Des plumes piégées dans de l’ambre depuis 80 millions d’annéesDes paléontologues ont annoncé avoir découvert au Canada différentes plumes de dinosaures et d’oiseaux bien préservées, datant de 80 millions d’années. C’est dans de la résine d’arbre fossilisée au Canada que des paléontologues ont retrouvé différentes plumes de dinosaures et d’oiseaux extrêmement bien conservées. Grâce à cette découverte, preuve est faite que différents stades dans l’évolution des plumes étaient déjà présents à la fin du Crétacé. Des plumages qui avaient un ensemble de fonctions à la fois chez les dinosaures et les oiseaux, selon les chercheurs de l’Université d’Alberta qui publient leurs observations dans la revue Science. À lire aussiPourrions-nous redonner vie aux dinosaures comme dans Jurassic Park ?Le point fort de cette trouvaille réside en fait dans l’ambre dans laquelle sont piégés depuis 80 millions d’années ces onze spécimens de plumes, car le matériau a permis d’en préserver des détails microscopiques et même leur couleur, allant du noir au marron, précisent les scientifiques. Ainsi, ils ont pu arriver à la conclusion qu’ils ignoraient à quelle espèce pouvait bien appartenir ces plumes, alors qu’aucun fossile de dinosaure ou d’oiseau directement lié à celles-ci n’a été découvert dans la région du lac Grassy d’où provient l’ambreToutefois, des comparaisons avec d’autres plumes découvertes suggèrent que certaines pourraient appartenir à des dinosaures non aviens, plus précisément de petits théropodes, une famille de dinosaures carnivores. D’autres en revanche, sont très ressemblantes à celles d’oiseau moderne comme le grèbe, capable de nager sous l’eau, rapporte l’AFP.Le 16 septembre 2011 à 15:01 • Maxime Lambert
Anniversaire de Curiosity : “nous en sommes encore au début de la mission” sur MarsL’un des instruments de Curiosity, la ChemCam, a été fabriqué et est piloté depuis la France. Olivier Gasnault est docteur en planétologie et responsable des opérations scientifiques de la ChemCam. Il gère l’appareil depuis l’Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (IRAP) à Toulouse. A l’occasion de l’anniversaire du rover sur Mars, Gentside Découvertes lui a posé quelques questions sur cette premier année d’aventure.Gentside Découvertes – Vous êtes heureux de ce premier anniversaire ?Olivier Gasnault – Oui très heureux, le temps a passé très vite. D’un côté, on se retourne et on constate tout le travail accompli en un an, et de l’autre, on voit tout ce qu’il nous reste encore à faire, nous en sommes encore au début de la mission. On espère que la durée initiale de 2 ans sera dépassée et que le rover continuera à fonctionner.Comment se déroulent vos journées au laboratoire ?Nous travaillons une semaine sur deux, en alternance avec l’équipe américaine basée à Los Alamos qui a construit l’autre moitié de la ChemCam. Nous travaillons à l’heure américaine, de façon décalée, ce qui fait qu’on a vécu un peu différemment cette année. C’est même assez difficile de se consacrer à d’autres travaux, Curiosity nous occupe constamment. Parfois on se demande même qui du robot ou de l’équipe tiendra le plus longtemps ! (rires)Quel est le rythme de travail avec la ChemCam ?La Chemcam a été conçue pour apporter rapidement des informations sur les roches. Une fois qu’une roche intéressante est repérée par une caméra, on reçoit la photo le jour même, on écrit les commandes et dès le lendemain, l’analyse est en route. Après, tout dépend du type d’activité du rover. Jusqu’à présent, le rover n’a pas beaucoup avancé, ce qui nous a permis d’analyser beaucoup de choses. En ce moment, il s’est mis en route vers le Mont Sharp, donc tout va très vite, on ne peut pas tout faire, il faut se contenter des analyses les plus importantes et intéressantes.Comment se déroule une analyse ?Tout d’abord une phase tactique, il faut déterminer si la roche a un caractère exceptionnel, qui mérite d’être analysée, et donc de stopper le rover. La manipulation de la ChemCam ne prend que quelques minutes. Ensuite, la deuxième phase est plus longue, on discute avec tous les scientifiques impliqués des données et de leur pertinence. On en tire des conclusions, ce qui peut prendre plusieurs jours ou semaines. La dernière phase, elle aussi longue, est la phase classique pour tout scientifique : la rédaction et la publication d’un article pour les revues spécialisées. Cela prend plusieurs mois.Et à l’IRAP, comment cela se passe-t-il, quelles sont vos activités ?Nous en avons de trois types. Nous possédons une copie de la ChemCam qui nous sert de témoin. On recrée l’ambiance martienne, les conditions et vérifions si les mesures sont cohérentes avec celles du rover. Et il y a les activités d’opérations, de 2 types. Un scientifique observe et analyse les données, pendant qu’un ingénieur vérifie l’instrumentation. Pendant ce temps, un autre chercheur prépare les activités du lendemain et un autre ingénieur écrit les commandes pour y arriver. La partie technique est assurée par des ingénieurs du CNES, le Centre National d’Études Spatiales.Quels ont été pour vous les moments les plus importants de cette première année ?Il y a eu bien sûr cette découverte fondamentale que Mars a porté les conditions favorables à la vie. C’était l’un des buts de la mission et il a déjà été accompli. Ensuite, ce qui nous a enthousiasmés est la grande diversité chimique du site. Le cratère Gale est riche en roches très diverses et en processus géologiques variés : roches volcaniques, sédimentaires, charriées. On a là Mars dans tout son panorama !Le cratère Gale a donc été très bien choisi.Oui, c’est vraiment encourageant. Nous y avons trouvé des argiles, qui sont le signe de la présence d’eau, il remplit donc les critères d’habitabilité. De plus, le Mont Sharp, vers lequel se dirige le rover, nous permettra d’observer de nombreuses couches géologiques et de retracer l’histoire de Mars. Notamment, à quelle époque a-t-elle été habitable ?Pensez-vous que la vie a déjà existé sur Mars ?À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreJe ne me lancerai pas sur ce terrain. J’ai une approche très scientifique, et pour l’instant nos données nous informent seulement que les conditions étaient là, pas que la vie s’y est développée pour autant. Ce seront les prochains rovers, Exomars, le robot européo-russe, et le successeur de Curiosity, prévu pour 2021, qui se chargeront d’y répondre. Nos informations sont tout de même très importantes, car elles nous éclairent sur le propre passé de la Terre, avant que la vie n’y apparaisse.Quel programme vous attend pour la suite de la mission ?L’ascension du Mont Sharp, qui se trouve encore à plusieurs kilomètres, nous donnera pas mal de travail. Et après, si Curiosity reste en état de fonctionner, nous continuerons à pratiquer des analyses et à faire de nouvelles découvertes.Merci à Olivier Gasnault – IRAP (CNRS, Université P. Sabatier – Toulouse)Information exclusive. Toute reproduction interdite sans mention explicite du site Gentside Découvertes. Le 9 août 2013 à 10:35 • Emmanuel Perrin
Joao Mario thanked Inter Milan fans for their support and revealed his surprise start against Lazio was a product of hard work and maturity.Mario last featured for Inter in a 1-1 draw with Fiorentina on January 5. And the former Hammers trainee had to settle for the bench but was surprisingly picked in the starting XI for the 3-0 victory over Lazio.“I prepared well and am trying to train to the max every day in order to earn this opportunity,” the 25-year-old said on Football Italia.“The most important thing is to be ready. It was my turn in this game and I am very happy.”Report: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…It’s a far cry from the player signed for €40m from Sporting CP in 2016 and who declared only a few months ago that he didn’t like Italian football.“I have grown up a great deal. It is in moments of difficulty that you really grow up as a person and I’ve been through a lot of those. I try to do better, become another person and another player.“I said that I wanted to transform the jeers of the fans into applause. I am happy the supporters gave me this gift of applause as I left the field and I thank them.“Now it’ll be important for me to be ready at all times, so I’ll keep working hard.”
KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom August 28, 2019 Posted: August 28, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Weeks after three women were killed in a cliff collapse in Encinitas, a San Diego congressman and two California senators are pushing for federal funding for bluff stabilization.Congressman Mike Levin and Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein want $30 million to stabilize an eight-mile stretch of the North County shoreline.The request is for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide funding for the Encinitas-Solana Beach Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project, also known as the San Diego County Shore Protection Project. It would widen beaches and protect crumbling bluffs by adding tons of sand to a stretch of Encinitas and Solana Beach shoreline. Federal funding for bluff stabilization gaining support Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A van struck and killed an elderly woman along Alton Road, in Miami Beach, Friday morning.According to Miami Beach Fire Rescue, the incident happened as the white van was exiting a parking lot along the 700 block of Alton Road, just before 10 a.m.She was pronounced dead at the scene.Police shut down the 700 block of Alton Road while they investigated.The crash remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Vijayawada: A huge Buddhist rock cut cave is noticed at Dhanamkonda hill in Mogalrajpuram of Vijayawada datable to the 1st Century BC during the survey conducted by Dr E Sivanagi Reddy, Buddhist archaeologist and CEO of Cultural Centre Of Vijayawada and Amaravati (CCVA) on Sunday as part of the awareness campaign ‘Preserve Heritage for Posterity’ launched by the CCVA. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Dr Reddy along with Subhakar Medasani, a Buddhist heritage activist and president of AP Society for Preservation of Buddhist Heritage identified a cave cut into the hill at a height of 200 feet from the ground level. The cave measurements are 15 feet in length, 16 feet in height and 8 feet in depth. He said that the rock cut cave was hewn in two stories. The lower one was used as rainy retreat (Varshaavaasa) of the Buddhist monks and the top floor was carved with a stupa motif measuring 5 feet x 5 feet. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us The rock cut cave which could be accessed through a flight of steps cum a ramp opposite to Boyapati Madhavarao Street in Mogalrajpuram in the city. The cave and the stupa motif devoid of any artistic decor resembles the similar one located at Bojjannakonda (Sankaran) near Anakapalli in Visakhapatnam district also hewn during the Satavahana times, said Sivanagireddy. Advertise With Us He added that this rock cut cave belongs to the Theravada monks who used it as a retreat during the four months of the rainy season. Based on the historical importance of the Buddhist caves, Dr Reddy and Subhakar Medasani appealed the AP Tourism Authority to include it on the Vijayawada Buddhist circuit. Towards the east of the rock cut cave, they have spotted a natural cave in the same hill which was also used as rainy retreat by the monks in their survey. Dr Sivanagireddy sensitised the local hill dwellers on the archaeological and historical significance of the Buddhist cave and the need to preserve it for posterity.
Hyderabad: BJP national president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah will take party primary membership as well as active membership in the party from Telangana. Addressing the media here, Telangana BJP president K Laxman said Amit Shah is expected to visit State on August 17 as part of the Telangana Liberation Day celebrations. He said the party working president J P Nadda would visit the State on August 18 for the first time after his elevation as the working president of the party. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us On this occasion, some former TDP MLAs, MPs, and other leaders of that party from across the State along with 20,000 of that party cadre would be joining in BJP, he added. Laxman said the party has so far enrolled 10 lakh membership in Telangana and the remaining target of eight lakh new members would be enlisted by August 20. Taking a dig at TRS working president K T Rama Rao, Laxman said people in the State were unhappy over the TRS joining hands with the Majlis and remaining a silent spectator despite the AIMIM leaders giving provocative speeches hurting and insulting Hindus. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Criticising the KTR for talking on national integrity and democracy, he said the BJP was in power in 18 states in the country. The TRS which is hand-in-glove with the Majlis was not in a position even to pay tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who integrated Nizam State into the Indian union, he said. He ridiculed the TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy for his comments and advised him to realise importance of national security.
New Delhi, September 25 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 77.67 points down to stand at 19842.54. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 21.95 points down to stand at 5870.50. BHEL and Zee Entertainment were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.73% and 5.75% along with Apollo Hospitals and Sobha Dev with an increase of 4.82% and 4.56% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Financial Technologies and MCX with a decrease of 9.92% and 4.60% along with JP POWER and HPCL with a decrease of 4.43% and 3.74% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 9.70 points at 11,180.22 while the banking sector is down 103.74 points at 11,494.18 and the realty sector is down 9.88 points at 1,217.68. The Indian currency is up 0.36% at Rs 62.53 per dollar.
Ericsson case: Anil Ambani guilty of contempt, directed to pay Rs 453 crore or face 3 months jail After the death of his father Dhirubhai Ambani, Reliance Industries was divided into two in 2005 with Mukesh Ambani, his elder brother, getting control of the flagship oil-refining and petrochemicals business. Anil got hold of newer businesses for example power generation, financial services and telecom business, having a high potential of growth back then. From this very moment, Anil Ambani-led companies started borrowing heavily to diversify and create a conglomerate that could generate as much wealth as Mukesh’s refining firm Reliance Industries created. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:58Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:57?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Anil Ambani is facing worst time of his business career.Credit: ReutersEleven years ago, Anil Ambani was one of the wealthiest men in the world. As per Forbes valuation, the younger son of industrialist Dhirubhai Ambani was listed as the world’s sixth richest person in 2008. Just after a decade, he is now struggling to save his reputation. On Friday, the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) refused a plea seeking the tribunal to direct a group of lenders led by State Bank of India (SBI) to release Rs 260 crore of tax refunds to Reliance Communications. Notably, the amount is due to be paid to Ericsson for which the Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company has approached the Supreme Court (SC).The judgment is a huge setback for Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications. As per the directions of the apex court, RCom is bound to pay Ericsson its remaining dues of Rs 453 crore by Tuesday to ensure that Ambani doesn’t go to jail. RCom has cleared partial dues of Rs 118 crore of the total Rs 571 crore. How did one of the world’s wealthiest men come this to the sorry state? Let’s find out. Close Anil Ambani’s RCom was doing fairly good till 2010, the year a non-compete clause between him and his elder brother was scrapped which kept Mukesh Ambani out of telecom business. In the cut-throat competition in the growing telecom market, RCom kept borrowing to remain in the fight. RCom started losing position as the No.2 carrier in the telecom market which was further accelerated when Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio entered the market and completely disrupted it with free calls and data. Today, Anil Ambani is facing arrest due to non-payment to the Swedish telecom equipment maker. RCom offered to settle the case but since last year, things have not appeared to reach any conclusion. Only, time will tell Anil Ambani’s fate.
Smuggled Hawk and Iguana. Photo: flickr.comThe US state department has listed Bangladesh as one of the 26 countries considering those as a major source, transit point or consumer of smuggled wildlife products and their derivatives.A report titled ‘End Wildlife Trafficking’ was submitted to the US Congress on Thursday, reports news agency UNB.The US Department of State, in consultation with the Departments of the Interior and Commerce as well as other agencies of the Task Force, determined the countries should be listed as focus countries pursuant to Section 201(a) of the Act.In other words, each country listed is a “major source of wildlife trafficking products or their derivatives, a major transit point of wildlife trafficking products or their derivatives, or a major consumer of wildlife trafficking products.”This determination is based on their analysis of the statutory criteria and does not reflect a positive or negative judgment of the listed countries or indicate that these countries are not working diligently to combat wildlife trafficking.Indeed, the United States has longstanding and deep partnerships with many of these countries with respect to combating wildlife trafficking and recognizes the strong political will that already exists in many of these countries to tackle this problem.The Department of State and other Task Force agencies look forward to continuing close and constructive relationships with these countries as we work collaboratively to combat wildlife trafficking.The other listed focus countries in 2017 are Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, the Philippines, Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam, according to the US Department of State.
A screengrab taken on 12 May 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram which claims to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls. AFP file photoNigeria on Saturday said it had negotiated the release of 82 of the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists more than three years ago, securing their freedom in a prisoner swap deal.The presidency announced that months of talks with the jihadists had “yielded results”, just over six months after 21 of their classmates were freed with the help of international mediators.“Today 82 more Chibok girls were released,” it said.“After lengthy negotiations, our security agencies have taken back these girls, in exchange for some Boko Haram suspects held by the authorities.”No details were given about how many suspects were released or their identities.The girls were to be taken to Abuja on Sunday to meet President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidency said, thanking security agencies, the Swiss government and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).“The president has repeatedly expressed his total commitment towards ensuring the safe return of the Chibok girls and all other Boko Haram captives,” it added.A military and a civilian militia source in Banki, near the border with Cameroon, said “at least 80” girls were brought to the town late afternoon on Saturday and taken to military barracks.Shehu Sani, a Nigerian senator who has been involved in previous negotiations with Boko Haram, told AFP the girls were mostly “in good condition”.The talks lasted for “almost three to four months” and had initially discussed the release of 50 girls but the number was later increased, he said.The government would now look to securing the release of the remaining hostages, he added.Symbol of the conflictBoko Haram fighters stormed the Government Girls Secondary School in the remote town of Chibok on the evening of April 14, 2014 and kidnapped 276 teenaged girls who were preparing to sit high school exams.Fifty seven managed to escape in the hours that followed but the remaining 219 were held by the group.Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, whose fight to create a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria has left at least 20,000 dead since 2009, claimed in a video message that they had converted to Islam.The audacious kidnapping brought the insurgency to world attention, triggering global outrage that galvanised support from the former US first lady Michelle Obama and Hollywood stars.Parents and supporters of the missing girls—who have become a symbol of the conflict—last month marked the three year anniversary of the abduction, describing the situation as an unending “nightmare”.But they said previous releases had given them strength.Enoch Mark, a Christian pastor whose two daughters were among those kidnapped, said he was told of the latest release by the #BringBackOurGirls pressure group and an official in Maiduguri.He added: “This is good news to us. We have been waiting for this day. We hope the remaining girls will soon be released.”Boko Haram has used kidnapping as a weapon of war, seizing thousands of women and children, including the Chibok girls, and forcibly recruiting young men and boys into their ranks.In a less publicised attack in November 2014, some 300 children were among about 500 people kidnapped from the town of Damasak, on the border with Niger, in the far north of Borno state.Most are still missing.Ongoing talksThe release of the 21 girls in October last year followed talks between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government brokered by the ICRC and the Swiss.Three other girls have also been found. The first had a baby and was accompanied by a man she said was her husband but the military said was a Boko Haram suspect.Boko Haram’s Shekau has previously said the girls would be released if militant fighters held in Nigerian government custody were freed.At the time of the release of the 21, Buhari’s spokesman Garba Shehu said the government was hoping to secure the release of 83 others being held by a different Boko Haram faction.Last month he said in a radio interview that there were ongoing negotiations involving “some foreign entities” to release the 195 girls still believed held.He told BBC Hausa the ICRC and Swiss government “have not withdrawn their support in the negotiations”.Other countries were also involved, he added, without elaborating.The ICRC has not yet commented on the latest release.On Friday, Britain and the United States issued a security alert warning of a Boko Haram plot to kidnap foreigners in the Banki area, which led to the suspension of aid flights to the town Saturday.
Author Jon Meacham was in Houston on May 11 to discuss his latest book, The Soul of America, which takes a look at some particularly trying times in our nation’s history when presidents and ordinary citizens came together to overcome fear and hate.Houston Matters host Craig Cohen interviewed Meacham in front of a live audience at Christ Church Cathedral downtown as part of an event hosted by Brazos Bookstore. In the audio above, we hear some highlights from their conversation.On Performing Barbara Bush’s EulogyMeacham said it was “the honor of a lifetime.” He said Mrs. Bush called him two years ago to ask him to do her eulogy. And he said, “We’ll ma’am, you’ll probably bury me.” To which she replied, “Well, that’s the plan.”After the funeral, featuring former presidents and numerous dignitaries, there was one thing missing, he said.“At the end of that day…the person I most wanted to call and give her all the details was Mrs. Bush,” Meacham said. “I hope we all have people like this in our lives.” On the Seemingly ‘Unprecedented’ State of Things in AmericaAfter violence broke out during protests and counter protests last year in Charlottesville, Va., and Pres. Trump was slow to condemn it, people decried the violence on social media saying things like, “This is not normal,” or “This has never happened before.”Meacham said: “I think we have to beware of the narcissism of the present — the sense that everything that we experience is unprecedented because it forecloses the possibility of learning from the past. And it dishonors, really — it certainly discounts — the sacrifices, the remarkable achievements of those who have led us to higher ground.”When people say those sorts of things, he continued, “Tell it to John Lewis when he was concussed on the streets of Selma. Tell that to Rosa Parks when she was booked at the Montgomery City Police Department. Tell it to the three civil rights workers who were killed in Neshoba County. Tell it to gay Americans, who only three years ago — not quite — were finally granted equal protection under the law.”He acknowledges the fact that because terrible things have happened in the past doesn’t negate the importance of what’s happening now.“This is not a message ‘relax we’ve gotten through it.’ The message is ‘lets get to work because we’ve gotten though it.’” On American Leadership Throughout HistoryMeacham said there are many examples in our nation’s history of leaders stepping up and leaders falling short.“Imperfection is the rule — not the exception very clearly,” Meacham said. “One of the reasons I do what I do is the human drama of history is so fascinating. If they were uncomplicated figures they would be less intriguing to write about and to engage.”MORE: Jon Meacham Discusses His Biography of George H.W. Bush 00:00 /17:41 Listen X Author Photo: Heidi Ross Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
The Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, D.C. (MCDCC), located at 474 Ridge St. NW, is scheduled to host a “Holy Conversation on Mental Health, Mental Illness and Addiction” on Aug. 26 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. The roundtable time will provide a safe space, devoted to dialogue, instruction and healing. Rev. Sandra Morris of Metropolitan Community Church in Toronto, Canada will be the guest speaker and facilitator. To RSVP for participation in the conversation, contact Associate Pastor Rev. Cathy Alexander at email@example.com or 202-638-7373.
Game Saturday: Logan Kart by Martin Brinkmann on January 06, 2018 in Games – Last Update: January 06, 2018 – 7 commentsLogan Kart is a cart racing game for Windows PCs that plays a lot like Mario Kart. Mario Kart is probably the most popular fun-racing game out there, but it is only available for Nintendo devices.Logan Kart is a free game for PCs that brings some of the excitement of Mario Kart to PC. While the developers took some of the things that make Mario Kart great, Logon Kart is not a pure Mario Kart clone for PC.It has its own set of characters, karts, and tracks. You can download the game from Majorgeeks and probably also from other online download sites. The game has a size of 224 Megabytes and needs to be unpacked after the download. You don’t need to install it but can run it right after unpacking.Logan KartLogan Kart comes with three main game modes: Grand Prix, Time Trials, and VS Race.Grand Prix works similarly to Mario Kart’s Grand Prix mode. You select controls — keyboard and joystick are supported — first, and then the character and Kart that you want to play. The characters look different, but there is no other distinction between them (they don’t have stats or anything that they add to the race). Karts, on the other hand, come with the four parameters speed, acceleration, handling and weightThe game supports multiple cups and classes just like Mario Kart. The difficulty level increases with each class. You can pick one of the four cups the game supports currently to get started right away.Grand Prix is a single player mode in which you race against computer opponents. The races work exactly like they do in Mario Kart. You race around tracks, pick up specials and try to finish first to get the most points for each race.The specials are taken directly from Mario Kart. You get red and green shells, the turbo boost, the banana, or the star, and can use them to your advantage.Most maps have a decent length, and you will encounter ramps or different paths that you can follow on some maps on top of that.Time trial mode is a race against the clock mode. You drive alone on the maps that you select and try to beat your time for as long as you like.VS mode finally is probably the most exciting mode as it introduces local multiplayer. You can play with up to three friends on the same monitor in split-screen mode.Closing WordsLogan Kart is a fun racing game that comes with enough game modes and options to make it enjoyable. The game has its issues, that is for sure. You can criticize the graphics or physics engine for instance, or that most tracks are not particularly exciting to race on.It is not Mario Kart, but it is a nice clone that does many things right.Summary12345 Author Rating3 based on 6 votes Software Name Logan KartOperating System WindowsSoftware Category GamesLanding Page http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/logan_kart_8.html Advertisement
Punter found hiding in bushes Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists face eight weeks of disruption as work gets underway on bulldozing a dangerous building. The derelict building in Howard Place, Shelton, has been an eyesore for months after the frontage was removed. Now Stoke-on-Trent City Council has confirmed it is structurally unsafe and needs pulling down urgently. Traders have welcomed the action, although some fear the road diversions could affect their custom. It is not clear who owns the site, which overlooks a busy mini-roundabout that connects Snow Hill with Stoke Road. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive The dangerous building at the Snow Hill roundabout A cordon has now been put up around the site and road diversions are in place. The left-hand lane of the Snow Hill roundabout, from the direction of Stoke Road, has been shut to traffic. The one-way street at the top of Shelton New Road and the junction with Shearer Street has also been closed. Drivers using this route to head towards Newcastle are being diverted along Shearer Street, which has been made two-way. The road closures comes just five days after the council shut Newcastle Street, in Middleport, for five weeks as a row of ‘unsafe’ shops is demolished. Mohammed Edres owns Mo’s Barbers, in Stoke Road, which is just yards from the dangerous building. The 39-year-old said: “It’s not affecting me at the moment. But sometimes people are scared to walk down there. “I don’t know what they’ve been doing. I’ve heard the site is going to be used for housing.” The wider brownfield land around Pyenest Street has been earmarked for dozens of new homes. Driver named following fatal collision “To carry out the assessment and demolition work, restrictions are in place on a small number of roads. “We urge motorists, particularly those using the route to commute to and from work, to be prepared for possible delays at this time. It is anticipated that the road restrictions may remain in place for eight weeks.” End text: Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play. Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram. Police search for missing woman A diversion is in place A city council spokesman said: “We have been made aware of a building on Howard Place, Shelton, which is in a dangerous condition. “Because of the severity of its condition, we have put a full road closure and diversion in place until further notice. Temporary fencing is also being installed. “We are currently working with specialists to establish how the building can be safely demolished, while causing the minimum disruption. This will identify what actions are needed and how long they will take. Read More Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Waqar Shabbir, a dispenser at nearby Norfolk Street Pharmacy, walks past the building every day and has been concerned for the public’s safety. The 20-year-old, from Etruria, said: “I’ve felt scared, especially in the winter when it’s been raining. It could have just fallen down. “A driver could have ended up hitting a pedestrian. It’s been quite dangerous, especially with the pavement there. It’s a relief that they are going to demolish it.”
ANGUILLA:The number of affected visitors in Anguilla was minimal, as a majority of hotels and restaurants on the island close from the end of August through mid-October for renovation and refurbishing. Both Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Maria bypassed the island.Phone and Internet communications have been restored to most parts of the island; roads and beaches have been cleared and electricity has been restored to many villages through Crocus Hill and The Valley.The Four Seasons, Malliouhana, and Zemi Beach House aim to reopen in the first quarter of 2018. The CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa, and the Reef by CuisinArt anticipate a soft opening in summer 2018.The Belmond Cap Juluca has closed in August for a long-term, multi-million-dollar renovation, reopening in November 2018. Tags: Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Caribbean, Cuba, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Turks & Caicos Caribbean to welcome 3.4m Canadians by year’s end despite turbulent hurricane season Tuesday, November 14, 2017 BARBADOS:Barbados was not impacted by either hurricane.Next year, the island will be celebrating its culinary diversity through a year-long calendar of events. January-April has been designated as ‘Sugar & Rum Season’, with activities taking place that include rum distillery tours, cooking classes, chocolate making classes, walking and bus tours, lectures, slave route tours and sugar and rum spa treatments. << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Not even Category 5 hurricanes can keep Canadians away from the Caribbean, as recent figures from the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) have proven.At a press conference in Toronto yesterday to highlight Caribbean Week in Canada, Hugh Riley, CTO’s Secretary General, praised Canada for being a “strong performer” in the first half of 2017, with arrivals up 6.4% when compared to the same period in 2016. This was a significant rebound from what Riley referred to as an “uncharacteristically feeble performance” in 2015, when tourist arrivals from Canada fell by 3.4%.Thankfully, he said, this downturn has made a quick turnaround, with this year’s strong performance contributing to an overall 5.2% growth in international tourist arrivals to the Caribbean in the first half of 2017.Dominic Fedee, Minister of Tourism for Saint Lucia (left), and Hugh Riley, Secretary General, Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)“This was ahead of the growth rate of 2.5%-3.5%, which had been our CTO forecast, and it’s been a reflection of economic stability in the market, expansion and inauguration of flights by major carriers, and new marketing and product development initiatives,” he said.The Canadian market is expected to continue to register growth this year despite Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which impacted approximately 25% of CTO’s member countries. By the end of 2017, the organization anticipates that the number of Canadians visiting the Caribbean will surpass the 3.4 million mark.However, considering the strength of Irma and Maria, it’s understandable that travel to the region has been severely affected. As a result of blanket media coverage and travellers not realizing just how big and vast the Caribbean spans (Dominica to Grenada is the same distance as Toronto to Detroit, while Turks & Caicos to Curacao is more than twice the distance as Toronto to Montreal), there has been a slowdown in travel since the storms.Consequently, the CTO – which projected robust growth prior to the hurricanes – has lowered its forecast for 2017 to between 1%-2%, with a similar growth rate projected for next year. The revised forecast is based on a number of factors, said Riley, including figures provided by CTO’s partner OAG, which reported that in the month of October, the number of flights to the region fell by 6.7%, while seat capacity contracted by 4.1%.But Riley remains optimistic, saying that overall the year’s capacity to the region grew by 5% for the first nine months of 2017 when compared to the same period last year. In addition, the Conference Board of Canada, which expects the overall impact of the hurricanes to likely be “minimal, predicts that Caribbean airlift from Canada will be stable, with capacity up by double digits to about a dozen Caribbean countries through to July 2018.The main takeaway message, stressed Riley, is that the Caribbean is open for business, and that some 75% of the region was “completely unscathed” by the hurricanes.“Already virtually all the affected countries are reporting that they’re open again for business, although not at full capacity, with every one of them planning some sort of event either later this year or early next year,” he said. “We’re in the midst of gathering funds for an aggressive campaign across all media to get the message out that the best way to help the Caribbean is to visit the Caribbean.”The first country to put money on the line to get the campaign up and running was Saint Lucia, which did not suffer any damage from the hurricanes. According to Dominic Fedee Minister of Tourism for Saint Lucia, who also spoke at the press conference, the island did not hesitate to come to the aid of affected sister islands, acting as a base for international humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of the storms.“I’m so proud of the people of the Caribbean and the way they’ve been recovering. We’ve recognized one thing: the need for us to stay and work together, and to keep forging ahead in unity and strength,” he said. “That has been the spirit in which we’ve responded to this storm. We recognize that the Caribbean is strongest when all of our individual parts are operating at an optimal.”More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesFedee went on to report that the Canadian market has paced ahead of the regional average, due in large part to the investment of Blue Diamond, the result of a partnership between European tour operator TUI and Sunwing.“We are up 10% from Canada, which is performing very steadily for us. It’s our third largest market, and we continue to see tremendous dividends from the Canadian market,” he said.With the Caribbean as a whole ending the year on a relative high note, Riley is already looking ahead to 2018, which he announced has been designated “The Year of Rejuvenation” in the region. Following the success of the Year of Romance in 2016, and this year’s Year of Adventure, next year’s theme will focus on the Caribbean’s wellness offerings, which range from beachfront workouts and yoga retreats to wellness resorts and spa treatments.“The notion of being rejuvenated in our part of the world is one more reason to let us pamper you in 2018,” said Riley. “Together, let us invite everyone to help themselves to some Caribbean rejuvenation.”Riley called on travel agents to help spread the word that the Caribbean is up and running, and that it has much more to offer than just beaches and all-inclusives. He credits agents for being strong supporters of the region’s recovery efforts, not only through bookings but also bu actively participating in the conversation.He told Travelweek: “Agents in this country have been steadfast in their support of the Caribbean. They’ve gone to our countries, they’ve been in touch with the CTO, so our continuing message to them is to keep challenging us because agents have an inside track. Their ability to provide information that their clients can’t easily get is the key to their success.”Tourist boards and travel partners participated in a media marketplace immediately following the press conference. Here’s a roundup of what we learned:SAINT LUCIA:The Saint Lucia Tourist Board has just launched a program called ‘Village Tourism’, which seeks to transform villages previously dependent on agriculture and fishing into tourism destinations. As part of this new program, Saint Lucia’s downtown market will be completely transformed.The island’s total room stock will increase by 50%, seeing 2,000 additional hotel rooms in the next four years. The most notable hotel openings include a 250-room Fairmont hotel in the south of the island, a Ritz-Carlton (which has just broken ground), Sandals LaSource St. Lucia (the brand’s fourth property on the island), and two new properties by AMResorts, which mark the company’s entry into Saint Lucia.To accommodate growth, plans have been announced for a completely refurbished airport terminal, a project that will cost US$200 million.TURKS & CAICOS:Due to the fact that Turks & Caicos is a relatively new tourist product, with everything on the island being less than 20 years old (structures have been built to Miami-Dade code standards), the island was able to withstand much of the storm with minimal damage.Turks & Caicos is more than 90% open, with Beaches (its largest product with 758 rooms) committing to a Dec. 14 reopening date.Water and power have been restored on all islands, and both JAGS MacCartney International Airport in Grand Turk and Providenciales International Airport back to full operation.Most hotels and resorts are already welcoming guests, including Seven Stars, The Palms, Gansevoort Turks + Caicos, Grace Bay Club, The Shore Club, Blue Haven Resort, and Somerset.Opening dates for additional hotels are as follows: Alexandra (Nov. 15); Point Grace (Nov. 16); Ocean Club (Nov. 20); Ports of Call (Nov. 25); Amanyara, Bohio Dive Resort, COMO Parrot Cay, East Bay Resort (Dec. 15); Sailrock (Dec. 16); and Club Med (Jan. 31, 2018).More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTJAMAICA:The island of Jamaica was also untouched by the storms, with business operating as normal.Last year, approximately 3,000 new and refurbished hotel rooms were added to the island’s accommodation stock, with an additional 1,100 new rooms being added this year. Between 2018 and 2021, the island will have added more than 12,000 new rooms.The 150-room Breathless Resort & Spa officially opened in February as an ultra-modern, adults-only resort featuring luxury accommodations, spa and DJs.Royal Decameron has completed its third property in Jamaica, the 146-room Royal Decameron Cornwall Beach in Montego Bay, which also opened in February.The property formerly known as Grand Lido Negril has three resorts operating under the Royalton umbrella: Grand Lido, Royalton Negril Resort & Spa, and Hideaway at Royalton Negril, all of which opened in March 2017.BAHAMAS:The Islands of The Bahamas came through the hurricane season without impact to its primary tourism product, which includes airports, cruise ports, hotels and attractions.This past April, Baha Mar opened its doors on Cable Beach with the debut of Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, with the addition of two more hotels still to come (SLS Baha Mar this fall, and Rosewood Baha Mar in spring 2018.Meliá Nassau Beach Resort All-Inclusive debuted a three-year, $19.1 million renovation this past spring, featuring contemporary guestrooms and suites, three resort pools and lush gardens.The One&Only Ocean Club reopened its doors in February 2017 after undergoing major renovations to The Hartford Wing. Updates also include a redesigned Hartford Courtyard and the new Martini Bar, complete with a specialty olive menu. CUBA:After suffering extensive damage as a result of Hurricane Irma, Cuba’s Cayos (Cayo Santa Maria and Cayo Coco) officially reopened to tourists last week.Cuba’s airports are now fully open, and Havana, which experienced flooding in some parts, is back to normal. All other tourist destinations are fully operational. Travelweek Group Posted by Share GRENADA:Grenada suffered no damage as a result of the storms.As a result of itinerary changes for many Caribbean cruises, there will be 18 extra cruise calls to Grenada, with the additional brands being Costa Cruises, P&O, Seabourn, Windstar and MSC.Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel recently announced that it has been invited to join the prestigious group Relaix & Châteaux. The hotel reopened on Oc. 4 after eight weeks of renovation.The AAA Five Diamond Spice Island Beach Resort has reopened following a short renovation in September. Updates include an open-air yoga pavilion overlooking Grand Anse Beach.SNUBA is now being rolled out throughout the Sandals/Beaches chain, with Sandals LaSource Grenada being the first property to offer it. It can be booked directly through the resort’s Aqua Center or via Island Routes for non-guests, and is priced at US$117 per person.
appointmentsAustralian Cruise Association The Australian Cruise Association has announced the appointment of Grant Gilfillan, CEO of the Port Authority of NSW, as the new Chair, taking over from Stephen Bradford, who stepped down from the role at the expiry of his term after serving for three years. The announcement was made yesterday, following the Association’s annual conference in Mooloolaba.Association CEO, Jill Abel thanked Bradford for his hard work and support and for leading the organisation through a period of extraordinary growth, and its recent name change and rebranding.“With our focus being firmly on destination development including all important infrastructure needs, the timing is perfect for Grant to continue the great work undertaken by Stephen and the management committee and steer us through the next important years.” Voting also took place on the Management Committee appointments with Martin Bidgood (Intercruises), Thor Elliott (Fremantle Ports and ACA Treasurer), Tony Clementson (Tourism NT) and Anne McVilly (Port Arthur Historic Authority) retaining their positions.Jay McKenzie (Bob Wood Cruises) was also appointed to the Committee.Julie O’Brien (Tourism & Events Qld) continues in her role as Deputy Chair of the Association.IMAGE: Grant Gilfillan
Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo I’m told former #PortlandState long snapper Kameron Canaday has had private workouts with the #Cardinals and #Broncos.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 23, 2016The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Canaday was named an FCS Third Team All-America as a senior. There is not much in the way of statistics for him because again, long snapper. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share For the first time since the 2009 season, the Arizona Cardinals will have a new long snapper.Mike Leach’s decision to retire after seven seasons with the team (and 16 in the NFL) put it in the position of having to find someone to fill a role that, quite frankly, few people ever think about.Unless something goes wrong, of course.In their quest to find their next long snapper, the Cardinals reportedly checked into a would-be rookie. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
As part of the partnership with The Nature Conservancy announced earlier this year, Zegrahm Expeditions, a leader in small-ship cruising and overland adventures, has welcomed The Nature Conservancy’s Melanesia Programme Director and Senior Scientist, Dr. Rick Hamilton, on its November Faces of Melanesia expedition. The first of several joint trips with The Conservancy, Hamilton will be part of the expedition team, educating guests on conservation projects underway in the region during lectures, site visits while in ports of call and through informal discussions.One of the most noteworthy conservation projects in the works is restoring healthy sea turtle populations in the Solomon Islands. In working directly with island communities, Hamilton and his colleagues were able to quantify the first known example of recovery for a western Pacific hawksbill rookery in the Arnavon Islands. On Zegrahm’s expedition, guests will be able to see — and participate in — similar work being done in another part of the Solomon Islands. On Tetepare Island, travellers will have the opportunity to join in turtle tagging by following local guides to find the turtles; bringing them back to shore to be tagged, weighed and measured; and then releasing them back to the sea.“We are thrilled to have Dr. Hamilton travelling with us in November — his knowledge of the region and its culture and marine life will be the perfect complement to our team of noted ornithologists, anthropologists, marine biologists and naturalists.” says Zegrahm President, Van Perry. “We are really looking forward to this exciting opportunity to showcase The Nature Conservancy’s work in a region we have been exploring for nearly 10 years.”Zegrahm’s partnership with The Nature Conservancy allows its travellers to learn more about The Conservancy’s work in 69 countries, as well as impart what we can all do to help protect nature. Plus, a portion of each guest’s trip cost will be contributed to The Conservancy over a three-year period to help fund conservation work — such as sea turtle restoration projects — across the globe.Zegrahm Expeditions has announced an exclusive offer to Virtuoso agents: Offer clients a $1000 per person air credit on small-ship cruises and $500 per person air credit on overland adventures—and agents will receive a $500 booking bonus. Offer expires 30 September 2016.
Tags: #SB, autonomous, Comms and Tech, Idea, Jacobsen, SBs 995-998, self-driving cars Categories: Featured news,News Reps. Jacobsen and Iden key advocates for autonomous vehicle technologyThe Michigan House of Representatives approved legislation today authorizing the operation of autonomous vehicles on Michigan public roads.House Communications and Technology Committee Chair Rep. Brad Jacobsen, R-Oxford, and Vice-Chair Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo, heard testimony on Senate Bills 995-998 in Lansing earlier this fall in support of this measure.“Our society is rapidly evolving with new technology every day,” Rep. Jacobsen said. “Michigan is the automotive capital of the world and right now we have the opportunity to capitalize on that reputation and play a fundamental role in life-changing, life-saving, and energy efficient means of modern transportation through self-driving cars.“The passage of this legislation will allow Michigan to remain competitive with other car-friendly states, and it is my duty as a lawmaker to ensure Michigan is outperforming the country in job opportunities to foster economic growth.”Rep. Iden stated: “Not only can the autonomous vehicle industry bring additional jobs and tax revenue to Michigan, self-driving cars have the potential to greatly reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in automobiles. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), human error is the cause of 94 percent of car crashes.“This comes down to public safety,” Rep. Iden continued. “By replacing human drivers with autonomous operating technology we can greatly reduce the number of fatal accidents, which is a win-win for us all.“The operation of self-driving vehicles on state public roadways will aid in Michigan’s economic expansion, improve safety on roadways and offer additional means of transportation to elderly and disabled people.”SBs 995-998 will head back to the Senate for a concurrence vote and if passed, will head to the governor’s desk for approval.###### 10Nov House approves self-driving vehicle legislation