Rosetta mission primed for comet landing

first_imgDARMSTADT, GERMANY—The stage has been set for one of the most ambitious maneuvers in the history of space exploration: a comet landing. On Wednesday, the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Rosetta spacecraft will release a washing machine–sized lander, Philae, in the hope that it alights safely on the dusty, black surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.Speaking Monday afternoon at a media briefing at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, mission managers stood and delivered relaxed, off-the-cuff remarks: They had done all they could. The lander’s commands had already been uploaded, and tonight, Philae would be turned on and warmed up. After that, the mission team was planning something rare: a good night’s sleep.“I don’t deny that we are a bit tired, but we’re also very excited,” says Andrea Accomazzo, the mission’s flight director. “I don’t think we’ll land on a comet another time. 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Rosetta’s initial orbits were tentative—the spacecraft had to map the feeble gravity field of the comet as it went—but it has now circled 67P at altitudes as close as 10 kilometers. In high-resolution images, the comet, 4 kilometers long and shaped like a rubber duck, has revealed surprising terrain: cliffs and boulders and smooth plains etched with mysterious sinuous patterns. Ice in the neck of the duck has already begun to evaporate, blowing off gas and dust—an activity that will only grow as the comet approaches the sun. In September, the mission team picked a landing site on the side of the duck’s head. In keeping with the mission’s ancient Egypt theme, the square-kilometer landing zone has been named Agilkia, after an island in the Nile River.The orbiter has since backed away from the comet a bit. After a complicated set of maneuvers—best explained in this YouTube video from ESA—Rosetta will release Philae at an elevation of 22.5 kilometers. Accomazzo says that Rosetta can shove off Philae within only a small range of speeds, and that this speed correlates best to the 22.5-kilometer elevation. Moreover, at that elevation, the orbiter has better confidence in its precise position around the comet. The moment of release is planned for 4:03 a.m. EST on Wednesday.Once in motion, Philae will drift down, unpowered, over the course of 7 hours, striking the surface at walking speeds. The mission team hopes to confirm touchdown at 11:02 a.m. EST. (The actual landing will have occurred nearly 30 minutes before that—the delay is caused by the travel time for radio signals to reach Earth.)The lander, equipped with two harpoons and spinning screws in each of its three legs, will attempt to gain purchase. Rosetta project scientist Matt Taylor says that early results from some of the orbiter’s instruments show that the surface is slightly warmer than expected—an indication that it is more dusty and porous than icy. That could help the lander sink into the surface rather than bounce.Yet a successful landing is by no means guaranteed. The mission team picked Agilkia because it had favorable characteristics: good illumination, relative flatness, and few boulders. “It was relatively easy to pick this site,” says Stephan Ulamec, the Philae project manager. Nevertheless, Ulamec says, some 20% of the landing zone is sloped at 30° or more—angles at which it becomes possible for the lander to topple. On top of that, there are many boulders that the lander could tumble over. And technically, Philae needs to perform its tasks perfectly.But if all goes well, the historic moment in the making will also be a passing of the baton—from the engineers and project managers who got Rosetta and Philae to the comet in one piece to the scientists, whose data gathering will begin in earnest. “Up till now we’ve been doing science on the side,” Taylor says. “From this week onwards is where we start the main phase of the mission.”To read more Rosetta coverage, visit our Rosetta collection page.last_img read more

Team India likely to get new coach on June 24

first_imgThe Working Commmitee of Board for Control of Cricket in India will meet in Dharamsala in June 24 to take a final call on the appointment of India’s new head coach, apart from other isssues holding Ranji Trophy matches in neutral venues.Although BCCI sources said “it’s the normal agenda” (about ratification of decisions taken by various sub committees), the all-powerful panel is expected to rubber stamp the identification of a new coach less than a fortnight before the Indian squad leaves for the West Indies.KUMBLE, SHASTRI FRONTRUNNERS The Board had invited applications for the head coach’s post through its website and received 57 applications, including those of former India captain Anil Kumble, former team director Ravi Shastri and current selection panel chairman Sandeep Patil. (Also read: BCCI likely to bat for ‘Big Three’ at ICC’s London meeting) The applications are to be gone through and a shorter list to be prepared before the BCCI will zero-in on their man for occupying the hot seat which was vacated by Zimbabwean Duncan Fletcher after India’s tour of England in 2014.RANJI TROPHY CONCLAVE Apart from the naming of the head coach, the Working Committee also has to ratify the decisions taken by the Board’s Technical Committee, including holding of Ranji Trophy games in the upcoming season at neutral venues.Quite a few voices have been heard from cricket circles against this decision and, with the Ranji Trophy coaches and captains conclave set to be held a day earlier at the same place, the Working Committee will have the benefit of details of deliberations which would have taken place there too.advertisementFINAL MEETING BEFORE LODHA VERDICT Also this is, by all accounts, expected to be the last meeting of the Working Committee before the Supreme Court gives its verdict on the Justice Lodha Committee’s recommendations for sweeping reforms in the Board.As such there could be debates and discussions on this all-important issue too at the June 24 meeting.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

London fire: Death toll rises to 30; fears it could climb over

first_img100By Aditi KhannaLondon, Jun 16 (PTI) The death toll in the horrific fire that engulfed a 24-storey tower in west London rose to 30 today amid fears that it could climb to over 100 in one of the worst fire tragedies in the country.Metropolitan police commander Stuart Cundy said, “We know that at least 30 people who have died. The bodies have been taken to a morgue, but more bodies remain in the building.””We always knew that the death toll would increase,” Cundy said, adding that there was nothing to suggest that the fire at the Grenfell Tower was started deliberately.The investigation into the cause of the fire that has now been extinguished will take weeks, he added.”Sadly we do not expect there to be any survivors,” Cundy said.Earlier today, Scotland Yard expressed fears that all the victims of the massive fire that engulfed a 24-storey tower in west London may never be identified.While 30 people have been confirmed dead, there are fears the death toll could hit hundreds.Cundy said there was “a risk that sadly we may not be able to identify everybody”.Asked about the number of dead, he said he hoped the death toll would not reach “triple figures” and indicated a criminal investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.”We as the police, we investigate criminal offences — I am not sitting here and saying there are criminal offences that have been committed, thats why you do an investigation, to establish it,” he said.advertisementQueen Elizabeth II, accompanied by grandson Prince William, paid a visit to the Grenfell Tower this morning where the number of missing is estimated to be around 76.They met volunteers, local residents and community representatives while visiting Westway Sports Centre in west London, near the burnt down 24-storey Grenfell Tower.British Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a judge- led full public inquiry into the incident and is expected to pay a visit to the injured in one of the London hospitals after she faced criticism over her failure to meet the victims during a visit to the site yesterday.Newly-appointed Indian-origin housing minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government, Alok Sharma, said, “Every single family will be rehoused in the local area”.Local residents shouted angry questions when London mayor Sadiq Khan paid a visit to the area.Friends and families of victims, including a furious seven-year-old, asked: “How many children died? What are you going to do about it?””The bad news, Im afraid, is lots of people died in the fire. There are a lot of brave firefighters and police and ambulance workers. And once its safe, they are going to go into the building,? he said, in an attempt to calm the crowds.The local Grenfell Action Grouphad claimed, before and during a major 10-million-pound refurbishment of Grenfell Tower last year, that the block constituted a fire risk and residents had warned that access to the site for emergency vehicles was “severely restricted”.Emergency services are to spend a third day searching for bodies in the burnt-out Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, where they were called to reports of a fire in the early hours of Wednesday.Their teams were forced to leave the 24-storey building yesterday afternoon when the fire restarted, delaying further the efforts to reach upper floors — where many victims are thought to have been trapped.Particular concerns have been raised about the rain- screen cladding used on the outside of the tower, which experts said might have accelerated the inferno that consumed the entire block in just 15 minutes.It has since emerged that the US had banned the type of cladding thought to have been used on Grenfell Tower.The leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council — the authority that owns the tower block — told the BBC it would not use the type of cladding fitted to Grenfell Tower in other buildings in the borough.Yesterday, the first victim of the fire was named as 23- year-old Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali.The Syria Solidarity Campaign said Alhajali, a civil engineering student, had been in a flat on the 14th floor when the fire broke out, and had spent two hours on the phone to a friend in Syria.Meanwhile, donations to help those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedyhave surpassed 2 million pounds in just two days. PTI AK ASK AKJ ASKlast_img read more

Cant afford to make mistakes with Bindras biopic content:

first_imgproducerMumbai, Aug 13 (PTI) Producer Prerna Arora, who is backing a biopic on Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra, says it is a difficult project as the makers have to be cautious while presenting the story in an honest way.It is the first time Prerna is working on a sports biopic, and she believes a lot of responsibility comes with such films.”With this project we have to be accurate, we cant afford to make mistakes with the content. The scripting is still on. It is in development stage. It will go on floors either December or early next year,” Prerna told PTI.Recently, the biopic on flight attendant Neerja Bhanot was embroiled in a controversy after her family locked in a battle with the producers of the film “Neerja” over its box- office profits.Earlier, legendary sportsman Milkha Singh had accused director and co-producer Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra of not fulfilling his commitment of sharing the profit of his biopic “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”.However, Prerna says she will make sure her film does not face such issues.”Today, taking the rights of the person for a film, on whom it is based, has become essential. We have to respect this collaboration. We will be making sure that nothing goes wrong.”We want to give credit to every person who is attached to the film personally as well as professionally.”Prerna says Bindra is helping makers in understanding and bringing his life story alive to the big screen.Prerna, who spearheads Kriarj Entertainment Pvt Ltd, made her debut in Bollywood as a producer with Akshay Kumar- starrer “Rustom”.advertisementShe has three films lined-up, including John Abrahams “Parmanu”, Anushka Sharmas “Pari” and Akshay Kumar-starrer “Padman”.Prerna is also set to back Sara Ali Khans debut film “Kedarnath”, which also features Sushant Singh Rajput and Vishal Bhardwajs next starring Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan.Her latest released “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” stars Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar.”The biggest challenge in such films (of social cause) is reaching out to a wider audience and trying to understand how many people are taking the film and the subject seriously.”Also, promoting the film in the right manner possible plays a major role and making sure it (film) passes the right message.” PTI KKP JUR SSNlast_img read more

Nubia Red Magic 3 vs Black Shark 2: Two extremely powerful gaming phones with class-leading specifications

first_img Next Nubia Red Magic 3 vs Black Shark 2: Two extremely powerful gaming phones with class-leading specifications The recently launched Nubia Red Magic 3 directly competes with the Black Shark 2 in India. For less than Rs 40,000, both these phones are extremely powerful but which one is perfect to satisfy the gamer inside you? We find out.advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJune 18, 2019UPDATED: June 19, 2019 15:45 IST HIGHLIGHTSBoth the phones are equipped with a Snapdragon 855 chipset.The Red Magic 3 sports a 90Hz OLED display whereas the Black Shark 2 gets a pressure sensitive display.The Black Shark 2 starts at Rs 39,999 for the base variant and the Red Magic 3 starts at Rs 35,999.Gaming smartphones are all the hype these days and manufacturers are trying to come up with new offerings to appeal to those who love exercising their thumbs most of the day on PUBG, Asphalt 9 or any other game. Last month, BlackShark ventured into the Indian market with its Black Shark 2 gaming smartphone. Starting at a price of Rs 39,999, it offers the massively powerful Snapdragon 855 paired along with custom cooling solutions to ensure higher peak performance. It also comes with its host of gaming accessories that claim to improve the gameplay experience. Sounds interesting.On the other hand, Nubia launched its Red Magic 3 gaming smartphone in India yesterday. Similar to its earlier offering, the Red Magic 3 aims at an affordable segment in the market. Hence, despite offering a flagship-grade Snapdragon 855 chipset and some exclusive gaming technologies, the Red Magic 3 starts at Rs 35,999, which is quite a lot cheaper than the Black Shark 2.On paper, both these phones are neck-to-neck in terms of specifications and if you had to choose one between the two, which is the one you should pick?Both have extremely powerful specificationsGaming smartphones are supposed to massage your ego when it comes to boasting about specifications. Similar to gaming laptops, gaming phones offer the best hardware available in the market and wrap it up in an exciting body. The Red Magic 3 and BlackShark 2 prove this effortlessly.Both the phones are equipped with Snapdragon 855 chipset as their brain and employ custom cooling solutions to ensure sustained peak performance. However, both serve the experience in completely different ways.advertisement The Black Shark 2 comes in two variants – one with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the other one with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. It sports a 6.3-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with 60Hz refresh rate and is pressure sensitive. It runs on JoyUI which is a customised iteration of Android 9 Pie – it’s a fairly stock interface with Black Shark’s custom Shark Space launcher to enhance gameplay when activated. For cameras, it uses a dual camera combo of a 48-megapixel primary sensor as well as a 12-megapixel secondary sensor while the front is managed by a 20-megapixel camera. It is kept alive by a 4000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.The Nubia Red Magic 3 comes in two variants as well – one with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the other one with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. It sports a bigger 6.65-inch OLED display with a higher refresh rate of 90Hz. This one also runs on a very stock Android 9 Pie interface with Nubia’s custom Game Space launcher built in, which can be activated by a dedicated slider button. For cameras, it uses a 48-megapixel single rear camera and a 16-megapixel front camera. The Red Magic 3 is powered by a massive 5000mAh battery and comes with 27W fast charging support. It also gets a stereo speaker setup.In terms of gaming, both these phone are almost equally matched in their capabilities. The Red Magic 3 edges out the Black Shark 2 in terms of benchmark scores but the real-world performance is almost identical. The Black Shark 2 impresses with its pressure sensitive display and an in-screen fingerprint sensor. However, the Red Magic 3 impresses with its 90Hz refresh rate and a PC-grade fan-based cooling system.Both look exciting as wellThe Black Shark 2 gets a very rugged look and feel with its multi-material surface at the rear and crazy design. It looks chunky and has all the contours to ensure a comfortable fit in hands for longer gaming sessions. Like all gaming devices, it has an RGB Black Shark logo at the rear and two LED strips on either edge. At the front, the 6.3-inch display has narrow bezels all around with slightly thick forehead and chin. A green accent runs around the frame that imparts a distinct presence. The Red Magic 3, on the other hand, wears a very slick yet striking design with its all-metal body. There’s a central ridge on the rear panel that houses a large RGB LED strip. The fingerprint sensor gets a narrow angular design while the camera gets a polygonal design to go in sync with the rest of the design. The Camo version has crazy graphics that certainly demand attention from onlookers. At the front, it has an 18:9 display with slim chin and forehead. It also gets a 3.5mm headphone jack, something which the Black Shark 2 doesn’t.Prices: The Red Magic 3 has an advantageThe Black Shark 2 starts at Rs 39,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and it goes up to Rs 49,999 for the top-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. The Red Magic 3 starts at Rs 35,999 for the base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the top-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage is priced at Rs 46,999.advertisementThe Red Magic 3 clearly offers more value, especially when you consider the base variant. It even offers the 90Hz display that makes more sense in daily gaming scenarios. The Black Shark 2 demands a premium but offers a slightly more polished experience and if you seek that, you should spend more for it.ALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic 3 review: A new benchmark for gaming smartphonesALSO READ | Xiaomi Black Shark 2 gaming phone launched at starting price of around Rs 33,000, coming to India soonGet 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 byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow nubiaFollow Blacksharklast_img read more

Person whose name is missing can approach tribunals Govt

first_imgNew Delhi: With the final list of the NRC getting ready to be published in less than two months, the Centre has set the ball rolling for those whose names are missing to approach the foreigners tribunals.The tribunals will deliver their verdict within four months of missing persons submitting their records. Exercising its powers conferred by the Foreigners Act, 1946, the central government has issued an order saying a person whose name is not part of the National Register of Citizens, currently being updated in Assam, can approach any such tribunal with a certified copy of the rejection order received from the NRC authorities along with the grounds for appeal. The order was uploaded on the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday night. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”The final order of the tribunal shall contain its opinion on the matter whether the Appellant is eligible for inclusion in the NRC or not. It shall also contain the opinion of the tribunal on the reference of the District Magistrate. The final order of the tribunal shall be a concise statement of facts and conclusion based on which the tribunal has arrived at such an opinion. “The final order of the tribunal containing its opinion shall be given within a period of one hundred and twenty days from the date of production of the records,” the MHA order said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsWhen the draft NRC was published on July 30, 2018, there was a huge controversy over the exclusion of 40.7 lakh people from it. The draft NRC included the names of 2.9 crore people out of the total 3.29 crore applications. The final NRC, a list of Assam’s residents, will be published on July 31. According to the latest MHA order, the appellant may appear either in person or through a legal practitioner or a relation authorised by the appellant in writing subject to the acceptance of such representation by the tribunal. The state government may appoint a pleader to represent the district magistrate (DM) or the deputy commissioner (DC). The tribunal shall issue a notice to the DM/DC to produce NRC records within 30 days from the date of receipt of the notice and a copy of the notice shall also be sent to the pleader appearing for the government and to the appellant. The DC will provide the NRC records in original, including the application form and documents submitted by the appellant and orders passed by the NRC authorities to the pleader appearing for the government against the claims or objections filed by the appellant, the order states. The DC may also refer to the tribunal for its opinion the question as to whether the appellant is a foreigner or not within the meaning of the foreigners Act, 1946. In case of such reference to the tribunal, the tribunal shall examine the reference along with the appeal, it adds. Persons against whom a reference has already been made by the competent authority to any foreigners tribunal shall not be eligible to file the appeal before the tribunal. If any foreigners tribunal has already given opinion about a person earlier as a foreigner, such person shall not be eligible to file an appeal to any tribunal. On behalf of the DC, the pleader shall produce the NRC records before the tribunal. Upon production of the records, if the tribunal finds merit in the appeal, it shall issue notice to the appellant and the DC for hearing specifying the date of hearing and such date shall be within 30 days from the date of production of the records.last_img read more

Nepal Cong seeks PMs resignation for tabling wrong bills in the Parl

first_imgKathmandu: Nepal’s main opposition party Nepali Congress Friday sought Prime Minister K P Oli’s resignation on moral ground, saying he should take responsibility for tabling “wrong” bills, including the controversial Guthi Bill, in Parliament. The K P Sharma Oli-led Communist Party government tabled the Guthi Bill in Parliament last week to amend the Guthi Act and nationalise both public and private guthis or trusts and regulate all religious sites under a powerful commission. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonFearing that the government’s move could jeopardise Sanatan Hindu tradition, the ethnic Newar community staged week-long protests demanding scrapping of the bill. Following intense protests, the Nepal government Tuesday withdrew the controversial bill from Parliament, but the protestors are demanding scrapping of the bill. Thousands of protestors – including Guthiyars or trustees, cultural experts, social activists, civil society leaders and people from Newar communities – participated in the rally organised at Maitighar Mandala near the Prime Minister’s Office in the heart of Kathmandu. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorTwo Newar activists were arrested from Kathmandu on Wednesday as they showed black flags to Prime Minister Oli, police said. Former Deputy Prime Minister and senior leader of the Nepali Congress Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar said Oli should resign on moral ground as his government withdrew the controversial Guthi Bill following intense protests. Prime Minister Oli should take responsibility for tabling “wrong” bills in Parliament and should be ready to quit owing to the protests, he said. “The government should have carried out sufficient preparations before registering the bill in Parliament,” Gachhadar said while addressing a House of Representatives meeting in Kathmandu on Friday. “Withdrawing a bill is not a brave act,” he added. The system, known as “guthi”, is rooted within the Newar community indigenous to the Kathmandu Valley. It has a special role in maintaining temples and traditional public spaces and organising festivals and religious parades. Nepal has over 2,000 public guthis under an independent umbrella body which currently oversees the trusts. Guthis, usually led by families or specific communities, generate income from commonly owned lands. Gachhadar also protested the Media Council Bill and National Human Rights Commission Bill being tabled in Parliament which aim to curtail press freedom and limits human rights.last_img read more

Increased northern shipping potential danger for Arctic animals study

first_imgIncreased shipping could make parts of the Northwest Passage among the most dangerous places in the Arctic for the whales and other mammals that live there, a study suggests.In a paper published Monday, Donna Hauser of the University of Alaska warns that Lancaster Sound at the eastern gate of the passage could become a choke point for ships and marine mammals.“That is one area that has the potential for high conflict,” she said. “It’s an obligatory pathway for both vessels that are going in and out of the passage as well as marine mammals that are migratory.”Hauser and her co-authors looked at 80 different populations of narwhals, belugas, bowhead whales, seals, walrus and polar bears across the North and attempted to gauge how vulnerable they would be to large ships.Transits of both the Northwest Passage and the Russian Northern Sea Route are expected to increase as climate change melts the sea ice.Hauser’s study examined how the animals’ habitat could intersect with probable sea routes in the month of September when ice is at its lowest and shipping would be busiest. It then weighed what would be the likely impacts of increased shipping on mammals.The study concluded that just over half the populations would be exposed to shipping. It also found that animals in Lancaster Sound, along with a portion of Russia’s central Arctic coast, were the most vulnerable.Polar bears and seals face little risk, the study said. But whales — especially narwhal — would be the most vulnerable to harm.Hauser said ship traffic could disrupt the behaviour of whales and affect their communication. Ships could also collide with them.“There’s been a lot of research to suggest that vessels may have impacts on marine mammals,” she said.Ships cause whales to change their swimming speed or dive rate. They can drive them away or cause them to freeze in place. If ship traffic increased in Lancaster Sound, whales would have to cope with those changes while already dealing with climate change.Tens of thousands of bowhead, beluga and narwhal migrate through the area and depend on it for food. All the studied mammals are also important food sources for Inuit people who regularly hunt in the region.Shipping through the passage is still relatively rare. But as sea ice extent falls by roughly 13 per cent each decade, that’s expected to change.Hauser said her research suggests now is the time to start thinking about the issue.“There’s going to be a lot of policy work to decide what are the risks and benefits of certain routing.”Techniques developed in southern waters to minimize conflict could be adapted to the North, the paper suggests. Careful design of shipping lanes, minimizing noise coming from ships and timing transits to avoid peak migrations could all help.Hauser said it’s tough to estimate when shipping might start to become a real problem for the mammals in Lancaster Sound. Too much depends on social and economic factors to have a firm timeline.But it’s coming, she said.“We’re at this precipice where vessels are poised to expand into these regions. The idea behind this study is provide a comprehensive assessment to help plan for the future.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

NY Knick Raises Awareness Of Blood Cancer

first_imgNY Knick Tyson Chandler scored one for the fight against blood cancer last night at Bally, the Swiss luxury leather goods house in Manhattan, by getting his cheek swabbed and registering with DKMS Delete Blood Cancer, the world’s largest bone marrow donor center.Tyson Chandler getting his cheek swabbed by DKMS Delete Blood Cancer co-founder Katharina Harf and wife, Kimberly, wearing Bally Lips for Life CollectionThe event served to launch Bally’s Lips for Life Collection, with 15% of proceeds from the collection going to support DKMS’ efforts to register new bone marrow donors and help save the lives of patients with blood cancers.Chandler was joined by his beautiful wife Kimberly, who wore the Lips for Life collection signature leather jacket; supermodel Jessica White; DKMS Delete Blood Cancer co-founder Katharina Harf; supermodels Coco Rocha, Lily Kwong, Elettra Wiedemann and Anja Rubik, and over 500 guests, including families who are being impacted by blood cancer. They celebrated to performances by Charlie Puth and Emily Luther and a set by renowned DJ Mick Boogie.Chandler and the other speakers slammed home an important message: there are many lives to be saved and all it takes is a cheek swab to register as a bone marrow donor.“There are thousands of men, women and children who are bravely fighting blood cancer and need our help,” said Chandler. “It only takes a cheek swab to register as a donor with DKMS Delete Blood Cancer, like I was proud to do tonight.”“Blood cancers will only be deleted through teamwork,” said Katharina Harf, who co-founded DKMS in the U.S. in 2004 in memory of her mother who died from blood cancer. “And I am so honored to be joined tonight by Tyson and Kimberly Chandler, Jessica White, and Bally Creative Directors Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler. I want to thank each of them for making the Lips for Life collection an enormous success. Patients like Shira Klein, who you met tonight, are fighting blood cancer and desperately need matches. This young mother of three inspires us to take action. That is what this event is all about.”In the United States, blood cancer is the second leading cause of all cancer deaths and kills more children than any other disease. Even though many patients might be saved by a bone marrow transplant, six out of 10 patients will never receive one. DKMS has made it its goal to turn the tide, and save more lives.“Katharina and her DKMS team have changed the lives of so many people through what they do; it’s very touching,” said Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler, Bally Creative Directors. “With the Bally Lips for Life capsule collection we wanted to show that the luxury world can have a heart. We’re proud to be involved with DKMS, and based on the event’s success, we anticipate the collection being a hit.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

King Mohammed VI Launches in Abidjan Construction of Factory for Cement

first_imgAbidjan – King Mohammed VI, accompanied by Ivorian Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan, launched, on Wednesday in the Yopougon industrial area, western Abidjan, the building works of a factory for manufacturing cement packaging bags, worth 12 million euros (8 bn CFA francs).This unit, to be carried out by Africa-Côte d’Ivoire Cement company (CIMAF-Côte d’Ivoire), a subsidiary “of Addoha” Moroccan group, will have a yearly production capacity of 80 million bags (extendable to 160 millions), for the group’s cement plants in Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Conakry, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Congo-Brazzaville, Niger and Mali.With a strong value added, this project, which will be constructed over a surface area of 3.5 ha, is in line with the royal instructions laid down in the speech delivered by the sovereign on the opening of the Ivorian-Moroccan economic forum (Feb. 24-25) and related to strengthening south-south cooperation, spurring the private sector’s role and fostering the positioning of the Kingdom in West Africa. Thanks to this project, Côte d’Ivoire will no longer need importing cement packaging bags from Morocco. The project’s goals are transferring technology, saving time and money, and bringing closer related services.On this occasion, the King, accompanied by Daniel Kablan Duncan, visited the new cement plant of the Addoha group, a flagship of the Moroccan industry and know-how. With a yearly production capacity of 500,000 tons of cement (extendable to 1,000,000 T/year), the plant includes a crushing workshop, a bagging and shipping workshop, covered storage halls for clinker and additions, a quality control lavatory and administrative, commercial and technical buildings.The plant’s activity will consist of importing clinker from two factories of the Moroccan company “Ciment Atlas, CIMAT,” also a subsidiary of Addoha group, unloading it at the port and carrying and crushing it for the  production and marketing of all types of cement.Totaling 30 million euros, the Abidjan cement plant is designed according to the latest technology standards. It is environment-friendly and will optimize energy consumption and cement production meeting standards in force and market’s requirements. A share of 15% of the plant’s initial investment is devoted to the environment.This plant has been operational since July 2013 and created 250 jobs, 95% of which is meant for local populations. The plant will contribute to fighting cement prices volatility, an issue with a huge impact on the country’s real estate sector. The Cimant-Cimaf group is present in Guinea Conakry, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Gabon, Mali, Burkina Faso Congo Brazzaville and Niger. It has two production units in Morocco (Béni-Mellal and Settat regions) which are operational since 2010, while a third unit is under construction in the Nador region.last_img read more

Annan to begin 14day trip to Asia this weekend

In Beijing, his first stop, the Secretary-General is expected to meet with President Hu Jintao and other senior officials, including the Deputy Prime Minister of Foreign Affairs as well as the Vice Prime Minister in charge of Avian Influenza.He also plans to have a question and answer session with students at Beijing University.From Beijing, he will travel to Seoul, Republic of Korea, where he has meetings planned with President Roh Moo-hyun as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.The next stop is Tokyo where, in addition to meetings with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and the country’s Foreign Minister, he will meet with a parliamentary group on UN reform. He also has an audience scheduled with Emperor Akihito.Mr. Annan then goes to Hong Kong, where he will address the opening of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial conference.His last stop is Vietnam, his first visit to that country as Secretary-General. Among his meetings with Vietnamese leaders is a consultation with the Chair of the National Steering committee on Avian Influenza. read more

Government Profit at major Chinese state companies falls in first half but

by News Staff Posted Jul 20, 2012 8:54 am MDT Government: Profit at major Chinese state companies falls in first half but rises in June BEIJING, China – Total profit for China’s biggest state-owned companies fell by 16.4 per cent in the first half from a year earlier as an economic slowdown deepened, the government said Friday.The squeeze for even China’s biggest, most politically favoured companies that benefit from monopolies and low-cost loans highlights the extent of the deepest slump since the 2008 global crisis as exports and domestic demand weakened.Profitfor the 117 companies in the top tier of state industry fell to 387 billion yuan ($61.4 billion) for the six months ended June 30, the Cabinet’s State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission said in a one-sentence statement.The statement saidprofit in June was up 8 per cent compared with May but gave no indication whether the government saw that as a sign growth was reviving. It gave no details of individual companies.China’s economic growth slowed to a three-year low of 7.6 per cent in the second quarter. Analysts say the decline probably has bottomed out but they say the strength of a possible recovery is uncertain.Beijing has cut interest rates twice since the start of June and is pumping money into the economy through higher investment by state companies and more spending on low-cost housing and other public works. Authorities are trying to use targeted measures instead of flooding the economy with money after a binge of spending and bank lending in response to the 2008 crisis fueled inflation and a wasteful building boom.Companies and investors are closely watching China’s slowdown, which has dampened hopes the country will help to drive global growth as the United States and Europe struggle.Premier Wen Jiabao warned last weekend a recovery was not yet stable, raising hopes Beijing might roll out still more stimulus. On Tuesday, Wen said the employment outlook “will become more complex and severe” and promised to make job creation a priority.China’s expansion is still far more robust than Western economies or Japan but its companies have come to depend on unusually high growth to stay profitable.Majorcompanies including airlines, manufacturers and retailers have warned of unexpectedly sharp drops of up to 80 per cent in first-half profits due to be reported in coming weeks.Smaller retailers, construction companies and others have suffered bigger declines. Some say revenues are down by as much as half compared with a year earlier. Wen has promised more bank loans to the struggling private sector but entrepreneurs say they have yet to receive help.SASAC-controlled companies include energy giant PetroChina Ltd., telecoms giant China Mobile Ltd. and the country’s biggest banks, insurers, airlines and steel producers.The rate of decline in their total first-half profits was greater than the 13.6 per cent fall for the first quarter of the year, indicating the contraction accelerated in the second quarter.Some 233 companies with shares traded on mainland China’s two exchanges expect to report losses for the first half, while another 449 expect lower profits compared with a year earlier, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The Pats Comeback Was Incredible — Even If You Think The Falcons

The play he’s talking about came as the Falcons clung to a 28-20 lead with about four minutes left in regulation time. The Patriots had just finished scoring 17 unanswered points to pull to within a single score of Atlanta, and the Falcons had run a grand total of six offensive plays over that span before QB Matt Ryan started the drive at his own 10. Atlanta still had about a 92 percent chance of winning the game according to ESPN’s win probability model, but a window had been opened for the Pats.At first, the Falcons appeared to close it again. Ryan hit Devonta Freeman for a 39-yard gain to reach midfield, and a few plays later, Julio Jones made an amazing catch that seemed destined to join the pantheon of great Patriot-killing Super Bowl grabs. But on second and 11 from the New England 23, the Falcons decided to pass instead of running the ball and setting up an insurance field goal, and Ryan was sacked for a loss of 12. Between that and a 10-yard holding penalty on the subsequent play, the Falcons were pushed out of accurate kicker Matt Bryant’s field-goal range and had to punt the ball back to Brady.The rest, as they say, was history.If the Falcons had run the ball on those second and third downs instead, then kicked the field goal, they’d have forced the Patriots to mount an 11-point comeback with something like 2:30 to play — not an 8-point comeback with 3:30 to go. The odds of a team doing the former are about 3 percent; for the latter, 8 percent.The counter-argument, of course, is that 8 percent is still improbable. Even after the sack and the punt, the Falcons were still overwhelmingly likely to win the game. Only one Super Bowl in history had ever seen a team overcome longer second-half odds. (Granted, it was the Patriots’ victory two years ago.) In order to tie the game, Brady and the Pats still needed to:Convert a third-and-10 from their own 9;Complete a 23-yard pass to Julian Edelman, whose catch rivaled the greatest in Super Bowl history;Complete a 20-yard pass to Danny Amendola;Have James White scamper 20 more yards on two catches;Score a touchdown from the Falcons’ 1;Successfully pull off the 2-point conversion.If just one of those plays goes differently, we might be talking about Atlanta’s first Super Bowl title. And even after all that, the Pats still needed to stop Ryan and the Falcons from quickly driving for the game-winning score with under a minute left (which has happened before), and they needed luck on the opening coin toss of overtime and they needed a handful of big plays in OT in order to win. Hot Takedown’s Super Bowl Special As you may have heard by now — perhaps from the eardrum-shattering sound of New England Patriots fans booing Roger Goodell — the Patriots are Super Bowl champs, having rallied back from a 28-3 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 on Sunday. The comeback alone was historic, ranking as the most improbable in Super Bowl history, but there’s also a whole layer of history attached to the accomplishments of New England quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, plus the revenge narrative of Deflategate. It’s a lot to keep track of.Amidst all the postgame analysis, however, there’s always a place for second-guessing the Super Bowl loser’s coach. And on Sunday night, New Yorker staff writer James Surowiecki provided an instant classic in the genre: Related: Hot Takedown It’s true that the decision to pass instead of run and kick was the proverbial turning point, from which most subsequent plays saw the Pats increase their chances of winning until they hit 100 percent on White’s game-winning TD run. It’s also true that running the ball and going up 11 would have made the Pats’ comeback more difficult — and when you’re going up against the best coach/QB tandem ever, it’s generally not a good idea to gift them free win probability.But in the end, the Falcons still had plenty more chances to snuff out the Pats’ comeback from that point onward. Whether because of poor defense or Brady’s clutch-ness (or both), they didn’t — and it’s the totality of many plays that has us talking about Brady and Belichick’s legacies on Monday, and not crowning a new champion in Atlanta. read more

Bar at centre of alleged no blacks allowed incident concludes that no

first_imgBar at centre of alleged ‘no blacks allowed’ incident concludes “that no discrimination occurred” Three South African students were allegedly refused entry from Buskers Bar in Temple Bar on Sunday 5 June. 37,122 Views Temple Bar Source: Google MapsAN INVESTIGATION BY a bar in Dublin’s city centre into allegations that three students were refused entry due to a ‘no blacks allowed’ policy, and were likewise refused permission to speak to a manager, has concluded that “no discrimination occurred”.Buskers Bar in Temple Bar launched its own independent investigation into the incident on Sunday 5 June in which the three South African students claimed they were refused admission by a security guard at the door, who allegedly said there were “no blacks allowed” in the establishment.The three students, who it is believed have since returned to South Africa and could not be contacted for comment on the matter, also claimed at the time that the security guard refused to allow them to speak to a manager of the pub.The pub has now concluded its investigation to the “satisfaction of all parties involved”, a spokesperson for Buskers said in a statement.“An independent investigation commissioned by Buskers Bar and led by a barrister and an equality expert has concluded that no discrimination occurred when three students were denied entry to Buskers Bar on Sunday, 5 June,” the spokesperson said.Whereas the students involved declined to participate in the investigation, the matter has since been fully resolved to the satisfaction of all parties involved. Nov 28th 2016, 6:05 AM 54 Comments Monday 28 Nov 2016, 6:05 AM center_img By Cianan Brennan Share195 Tweet Email Buskers Bar regrets the misunderstanding that saw access denied on the night in question. Buskers Bar abhors discrimination of any sort and respects, embraces and welcomes a multi-cultural clientele which adds to the appeal and enjoyment of this popular establishment.When queried for more information regarding the investigation, and the status of the doorman in question, the spokesperson added that “as the matter is now resolved no further comment will be made”.Buskers Bar is a popular venue in the heart of Dublin’s dedicated tourist area.Two of the students involved told RTÉ’s Liveline at the time of the incident that they made an immediate complaint to gardaí at a nearby station, but were informed that what had transpired was not a criminal offence.At the time Buskers said it “abhors unlawful discrimination of any sort and welcomes an international and multicultural clientele of every gender, race, colour and creed”.It is this diversity that contributes to the success and appeal of Busker’s Bar and whereas management reserves the right to decline admission that flexibility can never extend to unlawful discrimination of any sort.Read: “Alex has paid his price for his choices. The sentences they were given is a mockery”Read: €60k in cash and luxury car seized in gangland crackdown Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Federal workers protested this morning before shutdown ended

first_img January 25, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- As they say, timing is everything. In this case, the timing was interesting.  A group of federal workers were in the middle of a protest at the airport in San Diego, when the word came down.There’s a temporary deal to reopen the government and pay federal workers.While most of the workers were excited and grateful, others see this as another ‘slap in the face’.KUSI’s Dan Plante is at the airport with more on their reaction. Federal workers protested this morning before shutdown ended Posted: January 25, 2019 Dan Plante Dan Plante, Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Battle Buddies dogs help veterans heal

first_img BATTLE GROUND — Shannon Walker looked at Kevin Williams’ damaged spirit and his yellow Labrador retriever’s undisciplined demeanor and saw her chance. Her father had raised her to have reverence for veterans. In Williams and his dog, Sam, the dog trainer saw a way to thank a veteran for his service in a palpable way.Walker’s recent expression of gratitude to Williams, a combat veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, has blossomed from one act of kindness into a full-fledged mission.Since starting the nonprofit Northwest Battle Buddies in January, Walker has providedtrained dogs free of charge for three combat veterans with PTSD and is in the process of training a dozen more. Her waiting list has the names of 14 combat veterans.Walker has owned and operated Man’s Best Friend for 17 years, training thousands of dogs in the process. In just five months, Northwest Battle Buddies has become like a second job, she said.Not that she’s complaining.“I love America, and I love veterans,” Walker, 45, said.Father’s influenceWalker’s late father, Glenn, who served in the Air Force, instilled her with a deep respect for veterans. The Pendleton, Ore., native recalled attending a rodeo with her father when she was young, during which he pointed out a veteran in the crowd and told her they were in the presence of a hero. Diamond lays on the floor of the Fred Meyer in Battle Ground on Wednesday during training to become a combat veteran’s companion.last_img read more

Sealaska Heritage Institute Begins Move into Walter Soboleff Center

first_imgNative art expert and teacher Steve Brown created the formline on the glass awnings encircling the Walter Soboleff Center. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Sealaska Heritage Institute started moving into its new home in the yet-to-be-opened Walter Soboleff Center this week.Download AudioChief Operating Officer Lee Kadinger hopes Sealaska Heritage Institute will be relocated by the end of January. The grand opening of the Walter Soboleff Center is May 15.“Next door will be our new home,” Kadinger says from his current office at One Sealaska Plaza. “So every time you hear we’re having a Native Lecture Series, it’ll be at Sealaska Heritage. Every time you hear that we’re having weaving classes, it’ll be at Sealaska Heritage. Everything that we do isn’t going to be scattered around in different places or classrooms or meeting rooms; it’ll be at Sealaska Heritage.”The building will have space for art exhibits, demonstrations and education. The main collections vault will be in the basement, the retail shop on the first floor, Sealaska Heritage offices on the second and office rental space on the third.In the very center of the building, visible as soon as you enter, is a traditional clan house.“If we want to have lectures in there, if we want to have presentation in there, if we want to have smaller performances in there – it’s really a flexible space. It’s a multiuse space and it’s an educational space,” Kadinger says.The clan house front will be carved and painted by Tsimshian artist David A. Boxley. The inside will feature a carved glass house screen and two house posts depicting Eagle and Raven warriors made by Tlingit glass artist Preston Singletary.Other permanent art work includes 40-foot panels by Haida artist Robert Davidson that will go on the building’s cedar-clad exterior.Formline design expert Steve Brown created the glass sidewalk awnings that are already installed.Having raised around $20 million for the construction of the Walter Soboleff Center, Sealaska Heritage continues to fundraise for added artwork and exhibits. Kadinger says more than a thousand individuals, businesses and organizations have already donated.last_img read more

New national project focusing on race in schools begins in Anchorage

first_imgA new series from Slate and the Teacher Project at the Columbia Journalism School started this week. It focuses on race in schools in the United States. Their first feature looks at Anchorage’s Newcomers’ Center, which helps immigrants and refugees adjust to the local school system. The project editor, Sarah Carr, says it’s the perfect place to begin because the program is working.Download Audio(Graphic from Slates website)CARR: And the thing that’s relatively unique about the Newcomers’ Center in Anchorage is that it’s a hybrid model. There are some places where arriving immigrant and refugee students are segregated out full-time from the student body and never are really able to acclimate to American schools and culture and other places in which they’re just thrown in immediately and into mainstream settings and might minimal to now language support. And the nice thing about Anchorage and some other communities is that they’ve struck a balance and give the new arrivals time to adapt and to be with other students who might be facing similar challenges at the Newcomers’ Center for part of the day, but then also make sure that they’re spending part of their time in traditional schools.HILLMAN: Why isn’t this happening in more schools across the nation?CARR: That’s a great question. I don’t think it’s 100% unique in that I think there are other places that also have moved towards something of a hybrid. But I think it’s a new issue for a lot of communities. There are a lot of places that are seeing influx of refugees and immigrants that haven’t had these communities at all in the past, or haven’t had them in nearly as great numbers and that are really trying to figure out what the best approach is, and I think that was one of the reasons we really wanted to feature Anchorage. It’s because, you can’t really say that any school district or community has 100% figured it out but it seems like you all were doing a lot of things right.HILLMAN: In the opening essay for the series, there’s this beautiful inforgraphic that really shows how schools in the U.S. are becoming more segregated, and similar things are happening here in Anchorage with white students kind of migrating towards public charter schools. Is this resegregation of America’s schools a problem? Is it something we should be concerned about?CARR: I definitely think it’s a problem. And it’s obviously not a new problem and it takes on a different cast and shape and depending on the community that you’re talking about. But over the course of our reporting, we did visit suburban communities that have tipped for instance to majority minority in recent years. And there’s this real question of whether they’ll be white flight and middle class flight to further out suburbs and that is happening in some places. And I think there are two major issues. One is, sort of, policies that allow this to happen and then the other is the persistence of personal biases and racism that makes it a challenge to create and sustain truly integrated schools and communities for the long-term.HILLMAN: What do you think is driving the choices to pull white students out of schools as they get more diverse? And is there a way to counter that?CARR: It’s a really complicated question. I think there is some element of racism, but there are also families who… it just becomes this chicken or egg, who say they really value diversity. They want their kids to learn in a diverse setting, but they’re worried about the academics at schools, and there’s a history of the public and policy makers disinvesting in majority-minority schools, and that can lead to lower academic standards and less resources over time and to middle class flight. So I don’t want to excuse people on the basis of declining academics, but I think that all of these things are interconnected.last_img read more

iSmart Shankar box office collection Puri film beats lifetime record of Nenu

first_imgiSmart ShankarTwitterPuri Jagannadh’s iSmart Shankar continued to fare well at the box office in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on Monday and has beaten the lifetime collection record of Ram’s Nenu Sailaja in five days.Released on July 18, iSmart Shankar took the box office by storm over the weekend and collected Rs 31.60 crore gross in the Telugu states. The movie not only recovered the investments of its distributors but also earned them profit. The people in the industry were curious to see how it would perform at the ticket counters on Monday.The Ram Pothineni starrer remained rock-steady and continued to keep the cash registers ringing across the Telugu states. Some cinema halls witnessed unprecedented crowd in the evening shows on Monday. iSmart Shankar collected approximately Rs 3.40 crore gross at the AP/TS box office on its fifth day to take its total collection to Rs 34.70 crore gross.Nenu Sailaja had reportedly collected Rs 31.95 crore gross at the AP/TS box office in its lifetime. It is the highest-grossing as well as the blockbuster film in the career of Ram Pothineni. Now, iSmart Shankar has shattered this record in just five days. Considering its current pace of collection, the movie is likely to cross Rs 50 crore gross mark in the Telugu states in its lifetime run.iSmart Shankar has fetched Rs 17 crore from the sale of the theatrical rights for the Telugu states. The movie has earned Rs 23.73 crore for the distributors and recovered 139.58 percent of their investments in just five days. The film has already become a profitable venture.Here is the area-wise earning and distribution rights’ prices of iSmart Shankar. These numbers are based on various sources and may not match with actual figures released by the makers or distributors. All the figures are in rupees and crore.AreaAreaRightsRightsEarningsEarningsRecovery (%)Recovery (%)AreaNizamRights7.20Earnings10.54Recovery (%)146.38AreaCededRights3.30Earnings4.07Recovery (%)123.33AreaAndhraRights6.50Earnings9.12Recovery (%)140.30AreaAP/TS totalRights17.00Earnings23.73Recovery (%)139.58 Andhra6.509.12140.30 AreaRightsEarningsRecovery (%) Nizam7.2010.54146.38center_img Ceded3.304.07123.33 AP/TS total17.0023.73139.58last_img read more

Free Holiday Cab Rides

first_imgCombating that time of year classified by U.S. Government officials as “especially dangerous due to holiday celebrations and frequent parties,” a local nonprofit organization announced today that free cab rides will be offered to would-be drunk drivers throughout the District of Columbia during the winter holidays. The rides are offered by the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP), the annual Holiday SoberRide program will operate between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. each evening from Dec. 12 to Jan. 1 as a way to keep local roads safe from impaired drivers during this traditionally high-risk, holiday period. During the evening hours, between Dec. 12 and Jan. 1, Washington-metropolitan area residents celebrating with alcohol may call the toll-free SoberRide phone number 1–800–200–TAXI and be afforded a no-cost (up to $ 30 fare), safe way home. (AT&T wireless users can dial #WRAP for the same service).last_img read more