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Provincial agencies and racism focus of MMIWG hearings in Maliotenam

first_imgDanielle Rochette APTN News Provincial agencies and organizations were the focus of the testimony at the hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Maliotenam, Que. Thursday.A number of families went before the commissioners to talk about being assaulted and racism.You can follow the hearings in Maliotenam here: MMIWG MaliotenamYou can follow Danielle atlast_img

We will see a new PM everyday under mahamilawat govt Shah

first_imgTakhatpur (Chhattisgarh): Taking a dig at the grand alliance of opposition parties, BJP president Amit Shah Thursday said there will a new prime minister everyday of the week if such a “mahamilawat” or “highly adulterated” government comes to power at the Centre. Addressing an election rally here in Bilaspur district, Shah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the only leader in the country who can give a befittingreply to Pakistan for its anti-India actions. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “There are two camps clearly visible in this election – one NDA and its allies led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi which is united and then there is mahamilawat (highly adulterated) gathbandhan of Rahul Baba and company,” he said. “When I asked them that if by mistake their alliance gets elected, who will be your Prime Ministerial candidate…? silence is the only answer I get. “One of my party workers sent me a message on WhatsApp about their planning if they get elected. That is, on Monday Sharad Pawar will be the PM, while on Tuesday it will be Mayawati. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “On Wednesday it would be Akhilesh Yadav, Deve Gowda on Thursday, Stalin on Friday and Mamata Didi on Saturday while on Sunday the country will be on leave,” he said, mocking the anti-BJP alliance. That is the reason why people shout slogans of `Modi Modi’ as they know only he can provide a strong and stable leadership, the BJP chief added. Work done by the Modi government in the last five years has changed the lives of 50 crore people in the country, he added. Hailing the air strike on a terror camp at Balakot in Pakistan in February, Shah said the government under Modi has safeguarded India’s borders and he is the only one who can give a befitting reply to the neighbouring country. “The Narendra Modi government has done the biggest work of securing our borders. During the 10 years of Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh-led UPA rule, Aliya, Maliya, Jamaliya anybody (terrorists) entered our borders and chopped off heads of our jawans and insulted them. “When the Pulwama terror attack occurred, there was anger among people in the country. Pakistan had deployed tanks on its border fearing another surgical strike. “Barely 13 days after the (Pulwama) attack, Narendra Modiji gave orders to the Air Force and the Air force carried out air strike and demolished terror camps in Pakistan,” he said. After the air strike, when the people of the country were happy, sadness had gripped two places – Pakistan and the office of Rahul Baba and company, Shah said. Mourning in Pakistan was obvious. But why they (Rahul Gandhi and his alliance partners) were in pain? Were they (terrorists) their `chachere bhai’ (cousins), he asked, attacking the Congress-led opposition. “Guru of Rahul Gandhi, Sam Pitroda, says a few people committed mistake and a dialogue should be held with them. Do you think talks should be held with those who killed our 40 jawans…our policy is clear – reply of bullets will be given with shells,” Shah asserted. “They (terrorists) will be given a befitting reply. The BJP has a zero tolerance policy against terrorists,” Shah said. Lashing out at the Bhupesh Baghel-led Congress government, which came to power in December, Shah said, Chhattisgarh was a ‘Bimaru’ (underdeveloped) state when it was formed (in 2000). “The Raman Singh-led BJP government, during its 15- year rule (2003-2018), took it to new heights of development. After the Congress came to power in the state, it stopped the BJP government’s scheme of distributing gram and salt to the poor people.” Shah said Chhattisgarh may again become a ‘Bimaru’ state under the Congress rule. “It seems in the Congress rule, Chhattisgarh will once again become a Bimaru state aslaw and order situation has deteriorated and no new industries are coming up. “Only one industry is flourishing in the state and that is `transfer industry’,” he said, apparently referring to transfer of bureaucrats. Shah addressed the rally in support of Arun Sao, the BJP candidate from the Bilaspur Lok Sabha constituency which will vote on April 23 along with half a dozen other seats.last_img

Kenya waste dump poses health hazard to children UN agency warns

5 October 2007The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today warned that a large waste dump located in Kenya is posing a serious threat to children living nearby and pledged its assistance to help reduce the hazard. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today warned that a large waste dump located in Kenya is posing a serious threat to children living nearby and pledged its assistance to help reduce the hazard.Citing the results of a study it commissioned of 328 children up to the age of 18 around the Dandora Municipal Dumping Site, the agency said half had concentrations of lead in their blood exceeding internationally accepted levels, while 42 per cent of soil samples recorded lead levels almost 10 times higher than what is considered unpolluted soil. Almost half of the children tested were suffering from respiratory diseases, including chronic bronchitis and asthma.UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said the results were worse than expected. “We had anticipated some tough and worrisome findings, but the actual results are even more shocking than we had imagined at the outset,” he said.He also drew broader conclusions about problems of waste management in poor countries. “The Dandora site may pose some special challenges for the city of Nairobi and Kenya as a nation. But it is also a mirror to the condition of rubbish sites across many parts of Africa and other urban centres of the developing world.”Mr. Steiner said UNEP stands ready to assist the local and national authorities in the search for improved waste management systems and strategies including ones that generate sustainable and healthier jobs in the waste-handling and recycling sectors.The 30-acre large Dandora dumping site receives 2,000 tonnes of rubbish every day, including plastics, rubber and lead paint treated wood, generated by some 4.5 million people living in the Kenyan capital. The study also found evidence of the presence of hazardous waste, such as chemical and hospital waste, on the dumpsite.Every day, scores of people, including children, from the nearby slums and low-income residential areas use the dump to find food, recyclables and other valuables they can sell as a source of income, at the same time inhaling the noxious fumes from routine waste burning and methane fires, UNEP said.“We have been witnessing an alarming situation regarding Dandora children’s health: asthma, anaemia and skin infections are by now endemic. These abnormalities are linked to the environment around the dumping site, and are exacerbated by poverty, illiteracy and malnutrition. Since waste dumping is unrestricted and unmanaged, people are also at risk from contracting blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS,” said Njoroge Kimani, principal investigator and author of the report.According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), a quarter of all diseases affecting humankind are attributable to environmental risks with children more vulnerable than adults. Among children under age five, environmentally-related illnesses are responsible for more than 4.7 million deaths annually. Twenty-five per cent of deaths in developing countries are related to environmental factors, compared with 17 per cent of deaths in the developed world.“The children of Dandora, Kenya, Africa and the world deserve better than this. We can no longer afford rubbish solutions to the waste management crisis faced in far too many cities, especially in the developing world,” said Mr. Steiner. read more

Democracy in Latin America must respond to regions poor Annan says

In a speech to the International Seminar on Democracy, Politics and the State, which opened this morning in Mexico City, Mr. Annan warned against the temptation among some – documented in a UN Development Programme (UNDP) survey earlier this year – to turn away from more than two decades of reforms towards democracy.”The vote has not produced a steady job, a full table, property rights – or, for many indigenous people, even a sense of real participation in the political life of their country,” he said, arguing that the popularity of democracy in Latin America will depend on citizens seeing actual material and social benefits from having a vote.”They must have reason to be confident that their vote will translate into improvements in their daily lives, and enable their societies to build consensus on the reforms that are needed for further democratic progress,” he said.Corruption-free public institutions, investments in education, genuine public participation in decision-making and determined political leadership are critical to fostering not just an electoral democracy but a “citizen’s democracy,” he said.In a report released in April, the UNDP found that just 43 per cent of almost 20,000 people polled across Latin America said they fully supported democracy, while 55 per cent said they would support on authoritarian regime if it could “resolve” their economic problems. And, since 2000, four elected presidents in the region have had to leave office before the formal end of their terms because of steep falls in their public support.But the Secretary-General emphasized that although democracy has not broken down the “barriers of exclusion” – and is even viewed by some as being part of the problem – Latin America needs more democracy, not less. “The great challenges of building democracy, advancing development and promoting security are closely related – and all nations have an interest in working together to meet them.”Later today Mr. Annan will meet the Foreign Affairs Committee of Mexico’s Senate, while last night he held talks with President Vicente Fox and Foreign Minister Luis Ernesto Derbez. The talks covered many issues, including the state of democracy in Latin America, the fight against HIV/AIDS and Mexico’s contribution to multilateralism. read more

UPDATED Guterres condemns armed attack against UN peacekeepers in Mali

Mr. Guterres is “deeply saddened at the death of a Nigerian peacekeeper who succumbed to his wounds following the armed attack by unidentified assailants in Timbuktu”, said his spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric,  in a statement issued that evening.The UN chief expressed his “heartfelt condolences” to the bereaved family and the Government of Nigeria and “wished a speedy recovery to another Nigerian peacekeeper who was wounded in the same attack”. He also wished a “swift recovery to three Chadian peacekeepers”, who were wounded when their mine-protected vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Tessalit, Kidal region. The Secretary-General recalled that “attacks targeting United Nations peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law” and called on the Malian authorities to “take swift action to identify the perpetrators of these attacks and promptly bring them to justice”.“The Secretary-General reaffirms the solidarity of United Nations with the people and the Government of Mali and its support to their quest for peace and stability”, Mr. Dujarric concluded.Grounds for sanctionsFor its part, the Security Council condemned “in the strongest terms” the attacks while also expressing their “deepest condolences and sympathy” to the victim’s family, to Nigeria and to MINUSMA.  In a statement issued on Sunday, the  Security Council members  cited resolutions and stressed that any “involvement in planning, directing, sponsoring or conducting attacks” against MINUSMA peacekeepers “constitutes a basis for sanctions”.  The Security Council reaffirmed that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security” and underlined that the “perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism” be brought to justice.  Stating that those responsible “should be held accountable”, the Council urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, “to cooperate actively with all relevant authorities in this regard”. Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable Security Council“Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed” they spelled out.  All States must combat “by all means”, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, the statement continued. The Security Council said it fully supported Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative for Mali and Head of MINUSMA, the peacekeeping mission and the other security presences “in Mali and in the Sahel region”. Expressing concern over the country’s security situation and “the transnational dimension of the terrorist threat in the Sahel region”, the Council urged the nation’s parties to “fully implement the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali without further delay” “The full implementation of the Agreement and the intensification of efforts to overcome asymmetric threats can contribute to improving the security situation across Mali” they said, underlining that the efforts of the Cross-Border Joint Force to counter the activities of terrorist groups and other organized criminal groups will “contribute to create a more secure environment in the Sahel region”. The Council members further stressed “he importance that MINUSMA has “the necessary capacities to fulfil its mandate and promote the safety and security of the United Nations peacekeepers, pursuant to Security Council resolution 2423 (2018)”. “These heinous acts” will not undermine the Council’s determination “to continue to support the peace and reconciliation process in Mali” the statement concluded. read more

Baseball Ohio State cruises to 85 victory against Xavier

Ohio State junior outfielder Dominic Canzone (33) celebrates with senior infielder Kobie Foppe (2) after a home run during the game against Michigan on April 12. Ohio State won 10-5. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFour years ago, now-redshirt senior pitcher Thomas Waning was not wearing a scarlet and gray uniform. Instead, he was wearing navy in his redshirt season for Xavier.   Waning and Ohio State (21-17, 4-5 Big Ten) cruised past Xavier (14-23, 5-1 Big East) by a score of 8-5. Big games from Waning and junior right fielder Dominic Canzone allowed for the Buckeyes to win their fifth game in the past six games. In his third year with the Buckeyes, Waning received his first start Tuesday, but he wasn’t slated to be the starter until a few hours before the game.  “Mitch Milheim wasn’t able to pitch tonight. He’s actually in surgery for having his appendix removed,” head coach Greg Beals said.This forced the staff to call upon Waning. The right hander had logged 11.2 innings in 12 appearances for Ohio State on the season, but the nerves were still there for the redshirt senior. “[I was] a little nervous,” Waning said. “It’s been six years since I started, since high school.” Waning entered the contest with a 6.17 ERA and a 9-to-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The redshirt senior would not allow a baserunner through the first 3.2 innings of his start. He would finish the day with four scoreless innings pitched, the longest outing of his career, and one hit allowed in his first career win. “To get four from him was more than we expected,” Beals said. “Really happy for Thomas.” Canzone would electrify the game with both his fielding and hitting abilities. Defensively, the co-captain would lay out to record two catches in the outfield.“Those were huge for Thomas to settle in and not have to work with a man on base and under pressure,” Beals said. In the batter’s box, Canzone would emphatically increase his on-base streak to 34 games. With two outs in the second inning, Canzone launched a moonshot home run over the right field wall on his first pitch to extend the lead to three. “There are guys out there that have the ability to find the barrel of the bat, and Dom is certainly that guy,” Beals said. Canzone would record three hits and two runs on the game, bringing his batting average to .368 on the season. Senior left fielder Brady Cherry was able to launch a two-run home run over the left field wall later in the second.On the year, Canzone and Cherry have combined for 19 of the team’s 36 home runs this season.“For me and Cherry, I consider us leaders on this team,” Canzone said. “I just have a feeling that we can lead our team in every single game, and I just want to take as much pressure as I can off the other guys.” The Xavier pitching staff had been prone to allowing home runs all season, and Tuesday was no different. After allowing 47 coming into the game, the Musketeers were taken yard two times by the Ohio State bats. The Buckeyes jumped on the Musketeers early with an RBI single from junior first baseman Conner Pohl in the first inning. Redshirt sophomore designated hitter Brent Todys brought home the second run of the inning with a single to left-center field. Pohl earned his second RBI of the game and 26th of the year with his first-career triple. Sophomore catcher Dillon Dingler and freshman third baseman Zach Dezenzo would knock in the second and third runs of the fourth inning. The Buckeyes would do the bulk of their damage with two outs. With a .533 two-out batting average, Ohio State would scratch across seven runs with two outs.  “It tells me something that the focus, the lock in, and the compete mode is strong,” Beals said. Cherry would try his hand at pitching for the fourth time this season, but a grand slam by senior shortstop Chris Givin capped off a five-run eighth inning for the Musketeers and the outing for Cherry. Junior pitcher Andrew Magno picked up his sixth save of the year. “Andrew is coming into himself. He’s always had great stuff,” Beals said. Ohio State will resume Big Ten play at 6:30 p.m. Friday against Maryland. read more

ASI displayed its automation prowess at successful SME Meeting

first_imgAt the SME 2014 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City at the end of February, members of ASI’s mining team, as well as sales and marketing staff participated in the exhibit hall and technical sessions, including a session dedicated to the Bingham Canyon mine cleanup efforts. Kennecott operators have been using ASI automated excavators since about June 2013 to remove debris from the most dangerous locations on the slide area.Visitors to ASI’s exhibit booth found a miniaturised display of a load/dump cycle that is being developed for mines internationally. The miniature trucks, controlled by ASI’s Mobius command and control software, rolled around a small track to demonstrate how robotic mining equipment can perform complex tasks and interact with other automated vehicles. ASI’s booth featured the Forecast® 3D laser and the miniature haul truck demo.“It’s difficult to give people at an expo the immersive experience they need to see how our software works, and sometimes video just doesn’t do it justice,” said Dru Brown, Marketing Manager and Event Coordinator for the SME meeting. “We wanted to give people something a little more tangible; something that would help them draw the connection to what this system looks like and how it works in an authentic mining environment.”With the risk of falling debris, landslides, and other large equipment, safety remains a major issue. To combat these challenges, every vehicle that ASI automates is equipped with several safety layers from sensors to software. Those attending ASI’s booth at SME were able to explore one of these safety layers in the Forecast® 3D laser, a main component in ASI’s Vantage® obstacle detection and avoidance system. The vertically spinning LiDAR sensor enables robotic vehicles to identify the size and shape of potential hazards ahead and react accordingly. “Our technology has a lot of promise in the mining industry,” said Brown. “The mine operators and managers we talk to immediately see the safety and productivity value adds that are possible with robotics.last_img read more

Hubble filme des aurores polaires à la surface de Saturne

first_imgHubble filme des aurores polaires à la surface de Saturne Les équivalents des aurores boréales et australes terrestres ont fait leur apparition à la surface de Saturne. Ces phénomènes rares ont été immortalisés par le télescope spatial Hubble. Ces aurores sont des phénomènes rares à l’échelle humaine. En effet, durant toute la durée de sa rotation autour du Soleil, soit environ trente ans, Saturne ne nous donne l’occasion d’en saisir des images que deux fois. Un spectacle de quelques secondes seulement visible tous les 15 ans. À lire aussiContemplez une splendide aurore boréale filmée depuis l’espaceCes images ont été capturées par le télescope Hubble, en orbite depuis 1990. On peut y voir des taches lumineuses à chaque pôle de la planète, appelées aurores polaires. Elles sont le résultat de l’interaction des particules chargées émises par les vents solaires avec les molécules de l’atmosphère. Comme sur Terre, les aurores polaires se produisent en très grande majorité au niveau des pôles : les aurores boréales au nord, les aurores australes au sud. Les scientifiques ont remarqué une différence d’intensité des aurores polaires selon le pôle : au nord, elles sont plus petites mais plus intenses, ce qui signifie que le champ magnétique y est plus important qu’au sud. Ce phénomène n’est observable que sur Saturne, même sur Terre, deux aurores se produisant sur les deux pôles au même moment n’ont jamais été recensées.Découvrir la vidéo du phénomène : https://www.maxisciences.com/aurore-polaire/des-aurores-polaires-sur-saturne-filmees-par-hubble_art5852.htmlLe 20 février 2010 à 11:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Dummett ruled out for Everton match

first_imgNewcastle United manager Rafa Benítez has revealed that injured defender Paul Dummett will not make a return at Goodison Park on Wednesday.Having sustained a hamstring injury on international duty with Wales, Dummett has missed Newcastle’s last two games.Ahead of their trip to Everton, manager Rafa Benitez gave an update on the condition of the 27-year-old, saying a return to action is way too early.“Dummett is still not ready – getting better, but not ready. (Isaac) Hayden also is not available, like (Karl) Darlow – they had the problem the last week,” Benitez told the club’s website.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“The other players are more or less – (Florian) Lejeune is training, (Jamie) Sterry is training, so everybody is training but we have two or three players who are not available and we have to make a decision later on about a couple of them.“We said before, we don’t have another specific left fullback so it’s more important for us. Paul is a great professional, he’s always doing well, but if he’s not there we have to manage.“We did well against Burnley but we have to manage these games and hopefully, the players that will play in his position will do well.”last_img read more

Claude Puel slams naive Leicester City

first_imgLeicester City manager Claude Puel has blasted his side for their naivete in their 4-3 defeat to Wolves at the Molineux on Saturday.Leicester responded in the second half and equalized 2-2 after having gone two goals down in the first half.Diogo Jota scored his second goal of the game to restore Wolves’ lead 13 minutes after Leicester had equalized, but Wes Morgan helped the visitors pull level again.The foxes pushed for the fourth goal to complete their comeback, only to have their hard work undone by Diogo Jota’s 93rd-minute winner, and Puel was left disappointed with his side’s game management.“It was an unbelievable game,” Puel told Sky Sports.“I think we have a lot of different feelings in this game, we started with poor intentions and conceded two early goals.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“It was crazy, we come back into the game with good quality and good chances. We lacked quality in our play but we came back with a fantastic spirit in the second half.“We came back with desire, aggression and put Wolves under pressure. We pressed well, continued our intensity.“But after the good feeling of coming back, we needed to waste some time. We didn’t manage the game at the end, we were naive in our goals and our management at the end.“The game is finished [at 3-3] – we needed to keep our position without trying to score another goal because there was a lot of tiredness.“It was a fantastic feeling [to come back] and of course it is a big disappointment at the end.”last_img read more

Modern Family Homeland Game Change each nab four Emmys

first_imgList of winners at Sunday’s 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:Drama series: “Homeland,” Showtime.Actress, drama series: Claire Danes, “Homeland,” Showtime.Actor, drama series: Damian Lewis, “Homeland,” Showtime.Supporting actor, drama series: Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad,” AMC.Supporting actress, drama series: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey,” PBS.Writing, drama series: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, “Homeland,” Showtime.Directing, drama series: Tim Van Patten, “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO.Comedy series: “Modern Family,” ABC.Actor, comedy series: Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men,” CBS.Actress, comedy series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO.Supporting actress, comedy series: Julie Bowen, “Modern Family,” ABC.Supporting actor, comedy series: Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family,” ABC.Writing, comedy series: Louis C.K, “Louie,” FX Networks.Directing, comedy series: Steven Levitan, “Modern Family,” ABC.Miniseries or movie: “Game Change,” HBO.Actress, miniseries or movie: Julianne Moore, “Game Change,” HBO.Actor, miniseries or movie: Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & -McCoys,” History.Supporting actress, miniseries or movie: Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story,” FX Networks.Supporting actor, miniseries or movie: Tom Berenger, “Hatfields & McCoys,” History.Directing, miniseries, movie or dramatic special: Jay Roach, “Game Change,” HBO.Writing, miniseries, movie or dramatic special: Danny Strong, “Game Change,” HBO.Reality-competition program: “The Amazing Race,” CBS.Host, reality-competition program: Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC.Variety, music or comedy series: “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central.Writing for a variety special: Louis C.K., “Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre,” FX Networks.Directing, variety, music or comedy special: Glenn Weiss, 65th Annual Tony Awards, CBS.LOS ANGELES — It was a three-peat for “Modern Family.”ABC’s ensemble hit comedy about a loving, dysfunctional family won the Emmy for best comedy series for the third consecutive year, capping a night in which it also won awards for directing, supporting actor and supporting actress — four trophies in all.Other big winners Sunday night — each also earning four trophies apiece — were “Game Change” and “Homeland.”If Sarah Palin was watching the 64th annual EmmyAwards on ABC, she probably wasn’t clapping. HBO’s “Game Change,” about then-Alaska Gov. turned Republican vice presidential nominee, won for best miniseries or movie, director, writing and best actress for Julianne Moore, who played Palin.Many thought Moore turned in an uncanny performance, but apparently Palin was not among them.“I feel so validated,” Moore said, “because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down.”Showtime made history with its freshman political thriller “Homeland.” It is the first time one of the cable network’s series won an Emmy for dramatic series. In doing so, it edged AMC’s “Mad Men,” which had a seeming lock on the category, after winning it for four years running.In addition to best dramatic series, “Homeland” earned trophies for lead actress Claire Danes, lead actor for Damian Lewis, and for writing. It’s also the first time that a Showtime series has captured awards in those categories. It was Lewis’ first nomination and his first win.Left empty handed for the fifth time in a row was Jon Hamm, star of AMC’s “Mad Men.” Also shoved aside was front-runner Bryan Cranston, who had won the category three times for his role on “Breaking Bad.”last_img read more

Eight days of razor clam digging starts Saturday

first_imgLONG BEACH — Eight more days of razor clam digging on the Long Beach Peninsula begin Saturday, with an additional eight days tentatively scheduled for late January and early February.Low afternoon tides on Saturday and Sunday will allow diggers to hit the beaches during daylight, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.The best digging typically is one to two hours before low tide. No digging is allowed before noon.Low tides for the upcoming eight-day dig are: 0.1 feet, 4:15 p.m., Saturday; -0.6 feet, 5:02 p.m.; Sunday; -1.1 feet, 5:47 p.m., Monday; -1.4 feet, 6:30 p.m., Jan. 20; -1.4 feet, 7:13 p.m., Jan. 21; -1.1 feet, 7:36 p.m., Jan. 22; -0.6 feet, 8:40 p.m., Jan. 23, and 0.1 feet, 9:25 p.m., Jan. 24.Diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams dug. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.The Department of Fish and Wildlife has proposed another series of digging in late January and early February is marine toxin tests indicate the clams are safe to eat.Those dates and low tides are: 0.5 feet, 3:43 p.m., Jan. 30; 0.2 feet, 4:32 p.m., Jan. 31; 0.0 feet, 5:15 p.m., Feb. 1; -0.1 feet, 5:53 p.m., Feb. 2; -0.1 feet, 6:27 p.m., Feb. 3; 0.0 feet, 6:59 p.m., Feb. 4; 0.2 feet, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 5, and 0.5 feet, 8 p.m., Feb. 6.last_img read more

Amazon Prime 6 benefits to Indian buyers

first_imgPrime will soon launch digital benefits like Prime Video that will provide access to Amazon Original Series and Movies along with movies and TV shows of Indian as well as world content. E-commerce giant Amazon India launched much awaited Amazon Prime subscription service in more than 100 cities in India on Tuesday. The service is expected to give a big boost to the e-retailer, which is already taking India’s home grown Flipkart head on.A recent report by App Annie said the U.S. headquartered firm had already pipped Flipkart as the number one mobile app downloaded in the e-retailing space. In June, the company promised to hike up its India investment by another $3 billion after exhausting its 2016 pledge of investing $2 billion early on. With 27 warehouses across the country, Amazon India has the largest stockholding capacity among all e-commerce firms in the country.Here is listed 6 benefits from the newly launched Amazon Prime subscription service:Amazon Prime is a subscription service that offers free and faster delivery of services to customers for an annual membership. Prime will have a dedicated page for sign up and is open to subscription in more than 100 cities. Prime members will be provided with access to special deals from exclusive brands and sellers. Under the ‘Lightening deals’ category, members will have exclusive access to certain products and also early access to products by 30 minutes every day. Products sold under the prime category will have the prime logo on it and users will also have the option to use prime filter to narrow down to exclusive products.center_img The service once subscribed will have the one-day or two-day delivery options, even for minimum purchases. Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and a few more cities will have same day morning or scheduled delivery services. The company plans to offer a 60-day trial period for anybody signing up for its subscription service and as a one-time offer slashed its subscription fee to Rs. 499 a year (otherwise priced at Rs. 999).last_img read more

PM attends meeting on UN reforms

first_imgThis photo shows prime minister Sheikh Hasina (C) just before attending a high-level meeting on UN reforms at ECOSOC Chamber of United Nations Headquarters on 18 September. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday joined a high-level meeting on UN reforms hosted by Donald Trump when the US president urged the UN to improve the way it does business.Heads of governments and states of 193 countries who arrived in New York to attend the 72nd session of UN General Assembly joined the meeting held at the UN Headquarters (UNHQ).In recent years, the United Nations “has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement,” Donald Trump said calling on the UN to invest “more in people and less in bureaucracy”.The high-level meeting titled “Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development” was held as a way to give momentum to Secretary General Antonio Guterres’s efforts to adopt a declaration to bring greater efficiency, accountability and transparency to the UN.As of this morning, 128 nations have signed the declaration, according the UN.“We support your efforts of UN Secretary General to look across the entire system, and to find ways the United Nations can better, and be better at development, management, peace, and security,” Trump said.“We seek a United Nations that regains the trust of the people around the world … cut through the bureaucracy, reform outdated systems, and make firm decisions to advance the UN’s core mission,” he added.The prime minister is scheduled to attend a high-level meeting on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and hold a bilateral meeting with her Bhutanese counterpart Tshering Tobgay later in the day.In the evening, Sheikh Hasina will hold a meeting with UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and attend a high-level follow-up meeting of Global Deal for Decent Work and Inclusive Growth.last_img read more

Scientists readying to create first image of a black hole

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further More information: www.eventhorizontelescope.org/ Sagittarius A*. This image was taken with NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory. Credit: Public domain Astronomers poised to capture image of supermassive black hole © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Scientists readying to create first image of a black hole (2017, February 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-scientists-readying-image-black-hole.html (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from around the world is getting ready to create what might be the first image of a black hole. The project is the result of collaboration between teams manning radio receivers around the world and a team at MIT that will assemble the data from the other teams and hopefully create an image. The project has been ongoing for approximately 20 years as project members have sought to piece together what has now become known as the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). Each of the 12 participating radio receiving teams will use equipment that has been installed for the project to record data received at a frequency of 230GHz during April 5 through the 14th. The data will be recorded onto hard drives which will all be sent to MIT Haystack Observatory in Massachusetts, where a team will stitch the data together using a technique called very long baseline array interferometry—in effect, creating the illusion of a single radio telescope as large as the Earth. The black hole they will all focus on is the one believed to be at the center of the Milky Way galaxy—Sagittarius A*.A black hole cannot be photographed, of course, light cannot reflect or escape from it, thus, there would be none to capture. What the team is hoping to capture is the light that surrounds the black hole at its event horizon, just before it disappears.Sagittarius A* is approximately 26,000 light-years from Earth and is believed to have a mass approximately four million times greater than the sun—it is also believed that its event horizon is approximately 12.4 million miles across. Despite its huge size, it would still be smaller than a pin prick against our night sky, hence the need for the array of radio telescopes.The researchers believe the image that will be created will be based on a ring around a black blob, but because of the Doppler effect, it should look to us like a crescent. Processing at Haystack is expected to take many months, which means we should not expect to see an image released to the press until sometime in 2018.last_img read more

Parker Solar Probe Could Find Answers To Mystery Behind The Suns Superheating

first_img DEAL OF THE DAY Close NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is expected to provide an answer to a mystery that has been puzzling scientists for hundreds of years.In two years, the spacecraft is expected to become the first to enter what is called the “zone of preferential heating” above the surface of the sun. In this region, elements are superheated until they are about 10 times hotter than the hydrogen at the core of the yellow dwarf.”Whatever the physics is behind this superheating, it’s a puzzle that has been staring us in the eye for 500 years,” stated Justin Kasper, a professor of climate and space sciences at the University of Michigan and the principal investigator behind the mission. All Bestseller Ads by Amazon ENDS IN Ads by Amazon Search AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches Wow facts 1Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийadvertisementThe Sun’s Hot ExteriorThe sun’s corona, the outermost layer of the star’s atmosphere, can reach temperatures upward of 2 million degrees Fahrenheit, according to NASA. However, the surface of the sun reaches only about 10,000 Fahrenheit, which is still very hot, but its temperature is significantly lower than that of the corona.In the same zone, hydromagnetic Alfvén waves (named after Nobel laureate Hannes Alfvén) that bounce around below the Alfvén point, or the outermost edge. At the Alfvén point, the solar winds are faster than the Alfvén speed and the Alfvén waves can no longer travel back to the sun.Solving The Mystery Of The Sun’s Hot Outer AtmosphereIn a study published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Kasper and colleagues detailed how they will use the Parker Solar Probe to understand what is making the heavy ions superheat under the Alfvén point. In the paper, the researchers predicted that the spacecraft will reach the zone of preferential heating in 2021 when the Alfvén point and other surfaces expand with solar activity.”The predictions in this paper suggest that these processes are operating below the Alfvén surface, a region close to the sun that no spacecraft has visited, meaning that these preferential heating processes have never before been directly measured,” added Kristopher Klein, one of the authors of the study.By studying the sun’s outer atmosphere, scientists will also be able to better understand and predict solar weather, which can have serious effects to life on Earth.The Parker Solar Probe was launched in August 2018. It will approach the Sun several times over the next couple of years, each time moving closer toward the surface. TAG NASA, Parker Solar Probe, Sun, Corona, Atmosphere ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.last_img read more

Arenal Report

first_imgNo related posts. Jeudy (Jepi) Castroand his 10 year-old sonRoberto were caught in a massive landslide, and their bodies were recovered Oct. 10. The funeral service was held in Nuevo Arenal Friday evening, during which the family expressed its profound gratitude to the hundreds of people who rushed to the scene with shovels and began digging frantically in hopes for a rescue.As those hopes faded with time, no one gave up. Huge dump trucks, a crane excavator and a front-end loader, aided by a high-pressure hose brought by the fire department, moved tons of earth. At one point it looked like another part of the 100-foot high cliff overhanging the area would break away, but the digging continued. Emergency Medical Services helped other volunteers distribute food, water, juice and coffee to the diggers who worked to exhaustion. At no time was any available shovel standing idle. Sadly, it was not until the afternoon of the third day that the crane scoop grazed the body of Yepi, and soon after revealed that of his son. The hundreds of people who responded to this tragedy are heroes.We are so fortunate to live where Nature abounds in beauty and provision. But with this incident, we have seen another aspect of the natural world, one that has brought grief and sadness to many people. It’s a sobering observation and it will stay with us for along time.Ladies of the Lake Co-President Rene Aoki has announced that the 4th annual Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 8 has been moved to the Salon Communal in Tilarán, across from the police station and bus terminal. Ruth Fountaine has been hosting craft days at her home with groups of women, creating many surprises for the Bazaar. If you have things to donate such as clothes, books, DVDs, furniture or other salable items, arrangements may be made for pick-up and storage. Anyone wishing to participate in any way may contact Ruth at lol4thbazaar@yahoo.com.The indigenous Maleku of the San Isidro de Guatuso area held a fiesta recently that featured historical re-enactments, bow and arrow competition, sports and a large assortment of beautiful crafts. Carved masks and gourds, jewelry, magnificently painted drums and rain sticks, handbags of woven natural fiber, to name just a few of the items, were available at prices well below those of the souvenir shops.Maleku artisans feature themes of nature, especially birds, butterflies, monkeys, snakes, jaguars and flowers. The workmanship is exquisite. An abundant supply of freshly prepared food and drinks kept visitors and participants happy and well fed. This fiesta is fun, and well worth the trip to Guatuso for anyone interested in the historical and cultural aspects of Costa Rica. We plan a return to the fiesta in 2014.Nuevo Arenal’s German restaurant, La Rana held it’s annual Octoberfest on Sunday Oct. 6.  Reinert Becker treated everyone to savory German delicacies and plenty of good German beer and music. Monday, Oct. 7, the Arenal Garden Club met at Guia Pelican’s farm for an outstanding tour of his agricultural achievements. Cows, pigs, sheep, turkeys, chickens and ducks all contribute manure for his bio-digester, which then produces methane. Ponds teeming with fish complete the self-sustaining operation. Guia’s presentation was professional and inspiring. It was exciting to see everything we ever read in Mother Earth News actually working on a neighborhood farm. After the walking tour, more than 60 people enjoyed a great potluck picnic and good fellowship with live music provided by Michael McBride.-William & Jean Priestjean_pri@comcast.net Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Qantas announces new country manager in China

first_imgQantas announces new country manager in ChinaQantas has announced the appointment of Alan Chang as Country Manager China, based in Shanghai.Alan Chang will steer the commercial, financial and operational performance for Qantas across its Chinese markets.He joins Qantas’ team in Asia at an exciting time, with the airline last week having received regulatory approval for its joint business with China Eastern. The airline is also continuing its progressive rollout of the refurbished international A330 aircraftonto key Asian routes, including between Shanghai and Sydney. The new A330 features Marc Newson designed Business Suites with the world’s first gate-to-gate recline, new model Recaro seats in Economy, and larger, more advanced screens to support Qantas’ upgraded inflight entertainment offering.Qantas’ new Economy dining experience launched on flights between Shanghai and Sydney in March, offering customers more choice, larger meals and improved service, and has since seen customer satisfaction in the Economy cabin increase month on month.In taking up the new position, Mr Chang says he is looking forward to maximising Qantas’ presence throughout China.“China is an incredibly important market for Qantas, as well as Australia’s most valuable inbound tourism market,” said Mr Chang.“Together with Qantas’ ongoing commitment to delivering outstanding product and service, our joint venture with China Eastern will also allow us to boost connectivity between China and Australia, deliver expanded services and increased frequent flyer benefits. There is certainly a lot to look forward to for Qantas customers in China.”Alan Chang brings extensive experience working internationally in Taiwan and Canada across the aviation and travel sectors. Most recently, Mr Chang was the Regional Sales Manager for Emirates in Taiwan, which included the establishment of the airline’s local office and operations and the launch of their first A380 aircraft into Taipei. Prior to that, Mr Chang served as General Manager for Holiday Tours and Travel (HTT) for five years, representing Qantas and Jetstar as General Sales Agent in Taiwan. He is an alumnus of the Royal Roads University in Canada and Aletheia University in Taiwan.Qantas operates daily return services between Shanghai and Sydney with its A330 aircraft. Together with its codeshare partners, China Eastern and China Southern, Qantas also offers customers the choice of an additional 61 flights per week between mainland China and Australia, as well as onward travel to Qantas’ extensive domestic network around Australia.Alan joins the broader Qantas team in Asia and along with Wyn Li, General Manager for Qantas in Hong Kong, will jointly manage the South China market. Wyn will meanwhile take up additional responsibility of the Taiwan market as General Manager – Hong Kong, Taiwan and South China.Wyn has more than 29 years’ experience in the travel and tourism industry in Hong Kong, Macau, China, Singapore, Australia and USA. Having worked in aviation for 20 years, Wyn was Country Director of Continental Airlines and General Manager of United Airlines in Hong Kong, area and regional managers in Singapore Airlines and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and Marketing Director of Metrojet, Asia’s largest business and private jet management company. Prior to that, Wyn was Area Trade Manager and Regional MICE Manager for the Australian Tourist Commission, promoting leisure travel from Asia to Australia. Fly QantasSource = Qantaslast_img read more

Cooler than normal weather from this weekend

first_imgFor a change, the weather will be cooler than is normal for this time of the year by the start of the weekend, the met office announced.While temperatures are above average and will remain so until Thursday, they are expected to fall on Friday and Saturday.On Wednesday, the highest temperature on the coast and inland is forecast to be 23C and 15C in the higher mountains.It is going to be cloudy with some local rains and isolated thunderstorms, and in the evening temperatures will fall to 12C on the central plain, 16C in coastal areas and 8C in and around Troodos.Similar weather is expected for Thursday.For Friday and Saturday, the met office foresees more clouds and rain but lower temperatures.Dust levels are low in most areas but slightly elevated in Nicosia, Larnaca and Limassol.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoComparisons.orgRowland Heights Pays Homeowners to Install Solar. See if your zip code qualifiesComparisons.orgUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Deputy ministry of shipping in touch with British companies in view of

first_imgDeputy Minister of Shipping Natasa Pilides has said that her ministry was in touch with British companies with whom they cooperate to discuss issues relating to the possibility of a disorderly Brexit.In a statement, after a meeting with the leader of the Edek leader Marinos Sizopoulos, Pilides acknowledged that there was uncertainty. “Therefore we are continuously in touch so that we can make sure that they will be ready in case of a disorderly Brexit and will have taken all [necessary] measures.”Referring to the meeting she had with Sizopoulos she said they discussed various matters related to the work of the deputy ministry and the promotion of the Cypriot registry shipping industry.Pilides said that she has been informing all political parties on developments in the sector and wishes to have constructive cooperation with them.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityReassurance for your refugeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndo Nicosia will use ‘all diplomatic means at its disposal’ to counter Turkish actionsUndoBritain ramps up preparations for “very real prospect” of no-deal BrexitUndoA grotesque choice of prime minister for Britain?Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more