Mikmaq nations want Aboriginal and Treaty rights addressed as pipeline hearings continue

first_imgThe Canadian PressSAINT JOHN, N.B. – Mi’kmaq communities in New Brunswick say they remain “deeply concerned” about the effect the proposed Energy East pipeline will have on their Aboriginal and Treaty rights.Chief George Ginnish, of the Eel Ground First Nation, made the comment on behalf of nine Mi’kmaq communities at the National Energy Board hearings in Saint John, N.B., Wednesday.Ginnish says the communities are concerned about the impacts on watersheds and water crossings as well as on traditional fisheries and on species such as Atlantic salmon.He says there are also concerns about increased tanker traffic in the Bay of Fundy.Ginnish says unless those concerns are “meaningfully addressed,” the Mi’kmaq will not consent to the pipeline crossing its territory.Officials with Energy East say they are committed to ongoing consultations with First Nations groups in order to address their concerns.The hearings are taking place as Environment Minister Catherine McKenna urged Canadians to have confidence in the evaluation process of large-scale energy projects like Energy East.McKenna declined to comment directly on new revelations surrounding the National Energy Board, the body responsible for conducting consultations on TransCanada’s proposed pipeline project.The National Observer revealed last week that the NEB’s chairman and two of its commissioners met with ex-Quebec premier Jean Charest in January 2015 while he was acting as a consultant to TransCanada.The NEB, which initially denied the meeting had taken place, apologized to the online news site and called it an honest mistake.NEB spokesman Craig Loewen said there was no ill intent behind its initial denial.The federal regulator had asked to meet with Quebec representatives from a wide range of groups: municipal associations, chambers of commerce, mayors and a former premier.The exercise was in an effort to learn how to engage with the province, said Marc-Andre Plouffe, an NEB director at its Montreal office.Plouffe said the board wasn’t aware of any ties Charest had with any particular company.With the board’s credibility under fire, McKenna told a news conference in Halifax that Canadians must have faith in the system.“We must have confidence in our system, we must have confidence in our institutions, and we must ensure we have decisions that are independent,” McKenna said, adding the Liberal government is committed to reviewing the environmental assessment process rigorously.A spokesman for Charest at McCarthy Tetrault law offices where he works was unavailable for comment Tuesday.NEB hearings began Monday in New Brunswick with promoters of the Energy East project reassuring the public about the safety of the 4,500-kilometre pipeline that would see crude oil transported from Alberta to Eastern Canada.Hearings move to Montreal from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2 and to Quebec City from Oct. 3 to 7.The board must submit its report by March 2018 after which the federal cabinet will have the final say on the project.last_img read more

Chinas January exports rebound imports decline

BEIJING — China’s exports rebounded in January from a contraction late last year amid trade tensions with Washington, but imports declined.Customs data on Thursday showed exports rose 9.1 per cent from a year earlier to $217.6 billion, an improvement from December’s 3.5 per cent contraction. Imports declined 1.5 per cent to $178.4 billion.Chinese exports to the United States have been squeezed by President Donald Trump’s tariff hike in a dispute over Beijing’s technology ambitions.U.S. and Chinese negotiators began talks Thursday that Trump says will help decide whether he allows another tariff hike on $200 billion of imports from China to go ahead March 2.The Associated Press

Côte dIvoire UN Human Rights Council strongly condemns postelectoral abuses

23 December 2010The United Nations Human Rights Council today strongly condemned the human rights violations in Côte d’Ivoire, and demanded the protection of civilians and the prosecution of those responsible for abuses in the wake of the recent presidential poll. The United Nations Human Rights Council today strongly condemned the human rights violations in Côte d’Ivoire, and demanded the protection of civilians and the prosecution of those responsible for abuses in the wake of the recent presidential poll. The West African country plunged into turmoil after incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo refused to stand down after he lost the presidential election to his rival, Alassane Ouattara, who has been recognized by the international community, including the UN, as the duly elected president of Côte d’Ivoire.In a resolution adopted during a special session in Geneva, the Council said the human rights violations include killings, destruction of property, abductions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions, sexual violence and denial of the right to peaceful assembly.The Council urged all parties, particularly defence and security forces, to refrain from violence and to respect all human rights and fundamental freedoms.It also appealed to the media to refrain from inciting violence and spreading hostile propaganda and hate speech. All restrictions on the media must also cease, the Council said, adding that the Ivorians must “spare no efforts” to preserve peace, security and human rights and to strengthen democratic institutions.Addressing today’s session, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang told the Council that human rights officials have verified allegations of numerous violations over the past one week.“Between 16 and 21 December, human rights officers have substantiated allegations of 173 killings, 90 instances of torture and ill treatment, 471 arrests and detentions and 24 cases of enforced or involuntary disappearances,” said Ms. Kang.It has not been possible to investigate all the allegations of serious human rights violations, including reports of mass graves, due to movement restrictions imposed on UN personnel, she added.Ms. Kang called for the immediate lifting of restrictions imposed by security forces and youth groups loyal to Mr. Gbagbo, saying such infringements on freedom of movement have also hindered the capacity of the UN to deliver much-needed services and humanitarian assistance.She also voiced concern over the “monopolization of many means of communication,” including state radio and television by Mr. Gbagbo’s loyalists, saying that foreign broadcasts considered favourable to Mr. Ouattara have been banned for several weeks and constantly scrambled.“Particularly alarming is the use of the national Radio and Télévision Ivoirienne and some private newspapers to incite hatred and violence among the population and to disseminate false and inflammatory information against the United Nations.”She reminded leaders in Côte d’Ivoire of human rights norms, particularly the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which establishes that the authority of a government stems from the will of the people, hence the need for Mr. Gbagbo and his supporters to respect the outcome of the elections.In an interview with UN Radio, Y. J. Choi, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Côte d’Ivoire, said he was personally prevented from visiting a site suspected to be a mass grave.“I went there and we were about to enter into negotiations then reinforcement came with young men mounted on pick-up trucks […] with rocket launchers directly aiming at us… Finally, because of our rules of engagement we returned but we will continue to try to reach this site to verify the facts.”He added that he had met Mr. Gbagbo several times since the declaration of the results of the 28 November elections.“I met him several times to deliver two messages: that he lost and must accept it; the second message was if his action to change the results of the election results in serious violations of human rights then there would be no turning back. He will be dragging […] people into tragedy.”Meanwhile, the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), which Mr. Choi heads, reported that severe violations of human rights and acts of intimidation continue in many neighbourhoods of Abidjan, the country’s commercial capital, and in the west.Abuses include identifying dwellings by marking them with signs to facilitate the entry by armed individuals at night into homes to abduct people and commit other crimes, UNOCI said in a statement at a press briefing in Abidjan. To protect themselves, men have been setting up makeshift barricades while women warn neighbourhoods of the presence of intruders by blowing whistles and banging pots and pans.The UN mission said both access routes to the Golf Hotel, where Mr. Ouattara’s office is situated, remain blockaded by troops and youths loyal to Mr. Gbagbo’s camp, who are sometimes assisted by masked individuals armed with rocket launchers.Restrictions on UNOCI persist and its supply trucks and patrols are being blocked or followed by armed men in vehicles.Hostile broadcasts against UNOCI have continued and additional pressure is being applied by making it difficult for the mission to access its hangar at the Abidjan airport and the cutting off of fuel supplies.Cote read more

Houston Texans Antonio Smith Loses Appeal

Antonio Smith’s appeal of the three-week suspension handed down by the NFL was denied Friday. According to a source, the Houston Texans defensive end will miss Week 1 of the regular season and lose roughly $400,000 of his salary.Smith was suspended last week after ripping Miami Dolphins player Richie Incognito’s helmet off and swinging it at his head during Houston’s second preseason game.“In general, I feel disappointed, disappointed in myself that I was able to let him get to me in the way that he did that frustrated me, when knowing that that’s his whole game, that’s what he bases his skill level off of, and I let him take me down a road that led me into that path,” Smith told KRIV-TV in Houston.“Initially, I was full of frustration,” Smith said. “I swung the helmet, but I didn’t swing the helmet to hit Richie Incognito. If I was going to swing the helmet to hit Richie Incognito, it wouldn’t have been hard. He’s right there close. You can see how low the helmet was and how tight I brought it to my body.”Smith will continue to practice with the team while on suspension—which officially ends Tuesday, Sept. 10. read more

Head trauma Bad to worse in one hit

This is the last part of the three-part series on concussions. Today’s story is about Second Impact Syndrome. Football is a sport of brain-rattling collisions, and concussions have become common at every level of competition. But an uncommon condition associated with the aftermath of such injuries is often fatal for the youngest players. Second Impact Syndrome occurs while the brain is recovering from an injury and suffers another blow. Because the brain is vulnerable after an initial injury, a relatively weak force can cause irreparable damage. If the brain’s ability to regulate blood flow is obstructed, a patient can die in as little as three minutes, according to sportsmd.com. In 2008, Jaquan Waller, 16, was killed after playing in a high school football game in Greenville, N.C. A medical examiner attributed his death to Second Impact Syndrome. The condition is more common among teenagers and children because their brains have not fully developed. “It doesn’t happen to everyone that’s still symptomatic, but it does happen,” said Richard Rodenberg, a physician at Ohio State and Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine. “And when it does happen, 50 percent of those kids statistically are at risk for death, and 100 percent of them will have a disability or suffer from permanent brain damage.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1.6 million to 3.2 million concussions occur every year in sports and other recreational activities. Second Impact Syndrome results when athletes sustain head injuries and one of three things happen: They don’t know they’ve been injured, they refuse to leave the game or they return to competition too soon. The syndrome occurs when “a second head injury is sustained, either that day or in the few days shortly thereafter,” said Kelsey Logan, medical director of the OSU Sports Concussion Program. “Some athletes have died.” Concussions can have serious consequences, especially for football players. The New York Times reported that since 1997, at least 50 youth football players, high-school aged or younger, from 20 states have died or sustained serious head injuries on the field. Although it’s hard to determine which athletes are in greatest danger of Second Impact Syndrome, dodging the disorder is not difficult. “It’s really unknown who’s at risk for this and what the factors are that lead to death in those cases,” Logan said. “Fortunately, it’s also something that’s totally preventable if we can recognize the symptoms of concussions.” Logan said concussion symptoms include chronic headaches, attention problems, short-term memory difficulties, sleeping problems and fatigue. Although Second Impact Syndrome can be avoided, there are instances when the concussed athletes’ symptoms go unnoticed, or athletes aren’t correctly treated. OSU athletics director Gene Smith said players are not always honest about their injuries. The tough part is “getting the players to admit it,” Smith said. They say, “‘I’m a player. No disrespect, I didn’t come here to get a philosophy degree. I came here to go pro.’ That’s the mentality we get when they get to us.” OSU club football team quarterback Bryan Thompson, who estimates he has suffered seven or eight concussions since he started playing football in the fourth grade, said he has played through a concussion. “Once in high school during a game, I had an obvious concussion. I even walked toward the wrong sideline. As the trainer evaluated me, I sort of snapped out of my dementia. It was a close game, so I said, ‘I’m fine,’ and went back in,” Thompson said. “After the game, I went to the doctor and it ended up being one of the two major concussions I’ve had.” Thompson, who had never heard of Second Impact Syndrome, said peer pressure can factor into playing though head injuries. Playing with a concussion “was a heat-of-the-moment thing, and of course I wanted to stay in the game,” Thompson said. “But at the same time, a lot of people don’t look at concussions as serious injuries. They give it a negative spin and say, ‘Well, I know a ton of people that have played with concussions before, so why aren’t you playing?’ Then you feel more obligated to play.” Doctors say that mentality is dangerous. “That’s the scary aspect,” Rodenberg said, “when (athletes) hide their symptoms.” read more

Man killed by colleague after attempting to part altercation

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFather of two drowns in Berbice RiverJune 12, 2016In “Local News”2 killed in separate accidentsDecember 2, 2018In “Crime”Businessman on bail for causing death by dangerous driving chargeDecember 28, 2018In “Court” A 51-year-old electrician is now dead following his attempts to break up a fight between two friends at a bar-b-que in Berbice on Sunday.Dead is Sylvan Stull of Plot “B”, Herstelling, East Bank Demerara.Based on information received, Stull was initially out with a group of friends at a horse racing event in Berbice but subsequently left with them to attend a bar-b-que at No 42 Village, Berbice.However, during this time, two of his colleagues became involved in a heated altercation, and the suspect, identified as a 32-year-old, reportedly drew a weapon.As Stull attempted to calm the situation and pull the two men apart, he was allegedly stabbed once to his neck by the 32-year-old.The 51-year-old was pronounced dead at the Mahaicony Hospital, East Coast Demerara while his attacker is presently in police custody, assisting with investigations.More details to follow in a subsequent report. read more

WCh 2013 Belarus secured 18 Finals

Belarus had no problem with Saudi Arabia 33:15 (18:5) in the crucial match for the placement at the 1/8 finals of the World Championship 2013. As the fourth team from Group C, Rutenka and friends will place against Group D winner – Spain or Croatia?STATISTICS ← Previous Story A severe storm disrupts travel for teams in Group B Next Story → 1/8 finals: Spain against Serbia – Hungary on Poland!

Vancouver man accused of shooting at passing vehicle

first_imgA Vancouver man has been arrested in connection with reports Tuesday of a man shooting at a passing vehicle in Orchards. Aron Hunter Rodgers, 44, was one of two men detained after the incident in the 7300 block of Northeast 159th Avenue, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. He was later booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of illegal discharge of a firearm and reckless endangerment.The second man detained, Charles Edward Alred,  22, was booked on an unrelated District Court warrant, the sheriff’s office said.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to the report of gunfire around 10:40 a.m. A caller said he saw a neighbor shooting at a blue sedan driving by the neighbor’s house. The caller said the shooter then hopped in a black Chevrolet Corvette and followed the blue car, according to the sheriff’s office.About 10 minutes later, a Vancouver police officer spotted a matching Corvette stopped on Fourth Plain Boulevard.Officers, with weapons drawn, approached and detained both the driver and a passenger near the Wendy’s at Northeast 162nd Avenue and 18th Street.last_img read more

Bjarnason decides to stay in Villa despite being in Championship

first_imgOne of Iceland’s main midfielder for their World Cup campaign, Birkir Bjarnasson, decides to stay in his current club although that means he will still play in Championship again next season.This 30-year old Icelander was the unused substitute for the promotion play off final match at Wembley since the manager, Steve Bruce, chose Mile Jedinak instead of him. However, according to Express and Star, he is still content at Villa Park. “This was hugely frustrating; it was especially frustrating not to play and try to do something about it,Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.“I’m not happy at all, but it went as it went. I have two years left of my contract at Villa and am very happy there. I’m happy with the club.”Aston Villa has already lost John Terry so far and probably Mile Jedinak soon since his future is also doubtful. This could be an opportunity for Bjarnason, who scored 3 goals and 2 assists last season, to seal a regular spot in the team next season.last_img read more

Didier Drogba reveals role in Kante joining Chelsea

first_imgFormer Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has revealed the role he played in the club signing N’Golo Kante.The Chelsea legend has revealed he encouraged the Blues to make a move for Kante after he helped Leicester City to their fairytale Premier League title triumph in 2016.“I’m very proud of him,’ said Drogba, according to Daily Mail. “I’m glad he chose Chelsea and the club listened to my advice, that they chose him. I’m glad I did not make a mistake.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I told them that we should not miss him. When? I told them when he started at Leicester.”Kante has also established himself as an integral member of the French national team, helping the team achieve World Cup glory in 2018 in Russia.Drogba enjoyed two separate spells at Stamford Bridge, firstly between 2004 and 2012 and then in 2014-2015, helping the club secure their only UEFA Champions League triumph in 2012.last_img read more

Colorado pizza restaurant raided by bears

first_imgSurveillance cameras at a Colorado restaurant captured a mama bear and her cubs stopping in for a midnight snack.The three bears broke into a pizza shop near Denver.The video, courtesy Antonio’s Real New York Pizza, shows them raising the cabinets and chowing down on dough and salami.According to the restaurants owner. the bears ripped a window out of the wall at the drive-thru to gain access to the business.Wildlife experts think they went straight for the fattest food so they could pack on the pounds to hibernate ahead of winter.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Time Inc Names Todd Larsen EVP and Group President of News and

first_imgLarsen spent 13 years with Dow Jones & Company, most recently serving as president, before joining Time Inc. At Dow Jones, Larsen was responsible for directing global business operations for The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, Factiva and Dow Jones Newswires.  Additionally, Larsen has served as president of Dow Jones’ Consumer Electronic Publishing Division. Larsen’s background in paid content, according to a source that would not speak on the record, was “attractive” for the company. “Mr. Larsen was a key architect of [Dow Jones & Company’s] paid digital strategy and helped to build a pioneering paid business model for The Wall Street Journal on the Web, mobile and tablet computers,” a prepared statement from Time Inc. says. Digital was a key proponent of Lang’s success at Digitas, repositioning the company as a digital advertising firm instead of a simple direct mailing company. Time Inc. CEO Laura Lang is filling in her yet to be publicly outlined digital strategy with the hire of Todd Larsen (pictured) as the new executive vice president and group president of Time Inc.’s News and Sports groups. In announcing his appointment, the company is emphasizing his background in building paid content models. SEE ALSO: Digitas CEO Laura Lang Tapped as Time Inc. CEO“Todd is a dynamic leader who was an early proponent of a multi-platform approach to business in his years at Dow Jones,” Lang says in a prepared statement. “His expertise in developing and nurturing successful paid digital business models and in expanding products internationally will be critical to us as we move our business forward.”last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Events Manager at Charles River LabsFull-Time Maintenance Worker at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Digital Marketing Associate at AmetrosFull-Time Flatbed Truck Carrier at XPO LogisticsFull-Time Breakfast & Lunch Grill Cook at Cafe ServicesFull-Time Sous Chef (Senior Dining) at Glendale Senior DiningFull-Time Delivery Drivers at FedExFull-Time Delivery Driver at Pepsi Co.Full-Time Senior Production Control Manager at MKS InstrumentsFull-Time Electrician at Modern Electric(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Freshness zones at Annapurna canteens

first_imgHyderabad: Freshness Zones have been set up at Annapurna Canteens by Cinthol Lime Soap with the help of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) in various places of the city on Wednesday. These freshness zones comprise a kiosk that let people wash their face and hands before they have their meals at Annapurna canteens. In its third week, freshness zones facility has been experienced by over 20,000 people and further expected to be used by 20,000 people more in the coming two weeks in Hyderabad. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us These freshness zones are shifted to different branches of Annapurna canteens every week reaching out to a wider audience. So far, five centres including Mathrushree Nagar, Miyapur Crossroad, Banjara Hills, Madhapur and Yousufguda have been covered. Annapurna Canteens see an average daily footfall of 700 people per center as they provide safe and hygienic afternoon meals at just Rs 5 across its 150 centers in city. The idea behind these freshness zones by Cinthol Lime soap is to give a respite to the canteen visitors, who are usually commuting and may not get a chance to freshen up. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us Visitors visiting these canteens are happy to see the freshness zones and appreciated the thought behind this noble initiative. People on the move usually scout for places to freshen up, with this facility they can access the freshness zone and also follow the traditional belief that one should freshen up by cleaning their face and hands before meals.last_img read more

Momentous occasion for Kashmiri Pandits living in forced exile

first_imgHyderabad: Welcoming abrogation of Article 370, a Kashmiri Pandit body here on Monday said it was a momentous occasion for those from their displaced community, living in ‘forced exile’ in their own country. Bharat Bushan Dhar, spokesperson of Kashmir Hindu Sabha- Telangana, said successive governments had not been able to take a concrete decision on abrogation of Article 370 and added that this move by the government would be a step forward in resolving the decades-old conflict in the region. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us “About half a million Kashmiri Pandits over the past three decades have been displaced due to the forced exile,” he said. Recalling his own experience as a teenager during the turbulent period between 1989 and 1990, Dhar said his father and about 40 relatives were asked to leave their village in Kupwara district in J&K and embarked on a journey to unknown destinations to save their lives. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us Dhar, now aged 44, said he and his family went to Maharashtra as Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray then extended a helping hand to children of the community for education . He said Kashmiri Pandits started settling down wherever they got jobs and other faculties. Most Kashmiri Pandits are settled in Jammu and Delhi, he said. “Imagine the situation…. We had no future in the land where our forefathers lived centuries together. We are a displaced community now. Advertise With Us And once peace returns to the Kashmir valley, we all want to go back to our mother land. We have a history of 5,000 years behind us,” he told PTI. Dhar, who did his engineering in Pune and now works at an IT firm, said the Kashmir Hindu Sabha connects over 200 families in the city. “We welcome abrogation of Article 370. In India, it was sort of two rules running… one for Kashmir and one constitution for the rest of India. “It was alienating Kashmir from India,” he said. He said the day was a momentous occasion for all displaced Kashmiri Pandits living as immigrants in their own country. The Kashmir Hindu Sabha aims at promoting, preserve, and protect Kashmiri Pandits’ (Hindu) Ethnic and Socio-Cultural Heritage. It also aims at providing the best possible assistance to individual families during tragedies.last_img read more

Rohingyas unlikely to leave Bangladesh shortly UN

first_imgA Rohingya refugee makes a new shelter at the Thangkhali refugee camp near Ukhia on 27 September 2017. Photo: AFPThe nearly half a million Rohingya refugees who have entered Bangladesh since August will likely not be leaving soon, the UN said Wednesday, calling for longer-term plans to manage the influx.The head of the United Nations refugee agency, Filippo Grandi, called the current camp set up “a recipe for disaster”, with overcrowding and unhygenic conditions creating a breeding ground for “possible epidemics.””The important thing is to get people in places where they can be assisted more easily,” Grandi told reporters in Geneva, referring to the estimated 480,000 mostly Muslim Rohingyas who have fled Myanmar violence.”It is most likely that return will take time, if it happens, if the violence stops. It will be important also to find in the medium term suitable solutions for the people that are in Bangladesh.””The first challenge is to get people out of the mud and the despair which they are finding themselves in”, he added.Grandi said he was in talks with Dhaka about forming a “technical committee” with the UN to look at options for longer-term Rohingya settlements.”There are in reality many different options that the Bangladesh government is studying, and understandably they are not easy”, he said, noting the strain placed on local communities in the Cox’s Bazar area on the Myanmar border.Aid agencies say that the largely makeshift camps in Cox’s Bazar are bursting at the seams, amid struggles to bring in adequate food and shelter.Impoverished Bangladesh has earned praise for its response so far.Rohingya have been fleeing Rakhine state in northeast Myanmar for decades.The new exodus began on 25 August.The International Organization for Migration has estimated that there are more than 800,000 Rohingya currently in Bangladesh, including those who fled Myanmar before the latest crisis.Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said the country was ready to verify the refugee status of those who have fled, but has not guaranteed the right of return for all.The UN has drawn up a contingency plan to feed up to 700,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar after some 480,000 fled to Bangladesh over the past month and arrivals continue. A senior official from the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) told AFP they were now prepared to provide massive food and other emergency aid if the influx continues in coming weeks.last_img read more

New Horizons mission exceeds expectations

first_img Michael E. Summers, a professor of Planetary Sciences and Astronomy at the George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and New Horizons co-investigator, is convinced that without any doubt, the mission has already exceeded all expectations.”The information we have received so far from the New Horizons spacecraft has already given us a completely new view of Pluto’s history, how it evolves, and how the surface and atmosphere interact,” Summers told Phys.org. “The images of both Pluto and Charon were astonishing, and gave us some extraordinary surprises. Most importantly, the information has opened up completely new questions about how small bodies in the outer solar system evolve.”Icy dwarf planets such as Pluto are ancient relics that formed over four billion years ago, as scientists estimate. Because they are the bodies out of which the larger outer planets accumulated, they could teach us a lot about planetary formation.One of the most puzzling discoveries is the finding of nitrogen gas on this icy world. New Horizons, during the Pluto fly-by, sent striking images of the dwarf planet’s surface and its atmosphere dominated by nitrogen gas. Pluto’s small mass allows hundreds of tons of atmospheric nitrogen to escape into space each hour. But the question that baffles scientists is where does all this nitrogen come from? This enhanced color image – created from four images from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) combined with color data from the spacecraft’s Ralph instrument – helps scientists detect differences in the composition and texture of Pluto’s surface. The data hint that Pluto may still be geologically active, a theory that could explain how Pluto’s escaping atmosphere remains flush with nitrogen. Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute Scientists study nitrogen provision for Pluto’s atmosphere Explore further Citation: New Horizons mission exceeds expectations (2015, August 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-horizons-mission.html (Phys.org)—NASA’s New Horizons mission, as the name suggests, is all about broadening our scientific horizons. The spacecraft, visiting the unexplored world of dwarf planet Pluto and its moons, continues to deliver more and more valuable scientific data. The new findings could help astronomers to unlock the solar system’s mysteries hidden at its edge, where the sun glitters as a small bright spot on the sky. “That’s a great question, and one that is currently being discussed in detail by the science team,” Summers said. “The nitrogen atmosphere does extend to very large distances from Pluto, over a thousand kilometers above the surface, which supports the notion that Pluto’s atmosphere is escaping hydro-dynamically from the planet.”According to New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, it’s most likely that Pluto is actively resupplying nitrogen from its interior to its surface, possibly indicating the presence of ongoing geysers or cryovolcanism.Besides the nitrogen discovery, the mission team received plenty of valuable scientific data and it’s hard for them to choose the most important finding. © 2015 Phys.org Michael Summers, New Horizons co-investigator at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia is seen during a New Horizons science update where new images and the latest science results from the spacecraft’s historic July 14 flight through the Pluto System were discussed, on July 24, 2015 at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky “It’s impossible to pick just one discovery. But near the top would be what appears to be a huge ice glacier, presumably made of nitrogen, methane, and possibly other ices, at Pluto’s equator,” Summers said.He also indicated that the apparently “fresh” nature of the surfaces of both Pluto and Charon that may be implying “young” geological age is also on his list of New Horizons’ top important findings. Another would be the global haze layer seen after the spacecraft’s closest approach and when it was looking back at Pluto. “The backlit atmospheric haze gave Pluto a ‘halo’ appearance,” Summers added.The New Horizons team has so far received only a small percentage of the observational data taken by the spacecraft during its encounter with Pluto. The rest will be downlinked over the coming weeks and months.”You can expect more images at high resolution, in addition to high spectral resolution observations of the surface and atmosphere,” Summers noted.New Horizons, after concluding its Pluto fly-by on July 14, will now focus on studying Kuiper belt objects (KBOs). The potential targets are yet to be chosen. 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

Lakhs join Martyrs Day event but no mess traffic congestion

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation and Kolkata Police did a commendable job on Sunday by cleaning the heart of the city and managing of lakhs of Trinamool Congress supporters who came from various parts of the state to take part in Martyr’s Day (Sahid Divas) programme at Esplanade.The elaborate arrangements by the civic body’s Solid Waste Management (SWM) department ensured that the road was restored to its normal state in terms of cleanliness in less than an hour after the programme concluded. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We had deployed four mechanical sweepers and 10 mobile compactor machines. The usual garbage carrying hand carts and some battery-operated cleaning vehicles were also pressed into service for cleaning operation. There was 200 employees involved by our department for cleaning,” Debabrata Majumder, Member Mayor in Council (SWM) said. Pieces of paper, food packets, tea cups and various waste products were found strewn in the Esplanade area as people in large number from various parts of the state had gathered here during the programme. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateElaborate advance planning made by the civic body ensured prompt cleaning of waste products. Kolkata Police was successful in keeping the roads free from congestion throughout the day with an elaborate advanced traffic plan and crowd management. “It is a team effort. Everything was well-planned and our officials followed the instructions. The day was Sunday so vehicular movement in the city was not as much as it is witnessed on a regular day. There were hardly any problems. Citizens reached their destinations without any hassle,” deputy commissioner of Traffic Pandey Santosh. The police had planned to allow vehicles coming from districts to enter city from three areas. A specific route was earmarked for vehicles converging at the meeting venue. This was to ensure that the other roads did not get clogged by any means. Vehicles followed the earmarked route and traffic movement was absolutely normal. The entire area in and around the meeting venue was under the coverage of surveillance cameras ensuring that there were no untoward incidents. The police had also taken precautionary steps to check spreading of rumours as lakhs of people had gathered in Esplanade and adjacent areas. Cops provided necessary guidance to people so that they could return home without facing any trouble.last_img read more

Apples Full ZombieLoad Fix Cuts Mac Speeds by Up to 40

first_img Author Bio Credit: Michael Schwartz/TwitterThere are conflicting arguments as to whether hyper-threading should be disabled on all computers affected by the flaw, which includes those with an Intel chip from 2011 or later. (Intel says the flaw does not affect some 8th Gen and 9th Gen CPUs; the researchers who discovered ZombieLoad and its three related vulnerabilities disagree.)Intel specifically said that it does not recommend disabling hyper-threading because of the various factors affecting the security of individual users. Google, on the other hand, is disabling hyper-threading by default on Chrome OS 74, which rolled out earlier this month. Microsoft, like Apple, also recommended disabling the performance feature for reassurance, though it left it to users’ discretion. Apple specifies that users with “computers at heightened risk or who run untrusted software on their Mac” (“untrusted: may mean applications unavailable in the Mac App Store) can optionally disable hyper-threading. While the company didn’t specify who that involves, we suspect government officials, executives or anyone with sensitive data that hackers might want to get their hands on would fall under the category. If you’re in that group or want to be extra cautious, follow these steps to disable hyper-threading on your Mac. Note, this method is only available for computers running macOS Mojave, High Sierra and Sierra. How to disable hyper-threading on your Mac1. Turn on and restart your Mac then immediately press the Command+R or another macOS Recovery key on your keyboard. 2. Choose Terminal from the Utilities menu from the menu bar. 3. Type the following command into the Terminal prompt: nvram boot-args=”cwae=2″4. Press return then type: nvram SMTDisable=%015. From the Apple menu, press Restart.  Phillip Tracy, If you haven’t read the news yet, another set of devastating flaws was discovered on Intel CPUs that allows hackers to steal personal data, including web browsing history, passwords and encryption keys.Frequently referred to as ZombieLoad (or Microarchitectural Data Sampling by Intel), the security exploit is actually four distinct attacks, all with the same goal of nabbing your sensitive data. MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/apple-disable-hyper-threading-zombieload?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 If that sounds familiar, it’s because ZombieLoad is very similar to Spectre and Meltdown, except these new vulnerabilities weren’t uncovered by journalists before a coordinated disclosure by Apple, Google, Microsoft and Intel was scheduled, leaving them enough time to get patches out to defend against the bugs. However, the software updates coming to macOS, Windows and Chrome OS may not be enough for some users. After releasing security updates in macOS Mojave 10.14.5, Apple published a support page explaining that the only way to fully mitigate ZombieLoad is to disable CPU hyper-threading. Doing so, however, could decrease your system’s performance by up to 40%, according to Apple’s own internal testing. MORE: ZombieLoad Attacks May Affect All Intel CPUs Since 2011: What to Do NowHyper-threading is a technique used by Intel that splits a physical core into two virtual cores, or threads. This results in significant performance gains, particularly when running CPU-intensive apps or programs. 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There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer. Phillip Tracy, last_img read more