Ontario government doesnt think First Nation man deserves new murder trial

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe province of Ontario is appealing a ruling that ordered a new trial for a First Nation man charged with murder.Last year, an Ontario court ruled that Clifford Kokopenace should get a new trial because he was not tried by a jury of his peers.Lawyers with the province say that doesn’t matter.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has the story.last_img

Seniors in northern communities to receive increased communitybased seniors services

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Seniors living in Northern British Columbia will start to receive increased community-based seniors’ services.Through Northern Health, the Ministry of Health is funding $100,000 grants to an initial group of three organizations.According to Northern Health, this funding is part of a provincial initiative to help seniors maintain meaningful social connections through a series of community projects to support healthy aging in place and improve opportunities for social connection. One of the three organizations to receive funding is the Dawson Creek Society for Community Living, which received $100,000 to improve access to healthy food and social connection for seniors, and is currently conducting focus groups with and planning a survey for local seniors on these topics.The Province is also providing funding to several community organizations in B.C. sothey can provide better transportation for seniors, such as the NH Connections service.last_img read more

Florentino Perez Bans Ronaldo From Travelling to Morocco

By Daniela CastroNew York – Real Madrid President Florentino Perez banned Cristiano Ronaldo from traveling to Morocco due to his poor performance on the pitch, according to El Español.Perez asked the Portuguese football star to stop his weekly trips to Morocco. Four days a week, from Monday to Thursday, at around 3:00pm after each day’s morning training session, Ronaldo fled from Madrid to Marrakech, Morocco’s main tourist city. Ronaldo travels to Morocco in his private jet, valued at 19 million euros, and returns the same night.The regular trips to visit his friend Badr Hari, a Moroccan-Dutch kickboxer, may have come to an end if he wants to stay on the “merengue” team. Some outlets have speculated that Hari could be Ronaldo’s partner.Perez allegedly asked his friend Mohammed VI, the king of Morocco, to let him know when Ronaldo visits the African country, according to Sport.According to the 2015 Goal Rich List, an annual chart of the world’s wealthiest active players, Ronaldo is the richest footballer in the world, with a personal fortune worth  210 million euros. read more

Pratt Whitney to invest 275M in Quebec facility includes 19M from province

LONGUEUIL, Que. — Pratt & Whitney Canada is spending $275-million over five years to create a research and development centre that will create 90 jobs and include work on the aircraft engine maker’s next-generation motor.Three new production lines will be devoted to making key components of its PurePower engine, which recently powered the first flight of Bombardier’s new CSeries jet.The company says the engine is known for its energy efficiency, fewer emissions and noise reduction.The Quebec government says it’s contributing $19-million of the $275-million toward modernizing the plant in Longueuil, just south of Montreal.The government also says the overall investment will keep 166 jobs already in Quebec at the Pratt & Whitney plant.The Canadian Press

BOE governor Interest rates to remain at 05 per cent until unemployment

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Danica Kirka, The Associated Press Posted Aug 7, 2013 6:02 am MDT BOE governor: Interest rates to remain at 0.5 per cent until unemployment falls below 7 per cent LONDON – The Bank of England’s new Gov. Mark Carney sought to spur Britain’s sluggish recovery Wednesday when he said the central bank will not consider raising its record low interest rate until unemployment falls below 7 per cent.In a significant change of policy for the Bank of England, Carney outlined the bank’s “forward guidance” in one of the most closely watched press conferences by the U.K.’s monetary authority.With the current UK unemployment rate at 7.8 per cent, the economy would need to create about 750,000 new jobs — something the bank feels won’t happen until 2016 — before the benchmark interest rate is increased from the current 0.5 per cent.Unveiling a tool he first used as governor of the Bank of Canada, Carney said it was “exactly the time,” to give such forward guidance — stressing that this was a critical moment for policymakers because the U.K’s economy was still performing below par.“It is the weakest recovery on record,” he said and deadpanned that “records go back 100 years.”The bank joins the U.S. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank in providing guidance on its interest rate policies. Carney’s policy has also been attributed in helping stimulate spending and economic growth in Canada.The new governor used simple language to put over his ideas to the public, suggesting that if people know interest rates will remain low they will be more likely to borrow and thereby help stimulate the economy.The 48-year-old Carney, who took charge on July 1, stressed that unemployment falling to 7 per cent would not automatically trigger an increase in interest rates but would be a “way station” to reassess bank policy.The bank chief also said there were several “knockouts” that would mean abandoning the forward guidance and the link between rates and unemployment. These include the bank’s watchdog, the financial policy committee, deciding that monetary policy poses a threat to financial stability or if two-year forecasts show inflation rising 0.5 percentage points or more above its target of 2.0 per cent.Alistair Cotton, a senior analyst at Currencies Direct, said that the message was “bullish” and designed to boost confidence.“By tying policy to unemployment, which is a clearly measured and very visible economic variable, the bank is making a communication statement allowing the average man in the street or business owner a much more visible and transparent measure of the bank’s thinking,” he said in a statement.“Everyone can understand the unemployment rate, less so for other variables like tying policy to nominal or real GDP.”The bank chose employment, rather than output, as the best indicator for interest rates because the current level of low productivity in the U.K. indicates there is slack in the economy. This means that production can rise before employers need to hire more workers.Carney said policymakers stand ready to stimulate the economy further. The bank has pumped 375 billion pounds into the economy since January 2009 with a bond-buying program meant to revive national fortunes — and said it has no plans to scale back its efforts while unemployment remains above 7 per cent.Saying that “a renewed recovery is now underway” but that the UK economy has not yet reached “escape velocity,” Carney also downgraded inflation forecasts by saying the bank does not expect inflation to rise above 3 per cent this year.Carney is the first foreigner to head the 319-year-old bank and was hired by the UK Treasury chief George Osborne to find more ways to inject confidence into the markets and get Britain moving.The U.K. economy is still smaller than it was before it fell into the deepest recession since World War II. Britain’s economy, Europe’s third-biggest behind Germany and France, is about 3.3 per cent smaller than at its peak in the first three months of 2008.However, there are signs of gathering momentum in the British economy. Gross domestic product expanded by 0.6 per cent in the second quarter, double the growth rate in the previous three months. Every major indicator — services, agriculture, manufacturing and construction — contributed to the quarterly rise.Carney is credited with keeping money flowing through the Canadian economy during the economic crisis by acting quickly in cutting interest rates to record lows, working with Canadian bankers to sustain lending and, critically, letting the public know rates would remain low.But what he really brought to the table wasn’t just that he had good policies — he sold them to the public in a way that can be explained at the local pub.“It’s about the man being able to look down the camera and deliver his message to households,” said Paul Kavanagh, senior market strategist for Killik & Co. read more

Brock and Rodman Hall Coalition seek public input for gallerys future

Brock University and the Rodman Hall Coalition are taking steps to gather public input about the future direction of Rodman Hall Art Centre, as well as identify partners who might participate in the future operation of the museum and art facility.The Rodman Hall Coalition was created in 2016, to bring diverse community input on the future of Rodman Hall. Its 12 volunteer members include community leaders, arts professionals, Brock faculty, staff and administration, and members of the Rodman Hall Advisory Board and Brock’s Board of Trustees. The Coalition is chaired by Brock alumnus Tom Goldspink, a former University Trustee and current member of the Rodman Hall Advisory Board.Community conversations, or forums, are being held where members of the public are urged to speak about what kind of role and presence they envision for the St. Catharines landmark. The next meetings will take place at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at Rodman Hall. Persons wanting to participate must register in advance, as space is limited.To encourage public input beyond the meetings, the Coalition is also conducting an online survey to gauge the type and level of community interest in Rodman Hall.The University is working on a process to identify external partners and champions to get involved in the future of Rodman, and is working with the Coalition to finalize a new Charter that sets out shared expectations, goals and timelines with respect to how and when Rodman Hall would transition from Brock University back to community ownership.Located on a heritage estate overlooking Twelve Mile Creek in central St. Catharines, Rodman Hall is a mansion whose origins date to the 19th century. It has been operated as an arts centre and museum since 1960, and in 2003 was taken over by Brock, part of a plan to give the University a downtown presence as well as work and gallery space for its arts programs.Over the past decade, Brock and other Ontario universities have come under growing pressure in terms of operating funding, and Brock can no longer afford to operate Rodman Hall. Also, in 2015, largely through donated money and government grants, Brock opened the new Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines.In 2015, independent arts consultant Janis Barlow conducted an assessment of the Rodman Hall situation. Her ensuing report made several recommendations, including a proposal that Rodman Hall cultivate partners to help operate its core businesses.Rodman Hall has not been idle during this transition period, and remains a robust centre of excellence for the community. It continues to house high-calibre exhibitions that are open to the public, including the current show Material Girls, which runs until Dec. 30.This week a Rodman Hall show won a major prize as Exhibit of the Year with a budget under $10,000, awarded by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries at its annual awards gala. The exhibit was The Grass is Still Green, by local artist Elizabeth Chitty, which explored ideas of place, land ownership and treaties. It was on display at Rodman in the summer of 2016. read more

17 British sperm donors have fathered more than 500 children between them

Up to 90 per cent of women with the BRCA1 mutation will develop breast cancer Credit:Supphachai  Up to 90 per cent of women with the BRCA1 mutation will develop breast cancer  Under HFEA rules donors are not allowed to create more than 10 families, which means many of the youngsters will live with their half-siblings, meaning all may end up carrying a defective gene.In 2013, it was discovered that Danish sperm donor Henrik Koch may have unknowingly passed on a cancer-causing illness to 50 percent of the children created using his sperm.Both men and women can pass the BRCA1/2 gene mutations and there is a 50 per cent chance of a child acquiring it if one parent is a carrier. However if both are carriers the child will definitely inherit. Although donated sperm is screened for major diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B and C, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), Huntington’s and cystic fibrosis, clinics do not yet test for genes which increase the risk of certain cancers or conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.Up to 60 per cent of women who carry a BRCA1 mutation will develop ovarian cancer in their lifetime, compared to just two per cent of the general population, and up to 90 per cent will develop breast cancer. In the US, IVF clinics are increasingly using enhanced screening techniques to make sure faulty genes are not passed on.Geoff Trew, Clinical director of The Fertility Partnership, one of Britain’s largest IVF providers, and researcher at Imperial College, said he believed enhanced screening would soon be brought in for sperm donors in the UK. “Everyone has a defective something, and if we are going to start screening everything out you may get to a point where we have no sperm donors left at all.” The charity Ovarian Cancer Action warned that the current genetic testing process is only carried out if there is family history of cancer and donor-conceived children can face ‘enormous barriers’ in accessing checks.Marie-Claire Platt, Head of Campaigns at Ovarian Cancer Action, said: “Without proper screening for hereditary cancer gene mutations, donors could unknowingly pass on an inherited risk of ovarian, breast, bowel and other cancers.“This is particularly worrying for couples who are trying for a baby who might not be aware of the implications for their sons or daughters in the future.“We urge the regulators to take action and include hereditary cancer gene mutation screening in the process of sperm and egg donation.” “This does bring up an interesting issue about how much we should be screening donors. Perhaps we should be doing a bit more.” he said.“I think over the next year we will start to see clinics brining in enhanced screening. It could highlight if there was a very big risk of passing on a defective gene, such as it both parents had it. The interaction between the genes is important.”Since 2005, donor-conceived children have been able to find out the identity of sperm donors but those born before cannot find out about their biological fathers.However Allan Pacey, Professor of Andrology at The University of Sheffield, said bringing in further screening for donors could leave Britain facing a shortage. Around one third of donated sperm for IVF is currently imported from abroad.“There isn’t such a thing as a perfect donor,” he said. Seventeen British sperm donors have fathered more than 500 children between them, new figures show.The startling numbers have led to fears that men could be unknowingly passing defective DNA to dozens of youngsters, because currently donors are not screened for faulty genes such as BRCA1/2 which increase the risk of ovarian and breast cancer.It also raises the risk that siblings could unexpectedly meet and form relationships without realising they are related.Although more than 18,000 children have been born who have at least nine other half-brothers or sisters, just 163 have registered on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) Donor Sibling Link, which attempts to reunite them.The new figures from the HFEA showed that 17 men had fathered at least 30 babies each between 1991 and 2015.  A further 104 men have fathered between 20 and 29 babies, and 1557 between 10 and 19. More than 6,000 have created nine or fewer. 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. read more

Chris ODowds childhood hero takes centre stage

first_img“I WOULD TAKE advice from him like I would take advice from a drunk clown.”The assertion of Chris O’Dowd last summer when speaking on The Sunday Game about Roscommon goalkeeper Shane Curran.The Bridesmaids and Moone Boy star appeared in the ‘My Hero’ segment of the RTÉ GAA show where he spoke of his Rossies childhood idols – Curran and former midfielder John Newton.Curran was senior netminder for the county during the 90′s and 00′s while Boyle was the Roscommon minor goalkeeper in 1997.Tomorrow 42 year-old Curran, a charismatic goalkeeper who was described by O’Dowd as ‘the Bruce Grobbelaar of Gaelic footballers’, will be lining out for his club St Brigid’s against Crossmaglen Rangers in the AIB All-Ireland club semi-final in Mullingar.And Kevin McStay, manager of the St Brigid’s team tomorrow, was the manager of the minor side that O’Dowd featured for in 1997.Speaking to TheScore.ie, Curran described O’Dowd’s mentioning of him as ‘a kind gesture’ and added that the Boyle native was ‘a fantastic ambassador’ for the county with his successful acting career.“I’ve had many a mention of that RTÉ clip since,” laughed Curran.“I wouldn’t have known Chris but when you were playing senior for the county, you’d take an interest as to how the county’s underage teams were faring. I remember him playing for the minors and he was a good goalkeeper.“I tweeted him to thank him for the kind gesture. It was a very nice thing to do. But I reckon he made the right move going with the acting.“He’s a Hollywood hero now and has done very well for himself. He’s a fantastic ambassador for Roscommon with all that he has achieved and we’d all be very proud of him in the county.” YouTube: rte‘They tell themselves they’re training hard’ – Kiernan critical of GAA Players SchemeSnapshot: the only time you’ll see Dubs legend Ciaran Whelan in a Kildare jerseylast_img read more

Microsoft goes after Rustock botnet admins

first_imgWith everyone busily analyzing Microsoft’s first public demonstration of Windows 8, and the thought of a first taste for developers this fall at the BUILD conference in Anaheim, one of its biggest security-related accomplishments has been largely forgotten about. Back in March, Microsoft scored one of the biggest victories against cybercriminals ever recorded when it successfully crippled the Rustock botnet.Microsoft isn’t done, however. In addition to making sure Rustock doesn’t reanimate itself, the company is actively seeking out those who were responsible for the botnet’s operations. While no arrests have been made yet, Microsoft has filed subpoenas for individuals tied to 11 IP addresses. Senior Microsoft attorney Richard Boscovich remains optimistic that the as yet unknown defendants will make themselves known, but was quick to add that the company will continue its pursuit regardless — possibly by bringing the matter before the Russian judicial system.AdChoices广告One individual’s identity has been uncovered thus far: Vladimir Alexandrovich Shergin, a resident of Khimki who was connected with a Webmoney account which provided funding for Rustock’s command and control network. A second individual who utilized the handle “Cosma2k” was also named, though his or her real identity remains a mystery at this point.Regardless of the outcome, Microsoft’s double-tap seems to have done the trick, reducing the amount of pharmaceutical spam in our inboxes to much more tolerable levels than what we were subjected to prior to the takedown.Read more at IT Worldlast_img read more

Australia Post wants Greek letters

first_imgAustralia Post is celebrating its bicentenary by calling on the Greek and other communities to submit letters that helped build this nation. Talking to a gathering of ethnic media representatives, Australia Post Media Manager Alex Twomey said, “We want the public to send us copies of letters which maybe in people’s files or draws that express what Australia was really like from different times and from different groups.” Australia Post’s Letters of a Nation is a partnership of the National Archives and the Royal Historical Society that aims to publish letters from all of Australia’s groups be they cultural, professional or regional. Dr Hass Dellal the Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation highlighted the importance of Neos Kosmos and the Greek community in this project, “There must great letters from various periods of Greek migration and settlement in Australia as well as letters to the editor at Neos Kosmos which will provide a incredible understanding of the way Australia may have been.” He adds, “During difficult economic times, migrants maybe targeted yet these letters from individuals, business and organisations will reveal how important the Greek community’s contribution was in Australia.” Mr Twomey highlighted how important these letters will be in defining different periods of Australia’s history, “We already have incredible letters revealing how people lived in the Great Depression, and in the post War boom, we have letters from business people, prime ministers, individuals and so on – this is the real and very human Australia we want to present as part of the Letters of a Nation website.” Mr Twomey underscored the importance of the project as a national archive and looked forward to the Greek community’s contribution. All the contributions will be assessed by a panel of expert historians who will select 200 that will best represent our history. Haystac Public Affairs will be coordinating the communications campaign, currently over 90,000 application forms have been printed and a significant promotional campaign will begin in the mainstream and ethnic media. Australia’s first postmaster Isaac Nichols was appointed in 1809 and was a convict who became wealthy through his control of the colony’s early postal service. Australia Post was once one of the largest government organisations in Australia, employing up to 70,000 people in the 1960s and also in charge of telecommunications. Most Qantas flight paths are designed around Australia Post routes. Letters of a Nation runs till September 25 for application forms or visit www.auspost.com.au/200year Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Dave Scotts World of Wonder Migration

first_img KUSI Newsroom May 18, 2019 Categories: Dave’s World Of Wonder, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 18, 2019 Dave Scott’s World of Wonder – Migration 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) Dave Scott takes a deeper look into migration in his World of Wonder last_img read more

Stray dogs maul 5yearold to death in Bengaluru

first_img Close (Representational image)ReutersIn a shocking incident, a five-year-old boy in Bengaluru was killed by stray dogs on Tuesday (June 25) morning. The incident happened in Bajjegowdanapalya, Soladevanahalli, situated on the outskirts of the city.Durgesh, the fourth child of Mallappa and Mallamma, was carrying a packet of biscuits when he was attacked by the dogs. He died due to excessive bleeding and was declared dead at 1:30 pm on Tuesday afternoon.Mallappa, Durgesh’s father, told Times of India that his son was not feeling well and did not want rice. “So he took Rs 5 from me to buy a packet of biscuits. After I gave him the money, I went to have a bath. A little later, I heard my son screaming. I rushed out and found nearly a dozen dogs attacking my son. Passersby chased the dogs away,” Mallappa said.Mallappa took his son to a hospital in the vicinity but the doctors advised him to take his son to Saptagiri hospital. However, Durgesh was declared dead when he arrived at the hospital.”Staff from eateries throw leftovers on the road and dogs feast on them. Paying guest accommodations in the area also dump food in vacant plots. This is why the stray dog population is increasing. Whenever we try to chase these dogs away, animal activist complains to police against us. Will animal activists bring the boy back to life?” the locals told the police, reports TOI. The stray dog menace has increased in Bengaluru and surrounding areas. In March 2019, a stray dog had attacked and bit 17 people in Ragigidda, near Jayanagar. However, the dog was later caught by the officials.This is not the first case in Karnataka. On Tuesday, a pack of dogs were found feasting on a three-month-old baby in Uttar Pradesh. Reports stated that the child was sleeping in the courtyard when the dogs picked it was and mauled it to death.  IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:37Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:36?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Police Dogs Funny Reaction To New Snow Boots Goes Virallast_img read more

No BNP agents in 3 polling stations Sarker alleges more ejected

Bangladesh Nationalist Party mayoral candidate Hasan Uddin Sarker casts his vote at Basiruddin Udayan Academy centre in Tongi. Photo: Dipu MalakarThere were no polling agents of the opposition BNP’s mayoral canddiate at a centre where ruling Awami League candidate Jahangir Alam casted his vote.So far till mid-day Tuesday, no BNP agents were found in three polling stations in Gazipur City Corporation elections.The BNP candidate, Hasan Uddin Sarker, reiterated his doubts about free and fair elections, again when he cast his vote at Basiruddin Udayan Academy centre in Tongi around 10:30am.“I’ve apprehensions about whether the voting will be held fairly. Several of my polling agents have been kicked out from voting centres,” he told newsmen.Witnesses said the BNP agents remained absent at Gachha High School, apart from Kanaiya Governernment Primary School, the voting centre of Jahangir.“What can I do if there is no polling agents appointed by the BNP? I did not kick them out,”  said the AL candidate who expressed his confidecne about victory in the civic polls being held with party symbols for the first time and voting only for the second time after inception of the city corporation.This Prothom Alo correspondent did not find any BNP polling agents in three of the four rooms at Gachha High School polling centre of ward- 36.A man who identified him as BNP polling agent in one of the four rooms, could not show any photo ID when asked.The presiding officer at Governernment Primary School centre Kanjirul Islam said, no polling agents of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party reported to him since Monday.The BNP’s Hasan Uddin Sarker, after casting his vote at Basiruddin Uadayan Academy centre, said: “Lawmen in plainclothes were arresting BNP leaders and activists. I am afraid if there would be any fair polls.”Claiming that there were polling agents of all parties, presiding officer of Gachha High School centre Kamrul Islam added that fair voting was going on in that centre.Hasan Uddin Sarker says he would fight to the last. Photo: Dipu MalakarHowever, a queue of female voters was there outside the station in the morning.Kamaleshwar Primary School that the Prothom Alo correspondent visited, had no polling agents of BNP.The Gazipur elections bear special importance since it is being held around six months before the scheduled 11th parliamentary polls.In the first-ever elections in Gazipur City Corporation held in 2013, the BNP-backed MA Mannan won but he spent at least 22 months in jail and spent a alot of time either on court premises or at hospitals.UNB adds: Electronic voting machines (EVMs) are being used in six centres while closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed in two.Seven mayoral candidates — AL’s Jahangir Alam, BNP’s Hasan Uddin Sarker, CPB’s Kazi Mohammad Ruhul Amin, Islami Oikya Jote’s Fazlur Rahman, Islami Andolan Bangladesh’s M Nasir Uddin, Bangladesh Islami Front M Jalal Uddin and independent runner Farid Ahmed — are in the race.Some 254 general councillor and 84 reserved-seat female councillor candidates are participating in the elections. However, a councillor has already been elected unopposed.The city corporation has a total of 1,137,736 voters — 569,935 males and 567,801 females.*The piece has been rewritten in English by Shameem Reza and Farjana Liakat read more

DARPA unveils new telescope to protect satellites from space debris

first_imgCurrent estimates suggest there are now up to 22,000 objects floating around in near Earth orbit, all of varying sizes and shapes, (and all catalogued in the SSN) and it has been noted that objects as small as just one centimeter are capable of inflicting a lot of damage to current, fragile satellites. If the SST performs well, it is likely the Air Force will deploy duplicate telescopes around the globe to offer a 360° view of the sky. Nine years in development, and with a price tag of $110 million, the new telescope will likely become ever more crucial as more and more space debris accumulates in orbit around the Earth as older satellites go off-line and new satellites are launched. The primary area of concern will be objects in geosynchronous orbit, (those traveling at speeds to match the Earth’s rotation so as to appear to hover in one place over the planet) as that’s where the military stations most of its spy satellites.To achieve these new feats, engineers at MIT’s aerospace division, used a 3.5-meter aperture that connects to a curved charge-coupled device capable of capturing photons and turning them into electrons, which can then be digitally processed to produce the desired images. This technology allowed for an aperture that is more than three times the size of normal ground based telescopes and gives the telescope the ability to grab wide angle shots of the night sky, rather than the pin-point view that has been available up to now. Coupling that with a frame that allows the telescope to move quickly in its base, the SST is expected to give the Air Force a very precise view of where space debris is located, and where it’s going, giving satellite operators ample time to alter the course of their spacecraft. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further Launch delayed for satellite to watch space debris More information: www.darpa.mil/Our_Work/TTO/Pro … Telescope_(SST).aspx Citation: DARPA unveils new telescope to protect satellites from space debris (2011, April 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-darpa-unveils-telescope-satellites-space.html (PhysOrg.com) — The U.S. Defense Department’s, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in conjunction with the U.S. Air Force (and many unknown contractors of course) has announced the addition of a new telescope which it intends to add to the Air Force’s existing Space Surveillance Network (SSN); dubbed the Space Surveillance Telescope (SST), it will be capable of scanning the skies faster than other existing telescope of its size and will be able to collect data faster for dimmer objects to boot. The new telescope’s main mission is to track space debris to help in collision avoidance with the many sensitive satellites now circling the Earth. 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.last_img read more

Altius Fortius Citius

first_imgA lady with a decade of experience with television and a zeal for sports has decided to give India a reason to smile. Meet Aparna Apte Gupta, documentary film maker, who has taken on the herculean task of revealing a sparkling side to Indian sports in a documentary called India Sporting Struggle. We call the task at hand a tough one as Gupta herself admits that we Indians have the terrible habit of harping on that that is bad with our country. We talk about crumbling infrastructures, lack of facilities and lack of government initiatives. Especially in the field of sports, we have all debated or heard people complaining about how Indians haven’t bagged enough trophies and medals in international events – we blame the government, we blame the players.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Gupta points out that there are sports facilities that work on pay-and-use option and no one seems to be using them. These places were created for the recent Commonwealth Games and post the whole hoopla, now lie unused. ‘It is not like the government doesn’t do anything – it is time we accepted that there are shortcomings from our end as well,’ says Gupta. However she does admit that there is obvious scope for the government to up their efforts in this front, but the process must be two-fold.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIndia has a very dismissive attitude towards sports says Gupta. Children are made to choose academics over sports as almost every parent considers sports to be a waste of time. Only in rare cases would people find parents encouraging kids to pursue a sport seriously. And then again cricket, tennis and now badminton get the thumbs-up while athletics, basketball, hockey, football, et all lie ignored. It is all about where the glamour lies and little glory.  Gupta blames the lack of awareness for this phenomenon, ‘Most people are not aware of sports that can offer ample chances to flourish. The motivation and the will is lacking because no one knows enough,’ she says. To turn the tide, Gupta has picked three child prodigies from the country. Shubham Jaglan (8) a milkman’s son is currently playing three Golf tournaments back to back in the USA. He has already won the World Championship. He’s currently playing the U.S. Kids Championship. Bipasha Mukherjee (14) is autistic. This January, Bipasha brought back a gold and a silver medal in Ice Speed Skating at the World Paralympics held in Korea. Bipasha’s parents have dealt with taunts from family members who value education more than anything else, says Gupta.  Prayag Chauhan (15) from Haryana, an automobile dealer’s son is a  boxer. Prayag’s parents pushed him and his brother into sports. Their parents have a passion for sports but struggled to deal with school authorities and family members who taunted them for ‘misleading’ their children. Even neighbours gossiped when Prayag’s mother learnt to drive so she could drive both the boys to training and back – such is India. Bringing their stories to the forefront will hopefully make people sit up and pay attention, explains Gupta. While her documentary is not necessarily a pro-government discourse, there are problems that the government must acknowledge and deal with – it is more about creating an awareness and trying to read the larger issue in Indian society which prohibits us from utilising real potential.last_img read more

Performed with perfection

first_imgSanchayan Screening of archival films and video recordings, Sangeet Natak Akademi is presenting Mitra a play in Marathi featuring Shreeram Lagoo  on Saturday, December 6, at Meghdoot III, Rabindra Bhavan, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi. Entry is free. The play is directed by Vijay Kenkre, and the duration of the play is 160 minutesShreeram Balkrishna Lagoo, born in 1927 in Satara, Maharashtra, became involved in theatre as a student of medicine at Pune. Eventually, he left the medical profession in 1968 to devote himself to the theatre, acquiring a reputation as an actor by his forceful portrayal of central characters in Marathi plays such as Gidhare, Nat Samrat, Surya Pahilela Manoos, Udhwasta Dharmashala and Mitra. At the same time he stared appearing in Marathi and Hindi films. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Lagoo has been associated with many prestigious theatre groups and institutions. He is a founder-member of the Progressive Dramatic Association in Pune, the city where he also established his own theatre group Roopwedh. Lagoo has published an autobiography, Lamaan, centred on his life in the theatre. He has also written a book on voice culture, Vachik Abhinay, and prepared an adaptation of Ugo Betti’s Queen and Rebels in Marathi. A compilation of articles on his work was published by Rohan Prakashan on his 75th birthday in a book titled Amhala Bhetalele. He is the recipient of various honours including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1971), the Padma Shri (1974), and the Kalidas Samman (1996-97), Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (2009) and many other awards including the Filmfare Award and the Maharashtra State Film Award.last_img read more

18927 accident victims hospitalised thanks to KARMA

first_imgKolkata: Around 22,899 people have been provided emergency medical assistance by KARMA and 18,927 road traffic accident (RTA) victims have been transported safely to the nearest hospital.The service is provided 24×7 totally free of cost to the road traffic accident victims of Kolkata. Besides, the Kolkata police also help any other ailing person across the city to reach nearby medical centres free of cost, as a part of community policing, said Mitesh Jain, Joint Commissioner (traffic). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeMajula Singh, CSR Head, Medica Group, said: “KARMA provides instant help to the RTA victims and transports them to the nearest hospital so that no time is lost in getting them adequate medical aid. Before KARMA, no other organised service was there to facilitate emergency aid to the road traffic accident victims in Kolkata. Since its inception, only six RTA victims have been brought to Medica Hospital, which reflects Medica’s commitment to the community.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedKARMA operations are supported by the Kolkata Police traffic control room and the Motor Transport Section and are managed round-the-clock by a Command Centre located within Medica Superspecialty Hospital. KARMA has a fleet of 18 ambulances deployed at various locations in Kolkata along with trained paramedics. With two emergency medical technicians apart from a Kolkata Police personnel and a driver, the ambulances, which are fully equipped with all basic life support medical equipment, receive 10-15 calls every.last_img read more

Three youths arrested for molesting woman in running bus

first_imgKolkata: Three youths were arrested by Pragati Maidan police station on Saturday night for allegedly molesting a woman inside a moving bus.On hearing the victim scream for help, police personnel doing naka checking intercepted the bus and arrested the trio identified as Shaikh Pervez, Shaikh Mujibar and Shaikh Aftab. According to sources, on Saturday night, some police personnel were performing naka checking near Ambedkar bridge off Eastern metropolitan (EM) Bypass. Around 9 pm, they heard the screams of a woman coming from a private bus which was moving towards Science City. Immediately, police stopped the bus and some of them boarded the bus. Then, they noticed three youths and a woman in middle of an altercation and the youths were found to be hurling expletives at her. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAll four of them were and taken to Pragati Maidan police station. Later, the woman, a resident of Minakha, told cops that she boarded the bus from Malancha-Howrah route from Ghatakpukur. During her journey, the trio had molested her. It is alleged that the trio also boarded the bus from Ghatakpukur and were asking for her mobile number. But the woman avoided and remained seated without giving replying to them. However, the situation turned worse when the youths started hurling expletives at her. Though some passengers and the bus conductor saw the entire incident, none of them protested. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHaving no other way out, she screamed while the bus was moving towards Ambedkar bridge on Basanti Highway. The youths got furious and physically abused the woman. The woman later lodged a complaint at Pragati Maidan police station. During interrogation it was revealed that the trio works at a tannery in Ghatakpukur. It was learnt that the youths used to follow the woman as she is a daily passenger of that route.last_img read more

Lastminute summer savings with Karisma Hotels Resorts

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Last-minute summer savings with Karisma Hotels & Resorts SAN FRANCISCO — Clients seeking last-minute summer vacation deals can check out Karisma Hotels & Resorts and its fun-in-the-sun savings.Vacationers can get a Caribbean family escape at The Fives Azul Beach Resort, treat their loved ones to a luxurious getaway at the all-suite, all-oceanfront Generations Riviera Maya, spend quality time with their significant other at the adults-only beachfront culinary haven that is El Dorado Royale, or choose from other Karisma properties in beachfront locales, and save while they’re at it.El Dorado RoyaleThe Fives Azul Beach Resort Playa del CarmenGuests who book travel by July 31 are eligible for up to 62% savings to celebrate summer, for stays now through December 21, 2021.With each booking, agents can earn up to Cdn$250. Rates start at $163 per person/per night. Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Share Tags: Karisma Hotels & Reosrts Friday, July 19, 2019 last_img read more

Trash piles in Beirut raise fears of an environmental crisis

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 4 must play golf courses in Arizona But Naameh was scheduled to close July 17. Since then, residents of Naameh and nearby villages have blocked roads to prevent trucks from reaching it to unload trash out of fears it could be reopened. That’s left Beirut’s residents dodging the growing piles of litter, now baking in the summer sun.Sukleen spokeswoman Pascale Nassar said the company kept collecting trash until Sunday night, when their facility in Beirut could not take any more garbage. Nassar said Sukleen is waiting for authorities to offer them guidance on what to do.Lebanon’s notoriously gridlocked government has yet to take any action on the issue ahead of the next Cabinet meeting on Thursday. Meanwhile, the trash pile grows as workers spray them with white powder to knock back the smell and spread of pests.Environment Minister Mohammed Machnouk said after a meeting of parliament’s environment committee that there is no strategic solution for the crisis, though there are 670 dumps around the country that can be used.“Trash has to be collected from the streets and this can only happen with everyone’s cooperation,” Machnouk told The Associated Press.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. A Lebanese woman passes by a pile of garbage on a Beirut street, Lebanon, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Garbage is piling up on the streets of Beirut amid a growing dispute over tiny Lebanon’s largest trash dump. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 0 Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies BEIRUT (AP) — Garbage piled up Tuesday on the streets of cosmopolitan Beirut amid a growing dispute over tiny Lebanon’s largest trash dump, picketed by residents as it should have closed permanently days earlier.The main company in charge of picking up the trash, Sukleen, had its workers sweeping Beirut’s streets, though not picking up any of the garbage. Typically, the refuse would have gone to the Naameh landfill, just south of Beirut, which has been functioning since 1997. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more