Michigan State Takes Over As Consensus No. 1 In College Basketball Polls

first_imgCollege Basketball polls for week 7 of the season.Twitter/@MSU_BasketballLast week saw a major shake-up at the top of the college basketball world, and it is definitely reflected in the updated AP and Coaches Polls. After Kentucky fell at UCLA and Maryland dropped to former No. 1 UNC, we have a new top team: the Michigan State Spartans. Tom Izzo’s club is 9-0, and followed up by Kansas in the AP, and Iowa State in the Coaches Poll. The Spartans are the new No. 1 according to the latest USA TODAY Coaches Poll. pic.twitter.com/gWxtC9vt88— Spartan Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) December 7, 2015Here are both full Top 25 polls:AP Poll:1. Michigan State2. Kansas3. North Carolina4. Iowa State5. Kentucky6. Maryland7. Oklahoma8. Duke9. Villanova10. Virginia11. Purdue12. Xavier13. Arizona14. West Virginia15. Providence16. Baylor17. Miami (FL)18. Butler19. SMU20. Gonzaga21. Vanderbilt22. Louisville23. Cincinnati24. Oregon25. UtahUSA Today Coaches Poll:1. Michigan State2. Iowa State3. North Carolina4. Kentucky5. Duke6. Villanova7. Kansas8. Oklahoma9. Maryland10. Virginia11. Purdue12. Arizona13. Xavier14. West Virginia15. Baylor16. Vanderbilt17. Gonzaga18. Providence19. Louisville20. Miami (FL)21. Butler22. Cincinnati23. Oregon24. Utah25. Texas A&Mlast_img read more

Stay as Warm as the Mars Rovers with OROS Jackets

first_imgOuter space is so ridiculously cold (and smells like rum and raspberries) that even the robots we send up there need intense insulation. OROS has harnessed the insulation technology NASA developed for our robots and uses it to keep us Earthlings warm while looking cool.NASA has always been inventive when it comes to gear. The first space suits worn by the likes of Neil Armstrong were made by bra manufacturers who had a lot of experience with tiny stitches, complex engineering and design, and the fabrics necessary for space. His suit was hand stitched by seamstresses who were under pressure not to ruin an almost $700,000 suit (in today’s dollars).Co-Founder Michael MarkesberyWe’ve come along way since then. Voyager 1 has left our solar system, we’ve got an International Space Station, and two adorable Rovers zooming around on Mars. But all this exploration requires we keep the precious gear insulated against unimaginable temperatures. The Mars Rovers are battling temperatures anywhere from a delightful 70 degrees F on a summer day to minus 100 degrees F, even minus 195 degrees F at the poles. The NASA geniuses found the insulation solution in an aerogel.It just so happens that OROS co-founder Michael Markesbery was part of a NASA scholarship program, so he learned about this aerogel firsthand. He also realized humans might like to be really warm. So, he worked with OROS co-founder Rithvik Venna to make this aerogel a bit more flexible and better suited for human clothing and named it SolarCore. It forms the basis of their OROS outerwear line.Say so long to oversized, puffy jackets– OROS outerwear is so sleek and thin people will worry you’re not wearing enough layers in winter temperatures, but you’ll know you’re wearing space magic. SolarCore is 90 percent air, which translates to much thinner clothing, allowing for more functionality and range of motion. It also doesn’t lose its ability to retain heat when compressed, like goose down can. In fact, the guys at OROS include vents in the arms so you can cool down if need be. Did we mention you can also throw this bad boy in the wash after a hard day of biathlon training or hiking or whatever you do in the cold? Low maintenance, high heat.If you need proof beyond the fact that the Mars Rovers are happily chugging along, sending back pictures of Trump’s face and aliens pointing at stuff, watch this video. In it, you get to watch a young man with so much confidence in his OROS jacket, he allows himself to be sprayed in liquid nitrogen, which is minus 321 degrees F. Inside, his jacket was a balmy 89 degrees F.You’re not only going to be toasty warm in your OROS gear, you’re also going to be left with significantly more money in your wallet. The Orion Series Parka is a reasonable $275 and their Rover Series Hybrid Jacket (coolest raincoat ever) is just $120.Designed for the final frontier, there’s no place your OROS can’t handle.For more information on this or other gear, head to OROS’ official website.  14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Editors’ Recommendations A Pop-Up Hotel Is Coming to the North Pole in 2020 last_img read more

ECC Remains Focused on Certifyng 300 Basic Schools by 2019

first_imgStory Highlights Director of Sector Support Services at the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Nordia Seymour-Hall, says the ECC remains focused on certifying approximately 300 basic schools by 2019. The presentations, representing proceeds raised from the 2017 MoBay City Run 5K/10K road races, were made during a brief ceremony at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Western Jamaica Campus in Montego Bay on Tuesday (March 6). “This is what we call the formative years. This is where the brain starts developing and where education – the art of learning – actually begins. These life basics include mental and physical development and are essential building blocks for life,” Mrs. Seymour-Hall added. Director of Sector Support Services at the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Nordia Seymour-Hall, says the ECC remains focused on certifying approximately 300 basic schools by 2019.She emphasised the importance of this against the background of the early-childhood phase being regarded as one of the most critical stages of the education system.“This is what we call the formative years. This is where the brain starts developing and where education – the art of learning – actually begins. These life basics include mental and physical development and are essential building blocks for life,” Mrs. Seymour-Hall added.She was speaking at the presentation of cheques totalling $4 million to cover tuition for tertiary students as well as donations to four early-childhood institutions in western Jamaica.The presentations, representing proceeds raised from the 2017 MoBay City Run 5K/10K road races, were made during a brief ceremony at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Western Jamaica Campus in Montego Bay on Tuesday (March 6).Mrs. Seymour-Hall said it is important that educational development be spot on during the early stages of a child’s life, arguing that if something should go wrong, “it can have an effect on how the person grows and develops later” during adolescence and adulthood.She further contended that after age 25 it becomes extremely difficult, if not impossible, to alter or change what has become ingrained.“This is why we have to reach the little ones. Studies have shown that when you invest in early-childhood education you will get the desired and also quick results,” Mrs. Seymour-Hall added.Two cheques totalling $4 million dollars were presented. One for $3.5 was handed over to representatives of the UWI’s and University of Technology’s Western Campuses, Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College, and Montego Bay Community College to assist needy tertiary students enrolled at those institutions.The other cheque, for $500,000, was presented for four early-childhood institutions.“It is also important to point out that of the over 100 certified early-childhood institutions in the country, a third of them are in western Jamaica. This is why it is important to have organisations like the MoBay City Run (organising committee) lending support to the sector in this region,” Mrs. Seymour-Hall said.For his part, Acting Director for the UWI Western Jamaica Campus, Patrick Prendergast, welcomed the gesture by the MoBay City Run’s organisers, whom he lauded for displaying “both the vision and virtues” of investing in education.“There is really no substitute for a good education, and it is very encouraging to have organisations like these assisting students to realise their dreams,” he added.Since its inception in 2014, the charity run has raised and handed out more than $15 million to needy beneficiaries.last_img read more

Chapelton Hospital to Be Upgraded

first_imgStory Highlights Speaking at the ceremony to break ground for the project on Thursday (October 18), Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said the facility was recently renovated at a cost of J$23 million and the support from Push Start will double the bed capacity. The Chapelton Community Hospital in Clarendon is set to benefit from major expansion and upgrade at a cost of US$1 million. The Chapelton Community Hospital in Clarendon is set to benefit from major expansion and upgrade at a cost of US$1 million.Push Start Foundation, a United States-based entity headed by Clarendon native, Beverly Nichols, is providing the funds to undertake the project.This includes a new minor operating theatre; expanded waiting and records areas; improved bathroom facilities for men, women, patients and staff; new laboratory to improve diagnostic services; improved parking area and water storage facility; and new electrical and plumbing works.Four additional doctors’ offices will be built and a second ward to accommodate 15 beds, bringing the total number of bed spaces to 30.Speaking at the ceremony to break ground for the project on Thursday (October 18), Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said the facility was recently renovated at a cost of J$23 million and the support from Push Start will double the bed capacity.He lauded the partnership with the diaspora organisation to improve healthcare for residents of Chapelton and surrounding areas, noting that “this is a formula for success going forward”.“We are very grateful… .  It epitomises a formula that is the right (one) to develop and expand healthcare,” he added.Ms. Nichols, in her remarks, said she was moved to assist after seeing the needs at the hospital.  “Healthcare is not a luxury; it is a basic necessity,” she noted.Ms. Nichols was recently conferred with the Order of Distinction (OD) in the rank of Officer, for outstanding contribution to the Jamaican diaspora in New York, adding to the Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service she received in 2011, for contribution to community development and healthcare.Member of Parliament for North Central Clarendon, Hon. Pearnel Charles, and Chairman of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), Wayne Chen, welcomed the development of the hospital. Member of Parliament for North Central Clarendon, Hon. Pearnel Charles, and Chairman of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), Wayne Chen, welcomed the development of the hospital.last_img read more

Conservation group to take over eastern Ontario land to protect wildlife

first_imgTORONTO – Looking at an image of Canada taken from the space station at night, there is a sliver of darkness amidst the bright lights of southeastern Ontario.That’s the Frontenac Arch, the densest forest southern Ontario has to offer, and the environmental charity Nature Conservancy of Canada has purchased parts of it to ensure it remains protected in the future.“It’s the highway for migrating wildlife,” Gary Bell, a program director with the NCC, said of the 50-kilometre stretch of land that links the habitat of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York to the Canadian Shield in the Algonquin Highlands.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced Monday afternoon that the NCC is taking possession of six new properties in the region. The federal government is granting the charity nearly $664,000 to purchase the properties, in addition to more than $1.2 million raised by the NCC.Bell noted that one of the properties was donated by its longtime owner.The NCC is a land trust — a non-profit, charitable organization that acquires, restores and conserves land, sometimes removing invasive weeds or mapping the location of rare species.“We do it in kind of a methodical fashion, identifying the most important lands for protecting habitat for native species,” said Bell.The Frontenac Arch’s location and its dense forest make it one of the areas the NCC wants to safeguard, he said.The land in the region is made up largely of granite, with wetlands, swamps and marble ridges.“It’s not very hospitable for human development, and so it was the last of the southern Ontario lands to be given out as homestead lands. A lot of it was developed after the War of 1812,” Bell said.But when farmers found the land difficult to work, much of it was turned back into a forested area.It’s home to a number of endangered or rare species, including the five-linked skink, which is Ontario’s only lizard, the gray ratsnake, which is the largest snake in Canada, and the Least Bittern, which is the smallest species of heron.Bell said the restoration and conservation of the new properties should go a long way to help protect the species travelling through the area.And that’s part of why people are willing to sell the land, which in many cases had been in their families for generations, he said.“They like to see and think that their property is going to be maintained the way they loved it. Often, people contact us because they know that land isn’t going to be developed, and is going to be part of a larger picture and always be the way it is, the way they remember it.”He said that the NCC has also bought property from people who had been planning on developing the land.“But by and large, these large parcels are coming from longstanding owners,” he said.last_img read more

Backpack designer Herschel Supply opening first store in Vancouvers Gastown area

first_imgVANCOUVER – Backpack and luggage company Herschel Supply Co. says it is opening its first bricks-and-mortar store in Vancouver’s Gastown district.The company says the 5,000-square-foot space in a heritage building near the waterfront will have its grand opening on Saturday, June 16.The opening represents a change in direction for Vancouver-based Herschel Supply, which has been selling its brightly coloured bags, jackets and hats online and in retail shops such as Hudson’s Bay and Nordstrom’s.Lyndon Cormack, who founded the brand in 2009 with his brother Jamie, says the store will show customers what the brand is all about: “exploration, innovation and storytelling.”It will include a family of figurative sculptures and video screens showing store guests “parallel realities” in locations around the globe.The company says its products are sold in more than 70 countries and it has over 200 employees in Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai and Hong Kong.Herschel takes its name from a tiny hamlet in Saskatchewan where the Cormack brothers’ great-grandparents settled from Scotland.last_img read more

UN tribunal finds former Rwandan investigator guilty of leaking information

2 July 2009A former Rwandan investigator for the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the mass killings that engulfed the small African nation in 1994 was found guilty today by the same court of leaking protected information. Léonidas Nshogoza, who worked for the defence during the trial of Jean de Dieu Kamuhanda, was given a 10-month sentence by International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which sits in Arusha, Tanzania.Charged with contempt of the Tribunal for repeatedly meeting with and disclosing protected information about two witnesses, Mr. Nshogoza was acquitted of three other counts today.In its judgment, the trial chamber said it took into account aggravating factors, including his repeated meetings with protected witnesses, his legal background and his position as an investigator in the Kamuhanda defense team.But it also noted that it had considered mitigating factors, including the family situation of Mr. Nshogoza, who has three teen-aged children.Mr. Kamuhanda is serving concurrent life sentences after being convicted of genocide and extermination by the ICTR, which found that he had supervised the killings in his native Gikomero commune in the Kigali-Rural prefecture.The ICTR was set up by the Security Council in the wake of the genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutu moderates were killed, mainly by machete, during a period of less than 100 days starting in early April 1994. read more

New envoys appointed by Sri Lanka urged to focus on investments

He pointed that the priority areas in this regard are investments, trade, technical cooperation, education, health, increase Sri Lankan exports and technical cooperation. President Sirisena said that the envoys representing Sri Lanka abroad should firmly commit themselves to the policies and the vision of the Government and promote Sri Lanka keeping that in mind.He pointed out the imperative need to showcase the correct positive picture of Sri Lanka and take corrective steps when interested parties spread falsehoods and disinformation through social media and other mediums. Addressing 10 Ambassadors and High Commissioners at the Presidential secretariat today, the President said the first and foremost duty of the envoys is to promote Sri Lanka abroad and obtain maximum possible cooperation from the host nations. New envoys appointed by Sri Lanka have been urged by President Maithripala Sirisena to focus on investments, trade, technical cooperation, education, health and increase Sri Lankan exports and technical cooperation.President Maithripala Sirisena urged the newly appointed Ambassadors and High Commissioners to serve the interests of the country with utmost dedication and commitment while serving abroad, representing Sri Lanka. read more

Trump tweets dont help 1st Twitter revenue drop since IPO

FILE – In this Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, file photo, the Twitter logo appears on a phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter’s frequent presence in the news, as the preferred megaphone for President Donald Trump, has not translated into profit or meaningful user growth for the company. Twitter, Inc. reports earnings on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – You’d think Twitter would be able to milk its status as President Donald Trump’s megaphone. But the company still faces stagnant user growth, has never made a profit and even reported a quarterly revenue decline Wednesday, a first since going public.Trump’s frequent tweets ricochet well beyond his 28 million Twitter followers. Anything he tweets can serve as fodder for social media, TV news shows and, often, late-night comedy. Analysts say Twitter’s user engagement — how often people respond, retweet or “like,” for instance — likely benefited from “political discourse” in the first quarter.The problem: The people already on Twitter may well be using it more, but America’s first true “Twitter President” hasn’t inspired others to sign up for Twitter en masse. This could well be because they don’t have to. Thanks to Twitter’s public nature, anyone can read Trump’s posts (or any other posts as long as they are shared publicly, they don’t need an account to do so).That said, Twitter’s quarterly results surpassed Wall Street’s modest expectations and, combined with an increase in both overall users daily usage, boosted the company’s beleaguered stock price.BY THE NUMBERSTwitter said Wednesday it had an average of 328 million monthly users during the first quarter, a 3 per cent increase from 319 million during the previous quarter. By contrast, Facebook has 1.89 billion and Facebook-owned Instagram has 600 million monthly users as of December, the latest available. More users, of course, mean more advertising revenue for the companies, since businesses try to reach as many eyeballs as possible.Twitter has never turned a profit, and for the first time since going public in 2013, it reported a decline in revenue from the previous year. Its revenue was $548.3 million, down 8 per cent.Net loss was $61.6 million, or 9 cents per share, compared with a loss of $79.7 million, or 12 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding stock compensation expenses and other one-time items, the company earned 11 cents per share in the latest quarter, down from 15 cents a year earlier.Twitter beat Wall Street expectations for adjusted income of 2 cents on revenue of $517.3 million, according to FactSet. Twitter’s shares jumped $1.46, or 10 per cent, to $16.13 in midday trading. The stock is still down 1 per cent year-to-date, compared with a nearly 7 per cent increase for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index.JOIN THE CONVERSATIONWith its slogan “it’s what’s happening,” Twitter has been trying to corner the market for real-time information, to be a place where people can go to find out what’s going on in the world and talk about it with friends and strangers.And it’s not just politics, but also sports events like the March Madness college basketball tournament or World Cup soccer, not to mention the stuff seemingly made for Twitter, such as the outrage over the dragging of a paying United passenger off a full flight to make room for crew. Video was shared widely on Twitter, as were jokes and anger toward the airline.As with Facebook, Twitter also has been pushing live video — whether on its main service or through its Periscope app — to keep users interested and engaged. This includes both user-generated content and live-streaming deals. Sports events are especially lucrative.THE COMPETITIONThat’s why the recent loss of an NFL deal to Amazon was an especially hard blow to Twitter. Twitter streamed 10 Thursday Night Football games last year and had counted on them to lure in users and keep existing ones entertained. In its quarterly letter to investors in February, the company called the games “the major highlight of the fourth quarter” when it comes to live sports.Amazon appears to have simply outbid Twitter. The Associated Press and other news outlets reported that Amazon’s one-year deal for the 2017 season is worth close to $50 million, about five times what Twitter paid for the right to stream the games last year. Stifel analyst Scott Devitt said that while the NFL deal likely contributed about 1 per cent of Twitter’s 2016 revenue, it “seemed to be an important pillar of Twitter’s Live strategy.”And in the wake of such setbacks, competition is growing. Besides Facebook and Instagram, Twitter is also vying for advertising revenue from Snap Inc., the owner of Snapchat. Snap recently had completed its initial public offering and will report earnings in May.One closely watched metric that did improve for Twitter — its daily active usage increased by 14 per cent from a year ago. That’s compares with an 11 per cent increase in the previous quarter and a 7 per cent the quarter before that. Twitter didn’t report the actual usage, just the percentage growth. Still, it’s a further sign that those already on Twitter are using it more. by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Posted Apr 26, 2017 10:03 am MDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2017 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Trump tweets don’t help: 1st Twitter revenue drop since IPO read more

Hidden Ireland Ancient Irelands secrets unveiled

first_img(Abandoned Ireland/YouTube)SCATTERED AROUND THE island of Ireland are thousands of places that link us to the past.Impressive round towers, isolated dolmen stones and long-forgotten tombs stand as they have done for centuries, away from civilisation as we know it, all waiting to be visited by us.But for too many people, these sites are unknown. We drive past them on long trips, we might see the signposts every day, but we just don’t make the effort to see what’s there.But that could all change thanks to husband-and-wife team Tarquin Blake and Fiona Reilly, who have combined their knowledge of Irish heritage with an explorer’s nose and a photographer’s eye and created a huge guidebook to the best Irish heritage sites.Their book, Ancient Ireland: Exploring Irish Historic Monuments, would give even those with a cursory knowledge of Irish history a sense of excitement. It will make you want to throw on a pair of wellies, get in the car and seek out the nearest location to you. Who knows what you’ll find?The processBlake, a keen photographer, is known for his Abandoned Ireland books, while Reilly is an archaeologist. Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Blake said that putting together the 312-page book began three years ago.He set himself a personal challenge to get the photography done within a year, but the research and writing meant reading around 1,000 journals and books.The idea came to Blake after being asked by readers of his Abandoned Mansions books about how they could get to the locations.The mansions are not really suitable for members of the public to visit. At the same time, my wife is an archaeologist and she was dragging me around these places and I started getting interested in the castles and tombs.He realised these were national monuments under State ownership that would be much easier to visit – but the first thing he had to do was to narrow down the sites, as there are around 1000 national monuments in the Republic of Ireland and 2000 in the North.The criteria he used was that he could get decent photographs of the places; that the locations differed in some way; and that there was an interesting story around the places.In covering the 32 counties, the book also covers all the periods of Irish history up to modern times.“It covers a full 10,000 years of human occupation of the island of Ireland,” said Blake. There are even maps and GPS coordinates for each location to encourage people to take trips to them and each site is profiled in an accessible – rather than boring or academic – way.The locationsOne of his favourite locations is Carrowkeel Passage tomb cemetery in Co Sligo, where his first visit left him “gobsmacked”.Blake doesn’t believe that these sites are well-advertised in the Republic, but admits that the OPW doesn’t have an enormous amount of resources for this.One of the aims of the book really was to try and make people aware of these heritage sites we have in Ireland and get people out to these places – some of these sites they are not well visited at all.Blake jokes about “dragging the family around with me” while taking shots for the book, but his wife was equally delighted to take part.The first photo in the book was even taken on their honeymoon. The couple split the writing duties, with Reilly penning the introduction.“I was trying to stop her being too academic and she was making sure I had everything correct,” laughed Blake. “I thought we were a good combination.”“I’ve been all around the world looking at places, and the tombs in Egypt are special – but we’ve got things that are spectacular,” said Reilly.She pointed out that lots of Irish people explore other countries when they go on holiday, but they haven’t explored their own country.One of her favourite locations is Kilcooley Abbey in Co Tipperary, which has incredibly well-preserved Medieval carvings.While the couple want people to visit these sites, they encourage visitors not to take anything away from them, such as stones or keepsakes.“Respect the place that you’re in and remember how old it is. Some of them have been here for thousands of years and we want them to be there for thousands of years more,” said Reilly.With Ancient Ireland, Blake and Reilly have brought us the definitive guide to Ireland’s ancient sites – and with his next book, Blake will be taking us around haunted Ireland. Clearly, there’s still much more of Ireland yet to explore.Below are some photographs from the book, all taken by Tarquin Blake.last_img read more

Énergie éolienne feu vert pour la construction du premier parc en mer

first_imgÉnergie éolienne : feu vert pour la construction du premier parc en mer aux USAÉtats-Unis – Après près de dix ans de controverse, les autorités fédérales américaines ont donné leur feu vert à la construction de la première centrale éolienne en mer aux États-Unis. Ce parc de 130 turbines sera installé au large de Nantucket, dans le Massachusetts.”Après presque dix ans d’études et d’analyses approfondies, je pense que ce projet peut être réalisé de façon responsable et en tenant compte des richesses historiques et culturelles de cette région” a déclaré Ken Salazar, le ministre des Affaires intérieures qui a donné mercredi son accord pour la construction du premier parc éolien offshore aux États-Unis.À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Les propriétaires des résidences luxueuses situées situé dans la région du détroit de Nantucket sont farouchement opposés au projet, mais Ken Salazar a rejeté les conclusions du comité consultatif de la région selon lesquelles “l’impact visuel” du parc pouvait constituer un argument recevable pour le refuser. Les éoliennes, 130 au lieu des 170 initialement prévues, seront construites à huit kilomètres de la côte. Leur distribution devra par ailleurs être reconfigurée pour minimiser l’impact visuel.”Avec cette décision, l’avenir énergétique des États-Unis prend une nouvelle direction” s’est félicité M. Salazar. Le projet permettra en effet d’éliminer quelque 700.000 tonnes d’émissions de CO2 par an. La décision des autorités fédérales américaines est bien sûr saluée par les écologistes et notamment le Sierra Club, qui voit en cette annonce “une énorme victoire pour l’énergie propre”.  Le 2 mai 2010 à 16:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Des appels illimités vers les mobiles depuis la Bbox

first_imgDes appels illimités vers les mobiles depuis la BboxBouygues Telecom va renouveler sa gamme de forfaits avec le lancement d’une option permettant les appels illimités depuis sa Bbox vers les mobiles.La guerre des offres des fournisseurs d’accès à Internet (FAI) continue. Bouygues Telecom a dévoilé ses nouvelles armes hier avec une gamme de nouveaux forfaits pour sa Bbox. Le plus grand changement concerne tout d’abord l’enregistreur numérique, option facturée 5 euros par mois jusqu’à maintenant et désormais incluse dans les forfaits, qui voient néanmoins leur prix augmenter. Le forfait de base passe ainsi de 29,90 à 31,90 euros par mois. Mais la grande évolution concerne les appels vers les mobiles. Pour un forfait triple play (Internet, télévision, téléphone) plus 3 heures de communication vers des portables, il vous en coûtera 34,90 euros mensuels (contre 39,90 auparavant). Bouygues lancera surtout en mai son option appels illimités vers les mobiles, portant le forfait triple play à 37,90 euros par mois, s’alignant ainsi sur les tarifs de la Neufbox Evolution et restant moins cher qu’Orange (40 euros). La Freebox Revolution reste en revanche légèrement en dessous à 35,98 euros. Le 4 mars 2011 à 14:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les secrets de la sexualité des pandas révélés grâce à leurs excréments

first_imgLes secrets de la sexualité des pandas révélés grâce à leurs excrémentsUn chercheur chinois et son équipe ont passé près de 150 jours à arpenter la forêt enneigée et les plantations de bambou à la recherche d’excréments de pandas géants. Des échantillons qui ont révélé de précieuses informations sur le système hormonal des animaux.Il semblerait bien que les pandas géants ne soient pas les animaux sexuellement paresseux et incompétents que leur réputation ne laisse entendre. C’est du moins ce que suggère une étude menée pendant plus de 6 mois par Yong-Gang Nie, un écologiste de l’Académie chinoise des Sciences et son collègue le professeur Fuwen Wei, dans la réserve naturelle de Foping en Chine. Publiée dans la revue European Journal of Wildlife research, celle-ci suggère que c’est en réalité une alimentation pauvre et un faible taux de testostérone qui seraient responsables des difficultés d’accouplement que rencontrent les pandas. Pour arriver à une telle conclusion, les chercheurs ont surveillé pendant près de 150 jours deux pandas mâles dans la réserve de Foping. Mais alors que ces animaux sont plutôt calmes et solitaires, ils sont difficiles à suivre et repérer. L’équipe de Yong-Gang Nie a donc dû les munir de colliers repérés par satellite afin de les localiser et de les observer. Grâce à cette surveillance, elle a ainsi pu constater que lorsque les mâles rencontraient une femelle en chaleur, ceux-ci l’entouraient afin d’avoir une chance de s’accoupler. De la testostérone dans les excréments “C’est à ce moment là qu’ils devenaient assez bruyants, c’était donc un autre moyen pour nous de les repérer. Nous sommes montés dans les montagnes et nous avons écouté ces groupes de pandas qui s’étaient formés pour l’accouplement”, raconte à BBC Nature le Dr Ronald Swaisgood, un autre spécialiste des pandas. Or, ce comportement soudainement affectueux ou agressif découle majoritairement des niveaux de testostérone dans les organismes des pandas. Ainsi, les chercheurs ont voulu savoir comment ces taux variaient lors de la saison des amours et ont étudié des échantillons bien particuliers pour avoir le fin mot de l’histoire : les excréments des animaux.  En examinant ceux que les pandas avaient laissés sur leur chemin, les scientifiques ont alors constaté que le pic hormonal durant cette période était en fait étonnamment bref. Plus précisément, ils ont réalisé que les mâles “attendaient” de trouver une femelle en chaleur avant de booster leur niveau de testostérone. “Dès que la femelle est en chaleur et qu’ils entourent cette femelle – boum – la testostérone grimpe”, explique le Dr Swaisgood. Il ajoute : “Nous avions prédit que les pandas montreraient une hausse saisonnière de l’hormone. Ils devaient juste augmenter le niveau de testostérone… pour toute la saison”.Une alimentation trop peu énergétique Alors pourquoi ce pic est-il si bref ? D’après les scientifiques, le secret se cache dans l’alimentation des animaux. En effet, la production de testostérone est très énergivore. “L’hormone amorce le système entier et fait brûler bien plus d’énergie”, précise la spécialiste. Or, les pandas se nourrissent essentiellement de bambou, qu’ils doivent manger en grande quantité pour avoir suffisamment d’énergie. À lire aussiQuand un panda s’attaque à un bonhomme de neige au CanadaMais juste avant la saison des amours, le bambou est à sa plus basse qualité de l’année, fournissant ainsi moins d’énergie aux animaux. “Les pandas sont trop faibles en énergie à la saison des amours pour supporter les coûteux effets secondaires de la testostérone sur leurs réserves d’énergie”, indique le Dr Swaisgood. D’où le pic si bref et le peu d’intérêt dont font parfois preuve les mâles vis-à-vis des femelles.  Les difficultés de reproduction des pandas ne viendraient donc pas que de leur caractère mais aussi de l’insuffisance de nourriture suffisamment énergétique. En conséquence, le spécialiste des pandas suggèrent que les programmes de reproduction doivent également prendre en compte ce facteur et considérer avec précision l’alimentation des animaux concernés s’ils souhaitent parvenir à leurs fins. Le 1 octobre 2011 à 17:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

High School Football 2016 Special section for special sport

first_imgThe lights on a crisp Friday night.The evening’s energy amplified by a blaring band and chipper cheerleaders.The rooter buses. The road trips. The stories that will be told well beyond the weekend.All of these things make high school football special.But one word in particular best describes why we hold high school football so dear — community.To score a touchdown, it takes a community of 11 players, each playing a unique role.And when we gather to cheer at high school stadiums across Clark County, we too are coming together as a community.We cheer with friends and neighbors. We cheer for them too.We cheer the school that bonds us, whether we are students, alumni or parents.Today, the Columbian is celebrating high school football with a 36-page special section.In it, you’ll find stories on each Clark County team. You’ll learn what each hopes to achieve this season. You’ll get to know the players who will turn those goals into reality.You’ll learn about all four local leagues, each of which has been reshaped by reclassification.And you’ll read about how for Clark County’s top players, football is no longer a sport limited to the autumn months.At The Columbian, we love to tell stories of triumph and tension. You find those on the football field each Friday night.But most of all, we tell stories about our community.In the athletes on field and supporters in the stands, in high school football you find many examples of what makes this community great.last_img read more

Navas Ill only leave Real Madrid when I cannot be the

first_imgKeylor Navas revealed that he will only consider his Real Madrid future once it’s crystal clear to him that he’s no longer the first-choice goalkeeperSince Thibaut Courtois’ €35m arrival from Chelsea last summer, Navas has found himself demoted to the bench this season in favour of the Belgium international.Although Courtois’ hip injury could give Navas a chance to have a few games in goal and stake his claim for a regular starting spot to manager Santiago Solari.Amid reported interest from the likes of Juventus and Arsenal, the Costa Rican also made it clear he won’t be leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.“The day when I realise that I cannot be the first-choice goalkeeper will be the day I leave,” said Navas, according to AS.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“That is what I have always worked towards, but after that, there is someone who makes the decisions and it’s up to us to train hard and perform well when we get the chance to play.“In the meantime, you have to wait for your turn. We don’t know what’s going to happen [with Courtois’ injury], only the coach knows what the situation is.“I am at the coach’s disposal 100 per cent – we have to be united.”Navas received the Iberoamericana Community Trophy at the National Sports Awards from Spanish King Felipe VI at the Royal Palace in El Pardo in Madrid on Thursday.last_img read more

Art and social concern

first_imgThe colours, shapes and emotions have emerged from the very soul of the Capital city, and together they will converge at AIFACS this summer. As a part of a group exhibition titled Panorama, over 30 city-based artists will bring to the viewers a varying range of interpretations of raging contemporary issues from April 15 – 21.Curated by Priyanka Banerjee, Panorama, literally meaning an unbroken view of a subject, celebrates the talents of the fresh and the new, and makes a compelling case for contemporary art in the city. Some of the participating artists include Mridul Chakraborty, Kashi Nath Bose, Ganesh Panda, Biplab Biswas, Nilay Sarkar, Preeti Gautam, Shikha Bisht, Naseem Khan, Prince Chand,  Shamsun nisa, Rajeev Semwal,  Sheikh Abdullah,  Rashid Khan ,Darshan Sharma   Meghna Agarwal, Rohini Jain,Hamlet shougrakpam , Shalini Varshney, Amit Kumar,  Sadaf Khan, Neeraj Mitra, Ankita Ahlawat, Hariom, and Shipra Gupta, among others. The exhibition delves into contemporary issues of social relevance, such as feminism, ethical treatment of animals, spiritual harmony and so on.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Nature, for instance, is explored through mutually symbiotic relationship between the flora and fauna. Urbanisation and industrialisation have exploited the natural layer of our ecosystem, and its awareness becomes paramount to awaken our collective consciousness. As each artist touches upon subjects such as these that have paralysed the society, their canvas becomes a window for us all to explore the possibilities. This one-of-its-kind event is funded by the artists entirely on their own. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSays curator Priyanka Banerjee, “Just the way a Panorama represents an entire worldview, this exhibition is a wholesome view of the thoughts of its many diverse yet like-minded artists. These artworks emote through vivid strokes – some are muted and some vibrant; together they create a surreal experience.”Dabbling in a diverse range of mediums, from watercolour, oils and pen and pencils to mixed media and sculpture, the artists bring to their canvas emotions that reverberate with social significance. Mridul Chakraborty depicts speed in the lives of human beings, while Rohini Jain’s paintings portray pigeons both symbolically and in abstract forms. Meghna Agarwal uses a variety of mediums to express ideas like power and permanence, while Nilay Sircar takes inputs from his surroundings, finding familiar elements across time and culture to create a new visual vocabulary and express the nuances of culture, folklore and history. Preeti Gautam chooses feminism as her subject to raise awareness about crime against women. Moreover, though from the same city, the artists’ personal training reflects national diversity. From Shantiniketan comes Hamlet Shougrakpam, while the prestigious Delhi College of Art finds its protégées in Meghna Agarwal, Md. Naseem Khan, Shipra Gupta and Rashid Khan. Calcutta Art College is represented by Nilay Sarkar. At the same time, self-taught artists such as Rohini Jain and Rajeev Semwal bring to the viewers a distinct set of skills that have set them on par with the professionals.When: April 15 – 21 Where: AIFACS, 1-RAFI MARGTiming: 11am to 7 pmlast_img read more

Amazon Pays Thousands of People to Listen to Alexa Voice Recordings

first_img Listen Now How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. April 11, 2019 When interacting with Alexa, you aren’t talking to a human, but that doesn’t mean to say other humans won’t hear what’s said. In fact, Amazon has thousands of people listening to our Alexa voice recordings every day.It may, or may not come as a revelation to you that what’s said in the vicinity of an Alexa smart speaker or display can be recorded and sent back to Amazon. As Bloomberg reports, there’s a big human element to Alexa, and it’s vital for the smart assistant to continue getting better at its job.Amazon employs thousands of people whose task it is to transcribe, annotate and then feedback into Alexa’s underlying software anything learned from specific recordings. This is a full time job for individuals scattered around the world, with confirmed locations in Costa Rica, India, Romania, and closer to home in Boston.A nine hour shift will see each employee listen to up to 1,000 voice recordings. Their task is to identify the human speech Alexa doesn’t fully understand and add the required extra information to ensure Alexa can respond more adeptly in future. By having thousands of people carry out this process daily, Amazon is relentlessly improving its smart assistant to handle any and all requests for all regions of the world. Customers can help too, though.The workers do occasionally hear upsetting and potentially criminal recordings, which are discussed in internal chat rooms and fed back to Amazon if necessary. However, Amazon’s stance is apparently one of not interfering. The workers also have no way of identifying who they are listening to as any personal or account information is removed.According to an Amazon spokesperson, “We take the security and privacy of our customers’ personal information seriously. We only annotate an extremely small sample of Alexa voice recordings in order [to] improve the customer experience. For example, this information helps us train our speech recognition and natural language understanding systems, so Alexa can better understand your requests, and ensure the service works well for everyone.”Bloomberg also discovered that even though Alexa is only meant to listen and record when the “wake word” is spoken, that’s not always the case. One of the workers spoken to said up to 100 recordings are being transcribed every day when Alexa was triggered by something other than the wake word.For anyone who uses Alexa and is concerned about these recordings, you can stop them from being listened to. In the Alexa Privacy Settings there is a “Manage How Your Data Improves Alexa” section where you can decide whether your voice recordings are used to “help develop new features” and/or “help improve transcription accuracy.” Opting out of those should stop your recordings being listened to by Amazon employees or contractors. This story originally appeared on PCMag 3 min readlast_img read more

Family of slain Costa Rican conservationist files lawsuits against government NGO and

first_imgThe family ofmurdered turtle conservationist Jairo Mora, who was killed while patrolling Moín Beach on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast on May 31, filed two lawsuits Monday morning in the province of Limón against the Costa Rican government, the conservation group that employed Mora and seven of the suspects police believe participated in the murder.The Prosecutor’s Office in San José and the family’s attorney, Javier Vargas, confirmed two civil lawsuits, one against the state and another against seven suspects – six of whom were detained in Limón earlier this month. They also confirmed the submission of the initial paperwork for a civil labor suit against the conservation NGO WIDECAST.Vargas said the lawsuit against the government and the suspects seeks at least ₡200 million ($400,000), while a suit against WIDECAST seeks up to ₡75 million ($150,000) for the NGO’s alleged failure to insure Mora.“WIDECAST had a responsibility to insure this man,” Vargas told The Tico Times. “He didn’t have insurance, which violates the country’s labor laws and would have helped his family after his death.”According to Vargas, the family is suing the state on the basis that police were aware of the danger Mora faced and failed to protect him. In the weeks after the murder, Limón Police Chief Erick Calderón confirmed that Mora had sought police help and had complained of receiving threats.“This year the poachers were able to completely take over the beach because of a lack of police force,” Vanessa Lizano, the head of the Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary in Limón, and a close friend of Mora’s, told The Tico Times the day after the murder. “Why didn’t they stay with him? It was their responsibility.”Vargas also said that his team is collecting information from the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) and the Prosecutor’s Office for a possible criminal and civil suit against both WIDECAST and the Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary for their part in an alleged agreement with poachers to purchase turtle eggs.According to the OIJ’s account, WIDECAST paid poachers $300 a month in exchange for eggs they collected on the beach. They would then bury the eggs in a hatchery instead of selling them. When the organization ran out of money Mora allegedly made an agreement with the poachers that allowed them to keep the eggs if they got there first. Fed up with the amount of eggs captured by poachers, Mora went to the police.“You can’t walk with God and make deals with the devil,” Vargas said. “This deal opened the door so that what happened could happen, which ended in the lamentable murder of Mora.”WIDECAST’s Costa Rica Director Didiher Chacón has vehemently denied the allegations that his organization paid for turtle eggs, but declined to comment about labor allegations.“WIDECAST has never had any agreement with any poacher,” he said. “I am sincerely sorry that the family has made the decision to sue.”Lizano, however, has said that her organization did have a poacher program, but back in 2012. Lizano says that their agreement was with 10 poachers who were hired by the sanctuary to walk the beach, and the deal didn’t involve simply paying for eggs. She said she does not believe the suspected murderers were involved with the program.As for the lawsuit, Lizano said she has been advised not to talk about details, but she is disappointed by the decision by Mora’s family to sue.“I am just extremely sad that this is happening because I was his friend and I know that he would never have wanted this ever,” she said. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

SKorean city to remake village into Macau rival

first_imgBut the Yongyu-Muui project saw little progress partly due to the global financial crisis. Incheon officials said they hope to gather fresh momentum for “EIGHTCITY” island to create a growth engine for the country.The EIGHTCITY chief said it secured $2.8 billion from South Korean investors and $1 billion from Britain’s Sanbar Development Corp., which will help get the project off the ground. The initial investment will be used to compensate island residents early next year. Building infrastructure and reclaiming land will cost another $27 billion.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How do cataracts affect your vision? 0 Comments   Share   Incheon hopes the tourism complex will lure the growing middle and upper class from China, who are spending more on leisure and travel, and tourists from Japan.To increase its appeal to Chinese tourists, the new island will be named “EIGHTCITY” and built in the shape of “8” after the auspicious number in China.The 5.7 million passengers passing through Incheon International Airport every year will also be targeted, a head of the project developer told a briefing.“It will become the world’s top city that has the creativity of Dubai, convention centers and casinos of Las Vegas and Macau, as well as the shopping centers and financial hubs of Hong Kong and Singapore,” said Park Seong-Hyun, vice chairman of EIGHTCITY Co., the project’s developer.International hotel operator Kempinski AG and South Korea’s flag carrier Korean Air Lines Co. are among the shareholders in the developer.When completed, Incheon said the area will be three times larger than Macau at 80 square kilometers (30 square miles).In early 2000s, Yongyu-Muui district was designated as a free-economic zone, along with several of Incheon’s other districts, to boost foreign investment in Asia’s fourth-largest economy. Top holiday drink recipes Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Top Stories AP Business WriterSEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korea’s Incheon city said Wednesday it aims to transform a small fishing island off the country’s west coast into a hub of tourism, shopping and gambling to rival Macau and Las Vegas.The city, 28 kilometers (17 miles) west of the capital Seoul, hopes to eventually attract up to $290 billion in investments by 2030 to build casinos, hotels, auto racing tracks, a marina and K-pop concert halls in its district of Yongyu-Muui. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

Nigerian presidents brother dies

first_img Top holiday drink recipes 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – The Nigerian presidency says President Goodluck Jonathan’s younger brother has died.Spokesman Reuben Abati said in a statement that Meni Innocent Jonathan died Tuesday at the National Hospital in Nigeria’s capital of Abuja following a brief illness.The hospital is considered one of most modern hospitals in a country where the political class typically seeks medical treatment abroad. Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix President Jonathan’s brother died on the president’s 55th birthday.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 0 Comments   Share   5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top Stories last_img read more