What have climate engineering boffins learned?

first_imgThree projects funded by the British government since 2010 to study the deliberate tinkering with the planet to counteract climate change, known as geoengineering, are soon to end. Today scientists presenting at the Royal Society in London announced some of their findings, took stock of some of their setbacks, and laid out the way forward.“It’s been a roller coaster, for sure,” volcanologist Matthew Watson of the University of Bristol told ScienceInsider by telephone after the event. Watson led the SPICE project, which focused on sun-blocking technologies, like the oft-discussed spreading of sulfate aerosol particles in the stratosphere. Among the findings of his effort, he says, were that certain particles, including titanium dioxide and silicon dioxide, may harm the ozone layer as much as 100 times less than sulfates. The team also studied materials to use to build hoses to deliver geoengineering chemicals to high altitudes. (“At the pressures and temperatures we’re talking about, it turns out Kevlar would melt,” Watson says.)A second project, called the Integrated Assessment of Geoengineering Proposals, assessed a variety of geoengineering techniques including sun-blocking. Their published work included papers on the challenges facing approaches to whiten clouds to reflect sunlight, and how linguistic framing impacts public perception of geoengineering. 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He led the integrated assessment effort, which “bought together climate scientists, social scientists, and control engineers.”The projects certainly had their share of challenges in the public eye. In 2012, amid public outcry, SPICE scientists had to cancel a planned experiment in which water vapor would be released by balloon 1000 meters above the ground. A variety of factors, including unexpected environmental regulations and concerns over intellectual property, contributed to the decision, Watson says. “I can’t explain how difficult it was,” he says. But Watson says the scientific output of his project made the ordeal worth it, and he hopes more scientists will build on the research he and his colleagues have done. “I’m pretty proud of what we’ve accomplished,” he says.“But there’s certainly lots more work to be done,” he says. The funding for all three efforts ends in March 2015. Watson lacks new funding to continue his project, though he says he would apply for more support if the U.K. Research Councils, which funded the three projects, were to develop a regular funding program for geoengineering science. Despite repeated calls by expert bodies like the National Academies and the Royal Society for international governments to fund climate engineering, only the United Kingdom and Germany have made longer-term commitments, and the European Union has supported a major assessment report.last_img read more

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Kings XI Punjab official confirms Ness-Preity spat

first_imgMumbai police probing the case of alleged molestation filed by Bollywood actress Preity Zinta against her ex-boyfriend and industrialist Ness Wadia, have recorded the statement of hospitality manager of IPL team Kings XI Punjab Tara Sharma, who has confirmed the spat between the two.Sharma also said heated arguments erupted between Wadia and Zinta over seating arrangements at Wankhede Stadium’s Garware pavilion, police said.”The statement of Sharma, who is an independent witness in the case, was recorded last night. She stated Ness had also yelled at her (Sharma) on May 30 over seating arrangements,” said a police officer privy to the probe.Sources in the Wadia camp had said after the incident that the Bombay Dyeing group scion flew into a rage on May 30 when his mother Maureen had to keep standing as seats at Garware Pavilion had been occupied by Zinta and her guests.In her complaint to the police on June 12, Zinta had accused Wadia of molesting, abusing and threatening her during an IPL encounter between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings on May 30.Despite their break-up, Wadia and Zinta continue to co-own Kings XI Punjab team.Marine Drive Police have registered an FIR against Wadia under IPC Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman).Meanwhile, police have begun to approach the witnesses listed by Wadia whose statements he wants to be recorded in connection with the case.advertisement”Of the nine witnesses listed by Wadia, a few have been contacted and they have expressed their willingness to appear before us to record their statements. Their statements will be recorded soon,” the officer said.The names of witnesses mentioned in a letter delivered to Marine Drive police on Wednesday by a representative of Wadia are: Serieka Lal, Loretta Joseph, Pooja Dadlani, Anneline Adams, Farah Oomerbhoy, Sweetie Burman, Kamlesh Shah, Rayaan Mustapha and Sharat Nath.Shailesh Gupta, a journalist named as a witness by Zinta, too has been contacted and he would record his statement soon, the officer added.Police have so far recorded statements of 12 witnesses, seven of whom have been described as “crucial witnesses” by the investigators.Among those whose statements have been recorded are IPL Chief Operating Officer Sundar Raman, BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel and COO of Kings XI Punjab Fraser Castellino.Witnesses Danish Merchant, Jai Kanojia and Parul Khanna have confirmed that Wadia had “pulled” Zinta by hand during a “heated” argument, while Castellino said he did not see any fight or argument between the two.last_img read more

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Kenya’s Cherono wins men’s Boston Marathon in sprint to tape

first_imgLATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Lawrence Cherono needed every bit of his speed to outkick Desisa in a sprint to the tape on Monday, passing him just steps away from the finish line to win the 123rd Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 7 minutes 57 seconds.Desisa, who won in 2015 and 2013, the year the race was overshadowed by a bombing at the finish line, eased up after realizing he was beaten and finished 2 seconds back. Kenneth Kipkemoi was third, another 8 seconds behind, one of seven Kenyans in the top 10.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It was no man’s race to win,” said Cherono, who had won in Seville, Prague, Honolulu and twice in Amsterdam but never in a major marathon before. “I kept on focusing. And at the end, I was the winner. I’m so grateful, so happy.”Worknesh Degefa broke away from defending champion Des Linden and the rest of the women’s pack in the Framingham flats and ran alone for the last 20 miles to claim the $150,000 first prize and a gilded olive wreath from Marathon, Greece. Warriors blow 31-point lead, Clippers tie series at 1-1 Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ The 28-year-old Ethiopian, who set a national record while finishing second in Dubai less than three months ago, won in 2:23:31. Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat was second, reducing a gap of more than two minutes to 42 seconds at the finish.American Jordan Hasay was third and Linden was fifth.“Seeing Degefa go out — you know her ability, you know what she’s done and you wonder how it translates to this course,” Linden said. “But when she starts putting down those super quick miles, you say ‘All right, this is her race to lose.’ She becomes the outlier and you let her just go and hope that she might come back.”She didn’t.Instead, she became the eighth Ethiopian woman to win the race and the third in seven years. A half marathon specialist, Degefa had never seen the Boston course before Monday.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lawrence Cherono, of Kenya, breaks the tape to win the 123rd Boston Marathon in front of Lelisa Desisa, of Ethiopia, right, on Monday, April 15, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON — Two-time Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa turned onto Boylston Street with a sliver of a lead, leaning in front of two other runners with the finish line in sight.Unfortunately for him, one of them was the fastest man in the field.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “Last year, I watched all the marathon coverage,” she said. “I kept that in my mind.”One year after an icy rain and a near-gale headwind resulted in the slowest winning times in four decades, race organizers again prepared for the foul New England weather. But overnight thunderstorms moved on before the runners left Hopkinton; the sun even made an appearance about halfway through.Linden took advantage of last year’s storm to splash her way to the first win for an American woman since 1985.But with conditions back to normal, so were the results: East Africans from Kenya and Ethiopia dominating the podiums. At the 30K mark the lead pack was still close to a dozen and included three of the last four champions: Desisa, 2016 winner Geoffrey Kirui and ’17 champ Lemi Berhanu Hayle.“I was afraid of the guy who won two years ago. After he dropped out, I decided to win,” said Desisa, who did not finish in either of the last two years. “I tried at the last, I saw (Cherono) suddenly, then I couldn’t control the pace.”A field of 30,000 runners followed the elites, ditching their trash bags and ponchos on the Hopkinton Green before embarking on the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Copley Square. It’s the first time the race has been run on April 15 since the 2013 attacks; officials held a ceremony at 2:49 p.m. to honor those killed and maimed by the two pressure cooker bombs that exploded near the finish line.Daniel Romanchuk, 20, became the youngest-ever men’s wheelchair champion in Boston, finishing in 1:21:36 for the fastest time ever for an American. Manuela Schar won the women’s wheelchair race for the second time, adding it to her titles in in Berlin, Chicago, New York and Tokyo.If she wins in London in two weeks, she will have swept the World Marathon Major series.“I was just really happy that the weather turned out to be actually really nice,” said Schar, who set a course record in 2017. “When we drove to that starting line, it looked really really bad and I was worried because last year was still in our heads, and I had a really bad experience last year. Today I would say (was) unfinished business.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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3rd ODI: Bangladesh beat West Indies by 8 wickets to win 3rd straight ODI series

first_imgBangladesh beat West Indies by 8 wickets in the 3rd ODI at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet on Friday to clinch the series 2-1, their third straight ODI series.Bangladesh offspinner Mehidy Hasan’s career-best 4/29 trumped Shai Hope’s century in the series-deciding 3rd ODI.The West Indies collapsed around Hope, who carried the bat throughout the innings for his fourth ton to steer the side to 198/9. Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal hit 81 not out and Soumya Sarkar 80, making 202-2 in just 38.3 overs.Hope, who followed his career best 146 to single-handedly drive the side to a five-wicket victory in second game, was the only shining spot with a 131-ball 108 not out, hitting nine fours and one six.#BANvsWI WI Satute Shai Hope for an outstanding performance in the ODI series. For two unbeaten back to back centuries (146* and 108*), @shaidhope takes the “Player of the Series” Award. Very well deserved!#WindiesCricket #ShaiHope pic.twitter.com/punUYNRYdBWindies Cricket (@windiescricket) December 14, 2018The next best was Marlon Samuels’ 19. Only four batsmen could reach double digits in the do-or-die clash.Hasan proved captain Mashrafe Mortaza’s decision to bowl first was the right one by giving the breakthrough in the fourth over with the wicket of Chandrapaul Hemraj.Bangladesh’s bowlers remained disciplined on a sluggish wicket, stemming the run flow.However, paceman Mohammad Saiffudin rattled the stump of Samuels with an off-cutter before Hasan dealt a double blow, dismissing Shimron Hetmyer (0) for the sixth time in the series in seven innings and Rovman Powell (1), leaving the West Indies at 99/5.advertisementLeft-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan (2/40) and Mortaza (2/34), who potentially played his last home match, strangled the West Indies.Hope cleared long-off even in a mistimed shot for his back-to-back century off 121 balls.Bangladesh was never in trouble in pursuit of the total with Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das giving the side a solid start before Das perished to a loose shot for 19.The West Indies’ problem compounded when fast bowler Kemar Roach left the field with a hamstring injury while Hope was replaced by Hetmyer after a blow on his shoulder.But Tamim and Soumya combined for 131 runs to lay a platform of comprehensive victory. Fast bowler Keemo Paul took the wicket of Sarkar after he hit five fours in his 81-ball 80 with Bangladesh 23 runs away from the victory.Tamim completed the inevitable, aided by Mushfiqur Rahim (16 not out), with two successive boundaries.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

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18 days agoBrighton goalscorer Neal Maupay says Tottenham heads quickly dropped

first_imgBrighton goalscorer Neal Maupay says Tottenham heads quickly droppedby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton striker Neal Maupay says Tottenham heads quickly dropped during Saturday’s 3-0 thrashing.Maupay scored Albion’s quickest ever Premier League goal after 150 seconds when the disorientated Hugo Lloris inexplicably dropped the ball before suffering a dislocated elbow when he fell.“We sensed their heads went down after the first goal – that’s why we kept pushing and ­putting pressure on them,” said Maupay. “Losing Lloris and the goal so early was hard for them and they looked worried. We knew they were having a tough time so we wanted to keep going at them. And it worked because they dropped a bit and we got the second goal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Mignolet backs Liverpool to succeed in title chase

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet believes his side have what it takes to lift the Premier League title after coming agonisingly close to glory five years ago.Jurgen Klopp’s side are in contention for their first Premier League title since the 1989-90 campaign with the Reds currently topping the table, four points ahead of second-place Manchester City.It’s the closest Liverpool have come to a championship since the 2013-14 campaign, when the Reds won 11 straight games down the stretch, only to fall short with a loss to Chelsea and a draw at Crystal Palace in two of the season’s final three games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Mignolet, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson are the only three players from that side that still remain with Liverpool, and the Belgian has backed the current iteration of the Reds to do what the team of five years ago could not.Mignolet pointed to Liverpool’s more balanced attack as a principle reason they can lift the league trophy come May.“It’s only Hendo, Studge and myself still here from the last time we really fought for the title,” the Belgian told the Liverpool Echo.“Back then a lot of it was about Luis Suarez and Studge, whereas now the goals are shared about more. We had a really good team in 2013-14 but the moment we got one or two injuries it became difficult.“We’ve got a broad squad now which means we can cope with injuries. That’s probably the biggest difference with last time.“The general quality of this squad is the best I’ve ever known. When we play 11 v 11 in training it’s like being involved in a top match in the Premier League.“It’s not 11 first-teamers against 11 reserves, it’s two Premier League sides facing each other in training. It’s high quality.”Virgil van Dijk Liverpool 2018-19Another key difference between this year’s side and the team from five years ago can be seen in the back line.Liverpool conceded 50 goals in 2013-14, the most of any of the top five finishers that season. In contrast, the Reds have the league’s best defence this season, giving up just 13 goals in 23 games.Mignolet pointed to one key addition the club made last season as a big reason behind his side’s defensive improvement. “I think a big part of that [improvement] is Virgil van Dijk,” Mignolet said. “Ever since he’s come in he’s made a huge difference.“It’s not only his playing ability but the character and the leadership he sends out from the back. It’s especially important when you play teams like Brighton and Crystal Palace recently.“It’s the pressure he eases with his clearing headers. He always makes it look so easy. Something that’s very difficult for anyone else, just looks like a walk in the park for Virgil. He’s made us a lot more solid than before.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Aston Martin DB11 Hot Weather Testing

first_img A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The Aston Martin DB11 sports car is a project whose worth to the brand cannot be overstated. Not only is the grand tourer set to succeed one of the most highly praised vehicles ever to wear a winged-badged – the DB9 – it will also initiate a series of new and redesigned offerings between now and 2020. The underlying theme, of course, is that extensive development of the all-new vehicle is crucial to its success.To understand just how extensive Aston’s development process is, I joined Chief Engineer Ian Hartley in Phoenix, Arizona to ride shotgun in a pre-production DB11. I don’t need to tell you that Phoenix in June is a desperately warm setting, but it happens to be perfect conditions for hot weather testing.What’s comingIt’s probably best to start with a refresher on what we know about the DB11. Due sometime next year, the sports car will be Aston Martin’s first application of a twin-turbocharged V12 motor. More specifically, the new powertrain displaces 5.2 liters and produces 600 horsepower. Motivation will be achieved through the rear wheels via a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission (the same unit that’s found on the current Vanquish flagship). A new aluminum structure will house entirely distinct designs inside and out, previewed by the DB10 of Spectre. Aston Martin’s recent collaboration with Mercedes-Benz will yield a twin-turbo V8 engine down the road, but for now, the DB11 borrows MB’s electronic architecture (steering column, infotainment system and controller, and digital displays).The DB11 has been in development for nearly three years to this point and the final stages of testing, which will overlap with a media preview next month, are of a more fine-tuning nature than major overhaul. It’s expected that the DB11’s new platform will underpin replacements for both the Vantage and Vanquish, and the upcoming DBX crossover. Though the interior and exterior of my hot weather prototype was marred by sensors, wires, and additional monitors, it’s clear that this will be one of the finest designs ever to ship from Gaydon, UK. Aston has always been praised for its outer aesthetic, but its cabins always left much to be desired. The story will be quite different as photos and my own experiences will tell you. The DB11 may indeed offer a luxury experience to match its visual and audio delights.High temps, big dataMr. Hartley has been with Aston Martin for 27 years, in which time he’s advanced from a simple mechanic to one of the lead development engineers on the DB11 and other storied Aston models. If there’s anyone who can rightfully express enthusiasm and historical context for the DB11, it’s him. Though I never took the wheel of the DB11 prototype, I did receive more than my fair share of information about the car and about what Hartley’s team was evaluating in 111 degrees.What would start in Arizona would take a small group of engineers to and from Las Vegas, NV (twice) and cover approximately 15,500 miles. Highways, cities, mountains, and thick traffic were all part of the plan. The only constant would appear to be brutal heat. Not to make things easy on themselves, Aston Martin chose a black DB11, complete with black exterior trim and dark wheels to draw as much heat from our fair sun as possible. The British marque then set about equipping over 200 sensors to the exterior, interior, engine bay, and windows, each channeling a bright green wire to the trunk where the gathered mess is what Hartley referred to as “green spaghetti.” The name is accurate: nearly every square inch of the respectably large boot was stuffed with neon cable and shiny metal boxes.Among the slew of data points being assembled, the coolant levels, fan strategies, oil temperature, and suspension durability are among the highest priorities. “We’ve come to test the mechanisms most prone to high-heat damage,” said Hartley. “Just like our cold climate tests in Finland, these heat soak tests are critical to delivering the best finished product.” While about a dozen readouts constantly adjusted on a standalone monitor directly in front of my seat, Hartley also described Aston’s attention to carpet, leather, and panel degradation. “We use historical customer concerns to guide some of our interior tests and combine those with engineering evaluations.” Hartley mentioned that many years prior, customers had complained of the DB7’s leather and plastic panels warping from heat over time.In addition to high speed and handling maneuvers, Aston Martin will park the DB11 facing a wall, restricting airflow thru the front grille, and leave it running for hours. “We’ll also try letting the car soak in the sun for a while before turning it on to test how quickly the air conditioning cools the cabin.” It all sounds like vehicular torture, to the scale that no self-respecting Aston Martin owner would ever subject his or her vehicle, but I suppose that’s the point of finding limits.Stages of developmentAston Martin has produced 110 pre-production DB11 vehicles as of this writing. Those prototypes have been spread across a few different stages of development, from X1 to M1, to VP, to TT, and finally to PP. While the X1 and M1 nameplates merely signify different statuses of underbody and upper body shape, the others stand for Verification Prototype (VP), Tuning Trial (TT), and Pre-Production (PP). In Arizona, I experienced a TT unit, which is used for software calibration. Steering, suspension, throttle mapping, and other driving dynamics go through a refining process during the TT stage.Each stage of development includes a more or less nescient version of each component, according to Hartley. For example, when testing steering ratio and responsiveness, there will be a “steering” car at each X1, M1, VP, and TT stages of development. This not only helps Aston Martin track progress over time, it narrows each engineer’s focus to that variable for better adjustment.Considering the extent of development, it makes sense that Aston Martin works with a few key partners to design and test certain components. Bosch and Continental are two suppliers who Hartley said will perform their own safety and software testing, leaving Aston Martin to tune or give feedback to match their performance goals. “We bring these suppliers into the development process at the first stages of new product planning,” said Hartley. “We’ll even ship them a vehicle to use for internal testing.” Aston starts by sending their suppliers a “product definition letter” that outlines a need for a (blank) car with (blank) attributes to sell to (blank) customers. If that supplier can meet those needs, Aston Martin will immediately begin collaboration, otherwise it will look outside its present network. The automaker’s new partnership with Mercedes-Benz ranks among its most involved relationships yet.At the conclusion of each day, Hartley’s team submits issue logs to the mother ship (Gaydon HQ). “Now that we’re in the final stretch, these guys are working 12 hour days at least,” said Hartley. If the team does happen to notice an issue (“and we’re not expecting to find any major problems at this stage”), they take two courses of action. The first is to assure that this particular vehicle has the latest part, and assuming it does, the second is to raise a formal concern, which puts a “red status” on that issue for immediate remedy.Chasing perfectionCertainly Aston Martin isn’t the only automaker to go to such lengths to prepare a new vehicle for launch, but the granularity of its process and the dedication of its team is truly remarkable. Though Mr. Hartley spends the majority of his time hard at work in Aston’s UK headquarters, it’s clear to see his passion for the brand, and specifically the DB11, comes alive during his on-location assignments. I’m itching to get my hands on the automaker’s initial player among an all-new lineup, but my patience will be rewarded with some incredible Italian roads next month; stay tuned. Manned Flying Car Races Are Coming in 2020 Editors’ Recommendations The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) last_img read more

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Diaspora Conference to be Broadcast to Jamaicans in Hartford

first_img Jamaicans in the United States of America (USA) will be able to watch television features on the ‘Jamaica 55’ Diaspora Conference, which is slated for July 23 to 26 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown, Kingston.The features will be aired on the ‘Jamaica Diaspora Show’ which will air weekly programmes on Channel 5 of the Hartford Public Access Television (HPATV) in Hartford, Connecticut.The city has the third-largest population of Jamaicans in the USA behind Miami and New York.Viewers can watch the show on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., respectively, as well as the recorded programmes on the HPATV website at www.hpatv.org free of cost.Global Diaspora Director of Country Style Community Tourism Network, Rudi Page, told JIS News that the show aims to provide its viewership with information on important and current issues related to Jamaica, the Jamaican diaspora and the entire Caribbean.He said the show features coverage of news and activities, including interviews with important Caribbean nationals in the diaspora as well as key officials and business people in Jamaica who are actively engaged in and contributing to the island’s growth and development.Mr. Page said that persons will be able to watch events such as the Marketplace exposition, ‘Government at your Service’, which is a fast-tracked one-stop shop for government services at the conference; church services; and a range of cultural activities.“So it covers events, news, activities, interviews, and with a strong focus on Jamaica’s economic growth and development,” he pointed out.Mr. Page informed that the Jamaica Diaspora Show, first aired on January 28, 2017, featured a 30-minute interview with Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.He noted that the Prime Minister, during the interview, mentioned plans to harness the power of the diaspora, and spoke about the Government’s Economic Growth Council.“The Prime Minister really set out clearly the role of the diaspora and the importance of the diaspora,” he pointed out.The show is hosted by Jamaica Diaspora Economic Growth Council Task Force member and member of the West Indian Social Club of Hartford, Inc., Mark Milward. Story Highlights Viewers can watch the show on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., respectively, as well as the recorded programmes on the HPATV website at www.hpatv.org free of cost. Jamaicans in the United States of America (USA) will be able to watch television features on the ‘Jamaica 55’ Diaspora Conference, which is slated for July 23 to 26 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown, Kingston. The show is hosted by Jamaica Diaspora Economic Growth Council Task Force member and member of the West Indian Social Club of Hartford, Inc., Mark Milward.last_img read more

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New Ticket Guidelines for Community Groups

first_imgNew ticket lottery guidelines will support community and encourage active living. Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Mark Furey announced today, Nov. 29, the guidelines for community groups that define community benefit and clarify the qualifying conditions for non-charitable organizations. “We want people to be active and taking part in activities in their communities, and fundraising through 50-50 draws is a large part of that,” said Mr. Furey. “Government believes active living is an important community benefit, be it bowling, curling or golf, and one that deserves our support.” Community groups must apply for a permit since they are ticket lotteries under the Criminal Code of Canada. The department will consider applications from community benefit organizations when: — tickets will be sold to organization members — tickets will be sold at the venue where the draws will take place — prize value is less than $500 per draw and the ticket price is not more than $2.– funds will be used for operational expenses.– other than the prize, proceeds are not used for personal gain “We are making the criteria for getting a permit as clear and user-friendly as possible, while ensuring the appropriate level of accountability,” Mr. Furey said. “We will work with these organizations to make sure their fundraising activities are open, transparent and support community benefits.” The bowling community asked the department to review the guidelines. “I am impressed with the swiftness of action taken to ensure these leagues can continue their fundraising to support their members and active lifestyles,” said Art MacMillan, managing partner of Bowlarama. “We raised the issue the leagues were facing with the department and the response was immediate. This was a huge issue in the community and for many, many groups who rely on 50-50 draws, not just the bowling community. They listened, they understood and here we are today celebrating a resolution together.”last_img read more

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Government to Deliver Budget April 9

first_imgFinance and Treasury Board Minister Diana Whalen will deliver the 2015-16 budget Thursday, April 9. “I remain committed to providing a frank presentation of the state of our fiscal affairs,” said Ms. Whalen. “Nova Scotians will see in this budget structural change, efforts to control spending, and a plan for fostering business growth in Nova Scotia.” Leading up to budget, Ms. Whalen met with Nova Scotians across the province to discuss taxes, the economy and the provincial budget. -30-last_img read more

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Constitutional arguments in polygamy case delayed in British Columbia court

first_imgCRANBROOK, B.C. – A court case that challenges Canada’s ban on polygamy on constitutional grounds has been pushed back a month because of delays in filing legal documents.Dan McLaughlin, a spokesman for the B.C. Prosecution Service, says the Crown asked for an adjournment after receiving new material from the defence Monday evening, the day before the hearing was set to start.Winston Blackmore’s lawyer, Blair Suffredine, says he added 10 paragraphs to the end of an affidavit.Blackmore is the leader of a small community in southeastern British Columbia that follows the teachings of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which endorses plural marriage. The mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has renounced any connection to the polygamist group.A B.C. Supreme Court judge found Blackmore and fellow church leader James Oler each guilty of one count of polygamy earlier this year, but the convictions will not be entered pending the outcome of the constitutional arguments.The hearing has been rescheduled to begin Dec. 12 and last three days.last_img read more

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Students teachers gather to mourn teen killed in Greektown shooting

first_imgTORONTO – High school students and teachers interrupted their summer vacations on Tuesday to mourn a teen killed in a shooting spree in Toronto’s Greektown over the weekend, remembering her as a kind individual and a natural caregiver.Reese Fallon had graduated from Malvern Collegiate Institute just last month and was out on a stretch of the city’s Danforth Avenue on Sunday night when she was shot by a man who fired at restaurants, patios and pedestrians.Fallon and a 10-year-old girl, who hasn’t been publicly identified at her family’s request, were killed and 13 others were injured. The gunman was found dead in the area.On Tuesday, dozens of Fallon’s classmates gathered at her high school to remember the 18-year-old, who was preparing to study nursing at Hamilton’s McMaster University in the fall.“This stuff happens all over the world every day, but you never really feel it till it’s close to you,” said 17-year-old Max Flath, who wasn’t close to Fallon but saw her at school every day. “She was a great person.”Bouquets of flowers, handwritten notes and candles had been placed outside the school, underneath the building’s Canadian flag, which flew at half-mast.Inside the building, five social workers and 15 therapy dogs were in place to provide support to those who needed it.The Toronto District School Board said it decided to open the school to mourners after seeing the outpouring of emotion following Fallon’s death. A board spokeswoman said about 100 students showed up to the school on Tuesday.“We wanted to create a safe space within the school today so people could be together,” said Shari Schwartz-Maltz. “It’s also just a place for everybody to come together.”Fallon’s teachers were also at the school paying tribute to their student.“Her plan was to become a mental health nurse,” said Anthony Parise, Fallon’s English teacher. “Knowing what I know of Reese, she would have been an exceptional nurse, because she was a natural caregiver.”Another teacher, Mark Steel, and his wife, Julie, set up an online fundraising campaign to raise money for a scholarship in Fallon’s name. By Tuesday afternoon, it had raised four times its initial goal of $5,000.“Our idea was that we’d give the scholarship out annually to a Malvern Collegiate graduate who was going into a nursing program, because Reese was so excited and so proud to do that,” Julie Steel said, biting back tears. “She would have been an incredible nurse.”Fallon’s family has said it is devastated by the teen’s death and has asked for privacy.last_img read more

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Rookantha Gunathilaka appointed UNP Dambadeniya organiser

Popular singer Rookantha Gunathilaka was today appointed as the Dambadeniya organiser of the United National Party (UNP).He received his appointment letter from UNP leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Wickremesinghe said that the UNP led United National Front is set to form a new broad alliance.He said that the new alliance, the Democratic National Front, will ensure the freedom of the judiciary and establish a free society. (Colombo Gazette) Speaking at the event Wickremesinghe said that the new appointments are part of moves by the UNP to fill some vacant electoral organiser posts. Gunathilaka was among six new UNP electoral organisers who were appointed today. read more

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Toss Across Uganda takes to field Sept 22

A team of Brock students are throwing their energy into improving the lives of children in Uganda.Five students are organizing Toss Across Uganda, a fundraiser for the Right to Play organization, in which participants will spend an afternoon throwing a ball 500 kilometres during a marathon game of catch. That’s roughly the distance across the African country of Uganda.The organizers, students Aaron Murray, Melissa Austin, Anne-Marie Hay, Sam Brandow and Kurt Singer, hope to raise $2,000 by the time they take to George Taylor Field at Community Park on Saturday, Sept. 22.They’re encouraging others to participate in the event and request a minimum of $25 in pledges from each participant.The Toss Across Uganda runs from noon until 4 p.m. or whenever participants have covered 500 kilometres.To donate, visit Toss Across Uganda. For more information or to participate, email tossacrossuganda@hotmail.com. read more

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Two injured after car hits tree in Oakville

Two women were taken to a Hamilton hospital yesterday afternoon after their vehicle struck a tree in Oakville.Around 11:45 a.m Thursday morning, a Honda Accord was exiting a townhouse complex on Gable drive when it lost control and hit a tree.Police say early medical assessments had indicated that one of the women may be suffering from life-altering injuries so the Collision Reconstruction Unit was called in to investigate. However, upon further assessments the women were found to only have suffered minor injuries.The area was closed for four hours as police investigated. read more

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South Africa urges progress at UN towards more democratic expanded Security Council

“Given its mandate, the Council has to be legitimate, democratic and transparent. Its current composition has a propensity for deadlock and paralysis even in the face of crisis,” President Zuma said during the General Assembly’s high-level General Debate. “It remains unrepresentative and undemocratic in both its composition and decision-making.” The 15-member Council currently consists of five permanent members with veto power – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States – and 10 non-permanent members, with no veto, are elected for two-year terms. Some countries have argued that this structure does not represent the realities of today’s world, and other leaders addressing the General Debate on Tuesday made similar calls to President Zuma.Key issues under discussion in the intergovernmental negotiations on Council reform are the category of membership, the question of veto, regional representation, the size of an enlarged Council, and the Council’s working methods and its relationship with the Assembly.“The UN faces immense pressure when the world sees the unprecedented loss of lives as it is happening in Africa and the Middle East,” the South African President said. “It is of concern when it appears as if the United Nations is unable to act and assist, and when it comes across as paralyzed in certain instances, due to the actions of some Member States.”“We have seen a divided Security Council unable to muster the collective courage to say ‘no more’ to warring parties in the interest of peace,” he added. “This brings to the fore the need to continue and deepen the reform of the United Nations and its organs to make it agile and nimble in addressing the contemporary challenges facing humanity.” The President called for “more meaningful” representation of Africa in the Council, noting that about 70 per cent of the 15-member body’s agenda consists of issues from the continent. “The Security Council has to be expanded in both categories, with at least two seats for Africa in the permanent category and five in the non-permanent category,” he stated.In addition to seats for the continent in its composition, the UN should also recognize fully and appreciate the role of regional organizations working with the UN in conflict management and resolution, he noted, urging closer collaboration with the African Union. The South African leaders also said that, to promote the peaceful settlement of disputes, the Council should carry out its Charter mandate “within the confines of international law,” adding that any Member State or international body that implements the Council’s resolutions should be accountable to it. “This will ensure that we avoid the abuse of internationally agreed concepts like Responsibility to Protect and the Protection of Civilians. These principles must not be used to, amongst other things, justify the notion of regime change,” President Zuma said.He added, “These concepts exist to prevent mass atrocities, war crimes, genocide and ethnic cleansing. We should continue the debate on these principles in order to develop norms and standards for accountability when actions are taken.”In his meeting with President Zuma today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed appreciation for South Africa’s leadership role on some key African issues. Among other topics, the two men noted their deep concern about the situation in the West Africa’s Sahel region, especially northern Mali, and the need for the international community to play a bigger role in resolving the problems in the affected countries. Along with the South African President, scores of heads of State and government and other high-level officials are presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more

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Avast sees single software license used illegally 774651 times

first_imgProtecting your computer from malicious activity for free is easier than it has ever been. But you can guarantee if a license for a paid-for security suite appears online, some users are going to download it.In the case of Avast!, a single software license originally only meant to cover a 14-PC business operation, made its way on to the Internet and started spreading. Rather than killing the license code, the team at Avast decided to watch what happened and how many users would break the law by using it. The results are astonishing.Over the course of 18 months that single Avast! Pro license was shared and used on 744,651 different machines. At the current cost of $34.95 per pro license, that’s total lost revenue in the region of $27,074,052.45.Rather than take action or seek compensation, Avast is attempting to take the high ground here by contacting each of those users and giving them a choice. A notice is being issued telling them the software is illegal, but then an option is given to buy a license or switch to using the free version of Avast!According to Avast spokesman Lyle Frink, it’s working. Some, not all, do seem to be making the switch, although Avast won’t share the figures of how many and to which version of its security solutions.Read more at PC ProMatthew’s OpinionI’m surprised they let this license run for so long. Six months in I would have been reaching for the termination button and sending out alerts.You can’t count all those users taking advantage of the license as lost revenue, like the music industry does with song downloads. The Avast! Pro license was there to be used, so people used it. If it hadn’t been on P2P sites then the vast majority of users would have gone elsewhere for protection.You don’t need to spend any money to keep your machine protected, especially if you run Windows. Microsoft offers you a firewall as part of the Windows default install now, and Microsoft Security Essentials anti-virus software is free. Don’t like MSE? Then try one of the plethora of other free options even if some do have some major failings sometimes.last_img read more

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The language ambassador

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It was a fight for Claire Fassoulidis to study Greek in years 11 and 12; a fight that she took on impetuously. Due to lack of numbers in the subject, the community school she was attending faced the closure of the subject. But that wasn’t going to deter Claire. Not only did she fight, but she studied both Modern Greek subjects and not only scored 100 per cent but came first place in New South Wales for her Modern Greek studies. And in year 12, she was given another blow when her grandmother died. Her grandmother – who lived in Greece – was the only relative that Claire could speak with to practice her language on. “It was a tough time then,” Claire tells Neos Kosmos, “to study and grieve all at once; my grandmother always supported me throughout my Greek studies.” All these challenges, battles and adversities that the young girl was faced with only made her more determined to not only succeed, but to pass that knowledge and fight to fellow students. After she completed her HSC, Claire became involved in helping other students who couldn’t speak Greek. Many of these students’ parents were Australian born with Greek-born grandparents. “I had one student who came to me and only could say yiasou ti kaneis – and now we have fluent conversations about school and work,” says Claire about the work she does as a tutor. Some of the students Claire sees have no connection to the culture as she says language ties everything together. “Through learning the language they are finding out about their Greek culture more than just learning syntax and grammar – they are revealing their cultural identity.” Her work as a tutor, she says, makes her feel as though she’s a ‘young ambassador’ for the Greek language and culture, and that it’s her duty to her students in her area. Some of the concerns her students have is the confidence in their oral exam. “My job is to help students think on the spot to become more confident, so they are learning how to communicate to the examiner, how to express ideas regardless of how much stress you are experiencing at the time,” says Claire. She adds that having just completed her HSC, and still studying at a university level – Claire is currently studying physiotherapy – she can empathise with her students, and they can also relate to her, giving her an advantage over teachers. “I want to set an example that if you try hard enough you will reach the point where hard work does pay off,” she says, “Results are not given they are earned.” If you would like to contact Claire regarding tutoring you can do so by visiting St Mary’s Tutoring Academy www.facebook.com/StMarysTutoringAcademy or calling 0434 380 148.last_img read more

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La sonde Cassini survole Hypérion

first_imgLa sonde Cassini survole HypérionDans un communiqué, la NASA annonce que la sonde Cassini a pris des images inédites d’Hypérion, une lune de Saturne à la forme étrange qu’elle a survolée jeudi dernier.Le 25 août, la sonde Cassini a photographié Hypérion, l’une des lunes de Saturne, durant son survol. Les images, prises sur le vif à 25.000 kilomètres de distance laissent apercevoir de nombreux cratères. Mais il s’agit là de la seconde approche de cet astre de 270 kilomètres après la première qui avait eu lieu le 26 septembre 2005, à 500 kilomètres au-dessus de sa surface.Il faut dire que Hypérion est une petite lune assez particulière. Outre sa surface irrégulière, elle tourne de façon chaotique. Il était donc presque impossible pour les scientifiques de prévoir avec exactitude quelles images seraient prises par la sonde au cours de son passage.Cependant, la chance aidant, Cassini a pu observer de nouveaux territoires, rapporte la NASA dans un communiqué. Ces données devraient permettre aux ingénieurs d’effectuer des mesures plus précises de cette lune, notamment en ce qui concerne sa luminosité variable et les composants de sa surface.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALe prochain survol de Cassini au-dessus d’Hypérion est prévu pour le 16 septembre prochain, à une distance estimée à 58.000 kilomètres. La mission Cassini-Huygens débutée en 2004 est un projet commun à la NASA, à l’ESA (l’agence spatiale européenne) et à l’agence spatiale italienne.Découvrez les clichés inédits captés par la sonde Cassini en cliquant ci-dessous :https://www.maxisciences.com/sonde-cassini/la-lune-hyperion-se-devoile-sous-l-039-oeil-de-la-sonde-cassini-photos_art16608.html Le 29 août 2011 à 14:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Official Ronaldo accepts €188m deal over tax evasion

first_imgPortuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to a fine and suspended prison sentence for tax fraud in Spain after appearing before a judge today in MadridThe 33-year-old has been accused of defrauding the Spanish government since 2017 after allegedly using shell companies outside of the country to hide the earnings he made from image rights between 2011 to 2014.But now the prolonged court battle has finally reached its end with Ronaldo having struck a deal with Spain’s state prosecutor and tax authorities.This saw the Juventus forward plead guilty in exchange for a suspended two-year sentence with Ronaldo not required to spend any time in prison due to being a first-time offender in Spain.Now BBC reports that Ronaldo turned up smiling and giving a thumbs-up to everyone as he entered the courtroom with the case lasting about 15 minutes.The star had hoped to enter the courtroom through the backdoor for security reasons due to his fame, but his request was denied by the judge and so, therefore, he came through the front door.Ronaldo was then seen arriving out of the courtroom today in Madrid smiling with his Spanish partner Georgina Rodriguez and paused to sign some autographs for fans before leaving in a black van.However, today’s outcome didn’t come without a heavy price as Ronaldo will be required by law to pay €18.8m in fines.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).Below is a video by Spanish journalist Rubén Cañizares showing the moment a smiling Ronaldo arrived at the Madrid courts.Así ha llegado Cristiano Ronaldo a la Audiencia Provincial. De la mano de Georgina, firmando autógrafos y sonriente: “Estoy perfecto” pic.twitter.com/zandMqqMGm— Rubén Cañizares (@Ruben_Canizares) January 22, 2019Meanwhile, the Portuguese’s former Real Madrid team-mate Xabi Alonso also appeared in court today for the first time, charged with similar image rights offences which amount up to €2m from between 2010 to 2012.But the 37-year-old Spaniard has denied breaking any laws in Spain and told journalists “Yes, all good” as he arrived in Madrid.Lionel Messi, Jose Mourinho, Javier Mascherano, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Alexis Sanchez, Ricardo Carvalho, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Fabio Coentrao have all faced similar charges in Spain in recent years.last_img read more

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