first_imgDonations can be made from now until April 23, 2019 at Braun’s Flooring, located on 96 Avenue in Fort St. John.For more information, you can call the Pregnancy Care Centre at 250-787-5584. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Pregnancy Care Centre is holding their Easter Giving Tree event.The Easter Giving Tree is an opportunity for individuals, families, businesses and more to give back this Easter.According to the Pregnancy Care Centre, all proceeds will go towards helping those facing unplanned pregnancy in the community.last_img

first_imgNew Delhi: WhatsApp on Tuesday launched a service in India where over 200 million users in the country can tip off fake news, misinformation and rumours related to elections. Launched by PROTO, a media skilling start-up, the tipline will help create a database of rumours to study misinformation during elections for Checkpoint — a research project commissioned by WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned company said in a statement. People in India can submit misinformation or rumours to the “Checkpoint Tipline on WhatsApp” at +91-9643-000-888. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Dig Deeper Media and Meedan, who have previously worked on misinformation-related projects around the world, are helping PROTO to develop the verification and research frameworks for India. “The goal of this project is to study the misinformation phenomenon at scale — natively in WhatsApp,” said PROTO’s founders Ritvvij Parrikh and Nasr ul Hadi. When a WhatsApp user shares a suspicious message with the tipline, PROTO’s verification centre will seek to respond and inform the user if the claim made in the message shared is verified or not. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The response will indicate if information is classified as true, false, misleading, disputed or out of scope and include any other related information that is available. “The centre can review rumours in the form of pictures, video links or text and will cover four regional languages including Hindi, Telugu, Bengali and Malayalam, other than English,” said WhatsApp. Following the project, PROTO aims to submit learnings to the International Center for Journalists to help other organisations learn from the design and operations of this project. “The research from this initiative will help create a global benchmark for those wishing to tackle misinformation in their own markets,” said Fergus Bell, Founder and CEO, Dig Deeper Media.last_img read more

TORONTO — The first time Ryan Johnson bought Bitcoins — an emerging digital currency that isn’t controlled by any authority such as a central bank — was with a pocket full of cash from a stranger he had met online.[np_storybar title=”See how the RoboCoin kisosks work” link=”#1″] [/np_storybar]“It was almost like a sketchy drug deal,” recalls the 31-year-old Vancouver resident.Since that first transaction in January, Johnson has been exchanging his Canadian cash for digital currency at Bitcoiniacs, a physical store in Vancouver that acts like a Bitcoin broker.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Handout/RoboCoin “It’s just much more comfortable to go sit down in an office at a brick-and-mortar building with a professional that knows a lot about Bitcoins, do a professional transaction and get a receipt for it,” says Johnson. “It’s reassuring.”Soon, Johnson and other Canadian Bitcoin enthusiasts will be able to exchange Canadian cash for the digital currency through a kiosk that’s similar to an ATM.Bitcoiniacs says it has ordered five Bitcoin kiosks from a Las Vegas-based company called RoboCoin and intends to roll them out across Canada in the coming months, with the first machine expected to land in Vancouver in early October.Four more kiosks will arrive in December and although their locations are not yet certain, Bitcoiniacs says it’s eyeing major Canadian cities such as Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Ottawa.“Basically, it just make it easier for people to buy and sell Bitcoins and hopefully will drive the adoption of Bitcoin, and make it more accessible for people,” says Mitchell Demeter, the 27-year-old owner of Bitcoiniacs.Bitcoins are mathematically generated through a series of commands executed by computers in a peer-to-peer network. The process is called Bitcoin “mining” and is set up so that the total number of Bitcoins that can ever be generated is limited to about 21 million.While some have doubted Bitcoin’s validity and others have raised concerns that the unregulated currency is being used for nefarious means, a U.S. judge ruled last month that Bitcoin, which has been around since 2009, is a real currency.Currently, acquiring Bitcoins is often done through an exchange, an arduous process that requires users to jump through several hoops, including linking their bank account to the exchange and sending in paperwork to verify their identity.When Toronto resident Robert Burko signed up with a Canadian Bitcoin exchange in April, he says it took more than 10 days — “an eternity” — for his account to get verified.By then the price of Bitcoin had ballooned to around US$260, before falling back down to closer to $100, and Burko had missed his chance to cash out.Our goal is to make Bitcoin truly grandma-friendly“I didn’t really want a long-term investment opportunity in Bitcoins, I wanted a short-term one,” Burko says. “And because they took so long to verify my account I missed out on that entire window, which was very frustrating.”The alternative to using an exchange is to find someone who wants to sell their Bitcoins in an online forum, meet up with them in person, hand them some cash and scan each others’ smartphones to transfer the Bitcoins to your digital wallet — which is managed through an app.The RoboCoin kiosks are expected to make the process of buying and selling Bitcoins much easier says Jordan Kelley, the company’s chief executive.“Our goal is to make Bitcoin truly grandma-friendly,” says Kelley.Using a kiosk means you don’t have to wait to verify your account on an exchange or hand cash to a stranger, says Kelley. It also makes Bitcoins more accessible to people by adding an element of legitimacy and increases liquidity in the market.“We’re trying to provide customers an in-person access,” says Kelley. “Doing that really provides visibility to Bitcoins and adds a lot of trust.”The kiosks allow users to select how much money they would like to spend, insert cash into the machine and then scan a QR code on their phone to transfer the Bitcoins to their wallet. It also allows users to redeem their Bitcoins for cash.Kelley says since announcing the machine, they have been swamped with pre-order inquiries, from everywhere from Australia to Kenya.According to, the largest number of downloads of Bitcoin software last month were in the U.S., followed by China, Germany, Russia and the U.K. Canada came in sixth place.RoboCoin plans to ship out 10 to 15 kiosks to customers before the end of the year. The first one will go to Bitcoiniacs, says Kelley.Demeter says many Bitcoin startups are gravitating to Canada because the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada — also known as FINTRAC — aren’t as strict as regulators in the U.S.“It’s a lot more open up here, that’s for sure,” says Demeter.See how RoboCoin kiosks work:More on Bitcoin: read more

“The largest artificial Christmas tree measures 72.1 m (236 ft 6.58 in) tall, and was achieved by Arjuna Ranatunga Social Services (Sri Lanka), in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 24 December 2016. The Christmas tree was built as part of a three day carnival in the Gelle Face Green in Colombo during the Christmas season as an attractive aspect of the event,” Guinness World Records said. The tallest artificial Christmas tree in the world, constructed at Galle Face last year, has been included in the Guinness World Records.The certificate by Guinness World Records recognizing the achievement has been handed over to the Government. Earlier the largest artificial Christmas tree recognised by Guinness World Records measuring 55 metres (180.4 feet) was by GZ ThinkBig Culture Communication Co.,Ltd. (China), in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China on 25 December 2015. Including the star on top, the tree in China measures 56 m (183.4 ft). The diameter of the bottom of the tree is 22 m, and the circumference is 69 m. The tree was covered with green synthetic foliage and decorated with ornaments and lamps.Sri Lanka went past the record on December 24 with the tree at Galle Face green despite a short delay in completing the work as a result of some opposition to the construction of the tree. The Catholic Church had initially objected to the construction of the tree saying it was a waste of money which could have been put to better use.The Christian community in Sri Lanka had also expressed disappointment at the construction of the Christmas tree.However Port and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga clarified that the world’s tallest Christmas tree was constructed at Galle Face with funds from a private company. (Colombo Gazette) read more

On July 7, 2011, Daryl (Dee) Dickman, liaison librarian, passed away at the Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital. She is survived by her two sons, Timothy and Sven, and grandchildren Angele and Esteban.For nearly 35 years, Dickman provided research support to Brock faculty and students in a variety of areas including History, Canadian Studies, Classics, Education and Applied Language Studies. Always keen to learn and mentor, she thoroughly enjoyed working with students. She will be fondly remembered by her colleagues for her enthusiasm, positive disposition and desire to help others.A memorial gathering will be held in the Pond Inlet on Wednesday, July 13 at 10 a.m. If so desired, donations may be made in her memory to the James A. Gibson Library for the purchase of books. bestsellers for week ending September 6:Fiction:1. The Sisters by Dervla McTiernan, narrated by Aoife McMahon (Audible Studios)2. Treasure Island: An Audible Original Drama by Robert Louis Stevenson & Marty Ross – adaptation, narrated by Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate & Owen Teale (Audible Studios)3. The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury, narrated by Suzy Jackson (Audible Originals)4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, narrated by Cassandra Campbell (Penguin Audio)5. The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne, narrated by James Lecesne (Audible Originals)6. The Conception of Terror: Tales Inspired by M. R. James – Volume 1: An Audible Original Drama by M. R. James, Stephen Gallagher, A. K. Benedict, Jonathan Barnes & Mark Morris, narrated by Robert Bathurst, Tom Burke, Rosa Coduri, Alice Lowe, Pearl Mackie, Anna Maxwell Martin, Andy Nyman, Jeff Rawle & Reece Shearsmith (Audible Studios)7. Run Away by Harlan Coben, narrated by Steven Weber (Brilliance Audio)8. Vendetta in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death, Book 49) by J. D. Robb, narrated by Susan Ericksen (Macmillan Audio)9. Wally Roux, Quantum Mechanic by Nick Carr, narrated by William Jackson Harper (Audible Original)10. The Secrets We Keep: A Novel by Lara Prescott, narrated by Carlotta Brentan, Cynthia Farrell, Mozhan Marnò, full cast (Random House Audio)Nonfiction:1. The Home Front: Life in America During World War II by Audible Original, narrated by Martin Sheen (Audible Originals)2. Body of Proof: An Audible Original by Darrell Brown, Sophie Ellis, narrated by Darrell Brown, Sophie Ellis (Audible Originals)3. Press Pause: A Young Person’s Guide to Managing Life’s Challenges by Catherine Singer, narrated by Catherine Singer (Audible Originals)4. It’s Not What It Looks Like by Molly Burke, narrated by the author (Audible Originals)5. Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead by Jim Mattis, Bing West, narrated by Danny Campbell (Random House Audio)6. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover, narrated by Julia Whelan (Random House Audio)7. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey, narrated by Stephen R. Covey (Simon & Schuster Audio)8. Becoming by Michelle Obama, narrated by the author (Random House Audio)9. Born a Crime: Stories from South African Childhood by Trevor Noah, narrated by Trevor Noah (Audible Studios)10. Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins, narrated by the author & Adam Skolnick (Lioncrest Publishing)—–The Associated Press read more

“How much worse does it have to get before those who can bring this conflict to an end, especially President [Salva] Kiir and Dr. [Riek] Machar, decide to do so?” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay asked at a news conference in the capital, Juba.These comments come at the end of a three-day visit to the country by Ms. Pillay and UN Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, amid the ongoing conflict between forces loyal to Mr. Kiir and Mr. Machar, the former vice-president. “The deadly mix of recrimination, hate speech, and revenge killings that has developed relentlessly over the past four and a half months seems to be reaching boiling point, and I have been increasingly concerned that neither South Sudan’s political leaders nor the international community at large seem to perceive quite how dangerous the situation now is,” Ms. Pillay stated.“Unfortunately, virtually everything I have seen or heard on this mission has reinforced the view that the country’s leaders, instead of seizing their chance to steer their impoverished and war-battered young nation to stability and greater prosperity, have instead embarked on a personal power struggle that has brought their people to the verge of catastrophe.”The conflict, which began in mid-December 2013, is believed to have left thousands dead and forced tens of thousands to seek refuge at UN bases around the country. It has also been marked by numerous grave human rights violations. The list of alarming statistics is long, Ms. Pillay told reporters, noting that more than 9,000 children have been recruited into armed forces by both sides; 32 schools have been taken over by military forces; there have been more than 20 attacks on clinics and health centres; many women and girls have been raped, often brutally and sometimes by several fighters; and children have been killed during indiscriminate attacks on civilians by both sides.The visit by the senior UN officials comes in the wake of mass killings earlier this month in Bentiu and Bor, which have “starkly underlined how close South Sudan is to calamity,” said the High Commissioner. “The slaughter in Bentiu and Bor,” she added, “was simply the latest in a long list of similar tit-for-tat attacks in towns and villages in many parts of the country, which have increasingly involved armed Dinka and Nuer targeting each other’s civilian populations, as well as foreigners.”The two officials held talks with both Mr. Kiir and Mr. Machar, during which they stressed the need for credible investigations in the killings and for accountability. “It is essential that the South Sudanese people and the international community impress on the country’s political leaders that they must stop blindly dragging their people down the path of self-destruction,” she stated. Mr. Dieng said they reminded the President and the Government that the State has a primary responsibility to protect all South Sudanese, irrespective of their ethnic, national or political affiliation.“Ethnicity should not be used as a reason to incite violence or demonise and exclude any community or section of the population. The world is watching. Those responsible for serious violations must be held accountable.”In a phone call with Mr. Kiir yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for an immediate halt to the vicious fighting and the appalling killing of South Sudanese civilians. He also stressed the need to ensure that the perpetrators of the “completely unacceptable” attack on the UN compound in Bor and the ethnically motivated killings in Bentiu are swiftly brought to justice.With the rainy season just starting, the two human rights officials also urged the country’s leaders to show more concern both for the 1.2 million people displaced inside South Sudan, or in neighbouring countries, and the many other South Sudanese who are now in real danger of facing famine, because the conflict has meant that this planting season will almost certainly be missed with devastating results on the country’s food supplies. Ms. Pillay said she was “appalled” by the apparent lack of concern about the risk of famine displayed by both leaders, when she raised the issue. The reaction to UN Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer’s call for 30 days of tranquility to allow people to go home to plant was “lukewarm,” she stated, noting that both leaders said they would if the other did, then made it clear they did not trust each other’s words.“The prospect of widespread hunger and malnutrition being inflicted on hundreds of thousands of their people, because of their personal failure to resolve their differences peacefully did not appear to concern them very much,” Ms. Pillay lamented.“If, in the very near future, there is no peace deal, no accountability, no space to rebuild trust and promote reconciliation, and insufficient funds to cope with a looming humanitarian disaster, I shudder to think where South Sudan is heading,” she stated.“After so many decades of conflict and economic neglect, the South Sudanese deserve better than this, especially from their own leaders – but also from the international community, which has been slow to act.” read more

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Koen Davidse, of the Netherlands, as his Deputy Special Representative in the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). He will succeed Arnauld Akodjènou, of Benin, in September 2015.Mr. Davidse brings with him 25 years of international experience. From 2011 to 2015, he served as Director of Multilateral Institutions and Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Netherlands, and as Director of Peacebuilding and Stabilization, and acted as the Dutch Special Envoy for Sudan.Mr. Davidse also served in South Asia for the Ministry and at the Permanent Missions of the Netherlands to the UN in Geneva and New York. In 2006, the appointee served at the Organization as Research Director for the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence. read more

first_img Show more Prue Leith, who has replaced Mary Berry as a judge on The Great British Bake OffCredit:Kirsty O’Connor /PA Mary Berry has caused controversy by suggesting she has an advantage over Delia Smith because she has children to give her feedback.The former Great British Bake Off judge said her three children had been a positive influence on her career at a panel discussion.”Because I’ve got children I’m very lucky because they say ‘don’t do that again mum’,” she said.The 81-year-old chef went on to suggest this had given her an edge over fellow celebrity chef Ms Smith, who has previously spoken of her regret at not having a family. Food writer and TV chef Delia Smith “Maybe one of the reasons I’ve been so successful in my career is down to the fact I haven’t had any children.”Ms Berry was also asked about her successor on the Great British Bake Off, Prue Leith, who has joined the show for its move to Channel 4.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Prue Leith who has replaced Mary Berry as a judge on The Great British Bake Off She anticipated that the food writer would be “incredibly different” to her, adding she was “delighted” she had been chosen.”She has the knowledge, she has the personality. I think she will be incredibly different but I think she will do really well.”For me, it’s very nice that they have chosen someone who has the knowledge and who will enjoy it. I think she will be very, very good.”  “I always feel that Delia, who I think is absolutely brilliant, hasn’t had the advantage of having children like I have because you don’t half get the truth,” she said at an event in London called An Evening with Mary Berry.”I get the truth from my husband too, and sometimes I get really hurt.”Ms Smith, 75, who is married to the writer Michael Wynn-Jones, has said in the past that she would have “loved” to have children. But the chef suggested that being childless may have advanced her career. In an interview with Yours magazine in 2011 she said: “It wasn’t to be, but I have loved what I’ve been able to do by not having children.  Food writer and TV chef Delia SmithCredit:David Hartley / Rex Features last_img read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuns being smuggled into T&T via jet skis & portsJuly 4, 2017In “latest news”Guyanese among 13 charged in multinational drug smuggling ring in CanadaOctober 8, 2015In “Crime”T&T rolls out new initiative to deal with murdersJuly 22, 2019In “latest news” (CMC) — The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) on Monday appealed for support from law abiding citizens as the twin island republic recorded the highest number of murders in the month of January for any one year.At least 59 people have been murdered since the start of the year, surpassing the 2008 figure for January when 57 people were killed.Acting Police Commissioner, Stephen Williams, speaking on a television programme, said that despite the police seizing more than 1,000 illegal weapons, the country’s porous borders were making it easy for the illegal guns to enter the country.“They are coming from the USA, they are coming from Latin America generally and therefore our challenge is how we secure our borders against the entry of those weapons.“The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service has focused on firearms seizure as a critical area of our consideration and we have been annually increasing the number of firearms seized in Trinidad and Tobago”.Williams said that the seizure of 1,064 weapons last year “is way beyond my wildest dream (in) that we have never been able to seize in excess of a thousand firearms in Trinidad and Tobago”.Williams said despite the record seizure it has failed to put a dent in the number of gun-related crimes including murder, reiterating an earlier position that law enforcement agencies need public assistance in order to deal with the escalating criminal activities.He said the seizure alone “has not necessarily impacted our violent crime situation and we are exploring different strategies clearly geared towards ensuring that we can create a safer environment.“But it is tough business,” he said, noting that he had listened to a former police commissioner speaking to the Joint Select Committee of Parliament and he ‘was emphasising in addressing our situation that we have to look at it in a broad context.“Agencies like the police service are just addressing one form of social control but we have a broader consideration to look at, the issues of around the family, the church, education, the community, all those are key institutions of social control,” he said.He said these institutions must be strengthened if the country is to win the battle against crime.Last year, Trinidad and Tobago recorded a total of 494 murders, as against 463 the previous year. read more

first_imgRandgold Resources has awarded Shaft Sinkers Holdings, the international shaft sinking and underground construction group, the vertical shaft contract at the Kibali gold mine, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This follows on from the announcement made in September that the company had been selected by Randgold Resources to initiate mobilisation activities at Kibali. The combined mobilisation and vertical shaft contracts have an estimated total value of £82.3 million. The contract is a continuation of the work commenced under the award of mobilisation activities and is scheduled to finish in 2016.This is an “Agreed Target Cost” contract.Kibali is a joint venture between mine operator, Randgold Resources (45%), AngloGold Ashanti (45%) and Congolese parastatal, Sokimo (10%). The project is situated near Doko, in the north eastern Orientale province.The mobilisation phase is progressing on schedule and as a result of the contract the scope of work is extended to include the sinking and lining of the main shaft to the final depth of 760 m, as well as associated development and civil works.Alon Davidov, Chief Executive, said: “I am pleased to see the new business pipeline being converted into new orders. The award of a contract in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is in line with our strategy to diversify our portfolio of projects and to expand our operations on an international basis. We are confident that there will be more conversions of the new business pipeline going forward”.last_img read more

first_imgBoth victims were second year students of the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, studying Hotel and Catering Management. They had just recently started a 30-week Erasmus work placement in the Irish college in Leuven as part of their course.GMIT Students’ Union said it was “devastated” by the tragic deaths.President Sam O’Neill said, “We are all very shocked with the news that broke today about Sara and Dace.  On behalf of all GMIT students, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families & friends of the two girls.They were very popular students, not only among their classmates, but throughout the whole college here in GMIT. It’s a tragic loss of two bright young students who had great futures ahead of them.Ireland’s Ambassador to Belgium, Eamonn MacAodha has visited the hospital where the other students who escaped the fire are being treated.The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is working with the Polish and Latvian embassies in Dublin and Brussels to help in any way it can. Dace Zarina’s family originally came from Latvia, while Sara Gibadlo originated from Poland.Read: Names of two Irish students killed in Belgium blaze confirmed I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the families of Dace Zarina and Sara Gibadlo, who lost their lives this morning in Leuven.My thoughts are also with their fellow students at the Institute for Ireland, who have been through a terrible ordeal.I would also like to note the bravery of the residents and fire department of Leuven who risked their own lives to help students escape the fire. THE TÁNAISTE HAS expressed his sympathy to the families of the two Irish students who died in this morning’s fire at a college residence in Belgium.Twenty-two-year-old Dace Zarina from Longford and 19-year-old Sara Gibadlo from Oranmore, Galway perished in the blaze.In a statement, Eamon Gilmore said:last_img read more

first_imgDon’t expect every new Nexus device to come from Motorola, said Google after they completed the acquisition. Fair enough, say sources in Taiwan — who believe the first Nexus tablet will be built by Asus, have a 7-inch screen, sell for about $200, and it could arrive as soon as May.HTC was also in the running, but apparently Google wanted to take the design lead on the project and HTC was unwilling to hand over that control. HTC, of course, built the first Nexus device ever, so it’s not a surprise to hear they were interested in partnering up with Google again. Acer was also on the shortlist.Ultimately, however, Asus won out. It may have a lot to do with the Transformer Prime tablet, which was first on the market with a quad core processor. It may also have something to do with the upcoming MeMo, which is supposed to pack Ice Cream Sandwich and a quad-core chip for just $249. That’s right around the price point Google is aiming for — no surprise, since it would allow them to challenge Amazon and the Kindle Fire head-on.DigiTimes sources are saying the tablet could arrive as soon as May. That would line up nicely with Google I/O 2012, which takes place on June 24 and 25. Google will no doubt be giving away hardware at the event once again, and it might as well be their own tablet.Of course, Asus and Google haven’t been willing to confirm anything at this point. So this mysterious Google/Asus tablet could end up simply being the Asus MeMo when it arrives. It wouldn’t be a Nexus device, but at least it’d be a dirt-cheap quad-core tablet with ICS.More at DigiTimeslast_img read more

first_imgDesigned by Boeing, the X-37B is an unmanned spaceplane that is the smallest orbital plane flown to date, around a fourth of the size of the Space Shuttle. The spaceplane is launched into space via the Atlas V rocket, then can land on its own after its mission is complete. Yesterday, the X-37B launched, but the timing, and mission length and purpose was left undisclosed.Secret government military actions aren’t exactly uncommon occurrences, and the Air Force’s official statement regarding the intention of the launch seems pretty standard, saying that it’s a simple experimental operation with the goal of testing and exploring reusable spacecraft technologies. However, some have speculated that the craft’s true mission is to spy on the Chinese space station, Tiangong-1. This theory arose during the plane’s previous mission, when space trackers noticed the craft’s flight path followed that of the Chinese space lab.When the craft returned from its previous mission, program manager Lt. Col. Tom McIntyre said the goal of the mission was to see how long a resusable, unmanned craft of the X-37B’s nature could stay in orbit, and to see how far that length of time could be pushed. However, people who have been tracking the plane’s previous missions have made some very specific observations about its flight path as related to Tiangong-1. Earlier this year, Spaceflight magazine noted that the X-37B and Tiangong-1 “migrate toward or against each other, converging or diverging, roughly every 170 orbits,” with a period differential of around 19 seconds, showing how the plane’s mission may not only be to test its own orbital period.Whatever the actual mission may be, it doesn’t look like the Air Force is going to be very detailed about it.last_img read more

first_img Short URL By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A KENYAN OPPOSITION MP has urged fellow women to impose a sex boycott until their men register to vote in August’s general election.Mishi Mboko, who is married, said women should withhold sex until their menfolk present their credentials in the form of a valid voter ID card.“Women, if your husband has not been registered as a voter, you deny him a little and tell him to go get registered and then come back and enjoy the game,” she said.The parliamentarian was speaking in the coastal city of Mombasa on Monday at the start of a month-long nationwide drive to register millions of new voters ahead of the 8 August polls.She said sex was a powerful motivator and that registering in large numbers was the opposition’s best bet for beating the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta on election day.In a similar initiative, motorcycle taxis – known as boda-boda – in the western port city of Kisumu, are refusing to carry passengers without voter IDs.“There will be no rider to carry passengers from here if he is not registered as a voter,” said Joseph Owiti, chairman of the Kisumu Boda-Boda association.“This election is about numbers, it is the numbers that will win, and numbers cannot just come by talking, it is about people registering as voters. That is why we are mobilising our people.”Kenyan authorities estimate some four to six million voters have yet to register, crucial numbers that could swing the result.Carnal boycottsIn 2009 Kenyan women launched a week-long sex strike in order to protest infighting in the then unity government and force political leaders to work together for the common good.Similar carnal boycotts have been employed by women across the globe seeking to effect change or make a point, however it is unclear how much they really work.In 2002 Liberian Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee organised a sex strike in a bid to halt the war in her country.Belgian women called for a sex strike and shaving boycott to force politicians to form a government in 2011, and Colombian women likewise in 2006 staged a strike “of crossed legs” to press gangsters to give up their guns.In 2014 a group of Ukrainian women started a campaign called “Don’t give it to a Russian,” to protest the annexation of Crimea.And in ancient Greece, Aristophanes’ play Lysistrata sees women boycotting the marital bed to end the Peloponnesian war.- © AFP, 2017Read: Assange ‘standing by’ offer to be extradited to US – lawyerRead: Iran president calls Trump’s talk over renegotiating nuclear deal ‘meaningless’ 7,304 Views Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 2:29 PM Jan 18th 2017, 2:29 PM Kenyan MP urges women to boycott sex until men register to vote Mishi Mboko said it was the best bet for beating the current government at the polls. Share Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/Alexandru Nika Image: Shutterstock/Alexandru Nika 11 Comments last_img read more

first_imgEpilepsie : les femmes concernées peuvent vivre leur grossesse sereinementFrance – L’épilepsie n’aurait aucune conséquence néfaste sur le déroulement de la grossesse. Une information rassurante pour des milliers de femmes, publiée dans la lettre d’information de la Fondation française pour la recherche sur l’épilepsie (FFRE). La FFRE a publié cette semaine une lettre, présentant les résultats d’une étude montrant la non dangerosité de l’épilepsie pour les femmes enceintes. La fondation rappelle à cette occasion que chaque année, environ 5.000 bébés naissent de mères épileptiques. “Dans 92 à 96% des cas, il n’y a pas de complications”, affirme le professeur Franck Semah, du CHU de Lille.Ces excellentes statistiques n’empêchent cependant pas une surveillance médicale de la future maman par un obstétricien ainsi que par un neurologue. Le plus dangereux pour l’enfant demeure le traitement médicamenteux antiépileptique qui doit, en cas de grossesse, être adapté à la situation. En effet, les médicaments antiépileptiques peuvent provoquer des malformations du fœtus au cours du premier trimestre de grossesse. Le 26 mai 2010 à 12:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgWhen oil prices sank three years ago, Alaska’s economy went in the same direction, falling into recession. And, while recessions in other energy-dependent states have come and gone, Alaska’s economy has yet to recover.Listen nowEconomist Mouhcine Guettabi looked at why it’s taking longer here. He set out to compare Alaska’s recession to those of other energy-dependent states, and how oil prices influence these states. Guettabi works at the University of Alaska’s Institute of Social and Economic Research.In a new report, he found that, out of 13 historically energy-dependent states, six experienced economy-wide job loss as a result of oil price declines, starting in 2014. Out of those, Guettabi says North Dakota and Alaska are the only two that continue to be in recession.According to Guettabi, Alaska lost ground for 34 straight months — the longest recession in the state’s history. In that time, the state has lost between 12,000 and 13,000 jobs.Guettabi says while Alaska is not the only state in the country that relies on oil revenue, in Alaska, that reliance is on another level.“The ones that don’t have a lot of oil revenue dependence seem to recover a little bit faster because they only had that private channel dependence, and their budgets weren’t struggling as much as ours,” Guettabi said.He says the state’s decision to use permanent fund earnings to help pay for state government should help the economy in the future.According to Guettabi, states that recovered faster also had industries that were still growing while the economy as a whole was in recession.“In Alaska, with the exception of healthcare and tourism, basically everything across the board was going down,” Guettabi said.Guettabi says going forward, it will be important to support other sectors of the economy, to ensure they are less dependent on oil and gas.He looked at states where the economy has recovered. There, he found when oil prices started rising again, the economy reacted and grew faster than it has in Alaska.Larry Persily is a former federal pipeline coordinator in Alaska. He says the state will always be the last to come out of oil-driven recession.“Alaska is more heavily dependent on oil and gas than any of the other producing states, be it Oklahoma, North Dakota, Texas, Louisiana, California, New Mexico, the list goes on and on,” Persily said.Persily says the state could take more steps to reduce that reliance, but so far that hasn’t happened. He says the lessons to be learned here are painful.“As exhibited by the fact that Alaska could have learned a lesson over the past decades, but has chosen not to,” Persily said.While the price of oil is up right now, Persily says it’s inevitable it will dip again at some point. He points to taxes income and sales taxes in other states, that lesson dependence on oil prices.“It wouldn’t hurt us to pay for the public services that we enjoy,” Persily said. “And not be so heavily reliant on the fluctuation in global oil markets and production.”While Alaska’s economy is not out of recession yet, there are some positive signs leading economists to believe it may be nearing the end. Whether the state will have a different experience if oil prices dip again is another question.last_img read more

first_imgSalman KhanTwitterIt’s a known fact that Salman Khan has a special place in his heart for his millions of fans who never miss to shower their unconditional love over him. So when a seciruty guard, assigned by the multiplex, pushed a kid, Salman slapped him in front of the onlookers gathered at the special screening of his Eid release Bharat last night in Mumbai. It so happened that Salman was present at the screening of Bharat and a large crowd from all ages had gathered outside the theatre to catch a glimpse of the actor. When he walked outside the theatre along with some security guards through a sea of fans, one among the guards pushed a kid from the superstar’s way and the kid allegedly lost his balance.And the moment Salman caught the guard in the act, the Dabangg Khan was filled with anger. He immediately turned around and slapped him then making an intense eye contact with him. The guard looked visibly petrified and ashamed.The entire fiasco was caught in a camera and the video of it has now gone viral on social media.Watch the viral video here:Jail mein daalo iss criminal ko ??— Badla ? (@RKsMiddleFinger) June 5, 2019last_img read more

first_imgAjay Chandani.PR HandoutFilm distributor Ajay Chandani was killed in a bike accident on Sunday, 14 July, in Bengaluru. Chandani had recently bought the sports bike, Suzuki V Strom 650 XT, and was on his way to his residence on Sunday morning when his speeding bike lost control at around 6.30 am on Cunningham Road. The bike rammed into a pole and crashed into the compound wall of an apartment. The post-mortem report is awaited.The police were informed about the incident by a passerby and Chandani was taken to Jain Hospital. After battling for life for close to 1.30 hours, he succumbed to injuries at 8.10 am. Although he was wearing a helmet, he reportedly died due to internal injuries.It was initially being suspected that Chandani’s wheeling stunt might have gone wrong, but the police later clarified that the accident was caused by speeding.Chandani was the son of late Pal Chandani, who was a leading distributor of Hindi movies in Karnataka. Like his father, Ajay too distributed Bollywood films and financed Kannada films.He is survived by his wife and daughter.Meanwhile, Kiccha Sudeep has expressed his condolence over the death. He tweeted, “Very very sad to hear tat a prominent personality of KFI n a close buddy to many, Ajay pal is no more. He will truly be missed by all. My deepest condolences to all his near n dear ones. #AjaypalRIP. [sic]”last_img read more