ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 19: Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines leaves the field after a 20-10 win over the Indiana Hoosiers on November 19, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jabrill Peppers plays all over the field for Michigan, and had a monster game in Michigan’s 78-0 dismantling of Rutgers. Jim Harbaugh thinks he should win this year’s Heisman Trophy.On top of being part of a Wolverines defense that pitched a shutout and held the Scarlet Knights to a total of 38 yards on the day, Peppers scored two touchdowns and rushed for 74 yards on just three carries, and had an absolutely spectacular punt return touchdown that was ultimately called back.Peppers was a force for Michigan, and his head coach believes he deserves the sport’s highest honor.Jim Harbaugh on Jabrill Peppers: “In my humble opinion we’re looking at the Heisman Trophy winner.”— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) October 9, 2016Harbaugh also says the New Jersey native, who put together the monster performance in his home state, is the most versatile player he’s coached.Asked Harbaugh if he’s ever coached a more versatile player than Jabrill Peppers. “No.” & couldn’t come up w/ anyone he didn’t coach either.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) October 9, 2016″Jim Thorpe! Maybe that’s a good comparison? That just came to mind.” — Harbaugh, a few minutes later https://t.co/G5EsHthBTu— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) October 9, 2016Not many guys are drawing a Jim Thorpe comparison, even if Harbaugh is a bit biased towards his superstar.Jabrill Peppers is likely running behind Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson in the Heisman race, but he could gain ground if the Wolverines keep winning, and he keeps dazzling on every side of the ball. The last defense-first player to win the Heisman was another Michigan defensive back who also dazzled on offense and special teams: Charles Woodson. Jackson’s numbers may be tough to overcome if the Cardinals win out, but we look forward to seeing Peppers do his best to make it a real race.
Feasting is our column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating and discovering what’s on the menu across America and the world.As the official start of summer is upon us, we’re loading our grills with meats, fish and veggies for as many meals as possible. If you’re feeling a little bored with your latest grill marks, we asked chefs across the country for their favorite tips and recipes to teach us some new techniques and refresh our taste buds in the process. Check them out below before you get your barbecue fired up this week.The perfect steakExecutive Chef Dusmane Tandia – Mastro’s Steakhouse, New York Editors’ Recommendations How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish How to Cook Steak in the Oven Let your meat rest: Before cutting into it. It allows the juices that are driven toward the center of the steak to redistribute and reabsorb into the outer edges. As a result, less of those precious and flavorful juices will run out of the steak when you cut into it.KTOWN DogChef Neal Fraser – Fritzi Dog, Los AngelesKorean ketchup1 cup Heinz ketchup1 cup Gochujang (Korean chili paste)Mix together and place in squirt bottleKimchiJulleinne the cabbageReserve with liquid from kimchi (makes 1 jar)Black garlic aioli1 head fermented black garlic1 cup prepared high quality mayonnaisePeel garlic from head. Place in a sauce pot with 1 cup of water. Simmer until garlic is soft. Cool garlic and remove from water. Add to a bowl with the mayonnaise until mixed well. Place in squirt bottle.GrillBrown the dog for approximately 1 minute per side.Garnish with aioli, ketchup and kimchi.Spicy Citrus Grilled Whole Dorade with Salsa VerdeChef Chris Jaeckle – All’onda, New YorkDirectionsMake sure the fish has been scaled very well. I like to cut the gills out with kitchen sheers. Using a strong paper towel, wipe the fish dry. Season the inner cavity and outside well with salt. Allow the fish to come to room temperature with the salt on it. Drizzle the outside of the fish with olive oil to coat and spread with your hand or a pastry brush. Cook on a medium to high grill for 9 minutes on each side.Salsa Verde1 Bunch parsley, washed and chopped1 Cup extra virgin olive oil2 Tbsp chopped brined capers2 Calabrian chilies, seeds removed and mincedZest of 1 lemonPinch of salt to tastePlace all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.Spicy Citrus Sauce1 Jar Yuzu Kosho (150g)3 ½ Tbsp. White Balsamic1 tsp Sugar1 tsp Salt2 tsp Chopped Rosemary½ Cup Olive OilCombine balsamic, sugar and salt in a pot. Gently heat until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Whisk in the yuzu kosho and olive oil.Lightly Smoked Jumbo Gulf Shrimp with Grilled Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, Scallion and Garlic SaucissonChef Erik Niel – Easy Bistro & Bar, Chattanooga, TNIngredients2lbs. Jumbo Gulf Brown Shrimp (16 & up)2lbs. Hen of the Woods (Maitake) mushrooms*2C. Sorghum-Sake marinade**2 bunches Scallions1lb Garlic Saucisson (or any garlicky pork sausage)***2 lemons (for juice)MethodTo prepare the shrimp: Peel to the to the tail, with-out removing the tail. Clean out the vein with a pairing knife by cutting along the top of the shrimp, then scraping the vein out.**Sorghum-Sake marinade1 inch fresh Ginger½ C Sorghum½ C Sake½ C White Verjus (or white wine)½ C water¼ C chopped ScallionPeel, grate and juice the ginger into a bowl. Combine with all other ingredients.*To prepare the mushroomsClean and break the Hen of the Woods into large chunks. In a large bowl, combine the marinade and the mushrooms, let sit for 30-45 minutes while you light a Green egg, and let the coals get hot. Using Tongs, place the mushrooms on the grill, directly from the marinade. Every minute or so, dunk the mushrooms back in the marinade and turn. Repeat until the mushrooms are cooked/charred.***To prepare the saucisson and scallionDrop the heat of the Egg and add some soaked smoking chips/wood. On a the side opposite the chips, place the saucisson and slowly smoke till cooked throughout. Three minutes before the saucisson are done, add the whole scallion and smoke until wilted. Remove the saucisson and scallion, if you’re feeling frisky, wrap the scallion around the saucisson and slice on a bias to present.To Cook the shrimpAs you pull the saucisson and scallions, place the shrimp on the grill and drizzle some water on the smoking chips/coals to get a good, cool smoke going. Smoke the shrimp for about 3-5 minutes or until they become opaque throughout. The longer the better for smoke flavor, but don’t overcook.To assemble (family style)Place the mushrooms on a platter or board, then add the sliced saucisson, wilted scallions and then the smoked shrimp.Drizzle with high-quality extra virgin oil, lemon juice, and a sprinkle of coarse sea salt.Grilled Radicchio and Bocconcini with Crispy Prosciutto and Burnt Onion SauceChef Vinny Dotolo – Animal, Los Angeles; Trois Mec, Los Angeles; Son of a Gun, Los AngelesIngredientsSmall onion, peeled and sliced 1/2-inch thick: 1Roasted garlic cloves, peeled: 4Brown sugar: 1/2 cupMustard powder: 2 tablespoonsOnion powder: 1-1/2 teaspoonsApple cider vinegar: 1/3 cupMayonnaise: 1/4 cupLarge egg: 1Radicchio: 1 head, quarteredOlive oil: 2 tablespoonsProsciutto di Parma: 4 slicesBocconcini (small mozzarella balls): 12MethodOn a large ungreased baking sheet, spread onion rings in an even, thin layer. Broil until edges are very charred, removing pieces as they are done, 10-15 minutes.Place onions in a blender; add garlic, sugar, mustard, onion powder, vinegar, mayonnaise and egg. Whirl until smooth and set aside.Heat a grill pan over medium high heat. Brush radicchio with oil. Grill on each side until wilted and grill marks appear. Cut into 1-inch wide pieces.In a nonstick skillet over medium heat, fry prosciutto slices until crispy, turning once.To serve, drizzle 4 serving plates with reserved mustard sauce.Divide bocconcini and radicchio among plates; crumble prosciutto over each. The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes Don’t skimp on the beef: Size matters. Steaks that are 1-inch to 1 1/2-inch thick are best for grilling. A thin cut is likely to get dried out. Marbling is also key because the fat throughout the steak gives it great flavor. At Mastro’s, we use only USDA Prime Aged Beef. If your butcher does not have this, the next best grade is Certified Black Angus Choice grade.Bring steaks out of the cold: 30 minutes prior, have your steaks at room temperature before hitting the hot grill.Get your grill hot, hot, hot: Preheat grill to 600 – 800 degrees F and keep it at this temperature for 30 to 45 minutes before putting the steaks on.Don’t perform surgery with a serrated knife: To see if steak is finished, press on it with the palm of your hand. It will feel spongy when rare, have some resistance when cooked to medium and be firm when well done.Rare: Squeeze the pad at the base of your thumb. It should feel spongy and feel very little resistance.Medium: Press on the middle of the palm of your outstretched hand. It should feel firm.Well: Squeeze the base of your small finger. It should feel firm with no give. How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide
The Canadian PressA statistical analysis of the Conservative government’s changes to environmental laws and procedures suggests Ottawa has “all but abandoned” attempts to protect Canada’s lakes and rivers.“Over the last decade, what we’ve seen is a not-so-gradual abandonment of the fish habitat protection field,” said University of Calgary law professor Martin Olszynski.He has sifted through reams of data and dozens of development applications to conclude that federal protection for fisheries and waterways has been declining for more than a decade.Olszynski found environmental oversight by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans dropped dramatically during the 2000s – a time when Canada saw huge spending in the resource industries.And he concludes changes to environmental law in 2012 weren’t intended to cut red tape, as the government suggested, but to lower the environmental bar.“What my data suggests is that the narrative provided doesn’t add up in terms of this unduly intrusive regulatory regime. It was never really about reducing red tape.”Fisheries and Oceans was not immediately available for comment.In a paper for the Journal of Environmental Law and Practice, Olszynski shows the number of proposals to the department’s Central and Pacific regions fell to fewer than 4,000 by 2014 from more than 12,000 in 2001.The drop came in two stages.In 2004, the government decided to minimize oversight for projects deemed low-risk, which cut the number of projects it reviewed in half. The rest of the decrease came in 2012 after the government revamped environmental laws.Over that same period, enforcement fell off a cliff.Olszynski reports that environmental warnings and charges under the Fisheries Act fell to about 50 from about 300. Staff time allotted to enforcement dropped to 10,000 hours from 35,000.The department’s budget was cut by $80 million in 2012. Another $100 million in cuts are planned over three years beginning this year.The analysis shows officials are granting approvals without seeing a developer’s plans to fix any problems, despite federal law that says such plans must be approved before a project goes ahead. Olszynski’s suggests most approvals are now granted with the understanding a developer will file a plan later.Meanwhile, records show that the pace of development on rivers and lakes has kept roughly stable. A number of studies and peer-reviewed papers have also documented rapidly increasing impacts on forests and waterways.The federal government has argued it’s getting out of the regulatory end, so provinces can take over and duplication is reduced.Olszynski said that if red tape alone had been the issue, it should have been solved in 2004 when Ottawa first backed off overseeing some projects.He writes: “(Department of Fisheries and Oceans) appears to have been exemplary in reducing the administrative burden on proponents carrying out what it deemed to be low-risk activities.“Rather, the problem appears to have been substantive; government (or) proponents, or both, deemed actual compliance (i.e. avoidance and mitigation of impacts to fish habitat) too burdensome.”Provincial approvals for development projects still have to abide by federal law. Olszynski said his analysis shows the department doesn’t even see many of those proposals.Scaling back assessments for low-risk developments can be a valid way to reduce regulatory burdens, Olszynski said. But to work, he said, it requires credible oversight and enforcement.“DFO says we will reduce the burden on you, but you still have to comply with the act. What evidence is available suggests that industry did not keep their end of the bargain.“The strong deterrent signal wasn’t there … in terms of enforcement.”
Madrid: Antoine Griezmann was jeered during his last game for Atletico Madrid and Rodrigo might have scored his final goal for the club as they came from behind to draw 2-2 against Levante in La Liga on Saturday. Griezmann received whistles at the City of Valencia Stadium from the visiting fans, who were also heard chanting “out, out, out” before goals from Sergio Camello and Rodrigo ensured Atletico at least ended the season with a draw. Diego Simeone has dismissed fears of a mass exodus, despite both Diego Godin and Griezmann already announcing their departures, with the likes of Rodrigo, Juanfran and Filipe Luis all expected to follow. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuIf this was to be their farewell outing for Atletico, it was an underwhelming finale as Levante, who only secured safety from relegation last weekend, claimed a deserved point. They might have been disappointed not to take all three after leading 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Erick Cabaco and Roger Marti before then playing against 10 men for the best part of 40 minutes after Angel Correa was sent off. But Atletico fought back, Rodrigo firing into the top corner before 18-year-old substitute Camello scored his first goal for the club, finishing at the back post. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersGriezmann was unable to add to his tally of 133 goals in 257 games across all competitions in what became a bitter end to his five successful seasons for the club. Godin was given a rousing goodbye ceremony at the Wanda Metropolitano last weekend but the timing of Griezmann’s announcement, perhaps deliberately, meant he avoided a last meeting with the Atleti fans. But those that made the trip to Valencia were determined to make their displeasure known and it was noticeable that Griezmann made a swift exit after the final whistle. Camello, born in Madrid and a product of Atletico’s academy, delivered a more positive message for the future and a timely reminder of Atletico’s ability to endure in recent years, despite the departures of their biggest stars. Levante took the lead through a brilliant opener from Cabaco, who flicked in with the back of his heel after a header back from Ruben Vezo. Roger doubled the advantage shortly before half-time, intercepting a loose pass from Thomas Partey before skipping over Rodrigo and firing past Antonio Adan, who was standing in for the injured Jan Oblak. Atletico’s task became more difficult when Correa was sent off for a petulant kick on Chema but Rodrigo gave them hope with a stunning strike into the top corner, before Koke’s shot fell kindly for Camello at the back post.
14 December 2007The United Nations Human Rights Council concluded its sixth session today in Geneva, adopting 13 resolutions and decisions, including a request that the independent expert on Myanmar return to the South-East Asian nation for further assessments. The United Nations Human Rights Council concluded its sixth session today in Geneva, adopting 13 resolutions and decisions, including a request that the independent expert on Myanmar return to the South-East Asian nation for further assessments.The 47-member body adopted a resolution by consensus asking Special Rapporteur Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro to conduct a follow-up mission to look into the ongoing human rights violations resulting from the violent repression of recent peaceful demonstrations in Myanmar before the Council’s next session in March 2008.“Several reports of killings indicate that the figure provided by the authorities may greatly underestimate the reality,” he wrote in a report presented to the Council earlier this week, with at least 31 people having died during the crackdown by the Government on protesters a few months ago – 16 more than had been acknowledged by the authorities.Regarding Sudan, the Council adopted a resolution to extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the African nation by one year.In a separate resolution, the body voiced concern that the country had not implemented the many recommendations of the Group of Experts, comprising seven independent rights experts.In particular, the Council said it was worried about the fact that perpetrators of past and ongoing human rights violations and international humanitarian law in the war-ravaged Darfur region have not been brought to justice.More than 200,000 people have been killed in the area and at least 2.2 million others displaced since rebels began fighting Government forces and allied militia known as the Janjaweed in 2003.
The curfew which was imposed in Kandy during this week has now been completely removed.The Police said the curfew has been completely removed as the Kandy area was peaceful.
Tweet from Cheshire Police after armed officers were called to report of gun incident that turned out to be a historical reenactmentCredit:Cheshire Police Historical re-enactment enthusiasts were accosted by armed police when officers received reports of a gang carrying machine guns.Officers were called to Chester city centre on Monday evening after a member of the public reported seeing men dressed in combat clothing and carrying weapons.But they turned out to be a group of war history enthusiasts – dressed as American soldiers – promoting a Royal British Legion event. Their weapons, which included several machine guns commonly used in World War Two, had been deactivated.Cheshire Police tweeted a picture of the guns, with a force spokesperson saying they had received a report of two men dressed in military uniforms and carrying replica firearms.”Officers quickly established there was no danger to the public and the men were promoting an re-enactment event thought to be taking place next week in Chester.” 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.
EIGHT IRISH UNIVERSITIES have featured in the top 200 QS World University Subject Rankings.The top English department in Ireland goes to Trinity College Dublin with a rank of 28, while University College Dublin has the second best with a score in the top 100.Trinity also made the top 50 in three other subjects, including history and archaeology; modern languages and politics and featured strongly in the top 100 spots.University College Dublin had nine subjects in the top 100 spots: Accounting, agriculture and forestry, biological sciences, economics and econometrics, English language and literature, geography, modern languages, history and archaeology and politics.University College Cork featured in the top 100 for their biological sciences, law and legal studies and modern languages courses.Other Irish colleges that also featured include: National University of Ireland Galway, Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology and University of Limerick and National University of Ireland Maynooth.Now in its third year, the rankings series reveals the top 200 universities in the world for 30 individual subjects.Read: No major changes for Irish colleges in latest University rankings> Column: Universities in crisis because they have no support> More: Irish colleges miss out in list of top 100 reputable universities>
LaCie is well known for producing hard drives in a number of quality cases, but it’s latest product isn’t a hard drive. It’s called the LaCie Tank, and its main purpose is to protect your hard drive from harm.The Tank is all about protection and has been manufactured to pass U.S. military standards (IP-63) for dust, rain, shock, and drops. It is manufactured from rubber and polypropylene, and can house a 2.5″ hard drive with cable.The storage capacity is up to 26 x 106 x 125mm allowing for most drives to fit inside the protective foam padding. LaCie ship the Tank with a number of foam cubes that can be removed or used to ensure your hard drive fits snugly.Claire Rivallan, Consumer Accessories Product Manager at LaCie, commented:Customers have told us about the myriad of places they take hard drives, and LaCie developed the Tank just for them, providing armor for your hard drive as the name suggests. There are so many elements that can damage invaluable data, which we aimed to eliminate with this design. The Tank can even keep data safe and dry in a hurricane – an unparalleled safeguard. As the video below shows the Tank makes your hard drive kick-proof, rain-proof, dog-proof, and drop-proof:At the moment it looks as though the Tank has only been made available in the UK at a price of £19.99 ($30). But that’s sure to change soon and the U.S. shop will start listing it.Read more at the LaCie press releaseMatthew’s OpinionThere’s a number of manufacturers shipping pre-ruggedized external hard drives which carry a premium price. The only problem with that is when the drive dies so does the rugged outer casing. The beauty of the LaCie Tank is it lasts past the life of the drive inside and can therefore be used over and over again. Couple that with the low price of $30 and I think you have a bargain enclosure if you need this level of protection.The Tank becomes even more useful if you consider it doesn’t have to only house a hard drive. Maybe you want to keep an MP3 player, portable video player, or a bunch of small flash drives or RAM modules safe for a journey. Adjust the foam interior and they’ll all fit in.
Those hoping that the Galaxy Nexus would be priced for maximum sales are about to be let down. Inside sources have confirmed that the Verizon edition of the Ice Cream Sandwich flagship will retail for $299 on contract.The pricing was expected. Previously leaked documents pointed to the $299 price, and Verizon has set a precedent with previous LTE phones ringing up for the same price. Its cost matches the iPhone 4S with equal storage (32GB), but there’s a big difference: a 16GB iPhone is sold for $100 cheaper, but this is the only Galaxy Nexus that US customers will see at launch.If any Android phone is worth $300, it’s the Galaxy Nexus. Its specs are top-of-the-line, it introduces the biggest Android firmware update since Eclair, and its design is beautiful. Running on Verizon’s speedy LTE network doesn’t hurt either. This is a premium phone sold for a premium price.But it also continues an annoying trend from carriers and OEMs. The rat race for the latest and greatest leads most Android phones to be heavily discounted after a month or two. Their strategy is then to price the handsets as high as possible at launch to compensate for the inevitable hacking and slashing that follows soon after. Heck, even the HTC Thunderbolt, hard to give away now, launched at $250 in March. It’s an understandable business strategy, but it takes advantage of the most passionate of Android fans.As for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus’s release date, it’s expected — but not confirmed — to be this Friday, December 9. Verizon is typically coy about release dates until the last minute, but Galaxy Nexus boxes have already started arriving at Big Red’s stores. That’s an encouraging sign.via WSJ and Droid Life
Trump will nominate Chris Christie’s defence lawyer as FBI Director Christopher Wray served Chris Christie during the “Bridgegate” scandal. Short URL US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has announced that he will nominate Christopher Wray as the new FBI Director.Trump tweeted that he would nominate the lawyer, a man he said had “impeccable credentials”.Wray served as the personal lawyer for Trump ally former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during his “Bridgegate” controversy.Wray represented Christie during the investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case, in which two former aides were convicted of plotting to close lanes of the bridge to punish a Democratic mayor who wouldn’t endorse the Governor. Christie, who has informally advised the president, was not charged in the case.Wray worked for the Justice Department during the administration of President George W Bush, rising to lead the department’s Criminal Division and overseeing investigations into corporate fraud.Trump had been on the hunt for a new Director of the law enforcement agency after he fired James Comey last month.Since then, Trump and Comey allies have traded competing narratives about their interactions.The President asserted that Comey told him three times that he was not personally under investigation, while the former director’s associates allege Trump asked Comey if he could back off an investigation into Michael Flynn, who was fired as national security adviser because he misled the White House about his ties to Russia.Days after Comey’s firing, the Justice Department appointed a special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, to oversee the federal investigation.Read: Trump’s national security team to be quizzed over Russian influence on election Wednesday 7 Jun 2017, 1:12 PM 10,809 Views Image: DPA/PA Images Image: DPA/PA Images Share3 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3431368 Jun 7th 2017, 1:12 PM By Associated Press 17 Comments
Stay on target Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences developed an electronic skin sensitive enough to detect moving air, water droplets, and crawling ants.This technology could one day be integrated into prostheses, giving users a superhuman sense of touch.Wearable e-skins of all shapes and sizes are being refined in labs around the world—including the University of Colorado Boulder. Now, CAS is contributing to that effort.“Recent achievements in the field of electronic skin have provided promising technology for prosthetic systems,” the research team wrote in a paper, published by the journal Science Robotics.“However, the development of a bionic tactile-perception system that exhibits integrated stimuli sensing and neuron-like information-processing functionalities in a low-pressure regime remains a challenge,” they said.Tell me about it.Basically a bunch of magnets and sensors covered with a polymer membrane, the so-called skin can detect minuscule changes in pressure, which is converted into pulses that are “felt” on the surface.To test their tech, researchers wrapped e-skin over an artificial finger attached to an artificial arm.The coating, as reported by Tech Xplore, was able to generate pulses for pressure produced by a line of ants; it also detected changes in wind speed and differences in the size of water drops.“The frequency increased with the force stimuli, consistent with the relationship between stimuli and human responses,” according to the paper. “The minimum loading [less than the sensing threshold value of human skin] was also encoded into the frequency, similar to the pulse waveform of humans.”Which is to say, this invention works better than your carefully evolved epidermis.“The proposed tactile sensor not only showed desirable sensitivity and low detection limit, but also exhibited transduction of digital-frequency signals like human stimuli responses,” the scientists said. “These features of the [giant magneto-impedance]-based tactile sensor show potential for its applications in smart prosthetics, especially prosthetic limbs that can functionally replace natural limbs.”Early this year, the University of Colorado Boulder introduced a malleable, self-healing, fully recyclable electronic skin. The thin, translucent material is embedded with a new type of covalently bonded dynamic network polymer, polyimine, which uses silver nanoparticles for better mechanical strength, chemical stability, and electrical conductivity.Less dramatic than Wolverine’s self-healing dermis or the restorative surface of T-1000, this science uses a mix of three commercially available compounds in ethanol to heal a cut or broken e-skin.Previously, a team from the University of Washington and UCLA created flexible sensor “skin” to convey pressure and vibration. And a team in Italy was able to grow and transplant specially modified skin to a seven-year-old. Read more about prostheses here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Rehealable, Recyclable E-Skin Developed for Robots, ProstheticsElectronic skin breakthrough makes it stretchy and transparent
Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Wildlife officials in South Carolina pulled a dead manatee from a drainage area on Thursday.According to officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) South Carolina office, the female manatee got stuck in a water control structure, an area of water that’s pumped in by a pipe, the Sun News reported.Photo Credit: S.C.U.T.E./FacebookSouth Carolina United Turtle Enthusiasts (S.C.U.T.E.) received a call about an animal lodged underneath a fishing pier at Litchfield By The Sea in Pawleys Island.USFWS authorities and Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge tied a rope around the animal and pulled it to shore Thursday. The manatee, which was between 3 and 4 years old, was transported for a necropsy, the animal form of an autopsy.It’s not the first time manatees has been spotted in the state, but it is uncommon for manatees to be in South Carolina when the water gets colder.Photo Credit: S.C.U.T.E./FacebookAccording to Melanie Olds, a fish and wildlife biologist with USFWS, the manatee could have have stayed in the area after finding a warm pocket of water, or it could have been too small and thought it couldn’t make the journey south.As the temperatures began to drop in the area, the water temperature where the manatee was stuck would have also dropped. The cold could have caused a shock to her system.Manatees, which are large blubberous seal-like creatures, have limited ability to adapt to low temperature extremes — they are known to succumb to water cooled to just 68 degrees. They are also susceptible to a phenomenon researchers call “cold stress syndrome.”Photo Credit: S.C.U.T.E./FacebookFor a 2003 study published in the journal Aquatic Mammals, researchers from the Harbor Branch Oceanographic performed necropsies of 12 manatees in Florida thought to have died from cold stress syndrome during the winter months. They found that each manatee showed signs of starvation, including a thinned blubber layer and an overall sunken appearance.Manatees, a federally protected species, need warm water to survive. In spite of their size, they have relatively little body fat, and their metabolic rate is low compared to other marine mammals, according to the Save the Manatee Club.About 50 manatees are thought to migrate from Florida to the South Carolina Lowcountry each summer — about 1 percent of the population — then return in winter when water temperatures begin to cool. Occasionally, some of them stay in warmer pockets of water on the cast or get trapped.Around the same time last year, an unprecedented 10 manatees were rescued from South Carolina’s Cooper River, as reported by the Post and Courier.More on Geek.com:‘Badass’ Bobcat Kitten Named Mr. Murderbritches Released Back Into the WildWhy Do Turkeys Have a Flap of Skin Hanging From Their Face?How Spiders Survive the Winter
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has hit back at Liverpool fans who mocked his criticism of new signing Xherdan Shaqiri.Sky Sports pundit, Neville, had previously labelled Shaqiri, who was part of the Stoke side that were relegated from the Premier League last season, as ‘unprofessional.’Shaqiri, making his first appearance in a Liverpool shirt, found the net with a superb bicycle kick as Jurgen Klopp’s side thrashed United 4-1 in a friendly in the United States.Many Liverpool fans took to Twitter to remind Neville of his comments, but the former United captain stuck to his initial viewpoint and wrote: ‘I hope you lot are going to message me every time you see him stood on the halfway line whilst your team are being attacked! Oh and he needs Ronaldinho playing with him’.I hope you lot are going to message me every time you see him stood on the halfway line whilst your team are being attacked ! Oh and he needs Ronaldinho playing with him ? https://t.co/s8C8E6PgNb— Gary Neville (@GNev2) July 29, 2018Forget the unofficial bit.Xherdan Shaqiri on his Liverpool debut has;• Silenced Gary Neville & Charlie Adam about “laziness” comments.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…• Out muscled Eric Bailly, then a beautiful touch to assist Daniel Sturridge.• Finished off Man United by scoring a bicycle kick. #LFC pic.twitter.com/qA1MfbxxhZ— Anfield Effect™ (@AnfieldEffect) July 28, 2018Hope Gary Neville choked on his brothers dick as that Shaqiri goal rattled the net. The reds are coming up the hill….— AK (@kearnsyLFC) July 28, 2018Neville is evidently not fond of Shaqiri’s work rate. During the World Cup, where Shaqiri represented Switzerland, Neville said on ITV: ‘I’m not a fan of Shaqiri, to be honest with you.‘I think that was, to be fair, worse by the fact that he distanced himself from his team-mates as Stoke.‘They were unprofessional last season, Stoke. There’s no doubt, and he epitomized it.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 19, 2017 – Providenciales – An alleged criminal couple was arrested by Police and charged with aggravated burglary and robbery. A 36 year old woman and her 30 year old husband are the TCIs own ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ it appears as Police say in a report that the duo was caught with stolen goods and are their suspects in the case where a resident of Belgrade Gardens was pistol whipped and robbed of a Jamaican passport and his 2008 Nissan Skyline sedan. The home invasion is from April 7, 2017 and led to the man being hospitalized with injuries.#MagneticMediaNews#husbandandwifearrestedinTCI#TCIBonnieandClyde Related Items:#husbandandwifearrestedinTCI, #magneticmedianews, #TCIBonnieandClyde Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
The Federal Subsistence Board’s rural determination process will change, according to an announcement made at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention last month.Download AudioThe changes should mean a more favorable process for villages and other rural communities that rely on hunting and fishing. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor told AFN attendees that the new regulations will come soon.“We’re moving out, beginning the discussions,” Connor said. “We’ve got to consult with the state, overall this is strongly supported throughout the leadership at the department of the Interior.”Title VIII in the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, or ANILCA, mandates a subsistence preference for rural residents on public lands. Every ten years the Federal Subsistence Board determines whether a community meets certain guidelines to qualify for ANILCA’s subsistence preference. That rural determination process has been harshly criticized in recent years.In 2007, several communities were told that they were no longer considered to be rural, including the Southeast community of Saxman. The board reasoned that the community’s proximity to non-rural Ketchikan put it in the same category. While the community is incorporated as a municipality, a majority of the population is Alaska Native and are members of the Organized Village of Saxman.The tribe has fought against the board’s attempt to take away their rural status arguing that they have a history of traditional subsistence gathering in the area. The determination was put on hold in 2009 by then-Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar pending a comprehensive review of federal subsistence policies. That hold was scheduled to expire this past July, which meant that the Organized Village of Saxman’s opportunity to litigate would also expire.In April, the Federal Subsistence Board voted unanimously to submit new regulations in the rural determination process. The board does not have authority to implement new regulations, but it can propose them to the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture. While Connor did not give details of the proposal, he did say that the board will defer more to communities and tribes in its decision-making process.“Once implemented the new determination process will enable the board to use more flexible criteria that could lead to the kind of determinations sought by AFN and others in cases such as Saxman in Southeast Alaska,” Connor said.Native American Rights Fund attorney Matthew Newman represents the Saxman tribe. He says the proposed rules give residents hope, but that the outcome is still in question. While the tribe favors an administrative fix, Newman says the lawsuit won’t be dropped until they’ve had a chance to review the new rules and are satisfied with them.“I think everyone is relieved and optimistic that the rule is going to move forward,” Newman says. “This rule moving forward is not just a good thing for Saxman, it’s a good thing for all rural communities subject to ANILCA’s priority. This rural determination process has really been a bane for many communities and this idea that every 10 years your way of life is potentially subject to change causes a very, very uneasy feeling among rural residents in Alaska.”Deputy Secretary Connor also announced changes in the board’s makeup. Two additional public members were added, Anthony Christianson of Hydaburg and Charles Brower of Barrow. Former AFN co-chair Tim Towarak from Unalakleet was named chair of the board. Towarak has served as a president of the Bering Straits Native Corp. and as rural affairs advisor to Gov. Tony Knowles.Connor said the Department of the Interior is working on a new process that would make it easier for communities and subsistence users to participate in the board’s decision-making process.
NASA’s aerospace engineer, Mark Moore, who has been working with the space agency for the past three decades, has been hired by Uber, the American transportation network company, to design a flying car.Also Read: Does NASA have a captured UFO hidden in California’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory?Uber Elevate, the flying car initiative, will have Moore as its director, in the hope that he will be able to drive the initiative to create flying cars that will be available commercially.These “air taxis” will be small aircraft that will have the ability of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL).Moore carried out research on VTOL and came up with the idea of an electric aircraft named Puffin in 2010, a unique airplane that’s also a VTOL tailsitter. The Puffin was quite the internet sensation. The Puffin personal air vehicle concept.NASAPAV on YouTube”The animation of the Puffin on YouTube has gotten more 648,000 hits in a week,” Moore said, according to NASA.”Until the concept was mentioned in the media on Jan 19, the video had only been clicked on a couple of thousand times since it was uploaded to the NASAPAV channel last November,” Moore said further.Larry Page, the Google co-founder came across Moore’s research work on VTOL craft and he funded two companies, Zee Aero and Kitty Hawk, to turn this technology into reality, Bloomberg Businessweek stated in a report.Uber Technologies Inc, is one of Google’s competitors in this area. On October 27, 2016, Uber published a report on their ideas regarding transforming the prevailing way we transport ourselves. The company aims at curbing time wastage on daily commutes.”Every day, millions of hours are wasted on the road worldwide. Last year, the average San Francisco resident spent 230 hours commuting between work and home1 —that’s half a million hours of productivity lost every single day,” Uber stated in its white paper.Uber also hopes to solve the issue of noise pollution, stress, as well as other health issues. People traveling more than 16 kilometres (10 miles) a day were more prone to high-blood pressure, according to the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. Passengers will be transported to vertiports situated at a distance of 80 to 100 km (50 miles to 100 miles) from each other.UberAccording to Uber, the long-distance commuter will benefit from VTOL technology. Passengers will be transported to vertiports situated at a distance ranging from 50 miles to 100 miles (80 to 100 kilometers) of each other, Bloomberg Technology reported.According to Moore, various flying cars will come online within the next one to three years, with human pilots in the foreseeable future.
Abhay Deol at Blackberry sharp nightVarinder ChawlaHandsome hunk Abhay Deol, who is popular for playing interesting roles in Bollywood, is all set to play a baddie, but not in a Bollywood film. Yes! The actor is all set to make his Tamil debut with actor Sivakarthikeyan’s upcoming film Hero, directed by PS Mithran.It was recently revealed that Abhay Deol has been roped in to play the antagonist in this film. The director confirmed it in an interview which he has given to a local news portal in Chennai. Production banner KJR Studios also tweeted recently, “Thrilled to have Bollywood stunner @AbhayDeol on board as the antagonist in @Siva_Karthikyen’s #HERO!…” (sic)Thrilled to have Bollywood stunner @AbhayDeol on board as the antagonist in @Siva_Kartikeyan’s #HERO! ? Excited about this fresh collaboration!@Psmithran @akarjunofficial @thisisysr @kalyanipriyan @george_dop @dhilipaction @ruben_editor @DoneChannel1 @gobeatroute pic.twitter.com/cqZizp6zFn— KJR Studios (@kjr_studios) July 19, 2019 TwitterThe director has revealed that he has been looking for an actor who has a smiling and charming face but who can still instil some terror in the audience. So that is when he thought of Abhay, who has been able to pull off such roles with ease.This film will have Kalyani Priyadarshan and Ivana playing the leading ladies of Sivakrthikeyan. Arjun, Vivek and Robo Shankar have also been roped in to play vital roles. Action King Arjun Sarja is also one of the lead actors of the film. RD Raja and KJR Studios are bankrolling this venture, while Geroge C Williams and Ruben are in charge of the film’s cinematography and editing.Touted to be an action thriller, fans have high expectations from this film as PS Mithran has made Irumbu Thirai, one of the popular hits from Tamil cinema in recent times. Yuvan Shankar Raja is going to compose music for this film.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on the occasion of World Autism Awareness Day on Tuesday, said that a world-class autism township will be set up soon to provide training to autistic children and adults.In a tweet, Banerjee said: “Today is #WorldAutismAwarenessDay. We must create more awareness about autism among the people. You will be happy to know that a world-class autism township will be coming up near Kolkata where autistic children and adults will receive training, treatment and boarding facilities.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThis comes as a significant announcement for autistic children in the city, as they would get various facilities at the proposed township. The township will be built as a one-of-its-kind initiative by the Bengal government in association with a private firm, on a 52 acre plot at Sirakol in South 24-Parganas at an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore. The project is expected to be completed by 2023. It can be mentioned that the project was first announced during the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) in 2018. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe children and adults suffering from the developmental disorder can receive training, treatment and boarding facilities at this township. The township will also have provisions for training teachers who would be dealing with those suffering from the disorder. The main purpose of the township is to provide holistic development of those suffering from autism. World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognised day which falls on April 2 every year and aims to raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder through various programmes. According to a senior state government official, the township will be the first of its kind, not only in the country but also in the world. There will be facilities for accommodating 350 residents, apart from a daycare centre having a capacity of accommodating over 200 children and adolescents. A guest house will also be set up, where parents of those receiving training can stay for a few days. It may be mentioned here that after coming to power, the Mamata Banerjee government has started introducing units for autistic children at various government-run hospitals. Among other medical colleges and hospitals in the state, the NRS Medical College and Hospital runs a unique autistic care centre, where a large number of patients from across the state visit.
Kolkata: Eastern Railway signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Eastern Coal Fields and RITES Ltd for setting up toilets with all the modern facilities at 100 railway stations in the state.The toilets will come up at various stations under the jurisdiction of Eastern Railway. The deal was signed at the Fairlie Place on Tuesday between the senior officials of the Eastern Railways and their counterparts in the Eastern Coal Fields and RITES. One of the main purposes of the initiative is to provide an easier access to toilets at the station and adjoining areas. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataApart from the passengers travelling in trains, the other people who put up stalls at various railway stations and adjacent areas can also use the toilets. The Eastern Coal Fields Ltd will provide financial support as a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) while the RITES will play its part as an implementing agency. The Eastern Railways will provide land and other logistic support. Initially the passengers and others need not to pay any charge for using the toilets. After six months the Eastern Railway will take over the maintenance works of the toilets. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSuch projects have already taken up in various parts of the country as a part of the Swachh Bharat campaign. Eastern Railway has been trying to involve every stakeholder of railways in the cleanliness drive. The setting up toilets in and around the stations will check the tendency of open defecation by some people. The total cost of the project will be around Rs 26 crore. Other than the modern facilities, all the toilets will have a sanitary napkin vending machine and a condom vending machine. People will be able to get napkins and condoms at these toilets but they have to pay the charge. These toilets will have different chambers for males, females and for those who are physically-challenged. “This is a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission initiated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Eastern Railways have given a great stress on the cleanliness of stations and adjoining areas. “These toilets will have all the modern facilities apart from a napkin and condom vending machine,” additional general manager, Eastern Railway, SS Gehlot said.