The State government will soon put in place a new policy on compensation for victims of hit-and-run accidents. Following recommendations from the Centre, the compensation could go up to as much as ₹2 lakh from the existing ₹25,000, which is given as solatium on the death of any person due to a hit-and-run motor accident. The sum of ₹12,500, currently given for grievous injury to a person from a hit-and-run motor accident, shall also increase proportionately or to about ₹50,000, senior officials from the State Transport Department have said. The Supreme Court had directed the State government on February 13 to consult all stakeholders and formulate a new scheme for payment of compensation in hit-and-run cases. A recent report of the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety had said, “The committee notes that the compensation payable to hit-and-run victims is very low and that the issue of making appropriate compensation … is engaging the attention of the State government. The State must formulate a scheme to make payment of adequate compensation.” The SC accepted the committee’s recommendation on February 26. A senior official said, “Maharashtra will now have to amend the Motor Vehicles Act to make these changes. However, the new compensation by way of the policy would be given out from the day the policy is announced and later synchronised as the law changes.” Of the 1.6 lakh road fatalities reported in the country in 2016, nearly 20,000 were hit-and-run victims. According to the Road Accidents in India-2017 report prepared by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, four cities from the State — Mumbai, Pune, Nashik and Nagpur — feature in the top 50. In Mumbai, 3,160 accidents occurred in 2017, of which 467 were fatal and 2,603 were injury accidents. As many as 490 people died in these accidents, while 3,287 were injured. In Pune, of the 1,508 accidents, 360 were fatal and 966 were injury accidents. The high fatal count has already prompted the State to introduce a new policy to reduce deaths resulting from road accidents. The new Road Safety Policy was introduced last month as part of the Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety of the World Health Organisation, which has tasked Maharashtra with bringing road fatalities down to 25% of the current 13,000 deaths reported annually, said officials.
Stores smashed and looted by rampaging mobs, buildings in flames – the damage was to London and other English cities, but the images were beamed around the world.Four days of riots have already cost businesses and insurers hundreds of millions of dollars. The cost to Britain’s reputation – and its lucrative tourist trade in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games – may be incalculable.London’s historic centre, visited by millions of tourists a year, has been almost untouched by the riots which hit a handful of inner-city and suburban areas. That hasn’t stopped images of flaming buildings and shattered shops under headlines like “London’s burning” flashing around the globe.”People read that there are riots in London, they think people are rioting on Tower Bridge or in front of Parliament,” said Tom Rees, senior travel and tourism analyst at market research firm Mintel.”The impression people are getting in other countries is that a lawless state existed in London for a few days,” he added. “The impression could be fostered that it’s just not safe, and that’s a tremendous problem for tourism.”So far there is little hard data, but Rees said there are anecdotal reports about people cancelling trips to London.”I think there is certainly going to be a damaging short-term impact on arrivals,” he said.Patricia Yates of Visit Britain said tourism businesses had seen “concern from some consumers” but not yet cancellations.Most tourist attractions have been unaffected by the rioting. Museums, art galleries, and West End theatres have remained open – though several smaller theatres in riot-hit London neighbourhoods cancelled performances on Tuesday.advertisementThe sports industry has been hit, with a soccer match scheduled for Wednesday between England and the Netherlands at London’s Wembley stadium cancelled to free up police officers for riot duty. Britain’s soccer authorities said they were in talks with police to see whether this weekend’s season-opening matches of the Premier League could still go ahead in London.Tom Jenkins, chief executive of the European Tour Operators Association, said the images of riots looked bad, but the disturbances would have little long-term impact on Britain’s resilient tourism industry.”My members move tens of thousands of visitors in London every day and I haven’t had any reports of anyone being caught up in it,” he said.”We’ve had major terrorist bombings, we’ve had sustained IRA campaign, we’ve had riots before. London is one of the most vibrant and safest places a tourist could go to. And that remains the case.”Aside from the impact on tourism, the riots have hurt a huge range of British businesses, big and small.The looters’ targets ranged from corner stores, stripped of booze, cigarettes and candy, to chains selling youth-friendly gear such as sportswear retailer JD Sports, music-seller HMV.A huge warehouse in north London owned by Sony Corp. subsidiary Sony DADC was torched on Monday, destroying thousands of computer games, DVDs and CDs – including the stock of a distributor for dozens of independent music labels.Domino, one of the labels affected, said the new single by British band Arctic Monkeys will only be available for download only because it has no physical copies to ship to stores.Colin Stanbridge, chief executive of the London Chambers of Commerce and Industry, said the riots could not have come at a worse time – less than a year ahead of the 2012 Olympics and with Britain’s economy still fragile after a prolonged recession.”At a time when the capital’s businesses should be focusing on growth and job creation, the riots have prevented them from going about their day-to-day business,” he said. “Many firms have had to put contingency plans in place, with some forced to close early in order to save their property from possible criminal damage.”The Association of British Insurers says insurance companies are expecting losses of “well over” 100 million pounds ($160 million) from the mayhem, although Rolf Tanner, spokesman for insurance giant Swiss Reinsurance Company, said all estimates of the cost of the damage are premature.”The unrest has so far hit mainly the poorer areas of London and other cities, where insurance density and insured values tend to be lower than the country average,” he said.Most retailers hit by looting will be covered by insurance policies, but James Lowman, chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores, said some small shopkeepers “might be uninsured or underinsured.”He said those retailers can use a piece of 19th-century legislation called the Riot Damages Act to claim money back from the police for failing to protect them – but only if they apply within 14 days. Lowman said his association was trying to get the government to extend that period.advertisementHe is more worried about the long-term effect on small businesses, should trouble and fear persist.On Tuesday stores in many parts of London closed early or even boarded up their windows from fear of violence that never materialized.Lowman said that trade from shutdowns can’t be claimed back from insurers. And small stores can’t afford the private security guards employed by larger retailers.”In Northern Ireland, which had trouble with riots for many years, there is evidence there that sometimes retailers just give up,” Lowman said. “And that’s tragic.”
LAKELAND, Fla. — Minor injuries befell key components of the Mets and Tigers on March 14. Neither manager, however, is worried.Detroit designated hitter Victor Martinez pulled his left hamstring after a single in the Tigers’ 9-2 win over New York.At first, it looked serious, and Tigers Manager Brad Ausmus thought it might be an injury to Martinez’s left knee, but after the game, he said Martinez was fine but would miss a few games.“I’m not too concerned,” Ausmus said. “If it were, that would be serious, but it is mild. He’ll be ready in a couple of days.”Ausmus was even able to joke about it. “I don’t think it will affect his ability to steal bases,” he said of Martinez, who has seven stolen bases in his 14-year career.For New York, pitcher Jacob deGrom is struggling with back stiffness and missed the start, instead throwing batting practice at the Mets’ spring training facility.“He’ll be starting by the end of the week,” Collins said.J.D. Martinez led the Tigers’ offensive onslaught Monday, hitting his third homer of the spring and second in two days to boost his batting average to .217. Meanwhile, Ian Kinsler had another hit and raised his spring average to .391.For the Mets, third baseman Wilmer Flores went 3-for-3 with two doubles.(JEFF BERLINICKE)TweetPinShare0 Shares
India women’s A team will embark on its maiden tour to Australia in December this year for a limited-overs series, Cricket Australia confirmed Friday.The series is a part of an agreement between CA and BCCI to host annual A series between the two nations.The first such series was held in October last year, when Australia A toured India for an ODI and T20 series.During the tour, India A will play three ODIs and as many T20 matches in Brisbane and Gold Coast respectively starting December 12.The three ODIs between India ‘A’ and Australia ‘A’ will be played in Brisbane on December 12, 14 and 16 while the T20 matches will be hosted by Gold Coast December 19, 21 and 23.”Hosting the first A tour for our female cricketers is another important step in the evolution of the National Talent Pathway,” Australia’s Female High Performance Manager Shawn Flegler said in a statement.”A lot of work has gone into the women’s pathway and we’ve already seen numerous players come through the system and show they are capable to taking the next step to international level.”We now have annual tours for our Australia Under 19 team, the Women’s National Performance Squad is in its third year and now being able to schedule regular Australia A tours, both at home and away is the icing on the cake.Also Read | India sleeping giants of women’s cricket, says Australia coach
Todd LamirandeAPTN National NewsThe House of Commons gets back to work Monday.The proceedings can’t happen without a grand entry where the Sergeant-at-Arms brings the mace into Parliament.The current one is now a century old.But one Ottawa resident would like to see it redesigned to include Indigenous contributions to Canada.firstname.lastname@example.org
LIVERPOOL, England — Liverpool has reported pre-tax profit rising to a record 125 million pounds ($162 million), fueled by last season’s run to the Champions League final.Turnover rose by 90 million pounds to 455 million pounds in the year ending May 31, 2018, according to extracts of the annual accounts published by Liverpool on Friday. Pre-tax profit the previous year was 40 million pounds.While Liverpool generated 137 million pounds from transfers, mostly Philippe Coutinho’s January sale to Barcelona, more than 190 million pounds was invested in new players.Liverpool is reaping the rewards, sitting second in the Premier League in its bid for a first English title since 1990. Juergen Klopp’s team lost the Champions League final last May to Real Madrid.Liverpool’s principal owner is John Henry through the Fenway Sports Group, which has the MLB’s Boston Red Sox in its investments.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
FILE – In this Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, file photo, Moulton Tuuoloaki prepares to load a container onto a FedEx cargo plane at the FedEx hub at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. FedEx reports quarterly financial results before the market opens on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) FedEx profit and revenue rise but not enough to meet Wall Street forecasts by David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted Mar 19, 2014 6:04 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DALLAS – FedEx Corp. says its latest quarterly profit rose 5 per cent from a year ago despite storms that raised the company’s costs, but the results were below analysts’ expectations.The company’s ground-shipping segment is doing better, but the express-delivery business is flat and customers continue to shift to slower, cheaper services for international shipments.The package-delivery giant said Wednesday that net income in the quarter that ended Feb. 28 rose to $378 million, or $1.23 per share, from $361 million, or $1.13 per share, a year ago. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected $1.45 per share.Revenue rose 3 per cent to $11.30 billion from $11 billion, missing Wall Street’s forecast of $11.43 billion.The weak results drove FedEx to lower its forecast of full-year earnings. However, FedEx expects fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of between $2.25 and $2.50 per share, which leaves room to beat analysts’ prediction of $2.34 per share.FedEx said that weather reduced operating income by $125 million in the December-to-February third quarter. Snow, ice and freezing temperatures slowed the company’s trucks and planes and raised costs for everything from de-icing to overtime. Shipments dropped off during storms because some retail shippers in the East and Midwest closed.Rival United Parcel Service Co. struggled to keep up with peak volumes just before Christmas — traffic was heavier and later in the season than UPS expected.FedEx Chairman and CEO Fred Smith said that his company handled December loads but will be careful in managing residential e-commerce shipments.“The biggest challenge is the fact that so much of the business comes in such a short period of time, and obviously it is not possible to make these enormous capital investments for two or three weeks out of the year,” Smith said on a conference call with analysts. “You can clearly go broke trying to deliver non-compensatory packages into people’s homes.”Customers are limiting spending on higher-priced services. FedEx said that it was continuing to see a shift toward less profitable international services — the volume of international economy-class shipments rose 8 per cent.The Memphis, Tenn.-based company is still buying back its own stock, which reduced the number of shares by 3 per cent from a year ago and boosted earnings per share.Helane Becker, an analyst at Cowen and Co., said that investors would “give the company some slack” for the disappointing third quarter because of the slightly upbeat forecast for the May quarter and FedEx’s moves to boost profit in its big express operations.FedEx shares rose 56 cents to $139.13 in morning trading Wednesday. They began the day down 3.6 per cent for this year after gaining 57 per cent in 2013.
by Derrik J. Lang, The Associated Press Posted Jun 12, 2015 10:11 am MDT Last Updated Jun 12, 2015 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this June 11, 2014 file photo, a man tries out the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset at the Oculus booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles. From virtual reality headsets to the latest installments of “Halo” and “Uncharted,” the newest hardware and software will be hyped by nearly 300 exhibitors at the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the gaming industry’s annual trade show held June 16-18, 2015, in Los Angeles. What will be this year’s game changers? (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) From ‘Star Wars’ to ‘Star Fox,’ 5 expectations for this year’s E3 video game expo LOS ANGELES, Calif. – At this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, video games alone won’t soak up all the attention.Besides the usual laundry list of sequels and new titles coming to gaming consoles, next week’s annual interactive extravaganza at the Los Angeles Convention Center will also play host to exhibitors from around the world pushing augmented and virtual reality systems, video streaming services, as well as games specifically created for PCs and mobile devices.“We have a tradition of being open to new technologies, new game companies and new approaches,” said Michael Gallagher, president of the Electronic Software Association, which organizes the industry trade show. “We have more than 270 exhibitors at E3 this year showing over 1,600 products, including 100 of them that haven’t even been teased. It’s meant to be a very diverse environment. This will probably be the most diverse E3 in the show’s history.”Here’s a look at what’s likely to unfold during gaming’s biggest week:___VIRTUALLY HEAD OVER HEELSWith virtual reality systems like the Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus and HTC Vive scheduled for release throughout the next year, game creators are expected to heavily tout their VR experiences in an effort to wrap the immersive technology around consumers’ noggins. Microsoft might similarly use its presence at E3 to hype HoloLens, the augmented reality headset it unveiled earlier this year with a rendition of “Minecraft” set amid the real world.___DEEPER DIVEThe looming reality of VR is projected to take centre stage at E3. However, there are still plenty of other upcoming interactive experiences that won’t need to be strapped to consumers’ faces. After being teased at last year’s E3, many developers are planning to provide further details on updated versions of popular series due in just a few months, including 343 Industries’ “Halo 5: Guardians,” Konami’s “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” and Crystal Dynamics’ “Rise of the Tomb Raider.”___OUT OF RETIREMENTWhile the E3 show floor is always littered with the latest editions of long-running series, a few entries anticipated at this year’s show haven’t been seen in at least five years. “Doom,” ”Fallout,” ”Mirror’s Edge,” ”Just Cause,” ”Guitar Hero” and “Star Wars: Battlefront” are among the franchises being dusted off for this year’s E3. In the case of “Star Fox,” Nintendo hasn’t released an all-new mission for the vulpine fighter pilot in nearly a decade.___THE FORCE IS STRONGSpeaking of “Battlefront,” the “Star Wars” franchise will be in full force at E3. Electronic Arts is hyperdriving into the Los Angeles Convention Center with that multiplayer blast-’em-up, while Disney is landing with the latest installment of its “Disney Infinity” toys-to-life series, which will introduce such characters as Yoda and Han Solo to its toy-game empire. EA could also unleash more details about another interactive “Star Wars” episode that’s being created by Visceral Games.___A NEW BREEDStar Fox, Master Chief and Lara Croft are making their way onto the latest generation of consoles, but what about the Prince of Persia, Marcus Fenix or Samus Aran? If history is any indication, it’s likely a few publishers will use E3 as an opportunity to publicly announce the resurrection of such long-gone protagonists. Could a higher-definition revival of “Prince of Persia,” ”Gears of War” or “Metroid” be forthcoming for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One or Wii U consoles?___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang.
Click here to view a larger version of this map. (Image Credit: TheJournal.ie)A SURVEY OF estate agencies has revealed that a “mini-boom” took place in January this year, as viewings increased by more than 80 per cent.The results of a survey of 48 offices of the Real Estate Alliance (REA) shows an average annual price increase of 6.2 per cent across the country.Previous surveys pointed towards such increases being largely confined to Dublin.“Our agents are reporting an increase in supply of 11.5 per cent, with average prices for closed sales rising by 6.2% on the spring selling period last year – the bulk of which has happened since mid-January,” CEO Philip Farrell said.20 per centThe largest increases were seen in Dublin, with an increase of 20 per cent also reported at estate agents in Blessington, Co Wicklow, and Ashbourne, Co Meath.However, Trim in Co Meath saw no increase in prices.*An estate agents in Co Longford was the only to report a fall in prices, and noted that it consisted of “mostly distressed properties”.Boom“Each property is now attracting 13 viewers on average, up from seven in 2013, and this has enabled some agents to organise block viewings – something we haven’t seen since the height of the boom,” Farrell added.“Our survey shows that the average time it takes for sale agreed has dropped from 17 weeks in 2013 to an average of ten in 2014.”REA also notes that the price increases suggests a “three-tier” market emerging for the first time, consisting of Dublin, a commuter ring, and rural areas.*Where multiple values were available in one county, an average was taken. Click here for raw data (.xlsx format).Previously: Rise in Dublin house prices masks fall in every other part of the country >
Along with 462 other people, I backed a Kickstarter project earlier this year. The open hardware project sold balloon mapping kits to tinkerers like myself, and cost $85 for a package that included everything but the camera and the helium. I finally got an opportunity to give the kit a chance, and this article is going to run through my experience. We’ll cover the gear I bought, but the more important subject is that of hobbyist balloon mapping (a very important subject indeed).Balloon mapping is a pretty simple concept. You fly a weather-sized balloon (about 5 feet in diameter) in the air and dangle a camera from it. If done properly you’ll get a number of overheard shots of a small parcel of land, which you can stitch together into a map without too much difficulty. It’s best thought of as a poor man’s aerial or satellite imagery, as you get the same effect, with a total investment of under $300. And due to the proximity to the ground, you can get great results with very inexpensive equipment. It’s not so much a replacement for satellite/aerial imagery as it is a low-cost, high-resolution alternative.Upon receiving the balloon mapping kit, and resisting the urge to assemble it in my apartment, I realized that I’d need something to inflate the balloon with. In this case it’s helium, which you can get at any party store, but it won’t be as simple as you would expect. I knew my balloon required 80 cubic feet of helium, but the worker at the store measured their helium tanks in terms of how many (party) balloons they could fill. In my case a small tank, about 2 feet tall, could handle 60 balloons, while a more reasonably-sized tank, at about 4 feet tall, was good for 120 balloons. Opting for too much as opposed to too little I got the larger one, which cost me $50 plus a $200 deposit. The smaller size, which I now think would have been fine for a single inflation, would have been $30.The other component mappers will need to think through is the camera. In my case I have an old Canon point-and-shoot setup with the CHDK firmware. This means I have an intervalometer on it, which I can set to shoot however I’d like (such as one shot every 3 seconds with a 5 minute delay on the first shot). This is the high-tech solution, the alternative would be any camera with continuous shooting and a rubber band holding down the trigger. This doesn’t sound like a great idea to me, but I suppose it could work.With the hardware out of the way, it was time for the setup. There is some knot tying and light construction, but essentially you’re filling a 5 foot diameter balloon, hanging a camera from it, attaching a rope, and then letting it go in the air (while holding the rope). My kit included a 1000-foot spool of high-quality kite string, which did the job nicely and was totally tangle-free so long as I was careful. The documentation talked about a rope length of 1000 meters so I was disappointed with the amount of elevation I got, but I will remedy this before I balloon map again.Once the rig is up in the air, most of your work is done. At this point it was time for some light mathematics (basically figuring out how long the memory card will last) and then directing the balloon. The balloon is completely subject to the wind so you can only direct it as far as you can walk in a given direction. The more important part is keeping the string away from trees and pesky power lines.While flying, there were two things that surprised me, though both should have been completely obvious. The first was just how windy it is above the tree line. I was mapping on what seemed like perfectly still day (winds of 1-2 mph) but the whole time the balloon was being pushed to the northeast by the wind. What was nonexistent where I was standing (the tops of the trees weren’t even moving) was enough to have me mapping about 500 feet away from my intended target. There was not one point in the day where the balloon was close to directly overhead, and again, this was a very still day.The other factor that surprised me is the weight of the rope. Even very light Dacron line weighs over a pound when you have 1000 feet of it, so when using a balloon with under 10 pounds of lift the length of the lines has a major impact. There was a noticeable deflection in the line between the endpoints, all of which was caused by the weight of the line. So it was possible for me to pull in the line and have the balloon actually go higher. While I’m very happy with the Dacron, I’m considering something lighter, possibly a braided fishing line (though I have yet to explore this sufficiently).The main downside with the kit I bought was its method for supporting the camera. It proposed the use of the top half of a 2L soda bottle, with the camera tethered inside. The rig is easy to set up, cheap, and light, but also flimsy. During my first flight I only got about 50 out of 500 shots because my camera shifted after being hit with a gust of wind. After this I redesigned the camera rig, using some of the parts I had lying around. I ended up using an insulated faucet cover, which is much more secure, protected the camera better, and is more stable in the wind. At $1.50 it’s barely more expensive than a bottle of soda.Once you have all your pictures taken, your quest has only just begun. At this point you need to stitch them together, a task which you’ll pretty much have to do manually. MapKnitter.org has a very nice tool for this, but it won’t do the work for you, it will just give you the tools to lay out and contort your image (remember, the camera moved side-to-side a lot, so not all your images will have a perfectly flat perspective). Ultimately if you took enough pictures, and you edited them diligently, you’ll end up with a map that you can save, print, or expand upon.With it all said and done, I can say that I’m quite happy with my balloon mapping experience. I’ll be doing it again soon, with a few changes to my routine. Next time I hope to have more line (1000 meters maybe?), be more methodical about my mapping coverage, get the smaller tank of helium, start earlier in the day in order to avoid winds (6am or so), and I’ll attach a GPS tracker to the rig. The GPS won’t make a huge difference as the areas are easy to approximate, but I’ll appreciate having the extra data to work with.The result of my mapping were mixed, but mostly I was impressed with what I got. The shots were of a location that will remain undisclosed (it might or might not be a family member’s home), but next time I’ll be sure to make a map available. For now you can view a single image I took (at the top) or a sample from MapKnitter directly below.Sample map: Baseball field by anonymousThe balloon mapping kit is still available for purchase through the organization behind it all, the Public Laboratory, if you’re interesting in giving it a shot.faucet coverfaucet coverbaseball fieldBaseball field by anonymousBalloon Mapping kitBalloon mapping cameraballoon kit – partsBallon Mapping – Cangeloso[kit image via public laboratory]
52 seconds of passion: Two giant pandas mated for the first time in four years today It is hoped that a new baby panda would attract tourists to the Tokyo zoo. Feb 27th 2017, 3:20 PM Monday 27 Feb 2017, 3:20 PM Image: Wichai Taprieu AP/Press Association Images 27 Comments By AFP Share Tweet Email1 TWO GIANT PANDAS at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo mated for the first time in four years today – a 52-second effort that boosted hopes for a baby as well as shares in a nearby Chinese restaurant.Public viewing of pandas at the zoo has been halted since last week as the mating season got into full swing for the mammals, which are notoriously difficult to arouse.But male Ri Ri and female Shin Shin, both 11 years old, eyed each other through a fence separating them, seeming to be in the mood for love, according to the zoo.“We let the two be together at 8:06am (23:06 Irish time last night) and confirmed they mated for 52 seconds from 8:48am,” Ueno Zoo announced in a statement.Four minutes later they were separated again.“They usually live in solitude as pandas in the wild do,” Ueno public relations official Hitoshi Suzuki told AFP on the phone.“Living together could lead to quarrels and wounding each other.”Bloomberg said the mating coincided with a rise in the shares of Chinese restaurant chain Totenko – which has its main outlet within walking distance of the zoo – on hopes that a baby panda would draw tourists to the area.The stock initially shot up nearly 10% but pared gains to close up 2.90% at 177 yen (€1.50) by the end of the day.Totenko’s shares have risen and fallen in line with panda news before according to Bloomberg. It said shares jumped as Shin Shin appeared to be expecting in 2013 – when the pandas last mated – but dove a month later on news the pregnancy was a false alarm.Shin Shin, who was brought from China six years ago just before the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan’s northeast, gave birth to a baby in 2012, the first at the zoo in 24 years.But the cub died from pneumonia six days later.Giant pandas are notoriously clumsy at mating, with males said to be bad at determining when a female is in the right frame of mind and often befuddled at knowing what to do next.In the event the animals do feel compatible, sex is frequently over too quickly to impregnate the female, who is only receptive to the proposition for two or three days a year between February and May.According to estimates, less than 2,000 giant pandas remain in the wild, in three provinces in south-central China.- © AFP, 2017Read: The giant panda is no longer endangered in ChinaRead: Shopping mall home to ‘world’s saddest bear’ refuses wildlife park offer http://jrnl.ie/3261634 Image: Wichai Taprieu AP/Press Association Images 18,346 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Sécurité sociale : des dépenses en baisseFrance – Bonne nouvelle. Les dépenses de santé sont en deçà des prévisions gouvernementales.Les dépenses des soins de ville ont progressé de 2,7% au premier semestre 2010. Il s’agit certes d’une augmentation, mais qui se situe en dessous des chiffres prévus par le gouvernement. L’objectif national des dépenses de l’assurance maladie était en effet de 2,8%, et cette donnée se révèle donc encourageante en cette période de rigueur budgétaire. En outre, le déficit de la Sécurité Sociale est depuis de nombreuses années une question qui préoccupe le pouvoir. À lire aussiLes remboursements de la Sécurité sociale pourraient bientôt baisser davantageQu’entend-on par soins de ville ? Il s’agit des consultations chez le médecin ou le dentiste. On y englobe également les arrêts maladies, les médicaments et les séances chez le kinésithérapeute. Enfin, les infirmières à domicile sont également concernées, même si le recours à leurs services reste lui trop en hausse.Néanmoins, avant d’être sûr que les prévisions gouvernementales sont respectées, il faut attendre les données des hôpitaux et des maisons de retraite. Le 29 juillet 2010 à 12:40 • Emmanuel Perrin
L’antimatière capturée pour la première foisDes scientifiques du Cern seraient parvenus à produire et à emprisonner des atomes d’antimatière pour la première fois. L’expérience ALPHA menée par les chercheurs de l’Organisation européenne pour la recherche nucléaire (Cern) pourrait permettre une avancée considérable dans la compréhension de l’Univers. Une des énigmes qui restait posée était “qu’est-ce qui différencie la matière de l’antimatière ?”.Pour ainsi dire, matière et antimatière sont identiques. A cela près qu’elles ont une charge opposée. Elles s’annihilent donc l’une l’autre au simple contact. Logiquement, au moment du Big Bang, la même quantité de matière et d’antimatière a dû être produite. Mais notre monde n’est constitué que de matière. Où est passée l’antimatière ? Découvrir la différence entre l’une et l’autre pourrait élucider une partie de ce mystère. L’équipe de scientifiques du Cern annonce donc dans la revue Nature être parvenue à produire et à capturer des atomes d’antihydrogène. Grâce à cela, il devrait être possible de réaliser des mesures qui permettront de comparer l’hydrogène à l’antihydrogène. La méthode reste simple : prendre un atome d’hydrogène (un proton et un électron) et comparer le comportement d’un atome d’antihydrogène (antiproton et positon). Il se trouve que le Cern est le seul laboratoire au monde où de telles études peuvent être menées grâce à son installation pour antiprotons de basse énergie. “Pour des raisons que l’on ignore encore, la nature a exclu l’antimatière. Il est donc très gratifiant et assez impressionnant de savoir que le dispositif d’ALPHA contient des atomes, neutres et stables, d’antimatière”, explique Jeffrey Hangst, de l’Université d’Aarhus (Danemark), et porte-parole de la collaboration ALPHA. “Cela nous incite à poursuivre nos efforts pour découvrir les secrets de l’antimatière”. À lire aussiUn nouvel élément bientôt confirmé sur le tableau périodiqueDepuis 1995, date de la production des neuf premiers atomes d’antihydrogène, le laboratoire du Cern poursuit ses études. Comme matière et antimatière s’annihilent, les atomes d’antihydrogène ont une espérance de vie très brève. Seuls des champs magnétiques très intenses peuvent les maintenir quelque temps et les capturer de façon à les empêcher d’entrer en contact avec de la matière. Le “quelque temps” nécessaire est d’un dixième de secondes (assez pour fournir de l’énergie à une ampoule de 100 watts pendant une demie nanoseconde). Un temps suffisamment long pour les étudier ! Pour le moment, 38 antiatomes ont été étudiés sur des milliers produits. L’antimatière ne devrait donc plus garder très longtemps ses secrets. Découvrez cette première scientifique en images : https://www.maxisciences.com/antimati%e8re/premiere-scientifique-en-images-le-cern-capture-de-l-039-antimatiere_art10518.html Le 18 novembre 2010 à 14:59 • Emmanuel Perrin
The fire is now under control but officials are still working to determine a cause for the fire.Police said they don’t believe suspicious activity was involved.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews were called back to the scene of a fire Thursday morning, after some flames resurfaced at a trucking company in Southwest Miami-Dade.The fire broke out, Wednesday night, at a trucking company located near Grossman Drive and Southwest 194th Avenue.A 7News viewer sent in cellphone video of the fire, showing a thick, black smoke filling the air and flames shooting from the business.According to officials, several trucks were damaged in the fire.Firefighters who responded to the 911 call, had to tap into a canal near the scene for more water supply, as they tried to get the fire under control.The fire was initially reported to be at a medical marijuana lab, but authorities say that the fire is at the trucking company close to the facility.No one was reported injured.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The fiscal 2019 defense and military construction spending bills funding Pentagon activities are on track to be signed by President Trump before the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year, a landmark achievement by Congress that would allow the military to avoid operating under a stopgap spending measure for the first time in a decade. On Thursday, the House passed the conference report to a three-bill spending package covering the military construction-Veterans Affairs, energy-water and legislative branch appropriations bills, sending that measure to Trump. The president is expected to sign the fiscal 2019 minibus spending bill, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.Later in the day, House and Senate conferees hashing out a two-bill package covering the defense and labor-HHS-education spending titles said they had completed a deal on a compromise measure. The Senate is expected to vote on that conference report next week, with the House voting during the last week of September, after returning from a week-long break, reported CQ. If both chambers clear the conference report by the end of the month and the president signs the package into law, it would be the first time since FY 2009 that defense operations were funded on time. The milcon bill was funded prior to the start of the fiscal year as recently as two years ago, however.The defense component of the spending package would provide $674.4 billion in discretionary budget authority, including $606.5 billion for the base defense budget and $67.9 billion for the overseas contingency operations account. The base budget funding represents a $17 billion increase over the current year’s allocation.The bill fully funds the administration’s requested 16,400 end-strength increase for FY 2019, including boosting active forces by 15,600 personnel. It also covers a 2.6 percent pay raise for the military.The compromise bill boosts funding for operation and maintenance base requirements by $5.4 billion to $194 billion. That account supports key readiness programs, including flight time and battle training, equipment and facility maintenance, and base operations. The bill’s allocation includes $290 million above the budget request covering facility sustainment, restoration, and modernization programs, and $20.6 billion for depot maintenance, according to a House Appropriations summary.The defense minibus also includes a continuing resolution running through Dec. 7 to avert a shutdown of agencies which do not receive a full-year appropriations bill by Oct. 1.Army photo by Gertrud Zach
LafargeHolcim has received a revised order from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to divest its interest in Lafarge India, including three cement plants and two grinding stations with total annual capacity of 11 million tons, it said.”The proposed transaction is an alternate remedy for the merger of the group’s legacy companies and now forms part of the company’s 3.5 billion Swiss franc ($3.54 billion) divestment target in 2016,” the world’s biggest construction materials group said in a statement.It said last week it was reviewing its divestment plan in India after talks with Birla Corporation Limited (BCL) for the sale of the Jojobera and Sonadih cement plants in Eastern India fell through.”We will operate in India through our subsidiaries ACC Ltd and Ambuja Cements Ltd with a combined cement capacity of around 63 million tonnes and a distribution network that extends across the entire country,” Chief Executive Eric Olsen said.BCL, whose business interests include jute and cement, has said it plans to take legal action against the Indian unit of LafargeHolcim after a pact to buy some of the assets of the Swiss-French cement giant fell through.LafargeHolcim cited regulatory issues relating to the transfer of mining rights needed by the two plants as the reason why it had to submit an alternate remedy to the CCI to ensure compliance with an original order it had got in April 2015.”As a result, LafargeHolcim will now launch a new divestment process for Lafarge India,” it said without elaborating.
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Gauri Kappal calls music her saviour. The young piano artiste finds music as the guiding light of sorts giving her the direction when she was at the most crucial juncture of life and everyday ever since. The artiste is all set to enthrall the audience with her solo show organised in the Capital on Friday (24 October). Kappal will be playing some of her’s favourite bollywood classic numbers that have over the years come to symbolise love and longing, romance and desire. Padmashree Shovana Narayan will grace the occasion with her presence. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kappal says, ‘I am fortunate to be able to weave my passion into my profession. Piano for me is empowering, liberating, and when I am playing, I feel truly accomplished.’‘This concert is going to be a milestone in my journey. My recitals will be an ode to love, which remains the purest expression of human existence, timeless and forever enchanting.’When: 24 October Where: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre
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