Sri Lanka India to develop Trinco oil tank farm

The proposed joint venture pertains to the remaining 84 tanks in the upper farm, but Sri Lanka would retain 10 of those for use by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and most of the tanks – built by the British during the World War years – are in good condition, he added. India and Sri Lanka have, in principle, agreed to jointly operate the World War-era oil storage facility in Trincomalee, the strategically advantaged port town located on the island’s east coast, The Hindu newspaper reported.“We are currently negotiating the specifics of the joint venture,” Sri Lanka’s Petroleum Minister Chandima Weerakkody told The Hindu. Both the nations are hoping to firm up the deal before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled second official visit to the island in early May. During his visit to Sri Lanka in March 2015, Mr. Modi had said the project to develop the upper tank farm in Trincomalee would help the coastal town become a regional petroleum hub. (Colombo Gazette) Indian Oil Corporation subsidiary Lanka IOC, engaged in bunkering operations, runs 15 out of the 99 storage tanks in the lower oil tank farm in Trincomalee. read more

Disney fans get look at Incredibles 2 WreckIt Ralph 2

A crowd of people wait to enter the D23 Expo as crews do interviews outside the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Friday, July 14, 2017. (Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register via AP) ANAHEIM, Calif. – When it comes to Disney, they like to keep it in the family, whether it’s getting a football team’s worth of original Disney princesses to cameo in “Wreck-It Ralph 2,” reuniting “The Incredibles” fourteen years after the original film hit theatres, or securing a new director for “Toy Story 4.”John Lasseter, the chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, led a confetti, joke and song-filled presentation of the upcoming animation slate for the studio Friday at the star-studded biannual fan convention D23 in Anaheim, just steps from Disneyland with appearances of people from Kristen Bell to Samuel L. Jackson.Sporting his signature Disney-themed Hawaiian shirt (this time with “Inside Out” characters) Lasseter, who was also identified as a “former Jungle Cruise Skipper,” announced that he would no longer be directing “Toy Story 4.” The job is going to “Inside Out” screenwriter Josh Cooley, who was previously going to co-direct with Lasseter. He assured the thousands of fans in attendance that he would be mentoring and guiding Cooley through the process as an Executive Producer. “Toy Story 4” is set for a June 2019 release.Disney is also getting its most beloved princesses together from Ariel to Mulan for “Wreck-It Ralph Breaks the Internet,” in a humorous scene in which Sarah Silverman’s Vanellope decides to mess with the princesses and finds them to be cooler than she expected.Some of the familiar voices audiences can hear when the film hits theatres on March 9, 2018, will include “Beauty and the Beast’s” Paige O’Hara, “The Little Mermaid’s” Jodi Benson “Mulan’s” Ming-Na Wen, “Moana’s” Auli’I Cravalho, “Pochahontas’s” Irene Bedard, “Tangled’s” Mandy Moore, and “Frozen’s” Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell.Lasseter also announced that Taraji P. Henson would be joining the cast as well as an internet savvy character named Yesss (with three s’s). The film finds Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope exploring the internet in hopes of finding an essential replacement part for their arcade game.Fans also got a sneak peek at “The Incredibles 2,” which will be out in June 2018 and focus on Holly Hunter’s Elastagirl while Craig T. Nelson’s Mr. Incredible stays at home. The scene featured the baby, Jack Jack, getting into a scuffle with a raccoon and showing off some wild powers (think: laser eyes and self-cloning).Lasseter also showed concept footage of a plane breaking a sound barrier test from a secretive and untitled new film set for an April 2019 release.“Trust me when I say this, it is harder to think of a title than to get to space,” he said.Olaf actor Josh Gad later ribbed Lasseter for the untitled and tentative films when they moved on to discussing “Frozen 2,” set for Nov. 2019.“Oh really, it’s going to be called ‘Frozen 2’?” Gad prodded. “How original.”Lasseter retorted: “We’re not calling it ‘Thawed’”D23, which is a nod to the year 1923 in which Walt Disney founded the company, runs through Sunday.___This story corrects the names of actress/comedian Sarah Silverman and the character Vanellope.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Jul 14, 2017 6:19 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 15, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Disney fans get look at ‘Incredibles 2,’ ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’ read more

The Browns Need A Great QB Which Is Why They Didnt Draft

Again, you can see that QBs who are consistent contributors are concentrated very early in the draft – so much that, by the time you get 30-40 picks into the draft, a QB’s expected contribution drops below Brock Osweiler/Cody Kessler levels.It’s amazing to me that Osweiler has spent three years on the bench, played reasonably well for half a season, and played badly enough in his only year as a full-time starter that his team gave away draft picks to avoid paying him – and yet, for all that, he has had above-average production for a second-round draft pick. That’s why you don’t reach down for QBs in the draft.The three quarterbacks taken high in the draft may yet prove to be as good as their draft positions suggest. Projections are often wrong, and NFL teams presumably know how to evaluate talent. You’d think as much, anyway. But reaching down in the first round hasn’t worked out very well of late. ESPN’s scouting gave Trubisky, Watson and Patrick Mahomes grades of 89, 88 and 85, respectively. Since 2009, six quarterbacks with grades lower than 90 have been selected in the first round, and a quick “where are they now” isn’t pretty: Christian Ponder, Josh Freeman, Brandon Weeden, Tim Tebow and Teddy Bridgewater did not play in 2016 (whether on account of poor play or injury), while E.J. Manuel had 131 yards passing (for the season) as a backup in Buffalo.And again, the Browns already have two players on their roster who have performed like late-first-round QBs!Of course, it’s always a gamble – and I have nothing against gambling – but part of being a good gambler is understanding the odds you’re getting. If the Browns thought none of these prospects was worth betting the franchise on (putting them in agreement with projections), their first-round choices were prudent. That chart may look like taking a QB at the top of the draft is even more imperative. But the key point is that, after the blue-chippers, things get dicey. So when you’re sitting in a blue-chip draft position (as the Browns were), and you don’t see any blue-chip QBs, taking the next-best thing doesn’t get you a rough approximation of a blue-chip QB. It gets you something substantially different.OK, that’s just a snapshot of where things stood last season using a crude (though dramatic) metric. Ultimately, a QB doesn’t contribute just by playing games, he contributes by playing well in them. (Though one, of course, can certainly follow from the other.) While I generally still think QB value is a mystery, there are some metrics – such as ESPN’s QBR – that at least try to divide credit between a QB and his team.Using the QBR breakdown, we can estimate how many points each QB has contributed to his team’s scoring. Here’s the average QBR points above replacement contributed by QBs depending on where they were drafted, from 2006 to 2016: The Cleveland Browns entered the 2017 NFL draft with a haul of draft picks and a dire need for a quarterback. Yet, despite rumors swirling for days that the Browns might use their No. 1 overall pick to take North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (ESPN’s 27th-ranked prospect), they were conservative and selected the draft’s top prospect, Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. By the end of the round, the Browns still didn’t have a QB, having passed up the chance to take Deshaun Watson in the 12th spot, as well.So how could the Browns, pick-rich and desperate, fail to pick up one of the top QBs available in the draft? This has been cause for some criticism. For example, here’s ESPN’s Kevin Seifert:But failing to use any of [their draft picks] on a high(er)-end quarterback will doom them in the short- and mid-term. Unless you think the Browns can grow with 2016 third-rounder Cody Kessler or — gasp — recent acquisition Brock Osweiler, it’s difficult to see how they can move forward while continuing to slow-play the position.I see this type of argument made a lot: A team that needs a QB needs to take a QB. But it isn’t quite that simple. Quarterbacks are almost always high-risk prospects, and investing in a bad quarterback can kill a franchise just as easily as not having one.It’s a bit of a cliche, but there is only a small group of people walking this earth who are capable of playing quarterback for the NFL. And most QBs taken in the draft aren’t among them. QBs have long careers, and (by definition) there are only 16 at any time that are better than average starters.Most are not Tom Brady. Brady, a sixth-round choice in 2000, almost single-handedly gives late-round picks everywhere hope. But most successful quarterbacks entered the league as top prospects. For example, of the 37 QBs who started at least five games last season, nine were former No. 1 overall draft picks (of 12 drafted in the Brady era1Brady was the only starting quarterback last year who was drafted before 2001.). Another eight came from picks 2-10 in the draft (of 14 taken in the Brady era), and four came from later in the first round (of 19).2Two were undrafted, though the pool of undrafted would-be NFL QBs is impossible to measure.Of the 211 QBs drafted in the Brady era, what share from each round were in starting roles last year? read more

Professor who wanted to go to Dignitas told internet company she would

first_imgPolice were alerted to the death of an eminent professor after she told her internet company she planned to kill herself at 7pm that evening, an inquest heard. Professor Avril Henry, 82, had made it clear she did not want to carry on living and instead wished to visit the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland, which allows voluntary euthanasia, but was too ill to go, it was said.  Her body was discovered by police and friends in her detached cottage in Brampford Speke near Exeter just after 6.40pm on April 20th this year. The property had been raided by police just days earlier after officers got a tip she had drugs that may be used in a suicide. The inquest heard on the day of her death Prof Henry, who had been a professor of English Medieval Culture at the University of Exeter, had phoned her internet provider, Zen Internet, to ask for her account to be continued after her death.She also informed the company she planned to kill herself at 7pm. She had previously told a number of professionals – including her GP, cleaner and solicitor – that she wanted to die and was in contact with Dr Philip Nitschke, an outspoken euthanasia campaigner.At the time of her death, Prof Henry, who was not married and had no children, was suffering from a number of debilitating conditions, including arthritis, spinal degeneration, incontinence, vertigo, deafness and sleep apnoea. She was also a member of Exit International, which advocates the legalisation of euthanasia. In a letter headed ‘Suicide Note’, which was left near her body, the academic said she had been planning her death for a year and added: “I am alone. The decision is wholly mine.” It also contained details regarding what should be done with her body and assets, asking for her bath, where she was found, to be cleaned and her body to be buried in an orchard.  She was in contact with Dr Philip Nitschke, an outspoken euthanasia campaigner John Tomalin, assistant coroner for Exeter and Greater Devon, on Thursday reached a conclusion of suicide and described Prof Henry as “a bright, intelligent” lady.”Prof Henry seemed as if she was a lady who certainly knew her own mind,” he said. “She was a bright intelligent person, a retired professor. In later life she had suffered with a number of painful, debilitating conditions for which unfortunately there was no cure.”He added: “She made no secret of her intentions and was assessed by her GP and psychiatrist on more than one occasion.”The medical profession all concluded that she wasn’t depressed, she had full mental capacity to make decisions about when and how she would end her life.”The evidence to me is quite clear. Prof Henry set about a course of action that was intended to end her life at a method, a time and place that she decided herself.” She was in contact with Dr Philip Nitschke, an outspoken euthanasia campaignerCredit:Exit International / SWNS.com I am alone. The decision is wholly mineProfessor Avril Henry Prof Henry’s GP Stephen Vercoe told the inquest his patient was intolerant to many medications, meaning it was difficult to prescribe effective pain relief.In November 2013, she told Dr Vercoe: “Life is not really worth living any more but I am not depressed.”She continued to express her intention to end her own life, telling doctors in July last year that she wished to end her life at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland.On April 15 this year, police forced entry to Prof Henry’s home after receiving a tip she had drugs that may be used in suicide. A quantity of drugs were seized but not her entire supply.William Michelmore, her solicitor, said she “was very upset by the infringement on her personal space”. He added that Prof Henry had poor mobility, which was why she could not travel.Dr Nitschke said at the time of Prof Henry’s death that she had written a letter to him detailing her anxiety that there would be further police raids and that she might lose her remaining drug.A post-mortem examination found Prof Henry’s death was caused by the drugs she had taken. Prof Henry set about a course of action that was intended to end her life at a method, a time and place that she decided herselfJohn Tomalin Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

BBC pay is unacceptably high Carrie Gracie says as female stars revolt

first_imgWoman’s Hour presenter Jane Garvey said on BBC Five Live: “I fear there may be more situations like the one we’re in this morning.”Some men from the corporation showed their support, including Amol Rajan who said the situation was a “big, big headache” for the BBC.Presenter Christian Fraser commented that “there are a number of awkward conversations ongoing between colleagues, and justifiable anger. Fair pay for same work. I would want it for my daughter. #IstandWithCarrie.” BBC Women, a group of journalists in the company fighting for equal pay wrote in response to her resignation: “It is hugely regrettable that an outstanding and award-winning journalist like Carrie Gracie feels she has no option but to resign from her post as China Editor because the BBC has not valued her equally with her male counterparts.”We wholeheartedly support her and call on the BBC to resolve her case and others without delay, and to urgently address pay inequality across the corporation. A woman I already greatly admired – now even more so. BBC China Editor Carrie Gracie steps down over over unequal pay:Read this to know why: https://t.co/pMTV75JlIt#bbcwomen #equalpay #istandwithcarrie— Naga Munchetty (@BBCNaga) January 7, 2018 An absolute disgrace. BBC‘s China Editor resigns over unequal pay. Please read her letter in full https://t.co/teuyqBM0ej #istandwithcarrie #bbcwomen #equalpay pic.twitter.com/FtZ4bAcWFU— Aasmah Mir (@AasmahMir) January 7, 2018 The BBC’s impartiality rules meant that John Humphrys, her co-presenter, was not allowed to interview her about the letter she wrote. He said “presenters can’t suddenly turn into interviewees on the programme they are presenting.”She responded after he asked her one question about the reaction, and was allowed to give a short response. She will be discussing the issue at greater length on Woman’s Hour at 10am.Mariella Frostrup discussed the issue on the Today Programme with John Humphrys as Carrie Gracie listened. She told the presenter: “I probably earn a tenth of what you do, John.”Her colleagues have criticised the BBC, saying its attitude to equal pay is “disappointing” and “an absolute disgrace” as the broadcaster continued to claim it was “performing considerably better than many.” “A separate report for on air staff will be published in the not too distant future.”Mother-of-two Gracie joined the World Service in 1987 as a trainee producer working around the world before becoming a correspondent in China in 1991.Fluent in Mandarin, she returned to the UK in 1999 to present on the news channel and appeared on a host of flagship current affairs shows before she later returned to China as the region’s editor.  Brave, brilliant @BBCCarrie please read her letter as she resigns as China editor over #equalpay @thetimes #IStandWithCarrie— Jane Garvey (@janegarvey1) January 7, 2018 Carrie Gracie spoke of her frustrationCredit: Nick Moore / Alamy Stock Photo Depressing that in 2018 the brilliant @BBCCarrie feels compelled to step down as BBC China Editor over unequal pay: https://t.co/YElqZJiAwy#bbcwomen #equalpay #istandwithcarrie— Kasia Madera (@BBCKasiaMadera) January 7, 2018 “Enough people are saying that [about China] that I know it won’t get buried.” “I chase around being surveilled the whole time, dealing with intimidation dealing with police harassment, I try and put everyone from yak herders to Communist Party officials on camera in a heavily censored one party state. I speak Chinese, I have a degree in Chinese, I have been reporting the story for nearly 30 years.” In resigning as BBC’s China Editor in a stand against unequal pay, @BBCCarrie tells viewers & listeners, “I believe you have a right to know that the BBC is breaking equality law”. Her full letter here: https://t.co/cz0NKwjlyV #equalpay #BBCwomen— Victoria Derbyshire (@vicderbyshire) January 8, 2018 Senior BBC women have stepped up their revolt over equal pay in their company after the resignation of their respected colleague Carrie Gracie over the wage gap at the broadcaster.Presenters including Victoria Derbyshire, Clare Balding, Jane Garvey and Sarah Montague tweeted the hashtag #IStandWithCarrie and co-wrote a letter claiming hundreds of women are in pay disputes with the BBC.Gracie, who was China Editor, has described the reaction as “very moving” and said it speaks to the “depth of hunger” for fair pay for women everywhere.  Statement from #bbcwomen in support of @BBCCarrie #EqualPay #IStandWithCarrie pic.twitter.com/tueh1aCW8W— Sarah Montague (@Sarah_Montague) January 8, 2018 Equal pay for equal work of equal value is the law. If it’s happening to #BBCWomen, it’s happening to you. #istandwithcarrie https://t.co/1xJipPzVkh— Samira Ahmed (@SamiraAhmedUK) January 7, 2018 “Up to 200 women that we know of in various pay grades and roles across the BBC have made pay complaints.”The NUJ alone is involved in more than 120 of these cases.” Carrie Gracie, who last night resigned from her post over equal pay, has said the broadcaster’s top salaries are “unacceptably high”.Gracie, who was China Editor, revealed she turned down a £45k pay rise and suggested male journalists in equal roles to women should take a pay cut in order to close the gender wage gap.She told BBC Woman’s Hour: “I believe in public service broadcasting and I do think salaries at the top are unacceptably high both for presenters and stars of various kinds and also for managers.”I didn’t want more money, I wanted equality and this was not equality.”There was still a big gap between myself and my male peers. This was an exercise in understanding how the BBC approached pay, and at the end of the exercise I felt the BBC was not approaching pay in an appropriate way.”The journalist also revealed that she had a six-month battle with the BBC, during which they did not make her pay equal to that of her male peers, who were earning significantly more.  Carrie Gracie spoke of her frustration Political correspondent Chris Mason described Ms Gracie’s missive as a “zinger of a letter” that was “brave, thoughtful, powerful, forensic, dignified”.Michelle Stanistreet, general secretary of the National Union of Journalists, said there was a “scourge of unequal pay” at the BBC. She said: “[The letter] makes it clear what a difficult decision it has been to speak out about what she calls a crisis of trust at the BBC, but why it is vital that the British public are clear about why she has been forced to resign her post.” Powerful, dignified and courageous stand by @BBCCarrie for equal, fair and transparent pay #IStandWithCarrie #bbcwomen #equalpay— Ben Wright (@BBCBenWright) January 8, 2018 She spoke of her struggle to be valued equally, telling the programme:  “For six months this has made me unhappy, it has been a huge job of work to try and put it right, to understand the law, I set about it like any other reporting task, I looked at employment tribunal outcomes, I spoke to colleagues male and female, I talked to my bosses, I talked to lawyers and at the end of all of that it is very hard to do the job of China Editor…which I do see as one of the most important and most difficult reporting jobs of our time. Good morning. Today’s presenters are John Humphrys and @BBCCarrie. Join the conversation using #r4today— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) January 8, 2018 This is a letter to everyone who loves and values the BBC from one of its finest journalists. @BBCCarrie has resigned as China editor. Please read and retweet. It’s time for #equalpay https://t.co/eSMU3x5aCS #bbcwomen #IStandWithCarrie— Clare Balding (@clarebalding) January 7, 2018 Presenting the Today programme, she said: “The things have struck me about it are the scale of feeling, not just from BBC women but across the country, does speak to the depth of hunger for an equal, fair and transparent pay system.”What’s lovely for me is that people are mentioning my China work.”I do not want to be remembered forever as the woman who complained about money. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Gracie resigned her post after discovering her male counterparts were earning significantly more than she was.In the published list of earnings which came out last year it was revealed US editor Jon Sopel earned £200,000-£249,999, and Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen earned £150,000-£199,999.Gracie was not on the list, which means was less than £150,000. Emphasising that she was seeking parity rather than a pay rise, and that she is already well remunerated, Gracie said she had asked the BBC to ensure that all international editors were paid the same amount before being instead offered a higher salary which “remained far short of equality”.The journalist wrote in an explosive letter of the BBC’s “secretive and illegal” attitude towards equal pay.She claimed the corporation is “breaking equality law” in its dealings with staff, and adopting a “bunker mentality” which is failing to address the significant pay gap.Asked to respond to Gracie’s allegations, the BBC issued a statement saying: “Fairness in pay is vital.“A significant number of organisations have now published their gender pay figures showing that we are performing considerably better than many and are well below the national average.“Alongside that, we have already conducted a independent judge led audit of pay for rank and file staff which showed ‘no systemic discrimination against women’. Women in every broadcaster, boardroom and office are cheering her on. https://t.co/zreI6xnfOq— Penny Marshall (@pennymitv) January 8, 2018 “The support that I’ve had speaks to the depth of hunger for an equal, fair and transparent pay system.”@BBCCarrie says she has been moved by the support for her resignation over gender pay row. More here 👉 https://t.co/pMJE08Hsoq#r4today pic.twitter.com/J1KuTF40kg— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) January 8, 2018last_img read more

China Mining to strengthen international cooperation accelerate geological exploration and mine development

first_imgAs one of the largest mineral production and consumption countries, no one can ignore the importance and involvement of China in the global mining industry. More and more companies would like to have business with China, one of the biggest buyers and investors worldwide, especially in mining and energy related projects. CHINA MINING Congress and Expo, in its 13th year, is a platform to meet government people, mining companies as well as the services providers in the industry from China and another 60 countries and regions.Hosted by the Ministry of Land & Resources and the Tianjin Municipal Government, the 13th CHINA MINING Congress & Expo 2011will be held at the Tianjin Meijiang Convention Center on November 6-8, 2011.The theme of CHINA MINING 2011 is Strengthen International Cooperation, Accelerate Geological Exploration & Mine Development.As one of the largest mineral exploration and mining trading platforms, CHINA MINING covers the whole value chain, including geological survey, exploration development, mining rights trading, mining investment and financing, smelting and processing, technique and equipment, mining services, etc. CHINA MINING plays a critical role in creating more communication and co-operation opportunities for domestic and international industry communities.Since the first time CHINA MINING was held in 1999, the scope and influence has been extending every year. CHINA MINING Congress & Expo has now become an annual not to miss event, and a platform for the world mining players. CHINA MINING 2010 attracted more than 5,000 delegates from 60 countries and featured over 600 booths. First Vice President of the Republic of Peru, H.E. Luis Giampietri Rojas together with nine mining ministers from other countries attended the Event. Vice Premier H.E. Li Keqiang from China State Council gave the keynote address in the Opening Ceremony.CHINA MINING Congress & Expo consists of three parts – Conference, Exhibition and Coherent Events. Nearly thirty plenary and breakout sessions will be arranged during the whole event, discussing about the Mining Financing & Macroeconomy, Outbound Investment, Mining Commodities, Prospecting and Exploration, Technology and Equipment, Sustainability and Country Investment Opportunities, etc. There will be more than 400 Exhibitors exhibit in the Trade Show area covering. The dedicated CHINA MINING Equipment Show, in the 6th year, is designed to the largest and most professional mining equipment show providing a trade platform for the equipment producers and buyers.CHINA MINING Congress and Expo provides unique business opportunities for mining exploration companies and all-related service providers. Early bird rate expires at September 15th. Register now online at www.china-mining.org/enlast_img read more

Documentary about child abuse in Catholic church wins three Emmy awards

first_imgAN IRISH-AMERICAN FILM about child abuse by a Catholic priest in a US school has won three Emmy awards.Documentary film Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God tells the story of four deaf men who were abused by a priest in the 1960s, and who sought to expose the Catholic Church’s cover-up of paedophilia around the world.The film was directed by Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney and was partially funded by the Irish Film Board.At an awards ceremony in Los Angeles last night, the film won Creative Arts Emmys for exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking, outstanding writing and outstanding picture editing.In an interview earlier this year, documentary maker  Alex Gibney said the film was “not just about the crimes of the cover up of this sexual abuse, but it’s about the people that fought back”.“When it comes to outing child sex abuse there are still constant obstacles that people face. I think the shame of the church is that it’s not really reckoning with the depth of the scandal,” he said.(Video: tiff/YouTube) Interview: The Church can’t move on from its abusive past until the pope is gone > Read: Irish/US film on Church child abuse selected for Oscar shortlist >Read: “I didn’t go too far”: Taoiseach defends Cloyne report comments >last_img read more

Bébé parler lui comme à un adulte cela stimule son intellect

first_imgBébé : parler lui comme à un adulte, cela stimule son intellect Selon une équipe de chercheurs américains, il est important de parler à son bébé comme à un adulte. Une syntaxe et un vocabulaire plus complexes aideraient son cerveau à se développer.C’est LA question que se posent tous les nouveaux parents : comment doivent-ils parler à leur bébé ? Faut-il parler simplement à coup de mots et de phrases incomplètes ? Ou au contraire, faut-il lui parler comme s’il était déjà grand et comprenait tout ce qu’on lui dit ? Le sujet fait depuis longtemps l’objet d’un vaste débat, chacun se rangeant d’un côté ou de l’autre. Aujourd’hui, des chercheurs américains ajoutent leur grain de sel. Durant la conférence annuelle de la Société américaine pour le progrès de la science (AAAS), à Chicago, ces scientifiques ont présenté les résultats de leur étude qui suggère que parler à son bébé comme à un adulte serait bien plus bénéfique pour lui. “Le conseil que je donne aux mères est d’avoir des conversations avec leurs bébés”, a affirmé Erika Hoff, psychologue de la Florida Atlantic University. Si la voix aigüe ou chantonnant d’un parent peut attirer l’attention de l’enfant, le cerveau de celui-ci préfèrerait largement avoir à faire à un discours plus construit et complexe. En effet, les scientifiques ont découvert que le langage des parents influait sur le développement des structures cérébrales du bébé.Des structures cérébrales plus mobilisées Pour en arriver là, ils ont comparé les cerveaux d’enfants défavorisés et ceux d’enfants dont les parents ont fait des études supérieures et ont un niveau de vie élevé. Ils ont trouvé des différences entre les systèmes cognitifs qui dirigent la sociabilité et la mémoire, mais aussi dans la partie du cerveau qui conditionne le développement de la parole.D’après l’équipe, ceci s’ajoute aux résultats d’études qui ont démontré que les enfants d’un niveau de vie relativement élevé avaient entendu au cours de leurs premières années des millions de mots de plus que les enfants d’un niveau de vie plus modeste. Un manque qui s’associait souvent à de moins bons résultats en classe.”En vieillissant, les enfants issus de milieux favorisés consacrent une plus grande partie de leur cerveau aux régions” liées à la parole, a indiqué le Dr Kimberly Noble, neurologue et pédiatre à l’université Columbia de New York. D’après les résultats obtenus, l’écart entre les enfants commencerait à se creuser à l’âge de 18 mois. En effet, les enfants d’un niveau plus modeste ont atteint à 2 ans un niveau de compétence que les autres enfants avaient atteint six mois auparavant.  Un discours “riche et complexe”Selon l’équipe de recherche, les parents ne devraient donc pas hésiter à faire des phrases plus longues, plus descriptives, associant les mots et leur contexte. “La parole (des parents) doit être riche et complexe. Il ne s’agit pas seulement d’emmagasiner du vocabulaire, il faut aussi que ce vocabulaire soit de qualité”, a soulignéErika Hoff reprise par AP. À lire aussiLe mariage aiderait à prévenir les risques de démence, mais pourquoi ?”Vous construisez de l’intelligence à travers le langage. Cela forme des réseaux de sens qui vont ensuite aider l’enfant à apprendre de nouveaux mots”, a ajouté sa collègue, Anne Fernald psychologue à la Stanford University. Si l’enfant comprend déjà l’un des mots d’une phrase, le contexte peut lui permettre de saisir la signification des autres. Un exemple simple : “le chat est sur un banc”. Si le bébé comprend le sens du mot “chat”, et que son cerveau le reconnait rapidement, alors il peut mieux comprendre ce que signifie “banc” au vu du contexte. Mais s’il ne reconnait pas assez rapidement le mot “chat” alors le “banc” s’envole sans même qu’il ait eu le temps de comprendre, précisent les scientifiques. Alors convaincu ?Le 14 février 2014 à 19:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Southeast Fisherman Forfeits Boat Net After Convictions

first_imgDemmert had pleaded guilty to fishing in closed waters, unlawful possession of fish and entering false information on a fish ticket. Dall Island is west of Prince of Wales Island. Curtis Demmert of Klawock (klah-WAHK) at sentencing also was ordered to forfeit $17,700 in illegally caught fish. Demmert was charged on Aug. 25. Alaska State Troopers say he used a 58-foot (18-meter) seine vessel, Tlingit Lady, to harvest 23,000 pounds of chum salmon in a closed area near the headwaters of a bay on Dall Island.center_img Demmert sold the fish to a fish buyer. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A 31-year-old southeast Alaska man convicted of violating commercial fishing laws will forfeit a fishing boat, seine net and skiff to the state and pay a fine of nearly $33,000.last_img

Massive Cleanup Effort at Former California Air Base Nears Completion

first_imgThe federal government recently signed a record of decision for 528 acres at the former McClellan AFB near Sacramento, Calif., marking one of the last major milestones in the installation’s cleanup 17 years after it was shuttered. The Air Force transferred the property five years ago under an early transfer with privatized cleanup, mean the land was conveyed prior to cleanup, with the responsibility for remediation transferred to McClellan Park. A total of 1,363 acres at McClellan were conveyed through that mechanism, reported the Air Force Civil Engineer Center. The record of decision covers 45 sites, 41 of which have been completed, requiring only land use restrictions and monitoring; four sites still require “dig and haul” remedial actions.“Our team takes great pride in how successful the privatization of McClellan Park has been,” said Alan Hersh, senior vice president of McClellan Park. “We couldn’t have made McClellan Park California’s largest infill/reuse master planned community without the crucial partnerships we have developed with the Air Force, the county and many other local and federal agencies,” he said. All but 200 of McClellan’s 3,458 acres have been transferred to the community.Air Force photo by Scott Johnston Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

POLICE LOG for March 24 Wilmington Man Charged With Assault Train Issues

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Sunday, March 24, 2019:Danny G. Alberto (36, Wilmington) was issued a summons for Assault & Battery. A caller reported he drove Alberto to Metro at Wilmington Station on Burlington Avenue, where Alberto allegedly assaulted him. (2:41am)Police noted an outbound train was blocking Middlesex Avenue at North Wilmington station. (1:34pm)A caller reported he may have lost his black wallet while shopping at Market Basket. (3:09pm)A caller reported two male juveniles were walking down the train tracks off of Main Street toward Woburn. Police notified MBTA. Police advised juveniles of the law and to remain off the tracks. Police drove the juveniles to Yentile Farm. (5:29pm)Police found an insulin kit in the roadway at Adams Street and Church Street. (6:35pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 12: 2 Juveniles Laying On Train Tracks; Motorcycle Crash; Tractor Trailer vs. PoleIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 27: Kids On Train Tracks; Ammunition Turned In; Orphan Bunnies RescuedIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”last_img read more

MercedesAMG GT 4door Coupe starts at 136500 with a V8

first_img 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupe: A practical beauty 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Mercedes-Benz Preview • 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe: Beautiful brutality Post a comment 0 Share your voice If the Mercedes-AMG GT excites you, but its two-door nature won’t fit into your life, rejoice — there’s a new four-door variant on the way. And while it’s expensive, it’s actually a bit of a bargain compared to the current coupe.The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupe will start at $136,500 (before a $995 destination charge) when it goes on sale in early 2019. While the GT 63 trim is technically the base model, it’s far from base. Its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 will put out 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, routed to the ground through all four wheels and a nine-speed automatic transmission. If that’s not enough for you, perhaps the GT 63 S will satisfy you. Output rises to 630 hp and 664 lb-ft, the top speed rises to an electronically limited 195 mph and the price jumps considerably to $159,000 (again, before destination).There’s still one more variant to talk about, but its pricing information isn’t yet available. The GT 53 will eventually slot beneath the V8 models, drawing 429 hp and 384 lb-ft from a 3.0-liter turbocharged I6, and its 48-volt mild hybrid system can add a bit more on top of that. But since that car doesn’t go on sale until a few months after the V8 models, Mercedes-Benz will likely announce its pricing closer to that time.While the current $24,100 gulf between the starting price of the AMG GT 4-door Coupe and the regular AMG GT seems vast, it will shrink after the GT 53’s pricing is announced. And for what you get, the price isn’t too bad. For example, the 577-hp four-door costs $136,500, but if you want that much power from the two-door, you have to spend $157,000 at the minimum for the GT R, and no two-door variant packs 630 horsepower. So, in that sense, the price is pretty solid, and from what we’ve experienced, that description also extends to its driving dynamics. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything bettercenter_img Mercedes-Benz Hatchbacks Luxury cars Performance Cars More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More about 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe Tags 68 Photoslast_img read more

Union Assaults Against Metro Employees Unacceptable

first_imgMetro’s largest union is demanding the system to do more to protect bus operators from people who assault them on the job, and points to a rise in attacks they say have been ratcheting up since late August.The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 is calling on Metro to beef up the Metro Police Force to protect workers and for all jurisdictions, starting with Washington, D.C., to make it a felony offense to assault workers. The union took the strong tack in a statement it issued last week, days after it alleged two Metrobus operators were threatened with firearms on Sept. 14.“Transit assaults are at an epidemic level and Metro’s lazy response has put its employees and the riding public at risk,” the statement said. “It will no longer be tolerated by this union or the riding public.”The union says assaults against MetroBus drivers have gone up ever since Aug. 26 when a passenger allegedly threw urine in a X2 bus driver’s face. The union claims a MetroBus operator has been spat on every day since then and that another bus driver was even kidnapped.The union alleges one gun assault took place on the same bus line, which travels from downtown D.C. to Minnesota Avenue, NE. The other one happened against a bus driver for the G8 line, which travels along Rhode Island Avenue to the Maryland border, the union said.Metro agrees nobody should be assaulted for doing his or her job and is working with the union to further protect bus operators, Sherri Ly, a Metro spokeswoman said in an email to the AFRO.Metro Transit Police has assigned nearly 40 officers to Metrobuses that are embedded at the Shepherd Parkway and Northern bus divisions in Southwest and Northwest D.C., respectively. As well, more than a third of Metrobuses offer protective shields. All new buses come with the shields already installed, Ly said. Every bus also has digital cameras always recording and equipment that allows operators to call for help with the push of a button.Meanwhile, Metro disputes the union’s version of the alleged assaults, Ly said.One of the alleged gun incidents actually took place on the D8 bus line, not the G8 line, Ly said. Moreover, officials say it was an incident of road rage involving another motorist allegedly brandishing a weapon. D.C. police are investigating. The D8 travels from Massachusetts Avenue/Columbus Circle in Northeast D.C. – Union Station – to First Street, NW – National Rehabilitation Center.As well, the X2bus operator wasn’t threatened with a gun and went on to tell police that he never saw a weapon, Ly said. In reality, the Metro Transit Police Department removed an individual from the bus at the end of the line and police recovered a gun after making contact with the person, who they later arrested, Ly said.Finally, in the alleged kidnapping incident, an individual leaned on the safety shield, blocking the operating from exiting. That person was ultimately charged with simple assault, fare evasion, misdemeanor threats and disorderly conduct — but not kidnapping, Ly said.last_img read more

Amazon Alexa Dresses as Talking Skull for Halloween

first_imgStay on target “Alexa, are you going to haunt my dreams?”One enterprising Amazon Alexa user has turned the virtual assistant into a year-round Halloween horror.A self-described aspiring roboticist and spooky stylist, YouTuber ViennaMike repurposed the three-axis talking skull his wife gifted him into something altogether creepy.“A friend suggested that there had to be other [talking skull] applications for the rest of the year,” he wrote in a recent blog post. “This got me thinking, and when I saw the Alexa Billy Bass I knew what I had to do, and the Yorick project was born.”Named for the dead court jester whose skull is exhumed by a gravedigger in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the unsettling decoration serves as a mouthpiece for Alexa.Ask for the weather, for instance, and the bug-eyed cranium will report that, in Virginia, “it’s 41 degrees with clear skies and sun.”The project, as detailed online, requires a talking skull (duh), a Raspberry Pi, and the AlexaPi software for turning the single-board computer into an Alexa client device. You’ll also need servomechanism controllers to adjust audio and skull movements.“The one key tip is to slow down the servos in order to look more realistic,” according to ViennaMike, who set the speed and acceleration of his Maestro software to 20, leaving the jaw untouched so it can quickly respond to changing audio.For the finishing touches, the designer hid his hardware in a box, then covered the threaded rod supporting the skull with PVC pipe, which he painted black for continuity.ViennaMike has been playing around with his three-axis skull for a while: In May, he posted a video of the ornament “singing” along to “King Tut” by Steve Martin and the Toot Uncommons.Check out his YouTube channel for more glimpses into this year’s Halloween props. And watch the video below for “more from Yorick.” Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments last_img read more

Mozilla is held to a higher standard

first_imgMozilla is held to a higher standard by Martin Brinkmann on July 14, 2017 in Firefox – 47 commentsIf you follow tech news or my site, you have probably stumbled upon the Firefox uses Google Analytics controversy by now.Let me refresh your memory if you have not. A user of Firefox discovered that Mozilla Firefox connects to Google Analytics when users of the browser load the Get Add-ons page of about:addons.That page displays a remote web page on Mozilla’s website when loaded, and that’s where the Google Analytics connection comes into play.Mozilla stated in a response that it has brokered a special deal with Google which anonymizes the data, and prevents Google from using it internally or externally.While that is commendable, it does not touch the core of the issue that privacy-conscious users have with the implementation.The core issue for users who criticize Mozilla for using Google Analytics is the connection to Google Analytics, or in broader terms to Google, and that Firefox does not inform users about it, or provide the means to block it by default, or that the connection happens at all.Note: Mozilla reacted quickly to the reported issue, and Firefox users may enable Do Not Track in the browser to disable the Google Analytics script on the Get Add-ons page of the browser.Firefox users may enable Do Not Track by loading about:preferences#privacy in the browser’s address bar, and setting the option to “always”. Note EndMozilla may be right when it states that Google won’t touch the data because of the deal. There is no evidence that the company does otherwise, even though it would be difficult to prove that. The whole incident may be blown out of proportions, but that is not what is bothering users who criticize Mozilla for the use of Google Analytics.What Mozilla fails to realize in my opinion is that there is a subset of Firefox users which holds the organization to higher standards than any other browser maker when it comes to privacy (except the Tor Browser guys probably).This does not come out of the blue, as Mozilla presents itself as an organization that values user privacy and security. The fourth principle of Mozilla confirms this for instance:Individuals’ security and privacy on the Internet are fundamental and must not be treated as optional.A connection to Google Analytics goes against these privacy principles, at least for Firefox users who take privacy seriously. It does not really matter whether Mozilla brokered a special deal with Google or not, what is collected and what is not, or what happens to the data that gets collected.The fact that data lands on Google servers, and thus outside of control of Firefox users or Mozilla, is what is bothering users who criticize Mozilla for integrating the script on the page that Firefox loads.In short: The stance that privacy conscious Firefox users have is that Firefox should never make connections to third-party sources, especially not to Google, Microsoft or any other major player in the advertising world, without user consent.SummaryArticle NameMozilla is held to a higher standardDescriptionThe article discusses why Mozilla is, and should be, held to a higher standard when it comes to user privacy than other browser makers.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Warning Road closure after truck crashes along Van Reenens Pass

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Two trucks were involved in a crash along Van Reenen’s Pass this morning (February 21).The crash resulted in total road closure.Emergency personnel are still on scene.Also read: Bad road conditions surrounding LadysmithOfficials are busy clearing the scene.Misty conditions prevail along Van Reenen’s Pass, resulting in poor visibility.Motorists must reduce their speed and also increase their following distance to be safe on the roads.last_img

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first_img Comments   Share   Vince MarottaCan the banged-up Cleveland Browns slow down theCardinals’ roll? Stranger things have happened, but Idon’t think the resurgent Cards defense is quaking intheir boots knowing that Seneca Wallace is lining up undercenter for Cleveland. This will be a close game, because Idon’t think the Cardinals’ offense is capable of blowinganyone out, but I think the Birds get it done.Final Score: Cardinals 19, Browns 14 Doug FranzI believe in this defense.I believe that Skelton can play horrible at times but hedoes enough to win.I believe the Cardinals would win in Cleveland.Put this game in Glendale and start either a back-up QB ora beat up starter and it’s a no-brainer.I have no idea what will happen next weekend on the road,in the cold, with Christmas on the mind but for thisweekend Cards are the easy choice.Final Score: Cardinals 31, Browns 10 Tyler BassettCardinals continue their winning ways this Sunday. TheBrowns’ offense runs into what has been a stellar secondhalf of the season for the defense. It doesn’t matter whothe QB is – for either team – because the Cardinalsdefense will do enough.Final Score: Cardinals 23, Browns 10 Adam GreenI’m drinking the kool aid and it tastes good. TheCardinals have won four of five and now get to face a teamthat, to put it mildly, stinks? Yeah, I like theirchances.The Cardinals defense is playing out of its mind latelyand gets to face a Seneca Wallace-led offense. He isn’tgood enough — or good at all, really — and the defenseshould have its way Sunday. Add that to an offense thatshould find its run game again and the Cardinals willcoast to a win and a .500 record.Final Score: Cardinals 27, Browns 13 Dave BurnsIsn’t it ironic that of the three games remaining for theCardinals, the Browns game is the one I’m most nervousabout even though it’s the easiest one left on theschedule. The Cardinals are supposed to win this game;hence I’m scared they won’t. But then I look at thenumbers and I’m reassured. In particular, the fact that intheir last three games the Browns are giving up an averageof 190 yards per game rushing. The last time the Cardinalsfaced a run defense close to that bad, Beanie busted outbig time against the Rams. More of the same and the Cardshave nothing to worry about. .500 here we come.Final Score: Cardinals 27, Browns 10 Charlie FeinermanThe Cardinals are facing a Browns team that will haveSeneca Wallace under center sue to Colt McCoy’s injury.While Wallace is mobile, I don’t see that being a problemfor the newly-reinvigorated Cardinals defense.Final Score: Cardinals 31, Browns 13 Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away The Arizona Cardinals get a break from playing some ofthe NFL’s best as they welcome the 4-9 Cleveland Browns totown. At 6-7 the home team has a chance to bring its record to.500 while staying in the playoff race, but the Browns arehoping to pull off the upset. Will it happen? Give us your predictions in the comments below. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Carter NackeWith both starting QBs likely out, I think the Cardinalswill win this Battle of the Backups (TM, by the way). Addin the fact that the Browns continue to be terrible seasonafter season, and Sunday should turn into an easy win forthe Cards.Final Score: Cardinals 24, Browns 10 Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Joe HuizengaFun Fact…the Browns are the last team to beat the GreenBay Packers…oh wait, it was the pre-season when thathappened. The Cardinals have been on a roll and Cleveland is bothoffensively and defensively the blandest team in football. IF the Cardinals are going to have any shot at theplayoffs they really need this one.Final Score: Cardinals 27, Browns 10last_img read more

President meets Tusk in Brussels

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades and the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, met in Brussels on Thursday ahead of the summit, to discuss the agenda and Turkey’s behaviour in the Eastern Mediteranean.The meeting took place in a constructive atmosphere, and according to a government source, Anastasiades has given emphasis on Turkey’s behaviour, which was contrary to Tusk`s recommendations in his statement after the informal summit of February 23.Anastasiades also highlighted the need to send a clear message to Turkey through the summit`s conclusions, which Tusk will also convey to Turkish President Tayip Erdogan at the Varna EU- Turkey Summit.Last month, a drill ship contracted by Eni to explore offshore Cyprus was forced to abandon the area, after Turkish warships blocked its path to its target in Block 3 of Cyprus’ EEZ.You May LikeHealth & Human Research7 Best Foods For People Over 50Health & Human ResearchUndoFlyost.comTop Things To See And Do Tokyo, Japan – Flyost.comFlyost.comUndoHealthZapWorkers Discover 71-Year-Old Wallet And Return It To Joyful OwnerHealthZapUndo Cyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img