first_imgTendulkar also had a word of advise for the elders.Tendulkar also had a word of advise for the elders.”Instead of fathers drinking and smoking in the evenings, they should spend time with their family. That is more important. Get together, get closer to each other…enjoy that valuable time. Do not miss out on that opportunity,” he said.The batting maestro, who formally retired from cricket exactly on this day in 2013, expressed happiness over the transformation of the nondescript village since he adopted it.”All these developments have taken place. I remember when I came here last time, I said if you are able to stay together and achieve what we all want to achieve, I will pay another visit. I will indeed come here again,” he told the villagers.”Just now they announced that a 10-acre plot would be developed as a cricket stadium. I would only come (here) again if you include other sports also. And that is my promise. Along with cricket, I want other sports included there. And I will come for that inauguration,” Tendulkar said.”I am sure you guys will make the most of all those facilities and once again I congratulate the district Collector for promising to complete the phase-1 of this project in the next two months. From thereon, phase-2 will be completed in one year,” the MP said.Thanking the villagers for showing “truly remarkable” love and affection towards him, the cricket icon said, “I just hope and pray to God that you are happy and healthy. Make the best of these facilities. All the very best and let us keep Swachh Bharat.”advertisementHe also took a “selfie” with the cheering crowd in the backdrop.SPS Nellore district Collector Revu Mutyala Raju, Guduru MLA Sunil Kumar, Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh Chairman P R Mohan and other officials were present on the occasion. PTI DBV DK GK SRYlast_img read more

first_imgMumbai, Aug 14 (PTI) The largest luxury car-maker Mercedes-Benz India today launched a limited edition of its highest selling sports utility vehicle, the GLC Class, at a price range of Rs 50.86 lakh to Rs 51.25 lakh.The rollout of the Celebration Edition of the GLC is to market the 70th Independence Day, the company said in a statement.Mercedes launched the GLC Class in June 2016 and has gone to become the largest selling SUV model in its portfolio. The Celebration Edition offers a sporty exterior and a plush luxurious interior that enhance the cars luxury quotient.Roland Folger, managing director & chief executive, said the special edition launch is to commemorate the 70th Independence Day and also celebrate the SUVs overwhelming success.”We expect the GLC to remain our key volume driver and we are glad that our product strategy has been working well,” Folger added.Within a few months of its launch last June the company began to product GLC locally and became the 9th model to be produced from its Pune plant. PTI BEN NRBlast_img read more

first_imgD'Angelo Russell throws crazy pass vs. Maryland.The Ohio State men’s basketball team fell on the road to Iowa Saturday afternoon, 76-67. Buckeyes’ freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, as he’s done basically all season, shined in defeat. Russell, a projected top-10 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, totaled 27 points, 14 rebounds and two assists against the Hawkeyes. He deserved at least three assists, though. Check out this ridiculous one-handed bounce pass Russell threw in the first half:That’s an NBA-caliber feed from a future NBA player. With the loss, Ohio State falls to 14-5, 3-3 in the Big Ten, while Iowa improved to 13-5, 4-1 in the conference.last_img

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit the hill shrine of Tirupati on June 9. The information was shared by Andhra Pradesh BJP President, Kanna Lakshmi Narayana who told reporters on Saturday that the Prime Minister will be paying a visit to Tirumala Lord Balaji temple next week. Since the culmination of general elections, a slew of political leaders including Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Reddy and many newly elected parliamentarians have visited Tirumala to pay obeisance to Lord Balaji. On May 26, many politicians, including newly elected MPs and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR), had visited the Tirupati Balaji temple to seek blessings.(With inputs from DNA)last_img

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday directed state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim to carry out joint inspection of a land at New Town and take steps to ensure handover of the same for setting up a research foundation in the name of former Chief Minister Jyoti Basu.The Left Front wants to lay the foundation stone of the same on July 8, which is celebrated as the birthday of the party veteran who died on January 17, 2010. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersLeft Front leader Rabin Deb along with party leaders Sujan Chakraborty and Ashok Bhattacharjee met Banerjee at her chamber in the state Assembly and sought her intervention in the case. The Left leadership alleged that the transfer of land for the project has not happened since 2011, when the erstwhile Left government had procured the land against a payment of Rs 4 crore. “We have been told time and again that there are litigations involved and the transfer has not been effected as yet,” Deb alleged. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to sources, Banerjee instructed Hakim to make a joint inspection of the land and take necessary measures in this regard for handover of the same. The Left is ready to sacrifice the amount of land which comes under the ambit of litigation. It has been learnt that the West Bengal Housing & Infrastructure Development Corp had agreed to give them the same amount of land at a place a few kilometers away from that particular site, but the Left leadership is not ready to accept the offer.last_img read more

first_imgDAVOS, Switzerland – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday, but the Canadian media travelling with the PM did not receive a customary notification in advance.The Prime Minister’s Office sent an email to the media to announce a last-minute meeting between the two men even though it had been mentioned several hours earlier in the Israeli media.The PMO later apologized for the late notice and promised to provide a summary of what it called a “last-minute pull-aside.”The meeting in Davos comes weeks after the Canadian government chose to abstain from voting on a resolution condemning U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to relocate the American embassy.Israeli media also reported that Netanyahu and Trump will meet on Thursday — their fourth meeting since Trump took office.The North American Free Trade Agreement is expected to be the prime topic when Trudeau participates in a roundtable discussion later Wednesday with several U.S. business leaders in Davos.The session will involve several heavy hitters in U.S. business, including the CEOs of Dow Chemical, UPS, Cargill, Qualcomm Inc., Tyson Foods and the New York Stock Exchange.The roundtable on the sidelines of the Forum comes a day after Canada and Mexico joined the new Trans-Pacific Partnership as the NAFTA partners gathered in Montreal for a week of negotiations.There are concerns that the efforts in Montreal could be impacted by the new TPP, but the chief negotiators for Canada and Mexico brushed aside that notion on Tuesday.“It’s pretty much separate tracks,” Canada’s lead negotiator Steve Verheul told The Canadian Press in Montreal.Trudeau was also scheduled to hold bilateral business meetings Wednesday with the heads of Royal Dutch Shell, Microsoft and Ericsson. He also has one bilateral meeting with a political leader — Argentine President Mauricio Macri.Before leave Switzerland on Thursday, Trudeau is scheduled to attend a public session on the empowerment of girls and women and be joined by Pakistani activist and honorary Canadian citizen Malala Yousafzai.Trump is scheduled to speak in Davos on Friday after Trudeau returns home.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – A painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci sold for a record $450 million (380 million euros) at auction on Wednesday, smashing previous records for artworks sold at auction or privately.The painting, “Salvator Mundi,” Latin for “Savior of the World,” is one of fewer than 20 paintings by Leonardo known to exist and the only one in private hands. It was sold by Christie’s auction house, which didn’t immediately identify the buyer.“‘Salvator Mundi’ is a painting of the most iconic figure in the world by the most important artist of all time,” said Loic Gouzer, co-chairman of post-war and contemporary art at Christie’s. “The opportunity to bring this masterpiece to the market is an honour that comes around once in a lifetime.”The highest price paid for a work of art at auction had been $179 million (152 million euros), for Pablo Picasso’s painting “Women of Algiers (Version O)” in May 2015, also at Christie’s in New York. The highest known sale price for any artwork had been $300 million (253 million euros), for Willem de Kooning’s painting “Interchange,” sold privately in September 2015 by the David Geffen Foundation to hedge fund manager Kenneth C. Griffin.A backer of the “Salvator Mundi” auction had guaranteed a bid of at least $100 million (85 million euros). The bidding opened at $75 million and ran for 19 minutes. The price hit $300 million about halfway through the bidding.People in the auction house gallery applauded and cheered when the bidding reached $300 million and when the hammer came down on the final bid, $400 million. The record sale price of $450 million includes the buyer’s premium, a fee paid by the winner to the auction house.The 26-inch-tall (66-centimetre-tall) Leonardo painting dates from around 1500 and shows Christ dressed in Renaissance-style robes, his right hand raised in blessing as his left hand holds a crystal sphere.Its path from Leonardo’s workshop to the auction block at Christie’s was not smooth. Once owned by King Charles I of England, it disappeared from view until 1900, when it resurfaced and was acquired by a British collector. At that time it was attributed to a Leonardo disciple, rather than to the master himself.The painting was sold again in 1958 and then was acquired in 2005, badly damaged and partly painted over, by a consortium of art dealers who paid less than $10,000 (8,445 euros). The art dealers restored the painting and documented its authenticity as a work by Leonardo.The painting was sold Wednesday by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who bought it in 2013 for $127.5 million (108 million euros) in a private sale that became the subject of a continuing lawsuit.Christie’s said most scholars agree the painting is by Leonardo, though some critics have questioned the attribution and some say the extensive restoration muddies the work’s authorship.Christie’s capitalized on the public’s interest in Leonardo, considered one of the greatest artists of all time, with a media campaign that labeled the painting “The Last Da Vinci.” The work was exhibited in Hong Kong, San Francisco, London and New York before the sale.In New York, where no museum owns a Leonardo, art lovers lined up outside Christie’s Rockefeller Center headquarters on Tuesday to view “Salvator Mundi.”Svetla Nikolova, who’s from Bulgaria but lives in New York, called the painting “spectacular.”“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” she said. “It should be seen. It’s wonderful it’s in New York. I’m so lucky to be in New York at this time.”___This story has been corrected to show the name of the painting is Latin, not Italian.last_img read more

The police have arrested a teenager who had robbed a house in Mannar yesterday, the police media unit said.According to the police a 15 year old boy was arrested after he broke into a house in Mannar yesterday and stole a laptop and mobile phones. The young thief had stolen a laptop worth 17,450, several other computer parts and three mobile phones.Following the arrest of the boy the police said they had recovered all the stolen items. The boy is a resident of Mannar.Further investigations are underway.

President’s Counsel Sanjeewa Jayawardena appeared for Arcellor Mittal Construction France company. (Colombo Gazette) A fundamental rights petition filed by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran seeking an Interim Order preventing any steps being taken by Minister D.M. Swaminathan with regard to entering into a contract with a French construction company to construct 65,000 of prefabricated steel houses in the North and Eastern Provinces has been withdrawn at the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Prisons Reforms and Rehabilitation said.The Ministry said Sumanthiran decided to withdraw his petition while it was being heard before a Supreme Court three-judge-bench comprising Justice Sisira de Abrew, Justice Anil Gooneratne and Justice Vijith Malalgoda. The petitioners stated that there are irregularities in the tender process awarding the contract to construct houses for the war affected to the French company. He further said that there is lack of durability of the said prefabricated steel houses and environmental unsuitability of the said prefabricated houses. The petitioner further alleged that the respondents are not employing local labour in the implementation of the project to construct the said prefabricated houses.“I am further aware that the District Co-ordinating committees of the Jaffna and Kilinochchi Districts of which I am a member also passed unanimous decision on or around September 27, 2016 rejecting the said prefabricated steel houses,” the petitioner added. In his petition, MP Sumanthiran cited D.M. Swaminathan the Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, Arcellor Mittal Construction France and the Attorney General as respondents. President’s Counsel Upul Jayasuriya with Counsel Kalana Jayasuriya appearing for Minister D.M. Swaminathan raised objections informing court that the petitioner is challenging a decision taken by the Cabinet to construct houses in the Northern Province. read more

SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, says it achieved the highest ever monthly revenue in the history of the company in December 2017.A statement by the airline said that the air-transport operation of the company recorded a stand-alone revenue of US Dollar 100.1 million – the first instance in the 38-year history of the airline where monthly operating revenue reached this landmark figure. The company recorded a net positive result for the month even after interest costs, with an un-audited net profit of USD 3.0 million. However, the management stresses that this positive result is only a beginning, especially considering the fact that oil prices have increased by over 25% compared to December 2016.The fuel cost which accounted for 25% of the total operating expenditure a year ago, has risen to 31% whilst the ticket price (yield) has barely increased due to fierce competition and persistent over capacity, ills which are affecting most airlines.Accordingly,much hard work remains to be done in order to drive the airline into sustainable year-round profitability.The airline business is highly seasonal and even achieving a break-even performance during off-peak months require significant improvements,which can be only achieved through a major restructuring. The airline also recorded a successful month in terms of operational efficiency, recording an average aircraft utilization of 13.8 hours per day. The wide-bodied fleet of Airbus A330 aircraft achieved an average daily utilization of 15.2 hours – with industry leading reliability. The airline’s strategy of re-fleeting with fuel-efficient “single aisle” aircraft paid off, with its five-strong fleet of Airbus A320 neo family aircraft helping to combat rising fuel costs. Two days of un-forecast fog in the Gulf were the only blight on the month, leading to several delays due to aircraft diversions.The company’s subsidiary and business units – including SriLankan Catering and Ground Handling – too recorded a stellar performance, comfortably exceeding their revenue and profitability in comparison to the prior year. The Ground Handling division did particularly well, both financially and operationally, despite have to cope with record numbers of passengers, congested facilities at BIA and unusually high disruptions due to inclement weather. The airline attributes the increase in revenue to its expanded network and continuous improvement in revenue management processes. A total of 566,627 passengers were carried during the month, a 27% increase over December 2016 and recorded a Passenger Load Factor of 85.9% – above that of most major airlines in the world. Cargo carriage too witnessed a significant growth, rising 23% year-over-year to 12,016 metric tonnes. The airline’s newly launched route to Melbourne, Australia, was a resounding success – achieving a Passenger Load Factor of 92.4% – and recording a significant overall profit during the month. This makes Melbourne the first long-haul route launch of the airline in recent years to reach profitability in such a short period. In line with this goal, the airline is currently developing the next phase of its restructuring and operational overhaul strategy. Assisting in this complex task is a reputed industry consultant working together with the Government appointed Officials Committee. (Colombo Gazette) read more

“The mandate of UNMEE is to keep two armies apart, but underlying this is a desire to bring two peoples together. How better to symbolize this than to build a bridge,” UNMEE’s Officer-in-Charge and Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Ian Martin, told assembled dignitaries, military representatives, journalists and peacekeepers at the official reopening of the bridge across the Mereb river on Saturday.The bridge crosses the Mereb river between the towns of Rama in Ethiopia and Adi Quala in Eritrea. When UNMEE peacekeepers first arrived in the area, a six-metre span of the bridge was lying, destroyed, in the centre of the waterway. In response to patrolling difficulties faced by peacekeepers who had trouble crossing the Mereb River, UNMEE Force Commander Major-General Patrick Cammaert decided to reconstruct the bridge as a matter of priority.Using a prefabricated bridge donated by the Dutch government, UNMEE peacekeepers worked overtime to clear the area of mines and install the span in advance of the rainy season. The peacekeepers, who used floodlights in order to continue their efforts at night, completed the repair in just 15 days – about half of the normal installation time.The bridge will make easier for UNMEE to carry out its monitoring duties in the area, said the Force Commander, adding, “I hope the bridge can be used in the near future to allow people from Ethiopia and Eritrea to visit friends and relatives.” The newly repaired bridge can carry up to 60 tonnes and requires very little maintenance. The Force Commander expressed hope that “the bridge between these two countries and two peoples [will] live forever.” read more

Voicing renewed concern at the impact of Colombia’s four decades of civil conflict on its indigenous communities, with smaller groups threatened with extinction, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today that nearly 50 Wounaan people, seven of them leaders, had fled to neighbouring Panama in fear for their lives. “Their journey started more than six weeks ago when they first fled their small river settlements in the western Colombian department of Choco, escaping threats from an irregular armed group,” UNHCR reported from Panama’s remote Darien region.Their decision to cross the border was not an easy one. Leaving their traditional territories had already caused the group intense anguish. But, after weeks of fear and worry, they felt they were not safe in Colombia and had no choice but to flee again. On Tuesday, 47 people boarded three small boats to make the dangerous crossing over the rough sea to Panama’s Darien region on the Pacific coast, the Agency said.The Director of UNHCR’s Bureau for the Americas, Philippe Lavanchy, on official mission to Panama, immediately went to the Darien where he found the 47 waiting in a small shelter, and met with the authorities to ensure that they would be allowed to stay and seek asylum. The Government confirmed that, in accordance with international law, the group would be allowed to remain.“Now we can start breathing in peace again,” José (not his real name to protect his identity), one of the Wounaan leaders, told Mr. Lavanchy. “We have not stopped worrying ever since we left our homes. Now, we still don’t know what will happen to us – the violence still goes on and we do not know when we will be able to go back to our homes. But, here at least we know our families are safe.”José was one of some 700 Wounaan who fled their ancestral territories in early April after members of an irregular armed group killed two of the community’s leaders within 48 hours. “They told me that they do not know what has happened to the others,” Mr. Lavanchy said. “They think that some are hiding in the jungle but they do not have any information about them, they do not even know if they are alive or dead.“This is really a very distressing case and I am very grateful to the government of Panama for extending a helping hand to this group at a time of such hardship,” he added.UNHCR has voiced mounting concern in recent months over the disproportionate impact on Colombia’s indigenous communities of more than 40 years of fighting between Government forces, leftist rebels and rightist paramilitaries that has displaced 2 million people. Forced displacement is especially hard on indigenous people, whose culture and traditions are closely linked to their ancestral lands. read more

Boris Johnson and other UK ministers are also urging Australia to send warships to join the task force. Mr Johnson made the request in a call with Scott Morrison, Australia’s prime minister.  “The Australian Government remains very concerned about the increased tensions in the Strait of Hormuz, and we are considering the American request, and also now the request from the United Kingdom, but we have not yet made any decision,” said Linda Reynolds, the Australian defence minister.  The HMS Duncan has been deployed to the region by the UK Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The HMS Duncan has been deployed to the region by the UK to protect shippingCredit:Ben Sutton/MoD/PA However, if Iran were to seize a civilian cruise ship with hundreds of British tourists aboard it would be a major escalation in the crisis.  The decision by P&O highlights how some ship owners have begun to see their associations with the UK as a potential risk when sailing in the Persian Gulf.  No owners have yet taken the step of removing the British flag and swapping it for a neutral country. But the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), which is responsible for registering British-flagged ships, acknowledged fears among ship owners.“We are aware that some customers will have concerns over the ongoing situation, they trust us to discuss these issues with them in confidence and feedback any concerns to our colleagues in government,” the MCA said.  The P&O ship in the Persian Gulf, Oceana, is registered in Bermuda and therefore flies the Red Ensign, a red flag with the Union Jack in its top-left corner. The Red Ensign is different from the UK flag but P&O were concerned its clear associations with Britain could draw Iranian attention.  Britain announced this week it was joining a US-led naval mission to protect civilian ships in the Persian Gulf.  The 23 crew members of the Stena Impero are still being held by Iran. None of the crew are UK citizens, meaning the British government is under little public pressure to take drastic action to secure their release.  P&O Cruises has cancelled its cruises in the Persian Gulf over fears that its British ships could be potential targets for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. The cruise line said it had decided to call off all trips in the region until next year amid the continuing standoff between Britain and Iran over the seizure of tankers. “The increased tension in the region highlighted by the attacks on tankers in the Straits and the detention of a British-flagged tanker by the Iranian authorities means as a British company flying the Red Ensign it is not advisable for us to maintain our planned Dubai and Arabian Gulf programme this winter season,” said Paul Ludlow, president of P&O Cruises.“Whilst we appreciate our guests will be disappointed, the safety of our guests and crew is absolutely paramount and given our UK status, coupled with the uncertainty in the region, we have had to make this difficult decision.”The cruise line said all guests would be fully refunded and would consider returning to the region in 2020 if the political situation calmed. Iran seized the Stena Impero, a British-flagged oil tanker, in July in response to the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker off the coast of Gibraltar.  The Stena Impero has been held by Iran for several weeks The Stena Impero has been held by Iran for several weeksCredit:Morteza Akhoondi  read more

first_imgIt’s time for a fresh batch of rumors about Microsoft’s successor to the Xbox 360. While the Redmond software giant is still mum about what to expect in its next gaming endeavor, the leaks continue to flow.This time around, rumor has it that an anonymous individual with access to an Xbox 720 developer kit has said that the new console will only function if users have a Kinect (or the Xbox 720 equivalent) plugged into the system.According to the rumor, the Kinect (or would that be Kinect 2?) will come packaged in with every console, so making it a requirement will be the same as requiring users to have a controller or a video cable.Today, with the Xbox 360, the Kinect functions as an important part of the system, allowing users to navigate through menus and access content with the wave of a hand or an unencumbered voice command. However, it’s an optional accessory, which means the the Kinect is not mandatory nor is Xbox 360 experience is not unified.Such has been an issue with the console practically since day one. To this day, some players have an Xbox 360 without an HDMI port, without built-in WiFi, or without a hard drive. Microsoft clearly realizes that it needs to unify the experience, which is presumably why Kinect will be mandatory on the Xbox 720.A somewhat less surprising requirement will be that all units will have a hard drive, making it possible for game developers to require game data installations, which will increase the power of individual game titles and decrease load times.More interestingly, the new console will be able to multitask, meaning players could have multiple games or apps open at the same time, allowing players to seamlessly switch between each application.And finally, Microsoft will make its second-screen experience more integral to the gameplay experience. As for the controller, Kotaku’s insider says that it will be markedly different from the Xbox 360 pad,and will use an unspecified “new wireless technology.”Previous rumors to surface include that the system will require an Internet connection and that the GPU specs will be leaps and bounds above that of the Xbox 360.The continuous pile of rumors — along with the increasingly fragmented Xbox 360 audience — leads to an almost certain conclusion that the new console will be revealed soon, perhaps before the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June.Meanwhile, it is expected that Sony will unveil the Playstation 4, which has been kept much more tightly under wraps, at an event in New York City later this month.last_img read more

first_img Dudley North MP Ian Austin (file photo) Image: Simon Cooper/PA Images 11,647 Views As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Feb 22nd 2019, 9:17 AM Share4 Tweet Email Friday 22 Feb 2019, 9:17 AM 21 Comments By Stephen McDermott Labour’s Ian Austin becomes ninth MP to quit party this week He has no plans to join the recently formed independent group. LABOUR MP IAN Austin has quit the party, it has emerged this morning.He confirmed the news on Twitter, saying he has decided to leave the party to put those in his constituency of Dudley first.Austin told the Express and Star newspaper that he quit over the party’s “lurch to the left” under Jeremy Corbyn and its failure to tackle anti-Semitism.He becomes the ninth MP to leave the party this week, after Luciana Berger, Chuka Umunna, Gavin Shuker, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes and Ann Coffey announced their departure on Monday, while Joan Ryan quit the party on Tuesday.However, the BBC reports that Austin does not plan to join the independent group formed by his former colleagues in the House of Commons.Corbyn’s tenure as leader has seen near-constant rumours that some MPs were planning to split from the party.Support from grassroots Labour members saw him survive a leadership challenge in 2016, but he has often struggled to maintain authority within the party.His perceived lack of leadership during the Brexit referendum, when Labour was campaigning for Remain, was sharply criticised by some MPs, while there have also been numerous allegations of anti-Semitism within the party.With reporting by Rónán Duffy. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4507026 Dudley North MP Ian Austin (file photo) Image: Simon Cooper/PA Imageslast_img read more

first_imgBelgique : une ville mise sur les poules pour réduire les déchetsMouscron, Belgique – Une ville belge a décidé de distribuer gratuitement des poules à ses habitants afin de réduire les déchets domestiques. Cette initiative n’est pas une première pour Mouscron, qui a déjà tenté l’expérience à deux reprises.Forte du succès de ses deux précédentes expériences, la ville de Mouscron a décidé de distribuer pour la troisième fois des poules pondeuses à ses habitants. Chaque foyer candidat recevra deux poules, une initiative qui a pour but d’inciter les habitants à réduire le volume de leurs déchets ménagers. Et comme le précise le responsable de la cellule environnement de la municipalité, Christophe Denève, ce cadeau a deux avantages : celui de réduire le contenu des sacs poubelles en nourrissant les poules avec les déchets de cuisine tels que les épluchures et restes de repas, mais aussi celui de bénéficier d’une production d’œufs frais très peu coûteuse.La mairie de Mouscron, une ville de 52.000 habitants, précise que son stock est limité à cent poules. Les futurs heureux propriétaires bénéficieront d’une formation sur la meilleure façon d’élever leurs gallinacés. Les maîtres des poules devront en échange s’engager, et ce par écrit, “à ne pas manger les poules avant deux ans, à ne pas les céder à des tiers, et à autoriser la ville à effectuer des contrôles inopinés à leur domicile” souligne Christophe Denève.Pour ceux qui n’ont pas de jardin et ne peuvent donc pas accueillir de poules, la cellule environnement de Mouscron planche actuellement sur un autre projet : le lombricompostage, réalisé grâce à des bacs à compost remplis de vers de terre. Le 1 mars 2010 à 17:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Snapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350Snapchat Launches New Original Programming, Multiplayer Games Snapchat, it’s not just for teen sex anymore. The road’s been hard but Snap Inc. has invested heavily in turning their super popular but super ephemeral messaging service into a modern tech institution. So put on your Snapchat Spectacles and take a look at the company’s newest initiative: augmented reality collaborations with artist Jeff Koons.The announcement is still technically unofficial, but the clues are all pretty obvious. If you go to art.snapchat.com there’s a mysterious clock ticking down to Snap CEO Evan Spiegel’s talk at Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit. What could Spiegel be talking about? Well if you set your computer clock one day into the future (or 8,640 10-second snaps) the page will then display famous Koons artwork like the $58 million metal statue “Balloon Dog” as well as the phrase “Artwork All Around You.”We’re going to guess “Artwork All Around You” means you’ll be able to use Snapchat to view virtual Koons art in the real-world à la Pokemon Go. Apple and Google are flocking to AR but Snapchat is already a big player in the space with its iconic selfie filters and reality-distorting “world lenses.” So it makes sense they’d want to sure up their dominance.Meanwhile, Koons himself is a self-avowed Snapchat fan, using the app to brag about his huge paydays. Plus Koons’ love of pop culture and making art of the mundane seems like a perfect with Snapchat’s overall role in society right now. This AR app would also most likely have geo-location features, meaning certain art would only appear in certain location allowing them to still maintain the rarity and allure of physical art.Again, none of this is officially official yet. It’s a leak. We’ll be able to confirm what Snapchat’s clock is really ticking down to until later today. But it’s ticking down to this Jeff Koons Snapchat AR art project.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_img Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Recommended for you TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Feb 2015 – Fuel factor dropped again so once again electricity bills are poised to be lower. Fortis TCI on Friday revealed that the steady decline is steady… now at .1980, the lower rate will impact February bills. It is the fifth consecutive month that the fuel factor rate has seen decrease. Related Items:drop, fortis tci, fuel factor Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) joined other major U.S. farm organizations in supporting reauthorization of the U.S. Grain Standards Act (USGSA) at a hearing before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management on April 22.  Key provisions of the USGSA are due to expire at the end of September 2015, including authorization of appropriations, Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) authority to charge fees for supervising export inspection by state agencies and the Grain Inspection Advisory Committee.In addition to supporting reauthorization, ASA, American Farm Bureau Federation, National Corn Growers Association and National Council of Farmer Cooperatives are considering a proposal by the National Grain and Feed Association and the North American Export Grain Association. The proposal would authorize licensing of third-party “emergency official service providers” that could be requested to perform official inspection and weighing services if a state agency cannot or refuses to do so, and if FGIS does not restore service within six hours.This provision is a response to the disruption of export shipments that occurred at the Port of Vancouver last July when, due to a strike by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the Washington State Department of Agriculture suspended inspections and FGIS failed to intervene.  The full House Agriculture Committee expects to mark-up reauthorization legislation in the next few weeks.last_img read more

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Nearly three-dozen structures were destroyed in a massive Northern California wildfire that continues to spread more than a week after it started, officials said Sunday.According to preliminary figures, 10 residences and 22 outbuildings were lost in the King Fire as the structures were discovered in the White Meadows area of Pollock Pines, said Capt. Tom Piranio (pih-RAH’-nee-oh), a state fire spokesman.Assessment teams were headed back in the rugged, steep terrain to survey more damage, he said.“It has been very challenging to get access to those burn areas because there’s a lot of inaccessible terrain,” Piranio said. “We had to make sure it was safe enough to enter.”Smoky conditions from the fire also forced a last-minute cancellation of two popular Ironman events in nearby Lake Tahoe Sunday morning, Ironman operations manager Keats McGonigal said. About 3,000 athletes from around the world were expected to participate, but couldn’t due to poor air quality as the fire spread to the Tahoe National Forest northwest of Lake Tahoe over the weekend.The fast-moving blaze located about 60 miles east of Sacramento that started Sept. 13 grew to more than 128 square miles Saturday despite periods of rain overnight. A man charged with starting the fire, Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, pleaded not guilty to arson Friday and remains in the El Dorado County jail on $10 million bail.last_img read more