The Police said that she was killed by gunmen who were traveling in a vehicle. A suspect who was arrested over a recent drive-by shooting incident, drowned while in Police custody.The suspect had sought permission to go to the toilet near the Dandugama Oya but had then jumped into the river and tried to escape but drowned, the Police said. The suspect was arrested after a woman who was travelling in a motorcar was shot dead in the Weligampitiya junction in Ja-Ela recently. The gunmen had targeted another vehicle but the vehicle driven by the woman had been caught in the crossfire.She was travelling with a child at the time of the shooting but the child was unhurt. (Colombo Gazette) read more

(Updated)Hundreds of police officers, friends and family said a final farewell to Niagara regional police Constable Joe Mellen Junior. A funeral service for the officer was held today in his hometown of Welland. Mellen died in tragic collision on Highway 406 last Friday morning.They filled the sanctuary at Faith Tabernacle in Welland to celebrate the life of Constable Joe Mellen. There were touching tributes from his close friends and fellow officers.Constable Graeme Grant: “There was never a dull moment when Joe was around. If you needed someone to talk to or put a smile on your face, you could always count on Joe to do it.”Mellen was a talented musician. He loved acting and photography, and martial arts. He simply loved life.Constable Dan Campbell: “He never hid his personality from anyone. One of the biggest lessons he taught me. He also told me not to let policing change me. And with his help and guidance it never did.”He was a good cop. He received a police commendation for helping to nab a con-artist who was using a bogus sob story to bilk people out of money.Constable Tim London: “But he was also my neighbour. And most importantly I was blessed to have him as my friend.”Joe Mellen was a man who will be sorely missed.Constable Grant: “So my dear friend. Today, we’re not here to say goodbye. We’ll just be seeing you later. We love you buddy.”Joe Mellen leaves behind his parents Carol and Joe Senior, his sister Michelle,.and his two young children — Nolan and Kaya.Outside the church, hundreds of officers lined the street and saluted as the hearse carrying Joe Mellen’s body passed by.Joe Mellen adored his two children, Nolan 7 and Kaya 5. A trust fund has been set up for the children. If you would like to give, deposits can be made to CIBC transit 01072, account 6786294. read more

The Council’s unanimously adopted resolution extending the mandate of the mission, known as MINURSO, through 30 April came in response to a recommendation by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who in a recent report put forward four options for dealing with the “rather bleak” future for the stalled peace process. The Council also expressed its intention to “consider actively” those four options. The first option would have the UN resume trying to implement the 1988 Settlement Plan, even without the concurrence of the two parties, Morocco and the Frente POLISARIO. Under the second option, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, James Baker III, would try to revise the draft Framework Agreement – again without necessarily gaining the agreement of both sides. The third option would involve mandating Mr. Baker to discuss a possible division of the territory with interested parties. Under the fourth option, the Council would terminate MINURSO due to the lack of progress, “thereby recognizing and acknowledging that after more than 11 years and the expenditure of sums of money nearing half a billion dollars, the United Nations is not going to solve the problem of Western Sahara without requiring that one or the other or both of the parties do something that they do not wish to voluntarily agree to do,” Mr. Annan wrote. read more

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah was visiting the world’s second poorest country to see first-hand the situation of hundreds of thousands of children hit hard by the crisis brought on by drought and the worst invasion of crop-devouring locusts in 15 years.She had gone to a feeding centre run by the non-governmental organization (NGO) Médecins Sans Frontières in Maradi in south Niger, epicentre of the crisis, to spend time with children, their families, and health workers. “For our relief efforts to be the best they can be, I feel I have to see what’s really happening on the ground,” she said.It was there that the little boy expired in front of Ms. Salah and staff who were with her at the time. “I want all the people who have suffered so much and all those who are working so hard on the relief effort to know that UNICEF considers this an urgent priority,” she said.Last week the UN raised its emergency flash appeal to almost $81 million to feed 2.7 million of the most vulnerable people in the West African country where some 3.6 million people have been affected by the crisis. The UN has reported an increase in funding in the past two weeks, after the world seemed to ignore the crisis despite warnings as far back as November.“Only now has the world at last woken up to the reality that thousands of children in Niger could soon die,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland wrote in an opinion piece over the weekend. “Once again, it has taken horrific images of starving children to do so.“This crisis could have been averted had political will and resources been available early on. We could have saved children from malnourishment for as little as $1 per child per day. Now it will cost many times more. Aid agencies are racing against time to save lives. But they may be too late, especially for the young children,” he said.“Let us learn from the tragedy in Niger. Early funding and early action save lives and help prevent a deadly spiral of disease, hunger and displacement from spinning out of control,” he added, noting that in recent years nearly half of all global humanitarian funding has come in the last quarter of the year.“These delays are deadly. So, too, is the absence of a predictable pool of money to draw upon immediately in an emergency,” he declared, urging support for Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s proposal for a 10-fold increase in UN emergency funds to $500 million to enable aid agencies to jump-start operations.Mr. Egeland borrowed from the routine of everyday life to highlight the predicament faced by anguished humanitarian aid workers when they seek to save lives but have no funds to pay for the water, medicine, shelter or food.“Think what would happen if your local fire department had to petition for money before turning on the fire hose,” he added. “We must shorten the distance between crisis and consciousness, awareness and action. And we must end the tyranny of complacency that has consigned millions of people to this dehumanizing existence.” read more

Uranium 2005: Resources, Production and Demand, jointly prepared by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimates the total identified amount of conventional uranium stock, which can be mined for less than $130 per kilo, at about 4.7 million tonnes.Based on the 2004 nuclear electricity generation rate of demand, that is sufficient for 85 years, according to the study, also known as the ‘Red Book.’ Fast reactor technology would lengthen this period to over 2,500 years.But world uranium resources in total are considered to be much higher. Based on geological evidence and knowledge of uranium in phosphates, the study considers that more than 35 million tonnes are available for exploitation.By 2025, world nuclear energy capacity is expected to grow to between 22 per cent and 44 per cent, raising annual uranium requirements to between 80,000 tonnes and 100,000 tonnes. The currently identified resources are adequate to meet this expansion.The spot price of uranium has also increased fivefold since 2001, fuelling major new initiatives and investment in exploration. Worldwide exploration expenditures in 2004 totalled over $130 million, an increase of almost 40 per cent compared to 2002, and close to $200 million in 2005. This can be expected to lead to further additions to the uranium resource base. A significant number of new mining projects have also been announced that could substantially boost the world’s uranium production capacity., the guide says.In the longer term, continuing advances in nuclear technology will allow a substantially better utilization of uranium resources. Reactor designs are being developed and tested that are capable of extracting more than 30 times the energy from the uranium than today’s reactors.The study provides substantial new information from all major uranium production centres in Africa, Australia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and North America. The OECD groups 30 member countries sharing a commitment to democratic government and the market economy, mainly the top industrialized nations. read more

“The situation is extremely bad and we need action from the Council,” Mr. Brahimi told reporters at UN Headquarters following a closed-door session with the Council.“The opposition and the government have got to accept to come to negotiations, and both sides have got to accept that these negotiations are necessary,” Mr. Brahimi added.Latest figures showing 6.8 million people in need, 4.25 million people internally displaced and an additional 1.3 million seeking refuge in neighbouring countries from a conflict that has killed over 70,000 people since opposition forces sought to oust President Bashar Al-Assad in 2011.Mr. Brahimi told journalists that he tried to aid the creation of a ‘Syria Plan’ through discussions with both sides in Syria and through discussions with the 15-member Security Council, particularly Russia and the United States.“With the Syrians, I got nowhere. With the Security Council, with the Americans and the Russians we made some progress, but it was far too weak,” said Mr. Brahimi. “I am very happy that the Americans and the Russians are talking to one another. I’m very happy that from the discussions we just heard, the Security Council is very now aware that this is an extremely serious problem. As a matter of fact, the most serious crisis,” he continued.“If they really believe that and they are in charge of looking at the peace and security there is no time for them to lose,” Mr. Brahimi stressed.Yesterday, the Security Council heard from top United Nations officials, including Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos who said that humanitarian organizations are facing enormous and dramatically growing constraints in aiding millions of Syrians overwhelmed by the ‘human catastrophe’ that the war-torn country has become.In response to questions from journalists this afternoon, Mr. Brahimi also denied rumours that he planned to resign. “Every day I wake up, I think I should resign, but I haven’t so far,” he said. read more

“Extreme weather events, including torrential downpours, have the potential to trigger a massive surge in locust numbers. Rain provides moist soil for the insects to lay their eggs, which in turn need to absorb water, while rains also allow vegetation to grow which locusts need for food and shelter,” said Keith Cressman, FAO Senior Locust Forecasting Officer in a news release.According to FAO experts, the locust situation in countries normally affected by Desert Locust remained mostly calm in October with only small-scale breeding activity detected.However, the experts warned that impact of El Niño in Africa and the unprecedented back-to-back tropical cyclones Chapala and Megh in the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa could aid the insects in forming destructive swarms.“The effects of a locust plague can be devastating on crops and pastures and thus threaten food security and rural livelihoods,” added Mr. Cressman.The agency experts said that once airborne, swarms of tens of millions of locusts can fly up to 150 kilometres a day with the wind.Female locusts can lay 300 eggs within their lifetime while a Desert Locust adult can consume about two grams of fresh food every day, which is roughly its own weight and a small swarms eats the same amount of food in one day as about 35,000 people.FAO operates a Desert Locust Information Service that receives data from locust-affected countries and the information is analysed regularly to assess the current locust situation and provide forecasts up to six weeks in advance and if required, issue warnings and alerts.The agency also said that the recent tropical cyclones Chapala and Megh that hit Yemen also affected north-eastern Somalia, where torrential rains which far exceeded the annual average rainfall for the entire year caused flooding and damage. FAO reported that the winter breeding areas along both sides of the Red Sea, seasonal rains began in early October, which is slightly earlier than normal and warned that if the rains continued, there would be sufficient time for two generations of breeding to occur this year in the coastal areas of Sudan, northern Eritrea, southeast Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.FAO stressed that prevention is the key in reducing the extent to which Desert Locust can affect agricultural areas, mainly through early warning and early reaction.The agency said that it is imperative that countries conduct necessary field surveys after unusually heavy rainfall, and maintain them on a regular basis for routine monitoring of breeding conditions and locust infestations.Further, FAO said that finding of significant infestations requires control operations to avoid a further escalation in locust numbers, and asserted that the results of survey and control operations must be reported quickly and accurately so that swift decisions can be taken to prevent the spread of locusts to other countries.FAO observed that while such measures helped in curtailing the frequency and duration of plagues since 1960s, climate change activities today are leading to more frequent, unpredictable and extreme weather that poses fresh challenges on how to monitor locust activity.Lastly, the agency stressed that without regular monitoring, locust outbreaks followed after floods and cyclones could lead to plagues and added that warmer conditions could possibly shorten the incubation and maturation periods of the insects. read more

first_imgRungePincockMinarco (RPM) has announced the launch of a strategic business partner agreement with Russia-based enterprise solutions provider, EnterChain Ltd. The partnership extension is described as “a demonstration of RPM’s global growth strategy, which committed the company to further expansion across Russia and Kazakhstan.”EnterChain is a division of OMEGALLIANCE, a group of companies that specialises in providing high quality enterprise production and operations management solutions in accordance with industry best practices to large mining and other asset intensive businesses across Russia and Kazakhstan. Together with RPM’s regional and global teams, “EnterChain will bring a breadth of local knowledge and experience to address industry pain points through the delivery of leading enterprise software solutions and expert consulting advice.”Under the non-exclusive business partnership agreement, EnterChain are appointed as a software reseller and services provider for RPM’s leading mining software solutions and services in the Russian and Kazakhstan markets.Commenting on the new partnership, RPM’s CEO and Managing Director Richard Mathews said: “As we move from a specialist desktop supplier of technical mining products to a provider of enterprise mining software solutions we need partners who have a wider and deeper set of skills and relationships. Our partnership with EnterChain is a natural fit for our enterprise software strategy in Russia and Kazakhstan. With a proven heritage in large scale Maintenance Repair and Operations (MRO), Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Manufacturing Executions Systems (MES) implementations to large companies in Russia and Kazakhstan, EnterChain has the right experience and qualifications to be able to fully utilise our enterprise planning framework.”“The intention of this partnership is to continue to deliver a step change in mine planning solutions for large enterprises across the globe. This new strategic partnership with EnterChain is aligned with our growth strategy in resource intensive countries by ensuring RPM is partnered with enterprises that are regularly ranked as top producers globally.”Anton Shmataluk, Managing Director of EnterChain, commenting on the partnership said: “In working with RPM, we can provide powerful solutions to customers combining RPM’s leading software, best international practices and modern enterprise management methods with EnterChain’s unique accumulated knowledge of the specific local requirements of customers in Russia and Kazakhstan.”“RPM provides a complete enterprise planning framework and wall-to-wall enterprise solutions that are unique in the Russian market. We are very pleased to have an innovative market leader like RPM as a solutions partner for our mining and metallurgical customers in Russia and Kazakhstan.” This agreement takes effect immediately.last_img read more

first_imgAbove is one of the best time-lapses we’ve seen in a while. It was taken during a cold South Dakota winter, featuring amazing skies, haunting buildings, and some really stunning scenery. Visually it’s rather stark, but the lighting is hugely impressive and the movement adds tremendously to the overall effect. Watch the video, it speaks for itself.If you hadn’t noticed, two things that go extremely well with time-lapse photography are dollies and the night sky. That latter is obvious: we know the stars are moving in the night sky, but it’s only with the magic of time-lapse that we can actually see them do so (unless if you are really, really patient). Stars moving across the sky and the blossoming of flowers are real crowd-pleasers in the time-lapse world, but the pros really like to introduce movement as well, and this means a dolly. Using a dolly with a timer, like the one from Dynamic Perceptions, a mounted camera can move slowly and steadily as it takes its pictures. The effect adds a lot to lapses as the camera is no longer stationary so the videos seem to be much more alive.In the video’s notes the photographer, Randy Halverson, points out that not only was a dolly used but so was a Milapse mount. If you are curious about that piece of hardware (I was) it’s a Meade DS telescope mount with programmable motion controls. It’s basically a 2-axis tripod mount that works with a computer controller and can be rigged to then mount a DSLR in order to add timed pan/tilt controls. These go perfectly with a time-lapse if you want to added side-to-side or up/down motion, plus the mount can be combined with a dolly to make things really interesting. More on the $249 MiLapse kit here.Curious about the more standard equipment? Halverson used a Canon 60D and a Canon T2i for shooting and then a Tokina 11-16mm and 17-55mm lenses. It’s definitely a budget setup compared to the Canon 5D MK IIs and L series glass usually used for lapses, but the result is clearly top notch. As for the typical process, 20 second exposures (on a one second interval) were taken in RAW format.Halverson wrote that he usually shot for about 300 frames, which means about an hour and 45 minutes of shooting in the cold, not including what must have been lots of setup time.via Bad Astronomylast_img read more

first_img Friday 6 Sep 2019, 8:33 PM Sep 6th 2019, 7:56 PM File photo Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Man (30) shot a number of times in north Dublin The man is in a serious condition in Beaumont Hospital. 36 Comments 59,725 Views Updated Sep 6th 2019, 8:33 PM A MAN HAS been shot a number of times in north Dublin this evening. The shooting took place at a house on Streamville Road in Donaghmede, Dublin 13, at about 7.10pm. A 30-year-old man sustained a number of gunshot wounds and was taken to Beaumont Hospital in a serious condition.Gardaí and emergency services are at the scene, which is currently preserved. Investigations are ongoing.Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information with information to contact Coolock Garda Station on 01 666 4200 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111. They are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who may have noticed a beige Nissan Almera in the area or any motorists travelling in the area at the time who may have dashcam footage. With reporting by Garreth MacNamee Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.iecenter_img By Órla Ryan File photo Short URL Share42 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgLes nuisances sonores dans l’environnement : la France en retard C’est un fait, la France n’est toujours pas à la pointe de la technologie pour ce qui s’agit du contrôle du bruit dans l’environnement. Pourtant, la directive européenne explique que cette mesure doit obligatoirement être appliquée.Les premières échéances pour la publication des cartes de bruit étaient fixées au 30 juin 2007 et celles prévues pour la réalisation des plans de prévention étaient fixées au 18 juillet 2008. Autant dire que le retard est conséquent. Le 14 octobre dernier, la Commission européenne a ainsi lancé un ultimatum à la France pour qu’elle assure pleinement, dans les plus brefs délais, la mise en œuvre de la directive 2002/49. À lire aussiMal des transports : pourquoi est-on malade en voiture et comment l’éviter ?Cette directive avait instauré l’obligation, pour les autorités compétentes désignées par les États membres, de créer des cartes de bruit et des plans de prévention du bruit dans l’environnement. Et cette mesure a bien été transposée en droit français mais le pays ne semble pas pressé de tenir ses engagements en temps et en heures à l‘image de ses voisins. “Les retards importants constatés exposent désormais la France à des sanctions européennes pouvant se traduire par d’importantes pénalités financières”, a expliqué Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, la ministre de l’écologie citée par Actu-environnement. Sous pression de la Commission face au retard que prend la France sur l’application de cette directive européenne, la ministre de l’écologie a donc décidé de mobiliser tous les préfets. En ce sens, elle avait annoncé le 28 novembre dernier la création d’une instruction aux préfets concernant l’application de la directive 2002/49 sur l’évaluation et la gestion du bruit dans l’environnement. L’objectif est avant tout de rattraper le retard conséquent pris dans l’adoption des cartes de bruit et des plans d’actions prescrits par la législation européenne et de pousser les préfets à les publier au plus vite.Le 28 décembre 2011 à 20:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor It’s an exciting time to be alive, as the march of human progress is moving at seemingly impossible speeds. We’re curing diseases, connecting minds and reshaping the world we live in, and seemingly every day we hear about a new breakthrough that promises to change everything all over again. The thing is, though, not all of those breakthroughs are actually… well, real. For a number of reasons, scientists often over-promise and underdeliver and at the end of the day these massive discoveries turn out to be hoaxes or worse. Come with us on a journey into scientific iniquity as we spotlight ten bogus breakthroughs.Cold FusionThe search for sustainable energy has been the drumbeat that the last 100 years of human civilization have marched to, from coal to oil and gas to solar, wind and whatever the future may hold. Nuclear power has been a mainstay but the fission method currently used is dangerous and produces a fair amount of waste. The Holy Grail for energy scientists has been to perform fusion – smashing two atoms together – at room temperature, or “cold fusion.” In 1989, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann announced to the world that they’d done it in Utah, causing the scientific community to erupt in glee. Unfortunately, their purported “cold fusion” was nothing more than a measurement error, and when their experiment couldn’t be replicated the duo were the laughingstock of the physics world.AdChoices广告ArchaeoraptorFor quite a while, the gap between birds and dinosaurs was one that scientists weren’t quite sure how to bridge. Sure, they’re closely related, but giant lizards and beaked feather-covered birds are different in a lot of ways that count. In 1999, no less than the minds at the National Geographic Society announced that they’d found the missing link, the complete skeletal fossil of a flying reptile that they named Archaeoraptor. Unfortunately, like many such breakthroughs, the piece was a forgery composed of bits and pieces of other fossils found by Chinese diggers in Xiasanjiazi.Human CloningIt’s the stuff of science fiction – the ability to grow an exact duplicate of yourself from your genetic material. And big advances have certainly been made in cloning lesser animals, like Dolly the sheep. But when Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk announced that his lab had produced the world’s first cloned human in 2005. Hwang actually claimed that he’d created cloned embryos to serve as incubators for custom stem cells that could be used for disease treatment, pushing South Korea to the forefront of that emerging bioindustry. Unfortunately, he’d fabricated his results and pressured female lab assistants to donate eggs. He claimed that junior researchers were responsible for the fraud but the court disagreed and gave him a two year suspended sentence.Piltdown ManCharting the development of humanity from our primate ancestors has proven to be a tricky journey for paleontologists, as they pick through the fossil record to assemble a picture of the transitional stages. Some we know quite well, but it’s a fertile field for scammers to try and fill the gaps. Case in point: Piltdown Man, discovered in 1912 by amateur bone-hunter Charles Dawson in some gravel beds. The fragments of a skull were re-assembled and hailed as the remnants of an ancestor from 500,000 years in the past, and then put on prize display at the British Museum. It took nearly half a century for the fraud to be revealed, as Piltdown Man’s noggin bone was actually a composite of a human skull, the lower jaw of an orangutan and chimpanzee fossil teeth.Molecular TransistorsThe quest for “smaller” is a major motivator in science, and Moore’s Law – which states that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits doubles every year – is living proof. But in 2001, German physicist Jan Hendrik Schön made a breakthrough that looked to completely upend Moore. Using organic dye molecules, he created the smallest transistor ever, at just a single molecule. He raked in the funding and awards for his work, and at his peak was publishing a paper every eight days. Unfortunately, the underlying research behind Schön’s achievements was falsified, and when his superiors at Bell Labs investigated and found he’d destroyed all of his experimental data he was laughed out of a job.STAP CellsIt’s pretty much a given that stem cells are one of the most promising tools in bioscience. Those adaptable little buggers can be grown and shaped to help out with numerous illnesses. The only problem is growing or making them is difficult and time-consuming. So when Japanese scientist Haruko Obokata announced that she’d developed a procedure called “stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency” that could convert normal cells to stem cells, the world was excited. Obokata’s method involved using an acidic medium to traumatize existing cells into a more malleable state. When her efforts were announced to the world, they quickly collapsed under scrutiny and it was discovered she’d made alterations to her data. She was fired and her mentor and co-author Yoshiki Sasai committed suicide.Redheffer’s MachineThe quest for free energy has been a popular pursuit for many scientists, but a “perpetual motion machine” – something that generates more energy out than is put in, forever – is an impossibility of physics. That didn’t stop Charles Redheffer, who set up shop in a house in Philadelphia in 1812 advertising his wondrous machine that ran eternally. Charging people at the door to see it seemed like a frivolous use of his scientific achievement, so you can probably guess that Redheffer’s device was a scam, although a well-constructed one. He tried the scam again in New York, where a skeptical engineer exposed him by pulling away some wallboards to reveal the whole thing was being run by an old man turning a crank over and over.The Tasaday TribePerón.The discovery of primitive civilizations who have kept their ways isolated from the modern world can be incredibly valuable for scientists learning about human development. So when Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos announced to the world that his island nation boasted a tribe called the Tasaday who lived as if it were the Stone Age, the world’s scientific establishment flocked to study them. The Tasaday made the cover of National Geographic in 1971 and had a whole book published about them. A few years later, politician Manuel Elizalde built a wall around their territory to “protect them from further exploitation.” In 1986, after Marcos was removed from power, journalists discovered that behind the wall the Tasaday were living like any other Filipinos, and the whole village had been a hoax.The HIV VaccineMost of these scientific frauds don’t really hurt anybody – sure, they suck up some funding and attention that could go to more worthy causes, but that’s about it. Chinese scientist Dong-Pyou Han, though, should feel really bad about his purported breakthrough because it promised to rid the world of one of its most feared diseases. While working at Case Western Reserve University, Han reported that an experimental treatment was causing HIV antibodies to develop in rabbits. Unfortunately, this wasn’t true – he was surreptitiously mixing human blood in with the rabbit blood to fake the antibody count. As the scientific community got excited about the breakthrough, Han had to continue falsifying results and eventually he was caught and sentenced to 57 months in prison.ThermotronAnother intense energy fraud, the Thermotron was advertised to solve the global energy crisis by creating packages of power that could fuel your whole house in the size of a milk bottle. In 1948, Austrian scientist Ronald Richter pitched Juan Perón, the president of Argentina, on the “Huemul Project,” the creation of a reactor called the Thermotron that would use nuclear fusion to make the country an atomic powerhouse. Richter built a massive concrete bunker and started performing experiments, and in 1951 claimed to have performed the first-ever controlled nuclear reaction. When a technician questioned the results, Richter refused to repeat the test and instead ordered a new reactor be built, this time underground. The next year, the military occupied the Thermotron facility and found Richter had left the country and much of his equipment had never even been plugged in.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgThe Port of Camas-Washougal has received a $50,000 grant to complete an environmental review as part of its plan to develop the 120-acre Steigerwald Commerce Center.The grant is part of a larger, $1.6 million pool of funds issued by the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board to projects in Clark, Skagit and Pierce counties.The $50,000 grant issued to the Port of Camas-Washougal is matched by $20,000 provided by the port. The state grant is expected to help speed the permitting process for the Steigerwald Commerce Center.The property is the largest industrially zoned, undeveloped parcel in Clark County.The port has said it could break ground and begin installing infrastructure on a portion of Steigerwald in August.last_img read more

first_imgThe deadlock between union dockworkers and United Grain Corp. found another boiling point Thursday as both parties clashed over the use of Port of Vancouver property, a morning incident that halted all work at the port for an hour and stirred a fresh round of accusations.The argument, involving an unknown number of people near United Grain’s export terminal, centered on who had the right to use a bollard — located on port-owned property — to tie down and release vessels calling on the port.Port officials intervened in the matter, asking the company and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union to calm down and to work on a solution that will suit everybody involved, said Theresa Wagner, communications manager for the port. The parties agreed. “We’re just working through it right now,” Wagner said.No one was cited or arrested, and no other problems cropped up, according to port and Vancouver police officials. However, a lock on a gate involved in the incident was cut. “We know that a lock was cut,” Wagner said. “We aren’t in a place right now to say who did it.”The Thursday morning skirmish underscored the ongoing tension surrounding United Grain’s Feb. 27 decision to lock out 44 union dockworkers. The decision, which the company made after alleging a union official sabotaged equipment and saying it fired the person, followed a months-long disagreement between the two parties over the terms of a new labor contract.last_img read more

first_img 12 smart doorbells to watch over your front stoop 13 Photos Smart Home Gadgets Video Cameras Security Tags These devices sound like they’d come in handy and would do a good job at deterring theft. What are some other reasons you’d use them? Maybe you don’t want to walk all the way to the front door just to find out your visitor was a solicitor. Maybe you have mobility issues. Or maybe you want to catch creeps like this guy. There’s a wide array of reasons and a wide array of smart doorbells to choose from.So we want to know: Do you own a smart doorbell already? Has it paid off? Have you caught a thief in the act? If so, please share! If not, do you find yourself wanting one? What features are you looking for? If you don’t want one, how come? Check out the poll below and cast your vote to answer these questions and more. If you’d like to explain your vote further, please join us in the comments.Check out previous installments of CNET Asks here, and cast your votes on a wide range of topics. If there is a particular question you’d like to see asked, or if you’d like a shot at being featured in a future edition, join us at CNET Member Asks and submit your topic idea.  Share your voice 1:58 Now playing: Watch this: Read more: 7 smart doorbells that make screening visitors oh-so easyRead also: Netgear adds a smart doorbell to its Arlo home security lineup I was taught as a child not to open the door to just anyone and I still think that’s a good rule. And now there’s a device that makes it easier than ever to keep strangers out. The smart doorbell concept is simple: Someone rings the bell or approaches your door and you get a push notification to your phone — which then shows you a live video of your front step. Some smart doorbells allow you to chat with your visitor through your phone and a speaker inside the buzzer. Some allow you to unlock your door from your phone. One of the most important features is the motion-activated camera, which can help guard against would-be porch pirates who could be after your deliveries.   Comments 17 Things to consider when choosing between brands (other than cost) include the live view resolution, the latency between doorbell and push notification and the two-way audio. You can check out our list of smart doorbells and their respective features here. CNET Asks 9 smart doorbells to try nowlast_img read more

first_imgGov. Bill Walker has made his final decision on his administration and education commissioner.Download AudioWalker has named Sheldon Fisher head of Administration, a department with a wide range of government responsibilities including overseeing the Division of Motor Vehicles as well as the Alaska Public Offices Commission. Fisher has been an executive at McKinley Capital Management since 2011. Before that, he led the sales and marketing team at Alaska Communications. Fisher also made a failed bid at public office in 2010, when he launched a primary challenge against Republican Congressman Don Young. Young took 70 percent of the vote. For the past month, former DMV director Amy Erickson has served as the acting administration commissioner.Walker, in concert with the Board of Education, has also reappointed Mike Hanley as a commissioner. Hanley was originally named education commissioner in 2011, by then-Gov. Sean Parnell. Hanley — along with environmental conservation commissioner Larry Hartig, transportation commissioner Pat Kemp, and public safety commissioner Gary Folger — is one of four department heads from the previous administration who Walker has decided to keep on his cabinet. Before being named education commissioner, Hanley spent 20 years in the Anchorage School District, with six of those as a principal.All of Walker’s commissioner appointments must be approved by the Legislature this spring.last_img read more

first_imgNizamabad: ABVP school bandh was successful in Nizamabad district. Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) gave a call for one day State-wide school bandh on Friday in protest against exorbitant fees charged by private and corporate schools in the State and also wants the government to implement the Right to Education Act and form district fee regulatory committees. Also Read – Police permission must to erect Ganesh pandals in Nizamabad Advertise With Us Government and private schools, colleges and universities remained closed on the day. Speaking on the occasion, ABVP State joint secretary Ajigiri Rakesh accused the State government of not providing infrastructure in government schools. He demanded reduction of fees, sought to fill the vacant teachers posts in government schools and pucca school buildings. Earlier, ABVP leaders conducted a protest rally with a government scarecrow.last_img read more

first_img “When Sabrina disappears, an airman in the U.S. Air Force is drawn into a web of suppositions, wild theories, and outright lies. He reports to work every night in a bare, sterile fortress that serves as no protection from a situation that threatens the sanity of Teddy, his childhood friend and the boyfriend of the missing woman. Sabrina’s grieving sister, Sandra, struggles to fill her days as she waits in purgatory. After a videotape surfaces, we see devastation through a cinematic lens, as true tragedy is distorted when fringe thinkers and conspiracy theorists begin to interpret events to fit their own narratives.”SABRINA(W+A): Nick DrnasoConspiracy theories are something of a wonder. They’ve ever dropping rabbit holes that you didn’t expect to be a part of. What if you get sucked into a conspiracy theory? With radical thinkers who don’t know fact from fiction and determined to dig up your “truth”? Sabrina is a conspiracy in the worst light. Sabrina produces a story of loss, social media, conspiracy theorists and the love of the ordinary turned upside down by a woman’s disappearance.When first picking up Sabrina and upon reading it, I immediately thought of it being Daniel Clowes-esque. It made me more or less think of the world Ghost World lives in. Clowes has a way of making the ordinary, extraordinary and keeping those mundane details to make everything stand out. Sabrina isn’t like a Daniel Clowes graphic, but in structure, it’s damn near close to it. Nick Drnaso develops Sabrina in a very melancholy and straightforward way. He develops a story that’s completely honest. The type of honesty that has one foot forward in action and one foot back in consequences. He moves them simultaneously step by step walking you through regular dialogue because that’s real life. Nothing happens in a flash. Things are messy, messed up and really terrible at times. People are up and down, and then life goes on, and Drnaso shows that wonderfully in these pages.Something about Drnaso’s writing that immediately caught my attention was the way everything felt so every day until things slowly start to escalate with each of the characters. Each character has a role to play, for better or worse, and it astonishes me to see how connected everything is. It also surprised me how Drnaso connects them in a smooth and fluid way. You never felt lost in the story, you never searched or scratch your head for information, but you were deep into it the narrative by the middle, and you needed to find out how this resolved. You want more by the end of the day and that could either be a good thing or a bad thing.Sabrina strangely has a way of making you feel like you’re one of the (absolute worst) conspiracy theorists in this book. The conspiracy theories in this book want to fit what Sabrina’s life and demise were in THEIR narrative. It takes control away from the victim and grieving family and brings a truth only they can understand. As a reader, you’re not so conflicted in your stance. But… boy, is it hard. You want to find out what happened to Sabrina, fully and wholly. There’s such limited information. You need to find out how the boyfriend, sister, airman are dealing with this. Are they apart of this?It’s a duel point of view and theory that scrambles in your head. It’s a desire to peek in, and want to know if they’re okay, but also want to know about what happened to Sabrina and how that disappearance toppled everyone else. That attributes to the brilliance of what Drnaso does in creating these characters with dialogue as well. You feel like you get to know them. Even though, you’re so far removed from them, especially Sabrina, whose not there after the first few pages. As you move from panel to panel, it honestly all just feels like real life. The dialogue, the setting, the way the character interact, the theories, the loss, the grief, the emotions. It all feels very much realistic and the essence of being a human and it creeps into you something fierce.In addition to writing, Drnaso does the art for Sabrina as well, keeping everything simplistic and clean. There are no WOW to his details. No flashy thing(s) popping out on the panels. His drawings may be simple, but they play with the feeling of the realistic, melancholy, and honest. It strips away all the flashy details that could easily be apart of it and brings characters down to its basics at best. It leaves it bare, which isn’t always a bad thing. This allows you to engage with the heavy exposition of the writing instead of the art itself.With Drnaso’s colors as well, it leaves you with a mood based in real time. Drnaso’s colors are something I enjoy about the world he builds. It’s honest and creates a feeling that follows the daily atmosphere going on around the characters and situation. One thing that captured me was Drnaso’s distinct eye for lighting of outside, inside, dark and hallways, artificial light and more. It’s as great as his panel layout which is so abstract and blows you away but brings the lightning into a whole new realm cause it just maps out where you need to go.Sabrina is a triumph for way more reasons besides what I listed here. Going into it, you may find it a bit odd at first but stick with it. There’s a reason why its the first graphic novel nominated for Booker Award. You’ll dive deep into the conspiracy with everyone involved and come out not knowing how to feel, but you’ll think about this book for a long time.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 last_img read more

first_imgStay on target If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.This column was never intended to formally review Nintendo Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda, merely remind readers that they exist. The criticism, positive or negative, is a just a natural part of writing about games I’ve played. I bring that up because this week I’m talking about Disgaea 5, a game I’ve not played nearly enough to review but still want to discuss.Like my ongoing struggle with roguelikes, Disgaea 5 is an example of a game I recognize is deep and well-made but one thousand percent is not for me.AdChoices广告Disgaea 5 is the latest installment in an ongoing strategy Japanese role-playing series going back to the PlayStation 2 days. However, like Final Fantasy, they seem to be fairly disconnected, making 5 as good a jumping on point as any. The Switch version is the complete edition, featuring all of the downloadable content from the PlayStation 4 version released two years ago. And if nothing else, strategy RPGs, with their discreet and unhurried cerebral battles, are a perfect genre for portable play.As a fan of games like Fire Emblem and Final Fantasy Tactics, games that combine chess-like strategic maneuvering with traditional RPG progression, I was intrigued by Disgaea 5. But I was also unfamiliar with the franchise and wary of some of its… other elements. Fortunately, the developers at Nippon Ichi must have been aware that folks like me were on the fence and released a free demo. Your progress from the demo even carries over until the full game, extra incentive to fully dive in.From just the brief, four-level demo alone I was already impressed by the depths of Disgaea 5’s gameplay. Skirmishes feature dozens of characters to carefully reposition across the map and more effectively take down the enemy. The intricate battle system lets you plan attacks but delay activating them so you can bring other characters into formation for combos. With the revenge system, fighters get stronger when their friends fall. The shape of the map also affects your strategies. You can use a fighter with a ranged weapon to cover a gap or just physically toss your teammates closer to the enemy.Like lords in Fire Emblem, there are a number of powerful named story characters to use. But within your pocket universe, you can also recruit even more characters with tons of customization options. You can choose their class, name, weapon, and even disposition. The only thing limiting you is the economy. The best party members don’t come cheap, which just encourages you to keep playing and grinding. It’s a deep, fantastic system. Fire Emblem should look to it for inspiration on how to invest players even more in the romance/marriage/child systems that define the franchise’s newfound success.There’s so much in Disgaea 5 that appeals to me on a gameplay level. I’ve heard some players say it lasts for upwards of 100 hours. Unfortunately, the game feels like it’s working overtime to repel me with its presentation. I joke a lot about hating anime (it’s a mistake, it’s nothing but trash) but most of that is exaggeration to needle co-workers. However, I find Disgaea 5’s art style and dialogue and sense of humor to be emblematic of how bad and obnoxious the least common denominator of the art form can be.Characters, while nicely illustrated and smoothly animated, sport designs that are generic, incoherent, and vaguely perverted. Characters voices are grating, from domineering Princess Seraphina to the beloved(?) Prinny penguin monsters that end every sentence with “dood.” And the story, with its purposefully lazily named villain Emperor Void Dark, did nothing to make me want to see the conclusion in the full game. Even while I enjoyed the gameplay everything about looking at and listening to Disgaea 5 made me want to turn the game off immediately, and then bleach my brain. Typing those last few sentences didn’t help either.Disgaea 5 is thoroughly not for me. All the demo did was confirm that and make me wish the real Fire Emblem game for Switch would come out like tomorrow. But that’s okay! A truly great video game library should be chock full of niche titles that only appeal to certain segments of the audience. And I believe that Disgaea 5 is a great, niche Nintendo Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch Accessories Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… last_img read more

first_imgEnvironment should be top priority of any government and it should be ensured that there is no “irreversible” damage due to development, National Green Tribunal Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said on Thursday.Although development works are bound to hurt the environment, if the damage “is manageable, they should be allowed with strict compliance to the environmental laws”, he said, stressing that no development can serve the people if they do not have clean air and water. “Environment should be top priority of any government. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIYou can live without food for a while but you cannot live even a minute without clean air and water. Awareness about the environment is an essential feature for a proper life today.We must create consciousness about environment and teach it at school and college levels.”No development, powerhouse, nuclear station, guns etc are going to serve you better if you cannot breathe and drink water,” Justice Kumar said while speaking at “consultative meet on fly ash” organised by Centre for Fly Ash Research and Management (C-FARM).Justice Kumar said that although every development is bound to hurt the environment but one needs to ensure that an “irreversible” damage is not caused to the environment.”If the damage is manageable, it should be allowed with strict compliance to the environmental laws. Whatever drawback the development leaves, there must be a system in place to handle it completely,” he said.last_img read more