Towards green mobility

first_imgSwitching to cleaner fuels has been identified as one of the viable options to curb vehicular emissions that profusely contribute to the poor air quality of cities like New Delhi. Infamous for having a significant number of poor air quality days, New Delhi must spearhead the transition to cleaner/alternative fuel. Having announced the addition of 1000 electric buses to its public transport fleet, and proposed a draft electric vehicle policy, Delhi is set to undergo various changes to remedy its poor air quality. With an enormous number of vehicles registered, Delhi, at this pace, will choke in a matter of years. Winters have reminded us that we cannot afford such poor air quality days. Summers, too, have not been great. Afforestation is a great move but hardly counters the grave damage to air caused by persistent vehicular emissions. Banning diesel gen sets and cars, to some extent, is also not a full-proof viable option due to an absurdly large number of diesel vehicles in the city. Construction of eastern peripheral highway as no doubt reduced heavy cargo footfall within the city area but is hardly a remedy. In such cases, electrification of transport remains a likely alternative. The Draft Delhi Electric Policy 2018 is the first step. This has to be followed by the construction of charging stations which are again preceded by India’s plan to come up with indigenous standards for charging stations for its emerging electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem. It cannot be overruled that a lack of charging stations is proving to be the biggest hurdle to adoption of electric mobility and hence, development of indigenous standards will give impetus to the transition besides reducing the cost of developing related infrastructure. Defining electric mobility down to the grassroots for Delhi will be highly beneficial in the long run. It also augurs well for the plans Delhi is looking forward to implementing in the interest of reducing air pollution. Delhi government’s scheme to promote EV use by delivery services is a step that will provide a sizeable impact on advancing green mobility and curbing air pollution. And, delivery services have become an integral part of the consumer market today. From food to groceries to even services, Delhi has everything been delivered at door-step and hence, green delivery service has the potential to be a game-changer. Setting EV targets for car manufacturers is also one of the decisions which India will have to take in the near future but for now, the country look set to order cab companies to go electric. It certainly cannot be an overnight transition. Cab companies such as Ola, Uber, etc., will have to set targets for slow but effective transition into electric mobility of their fleet. India, to this end, must profusely develop infrastructure supporting electric mobility in order to facilitate the transition and ensure sustainable development.last_img read more

Narendrapur couple were hit on head Autopsy report

first_imgKolkata: The couple murdered at Narendrapur in South 24-Parganas were strangulated to death.On Wednesday, the autopsy surgeon opined that the duo was hit on their heads with some heavy object and then strangled. During the investigation, police questioned the neighbours of the couple identified as Pradip Biswas (55) and Alpana Biswas (45) and the owners of the house and land where the couple used to live as caretakers. From sources police came to know that recently there were a plan to set up a factory in the vacant land. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt is suspected that there might be some conflict with the proposed factory owners and the deceased persons which resulted in killings. On Wednesday experts from Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) visited the murder spot and collected samples such as pieces of cloth, a pillow, scissors and blood stains inside the house. It is suspected that 4-5 persons are connected with the murders. Also on Wednesday police found an envelope of a mobile phone SIM card. The police are trying to find out the owner of the SIM card. Also, the lost mobile phones of Pradip and Alpana are yet to be traced. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt is suspected that the couple has been murdered by professional killers as the style of murder was gruesome. On Tuesday police, stated that only a TV was missing from the house which is suspected to be a trick by the murderers in order to make the situation complex for the investigators. On Tuesday, and bodies of Pradip and Alpana were found stuffed inside two suitcases in the washroom of the house where they were working as caretakers since 1997. One of the relatives of the couple went to the house as he was unable to contact the duo killed since Monday morning. It is suspected that Pradip and Alpana have been killed on Sunday night.last_img read more

Cosbys lurid decadeold testimony is read to the jury

first_imgNORRISTOWN, Pa. – The jury at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial heard from the comedian without him actually taking the stand Thursday as prosecutors read into the record his lurid, decade-old testimony about giving pills to Andrea Constand and then reaching into her pants.Jurors sat riveted and took notes as they heard the TV star say that as he touched her body at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004, “I don’t hear her say anything. And I don’t feel her say anything. And so I continue and I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection.”“I am not stopped,” he said.Cosby testified as part of a lawsuit brought against him by Constand in 2005. It was settled under confidential terms. The comedian’s lawyers had fought to keep jurors from hearing the testimony, but a judge ruled that prosecutors could introduce it.A portion of the deposition was read by a detective Thursday afternoon, with more expected to come Friday, including Cosby talking about giving quaaludes and alcohol to women he wanted to have sex with.Cosby, 79, could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted of drugging and molesting Constand, a former employee of Temple University’s women’s basketball program. He has said the 2004 sexual encounter was consensual.Constand, 44, testified this week that Cosby penetrated her with his fingers against her will after giving her pills that left her so limp that she was unable to push him away or tell him to stop.She denied they had a romantic relationship and said she had rebuffed his previous sexual advances.Cosby said in a recent interview that he did not intend to testify at his trial.In the deposition, Cosby said he gave her three half-tablets of Benadryl before initiating a consensual “petting” session.In 2015, a judge unsealed portions of the deposition in response to a request from The Associated Press. That immediately spurred Pennsylvania prosecutors to reopen their Cosby investigation and unleashed a barrage of similar allegations from dozens of other women that all but destroyed Cosby’s nice-guy image as America’s Dad.Earlier Thursday, a detective testified that the district attorney who decided more than a decade ago not to bring charges against Cosby shut the investigation down while police were still working the case.District Attorney Bruce Castor abruptly closed the probe in 2005 hours after police met to review their next steps, Cheltenham police Sgt. Richard Schaffer told jurors in testimony that could blunt efforts by Cosby’s lawyers to argue that Castor, long out of office, saw no case.Castor is on the list of potential witnesses at the trial.“We had been discussing investigative leads and where they were going,” Schaffer, a witness for the prosecution, said on Day 4 of Cosby’s trial.Cosby acknowledged in a 2005 police interview that he fondled Constand after giving her what he said were cold-and-allergy pills to help her relax, according to a statement also introduced in court on Thursday. But he said that they had a romantic relationship and that she did not object to his advances.Castor ended the investigation after four weeks, announcing that Cosby would not be charged because the evidence had shown both parties “could be held in less than a flattering light.” He said he was concerned that Constand had stayed in touch with Cosby and waited a year to call police.It was new set of prosecutors that brought charges against Cosby in 2015.Cosby’s lawyers have argued all along the charges should never have been brought because of Castor’s initial decision not to prosecute the TV star.Some 60 women have come forward to say Cosby sexually violated them, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in nearly every case. Constand’s case is the only one in which Cosby has been charged.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.___For more on Cosby, including trial updates, historical photos, videos and an audio series exploring the case, visit: read more

Terry Crews Accepts 10000 Donation On Behalf Of Flint Water Crisis Ministry

first_imgActor and former NFL player Terry Crews recently accepted a $10,000 donation from Inspired By Media Group on behalf of Flint water crisis ministry Perfecting Community Development.L to R: Lou Buster Brown, Terry Crews, Kyle BowserCredit/Copyright: Marcos FerreiraThe donation was presented at Rebecca Crews’ Faith to Dream Women’s Conference at The LA Hotel Downtown in Los Angeles, California.Perfecting Community Development, which is a nonprofit division of Bishop Marvin L. Winans’ Perfecting Faith Church, will use the donation to purchase bottled water for Flint residents. The water will be delivered to Bishop Roger L. Jones at Greater Holy Temple Church of God in Christ in Flint, Michigan, for distribution. Ten thousand dollars will purchase approximately 5,000 cases of water.Inspired By Media Group’s $10,000 donation was the result of royalties earned on the bestselling audio Bible The Bible Experience, published by Zondervan. Both Terry Crews and Bishop Winans were cast members in The Bible Experience: Crews performed the voice of Luke, and Winans played the voice of Elijah. Inspired by Media Group has maintained a commitment to directing proceeds from sales of The Bible Experience to worthy causes.“Water is the most vital element associated with health, prosperity, and wellness,” said Lou “Buster” Brown, Executive Producer of Inspired By Media Group. Brown is himself a native of Detroit, Michigan.“It seems particularly egregious that in the United States, the most prosperous country on earth, citizens from one of its cities would be victimized by such choices as the local administration has made,” Brown continued. “This is just our small part to give toward the well-being of people in Flint.”“As a native of Flint, Michigan, it was an honor and a privilege to accept this donation on behalf of the Flint water crisis,” said Terry Crews. “There is so much work that still needs to be done, and this is a step in the right direction in helping the community while the water infrastructure is being rebuilt.”To make a donation to the Flint water crisis, please contact Greater Holy Temple COGIC, 6702 North Dort Highway, Flint, MI 48505, 810-787-3960.“This campaign is about providing people with an opportunity to give,” said Brown. “Large groups of people donating small amounts make a big difference. We want to inspire people to give and to make it easy for them to do so.”last_img read more

APTN reporter backed out of attending Las Vegas concert hour before shooting

first_img(NBC News photo of Las Vegas shooting.)Kathleen Martens APTN National News An APTN National News reporter is crediting “an angel” for keeping her and her friends safe in Las Vegas Sunday.Larissa Burnouf said she changed her mind and gave her concert wristband to someone else, keeping her away from the country music concert where gunfire broke out.A Nevada man is being blamed for killing more than 50 people and injuring more than 500.“I’m safe. My friends are safe. We’re all pretty freaked out,” Burnouf said in an email to her co-workers at APTN, based in Winnipeg, Man.“I went to Day 1 and 2 of the concert, and an angel is watching over us because for some reason we changed our mind one hour before the last two acts not to go, and gave our wristbands to our friends. They went and shots rang out less than an hour after we saw them.”APTN reporter Larissa Burnouf, second from left, with her spouse Steven Jim, far left, and friends Trent Campbell, Sheylee Campbell and Chelsea Belanger. The photo was taken on Day 2 of the festival. Sam Hunt was on stage behind them with the Mandalay Bay in the background.Burnouf is a video-journalist based in Saskatoon, Sask. and mother of two young children.“We were playing poker in MGM when people came screaming ‘Shooter! Shooter!’ and we all hit the deck. I scraped up my leg from the sheer panic and hysteria and we all hid under tables and ran and fled for our lives,” she wrote.Burnouf and four friends from Saskatoon made it to their hotel rooms in the MGM Grand Hotel and were kept under lockdown. She said they had no internet access and didn’t know where the shots were coming from.She said they had no information about what was going on other than what they saw on social media and the tv. At one point they feared it was at the front of their hotel, on the famed Las Vegas strip.She said the lockdown was lifted a little while ago and she was able to get to the airport to catch her flight home to Canada.The death toll continue to mount in what authorities are describing as the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Two police officers, including one who was an off-duty member of the Las Vegas police department, are among the dead.Contact Kathleen here: kmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

Morocco Launches 4G Mobile Auctions

Rabat – Morocco launched fourth generation (4G) mobile phone license auctions on Monday, the telecoms regulator said, as the country looks to increase access to the Internet.The Telecommunications Regulatory National Agency will give further details to operators on Nov. 17.Morocco had aimed to be one of the first African countries to introduce super-fast 4G telecom services, but the move was delayed since 2012. The regulator did not give reasons for the delay. Morocco’s telecommunications market is dominated by Etisalat’s Maroc Telecom, Orange affiliate Medi Telecom, and Inwi, owned by a holding company controlled by the Moroccan royal family and Kuwait’s Zain .Mobile phone penetration hovers around 130 percent of Morocco’s 34 million population, and the country had 8 million Internet subscribers by the end of September 2014, up more than 60 percent from the previous year.

Gender inequality renders aid ineffective UN agency says

2 September 2008Governments and aid donor partners need to make greater efforts in tackling gender inequality if they are to successfully combat global poverty, the United Nations and the European Commission (EC) stressed today at a high-level forum in Accra, Ghana. “Over a billion women worldwide continue to be trapped in poverty,” the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Director, Inés Alberdi, told the 3rd High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness.“Where women can’t thrive, national development strategies and progress towards the Millennium Development Goals [MDG] are in jeopardy. There can be no aid effectiveness without a focus on gender equality.”Including women’s ministries and gender equality advocates in national development and aid delivery planning increases the effectiveness of aid assistance, according to UNIFEM, the EC and the UN International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC/ILO). Gender-responsive budgeting, which UNIFEM has supported in some 40 countries, at times with the EC, has been effective in ensuring aid resources benefit women’s development needs.“Today, we know how important the role of women is in society, to health, nutrition and education of children, to economic growth and the development of a country,” said the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel.“[This] Forum on Aid Effectiveness offers a unique opportunity for governments and donors to come together and commit to accelerate achievements in gender equality. This opportunity is not to be missed,” he added.The EC/UN Partnership on Gender Equality for Development and Peace programme also urged governments and donors to further ensure that gender equality advocates are part of the entire development planning, programming, budgeting and monitoring process.Developing countries and donor partners today started the three-day meeting of the forum, reviewing progress towards the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, signed by 100 donors and governments in March 2005. read more

UN health agency warns more cases of Zika expected with further geographic

“Since this emergency committee on Zika virus first met on 1 February, substantial new clinical and epidemiological research has strengthened the association between Zika infection and the occurrence of fetal malformations and neurological disorders,” Margaret Chan, theDirector-General of WHO, told reporters at a press conference following the second meeting of the committee. She highlighted that the geographical distribution of the disease is wider, the risk group is broader, and imported cases of Zika have been reported from every region in the world.“Local transmission has now been reported in 31 countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean. In this region, cases of dengue, which is carried by the same mosquito species as Zika, typically increase during the rainy season, which lasts from January to May. We can expect to see more cases and further geographical spread,” Dr. Chan warned. Evidence shows Zika can infect fetuses Concerning the link with fetal malformations, the virus has been detected in amniotic fluid; evidence shows it can cross the placental barrier and infect the fetus. “We can now conclude that Zika virus is neurotropic, preferentially affecting tissues in the brain and brain stem of the developing fetus,” the Director-General stated. “Zika has been detected in the blood, brain tissue, and cerebrospinal fluid of foetuses following miscarriage, stillbirth, or termination of pregnancy.”According to WHO, microcephaly is now only one of several documented birth abnormalities associated with Zika infection during pregnancy. Grave outcomes reportedly include fetal death, placental insufficiency, fetal growth retardation, and injury to the central nervous system.To date, microcephaly has been documented in only two countries: French Polynesia and Brazil. However, Dr. Chan indicated that intense surveillance for fetal abnormalities is currently under way in countries like Colombia, where the outbreaks started later than in Brazil. Increased incidence of Guillain-Barré syndrome Nine countries are now reporting an increased incidence of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) or laboratory confirmation of a Zika virus infection among GBS cases. A retrospective case-control study of GBS associated with Zika in French Polynesia recorded no deaths, but the disease progressed rapidly and a large percentage of patients required admission to an intensive care unit for as long as 51 days.“Growing evidence of a link with GBS expands the group at risk of complications well beyond women of child-bearing age,” Dr. Chan stressed. “GBS has been detected in children and adolescents but is more common in older adults and slightly more common in men. The anticipated need for expanded intensive care adds a further burden on health systems.”She further warned that reports and investigations from several countries strongly suggest that sexual transmission of the virus is more common than previously assumed. ‘Alarming’ news “All of this news is alarming. Women who are pregnant in affected countries or travel to these countries are understandably deeply worried. I convened this second meeting of the Emergency Committee to gather expert advice on the strength and significance of these new research results. We also asked the experts whether the findings warrant changes in WHO recommendations to countries,” Dr. Chan explained.Asked about the existence of any new travel measures, WHO’s Executive Director on Communicable Disease, David Heymann, said the onus is on countries to identify and report where they have outbreaks. “Then it will be up to pregnant women or women who are planning to conceive to decide based on the information given to them […] whether or not to travel,” he said. New UN nuclear agency initiative Meanwhile, the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today announced a new 2.3 million euro initiative to help countries in Latin America and the Caribbean fight the Zika virus with a nuclear technique that has been used to suppress various insect pests.The UN’s nuclear watchdog said it will donate special equipment and train local staff on the use of the technique against the Aedes mosquito, which carries the virus.“The project will strengthen national and regional mechanisms for control of the Aedes mosquito population,” said IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, noting that the initiative complements the agency’s immediate support in the wake of the Zika outbreak to help rapid detection of the virus. read more

Countries back UN agencys landmark framework to curb aviation emissions

Member States of the United Nations civil aviation agency agreed today on a new emissions standard to control global greenhouse gas emissions from international airline flights.“It has taken a great deal of effort and understanding to reach this stage, and I want to applaud the spirit of consensus and compromise demonstrated by our member States, industry and civil society,” remarked Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the Council President of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), adding: “We now have practical agreement and consensus on this issue backed by a large number of States who will voluntarily participate in the global market-based measure – and from its outset.” According to the agency, the standard, or Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), serves as a positive and sustainable contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions reduction. Aimed at curbing the growing climate impact of plane travel, it calls for international aviation to address and offset its emissions through the reduction of emissions elsewhere, outside of the international aviation sector.Further, the new standard is designed to complement the basket of mitigation measures the air transport community is already pursuing to reduce CO2 emissions from international aviation, including, technical and operational improvements and advances in the production and use of sustainable alternative fuels for aviation.It is now up the agencies members to implement the agreement. ICAO says implementation of the aviation carbon dioxide standard will begin with a pilot phase from 2021 through 2023, followed by a first phase, from 2024 through 2026. Participation in these early stages will be voluntary. With the subsequent phases, from 2027 to 2035, ICAO would like all of its members to implement the standard.Some exemptions were accepted for least developed countries (LDCs), small island developing States (SIDS), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and States with very low levels of international aviation activity.Earlier this year UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed ICAO’s proposal of the first binding limits on emissions from the aviation industry, saying that carbon emissions from aviation are growing rapidly, with the number of flights worldwide expected to double in the next 15 years.The decision by ICAO member States comes just as the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change has crossed the final threshold that will trigger its implementation within 30 days: late yesterday, the latest instruments of ratification were accepted in deposit, boosting the number of countries backing the accord to those representing more than 55 percent of world greenhouse gas emissions, as needed for implementation.The Montreal-based ICAO works with 191 member States and industry groups to reach consensus on international standards, practices and policies for the civil aviation sector. read more

Dr Pollard Accredited High Commissioner to Bangladesh

President of People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Md. Abdul Hamid and Dr David Goldwin PollardOn Thursday, July 5, 2018,  Dr David Goldwin Pollard presented his Letter of Credence before President of People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Md. Abdul Hamid and was accredited High Commissioner of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. High Commissioner Pollard is concurrently accredited to India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. During his visit to Dhaka, he also met with Director General of the America’s Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh, Ms Ferdousi Shahriar, to discuss the enhancement of bilateral relations between the two countries and possible areas of mutual cooperation.  Both sides alluded to the value of high-level visits between the two Governments as a way of moving both diplomatic and economic relations forward. According to Guyana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation between the two countries often occurs at the multilateral level through organizations such as the United Nations (UN), the Non-Aligned Movement, the Commonwealth of Nations, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Guyana and Bangladesh have collaborated within the UN on a range of issues, particularly in relation to development, migration, climate change, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UN Reform.  Dr Pollard has a background in physics and upon obtaining a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the Imperial College London, he founded the Solar Energy Laboratory while serving as a lead researcher for Guyana’s Institute of Applied Science and Technology. The High Commissioner later went on to work for one of the world’s leading oil and gas firms. High Commissioner Pollard also has an extensive background in quantitative research, trade and fund management. Guyana and Bangladesh established diplomatic relations on March 24, 1972. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related5 new Ambassadors and High Commissioners accreditedOctober 10, 2018In “latest news”Govt approves appointments of diplomats accredited to GuyanaJune 14, 2017In “latest news”New Australian High Commissioner accreditedMarch 9, 2016In “latest news” read more

GB Women ready for Worlds Challenge

Great Britain handball GREAT Britain Women have arrived in Poland, and are now preparing for their World Championship qualification matches which begin tomorrow (Wednesday, December 1).After a long journey from the airport to their base at Lublin – which included a nine-hour coach journey because of the heavy snow which is blighting much of Europe – the team are safely in their hotel.However, their first rivals Austria have yet to arrive in Poland after their flight was cancelled because of the worsening weather.The team spent last week in Limburg, Holland, and played three friendlies against top Dutch domestic teams which saw them unbeaten.The squad were in Holland as guests of sponsors Tasty Limburg, and took part in several promotional events, which even included a trip to a luxury spa!The whole team – with the exception of goalkeeper Sarah Hargreaves, who was yet to arrive – played a part in the friendlies.The matches proved excellent preparation for the World Championships, and GB recorded a 37–25 victory over Bevo and a 32–23 victory over Quintus.With Hargreaves not due to meet up with the squad until Monday in Poland it was a great opportunity for debutant Jane Mayes to show what she could do in goal and she responded with over 42 per cent save ratio in both games.There were excellent performance throughout but Louise Jukes and Ewa Palies in particular showed a ruthless streak in front of goal.“The camp in Holland went really well because all our players except Hargreaves were available and especially against Quintos as they had an international physique, very tall,” said head coach Jesper Holmris.“We are very happy that we now have more players ready to play at this top level but we still need to progress so we can have a very hard preparation before each major tournament where all the players are able to have significant court time so our key players are not playing 60 minutes in all our matches.”Now in Poland and well prepared for the qualification matches, GB’s schedule is:Dec 1, GB v Austria, 17.00Dec 2, GB v Slovakia  17.00Dec 3, GB v Cyprus  18.15Dec 5, GB v Poland 15.15Reflecting on their forthcoming games, Holmris added: “We have not seen Slovakia but we know they will be very strong, along with Austria and Poland so we know it is going to be a very tough competition but it is just another big challenge on the way to London.“We know we have to bring our very best to these matches and everyone has to play to their maximum but we know we have improved significantly since this event two years ago.“We have belief in our defence and our goal keepers but we know we still must keep working hard to develop our attack at this level.” ← Previous Story Ion Craciun, the third coach of HCM Constanta this season! Next Story → TV Grosswallstadt sacked Biegler – A new chief is Peter David read more

Valter Matošević still active – now in Lubbecke

One of the most significant figure of last twenty years in Croatian Handball, goalkeeper, Valter Matošević (40) accepted offer from TuS Lubbecke to back to Handball Bundesliga and try to help this team with a new coach, Markus Baur.  Matošević, in the last stage of playing career, made a six months break in search for team abroad. In the meantime, Matošević worked with the youth as a coordinator in Croatian Handball Federation.Matošević, who won two Olympic gold medals, played in Germany for HSG Wetzlar and Wilmeshafen. Also, he played for C.O Zagreb, Portland San Antonio, FCK Handbold. ← Previous Story Boris Denič a new national coach of Slovenia Next Story → Women’s EHF EUR0 2010 (Round 2): Four teams in TOP 12 handball goalkeeperTus LubbeckeValter Matošević

Luka Karabatic joins Aix

The Luka Karabatic – Montpellier story is finishing, and he is going to be new member of Aix. He will join the club these days and sign a two-year contract, keeping him at the club until June 2014. His last match in Montpellier’s shirt was therefore, the heavy defeat away at PSG. ← Previous Story LNH: Montpellier finally win, 36-32 against Aix! Next Story → Hungary: Pick Szeged loses a point against Tatabanya

Restoration of Dublins Georgian Mile is what the people want

first_img“The response to our Facebook page and from talking to people in the city is that the people want the houses restored,” a spokesman for the group told proposed design. (Image Credit: ESB)The Irish Georgian Society said public interest in the proposed redevelopment is a reminder that architecturally significant  buildings should be preserved.“Almost fifty years after the demolition of 16 Georgian houses forming part of the ‘Georgian Mile’, the development of lands owned by the ESB on Lower Fitzwilliam Street is again the subject of significant and emotive public debate,” Executive Director Donough Cahill said in a statement.Dublin’s Georgian Core is being considered as a candidate World Heritage Site and Dublin’s Georgian architecture is part of what gives Ireland its national identity.However, the Society will not be making a submission ahead of the proposed change to the plan ahead of the “submission of a planning application for the proposed development”, although have not responded to further queries from on this by the time of publication.The family of the architect of the current building, Sam Stephenson, have previously expressed that his 1976 construction should be respected.Stephenson, who passed away in 2006, also designed the iconic Central Bank building on Dame Street.Submissions or observations on the amendment can be submitted to Dublin City Council until the 17th of this month. Details are available here.Watch: “The street was my playground” – A journey back to the tenement days >Read: Georgian cellars and cobbled road found during Luas Cross City dig > THE PUBLIC HAS less than a week left to give their input on a redevelopment that campaigners say could set back the restoration of Dublin’s Georgian Mile by “two or three generations”.The amendment would alter a plan by the council to encourage the construction of a Georgian façade on Fitzwilliam Street Lower, where 16 Georgian buildings were demolished in 1965 to make way for the current ESB Headquarters.The amendment would instead “promote an exceptional urban design and architectural response in relation to any proposed redevelopment of the ESB Headquarters site on Fitzwilliam Street Lower, which respects and enhances the character and composition of the Georgian streetscape”.CompetitionThe ESB previously held a competition for a redesign of the site, won by Grafton Architects and O’Mahony Pike Architects.They say the new design is “respectful to its history, sensitive to its surroundings and representative of its own time”.It will also be significantly more energy efficient than the current building.However, one campaign believes “nothing less is acceptable” than the restoration of the buildings.“Restore Fitzwilliam Street – Dublin’s Georgian Mile”, active for more than three months, says many other European cities, particularly those with bomb damage, have reintroduced impressive replications of original Georgian Buildings.last_img read more

Xbox Live Rewards scheme finally goes live

first_imgIt was November last year when Microsoft introduced the Xbox Live Rewards scheme. It allowed gamers to earn Microsoft points for doing things on Xbox Live such as renewing a subscription, buying Marketplace items, or filling out a survey.Here’s the 2009 version of the Rewards breakdown:Jump forward a year and Microsoft has finally launched the scheme for all 360 gamers. You’ll also notice from the table below that the Rewards on offer have increased significantly, but is still split between Free and Gold memberships:To take part you just need to sign up. If you haven’t already got an Xbox Live account you need to sign up for one. If you have, then just follow the link on the Xbox Live Rewards page and your account will be hooked up to the rewards scheme.We have to assume that the points handed out on the Rewards scheme can be used just like the standard Microsoft points. So save enough and you’ll be able to buy a digital game, or at least get a discount.Read more at Xbox Live RewardsMatthew’s OpinionThis rewards scheme has taken far too long to be made available to all gamers and the points values for carrying out different tasks is too low. The best example of this is renewing your Xbox Live Gold membership for 12 months. It now gets you 400 points which is worth around $5. That would be fine if Microsoft hadn’t recently increased the membership cost by $10.Signing up for Gold should come with a much bigger incentive, and why is there not some kind of kickback incentive for spending money on every purchase through Xbox Live? If Microsoft want to encourage the use of these rewards then giving a few percent back in points when you buy a game or some DLC would encourage that without costing them much. The extra revenue generated would be worth the extra free points outlay.last_img read more

Torays touchscreen film selfrepairs a scratch in 10 seconds

first_imgThe issue of carrying around mobile devices with large, brittle glass displays was solved when Gorilla Glass came on the scene. But those shiny touchscreens are still prone to picking up the odd scratch while nestled in your pocket.You can put a screen protector over the top to help prevent them, but then if the protector gets damaged they need replacing. However, Japanese company Toray believes it has a solution in the form of a self-repairing film.The film actually isn’t that new. Toray has been offering it as a decorative solution for applying to laptop casing and other larger devices. Until now it hasn’t been considered for actual screens, but with a move to mass production and a few properties that make it suitable, self-repairing touchscreen film is on its way to market.At room temperature the film is capable of repairing minor scratches in as little as 10 seconds. At the same time it is very flexible, meaning it won’t crack or peel, and allows 90% of light to pass through it making it suitable for placing over a bright display. As for how long it lasts, Toray’s tests have shown no degradation in performance after 20,000 scratch repairs.The film will be on display next week at the Highly-functional Film Technology Expo in Tokyo. Hopefully we’ll get to see video footage of a 10-second scratch repair during the show as well as finding out just how much of an impact the film has when attached to a smartphone or tablet.Toray has another film in the works that solves a different problem for touchscreens: that of fingerprints. By employing a surface that is wrinkled at the nanometer level and coated with oil-repellent material, the company has managed to significantly reduce the marks fingers leave on a display. If only they could combine the self-repair and fingerprint repellent films they’d have device manufacturers and consumers falling over each other to place orders.Read more at Tech-On!last_img read more

Du poison dans nos assiettes

first_imgDu poison dans nos assiettes ?Après Le monde selon Monsanto, la journaliste et réalisatrice Marie-Monique Robin dénonce la façon dont l’industrie chimique empoisonne notre alimentation dans Notre poison quotidien, un documentaire qui sera diffusé sur Arte le 15 mars prochain. Menée aux Etats-Unis, au Canada, au Chili, en Inde, et dans six pays européens, la France, l’Italie, l’Allemagne, la Suisse, la Grande Bretagne, et le Danemark, l’enquête de Marie-Monique Robin sera également publiée dans un livre à paraître le 7 mars. La journaliste s’est intéressée aux produits chimiques qui font désormais partie de notre alimentation. Conservateurs, colorants, anti-oxydants ou résidus de pesticides : ces substances, Marie-Monique Robin les considère comme de véritables poisons, et s’interroge quant à leur rôle dans le développement de maladies telles que le cancer, le diabète, l’obésité, ou les maladies neuro-dégénératives.À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?La journaliste se pose alors la question de savoir si ces produits chimiques présents dans notre chaîne alimentaire sont testés et évalués, et si la réglementation à laquelle ils sont soumis protège réellement les consommateurs. Sur son blog, Marie-Monique Robin explique s’être posée trois questions fondamentales : “Est-ce que le comportement de Monsanto constitue une exception dans l’histoire industrielle ?”, “Commentsont réglementés les 100.000 molécules chimiques qui ont envahi notre environnement depuis la fin de la seconde guerre mondiale ?”, et “Y-a-t il un lien entre l’exposition à ces produits chimiques et ‘l’épidémie de maladies chroniques évitables’ que l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) a constatée surtout dans les pays dits ‘développés'”.Au cours de son enquête, la réalisatricea interrogé de nombreux experts jouant un rôle dans le système de règlementation, la recherche et l’utilisation des produits chimiques. Marie-Monique Robin dénonce la façon dont l’Efsa (Autorité européenne de sécurité des aliments) emploie des chercheurs travaillant pour des entreprises utilisant des produits chimiques, s’insurgeant devant des études qui sont selon elles réalisées en faveur de l’industrie. Notre poison quotidien sera diffusé sur Arte le mardi 15 mars à 20h40.Le 19 janvier 2011 à 12:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Greenpeace une manifestation antinucléaire spectaculaire en Espagne

first_imgGreenpeace : une manifestation antinucléaire spectaculaire en Espagne L’organisation écologiste Greenpeace a projeté sur des centrales nucléaires espagnoles des images et des messages antinucléaires. Elle revendique purement et simplement la fermeture des réacteurs, un mois après l’accident nucléaire japonais de Fukushima.   De nombreuses structures analogues à la centrale de Fukushima sont encore en service à travers le monde. C’est notamment le cas des centrales de Garona et de Cofrentes, respectivement au nord et à l’est de la péninsule ibérique. Pour protester contre leur maintien, l’organisation écologique Greenpeace s’est prêtée récemment à une manifestation des plus spectaculaires. Des images et messages ont été projetés sur les murs des centrales revendiquant l’arrêt de la production d’énergie nucléaire. Les habitants de la région de Garona et Cofrentes ont ainsi pu lire en grandes lettres lumineuses les inscriptions suivantes : “Plus jamais Fukushima” ou encore “Danger nucléaire”. Le symbole nucléaire transformé en tête de mort accompagnait ces messages chocs. Selon des propos recueillis par l’AFP, Greenpeace désire “attirer l’attention sur le fonctionnement dangereux” des centrales espagnoles. L’organisation a fait également savoir que la moyenne d’âge des centrales de 29 ans pouvait engendrer des risques dont la prévention n’était plus assurée correctement.  La centrale de Garona créée en 1971 présenterait notamment d'”importants problèmes de corrosion sur plusieurs composants du cœur de la centrale”. Greenpeace pointe également du doigt “l’incapacité à garantir la réfrigération du noyau d’uranium en cas de perte de l’approvisionnement électrique”, un problème strictement identique à celui rencontré à Fukushima.  À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylSi en 2008 José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero avait promis de progressivement fermer les centrales espagnoles, le pays a depuis fait marche arrière et la durée de vie de plusieurs installations a été prolongée. Bien que l’Espagne soit un des pays les plus engagés dans les énergies renouvelables (elles fournissent 42,2% de l’électricité du pays), Greenpeace demande à ce que soit mis “fin à l’ère nucléaire” pour passer à “un système énergétique à 100% renouvelable”. Retrouvez les images spectaculaires de Greenpeace en cliquant ci-dessous :  Le 13 avril 2011 à 10:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Two men arrested in connection with county drugtrafficking case

first_imgThe Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force arrested two men in east Vancouver Tuesday evening in connection with a local drug-trafficking investigation. One of the men, Pastor “German” Vargas-Castro, 22, is a known drug-trafficker who was arrested by the task force last year and deported back to Mexico, according to a news release from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. One of the men, Pastor “German” Vargas-Castro, 22, is a known drug trafficker who was arrested by the task force last year and deported back to Mexico, according to a news release from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Officers on Wednesday discovered 2 pounds of methamphetamine valued at nearly $30,000 at an Orchards home.Vargas-Castro was arrested Feb. 2, 2012, during an investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in Clark County. During that arrest, Vargas-Castro was found to be in possession of a half-pound of methamphetamine, two loaded handguns and approximately $10,000 in cash, the news release said. He was charged with drug and weapons offenses and sentenced to four years in state prison after pleading guilty in Clark County Superior Court. Under Department of Corrections guidelines, he was deported to Mexico in lieu of serving the prison sentence.Former Gov. Chris Gregoire moved forward with a cost-saving measure in 2009 to deport illegal immigrants serving prison time. While there’s an economic benefit, task force Cmdr. Mike Cooke says the move sends a message that illegal immigrants can deal drugs with deportation as the sole consequence.“(Illegal immigrant offenders) find a way back usually within days or weeks of their deportation,” Cooke said. “I’m not sure how effective of a policy that is.”last_img read more

UK pay rises to reach 3 in 2015

first_imgAverage real-time pay rises in the UK are set to reach 3% in 2015, according to research by Towers Watson.Its Salary budget planning report, which had 8,000 responses from organisations across 110 countries, also found that the average pay increase in Germany is expected to be 2.9%.Respondents from Italy, France, Spain, Ireland, Switzerland, Portugal, Belgium, Greece, and The Netherlands have all budgeted for lower employee pay increases of between 2% and 2.6% this year. Paul Richards, head of data services practice for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Towers Watson, said: “In 2015 many employees will feel the tide has turned. A combination of decent pay rises and record-low inflation means that British employees are starting to see a real rise in their income after years of frustration.“The outlook in the rest of Western Europe is more muted in terms of pay rises, but in all of these countries pay rises are set to significantly outstrip inflation, which has not always been the case over the last few years.“Even if inflation rises to 1.5% next year as expected, this is still an historically low level. By comparison, between 2011 and 2013 we were experiencing annual inflation of between 2.5% to 4.5% and pay rises that barely matched or were significantly below, so 2016 is still expected to see a healthy real-term growth in wages.”last_img read more