Dutch Firm Announces a New Kind of Wind Turbine

first_imgA Dutch company says it has developed a new type of residential wind turbine that is far quieter and more efficient than conventional designs.The Liam F1 is a horizontal-axis turbine that uses a revolving collector in the shape of a nautilus seashell, rather than blades, to spin a generator.The company behind the project is The Archimedes, which takes its name from the Greek mathematician credited with inventing a nautilus-like device for pumping water now called the Archimedes Screw.According to the company’s website, the turbine can operate in wind speeds of between 4.5 and 78 miles per hour (from 2 to 35 meters per second).It wasn’t clear from the company’s website what the rated capacity of the turbine is (it’s written mostly in Dutch), and the company didn’t respond to an e-mail seeking more information. But the website EnergyMatters.com reported that with an average wind speed of 11 mph, the turbine would produce between 1,180 and 1,500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.The company claims the 5-foot-diameter device turns with very little resistance and is “virtually silent.” A noise rating for the turbine wasn’t apparent at the website.The website Gizmodo.com said the turbines would be priced at $5,400. Their availability in North America isn’t known. Water turbines operating on the same principleThe Dutch firm may be unique in manufacturing a wind turbine with an Archimedes screw, but a company called New England Hydropower Company LLC builds and installs hydroelectric turbines of a similar design.New England Hydropower, based in Beverly Farms, Mass., says its generators extract potential energy from “large blocks of slowly downward moving water” and aren’t harmful to fish. Photovoltaic systems are usually a better investmentFor purposes of comparison, $5,400 will pay for a photovoltaic (PV) system rated at 1,350 watts. Such a PV system would produce 1,969 kWh per year in Boulder, Colorado — significantly more energy than the high estimate provided by EnergyMatters.com for the Liam turbine installed at a site with an average wind speed of 11 mph. (It’s worth noting that a site with an average wind speed of 11 mph is very rare. Moreover, for a wind turbine to operate effectively, it must be mounted on a high tower; presumably, such a tower isn’t included in the quoted price of $5,400 for the Liam turbine.)For more information on residential wind turbines, see Backyard Wind Turbines and Resisting the Allure of Small Wind Turbines.last_img read more

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Maharashtra extends insurance cover to crops damaged due to weather

first_imgFor the first time Maharashtra will extend insurance for damaged crops after factoring in fluctuations in the weather conditions. As per a new policy, a correlation between weather patterns and crop damages will be assessed before deciding the premium or the compensation to be paid to farmers, senior officials told The Hindu.The new Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) was announced on Wednesday. A 15-member committee has also been formed to set parameters for the scheme. “So far a committee of bureaucrats along with farm representatives would sit down and decide an amount. But we want to now scientifically establish these correlations between productivity/weather changes, losses and wind conditions,” additional chief secretary (agriculture department) Bijay Kumar told The Hindu.The variables for considering a correlation would, among others, be wind speed, and drop and rise in temperature, which could affect all kinds of crops. The 15-member committee will put in place further guidelines and a scientific model for connecting the weather patterns to damages. “If the temperature drops, how will it affect the quality of mango quality. When the wind changes directions it hurts the productivity of bananas. These are the kind of parameters we want to put in place for the WBCIS,” said an official.The committee has been asked to establish parameters for two specific standards: Trigger Value and Weather Perils. This will then assess quantifiable losses based on weather patterns. “We want to establish demonstrated correlation with historical weather and yield data,” according to the government proposal.last_img read more

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CM Ajit Jogi finally manages to wrest Chhattisgarh Olympic Association president post

first_imgMATCH WON: Ajit Jogi gets his coveted postMost Indian politicians, for some reason or the other, want to head a sports body. Prominent among them are Suresh Kalmadi, V.K. Malhotra, Laloo Prasad Yadav and V.C. Shukla. Add to that list Ajit Jogi.After a long power struggle between his and Shukla’s,MATCH WON: Ajit Jogi gets his coveted postMost Indian politicians, for some reason or the other, want to head a sports body. Prominent among them are Suresh Kalmadi, V.K. Malhotra, Laloo Prasad Yadav and V.C. Shukla. Add to that list Ajit Jogi.After a long power struggle between his and Shukla’s group, the Chhattisgarh chief minister has finally managed to wrest the post of president of the Chhattisgarh Olympic Association (COA). This also makes him a voting member of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).Some time last year Jogi decided he wanted to represent the new state in the IOA. Most sports bodies in the state were either in their nascent stages or not yet formed. Shukla, a former president of the IOA, meanwhile installed his protege, former Raipur mayor Balbir Juneja.The battle between Jogi and Shukla began over the chief minister’s chair. It stretched to the COA. With the first strike Shukla kept Jogi at bay and his friend Kalmadi, president of the IOA, helped matters along by not recognising Jogi’s Olympics body formed with the backing of 17 state sports associations.The matter went to court with both parties petitioning the Delhi High Court and the stalemate continued. Till Jogi’s only son, Amit, entered the fray on his father’s behalf.Using his surprisingly persuasive skills Jogi Jr managed to do what his father had been unable to do in six months – he got his father the coveted post.The primary objective achieved, it would not be long before Jogi starts gunning for Kalmadi’s job. And if Kalmadi knows better then he should be wary of the son and not the father.advertisementlast_img read more

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PCB disallows Younis Khan from rejoining club in domestic competition

first_imgTest batsman Younis Khan was prevented from rejoining his club side in a one-day competition by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday because he argued with umpires and refused to attend a hearing in which he was fined.Younis had seven days to explain himself, the PCB said in a statement.”I feel pained in making the decision as we have to demonstrate that no one is bigger than the game,” PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said.Last week, Younis argued with the umpires while leading Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in a Pakistan Cup match against Punjab at Faisalabad. The match referee issued a fine of 50 per cent of the match fee to Younis, who refused to attend the hearing and flew back to Karachi in protest.The former Pakistan captain apologized to Shaharyar Khan by telephone and asked permission to rejoin his team for the remainder of the Pakistan Cup. But the PCB refused, and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has named a replacement player.last_img read more

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India grant visa to Pakistan squash contingent for World C’ship

first_imgKarachi, Jul 6 (PTI) The Indian High Commission has finally issued visas to the Pakistan squash contingent, allowing the team to participate in World Junior Squash Championships to be held in Chennai from July 17 to 29. Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) secretary, Tahir Sultan said the visa for the last player in the contingent had been issued yesterday. We have now visas for the entire contingent comprising six players and three officials who will take part in the team and individual championships, he said. Initially, the Indian High Commission had returned the passports of the players and officials of PSF without granting them visa. Sultan claimed that it was after the PSF approached the World Squash Federation and Asian Squash Federation and asked them to cancel the event in India that the matter was resolved. We thank the World and Asian bodies for taking up our case and getting the Indian squash body to convince their government to issue us visas in a change of heart, he said. Sultan said that the World Junior Championship is an international event of the World Squash Federation and it has been given to India to host and there was no justification for keeping Pakistan team out of it. We had asked the concerned bodies and affiliated members to intervene and ensure we get the Indian visas or else the World Championship should not be held in India, he said. The PSF official said Pakistan was a pioneer in squash and had produced several world champions and top players.advertisement I would think that in India where the sport is becoming popular they would benefit from watching our team play there, he had said. PTI Cor ATKATKlast_img read more

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SCREENWRITERS CAN PLAY KEY ROLE IN GENDER PARITY ACTORS SAY

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook LOS ANGELES — Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis says achieving gender parity on screen is simple, and it could happen overnight.“Just go through (the script) and cross out a bunch of male first names and put female first names. That’s all you have to do,” Davis told the audience during a panel Saturday at AT&T’s SHAPE media conference in the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank.Davis joined fellow actor Mayim Bialik on stage at the conference to discuss how gender parity in media can create social change. The conversation revolved around the need for diversity on screen to break stereotypes and encourage young people to pursue careers they might otherwise have felt were off limits to them. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Geena Davis speaks at the AT&T’s SHAPE: ‘The Scully Effect is Real’ panel with Geena Davis and Mayim Bialik on Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Burbank, Calif. (Photo by Mark VonHolden/Invision/AP) Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement “Of course, why wouldn’t we need to see people who are like us to be able to imagine what we could become?” Bialik said.The panel was born from a study conducted by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media that found women felt encouraged to pursue scientific, medical and engineering (STEM) careers because of “X-Files” character Dana Scully, an FBI agent and medical doctor. Of the women surveyed in the study, 63 per cent of those working in a STEM field said Scully served as a role model for them growing up.Bialik, who also holds a doctorate in neuroscience and recently wrapped her time playing the role of neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory,” said seeing characters like Scully on screen and having real-life mentors is crucial for young women to pursue careers in science, medicine and engineering.“I was raised in a climate where if you didn’t learn things as fast as the boys, it meant that it wasn’t for you,” Bialik said. It’s important “to have a mentor, to have someone that you can see is living the life of a scientist and also has a social life — all the things that the lone scientist in the laboratory stereotype doesn’t give us.”“You’re seeing the full, complicated, amazing woman living life as a scientist,” Bialik said of characters like Scully and Fowler. “That’s what I needed as a young girl that wasn’t there for me.”This doesn’t just apply for gender, either. The panelists said that all forms of diversity on screen are necessary, pointing to films like “Hidden Figures,” which is about the key role a group of African-American women played in the U.S. space program, as leading the way for more complex stories on people of any gender or race.“As much as people think Hollywood is liberal and open-minded and progressive thinking, they’re doing a worse job of reflecting society than the abysmal numbers in real life,” Davis said. “If we show it, it will happen in real life.”Katie Campione ~ The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Playing the beautiful game for a beautiful world

first_imgAPTN National NewsA team of very excited athletes from across the country departed for Europe Wednesday morning to take part in a unique sporting event.The event is a soccer tournament devoted to helping end homelessness.That’s got the players playing from the heart because all of the teams share a special connection to soccer and the streets.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has this story.last_img

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Hilale Slams Algeria’s ‘False Status’ of Observer in Western Sahara

New York – The Ambassador of Morocco to the United Nations in New York, Omar Hilale, deconstructed, before the 4th UN Commission, with evidence, Algeria’s false status of observer in the Western Sahara issue.Despite its denials, the responsibility of Algeria in the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara is undeniable, stressed Hilale, before asking a series of questions about the responsibilities of Algeria in this dispute.“Who created the ‘Polisario’ and is providing it with political and military support for 40 years? This is not an observer country. It is Algeria. Who is mobilizing all its diplomatic apparatus against its neighbor, Morocco? This is not an observer country. This is Algeria,” he noted. The Moroccan diplomat went to add that Algeria spends “billions of dollars” from Algerians’ taxpayer money in order to finance the Polisario.“Who spends billions of dollars from the Algerian taxpayer to finance a separatist group that has proven links with the international and regional terrorism? This is not an observer country. It is Algeria. Who refuses to reveal to its own MPs the budget reserved for the ‘Polisario’? This is not an observer country. It is Algeria, Hilale added.Hilale pointed out that Algeria had called for the partition of the Western Sahara in 2001 at a time when Former United Nations Secretary General, James Baker, was attempting to work out a political solution between Morocco and the Polisario.“Who officially rejected the draft Framework Agreement of Baker in 2001 and then in 2002? This is not an observer country. It is Algeria,” he said.“Algeria continues to mislead the international community and lie to its own people behind the false position of defending the principle of self-determination,” Hilale concluded. read more

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UK jobless rate falls to its lowest level in 45 years

LONDON — Official figures show that Britain’s unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in 45 years, though wage growth softened slightly.The Office for National Statistics said Tuesday that the jobless rate in the three months to March declined to 3.8%, its lowest level since the end of 1974, from 3.9% the month before.Separately, it said wage growth excluding bonuses rose by 3.3% down from 3.4% the month before. Despite the modest decline, wages are rising close to their highest rates since the global financial crisis more than a decade ago.Economists said the figures do little to alter their expectations that the Bank of England won’t be raising interest rates anytime soon especially as Britain’s exit from the European Union remains clouded with uncertainty.The Associated Press read more

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UN names Princess of Spain as Goodwill Ambassador for World Assembly on

As Goodwill Ambassador Princess Infanta Cristina will join Marcel Marceau, the internationally renowned artist often referred to as the world’s greatest mime. Mr. Marceau, who has himself contributed extensively to promoting the World Assembly, welcomed the Princess’s support.As Goodwill Ambassador, the Princess will raise awareness about the World Assembly and its goals of developing an effective international strategy to address the dramatic impact of global population ageing. “I am committed to this role, not only because of Spain’s involvement as the host country, but because I believe in the importance of seizing this opportunity to respond to a changing world,” she said.An honourable president of the Spanish Commission for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Princess has worked on educational projects and the protection of the natural and artistic heritage. She has also lent her support to various charitable organizations, and is currently the President of the International Foundation of Care for the Disabled.According to the UN, the number of older people will increase from about 600 million to almost 2 billion in the next 50 years. In some developed countries birth rates have already fallen below replacement levels. read more

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Deputy SecretaryGeneral ends two days of meetings on integrity UN reform

“This is the first time that a major policy decision has gone through this kind of process of informal staff consultation. It does not replace the formal consultative process with the official UN staff bodies,” a UN spokesman said at the daily press briefing in New York.The “United Nations Organizational Integrity Survey” was conducted by Deloitte Consulting.Ms. Fréchette also received feedback about the draft policy on whistleblower protection that was communicated internally three weeks ago, Stephane Dujarric said. read more

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Children not a bargaining chip in tug of war between Syrian parties

“We need help from the parties on the ground, by the Government, by all of those nations who have influence and they are not helping us as they should,” Jan Egeland, the UN Senior Advisor for Syria, told reporters in Geneva after a meeting of the Humanitarian Taskforce on the country. The “epicentre” of the suffering, he said, is eastern Ghouta, where some 400,000 are besieged, cut off from aid and medical help. “Six months ago a very detailed plan was delivered to the Government for needy cases of evacuation, on medical grounds. Since then, names have been added regularly and […] we now have a revised list of 494 names,” explained Mr. Egeland. Twelve among them have died waiting for “a half an hour drive to hospitals in Damascus and elsewhere,” he stated, noting that relief workers and aid convoys remain stalled. “Why are we not rolling? Because of lack of facilitation letters from the Government,” he said. Assistance to other Syrian towns and cities, including Foua and Kefraya – which are besieged by armed opposition groups – and Yarmouk, besieged by many groups, including forces loyal to the Government, also remain stalled due to disputes among the parties – on what the UN adviser referred to as – “simultaneous exchange of convoys.” I would like to say that civilians, children, no one can be a bargaining chip in some kind of tug of war, where many things are negotiated at the same time Jan Egeland, UN Senior Advisor for Syria“I would like to say that civilians, children, no one can be a bargaining chip in some kind of tug of war, where many things are negotiated at the same time. They have a right to be evacuated and we have an obligation to evacuate them,” he said, adding: “So, I’d say, I have failed, I feel we have not been able to fix it, it is very, very heart breaking to get photos every day from children who are increasingly malnourished and who are increasingly dying and not being able to help them.”Government delegation to return to Geneva talks on 10 December – UN mediatorAt the same press briefing, Staffan de Mistura, the UN Special Envoy for Syria announced that the Government delegation – currently on a recess – is expected to return to Geneva for the intra-Syrian talks on Sunday and that work has continued with the opposition delegation. “We shall assess the behaviour on both sides, Government and opposition in Geneva, and based on that we will then decide how this […] can be a building up or not, or a sabotage of [the Geneva process],” he said. “If that is the case, we will draw our own conclusions,” added the UN negotiator, noting that any type of new initiative as an opportunity of supporting the Geneva process, building on the process and coming back to the process. “That is the position of the Secretary-General António Guterres,” he said. read more

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Early goal dooms mens soccer against No 15 Akron

Freshman defender Tyler Kidwell (12) passes the ball during a match against Wright State Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team’s struggles with finishing continued when it was defeated by the No.15 Akron Zips 1-0. The Buckeyes were able fire six shots, including two in the last 10 minutes, but were unable to capitalize on any of them.The Zips came out aggressive scoring the only goal of the match in the sixth minute as when senior midfielder Zac Portillos collected a rebounded shot in the box and powered the ball into the back of the net.Despite the loss, Buckeye coach John Bluem was impressed with the way the team played.“We had a very strong game tonight,” he said. “We knew we were coming into a tough environment with some inexperienced players and the only problem was we conceded an early goal.”Both teams came out quickly from halftime. Akron was able to muster up three shots in the first five minutes, but was unable to finish.The Buckeyes’ best chance to score came in the 77th minute when they brought the ball down the left side of the field and crossed it into the box. The ball bounced around multiple times until junior midfielder Yianni Sarris took a shot that was deflected by Akron senior midfielder Robbie Derschang. It was the Buckeyes first shot on goal.With 45 seconds left, Sarris was pushed down just outside of the box and the Buckeyes were given a free kick. Junior midfielder Alec Lowell took the shot but it was deflected out of bounds for an OSU corner kick. Ivanov pushed forward into the Akron box and tried to head the ensuing kick into the back of the net but was unsuccessful as time ran out.Bluem said the team will watch tape from the game and will learn how to be better prepared for its upcoming games.“We will just keep working on things that prevented us from getting shots tonight. We have a couple days off until the big ten opener against Indiana, by that time we’ll be ready defensively and with attacking,” he said.The Buckeyes were outshot by the Zips by a total of 15-6 with redshirt-senior Alex Ivanov recording five saves. Ivanov was making his first start since the team took on Wright State Sept. 17 after receiving a red card in that match for an intentional handball outside of the box.OSU’s next five matches are against 2012 NCAA tournament squads, and Bluem thinks the team will be ready for the challenge.“Hopefully the guys will respond with a really good effort and I believe we will knock of a couple of these teams coming up soon,” he said.The match was the fourth-straight match versus an in-state opponent for the Buckeyes and was the team’s last match before beginning Big Ten play against Indiana Sunday. read more

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Football Urban Meyer satisfied with Ohio State at halfway point of regular

Starting the season with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day as head coach while Urban Meyer served his 3-game suspension, Ohio State did not miss a beat, winning each of the first three games. When Meyer returned to the sidelines, the Buckeyes continued their momentum, winning the next three games, including a road win against then-No. 9 Penn State. As the team heads into its game against Minnesota on Saturday, Ohio State is halfway through its regular season, winning each of the first six games on the schedule. In his Monday press conference, Meyer said the team has not gotten to this point without difficulties. “We’ve overcome significant injuries. Most notable is Nick Bosa. And we’re still finding ways to win games,” Meyer said. “And just really good people on this team. We go out to practice and guys want to get better.”Through the first six games of the season, Ohio State is the No. 2 scoring offense in the Big Ten, averaging 49 points and 565.7 yards per game, which leads the conference. However, without Bosa on the line, the defense has been one of the main storylines in terms of improvement after the first six games of the season. Despite allowing only 20 points per game, which is fourth-fewest in the Big Ten, Ohio State has given up 365.2 yards of offense to opponents per game, allowing 5.4 yards per play. Meyer said despite a first half against Indiana in which the defense allowed 20 points on 317 yards of offense, including 239 yards through the air, he thought the defense improved in the second half, matching the improvement he thinks the Buckeyes have made all season. “We tried to build on positives and the positives are that the second half they played outstanding,” Meyer said. “Against Penn State we gave up some yards but it was 14-13 going into the fourth quarter. So there are some positive things.”Brian Hartline impresses Meyer Throughout the season, Meyer has had to change his view of the offense. With redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins at the helm, the Ohio State offense has become more pass-friendly in the first six games of the regular season. After taking over from former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith on July 23, interim wide receivers coach Brian Hartline has helped lead a Buckeyes wide receiver room to the best pass offense in the Big Ten, with quarterbacks completing 73 percent of all passes thrown. Through the first six games of the season, Meyer has been impressed with Hartline’s job as the wide receivers coach. “He’s learning on the run still,” Meyer said. “Doing some great things. And one thing about our job, it’s very valuation-friendly. They’re playing very well.”When asked about whether Hartline’s interim tag could be removed after the job he has done this season, Meyer said “sure he could,” but made no indication that it would happen. read more

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End of the line for leaves on the rail track as experts

It is the announcement which fills commuters with dread every autumn, but now it could finally be the end of the line for leaves on the track.  The new devices, which are able to adjust the amount of sand they spray onto the tracks depending on how fast the train is going,  are being piloted by three operators this year and could be rolled out across the network by next autumn. Tests have shown that by using devices to blast sand onto the track as the train moves slipping can be prevented and the stopping distances on trains can be brought in line with those on a clean, dry rails.  The perennial problem is estimated to cost the industry and passengers more than £300m per year and is responsible…–– ADVERTISEMENT –– read more

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Deadly typhoon lands in south China

EPA PhotoTyphoon Mangkhut is lashing China’s most populous province, bringing winds of up to 100 mph (162 kph).Guangdong is on its highest alert for the storm, which also hit Hong Kong, where it swayed skyscrapers and blew out windows.The death toll from the Philippines meanwhile jumped from 30 to 49 – most of them killed in landslides caused by heavy rain. Mangkhut is considered the strongest storm of 2018. Thousands of people have been evacuated from Guangdong, and authorities there issued their highest warning level, a red alert.Reuters photoIn Hong Kong, authorities also issued their maximum alert, with residents warned to stay indoors to avoid flying debris. Winds there reportedly reached more than 110 mph (177 kph).Officials put the number of injured at 111 but the territory avoided a direct hit. Water levels surged by almost 3.5 m (12 ft) in places and live fish were washed on to the streets. (BBC) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRED ALERT: Strongest storm on Earth targets Taiwan, ChinaSeptember 14, 2016In “latest news”Typhoon Mangkhut: Miners and families buried by landslideSeptember 17, 2018In “latest news”5 missing in Dominica as Tropical Storm unleash landslidesAugust 27, 2015In “Regional” read more

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Boston College testimony used to bring veteran republican to court over Jean

first_imgUpdated at 9.10pmAN ALLEGED FORMER IRA commander has been remanded in custody after appearing in court this morning on charges related to the disappearance and murder of Jean McConville more than 40 years ago.77-year-old Ivor Bell appeared before court in Belfast charged with aiding and abetting the murder of the mother-of-ten, and with IRA membership.Bell was refused bail, and remanded in custody to appear again in court next month.According to BBC Northern Ireland, the court was told that part of the evidence used to bring Bell before the court was an interview given by the defendant to Boston College researchers.His solicitor denied Bell had any role in the killing, and claimed the evidence based on the interview was “not credible”.Jean McConville was 37 when she was abducted from her home in Belfast in December 1972.Her body was discovered more than 30 years later on Shelling Hill beach in Co Louth. Her children have spoken in recent years of the devastating impact their mother’s death had on them.First posted at 10.20am. Additional reporting, Daragh Brophy.Earlier this week: 77-year-old man arrested in connection with Jean McConville murder >Read: PSNI appeal for man who phoned Jean McConville’s family in the 90s to come forward >last_img read more

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Theresa May says shell form minority government with friends and allies in

first_imgEarlier, a DUP source told The Guardian: “We want there to be a government. We have worked well with May. The alternative is intolerable.For as long as Corbyn leads Labour, we will ensure there’s a Tory PM.It is not believed that they will enter into a formal coalition government, but the DUP will support the Tories nonetheless.Since the Brexit vote, the DUP has campaigned against affording a “special status” to Northern Ireland after the UK leaves the EU. Sinn Féin, however, has strongly called for this on numerous occasions.In a statement this morning, Gerry Adams said that the “Irish government needs to seize the initiative to secure designated special status for the North as part of the Brexit negotiations”.Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar said in a statement that the election result indicates “there is no strong mandate to proceed with a hard Brexit, which represents an opportunity for Ireland.The early restoration of the Executive in Northern Ireland is also a priority. There is now a strong opportunity for the parties in Northern Ireland to re-engage in discussions to form an Executive.May met the Queen at 12.30pm this afternoon, defying earlier calls from the opposition and some of her own MPs to step down.Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron told party activists today that May was “arrogant” and “vain” and should step down.“She should consider her future – and then, for once, she should consider the future of the country,” he said.Also speaking today, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said that the “reckless Tory pursuit of a hard Brexit has to be abandoned” and warned of an “unstable administration” under May and the DUP.Read: The winners and losers in the UK general electionRead: With support from grime artists and actors, young voters turned out in droves for Corbyn Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 9th 2017, 2:50 PM Source: Jonathan Brady PA Wire/PA ImagesUpdated 2.50pmBRITISH PRIME MINISTER Theresa May has visited Buckingham Palace this lunchtime to ask the Queen’s permission to form a government, despite losing an overall majority in yesterday’s general election.She said that she would work “friends and allies” in the DUP to support a Conservative government.Speaking this afternoon however, DUP leader Arlene Foster said that she had spoke to May and was “exploring how it may be possible to bring stability to our nation”.“I have just been to see her majesty, the Queen, and I will now form a government,” May said. 71,001 Views 152 Comments I have spoken with the PM. We will enter discussions with the Conservatives to explore how we can help bring stability to our nation. pic.twitter.com/sTjTwJDbKU— Arlene Foster (@DUPleader) June 9, 2017 Share466 Tweet Email2 This government will guide the country through the crucial Brexit talks in 10 days time. It will work to keep our nation safe and secure by delivering the change I set out following the appalling attacks in Manchester and in London.May said that the government “would fulfil the promise of Brexit” and deliver “on the will of the people”. She said no one and no community would be left behind.What the country needs is certainty… it is clear that only the Conservative and the Unionist Party has that certainty to provide a majority in the House of Commons.She said the Tories would work with the DUP “in particular”. She said their close ties would ensure they could effectively work together.May concluded that people had voted for Brexit and now it’s time “to get to work”.Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) are set to act as kingmakers, by giving May enough votes to regain a majority in the House of Commons.The Conservatives won 318 seats in the election, falling short of the 326 needed for a majority, but support from the DUP and its 10 seats will see it over the line.Foster said that the election was “a great result for the Union” and “a clear and resounding message” had been sent to those who would seek to break it up.“The union is our guiding star,” she said. Source: Niall Carson/PA WireShe said that the DUP would work to achieve the best for the people of Northern Ireland and the Union as a whole.The DUP leader added that she had spoken with Theresa May this morning and would “enter discussions” with a view to providing stability, but failed to provide details on how the party would support a Conservative government. Theresa May says she’ll form minority government with ‘friends and allies’ in the DUP May has acted swiftly to agree a deal that will see her return as Prime Minister. Short URL Source: Arlene Foster/Twitter By Sean Murray https://jrnl.ie/3435082 Friday 9 Jun 2017, 2:50 PMlast_img read more

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Les plages de lHérault envahies par les méduses

first_imgLes plages de l’Hérault envahies par les médusesPlusieurs plages du littoral de l’Hérault ont été interdites à la baignade hier, en raison d’une invasion de méduses bleues urticantes. Une interdiction levée quelques heures plus tard, les méduses ne présentant pas de danger pour l’homme.Pour la première fois, la saison des méduses a entraîné une interdiction de baignade sur plusieurs plages de l’Hérault. A Sérignan, le drapeau rouge a été hissé en début d’après-midi, après que des baigneurs ont alerté les pompiers quant à la présence de méduses, rapporte le site de Midi Libre. “Il y a deux sortes d’organismes : de petites méduses bleues d’un centimètre de diamètre et des larves longilignes et translucides, quasiment invisibles à l’œil nu”, a expliqué le major Chenault, chef de centre des pompiers de Sérignan.À lire aussiL’étonnant secret caché derrière les plages de sable blanc paradisiaquesLe drapeau rouge a quelques heures plus tard, été remplacé par l’orange, en raison des risques d’orage. Des analyses ont révélé que les méduses ne présentaient pas de danger pour l’homme. Si elles sont piquantes et urticantes, elles ne provoquent tout au plus qu’un désagrément, souligne le major Chenault. Pour limiter la douleur, les secouristes recommandent de frotter la partie piquée avec du sable, puis de rincer avec de l’eau froide.Non loin de là, à Portiragnes, la baignade a elle aussi été interdite mercredi après l’arrivée en masse de méduses, rapporte le site de France 3. Le drapeau rouge est resté hissé jusqu’à ce jeudi matin, et la baignade est désormais à nouveau autorisée.Le 24 août 2011 à 15:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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LIce Cream sandwich fait goûter ses nouveautés

first_imgL’Ice Cream sandwich fait goûter ses nouveautésParallèlement à la présentation du Samsung Galaxy Nexus, hier nuit, Google a dévoilé son nouveau système d’exploitation, Ice Cream Sanwich, ou Android 4.0. Censé unifier les précédentes versions (Gingerbread et HoneyComb) fonctionnant sur mobiles, tablettes et TV connectées, c’est un véritable ravalement de façade qui attend les futurs utilisateurs, axé sur la simplicité et la cohérence. La présentation, animée par Andy Rubin, créateur du système, et précédée par une annonce se clôturant par une simple phrase “Enchant me, Simplify my life, Make Me Awesome”, n’était pas sans rappeler le show d’une certaine entreprise californienne, malheureusement endeuillée ces derniers jours. Mais les termes choisis – enchanter,simplifier, et génial- montraient l’ambition de Google à s’implanter durablement dans le domaine, et pour cela, Ice Cream Sandwich se devait d’être à la hauteur des espérances de ses futurs utilisateurs. C’est chose faite avec beaucoup, beaucoup de nouveautés que l’Android 4.0 dévoilait hier dans la nuit. La première, c’est l’apparence : au-delà de l’habillage de l’ensemble qui gagne en netteté et en fluidité, il arbore dorénavant trois boutons de navigation de base, quelque soit le matériel utilisé : Retour, Accueil, Application précédente. Ces derniers pourront s’orienter dans le sens de l’appareil et se cacheront pendant les applications, rendant l’ensemble plus cohérent. Cohérence et simplicité également du système de fermeture des applications, par simple balayage du doigt.L’autre grosse nouveauté dévoilée tient au carnet d’adresses, animé et désormais intitulé “People App”. D’un seul coup d’œil, l’utilisateur pourra voir l’actualité de ses contacts reliés sur réseaux sociaux, comme Facebook, Twitter ou LinkedIn. Une fois sélectionné, le contact se présentera sous forme de fiche, où sont inscrits tous les moyens de le joindre.De multiples améliorations Pour le reste, tout a subi de petites améliorations comme le menu de notification, avec affichage de contacts pour l’envoi des messages, le menu de contrôle pour les applications musicales, un nouveau clavier avec correction progressive à la frappe des lettres, l’envoi de SMS pour justifier la non-prise d’un appel, le passage à 16 onglets ouvrables pour le navigateur internet (que l’on pourra sauvegarder pour pouvoir lire les contenus hors ligne par la suite) ou encore un gestionnaire de la consommation des données, sorte de vue mètre système de Windows, dans le gestionnaire de programmes. Quant aux widgets affichés sur le bureau, ils sont désormais repositionnables modifiables en taille.Au niveau multimédia, l’application Photo s’agrémente, notamment, de nouveaux filtres et d’une fonction de panoramique en mouvement.  La reconnaissance faciale, utile pour verrouiller ou déverrouiller son dispositif, dispose d’une mise au point automatique du capteur la rendant plus fiable, d’une part, et offrant une véritable alternative aux autres système de sécurité.On notera également, de cette liste non exhaustive, l’apparition d’Android Beam, l’application qui permettra le partage d’information en rapprochant ou en entrechoquant les téléphones, grâce à leurs puces NFC respectives. À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Plus unifié, plus fluide, et offrant de véritables avancées aux utilisateurs d’Android, Ice Cream Sandwich semble donc bel et bien se poser en concurrent aux autres systèmes d’exploitation. Ses errances passées gommées, il dispose dorénavant de composants actuels, et d’autres qui l’inscrivent dans le futur. Le 19 octobre 2011 à 13:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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