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The Foreign Ministry said that the talks included cooperation on improving the living conditions of prisoners in Sri Lanka, prisoners health and safety, and proper training of prison guards. (Colombo Gazette) The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake had talks today on several matters, including on the safety of prisoners.Head of Delegation of the ICRC in Sri Lanka, Mrs. Claire Meytraud met Karunanayake today to discuss ICRC cooperation with the Government of Sri Lanka, the Foreign Ministry said. read more

A popular one-time Blackheath donkey was found stabbed in what his owner believes was a suspected “gang initiation” attack.Bimbo, a 28-year-old donkey, was found bleeding from his side on Friday by one of the animal’s minders and has since taken a “turn for the worse” after the wound became infected.Owner Lorayne Ahmet said Bimbo had contracted laminitis, a disease similar to thrombosis in humans which can lead to animals being put down.Ms Ahmet said she believed the attack on Bimbo may have been perpetrated as part of a “gang initiation”.”There have been a few stabbings in Eltham of late and I have seen youths messing around with the donkeys,” she said.”I think one of them could have stabbed Bimbo as a gang initiation task.”I’d like to get my hands on them, put them in a field and let the general public do what they want with them.”The donkey is one of several owned by Ms Ahmet, whose father Len Thorne ran donkey rides in Blackheath, near Greenwich Park, London, for more than 60 years before he died in 2012.The herd had lived for nearly 30 years in a field surrounded by six foot fences.But in 2012 they were moved on after then Mayor of London Boris Johnson decided to build the Greenwich Equestrian Centre on the spot as an Olympic legacy. The donkeys are now in a field in Eltham, south east London, with shorter fences which leave the herd open to outsiders. 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. read more

first_imgCancer du sein : une nouvelle campagne pour convaincre les femmes de se faire dépisterParis, France – Afin de toujours mieux lutter contre le cancer du sein et convaincre le maximum de femmes de se faire dépister, une nouvelle campagne vient d’être lancée. Elle utilise comme principal argument la voix des personnes proches des femmes réticentes.La campagne nationale qui vient d’être décidée a pour but de spécifiquement toucher les femmes qui, jusqu’à aujourd’hui, étaient réticentes à se faire dépister. Ainsi sont utilisés cette fois des arguments très rationnels, ainsi que la parole des personnes proches de ces femmes.À lire aussiObésité infantile : quand les habitudes de la mère peuvent tout changerL’AFP explique que pour les besoins de cette campagne, quatorze objections ont été identifiées, et à chacun de ces freins, une réponse a été apportée. Ainsi, pour les femmes qui disent manquer de temps pour se faire dépister, il est expliqué que le dépistage, “c’est au contraire du temps gagné contre la maladie”. Des enfants poussent également leur mère à se faire dépister alors que 52.000 nouveaux cas ont été détectés en 2010. A noter également que le mois d’octobre a été rebaptisé Octobre Rose et, qu’à cette occasion, les gynécologues répondent par e-mail à toutes les femmes qui se posent des questions sur le site Le 7 octobre 2010 à 17:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgLes ours polaires pas “en danger” pour l’administration américaineLes écologistes américains viennent de perdre la bataille pour que l’ours polaire soit inscrit sur la liste rouge de l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature en tant qu’espèce “en danger”. L’ours polaire avait été classé comme espèce “vulnérable” par l’administration de l’ancien président, George W. Bush. Actuellement, le ministère de l’Intérieur a décidé de conserver cette classification qui laisse l’animal moins protégé par la loi, rapporte la BBC. Le gouvernement a déclaré que les ours n’étaient pas en voie de disparition. Condition qui aurait permis de les classer comme espèce “en danger”. À lire aussiQuand trois ours lippus se mettent à jouer avec un ballon roseLes écologistes veulent contester cette décision. En fait, si l’espèce était classée comme “en danger”, le gouvernement serait obligé de contrôler les émissions de gaz à effet de serre dans les zones d’habitat des ours, en Arctique. Ce qu’impose la loi américaine sur les espèces en danger (“Endangered Species Act”) datant de 1973. Or, le gouvernement est en train de délibérer sur la délivrance d’autorisations pour le développement pétrolier dans le nord de l’Alaska.  Quand l’administration Bush avait classé les ours polaires comme espèce “vulnérable”, le gouvernement avait invoqué un règlement qui stipule que l’ “Endangered Species Act” ne peut pas être utilisé pour réguler les émissions de gaz à effet de serre.Le Centre pour la diversité biologique, un des groupes qui œuvrent pour mettre l’ours polaire sur la liste des espèces en danger, a déclaré que la décision montre que l’administration du président Barack Obama continue à défendre l’ère des décisions “anti science” de George W. Bush. Le centre affirme que l’ours polaire a 80% de chance de disparaître dans les 40 prochaines années. Il va continuer à s’opposer devant les tribunaux à la décision du gouvernement américain. Le 24 décembre 2010 à 08:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Researchers from a UK zoo released rare footage last week revealing the secret lives of mysterious giant pangolins, the world’s most trafficked animals.In the footage of the elusive animals, the only mammals covered in scales, captured by the Chester Zoo conservationists in Uganda, pangolins can be seen hugging trees, sitting on their sharp-scaled tails, and even carrying their babies on their back as they rummage through the bushes in the dark. MUST WATCH Very rare NEW footage of GIANT PANGOLINS in the wild.Pangolins – the world’s most trafficked mammals – are being pushed to extinction. But zoo conservationists are conducting the FIRST pangolin study in Uganda. Vital data could help us prevent their extinction.— Chester Zoo (@chesterzoo) February 13, 2019Scientists are hoping the rare footage can provide vital data that will help with the long-term conservation of giant pangolins in Uganda, and elsewhere in Africa, according to a statement from the Chester Zoo.Giant pangolins measure up to 5.9 feet long and weigh up to 75 pounds. They’re by far the largest of the world’s eight pangolin sub-species and are found only in the rainforests and grasslands of equatorial Africa.Pangolins are protected by international wildlife laws that ban their trade, but they remain the most illegally trafficked group of mammals in the world. Their meat is considered a delicacy in many countries and their scales are widely used in traditional medicines, particularly in Vietnam and China, despite there being no actual medical benefit from their use.Based on reported seizures between 2011 and 2013, an estimated 116,000 to 233,000 pangolins were killed, which represents only the tip of the trade, according to the World Wildlife Fund.Chester Zoo researchers have surveyed for the presence of giant pangolins within three protected areas in Uganda, using camera traps and tracking techniques such as looking for footprints, burrows, and other signs of the species.Photo Credit: Chester ZooSo far, the 70 motion-sensor trail cameras installed by the zoo in Ziwa Sanctuary have captured hundreds of images and video clips of giant pangolins, including the first color footage of the species ever recorded in Uganda. From these images and films, the researchers are now able to identify a number of individual pangolins by the unique marks and patterns on their scales and are recording previously unknown behaviors.“Being nocturnal, rare and very shy it’s only with new technologies such as high sensitivity trail cameras that we are able to learn more about how they live and interact with their each other and their environment,” said Chester Zoo’s Africa Field Programme and Research Lead Stuart Nixon.“Tragically we do know the giant pangolin faces a huge risk of going extinct across Central Africa. With no giant pangolins in zoos or safari parks anywhere in the world, all our conservation efforts must focus on saving them in the wild,” he said.The team is also collecting pangolin dung samples to gather crucial information on the animals’ diet and  learn more about the genetics of giant pangolins. The Chester Zoo also plans to install satellite and radio tracking devices on the scales of giant pangolins to learn more about their ranging behavior, feeding ecology and to help develop methods that allow conservationists to count and monitor them.More on Tiger Killed by Potential Mate During First Meeting at ZooHidden Camera Captures Rare Footage of Siberian Tiger Cubs at PlayWatch: Molting Crab Crawls Out of Its Own Shell in Fascinating Footagelast_img read more

first_img Updated: 5:50 PM Dead whale spotted off the coast of Torrey Pines March 28, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A dead whale was spotted drifting off the coast of the Torrey Pines area today. Lifeguards at Black’s Beach sighted the roughly 30-foot lifeless cetacean about two miles offshore from Sumner Canyon this morning, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.The carcass, which appeared to be that of a gray whale in the early stages of decomposition, had a rope tied around its tattered tail, apparently from a prior attempt to tow it out to sea, SDFRD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.Lifeguards and scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration worked into the afternoon to get biological samples of the dead marine mammal for evaluation and were weighing “disposal options,” Munoz said.IMG_0455IMG_0452IMG_0451dead-whaledead-whale-1 Posted: March 28, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

first_imgThe W.J. Morse Foundation of the American Soybean Association (ASA) has launched an innovative, timely and informative program to educate key sectors on the importance of free trade, particularly soybeans, which are the largest U.S. farm export. Soybeans, soybean meal, and soybean oil exports totaled more than $7 billion last year. This educational program follows recent passage of critical Federal trade legislation.”On behalf of U.S. soybean producers, I want to express appreciation to Congress for passage of the Trade Act of 2002, and particularly, the Trade Promotion Authority that it granted the Bush Administration for developing new trade agreements,” said ASA President Dwain Ford, a soybean producer from Kinmundy, Ill. “Passage of this legislation has been a top priority for the American Soybean Association for several years.”The Trade Opportunities Program, called “TOP,” is designed to build upon the success of ASA’s legislative efforts to secure Trade Promotion Authority, which Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law on August 6, 2002.The Philip Morris family of companies’ Shared SolutionsSM Agricultural Initiative provided a grant for the program start-up, and Syngenta Seeds joined the effort as a sponsoring partner, along with ASA, to positively impact the future of U.S. agricultural exports.According to Katherine Trent, Director of Agricultural Relations at Philip Morris Management Corp., “If you look at all the issues confronting American agriculture today, the area of free trade is certainly among the most important. By supporting ASA’s TOP program, our Shared Solutions initiative is simply fulfilling its mandate to partner where we can to help farmers and ranchers address the concerns that have been identified as the most critical.”TOP features an educational insert that was distributed to all ASA members, and to every member of the United States Congress, accompanied by an ASA-produced multimedia presentation on CD-ROM. Text, photographs and the multimedia presentation, are also available to a worldwide audience on ASA’s web site at Schmidt, Syngenta Seeds Soybean Product Manager, said, “In the months ahead, as U.S. Trade Representatives complete their work, the United States Congress will be given the opportunity to review new trade agreements. Our hope is that increased knowledge of global trade will lead to decisions that are beneficial to U.S. soybean farmers and to all Americans.”last_img read more

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROA Baltimore police officer whose internal disciplinary record has been the subject of a contentious court battle over its admissibility as evidence, was served with a flurry of subpoenas by prosecutors this week in an effort to compel him to appear in court after he retires. It’s an unusual move sources tell the AFRO, that may be aimed at putting the officer back in court to face further scrutiny over past allegations of misconduct.Prosecutors served Sergeant Joseph Donato with roughly 17 subpoenas from the State’s Attorney’s Office of Marilyn Mosby, related to a variety of drug and gun cases that remain open in which he was the arresting officer or a witness.Baltimore police commissioner Kevin Davis, pictured with Mayor Catherine Pugh, has been dogged by multiple allegations of corruption within his department. (Courtesy photo)But the subpoenas also set the stage for another potential showdown between defense attorneys and the courts over the admissibility of internal complaints lodged against Donato, that lawyers for a variety of defendants have long argued should be allowed as evidence to challenge his testimony in court.In March, the Baltimore Sun reported a group of defense attorneys won access to roughly 30 sustained complaints against Donato ranging from excessive force to false arrests lodged between 2007 and 2013. The order, by Circuit Court Judge John S. Nugent, paved the way for Donato to face questions about his record in open court which occurred later that month.But one of the defense attorneys who led the fight for the release of the disciplinary records says the veteran officer has missed recent court dates.“In one of my cases a prosecutor said they couldn’t find him,” Deborah K. Levi, a public defender told the AFRO.  “We were told they were unable to locate him.”Levi says the case involving gun charges was postponed.Mosby’s office would not elaborate on what prompted the move to issue formal subpoenas, or if they are related to cases in which Donato failed to appear. Generally, officers receive a summons to appear in court however, once Donato retires attorneys say he could technically avoid cases in which other officers involved are witnesses.In a written statement provided to the AFRO, Caron Brace, spokesperson for Mosby, said prosecutors want to resolve a backlog of charges awaiting adjudication to ensure prosecutors can move forward with cases that have been lingering in court.“We attempt to exhaust all options available to ensure the appearance of material witnesses in our pursuit of justice for the victims in Baltimore,” Brace stated,Donato’s attorney, Chaz Ball, declined to comment on the timing of the subpoenas or if his client had failed to appear for any recent cases. In the past Ball publicly defended Donato saying he had never been convicted of any serious internal charges.Generally the outcome of internal probes has been considered off limits to the public or defense attorneys due to the state privacy laws governing personnel records.But in Donato’s case judges have sided with defense attorneys who have argued his testimony is tainted. Indeed, court records reveal Donato has been sued in both federal and state court for a variety of cases of excessive force and false imprisonment.But his most public and controversial case involved the arrest of former Raven’s rookie defensive back Tony Fein.Fein was charged with assaulting Donato after he was arrested while eating at Johnny Rockets at the Inner Harbor in the summer of 2009. Police were summoned by a security guard who reported spotting a metallic object being passed among Fein’s friends, which later turned out to be a cell phone. Donato reported that Fein shoved him during the arrest and the incident received national attention.The charges were later dropped, but Fein, an Iraq War veteran, was eventually released by the Ravens at the end of the preseason. Later that year Fein collapsed at a friend’s home in Port Orchard Washington and died.  The Kitsap County, Washington coroner ruled his death an accidental drug overdose.For now prosecutors have not released details on which specific cases are subject to the subpoenas or how the controversy over Donato’s record will affect their strategy in court.Defense attorneys who have cases involving Donato were also reluctant to talk on the record.The only thing both sides seem to agree upon is cases will not go quietly, and the controversy over how much an officer’s past can be used as evidence at trial will remain an openly contentious issue that will not be resolved easily.last_img read more

first_imgThat time he worked undercover, befriended a criminal, betrayed him, and watched him die(“Honor Among Thieves,” DS9 6×15)For all the things Miles has been through, you probably wouldn’t think organized crime would be one of them. That would be nice, since the two episodes involving him and it sucks. But regardless, he was sent undercover to investigate the Orion Syndicate because of his technical expertise. While there, he met a man named Bilby and they became friends. All while he was feeding intelligence to Starfleet. Which resulted in Bilby getting killed.I’m not saying it messed Miles up, but after that mission he adopted Bilby’s cat and started making payments to Bilby’s widow. Who was murdered by the space mob in season seven.That time he was literally implanted with traumatic memories of 25 years in prison(“Hard Time,” DS9 4×19)Decades in prison will mess you up, especially when it’s a trashy sci-fi prison that looks like a poorly lit, dusty crawlspace. The Chief was put through that experience in the course of a few seconds when the Argathi tried and convicted him for espionage. They implanted the memories of a 20-year prison sentence in his head, which all of the flashbacks, atrophied social skills, and trauma that goes with. That would be pretty rough if he was given solitary confinement, but the memories included a friend to share the experience with. That was Ee’char.He killed Ee’char because they were fighting over what little food the guards gave them. Sure, it was a false memory, but it was enough to make Miles actually try to kill himself before Dr. Bashir talked him down. This episode’s working title was “The Aristocrats.”All those times his best friend never recognized that his hobby was a giant call for helpJulian Bashir was Miles’ best friend (and heavily implied platonic romantic interest) through the course of Deep Space Nine. After Julian got through Miles’ thorny demeanor, they became an inseparable pair. They spend more time together than Miles and Keiko did, including a lot of time in the holodeck. Where they reenacted historical military battles. Where they inevitably lost and died. Every time.They reenacted the Alamo (as the defenders, who all died), the Battle of Britain (as pilots, of which many were shot down), and the Battle of Clontarf (with Miles as King Brian Boru, who died in the battle). On the surface it sounds like a fun hobby, but Miles already survived at least one such battle, even before the Dominion War started. He was at Setlik III, a sneak attack by Cardassians that slaughtered 100 colonists before Starfleet could get there. Just over a dozen colonists were left, which Miles helped save by repairing a transporter. This was also the first time Miles killed anyone.Sure, those battles are an exciting hobby, like playing a military shooter. But considering how fatalistic they are they very likely were a huge cry for help from a man who was dealing with PTSD before he set foot on the Enterprise and saw a war against an insurmountable force from across the galaxy and the Cardassians he fought grow around him.That’s the traumatized psyche of a character showrunner Ira Behr himself said the writers had to make suffer on an annual basis. Pathos! It’s Colm Meany’s birthday today. You probably remember him as the overbearing DEA agent in Con-Air, but some might recognize him for his role as Miles Edward O’Brien, transporter chief on the Enterprise-D in Star Trek: The Next Generation and chief of operations on Deep Space Nine in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.The official Star Trek Twitter account noted his birthday, and that started my coworker Max Eddy and myself on a trip down memory lane (and Memory Alpha) to follow the career of Miles O’Brien. And the Chief has been through some really dark, horrifying, traumatic stuff.Bridge to the transporter room, beam us down a top 10 list!That time he died from radiation poisoning and was replaced by a temporal clone(“Visionary,” DS9 3×17)Chief O’Brien has had a lot of things literally blow up in his face. One of them is a plasma conduit that exposes him to radiation that eventually killed him. Before it did that, however, it reacted to a cloaked Romulan ship flying around the station and sent him lurching back and forth through time. He saw his own body, dead from the very radiation that Dr. Bashir said was minor. When he figured out the time jumps were killing him, it was too late (and he still had to save the station). So he sent near-future-him back to take his place, saying goodbye as he was dying from radiation poisoning. Which, even if you can quickly understand time travel problems, is still really unsettling.That time he was framed and put on trial on Cardassia (and had his molars pulled out with pliers)(“Tribunal,” DS9 2×25)Before he served on the Enterprise, Miles served on the USS Rutledge. There he became known as the hero of Setlik III, saving colonists and officers during a Cardassian attack (this will be important later). During that siege, one of his crewmates on the Rutledge was kidnapped and replaced by a Cardassian agent, who pretended to be a member of Starfleet for years.That alone is messed up, but then you come to the point where that agent (with the face of Miles’ surprisingly long-dead friend) framed him for supplying weapons to the Maquis, anti-Cardassian terrorists/freedom fighters. So Miles was arrested and put on trial on Cardassia. And the Cardassian legal system is rough.Screw fingerprinting. When Miles was arrested, the pulled out a molar with pliers. Then locked him up with the message that his conviction and death sentence were inevitable, because that’s how Cardassian trials usually operate. They would have if Sisko and Odo didn’t find the Cardassian agent and threaten to publicly embarrass Cardassia (which had planned the whole thing to embarrass Starfleet). Being a political chip was the highlight of his experience there.That time he was taken over by an evil alien ghost and forced to violently threaten his family(“Power Play,” TNG 5×15)Ghosts aren’t real in Star Trek, but alien sort-of-ghosts are all over the place. One took over Miles’ body when he was on an away mission for the Enterprise-D, and that ghost’s friends took over Deanna Troi and Data. They said they were ghosts of a Starfleet ship that crashed on the planet years ago, but they turned out to be ghost criminals on an alien ghost penal colony.Oh, and while Miles was possessed by a ghost, it made him threaten his wife and daughter with violence. So that’s horrifying.That time his wife was possessed by an evil alien demon ghost(“The Assignment,” DS9 5×05)I told you alien sort-of-ghosts were everywhere in Star Trek. When they aren’t taking over people, they’re seducing multiple generations of space Scots. But we’re talking about the ones that take over people, like the Pah-wraith (Bajoran demons) that possessed Keiko. After meeting in a fire cave (which sounds like a really radical place to go, to be fair), Keiko and the Pah-wraith returned to the station to menace Miles.Basically, the Chief was forced to build a doomsday weapon to kill all the not-evil ghost alien gods in the wormhole, under the threat that the Pah-wraith could kill Keiko by triggering an aneurysm before anyone could save her. So that was probably a pretty stressful situation. He ended up killing the Pah-wraith and saving Keiko by firing the weapon at their ship instead of the wormhole. Of course, he didn’t know that would work and basically made the choice to pull the trigger on a gun pointed at his wife’s head.That time he was abducted and replaced by a replicant with his memories(“Whispers,” DS9 2×14)After the Chief got back from one mission in the Gamma Quadrant, everyone he loved and respected started regarding him with extreme suspicion. His superiors kept secrets from him, his wife Keiko seemed distant, and his daughter Molly was afraid to be in the same room with him. He realizes it’s a conspiracy focused on him and ends up running from the station to Parada IV. There, he’s shot in the chest and dies before the very eyes of… himself.Miles was actually kidnapped by one of the factions in the Paradan civil war, which made a replicant of him designed to attack the peace talks between the factions. That replicant was being shut out by his friends and loved ones because they knew he was a replicant. But the replicant didn’t, and in his dying breath he begged Miles to tell Keiko that he loved her.So, the really horrible paranoid stuff happened to a clone of him, but he was still held in a medical coma while this whole thing happened, and woke up to see a man with his own face dying. Again.That time his daughter fell through a hole in time and came back feral(“Time’s Orphan,” DS9 6×24)You know what’s more messed up than seeing yourself die multiple times? Seeing your young daughter disappear, then reappear as an 18-year-old who lost all her social and language skills because she spent her entire childhood in a wilderness 300 years ago. Because that’s what happened to Miles when Molly wandered into a cave and activated a time travel device when they went on a picnic.It’s a happy ending, though. Feral Molly went back through the portal and sent young Molly back, so she only spent a few minutes in that past wilderness instead of years. Of course, that meant that the traumatized, beast-like Molly wrote herself out of existence, ending her tragic life with the same action that ensured it happened. Probably not a big deal for young Molly, but that’s the sort of thing that would really mess up a dad.That time his unborn son had to be transplanted into a coworker(“Body Parts,” DS9 4×25)After Molly, Miles, and Keiko had a son, Hideyoshi. Well, Miles, Keiko, and Kira Nerys had Kirayoshi. On the way back through the wormhole, a pregnant Keiko’s ship was damaged. The damage endangered the baby, so they had to transplant it into the nearest compatible surrogate. That was Kira.You’d think Starfleet medical technology would let them put the baby back after the danger was over, but Bajoran physiology is weird and that was out of the question. So Kira carried their son to term, for which he was given the name Kirayoshi. Oh, and while Kira was pregnant she was terrorized by a Cardassian fanatic who drugged and abducted her and threatened to rip Kirayoshi out of her. There’s a “choose life” joke here that I just can’t get to come out healthy.last_img read more

first_imgKickstarter has brought some pretty incredible products into the consumer market through the power of crowdfunding; whether it’s phone cases, pens, or home-automation gizmos, there is something for everyone to back on this popular platform. Now Reality Robotics Limited has created something many people probably didn’t know they wanted until they saw it, a robot called BERO controlled by your Android phone.BERO stands for Be The RObot, and this nifty gadget sure to keep you constantly entertained. The Kickstarter page describes BERO as “an expertly-engineered-multi-motor-wireless-animated-mobile-robotic-toy-platform that features an advanced internal operating system for communicating through an open source APP with an Android™ smartphone through Bluetooth™” with plans for iOS in the near future.As the pictures above and below suggests, the original design was a clone of the Android mascot and provided a slight ethical/legal predicament with Google. After a brief meeting at the Mountain View HQ, the BERO team decided to redesign their robotic companion with new arms, eyes, and some stylish headphones, along with multiple colors depending on how much you back the project.Other than looking like a cute little robo-buddy, Reality Robotics Limited has packed a lot of technology and features into BERO’s 4-inch body including an onboard speaker and amplifier, several LEDs to light up the headphones and eyes, a PCB (printed circuit board), two infrared transmitters, one infrared receiver, and a Bluetooth module. The PCB’s chip controls all motor functions, sound playback, and Bluetooth commands for BERO to act just like you want hime too. It is also completely hackable for you mad scientists out there who want BERO to be a personal army or any other functions you are capable of making it do.BERO can also be your personal notification center as well with the ability to communicate with your Twitter feed by letting you know when you get a mention and reading it aloud if you so choose. With a little hacking and an Arduino, you could get BERO to let you know when the laundry is done or if someone has broken into your house. On the lighter side, BERO’s onboard speaker will allow you to play from your phone while you work and dances along as well.Are you interested in getting a BERO for yourself? There is still 31 days left for the Kickstarter project, so you still have plenty of time to decide. Let us know what you think in the comments.last_img read more

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Five people sadly lost their lives this afternoon (October 1) in a horror crash on Van Reenen’s Pass.A Toyota Corolla and a BMW collided at marker board 56 in the northbound lane.The exact details of the crash are unknown at this stage and police will be investigating.Five people travelling in the Corolla were tragically killed, and four people in the BMW were injured.The injured were taken to hospital for further medical treatment.Also read: Watch: Community loot stationery from truck after crash in EzakheniAlso read: Truck jackknifes on Van Reenen’s Pass, closing the roadAlso read: Bakkie and kudu collide on N3 up Van Reenen’s Pass, killing 1 personPolice, N3TC, RTI and towing services are at the scene. The entire northbound lane is closed.Traffic is backlogged in the area due to the crash.There was another crash at marker board 48, also northbound, involving two trucks and a light motor vehicle.Bad weather conditions are in store for the night, so motorists need to be wary when travelling in this inclement weather and adhere to all the rules of the road.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!last_img read more

first_imgMt Pelerin, the Swiss fintech company specialized in blockchain banking and finance, has announced the launch of a one-stop shop service to help startups and businesses raise funds with the help of security tokens.This new tool gives companies of any size the possibility to access fundraising methods like IPOs more easily and without significant entry barriers. This facilitated access should soon democratize and boost the liquidity of such investments.More specifically, security tokens allow raising funds by offering equity or bonds incorporated into a security token directly to the public, while remaining attractive for traditional investors. Mt Pelerin provides for such a sale with comprehensive support for the technical, financial and compliance aspects.This game-changing possibility was first used by Mt Pelerin itself when the company created and sold the first tokenized share in October 2018. With its token providing direct ownership of the Mt Pelerin Group SA entity (and therefore protection by Swiss law for its holder), the company sold 5% of its equity without intermediaries to hundreds of investors around the world, raising $2.15 million in the process.While Mt Pelerin works on obtaining a banking license in Switzerland, the company leverages today its technology and financial intermediary status to assist other companies to achieve the same feat. It wants to provide a future-oriented fund-raising tool that will enable the public to participate in the funding of companies directly. Beyond fundraising, companies will also find among the public their first ambassadors and potential customers.“In addition to the technical aspects of security tokenization, we are able to conduct KYC/AML on behalf of our clients and offer fiat escrow accounts,” explains Arnaud Salomon, the founder and CEO of Mt Pelerin. “A unique level of service in the blockchain space that companies would normally need to get from several expensive specialists, while we provide first-class expertise and due diligence in a single place.”The goal of this service is to help companies focus on their fundraising and relieve them from all the other tasks for which they don’t have the necessary time or technical capabilities. Here are the main services that Mt Pelerin proposes:– KYC/AML processing of investors– Fiat funds collection through escrow accounts– Competitive currency exchange– Legal document templates and support on the offering– Security token setup– Token sale smart contracts– Configuration of compliance rules– Issuer and contributor interface“Our purpose is to serve startups and SMEs with a comprehensive and professional tokenization technology easily and at a low cost.” Arnaud continues.Mt Pelerin’s technology differentiates itself by an approach based on the respect of compliance aspects (account opening, MiFID II, etc.) as well as anti-money laundering regulations. It is indeed capable to dynamically enforce transferability restriction rules triggered by a rule engine, over multiple possessions, allowing in this way the application of relevant regulations.Mt Pelerin addresses this problem through an open-source compliant tokenization framework designed to adapt to constantly evolving laws, as well as multiple jurisdictions.“Our framework allows for the flexibility and scalability required to provide total compliance for multiple jurisdictions and maintain it over the entire lifetime of a token as laws evolve,” details Arnaud Salomon. He also believes that the scale and scope of his open-source technology makes it a good candidate for a standardized solution, an unavoidable step for the widespread adoption of security tokenization in the financial industry.Moreover, the company is a member of the Capital Markets and Technology Association (CMTA) alongside industry heavyweights such as Pictet, Swissquote, Temenos, UBP and the law firm Lenz & Staehelin. Mt Pelerin contributes to the association on technical tokenization aspects, as well as on work related to democratizing financial tokenization.Mt Pelerin is a Swiss company based in Geneva building the first blockchain bank. It uses the technology to create a compliant and open ecosystem where individuals and businesses will be able to issue, deposit and trade tokenized securities straight from their bank account. With this new institution, Mt Pelerin envisions a new era of financial freedom through a facilitated and disintermediated access to financing and investment for all. Mt Pelerin has the ambition to become a fully authorized Swiss bank by 2020.___________________________________________________________If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more

first_imgNASA is celebrating alongside Northrop Grumman at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, as the latter becomes the first commercial partner to make use of the Vehicle Assembly Building on-site at the base. The VAB, as it’s more commonly known, is a cavernous building that’s used to build and test rockets ahead of rolling them out to nearby launch pads, which was originally constructed by NASA to support the Apollo program.Northrop Grumman will be using the VAB to build and prep its OmegA launch vehicle, a new rocket the company is building to transport intermediate and heavy payloads to orbit. It’s a fully expendable rocket, which Northrop is positioning as a lower-risk alternative to reusable models flown by competitors (cough SpaceX cough), and it’s also billed as an “affordable” option for those seeking launch services. OmegA is designed to help Northrop Grumman compete for future national security launch contracts, as well as support commercial customer missions.NASA will also continue to use the VAB for the assembly of its own Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, which will be supporting missions in the Artemis program and transporting the Lockheed Martin-built Orion crew craft to space, and eventually to the Moon.Kennedy Space Center also already plays host to rocket assembly and launch facilities for both SpaceX and Blue Origin, making it a hot spot for public-private space business activity.last_img read more

first_imgSaturday, Aug. 15Game 1 vs. Kansas City The first preseason game will be on Aug. 15 against the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cards will play the San Diego Chargers the following Saturday Aug. 22. They will wrap up the preseason on the road in Oakland on Aug. 30 and in Denver on Sept. 3.Below is the full practice and preseason game schedule: Friday, Aug. 282:00-4:30 p.m. The Arizona Cardinals will hold training camp starting Aug. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Training camp will consist of 19 open practices running through August 28. Admission and parking to all practices are free.Fan Fest will take place on Aug. 8 and the Cardinals will release more details on the event at a later date. Because training camp and the regular season are starting later than usual, the Kids Interactive Zone and Kids Autograph Experience, that are usually at the open practices, will go away on Aug. 17 when a majority of Arizona schools go back into session. Monday, Aug. 172:00-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 192:00-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 42:00-4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 72:00-4:30 p.m. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Sunday, Aug. 30Game 3 at Oakland Monday, Aug. 102:00-4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 242:00-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 122:00-4:30 p.m. DatePreseason Game Thursday, Aug. 132:00-4:30 p.m. Top Stories Wednesday, Aug. 52:00-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 272:00-4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 32:00-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 262:00-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3Game 4 at Denver Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires DatePractice Time Saturday, Aug. 22Game 2 vs. San Diego Comments   Share   Saturday, Aug. 8(Fan Fest)2:00-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22:00-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 182:00-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 112:00-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12:00-4:30 p.m. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Thursday, Aug. 202:00-4:30 p.m. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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