Chandrayaan2 moving in right direction ISRO

first_imgBengaluru: A day after launching the country’s second moon mission, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Tuesday said the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft is in “good health” and moving in the “right direction”. India had on Monday launched Chandrayaan-2 on-board its powerful rocket GSLV-MkIII-M1 from the spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh with the aim of landing a rover in the unexplored lunar south pole. The 3,850 kg Chandrayaan-2, a three-module spacecraft comprising orbiter, lander and rover, has been injected into the earth’s orbit. It will be subjected to a series of orbit manoeuvres in the coming weeks to take it to the vicinity of moon, with the rover soft landing planned on September 7. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The Chandrayaan-2 is in good health. There is no doubt about it. It is moving in the right direction,” an official of the Bengaluru-headquartered ISRO told PTI here. He said at present, no updates on the mission have been made because there is no need for it at this juncture. “However, there is a little milestone which we will not reveal now, but will update when the right time comes,” the official said. In a giant leap for the country’s ambitious low-cost space programme, ISRO has undertaken the most complex and its prestigious mission ever aiming to land the rover on the moon. If successful, it will make India the fourth country after Russia, the US and Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KChina to pull off a soft landing on the moon. The ISRO is aiming for a soft landing of the lander (spacecraft) in the South Pole region of the moon where no country has gone so far. Immediately after Chandrayaan-2’s separation from the rocket, the solar array of the spacecraft automatically got deployed and the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network at Bengaluru successfully took control of the spacecraft, the ISRO has said.last_img read more

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Kivalliq youth want next 20 years in Nunavut to be devoted to

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsAtuat Shouldice points out the usual attractions in his home community of ᑲᖏᕿᓂᖅ, Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.This includes the Red Top convenience store, Victor’s playground and the defunct nickel mine ruins known as the “elephant graveyard.”“Pretty well everyone my age, it was their playground when they were kids. If you remembered playing around there you had a pretty good childhood,” Shouldice said.He wants the same childhood for his two sons.“Rankin’s home. Nunavut’s home. I want to raise my boys here,” he said.What he doesn’t want is the same resource extraction jobs paving their economic future.Shouldice, 32, grew up in Rankin Inlet, population 2,842.It is one of the largest communities in the territory and his sons help make up the nearly 30 per-cent of the town who are under 14 years of age.(Atuart Shouldice with his children, Akkiutq, left, and Cylas. “Nunavut’s home. I want to raise my boys here.” Photo: Atuart Shouldice)After working as a labourer at the mineral mines nearby, he attended school in Iqaluit for an environmental technician program.He is now a water resource officer with the federal government.But, he dreams of a future where he can work full-time guiding on-the-land and sharing his culture with the rest of Canada.For many like him, government and mining jobs are the only feasible work to cover the high-cost of living here.“There’s a $2,000 rifle there, with a bag and scope and a sled that is $1,300 packed with rope and wood. A $1,600 snow mobile that also has to be modified so it works in this environment.”Shouldice is pleased by the territory’s greater focus placed on Nunavummiut post-secondary education.While he will support his son’s decision to stay or leave the community, he hopes his boys will be able to explore a more diverse range of jobs.“When you come back with knowledge about anything, any trade, any profession, you come back with knowledge and can pass on that knowledge to someone who is from here, to onsite training, they are always celebrated,” Shouldice said.(Dogs stand guard in Rankin Inlet. Nunavut’s economy is on step to grow by an average of 7.3 per cent until 2020.  Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN) That pride is exactly what Donovan Gordan-Tootoo, 22, has found while enrolled with Nunavut Sanikiluaq, a transitional university program offered in Ottawa for Inuit students.“It taught us a lot about our history about the land claims agreement and how that came to be,” he said. “Learning about that stuff is quite important. I figure it brings us a lot more perspective about the north and where we’re from.“I figured why didn’t we have any of these taught to us when we were in high school.” He is back from school and working at the local mines to save money.He’s not against natural resource exploration, he just wants to see his people benefit from the foreseen economic boom.“The Kivalliq Inuit Organization does get royalties from the mine, so I’m hoping that they’ll be able to use that to create programs for Inuit that will benefit the health of the communities.“I believe it is possible to provide options that will last longer than the mines,” he said.(Donovan Gordan-Tootoo with his niece in Rankin Inlet. Photo courtesy: Jessica Davey-Quantick/UpHere Magazine)The time to invest is now.According to the Conference Board of Canada, Nunavut’s economy is on step to grow by an average of 7.3 per cent until 2020.The Canadian average economic growth for the same period is blow two per cent.This is due to the Agnico Eagle’s Meliadine mine, Amaruq satellite, and Sabina operations.Gold production is forecast to peak in 2024 with the territory’s economy expected to grow by an average of 4.6 per cent each year.Gordan-Tootoo would like to see profits from the mine support sustainable and cultural employment industries like hunting and Inuit arts, something Terri Kusugak agrees with.Kusugak, 24, is an artist from Rankin Inlet.She has been involved with Qaggiavuut – a performing arts group as she attends school down south to study her craft.“Growing up in Rankin, it was charmed. I got to live a very special life. With my parents and sisters,” she said.However, Kusugak said that finding a job in her field upon graduation is going to be tricky.Despite increase demand for local employees and higher post-secondary graduation rates, young Nunavummiut often must return home to live with their parents as they scramble to find work.“These jobs are not being filled out by the most knowledgeable, they’re filling out by the people who volunteer to come up here. These jobs are not renowned jobs that people fight for, they’re the jobs that they take on their way up the ladder.“So these people are here temporarily to make their money, to work at higher status then they might be awarded in their own communities, and we are left feeling the other side,” Kusugak said.(Terri Kusugak says she wants the Nunavut government to work at providing better jobs for Nunavummiut. Photo courtesy: Jessica Davey-Quantick/UpHere Magazine)According to 2018 statistics, for every three jobs in the Nunavut government, one job is held by an Inuk, the second position held by a non-Inuk and the third job is vacant.Kusugak wants the territorial government to make good on their promises for more Inuit representation in senior positions.“Rankin is expanding, we’re expecting to have 500 people here in the next year or two because of the mines. So Rankin is only going to get bigger so those trade jobs are seemingly never going to run out.“There’s always going to be jobs for those people. But when you look at the Inuit hiring rate you’ll see that Inuit are hired in each department, but Inuit are more likely to hold menial jobs. Which means that your superiors, your bosses, are all white,” she said.(An Inuksuk stands watch over Rankin Inlet, signifying safety, hope and friendship. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)Neither Shouldice, Gordan-Tootoo or Kusugak have a vision of their beloved Rankin being run by anyone other than those who grew up there.To ensure this is not the case, cultural practices must be intergrated into the economic outlook for Nunavut.And for Atuat Shouldice, this plays out in sharing his territory in the future.“I have tents and can accommodate. As long as they are in town I can accommodate the person. I can show them wildlife, polar bears and caribou, falcons.“The wildlife they want to see and I can tour them around town to meet people and see different things.” Shouldice said.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlottelast_img read more

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Kohli looking at Jadeja as 3rd spinner

first_imgNew Delhi: Considered a complete package for the limited-overs cricket, Ravindra Jadeja’s career saw a surprise turn when he was left out of the national team after the ODI against West Indies in July 2017. For close to a year and two months, he was seen as India’s spin weapon in only Test cricket. But the Asia Cup in Dubai last year saw the selectors deciding to give him another chance, and while he is still not the first-choice spinner in this Indian team, he has clearly booked himself a place in the flight for the World Cup. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherSources in the team management who are aware of the developments said his quality performance in the just concluded ODI series against Australia has all but sealed his place in the flight to England for the 2019 World Cup. “Jadeja is very much in the scheme of things. Even if he doesn’t automatically find a place in the XI, his role could be important if the wickets in England are flat and offer a bit of turn, as expected for now. Also, you have to realise that he is your only conventional left-arm spinner in the team and in a long format tournament like the World Cup, you will need him. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”Also, with Jadeja what you get is an extended lower middle-order. Yes, he might not be scoring runs in every game, but he can definitely wield the willow. Not to forget his brilliance on the field. He is one of those who can easily save 10-15 runs with his pace across the square. In high-pressure games, 10-15 runs can be worth its weight in gold,” the source said. Asked if that meant it was a three-way race for the two spots between Kuldeep Yadav, Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal, the source said that was a call that would have to be taken by the coach and captain depending on how they assess the opposition.last_img read more

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Villagers request HSPCB for groundwater test as trash grows in Bandhwari plant

first_imgGurugram: Residents of four villages that includes Gwalpahari, Baliawas, Mandi and Ko— living close to the Bandhwari waste treatment plant have requested the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) to carry out groundwater testing in their areas.The villagers fear that the groundwater — the only source of water for them — has been polluted like it was found to have been in three other villages — Bandhwari, Mangar (Faridabad) and Dera (Delhi) where tests were carried out earlier. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”As groundwater contamination by leachate has increased manifold in the past two years, we are sure that all surrounding areas, including my village (Gwal Pahari), has been affected. The problem is that most of the residents still rely on groundwater for consumption. We, therefore, demand groundwater testing at the earliest,” said a villager from Gwalpahari, who did not wish to be named. The dumping of more than 1,600 tonnes of mixed waste at the plant, every day, creates a stream of dirty black water, also known as leachate. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarRecently, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) came down heavily on the Haryana government and directed authorities to carry out damage impact study and test groundwater samples in Bandhwari and other surrounding areas. Kuldeep Singh, regional officer, HSPCB (North), said, “We have forwarded the concerns raised by the residents to the CPCB, and the MCG commissioner who can help analyse the previous records (before the plant came up) and present situation. A detailed study has to be carried out by the CPCB, after the NGT directions.” At present more than 1,000 tonnes of garbage from Gurugram and Faridabad is discarded daily at the area that is nestled in the green belt of Aravallis. Based on the proposal, the plant will treat more than 100 kiloliters of leachate daily. It will be set up the Chinese company Eco green that has also been entrusted with the responsibility of recycling the waste in the area into the creation of power and other useful forms. As the layout of the projects, works may begin soon as claimed by certain public officials. Recently in the public meeting, the deputy commissioner of Gurugram instructed officials to ensure that all of the city’s bulk waste generators segregate waste on site and have their own composting units. He also instructed that this model should be replicated on an industrial scale for large manufacturing units, as well as at a panchayat level throughout Gurugram district.last_img read more

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Global UN antipoverty event shatters record by drawing nearly 39 million people

18 October 2007From universities and schools to soccer stadiums and parliaments, a record-breaking 38.8 million people around the world this week participated in the United Nations-led Stand Up against Poverty campaign, calling on international leaders to deliver on their pledge to end extreme poverty by 2015. “It was extraordinary,” Kiyotaka Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Public Information, told reporters in New York, describing the sheer number of individuals who decided to “stand up and speak out” against poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the ambitious targets the world has set itself for slashing poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy by 2015.More than 6,000 events were held in 110 countries during the 24-hour period from 16 to 17 October as part of the global campaign, led by the United Nations Millennium Campaign, an inter-agency initiative, in partnership with the Global Call to Action and a range of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), faith-based groups and civil society.Among this year’s 38.8 million – which broke last year’s Guinness World Record of 23.5 million – were nearly 900 UN staff, diplomats and representatives of NGOs, who gathered yesterday on the lawn of the UN Headquarters complex in New York led by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More than 300,000 students in Cairo also took part in the campaign, as did 472,000 children attending schools run by the UN agency providing aid to Palestinian refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon (known as UNRWA). Soccer fans in Brazil and Japan, as well as parliamentarians in Australia, were also among the participants.“We are very happy to see this enormous number of people taking part in this campaign… to enhance the understanding and the realization of the MDGs, particularly to halve the number of people living in extreme poverty by 2015,” Mr. Akasaka stated. The largest number of participants was in Asia (nearly 28 million), followed by Africa (7.5 million), the Arab region (2.5 million) and Latin America (734,000).Mandy Kibel, Deputy Director of Communications for the UN Millennium Campaign, pointed out that the majority of participants were in the poorest countries. “What Stand Up did was to give them the opportunity to find voice on issues that matter to them. “Stand Up essentially recognizes that there are people who are living in poverty who want to be able to speak for themselves, they want to find their own voice, and they want to address not us at the UN but their own governments and say ‘we have expectations that you deliver on the promises that you made.’” The UN Millennium Campaign was established by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan in recognition of the need to engage all actors in society in the attainment of the MDGs.“The recognition was that these Goals will never be achieved at the United Nations,” Ms. Kibel stated. “It’s only when citizens – civilians of specific countries – begin to say that they want to see these Goals achieved that we have any chance whatsoever of moving closer to the goal of ending poverty by 2015.” read more

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Imperial Oil reverses loss with 333 million quarterly earnings will increase dividend

CALGARY — Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) is reporting first-quarter earnings that reversed a loss in the same period of last year but fell short of analyst expectations.The Calgary-based oil producer and refiner says net income was $333 million or 39 cents per share in the three months ended March 31, boosted by a gain of $151 million on the sale of former refinery lands in Mississauga, Ont., compared with a loss of $101 million or 12 cents in the year-earlier period.It says operating earnings per share were 21 cents, versus an RBC forecast of 50 cents.The company says it will increase its quarterly dividend in June by a penny to 16 cents per share.Total revenue was up 37 per cent to $7.16 billion for the company, which is 69.6 per cent owned by American oil giant Exxon Mobil.Production averaged 378,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, compared to 421,000 boe/d in the same period of 2016, due in part to a fire at the Syncrude Mildred Lake upgrader in mid-March which affected production. Imperial owns 25 per cent of Syncrude.The Canadian Press read more

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UN oversight office finds 37 million in potential savings recovers 15 million

The United Nations in-house oversight office said today that in the past year it has identified some $37 million in potential savings, of which about $15 million has been recovered.The annual report from the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) also said that it had made 2,700 recommendations, about half of which had been implemented.Under-Secretary-General Dileep Nair, the Director of OIOS, said it was launching an Organizational Integrity Initiative, “to put integrity-building on the radar screen of the United Nations.”In a briefing to reporters after the release of the ninth annual report, Mr. Nair said “the profile of the United Nations should be raised” to demonstrate leadership in the worldwide battle against corruption, especially, he said, in view of the gathering in December in Mexico, where countries will sign a UN treaty against corruption.”The United Nations itself must lead by example and ensure that integrity and professional ethics guide all its work,” he said.Asked about allegations of corruption in the United Nations, Mr. Nair said, “I think the United Nations is like any big organization. We are no exception. I think it is a reflection of the numbers people in it, the extent of our operations, the multifaceted nature of the operations, being not just one place, but all over the world.”So having said that, I think we do monitor the state of affairs. I will not go to the extent to say that we are in dire straights or we are a corrupt organization, but on the other hand we want to make sure that if there are problems we come to grips with it first, rather than these problems becoming scandals, or coming out into the open just by themselves.”Mr. Nair said the UN wants “to make sure that we have a good handle on such malfeasance, fraud, corruption so to speak. In fact in that context we are launching this Organizational Integrity Initiative. It is not necessarily a response to fraud and corruption becoming of a very big magnitude, but rather to make sure that we put into place preventive measures; we put in place training; we take cognisance of where our gaps are so that fraud and corruption does not actually become a problem that overwhelms us.”Among the highlights of the report, he said, were the successful discovery, prosecution and incarceration of a former UN employee for a fraud in Kosovo which cost the organization some $4.2 million; an audit of UN Information Centres worldwide which soon will result in cost saving consolidation; improvements in the liquidation of peacekeeping equipment which have already had a positive financial impact, and an investigation of allegations of sexual exploitation of refugees in West Africa, which resulted in referrals to national authorities for prosecution and improved camp management. read more

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Womens EHF EURO 2012 Easy victories for France and Montenegro – Spain

Women’s EHF EURO 2012 ← Previous Story “Grande Famiglia dell’Handball” Movement contests Italian Handball Elections Next Story → Women’s EHF EURO 2012: Great Day 1 – Last minute wins for Croatia, Norway and Sweden Women’s EHF EURO 2012 Results – Round 1:GROUP A:UKRAINE – CZECH REPUBLIC 22:25SERBIA – NORWAYGROUP B:FRANCE – MACEDONIA 29:16DENMARK – SWEDENGROUP C:SPAIN – GERMANY 23:20CROATIA – HUNGARYGROUP D:MONTENEGRO – ICELAND 26:16ROMANIA – RUSSIA

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SCANDAL IN DENMARK BSV players motivate SønderjyskE by giving money for a

Scandal in Denmark! Danish team Sonderjyske have announced that their players received 15.000 danish crowns (about 2.000 EUR) from BSV Silkeborg’s players before the last match of the regular part of Championship in order to win non-important match for them – against Skanderborg. BSV Silkeborg needed desperately victory of home team in that match – Sonderjyske, for a placement at the Danish Play-Off as eight team.BSV players organised themselves and gave money to their colleagues as some kind of reward for a victory over Skanderborg 34:28, which kept them in the battle for the Danish Championship. SønderjyskE’s players got the money for their “fine box”, something which will they spent after the season on some group activity.After it is discovered, SønderjyskE donated the money to families with children suffering from cancer.The Danish Handball Federation still has no comment to the case, but Danish Sports Federation will probably open the research about the match. BSV SilkeborgDenmarkhandball denmark ← Previous Story Cadenas’ boys conquer Plock! Next Story → HCM Baia Mare sign Ekatarina Davidenko! read more

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John McAreavey resigns as Bishop of Dromore in wake of criticism

first_img John McAreavey. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland By Daragh Brophy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The second allegation came in 1998 and was not related to his tenure at St. Colman’s. No further allegations emerged until after his death in January 2002.He said that he had made an “error” in celebrating Finnegan’s funeral.The school began removing images of the priest from its building last year after the school’s Board of Governors was informed that the Diocese had reached a settlement with one of the 12 victims, the BBC reported.A Spotlight reporter revealed earlier this week that Bishop McAreavey had celebrated a mass alongside Finnegan in 2000.That prompted further calls for him to resign from his role.John McAreavey was ordained a priest in 1973 and was ordained Bishop of Dromore in 1999. Share111 Tweet Email5 John McAreavey resigns as Bishop of Dromore in wake of criticism Calls for him to step down from his role intensified this week. 48 Comments Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Thursday 1 Mar 2018, 6:18 PM John McAreavey. Mar 1st 2018, 6:18 PM 34,228 Views http://jrnl.ie/3880269 JOHN MCAREAVEY IS to resign as the Catholic Bishop of Dromore.It comes in the wake of concerns raised by parents of children whose Confirmation he was due to preside over later this year.It was reported earlier this year by the BBC Spotlight programme that McAreavey had officiated at the funeral mass of a priest accused by 12 people of sexual abuse.“Following media reports which have disturbed and upset many people in the diocese and further afield, I have decided to resign with immediate effect,” the outgoing bishop said in a statement provided by his solicitor to the BBC. Fr Malachy Finnegan, who died in 2002, was a teacher at St Colman’s College in Newry from 1967 to 1976.The abuse claims against him were detailed in the BBC Spotlight programme in February.At the time, Bishop McAreavey told the programme:“The first allegation against Malachy Finnegan came to light in 1994 some seven years after he left St. Colman’s College. Short URLlast_img read more

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Lemnos calls for delegates

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australian holidaymakers visiting southern Europe next month are being invited to take time out in the north Aegean island of Lemnos to hear how it played a key role in the Gallipoli legend. The Municipality of Lemnos, in conjunction with Australia’s Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, have created what organisers plan to be a regular event, with the 2013 and 2014 conferences set to raise the profile of Lemnos’ link with Gallipoli, and to focus activities on the island leading up to the Centenary of Anzac in 2015. Lemnos was the key base for the Anzac campaign in the Dardanelles in 1915 – the location where the Diggers embarked for Anzac Cove and where Australian nurses cared for the injured in the doomed campaign. As well as the base for thousands of Australian and British Commonwealth service personnel, the mortal remains of over 140 Australians remain in Lemnos’ war graves. The conference next month will hear presentations from international guest speakers, including Australia’s Dr John Yiannakis, Dr Haluk Oral, the celebrated author on Gallipoli from Istanbul University, and Victorian MP John Pandazopoulos. The conference will bring together government, tourism and community leaders on Lemnos to begin preparations for the Centenary of Anzac in 2015, and will include a tour of key Anzac sites on Lemnos, led by Conference Organiser and Anzac historian, Mr Jim Claven. Organisers says the conference will provide a unique opportunity to commemorate and discuss this historic link between Australia, Lemnos and Greece, as well as an opportunity to plan for a new era of commemorative tourism on the island. Mr Claven told Neos Kosmos that as the Gallipoli Centenary approached, it was essential for Australians to understand that without Lemnos as a base for Allied troops, there would have been no Gallipoli campaign. “Australia and Greece share an Anzac and Gallipoli heritage. This is what will be explored in detail as part of the Conference as Greece prepares for the Centenary of Gallipoli,” he said. President of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, Mr Lee Tarlamis, MP, who will attend the conference, said that for decades the Lemnian-Australian community has worked to ensure that the story was not forgotten. “It’s now our role as Australians to take the next step and reunite ourselves with our forgotten history,” said the Victorian MP. Fellow parliamentarian John Pandazopoulos pointed out that Lemnos was the missing link of the Gallipoli story, and that without its recognition, “we can never be true to our history, and the 50,000 Anzacs who were there and those Lemnians who enthusiastically supported the campaign. “As Australians and Kiwis make pilgrimage at Gallipoli, Lemnos will play its role as well.” The conference will be held at Portianou Cultural Centre, Lemnos, between 11 and 13 July. The cost of attending will be nominal, with free admission for students and young people. Those interested in attending should contact Jim Claven at jimclaven@yahoo.com.aulast_img read more

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PMH Hurricane Matthew Announcement Alert 6 – PMH Maternity Patients

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 5, 2016 – The Princess Margaret Hospital wishes to advise the general public that ONLY Maternity patients with medical emergencies are to be brought in to the Maternity Ward and/or Accident & Emergency.ALL STABLE maternity patients should remain indoors for the duration of Hurricane Matthew until NEMA gives the all clear.  If you have concerns or questions please contact the Maternity Ward at PMH at 1 (242) 328-4929 or the Command Center at 1 (242) 502-7890 / 322-1010 / 356-5322 / 356-0315 for more information.Please “Like” our page on Facebook (Princess Margaret Hospital) and listen to the radio for further updates. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Temecula man killed after crashing into fence in Fallbrook

first_img January 14, 2018 Temecula man killed after crashing into fence in Fallbrook KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 14, 2018 FALLBROOK (KUSI) — A Temecula man was killed when his car crashed into a fence in Fallbrook, California Highway Patrol officers said Sunday.The man, 38, was driving west on Via Monserate near La Canada Road just before 7:30 p.m. Saturday when his car left the roadway for unknown reasons and careened into a fence.A portion of the fence went through the windshield of the driver’s BMW M6 — the only vehicle involved in the crash — and struck him in the chest.The driver died at the scene. His name was not publicly released.Officers closed the roadway for about three hours after the crash while they investigated.Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be contributing factors, the CHP said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Fleet Debate 2015

first_imgView all stories from this issue below.The Employee Benefits’ Fleet Debate 2015 examines the latest fleet trends and issues, enabling employers to understand how company car schemes could work within their organisation.Read the digital edition of the Employee Benefits’ Fleet Debate 2015.The report includes the following articles:What are the key issues impacting the fleet landscape?How can the fleet industry help employers to control fleet costs?How can company car schemes meet the needs of a varied workforce?What are the key benefits of salary sacrifice car schemes for employers and staff?last_img read more

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BMW says the Z4 is quicker than the Toyota Supra

first_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star More From Roadshow May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend More about 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Roadster Comments 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Detroit Auto Show 2019 Performance Cars Convertibles Coupes Detroit Auto Show 2019 Toyota Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago 2020 Toyota Supra: A Japanese sports car legend returns reading • BMW says the Z4 is quicker than the Toyota Supracenter_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous • Preview • 2019 BMW Z4: Reinvigorating the roadster If 0.2 second is important to you, well, you’ll want to pick this over the Supra. BMW Perhaps the most anticipated — or at least most drawn-out — Toyota debut in recent memory is that of the 2020 Supra. But just a few hours after the new sports coupe debuted at the Detroit Auto Show, BMW wants to draw attention back to the car’s distant sibling, the Z4 roadster. That’s because BMW pointed out today that the Z4 is actually quicker than the Toyota Supra.It’s worth recalling that the cars share their basic chassis, engine and electronics, although Toyota and BMW said they tuned their cars very differently. So think of BMW’s “No, mine is quicker” announcement as a sort of sibling rivalry.Where the Supra reaches 60 miles per hour in a claimed 4.1 seconds, the BMW Z4 will do the deed in just 3.9 seconds. Sure, you might not be able to measure than two tenths’ difference on your stopwatch, but for internet bragging rights, every tenth of a second matters. Of course, it’s not exactly a fair fight when the BMW packs a bigger turbocharged punch. The BMW Z4 M40i packs 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque from its turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine, and weighs 3,443 pounds. The Supra, meanwhile, extracts 335 hp and 365 lb-ft from its version of the same engine, with the car’s curb weight listed at 3,397 lbs.On the other hand, you’ll pay a fair bit more for the BMW. The 2020 Toyota Supra will sell from $50,920 with destination, while the Z4 M40i is rumored to start at closer to $70,000. That’s in part because BMW will also offer a more affordable sDrive30i model, with a 255-hp, turbo-four engine. Either way, this Z4-versus-Supra news is exactly the sort of internet argument fodder that we’re sure will rile up enthusiasts on both sides. Share your voice See All 3 Tags Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show 75 Photos BMW Toyotalast_img read more

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Facebooks banned research app collected data on almost 200K users

first_img1:39 Share your voice Post a comment Is Facebook spying on you? Originally published June 13, 9:20 a.m. PT.Update, 1:43 p.m.: Adds comment from Sen. Richard Blumenthal.Correction, 9:43 a.m.: An earlier version of this story misstated how Facebook distributed its research app. The app was offered to consumers outside of Apple’s App Store, through a program meant to let companies create apps for their employees to use and test. Mobile Security Applications Mobile Apps 0 Facebook’s now-banned research app collected data from thousands. Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET It looks like we now know the number of users affected by a banned Facebook market research app, which paid users up to $20 a month to give the social media site access to how they used their phones. The app, which gained attention earlier this year after Apple blocked Facebook from offering to iPhone users, collected sensitive device data on about 187,000 users, the social network told lawmakers. In a letter dated March 1 to Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Ed Markey and Josh Hawley, Facebook said it had collected data on 31,000 users in the US, 4,300 of whom were teenagers. The rest of the data came from users in India, according to the letter. TechCrunch reported on the letter earlier Thursday.On Tuesday, Facebook released a new research app, called Study From Facebook. It’s available only on Android, for users 18 years or older in the US and India. Facebook says the app will analyze what apps are on your phone, how much time you spend on them, your country, and what type of device and network you’re on. Users who sign up still get paid for sharing their information and can leave anytime.On Thursday, Blumenthal expressed concern over Facebook’s new market research app. “After its previous app was rightly taken down and blocked from operating, Facebook moved more quickly to reintroduce a market research product than it has [moved] to provide any substantial consumer privacy protections or resolve the significant abuse on its platform,” the senator said in an emailed statement. “At a time when the company is under investigation for its data practices and anticompetitive actions, the Facebook Study app is at best tone-deaf and ill-considered.”Facebook didn’t respond to a request for comment. Tags Now playing: Watch this: Facebooklast_img read more

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Tom Holland at D23 Im going to continue playing SpiderMan

first_img TV and Movies When Spider-Man goes onward, we don’t know if he’ll be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And spider-star Tom Holland didn’t say much of anything about the dispute between Disney and Sony while standing on stage during Walt Disney Studios’ D23 announcements.Last week news broke that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige would no longer have a hand in producing the Spider-Man series with Sony, leading many to believe this was the end of Spidey — or at least the end of Spider-Man in the MCU. But after the panel, while speaking to EW and People, Holland opened up a bit more, saying “Basically, we’ve made five great movies.” He elaborated: “It’s been five amazing years. I’ve had the time of my life. Who knows what the future holds? But all I know is that I’m going to continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of my life. It’s going to be so fun, however we choose to do it. The future for Spider-Man will be different, but it will be equally as awesome and amazing, and we’ll find new ways to make it even cooler.”Feige chimed in, telling EW, “It was never meant to last forever. We knew there was a finite amount of time that we’d be able to do this, and we told the story we wanted to tell, and I’ll always be thankful for that.” Tom Holland as he leaves the stage: “Listen, it’s been a crazy week, but thank you from the bottom of my heart and I love you 3000.” #Marvel #Spidey #Pixar #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/3qOMuhXMph— cait petrakovitz ➡️ D23 🙌🏽💃🏽 (@misscp) August 24, 2019 Share your voice Comments Marvel Spiderman Disney Pixar Sony 3 How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order The Disney D23 Expo runs through Sunday, Aug. 25. Be sure to check out coverage from sister sites GameSpot, TV Guide and ComicBook.com. 26 Photos Holland was on stage at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, on Saturday, alongside Chris Pratt and Julia-Louis Dreyfus to promote their new Pixar movie, Onward. Pratt and Holland play fantasy beings in the real world who set out on a magical quest in their van. The film’s release date is 2020. Pixar Pixar also announced the star-studded cast of Soul, a jazz-infused animated flick that asks big questions about what makes a soul. Daveed Diggs, Questlove, Phylicia Rashad, Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey lend their voices, with music from Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Even if Holland couldn’t talk about Spider-Man’s future, Marvel Studios continued to deliver on even more MCU news. After the unveil of three new shows for Disney Plus (She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight) on Friday, there were still surprises to come.  Best trailer to come out of #D23Expo last night is Jeff Goldblum’s incredulous response to the #Spiderman drama he hadn’t heard about yet. pic.twitter.com/5Zd0MR7ZPX— The Playlist 🎬 (@ThePlaylist) August 24, 2019 Tagslast_img read more

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RQ170 drones ambush facts spilled by Iranian engineer

first_imgGPS satellites transmit on two legacy radio frequencies. The unencrypted code used by most civilian GPS units is transmitted only on the L1 frequency. The encrypted P code for military users is transmitted on both the L1 and L2 frequency. If the Iranians could jam the encrypted military code on the L1 and L2 frequencies then the drone’s GPS receiver might reach out to use the less secure code to get directions. Without encryption, it would be possible for an enemy to fool a drone into thinking it was elsewhere. While possible in theory, other GPS experts say it is a difficult feat and they express doubt that the exploit happened. Some analysts think another possibility is that the aircraft malfunctioned independent of any Iranian electronic interference. Further doubt is expressed not only over whether it was technologically possible for them to overtake the navigation system but also to bring it down with such minimal damage to it. John Pike, defense expert from GlobalSecurity.org, was quoted as saying he thought the drone exhibited by the Iranians looked like a parade float in that it was remarkably intact. RQ-170 Sentinel. © TruthDowser / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0 Group shows botnet threat in the future may come from the sky 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. © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — In the aftermath of the Iran capture of a US military drone earlier this month now come arguments over how Iran managed to pull it off. An Iranian engineer’s exclusive interview with The Christian Science Monitor has been published, which details how the Iranians captured the drone through jamming. An opposing camp says the story is just that, a story, while others schooled in GPS systems say that the Iranians’ technique is technically possible but they would not bet on it. Explore further Citation: RQ-170 drone’s ambush facts spilled by Iranian engineer (2011, December 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-rq-drone-ambush-facts-iranian.html Iran’s story about the electronic ambush of America’s sophisticated drone, the RQ-170 Sentinel, is that their experts used their technology savvy to trick the drone into landing where the drone thought was its actual base in Afghanistan but instead they made it land in Iran. They used reverse engineering techniques that they had developed after exploring less sophisticated American drones captured or shot down in recent years. They were able to figure how to exploit a navigational weakness in the drone’s system. “The GPS navigation is the weakest point,” the Iranian engineer told the newspaper.Iranian electronic warfare specialists were able to cut off the communications link by jamming on the communications. The engineer said that they forced the drone into autopilot. That state is where “the bird loses its brain.” The Iranians reconfigured the drone’s GPS coordinates and they used precise latitudinal and longitudinal data to force the drone to land on its own. In doing so the Iranian team did not have to bother about cracking remote control signals and communications from a control center in the U.S., and the RQ170 suffered only minimal damage, according to the report.Adding strength and credibility to that story were military experts saying that even a combat-grade GPS system is vulnerable to manipulation. According to a GPS expert at the University of New Brunswick in Canada, Richard Langley, it’s theoretically possible to take control of a drone by jamming. last_img read more

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British team builds model showing metamaterials could be used to create gecko

first_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further More information: Metamaterial ‘Gecko Toe’: Optically-Controlled Adhesion to Any Surface, arXiv:1201.2801v1 [physics.optics] arxiv.org/abs/1201.2801AbstractOn the mesoscopic scale, electromagnetic forces are of fundamental importance to an enormously diverse range of systems, from optical tweezers to the adhesion of gecko toes. Here we show that a strong light-driven force may be generated when a plasmonic metamaterial is illuminated in close proximity to a dielectric or metal surface. This near-field force can exceed radiation pressure and Casimir forces to provide an optically controlled adhesion mechanism mimicking the gecko toe: at illumination intensities of just a few tens of nW/um^2 it is sufficient to overcome the Earth’s gravitational pull. The whole idea is based on the fact that light exerts a force on materials that it strikes. The research team used this force to create plasmons (oscillations of electrons) on the surface of a metamaterial – in this case, a substance made of mostly gold with optical properties that can control the way light behaves. They found that when light was shined through the metamaterial onto the interface between a metamaterial and the surface of another metal material an attractive force was created due to the oscillating electrons on the metamaterial interacting with the electrons on the second material. This result was not unexpected, the amount of force found however, was. They found that by adjusting the light source to a frequency close to the wavelength of the oscillating electrons on the surface of the metamaterial, they could produce an attractive force greater than the pull of gravity on the two materials.The model the team has built demonstrates that it should theoretically be possible to create materials that are able to stick to and release from one another by simply turning a light source on and off, at least at the quantum level. If applied research finds the model holds, new metamaterials might be made that could be used for such applications as moving nano-sized objects around with tools equipped with a light source and metamaterials.There is one still one more step in this new research, of course, and that is actually finding the force in a real life experiment and measuring it. The team said this shouldn’t be difficult and expect that it will be found within the next couple of weeks or months. Citation: British team builds model showing metamaterials could be used to create gecko toe like adhesion (2012, January 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-british-team-metamaterials-gecko-toe.html Gecko toes and their optical analogue. a, Gecko toes sticking to a smooth glass wall. b, Artistic impression of a metamaterial film attracted by a beam of light to a dielectric surface. Image: arXiv:1201.2801v1 (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists have long been enamored by the gecko’s gravity defying ability to cling to walls and to let go at will, allowing it to walk around sideways, as have Spiderman enthusiasts. Thus far, unfortunately, efforts to duplicate such feats have gone unmet. Now however, researchers from the University of Southampton in England have built a computer simulation that shows that it might be possible to duplicate the gecko’s abilities by using special metamaterials and ordinary light. They have published the results of their studies on the preprint server arXiv. 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. ‘Darker-than-black’ metamaterial could lead to more efficient solar cellslast_img read more

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