Delhi Police deploys special team for Holi

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Monday issued a statement outlining major preparations being undertaken for the day of Holi, which is to be celebrated on March 21 this year.The statement said that Traffic Police in the Capital city is making elaborate traffic arrangements in order to ensure the safety of motorists on the day. Usually, the Police Control Room (PCR) calls increase substantially ahead of Holi. This year, the police have geared up to identify vulnerable spots and will heighten the security arrangements there ahead of the festival of colour. Police said that traffic violations such as drink-driving, speeding, triple riding, red light jumping, riding without helmets and similar kinds of violations will be especially noted by several Special Traffic Police teams to deploy across the city. In addition, cases of minors caught driving, reckless driving, and performing stunts on the roads will also have consequences. According to the police, plans are afoot to deploy “special checking units” with alcometers at major intersections and vulnerable points to detect and prosecute cases of drink-driving. The law enforcement body has also planned to make arrangements for the special traffic police teams to constitute interceptors as well as local police teams and Police Control Room teams. The agency has also said that in accordance with direction from the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety, police teams will be within their power to seize and suspend licenses of drivers/riders for a minimum of three months in cases of drink-driving, red light jumping, using phones while driving, reckless driving, and speeding. The police added that in cases of minors caught driving, the license of the registered owner of the vehicle may also be seized and suspended. Joint Commissioner (Traffic), K Jegadesan said, “We appeal to all motorists to avoid traffic violations, especially drink-driving. Also, parents should not allow minors to drive their vehicles. All motorists are advised to obey traffic rules and regulations issued by the police for their safety and the safety of other road users.”last_img read more

Opponents of Dakota pipeline bring message to Trump

America Indians and their supporters march toward the White House in Washington, Friday, March 10, 2017, to rally against continued construction of the disputed Dakota Access pipeline. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) by Ben Nuckols, The Associated Press Posted Mar 10, 2017 10:11 am MDT Last Updated Mar 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Opponents of Dakota pipeline bring message to Trump WASHINGTON – With options dwindling to stop construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, American Indians and their supporters brought their message to President Donald Trump on Friday with rallies outside the White House and his Washington hotel.Even if the pipeline is completed, the protest movement has been successful because it has called attention to the issue of tribal sovereignty, participants said.The final, disputed section of the pipeline would pass under a reservoir that provides drinking water to the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux reservations. The tribes and their supporters say the pipeline threatens their religious rights and water supply.Tom Goldtooth, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, said Texas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners would ultimately pay a price for disregarding the tribes’ religious beliefs.“We have not lost this battle,” Goldtooth said. “Nothing will ever go right for those corporations. It’s only a matter of time before it will fall flat on its face.”A federal judge this week declined to halt construction of the final section of the pipeline, meaning oil could begin flowing through it as early as next week. The disputed section would pass under Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota. The pipeline stretches from North Dakota to Illinois.The Obama administration halted construction of the pipeline, but Trump gave it the green light to start again with an executive order. A court hearing in the ongoing legal fight against the pipeline is not expected until at least April.Hundreds of people participated in Friday’s march, which began at the Army Corps of Engineers headquarters. The agency manages the Missouri River and last month gave Energy Transfer Partners permission to finish the project. Protesters also erected a teepee outside Trump’s hotel.The rally revealed divisions among the pipeline opponents. Dave Archambault, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, was booed and heckled by some in the crowd who called him “DAPL Dave” and accused him of being complicit with the bulldozing of a camp where thousands of protesters had lived.“We are not defeated. We are not victims,” Archambault said. “An obstacle is also an opportunity.”Mark Charles, a Navajo writer, speaker and activist who lives in Washington, said the activism around the pipeline has drawn new attention to the “dehumanization” of Native Americans. He and other protesters called on the Catholic Church to revoke 15th-Century documents that they said underpinned the treatment of Indians as inferior.“America has to decide, does it want to be a nation where ‘We the People’ means all the people?” Charles said. “We need to stop talking about how great we are.”___Follow Ben Nuckols on Twitter at https://twitter.com/APBenNuckols. read more

Security Council strongly condemns heinous terrorist attack in Yemen

A car bomb detonated as the motorcade of the minister, Major General Muhammad Nasir Ahmad, passed near government offices in central Sana’a, according to media reports. Eleven people were reportedly killed, including seven of the minister’s bodyguards. Council members expressed their deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the victims of these “heinous acts” and to their families, and to the people and Government Yemen, according to a statement issued to the press by Ambassador Peter Wittig of Germany, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for this month.“The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” the statement added. read more

BUSACSenate welcomes new members after byelection

The votes are in, and there are seven new Brock University Students’ Administrative Council/Senate members after last week’s byelection.2014 BUSAC/Senate by-election results (elected in bold):Senate (1-year term):• Antonio Sergi (1,031)• Carlin Jessop (986)• Jennifer Rubbra (518)Senate (2-year term):• Spencer Dawson (1,224)• Jeremy Steinhausen (871)• Sam Piccolo (836)• Hanan Moussa (243)Faculty of Social Sciences:• Monique Blake (145)• Geraldine Rieger (136)• Jad Nasser (106)• Ali Hammoud (88)• Megann Friesen (4)Faculty of Business:• Deeksha Sharma (187)• Someer Verma (136)Campaigning began Oct. 20, and voting took place from Oct. 28-30.BUSAC is a branch of the elected student government within BUSU. BUSAC is a faculty-based electoral body that governs over decisions such as bylaws, club funding, capital requests, political policies, elections, and has several committees across a number of spectrums that BUSU oversees.The Senate is responsible for the educational policy of the University, and with the approval of the Board in so far as expenditure of funds is concerned, may enact bylaws and regulations for the conduct of its affairs. read more

Caribbean population warned ahead of solar eclipse

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Blood moon’ dazzles skygazers in century’s longest eclipseJuly 28, 2018In “World”Crooks rip-off Caribbean Chemicals $2M using forged chequeFebruary 14, 2014In “Crime”Hurricane Maria to become major storm near Caribbean islandsSeptember 18, 2017In “Regional” BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Caribbean people are being warned to take preventative measures to avoid blindness as they are set to witness a rare partial eclipse later Monday as the moon passes between the sun and the earth.“Looking at it is not worth it. Prevention is better than cure,” warned Dr Patrick Martin, the former chief medical officer in St Kitts-Nevis.“Protect your eyesight. Protect your child’s eyesight. Never stare at the sun; not even for a second. A partial eclipse of the sun starts around 2:20 pm on Monday. It will last for 2.5 hours. Do not look directly at the sun, or at it through sunglasses of any kind, colour film, x-ray film, a camera, binoculars or telescope,” he said.Dr Martin also warned that sun radiation causes temporary or permanent injury ranging from blurred vision to cataracts to dark spots in the retina.“A solar eclipse may be viewed only through approved lens stamped ISO 12312-2. They are all sold out. Fake lens are being sold. Do not buy them. Your eyes are irreplaceable,”’ he said.The Caribbean Institute of Astronomy (CARINA) said the Eastern Caribbean countries will experience the eclipse from 2.20 pm (local time) through 4:50 pm, while in Jamaica, it will be observed from the 12:51 (local time) and lasting for 2 hours and 43 minutes.The Jamaica Ministry of Health has also issued a warning to people against viewing the eclipse with the naked eye.“It is important that persons refrain from looking at the sun during this period as it can cause permanent damage to the eyes,” said chief medical officer, Dr Winston De La Haye.“The only way to look directly at the sun when it is eclipsed or is partly eclipsed is with a special solar filter, such as eclipse glasses or a hand-held solar viewer,” he added. read more

Anglos Grosvenor Robbins TBM deploys

first_imgEarlier this week, Anglo American’s $1.95 billion Grosvenor project in Moranbah, Central Queensland, Australia, reached a key project milestone when its tunnel boring machine (TBM) operated for the first time. This is the first time a TBM has been used to construct a drift on a Queensland coal mine. Anglo American’s Head of Underground Excellence, Dieter Haage, officially launched the TBM and said this was an important milestone in the overall delivery of the Grosvenor project, which is located next to the company’s existing Moranbah North longwall mine.“Targeting the same Goonyella Middle Seam as our Moranbah North operation, Grosvenor will be a world-class longwall mine and its delivery is a key part of our growth planned in Moranbah,” Haage said. “It is exciting to reach this milestone after almost 1.5 years of construction activity.”“The $40 million earth pressure balance machine will allow us to reach the coal seam early next year, bringing us that step closer to longwall production in late 2016,” he said.Grosvenor Project Director, Glenn Tonkin, said the Anglo American team was excited to be pioneering this innovative tunnelling method to build the 5 Mt/y Grosvenor mine. “Similar to the tunnel borers that have been used to construct the road tunnels in Brisbane, the TBM tunnelling method will deliver advances in safety, higher quality drifts and faster project development,” he said.The TBM will be used to build the two drifts on the project, one for the coal conveyor which will transport coal from the underground longwall to the stockpile area on the surface and another for people and equipment to access the underground once the mine is operational.The TBM will pass beneath a steel archway roof that has been installed at the drift’s entrance and begin drilling into the ground to build the 7 m diameter tunnel, descending at an angle of one in eight until it reaches the depth of the coal seam approximately 160 m below.As the TBM advances forward, pre-cast concrete ring segments will be used to line the inside of the drift.Grosvenor site manager, Greg O’Donnell, said many contracting companies had worked hand in hand with Anglo American to deliver the project to this point. “We currently have a team of about 700 people working at Grosvenor,” O’Donnell said. “Today’s achievement is the result of so many people and companies contributing to our success.“I’d like to make special mention of Robbins for building and operating the TBM, Redpath Australia for assembling, commissioning and supporting the TBM mining, GHD for assistance with the geotechnical engineering, Hutchinson Contractors for their civil work around this area and Hatch for providing general Engineering Procurement Construction Management (EPCM) support at site,” O’Donnell said.last_img read more

Caterpillar Cseries ADTs offer enhanced performance

first_imgThe new Caterpillar C-Series ADT range – covering the 725C, 730C, and 730C EJ ejector – has been launched and features new engines with more power, advanced transmission control, enhanced operator amenities, new serviceability features, and for the 730C and 730C EJ models, automatic traction control. The design of the new models centres, says Cat “largely on customer requests for increased productivity, lower operating costs, superior availability, long-term durability, added rimpull/retarding capability, ease of operation, high resale value, and maximum rental margins.”The 725C has a rated payload capacity of 23.6 t and the 730C and 730C EJ models are rated at 28 t. The 725C’s Cat C9.3 ACERT™ engine is rated at 234 kW, and the Cat C13 ACERT in the larger models has 274 kW. All three models are available in US EPA Tier 2/EU Stage II equivalent, Tier 3/Stage IIIA equivalent, or Tier 4-Final/Stage IV configurations to meet worldwide emissions standards. A diesel-particulate filter and selective-catalytic-reduction system provide exhaust after-treatment for Tier 4-Final/Stage IV models. Compared with predecessor models, the 725C has a 4% gain in gross power and a 20% boost in gross torque; 730C and 730C EJ models have nearly 16% more gross power and more than a 30% gross torque improvement.The Cat 6F/1R power-shift transmission, which electronically modulates clutch-engagement pressures for smooth, positive shifts, now also incorporates Caterpillar Advanced Productivity Electronic Control Strategy (APECS). The APECS system improves acceleration, maintains torque-converter lock-up (and ground speed) during critical shifts, increases rimpull, provides automatic speed-holding, modifies shift points to match operating conditions (for increased fuel economy), and automatically reduces retarding forces on lesser grades in lower gears. The overall net benefits are optimum productivity and optimum control of the truck. For controlling speed on downhill grades, 730C models employ a new engine-compression brake that provides 60% more retarding power than predecessor models. The 725C uses a fluid retarder with four operating modes. Both systems effectively manage speed and minimise service-brake application for extended brake life, according to Cat.All three new C-Series models feature full-time, six-wheel drive and are equipped with wet-disc-clutch locks in the axle differentials and the inter-axle differential. On-the-go application of the locks, which assist traction in adverse conditions, is done at the 725C operator’s discretion via in-cab controls, while the new Automatic Traction Control system in the 730C models applies the locks automatically—and proportionally—as ground conditions dictate – with zero input required by the operator The new C-Series models also feature rugged, field-proven major structures. The front-frame incorporates massive box-section longitudinal beams, and the rear frame uses a new design four-plate box construction to reduce stress points. The hitch retains the field proven two-piece construction, using a durable cast-steel head bolted to a hard-wearing forged steel tube, ensuring a tight, trouble-free connection between the frames.Three-point, oil/nitrogen front suspension and walking-beam rear suspension effectively absorb haul road impact to allow safe, high-speed travel. The new design dump body, using high-strength Brinell HB450 wear-resistant steel to shrug off impact and abrasion, features a diverging-flow design that promotes clean dumping and minimises material carry back. New design top rails effectively reduce rocks falling off at the loading area. The C-Series’ spacious two-person cab – with a newly designed, multi-adjustable air-suspension seat for the operator and a full-size, forward-facing seat for the passenger – features a tilt/telescopic steering wheel and a convenient wrap-around dash. A colour multi-purpose display provides pertinent operating information, including a rearview camera display. The low, sloping hood, coupled with the operator’s central position and expansive glass area, ensures good all-around visibility. Intuitive, low-effort controls contribute to safe operation and operator convenience. For effective fleet management, the Cat Product Link telemetrics system, where available, allows remote monitoring of the machine via an intuitive web-based interface, VisionLink.Newly designed headlights/turn indicators (mounted wider on the machine) and new, high mounted LED width position marker lights both contribute to improved night time working. A new, fully welded front bumper design provides extra durability at the front of the machine, and a new, full-width engine belly-pan provides enhanced protection to the underside of the machine. A new electric hood, raised and lowered via a switch in the cab, provides ample access to routine service points, and the rear-of-cab mounting of the radiator (using long-life coolant) allows easy access for cleaning. The cab itself tilts for access to the transmission, drive shafts and hydraulic components, and an electrical service center in the cab provides a power port, diagnostic connector and Cat Data Link connector. Extended drain intervals for engine oil and hydraulic oil lower maintenance costs, as do adjustment-free wheel bearings.last_img read more

Column In Ethiopia ordinary Irish people doing extraordinary things in difficult circumstances

first_imgI started my career with VSO and it was always my intention to finish it with VSO. I know that what I do with VSO will last longer than my placement and that is why I’m doing this. It’s sustainable development that puts people at the heart of the process. Another area where VSO is working in Ethiopia is in the area of teacher training. The number of teachers isn’t an issue anymore. Now the quality of education is the challenge and VSO is committed to up-skilling local Ethiopian teachers with learner centred and active learning focused teaching methodologies.A teacher from ClonmelUnlike Jim Ferguson, Aisling Healy, a 27 year-old secondary school teacher from Clonmel, is only at the start of her education career yet she has committed to spending two years in the regional town of Woldiya training university lecturers. She works with local counterparts to build their capacities in terms of facilitating classroom interaction and ensuring that students are at the centre of the learning process. She said: In a way the work I do here is much more difficult than the work I do in Ireland but I’m really enjoying being stretched, sometimes to the limit of my capacity.Personally, life is difficult for me here but the impact I have is so rewarding that it is worth everything to me. Ethiopia has more than enough teachers to teach in schools and universities but needs support to improve the quality of teaching. VSO is doing this by sending people like Aisling to volunteer and to share their time and skills with local teachers.Quality Education is at the heart of what VSO stands for. Our volunteers do not engage in service delivery, ie teaching, which means that they can meet head on the needs and challenges of an entire education system. Our roadmap to success is made possible by volunteers, such as Jim and Aisling, sharing their skills at every level of the education system.I was asked by a local Ethiopian counterpart what is different about VSO. It didn’t take me too long to simply say: ‘Everything goes further with VSO and our volunteers know that they have made a long term impact.’Please visit VSO.ie or call 01 640 1060 if you wish to learn more about volunteering or donating to VSO.Donnacha Maguire is the Marketing and Communications Advisor with VSO Ireland and is currently in Ethiopia meeting VSO Ireland volunteers and seeing their impact first hand. VSO is an international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty and the factors that cause it. The volunteers’ work with local counterparts sharing their skills and experiences to build local capacity and to ensure that Ethiopians have the skills needed to transform the country in the way they want it to be transformed. Our vision is a world without poverty, a world where children get a quality education and a world where women don’t fear giving birth. ARRIVING IN ADDIS Ababa, the capital of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia on Sunday morning last was a real eye-opener. My first time in Africa coincided with the end of the Ethiopian Easter festival and a reawakening of this bustling and energetic city. The only African nation to have never been colonised; the Ethiopian people are proud, resilient and eager to build a better future for their communities.Travelling around this landlocked country meeting Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) volunteers is an absolute privilege for me. My role in the recruitment of international volunteers means that when they depart for their placement the connection can be broken. These people are ordinary Irish people doing extraordinary things in difficult circumstances.Sharing skills and experiencesThey have made a commitment to the partners they work with to share their skills and experiences and begin what VSO calls the ‘Ripple Effect’. The Ripple Effect is the process by which volunteers begin a chain reaction in a local community or even an entire country where capacity is strengthened in a sustainable way.Take Jim Ferguson from Dun Laoghaire who is an Education Advisor in the Ministry of Education for example. With over 40 years experience in English language teaching and education management, Jim is a driving force in the roll out of Education Language Instruction Centres (ELICs) in 66 higher education institutions.Currently travelling around the country training 85 Master Trainers in English Language teaching, his work will reach a combined 43,000 teachers in the next 3 years. This is the Ripple Effect at work. One volunteer addressing a challenge of English language instruction head on and ensuring that hundreds of thousands of children will receive a better quality of education.Why I do what I doJim started his career with VSO in 1971 when he headed off to Sierra Leone and has built up a wealth of experience in education. When we met him in the regional city of Dessie, he said:last_img read more

Opinion If we want to create a sustainable successful domestic industry lets

first_img Brian Houlihan Here Sigerson is referring to the Limerick born Sir William Brooke O’Shaughnessy who discovered the medicinal properties of cannabis and other indigenous plants while in India.It was O’Shaughnessy’s research which led to cannabis being readily available in chemists from the 1840s until the beginning of the 1900s, when prohibition began.A long and colourful history hereNowadays many people view hemp as a product of the hippie or new age movement, after hemp came back into fashion in the 1990s. But hemp has a long and colourful history in Ireland.Based on the limited archaeological evidence available, and from my own research of the available sources, it seems hemp has been in Ireland for at least 2,000 years and used by various cultures.Hemp is still grown here but on a smaller scale and subject to some restrictions.A hemp economyAs Sigerson argued over 150 years ago, hemp has the potential to create jobs and become a significant part of the Irish economy.Hemp is already available in Ireland for a variety of purposes. It is sold in food products like seeds, juices and cooking oils, and CBD from hemp is sold as a food supplement.Hemp is used here in building houses, with materials like hempcrete and hemp insulation available. Industrial and consumer textiles made from hemp are also sold here. Hemp cosmetics have also become popular in recent years.Alongside current industries which could be expanded there is also the potential for new industries. Hemp can be used for biomass and biofuel, in making plastics and biocomposites which are biodegradable, for animal feed and bedding and much more. Hemp research in universities is also another area with great potential.Stigma lingersHemp has a long history in Ireland and potentially a bright future. But with the restrictions around it and the stigma attached (due to its association with cannabis) its potential remains limited.In an era where Ireland should be looking to create more domestic and sustainable industries, rather than relying on foreign direct investment, utilising a crop like hemp is a must.And it’s just not the hippies that have been saying this for years.Brian Houlihan is researching the history of hemp in Ireland and is the curator of the Dublin Hemp Museum which is located below The Hemp Company on Capel Street. The museum is planning an exhibition on George Sigerson later this year.Good or evil?: McDonald’s and low cost airlines opened up eating out and travel to us all>Opinion: ‘Taxpayers who earn significantly less than Bus Éireann drivers are being asked to foot the bill’> 53 Comments By Brian Houlihan Sunday 5 Mar 2017, 12:00 PM Opinion: ‘If we want to create a sustainable, successful, domestic industry, let’s grow hemp’ The plant is almost magical, with a range of applications from paper to building to medicine, writes Brian Houlihan. 1,693 Views Short URL Share1037 Tweet Email2 LAST MONTH THE GAA’s longest running competition, the Sigerson Cup, reached its climax when St Mary’s University, Belfast beat University College Dublin.The competition, which features the higher education institutions on the island, was established in 1911 when George Sigerson commissioned the first trophy. Few people know about the man who gives his name to the GAA competition and even fewer are aware of his work on hemp.Sigerson: A biographyGeorge Sigerson was born in Co Tyrone in 1836 and was a doctor who specialised in neurology. He was also a scientist, a zoologist, a botanist, a politician, a writer and much more.Seemingly self-taught in Irish, he became one of the leading figures in the Irish Literary Revival movement. After the formation of the Irish Free State he served in the first Seanad.It was in 1866 that George Sigerson published his pamphlet entitled “Cannabiculture in Ireland: Its profit and possibility”. A copy of it still exists and can be found in the National Library of Ireland.It was Sigerson’s belief that hemp would boost the national coffers, disperse wealth among the classes, create sustainable jobs and even help reverse emigration. Sigerson wrote in depth about the potential economic benefits of hemp, the botany of the plant, its ideal soil conditions, the cultivation and harvesting of hemp, and much more. George Sigerson’s pamphlet entitled Cannabiculture in Ireland: Its profit and possibility, 1866.The many uses of hempOn the many uses of hemp Sigerson wrote that:It is hardly necessary to remind the reader of the many uses to which hempen fibre is put. Ropes of all kinds, from the huge cable to the tiniest twine, fisherman’s nets, sail-cloths, sackings, and the finer descriptions of canvas, are things which need only to be named to enable us to form a correct appreciation of the value of the material, and of the services which it renders to man.Sigerson argues that:To an island-kingdom like our own, it is evident that, even irrespective of other considerations, the home-growth of a crop from which such articles can be manufactured should be of superior importance.Sigerson wrote that there is “a market for it in almost every large town; a certain market for it in Derry, Belfast, Dublin, and Cork, not to mention other places.”Sigerson writes that “hemp will make but a poor appearance on cold, stiff clays, or on shallow, sandy soils. The crop grown on strong, rich loams, and on moist friable alluvial soils, will, on the other hand, yield a luxuriant return.” Sigerson believes that in Ireland the “soil and climate are not only suited to the growth of hemp, but so admirably adapted for it, that the country could afford to export it.”Medicinal propertiesWhile Sigerson’s pamphlet focuses on industrial hemp it does make references to the narcotic and medicinal properties present in cannabis family. On the medicinal properties of cannabis Sigerson writes that:It was first introduced as a medicinal agent into Europe, by our countryman, Dr O’Shaughnessy, of Calcutta. http://jrnl.ie/3268820 Mar 5th 2017, 12:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Ile Maurice des tortues géantes au secours de la forêt

first_imgIle Maurice : des tortues géantes au secours de la forêt En 2000, des tortues géantes d’Aldabra ont été introduites dans la réserve de l’Ile aux Aigrettes sur l’Ile Maurice pour sauver la forêt d’ébène, victime de l’exploitation forestière. Une initiative qui s’est avérée très efficace selon les scientifiques.Gérée par la Mauritian Wildlife foundation, l’Ile aux Aigrettes est une réserve naturelle de l’Ile Maurice et un véritable sanctuaire pour de nombreux oiseaux en voie de disparition. Autrefois, cet îlot calcaire de 25 hectares était totalement recouvert par une épaisse forêt d’ébène qui a depuis été victime d’une intense exploitation forestière. Et bien que cette activité se soit arrêtée dès le début des années 1980, de grandes parcelles de l’île sont restées totalement dénudées. À lire aussiLes tamanoirs, des animaux plus dangereux qu’ils n’en ont l’airEn 2000, les scientifiques inquiétés par la situation ont décidé d’agir. Ils ont alors eu l’idée d’introduire sur l’île tropicale des tortues géantes d’Aldabra. Leur mission : manger les fruits des ébéniers afin de répandre leurs graines à l’aide de leur fécès et ainsi restaurer l’écologie de la forêt tropicale. Près de 10 ans plus tard, les tortues géantes qui peuvent mesurer plus d’1,2 mètre et peser 220 kilos, semblent avoir fait leur travail. Mieux encore, la stratégie a même été plus efficace que ce que les scientifiques pensaient à l’époque, expliquent-ils dans la revue Current Biology.”Nos résultats démontrent que l’introduction de ces efficaces “disperseurs de graines” aide au rétablissement de cet arbre en danger et dont les graines étaient auparavant dispersées de façon limitée”, indique Christine Griffiths de l’Université de Bristol au Royaume-Uni. Aujourd’hui, les chercheurs ont constaté que plusieurs des parcelles autrefois exploitées accueillent désormais de jeunes arbres en plein développement. De plus, les tortues auraient permis non seulement de disperser les graines mais aussi d’améliorer leur germination, grâce au passage à travers leur intestin.Une entraide entre les espècesOutre la restauration de la forêt, l’expérience a permis de souligner l’importance des interactions entre les espèces alors que les projets de restauration impliquent plus souvent les végétaux eux-mêmes. “Les interactions entre les espèces permettent de structurer les communautés écologiques et fournir des processus et fonctions essentiels à l’écosystème tels que la pollinisation ou la dissémination des graines qui sont nécessaires pour l’auto-régulation et la persistance des communautés”, a commenté le Pr Stephen Harris qui a participé à l’étude.Le 23 avril 2011 à 12:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Un lecteur exportable pour Spotify

first_imgUn lecteur exportable pour SpotifySpotify rend possible l’exportation de lecteurs vidéo sur des sites tiers, de la même manière que le partage de vidéos YouTube ou Dailymotion.Le site dédié à l’écoute de musiques en ligne, Spotify, vient de faire paraître un système dédié à l’intégration d’un player sur des sites tiers ou blogs. Ce lecteur est généré par un code embed qui permet de l’ajouter sur tout type de page web, de la même manière que l’export de vidéos.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’action peut être réalisée en se rendant sur l’espace développeur de Spotify et de copier le code correspondant morceau de son choix, pour pouvoir l’exporter ensuite. Une action qui nécessite au préalable l’installation du programme Spotify.L’accès gratuit au service est toujours limité à l’écoute de 5 titres en France. Alors que l’accès gratuit et illimité aux titres disponibles est possible en Suède, en Finlande, en Norvège, aux Pays-Bas et en Espagne. Mais Spotify indique dans un communiqué : “nous travaillons dur pour apporter ces améliorations à l’ensemble de nos services” et ajoute que tout est fait pour que la France bénéficie d’un accès illimité à la musique grâce au programme. Le 12 avril 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Dropzone is the game League of Legends wishes it could be

first_imgI, unlike many of my friends, never caught the fever for MOBAs, but I’ve always liked the idea behind them. I’ve been a strategy game nut my whole life, and I’m all for compressing the experience of a grueling RTS into a smaller package. But between the notoriously toxic communities, the dearth of strategic options, and matches that can drag on for 45 minutes or more, League of Legends and its sisters didn’t fill the void I’d hoped.Jason Coleman, project lead on Dropzone, said that he and the rest of his team had the same problem with MOBAs. “We all love strategy games, but as we got older we noticed that we never had the time to play them anymore.” Part of that, Coleman says, is that the strategy game genre has split into a few major clusters. There’s hardcore deep strategy games like Crusader Kings, there’s slightly less time-consuming 4X games like Civilization, and then there’s MOBAs.While the latter might not revolve around campaigns that can last dozens of hours, they rely on matches that often cross the 45-minute mark. Mix in a notoriously toxic community and a dearth of deep strategic options, and it’s easy to see why, despite its massive success, some people still haven’t warmed to the children of DotA.Coleman and the rest of the team at Sparkypants believe they have a solution, though. Dropzone seems, at first pass, to be just like any other MOBA. You’ve got several characters on screen that each farm enemies to build up experience, learn new skills, and go head-to-head with an opposing team. But one you dig into it, it’s clear that Dropzone is special.First, each game is capped at 15 minutes with sudden death overtime if it comes to that. Second, there’s a maximum of two players on a given team. This is a great idea for tons of reasons, not the least of which is an effect that even League developer Riot has noted in its own attempts to curb the negativity in its community: when you add in more players, the odds of you ending up with at least one troll increases exponentially. League and its siblings typically pack their matches with ten players, compared to Dropzone’s four.Dropzone also uses a points system instead of focusing on capturing territory. It’s a lot more like basketball, where players will destroy buildings or kill computer-controlled enemies throughout the level to collect “power cores.” Once you have one, you can take it back to the center of the field and attempt to score. The process takes ten seconds though, and other players can try to interrupt the process by attacking. And that’s where things get really interesting.In Dropzone each player controls three mechs called “rigs.” There are several different types, pilots, and plenty of great gear that all have different abilities and bonuses. With them, you can balance out your team, or you can help you coordinate strategies with a friend and specialize your rigs for specific tasks.In either case, managing three characters is always a tactically complex choice. If your speedy mech has a power core, you could run it to the center and leave some heavy hitters behind working on another objective. If it gets into trouble, you can ambush the attackers with the big guns and catch your foe off guard. But that’s just one option. While capturing power cores is the main goal, there are a few optional objectives around the field that you can pursue as well. If you get too ambitious and rack up loads of points with cores, your opponent will have unchecked control over the rest of the field and can easily match or surpass your score. It’s a brilliant system that falls back on the classic Sid Meier adage that a great game is a series of interesting choices.Before a match even begins, you need to think about how you want your trio of rigs to work together, while still leaving them adaptable enough to handle any number of counter-strategies. Then, in-game, you have to coordinate them. You can focus your force in one area and crush everything in front of you at the cost of mobility, or you can try to keep your mechs constantly working on different tasks around the field, or anything in between.I got to play three games at PAX and I’ve since played another few in the closed beta at home, and I’m really excited to see where this goes. The depth and breadth of options, the quick pace of it all, and the tight focus on letting players approach problems from one of several angles is revolutionary for a genre that is, at times, painfully monotonous. It’s impossible to say if Dropzone will be the next “big thing,” but it’s got an incredible start. <>last_img read more

Chevron donates 1K to Doral academy

first_imgIt’s a great day @BisonofDoral where @Chevron is making a true difference through their #FuelYourSchool program! 🚗 pic.twitter.com/gTgP9SayWy— Susie V. Castillo (@SusieVCastillo) October 24, 2017The money will go toward a teaching academy at the Ronald Reagan Senior High School that honors Castillo’s late daughter, a former student, who was an aspiring teacher.“The Andrea Castillo Teaching Academy is absolutely beautiful because her life, her spirit continues, and it will continue, not only helping the students that are here, but will impact the children that these students touch,” said Castillo.The donation is part of Chevron’s Fuel Your School program to support teachers and help fund classroom materials. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Chevron has made a generous donation to a school in Doral.A company representative surprised Miami-Dade School Board member Susie Castillo with a $1,000 donation, Tuesday.last_img read more

NWS Warns Of High Water On The Kenai River At Skilak Lake

first_imgMeteorologist Luis Ingram says water levels on the Kenai River are approaching “bankfull” and will continue to slowly rise through the early part of the week. No flooding is anticipated, but water levels will reverse their trend and begin to rise again as more rainfall is expected over the next couple of days. Anyone with boats or other property low on the riverbanks in the area should prepare for significantly rising water levels. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Water levels are continuing to rise across Kenai Peninsula rivers and lakes as the National Weather Service issued an alert for the Kenai River at Skilak Lake. Ingram: “There is no flooding right now. And we’re not anticipating significant flooding. We are currently uncertain as to how much rain has fallen today and will eventually fall altogether.”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly November 25 2014

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioAnti-Begich Ad in Voter Guide Prompts Bill to Ban Parties From Booklet Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCThe state Division of Elections took some heat this year for publishing an attack ad against Sen. Mark Begich within the pages of the official voter guide. Now, Rep. Les Gara, an Anchorage Democrat, wants to ban partisan ads in the guide, a booklet that’s mailed to every voting household.Lobbyist: State budget shortfall will affect Juneau Casey Kelly, KTOO – JuneauThe City and Borough of Juneau’s lobbyist for state issues says Alaska’s budget woes may lead to conversations during the upcoming legislative session about tapping the Alaska Permanent Fund.Kevin Jardell also says it’s likely to mean fewer state-funded capital projects for communities, though he thinks Gov.-elect Bill Walker will be favorable to local governments.Ketchikan Assembly Responds to Education Lawsuit Ruling Leila Khiery, KRBD – KetchikanA Superior Court Judge has ruled in favor of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough in its lawsuit against the State of Alaska over the state’s education funding mandate. The Borough Assembly talked about Friday’s ruling during this week’s regular meeting, and Borough Manager Dan Bockhorst calls it a “big win” for Ketchikan.NMFS Expands Fishing Near Steller Sea Lion Habitat Annie Ropeik, KUCB – UnalaskaThe National Marine Fisheries Service will re-open fishing grounds in the Western Aleutian Islands that have been closed for years to protect a population of Steller sea lions.Sitka herring forecast lowest in a decade Rachel Waldholz, KCAW – SitkaSitka’s commercial herring fleet should expect to catch significantly fewer fish this spring.Calista Shareholders Reconsider Enrolling Descendants Charles Enoch, KYUK – BethelRepresentatives from Calista Corporation met at the Cultural Center in Bethel earlier this month with shareholders and descendants, to discuss the details of an upcoming vote on whether to issue shares to “afterborns,” those born after December 1971 when newly formed Alaska Native Corporations enrolled their shareholders.ANSEP tripling enrollment in middle school program Sarah Yu, KTOO – JuneauThe Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program is tripling enrollment in its Middle School Academies, after receiving a $6 million state grant.The program hopes to get middle school students—especially Alaska Natives—interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.Nome Churches, Nonprofits Keep Sales Tax Exemption Matthew Smith, KNOM – NomeNome’s nonprofits and churches will continue to be spared from paying local sales tax after last night’s City Council meeting saw proposals to strip the exemptions die without a vote.Orphaned Bear Cub Finds Temporary Home At Alaska Zoo Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksAn orphaned bear cub from the Eagle area is at the Alaska Zoo. The young black bear will be kept at the facility in Anchorage, while a search is conducted for a permanent home.When missing person isn’t found, Juneau SEADOGS search for happy ending Lisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauAt least once a week, 10 handlers and their dogs muck through the mountains, muskegs and forests on and off the beaten paths of Juneau in search of volunteer hiders. It’s practice for the SEADOGS, or Southeast Alaska Dogs Organized for Ground Search. Local authorities call on the volunteer group several times a year to help out when people go missing.last_img read more

Fish council looks at Gulf of Alaska trawl plan

first_imgSalmon bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska trawl fishery has been under scrutiny since 2012, when the North Pacific Fishery Management Council proposed a revision in the Gulf trawl fishery’s management structure. The Council is slowly making headway on the issue. Pacific halibut and Chinook salmon are taken as prohibited species, or bycatch, by the Gulf groundfish trawl fleet, and the Council wants to provide tools for better managing the prohibited species catch.In October of last year, the Council approved a motion proposing alternatives designed to protect fishing – dependent communities. One proposal would allocate groundfish and bycatch to voluntary fishing cooperatives; another would design a management model that would provide protections through a community association as defined by the Magnuson Stevens Act.At it’s recent meeting in Anchorage, the Council brought back those ideas,  and added another one proposed by Alaska’s Council members.Darrel Brannon is a fisheries consultant who works with the Council.“What they did at this meeting is they added a fourth alternative, which would only allocate the prohibited species catches of Chinook salmon and halibut, and not allocate any of the directed fisheries. They are hoping by just doing that, it could reduce some of the negative impacts that traditional allocations have on communities and other entities.”Under the newest proposal,  bycatch would be divided up rather than the target fish.In the Gulf, a certain amount of bycatch is allowed in the fisheries targeting groundfish like Pacific cod, flounder or pollock. But when the fleet reaches the bycatch cap, the fishery is shut down. The newest proposal also establishes fishing cooperatives, so each cooperative would be given an allocation of the total bycatch limit.Sam Cunningham, a Council economist, says that a cooperative contract would ensure that fishermen work together to optimize the harvest while they stay closely connected to monitor bycatch levels.“And what the Council is looking to do through this action is to set up a framework of cooperatives within the Gulf trawl fleet, and that would allow fishermen to work together to prosecute their fishery within the constraints of those limits and also seek opportunities to fish in ways that result in less bycatch when possible. ”The current Gulf trawl management  scheme is often referred to as “a race for fish”, with catch limits for each species, but few other directives. Cunningham says that under the present scenario, some fishermen would stand down to stay under the bycatch cap, while others would not.“And the person who goes out to fish would benefit and potentially take some of those Chinook salmon or halibut bycatch, while the people who are standing down don’t have the benefit of fishing, but the bycatch limit is still moving towards a cap that would close the fishery.”He says fishermen in cooperatives would be more likely to collectively decide not to fish, if they see  that the bycatch limit is close.The recent option does not allocate targeted species to avoid disruption of historical patterns in the Gulf fisheries. Cunningham says that changes in how the fishery is managed might prompt vessel operators to change the time they fish, or change where they deliver their catch. Changes like that could cause loss of crew or processor jobs.“It’s possible that if the fishery is managed in a way where each harvester has an allocation, they might change the way that they fish, or the timing or location of where they make their deliveries. And those sorts of changes from the way the fishery occurs right now, could have a downstream effect on the communities.”Darrel Brannon says the Council realizes that allocating targeted catches could have a negative impact on communities which depend on processor jobs.” What they are trying to do is keep the crews and the vessels in similar communities where they have historically been delivering to the similar processors so there is not a lot of disruption in the fishery.”Brannon  says the Council at this point is only defining the alternatives it is considering. Those will go out for analysis, and come back for consideration for several meetings to come, before any final action is taken.Sam Cunningham says that the Gulf trawl management proposals, four in all, are so complex that the Council has ordered a work plan setting a schedule for discussion. The Council meets again in Decemberlast_img read more

Makeup artist Vandita Ahuja has a beautiful and inspiring message for all

first_imgVandita AhujaPR HandoutVandita Ahuja is a very popular makeup professional who believes that every face has its own beauty and with a little makeup, one can look even more elluminated. She learnt everything about makeup in the year 2007 from the makeup diva herself “Ms Vidya Tikari”. In 2008, she started working as a professional.She also visited New York in the year 2011 and further took her skills to an International standard. Later in the same year, she gave birth to her second child, and took a break from commercialising her work to give it all to her little one.In 2016, Vandita returned to working again and learned about more new makeup products, trends, and changes in the makeup industry. She even did a workshop with Meera Sakhrani and attended a master class with Ilaha Jiyeva in recent years.About her make up artist journey, Vandita said that it has been a joyful ride and an amazing experience making pretty faces prettier and being worthy of making some beautiful transformations.She also has a wonderful message to all thr girls out there. Vandita said, “One suggestion I’d like to throw out to each and every girl out there is that please be in love with yourself. Love the skin you’re in, don’t keep trying to look fair or layer your face. Use makeup as a tool to lift your face and not cover it with a mask.”She added, “A good makeup artist would never like to hide the beaty that aready exists. Look natural, look confident and add a smile (some attitude is good for pictures) But a good heart felt smile can be your biggest beauty trick! Stay Beautiful.”last_img read more