BJP leaders meet Sonia to seek cooperation in Parliament

first_imgNew Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders on Friday met UPA Chairperson and senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi to seek her party’s cooperation in the upcoming session of Parliament, which will commence from June 17. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, along with the Minister of State in his Ministry – Arjun Ram Meghwal, and Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar met Gandhi at her 10 Janpath residence in Delhi. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist After the meeting, which lasted for over 20 minutes, Tomar told the media: “We are meeting all the opposition leaders to request for their party’s cooperation and smooth functioning of the Parliament.” On June 5, Joshi, along with the two ministers of state in his ministry – Meghwal and V. Muraleedharan – met Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, at his residence. According to Congress sources, the government has convened an all-party meeting in the Parliament on June 16, a day ahead of the start of the Lok Sabha session, where it will seek the cooperation of all political parties to ensure a smooth session. The first session of the newly-elected Lok Sabha will be convened from June 17 to July 26 and the new government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will present its first Budget on July 5. The 40-day session will have 30 sittings.last_img read more

Nearly half of youth incarcerated are Indigenous Statistics Canada

first_imgWINNIPEG – Nearly half of all youth who end up in custody across Canada are Indigenous, a statistic that a Manitoba activist says shows unacceptable and systemic racism.Data released by Statistics Canada shows Aboriginal youth made up 46 per cent of admissions to correctional services in 2016-17 while making up only eight per cent of the youth population.“It’s not actually surprising to me to hear those numbers,” said Michael Redhead Champagne.“As a member of the Indigenous community, with First Nation, Metis and Inuit people around me, I see the overrepresentation of Indigenous people going into the justice system,” he said.Champagne founded Aboriginal Youth Opportunities in Winnipeg’s North End neighbourhood in 2010 to support Indigenous youth. Working with kids in the inner city area, he has seen how “Indigenous people often get the short end of the stick.”“I see Indigenous and non-Indigenous people literally doing the exact same crime and not experiencing the same amount of jail time, probation, etc.”Incarceration of youth generally across Canada has declined slightly each year since 2012. But the Statistics Canada data from 10 reporting provinces and territories also showed the proportion of Aboriginal youth in custody has steadily increased.It was 21 per cent in 2006-07, but 10 years later Aboriginal boys made up 47 per cent and Aboriginal girls accounted for 60 per cent of correctional admissions.In the provinces, the numbers of Indigenous youth in custody were highest in Saskatchewan (92 per cent for boys; 98 per cent for girls) and Manitoba (81 per cent for boys; 82 per cent for girls).Howard Sapers, an independent adviser to the government of Ontario on corrections reform, said the increasing numbers, particularly for girls, carries through to adulthood.“We are getting so dangerously close to half of all adult women in custody being Indigenous,” he said in a phone interview from his Ottawa office.Aboriginal men accounted for 28 per cent of admissions, while Aboriginal women accounted for 43 per cent. At the same time, they represented about five per cent of the Canadian adult population.“There is little way to escape the conclusion that there are some systemic biases built into the system that are contributing to this overrepresentation,” Sapers said.Policy decisions, such as mandatory minimum sentences, have had a disproportionate impact on Indigenous communities, he said.But there is also movement in the other direction, said Sapers, pointing to bail reform, restorative justice efforts and culturally appropriate initiatives.The justice system cannot stand alone in curbing the trend of incarcerating Indigenous youth, he suggested. Tackling poverty, unemployment or underemployment, poor housing, addictions and mental illness would make a large difference, he said.Change is needed immediately, Champagne agreed, because right now there is a cycle of institutionalizing Indigenous kids.It starts with children being taken into care where they are assigned a worker, curfews and strict rules, he said. When they become older, they graduate to the criminal justice system.“When I see this kind of stuff I get frustrated with all the rhetoric around reconciliation.”Champagne has worked with youth who have experienced adversity, violence, addictions, homelessness and who are often in conflict with the justice system, but he sees their unique gifts and how much they can contribute to the community.“We as a society have to get better at recognizing those good things when they are happening, celebrating them ,and telling those stories, so that our young people can see themselves reflected as successful, as helpers and as leaders, because that’s exactly what they are.“And that’s why they give me such hope.”last_img read more

Hundreds watch from shore as killer whale puts on jumping show in

first_imgCOMOX, B.C. – A lone killer whale that moved into a Comox, B.C., harbour more than a week ago is thrilling crowds on the local waterfront with a swimming and leaping spectacle as it patrols its new hunting territory.Comox Valley Harbour Authority spokesman Robert Clarke said Tuesday hundreds of people stood on the community promenade along the shoreline and watched the orca breach and swim around the harbour.“I’m looking out here right now and there’s probably 300 people on it looking over the side watching the whale swim around in the bay,” he said. “It’s a non-stop nature show.”Clarke, a former whale-watching guide, said killer whales do appear in the harbour but it is not a common event and they rarely stay for long.He said there have been reports of the whale swimming up the Courtenay River, part of which flows through the Vancouver Island community and the same animal has been seen at Union Bay, about 20 kilometres south.He said the harbour is busy with commercial, sport and recreational vessels, which prompted the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard officials to arrive in the area to enforce the 200-metre whale viewing limits for boats.“I wouldn’t say (the whale) is interfering with vessel traffic,” said Clarke. “I would say more the vessels are interfering with whatever it wants to do. We’re a commercial fishing harbour and we deal with a lot of recreational (boaters) throughout the summer and when they come in most of them are pretty darn excited to see the whale.”Josh McInnes, a whale researcher at the University of Victoria, said he has encountered the same whale, known as T73B, in waters off Alaska.McInnes, who is currently doing whale research in Monterey, Calif., said in a telephone interview that the full grown killer whale is what’s known as a transient, which is a mammal-eating orca.The resident killer whales found in the waters off Vancouver Island and Washington state are fish eaters.McInnes said the male in Comox Harbour is a known loner from Alaska with a reputation for scouting out its own hunting grounds.“All of the times I’ve bumped into him have been in southeast Alaska,” said McInnes, who last saw the whale in June 2017, hunting alone in waters near Endicott Arm, Alaska.He said transient killer whales spend much of their time in groups of about three to five but they also hunt alone. The transients hunt by stealth, sneaking up on their prey as opposed to the resident orcas who hunt in a pack, said McInnes.Despite the natural solitary tendencies of transient orcas, the Comox whale appears to be a unique animal, he said.“He’s a bit of a weird whale. He is really odd,” McInnes said. “He took these really long dives and the way he surfaced was a bit weird.”McInnes said he expects the whale to leave the Comox area any day now, continuing its travels along the Pacific coast from Alaska to California.— By Dirk Meissner in Victoria.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the whale had been spotted in the Comox River.last_img read more

AltaGas founder remains mum on sudden resignation of CEO David Harris

first_imgCALGARY – The chairman of AltaGas Ltd. says its leadership team is “stepping in and stepping up” in the wake of the sudden departure of president and CEO David Harris last week.AltaGas founder and chairman David Cornhill, who is filling in with director Phillip Knoll as interim co-CEOs of the Calgary-based company, said at the start of a conference call he will not take questions about why Harris has left the company.He repeated information in a statement last week that Harris and the board of directors mutually agreed on the resignation in the wake of a non-specific “complaint” that the board is investigating.He says the company has already started the process of finding and hiring a permanent CEO and cautioned that may take some time.Cornhill repeated the complaint is not related to AltaGas’ strategy, operations or financial reporting, but didn’t explain what it was related to or why the company is investigating if Harris’s resignation is final.Harris, who has been with Calgary-based AltaGas since 2010 and its top executive since April 2016, oversaw the company’s $6-billion deal to buy Washington, D.C.-based energy utility company WGL Holdings, Inc., which closed in July.Cornhill founded AltaGas in 1994 and was its CEO until Harris took over.Companies in this story: (TSX:ALA)last_img read more

Ecuador at UN calls on European Union to reform migration policies

29 September 2008Ecuador spoke out against the European Union’s policy on migration during the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today, stressing the need to protect the right of people to move freely. “I believe none of the governments represented here is opposed to” free mobility, María Isabel Salvador Crespo, Ecuador’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Integration, said in her address on the final day of the event.Migration must be in line with international humanitarian law and respect migrants’ human rights, she emphasized.“There are no illegal human beings, only practices that violate the rights of persons,” Ms. Salvador said, quoting her country’s President Rafael Correa.As such, “we cannot tolerate the Return Directive issued by the European Union,” she said, referring to the policy seeking to harmonize procedures returning undocumented immigrants across the region.In June, 10 independent UN human rights experts also voiced their deep concern over the Directive, in particular the clause calling for “excessive” detention for up to 18 months pending removal.The proposal would also allow countries to detain unaccompanied children, victims of human trafficking, and other vulnerable groups. “Irregular immigrants are not criminals. As a rule they should not be subjected to detention at all,” the experts stressed. “Member States are obliged to explore the availability of alternatives to detention and detention must only be for the shortest possible period of time.” At UN Headquarters today, the Ecuadorian official said that “emigration and return must both be an expression of freedom.”Migration is a result of “excluding economic models where the market, the accumulation and selfishness make invisible the true needs of human beings,” she added.Her country plans to adopt a refugee policy based on the principles of humanism and solidarity to provide assistance to those under Ecuador’s protection, Ms. Salvador said.International cooperation is essential to help the nation fulfil its commitments regarding refugees. With 200,000 Colombian citizens in need of international protection in Ecuador, she said that “we must not forget that Ecuador is currently the country with the largest number of persons in need of international protection in all the Western Hemisphere.” read more

Annan to spend rest of month in Europe on official visits attending

Mr. Annan, presently in Athens to attend the European Conference and discuss the UN’s role in post-conflict Iraq with continental leaders, is scheduled to leave Greece on Monday for Vienna, where he will meet with Austrian President Thomas Klestil on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he will meet with Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel, and also will visit the Austrian Parliament.On Thursday, he will address the Commission on Human Rights in Geneva and on Friday and Saturday he will attend the spring session in Paris of the Chief Executives Board, which brings together the heads of all UN departments, agencies and programmes. The session will focus on follow-up to the Millennium Summit, and the challenge of sustainable development.On 27 April, he will return to Switzerland for an official visit, including meetings in Bern on 29 April with President Pascal Couchepin and other senior officials. He is scheduled to return to New York the following day. read more

Oil prices rise to near US98 a barrel ahead of Fed statement

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil prices rose to near US$98 a barrel Wednesday ahead of the release of more U.S. economic indicators and the conclusion of a meeting of U.S. Federal Reserve policy-makers.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for March delivery was up 35 cents to US$97.92 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.The contract rose $1.13, or 1.2 per cent, to close at $97.57 on Tuesday after being pushed higher by a report about rising U.S. home prices. Energy prices can rise when investors feel good about the economy, since energy is needed to power manufacturing and other economic activity.“Crude oil prices continued their upside momentum and extended gains on Wednesday, as risk appetite increased following the recent robust economic data,” said a report from Sucden Financial Research in London.“It seems that market sentiment has recently improved amid optimism about increasing oil demand in the short-term, especially from the U.S. and China.”Traders are also awaiting the release of other U.S. economic indicators, including economic growth on Wednesday and weekly jobless claims Thursday. In addition, the Federal Reserve will conclude a two-day meeting later Wednesday with a statement that investors will study for clues about the outlook for the economy and interest rates.“There are increasing hopes that the Federal Reserve will re-affirm its commitment to monetary stimulus,” Sucden said.Recent rises in oil prices have been the result of an improving global economy, and positive manufacturing reports from the U.S. and China. But significant gains could be capped by demand constraints and ample supply, analysts said.“The fundamentals are also likely to deteriorate again later in the year,” said analysts at Capital Economics in a report. “Over the longer term, booming energy supply from both conventional and new sources will also add to the downward pressure on prices.”Oil prices were also boosted by the weaker U.S. dollar, which makes crude cheaper and a more enticing investment for traders using other currencies. On Wednesday, the euro was helped by rising consumer and business confidence in the 17 countries using the common currency and the currency climbed to US$1.3548 from US$1.3487 on Tuesday.Brent crude, used to price international varieties of oil, was up 51 cents at US$114.87 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline gained 0.8 of a cent to US$2.9843 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil added 1.78 cents to US$3.1164 a gallon and natural gas rose 1.3 cents to US$3.271 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) Oil prices rise to near US$98 a barrel ahead of Fed statement, US indicators by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Jan 30, 2013 7:59 am MDT read more

AP source JPMorgan would pay 13B under tentative deal over mortgagebacked securities

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email AP source: JPMorgan would pay $13B under tentative deal over mortgage-backed securities WASHINGTON – JPMorgan Chase & Co. has tentatively agreed to pay $13 billion to settle allegations surrounding the quality of mortgage-backed securities it sold in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, a person familiar with the negotiations between the bank and the federal government said Saturday.If the agreement is finalized it would be the government’s highest-profile enforcement action related to the financial meltdown that plunged the economy into the deepest recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s.The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been finalized, said Attorney General Eric Holder, Associate Attorney General Tony West, J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon and the bank’s general counsel, Stephen Cutler, negotiated the tentative settlement in a Friday night phone call.The person said the tentative agreement does not resolve a criminal investigation of the bank’s conduct. It is being handled by federal prosecutors in Sacramento, Calif.On Friday night, Holder told the bank that a non-prosecution agreement was a non-starter — meaning that the Justice Department will continue to conduct the criminal investigation of the financial institution, said the person. As part of the deal, the Justice Department expects JPMorgan to co-operate with the continuing criminal probe of the bank’s issuance of mortgage-backed securities between 2005 and 2007, the person said.JPMorgan spokesman Brian Marchiony and Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon declined to comment.Of the $13 billion, $9 billion is fines or penalties and $4 billion will go to consumer relief for struggling homeowners, the person said.When the housing bubble burst in 2007, bundles of mortgages sold as securities soured and the investors who bought them lost billions. In the aftermath, public outrage boiled over that no high-level Wall Street executives had been sent to jail. Some lawmakers and other critics demanded that the big bailed-out banks and senior executives be held accountable.In response, the government in January 2012 set up a task force of federal and state law enforcement officials to pursue wrongdoing with regard to mortgage securities.In September, JPMorgan agreed to pay $920 million and admit that it failed to oversee trading that led to a $6 billion loss last year in its London operation. That combined amount, in settlements with three U.S. and one British regulator, is one of the largest fines ever levied against a financial institution. In another case, the company agreed to pay a $100 million penalty and admitted that its traders acted “recklessly” with the London trades.In August, the Justice Department accused Bank of America Corp., the second-largest U.S. bank, of civil fraud in failing to disclose risks and misleading investors in its sale of $850 million in mortgage bonds in 2008. The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a related lawsuit. The government estimates that investors lost more than $100 million on the deal. Bank of America disputes the allegations.The latest action against the beleaguered JPMorgan brought the weight of the Obama administration against the bank, which has enjoyed a reputation for managing risk better than its Wall Street competitors. JPMorgan came through the financial crisis in better shape than most of its rivals and Dimon, its CEO, charmed lawmakers and commanded the attention of regulators in Washington.A number of big banks, including JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, previously have been accused of abuses in sales of securities linked to mortgages in the years leading up to the crisis. Together they have paid hundreds of millions in penalties to settle civil charges brought by the SEC, which accused them of deceiving investors about the quality of the bonds they sold.JPMorgan settled SEC charges in June 2011 by agreeing to pay $153.6 million and reached another such agreement for $296.9 million last November.The banks in all the SEC cases were allowed to neither admit nor deny wrongdoing — a practice that brought criticism of the agency from judges and investor advocates.But in a first for a major company, JPMorgan admitted in the agreement with the SEC over the $6 billion trading loss in its London operation that it failed in its oversight. The admission could leave the bank vulnerable to millions of dollars in lawsuits. JPMorgan also reached settlements over the trading loss with the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority.The Justice Department is still pursuing a criminal investigation of the trading loss and a possible coverup at the bank. Two of the bank’s former traders in London are facing criminal charges. The SEC also is investigating individuals involved in the trading loss.Mounting legal costs from government proceedings pushed JPMorgan to a rare loss in the third quarter, the first under Dimon’s leadership. The bank reported Oct. 11 that it set aside $9.2 billion in the July-September quarter to cover a string of litigation stemming from the financial crisis and its “London Whale” trading debacle. JPMorgan said it has placed a total of $23 billion in reserve to cover potential legal costs.___Associated Press writer Marcy Gordon in Washington contributed to this report. by Pete Yost, The Associated Press Posted Oct 19, 2013 4:34 pm MDT read more

Private hospital surgeon jailed over death of patient has conviction quashed on

first_imgJames Hughes, a father-of-six from Northern Ireland, died at a hospital in Harrow A surgeon who served a jail sentence over the death of a patient at a private hospital has won an appeal against his conviction.David Sellu, now 69, was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter in November 2013 and handed a two-and-a-half-year prison term at the Old Bailey.On Tuesday, three Court of Appeal judges in London allowed his challenge against the conviction relating to the death of father-of-six James Hughes, from Northern Ireland. Mr Hughes, 66, died at the Clementine Churchill Hospital in Harrow, north-west London, after falling unexpectedly ill following knee surgery.The retired builder had a planned left knee replacement on February 5, 2010. The operation went well, but while recovering, he developed abdominal pain and was transferred to Mr Sellu’s care. James Hughes It was the standard of the doctor’s care of Mr Hughes over a period of approximately 25 hours that formed the basis of the case against him.Appeal judges previously heard that the “essence” of the prosecution case was that the doctor, a “respected consultant colorectal surgeon”, should have performed an operation to repair a perforated bowel “at a much earlier time”.But a QC argued on behalf of Sellu, of Hillingdon, who served 15 months before being released in February last year, that his conviction for gross negligence manslaughter was “unsafe” on a number of grounds.Mr Sellu was present in court to hear Sir Brian Leveson, who heard the case with Lord Justice Irwin and Mr Justice Globe, announce that the conviction should be quashed.Sir Brian gave the prosecution 24 hours to make an application if they wish to seek a re-trial. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Woman accused of drunkenly ramming neighbours car not guilty as police found

first_imgWhen breathalysed she was found to have 60 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – almost double the national drink drive limit of 35 microgrammes.Hammersmith Magistrates Court heard Lindblad-Hill was reversing her car when she scrapped it against a neighbour’s on December 6 last year.PC David Maclaughlin said: “An Uber driver was parking in Abingdon Road at 20.35 hours that evening when he heard a vehicle revving. He noticed the defendant parking her car across the road.”As she was parking her car, a Mercedes, he noticed a blue Jaguar, and there was a large scraping noise. The defendant then got out the car and appeared to walk away without taking the details of the other car. 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. A drink-driving charge against Marie Lindblad-Hill was dropped Marie Lindblad-Hill leaving Hammersmith Magistrates CourtCredit:Central News/Gustavo Valiente A drink-driving charge against Marie Lindblad-Hill was droppedCredit:Central News/Gustavo Valiente A woman who was accused of drunkenly ramming her neighbour’s car has seen the charges dropped, as she was drinking whiskey when police arrived at her house to breathalyse her. Marie Lindblad-Hill, 46, who has appeared in the pages of society magazine Tatler, failed to stop when her black Mercedes Benz Elegance crashed into another Tesla saloon outside her £4.5 million home in Kensington, west London.She was drinking whiskey when police arrived at her house to investigate the collision, a court heard.She had been originally charged with a charge of drink driving and was due to stand trial today, but the charge was dropped by the CPS this morning. At the time police went to her address after the prang she was seen with a large whiskey in her hand before she was taken to a police station and breathalysed, giving a reading of 60 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.She had denied drink driving at a previous hearing, claiming “post-driving consumption of alcohol” after the initial bump outside her house.This morning the prosecutor asked a senior Crown Prosecution Service lawyer to review the charge of drink driving, given the length of time between the incident and the first breathalyser test.Following a break the prosecutor came back into court and formerly offered no evidence on the charge.Lindblad-Hill was re-arraigned on the charge of failing to stop after a road accident to give her name and address to the other driver, to which she pleaded guilty.Lindblad-Hill, of Kensington, was fined £150, and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge as well as having three points added to her driving license. “The Uber driver had a conversation with her and pointed to the damage, which she said she didn’t do.”The Uber driver reported it to the police and officers arrived at 11.05pm at the defendant’s home and the husband answered the door.”She admitted to the police she had been driving at time.” Marie Lindblad-Hill leaving Hammersmith Magistrates Courtlast_img read more

Five students disqualified from Alevel Maths following online leak

Pearson wrote to schools on Monday with an update on the leak Five students have been disqualified from their A-level maths exam after the paper was leaked online, Pearson has said.The education company, which owns the exam board EdExcel, confirmed that one person was the source of a leak and that a further 30 are being investigated over their alleged involvement.The exam watchdog launched an investigation in June after an EdExcel A-level maths paper was circulated online just before it was due to be taken by students. A police investigation was launched, and the exam board conducted its own inquiry.In a letter to schools and colleges on Monday, Derek Richardson, vice president and senior responsible officer at Pearson UK, said there was evidence that “a very small number of students” had access to the paper ahead of candidates sitting the exam on Friday June 22.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––”Following the examination, we were alerted to the apparent sale of images of questions from the paper in the early hours of the day via two closed social media applications,” the letter says.”There is no evidence to show that they were publicly available before the examination, but after the paper had been sat individuals posted images of the sharing of the secure content on publicly accessible platforms.” Pearson wrote to schools on Monday with an update on the leak The letter also says that Pearson’s “absolute priority” is to ensure that students get fair results for their hard work and exam performance, and that students should feel confident that grade boundaries for the A-level were set fairly and results have not been affected by the issue.”I want to express my sincere regret if this situation has caused anxiety for any of your students, teachers or parents and I am very grateful for your patience and understanding over this exam season,” Mr Richardson says.”The exams system in this country has robust controls in place including security requirements for exam boards, logistics companies, schools and colleges.”However it is also built on a foundation of trust, that those given responsibility for the security of papers, honour that trust. The letter says that as a result of Pearson’s investigation, it has “identified one individual as the source of the breach, who has been debarred from any involvement with Pearson examinations for life”.The letter adds: “We have disqualified five students and are currently investigating a further 30 with regards to their involvement.”Their results will be withheld until these investigations are completed. We are continuing to support the police with their ongoing investigation.” 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. “It is regrettable that the actions of a tiny number of individuals have added to the stress of this year’s exams for a much larger number of students, their parents, carers and teachers.”The police investigation is ongoing. read more

NASA continues its Mars plans with another mission to the Red Planet

first_imgMuch to the dismay of scientists that are focused on other heavenly bodies, like Saturn and transient comets, NASA has announced its plans to send another mission to Mars in 2016. This plan will happen in lieu of proposed missions to explore other destinations in our solar system. A mission focused on geological survey, the 2016 expedition code named “Insight” will send a lander to the Red Planet’s surface that will be tasked on collecting data on the planet’s core and relaying it back to geologists on Earth.While a mission of this nature doesn’t seem nearly as flashy as the successful landing of the Curiosity was, geologists believe it’s one of the most important we can undertake to begin to understand Mars in preparation for landing a human on the planet someday. Right now we have very limited knowledge about the inner makeup of Mars; whether or not it has a liquid or solid core or if the surface experiences any kind of seismic activity are just two of the mysteries looking to be solved with this mission. Pictured in the artist rendition above, Insight will contain two different instruments that will drill down into the surface and send its findings back to the research team.As mentioned above, not everyone is happy with NASA’s decision to return to Mars as it means that two other proposed space research projects were scrubbed in favor of Insight. Most of the grumbling seems to be coming from scientists who are focused on studying Saturn and its moons. One of the competing missions that didn’t get chosen was aimed at sending a probe to Titan to gather data on the liquid methane that covers the surface of the Saturnian moon, a mission that doesn’t have a lot of sex appeal to the general public. Sentiment is that NASA is riding the Mars wave right now, and won’t be getting off until it crashes to shore.No matter what the reason for NASA’s decision today, it makes sense to gather as much intel as possible on a place that has a good chance of seeing some sort of human exploration in the future.Read more at NASA, via USA Today.last_img read more

Interior of iPhone 5S prototype revealed

first_imgIt’s common knowledge that when Apple is developing a new generation of iPhone it produces many prototype units as it perfects the design. This week we’ve already seen what may be a prototype or final design for the iPhone 5S front panel. Now images of the phone’s interior have been leaked.What you’ll notice in the image above is the main processor is missing any kind of label telling us what part it is. That suggests this is not the final iPhone 5S design, but a design prototype. The chip was also manufactured late last year, which reinforces that this isn’t the final part. It’s definitely newer than the currently available iPhone 5, though, based on the fact the battery has a more recent part number.As we saw with the front panel, not much has changed. The logic board is narrower and has a new layout, and that processor is sure to be an updated (faster) part. The good news is Apple has managed to increase the size of the included battery, just like it did recently with the new MacBook Air. The iPhone 5 carries a 5.45Whr battery, where as the iPhone 5S looks like it will ship with a 5.92Whr unit.The only other change on display can be seen in the image above. The camera flash has changed shape to look more like a pill than a circle. That suggests the iPhone 5S will ship with a dual LED flash.So when will we get to see the final iPhone 5S? Tim Cook made it clear in April that we wouldn’t be seeing any new Apple devices until late September at the earliest. The iPhone 5 arrived on September 21 last year, so it makes sense the iPhone 5S will launch at a similar time, Friday, September 20 or 27 maybe?last_img read more

Arsenal target a move for Barcelona castaway

first_imgNew Arsenal boss Unai Emery has now made Barcelona’s out-of-favour midfielder Andre Gomes as one of his main transfer targets this summer as he seeks to revamp the squad ahead of his debut campaign, claims The IndependentThe Spaniard is wasting no time in his preparations for his maiden campaign at the Emirates and has set about revamping the midfield.Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira is set to join Arsenal at the end of the World Cup, but Emery is keen to add another midfielder to his ranks following the departure of Jack Wilshere.And the former Paris Saint-Germain coach has now set his sights on Gomes, who revealed the “hell” that he has had to live with at Barcelona earlier this year since his move from Valencia in 2016.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The Portugal international is keen to put an end to his nightmare spell with the Catalan side and has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League.Gomes had been a rumoured target for Tottenham last summer, but Arsenal appear to be keen to beat their North London rivals and any other competition to the 24-year-old’s signature.However, to go ahead with his interest in the former Valencia man, Emery must first sell some players in order to fund a move after signing Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno for over £20m and having recently added Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos for another £16m.In two years at Barcelona, Gomes has only managed to start 23 league matches.last_img read more

Top 5 leagues weekend review August 1720

first_imgSince the Bundesliga hasn’t started yet, this is more of a top 4 leagues weekend review, highlighted by Sergio Aguero (hat-trick), Cristiano Ronaldo (debut) and Kylian Mbappe (two goals as a sub).English Premier League The second round in the English Premier League brought us one surprise, a phenomenal London derby and a beatdown in Manchester. The surprise came in Brighton, where the home team defeated Manchester United 3-2, making Jose Mourinho’s hot seat even hotter. Chelsea beat Arsenal by the same score in what was a highly entertaining contest at Stamford Bridge, which could’ve gone either way. Meanwhile, Manchester City showed no signs of negativity following Kevin De Bruyne’s injury news, smashing Huddersfield 6-1. Sergio Aguero recorded a hat-trick, the ninth in his Premier League career. He now trails only Alan Shearer, who holds the record with eleven.Tottenham and Liverpool got the job done versus Fulham and at Crystal Palace, respectively. Watford and Bournemouth are the other two with 100% records after two rounds. The Hornets defeated a tired Burnley on the road (3-1), while The Cherries got the better of West Ham (2-1), also away from home.The updated @premierleague table after tonight’s result which saw @LFC beat @CPFC 2-0… #CRYLIV #PremierLeague #MNF pic.twitter.com/mQb4atU56P— The All Rounder (@TheAllRounder89) August 20, 2018Spanish LaLiga There were no surprises in round one in Spain. Barcelona had to wait for Messi to score from a free kick (again) to break through Alaves, before eventually running away with the win at Camp Nou (3-0). Carvajal and Bale scored in Julen Lopetegui’s first LaLiga game in charge of Los Galacticos, while Sevilla put four past Rayo Vallecano on the road (4-1) to grab hold of the league’s pole position. Levante, Real Sociedad, Huesca and Athletic Bilbao were the other winners, whereas Valencia and Atletico Madrid shared the spoils on Monday (1-1) at La Mestalla. Huesca’s victory was particularly amazing, as the minnows won their first LaLiga match ever played.? #LaLigaSantanderIsBack! ? pic.twitter.com/lbKTrTBTkn— LaLiga (@LaLiga) August 20, 2018Italian Serie A Serie A’s weekend was marred by the tragedy that happened in the city of Genoa, where a collapsed bridge left over 40 dead and many others injured. Italy was mourning, as games involving the city’s two clubs were postponed and a minute of silence was held in all matches.Aranda says he is not involved in match-fixing Manuel R. Medina – June 25, 2019 The Spanish football is in the middle of a crisis after an investigation showed some matches were fixed and then some players were named.The favorites did not have it easy in the opening round. Juventus needed a last-gasp goal by substitute Federico Bernardeschi to scrape a win at Chievo (3-2) in Cristiano Ronaldo’s Serie A debut. The Portuguese superstar was involved in a couple of scoring opportunities, but was mostly kept in check. Edin Dzeko was Roma’s savior. The Bosnian striker’s moment of inspiration broke Torino’s hearts right before the final whistle. Justin Kluivert provided the assist, before Dzeko struck an extremely difficult left-footed volley in the angle of the net.All the summer acquisitions had Inter dreaming big, but all those dreams came crashing down after a devastating 1-0 loss to Sassuolo. Meanwhile, Napoli recorded an important victory in hostile territory by defeating Lazio in Rome (2-1). Atalanta are the first-placed team after beating Frosinone 4-0. Empoli and Spal were victorious as well.Sono terminate tutte le partite della prima giornata della Serie A TIM 2018/2019: ecco i risultati finali di tutte le gare disputate.#SerieATIM pic.twitter.com/vldSZgS7hF— Lega Serie A (@SerieA) August 20, 2018French Ligue 1 Surprises weren’t absent in France either, as newly-promoted Reims and Nimes bested perennial contenders Lyon and Olympique Marseille. Both teams now have six points and are among the four perfect ones after two rounds in Ligue 1. Dijon and PSG are the other two. Kylian Mbappe came in and saved the defending champions, scoring two goals in the 82nd and 90th minute to beat Guingamp 3-1. Monaco and Lille shared the points in a goalless draw on Saturday.?‍? Une 2e journée pleine de surprises !? 5 victoires à domicile? 2 victoires à l’extérieur?‍♂️ 3 matchs nuls⚽️ 22 buts marqués?Que retenez-vous de cette journée de @Ligue1Conforama ? pic.twitter.com/Py1xlMImDo— Ligue 1 Conforama (@Ligue1Conforama) August 20, 2018last_img read more

The best DD monster reskins

first_imgThe Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Monster Manual is a pretty stunning piece of work. Within its covers are enough monsters to carry your players all the way from squishy level ones to godlike level 20s, from bashing skeletons to slaying Tarrasques. But still, even with all that variety, you might find yourself looking to throw something…different at your party of adventurers.Fortunately, with a little bit of imagination, it’s easy to create tons of new monsters using existing ones as a base, with only cosmetic or slight mechanical changes to deal with. Here are some of our suggestions! The preceding are the ideas we came up with after a scan through the Monster Manual, but they’re far from the only ways to reskin existing characters into something new and awesome. Tell us about your best palette swaps in the comments!Aubrey Sitterson is the creator of the ongoing sword & sorcery serial podcast SKALD, available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher & Podomatic. Follow him on Twitter or check out his website for more information. Beholder → Death machine1/11The Beholder is one of Dungeons & Dragons most iconic villains – it’s even on the cover of the 5th Edition Monster Manual. But that doesn’t mean you can’t reskin it for other purposes! Seeing as the monster’s most notable feature is its ability to fire off a variety of different unpleasant beams, it should be easy to flavor it like a type of primitive clockwork robot. Maybe something that some devious dwarves dreamed up?<><>last_img read more

Controversial energygenerating system lacking credibility w video

first_img Citation: Controversial energy-generating system lacking credibility (w/ video) (2011, August 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-controversial-energy-generating-lacking-credibility-video.html (PhysOrg.com) — It’s been seven months since Italian physicists Andrea Rossi and Sergio Focardi publicly demonstrated a device that they claimed could generate large amounts of excess heat through some kind of low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR). (Previous descriptions of the process as “cold fusion” are incorrect; although the process is not completely understood, it is likely a weak interaction involving neutrons, without fusion.) The physicists call this device the Energy Catalyzer, or E-Cat. Due to the major potential impact such a device could have for energy production, the scientists have received visits and inquiries from all over the world, but so far the claims seem to be lacking credibility. Italian scientists claim to have demonstrated cold fusion (w/ Video) © 2011 PhysOrg.com Rossi shows Krivit the steam from the hose at 10:54. Video credit: New Energy Times Unscientific method One of the visitors to Rossi’s lab was Steven Krivit, editor of the online magazine New Energy Times. Krivit has been following LENR news for more than 10 years, and recently published a 200-page issue devoted exclusively to examining the Rossi claim. Based on his investigation, Krivit has concluded that the Rossi group’s energy claim of extraordinarily large amounts of excess heat has no scientific support, and that he “can’t help but wonder whether Rossi is pulling a scam.” Some highlights of his comprehensive report, which is freely available here, are highlighted below.Steam or waterRossi based his assertions of excess heat on the nearly complete vaporization of room-temperature water (26.5 °C [79.7 °F]) into dry steam (100.1 °C [212.2 °F]). Rossi assumed that all of the water that enters the device leaves the device as dry steam. If this were true, the device would produce lots of energy since a large amount of energy is required to vaporize water into dry steam. (In his 2010 paper, Rossi originally claimed to produce 213 times more energy going out of the device than the energy coming in. Since then he has lowered his estimates several times, and now claims a maximum energy gain of 6 times.) However, if the steam contains any liquid water droplets – even tiny ones – it would significantly reduce the amount of heat being produced. During his visit, Krivit found that Rossi did not check for complete vaporization. The hose through which the output steam flows was inserted into a sink drain, and there was no way to know if liquid water is going down the drain. According to Krivit, Rossi did not use any valid devices that were capable of measuring the steam quality.Further, three scientists calculated that, based on the diameter of the hose, the steam should have an exit velocity of 67, 76, or 137 mph. When Krivit visited Rossi, he took a video of the steam exiting the hose, which he said appears to be flowing at around 10 mph – the expected velocity due to the amount of electrical input energy. Explore further One of the biggest concerns with the device is if all the water entering the system has vaporized into pure dry steam. Image from video below. Credit: New Energy Times In addition to not correctly analyzing the output steam, Rossi’s group also neglected several other practices that would have given their work credibility. For example, they did not measure the heat output directly, but simply measured the temperature inside the device itself. Also, they did not run control experiments and ignored suggestions given to them by experts in the LENR field. They also have said that they’ve lost some data, and refused to show Krivit the data they had. When Krivit asked Giuseppe Levi, a physics professor at the University of Bologna who has been checking Rossi’s work, for data, he had a surprising response:“People will start to make any kind of funny analysis on it, and then I will have to answer this funny analysis…If you don’t want to trust these numbers, don’t trust them! It’s very simple.”When Krivit asked about the credibility of data that Levi had previously reported to the Swedish newspaper Ny Teknik, Levi said the following:”There is no credibility as scientific paper credibility. If you trust me, this is what I have seen with my best effort. Also, I was really conservative.”Moving forwardDespite these flaws, Rossi thinks there still seems to be a future for the system. He has claimed that he has devices operating in the US and Italy, but has not shown them to Krivit or others interested in his work. He claims that he has 300 devices working in his factory in Miami, Florida, but the registered principal place of business is a fifth floor apartment. Rossi has also claimed that he has been heating a factory in Bondeno, Italy, with one of his devices, but has not shown it to anyone.For the past several months, Rossi has been highly promoting the demonstration of a 1 MW device scheduled for this October at Defkalion Green Technologies in Greece. However, on August 7 he canceled that contract when Defkalion failed to make its first progress payment a week earlier.Although Rossi has repeatedly said that he is not asking anybody for money until the devices are operating successfully, according to Krivit, Rossi is asking for $15 million from anybody who wishes to independently test his device. The money would be held in an escrow account contingent on the successful validation.On July 14, Rossi met with NASA researchers at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The meeting organizer, Michael A. Nelson, is a systems engineer who has worked at NASA for 30 years in the main propulsion group for the space shuttle as well as with the launch monitoring systems. Nelson told Krivit that he was interested in the possibility of LENR research at NASA, and that NASA would be willing to perform validation tests for Rossi if Rossi pays for the tests. NASA is interested in LENR for potential space applications. “LENR is another avenue. It’s not just about Rossi,” Nelson told Krivit. “If the Rossi thing doesn’t happen, then maybe something else will. Rossi has brought a lot of attention to the field. Any researchers who have a legitimate claim are going to benefit from this.” More information: New Energy Times 37th issue and Rossi’s Scientific Failure in Seven Steps 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

Indian handicraft reaches the land of Japan

first_imgExport Promotion Council for Handicrafts and Japan India Industry Promotion Association (JIIPA) organised participation of Indian Handicrafts Exporters in the 5th edition of India Trend Fair from July 24-26, 2019 at Belle Salle Shibuya Garden, Tokyo, Japan.The Chairman EPCH, Ravinder Kumar Passi is leading the delegation of 10 member exporters and five National Awardee Master Crafts persons during India Trend Fair 2019. EPCH Handicrafts exporters are showcasing wide range Handicrafts, Textiles and Home Furnishing, Hand Crocheted Embroidery, Fashion accessories, Jute products , and Incense sticks among many other things. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe five master craftspersons awarded by the President of India have been deputed by O/o DC Handicrafts to performing live demonstration of traditional Indian crafts like Pashmina Kani Shawl from Jammu & Kashmir, Silver Filigree from Telangana, Madhubani Painting from Delhi, etc, to create awareness about Indian crafts under the banner of EPCH. Sanjay Kumar Verma, Ambassador of India inaugurated the 5th edition of India Trend Fair 2019 in the presence of Ajit Chavan, Secretary, Textiles Committee, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India; Nobuhiro Komada, President of Nissenken Quality Evaluation Center Japan; Yosuke Yanagase, Chairman JIIPA; Ravinder Kumar Passi, Chairman EPCH, The Chairman AEPC, The Executive Director Texprocil, The General Secretary, GEAR. Verma and the delegates visited the Indian exhibitors as well as Master Craft persons at the fair. The delegates appreciated the crafts of Master Craft persons and guided them about the current marketing scenario of Japan and requirement of the products. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIndia Trend Fair is providing a comprehensive platform to Indian manufacturers to showcase their value added products to the most influential buyers and designers in Japan. Rakesh Kumar, DG, EPCH informed that during the fair, Japanese buyers are enthusiastic and showing keen interest to plan their visit to India and visit the IHGF Delhi Fair scheduled to be organised at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida from October 16-20, 2019. Such B2B interactions between both Indian and Japanese side will help in promotion of Indian crafts in Japan. The exports of Indian handicrafts have grown by 6.46% to 3803.55 million US Dollars in 2018-19. During this fair participation, the emphasis is being given on exploring new products and designs to increase exports to Japan and offer India as a preferable sourcing destination for Handicrafts, home décor, home textiles, and sustainable eco-friendly products from India.last_img read more

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