Tirupati, Jun 4 (PTI) Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, elected unopposed from Andhra Pradesh to the Rajya Sabha, today offered prayers at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala here.He arrived here on a thanksgiving visit to the shrine last evening and after overnight stay on the hills, visited the shrine this morning, TTD Chairman Chadalavada Krishna Murthy said.After worship, the Minister was presented with a sacred silk cloth and holy prasadams by the TTD Chairman.Later Prabhu also visited the shrine of Goddess Sri Padmavathi at nearby Tiruchanur, he added. PTI COR APR GVS
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Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane insisted he was unfazed about who wins the Ballon d’Or, although he labelled his last season “exceptional”.Varane is among the contenders for the award after a fine campaign during which he won a third consecutive Champions League with Madrid and the World Cup with France.But the 25-year-old said his focus was on team success, despite his own fine campaign in 2017-18. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I’m glad you told me about it, but it’s not a topic of debate within the group,” Varane told a news conference ahead of France’s Nations League meeting with Germany.”It’s an individual reward. We play a collective sport. It showcases the work done, but it’s a personal one.”It’s not an objective and if I don’t win it, it won’t be a disappointment. It’s true that last season was exceptional. It will be difficult to do better, unless I put in 40 goals.”Other players are less mentioned but have been very successful, like [N’Golo] Kante or [Paul] Pogba.”Either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi have won the Ballon d’Or the past 10 years.
England midfielder Dele Alli is self-critical even after all the euphoria behind England’s solid run to the FIFA World Cup 2018 semi-finals. Ahead of England’s clash against Croatia, Alli feels he needs to do more with the ball.Alli has scored just one goal in the World Cup so far — England’s second in their quarter-final win over Sweden two days ago.As Gareth Southgate’s men prepare to play England’s first semi-final since 1990, Alli honestly admitted that he was not very happy with his performance in the quarter-final.In an interaction with the media, Alli said that he had spoken to his coaches and his family and he did not feel like he was playing as well as he wants himself to.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”Personally, I spoke to the manager and some of my team mates, I didn’t feel like I was playing as well as I should have been,” Alli told reporters.”Even speaking to my family, I didn’t feel like I was playing well, especially in the first half,” he added.Alli is often given an advanced role at his club Tottenham Hotspur supporting his England captain Harry Kane, but in Southgate’s formation he has more defensive duties, helping out Jordan Henderson in midfield when England are without the ball.Also read – World Cup 2018: England’s Ashley Young enjoying ‘holiday’ in RussiaIronically, Alli says he felt he did better with the less familiar tasks than with his usual forte, making penetrating runs and providing a threat in the box. “Defensively I did my job, did what I needed to do, but I felt like in possession, obviously you want to be on the ball creating chances and being a threat. I felt like my movement was good, but on the ball I wasn’t sharp enough, I didn’t keep it as much as I should have,” he said.advertisement”So to score, it gives you a lift. But I’m my own biggest critic. I know I can play better than that.”Alli, who missed England’s final two group games due to a thigh injury, dismissed the notion that nerves may have got to him in the quarter-final.Also read – World Cup 2018: Dealing with Croatia’s midfield biggest test for Southgate”I didn’t feel nervous or anything like that. I don’t really ever get nervous anyway. As players, we know that sometimes you can have games where your control isn’t as good as it should be or your decision making isn’t as sharp – and I felt like it was one of those games,” he said.”But when it happens like that you have to make sure you are still benefiting the team and helping them as much as you can, off the ball. I helped the side like I always do and won the ball back as much as I could. I was in the right positions, so when it’s like that you have to make sure you are doing the basics right,” added the 22-year-old.POSITIVE CHATAlli had a positive chat with Southgate.”He told me I’d done the other side (of the game) well and it wasn’t negative. That’s one of his big things. He wants you to try things, he wants you to express yourself and as a player that’s what I’ve always been (about),” Alli said.Also read – United Kingdom divided as England battle for spot in World Cup 2018 finalUnsurprisingly, the mood in the England camp is positive but one thing Southgate has instilled in his players is a willingness to confront negative moments and learn from them.Alli was part of the England squad who crashed out of Euro 2016 with defeat by Iceland and he said Southgate had encouraged the players to confront that memory before the tournament.Also read – Watch: England fans destroy Swedish furniture store after quarterfinal win”Straight after that game you want the floor to eat you up. You want to hide and not come out of your room. You want to forget about it and lock yourself away,” Alli said.”When Gareth came in it was the first time we relived it. You dont want to watch it back but we know how important it was, going into the World Cup, that we had to go back through it to come out stronger.”(With Reuters inputs)
Diego Maradona fined for dedicating club win to Venezuela President MaduroDiego Maradona dedicated a recent victory by the Dorados, the football club he coaches, to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and got fined by the football federation.advertisement Reuters Mexico CityApril 9, 2019UPDATED: April 9, 2019 12:14 IST Diego Maradona had been fined an unspecified sum by the Mexican football federation (IANS photo)HIGHLIGHTSDiego Maradona dedicated a recent Dorados win to Venezuelan President Nicolas MaduroMaradona had been fined an unspecified sum by the Mexican football federationHe violated the federation’s code of ethics which mandates political neutralityDiego Maradona has been fined for dedicating a recent victory by his Mexican club to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Mexico’s football federation said on Monday.The Argentine great, who coaches Dorados de Sinaloa, had dedicated a 3-2 win over Tampico Madero to Maduro and Venezuela in a news conference at the end of last month.The body said in a statement that Maradona had been fined an unspecified sum for violating the federation’s code of ethics which mandates political neutrality.Maradona had said he was dedicating the victory to Maduro and Venezuelans caught up in an economic crisis. He also criticized US President Donald Trump.Also Read | Diego Maradona released from hospital after routine operationAlso Read | Diego Maradona expresses desire to coach Argentina for freeAlso Watch | Cristiano Ronaldo not the greatest. I am: Diego Maradona to India TodayFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow MaradonaFollow Nicolas MaduroFollow Football federationFollow Venezuela Next
Feedback on the province’s draft coastal strategy is now available online. “The thoughtful and thorough feedback we’ve received on this draft strategy makes it clear to us how important the state of our coast is to Nova Scotians,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau. The overall feedback on the strategy was supportive and constructive, providing sound information and ideas to help develop the final strategy. Some of the recommended actions included: the establishment of development standards for building along the coast, improving public access to the coast, conserving more coastal lands, protecting waterfronts, and helping communities respond to coastal hazards. The strategy will guide the provinces’s efforts to improve coastal management in Nova Scotia. The province has taken a leadership role to help protect the future of this valuable resource. In addition to the 67 online surveys that were filled out, the department received 17 written submissions. Survey results and written submissions are available at www.gov.ns.ca/coast/consultation.asp . The strategy will be released in early summer.
There are two categories of people – first one constitute of the ones who take a life to figure out their passion, and the second ones are those who have always been clear about their choices and dreams. Sophie Choudhry, actor cum singer, belongs to the second category.Sophie started singing when she joined a girl band called Sansara while studying in London. After two hit songs ‘Yeh Dil Sun Raha Hai’ and ‘Habibi’, the band split up, and Choudhry decided to return to India to explore more opportunities. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography”Within a year, I became a successful MTV VJ, and my song ‘Mera Babu Chail Chabila’ became an instant hit. Later, another song ‘Ek Pardesi’ was released which shot me to fame. And then, I got my dream call from David Dhawan sir, who decided to launch me in his film.” That is when Pyar Ke side effects happened in her life and the rest is history. “I was never a professional model, but somehow people always think I was,” shared the actor, who draws her inspiration from celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, and Priyanka Chopra. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knotRevealing her dream collaboration, Sophie said that she wants to work with Badshah. “I think we both could do a kickass collaboration together. The music vibe, style, everything would be awesome.” The singer has just a few songs to her credit as yet, but has become a viral sensation. She feels that though the internet is a wonderful medium to showcase talent, nothing can possibly be compared to the days when non-film songs ruled the roost and dominated the TV and radio channels. “That is why some of us are fortunate to have a long lasting career even if we haven’t released that much music.” Sharing why she has not been able to produce much music, the singer said: “I am trying really hard to work on my music, but finding good songs, and producing the project yourself is quite difficult.” Despite all the obstacles she face, Music is everything for Sophie. Talking about the songs boosting drugs and showing women as sex objects, Sophie agrees that music definitely influences people. “While I appreciate and respect the freedom of speech, I think all we have to do is to draw careful lines,” stated the singer, who has no problem in looking glamorous in item songs. About the nudity in item songs, Sophie is confident that she has not witnessed any kind of nudity in item songs. “Sexiness depends on the performer and how a song is shot. These two things can distinguish glamour and vulgarity, and I know that in my entire career I have never crossed that line and I never will,” answered Sophie, who has rejected many songs when she thought that the lyrics, clothes or scenes were not decent enough. “We have to remember that the majority of India is not like Mumbai. They think differently, see women differently and we should lyrically not objectify women,” she added.
New Delhi: Lenovo-owned handset major Motorola that saw its India shipments decline a whopping 70 per cent year-on-year (YoY) in 2018, is re-energizing its focus on growing business in the online space, a key company official has stressed. A popular player in the affordable and mid-price segment in the country not-so-long ago, Motorola’s phone business has nosedived considerably in the wake of tough competition coming from its Chinese rivals. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app “Our current focus is to grow the business in online space where we see opportunities. We do not require any specific headcount to grow the business. We operate in dual channel — both offline and online — and we would continue to have a very strong partnership with Flipkart,” Prashanth Mani, Managing Director, Motorola Mobility India, told IANS. According to Counterpoint Research, the smartphone brand sunk from the sixth spot in 2017 to the 12th in 2018 in the competitive Indian market. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails Asked if the company was mulling to discontinue any particular Moto or Lenovo series, Mani said: “Not specifically any series but there were products in sub-Rs 10,000 category which we exited. Unless we see it profitable, we will not launch in that category in India — that’s the principal policy.” Is the handset maker looking to make India an export hub? “We are not saying that we are looking to export from the profitability standpoint but, supply chain efficiencies are always important. Firstly, we wanted to have the opportunity to export products outside India,” said Mani. In April, there were reports that the handset manufacturer was looking to start shipping devices to countries in Latin America and the Asia Pacific region. “We have already exported some products like Lenovo K8, Note etc, out of India,” Mani informed. The company currently has one Surface-Mount Technology (SMT) line in India in Chennai. It contract manufactures handsets in partnership with its global partner Flextronics from its Sriperumbudur facility near Chennai. The manufacturing plant at Sriperumbudur that employs nearly 4,000 people has a capacity to produce about 12 million units a year.
CALGARY – Jurors in the trial for a couple charged in their 14-month-old son’s death heard starkly differing accounts Tuesday of why he died.Jennifer and Jeromie Clark of Calgary have pleaded not guilty to criminal negligence causing death and failure to provide the necessaries of life for their son John.“This is not a whodunnit. There’s no mystery of what happened to John,” prosecutor Shane Parker said in his closing arguments.The Crown presented evidence from an array of medical professionals that suggested John could not fight off a staph infection because he was malnourished, and that he was close to death by the time his parents took him to hospital.But defence lawyers argued that while John was sick, he was not malnourished or suffering an infection. They said his death was the fault of doctors who treated him.Emergency and intensive care doctors testified that when the boy arrived in hospital, his heart rate and temperature were abnormally low, he was covered in a rash and some of his toes were blackened. They said that suggested he was in the final stages of septic shock.“The hospital did not break John. John was essentially dead on arrival,” Parker said.The Crown presented evidence that the Clarks searched online for natural cures for gangrene and poor circulation in the weeks leading up to John’s death.The boy had never seen a doctor until the day before he died on Nov. 29, 2013, Parker said.The prosecutor urged jurors to ask themselves what they would do if they had a child with toes that were turning black and an all-over rash. He said they would urgently seek medical attention.“They dithered; he withered,” Parker said of the Clarks.“They were playing with John’s life. You would have taken John to the doctor.”Earlier in the day, the Clarks lawyers’ urged jurors to put emotions aside as they determine their verdict.“In our society, we try not to just act like an angry mob, grabbing our pitchforks and torches and heading off to the windmill to kill a monster,” said John Phillips, Jennifer Clark’s lawyer.Jeromie Clark’s lawyer, David Chow, told jurors they must steel themselves when looking at photographs of the dead child with tubes attached to his little body.“It’s easy to fall into the trap and place those pictures at the feet of those two people,” he added, gesturing toward the Clarks in the prisoners dock.Anny Sauvageau, Alberta’s former chief medical examiner and now a consultant, reviewed John’s files and determined he died from being given too much sodium and fluid in too short a time.Sauvageau’s testimony contradicted a forensic pathologist report by Elizabeth Brooks-Lim, the current chief medical examiner, that John was malnourished and died from sepsis.Chow said for the jury to find the pair guilty of criminal negligence causing death, the Crown must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that their behaviour was a “marked and substantial departure in the standard of care expected of a reasonable person in the circumstances.”He said the Clarks may wish they had done something differently in hindsight, but they acted reasonably.“No human being is subject to a standard of perfection,” Chow said.Both defence lawyers highlighted police photos of the Clarks’ modest Calgary home that show healthy snacks, nutritional supplements, wellness books and baby gates.“Just use your common sense: does this look like a home where the family is not properly looking out for the nutritional health of its children?” Chow asked. “No way.”The jury is to receive its instructions from Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Paul Jeffrey on Thursday.
Mumbai: Breaking its four-day rising streak, the BSE Sensex dropped about 180 points Wednesday on profit booking and forecast of below-normal monsoon this year. Despite a strong rally in global equities, Indian market failed to sustain at lifetime highs led by losses in oil and gas, telecom, metal and healthcare stocks. After swinging nearly 450 points, the 30-share Sensex settled 179.53 points, or 0.46 per cent lower at 38,877.12. The broader NSE Nifty too pared early gains and ended 69.25 points, or 0.59 per cent, down at 11,643.95. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Benchmark indices gave up all the early gains and ended in red after Skymet predicted below normal monsoon for this year, said Sunil Sharma, Chief Investment Officer, Sanctum Wealth Management. “This news comes just a day before RBI is expected to cut rates by 25 bps and adopt a pro-growth stance. However, expectation of poor rainfall and already slow economic growth alongside subdued inflation may pressurise RBI to go for a higher rate cut, thus surprising the street positively,” Sharma added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The RBI’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is holding a three-day meeting between April 2 – 4 for the first policy statement for 2019-20. SBI was the biggest loser in the Sensex pack, shedding 2.40 per cent, followed by Yes Bank, Bharti Airtel, L&T, Sun Pharma, M&M, ICICI Bank, ONGC, RIL, Asian Paints, Vedanta and HUL, which lost up to 2.37 per cent. On the other hand, Maruti, HCL Tech, HDFC, Tata Steel, PowerGrid, Hero MotoCorp and TCS ended with gains of up to 2.78 per cent. Sectorally, the BSE oil and gas, telecom, capital goods, energy and healthcare indices fell up to 2.06 per cent. Broader indices too ended in the red, with the BSE Midcap and Smallcap slipping up to 0.87 per cent. Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net buyers in the capital markets, putting in Rs 543.36 crore Tuesday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold equities to the tune of Rs 437.70 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed. In Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng jumped 1.22 per cent, Korea’s Kospi rose 1.20 per cent, Japan’s Nikkei ended 0.97 per cent higher and Shanghai Composite Index gained 1.24 per cent. In Europe, Frankfurt’s DAX was up 1.33 per cent, Paris CAC 40 rose 0.74 per cent, while London’s FTSE slipped 0.04 per cent in early deals. The benchmark Brent crude futures rose 0.53 per cent to USD 69.74 per barrel. Meanwhile, the rupee appreciated 30 paise to 68.44 against the US dollar intra-day.
Washington – A man reported to have Islamic “extremist leanings” attacked police officers in New York City with a hatchet Thursday, injuring two before being shot dead, police and a monitoring group said.The man, identified in the U.S. media as Zale Thompson, had posted an array of statements on YouTube and Facebook that “display a hyper-racial focus in both religious and historical contexts, and ultimately hint at his extremist leanings,” the SITE monitoring group said.Four police officers in the city’s Queens Borough were posing for a photograph at the request of a freelance photographer when the man walked up and without saying a word attacked them, a city hall statement said. One officer was hit in the arm and another in the head before the officers shot and killed the man, according to police commissioner Bill Bratton.He said police were investigating the motive for the attack, Bratton said, adding that it was too early to determine whether it was terror-related.A 29-year-old bystander was accidentally hit by a bullet in the lower back and taken to a hospital, while the man who took the photograph was cooperating with police and was not considered a suspect, Bratton said.Police described the assailant as being around 32 and having dark skin.SITE, which monitors radical Muslim groups, said that in a comment Thompson had posted to a pro-Islamic State video on Sept.13, 2014, he described “jihad as a justifiable response to the oppression of the ‘Zionists and the Crusaders.’”
Marrakech – The first thermal solar power station in Morocco, which is a part of a development project costing seven billion Euros, will be launched in 2015.In a statement to AFP, the chairman of the Moroccan Agency of Solar Energy, Mr. Mustapha Elbakoury, stated, “According to the program, the progress made by the workshop Basin of Ouarzazate will allow the station, ‘Nour 1’ to enter into action next year .”Nour 1 is the first thermal station, which is powered by solar energy and costs more than 600 million Euros. It will generate 160 megawatts of power. The task of its building went to the company Consortium, which is primarily supported by shareholders in Saudi Arabia. Elbakoury continued: “the ambitious project aiming at producing 2,000 megawatts of solar power by 2020 is progressing in a satisfactory way.”Morocco plans to build five stations to generate electricity from solar energy. The first one will be Ouarzazate station at the gates of the desert, which is estimated to generate 500 megawatts and is foreseen to be one of the biggest such programs in the world.According to Elbakoury, the second phase of the implementation of the stations “Noor 2” and “Nour 3” will start in the beginning of 2015.Elbakoury also stated that the announcement of the third phase of the project will take place “in the coming weeks.”According to AFP, Morocco, which does not have large reserves of hydrocarbons, is aiming at covering 42 percent of its power needs through renewable energies by 2020.In addition to solar energy, Morocco is betting on wind energy development, and it is building the largest station on the continent for this purpose in Tarfaya.
Rabat – The trailer of “Army of One,” a new movie from Oscar winning actor Nicolas Cage and shot in Morocco, was released on YouTube last week.The nearly three-minute trailer features Morocco as one of the film’s most prominent locations in which scenes from the surreal comedy thriller were filmed.Morocco’s red city, Marrakech, appears as a City in Pakistan where Cage plays the role of Gary Faulkner, an American construction worker, who is on a mission from “God” to capture Osama Bin Laden. TWC-Dimension/Anchor Bay EntertainmentBased on a true story, Gary Faulkner appears taking a stroll through the streets of Marrakech on the back of a donkey, hunting down Osama Bin Laden. He crosses the Afghanistan Mountains armed with a pistol, a sword, night vision goggles, and a map. His mission, however, is interrupted when he iscaught near the Afghani border.“Army of One” is directed by American filmmaker and writer Larry Charles. Featuring as co-stars alongside Cage are Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs), Rainn Wilson (The Office), Russel Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Ken Marino (Agent Carter), Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story), and Paul Scheer (Fresh Off the Boat).TWC-Dimension/Anchor Bay EntertainmentLast week, Chilean Radio Cooperativa said, “Morocco has become the preferred destination for international directors to shoot the scenes that are supposed to take place in Iran, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.”Over the past years, many blockbuster movies have been shot in Moroccan territory, including “Mission Impossible-Rogue Nation” starring Tom Cruise, Prison Break,” “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” and “Les Nouvelles Aventures d’Aladin.”Last year, The Guardian ranked Morocco among the Top 10 Destinations for worldwide filmmakers. Many regard the country as an “exotic” and “spiritual” place by virtue of its unique landscapes and ancient cities, such as Ouarzazate, which is known as the “Moroccan Hollywood.”Well-known hit films such as “Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” “The Man Would Be King,” “Kingdom of Heaven,” and “Babel” have all been shot in Ouarzazate.“Army of One” will be available from November 4.Edited by Constance Guindon
Rabat – The Ministry of Equipment, Transport and Logistics has launched “MarRoute”, a mobile application designed to provide commuters and passengers with information and news regarding traffic.In a communiqué released on Tuesday, the ministry said that the application, which informs users about road conditions, is a part of its strategy to ensure the safety of it commuters and passengers.The application, which is available for free download, provides users with various kinds of information services, such as a map displaying accidents on the road that might disrupt their trip, including snow and flooding. The app will get its data from announcements released by of the ministry’s regional and provincial directoratesAccording to the ministry, the application was created as an interactive, participatory platform where users can share their concerns.The ministry stressed that the application comes as part of the Ministry’s policy of promoting e-governance and supporting the evolution of mobile technologies in order to offer better public service to Moroccan citizens.
CORONA, Calif. — Witnesses say a shooting at a Costco store southeast of Los Angeles sparked a stampede and left several people injured.Police swarmed the Costco Friday night and several ambulances were also parked outside the store in the city of Corona, about 50 miles (80.5 kilometres) east of downtown Los Angeles.Witnesses told KCAL-TV that a man with a Mohawk haircut was arguing with a woman with a child inside the store when about eight shots rang out.One witness says shoppers began stampeding toward exits and he saw three people on stretchers who appeared to have minor injuries.It’s unclear whether any of the injured were shot.KCAL-TV reported more than 100 people were outside the store. Video also showed a police officer with a gun at the ready checking parked cars.The Associated Press
Russian officials involved in corruption and human rights abuse are to be targeted with a tough new sanctions regime co-ordinated with the US and Canada, the Telegraph can disclose. The move, which was being planned before last week’s poisoning of a former spy and his daughter in Salisbury, is likely to inflame tensions with Moscow, following the nerve-agent attack government figures… Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, and Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, have agreed that Britain will introduce a UK version of the so-called “Magnitsky Act” under which 49 Russian nationals are named in an official US list of “gross violators of human rights”, whose crimes include extrajudicial killings and torture.
Martine Aubry a “horreur” des réseaux sociaux Lors d’un déplacement, la candidate à la primaire socialiste Martine Aubry a confié détester les réseaux sociaux tels que Facebook et Twitter. Symbole selon elle, d’une société nombriliste. Elle a néanmoins reconnu leur utilité dans certaines circonstances.Alors que de plus en plus de politiques ont désormais une page Facebook et utilisent la toile pour faire campagne, il semblerait bien que les réseaux sociaux n’aient pas encore conquis le coeur de tout le monde. Lors d’un récent déplacement, la première secrétaire du Parti socialiste Martine Aubry a en effet confié détester les réseaux sociaux : “Facebook et Twitter, j’ai horreur de ça… C’est typique de cette société où chacun pense à son nombril… Et puis tous ces faux amis… Ce n’est pas mon truc d’expliquer mes états d’âme. La vie, c’est aussi être libre de regarder autour de soi”, rapporte le Point. À lire aussi”Trash Tag Challenge” : le défi utile qui incite Twitter et Instagram à nettoyer la planètePourtant, la candidate à la primaire socialiste possède bien une page Facebook suivie à ce jour par 10.925 fans, ainsi qu’un compte Twitter et un site internet, tous régulièrement alimentés par Emile Josselin, chargé de la campagne web de Martine Aubry. Il faut dire que le Parti socialiste revendique haut et fort chercher à “tirer le meilleur parti du numérique dans la vie publique” et prône son utilisation comme le note Numerama : “Internet a permis de développer le dialogue direct et de décloisonner le débat public, en l’ouvrant largement. Les citoyens interpellent aujourd’hui directement leurs représentants par Facebook ou Twitter, et s’auto-organisent pour défendre des causes locales ou globales. La diffusion des pratiques numériques facilite la participation à des processus institutionnels dès l’élaboration”Si Martine Aubry a donc fourni une réponse bien éloignée du discours classique, elle a également reconnu ne pas pouvoir se passer du web et des réseaux sociaux pour faire campagne. Par ailleurs, elle a admis le rôle important joué il y a peu, entre autres par Facebook, lors des révolutions arabes. Les réseaux virtuels auraient donc bien une autre utilité que “raconter sa vie” ? Le 8 juillet 2011 à 17:47 • Maxime Lambert
It’s not a difficult task for a projector to shoot a nice, crisp image onto a stiff, perfectly flat surface. But one that’s rippling in the breeze? That’s impossible, right?Well, it was impossible before researchers started playing around with projection mapping. What’s projection mapping? You may have seen it in action before and not know what it was. It’s used in augmented reality to do things like this:Canada’s Parliament building dressed up via the magic of projection mappingNot content with merely being able to run projection-mapped imagery atop static objects like buildings, a team of Japanese researchers started working on a way to project on objects that were moving. Things like a person’s t-shirt or a specially-marked sheet of paper that’s being wiggled.What kind of practical applications are there for something like this? We’ll worry about that later, but for now you should check out the team’s demonstration video and marvel at what they’ve accomplished:How do they do it? By building a very high-tech projector, for starters. The DynaFlash projector can produce 8-bit images at an astonishing 1000fps. At the same time that it’s projecting images, the DynaFlash is also keeping an eye on marker points on the surface of whatever object it’s using as a screen.Remember when there were rumors that Microsoft was working on some kind of whole-room projection system for the Xbox? They eventually showed off Illumiroom, which was cool… but imagine what something like DynaFlash could do for in-home AR gaming.Parliament image courtesy Ottawa Tourism
OLYMPIA — Washington may boost significantly the number of multiple-season hunting permits issued annually for deer and elk.The state Fish and Wildlife Commission will decide in February whether to increase the numbers from 4,000 deer permits to 8,500 and from 850 elk permits to 1,250.Multiple-season permits allow hunters to hunt for deer or elk during all general hunting seasons, rather than having to choose among archery, muzzleloader or modern firearm seasons.A hunter with the permit might start in September archery seasons then switch to muzzleloader or modern firearms seasons in October and November.Elk hunters with the multiple-season permit are allowed to hunt in both eastern and western Washington.The permits are not cheap. They cost $181.50 plus the price of a deer license ($42.90) or elk license ($48.40).Successful applicants are notified in spring and have until Sept. 1 to buy their multiple-season permits.Dave Ware, game division manager of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, told the Fish and Wildlife Commission on Friday that about 2,200 of the 4,000 deer permit drawing winners actually bought the tag in 2011. About 680 of the 850 multiple-season elk tags were purchased by the deadline.Ware said the department will ask the 2012 Legislature for authority to spend the revenue to expand the wildlife conflict program, where specialists work with landowners having property damage.The wildlife conflict program has been tested in Benton, Yakima and Kittitas counties, he said.Deer hunters with the multiple-season permit tend to stay in their usual areas, but can spend more days in the field, Ware said.In 2009, multiple-season deer permit holders had a 38 percent success rate. That compared to 22 percent for general-season hunters and 46 percent for hunters who drew a permit for a particular game unit.
HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A Hollywood woman was surprised to find an iguana in her toilet bowl.Melissa Reynolds said she was cleaning when she went to the bathroom and opened the toilet bowl lid to find a scaly surprise.“I went to the bathroom and opened the lid, and I screamed, ‘Holy crap there’s an iguana in the toilet,’” said Reynolds.She then slammed the lid shut and made a call to the best iguana catcher she knows: her father.“I was in the shower, and my wife knocks on the door and says, ‘Melissa called and there’s a big iguana in her toilet,’ and I said, ‘OK, so I guess my day’s not over yet,’” said Reynold’s father, Harry Heghinian.“He’s kind of like the professional iguana catcher. He’s caught a lot of iguanas,” said Reynolds.Shortly after he arrived to her home, in the area of 54th Avenue and Hayes Street, to get to work. Reynolds recorded the safe capturing of the reptile where her father could be seen carefully putting the iguana in to a box before letting him loose outside of the home.“My biggest concern was going back to the hole there, and that was going to be much harder for me to catch later on because he would end up somewhere else in the house,” said Heghinian.Reynolds posted the encounter on Facebook with the caption, “Only in Florida. Make sure you guys check your toilets before you poop!”“There’s a first time for everything,” said Reynolds.She’s not the only one who had a scaly encounter recently, as a homeowner in Coral Springs found a snake in his home on May 26.Trappers said iguanas have a tendency of climbing up trees and down vent pipes that end up leading them to plumbing and sometimes the nearest commode.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.