Ghaziabad: Following the death of five labourers at a sewer in Sihani gate area of Ghaziabad, the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) has decided to only use machines and skilled sanitation workers for sewer cleaning.The tragic sewer death incident which took place on August 22 in Nandgram area under Sihani police station jurisdiction of Ghaziabad highlighted that those labourers who died in the incident were construction labourers and were not skilled for sanitation related works. The labourers were also not provided with safety gears and other equipments needed to enter into the sewer. Police have already registered two separate FIRs against the private firm engaged for the construction work at sewer line. Taking congnigance into the matter, the GMC will now use machineries for sewer cleaning. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The tragic incident highlighted sheer negligence as the workers were not trained for sanitation related works also they were not provided with safety equipments. The GMC will use suction machines for such cleaning operations. A proper inspection will be done of the site while the work will be undertaken in the supervision of an expert or official,” said a senior GMC official. The officer further said that skilled labour will only be tasked for the work. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”At the time of cleaning a sewer, there comes a requirement for blocking the water supply inside the sewer which can only be done manually. We will make sure that such a work will be carried out by skilled and trained sanitation workers,” the officer added. Meanwhile, the GMC will also outsource the maintenance and operation of its 1,930 km long sewer network to a Chennai Based private agency. The company, VA Tech Wabag Limited, will also be responsible for operating sewage treatment plants under GMC. GMC officials said that they will also focus on curbing discharge of untreated sewage into rivers.
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday extended by five days the ED custody of Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, in a money laundering case related to AgustaWestland chopper scam.Special judge Arvind Kumar allowed the Enforcement Directorate to quiz Puri till September 16 after the agency said that fresh evidence was recovered during the ongoing probe and his further custodial interrogation was required in the ongoing probe. In its plea seeking eight more days of Puri’s custody, ED told the court that during interrogation, he was non-cooperative and evasive and was required to be confronted with the incriminating e-mails and documents which were allegedly recovered from the house of one of the suspects recently in the case. ED’s plea was opposed by Puri’s counsel Vijay Agarwal, who alleged that the agency was playing to the gallery.
A Quebecer who pleaded guilty in Australia to smuggling cocaine aboard a luxury cruise ship has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison.Andre Tamine, 65, was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Kate Traill in New South Wales District Court. Felicita Benedikovics, a spokeswoman for the court, confirmed the sentence of eight years, five months to The Canadian Press.The man was one of three Quebecers convicted in a crime made famous by the online exploits of his two co-accused. Isabelle Lagace and Melina Roberge widely shared photographs of their travels on Instagram before their arrest when the MS Sea Princess docked in Sydney in August 2016.Earlier reports said Australian authorities using sniffer dogs found more than 90 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated $30.5 million in the trio’s suitcases.Tamine, the third passenger arrested that day, pleaded guilty last February to importing a controlled substance — cocaine — in commercial quantities. Under Australian law, the crime could have resulted in a life sentence.His sentence will run until January 2025, but he will be eligible to request parole in March 2022. Lagace was sentenced to 7-1/2 years in November 2017 while Roberge was sentenced to eight years last April.Roberge told the court she initially refused to take part when her unnamed “sugar daddy” asked her to carry drugs on the cruise. But she later agreed when told she could enjoy a free vacation while helping the group.In a letter to the court, Roberge wrote that she had been motivated by a desire to “take photos of myself in exotic locations for ‘likes’ and attention, and hurt so many people in the process.” Lagace told the court she took part to settle a debt in Canada.The Canadian Press
“My congratulations go out to the whole Tara team on their tremendous human and logistical achievement,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said today of Tara Expeditions and the Arctic Drift project, Tara Arctic 2007-2008. “This expedition was not only about adventure however. The important scientific work undertaken will also contribute to a greater understanding of the negative impacts of climate change on the arctic environment.” The world’s polar regions are playing on a global scale the role of a canary in a coal mine – providing early warnings on the impact of human-induced changes on nature, ranging from global warming to chemical pollution. Wedged in the pack ice, Tara “drifted” with the wind and ocean currents at an average speed of 10 kilometres per hour for more than 500 days. In one and half years she covered 5,200 kilometres in the Arctic, and at one point was only 160 kilometres from the North Pole, the northern-most position ever reached by a schooner. The boat is now sailing in open water, and by the end of the week is expected to reach land at Longyearbyen, capital of the island of Spitsbergen in the Arctic Ocean. She will then continue on to her home port of Lorient in France. “The polar regions are some of the most hauntingly beautiful places on Earth,” Mr. Steiner said. “They are also nature’s early warning systems where issues like human-induced climate change, the thinning of the ozone layer and the impacts of persistent chemical pollution continue to be registered first.” As part of the International Polar Year, Tara has provided an unprecedented platform for scientific observations and research (including the European DAMOCLES project) on how the Arctic environment is changing. Throughout the course of the expedition, it has been relaying these findings to scientists, policy makers and the general public alike. In 2004 the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA), an unprecedented four-year scientific study by an international team of 300 scientists, provided clear evidence that the Arctic climate is warming rapidly now and, of even greater concern, that much larger changes are projected for the future. ACIA predicted that Arctic vegetation zones and animal species will be affected. Retreating sea ice is expected to reduce the habitat for polar bears, walrus, ice-inhabiting seals, and marine birds, threatening some species with extinction. Such changes will also affect many indigenous communities who depend on such animals, not only for food, but also as the basis for cultural and social identity, according to UNEP. And, beyond the region, as the Arctic glaciers melt and the permafrost thaws, it will be developing countries, with limited means to adapt to environmental change that suffer most. 22 January 2008The United Nations-supported polar research boat Tara has broken free from the Arctic ice sheet after a record-breaking scientific expedition of over 500 days drifting across the top of the world to gauge the impact of global warming and pollution.
24 February 2010Over 1,500 people have been displaced by increased fighting in the western part of Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region and very few agencies have been able to provide them with desperately-needed aid due to lack of security, the United Nations reported today. The displaced people have sought refuge in Thur, West Darfur, after fleeing from nearby villages because of increased fighting in the Jebel Marra area last month, the joint African Union-UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said, after sending a humanitarian mission there earlier this week.“However, following the Darfur Framework Agreement signed yesterday between the Sudanese Government and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), it is expected that help will quickly begin to reach the areas affected by the recent clashes,” UNAMID added, referring to the cessation of hostilities pact the Government signed in Doha, Qatar, with the main rebel group.“UNAMID is already finalising plans for other similar missions to the affected areas, in coordination with other humanitarian agencies.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday hailed the Doha accord as “an important step towards an inclusive and comprehensive peace agreement” for Darfur, where nearly seven years of war between the Government, its militia allies and various rebel groups have killed at least 300,000 people and driven 2.7 million others from their homes. He called on all parties in the conflict to agree on a definitive political settlementOther rebels have still not signed agreements with the Government. Earlier this month Assistant-Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) Dmitry Titov reported to the Security Council that two rebel coalitions known as the Addis and Tripoli Groups have shown themselves unprepared so far for substantive negotiations.
One defendant, Piratheepan Nadarajah, 36, also faces charges of conspiring to acquire antiaircraft missiles for the group, known formally as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn said Mr. Nadarajah and several co-conspirators had engaged in negotiations in 2006 with an undercover F.B.I. agent to buy twenty SA-18 heat-seeking missiles, 10 missile launchers and 500 AK-47 assault rifles. The other defendant, Suresh Sriskandarajah, 32, assisted Tamil officials in researching and acquiring aviation equipment, submarine and warship design software and communications equipment, a criminal complaint charged.Loretta E. Lynch, the United States attorney in Brooklyn, said the defendants “were part of the cycle of sophisticated arms and large sums of money that fueled” the Tamil Tigers, an organization that authorities said had used suicide bombings and political assassinations. Mr. Nadarajah and Mr. Sriskandarajah were both wearing khaki jumpsuits and were cuffed at the ankles when they entered not-guilty pleas before Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom. A bail hearing was set for Jan. 9. The men’s fight against extradition ended this month after the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed their appeals, clearing the way for them to be sent to the United States. Two men extradited from Canada on charges of supporting a Sri Lankan rebel group that has been designated a foreign terrorist organization by the United States were ordered held without bond Thursday during an appearance in Federal District Court in Brooklyn.The two men, who were born in Sri Lanka and became naturalized Canadian citizens, had been sought by the United States since 2006. Each has been charged with conspiring to provide material support to the Tamil Tigers, the separatist group that was defeated three years ago after more than 25 years of insurgency. Mr. Nadarajah’s lawyer, Sam A. Schmidt, said later by phone that his client was “an honorable hardworking family man who has demonstrated his responsibility to the courts in Canada.”Joshua L. Dratel, a lawyer for Mr. Sriskandarajah said: “He’s gone through this process for six years; this is another chapter that we’ll have to overcome.”After the proceeding, Mr. Dratel asked the judge to allow his client’s mother, who had traveled to New York from Canada, to greet her son. They were allowed to exchange a few words across a short distance in the courtroom, with the mother visibly weeping. (NY Times)
The General Assembly has adopted several resolutions criticizing Israeli actions in the occupied Palestinian territory, in particular by reiterating its call for a complete halt to all settlement activity and calling on the Government to ensure the safety of United Nations staff providing humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians.These resolutions were among two dozen adopted yesterday, along with two draft decisions, covering a wide range of issues, including decolonization, UN information policy, the peaceful use of outer space and others, which were recommended for action by the Assembly’s Special Political and Decolonization (Fourth) Committee. The Assembly adopted four texts on the operations of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), by which it called upon Israel to “ensure the safety of its personnel and facilities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.” Those resolutions were adopted by traditionally wide margins, with well over 100 countries in favour and those opposed or abstaining generally in the single digits. The Assembly also adopted a text on Israeli settlements by 162 votes in favour to 8 against and with 10 abstentions reaffirming that “settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan, were illegal and an obstacle to peace and economic and social development.” It also reiterated its demand for the complete cessation of all such activity. Taking action on 10 decolonization texts –– 6 of them by recorded votes –– the Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution on the question of the tiny South Pacific atolls of Tokelau, and also adopted a decision on the question of Gibraltar, again without a vote. Contrary to last year, however, no consensus could be reached on a text concerning Western Sahara. Turning to outer space, the Assembly adopted by consensus, a text on a UN Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response, setting up a programme to provide universal access to all countries and relevant organizations to “space-based information and services to support the full disaster-management cycle.”
Read Pupils Performed the Song for the First Time in OctoberRead Cork School Show Off Lip-Dubbing Talents The single of My Hero has topped the Irish iTunes list (here, if you want to download it) and is due to be released for sale in shops tomorrow.You can check out the link below to see the girls performing the song:via RTÉ/Youtube A SONG BY a group of transition year pupils from Tipperary has gone to number one on iTunes.The pupils from Clonmel composed the song in memory of their teacher, Alice Strain, who died in a tragic car accident.Alice taught the students from first to third year.The transition year class from Presentation Secondary School performed the song, My Hero, on RTÉ’s Big Music Week in October when the train stopped off at Clonmel Railway Station.It was an emotional tribute that left many of the classmates in tears.Alice’s sister Vera was on the train that day and told the journal that she was ‘amazed the girls thought so highly of Alice and the lyrics really captured the person she was.’Speaking about the release of the single – which aims to raise funds for St Vincent de Paul – Vera said; It’s just wonderful, really fantastic. Alice would have been so proud of the girls. She thought of them as her second family. She loved her job and her students and this song is the most wonderful tribute.This has given the whole family a huge lift at such a hard time. It’s brought light into our lives at a time of darkness.
You’d think Google was busy enough being all social with its new baby, Google+. However, the company is diving into another social area with a photo-sharing app. Though it hasn’t been officially announced yet, Slide, a Google-owned company, is launching a new product called Photovine.Founded by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, Google acquired Slide in August of 2010 for $182 million. Slide is best known for its third-party Facebook apps and photo-sharing software. The company launched a new website earlier this month called Prizes.org, which lets anyone create contest for a problem they need solving. However, it looks like Slide is delving into another area with its new photo-sharing app.The product is yet to be released, but it has a URL with a nice-looking homepage at Photovine.com. Silicone Alley Insider got a look at the site early on before Slide was able to remove some of its content. That FAQ was full of hints about what the Photovine app will offer users.From what we’re able to deduce from the FAQ, Photovine users create collections of photos called “Vines.” Vines connect you with people through the themes in your photos. For example, a vine of “Party People” would be a place for you and your other Photovine users to add photos of yourselves at parties.To start a Vine, you take a photo and add a caption, or add it to an existing Vine. Then, other people see the Vine and join in by adding their own take on the theme with their own photos. For example, I could see a good Vine for “People sleeping on the subway.”Photovine wants to keep things clean though, which means no NSFW photos. The FAQ says that if you’re not sure if you should post it, consider how you’d feel if your family saw the photo. If you wouldn’t want them to see it, you probably shouldn’t be posting it.Apparently, this is an “uber public” community, so you probably want to be a lot more careful with what you post on Photovine. Anyone can see your photos, even if they’re not following you. The goal is not to scare you off with a little-to-no-privacy website, but to “find like-minded strangers and make new friends.”Oddly enough, the image on the homepage shows an iPhone and not an Android device, which has us a little puzzled and wondering why the Google-owned company is showcasing the app on an Apple phone? Also puzzling is that Slide started issuing invites last week for a photo-sharing app called Pool Party. I’m still waiting to get my invite for that one, though the app is currently downloaded on my phone.via SAI
Intel may be best known for its design and production of processors, but the chip giant has its hand in many fields of technology and related-research, one of which is disaster management.On day zero of IDF, Intel Labs was showing off a few devices it had developed to help manage a disaster situation. The most interesting of those devices is called the Fireball. Terry O’Shay from Intel Labs was on hand to show off the device, which you can see in the video below.Fireball is a spherical device with an antenna popping out of the top of a steel case. It is meant to be thrown into a fire at which point the sensors inside can feedback information about temperature, the quality of the air (amount of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and ammonia present), and what free volatiles exist. The electronics and battery housed in the center of the Fireball don’t fry in the fire because they are encased in a ceramic shell, which also means the device won’t explode and injure anyone.The information collected by each Fireball is fed back over WiFi to a server sitting in the firetruck. Firemen can then gain access to this information using an app on their phone which gives clear readouts for each sensor. The data can also be stored for later analysis.It is hoped the additional information the Fireball provides will help firefighters better tackle fires. Using multiple Fireballs in larger fires may also help in the planning stages of how to best go about putting the fire out. Testing is required with firefighters using the Fireball in a real-life situation, but Intel is confident the device will be in use within the next few months.via Netbooknews.com
Comment supprimer la Timeline de Facebook ? Décidément, cette nouvelle Timeline, impossible de vous y faire ! Un développeur vient de mettre au point un extension permettant de revenir à la bonne vieille version de votre Facebook adoré. Tout le monde le sait, la Timeline de Facebook ne fait pas beaucoup d’heureux. Les internautes ne s’y font pas, et pas juste par peur du changement. Non vraiment, cette Timeline vous sort par les yeux, enfin particulièrement son Journal en fait. Surtout depuis qu’il a été imposé à tous les utilisateurs. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Du coup, beaucoup cherchent un moyen de revenir à leur page d’antan, leur bonne vieille page d’accueil Facebook. Un souhait aujourd’hui exaucé ! Un développeur vient de créer une extension, Timeline Remove, qui permet de supprimer la Timeline pour revenir à l’ancienne version. Et, ô joie, cette extension est totalement gratuite. De quoi ravir une grande partie des membres du réseau social. En réalité, elle fait croire à Facebook, que vous utilisez Internet Explorer 7, qui n’est pas compatible avec la Timeline. Seul petit hic : si l’extension vous permet de ne plus voir la Timeline, vos contacts, eux, continueront de la voir, à moins qu’ils utilisent la même application. Le Journal de la Timeline, décrit année par année, votre vie sur Facebook, même ce que vous ne voulez pas partager. Graham Cluley, consultant senior en technologie chez Sophos, a indiqué, qu’au moins la Timeline offre un bon prétexte pour “réévaluer ce qu’on partage en ligne, effectuer un bon nettoyage de printemps de nos compte Facebook, et de faire en sorte de ne partager que ce qu’on veut avec qui on le veut”.Si voir votre ancienne page Facebook vous rend plus heureux, alors Timeline Remove le fera pour vous. Pour l’instant, l’astuce ne fonctionne que sur Firefox et Google Chrome mais elle devrait rapidement apparaître sur Internet Explorer et Safari. Enfin, sauf si Facebook contrecarre les plans de ce développeur rapidement… Le 15 février 2012 à 18:20 • Maxime Lambert
Les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 29 marsUn alpaga disparu, un tout nouvel organe et les secrets cachés du canard en plastique. Voici votre concentré d’actualités scientifiques pour ce 29 mars. – Le lancement du télescope James Webb est à nouveau reporté. Le plus grand télescope spatial jamais conçu ne devrait quitter le sol terrien qu’en 2020 d’après une estimation de la NASA. De nombreux problèmes techniques sont en cause dans ce nouveau retard.- Le navigateur Mozilla crée une extension pour protéger les données de ses utilisateurs. Face au scandale suscité par les pratiques peu scrupuleuses de Facebook, Mozilla propose une nouvelle extension permettant de limiter les informations collectées par le réseau social.- Ramenez-nous le frère de Bambi. C’est l’appel lancé par les Néo-Zélandais suite à l’enlèvement d’un alpaga nommé Charisma, dont le frère, Bambi, est aveugle. Ce dernier se repose largement sur son sibling pour se repérer.- Les antibiotiques ont un peu trop la côte. Une étude révèle que leur consommation a augmenté de 65% en l’espace de 15 ans. Une nouvelle inquiétante pour la santé mondiale selon les chercheurs, car cette surconsommation implique une augmentation de la résistance aux antibiotiques.- La chasse bouleverse le cycle reproductif des ours en Suède. Les régulations de chasse visant à protéger ces animaux interdisent de tirer sur une mère avec des petits à charge. Conséquence : les oursons passent jusqu’à un an de plus aux côtés de leur mère. Malheureusement, durant ce temps supplémentaire, la mère ne donne pas naissance à une nouvelle portée.À lire aussiInfection, gaspillage et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 29 août- Londres se met au vert. La ville britannique a opté pour un système de consigne des bouteilles en plastique. L’avis des consommateurs et des fabricants sera consulté au préalable afin de mieux en définir les modalités.- Le corps humain accueille un nouvel organe. L’interstitium s’avère être le plus grand de nos organes, et avait jusqu’à présent été mal identifié à cause des techniques de microscopie utilisées. Son rôle potentiel dans la prolifération du cancer laisse espérer de nouvelles avancées en médecine.- Peut-être vaudrait-il mieux jeter votre canard en plastique. Une nouvelle étude révèle une incroyable et répugnante flore bactérienne, pas moins de 5 à 75 millions de bactéries par centimètre carré, résidant au creux de nos jouets de bain. Un écosystème grouillant auquel même Sophie la girafe ne semble pas immune. Le 29 mars 2018 à 00:15 • Emmanuel Perrin
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Army’s Installation Management Command (IMCOM) will be assuming responsibility for base operations at locations in Bulgaria and Romania that are serving as hubs for U.S. military training missions.IMCOM-Europe will add 49 jobs to camps at Novo Selo Training Area in Bulgaria and Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania, reported Stars and Stripes. Army staff at those two locations will be under the command of the Army garrison at Ansbach, Germany.“We think we can get in there and we can provide a service to U.S. Army Europe and quite frankly free them to focus on their core competencies, which are preparing formations and … to assure allies and deter enemies,” said Michael Formica, region director for IMCOM-E.The military will rotate larger formations through the training sites in the year ahead as part of DOD’s effort to enlarge its presence in Eastern Europe. Services delivered by IMCOM-E will be limited however.“We have a philosophy — Spartan plus wifi,” Formica said. “We’re not building little Americas inside those camps. We’re going to make sure we have those essentials covered.”
A body found outside the Bering Sea island community of Gambell has been identified as a missing village woman.Download AudioAlaska State Trooper spokesman Tim DeSpain says the woman was 22-year-old Gladys Aningayou of Gambell.Family members reported Aningayou missing Sunday.Searchers Monday found a body several miles outside of Gambell.DeSpain says there were difficulties in making a positive identification but the state medical examiner confirmed the identity.Troopers earlier Friday announced that a person of interest in Aningayou’s disappearance, 37-year-old Benjamin Booshu, had killed himself.Tim DeSpain says Booshu on Tuesday shot himself outside his home before he could be questioned.DeSpain says investigators believe Booshu was the last person seen with Aningayou.
Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /03:44 Dave FehlingTank cars for carrying crude oil (the ones painted black) sit on tracks near homes west of downtown HoustonThree years ago this month, a train carrying crude oil blew up in a small town in Canada killing 47 people. Home video showed huge fireballs erupting from a string of tank cars. In Houston, it’s understandable why some people along train routes leading to the refineries and terminals here might be worried.“I just currently do not feel safe,“ says Leticia Ablaza. Her son attends the Rusk School which sits near a big set of railroad tracks on the eastern edge of downtown Houston. “And I certainly don’t feel safe that it’s passing right behind my child’s school while school is in session.”Ablaza works with the environmental group Air Alliance Houston and was among a handful of community organizers who met one night last week. Brian Butler, the alliance’s outreach coordinator, told those gathered: “I firmly believe we’ve been lucky to date and I’m worried our luck is soon going to run out.”Houston has not had a serious crude-by-rail accident since the boom in oil production began in the U.S a few years ago. Four years ago, 12 million barrels of crude a month was flowing by rail to refineries and terminals along the Gulf Coast. The crude-by-rail was largely from North Dakota, and it was a type of crude known for being light and therefore more volatile than other oils.That caught the attention of a U.S. senate committee last year that wanted to know if the light crude might explode more easily and should therefore more strictly regulated. The committee heard from Sara Feinberg, the head of the Federal Railroad Administration.“If the studies that are being done by the Department of Energy suggest that we need to address volatility before it’s placed into transport, we should do that,” Feinberg told the committee.Those studies are on-going and won’t be complete for another year. In the meantime, the Railroad Administration has issued new rules for oil trains, requiring new, stronger tank cars, better brakes, slower speeds, and better coordination with local emergency officials as to what routes the trains will take.Ed Greenberg, a spokesperson for the Association of American Railroads, told News 88.7: “There have been some high-profile instances that have overshadowed thousands of trains that safely move across without any incident. We want to assure residents that we are continuously looking at ways to improve rail safety.”Greenberg says less than 1 percent of derailments involve crude-by-rail.But here’s something else we learned. Remember how we said that four years ago, some 12 million barrels of crude-by-rail a month was heading to the Gulf Coast? That amount began plummeting starting in 2014 according to data from the U.S. Department of Energy. Instead of 12 million, there’s now less than two million barrels a month arriving on the Gulf Coast by rail. Why the huge drop?“Basically what’s happened in the meantime is pipelines have been built, and they represent a much better economic alternative to move crude oil,” says Sandy Fielden who directs energy research at Morningstar.Fielden tells News 88.7 that oil had to be moved by rail because there weren’t enough existing pipelines from North Dakota and other producing states north and west of Texas. Now there are, with more nearing completion.“And many of those pipelines next year will provide direct roots from North Dakota to the Gulf Coast which will effectively remove any need to move that crude oil by rail,” says Fielden.Dave FehlingBrian Butler with Air Alliance Houston meets talks with community organizersSo, problem solved? Not at all says Brian Butler with Air Alliance Houston: “It only takes one train.”And if just one train carrying crude or any other dangerous cargo does have an accident near a neighborhood or school, Stephanie Thomas, a community organizer with the group Public Citizen, said residents need a better way to be warned.“What we are proposing and putting a lot of energy behind is a system that is sort of like an Amber Alert system so people can be notified electronically when something happens,“ says Thomas.
On Tuesday’s edition of Houston Matters: We hear a lot about the opioid crisis these days. And while that’s still a major concern in Greater Houston and across the nation, there’s another drug that’s an even greater problem here, according to the state’s leading researcher on drugs and drug use trends in the Lone Star State. Dr. Jane Maxwell of the University of Texas tells us what that drug is and about how illegal drug use has changed in Houston and Texas over the years.Also this hour: Chris Tomlinson’s ancestors owned slaves. And in his book, Tomlinson Hill, he reconnects with the descendants of those slaves — including a famous one. And we learn about KĀVYA: Poetry in Motion, a performance that melds the disciplines of poetry, music and dance.We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Share
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The University of Houston Cougars will face the Kentucky Wildcats Friday night in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament.This is the first time the Cougars have advanced this far in 35 years, since the days of the so-called Phi Slama Jama teams of Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler.The Cougars, who are 33-3 on the season, punched their ticket to the tournament’s third round with a 74-59 victory over Ohio State Sunday night. Corey Davis led the team with 21 points, and fans chanted “Sweet 16” during the final minute of the win.Coach Kelvin Sampson said he felt a special joy for fans who remember the success of the ’80s.”I saw a lot of proud Cougars up there behind us tonight,” he said, ”And the ones I was happiest for were the guys that’s been supporting this program since those days.”UH Athletics/FacebookKelvin Sampson (second from left) celebrates in the locker room after the UH Cougars men’s basketball team advanced to the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16 for the first time since the 1980s..Meanwhile, as the Astros returned to Houston for their final two exhibition games before Opening Day, the team made sure several impact players would be on the roster for a few more years to come. Star pitcher Justin Verlander agreed to a two-year contract extension, while third baseman Alex Bregman signed a five-year extension, and reliever Ryan Pressly agreed to a two-year deal.Plus, the Rockets secured a playoff spot after a big win over the Pelicans Sunday.In the audio above, sportswriter Jeff Balke discusses those and other developments in Houston sports. He writes for Houston Press and Houstonia. 00:00 /07:19 Listen Charlie Riedel/AP Houston players celebrate after their second-round victory over Ohio State on Sunday night. Share X
It was developer Dong Nguyen’s intention to kill the popularity of Flappy Bird by removing it from sale a few days ago, but the result was the exact opposite. We’ve since seen many clones, a game jam announced, and even an MMO version of the game popping up online.Depending on your gaming tastes, Flappy Bird wasn’t actually that fun to play. But now there is a new, free to play alternative to the game, and it comes from well-known indie developer Terry Cavanagh.Cavanagh is best known for his games VVVVVV and more recently Super Hexagon. His so-called “Flappy Bird fan game” is called Maverick Bird, and it’s arguably a lot more fun to play than the original. It’s also devilishly hard, though. You can play it for free, in your browser, on Cavanagh’s website.If you’ve played Super Hexagon, or a number of Cavanagh’s other games in fact, you’ll recognize his visual style immediately. The music is also well matched to the game and was supplied by musician Kozilek.Cavanagh is obviously a fan of what Dong has created and Maverick Bird is in no way meant to profit from his original. Next to the link to play the game Cavanagh has the message, “Thanks for the inspiration, Dong. Looking forward to your next game when things settle down!”If you gave Flappy Bird a play and hated it, at least give Maverick Bird a try as it may win you over to the gameplay and “just one more go” you inevitably find yourself thinking. Alternatively, if you missed Flappy Bird completely, this is the best alternative I’ve yet seen and beats taking a risk by trying to download a Flappy Bird torrent.
Your car probably doesn’t have autonomous driving features. Yet over in Japan there are restaurant patrons queuing up in chairs that do. Yes, really.The ProPilot may just be one of the most insane pieces of furniture you’ve ever seen. It mostly looks like a folding camp chair. The secret to its futuristic abilities are packed into the two black boxes at its base. Inside those volumes are the wheels, motors, sensors, and other electronics that allow the ProPilot to do its thing.It’s the same kind of gear that goes into a car to give it features like blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warnings… which makes perfect sense since it’s Nissan that built the ProPilot.Why exactly would a company like Nissan build self-driving chairs? The ProPilot might look like little more than a publicity stunt, and it would be a pretty sweet one if that’s all it was. But it actually does solve a real problem for people over in Japan.See, going out for a nice dinner in Tokyo can be a major time commitment. It’s very common for customers to wait in line for hours for a table, and who wants to stand the entire time? Nobody. You could bring your own chair, sure, but then you’re picking it up and scooting it over every time someone ahead of you gets in. Ugh.The ProPilot does away with all that archaic shuffling. The chairs can see when the chair in front of them moves — at which point they engage their electric motors and move on down the line. When you finally vacate the seat to go inside, the chairs return themselves to the end of the line so someone else can sit down.Isn’t technology marvelous?
Kolkata: The state School Education department has decided to hand out diaries to students, where they will narrate their learning experience in the classrooms. The idea is to have an evaluation of how effectively teachers carry out classroom teaching.The diaries will be reaching the students by the month of January next year. They will have 100 pages each, in which there will be syllabuses for all the subjects. The students, after the end of every class, will write about what was taught in the class and whether he/she had understood the matter that was taught. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThis will give the department an idea about what exactly had been taught in a particular class. The teacher will have to sign the diaries after class. “The idea is to make the guardians aware of what is being taught in the class and whether his/her ward has understood the same or not,” said a senior official of the state School Education department. Welcoming the move of the department, headmaster of Taki Boys School Paresh Mondal said: “It will help the Education department keep a record of the attendance of the teachers, as well as the students in class. The department will also be able to know whether a teacher of a particular subject has completed the syllabus.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThere have been allegations on the part of a section of teachers that they give more importance to private tuitions than classroom teaching. “The move will curb such tendencies among the teachers,” the official added. The diaries will also have mention of the contact number of the state Education department, on which a student or a parent can call if there is some problem associated with classroom teaching. The diaries will also contain the learning outcome that the department wants from the teachers in class.