J&K: Over 55 security men already dead, 95 died in 2019

first_imgNew Delhi: It’s not even three months of this year and body count of soldiers has been steadily rising in Jammu and Kashmir to make it one one of the most violent periods in recent times.The Army alone has lost 10 men, five of them before the tragic car bombing in Pulwama killing 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers on February 14. Since Pulwama, five more Army men and eight other security personnel have died.Last year was one of the bloodiest for the security forces as around 100 of them were killed. The number has crossed 55 in the first two months of this year. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayBut the number of terrorists killed in operations is also rising. Till February 14, 28 terrorists were killed and another 16 have been eliminated after Pulwama.Reflecting in the tough times and extremely tense situation is the stark rise in ceasefire violations on the Line of Control (LoC).There were 267 ceasefire violations before February 14 and since then 228 of such breaches have been reported, signalling that the guns have been blazing across the border. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penaltyComparisons are being drawn with 2018 which saw security forces scoring major successes against terrorists killing 260 of them, including some big names such as Lashkar-Taiba head Naveed Jatt. The number of kills in 2018 was the highest in eight years. The last major successful year was 2010 when 270 terrorists were killed.2011 saw 119 killing, 2012 saw 84, 110 in 2014, 113 in 2015, 165 in 2016 and 218 in 2017.The number of security forces killed in 2018 was 95 while 83 had died in 2017.According to south Asia terrorism portal, 56 security personnel have died in Jammu and Kashmir this year and 44 terrorists have been killed.last_img read more

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Over 1,500 Journalists Cover COP 22 in Marrakech

Marrakech  – Over 1,500 journalists from across the world cover the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which is taking place in Marrakech until November 18, 2016.This wide media coverage demonstrates the importance of the conference, which gathers 20,000 delegates and observers and some 30,000 representatives of the civil society from 196 countries.The conference is taking place in Bab Ighli village, which extends over an area of nearly 300,000 m2. The conference site at Bab Ighli consists of the main conference area, also known as the “Blue Zone”, and space for civil society and other participants also known as the “Green Zone”. The “Blue Zone” is the venue where all official activities of the COP 22/CMP 12/CMA 1 take place during the two-week conference. Blue Zone facilities include two plenary halls, 30 meeting rooms and three press rooms, as well as ten rooms reserved for observers.The Green Zone next to the Blue Zone is where civil society and others can undertake climate change-related activities.The COP 22 is the crucial next step for governments looking to operationalize the Paris Climate Change Agreement adopted last year. The conference is also committed to reinforce responsible collaboration between all Parties in order to achieve a collective shift towards a new sustainable development model. read more

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Surge in price of oil pushes energy stocks, market higher

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks edged higher in early trading Thursday on Wall Street as a spike in oil prices boosted energy stocks following a suspected attack on two oil tankers in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.U.S. oil rose 3.2% and Brent crude, the international benchmark, gained 2.8%. The gains come at a time when oil prices have been falling on signs demand is declining. Exxon rose 1.2% while oil services company Schlumberger gained 2.4%.Technology and media shares also rose. The higher opening puts the market on track for its first gain in three days during a week of choppy trading. Investors have been searching for direction as they cautiously await any new developments on the global trade war between the U.S. and China. Any continued escalations could crimp global economic growth and put the brakes on what is poised to be the longest economic expansion in U.S. history.A mix of chipmakers and others pushed the technology sector broadly higher. The sector is particularly sensitive to trade disputes and a large portion of chipmakers rely heavily on China for revenue. Apple rose 1.2% and Nvidia rose 1.8%.The surge in oil prices lifted energy stocks and the incident in the Strait of Hormuz comes amid heightened tensions between the United States and Iran. One third of all oil traded by sea, which amounts to 20% of oil traded worldwide, passes through the strait.Thursday’s gains marked a reversal of course for oil prices, which dragged down the energy sector on Wednesday and have fallen more than 20% since late April. Still, it’s unclear whether Thursday’s gain can last. Jim Ritterbusch of Ritterbusch & Associates said in a note to clients the jump is factoring in a worst case scenario and oil is “apt to relinquish the bulk of gains as additional details emerge.”In addition, one reason for oil’s recent decline has been concern among traders that global demand is slipping, and Thursday OPEC forecast demand would grow by 1.4 million barrels a day in 2019, down by 700,000 barrels a day from its previous forecast. OPEC said it lowered the forecast due to sluggish oil demand data in from Western countries during the first quarter. While global demand appears to be slipping, supplies remain high.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 0.4% as of 10:40 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 72 points, or 0.3%, to 26,078. The Nasdaq composite rose 0.6%.Consumer-oriented stocks and financial companies also gained ground. Macy’s rose 1.4% and Amazon rose 1.2%. Morgan Stanley rose nearly 1%.Health care stocks swayed between small gains and losses and safe-play sectors including consumer staples and utilities also lagged the market.Tyson Foods rose 1.8% after saying it plans to sell chicken nuggets made from pea protein and a burger than is part pea protein part beef. Beyond Meat, which makes plant-based burgers, fell 4.2%.Solid earnings and forecasts helped lift several stocks. Home furnishings retailer RH and athletic apparel company Lululemon gained ground.UPWARD FACING STOCK: Lululemon rose 3.4% after stretching beyond Wall Street’s profit and revenue forecasts for the first quarter.The maker of athletic apparel popular with yoga practitioners also raised its profit forecast for the year.The company has been building up its online sales capabilities and reported a sharp increase its direct-to-consumer business during the most recent quarter.FURNISHING PROFIT: Furniture and houseware retailer RH surged 20% after the company blew past Wall Street’s first quarter profit forecasts and raised its own profit forecast for the year.A late-March boost in revenue was particularly helpful for the retailer. The company also said that it raised some prices to offset the impact of tariffs and moving some production out of China. Still, it doesn’t expect the tariffs to have a long-term impact on its financial goals.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

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Why Air Canada flew a lone Boeing 737 Max across the country

While the world’s Boeing 737 Max fleet remains grounded after two fatal crashes, a solitary Air Canada plane has been spotted in the skies, shuttling between Quebec and Ontario.In a rare exemption, approved by Canadian aviation regulator Transport Canada, the 11 flights in August and September were partly to maintain the qualifications of senior training pilots, Air Canada told Reuters in response to a query about flight tracking data.A spokesman for Air Canada said the airline was not able to use similar 737s within its fleet “to maintain check pilot authority in alignment with (Canadian aviation regulations).”“So we are utilizing the 737 Max during planned maintenance movements to maintain qualification.” Between Aug. 28 and Sept. 8 the Air Canada Max plane criss-crossed between Montreal, Val d’Or, Quebec and North Bay, Ontario, data from Tracking website FlightRadar24 shows.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Then last week, it was flown to Pinal Airpark in Arizona to be parked in a desert storage site.Although unusual after the grounding imposed worldwide in March amid concerns over an anti-stall system, the flights highlight growing pressures facing some airlines as they prepare for the return to service of the 400-plane Boeing fleet. Air Canada says Boeing Max grounding hit it harder than other carriers ‘Extremely frustrating’: Air Canada will acutely feel the absence of Max 737s in the third quarter Air Canada scraps 737 Max flights until 2020, joining Southwest The planes have been sitting idle since March following two crashes in the space of five months.For airlines like Air Canada, which did not have earlier versions of Boeing 737s in their fleets, this has made it difficult to make sure pilots can demonstrate the skills required to retain their licenses.As North America’s sole Max operator which had not flown the earlier 737NG, Air Canada cannot use that model to maintain the qualifications of its check or trainer pilots, the company said.So regulator Transport Canada authorized a select group of Air Canada’s check pilots to fly the grounded jet, which was also conducting maintenance flights, the airline said.All the jets have the same control software suspected of contributing to the accidents, which Boeing is now in the process of revising to smooth its impact. However, some pilots have said existing procedures can prevent similar accidents.Boeing declined to comment.MARKET BATTLETransport Canada said in an email that it authorized the flights “because the carrier does not operate the Boeing 737 NG aircraft, but the pilots still need to maintain currency.”However, one U.S. carrier questioned by Reuters said such flights would not be possible in the United States where pilot training was not included in a list of exemptions to the ban issued by the Federal Aviation Administration.“Pilot currency isn’t a listed exemption in the U.S. order,” an FAA spokeswoman confirmed.North American Max operators, including Southwest Airlines , American Airlines, United Airlines and Canada’s WestJet Airlines, said they would only move their Max jets for maintenance and storage purposes.Air Canada’s position as a newly converted 737 operator follows a seven-year battle between Boeing and Airbus over the introduction of airplanes offering bold new fuel savings.The introduction of the Max, an upgrade of earlier 737 models with advanced new engines, coincided with a bitter contest for market share between Boeing and Europe’s Airbus, which was offering its similar A320neo.The feud saw both planemakers use the transition to a new generation of jets to try to poach each other’s customers, and traders said Air Canada’s 2013 decision to switch from Airbus’s A320 family to Boeing’s 737 Max stood out as a major defection.Now, the decision to switch suppliers potentially weighs on some of those same airlines as they cope without a 737 fleet.Boeing has predicted that the 737 Max will be cleared to take passengers early next quarter.The FAA, facing growing international scrutiny over its certification processes, has said it cannot give a precise date for the approval of software and training changes carried out in the wake of the two accidents, which killed 346 people.FAA chief Stephen Dickson plans to fly to Seattle this week to test modified 737 Max software in a simulator..© Thomson Reuters 2019 read more

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Asian shares mostly higher despite pullback on Wall Street

by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press Posted Mar 6, 2017 8:22 am MDT Last Updated Mar 6, 2017 at 9:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Asian shares mostly higher despite pullback on Wall Street TOKYO – Asian shares were mostly higher on Tuesday with little major news to drive trading. Japan’s benchmark edged lower, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose as China’s finance minister expressed confidence over the government’s ability to handle rising levels of debt.KEEPING SCORE: The Nikkei 225 stock index in Tokyo edged 0.2 per cent lower to 19,345.49 but most other indexes gained. The Hang Seng gained 0.3 per cent to 23,673.80 and the Shanghai Composite index was flat at 3,234.76. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 climbed 0.2 per cent to 5,755.10 and South Korea’s Kospi was up 0.5 per cent to 2,091.14. Shares in Taiwan and Southeast Asia were higher.WALL STREET: U.S. stocks finished lower Monday for the second time in the last three trading days, with losses in banks, investment firms and insurance companies. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 0.3 per cent to 2,375.31, the Dow Jones industrial average shed 0.2 per cent to 20,954.34 and the Nasdaq composite fell 0.4 per cent to 5,849.17. Some analysts have turned cautious after the rapid gains of recent months.TRUMP WATCH: Without any major financial news to drive trading, investors are watching for the latest developments from the U.S. Federal Reserve and U.S. President Donald Trump. Overnight, Trump’s administration released a revised version of border restrictions for travellers from majority-Muslim countries.ANALYST VIEWPOINT: “‘Trump on, Trump off’ (TOTO) is the new ‘risk on, risk off,’” Chris Weston of IG said in a commentary. Trump’s revised travel restrictions for travellers from majority-Muslim countries would have limited impact in Asia, since none of the countries directly affected are in the region. “Again, this story is not really one for markets to be concerned with, but it highlights the lack of news focus in the session.”CHINA CONFIDENCE: China’s financial minister, Xiao Jie, told reporters risks from financing were manageable. “China’s government debt risks are generally within control,” the official Xinhua News Agency cited Xiao as saying on the sidelines of the annual session of the national legislature. He said total net debt amounted to 27.33 trillion yuan (about $3.96 trillion dollars) or about 36.7 per cent of the country’s GDP.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 6 cents to $53.14 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It gave up 13 cents on Monday to $53.20 a barrel. Brent crude, used to price international oils, lost 9 cents to $55.92 a barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar was nearly unchanged at 113.98 yen. The euro rose to $1.0588 from $1.0582.___ read more

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US Embassy donates US20000 in equipment to GPFs Strategic Planning Unit

The United States Government through its Embassy in Georgetown donated several pieces of electronic equipment to further advance the work of the Guyana Police Force (GPF).The US$20,000 donation was made this morning in the Commissioner of Police’s Conference Room, Eve Leary, GeorgetownActing Police Commissioner, David Ramnarine, said that the donation speaks to the intense collaboration between the United States and the British Embassies in Guyana.He noted that just recently the Guyana Police Force, with the help of UK Security Consultant, Russel Combe, embarked on the Security Sector Reform Project to improve various sectors within the Guyana Police Force.Ramnarine added that the Strategic Planning Unit is particularly responsible for that reform and that the equipment donated is much needed.Meanwhile, US Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway said that the donation is just another form of his government’s assistance through the Caribbean basin security initiative to further increase the capacity of the Guyanese crime fighting sector.He noted that the computer equipment would allow the Strategic Planning Unit to do more of what it is required to do since strategic planning requires the help of modern technology.Holloway added that despite recording an 11 percent decrease in serious crimes, much more work is required to tackle the issue of crime in Guyana.He also noted that sound strategies by policy makers aid in enhancing the effectiveness of the ranks who receive training.Also present for the handing over, was British High Commissioner, Greg Quinn, who said that the two embassies have been working closely with the Police Force. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUnited States Government donates equipment to Guyana Police ForceJuly 3, 2014In “Crime”U.S. Embassy donates equipment to aid GRA’s anti-smuggling fight   January 29, 2016In “Gadgets”Pennsylvania State Police form partnership with Guyana Police ForceOctober 21, 2014In “Business” read more

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Maxwell shocked and hurt by fixing allegations

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBangladesh batsman found guilty of match fixing; Banned for 8 yearsJune 19, 2014In “Sports”ICC targeting sources of cricket corruptionDecember 14, 2017In “latest news”Former Sri Lanka allrounder Dilhara Lokuhettige faces fresh corruption chargesApril 5, 2019In “latest news” Glenn Maxwell has spoken about his anger at being linked to allegations of spot-fixing in an investigative documentary, while also revealing he has previously reported suspicious on-field events in IPL matches to anti-corruption officials.An Al Jazeera exploration of corruption in cricket alleged that Australian players were involved in spot-fixing during the 2017 Ranchi Test against India, in which Maxwell made his first Test century after being recalled. While the documentary did not name Maxwell, match footage included left little doubt that he was one of two Australian players being accused.Maxwell said he had been informed by Cricket Australia that the documentary was going to air, but was not questioned by anti-corruption officials about allegations of spot-fixing to meet a pre-planned number of runs in a “bracket” of overs on the first day of the match.It is believed that an ICC investigation into the documentary’s various allegations is still ongoing, amid haggling between the governing body and the filmmakers over hours of raw footage collected by Al Jazeera. The possibility remains that Maxwell may still be interviewed about Ranchi.“I was shocked. I was a bit hurt by it as well,” Maxwell told SEN Radio. “To have these allegations about your involvement in a game where you’ve only got happy memories about it, great memories…I still remember the feeling after hugging Steve Smith after getting my maiden Test hundred.“To have that tarnished by these allegations was pretty devastating and obviously there’s absolutely no truth to it whatsoever. It was 100% unfair, to tarnish one of the best moments of my career was pretty brutal.“The only thing they could have done worse was tarnish that [2015] World Cup win. They’re two of the best moments of my career. To say I’d done anything untoward in that game, when I’d just finally got back in the Test side – I’d worked my absolute backside off – to say I’d do anything to ruin that would be absolutely ridiculous.”The relevant portion of the documentary was sent to Maxwell to view in the days before it went to air. Asked whether he was interviewed by “cricket authorities” about the match, Maxwell said he was “told on the phone they were going to air it” but replied “they actually didn’t” when queried over whether or not anti-corruption officers from CA or the ICC had formally approached him for questions about the veracity of the allegations.“If [Al Jazeera] mentioned any names, they would be taken down pretty heavily,” Maxwell said. “They didn’t mention any specific names but did basically say the time of the game, which was my involvement. You could see it was the gear that I was using, and there wasn’t anyone else using that gear in that game. That was certainly very hard to take.”Speaking about his involvement in other tournaments, Maxwell indicated it was not uncommon for him to report “anything untoward” to anti-corruption officers. Asked whether he had seen things in overseas Twenty20 leagues that were enough to have his “antennae up”, Maxwell replied “100%”.“I’ve been very honest with them [anti-corruption officers] the whole way through with the IPL,” Maxwell said. “If I’ve ever seen anything untoward I always sat down with them, had a long coffee and just talked about everything to make sure nothing ever, ever comes back to me.“If there’s anything slightly amiss, I always give them a call and make sure they have every bit of evidence they can possibly have. There’s some things you see in the game of cricket where you’re always just a little bit unsure. All the things you do hear in the game, and when it comes out later on you go, ‘Oh, I swear I could have noticed that while I was watching it’.“It was probably easier when I was captain and I was able to see the way the game was going, and the instructions that I was giving players, and the way the game was moving, I could actually work it out a little better. There wasn’t really anything untoward in the season I was captain, but you could certainly tell from opposition stuff and that’s why I reported certain things.” (ESPNCricinfo) read more

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3DP expands with realtime production and maintenance reporting

first_img3D-P has released 3D-P Production Reporting and 3D-P Maintenance Reporting systems, powered by iVolve, adding to its current portfolio of application integration solutions and wireless network services.3D-P says it has “recognised a pressing need in the industry for a cost effective solution for real-time reporting of production and maintenance data from the mobile fleet. The 3D-P Production and Maintenance Reporting systems are targeted specifically at mines that are in need of simple and easy to use reporting for production and maintenance data. Running on the 3D-P Intelligent Endpoint, the system leverages the capabilities of 3D-P’s high performance wireless networks.”The 3D-P Production and Maintenance Reporting solutions interface with the systems on board a mine’s haul trucks, loaders and other equipment to gather production data such as payload, location, status etc., and maintenance data such as temperatures and pressures, and reports them through flexible and easy-to-use dashboards in real-time. The information can be reported to the operator in the cab, allowing trucks to be loaded more consistently and often providing up to 10% increase in productivity. Centre of gravity is also reported, allowing the trucks to carry larger loads safely and also supporting productivity gains.Many mines continue to gather and report data manually resulting in delayed access to production and maintenance information. This results in delayed corrective actions that often should be taken immediately and decisions being made without all of the correct data in-hand, potentially causing significant consequences to the mine operations. The Plant Management module provides an easy-to-use real-time monitoring and control system for the management of site equipment such as light plants and pumps.3D-P is licensing the Production and Maintenance Reporting systems from iVolve, a progressive Australian company with considerable experience in the collection and reporting of real-time mine data. Customers using the system in Australia are consistently reporting that access to their critical equipment data is allowing them to make more timely and accurate operations decisions and is positively impacting cycle times, production and costs.“Our considerable experience with mine operations has shown us the pressing need for real-time reporting of production and maintenance data at an affordable price in many mines. We are excited about the introduction of the 3D-P Production and Maintenance Reporting systems to meet these needs and help mine management make better decisions and optimize utilization of their production fleet” says David Fisk, Vice President Sales and Marketing at 3D-P.With over 20 years’ experience, 3D-P understands the challenges of deploying mission critical wireless networks in mining environments and offers a distinctive and effective approach to network design. Focusing on optimising RF zones, its engineers have the knowledge to design, deploy, optimise and support any wireless network for maximum reliability and performance. To further facilitate real-time access to the mines’ critical data, 3D-P designs and manufactures the Intelligent Endpoint (IEP), a ruggedised communication and computing device built specifically for mines. It enables application integration and hosting of third-party applications.The architecture of the iVolve solution is designed to allow individual modules to be deployed specific to each mine’s specific needs and allows for seamless additional functionality when needs and scale change.last_img read more

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Farright MP in hot water over threats

first_imgThe neofascist Golden Dawn faced fresh scrutiny on Monday after the party’s spokesman allegedly threatened the lives of anti-fascist protesters at a party gathering on the island of Crete on Sunday while another MP unfurled the flag used by the 1967-74 junta. Police on Monday submitted to the prosecutor’s office in the port of Iraklio video footage of Golden Dawn MP Ilias Kasidiaris threatening officers. Kasidiaris swore at the officer in charge for not keeping anti-fascist protesters away from the venue of the gathering and told him that there would be victims unless the protesters were moved away. “Believe me, you will have dead people by tonight,” he can be heard telling the police in video footage uploaded onto the Internet. Later in the day, Kasidiaris claimed that he meant there would be victims if police did not take the necessary security measures. The incident was condemned by political parties, with socialist PASOK referring to “unacceptable threats and verbal abuse” and leftist SYRIZA accusing the party of trying to create “a bloodbath.” In a separate event, Kasidiaris was filmed explaining how the party’s 18 lawmakers aim to take advantage of their parliamentary immunity and other privileges. “We can now carry guns legally and will not be arrested on the spot if there is an incident,” he said. “This makes us a bit more relaxed about our movements.” Another neofascist MP, Christos Pappas, unfurled the flag used by the 1967-74 junta at the event on Crete, to applause from party supporters. The coast guard on Crete is launching its own internal investigation after one of its officers was found to have used one of the service’s official cars to attend the Golden Dawn event. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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European Satellite Monitors Air Pollution in HighDef

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System The European Space Agency (ESA) last week launched an advanced air-pollution-monitoring satellite.The 1,800-pound Sentinel-5P was carried into orbit Friday from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.Its mission (which it had no choice but to accept) is to map the global distribution of dangerous air pollutants; if all goes according to plan, the operation should begin in full six months from now.Sentinel-5P inside Rockot fairing (via ESA/ATG medialab)Sentinel-5P (or Precursor) lifted off the morning of Oct. 13; an hour and a half later, ESA controllers in Germany made first contact with the satellite.“The Sentinel-5P satellite is now safely in orbit so it is up to our mission control teams to steer this mission into its operational life and maintain it for the next seven years or more,” ESA Director General Jan Woerner said in a statement.This marks the sixth Sentinel satellite in the Copernicus program—a joint venture between ESA and the European Commission; it is the first, however, assigned to measuring the chemistry of Earth’s atmosphere.Which it will accomplish using the on-board, “state-of-the-art” Tropomi (TROPOspheric Monitoring Instrument).Developed by ESA and the Netherlands Space Office, Tropomi (which I hope is as fun to use as it is to say) will map various trace gases—nitrogen dioxide, ozone, formaldehyde, sulphur dioxide, methane, carbon monoxide, aerosols—that affect our air, health, and climate.“Having Sentinel-5P in orbit will give us daily and global views at our atmosphere with a precision we never had before,” Josef Aschbacher, ESA Director of Earth Observation Programs, said.This is the first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere (via ESA/ATG medialab)Boasting a massively high resolution of 4-by-2 miles, Tropomi will help scientists determine from where air pollution is coming, and how the wind spreads it.“Our historic data records, together with the long-term perspective of the Copernicus satellite program, opens the doors for generating datasets spanning decades—a prerequisite to understanding our ever-changing Earth,” Aschbacher added.As its name suggests, Sentinel-5P (built to plug a data gap left after the 2012 retirement of Envisat, according to Space.com) is a precursor to the polar-orbiting Sentinel-5 satellite, scheduled for launch in 2021.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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City officials open new athletic fields in Mira Mesa

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter March 1, 2018 City officials open new athletic fields in Mira Mesa SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — City officials Thursday opened a set of athletic fields in Mira Mesa just in time for the start of the neighborhood’s Little League opening day.The new fields at Mira Mesa Community Park, which include space for soccer, baseball, softball and other recreational activities, are part of a larger 11-acre improvement project that’s set to be fully built in 2022.Mira Mesa Little League will play its first game on the fields on Saturday.The new construction is part of Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s pledge to build or improve 50 parks in five years.Faulconer was joined by Councilman Chris Cate at the ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning.When complete, the park will feature an aquatic center, expanded recreation center, swimming pool, children’s play area, perimeter walking path, recreation areas, shade structures, security lighting and a comfort station, according to the mayor’s office. Posted: March 1, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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Court Vacancy Likely to Disrupt Congress Plans to Pass Spending Bills in

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The fierce battle the Obama administration and Senate Republicans are headed for over the nomination of a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could have repercussions for much of the chamber’s legislative business this session, including fiscal 2017 appropriations.Democrats could respond to a decision by Senate leaders to block a vote on a replacement for Scalia by slowing the progress of spending bills, the defense authorization bill, or any other measure or vote, reported CQ Roll Call.Last year, Senate Democrats stopped Republicans from bringing up appropriations bills for a vote in an effort to oppose measures that adhered to the Budget Control Act caps. The maneuver succeeded as congressional Democrats and the administration got a two-year budget deal that raised the caps on defense and non-defense spending by equal amounts.Republicans in both chambers have emphasized their commitment to returning to “regular order” to pass 12 individual spending bills this year, but the unexpected vacancy on the nation’s highest court very likely could upset those plans.“It’s the majority that sets the agenda, but the minority who drives the agenda,” Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) said earlier this month. Manchin’s comment acknowledges the reality of the Senate — even though Republicans control the chamber, Democrats can block virtually anything they want from coming to the floor, according to the story. The Senate is governed by unanimous consent, and a single senator can slow almost any business from advancing simply by saying, “I object.”last_img read more

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Captain Marvel opens Thursday March 7 Reserve your tickets now

first_img Tags Captain Marvel Marvel The Avengers Captain Marvel: What you need to know Now playing: Watch this: Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 1 33 Photos 2:27 TV and Movies Comics Captain Marvel opens on Friday, March 8 (with early preview shows on Thursday, March 7) and tickets will be hard to come by. In its first 24 hours of sales, the film became one of Fandango’s best preselling Marvel movies, alongside Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther. That backlog is set to grow now that we know that the movie is pretty great, too: CNET’s Patricia Puentes calls it “a rousing tale of self-discovery with a ’90s riff.”Read: Captain Marvel review For fans, the stakes are high: if you miss Captain Marvel in theaters, don’t expect to watch it at home on Netflix. On Feb. 6, Disney CEO Bob Iger noted it’ll be the company’s first film to skip Netflix and instead head to Disney’s own Disney+ streaming service.  After Captain Marvel comes Avengers: Endgame, debuting on April 26. And after that, Spider-Man: Far from Home, which premieres on July 5.  You can read up on everything you need to know about Captain Marvel here. This story originally posted on Feb. 28.The Captain Marvel movie poster. Marvel Comment If you’re a fan, the safe move is to reserve tickets now. There are lots of options, which we’ve highlighted below. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the ticket sales through the links featured on this page.   You can reserve your tickets for Captain Marvel on Fandango or Atom: Buy tickets on FandangoBuy tickets on AtomAlternately, you can reserve directly through the services of these major theater chains:Buy tickets for AMCBuy tickets for RegalBuy tickets for CinemarkBuy tickets for CineplexBuy tickets for MarcusMarvel’s first female-led full-length film, with its first female co-director, has a lot going for it: a butt-kicking Brie Larson as Air Force pilot Carol Danvers (also known as Captain Marvel), Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and an alien race known as the Skrulls.  Women of the Marvel universe bracket: Vote for your favorite heroes and villains Share your voicelast_img read more

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Thai soccer players crave food wait to go home next week

first_imgThis image made from a video taken on 13 July 2018 and released by Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital, shows Somphong Jaiwong, one of the 12 boys rescued from the flooded cave, in their hospital room at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. The video was shown during a press conference at the hospital Saturday, 14 July 2018. Photo : APThe 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand are recovering well and are eager to eat their favorite comfort foods after their expected discharge from a hospital next week.In video messages of the boys shown at a news conference on Saturday, they are seen wearing surgical masks, a safeguard against infection that’s been taken since the last of them were pulled from the Tham Luang cave on Tuesday, ending an 18-day ordeal. Doctors said that Friday, when the videos were recorded, would be the last day they’d have to wear them.Public health minister Piyasakol Sakolsattayatorn, who led the news conference at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital, said all 13 – the dozen boys, who range in age from 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach – were expected to be discharged from the hospital on Thursday.”All of the 13 people, their physical bodies are strong, and fit. Regarding infections, through the medical evaluations in the first days there may be some of them that had minor pneumonia, but now all is cleared, no fever,” Piyasakol said. Several were also reported earlier to be recovering from minor lung and middle ear infections.Most of the boys, who were shown in their hospital beds, looked relaxed, and began their brief statements with a “wai,” the traditional Thai greeting of hands raised to chest level with palms together.A few also gave the two-finger victory sign and raised a fist. One of the 14-year-olds, Ekarat Wongsukchan, whose nickname is Biw, playfully raised his two arms in a boxer’s victory stance as laughter was heard in the background.”Hello, my name is Biw, I am fine. I want to say thanks to everyone that worried,” he said. All 13 offered thanks for the support they’ve been given.Asked by an off-camera interviewer what they were looking forward to eating, their wish list included slow-cooked pork leg with steamed rice, fried crispy pork, roasted red pork, sushi, steak and KFC.Adul Samon, a stateless 14-year-old sent to Thailand for schooling by his ethnic minority parents across the border in Myanmar, spoke in Thai and then in English: “Hello, I am Adul. Now I am very fine. I am very thank you so heavy, thank you so much.”Adul is perhaps the best known of the boys because he was the one speaking English in the video taken inside the cave when the team members were first found by two British cave divers on 2 July nearly 10 days after being trapped by flooding.In the video from the hospital, he also holds up a paper, apparently a drawing of his teammates, whom he points out one by one.Public health minister Piyasakol gave a prognosis for the boys, and said, “Psychologists have been talking to the kids, with the kids, their mental well-being is good today.””Even though they are about to leave in the days ahead … they aren’t as strong as a normal person, they still need to rest and improve their health, and body,” he said.A hospital statement said as the boys continue to recover, they remain susceptible to infectious disease. To avoid mental stress, they should spend at least the next month only with family and friends, avoiding media encounters that might trigger post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, the statement said.last_img read more

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PM Hasina greets successful SSC examinees

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday greeted the SSC examinees who have come out successful in this year’s examinations and asked those who failed to take preparations again to sit for the next year’s examinations, reports UNB.”There’s nothing impossible for human being…any impossible thing can be made possible through concentration, determination and labour,” a press release of the Prime Minister Office (PMO) quoted her as saying.Education minister Dipu Moni read out the statement of the prime minister, who is now in London, while announcing the results of the SSC and its equivalent examinations.The prime minister said there is nothing to be frustrated. “If you try from now on, you’ll be able to achieve good results overcoming all the obstacles,” she said.She also congratulated the guardians and teachers.”Remember, you’re the steerspersons of tomorrow’s Bangladesh, you’ve to engage yourselves in serving the people of the country and the world. For that, you should grow up with patriotism and human quality alongside acquiring the knowledge of science and technology.”The prime minister said the dream of the Father of the Nation was to build a Golden Bengal free from hunger, poverty and illiteracy through economic emancipation.”We’ve been working tirelessly to materialise the dream of the Father of the Nation. Though we’ve resource constraint, we’re trying to build our future generation to face the challenges of the 21st century through providing them modern education,” she said.In the previous years, Hasina said, she announced the SCC and equivalent exam results and shared the joy with the students. But this year she was unable to be present at the programme as she is now staying in London.She hoped that the students will build themselves as worthy citizens of the country through utilising their talent and creativity.The results of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations-2019 under 10 education boards were published today with 82.20 pass percentage.Some 2127,815 examinees took part in the examinations.last_img read more

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Texas Abortion Rights Groups Sue In An Effort To Strike Down Years

first_img Share Bob Daemmrich for the Texas TribuneWomen holding signs spelling out “abortion = healthcare” line the second floor Capitol rotunda on July 27, 2017, after the House passed a bill requiring more reporting on abortion complications by health care providers.Multiple advocacy groups supporting abortion rights filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging several Texas laws that restrict access to abortion. The groups claim in the filing that the laws particularly harm low-income people, women of color and other marginalized communities.The suit targets laws that the advocates say promote the distribution of inaccurate information to patients, shame women who want abortions and create bureaucratic barriers to the operation. Citing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that blocked a 2013 Texas bill, the advocates are attempting to retroactively apply the ruling to Texas abortion-related laws going back to 1999. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Austin.The plaintiffs in the case are the Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, the Afiya Center, Fund Texas Choice, the Lilith Fund, the Texas Equal Access Fund, the West Fund and Dr. Bhavik Kumar, who serves as medical director of the Whole Woman’s Health Alliance clinic.The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states have a right to regulate abortions but cannot “impose an undue burden on abortion access,” the lawsuit states. The lawsuit says Texas has “failed to institute these parameters.” State policies the suit challenges include the targeted regulation of abortion providers, which has subjected abortion providers to different regulations than other healthcare professionals since 1985. The suit also challenges policies that it says halt progress on research to advance medical abortion.The suit also targets a University of Texas System policy barring students from getting credit for internships and field placements at institutions that provide access to abortions.Karen Adler, director of media relations and communications programming at the UT System, said the system does not comment on pending litigation.The lawsuit also mentions that low-income Texans, who comprise a majority of those seeking abortions, face increased barriers due to reduced state funding toward reproductive health.“This is about respecting the rights of people,” said Lili Gomez, director of outreach at the West Fund.Stephanie Toti, one of the lawyers representing the reproductive rights organizations, said the lawsuit only challenges laws that are not “medically necessary.” But, she said, it’s an important first step in increasing access to abortions in the state. She added that Texas is not alone in restricting abortions and that other states have similar restrictions.“As time goes on, we’re going to see more of these cases,” she said.Toti later added: “We want the courts to return Texas to the regime of reasonable and medically appropriate abortions.”last_img read more

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Tips to make your skin glow

first_imgWant a glowing and flawless skin? Consume matcha, powdered green tea, which has a high amount of antioxidants and also have a lot of kiwis, which is a storehouse of Vitamin C, says an expert.Here are 10 tips that can help you get a healthy glow on your skin.Blueberries: Extremely tasty and convenient to eat, blueberries are the favourite fruit of many gourmet-enthusiasts around the world. Despite their sweet taste, they are low on calories and contain antioxidants that protect against premature aging. Sipping on some natural blueberry juice or adding half a cup of the fruit to your yogurt or cereal is a great way to stay healthy and look stunning. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpinach: Spinach is loaded with lutein, vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. It also lowers your risk of prostate cancer. Matcha: This is packed with high amount of antioxidants and also provides small amounts of vitamins and minerals. Polyphenols, which can be found in Matcha, have been tied to protection against heart disease and cancer, in addition to helping with better blood sugar regulation and blood pressure reduction. The powder boosts metabolism and slows down the process of aging, with some experts even claiming that it halts the growth of cancer cells.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWalnuts: Eating just one ounce of walnuts a day can work wonders for your health and beauty- giving you shiny hair, bright eyes, smooth skin and strong bones. In addition, adding walnuts to your daily diet helps with weight control and improving brain function. You can eat a handful of shelled walnuts by themselves, or add some in your salad or pasta. Walnuts are all you need for a variety of nutrients including protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, fibre and antioxidants.  Kiwi: This fruit is loaded with antioxidants that keep skin firm and help prevent wrinkles. Kiwis are also a storehouse of Vitamin C, which is known to boost the immune system and fight stress. They contain a rare, fat-free form of Vitamin E that lowers cholesterol. Kiwi juices are extremely delicious, and you can add the cooling fruit to your fresh salads, Greek yogurt or fruit tarts.Turmeric: In addition to enhancing taste in almost all Indian dishes, it also has amazing advantages for beauty and health. Its anti-bacterial properties make it useful for both local application and ingestion. Applying it to the skin lightens pigmentation and eliminates dead skin cells. Turmeric is also great for keeping your hair healthy and controlling oily skin.Coconut water: Coconut water helps with weight loss. It also suppresses appetite and helps you feel full. In addition, ingesting coconut water leads to softer, more moisturised skin and reduces blemishes. Frightening acne breakouts can be controlled and indigestion can be prevented due to the reduction of acid reflux.Wheatgrass: A glass of wheatgrass juice contains vitamins, amino acid, liver enzymes and chlorophyll. It’s rich in Vitamin A, C, E, K and B. The chlorophyll found in wheatgrass juice helps slow down the aging process and neutralises toxins. Its antibacterial qualities enable it to act as a natural healer both inside and outside the body. The liquid also helps prevent tooth decay and keeps hair from graying. Oranges: The fruit is rich in citrus limonoids, proven to help fight varieties of cancer including that of the skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon. In addition, orange juice can help prevent kidney diseases and reduce the risk of stones. Rubbing orange peels on your skin is a great way to ensure exfoliation, and eating a couple of oranges as a snack makes sure you receive beta-carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant that protects skin cells from damage.Activated charcoal: This is used for natural detox treatment as it traps chemicals in the body, making sure that the system does not reabsorb them and they can be flushed out. In addition to alleviating gas and bloating, activated charcoal is great for your teeth. It gets rids of stains from tea, coffee and wine.last_img read more

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When Is It a Good Idea to Change Your Companys Name

first_img Article originally published May 19, 2016How do you know when to put all of your weight behind a successful product?In 2013, MIT alums Shireen Yates and Scott Sundvor launched a company called 6SensorLabs with the goal of making going out to eat easier and safer for their fellow food allergy sufferers. Three years later, the startup just raised $9.2 million in a Series A financing round and announced that it is changing its name from 6SensorLabs to Nima, the name of its first product. Nima is a portable sensor that tests whether food contains gluten within minutes.Related: Avoiding Gluten? Take This New Device Out to Dinner.”We feel like Nima is much more known to our consumers and for our potential customers. It’s more of our outward facing name,” Yates, the company’s co-founder and CEO, told Entrepreneur. “We wanted to streamline our efforts and really strengthen the brand by merging the two, our corporate identity with our first product. Nima means fair and equitable [in Persian]. It really stands for everything that we’re doing in regards to food transparency, giving everyone a chance of enjoying their meal and having that peace of mind.”Now available for purchase on the company’s website, Nima starter kits, which include the sensor, three one-time-use test capsules, a charging cable and carrying case, are priced at $279. Yates and her team are also currently developing tests for peanuts, tree nuts and milk. Nima also makes an accompanying iOS app that shares results with other users, searches for gluten-friendly restaurants and provides scores of restaurants based on reviews from diners. To date the company has raised $14 million from investors such as SK Ventures, Lemnos Labs and Nest founder Matt Rogers. Related: 7 Tips for Naming (or Re-Naming) Your CompanyYates says that while technology can be compelling, it can only take a company so far. “I recently went back to our original pitch deck. In order to develop something that’s new to the world, that’s a brand new product category, it takes a lot of time and it takes a lot of rigor. You have to make sure you’re making the right product for the consumer. [With technology], you have to really understand if it’s what people want.”Nima is one of many companies that have changed names to better align with customer name recognition. Canada’s Research in Motion rebranded as BlackBerry in 2013 to reflect its well-known mobile devices, while Apple Computer simply  became Apple in 2007. And back in 1958, Japanese electronics manufacturer Totsuko changed its named to Sony after the success of its first product, a megaphone. Listen Now January 26, 2017 How Success Happenscenter_img 3 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible.last_img read more

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Happy birthday Madonna Celebrities send their love as Queen of Pop turns

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Celebrities are taking to social media today (16 August) to say ‘Happy birthday Madonna!’ The pop superstar’s had a music career spanning almost 40 years and today she turns 60 years old.Madonna herself has even been counting down the days this whole week on social media.This morning, she posted a photo of herself holding up a sign that simply said: ‘The Queen’.In case someone forgot! ♥️#birthday #magic #Marakesh pic.twitter.com/B0x2qaztAG— Madonna (@Madonna) August 16, 2018Madonna also released a special new song today, along with a 13-minute long video from her Met Gala performance this year.Over the course of her career, she’s sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is affectionately referred to as the ‘Queen of Pop’.Guiness World Records even recognized the Vogue singer as the ‘best-selling female recording artist of all time’.Photo: Madonna / InstagramAt the end of last month (30 July), the Queen of Pop took to Facebook to urge people to donate to her charity, Raising Malawi.She wrote: ‘For my birthday, I can think of no better gift than connecting my global family with this beautiful country and the children who need our help most.‘Every dollar raised will go directly to meals, schools, uniforms and healthcare,’ she said.Madonna founded Raising Malawi in 2006 to address the poverty endured by Malawi’s orphans.She then tweeted today: ‘Best birthday present ever!’Thank you for all your birthday donations!! . Best Birthday present ever!! #raisingmalawi #homeofhope #metgala #likeaprayer #globalfamily pic.twitter.com/Dqkxkrx88q Wishing you a Happy Birthday!! #HappyBirthday @Madonna pic.twitter.com/V3bKXMHSQq— Antonio Banderas (@antoniobanderas) August 16, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Happy birthday to Lady @Madonna!!! I’m 14 years old, dancing and singing in my bedroom and she was just WOW!!! What a force and an inspiration. Enjoy your day Madonna!!! — Kylie Minogue (@kylieminogue) August 16, 2018 Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Madonna’s new album: what do we know so far?Madonna sends love to New York Pride with cute cat face videoMadonna reveals why Lisbon is so much better for her than the USARead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/happy-birthday-madonna-60/ — Madonna (@Madonna) August 16, 2018Happy birthday Madonna!To the mother of all Leo’s. An inspiration. An icon. Queen Madge. Happy 60th @Madonna pic.twitter.com/mKr5xRQ72t— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) August 16, 2018 Madonna | Photo: Rebel Heart Happy Birthday @Madonna! The world is better because of you. You gave us the soundtrack of our lives!— Andy Cohen (@Andy) August 16, 2018 12. … The first woman to command the respect of a rock star. Quite simply – she’s a force. A warrior. A genius. Happy Birthday, M. I’m so glad you came through in my lifetime.— Darren Hayes (@darrenhayes) August 16, 2018 11. There have only two entertainers who can make an entire arena of people stop, gape in awe, and surrender their complete attention to an artist. Michael Jackson – and Madonna. In an industry saturated with male ‘stars’ (Jagger, Bowie, Elvis, Prince) – M was the first female— Darren Hayes (@darrenhayes) August 16, 2018last_img read more

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New species of featherwinged dinosaur unearthed in China

first_img Sponsored Stories 0 Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top holiday drink recipes Steve Brusatte, of the University of Edinburgh, co-authored the study published online Thursday in Scientific Reports. He said the newly discovered dinosaur “looks just like a bird … just like an eagle or a vulture.”The skeleton was discovered in the western part of Liaoning Province in China where the first feathered dinosaurs were found.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. LONDON (AP) — A nearly complete, new dinosaur fossil has been unearthed in China, the first in its family to have unusually short feathered wings.The new species named Zhenyuanlong suni is a close cousin of the dinosaur predator Velociraptor.Scientists said the new addition, which lived around 125 million years ago, had multiple layers of dense feathers covering both its wings and tail. Experts, however, believe the feathers are more for display instead of flying. This is an image provided by University of Edinburgh taken in Jinzhou, China, in 2014 and released on Thursday July 16, 2015 of the fossil of a new species of dinosaur named Zhenyuanlong suni. A nearly complete, new feather-winged dinosaur fossil has been unearthed in China, busting the Hollywood version of their cousins’ look as portrayed in the Jurassic Park movie series. The new species named Zhenyuanlong suni is a close cousin of the famous dinosaur predator Velociraptor in the Jurassic Park movies. (Steve Brusatte/University of Edinburgh via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

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