Casablancas Ibn Arabi High School Host Talent Show and InterSchool Competition

Rabat – Ibn Arabi High School, located in El Gharbia, Sidi Bennour organized on Saturday the first edition of its Students’ Talent Show and Inter-Schools Competitions, under the title “Moroccan…Proud to Be.”The event hosted several activities, including singing, a spelling bee, improvisation, photography and drawing, and public speaking on different topics such as the Green March, Tabourida  and Moroccan costumes.About 175 students took part in these competitions. The competition’ first edition was organized in coordination with the Ibn Arabi Youth Club. Juries were made up of several teachers of English and art, namely Hasna Ghouila, Nawal Mardi, Abdelhakim El Maghi, Youness Errachidi, and Abdelali Mounir.“It was difficult to name winners as the contestants were so enthusiastic, proud, and eager to win the competition,” explained Rachid Benjlil, an English teacher and founder and coordinator of Ibn Arabi Youth Club.During the event, high-school headmaster Mohamed El Mahboubi delivered a speech in which he stressed the importance of such activities and initiatives, which he said provide students with the opportunity to enrich their cultural knowledge and develop their public speaking and linguistic skills.“The public speaking competition was an opportunity for the attendees to enjoy a trip through Moroccan history, culture, and values,” added Benjlil. read more

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Afghanistan UN urges campaigns to cooperate with election audit process

According to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), any further delays only exacerbate the already heavy toll that the current uncertainty has on the political, security and economic environment, as well as on the lives of ordinary Afghans. “An audit of this scale and complexity has never been attempted before anywhere in the world,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš, in a statement from Kabul. “I commend all those who have contributed to the progress in moving this critical process forward to the point where a credible outcome will soon be known,” he said, adding, “Then we expect that both leaders and their campaigns will honour their commitments to respect the outcome of the process.” Mr Kubiš said the UN expected that, besides the rapid conclusion of the vote audit process, the two presidential candidates would also at the earliest time reach an agreement on the establishment of a national unity government, which would lead Afghanistan from the current situation to stability. “The government of national unity based on partnership is the only option acceptable to the Afghan people and the international community. Speculation about any unconstitutional alternatives or appeals for civil disobedience can only worsen the current complicated situation,” he said. UNAMA, notes that the audit is unique for Afghanistan in terms of its scale, depth, observation, international supervision and the genuine joint responsibility given to the two campaigns for oversight of the process. The features of this ambitious exercise and the request to the international community to help implement it were set out in the 12 July Agreement reached between the two candidates. “The UN is dedicated to playing its part fully so that the audit effectively separates valid votes from fraudulent ballots in order to determine the will of Afghan voters and promote the ultimate goal of helping Afghanistan achieve its first ever peaceful transfer of power from one elected president to another,” said Mr. Kubiš, whao added: “Rarely have so many recognised experts and highly experienced electoral professionals been brought together at one time to support an elections process.” read more

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Brocks annual emergency exercise wraps up

Members of the Niagara Regional Police’s Emergency Task Unit in Cairns Complex today during Brock’s annual emergency training exercise. Today’s annual emergency training exercise at Brock University is now completed.The exercise was used to test Brock’s Emergency Management Team on aspects of emergency management and response as mandated by its Emergency Management Plan.For the exercise, Brock teamed up with Niagara Regional Police Services (NRPS).Both groups participated in a joint scenario developed by Campus Security that involved members of the University’s Emergency Response Team and Crisis Management Group, as well as the NRPS’ Emergency Task Unit and other uniformed officers.Brock and NRPS officials will now compare notes and identify areas for improvement moving forward in order to continue to enhance campus safety and security for both the University and Niagara communities. read more

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Are Any Of MLBs Breakout Teams For Real

Are Any Of MLBs Breakout Teams For Real

RangersAL West14-1314591473+14+4 MarinersAL West18-1314911497+7+3 CardinalsNL Central18-1015251537+12+23 TeamDivisionRecordPreseasonCurrentEloPlayoff odds We can break the most improved teams into a couple of groups. One features teams that were on the edge of contention before the season and whose hot starts solidified them as teams to be reckoned with in the playoff race. The other contains clubs who were not “supposed” to be this good (or even good at all) in the eyes of the preseason projections. These teams are in an interesting spot because their playoff odds are still low despite their promising showings. So how well they maintain their surprising performances will have a big effect on their decision-making around July’s trade deadline.Playing themselves into contentionNo team has improved its playoff odds more in April than the Tampa Bay Rays, who had a 42 percent shot at the postseason on opening day but as of Tuesday boasted a 74 percent chance to make the playoffs. Some of that is a byproduct of Boston’s poor start — the Red Sox had shed an MLB-high 39 points of playoff probability since starting the season — but the Rays are also a great example of a team that makes shrewd acquisitions and gets the most out of its talent. In addition to known commodities Tommy Pham, Kevin Kiermaier and Blake Snell, Tampa is also getting unexpectedly great performances out of infielders Yandy Diaz and Brandon Lowe, right fielder Austin Meadows1Who is currently on the injured list. and pitcher Tyler Glasnow. Some of that quartet’s early numbers are bound to revert to the mean, but Diaz, Lowe and Meadows all rank among the top 20 percent of hitters in exit velocity, and Glasnow has elite underlying indicators. Although the injury-plagued Yankees are the AL East favorites in our model, no team currently has better wild-card odds than Tampa Bay.As we mentioned before the season, the Minnesota Twins figured to be right in the most precarious zone between making and missing the postseason. A few extra wins here or there, and the Twins’ playoff odds would increase massively; a few extra losses, and they might be left out in the October cold. So Minnesota has done itself a huge favor by getting off to a 17-10 start, which is third-best in baseball. Obvious star candidates such as Byron Buxton and Jose Berrios have played well, but the Twins’ hot April was fueled even more by breakout seasons from the likes of Jorge Polanco (162 adjusted on-base plus slugging), Eddie Rosario (130) and even catcher Mitch Garver (203). Minnesota’s rotation has huge questions beyond Berrios and Jake Odorizzi, but with the Indians’ talent advantage in the AL Central diminished relative to previous seasons, the Twins have played their way into what could be the division’s most interesting race in years.The St. Louis Cardinals are a little different from the Rays and Twins because we basically listed them as co-favorites (with the Brewers and Cubs) in the NL Central during spring training. Still, with an 85-win projection on the heels of a three-year playoff drought, the Cards’ postseason fate was far from assured. The team’s hot start, however, has set St. Louis up with a 67 percent chance of making the playoffs as of Tuesday — 23 percentage points higher than it was before the season started. Prized offseason acquisition Paul Goldschmidt has been his usual self, while lineup mates Paul DeJong, Marcell Ozuna, Kolten Wong and Dexter Fowler have exploded for huge seasons so far. It’s fair to wonder how long some of that can last: At age 33, Fowler is a little old to suddenly emerge as a 5-win player, while DeJong has a .607 slugging percentage despite an average exit velocity in the bottom third of MLB. But by the same token, the Cardinals’ pitching is probably better than its current 25th-place ranking in wins above replacement,2Using a mix of the WAR versions found at FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference.com. particularly once Carlos Martinez returns from injury this month. Whatever happens, St. Louis has given itself the early edge in a brutal division race.We’re good! OK, now what?The Texas Rangers got everybody’s attention over the weekend by blistering the Seattle Mariners by a combined score of 29-2 in back-to-back games. The Rangers are 14-14, but they also have a +9 run differential against a schedule that ranks second-toughest in baseball so far, according to the average Elo rating of its opponents. Texas wasn’t supposed to be competitive like this: They haven’t broken .500 since 2016, and they lost longtime franchise cornerstone Adrian Beltre to retirement over the offseason. But the team has seen a handful of pleasant surprises early on — starting with pitcher Mike Minor, who boasts the eighth-best adjusted earned run average (174) in the AL. Left fielder Joey Gallo has launched 10 home runs already, Elvis Andrus and Shin-Soo Choo have produced vintage seasons, and Danny Santana has recaptured the form that saw him vie for rookie of the year honors in 2014. But even with all that, Texas is still just third in the AL West, and our model gives it only a 7 percent chance of making the playoffs. In the race to the bottom for better picks, the Rangers were looking before the season like they might get a top-five selection in next summer’s MLB draft, but now their hot start might have them rethinking their rebuilding trajectory for the time being.Similarly, the Arizona Diamondbacks seemed destined for a rebuild after trading Goldschmidt to the Cardinals and watching free agents such as Patrick Corbin walk during the winter. Yet those plans might need to be put on hold in light of the team’s 17-13 start. According to our model, the D-backs on Tuesday had a 35 percent chance to make the playoffs (up 12 percentage points from preseason) and are on track to win 83 games, which would actually be an improvement on last year’s record despite the offseason talent exodus. First baseman Christian Walker (151 OPS+) has come out of nowhere with a scorching start, Zack Greinke continues to pitch like an ace, and closer Greg Holland hasn’t yet allowed a run. Arizona has gotten strong performances up and down the lineup, including from the likes of David Peralta, Adam Jones, Ketel Marte, Eduardo Escobar, Nick Ahmed and Jarrod Dyson. The Dodgers look too good to realistically be chased down in the West, but the D-backs are still in the NL’s playoff race, however improbably.The Seattle Mariners have cooled off some after their 13-2 start, going 5-12 since April 11. Even so, they’re another team with better playoff odds (15 percent as of Tuesday) than we’d expect from their offseason dealings — which included losing free agent slugger Nelson Cruz and trading ace pitcher James Paxton, closer Edwin Diaz and star second baseman Robinson Cano. Even through its recent slump, Seattle maintains MLB’s third-highest batting WAR courtesy of big years from Daniel Vogelbach (224 OPS+ !), Omar Narvaez (140) and Tim Beckham (139), to go with the usual mashing by Edwin Encarnacion (136), Domingo Santana (131) and Mitch Haniger (131). Starter Marco Gonzalez has also delivered an unexpectedly great season thus far, with a 150 ERA+ that has him leading the AL in pitching WAR. Seattle’s big home run rate (4.7 percent of all plate appearances) is out of line with its batted-ball metrics, and the team’s defense remains abysmal, so it’s no surprise that a regression has already begun to set in. But by virtue of their early record — still among the best in baseball — the Mariners will have to decide whether to try to end the franchise’s long-running playoff drought by making upgrades this season or to keep biding their time for a future postseason run.Check out our latest MLB predictions.CORRECTION (May 2, 2019, 11:40 a.m.): An earlier version of the table in this story listed the wrong division for three teams. The Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays play in the AL East, and the Philadelphia Phillies play in the NL East. RaysAL East19-915251539+13+32 D-backsNL West16-1314971510+12+12 Blue JaysAL East14-1414821488+6+2 CubsNL Central14-1215211527+6+6 MLB’s most improved teams since preseasonMLB teams with the largest change in FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings between opening day and April 30, 2019 Elo Ratingschange TwinsAL Central17-915081520+13+26 Statheads know that it usually takes roughly 70 games for baseball results to really start meaning something. On the first day of May a year ago, the New York Mets were 17-9 and the Los Angeles Dodgers were 12-16. Needless to say, both these teams’ fortunes would change: The Mets immediately collapsed into oblivion; the Dodgers went 80-55 the rest of the way and made the World Series. So the sensible move would be to sit tight and ignore the standings for a few more weeks.But we obviously aren’t going to do that — it’s too much fun to speculate about which hot starts are for real. And MLB’s first full month had plenty of interesting results: As some favorites’ playoff chances have receded, other teams have put themselves in strong postseason position already. Here are the teams that have improved the most in our MLB Elo ratings since opening day: PhilliesNL East16-1215191521+2+9 Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, Baseball Databank DodgersNL West19-1215621566+4+9 read more

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Mens Basketball Kaleb Wesson CJ Jackson lead No 15 Ohio State to

Ohio State senior point guard C.J. Jackson (3) dribbles the ball down the court during the second half of the game against Minnesota on Dec. 2. Ohio State won 79-59. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorKaleb Wesson has played an important role for Ohio State through the first 11 games of the season. The sophomore forward is averaging 16.5 points per game, scoring a career-high 31 points against Youngstown State on Tuesday. He is averaging 6.6 rebounds per game, recording 10 boards on Dec. 15, his first career double-double. For opponents like UCLA, Wesson is someone to plan the team’s defense around, which the Bruins did, showing a 2-3 zone for the majority of its contest against the Buckeyes, something Ohio State struggled with against Syracuse, its only loss of the season on Nov. 28. After struggling with the zone in the first half, shooting 36.1 percent from the field, Ohio State showed a faster pace in the second half, scoring 47 points and shooting 48.4 percent from the field to secure, a 80-66 win against UCLA, the Buckeyes’ 11th win in 12 games. Wesson had something extra to focus on: 7-foot-1 freshman center Moses Brown, who averages 9.4 rebounds per game, recording three games of at least 10 rebounds in the first 11 games of his collegiate career. Wesson won the matchup down low, recording six rebounds, including four offensive boards, in the first half, outrebounding Brown, who had one in the first half. Wesson finished with a career-high 12 boards, recording eight offensive rebounds while Brown had two rebounds. The sophomore forward also had 15 points, shooting 45.4 percent from the field in 27 minutes after fouling out late in the second half, giving Wesson his second double-double of his career and second in the past three games. With Wesson focused on Brown, the rest of the Ohio State defense stepped up, forcing 12 turnovers in the first half, recording nine points off turnovers despite allowing the Bruins to shoot 48.3 percent from the field. But the Bruins struggled from deep in the second half, connecting on two of nine from 3, giving Ohio State the 14-point victory. Offensively, Ohio State struggled to find a consistency from the floor early, making only five of its first 24 shot attempts. Ohio State connected on six of their final 12 attempts from the field, ending the half with a 33-30 lead after freshman guard Luther Muhammad connected on a jumper with 29 seconds left. Much like the Ohio State offense as a whole, senior guard C.J. Jackson struggled in the first half, making only one of his five attempts from the field with two points. And like the Ohio State offense in the second half, Jackson heated up, making 6-of-11 attempts from the field, ending the day as the Buckeyes’ leading scorer with 20 points. Jackson also finished with seven rebounds and six assists. The Buckeye offense found some holes in the Bruins’ zone early in the second half, running a quick offense and finding open layups for both sophomore forward Kyle Young and redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods, who earned his third start of the year while Young came off the bench. Junior forward Andre Wesson stepped to his right after a UCLA defender outran him on an attempt to defend the fastbreak Ohio State offense, hitting an open 3 to give the Buckeyes a nine-point lead. With 6:12 left in the game, Woods lobbed the ball up to Young from behind the half-court line, finishing with the dunk and giving Ohio State a double-digit lead, a lead that would remain for the rest of the game. While Jackson heated up, UCLA sophomore guard Kris Wilkes, who had 13 points in the first half, scored five points in the second, connecting on 7-of-18 attempts overall from the field.  Ohio State will return to Columbus on Dec. 29 to take on High Point at 12 p.m. read more

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Restaurant ceiling falls in on customers leaving six people injured

Diners and staff held up the collapsed ceilingCredit:MEN Media Speaking about the incident, the restaurant manager said: “A small fraction of the suspended ceiling collapsed but everything is OK.”It’s not a major disaster, a few people got minor injuries and minor concussion. Police have given us the ok and business is as usual”One customer, Huzaifa Chunara, from Manchetser, told the BBC that there was “no creaking” or indication the ceiling was going to fall before it dropped.He said his wife and friends were trapped underneath it for about 30 seconds. Another customer said diners were “panicked” and 15 to 20 people tried to hold the ceiling up to let people get out from underneath it.  Diners and staff hold up the collapsed ceiling A group of six women were injured when a ceiling collapsed at an Indian restaurant.Firefighters were called to Sizzling Palate restaurant in Bolton, Grtr Mancs., at around 10.30pm on Saturday evening .The incident was also attended by Greater Manchester Police who stayed at the scene for around an hour before leaving.Five women suffered minor injuries, and another woman suffered a neck injury. They were treated by paramedics and one was taken to hospital.  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

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Starbucks and iTunes now giving away free ebooks iOS apps are TV

first_imgGood news! Besides the delightful Pumpkin Spice latte we look forward to every fall, Starbucks is going to throw something else into the mix to sweeten the deal.The mega-corp has long since offered a free “Pick of the Week” song download with your orange mocha Frappaccino purchase, but thanks to Starbucks’ longstanding relationship with Apple’s iTunes, the caffeine-hit stores are now offering a range of free downloads in the e-realm.Each week, Starbucks has a new download card that it gives to customers, and this week’s download is an “extended book sample” from Erin Morgenstern’s “The Night Circus.” We don’t know exactly how much of a sample you get, but we’re thinking it’s enough to get you interested and wanting to buy the book off of iTunes.In addition to song downloads, we also saw Starbucks giving away free iPhone apps last month. Shazam was the first iOS app offered as part of Starbucks’ new program. The app normally costs $5.99, which is a much better deal than the previously-99-cent free song you’re getting with the “Pick of the Week” download card.Also, according to All Things D, Starbucks may start offering free TV shows as well. If Starbucks really does begin to give away free TV shows, it’s just another incentive to go buy something at Starbucks, especially if the shows on offer are unavailable on streaming sites like Hulu. Furthermore, if Starbucks was able to offer an iTunes Exclusive track, TV show, or book, that would definitely motivate people to drop their local mom-and-pop coffee shop and head to Starbucks for their $5 latte instead.via AllThingsDlast_img read more

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Huawei takes US government to court over law that bars use of

first_img Share3 Tweet Email1 Thursday 7 Mar 2019, 7:06 AM Short URL TECH FIRM HUAWEI has launched legal proceedings against the US government in a bit to overturn a law that bars federal agencies from buying its products.It comes as the Asian company aims to counter warnings from US authorities that its products could aid Chinese intelligence services. Huawei said that its case filed in a US district court in Plano, Texas, will challenge a 2019 defence bill that prevents government agencies from buying its equipment, services or working with third parties that are Huawei customers.The US is said to have long considered the telecoms company a threat, with fears centering on its relatively new status as a global power in this field.It has warned that Huawei’s equipment could be manipulated by China’s government to spy on other countries and disrupt critical communications, and is urging nations to shun the company.A law recently enacted by Beijing that obliges Chinese companies to aid the government on national security has added to the concerns about Huawei.However, this move towards legal action from the telecoms company is being seen as a signal that it will use all means – including the courts – to prevent attempts to exclude it from a race to the 5G market.“The US Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products. We are compelled to take this legal action as a proper and last resort,” Huawei’s rotating chairman Guo Ping said. 7,273 Views Huawei takes US government to court over law that bars use of its products The US fears that Huawei’s products could be used by the Chinese government for spying. Huawei Rotating Chairman Guo Ping at a press conference today. Image: Kin Cheung/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4528004 4 Comments If this law is set aside, as it should be, Huawei can bring more advanced technologies to the United States and help it build the best 5G networks.Guo said the company was seeking unspecified damages.“The US government is sparing no effort to smear the company,” he said at a news conference at the tech giant’s corporate headquarters in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.Guo even countered that the US government “has hacked our servers and stolen our emails and source code”, without providing details.The lawsuit says the legislation is an “unconstitutional exercise of executive and/or judicial power” and deprived Huawei of a “fair hearing” to rebut the allegations against it.PR driveHuawei has been engaged in a PR drive in recent months in a bid to challenge allegations it was being used to spy on other countries, with its founder Ren Zhengfei denying claims against the company in a number of foreign interviews.This new clash in US court comes against the backdrop of ongoing US-China trade talks and the December arrest of Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, Ren’s daughter.A Canadian court yesterday set a 8 May date for the start of Meng’s hearing into a US extradition request over charges that she and Huawei circumvented US sanctions against Iran.Two affiliates also have been charged with stealing trade secrets from telecommunications group T-Mobile.Two Canadians were subsequently detained in China in suspected retaliation over Meng’s arrest.Huawei officials said the company, which operates in 170 countries, had never been party to any major security breaches and never received any request from the Chinese government to install security “backdoors” in its equipment or to gather intelligence.With reporting from AFP Huawei Rotating Chairman Guo Ping at a press conference today. By Sean Murray Image: Kin Cheung/PA Images Mar 7th 2019, 7:07 AM last_img read more

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Otto une nouvelle tempête dans lAtlantique

first_imgOtto : une nouvelle tempête dans l’AtlantiqueUne tempête tropicale baptisée Otto s’est formée hier dans l’Atlantique Nord. Alors qu’elle pourrait rapidement se transformer en ouragan pour devenir le septième de la saison, elle ne devrait pas s’approcher des terres.Mercredi soir à 21h00, Otto se situait à 345 kilomètres environ au nord-est des îles Turks-et-Caïcos. Avec des vents de 95 km/h, la tempête se déplaçait vers le nord à la vitesse de 7 km/h.À lire aussiQuand une cascade se met à couler à l’envers en EcosseOtto devrait se renforcer au cours de la nuit prochaine et ainsi devenir le septième ouragan de la saison dans l’Atlantique Nord. Toutefois, aucune alerte n’est pour l’instant donnée car la tempête devrait rester loin au large des Bahamas et des îles Turks-et-Caïcos, estime le Centre national américain des ouragans (NHC). Et ce dernier de préciser que de fortes pluies pourraient malgré tout s’abattre dans les prochains jours dans le nord des Petites Antilles, sur les îles Vierges et à Porto Rico.La saison des ouragans dure six mois dans l’Atlantique Nord, et ne s’achèvera pas avant la fin du mois de novembre.Le 7 octobre 2010 à 16:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Marcoule le four avait connu des pannes diverses avant lexplosion

first_imgMarcoule : le four avait connu des pannes diverses avant l’explosionMardi, le procureur de la République de Nîmes a révélé les premiers éléments de l’enquête au sujet de l’explosion du four de l’usine Centraco sur le site nucléaire de Marcoule. La semaine dernière, la structure avait connu des pannes diverses et l’incident est survenu après une intervention humaine. Deux jours après l’explosion qui s’est déclenchée dans le four d’une usine de déchets sur le site nucléaire de Marcoule dans le Gard, on commence à en savoir plus sur l’incident. Au total, trois enquêtes ont été ouvertes par le parquet de Nîmes, mais aussi l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN) et l’inspection du travail. Mardi, plusieurs enquêteurs se sont ainsi rendus sur les lieux pour entre autres interroger le personnel et les témoins de l’accident. Dans l’après-midi, le procureur de la République de Nîmes, Robert Gelli a donc pu révéler les premières conclusions de l’enquête.Selon les auditions, le four, situé dans une bâtisse en béton, avait “connu des pannes diverses” la semaine précédente et avait été “remis en route le matin même”, montant jusqu’à une température normale de 1.500 degrés Celsius. Toutefois, le procureur n’a pas précisé la nature des pannes. Il semblerait en fait que lors de la remise en route “la fusion du métal ne se soit pas faite, ce qui aurait conduit un fondeur à intervenir à l’aide d’une barre à mine” sur le métal chauffé. Une intervention “peu fréquente” mais qui suit un “processus reconnu” si l’on en croit Robert Gelli.  Il précise également : “C’est quelques secondes après cette intervention que l’explosion aurait eu lieu”. Une déflagration comparée à “un geyser de métal en fusion” ou à “l’explosion d’un volcan” par le procureur. Surprenant les ouvriers qui travaillaient, celle-ci a fait un mort et  quatre blessés dont un grièvement brûlé qui a rapidement été évacué avant d’être transféré mardi dans un hôpital parisien. Néanmoins, l’ouvrier décédé n’a pas encore été évacué alors que personne n’a encore eu accès au four en raison de la température. Mercredi, les premières investigations sur place devraient avoir lieu. De nouvelles analyses pour en savoir plus À lire aussiRisques naturels : un site Internet pour mieux s’y préparer”Des moyens importants ont été mis sur cette enquête”, a souligné Robert Gelli qui a saisi la Section des Recherches (SR) de la gendarmerie du Gard ainsi que le groupe de santé public et de l’environnement de la SR de Marseille et l’Office centrale contre l’atteinte à l’environnement et à la santé publique, rapporte l’AFP. Des analyses techniques, mécaniques et chimiques seront ainsi prochainement effectuées. “Il faudra comprendre le phénomène de fusion ou de non-fusion. Il faut arriver à déterminer les conditions de cet accident et voir s’il y a des responsabilités ou non”, a assuré le procureur.En attendant, bien qu’il n’y ait aucune certitude, une information judiciaire sera ouverte “dans les prochains jours contre X pour homicide et blessures involontaires”, a encore rajouté Robert Gelli.Redécouvrez les premières images de l’accident survenu sur le site nucléaire de Marcoule Le 14 septembre 2011 à 09:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Un plant de tabac génétiquement modifié et potentiellement immortel

first_imgUn plant de tabac génétiquement modifié et potentiellement immortelUne équipe allemand a mis au point des plants de tabac génétiquement modifiés qui poussent sans fin et gardent toutes leurs feuilles vertes. Les plus anciens vont bientôt avoir huit ans alors qu’ils n’auraient dû vivre que quelques mois. La découverte est en train d’être appliquée aux pommes de terre et à une céréale utilisée pour fabriquer des biocarburants.Le tabac tue, mais le tabac ne meurt plus. Une équipe allemande a réussi à créer des plants de tabac qui grandissent sans cesse et sans signe de vieillissement. En temps normal, le tabac pousse pendant trois ou quatre mois jusqu’à atteindre une hauteur maximale de deux mètres. La plante commence ensuite à dépérir, elle fleurit et meurt dans la foulée. Mais les créations de ces chercheurs pulvérisent les statistiques : elles dépassent les six mètres de hauteur et vont bientôt fêter leur huitième anniversaire pour les plus anciennes.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’équipe de l’institut Fraunhofer de biologie moléculaire et d’écologie appliquée à Münster, en Allemagne, a identifié le gène responsable de l’arrêt de la croissance du tabac, du début de sa floraison, puis de son dépérissement et de sa mort. Une fois que le coupable a été supprimé, les plantes se sont mises à grandir sans cesse, sans même que les feuilles les plus anciennes ne paraissent vieillir.Une application pour les pommes de terre”Notre premier plant de tabac a maintenant presque huit ans mais il continue de grandir et grandir, s’enthousiasme Dirk Prüfer du département de génomique fonctionnelle et appliquée. Même si nous le taillons régulièrement, il fait six mètres et demi de haut. Si nous avions une serre plus grande, il s’élèverait probablement encore plus. Son tronc fait déjà plus de dix centimètres de diamètre.”L’équipe s’est depuis associée à une firme japonaise afin de développer des pommes de terre qui grandiraient de la même façon. Le tabac et la pomme de terre appartiennent en effet tous les deux à la famille des solanacées. Les chercheurs ont également mis au point une variété de panicum virgatum, une céréale appelée switchgrass aux USA, qui grandit plus rapidement et avec des racines plus fortes qu’au naturel. Ils ont pour cela désactivé le gène UPBEAT1 qui, comme pour le tabac, commande à la plante de cesser sa croissance. Cette céréale suscite un fort intérêt pour fournir du biocarburant, l’équipe espère donc qu’elle permettra de donner des champs à fort rendement.Le 13 janvier 2013 à 12:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Get This Ableton Live Mastery Bundle From Noiselab for 95 Percent Off

first_imgWant your products featured in the Geek Deals store? Learn more about how to sell your products online! Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today Stay on target The Ableton Live Mastery Bundle by Noiselab – $29.99See Deal Professional music producers turn out their best work with Ableton Live. If you aren’t currently using the world’s foremost digital audio workstation, then maybe you should be. Learn how to give your tracks a professional edge with The Ableton Live Mastery Bundle, offered to Geek readers for 95% off.The difference between amateur music and professionally engineered tracks often comes down to the equipment used in production. A lesser DAW, for instance, may produce tracks that are sub-par, thus making the producer sound unprofessional. And that’s why Ableton Live is so popular: It offers a hefty array of elite level features that make it easy to create professional sounding music — even if the user’s own talents are, shall we say, less than optimal.Of course, just like any other elite software package, Ableton Live has a bit of a learning curve. But fret not. That’s because the folks at Noiselab now offer The Ableton Live Mastery Bundle — A collection of ten courses with a combined value of $700 that show you how to navigate and use this popular DAW to produce professional sounding music. It’s fast, convenient, and well worth your time.And probably the best part of all this is that you can enroll in The Ableton Live Mastery Bundle right now for just 29.99 at the Geek Deals Storelast_img read more

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Nuisance house owner given 6year prison term

first_imgThe owner of a nuisance house situated across the street from Covington Middle School was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison for drug, weapon and stolen property possession.William Gregory Rathgeber, 57, of Vancouver pleaded guilty Nov. 28 in Clark County Superior Court to two counts of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, second-degree possession of stolen property and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm between two cases.On Nov. 19, 2016, officers with the Safe Streets Task Force, Vancouver Police Neighborhood Response Team and Clark County Tactical Detective Unit, assisted by Southwest Washington Regional SWAT, served a search warrant at Rathgeber’s house, 6114 N.E. 112th Ave., alleging that the house was being used to distribute methamphetamine.Officers reportedly found two glass pipes, which contained suspected methamphetamine, a plastic cup of the drug, 60 grams of suspected methamphetamine in a wall safe and a digital scale, according to an affidavit of probable cause.They also seized two handguns and seven rifles, one of which was reported stolen, in the living area of a small shed on the property. Witnesses said that Rathgeber purchased the firearms and stored them in the shed because he can’t legally possess them, the affidavit states.last_img read more

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Jal Shakti activity geotagged Patil

Jal Shakti activity geotagged Patil

first_imgWarangal: Conservation measures mitigating water scarcity would be totally implemented by September 15, Warangal Urban district collector Prashanth Jeevan Patil said, referring to the components of the Jal Shakti Abhiyan, a Central Government mooted campaign for water conservation. In a meeting with the nodal officials – Somithdas Gupta, Manoj Kumar Gupta, Someshwar Rao and Nitesh Patidhar – appointed by the Centre for supervising the implementation of Jal Shakti Abhiyan here on Tuesday, the Collector informed them about the progress of the measures being taken as part of the campaign. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us The nodal officials were here on a three-day field visit to inspect the implementation of Jal Shakti campaign in the district. “The work on construction of 42 water harvesting structures and five farm ponds has been completed, apart from restoring tanks in Vangara, Keshavanagar, Banjarpally, Jeelugula and Velair villages. The work on nine borewell recharge structures and 1,634 trenches was also completed, he added. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us To senisitse about the importance of Jal Shakti Abhiyan among the masses, the administration has also organised five awareness campaigns, Patil said. In addition to this, Krishi Vignana Kendra had organised four awareness programmes involving people’s representatives and officials, he said. The Collector said that they have a comprehensive irrigation planning for the district. Advertise With Us “All components initiated under Jal Shalki Abhiyan have been geo-tagged and they can be inspected,” Patil said. It may be mentioned here that water conservation and rainwater harvesting, renovation of traditional and other water bodies, reuse of water and recharging of structures, watershed development, and intensive afforestation are some of the components of the Jal Shakti Abhiyan aimed water conservation. Kakatiya Urban Development Authority (KUDA) planning officer E Ajith Reddy and District Rural Development Officer (DRDO) T Ramu were among others present.last_img read more

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Microsoft meets with private equity firms over Yahoo deal

first_imgMicrosoft Corp executives are in early talks with potential Yahoo Inc investors about contributing to financing to buy the troubled Internet company, a person familiar with the situation said.The talks are preliminary, the person added, and Microsoft is focused on preserving the relationship between the two companies. Microsoft and Yahoo have longstanding search and advertising agreements.Private equity firms interested in Yahoo approached Microsoft, the person added. Microsoft declined to comment.Yahoo is auctioning its core Internet business, which includes search, mail and news sites. The faded Internet pioneer has been struggling to keep up with Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc in the battle for on line advertisers.Verizon’s Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said in December that the U.S. wireless carrier could look at buying Yahoo’s core business if it was a good fit.Activist hedge fund Starboard Value LP moved on Thursday to overthrow the entire board of Yahoo, including Chief Executive Marissa Mayer, who has struggled to turn the company around in her nearly four years at the helm.Microsoft’s interest in Yahoo comes nearly a decade after another approach. In 2008, then-CEO Steve Ballmer tried unsuccessfully to buy Yahoo for about $45 billion.Website Re/code previously reported meetings between Microsoft and investors.last_img read more

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616 Rohingyas sent back to Myanmar

616 Rohingyas sent back to Myanmar

first_imgRohingya refugees head back to Myanmar as Bangladeshi border guards drive them away from Bangladeshi territory near Ukhiya. Photo: ReutersMembers of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have sent back 616 Rohingyas as they attempted to enter Bangladesh through different bordering points amid the escalating tension in Rakhine state following an attack by insurgents on 24 police posts and an army base.BGB Battalion-2 commanding officer, Lt. Col. Ariful Islam, said the Rohingyas were pushed back to Myanmar while they were trying to intrude into Bangladesh through Whykong and Unchhiprang points from Sunday night to 7:00pm on Monday.He said tight patrolling was enforced in the bordering area. Police and coastguards along with BGB were working to prevent the influx of Rohingyas.Police also detained seven Rohingyas in front of Whykong police checkpost on Sunday night.Later, the detainees were handed over to BGB, said sub-inspector of the outpost Mahir Uddin Khan.last_img read more

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Man held with 3 kg gold at Chittagong airport

Man held with 3 kg gold at Chittagong airport

first_imgCustoms intelligence officials detained a man along with 3kg gold at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong on Wednesday afternoon.The detainee is Abdul Malek, a resident of Hathazari upazila of the district, reports UNB.Customs intelligence official Wahiduzzaman said Malek arrived at the airport by a flight of Flydubai airlines from Dubai in the afternoon.Customs officials detected the gold in his luggage while scanning and recovered it, he added.last_img

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4 workers die inhaling poisonous gas in 2 districts

4 workers die inhaling poisonous gas in 2 districts

first_imgAt least four workers were killed on Sunday after inhaling poisonous gas while cleaning septic tank in separate incidents at Khagrachhari and Jashore districts.The deceased are Rafiqul Islam and Ramjan Ali, residents of Betchhari in Dighinala upazila of Khagrachhari and Imon Hossain, 18, son of Kutub Uddin and Biplob Hossain, 26, son of Abdur Razzak of Burujbagan village in Sharsha upazila in Jashore.In Khagrachhari, three workers were working to clean a septic tank of an under-construction hatchery at Shanirbhar area in Sadar upazila where at first, Rafiqul got down in the morning.Then Ramjan also got down at one stage hearing no response from Rafiqul, said the other affected worker Saiful Islam.At one stage, both fell sick inhaling the poisonous gas of the tank while cleaning it around 11:30pm.Later, other workers rushed to the scene and took them to Khagrachhari Sadar Hospital, where duty doctor declared them dead.It is assumed that the two workers died inhaling poisonous gas from the septic tank, said doctors of the hospital.Director of development and extension of chittagong hill tracts fisheries project (deputy secretary) Rahman said he was in a meeting. Being informed, he rushed to the hospital and found them dead.In Jashore, another two workers were killed and two others were injured while working in a septic tank in Buruzbagan village, said sub-inspector of Sharhsa police station.The injured were admitted to the Navaron Hospital, he said.last_img read more

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Houstons Economy Poised To Expand For First Time In Nearly 2 Years

Houstons Economy Poised To Expand For First Time In Nearly 2 Years

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Florian MartinThe Houston PMI for October: It’s  the first time it’s above 50, indicating expansion, since December 2014.The last time the Houston Purchasing Managers Index was above the neutral level of 50 was in December 2014.Since then the local economy has been contracting. The October report ends a 21-month streak, with the index rising to 51.1 from previously 48.5.Ross Harvison, with the Institute for Supply Management and creator of the Houston PMI, said a lot of it has to do with the price of oil remaining at above $40 a barrel.“A lot of the support industries, certainly durable goods, manufacturing, that goes into oil and gas and the services sectors bring up the amount of the economy that is dependent on oil and gas,” he said.The PMI measures economic activity based on eight indicators, including sales, production, employment and purchases across different industries.A reading above 50 generally indicates economic expansion within the next few months.So does that mean the economic downturn is over for Houston? Depends on what turn oil prices take next.“If we stay below $40, which there is a lot of concerns right now that we may be there, I think we’ll see some weakening and probably fall back below 50 for the overall PMI for Houston,” Harvison said.The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will have a big impact on that, he said.OPEC is slated to meet at the end of the month to decide whether they will cut production. X Listen 00:00 /01:22 Sharelast_img read more

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This 200000 AllElectric Boat Lets You Fly on Water

first_img Forget the super yacht, the newest way to travel on water is by electric, “flying” boat.French startup SeaBubbles‘ futuristic car-shaped boat, the Bubble Taxi, which was presented at the Miami Boat Show this weekend, is equipped with hydrofoils that allow a top speed of 17 mph as it cruises along about 16 inches above the water.The innovative foils also help the boat consume less energy by allowing it to travel on rougher waters with reduced drag, and provides the passenger a smoother, more comfortable ride, TechCrunch reported.And there are more high-tech features. The five-seat Bubble Taxi concept also features sensors for measuring the water conditions, which makes automatic adjustments to the boat’s flaps, by way of software, so all the captain has to do is steer.Photo Credit: SeaBubblesThe prototype offers 1.5 hours of autonomy and a five-hour battery recharge, but the finished version will offer 2.5 hours of autonomy and a far more reasonable 35-minute recharging session.The suggested retail price on the Bubble Taxi is $200,000, according to TechCrunch. The price could look more attractive due to fuel and maintenance savings.Photo Credit: SeaBubblesSeaBubbles is already planning to start building boats for customers in Russia and Netherlands, and hopes to start production for the Paris market by next summer.The company also reportedly just completed its first sales in the United States, with an unknown buyer purchasing 10 of the futuristic hydrofoils.More on Geek.com:The $5.5 Million ‘Livable Yacht’ Lets You Ride Out Climate ChangeThis Futuristic Mini Yacht Fits 12 People and Travels Up to 70 MPHWatch: Is This Robotic Hotel on Wheels the Future of Travel? Stay on target Watch: Massive Whale Breaches Near Boat in MassachusettsWatch the Shocking Moment Lightning Strikes Boat in Boston last_img read more

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