMANY A RUGBY debates grows stale very quickly, but others continue to be worthwhile for months and months.Ian Keatley v JJ Hanrahan for Munster’s number 10 shirt is one that just won’t go away, with peaks and troughs for both players at different times over the course of the season meaning it remains unresolved.The senior out-half was the latest to wear the hallowed jersey, but his performance against Ulster last weekend means his Heineken Cup spot is in doubt, particularly given that Hanrahan has been in creative, assured form over the last month or so.Head coach Rob Penney was, as ever, honest in admitting that Keatley hadn’t delivered last time out, but qualified those words with an explanation for the poor display.“The poor guy had an off day, a bad day. He’d be the first to admit that. It’s unlike Ian and there’s some reasons for that. He’s been unable to train as much as he would have done, and on the back of that, the performance wasn’t what he would like. But he’s got through that 80 minutes. He’s had some time to reflect on that and he’s been able to get more work in this week. He’s had no repercussions from the groin injury that’s been holding him back. So between the two lads, we’ve got total faith in those two boys.”There’s no definitive clue in that, so the Munster coach is prompted again. Penney and his fellow staff have a difficult decision to make surely?“As we have done all year. We’ve given them both good opportunity. Ian Keatley’s done a great job in the last 18 months, when ROG had been unavailable and when he’s had to step up this year. You’ve got to support the guys who are doing the job for you, and JJ’s done a great job as well.“He’s getting more experience all the time and he’s got the blowtorch on Keats. It’ll be interesting to see where the selection goes, but whichever way we go, we’ll get a positive back-up.”Penney was giving nothing away in regards to his thoughts on his 10s. ©INPHO/James Crombie.Away from having the fortune to call on two out-halves he trusts, Penney will also be depending on an area of growing strength for Munster; the maul. Ulster were dismantled in that sector at Ravenhill, and there is surely more of the same to come at Kingsholm against a Gloucester pack that has failed to impose itself too often this season.The Kiwi agrees that Munster may have an advantage with their driven line-outs.“It’s a great area of strength for us. Axel’s [Anthony Foley] got that maul, that aspect of the game, working really well. The boys have bought into what he’s trying to do there and we’re getting good outcomes from it.Every team has a vulnerability and Gloucester will have some; we’ve got some. Whether the maul makes up a big part of our strategy this week, we’ll wait and see. It’s a great credit to Axel and the lads with how it’s gone.”Munster insist that they will not be basing their approach on what they have seen of Gloucester in the Premiership, but it might also be dangerous to analyse the two sides’ earlier encounter in Pool 6 too deeply either.That day, in October, Nigel Davies put out a greatly weakened team, on paper at least. Gloucester proved to be competitive and spirited, but it remains likely that their challenge will be very different this weekend.Penney claims to be unsure of what to expect.“It’s hard to say. There’s a fair bit of water gone under the bridge since then. They’ve got a bit of a characteristic, which you could say is the Gloucester way, and I don’t think that’ll change. We’ve just got to be very wary of the threats that they pose – and they do pose a lot of threats – and be able to nullify what they bring.”Like rugby? Follow’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >IRB re-confirms stance on European club competition by backing unionsDragons sign Welsh international duo Byrne and Brewlast_img read more

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This Weeks Best YouTube Videos The Brothers Mario Google Skydiving The Digital

first_imgParrot Sings Let the Bodies Hit the Floor This isn’t so much of a “what would the story of the nativity look like if it happened today” video as it’s a hilarious look at what it would have been like back then if tools like Google Maps, rental car Web sites, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media were available and easily at hand. For what it’s worth, I tried using Google Maps to plot directions from Nazareth to Bethlehem, and there sadly was no “Avoid Romans” option.  The Digital Story of the Nativity It’s been snowing a lot in Minnapolis in recent days. A lot. That’s not much news – the people out there are used to snow, and even this unprecedented snowfall is something a lot of communities out there aren’t having a problem with. One thing that hasn’t been able to deal with the snow though is the roof of the Metrodome, the home of the Minnesota Vikings. Earlier in the week, the roof collapsed under the weight of all the snow that had piled up on its inflatable roof. Concern over the state of the roof had been so great prior to the storm that Fox Sports set up cameras in the stadium to see if the roof collapsed, even when authorities assured them it wouldn’t. Well, it did – and Fox Sports got it all on camera from multiple angles. Oops. Metrodome Roof Collapse Video from the Inside I’m not explicitly saying that this parrot would make a better singer than the vocalist of Drowning Pool, but I’m just going to leave that idea out there. After all, this parrot’s got some pipes on it, and seems to do a pretty good rendition of the song. Someone sign that bird to a record label and get a contract going, I think she’s going to be huge.  What if the story of the nativity were told in terms of Google, Facebook, Twitter, and mobile technology? What if the roof of the Metrodome collapsed under the weight of feet of snow? What if someone decided that Super Mario Brothers would be much better Grand Theft Auto style? What if someone discovered a parrot that’s a better vocalist than the lead singer of Drowning Pool? This week, all of those things came true. Hit the jump to see the videos. center_img The folks over at The Game Station wondered what the Super Mario Brothers world would be like if it were a gritty, gangster-filled (and conveniently pedestrian empty) dark world of coins, guns, fast cars, and rival gangs. They put this video together, titled it “The Brothers Mario,” and the result has been such a smash hit that it’s already racked up close to 2 million views on YouTube. Never bring a hammer to a gunfight.  Google Demo Slam: Skydiving AdChoices广告 New Mario Bros. Movie Trailer A few people at Google Japan decided it would be pretty cool to go skydiving…without actually the whole getting into a plane and risking life and limb part. So they got a huge projection screen, some parachutes and tarps, a couple of high-powered fans, and decided to go skydiving the geeky way: projecting Google Earth on the ground while they “fell” from the ceiling in harnesses. As they fell, Google Earth would zoom in on their landing point. Perfect landing, every time. last_img read more

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Marée noire 180 tortues ont été sauvées

first_imgMarée noire : 180 tortues ont été sauvéesÉtats-Unis – L’Agence océanique et atmosphérique américaine (NOAA) a annoncé que 180 tortues victimes de la marée noire ont à ce jour pu être sauvées. 170 autres reptiles englués de pétrole sont encore en phase de récupération.Près de 500 tortues ont été retrouvées mortes depuis l’explosion et le naufrage de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon fin avril. Grâce à la mobilisation des secouristes, 180 tortues ont pu être sauvées, et presque autant sont en phase de récupération.À lire aussiLa tortue luth cache la bouche la plus effrayante au monde”Les spécialistes des tortues de mer de la NOAA sont des membres essentiels de la section dédiée à la vie sauvage du commandement des opérations de lutte contre la marée noire, qui a déployé cinq bateaux pour récupérer les tortues engluées dans le pétrole”, a souligné Jane Lubchenco, directrice de la NOAA.Des milliers d’autres tortues sont elles-aussi sur le point d’être sauvées. Quelque 700 nids de tortues de mers, contenant 70.000 œufs, sont en effet actuellement transportés du golfe du Mexique à la côte atlantique de la Floride.Mais pour les défenseurs de l’environnement, ces efforts ne sont pas suffisants. Le Centre pour la diversité biologique, un organisme à but non lucratif, a ainsi porté plainte lundi contre le ministre de l’Intérieur Ken Salazar. L’association lui reproche de ne pas suffisamment lutter contre l’impact de la marée noire sur les espèces menacées de tortues et de baleines.Le 1 août 2010 à 15:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Une voiture qui reconnait le postérieur de son conducteur avant de démarrer

first_imgUne voiture qui reconnait le postérieur de son conducteur avant de démarrerDes ingénieurs japonais ont développé un antivol plutôt original pour la voiture du futur. Celle-ci devra identifier le postérieur de son propriétaire avant de pouvoir démarrer…Il fallait y penser mais les ingénieurs de l’Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology de Tokyo n’ont pas hésité à développer l’idée. Ceux-ci ont mis au point un tout nouveau système antivol pour voiture qui, s’il parait très cocasse, est tout à fait sérieux et pourrait même équiper les véhicules du futur. Le principe ? Reconnaitre les fesses du conducteur grâce à un siège très particulier.À lire aussiMal des transports : pourquoi est-on malade en voiture et comment l’éviter ?En effet, le fauteuil pour voiture conçu par les ingénieurs japonais contient 360 capteurs chargés de mesurer la pression du conducteur. Des mesures qui s’effectuent sur une échelle très précise allant de 0 à 256 et qui permettent de créer une image 3D du postérieur du conducteur. Au véhicule ensuite de vérifier si celui-ci correspond bien à celui de son propriétaire attitré. L’analyse se fait même à chaque fois que vous vous asseyez, note quoi décourager les voleurs ! Car si le postérieur du conducteur n’est pas reconnu, impossible de démarrer la voiture. Pour l’heure, le système est capable de reconnaître 6 utilisateurs différents avec un taux de réussite de 98%. Encore faut-il faire attention à des petites variations d’image 3D du postérieur dues à une prise de poids ou la présence d’objets dans les poches arrières… Enfin, selon les ingénieurs japonais, le fauteuil pourrait être mis sur le marché dans les 2 à 3 ans.Le 1 janvier 2012 à 16:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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NASA releases stunning retrostyle space tourism posters

first_img <> As with anything NASA these posters were made with public money and are for all of us to enjoy. So if any of them interest you, click on them for high resolution images that you can print out into real posters. They really are some beautiful works of art, so that’s certainly not a bad idea. The hardest part will be choosing just one but you can download the entire set at the highest printing resolution (all 612 MB of it) right here, provided you have the wall space to look to the stars. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has just released these 14 stunning posters that showcase some of the finest travel destinations from our solar system, and beyond.They’re appropriately retro-styled, as the aesthetic is perhaps from the only era that saw visiting these worlds as an attainable goal. It feels like humanity has sadly turned away from looking to space towards their own little squabbles, and although there are still dreamers that will one day step foot on Mars and other planets it doesn’t seem a priority like it once did.Fortunately we have people like those working in NASA who are helping to spread the word on the wonders of the universe, strengthening their message even with little projects like these incredible posters. With this gallery JPL has focused on planets and moons that we either have missions in the works to visit or hopefully one day will travel to, even if you probably really, really don’t ever want to end up on Venus.last_img read more

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SPOILERS 130 NXT TV tapings from Full Sail University to air on

first_img Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Jamie Collins Comes Back To Gillette Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Tom Keene Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Patriots Offense Shows Much Promise But Can Get Even Better Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Brexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. Economy Now Playing Up Next WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ Facebook Now Playing Up Next Jakobi Meyers, Jarrett Stidham Shine As Patriots Crush Lions Now Playing Up Next Twitter The following was taped on Wednesday night at Full Sail University.1/30 NXT TV tapings:* Dark Match: Luke Menzies defeated Sean Maluta.* Jaxson Ryker defeated Mansoor.* Drew Gulak defeated Eric Bugenhagen.* Matt Riddle defeated Drew Gulak.* Eric Bugenhagen takes part in a segment playing air guitar.* Io Shirai, Kairi Sane and Bianca Belair defeated NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir.* Dominik Dijakovic defeated Shane Thorne.* The Street Profits defeated Humberto Carillo and Stacey Ervin Jr.* Aliyah defeated Taynara Conti. Baszler, Duke and Shafir attack Aliyah, Conti and Vanessa Borne.* Ricochet defeated Adam Cole.* Punishment Martinez defeated Riddick Moss.* Keith Lee defeated Kassius Ohno.* Aleister Black defeated Roderick Strong.* Mia Yim defeated Xia Li.* Velveteen Dream defeated Johnny Gargano to become the new NXT North American Champion…with some confusion. Per a live report, Dream hit his rolling DDT and got the pinfall. Dream posed with the title. When Dream went up the ramp, Gargano attacked him and tossed him back inside the ring. Dream went for the same elbow finish, but misses and Gargano applies the Gargano Escape. Dream taps and Gargano celebrates with the belt on stage. So it’s possible they filmed two endings to throw off spoiler reports.Source: PWInsiderRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBrexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. EconomyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:00/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 53.97%0:04Remaining Time -2:56 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Patriots Make Trade As Tight End Situation Falls Into Rough Shape Videos Articles Pinterestlast_img read more

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Disappointed Zouma on City defeat

first_imgDespite their 3-1 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday, Everton defender Kurt Zouma has urged his team to stick to their game plan.Manchester City opened the scoring in the 22nd minute through Gabriel Jesus as the hosts capitalized on a mistake by Yerry Mina.Jesus completed his brace 10 minutes into the second half, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled one back to reduce the deficit, but substitute Raheem Sterling completed the scoring and killed Everton’s hopes of any comeback.“We are very disappointed but we tried to play our football,” Zouma told the club’s website.“We knew they are strong pressing the ball and are strong on the counter-attack but when you try to push forward you have to take risks and we did.“Unfortunately it didn’t go for us but I think we created chances and we can be happy that we tried to play. It’s a defeat but we need to move on.“The goal gave us a bit more confidence but then we conceded the third goal too quickly. In football, you have to be prepared for everything.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We did our job, we tried to play the way we wanted to. We took our risks but unfortunately, we lost.“As I said, we need to move on to next week. We have another important game at home and we will try to win that.“We created chances against a strong team with strong players.“It’s not difficult to enjoy these type of games against a big team in a big stadium. We had chances, the first one from Richarlison in the first half.“Maybe we should have scored more but it’s done now. Everyone gave 100 percent. Now we’re going to recover and great ready for next week.“We had a game plan and tried to play our match. We will play with confidence. We are at home and will play for our fans. We need to keep the same spirit and move on.”last_img read more

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De Boer Messi will fall in love with De Jong

first_imgFormer Barcelona star Ronald de Boer predicts great things from Frenkie de Jong in the future and added that Lionel Messi will love having him aroundThe 21-year-old midfielder finally ended months of speculation over his future by agreeing to join Barcelona for next season on a five-year contract in a €75m deal along with bonuses of €11m.De Jong’s passing and ball-carrying skills have earned plenty of admirers with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola among them.And De Boer, who works as an Ajax A1 assistant manager, believes De Jong will prove to be a great coup for Barcelona and expects Messi will love playing in the same team as him.“De Jong has Ajax DNA which is nearly the same as Barcelona DNA, he is intelligent, he always has good ideas, he never plays without thinking. Messi will fall in love with De Jong,” said De Boer, according to Sport.The former Netherlands international made 37 appearances for Barcelona in his sole campaign at Camp Nou during the 1999/2000 season.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.And De Boer is clearly delighted that De Jong chose to move to Barcelona over Paris Saint-Germain and is confident the youngster will bring something different to the Blaugrana.“For me, he is more a Barca player than a PSG player, he will fit them perfectly,” he added:“He’s a different player and is not afraid of dribbling and waiting for the opportune moment to give the ball.“He will have [Sergio] Busquets as a professor to learn from in the first year and after that Busi can hand the role over to De Jong. He can also play in the Xavi and Iniesta position but the No 6 position is his best role.”De Jong, who has managed four goals and one assist in 28 appearances this season, will now turn his focus back to Ajax’s KNVB Cup game against Heerenveen tonight at 20:45 (CET).last_img read more

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Increase in Soy Acres Being Driven by Demand Planting Flexibility and other

first_imgU.S. producers are projected to plant 76.7 million acres of soybeans in 2001, up 3 percent from last year, according to a recently-issued U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report. If realized, this would be the largest planted area for soybeans on record. While some analysts have speculated that this increase is due to the level of the soybean loan rate in relation to other commodities, the American Soybean Association (ASA) believes such analysis is flawed and overlooks enormous changes in demand, planting flexibility, and other factors.“Domestic and world demand for soybeans during the last decade has been far greater than for any other commodity,” said ASA President Tony Anderson, a producer from Mt. Sterling, Ohio. “Global usage of soybeans grew by 56 percent, compared to 27 percent for corn, 15 percent for rice, 7.5 percent for cotton, and only 6.2 percent for wheat. Even in the United States, soybean usage in the last decade outpaced every other commodity. U.S. usage of soybeans grew by 36 percent, compared to 27 percent for rice, 26 percent for corn, 16 percent for cotton, and a decline of almost 5 percent for wheat.”ASA attributes soybean acreage growth to the following factors:Greater growth in world and U.S. demand for soybeans than for other commodities.Introduction in the 1996 Farm Bill of unrestricted planting flexibility and decoupled income support payments that allowed producers to shift to agronomically and economically preferable crop rotations. Prior to 1996, soybean acres were constrained by farm program provisions that required producers to plant their farms to “program crops” (wheat, feed grains, cotton, and rice) to receive income support from the federal government.Relatively high soybean prices between 1995 and 1997 that induced producers to plant more soybeans. The season average price received by farmers for the 1995 crop was $7.35 per bushel, declining to $6.45 per bushel in 1996 and $5.35 per bushel in 1997. Since 1997, prices for all major commodities have been depressed, so there has been no inducement for farmers to shift acreage to other crops.Development of new soybean varieties in maturity groups that are much better suited to northern and western climates. In recent years, new soybean varieties have made production possible in colder and drier states where few soybeans were grown 10 years ago. Last year, virtually all of the expansion in soybean plantings occurred in the northern and western states of North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, and Kansas.Prevalence of scab and other diseases affecting wheat and other crops. In major wheat states such as North Dakota, moving out of wheat production has been the only way to avoid reoccurrence of scab. Soybeans and other oilseeds have been among crops producers have turned to as they have battled disease problems.Unusually high costs of natural gas and fertilizer that are constricting corn production in the Midwest. Additionally, the continuing disruption of foreign and domestic corn markets and rising corn stocks resulting from the StarLink® debacle may be contributing to this year’s projected decline in corn plantings and increase in soybean plantings. “A final factor useful in judging whether the loan rate for a commodity is out of alignment relative to other crops is its stocks-to-use ratio,” said Anderson. “Carryover stocks of soybeans this fall are expected to total about 12 percent of current domestic and export use. By comparison, corn stocks are projected at 20 percent of use, and wheat supplies will be 34 percent of use. Reducing the soybean loan rate would likely increase production of crops that are already in greater surplus.”In recent testimony before the House Agriculture Committee, ASA proposed setting the current national soybean loan rate of $5.26 per bushel as a floor in the next farm bill. ASA indicated it opposes any reduction of the soybean loan rate, because it provides a vital income safety net for producers. ASA strongly maintained that expansion of U.S. soybean acreage during the last five years has less to do with the loan rate compared to planting flexibility, growth in demand and usage for soybeans, and various agronomic production factors.“Lowering the soybean loan rate would severely hurt soybean producers and significantly reduce overall net farm income,” said Anderson. “Suggestions to lower the soybean loan rate are both ill-considered and ill-advised. A better course would be for Congress and the Administration to adopt policies to expand trade and domestic demand that will get prices for all commodities above current loan levels. ASA has identified a list of initiatives to bolster demand, ranging from food aid to commercial trade to use of biodiesel and other industrial uses for soybeans. We look forward to working with Congress and the Administration to implement this agenda.”last_img read more

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BBAHC testing all expectant mothers for opioid use

first_imgA few weeks ago, police were called to the Kanakanak Hospital in Dillingham when a woman six months pregnant and a mother who had just given birth that day were caught smoking an oxycodone pill in the bathroom of the maternity room. The disturbing incident highlighted just how severe the use of opioids like heroin and oxycodone has become in Bristol Bay. Now the hospital has made the testing for opioids routine for all pregnancies.Download Audiolast_img

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