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first_imgThe Allahabad High Court on Friday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to start issuing fresh licences and no-objection certificates (NOCs) to meat traders in the State while also renewing existing licences. The court also rejected the State’s contention that ensuring the functioning and modernisation of slaughterhouses was not its responsibility and said the responsibility for constructing slaughterhouses lay with the local municipal corporations. It also said the State could not prevent people from eating meat.Order on PIL pleasA Lucknow Division Bench of Justices A.P Shahi and Sanjai Harkauli passed the interim order while hearing a bunch of 27 PIL petitions filed against the blanket shutting down of slaughterhouses and meat shops in the State after the BJP came to power in March.The court also directed the State to file its reply by July 17, the next date of hearing, and apprise it of the steps taken to find a solution to the issue of slaughterhouses and meat shops. The court said it was giving the State “ample time” to “gear up its machinery for taking positive action in the matter.”The court directed the concerned departments of the State and local bodies to renew the licenses of slaughterhouses and also issue licences based on prescribed norms. The local bodies will obliged to consider and grant No Objection Certificates as and where required under the 2011 Regulations, it said.Allow lawful activity“The inaction of the State Government in the past should not be a shield for imposing a state of almost prohibition. To provide an immediate check on unlawful activity should be simultaneous with facilitating the carrying of lawful activity, particularly that relating to food, food habits and vending thereof that is undisputedly connected with the right to life and livelihood,” the court said it its order.The court also directed the State to circulate the order among all Divisional Commissioners and District Magistrates in the State as well as local bodies so that they can provide all material to the State for implementation of the policy and removal of all obstacles.Soon after coming to power, the Yogi Adityanath government had directed administrative and police authorities to shut down or seal slaughterhouses in the State which according to it were running unlawfully or were unregistered. However, with the abattoirs, the State also shut down meat shops, throwing thousands of livelihoods into crisis. Those involved in the trade had argued that the action was arbitrary and violated their right to livelihood.The State had contended that it was under no obligation to construct slaughter houses or make provisions for them and was merely acting against illegal setups in accordance with the norms of the National Green Tribunal (NGT). V. K Singh, counsel for the meat traders, said the court’s order was a clear “rejection” of the State’s stand.last_img read more


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first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:25What we ought to know about Filipino Sign Language02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Reavis urges league to look at ‘lopsidedness,’ says Magnolia drew ‘short end’ of stick Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Rookie Shai Del Campo then found the back of the net for her 10th goal of the season in the 79th minute, effectively giving La Salle its three-peat and 11th championship overall.“I’m very happy and thankful that I got the chance to play for this team,” said MVP and Best Midfielder Sara Castañeda.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDel Campo took the Rookie of the Year and Best Striker plums while teammate Tashka Lacson grabbed the Best Goalkeeper award.The Lady Tamaraws’ Hannah Pachejo was named Best Defender while the whole Lady Archers team was given the Fair Play award. La Salle women’s football team wins 3 peat! CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—De La Salle toppled Far Eastern University, 2-0, in the final to claim its third straight crown in the UAAP Season 81 women’s football tournament Thursday at Rizal Memorial Stadium.Rocelle Santos broke the deadlock in the 54th minute heading in a goal that put the Lady Archers on top.ADVERTISEMENT View comments University of Santo Tomas, last season’s silver medalist, settled for the bronze in Season 81.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPlast_img read more


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first_imgICC admits modifying draws to put India and Pakistan in same groupThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has admitted to modifying the draws in major tournaments to club India and Pakistan in the same group.Test league system possible by 2019, says ICC chiefA two-division league system for Test cricket could be established in three years in a bid to improve standards in the longest form of the game, International Cricket Council chief executive Dave Richardson said on Wednesday.Professional boxing hits out at move to open Games to prosAmateur boxing’s decision to allow professionals into the Olympics for the first time drew fighting talk on Wednesday from champions and sanctioning bodies opposed to the break with tradition.Injured Kaka out of Brazil’s Copa America squadKaka has dropped out of the Brazil squad for the Centenary Copa America due to injury and will be replaced by Paulo Henrique Ganso, the Brazilian Football Confederation said on Wednesday.French racism cost me Euro 2016 spot, says Karim BenzemaReal Madrid striker Karim Benzema said he was denied the chance to play for France in the Euro 2016 this month because of his Algerian origins.last_img read more


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first_imgKenya’s Mary Keitany took 41 seconds off the women’s-only world record at the Virgin Money London Marathon, running 2:17:01 at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race on Sunday.The women’s results have been ratified and Mary Keitany’s time of 2:17:01 is a new women’s only world record ???? pic.twitter.com/sI1WgrSMGq- London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) April 23, 2017In an incredible display of front-running, the 2009 world half marathon champion set off on her own with just a pacemaker for company in the early stages, passing 5km in 15:31, 10km in 31:17 and half way in 1:06:54. Her pace in the first half suggested a finish time faster than the outright world record of 2:15:25, set by Paula Radcliffe in 2003.Keitany’s pace started to slip in the second half, but she still maintained enough form to stay on course to break Radcliffe’s women’s-only world record set in 2005.At 30km, she was 78 seconds ahead of her nearest challenger, three-time Olympic gold medallist Tirunesh Dibaba. The Ethiopian began to make inroads into Keitany’s lead in the final stages, but then suffered from stomach cramps just a few kilometres from the finish.Keitany held on to her lead and charged down The Mall to win in 2:17:01, the second-fastest time in history. Once recovered from her stomach cramps, Dibaba finished strongly to take second place in an Ethiopian record of 2:17:56, moving to third on the world all-time list.last_img read more


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first_imgVirat Kohli, in his first ICC tournament as captain, had almost the perfect start against Pakistan as India romped home to victory by 124 runs in a rain-truncated match on Sunday.  India posted 319/3 batting first in 48 overs and then bowled out Pakistan for 164 in the rain-curtailed opener.Kohli’s captaincy has drawn  praise from former Australian captain, Michael Clarke, who lauded the passion and emotion shown by the 28-year-old in his stint as India skipper so far.”You see his passion and his emotion, when he bats. You can (also) see that in his captaincy,” he said.WATCH VIDEO HEREClarke conceded his views  on the Indian captain were from an objective viewpoint, “I have never played under Virat, so again captaincy-wise I am looking from afar. He has done a pretty good job. I think he is growing every day, he is  working out his style and it does take time.””Sometimes, you need to go through experiences to work out your strengths and weaknesses and he will do that. He is wonderful player there is no doubt about it,” he added.The fact that Kohli wears his emotion on his sleeve is a good thing according to Clarke. ” Captaining a cricket team, it brings out your personality, whether you like it or not. You can’t hide, you are  on camera 24/7. So you watch the way Virat bats, I can see that in his captaincy. He can’t be the best player and the best captain in the world on his own though. He needs support from the team.”  advertisementComing to Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni, Clarke reiterated his point about age being just a number when it comes to the two stalwarts of the current Indian side.”To a certain extent, age is just a number though, It goes both ways, if you are in your late thirties or your teens. I don’t think you are too old if you can perform and everything that comes with that. Can you train? can you turn up on time and discipline yourself. MS Dhoni’s performances, they warrant selection in the Indian team,” he said.”If you are performing well enough, the question is  does he still want to play, can he keep performing consistently. Then there is no reason for the selectors to not pick him,” he added.last_img read more


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first_imgZURICH (AP) — The judge and prosecutor removed from FIFA’s ethics committee in May have set up an agency to advise on integrity in sports.The new Sports Governance Unit says German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert and Swiss prosecutor Cornel Borbely will lead the Zurich-based firm.The agency says “fans and sponsors expect more and more transparency and organizational governance standards.”Eckert and Borbely were effectively fired by FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the soccer body’s congress in Bahrain.Amid reports Infantino was being investigated for possible wrongdoing, the move was seen as attacking the independence of an ethics committee that had banned several senior officials since 2012, including then-FIFA President Sepp Blatter.The new agency will “advise associations, clubs, sponsors and governments on issues in the context of good governance, integrity and compliance.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


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first_imgMargao, July 20 (PTI) The AIFF today accorded accreditation to the SESA Football Academy, which will enable it to participate in the Under-13, U-15 and the U-18 Youth Leagues in the coming season. For promising young footballers in Goa, it is a major boost. President, SESA Football Academy, Annanya Agarwal said: “Sports can inspire and engage youth in a tremendous way and we at SFA envision to provide a platform to young budding footballers.” I-league CEO Sunando Dhar said: “Goa is a talent pool for the football community in India and SFA has been doing some great work to take the Goan legacy forward by grooming young budding football talent.” “It is good to see these players get such amazing guidance and facilities. I would like to congratulate SFA on receiving the AIFF accreditation and hope to see some good football from them in the coming Youth League.” PTI AHAHlast_img read more


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first_imgEngland Southgate praises England for not panicking in win over Malta Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 07:32 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gareth Southgate_cropped Getty Images England Malta v England Malta WC Qualification Europe The Three Lions had to wait until the second half to open the scoring in their World Cup qualifier but the manager was pleased they saw it through Gareth Southgate felt England were rewarded for staying patient after a late flurry of goals secured a 4-0 victory over Malta in World Cup qualifying.Harry Kane scored twice in the Group F fixture on Friday, the Tottenham striker’s double coming either side of goals from defender Ryan Bertrand – his first at international level – and substitute Danny Welbeck.Kane to fire Spurs to title glory – 12/1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina However, England – who next face nearest rivals Slovakia on Monday – were frustrated by their hosts in the first half at the Ta’ Qali National Stadium before Kane finally put them ahead in the 53rd minute.Southgate was pleased to see his players remain calm against stubborn opposition, an approach that paid off when they scored three goals past a tired Malta side in the closing stages.2 – @England registered just two shots on target against Malta in the first half; one in the 4th minute and the other in added time. Stuck. pic.twitter.com/4noBRj3CAk— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 1, 2017″We could have been two goals up very early on. We knew Malta defended really deep and would be so difficult to break down and create chances against,” he said.”But part of keeping the ball is tiring the opposition and your goals end up coming late. That’s what we have a bench for.”Of course people will have wanted the goals earlier but we’ve won 4-0 and that’s all that matters.”What pleased me was that it can be a difficult environment. You’re expected to win comfortably and get your goals early.”We stuck with the plan and didn’t panic. We kept playing our football and got the goals in the end.”I’ve played in England games where it’s happened [the team has become anxious]. We talked all week about staying calm if we haven’t got the goals early, and that’s exactly what we did.”last_img read more


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first_imgWINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Airport was evacuated because of a “possible security incident” on Sunday morning before returning to normal operations nearly an hour later.Officials did not release much information about the incident, saying only that people at the airport should follow directions on site and those on their way to the facility should check with their airlines for the latest flight information.Claire Renic, who was at the airport to drop off her boyfriend’s family, says she was among the throngs of people left waiting outside the building for 45 minutes starting at about 7:30 a.m.She says the airport was evacuated of travellers and staff alike.Renic says police vehicles and armoured cars could be seen nearby, but it wasn’t clear what was going on.The evacuation was lifted at about 8:15 a.m., but several flights were delayed following the incident.last_img read more


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first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, how much of your privacy are you prepared to trade for ease and convenience? And before you answer this, take a look at the fine print of all the apps you’ve downloaded recently.But what about in the real world? In your physical space? This is the debate around Toronto’s Sidewalk Labs proposal, which would see a new ‘smart’ community built along the Waterfront. There are hundreds of benefits to using data to build a more efficient city. And hundreds of downsides to collecting it from citizens as they go about their daily lives.So how will this debate unfold? Will part of Toronto become ‘smart’? And why is the corporation that wants the data also proposing allowing other organizations to access it?GUEST: John Lorinc, senior editor, Spacing Toronto; 2019-20 Atkinson Fellow (focusing on Smart Cities, data and privacy)Audio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/chtbl.com/track/G9G45/rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_07222019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more


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first_imgU.S. stocks remained volatile Monday as the market recovered from sharp losses in morning trading to end with modest gains. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost as much as 507 points in early trading before ending with a gain of 34.On Monday:The S&P 500 index picked up 4.64 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,637.72.The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 34.31 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 24,423.26.The Nasdaq composite rose 51.27 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 7,020.52.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks slid 4.99 per cent, or 0.3 per cent, to 1,443.09.For the year:The S&P 500 is down 35.89 points, or 1.3 per cent.The Dow is down 295.96 points, or 1.2 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 117.13 points, or 1.7 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 92.42 points, or 6 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more


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TORONTO — The association representing Ontario’s real estate agents wants stronger rules to protect home buyers against the risks involved in purchasing a former grow op, a situation it says will increase once cannabis is legalized this year.The Ontario Real Estate Association has proposed a series of changes it says can help ensure home buyers are protected from health and safety risks linked to grow ops.The group is asking the government to restrict the number of plants a home owner can grow in a unit 1,000 square feet or smaller to one plant, down from four.It also says home inspectors should receive training on how to spot the signs of a former marijuana grow operation.It also wants to ensure all illegal cannabis operations are inspected by a building inspector and wants all municipalities to be required to register remediation work completed on a property.Once cannabis is legalized, Ontario intends to sell it in up to 150 stores run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario to people 19 and older. read more


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NEW YORK, N.Y. – Nielsen Music’s mid-year report says Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran have the top albums of the year, so far.Nielsen says Lamar’s “DAMN.” is the top album with 1.772 million sales, based on a combination of album sales, song sales and audio streams. Sheeran’s “Divide” is second with 1.749 million.The report is based off of the first six months of the year.Drake’s “More Life,” Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” and Migos’ “Culture” round out the Top 5, each reaching 1 million in combined sales.The year’s top song, so far, is Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” which has sold 4.532 million tracks based off of song sales and streaming. That’s followed by Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito,” Mars’ “That’s What I Like,” Lamar’s “Humble” and Migos’ Bad and Boujee.”_______Online:http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/reports/2017/us-music-mid-year-report-2017.html Ed Sheeran performs on NBC’s “Today” show at Rockefeller Plaza on Thursday, July 6, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) by The Associated Press Posted Jul 6, 2017 1:12 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 6, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Nielsen: Kendrick Lamar, Sheeran have top albums at mid-year read more


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The new federal budget could help more families if the parental leave program were expanded to benefit more lower-income households, says a Brock University researcher.In the 2017 budget unveiled Wednesday, the government announced that working parents will now have the option of extending their paid parental leave to 18 months, from the present 12 months. But to do so they must live off less money – 33 per cent of their income rather than 55 per cent for a 12-month leave.Lindsey McKay, an adjunct professor in Brock University’s Department of Sociology, says this is good news for parents with higher incomes, but doesn’t help parents with lower incomes.“Even if you qualify, can the family survive on 33 per cent of one income over 18 months?” says McKay, a postdoctoral fellow in Gender, Work and Care. “This policy change worsens the rich-poor parental leave divide.”McKay recently led a research study that examined if and how family income impacted access to maternal or parental leave. The work included a comparison of the federal Employment Insurance (EI) and Quebec’s Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP).The research team included Brock Professor Andrea Doucet, the Canada Research Chair in Gender, Work and Care, as well as Sophie Mathieu, lecturer at the Université de Montréal and incoming SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology at Brock. They found that, in Quebec, only 11 per cent of mothers were excluded from the QPIP, but in the rest of Canada nearly four in 10 mothers are consistently excluded from EI. The numbers get worse in lower-income families, with 15 per cent excluded from the QPIP and 56 per cent excluded from EI.Wednesday’s budget news doesn’t address that disparity, McKay says.She says the disparity is exacerbated because the federal EI program requires people to have worked 600 hours in the preceding year, in order to qualify for parental leave benefits. In Quebec, the threshold is the equivalent of 186 hours.“We don’t know exactly why so many mothers are excluded,” said McKay, “but the main difference with Quebec is the eligibility criteria. Quebec’s criteria are dramatically lower.”McKay is also concerned that expanding maternity and parental benefits under EI to allow 18 months off of work could lead to fewer childcare spaces for young babies.She says if a significant number of parents elect to take the full 18 months off, there will be less demand for infant childcare spaces dedicated to the 0-18 months age bracket. That would lead to a contraction in the number of infant spaces being offered, making it more difficult for parents who do not qualify for benefits or can’t afford to take that much time off to find a place for their children when they return to work.“The impact of this change on childcare is a significant concern,” McKay says. “It could exacerbate the childcare crisis.”Instead, the research by McKay, Doucet and Mathieus recommends the federal government move closer to Quebec’s benefit program, which includes 25 per cent more mothers, close to twice as many lower-income mothers, gives fathers their own leave, and covers a minimum of 70 per cent of wages.“It’s a much more inclusive program. It’s significantly better,” she said. read more


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Junior outside hitter Michael Henchy (6) prepares to strike the ball during a match against Saint Francis Feb. 9 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe team that ended the Ohio State men’s volleyball team 2012-13 campaign could be the one who the Buckeyes get their season back on track against.The No. 14 Buckeyes (5-6, 2-2) are set to host Grand Canyon as they continue their five-match homestand at St. John Arena. The Antelopes (6-7) defeated OSU, 3-2, in a Men’s Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Quarterfinal match that ended its season. A chance at revenge lies with the Buckeyes, with two matches against the Antelopes slated to start at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.“They’re a strong team with a lot of returners so I expect them to play really well together,” junior outside hitter Michael Henchy said. “Last time we played them, we lost in five sets and no one has forgotten that. It’s going to be a fun match to play in.”In the last meeting between the two teams, OSU led 2-1 after three sets, but Grand Canyon stormed back to win the final two and take the match.“They came out with a lot of fire and played like they had nothing to lose and ended up beating us. Everyone was in shock at the outcome of the game and it was because we took them very lightly. We can’t let that happen again,” senior middle blocker Jonathan Newton said.OSU is preparing to start off strong against Grand Canyon and hopefully take early control of the match. Newton said the Buckeyes can’t underestimate Grand Canyon like they did previously.“They are going to come out and put up a good fight. If we let them get an early jump on us then we could be in trouble. We will be able to control the game if we stop their momentum from the beginning,” Newton said.After taking some time to get some rest away from the gym this past Sunday and Monday, Newton said the Buckeyes have been working on themselves this week, instead of worrying about what the other team is going to bring to the court.“This game has a lot to do with how Ohio State plays. If we can focus on our side of the net and bring a lot of energy, then it’s going to be hard for any team to beat us in our home gym,” Newton said.OSU coach Pete Hanson said the Buckeyes will do what they can to prevent a repeat of last season’s tournament loss.“We have continued to become better as a unit and not to mention, our returning guys have a little bit of an edge to them, because of what happened last year in the playoffs. We are ready to send the message that it is not going to happen again, especially in St. John Arena,” Hanson said. read more


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Biegler’s ladies still dreaming about semi-final! Germany beat Serbia 26:19 at the start of the Main Round in Gothenburg to come closer to the best two places and great success. The Serbian girls weren’t on the level from Stockholm, where they beat Spain and took point against Sweden.Serbia- Germany 19:26 (10:14)  Germany: Woltering, Kramarczyk; Klein (1), Lang (3), Karolius (1), Schmelzer, Loerper (1), Behnke (3), Kramer (1), Naidzinavicius (3), Hubinger (4), Bölk (2), Huber (4/2), Fischer (1), Wohlbold (2), StolleSerbia: Risovic, Kolundzic, Colic; Radosavljevic, Krpez Slezak (3/1), Trifunovic, Kovacevic, Janjusevic, Georgijev (7/4), Pop-Lazic (1), Obradovic, Nikolic (1), Stoiljkovic (1), Liscevic (1), Petrovic, Dmitrovic (4)In the second match of the night, Netherlands found the way to beat home team 33:30 in front of 8.000 domestic fans. Tess Wester was, once again, outstanding between the posts with 16 saves which gave wings for her team-mates in attack, Nicky Groot (7) and Estavana Polman (6). Isabelle Gullden netted eight for the Swedish girls but that wasn’t enough to avoid first defeat at the Championship.STANDINGS:Germany 4The Netherlands 4Sweden 3Serbia 3France 2Spain 0 ← Previous Story Mikkel Hansen is WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2016 Next Story → VIDEO: Pineau’s show put Spain out of the tournament! read more


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first_imgThe Russian government this week has approved funding for a $1.5 billion high-energy super laser to be constructed at its Research Institute of Experimental Physics, the site of all its nuclear research for the past 60 years. The purpose for the new project is to provide an environment for researchers to be able to test nuclear weapons without actually setting one off, and to look for a renewable source of energy. With the United States and France already having super lasers up and running, Russia is looking to pull even in a move eerily similar to the nuclear arms race of the past.Super lasers are used as a catalyst during inertial confinement fusion (ICF) research. They are one of the prime ingredients in the effort to recreate the enormous energies that are moving around inside stars and explosions caused by the detonation of a hydrogen bomb. They came about as a result of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty that was ratified in 1996 which states that each signatory agrees that they will not carry out any live nuclear weapon testing nor encourage the practice. To get around this promise, countries began developing ICF facilities so that weapons technology could still be studied and perfected.Using BB-sized pellets of deuterium and tritium, scientists create controlled implosions that fuse the two elements together using a super laser. The fusion that results creates enormous energy and heat, with temperatures ranging in the tens of millions of degrees Fahrenheit. This reaction is what makes ICF facilities important — there is a potential to find an energy source from the fusion event that would be considered clean and renewable. However, no ICF facility has ever received as much energy that has been expended to actually create the fusion which obviously is a large hurdle that must be overcome.Russia claims that its ICF facility will be the best in the world, capable of delivering 2.8 megajoules of energy which is more powerful than the 2.0 megajoules that the French and American lasers are rated at. If Russia can actually make its claim a reality, that would be equivalent to roughly 1500x more power used at any given moment by the continental US power grid. I would hate to imagine what the electricity bill looks like when they crank the super laser up for an experiment.Read more at RTlast_img read more


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first_imgMercure : un poison encore présent dans 70% des plombages dentairesDes associations rappellent que le mercure dentaire est un véritable “poison”, présent en France dans 70% des plombages. Faisant courir de graves risques, cet élément constitue un “nouvel exemple de dysfonctionnement de la sécurité sanitaire”.A la veille des négociations internationales sur le mercure qui auront lieu à partir du 31 octobre à Nairobi au Kenya, des associations telles que “Non au mercure dentaire”, le Réseau environnement santé (RES) et l’Association toxicologie-chimie ont fait parler d’elles en dénonçant un sérieux dysfonctionnement en France. En effet, les amalgames dentaires contiennent aujourd’hui 50% de mercure, et on met chaque année “plus de 17 tonnes de mercure dans la bouche des Français”, selon Marie Grosman, de “Non au mercure dentaire”, et ce, malgré les fiches de sécurité “extrêmement alarmantes” transmises aux dentistes par les fabricants.”Des centaines d’études scientifiques” incriminent le mercure dentaire, précise t-elle. D’après le toxicochimiste André Picot, “c’est un CMR (cancérogène, mutagène et reprotoxique). Il est toxique aussi pour les systèmes nerveux, immunitaire et hormonal”, s’amassant toute la vie dans le cerveau, les glandes endocrines et le système cardio-vasculaire, notamment. Or, il est “impossible de définir une dose d’exposition sans danger” pour la population fragile, comme les femmes enceintes et les enfants.Une position contestée par d’autres professionnels comme Jean-Claude Michel qui estime qu’il s’agit-là d’”un vieux fantasme”. “Il n’y a aucune trace de mercure dans les urines et le sang” des personnes qui ont des amalgames. “Il n’y a jamais eu de preuve scientifique que c’est dangereux pour la santé”, assure Roland L’Herron, président de la confédération nationale des syndicats dentaires.”Plusieurs décennies de retard” Des études prouvent pourtant l’inverse, n’en déplaise au Dr L’Herron. “C’est un nouvel exemple de dysfonctionnement du système de sécurité sanitaire, nous avons plusieurs décennies de retard”, dénonce André Cicolella, président du RES, estimant que l’épidémie de maladies chroniques relevée récemment à l’ONU “impose de ne pas retarder l’action publique”.D’ailleurs, le Conseil de l’Europe a adopté en mai une résolution invitant à “la restriction, voire l’interdiction des amalgames comme matériaux d’obturation dentaire”, la Norvège, la Suède et le Danemark ayant totalement interdit l’amalgame dentaire. L’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) suggère de son côté d’utiliser des matériaux alternatifs. À lire aussiTop 5 : quels sont les poisons naturels les plus mortels au monde ?Le Dr L’Herron estime quant à lui que c’est seulement pour des raisons environnementales, pour éviter les rejets de mercure, très polluants, que ces décisions ont été prises (ce qui paraît incongru de la part de l’OMS). En outre, la demande est moins forte, “pour des raisons esthétiques”, dit-il.Une réduction de l’exposition au mercure de 30% d’ici 2 ansMarie Grosman, elle, explique que la France reste dans une position “isolée et incohérente”, car elle est le “seul pays qui s’est officiellement opposé à l’arrêt des amalgames dans l’Union européenne” alors que le Plan national santé-environnement 2 demande une réduction de l’exposition au mercure de la population de 30% d’ici 2013. Selon les associations, les produits de remplacement, à base de verre dit ionomère, ont “fait leurs preuves” : ils permettent d’enlever moins de dent, sont aussi bien remboursés que les amalgames, pour une longévité “au moins identique”. Reste qu’ils sont plus compliqués à poser, et selon les dentistes, qu’ils sont “moins résistants à l’abrasion et très sensibles à l’humidité”.Le 28 octobre 2011 à 12:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


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first_imgStay on target Despite throwing us a bone with last year’s Burnout Paradise Remastered, EA has all but abandoned its over-the-top racing franchise. Thankfully, we have Three Fields Entertainment who is more than willing to give Burnout fans what they want. Comprised of former Burnout developers, Three Fields tested the waters with the Danger Zone series. Those were decent, but only featured its take on crash mode. Now we have the full Burnout-esque experience with Dangerous Driving. Though Dangerous Driving pales in comparison its obvious inspiration, it’s the closest thing we’ll get to a revival.If you loved Burnout 3: Takedown then you’ll feel right at home here. Dangerous Driving offers players a multitude of different racing modes. These include standard races, time attack, road rage, pursuit, face off, and elimination. Though you have different objectives in each category, all races involve you driving at ludicrous speeds and crashing into every opponent before you. Like Burnout, Dangerous Driving is a full-on arcade racer where you’ll rarely (if ever) take your finger off the accelerator. If you want a realistic driving experience then look elsewhere.Playing Dangerous Driving really does take you back to the days of Burnout 3 and Burnout Revenge. It’s actually somewhat jarring after coming off of the open world Burnout Paradise. The tracks are simple and straightforward. They’re mostly comprised of highways or rural roads. The name Dangerous Driving is fitting since you’ll oftentimes avoid crashing into oncoming traffic by the skin of your teeth. However, if you want to maintain boost then you’ll have no choice but to risk it all. You gain the most boost by crashing enemy vehicles, though you’ll also endanger your own vehicle in the process.Slamming into cars to make them crash is just as exhilarating in Dangerous Driving as it was in Burnout. Bumping into a vehicle’s side and then having the game capture the crash through a cinema never gets old. In fact, crashing other vehicles becomes insanely addictive. It’s even awesome when you crash your own car. Yes, it will set you back, but seeing your vehicle turned into a blazing ball of fire is a thing of pure beauty. The crashes alone are worth the price of admission.While the driving mechanics are spot-on and the crashes glorious, I wish I could say the same thing about the tracks. The roads are linear and lend themselves nicely for driving at super-high speeds. The problem is most tracks look and feel the same. The backgrounds are different, but every road is nearly identical to the last. Because of that, it’s hard to play Dangerous Driving for long stretches before the same-y roads become tiresome. To be fair, the roads in Burnout 3 were mostly straightforward too, but they had enough variety to keep them interesting. The same isn’t true here.A twist Dangerous Driving has is how crashed vehicles remain on the road. This actually adds some variety to tracks since you’ll need to navigate around car husks with each subsequent lap. On the flip side, crashing headfirst into a vehicle you previously destroyed can get frustrating. None of the Burnout games have this feature so it’s actually quite cool Three Fields added this to prevent Dangerous Driving from being a complete Burnout clone.Speaking of new features, I want to single out pursuit mode. Here, you’ll get to drive a police vehicle and hunt down criminals. These cars do not go down easily and require players to slam into them repeatedly. If that sounds familiar it’s because this mode comes from Need for Speed. Considering how this was one of my favorite modes in Need for Speed (particularly the Hot Pursuit series), I’m all for its inclusion in Dangerous Driving. Pursuit isn’t native to Burnout but I don’t care. It’s great.Dangerous Driving’s “campaign” consists of events for different vehicle types. You begin with Sedans and eventually unlock Formula 1 cars. You need to finish missions within each category in order to unlock the next event. If you have equal love for every kind of race mode then this won’t pose a problem. However, if you’d rather participate in crash mode but have no choice but to play a time attack, you’re going to be annoyed. Though you unlock new vehicles by playing through all the modes, they’re all the same at the end of the day. This was also true back in Burnout 3, but now it feels like a slog, especially if you just want to play a specific race type.The ubiquitous Unreal Engine handles the high-speed action wonderfully. If you’re playing on the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X, you’ll experience Dangerous Driving at a buttery-smooth 60fps. I never once experienced any slow down or screen tearing issues. While the game runs exceptionally well, I admit the graphics aren’t anything special. In fact, Dangerous Driving looks like a high definition PS3 game. Since this is an independent title, I’ll let the graphics slide. It looks good, if not exceptional. It’s all about the racing, after all.With the exception of a title screen song, Dangerous Driving has no soundtrack. During my first 30 minutes, I drove around without any accompanying music. As you can imagine, this made the game feel lifeless. It was only after I dug into the options that I learned you can link Spotify with the game.Playing your own music via Spotify is an interesting idea that, sadly, ends up lacking. For one, you cannot turn on Spotify through the game. You need to minimize Dangerous Driving, go to the Spotify app on your console, open it, select a playlist, and then return to the game. To make matters worse, Dangerous Driving doesn’t integrate the music as well as it should. It would have been ideal to have the music get louder or lower depending on the on-screen action. You can skip between tracks or pause the music, but that’s about it. At the end of the day, you’re just blasting Spotify in the background, which feels very cheap.Let me not forget to address the elephant in the room: the fact you need a Spotify account in order to have music in Dangerous Driving. I already had a Spotify account so I was solid, but what about folks who don’t have the app? Asking users to have or opt into a separate subscription service is a bit much. Utilizing a user’s Spotify account no doubt saved Three Fields money on licensed music. I understand the economics behind this decision. Still, I can’t help but think about those who do not have Spotify or cannot afford it. They will not have nearly as much fun playing because there’s no music to enhance the driving experience.Dangerous Driving leaves me with mixed feelings. On the one hand, this is about as close to Burnout as you can get. All of the pieces which made that franchise so brilliant are here. Unfortunately, there are too many minor issues which prevent this from being everything it should be. The most glaring one is of course the Spotify integration. With that said, it’s a noble effort from Three Fields Entertainment. Despite its issues, Dangerous Driving is an enjoyable arcade racer that fans of the genre will enjoy. Hopefully, the game will be successful enough to make EA realize they need to release a new Burnout. If not, a Dangerous Driving 2 is something I’ll welcome with open arms.More on Geek.com:Hands-On: ‘Dreams’ Is Sony’s Wildly Ambitious Game MakerModus Games Upcoming Indie Titles Are Both Heartwarming and HeartbreakingThe ‘Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy’ Is Anime ‘Law & Order’ Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more


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first_imgAfter almost three months since Alexis Sanchez left Arsenal for Manchester United in exchange for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jose Mourinho is starting to get a grip on how the talented lone wolf behaves exactly.A deal, which in the beginning seemed to have only one winning side – the Red Devils – has turned into a nightmare for that same team – Mkhitaryan has been performing extremely well since the transfer and on the other side, Sanchez is still struggling to find his place and adapt to the new surroundings at Old Trafford – out of the 13 played games, he has scored only 2 goals.This has led Mourinho to consider dropping him for the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Rotating is not the right word,” Mourinho shared, according to football.london. “If I play a player against Bournemouth and the player is phenomenal, he plays the semi-final. So is not rotating, because rotating looks like a player plays against Bournemouth to give a rest to somebody that is going to play against Spurs in the semi-final.” “So the word is not rotation, it is an opportunity for people, for some people to play and to try to get a place in the team for Spurs. Some of the guys that played today don’t have a place in that team, they don’t have a place in that team,” Mourinho went on to add after the 1-0 upset against West Brom on Sunday.last_img read more