A new set of stories from high profile supporters are launched on UNHCR’s online campaign platform ahead of World Refugee Day, June 20.Video: Emma Thompson & her son Tindy Agaba discuss familyThese personal stories draw on a range of experiences from meeting refugees, to their own family experiences. Stories include:• Actress Emma Thompson and her son Tindy Agaba recounting his first days in the UK as a refugee. • Human rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai talking about a girl she met at Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. • American Actress Kristin Davis giving an emotional account of her time at Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. • Author Neil Gaiman talking about a doctor he met at Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. • War artist George Butler has shared a picture he painted of Syrian refugees fleeing in their car. • Film Director Wes Anderson introducing a scene from his recent film The Grand Budapest Hotel. • Actor David Morrissey talking about a Syrian refugee family he met in Jordan.Video: Kristin Davis tells Dadaab refugee storyOther high profile supporters sharing stories include, author Henning Mankell, supermodel Alek Wek, author Marina Lewycka, marathon runner Guor Maker, broadcaster Emma Freud, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Khaled Hosseini, musician Maher Zain, architect Sir Richard Rogers, American actress and singer Kat Graham, UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor, actress Diane Kruger and writer and illustrator Judith Kerr.Find more stories here.
In a recent example, Faraz Shauketaly, a journalist with the Sunday Leader was left badly injured after unknown gunmen shot him in the neck in February 2013.Older high-profile cases, such as the 2009 killing of former Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickramatunge, remain unresolved.Websites with articles critical of the government face frequent cyber attacks, while their offices have been raided by police or burned down by unknown arsonists. The government has also used amendments to legislation – such as providing for the imposition of exorbitant “registration” fees – to shut down critical online outlets.“The government’s blatant attempts to restrict and silence the independent media fly in the face of the press freedom, which is supposed to be guaranteed by both domestic and international law,” said Truscott.Much of the government’s crackdown is aimed at silencing criticism of its conduct during the armed conflict, in particular during its final months when many thousands of civilians died at the hands of the LTTE and the army.Pressure on critics tends to intensify around key international events. Examples include recent UN Human Rights Council (HRC) sessions in 2012 and 2013, when the HRC passed resolutions highlighting the need to investigate alleged violations of international law by the Sri Lankan government during the armed conflict.Participants in UN meetings and Sri Lankan journalists covering the events were repeatedly verbally attacked in Sri Lankan government media outlets, and in some cases physically threatened.Others who have been targeted by the government include human rights activists, trade union leaders, humanitarian aid workers and opposition politicians, in particular those active in the Tamil-majority north.In November 2013, the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is set to take place in Colombo. Sri Lanka would then represent the Commonwealth as its Chair for the next two years.“Before November, Commonwealth governments must pressure the Sri Lankan government to address the alarming human rights situation in the country,” said Truscott.“The CHOGM meeting must not be allowed to go ahead in Colombo unless the government has demonstrated beforehand that it has stopped systematic violations of human rights. All attacks on individuals must be promptly, impartially and effectively investigated and those responsible held to account.”In addition to these ongoing violations, the Sri Lankan government has failed – despite repeated promises to do so – to effectively investigate allegations of crimes under international law committed by the LTTE and the army during the armed conflict.“It is abundantly clear that Colombo is unwilling and unable to investigate the credible allegations of crimes under international law, including war crimes, during the conflict. What is needed is an independent, impartial and internationally led investigation,” said Truscott. (Colombo Gazette)CLICK HERE FOR FULL REPORT Tension culminated in January 2013 when Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake was impeached on charges of misconduct, despite a Supreme Court ruling that the impeachment procedure was unconstitutional.While much of Sri Lankan media is firmly in the hands of the government, the authorities have targeted outlets that remain independent and criticize official policies, or the government’s conduct during the armed conflict.Journalists continue to suffer intimidation, threats and attacks for reports that are critical of the government. At least 15 have been killed since 2006 and many others have been forced to flee the country. The Sri Lankan government is intensifying its crackdown on critics through threats, harassment, imprisonment and violent attacks, Amnesty International said in a report released today.The document, “Assault on Dissent,” reveals how the government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa is promoting an official attitude that equates criticism with “treason” in a bid to tighten its grip on power. The September 2010 introduction of the 18th constitutional amendment placed key government institutions directly under the president’s control, while the continued use of the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) grants sweeping powers to the security forces.At the same time, official government discourse has become increasingly hostile towards critics, with terms like “traitor” used regularly by state-run media outlets.Government critics have been subjected to verbal and physical harassment, attacks and in some cases killings. The report details dozens of such cases, both before and after 2009. The judiciary has been a key target of repression, with the government undermining its independence by making threats against judges who rule in favour of victims of human rights violations. Journalists, the judiciary, human rights activists and opposition politicians are among those who have been targeted in a disturbing pattern of government-sanctioned abuse, often involving the security forces or their proxies. “Violent repression of dissent and the consolidation of political power go hand in hand in Sri Lanka,” said Polly Truscott, Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia Pacific Director. “Over the past few years we have seen space for criticism decrease. There is a real climate of fear in Sri Lanka, with those brave enough to speak out against the government often having to suffer badly for it.”Almost immediately after the end of the armed conflict in May 2009, when the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) were defeated, the government started consolidating its power.
TORONTO – Ratings agency S&P has downgraded Canada’s biggest banks to “negative” over concerns about the federal government’s stance on possible bailouts in the future.The decision hinges on concerns that Ottawa will be reluctant to bail out large financial institutions in the event of another major economic meltdown, and would instead opt for a “bail in” regime that would not use taxpayer money.“The outlook revision reflects our expectation of reduced potential for extraordinary government support,” wrote credit analyst Lidia Parfeniuk in a note released Friday.A week earlier, Ottawa launched a public consultation on the bail-in proposal that’s scheduled to wrap up on Sept. 12.The revised outlook covered all of the major Canadian financial institutions, Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY), Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD), Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM), Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) and National Bank of Canada (TSX:NA).The ratings agency said its revision is hinged on the possibility that the bail-in policy could lead it to lower its ratings on the banks within two years.The S&P revision comes after fellow credit ratings firm Moody’s Investor Services shifted its sentiment last month.Despite the downgrades, the TSX financial sector was ahead 0.55 per cent on Monday, with all of the major bank stocks higher.“Over the years we have gotten incremental downgrades to the Canadian banking group but they just continue to defy gravity to some extent … particularly as it relates to their stock prices,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“But I think it’s a bit of a prudent move, perhaps a cautious move on their (S&P’s) part,” Fehr said.Canada’s banking system has been touted by politicians and business leaders as one of the most stable in the world in the wake of the recent financial crisis.The Harper government has also supported efforts to prevent the bank bailouts that happened in the U.S. and Europe during the crisis from occurring in Canada.“To date, the recent impact on spreads has not been material as in the eyes of most investors,” wrote Macquarie Securities banking analyst Jason Bilodeau in an update on the sector.“Canadian banks remain relatively strong credits,” he said. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 11, 2014 11:09 am MDT Ratings agency S&P takes a more cautious look at Canada’s big banks AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
‘Do not shut borders or put travel restrictions on DRC’ “Essentially for the rest of the world, the main recommendation is: support DRC and don’t panic,” she said. “Do not shut borders. Do not put on travel and trade restrictions. Do not panic.” Noting that the expert panel which advised WHO to declare an international emergency was aware of the potential damage it could cause to DRC’s economy, Dr. Harris said that, so far, “the world’s been pretty good” at not shutting out the vast central African country. Infected fish trader ‘did not travel to Rwanda’ Earlier, the WHO official confirmed that a fisherwoman from the DRC who was infected and later died from Ebola virus did not travel to Rwanda earlier this month, despite “conjecture” to the contrary. She told journalists that the 22-year-old trader had travelled from Beni in DRC to a Ugandan market as she did “regularly”, but she was extremely ill and returned home from Uganda, reportedly dying four days later. The incorrect information that she had visited Rwanda came from the Ugandan authorities before appearing on a WHO web page, Dr. Harris said. “Conjecture turned into report; this was not accurate,” she said. “What’s really important to know – and we have checked thoroughly – this woman did not ever travel to Rwanda….She had end-stage Ebola and she was vomiting. So we are very, very concerned about everybody who came into contact with that woman at that time .” Every month, an estimated 1,100 people cross the border from DRC into Rwanda, according to WHO, which remains positive that its contact tracing teams have ruled out any chance that the virus reached the DRC neighbour. “We are absolutely certain, because what happened was, our team in (DRC’s) Beni…went across and talked to everybody and tracked it day by day,” Dr. Harris said. “Now, in her life, she may have gone to Rwanda. Everybody there is incredibly mobile, especially when it comes to trading, people are traders, they go all over the place. But the important thing is she did not spend any time in Rwanda while symptomatic. And as you know, Ebola is not transmitted until you are symptomatic.” Speaking in Geneva, spokesperson Dr. Margaret Harris noted that measles has already killed more people this year than the Ebola outbreak, which began last August. #Ebola: “Support #DRC and do not panic” — Dr. Margaret Harris from @WHO briefed journalists in @UNGeneva today on the international public health emergency decision and on the case of the fisherwoman from #DRC who was infected and later died from Ebola. pic.twitter.com/FfuRHh4r3P— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) July 19, 2019 According to WHO, more than 2,000 people have died from measles in 2019, while the Ebola outbreak which began last August in Ituri and Nord Kivu provinces has claimed 1,705 lives. Measles ‘a bigger problem than Ebola’ “They see it as a bigger problem than Ebola”, she said. “It’s not top of their agenda; they’d like good roads, they’d like clean water, they’d like to know their children can reach their fifth birthday and not die from measles.” In addition to measles and malaria and a lack of basic services, since early June, more than 300,000 people in the resource-rich Ebola-hit provinces of Ituri and North Kivu on the eastern side of the country bordering Uganda and Rwanda, have been displaced by violence linked to armed groups, according to UN humanitarian coordination agency, OCHA. Dr. Harris expressed optimism that the global attention generated by the decision earlier this week to classify the outbreak an international public health emergency, might focus attention on securing a more peaceful and sustainable future for DRC’s struggling communities. Listen to or download the full interview with Dr. Harris from the World Health Organization, on SoundCloud:
Ohio State men’s hockey players celebrate after a goal in the second period of the game against UMass on Oct. 19. Ohio State fell 6-3. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFollowing Ohio State’s 27-day break, the Buckeyes returned to action with a sweep of the Mercyhurst Lakers by scores of 3-1 and 5-4.Ohio State (11-4-3, 4-2-2-2 Big Ten) dominated the Lakers (8-10-2, 6-5-1 Atlantic Hockey) on special teams and limited Mercyhurst’s shots throughout the series to secure the pair of wins.Game 1Ohio State won the first game of the series against Mercyhurst 3-1 including the first goal of the season by Ohio State junior defenseman Matt Miller. The teams failed to find the net in the first period despite a combined 25 shots between the two squads. Mercyhurst had an opportunity to score on the power play in the first 20 minutes, but the special teams of the Buckeyes held strong and killed the penalty. Scoring opened up midway through the second period as sophomore forward Austin Pooley scored for the second time this season. Pooley was assisted by senior forward Brendon Kearney and junior forward Sam McCormick. The goal came shortly after a failed power play attempt by the Buckeyes after Mercyhurst was called for having too many players on the ice. Overall, Ohio State converted on two of its five power play opportunities on the night and killed all six penalties it faced.Neither squad scored for the remainder of the period, and the score remained 1-0 in favor of the Buckeyes until Miller scored to increase the Buckeyes’ lead. Miller found the net during a five-on-three power play after two Lakers picked up penalties within a minute of each other. Senior forwards Dakota Joshua and Mason Jobst assisted on the goal.Mercyhurst scored with under a minute remaining in the game with an empty net to make it a one-score game, but the Buckeyes’ defense held strong and even added an additional empty net goal by Jobst with two seconds remaining to make the final 3-1. Jobst was assisted by Kearney, his second assist of the game. Redshirt senior goaltender Sean Romeo allowed one goal on 20 shots faced, with the one goal coming during a six-on-five. Through his first nine games he started this season, Romeo has allowed 18 goals and is averaging 2.19 goals allowed per game in addition to a .916 save percentage.Game 2In more of a high-scoring affair, Ohio State finished the sweep of the Lakers, winning 5-4 on a game-winning goal by senior defenseman Sasha Larocque.Mercyhurst took their first lead of the series midway through the first period, an even-strength goal by freshman forward Geoff Kitt. The Buckeyes responded just over four minutes later with a goal by junior forward Ronnie Hein, assisted by Larocque and junior forward Tanner Laczynski, his 10th of the season.The Buckeyes followed up the score with a power play goal by senior forward Freddy Gerard, his sixth goal of the season. Gerard was assisted by Hein and Laczynski, his 11th assist of the season.Saturday’s game was the 100th game played by Gerard for Ohio State. Through Saturday’s game, he has scored 18 goals, 26 assists and 44 points during his career at Ohio State.In the second period, Mercyhurst scored two unanswered goals to take the lead over Ohio State, one coming on the power play and the other at even strength just over three minutes in. Junior forward Carson Meyer responded just 20 seconds later to tie the game 3-3, assisted by Joshua and senior forward John Wiitala.With six minutes left in the second period, Mercyhurst found the net to once again take the lead, but less than four minutes later, Meyer once again scored to tie the game. With his two goals against Mercyhurst, Meyer now sits at six goals on the year, tied for No. 2 on the team with Hein. Ohio State scored on three of its four attempts on the power play Saturday night and allowed the Lakers to convert on one of their three attempts. Overall, the Buckeyes were three for nine in the series and killed all but one of the Laker’s nine tries with the man advantage.The tie was eventually broken by Larocque midway through the third period with his second goal of the season to give Ohio State the 5-4 lead, and from there the Buckeyes ran with the lead, limiting Mercyhurst to only seven shot attempts in the third period. Freshman forward Gustaf Westlund assisted on the goal, his 11th of the season.The five goals by the Buckeyes were tied for the most they’ve scored this season, also finding the net five times against Penn State on Nov. 24. The Buckeyes outshot the Lakers 94-47 in the series.Sophomore forward Tommy Nappier allowed four goals on 26 shots. So far this season, he has allowed 16 goals and has a .941 save percentage.The Buckeyes will stay at home to take on Michigan State on Jan. 4 and 5. The puck drops on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m.
Reporters Without Borders (RWB) has indicated in its 2017 World Press Freedom Index that there have been significant setbacks in Guyana over the past year, although the constitution guarantees free speech and the right to information.RWB is an entity that campaigns for media freedom and the rights of journalists around the world.The RWB Guyana World Press Freedom Index published on Wednesday has placed Guyana 60th in its world ranking, down by three places from its last ranking; while Trinidad and Tobago has been ranked 34th, Jamaica 4th, and the Eastern Caribbean 38th.RWB has said that, in Guyana, “officials often use… defamation laws, which provide for fines and up to two years in jail, to silence opposition journalists”; and that “members of the media regulatory authority are appointed directly by the president. This restricts the freedom of certain media outlets, which are denied licences. Journalists are also subjected to harassment that take the form of prosecutions, suspensions and intimidation”.Reporters Without Borders has said that the 2017 index “reflects a world in which attacks on the media have become commonplace, and strongmen are on the rise. We have reached the age of post-truth propaganda and suppression of freedoms, especially in democracies.”Declaring that the overall level of constraints on media freedom worldwide has risen by some 14 per cent over the past five years, the organisation has said that media freedom has never previously been so threatened.In the past year alone, the organisation wrote, some 62 percent of the 180 countries surveyed have seen “a deterioration of their situation, while the number of countries where the media freedom situation was ‘good’ or ‘fairly good’ fell by 2.3 per cent.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana moves up in press freedom ranking but GPA says significant hurdles still remainApril 25, 2018In “latest news”RSF cites efforts to “silence opposition journalists” in GuyanaApril 20, 2019Similar postGovernments urged to encourage free, independent mediaMay 3, 2016In “latest news”
Agnico Eagle’s LaRonde mine is the first to utilise AutoMine® with LTE communication network underground on a production scale. This will not only increase productivity and improve safety but also mark a breakthrough in technology.“Sandvik was the first mining supplier in the world to introduce mine automation systems for underground hard rock mining and this time marks no exception. Sandvik will deliver a mining automation system that directly integrates and makes use of an underground LTE communication network.” LTE (Long Term Evolution) is a 4G wireless communications standard that is designed to provide up to 10x the speeds of 3G networks for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.“Sandvik has now taken the next step in the IoT evolution, being fully compatible and able to provide automation systems for underground operations that interface into the customer’s LTE network.” says Riku Pulli, Vice President Business Unit Automation at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. “The underground LTE is a part of the mine’s technology infrastructure and creates productivity gains and improves process efficiency and effectiveness.”Agnico Eagle is a senior Canadian gold mining company that has produced precious metals since 1957. Its eight mines are located in Canada, Finland and Mexico, with exploration and development activities in each of these countries as well as in the United States and Sweden. The Company employs approximately 9,200 people. Agnico Eagle’s flagship mine, LaRonde, is located in northwestern Quebec. The 2.2. km Penna Shaft at LaRonde is the deepest single-lift shaft in the Western Hemisphere. LaRonde is also home to the highest gold grade of Agnico Eagle’s producing mines. It has 2.6 million ounces in reserves and has already produced more than 5 million ounces of gold. LaRonde’s expected mine life is all the way through to 2027.“After two years of hard work, we are now ready to start production on our LaRonde Zone 5 project. In order to achieve our production objectives and also to develop new applications to extend mining at the depth of our LaRonde mine, we have chosen a new LTE communication network combined with automated equipment. For us, Sandvik’s automation solution was an ideal choice as our priority was to develop truck automation on LTE.” said Christian Goulet, General Manager at the LaRonde Complex.The LTE network at the LaRonde mine is the deepest underground LTE network in Canada. Agnico Eagle has chosen Sandvik fleet with AutoMine® for the LaRonde mine because of several benefits, including increased fleet utilisation, improved working conditions, operator safety and productivity. The increased fleet utilisation ensures constant performance level enhancements and optimum use of the assets.The mining automation system will be utilised at LaRonde Zone 5, which is currently in the development stage. In the first phase, one LH517 and one TH551i will be delivered and later on, in the second phase, the fleet and automation system will be expanded. The Sandvik AutoMine® with an LTE communication network will allow auto-assisted loading in the open stoping application and dumping to the dump truck, which will automatically haul through the ramp to the surface. This AutoMine® project is an important corner stone for Agnico Eagle and acts as a platform for LaRonde’s future successes.AutoMine® is a flexible modular system that can successfully be adapted to small scale operations, as well as massive block caving applications. Moreover, the system incorporates functions and applications that allow it to interface with other third party IT systems at the mine site. Around 350 Sandvik trucks and loaders with AutoMine® have been delivered globally.“The use of LTE communication network also creates considerable benefits in comparison to the usage of Wi- Fi.” says Riku Pulli, “Large areas can be covered with a fewer number of LTE base stations than Wi-Fi access points, which reduces the amount of mine installations. In addition, the network configurations are simpler and LTE has inherently been designed for fast roaming with high data transmission performance.”
It hasn’t even been two full weeks since we saw an iOS update. We reported an iOS 4.3.1 update on March 25, and today we’re hearing rumors of another small release, iOS 4.3.2. This one will supposedly bring bug fixes and other enhancements to people’s iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches.As this is just a rumor, we don’t have any hard sources, but Boy Genius Report said Apple is working on a 4.3.2 update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. BGR said it will address security issues in addition to fixing several bugs. Perhaps the update will fix the glitch that some iPhone users are experiencing where random photos the phone captured itself are showing up during FaceTime conversations.Rumor has it that the update will be released in about two weeks.via BGR
De la cranberry contre les infections urinaires : efficacité confirméeSelon deux nouvelles études, la cranberry ou cannerberge serait bel et bien efficace pour prévenir les infections urinaires. Pour cela, elle serait capable de freiner l’activité des bactéries responsables des infections.Cela fait plus de 100 ans que la cranberry, connue en français sous le nom de canneberge, est réputée pour prévenir les infections urinaires. Mais s’agit-il d’une croyance populaire ou d’un fait scientifique ? C’est ce qu’ont voulu savoir de nombreux chercheurs qui ont mené parallèlement plusieurs études. Et celles-ci ont toutes semblé conduire à la même conclusion : la cranberry permettrait bel et bien de lutter contre les bactéries. Reste à savoir comment celle-ci agit.De précédents travaux avaient suggéré que l’airelle agissait en empêchant les bactéries de se fixer au tractus urinaire grâce à des polyphénols connus sous le nom de proanthocyanidines (PAC). Toutefois, le mécanisme qui permettrait à ces molécules d’agir restait relativement flou. Pour en savoir plus, des chercheurs de l’université McGill ont donc testé sur différentes bactéries de la poudre de canneberge et ont observé les résultats. Ils ont ainsi constaté que cet élément était capable d’inhiber les capacités de Proteus mirabilis, une bactérie fréquemment impliquée dans les infections urinaires compliquées, à se regrouper et à nager dans du gel agar. L’expérience publiée dans le revue Canadian Journal of Microbiology, a également montré que des concentrations croissantes de poudre réduisaient la production de l’uréase, une enzyme qui contribue à la virulence des infections.Des bactéries limitées dans leur mouvementAu cours d’une autre expérience, les chercheurs ont mené une vaste analyse sur le génome d’une bactérie E. coli susceptible de provoquer une infection urinaire. Celle-ci a permis de constater que la présence des fameux polyphénols de canneberge réduisait l’expression d’un gène codant pour la formation du filament flagellaire des bactéries, limitant ainsi sa capacité de mouvement. Or, comme l’a souligné l’équipe, le mouvement bactérien est un mécanisme clé pour la propagation des infections. C’est grâce à ce mouvement que les micro-organismes se disséminent dans le tractus urinaire et échappent au système immunitaire de l’hôte. “Bien que les effets de la canneberge sur les organismes vivants restent un sujet à étudier davantage, nos découvertes mettent en évidence le rôle que la consommation de cannerberge pourrait jouer dans la prévention des infections chroniques”, a expliqué le professeur Nathalie Tufenkji.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Plus de 150 millions de cas d’infection urinaire sont enregistrés chaque année, et le traitement antibiotique reste l’approche standard pour prendre en charge ces infections. Mais la hausse actuelle de la résistance bactérienne aux antibiotiques souligne l’importance de développer une autre approche”, a t-elle conclu.Comment consommer la canneberge ? La canneberge peut donc être un allié de taille chez les personnes fréquemment sujettes à des infections urinaires. Pour prévenir ces infections, l’airelle peut se présenter sous différentes formes : entière, sous forme de gélule (complément alimentaire) ou encore en jus. En 2008, l’Ansm (ex-Afssaps) a reconnu que la dose de 36 milligrammes de PAC est efficace pour réduire la récidive d’infection urinaire. Si vous optez pour les gélules ou comprimés, mieux vaut donc respecter la posologie indiquée sur les emballages. Si vous préférez le jus, les spécialistes conseillent de boire deux verres par jour un le matin et un le soir afin de couvrir toute la journée. Mais il est aussi possible de manger les fruits entiers en dessert ou en accompagnement.Le 16 juillet 2013 à 17:18 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target Mars recently received a hard “punch” when a small space rock hurtled into the Red Planet’s surface and created a new impact crater that looks like a black-and-blue bruise.The impact crater, which is estimated to be 49 feet to 53 feet in width, was captured in a new image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Space.com reported. The MRO, which has been analyzing Mars for more than 13 years with its High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera and its lower-resolution Context Camera (CTX), snapped a HiRISE color image in April and it was shared by NASA on June 6. Researchers say the “black-and-blue” Mars crater could have formed between September 2016 and February 2019.HiPOD 6 Jun 2019: A Work of ArtAn impressionist painting? No, it’s a new impact crater on Mars, formed between Sept 2016 and Feb 2019. What makes this stand out is the darker material exposed beneath the reddish dust. (Special thanks to Nahúm Mendez.)https://t.co/tspasjsG90 pic.twitter.com/T4ml5gfTnH— HiRISE (NASA) (@HiRISE) June 6, 2019Veronica Bray, a HiRISE team member and University of Arizona staff scientist, told Space.com that this impact crater is one of the biggest she’s seen on the Red Planet. According to Bray, the space rock that might have caused the crater was most likely around five feet in width and small in size. The space rock might have had a more solid shape as well, because other rocks that crash into Mars’ atmosphere could break apart high in the air, generate streams of craters, and cause scattered pieces to fall to the Red Planet’s surface.“It is a reminder of what’s out there,” Bray told Space.com. “It’s a gorgeous [crater]. I’m glad I got it in the color strip.”No one knows for sure what the bluish tint is in the image, however, Bray and her team believe it might be exposed ice, Fox News noted. The impact wave, a dark zone where dust has moved away from the Red Planet’s reddish surface, is also shown in the picture.Peter Grindrod, an ExoMars program researcher and planetary scientist at London’s Natural History Museum, was also shocked at the fresh impact crater. On June 12, he shared a GIF on Twitter that showed crater “before” and “after” photos from CTX. Grindrod doesn’t belong to the HiRISE team, but he is a regular contributor to the HiRISE website’s Digital Terrain Model archive. He likes to create height maps to show Mars’ geological diversity, including craters and dust devils.KABOOM! Before and after images of a meteorite forming a brand new impact crater on Mars. Sometime between 18 Feb 2017 and 20 March 2019. pic.twitter.com/TWXtUoP5NA— Peter Grindrod (@Peter_Grindrod) June 12, 2019“This kind of blew me away,” Grindrod told Space.com, referring to the fresh crater’s size. “I’d never seen anything like that.”More on Geek.com:NASA Spots ‘Star Trek’ Starfleet Logo ‘Dune Footprints’ on Mars Watch: NASA Is Building and Testing Its Mars 2020 Rover at JPLNASA’s Curiosity Rover Snaps Images of Fluffy Clouds on Mars NASA Captures ‘Red-Handed’ Avalanche on Mars in Mesmerizing PhotoBest Skywatching Events in September 2019
Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton has reasons to believe Liverpool are very close to winning the Premier League title.It appears that every season Liverpool continue to make an attempt to grab the title and the most recent being under Jurgen Klopp who have spent over £175m this summer on four top signings.The new signings are Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker. Following Klopp’s new signings, Barton is concerned about his rivals’ championship chances.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“When we look across Stanley Park, no matter what any of us say, and see the big German [Klopp], the style they’re playing, and the way they have invested again – it’s nervous times for Evertonians,” Barton told talkSPORT as quoted in Sports Mole.“I honestly think they could get really close to their first title in 20-odd years. It will be really close.”Liverpool last won the English top-flight championship in 1990
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands – November 8, 2017 – The Ministry of Education says it is reviewing repairs after a few nights of rain have led to leaky roofs and flooded floors for students of the Oseta Jolly Primary school stationed temporarily at the Gus Lightbourne Gym in downtown Providenciales.Minister Karen Malcolm, paused from House of Assembly meeting being held Wednesday in Grand Turk to speak to Magnetic Media following a concern expressed by a teacher of the school who said cleaning the doused floors and desks is becoming too time consuming for educators and students.The Teacher said something needs to be done to rectify the leaks and the Minister agrees.Minister Malcolm said already the Department of Public Works was looking into the situation; a roof which was thought to have been fixed is obviously not. The Minister also explained that the dividers for the open space where grades two through six are being held are not done, but should be completed by this weekend. Materials have been bought and construction on the separations for the classrooms is a work in active progress.The explanation on the dividers was in response to that teacher who said the near 500 children are sharing the open space at the gym but it is near impossible to get the students to focus on their individual lesson with other classes ongoing; the openness is proving distracting and students, shared the teacher are often missing the message.Again, the Minister expressed her understanding of the predicament and asked for understanding as well. Saying essentially that her ministry has struggled to find a place for thousands of children across the archipelago left displaced by the category 5 plus, Hurricane Irma on September 7; its a big task which the Ministry is managing and tweaking to ensure that there is comfort, safety and stability as the children learn and the teachers teach.There was a promise to have those dividers completed on the weekend and a promise to work with the Estate Department of TCIG to get the cleaners taking on the chore of mopping up water, when there is rainy weather.Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Wesley Clerveaux, who we also reached out to said there is no disregard by the ministry going on, adding that the minister has been visiting all schools weekly to ensure progress is being made for a return to life as normal for public education.This is the first week the entire student population of Oseta Jolly is at school. The children from Early Childhood to Sixth Grade and their teachers are facilitated at two locations in downtown Provo; the Gus Lightbourne Gym and at the Edward Gartland Youth Center. Related Items:#guslightbournegym, #karenmalcolm, #ojps, #tcieducation Education Minister says Civics coming to Turks and Caicos public school curriculum Recommended for you
KUSI Newsroom, Jeffry Edwards. Photo via Facebook.A former Carlsbad police officer has been arrested on charges of residential burglary and stalking, according to a statement released by the Oceanside Police Department.On Thursday, Carlsbad police told Oceanside police that a Carlsbad police officer had possibly committed a crime in Oceanside. Detectives from the Oceanside Police Department conducted a follow-up investigation and found that the suspect, Jeffry Edwards, had been stalking his ex-girlfriend and committed a residential burglary at her residence.Last night, Oceanside Detectives took Edwards into custody without incident in San Clemente, Calif. He was charged with residential burglary and stalking and was booked into a detention facility.According to a Facebook post from the Carlsbad Police Department, Edwards joined the Army at 19, was deployed to Iraq with the National Guard, and began his law enforcement career at the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: burglary, Carlsbad, Crime, Oceanside, Oceanside Police Department, police, stalking April 7, 2018 Carlsbad police officer arrested for burglary, stalking Posted: April 7, 2018 KUSI Newsroom FacebookTwitter
The University of Alaska Board of Regents is set to decide next steps for the partially completed engineering building at the Fairbanks campus.Download AudioThe Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the board will hold a special meeting Monday to vote on $37.5 million in bonds that will allow the building to be completed. President Jim Johnsen had approved the meeting earlier this month, saying the building is “an opportunity waiting for investment.”The project had started after the Alaska Legislature approved funding for it as well as an engineering building for the Anchorage campus in 2012. But progress on the UAF project has stalled in recent years amid the state’s multi-billion dollar budget deficit.The University of Alaska Anchorage engineering building opened for classes last fall.
Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 reviewGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 aired earlier today and it finally revealed the scene where Jon Snow (Kit Harington) discovers that he is Aegon Targaryen and the true heir to the Iron Throne.It was back in Game of Thrones season 7 where fans learned that Jon Snow’s parents were Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. However, the character learned about this in the very first episode of season 8 titled “Winterfell.” It was a pretty shocking moment for all of us because Jon Snow was standing inside the Winterfell’s crypts and was lighting the candles to Ned and other dead Starks.Jon Snow learned the truth through Samwell Tarly, who revealed to him everything and even made him believe that he is the rightful heir to the throne. It must be pretty devastating for Jon Snow because, over the years, he considered Ned Stark as his real father. At the same time, his true parentage somehow jeopardizes his romance with Daenerys Targaryen because now he knows that he is actually her nephew.Kit Harington revealed to Entertainment Weekly in a candid interview that the news was pretty heartbreaking for his character Jon Snow. As per Kit, if Jon could go back in time, he would tell Sam not to tell him anything because as per him, ignorance is bliss. Daenerys and Jon in conversation.Game of Thrones/ Twitter”He’s not hard to predict, Jon, he doesn’t do many unexpected things,” Harington further says. “You mark the particularly tricky scenes that you’re going have to concentrate on and this was one. He finds out such a massive piece of information. Not only does he find out who his mother is but also that he’s related to the person he’s in love with. It’s hard for any actor to play. It’s not a two-hour movie but eight seasons of playing a character who’s finding out.”Kit Harington further points out that all the fans know that Jon is truly a Targaryen and it may not shock them this much but as a person who always believed that his father, Ned Stark — the most honourable man — can also lie to him, makes him question everything.”For that moment, Samwell is nothing to him. Jon would disown this friend and beat him up if he was trying to lie to him about this. He’s quite threatening: You’re telling me this, you better be f****g right, and if you’re trying to play me — that was the way to play that scene I think. I hope it was.”Kit Harington will return as Aegon Targaryen on Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2 next Sunday, April 21, on HBO and other streaming services.
GARIWO representative Enza Nunziato is seen planting the tree at Rummo High School in Benevento, Italy.The students of Rummo High School in Benevento, Italy, have accepted Bangladesh’s Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain as the first ‘Righteous’ for he laid down his life for the cause of righteousness.The students and Garden of the Righteous Worldwide (GARIWO), a Milan-based non-profit organisation, remember Faraaz on the European Day of the Righteous on 6 March, according to a message received in Dhaka on SundayA tree was planted in the ‘Garden of the Righteous’ at the Rummo High School.The first tree in the memory of Faraaz was planted in the ‘Garden of Righteous’ in the Italian embassy in Tunis, a few days after his death in 2016.Faraaz is remembered for his extraordinary courageous act that led to sacrifice of his own life during the Holy Artisan attack in Dhaka on 1 July 2016. Twenty people, including Italian and Japanese nationals, were killed in the terrorist attack.In a message to the students, Faraaz’s mother Simeen Hossain said, “As a mother, I know and live with the belief that my son Faraaz has made me more proud than I could ever imagine. He also left behind a legacy of courage, friendship and humanity.”In response, GARIWO representative Enza Nunziato and the students said the example of Faraaz will be the reference point of “our consciousness as humans, who are always able to find a way out, even if the choice could cost us our lives.”GARIWO is an organisation that aims to prevent cases of genocide and crimes against humanity.
The cadre of gamers that get their video game fix solely from the Xbox 360 have reason to rejoice today, as Bethesda has released the trailer for its Dawnguard expansion for Skyrim. Like many past DLC releases for super popular gaming titles, Dawnguard is going to be an Xbox 360 exclusive for a period of time this summer. Other platforms will get it eventually, but you’ll have to play on Xbox 360 to get it first.From the looks of the trailer, players will get the choice to either join a group of flesh-eating demons or the Dawnguard (read bad guys vs. good guys) in this Skyrim addon. Gathering clues from the video’s narration, the DLC pack is going to add a whole storyline to the already massive adventure, allowing you to undertake new quests to save the world from the demons, or to help the monstrous horde acquire the Elder Scrolls.Right now, there’s no word on how long Xbox gamers are going to have a leg up on their PC brethren, but it’s likely the time period is going to be short since Bethesda knows that a large portion of its customer base play the game on souped-up gaming rigs to get the best visual experience possible.The word on the street is that the DLC is going to cost 1600 points on Microsoft Live, which translates to about $20.00 in real world money. With a DLC addon costing that much, it’s good to see that it looks to be a meaty addition the Skyrim universe.PC gamers — stay strong! I know we can’t wait to get our hands on this, but it’ll happen soon enough.via Rock, Paper, Shotgun.
In a fatal accident on March 19, Uber’s prototype self-driving car struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona. This incident raised alarms about safety problems in self-driving tech and Uber was criticized. In a shocking revelation made yesterday, The Information reported, that days before the fatal accident, an Uber manager tried to warn the company’s top executives about the danger. Robbie Miller, a manager in the testing-operations group, sent an email to Eric Meyhofer, the head of Uber’s autonomous vehicle unit, Jon Thomason, VP of software, and five other executives and lawyers on March 13. He warned them about the dangers of the software powering the company’s prototype robo-taxis. He also warned that the human backup drivers in the vehicles weren’t properly trained to do their jobs, the Information reports. What did Miller’s email say In his email, Miller pointed to an incident in November 2017, when an Uber car had nearly caused a crash. He prepared a report and urged the Uber team to investigate but was ignored. He was told that “incidents like that happen all of the time.” Per Miller, “A car was damaged nearly every other day in February,” Miller said. “We shouldn’t be hitting things every 15,000 miles.” Miller was part of Uber’s self-driving truck project, which he described as having relatively good safety procedures. The other projects focused on cars, and Miller argued that its safety procedures were extremely inadequate. In his report, Miller mentioned several ways to improve safety. He suggested Uber put two people in every vehicle. The driver should focus on the road while the other passenger can monitor the driving software and log misbehavior. Miller also argued that Uber should drastically scale back its testing program. “I suspect an 85% reduction in fleet size wouldn’t slow development,” he wrote. Moreover, he wanted Uber to take strict actions against the fleet in case of a car crash. Everyone involved in the self-driving car project from developers to safety drivers should be given the authority to ground the fleet if they see a safety problem. He also wanted more personnel to have access to Uber’s incident reporting database. People on the internet expressed their disdain over Uber’s safety neglect and sided with Miller. Responding to the Information’s report, Uber said that “the entire team is focused on safely and responsibly returning to the road in self-driving mode,” The company intends to eventually resume on-the-road self-driving testing, but it will do so “only when these improvements have been implemented and we have received authorization from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.” This story first appeared on The Information. Read Next Introducing AWS DeepRacer, a self-driving race car, and Amazon’s autonomous racing league to help developers learn reinforcement learning in a fun way. Uber fined by British ICO and Dutch DPA for nearly $1.2m over a data breach from 2016. Uber’s new family of AI algorithms sets records on Pitfall and solves the entire game of Montezuma’s Revenge
More than three years of analysis are culminating in 2019 with the restoration of Costa Rica’s largest pre-Columbian stone sphere.The National Museum showcased its efforts Wednesday at El Silencio archaeological site in Palmar Sur de Osa, Puntarenas. Via Museo Nacional.According to the National Museum, the principal objective of the restoration project is “to preserve the historical and archaeological value of this archaeological resource.”“The works carried out are due to a need to improve the sphere’s conditions given its age and the effects of the climate,” said Wendy Segura, spokesperson for the National Museum. “This process seeks to improve the conditions of this sphere and allows it to maintain its optimal state of stability.”The project will be completed with in a partnership with Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History and its National School of Conservation, Restoration and Museography.The sphere in question weighs nearly 53,000 pounds and has a diameter of 8.73 feet.Read more about Costa Rica’s mysterious stone spheres in The Tico Times. Finca 6: Mystery of ancient Costa Rica stone spheres solved? Related posts:U.S. Embassy funds research to preserve Costa Rica’s famous stone spheres Costa Rican indigenous women to learn about solar power in India Environmental agency orders suspension of pineapple farming project IACHR mission visits Costa Rica to evaluate protections for indigenous communities Facebook Comments
New 5 million dollar outback resort announced for Broken HillNew $5 million outback resort announced for Broken HillOutback NSW tourism brand, Out of the Ordinary Outback, has continued its expansion with the announcement it will open its sixth accommodation property in March, 2018 – the Broken Hill Outback Resort.Overlooking the Barrier Ranges and Sturt desert pea-pocked plains 13km east of Broken Bill, the cabin, caravan and camping park will surround the historic Mt Gipps Hotel, which was built in 1890 but closed in 1987. Work totalling $5 million is now underway to restore the former hotel which will boast a bar, restaurant and reception when the resort opens in late March, 2018.Landscaping work and cabin construction has started on the Barrier Highway property, which will also feature a swimming pool and facilities for campers and caravaners. The popular Outback Astronomy tourist attraction, which offers guided views of the stars at night, is just 4km away.News of the resort follows twin announcements in March this year that Out of the Ordinary Outback had bought a Broken Hill motel to rebrand it as The Argent and that it would also build a new $750,000 hotel and conference centre at another of its properties, Copper City Motel, in Cobar.The Mt Gipps Hotel property was purchased last year by Out of the Ordinary Outback owner and passionate bush lover, Scott Smith, who dreamt of reviving the abandoned building for the enjoyment of outback holidaymakers.“The old Mt Gipps Hotel is a beautiful heritage building they was crying out for some love and care so our plan to make it the handsome centrepiece of this new outback resort will breathe new life into the building and add colour and interest to holidaymakers travelling through the far west of NSW,” Mr Smith said. “Guests at the Broken Hill Outback Resort will be able to stay amongst the vast frontier country for which the outback is famous, with its big skies and never-ending horizons, with Broken Hill just a 10- minute drive away.”A new website for bookings at the Broken Hill Outback Resort will be launched later this year.Launched in October, 2016, Out of the Ordinary Outback encompasses outback tour company, Tri State Safaris, The Argent motel in Broken Hill, Warrawong on the Darling tourist camp and cabins at Wilcannia, the iconic White Cliffs Underground Motel, Cobar’s Copper City Motel, the Ivanhoe Hotel and an Out of the Ordinary Outback visitor centre in the centre of Broken Hill.For information on Out of the Ordinary Outback, visit www.outoftheordinaryoutback.com.au or call1300 688 225Source = Out of the Ordinary Outback