Moroccan Environmentalists Organize ‘Car-Free Day’ in Casablanca

Rabat- Environment organizations in Morocco are encouraging Casablanca and Mohammedia to go car-free day on Sunday, October 14.The initiative is to raise awareness about the threat of air pollution on health and the environment and to improve air quality.The organizations said they would strictly prohibit cars in the prefecture of Ain Sebaa-Hay Mohammadi in central Casablanca from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is not clear if local police will enforce the ban or if environmentalists plan to block legal traffic.Organizers are also calling residents of Mohammedia, a coastal city 20 kilometers northeast of Casablanca, to abstain from driving. Sunday’s car-free day will be the third car-free day organized by the Association for Sustainable Development, Ecology, and Environmental Preservation.Casablanca, Morocco’s economic capital, ranked sixth in high pollution among 211 cities worldwide in mid-2016, with a level of pollution of 94.81 percent, based on American website Numbeo. By mid-2018, Casablanca came 39th among 273 cities worldwide, with a pollution level of 82.71 percent. read more

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UN casts spotlight on Sudans forgotten refugee crisis – not Darfur or

“Like other refugees in protracted circumstances, the Eritrean and Ethiopian refugees are often forgotten – and they are living in a region of Sudan that is itself often overlooked,” WFP emergency coordinator Sarah Longford said of the more than 95,000 refugees from Ethiopia and Eritrea who now live in 12 camps in eastern Sudan. “Attention tends to focus on people in Darfur and the south, but people in the east are also in dire need.” Just last month, these refugees were included in the annual list of “Ten stories the World Should Hear More About” compiled by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), under the rubric “Protracted refugee situations: Millions caught in limbo, with no solutions in sight.”Though far less numerous than the refugees who have fled into Chad from the western Darfur region, where three years of fighting between the Government, pro-Government militias and rebels have killed scores of thousands, the Ethiopians and Eritreans have sought shelter in eastern Sudan for far longer, some up to 40 years, fleeing the conflict that led to Eritrea’s independence from Ethiopia and then the 1998-2000 war between the two. “Over the past several years, various dips in funding have meant rations have been delivered late or in reduced quantities, leaving families to cut down on meals to stretch out their food stocks,” WFP spokesman Mohamed Amasha said on a visit to the area. “The agency’s support depends on donor funding, but the refugees’ plight competes for attention with a multitude of other crises around the world requiring donations.” Although a few of the camps are land-based, with refugee families allocated a small plot to cultivate, there is not enough land for everyone, and a cycle of poor seasons and droughts have meant low harvests. For new arrivals in particular, making their way in the camps can be a difficult and bewildering business. Many are young people, wanting to avoid military service. A 2004 assessment found that 48 per cent of camp households were headed by women. Although divorce rates were relatively low, a high proportion of these women were widows, who had lost their husbands to the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea. For them, earning an income to supplement food rations is vital.Training programmes and other schemes that boost self-reliance and offer opportunities to access an income are a priority, Ms. Longford said. “Together with our cooperating partners, including the Sudanese Red Crescent, we’re working on linking more of our food assistance to training programmes, and other similar measures, so that we also build self-sufficiency,” she explained. “Otherwise the outlook is extremely bleak for these people.“At the same time, we are also working to assist Sudanese people in the eastern regions who are displaced or for other reasons can’t meet their families’ food needs.” Eastern Sudan has been hit hard by repeated droughts and a long-term decline in rainfall, while sporadic conflict has also uprooted families and communities, leading to a chronic livelihoods crisis while malnutrition rates have soared. WFP is trying to encourage other agencies to focus on eastern Sudan to aid development, Ms. Longford said. read more

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October 2013 – EV registrations

SMMT has published Electric Vehicle (EV) registration figures for October and the year-to-date.Oct 13 EV reg – Click to viewPlug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 6,074 eligible cars registered.Please note: this data includes only new car registrations and not commercial vehicles.For questions about these figures, or to enquire about more detailed data sets, e-mail data@smmt.co.uk.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Brock students set to vote on BUSU executive

It’s election time again.Brock students are set to hit the polls in the 2015 Brock University Students’ Union election.Jimmy Norman, BUSU Chief Returning Officer, is hoping for a good response but is also realistic in the process.“From a student representation perspective, we would love to have every single student at Brock cast their ballot and have their voice heard,” explained Norman.“However, the typical voter turnout for the February Executive Elections is between 20 to 30 per cent of the student body. Throughout the election, we are going to have our marketing team out in full force to ensure students are aware of the positions, duties, and how to vote. We will also have polling stations set up around the school on the three polling days.”Voting runs from Feb. 10-12, and includes a total of 17 candidates for the following positions:• President• Vice President, Finance and Administration• Vice President, External Affairs• Vice President, Student Services• Board of Directors (1 Year, 2 Years)“Each undergraduate student will receive an email to their Brock email that will contain a secure, unique link to their ballot,” Norman said.  “As stated before, we will also have polling stations set up in case students have questions”There are no referendum questions on this year’s ballot.For more information on BUSU elections visit:  http://www.busu.net/elections read more

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Dozens of British children stranded in Syrian camps after growing up under

Mrs Jack-Henry, who had not received any message from her daughter since she vanished in… More than 30 British children who grew up in the Islamic State are languishing in camps in Syria, including three young girls taken by their mother four years ago, a Telegraph investigation can disclose. Charleen Jack-Henry, 51, an NHS nurse, from west London, told of her “relief” that her three grandchildren, who were born in the UK, had survived the horrors of Isil – although the fate of a fourth grandchild is not known. The grandmother of the young girls has pleaded with the British Government to bring back the family after this newspaper informed her that her daughter and grandchildren are still alive.

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Former JLS singer cleared of raping fan after court sees CCTV footage

Williams declined to answer reporters’ questions as he left court.A jury of eight women and four men also cleared Williams’ tour manager, 32-year-old Jamien Nagadhana, of two sexual assault charges relating to the same woman.Nagadhana, from Hounslow, west London, told the court he touched the woman in a bid to start a three-some, reasonably believing she was consenting. Referring to CCTV from the venue which showed “three-way” kissing and the complainant and two female friends behaving in a raunchy, sexual way, Mr Cotter said of the footage: “Right at the end (the alleged victim) is on top of Oritse Williams.”When she and Oritse Williams are standing outside the club, you may think they look for all the world as though they are a couple.”Concluding his speech, Mr Cotter said of the rape allegation: “There is no realistic answer as to why he would do it.”There is plenty of evidence, we suggest, that something happened between them and that the description given to the police at the time (by the alleged victim) is not true and accurate.”In his evidence, Williams said the woman had asked to spend the night with him and thanked him when they parted company.The singer added that the woman had pulled him out of the nightclub after initiating a “highly sexually charged” display in the venue’s VIP area.Saying he had got on very well with the woman and her friends at the club, he told the jury: “You don’t forget three girls ‘grinding’ you all at the same time – you don’t need CCTV footage to remind you of that.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Former JLS star Oritse Williams has been cleared of raping a woman in his hotel room following a solo concert after the court saw CCTV footage of the pair “acting like a couple” outside a nightclub. Jurors at Wolverhampton Crown Court deliberated for around two hours before unanimously acquitting Williams, who told the jury he had consensual sex with the woman in the city in December 2016.The prosecution had alleged Williams, 32, tried to have sex with the woman, who cannot be named, and then raped her when she returned to his hotel room to look for her belongings.The singer, from Croydon, south London, told his nine-day hearing that he had a consensual encounter with the complainant, which ended in embarrassment when he was “unable to perform” sexually.The former boy band member’s defence lawyer suggested the woman’s complaint to police was influenced by the “extreme reaction” of her friend to being told of the consensual encounter.The trial was told Williams had met the woman at a meet-and-greet event at a nightclub.His barrister, Mark Cotter QC, claimed during his closing speech that the nightclubber had a selective memory around “tricky” aspects of her account.Addressing jurors on the seventh day of the trial, Mr Cotter described the woman’s assertion that she could remember sitting on Williams’s lap at the club as “the understatement of the year”. read more

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SEG geological maps added to Geofacets exploration tool

first_imgElsevier, the provider of scientific, medical and technical information products and services, has announced a collaboration with the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) to incorporate thousands of maps from SEG’s leading journal, Economic Geology, into Geofacets, Elsevier’s premier research tool for geoscientists working in exploration for the metals, mining, and oil and gas industries. The announcement said that the move “underlines Elsevier’s continued drive to accelerate geoscientists’ discovery of hard-to-find scientific maps through Geofacets, supporting confident decision-making in a high-risk exploration environment. This collaboration particularly boosts Geofacets’ ability to support metals and mineral exploration, given SEG’s well-established footing in the industry.”By January 2013 the joint venture will add a further 14,800 plus maps collated over the past 107 years from Economic Geology into Geofacets, bringing the total maps within the research tool to more than 240,000. “A significant part of SEG’s mission is to disseminate geological information and aid those working in exploration, mineral resource appraisal, mining and metal extraction,” said Brian Hoal, Executive Director at SEG. “Collaborating with Elsevier to make our maps and information much easier to discover, and therefore easier to apply to their work, will help geoscientists combat specific industry challenges such as low drilling success rates and the increasing difficulty in finding new orebodies.”“We see and hear excitement from our users in the metals and mining industry every time we mention the upcoming integration of SEG content into Geofacets,” said Phoebe McMellon, Senior Product Manager Geofacets at Elsevier. “By incorporating the unique content of such a renowned society as SEG, we are able to help Geofacets users discover critical, niche content that could otherwise remain buried in volumes and centuries’ worth of publications.”last_img read more

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EHF CL RNL beat Kristianstad in thriller – Barca smash Kadetten

4. THW Kiel320181:78(3)4 1. KS Vive Tauron Kielce330096:79(17)6 4. MOL-Pick Szeged311181:81(0)3 FC Barcelona LassaIFK KristianstadKadetten SchaffhausenRhein Neckar Lowen 7. IFK Kristianstad4103109:118(-9)2 5. SG Flensburg-Handewitt311176:71(5)3 1. FC Barcelona Lassa4400120:100(20)8 6. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg310269:77(-8)2 7. Orlen Wisla Plock301281:89(-8)1 6. HC Meshkov Brest310281:88(-7)2 FC Barcelona beat easily Kadetten Schaffhausen 38:25.38 – FC Barcelona: Pérez de Vargas; Tomás (4), Lazarov (7, 2p), Sorhaindo (3), Raúl Entrerríos (3), N’Guessan (3), Rivera (4, 1p); Andersson (1), Syprzak (5), Mem (1), Morros, Jicha, Jallouz (3), Ariño (1) y Saubich (3).25 – Kadetten Schaffhausen: Marinovic (Bringolf); Richwien (1), Sziba (2), Csaszar (1), Graubner (-), Maros (8), Liniger (3); Küttel, Pendic (3), Bliznac, Koch (1), Meister (2), Delhees (3) y Tominec (1).STANDINGS: 8. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …300374:85(-11)0 2. HC Vardar330091:76(15)6 ← Previous Story Anti “resin-free” handball hit by OberLiga guys! Next Story → Holger Glandorf to stay at SG Flensburg! 5. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko310286:91(-5)2 Rhein Neckar Lowen, once again, played only average match at VELUX EHF Champions League, but even that was enough to secure win over Swedish IFK Kristianstad 30:29 (17:13). The Scandinavian team was close to surprise German champions in front of only 1.312 spectators in Frankfurt.However, the “Lions” had last attack which last over 70 seconds (!?) what was enough to save ball in situation 5 on 6 and celebrate second win.Rhein-Neckar Löwen – IFK Kristianstad 30:29 (17:13)Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Appelgren (), Palicka –  Schmid (8), Sigurdsson (n.e.), Manaskov (3), Banea Gonzalez (1), Steinhauser (n.e.), Reinkind (5), Larsen (2), Guardiola (1), Groetzki (4), Ekdahl du Rietz (1), Pekeler (2), Petersson (1), Abt (n.e.)IFK Kristianstad: Simic, Leo Larsson – Lipovac (2), Arnarsson (4), Henningsson (4), Sörensen, Moen Nilsen (3), Lagergren (2), Johannes Larsson (1), Gudmundsson (4), Hallen (1), Tollbring (5), Jonsson (2), Tatarintsev, Hanisch (1)STANDINGS: 3. Rhein-Neckar Löwen4211117:117(0)5 2. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…320195:83(12)4 3. Telekom Veszprém312084:80(4)4 8. Kadetten Schaffhausen4004102:130(-28)0 read more

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Thirty teachers risk being struck off the payroll for failing to register

first_imgThis is a truly significant day in the professionalisation of teaching.For more than thirty years now teachers have recognised that regulation is a critical part of their professionalisation and a means of vindicating the public’s trust in the profession.Meanwhile, the Director of the Teaching Council, Tomás Ó Ruairc said the Council does not want to see any teacher go unpaid, but that it is “why it is critical that no registered teacher allows their registration to lapse”.RegisterThis is the first time there is a comprehensive register of all teachers in the country, maintained by a professional standards body.The Teaching Council says that having a register is a clear statement to the public as to the standards that people have to meet in order to become teachers, including qualifications, evidence of character and Garda Vetting.Read: 4.5 days: The amount of training English teachers will get for junior cycle reform> Read: Quinn urged to enter mediation talks with teachers over junior cycle reform> IT IS NOW a requirement for all teachers to be registered with the Teaching Council in order to be paid a salary by government.Today’s commencement of Section 30 of the Teaching Council Act, 2001 means that any teacher who is not registered will not be paid a salary from State funds.ProfessionalismThe new rules aims to promote and regulate the profession of teaching, says the Teaching Council.They said a “small number” of teachers are not registered, but that the majority of these have not provided the required documentation to the Council.Any teacher who has not completed the application process will have received notification of any required documentation and is urged to submit the required documentation immediately in order to complete their application.Chairperson of the Teaching Council Micheál Ó Gríofa said:last_img read more

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9 undeniable signs that you love pizza just a little bit too

first_img Source: ImgurYou’re the go-to person for pizza recommendations Source: GiphyBecause you’ve sampled every single place in town.Leftover pizza is your favourite breakfast Source: Flickr/rickBrunch? Please. Heated up, or left cold – second-day pizza is simply divine.Your dream is to order a wagon wheel all for yourself, some day Source: Lyoness.netYou’re working up to it.And this article has you salivating Source: Edgecastcdn…Is it too late to get some pizza?16 Irish snacks we need the world to know about>Dominos is now selling pizza with a base made of chicken> SINCE THE DAWN of time, has there ever been a foodstuff more delicious than pizza? Cheese, bread, sauce, and delicious delicious meat, all in one spectacular dish. Damn.Firstly, let us state – it is in our opinion that loving pizza too much isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it’s a very admirable quality in a person. Well done you.No one ever asks you what you want to eat, because they already know the answerPIZZA. Source: TumblrYou think pizza is the perfect meal for every occasion, casual or formalYou wish Apache’s Communion Packages were around in your day.You’re wondering where you can get this bedding Source: Claire Manganiello(You can’t – yet. It’s a conceptual design by artist Claire Manganiello. Sorry.)You have gotten into arguments about what toppings are and are not welcome on a pizza Source: Flickr/Mary St.Germain-BrownYou’ll fight to the death to defend your right to pineapple-free pizza.You’re tempted by the pizza cakelast_img read more

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Google une croissance plus rapide que jamais

first_imgGoogle + : une croissance plus rapide que jamais ?Il y a quelques jours, une étude révélait que les utilisateurs de Google + ne passaient en moyenne pas plus de 3 minutes par jour sur le site. Mais le géant de Redmond n’a pas tardé à réagir à cette information, affirmant que son réseau social connaissait une croissance sans précédent.Quelques jours après la publication d’une étude révélant que les membres de Google + passent très peu de temps sur le réseau social, Google affirme que le site connaît une croissance sans précédent. “Nous n’avons jamais vu une croissance aussi rapide. Jamais”, se targue dans les colonnes du New York Times le vice-président de l’ingénierie chez Google, Vic Gundortra.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La firme de Mountain View n’indique pas le temps moyen passé par les internaute sur Google +, mais assure que parmi ses 100 millions de membres, 50 millions utilisent quotidiennement certains services intégrés au réseau social. Les autres le font au moins une fois par mois, assure Google, qui les considère donc comme “actifs”.Parmi ces services liés à Google +, YouTube, l’Android Market et le moteur de recherche sont les plus utilisées. “Il s’agit tout simplement de la prochaine version de Google. Tout est mis à jour. Nous avons déjà des utilisateurs. Désormais nous les mettons à jour vers ce que nous appelons Google 2.0” explique Vic Gundortra. Un argument qui convainc peu Nate Elliott, vice-président et analyste du cabinet Forrester Research. “Je ne sais pas comment vous pouvez avoir une couche sociale sans avoir de gens qui utilisent un réseau social. SiGoogleest en train de dire que quelqu’unqui s’est connecté une fois à Google + estun utilisateur actif,alors ce n’est pastrès convaincant” estime-t-il.Le 8 mars 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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ALL YOUR PROPERTY NEEDS AND SEARCHES SIMPLIFIED AND MADE EASY

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Seismologist Delivers Cautionary Notes

first_imgIf you have lived in Southcentral Alaska for a year or more, you are almost certain to have felt an earthquake. But a damaging quake is something else again. Experts tell us a quake as powerful as the Great Alaska Earthquake of fifty years ago isn’t likely any time soon, but it doesn’t take a Magnitude Nine to do big damage.Download AudioThe next big one already happened. It’s just that nobody lived there.The Denali Fault quake of 2002 was magnitude 7.9, but unless you lived in Tanacross, Tok or Northway it was remote. Only afterwards did geologists see the massive landslides that it caused. In a sense, seismologist Mike West says, tossing these big numbers around puts urban Alaska at risk of getting complacent.“I’ve heard people – researchers, probably myself included, say things like ‘Oh it was only magnitude 8,” which is completely warped,” West said. “A magnitude 7 or 8 earthquake is a massive, massive event.”But if it happens out in the Aleutian Trench, nobody even sees the damage and the main concern is whether it would generate a tsunami. West suggests that maybe Alaskans get the idea that they’ve already seen it all, and he’s here to tell us we haven’t.“1964 is a nice benchmark,” West said. “It showed us some things that can happen in an earthquake, but there are countless scenarios for equally damaging or more-so earthquakes that aren’t that earthquake.”“So there’s a small danger in treating 1964 as an example of everything that can happen.”West points to the nature of the ground we build on in Alaska, and raises the question of what would happen if an earthquake of a magnitude we think we are used to were to happen directly underneath a populated area. And there’s a sobering example from three years ago in New Zealand, where a powerful quake damaged the city in 2010, but another one months later collapsed buildings already weakened.“We’re talking about a magnitude 6.1 earthquake that killed 150 some people in a first world country,” West said. “And it occurred, it happened because the earthquake was right under town – it was very shallow. And Christchurch was built on soft, wet sediments. And much of Alaska is built on soft, wet sediments.”Federal authorities are not unaware of Anchorage’s vulnerability. The seismic hazard maps are being updated, and there is a set of boreholes installed by the U.S. Geological Survey in the city’s downtown park strip with seismic sensors spaced at different depths to about 200 feet to pick up ground waves from earthquakes and watch them travel.“This is the so called ‘strong motion’ seismic network, and it’s a tremendous asset for the state and the municipality,” West said. “It’s really about the densest instrumentation of that type in the country.”That seismic network continues on up the structure of the nearby Atwood office building, and at dozens of other locations around the city. West says down the road it might be possible to install an earthquake early warning system like is being experimented with in California, though there is no active planning for it at this time.last_img read more

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Harris County Approves Plan For 11 Billion Harvey Relief Grant

first_imgThe plan must now get approval from the Texas General Land Office, then from HUD. All that means the programs the grant would fund won’t get up and running until at least November 1.That’s going to be a long wait for some, as Moselle West of the Texas Organizing Project told commissioners during the public hearing before the vote. “People that you are charged with representing here at the county are on the verge of being evicted because they can’t afford to bring their home back to livable conditions and pay the mortgage,” West said.The plan includes funds for buying out 290 homes. Several of the public speakers raised concerns that the amount of money on offer would not be enough to afford new homes in Harris County outside a floodplain. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /00:48center_img Share Andrew SchneiderMoselle West of the Texas Organizing Project (left) addressing Harris County Commissioners CourtHarris County is one step closer to getting more than $1.1 billion in federal Harvey relief. County commissioners approved Tuesday an action plan for how it would spend the block grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Listenlast_img read more

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Facebooks New Birthday Stories Taps Songs by the Beatles Selena Gomez and

first_img Popular on Variety In addition, Facebook lined up several artists to record exclusive new renditions of the “Happy Birthday” song, including Lukas Graham, Jovanie, Lauv Raiche, SYML, Greyson Chance, Harper Starling and Neda Yasee for the new feature. Related Former Oculus Head of Mobile VR Max Cohen Leaves Facebook Facebook Reportedly Working on New Snapchat-Like Messaging App for Instagram Facebook launched a new Birthday Stories feature that lets users create and share multimedia birthday greetings for friends and family — complete with a selection of famous b-day songs to pick from.The social giant’s Birthday Stories lets users add birthday cards, photos, videos, and songs via a “music sticker” to a story. Facebook has for years alerted users on the day of their contacts’ birthdays and prompted them to leave a birthday wish. Now, the world’s largest social network is rolling out an even bigger way to celebrate.Songs available in Facebook’s Birthday Stories include “Birthday” by The Beatles; “Happy Birthday” by Stevie Wonder; “Birthday” by Selena Gomez; “In Da Club” by 50 Cent; “Birthday” by Twista; “It’s My Birthday” by will.i.am; and “Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen” by Neil Sedaka. The addition of birthday songs come after Facebook last fall launched a way to add songs to News Feed posts and Facebook Stories. The company has licensing deals with music companies including Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Merlin, Kobalt, Global Music Rights and several European performing rights organizations.To add a birthday song to a Facebook Story, after capturing a photo or video, users can tap on the stickers tray and select the “Music” sticker. Searching on “birthday” will return a list of available songs; once selected, a sticker with the artist and song name will appear on the video.In the first quarter of 2019, according to Facebook, it had more than 500 million daily active users for Facebook and Messenger Stories. The company two years ago launched Facebook Stories, which lets users share photos and videos that are available for a 24-hour period — a feature pioneered by Snapchat. Instagram had already copied the “stories” format from Snapchat. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Early humans won at running Neandertals won at walking

first_img Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — New research has compared the performance of the heels of modern-day distance runners to the heels of Neandertals and ancient Homo sapiens. The results show the Neandertals’ heels were taller than those of modern humans and Homo sapiens, and more adapted to walking than running over long distances, while those of Homo sapiens were more adapted to endurance running. Citation: Early humans won at running; Neandertals won at walking (2011, February 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-early-humans-won-neandertals.html More information: Calcaneus length determines running economy: Implications for endurance running performance in modern humans and Neandertals, by David A. Raichlen et al., Journal of Human Evolution, Article in Press, doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2010.11.002 Study finds barefoot runners have less foot stress than shod ones (w/ Video) Calcaneus (heel bone) fracture X-ray. Image: Wikipedia. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Dr David Raichlen of the University of Arizona in Tucson, and colleagues, found that unlike modern humans, the Neandertal heel was taller would have provided less spring during running, and speculated that the heel probably stabilized the ankle and helped in jumping and walking uphill. In modern humans the heel is lower and stretches the Achilles tendon and increases its ability to act like a spring and reduce the consumption of energy.Dr Raichlen and colleagues had eight distance runners run on a treadmill at 10 mph (16 km/h) for periods of 10 minutes and calculated their rates of oxygen consumption. In different running periods, they also took magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of their heels and Achilles tendons.The results showed the heel bones were shorter and lower in the runners whose oxygen consumption while running was most efficient. The heel measurements were compared with those of 13 fossil Homo sapiens dated from 30-100,000 years ago and with six Neandertals from around the same period. The researchers’ calculations suggest that during running the Homo sapiens would have expended 6.9% more energy than modern distance runners, but Neandertals would have needed an average of about 11.4% more energy.The results suggest that while Neandertals may not have fared well in long-distance marathons, their bone structures would have given them an advantage in walking and in activities requiring great strength.The results of the research support earlier findings that long-distance running in Homo sapiens evolved over two million years ago and probably helped early humans in hunting before spears began to be widely used about 400,000 years ago. The ability to run long distances in hot environments is thought to help in running prey to exhaustion. Neandertals lived in colder climates and probably needed different skills in hunting.The paper was published in the Journal of Human Evolution. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

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Tor on LinuxMac may leak IP update available

first_imgTor on Linux/Mac may leak IP (update available) by Martin Brinkmann on November 04, 2017 in Firefox – 3 commentsTor users who use the Tor browser on Linux or Mac OS X devices may want to update the program to version 7.0.9 as soon as possible to plug a potential IP leak in the client software.Tor browser is a cross-platform browser based on Firefox code that integrates the anonymization network Tor in the browser. The browser features several privacy and security related tweaks, some of which are or have been integrated in Firefox recently as well (for instance Canvas use notifications).Tor Browser users who use Mac or Linux on devices can download the new browser version from the official Tor Project website. Please note that version 7.0.9 has been released only for those operating systems; the Windows versions of Tor browser is still at version 7.0.8 as it is not affected by the potential IP leak issue.A new blog post on the official Tor Project blog reveals information about the issue. The issue is caused by a bug in Firefox’s handling of file:// URLs according to the announcement.This release features an important security update to Tor Browser for macOS and Linux users. Due to a Firefox bug in handling file:// URLs it is possible on both systems that users leak their IP address. Once an affected user navigates to a specially crafted URL the operating system may directly connect to the remote host, bypassing Tor BrowserUsers of Tails and users of the sandboxed Tor browser are not affected by the issue.The fix may impact file:// URL functionality in the Tor browser. The Tor development team notes that “entering file:// URLs in the URL bar and clicking on resulting links is broken” does not work anymore after the update is installed, and that opening those in a “new tab or new window” does not work anymore either. Affected users can drag the link into the URL bar or on a tab instead as a workaround.The development team tracks these regressions, and it seems likely that fixes will be released in a future version of the Tor browser to address those.SummaryArticle NameTor on Linux/Mac may leak IP (update available)DescriptionTor users who use the Tor browser on Linux or Mac OS X devices may want to update the program to version 7.0.9 as soon as possible to plug a potential IP leak in the client software.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Coroner Eva Rausing died as result of drug abuse

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Police said Eva Rausing was found with an aluminum-foil pipe, used for smoking crack cocaine, in her hand.Deputy coroner Shirley Radcliffe said Friday that 48-year-old Eva Rausing had died as a result of cocaine intoxication and a heart condition that was likely caused by drug use. Radcliffe ruled the death “a result of the dependent abuse of drugs.”Toxicology tests found cocaine, opiates and amphetamines in Rausing’s blood, and a pacemaker she was fitted with after heart surgery in 2006 revealed she had suffered a “non-survivable” heart rhythm on the morning of May 7.Hans Kristian Rausing told the inquest in a written statement that he had concealed his wife’s body because “I could not cope with her dying or confront the reality of her death.” In August he was given a 10-month suspended sentence for preventing the lawful burial of a body. He is being treated for drug addiction.Eva Rausing came from an affluent American family, and Hans Kristian is a scion of one of Europe’s richest families. His father has a net worth estimated at 4.3 billion pounds ($6.7 billion) from the sale of his stake in the Tetra Pak milk-carton packaging company. The couple met at a drug rehabilitation center in 1989, married in 1992 and had four children. They battled drug addiction for years and donated millions to rehab charities.Their struggle became public in 2008, when Eva Rausing was caught trying to bring heroin and crack cocaine into the U.S. Embassy in London.Ending the inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court in London, Radcliffe offered “condolences to the family for the loss of a 48-year-old mother, wife, sister and daughter.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day LONDON (AP) – Eva Rausing, one of Britain’s richest women, died in a squalid corner of her luxury home as a result of her “dependent abuse” of drugs, a coroner ruled Friday.Rausing’s decomposed body was found by police in July in the London house she shared with her husband Hans Kristian Rausing, whose family founded the Tetra Pak drinks carton empire.She had been dead for two months. Her body was discovered _ lying under a pile of bedding and garbage bags inside a sealed-up room littered with drug paraphernalia _ after Hans Kristian Rausing was stopped for driving erratically on July 9. Officers found drugs in his car and decided to search his house. Quick workouts for men Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

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WTM Latin America 2015 set for success

first_imgThe 2015 World Travel Market (WTM) Latin America will showcase exhibitors from across the world at the Expo Center Norte in São Paulo, between 22 and 24 April.The exhibit is set to be another success, following last year’s event generating business deals valued at over USD$341 million.WTM Latin America exhibition director Lawrence Reinisch said they are pleased to welcome new exhibitors to this year’s event.“The World region on the exhibition floor is a great showcase of products and services coming from all over the planet and gathered in one place to make it as easy as possible for visitors and buyers to do business over the three days,” Mr Reinisch said.Brand USA, a company which aims to promote the United States to international travellers, will return for this year’s exhibit.Brand USA chief executive Chris Thompson said the 2015 exhibit is a significant event for the company.“WTM Latin America is very important – it’s in Sao Paulo and Brazil is a huge market for us, and to have a WTM-calibre show there is awesome,” Mr Thompson said.Mexico is set to have a larger stand this year in the World region, alongside The Middle East section which includes Emirates, the Jordan Tourism Board and Israel Ministry of Tourism.New European exhibitors are welcomed this year including the official Spanish Tourism Board, Delta Tours, and Italy-based Rusconi Viaggi.Turkey is one of the event’s most significant participants and this year the WTM Latin America welcomes the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce to present historical and cultural aspects of Turkey.Asia will be represented by Al Burj Tours & Travel and Indochina Travel Services.The WTM Latin America is expected to attract over 15,000 people interested in Latin American tourism, and other parts of the world, to this year’s exhibit.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more

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Avis India introduces Self Chauffeur Drive rental services through its mobile app

first_imgAvis India has launched its Mobile Application to enable Chauffeur Drive & Self Drive rentals in India.Speaking about the new application, Sunil Gupta, Managing Director & CEO, Avis India, said, “We’re always looking for ways to save our customers time and enhance the rental experience and that starts with the reservation process. Soon the Avis India App will also power our international self-drive bookings to Avis worldwide network of 168 countries. The App will also enable chauffeur drive bookings to its large network of corporate customers.”The new application, available online through the iOS App Store and Google Play Store features multi-touch booking, so customers can easily point and click on a vehicle for rent. Along with a simplified booking process, the App has multiple features such as managing bookings, 24*7 Customer support, exploring latest offers, sharing with friends and family, etc.“We use sophisticated telematics solutions to enable all cars to be available on a single web and mobile platform. The Mobile application becomes the navigation and key to your car once it has been booked,” further added Gupta.last_img read more

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