True Bloods Stephen Moyer Grows A Mo For Charity

first_imgTrue Blood star Stephen Moyer is taking part in the Movember challenge by growing a mustache.Stephen Moyer’s MoFrom the official Movember US website: “During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.“Once registered at, men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.“Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.“At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.”The funds raised in the US support prostate cancer and testicular cancer initiatives. The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and its men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG Foundation.To donate to Stephen Moyer’s challenge, and to see a gallery of his facial hair efforts, visit his Mo Space.last_img read more

Spanish Police Arrest Five Individuals for Residency Permit Forgery, Scamming Moroccans

Rabat – The Spanish Police arrested five people and investigated one more for their alleged belonging to a criminal group operating in the forgery of residency permits. The group simulates “relations between irregular immigrants and Spanish citizens,” in order to provide them with the reported that the group included three women and three men of Moroccan and Spanish nationalities, aged between 32 and 48 years old.Spanish National Police’s Central Squad of Illegal Immigration Networks and False Documents (UCRIF: Unidad Central de Redes de Inmigración Ilegal y Falsedades Documentales) began investigating the group after two Moroccan immigrants voluntarily turned themselves in at the Provincial Foreigners and Borders Brigade.  The two Moroccans complained that “a fellow Moroccan requested €6,000 from each in order to provide them with the necessary documentation to regularize their situation in Spain.”According to, the suspects attempted to falsify documents to register immigrants as a common-law couple. The group would then try to include the “couple”  in the register of inhabitants of a town near Granada. The final objective was to obtain a residency card as a relative of a citizen of the European Union, which means legal residency in Spain and freedom of movement within most EU countries.The investigation concluded that the main suspect, a 45-year-old Moroccan and legal resident, was in charge of recruiting clients interested in regularizing their stay in Spain.He would go to meeting places of the Moroccan community around the capital, offering his services and claiming to have “contacts” in official Spanish institutions. In return, the suspect demanded large amounts of money. read more

Report: More companies in China handing over technology

BEIJING — A business group says the number of foreign companies in China that feel compelled to hand over technology in exchange for market access has doubled since two years ago.The issue is one of the complaints behind President Donald Trump’s tariff fight with Beijing.The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China’s report Monday highlighted enduring complaints about “forced technology transfer” despite official denials and promises of change.The chamber said one in five companies that responded to a survey said they feel compelled to hand over technology. The number was higher in some industries — 30 per cent in petroleum and chemicals and 28 per cent in medical devices.Joe McDonald, The Associated Press

UNHCR helps resolve land issues in the north

This process is especially important for people like Yoganathan Selvarani, 36, who lives with her six children while her husband works overseas. Selvarani and her family are from a village close to the coast in Jaffna’s Aliyavalai area.They left the village after the area was hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004 and moved further inland. They then experienced multiple displacements when the civil war resumed and finally returned two years ago.“Even though we were living on the land, it was not properly demarcated so I couldn’t put up a fence,” said Selvarani, adding that survey department staff visited earlier this year and set up pegs marking the boundaries. “Since my husband isn’t here, a fence is essential to cordon off my land and provide some semblance of security,” she said, adding: “We couldn’t build it earlier without knowing exactly where the land’s boundaries are.” She has since built a fence with her brother’s help. UNHCR, through local partner organizations, is also helping in the demarcation process, so that returnees can cordon off their area and build protective fences. The agency funds transportation costs for government survey experts sent to demarcate property in remote rural areas. “Land documentation is critical for these families to restart their lives and reintegrate in their villages,” said Michael Zwack, UNHCR’s representative in Sri Lanka. “Without land deeds, returnee families cannot obtain the clearance to rebuild their homes or prove ownership in order to access housing assistance. Documents are also essential for families to claim compensation for private land that has been used for state purposes.” Three-and-a-half years after Sri Lanka’s civil war ended, fresh challenges have emerged as people continue to return home. The UN refugee agency is working with local authorities and partners to support sustainable returns by addressing some of these problems, including housing, land and property.The 26-year-long conflict, which ended in May 2009, left basic services in tatters, destroyed homes and infrastructure, and caused hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes in the north and east. As they fled, many families lost key documents, including property title deeds. To help tackle this thorny problem, the UN refugee agency has provided computers, photocopiers, scanners and fax machines to 45 local government offices dealing with land documentation and records in the Mannar, Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi districts. These will allow officials to process land claims and issue fresh documentation.UNHCR, following discussion with the Registrar General’s Department, will also arrange computer servers for 14 sub-offices in the north to help decentralize the process of issuing and storing documentation. The servers will also help link the offices and keep information on claims and titles. “The responsibility of meeting land and civil documentation needs generally lies with the Registrar General’s Department. These functions are decentralized to the local government offices and the land registries in the districts,” explained Zwack. “So while this equipment is provided primarily to help streamline the application process for land documentation, it also helps streamline the general functions and increase the efficiency of the local government offices.”Civil servants dealing with land issues welcomed the new equipment. Nadarajah Thurilinganathan, who heads the local government office in Maruthurankery, said chaos had ensued in 2006 when they had to move to a safer area of Jaffna district when the fighting came close.“During the relocation process, we lost all the documentation, including copies of land deeds belonging to the people in this area,” he said. “But thanks to this equipment we are now able to liaise with the [land] survey department and obtain new copies of the deeds.” With local government services virtually non-existent at the time of return, they were unable to obtain copies of documents or could not afford to do so. That meant many people could not prove that they owned their land. Targeted actions such as these are going a long way to ensure that smaller issues are identified and addressed pre-emptively. But beyond these practical measures, there is still an urgent need for a comprehensive nationwide policy on compensation and restitution for families whose private lands have been used for state purposes. Accelerated procedures to establish land claims and the establishment of alternate dispute resolution mechanisms could help to ensure a sustainable return of the displaced.More than 238,000 internally displaced people and 6,300 refugees have returned home in Sri Lanka since May 2009. read more

Nike is among companies to end business relationships with exBaltimore Ravens player

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Nike is among companies to end business relationships with ex-Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice by Eric Olson, The Associated Press Posted Sep 9, 2014 10:55 am MDT Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension from the NFL for domestic violence will cost him income from endorsements in addition to his $4 million in salary.Nike and Electronic Arts are among the businesses that announced Tuesday they have cut ties with Rice following the release of a video showing the former Baltimore Ravens running back striking his then-fiancee in February.Nike Inc. confirmed its decision to end its relationship with Rice via an email. EA Sports made the announcement that it will take his image out of the Madden ’15 video game on its “Madden NFL” official Twitter account.Two other companies, BodyArmor sports drink and VertiMax sports training equipment, disassociated themselves from Rice earlier this year.Rice made an estimated $1.6 million a year from endorsements, according to Forbes magazine.On Monday TMZ Sports released a grainy video showing Rice and Janay Palmer in an elevator at an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino. Each hits the other before Rice knocks Palmer off her feet and into a railing. Months ago, a TMZ video showed Rice dragging Palmer, now his wife, from the elevator at the Revel casino.“He may have had a slight chance of saving his marketability before that video came out (Monday),” San Francisco sports marketing analyst Bob Dorfman said. “The violence of the video, and just the horrific nature of it, you’ve seen what it’s done to the public opinion of him.”The Ravens said on Twitter that they’re planning to offer an exchange for Rice jerseys. His No. 27 jersey no longer is available on the NFL fan shop website, and Dick’s and Modell’s are among the sporting goods stores that have pulled the jerseys from their racks.Before the latest video was released, Rice also had been removed as a spokesman for East Coast-based M&T Bank.Rice is among the high-profile athletes cut by Nike because of scandal. Cyclist Lance Armstrong and track star Justin Gatlin were let go after they were found to have used performance-enhancing drugs and South African paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius after he was accused of murdering his girlfriend.The athletic clothing and footwear giant stood by Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant after their infidelity made headlines. Nike dropped Michael Vick for his involvement in dog fighting, but the company re-signed him upon his re-entry to the NFL.“Nike does not drop their athletes unless it is something very, very heavy,” Dorfman said. “Basically what they do is keep you on contract and maybe go dark with advertisements or marketing and wait for things to blow over and bring you back. It’s very rare that they terminate with somebody.”Dorfman said Rice presented a wholesome image prior to the assault, noting that Rice became spokesman for the Milk Mustache’s “Got Milk?” campaign after the Ravens won the 2013 Super Bowl.The horrific nature of the video of Rice punching Palmer will make it difficult for Rice, even if he returns to the NFL, to resuscitate his marketing potential.Dorman described Rice as “toxic, totally radioactive, untouchable.”Rice had signed with BodyArmor in 2012, but his picture was removed from the company website days after his February arrest.“Ray Rice is no longer a BodyArmor partner,” company spokeswoman Lindsey Raivich wrote in an email Tuesday. “When his contract expired the brand chose not to renew.”Raivich declined further comment.Vertimax dropped Rice on Monday, according to A message was left for company publicist Al Marez.In a statement to, VertiMax CEO Michael Wehrell said, “After internal discussion about the events that transpired, we determined that a future relationship with Ray did not align with our goals as a company.” read more

Reopening of offshore detention camps in Australia could lead to rights violations

According to media reports, the Australian Parliament passed an amendment on Thursday that would allow the re-opening of offshore detention centres for migrants and asylum-seekers arriving in Australia by sea. The amendment was passed following recommendations from a panel of asylum experts.The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, welcomes efforts by the Australian Government to institute more comprehensive cooperation on migration, a spokesperson, Xabier Celaya, noted, but is concerned that offshore detention centres would give way to indefinite detention putting human rights at risk.“The High Commissioner reiterates her call for a rethink of Australia’s asylum and migration policy, urging political leaders to take a principled and courageous stand on migration and to break an ingrained political habit of demonising migrants and asylum-seekers,” Mr. Celaya, of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), added in a media briefing in Geneva.“Because of the drastic impact of immigration detention, including on the physical and mental health of those detained, the United Nations human rights mechanisms have emphasized that it should always be applied as a measure of last resort, only permissible for the shortest period of time and only when no less restrictive measure is available,” Mr. Celaya said, noting that there is no empirical evidence indicating that detention centres deter irregular immigration or discourage people from seeking asylum.“The desperation that causes people to embark on these perilous journeys in the first place will almost certainly remain, especially in the absence of effective and rights-based regional cooperation on migration and asylum,” he said.OHCHR has had long-standing concerns about Australia’s use of a mandatory detention regime for migrants and asylum-seekers. According to international human rights law, time limits must be placed on immigration detention and any detention should only take place as a result of an individual determination. In May last year, while on a visit to the country, Ms. Pillay said the mandatory detention policy has for many years cast a shadow over Australia’s human rights record. “Thousands of men, women and – most disturbingly of all – children have been held in Australian detention centres for prolonged periods, even though they have committed no crime,” she stated during her visit.In a press briefing in Geneva, a spokesperson of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Adrian Edwards, said the proposed amendments raise complex legal, protection, policy and operational issues. “UNHCR’s preference remains an arrangement which would allow asylum-seekers arriving by boat into Australian territory to be processed in Australia. This would be consistent with general practice,” Mr. Edwards said.“We do not want to see a return to lengthy delays in remote island centres for asylum seekers and refugees before durable solutions are found,” he added. read more

Football Ohio States history in the Fiesta Bowl

OSU then-redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) during a game against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Photo Credit: Lantern file photoFor the second straight season, the Ohio State football team has reached the Fiesta Bowl. Although the introduction of the College Football Playoff format in 2014 brought more prominence to the game played in the University of Phoenix Stadium, the Buckeyes have been appearing in the Fiesta Bowl since 1980.“One of the great bowl experiences I’ve ever been a part of I believe three other times,”  OSU coach Urban Meyer said earlier this month. “It’s great to be here.”OSU (11-1) is ranked at No. 3 in the playoff, and has appeared in eight different Fiesta Bowls, while Clemson (12-1) has never made an appearance. With two teams that have a mutual respect for one another, and two squads that have incredible talent on both sides of the ball, the 45th edition of the Fiesta Bowl should be one for the ages.With playoff implications on the line, neither team will be willing to give an inch. The Buckeyes have been to the desert on multiple occasions, and have a 5-3 record throughout the program’s history.Here is a look back at the successes and failures of the Buckeyes in Glendale, Arizona.1980Penn State – 31Ohio State – 19With the 10th anniversary of the Fiesta Bowl came the second straight bowl appearance for the Buckeyes since Earle Bruce took over coaching duties in Columbus. Bruce, who had led the Buckeyes to a 11-1 season in his first year, earned a 9-2 mark to go to the Fiesta Bowl.After holding a 19-10 lead in the first half, running back Curt Warner from Penn State helped the Nittany Lions rack up 351 rush yards as a team, and slowly put the game away. Outscoring OSU 21-0 in the second half, Penn State earned its second Fiesta Bowl victory.1984Ohio State – 28Pittsburgh – 23Another 9-2 season for Bruce and the Buckeyes led them back to the Fiesta Bowl, this time against Pittsburgh. Led by quarterback Mike Tomczak and running back Keith Byars, both future NFL talents, the Buckeyes were able to bring home a 28-23 win.On the last drive of the game, Tomczak drove his team down the field in the final two-and-a-half minutes, tossing a 39-yard score in the closing moments for the win. The Buckeyes had picked up their first ever Fiesta Bowl win, and given Bruce his third straight bowl win with OSU.2003Ohio State – 31Miami (Fla.) – 24After being away for nearly 20 years, OSU returned to the Fiesta Bowl on the grandest stage of them all. OSU coach Jim Tressel, in just his second year at the helm, had led an underdog Buckeyes team to a perfect 13-0 record in the 2002 season. However, a Miami Hurricanes team stood in the way of the Buckeyes, with the likes of future NFL players Willis McGahee, Kellen Winslow Jr., Ken Dorsey, Andrew Johnson, Jonathan Vilma and the late Sean Taylor. Most felt OSU did not have a chance to even come close to winning.The Buckeyes forced five Hurricanes’ turnovers, and benefitted from four rushing touchdowns split evenly between running back Maurice Clarett and quarterback Craig Krenzel. An injury to McGahee slowed the Miami offensive attack, and OSU denied a late Dorsey pass in the endzone for the program’s seventh national championship.2004Ohio State – 34Kansas State – 28A year removed from a national championship win, the Buckeyes returned to the desert to square off against Kansas State. After falling to Wisconsin and Michigan, OSU was denied a second straight championship bid, but would have to put up quite a fight against a scrappy Wildcats team.Krenzel, eager to prove his worth as a potential NFL quarterback, struggled to find consistency throughout the year, throwing for just 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2003. However, in Arizona, Buckeyes fans were treated to a four touchdown performance by the eventual Chicago Bears draft pick.The Buckeyes were outgained on offense, and struggled to limit Kansas State quarterback Eli Roberson, even though OSU did not allow a passing touchdown. Roberson picked up a pair of scores on the ground, while Darren Sproles and Ayo Saba each had a rushing touchdown.OSU recovered an onside kick attempt and chewed the clock before stopping a late Roberson pass to earn the win and its second straight Fiesta Bowl win.2006Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith (10) buys some time and eludes Indiana’s Keith Burrus (97) in the second quarter of a football game, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006 at the Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won the contest, 44-3.Credit: Courtesy of MCTOhio State – 34Notre Dame – 20Two losses in the 2005 season before reaching the midway point of the year kept the Buckeyes from national championship contention. Even after dropping closely contested games to Texas and Penn State, OSU rebounded with three wins over top 25 opponents in six games. Led by veteran quarterback Troy Smith, the Buckeyes proved why OSU was a potential national champion in 2005 against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. The Buckeyes kept Fighting Irish quarterback Brady Quinn from the endzone, and limited Notre Dame to just 62 total rushing yards on the day.Smith threw for 342 yards and a pair of scores, one of which went 56 yards to Ted Ginn Jr., who finished the day with 167 yards receiving. An impressive athlete with a plethora of skills, Ginn Jr. also ran in a score from 68 yards out.OSU running back Antonio Pittman added his own score on a 60-yard scamper to seal the deal for the Buckeyes with under two minutes to go in the game.2007Florida – 41Ohio State – 14Before he was coaching for the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer’s name was not a popular one in Columbus following the 2006 season. After OSU went a perfect 12-0 that year, the Buckeyes ran into a brick wall that was the Florida Gators in the 2007 national championship.Smith had a Heisman year at the helm of OSU’s offense, while James Laurinaitis was continuing the trend of beastly linebackers produced in Columbus. A seven point favorite coming into the contest, OSU had a quick 7-0 lead after Ginn Jr. returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.However, an injury to the Buckeyes’ top receiver and returner stagnated Tressel’s offense, resulting in just 82 total yards for OSU, An offense that failed to move the ball, mixed with a defense that forced zero turnovers and gave up 370 yards was a recipe for disaster in the desert.Florida quarterback Chris Leak throw for a score, while Deshawn Wynn and Percy Harvin each ran in for a score. Tim Tebow, and eventual Heisman Trophy winner under Meyer, ran for his own touchdown late and tossed a one-yard touchdown pass.OSU trailed 34-14 at halftime, and did not score in the second half.2010Texas – 24Ohio State – 21Future NFL quarterback Colt McCoy was at the helm for the Longhorns in 2009, and had led Texas to an outstanding season. However, an early season loss to No. 6 Texas Tech ruined McCoy and company’s chances of reaching a national championship.Texas, a preseason top 10 pick in the coaches poll, came into the 2010 Fiesta Bowl as a 10-point favorite.Terrelle Pryor, who earned the starting job earlier in the year, was a freshman phenom, expected to take OSU to great heights. But, against Texas, Pryor only gained 144 total yards, and scored just once on a gadget play that saw him catching his first of two career touchdown receptions.OSU fell 24-21 after McCoy connected with Quan Cosby with under a minute left, and the Buckeyes finished the year 10-3.2016Ohio State – 44Notre Dame – 28After an improbably national championship in 2014, OSU was looking for a repeat performance. However, after playing throughout the season in lackluster fashion for a team many coaches and fans felt was one of the best in the nation, the Buckeyes dropped their second to last game against the Michigan State Spartans. A 42-13 drubbing of Michigan in the following week was not enough to sway the playoff committee, and OSU found themselves in the Fiesta Bowl. Out for vengeance, the Buckeyes picked apart an overmatched Fighting Irish team.Ezekiel Elliott ran rampant over the Notre Dame defense, picking up four touchdowns on 149 yards rushing. Then-redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett picked up 211 yards and a score through the air, and the OSU defense grab two turnovers en route to a 44-28 victory. read more

Spying claims undermine antiterror programme says Amber Rudd

first_imgThe Government’s anti-terror Prevent programme is being “actively undermined” by those who accuse it of being about spying, the Home Secretary has said.Amber Rudd said the aims of the scheme – stopping people being drawn into terrorism – should not be considered controversial, as there is “ongoing debate” about whether the voluntary programme could become compulsory in some areas.New figures show police received around 200 referrals to Prevent from within communities from April to the end of July – compared with about 100 in the previous four months.The rise in tip-offs coincides with the spate of terrorist incidents that began with the Westminster atrocity on March 22, followed by attacks in Manchester, London Bridge and Finsbury Park. 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. Writing in the Sun, Ms Rudd said: “Stopping people committing appalling acts of terror is something we should all want. It should go without saying.”Yet there are some who actively seek to undermine the Prevent programme without offering any meaningful alternatives. They say it is about spying.”She told the paper: “Prevent has made a significant impact in preventing people being drawn into terrorism and it is here to stay.”Prevent has been credited with playing a role in disrupting more than 150 attempted journeys to the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.center_img But the programme has repeatedly come under fire, with critics labelling it heavy-handed and “toxic” amid claims it unfairly focuses on the Muslim community.Simon Cole, chief constable of Leicestershire Police and the national policing lead for Prevent, acknowledged there were people with genuine and legitimate concerns but issued a staunch defence of the scheme.He said: “This notion of Prevent as a ‘toxic’ brand is simply incorrect, and is borne from misunderstanding.”What I would like to hear more of is constructive dialogue about how we can all work together to stop innocent people being killed.”On occasions it feels like people are sniping for the sake of it and that what they’re talking about doesn’t reflect the reality of local delivery of the voluntary safeguarding that I see going on all across the country.”last_img read more

Voith fluid couplings used in a 48 MW belt conveyor drive in

first_imgChinese coal mining group Xishan Jinxing Energy is using three Voith fill-controlled 866 TPKL fluid couplings underground in the powerful 4.8 MW drive of the main belt conveyor in the Xiegou No 12 coal mine in Shanxi Province. The three 1,600 kW drives power the 1,900 m long main inclined belt conveyor. This conveyor transports 3,800 t/h of coal so powerful and reliable couplings are required and the company opted for the 866 TPKL Voith fluid coupling. Voith states: “Through controlled application of torque, the fluid coupling pretensions the belt slowly and permits smooth conveyor start-up. This controlled soft start protects the belt and driveline components and extends their lifetime. As a result, the Voith fluid coupling reduces unplanned downtime – the operator benefits from lower maintenance costs and continuous production. Regardless of the load state of the belt, start-up times of up to three minutes are possible. Thanks to stand by cooling of the operating oil, the 866 TPKL fluid coupling also permits multiple conveyor start-ups in succession, even when the belt is loaded.”The mine operator is described as being very satisfied with the performance of the 866 TPKL. In contrast to other solutions, the compact fluid coupling is also very capable of withstanding extreme environmental conditions such as dust, dirt, moisture, heat or cold. As in every hydrodynamic coupling, power transmission in the 866 TPKL is virtually wear-free. For the operator, this translates into lower maintenance and repair costs for the coupling. In addition, motors start up independent of the machine load, and through sequenced starting of the motors, the fluid coupling reduces the load on the power supply circuit.An additional benefit of the 866 TPKL is its ability to operate with reduced filling to drive an empty conveyor at a reduced speed. During the creep speed operation, less power is transmitted and the belt runs more slowly. This function is useful for the visual inspection of the belt and splices. In the Xiegou No 12 coal mine, the fluid couplings were operated in the partially filled mode during commissioning to be sure that the belt was tracking properly. With the fluid couplings operating in the partially filled mode, the belt speed could be reduced to 1.2-1.7 m/sec instead of operating at the rated speed of 4.5 m/sec. Until now, the coal mine has been operating at the initially planned production capacity of 15 Mt/y but the operator plans to increase production capacity in the next one to two years. This will require the main belt conveyor to be upgraded with a fourth drive. For this, the operator plans on installing an additional 866 TPKL fluid coupling from Voith.last_img read more

Geobrugg develops worlds first dimensionable rockfall attenuator

first_imgGeobrugg has developed together with international experts an attenuator protection solution which can be efficiently dimensioned. This innovative rockfall protection is particularly low maintenance. The dimensioning concept was presented to experts in British Columbia/Canada at the end of August 2018.Geobrugg has installed attenuator systems in North America for years. What was missing up until now was a scientifically based concept which would allow to dimension this solution, reliably and efficiently. Until now. At a conference in British Columbia/Canada, where the Geobrugg test site for this system is located, this dimensioning concept was presented, in detail, to experts. Live tests showed the new dimensioning method, the movement behavior of the strongly rotating blocks and the reaction of the entire system during the impact.An attenuator is a modified rockfall drape providing particularly efficient protection. At the upper end of the system, the rockfall is intercepted and slowed down. The drape of steel wire mesh then guides the stones into on the ground. This system is practically maintenance-free, withstands multiple impacts and is used where high-frequency rockfall events are expected.Geobrugg is the first company worldwide to develop a design concept for attenuator systems. This, in cooperation with the internationally renowned rockfall protection expert Duncan Wyllie from Canada. Wyllie, whose decades of experience in this technology has been invaluable; during development, during many large field tests and in the course of laboratory tests and simulations.last_img read more

Oxbotica employs autonomy specialist to bolster offroad automation capabilities

first_imgOxbotica, the autonomous software company, has appointed Richard Jinks (pictured) as Vice President – Commercial as it looks to take advantage of opportunities in industries such as mining and farming.Jinks, who joins from AXA XL where he previously established a global autonomy programme, will have a specific focus on Off-Road and Risk Solutions, Oxbotica said.“He will develop the company’s portfolio across off-highway industries, manage relationships and further extend its reach in international markets,” the company said.The appointment is the latest in a number of moves Oxbotica has made to facilitate its rapid international growth, the company said. “These include the completion of a £14 million ($18 million) funding round, a strategic partnership with Addison Lee to collaborate on the deployment of autonomous vehicle services, and the appointment of Fraser Robinson, former Uber Head of Business, to its Board of Directors.”Oxbotica says its software uses the latest in computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence to enable vehicles to operate autonomously in any environment and on any terrain. “Its infrastructure-free, localisation software is already deployed in multiple industry-leading international customer projects in vehicles on roads in complex urban environments.”Jinks said: “Autonomous vehicles will eventually become ubiquitous on public roads, but there are enormous opportunities in many industries – whether that’s at airports, down mines or in farms – to capitalise on in the intervening period and beyond.”last_img read more

Watch Virgin Galactic break the sound barrier at the edge of space

first_imgThere are a number of companies looking to send civilians into space for a quick jaunt in weightlessness, but Virgin Galactic is probably the closest to realizing the dream. In a new video posted by none other than Richard Branson, the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo can be seen breaking the sound barrier.This is only the second powered flight for the rocket, but it was also the second successful test. That’s an important point when you’re selling tickets. The craft is designed to take passengers on a short trip to the edge of space and let them experience weightlessness. In this test, the pilots managed to reach speeds in excess of 1000 mph and reach an even higher altitude than the previous flight. The single perspective in the video was shot from the tail of the craft, which is convenient for seeing the rocket engine do its thing.When the craft completed its climb and began heading back down, the re-entry system deployed as intended. Virgin Galactic has developed this re-entry system to make reusable launch vehicles practical. When activated, the wing and tail sections rotate upward into a “feathered” position for more lift. This slows the vehicle’s descent and keeps it stable.Virgin Galactic is in the process of designing the production spacecraft that will carry passengers in the near future. Branson says the commercial spaceflight service will be launching in 2014, pending FAA approval. When flights begin, most space enthusiasts won’t be able to swing the cost. Reservations are being sold right now for $250,000. Hey, deposits are refundable just in case you change your mind and decide to buy a house instead.last_img read more

Tuberculose bovine alerte en Ariège

first_imgTuberculose bovine : alerte en AriègeFrance – Dans le cadre de la prévention contre la tuberculose bovine, certains élevages du Mas d’Azil et de Mazères verront leurs troupeaux abattus au nom du principe de précaution, même lorsque toutes les bêtes ne sont pas positives au test.  La tuberculose bovine est une maladie qui touche peu l’homme. En effet, elle ne représente que 0,5% des cas. Cependant, en cas de contagion, outre la malheureusement célèbre toux, elle peut entraîner une forte dégradation de l’état de santé et même la mort. Ainsi, lorsqu’elle est détectée sur un animal, toutes les mesures sont prises pour une sécurité absolue. Cet été en Ariège, lors d’un contrôle routinier effectué au moment de la présentation à l’abattoir, la tuberculose bovine a été diagnostiquée sur une vache de race limousine. Les troupeaux du naisseur et de l’engraisseur, qui ont été en contact avec l’animal malade, seront donc abattus. Certaines exploitations ont été placées sous surveillance sanitaire. On suspecte en effet l’existence de plusieurs autres foyers d’infection, toujours dans les zones du Mas d’Azil et de Mazères. Le 25 août 2010 à 12:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Séisme au Japon 200 à 300 morts retrouvés sur une plage de

first_imgSéisme au Japon : 200 à 300 morts retrouvés sur une plage de SendaiEntre 200 et 300 morts viennent d’être retrouvés sur une plage de Sendai, après qu’un tsunami d’une extrême violence a frappé les côtes du nord-est du Japon.Entre 200 et 300 corps viennent d’être retrouvés sur une plage de Sendai. Les victimes auraient été englouties par le tsunami qui a suivi le violent séisme de ce vendredi matin. Selon la police, elles se seraient retrouvées piégées par la vague de 10 mètres de haut qui a déferlé sur eux. Les autorités estiment que 1.200 foyers ont été touchés par la catastrophe.Le dernier bilan humain, relayé par Libération, fait état de 288 morts et de centaines de disparus. Visionnez les photos du séisme au Japon sur Maxisciences. Le 11 mars 2011 à 16:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Update Missing Arizona teen found dead in Oregon

first_imgPORTLAND — The body of an Arizona teenager missing since last week was found Monday evening near the spot where his SUV was abandoned in a wooded area, a southern Oregon sheriff’s office said.The body of 18-year-old Johnathan Croom was discovered about 1,000 feet from his vehicle, Douglas County sheriff’s spokesman Dwes Hutson said in a statement. The death was being investigated as a suicide.Hutson didn’t immediately return a call for additional comment.The teen had talked with his parents about the book “Into the Wild” and told a friend he wanted to run away.Croom’s SUV was found Wednesday in Riddle, a town of 1,200 people just off the state’s main north-south thoroughfare, Interstate 5.His mother has said he was traveling alone and on his way back from Seattle, where he visited a friend. Croom was due in Arizona on Aug. 17 to start college in Mesa.Hutson had said that text messages between Croom and a friend indicated Croom wanted to run away.Croom also talked to his parents about Christopher McCandless, whose journey to Alaska was documented in the book “Into the Wild.” McCandless gave up his worldly goods to live in the Alaska wilderness, only to die there, perhaps from eating wild potatoes.“I think we have kind of a combination there,” Hutson said earlier Monday. “He talked with his parents about `Into the Wild,’ and in text messages we’ve looked at, he does specifically talk about running away, kind of just running away from his life.”last_img

Volunteer to succeed longtime leader at St Vincent de Paul

first_imgSt. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660) was a French Catholic priest dedicated to serving the poor. He was captured by pirates and sold into slavery for a time, but became free again and started various charitable endeavors for galley slaves and the poor. He is considered the patron saint of charitable societies, and the charitable society in his name was started by students in Paris in 1833.Learn more about the international organization and the Vancouver conference at St. Vincent de Paul.For Gary Wright, leading the Vancouver conference of St. Vincent de Paul is all about personal connections.He realized that when his simple urge to do somebody some good by putting in grunt work — making bread pickups and unpacking boxes, he figured — had him visiting with desperate people, hearing their stories, offering counseling and comfort as well as emergency food and cash.“It’s life-changing,” said Wright, 60, whose rise through the ranks of volunteers will be complete on Jan. 1, when he takes over from Dick Lauer as executive director of Clark County’s largest individual food pantry. According to its most recent fiscal year statement, the Vancouver conference of St. Vincent de Paul, an international Catholic lay organization, gave out nearly $2.5 million in food, clothing, housewares, Christmas gifts — and grants of emergency cash for rent, utilities, transportation and more — between October 2012 and September 2013. Its warehouse at 2456 N.E. Stapleton Road is open five days a week, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.Life-changing how? It’s all about serving needy people without hesitation or judgment.“We don’t ask a lot of questions.We are looking at the need,” said Wright. “It’s an adjustment for me and my heart. A lot of people pass through those doors with a lot of needs.”Some of them are planning and striving for better. Some are doing the best they can, but they’re simply stuck — because of everything from disabilities to an economy that still isn’t generating many new jobs. And some haven’t a clue about anything beyond hand-to-mouth survival — and never will, thanks to disadvantages such as mental illness and hard-core addiction.last_img read more

International Arbitration Centre Bill introduced in Lok Sabha

first_imgNew Delhi: A bill to set up an independent and autonomous regime for institutionalised domestic and international arbitration was introduced in Lok Sabha on Wednesday. The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (NDIAC) Bill, 2019, seeks to replace an ordinance issued in March this year by the previous government. It provides for setting up of an independent and autonomous body for institutional arbitration and to acquire and transfer undertakings of the International Centre For Alternative Dispute Resolution (ICADR) to the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (NDIAC) with effect from March 2 this year. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Opposing the introduction of the Bill, Congress member Shashi Tharoor said the arbitration body should be autonomous and independent of government as several public sector undertaking will be a party to it. Tharoor also urged the minister to withdraw the bill and come with a stronger bill. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who moved the bill, said the existing arbitration body has resolved 55 cases in 25 years. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us He said the government was keen to see India emerge as an international arbitration hub. Seeking to assuage concerns over the bill, Prasad said he will respond to all concerns when replying to the debate when the draft law comes up for passage. The proposed New Delhi International Arbitration Centre will be headed by a chairperson, who has been a judge of the Supreme Court or a judge of a high court or an eminent person, having special knowledge and experience in the conduct or administration of arbitration.last_img read more

Both trade and diplomacy with Myanmar to continue together Qamrul

first_imgFood minister Qamrul Islam. File PhotoFood minister Qamrul Islam on Sunday informed parliament that the government is going to import rice from Myanmar considering cheap price saying ‘trade’ and ‘diplomatic effort’ would continue together with the neighbouring country.He raised the argument for rice import from Myanmar replying to a supplementary question from JSD lawmaker Nazmul Haque Prodhan.The food minister said, “I’ve gone on visit to Myanmar as the prime minister said that ‘trade’ and ‘diplomatic effort’ will continue together.”Nazmul Haque in his question said that the country has been experiencing serious crisis due to ongoing influx of Rohingyas to Bangladesh, but the food minister went to Myanmar to import rice from there. “Does the minister get special discount?” he asked.Qamrul said Bangladesh government has signed a deal with Myanmar to import 300,000 metric tons of rice. But, 120,000 metric tons of rice will be imported in first phase, he added.“The cost of rice import from Myanmar will be lower than that from Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. It takes only three days to bring rice from Myanmar, while it takes 15-20 days from other countries like Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.”He also claimed the price of rice to be imported from Myanmar has not been finalised yet.In reply to another question, the food minister said the rice prices have been static at present in the country and remain within the purchasing capacity of the common people.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday October 6

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: 5-7 P.M.We’ll discuss the ongoing HBCU lawsuit against the state of Maryland with state Senator Joan Carter Conway, one of the most vocal advocates for Maryland’s HBCU. And in the wake of the DOJ’s report on the Baltimore City Police Department, the city has designated an additional $500,000 for violence prevention programs. We’ll talk to Erricka Bridgeford of the Community Mediation program and Adenoma Ekulona from the Kujichagulia Center for Youth.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Late bogeys push Lahiri down

first_imgAnirban Lahiri started out on his long journey on the PGA Tour at the Shell Houston Open in a rather humbling manner, ending the day one at two-over 74. Starting with a birdie on the 10th, his first hole of the day, the World No. 33 Lahiri parred the next seven holes to stay under-par before encountering his first disappointment in the form of a double bogey on the 17th.Thereafter two other birdies back-to-back on fifth and sixth and three bogeys, two of them in last three holes saw him finish at two-over 74 for the first day. It put the winner of Malaysian and Hero Indian Open winner way behind at 117th place three shots behind the projected cut. The leader was Scott Piercy, who blazed the course with a nine-under 63 and opened a two-shot lead over German Alex Cejka and long-hitting JB Holmes. Piercy at one stage five birdies in a row. Phil Mickelson, Luke Guthrie, Charles Howell III and Houston’s Shawn Stefani each shot a 66 and trail Piercy by three strokes. Lahiri is due to play his first Masters next week and is looking forward to a series of starts over the next few months in the US.last_img read more