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Updated: Australia creates nation’s first space agency

first_img University of New South Wales Updated: Australia creates nation’s first space agency Update: On 8 May, the Australian government unveiled a budget that provides the new space agency with $19 million (AU$26 million) in seed money over 4 years. The plan emphasizes the commercial uses of space, and includes $11 million (AU$15 million) over three years to support applied projects.Here is our original story from 3 May:Australia is set to announce the country’s first space agency. 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Officials are expected to formally announce the move on 8 May.Geologist Megan Clark will lead the new agency, according to reports. She was formerly chief executive of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Canberra, the country’s network of laboratories. She also led an expert panel that the government created last year to explore the idea of establishing a space agency. UNSW-EC0, a satellite built at the University of New South Wales in Australia, had to hitch a ride to space on a U.S. rocket in 2017.center_img By Dennis NormileMay. 8, 2018 , 9:15 AM Researchers are applauding the pick. Clark “can be trusted to set the agency up in the right direction,” says Anna Moore, an astronomer at Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.Despite the modest funding and emphasis on applied technology, the decision to establish the agency “is a major landmark for Australian industry and science,” says Peter Quinn, an astronomer and executive director of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, a joint institute of Curtin University and the University of Western Australia, both in Perth.Space enthusiasts have called for Australia to establish its own space agency in the past. But the drive gained momentum last July, when the government set up the expert group to evaluate the nation’s space industry capabilities. It was charged with developing “a long-term plan to grow this important and exciting sector.” The panel delivered its report at the end of March. The report has not yet been made public, but it is widely believed that “the primary objective is developing the space industry in Australia, but my understanding is that potentially there will be a science component,” says Matthew Colless, an astrophysicist at ANU.Colless notes that there is already some space science being done in Australia. Teams have designed and built small satellites for studies ranging from Earth observation to astrophysics, but other countries have launched the spacecraft. The community hopes a growing space agency “will allow us to upscale our satellites,” Colless says. He adds that having a national space agency could also open the door to official participation in larger international missions.The agency might also help boost science education efforts, Moore says. A more active Australian space program, she notes, could “inspire the nation, especially young kids.”last_img read more


NU gets golden double in UAAP taekwondo

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Foton faces stern test vs F2 Logistics Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH University of the Philippines took the second spot after finishing the tournament with a 4-2 win-loss slate while UST salvaged the bronze medal.NU also clinched back-to-back in the the women’s division with a 6-0 sweep.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingNU’s Arven Alcantara and Rheza Aragon were named the men’s and women’s MVP, respectively. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Malditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims National University secured a double championship in the UAAP Season 80 taekwondo, dominating the three-day competition.The Bulldogs bagged their first men’s title after going undefeated in all their six outings including an identical 6-1 wins over University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern U Friday at Blue Eagle Gym.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


22-member India squad for FIFA World Cup qualifiers

first_imgIndia’s football team coach Stephen Constantine on Wednesday called up 22 players, currently busy training for their respective Indian Super League (ISL) franchises, for the two upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers.The players are expected to report to Mumbai on October 4, an All India Football Federation (AIFF) statement said on Wednesday.This follows a controversy after the ISL organisers initially refused to release the Indian players for the two away qualifying games, on October 8 and 13, against Turkmenistan and Oman, respectively, leaving the national team with the possibility of playing those matches without any preparation.Also read: Mumbai City FC announce final squad A preparatory camp scheduled to start on September 29 didn’t materialise because of it. The AIFF later said an agreement to release players has been reached.ISL begins on October 3 with defending champions Atletico de Kolkata playing Chennaiyin FC in Chennai.The squad: Subrata Paul, Karanjit Singh, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Arnab Mondal, Sandesh Jhingan, Aiborlang Khongjee, Dhanachandra Singh, Lalchhuanmawia, Narayan Das, Rino Anto, Pritam Kotal, Eugenson Lyngdoh, Cavin Lobo, Sehnaj Singh, Jackichand Singh, Pronoy Halder, Francis Fernandes, Rowlin Borges, Bikash Jairu, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Robin Singh, Sunil Chhetri.last_img read more


Dubravka demands more from Newcastle flops

first_imgNewcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has called for the players to hold an in-house meeting as they aim to improve their stuttering performances.The Magpies are still yet to win a Premier League game in 2018-19, and have only picked up points in draws with Cardiff City and Crystal Palace.Their poor opening to the campaign means that Rafael Benitez’s side are only being kept off the foot of the table by goal difference. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And Dubravka, who has conceded 10 goals so far this season, has claimed that team unity will help improve performances, and that he wants to see far more from his team-mates.“We need to find it ourselves,” he told the Newcastle Chronicle . “We need to analyse everything, but we have to be honest with each other – we have not done that until now I think.“We should have a meeting and discuss things, sometimes you have to do that. Sometimes, that can help the players.”Newcastle lost 2-0 against Leicester City last time out thanks to goals from Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire, and Dubravka has claimed that he was disappointed with his side’s reaction to conceding.“We have to react differently,” he added. “No one is happy when you concede a goal, of course, but we have to change something if, and when, it happens.“We lost the game against Leicester so confidence is not high right now. We have to sit down together and speak about which direction we need to go in now.“We have to go in the same direction. Every player.“So, I expect to see us putting in more, even when we are conceding goals.”As well as the players, Benitez has come under some criticism in the press over recent weeks, but Newcastle’s Slovakian stopper believes the player’s performances are to blame, not the manager’s tactics. “Everybody has to know which kind of system we play. Rafa has told us many times how we should do things,” he continued.“Against Leicester we were a little bit confusing in a few moments but, for me, it was more important how we reacted and we did not react well.“Even if you are not playing in the way you would like to play, you always have to give 100 per cent because this is Premier League, one of the best leagues in the world.”last_img read more



first_imgEarlier, Yuki won the first set in 47 minutes after trailing 1-3 and then won four games in a row to lead 5-3, the decisive break coming in the seventh game. Although Tearney held serve to stay in the set, the Indian served out the 10th game at with a forehand winner to pocket the opening set. Yuki was down 0-2 in the second set but recovered quickly to take a 2-0 lead before dominating the third set and winning it with two breaks of serve as his rivals game went to pieces on the hard court at the Shiv Chatrapati sports complex in Balewadi. The Indian started brilliantly with a service break but then dropped serve twice, after lapsing into errors, to lag behind Tearney and then got control of his play, albeit he committed mistakes at times. The Kiwi was more error-prone and frittered away the early advantage with some loose play. Bhambri took full advantage with some excellent, deep ground shots with his strong suit, the forehand. Later in the set he started serving well and also hit some excellent returns of serve to put pressure on his rival. Bhambri, with a 10-5 win-loss record in Davis Cup singles as compared to his rivals 2-0, broke his rival?s first service game of the match with a forehand winner but then played loose and fell behind 1-3. Tearney lapsed into errors and was quickly down 15-40 on his serve in the seventh game and was broken when he hit a forehand beyond the baseline to help Bhambri take the lead at 4-3. Bhambri served a timely first ace followed by a forehand winner deep into the rival?s court to hold serve for a 5-3 lead and then, after Tearney managed to stay alive in the set he could not stop the Indian from racing away to the opening set backed by some notable serves. The Indian then started on the wrong foot by dropping his serve early to trail 0-2 but like in the first set fought back immediately to restore parity by breaking his rival?s serve in the third when the Kiwi buried his backhand into the net. With order restored, Bhambri broke his rival?s serve in the fifth game when Tearney double faulted and then held serve to take a handy 4-2 lead. Tearney had to fight tooth and nail to hold his serve and prevent Bhambri from taking a commanding 5-2 lead after deuce was called four times. And then when the Indian was serving for the set at 5-4 his rival frittered away two break points before Bhambri went up to set point with a service winner down the T and then clinched the set for a 2-0 lead when Tearney, undone by another net-cord return, hit his back-hand into the tape of the net. By now the Indian seemed distinctly on top and it proved in the third set too as he was all over his rival in the third game on Tearney?s serve. The Kiwi was down 0-40 and then fought back to hold serve by winning the next five points but after Bhambri held his serve he could not prevent the Indian from going 3-2 up with a service break. Bhambri played superbly in this game by using the drop shot from the baseline, an inside-out forehand winner and then a good approach shot to the net followed by a high volley to break serve for a 3-2 lead. It was a crucial break as he won both his service games while Tearney held his serve in the seventh and then served to stay alive in the first rubber when trailing 3-5. Bhambri, not to lose the advantage, put pressure on his rival?s serve immediately and had a match-point when the New Zealander mishit a forehand. And he came up with another excellent return of serve followed by a forehand down-the-line winner to clinch the match. PTI SSR AT SSCadvertisementlast_img read more


Better meetings: BLUF and the three WHATs

first_imgLast year, I was talking about the critical importance of getting to the point quickly in meetings – and in messages – and a friend who is in the Navy taught me about BLUF. That’s the acronym they use in the military for Bottom Line Up Front. In a military setting, BLUF communications allow people to grasp the essence of a situation immediately and seek details only as necessary. It’s like a Cliff Notes for every situation. More recently, a reader wrote me with this nifty list, also from the military. Always describe:What’s what.So what.What next.If you’re in a meeting that is focused on getting to the bottom of an important situation, these are great guides. Encourage people to cite their headlines from the start. It not only saves time, it ensures the communicator has a point in the first place.last_img read more


Jana Novotna, a true winner, was famed for a sporting ‘choke’

first_imgWimbledon champion Jana Novotna was a true winner but it was the misfortune of the brilliant Czech, who died on Monday aged 49, to always be recalled for one of sport’s most famous and heart-rending meltdowns despite her collection of 100 tennis titles.After Novotna’s death following a long fight with cancer, Wimbledon, the tournament where she really made her name in both defeat and victory, paid tribute to her as “a true champion in all senses of the word”.For even though she was victorious as singles champion there in 1998, it was five years earlier on the same Centre Court that she really captured the imagination — and sympathy — of the sports world when losing the final to German Steffi Graf.Her defeat, conjured from the jaws of victory when she lost her nerve and confidence, is still considered one of sport’s great meltdowns as Novotna was a point away from taking a 5-1 lead in the third set only to serve a double fault.It led to a capitulation that was painful to behold as Graf, who was to go on to become one of the all-time greats, took five games on the trot and won the final set 6-4.The failure was all too much for the then 24-year-old Novotna to take.At the presentation ceremony afterwards, she broke down and, in one of the iconic images in Wimbledon annals, burst into tears while being comforted by the Duchess of Kent, the British royal who gave her a shoulder to cry on — literally.advertisement”I know you will win it one day, don’t worry,” the Duchess told her at that moment. They proved to be prophetic words.Four years later, Novotna, whose background as a talented child gymnast helped her to hone a dynamically athletic serve-and-volley game perfect for Wimbledon, reached the final again.Again, she lost, this time to the teenage tyro Martina Hingis, after being a point away from a 3-0 lead in the final set but this time she was scuppered not so much by a lack of nerve as by an abdominal injury as the Swiss swept the last set.Yet, once again, it heightened the idea that Novotna was one of sport’s great “chokers” — one reporter once described her cruelly as “No-No Novotna, the lady from Choke-Oslovakia” — but it was a tag that she always challenged feistily.”I wanted to win myself, instead of waiting for Steffi to lose,” she once said of the Graf loss. “Unfortunately, she started playing better and I did not. Does that make me a choker? How many chokers get to the Wimbledon final?”She had a very good point. Winning 100 tournaments — 24 WTA singles and 76 doubles, including one grand slam singles and 16 doubles titles — plus three Olympic medals and the Fed Cup with Czechoslovakia, made her an outstanding champion.She finally took the chance to prove it beyond doubt when, a year after losing to Hingis, she lifted the 1998 Wimbledon crown, with practically everyone on Centre Court cheering her, by beating Frenchwoman Nathalie Tauziat in straight sets.It seemed fitting that she should afterwards be presented with the Venus Rosewater Dish as women’s champion by “the nice lady” who had once comforted her.”The Duchess reminded me last year that if I came back for a third time, it would be third time lucky for me,” she said at the time. “She said that she was very happy that I had finally won this championship.”So, it seemed, was the whole of tennis as the woman who had come so close to the biggest prizes became the oldest first-time women’s grand-slam singles winner in the Open era.As her “true friend” Martina Navratilova said on social media on Monday: “Jana was an amazing woman.”last_img read more


Ashes 2019: Lyon King tribute to Australia off-spinner is a viral meme now

first_imgAshes 2019: Lyon King tribute to Australia off-spinner is a viral meme nowAshes 2019: Nathan Lyon picked up a 6-wicket haul as Australia thrashed England by 251 runs in the 1st Test to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 6, 2019UPDATED: August 6, 2019 16:57 IST Ashes 1st Test: Nathan Lyon ripped apart England’s batting order on Day 5 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNathan Lyon picked up 6 wickets to spin Australia to win in 1st Ashes TestSydney Sixers have reimagined Rafiki holding Simba from Disney’s iconic Lion King with LyonLyon became the 4th Australian bowler to pick up 350 Test wicketsFrom a groundsman at the Adelaide Oval to becoming arguably the best off-spinner of the current generation, Nathan Lyon’s journey has been remarkable. Lyon added another chapter to his remarkable career when he spun Australia to a famous win over England in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston.Shouldering the burden of picking up wickets on a wearing Edgbaston track on the final day of the Ashes Test, Lyon delivered as he ran through the hosts’ batting order as Australia bundled England out for 146 in the final innings and clinched a 251-run win.Lyon hurt England with wickets of Jason Roy, Joe Denly, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes before cleaning up their tail with wickets of Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad as Australia completed the rout on Day 5.The Lyon KingEven as congratulatory messages are pouring in for Nathan Lyon, Big Bash League franchise Sydney Sixers came up with a meme that is winning hearts on social media.Sydney Sixers have reimagined Rafiki holding Simba from Disney’s iconic Lion King with Nathan Lyon. The meme has now become a viral video.6/49 and 350 Test wickets for the Lyon King @NathLyon421 as the Aussies took a 1-0 series lead in the #Ashes overnight!Well played, mate! #smashemsixers Sixers (@SixersBBL) August 6, 2019Lyon on Monday also become only the fourth Australian bowler to pick up 350 wickets in Tests. The off-spinner is just 6 wickets away from going past Australia’s pace great Dennis Lillee (355 wickets). Shane Warne leads the list with 708 scalps while Glenn McGrath is second with 5643 wickets.advertisementAustralia captain Tim Paine heaped rich praise on Nathan Lyon after the team breached the Edgbaston fortress after 18 years. Notably, it was Australia’s first win in a Test match in Edgabston since 2001.”He [Lyon] is a bit the same as Smith – every Test or series they seem to get better, which is astonishing at their age,” Paine said.”If you come and see them train you’ll see that while they keep getting better, they’re a great example for our group.”There’s still four tests to go. We’re here to win the Ashes, not just one Test.”Also Read | Ashes 2019: England pacer James Anderson ruled out of 2nd Test vs Australia with calf injuryAlso Read | ICC Test rankings: Steve Smith replaces Cheteshwar Pujara at No.3 after Edgbaston heroicsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Nathan LyonFollow Lion KingFollow Ashes 2019Follow Steve SmithFollow Tim PaineFollow England VS AustraliaFollow Edgbastonlast_img read more


Social Development Commission praised for work in St. James

first_imgThe Social Development Commission (SDC) has been praised for coordinating and implementing development activities in several communities across St. James.Representatives of the parish’s Community Development Council’s (CDCs) benefitting from the SDC’s initiatives conveyed their satisfaction with the agency’s work during the organization’s parish forum at the Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay on Wednesday (March 27). Key activities highlighted include: general infrastructural improvements; provision of skills training; and implementation of activities resulting in significant crime reduction.“The SDC has been doing a great job. We commend them and ask that they continue to do so, and that other bodies help them to facilitate us, as a community. We have been taught a lot of things and they are working with us to achieve our goals,” noted Public Relations Officer, I-Can Initiative Youth Club, in Rose Heights, Joan Calvin.In his comments, President, Glendevon CDC, Kevin Coy, said the agency helped the organization to initiate a domino tournament which is serving to unify the community. He noted that endeavour, which has been pivotal in stemming conflicts among rivals, has been well supported by the residents since its inception in February.“We have decided that we (CDC) want to (positively) impact the community, and we (are doing so through) the domino tournament,” Mr. Coy saidIn his report at the forum, SDC Parish Manager for the St. James, Randy Hayle, said the agency is focusing on training community leaders in efforts to foster development within their districts.“We are strengthening the knowledge base of persons within communities, and over the period we have strengthened the governance framework in the parish. Some 588 community representatives from 48 groups have been trained in advocacy, leadership, meeting management, proposal writing, fundraising techniques, conflict resolution, and working with other agencies. The CDC should act as the voice for persons within the community, and to effect change. So we have taken a deliberate approach to (focus on) the CDCs,” he said.By Garfield Angus, JIS Reporterlast_img read more


Prayer vigil for First Nations communities in crisis being held Thursday

In response to the suicide attempts in the northern First Nations communities of Attawapiskat, Ontario and Cross Lake, Manitoba, the Indigenous Solidarity Coalition at Brock University will be hosting a tobacco ceremony and prayer vigil on Thursday, April 21 from noon to 2 p.m. in front of the Schmon Tower.“We are inviting Brock’s extended community to join us for the vigil. We will send our prayers out to communities and together make signs sending good energy and support to the individuals, families and health support workers who are on the front lines of this crisis,” says Indigenous Solidarity Coalition, Co-chair, Jodielynn Harrison.Last week, Attawapiskat’s chief and eight councillors declared a state of emergency, citing 11 suicide attempts so far in the month of April and 28 recorded attempts in March in their small community of less than 2,000 people.Equally heartbreaking is the reportedly more than 140 people attempting or threatening to kill themselves in a recent two-week period in the northern Manitoba community of Pimicikamak Cree Nation (Cross Lake), which has a population of 6,000.Most of the deaths or attempted suicides in these communities are youth, of the same age or younger, than most first-year Brock students.“It’s tragic. Recent news reports state some of the youth who have died by suicide in these communities are as young as 14 and 15 years of age. These young people need hope, to know there is a future out there worth living for,” says Indigenous Solidarity Coalition, Co-chair, Celeste Smith.To put this into context, the Brock student population is more than 18,000. That is three times the size of Pimicikamak and nine times the size of Attawapiskat.“If suddenly almost 150 students at Brock attempted suicide in a two-week period, each and every one of us would stop and question why this is happening in our community? How can we support them so this can stop?” says Smith.Suicide is an epidemic in indigenous communities across Turtle Island (Canada). While these two communities are what is making news, it barely scratches the surface of what is a larger social issue, Harrison says.“The reality is, numerous First Nations and Inuit communities across the country have declared public health emergencies this year. Many communities are without proper health services, adequate housing and in some cases, access to clean water. Health care support workers are burning out. Our communities are in crisis and they need our support,” she says.Please join the Indigenous Solidarity Coalition at noon on Thursday in front of the Schmon Tower to show your support and compassion for the First Nations individuals, families and communities in crisis.Individuals are welcome to bring hand drums, rattles, or other meaningful objects to share in song and prayers. Feel free to bring your medicines, good energy and intentions.For more information email• The Indigenous Solidarity Coalition at Brock is dedicated to providing people in the Brock community and the Niagara Region the opportunity to engage in events which raise awareness and foster activism surrounding Indigenous issues. read more


ExEagle Scout accused in online drug empire to stand trial

SALT LAKE CITY — A 29-year-old former Eagle Scout accused of running a multimillion-dollar opioid drug ring out of his suburban Salt Lake City basement is set to go on trial Monday.Prosecutors say Aaron Shamo was a prolific dark web kingpin who peddled poisonous fentanyl pressed to look like prescription drugs to thousands of people, killing at least one.Authorities said the 2016 bust of the operation that sold nearly half-million pills ranked among the largest in the country.But Shamo’s family and lawyers say that’s a false image of him. They say he made mistakes, but he’s being wrongly targeted as the sole ringleader, despite evidence his partners who were offered plea agreements were as deeply involved as he was.Lindsay Whitehurst And Claire Galofaro, The Associated Press read more


Libyan political accord stands firm but stuck – UN envoy tells Security

UN Special Representative Martin Kobler also underscored that in addition to looking at the security situation in the country, the economic dimensions also needed to be kept on the agenda. “Until today, even the most vociferous critics of the Agreement acknowledge that it is the only workable framework,” Mr. Kobler told the Council at its meeting on the north African country. “That said, the Libyan Political Agreement did not fulfil the expectations. The implementation has stalled,” he added. Mr. Kobler explained factors such as the limited authority of the Government of National Accord (GNA), the rejection, twice, of the proposed lists of GNA by the Libyan House of Representatives, lack of cooperation between State institutions, “pretender” governments competing for power, and crime and volatile security situation continued to add to the worries in the country.To conclude an agreement is difficult, to implement it is even more difficult, as Nelson Mandela said. Sounding the alarm, he said the country “continues to be awash” in weapons, and arrivals of new weapons continue unabated, in violation of existing weapons embargo. “Weapons do not fall from the sky. They come by land or sea,” he stressed, adding that they sometimes end up in the hands of terrorists throughout the region. As such, he called for strong enforcement of the embargo until Libya has a reliable and coherent security set up. Of special concern, Mr. Kobler underscored, were violent clashes in Tripoli – the first since 2014 – triggered by the killing of a religious scholar, and he noted that such clashes were symptoms of the lack of security and underlying tensions between communities. He added that despite an increase in oil production, the country remains in a budget deficit of about 70 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) and said that the strained relations between the Presidency Council and the Central Bank further complicated the financial situation. Briefing the UN Security Council, Special Representative Martin Kobler outlines the gains in the fight against terrorism, the challenges faced, as well as the outlook for Libya in 2017. Credit: UN News Centre “Libya’s financial reserves have shrunk from $108 billion in 2013 to $45 billion. The country will face an economic meltdown unless something changes,” he stressed, expressing particular concern for the lack of rule of law, rising corruption and high yields on the black market that result in billions of dollars disappearing into illegitimate accounts.Next steps In moving ahead, the UN envoy said that while the implementation of the Agreement is challenged, its articles are “not set in stone.” “The Libyan Political Agreement foresees a mechanism for change, should the political circumstances demand,” he explained. He pointed to the need to: tackle outstanding political questions; stop the use of armed groups and instead set up a Presidential Guard (as proposed by the Presidency Council) to protect State institutions and embassies; prioritize economic recovery of Sirte and Benghazi; address the fundamentals of the Libyan economy; promptly act on human rights issues, including the situation of migrants; and the return of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), which he heads up, to Tripoli in a phased manner, once the security concerns are mitigated. read more

Devon Walker Injured Tulane Player Showing Progress

Tulane University safety Devon Walker, who suffered a broken neck against Tulsa on Saturday, was “alert and responsive,” when addressed by family and friends on Monday, according to Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson.Walker was transported to St. Francis Hospital, where on Sunday he underwent three hours of surgery to stabilize his spine. Tulane team doctor Greg Stewart told ABC the procedure was “very successful.”“[The paralysis potential] is certainly a concern,” Stewart told the Tulsa World, “We don’t know what the ultimate outcome is going to be.”As with any severe spine injury, hours are long and dicey and reveal frustratingly little. It will be days or weeks before Walker’s prognosis is determined. He remains in stable condition in the ICU, with significant swelling around his spine. But late on Monday, Dickson shared a touching story on a Tulane conference call.Although Dickson could not give much in the way of a medical update, he said Devon “has not lost his sense of humor.”Dickson shared a story of a conversation he had with one of the nurses about something very important to the 21-year-old, three-year letterman: his hair.“I told [Devon] one of the things that almost occurred was [a nurse] cutting [his] hair,” Dickson said. “I wanted him to know I put up a fight.”Dickson said Walker glanced up from his hospital bed and “gave me that look: ‘Really? Did she really say that?’ ”Then he smiled.Asked if Walker’s hair was cut, Dickson gave a vociferous, “No!”The crown of Walker’s helmet collided with that of a teammate as the two tried to make a tackle, and it was clear Walker was seriously injured. “We quickly realized it was a significant event,” Dickson said.Medical staff from both teams rushed the field and worked on Walker for more than 20 minutes before an ambulance took him from the stadium. Several coaches were in tears as a prayer was led inside the Tulsa stadium.A Tulane website for Walker has been flooded with messages of support. Walker’s parents, Booker and Inez, released a statement saying, “We have been overwhelmed by the amount of concerned well wishes we have received from all over the world. Although we cannot respond individually to all, we thank everyone for the love and support shown to Devon and our family. The medical care that our son has received so far has been outstanding.” read more


Banro start to gold production from Twangiza DRC imminent

first_imgBanro’s Twangiza gold mine (IM, February 2008, pp8-26) is on schedule to pour gold in Q4 2011 and ramp up to full production of around 10,000 oz/month early in 2012. Simon Village, CEO said in August: “We are fast approaching a significant milestone for both Banro and South Kivu province in the DRC. Since Banro’s Board made the decision to proceed with development and construction of the Twangiza Mine in the summer of 2009, we have worked diligently to a fast schedule which has allowed our company to pour its first gold in two years, and with weeks to go, we remain on schedule. It will be the first new commercial gold mine in the DRC for over half a century.”The successful activation of this 1.3 Mt/y capacity gold production facility follows 24 months of strict deadlines which have been systematically achieved starting with the plant site and construction camp civil excavation works, that were completed two months ahead of schedule with a total of 1.2 Mt of earth being excavated. The capacity of this plant is planned to be increased to 1.7 Mt/y by mid-2012.Grade control drilling for the initial mining has been completed confirming the resource model’s evaluation, and based on this data an optimised mine plan has been finalised. Pre-strip, which was minimal owing to the outcrop of the reserves at surface, has been completed and mine production commenced towards the end of August. The mine planning is designed to optimise revenue by careful management of the cut off/cut over relationships of the orebody.last_img read more


Lockheed Begins Construction on NASAs Quiet Supersonic Aircraft

first_img NASA Conducts ‘Quiet Sonic Boom’ Tests to Prepare for Supersonic FlightVirgin Galactic Completes Second Powered Flight Test of Spaceplane Stay on target Lockheed Martin and NASA are bringing us one step closer to supersonic travel over land.The firm’s advanced design and development division, Skunk Works, has begun manufacturing the first part for the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft.For nearly 30 years, the Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde turbojet-powered supersonic passenger airliner operated at a speedy Mach 2.04 (1,354 mph at cruise altitude).Now, NASA and Lockheed Martin are collaborating to bring supersonic passenger travel back: Earlier this year, the space agency chose Skunk Works to design, build, and test the Low Boom Flight Demonstrator.“The start of manufacturing on the project marks a great leap forward for the X-59 and the future of quiet supersonic commercial travel,” program manager Peter Iosifidis said in a statement.One of the biggest issued with the Concorde was its sonic boom—the sound associated with shock waves created by an object traveling through the air faster than the speed of sound—on the ground.A prohibition on supersonic flight over land meant the aircraft could travel at its phenomenal speeds only over the Atlantic.Illustration of the X-59 QueSST as it flies above NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California (via Lockheed Martin/NASA)So, Lockheed and NASA are trying something new.“The long, slender design of the aircraft is the key to achieving a low sonic boom,” according to Iosifidis.Designed to cruise at 55,000 feet at a speed of about 940 mph, the X-59 QueSST will (fingers crossed!) reduce the loudness of a sonic boom to that of a gentle thump—about as loud as a car door closing.Based on NASA’s official timeline, the X-plane will conduct its first flight in 2021, gliding above select U.S. communities to measure public perception of the noise.Data collected will help NASA establish new rules to overturn current regulations banning supersonic travel over land.The agency has already begun, earlier this month conducting a series of quiet supersonic research flights using F/A-18 jets off the Texas Gulf Coast.More coverage on Martin Unveils New Deep Space HabitatNASA Chooses Landing Site for Mars 2020 Rover MissionScientists Discover Potential Super-Earth Orbiting ‘Nearby’ Starlast_img read more

Window washer falls to his death in San Diegos East Village

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Ashlie Rodriguez, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Window washer falls to his death in San Diego’s East Village 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A window washer plunged eight floors to his death while working on an East Village building Tuesday, authorities reported.61-year-old James Stinson of Jamul fell into a courtyard in the 1100 block of J Street about 8:45 a.m., according to police and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.Medics took Stinson to UCSD Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.The accident will be investigated by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA, as is standard in cases of workplace fatalities in the state. June 12, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom, Ashlie Rodriguez Posted: June 12, 2018 Updated: 10:19 PMlast_img read more

Man killed in Mymensingh gunfight

first_imgA suspected mugger was killed in a reported gunfight with police in the city’s Balashpur area in Mymensingh early Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased is Nayem, 27, prime accused of college student Ibrahim Khalil murder case.To arrest the accused in the college student murder case, a police team conducted a drive in Balashpur area early in the morning, said Khandaker Saker Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Kotwali model police station.Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, members of the muggers gang opened fire on police, prompting them to retaliate that triggered a gunfight.Nayem sustained bullet injuries on his belly while his other accomplices managed to flee.Police took him to the Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH) where physicians declared him dead.On 18 January, Ibrahim Khalil, 20, an HSC student of Ananda Mohan College was stabbed to death by alleged muggers in city’s Balashpur area.last_img read more

Microbes may encourage altruistic behavior

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (—Why do people commonly go out of their way to do something nice for another person, even when it comes at a cost to themselves—and how could such altruistic behavior have evolved? The answer may not just be in our genes, but also in our microbes. Explore further In a new paper, researchers Ohad Lewin-Epstein, Ranit Aharonov, and Lilach Hadany at Tel-Aviv University in Israel have theoretically shown that microbes could influence their hosts to act altruistically. And this influence could be surprisingly effective, with simulations showing that microbes may promote the evolution of altruistic behavior in a population to an even greater extent than genetic factors do.”I believe the most important aspect of the work is that it changes the way we think about altruism from centering on the animals (or humans) performing the altruistic acts to their microbes,” Hadany told’s already well-known that microbes can affect the behavior of their hosts, with a prime example being how the rabies virus increases aggressive behavior in infected individuals. Research has also shown that the microbiome—the community of microorganisms that inhabit our gut—can even manipulate the hosts’ social behavior by infecting neurons and altering neurotransmitter and hormone activity.Against this backdrop, the researchers in the new study have proposed that microbes may induce a person to help others because the close physical contact (for example, food-sharing, co-sheltering, and grooming) increases the transmission of the microbes from one person to another. So when someone does something nice for us, we are not just the recipient of a kind act, but also of their microbes.To show that this idea can have a prevailing effect on a population over time, the researchers designed simulations of interacting individuals, some with altruism-inducing microbes, and some without. Then using a prisoner’s dilemma payoff scheme, the researchers investigated what happens to this population, its microbes, and its altruistic behavior over many generations.The results showed that, as long as horizontal transmission (between individuals) of microbes is allowed, altruism-inducing microbes can take over the population, leading to microbe-induced altruism. This result occurs even when only a very small percentage of the population initially carries these altruism-inducing microbes. The simulations also revealed that the evolution of altruism is successful because the microbes have a chance to either meet genetically related microbes in the recipient or infect and transform some of the recipient’s microbes into relatives.In a variation of this model in which altruism can also be induced by host genes, the researchers found that genetically encoded altruism does not evolve, but microbe-induced altruism continues to evolve whether or not genetic factors are present. Further simulations showed that, although there are some cases in which altruism encoded in genes can persist, microbe-induced altruism persists more often. Overall, the results suggest that microbes may play a dominant and previously overlooked role in the evolution of altruistic behavior.If microbes do exert such large sway on altruistic behavior, then it raises other intriguing questions, such as whether antibiotics, probiotics, and foods affecting the microbiome may influence the altruistic behavior of their hosts. In the future, the researchers plan to address these possibilities, as well as to test the theory.”We are now collaborating with experimental biologists in order to empirically validate the predictions of our theory,” Hadany said. Study reveals some secrets of how microbes and their genes traverse the globe Journal information: Nature Communicationscenter_img More information: Ohad Lewin-Epstein, Ranit Aharonov, and Lilach Hadany. “Microbes can help explain the evolution of host altruism.” Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms14040 © 2017 Citation: Microbes may encourage altruistic behavior (2017, January 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from (Left) The payoff matrix and (right) an illustration of horizontal transmission probability of microbes between hosts. Using this model, researchers have found that microbes may induce their hosts to help other hosts, benefitting the microbes and the other hosts, but not always the original hosts. Credit: Lewin-Epstein et al. Nature Communicationslast_img read more

The SwordWielding Pregnant Viking – Freydis Eirikdottir

first_imgThe Latin alphabet arrived in Denmark in the 9th century, but only a select few – mostly missionaries, used it. It slowly traveled into the rest of Scandinavia with the spread of Christianity by the end of the 11th or beginning of the 12th centuries. It’s too bad, in a way, because the people that really could have left us some interesting stories, the Vikings, used primitive runes that were not really flexible enough for long narratives.That leaves historians and the rest of us with just intriguing glimpses of the northern warriors left by Arab travelers, and the sagas written centuries after the last Viking raids.Illustration of a Viking raid, wood engraving by Hermann VogelOne of the most intriguing stories is that of Freydis Eiriksdottir, reputedly the daughter of famed explorer Eirik (or Erik) the Red. There are two stories about Freydis in two different sagas: The Greenland Saga, and the Sage of Eirik the Red.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsThe Greenland Saga, which tells of the Icelandic Viking discovery of the world’s largest island, is believed to have been written sometime in the 1200s, some two hundred years after the events in it are supposed to have taken place. The Saga of Eirik the Red was at about the same time.An interpretation of the sailing routes to Greenland, Vinland, Helluland and Markland travelled by different characters in the Icelandic Sagas, mainly Saga of Eric the Red and Saga of the Greenlanders. Photo by Masae CC BY SA 3.0Though she is only mentioned briefly in the sagas, Eirik’s daughter Freydis stands out. In both sagas, she is a tough, determined woman and a formidable foe. The only problem, from a historical standpoint, is that in one of the stories, she’s a hero, fighting off Native Americans, and in the other, she’s a conniving and dangerous axe-wielding murderer.In the Greenland Saga, Freydis and two brothers, Helgi and Finnbogi, agree to undertake an expedition to “Vinland”, as the Vikings had labeled their southernmost North American landing site. As many of you likely know, this was probably in the area of L’anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland.Vinland Map, allegedly a “mappa mundi” dating from 1440The three agreed to travel to Vinland and share any profits fifty-fifty. Freydis, among other reasons, wanted to go to Vinland to claim a home already built out by her brother Eirik.Eirik tells her she can use it but doesn’t give it to her. Then, she and the brothers agree to go in three ships – but none of them were to take more than 30 men (and an unspecified number of women) with them, so none would have an advantage.“Summer on the Greenland coast around the year 1000”, painting by Carl RasmussenFreydis, however, secreted five extra warriors on her ship. Before you get ahead of yourself, brothers in the Viking Age were not always allies – the sagas and actual history are replete with family members turning on each other.Getting there before Freydis, the brothers move into Eirik’s home. When the woman arrives, she makes them move their things and they are forced to build their own home for the coming winter.Eiríksstaðir, the homestead of Erik the Red in Haukadalur, Iceland. Photo by Bromr CC BY-SA 3.0During that season, she and the brothers engage in petty disputes and develop a nice, deep Viking hatred of one another, but when spring comes, Finnbogi tells Freydis that he is tired of always arguing. Freydis falsely tells him that she is tired of Vinland and wants to go home.They strike a deal involving their ships and some goods, and Freydis goes home, where she tells her husband Thorvard a totally different story. Sounds like a Viking soap-opera, and its about to get bloody.Freydis spins a lie about how the brothers took advantage of her in a deal and how one actually hit her. She keeps egging her man on until he agrees to take the rest of their party and seek revenge.Das Haus des Glockenspiels in Bremen, Germany. Leif Erikson and Thorfinn Karlsefni feature on one of ten panels depicting famous seafarers and aviators by Bernhard Hoetger, 1934. Photo by Bernhard Hoetger CC BY-SA 2.0 deThorvard and his men sneak into the brother’s camp, take them unaware, and truss them up. Then kill them. Within minutes, the only people alive are the five women that were in the brother’s party.Freydis wants them dead, too, but none of her men will do it. So, she grabs an axe herself and hacks them to death, and enjoys doing it. She then swears her men to silence, and heads home, telling her crew to tell any curious Icelanders that the brothers elected to stay in Vinland. For their silence, her men are rewarded handsomely back in Iceland.The consequences? Well, none. Except – her brother Leif finds out and essentially puts a curse on her and her descendants. End of story.In the other version, from Eirik’s Saga, Freydis comes across about as savage, but this time, it is the Native Americans of Vinland who draw her ire. Referred to in the sagas as “skraelings”, meaning “screamers” or “screechers” for their war cries, first contact with the Vikings leaves eight Indians dead on the beach.A sheet of Eiríks saga rauða (The Saga of Erik the Red)On another visit, the Viking settlers and the skraelings settle down to an uneasy peace and even begin to trade with one another, but that peace ends when a Viking bull escapes from its pen, terrifying the natives, who have not seen such a beast before.The Vikings then leave their settlement for a better fighting position and fight a series of small battles with the skraelings, coming out on top, but realizing that no matter what, they will always be outnumbered, and they leave.The Landing of the Vikings by Arthur C. Michael, 1919Sandwiched in between the arrival of the Vikings and their departure is the other story of Freydis. Surprised in the woods by the skraelings, the Vikings turn and run for their homes – all except Freydis, who is pregnant and about to give birth. She screams at her countrymen, “Let me but have a weapon, I think I could fight better than any of you.”None of them help, but she picks up a sword from a Viking body, tears open her blouse to bare one breast, screams at the Native Americans, and beats her bare breast with the flat of her sword at the same time. According to the story, the Indians, never having seen anything like this before, get freaked out, turn tail and run. Freydis has saved the day. And that’s the end of the story.Page from the manuscript of Eiríks saga rauða.Why the two entirely different accounts? Historians debate. Many believe that the Greenland Saga, written centuries later, and by a Christian writer, is a Christian morality tale.The saga also mentions the fact that Freydis, when asked to convert to Christianity at some point, refuses. And of course, there is her murdering innocent countrymen in cold-blood. The saga was written at a time of strong anti-female bias in the Church and reflects that in Freydis’ character.Read another story from us: Modern Viking Mead Hall Opens in Seattle – Packed with Old Nordic LoreThe Freydis of the Eirik the Red’s Saga is believed to be a conglomeration of a variety of old Viking stories about female warriors, or shield-maidens, but is also considered to be a re-write of the Greenland Saga, but with some major revisions. Either way, Freydis, whoever she was, was Viking through and through.last_img read more