Flood alert in Delhi as Yamuna water level nears danger mark

first_imgNEW DELHI: The water level in the river Yamuna in Delhi has reached 203.37m and is expected to touch the “warning mark” of 204.5m in the next 36 hours, with the “danger mark” pegged at 205.33m, authorities said on Sunday.A total of 4,30,817 cusec water has been released from the Hathini Kund barrage in Haryana, further raising the water level of the Yamuna, which is already flowing at a dangerous level. A high alert has been sounded in the Yamuna Nagar administration of Haryana following the release of water. The catchment area has been evacuated after water entered the houses of locals living in the area. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe water level at 12 noon was just 1.13m below the “warning mark”. “Water is being released from the Hathni Kund Barrage in Haryana every hour,” a Flood and Control Department official said, stating around six lakh cusec water was released at noon on Sunday. On Saturday also, water was released from the barrage following heavy rains, the official said. The water discharged from Hathni Kund Barrage –which provides drinking water to Delhi –normally takes 72 hours to reach the capital, the official said. “An advisory has been issued by the department regarding the water level and the concerned agencies have been alerted. The situation is being closely monitored,” the official added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHundreds of people live along the banks of the Yamuna, and they will be moved to safer places once the water level touches the “warning mark”. Meanwhile, the national capital and its surrounding areas woke up to a light to moderate rains on Sunday morning, providing some relief from the heat. The minimum temperature in the city was recorded at 24°C, while the maximum temperature was 32°C. The weather station in Safdarjung recorded 8.7 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. While the Palam and Lodhi Road weather stations received 7.8 mm and 9.4 mm of rainfall respectively, the Ayanagar Observatory recorded 11.7 mm of rainfall. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy rainfall is expected to lash several parts of the national capital as well as other adjoining national capital regions (NCR) in the next 24 hours. As a result, the MeT department has also issued an orange alert, which means the authorities should prepare for necessary action, in Delhi. “The current Western Disturbance is likely to cause widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi during next 24 hours,” the MeT department tweeted.last_img read more

Moroccan Woman Swims through Strait of Gibraltar in 4 Hours and

Rabat – Moroccan swimmer Nadia Ben Bahtane has become the first Moroccan woman to cross the Strait of Gibraltar.On Tuesday April 28, the 36-year-old mother of two crossed the Gibraltar channel from Spain to Morocco in an elapsed timing of 4 hours and 18 minutes.A marketing and communication director by profession, Ben Bahtane had undergone a 6-month rigorous training to embark on this adventure. Speaking to Maghreb Arab Agency (MAP), Nadia said she is very proud to achieve this challenge despite her work and family commitments.In 2013, she was named Open Water Swimming Women of The Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA). read more

Collective resistance best strategy to fight terrorism says Ban

“The best response to a corrosive, malevolent ideology is a strong assertion of collective resistance,” Mr. Ban said at the open meeting.As an independent and impartial universal organization, “the United Nations has a responsibility to lead the international community’s efforts to confront this menace, which no cause or grievance can justify,” he added.The Secretary-General told the 15-member Council that combating terrorism must be one of the world’s top priorities.“Those armed with planes and guns today could well arrive with more potent force tomorrow,” he warned. “And so those who believe that terror is a legitimate means by which they can achieve their goals must be shown that they will fail.”At today’s meeting, which heard from over 30 speakers, Mr. Ban spotlighted the various efforts made by the UN to combat the scourge, ranging from Council and General Assembly actions to the advice and technical expertise provided by agencies such as the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO).He reminded the Council that in two days, it will be the one-year anniversary of the deadly terrorist attacks against UN facilities in Algiers, Algeria, claiming the lives of 17 staff members and injuring 40 others.“It was all-too-reminiscent of the attack on the UN compound in Baghdad more than five years ago,” the Secretary-General said, referring to the August 2003 attack that killed 22 people, including top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.In October, two UN staff working in the northern Somali town of Hargeisa were killed after a suicide bombing at the local UN Development Programme (UNDP).“It is more apparent than ever that the United Nations, too, has become a deliberate target,” Mr. Ban said. “Yet these tragedies have deterred neither our will nor our ability to serve the international community.”In a presidential statement at the end of the meeting, the Council emphasized the central role of the UN in the global struggle against terrorism and called on States to strengthen their cooperation to find, deny safe haven and bring to justice “on the basis or extradite or prosecute” al those who support, facilitate or participate in financing, planning, preparing or committing terrorist acts or provide safe havens.“The Security Council condemns in the strongest terms the incitement of terrorist acts and repudiates attempts at the justification or glorification of terrorist acts that may incite further terrorist acts,” the statement said, calling on all Member States to renew the degree of solidarity shown after the 11 September, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States. 9 December 2008The United Nations must head up a cohesive global drive to tackle the scourge of terrorism, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council today. read more

Closing Bell TSX heads higher on positive eurozone news

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed modestly higher Tuesday amid data that indicated the eurozone economy is improving and a positive reception for BlackBerry’s new Z10 smartphone.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,745.65 + 28.03 +0.2%S&P 500 — 1,511.29 +15.58 +1.0%Dow — 13,979.30 +99.22 +0.7%Nasdaq — 3,171.58 +40.41 +1.3%The S&P/TSX composite index was off early highs partly because of declining gold stocks but still ahead 28.02 points to 12,745.65 while the TSX Venture Exchange was down 1.23 points at 1,215.27.BlackBerry (TSX:BB)(NASDAQ:BBRY) shares were up 95 cents, or 6.34%, to $15.94 on very heavy volume of 18 million shares on the TSX as the new touchscreen device went on sale in Canada. It went on sale in the U.K. last week but won’t be available in the U.S. until mid-March because of further testing being done by U.S. phone carriers.The stock has been very volatile since the new product was launched last Wednesday and analysts say that won’t change until BlackBerry’s next earnings are released in a couple of months and investors find out just how well the phone has sold.“They’ve at least rolled the product up, so people can touch it, feel it, use it,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist with Edward Jones in St. Louis.“(But) at the end of the day, it’s going to be about phone sales. It’s going to be about contracts, revenues and what they do with their cash position, how much they will have to pay to make themselves a little bit more relevant again in this smartphone space. And all of that remains a question mark.”There was also major acquisition activity in the tech sector as computer maker Dell agreed to be taken private by its founder and a group of investors that includes Microsoft in a deal worth US$24.4 billion. Shareholders are receiving $13.65 per share for their stock. Dell shares inched up 15 cents to US$13.42.The Canadian dollar edged up 0.24 of a cent at 100.38 cents US.New York’s Dow Jones industrials advanced 99.22 points to 13,979.30.The Nasdaq climbed 40.41 points to 3,171.58 and the S&P 500 index gained 15.58 points to 1,511.29.Markit, a financial information group, said its purchasing managers’ index for the eurozone economy rose to a 10-month high of 48.6 in January from 47.2 in December.Despite the data, the region continues to face a number of headwinds, including the serious government debt problems of many of its members.Meanwhile, Italy’s general election at the end of this month looks like it may yield a split parliament, which would make it more difficult to push through much needed economic reforms. And the Spanish government is embroiled in a corruption scandal over alleged secret cash payments that has raised questions over the future of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.Worries about the eurozone helped send North American markets lower on Monday, prompting some investors to take profits from strong gains racked up in January.“What yesterday showed was that the financial crisis and the debt crisis in Europe is not solved and is still one of those things that can cut the strings from this rally a bit,” added Fehr.“But I think this data does show that it’s the rate of change that’s really improving. We’re seeing a slowdown in the rate of contraction which has to start before you grow again.”The consumer staples sector was the second biggest advancer next to the tech sector as grocer Loblaw Cos. (TSX:L) gained 58 cents to $40.77.Industrial stocks helped take the TSX higher with transport giant Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) ahead a dime to $4.05.The energy sector was up 0.57% with the March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up 47 cents to US$96.64 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) climbed 22 cents to C$34.38.March copper was unchanged at US$3.77 a pound and the base metals sector 0.23 added%. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) ran up 36 cents to C$36.87.The gold sector was the leading TSX decliner, down about 0.5% while April bullion declined $2.90 to US$1,673.50 an ounce. Alamos Gold (TSX:AGI) faded 28 cents to C$15.03.On the earnings front, telecom provider Bell Aliant Inc. (TSX:BA) says it had $70 million of net income or 31 cents a share in the fourth quarter, a $10-million decline from the same period of 2011. Adjusted earnings came in at 37 cents, four cents less than expectations. The regional telecom company’s operating revenue was down 0.8% to $695 million and its shares were up 63 cents to $26.18.In other corporate developments, the two rival groups that have been competing to buy Primaris Retail Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:PMZ.UN), one of Canada’s largest shopping mall operators, have reached a $4.6-billion compromise. Some of the Primaris properties will be bought by the KingSett Capital consortium but H&R Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:HR.UN) will end up owning Primaris and the rest of its portfolio. Primaris units were 57 cents higher to $27.50 while H&R units lost 16 cents to $23.50.U.S. indexes were also lifted by solid housing data. Home prices jumped by the most in 6 1/2 years in December, helped along by a low supply of available homes and rising demand. CoreLogic, a real estate data provider, says home prices rose 8.3% in December compared with a year earlier.However, the Institute for Supply Management’s index of non-manufacturing activity dipped to 55.2 in January from 55.7 in December. That’s above the 12-month average of 54.5. The report measures growth in industries that cover 90% of the work force, including retail, construction, health care and financial services.Here’s the news investors were watching today:BlackBerry Z10 looks set for record sales on first day in CanadaDell going private in US$24-billion dealToronto home prices jump even as sales declinePiper Jaffray advises investors to buy McGraw-Hill after stock plunges over $5-billion S&P rating lawsuitON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA10 a.m.Ivey Purchasing Managers’ Index (Jan): Economists expect a reading of 53.9, up from last month CORPORATE NEWSCANADATMX Group Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 77¢ a share WestJet Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 42¢ Gildan Activewear Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 30¢ Canaccord Financial Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 16¢ Sierra Wireless Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 19¢  UNITED STATESVisa Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.79 Time Warner Inc Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.10 Prudential Financial Inc Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.74 The News Corp Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 42¢ Marathon Oil Corp Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 67¢ IntercontinentalExchange Inc Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.75 read more

UN human rights body urges US to stay execution of Mexican national

The Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights – the main subsidiary body of the UN Commission on Human Rights – issued a statement in Geneva on Thursday calling on US authorities “to do everything possible” to stay the 14 August execution of Javier Suárez Medina, who has been on death row in Texas for 13 years.The Sub-Commission urged the United States to re-examine the case and guarantee the suspect’s right to consular protection and a fair trial, according to the statement read out by Chairman Paulo Sergio Pinheiro.”Javier Suárez Medina was only 19 years old when he was sentenced to death, and a number of serious breaches of his right to a defence occurred during his trial,” Mr. Pinheiro said. “In particular, United States authorities did not comply with their obligations pursuant to article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963 which guarantees consular assistance for foreign detainees.”The Chairman said that these obligations have been strongly reaffirmed by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. He also cited a ruling last year by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which found that Washington had breached its obligations to Germany and to the LaGrand brothers – two German nationals who faced the death penalty – under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. read more

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac earns 5 billion in second quarter and will

by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Aug 7, 2013 8:46 am MDT Mortgage giant Freddie Mac earns $5 billion in second quarter and will pay gov’t $4.4 billion WASHINGTON – Freddie Mac earned $5 billion from April through June, the seventh straight profitable quarter for the mortgage giant.The second-quarter gain reported Wednesday compares with net income of $3 billion in the same period of 2012. Freddie says its earnings were due largely to increased profits from investments made to hedge against rising interest rates. That helped offset losses on mortgages during the quarter.Freddie, based in McLean, Va., will pay a dividend of $4.4 billion to the U.S. Treasury next month and is requesting no additional aid.The government rescued Freddie and larger sibling Fannie Mae during the financial crisis in 2008. Together, they received loans of about $187 billion.A housing recovery that began last year has made both profitable again. Combined, they have paid back roughly $136 billion of their government loans. Those payments are helping to make this year’s federal budget deficit the smallest since President Barack Obama took office.Once the second-quarter dividend is paid, Freddie will have repaid $41.4 billion of the roughly $71.3 billion it received from taxpayers.Fannie and Freddie own or guarantee about half of all U.S. mortgages, worth about $5 trillion. Along with other federal agencies, they back roughly 90 per cent of new mortgages.Fannie and Freddie don’t directly make loans to borrowers. They buy mortgages from lenders, package them as bonds, guarantee them against default and sell them to investors. That helps make loans available and exert influence over the housing market.On Tuesday, Obama proposed a broad overhaul of the U.S. mortgage finance system, including winding down Fannie and Freddie. He declared that taxpayers should never again be left “holding the bag” for the mortgage giants’ risky moves.Obama wants to replace them with a system that would put the private sector, not the government, primarily at risk for the loans. The government would still be involved, both in oversight and as a last-resort loan guarantor. Obama also wants a guarantee that private lenders will make sure homeowners have access to 30-year fixed mortgages.A fix to the housing finance system is unlikely to be easy. Obama’s plan is in line with bipartisan Senate legislation. But most House Republicans want the market almost completely privatized, while many Democrats insist on government having a larger role.Nearly all of Freddie’s second-quarter profit is going back to the government. Under a federal policy adopted last year, Fannie and Freddie must turn over their entire net worth exceeding $3 billion in each quarter to the Treasury. Freddie said its net worth in the second quarter was $7.4 billion.Fannie earned a record $58.7 billion in the first quarter, capitalizing on tax benefits it had saved from its losses on loans during the crisis. It paid a dividend of $59.4 billion to the Treasury. Fannie has paid back roughly $95 billion of the $116 billion it received.Freddie said Wednesday it has $28.6 billion of such tax benefits it could tap, a move that would boost its profits. Freddie CEO Donald Layton told reporters in a conference call that the company will consider applying all or a portion of those tax benefits in coming quarters.For Fannie and Freddie, a better housing market means fewer delinquent loans on their books. The companies also are charging mortgage lenders higher fees to guarantee the loans. With more loans and higher fees, Fannie and Freddie are earning more.Fannie and Freddie are also taking on less risk than during the pre-crisis years. That’s because banks are requiring higher credit scores and larger down payments from prospective buyers. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Maptek Eureka tried and tested by Havilah Resources

first_imgMaptek Eureka is a unique exploration software system. A rugged tablet interface was field tested by Havilah Resources geologists in South Australia’s outback. Whether exploring for coal, other minerals or collecting data for environmental studies, field geologists usually work in a remote location in difficult, and sometimes hazardous conditions. This Eureka Field system which streamlines data gathering and ticks all the boxes as the latest field assistant, with the following features:Rugged tablet PC withstands dust, extreme temperatures, water and even being droppedAll day battery lifeInteractive editor for drillhole and sample loggingOperated by a stylus, drillhole data is entered via dropdown lists, handwriting recognition or virtual keyboardInteractive 2D map displays drillhole locations and collar RLData sharing via 3G or wifi connection for automatic synchronisation of logged data with the Eureka desktop application.Havilah Resources explores for gold and other metals in South Australia’s Curnamona Province, which covers about 6,000 km2 west of Broken Hill. Its geologists found Eureka Field quick and easy for entering and uploading data. Their feedback has resulted in several enhancements.Entering long sequences of numbers, such as metre interval core logs, is now easier with automatic population of the next sequence. Comments and other information can be saved and re-used to annotate field observations.“The system is so simple to use and extremeIy versatile,” said Havilah geologist, Fergus Kiley. “I can see huge potential when interfaced with some of our other applications such as the portable Niton XRF field analyser and the drillhole survey camera through the existing USB port.”“When we do have a network connection, uploading everything to the Eureka exploration project database along with the field drilling data makes our jobs much easier. Reducing the need for work back at the camp after a long day in the field is a bonus.”The large font and screen layout improves readability and usability in bright sunlight and dusty conditions.Eureka Field is a lightweight, rugged and integrated mobile data system which can replace pen and paper, camera, calculator and GPS. Making exploration data available in real time for review, modelling and analysis in the Eureka desktop application helps bring immediacy to projects.last_img read more

5 things we learned from this weeks Champions League action

first_imgNeil Lennon has been spot on in most of his decision-making in the Champions League this season, with his highly astute tactics integral to Celtic’s shock victory over Barcelona.However, he made one error of judgement ahead of Tuesday’s tie with Juventus that looks like ultimately playing a large part in costing the club their place in the competition.Choosing to start Efe Ambrose, only just after he had completed an exhaustive trip back from African Cup of Nations duty, seemed unwise even prior to the game, and so it proved.The defender was at fault for two of Celtic’s three goals and also missed a glorious opportunity to score a header at a crucial point in the match.Ambrose deserves a degree of sympathy, given that the defender would have found it very difficult to turn down the chance to play in one of the biggest matches of his career, but Lennon surely should have realised the peril he was putting his team in by selecting the Nigerian international. YouTube credit: NewsVideosHD1Given the impressive nature of their performances against Man City among others, many have suggested Dortmund are more than capable of repeating their 1997 feat of winning the Champions League.The German club undoubtedly possess the talent to triumph, with players such as Robert Lewandowski and Mario Goetze among the finest to grace the competition.And indeed, the aforementioned two combined well for Dortmund’s opening goal against Shakhtar Donetsk last night.Moreover, the Germans also demonstrated a significant degree of resolve to complement their technical mastery, with Mats Hummels’ late header earning them a hard-earned point against a strong Shakhtar outfit.Consequently, they are now favourites to progress in the tie, and will undoubtedly be fancied to go even further in the competition thereafter.5. PSG dark horses for Champions League crownGiven the degree of rapid change that’s occurred at PSG in such a short space of time, it’s reasonable to suggest that the side remains a work in progress.And owing to their relative lack of experience with such circumstances, many observers were perhaps expecting a Man City-style flop in this year’s Champions League.However, the impressive manner in which they beat Valencia away from home the other night suggests otherwise.They outclassed the Spanish outfit for the most part, and the 2-1 scoreline barely reflected the level of dominance which the visitors enjoyed.Therefore, suddenly the price of 16/1 on PSG winning the competition seems somewhat tempting.Ian Harte, Tim Flowers and Danny Blind Date: Here’s our footballers’ Valentine’s Day XI>Analysis: It’s David’s night, not Ronaldo’s at Bernabeu> 1. The referees need to up their gameIN TUESDAY’S GAME between Celtic and Juventus, it was obvious to everyone watching that infringements were regularly occurring at corners in the penalty area.Yet instead of applying common sense and awarding a penalty, the referee invariably chose to ignore these incidents and even booked the Celtic players for complaining at times.This tiresome habit of players grabbing each other’s jerseys has been indulged by UEFA and referees for far too long, and unless they act on it, the game will continue to lose credibility as a result.Moreover, the performance of the referee in the PSG-Valencia tie was equally inept, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s extremely harsh sending off among several officiating gaffes evident on the night.2. Lennon gets big decision wrongcenter_img 3. Phil Jones is an accomplished midfielderAhead of United’s game with Real Madrid last night, some of the English club’s fans were surprised and somewhat concerned at the prospect of Phil Jones being asked to do a job in midfield – an unnatural position for someone who is primarily regarded as a centre back.Indeed, perhaps such reservations were justified to a degree, given the player’s lack of game time this season, coupled with the fact that Fergie’s tendency to deploy makeshift central midfielders – Alan Smith and Rio Ferdinand spring to mind – often end in failure.However, last night Jones was crucial in helping United secure a result that has put them in a very healthy position for the second leg.Aside from one clumsy challenge on Di Maria that could have resulted in a penalty, the ex-Blackburn man gave a performance full of intelligence and commitment, silencing his critics in the process.4. Dortmund back up the hypelast_img read more

Harry Potter fans get fresh Pottermore details at LeakyCon 2011

first_imgTo say that Harry Potter is a popular series of books and movies is a bit of an understatement. The last book, released in 2007, managed to sell 11 million copies in the first 24 hours. As for the movies, they’ve grossed over $6 billion, with each film averaging over $916 million at the box office. That’s not including the latest and last movie.Author J.K. Rowling could have sat back and relaxed once the series was over, but she way far from finished and earlier this year announced Pottermore.AdChoices广告We originally thought it was going to be an MMO, but the official reveal last month gave us the first details of a Harry Potter-focused social network that would expand the detail beyond what the books and films offered with fresh writing by Rowling.Those initial details left us with more questions than answers, but now we can reveal a lot more of what is planned after a presentation given by the Pottermore team during LeakyCon 2011 this week in Florida. We’ve summarized what was revealed below.First of all Pottermore is not a new idea. Rowling has been working on the concept since 2009, which makes sense seeing as she had to write a lot of new material in order to support it.Pottermore has to be kid-friendly throughout due to the wide age-group that reads the books and will want to take part. So, on registration you will not be allowed to choose your own username. Instead, five options will be generated for you to choose from. After that, a dirty old hat will appear to ask you a number of questions Rowling came up with to decide which House you will be assigned to (Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin).With your username and House decided, the user page will take on the look of your house and the focus will be on the books. Seven branches will be presented, one for each novel, and on each branch will be dots representing each chapter. It looks as though you are expected to read the books in conjunction with using Pottermore as each chapter has unique animations and illustrations both representing and extending the information contained within each.Rowling has also written thousands of words of new back story and character profiles as well as including sections she wrote for the books that never got included in the final versions. This information extends as far as introducing the complete back stories of each character, even the minor ones. The example given at LeakyCon was the story of Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon. You learn how they met and fell in love. Professor McGonagall also has her childhood explained.As well as your user page there is access to Hogwarts School. Here’s things get a little more in-depth in terms of the social aspects. The school is split into the following areas:FavoritesFriendsIllustrationsSpellsPotionsTrunkThere will also be well-known locations you can visit including a common room and the Great Hall. Both of those rooms are expected to be chat rooms where we assume the distinction will be the extent of the people you can talk to. The common room will be anyone in your house where as the Great Hall will be anyone logged into Pottermore.Pottermore also uses Gringotts as a virtual currency which needs to be earned. One example of this is given and involves the user taking part in wizard battles. You need the Gringotts in order to purchase items in Diagon Alley. That includes schoolbooks, but also the more interesting items such as your first wand and your very own pet. For the wand, there are 33,000 possible combinations meaning it’s unlikely you and your friends will end up with the same wand.Points also feature and are related to your House. We expect individual users will be able to influence their House’s standing by carrying out tasks. This should make for some interesting team social events as well as the usual repeated tasks you can do on your own every time you visit.It has been made clear that Pottermore will be free forever, but then the revenue is going to come from the sale of eBooks and audio books. Remember, Pottermore will be the only place you can buy the digital versions of the Harry Potter books, so it’s sure to be popular for many years purely for that fact. There’s also going to be an option to introduce new items as time passes, and if Rowling decides to write another book she has an active community she can sell it to directly.Pottermore will launch to one million users on July 31 and then open fully in October. All the content has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian and German as well as default English language option. Japanese is also in the works, but won’t be available in time for the October launch.What remains to be seen is how Pottermore conveys the experience to its users. Will it be a static 2D experience, or will we be getting interactive in-browser environments for key places like Diagon Alley? Everything will be revealed on July 31st.via Big Shiny Robotlast_img read more

Sexe synchronisé chez les macaques une façon de calmer le jeu

first_imgSexe synchronisé chez les macaques : une façon de calmer le jeuDes chercheurs allemands ont récemment découvert, au sein d’une troupe de macaques, en Thaïlande, un curieux mécanisme : toutes les femelles sont sexuellement réceptives – ou non réceptives – en même temps, empêchant ainsi le mâle dominant de monopoliser leurs faveurs, et dissipant par avance les tensions liées à l’accouplement. Chez la plupart des macaques, durant la saison du rut, d’octobre à janvier, les mâles tentent de s’accoupler avec autant de femelles que possible. D’où une certaine difficulté pour ces mâles – qui sont généralement de bon pères, mais uniquement avec leur propre progéniture – de savoir quels rejetons sont vraiment les leurs. De plus, le mâle dominant tente d’empêcher au maximum ses rivaux de s’accoupler avec des femelles, d’où de fréquents affrontements dont ces dernières pâtissent.À lire aussiLa réaction hilarante d’un orang outan face à un tour de magieAussi, des chercheurs de l’Université de Göttingen (Allemagne) ont été étonnés de découvrir, dans une troupe de ces singes, en Thaïlande, que les femelles avaient ‘résolu’ le problème en étant, selon le jour, toutes sexuellement réceptives, ou bien toutes non réceptives, ensemble. De sorte qu’à chaque fois, le mâle dominant ne peut se consacrer qu’à une femelle, laissant, par la force des choses, les autres batifoler avec des mâles concurrents. Tous ces messieurs satisfont donc leurs besoins sexuels en même temps, plutôt que de se battre, et sont ensuite plus à même de savoir avec quelle femelle ils ont fait des petits.Le 26 octobre 2011 à 19:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Son of Concorde May be Coming From NASA

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor According to Space.Com, the 2018 NASA budget shows some exciting sneak peaks at what’s around the corner. While the ISS and many other programs are getting cut because Trump hates science, the administration also suggested that it intends to fund the development of a super quiet, potentially hypersonic airplane. Hypersonic cruising speeds have been sort of the holy grail of commercial flight for decades. The Concorde got close-ish, able to crank all the way up to 1350 miles per hour. Unfortunately, the Concorde also had its fair share of issues — including tremendous fuel costs and that pesky sonic boom. NASA’s new project is essentially a testing platform for ultra high-tech materials that would later be adapted to commercial flight. With that, one of the top goals is to find a way to cut the sonic boom so that these planes could fly near heavily populated areas without causing all the glass within a few miles to rattle and shatter. Sonic booms are a major engineering challenge. For years, controlled supersonic flight was thought to be impossible. That’s because airplanes that top the speedometer essentially catch up to their own sound waves. In short order, these waves align and create a powerful burst of energy that we experience as that characteristic boom. Lockheed Martin, a longtime NASA contractor has been given the basic contract. And the intention is to bring the boom strength down to a point that’s only a little louder than a normal conversation you might have in a sparse restaurant. In a statement, NASA said that it hopes to have an aircraft “so quiet it hardly will be noticed by the public, if at all … like distant thunder, the sound of your neighbor forcefully shutting his car door outside while you are inside.”Accomplishing that won’t be easy, but the hope is that with advanced new materials and novel engine placement. Many similar craft (including some from NASA) have been experimenting with alternate engine placement, but this proposal would have the turbines sitting above the fuselage and angled upwards, essentially nudging the boom up and away from the people on the ground. With test flights starting in the early 2020s, we probably won’t see this tech maturing for a few years yet, but it offers an exciting vision of the possibilities of flight in the 2030s, and I’m here for it.    Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Video: New Smackdown Live superstars talk about the 2019 Superstar Shake-up

first_img Twitter Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Videos Articles Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems WhatsApp Following last night’s Smackdown Live from Montreal, WWE posted the following interviews with the superstars that switched to Smackdown Live during the 2019 Superstar Shake-up. Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Facebook Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Cesaro Kurt Angle Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next 2K announces global partnership for WWE 2K20 with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Roman Reigns is in Remission Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Seth Rollins Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Google+ FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 last_img read more

Woodland motor home fire displaces couple, dog

first_imgFire destroyed a large motor home in Woodland Friday night.Clark County Fire & Rescue responded to a fire on the 300 block of Pekin Road at about 10 p.m. Friday. Fire crews arrived to find a class A motor home — a large, bus-type recreational vehicle — on fire, said spokesman Tim Dawdy.The motor home was the residence for a man and woman in their 40s and their dog. Everyone escaped, but the man received some minor burns that were treated at the scene, Dawdy said.The American Red Cross Cascades Region also responded and provided assistance for the displaced family.The couple was working on the motor home when the fire started, Dawdy said. The motor home was a complete loss. The fire is under investigation by the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office, he said.last_img read more

Missing Vancouver man’s body found in Snake River in eastern Ore.

first_imgSearch and rescue teams in Eastern Oregon found the body of a missing Vancouver man Saturday in the Brownlee Reservoir on the Snake River, according to the Baker County Sheriff’s Office.Cu Van Tran, 76, was reported missing after falling out of his row boat Wednesday near Huntington, Ore., the sheriff’s office said.According to the sheriff’s office, family members said that Tran went missing after launching from the shore near Fox Creek to assist another family member whose boat was disabled.A rainstorm swept through the area at some point after that, and he did not return.On Saturday afternoon, other boaters reported finding Tran’s body in the river.last_img read more

Romelu Lukaku could depart Man Utd if Mourinho continue to keep

first_imgSidelined by choice of Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho in the past few weeks, Romelu Lukaku reportedly considers leaving Old Trafford if something doesn’t change in the forthcoming periodBrought to the Old Trafford for a reported fee of £75 million, Lukaku has emerged as one of the most prolific goalscorers in the English top tier during his two-season spell with the Red Devils.After being accused of lack of commitment on the field by the Portuguese manager, the Belgium international has found himself in a difficult spot over the last 30 days.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.Having registered just two Premier League starts in November and December, the 25-year-old forward has joined Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez on the list of players disliked by Mourinho.Now, according to The Sun, former Everton star may decide to leave the Red Devils if this frustrating spell continues.Although no team showed interest in Lukaku, at least publically, ex-Chelsea flop won’t come cheap if Manchester United’s bigwigs even consider selling their best striker.last_img read more

Vietnam to slash tax incentives for casino developments in special economic zones

first_imgVietnamese officials are contemplating cutting previously agreed tax incentives for casino operators in the country’s special economic zones (SEZs).The draft law for Vietnam’s SEZs is expected to be discussed during a session of the Standing Committee of the National Assembly following criticism from some Assembly delegates that plans to offer tax incentives to gaming operators in Van Don in Quang Ninh Province in the north, Bac Van Phong in Khanh Hoa Province and Phu Quoc in Kien Giang Province in the south are too generous. Genting Malaysia withdraws Judicial Review over Resorts World Genting tax incentives Vietnam ponders easing casino investment requirements in Special Economic Zones Under the previous proposal, projects in Vietnam’s SEZs would be granted a 100% tax deduction for the first four years of operation, 50% for the next five years and 10% for another 21 years before reverting to the standard tax rate.The new proposal would see them paying preferential corporate income tax of 17% from the day of opening for the first five years and a higher excise tax, up from 10% to 15%, for the first 10 years. Unlimited land and sea lease exemptions would also be scrapped and the exemption period slashed to a maximum of 30 years in Van Don and Bac Van Phong and 20 years in Phu Quoc, according to local media. Genting Malaysia earnings per share to fall 9% following decision to dump Judicial Review into tax incentives: Maybank Load More RelatedPostslast_img read more

China more than doubles its World Cup betting in 2018

first_img WeChat shuts down 50,000 accounts for World Cup betting Load More The figure, which doesn’t include the huge numbers gambled illegally, is more than twice the 11.5 billion yuan wagered through official channels during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. 6,500 arrested in Thailand for illegal World Cup gambling Police crack China’s first cryptocurrency gambling ring RelatedPosts Chinese gamblers wagered a massive 28.6 billion yuan (US$4.3 billion) in the three weeks to 1 July 2018 – almost six times more than the roughly 5 billion yuan wagered in the previous three weeks – according to figures released by the China Sports Lottery Management Centre.The three-week period to 1 July includes more than two weeks of World Cup action after the world’s biggest sporting event kicked off on 15 June.last_img read more

Macau Legend maintains grand plans for Macau Fishermans Wharf despite slower than

first_img RelatedPosts Load More Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Macau IR operator Macau Legend says it remains committed to the ongoing development of the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf (MFW) precinct, despite declaring a goodwill impairment of HK$682 million in 2018 due to slower than expected growth of both its gaming and non-gaming facilities.Details of the impairment were revealed in Macau Legend’s 2018 Annual Report, released on Friday, with the company stating the impairment was made following a detailed re-assessment of future cash flow forecasts based on various factors. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Those factors include the performance of non-gaming facilities at MFW failing to meet the originally forecasted figure for 2018; revenue from gaming operations slowing in 2H18 despite increasing at the start of the year; and expectations that future growth will also be slower than originally anticipated.Macau Legend reported a 1.6% increase in group-wide revenue for FY18 to HK$1.87 billion, with Adjusted EBITDA up 29.6% year-on-year to HK$359.8 million.Despite revising its forecasts, Macau Legend pointed to the April 2018 sale of The Landmark Macau for HK$4.6 billion as “enabling the group to focus on the operation and development of MFW, and provides MFW Redevelopment with sufficient financial support.”It added, “The Group is actively improving the ancillary facilities inside MFW and increasing the number of events to be held in MFW in order to attract more well-known brands to march into MFW.“The Group aims to develop MFW to become the largest diversified convention and exhibition center and leisure hub on the Macau Peninsula.”Macau Legend opened integrated resort Legend Palace in February 2017 and also operates Babylon Casino, the Harbourview Hotel and Rocks Hotel in the MFW precinct. In its annual report it said it was continuing with the re-design for construction of the Legendale Hotel in order to meet height requirements and is “working towards the introduction of a virtual reality experience center, a wax museum and new dining facilities in the second half of 2019. The convention and exhibition center will also be upgraded with completion targeted for 2020.”last_img read more

Lawrence Ho and Melco executive team to relocate to Japan if IR

first_img Load More “If we win a license to develop an integrated resort, I will personally move to Japan, my executive team will move to Japan and our head office will move to Japan,” Ho said.His comments came one day after Melco provided a glimpse into its concept for an IR in Osaka, centered around a MICE space described by the company’s Vice President, Design (Japan), Pim Robberechts as “not just big but offering extraordinary experiences.”The development, to be built on 49 hectares on Osaka’s Yumeshima Island, would also incorporate one of the largest Japanese gardens ever created, six hotels of around 1,000 rooms each including one specializing in health and healing, a water themed amusement park and in-built entertainment feature such as performers hanging from the roof. Melco Resorts Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho has promised that both he and his entire executive team will move to Japan should the company win a Japanese IR license.Ho has previously suggested he would consider relocating Melco’s corporate headquarters from Hong Kong to Japan if he proves successful, but he doubled down on that commitment during a presentation at the Japan Gaming Congress in Tokyo on Thursday. Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions RelatedPosts Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IRlast_img read more

Disposable EReaders on the Way

first_imgBack in 2007, FOLIO: ran a Q&A titled “E: Paper: Closer Than You Think” with Ken Bronfin, president of Hearst Interactive Media and chairman of electronic paper developer E Ink. While some of Bronfin’s predictions may have been a bit premature at the time, over the last month, two significant developments may indicate that promise could finally be fulfilled. First, E Ink announced in early November the release of its next generation display technogy, E Ink Triton, which enables color ePaper solutions. Next, researchers at the University of Cincinnati may have laid the groundwork for the development of disposable e-readers. The researchers found that electrowetting-the process for applying an electric field to colored droplets with a display to reveal type and photos-is just as effective on paper as it is on glass. That could eventually lead to a device that is rollable and even feels like paper but offers digital content. “One of the main goals of e-paper is to replicate the look and feel of actual ink on paper,” the researchers said. “We have, therefore, investigated the use of paper as the perfect substrate for EW devices to accomplish e-paper on paper.” In a recent panel discussion about nominations for TIME’s Person of the Year, devices like the iPod, the smartphone and increasingly the iPad were named for inciting a massive cultural shift. However, despite a recent Gartner Group projection that tablet sales will reach 19.5 million in 2010 and 54.8 million in 2011, the iPad’s $499 starting price point means it can’t compare as a “democratizing device” with the smartphone (which enables more texts to be sent each day in countries like Uganda than in New York City).The emergence of a viable e-paper device could help fulfill that promise, drive down tablet prices, and be an easy conversion for publishers who have already jumped through the hoop of creating tablet and mobile apps. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take another three years to capitalize on the progress.last_img read more