first_imgHALIFAX — Researchers studying the carcasses of Sable Island’s fabled wild horses have discovered many had unusual levels of parasites and sand, suggesting they are tougher than most horses, even as many died of starvation.A team from the University of Saskatchewan and Parks Canada performed necropsies on more than 30 dead animals during trips to the isolated sandbar about 160 kilometres off Nova Scotia in 2017 and 2018.“We showed up in 2017 not knowing whether there would be any dead horses to find,” said researcher Emily Jenkins.“Scientifically we really didn’t know anything about the causes of mortality in this population because the last work that was done was in the 1970s.”The horses have roamed there since the 18th century and become synonymous with the island’s romantic and untamed image.Jenkins said conditions on the wind-swept, 42-kilometre long island were particularly harsh in the early spring of 2017, and that had an effect on the horse population.“It was very hard on the horses,” she said. “When we got there they were taking shelter behind anything they could find.”With the help of Parks Canada, Jenkins said she and other University of Saskatchewan researchers were able to find 30 carcasses that were suitable for examination during their initial foray to the island.Jenkins said they estimated there were another 20 carcasses that were either unsuitable for examination or that were just too inaccessible to get to.She said the overall findings were “very similar” to a previous study carried out by graduate student Daniel Welsh in 1972.“The main finding was emaciation or starvation and hypothermia, especially for the young horses,” said Jenkins, who noted vegetation is sparse on Sable during that time of the year.The researchers found the yearlings in particular, had little or no reserves of body fat to rely on.“All of the young horses we looked at were just basically out of reserves,” Jenkins said. “They had nothing left, they were emaciated.”However, the adult animals, who would have higher social status and better access to the best grazing, were generally in better body condition and died of a combination of other causes.Jenkins said Sable Island’s omnipresent sand tends to grind down teeth, affecting nutrient intake, and also ends up in the horses’ system, blocking their gastrointestinal tract.“In several horses that we looked at there was quite a lot of sand. We were picking up the intestines and the stomach and saying ‘these weigh a tonne,’ because there was in many cases more sand than plant content.”Jenkins also noted that some pregnant mares had died while giving birth.The 2018 trip, meanwhile, focused more on looking for pathogens and diseases, and that’s where Jenkins said the researchers were able to find things such as respiratory and reproductive diseases including a parasite lungworm.She said, in fact, research over the last 10 years has turned up astounding levels of parasitic worms in these small horses, many of whom are no bigger than 14 hands long.  The average fecal egg count from the live horse study was 1,500 per gram.“I just about fell over because we call a high fecal egg count in a domestic horse 500 eggs per gram,” said Jenkins. “So the average Sable horse is walking around shedding three times more parasites than our domestic horses.”Jenkins said the horses’ genetic resistance to the parasites could render clues for horses in the domestic world, where veterinarians are “fighting a losing battle” to worms with a growing resistance to various treatments.The scientist said she believes domestic horses are dewormed too much to begin with, and the Sable research could help bear that out.“Look at what those guys are surviving with — massive levels of parasitism and no treatment. So we are probably overdoing it for most horses that are just companion animals.”Jenkins said the overall mortality rate in 2017 was about 10 per cent of the population, while the 2018 figure represented about one per cent, which is more the norm.She said the current population sits at around 500 horses, up from the 300 or so recorded in the 1970s.From a scientific perspective, Jenkins said it’s fascinating to see a system of untreated and unmanaged horses living in what amounts to their ancestral conditions.“But there’s the little girl in me who has always loved horses who can’t believe these horses are eeking out a living on this little sandbar,” she said.Keith Doucette, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Many Trinamool Congress activists from South 24-Parganas on Saturday staged demonstration at Rabindranagar area after a banner with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s photograph on it was found torn.The banner was put up at a nearby bus stand at Rabindranagar. The party workers on Saturday morning found the banner torn and tattered which triggered chaos in the locality.The irate TMC activists staged demonstration protesting against the incident. They alleged that a few BJP leaders from the area might have been involved in it. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThey also put up a blockade at Santoshpur Station Road in the morning. A contingent of police rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. The road block was however, lifted within half-an-hour following instructions from their party leaders. It may be mentioned here that the area falls under Diamond Harbour Lok Sabha constituency where TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee is contesting from. According to the TMC activists, it was a deliberate attempt by the BJP to create trouble in the area. The district BJP leaders however, denied the allegation saying that the TMC leaders were trying to malign them. They also added that the police can examine the available CCTV footages.last_img read more

Pakistan has been severely affected by floods for the second consecutive year, leaving more than five million people in need of safe drinking water, sanitation services, food, shelter materials and other essential support.WFP has already provided life-saving food rations to 1.2 million people in eight districts of Sindh since the distributions started on 12 September, it said in a news release. This includes the distribution of the locally-produced chick pea paste, Wawa Mum, to almost 136,000 children to help prevent and treating malnutrition.The agency is now working double shifts, along with nearly 20 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), to ensure food is moving swiftly out of warehouses and to distribution points as it scales up deliveries.As part of its efforts to reach areas still inaccessible by roads, WFP has deployed 14 boats to several districts that are also being used for mobile medical services and to assist in the rescue and evacuation of people who are cut off by the flood waters.Last month, UN agencies and their partners launched the Pakistan Floods Rapid Response Plan to support the Government’s efforts to address the immediate needs of up to 5.4 million flood-affected people for six months. So far the funding request has only received 18 per cent of the $357 million required.WFP said it has received $27 million in support of emergency food assistance activities for the current floods.“The current funding will allow WFP to continue its activities til end of November, but more funds are urgently required to ensure continued life-saving relief distributions for the most vulnerable victims,” stated the Rome-based agency. 14 October 2011The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it is continuing to scale up the delivery of vital assistance to the worst-affected areas of Pakistan’s Sindh province as part of its efforts to assist the country’s 2.5 million flood victims. read more

Google has previously demonstrated its human-like bots with its Duplex AI system. Duplex allows a bot to place outbound calls to perform common tasks such as setting an appointment or reservation. Duplex is not included in Google Voice, yet. But Google has the components and wherewithal to be a disruptive player in enterprise communications. Five million business users will have Hangouts Chat and Meet integrated into their Gmail later this year — without the need to install new software or create new accounts. The telephony add-on service starts at $10 per user per month. The need to screen and block robocalls is becoming urgent. Google Voice offers a call filtering capability intended to block inbound robocalls. Few details are available, but Google was a pioneer with cloud-based email spam filtering. Google also has a call filtering capability in its arsenal currently only available on its Pixel smartphones. A chatbot queries callers about their identity and purpose for calling, and the responses are transcribed in real time on the smartphone’s display. The call can then be answered or reported as spam. Perhaps this feature will also make its way to Google Voice down the line. Evolving in the CloudGoogle is clearly passionate about the cloud and recognizes that productivity, workflow, and communications are becoming increasingly interconnected. Google itself has over 99,000 employees scattered across 53 countries and is now seeing over 300,000 meetings a day. For it to operate at this scale, it needed to improve its apps. The core apps for communications and collaboration are Hangouts Meet (conferencing), Hangouts Chat (team messaging), and now Google Voice (calling). Meet and Chat were made generally available last year. Google intends to further communications and collaboration with these integrated apps by leveraging its leadership in artificial intelligence (AI). Differentiating with AIThe early version of Google Voice was one of the first services to offer voicemail transcription. That speech-to-text feature is still there, but now there’s also a new text-to-speech capability for voice synthesis. With this feature, auto-attendant ‘recordings’ can be created by typing text in the web portal. Google Voice converts the text to natural-sounding speech. Hangouts Meet is also using AI as a means of differentiation. The company announced at Next ‘19 a new captioning capability that provides real-time transcription of what’s being said. Meet also offers adaptive layouts, and to facilitate scheduling, Google offers a Meeting Bot within Chat that suggests meeting times that account for participants’ schedules and time zones. Speaking of the Pixel phone, it also provides an example of how Google is using AI to differentiate its products. The specifications of the camera on the Pixel 3 are nearly the same as the Pixel 2, however, it was the AI-enabled features that earned the Pixel 3 the title of Best Smartphone Camera by Engadget. G Suite has come a long way over the years. The core suite now includes 20 applications anchored by Gmail. At this year’s Next event again, Google had a clear focus on communications and collaboration. The big announcement was the general availability of Google Voice UCaaS, as fellow UC analyst Zeus Kerravala covered in his recent No Jitter post, but there’s more to the story. Justifying Workspace Applications: Time to Up the Game Marty Parker September 10, 2019 Communication technology vendors and their value-adding partners must take the lead in defining business justifications for their collaboration and workspace applications. Google has also been using AI to improve Gmail. Last year, Gmail users benefited from a predictive text capability, called Smart Compose, where Gmail predicts upcoming words or phrases. The user can accept the proposed text with a single stroke of the tab key. Google claims the feature saves 4 billion keystrokes per week. At Next ‘19, Google announced that Smart Compose is available for mobile devices, in four more languages, and will now learn personal expressions. Google Cloud Next ’19, the company’s enterprise event for cloud computing, took place earlier this month, drawing some 30,000 customer and partner attendees. The idea of an enterprise-oriented event surprises those that still associate Google with advertising-based consumer services, but Google began its enterprise initiatives about a decade ago with its release of Gmail for Work. This evolved into several office productivity applications that we know today as G Suite. Concurrently, what was launched as Google App Engine in 2008 has matured into the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Google Cloud comprises the two divisions, G Suite and GCP. Avaya Still on the Block, Resolution May Come Soon Beth Schultz August 14, 2019 As the company plugs away on cloud sales, CEO Jim Chirico looks to wrap up its review of strategic alternatives in the next 30 days. Mitel, Avaya Merger on Tap? Beth Schultz August 20, 2019 On the heels of word that Avaya is close to reaching acquisition deal, the focus turns to Mitel and a reported bid of $20 per share. The Big PictureThe new G Suite — especially later this year — offers a powerful communications and collaboration solution set. Is it enough? Google doesn’t have a monopoly on AI. Google’s top competitors in the UC space — Microsoft, Zoom, and Cisco — also have some pretty compelling AI features, and Google’s productivity apps still have gaps in features and global reach. Myself and many others expected Google to launch enterprise UCaaS a decade ago. It seemed imminent in 2007 after Google acquired Grand Central. But the service resulting from that acquisition — the original Google Voice — was primarily an inbound call routing service. Google Voice had a few upgrades over the years, but it has taken until now for the service to present itself as a viable option for enterprise UCaaS. Tick, Tock, the Clock Is Running for Avaya Zeus Kerravala September 06, 2019 Lots of speculation surrounds Avaya’s future, but mum’s still the word on a final decision. Dave Michels is Contributing Editor and Analyst at TalkingPointz.Tags:News & ViewsGoogleGoogle VoiceG SuiteUnified Communications & CollaborationAI & AutomationAI & Speech TechnologiesCloud CommunicationsMeetingsMessagingMobilitySpeech TechnologiesTeam Collaboration Tools & WorkspacesUCaaSVendor Strategy Articles You Might Like Today’s Google Voice is a reasonable UCaaS service, albeit basic. It’s available in eight languages and 11 countries, and it works within the Chrome browser and with select Poly endpoints. As I said, basic. However, it does have some extraordinary AI-enabled features. See All in Unified Communications & Collaboration » Avaya Continues Mulling Next-Step Options Beth Schultz September 12, 2019 In a brief update, company said strategic alternative review process continues, gave no indication of new expectations for wrapping it up. Hangouts Chat is Google’s third generation of messaging. The new Chat adds to its familiar one-on-one UI the concept of rooms or teams as well as a bot framework. Chat, like Hangouts Classic, offers Smart Replies, which provide multiple one-touch suggested responses based on the conversation. Google is currently testing support for external users for Chat, and intends to roll the feature out later this year — as well as discontinue Hangouts Classic. However, it’s hard to evaluate cloud services at any given point in time. What often matters more is the rate of innovation. G Suite is becoming very comprehensive and very integrated. Google Next, as a conference, is getting bigger, as are the customers and brands that attend it. GoogleVoice_774.png Log in or register to post comments read more

HONG KONG — Hong Kong awoke to widespread damage on Wednesday and calls for more protests following some of the most violent clashes in nearly four months of unrest, including the shooting of a teenage demonstrator by police.Anti-government protests turned violent early on Tuesday and continued into the night, with intense cat-and-mouse skirmishes marring celebrations in Beijing to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on Oct 1.Images of police firing tear gas and water cannon at petrol bomb-throwing protesters were beamed live to the world in areas spreading from the popular shopping district of Causeway Bay to the Admiralty area of government offices, over the harbor to Kowloon and beyond to the New Territories.Secondary schools in Hong Kong were planning a mass class boycott on Wednesday in response to the point-blank shooting of an 18-year-old man that was captured in dramatic video footage.Protesters have previously been hit with bean bags rounds and rubber bullets and officers have fired live rounds in the air, but this was the first time a demonstrator had been shot with a live round.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Police said the officer involved was under serious threat and acted in accordance with official guidelines. The man was conscious when taken to hospital, police added, but his condition was not immediately available on Wednesday.MTR Corp shut nearly 50 stations to stop protesters moving around on Tuesday, making the rail operator once again a target of vandalism. Demonstrators have stepped up attacks on the MTR, which has been blamed for closing stations at the government’s behest.By early Wednesday, all metro stations were open although some lines were running slower than normal as MTR workers tried to repair damage to ready the service for the nearly 6 million people who use it every day.Many stores and business had closed on Tuesday after demonstrators vowed to seize the opportunity on China’s National Day to propel their calls for greater democracy onto the international stage.The protests have plunged the former British colony into its biggest political crisis in decades and pose the gravest popular challenge to President Xi Jinping since he came to power.The demonstrations have also taken a growing toll on the city’s economy as it faces its first recession in a decade and comes as the central government is already grappling with a U.S.-China trade war and a global slowdown.Protesters are angry about what they see as creeping interference by Beijing in their city’s affairs despite a promise of autonomy.China dismisses those claims and has accused foreign governments, including the United States and Britain, of fanning anti-China sentiment. (Reporting by Twinnie Siu, Sumeet Chatterjee and Jessie Pang; Writing by Farah Master; Editing by Anne Marie Roantree and Lincoln Feast.) read more

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Cortez Edwards scored 19 points and Tyree Griffin and Leonard Harper-Baker each scored 18 and Southern Mississippi beat South Alabama 71-67 on Wednesday night.Harper-Baker made a jump shot, LaDavius Draine sank a pair of free throws with 4:24 to play, and Southern Miss (5-2) led 60-59 and never trailed again. Harper-Barker made a 3-point play with 55 seconds left for a 66-62 advantage. He added two more points 22 seconds later before Jordan Andrews countered with a 3-pointer to reduce South Alabama’s deficit to 68-65.Griffin made 1 of 2 free throws and the Golden Eagles led 69-65. Kory Holden responded with a jump hot and immediately fouled Griffin, who sank a pair of free throws for the game’s final margin.The Golden Eagles overcame 14-of-23 (61 per cent) from the free-throw line and made 26 of 54 from the floor.Holden led South Alabama (3-4) with 28 points with eight 3-pointers, Rodrick Sikes scored 14 and Josh Ajayi scored 11.The Associated Press read more

Redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee (43) blocks for senior linebacker Curtis Grant (14) after Grant made an interception during a game against Illinois on Nov. 1 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 55-14.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternWhen a football team finds itself trying not to look past its current opponent and onto a more important date in the future, it usually doesn’t come during a prime-time home game with an 89-year-old trophy at stake.But that’s exactly what the No. 13 Ohio State Buckeyes had before them on Saturday evening, as the Big Ten cellar-dwelling Illinois Fighting Illini came to Columbus. Even with the prospect of a showdown with No. 7 Michigan State coming the following week, coach Urban Meyer’s team collected its focus to execute a dominant 55-14 victory. “I think we have a good bunch of players that care about each other and get ready for a big week,” Meyer said after the game. “I thought our defense came out and played well.”As has been the case so many times this season, his defensive unit has held its opponent to a small output as redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett and the Buckeye offense lit up the scoreboard. Meyer’s singling out of the defense was telling, however. The group that struggled mightily toward the end of last season produced another steady performance on Saturday. The Buckeyes held their opponents to less than 250 total yards for the second consecutive week, and set the tone for the game by forcing three Fighting Illini turnovers in the first half. It began on the visitors’ first drive. With a first-and-10 at the OSU 39-yard line, Illinois senior quarterback Reilly O’Toole put a pass right onto the fingertips of his senior tight end Matt LaCosse. LaCosse couldn’t corral it, however, and the ball instead fell into the arms of redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee. The pick was Lee’s second of the season, and he credited the mentality of the coaching staff for the interception. “What our coaches push us to do is not only execute, but execute and try to make a play. We try to force turnovers literally every play and every call that we get,” Lee said. “Even if it’s a simple run play that they’re running, we’re trying to knock the ball out. “That’s our mindset now, now that everybody’s starting to get really comfortable with what they’re doing. Now it’s time to go make plays when that comes to you and it’s our job to make those plays.”That mindset was evident on Illinois’ last drive of the first quarter. Redshirt-junior running back Josh Ferguson looked like he had burst through a hole in the OSU defense for a solid gain. But just as Lee was dragging him to the ground, redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis Powell arrived on the scene and dislodged ball from Ferguson’s grasp, allowing junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington to recover the fumble. Powell also had five total tackles, including one tackle for loss, to go along with his impact play. Sophomore Vonn Bell started at the other safety position, and he said the combination between him and Powell is built on familiarity. “It is trust. It’s like a brotherhood, that’s like my brother across the field,” Bell said. “We can’t let each other down. That’s at all costs.”Up front, the Buckeyes rode another standout performance by sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa, who had a team-leading two sacks. But it wasn’t just Bosa who was giving the Illini something to think about. Senior defensive lineman Steve Miller, who has kept his starting spot since sophomore Noah Spence reportedly failed a second drug test before the game against Kent State earlier in the season, chalked up his third-straight four-tackle game and forced a second-half fumble. For the veteran Miller, he knows the part he has to play, and he said he gives his maximum effort in order to help him teammates succeed.“I knew it was gonna be a big part for me when Noah went down. So I had to just step up real big because Noah played a big role last year and I know I had to fill his shoes,” Miller said. “The whole thing is, I just don’t want to let my brothers down, so I’m just trying to get better every week and just be consistent.”Just like he did against Penn State the week before, junior linebacker Joshua Perry led all OSU defenders in tackles with seven overall. There was also significant playing time given to players like freshman defensive lineman Jalyn Holmes and junior linebacker Cam Williams, both of whom recorded four total tackles. The depth the Buckeyes are beginning to show is something senior linebacker Curtis Grant — the other defender to intercept an Illinois pass — said helps to keep the entire unit at a high level. “With the rotation that coach has us going through, it keeps us fresh and keeps your body from being banged up so bad,” Grant said. Despite such a successful night, Bell said that immediately after the game, the team’s focus turned to next weekend’s duel with the Spartans, who boast the No. 5 scoring offense in the nation.“During this game, it started getting out of hand so we started thinking about it then. (Meyer) said something at the end of the game today,” Bell said. “This week is a big week for preparation so we’ll get it going.” Both the Buckeyes and Spartans sit atop the Big Ten East Division with identical records of 7-1 overall and 4-0 in conference. The date many college football fans had circled on their calendar from the start of the season is almost here, and Bell said the Buckeyes will enter it with tremendous confidence. “Everybody’s got each other’s back, we’re holding each other accountable,” Bell said. “We’re on a mission.”The Buckeyes and Spartans are set to face off on Saturday in East Lansing, Mich. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

first_img‘It is arguable that the acts of vulture funds are outside what is to be permitted by the Constitution’ The inviolability of the family home is enshrined in our Constitution, writes solicitor Jody Cantillon. Friday 10 Feb 2017, 6:30 AM Jody Cantillon Feb 10th 2017, 6:30 AM Like a lot of people I watched, with horror, Ian Kehoe’s recent documentary “The Great Irish Sell-Off”. The ease in which these so called “vulture funds” can turn people’s lives upside down is distressing.While watching the show, I could not help but think of all the criminal trials where potentially guilty people got off because of technicalities on the face of the warrants for the search of the family home. How is it that the law protects the criminal but not the indebted house owner?Constitutional rightsArticle 40.5 of our Constitution provides that “the dwelling of every citizen is inviolable and shall not be forcibly entered save in accordance with law”. Inviolable usually means “never to be broken, infringed or dishonoured”. Surely what these vulture funds are doing is “dishonouring” citizen’s dwellings.Of course this basic right carries the proviso, “save in accordance with law”. However, Henchy J in King v Attorney General remarked that “save in accordance with law” is to be interpreted “without stooping to methods which ignore the fundamental norms of the legal order postulated by the Constitution”.I think that the acts of the vulture funds are stooping to levels which ignore the fundamental norms with which our Constitution is replete, particularly where the property in question is the family home.Our Constitution holds the family up on the highest pedestal, and yet families can be destroyed by the actions of these corporations. It is arguable that the acts of these vulture funds are outside what is to be permitted by our Constitution.The family home is enshrined in our ConstitutionThe inviolability of the family home is not only enshrined in our Constitution, but also in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Article 7 of the Charter provides that everyone has the right to respect for his or her private and family life, home and communications.In the case of Monika Kusionova v Smart CAPITAL, the Court of Justice again reiterated that the loss of a family home places the family in a particularly vulnerable position. The Court went on to note that the loss of a home is one of the most serious breaches of the rights to respect for the home and that any person who risks being the victim of such a breach should be able to have the proportionality of this measure reviewed.Victims who have made reasonable efforts to co-operate with the vulture funds should have those efforts, and in some cases offers, considered by the courts, before they are removed from their own homes.The contractual positionUp until now, the courts have largely focused on the contractual position. Is there a provision providing for possession to be granted to the mortgagor under the Mortgage Agreement in the event of default?If there is such a clause, irrespective of the consequences to the family, the courts have, up to now, granted possession. Apart from the proportionality position, regard should also be had for Council Directive 93/13/EC, which resulted in the European Communities (Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts) Regulations 1995. This applies to contracts where the terms have not been individually negotiated. The majority of mortgages would be caught under this legislation.Under this legislation an unfair term is a term which is“contrary to the requirement of good faith…causes significant imbalance…to the detriment of the consumer taking into account the nature of the goods or services…and all circumstances attending the conclusion of the contract and all other terms of the contract”.European case law has determined that the court has a duty to assess whether a contractual term, falling within the scope of the directive, is fair. So, in mortgage proceedings, where the regulations apply, the court must decide whether the terms of the Mortgage Agreement comply with the regulations.Some of the clauses in the Mortgage Agreement mean that even if one payment isn’t made, that is deemed to be a default justifying an application for possession by the mortgagor.Is a clause like this fair? I don’t think so. I believe that these issues must be looked at by the courts and argued before the courts in a way that focuses on the rights of the mortgagee, rather than on the rights of the mortgagor. This is also a way to fight back against the vulture funds.Jody Cantillon is an Associate Solicitor in the Litigation Department at Cantillons Solicitors, Cork. Jody advises and represents clients in relation all aspects of Litigation including Personal Injuries Litigation, Constitutional Law, Employment Law, Defamation Law and Data Protection.Vulture funds pay just €8,000 in tax on €10 billion of assets>‘Out of the blue, we got a letter to say our loans had been sold to a vulture fund’> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 1,971 Views center_img 34 Comments Share416 Tweet Email7 Short URL By Jody Cantillonlast_img read more

first_img Image: Rick Findler By Paul Hosford Jun 16th 2017, 8:12 AM SIXTY FIREFIGHTERS AND eight fire engines remain at the scene of the Grenfell Tower fire which has claimed at least 17 lives.Grenfell Tower was home to around 600 people and whole families remain missing after the fire, which forced residents to flee through black smoke down the single stairwell, jump out of windows or even drop their children to safety.The London Fire Brigade says that it does not expect to find any more survivors after the blaze.The fire affected all floors of the 24 storey building, from the second floor up, and at its height 40 fire engines and more than 200 firefighters were at the scene.Met Police say that fires are still breaking out, making the recovery of victims a slow process.Met Police Commander Stuart Cundy yesterday said that the recovery operation was “enormously challenging”.“The recovery of victims from inside the building is enormously challenging, but it is our absolute priority above everything else to recover and identify the victims and let the families know.“It is important to be frank – fires are still breaking out and conditions are very difficult and hazardous for the emergency services in the upper levels of the building.“We can only recover bodies when it is safe to do so and that will take some time in the days and weeks to come. Sadly, the nature of injuries caused by such an intense fire will mean the identification process will take some time.”Of the 17 victims found by emergency services so far, six were outside the tower, while it has not yet been deemed safe enough to recover the 11 bodies found inside.“They are simply not recognisable because of the fire,” Fiona McCormack, from the Metropolitan Police’s identification team, said of the victims found inside Grenfell Tower.Questions and anger 63 Comments Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesQuestions are growing about how the flames spread so quickly, engulfing the tower’s 120 apartments in what fire chiefs said was an unprecedented blaze.The focus of criticism centres on the cladding fitted to external walls on the 1970s concrete block as part of a £8.7 million refit completed last year.The cladding was linked to a 2014 fire in Melbourne and has been banned in high-rise buildings in the US.Today’s Times reports that a fire-resistant version of the cladding would have cost just £5,000 more.Rydon, the firm responsible for the refit, said the project “met all required building regulations”.Harley Facades, which fitted the panels, told the BBC: “At this time, we are not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower.”The questions over the tragedy have led to anger from residents.Locals yelled questions at Mayor Sadiq Khan as he walked through the west London neighbourhood.“How many children died? What are you going to do about it?” a boy asked Khan, as the mayor tried to stop tensions rising further.“You can see the anger for the community, justifiably so,” he said.With AFP reportingRead: London tower block fire must serve as a ‘wake up call’ to Ireland 22,780 Views center_img Short URL Image: Rick Findler Fires still breaking out at London tower block as police say identification of bodies could take months The London Fire Brigade says that it does not expect to find any more survivors after the blaze. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share21 Tweet Email1 Friday 16 Jun 2017, 8:12 AMlast_img read more

first_imgBBX: un nouveau système d’exploitation pour les BlackBerryRIM annonce son nouveau système d’exploitation pour mobiles : BBX. Dérivé de la version pour tablette PlayBook, il est résolument tourné vers le grand public.Changement de stratégie pour le constructeur canadien RIM. Avec des parts de marché qui s’effondrent et affaibli par une gigantesque panne qui a privé ses utilisateurs de connexion Internet durant quatre jours, le fabricant des Blackberry doit redorer son image auprès de ses clients. C’est dans ce contexte pas forcément adéquat que la marque a présenté, lors d’une conférence animée par Mike Lazaridis, co-fondateur et PDG de RIM, le futur de Blackberry OS. Et surprise, ce vénérable produit laissera place dans les prochains mois à une nouvelle plateforme, BBX. Ce produit est un dérivé de QNX, le système qui équipe la tablette PlayBook de la marque. A l’instar d’iOS, Android ou Windows Phone, RIM veut unifier les expériences utilisateurs en proposant un seul produit pour tous ces appareils mobiles. “Nous voulons transformer l’expérience en proposant une plate-forme puissante et unifiée, une vision”, a déclaré M. Lazaridis lors de la présentation. RIM veut vérouiller ses utilisateurs dans un écosystème complet et vise désormais à investir avec BBX tous les supports mobiles, les services en ligne et même à l’avenir le secteur de l’embarqué comme l’automobile. BlackBerry veut séduire le grand publicPour les spécificités, on retiendra principalement le support des applications natives et également de celles écrites en HTML 5. Ces dernières sont plébiscitées par les utilisateurs pour leur légèreté et les développeurs pour la facilité d’écriture et de portage sur différentes plateformes. RIM entend ne pas rater le coche comme elle a pu le faire par le passé avec l’App Store. À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Les Blackberry sont très prisés des professionnels mais ont du mal à séduire le grand public. RIM souhaite avec BBX orienter ses produits vers ce secteur porteur en soignant l’interface et l’ergonomie. Le tout sera en 3D et proposera de lister ses applications dans un mode “cascade” entièrement animé. Les jeux sont également à l’honneur désormais, et malgré les écrans plutôt réduits des appareils de la marque, RIM insiste pour faire des BlackBerry une vraie console de jeux.Aucun calendrier n’a été communiqué, le développement est toujours en cours et il faudra vraisemblablement patienter jusqu’à 2012 pour pouvoir toucher ce nouveau système, qui aura fort à faire face à un autre géant, Android, qui ne cesse de progresser de par le monde. Le 19 octobre 2011 à 18:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgL’ATV-3 ne sera pas lancé le 9 mars prochainArianespace et l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) ont décidé de reporter à une date ultérieure le lancement de l’ATV-3 qui devait décoller le 9 mars prochain et ravitailler la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). C’est un nouveau report pour la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Vendredi, Arianespace et l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) ont annoncé que l’ATV-3 (Automated Transfer Vehicle) ne serait pas lancé le 9 mars prochain comme le calendrier le prévoyait. Le décollage devait se faire à bord d’une fusée Ariane 5 depuis le centre spatial de Kourou en Guyane française, mais il semblerait aujourd’hui que les équipes ne soient pas tout à fait prêtes.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreD’après le communiqué d’Arianespace, le report a été décidé conjointement “afin de permettre de procéder à des vérifications complémentaires sur le véhicule ATV Edoardo Amaldi”. Néanmoins,”une nouvelle date de lancement sera communiquée dans les tout prochains jours”, précise encore la société citée par l’AFP.Le premier véhicule de type ATV a été lancé en 2008 afin de ravitailler l’ISS. Depuis cette date, un nouvel engin décolle tous les dix-huit mois environ et amène autour de 6 tonnes de fret (nourriture, eau, fournitures, équipements) à la station en orbite à 400 kilomètres de la Terre. Après être resté amarré à l’ISS pendant six mois au plus et avoir contribué à rehausser son orbite, il se consume avec les déchets transportés lorsqu’il rentre à nouveau dans l’atmosphère terrestre. Après Jules Verne en 2008 et Johannes Kepler en 2010, le troisième ATV a été baptisé du nom du physicien italien Edoardo Amaldi (1908-1989). L’ATV-4, baptisé quant à lui Albert Einstein, sera lancé en 2013 tandis que le cinquième et dernier véhicule vient d’être nommé en hommage à Georges Lemaître, physicien belge père de la théorie du Big Bang.Le 2 mars 2012 à 19:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgAgoraphobie : définition, symptômes, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?L’agoraphobie est une peur incontrôlée des lieux publics. Elle se manifeste par des crises de panique résultants d’un sentiment d’insécurité. Quels sont ses symptômes et quel est son traitement ?Définition : qu’est ce que l’agoraphobie ?L’agoraphobie correspond à la peur des lieux publics, et par extension, la peur de la foule. Son nom vient de la Grèce antique : l’agora était la place publique tandis que phobie désigne la peur. Cette peur se manifeste par un sentiment d’insécurité et la sensation de ne pas pouvoir être secouru facilement en cas de difficultés.Environ 2% de la population est atteinte d’agoraphobie. La moyenne de l’âge de la première crise se situe aux alentour de 27 ans. Les femmes sont plus concernées que les hommes. Symptômes de l’agoraphobie L’agoraphobie se manifeste par des crises de panique au moment d’une situation angoissante. Cela se traduit par une accélération du rythme cardiaque, des difficultés à respirer (souffle court, sensation d’étranglement), des tremblements, des frissons, de la nausée, des vertiges, une forte transpiration… Ses crises se répètent devant chaque événement porteur de stress.La personne agoraphobe fera donc tout pour éviter ces situations, ce qui peut à terme entraîner une isolation et la peur de sortir de chez soi, sauf si accompagné. De nombreuses circonstances peuvent être responsables d’une crise de panique comme traverser un pont, prendre les transports en commun, aller au cinéma, faire la queue ou être dans un endroit clos comme un ascenseur ou un parking souterrain.              Causes de l’agoraphobieL’apparition de l’agoraphobie fait le plus souvent suite à un événement tragique ou d’un traumatisme psychique (divorce, deuil, accident) qui sera le déclencheur des attaques de panique. Il existerait également un facteur héréditaire. En effet, avoir un parent atteint d’agoraphobie augmenterait les risques d’en souffrir un jour. Traitement de l’agoraphobieÀ lire aussiAmygdalite : chronique, caséeuse, cryptique, de quoi s’agit-il ?Le traitement le plus indiqué en cas d’agoraphobie est le recours aux psychothérapies cognitivo-comportementales. La thérapie d’exposition est une thérapie comportementale qui consiste à faire face à ses peurs en s’exposant à petites doses fréquentes aux situations angoissantes responsables des crises de paniques. Cela permet une habituation et une désensibilisation progressive. Une autre approche est de comprendre pourquoi l’agoraphobie est apparue plutôt que de vouloir essayer d’oublier. Cela permet de reprendre confiance en soi, étape indispensable pour pouvoir sortir de la maladie. D’autres thérapies, comme la respiration diaphragmatique (maîtriser sa peur par la respiration), peuvent être suivie.Pour que tout traitement puisse marcher, il faut que la personne agoraphobe ait une confiance totale envers son thérapeute. Des médicaments sont parfois préconisés pour lutter contre les crises d’anxiété. Le 23 novembre 2015 à 12:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgJurgen Hess knew the Mount Adams area had experienced its share of retreating forestland in recent years. The local advocate has seen it first-hand in the form of wildfires, logging and development.But seeing the full scope of forest loss through a new interactive map offered a different view entirely.“The thing that to me was shocking was the visual picture of it,” said Hess, a board member of the nonprofit Friends of Mount Adams. “You can see it in abstract form when you read about it … but to see these patterns, wow.”A group of researchers and the University of Maryland’s Department of Geographical Sciences recently developed a high-resolution online map charting forest gain and loss across the entire world from 2000 to 2012. The project, which drew from satellite data, was published in the journal Science in November.The study found that 2.3 million square kilometers of forest cover were lost globally during those 12 years, against 0.8 million square kilometers gained. Tropical areas saw both the biggest losses and the biggest gains.In the Northwest, results were mixed. The majority of federal and state forests remained untouched, while other areas saw a combination of gain and loss, or both.last_img read more

first_imgIf it’s religious, it’s sensitive – that is the general perception of people around. But here are these four funny men who take up the challenge to break rules, question conventions and take you on a laugh riot of 90 minutes in both Hindi and English.Titled, Comedy in Diversity and produced by Joke, Joker, Jokest, is a show which knows no religion. The four stand up comedians- Nishant Tanwar, Zakir Khan, Maheep Singh and Abish Mathews, each from a different religion will tickle the funny bone. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘The idea is to bring performers from every religion together on one stage and spread the age old message of unity in diversity. As the title suggests Comedy in Diversity, it is going to run on the theme – Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Isai…Sab ne mil kar hansi udaai,’ says Nishat.‘We all have some apsect of our religion which is irritating. For eg- what is the logic of not eating non-veg on tuesdays as if God up there is keeping a watch. Similarly, the river Ganga should be ideally a replacement of the antiseptic Dettol. Do as many sins in your life, take a dip and you are back again to pure. Third, Hinduism is the only religion where we name our kids after Gods (Ram, Shiv, Laxmi, Krishna) which is a strange concept,’ added Nishat. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixZakir Khan on the other hand will explore the dilemma of being an Indian Muslim. He will be deliberating over perceptions of being a Muslim and break all the conventions on a lighter note, a risk which involves on how to say anything and still get away with it.‘There are obviouly doubts in my head as to how will the audience react to my set. Though I am sure my Islamic performance is already approved by all the maulanas around town. At first I wrote intelligent jokes and then wrote jokes. Its the second which am going to use,’ he joked. Maheep Singh, will put up spoofs on sardars and raise plights of their life. ‘It’s not really easy to lead a sardar life with traditions like can not shave body hair, how to eat a pizza without messing and a compulsory underwear,’ Maheep quipped.The last of the lot, Abish Mathews is going to narrate his own life events and anecdotes surrounding his Malayali Catholic culture and how he has been a victim of idiosyncracies.‘My set is not a mockery of any religion. It just raises the crucial question of humanity vs religion. Our comedy will certainly not rub the audience in a wrong manner. Its not anti religious rather a break down of mental blocks around it,’ he explained.Come over and have a good laugh at the cost of angering some gods!DETAILOn: Sunday 18 March Time: 7.30 pm Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaonlast_img read more

first_imgMusic and dance is to life, what soul is to body. Working on that note, Shyam Saran, Life Trustee India International Centre (IIC) brings forth a new series of music and dance, IIC Baithak on, June 4. The programme, which will be held at CD Deshmukh Auditorium, 6:30 pm onwards, is kept open on the first come first served basis. The initiative is inclined towards promoting young and talented artists chosen across India and wonderfully bind the youth spirit and the immortal art forms – music and dance. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe series will commence with a Hindustani vocal recital by Nirali Kartik, the noted young singer from Mumbai. She began her classical vocal training from Vikas Parikh at Saptak school of music and is now learning from the Mewati gharana maestro Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar. A recipient of Shreshtha Sadhak Award from Gujarat Sangeet Natak Kala Academy and Guru Gangadhar Pradhan Award, Bhubaneswar, Nirali represents the venerable tradition of Indian Classical music in a way that relates to the contemporary audience.Her strong dedication to riyaz, mellifluous voice coupled with a strong hold on vocal techniques, has led her to perform at some of the best venues of Indian Classical Music in India including Saptak Music Festival, Tana Riri Festival, National Music Festival, Meru concerts and many others. Other musicians accompanying her will be Amit Mishra on tabla and Vinay Mishra on harmonium.last_img read more

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Several of the Prides say Stonewall doesn’t attend their events. When the charity does attend, the Prides claim they haggle for the lowest possible cost for a stall. On average, Prides make around a quarter of their income from selling market stalls.Others accuse Stonewall of failing to be involved in local LGBTI communities, only visiting their town or city once a year.Many of the Prides accuse the charity of ‘profiteering’ from their events. They suggest Stonewall should work in partnership with them and even provide financial support.What they want Stonewall to doThe biggest take-away from the comments from Prides which completed the survey is that Stonewall should work in partnership with them.They want the charity to show ‘humility’. Some indicated Stonewall currently tries to control what Prides do. One called on the organisation to ‘Stop acting like the bloody LGBT Police. They need to “get over it”.’The UK Pride Organisers Network report makes several recommendations.They ask Stonewall to share the profits from Primark between Prides and organisations working in Turkey, Myanmar and China.In addition they want Stonewall chief executive, Ruth Hunt, to say sorry. They want her to acknowledge ‘the disquiet among Pride organisers about their conduct’ and commit to working with Prides in future.Moreover, they want Stonewall to promise they won’t take any future sponsorship or fundraising deal that ‘includes the word Pride’. This is likely to prove a difficult pledge for Stonewall to make, given their need to fundraise.Stonewall respondsGay Star News approached Stonewall asking them seven questions, to give them a full opportunity to respond to our story.They have declined to comment until they have reviewed the full report.Declaration of interest: Gay Star News created and manages Digital Pride, which is part of the UK Pride Organisers Network. GSN is also a partner of the Prides in Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, London and Manchester and of UK Black Pride.UPDATE: Stonewall has now issued a response, although they failed to answer any of our questions.A Stonewall spokesperson said: ‘Despite the progress we’ve made as a movement we still have a long way to go until we can say all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people are accepted without exception.‘Prides are often volunteer-led and take an enormous amount of time, effort and resource to host. They are essential to the communities they serve because they enable the visibility and celebration of LGBT people.‘Stonewall is also working towards acceptance for all LGBT people, both here and abroad, alongside activists, organisations and local groups in the UK and in countries across the world. There’s so much more to do before everyone has full equality.‘We welcome conversations with Prides on how we can move forward as one movement.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Pride events across Britain are calling for a public apology from leading LGBT charity Stonewall, GSN can exclusively reveal.They are also demanding the charity changes its ways, with one Pride accusing it of ‘acting like the bloody LGBT police’. Other Prides accuse Stonewall of taking credit for their work but failing to support them. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Gay Star News has obtained a copy of the results of the survey of Pride organisers. The UK Pride Organisers Network will present the report to Stonewall when they meet with the charity in the next few minutes.And it is likely to make uncomfortable reading for the charity. In particular, 53 Prides responded to the question ‘Generally, how supportive do you find Stonewall?’ They gave the organisation a score of just 3.2 out of 10. Moreover, only one Pride gave Stonewall a 10 out of 10, with 15 giving a score of only one.Why are Prides angry with Stonewall now?Stonewall marched at Pride in LondonThe survey indicates Pride groups have a number of complaints about Britain’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender charity, going back a number of years.But two events appear to have triggered the UK Pride Organisers Network and European Pride Organisers Association to survey their members.In February this year, Stonewall pulled out of Pride in London, claiming it had failed to include and represent people of color. Instead, Stonewall threw its weight behind UK Black Pride.However, some black and Asian people disagreed with Stonewall’s decision, saying they felt they were being forced to choose between the two events. They also said the charity should have consulted them before making the decision.Then in May, Stonewall announced they were partnering with budget clothing and homeware store Primark. Primark will give 20% of the proceeds of its 2018 Pride collection to the charity.Prides are angry the cash is going to a comparatively well-off charity, while many of them are struggling.Again there is some history to the row. Last year, Primark angered Manchester Pride by selling Pride-branded products in the city but not supporting the event. Primark’s branch in Manchester, north west England, is believed to be the biggest of the firm’s 257 worldwide stores.What Prides think of StonewallThe report contains detailed comments from many of the organisers of Prides around the UK.While some recognize the ‘great work [Stonewall does] for the LGBT+ community’, most of the comments are negative.One Pride said: ‘They are like a bank rather than a charity. [They] hold vast amounts of cash reserves whilst LGBT need goes unmet and other LGBT charities making a difference on the ground are closing.’Stonewall had an income of £7,246,000 ($9,530,000, €8,184,000) last year. When their last financial year ended, on 30 September 2017, they held almost £5million ($6.6million, €5.6million) of reserves. Stonewall quits Pride in London over race but people of color disagreeUK Black Pride is this Sunday and this is why it mattersLGBTI women’s magazine slams anti-trans lesbians: ‘You do not speak for us’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Planned new laws will see passengers injured during domestic flights get more than $200,000 extra in compensation payments.In the first increase since 1994, insurance compensation payouts for air victims will be raised from $500,000 to $725,000, according to Minister Anthony Albanese said the change will bring Australia up to speed with international practices, ensuring airlines move fast for a fair settlement with victims and their families involved.The legislation for the insurance changes will be introduced by the minister to parliament this week.last_img read more

first_img“The important thing for us [as a defense] this week is to continue playing like we have been playing,” said Rhodes. “Play strong, try to fight and get a win.“You put yourself on tape every week, that’s how you get judged. So for us, it’s important to come out and play well.”Rhodes is currently under contract through 2013, but in recent weeks it’s been reported that he and the organization are in the process of working out terms for a two-year extension. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling From an individual standpoint, free safety Kerry Rhodes has had an outstanding season for the Arizona Cardinals. At the age of 30, the seven-year veteran has proven in 2012 — 60 tackles, 11 pass deflections, four interceptions, two forced fumbles in 14 starts — that he still has plenty left in the tank.But individual accomplishments only go so far for a player with Rhodes’ NFL experience. After getting a chance to taste postseason play in 2009 when the New York Jets made it to the AFC Championship game, Rhodes admittedly doesn’t want to settle for anything less at this point in his career. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires With the Cardinals sitting at 5-10 with only one game remaining this season, it seems Rhodes will begrudgingly have to head to the off-season several weeks earlier than he had originally planned.And on Monday, he let his feelings be known about the team’s underwhelming season to date.“It’s mentally draining more than anything,” Rhodes said. “When you go through a season like this, your aches hurt a little more and your body doesn’t feel as good. It takes a toll on you in every way possible.”While Rhodes’ tremendous season has certainly aided the Cardinals’ defense — ranked No. 4 in the NFL in takeaways — it will all be for naught in 2012, as the team is headed to its third straight campaign without a winning record.The former Louisville star candidly said that going through a season like the Cardinals are currently enduring has even made it tough for him when he leaves his day job behind.“Even at home, you don’t enjoy being at home,” said Rhodes. “It’s just tough.”If there is a silver lining to Arizona’s woeful season, it’s that Rhodes and Co. still have the opportunity to keep the San Francisco 49ers from winning the NFC West division — something that looked like an absolute certainty just a month ago.last_img read more

first_imgThis survey is now closed. Thanks for taking part.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedAre you more likely to drink alcohol on holiday?Take our short survey now and you could win £100 of travel vouchers!Stag do savings? VOTE NOW!Stag do savings? VOTE NOW!19 Christmas gift ideas for travellersStuck for what to buy your globetrotting friends and family this Christmas?last_img read more