first_imgThe Punjab Assembly on Thursday passed a resolution on speeding up the process of conducting elections to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. The House also authorised Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to raise the issue with the Central government.Capt. Amarinder said it was the democratic right of every Punjabi to vote in the SGPC elections which cannot be denied by Union government, while responding to the issue that was raised by MLA H.S. Phoolka.Akali, BJP protestAmid protests by Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP members, the House authorised the Chief Minister to raise the issue with the Central government.Capt. Amarinder said since the Gurdwara Act was a national legislation, it was the duty of the Central government to hold timely elections to the SGPC. The Chief Minister sought the permission of the Speaker, on behalf of State government, to adopt the resolution moved by the AAP MLA.The Speaker put the resolution to vote, as a result of which the House authorised the Chief Minister to raise the issue with the Union government immediately.Later, Capt. Amarinder told journalists that there was a broad consensus in the House over the issue. “Only the Akalis and the BJP were not in favour,” he said.Leader of the Opposition Harpal Cheema said that the “Badals” stood exposed on the issue as they (Akali Dal) neither supported or rejected the motion.The SAD asked Mr. Phoolka to clarify whether he had resigned from the Aam Aadmi Party or not. “Mr. Phoolka should disclose whether it was ethical and moral on his part to attend the Vidhan Sabha after resigning from AAP as well as the Assembly,” said SAD MLA Bikram Singh Majithia. While Mr. Phoolka has left AAP, his resignation as an MLA is still pending with the Speaker. Later, Speaker Rana K.P. Singh informed the House that till any decision is taken on the resignation, Mr. Phoolka will be the member of the House.last_img read more


first_imgNatural gas is being touted as the climate-friendlier fuel that the United States can use to wean itself off coal, which releases twice the amount of carbon dioxide as natural gas when burned. But the surge of cheap natural gas may not do much to reduce long-term U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide, a new study suggests, because it could delay the deployment of cleaner renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.”If you have lots of cheap natural gas available, ultimately it’s not fighting only against coal but renewables, too,” says Steven Davis, an energy scientist at the University of California, Irvine, and co-author of the study, published online today in Environmental Research Letters.For their analysis, the authors developed scenarios of what the future mix of energy sources might look like in the United States, based on factors including cost and technology availability. In part, they drew on forecasts of future U.S. natural gas supplies developed by 23 experts in academia, industry, and finance; the forecasts ran the gamut from bullish to bearish. 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(This held true even if no methane were to escape from the natural gas infrastructure, an important issue because methane is a warming gas that is 120 times as potent as carbon dioxide.)”This is straightforward analysis that quantitatively shows what many have been very concerned about—that abundant natural gas will tend to suppress renewables,” says Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who was not involved in the study.That may be true in the long run, but natural gas does appear to be helping the United States reduce emissions today, points out John Quigley, an alternative energy consultant in Harrisburg and former secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, who was not involved in the study. By 2035, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that electricity generation from coal-fired power plants will drop to 34% of the U.S. energy mix (from 39% in 2013 and 52% in 2000), mostly due to cheap natural gas and retiring coal plants. And although solar is currently booming in the United States, EIA estimates renewables will cumulatively make up only 16% of electricity generation in 2040.Changes in U.S. climate policy—and not just in the supply and cost of fuels—will play a big role in accelerating or slowing shifts in the U.S. energy mix, Quigley and the authors agree. “Policy is everything,” Quigley says. “We need strong limits on emissions and policies that encourage renewables. We have to have comprehensive climate and energy policy that takes advantage of the resources that we have in this country.”last_img read more


first_imgChief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday made an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit areas in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district and held administrative meetings at Kakdwip, where 60,000 families had been affected, authorities said. She assured the people affected by Cyclone Bulbul that the State government would offer compensation for damaged houses and crops.“We will send a team of experts to assess the damage… Those whose betel nut cultivation or paddy crops have been affected will be compensated,” Ms. Banerjee told the people who met her in Kakdwip. The Chief Minister said that 1.78 lakh people were stationed in relief centres or else the causalities would have been higher. Ms. Banerjee said that 4-5 lakh people had been affected by the cyclone in the South 24 Parganas district alone.Ms. Banerjee said one person, a fisherman, was found dead in the district after a trawler capsized. “Eight fishermen, who were in a trawler, are still missing. Fifteen have been rescued,” she said. The Chief Minister met the family members of Sk. Mubur Rehman, the fisherman whose body was recovered on Monday morning.Bodies recoveredLater in the day, four more bodies were recovered by the Indian Coast Guard.The trawler had capsized near Sagar on the evening of November 9. Cyclone Bulbul made a landfall between Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas and Khepupara in Bangladesh. With five bodies of the missing fishermen, the death toll due to the cyclone has increased from seven to 12.last_img read more


first_imgStrange game Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ LATEST STORIES Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:29Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me?00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? MOST READ Bukidnon almost swept the individual awards with Jun Melig adjudged best goalkeeper, Adriel Algador named best defender and Prince Aseniero, best midfielder.“We are excited to play against the top teams in Luzon. It will help our team become more competitive and develop our skills individually,” said Dairo after Bukidnon defeated Davao South Regional FA White, 4-0, in the Mindanao Cup finals in Davao City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe Luzon Cup is the third of a series of Under-12 tournaments of the Negros Occidental Football Association’s (Nofa) “Football Para sa Lahat” program.Nofa president Ricky Yanson began the program four years ago with the Nofa Cup nationwide tournament, and expanded it this year. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Aside from the trip to Tarlac as prize for ruling the Mindanao Cup, Bukidnon FA also won P30,000 worth of football equipment.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rice industry paralysis Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Striker Kurbe Dairo made a name for himself after leading the Bukidnon Football Association to the title of the recently concluded Mindanao Cup.Dairo, named most valuable player from among the 16 teams of the 12-under, nine-a-side tournament, will bring his act to the Luzon Cup on Nov. 21 to 24 at Tarlac Recreational Park in San Jose, Tarlac.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


first_imgA star-studded host committee, Academy Awards nominees and presenters, along with some of the most powerful industry influencers came together on March 3rd, 2018 for the 16th annual ‘Night Before’ party to benefit MPTF.George Clooney, Leslie Bibb, Sam Rockwell, and Jack BlackCredit/Copyright: George Pimentel/Getty Images for MPTFFunds raised during the legendary evening will be used to support MPTF in providing social services and financial assistance to the entertainment community, as well as it’s renowned retirement community and innovative programs for seniors and those who care for them. The organization impacts thousands of people each year who have committed their lives to a career in entertainment. The annual event raised $5 million last night, totaling just over $80 million in the event’s history.The 2018 host committee included a lineup of the industry’s most elite talent, including Amy Adams & Darren Le Gallo, Tanya Haden Black & Jack Black, Mary J. Blige, Kate Capshaw & Steven Spielberg, Jessica Chastain, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gal Gadot & Jaron Varsano, Greta Gerwig, Allison Janney, Sharon & Richard Jenkins, Brie Larson, Margot Robbie & Tom Ackerley, Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep, Pauletta & Denzel Washington, Rita Wilson & Tom Hanks, and Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth.Attending guests included Katie Aselton, Angela Bassett, Kate Beckinsale, Camilla Belle, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Chadwick Boseman, Sofia Boutella, Amy Brenneman, Connie Britton, Adrien Brody, Billy Brown, Kobe Bryant, Ty Burrell, Erika Christensen, George Clooney, Laverne Cox, Darren Criss, Viola Davis, Kristin Davis, Rosario Dawson, Guillermo del Toro, Laura Dern, Zoey Deutch, Loretta Devine, Rosemarie DeWitt, Daveed Diggs, Nina Dobrev, Michael Douglas, Emma Dumont, Mark Duplass, Clea Duvall, Lisa Edelstein, Billy Eichner, Ansel Elgort, Jay Ellis, Jon Favreau, Fortune Feimster, Beanie Feldstein, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nathan Fillion, Frances Fisher, Scott Foley, Peter Fonda, David Foster, Jamie Foxx, Isabelle Fuhrman, Betty Gabriel, Josh Gad, Tony Goldwyn, Eiza Gonzalez, Emily V. Gordon, Heather Graham, Beth Grant, Grace Gummer, Mamie Gummer, Danai Gurira, Tiffany Haddish, Tony Hale, Jon Hamm, Chris Hardwick, Sally Hawkins, Lydia Hearst, Gaby Hoffman, Tom Holland, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Jon Huertas, Oscar Isaac, Samuel L. Jackson, Blake Jenner, January Jones, Ashley Judd, Daniel Kaluuya, Michael Keaton, Arielle Kebbel, Keegan-Michael Key, Jaime King, Pom Klementieff, Heidi Klum, Zoe Kravitz, Nick Kroll, Amy Landecker, Joy Lenz, Judith Light, Hamish Linklater, Ron Livingston, Melanie Lynskey, Andie MacDowell, Allen Maldonado, Joe Manganiello, Camryn Manheim, Jason Mantzoukas, Tatiana Maslany, Eric McCormack, Jake McDorman, Frances McDormand, Katharine McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn, Cami Mendes, Shawn Mendes, Jesse Metcalfe, Helen Mirren, Michelle Monaghan, Natalie Morales, Elisabeth Moss, Mirai Nagasu, Kumail Nanjiani, Hari Nef, Christopher Nolan, Christopher Noth, Bob Odenkirk, Gary Oldman, Danielle Panabaker, Pedro Pascal, Benj Pasek, Aaron Paul, Justin Paul, Nasim Pedrad, Tyler Perry, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jaime Pressly, Jack Quaid, Lily Rabe, Retta, Tony Revolori, Andrea Riseborough, Jason Ritter, Britt Robertson, Ray Romano, Evan Ross, Halston Sage, Caterina Scorsone, Reid Scott, Andy Serkis, Keesha Sharp, Alex Shibutani, Maia Shibutani, Alicia Silverstone, John Slattery, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Brittany Snow, Mira Sorvino, Abigail Spencer, Sebastian Stan, Patrick Stewart, Eric Stonestreet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Maura Tierney, Michelle Trachtenberg, Kelly Marie Tran, Sofia Vergara, Lena Waithe, Christopher Walken, Matt Walsh, Diane Warren, Bradley Whitford, Edgar Wright, Bellamy Young, and more.This year’s generous presenting sponsors included Delta Air Lines, Ford Motor Company, L’Oréal, Target, The Hollywood Reporter, and YouTube. The event was held at Fox Studios, where Carmelized Productions by Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo provided specialty foods for the guests and Lavazza, as the official coffee of the ‘Night Before,’ provided its signature espresso.“I am so grateful for the generosity of the Presenting Sponsors and donors for making the ‘Night Before’ an amazing evening every year. It is not only the largest fundraiser each year for the MPTF, having raised over $80m over the sixteen years, but it is also the perfect way to bring the industry together in the spirit of a community that truly takes care of its own. This spirit translates into thousands of industry workers at all levels and at all ages being helped whenever a momentary crisis or need happens in their lives. This safety net of services is needed now more than ever before and we all must play our part to ensure the MPTF remains vital,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of the MPTF Foundation.The ‘Night Before,’ held annually the night before the Academy Awards has become one of the most coveted invitations in town since its inception in 2003.last_img read more


first_imgThe proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Image: U.S. State DepartmentBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA Native American alliance is forming to block construction of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline which still needs final approval from U.S. President Barack Obama after the State Department released an environmental report indicating the project wouldn’t have a significant impact Alberta tar sands production.Members from the seven tribes of the Lakota Nation, along with tribal members and tribes in Idaho, Oklahoma, Montana, Nebraska and Oregon, have been preparing to stop construction of the 1,400 kilometre pipeline which is slated to run, on the U.S. side, from Morgan, Mon., to Steel City, Neb., and pump 830,000 barrels per day from Alberta’s tar sands. The pipeline would originate in Hardisty, Alta.“It poses a threat to our sacred water and the product is coming from the tar sands and our tribes oppose the tar sands mining,” said Deborah White Plume, of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, which is part of the Lakota Nation in South Dakota. “All of our tribes have taken action to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline.”The U.S. State Department released its long awaited environmental report on TransCanada’s proposed pipeline Friday. The report found that the pipeline’s operation would not have a major impact on Alberta tar sands production which is also at the mercy of market forces.“Approval or denial of any one crude oil transport project, including the proposed project, is unlikely to significantly impact the rate of extraction in the oil sands or the continued demand for heavy crude oil at refineries in the United States based on expected oil prices, oil sand supply costs, transport costs and supply-demand scenarios,” said the report.The project will now go into a final phase which focuses on whether Keystone XL “serves the national interest.” Pipeline’s environmental, cultural and economic impacts will be weighed in this phase and at least eight agencies will have input on the outcome, including the Department Defence, Justice, Interior, Commerce, Transportation, Energy, Homeland Security and the Environmental Protection Agency.A 30-day public comment period will also be initiated on Feb. 5.The State Department is also in the midst of probing conflict-of-interest allegations levelled against contractors who both worked on the report and for TransCanada.The Lakota Nation is preparing for the eventuality the pipeline receives approval. The nation has led the formation of a project called “Shielding the People” to stop the pipeline. The Lakota also launched a “moccasins on the ground” program to train people in Indigenous communities to oppose the pipeline.There are also plans to set up spiritual camps along the pipeline’s route. But when and where those camps will spring up remains a closely guarded secret.“It will band all Lakota to live together and you can’t cross a living area if it’s occupied,” said Greg Grey Cloud, of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. “If it does get approved we aim to stop it.”Gary Dorr, from the Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho, was in Rosebud Friday for a meeting to discuss opposition to Keystone.The Nez Perce tribe has already used its treaty rights to block the transport of so-called megaloads of mining equipment headed to Alberta’s tar sands through its territory. The tribe launched blockades and won a court battle to stop the shipments from traversing its lands.“It will be obvious, it will be concrete, and I think once it starts and they start building you will start to see the momentum and the force of the tribal people…it is an epic project, it will have an epic response from the tribal people,” said Dorr. “The tar sands is already affecting the people (for Fort Chipewyan in Alberta), climate change is already obvious. To facilitate that is not something the Native people of the U.S. are going to do. We are not going to sit idly by and let it happen.”The pipeline has been called the ‘black snake’ in reference to prophecies that had previously been linked to construction of highways and railways. In recent ceremonies, however, discussions sifting through the prophecies noted that the black snake goes under ground.“That would be a referral to the pipeline,” said Dorr.Paula Antoine, who works for the Rosebud Tribe’s land office, said while the pipeline does not cross any Lakota reservation lands, it comes close, sometimes metres away. Antoine said the pipeline, however, cuts through their treaty territory, sacred sites and waterways.“They aren’t recognizing our treaties, they are violating our treaty rights and our boundaries by going through there,” said Antoine. “Any ground disturbance around that proposed line will affect us.”The battle lines have already been drawn in tribal council chambers. The Oglala Sioux Tribe passed a resolution Friday banning TransCanada and former AFN national chief Phil Fontaine, who has been hired by the energy firm to deal with First Nations opposition to its Energy East project in Canada, from entering its territory.The resolution received unanimous consent,said White Plume.The Lakota, Dakota and Nakota make up the Lakota Nation. The nation includes the tribes of Rosebud, Oglala and the Cheyenne Indian reservation, the Yankton Sioux Tribe, Standing Rock, Flandreau Sioux Tribe and the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more


Tangier  – Some 229,185 Moroccan expatriates returned to Morocco via the Tangier Port since the beginning of the Marhaba operation 2016 on June 5 and until August 31, Tangier port commanding officer Ahmed Ouqebli told MAP.The number of vehicles and buses transiting towards Morocco reached 38,166 and 193 respectively, the source added.During the same period, exit movement via the same port involved 235,135 Moroccans living abroad, 41,688 vehicles and 251 buses. The “Marhaba 2016 operation” is going smoothly thanks to efforts made by the different concerned departments, according to the same source. read more


HONOLULU — All Nippon Airways has completed a test flight of a new wide-body aircraft with its arrival in Hawaii.Reports say the Japanese airline completed the first of two tests when the Airbus A380 “Flying Honu” touched down Wednesday at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu.The four-engine jet airliner arrived from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport around 7:45 a.m., followed by a blessing ceremony for the aircraft that was painted to look like a giant turtle.The state Department of Transportation says it is happy Hawaii’s largest airport is the 11th in the U.S. that is able to accommodate the double-decker planes.The test was another step toward All Nippon Airways’ 2020 goal of doubling the number of its seats connecting Honolulu and Tokyo.The Associated Press read more


Mary Robinson, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, who signed the accord yesterday with Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castaneda, said the new office was part of an ambitious programme for her agency and Mexico.”Our hope is that it will help the government and civil society analyze the human rights situation in depth so as to tackle the problems that still plague the country,” said Mrs. Robinson, who was in Mexico on her third visit. “The commitment is there, but there will have to be implementation if we are to make a real difference in the lives of ordinary Mexicans.”The new rights office will work with the government and civil society to pinpoint problems and help lay down a national human rights programme.The technical cooperation programme with Mexico will enter its second phase in August. Mrs. Robinson and President Vicente Fox signed an initial agreement in December 2000. read more


Addressing a meeting on sovereign debt crises and restructurings organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and held at UN headquarters in New York, President Vuk Jeremic highlighted concerns surrounding the debt management resilience capacities of heavily indebted poor nations, particularly in light of the global economic recession. “Some of the conclusions of a number of recent UNCTAD studies are really worrisome,” said Mr. Jeremic. “They indicate that crisis containment measures have used up much of the buffers built up by states in the decade prior to the downturn. These capacities are not being restored to previous levels,” he stated, adding that the situation could become “a serious challenge” for a number of Member States. The UNCTAD meeting, known by its official name as the Special Event of the Second Committee of the General Assembly: Sovereign Debt Crises and Restructurings, aims to restart discussions over the behaviour of creditors and debtors in the context of sovereign bankruptcy. Pointing to possible solutions, Mr. Jeremic emphasized the need to enhance South-South cooperation and urged developed nations to further extend their “hand of solidarity” to those countries encountering debt difficulties.“In my view, developed countries should also try to meet the commitments they have made to partners,” he continued. Mr. Jeremic further underlined the need for greater coordination between the UN and key international economic players, noting that he had proposed a consultative framework which would bring the General Assembly and various international financial and trade institutions together, as well as informal groupings, including the G-20. read more


The Cardinals lost to the Saints 31-7 on Sunday. The fifth-year safety went into surgery later that day, where doctors shaved the exposed bone and closed the wound, according to Somers’ tweet:“Drs shaved bone on Johnson’s finger and repaired. Lost about down to first knuckle— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 23, 2013.” Johnson pulled off his glove and the flesh was still in the glove exposing the bone down to the first knuckle. Apparently Johnson didn’t even realize the injury until he took his glove off on the sideline. Arizona Cardinals’ Rashad Johnson lost a piece of his left middle finger after making a routine tackle on New Orleans running back Darren Sproles on a punt return.Not even Johnson knows exactly what or when it happened, but Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers confirmed via Twitter that Johnson’s injury occurred sometime during his Sproles takedown:“Johnson’s injury happened on a punt return, tackling sproles. Not sure what happened, might have smashed in ground. #AZCardinals— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 23, 2013.” read more


Then-freshman goaltender Kassidy Sauve (32) defends the net during a game against Mercyhurst on Nov. 11 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 3-0. Credit: Lantern file photoAfter sweeping its opening series against Lindenwood last weekend, the Ohio State women’s hockey team is set to stay on the road for its third and fourth games of the season against the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday and Sunday.In its first two games under new coach Jenny Potter, OSU scored eight goals on 60 shots and controlled virtually every category in the box score.Despite the two victories, the team knows it will have to make adjustments before facing the high-scoring Badgers.“I think with a new coach and new systems, they did a fantastic job adapting to those new systems, I think that (Lindenwood) only scored one power-play goal,” Potter said. “I know the first night we killed 11 penalties. I think they did a great job. We know we can get better, but I think they are working really hard and we’re learning.”The physical Buckeyes face a new set of challenges against Wisconsin.The Badgers had the second-ranked Western Collegiate Hockey Association offense in 2014-15, the top-ranked power play attack and scored 13 goals in their first two games of the 2015-16 season.This year’s OSU squad has said it prides itself on an up-tempo, physical style, so to combat the high-powered Badgers, it might end up committing penalties.“Obviously I don’t want to take penalties, but where we are in our system and as a team there might be some penalties,” Potter said.The sentiment that this team expects to take penalties is consistent with Potter’s skaters, who believe an aggressive style suits them.“I think we’re playing a very aggressive style this year that not a lot of people have seen before, so matching their speed that (Wisconsin) is notorious for is a big part of what we are trying to do,” freshman defender Lauren Boyle said.Boyle believes the team’s effort in the weight room overpowered Lindenwood. The level of aggressive style OSU plays with comes from that hard work in the weight room, which causes the penalties — not chippy play.OSU is confident that as the season rolls on, it will be able to compliment its physical game with the offense necessary to beat a high-scoring team like Wisconsin.“It’s about going out and playing our game and worrying about what we can do,” sophomore forward Lauren Spring said. “I think we have a lot of girls who are just as fast as them, so I think if anything we’ll be able to match them or out-skate them.”For a program that ranked No. 18 in total offense last season, the team is confident that it will be able to score enough goals this season to contend with the top teams in the nation to compliment its physical style of play.“I don’t think we’re going to struggle to put the puck in the net this weekend,” Boyle said. “Because of all the conditioning we’re doing, I don’t think they’re going to keep up with us by the third period. I don’t think anyone is doing what we’re doing.”The Buckeyes will look to keep up their strong start against Wisconsin. Puck drop is set for 3:07 p.m. read more


Carnival co-ordinator Andy Morgan Watts who led the parade in his vintage car dressed as a ringmaster, said: “He just appeared.”Everybody was applauding him because it seemed such a clever way of raising money,”But when he disappeared it left a bad taste because people thought they had been giving money to charity.”I still like to believe that he is just dragging it out to get the maximum amount of money possible from a good idea.”Some people think I’m being too kind but we will have to wait and see which way it goes. It’s clearly as black and white as his suit.” Organisers said they did not think there was anything sinister about the man in the chequered morph suit who joined the carnival parade as it wended its way around the small upmarket village which is just off the A48.He even cheekily put his belongings in the back of a vintage car and made a thumbs up sign so he would have his hands free to hand out leaflets.”There’s nothing unusual in people joining the parade so we didn’t think much of it when he snuck in,” said Sue Anderson who is on the carnival committee. “Everyone thought it was a great idea and he was dancing with the samba band and putting his arm around children who wanted their photograph taken with him.”It was a beautiful day and everybody was having a good time but later on towards the end, when everybody thought he was going to climb on stage and do the big reveal, nobody could find him. He had just disappeared.”Some villagers said they had seen the mystery man melt away from the memorial fields down a public footpath while carrying a deckchair and what looked like an old music bag or briefcase.They thought he would be coming back but when the man did not come forward Sue and her husband Tony, chairman of the carnival committee, put an appeal out on Facebook asking the joker to reveal himself.They then received an email from the “Woolaston carnival mystery man” offering to put over £100 into the bank if they gave details of the carnival account.The couple have not heard anything since declining to do so while suggesting a meeting so he could hand over the cash.”We want to give him a chance in case it’s someone who means well and has just taken a joke a bit too far,” said Ms Anderson. Woolaston Carnival organisers have launched an appeal for information A self-styled “Mystery Man” who asked village fete-goers to donate money to guess his identity literally turned out to be a mystery when he vanished after pocketing their cash.Revellers at Woolaston Carnival in the Forest of Dean assumed the individual was a local resident when he wandered around the fete dressed in a full body morph suit communicating only in mime.The apparent mime artist offered a £100 prize if he could be identified correctly as he asked villagers to donate £1 to try to unmask him, even handing out entry forms which read: “Is it a bird, is it a plane. No it’s Woolaston’s Mystery Man”.His identity remained secret throughout the day and has remained so ever since as it is feared he fled with the proceeds. It is unknown exactly how much entry money was taken but fete-goers have estimated it could be more than £100.Villagers say they still don’t know if they have been duped or are victims of a bad joke by the man who concealed his face the entire time.And now those behind the Woolaston Carnival in the Forest of Dean have issued a desperate plea for the man to hand over the money before they call in police. 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. Woolaston Carnival organisers have launched an appeal for informationCredit:Woolaston Memorial Hall/Facebook read more


Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump wins electoral college amid nationwide protestsDecember 20, 2016In “World”Up to three million migrants ‘to be targeted’ – Trump in first interview since electionsNovember 13, 2016In “World”US House condemns Trump attacks on congresswomen as racistJuly 17, 2019In “latest news” New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (C) is the youngest woman ever elected to the US House at 29 years old (Reuters image)President Donald Trump has hailed a “Big Victory” in US mid-term elections which saw Democrats seize of the House of Representatives but Republicans consolidate their grip on the Senate.The Democratic majority in the lower chamber will be in a position to block Mr Trump’s legislative programme.But controlling the Senate ensures Mr Trump can still make key appointments.The vote was seen as a referendum on the president, even though he is not up for re-election till 2020.The result confirms a historical trend for the party that is not in the White House to make gains in the mid-terms.But despite the losses in the House, Republicans could point to an increased majority in the Senate.Early on Wednesday, Mr Trump tweeted that he had been congratulated by supporters across the US and beyond.House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi promised that her party would serve as a counterweight to the White House.Ms Pelosi – who is set to become speaker, a position she held from 2007 to 2011 – told supporters: “Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans, it’s about restoring the Constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump administration.”The Democrats gained more than the 23 seats they need to take over the 435-seat lower chamber.They could now launch investigations into Mr Trump’s administration and business affairs, from tax returns to potential conflicts of interest.The Democrats could also more effectively block his legislative plans, notably his signature promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico.In the Senate, Democrats were always facing an uphill battle this year because they were defending 26 races, while just nine Republican seats were up for grabs.The Republicans are on course to increase their representation from 51 to 54 in the 100-seat Senate upper chamber.Female candidates fared particularly well in an election cycle that had been billed as the Year of the Woman. (Excerpts from BBC) read more


first_imgAsus had a ton of new stuff to show off at Computex 2013. Beyond the crazy Transformer Book Trio, there was a new FonePad phablet, a portable gaming PC with back-up power, and an… er… interesting new mouse.The FonePad Note makes no apologies about what device it’s challenging. It’s a 6-inch beast with a hideway stylus, just like the Galaxy Note. Asus has taken a page from another competitor’s playbook by outfitting the new FonePad with stereo speakers on the front (like the HTC One).While the 1080p Super IPS+ display and 8MP rear-facing camera are nice, the more interesting bit of hardware is the dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor that powers the PadFone Note. It’s another in the string of recent Intel mobile wins, and a sign that ARM will have a real fight on its hands going forward.There’s nothing really crazy about the FonePad, but the VivoMouse is another story. It looks a bit more like a sexy, post-modern USB mug warmer, but that big, silvery disc is all about multitouch. The VivoMouse is fitted with a laptop-style trackpad that lets you swipe, pinch, and drag to navigate your desktop.It’s aimed at Windows 8 users, and could be well suited to couch surfing. For some reason, though, the VivoMouse also has optical sensors on the bottom. It’s hard to imagine why Asus would do that. This isn’t like Apple’s Magic Mouse or Microsoft’s Arc Touch mouse.The VivoMouse has a big ol’ trackpad on top and it’s designed as a companion for the VivoPC, which is a home theater box. The trackpad’s a great fit. A gyroscope would be good, too. But optical sensors? Living rooms generally aren’t an ideal environment for traditional mice, so why bother?Another oddity Asus introduced was the G10 desktop. This one, however, is odd in a good way. It’s a fairly standard gaming PC, with an Intel Core i7 chip and Nvidia graphics. What makes the G10 different is its 19,900mAh battery pack.It provides enough juice to keep the rig running for about 25 seconds — not enough to survive an extended outage, but plenty to keep the G10 alive during unexpected dips and brownouts. Best of all, it’s built in.This could be a great fit in corporate IT environments, too. We IT administrators hate having to deal with the aftereffects of power problems, and the G10 could very well prevent some of those headaches.Cooler still is the fact that the power pack can be removed. Yes, Asus will let you pop the battery out and take it along to provide emergency boosts to your USB-charged smartphone or tablet. How cool is that?last_img read more


first_imgPtérosaures géants : des chercheurs affirment qu’ils étaient bien capables de volerSi des études suggéraient que certains ptérosaures avaient des difficultés à quitter le sol, de récents travaux tendent à contredire cette hypothèse. Selon ces recherches, même les plus grands de ces vertébrés ailés, apparus il y a 230 millions d’années et disparus au Crétacé supérieur, étaient capables de voler.Publiés dans la revue PLoS One, les travaux du Dr Mark Witton de l’Université de Portsmouth et du Dr Michael Habib de l’Université Chatham, suggèrent que les reptiles géants, même ceux dont le poids pouvait atteindre plusieurs centaines de kilogrammes, étaient capables de décoller grâce à leurs quatre membres.Les plus gros ptérosaures atteignaient la taille d’une girafe, et leur aptitude au vol fait débat depuis plusieurs années au sein des paléontologues. En plus de la question de leur possible maintien dans les airs, certains chercheurs s’interrogent sur leur capacité même à s’envoler. “La plupart des oiseaux décollent soit en prenant de la vitesse et en sautant en l’air avant de battre des ailes soit, s’ils sont assez petits, ils peuvent simplement se lancer en l’air à partir d’un tremplin. Les théories précédentes ont suggéré que les ptérosaures géants étaient trop gros et lourds pour réaliser l’une de ces manœuvres et par conséquent qu’ils étaient cloués au sol”, explique le Dr Witton.Toutefois, rappelle le chercheur, “l’analogie avec les oiseaux ne doit pas être poussée trop loin” car “ces créatures n’étaient pas des oiseaux, c’étaient des vertébrés volants avec une structure du squelette nettement différente, idem pour les proportions des ailes et la masse musculaire. Ils s’envolaient d’une façon complètement différente avec un faible angle de décollage. L’anatomie de ces créatures est unique”. Ainsi, Mark Witton et Michael Habib suggèrent que les ptérosaures avaient pour s’envoler, une technique très particulière. Selon eux, les reptiles géants se servaient de leurs quatre membres, utilisant pour se propulser en l’air leur membres antérieurs dotés d’une musculature pouvant atteindre une cinquantaine de kilos.À lire aussiPourrions-nous redonner vie aux dinosaures comme dans Jurassic Park ?Les paléontologues vont jusqu’à affirmer qu’ils étaient également capables de voler sur de très longues distances, et ce sans avoir à battre des ailes de façon continue pour rester en altitude. Mark Witton et son confrère évoquent “plutôt de puissants coups d’ailes sur de courtes distances avec leur grande taille leur permettant de parvenir rapidement à des vitesses de croisière”.Si ces hypothèses sont vérifiées, elles pourraient profondément modifier la façon dont les paléontologues envisageaient jusqu’alors la répartition géographique des espèces.Le 21 novembre 2010 à 20:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgAlan Shearer has explained why Unai Emery’s substitutes were very effective during Arsenal’s derby victory against Tottenham Hotspur.Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day programme on Sunday, Shearer was full of praise for how Emery used his options off the bench with two of those substitutes coming in on the stroke of half-time.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring for Arsenal with penalty kick only for Tottenham to turn things around courtesy of goals from Eric Dier and Harry Kane.It was through the hard work of Emery’s substitutes that the Gunners regained control of the match, firstly through another Aubameyang goal that levelled the score at 2-2, before Lacazette and Lucas Torreira finished off the visitors.Shearer hailed Emery’s decision to take off Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan as the key reason why the Gunners saw off their North London rivals.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.“He did it brilliantly today,” he said, according to Football.London. “At half-time, Iwobi and Mkhitaryan were ineffective in the first half.”“He brought Ramsey and Lacazette on and what these two players did was make the pitch bigger, stretched Tottenham out and played Ramsey in the No. 10 role.”“They invited him to run in behind, get in between the centre-halves Juan Foyth and Jan Vertonghen, and he did that all the second half.”last_img read more


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington recently posted the following job listing for a Groundsman in the DPW Department.TOWN OF WILMINGTON DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES GROUNDSMAN IISeeking individuals who want to become part of the Town’s Department of Public Works team. The Town of Wilmington currently seeking one (1) full-time positions (40hrs/wk); Groundsman II. The Town offers a comprehensive benefits package.For complete position descriptions, salary information, and physical requirements, please visit the Town’s website, http://www.wilmingtonma.gov, by calling (978) 658-3311 or visiting the Town Manager’s Office, 121 Glen Road, Wilmington, MA 01887.Completed applications can be submitted via email to jobs@wilmingtonma.gov or to the Town Manager’s Office at 121 Glen Road Wilmington, MA 01887. DEADLINE TO APPLY: JULY 13, 2018. EOEGROUNDSMAN IIDefinition:Manual work in the care of Town-owned grounds; all other related work as required.Distinguishing Characteristics:Works under the direct supervision of Parks & Grounds Foreman (Head Groundsman)Performs a variety of routine and repetitive tasks, with work checked during progress and upon completion for satisfactory performance.Makes few contacts beyond immediate associates.Continuous and strenuous physical effort demanded in walking, bending, standing and lifting or carrying equipment, tools and materials while performing duties under varying weather conditions.Examples of Work:Performs manual work in digging and in back-filling excavations; handles heavy materials on maintenance and repair projects.Seeds, loams, fertilizes, rakes, rolls, weeds, mows and waters lawn areas.Plants, trims and cuts hedges, shrubbery and flowers; rakes up and disposes of rubbish and leaves.Drags and marks playing fields and works on irrigation systems.Operates equipment such as power-mowers, light trucks, brush cutters, snow plows, power saws, line painters, small tractors and other parks and grounds equipment.Maintains and marks play fields; maintains tennis courts and skating rinks; repairs and paints benches, back stops and bleachers; installs and maintains playground equipment.Plows snow and removes ice and snow from walks, drives and pavements.Transports and sets up staging and risers; moves furniture and equipment.Performs other work of the Department of Public Works as directed by the Superintendent of Public Works.RECOMMENDED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSEducation and Experience:High School education; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.Knowledge, Ability, Skill:Ability to lift heavy objects and to work continuously under varying weather conditions. Ability to understand and follow oral instructions. Ability to use hand tools and operate power equipment. Possession of CDL required.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: Town’s Highway Division Is Hiring An Equipment OperatorIn “Business”NOW HIRING: Wilmington DPW Seeks Senior ClerkIn “Government”NOW HIRING: Town Of Wilmington Seeks Custodial Worker For Wilmington HighIn “Business”last_img read more


first_img Comments Share your voice A cross-section of a crystallized white dwarf star.  University of Warwick/Mark Garlick Eventually, the sun will cool off and become a giant crystal floating through space. It’s not a bizarre science fiction plot, but the takeaway of new scientific research published this week in the journal Nature. You may have heard that billions of years down the road the sun will swell to a ravenous red giant star that will eventually swallow Earth. But long after our planet has been ended, the sun will shrink to a cool white dwarf star and then slowly solidify into a massive white crystal, the study says. That’s a lot of bling wasted on the empty vacuum of space.”All white dwarfs will crystallize at some point in their evolution, although more massive white dwarfs go through the process sooner,” Pier-Emmanuel Tremblay from the University of Warwick’s Department of Physics in the UK explained in a statement. “This means that billions of white dwarfs in our galaxy have already completed the process and are essentially crystal spheres in the sky. The sun itself will become a crystal white dwarf in about 10 billion years.” 5 Nearby Barnard’s Star hosts an icy planet with new hope for alien life Teen scientist checks for alien lasers around famously weird star Space in 2019 will be all about the moon, and one weird asteroid Space is strangecenter_img A team of astronomers led by Tremblay analyzed observations of 15,000 potential white dwarf stars within 300 light-years of Earth made by the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite. The work verified earlier predictions that such a catalog of white dwarf stars would reveal a number in the slow process of turning from what is essentially a liquid form to a solid state. “It was predicted 50 years ago that we should observe a pile-up in the number of white dwarfs at certain luminosities and colors due to crystallization and only now this has been observed,” Tremblay explained. Sometimes death can be beautiful, especially when it comes to stars and other cosmic things. But I still wouldn’t mind skipping the part where our entire planet is swallowed in the hellacious heat of a massive nuclear furnace we once called the sun. But that’s just me.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers. Tags Sci-Tech Spacelast_img read more