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The Secret to Walking on Water

December 3, 2019 | hpnymhct | No Comments

first_imgThere’s a simple reason you can’t walk on water: Humans are so big that the force of gravity overcomes the so-called surface tension of water, making us sink. But for tiny creatures, surface tension—the force created when water molecules cling together—becomes dominant, allowing insects and other small animals to walk effortlessly over ponds and other liquid bodies. For a long time, most biologists ignored the air-water interface. But a growing number of studies are revealing how that interface—and surface tension itself—shapes a lot of the living world.Take water striders. Using dyes and high-speed video, researchers have learned how the long-legged insects skate so effortlessly along the surfaces of ponds. By vigorously rowing along the surface, striders create swirls that help propel them forward, all without rupturing the water surface. Striders can even take off and land on water without breaking through—as in this video, slowed down 20 times. Credit: David Hu and John Bush, Georgia Institute of TechnologyNow imagine you have to bury a seed, but lack a trowel or even the fingers to dig a hole. Surface tension can solve that problem as well. A few seeds have long projections called awns that coil and uncoil with the changing humidity. In this video, the awn of a succulent plant, Pelargonium carnosum, is initially wet and straight, but it coils as it dries. (The movie plays 30 times faster than the actual process.) Credit: Ho-Young Kim and Wonjong JungThe balance between surface tension and gravity even affects how animals pee. In larger animals, urine exits a big enough tube in the body that surface tension doesn’t matter too much, and a steady stream gushes out. But with rats and other tiny creatures, urine exits their much tinier urinary tubes as single drops, pushed out one by one. The last drop can linger 10 minutes before falling, as in this video of a rat, goat, cow, and elephant urinating.center_img Credit: Patricia Yang and David Hu, Georgia Institute of TechnologyPhysicists have a pretty good understanding of how surface tension arises. The clingy water molecules attempt to minimize their connections with other types of molecules. 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first_imgThe income of as many as 192 of the 199 MLAs, including independents, who are recontesting in Monday’s Assembly elections, has seen an average growth of 73% in assets in the last five years. The average assets were ₹12.09 crore in 2014, which have since grown to ₹ 20.95 crore in 2019.Maharashtra Election Watch, and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 192 of the 199 MLAs recontesting Assembly elections. Seven MLAs were not analysed due to unclear/incomplete affidavits uploaded on the ECI website at the time of making of this report.Of the four major parties in Maharashtra, 47 recontesting MLAs of the Shiv Sena, part of the ruling alliance, have shown the highest average percentage increase of 97.72%, followed by 22 MLAs of the opposition Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) with 88.71%.As for the Bharatiya Janata Party, the 87 MLAs who are recontesting have shown an average 78.76% increase while 23 Congress MLAs have shown 56.89% average growth in their assets in five years.The top five re-contesting MLAs, with highest asset increase (in terms of rupees) include Mangalprabhat Lodha and Prashant Thakur of the BJP at top two spots, followed by Pratap Sarnaik of the Sena and Sameer Meghe of the BJP. Samajwadi Party’s Abu Azmi is at the fifth spot.last_img read more

first_imgA local court in Lucknow has sentenced four persons to life imprisonment and handed out 10 years prison term to eight others on charges of importing spare parts of foreign weapons, manufacturing their duplicates and supplying them to other states, the police said.Additional District and Sessions Judge, Lucknow, Durg Narain Singh on November 12 convicted the 12 persons on charges of criminal conspiracy, waging or attempting to wage war against the government, forgery, and several sections of the Arms Act.The four persons sentenced to life imprisonment were identified as Mohammad Khalid and Ajay Pal Singh of Lucknow, and Gurucharan Singh and Amit Pal Singh of Kanpur. The court also slapped them with a fine of ₹3 lakh each.The case relates to 2013 when the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad registered an FIR against the accused on charges of importing parts of foreign firearms, manufacturing their duplicates and selling them for good prices. The FIR lodged against them had included IPC Section 122, collecting arms with intention of waging war against the government.Mohammad Khalid, one of the main accused, in a nexus with Alvin Disa, a Mumbai-resident and pilot (who died in jail), would import parts of firearms from Canada and Singapore, the UP ATS said in a statement.The parts would then be used to prepare “illegal weapons”, which looked “identifical to branded ones”, with the help of four firearm stores, the ATS.These were identified as the National Gun House and Kisan Gun House, the latter run by Ajay Pal Singh, in Lucknow, Gururamdas Armoury in Kanpur, run by Amit Pal Singh, and Jain Gun House in Haryan’s Sirsa.The duplicate firearms would then be supplied to other states through one Mantu Sharma, an alleged Naxalite as per the ATS, and others.The ATS said it had recovered an AK-56 rifle, seven 315 bore rifles, one carbine, 28 finished and seven unfinished pistols and revolvers, a bullet proof jacket, large stock of firearm parts and thousands of cartridges from the accused.Those given 10 years imprisonment were also imposed a fine of ₹2.5 lakh. The eight were identified as Mantu Sharma of Aurangabad and Ramzan of Bhojpur (both in Bihar), Anil Kumar Jain of Sirsa, Harishchandra Pandey of Lucknow and Kanpur residents Vimal Kumar Vishwakarma, Kallu Sharma, Junaid Arshad and Zafar Arshad.They were convicted under Sections 420, 468, 471, 467, 120B and 121 of the IPC, and Sections 3, 5, 25, 30 and 35 of the Arms Act.last_img read more

first_imgMOST READ “The University came out with a statement, so I won’t have any further comment on this other than in answering that question — those individuals won’t play on Saturday,” Alford said Wednesday in Shanghai.Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott issued a statement Tuesday night saying that UCLA basketball players were “involved in a situation” in China, with police being summoned to the team’s hotel to investigate the matter.“UCLA is cooperating fully with local authorities,” Scott said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCiting a person close to the situation, the Los Angeles Times reported that freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were involved in a shoplifting incident. Ball is the younger brother of Lonzo Ball, the former UCLA star and current Los Angeles Lakers rookie. Their father, LaVar Ball, is also in China and told ESPN that he was “going to wait until I get more intel on what’s going on” before commenting.Police in Hangzhou did not respond to telephone calls from The Associated Press for details. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Halladay was flying plane low, witnesses tell safety board Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Scott did not elaborate on what occurred and said the league was directing all inquiries about the specifics of the matter to UCLA.“We are very disappointed by any situation that detracts from the positive student-athlete educational and cultural experience that this week is all about,” Scott said. “Whether in the United States or abroad, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards. We will continue to closely monitor the situation.”UCLA team spokesman Alex Timiraos said the school is aware of the situation and is gathering more information.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that local police were called to the hotel where both teams were staying in Hangzhou and inspected UCLA’s bus as players waited to depart for practice. Police interviewed players from both teams before clearing three players from Georgia Tech, according to a statement released by the school.The teams were staying at the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou on Tuesday before leaving for Shanghai, where Georgia Tech and No. 21 UCLA are set to open the season.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Georgia Tech said its players who were questioned were to rejoin the team and resume their scheduled activities.The teams are playing at Baoshan Arena in the annual Pac-12 China game, in which a conference school plays another American opponent as part of the league’s global initiative. FILE – At left, in a March 10, 2016, file photo, Aransas Pass high school basketball player Jalen Hill is shown during a state semifinal basketball game in San Antonio. At center, in a Jan. 16, 2017, file photo, Sierra Canyon’s Cody Riley is shown during a high school basketball game in Springfield, Mass. At right, in a Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, LiAngelo Ball is shown in Los Angeles. Citing a person close to the situation, the Los Angeles Times reported that UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were involved in a shoplifting incident in China. UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford will sit the three players for Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai. (AP Photo/File)BEIJING — UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford will sit the three players reportedly involved in a shoplifting incident in China for Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.Alford, however, declined to address the issue further.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgJapan’s fans have won the hearts all over the world with the fact they helped clean the stadium after their teams matches at the FIFA World Cup. Their round of 16 loss against Belgium when their Europens opponent came back from a two-goal difference, was no difference.While the sight of fans picking up their own litter was remarkable to most, back in Japan the practice, which is ingrained since childhood, is seen as completely normal.Images of Japanese fans picking up rubbish in Russian stadiums after watching their team’s matches became a social media sensation and has caught the attention of international media while a photo of the immaculate Japanese changing room after their defeat to Belgium also went viral. The team also left a hand-written thank you note in Russian.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe last remaining Asian team in the competition let a two-goal lead slip with under 20 minutes left in the Round of 16 game.After giving a standing ovation to their players, the disconsolate Japanese fans collected their waste in bags which they had brought themselves. Visiting Japanese tourists have done this throughout World Cup 2018 in Russia (AP Photo)The players bowed to the crowd, and later left their dressing room impeccably clean, with a message saying “Thank you” in Russian, a viral photo shared by FIFA staff showed.READ – A nation in tears after Japan’s heartbreaking exitThe worldwide praise which the Japanese fans and players conduct received has been met with both surprise and pride back home.advertisement”It might be remarkable outside Japan, but for us it is normal. It would be unusual to leave behind trash wherever you go and show a bad image in a country which is not your own,” Yumi Takada, a 61-year-old Japanese woman, told Efe, having watched the match on TV. A fan of Japan collects trash after the round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the Rostov Arena on Monday (AP Photo)For the Japanese, cleaning public spaces is a well established tradition, and children are taught to clean their classrooms and sports facilities from the age of six.READ – ‘Japan played like warriors’ – Blue Samurais win heartsIt is normal for the Japanese to leave parks in the same state as they found them in after large open-air gatherings and festivals.”This is the Japanese way. We always try to leave everything clean,” the Japanese Football Association press officer told reporters.READ – Japanese fans clean stadium even after heartbreaking exitDespite the outpouring of praise for their cleanliness, not all Japanese fans were happy with their team’s performance in Russia, despite coming within seconds of achieving their best ever result at the World Cup.”We can no longer be satisfied with being good losers,” Japanese daily Asahi said in an article on Tuesday, urging people to demand better results from the national team, which has now lost in the round of 16 for the third time after first qualifying for the event in 1998.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

first_imgPV Sindhu advanced to the second round of the Fuzhou China Open with a comfortable victory over Evgeniya Kosetskaya of Russia on Tuesday.Sindhu registered an easy 21-13 21-19 win in the first round that lasted only 29 minutes.Sindhu, who is seeded third, hardly broke a sweat in the first game. She won six consecutive points to take a 1-0 lead.The unseeded Russian tested Sindhu in the second game which went down to the wire. However, the Indian emerged victorious in the hard-fought encounter.The 23-year-old will now take on the unseeded Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand in the second round.In the women’s doubles, the pairing of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy crashed out of the competition after losing in the first round. Ponanappa and Reddy lost 21-19 15-21 21-17 to the Japanese duo of Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

first_imgHaryana Steelers will face Tamil Thalaivas and Bengal Warriors will take on Telugu Titans on Christmas day in the Pro Kabaddi League 2018 inter zone wildcard matches at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium in Kolkata.The Haryana Steelers-Tamil Thalaivas match is expected to be tame affair with both teams out of the running for play-off spots and with nothing really being at stake for either team. Haryana Steelers and Tamil Thalaivas will both be playing their last match of this edition of PKL.As for Telugu Titans taking on Bengal Warriors in their final league fixture,it will be a crucial one for them as they need a big win to give them a mathematical chance of qualifying. Bengal Warriors, on the other hand, will look to keep their momentum going into the Playoffs after already having qualified from Zone B.What time does Haryana Steelers vs Tamil Thalaivas match in Pro Kabaddi League 2018 start?The PKL 2018 match between Haryana Steelers and Tamil Thalaivas will start at 8 PM IST.What time does Bengal Warriors vs Telugu Titans match in Pro Kabaddi League 2018 start?The PKL 2018 match between Bengal Warriors and Telugu Titans will start at 9 PM IST.What TV channel and streaming is the Pro Kabaddi League 2018 matches between Haryana Steelers vs Tamil Thalaivas and Bengal Warriors vs Telugu Titans?Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 1 HD will show the match on TV. Hotstar will streaming of Haryana Steelers vs Tamil Thalaivas and Bengal Warriors vs Telugu Titans matches.Where will the PKL 2018 matches between Haryana Steelers vs Tamil Thalaivas and Bengal Warriors vs Telugu Titans be played?advertisementThe PKL 2018 matches between Haryana Steelers vs Tamil Thalaivas and Bengal Warriors vs Telugu Titans will be played in Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium in Kolkata.Where can I watch the Haryana Steelers vs Tamil Thalaivas and Bengal Warriors vs Telugu Titans live?The matches will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on are the squads for the PKL 2018 matches between Haryana Steelers vs Tamil Thalaivas and Bengal Warriors vs Telugu Titans?Haryana SteelersVikas, Neeraj Kumar, Surender Nada, Sachin Shingade, Amit Singh, H. N. Arun Kumar, Md. Zakir Hossain, Wazir Singh, Monu Goyat, Anand Surendra Tomar, Bhuvneshwar Gaur, Prateek, Patrick Nzau Muvai, Mayur Shivtarkar, Kuldeep SinghTamil ThalaivasAmit Hooda, C. Arun, J. Darshan, Jae Min Lee, Sunil, D. Gopu, Ajay Thakur, Jasvir Singh, Anand, Sukesh Hegde, C. P. O. Surjeet Singh, M. S. Athul, Anil Kumar, V. Vimal Raj, Manjeet Chhillar, Chan Sik Park, D. PradapBengal WarriorsPO Surjeet Singh, Ameares Mondal, Ziaur Rahman, Baldev Singh, Vijin Thangadurai, Manoj Dhull, Mithin Kumar, Jang Kun Lee, Mahesh Goud, Amit Kumar, Amit Nagar, Rakesh Narwal, Ashish, Vittal Meti, Bhupender Singh, Shrikant Tewthia, Ran Singh, Ravindra Ramesh KumawatTelugu TitansSombir, Abozar Mohajermighani, Farhad Rahimi Milaghardan, C. Manoj Kumar, Sanket Chavan, Anuj Kumar, Deepak, Rakesh Singh Kumar, Nilesh Salunke, Mohsen Maghsoudloujafari, Rakshith, Rajnish, Ankit Beniwal, Kamal Singh, Rahul Chaudhari, Mahender Reddy, Armaan, Vishal Bhardwajlast_img read more

first_imgzoom China Rongsheng Heavy Industries Group Holdings Limited, a large heavy industries group in China, announced the delivery of its 380,000 DWT class Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC) “VALE LIANYUNGANG” to Vale S.A. (Vale) recently.The vessel is the twelfth 380,000 DWT class VLOC delivered by the Group since its inception, and is the Group’s fifth delivery of VLOCs this year.Vale is an important strategic partner of China Rongsheng Heavy Industries. The Group has formed a close and seamless  partnership with Vale, and the Brazilian mining giant is a reputable firm with a strong track record in risk management. Among the 16 380,000 DWT class VLOCs orders secured by the Group, all 4 VLOCs orders from Oman Shipping Company S.A.O.C. have already been delivered. Only 4 more 380,000 DWT class VLOCs are still pending deliveries.The 380,000 DWT class VLOC built by China Rongsheng measures 360 meters in length, 65 meters in breadth and 30.4 meters in depth, and is currently the world’s largest VLOC. The self-developed and high-tech vessel type represents the most advanced technology of VLOCs in the world. It adopts an environmentally friendly design focusing on lowering fuel consumption and reducing CO2 emission, while its operating efficiency exceeds most existing ore carriers. With Energy Efficiency Design Index (“EEDI”) recorded at approximately 1.99 during sea trials, Rongsheng-built VLOCs are in line with low-carbon green product initiative and meets the benchmark requirements on emission reduction set by International Maritime Organization (“IMO”), which came into effect as of 1 January 2013.RSHI, November 25, 2013;last_img read more

Surplus Auction Scheduled for Nov 27

October 22, 2019 | hpnymhct | No Comments

first_imgIt may not be Christmas shopping material, unless Santa is delivering a Dake 30-ton hydraulic press, but there will be bargains at the Nova Scotia Government surplus auction Saturday, Nov. 27. The auction will be held at the Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal warehouse, 10 Acadia St., Dartmouth. The items can be viewed on auction day between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. In addition to the aforementioned hydraulic press, bargain hunters will find equipment such as a backhoe, a road grader, snowmobiles, several vans and trucks, a boat trailer, a ride-on mower/snowplow, pressure washers, lathes, milling machines, welders, snow shoes, assorted filing cabinets, office furniture, televisions, GPS units, cameras, VCRs, and lighting fixtures. A partial list of items and photos will be posted at a few days before the auction. The auction will be conducted by Auction Advantage. Payment must be made by cash, debit or auctioneer-approved cheque. Credit cards will not be accepted. A canteen will be on site with proceeds going to the United Way campaign. Money earned through the auction is used to help pay down the provincial debt.last_img read more

Nunavut municipal leaders gather in Iqaluit

October 14, 2019 | hpnymhct | No Comments

first_imgAPTN National NewsThis week, the Nunavut Association of Municipalities are holding their annual meeting in Iqaluit and members attending from all over the territory.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll explains that in Nunavut, you can’t let challenges get you down.last_img

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – FSJ RCMP have been rewarded financial assistance to contract ‘S. Young Enterprises Ltd’ by City Council to move ahead with building a Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA) Room.During a safety audit that took place in 2016 by the Safety Branch of the RCMP, the need for the addition of a (CDSA) room to the RCMP building was determined. The danger to public health associated with controlled substances is known.This project will upgrade an existing storage area that is located at the RCMP building. Adding a large capacity ventilation system, the room will be able to be kept at negative pressure and will include a viewing area to ensure the safety of the personnel working inside. The $87,760 for this project will be funded through the Peace River Agreement C2Capital funds. The RCMP will contribute 50% of the Capital cost through reimbursement once the project is completed in accordance with the Occupancy Agreement.last_img read more

Spain Stepsup CeutaMorocco Border Security

October 12, 2019 | hpnymhct | No Comments

Rabat – The autonomous city of Ceuta has been upgrading its security system at the border with Morocco, as planned by the Spanish ministry of interior.According to El Confidencial, a Spanish news outlet, the ministry replaced 41 DOMOS cameras and 11 fixed cameras and installed 14 new technical cameras as well as a more modern CCTV control platform.The facial recognition system, whose launch date has not yet been announced, will be installed in both Ceuta and Melilla as a way to fast-track border control and increase security. The interesting change is Ceuta’s plan to remove concertina wires while Morocco is building its new wire fences.Morocco’s new fence is a result of the agreements reached with the European Union that included a €140 million investment to control migration.Read also: Spanish FM: EU Financial Contribution to Morocco for Curbing Migration Not SufficientHowever, according to El Confidential, Morocco began building concertina wires before receiving the EU funding.Khalid Zerouali, director of Immigration and Border Surveillance of the Moroccan Interior Ministry, said: “it is part of a project to reinforce Moroccan security measures in the Mediterranean over 1,000 kilometers.”The Immigration director described the project as “the outcome of an analysis that began in 2016 when we had identified some improvements which we are now incorporating.” read more

Miss USA was crowned Miss Universe 2012 at the finals held at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas today.Meanwhile Sri Lanka has something to cheer about as Miss Sri Lanka Sabrina Herft was placed 4th for the best national costume. Miss China won the Best National Costume title. 89 drop-dead gorgeous women had lined to own the crown that is currently adorned by Angola’s Leila Lopes.During the Q&A, Olivia was asked by Miss Universe 2010 title holder Ximena Navarrete, “what is something you have done that you would never do again?” The huge responsibility of giving the world its next Miss Universe was at the hands of Diego Boneta, Kerri Walsh, Scott Disick, Nigel Barker, Brad Goreski, Cluadia Jordan, Pablo Sandoval, Lisa Venderpupm & Jiggy, Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Ximena Navarette. Olivia Culpo, Miss USA  beat Miss Philippines who was placed second followed by Miss Venezuela, Miss Australia and Miss Brazil for the crown. To which the beauty queen answered, “Every experience no matter what it is, good or bad, you’ll learn from it.”The Rhode Island native had been a Donald Trump favorite for which she received a lot of flack. read more

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A meat-alternative food company has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming an Arkansas law that bans the use of “meat” in labeling plant-based foods violates free speech rights.Oregon-based Tofurky Co. filed the lawsuit Monday against Arkansas’ Bureau of Standards. Tofurky produces a variety of tofu, quinoa and other plant-based “sausages,” deli slices and burgers.The Arkansas law’s stated goal is to “require truth in labeling.” It also bans companies from labeling other vegetables, such as cauliflower, as “rice.” Arkansas is the nation’s top rice producer.Tofurky filed a lawsuit in 2018 against a Missouri meat-labeling law. This month, Illinois-based Upton’s Naturals Co. challenged a Mississippi law.Arkansas’ law is set to take effect Wednesday. It would fine companies $1,000 for each violation.Hannah Grabenstein, The Associated Press read more

first_img“Went home, went to sleep and then woke up at five o’clock in the morning in a lot of pain. And then went to hospital.“I don’t think I’m going to cycle for a while … I’m quite a clumsy guy anyway.” The hospital said its policies and protocols were reviewed every one to three years and that its policy for “high profile patients” was due for review this November.Sheeran was forced to cancel shows in Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong following the accident, telling the Jonathan Ross Show he was advised by doctors against attempting to play through the pain.“I tried to say ‘I’ll carry on doing shows’, but they said if I put any more stress on it, I might not be able to play (guitar) again so it’s good to be sensible,” he said. Recalling the accident he added: “I was in Suffolk. The thing is, when it happened, I got up and was like, ‘That hurt’ and then cycled to the pub. A review has been launched at Ipswich Hospital after Ed Sheeran was asked to sign autographs and pose for selfies when he went there for treatment.Sheeran was admitted to the hospital in October last year after he broke his arm and wrist in a bicycle accident.According to the BBC the members of staff asked the singer to take photographs with them.A spokeswoman for Ipswich hospital said a review which looked into “confidentiality, privacy of the patient and their loved ones and practical considerations” started the next month. 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.last_img read more

“Above all, he said he was just amazed by the miracles in the world, and how his child has made a lot of people happy,” said Mr Van der Stroom. In 2014 his mother, Marion, died aged 58 from chronic lung disease, and in 2015 he was diagnosed with PTSD, triggering what he described as a “domino effect” of mental health issues.“I told Harry about my mother and we talked about our shared experience of missing a mum,” he said.“He said missing a mother is like missing some kind of security, how you need that as a son and it falls away when you lose your mother.” Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex is presented with an Invictus Games baby grow by Princess Margriet of The Netherlands during the launch of the Invictus Games “He also told me he’s really happy that his son is so far very quiet. The Duke of Sussex (R) makes a bike ride with Dutch athlete Dennis Van Der Stroom (L)  “But he also told me not to make too many plans and that there’s no way you can plan for when the baby arrives.”The Invictus athlete, who served in the army from 2006 until 2011, described his conversation with the Duke as “amazing and emotional”.“At a certain moment, we just got connected on this level,” he said.“We talked about how my wife, Mireille, is 20 weeks pregnant with our first child, a girl, and he told me how special it was that his son has just been born.“Harry talked about how having a small child was his new focus and new goal and I told him how a couple of months ago, I was struggling with my mental health but my wife’s pregnancy has given me a goal.”Mr van der Stroom was a Corporal First Class and served on operations in Uruzgan, Afghanistan. The Duke of Sussex has spoken of how his three-day-old son Archie has “given him a new focus and goal”, teaching him the “miracle” of new life after the challenges he faced following the loss of his mother.The Duke, who was in The Hague for the launch of the one year countdown to the Invictus Games, told of his pleasure in knowing his baby had made “a lot of people happy”, saying he was still “very quiet” at just a few days old.Having left Archie at home in Windsor with the Duchess to return for one day of work, he spoke of the joy his baby son has brought but advised a fellow father-to-be to learn his lessons and not plan too much after the baby’s arrival.During a bike ride around the Zuiderpark, the Duke had a candid conversation with former soldier Dennis van der Stroom, 31, about mental health and parenting, speaking poignantly of the loss of Diana, Princess of Wales.Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Monday morning, with the Duke appearing to abandon the idea of paternity leave with one engagement today another already announced for Tuesday. The Duchess of Sussex gave birth on Monday Credit: Xinhua / Barcroft Images The Duke of Sussex (R) makes a bike ride with Dutch athlete Dennis Van Der Stroom (L) Credit: REX His branded jacket was embroidered with the word “Daddy”. Chatting to a friend in the arena, he discussed how fatherhood was the “best thing he will ever do”.JJ Chalmers, a former Invictus star and broadcaster who has become a friend of the Prince, disclosed: “He said it’s amazing but it’s hard work. He said that [Archie] slept for the first 24 hours like all babies do…and then he woke up.”Need a better way to start your day? For your essential rundown from The Telegraph, sign up to our free Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings on WhatsApp. The Duke, who had pretended to prop his eyes open with tiredness as he arrived at a sports stadium in The Hague, will travel home with a new soft rattle toy, a stuffed bird, some newborn socks with “I love Daddy” written on them, and a special Invictus Games babygrow for Archie. Prince Harry is presented with an Invictus Games baby grow by Princess Margriet of The Netherlands during the launch of the Invictus GamesCredit: Patrick van Katwijk The Duchess of Sussex gave birth on Monday  read more

first_imgAir traffic at PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) Jobsite has increased for the next six months due to the addition to the air fleet at Jobsite of a new helicopter operated by Nyaman Air. Among other tasks, this helicopter will transport employees and their families to Tembagapura, the mine town, which is the subject of International Mining’s November article on this great operation.PTFI Executive Vice President – Technical Services Jeff Monteith: “This helicopter will help support company operations. The Mi-8 helicopter also will provide additional services of transporting emergency supplies to the highlands, including medicine and food.”“I am glad and proud that in the current situation the company shows its care for employees by facilitating transport for those who are going on leave or on company business trips. I hope this new transport will motivate employees to be more productive,” said PTFI Superintendent – Underground Production Gerard Wakum, who flew in the helicopter with his family from Timika to Tembagapura.“If weather permits, the helicopter will fly three to four times a day,” explained Manager – AVCO Airport Subagyo Hadidjan.This Russian-made helicopter has a 26-seat capacity and can carry 4 t of cargo. The Mi-8 weighs 12 t and has a maximum speed of 250 km/h. Full length including rotor is 25.2 m, at 18.2 m wide and 5.65 m high; the body is 2.5 m wide. Despite its size, the Mi-8 can travel a normal distance of 460 km. With extra fuel it could fly for up to 950 km.last_img read more

first_imgOpen source software has had a major impact on the applications and platforms we all use today. Linux is now a very viable alternative to Windows and Mac OS even for beginner PC users. The Android operating system looks set to dominate on mobile hardware, and more and more software applications are being released for free as open source projects by anyone who can learn to program.Now the same looks set to happen for hardware. With the development of cheap, easy to use electronics components as part of the Arduino computing platform, it’s becoming much easier to create your own hardware solutions without spending a lot of money.No longer do we have to leave hardware creation to the large corporations with access to manufacturing plants and skilled workers. Instead, we can spend a few dollars buying an Arduino board, a bunch of components, and start experimenting with the support of a growing online community.The video above gives you an introduction to what Arduino is and how it has developed since its inception. You come away thinking anything is possible with a bit of learning and a 3D printer, and why not? If software can be free to use, why can’t hardware be free to create and distribute?The clear message Arduino The Documentary gives out is that we are about to see an explosion of hardware devices that come from bedroom tinkerers and student projects. Not only that, but they have the potential to turn into commercial products that businesses form around and investors flock to. We also have an opportunity to get electronics taught to our kids in schools for very little cost and hopefully start producing the next generation of talented engineers.via Rodrigo Calco’s Vimeo channel and the Arduino bloglast_img read more

first_img 13,914 Views Apr 21st 2017, 8:37 AM By Gráinne Ní Aodha Much of the damage inflicted on the public bikes is simply mindless vandalism… in one case, a bike was sawn in half.As of Wednesday, 210 of the 576 bikes in the fleet have either been stolen or have had to be taken out of service due to vandalism, which is costing the scheme almost £1,800 per month (€2,149).Over the Easter weekend, 19 bikes were stolen, six of which were recovered, and a further eight were vandalised.In Dublin, 4,950 bikes (not part of the Dublin Bike scheme) were reported stolen in 2014, an increase of 3,077 since 2008, (+162%). The overall number of Dublin Bikes stolen is considered to be relatively low, although official figures have not been released. 45 Comments Short URL Friday 21 Apr 2017, 8:37 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘It’s threatening the future of the scheme’: One third of Belfast Bikes stolen or vandalised Bike scheme users are being advised to double check that bikes are ‘locked in’ at docking stations. Source: Shutterstock/James Kennedy NIBelfast City Council said that “a recent spate of theft and vandalism is jeapordising the future of the scheme” as well as severely impacting the service for users.The Belfast Bikes scheme has gained 5,000 annual members and over 5,000 casual subscribers since its launch in April 2015.The PSNI revealed in January that there is an increasing issue of bike theft in general, claiming that bicycle theft is “almost like the new car theft”. Source: Shutterstock/trattieritrattiThe council and the PSNI are appealing to people to report theft and vandalism to the scheme operators, or bring it to the attention of the police.Sergeant Pete Cunningham said:“We would appeal to anyone who witnesses any instances of theft or vandalism to the bikes to report this to police immediately so that we can address the issue and deal with those who are responsible.Please contact the PSNI by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency. Or, if you would prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”If you’re a scheme user, a quick pull of the bike to make sure it’s properly locked at docking stations is advised to help curb vandalism and theft.Read: Someone’s been putting these strange anti-cycling posters up in HowthRead: Man’s careless driving left woman cyclist without ability to speak, walk or hear Source: Shutterstock/adamicoTHE VANDALISM AND theft of Belfast city’s bike service is threatening the future of the scheme, Belfast City Council have said.More than one third of Belfast Bikes are out of action because they’ve been stolen or vandalised. Share Tweet Email last_img read more