The VT League Men’s and Women’s divisions will play quarter and semi finals earlier in the day, before the grand finals are contested in the afternoon, while the Mixed division will play its semi finals on Friday night before the grand final on Saturday at 2:30pm.The race for the VT League Club Championship is also tight, with not a lot separating a couple of the clubs, with Saturday’s results to determine who takes out the title. In the Men’s division, the Bayside Vipers have gone through the season to date undefeated, with 15 wins from their 15 games. The Melbourne City Lions finished the rounds with 10 wins, as did the Western Dodgers. The Melbourne University Northern Blacks sit in fourth place with six wins, followed by the Casey Tigers and the Eastern Falcons. The quarter finals will see the Western Dodgers take on the Eastern Falcons while the Melbourne University Northern Blacks will play the Casey Tigers. The semi finals at 1.30pm will see the winners of the quarter finals meet the Bayside Vipers and the Melbourne City Lions, with the winners to progress to the final at 4.30pm. In the Women’s division, the Melbourne City Lions will be hopeful of keeping their undefeated record this season alive on Saturday after finishing the season with 15 wins from the 15 games. The Bayside Vipers sit in second place with 10 wins, followed by the Eastern Falcons on nine wins, the Casey Cougars on six wins, the Western Dodgers on four wins while the Melbourne University Northern Blacks sit in sixth place. The Eastern Falcons will meet the Melbourne University Northern Blacks in the quarter finals, while the Casey Cougars and the Western Dodgers will battle it out. The winners will progress through to the semi finals to meet the Melbourne City Lions and Bayside Vipers, at 12.30pm. The two winners from the semi finals will meet in the grand final at 3.30pm. The introduction of Mixed division this season has been accepted very well with over 60 players having been introduced into the Mixed format for the first time.The Mixed division’s semi finals will be played at 7.00pm on Friday, 10 February at Elwood Park. The semi finals will see the Melbourne City Lions take on the Melbourne University Northern Blacks while the Eastern Falcons will play the Bayside Vipers. The grand final of the division will be played at 2:30pm on Saturday. Stay tuned to the VT League website for all of the latest news and results from VT League finals day: www.vtleague.com.au VT League Finals DayMen’sQuarter finals – 10.30amWestern Dodgers v Eastern FalconsMelbourne University Northern Blacks v Casey TigersSemi finals – 1.30pmBayside Vipers v UndecidedMelbourne City Lions v UndecidedGrand final – 4.30pmWomen’sQuarter finals – 9.30amEastern Falcons v Melbourne University Northern BlacksCasey Cougars v Western DodgersSemi finals – 12.30pmMelbourne City Lions v UndecidedBayside Vipers v UndecidedGrand final – 3.30pmMixedSemi finals – 7.00pm (Friday)Melbourne City Lions v Melbourne University Northern BlacksEastern Falcons v Bayside VipersGrand Final – 2:30pm (Saturday)
Much to the chagrin of most fans, Texas and Texas A&M have not played each other in either football or men’s basketball since the Aggies left the Big 12 for the SEC back in 2012. But at least one members of A&M’s hoops team wants that to change in 2015. Junior guard Danuel House, who has one year of collegiate eligibility remaining, wants a shot at the Longhorns this upcoming season. He took to Twitter with his request Sunday morning, and even quoted a phrase from Texas A&M’s Aggie War Hymn about “sawing” varsity’s (Texas’) horns off.I want to play against UT this coming season. #Sawvarsityhornsoff #12thman #Gig3m #GBOD— Danuel23House (@Danuel23House) March 29, 2015It’s unlikely that the two schools find a way to make this happen voluntarily. There is, as always, a chance that they could meet in some sort of postseason contest, however.
Editors’ Recommendations As the season changes, so too might your palate. To make sure you’re picking out the best wines to match the fall weather, we asked Chase Sinzer and Joey Letchinger of Wine Larder to share their thoughts on some of the best wines for the upcoming months. To add to the fun, we requested only pick French wines this time around.Wine Larder is a New York-based wine concierge service that is geared towards advising on cellars and events, sourcing rare and/or interesting wines from around the world, and helping those who are just getting into wine connect with the wines they’re drinking.Check out their picks for some great French wines for fall below.Red WinesJean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py 2014“100 percent Gamay from vines that are up to 90 years old. A depth of complexity and minerality that can excite a white wine drinker and entice a red drinker. A serious wine for non-serious times. Full of fresh fruit (cherry, watermelon) and lots of exciting spices. Foillard is widely considered one of the best producers at the area, and this wine is not to be missed at an average price of $34. This wine is great on release, but is also fantastic with age.”Domaine Fourrier Morey St Denis Clos Solon 2012“This incredible domaine in Burgundy has a deep history. The most important chapter begins in 1994, as Jean-Marie takes over as winemaker. In the time since, he has driven the estate to the very top of Burgundy’s quality pyramid. One of our favorite of the wines is the Clos Solon, a tiny vineyard with old vines (back to 1961). In the true style of the village of Morey St. Denis, this wine is a bit darker fruited, showing great depth of black cherry which pairs perfectly with fall flavors. These wines have become more available in the last few years, and this wine is a relative steal at just under $100.”1986 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou“Bordeaux wines can be so many things, from an easy-to-ask-for wine in a wine shop to that wine you don’t want because that’s what dad drank. However, dad might not have been that wrong! Bordeaux prices have definitely skyrocketed in the last decade. However, it’s not so hard to find fantastic back vintage Bordeaux’s in a prime drinking window, sometimes for cheaper than current releases! The 1986 from Ducru-Beaucaillou is absolutely one of these wines that is ready to enjoy now and, for under $200, can absolutely impress someone next to whatever meat is coming out of the oven now that it is too cold to grill.”Domaine Jamet Côte du Rhône 2015“This is a favorite producer of ours. The epitome of Northern Rhone Syrah, a grape that can show the intensity of a fuller bodied wine with the elegance of a great Burgundy. The 2015 is an inexpensive treat — an absolute steal at $35 — that absolutely over preforms and is a great introduction to one of the best producers of the region that can be enjoyed any night of the week.”Mas Daumas Gassac Rouge 2012“This is an iconic Cabernet blend from the Languedoc, the region in Southern France where this wine stems from. One could look at this as a dark and earthy, Bordeaux-esque wine. While off the beaten path, this wine will still make the ‘big red’ drinker happy and, for under $50, this wine continues to impress. If you are braising anything, look no further than this wine.”Moulin de Tricot “Haut Medoc” 2013“Run by Bruno Rey and his wife Pascale, Moulin de Tricot is one of the few small, homegrown properties to make a name for themselves in Margaux. Most of their land is classified as Margaux, but the true value comes from the hectare or so that goes into their Haut Medoc. This is generous, familial winemaking — these two still plant almost 75 percent Cabernet Sauvignon (going away from the prevailing trend of more Merlot) and use no new oak at their facility. As roasted meats become the centerpiece of your fall table, this is a great value bottle to keep at hand.”White WinesPattes Loup Vent d’Ange 2014“Thomas Pico began work with his friends Alice and Olivier de Moor. He inherited a bit of land from his family’s stock and began his conversion to organic viticulture. Everything is there — high altitude site, hand sorting, vine age, no fining/filtering, etc. Pico is meticulous, and it shows here in his AOC wine, Vent d’Ange. The wine springs from 55-year-old vines and sees both concrete and stainless steel. This is pure, driven Chablis that can stand up to autumn cooking — all for under $40 a bottle.”Le Petit St. Vincent “Les Perruchets’ 2014“Dominique Joseph makes wines out of Saumur in the Loire Valley in France. In the fall, we look for wines that can match increasingly bolder flavors. This is chenin blanc with real weight; big, yellow fruits; nuttiness; and richness. Dominique is the fourth generation of his family to bottle wines, but the first to move to natural practices and no additives. Cook anything with apples and then drink this wine.” Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States Meet Phylloxera, One of Wine’s Most Dangerous Pests Gamay Noir Wine Is a Cult Classic That’s Here to Stay Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind
The UN’s Common Country Assessment for 2002 cites government statistics showing that more than 60 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line, which is equivalent to $1.68 a day. Life expectancy in Angola is only 42 years, while the country has the second highest under-five mortality rate in the world – 295 per 1,000 live births. The report, which was made public in Luanda by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Angola, Erick de Mul, notes that the new peace in the country pushes to the foreground a series of other deep-seated underlying problems that require urgent attention. The document aims to serve as a strategic framework for UN agencies working in Angola.
BM Atletico MadridHavier Barachet ← Previous Story David Spiler from Zagreb to Meshkov Brest – Balic destination unknown! Next Story → Junior WCh 2013: Sweden for the gold! French NT right back Xavier Barachet (25) is back to France! After only a season in BM Atletico Madrid, dream about playing at EHF Champions League have to wait for a while as Spanish club collapsed and many players faced with a problem to find a new teams for the upcoming season. One of the players with the easiest job was French lefthander who decided to get back to France and sign contract with Paris Saint German. He will first season spend on loan at Saint Raphael – fourth French team last season…Barachet until 2012 played for Chambery Savoie.
Un géant de l’huile de palme s’engage à lutter contre la déforestationGéant de la production d’huile de palme en Indonésie, la firme Golden Agri-Resources, qui est affiliée au groupe agro-alimentaire Sinar Mas, “offre une pause aux forêts”, se réjouit Greenpeace sur son site. La société s’est en effet engagée ce mercredi, à contribuer à la lutte contre la déforestation.L’association écologiste mène depuis des années des campagnes chocs contre les producteurs d’huile de palme d’Indonésie, dont les cultures ravagent les forêts des îles de Sumatra et Bornéo. Des campagnes qui ont porté leurs fruits auprès de plusieurs grands groupes alimentaires, mais aussi du géant GAR et sa filiale Smart, entités du géant Sinar Mas. La société a en effet pris “des engagements qui pourraient mettre fin à son implication dans la destruction des forêts pour laquelle l’industrie est devenu tristement célèbre”, se félicite Greenpeace sur son site Internet.À lire aussiLa migration de millions de crabes rouges filmée sur l’île de ChristmasAlors que Nestlé a récemment mis fin à son contrat avec Golden Agri Ressources, le groupe s’engage à son tour à réduire son impact sur les forêts. Lors d’une conférence de presse, GAR a annoncé qu’il ne déboiserait plus les forêts à “haute teneur en carbone”, un seuil ayant été fixé à 35 tonnes de carbone capturées par hectare. Les tourbières et les zones de haute valeur de conservation, où vivent des populations locales et des espèces menacées, seront elles aussi épargnées. Le groupe est le premier producteur d’huile de palme à prendre de tels engagements. Il a mis en place avec The Forest Trust (TFT), une association qui promeut l’exploitation responsable et durable des bois tropicaux, une “Politique de Protection de la Forêt”. L’ONG surveillera “de près l’application de cet engagement sur le terrain”, a assuré son directeur, Scott Poynton.Pour Greenpeace, les promesses de GAR, si elles sont tenues, “contribueront à lutter contre le changement climatique et sauvegarder de vastes zones de forêt. Cet engagement fort, venant d’une entreprise de la taille de GAR pourrait influencer le secteur, et être l’étincelle qui déclenche un changement dans le fonctionnement de l’ensemble de l’industrie”.Le 9 février 2011 à 16:58 • Emmanuel Perrin
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two robbers made off with boxes of jewelry outside the Robbins Brothers jewelry store in Mission Valley late Saturday, and they remained at large Sunday.Soon after 7 p.m., a vendor had just left the store, located on Friars Road east of state Route 163, and was backing his car out of a parking space when a black, four-door sedan pulled up behind him and blocked him in, according to Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department.Two suspects got out of the black sedan and approached the vendor with guns, demanding boxes of merchandise.One of the driver’s windows was broken during the altercation, and one suspect pistol-whipped the driver, Heims said.The two took an undisclosed amount of jewelry items from the victim’s car and took off to the east on Friars Road. June 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Two men attack and rob jewelry vendor in Mission Valley KUSI Newsroom Posted: June 17, 2018
A new Veterans Affairs program aimed at reducing long wait times for health care has had the opposite effect for scores of Alaska vets. At a congressional hearing today, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan said the Veterans Choice program is undermining older systems that helped Alaskans use their VA benefits to get treatment outside the VA. He called the implementation of the Choice program a developing crisis for Alaska.Download Audio“It’s Phoenix all over again,” he said. “People are having their appointments cancelled at the last minute. Showing up for surgery — and the VA in Washington has to take responsibility. It can’t blame this on the Congress.”Congress mandated the Choice program last year after a scandal erupted in Phoenix over long waiting lists. Congress also put $10 billion into the Choice account, so VA officials in Alaska have been requiring vets to use that program to get appointments at private clinics. Veterans, though, say the program is difficult to use and that too few providers are signed on.Sullivan says the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee will hold an Alaska field hearing in August. Sullivan said he considered putting a hold on a VA nominee last night, blocking the confirmation of the undersecretary for health, but decided against it after securing his commitment to come to Alaska for the hearing.
LB Nagar: DCP (Traffic) Divya Charan Rao distributed helmets to the staff of LB Nagar Traffic Police Station on Friday. He said every police should follow and also enforce traffic regulations strictly so as to be accountable to people. He said 100 helmets had been distributed so far. Traffic Inspectors Venkanna and Nagamallu, SIs Ismail, Venkata Reddy, Sundara Rao, Narasimhulu and Fayazuddin and other staff members were present.
A 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this photo illustration May 13, 2015.ReutersItalian regulators have fined Facebook 10 million euros for selling users’ data without informing them.Facebook “misleadingly gets people to sign up… without informing them in an immediate and adequate way of how the data they will provide will be harvested for commercial purposes”, read a statement from Italy’s AGCM consumer and market watchdog.The authority has directed Facebook to publish an apology to users on its website and on its app.Reacting to this, a Facebook spokesperson said they are reviewing the authority’s decision.”We hope to work with them to resolve their concerns. This year we made our terms and policies clearer to help people understand how we use data and how our business works,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying.”We also made our privacy settings easier to find and use, and we’re continuing to improve them. You own and control your personal information on Facebook,” the statement said.Facebook Italy recently agreed to “make a payment of more than 100 million euros” to end a fiscal fraud dispute with Italian authorities.Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC), which is Facebook’s lead privacy regulator in Europe, in October opened a formal investigation into the fresh Facebook data breach which affected 50 million users, that could result in a fine of $1.63 billion.”The investigation will examine Facebook’s compliance with its obligation under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure the security and safeguarding of the personal data it processes,” said DPC.
Listen X 00:00 /10:46 X Share 00:00 /02:14 The paper found the International Mission Board (IMB) — the world’s largest sponsor of Protestant missions — followed a common pattern: It repeatedly kept reports quiet, didn’t alert the public and often delayed or took no action against accused missionaries. The board’s current policy calls for zero tolerance of child abuse and asks for people to report it. The IMB told the paper that it’s committed to a “rigorous examination” of its policies and procedures.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/03120313/AnneMarieMiller_Missionaries_Part4.mp400:0000:0002:51Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The latest findings add to the growing sexual abuse crisis in the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States. The decentralized network has no investigative powers and doesn’t always receive complaints from local churches. It has yet to create a database of known predators, despite survivors calling for that reform for over a decade.Reformers will attend the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Birmingham, Alabama, this week and will press leaders for more action. Chronicle reporters John Tedesco and Lise Olsen talked with Houston Matters about what to expect. Some proposals on the table include:Create a new committee that would more efficiently handle cases where churches knowingly harbor predators or registered sex offenders. That committee would examine the cases and if needed, “disfellowship” the church from the SBC. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: “The fact that they believed me and they fired him was pretty huge. I think that my mission board and my school did the best job that they could do with the knowledge that they had. Of course, now looking back, I think that further action probably should have been taken. But I really feel that they didn’t know what should have been done … There’s got to be a way that they (the IMB) could up their game with profiling candidates, background checks, that sort of thing … And in retrospect, I would think, man, if kids today report abuse, I would pray that someone would get them into counseling and keep them in counseling and follow up. Because that was the only counseling I had, was that one session.”TEXASChrista Brown says she was sexually abused as a teenager at her Southern Baptist church in Texas by her youth minister. Years later, she realized her abuser was still serving in Baptist ministry. She said she contacted 18 Baptist leaders in four states — including Texas — with no support. Her abuser didn’t leave the ministry until after she filed a lawsuit and her story received media attention. For over a decade, Brown has advocated for reform in the Southern Baptist Convention to prevent sexual abuse and has served with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, as the group’s Baptist coordinator. Listen Listen X Courtesy Houston ChronicleThis collection of mug shots includes a portion of the 220 people who, since 1998, worked or volunteered in Southern Baptist churches and were convicted of or pleaded guilty to sex crimes.Earlier this year, a joint investigation by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News revealed widespread sexual abuse in Southern Baptist churches in Texas and around the country. Now, the Chronicle’s found that abuse wasn’t limited to the United States. It also included missionaries who were supposed to spread the gospel, but instead sexually assaulted others — many of them children and teenagers.The Chronicle’s investigation details the trail of five predatory missionaries who served in places like Taiwan, Malawi and Indonesia and left behind at least 24 victims. X Other findings in the Chronicle’s latest investigation include:More predators who’ve contributed to the sexual abuse crisis in Baptist churches. The paper has updated their database with about 40 more Baptist sex offenders. These are preachers, employees or volunteers who’ve pleaded guilty or were convicted of sex crimes. It brings the total to over 260.More cases of Southern Baptist churches that since the 1990’s have hired accused sexual predators or let them continue to serve in their roles. Earlier, the paper found at least 10 churches that have harbored sex offenders. They’ve now increased that number to at least 30, including churches in Austin and San Antonio that have allowed known sex offenders to keep preaching despite their past. As a result, the San Antonio church has been ejected from the SBC.More than 350 people have contacted the paper since its initial investigation with tips or stories of their own abuse. Some survivors spoke out for the first time. With their help, the Chronicle has raised the number of those credibly accused to more than 400 Baptist leaders.Earl Richardson/For the Houston ChronicleDee Miller served as a Southern Baptist missionary in Malawi. She confronted the mission board about alleged sexual assault by a fellow missionary and says she was ignored.Read below what several survivors told News 88.7 about their experiences, the mishandling of their cases and the need for reform in the Southern Baptist Convention.AFRICADee Ann Miller is a nurse and former missionary. She told News 88.7 that she was assaulted by a fellow missionary in Africa in 1984. She described the cover-up and other complaints in her book, How Little We Knew.“I did not know if the others would stand with me. But I felt like that if there were other victims, that we would be able to stand together and that our superiors would send him back to the United States. It didn’t work out that way. What actually began operating is what I would later call ‘D.I.M. Thinking.’ It’s denial, ignorance and minimization … (Abuse by missionaries) is so hidden that I don’t think anyone can really say how big a problem it is. But I believe that the mishandling of these cases is the bigger problem … No system is equipped to police itself. None. If they don’t have policies and procedures, it’s hopeless. But even if they do, there is a bias that’s built into the system.”TAIWANIn 1984, as a teenager, Harriet Sugg told a pastor at her Taiwan boarding school that a Baptist missionary molested her as a child. Decades later, when Sugg, now a teacher in Florida, searched the Chronicle’s database of Baptist predator preachers, she didn’t find her abuser, Walter Dildy. The boarding school where she studied and where he worked sent him back to the States. But he settled in Texas and worked at a church in Houston. He died recently. After reporting the abuse, Sugg saw a counselor for one session as a teenager. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: “The pattern just keeps repeating itself. It’s the same old story year after year after year — for decades. These decades of horrific abuse-enabling institutional patterns that do not change. And, yes, you know, they say nice things. They say nice words. I mean, we’ve seen these words over and over again. They promise that they’ll pledge to do better, that they’ll establish strong policies, yada, yada, yada. But nothing really changes in reality. So, it is all talk and it is not true action — at least not yet. And we don’t see any outreach — I certainly haven’t seen it — on the missionary front for what about all those children in all the place where those missionaries were working in the mission field? And the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, it purports now once again to have had an investigation. And even now, after all this, after all this media, after all this publicity, we don’t really see that they are engaging this problem with transparency.” 00:00 /04:01 00:00 /00:52
“1994. As they blast through a California mountain, a road excavation team discovers a strange object embedded in the ground–sealed there when the very earth formed from dust. With it, a new force is born, a force that defies science and explanation, a force that can only be called “magic.” Now, in the modern day, something sinister is going on. People are disappearing. Blood is being shed. Human flesh is both the end-goal and the playing chip in a wicked game to cheat death. Taylor Holt, magical freelancer, spends most of her time solving supernatural mishaps in the city of Ellston, California. She’s just trying to do her part to curb the violence in the city. But it won’t be enough. Not until she’s risked it all.”THE LIMINAL #1 (W,A,L): Dailen OgdenWhen you peep someone’s passion project, it immediately makes you passionate about it with them. It sends you into their gravitational pull and when you read it, it’s some of the best storytelling that you didn’t know was possible. That’s what happened when reading The Liminal #1 by Dailen Ogden. Ogden writes such an epic scale of a fantasy that feels so down to earth and quietly coming of age. The Liminal #1 excels in all the places that storytelling should and stuns you in the level of love and detail put into every piece of this world. She surprises readers with a story that’s unbelievably unique and fresh, yet a mixes fantasy with mystery and some underlining things that are happening just below the surface.via Dailen OgdenOgden hypes you up for more but keeps you grounded with its details. She revolves her narrative in a build-up and anticipation. She tells the story of the world now. Then, places you at the scene of a crime. Then, introduces you to the title characters and her world. Ogden knows how to write a hell of an intro. You’d think this would disorient the reader, but Ogden does it in such a way that the narrative is progressing and you become invested with what happens next. She gives you a little bit of everything, leaving readers to wonder what happens next and you craving the story that she molds.I love when characters are placed in a story that feels like you want to be best friends with them. The one thing I immediately fell in love with was Ogden’s characters. Ogden creates such down to earth and authentic characters in this setting. Each of their particular skill and asset, but still demands your attention throughout. The one person that you can’t help but fall in love with is our lead, Taylor Holt.via Dailen OgdenTaylor is a woman who is not only badass but survived an accident and has a dope eye on top of it. A woman whose a magical freelance (dream job!?!) and has a cool ghost roommate. Even though you get so little about her in this first issue, you want to travel along with her and see where this all will end up. She’s such a strong entry point to this world. She (and Ogden) leaves you hanging on to who she is and what she can do in this magical world.I can go on and on talking about Ogden’s art, but I will save you the time and condense it down. Ogden’s art is just as mighty as her story if not mightier. She produces such magnificent visuals to match. She carries such an attention to every single aspect of what her story is. You watch her art grow as her story grows in this first issue, which is something of a treat. Her colors are gorgeous as well. She works within a natural palette but isn’t afraid to bring in those burst of surreal, vibrant colors later on. It cements the mood of the piece that is both magical and otherworldly, but also real and dangerous.via Dailen OgdenOgden also has a fantastic way of playing with the light as well. I think that’s one thing that I ended up going “whoa” over. The process that she lays with her shadows and lighting fit so naturally within the story. At the same time, it also does wonders for the setting and characters. With that, she also letters in a way that lets all of her art and colors display in its own way. She places in a way that allows your eyes to move across every panel to soak in the story with her art. She also varies her placements with her vfx, typefaces and more. Ogden becomes a triple threat of the best kind with this and leaves you in awe of her talent.The Liminal #1 is such an astonishing comic from a creator that everyone should know about as soon as possible. The Liminal is a fantasy built from the wonderful stories that we love like Sailor Moon and Jessica Jones. However, it still very grounded in our time and still a mystery that’s building up to blow you away. You can read The Liminal #1 now available on The Liminal – comic series. You can also support her patron for The Liminal and other projects here!Want to support great indie creators, we’ve got 5 Kickstarter campaigns to kick money to. 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Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesHelp NASA Develop Autonomous Rovers Say hello to “R2DMoo.” A Nebraska cattle facility has gone high-tech, developing a robotic cattle driver to help keep its workers safe.The 450-pound robot, originally designed to function as a security device, was modified to work as a cattle-driving droid for a Cargill plant. It’s operated via remote control by a worker standing on catwalks that overlook the pens. The robot follows the animals around waving trash bags attached to its “arms,” to guide the cows in the other direction.While people still need to be inside the pens, closing the gates off as the cattle travel toward the plant, the robot allows them to keep a greater distance from the animals.AdChoices广告“These are very large animals that we deal with,” said Sammy Renteria, general manager at the plant, located in Schuyler, Nebraska. “And it’s something that causes concern because there is no way of knowing what the animal is going to do.”The (human) workers who herd the cattle have to wear lacrosse helmets and chest pads for their safety, according to Cargill. As the herd clears from each pen, the gates close and the workers move outside a series of rails; waving plastic bags tied to sticks and calling out commands to help push the cattle forward until the next gate can be closed.“You’re herding live animals,” said Matt Croghan, yard supervisor. “They could turn on you, run you over, kick you, hurt you. So, anything we can do to be safer while we do this, we’re going to do.”Photo Credit: CargillOther modifications to the robot included redesigning the wheels to move agilely along the muddy ground. A blower was also added the ability to press the cows forward without actually touching the animals. Wiry waving arms with plastic bags tied to the ends were added to whip back and forth, mimicking the sound and motion of the workers waving theirs.A voice recording was also added to help prompt the animals by saying, “Hey! Hey! Hey! Come on. Let’s move it!”Brad Churchill, the plant operations manager who came up with the idea for the robot cowboy, says his team is still tweaking the technology but believes that this type of innovation could be replicated at other Cargill locations.“I believe this could be used someday in all of our beef facilities and beyond,” Churchill said. “Finding technology that helps keep our people safe and improves animal welfare is a big win.”In the meantime, we think Cargill should get R2DMoo a cowboy hat of his own.More on Geek.com:Autonomous Drone Fleets Could Aid Forest Searches for Lost HikersPhotos: Robots Take Over at Japan Robot Week 2018This Machine Can Cook and Assemble 100 Burgers in an Hour Stay on target
Kolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a police constable whose body was found from a police outpost in Kalna with his throat slit.The incident took place on late Monday evening. According to the district police,the deceased might have committed suicide.A detailed probe is underway in this connection.It has been learnt that constable Mekhali Mandi (53), a resident of Nalhati in Birbhum, was posted at Bulbulitala police outpost under Kalna police station. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice said that the deceased had gone to the kitchen of the police barrack in the evening. Sometime later, the other policemen entered the barrack and found Mandi lying in a pool of blood. They rushed him to Kalna Sub-Divisional Hospital, where the doctors pronounced him brought dead.According to the preliminary investigation, the district police suspect that Mandi had slashed his throat with a knife. The knife that he might have used while committing suicide has already been seized by the investigating officers.The family members of Mandi have demanded a high level probe into his unnatural death. They said that he might have committed suicide after failing to bear some psychological pressure. The family members also said that there may be some foul play behind his death.
Cancun, Q.R. — Sunday July 1 marks voting day across the country. In lieu of the occasion, a dry law has been put into effect, which means the sale of alcohol is prohibited for up to 72 hours prior to election day, depending on the state.In the state of Quintana Roo, federal officials have clarified that restaurants in Cancun and Riviera Maya located inside the tourist zones are able to sell alcoholic beverages to customers who order food.The move came after nearly 12,000 restaurants voiced their concern of the lack of potential sales during a weekend, something that would have affected more than 33,000 employees.The Secretariat of Finance and Planning says that the dry law is supported by the General Law on Electoral Institutions and Procedures, which indicates no alcohol sales 24 hours before the elections.They add that the law will not apply to tourist areas as long as the alcoholic beverages are sold with food. At a local level, this means customers eating in hotel zones can order alcoholic beverages, however, in the state capital of Chetumal, the law has not been bent to accommodate restaurants.In Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, restaurants located within the hotel zones can serve alcoholic beverages during the dry law period to customers who order food.Mayor of Solidaridad, Samaria Angulo Sala, warns that they will be heavily monitoring businesses while the dry law is in effect.“We are carrying out operations and reviews to avoid the clandestine sale of alcoholic beverages. Establishments are going to be reviewed a lot. The restaurants of the zone along Fifth Avenue can sell as long as it is together with food.”In Tulum, the same rule will apply. Eduardo Cisneros Paredes of Tulum city council says that the establishments along the coastal zone will also be able to sell alcoholic beverages during the dry law period as long as the customer orders food.There will be a fine for businesses who do not comply with the law, he said, adding that there will be surveillance and coordination with the Public Security police.Only establishments located in the coastal strip that offer food are authorized to sell alcoholic beverages, he clarified.To maintain order and peace during the Mexico political elections, a dry law has been imposed across the country beginning the first minute of Saturday until the first minute of Monday. The official election day is Sunday July 1.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Posted by Share CALGARY — Come September, WestJet will be offering new twice-weekly, nonstop service between Calgary and Terrace, B.C.The new route, which launches Sept. 4, brings the number of nonstop destinations WestJet services from Calgary to 63, more than any other airline. Operated by WestJet Encore using Bombardier Q400 aircraft, the additional service will benefit the entire northwest region of the province, which the airline says continues to be “economically strong”.Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development, said: “Given the critical importance of transportation in creating and supporting economic development, this additional service will benefit the economy and the community as a whole.”Bob Sartor, President and CEO of The Calgary Airport Authority, added: “With major development projects underway in Western Canada, the addition of WestJet Encore’s Calgary to Terrace route is an important connection as it further supports economic development that will benefit both British Columbians and Albertans.”More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJWestJet Encore also operates twice-daily service to Vancouver. Both routes provide convenient connections to and from Honolulu, Maui, Kauai and Kona, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo and Mazatlan in addition to connecting to the remainder of WestJet’s domestic, transborder and international network. Travelweek Group WestJet to launch nonstops between Calgary and Terrace, B.C. Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Tags: British Columbia, Calgary, New Routes, WestJet << Previous PostNext Post >>
THE CABINET has named the Cypriot team that will conduct talks with a US-Israeli partnership on the development of natural gas within offshore Block 12 as well as the construction of a gas liquefaction plant on the island.The members of the team are: Stelios Chimonas (chairman), permanent secretary at the trade and energy ministry; Nora Nicolaidou, state’s attorney; Stelios Koundouris, treasury accountant; Eleni Vasiliadou, chairman of the Natural Gas Public Company; Odysseas Michaelides, head of the department of control, ministry of communications; and a representative from the Cyprus National Hydrocarbons Company.According to an official announcement, the team’s task will be to negotiate the “advent of natural gas from Block 12…as soon as possible” and “the construction of an Liquefied Natural Gas plant at Vasilikos and the drafting of any additional agreements that may be required for the construction and operation of the plant.”Also participating in the team’s meetings will be observers from the Attorney-general’s office and the Auditor-general’s office.Talks to hammer out the details are expected to last six months, with a target date of December 31, 2013 specified for the completion and signing of a follow-up agreement.Last month the government signed an MoU with Noble and Israel’s Delek and Avner, a preliminary accord that is hoped will lead to a final deal setting up a joint venture between the parties – a special-purpose vehicle seeking investors for the estimated €7 to €8bn LNG plant.That deal was the first in a series of agreements which will be required for the implementation of the project.Texas-based Noble, operator of the Block 12 concession, has yet to declare commerciality on the prospect and to take a final investment decision (FID) for selling the gas – the key step in developing the mooted LNG project. According to officials, the US energy company is expected to make its FID in 2015 or early 2016.On another front, negotiations are dragging on between the Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA) and preferred bidder Itera.Cyprus wants to import limited quantities of natural gas for its own domestic electricity needs until such time as its own estimates come on tap.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? Top Doctor Reveals What You Need To DoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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