In a first major crackdown on policemen allegedly found ‘protecting’ the ‘liquor mafia’ in dry Bihar, three police officials on Wednesday were dismissed from service while one was suspended for dereliction of duty by the Patna Central Range Deputy Inspector General of Police Rajesh Kumar. The dismissed police officials are identified as Sunil Kumar and Bishambhar Prasad, both Sub-Inspectors, and Shrawan Kumar, an Assistant Sub-Inspector, of the Beur Police Station in Patna. Officer-in-charge of the Fatuha Police Station Avinash Kumar was suspended for dereliction in duty.“Many more dismissals or suspensions of police officials found in the illegal trade of liquor in any way would be done in the coming days…we are keeping a strict vigil on such policemen,” a senior official posted at State Police headquarters told The Hindu. Earlier, altogether 29 policemen, including the Beur Police Station officer-in-charge, were transferred and asked to report at a police line after they were reportedly found protecting some liquor traders. A policeman was identified by an arrested illegal liquor trader at Buxar for providing him ‘protection’ after taking a bribe. Since the new, stringent Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act 2016 was enforced in the State in April 2016, action has been taken against over a dozen police officials failing to check illegal liquor trade in their area. Crackdown and crushWhen the media widely reported that rats have been guzzling liquor in dry Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar summoned top police officials and asked them to take stringent action against policemen involved in the illegal trade of the liquor. Now, every day, thousands of seized liquor bottles are being crushed under bulldozers at different police stations under the supervision of District Magistrates or the senior police officials.Over 45,000 people have been arrested and several lakh litres of illegal liquor have been seized in dry Bihar under the new stringent law but truckloads of illegal liquor are being transported every day into the State from the neighbouing States like Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, with a few of them caught and seized. “It is all happening in connivance with the policemen posted at the check posts or elsewhere…the policemen at the local level have found a new source of income,” said a businessman at the U.P.-Bihar border area in Buxar.
Lanner further strengthens its industrial-grade box PC product line-up by adding LEC-3034 series. The newly added fanless box PC series features dual-core Intel Atom E3825, optional 4G LTE mobile connectivity, DDR3L SO-DIMM memory up to 8GB, mSATA socket, VGA display, wide operating temperature, DIN Rail/Wall-mounting options, and a variety of isolated protected serial COM and LAN configurations for various industrial IoT applications.LEC-3034 series is powered by Intel Atom E3825 CPU, a dual-core SoC architecture (formerly “Bay Trail”) for optimized performance and power consumption in compact computing systems. With onboard M.2 3042 expansion slot with SIM, LEC-3034 supports 4G-LTE mobile connectivity option, which provides more flexibility and scalability for industrial communications in critical infrastructures. Along with support of DDR3L memory and Intel HD Graphics engine, LEC-3034 series meets the market by functioning as a reliable and robust hardware solution for industrial applications.Different from traditional DB-9 design, LEC-3034 series comes with Phoenix Contact terminal blocks to offer high density and variety of COM port setting based on the ordered models. LEC-3034 series deliver 4 to 8 Serial ports with RS-232/422/485 signals. With 2KV digital isolation and 15KV ESD protection, the Serial ports are well-protected in harsh environments.Aside from the multiple serial ports, LEC-3034 also features flexible I/O functionality, including 2 or 4 GbE LAN ports, 2 or 4 USB ports, 1x mSATA mini slot and a VGA display output. Regarding environmental ruggedness, LEC-3034 can withstand -40 C to 70 °C operating temperatures. For mounting installation, the system can be mounted by DIN Rail or wall-mounting.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Apacer: latest CFexpress card performance leaps forwards as PCIe and 3D NAND flash integrateNext EKF: PCI Express card adapter allowing easy integration of special functions
In a thrilling day of finals play, The Cathedral College won the 9/10 Girls division in a 6-5 win against Helensvale State High, scoring that sixth try within the last 20 seconds of play. The Player of the Final award went to Olivia Jenkins.Coombabah State High School completely smashed it in the 9/10 Boys Final, with an 18-6 win against Iona College. Player of the Final was Harridon Wilson.In the 7/8 Girls Final, Helensvale State High defeated All Hallows’ 9-6 after dominating the competition for the whole tournament. Skylar Adams took Player of Final.Cavendish Road State High School took the 7/8 Boys Final, with a 9-6 win against Cleveland District State High. Player of the Final was awarded to Hayden Wong.
zoom MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won an order worth around EUR 23 million for six active heave-compensated (AHC) subsea cranes from the Dutch IHC Merwede. The cranes will be installed on three pipe-laying ships destined for the UK-headquartered global offshore specialist, Subsea 7. Delivery of the cranes is scheduled between June and December 2015.The new series builds on others under construction at the IHC Merwede yard for Subsea 7, including the 146m vessel, Seven Waves, which will also be fitted with a MacGregor subsea crane and is scheduled for delivery this year.The latest vessels, hulls 731, 733 and 735, will each be fitted with one 100-tonne SWL and one 25-tonne MacGregor AHC subsea cranes, designed to operate at depths of 3,500m and 3,000m respectively. MacGregor, February 5, 2014 My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 Print Close
zoom Scorpio Tankers has entered into agreements to purchase four LR2 product tankers currently under construction at two South Korean shipyards.The units are being built at Sungdong Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. and Daehan Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.The tanker owner is expected to pay USD 240 million for the quartet, as each unit is priced at approximately USD 60 million.These vessels are expected to be delivered between June and August 2015, Scorpio said.Three LR2 vessels are believed to belong to Navig8 Product Tankers Inc, as the pool operator informed today that it has sold three LR2 units currently under construction at Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co, Ltd, Korea.The vessels are scheduled to be delivered from the shipyard between June 2015 and August 2015, and the vessels will be delivered to the buyer upon delivery from the shipyard. Total sales proceeds from the transaction are USD 178.5 million.The tanker owner and operator has recently taken delivery of three newbuilding vessels.STI Lauren, an LR2 product tanker, was delivered from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering of South Korea in April 2015. Upon delivery, this vessel began a voyage for 57 days at approximately USD 37,000 per day.Another LR2 product tanker, STI Connaught, was delivered from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries of South Korea in May 2015. The vessel began a voyage for 60 days at approximately USD 34,000 per day.STI Osceola, an MR product tanker, was delivered from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard of South Korea in April 2015 and it has began a time charter for up to 120 days at approximately USD 19,500 per day.Scorpio Tankers currently owns 70 tankers with an average age of 0.8 years. It has contracted for 12 newbuilding product tankers (four MR and eight LR2), five of which are expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2015, three in the third quarter of 2015 and the remaining four vessels throughout 2016.
New Delhi: A fire broke out at a bulb manufacturing unit in Udyog Nagar in west Delhi on Tuesday, the Delhi Fire Service (DFS) said. No casualty has been reported. The fire department said they received a call about the blaze at 5.15 am following which 22 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The fire broke out on the ground floor and spread to two floors above. The factory also manufactures spare parts, a senior fire officer said. The fire officer said they brought the flames under control by 8.35 am. A short circuit is suspected to be the cause of the fire, the official said.
Rabat- Secretary General of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP), Driss Lachgar, has called on Head of government Abdelilah Benkirane to submit his resignation to king Mohammed VI.In a meeting of the party’s administrative committee on Saturday, Lachgar also called for early general elections in order to put an end to what he described as the state of tampering that has engulfed the Moroccan political landscape.Lachgar said the current government led by the Party of Justice and Development (PJD) “has failed miserably in everything”, adding that “the irresponsible behavior of its ministers has tarnished the country’s reputation abroad.” He was referring to news suggesting that Habib Choubani, Minister in charge of Relations with Parliament and Civil Society, has asked for the hand of Soumia Benkhaldoun, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research, and Executive Training.USFP leader has also criticized the Benkirane government for its “inability” to make a government reshuffle and its lack of action to fill in a vacant ministerial post as vital as the Sports and Youth portfolio.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers coach Ron Rivera will take over defensive play calls from co-ordinator Eric Washington following the team’s four-game losing streak.The Panthers also fired defensive line coach Brady Hoke and assistant secondary/cornerbacks coach Jeff Imamura. The moves were announced after Rivera met with new owner David Tepper and general manager Marty Hurney on Monday morning.Washington will remain defensive co-ordinator but will now oversee the front seven. He was the team’s defensive line coach before being promoted to co-ordinator this past off-season.Sam Mills III will lead the defensive line and Rivera will work with Richard Rodgers in the secondary.Rivera, a former defensive co-ordinator in Chicago and San Diego, “helped out” with defensive play calls on Sunday against Tampa Bay.Rivera says, “I am doing what I feel is best for the team.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLSteve Reed, The Associated Press
It always comes back to the use of performance-enhancing drugs. The “steroid era” may be over, but Major League Baseball is still dealing with its consequences. At the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony over the weekend, Craig Biggio was the only batter among the four new inductees. Although some of the greatest hitting records in the history of the sport occurred in the past 20 years, many position players can’t catch a break with Hall voters.So we ran a SurveyMonkey Audience poll asking Americans how they feel about steroids, amphetamines and the pre-integration era and then gathered FiveThirtyEight’s baseball fans to talk about the results (the following transcript has been lightly edited for length and clarity):Walt Hickey: It’s pretty clear the vast majority of people — even baseball fans — are not comfortable with just letting the records stand. Of everyone surveyed, 88 percent thought the records should be struck down entirely or have an indicator that there was some funny business going on.Neil Paine: I’m not surprised the majority of those polled want something — anything — to be done about the numbers compiled during the steroid era. Baseball is the most statistical of all the major sports, and it has always loved to foster the notion that you could compare, say, Honus Wagner’s stats to those of Alex Rodriguez side by side, without any adjustment, and still make a meaningful comparison. Sabermetricians have long acknowledged this as naive; between park effects and era adjustments, there are plenty of ways baseball stats need to be tweaked to level the playing field between different generations of players. But even for the lay fan, the age of PEDs [performance-enhancing drugs] destroyed any pretense that unadjusted numbers could be freely compared between eras, and I think that fact alone upset traditionalists as much as anything else.Harry Enten: I must admit that steroids to me is a highly emotional issue. Many of the players we associate with steroids are people we also associate with being jerks — people like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and A-Rod. But the real question is: Where does it end? Is it that stats are changed? Are champions changed? There can be no doubt that many, if not all, of the champions for a period in the 1990s and 2000s had steroid users. We’re not going to go back and change winners. In a lot of this polling, people are making an emotional argument.Walt: I, on the other hand, could not care less about steroid use. I feel like this notion of the game as some platonic ideal that existed prior to the big bad performance enhancers showed up is patently false. Every era had its own competitive advantages, as we’ll talk about in a second, but it’s only the steroid issue — and not, you know, the players who had the competitive advantages of rampant stimulant use and not having to compete with black players — that seems to make people think The Game is not somehow Pure.Rob Arthur: I’m under no illusions the game of baseball is Pure (nor will it ever be), but I also don’t know if it was ever dirtier than it was during the steroid era. Cheating is and has always been rampant, both on and off the field, but with steroids, we have a means of cheating that seems particularly effective. You can see that both in the scientific literature, where steroids seem to improve strength by as much as 20 percent, but also on the baseball field, where we had some notable steroid users like Bonds smashing records left and right.Harry: But what about during the “deadball era” — specifically between 1912 (I think) and 1920, when you had the spitball among other things? Offensive numbers took a dive. There is clear physical evidence that a spitball (or scuffing the ball) is a big deal. Now using that wasn’t illegal when it first started, but neither were steroids. They are now, yet people look at them so much differently than the pitching statistics that were occurring in the 1910s.Rob: Harry, you definitely have a point. But I think one of the reasons steroids are so objectionable is because of the asymmetry they created between players: Some players who used them seemed to become almost inhumanly effective, others didn’t use them at all and gained no benefit, and still others used but didn’t improve substantially. When the spitball was legal, it was available to all pitchers, and I doubt that any pitcher’s spit was 50 percent more effective at decreasing offense than any other pitcher’s spit. (I am aware that once the spitball was banned, some players were grandfathered in and still allowed to use it. Obviously, that wouldn’t fly in the modern era.)Neil: And don’t even get me started debating whether Lasik surgery counts as “unnatural” and “performance-enhancing.”Walt: Yeah, Tommy John called — he wants his pitching speed back. We will get back to the 1920s era of baseball soon enough, Enten. For now: My favorite part of this was comparing how different fan bases cared about steroids based on how much their teams gained from steroid use.Editor’s Note: On Friday, we introduced the idea of a steroid “discount” — a penalty in percentage terms that would be deducted from players’ individual statistics if they were found to be using PEDs. Our poll asked respondents to recommend said discount, which we can also break down by team fandom.The following table is color-coded by how much (red) or how little (white) each team’s fans would penalize steroid-using players.1Specifically, players who were suspended for PED offenses, were linked to the Biogenesis scandal, were named in the Mitchell Report or whose failed drug tests were leaked to the media. Because some teams had far more fans respond than others — and some teams’ fans hardly voted at all — the columns have been color-coded to represent a combination of average response and the number of respondents. In other words, results have been regressed to the mean based on sample size. Likewise, the correlations at the bottom of the table were weighted by the number of respondents from each fan base.Walt: Hot damn, Giants.Neil: It’s interesting that, as fandom intensifies, a relationship does begin to materialize between how much the voter’s favorite team relied on steroid users and how much tolerance he or she has for steroid users’ stats.If we look at all of our survey’s respondents — including those who were and were not self-professed baseball fans — there’s essentially no relationship between team steroid reliance and how much steroid-tainted stats the voter would recommend taking away. But when you throw out non-fans, a small2Correlation: -0.2 relationship emerges. Fan bases whose stars used steroids to generate more wins, whether on a per-season basis or as a percentage of the team’s total, tended to want steroid users to be punished less.Then again, it’s a slight relationship at best. While San Francisco Giants fans — hello Barry Bonds! — wanted juicers dinged much less than the average fan base, fans of the Oakland Athletics and Chicago Cubs (who rank fourth and fifth in the degree to which they were helped by steroid-using batters) asked for some of the highest penalties of any group of rooters.But that’s not the only way to measure the cognitive dissonance between a fan’s acceptance of steroids and the degree to which his or her team benefited from them.Walt: I whipped this up really quickly: It’s the scatterplot of teams, with that “how much did they gain from PEDs” metric plotted against the percentage of their fan base that said they thought the records of steroid users should be struck. What an interesting relationship:Walt: It’s a small sample size, but I really love that fans of teams that didn’t gain a lot from PEDs seem more likely to desire retribution against players who did.Rob: The relationship between steroid contribution and desire for retribution is really fascinating and upholds a long-held suspicion of mine. It also suggests (again) that these attitudes are largely driven by emotions: If my team benefited, then steroids were OK, but if not, steroids were terrible! It shows that fans, in particular, have a hard time divorcing their own fandom from the questions about how much steroids benefited particular players and how much we should care as a result.Walt: So then the question becomes where do we draw the line when it comes to performance-enhancing things in each era? I personally think it’s bullshit that people get so riled up about steroids and not, for instance, the widespread amphetamine use in MLB in the era prior to it.It turns out America agrees!Walt: So, Neil, who would this affect?Neil: Like you said, it’s pretty widely acknowledged that amphetamine use was prevalent in MLB throughout much of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. During a 1985 drug trial, former Mets and Pirates first baseman John Milner testified that he had received “greenies” (amphetamines) from Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Willie Stargell at various times during his career, and Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt said the substance was “widely available in major-league clubhouses” when he played.So it’s at least possible — if not probable — that some of that era’s greatest superstars used a now-banned substance to sharpen their focus and boost their energy levels. (Even if the evidence is mixed over whether greenies actually even help athletic performance.)Walt: I feel like higher focus and higher energy is probably a nice thing for batters to have. I imagine their record collections were remarkably well-organized as well.I’m pretty happy to see some consistency here. I compared how people answered the steroid question with how they answered the stimulant question, and 88 percent of respondents (and 86 percent of fans) stuck to their guns and replied with the same answer they gave for steroid policy. It seems like at least among the general population there’s a lot more consistency with how to handle the policy than there is in the league.Still, it’s surprising that at the end of the day, 44 percent of Americans would strip away statistical accomplishments from amphetamine users in the era of Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Mickey Mantle.Neil: Agreed. The general attitude among sportswriters — even if it doesn’t necessarily make sense — is that there’s a distinction to be drawn between the supposedly widespread amphetamine use of the 1970s and the supposedly widespread steroid use of the 1990s. But according to those surveyed, there shouldn’t be. The moral judgment of the people appears to fall on both groups with equal fury.Harry: I really do wonder whether most people know that Mays may have used greenies. I tend to think not. If they did, there is no way that the polling numbers would look the way they do. I also tend to think that there is nothing ridiculous that Mays did in the sense that he looked normal, unlike Bonds who looked like someone shoved some orthopedic pillows in his arms. Not to mention that his head grew bigger than Donald Trump’s ego. It seemed natural. We tend to think of unnatural in how someone looks, not how they think.Neil: Right, and the bulked-up players and shifting head sizes gave fans and analysts a smoking gun of sorts. It added to the theatrical nature of the steroid hysteria. With a pill that doesn’t change appearance, you’re reduced to poring over stats and wondering whether a player’s out-of-the-blue power spike is just a career year or something much more sinister.Walt: But enough with the pharmaceutical advantages. What about the bigoted regime that kept black players out of the leagues? What about the competitive advantage conferred by excluding athletes based on the color of their skin?Walt: Kind of odd that baseball fans are nowhere near as mortified with pre-integration records standing than they are with stimulants. Neil, what’s the word on the effect that segregation had on baseball?Neil: One of the biggest tragedies of baseball’s color line is that we can’t know precisely how much the game’s pre-1947 stars benefited from only playing against white opponents. But we can certainly estimate how much more shallow the pool of available players was before the game was integrated. (As well as before the rise of Latin America and, now, Asia as a source of baseball talent.)As FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver notes in “Baseball Between the Numbers,” MLB was only drawing from a population of about 300,000 people per player in 1930. By 1960, when baseball was finally fully integrated, that number had more than doubled to 625,000, and it was a whopping 900,000 when Nate crunched the numbers in 2005. The bigger the talent pool, the tougher the competition, so it’s clear that pre-integration players had a major advantage in terms of the relative caliber of talent they played against.(A related note: Baseball’s level of talent is steadily increasing anyway as humans push the boundaries of athletic performance, which is another great reason statistics from the past can’t be compared to modern numbers straight-up.)Harry: My opinion on this is fairly simple: You can’t penalize players for things they didn’t control. Babe Ruth couldn’t play against a black player in the MLB even if he wanted to. It’s a tragedy that we were robbed of seeing Josh Gibson against Carl Hubbell, but we can’t go back and readjust the records.Walt: I don’t think it’s so much about penalizing players for things beyond their control as it’s about knocking down the idea that baseball was somehow defiled by pharmaceuticals. This nostalgia for baseball is wholly misguided — the Boston Red Sox integrated after Southern public schools! In 1959! — it’s not like this was an antiquated part of baseball history.Baseball’s commitment to some idyllic game that never existed — something that also manifests itself in a knee-jerk opposition to potential ways to improve the game, like the DH, speedier play and other experimentation — by now constitutes what I think is (on a long enough timespan) an existential threat for the league. The fact that more people aren’t more willing to look back in anger is a symptom of a much larger problem.Not to mention that at least the other two advantages at least made the game more interesting to watch. Segregation, if anything, made the game less interesting for fans out of mere spite. My main line? If you’re going to get indignant about steroids — something that unambiguously made the game more interesting — at least have the decency to be just as indignant about letting those segregated records stand un-asteriskedBut guys! We’re missing the point here. About 10 percent of Americans would strip Babe Ruth of his records! Including 8 percent of baseball fans. That’s awesome.Harry: What percentage of people believe we didn’t land on the moon?Walt: I mean Kubrick basically admitted as much in “The Shining,” man — learn how to read subtext.
The Ohio State Buckeyes prepare for their game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 15. The Buckeyes won 30-23 in overtime. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor The Ohio State Buckeyes took on the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 15 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. After a shaky first half, the Buckeyes beat the Badgers in overtime by a final score of 30-23.
Andrew Hunter, co-founder of adzuna.co.uk, said: “Employers may be put-off by amateur CV errors like adding in rogue apostrophes. They suggest a jobseeker lacking soft skills such as attention to detail.”When spellcheck and CV screening tools are easily accessible, there really is no excuse for error-riddled documents.” 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. Adzuna, who supply real-time data to the Government’s No.10 jobs dashboard, analysed CVs on its ValueMyCV tool online, where users are given an estimation of how much their skills and experience is worth to potential employers.The evaluation tool includes a specially designed automated spell checker which guides jobseeker’s through high risk and low risk spelling errors in their job applications.Americanisms were also rife, with misspellings such as ‘organization’, ‘specialized’, ‘centre’ and ‘humor’ cropping up repeatedly.The data also reveals that women pay greater due diligence than men, with 8% of female CVs being declared ‘flawless’ compared with just 6% of men.Regional variations also suggest that jobseekers in Northern Ireland are most likely to have typos littered across on their CV with just 3.7% of CVs proving flawless. On the other hand, Yorkshire can boast having the most accurate CVs with 13% proving error free, closely followed by job hunters in North East England (9.9%), London (6%) and Scotland (7%). Northern Ireland’s unemployment is currently the highest nationally, while Yorkshire, London and Scotland’s are among the lowest. Overall, the UK currently has the lowest unemployment figures since 1975 with 1.38 million people looking for work nationally.Adzuna, founded in 2011 by former eBay and Zoopla executives, was awarded a coveted contract to run the British government’s most used online services, Find a job, in 2018. It has one of the largest free job search functions on the web.”A good CV should succinctly show off employment history, education and key skills, but it should also be flaw free. Our advice to jobseekers is to triple check spelling and grammar if you want to proceed to the interview stage,” Mr Hunter said, underlining the importance of “highlighting any silly errors that could be holding you back”. The majority of CVs contain basic spelling and grammar errors, a large scale study has revealed, with the most common blunder being unnecessary apostrophes added to “GCSEs.”A review of 20,000 CVs submitted online found that nine in ten of them had misspelled words, with only 1,134 fault free.A glaring five or more errors were discovered in 12,666 of those looked at. Yet ironically, the worst offender cropped up time and time again.The adding of an apostrophe where people listed their GCSE results was written into 691 CVs, the analysis by recruitment search engine Adzuna.co.uk revealed, as people kept referring to their “GCSE’s”.This fatal grammatical mistake, which indicates someone or something’s possession of another, also affected KPIs – Key Performance Indicators – 403 times, when used to describe their previous employment successes.‘A Levels’ is another victim of this basic rule, but the blunders do not stop at apostrophes. Amazingly they also engulf those words which are meant to best promote the prospective employee’s many skills and aptitudes.‘Experience’ became ‘Experiance’ 62 times, with ‘Responsibilities’ and ‘Professional’ following closely behind with 60 and 53 errors respectively. ‘Liaising’ and ‘Strategising’ completed the Top 5 line-up of misspelled words found on CVs uploaded to website’s in-house résumé analysis tool.
Her warning comes as thousands of students across the country prepare to pick up their GCSE results this Thursday. “We want to reinforce the message about not boasting your children’s successes on social media,” Ms Coatman said. It can be “devastating” for students to see their classmates’ grades paraded online particularly if they are feeling underwhelmed with their own results, according to Elizabeth Coatman, a consultant at the guide. She acknowledged that this can be “pretty hard to resist” but urged parents to lead by example when it comes to showing off on social… Parents should resist the urge to brag about their children’s exam results on social media, the Good Schools Guide has said.
GARDENING WITHOUT A garden? No, it doesn’t involve robbing the orchard or digging up a bit a burdock root from a ditch (but, hey, wild food is cool and even genuinely tasty, so knock your socks off!). Gardening without a garden can be attained with a couple of plant pots and a mix of some upcycled containers – anything from the one festival welly you made it home with, to a few nifty slits in a milk carton.It is so easy to transform the smallest balcony or cramped patio into an outdoor larder. Seeds are simply programmed to germinate; add a little soil with a little water and they’re off.Space is not the barrier – well, if you want home-grown potatoes you will need a barrel or enough room to stack a few grow bags upright, but peas which naturally climb and entwine can be grown to clothe a wall, over a railings, or even colonise an existing hedge. Yes, ingenuity is the answer: tomatoes and strawberries can trail from a container or hanging basket, and a wall mounted pallet can be painted, decorated and planted as a ‘living wall’ or indeed a ‘living spice rack’.Leafy greens and many soft fruits are ideal for containers. If you are really crammed for space or the bike fills all of the balcony or yard, then try sprouting some seeds on a windowsill and enjoying the health benefits that sprouted and raw foods bring. Or chance some ginger, lemon grass, turmeric, basil, tomatoes or chilies as harvestable houseplants. There is so much possibility.Getting startedMost edibles like at least six hours of direct sun daily – that’s a sunny window or, better still, a space outside where air circulation and the natural catchment of rain can boost yield and lessen your chores. Some crops like lettuce turn bitter in too much heat and may need the shade of a taller plant nearby. But remember to only grow what you will eat; it’s not just that space is a premium, why waste your time growing food you don’t really want?A bucket will catch rain for watering just as well as any expensive catchment systems and a few DIY funnels can get the water to the roots as well as any drip irrigation system. The containers will need to meet the root capacity of a plant, though (there’s no point in putting an aubergine in a yoghurt carton). Carrots like a deep root run but radishes,. on the other hand, will stay neat only if a small container is available.The secret to success is soil. Standard compost is not the best for edibles, so mix it with some real soil or sand to improve its structure, drainage and water holding capacity. Don’t forget drainage holes and to check for root space.Best crops for potsAlmost all culinary herbs will thrive in pots, as they mainly come from regions with poor soil and low rainfall. So lavender, rosemary and sage will love a terracotta pot while thyme, oregano, marjoram, chives, garlic chives will love a window box, cramped together in free draining soil, pointed toward the sun.Basil is best thought of as an annual herb or as an indoor kitchen-sill plant for homemade pesto; coriander can be grown inside or outside but needs at least 25cms of root depth. Dill, which so easily reseeds itself, is treated like an annual and also likes a deep enough pot. Mint will fill out any sized pot but is a bit invasive, so keep your mojito additive separated from other plants!In an upcycled wine box try planting Bull’s Blood Beets, which are great to build stamina and are very tasty either sliced or as micro salad toppings. Spinach, the super food even cartoon characters know, boasts young foliage that works brilliantly in energy juices, while the mature ones are great in ravioli. Any brassica (pak choi, winter cabbage, cauliflower) can thrive in a deep pot or trug – as will all the root crops you might need for some winter roasting, autumn parsnip chips, or summer burdock and dandelion beer.Thin creatively: hanging baskets can add edible flowers to the mix, including peppery nasturtiums and the saffron substitute calendula petals.If you have some height on offer, try planting some sunflower seeds. And, if you haven’t already, try a dwarf variety of the plant – whatever its height at maturity, that one seed will give you a bounty of vitamin E rich seeds and one of the best fat-soluble antioxidants to keep cholesterol down, energy up and brain cells on. Gardening without a garden, it’s a no brainier! And such fun too.Fiann Ó Nualláin is an advocate of gardening for health with a background in horticulture, nutrition, naturopathy and ethnobotany. His new book, The Holistic Gardener, published by Mercier Press, is available to buy now. Opinion: Summer thyme and the remedy’s easy…Opinion: Food as fashion – will eating soil really catch on?
Next week is the Week Without the Web at Hofstra University–well, at least part of it is. Actually, the Week Without the Web is only five days–apparently they haven’t gotten to the days of the week part of their curriculum. The annual event is aimed at the University’s School of Communication, but the college is welcoming all of its students and faculty to join in on the shutting off.The aim of the week is “to give students and faculty the opportunity to explore and discuss the effects of the Internet on their everyday lives.” A number of events are planned to mark the occasion, including speeches, movie screenings, and a “Back in the Day” party, which will involve the Nintendo 64. Remember 1996? Before the Internet was invented?AdChoices广告Also, oddly, the University will be giving away an iPad 2 and domain names. Next year I’d recommend keeping with the theme–perhaps some oxen and a butter churn. You can find more information on the event over at the official blog, which may or may not be up next week.
Le Parc de La Réunion, un écosystème unique au monde en proie aux flammesDepuis mardi dernier, le Parc national de l’île de La Réunion est en proie à un incendie dévastateur que les équipes ont du mal à contrôler. Recouvrant environ 40% du territoire du département, il abrite une forêt tropicale et une faune exceptionnelle aujourd’hui menacées par les flammes.”Un vrai désastre écologique”. C’est ainsi que la ministre de l’Ecologie, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a qualifié lundi l’incendie qui ravage depuis près d’une semaine, le Parc national de l’île de La Réunion. Créé en 2007, celui-ci recouvre environ 40% des 2.500 kilomètres carrés du territoire du département d’Outre-mer et a été classé en 2010 au patrimoine mondial de l’humanité de l’UNESCO. À lire aussiLuzia, fossile de la “première Brésilienne”, réduite en cendres à RioMais depuis mardi dernier, la végétation du parc est en proie aux flammes et plus de 2.600 hectares sont déjà partis en fumée, malgré l’intervention des pompiers et d’équipes venues en renfort. C’est un désastre parce que l’incendie se situe “au coeur du parc où se trouvent une forêt primaire d’une grande richesse environnementale, ainsi que des espèces endémiques”. “C’est d’une richesse remarquable, c’est le trésor du parc”, a précisé à l’AFP par téléphone la ministre, actuellement en Israël.En effet, surgie de l’océan il y a trois millions d’années, l’île de La Réunion était à l’origine sans vie. Mais au fur et à mesure, la faune et la flore s’y sont installées venant d’Afrique orientale, de Madagascar, de l’Inde, voire des îles du Pacifique. Or, si certaines espèces animales et végétales ont aujourd’hui disparu, d’autres se sont adaptées pour devenir des espèces indigènes. En plus des deux grands massifs volcaniques qui constituent sa principale richesse, le Piton des Neiges et le Piton de la Fournaise, l’île abrite ainsi des forêts tropicale et sub-tropicale ainsi qu’une faune exceptionnelle. Pus de 230 espèces endémiques menacéesSelon un récent état des lieux de scientifiques du Museum d’Histoire naturelle et de l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN), la Réunion compte désormais plus de 230 espèces végétales qui ne se rencontrent nulle part ailleurs au monde, et dont un tiers sont menacées. D’où l’importance cruciale de contenir l’incendie qui continue de consumer la végétation. Mais une fois les flammes contrôlées, la menace ne sera pas écartée pour autant. Car comme l’explique la ministre de l’Ecologie, il faudra ensuite “lutter contre les espèces envahissantes, qui seront la principale menace” dans l’action post-incendie. Le 1 novembre 2011 à 14:42 • Maxime Lambert
Une alternative aux tests sur les animaux ? De la peau humaine créée en laboratoireDes chercheurs britanniques ont utilisé des cellules souches pour recréer un échantillon de peau humaine. Une innovation qui pourrait représenter une alternative aux tests sur les animaux pratiqués par l’industrie cosmétique et dans l’élaboration de médicaments. Grâce aux cellules souches, l’expérimentation animale pourrait bien prendre fin. Des chercheurs du King’s College, à Londres, sont parvenus à créer un échantillon de peau humaine élaboré grâce à des cellules souches pluripotentes. Fabriquées en laboratoire à partir de cellules souches adultes, les cellules souches pluripotentes peuvent se développer de plusieurs manières pour répondre à des besoins variés. Selon les scientifiques, l’épiderme créé à l’aide de ces cellules souches devrait permettre de réduire considérablement l’utilisation des animaux-tests dans la conception des médicaments et cosmétiques. Les propriétés naturelles de l’épiderme reproduitesChez l’humain, l’épiderme constitue la couche supérieure de la peau et fonctionne comme une triple barrière : imperméable, contre le soleil et immunologique. Elle empêche l’eau de s’échapper, les rayons du soleil d’endommager la peau, et les bactéries d’infecter notre organisme. Des équivalents de l’épiderme humain ont déjà été mis au point, notamment à l’aide de biopsies, mais les scientifiques ne sont pas parvenus à créer une barrière suffisamment imperméable. Grâce aux cellules pluripotentes, les chercheurs ont réussi à créer un épiderme artificiel remédiant à ce problème, ouvrant ainsi la voie à de nouveaux types de tests cosmétiques et médicamenteux. “Notre nouvelle méthode pourrait être utilisée pour fabriquer de plus grandes quantités de peau humaine en laboratoire, et appliquée à grande échelle pour les tests commerciaux de médicaments et cosmétiques”, explique Dusko Illic, le chef de l’équipe, cité par l’International Business Times.Mais cette avancée scientifique pourrait également permettre d’étudier certaines maladies de la peau, comme l’eczéma ou la sécheresse cutanée. “Nous pouvons utiliser ce modèle pour étudier comment la peau se développe normalement, puis comment la barrière cutanée est abîmée par différents maladies et enfin comment nous pouvons stimuler sa réparation et sa guérison”, poursuit le chercheur. Une méthode plus efficace que l’expérimentation animale Du côté des défenseurs des droits des animaux, le bénéfice d’une telle découverte est indéniable. Pour Troy Seidle, directeur de la recherche au sein de l’association Humane Society International, les tests sur ce nouvel épiderme seraient bien plus efficaces que “de tuer des lapins, des cochons, des rats ou d’autres animaux en espérant que les tests effectués sur leur peau soient ensuite compatibles avec l’homme”.”Ce qui n’est souvent pas le cas car l’imperméabilité, l’immunologie et d’autres facteurs sont incomparables avec l’homme”, reprend le Huffington Post. Depuis le début du XXe siècle, de nombreux pays utilisent les animaux pour tester l’efficacité et la sécurité de vaccins et médicaments. Dans l’industrie cosmétique, des tests dermatologiques et ophtalmologiques sont réalisés sur des lapins, singes, rongeurs et chiens.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon l’association Humane Society, l’expérimentation animale est encore légale dans 80% des pays de la planète. Rien qu’en Chine, environ 300.000 animaux seraient chaque année victimes des tests cosmétiques. Depuis mars 2013, l’Union Européenne interdit l’importation et la vente de produits cosmétiques et d’ingrédients testés sur les animaux. Un pas de plus dans l’élaboration de peau artificielle En France, le géant des cosmétiques L’Oréal s’est lancé dès les années 1990 dans le développement de solutions alternatives. Pour tester ses substances chimiques, son laboratoire lyonnais a mis au point une peau reconstruite, appelée Episkin, grâce à des échantillons de peau fournis par l’unité de chirurgie esthétique d’une clinique. Mais grâce à l’utilisation de cellules souches pluripotentes, plusieurs types de peaux pourraient être créés pour multiplier les possibilités de tests : les échantillons pourraient être “adaptés afin d’étudier tout un éventail de maladies de la peau et de sensibilités au sein de différentes populations”, conclut Dusko Illic. Le 28 avril 2014 à 16:39 • Maxime Lambert
SAN DIEGO — Smoking has dropped to historic lows nationwide, dramatically decreasing revenue from tobacco taxes. In search of funds, a growing number of states are taxing electronic cigarettes — a trend that is sparking a fierce public health debate over whether it will deter smokers from switching to a potentially safer alternative.California is the seventh state to tax e-cigarettes after a Nov. 8 ballot measure. Proposition 56 also adds a $2 per pack state tax to cigarettes.State officials are still calculating the new tax structure. The vaping industry estimates the tax could make it more expensive to vape than smoke, even with the additional per-pack tobacco tax.“California just made the most attractive option unattractive for many smokers, and unaffordable,” said Gregory Conley of the American Vaping Association, which advocates for electronic cigarettes as an alternative to tobacco. “Some may never make an attempt to quit.”The taxation of e-cigarettes has split the public health community between those who support e-cigarettes’ being treated the same as tobacco and those who see them as an important tool in the fight against smoking, the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States.There’s no scientific consensus on the risks or advantages of “vaping.”“It’s one of the nastiest debates I’ve ever seen in the public health community, and I’ve been researching tobacco control policies for 40 years,” University of Michigan public health professor Kenneth Warner said. “The momentum, if you will, is in the direction against e-cigarettes, for sure, and it is unfortunate in a big way, because we may be missing out on a potential intervention that could reduce the toll of smoking by a lot.”
SHELTON — Authorities have rescued a horse, chickens and more than two dozen cats from a Washington state home of two people suspected of animal cruelty.KOMO-TV reports Mason County deputies arrested two people Thursday after recovering the animals at a home near Shelton.Authorities say they launched an investigation after neighbors reported problems with the animals.Authorities found 27 cats, seven chickens and two horses. One horse was determined to be too sick and was euthanized.
World Cup players are just returned on Monday to training and might not be fit and ready for Friday’s game against Leicester CityManchester United boss Jose Mourinho is not happy.The manager has not gotten the new footballers he believes are required for the new season.He has also had many problems with players, especially with Anthony Martial.And now he has told the press that his team has six elements injured ahead of the Red Devil’s Week 1 match against Leicester City.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“(Sergio) Romero, he had a surgery after his injury in the World Cup, (Antonio) Valencia, he was injured in pre-season, Marcos Rojo, he was injured in the World Cup, (Diogo) Dalot had a surgery in Porto at the end of April and is not yet ready,” he told the Leicester Mercury.“Ander Herrera was injured against Bayern, (Nemanja) Matic was injured in the World Cup and had surgery in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago. And I think that’s it.”Adding to his problems are those who participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.“They (the World Cup players) returned on Monday, trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today so you can imagine that they are not really fit and ready,” he said.
Paris Saint-Germain are in the market for a Barcelona midfielder, with Ivan Rakitic or Sergio Busquets their two main targets before the transfer window shuts down.PSG have been linked with Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante earlier this summer, but they have switched their focus to the Camp Nou duo since the English window closed.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The Ligue 1 champions have asked about the availability of Busquets and Rakitic — but Barca are not willing to part ways with either, having agreed to a new deal with Busquets and seen Rakitic sign fresh terms last year.Reports say Busquets will have a release clause of almost £180 million in his contract, while PSG would have to pay some £112 million to have a chance of signing Busquets.The Parisians are aiming to become the first French club since Marseille in 93′ to win the Champions League title. And a solid midfield would help mount a serious challenge under Thomas Tuchel.