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Curiosity rover detects methane burps on Mars

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA—New data from the Curiosity rover exploring Mars (seen above) demonstrate that not only is methane present on Mars, but the planet may also be periodically belching it out. In 2009, NASA researchers claimed to observe Mars spurting out plumes of the gas, hinting at the possibility of life forms actively chugging it out. But contradictory findings later left researchers dubious of the presence of martian methane at all. Now, according to data published online today in Science and presented here at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union, the gas is present in the martian atmosphere at concentrations of roughly 0.7 parts per billion—about 4000 times less than in Earth’s atmosphere. The determination arose from nearly 2 months of air chemistry analyses on board the rover, during which time it also observed dramatic spikes in methane concentrations. At their highest, the bursts contained about 10 times more methane than the background in the atmosphere. Methane is a known byproduct of microbial life, but it can also arise when water alters minerals below the surface or by escaping from gas-trapping ice cages called clathrates. Researchers caution that more research is necessary to determine the gas’s precise origins. As Curiosity carries on, researchers plan to analyze soil and sediment samples for organic material and to team up with Mars orbiters to search for methane patterns in the atmosphere.*Correction, 17 December, 12:07 p.m.: This item originally contained a picture of the Opportunity rover. We have swapped it with a picture of the Curiosity rover.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Balasaheb Thorat is new Maharashtra Congress chief

first_imgThe All India Congress Committee on Saturday approved the appointment of former revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat as president of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee.Mr. Thorat has replaced another political heavyweight, Ashok Chavan, and would be assisted by five other working presidents — Nitin Raut, Basabraj Patil, Vishwajeet Kadam, Yashomati Thakur and Muzaffer Hussain, leaders from the party said.Issuing the appointment order, party general secretary K.C. Venugopal said, “Honourble Congress President has also approved the proposal for the appointment of Shri K.C. Padavi as Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader in the State.” Mr. Thorat, who was born into a farmer family in Sangmner taluka, has served as Minister of Agriculture and as Minister of Revenue, and Khar Lands in the State government.last_img read more

Nitish will lead unless BJP brings in different captain: Ram Vilas Paswan

first_imgWith a proxy battle underway between the Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) and its NDA partner, the BJP, in Bihar, the alliance’s third main constituent in the State, the Lok Janshakti Party, asserted that the JD (U) leader would continue as the ‘Captain’ of the alliance till the BJP officially throws its hat into the ring.Speaking to The Hindu, Union Consumer Affairs Minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan said “Nitish Kumar is our Captain and he will continue unless if the BJP decides to bring in a different Captain.”The debate was triggered by BJP legislator Sanjay Paswan’s comment that Mr. Kumar should step down and hand over the reins to the BJP. To this, Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Sushil Modi, in a tweet, said “Nitish Kumar is the captain of NDA in Bihar and will remain its captain in next assembly elections in 2020 also… when captain is hitting 4 & 6 defeating rivals by the innings, where is the question of any change?” The BJP legislator’s remarks came almost a week after the JD(U) began putting up posters with the slogan “Kyun karein vichar, jab hai hi Nitish Kumar (Why rethink, when we have Nitish Kumar)”.“Till now the BJP has not officially thrown its name in the ring for the CM’s post, then what’s the point of debate,” Mr. Paswan added.When asked about growing disappointment in the State with the government led by Mr. Kumar, Mr. Paswan asserted that the government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be able to offset this. “Even if there are a few minus points of Nitish government, one can say the percentage is fairly low. And more importantly there are no minus points with the Narendra Modi government,” Mr. Paswan said.He asserted that an outcome similar to that of the 2015 Assembly polls, when Mr. Kumar joined hands with Lalu Prasad Yadav helping the mahagatbandhan to a clean sweep, would not repeat itself. Contending that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s comments raising questions on caste based reservation ahead of the 2015 elections had been the major factor that led to the mahagatbandhan’s victory, Mr. Paswan said the upcoming Assembly elections — scheduled to be held by November 2020 — would be different in many ways. “For one, our oppponents can’t continue to milk votes by creating doubts about Narendra Modi’s commitment towards caste based reservation. Mr. Modi has proved his credentials very clearly in last six years, We will win at least 225 seats this time,” Mr. Paswan added.The Bihar Assembly has 243 members.last_img read more

Mandira Bedi wants to look feminine

first_imgAfter sporting a short pixy hairstyle for long, cricket commentator and television host Mandira Bedi says that she now wants to look like a girl again and is growing her tresses back.”I have experimented a lot with my look. Now I am planning to grow my hair again. Since my hairs grow sideways, it will take a few months to take proper shape. But I promise that I am headed there,” Bedi said.Once called the ‘first lady of Indian cricket’, her noodle strap blouses and colourful saris hogged more spotlight than even the most professional cricket commentators, as she debuted as a commentator during the 2003 World Cup matches.However, for the past couple of years, she has seen her once soaring popularity dip after being replaced by new faces on the hosting circuit.On what prompted her to change the in-vogue pixie look, Bedi said she wanted to look feminine.”It is because I want to look like a girl again. I want to have a feminine look. My husband also teases me by saying that I have become his younger brother,” said Bedi who walked the ramp during the Kolkata leg of the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour.last_img read more

Warming up for the Cup

first_imgThe Indian team working out in MadrasThe shyness is gone. The cloak of reticence exchanged for one of assertiveness. Track-suit bottoms, Reebok T-shirt hanging loosely, Mohammed Azharuddin exudes confidence these days. Perhaps, he now realises that it’s nothing personal. That he is just part of a quaint Indian ritual, wherein,The Indian team working out in MadrasThe shyness is gone. The cloak of reticence exchanged for one of assertiveness. Track-suit bottoms, Reebok T-shirt hanging loosely, Mohammed Azharuddin exudes confidence these days. Perhaps, he now realises that it’s nothing personal. That he is just part of a quaint Indian ritual, wherein the moment someone becomes the Indian cricket team captain everyone begins finding reasons why he’s not good enough. But Azhar’s not quitting. Win or lose the World Cup, he’s staying put for “four more years”.But perhaps he knows he may not have a choice; that the long, hard winter ahead will eventually decide his fate. First comes the New Zealand series. Then, the 1996 World Cup. And all over the subcontinent, from the Indian team working out in Madras to TV magnates finalising their master plans and organisers working out the opening ceremony, the buzz has begun. After all, it will be the most expensive (cost: Rs 200 crore), most widely covered (each match will be televised live by seven maj or sports channels in Test-playing countries) and the most watched (estimated audience: 1.5 billion) World Cup ever.The ’96 world cup is expected to be the: most expensive, most widely covered and the most watched world cop ever. For the team, it’s homework time. Sure, the Kiwis don’t qualify as the best of sparring partners, and yes, the short tour by Pakistan is as yet uncertain, but the team is trying to imbibe the best it can. Says team manager Ajit Wadekar: “The Kiwis are no pushovers, a gradual buildup is beneficial because it helps plug the loopholes and allows us to peak at the right time. Not to mention what a win and a few persuasive individual performances will do for collective confidence.”At the Madras camp though, the World Cup is the final mission. Says vice-captain Sachin Tendulkar:” It’s the last world cup of the century, and we would love to win it.” Team members reflect his attitude, for unlike other years, all have been here since day one. Navjot Singh Sidhu, who faced Azhar’s ire for arriving late at the last camp, not only reached here a day early but showed clearly through his fitness that he hadn’t had a lazy off-season.advertisementNot surprisingly, of course, it is Azhar who is setting the standards: a daily regimen of jogging, stretching, over 500 sit-ups and nearly two hours of fielding practice. And if Sachin has lost 8 kg during the off-season, through training and a new “fruit diet”, even the normally plumpish off-spinner Ashish Kapoor looks much slimmer. Says a beaming team physio Ali Irani: “They are much fitter now than they were at the beginning of the season last year.”The team is much the same:lacklustre bowling, poor fielding and batting dependent on Sachin. The team itself does not promise to be radically different. The one major discordant chord has been fielding, and Azhar (see interview) is adamant that all socks need pulling up. Not to mention the bowling in the slog overs – in Sharjah in April this year, wides and no-balls gave away 43 runs. But Azhar is buoyed by the fine form of the Indians playing English county cricket. Javagal Srinath, especially afflicted by wides and no-balls, picked up an impressive 8 7 (at last count) wickets for Gloucestershire, AnilKumble going further with 105 for Northants.But Manoj Prabhakar at Durham (around 50 wickets) hasn’t done well enough, though he has an attitude the team craves. Round up the usual bunch of suspects – Venkatesh Prasad, Ven-katapathy Raju, Rajesh Chauhan – and Sachin chipping in with his wobbly stuff now and then, and the Indian bowling looks much the same.So does the batting, unarguably solid but equally unarguably, over dependent on Sachin. Azhar realises this, warning that “the rest have to perform as well”. Old problems remain, though: there may be enough openers in Sachin, Prabhakar, Sidhu and Ajay Jadeja. But a No. 6 batsman whose hitting target is the stands is still missing.Frenetic activity of a different sort is on too. With an estimated Rs 42 crore as the cost of being the title sponsor, ITC will spend another Rs 10 crore-Rs 12 crore on promoting the Cup. Apart from the logo and the usual merchandising like caps, shirts, yearbooks, magazines et al, it also plans to make five promotional films. pilcom (Pakistan, India, Lanka Organising Committee) is hard at work too, promising that the February 11 opening ceremony at the Eden Gardens in Calcutta will be spectacular.The President will inaugurate it and effects will be provided by the Italy-based Half Moon Image Consultants, which produced the opening ceremony of the 1990 soccer World Cup. In a sweet touch, invitations have also been sent to captains of every previous world cup team worldwide.Other deals are already signed. Coke is the official drink. VISA the official card, in a deal worth approximately Rs 119 crore. The staggering revenue includes a Rs 30 crore guarantee from WorldTel Corporation for TV rights and 7 5 per cent of World Tel’s profits (see box).advertisementGrounds too are being given a facelift. The stadia in Mohali, Bangalore. Gwalior, Madras and Bombay are being floodlit, and most are acquiring electronic scoreboards, instant-replay video screens and modern pitch covers. Bombay’s Wankhede Stadium, for instance, hosting just one match, is getting a Rs 10 crore spruce-up.Unlike India, many Pakistan centres will host more than one match. Centres without a certain grade of five-star hotels have been ignored, so that Lahore has four of Pakistan’s matches, including the final; Karachi and Rawalpindi three each; Peshawar and Faisalabad two each; and Gujranwala and Sheikhupura (probably) one each. Sheikhupura, although just an alternate site, is building a brand-new 25,000-capacity stadium. The Karachi and Lahore stadia are being upgraded too.Despite the continuing violence in Karachi, Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Arif Abbasi says there are no plans of shifting the venues of the matches. Indeed, they are hoping that a truce will be declared with the country’s image and honour at stake.And honour, both teams know well, depends on a win. Pakistan goes to Sharj ah in October and then to Australia for what must be a superior warm-up to India’s. Playing the World Cup at home, Azhar knows, will bring the worst kind of pressures; and failure could mean his head. Fairness never counts in moments like that.last_img read more

RIVER-CADE TO HOLD HOT DOG EATING CONTEST

first_imgCONEY ISLAND HELD ITS HOT DOG EATING CONTEST ON JULY 4TH, NOW ITS SIOUX CITY’S TURN.RIVER-CADE’S PHYL CLAEYS SAYS THE SECOND ANNUAL LOCAL CONTEST TAKES PLACE AT 7PM WEDNESDAY NIGHT:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/HOTDOG1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….THE FASTEST. :10THERE’S PLENTY OF FUN TO GO ALONG WITH THE HOT DOGS…AND CLAEYS IS ALSO LOOKING FOR SOME MUSICAL TALENT:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/HOTDOG2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….MARCHING KAZOO BAND. ;22THERE’S ALSO AN OPEN MIKE NIGHT THURSDAY AT 7PM FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO PLAY THEIR FAVORITE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT OR SING AT VANGARDE ARTS LOCATED AT 416 PIERCE.THIS YEAR’S RIVER-CADE PARADE WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT WEDNESDAY, JULY17TH AT 6:30PM.YOU MAY SIGN UP TO ENTER THE PARADE BY CALLING 277-4226.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G launched: Key specs, price and availability

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiApril 1, 2019UPDATED: April 2, 2019 15:12 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Galaxy S10 5G is Samsung’s first 5G smartphone for the market.The Galaxy S10 5G touts a large AMOLED display and quad cameras.The Galaxy S10 5G will go on sale starting April 5.Samsung first announced the Galaxy S10 5G alongside the Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e at its Unpacked 2019 event in February. This is Samsung first commercial 5G smartphone that packs a 5G chipset, quad camera setup and large 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED, among other things. The Galaxy S10 5G has now been launched with South Korea being the first market to get it starting Friday, April 5. Korean mobile operators will also start 5G services on that day.Samsung provides an end-to-end 5G solution from chipsets, network core, radio solutions and user devices. Samsung’s 5G commercial network has been on air since December 1, 2018 in Korea making it an ideal market to launch the Galaxy S10 5G. “We are at the beginning of a new era where the incredible speed and connectivity of 5G becomes a reality, bringing the world closer to Samsung’s vision of connected living,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics.Samsung Galaxy S10 5G specificationsThe Samsung Galaxy Galaxy S10 5G has a design similar to the Galaxy S10+ (Review) only with a bigger display. It sports a 6.7-inch Curved Dynamic AMOLED display with a Quad HD+ resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. The handset is equipped with either the Snapdragon 855 with the X50 modem or Exynos 9820 chipset with Samsung’s in-house 5G modem depending on the market. This is paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of internal storage.The Galaxy S10 5G touts a quad camera setup that includes a 12MP wide-angle camera with Dual Aperture (f/1.5 to f/2.4) and OIS, a 12MP telephoto camera with PDAF, f/2.4 and OIS, a 16MP ultra wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 3D depth sensor as the fourth camera. The Galaxy S10 5G also gets dual selfie camera housed in the pill-shaped hole in the display. The front camera setup includes a 10MP Dual Pixel camera and a 3D depth camera.advertisementSamsung’s 5G smartphone measures 77.1 x 162.6 x 7.9mm and weighs 198 grams. It houses a large 4,500mAh battery with support for wireless charging and Wireless PowerShare. The smartphone will ship with Android Pie with One UI on top. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz) and support for 1.2Gbps download and upload speeds.Samsung Galaxy S10 5G price and availabilityThe Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will reportedly cost KRW 1.39 million (approx Rs 85,000) for the 256GB version and KRW 1.55 million (approx Rs 95,000) for the 512GB variant, although Samsung has not yet revealed the official pricing. The Galaxy 5G will go on sale in Korea starting April 5 in Majestic Black, Royal Gold, Crown Silver colors. The smartphone will launch in additional markets soon after, and there is no word on the India availability just yet.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10+ review: Close to perfectionGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy S10 5G Samsung Galaxy S10 5G launched: Key specs, price and availabilityThe Galaxy S10 5G is Samsung’s first 5G smartphone on the market, touting next-gen speed and performance. The Galaxy S10 5G will go on sale in Korea starting April 5.advertisementlast_img read more

Western Fishers Shipyard to Build Fishing Vessel for …

first_imgzoom Western Fishers Shipyard Limited and Agro Food Services Limited signed agreement for building another fishing vessel on 24 December 2013.The shipyard has already built three Deep Sea Mid-Water Fishing Vessels for Agro Food Services, a sister concern of Sea Resources Group. F.T. Agro Food-1, F.T. Agro Food-3 & F.T. Agro Food-4 were delivered to their owner on June 2013.Consequently a new agreement has been signed between the two parties for building the fourth ship of the series F.T. Agro Food-2.The deal was signed by the Chairman of Sea Resources Group Mr. A Rouf Chowdhury & the Managing Director of Western Fisher Shipyard Limited Mr. Sakhawat Hossain on December 24th 2013.The Director of Western Fishers Shipyard Mr. Saiful Islam & the Director of Sea Resources Group Mrs. Zakia Rouf Chowdhury was also present during the contract signing ceremony.The ship will be built at a cost of BDT 240 million & expected to be delivered by 18 months. She will be 41m long & her design has been uniquely developed & verified by an Icelandic designer considering the weather conditions & sea state of the Bay of Bengal.Western Fishers Shipyard is already building nine more fishing vessels. All these vessels are worth of BDT3 billion and are expected to be delivered by mid of 2014. WMS, December 30, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close My locationlast_img read more

Adopt an island – new UN initiative to help Maldives recover from

Big businesses can now adopt small islands in the tsunami-ravaged Maldives under a new United Nations programme to provide funds for people to rebuild their homes in the tiny Indian Ocean archipelago, with the top price tag at over $4 million.“While everyone in the Maldives has made great efforts to rebuild their shattered communities, outside assistance is needed if the challenge of rebuilding one-third of the countries’ inhabited islands is to be met,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative Moez Doraid said at yesterday’s launching of the Adopt An Island initiative in Male, the capital.The tsunami, which overall killed more than 200,000 people and left up to 5 million in need of basic services in a dozen countries, forced thousands of Maldivians from their homes and, in some cases, their communities. Thirteen islands had to be completely abandoned as all the buildings and infrastructure were smashed and fresh water sources contaminated by the sea.Adoptions would cover the cost of purchasing and delivering essential construction materials like cement, steel, timber and tin. Island rebuilding teams would be established and paid through the programme, generating much needed income opportunities for many islanders.The most expensive adoption at $4.4 million would enable more than a thousand people to rebuild and move back into their homes. At the other end of the scale, $95,000 would help 58 families mend their dwellings.Although only about 80 people in the Maldives died in the tsunami, destruction was widespread. The world’s flattest country has a maximum altitude of only 2.3 metres, and consists of 1,190 coral islands, 202 of them inhabited, with 87 as exclusive resorts. read more

Health crisis looms for over 300000 in eastern Chad as turmoil continues

“Many people living in camps and local communities have little access to health care and their situation could deteriorate quickly,” the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said. “Due to the reduced humanitarian health assistance, the health status of refugees and IDPs can rapidly deteriorate. The increase in the local population has overstretched the capacity of health services and aid agencies, while supply chains have been affected.” The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that the situation remained extremely volatile. “We are working to ensure the basic needs of refugees such as water, food and primary health services are met while we continue the relocation of staff from the three northern locations of Bahai, Iriba and Guéréda to the main eastern town of Abéché or the Chadian capital N’Djamena,” UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva.“We are keeping skeleton teams in place in these locations, where 110,000 refugees live in six camps,” she added, noting that over 400 international and local humanitarian staff had been relocated in the past 12 days, with 100 more still waiting to be moved from Guéréda. The overall situation of 218,000 refugees from Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, 90,000 displaced Chadians and thousands of villagers took a serious turn for the worse some two weeks ago when Abéché, hub for relief efforts, was occupied by rebel forces, then re-taken by Government troops. During the turmoil the main UN relief supply warehouses were pillaged, reportedly by local residents. Since then military movements and armed attacks in the region have continued to cause havoc. Just this Wednesday, 13 armed men raided the market in Kounoungo refugee camp near Guéréda. There was an exchange of fire with the gendarmes responsible for camp security. One local person was wounded. Ms. Pagonis said contingency plans were in place to keep the six camps running for a month after UNHCR and its partners trained refugee committees to take on services such as water and sanitation, food distribution, and health. “Refugees have responded quickly to help run the camps but are concerned about the deteriorating security situation,” she said. While the primary causes of illness among refugees were acute respiratory infections, diarrhoea and malaria, WHO said there were a growing number of injuries from fighting between rebels and government soldiers. Nearly 200 people were reportedly injured last week in Guéréda and Abéché. “As violence intensifies, the number of persons wounded by fighting is becoming a serious concern,” the agency’s coordinator in Abéché, Innocent Nzeyimana, said. “Local personnel is not sufficiently trained nor local resources sufficient to handle these cases.” The situation also remains precarious in south-eastern Chad around Goz Beida and Koukou and along the border with Sudan with regular reports of inter-communal tensions, attacks on refugees and displaced Chadians, villages being re-attacked and burned, cattle theft and intrusions of cattle herds on cultivated fields. “Refugees in Goz Amir camp situated in this area fear for their security and report that refugees who go to harvest their fields, allocated by the local authorities, have frequently been threatened by armed men in military uniforms,” Ms. Pagonis said. read more

Week 1 starting jobs still available for Ohio State football team

OSU coach Urban Meyer and members of the football team look on as senior cornerback Doran Grant and senior wide reciever Evan Spencer (6) go head-to-head in the circle drill during fall camp at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Aug. 6 in Columbus.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorWith just days until the Ohio State football team is scheduled to kick off its season against Navy, several starting positions remain up for grabs.Among the open spots are the starting center and left guard positions along the offensive line, the cornerback position opposite senior Doran Grant and playing time in the logjam that is the running back and wide receiver positions.The offensive line has three established starters in junior Taylor Decker at left tackle, redshirt-sophomore Pat Elflein at right guard and redshirt-senior Darryl Baldwin at right tackle. Coach Urban Meyer said the open left guard position has three players who could fill the spot.“Left guard is not named yet, and it’s not because of ability,” Meyer said Monday. “It’s just, one, the guy hasn’t separated himself, so in the hunt are (senior) Joel Hale, (redshirt-freshman) Billy Price, (redshirt-junior Antonio) Underwood.”The open center spot is a bit closer, Meyer said, as he named two players who are candidates to fill the void left by Corey Linsley, now with the Green Bay Packers.“Center is going to be, probably be (junior Jacoby Boren) and (redshirt-senior) Chad Lindsay. We haven’t named the starter on that either,” Meyer said. “But once again, its still because the battles are going on.”The cornerback position opposite Grant is also a two-man race, Meyer said, as redshirt-freshmen Eli Apple and Gareon Conley battle for a spot on the Buckeye defense.“They haven’t separated themselves yet either, which is a good sign. They’ll both play,” Meyer said.Junior cornerback Armani Reeves said he believes both players bring a special skill set to the table for OSU.“They both bring a different type of style to their game but that’s what makes them special,” Reeves said Monday. “Gareon has really fluid hips, and he reads routes really well, and Eli is a really strong and physical guy so they both play a little bit different.”The battle to replace former Buckeye star running back Carlos Hyde was originally led by sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott, however, Meyer said, multiple running backs proved they are worthy of touches during fall camp.When Elliott missed multiple practices because of a minor wrist surgery during fall camp, it opened the door for redshirt-sophomore Bri’onte Dunn and redshirt-senior Rod Smith to earn reps, something Meyer said they accomplished.“Both Bri’onte and Rod Smith have made every practice and done really well,” he said. “I give credit to (Dunn) and Rod Smith, every day they have shown up and they have worked their tails off so they are in the mix.”Meyer also mentioned freshman Curtis Samuel as a player who could see touches at running back this season.At wide receiver, Meyer mentioned six players who are in the mix, only three of whom played last season.The three who played last season — senior Devin Smith, senior Evan Spencer and sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson — combined for 88 catches for 1,086 yards and 13 touchdowns.Meyer also named redshirt-sophomore Mike Thomas, redshirt-junior Corey Smith and redshirt-freshman Jalin Marshall as players who will likely see the field for the OSU offense.“All of them could march in, and they all deserve playing time,” Meyer said. So it’s just a matter of who breaks the huddle first.”Spencer, who has scored four touchdowns in his OSU career, said he is looking forward to seeing how the skill-position players will play during Saturday’s game.“We have so much depth this year. We have so many playmakers at so many positions, from A to Z,” Spencer said. “It’ll be really cool and exciting to see everybody get out there and be able to make plays because we’ve got the depth to keep everybody fresh in order to do it.”Despite senior quarterback Braxton Miller missing the season because of a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, Spencer said he is not worried about the conversion to a new starting quarterback.“It’s definitely a change. But I mean, at the same time, all throughout camp (redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett) and (redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones) have been getting so many reps with the ones,” Spencer said. “They’ve been throwing the ball so much all throughout camp, and really all throughout the offseason that it’s not that much of a transition for us, just because that’s what we’ve been going through.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Navy Saturday at noon at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

New report to help identify gaps in safety management systems

first_imgThe International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM) presents Leadership Matters – Managing Fatal Risk Guidance, a new publication focusing on the pro-active actions and behaviours that may be exercised by managers of operations and site leadership teams to help eliminate the risk of fatalities. It urges leaders to set the tone and direction of ‘what is important’ through visible and felt leadership and presents a series of self-diagnostic prompts – built around a risk management framework – to help identify gaps in safety management systems.The report should be read in conjunction with ICMM’s earlier report aimed at Chief Executives and corporate leaders – Leadership matters: The elimination of fatalities.Both reports provide checklist-based advice on three key themes: Live the vision of zero fatalities Focus on high potential events Recognise the fallibility of people and systems.For further information please contact Andrew Mackenzie.last_img read more

Refund scheme for alcohol containers could reduce illegal dumping

first_imgA REFUND DEPOSIT scheme for alcohol containers would help reduce illegal rubbish dumping, a councillor has said.Labour Party councillor Thomas Redmond from Athy has called for the introduction of a refund system on alcohol containers – cans and bottles – which he said would “end the scourge of dumping”.EuropeRedmond told TheJournal.ie that he was inspired by similar schemes in place in European countries, such as Germany. People can return their bottles or cans to a specific centre or location and will receive a small amount of cash in return.Redmond said that a recent litter clean-up by locals of the river walkway in the town of Athy produced in excess of 2,000 cans and bottles. He said that following this, people approached him to see if more can be done about littering in the Kildare town.He believes a refund deposit scheme, or tax on the alcohol containers, could work to reduce this, and has received support from publicans in Athy.Redmond said that in Germany, supermarkets offer the ability deposit cans or bottles using a machine which then refunds the cash. According to Redmond, it would cost around $10,000 for each machine, and he says at least one local publican is interested in purchasing one.To introduce a refund deposit system, legislation would have to be brought in. “It wouldn’t take a lot to bring it in,” said Redmond. “The difference it would make would be substantial.”Redmond is to put forward a council motion regarding the refund scheme, and said that he hopes the council will write to the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, to propose the idea.There is no point in it being introduced [locally] – it just won’t work. It needs to be a nationwide thing and it wouldn’t take much legislation.StudyA study on a deposit and return system for bottles in Ireland was published by Repak in 2008. It said that if the Irish government did bring in such a scheme, it would have to ensure that deposit legislation and the deposit system are in line with EU rules, including the Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste.Ireland does not have widespread use of refillable items, although earlier this week, it was announced that Adare Farm is to sell its milk in glass bottles through Superquinn in Dublin. The bottles can recycled.Repak said that the legislation could be challenged by the EU authorities or other member states as a breach of EU single market rules, as it would be a barrier to trade of imported drinks.It said if a deposit is introduced, it must be clear to consumers and staff, and that it could include beer, water, carbonated soft drinks packaging. Ireland would have to choose between a simple deposit system, or a centrally managed system and would also have to decide on a price, ideally between 10 – 25cent.Read: Dublin: Council tenants to prove they are dumping rubbish illegally>last_img read more

Video handson with the NFC Ring

first_imgRecently, we got our hands on a prototype of the NFC Ring currently available on Kickstarter. This is not the finished product, but even in its early stages this is an exciting project.The barriers to entry for NFC in the general populous has always been justifying the setup. When you reach the point that you decide you want to use NFC for things around the house or in your business cards, you have to acknowledge either the expense or the effort involved and determine whether or not it is worth it. It’s not easy to make something turnkey regarding NFC, especially since the tags are only half of the equation. You need the apps to either write to the tags or understand and act on complex tags, which means you need to take the time to install and learn to use those apps.The NFC Ring is the closest anyone has come to an incredibly simple and practical NFC utility, with a companion app that is incredibly simple to use.The basic design for the NFC Ring puts a pair of NFC tags on a wearable ring, such that you have one tag on either side of your finger. You’d essentially have one tag that you could fist bump to friends, and another that you could use just by holding your phone in the ring hand. There’s a lot of flexibility just in the positioning of the two tags, and since you have to be in pretty close proximity with the tag and the NFC receiver on your phone in order for anything to happen, there’s very little chance of an accidental press.Since there are several different kinds of NFC receivers on phones and tablets, you will need to make sure you pick the ring that bests suits your needs. Battery-based NFC receivers for example, like the one seen on the Samsung Galaxy S4, will likely only work with the NFC ring without a case. Meanwhile, the HTC One receives instructions from the NFC ring through the HTC Double Dip Flip case with no problem.The NFC Ring Kickstarter is still going strong, and if this prototype is any indicator of the finished product, there are worlds of possibilities here. Early adopter specials for the Kickstarter have already filled up, but you can still back the project and get your ring starting at $43 for the “Man sized” version that works with battery based NFC receivers like the Galaxy S4.last_img read more

Greek government demands that homeless magazine sellers pay for social security

first_imgReaders of the Athens monthly magazine ‘Shedia’, sold on the streets by homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people, as a means to support themselves, were astonished to see none of the sellers out on the streets. The reason, was that they had been the target of Greek bureaucracy, demanding that they pay for their social security funds. Edited by Chris Alefantis, a Melbourne-born, Athens-based journalist, ‘Shedia’ is following the success of ‘Big Issue’. Similarly, the magazine’s revenue is shared by the publishers and sellers. So far, each issue cost 3 euros – 1.5 went to the sellers and the other half went to the magazine to cover production costs. Now the Greek Finance Ministry demands that the homeless and disadvantaged selllers be insured, as does any sole trader. This means that 40 cents from €1.50 will have to be paid to social funds. The decision was met with outrage from the magazine’s supporters, but the publishing company decided to raise the price by one euro, in order to cover for the extra expense demanded by the Greek authorities. The new arrangement will see selllers getting 2.7 euros out of the new cover price, given that the contribution has to be made by themselves. The magazine will have to do with 1.06, in order to cover its production and operational costs. On the upside, the magazine’s distributors will be now in a position to receive social security and health care.  Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Airports nationwide closed Saturday only

first_img Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Aug 2015 – The Providenciales International Airport, and other airports in the country will not close now until tomorrow morning in the wake of Tropical Storm Erika. Erika has grown wider, is moving slower and is with stronger wind gusts but has shifted more westerly and that has caused the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority to change when they will suspend flights nationally. TCIAA CEO, John Smith this morning issued a new alert for the public, “Erika is rather unstable and difficult to predict as it enters areas of disturbance and interacts with terrain on the island of Hispaniola.” So officially the airport closes at 6am in the morning, Saturday and is scheduled to reopen later the same day. The country’s airports will be also be in operation on Sunday onward. Some international flights into the TCI have worked with guests vacationing and have exempted travellers from change fees. Former Premier says PNP left plan for Salt Cay airport, but there is no evidence of the claim Related Items:close, john smith, provo airport, saturday, Tciaa Airports Authority reveals sabotage at South Caicos Airportlast_img read more

CEO of San Diego homeless task force taking extended leave of absence

first_img October 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: October 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter CEO of San Diego homeless task force taking extended leave of absence SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The chief executive officer of the San Diego Regional Task Force On The Homeless will take an extended leave of absence, the organization announced Wednesday.Gordon Walker, the nationally-recognized expert on homelessness who joined the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless (RTFH) as CEO in June, 2017, is taking an extended leave to pursue a personal mission in Italy where he will assist with opening the Rome, Italy, Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.The RTFH Executive Committee will meet on Oct. 11 to discuss the interim appointment of Chief Operations Officer Tamera Kohler as acting CEO in Walker’s absence.“The evolution of the RTFH under the direction of Gordon Walker has allowed the organization to redevelop our data systems, connect people with workforce training, and direct state dollars towards housing our homeless population,” said Councilmember Chris Ward, Vice Chair of the RTFH.Walker’s last day at the RTFH will be October 18. last_img read more

Foxconn to set up Apple products manufacturing unit in Gujarat

first_imgFoxconn, the largest contract manufacturer for Apple Inc., is set to open a manufacturing store in Ahmedabad as its first such initiative in India. According to a report in Moneycontrol, an announcement on the same is likely to come during the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2017 scheduled to take place in Gandhinagar between January 10-13.Apple, the world’s most valuable company, is planning to replicate its Chinese manufacturing model, which has been a success, in India to grab a large piece of the pie in the smartphone section. Also read: Apple iPhones to be made in India? Foxconn in talks with GovtThe US-based company is also planning to set up manufacturing units in various cities across India. The second manufacturing store is expected to come up in Gurugram, Haryana.Apple has been planning to expand its operations in India. The Tim Cook-led firm recently announced that it will open its brand-owned stores in the country along with 4,000-odd workers’ unit in Hyderabad. According to reports, Apple’s sales have been on the rise and crossed 50 percent in 12 months ending in September 2016.The news comes almost a year after reports claimed that Foxconn might come to India, facilitating production of Apple products like iPhone in the country. It was earlier reported that the Taiwanese electronic manufacturing company will set up a plant for Apple products on a 1,200-acre land in Maharashtra.In Seperate news, it was earlier reported that Apple has reportedly selected Bengaluru as its hub for manufacturing iPhones for the Indian market. Wistron, Apple’s Original Equipment Manufacturer has started building an assembling plant at Peenya (located west of Bengaluru). The company will start manufacturing limited units of iPhones in April 2017.last_img read more

California Wildfires Raise Health Concerns

first_img California’s destructive wildfires have claimed at least 65 lives since the two blazes began last week.But burning flames aren’t the only worry.The University of Southern California this week raised concerns about the infernos’ impact on people’s health—particularly when it comes to noxious smoke.“It’s unhealthy air outside,” USC economics student Thomas Columbus said, recounting how smoke crashed his beach party last weekend, prompting folks to leave early.“It’s really bad,” he continued. “You can smell it, it gets in your lungs and makes you cough.”USC faculty experts have been studying the state’s environment, air pollution, and public health for years, amassing insight into why wildlands burn so much, and how the vapors harm people.Smoke is more than a nuisance—it’s a noxious brew of industrial chemicals and microscopic particles that lodge deep inside the lungs.Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable, as rapidly growing organs and pre-existing conditions make it harder to tolerate large doses of pollutants.Smoke from the Camp Fire is affecting air quality in California, and is visible from space (via NASA)Kids exercising in contaminated environments are more likely to develop asthma or other respiratory symptoms; older folks with chronic diseases, meanwhile, should see their doctor if their condition gets worse.Healthy adults are not immune, either: A jogger inhales three- to five-times more air than someone people-watching on a bench, meaning more smoke is deposited in their lungs.“The air is actually getting cleaner,” Kiros Berhane, professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, said in a statement. “The concern about the recent trend in wildfires is that as fires gain an intensity and severity, they could lead to losses of some of the gains we’ve made in the past.”NASA is keeping a close eye-in-the-sky on the conflagration, tracking its location and providing information about its behavior via satellite images.From space, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIRRS) sensor observed expansive smoke and aerosol plumes.Scientists on the ground continue to monitor air quality data from a network of sensors throughout the region.Find out more about how to help the victims of California wildfires here.More coverage on Geek.com:Global Warming Boosts Risk of Lightning-Ignited Fires‘Westworld’ Set a Paramount Ranch Burns in California WildfiresWatch a Bipedal Robot Walk Through Fire Modder Creates Fire-Breathing Nintendo 6445,000 Barrels of Bourbon Destroyed in Jim Beam Warehouse Fire Stay on targetlast_img read more

KMC to make rainwater harvesting mandatory in big housing complexes

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is set to make rainwater harvesting mandatory in big housing complexes, in a bid to conserve water. The civic authorities are contemplating to change the Building Rules and incorporate the new provision, Mayor Firhad Hakim said on Monday.Hakim visited the chamber of Director General (Building) Anindya Karfarma and spoke to the senior officials of the department in a bid to improve work culture in KMC. He was accompanied by the Municipal Commissioner Khalil Ahmed. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn order to reduce the harassment of people, KMC is planning to bring the Block Land and Land Reforms Office (BLLRO) and Building department under one roof. The civic body is accepting building plans online and in cases where conversion of land has taken place, the owners have to get clearance from the BLLRO, which often takes a lot of time. If the Building department and BLLRO work together, it will prevent the harassment of the owner of the land. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHakim said rainwater harvesting in big housing complexes will be done as a move to save ground water. The rainwater will be used for cleaning, flushing and gardening. The ground water level has drastically fallen in several parts in the city. It may be recalled here that the Chennai Municipal Corporation (CMC) has made rainwater harvesting in big apartment blocks and housing complexes mandatory two decades ago. Hakim had earlier proposed to set up special zones to wash vehicles in order to save wastage of drinking water. The state government has taken special measures to save water. July 12 will be observed as Save Water Day every year. The state Public Health Engineering (PHE) department had organised a walk from Jorasanko Thakurbari to Gandhiji’s statue at Mayo Road on July 12, in which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took part. The state Panchayat and Rural Development department has also instructed all the Gram Panchayats not to rampantly lift ground water and prepare schemes for rainwater harvesting in the rural areas.last_img read more