Rajnath Singh Kejriwal Smriti Irani visit Arun Jaitley at AIIMS

first_imgNew Delhi: Former finance minister Arun Jaitley continued to be life support system on Sunday even as a bevvy of politicians, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union ministers Smriti Irani and Ram Vilas Paswan, visited AIIMS to enquire about his health condition. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is also scheduled to visit Jaitley later tonight.Jaitley, 66, was admitted to AIIMS August 9 after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has not issued any bulletin on Jaitley’s health condition since August 10. A multidisciplinary team of doctors at AIIMS is monitoring his condition. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had said on Friday, “Doctors at AIIMS are doing the best they can.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Among those who visited the cardio-neuro centre at AIIMS on Sunday were Himachal Pradesh Governor Kalraj Mishra, RSS Joint General Secretary Dr Krishna Gopal and former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh. “Visited Sh Arun Jaitley ji. I pray to God for his good health and fast recovery,” the Delhi CM later tweeted. On Saturday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Harsh Vardhan and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal visited AIIMS to enquire about Jaitley’s health. Among others who visited the hospital are J&K Governor Satyapal Malik, BSP chief Mayawati, BJP leader Satish Upadhyay, Congress leaders Abhishek Singhvi and Jyotiraditya Scindia, and Air Force chief Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K On Saturday evening, a major fire broke out on the second floor of the teaching block at AIIMS. While no casualties were reported, the Delhi Fire Services (DFS) dispatched at least 42 fire tenders and 200 firefighters to douse the flames. Earlier this year in May, Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS for treatment. Prior to that, he had undergone a renal transplant on May 14, 2018, when he was Union finance minister. Piyush Goyal had stepped in to take charge of the Finance Ministry at the time. In September 2014, he had undergone bariatric surgery because of a long-standing diabetic condition. Jaitley, a lawyer by profession, had been an important part of Modi’s Cabinet in the BJP government’s first term. He held the finance and defence portfolios, and often acted as the chief troubleshooter of the government. Jaitley, however, did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections citing his ill-health. After the Modi government returned to power, Jaitley wrote to the Prime Minister saying he would like to stay away from “any responsibility” on account of his ill health. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Tangiers Renault Plant Targets Production Of 180000 Units In 2014

Paris – The Tangiers’ Renault plant is planning to produce 180,000 units in 2014 and is heading to an annual rhythm of 200,000 units, said General manager of Renault-Morocco, Jacques Prost.The car-maker general manager told French weekly “L’Usine Nouvelle”, the 2014 production is inferior to the plant’s actual production capacity of 340,000 units annually, as a result of the European market slow growth.Prost who noted that the sourcing rate stands at 42pc, called for lowering the logistics cost in order to improve Morocco’s competitiveness, citing, as an example the high price of the Gibraltar strait crossing. He also evoked the high costs generated by the importation of some raw materials.

Sudan UN officials meet with Government on operations of Darfur peacekeepers

14 January 2008Officials of the new United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and the Government of Sudan began negotiations in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, today to regulate deployment and operations of the force that is seeking to bring peace to the strife-torn Darfur region. Officials of the new United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and the Government of Sudan began negotiations in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, today to regulate deployment and operations of the force that is seeking to bring peace to the strife-torn Darfur region.The so-called Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) is among the unresolved issues that depend on the outcome of discussions with the Sudanese Government. Others include the final confirmation of the composition of the force, and clearance to function 24 hours a day.Currently, UNAMID, which took over from an African Union (AU) mission on 31 December, has only 9,000 troops out of its mandated strength of 26,000, and it lacks essential logistics and equipment, including helicopters. Top UN officials have repeatedly called on Member States to speed up delivery of vital units and assets.Today’s talks coincided with the presence in Khartoum of the UN and AU Special Envoys for Darfur, Jan Eliasson and Salim Ahmed Salim, who arrived yesterday on a weeklong mission to infuse new momentum into efforts to bring peace to Darfur, where over 200,000 people have been killed and 2.2 million others forced to flee their homes since fighting began in 2003 between Government forces and rebel groups.The two envoys plan to meet with officials from the Government and rebel movements to assess the parties’ commitment to the political process and to urge all parties to exercise maximum restraint and to cease hostilities.Mr. Eliasson noted that conditions for a political settlement were not as conducive as they were last summer. “The military activities involving the JEM (the rebel Justice and Equality Movement) and the Government, Chad and Sudan are disturbing and of course, affect the climate that we want for further talks,” he told UN radio in an interview.“So it is an uphill battle but we have to continue because there is no lasting solution to the Darfur problem without a political process,” he added. “We hope that they will realize in their own enlightened self-interest that a political process is necessary. The continued fighting will lead nowhere, maybe somewhere in the short run but definitely nowhere in the long run.”Meanwhile, a UNAMID supply convoy that was attacked by elements of the Sudanese army last week returned to its base at El Fasher in Western Darfur yesterday after bringing food and fuel to posts in Southern Darfur. UNAMID Deputy Force Commander General Emmanuel Karenzi commended the 87-member strong convoy for successfully accomplishing their assignment despite the challenges.The Security Council on Friday condemned the attack “in the strongest possible terms” and voiced its readiness to act against any party impeding UNAMID’s deployment. read more

With shoutout from Björk UN unveils environmental awareness campaign

19 November 2008The Icelandic singer and green campaigner Björk today endorsed a new United Nations environmental campaign to raise public awareness on the impacts of global warming. “CoolPlanet2009,” an initiative recently announced by the UN Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) for Western Europe, also seeks to mobilize support for a new climate change agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol, whose first commitment period ends in 2012.Björk stressed that the global financial crisis, which has hit her home country harder than many others, cannot be an excuse to curtail action to limit greenhouse gas emissions.She expressed hope that Iceland would skip the industrial revolution and proceed directly to “sustainable high-tech options.”The UN initiative endorsed by Björk will launch a website early next year will allow individuals across Europe to post ideas.The next round of UN climate change talks will take place next month in Poznan, Poland, and the negotiations are expected to wrap up with a major agreement in December 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark. read more

Chinese reporters pollution documentary draws 175 million views in 2 days

BEIJING, China – A slick new documentary on China’s environmental woes has racked up more than 175 million online views in two days, underscoring growing concern in the country over the impact of air, water and soil pollution.Hosted by former state television reporter Chai Jing, “Under the Dome” offers a well-produced look at the cost to the environment of 30 years of breakneck economic development.Chai discusses the issues before a studio audience while standing in front of a screen showing videos of polluting industries, interviews with affected people and visits by her to sites in China and abroad illustrating the extent of the problem.It also faults government regulators for failing to crack down on polluters and permitting the widespread burning of the most polluting types of coal, oil and gasoline.Chai said she was moved to produce the 104-minute documentary out of concern for the effect of pollution on her infant daughter’s health. Costing about $160,000 to make, the documentary won praise Sunday from new Chinese Environment Minister Chen Jining, who said it reflected “growing public concern over environmental protection and threats to human health.”The documentary was posted online on Saturday. By Monday evening, it had more than 175 million views on popular video sites Youku and Tencent. Better produced than much of the stodgy fare on state television, it falls stylistically somewhere between a TED talk and Al Gore’s 2006 Academy Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”The documentary prompted wide speculation over how much official support Chai received and whether the production was truly independent or just an example of slick, viewer-friendly state publicity.Years of choking pollution in Beijing and other major cities has fed a groundswell of opposition to growth at any cost, and the slowing economy has allowed the government to take more measures to crack down on heavily polluting factories in the cement, steel and petrochemical industries.In November, the government pledged to produce 20 per cent of the country’s total energy with non-fossil fuels by 2030, doubling its current level, while capping growth in carbon emissions by the same year, it not earlier.“The environment is a sensitive issue that concerns the interests of all sides,” said Yu Guoming, a journalism professor at Beijing’s Renmin University, commenting on the documentary’s popularity.“Fighting pollution enjoys broad support from the public and … can also be used as leverage to promote changes to the economic structure in the future,” Yu said.___Associated Press researcher Yu Bing contributed to this report. by Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press Posted Mar 2, 2015 3:55 am MDT FILE – In this file photo taken Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, pedestrians wear masks against the pollution as they cross an overhead bridge over a busy highway in Beijing, China. A slick new documentary on China’s environmental woes has racked up more than 175 million online views in two days, underscoring growing concern in the country over the impact of air, water and soil pollution. Costing about $160,000 to make, the documentary won praise Sunday March 1, 2015, from new Chinese Environment Minister Chen Jining. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Chinese reporter’s pollution documentary draws 175 million views in 2 days read more

Colorado town getting a drivethrough marijuana shop

PARACHUTE, Colo. – The western Colorado town of Parachute is getting a drive-through marijuana shop, believed to be the first in the state.The Parachute Board of Trustees approved a business license for Tumbleweed Express last week, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/2m1PZCA).“As far as I can tell, we are not aware of this business model ever coming up before,” said Robert Goulding, spokesman for the state Marijuana Enforcement Division.The business is expected to open in March in a former car wash.Tumbleweed Express also had to get approval from the Marijuana Enforcement Division, which said the store cannot allow anyone younger than 21 on the premises, even in the back seat of a car.The business must also have security and surveillance, and marijuana may not be visible from outside the dispensary.The car wash building will allow the goods to be screened from outside view.“We think the drive-through is a very creative and innovative idea,” Parachute Town Manager Stuart McArthur said.Marijuana accounted for nearly 30 per cent of the community’s 2016 sales tax revenue of just over $1 million, McArthur said. “The really good news is that other businesses are benefiting from it,” he said.Travellers stopping to buy marijuana in Parachute are more likely to stop at restaurants and other shops, he said, helping an economy that was hit hard by a downturn in natural gas production.Parachute Mayor Roy McClung said the town’s economy would have been in serious trouble without legalized recreational marijuana.Statewide, marijuana sales brought in close to $200 million in taxes and fees last year, the Colorado Department of Revenue said. Colorado town getting a drive-through marijuana shop by The Associated Press Posted Feb 19, 2017 4:50 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 19, 2017 at 8:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

At UN Modi outlines development successes says India gave world Buddha not

Narendra Modi painted a picture of a rapidly changing India that in five years has built over 110 million toilets and opened over 370 million bank accounts for the poor. India has given “the world new hope” by launching the planet’s biggest digital identification programme for its citizens – saving more than $20 billion by checking corruption, he said.What’s more, “when a developing country, successfully runs the world’s biggest health assurance scheme, giving 500 million people the facility of an annual health cover of 500,000 Rs [rupees] for free treatment, the achievements and responsive systems that result from this scheme show the world a new path”, he said.Progress aboundsTurning to environmentally friendly endeavours, Mr. Modi proudly stated that a country-wide campaign has begun to make India free of single use plastics.Moreover, over the next five years, 150 million Indian homes will have a water supply and over 125,000 kilometers of new roads.“By the year 2022, when India celebrates its 75th Independence Day, we plan to build 20 million houses for the poor”, he said, adding that he also aimed to eradicate Tuberculosis by 2025.Prime Minister Modi said his country draws inspiration from its motto: “Collective efforts, for growth of all, with everyone’s trust,” asserting that this “is not confined within the borders of India”.“Our endeavours are neither an expression of pity, nor a pretense”, he maintained, explaining that while they are centered on 1.3 billion Indians, “their fruits are for all, for the entire world”.Environmental leadersFrom an historic and per capita emission perspective, Mr. Modi maintained that while India’s contribution to global warming is very low, it is “one of the leading nations when it comes to taking steps to address this issue”.He said it is working towards the target of 450 giga watts of renewable energy, and creating the International Solar Alliance.Noting that global warming is increasing the number and severity of natural disasters, the Prime Minister told the General Assembly that India has initiated the “Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure”, to help build infrastructure that can withstand natural disasters.“India has given the world Buddha’s message of peace, not war. Its voice against terrorism rings with seriousness and outrage, alerting the world about this evil.  Terrorism is one of the biggest threats to the world and all humanity.”  “It is absolutely imperative that the world unites against terrorism,” he said.  In a world sweeping changes sparked by modern technology, he concluded his address by stressing the importance of multilateralism.“A fragmented world is in the interest of no one”, he said. “In this new era, we will have to give new direction to multilateralism, and to the United Nations”. read more

Want to Earn Money from Airbnb

Photo courtesy of Airbnb Experience “San Rafael Swell Guided Adventure.”Residents in the Castle Country area have the potential to make money from Airbnb, an online platform that helps travelers find places to stay and things to do.Airbnb is widely known for its work with property owners from across the world. These property owners are able to rent out their spaces on the Airbnb website in order to bring in extra income and give travelers a homey place to stay.Another aspect of Airbnb, which may not be as widely known but is steadily gaining traction, is the Airbnb Experience.“Airbnb Experiences are activities designed and led by inspiring locals,” Airbnb shares on its website. “They go beyond typical tours or classes by immersing guests in each host’s unique world. It’s an opportunity for anyone to share their hobbies, skills or expertise without needing an extra room.”A representative from Airbnb, along with the Carbon County Office of Tourism and Utah Office of Tourism, recently joined together to host an informational session on Airbnb Experiences and their potential in the area. Members of the community gathered at the Carbon County Commission Chambers to learn more and discover if they might be interested in hosting their own experience in Castle Country.“This can provide a really fantastic opportunity to create local opportunities so that we can share what we love in the way we like to enjoy it with our visitors,” said Flint Timmins of the Utah Office of Tourism at the beginning of the session.Rob Connolly of Airbnb then took the floor via webcam from Los Angeles. He has helped the company launch experiences throughout the United States since its inception nearly 2.5 years ago. To start, experiences were only available in 12 cities in the U.S. Now, over 1,000 cities with nearly 30,000 hosts has joined the phenomenon.“Airbnb experiences are unique activities led by local experts,” Connolly said. Experiences can range from scenic tours to off-road and hiking adventures to ghost tours and cooking classes. “Quality is top of mind in all of these experiences.”According to Connolly, Utah has a lot traction in the world of Airbnb Experiences as it sits in the top 25 markets in the U.S. Popular categories that travelers are looking for in various markets include sports, nature, classes/workshops, photography, history, health and wellness, music, dance performances, and food and drink. Conolly explained that the most popular Utah experiences have a strong focus on the outdoors.Visitors benefit greatly from these unique experiences, gaining local access and insight, exploring their passions and meeting new people.In turn, those wishing to be hosts have the opportunity to earn money by building a business that is essentially turn-key. Experience hosts do not have to be an Airbnb Lodging host; they just need to have a unique, personal experience to offer.There is no cost to sign up to be an Airbnb Experience host. However, the company reminds potential hosts to that it will charge 20% of every booking, so that percentage should factor into the overall price of the experience.However, with the 20% charge, hosts receive a lot in return. Airbnb does have a vetting process in order to ensure that each host is meeting certain standards. The company also has an liability policy for each host to cover them and their guests. In addition, hosts receive promotion by Airbnb as it cross-promotes experiences while people are booking lodging. Other benefits include 24-hour customer service, content services and more.Finally, Connolly explained that the host can make their efforts as concise or grand as they would like. Each host has control over hours, pricing, the amount of guests allowed and more.Some hosts have already begun leading experiences in Southeastern Utah. There is a guided adventure on the San Rafael Swell as well as a hike through the Goblin’s Lair. Also in Green River, travelers can experience yoga with goblins at the state park.To learn more about Airbnb Experiences, explore experiences options and sign up to become a host, please click here. read more

Jeff Deibel has strung racquets at Ohio State since coach Ty Tucker

Jeff Deibel, in his 35th year of stringing racquets for the OSU men’s and women’s tennis teams, is on call for the Buckeyes 24/7.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State’s tennis teams go through an estimated 1,600 racquet strings a year and someone has to be there to make sure the racquets are restrung for practice, matches and tournaments.Jeff Deibel has been stringing racquets at OSU for 35 years and is on call 24/7 for the Buckeyes men’s and women’s tennis teams.“I have strung on holidays on quite a few occasions,” Deibel said of his constant work schedule. “I have strung on Christmas Eve … I have strung on New Year’s Eve, I’ve also strung on New Year’s Day.”Deibel holds a day job as an accounting manager at Ice Miller LLP. But after work, he goes to the indoor facility to pick up equipment in need of new strings.“It could turn out to be an hour’s worth of work, to six or seven hours worth of work depending on what kind of mood they’re in,” Deibel said.By they, Deibel is speaking of the players who sometimes hold off until the last minute to turn in their racquets, he said.Sometimes that can mean racquets turning up just before the players have to leave for their next match.“You find guys and girls emptying their bags, having memory loss of when they turned stuff in last,” Deibel said.Although waiting until the last minute to turn in a racquet isn’t ideal, Deibel said some players go “overboard” turning racquets in early.“Last time I looked, you can only play with one racquet at a time, even though they think they got to have three fresh racquets for every match,” Deibel said.The players are aware that they do this to Deibel, but they look at it as a precaution, redshirt-senior Kevin Metka said.“We give him so many racquets sometimes, especially after matches he gets a little angry with us …  We don’t want our racquet to be almost broken and then you go into a match and you break it in an important point,” Metka said.Deibel got his start while attending OSU, when former coach John Daly approached him to string for the Buckeyes.“One year turned into two, and two years turned into 10, and now we’re on our second coach,” Deibel said.In 1999, Ty Tucker took over the OSU men’s tennis program, and although the staff continued to change, Deibel continued on.“He was stringing racquets when I was playing here, so I’ve known him well and obviously we have complete faith in what he does,” Tucker, who played for OSU from 1989-1991 said.A lot has changed over the years, including Deibel’s responsibilities.Part of that change has come with an advancement in racquet technology, as well as the number of different racquets players might have, Deibel said.“It used to be a handful of racquets and a handful of strings,” he said. “Now there are so many different racquets and so many different strings.”The players choose the type of string they want for their racquets, along with the tension they prefer when coming to OSU. But finding the right strings isn’t always easy.“They have an idea of what they want, on the string side it’s a personal preference,” Deibel said. “If they are playing with an expensive string … we may not be able to get it, it might just be too much out of the budget.“They rely on me to figure something out.”There is the occasional player who is more picky than others about their racquets, Deibel said. How people string a racquet can vary and, in some cases, players will disagree with the choice made by Deibel.“Most of them, as long as it’s the right tension and the right feel, they don’t have any complaints, but there are some that can just be ridiculous,” he said. “Couple of them have sent them back and told me they don’t like the way it was done and then we have a come-to-Jesus meeting.”Deibel said he normally wins those meetings with backup from Tucker, who “tells them they’re being ridiculous.”“(Deibel) is a handful, but a good guy,” Tucker said.Come-to-Jesus meetings and all, the team and Deibel seem to have kept a good relationship overall.“He knows all of our racquets … He’s a really nice guy. We all love him,” Metka said.Even with all the time, complaints and last-minute phone calls, Deibel said his second job has a way of overall staying “sort of fun and interesting.” read more

Richard Haass didnt fail the political parties failed North First Minister

first_imgTHE DEPUTY FIRST Minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness, says that he is not interested in “playing the blame game” over the breakdown of the Haass talks.McGuinness was speaking in Dublin today after Haass told the BBC that the responsibility for the breakdown in talks lay at the door of the unionist and Alliance parties.“For the three parties that were not prepared to endorse it, they each had obvious concerns, some were articulated more than others,” Haass told the BBC.“I would prefer for them to speak and to justify or explain their choices about what it was that led them to think that they, narrowly, or the society as a whole, would be better off without this agreement.”CompromiseMcGuinness said that it was time for the North’s parties to compromise.“The Haass approach offers a very clear way forward.“I think that parties that have not come on board ignore at their peril that the world is looking at us. This is a time for leadership. Am I happy with everything in the document? No, but I’m prepared to go with it.If we all get what we want, what’s the prospect of us getting a solution? Zero. So we have to compromise.The North’s First Minister said that any suggestion Haass was personally culpable were off the mark.“Always remember, the responsibility for finding agreement did not lie with Richard Haass, so he did not fail. The political parties failed and it is now up to them to roll up their sleeves and continue with the work,” said Peter Robinson.Read: Richard Haass says some in Northern Ireland are being ‘unrealistic in the extreme’Read: Meghan O’Sullivan warns of ‘darker downside’ to Northern Ireland stalematelast_img read more

Amazon adding 120000 holiday workers

first_imgNEW YORK — The holidays are coming and Amazon plans to add 120,000 seasonal workers in an effort to meet an expected spike in demand as more and more people trade bricks for clicks.The seasonal positions will be created at fulfillment centers, sorting centers and customer service sites in 27 states. The move marks a 20 percent boost from the 100,000 seasonal hires a year ago. The move comes as online shopping growth continues to eclipse shopping at traditional stores. The National Retail Federation, based in Washington, D.C., is forecasting holiday sales for the November and December period to rise 3.6 percent to $655.8 billion, much better than the 3 percent growth seen in the year-ago period.Online shopping is expected to rise 7 to 10 percent over last year to as much as $117 billion.Ever since capacity problems in 2013 caused some people to get packages after the holidays, Amazon has been pouring money into its distribution centers and logistics chain, opening new distribution centers and leasing its own planes and trucks to speed up delivery. At the end of July, the company said it has 123 distribution centers globally and more than 23 sorting center, with plans to have add 21 new global fulfillment centers by the end of September; at the same point in 2015, it had added only 10.last_img read more

Reus You wont see me playing at Bayern Munich I promise

first_imgBorussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus reiterated his commitment to the club and assured everyone that they will never see him in a Bayern Munich jerseyBVB have an unfortunate history for selling their best players to rival clubs with star duo Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels leaving for Bayern in recent years, while Mario Gotze rejoined them in 2016 following a three-year spell at the Bundesliga champions.But Reus, who performances this season have earned him three Player of the Month awards this term, announced he will not be following in the footsteps of his former teammates.“You won’t see me playing at Bayern, I promise,” Reus told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.“Also I’m nearly 30 years old and they want to rejuvenate their squad.”In his new attacking midfield role, Reus has played a vital role in Dortmund’s stunning campaign this season with his 11 goals and five assists helping the club establish a six-point lead over Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga table.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.And the 29-year-old is well aware that BVB are in a great position to end Bayern’s six-season dominance in Germany and claim a first league title for themselves since 2012 in the process.“It’s in our hands, we have to take each game like the first of the season and then we’ll have a chance,” said Reus.The 29-year-old missed Dortmund’s 1-0 win at RB Leipzig over the weekend after sustaining a knock in training on Friday, but will likely return to action this week.Since rejoining his boyhood club from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012 in a €17.1m deal, Reus has managed a total of 110 goals and 69 assists in 228 appearances across all competitions for Dortmund.The Germany international has won the DFB-Pokal and two DFL-Supercups at Signal Iduna Park and reached the Champions League final in 2013, which Dortmund lost narrowly lost 2-1 to Bayern at Wembley.last_img read more

Over 20000 known asteroids now cruise the cosmos near Earth

first_img Sci-Tech Post a comment Space 0 How NASA’s DART could save the planet from a killer asteroid Tags 3:17 Adventures in asteroid awarenesscenter_img Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: This guy has over 20,000 friends that we know of. NASA Space is vast, but it certainly isn’t empty. The more we search and study the region around our own planet, the more crowded we find it. For the first time, the European Space Agency’s official count of known near-Earth objects (NEOs) topped 20,000 at the end of April. According to the space agency’s NEO Coordination Center, 20,022 asteroids and 107 comets have been cataloged that have orbits around the sun that bring them close to Earth’s own orbit.In April alone, 208 new NEOs were designated and 731 new entries have been added since Jan. 1. Many of the new discoveries come from the NASA-funded Pan-STARRS and Catalina Sky Surveys. Now, less than six years later, that figure has doubled, making it clear that while space may be huge, it’s also marked by the cosmic equivalent of three-dimensional gravel roads. It seems likely the list could grow ever longer, and faster, as a new telescope dedicated to spotting asteroids is set to come online in Sicily next year and there are plans in the works for another somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere.  Thanks to more and better observatories scanning the skies for nearby space rocks, we’ve been finding them at a rapidly accelerating rate. The very first NEO was discovered in 1898 and over the century that followed, only around 500 more were added to humanity’s list. NASA launched a NEO observations program in 1998 and by mid-2013 the total number of known asteroids and comets in the neighborhood topped 10,000.  NASA head: Expect a major asteroid strike in your lifetime Scientists live-tweet chilling faux asteroid impact scare ‘Walnut’ asteroid nearly a mile wide is flying by with a friend in Maylast_img read more

New legislative leaders aim to take on gas and oil issues

first_imgThe sun rises on the North Slope between drill rigs, Nov. 6, 2012. (Creative Commons photo by Kevan Dee)A radical reshuffling in the state House has shifted control and the ruling philosophy for the upcoming session, but key questions on state energy policy remain the same.As the dust settles from the election lawmakers find themselves in a new world, with plenty of new faces, but they’re staring down some of the same issues that kept them locked in Juneau last session:Can the state afford its current system of oil tax credits? And what will happen to the Alaska LNG project?Listen Now In the state House, a new coalition of Democrats, Independents — and moderate Republicans are taking over from the Republican-led majority for the first time in 24 years.The new leadership said dealing with the state’s budget crisis is at the top of its list. A big part of that includes deciding how to manage its relationship with the industry that has historically paid the bills: oil.Homer Republican Paul Seaton on the House Floor on May 24, 2016, the second day of the Legislature’s fourth special session. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Rep. Paul Seaton (R-Homer) is one of three Republicans who teamed up with Democrats to form the new majority. He said that reforming the state’s oil tax credits has to be a priority.“I do not see us just robbing the state’s piggy bank or its savings account to pay out tax credits beyond what are statutorily obligated,” he said.Seaton is also the new co-chair of the House Finance committee – which means he’ll be in a powerful position to shape the budget next year.In the last nine years, the state gave $8 billion in oil and gas production tax credits: $3.5 billion in actual checks and the rest in credits to offset taxes, according to state tax division data.Last year, lawmakers passed a bill cutting credits in Cook Inlet. Seaton said it’s time to talk about the North Slope.Another big ticket item on the agenda is the massive Alaska LNG project. While, the new coalition in the state House might be friendlier than their predecessors, to some of Governor Walker’s ideas, that doesn’t mean they’ll support his entire agenda. His administration is pushing for a state-led alternative to the natural gas pipeline from the North Slope, but many lawmakers aren’t too keen on pumping more money into the project.Representative Seaton thinks the project might be too big for the state during an era of depressed budgets.“We don’t have the money to put into it as a go-it-alone project,” he said.Anchorage Democrat Andy Josephson agrees. He said natural gas prices are down and he doesn’t think the gasline will rescue Alaska from its current fiscal crisis.“This is just economics,” Josephson said. “What the experts tell us is this will be developed some day but it’s not likely to be in 2023 when we thought it might be. You know, it may be when I’m in my golden years that this happens.”Rep. Geran Tarr addresses the Alaska House of Representatives in 2014. Tarr and Andy Josephson will replace Benjamin Nageak (seated, right) and David Talerico as the co-chairs of the House Resources Committee. (Photo by Skip Gray, Gavel Alaska)Josephson will chair the powerful House Resources committee during the next session along with another Anchorage Democrat, Geran Tarr.And the two urban Democrats plan to take the committee in a new direction.Josephson said they will continue the traditional focus on  the oil and gas industry — but will also pay more attention to environmental issues.“So, you’re going to see some environmental legislation that is going to provide a greater opportunity for discussion about things like climate change, wildlife management, the mining industry and its impacts on fisheries and our recreational opportunities,” Josephson said.But the House might find itself clashing with the Senate, which is still controlled by a traditional Republican majority.On oil tax credits, Senate Majority Leader Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, said his district in Cook Inlet has already taken a huge hit from the cuts last session.“It dramatically reduced credits paid out for development in Cook Inlet, that affected by district by several hundred million dollars a year,” he said.Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, at a Senate Majority press availability, Feb. 22, 2016. (Photo by Skip Gray, 360 North)And while Micciche said some of those reforms needed to happen, he sees a philosophical difference between the new House majority and the relatively unchanged Senate.“Both sides have a tendency to push too far. And that’s not going to work,” Micciche said. “We’re not going to find solutions if we are dead set on more or less getting our own way.”He said last year’s tax credit reform bill took a Herculean effort to get passed.“We had to drag people across the finish line on the Senate side, I know they had to do the same thing on the House side. People have to be willing to compromise and to find solutions that not only work for Alaskans but balance the liabilities and benefits of tax policy,” he said.But Micciche also has questions about a state-led Alaska LNG project, which means, on that issue, at least, both houses may be on a collision course with the governor.last_img read more

Chowkidar new Modi title on twitter

first_imgNarendra ModiA day after launching the “Main Bhi Chowkidar (I am a watchman too)” campaign on social media, prime minister Narendra Modi on Sunday changed the title of his Twitter account to “Chowkidar Narendra Modi”.BJP president Amit Shah followed with “Chowkidar Amit Shah”, and tweeted: “The one who made cleanliness a moral value… he is called Chowkidar #MainBhiChowkidar. Say with all your heart #ChowkidarPhirSe (watchman again).”Shah’s remarks came after senior BJP leaders and union ministers Piyush Goyal, JP Nadda, Harsh Vardhan and Dharmendra Pradhan followed suit, changing their names similarly on Twitter accounts.On Saturday after Modi launched his party’s “Main Bhi Chowkidar (I am a watchman too)” campaign ahead of the general election that begins in April. He posted a video with the same title on Twitter, saying: “Your Chowkidar is standing firm and serving the nation”.The campaign counters Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s repeated attacks on Modi and his government over various alleged malhandling of economic and defence deals and situations, with the slogan, “Chowkidar Chor Hai (watchman is a thief)”.”Five years ago, chowkidar said he wanted to fight corruption. He said he wanted to make it a ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’. Today, the slogan of ‘Acche Din Aayenge’ has changed to ‘Chowkidar chor hai’,” Gandhi has been repeating at rallies.Gandhi latched on to the word “chowkidar” as Modi during the 2014 Lok Sabha campaigning promised to work as a “chowkidar” to guard people’s money and their trust once elected.last_img read more

Opera Max gets a nagging feature

first_imgOpera Max gets a nagging feature by Martin Brinkmann on November 01, 2016 in Opera – 6 commentsThe most recent version of Opera Max, a free VPN app for Android, adds time limitations to the service which require users to become active to continue benefiting from Opera Max.Opera Max is without the shadow of a doubt one of the better free VPN solutions for Android. It is easy to setup and does not limit you in terms of data that you may transfer before you are either asked to pay up or wait for the next period to begin.The functionality that Opera Max provides goes beyond tunneling your Internet connection through company servers though; the app may reduce bandwidth when you are streaming music or stream video content, ships with a privacy mode that reveals apps that communicate with third-party servers (and may be used to block the communication), and may block any app from Internet access.The nagging featureYou could use Opera Max up until now for as long as you liked. Install the app, turn on the data compression feature once and keep it running in the background for days, weeks or longer.The new version of Opera Max changes that as it limits access to 12 hour periods. While this may sound bad at first, it is not the end of the world either.When you enable Opera Max after installing or upgrading to the new version, you are informed that you have 11:59:xx hours left. Opera Max notifies you when you are about to run out of time so that you can refresh the time by opening the app and tapping on the “add time” button in the interface.You are redirected to a new page whenever you do so that informs you about that, and displays an ad to you on top of that.What’s interesting about this is that you can do this repeatedly to add several 12 hour periods to your quota.Why did Opera make the change?While Opera did not release a statement why it changed the way Opera Max works, a likely explanation is to increase ad views and thus revenue.It is clear that the operation of Opera Max is not free and that Opera pays for servers and infrastructure. Since there is no Opera Max Pro version available, Opera Software won’t make any money from that which leaves advertisement as the main source of revenue.The problem was that users did not have to open Opera Max regularly in previous versions. Once installed and enabled, Opera Max could run in the background all the time without the user ever opening the app again.The new limitation pushes ad views and makes the use of Opera Max less comfortable in the process. This is especially problematic for Android users who use Opera Max all the time, and not only occasionally.It would not surprise me if Opera Software would introduce Opera Max Pro in the near future that does away with time limited access for a yearly subscription fee.Now You: Do you use Opera Max or other VPN or proxy solutions?  SummaryArticle NameOpera Max gets a nagging featureDescriptionThe most recent version of Opera Max, a free VPN app for Android, adds time limitations to the service which require users to become active to continue benefiting from Opera Max.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Tom Daley hits back at those who ask why he and Dustin

first_img‘She becomes such a massive part of your life for those nine months,’ he said. ‘Some don’t want long-term relationships [with the parents]. We talk to ours all the time.’On not wanting to find out who between he and Dustin is Robert Ray’s biological father, Tom meanwhile continued: ‘One thing we’re very strongly leaning towards is that we don’t want to know. He’s ours.’Last month, it was reported that Tom was working with the BBC on a documentary about surrogacy.News of Robert Ray’s birth broke earlier this summer, on 30 June. Tom and Dustin married in a lavish Devonshire ceremony on 6 May 2017.Olympic medal winning diving champ Tom Daley takes Willam diving in drag Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley | Photo: Instagram/tomdaley eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Tom Daley says he and Dustin don’t know which of them is their child’s biological dadTom Daley is working on a documentary about surrogacy for the BBCDustin Lance Black slams Katie Hopkins’ ‘ignorant, homophobic’ surrogacy tweetRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/tom-daley-hits-back-at-those-who-ask-why-he-and-dustin-didnt-chose-to-adopt-a-child-over-surrogacy/ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Tom Daley has hit out at people who ask he and husband Dustin Lance Black why they chose to have a baby via surrogacy over adoption. In a new interview the Olympic diver points out that people ‘wouldn’t say that to a straight couple.’Speaking to The Telegraph, Tom explained: ‘Lots of people say, “why don’t you adopt?”. You wouldn’t say that to a straight couple. You wouldn’t say: “Why do you deserve to have a biological kid?”‘‘She becomes such a massive part of your life for those nine months’The sports icon furthermore discussed he and Dustin’s relationship with the surrogate of their baby son, Robert Ray.last_img read more

Lufthansa Group Australia to handle sales for Brussels Airlines

first_imgLufthansa Group Australia to handle sales for Brussels AirlinesLufthansa Group Australia to handle sales for Brussels Airlines Starting 1st of March 2019, the commercial activities and the representation of Brussels Airlines, the Belgium member of the Group, will be fully integrated into the Lufthansa Group in Australia.“With the successful integration of the commercial activities of Brussels Airlines in Australia, we are now able to offer our customers equal access to the services of all Group airlines. Brussels Airlines contributes to the large network of Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines and offers access to Africa with 23 destinations. These are very interesting connections for mining companies here in Australia”, says Anil Rodricks, General Manager Sales Australia for Lufthansa Group.With this new arrangement, customers and partners are offered a single point of contact for all Lufthansa Group airlines.“We are happy to announce that the local Lufthansa Group office finally represents all Group Airlines. The commencement of commercial activities and local representation of Brussels Airlines in Australia is one of the last steps in a global integration process of Brussels Airlines into the Lufthansa Group”, says Heiko Brix, Senior Director Sales Southeast Asia & Pacific for Lufthansa Group Airlines.About Brussels AirlinesBrussels Airlines is Belgium’s national airline, connecting the capital of Europe to more than 100 destinations, where of 23 in Africa, the continent Brussels Airlines considers its second home. Besides Africa, Brussels Airlines offers more than 90 destinations in Europe, 3 in North America and Tel Aviv. The company has over 4,000 employees and 48 aircraft operating some 250 flights daily, flying more than 9 million passengers a year to, via and from Brussels Airport. Thanks to its no compromise positioning, Brussels Airlines combines competitive fares with the highest service quality.  With yearly changing Belgian Star Chefs, its wide offer of Belgian food and drinks and the five Belgian Icons, Brussels Airlines is an ambassador of its country, bringing the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world.Brussels Airlines offers cargo capacity on all its flights, commercialized by Lufthansa Cargo. The airline also handles the daily maintenance of its aircraft fleet.Brussels Airlines is part of Eurowings and member of Star Alliance. The company was founded in 2002 and is 100% owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.More information on brusselsairlines.comSource = Brussels Airlineslast_img read more

Dust lower temperatures rain on the way

first_imgThe air quality department has warned of extremely high levels of dust, though only in the area in and around Larnaca.By 3pm on Thursday levels of hourly concentration of respirable particulate matter with a diameter smaller than 10mm (PM 10) were at a safe limit in Nicosia, Paphos and Limassol, that is lower than 50 μg/m3.At the same time the concentration was much higher than is safe in Larnaca, 387 μg/m3, and above normal in Paralimni (135.2 μg/m3) and Zygi (105.7 μg/m3).On Thursday afternoon some elevated clouds are expected to form which will be on the increase during the evening.At night temperatures will drop to 19C inland, 23C along the west coast, 21C in other coastal areas and 13C in the higher mountains.Local rains and even storms are forecast for Friday and over the weekend, and chances are there will be some hail in the mountains and inland.Temperatures are significantly lower than recently, topping 33C around Nicosia, 28C to 30C near the sea and 25C in Troodos.The weather is forecast to remain the same until Monday.You May LikeFinsFeed20 Rarely Seen Historical Photos UncoveredFinsFeedUndoProtectival – LifeBioticProtectival – Natural Killer Cells BoosterProtectival – LifeBioticUndoExciting MagazineThe Scariest Tourist Pathways Around The WorldExciting MagazineUndo At least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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