Video: Ants Build Rafts on the Backs of Their Young

first_imgAt the base of the Alps and Pyrenees mountains are flood plains where, in the right weather, water can cover the ground for days. That’s a problem for the Formica selysi ants that make their nests in this area; they have to evacuate their whole colony, saving the queen and larvae by building a raft with nothing but their bodies. Researchers collected some of these ants and watched them form rafts in the lab. (The video shows a raft being built as water is rising, filmed from underneath.) Queens were placed in the safest place in the center of the raft, but the researchers were surprised to find that the young were put in what seemed like the most vulnerable position at the bottom of the raft. Flotation tests showed that this is actually a great strategy for survival: The bottom of the raft is not a dangerous place for them after all, the team reports today in PLOS ONE. Young ants that were part of a raft survived and later matured at the same rate as young that stayed on dry land. Further experiments showed that the young are more buoyant than adults, which makes them able to support the raft like pontoons on a boat. If the results hold true in the wild, it seems drowning isn’t a major problem for the ants; the dangers of rafting are more likely to include being an easier snack for predators like fish.last_img read more

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Immigration Process at Delhi Airport to Get Quicker in Coming Months

first_imgWith plans for e-clearance immigration gates in place, the immigration queues at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport at New Delhi are set to get a lot shorter, the Economic Times reported.The technology has been adopted at several airports abroad and will be introduced on a trial basis at the IGI airport. It will reduce the waiting time to 15 seconds. The move, which is likely to come into being in the coming months, aims at reducing the long queues at the immigration counter at the airport, the report quoted an official as saying.The state-of-the-art technology can scan and read passport details while a camera detects the passenger’s face at the e-gate, according to the official. The gate will swing open after the details are scanned. The machine needs to be fed with a database containing information that has been gathered beforehand. “Low-risk travelers who have been approved and verified by agencies can be allowed to go through by the machine. A database will be made for travelers who go abroad often,” an official said.The gates will be initially tested at the arrivals section and then subsequently at departures as well. As many as 40 gates could be installed this year, the report added, citing sources.“The technology is already being used abroad. But it may still take some time to be installed. Two such gates may initially be tested before more are put up. A passenger ideally only spends 10-15 seconds on such machines,” the official said.in the current process, the immigration process per passenger is close to 10 minutes, with manual stamping and checking of a passport.The Delhi international airport in the last year handled 63.5 million passengers, pushing it to rank as the seventh busiest airport in Asia and the 20th busiest globally, according to the Airport Council international. IGI was declared the best airport in the world in terms of passengers’ experience in the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) 2017 rankings released by Airports Council International.The rankings were based on feedback received on key 34 performance indicators, such as access, check-in, security, airport facilities, food and beverage and retail to rank the airports worldwide. Delhi tied in the first place with the Mumbai airport in the world in the highest category—airports with over 40 million passengers per annum. The airport surpassed the likes of Singapore’s Changi, Incheon and Bangkok airports in terms of passenger growth. Related ItemsAviationIndira Gandhi international airportNew Delhilast_img read more

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Ateneo clinches twice-to-beat

first_imgCeres slays Bung Karno demons Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Ateneo is now assured that it only needs to win once against its semifinal foe to book a finals berth. But the Lady Eagles could still lose the No. 1 seed if they lose their last outing and La Salle wins its last assignment.Ateneo will battle nothing-to-lose National University while La Salle will square off with with Far Eastern U on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo grabbed a twice-to-beat incentive while La Salle put one hand on that same playoff bonus after crushing their respective opponents on Wednesday in UAAP women’s volleyball at Filoil Flying V Centre.Ateneo routed Adamson, 25-16, 28-26, 25-17, while La Salle ripped University of the East, 25-17, 25-16, 25-19, to tighten their hold on top of the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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Indian Premier League: Virat Kohli sacked by Royal Challengers Bangalore?

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore have rubbished media reports that the franchise has sacked Virat Kohli as captain for the 2019 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).According to reports, RCB are set to sack Kohli from the leadership role and hand over the reins to South African star AB de Villiers.”We can clarify on record that the news is incorrect and Virat Kohli is very much the captain of RCB for the next season as well,” a team spokesperson told India Today.Virat Kohli has been playing for RCB since the inception of the IPL in 2008 and leading the team for the past six seasons. But the star-studded team has massively underachieved, never having lifted the trophy.Read – Gary Kirsten replaces Daniel Vettori as RCB coachKohli is currently the second highest run-getter in the IPL behind Suresh Raina. Kohli has scored 4948 runs from 163 matches.Heads have rolled recently in RCB support staff with head coach Daniel Vettori making way for Gary Kirsten and batting and fielding coach Trent Woodhill and bowling coach Andrew McDonald also asked to go.Kohli is arguably the best batsman across formats at the moment but his tactical acumen as a captain has come under the scanner in the ongoing Test series in England. Kohli-led RCB also miserably failed to make the IPL play-offs in the 2018 season.last_img read more

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One good outcome of British Airways pilots’ strike

first_imgBrief letters Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. • Elle Hunt’s article about love being a numbers game was interesting (G2, 10 September). 831 is the number I use to sign off my texts to my wife, ie, eight letters, three words, one meaning – I love you.Tony LeatherSouth Shields, South Tyneside• Join the debate – email guardian.letters@theguardian.com• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters• Do you have a photo you’d like to share with Guardian readers? Click here to upload it and we’ll publish the best submissions in the letters spread of our print edition Topics Brexit Share on Twitter Travel & leisure Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Losing an empire and looking for a role in shaping our international future in 2019 should attract those attending the Last Night of the Proms to singing the following: “Lands of hope and hazard / One world for all life / May we be your safeguard / Curbing greed and strife / (Repeat) / Honour nature’s boundaries! / End the waste of war! We can guard Earth’s riches / Now and evermore / (Repeat).” While waving their copies of the Guardian.Daniel ScharfAbingdon, Oxfordshire• In the light of the looming climate emergency, should the British Airways pilots not be lauded for stopping hundreds of flights a day (BA begins to cancel flights as second pilots’ strike looms, 13 September)?David HalleyHampton Hill, London• “Crash out of Europe” is an emotive term used by opponents of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. It is, however, not possible to crash out of something, since the word “crash” describes a collision rather than a separation. A crash is also an unexpected event, not something that takes years of argument to achieve. Perhaps “wriggle out of the EU” would be more accurate.Chris BocciFreshford, Somerset• You say Jadon Sancho, born in 2000, is the “first player born in the 21st century to score for England” (Kosovo give error-strewn England a scare on night of hits and misses, 11 September). That would be true were it not for the fact that the 21st century began in 2001.Nicholas Q GoughSwindon, Wiltshire Airline industry Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp European Union Share on Messenger Foreign policy Share via Email Proms 2019 Since you’re here… Business Today: sign up for a morning shot of financial news letters British Airwayslast_img read more

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Martinez’s Real Madrid snub confirmed

first_imgTransfers Martinez’s Real Madrid snub confirmed by agent as Inter move awaits Chris Burton 21:26 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lautaro Martinez Racing Getty Transfers Real Madrid Internazionale Primera División Serie A The highly-rated Racing striker is heading for Europe, but the 20-year-old Argentine has opted to open a new chapter in Italy rather than Spain Lautaro Martinez had the chance to join Real Madrid but has opted for a €27 million switch to Inter, the Racing striker’s agent has confirmed.The 20-year-old has emerged as one of the most sought-after talents in South America after building on a breakthrough season in 2016-17 with nine goals in 11 appearances this term.His exploits have attracted attention from across Europe, with leading sides having expressed an interest in acquiring his potential. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player La Liga giants Real had hoped that their global standing would fire them to the front of the queue, but star-studded ranks have actually worked against them as Martinez has decided to seek more regular football in Italy.His representative, Roly Zarate, told Fox Sports on that future call: “Lautaro had an offer from Real Madrid but his choice was to go to Inter because he wanted the assurance of more game time.“He also wants to be an important part of the club and to be at the centre of the current project.”While a deal is in the process of being finalised, Racing are not expecting to bid farewell to Martinez any time soon.The intention is that an agreement will be reached with Inter that allows the youngster to remain in his homeland until 2019.Racing manager Eduardo Coudet said of the proposed deal: “Lautaro is very calm at the moment and he is very happy.“I hope we can keep him until the end of the year. His departure in July will be totally up to him and will depend on what happens in the Copa Libertadores.”last_img read more

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Country’s No. 1 Recruit Says This School Is Making A “Big Move”

first_imgKayvon Thibodeaux runs drills in a campWe haven’t heard too many updates on the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2019 class lately. Here’s where things stand.Kayvon Thibodeoux, the No. 1 overall recruit, will likely be making his decision later this summer. He has offers from nearly every program in the country.One school might be standing out right now, though.That school: Oregon.Oregon is making big move? #M19HTYOREGON ?— kayvon thibodeaux (@kayvonT8) June 1, 2018Thibodeaux is a 6-foot-5, 235-pound prospect out of Thousand Oaks, Calif.Clearly, he’d be a massive, massive pickup for Oregon’s 2019 class.247Sports updated the status of his recruitment a couple of weeks ago.“I’m hearing Florida State may be the leader for him with Oregon and LSU firmly in it. USC is obviously the Crystal Ball favorite and they’re not going to go away, but the feel is the other three right now,” said 247Sports recruiting expert Steve Wiltfong.Stay tuned…last_img read more

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Ohio State’s Bowl Game Appears To Be Locked Up

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State jacket.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Ohio State appears to have locked up its postseason status with tonight’s Big Ten Championship Game against Northwestern.The Buckeyes have played well against the Wildcats, leading 38-24 with less than 7 minutes to play, but not quite good enough to impress the College Football Playoff selection committee.So, Ohio State will likely be behind either Oklahoma or Georgia (or both) in the final College Football Playoff rankings on Sunday.That means Ohio State, if it holds on against Northwestern, will be heading to Pasadena, California.The Buckeyes are likely set to face Washington in the Rose Bowl.The Rose Bowl isn’t the College Football Playoff, obviously, but it’s still a pretty great way to cap a college football season.Ohio State hasn’t played in the Rose Bowl since 2010, when a Terrelle Pryor-led Buckeyes team beat Oregon, 26-17.An official announcement on Ohio State’s bowl game will be coming on Sunday afternoon. The final College Football Playoff rankings will be unveiled at noon on ESPN.last_img read more

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Former Alabama Assistant Responds To Report He Left Without Telling Nick Saban

first_imgA closeup of Nick Saban during a press conference.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks during a press conference after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)A former Alabama assistant coach took to Twitter on Thursday night to address a report that he left the university without telling head coach Nick Saban.According to a report from Bruce Feldman of the Athletic, Dan Enos left Alabama to assume the offensive coordinator position at Miami, but did not tell Saban about his plans. That left Saban asking “Where the f*&# is Dan” at a team meeting following Enos’ departure.The report suggested Enos “ghosted” Saban and didn’t tell him about his decision to join Manny Diaz’s coaching staff at Miami.Enos claims that’s not true. According to his response on Twitter, Enos told Alabama about his plans, but he does not mention whether or not he personally addressed the matter with coach Saban.“I would never leave an employer without telling them I was doing so. No ghosting here. Nothing but respect for CNS and Alabama. Bottom line, business is business and it was time for me to exit. Wish all the best to RTR, CNS and the program,” Enos said in a statement.I would never leave an employer without telling them I was doing so. No ghosting here. Nothing but respect for CNS and Alabama. Bottom line, business is business and it was time for me to exit. Wish all the best to RTR, CNS and the program.— Dan Enos (@CoachDanEnos) January 17, 2019The move by Enos took many by surprise as he was the likely choice to take over as Alabama’s offensive coordinator after Mike Locksley left to take over the Maryland program.It’s too bad Alabama and Miami don’t play each other in 2019, that would be a fun game.last_img read more

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Canadas military spies can collect share info on Canadians directive says

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s military spies can collect and share information about Canadian citizens — including material gathered by chance — as long as it supports a legitimate investigation, says a newly disclosed federal directive.The prospect of defence-intelligence agents having personal data about Canadians worries civil-liberties advocates because it is unclear just how much is collected incidentally from the vast reaches of cyberspace.The Canadian Press recently obtained a copy of the eight-page, August 2018 directive, “Guidance on the Collection of Canadian Citizen Information,” through the Access to Information Act.The instruction to National Defence employees and members of the Canadian Forces says any information collected about Canadians must have a “direct and immediate relationship” to a military operation or activity.But it also warns that “emerging technologies and capabilities” are increasing the possibility that such Canadian information will be scooped up inadvertently from open sources like social-media feeds.Data about Canadians, whether it’s collected intentionally or not, may be kept and used to support authorized defence-intelligence operations, the directive says.The national-security and intelligence committee of parliamentarians is examining the directive as part of a study on how National Defence and the Canadian Forces gather, use, keep and share information about Canadians as part of their intelligence work.The committee plans to deliver a special report to the prime minister on the subject this year.It will be a follow-up to an April report from the committee that said the military has one of the largest intelligence programs in Canada, and it gets little outside scrutiny.The committee, which examined thousands of pages and received several closed-door briefings, found that defence agencies carry out a full range of intelligence activities, collecting information through sensitive methods including technical means, human sources and investigations.It said these activities involve considerable risks, including infringements of Canadians’ rights.The committee called for stricter controls on the military’s spying, including the possibility of legislation spelling out when and how defence intelligence operations can take place.Currently, the only defence activity entailing collection of Canadian citizens’ information is the work of the Canadian Forces national counter-intelligence unit, said Capt. Nicola LaMarre, a National Defence spokeswoman.This includes identifying, investigating and countering threats to the security of Canada’s military from foreign intelligence services, or from individuals or groups engaged in espionage, sabotage, subversion, terrorist activities and other criminal activity as it relates to security concerns, she said.As part of its mandate, the counter-intelligence unit may investigate Forces members and Defence employees, collecting information about them in the process, LaMarre added. But she said that doesn’t mean the unit can “arbitrarily conduct surveillance on Canadian citizens,” and investigations may take place only when there is a clear link to defence security interests.Still, LaMarre said that in “an increasingly complex global information environment, and with Canadians constantly travelling all over the world,” military-intelligence personnel may incidentally gather some information about them.Under the directive, information about Canadians, including material collected inadvertently, can be retained to support authorized intelligence operations, or shared with other Canadian departments and agencies if the law allows.Tim McSorley, national co-ordinator for the Ottawa-based International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, finds that troubling given the vast amount of information that swirls daily through the digital sphere.“We’re worried about what it means when they collect inadvertent information,” he said in an interview. “We don’t know the scope or the degree to which Canadians’ information is being captured.”As a result, there should be stronger legislative control and review of the military’s intelligence collection and sharing to ensure it isn’t straying beyond the bounds of privacy law and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, he said.“There can always be instances of over-reach, and that needs to be kept in check.”—Follow @JimBronskill on TwitterJim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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NDP turning to First Nations candidates in Northern Ontario

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsIn northern Ontario the federal NDP are turning to First Nations candidates in an effort to harness the Indigenous vote.A number of Indigenous leaders have joined the New Democrats in an effort to unseat the governing Liberals in a riding that’s home to about 60 First Nations and more than 10,000 on-reserve voters.One of the party’s new candidates is Rudy Turtle, chief of Grassy Narrows First Nation in the province’s Kenora riding.Grassy Narrows has suffered from mercury poisoning for decades.Turtle said in recent years the NDP has stood out as the part that cares about the people of Grassy Narrows.“They’ve spoke on our behalf really strongly — like, Charlie Angus has really spoke up and same with Nikki Ashton,” said Turtle.“So, I felt that because they’ve been speaking up for Grassy that it would be the right place, the right combination.”Anna Betty Achneepineskum, a former deputy grand chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation, has thrown her name in the hat for the riding of Thunder Bay–Superior North.“The NDP has made a full commitment to ensure that we fulfill, whether it’s safe drinking water, housing, employment — it’s all part of our New Deal,” she said. “It’s very important that First Nations people are part of this process.”In 2015 former NDP candidate Tania Cameron led the grassroots First Nations Rock the Vote campaign — one that helped increase voter turnout in the last federal election.“I originally intended to focus on the Kenora riding because there’s 42 First Nations here and I ran it as a non-partisan project,” she told APTN News. “This time around I’ve committed to work for the NDP and get Rudy Turtle elected in the federal election.”The NDP hired Cameron this election to help the party get Turtle and Achneepineskum elected.In 2015 voter turnout on-reserve across the country increased by about 14 per cent, according to Elections Canada.Cameron said Indigenous voters united to oust the Harper Conservatives.“In this election it’s going to be what matters to the individual Indigenous voter,” she said. “For some of us, like myself personally, it’s about climate change and the climate crisis we are currently in. [For] others, it’s electoral reform, it’s people unhappy the Trudeau Liberals buying the pipeline and not putting in the safety regulations, environmental regulations on our waters and lakes. It’s a variety of issues.”Achneepinekum said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has let down First Nations people.“There was a lot of promises made, and the TRC report and MMIW Inquiry — those were all opportunities for them to ensure that that mandate of reconciliation and ensuring that they acknowledge the first people of this country was fulfilled, and that has not happened,” she said.wfiddler@aptn.calast_img read more

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Security Council denounces attacks in Turkey reaffirms fight against terror

The Council voted unanimously to pass a resolution condemning the bomb attacks of 15 November on two synagogues, which killed 25 people, and today. The latest strikes, aimed at the British consulate and at the local headquarters of the HSBC Bank, have left at least 26 people dead and hundreds of others injured. The resolution expressed the Council’s “deepest sympathy and condolences to the people and Governments of Turkey and the United Kingdom and to the victims of the terrorist attacks and their families.”The Council urged all States to do their part in bringing to justice the perpetrators and sponsors of these attacks, and said its determination to combat terrorism has only been reinforced by the bombings.After the resolution was passed, Turkey’s Ambassador, Umit Pamir, thanked those who had extended their sympathy and offered his condolences to the UK. He said the strikes had opened fresh wounds for a nation that had endured more than a decade of the scourge of terrorism. He also stressed that there were no good terrorists or second-class victims; terrorism had always turned against the very hands that fed, abetted or condoned it.Following the Council debate, the UK’s Ambassador, Emyr Jones Parry, told reporters that “it has been a very sad day for democracy. Yet another callous attack on innocent victims…our thoughts go out to the families of those killed and injured.” He thanked Turkey for its support.Ambassador Jones Parry added: “It is particularly heartening that the Security Council, unanimously and promptly, has condemned these attacks, and the other attacks which have also taken place in the last days, and has done so unequivocally.” Video of Security Council meeting read more

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Senior manager at cybersecurity firm arrested in Moscow

by Nataliya Vasilyeva, The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2017 3:26 am MDT Last Updated Jan 25, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Senior manager at cybersecurity firm arrested in Moscow MOSCOW – A manager in charge of investigating hacking attacks at Russia’s biggest cybersecurity firm has been arrested, the company said Wednesday.Kaspersky Lab on Wednesday confirmed reports in Russia’s respected Kommersant newspaper that Ruslan Stoyanov, head of its computer incidents investigations unit, was arrested in December. Kommersant said that Stoyanov was arrested along with a senior Russian FSB intelligence officer and that they both face charges of treason.Kaspersky’s spokeswoman, Maria Shirokova, said in a statement that Stoyanov’s arrest “has nothing to do with Kaspersky Lab and its operations.” She said the company has no details of the charges Stoyanov faces, but added that the investigation dates back to the time before Stoyanov was hired by Kaspersky.Stoyanov’s previous jobs, listed on the LinkedIn website, include a position at the Cyber Crime Unit at the Russian Interior Ministry in the early 2000s.U.S. intelligence agencies have accused Russia of meddling in the U.S. presidential election through hacking, to help Donald Trump win the vote, claims that Russia has rejected. U.S. and EU officials also have accused Russia of hacking other Western institutions and voiced concern that Russia may try to influence this year’s elections in Germany, France and the Netherlands. It wasn’t immediately clear if the arrests are somehow linked to these allegations.The FSB’s press office wasn’t immediately available for comment and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also declined comment.Andrei Soldatov, who has studied the internet and Russian security services for more than a decade, called the arrest of the Kaspersky manager “unprecedented.”“It destroys a system that has been 20 years in the making, the system of relations between intelligence agencies and companies like Kaspersky,” he told The Associated Press. “Intelligence agencies used to ask for Kaspersky’s advice, and this is how informal ties were built. This romance is clearly over.” A Kaspersky employee shuffles tokens around a table-top display at the company’s stand at a cybersecurity conference in Lille, northern France, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. Kaspersky on Wednesday confirmed that a senior manager at the firm had been arrested in Moscow. (AP Photo/Raphael Satter) read more

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Industry supports Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership

Today’s launch of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has been welcomed by the SMMT, the body representing motor manufacturers in the UK. SMMT members will play a key role in the Partnership, which aims to promote the take-up of low carbon vehicles and develop the UK as a market leader.New vehicles are becoming cleaner every year but the industry is committed to continuous improvement with alternatives to traditional petrol and diesel models. The LowCVP will allow manufacturers to move forward in partnership with other stakeholders including the fuel industry, consumer groups, academia and the government to develop low carbon technologies within a practical framework.The market has already started to see a shift towards cleaner, lower carbon vehicles. New car sales in the ‘supermini’ segment have risen by 20 per cent, and market share of carbon dioxide efficient diesel models has risen from 14.1 to 23.5 per cent in the last two years. But to meet targets set for 2012 in the Government’s Powering Future Vehicles Strategy, the market for low carbon vehicles powered by alternatives like LPG, CNG and ‘hybrids’ needs to be encouraged further. Today’s launch is the first step in this process.SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan commented, ‘The motor industry fully supports this important initiative to make the UK a leader in the development of low carbon vehicle technology. While hydrogen fuel cells remain a long term goal for many manufacturers, it is vital that all stakeholders buy in to the LowCVP to encourage the growth of cleaner, low carbon vehicles in the medium term.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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John McCain says he is more ProRussian than Putin

first_imgUS REPUBLICAN SENATOR John McCain has insisted that he is “more pro-Russian” than President Vladimir Putin in an opinion piece for a Russian news website answering the Russian leader’s broadside last week in The New York Times.“I am pro-Russian, more pro-Russian than the regime that misrules you today,” McCain wrote. “I make that claim because I respect your dignity and your right to self-determination”.“President Putin doesn’t believe in these values because he doesn’t believe in you,” McCain wrote. “He doesn’t believe that human nature at liberty can rise above its weaknesses and build just, peaceful, prosperous societies. Or, at least, he doesn’t believe Russians can. So he rules by using those weaknesses, by corruption, repression and violence. He rules for himself, not you,” McCain wrote.“Russians deserve better than Putin”In an op-ed headlined “Russians deserve better than Putin,” McCain singled out Putin and his associates for punishing dissent, specifically the death in prison of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.The Russian presidential human rights council found in 2011 that Magnitsky, who had accused Russian officials of colluding with organized criminals, had been beaten and denied medical treatment.McCain also criticized Putin for siding with Syrian President Bashar Assad in the more than 2 year long civil war that has killed more than 100,000 people.Pravda.ruThe opinion piece was published Thursday on the news website Pravda.ru. The site was established by former Pravda journalists, a newspaper Pravda which is an organ of the Communist Party and is no longer an influential or widely read, in contrast to its huge presence in the Soviet Union’s media landscape.McCain assailed Putin and his associates for writing laws that codify bigotry, specifically legislation on sexual orientation. A new Russian law imposes fines and up to 15 days in prison for people accused of spreading “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” to minors.On Syria, McCain said Putin is siding with a tyrant:“He is not enhancing Russia’s global reputation. He is destroying it. He has made her a friend to tyrants and an enemy to the oppressed, and untrusted by nations that seek to build a safer, more peaceful and prosperous world.”McCain also criticized the imprisonment of the punk rock band Pussy Riot. The three women were convicted of hooliganism after staging an anti-Putin protest inside a Russian Orthodox Church.The article by McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, comes just days after the U.S. and Russian officials reached an ambitious agreement that calls for an inventory of Syria’s chemical weapons program within a week and its complete eradication by mid-2014. Diplomatic wrangling continues, however.Explainer: What’s going on in Syria? >Putin: US strikes will kill the elderly and children in Syria >last_img read more

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Aujourdhui cest le solstice dété

first_imgAujourd’hui, c’est le solstice d’étéCe 20 juin n’est pas un jour comme les autres : c’est aujourd’hui le solstice d’été. Une date qui marque le jour le plus long de l’année mais aussi le début de la saison chaude du moins dans l’hémisphère nord. Bien que la météo semble suggérer le contraire ces jours-ci, c’est bel et bien le début de l’été. Aujourd’hui, 20 juin se tient en effet le solstice d’été. Un évènement astronomique qui se produit habituellement plutôt le 21 juin mais qui est en cette année bissextile avancé d’un jour comme ça avait déjà été le cas en 2008. Selon les experts, le solstice se produira précisément à 23H08 GMT, soit 1H08 demain heure française. A cette heure-ci, le Soleil atteindra alors une position extrême, la plus haute dans le ciel ou la plus basse en fonction des hémisphères terrestres. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En effet, tout comme les saisons, les dates des solstices d’été et d’hiver sont inversées pour les hémisphères nord et sud. Si aujourd’hui représente donc pour nous le solstice d’été, il s’agit du solstice d’hiver pour les habitants qui vivent de l’autre côté de la planète. Concrètement, l’axe de rotation de la Terre est incliné de 23° 26′ par rapport à la verticale du plan de son orbite. Or, comme l’orientation de la planète reste constante lors de sa révolution autour du Soleil, la face la plus exposée à l’astre change au fil de l’année. En juin, c’est ainsi l’hémisphère nord qui est le plus incliné vers le Soleil, en septembre c’est au tour de l’hémisphère sud.Du point de vue des saisons, le solstice de juin marque pour nous le début de l’été mais aussi la date du jour le plus long de l’année et de la nuit la plus courte. Au cours des derniers mois, le Soleil s’est ainsi levé de plus en plus tôt et couché de plus en plus tard. En revanche, après le 22 juin, la tendance s’inversera conduisant à une réduction progressive de la durée du jour dans notre hémisphère. Ceci se poursuivra alors jusqu’au 21 décembre, date du solstice d’hiver et donc début de la saison froide. Des équinoxes pour le printemps et l’automne Mais et l’automne allez-vous demander… Les saisons intermédiaires, automne et printemps sont elles marquées par un autre type d’évènement astronomique : les équinoxes. A ne pas confondre avec les solstices, celles-ci se produisent lorsque que le Soleil se trouve exactement au zénith sur l’équateur terrestre. Mais de la même manière, l’un des hémisphères se trouve davantage exposé que l’autre à l’astre, d’où une inversion des saisons. De notre côté de la planète, l’équinoxe d’automne aura lieu le 22 septembre prochain et celle du printemps le 20 mars 2013.Le 20 juin 2012 à 17:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Early preview for tonights 112 WWE RAW in New Orleans

first_imgFacebook WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles Videos Articles Seth Rollins Twitter Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Kurt Angle WWE RAW is live tonight in New Orleans, Louisiana. Nothing has been advertised for tonight’s show as of this writing. WWE.com has been teasing a big announcement for the Class of 2015 WWE Hall of Fame featuring the late “Macho Man” Randy Savage.WWE.com has a Five-Point Preview for tonight’s show that you can view by clicking here.Check back later tonight for live coverage of RAW on Wrestleview.com.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Google+center_img Cesaro Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Impact Wrestling leaving Pop TV, New television deal with Pursuit Channel announced WhatsApp Roman Reigns is in Remission Bruce Prichard was already working in consultant role with WWE back in January Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Videos Articles Is WWE Losing Its Audience? SPOILER: Note on talents backstage at tonight’s Monday Night RAW in Lafayette last_img read more

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Gerrard blames pitch for Murphys injury

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has blamed the artificial pitch for the injury picked up by Jamie Murphy.The former Liverpool captain insists the artificial pitch used at Kilmarnock has ensured his player picks up a season-ending injury.Gerrard revealed his disappointment at losing the player after he started to show signs of progress at the Ibrox and the manager would be forced into the transfer market to get a replacement.Asked if the injury would have happened on grass, Gerrard said: “Probably not, although I’m no expert in how injuries happen or their cause. According to Daily Record.“But there’s no getting away from it that a surface like Kilmarnock’s does not help injuries. As I said after the Kilmarnock game, elite footballers who are being paid good money – not just at Rangers, at every elite club – shouldn’t have to play on plastic surfaces, simple as that.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“But there’s no getting away from it that a surface like Kilmarnock’s does not help injuries. As I said after the Kilmarnock game, elite footballers who are being paid good money – not just at Rangers, at every elite club – shouldn’t have to play on plastic surfaces, simple as that.”“I’m bitterly disappointed as the manager of this club because we lose a top player now for the rest of the season.”“We will make sure he sees the right specialists and gets the job done properly. As a team we will rally round him.”“He’s here for the long term. He now has an opportunity to work on his whole body and make sure he comes back really strong. I’m not going to try and play it down. It’s a big blow for us.”last_img read more

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