Hollywood’s most memorable films are showcased in this impressive motion design project.Brazilian motion graphics artist Pier Paolo knocks it out of the park with the short video below. Recently chosen as a Vimeo Staff Pick, Paolo’s ‘Cinematics’ recreates scenes and characters from famous films using shape layers in After Effects. He notes, an inverse kinematics script is used to animate the legs (for an example of this script see this post on MotionScript).The video excels with a flat, minimalist aesthetic. Characters animate and transform into each other – Charlie Chaplin morphs into Gene Kelly (Singing in the Rain), A Clockwork Orange seamlessly transforms into The Godfather.Check out Pier’s Behance for more info on the project or his personal site.We’ll bet this is the best 1 minute of video you’ll see all week:
Negotiations are underway to establish a joint Arab-Indian chamber, a statement from the Union of Arab Chambers said Saturday.This came during a meeting of a delegation compromising Kamal Hassan Ali, Assistant Secretary General of the Arab League and Khaled Hanafy, Secretary General of Union of Arab Chambers, with a number of Indian private sector companies in New Delhi.The meeting aimed at starting the negotiations as well as enhancing trade between India and the Arab world and transferring Indian technology and expertise to Arab states.Read it at Egypt Today Related Items
A Punjab police team carrying out a raid in neighbouring Haryana on Wednesday came under attack from locals, leaving several members of the unit injured. A villager also died after he was hit by a bullet in the melee. Reacting to the development, the Haryana police said it happened owing to procedural lapses on the part of their Punjab counterparts.Team rescuedA team of Bathinda police had gone to Desu Jodha village in Sirsa district in Haryana to arrest a person allegedly involved in drug trafficking. It had to be rescued by the Haryana police after being attacked by villagers.An official spokesperson of Haryana Police said the vehicle the Bathinda police team arrived in was also torched by the villagers. “In self-defence, the police team fired in the air. The villagers fired gunshots at the police — several personnel as well as villagers sustained injuries. A head constable who sustained serious injuries has been admitted at a hospital in Bathinda,” said the spokesperson.Investigation onWhile the spokesperson said the Haryana police are investigating the matter, he added that the Bathinda team should have, in accordance with standard operating procedure, informed the local police before conducting the raid. “No such information was given to the Sirsa police in this case, which shows a procedural lapse on the part of Bathinda police,” said the spokesperson.
Spaniard Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer 7-5 7-6 (7/3) 5-7 6-1 in Fench Open men’s singles finals, on Sunday, to win his 10th Grand Slam.Top seed Nadal, who was also champion in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010 now equals Bjorn Borg’s record of six French Open titles.It was the 25-year-olds 17th win over Federer in 25 meetings and fourth in a Roland Garros final. With the win, Nadal retains nummber one position in world rankings.The win did not come easy for Nadal as he squandered a 4-2 lead in the third set as 29-year-old Federer looked set to take the match till the fifth set.However, Federer, the 2009 champion and bidding for a 17th Grand Slam title, fell prey to the top seed’s claycourt experience and his own 56 unforced errors.Just when it looked like a blister on Nadal’s left heel may cause problems for him, the Spaniard regrouped and saved a set point in the seventh game when a drop shot by Federer just missed the targetThere was no looking back as the ‘king of clay’ broke to lead 6-5 winning by a reflex volley before Federer sent a simple forehand to the nets.Rafa clinched the set after 62 minutes sweeping a forehand crosscourt that saw Federer out of position.Federer came back to level at 4-4 but soon lost the advantage messing up a backhand drive.Nadal fought off two break points in the opening game of the fourth set, then broke to love for a 3-1 lead and held for 4-1.advertisementFederer returned Nadal’s serve to the net and the top seed was home when Federer went out with a forhand.A netted service return gave Nadal three match points and a sixth title was his when Federer went long with a forehand.Women’s singlesLi Na became the first Chinese to win a Grand Slam title at the French Open. APOn Saturday, Li Na became the first Chinese to win a Grand Slam event.Li Na beat last year’s champion Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 7-6 in the French Open final to become the first player from an Asian nation to win a grand slam singles title.Sixth seed Li, who lost the Australian Open final earlier this year, grabbed Italian fifth seed Schiavone’s tactics sheet and ripped it apart in a confident display of power and accuracy.Li, who beat hard hitters Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova en route to the final, built her success on her flat baseline strokes and accurate serve as she dictated the points and sent Schiavone scurrying around the red dirt arena.- With inputs from PTI
From a slow start in the first half to equalizing and claiming the lead in the final minutes, #TeamIndia has been incredibly impressive with their comeback today.#IndiaKaGame #SultanOfJohorCup #SOJC #INDvMAS pic.twitter.com/Mp8P09KJki— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 12, 2019Malaysia started the first quarter in an aggressive note with Muhammad Hassan and Muhammad Zainudin finding the back of the net in the eighth and ninth minutes respectively. Hassan put Malaysia ahead with a field goal before Zainudin converted a penalty corner to take a 2-0 lead.The Indian team tried to make a few inroads, but the Malaysian defence stood strong. India and Malaysia were on equal terms for the rest of the quarter.India got off to a great start in the second quarter and earned a penalty corner but failed to score from it. A few minutes later, India pulled one back through a penalty stroke by Pratap Lakra.India continued to be the more aggressive side and kept looking for openings. The team’s persistence paid dividends when it earned a penalty corner just before the half-time whistle.However, the Malaysian defensive unit stood firm once again. Malaysia led 2-1 at the end of the first half.India rode on the momentum and levelled the match at the start of the third quarter with Pratap Lakra converting a penalty corner.India continued to put pressure on the Malaysian defence and earned the lead for the first time in the match through a penalty corner conversion by Shilanand Lakra in the 39th minute.The Indian team continued to be the dominant side as it led 3-2 at the end of the third quarter.India remained on the attack in the fourth quarter as well, but the Malaysian defence managed to block everything thrown at them. The home side tried to fight back through some crucial moves, but India ensured that they stayed in the lead.India had an excellent chance to score their fourth goal when they earned a penalty corner in the dying minutes of the match, but could not covert it. However, Uttam Singh scored a brilliant field goal in the last minute of the match to help India walk off the field as 4-2 winners.India will face New Zealand in their next round-robin league-stage match on Sunday. Johor Bahru: The Indian junior men’s hockey team rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat hosts Malaysia 4-2 in its opening match of the 9th Sultan of Johor Cup here on Saturday.Pratap Lakra (19th and 33rd) struck twice while Shilanand Lakra (39th) and Uttam Singh (60th) scored the other goals for India. Muhammad Hassan (8th) and Muhammad Zainudin (9th) were the goal-scorers for Malaysia. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. FT: 🇮🇳 4-2 🇲🇾✅Victory claimed hockeyhockey indiaIndiaindian junior hockey team First Published: October 12, 2019, 9:22 PM IST
New Delhi, Jul 4 (PTI) Just a day before she is to compete at the Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, Indian sprinter Dutee Chands gender case against the IAAF has decided to return to the CAS with more evidence in support of its controversial Hyperandrogenism Policy. On July 27, 2015, in a Court of Arbitration for Sport case between Chand and the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) and the International Athletics Association (IAAF), the CAS made an interim decision to suspend the world bodys Hyperandrogenism Regulations for a period of two years. It was done in order to provide the IAAF with an opportunity to submit further evidence as to the degree of performance advantage that hyperandrogenic female athletes have over athletes with normal testosterone levels. After the CAS partially upheld her appeal in an interim order two years back, Chand was allowed to “continue to compete” till a final decision was given by the CAS on her appeal against IAAFs hyperandrogenism policy. Now that the IAAF has decided to pursue the case again, Dutees appeal against the world bodys hyperandrogenism policy will be in the limelight with many activists in India and abroad opposing it, terming it as a case of gender bias. The IAAF, however, made it clear that the Hyperandrogenism Regulations remain suspended pending the resolution of the CAS proceedings and its decision to return to the top court of world sports will have no impact on the IAAF World Championships, to be held in London in August. The IAAF, in a press release today, said that the findings of a study paper funded by it on the currently suspended Hyperandrogenism Regulations has been published and it is returning to the CAS before the two-year deadline which ends of July 27. “Funded by the IAAF and the World Anti-Doping Agency, the study describes and characterises serum androgen levels and studies their possible influence on athletic performance in both male and female elite athletes. The study analysed 2127 mass spectrometry-measured serum androgen concentrations obtained from elite athletes participating in the 2011 and 2013 IAAF World Championships,” the IAAF said in the release. It said among other things, the study found that in certain events female athletes with high testosterone levels benefit from a 1.8% to 4.5% competitive advantage over female athletes with lower testosterone levels. “The article Serum androgen levels and their relation to performance in track and field: mass spectrometry results from 2127 observations in male and female elite athletes is part of the evidence that the IAAF is preparing for its return to CAS. “The authors, Drs Stephane Bermon and Pierre-Yves Garnier, submitted the study for scientific peer review, and the article and related research has now been published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine,” the world body said. The 21-year-old Dutee was disqualified in 2014 by the AFI as per IAAFs hyperandrogenism policy after tests revealed that her body produced natural levels of testosterone (read male hormones) above permissible range. She challenged the regulations and the decision of the AFI to ban her in September 2014. The Sports Ministry provided financial support to Dutee for her appeal and hearing in CAS. The CAS ruling of July 27, 2015 had said that there was no clear evidence that she might have benefited from her condition of having enhanced testosterone levels than others. It had said that the Hyperandrogenism Policy will be deemed null and void if the IAAF does not present more scientific evidence establishing that naturally high testosterone levels provide an unfair athletic advantage to hyperandrogenic female athletes as compared to their peers. PTI PDS CM CMadvertisement
India’s star boxer Vijender Singh has promised his fans a world title in 2019 after signing a 15-month deal with world’s top promoter Bob Arum.”I don’t think my world title is too far away. There is nothing bigger than Arum’s Top Ranks in the world of professional boxing. He is the best from the times of Muhammad Ali to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. So I am fortunate to get into that league. Every boxer dreams of fighting in the United Staes, the Mecca of boxing. Mine will come true very soon. I want to prove that we are the best in the world,” Singh told Aaj Tak in an interview.The 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medallist expects to make his US debut in next three months.”I am so much excited and finding it difficult to wait till the end of February or March when the fight is expected to take place. I want to do as well as I have done at home in India or in the United Kingdom. There is a big fight lined up between Canelo Alvarez and Rocky Fielding and I might take on the winner or probably Canelo for sure if it pans out as per the plan,” said the boxer from Bhiwani.A WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental super middle weight champion, Singh has a 10-0 record after turning professional in 2015, including seven knockouts.”It is only 10-0 right now but people have achieved a lot more. Look at Mayweather, he has reached the half-century. Hopefully, I too will reach that mark. The record could have improved further as everything was ready for the Commonwealth title fight in May but my opponent got injured and the entire thing got postponed. There were talks of having fights in Canada and Australia too but it didn’t materialise. All this while, we were preparing for bigger things and now you can see the result. Good things take time,” Vijender said.advertisementSingh met Arum in Los Angeles last month to sign the contract and convinced the 86-year-old to bring fights to India.”We were in touch with Bob Arum’s team for the last two years. But finishing my earlier contract took some time. He was very excited to meet a boxer from India. He promised of giving me the best fight in the US and also, if we wish so, plan a big fight in India. I told him that if he wants glitz and glamour, then Mumbai will be an ideal venue and Delhi if he wants a full house, roaring crowd of boxing fans.”It is mutually beneficial. It is a big thing to happen for Indian boxing as our boxers can showcase talent in both amateur and professional boxing. So many boxers are in touch with me and want to become a pro boxer. As it is said that beginning is always tough so I am happy that I have started something which would eventually benefit the sport in our country.”All this while, Viju, as he is fondly called by his fans, has been keeping a close eye on India’s preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”Mary Kom is our biggest hope,” he declares. “Look at the way she performed in the World Boxing Championship. If she maintains that form then definitely a medal is sure. She is our biggest bet,” Vijender concluded.Also Watch:
He said the 18 entities include the National Energy Solution Limited (NESol), and Urban Development Corporation (UDC) subsidiary, Montego Bay Beach Limited, which will be closed; the Fair Trading Commission (FTC), which will be merged with the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC); National Council on Education, whose functions will be transferred to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; and the Legal Aid Council, which will be integrated into the Ministry of Justice. The Minister noted that in a Public Sector Transformation Policy Statement two years ago, Prime Minister, the Most Hon Andrew Holness, outlined a plan and pledged his support for this undertaking. Dr. Clarke further advised that the Board of Supervision has been integrated with the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development; National Family Planning Board and National Council on Drug Abuse with the Ministry of Health; and Management Authority for Plant Genetics into the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries. Story Highlights The Government has identified 18 additional public bodies that will either be merged, reintegrated into parent Ministries, or closed by September this year.This follows the initial 20 acted on under the Public Sector Transformation Programme (PSTP).Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, made the announcement during a programme update at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on Thursday (February 7).He said the 18 entities include the National Energy Solution Limited (NESol), and Urban Development Corporation (UDC) subsidiary, Montego Bay Beach Limited, which will be closed; the Fair Trading Commission (FTC), which will be merged with the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC); National Council on Education, whose functions will be transferred to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; and the Legal Aid Council, which will be integrated into the Ministry of Justice.Under the current phase of the transformation, which commenced in 2017, the Jamaican Foundation for Life-Long Learning, National Youth Service and the Apprenticeship Board have been merged with the HEART Trust/NTA.Also merged are the Real Estate Board, Commission of Strata Corporation and Registrar of Time Share; and National Land Agency and Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP).The Office of the Children’s Registry and Child Development Agency have been amalgamated to create the Child Protection and Family Services Agency, and Dr. Clarke has advised that outstanding matters in this process will be concluded by September.In addition, the Self Start Fund has been closed and its operations transferred to the Micro Industry Development Agency (MIDA), which has been repurposed to execute these functions.Also wound up are the Road Maintenance Fund, the functions of which have been transferred to the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation; the Audit Commission, whose operations have been relocated to the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service; and Port Authority Management Services, the operations of which have been moved to the Transport Authority.Dr. Clarke further advised that the Board of Supervision has been integrated with the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development; National Family Planning Board and National Council on Drug Abuse with the Ministry of Health; and Management Authority for Plant Genetics into the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.UDC subsidiaries – Kingston Waterfront Hotel and Portmore Commercial Development Limited – have also been closed.Dr. Clarke advised that the process in all cases entails Cabinet approvals, and engaging permanent secretaries and the Boards, management and staff of the entities in dialogue on the proposed actions.The Minister indicated that these engagements are consistent with the Economic Reform Prigramme’s (ERP) targets agreed on with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).The Minister noted that in a Public Sector Transformation Policy Statement two years ago, Prime Minister, the Most Hon Andrew Holness, outlined a plan and pledged his support for this undertaking.“Under the rationalisation of public bodies, we are seeking to reduce the number of public bodies through merging entities that are similar in function, closing entities that have outlived their useful lives, divesting entities, and very importantly, integrating entities back into parent Ministries where it is no longer necessary to have a separate body set up by Statute in Law to perform the function,” Dr. Clarke said.
zoom Pulling the plug on the plans to set up an operational alliance between the world’s three biggest container shipping groups (Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Company and CMA-CGM), the so called P3 Network, by Chinese regulators was caused by legal uncertainties, the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) claims.The group had hoped to form the so-called P3 Alliance in order to boost the number of sailings on Asia-Europe, trans-Pacific and transatlantic routes by pooling 250 ships.Commenting on the collapse of the proposal, Global Shipper’s Forum’s Secretary General Chris Welsh said: “The unprecedented size and scale that the proposed P3 Global Alliance was going to pose to competition regulators was a concern to the GSF. We had welcomed the recent monitoring arrangements for the proposals, but the P3 appears to have failed the legal hurdles under Chinese competition law which we always recognised was likely to be both an unknown factor and problematic.”The GSF had raised its concerns on a number of occasions, stating that the agreement raises the potential for restrictions on competition arising from the unprecedented extent of commonality of costs resulting from the P3, including the potential risk of collusion on rates and capacity, due to the wide-ranging scope of co-operation specified within the agreement.The GSF had called on international regulators to fully investigate the impact on price and service of the P3, and had asked for appropriate changes to ease competition concerns, outlining how the Alliance would “fundamentally change the structure of container shipping markets”.Blocking of the P3 Global Alliance by China was applauded by shippers from India and several other countries.The alliance was seen as a potential threat to small and medium-sized shipping companies, saying that it would kill off the competitive aspect of the shipping market.June 20, 2014; Image: Maersk
zoomIllustration. Source: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Hong Kong-based Ausca Shipping Limited for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels.Under the deal, the company’s 73,593 dwt Arethusa was scheduled to start working for Ausca Shipping on May 2 at a gross charter rate of USD 9,150 per day.The charter contract for the 2007-built unit was signed for a period of twelve to fifteen months.Diana Shipping said that the employment is expected to generate around USD 3.29 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.The vessel was previously chartered by Rotterdam-based Glencore Agriculture at a rate of USD 12,600 per day.
London: In a reprieve to embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya, the UK High Court Tuesday allowed him to appeal against his extradition order signed off by the UK home secretary Sajid Javid to face alleged fraud and money laundering charges amounting to Rs 9,000 crores in India.A two-member bench of the Royal Courts of Justice comprising Justices George Leggatt and Andrew Popplewell made the conclusion after hearing the arguments. The bench said that the arguments can be reasonably made on some of Westminster Magistrates’ Court Chief Magistrate Judge Emma Arbuthnot’s conclusions in her prima facie case ruling. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The High Court judges ruled that the 63-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss was permitted to appeal on only one limited ground to be able to address the admissibility of some of evidence and interpretations made by the lower court. They have given directions to submit a draft for the appeal to proceed and ascertain the time frame for the hearing. Ahead of the hearing, Mallya told reporters outside the court that he was feeling “positive”. Representatives from the Indian High Commission in London were present in court to observe the proceedings. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedMallya, accompanied by his son Sidharth and partner Pinky Lalwani, watched from the bench as his barrister Clare Montgomery began by reiterating many of her arguments laid out during the extradition trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court last year and characterised aspects of Chief Magistrate’s ruling as “plain wrong”. She claimed to have “chased down” and countered many of the claims in the case put forward by the Indian authorities and dismissed the conclusion that there was a “clear and unequivocal false statement” made by Mallya about profits being made by a struggling Kingfisher Airlines at the time the loans were being sought. “The conclusions are in effect a false dichotomy [Arbuthnot] failed to recognise that there was a straightforward business failure,” said Montgomery, as she claimed the case presented by the Indian authorities had moved on in essence from that ruled upon by the lower court. She also questioned the admissibility of many witness statements and once again highlighted the badly paginated documents submitted by the government of India in the extradition case. The judges made a few interventions to indicate that the offence for which Mallya is wanted by the Indian justice system is not materially different between English and Indian law. “Your starting point is that the judge [Arbuthnot] has made findings of a prima facie case on allegations that you haven’t had a chance to answer,” noted Judge Leggatt, in an early observation on the grounds for the appeal. PTI
By Alexandra GrittaRabat – The Global Governance & Sovereignty Foundation (GGSF) hosted a launching conference on Monday in Rabat. The brand new think tank hosted under the theme, “Sovereignty and Globalization: Which Model of Development for the African Continent?” According to a press release provided to Morocco World News, the event was designed to explore “the best strategy for achieving a structural transformation essential to consolidate the growth of African countries” through constructive debate. The event also sought to bring together “stakeholders to discuss issues of interest and strengthens a network of researchers, experts, and representatives of public and private sectors to provide innovative solutions and strategic foresight.”African ambassadors to Morocco, experts, researchers, representatives of public and private institutions, representatives of international and regional organizations, and representatives of international development agencies were in attendance.Participants discussed four major topics: regional economic communities and ECOWAS, regional integration organizations and CEMAC, issues surrounding ZLEC (Continental Free Trade Area), and the role of African media in regional integration.Global Governance & Sovereignty Foundation is a “non-profit operating think tank that promotes comprehensive research and accurate practices through a global perspective.”
The police have arrested six Indians in Colombo who were connected to a major kidney racket, the police said.The police said that the Indian nationals were arrested for violating local visa regulations.
In opening the annual debate on the situation of human rights in Iraq in the UN Commission on Human Rights, Special Rapporteur Andreas Mavrommatis stressed that since “war, with all its horrors” had begun, there is now an “imperative necessity” for continued action to promote human rights in Iraq, and eventually, to ensure the effective application of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights for the future.”This presupposes an adequate UN human rights presence in Iraq which, in cooperation with the authorities, could assist in the gradual attainment of full compliance with international human rights norms,” said Mr. Mavrommatis. While it might seem inappropriate to talk about the future while people are being killed, he added, it was crucial to redouble UN efforts to secure the fundamental freedoms of the Iraqi people.”Our thoughts are with Iraqi civilians, especially innocent women and children who have already suffered so much in the past,” the Rapporteur said, stressing that the international community now expected the war to end at the “soonest and that events such as the carnage in the market place of Baghdad would not occur again.”Emphasizing that respect for the right to life enjoined combatants to abort the process when the targeting of “assets” entails foreseeable risks to civilians, Mr. Mavrommatis echoed Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s call that parties should scrupulously observe international humanitarian law and shield the civilian population from the consequences of war.Although the events in Iraq forced him to postpone his second substantive visit to Iraq, Mr. Mavrommatis said he would continue dealing with information regarding serious allegations of human rights violations, including assisting in the process of tracing and accounting for Kuwaiti prisoners of war and missing persons, other missing persons including Iraqis, and the issue of people expelled or forced to relocate.He reiterated his determination to deal with all human rights questions in full cooperation with the authorities, without prejudging any issue, and with the main intention being to ensure the enjoyment of human rights by all the Iraqi people without fear, favour or discrimination.
CLEMSON, S.C. — Former Clemson starting quarterback Kelly Bryant says he’ll play his final season at Missouri.Bryant released a video on social media that ended with a player in a Missouri uniform and fans chanting “M-I-Z” for its nickname “Mizzou.”Bryant had visited several schools after he announced his transfer from Clemson because he was demoted as starting quarterback behind freshman Trevor Lawrence. Others he met with included Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State and North Carolina.The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Bryant helped Clemson win an Atlantic Coast Conference title and reach the College Football Playoff in 2017. He started the first four games for Clemson this season before Lawrence took the starting job. Bryant was 16-2 as Clemson’s starter. He threw for 3,263 yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions the last two seasons.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press
A sea eagle apparently carrying a lambCredit:Deadline News Sea eagles are considerably larger than golden eaglesCredit:Deadline News The rare raptors are have been the subject since 1975 of a successful, but controversial, reintroduction programme in different parts of Scotland, most recently on the east coast. He added that if the laser trial was successful it could be rolled out under licence to other areas where the birds were causing problems.Farmers and crofters in areas including the Isle of Skye and the Gairloch peninsula have complained of the birds killing lambs and larger ewe hoggs (sheep up to 18 months old).Last May, a photograph emerged of a sea eagle carrying a new born lamb in its talons as it flew over the village of North Connel in Argyll. Laster beams could be shone on to Highland hillsides in a bid to protect flocks of sheep from Britain’s biggest bird of prey.The technology is to be trialled in Argyll in an area where crofters and farmers have repeatedly complained that Scotland’s white-tailed sea eagles are taking their livestock.The unusual move will be tried along with other measures, including cutting down trees close to one lambing area in a bid to stop the huge raptors nesting in them and preying on lambs.The conservation agency Scottish Natural Heritage said the trials would be “carefully monitored”, with lasers being shone on to the hills and not directly at birds.David Colthart, a farmer and member of the Argyll and Lochaber Sea Eagle Stakeholder Group, said not all sea eagles were a problem but some did prey on lambs. 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. Ross Lilley, SNH’s sea eagle project manager, said the “serious concerns” of some farmers and crofters about the impact of sea eagles on livestock had been acknowledged.He added: “At this point, no trials on laser-scaring deterrents for sea eagles have been undertaken.”They are under consideration along with other options. A carefully monitored trial will be critical to make sure lasers are a safe and effective method before we proceed any further.”A report in 2016 predicted the number of sea eagles was likely to reach around 220 pairs by 2025, with potential for a much larger population by 2040. Sea eagles became extinct in the UK in 1916, largely due to persecution.
As device manufacturers eye the living room as the next great uncharted frontier (with an increasing nervousness about Apple’s impending TV set), they look for any “in” that they already have. Video game consoles provide as good of an entryway to the living room as there is.We’ve already seen Microsoft expand the Xbox 360 software to include some TV integration, including voice control. Now Sony is preparing to make a similar shift, by transforming the PlayStation Network (PSN) into a full-fledged entertainment suite. To match that change, it will soon be rebranded as the Sony Entertainment Network.The kicker is, the PlayStation Network is already an entertainment suite. In addition to playing and purchasing games, you can already rent and buy movies, stream music, and watch Netflix and Hulu Plus.Why would Sony bother? Apparently it thinks that the moniker “PlayStation Network” has too many associations that aren’t working to its benefit. In addition to its longstanding association with video games, it also reminds people of the company’s great PR disaster of 2011. That’s when the PSN was hacked, passwords and credit card information was stolen, and Sony had to pay millions of dollars in identity theft insurance, free games, and months of free premium access.It’s understandable why Sony would make this move, but is it worth it? On the one hand, you’re stating “this isn’t just video games anymore, it’s a full-fledged entertainment suite.” But you’re also foregoing an established househould name in favor of a new brand that isn’t familiar. Additionally, outside of Netflix and Hulu Plus apps on various TV platforms, smart TV hasn’t really taken off. Manufacturers are assuming that Apple will storm in with its iTV, help to create the next big thing, and they will all ride Tim Cook’s coattails into the promised land.That’s making lots of assumptions though. First, Apple’s TV set is completely unconfirmed. It could be a product that doesn’t hit the market for another year or two (content deals could throw a wrench into the works). When it does launch, who’s to say that these other TV sets will fare any better next to it than Android tablets have next to the iPad?This integrated living room fever among manufacturers reeks of a desperation to not be beaten again by Apple. Instead of obsessing about your competition’s next move, why not find your own unique brand of innovation and design, and evolve that through the years? That’s what Apple did in the late 90s and early 2000s, and it has worked out pretty well.
The future of storage in ultra-thin portable devices such as Ultrabooks is clearly SSDs, but the major storage companies haven’t given up on traditional hard drives just yet. Back in April, Western Digital shipped a 5mm thick 500GB hard drive, and now Seagate is doing the same to offer up some healthy competition in the form of the Laptop Ultrathin hard drive.There doesn’t seem to be much differentiating the UltraSlim Western Digital and new Seagate drives. They are both the same size, offer the same amount of storage, and prices start at $89. That makes them significantly cheaper than an SSD, albeit slower and more power hungry. But even with that being the case, both Asus and Dell have apparently already placed orders for the new drives for use in laptops and tablets.One area of the drives where Seagate and Western Digital do differ, however, is in the connectors used. WD opted for a new integrated connector that combines power and data transmission. Seagate on the other hand is sticking with the more traditional SATA connection and separate power connector. That should make it easier to use the drive with existing hardware designs, albeit at the cost of an extra cable.The space and cost saving a 5mm hard drive offers should enable lower-end laptops and budget Ultrabooks to get a little thinner. Alternatively, battery capacity could be increased, and hopefully that’s the route taken by most vendors. I think for the most part laptops and Ultrabooks are thin enough, we just want to be able to use them for longer away from a power outlet.
Les chimpanzés savent identifier les besoins d’un congénèrePubliant leurs travaux dans PNAS, des chercheurs japonais ont prouvé expérimentalement que des chimpanzés, sollicités par un congénère, sont capables, comme le font les humains, d’identifier les besoins de celui-ci et de lui donner l’outil adéquat. Des chercheurs de l’Université de Kyoto ont mis en place des expériences comportementales pour évaluer la capacité des chimpanzés à s’aider l’un l’autre. Première expérience : deux de ces primates ont été placés dans deux salles contiguës séparées par une cloison opaque, l’un avec une tâche à accomplir mais sans les outils nécessaires, le second disposant de ces outils (7 au total). À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Résultat : le premier singe a bien sollicité de l’aide à son voisin en tapant sur la paroi de séparation et en tendant la main à travers un trou ménagé à travers celle-ci. Or, bien que celui-ci ne pouvait connaître le besoin exact de son congénère, le second lui a fourni un à un tout l’assortiment d’outils. Une preuve déjà remarquable de solidarité. Dans un deuxième temps, l’expérience a été répétée, les deux animaux étant cette fois-ci séparés par une cloison transparente leur permettant de s’observer mutuellement. Dans la plupart des cas, le primate détenteur des outils a su sélectionner et donner au singe ‘bricoleur’, parmi tous les objets disponibles – qu’il a examinés – celui qui était approprié. Cette aide ciblée implique que le sujet disposant des outils a été à même de se faire une représentation des besoins de l’autre : c’est un des aspects de la théorie de l’esprit, déjà connue des psychologues (chez l’homme), que les éthologues viennent de mettre en lumière chez le chimpanzé. Le 12 février 2012 à 09:44 • Maxime Lambert
MCNEIL ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — Scores of sex offenders ordered to live on a secluded island in Washington state say the often cloudy, brown water there is making them sick, and records show the water system has been plagued by problems for more than a decade.About 200 residents of the Special Commitment Center have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the facility is violating their rights by forcing them to drink contaminated water that causes stomach pain and skin rashes and has been blamed for unexplained deaths.The executive who oversees the center says the water turns brown periodically when the pipes are flushed, and he insists the cloudiness is only an aesthetic effect that causes no harm. But an Associated Press review of state Department of Health records shows that the water has repeatedly exceeded standards for various chlorine-related chemicals and has been cited for violations dating back to 2006.Health reports say the facility’s water treatment plant has been “on the verge of failure” since 2013, and a former plant operator told health officials in 2015 that the water’s cloudiness readings were being manipulated to make the water look cleaner than it was.J.D. McManus, who has lived at the center southwest of Seattle since 2001, said his friends on McNeil Island in south Puget Sound have contracted diseases from the water and he has suffered ill effects such as developing hives after taking a shower.