Quins can be optimistic

first_imgSo, it all begins in earnest with the Double Header at Twickenham in just over three weeks – and there is plenty for Harlequins fans to be excited about.After finishing last season on a high, winning the Amlin Challenge Cup in dramatic fashion against French giants Stade Francais, and qualifying for this season’s Heineken Cup, Quins will look to power on this season.After some notable exits in Ceri Jones, Gonzalo Camacho, social hand grenade James Percival and Irish trio Dave Moore, Lewis Stevenson and John Andress, Quins welcome four new signings.AdChoices广告Scrum-half Richard Bolt and centre Matt Hopper move to the capital from Bristol and Cornish Pirates respectively, while props Nic Mayhew (New Zealand club side Northcote) and Tim Fairbrother (Western Force) add a bit of Southern Hemisphere muscle to the pack.There are also two step-ups from the very successful Quins Academy. Ross Chisholm, who won the player of the night award in the first round of the JP Morgan 7s at Bath, has been threatening to break through for a while now. England’s Nick Easter will be a vital player for Quins once againWith great skill and natural, searing pace, he will certainly provide the opposition with a few sleepless nights once he gets into his stride.And, despite his rather dodgy and footballesque hairband, Luke Wallace, 20, is determined to stake his claim in an already strong backrow and show what he can bring to the party.Last season, Quins demonstrated they can beat anyone, anywhere, seeing off both Northampton at Franklins Gardens and, in one of the biggest results in the club’s recent history, overturning the mighty Munster in front of 26,000 passionate Irish folk at Thomond Park on their way to the Amlin Final in Cardiff.However, they also suffered a rash of ‘nearly’ results, on occasions coming close to putting the opposition away, but suffering from an inability to finish games off from winning positions.They lack nothing in skill and pace, not to mention power with the likes of Samoan wrecking ball Maurie Fa’asavalu and Joe Marler – another 20-year-old – making his mark in the scrum.The next step is consistency, especially away from home. But for a few of those very close results, Quins could have found themselves considerably higher in the table and into a play-off position at the end of last season.They proved throughout the year that they can fire out of the blocks like 15 Exocet missiles guided straight at their opposite numbers and blow them off their foundations. When they maintained that dominance and did not allow teams to find a way back in, they looked an outstanding side.The changes to the squad, whilst lacking in big-name signings, should strengthen them. If they can crack the consistency curse and play up again for a few big results, like against Toulouse in the Heineken Cup, they could be in for a storming season.last_img read more

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Will the real Steelers please stand up?

first_imgSTILL HAS IT—James Harrison of the Steelers shows he can still bring it, as he sacks Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. But Luck showed why he’s one of the best in the game. BIG DAY FOR BIG BEN—Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a record setting day as he threw for 522 yards and 6 touchdowns in the Steelers 51-34 win over the Indianapolis Colts.If the offensive line can continue to protect Ben the way they did against the Colts, while opening holes for the runners the Steelers should be able to beat the Ravens. But the defense will have to get better. Which means the youngsters on the line must continue to improve. But one thing is for sure Flacco is no Luck.If the Steelers can get past the Ravens they then face the lowly New York Jets, 1-7 and the Tennessee Titans, 2-6. They could very easily be sitting at 8-3 going into their bye week.Predictions for the AFC North: Steelers over the Ravens, the Bengals over the Jags and Cleveland over the Bucs. GREATNESS—The Steelers Antonio Brown sprints to the end zone for one of his two touchdowns in the Steelers 51-34 win over the Colts.The Steelers looked like one of the worst teams in the NFL in their 31-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns, then just an average team in their 30-23 victory over the Houston Texans, then last weekend they put together the greatest offensive performance in Steelers history in their 51-34 upset of the Indianapolis Colts.Steelers fans are now wondering what team will show up against arch rival division foe the Baltimore Ravens, 5-3.The win put the Steelers in a tie with the Ravens for second place in the tough AFC North behind the Cincinnati Bengals who beat the Ravens, 27-24 last weekend to improve their record to 4-2-1.While the Steelers and Ravens are doing battle the Bengals and Browns face two very weak teams in the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The Colts led by Andrew Luck had the second best offense in the NFL coming into the game and they left it all on the field as they gave the Steelers all they could handle despite the greatest offensive performance in Steelers history. But the Steelers defense with Defensive Coordinator Dick LeBeau dialing up quarterback blitzes all night long still managed 400 yards on 26 of 45 passing with three touchdowns and two interceptions. The ground game was held in check primarily because the Colts had to play catch-up from the very beginning. YOUNG BLOOD—Antwon Blake of the Steelers makes an interception in the end zone in the fourth quarter in front of the Colt’s T Y Hilton to clinch the Steelers win.Ben Roethlisberger became the only quarterback to have two 500-yard games with 522 yards on a magnificent 40 of 49 night with 6 touchdowns. Even though veterans Antonio Brown had 10 catches for 133 yards, and two touchdowns, and Heath Miller 7 catches for 112 yards and one touchdown, it was the young receivers who made the difference with key catches in critical situations.Le’Veon Bell had another solid all around game with 94 yards on 24 carries.It was the same on defense. The veterans, James Harrison, Lawrence Timmons, Troy Polamalu, and Brett Keisel made the big plays but it was the youngsters on the front line who kept the pressure on Luck and made critical plays to keep the Colts out of the end zone.But all that has to be put behind them this weekend when they face the Ravens.Joe Flacco is having another outstanding season as he’s completed 173 passes in 279 attempts for 2049 yards and 14 touchdowns putting him right in the middle as far as quarterbacks effectiveness. His top receiver is former Carolina Panthers star Steve Smith who has 41 catches for 675 yards and 4 touchdowns. Torrey Smith, 18 catches for 308 yards, and Owen Daniels 27 catches for 275 yards are the other receivers. But the Ravens have a balanced attack even without Ray Rice, headed by Justin Forsett who has 571 yards on 104 carries and 3 touchdowns. He receives assistance from Lorenzo Taliaferro who has 226 yards on 51 carries. Forsett, like Bell and Rice, is an excellence receiver with 28 catches for 135 yards.SIMPLY AMAZED—Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin shows his amazement at one of the many plays in the Colts game. (Photos by William McBride)The Ravens defense much like the Steelers is not what they use to be but still one of the best in the league.The Steelers big three of Roethlisberger, Brown and Bell are among the best in the NFL.Roethlisberger has 2380 yards on 206 of 301 passing with 16 touchdowns. Brown has 60 catches and is second in the league in yards with 852. Heath Miller is among the leaders in tight ends with 387 yards on 34 catches.  Bell is developing into one of the best all around backs in the league with 691 yards rushing on 141 carries, and an additional 395 yards on 42 receptions. 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Worm Genes Show Non-Evolutionary Pattern

first_imgBiologists at New York University compared genes of roundworms to look for evidence of evolutionary ancestry.  What they found was not what they expected.  They found more genetic variation between outwardly-similar worms than between mice and men.  Their results were published online in PNAS June 7.1    The roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans is a model lab organism for genetic studies.  Kiontke et al. compared it with 7 other worms of the same genus and four other related species.  They first devised a family tree of the worms, based on commonly-accepted phylogenetic techniques.  Despite the fact that only subtle morphological differences exist between most of the species, they found major differences in intron counts (with intron loss apparently much more frequent than intron gain).  They also deduced that a specialized form of hermaphroditism (ability to self-fertilize) evolved separately in two species, C. elegans and C. briggsae, by convergent evolution.  Summarizing all the differences they found, they stated with obvious surprise that “despite the lack of marked morphological diversity, more genetic disparity is present within this one genus than has occurred within all vertebrates.”    The amount of genetic diversity between these worms is all the more surprising considering the impact one change can sometimes have.  In another paper published in PNAS the same day,2 a team of scientists studied a genetic disease called progeria that makes children die of old age at 13.  The disease is caused by a single point mutation in one spot, the lamin A gene, that is important in maintaining the structure of the nucleus.    Why the worms show so much genetic diversity despite little outward visible difference was puzzling to the biologists.  They postulated it might be due to stabilizing selection (influences that, despite genetic changes, produce results analogous to treading water or running in place).  Alternatively, “developmental constraints may limit the ‘evolvability’ of Caenorhabditis,” they suggested.  Or maybe the worms’ molecular clock ticks at much higher rates than in higher organisms, although they dispute the idea.    They leave it as an unsolved puzzle how similar-looking worms could show more genetic diversity than vertebrates (including mice, rats, hamsters, zebrafish and humans).  “It had been noted previously that the genetic distance between humans and chimpanzees seemed too small to account for their substantial organismal differences.  However,” they observe, “the situation is strikingly reversed in Caenorhabditis.”1Kiontke et al., “Caenorhabditis phylogeny predicts convergence of hermaphroditism and extensive intron loss,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0403094101, published online before print June 7, 2004.2Goldman et al., “Accumulation of mutant lamin A causes progressive changes in nuclear architecture in Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0402943101, published online before print June 7, 2004.Molecular phylogenetics is not providing the evidence of common ancestry for which evolutionists had hoped.  Since it looks like an exercise in futility, can we move on to better things now? (see yesterday’s headline, for instance.)(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – August 10th, 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Favorable weather allowed ample time for fieldwork in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending August 9th. A week of dry, sunny weather crop development and hay harvest. Drier conditions have been so prevalent that growers are noticing some signs of stress such as curling in corn. Tobacco growers observed some improvement in their crop, and are getting ready to harvest.View the complete reportlast_img read more

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Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans commercially approved for 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Monsanto Company  announced its commercial launch plans for its Roundup Ready2 Xtend™ soybeans after it received import approval in China. This technology has been highly anticipated by farmers and is now available in the United States and Canada in time for the 2016 season.“We are pleased to bring Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans to the market,” said Brett Begemann, Monsanto President and Chief Operating Officer. “After a decade of development, the new and elite germplasm in Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans can provide growers with outstanding performance in their efforts to produce the best crop possible.”Monsanto’s Asgrow®, Channel® and regional brands, along with Corn States licensees, expect to introduce more than 70 soybean products across eight maturity groups with agronomic traits including resistance to nematodes and phytophthora root rot. Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans are broadly licensed to more than 100 seed brands.Although Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans are tolerant to both glyphosate and dicamba herbicides, the use of dicamba herbicide over the top of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans remains in late stage of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) review and is not currently approved by the EPA. Once approved, the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System – including Bollgard II® XtendFlex® cotton – will offer growers a vital tool for managing tough-to-control and glyphosate-resistant weeds.Miriam Paris, U.S. Soybean Marketing Manager, says demand for Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ soybeans has been strong. “To date, we’ve had significant pre-orders from farmers and are excited to move forward with commercialization,” she said. “Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans are built on the same high-yielding germplasm as Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybeans, which continue to deliver a greater than four bushel per acre advantage as compared to the original Roundup Ready® soybeans.  Pending dicamba approval, growers will continue to maximize their yield opportunity through the weed management recommendations and incentives provided by Roundup Ready PLUS® Crop Management Solutions.”More information about Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System can be found at RoundupReadyPLUS.com/XtendCropSystem.last_img read more

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How Households Drive Up Greenhouse Gas Emissions

first_imgAs the public conversation about climate change gets increasingly serious, many Americans may be wondering: How do my individual choices affect climate change? Household consumption—food, housing, transportation, apparel, and other personal services—is an important contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Everything you eat or wear, every time you drive, contributes to total global emissions. The typical American’s annual per capita carbon footprint is more than five times the world per capita average. A study by our research team, including Kaihui Song, Shen Qu and Sai Liang, published on September 10, sheds light on the global carbon footprint of U.S. households.RELATED ARTICLESCarbon Emissions By the Construction IndustryAnother Look at Embodied CarbonCarbon Fees Are Not the Best Solution to Climate PollutionReducing Our Carbon Footprint — Part OneReducing Our Carbon Footprint — Part Two Some activities have a bigger impact We looked at data from 1995 to 2014 from the U.S. Consumer Expenditure Survey, as well as the World Input-Output Database. We looked at the total global warming potential of all greenhouse gas emissions, not just carbon dioxide, as measured in their “carbon dioxide equivalent.” We found that over 20% of all U.S. emissions are directly attributed to household consumption. If you consider indirect emissions, this figure is closer to 80%. Let’s zoom in on the latest available annual numbers, mostly from 2009, which give a better sense of the impacts. U.S. households generate 5.43 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions every year. About 82.3% of those emissions are produced domestically. The remaining emissions are generated outside the U.S. These emissions come from global supply chains. For instance, the family car might have been manufactured abroad. So emissions from manufacturing of the car are created outside the U.S., but emissions from the tailpipe are domestic. Source: Environment International Transportation and housing contribute over 60% to the total domestic carbon footprint of U.S. households. Supply chain emissions from services–such as health care, banking, and lodging–and food contribute the next largest amounts. Food, furnishings and supplies, and clothing are the three largest drivers of overseas emissions from U.S. households. China bears the brunt of overseas emissions The overseas carbon footprint driven by U.S. households is distributed disproportionately among countries. The most considerable portion of overseas carbon footprint of U.S. households is released in China, followed by Canada, India, Russia, and Mexico. The overseas carbon footprint from Mexico is largely driven by food consumption in the U.S., while fuel consumption in the U.S. was the main driver for overseas carbon footprint from Canada and Russia, where the U.S. got the majority of its imported oil products and natural gas in that period. While the most substantial amount of the U.S. overseas carbon footprint is from China, it is only 3.0% of China’s domestic emissions. The majority of China’s emissions comes from the activity of its inhabitants, as well as consumption in other countries beyond the U.S. On the other hand, Canada, Mexico, and Taiwan trace a sizeable proportion of their domestic emissions to U.S. household consumption. Source: Environment International Wealthier families have a larger footprint A household’s carbon footprint generally increases with its income, ranging from 19.3 to 91.5 tons of CO2-equivalent annually. The average carbon footprint of the wealthiest households is over five times that of the poorest. In 2009, households with less than $30,000 annual disposable income made up 25.7% of the total U.S. population, but were only responsible for 19.3% of U.S. households’ carbon footprint. On the other hand, wealthy consumers with more than $100,000 annual household income accounted for 22.3% of the total population but were responsible for nearly one-third of households’ total carbon footprint. Source: Environment International The Great Recession caused a dip U.S. households’ carbon footprint had been steadily growing from 1995 until 2005, when it began to plateau. In 2009, the combined domestic and overseas footprint dropped by 8.5% from the previous year, mainly due to the Great Recession. The share of overseas carbon footprint in total carbon footprint of the U.S. household consumption had been rising steadily and peaked at around 20% in 2006. After 2006, the share of overseas carbon footprint started to decrease, as imports slowed down before the recession. Source: Environment International Transportation makes the biggest difference The variations of household carbon footprint from 1995 to 2014 were largely driven in transportation use, including emissions from vehicle manufacturing, fuel, and public transportation. Transportation emissions, both per capita and per household, have continued to rise over time. This is despite significantly reduced tailpipe emissions from vehicles and nearly 30% improvement in fuel economy of cars in this period. Mandates and standards, such as Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) at the federal level and Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) at the state level, enabled this rapid progress. Source: Environment International So what’s causing the emissions to keep rising? People want to travel more and are more likely to own more household vehicles. Meanwhile, vehicles have a lower average number of occupants. Mass transit and active modes of transportation, like bike riding, are growing slowly. In 2016, for the first time in history, the emissions from the U.S. transportation sector surpassed the power sector emissions. This fact along with our observation from household carbon footprint from transportation underscore the importance of policy efforts related to emissions from the transportation sector. –Morteza Taiebat is a Ph.D. Candidate in Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan. Ming Xu is an associate professor at the School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Here’s the original article.last_img read more

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Project announced ahead of 2017 by-election yet to take off in Odisha

first_imgTwo years after Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced one of the most ambitious irrigation projects in the State, the government has not made any expenditure for its execution.Just before the Bijepur by-election in 2017, the government had announced the State’s first underground irrigation project — Gangadhar Meher Lift Canal System.In response to an RTI query, the government said that the tendering process for the project is yet to be completed.“The administrative sanction for the project, which entails an investment of ₹1,340.55 crore, has been approved by the government. In 2018-19 and 2019-20 budget provision of ₹200 crore and ₹100 crore has been made,” the government said.As per the plan, water will be drawn from Hirakud Dam through Bargarh Main Canal. Over 70 villages to benefitThe water will travel 17.64 km through the pipeline up to Barihapali Secondary Reservoir. From Barihapali reservoir, the water will be delivered to farmers in the designed ayacut area, including 74 villages in Bijepur block. There will be a mix of underground gravity and pressure pipe distribution network with outlets every 4.5 hectare patch of land.It is estimated that an area of about 25,600 hectares would be irrigated in the three blocks. Though the project was to be implemented over five years, no expenditure has been made. “The announcement was meant to deceive voters ahead of the Bijepur polls in 2017 when the BJD and the BJP were locked in a bitter contest. Had the government been serious about the project, it would have been fast-tracked,” alleged Pradip Pradhan, RTI activist.last_img read more

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Woods brings back big crowds, big cheers with a 72

first_imgTiger Woods reacts after just missing a birdie putt on the sixth hole hole of the South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO — Tiger Woods has been away from the PGA Tour too long to know for certain when a shot is as good as it looks.This was a 6-iron on the par-3 16th hole on the South Course at Torrey Pines, from 188 yards to a slightly elevated green with a pin tucked behind a deep bunker. The sun was setting behind the Pacific late Thursday afternoon, and the glare made it tough to follow the flight of the ball.ADVERTISEMENT “We can’t see anything land from back there, so we’re just listening for some noise,” Woods said. “And people started cheering.”The ball rolled to the hole and broke a few inches in front of the cup for a tap-in birdie .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWoods brought big crowds back to golf in his latest return to the PGA Tour, and he even produced a few big roars.There just weren’t enough cheers for his liking. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ His three birdie putts were from a combined 30 inches. The longest of his birdie putt was from just inside 2 feet on No. 10 that got him back to even par for the round. He was one rotation away from making a long eagle putt on the par-5 sixth.He was never under par the entire round, and his near ace on the 16th brought him back to even par.But he needed those three birdies to offset his mistakes, and the sobering part of his return is that Woods didn’t make a putt longer than 4 feet. That was on the second hole, when his approach from the bunker landed 6 feet behind the hole and went over the back into light rough.He also gave away a shot on the par-5 13th, when he laid up from the rough and hit a wedge that drifted right and went into the bunker. He blasted that out to 3 feet, which was the hard part. And then he missed the short par putt .Woods made his other two bogeys from greenside bunkers, both times missing 12-foot putts.He played the par 5s in even par, and didn’t give himself any other birdie chances inside 15 feet.“It’s hard to make a lot of birdies when you’re not giving yourself any looks, and I didn’t do that today,” Woods said. “Tomorrow, hopefully, I’ll drive a little better, get my irons obviously a lot closer and we get the better of the two greens tomorrow. So we’ll see what happens.”But there was no mistaking his presence.Fans lined both sides of the opening fairway in anticipation of seeing Woods, who was playing the PGA Tour for only the second time since August 2015. That was right before he had a second and third surgery on his back, which kept him away for some 15 months. He returned at Torrey Pines last year and opened with a 76 on his way to missing the cut. A week later, he withdrew after a 77 in Dubai with back spasms and was gone again.Regardless of the score, Woods looked as though he’s back for the long haul. The fusion surgery eliminated the pain. And while he wasn’t sharp, Woods hit the ball plenty far and saw at least a little bit of golf that made him such a dominant figure. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments The South Course, which hosted the 2008 U.S. Open that Woods won, typically is far stronger than the North at Torrey Pines. That’s no longer the case with the North getting a makeover two years ago, with bent greens that are firm this week and narrower fairways.The average score on the South was 71.62, compared with 71.31 on the North. Forty-one of the 73 players who broke par were on the South.Finau birdied his opening two holes to set the tone for his round, and he wound up with nine birdies, the last one from 35 feet to take the lead.“It played a lot tougher than it did in the past,” Finau said. “I think it’s just a credit to my start. From there I was just able to let the golf course come to me. The par 5s are very reachable for me hitting some irons in there. Again, I think it was just my start. I got off to a good start and was able to ride that momentum all the way through the round.”He had a one-shot lead over Ryan Palmer and Ted Potter Jr., who each had a 66 on the South.Defending champion Jon Rahm, who can reach No. 1 in the world by winning, opened with a 68 on the South. He hit into the water with his second shot on the par-5 18th, but he saved par with a 15-foot putt.“Just unfortunate it happened, but I made a good putt, had a couple really good putts down the stretch and had a good finish,” Rahm said. “Good momentum going to tomorrow.” Playing for the first time since recovering from a fourth back surgery that cost him another year on the PGA Tour, Woods was mostly steady, sometimes spectacular and ended his day with an even-par 72 that left him seven shots behind Tony Finau.“It was fun to compete again,” Woods said. “It was fun to be out there.”The next trick is to stay at Torrey Pines beyond Friday. With virtually no wind making this a day for reasonable scoring, Woods was tied for 84th and will start the second round on the North Course just outside the cut line.Finau birdied his opening two holes on the North and finished with a 35-foot birdie putt for a 65.Woods had a few big moments that looked familiar to fans who stood as many as four-deep around the greens.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Babos-Mladenovic combine to win Australian women’s doubles John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

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Apple iPhone 6 may come with barometer, air pressure sensors

first_imgApple iPhone 5sRumours continue to pour in on expected new features, specs and release date of the much-talked about iPhone 6.The next Apple’s flagship phone is expected to be launched in mid-September this year. Though, some reports suggest it could come in August. Well, if recent rumours are to be believed, the iPhone 6 may sports some new features, apart from a larger screen and redesigned body. The latest rumour doing the rounds is that it will come with two new sensors–a barometer and an air pressure sensor. Though, barometer is not a new addition as it is available on some Android devices.  However, these two sensors could be useful for mountaineers and hikers as it will help in measuring temperature and will provide weather data.Also, these sensors could tap into and sync with the rumoured iWatch, which also is expected this year.Earlier, a German phone firm Deutsche Telekom had predicted September 19 launch.The date is consistent with Apple’s recent launches as the US tech giant generally introduces its new iPhone models on Fridays and September 19 does fall on a Friday. Apple had launched the iPhone 5S on September 20, 2013, which was a Friday.The new handset is believed to have a larger 4.7 inch screen, with a second version boasting a 5.5-inch screen. As far as the innards are concerned, one can expect a new A8 processor, perhaps more RAM and defiantly a better camera.last_img read more

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Grand Bahamian men Arrested for collaboration in Killing of Turtle

first_imgHe then led authorities to a restaurant where he had sold the turtle meat for $160.  The business partners at that establishment were subsequently arrested for purchasing the protected species.All three were taken to the West End Police Station for questioning and are expected to face charges on Friday morning.  The Freeport detachment is led by Lieutenant Commander Chappell Whyms and forms a strategic part of the Force’s Northern Command.  The Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s mandate of Guarding our Heritage extends to protecting our endangered species and environment.Release: RBDFHeader: Grand Bahamian man being led away by Defence Force Marines on March 7, 2017. He was allegedly responsible for the beheading of a loggerhead turtle, a species that has been protected by law since 2009.First insert: The stored packages of the loggerhead turtle in the cooler at a restaurant in Grand Bahama. A total of three individuals were arrested for their roles in the killing of the endangered species.Second insert: The shell remains of a loggerhead turtle which was beheaded on March 7, 2017 in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Three men were arrested for the incident seen on social medial. (Photos courtesy of RBDF Northern Detachment) (For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf- #GuardOurHeritage #MarlinSpike #operationconservation Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, March 8, 2018 – Grand Bahama – The Royal Bahamas Defence Force acted quickly in partnership with the Department of Fisheries when a particular gruesome video of a man beheading a loggerhead turtle, a species that has been protected by law since 2009 surfaced yesterday on social media.  Less than twelve hours after the video aired, three Grand Bahamians have been charged with violating Section 244 of the Fisheries Jurisdiction & Conservation 2009 Section 29 that is Subject to Regulation 32, where “no person shall take, have in his possession, buy or sell — (a) marine turtles; (b) marine turtle parts; or (c) marine turtle eggs.”A four member team from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s section detached to Freeport led by Chief Petty Officer Fred Smith collaborated with Assistant Superintendent of Fisheries Clement Campbell and located the man identified in the video as a native of West End Grand Bahama. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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