first_img1(52 Words) Download Download PrintPrint 4/16/2019 7:05:00 PM New Delhi, Apr 16 (PTI) Rohit Shekhar Tiwari, son of late Uttarakhand Chief Minister N D Tiwari, was brought dead at a private hospital in south Delhi, sources said on Tuesday. DCP (South) Vijay Kumar said Tiwari was brought to the Max Hospital where doctors declared him dead. Further details are awaited.last_img

14 December 2007As the United Nations today confirmed that 17 of its staff have perished in the terror attacks in Algiers, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his great sorrow at the toll this “unspeakable crime” has taken. “I have learned with profound sadness that the death toll on the bombing in Algiers last Tuesday is even higher than we feared,” Mr. Ban said in a statement, after the Organization announced that 17 UN staff members are now confirmed dead following the car bombing in the Algerian capital. “Words cannot begin to do justice to the grief I feel. “I send my prayers to the loved ones of those who perished, to those who are wounded, and to those who are grappling with trauma after this terrible event,” stated Mr. Ban. “I send my thoughts to all their colleagues who work every day, in difficult and dangerous circumstances, for peace and security, development and human rights around the world.” He added that “those who target innocent civilians in this way commit an unspeakable crime. Our colleagues there were working with no other mission than to support the people of Algeria in building a better future.”The staff members confirmed to have died and whose families have been notified include Hind Boukroufa, Djamel Rezzoug, Saadia Boucelham, Samia Hammoutene, Chadli Hamza and Mohamed Khelladi of Algeria, as well as Steven Olejas of Denmark, all of whom worked for the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Algerians Adnane Souilah, Kamel Sait and Mustapha Benbara (UN Population Fund); Hanniche Abel-Rahim (International Labour Organization); Nabil Slimani and Karim Bentebal (UN High Commissioner for Refugees); Hakim Si Larbi (Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS); and Mohamed Laseli (UN Industrial Development Organization) were also killed, as were Gene Luna of the Philippines (World Food Programme); and Babacar Ndiaye of Senegal (Department of Safety and Security). UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters that efforts on the ground to clear away the rubble have led to the discovery and identification of more bodies. Mr. Ban has sent several of his top aids to Algiers to determine how best to aid those injured in the attack and the families of the victims.Kemal Dervis, the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), has met with the families of the victims as well as those who were injured in Algiers. “It was sad to see the impact of the attack on his colleagues, he said, adding that “the victims are not soldiers who signed up for battle, but people, mostly Algerians, who are working for peace, development and to alleviate human suffering.”The Algiers bombing is not the first time the UN has been attacked by terrorists. A bomb destroyed the world body’s Baghdad headquarters in August 2003, killing 22 people, including top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Investors are waiting to see whether one of Ben Bernanke’s final acts as chairman of the Federal Reserve will be to announce a pullback in the Fed’s bond purchases. The purchases have been intended to keep long-term loan rates low to spur economic growth.It’s a close call.But most economists think that when the Fed’s latest policy meeting ends Wednesday, it will announce that it’s maintaining its pace of $85 billion a month in bond purchases despite a drop in unemployment to 7 per cent and other improving economic data.One factor in the Fed’s hesitance to reduce its stimulus is that inflation remains historically low. The Fed’s optimal rate is 2 per cent. For the 12 months ending in October, consumer inflation as measured by the Fed’s preferred index is just 0.7 per cent, well below its target. The Fed is as concerned about under-shooting the inflation target as over-shooting it. Both are seen as threats to the economy.On Wednesday, Bernanke will also give his final quarterly news conference. His second four-year term as chairman ends Jan. 31, when Vice Chair Janet Yellen will likely succeed him. The Senate is expected to approve Yellen’s nomination this week.Most analysts think the Fed will start trimming its bond purchases at one of its next two meetings, either in January or March.The decision carries high stakes for individuals, businesses and global financial markets. A pullback in the bond buying would likely send long-term rates up and stock and bond prices down.That the Fed is even considering slowing its stimulus is testament to the economy’s improvement. Hiring has been robust for four straight months. Unemployment is at a five-year low of 7 per cent. Factory output is up. Consumers are spending more at retailers. Auto sales haven’t been better since the recession ended 4 1/2 years ago.What’s more, the stock market is near all-time highs. Inflation remains below the Fed’s target rate. And the House has passed a budget plan that seems likely to avert another government shutdown next year. The Senate is expected to follow suit.“It really feels like the economy has finally hit escape velocity,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, citing a term Bernanke has used for an economy strong enough to propel growth and shrink unemployment without the Fed’s extraordinary help.Still, only one-fourth of more than three dozen economists surveyed last week by The Associated Press expect the Fed to scale back its bond purchases this week.The economists surveyed by the AP think Yellen will be more “dovish” than Bernanke — that is, more likely to stress the need to reduce still-high unemployment than to worry about inflation that might arise from the Fed’s policies.Bernanke’s mention in June that the Fed might start to reduce its bond purchases before year’s end sent stocks and bonds into a temporary tailspin. They have since recovered. Stocks are trading near new highs. And the rate on the benchmark 10-year Treasury has stabilized, though it’s still a full percentage point above its level in early May.The calmness among investors suggests that they’ve absorbed a point Bernanke has stressed repeatedly: That even after the Fed scales back its bond purchases, it will still provide significant support for the economy. Fed officials have invoked the imagery of a driver easing up on a gas pedal without pressing the brakes.In addition, the Fed plans to leave its key policy lever for short-term rates at a record low near zero, where it’s been since December 2008. It’s said it plans to leave its short-term rate ultra-low at least as long as unemployment remains above 6.5 per cent and the outlook for inflation doesn’t top 2.5 per cent.An unemployment rate of 6.5 per cent wouldn’t automatically trigger a rate increase, Bernanke has said. To stress that short-term rates will remain ultra-low, some Fed officials favour announcing an unemployment threshold of 6 per cent before any rate increase would be considered.Some economists think the Fed may decide to leave its policy unchanged in December just because Bernanke and other officials have sent no clear signal of their intentions.“Reducing bond purchases is going to happen at some point, but I don’t think they have done enough explaining yet to prepare the markets for the move,” said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial.Once the Fed does slow its bond purchases, many economists think it will start by reducing its monthly pace by just $10 billion to $75 billion. But much will return on the collective decision-making of a policy committee with an evolving membership.Because of the transition from Bernanke to Yellen and the need to fill other spots on the Fed’s policy panel, economists In part because of such changes, some think the Fed might decide not to trim its bond purchases until March — the first meeting with Yellen in charge.“I think they will wait until March when they have a new team in place,” said Sung Won Sohn, an economics professor at the Martin Smith School of Business at California State University. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Dec 17, 2013 11:25 pm MDT Fed, after meeting, is expected to maintain its pace of bond purchases for now read more

first_imgAN APPEAL AGAINST the undue leniency of a six-month prison sentence handed down to a man convicted of sexual assault will be heard today.Anthony Lyons an aviation broker, had five-and-a-half years of a six-year sentence suspended last year, after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman near Griffith Avenue on Dublin’s northside in 2010.He was also ordered to pay the 27-year-old victim €75,000 in compensation.In November, the Director of Public Prosecutions was successful in its appeal against the leniency of the sentence but a decision on what sentence should instead be imposed was reserved.But in the interim Mr Justice Michael Hanna became seriously ill and as a result the appeal has had to be re-heard.Lyons admitted to the attack but had argued that a combination medication and alcohol caused him to carry out the attack.The Court of Criminal Appeal had ruled that the sentence imposed was too lenient, citing an “error in principle”.Read: Appeal court finds Anthony Lyons sentence too lenient >Read: ‘Unusual sentence’ for sex offender raises doubts about system’s fairness >last_img read more

first_img By Adam Daly Image: PA Archive/PA Images Senator David Norris says Michael D Higgins is too old to run for a second term. Image: PA Archive/PA Images 23,649 Views Senator David Norris says Michael D Higgins is too old to run for a second term. Yes (6091) SENATOR DAVID NORRIS has suggested that people are afraid to raise the issue of Michael D Higgins’ age, in advance of the expected announcement that the 77-year-old former Labour TD will seek a second term in the Áras.“With the best will in the world, do you want a president who’ll be 85 in the last year?” Norris, a candidate for the presidency in 2011, told the Seanad.When running for the presidency of Ireland candidates must be 35 years or older but there is currently no age limit in place. In 2015 the country had a chance to lower the age at which a person can run for the Áras to 21-years-old but that referendum was defeated by over 70%.We’re asking: Should there be an upper age limit to running for public office?  86 Comments Friday 29 Jun 2018, 8:50 AM No (4256) Poll: Should there be an upper age limit to running for public office? David Norris suggested this week that people were afraid to raise Michael D’s age. Short URL YesNoNo interest/no opinionVote No interest/no opinion (333) Poll Results: Share5 Tweet Email Jun 29th 2018, 8:50 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgSyriza head Alexis Tsipras has called on the Greek people to “complete their victory in the coming elections of June 17.   Speaking to party members, Tsipras attacked what he called the “vulgar propaganda” aimed at Syriza, that according to him was in place with the sole purpose of creating a unified front against his party.“This fake dilemma, memorandum or exit from the euro is their plan. The return to the drachma after the Greek people have been brought to their kness is their plan. It is in fact, the last part of the plan set out by the memorandum and the loan agreement, a plan that Pasok and New Democracy are serving faithfully”, Tsipras stressed. “The first memorandum was put in place in order for the markets to gain time and in order for our lenders to avoid losing a single euro. The second memorandum was put in place, to serve the interests of big capital both inside and outside our country. At the end of all these memorandums, if they so continue, is bankruptcy and a return to the drachma” he noted gravely.   On the matter of the proposed televised debate between him and New Democracy chief Antonis Samaras, Tsipras appeared open to the challenge set by his main opposition in the coming elections.  “With what plan does Mr. Samaras intend to head into the elections with, the second memorandum translated in Greek? Again? We will of course have a chance to make this clear, possibly when we meet with him for a televised debate, which we will gladly be a part of.  Meanwhile, the debate, a proposal originally put forward by New Democracy spokesman Yannis Mihelakis, is a matter which has greatly frustrated and angered Pasok, sentiments that were very evident when party spokesperson Fofi Gennimata commented on the topic:   “To our surprise, we heard Mr. Mihelakis propose a debate between Mr. Samaras and Mr. Tsipras. This is the same man who prior to the previous elections, using a variety of excuses, basically torpedoed the chance of a debate between the political leaders. This sudden 180 degree turn shows a lot. Just like back then, so too now, New Democracy want to avoid a debate between Mr. Samaras and Mr. Venizelos”. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgThe North Slope Borough Assembly has voted to investigate allegations of ethics violations made against Mayor Charlotte Brower.Download Audio:The Assembly’s unanimous vote on Monday was made at Brower’s request and comes after a disclosure by Brower that borough staff had procured goods from members of her family.Brower wrote in a July 7 memo to Assembly members that the borough had allowed no-bid purchases from her family without her knowledge. Details of the purchases the borough paid for were not immediately known.Brower was not available for comment Tuesday. In a written statement released to the media, Brower said she thought an investigation into the allegations would “promote transparency and accountability within the borough.”last_img

first_img Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 “In the pantheon of heroes, none are more lovable and loyal than everyone’s beloved good ol’ dog, Sparky. Surviving in the wintery apocalypse of the undead, this former TV star turned zombie killing machine just wants to make friends and be a good boy. As his fellow survivors scavenge for supplies in the frigid wasteland, will Sparky be able to protect his companions from threats both undead and not yet undead?”Oni Press brings us a new kind of zombie apocalypse with Dead of Winter #1, a comic adapted from the table top game, Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game, designed by Isaac Vega and Jon Gilmour for Plaid Hat Games. I have to admit, I didn’t know this game was based off a table top, but after reading Dead of Winter #1, I want to play it with friends.DEAD OF WINTER #1(W): Kyle Starks (A): Gabriel “Gabo” Bautista (L): Crank!via Oni PressDead of Winter #1 starts with a family swarmed by an ever growing horde of zombies outside their door. They hide for shelter but hope that they’ll discover a way out. Just when they think all hopes lost, they hear a knock on the door and open to see a dog in a red cape, asking them to follow him to two men in a red pickup. The family becomes part of a group of survivors that have to figure out a way to survive the zombie horde coming to them, but also the harsh realities of winter.Kyle Stars adapts this story with a hilarious, energetic start that leaves you wanting more. I don’t personally do well with zombie apocalypse stories. They tend to run together after awhile, and after getting through most of The Walking Dead, I had to put it down and leave it a lone. However, Dead of Winter #1 feels different in the best ways.It’s not only based off an RPG table top, but it also reads like one. In the beginning, there aren’t any particular bigger stories that are happening within the cast, just the scenario they find themselves in. There aren’t any big back story (yet) on why the apocalypse happens – we’re already in the middle of it. Each character has a particular function or title, for example, you have a fireman, white trash, lawyer, and principal, they don’t carry much explanation than that, and it’s fantastic because you wouldn’t be able to focus on the real star of the comic.via Oni PressSparky, our heroic cape wearing dog who “really hates zombies” is our lead. Sparky is a former actor starring in, Sparky, The Superdog before the story begins and Stars writes him as a zombie eating Lassie that wants to do the best he can with the situation. Sparky is the only character with a backstory, making it even more of a comic that feels like an RPG. You’ll find yourself pondering about the others but not necessarily caring yet because Sparky is your connection to whats happening between then and now.Gabriel “Gabo” Bautista’s gory cartoonlike illustrations make Dead of Winter #1 even more worthy of picking up. The setting of winter is already bleak and bland, but Gabo lightens things up a little bit (while still being bleak) that faithfully and wittingly combines with Stars’ words. The gore of zombies is the best part of any post-apocalyptic comic and Gabo does it with a wild amount of detail that fit his lines and excellent coloring to bring Dead of Winter to life.Dead of Winter #1 is already turning out to be a funny and exciting driven story that will only get better. I highly recommend you reading this if you want an RPG-like take and feel on regular zombie comics. I also recommend this if you want to see a joyful and adorable dog in a cape, who bites zombies and wants to make friends in this world. Dead of Winter #1 is available now on Comixology and in print here.8/2/17 Releases – In addition to Dead of Winter #1, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Spencer & Locke TPB by David Pepose (W), Jorge Santiago, Jr (A), Jason Smith (C), Colin Bell (L) Action Lab ComicsWWE Vol. 1 by Dennis Hopeless (W), Serge Acuna (Chapters 1-4), Dan Mora (Prologue) (A), Doug Garbark (C) and Jim Campbell (L) Boom! StudiosBlack Bolt #4  by writer Saladin Ahmed, artist Christian Ward, and Marvel. Read our glowing reviews of issues #1 here and #2 here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_img Watch These Movies Before ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’‘Fortnite’s’ John Wick Mode Is The Deadliest Crossover… Stay on target John Wick: Chapter 2 isn’t even out in theaters yet, but Keanu Reeves might already have to get ready for another spin with the character.Franchise director Chad Stahelski said in an interview that he and his team have already begun planning for the third film and besides the return of Reeves, obviously, they already have some actors in mind, including Ian McShane, who plays Winston in the two films.“Winston’s a big part of the next one, so is Lance Reddick. We’ve got some ideas,” he said.The news follows a panel at New York Comic Con over the weekend that revealed a number of details about Chapter 2, along with the first trailer.McShane and Reddick are seen as people who run the Continental, which is a hotel in the Wickverse. Picking up immediately after the events of the first one, Wick flies to Rome to deal with an international assassins’ guild. According to Stahelski, it actually takes place the following day.“When it came to coming up with a story idea, we had like ten bad ideas, and they we were like, ‘fuck it,’ what would have just happened the next day,” he said. “Once we stopped worrying about ourselves, it was fun.”For the follow-up to a film about an assassin getting revenge after the loss of his dog, this one still looks bonkers, like something straight from an anime rather than real life. Even more important though is the Matrix reunion. Stahelski was a stunt coordinator on the Matrix films and Morpheus himself, Laurence Fishburne, appears at the end of the trailer.Ruby Rose from Orange is the New Black and Common are also slated to appear.John Wick: Chapter 2 is scheduled for release on Feb. 10, 2017. For more on the New York Comic Con panel, click here.last_img read more

first_img Explore further Citation: Startup touts ultrafast charging: What if a smartphone could charge in 12 minutes instead of two hours? (2013, April 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from (c) 2013 Sadasivam Two Gadgets, One Charger: Fueltank Portable Lithium Ion Battery ( —Potential Difference Inc., a Nevada startup, has developed a versatile charger that it claims can refill the batteries in smartphones, laptops and even electric vehicles to 80 percent capacity in 12 minutes. That’s a major improvement considering the Tesla Motors Supercharger needs 30 minutes to recharge 50 percent of a battery.center_img An Exide forklift truck battery being charged using the rapid charging system. Credit: Potential Difference Inc. Dr. Yi Ding at the Georgia Institute of Technology first developed the technology in the late 1990s, and patented it in 2001. Now, Elliott Small, the CEO of Potential Difference, has acquired an exclusive license to commercialize the technology. “We are working on partnering with manufacturers to integrate the technology with the battery of different consumer electronics,” said Small. Potential Difference has already teamed up with Chargetek to manufacture the integrated circuits with the patented technology and is currently running a crowd funding campaign on, energy storage research involves innovation in the materials used to design batteries and in their physical configuration. But this particular technology modifies the method of charging without altering batteries themselves. The charger has sensors to detect the temperature, voltage and current charge level of a battery, and these data are used to determine the battery charge acceptance. Generally, batteries charge faster at low charge levels as compared to when they are already partially charged. By first determining the state of the battery, the charger can optimize the current pulses it sends.”This is what makes it unique and different,” said Scott Moura, a postdoctoral fellow in control systems and dynamics at the University of California, San Diego. “Batteries normally charge using a constant current but these chargers send current pulses.” Potential Difference has conducted testing on charger prototypes for lithium-ion batteries and its results show that common consumer electronics and electric vehicles can be charged fully within 16 minutes. While charging to 80 percent, the battery reached a maximum temperature of 42 degrees Celsius. A major plus for implementation is that the charger is compatible with almost all consumer electronics. “The interface that connects the charger and device needs to be changed, but the charger remains essentially the same,” Small said. Originally, Potential Difference hoped to manufacture the chargers on its own but technological and market limitations pushed the company to connect with electronics manufacturers. John Busbee, the CEO of Xerion Advanced Battery Corp., agrees that the charger will work best if customized to each electronic device. “It won’t reach it’s best potential without partnerships with the consumer electronics and battery manufacturers,” said Busbee. “If the battery model is not reflective of the battery, it’ll work, but it won’t work as well.” However, Ding argues that the charging method is generic and depends mainly on basic battery chemistry. He feels that since most electric vehicles and consumer electronics use lithium-ion batteries, the specifications of the battery are immaterial. “That’s the beauty of this kind of charging technique,” Ding said. “It doesn’t rely on who the producer is or the size of the battery.” Since the charger first diagnoses the state of the battery before responding, Dr. Ding said the manufacturing details of each gadget are not required. Moura is skeptical about the fast charging technique’s effect on battery life. When high levels of current are applied, the internal resistance of the battery causes temperature rise and damage to the battery itself. Moura explains that since the electrodes in the battery are like a sponge soaking up lithium ions, sending high pulses of current repeatedly would cause repetitive expansion and contraction of the electrode, ultimately resulting in electrode fractures and battery failure. Potential Difference has not yet conducted cyclical testing on the device and does not yet have data on how many cycles of charging an average battery can withstand. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img Citation: Two studies offer evidence suggesting salmonella may have killed off the Aztecs (2017, February 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Salmonella enterica genomes recovered from victims of a major 16th century epidemic in Mexico, populations of the Americas experienced high mortality rates during the early contact period as a result of infectious diseases, many of which were introduced by Europeans. Most of the pathogenic agents that caused these outbreaks remain unknown. Using a metagenomic tool called MALT to search for traces of ancient pathogen DNA, we were able to identify Salmonella enterica in individuals buried in an early contact era epidemic cemetery at Teposcolula-Yucundaa, Oaxaca in southern Mexico. This cemetery is linked to the 1545-1550 CE epidemic locally known as ‘cocoliztli’, the cause of which has been debated for over a century. Here we present two reconstructed ancient genomes for Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovar Paratyphi C, a bacterial cause of enteric fever. We propose that S. Paratyphi C contributed to the population decline during the 1545 cocoliztli outbreak in Mexico.Millennia of genomic stability within the invasive Para C Lineage of Salmonella enterica, enterica serovar Paratyphi C is the causative agent of enteric (paratyphoid) fever. While today a potentially lethal infection of humans that occurs in Africa and Asia, early 20th century observations in Eastern Europe suggest it may once have had a wider-ranging impact on human societies. We recovered a draft Paratyphi C genome from the 800-year-old skeleton of a young woman in Trondheim, Norway, who likely died of enteric fever. Analysis of this genome against a new, significantly expanded database of related modern genomes demonstrated that Paratyphi C is descended from the ancestors of swine pathogens, serovars Choleraesuis and Typhisuis, together forming the Para C Lineage. Our results indicate that Paratyphi C has been a pathogen of humans for at least 1,000 years, and may have evolved after zoonotic transfer from swine during the Neolithic period. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further White ibis salmonella shedding increases with urbanization, new study finds Salmonella forms a biofilm. Credit: CDC Spanish explorers arrived in the New World in what is now Mexico in 1519—it is believed that the native population of Aztecs at that time was approximately 25 million. A hundred years later, that number had dropped to just 1 million. Prior research has suggested that the population decline came about mostly due to diseases carried by explorers from Europe, but to date, no disease has been fingered as the culprit. In this new effort, both teams of researchers suggest it might have been a unique strain of salmonella called Salmonella enterica, also known as Paratyphi C. It has been likened to typhus, and in modern times, kills approximately 10 to 15 percent of those infected.In the first study, the team sequenced DNA from the teeth of Aztecs people that had died during a time called the cocoliztli—a great pestilence that ran from 1545 to 1576, killing off approximately 80 percent of the population. Of the 29 samples collected, 24 were linked to the cocoliztli. The researchers report that they found S. enterica in several of the samples. More details are forthcoming, the team notes, when their paper is published.In the second study, the researchers were studying the remains of a woman that had died approximately 900 years ago (300 years before the cocoliztli) in Norway, and they also found evidence of S. enterica, which suggested that the salmonella strain found in the New World victims may have come from Europe, though it is still not clear how closely they match. Again, more information will come when the paper is published.Neither paper proves conclusively that salmonella was the disease that wiped out most of the Aztecs, but the new evidence does suggest it likely played a part. © 2017 (—Two separate studies conducted by two teams of researchers has led to evidence suggesting that salmonella infections may have been one of the factors that led to the deaths of the vast majority of the Aztecs living in Mexico after the arrival of the Spaniards. Both studies were conducted by teams with members from around the globe and both resulted in papers that have been uploaded to the bioRxiv preprint server as they await review prior to formal publication.last_img read more

first_img Journal information: Astrophysical Journal © 2018 A coronal mass ejection occurs when a star spews a glob of plasma and charged particles from its corona into surrounding space. They quite often occur with our sun following a solar flare. In this new effort, the researchers found evidence of a CME from a large star (approximately three times the mass of the sun) called HR 9024—it is approximately 450 light-years from Earth.The researchers reported that they were studying data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory from a decade ago when they found what they claim is evidence of a CME. They further report that they were looking at changes in wavelengths of X-rays (Doppler shifts) emitted from the star to study material in the corona, when they noticed material that appeared to move away from the star after a flare had ceased. They reported that they detected the material moving back and forth in a loop extending out from the surface of the star and then back again. The also reported that the ejected material was made up of approximately 1 billion trillion grams of material, which they note fell within predicted estimates. But they also found that the kinetic energy produced by the material as it escaped was a lot lower than had been predicted by theory. They also pointed out that prior research has suggested that material from a CME may not be able to escape a large star’s strong magnetic field, which would explain why the material they observed was continually pulled back in the loop. They suggest this might also explain why CMEs for other stars have not been spotted before.Other space scientists have suggested that the behavior the researchers observed might also serve as an indicator of the survivability of life on planets orbiting such a star. On the one hand, it could serve to protect such planets from being struck by material in a CME—but on the other, it could also mean that such planets would be subjected to more discharge if the energy not released by ejection of material results in more solar flares. Explore further Tabby’s star dims again Credit: CC0 Public Domaincenter_img A team of researchers led by Costanza Argiroffi, an astronomer at the University of Palermo in Italy, has found evidence of a coronal mass ejection (CME) from a star that was not our sun—the first ever observed. They reported their findings at this year’s Cool Stars 20 meeting in Massachusetts. More information: Julián D. Alvarado-Gómez et al. Suppression of Coronal Mass Ejections in Active Stars by an Overlying Large-scale Magnetic Field: A Numerical Study, The Astrophysical Journal (2018). DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aacb7f Citation: First coronal mass ejection from a star other than the sun observed (2018, August 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgFoodies, especially those who like traditional Jharkhandi cuisine, are in for a treat as Tourism, Art & Culture, Sports and Youth affairs department of government of Jharkhand is participating in ‘Bharat Parva-2016’ which is going to be held at Red Fort in the national Capital from January 26-29. All preparations, to showcase Jharkhand’s delicious and popular food items as well as typical ethnic dance forms of state, have been finalised by the department.Apart from enjoying the delicacies, people will also have a taste of Jharkhand’s rich culture and tradition as the event also caters to the needs of art and dance lovers. Artists, cooks and dancers from the state are camping in the national capital for the four-day event. A team sent by Jharkhand tourism to participate in ‘Bharta Parva-2016’ has mouth watering delicacies to suit the palate of both vegetarians as well as non vegetarians. Dishes like Dhooska meat, Mutton-Jhor, Murgi Jhor, Rehu Jhor, etc for non vegetarian foodies and Peetha, Usna Chawal, Kurthi Dal, Chilka, Kachari, Footkal Saag, Kacchu Masala, Maduwa Roti as well as Dhooska Barra for vegetarians are some of the famous cuisines that one can relish.From the rustic delicacies of Jharkhand to the enamouring Chou dance form and primitive arts and handicrafts kept alive by tribal artisans – Jharkhand Tourism is showcasing the beautiful and intriguing attractions of the state at the ‘Bharat Parva 2016’. The participants include dancers who are promoting the indigenous dance form Chou and artisans who have preserved the age-old traditional art and craft forms of tribal areas. Suchitra Sinha, Director of Jharkhand Tourism said: “The department is focusing strongly on promoting tourism to the state which has several tourist attractions, scenic waterfalls, beautiful forests and a rich history.” According to Sinha, Chief Minister of Jharkhand-Raghubar Das, is taking personal interest in activities to promote tourism in the state.last_img read more

first_imgA study looking at extending the Pedieos pedestrian path in Nicosia into the occupied area is set to begin at the end of November under the watch of the technical environment committee.As part of the Nicosia master plan technocrats from the committee, EU representatives and potential funders in cooperation with the UN will be visiting the area to begin the technical and financial study on developing the area.Chairman of the technical committee Michalis Loizides told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) that the project may even be implemented in 2018.The Nicosia master plan includes improving infrastructure and buildings and creating new leisure and entertainment spots. The first phase provides for extending the current pedestrian and cycling route in Pedieos so it can reach the occupied area, Loizides said.The path will have a small detour in the initial stages through the Ledra Palace checkpoint until a new one is created near the river bed, he added.“All of this will be included in the techno-economic study, which will note down all the points for which a political or technical decision needs to be taken so the project can go ahead.”The final study will need approval from both President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, who are aware of the plans and are waiting for further information to see if the project can be implemented or there are any difficulties which need to be examined, Loizides added.According to reports from the north, Akinci had a meeting with members of the technical environment committee over the plans for earlier this week.The cost of the project will be covered by Turkish Cypriot funding and ‘EU partnerships that can give the budget for a complete project which serves such an important purpose’, Loizides told CNA.During the visit at the end of the month, technocrats will begin from the end of the current path at the Pedieos river bed, going through the buffer zone, a military area in the occupied territories, the Ledra Palace checkpoint to reach the final point of the project.“We will see the whole area that is untouched all these years,” he added.Asked if the committee had met after the talks collapsed in Crans Montana, Loizides said the committee had a meeting a month and a half ago in Karpasia and that another one was slated for next month in Akamas regarding ecosystem protection, as the two areas are subject to a lot of pressure from tourism-related developments.“There are already species of the ecosystem that are extinct due to tourism development and we must immediately take measures to protect them.”Other topics of discussion concern the Mia Milia water plant, Loizides said.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_img State Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, honored two Muskegon County teenagers with special tributes and state seals at the Capitol today to thank them for their bravery and courage as they saved a local resident from a burning building and put out the fire at the Tiffany Woods apartment complex in Roosevelt Park.Alec Edwards and his step brother, Alex Bisard, a student at Mona Shores High School, saved a man from a burning apartment building on the evening of May 6. Both teens have received Citizen Lifesaving awards from Roosevelt Park Mayor Allan C. Lowe, and Norton Shores Fire Chief, Bob Gagnon.“These young men responded immediately and without hesitation to the emergency situation, pulling a man from a window and saving his life while also putting out the fire,” said Rep. Hughes. “The tremendous valor and quick decision-making that these young men displayed is truly admirable, and I am so proud of these two hometown heroes and thankful to them for their courageous efforts.”Alec and Alex were recognized by Rep. Hughes on the House floor and received official state of Michigan tributes and state seals acknowledging their heroism.### Senator Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, accompanied Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, on the House floor to present official state of Michigan tributes to teen heroes.Alex Bisard (left), Rep. Holly Hughes, Alec Edwards (right). Categories: Featured news,Hughes News,News 17Jun Rep. Hughes honors two Muskegon County teens for heroic effortscenter_img Tags: #SB last_img read more

first_imgLegislation introduced today by state Rep. Roger Hauck is part of a legislative package to reform and eliminate ineffective driver responsibility fees.Hauck, of Union Township, is the author of one of the bills in the seven-bill package that will end all driver responsibility fees by October 2018. The fees are assessed on people who commit a variety of driving offenses.Hauck’s bill provides immediate amnesty from paying the fees for people who are on a payment plan and have made a good-faith effort to pay off their obligations. Other bills in the package move phase-out of the fees from 2019 to Oct. 1, 2018, and restore a community service option for people who owe fees until the 2018 elimination of the fees.“This was a bad bill in 2003, when it was enacted as a quick fix for budget issues, and it is a bad law today that contributes to the misery of middle-income families trying to make ends meet,” Hauck said. “People should not be under the burden of these fees that do nothing to make people better drivers, but do have a negative effect on their quality of life.”Hauck said current law forces tough decisions for people burdened with the fees. He said that according to media reports, 1,129 people in the Mount Pleasant ZIP code are paying driver responsibility fees, with the average amount owed being $2,036.“Forcing drivers to pay the fees perpetuates a cycle in which people lose their licenses but still have to take care of their families, so they drive illegally to make a living, or they lose their jobs and are forced to rely on state assistance,” Hauck said. “When the fees are eliminated and their driving privileges are restored, these people can go back to work and support their families.”The bills were referred to the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee.##### Categories: Hauck News,News Measure gives amnesty to those on payment plancenter_img 28Sep Rep. Hauck’s bill forgives driver responsibility feeslast_img read more

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJanuary 28, 2015; HyperallergicAs an important step in preserving Peru’s rich cultural history, Culture Minister Diana Álvarez-Calderón announced the construction of Peru’s first large-scale national museum. The Museo Nacional del Perù will be built just southeast of Lima on the Pachacamac archaeological site, which features temples and pyramids predating the Inca Empire. While serving as an entry to the Pachacamac ruins, the national museum will contain an exhibition space of 49,000 square feet, a library, classrooms and laboratories. With an anticipated completion date between April and May 2016, the Museo Nacional del Perù will be home to 500,000 artifacts. Many of the pre-Colombian artifacts will come from two smaller institutions, both of which will turn to other areas of specialization. The Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology, and History of Free People in Pueblo Libre will specialize in colonial and republican history, and the Museum of the Nation in San Borja will focus on updating its space for the display of contemporary art. But while the national museum is an important step for the Ministry of Culture and the heritage of Peru, there is still cause for concern. Earlier in the month, Álvarez-Calderón announced that “it is impossible for the Ministry of Culture, with the resources it has, to keep guard of thousands of archaeological sites or 5,500 kilometers of the Nazca Lines.” The illegal intrusions on the Nazca Lines within the past several years have caused irreparable damage to the historical landmark, and other archaeological sites in Peru face similar damage from illegal mining, tomb raiders, and others. Which such activities present at such high rates, Álvarez-Calderón and the Ministry of Culture have expressed their desire to collaborate with the private sector to better secure the historical sites and thus, the country’s heritage. Such collaboration could prove invaluable, as the damage of the archaeological sites cannot be undone. While the establishment of the Museo Nacional del Perù to educate and preserve is long overdue in such a culturally rich country, the importance of preserving irreplaceable archaeological sites should not be overlooked.—Michele BittnerShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgShare6Tweet29Share5Email40 SharesBy Careilly5801 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia CommonsAugust 8, 2017; Washington PostImmediately after the Senate failed in its final attempt to either repeal or replace the ACA, President Trump tweeted, “3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let Obamacare implode.” Based on his administration’s lack of action, he seems willing to do everything he can to make his words come true.The annual enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the time when those wishing to get insurance for 2018 must choose their plan, is set to begin on November 1st. For more than 10 million people, that short six-week period is all the time they have to assess the changes in the coverage that will be available for 2018, including new premiums, and decide whether they want to reenroll for their current coverage or select a new plan or provider. This process isn’t easy, and the penalties for not completing it within the timeframe is high—insurance coverage may be lost or the wrong level of coverage may be selected.Under the Obama administration, the federal government assertively worked to offer encouragement and support, especially through the use of nonprofit ACA “navigators.” According to the Washington Post,In each of the past four sign-up seasons, the Obama administration was a clear cheerleader for the marketplaces, engaging in widespread marketing efforts, supporting nonprofit “navigators” who helped with community-based enrollment and loudly proclaiming the availability of insurance plans—and federal subsidies—to just about anyone without employer-sponsored coverage, Medicare or Medicaid.One way to ensure that the ACA will “implode” is to impede or withhold this effort, and that seems to be the administration’s game plan. When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, which are responsible for managing the sign-up process, were asked by the Washington Post what the plan was for the new enrollment cycle, they would only state, “As open enrollment approaches, we are evaluating how to best serve the American people who access coverage on” Even that statement was quickly retracted.In June, the organizations, many of them nonprofits, with federal government contracts to help individuals navigate the healthcare system, attended a meeting in Baltimore with HHS officials to learn about the upcoming enrollment process. They left knowing only that this was going to be a difficult year for their organizations and those trying to navigate the system.Daniel Bouton, Health Insurance Marketplace Program Manager for the Community Council of Greater Dallas in North Texas, told the Post, “Every time the question was brought up, the only answer we received is they were working on it, and they hadn’t made a final decision about whether they were going to have a marketing campaign this year.” Jessie Menkens from the Alaska Primary Care Association asked, “Is there a commitment at this time to proceed with this outreach?” Menken reported their response was, “They very kindly said, ‘We’re not able to provide a commitment to that.’”State officials who are responsible for coordinating with the federal government have been no more successful in receiving guidance.Heather Korbulic, executive director of Nevada’s marketplace…has tried to find out whether HHS intends to contact Nevadans with ACA health plans to remind them to enroll—a particularly pressing issue because the state exchange operates under a hybrid system and pays about $5 million to rely on She also has tried to get federal officials to provide a list of currently enrolled residents so the state can notify them directly.“I ask this question every week,” Korbulic said. “It’s verbal, written, and to different levels of management…We are desperately seeking answers.’”Limiting implementation support will make it difficult for the program to reach the same number of people it had in prior years. But that’s not the only way the administration’s lack of action is hurting those most vulnerable. Following passage of the ACA, the House of Representatives went to court challenging the payments made to these navigator programs, alleging they were not specifically permitted under the new law. While the legal process went forward, the Obama administration continued with this element of the ACA, and insurance companies saw it as an important element of the overall program. The President tweeted his recognition of the importance of these subsidies…and threatened to withhold them: “ObamaCare is in serious trouble. The Dems need big money to keep it going—otherwise it dies far sooner than anyone would have thought.”The impact of this uncertainty has been seen in increased rates and the withdrawal of insurance companies from the marketplace. According to S&P Global, just this week saw Anthem Insurance take both paths, as it announced significant changes to its operations in two more states, Nevada and Georgia. Earlier this year, it had exited California, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Business Insider reported, “Nevada Insurance Commissioner Barbara Richardson said in a statement that Anthem requested a 62 percent average rate increase, without factoring in the cost-sharing reductions, or CSRs, that many insurers have relied upon.” Fourteen counties in Nevada would end up with no insurance available under the ACA.The weight of Trump’s strategy of allowing ACA to falter through inaction will first fall on the households who will again find themselves uninsured and facing pain of unaffordable medical bills. The hospitals, doctors, and nonprofit organizations that serve them will scramble to protect them. And, the president who promised that we’d have “great health care…in a much-simplified form. Much less expensive and much better” is going to leave millions in the lurch, paying more for what little coverage they can get.—Martin LevineShare6Tweet29Share5Email40 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgShare2TweetShareEmail2 Shares“The Crew Ain’t Here No More,” Raymond Clarke ImagesMarch 13, 2019; The Vindicator (Youngstown, OH)Located on 965 acres of land, adjacent to the Ohio turnpike, roughly halfway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, the General Motors (GM) Lordstown factory produced cars for 53 years—but no more. During that time, workers assembled an estimated 16.5 million cars and vans. The last car, a Chevrolet Cruze, rolled off the line a week ago Wednesday.When the Lordstown facility opened, it employed 6,000 workers; at its peak, in the mid-1970s, 12,000 worked at the facility. This year, there were only 1,400 remaining production workers and 1,600 workers total to lay off. Of these workers, 400 are transferring to other cities, 350 are retiring, while the rest are looking for other work. Wages for line workers at the plant ranged from $61,000 to $88,000, compared to an average wage in the Youngstown area of $38,000.While only 1,600 are being laid off now, that number is deceptively low, as layoffs occurred in three stages. Between January 2017 and the plant’s final closure this month, over 4,300 lost their jobs. As Stan Boney of local television station WKBN reports, a study authored by professors Iryna Lendel and Merissa Piazza, and graduate research assistant Matthew Ellerbock of Cleveland State University, puts the “cumulative job loss at 7,711 or 4.4 percent of all the jobs in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.” The reason the number is 7,711, Boney explains, is that, according to the study, “For every four jobs lost at GM, two were lost in supply chain companies and one was lost in the consumer services sector.” The study estimates the overall cost of the plant’s closing to the local economy at $1.6 billion or 9.4 percent of the gross regional product and will cost local government $12 million in revenue.Writing in the Vindicator, David Skolnick notes that Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has said that he’s been given no indication from GM what the future of the facility will be. DeWine said that, “My focus is to do everything to get jobs back in that plant, understanding that our hands are really tied until there is some movement from General Motors.” DeWine is hoping to know more from GM “in four to six weeks.”Often when layoffs at manufacturing plants occur, the story told centers on supposedly inevitable “market forces,” but as Michael Shields of the nonprofit advocacy group Policy Matters Ohio explains, better policy could have led to better outcomes. A four-page policy brief from the group notes that,Better Federal policies might have prevented Lordstown’s closure. A substantial gas tax would reduce carbon waste and could be used to smooth fuel prices to make them more predictable. Today, automakers face a high stakes gamble in predicting future fuel prices. Last week the Chevy Cruze fell victim to dwindling consumer demand from low fuel prices: a decade ago GM shut down the Moraine truck and SUV plant, again citing low consumer demand, that time due to high fuel prices.Other measures mentioned by Shields include:Extend the Art Modell Law to other businesses. “Ohio’s Art Modell law,” notes Shields “requires professional sports teams to give at least six months’ notice of intent to leave, and give locals the opportunity to buy the franchise.” It so happens that the Ohio Employee Ownership Center—founded in 1987 by the late John Logue, a former Kent State professor who saw employee ownership as an alternative to plant shutdowns—has in the past three decades helped preserve over 20,000 jobs statewide by converting business to employee ownership.Strengthen state WARN Act protections and enforcement. Ohio, Shields explains, follows the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which requires employers of 50 or more workers to give 60 days’ notice before layoffs. “Some states,” note Shields, “include smaller firms and layoffs and provide severance pay.”Get smart about tax incentives. Ohio allocated $82 million to GM in 2006 on the promise the plant would stay open at least 30 years. Obviously, GM has reneged on that commitment.Such policies (and others), Shields contends, can make a difference by reducing the number of layoffs and mitigating their impact when they occur. The policy brief concludes, “Responsible public policy must support the displaced workers, and take steps to reduce the incidence of events like this happening again.”—Steve DubbShare2TweetShareEmail2 Shareslast_img read more