Quebec moves to expand animal welfare laws to cover dozens of species
MONTREAL — The Quebec government is moving to vastly expand the scope of its animal welfare legislation to offer increased protection to species ranging from horses and mink to ostriches and wild turkeys.The draft regulation published this week would require fox and mink farms and stables with 15 or more horses to meet the same welfare standards as dog and cat breeding operations.Under the proposed rules, owners of these farms and stables would have to obtain a permit from the Agriculture Department and submit to regular inspections.The proposed legislation also outlines care standards that would apply to dozens of other species including bison, deer, boar, ostriches, wild turkeys and some species of fish.People raising these animals would not need a permit, but they would have to respect rules concerning cleanliness, living space, safety, access to food and water. They would also have to follow procedures to isolate animals that are sick or giving birth.The agriculture department estimates the proposed rules would affect about 1,200 businesses, with compliance costing a total of up to $3.3 million in the first year.The Canadian Press
Man accused of killing Cree woman in Ottawa on suicide watch
By Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsOttawa – The man who allegedly admitted to killing a Cree woman from Ottawa in 2010 is now on suicide watch, APTN National News has learned.Adrian Daou, 22, is being held in segregation at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre and being watched around the clock.APTN has been told Daou became incoherent and distraught after coming forward to Ottawa police late last month in the death of Jennifer Stewart, 36.His lawyer told media after his first court appearance Feb. 27 that his client was “calm and collected” according to reports.Daou, from Kingston, was already in custody at OCDC on a drug conviction. He was in regular cells prior to being charged with first-degree murder.It’s not clear if he already tried to kill himself.Stewart was found behind a small apartment building on Alice Street in the Vanier suburb of Ottawa. She was spotted in the early morning hours of Aug. 20 by a woman walking her dog. She was left in a gravel parking lot which has since been paved over.She was stabbed to death.Stewart fought addictions she tried to keep from her some members of her family. A mother, Stewart was Cree from northern Quebec.The First Nation side of her family has asked for privacy but said Stewart should be remembered as a loving firstname.lastname@example.org@afixedaddress
PNB to sell stake in housing finance arm
New Delhi: State-run Punjab National Bank (PNB) on Friday said it will sell part of its stake in PNB Housing Finance (PNBHFL) to global equity firms General Atlantic Group and Varde Partners for a total of Rs 1,851.60 crore. The bank has entered into agreements for the sale. Post the transactions, the PNB would continue as the promoter and hold a strategic stake of 19.78 per cent in PNBHFL, it said in a regulatory filing. The transactions would include “sale of 1,08,91,733 equity shares held in PNBHFL to General Atlantic Group at a per share price of Rs 850, aggregating to Rs 925.80 crore, and the sale of 1,08,91,733 equity shares held in PNBHFL to Varde Partners at a per share price of Rs 850, aggregating to Rs 925.80 crore,” the filing said. Shares of PNBHFL on the BSE rose by 3.87 per cent or Rs 32.10 to Rs 861.60 per share around 12.55 p.m. Stock price of PNB on the BSE traded at Rs 96.20, higher by Re 0.85 or 0.89 per cent from its previous close.
Sri Lanka links to INTERPOL database
The system of this magnitude is the first of its kind in the whole of South Asia. The local service was developed under the direction of the Secretary Defence and funded by the Government of Canada. The development and integration of the project was carried out by EPIC Lanka and Informatics International Limited under the technical consultancy of Dr Chathura De Silva – Senior Lecturer at University of Moratuwa. The Sri Lankan immigration border control system was today linked with the INTERPOL database, the Ministry of Defence said.The system is capable of storing stolen or lost travel documents and records of known international criminals with photographs and fingerprints and can even be used online or offline. The launching ceremony of the Integration of INTERPOL Database Services with the Sri Lanka Immigration Border Control System by the Secretary of Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa was held today at the main auditorium of the Ministry of Defence. The INTERPOL system which was initiated in year 2004 presently holds thirty two million records on file and as of November 2011 there had been six hundred million searches on the database. 187 countries all over the world are connected to the INTERPOL system as of to date.The Chief of Mission of International Organization for Migration Richard Danziger addressing the gathering said that the implementation of the Database was a tremendous achievement. Meanwhile the Secretary of Defence said that the launch was another step in strengthening border security.Secretary of External Affairs, Additional Secretaries of the Ministry of Defence, Chief of National Intelligence and many distinguished guests were present at the event.
Three UK youths appear in court over brutal attack on Sri Lankan
The gang – a 15-year-old and two 16-year-olds – confronted him with a knife and as they called him a “f***ing P***” and told him “Go home, this is my country”, the Liverpool Echo reports.The attack occurred outside Broadway Booze in Norris Green, Liverpool, shortly before 8am on December 28 last year. Witness Matthew McClaren recalled how “it seemed that P*** was every other word” used by the gang and they said “stay down you dirty P***”. Liverpool Crown Court heard that the youths previously caused trouble in the store and one of them was allegedly barred from the shop the night before.Nicholas Walker, prosecuting, said the victim is Sri Lankan and told them he was not from Pakistan, but this “was lost on the males, who continued with their racist abuse”.He said: “Each of the defendants kicks or stamps on him when he is on the floor. At least one of them seems to be recording it on their phone.” He suffered a broken jaw and fractured eye sockets when he was set upon as he opened his shop for the day. She said: “This was a brutal, shocking and cowardly attack.“In an endeavour to show he was not cowed or intimidated by your conduct, he just continued with his work of opening the shop.“As he bent down to unlock the padlock – so when he was completely vulnerable and no threat to any of you – one of you kicked him full in the face.“You can see the force of that kick as he fell backwards. The other two of you quickly followed up by kicking him in the head area.“All the while, as if this was some form of entertainment to share, with your phone one of you filmed the incident, which is disgraceful and almost the most chilling aspect of this case.”Walker said police did not discover footage of the attack but found Snapchat conversations, in which the gang planned how to blame their victim.One of the 16-year-olds said he would take the blame before he and the other 16-year-old agreed to say there was no knife, no racism and “no drugs stored in the shop”.Walker said it was not part of the Crown’s case that drugs were involved. He added that one 16-year-old told the 15-year-old to “wipe your phone”.The three youths, from Norris Green and Clubmoor, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent.Katy Appleton, defending the one of the 16-year-olds, said his teachers expressed “complete shock” as it was “totally out of character”.She said he was remorseful, adding: “He got caught up in the moment trying to act as he said ‘as the big lad’.”James Parry, defending the 15-year-old, said it was a “dreadful attack” which he should have stopped. (Colombo Gazette) Thirkkumaran Siththampalam, 38, was repeatedly kicked in the head and was left with serious injuries following the shocking racist attack, the UK Mirror reported. Siththampalam later underwent surgery for multiple fractures to his jaw and eyes, with metal plates inserted in his face.Walker said: “He described himself as a man who always supported himself and his family but the attack made him feel like committing suicide.”Judge Elizabeth Nicholls said “distressing” CCTV footage showed Mr Siththampalam try to knock the knife away “with great courage”. Three UK youths have appeared in court over a brutal attack on a Sri Lankan.Three teenage schoolboys recorded mobile phone video as they viciously beat the shopkeeper and shouted at him to “stay down you dirty P***”.
Four international experts appointed by UN envoy to help run Afghan legislative
Jean Arnault, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, announced that Canada’s Alison Redford, Australia’s Julian Type, India’s Noor Mohammad and Ray Kennedy of the United States have been selected to sit on the Joint Electoral Management Body (JEMB).The JEMB is comprised of the four officials – each one has extensive experience in helping to organize elections in foreign countries – and the nine-member Afghan Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). After the elections are held, the IEC will assume full responsibility for the running of future elections in Afghanistan.Mr. Arnault has also appointed Peter Erben as the IEC’s Chief Electoral Officer, his spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva told reporters in the Afghan capital of Kabul.
Senate passes bill to impose background checks better training for child care
Senate passes bill to impose background checks, better training for child care workers by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2014 2:15 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The Senate has passed legislation to require child care providers who care for children from low-income families through a government voucher program to undergo criminal background checks, know first aid and CPR and get other training.The bipartisan legislation, which passed by a 97-1 vote, would also require annual state inspections of child care centres. At issue is the $5 billion-plus spent annually to help provide care to 1.6 million children, many of whom are in single-parent households. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, cast the “no” vote.Supporters of the legislation, designed to expand access to federally subsidized child care and improve its quality, say such care is a vital means to allow parents of modest means to stay in the workforce.“For working families who live below the poverty line, the cost of childcare can eat up more than 30 per cent of their monthly income,” said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. “For single parents, if you have only one income, it is an even bigger burden.”The bill would require providers to meet a range of health and safety standards, including first aid, CPR and prevention of child abuse and sudden infant death syndrome. The bill also would require annual inspections of licensed programs and require that day-care centres be inspected before they are opened. Nine states, including California, Massachusetts and Minnesota, do not require annual inspections.The program sends block grants to states to help them provide vouchers to help low-income parents pay for child care. Costs have risen sharply since the program was consolidated under the 1996 welfare reform law.The low-profile measure came to the Senate floor after the chamber has experienced much partisanship and rancour in recent years and has gotten away from routine floor debates and an open legislative process in which lawmakers are free to offer amendments. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said that “smaller bills like this one … generate good feelings on both sides of the aisle. They show younger members that we really can legislate; they haven’t seen too much of that because there hasn’t been too much. And it helps break down the mistrust.”Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said other bipartisan candidates for floor action include legislation backed by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lee, to ease federal mandatory minimum sentence laws for non-violent drug offences and legislation by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., to boost energy efficiency.Thursday’s measure would add flexibility so that smaller fluctuations in income don’t disqualify parents from receiving subsidies and makes it easier for homeless families to qualify even though they may have lost access to some required documents. It is also aimed at making sure day care workers are trained in CPR, fire prevention, and sanitation practices and ways to prevent sudden infant death syndrome. It also encourages better nutrition practices and more exercise at child care centres.The measure now goes to the House, where Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, said “I look forward to a productive discussion as we work to find common ground and complete the reauthorization of this important program.”
2 of NFLs top rivalries have turned sour
Two of the NFL’s most intense rivalries have turned sour.When the Chiefs visit the Raiders in a series that dates back to the AFL and has been as good as any in pro football, the oddsmakers see Oakland (2-9) getting routed — at home — by Kansas City. Most of America sees it that way, too.“I know this, when it comes to Chiefs and Raiders, it doesn’t matter records,” said Chiefs coach Andy Reid, whose team is 9-2. “It’s one of those deals and you better come ready to play against a Jon Gruden-coached football team. That’s the way I am approaching it with the guys right now. I just think that’s very important.”Since the Raiders moved back from Los Angeles to Oakland in 1995, there’s been only one season when both clubs had winning records (2016). The rivalry has been less heated since Marty Schottenheimer left as Kansas City coach in 1998 and Raiders owner Al Davis died in 2011. But this gap is success is ridiculous.A more recent rivalry to savour has been San Francisco vs. Seattle. With the Seahawks (6-5) retooling but still competitive, and the 49ers (2-9) perennially rebuilding, that magic seems gone. Indeed, the league flexed this game off prime time.“We had some great battles over the years,” says Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, specifically referring to the matchups with Jim Harbaugh when he led the 49ers. “If that’s what you guys want to call a rivalry, I’m not trying to minimize that part, it’s just that isn’t the way I talk and act and think about it. The better the other team is, the more it brings out the best you have, and I love that.”The weekend began Thursday night with Dallas’ 13-10 home victory over New Orleans. Ezekiel Elliott scored the only Dallas touchdown and the Cowboys (7-5) stifled Drew Brees and the Saints (10-2), ending New Orleans’ 10-game winning streak. New Orleans failed to score in the first half, with Brees throwing for 39 yards.There are no more byes on the schedule.Kansas City (10-1) at Oakland (2-9)It’s a bit complicated, but a Chiefs win and losses by Miami, Tennessee, Houston, Indianapolis, Baltimore and Cincinnati in certain combinations hand KC a playoff berth. Not that anyone doubts one is coming.The Chiefs have won six of seven in this series and Reid’s teams are 16-3 coming off a bye.Here’s a weird stat: Oakland stands fifth in the NFL with 34 points on opening drives. It’s third worst with 1.32 points per drive after that.San Francisco (2-9) at Seattle (6-5)Most intriguing here is Richard Sherman now wearing a 49ers jersey. The star defensive back for seven seasons in Seattle hasn’t done much in San Francisco: Sherman had 32 picks for Seattle, most in the NFL during that span. He has zero interceptions and four passes defenced this season.“It’s different. Just the dynamic of the NFC West has changed,” Sherman says. “It’s changed a few times throughout the years. Early on when I first came in the league, San Fran was at the top and winning the division and went to a few NFC championships. In the middle of that, Seattle came up and was battling with Frisco, and for one crazy year Arizona came out of nowhere and had a really good season and made it to the NFC championship.“There was a lot more teeth to the rivalry during those middle years for a number of reasons because there were several story lines. Since then, coaching changes have happened here, personnel changes have happened elsewhere, and the Rams have become incredible in the division and are playing really good football. So a lot has changed.”The Seahawks have won eight straight and 10 of the past 11 vs. the 49ers. Seattle, which plays four of its final five at home — the other game is at the Niners — are 26-13 in regular-season games in December/January under Carroll.Los Angeles Chargers (8-3) at Pittsburgh (7-3-1)The scoreboard might explode at Heinz Field as Class of 2004 QBs Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger light it up.Rivers set an NFL record for highest completion rate (96.6 per cent) and tied the mark for consecutive completions (25) in last week’s rout of Arizona. He has multi-TD games in every outing this season, but will be without running back Melvin Gordon (knee).Roethlisberger’s 97-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster last week gave him four 90-plus yard passes, most in NFL history. He threw for 462 yards in the loss at the Broncos, his sixth game of 450-plus yards. No other QB in NFL history has more than four.Pittsburgh has won four of the past five meetings and is 15-3 at home against the Chargers.Neither team can afford a stumble as it approaches likely post-season berths. LA can’t fall further behind KC in the AFC West, and the Steelers have hopes of a first-round bye.Minnesota (6-4-1) at New England (8-3)More records are within Tom Brady’s reach. With two touchdown passes against Minnesota, Brady would pass Peyton Manning’s 579 for the most passing touchdowns in NFL history, including the post-season. He also would beat Brett Favre’s 508 for the third-most regular-season touchdown passes.With the Vikings’ best cornerback, Xavier Rhodes, leaving last Sunday night with a hamstring issue, stymieing Brady could be a major challenge for Minnesota as it chases NFC North leader Chicago.“I remember when we were going in Cincinnati I’m watching him pregame and he was just throwing these darts,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says of Brady, “and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, we’re in trouble today.’ But his accuracy, I think he sees so many things now, I think with the experience. I don’t know that he’s changed all that much.”Washington (6-5) at Philadelphia (5-6), Monday nightAmong the many so-so teams in playoff contention are the Redskins, operating without their No. 1 quarterback, Alex Smith, and the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles, with a torn-up secondary.Colt McCoy had 268 yards passing, two touchdowns and three interceptions last week. Something to look for: Adrian Peterson needs two TDs to pass Jim Brown (106) for fifth most in NFL history.Philly’s secondary is ravaged by injuries, so a strong pass rush likely is needed.Los Angeles Rams (10-1) at Detroit (4-7)The Rams have their eyes on winning out to put the heat on New Orleans for overall home-field advantage in the NFC. First up, a pair of NFC Central opponents — at Chicago next week is the tougher test.Los Angeles clinches the NFC West with a win or Seattle loss. Todd Gurley leads the league with 1,484 scrimmage yards and 17 scrimmage TDs, and DT Aaron Donald has been practically unblockable at times. He had two strip-sacks in the win over the Chiefs.The Lions have lost four of five as Matthew Stafford has thrown for three TDs and four INTs in the past four games.Chicago (8-3) at New York Giants (3-8)NFC North-leading Chicago aims for a sixth straight win; the Bears won three times in 12 days, once without starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Chase Daniel started against the Lions on Thanksgiving, going 27 for 37 for 230 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.But it’s defence that marks these Bears, hardly a surprise. They lead the NFL with fewest first-half points allowed (64), are tops with 20 interceptions and are tied for the league lead with 16 forced fumbles.Giants RB Saquon Barkley is one of four rookies in NFL history with touchdowns rushing and receiving in consecutive games. He has 100-plus yards from scrimmage in 10 of 11 games and Barkley ranks third in the NFL with 1,410 yards from scrimmage. He probably will find it tough going Sunday.Cleveland (4-6-1) at Houston (8-3)Houston is on quite a roll with eight consecutive wins, has beaten Cleveland four straight times and six of the past seven meetings.Still, the Browns are dangerous under interim coach Gregg Williams and with top overall draft pick Baker Mayfield playing well. Cleveland ended a 25-game road losing streak last week at Cincinnati as Mayfield threw a season-high four touchdown passes.Mayfield must keep a watch for J.J. Watt, whose sensational comeback season peaked with nine tackles, 1 1/2 sacks and a forced fumble last Monday night. Watt, tied for second in the NFL with 11 1/2 sacks, had three tackles for losses, one sack, forced and recovered a fumble and had a TD reception in his last game against Cleveland in 2014.Indianapolis (6-5) at Jacksonville (3-8)Indy is up, Jacksonville is awful.A victory would give the Colts their first six-game winning streak since opening their 2009 AFC championship season 14-0. Andrew Luck has a TD pass in an NFL-best 34 straight games and three or more TDs in eight consecutive games, tying Peyton Manning for No. 2 all time.The Jaguars have dropped seven straight, fired offensive co-ordinator Nathaniel Hackett and benched QB Blake Bortles. Cody Kessler was 0-8 as Cleveland’s starter in 2016.Jacksonville is without RB Leonard Fournette, suspended one game for leaving the bench and instigating a fight in Buffalo.Denver (5-6) at Cincinnati (5-6)The Bengals have lost five of six and now are without Andy Dalton (thumb); third-year quarterback Jeff Driskel gets his first NFL start Sunday.Ground games could be key here. Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay ranks second among NFL rookies with 780 yards rushing, and with Dalton out, Joe Mixon — 89 yards vs. the Browns — should be busy toting the ball for Cincinnati.Broncos star linebacker Von Miller has sacks in six straight games.Baltimore (6-5) at Atlanta (4-7)Only the sixth meeting, with Baltimore’s 19-13 OT victory in Atlanta in 1999 the only win by a visiting team.Baltimore owns the NFL’s top-ranked defence, allowing a league-low 18 points per game, and has found a winning formula on offence as undrafted rookie Gus Edwards has rushed for at least 100 yards in two straight games. Rookie QB Lamar Jackson has been dynamic on the ground while Joe Flacco heals a hip injury.The highly disappointing Falcons have their second three-game losing streak this season, but Matt Ryan needs two completions to pass Carson Palmer for 11th on the career list, and has topped 300 yards passing and a 100 QB rating in five of the past six games.Carolina (6-5) at Tampa Bay (4-7)Carolina’s three straight losses endanger its playoff chase. Don’t blame RB Christian McCaffrey, who had 125 yards rushing, 112 receiving for a club-record 237 scrimmage yards and two TDs last week vs. Seattle. Top draftee D.J. Moore has 17 receptions for 248 yards in the past two games.Bucs DE Jason Pierre-Paul has 10 1/2 sacks.New York Jets (3-8) at Tennessee (5-6)For Tennessee to have any thoughts about making the post-season, it must win games such as this. The Jets have lost five in a row and other than placekicker Jason Myers, offer little resistance. Myers has five field goals of 55 yards or longer this season, most by any kicker since 2000.The Titans have won 13 of their past 16 home games and do a few things pretty well. They have 56 total penalties, fewest in the league, and have allowed 25 TDs, tied for fifth fewest in the NFL.Arizona (2-9) at Green Bay (4-6-1)Not much to watch with these also-rans. Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald needs four catches to pass Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (1,281 with 49ers) for most receptions in NFL history with one team. Fitzgerald has scored in all five of his previous games against the Packers.Packers WR Davante Adams has a career-high 1,022 yards receiving, scoring at least 10 TDs for a third straight season.Buffalo (4-7) at Miami (5-6)Don’t look for a scoring spree here: Buffalo ranks 31st in offence, Miami is 28th.Although the Bills have topped 300 yards in the past two games after failing to do so in the first six, their passer rating of 58.9 is worst in the NFL. They have been outscored by 111 points.Miami does have regular QB Ryan Tannehill back from a shoulder injury. He has won his past seven home starts.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLBarry Wilner, The Associated Press
Ohio State mens lacrosse with four games left to earn spot in
With just four games remaining in the regular season, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team sits one game behind Bellarmine for the fourth and final Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament spot heading into this weekend’s matchup against Hobart. A loss to Loyola (Md.) last weekend dropped Buckeyes’ conference record to 1-2 on the year. Hobart sits at 4-5 overall on the year but is tied with OSU for fifth in the ECAC with a 1-2 conference record. Senior midfielder Dominique Alexander knows that the season is coming to an end but isn’t worried about potentially being left out of the postseason. “We’re not necessarily worried, we’re just going to take it one game at a time,” Alexander said. “Our focus is completely on Hobart right now and getting this win.” Recent matchups have seen the Buckeyes struggle to find offensive production, only scoring eight goals total in contests against Notre Dame and Loyola (Md.). A matchup with Hobart could be exactly what the Buckeyes need to get back on track. On the year, Hobart is allowing nearly 12 goals a game. Coach Nick Myers said he’s not concerned about OSU’s offensive well-being. “We’ve proven that we can score goals, we have confidence in the guys that we have,” Myers said. “We’re sharing the ball well offensively. We just have to generate more quality shots and be more mindful of some of the turnovers.” Senior attacker Nick Liddil said he’s noticed the offensive issues but thinks there’s an easy solution. “We just have to play like a team,” Liddil said. “Play Buckeye lacrosse and play like we know how to. Hopefully we can have a better offensive output than last week.” OSU is set to play the bottom two teams in the ECAC, Air Force and Michigan, on the road before finishing the season at home against Fairfield. Saturday’s game against Hobart is set for noon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
British police raid village pub in search of Holy Grail
An example of a 14th century cup with a similar design to the Nanteos Cup Source: Wikimedia CommonsThe pub’s landlady, Di Franklyn, told Reuters:They turned the place upside down. They came with fibre optic cameras to look in all the corners and nooks and crannies, and under the floorboards… they were clearly serious about it.The cup was not reclaimed during the search.According to the BBC, the only item on the premises that vaguely resembled it was a salad bowl.No word yet on if they have to return with a nice shrubbery.This bizarre facial exercise contraption promises to give you a better smile>Reward offered for return of suggestive ‘Sister Mary’ scarecrow> POLICE IN THE UK have raided a village pub searching for a stolen relic believed to be the Holy Grail – the cup Jesus is said to have drunk from at the Last Supper.The object in question is the Nanteos Cup, a wooden relic which some believe to be the Holy Grail.It is said to have been brought to Britain by Joseph of Arimathea before ending up at a stately home in Wales, where visitors would drink from it.Last month, it was reported that the cup had been stolen from a house in Herefordshire.After receiving ‘intelligence’ that the cup had been seen in a local pub, a team of eight officers and a police dog arrived at the Crown Inn on Sunday morning.
3D printed gun gets test fired but is far from safe
Amidst a national gun control conversation, one organization has been focusing on a firearm made almost entirely out of 3D printed parts. Recently, Defense Distributed demonstrated the “Liberator” in its mostly usable prototype stage.Despite an ever increasing number of obstacles, the guys at Defense Distributed have been determined to create a firearm that can be built using a high end 3D printer. Between the attempted ban on 3D printed magazines and MakerBot stepping in and removing anything related to guns from Thingiverse, the road to a finished product hasn’t been easy. When Defense Distributed launched their own hosting service for 3D printed projects, it became clear that they weren’t going to let anything else get in their way. Now the Liberator is a real thing that fires real bullets, but the cost of a misfire for this weapon is significant.Fifteen 3D printed plastic pieces and what is essentially a drywall nail for a firing pin make up the Liberator handgun. A 6oz piece of metal is inserted into the weapon in order to comply with federal laws regarding undetectable weapons, but obviously that’s only a requirement as long as you’re interested in following those laws. In tests performed on the Liberator, a standard .380 cartridge was fired with no visible damage to any of the parts. When a 5.7 x 28 rifle cartridge was loaded into the Liberator it misfired and exploded. The cause of the misfire seemed to be an internal misalignment, but had an actual human being been holding the weapon at the time, the injury to the user could have been severe.The successful firing of the Liberator is a significant leap in demonstrating what 3D printing is capable of. As we move closer to lower end printers becoming affordable enough to be a household object, the conversation surrounding the capabilities of these machines will only increase. The mechanical accomplishment here shouldn’t get lost in the increasingly negative conversation surrounding firearms in the US right now, though it is worth pointing out that if the guy who built the gun couldn’t see that the rifle round was improperly aligned, the Liberator is likely still pretty far from being considered safe to use.
More than 100 mln euros given to NGOs
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The finance ministry in Greece has released details of the grants made by Hellenic Aid, its development aid agency, to nongovernmental organisations from 2000 to 2010.The data, provided in reply to a parliamentary question, shows that a total of €115.4m was paid to a total of 431 Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) over eleven years.The largest single annual grant was for 7.57million euros, made in 2006 while New Democracy was in power to Allilegii (Solidarity), an NGO run by the Church of Greece. Solidarity was shut down in 2010 after a church investigation revealed the abuse and mismanagement of funds.Solidarity was also the biggest recipient of funds, attracting a 23.12 million euros over six years, 5.3 million euros of which was subsequently returned.The second highest grant was for 4.44 million euros, paid in 2003 to the International Mine Initiative under a Pasok government. Last month, the former director of the now defunct NGO was remanded in custody by a prosecutor who was handed the results of a 20-month fraud investigation by the financial police into the organisation. The IMI was also the second highest beneficiary of Hellenic Aid funds, being awarded 8.95 million euros over five years.It was followed in third place by an organisation called European Perspective Development and Education Centre, which was run by Pantelis Sklias, which received 7.51 million euros over 11 years. According to its archived website, European Perspective had “regional support offices” in “Fyrom, Albania, Kosovo, Ecuador, Belize, and Dominica”. Among its main aims was the provision of “emergency humanitarian and food aid actions for developing countries and, in general, for any area on the planet needing aid”.Presenting the information to the Greek Parliament, deputy foreign minister Akis Gerontopoulos said the money went to a total of 732 development programmes, 198 of which are ongoing. Last month, Gerontopoulos confirmed that 118 of these ongoing programmes are being audited by certified public accountants, a process that the ministry expects will be completed completed by OctoberGerontopoulos said that Hellenic Aid does not fund NGOs per se but only developmental and humanitarian projects organised by them and which correspond to the country’s development and diplomatic policies.Source: enetenglish
Erika Total se pourvoit en cassation
Erika : Total se pourvoit en cassationFrance – Le groupe Total a annoncé qu’il se pourvoirait en cassation suite à la confirmation en appel de sa responsabilité pénale dans le naufrage de l’Erika (voir article). Ce pétrolier avait engendré une terrible marée noire en décembre 1999.Comme les 37 parties civiles, Total s’est pourvu en cassation suite à sa condamnation en appel pour “pollution maritime”, le 30 mars dernier. Le groupe avait pourtant été dégagé de toute responsabilité civile quant à la catastrophe écologique engendrée par le naufrage de l’Erika. Quelque 20.000 tonnes de fioul s’étaient déversées sur 400 kilomètres de côtes bretonnes, et des dizaines de milliers d’oiseaux s’étaient englués dans le pétrole.Total, qui s’est vu imputer une faute d’imprudence lors du procès en appel, explique vouloir que la “Cour de cassation clarifie des éléments de droit”.RINA, la société qui a délivré le certificat de classe de l’Erika, l’armateur Giuseppe Savarese et le gestionnaire Antonio Pollara, tous trois condamnés et reconnus responsables civilement, se sont eux-aussi pourvus en cassation. Total ayant déjà versé une grande partie des indemnités dues aux parties civiles, ils ont été condamnés à s’acquitter du montant restant, les indemnités ayant été portées à 200,6 millions d’euros par la Cour d’appel.Le 9 avril 2010 à 16:43 • Emmanuel Perrin
Baleine bleue dune bouchée elle engloutit son propre poids deau
Baleine bleue : d’une bouchée, elle engloutit son propre poids d’eauDes chercheurs américains et canadiens exposent dans le Journal of Experimental Biology la façon dont la baleine bleue fait le plein d’énergie en engloutissant, d’une bouchée, jusqu’à 90 tonnes d’eau, qu’elle filtre ensuite pour en retenir le zooplancton.”C’est comme si vous pouviez introduire vos mains dans votre bouche, et l’étirer, sous la peau, jusqu’à votre nombril”, explique Robert Shadwick, zoologiste à l’Université de Colombie-Britannique (Canada), décrivant l’ouverture démesurée de la gueule de la baleine bleue.À lire aussi15 choses que l’on connaît tous vues au microscope !Lui et son collègue Jeremy Goldbogen, de l’Université de Californie de San Diego, ont étudié quantitativement les capacités des baleines grâce à des capteurs fixés sur le corps des cétacés et à des modélisations informatiques. Comment l’animal peut-il, en quelques plongées de seulement 11 minutes en moyenne, absorber suffisamment de nourriture pour amortir la dépense énergétique occasionnée par cet effort ?Fonçant “comme un missile”, gueule fermée, jusqu’à environ 200 mètres de profondeur, la baleine remonte lentement en ouvrant largement la bouche, gonflant les replis extensibles de peau qui tapissent sa mâchoire inférieure, formant une extension caverneuse à sa bouche : une baleine de 90 tonnes pourrait ainsi engloutir… 90 tonnes d’eau de mer.Expulsant l’eau à travers ses fanons – gigantesque “peigne” remplaçant les dents et servant de filtre –, elle ne conserve qu’une énorme bouchée de krill ou autres petits organismes. En répétant quelques fois ce processus, elle parvient à ingurgiter une quantité de nourriture représentant près de cent fois l’énergie qu’elle dépense en une plongée ! Le 11 décembre 2010 à 19:15 • Emmanuel Perrin
Barcelona considering Luis Alberto for Iniesta replacement
Barcelona are reportedly targeting Liverpool flop Luis Alberto since Andres Iniesta officially confirmed his departure and the club is going to need an urgent replacement for the legend.Iniesta will most likely be going to the Chinese Super League at the end of the season as he refused to be joining another European team – he would want to avoid facing Barca for the rest of his career.Valverde, however, does not waste any time as Barca are reportedly showing interest in acquiring Luis Alberto. He joined Liverpool from Sevilla in 2013, but for all of the three years at Anfield, he made just 12 appearances and was then loaned out to Malaga and Deportivo, according to the Mirror.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The Spaniard then left for Lazio in 2016 for the sum of six million pounds. However, this is certainly way below his current price tag – he has managed to score 12 goals for his team from the midfield throughout this season.Lazio will be looking for as much as 40 million euro in exchange for Alberto’s signature.
Van plunges into water in Wilton Manors
WILTON MANORS, Fla. (WSVN) — A van trying to tow kayaks out of the water slid backwards into the water in Wilton Manors, Thursday.The accident happened at the Colohatchee Park boat ramp along Northeast 19th Street and 15th Avenue.No one was hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Fort Lauderdale home catches fire no injuries
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A fire broke out at a Fort Lauderdale home, Wednesday.According to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, the fire started at a home located along Southeast Second Street and 15th Avenue, just north of East Las Olas Boulevard.The fire, which required at least 16 firefighters to control, was taken out in 15 minutes.No one, including pets, were inside the home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.Investigators are looking into how the fire started.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Could the Alaska Sea Grant program go away this year
The bearded seal was released back into the wild at Nome’s west beach. (Photo by Gay Sheffield/University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Sea Grant)Sea Grant knew the Trump administration wanted to eliminate its budget for next fiscal year. But those cuts could come much sooner. The organization said the White House is asking Congress to slash this year’s funding, too. That could mean the end for dozens of Alaska programs, focusing on fisheries and climate change.Listen nowPaula Cullenberg, the director of Alaska Sea Grant, said this latest news was unexpected. Sea Grant supports research at 33 universities nationwide, including the University of Alaska Fairbanks.But, as early as this spring, some of those projects could be on the line.“It’s anxiety-making to have this hanging over your head,” Cullenberg said.Cullenberg said Sea Grant found out about the additional cuts from an agency that acts as its congressional liaison. She said the White House is proposing cutting $30 million from Sea Grant programs for this year. That’s not to be confused with the Trump administration’s ask to eliminate the Sea Grant funding for next year.“I think that’s highly unusual,” Cullenberg said. “I’ve never seen anything like that.”Alaska Sea Grant receives matching funds from the university and the state, but Cullenberg says those federal dollars make up the program’s core funding. It’s those federal dollars that pay for projects that measure the economic vitality of the seafood industry and help communities adapt to climate climate.“We’re supporting ten graduate students with research fellowships, three Alaska Sea Grant State Fellows, coastal issues …” Cullenberg said.The list goes on.“There’s not too much in our program that wouldn’t be severely disabled if that came to pass,” Cullenberg said.Congress is deciding at the end of this month what Sea Grant’s budget will be for the rest of 2017. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan have shown support for Sea Grant.They’ve asked for “adequate funding” for next fiscal year. Cullenberg said she’s remaining hopeful for this year, too.
CPB demands fresh polls under neutral govt
The Communist Party of Bangladesh arranges a human chain protest at Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka on Thursday, 03 January, 2019. Photo: UNBThe Communist Party of Bangladesh on Thursday demanded holding fresh national election under a neutral government, reports UNB.“Cancel results of this unprecedentedly rigged election,” CPB leader Ruhin Hossain Prince said at a human chain protest at Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka.“Hold a free, fair and participatory election under a neutral government,” he said, reading out a prepared statement.Ruhin claimed that there had been many victims of post-election violence.“There is no atmosphere for holding a free and fair election under the incumbent government. This farcical election has proven it. Many people did not get the chance to exercise their voting rights,” he alleged.The ruling Awami League-led coalition won 96 percent seats in the 30 December polls.As the next course of action, CPB leader Ruhin said a daylong public hearing would be held at JPC on 11 January.
Electricity from seawater New method efficiently produces hydrogen peroxide for fuel cells
Credit: Mr. William Folsom, NOAA, NMFS The researchers, led by Shunichi Fukuzumi at Osaka University, have published a paper on the new method of the photocatalytic production of hydrogen peroxide in a recent issue of Nature Communications.”The most earth-abundant resource, seawater, is utilized to produce a solar fuel that is H2O2,” Fukuzumi told Phys.org.The biggest advantage of using liquid H2O2 instead of gaseous hydrogen (H2), as most fuel cells today use, is that the liquid form is much easier to store at high densities. Typically, H2 gas must be either highly compressed, or in certain cases, cooled to its liquid state at cryogenic temperatures. In contrast, liquid H2O2 can be stored and transported at high densities much more easily and safely.The problem is that that, until now, there has been no efficient photocatalytic method of producing liquid H2O2. (There are ways to produce H2O2 that don’t use sunlight, but they require so much energy that they are not practical for use in a method whose goal is to produce energy.)In the new study, the researchers developed a new photoelectrochemical cell, which is basically a solar cell that produces H2O2. When sunlight illuminates the photocatalyst, the photocatalyst absorbs photons and uses the energy to initiate chemical reactions (seawater oxidation and the reduction of O2) in a way that ultimately produces H2O2. After illuminating the cell for 24 hours, the concentration of H2O2 in the seawater reached about 48 mM, which greatly exceeds previous reported values of about 2 mM in pure water. Investigating the reason for this big difference, the researchers found that the negatively charged chlorine in seawater is mainly responsible for enhancing the photocatalytic activity and yielding the higher concentration. Overall, the system has a total solar-to-electricity efficiency of 0.28%. (The photocatalytic production of H2O2 from seawater has an efficiency of 0.55%, and the fuel cell has an efficiency of 50%.)Although the total efficiency compares favorably to that of some other solar-to-electricity sources, such as switchgrass (0.2%), it is still much lower than the efficiency of conventional solar cells. The researchers expect that the efficiency can be improved in the future by using better materials in the photoelectrochemical cell, and they also plan to find methods to reduce the cost of production.”In the future, we plan to work on developing a method for the low-cost, large-scale production of H2O2 from seawater,” Fukuzumi said. “This may replace the current high-cost production of H2O2 from H2 (from mainly natural gas) and O2.” Research reveals mechanism for direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide Explore further (Phys.org)—Scientists have used sunlight to turn seawater (H2O) into hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), which can then be used in fuel cells to generate electricity. It is the first photocatalytic method of H2O2 production that achieves a high enough efficiency so that the H2O2 can be used in a fuel cell. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2016 Phys.org Journal information: Nature Communications More information: Kentaro Mase et al. “Seawater usable for production and consumption of hydrogen peroxide as a solar fuel.” Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms11470 Citation: Electricity from seawater: New method efficiently produces hydrogen peroxide for fuel cells (2016, May 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-05-electricity-seawater-method-efficiently-hydrogen.html