New Delhi: Former Olympic medallist and professional star Amir Khan feels India has a robust system in place to keep producing good boxers for the world stage and singled out 2017 World Championship bronze-winner Gaurav Bidhuri for Olympic glory at the 2020 Tokyo Games. The 32-year-old from Bolton, who clinched the WBC international welterweight title during a Super Boxing League (SBL) bout in Jeddah last week, believes India have the wherewithal to produce champions, who can follow the likes of Vijender Singh and MC Mary Kom. “Indian boxing is doing very good. What I like is that they have a system which not many countries have,” Amir, who had knocked out Australian Billy Dib last Saturday, said during an interview. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”In India, all fighters get an opportunity to fight international tournaments, they are funded and they also get paid, because these boxers can’t get jobs as they have to focus on boxing. All countries should follow this system. That’s why they have Olympic medallists like Vijender and Mary Kom and many more will come from this, it will only inspire the next generation.” Asked if India can win a medal at the 2020 Olympics, the British-born boxer said: “One kid I follow is Gaurav Bidhuri, he is a very good boxer. I like his style, I like how he fights, how he pushes himself. I have seen his videos. This kid will get far, if he can stay focussed. He is in the national team and he made a lot of noises, he had some good performances,” added Amir, a two-time world champion. Bidhuri is only the fourth Indian boxer to get a medal at World Championship, claiming the bronze at the 2017 edition in Hamburg, Germany. Speaking on other issues in boxing, Amir said it is a shame that the AIBA was suspended last month and the International Olympic Committee took over the qualification and competition for the Tokyo Olympics.
VANCOUVER – A British Columbia man who killed three people while driving drunk along a winding mountain highway has been sentenced to eight years and four months in prison.Samuel Alec pleaded guilty in B.C. Supreme Court last month to three counts of impaired driving causing death after he mowed down two cyclists who were out for a weekend ride north of Whistler in May 2015.Alec’s good friend Paul Pierre was a passenger in the vehicle and also died in the collision.Alec, who is 46 years old, was heading home to Lillooet from Mount Currie along Highway 99 following what the court heard was a “lengthy binge of drinking” after a friend’s funeral.He will remain in prison for an additional six years after credit is given for time he already served awaiting trial.The prosecution had asked for a 12-year sentence, while his defence lawyer argued that four years would be more appropriate.During last month’s sentence hearing, Alec turned around in the courtroom and offered a tearful apology to the families of the three men he had killed, saying he would never be able to make up for the pain and suffering he had caused.
Rabat – Morocco will acquire AH-64 Apache military helicopters from the US within the next two years. How many helicopters Morocco will receive is unknown.The deal to purchase the Apache helicopters has been underway since April last year, but the timeframe of delivery has only just been revealed“Morocco has a pressing need for new sophisticated attack helicopters,” a source told Moroccan news outlet Le360. The Moroccan government considered two helicopter models, the US made AH-64 Apache, and the Turkish made T-129 ATAK helicopter, finally settling for the US model mid last year.The AH-64 Apache is one of the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopters, used by the US army and many international defense forces. It was used in the Gulf War, and as well as in conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Yemen.Read also: Morocco Ends Series of Military Exercises for 2019 with “Saghro” ExerciseLast week, the U.S. State Department cleared a potential foreign military sale of 24 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to Qatar, in a deal that could be worth up to $3 billion.Morocco will be the second African country to own the helicopter, after Egypt, which bought a fleet in 1995.Morocco may use these helicopters to protect its borders from illegal migration and drug trafficking. Morocco’s military budget slightly increased from MAD 29.4 billion ($3.2 billion) in 2012 to MAD 34.7 billion in 2018 ($3.5 billion), according to the 2018 Trends in World Military Expenditure report released in April 2019 by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).Morocco received 62% of its arms from the US between 2014-2018.
9 December 2007Small island States today called on industrialized countries to take a leadership role at the Bali Climate Change Conference and adopt targets to keep the world from warming past the point where catastrophic impacts would occur. Small island States today called on industrialized countries to take a leadership role at the Bali Climate Change Conference and adopt targets to keep the world from warming past the point where catastrophic impacts would occur.“No island should be left behind,” said Angus Friday of Grenada, the Chairman of the Alliance of Small Island States. These vulnerable countries, he said, are already feeling the impact of climate change in the form of more hurricanes, cyclone and typhoons.Grenada, once deemed to be safe from hurricanes, has been devastated twice in the last seven years causing damage that amounted to 200 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product, he said. Countries such as the Maldives were already spending considerable sums on adaptation efforts, which include building 14 “safe islands,” he added, calling for the Bali meeting to support the launch of an adaptation fund. The conference ended its first week with negotiations in full swing on key issues. According to Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Climate Change Convention, Bali has to deliver on several issues of importance to developing countries, including adaptation, transfer of climate friendly technology, strengthened capacity building and progress on reducing emissions due to deforestation. In addition, he said, Bali needs to launch a process beyond 2012 when the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires.The negotiations, Mr. de Boer said, seemed to be progressing well on a number of fronts. With Rajendra Pachauri formally presenting the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to the Conference yesterday, Mr. de Boer said he believes the message of the report is “loud and clear” and that is to “act now.”Today was also ‘Forest Day’ in Bali, a day-long event by the Center for International Research on Forests to help inform the Climate Change Conference process on deforestation issues. Deforestation in developing countries causes roughly 20 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions.The Bali Conference is presently discussing methods to design a comprehensive plan to reduce emissions from deforestation in developing countries that may include assessments in changes in forest cover, how to demonstrate reductions in deforestation emissions, and how to estimate the amount of emission reduction.“These are very important first steps for fighting emissions from deforestation,” Mr. de Boer told the Forest Day meeting. “They will provide a good basis for further action.”He pointed out that forests worldwide contain more than the amount of carbon in the entire atmosphere. “Cutting them down immediately releases carbon stored in the forest carbon pools as CO2 emissions.”
OTTAWA — The Trudeau government is still wrestling with how to tax recreational pot, even as it indicates it’s poised to introduce long-awaited legalization legislation next month in advance of April 20 — the “Weed Day” popularly known as 4/20.Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Monday that the feds “haven’t made enough progress” in terms of taxing marijuana and several other issues related to legalizing the drug.The focus has instead been on making sure weed stays out of the hands of children and criminals, Morneau said during a news conference in Calgary.“Those are our two key goals as we move forward,” he said.“The issue around taxation, any of those issues, are very subsidiary to those first two goals, and we’ve not yet gotten to conclusions on those sort of aspects at this time.”News of the pending legislation — the timing of which, media reports suggest, means recreational pot would be fully legal by July 1, 2018 — pushed up share prices Monday for the country’s large marijuana producers.Chris Selley: Legalization or no legalization, it’s time to get serious about marijuanaMarijuana stocks on fire after report that Canada’s legalization bill is in the works for 2018Our feature series on pot legalizationShares of Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) closed 11 per cent higher after gaining $1.10 to $10.98 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Aphria (TSX:APH) finished 8.39 per cent higher at $6.72 per share, a gain of 52 cents.Yet Morneau’s comments suggest at least one key issue remains far from resolved, despite the fact multiple government sources confirmed Monday that the government plans to introduce the bill during the week of April 10.And the timing has at least one critic suggesting the Liberal government is more interested in placating marijuana users, who famously gather around the world each April 20 — including on Parliament Hill — to indulge in their favourite strain and flout the law in jurisdictions where it’s illegal.“This is a totally arbitrary timeline,” said Conservative health critic Colin Carrie.“(Prime Minister Justin Trudeau) is more interested in pandering to the marijuana users than doing his job and looking after the health and safety of Canadians.”This year’s 4/20 gathering was expected to become a massive — and highly visible — protest against a Liberal government already known for breaking or stalling a number of high-profile campaign promises, including electoral reform.The Liberals made the legalization of marijuana a key promise in their election platform in 2015, which was followed by the appointment of a high-level task force to study the issue.The task force, led by former cabinet minister Anne McLellan, recommended storefront and mail-order sales to people 18 and older, personal growing limits of four plans per person and a 30-gram limit on personal possession.Several provincial leaders said Monday that they are eagerly waiting to see what the federal legislation looks like so that they can start working to amend their own laws to make legal weed a reality.Yet they also sounded a note of caution, noting there are many issues still to be worked out before Canadians can start buying marijuana over the counter.Those include how to distribute the drug, establishing new rules around impaired driving, determining acceptable levels of pesticides and other impurities, and ensuring adequate addiction support.“We are aware that there are a number of complex issues that have to be accommodated by the provinces once this legislation goes through,” said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.“We need to consult with Albertans and we have to know exactly what the federal legislation looks like before we can figure out what our path looks like after that.”We are aware that there are a number of complex issues that have to be accommodated by the provinces once this legislation goes through,Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said he was generally in favour of legalization, but worried it could saddle the provinces with extra financial costs in terms of testing or awareness campaigns.Asked if it could prove an economic boon for the provinces, Couillard said: “It’s too early to say, but it certainly won’t be driving the economies of outlying regions in the next few years.”NDP justice critic Alistair MacGregor said it’s about time the Liberals moved forward on legalization, adding that his concern is many more Canadians could be arrested for possession before it happens.
Saying he was honoured to receive the award on United States Independence Day, Mr. Annan drew the connection between the country’s founding values and the aspirations of the world’s people. “Though your Independence Day heralded freedom for the American people, it inspired – and continues to inspire – millions the world over who strive to end tyranny and defend human dignity,” he noted. The Secretary-General pointed out that the US and the UN share a common vision of freedom and opportunity for all men and women. “As one of the main founders of the United Nations, and as host country of the Organization, the United States has understood that the United Nations’ mission is to bring the benefits of those rights and freedoms we celebrate today to people in every corner of the world,” he said. In donating the prize money from the Liberty Medal to the Fund, Mr. Annan expressed hope that his contribution “will be followed by many more donations from Governments, foundations and citizens like you gathered here today – all of us committed to defeating the scourge of HIV/AIDS.”The Philadelphia Liberty Medal honours an individual or organization demonstrating leadership and vision in the pursuit of liberty of conscience or freedom from oppression, ignorance or deprivation. It was awarded to the Secretary-General by Philadelphia’s Mayor, John Street.
UNDP Mexico/Andrea EganThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Mexico is supporting partnerships and programmes aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and gearing up the use of solar power, as well as promoting ecologically-responsible tourism as part of its commitment to efficient city planning.This report from UNDP coincides with World Cities Day, which the UN has designated as 31 October to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanizaiton. Read more here for details on how the UN agency is supporting Mexico’s efforts to ensure that its cities are safe, inclusive, and resilient.
Starting in September, undergrad students studying in any Brock University program will be able to concurrently lay the foundation for a law-related career.The University has launched Law Plus, a new four-year, non-credit program that will help students gain pre-law knowledge and hands-on experience. It’s modelled on Brock’s highly successful Med Plus program, which has been running for 20 years and a 92 per cent success rate for students landing careers in health-care.“Similar to Med Plus, being in the Law Plus program will open students’ eyes to a variety of career paths that will use the skills and experiences they’ve gained,” said Cara Krezek, Director, Co-op, Career and Experiential Education. “It’s also about preparing them to write the LSATs, enter law school, and so much more.”With the Law Plus program set to begin this September, the enrolment deadline for the inaugural year is coming up Monday, April 15. To ensure students get a personalized and enriched experience, the first cohort will be limited to 30 people.“During their first year, students will begin to network with a variety of career professionals and gain exposure to volunteering with different populations,” said Law Plus Consultant Stacia Heaton. “In future years, they will build on their skills and experiences with continued exposure to law-related professions, job shadowing, ethics forums and more.”In addition to their undergrad studies, the Law Plus students will spend between five and seven hours each week attending skill-based workshops, learning from guest speakers and participating in volunteer placements with community organizations.“We’re preparing them for careers they’re passionate about and helping them develop the skills and knowledge they require,” said Krezek.Like Med Plus, Law Plus is open to all Brock students, regardless of which undergraduate degree they’re working toward.“The program aims to have students from all Faculties who will bring a variety of interests to the table, which will enrich the experience for everyone,” Heaton said.Advising Brock on the new program has been an industry panel that includes lawyers, community organization representatives and faculty members.“Having the industry so invested and enthused about Law Plus is fantastic. They’re helping to shape the program and move it forward,” Heaton said. “They will also have the partnerships and relationships that will help us develop placements that students will be able to engage in.”For more information on the new Law Plus program, visit Brock’s Co-op, Career and Experiential Education website.
CHICAGO-Ohio State will play in the Big Ten tournament championship game after beating Michigan State Saturday evening, the likely high point of the Buckeyes’ season thus far. The low mark of the year came against Wisconsin Feb. 17, during a 71-49 drubbing by the Badgers in Madison. OSU’s opponent for the conference title at the United Center in Chicago Sunday afternoon? Wisconsin, which upset No. 1 seed Indiana, 68-56, before the Buckeyes and Spartans took the floor. Since the defeat at the hands of the Badgers in the middle of February, OSU has rattled off seven-straight wins. “Ever since we suffered that loss at Wisconsin, we’ve gone into every game with a business-type mindset. Every game is business. There’s no ‘He-he, ha-ha,’” said redshirt senior forward Evan Ravenel. Sunday, the Buckeyes will look to hand the Badgers a spoonful of revenge for the embarrassing loss they suffered that Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center. OSU is a much improved team since that Feb. 17 contest. So, though, are the Badgers. “We’re a better basketball team than the last time we played them, but unfortunately, so are they. I think Wisconsin is playing at a very high level right now,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. OSU players attribute their success since that rout to them coming together as a complete unit. Everyone is contributing on both ends of the floor, they say. “We kind of came together as a team and said, ‘We can’t rely on just one guy to play offense or one guy to play defense,’” said junior guard Aaron Craft, who scored 20 points in the Buckeyes’ 61-58 defeat of the Spartans Saturday. Wisconsin has been playing cohesively as well. The Badgers had four players in double figures against the Hoosiers and shot 51 percent from the floor. Wisconsin has won five of its seven games since its beatdown of OSU at home. Sunday’s contest will almost assuredly look very different than the two team’s last matchup. “We’re two totally different teams,” said junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. “Now that we get another crack at them, it’s game on.” Analyzing the opponent Record: 23-10, 14-6 Big Ten Against OSU in the regular season: 1-1 Jan. 29, OSU 58, Wisconsin 49, in Columbus Feb. 17, Wisconsin 71, OSU 49 in Madison Matchup to watch: OSU’s perimeter defense vs. Wisconsin’s outside shooting OSU hangs its defensive hat on the heads of Craft and sophomore guard Shannon Scott, who routinely disrupt opponents’ guard play. Wisconsin relies heavily on the three ball. In their win against Indiana Saturday, the Badgers made seven threes. In their shellacking of the Buckeyes on Feb. 17, Wisconsin totaled seven makes from deep. If Craft and Scott can hold Wisconsin’s guards in check, limiting the Badgers’ looks from behind the line, OSU would be in good shape. OSU and Wisconsin are set to tip-off at 3:30 p.m. from the United Center in Chicago Sunday. OSU is playing for its fourth Big Ten tournament title under Matta.
Four MPs have written to the Prime Minister urging her to hold a public inquiry into the “manifold failings” that led to the death of Poppi Worthington.The cross-party MPs, all from Cumbria where the 13-month-old girl died in 2012, have also set up an online petition on the Downing Street website calling for an investigation to help “make children safe” and restore public confidence in the police.Last week an inquest coroner concluded that the girl was sexually assaulted by her father, Paul Worthington, just hours before she suffocated in “unsafe sleeping conditions” in his double bed.David Roberts, senior coroner for Cumbria, also said there had been “very significant failings” by Cumbria police in their handling of the case. Prosecutors refused three times to put Mr Worthington on trial, and police bluders could mean he is never prosecuted. Mr Worthington, 49, who has always maintained his innocence, is currently in police protection. It urges Theresa May to hold an inquiry to ensure such a tragedy is never repeated, adding: “You can make other vulnerable children safer by launching a public inquiry to examine how so many warning signs that Poppi could be in danger were missed, and how they could be missed again.After listing recent successful inquiries like the one into the Hillsborough football tragedy, it concludes: “In Poppi’s memory, please do the right thing again and order a public inquiry to restore confidence in our police force and improve child protection. Please act to stop other children being failed like she was.” Poppi WorthingtonCredit:Family Handout The MPs’ letter, signed by John Woodcock, Trudy Harrison, Tim Farron and Sue Hayman, claims that only a public inquiry can ensure that confidence is restored in the police and child protection services.It says that the coroner’s “bombshell verdict” into Poppi’s death has ”heightened a crisis in public confidence in the vital public services that work to keep children safe.” 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.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana available to render assistance to Dominica following Tropical StormAugust 28, 2015In “Regional”Hurricane Maria aftermath: Dominica appeals for further helpOctober 19, 2017In “Regional”Guyana stands ready to support hurricane hit territories- PresidentSeptember 7, 2017In “latest news” Hurricane MariaAs Dominica becomes the latest hurricane-hit territory in the Caribbean region, President David Granger has said that Guyana stands in solidarity with the island state even as Guyana remains committed to extending support for the Caribbean States including Dominica, which have been affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Reports indicate that there has been severe destruction with no deaths confirmed thus far.Meanwhile, in an invited comment, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who is responsible for the disaster relief agency, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), informed that Guyana stands ready to lend technical and other forms of support as may be required.According to a report from the BBC, Maria, has powered back to category five strength after pounding the Caribbean island of Dominica.It weakened to a four after wreaking “widespread damage” on the island but is now packing maximum sustained winds of 265km/h (165mph) again.The storm is moving roughly along the same track as Irma, this season’s other category five hurricane.At least one person was killed and two others are missing in Guadeloupe.President David Granger will be addressing World Leaders tomorrow at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General AssemblyMeanwhile, President Granger said that a broader platform is needed to effectively provide protection and relief to Caribbean States that are vulnerable to natural disasters. He noted that urgent efforts must be made to strengthen the capabilities of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the regional mechanism that deals with disaster preparedness and response. “The Caribbean has to go to the drawing board again. We have got to create a more effective platform maybe in terms of architecture, in terms of response, in terms of measures to provide relief to our citizens…Guyana has a wide diaspora but have to look at the logistical capabilities of the Caribbean Community,” he said.The Head of State made these points during a meeting with Commonwealth Secretary General, The RT. Patricia Scotland at the United Nations Headquarters today.Speaking to the Guyanese media corps after that meeting, the Head of State said that, “It is quite clear that climate change is not something we could ignore… I have more or less put it to the Secretary General of the Commonwealth that next year when we meet in London at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting we have to put climate change and the issue of protection of and relief to Caribbean Commonwealth States on the agenda. We already have a mechanism, the CDEMA and we have to broaden CDEMA because what is happening now is that several countries are being adversely affected at the same time,” President Granger explained.He said that with several Anglophone Caribbean states being devastated simultaneously by hurricanes, a more comprehensive plan is needed to address the issue of evacuation; noting that people cannot be moved from one affected country to the next. Moreover, he emphasised that efforts at mitigation must be intensified. “We got to think about how we are going to prevent climate change at the global scale from affecting the Small Island Developing States [SIDS] and also the low-lying coastal states because countries like Belize, Suriname and Guyana can also be affected by global warming and rising sea levels. Even though we do not get hurricanes, we are going to see rising sea levels which will jeopardise our sea defences,” President Granger said.Granger said that the country can play a key role in terms of using its vast land space to offer citizens of affected Caribbean territories a chance of a better life in the wake of recent climatic disasters. Additionally, with Guyana transitioning to a ‘green state’ and its commitment to preserving its forests, it is providing an important service to the world.“We are leaders in environmental security and we have to emphasise that all states of the world must try to preserve their biodiversity, protect their forests and mitigate or prevent the situation in which greenhouse gases tend to contribute to global warming. So we have got to look at green technology and environmental measures…So that gradually, global warming could be brought under control and eventually the tendency for the earth to get warm will be slowed. Guyana is very important to the environmental future and this is the main issue I raised with the Commonwealth Secretary General,” the President disclosed.
ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions, the plant engineering and construction specialist of the ThyssenKrupp Group, has opened a new service centre in Antofagasta, Chile, on May 13, 2015. On an area of more than 10,000 square metres, it offers complex maintenance and repair services for customers from the Chilean mining and raw materials industry. The volume of investment amounts to around €16 million. Another service centre located in Santa Luzia, Brazil, is already in full operation providing refurbishment works and new components for the local market. These investments are part of the company’s strategy to strengthen its global footprint and to sustainably increase the share of its service business.Thomas Oelschläger, CEO of the operating unit Services of the business unit Resource Technologies of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions: “With the expansion of our service portfolio in South America, we are continuing our strategy of establishing a stronger local presence in the growth regions. Thus, we are able to develop optimum solutions for specific market needs and local requirements to support our customers throughout the entire life cycle of a plant.”The new service centre in Chile was inaugurated by Juan Carlos Becerra, Head of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (Chile): “I am excited about the opening of our new service center in Antofagasta and looking forward to support the Chilean mining and raw materials industry. Expanding our local service business will enable us to serve our client’s needs even better.” On about 4,000 square metres of built-up area, the centre includes high-tech workshops and warehouses to store and overhaul spare parts and components for plants and systems designed for mining, processing and materials handling. Equipped with CNC lathes, high-tonnage boring and milling machines as well as two 120 t bridge cranes, the center is specialised in the complex overhauling of heavy duty wear parts in crushing, grinding, pyro-processing and handling of raw materials and minerals.One of the main service fields is the replacement and complete refurbishment of roller units such as the POLYCOM® high pressure grinding roll (HPGR). In addition, the service centre offers complete plant inspection and maintenance service packages including on-site inspections and repairs, shutdown management, machinery alterations, optimisation and upgrades as well as transport logistics.
Algues vertes : le plan préventif lancé dans les Côtes d’ArmorLe vendredi 9 septembre, l’Etat a signé avec les agriculteurs et les collectivités locales une convention-cadre qui donne le coup d’envoi du plan de lutte contre la prolifération des algues vertes. La charte a été paraphée dans une ferme de Plouzélambre, en baie de Lannion, l’une des zones les plus touchées par le phénomène.Le plan de prévention contre la prolifération des algues vertes a officiellement été lancé à Plouzélambre, dans les Côtes d’Armor. Etat, collectivités locales et agriculteurs ont signé une convention-cadre, “la première charte de territoire sur les huit qui doivent être signées” a précisé le préfet de région Michel Cadot lors d’une conférence de presse rapportée par Ouest-France. Elle vise à mettre en place un soutien financier pour aider les agriculteurs à se tourner vers des méthodes rejetant moins de nitrates.L’Etat, le conseil général, le conseil régional, l’agence de l’eau et Lannion-Trégor agglomération investiront 11 millions d’euros pour soutenir 170 exploitations de la baie de Lannion, dont 85% sont des élevages bovins. La charte prévoit notamment de faire passer la part des prairies dans la surface agricole de 47% à 60%, afin de réduire les rejets d’azote de 10% d’ici à 2015. A terme, en 2027, l’objectif est de limiter le taux de nitrates dans les eaux à 10 milligrammes par litre, contre 25 actuellement.En octobre, la baie de Saint-Brieuc signera à son tour une convention, bientôt suivie de celle de Concarneau. Les autres chartes seront paraphées d’ici au mois de février prochain dans les Côtes-d’Armor et le Finistère. Au total, plus de 3.000 exploitations seront concernées par ce plan préventif.Le 12 septembre 2011 à 18:56 • Maxime Lambert
Later in June, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the Department of Defense’s Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission. Coming along for the ride are many types of NASA technology and payloads that aim to improve future spacecraft design and performance.The STP-2 mission, which is managed by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, is the first Falcon Heavy launch with a government contract, said a NASA blog post.The rocket, which can lift over 140,000 pounds in one trip, will be a major, yet challenging launch for NASA and SpaceX. Among the spacecraft onboard are these one-of-a-kind technology and payloads, including a deep space atomic clock, an Enhanced Tandem Beacon Experiment (E-TBEx), a Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM), and Space Environment Testbeds (SET), which will each help support NASA’s future exploration plans.Deep Space Atomic ClockThe Deep Space Atomic Clock. (Photo Credit: NASA)NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has been working on an atomic clock that will suit exploration missions down the line. It’s the first atomic clock built to fly on a spacecraft that’s headed beyond our planet’s orbit and it will be lighter and no larger than a toaster oven compared to its Earth counterparts.What’s cool about this atomic clock is that it enables one-way navigation. A spacecraft will receive a signal from our planet and can immediately determine its location using its built-in navigation system. Eventually, this type of technology could help with the upcoming Artemis program by delivering precise measurements of time for future Moon missions.The atomic clock will be the primary payload on the General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Orbital Test Bed satellite, which will engage in a year-long demonstration in space.Enhanced Tandem Beacon Experiment (E-TBEx)An illustration of how the E-TBEx CubeSats might work with signals. (Photo Credit: NASA)Signals could have a hard time traveling through bubbles in the upper atmosphere, however, the Enhanced Tandem Beacon Experiment (E-TBEx) could help this scenario. Two small satellites (the E-TBEx CubeSats) will fly around our planet and send radio signals to receiving stations on the ground. Then, scientists will be able to analyze if these signals were muddled as they traveled from the upper atmosphere down to Earth, which will help them monitor when the bubbles form and how much they meddle with signals.Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM)GPIM’s “green” fuel aims to improve overall spacecraft performance with increased thrust, higher density, and a lower freezing point. (Photo Credit: NASA)An eco-friendly solution is coming on the Falcon Heavy rocket: The Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) aims to replace the highly toxic fuel hydrazine with a more efficient and safe alternative for future spacecraft. Created by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, this “green” fuel is expected to heighten spacecraft performance due to increased thrust, higher density, and a lower freezing point.Aerojet Rocketdyne developed GPIM’s propulsion system, which involves two new compatible tanks, thrusters, and valves. Engineers will conduct orbital maneuver tests during a two-month-long demonstration on a Ball Aerospace spacecraft, so they can monitor the performance of the propulsion system and propellant.Space Environment Testbeds (SET)Space Environment Testbeds (SET) is a mission that will help analyze space radiation and how it might impact orbiting spacecrafts. (Photo Credit: NASA)Tiny particles can damage electronics sent into space, however, the Space Environment Testbeds (SET) is a mission that will analyze space radiation and how it might impact electronics and spacecraft in orbit. The “snow flurries” in the image above are actually incredibly speedy particles and over time, they could provoke memory damage, upset computers on spacecraft, and break down hardware. SET will work to improve spacecraft engineering, design, and operations to make sure future spacecraft and satellites have appropriate “armor” against these pesky space conditions.More on Geek.com:NASA Spacecraft to Use ‘Green’ Fuel For First TimeNASA’s Chandra Detects Giant Coronal Mass Ejection From Active StarNASA’s Webb Telescope One Step Closer to Completion Stay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 13, 2017 – Providenciales – There are few things harder on earth than running an airline in the Caribbean. That’s what makes the continued growth of Turks and Caicos-based interCaribbean Airways just so impressive. This carrier has been embarking on a massive expansion push around the region, from Cuba to the British Virgin Islands. It’s a sign that, even in Caribbean aviation, great things are possible. Here’s to what’s next.Release: interCaribbean Airways Related Items:
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will visit four military installations in Texas and Arkansas over the next week to assess their suitability for housing unaccompanied children who have illegally crossed the nation’s southern border. The installations — Fort Bliss, Goodfellow AFB and Dyess AFB in Texas, and Little Rock AFB in Arkansas ― would house minors who are apprehended at the border without an adult relative or after law enforcement officials have separated them from their parents, reported the Washington Post. The site visits come as the number of families crossing the border, many from Central America, has sharply increased in recent months.The federal government has used excess space at military bases at several points since 2014 to handle an influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America. Three installations — Fort Sill, Okla.; Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland, Texas; and Naval Base Ventura, Port Hueneme, Calif. — housed a total of 7,700 immigrant children over several months in 2014. In 2016, HHS used facilities at Holloman AFB, N.M., and Fort Bliss to house unaccompanied minors.
Dr. Deena Paramo, left, and Dr. Steve Atwater are the two finalists in ASD’s search for a new superintendent. Photos courtesy of ASD.The 48,000 students in the Anchorage School District could have a new superintendent as early as next week.Download AudioThe district is unusually large for a city the size of Anchorage, ranking 97th in the country. That brings along a sprawling array of needs that have made it difficult to find and keep a superintendent. A months long search has yielded two candidates with very different experience across Alaska’s schools.Inside the auditorium at Bartlett High School, about a hundred people listen as school board president Kameron Perez-Verdia introduced candidates during a community meet and greet Wednesday evening.“Let’s get started and hopefully this will be fun,” Perez-Verdia said from the stage. He asked audience members to write down their questions as he explained how the school board went from 84 applicants to just two finalists.“Both candidates are from Alaska. Both have extensive K-12 experience. And both have worked as superintendents,” Perez-Verdia said.First to speak was 46-year-old Dr. Deena Paramo, who came to Alaska in 1991 by way of Texas.Paramo went from a teacher in Glenallen to the superintendent for the Mat-Su school district, earning advanced degrees along the way. One of her daughters is an undergrad at University of Alaska Anchorage, the other a high school senior in Wasilla.“I’m quite familiar with many of your high schools: they beat us all the time,” Paramo said, getting scattered laughs from the crowd.During her remarks and about 40 minutes of questions, Paramo addressed general proposals for dealing with evolving technology and financial constraints. But she focused more on her track record and approach to juggling the needs of teachers, legislators, families, and students.“I have a really great job and I’m not leaving because anything is terribly wrong, I’m leaving for the best opportunity in the state,” Paramo said. “Anchorage is really the hub of Alaska.”After a short break, the next finalist, 57-year-old Dr. Steve Atwater, stood behind the lonely podium facing the audience. Since September of 2015, Atwater has worked as the interim dean at the University of Alaska’s School of Education in Fairbanks, and was in the running for this same superintendent screening process four years ago.“If you were there four years ago there’s a t-shirt in the back of the room for you,” Atwater joked in his opening remarks.Like Peramo, Atwater has been an educator in the state for a long time. But his career is a little more varied, having spent almost two decades in the Bush before taking over as superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s school district. Those experiences inform how he’d like to see ASD better approach diversity and student achievement.“Anchorage, as you well know, is a very diverse school district, and it’s great to hear that–but so what?” Atwater asked before a long pause.“I think that’s a great thing to talk about, but unless every one of those children are excelling,” he continued, “it doesn’t mean anything.”Atwater spent a good chunk of his time during questions laying out a plan to recruit more teachers into ASD from communities in Anchorage and rural Alaska. He spoke at length about how technology might be used to adapt to fewer teachers in classrooms as state funding shrinks, emphasizing that such a restructuring is a long-term project.“I liken the Anchorage School District to one of these big container ships that’s coming up Cook Inlet,” he said. “The ship doesn’t slow down outside Kincaid Park or Fire Island, it starts to slow down outside Nikiski because it takes a long time. And the district’s the same way.”After the presentations ended, Perez-Verdia explained in a brief interview that the school board is aiming for more community involvement in the hiring process than in the past. This time around, they set up an advisory group, surveyed 1,900 people, and for the duration of the day brought the finalists to different schools and community meetings.“School board members have been receiving literally hundreds of emails from students and from the public sharing their thoughts,” Perez-Verdia said. “All of that is a big part of this process and it will make a difference in terms of our decision.”Asked whom he prefers, Perez-Verdia said he hadn’t yet decided.But for some, the event made the choice obvious. Deena Mitchell has children in ASD schools and is part of Great Alaska Schools, a statewide education advocacy group. She came to the meet and greet with an open mind about which candidate she wants to see in the job.“But the evening here was hugely, hugely illuminating for me personally,” she said.“As a parent in the school district I really thought Dr. Atwater had wonderful, wonderful ideas,” Mitchell said, adding that Atwood’s diagnosis of the school district’s performance resonated with her. “Our system is not working any more.”The school board will make its decision before the weekend, but not announce whether the candidate has accepted the offer until their Monday meeting.
New Delhi: In a major crackdown against bank loan defaulters, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday searched more than 50 locations in 12 states and Union Territories. A CBI official said several teams carried out the raids in 18 cities including the residences and business premises of companies, promoters, directors and bank officials for an amount amounting to Rs 640 crore. The places where the raids took place include Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Valsad, Surat, Ludhiana, Gurugram, Gaya, Palani in Tamil Nadu, Bhopal and Kolar in Karnataka.
Md Abdul Wahhab MiahActing chief justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah on Saturday said the constitution has entrusted the Supreme Court with the responsibility for ensuring the rule of law in the country, reports UNB.”Ensuring the rule of law is an inevitable condition in any democratic governing system… as per the constitution, the Supreme Court is entrusted with the task of ensuring the rule of law,” he said.The acting CJ came up with the remarks while handing over certificates among new lawyers at the Officers’ Club in the city.He also emphasised ensuring a healthy environment so that the judiciary can gain immense respect from people.Wahhab said a strong and cooperative bar (lawyers) is undoubtedly the most effective friend of the bench (judges). “It’s the bar that helps train up a judge for ensuring justice.”He also said the lawyers have huge and important responsibility to uphold the rule of law and human rights. “The lawyers are an indispensable part of the judiciary who can reach the law and justice to people. Their main task is to help ensure justice for people.”The acting CJ observed that the judiciary is still considered by people as a dignified institution as people go to court as their resort to get justice.He said different courts of the country have a backlog of around three million cases as the number of judges is very inadequate compared to the ratio of the pending cases.Speaking at the programme, law minister Anisul Huq said the lawyers have enormous role in fulfilling people’s hopes and aspirations and their constitutional rights.He said lawyers also can play a vital role as the driving force in ensuring justice.Mentioning that it is very difficult to gain professional competence without training, the minister urged the Bar Council to take steps for effective and quality training for lawyers.
Stay on target Vintage Shelf: Spike Lee Brings the Heat in ‘Do The Right Thing…Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week If you thought the Child’s Play remake was the only creepy killer doll movie in theaters this weekend, apparently no one told you that Annabelle is coming home. This horror movie not only closes out the Annabelle trilogy but also adds another piece to the Conjuring cosmology, one of the most enduring cinematic universes this side of Marvel. As with anything scary however we understand if you need to take some time to work up the nerve to see it.Watch these movies before Annabelle Comes Home. Toy Story 4Just as releasing a new Child’s Play alongside Toy Story was brilliant bit of counter-programming, Toy Story 4 is set to shine even brighter in its second weekend now that out of the three toy movies in theaters it’s the only one that won’t traumatize your kids. Sure, Woody has to contend with creepy dummy dolls, but they aren’t on the same level as Annabelle or Chucky.The BoyInternet memes have low-key ruined the word “boy” for me in that I just think it’s hilarious. But even still The Boy, a “horror” movie about a young nanny being forced to take care of a dummy as if it were an actual child, is an underappreciated camp classic. Brahms needs more love!GoosebumpsIf you think your kid can handle something a little scarier than Toy Story but isn’t ready for real deal frights, the recent Goosebumps movie strikes the perfect middle ground. Jack Black plays a fictionalized R.L. Stine dealing with the chaos that ensues when his spooky book villains comes to life. Black also plays Slappy the Living Dummy, the malicious mastermind of the madness.Shazam!Shazam is one of the best superhero surprises of the year. So you should see it just for that. But also director David F. Sandberg’s last movie was the last Annabelle movie, the pretty good Annabelle: Creation. And Sandberg brings a lot of that horror background into Shazam, with wicked fun Sam Raimi-esque results.Puppet MasterThe Puppet Master series has been the flagship franchise from Charles Band’s schlock empire Full Moon Features for thirty years now. And between their nifty designs, nasty kills, and patriotic devotion to fighting Nazis, we totally get why Blade and the gang have such an enduring cult fanbase. Even better, Retro Puppet Master stars Greg Sestero aka Mark from The Room. Oh hi Mark!The Rest of The Conjuring UniverseIn 2013 James Wan released The Conjuring and I said ‘Wait, didn’t he already direct a horror movie starring Patrick Wilson? Is this Insidious?” Fast forward to today and this is now a multi-faceted horror franchise behemoth complete with robust spin-offs along with the main series. Not only can you watch fictional demonologists (and real-life frauds) Ed and Lorraine Warren investigate the Amityville Horror, but also check out feature-length backstories of the ghosts they encounter. Annabelle! The Nun! The Curse of La Llorona! Blund’s Lullaby!