PM must preach his MPs before guiding Opposition Congress

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday responded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s advice to the Opposition, saying his words were most of the time not implemented by his own party leaders. Stressing on the importance of an active opposition in democracy, Modi on Monday told them not to bother about their numbers and instead actively take part in the Lok Sabha’s proceedings. Before taking oath as a member on the first day of the 17th Lok Sabha, Modi said the role of an “opposition and an active opposition is important in a parliamentary democracy”. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana On Tuesday when former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi along with a host of senior party leaders met at UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s residence to discuss the party’s strategy in Parliament during the Budget Session, Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary said: “If the Prime Minister’s message is delivered to his ministers or juniors then it will be beneficial for all. “What Prime Minister is preaching is most of the time not being implemented by their party leaders.” Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah The Congress meeting was the first one ahead of the crucial session and was attended also by Anand Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Azad, P. Chidambaram, Jairam Ramesh, K. Suresh and Chaudhary. As the leaders were expected to discuss the party’s stand on issues like ‘one nation, one election’, and triple talaq besides its Leader in the lower House, Chaudhary told the media: “Azadji briefed the party leaders in context to what Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) has said and that has been conveyed to our CPP leader.” He said Sonia Gandhi was apprised about the issues. Asked if the leader of Congress in Lok Sabha was discussed at the meeting, Chaudhary said, “No, Leader of Congress was not discussed.” To a question if the issues like one nation, one election, triple talaq was discussed, he said it will be dealt when it comes up in Parliament. On meeting with opposition leaders, he said, “Certainly… we have good relations with them so we will talk with them.” Speaking about Modi’s remarks over numbers in the lower House, Chaudhary said, “It is the core essence of democracy. Democracy is not determined by numbers, it is determined by opinions, discussions.” He also said that the issue of the Leader of Congress in the House is important and Sonia Gandhi, who was made the Congress Parliamentary Party leader for the second time, has also been given the task to select the leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha. General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra though reached her mother’s residence just minutes after the key meeting ended. Congress is the largest party in opposition, although it fell short of majority by two seats to get Leader of the Opposition post in the Lok Sabha. The source said that as the Congress is biggest opposition in Lok Sabha big responsibility lies on the party to play a key role to provide a strong opposition on the floor of the House. On Monday, senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Anand Sharma had given a sense of party’s line — the government should end the ordinance culture and respect parliamentary process, important bills should be sent to Parliamentary Committees and then discussed in the house too, before being passed as laws.last_img read more

Homicide detectives in BC seek witnesses in slaying of Belgian traveller

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – A 28-year-old Belgian woman has been identified as the person found dead in British Columbia’s Fraser Canyon last month.Detectives with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team say Amelie Sakkalis was found dead on Aug. 22 as police responded to reports of a suspicious occurrence near the community of Boston Bar.Police have not revealed how she died.Investigators said in late August that the death was not random, but a man arrested at the scene was later released from police custody.A news release from the homicide team says police believe Sakkalis was hitchhiking from the Penticton area toward Vancouver on the day she died.Cpl. Frank Jang says relatives of Sakkalis have been notified and detectives would now like to speak to anyone who may have given her a ride between Penticton and Boston Bar.last_img read more

Carousel Of Hope Offers Unique Auction Package

first_imgThe Carousel of Hope presented by Mercedes Benz, the world’s premiere charity event benefiting childhood diabetes hosted biennially by Barbara Davis, has announced an extraordinary live auction package from the St. Regis Bora Bora that will be featured at the 26th gala, taking place on Sat., Oct. 20 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.Presented by celebrity emcee Jay Leno and the Resort’s General Manager Michael Schoonewagen, The Carousel of Hope will offer a one-of-a-kind experience – a St. Regis Bora Bora celebrity wedding valued at $250,000 USD. The bride and groom will be pampered for 10 nights, in the Resort’s elegant Royal Estate Villa, which spans over 13,000 square feet and is comprised of three separate pavilions that revolve around a private pool. The bride will slip into a St. Regis Bora Bora wedding dress, exclusively designed for the Resort by Scandinavian designer Cecilie Melli. Additionally, the couple’s once-in-a-lifetime ceremony and reception experience will be captured by a photographer and the couple will be treated to a rehearsal dinner by the Resort’s signature restaurant, Lagoon Restaurant by Jean-Georges as well as all meals, and round trip tickets from Los Angeles to Tahiti sponsored by Air Tahiti Nui. Also included are airport transfers, water activities and five villas for five couples for five nights to share the memories with.This unique live auction item also kicks off the Resort’s exclusive partnership with Cecilie Melli, who will showcase a collection of wedding dresses designed for brides who will wed at the St. Regis Bora Bora. Instead of having to travel far distances with “the dress,” Melli’s whimsical creations will be available on-site, for rent or purchase at the all-new St. Regis Bora Bora Bridal Boutique. To assist couples, the Resort’s new Romance Butler Concierge team is available 24/7 to create memorable and romantic experiences.Jay Leno will encore as Master of Ceremonies at The Carousel of Hope which will honor Oscar-winning actor, producer, director and philanthropist George Clooney with the “The Brass Ring Award” for his outstanding artistic achievements and unprecedented humanitarian undertakings. Featured performers include R&B and Pop icon Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and other world-renowned artists to be announced. David Foster and George Schlatter will, respectively, reprise their roles as music director and producer. Past awardees Quincy Jones and Clive Davis are Music Chairmen.The legendary, star-studded gala benefits the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, the country’s leading care and research center for type 1 diabetes.For the fifth consecutive time, Mercedes-Benz will be the presenting sponsor and a highlight of the evening will be the auctioning of a 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG. Other major sponsors include Guess? Inc., American Airlines, Estee Lauder, Moët Hennessy USA and The Beverly Hilton.Since its founding 35 years ago by Marvin and Barbara Davis, The Carousel of Hope has raised over $75 million on behalf of the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Denver, Colo. Over 6,000 children and adults with type 1 diabetes from around the globe visit regularly for specialized care. The Center also cares for children with type 2 diabetes. Both forms of the disease are increasing at an epidemic rate. The Center’s research programs are world-acclaimed. For more information please visit www.childrensdiabetesfoundation.org.last_img read more

Pass percentage in Delhi govt schools class 11 touches 80 per cent

first_imgNew Delhi: The pass percentage in Delhi government schools for class 11 has touched 80 per cent for the first time since 2010, according to statistics. The results of the annual exams of all classes (other than class 10 and 12) in Delhi government schools conducted centrally by the Directorate of Education (DoE) were declared on March 30, 2019. The statistics takes into account figures from 2010 onwards. While 71 per cent students of class 11 passed their exam in 2017-18, it has improved to 80 per cent in 2018-19. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder From 2015-16 onwards, the pass percentage in this class has been around 72 per cent as opposed to 63 per cent in 2014-15. In 2018-19, it touched 80 per cent for the first time, the statistics revealed. Similarly, in class nine, the pass percentage has remained almost the same as previous year. While 57.4 per cent students passed in 2017-18, the pass percentage for 2018-19 is 57.8 per cent. “There has been a slow but consistent improvement in the pass percentage over the last four years in this class due to programmes and initiatives like Chunauti and Mission Buniyaad which is strengthening the foundational learning skills of students by the time they reach Class 9,” a Delhi government official said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings In 2015-16, the pass percentage in this class was 50.8 per cent which improved to 52.3 per cent the next year followed by 57.4 per cent in 2017-18. “It is important to note that the improvement recorded last year and maintained this year has been despite the change in the weightage for external and internal component. “While before 2017-18, the weightage for external was of 60 per cent, it was increased to 80 pc as per CBSE norms,” the official added.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Arrives in Conakry for Working Friendship Visit to

Rabat – King Mohammed VI, accompanied by Prince Moulay Ismail, arrived on Thursday in Conakry for a working and friendship visit to the Republic of Guinea, the third stage of the African tour that led the Sovereign to Ghana and Zambia.Upon His arrival at the Conakry International Airport, the King was welcomed by President of the Republic of Guinea, Alpha Condé.The Sovereign was then greeted by the Prime Minister, Head of the Guinean Government and the Governor of the city of Conakry.After saluting the Moroccan and Ghanaian flags while the anthems of the two countries were playing, the two Heads of State reviewed a detachment of the Armed Forces who made honors. King Mohammed VI was subsequently greeted by senior officers of the Guinean Armed Forces, the Presidents of the institutions of the Republic of Guinea, the High Representative of the Head of State, members of the Cabinet of the Presidency of the Republic, government members, ministers-advisers, the diplomatic corps and representatives of international organizations accredited in Conakry.The Sovereign was also greeted by Morocco’s Ambassador to Guinea, Driss Sbaine and the embassy staff.Subsequently, the President of the Republic of Guinea was greeted by the members of the official delegation accompanying the Sovereign, notably the King’s Adviser, Fouad Ali Al Himma.The official Moroccan delegation also includes Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Boussaid, Minister of Housing and Urban Policy, Nabil Benabdellah, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Aziz Akhannouch, Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Health, El Houcine Louardi, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, as well as several civilian and military figures.A warm welcome was reserved to the King at the airport by several Moroccans and Guineans, who came to express their great joy of this visit.After a short break at the airport’s VIP lounge, the procession of the two Heads of State headed to the Mohammed V presidential palace, residence of the Sovereign in Conakry. read more

Casablanca to Exhibit South African Chefs Photos of India Untouchable

Rabat – Casablanca’s Bissate gallery will open May 18 an exhibition entitled “Untouchable” by , a photographer and a chief cook from South Africa.The exhibition will encompass a selection of photographs illustrating the artist’s journey in India, allowing him to express through his visual images the contradictions in the Indian cultural landscape.“’Untouchable illustrates’ what I felt during my stay in India, a country full of contrasts,” explained Marais. The photographer went on to add that these contrasts are not confined to the Indian society, where divisions between rich and poor people are intense, but are rather something global. The artist aims to use his creativity in order to transmit his emotions and sensations to the public.The photographer payed his first visit to Morocco in 2012 and “fell in love with this country, the warmth of its people, food and its breathtaking landscapes.”After obtaining his diploma from AAA School of Advertising, the artist decided to travel around the world, which is how he discovered his love for photography. read more

UN officials deplore deadly attack by rebels against displaced in DR Congo

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced it was evacuating its staff and temporarily suspending operations in the Rutshuru area of North Kivu province, the scene of yesterday’s raid by members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) on the Kinyandoni camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs).Media reports say at least six people were killed, possibly including two children, and 20 others – including two aid workers from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who were working with the UN agency – have been wounded.Some of the injured are being treated at health-care facilities in Rutshuru, while others have been transferred to Goma, the provincial capital, according to UNHCR. All other aid agencies are also withdrawing their services from the area.Eyewitness reports indicate the FDLR rebels started shooting indiscriminately at people inside the makeshift camp, which is home to about 5,000 IDPs, after robbing aid workers based at Kinyandoni late yesterday morning.In a separate statement, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission (MONUC) and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to the DRC, Alan Doss, and representatives of the European Union and the United States condemned what they called a “terrorist act” by the FDLR.Mr. Doss said the attack was either a war crime or a crime against humanity and called for those responsible to be brought to justice, whether at a Congolese or international level.He stressed that MONUC would continue to support Congolese authorities’ efforts to restore State authority in the eastern DRC, which has been beset by violent unrest – often based along ethnic lines – in recent years, despite the official end to the country’s long-running civil war.North Kivu is among the most volatile areas in the entire country, with about 860,000 IDPs living in the province. About a tenth of that group live in UNHCR-managed sites. 5 June 2008The United Nations refugee agency and its peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo today condemned an attack by armed Rwandan Hutu rebels on a camp for displaced persons in the eastern DRC that has killed at least six people and left many more injured. read more

Annan proposes ways to help African Union expand its mission in Darfur

In a letter to AU Commission Chairman Alpha Oumar Konare, Mr. Annan offered support in: setting up a UN assistance cell; pre-screening police for participation in the AU mission; opening a Darfur regional office of the UN Advance Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS); and organizing a pledging conference to fund the enlarged AU mission.The first group of the UN assistance cell, which would be based at the AU’s headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, is expected to arrive there today, according to spokesman Fred Eckhard.The AU is expanding the size and scope of its mission in Darfur, an impoverished region in western Sudan that has been beset by conflict since early last year, from its current size of just over 350 ceasefire monitors and protection troops.The ceasefire is between the Sudanese Government and two local rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), which have been waging conflict against each other since early last year.About 1.45 million Sudanese are internally displaced and another 200,000 are living as refugees in neighbouring Chad because of both the fighting and the brutal attacks against civilians by militias known as the Janjaweed. The militias stand accused of killing and raping thousands of villagers and destroying homes and cropland.At the request of the Security Council, Mr. Annan is setting up a commission of inquiry to investigate whether genocide has taken place in Darfur.Meanwhile, Mr. Annan’s Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs in Sudan, Taye Zerihoun, is travelling to the Chadian capital N’Djamena to attend the latest meeting of the committee monitoring the ceasefire.After the meeting tomorrow Mr. Zerihoun will then head to Nairobi, Kenya, to attend the resumption on Thursday of peace talks designed to resolve the separate long-running civil war in Sudan’s south.Those talks are scheduled to resume with a meeting between Sudanese Vice-President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha and John Garang, the chairman of the rebel Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A). read more

JetBlue airliner returns to Southern California airport after engine problem no injuries

JetBlue airliner returns to Southern California airport after engine problem; no injuries LONG BEACH, Calif. – A JetBlue airliner experienced engine problems and returned to the Long Beach Airport on Thursday after a short flight that ended with passengers evacuating onto the runway using the plane’s emergency slides.None of the 142 passengers and five crew members was injured during the evacuation, though medical personnel tended to three passengers at the scene and one other was taken to a hospital for observation, airport spokeswoman Cassie Perez-Harmison said.Flight 1416 was bound for Austin, Texas, when the crew declared an emergency after an “overheat warning” for one of its two engines, she said.The pilot activated a fire-suppression system within the engine, but it was not immediately known whether there was a fire, JetBlue spokesman Anders Lindstrom said. Long Beach fire personnel told reporters they saw no sign of flames though they did not look inside the engine.According to the tracking website FlightAware, the Airbus A320 took off at 9:17 a.m. and landed at 9:30 a.m.The airport’s main runway was closed for about two hours due to the evacuation. Eventually the plane was towed to a hangar for further investigation, and air traffic resumed.Long Beach is on the south Los Angeles County coast. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 18, 2014 12:34 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Its not just a game UNhosted event spotlights power of sports to

“We must look to the world of athleticism to find constructive strategies on how to overcome today’s challenges,” Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations, said at the opening of the World Sports Values Summit for Peace and Development.“I believe that this can be drawn from one of the most prominent principles of modern-day athletics: just and fair play,” he continued.“Imagine if the entire world was like this; a global community in which anyone could ‘play’ the game; social inclusion would not be determined by size, colour, race, language, faith or anything else. One would participate simply because of his or her interest, passion and skill. The love of the game would unify all individuals, all teammates. Nothing else would matter.”Mr. Al-Nasser noted that sports unify those of all faiths, all cultures, and all languages, and that sports teams transcend physical, cultural and educational borders.Sports, he added, convey values such as discipline, sacrifice, solidarity, courage and ethics. “These are many of the same values that started the very idea of sports and competitive play so many centuries ago. They exist still today, and they are more important than ever – particularly in the resolution of significant global issues.”The event at UN Headquarters, which will wrap up tomorrow, is hosted by the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and sponsored by World Faiths Development Dialogue, Worldwide Support for Development and International Sports Promotion Society. Mr. Al-Nasser has identified sports, among other forms of collective expressions of human values including art, music and entertainment, as additional tools that UNAOC can use to foster the culture of peace and diversity.“It is crucial that we cease to dwell on our differences and instead use our common interests, skills and powers to foster international inspiration and break down the barriers which continue to divide us,” he told the gathering.The summit is the third part of a series of annual international symposia aimed at highlighting the positive role that sports can play in furthering the cause for peace and human development. A first event in London in June 2012 launched the series, and a second was held in Tokyo in July 2013. In a related development, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today appointed Carlos Alberto Parreira, the technical director of Brazil’s national football team, as UNICEF Brazil Champion for the Right to Safe and Inclusive Sports. He now becomes part of the team of celebrities supporting the agency’s work in Brazil in defending and promoting the rights of children and adolescents.“For us from UNICEF, it is a great honour and joy to have Parreira as an ally so we can move forward in ensuring the rights of every child and adolescent,” said UNICEF Representative in Brazil Gary Stahl. “We believe that the passion for football and the positive vibrations of Brazilian fans can unite more and more people so that the right to sports is guaranteed, safely and inclusively, in the life of all boys and girls.” read more

Los Angeles Kings Capture NHLs Stanley Cup

The Lakers and the Dodgers have company in Los Angeles. The L.A. Kings of the National Hockey League are champions, too. With their 6-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils Monday night, the Kings captured the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.The 4-2 best-of-seven series win ended 45 years of disappointment for the Kings, who did so with a remarkable playoff run of 16-4.  They were an eighth seed, by far the lowest to win the Cup. Since the NHL started seeding its conferences one through eight in 1993-94, only one bottom-four seed had ever won it all – the 1995 Devils, a fifth seed in a lockout-shortened season.These Kings were commoners for much of 2011-12, underachieving in a league of salary-capped equality. General manager Dean Lombardi fired coach Terry Murray and brought in Darryl Sutter in December. He acquired sniper Jeff Carter before the trade deadline in February. Despite a talented roster that had been expected to contend, the Kings ranked second-to-last in the league in scoring. They grabbed the final playoff spot in the West.And look at them now. After taking a 3-0 series lead, New Jersey took Games 4 and 5. But that was the end of the Devils’ good fortune. The Kings jumped out to a 3-0 advantage Monday night and did not let up.Now, they will receive a champions’ parade soon — the same accorded to Lakers and Dodgers. read more

Police officer faces trial for allegedly stealing equipment from work after exwife told

first_imgHis ex-wife was sorting through his possessions when she allegedly found the items and reported him to colleagues.PC Toms, from Romford, Essex, spoke only to confirm his name and to deny two counts of theft when he appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday.The court heard he allegedly took the Metropolitan Police issue office chair on New Year’s Day last year from the Safer Neighbourhoods base in Collier Row in Romford.He removed the throw rope embossed with the initials KD from the Havering Patrol Base last August, it was said. A police officer is facing trial for allegedly stealing equipment from work after his ex-wife told his colleagues she had found the items after their marriage ended. PC Christopher Toms, 38, took a police issue chair and a “life saver” throw rope before storing them in the summer house he used as his office, the court heard.After falling out with the mother of his one-year-old daughter, he moved out of the family home. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Deswik presents on practical and innovative techniques for IPCC modelling

first_imgMiners who are researching efficient mining techniques and optimisation of operating costs are attending the In-Pit Crushing and Conveying Conference (IPCC) 2014 conference in Johannesburg this week. Following on from the successful Deswik Africa Open Day last week, where the company unveiled its new branding and product road map, Deswik Regional Manager Marc Johnson today presented practical, innovative techniques for modelling combined IPCC and truck haulage in a single plan.In 2013, during the IPCC 2013 conference in Cologne, Germany, Deswik announced a partnership with RWE Power International to develop the world’s first commercially available software for planning of Continuous Mass Mining techniques.The presented Deswik study looked at how operators can close the strategic planning loop for IPCC projects. Initial assumptions are utilised to create an optimised pit shell and mine design completed on this optimised pit shell. A mine schedule and material placement model are developed – which delivers a much better estimate of costs. A revised estimate of costs is then fed back into the optimisation process to generate a new pit shell. The same process has been run for both trucked and IPCC cases to get a comparative answer.Concluding on the impact on optimisation by use of IPCC, Johnson concluded that the examination of the use of an IPCC system at an early stage of the planning cycle can add significant value to an operation. The demonstrated opportunity to reduce haulage costs through alternative material movement strategies can increase reserves. But there is a requirement for an element of detail in early stage mine planning to ensure that the possible benefits (and associated risks and operability requirements) are captured.last_img read more

Svendborg Brakes introduces latest controlled braking for mining conveyor applications

first_imgSvendborg Brakes recently introduced SOBO® iQ, the next generation of their industry-leading SOBO (Soft Braking Option) braking controller. The state-of-the-art SOBO iQ “combines various cutting-edge technologies to provide significant flexibility, safety and durability on heavy-duty mine conveyors.”The SOBO iQ features three-state digital modulation, an industry first in a braking system, and a revolutionary dual-loop PI control (pressure/speed). The pressure control is based not only on speed but also on deceleration. SOBO iQ controls braking torque by comparing a preset speed ramp with actual conveyor speed feedback. The unit can provide different braking profiles for different operational scenarios. Advanced functions including independent overspeed monitoring, rollback, gearbox and out-of-band monitoring are included.The SOBO iQ provides only the torque needed for a safe, controlled stop. The new controller can be used with a combination of brake types, mounted on both the high and low speed sides of the conveyor drive. Up to four HPUs can be connected to each controller. The new iQ is four times faster than previous generations and features failsafe hardware based on two-stage backup, and a defined communication failure behaviour. Remote access is possible and an optional touch screen is available for setup and monitoring.Designed for tough mine installations, the controller utilises an industrial-grade embedded PC, a built-in MODBUS TCP/IP interface, a custom optimised IP67 communications module, and an EtherCAT-based internal network with full BUS monitoring and optional cable redundancy.last_img read more

Very cost effective UAV launched

first_imgDelivery of Applied Aeronautics’ much-anticipated Albatross UAV platform has begun. The Albatross is the first in a comprehensive line of products designed to bring workhorse, utility UAVs to the masses. The Albatross UAV is available for purchase now through the Applied Aeronautics Online Store.“The Albatross came to the team a little over a year ago when we were in search of a high grade, affordable UAV platform for personal use,” said Catherine Edmonds, Applied’s Director of Marketing. “Unfortunately we found that unless we were willing to dig deep into our pockets we were left to rely on an inferior product to meet the demands of our complex tasks. We were anything but satisfied with this reality”.The company says that “the launch of the Albatross UAV establishes Applied Aeronautics as the only provider in the market with the ability to deliver a fully composite airframe that combines the benefits of affordability and maximum performance without sacrificing quality.”Applied Aeronautics designed the Albatross UAV to be the most efficient of its kind. It offers low stall speeds, high max efficiency, a large cruise window and payload capacity, built-in wing component bays, an entirely electric propulsion system and a 3 m wingspan. It is also nearly silent, can fly for over two hours, reach speeds of up to 140 km/h and travel for over 160 km.Its transformative design allows for dynamic use. Applied offers DIY Kits and Ready to Fly models that enable the Albatross to takeoff, fly and land autonomously via predefined flight paths. The UAV’s capabilities are further maximised by adding a thermal camera for heat detection and HD camera for land surveying.In conjunction with the launch of the Albatross UAV, Applied Aeronautics also announced the launch of its line of supporting products starting with AppliedHD, itsr proprietary high definition video, low latency, and affordable streaming device.last_img read more

Apple loses Bertrand Serlet the man behind OS X

first_imgApple announced today that it will be saying goodbye to Bertrand Serlet, Apple’s senior vice president of Mac Software Engineering. Serlet is leaving the company after 22 years of working with Steve Jobs. Serlet is responsible for Mac OS X and has spent nearly 14 years leading Apple’s development of its operating systems.Serlet joined Apple after previously working at Xerox PARC for four years. Jobs visited PARC In 1979 and was impressed with the Xerox Alto, the first computer with a graphical user interface. He designed Apple Lisa, the first home computer with a GUI, based on the technology he saw at Xerox. In 1989, Serlet joined NeXT, founded in 1985 by Jobs after leaving Apple. At NeXT, he developed the workspace manager in NEXTSTEP and OPENSTEP. He then went to Apple in 1997.Serlet said in a press release that he’s had an incredible time developing products at both NeXT and Apple, but he wants to focus “less on products and more on science.” Serlet holds a doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Orsay, France.Apple’s vice president of Mac Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, will take Serlet’s place. Federighi has managed the Mac OS team for the past two years. He said Lion is a great release and it should be a seamless transition. Federighi holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.Serlet is also known for his Apple WWDC address in 2006 where he compared Windows Vista to Mac OS X to the audience’s amusement. Check out the video below.Read more at Applelast_img read more

Chine 12 usines ferment suite à une intoxication au plomb

first_imgChine : 12 usines ferment suite à une intoxication au plombDans l’est de la Chine, 12 usines ont été temporairement fermées après que des taux de plomb anormalement élevés ont été repérés dans le sang des enfants vivant à proximité.Selon le Zhongguo Qingnian Bao (Quotidien de la jeunesse chinoise), les autorités ont dû procéder à la fermeture temporaire de 12 usines dans la province du Jiangxi, dans l’est du pays. En effet, des parents ont appris que 16 enfants présentaient des taux de plomb anormalement élevé dans le sang. Inquiets, ils ont demandé aux autorités locales de fermer les usines.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”L’ensemble des 12 usines, qui traitent des métaux, des produits chimiques et du papier recyclé ont été arrêtées pour les besoins de l’enquête”, selon un communiqué de la municipalité de Jian, située près de la zone industrielle où le premier enfant a été diagnostiqué. L’intoxication est particulièrement grave puisque, ingéré ou inhalé, il pénètre dans le sang et bloque la production d’hémoglobine qui est chargée devéhiculer l’oxygène jusqu’aux organes.Bien qu’ayant procédé à une fermeture (qui n’est que temporaire), la municipalité de Jian a déclaré qu’il n’y avait pas de preuves que des fuites de plomb émanaient de la zone industrielle. Les Chinois se font toutefois de plus en plus vindicatifs contre les usines polluantes et certaines manifestations obtiennent gain de cause.Le 12 juillet 2012 à 11:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Man Utd confirm the sale of Daley Blind

first_imgManchester United have confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Ajax over the sale of defender Daley BlindThe Netherlands international has been deemed surplus to requirements by head coach Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford and is now set to make a return to his former club in Amsterdam this summer in a reported deal of £18.5m.Blind left Ajax in 2014 to join United, but has fallen out of favour under Mourinho with just four Premier League starts to his name in the past year.The 28-year-old is now expected to sign a four-year contract at Ajax.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…In his four years at United, Blind scored six goals in his 141 appearances and won the FA Cup, EFL Cup and the Europa League.#MUFC has agreed terms with Ajax for the transfer of @BlindDaley. A further announcement will be made in due course. pic.twitter.com/XEvxEeOG2I— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 16, 2018last_img read more

Klopp on Liverpools high point of the year

first_imgLiverpool’s boss Jurgen Klopp has taken the time-out to reflect on his teams best moments of the year in what has been a case of mixed fortunes.Speaking about the Reds journey to the Champions League, Klopp reiterated it was one of the finest moments of the year.“The high point was probably making Champions League qualification, or coming into the hotel in Rome after reaching the Champions League final was not too bad either. It was a nice reception. He told SkySports.“If we could have finished that competition at that moment it would have helped, we would have had two weeks more holiday! And not the frustrating moment in Kiev. But the whole season was nice, we enjoyed it a lot, there were lots of good moments.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“That’s the thing about working with a good football team, you have a lot of good games and good results. The Champions League was so exciting, the pressure in different games, winning 3-0 at home to Manchester City but when we had to go there for the return game everyone knows it means nothing, but we did it there too.“It was the same going to Rome with the 5-2 and you think ok – it’s nothing. The game starts like it starts and you have that up and down in the game, so that was all pretty special. It was a good season, I enjoyed it a lot.“We go for everything, that doesn’t mean we get everything, but we are now in three competitions, thank god, and in a really good moment. We will try to get everything as long as we are in the competitions.”last_img read more

Wells Fargo robbery suspect held on 150000 bail

first_imgA 62-year-old bank robbery suspect inadvertently revealed his identity to police by using a pay slip with his name and address for his robbery note, court records say.Joseph F. Pierce of Vancouver faces a charge of first-degree robbery at his May 29 arraignment in Clark County Superior Court in connection with the May 6 robbery of a Wells Fargo branch in Vancouver. During a first appearance Wednesday, Judge John Nichols held him on $150,000 bail. The judge appointed Vancouver -attorney Jeff Souder to defend him.Pierce is accused of holding up the bank branch inside a Safeway grocery store at 6701 E. Mill Plain Blvd. at about 4:10 p.m. He handed a teller a note saying he had a gun and wanted money from the till, according to a probable cause affidavit. He then allegedly opened up a black nylon bag and revealed a silver handgun.The teller gave him between $1,300 and $2,000. Pierce drove away in a green 1998 Ford Mustang convertible, according to police.But Pierce forgot his robbery note, which he had scribbled on a pay slip listing his name and address, court documents said.Police went to Pierce’s residence, listed on the pay slip, and found no one at home, the probable cause affidavit said. Police learned of rumors that he was hiding at a hotel in Beaverton. The U.S. Marshal Oregon Fugitive Task Force ultimately found his convertible in the parking lot at Motel 6, 12855 S.E. 97th Ave. in Clackamas, Ore. Pierce was arrested early Friday at the hotel and returned to Clark County on a warrant for first-degree robbery.last_img read more