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New humanoid robot sweats during exercise

first_imgTokyo, Jan 2 (PTI) Scientists have developed a new humanoid robot that can perform exercises like sit-ups and push-ups, and even sweat, just like humans.The robot has an artificial perspiration system and anatomically resembles the musculoskeletal intricacy of a human boy.Developed by scientists at the University of Tokyo in Japan, the robot called Kengoro can be used as crash test dummies, and to design muscle analytics for athletes and sports.The team has been developing humanoid robots for several years now. Kengoro is the most advanced iteration of a series that began in 2001 with a bot named Kenta, New Atlas reported.Its most interesting development is the artificial perspiration system, according to a study published in the journal Science Robotics.The system not only mimics the way human beings sweat, but also prevents overheating of the robot by running water through its skeletal frame and allowing steam to vent out of small outlets.Kengoro can execute a series of human-like movements resembling a tough exercise workout, including push-ups and sit-ups. PTI MHN SAR MHNlast_img read more

Report: 3 Alabama Players To Miss Orange Bowl For Rules Violations

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks on the field against the Florida Gators before the SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 5: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks on the field against the Florida Gators before the SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome on December 5, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama will reportedly be without three players from its roster, including one starter, for the Orange Bowl due to team rules violations, according to Yahoo’s Pete Thamel.Per Thamel, starting offensive lineman Deonte Brown and two other unnamed teammates will not travel to Florida with the team. The other two players are not believed to be starters.A redshirt sophomore, Brown has played in 12 games this season for the Crimson Tide, making five starts. He played in all 14 games as a reserve last season.Brown has helped Alabama put field one of the top offensive units in college football, ranking in the top 10 in scoring offense and total offense.Yahoo Sources: Three Alabama players will miss the Orange Bowl for rules violation, including starting offensive lineman Deonte Brown. More… https://t.co/rnKa8Behqm— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 24, 2018Thamel’s report comes on the heels of Clemson’s Dabo Swinney announcing that three of his players failed drug tests leading up to the Cotton Bowl. One of those players is star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence.Clemson is facing Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl, with the winner moving on to play either Alabama or Oklahoma for the national championship.Alabama and Oklahoma will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday from the Orange Bowl.last_img read more

Unique Seaflex Facilitates Underwater Lift Project for …

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close zoom Unique Seaflex, a Unique Maritime Group company which is one of the world’s leading integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solution providers has facilitated one of the most complex underwater lift projects. The project was carried out for Lundin Tunisia BV in approximately 300m of water. Lundin Tunisia BV is a 40% stakeholder in and operator of the Oudna field 80km offshore Tunisia.Abandoned by Shell in the mid-80s when relatively small discoveries in relatively deep water were still considered unviable due to lack of pipeline infrastructure, with the advent of the FPSO came a new way to make such fields viable. Oudna was accordingly de-mothballed a decade or so ago, and serviced until recently by the FPSO Ikdam.At end of the field’s viable lifecycle, the problem arose of how best to decommission the FPSO – and in particular how to take care of the delicate operation of disconnecting several hundred tons’ worth of moorings without incident.After a series of technical discussions between Lundin and Unique Seaflex, it was determined that a combination of 41 different-sized parachute-style Air Lift Bags (ALBs) up to 50t in size were needed to be installed on the moorings to reduce their tension to a manageable level. The deck-mounted linear winch was rated to 450t, but because the three mooring anchors were extremely well embedded in the sandy seabed, the effective tension on the chafe chain would have increased by an estimated 1.5 to 2 times the original 400t.The use of Unique Seaflex ALBs allowed the deck-mounted linear winch to pull on the chafe chain so as to slacken the connection to the Ikdam deck hook. The connecting shaft was then pulled out from the wren hook and by doing so, freed the chafe chain thus allowing the mooring system to gently be lowered on a wire, thereby de-tensioning the system. Once released, the chafe chain was transferred to a nearby AHTV which held the de-tensioned mooring system whilst the Ikdam FPSO disconnected.Along with the fleet of ALBs, Unique Seaflex also supplied all the heavy duty shackles and lifting slings as well as an air inflation/deflation system and a topside technician to oversee the operation and ensure the safest and most efficient use of the package of equipment.Commenting on this occasion, Graham Brading, Managing Director @ Unique Seaflex who was instrumental in leading the Unique Seaflex effort on this project proudly said, “Whilst we do supply standard buoyancy products to solve standard buoyancy problems, Unique Seaflex is always dedicated to bring out world-class solutions when clients describe their operational challenges and ask us to work with them to develop methods which will deliver them the best possible technical, operational and commercial outcome.” Seaflex, January 29, 2014last_img read more

WADA president wants Montreal to become global antidoping research hub

first_imgMONTREAL – The president of the World Anti-Doping Agency says he’d like to see Montreal become a global hub for anti-doping research as the organization looks to expand its scope in the wake of the Russian doping scandal.Craig Reedie said Friday he would support an anti-doping research chair at one of Montreal’s four universities, as well as the establishment of a high-level think tank on clean sport that would bring together researchers, academics and policy analysts.In particular, he said the agency is hoping to capitalize on the city’s expertise in the burgeoning field of artificial intelligence to explore how it can be used in anti-drug labs.“As part of that relationship, more research could be conducted on doping methods and on individual substances that are, or could be, used by athletes to gain an illegal advantage,” he said in a speech to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations.“We would also like to see more research carried out on the use of artificial intelligence to help cross-reference data and doping patterns.”Reedie said that process had already begun, referring to Thursday’s announcement that WADA and the Quebec government-linked research fund would each contribute $200,000 a year for the next five years toward anti-doping scientific research.Reedie acknowledged that recent events such as the Russian doping scandal exposed the true extent of institutionalized doping and highlighted the need for WADA to continue expanding its mandate to target the larger doping network.He said the agency continues to work with schools, pharmaceutical companies, law enforcement and researchers, and has already changed its rules to better recognize that doping generally involves a larger network that goes far beyond the athlete.Reedie said WADA is also seeking protection from lawsuits brought against it by those it exposes, including through a private member’s bill that was presented in Quebec’s legislature by a Liberal party member earlier this month.The agency announced last fall it would be keeping its headquarters in Montreal until at least 2031, after earlier suggesting it was considering a move from Quebec’s biggest city.But six months after November’s announcement, Reedie said a final agreement is still not in place.He said officials are still ironing out minor details and he expects the deal to be finalized within weeks.last_img read more

Man wanted Canadawide has alleged criminal past in Grande Prairie

first_imgSURREY, B.C. — A 25-year-old man from Surrey who is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for assaulting an autistic man in Ontario is one of seven people that were arrested in Grande Prairie nearly a year and half ago in a series of police raids.Ronjot Singh Dhami, who was 23 years old at the time, was arrested on November 16th, 2016, when the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team raided four Grande Prairie homes. During the searches, police seized two shotguns and a handgun, along with cash and drugs with a combined street value of over $40,000.Dhami was charged with two counts of possession for the purposes of trafficking and one count of possession of the proceeds of crime. The case is continuing to make its way through the courts. According to the Langley Times, Dhami is one of two people that are wanted Canada-wide for an assault at the Square One bus terminal in Mississauga at around 10:45 on the evening of March 13th. A 29-year-old autistic man was sitting at the bottom of the stairs on the terminal’s lower level when three men approached him, punching and kicking him multiple times before leaving.The victim was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. 21-year-old Parmvir Singh Chahil, of no fixed address, is also wanted Canada-wide in connection with the assault. The third suspect has not yet been identified by police.With files from the Langley Times: https://www.langleytimes.com/news/video-canada-wide-warrant-issued-for-surrey-suspect-in-vicious-attack-on-autistic-man/last_img read more

Kartik Aaryan Is The New Hot Host In Btown

first_imgIt’s that time of the year, when showbiz is flooded with award functions and one actor who’s current favourite to host these starry nights is Kartik Aaryan. The Luka Chuppi actor who’s currently box-office’s new blue-eyed boy and nation’s sweetheart, is on every award organizers priority list to host the night. And why not, the actor is doing a brilliant job at it. People from the industry has seen a spark in him for live-acts and to host a show sans cheap-humour and cheap thrills. Infact actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and of course Karan Johar manage to keep the functions a classy affair and keep their acts clean. Now news in the industry circuit is that Kartik Aaryan too has joined the league of the hit-host who make the stars comfortable and bring out the laugh-out-loud moments on screen. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Kartik Aaryan began his hosting stint last year with IIFA in Thailand, where he was seen hosting the event along with Ayushmann Khurrana. The dashing actor fresh off the success of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety had done a brilliant job at the award function. His bromance with Ayushmann was much-appreciated and his funny one-liners and his witty replies kept the stars rolling on their seats with laughter. Soon Kartik impressed his young fans at Nickeldeon Kids Choice Awards. To make the youngest audience laugh and keep them entertained, is a tough job. But Kartik who’s super-popular amidst the kids amazed everyone and even made some of the biggest stars like Deepika Padukone recite nursery rhymes on stage and behave like a child. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaBut the actor surprised everyone at the recently concluded Zee Cine Awards. The awards night saw almost everyone from the industry and Kartik Aaryan was super-confident with his act and his gigs. Joining him was Uri: The Surgical Strike fame Vicky Kaushal and yet again his bromance with his co-host was loved by all. Right from shaking a leg with Katrina Kaif on his song Dil Chori to making fun of DeepVeer shaadi, the actor made the night a memorable one. Now with so much wit, humour and sass, it’s but obvious that Kartik is the hot favourite to host the award nights. Kartik Aaryan is on a roll, while his gigs off screen are keeping everyone entertained, his film choices on the on screen are making big promises. The actor is currently shooting for Imtiaz Ali’s next untitled film and the first look took the internet by storm. The film is all set to release on Valentine’s Day 2020 and it’s surely going to be a mush-fest. All eyes on you Mr. Aaryan.last_img read more

Lottery for Ontario retail cannabis licences to take place next week

TORONTO — The Ontario government will accept entries next week from those looking to enter a lottery to apply for the first 25 retail cannabis licences in the province.The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario says expressions of interest can be submitted online Monday through noon Wednesday, with the draw to take place on Friday and results to be posted within 24 hours.There is a $75 fee to submit an expression of interest and those selected through the lottery will have five business days to turn in their application along with a $6,000 non-refundable fee and a $50,000 letter of credit.The commission says the rules have been established to encourage the opening of retail cannabis stores by April 1 — the first day they will be allowed in Ontario — and those who are not committed to meeting that deadline should not sign up for the lottery.Recreational cannabis can currently only be purchased legally through a government-run website.The province had initially said it would not put a cap on retail stores but later announced it would only hand out 25 retail licences this winter, with no date set for additional licences to be granted. The Progressive Conservative government said the move was in response to a national cannabis supply shortage, which it said can only be tackled by the federal government.Though the retail licence lottery is set for next week, Ontario municipalities have until Jan. 22 to opt out of hosting cannabis shops.The commission says the retail licences will be divided regionally, with five going to the east of the province, seven in the west, two in the north, six in the Greater Toronto Area and five in Toronto itself. read more

Amid dire health conditions UN gears up for antipolio drive in Afghanistan

“Today, the country has one of the most dire health situations in the world, with an average life expectancy of just 46 years,” Dr. Mohamed Abdi Jama, the Regional Health Coordinator for the Afghan Crisis, told reporters in Islamabad. He noted that one in four Afghan children wouldn’t live to see their fifth birthday. Every day, 45 Afghan women die of pregnancy-related causes.”With the onset of winter just around the corner, we are particularly concerned that the health outlook will deteriorate rapidly,” he said. “The mass population movement, potential overcrowding in refugee camps, and insufficient access to health services mean the population is highly vulnerable to infectious diseases.”Mr. Abdi Jama reported that the World Health Organization (WHO) plans to vaccinate all refugee children aged six months to five years as soon as they enter Pakistan or Iran. “WHO’s main objective in this crisis is to help keep people alive,” he said. “It is crucial that health workers are able to operate unhindered in the field, and supplies and medicines reach vulnerable populations.”WHO will join forces with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support National Polio Immunization Days in Afghanistan, according to UNICEF spokesperson Chulho Hyun. Over the past week, UNICEF has dispatched almost 5 million polio vaccination doses and 5 million Vitamin A doses to various points in Afghanistan. From 6 to 8 November, more than 40,000 Afghan volunteers and health workers will fan out across Afghanistan to immunize a target of 5.4 million children against polio. They will also provide vitamin A drops, which are thought to reduce the chances of a child dying of measles by half.”This campaign will be the final chance to deliver these lifesaving potions before winter sets in,” the spokesperson said. read more

Sudan humanitarian situation in Darfur one of worst in the world UN

“This is one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, with so many people in the most belligerent way being chased from their homes. Everything has been taken away from these people. This is tragic,” UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director James Morris said today in London after leading a humanitarian mission to western Sudan and eastern Chad last week.Despite a ceasefire signed on 8 April between the Sudanese Government and two rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLA) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), and a consequent reduction of hostilities, the humanitarian crisis continues. The UN has described the conflict in the region as a sort of ethnic cleansing carried out by armed Arab militia against the local black Africa population.”There’s an urgency about our work because people are suffering and the rainy season is just ahead of us and we need to get our work done as much in anticipation of the rainy season as is possible,” Mr. Morris said.He said they had an excellent meeting with donors. “We also then asked the Government for its support to quickly make decisions about applications for visas, for travel permits and the importing of vehicles or other equipment we may need. We made clear to the government how important their quick response to these requests is.”His mission visited the three states of the Darfur region from 28 to 30 April and gathered first-hand information on the humanitarian situation. Mission members also visited Darfur civilian refugees who had fled to eastern Chad, complaining that their villages had sometimes been bombed, they and their relatives had been wounded, raped, or killed and their property had been looted or burned.The mission called on the Government to speed up the control of armed Arab Janjaweed militias, provide security and protection for displaced Fur, Zaghawas and Massalit people and facilitate access for humanitarian agencies.Continuing violence and displacement in the Darfur region have devastating consequences for hundreds of thousands of women and girls, according to Pamela Delargy, Chief of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Humanitarian Response Unit and a member of the Morris team.Women and girls have been victimized both during armed attacks and when leaving IDP camps to gather water, fuel wood, or fodder for their animals, Ms. Delargy said.”As in many other recent conflicts, rape has become a weapon of war in western Sudan, with disastrous consequences for women and girls,” she said. “In addition to physical protection, victims of sexual violence need urgent medical treatment, trauma counselling and social support.”Even before the 14 months of strife, many people in Darfur lived in extreme poverty, without access to sufficient health care, education, or other services, UNFPA said.It has been collaborating with other UN agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), local authorities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to increase protection against sexual violence, improve treatment of sexually transmitted infections and other medical conditions and support programmes to treat trauma.Meanwhile, a high-level fact-finding team, which had gone to assess the human rights situation in Darfur, has returned to Geneva and was finalizing its report, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said. read more

Environmental concerns and increasing electricity demand are boosting the nuclear energy market

first_imgSupplying over 31% of electricity demand, nuclear energy plays a key role in the EU’s generation structure, and emerges as a comprehensive and cost-effective generating option. In fact, it has the potential to reduce carbon dioxide emission, to meet the ever-increasing demand for electricity and to make a crucial contribution to the Community’s energy independence and security of supplies. The prospect of nuclear energy is still uncertain. However, the market shows a renaissance of nuclear generation. According to Frost & Sullivan, the market is expected to witness solid growth over the medium and long term. The worldwide installed nuclear capacity will grow considerably, and may reach 600 GW in 2030.Globally, there are 439 nuclear power reactors in 31 countries with an installed electricity net capacity of about 372 GW in operation, generating approximately 16% of the world’s electricity. In Europe the situation is very diverse. “Overall in the enlarged European Union, there are 146 nuclear reactors in operation and four under construction”, says Frost & Sullivan’s Research Analyst Maciej Jeziorski. “In the 15 countries, which have nuclear reactors, the share of nuclear power out of the total electricity production ranges from only 3.5% in the Netherlands to 78.1% in France.”The Central and Eastern European region is witnessing a high increase of electricity consumption due to the robust economic growth and the rising standards of living. CEE countries have been growing rapidly, outpacing the EU-15 by a wide margin. As a result, the electricity demand has been increasing radically (5% GDP growth results in over 3% upsurge in electricity consumption). Moreover, as members of the EU, CEE states are obliged to considerably decrease carbon dioxide emission. The time is ripe to expand nuclear energy. By 2030, the capacity in the CEE states will, at least, double. It appears that the region has no better option than investing in nuclear power generation, thus a big increase in this sector is expected to happen in the coming years.Most countries in the region have nuclear power units in operation. The Czech Republic has six nuclear reactors, generating over one third of its electricity; Slovakia has five reactors supplying over half of its demand; Slovenia has one reactor (jointly owned with Croatia), which supplies 40% of the country’s demand; Hungary has four nuclear units generating more than one third of its electricity; Bulgaria has two reactors supplying over 40% of the state’s demand; and Romania has two reactors, which account for about 10% of the country’s production.The only EU exception in this region is Poland. “The country had four 440 MW Russian units under construction in the 1980s at Zarnowiec, but the work was halted in 1990 and the components were put up for sale”, explains  Jeziorski. “Nevertheless, the domestic electricity consumption in Poland, according to the official document  Energy Policy of Poland Until 2025, is forecast to grow by 80-93% (depending on assumed scenario) until 2025, which requires substantial additional investments in power generation. Moreover, due to the European regulations to radically reduce the Community’s carbon dioxide emissions, the country has no better option than launching a nuclear power plant at once, so that the first plant should be operating around 2021-2022 (a timeframe that has been stated in the most recent governmental documents).”Currently, there are 35 nuclear power units under construction worldwide. In the CEE region, where 20 reactors are in operation, there are plans to set up new or upgrade existing power plants. Today, the CEE region has a net electricity capacity of over 11,000 MW and this is forecast to increase considerably.last_img read more

Workplace testing for alcohol misuse should be considered campaigner

first_imgUpdated at 10.42amA LEADING HEALTH campaigner in the UK has called for businesses to bring in new procedures to reduce harm and increase productivity among workers who drink in excess.Director of the Alcohol Health Network Don Shenker says employers should take pre-emptive action in the area. Writing in the British Medical Journal, he says the use of standardised screening for alcohol misuse has been “highly effective and cost efficient among NHS patients in primary and secondary care”.He says that staff could be offered confidential use of programmes like ‘AUDIT’ (the alcohol use disorders identification test) which “may well help prevent problems with alcohol at an earlier stage”.Shenker says that though group drinking amongst staff “fosters greater team spirit and acts to reduce stress”, there are also many workers who are in danger of losing their jobs if their drinking gets out of control, and asks: “Who is ultimately responsible, the employer or the employee?”He writes:Offering staff confidential use of AUDIT and brief advice as a self awareness initiative at work, whether through face to face interactions or leaflets, may well help prevent problems with alcohol at an earlier stage.In this way, staff, who may be concerned about their drinking or whose level of drinking is not yet apparent to them, can assess the risks their drinking poses to their health and take appropriate action. Reducing hazardous drinking also reduces the risk of dependent drinking occurring.Online alcohol interventions in the workplace offer further advantages of anonymity, privacy, scalability, and constant accessibility. Shenker also points to recent US research which shows that, over a four year period, for every $1 spent on screening staff with AUDIT (along with other measures), companies saved $4 in sickness costs, absenteeism, and other expenses.A 2009 study showed that one quarter of the UK workforce (around seven million people) drink at hazardous levels.Alcohol Action Ireland CEO Suzanne Costello said she didn’t think it would be wise to place the burden of responsibility on “any individual group”.“We would place the emphasis on evidence-based measures like minimum pricing and regulation of marketing and availability,” she told TheJournal.ie.She added that there was “overwhelming evidence” to suggest this was the best way to tackle the problem.This article was originally posted at 10am.Related: Vintners want supermarket ads for cheap alcohol outlawedAlso: 6 things we learned from Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan’s Cannabis Regulation Billlast_img read more

Work ongoing to find amicable solution to Garth Brooks drama

first_imgWe have to be creative too, because this is an issue of some national if not international interest too […] there is a considerable amount of finances at stake and various interests. Mulvey said the aim is to assist “the maximum amount of people who have a genuine vested interest in this”.He also noted that the residents’ groups have varying viewpoints.  He said that from the beginning the concerts were threatened with litigation, and emphasised that when it comes to legal threats he ‘pushes back’ a bit.Licensing in IrelandMulvey described the licensing situation in Ireland as “extreme”, given that people can advertise events and sell tickets subject to licence.“Up to now, 99% of these licences have been granted,” he said. “And this is the first time it hasn’t happened.”He described the Garth Brooks concerts as having “extraordinary dimensions” and said that some effort has to be made to see if some revolution can be made within the next 24 – 48 hours: “probably more 24 than 48″.Of the groups involved, Mulvey said he is getting cooperation from some,  but others “don’t seem to be as creative as I want them to be”.He also said that Croke Park residents should be given a year off concerts being held at the GAA stadium.Read: Council says Garth Brooks decision ‘cannot be amended or appealed’>Read: Dublin City Council to be asked to reconsider Garth Brooks licence conditions>Read: Final decision by Tuesday: Everything we know so far about the Garth Brooks concerts> THE MAN RESPONSIBLE for mediating between the parties in the Garth Brooks concert drama has said he hopes a solution is found within the next 24 hours.Labour Relations Commission chief Kieran Mulvey has been leading negotiations between residents, GAA bosses and promoters, and published a report on the issue.Speaking today on RTÉ Radio 1, Mulvey said that talks are ongoing, and the parties are “still working to see if some amicable situation can be put in place”.‘We have to be creative’He emphasised what has been made plainly clear: the law doesn’t allow any change when it comes to the council’s planning decision regarding the five concerts.As it stands, the licence conditions only allow for three out of the five sold-out gigs to take place.Mulvey acknowledged that the city manager would probably have a difficulty around changing the licence, even if he changes his mind.last_img read more

DARPAs advance research arm building virtual Internet to battle cyber attacks

first_imgThe Pentagon’s advanced research branch is working on a virtual version of the Internet to further the U.S.’s resistance against cyber attacks. According to Reuters, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, more commonly known as DARPA, is setting up something called the National Cyber Range. The National Cyber Range would be a virtual “testbed” to simulate a mini-Internet. Officials could use it to test virtual cyber-warfare games that experiment with different computer-generated-attack situations.DARPA, the same agency that started that whole Internet thing in the 1960s, created the National Cyber Range project to make it simple to create different scenarios, combine those scenarios, and ultimately test any potential situations that may have to be dealt with on the real Internet. The purpose is to test things like network protocols as well as satellite and radio frequency communications. One of the main goals is to be able to run top secret and unclassified experiments one after the other in a matter of days, rather than weeks, which is how long it currently takes. DARPA would need a system capable of completely resetting after an experiment and literally losing all the data for a clean start.AdChoices广告DARPA contracted two organizations to work on the early development plans for the system. The first company is Lockheed Martin Corp who was awarded a $30.8 million contract in 2010 to continue building on a prototype. The second organization is Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, which was signed on to a $24.7 million contract in early 2010.The two organizations are renowned in their fields, but DARPA will be choosing just one of them this summer to operate the prototype of the system on a one-year trial. If the trial goes well, DARPA will then train people in the U.S. military’s Cyber Command, known as “cyberwarriors.” It should be up and running by the middle of 2012.The system’s cost is estimated at about $130 million, but, after all the cyber attacks we’ve seen lately, it’s no wonder DARPA has something in the works. President Barack Obama has asked Congress for more than $250 million in funding for DARPA’s cyber projects in the next year, which is more than double what he asked for in 2011.Read more at Reuters, via CNETlast_img read more

Drugged Orangutan Found in Tourists Luggage in Bali Airport

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Police have arrested a tourist attempting to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of Bali, Indonesia in his suitcase to bring home as a pet.The man, identified as Russian Andrei Zhestkov, was detained in Denpasar airport late on Friday while attempting to pass through a security screening before a planned flight back to Russia, the Guardian reported.Authorities found the orangutan inside the suitcase fast asleep in a basket, evidently drugged with allergy pills. (Photo by Johanes Christo / NurPhoto via Getty Images)Officials conducting a routine security screening  opened Zhestkov’s luggage and found a 2-year-old male Borneo orangutan fast asleep in a basket, evidently drugged with allergy pills.“We believe the orangutan was fed allergy pills which caused him to sleep. We found the pills inside the suitcase,” Bali conservation agency official I Ketut Catur Marbawa said.Officials also found baby formula and blankets for the orangutan packed in the suitcase.“[Zhestkov] seemed prepared, like he was transporting a baby,” Marbawa said.The would-be smuggler also packed baby formula and blankets for the orangutan as if “he was transporting a baby,” an official said. (Photo Credit: Johanes Christo / NurPhoto via Getty Images)Zhestkov, 27, told officials that he had been given the protected primate by his friend, who had bought the creature for $3,000 at a Java street market, according to the Guardian.Zhestkov said his friend convinced him he could take the orangutan home to keep as a pet.Police also found two live geckos and five lizards inside the suitcase. Zhestkov now faces up to $7,000 in fines and five years in prison.Orangutans are a critically endangered species, according to the World Wildlife Fund, with only a little more 100,000 remaining worldwide.The rescued orangutan is now being cared for by the Bali Natural Resources Conservation Agency, BBC reported.More on Geek.com:Rare Albino Orangutan Released Back Into the WildTwo Leopards Rescued After Falling Into a 50-Foot Well While FightingPregnant Seal Shot in the Eye Recovers, Ready for Releaselast_img read more

Shaquielle Oneal cuases excitement at Straw Market

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 7, 2017 – Nassau – A Shaq citing yesterday amped up the excitement at the World Famous Straw Market of Nassau; NBA Hall of Famer and champion, Shaquielle Oneal was spotted browsing the shopping area and even my sister in law managed to get her photo with the superstar. #MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

2 brothers killed over land dispute

first_img.Two brothers, who were injured being beaten by their rivals on Friday following dispute over land at Kodalia village in Chauhali upazila in Sirajganj, died Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased were Kawsar Hossain, 23, and Milton Hossain, 30, sons of Antaj Ali of the village.Uncle of the deceased Joynal Abedin said the duo had long been at loggerheads with their maternal uncle Rafikul Islam Bakul over a piece of land.As a sequel to the enmity, Rafikul along with his men beat up Kawsar and Milton with sticks at his (Rafiqul) house on Friday evening, leaving both of them critically injured.Kawsar died on way to Tangail General Hospital. Milton was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where he died around 1:00pm on Saturday.Officer-in-charge of Chauhali police station Jahangir Alam said police arrested Rafiqul’s wife Shirin Sultana, a UP member, over the incident after mother of the deceased filed a case with the police station accusing five people.Police are trying to arrest the other accused, added the OC.last_img read more

Satkhira AL leader shot dead

first_imgNazrul Islam. Photo: CollectedA local Awami League leader was shot dead by some miscreants in Satkhira on Monday, reports UNB.The deceased was Nazrul Islam, 55, vice-president of Agardari union unit Awami League and son of Nesaruddin of Kuchpukur village in sadar upazila.Quoting witnesses, Iltutmish, superintendent of Satkhira police, said a gang of miscreants appeared at Kashempur Hazampara riding a motorbike and fired gunshots targeting Nazrul while he was returning home from Kadamtala Bazar around 11:30am, leaving him dead on the spot.The motive behind the killing could not be known immediately.However, Palash, son of the victim, said his father might have been killed following an enmity with former UP member Touhidul.last_img read more

Study Expects Exceptionally Fast Increases In Flooding Risk On Texas Coast

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /00:44 Listen U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.Airmen conduct search and rescue – Galveston Island, Texas, after Hurricane Ike Sept. 13, 2008.Storms could bring flooding to more homes on the Texas coast if carbon emissions continue unchecked.That’s the finding of a new study from the non-partisan research and news organization Climate Central.The study says climate change will lead to “exceptionally fast increases” in flooding for more than 30 U.S. cities within the next 30 years. Ninety cities could see more flooding by 2100.“Galveston is definitely going to be hit hard,” says Dr. Scott Kulp. He led the research, which found that by the end of the century, 45% of Galveston’s homes will have a yearly risk of flooding.View the MapKulp says across the U.S, homes considered safe today will be increasingly threatened as sea levels rise.“Very, very suddenly, instead of these areas being flooded once every 20 or 30 years, they’re going to be flooded every couple years,” he says.Other coastal cities like Texas City and Clute are also expected to see increased risks. Xlast_img read more

EA scores 10 year Star Wars games deal no movie ties in

first_imgFor better or worse, it looks like the foreseeable future of Star Wars video games are in the hands of EA Games.There’s been no shortage of speculation about the future of Star Wars now that Disney owns the rights to the franchise. While we’ve gotten some details about the JJ Abrams infused movie that is on its way, there’s not been quite as much information about the gaming side of things.Star Wars games have come in so many different shapes and sizes over the past few years that it would be nice to know at least a little about the direction things will head now. EA’s chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen has broken the silence to offer a little insight into what is planned for the future of the franchise, and it sounds like it could be pretty good.The deal that EA struck for the rights to Star Wars games will last for the next ten years, during which there’s no real limit to what the company can do with the franchise. Jorgensen commented on the movies in particular, making it clear that while EA has done games from movies in the past that wasn’t the direction they wanted to take Star Wars. In fact, he seemed optimistic that there would be some great new ideas from the massive history and culture that has formed around this classic series. They could wind up staging game releases to happen alongside of movie releases to take advantage of the Disney marketing machine, but for now it looks like that is as far as that relationship will go in terms of content.EA’s massive resources offer the potential for some really interesting games in the future, but only time will tell if they actually use those powers for good and deliver something cool. Fair warning though guys, if we see zombie Stormtroopers being taken out by Ewoks riding weaponized plants there’s going to be problems.last_img read more

Amid fears of oil spill from MV SSL Kolkata Forest Dept looks

first_imgKolkata: The state Forest department is taking possible measures to ensure that damages from the oil spill in water from MV SSL Kolkata, which caught fire in the Bay of Bengal on the night of June 13, can be kept to a minimum.”Oil spill from the cargo ship can be a major threat to the ecosystem of the Sunderbans. Hence, we are taking all possible measures on our part to remove as much oil as possible from the ship,” a senior official of the Sunderban Biosphere Reserve Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed(SBR) said.The Forest department has roped in five agencies that are involved in such transfer of fuel. They will conduct a survey within two or three days and will set up camps on the islands in close proximity of theaffected ship.Following this, they will manually transfer the fuel through small boats with the help of containers and thus remove them.The district magistrate of South 24-Parganas will be the nodal officer for the entire operation.”We have also moblised people from the adjoining villages, who will help people from the agencies in this herculean task that requires a lot of manpower,” Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPthe official added.A high-level meeting in this regard has been chaired by Chief Secretary Malay De, which was attended by the concerned agencies like Indian Coastguard, Indian Airforce, Kolkata Port Trust and top officials of the Forest department including SBR director R P Saini.”It is imperative that some portion of the oil will surely spill in the water. However, we are taking these measures so that the spill can be kept to a minimum.Apart from being a threat to ecology, river and sea creatures, greater amount of oil spill may mingle with the water and travel to human habitat area of Gosaba and others,” a senior official said. Experts have already stated that it is impossible to tow the ship and cargo has to be unloaded to avoidoil spill. There is nearly 400 tonne of furnace oil loaded in theaffected ship.The Kolkata Port Trust has already finalised talks with a Singapore-based company which will be sending a big ship for transferring the oil.There are a number of big containers from which manual lifting is impossible.A pipeline will be created and oil from the affected ship will be transferred to this ship.However, it will take more than 8 days for the ship to reach the spot.The oil spill may also endanger hilsa breeding and marine conditions around Haldia area in East Midnapore district of Bengal.last_img read more