Journalists in Jharkhand invited to write about govt welfare schemes for a fee

first_imgWith an eye on the upcoming assembly elections in Jharkhand, the Raghubar Das Government has hit upon a ‘scheme’ of publicising its welfare programmes by getting journalists write about it for a fee.The advertisement published by State Information and Public Relation department has sought applications from interested journalist to apply for writing on welfare schemes. Thirty journalists from print as well as electronic media will be selected by a committee of journalists. According to sources in I&PR department, 30 selected journalists will get ₹15,000 each for writing four articles each on government programmes. Of the 120 articles, 25 best ones will be selected for their compilation in form of a booklet. Those whose articles will be selected for booklets will get additional ₹5000 each.The whole process will be completed within two days before September 18. As per media reports, Election Commission of India is likely to announce poll dates for upcoming assembly election including that of Jharkhand on September 19. Jharkhand assembly polls are due before year-end.Opposition Jharkhand Mukti Morcha took exceptions to the advertisement saying journalists were offered fee for writing articles. It demanded the Press Council of India should take cognizance of the matter. “The ruling @BJP4Jharkhand govt, it’s officials & our hon’ble CM @dasraghubar have breached all norms of ethics & moraliy. Open advrt by Govt publicity wing to journalists in #Jharkhand to write on #Vikas & earn money as fees. #PressCouncil & @MIB_India should take cognizance,” tweeted Hemant Soren, Leader of Opposition and Executive President of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha.When asked if the advertisement was not akin to ‘paid news’, Ajay Nath Jha, Deputy Director of State I&PR department, said, “it is not. Applications have been invited from journalists to write about government welfare schemes. The write-ups could be success stories and critical pieces. We want proper and independent assessment of our projects.” Mr. Jha informed that the department had received huge number of applications from journalists.The Council of Ministers in its last meeting on September 11 had approved the scheme Mukhyamantri Patrakar Jeevan Vima Yojna (Chief Minister Journalist Life Insurance Scheme). Under the new scheme, the Jharkhand government would pay insurance premium on behalf of accredited journalists who would be benefited by the scheme.last_img read more

Ben Stokes will make Bristol brawl evidence public when time is right, says agent

first_imgEngland all-rounder Ben Stokes has promised to give “full explanation and evidence” on what happened in connection with his arrest following the Bristol bar brawl. He has also owned up to the “impact” his actions has had on the England cricket team.  In a statement released by Stokes via his agent, Neil Fairbrother, he has said that he will “continue to assist the police.”The full statement as put across by Neil Fairbrother of International Sports Management:”Ben explained to me the full circumstances of what happened in Bristol and I told him that he has my total support and backing. I am aware that he has fully cooperated with the police inquiry and voluntarily provided a detailed statement on the same day as the incident.  He will continue to assist the police in any way he can.”Ben will also make public his full explanation and evidence when the time is right. On legal advice, that is not possible whilst the investigation continues and no charges have been brought forward. Ben does not wish to prejudice the process.”He is also concerned about the impact the widespread publicity has on everyone involved including the ECB, his team mates and the game of cricket itself which he loves.”We will not be making any further comment relating to this at this time.”It was announced last week that Stokes would not travel to Australia for the Ashes. He was arrested in the early hours of September 26 after an incident in Bristol and missed the fourth and fifth one-day internationals against West Indies last month.advertisementStokes was arrested over his involvement in a brawl outside a pub in Bristol. The news broke as the England selectors were set to meet to finalise the Ashes squad. However, they named Stokes as part of the side.But footage emerged of what looked like someone resembling Stokes landing blows repeatedly on an unidentified person outside a Bristol bar. On Friday, the dashing all-rounder was dropped from the Ashes squad pending investigation.Ben Stokes apologised on Wednesday to TV personality Katie Price and her son Harvey for a video that appeared to show him mocking the disabled boy.last_img read more

21-year-old Goa footballer commits suicide

first_imgPanaji, Jan 1 (PTI) Sporting Clube de Goa player Averistho Fernandes committed suicide early today morning, police said.The body of the 21-year-old footballer was found hanging from the ceiling of bedroom in his house at Saligao village near Panaji, police said.”Family members said he had returned from a New Year party around 4 am,” said inspector Santosh Desai.He latched the door of his bedroom from inside and hanged himself, the police officer said.”When he didnt open the door in the morning, the family members peeped in from the window and found him hanging,” Desai said.Police were conducting further probe, he added.Avaristho had played for Sporting in under-15 age group. He then joined the SESA Football Academy for three years before returning to Sporting as an under-20 player.The young mid-fielder was known for his good technique and passing and shooting ability.He had represented Goa in the U-16 BC Roy National Tournament in 2010-2011.Elvis Gomes, president of the Goa Football Association, expressed shock at the young footballers death.”It is a great loss for Goa. He was a most promising and talented player who could have made it to the national squad,” Gomes said. PTI RPS MCS KRKlast_img read more

Ashleigh Barty passes $10m of prize money in unprecedented tennis season

first_imgTennis Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Topics Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Barty is guaranteed at least $1.45m for the week if she makes the last four in Shenzhen – and could land a $5.98m pot of gold with victory in Sunday’s final. But even if she loses and misses the semi-finals, the 23-year-old will leave China $890,000 better off.Her finals fate remains very much in her own hands. While there are endless permutations as all four players in Barty’s pool remain in title contention heading into Thursday’s final round-robin matches, the equation is simple for Australia’s world No 1: take down Kvitova and she’ll top the Red Group and advance to Saturday’s semi-finals.If she loses, Barty could still sneak into the semis if she takes a set from Kvitova and Kiki Bertens defeats Belinda Bencic in three sets. Such a scenario would require a complicated countback involving games won and lost by each of the competitors. But the best bet for Barty is to beat Kvitova, as she has done in their past two meetings this year, most recently this month in Beijing.Kvitova had previously had the measure of Barty. The dual Wimbledon champion edged her in a thrilling three-set final in Sydney this year before toppling her for the fourth straight time in the Australian Open quarter-finals in January.“I’ve played Petra a number of times this year. Each match has been exceptionally tough. We’ve kind of split them a little bit,” Barty said. “Conditions are different here. Changes things a little bit. We’ll figure out a way we’ll nullify her strengths and get it back to my patterns as much as we can.”If she progresses, Barty will play either titleholder Elina Svitolina, Wimbledon champion Simona Halep or Karolína Plíšková for a spot in the final. Bianca Andreescu’s twisted knee adds to concerns for teenager’s career Read morecenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Ashleigh Barty Australia sport news Ashleigh Barty is not only the top-ranked player in women’s tennis but also the tour’s richest performer in 2019 after crashing through the $10m prize money barrier for the season. Barty’s one-from-two record so far at the lucrative WTA Finals has taken her on-court earnings for the year to an eye-watering $10.93m.The unprecedented windfall for an Australian player in a single season has more than doubled her entire career earnings. And there could be much more to come if she beats Petra Kvitova on Thursday night to qualify for the semi-finals. Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Drink What The Family Drinks with The Cooper Spirits Company

first_imgThe Cooper Spirits Company is set to launch a limited release of Hochstadter’s Family Reserve Straight Rye Whiskey.The Philadelphia-based company will only release 7,500 bottles of the 123.8 proof, cask-strength spirit, aged 16 years in charred American Oak barrels. Sourced from Alberta Distillers Limited and bottled at the distillery in Philadelphia, the bottles will carry a suggested retail price tag of $199.99.The whiskey was selected by Robert Cooper, the late founder of Cooper Spirits Company, from tasting through the company’s whiskey library.Cooper Spirits Company describes the whiskey as “unfiltered, undiluted and full-flavored, delivering an intense explosion of robust rye flavor.”“At 16 years of age and bottled at cask strength, these barrels deliver a vibrant maturity and a full-bodied rye flavor that we hoped to achieve with the first release of Hochstadter’s Family Reserve,” Cooper Spirits Company SVP of Marketing and Innovation Robyn Greene said in a release.This whiskey is the latest in the Hochstadter’s brand for the Cooper Spirits Company, which first launched the line in 2013 as a reintroduction of the historical spirits’ name. In the 1800s, Hochstadter’s sold more than 20 brands of spirits produced in New York, including Irish Whiskey and its bottled Rock & Rye cocktail.The Hochstadter’s line joined the Cooper family and was eventually discontinued in the 1940s, until the third generation distiller Robert Cooper chose to relaunch it with his independent distillery opening in 2006.The 21st century line began with Cooper Spirits Company’s Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock & Rye and was joined in 2015 by Hochstadter’s Vatted Straight Rye Whiskey.Expected to spread throughout the nation, Hochstadter’s Family Reserve should be served neat or over a large ice cube.Along with the Hochstadter’s line, Cooper Spirits Company launched in 2006 with the introduction of St-Germain, a French liqueur made from fresh elderflower blossoms. Now wholly owned by Bacardi, the New York Times has called St-Germain “one of the most influential cocktail components of the last decade.”Cooper Spirits Company also produces Lock Stock and Barrel spirits and Crème Yvette, a “berry fruit liqueur.” The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall Editors’ Recommendations Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editions last_img read more

Fishermen to Vote on Accredited Representation

first_img Monday, Sept. 22, Cambridge Suites, 380 Esplanade, Sydney, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, Keltic Lodge, 383 Keltic In Rd., Ingonish, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, Tara Lynne Community Centre, River Bourgeois, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Fishermen in Region Two, the eastern half of Cape Breton from the Inverness-Victoria County line to Port Hawkesbury, will vote on being represented by an accredited organization under the Fish Harvesters Organizations Support Act. “We all want the fishery in Nova Scotia to be a strong, viable industry, now and into the future, in order to sustain wealth in our coastal communities,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. Before the voting deadline, staff of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture will hold information sessions at three locations around Region Two. These sessions will give fishermen the opportunity to ask questions about the Fish Harvesters Organization Support Act. Locations and dates for the information sessions are as follows: A French-speaking moderator will available at the River Bourgeois meeting. A positive vote will mean organizations can apply for accreditation and then the fishermen can join any of the accredited groups. Being a part of an accredited group will make it easier for their interests to move ahead and for the industry to grow. The Fish Harvesters Organization Support Act was introduced in 2011 to make it easier for fishing regions to hold a vote. Ballots have been mailed to eligible voters. They must be returned by mail and postmarked no later than Friday, Oct. 3. Region One, which includes the western half of Cape Breton and gulf part of the mainland and Region Three, the Eastern Shore, have already voted in favour of being represented by an accredited organization. For more information on the sessions contact John Bueglas at 1-800-639-7030, Eugene Samson at 902-226-2787 or Nicole Sampson at 902-631-1476.last_img read more

Israel on high alert after wildfires destroy 40 homes

first_imgJerusalem: Israel remained on high alert on Friday after wildfires fed by tinder dry conditions destroyed around 40 homes. There were no reports of casualties from Thursday’s fires as the emergency services evacuated homes in the path of the blaze in the centre of the country. Addressing a crisis meeting on Friday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked foreign governments which had helped tackle the blaze. Croatia, Cyprus, Greece and Italy sent firefighting planes, while Egypt, one of Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’only two Arab governments that have signed a peace treaty with Israel, sent two helicopters. Several roads across the danger zone in central Israel remained closed for fear that the fires would reignite amid the unseasonable heat. Temperatures have topped 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) across much of the country for several days. In 2016, wildfires damaged or destroyed around 700 homes in Israel and the occupied West Bank, and sent more than 13,000 hectares (32,000 acres) of woodland up in smoke.last_img read more

RYAN GOSLING AND CLAIRE FOY ARE NEIL AND JANET ARMSTRONG IN FIRST

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy Are Neil and Janet Armstrong in First Man Sneak PeekRyan Gosling is heading into outer space — for his new movie, First Man. In the upcoming historical drama, the Oscar-nominated actor stars as pioneering astronaut Neil Armstrong. The film, which re-teams Gosling with his La La Land director Damien Chazelle, follows Armstrong’s incredible journey to becoming the first person to walk on the Moon in 1969.“What fascinated me about Neil Armstrong is that he is kind of a mystery,” Chazelle tells PEOPLE. “For someone that accomplished something that is among one of the most famous things that anyone has ever accomplished, the human himself is a little bit of an enigma. And it’s funny, the first time I ever met Ryan was to pitch him this role, before we did La La Land together, so it was a dream to have him in this role.” READ MORE‘First Man’ First Look: Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling Bring Neil Armstrong Space Drama to Oscar SeasonDamien Chazelle directed Ryan Gosling to an Oscar nomination for best actor in “La La Land,” and he could do the same in the upcoming “First Man.” The Neil Armstrong space drama is one of Universal Pictures’ major Oscar contenders set for release this fall and it’s Chazelle’s first movie since “La La Land” made him the youngest best director Oscar winner in history. READ MORE Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

UN refugee agency says situation after attacks in southeast Chad worse than

10 April 2007Following last month’s brutal attacks in south-eastern Chad, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today that the humanitarian situation is far worse than it had initially estimated, with between 200 and 400 killed and thousands displaced during the offensive possibly carried out by Janjaweed militias from Sudan’s neighbouring Darfur region. “Because most of the dead were buried where their bodies were found – often in common graves owing to their numbers – we may never know their exact number,” UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond said at a press briefing in Geneva. “Many who survived the initial attack – particularly those most vulnerable such as the elderly and young children – died in subsequent days from exhaustion and dehydration, often while fleeing,” he added. Over 9,000 Chadians from 31 villages have arrived the new Habile camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) since the attacks, joining 9,000 others who fled previous eruptions of violence. However, the precise number of new IDPs is unclear. Aid agencies are registering new people daily, but there have been cases of previously displaced people attempting to pass themselves off as newly-arrived IDPs to receive additional assistance. For many of the new arrivals to the Habile camp, this was not the first time they had been displaced, as some had moved several times over the past year. The majority of IDPs are women and children, while the whereabouts of many men are unknown. Given the rise in tensions among communities, all IDPs were transferred within two days by UNHCR trucks or by their own means to the new Habile camp. Mr. Redmond said that UNHCR led an assessment mission in Chad on Sunday to Tiero and Marena, scene of the 31 March attacks, and one agency staff member described the situation as “apocalyptic.” Decomposing bodies were still being found in the area, but the security situation has stabilized with a massive deployment of Chadian military forces to the region, allowing families to return to bury their relatives. Hundreds of homes had been burned to the ground, and an overwhelming stench emanated from the rotting carcasses of domestic animals, UNHCR said. Most people had little time to pack their belongings, as evidenced by the many essential household goods, food and animals left behind. Many abandoned belongings – left by those who collapsed or died where they fell – were also found along routes used by people to reach safety. UNHCR said that while much remains to be done, the rapid response of humanitarian agencies has helped to reduce the suffering of thousands of Chadians affected by these attacks. UNHCR and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) provided plastic sheeting, soap and buckets to all new arrivals in Habile, and plans are underway to distribute blankets and mats in the coming days. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has provided a 45-day food ration to be distributed by the ICRC, and the NGO Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) has provided drinking water. Chadian officials have offered their support, based on the gaps identified by aid agencies delivering assistance. In a related development, representatives from the UN, the Government of Sudan and the African Union (AU) yesterday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia finalized an agreement on the UN heavy support package for the existing AU mission, known as AMIS, in war-torn Darfur. The AU mission has about 7,000 troops to patrol Darfur, where rebel groups have fought Government forces and allied Janjaweed militias since 2003, prompting 2 million people to flee and leading to the deaths of 200,000 others. As part of a three-phase plan, a proposed hybrid UN-AU force comprising some 17,000 troops and 3,000 police officers will be deployed in Darfur. Representatives at yesterday’s meeting agreed that all sides will move forward promptly, but consensus could not be reached on one item, and the Sudanese delegation “will further consult and hopes to provide a positive and expeditious response,” according to a communiqué issued by participants. In New York, a UN spokesperson, asked about the outstanding issue, said she understood that it involved tactical attack helicopters. Meanwhile, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) today issued a statement strongly condemning the “unprovoked attack carried out today by unidentified armed men on an AMIS patrol team” in North Darfur. An AMIS soldier from the protection force died shortly after his evacuation from the injuries he sustained during the attack, while two others were seriously injured. The mission said it “looks forward to the outcome of the investigation of the attack announced by AMIS in order to identify the perpetrators and to hold them accountable.” read more

Ban condemns suicide bombing in Sri Lankan town

Media reports say at least 27 people have died, including General Janaka Perera, following yesterday’s blast at the office of an opposition political party in the town of Anuradhapura in north-central Sri Lanka.“The Secretary-General strongly condemns acts of this kind that have caused [the] death and injury of many civilians throughout Sri Lanka,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. “He reiterates his consistent position that no cause or grievance can justify indiscriminate attacks against civilians.”Senior UN officials, including Mr. Ban, have voiced increasing concern in recent weeks about the humanitarian impact on civilians of the intensified fighting between Sri Lankan Government forces and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), especially in the north of the country. 7 October 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today deplored the latest suicide bombing in violence-torn Sri Lanka, which has killed many people, including a retired army general, and wounded scores more. read more

Southern Miss becomes bowl eligible after 397 win at UTEP

EL PASO, Texas — Rachuan Mitchell picked off a Brandon Jones pass and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown to spark Southern Mississippi to a 39-7 win over UTEP Saturday that earned the Golden Eagles bowl eligibility for the fourth straight season and 22nd time in the last 25 years.The Golden Eagles finished the regular season with back-to-back wins of the first time this season, knocking off Louisiana Tech, 21-20 in their home finale last week.Briggs Bourgeois connected on two 39-yard field goals in the first half and Steven Anderson punched in from the 1 at the end of the first quarter to send Southern Miss into intermission with a 19-0 advantage. De’Michael Harris pulled in a 17-yard pass from Jack Abraham for a third-quarter touchdown and Tate Whatley and Trivenskey Mosley had scoring runs of 16- and 24-yards, respectively.Southern Miss (6-5, 5-3 Conference USA) came into the game ranked No. 10 nationally at stopping the run and the Golden Eagles checked UTEP (1-11, 1-7) on just 73 yards on the ground on 31 carries.The Associated Press read more

Deep gold mining cooling with ice

first_imgIn South Africa, where gold extraction can be from 2,400 m below surface (and much deeper at some mines), the virgin rock temperatures can be greater than 50°C. Furthermore, the mining activity creates additional heat that must be reduced. In view of the underground heat rejection limitations and costs in deep mines, the introduction of ice from surface becomes a viable alternative. The latent heat of fusion of the ice provides pure cooling energy.Each kilo of ice absorbs 334 kJ as it melts, much more than chilled water. Ice is easily conveyed down the main shaft and reaches the 1,800 m level in a matter of seconds. Hence the ice-cooling system reduces the pumping costs at the mine to less than 20 %.In June 2013, KTI was awarded a first contract to supply two 200 t ice plants and extend an existing surface ice plant at this site a gold mine in the Free State province of South Africa. KTI successfully demonstrated the technical feasibility and the economic viability of the containerised ice plant concept in a very convincing way.The trial 400 t/d plant was pre-fabricated in record time at the German KTI factory in Balzheim and delivered to site in early November 2013. It was then erected and commissioned in just 10 days. Once the plant was in full production, an average daily production of 440 t/d was achieved.This successful result led KTI’s South Africa customers to proceed with the second extension phase, adding four new plate ice plants of 1 MW each. They will be supplied along with a new 1.5 MW water chiller, raising the overall capacity at this mine to 3,300 t/d of ice.last_img read more

Fluor bags the Quellaveco EPCM contract from Anglo American

first_imgFluor Corporation announced today it has received the full notice to proceed for the engineering, procurement and construction management of Anglo American’s Quellaveco copper project in the Moquegua region in the south of Peru. Fluor will book the undisclosed contract value in the third quarter of 2018. “As one of the world’s largest undeveloped copper deposits and one of the largest projects in Peru, Quellaveco will be a flagship project for Fluor, our client and the local community,” said Tony Morgan, President of Fluor’s Mining & Metals business.He adds: “Since completing the feasibility report, we have worked tirelessly with Anglo American to ensure the project is fully ready for execution. We are very proud of the work we’ve done together and look forward to making Quellaveco the best performing asset in Anglo American’s impressive portfolio of operations.”The project will be an open pit mine that will process 127,500 to/d of ore via conventional crushing, grinding and flotation technology to produce 300,000 t of copper per year. First copper production is expected in 2022. The majority of work takes place at an elevation of 3,000 m above sea level. Fluor will pre-assemble certain structures to improve safety and quality by increasing the amount of work in a controlled environment at lower elevations. Fluor has been responsible for early site infrastructure development since 2014.last_img read more

Get your telly ready UTV Ireland to begin broadcast in early 2015

first_imgUTV IRELAND IS set to begin broadcasting at the start of next year, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) announced today.It said “negotiations for a television content provision contract” will be entered into shortly.The Dublin-based station will be classed as “general entertainment”, but will also offer an hour-long prime time news programme.“Documentary, drama and film content” is likely to be syndicated from other UTV stations.However, in a statement this afternoon, the BAI said the elements of this contract would differ to other stations.“There are a number of elements to a contract granted under this section of the Act which differ from the regulatory regime applied to the public service broadcasters, RTÉ and TG4,” it read, “and the commercial broadcaster, TV3 and its sister station, 3e, specifically in the areas of carriage, content, and levy”.UTV Ireland are seeking a contract under Section 71 of the Broadcasting Act, which the BAI said is for content only.“However, the contract does enable the contractor to negotiate carriage of the service and its prominence on the Electronic Programme Guide (EPG), with the platform provider,” it said.Previously: ‘UTV Ireland’ promises serious news and current affairs output alongside diet of UK soaps >Competition: TV3 will hold onto X Factor and BGT despite new channel >More: 12 things Ireland’s new TV channel simply must include >last_img read more

Innovation un téléphone pour permettre aux muets de se faire entendre

first_imgInnovation : un téléphone pour permettre aux muets de se faire entendreEurope – Une nouvelle technologie permettant de parler sans émettre un son a été présentée mardi au CeBIT de Hanovre, le plus important salon du high-tech au niveau européen.Cette technologie se base sur la détection des mouvements de la bouche par des électrodes. Les contractions des muscles sont transformées en impulsions électriques qui deviennent à leur tour un discours sonore. “Nous utilisons des électrodes collées à la peau, mais à l’avenir ces électrodes pourraient être incorporées, par exemple, à des téléphones portables”, explique-t-on à l’Institut de technologie de Karlsruhe (KIT, Allemagne). Cette innovation pourrait être particulièrement utile aux personnes dépourvues de voix suite à une maladie ou à un accident. Il leur serait possible de parler à quelqu’un, notamment au téléphone, simplement en mimant le discours avec les lèvres : l’interlocuteur recevrait le discours sous forme d’une voix artificielle. Cette technologie pourrait également trouver son utilité auprès de l’ensemble de la population dans les lieux publics, en permettant d’y réduire les nuisances sonores. Plus impressionnant encore : cette invention permettrait de traduire les mouvements de la bouche, articulés en une langue, en discours sonore prononcé dans une autre langue. D’après Michael Wand du KIT, cette technologie relevant presque du domaine de la science-fiction sera “dans cinq ou dix ans, une technologie de tous les jours”.Le 7 mars 2010 à 12:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La Suisse prévoit de nettoyer lespace

first_imgLa Suisse prévoit de nettoyer l’espaceHier, l’Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne en Suisse a lancé un projet consistant à mettre au point des satellites de nettoyage spatiaux. Baptisé CleanSpace, ce projet aura pour mission de nettoyer les débris qui errent en orbite autour de la planète.Alors que des satellites ne cessent de retomber sur Terre et que la Station spatiale internationale a récemment dû remonter à deux reprises son orbite pour éviter des débris spatiaux, ce projet pourrait s’avérer très utile. Baptisé CleanSpace, celui-ci vise à nettoyer les débris spatiaux en les désorbitant, explique l’Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) qui l’a imaginé. Un nettoyage qui serait notamment réalisé avec le satellite CleanSpace One, le premier à être mis au point dans le cadre du projet CleanSpace. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreLes débris spatiaux sont constitués d’anciens engins hors service ou encore de fragments de fusées et de satellites qui errent en orbite. Aujourd’hui, pas moins de 16.000 débris de plus de 10 centimètres (sans compter les milliers d’autres plus petits) ont été comptabilisés par la NASA. Se déplaçant à plusieurs kilomètres seconde, ces objets sont une réelle menace pour les satellites et même pour l’ISS qui évolue elle aussi à moins de 2.000 kilomètres au-dessus du sol. “Pour ouvrir immédiatement le chantier d’un nécessaire nettoyage de l’espace, le Swiss Space Center, à l’EPFL, lance aujourd’hui le projet CleanSpace One, qui prévoit de construire en Suisse le premier prototype d’une famille de satellites ‘désorbiteurs'”, a ainsi indiqué l’EPFL dans un communiqué.CleanSpace One mesurera 30x10x10 cm et devrait être lancé en 2015 ou en 2016. Les satellites de nettoyage suisses s’attaqueront d’abord à la désorbitation du Swisscube (un picosatellite de 10 cm de côté, mis en orbite en 2009) ou du TIsat (Tessin sat, un autre satellite suisse lancé en juillet 2010). Pour se faire, après son lancement, CleanSpace One rejoindra l’orbite de sa cible (qui se déplace tout de même à 28 000 km/h entre 630 et 750 km d’altitude), la saisira et la stabilisera. Après quoi, CleanSpace One replongera dans l’atmosphère terrestre où les deux satellites seront brûlés.Le 16 février 2012 à 13:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

New Zealands Giant Hand Sculpture Is the Stuff of Nightmares

first_imgI finally clicked as to what #quasi reminds me of #showmewhatyougot pic.twitter.com/1JEbETtqPG— Ruby Macandrew (@RubyMacandrew) August 20, 2019 Why does ita face look like Bill Clinton tho— Melissa Rose (@Melzyrose90) August 19, 2019Christchurch art critic Warren Feeney hated the statue (I’m sure he wasn’t the only one), penning a newspaper article on the “Ten Reasons Why Christchurch Art Gallery’s Quasi Must Go.”He went so far as petitioning to banish it from his city.Feeney got his wish. But not everyone is on board with the move.Feeney eventually got his wish. But not everyone is on board with the move.Wellington local Calliope Ryder told Newshub the sculpture gives her the feeling “a Lovecraftian nightmare has come to life.”“It’s scarier than the Santa in Auckland,” she added, referring to the 59-foot-tall winking Father Christmas that appears every December in the city’s central business district.Quasi remains on display until March 27.It is expected to grace the City Gallery roof for up to three years.More on Geek.com:This Shirtless Abraham Lincoln Statue is Going Viral on TwitterGiant Bigfoot Statue Prompts 911 Calls in NC TownNew Zealand Bans Single-Use Plastic Shopping Bags Qasi stares a Trump like stare over Wellington! pic.twitter.com/NNiATLBrcf— The Masked Trader (@Traderlinkup) August 19, 2019 Sir Winston Churchill?— Chris (@chrisferris22) August 19, 2019 Give a big hand for Wellington’s newest resident.Quasi, designed by artist Ronnie Van Hout, has been standing on Christchurch City Gallery since 2016 but will now call the City Gallery Wellington roof his new home pic.twitter.com/beNCqkbBv6— Wellington NZ (@Wellington_NZ) August 19, 2019Meaning “pseudo” or “fake,” the title Quasi is also a nod to the deformed bellringer in Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”—a hideous monster with a heart of gold.Van Hout’s creation is certainly living up to its name, inciting fear and inspiring comparisons to famous faces (which don’t typically adorn the back of a giant hand). Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No—Quasi has landed! This morning, Ronnie van Hout’s Quasi was installed on our roof. Quasi is a joint project with Wellington Sculpture Trust, with support from Wellington City Council, Wellington Community Trust, and Richard Burrell. pic.twitter.com/9MaHc9gB71— CityGalleryWgtn (@CityGalleryWgtn) August 18, 2019 ‘Hidden’ Angel and Christ Found Beneath Leonardo da Vinci Painting’Game of Thrones’ Recreated in 300-Foot Embroidered Tapestry You’ve got to hand it to New Zealand artist Ronnie van Hout.His public sculpture Quasi is part self-portrait, part oversized Thing from The Addams Family, and completely terrifying.Perched atop City Gallery Wellington in the Kiwi capital, the 16-foot-tall hand-face statue looks like something out of Salvador Dalí’s nightmares.Good luck sleeping tonight (via Elias Rodriguez/City Gallery Wellington)A whopping 880 lbs. (that’s more than an adult moose), it was commissioned in 2016 for Christchurch Art Gallery, following a 2011 earthquake. (Though it remains unclear whether the intention was to mollify or horrify locals.)“No longer required, it will haunt City Art Gallery’s roof this season, presiding over a Civic Square largely abandoned in the wake of our own 2016 quake,” according to the exhibition site. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Unai Emery reveals Holding suffered serious injury

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed that Rob Holding suffered a serious knee injury during the team’s draw with Manchester United.The Gunners played a 2-2 draw with United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night but Holding was stretchered off nine minutes from the interval after a coming together with Marcus Rashford.But Emery, who revealed the extent of Holding’s injury, had better news for Arsenal fans, when he said Aaron Ramsey didn’t suffer a similar fate.He said, according to Sky Sports:Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s the worst news for us today. We are going to wait for the doctor but maybe it’s a big injury with his knee.”“Aaron Ramsey is a small injury but after these two injuries, every player responded with good commitment and good mentality to keep in the difficult moments our performance in the game.”Holding appeared in 16 games for Arsenal in all competitions this season with captain and first choice centre-back Laurent Koscielny still out with an injury.The Gunners continue their 20 games unbeaten following their draw at Old Trafford but slipped to fifth on the Premier League table.last_img read more

Family girlfriend hunt for missing man

first_imgThe last time Joyce Chisholm spoke with her son, Craig Spydell, was on Sept. 9 and there was no indication he might try to harm himself, or disappear to get away from his problems.“He sounded fine,” said Chisholm, who lives in Indiana. “We chatted about football. It was a normal mother-son conversation.”She said Spydell, 43, also mentioned a business he was trying to start as a wine distributor.Spydell, laid off from his job as a stock broker, has been unemployed for more than two years, living in the Salmon Creek area with a girlfriend.He was depressed about having no work, and was under a doctor’s care and taking prescription medication for that, Chisholm said.“He told me he was sick and tired of talking about it,” said his live-in girlfriend Kristin, 41, who spoke with him on Sept. 12 and asked that her last name not be published. “He couldn’t deal with it anymore.”She said Spydell had run up some debt, another problem. As they spoke, he was slurring his words and she suspected he’d taken an overdose of antidepressants.Last seen on Sept. 12, Spydell is being sought as a missing person. His car, a blue-gray Jeep Liberty, was found with his cellphone inside at the Salmon Creek Greenway trailhead in the 13800 block of Northwest 36th Avenue.last_img read more

Boeing says union vote will decide fate of jobs

first_imgEVERETT — Boeing Co. told political leaders in the Puget Sound on Monday that this week’s vote by Machinists will determine the fate of some jobs on the new 777X airplane.Local politicians gathered at a press conference in Everett to discuss the importance of approving the revised contract offer. Boeing executive Ray Conner told the government leaders earlier in the day that an accepted contract will ensure that work on the airplane’s wing stays in the Puget Sound, but a vote to reject the deal will ensure the jobs go elsewhere. Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke says there is no other choice but to vote yes. Otherwise, the politicians warned of a decline in the state’s aerospace industry.“We will see the demise of the economic stimulus that Boeing has provided us,” Cooke said.Boeing spokesman Doug Alder declined to discuss details of the company’s conversations with local leaders but said this week will “be the last opportunity for the union to vote prior to Boeing making a decision” on where it will build the 777X.Local union leaders have opposed the contract because they believe it involves too many concessions, including a plan to shift workers away from traditional pensions. National leaders in International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have scheduled a vote despite the objections of local officials.last_img read more