N Korea releases Russian fishing boat says Moscow

first_imgSeoul: North Korea has released a Russian fishing boat with a crew of 15 Russians and two South Koreans after it was detained for violating entry regulations, the Russian embassy in Pyongyang said Sunday. The release comes nearly two weeks after North Korean border guards took control of the ship belonging to the Russian North-Eastern Fishing Company on July 17. The vessel, named Xiang Hai Lin 8, left the North Korean port of Wonsan late Saturday, the embassy said in a Facebook post. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”At 19:30, the vessel left the Wonsan port’s pier and headed to Sokcho (South Korea), where two South Korean crewmembers will come ashore,” it said. The embassy added it will continue to investigate the “circumstances” of the ship’s detention. South Korea’s unification ministry, which handles inter-Korean relations, welcomed the boat’s “safe return”, calling the release “positive from a humanitarian perspective”. The boat arrived in Sokcho on Sunday afternoon, the ministry said in a statement. The boat was fishing for crab and travelled from South Korea to the Sea of Japan when it was detained some 55 nautical miles (100 kilometres) from the North Korean border. Russian coast guards frequently detain North Korean fishermen in the Far East, many of whom use rudimentary wooden boats. Some of them are sentenced to prison.last_img read more

Will TV writers go on strike Heres what you need to know

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: That all depends on how long a strike would last. Scripted shows could have to end their seasons early and viewers will see a big dent in the summer TV season.But the most immediate effect would be felt by late-night comedy, where daily or weekly episodes are churned out of New York or Los Angeles, with legions of writers penning jokes, monologues and elaborate sketches.That could be a big deal in 2017, with Donald Trump as president and a big appetite among viewers for political comedy on TV. For instance, Saturday Night Live is experiencing some of its highest ratings in years, so much so that NBC decided to air its final four episodes live, coast to coast. There are still three episodes left before SNL breaks for the summer — May 6, 13 and 20 — that could never get made. NBC also planned special prime-time, 30-minute editions of Weekend Update for August. Comedy Central will premiere a Trump-parody talk show this week, and roll out a new post-Daily Show series in the fall. Twitter Here’s what you need to know.How will a strike affect my daily intake of network, cable and streaming shows? Advertisement Putting late night aside, it’s possible a whole bunch of viewers won’t notice too much of a difference because of the ability to binge-watch on streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. A strike may end up being the time viewers just catch up on all that good TV they missed.Will writers actually strike?Maybe. Maybe not. Monday’s vote authorizes the guild (which is the combined effort of two unions representing writers in the east and west) to call a strike. If the writers vote yes, and it’s likely they will, the guild and studios still have a week to hash things out and finalize a new contract. But after May 1, the old contract expires and the union has promised a work stoppage.“Should this occur, writing for television, feature films and digital series will cease,” the guild said in a letter to media buyers earlier this month. The guild announced it would resume talks on Tuesday.So, basically, the studios and union have a week to work things out. And the studios have publicly been keeping mum.Why are the writers unhappy?Central issues involve shoring up the WGA’s health plan, which is facing a deficit, securing family leave and protecting the guild’s current pension plan. The WGA argues that writers’ average yearly income has decreased while studios’ operating profits have doubled from a decade ago.The other main point at play involves how writers are compensated.The flood of new shows on air and digital platforms, which provide endless space for content, is fuelling “peak TV” and changing how shows are made. But writers are still paid per episode, an older formula. There are way more scripted shows now than in the past, but the norm has shifted from 22-episode seasons to about 10 to 13, and shows now take longer to produce. In recent years, the number of scripted series jumped by 50 per cent, but the number of produced episodes only grew by 6 per cent, according to the Hollywood Reporter.While taking more time to produce an episode can make for better TV, writers argue they are losing out on pay — especially with exclusivity deals that make it hard for writers to get work on other shows to make up the difference, and more series overall that are less likely to go into syndication. The writers’ demands include loosening some of those exclusivity rules, and increased fees.What’s happened during previous strikes?The last strike lasted 100 days, from November 2007 to February 2008. Many scripted shows, such as 30 Rock and Heroes, cut their seasons short. Some talk shows continued on, and late-night hosts improvised (Conan O’Brien killed time by spinning his wedding ring on his desk).Some hosts, such as Jon Stewart, did return to the air sans writers (Stewart rebranded his Comedy Central show as A Daily Show With Jon Stewart). David Letterman also came back after his production company, which owned his show, struck its own interim deal with the WGA.But when it came to the big screen, many said they felt the effects of the strike all the way into 2009 with a bunch of bad movies. Michael Bay blamed the strike for ruining Transformers 2, since they only had three weeks to put the story together. Other movies, including X-Men Origins: Wolverine, G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra and Terminator Salvation, were also affected.OK, but do we really need writers for shows?Well, there’s always reality TV.During the last work stoppage, CBS ordered additional seasons of its flagship reality competition shows to fill airtime. And then there’s NBC.Trump’s The Apprentice had been removed from the network’s lineup amid low ratings. But a new programming chief came aboard in 2007, and the network decided to revive the competition show, but with a twist. And when the writers’ strike meant no more new episodes of The Office and Scrubs, NBC replaced the Thursday night shows in 2008 with The Celebrity Apprentice.A New York Times headline from the time reads, “Writers Guild Helps Out Donald Trump.”By ELAHE IZADI – The Washington Post Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment We’re in an era of peak TV, but the fire hose flow of shows — from late-night comedy to scripted dramas — could come to a screeching halt very soon.Members of the Writers Guild of America, which represents the scribes behind television and movies, will vote Monday whether to authorize their union to call a strike. This comes as negotiations between the union and studios barrel toward a May 1 deadline, when the old contract expires.Even though there are more shows than ever before and the small-screen business seems to be booming, writers have some major grievances with how Hollywood pays them, as well as with the guild’s pension and health plans. And if an agreement cannot be worked out between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (which is representing the studios), writers will strike for the first time in a decade.last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Rozon, 64, was charged in December with rape and indecent assault. The allegations come from a single female complainant and date back to 1979.Rozon is also facing a $10-million class-action lawsuit alleging that he abused at least 20 women between 1982 and 2016. Last August, the Quebec Court of Appeal allowed Rozon to appeal the decision authorizing the lawsuit. The appeal has not yet been heard.Rozon, who denies any wrongdoing, stepped down as president of Just For Laughs last year, and an investor group bought the company in the spring.THE CANADIAN PRESS Demonstrators mark International Women’s Day in front of the courthouse to protest against Just for Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon, who is charged with sex related crimes, Friday, March 8, 2019 in Montreal. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz) MONTREAL – Protesters gathered outside the Montreal courthouse today for a scheduled appearance by Gilbert Rozon on sex crime charges, but the Just for Laughs founder never showed, choosing to be represented by his lawyer.A judge granted a request by Rozon’s lawyer Pierre Poupart that the case be put off until April 25.With the court date coinciding with International Women’s Day, a few dozen people protested outside. Dominique Daigneault, a union president, said the protest was a reminder that full equality of the sexes has not been reached and that women are still victims of violence.center_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

In Nunavut some people are encouraged to call family when in trouble

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National NewsQuestions are being raised about whether the Ottawa police should be called in to investigate any incidents involving RCMP and civilians.That’s because of racist comments that were posted by a Staff Sgt in the Ottawa police service.But others say it doesn’t really matter – because they don’t trust the RCMP enough to call them in the first place if something is happening.kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img

Fort St John continues to see increase in Real Estate despite Regional

first_imgBCNREB President, Leah Mayer, says the Northern Region continued to see a decrease of 7.64 percent in sales, but a 5.55 percent increase in active listings.“Many of the communities in our Board region saw a decrease in the number of sales and the number of listings. Overall the sales activity has decreased by 7.64 percent, and the number of active listings has increased by 5.55 percent.”Despite the decrease in most Northern markets for the first half of 2019, the Fort St. John market saw an increase of 258 property sales with an overall value of $85.4 million in comparison to the 2018 number of 243.As of June 30, there were 687 properties of all types available for purchase in Fort St. John.For more information, you visit the B.C. Northern Real Estate Board’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Northern Real Estate Board has released its listing statistics for the second quarter of 2019.Within the first six months of 2019, the Real Estate Board has reported 2,298 with a value of $716.5 million.This compares with 2,488 sales worth $680.2 million in the first half of 2018.last_img read more

Sensex tanks 354 pts HDFC twins succumb to selloff

first_imgMumbai: The BSE benchmark Sensex cracked about 354 points Wednesday, pressured by a sudden sell-off in HDFC and HDFC Bank amid grim global cues. The 30-share Sensex lost 353.87 points, or 0.91 per cent, to close at 38,585.35, while the broader NSE Nifty dropped 87.65 points, or 0.75 per cent, to 11,584.30. HDFC Bank slumped 2.07 per cent, while HDFC lost 1.96 per cent. The HDFC duo collectively accounted for almost half of the Sensex’s 354-point loss. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalTraders said the HDFC duo succumbed to a late-session sell-off following reports of PE giant KKR offloading some stake in the two companies. Market sentiment was also hit by the IMF downgrading the global growth forecast to 3.3 per cent for 2019, they added. Globally, stocks wobbled after US President Donald Trump threatened to slap tariffs on goods imported from the EU, ratcheting up global trade tensions. Other top losers in the Sensex pack included Bharti Airtel, Asian Paints, TCS, HCL Tech, Tata Steel, SBI, IndusInd Bank and Hero MotoCorp, declining up to 3.28 per cent. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostWhile Tata Motors, HUL, Kotak Bank, Coal India, Sun Pharma, M&M, Bajaj Auto and ONGC were the gainers, spurting up to 4.68 per cent. “Sentiments were affected on the news that IMF had lowered global economic growth outlook and fresh trade tensions have erupted between US and EU. Investors also seemed to be cautious awaiting Q4 March 2019 earnings beginning later this week,” said Deepak Jasani, Head- Retail Research, HDFC Securities. The IMF’s World Economic Outlook (WEO) “projects a slowdown in growth in 2019 for 70 per cent of the world economy,” IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath said in a statement. India is projected to grow at 7.3 per cent in 2019 and 7.5 per cent in 2020, reflecting the recent revision to the national account statistics that indicated somewhat softer underlying momentum, the report said. Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) net purchased equity worth Rs 1,212.35 crore Tuesday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold shares to the tune of Rs 688.65 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei dropped 0.53 per cent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 0.13 per cent. Korea’s Kospi rose 0.49 per cent, while Shanghai Composite Index inched up 0.16 per cent. In Europe, Frankfurt’s DAX was up 0.41 per cent, Paris CAC 40 rose 0.38 per cent, and London’s FTSE gained 0.02 per cent in early deals. The benchmark Brent crude futures rose 0.67 per cent to USD 71.08 per barrel. Meanwhile, the rupee appreciated 12 paise to 69.18 against the US dollar intra-day.last_img read more

UN agency criticizes forced return of refugee by Azerbaijan

“In the absence of indications justifying this decision, UNHCR considers her forced return to Turkey to be contrary to Azerbaijan’s obligations under the 1951 UN Refugee Convention and a clear violation of the principle of non-refoulement,” UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond said in Geneva today. Non-refoulement prohibits States from returning a refugee or asylum seeker to territories where there is a risk that his or her life or freedom would be threatened on account of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.The refugee in question, whose name was not reported, had spent the last two years in detention in Azerbaijan, initially on charges of illegal entry into the country, and subsequently on the grounds of an extradition request by a court in Istanbul. “She was extradited despite UNHCR’s and the Government of Germany’s repeated interventions on her behalf to the Government of Azerbaijan,” Mr. Redmond said, adding that the agency had only received only a limited explanation from them despite persistent inquiries since the 13 October extradition.UNHCR, he said, is seeking assurances from the Government of Azerbaijan that refugees and asylum seekers from any country will in the future be treated with full respect of Azerbaijan’s international and national legal obligations concerning refugees and asylum seekers. read more

Flowrox brings new connectivity to achieve full product potential

first_imgFlowrox, a global leader in heavy-duty industrial valve and pump manufacturing and services, says it is “bringing the new industrial revolution” to various industries the company currently serves. Flowrox Smart products and services will be dedicated to increasing productivity with Optimisation and Online Predictivity through automation and connectivity to help its clients to garner the full potential of Flowrox products as well as those from other manufacturers.Flowrox Smart Series products will be equipped with intelligent solutions, a transformation currently underway that will ensure connectivity via the Internet, allowing the consistent monitoring of Flowrox products and systems to maximise its customer’s uptime, reduce unplanned downtime and help guarantee spare part availability exactly when the customer needs them.Currently, the Flowrox scaling watch already incorporates connectivity to the Internet, including both intelligence and the ability to be connected to the Industrial Internet of Things – a term coined to communicate how the interconnectivity of devices to an Internet network can bring added versatility and performance. Flowrox Smart Series “builds on Flowrox’s ultimate total cost of ownership and reliability, which are trademarks of its leadership in industries such as oil and gas, metallurgy, mining and minerals, among others.”The embedding of Flowrox products with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity enables the customer to collect and exchange data with the users and in some cases directly with Flowrox. Initially, Flowrox will begin marketing its Smart Series of valves that incorporate a new series of smart sleeves and intelligent positioners with enhanced reporting and wear analysis, which will signal the customer that a valve may be heading toward failure – long before it actually fails.Smart pumps will be available later on 2016 with similar features and innovative add-ons. The Smart Series will also feature the Flowrox Malibu Platform, which will provide its customers with a visual user interface so they can track valve, pump or instrument operational parameters—including the early warning of upset conditions and product failures or reports on a product experiencing deterioration from normal wear and tear.Through a unique Internet-based interface that allows users to view process performance, flow rates, pressures and a variety of variables through an Internet connection, Flowrox says it will meet the demand for better data for decision-making, as well as giving customers more control over its products.“The future and capabilities to equip industrial products with smart technology and connectivity is here and available—and Flowrox plans to be at the forefront industrial Internet automation, leading the way,” said Todd Loudin President of Flowrox Inc USA. Flowrox says it is committed to continuous improvement and infusing the industries it serves with innovation that can help its customers become leaders in their respective industries. “Not all of our customers are going to be ready for our advancements, but we will be ready when they are,” added Loudin. “The rate of automation is going to explode with all types of products over the coming decade.”The entire organisation “will be working to ensure they meet growth and profitability targets and Flowrox believes in the implementation of technology to enhance the way Flowrox employees deliver value to customers around the globe. Flowrox’s influence will grow using new communication channels, since connecting in the digital environment has become paramount in industrial marketing and business development efforts.”last_img read more

VOTE for the Womens EHF Champions League MVP

← Previous Story Ivan Nikcevic is on the way to Wisla Plock Next Story → Laszlo Nagy is on the way back to Hungary – MKB Veszprem? Season coming to the end. Handball-Planet.com Team make nomination of five players for the Women’s EHF Champions League Most Valuable Player. Please VOTE on our Facebook Page and support your favorite player in current season:Bojana Popovic (33, left back, Buducnost Podgorica)Katarina Bulatovic (28, right back, Buducnost Podgorica)Anita Gorbitz (29, playmaker, Gyori)Heidi Loke (30, line player, Gyori)Clara Woltering (29, goalkeeper, Buducnost Podgorica) read more

Janey mac that was a tight one Ambulance called for Michael HealyRae

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3311243 By Garreth MacNamee My lips and hands turned purple. I knew it wasn’t good. The woman once again did the Heimlich manoeuvre and I jammed my two fingers as far ever as I could go down my throat. I started to get air in again and right away I was getting enough that I knew I wasn’t going to die.“People should realise how stupid we are to be rushing when we eat. If I was home alone, there’s a thin line between living and dying.”This time last year, the TD was hospitalised after he was attacked by a cow.Read: ‘Hungry, thirsty, filthy’: Woman fined €2,500 after dogs discovered in horrendous conditions >Read: AA warns car buyers about new mileage ‘lowballing’ scam > Mar 28th 2017, 3:52 PM 63 Comments Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 3:52 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 75,460 Views center_img MICHAEL HEALY-RAE was left in a state of shock after a choking fit turned his hands and lips purple and left him requiring emergency treatment.An ambulance was called for the Kerry TD who said he had been “wolfing down ” his chicken dinner last Saturday when it got lodged in his throat. His wife Eileen had been out hanging up the washing during the incident but he managed to get her attention.Eileen alerted their neighbours who began performing the Heimlich manoeuvre on the TD.Speaking on Radio Kerry, Healy-Rae said he had a lucky escape.“I was rushing trying to make time. I was wolfing it down and the next thing I started to choke.“Right away, I knew it wasn’t good. The neighbours came over and began to do the Heimlich manoeuvre.“Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, it wasn’t working. They had brought out a glass of water but every bit of it came back up again. I knew if water couldn’t get down, I knew I wasn’t getting enough air to keep me going.“She (a neighbour) said ‘his lips are going purple’. I looked at my hands. They were pure white with a bit of purple at my fingertips. That means one thing;  you don’t have a long time left after that.”ChokingDue to the severity of the choking fit, an ambulance was called for the TD, who has now said he will take more time to enjoy his dinner as this incident left him shook. Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland ‘Janey mac, that was a tight one’: Ambulance called for Michael Healy-Rae after choking fit The Kerry TD’s hands and lips turned purple during the incident. Short URL Share200 Tweet Email7 Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Irelandlast_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 2, 2016 – Man Now Charged With Two Murders say Police minutes ago.The 33 year old Freeport man who marketed himself as a carpenter and bouncer and is a graduate of Grand Bahama’s Jack Hayward High School will be held in custody until he faces the Magistrate on September 5, 2016.The man, arrested on Wednesday roughly six weeks since the more recent murder was taken from a Millenium Heights residence after Police waited in a lengthy stake out of the house in phase II.Police believe they have the killer behind the brutal murders of both Yuneiry Veras and Sorineida Arias of the Dominican Republic. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:carpenter and bouncer, Man charged with two murderslast_img read more

University of the Bahamas attracts new Royal Donors a Sir and a

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #UB Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 24, 2017 – Nassau – Sir Franklyn and Lady Sharon Wilson are the latest Bahamians to make an investment in the endowed scholarship program at the University of The Bahamas.    President of UB, Dr. Rodney Smith announced that the Wilsons have given $35,000 and are the Royal Donor to the President’s Gala Soiree, which is schedule for November 11, 2017.Representative for the Wilsons, Chakita Archer said, “…it is important for each of us, regardless of our circumstance, to help build the University of The Bahamas to become what it must become for the full and proper development of the country we love.”Through Sunshine Holdings Ltd and Sharon Wilson& Co, both chairpersons now join the distinguished list of #UB Royal Donors, which is the highest level of sponsorship for the President’s Gala Soiree and the university informs that there are only two remaining donor packages at this level.Naturally, President Dr. Smith encouraged corporate Bahamas to come on board; the soiree is billed as an elegant evening of entertainment and celebration and is a grand fundraiser for endowed student scholarships and it commemorates the first anniversary of the charter of UB.#MagneticMediaNewsPhoto credit: BIS Recommended for you UN appoints UB to investigate Bahamas Water Securitylast_img read more

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and USD launch InnovateUp business program

first_img August 12, 2019 County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and USD launch Innovate-Up business program Posted: August 12, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and the University of San Diego launched a small business accelerator program today for the communities of Chollas, City Heights, Encanto, Linda Vista, Rolando and Redwood Village.The Innovate-Up program will leverage roughly $1.5 million in resources from the county and USD to support and invest in local businesses. The program is funded in part by a $300,000 grant from the county to USD’sBrink Small Business Development Center.Starting later this month, Innovate-Up will begin hosting free weekly workshops to offer one-on-one consulting and small group meetings between small business owners and industry leaders, county staff and USD faculty.At each meeting, business owners will learn about how to bid on local government or university contracts, branding and marketing, how to attract seed money and how to certify a business as veteran-owned, women-owned or minority- owned.“Innovative products and new technologies don’t just come from people living in Silicon Valley; I believe we have that same caliber of an entrepreneur living in Encanto, Chollas, City Heights, Rolando, Redwood and Linda Vista,” Fletcher said. “Innovate-Up will cultivate our homegrown talent, and help them to make a lasting impact on their community.”The first Innovate-Up workshop is scheduled for Aug. 22 at the Malcolm X Library. Small business owners can find a full list of Innovate-Up workshops and sign up for them at innovate-up.com/events. Program organizers can also be contacted at 619-260-4547 or info@innovate-up.com. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

New Yorks Library For The Performing Arts Opens Lou Reed Archive

first_img Twitter https://twitter.com/nypl/status/1107373549122146305 “To my knowledge, this is the most complete and largest archive collection available to the public that documents the daily business of a major figure in rock and roll,” said the library’s curator of music and recorded sound, Jonathan Haim.The announcement provides an overview but the library’s “finding aid” goes into much more depth on what it describes as, “90 linear feet (211 boxes, 27 tubes, 4 oversized folders); 2.5 terabytes (40,920 computer files).”At the 41st GRAMMY Awards, Reed won Best Long Form Music Video for “American Masters – Lou Reed: Rock And Roll Heart.” The 1967 album The Velvet Underground & Nico was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2008, followed by Reed’s 1972 single “Walk On The Wild Side” in 2015. Following these inductions, the Velvet Underground received the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. Even highlights such as these merely scratch the surface of the artistic range of Reed’s life in music, but now researchers and members of the public can dig deep in the icon’s personal poems, notes, photographs, itineraries and more, from his days in high school through his final performances in 2013.”My dream has always been to make Lou’s work completely accessible to the public,” said his widow Anderson. She is a creative force in her own right, who won her first GRAMMY at the 61st GRAMMY Awards in Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for the recording of her composition Landfall with the Kronos Quartet.Lou Reed Biography Excerpt Details Birth Of The Velvet UndergroundRead more New York’s Library For The Performing Arts Opens Lou Reed Archive Email News The creative force’s massive archive provides researchers and the public with a rich collection of rock and roll documents and artifactsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 18, 2019 – 11:54 am On March 15, the New York Public Library opened its Lou Reed Archive at Lincoln Center’s Library for the Performing Arts. The archive is the gift of Lou Reed’s widow, Laurie Anderson, and includes a public exhibition dedicated to the creation of the singer/songwriter’s 1989 GRAMMY nominated album New York. Library patrons also have the opportunity to replace their existing library cards, for $1, with a special edition NYPL Lou Reed library card. Lou Reed Archive Opens AT New York Public Library new-yorks-library-performing-arts-opens-lou-reed-archive Facebook last_img read more

Chinas moon lander sprouted a plant but now its dead

first_img Share your voice The Chang’e 4 lander is the first to visit the far side of Earth’s natural satellite, sometimes called “the dark side of the moon.” It successfully deployed the Jade Rabbit 2 rover and has now once again made history by sprouting the first seedling on the moon.The ability to grow food on the moon would be important if humanity ever attempts to make good on the sci-fi dream of building a crewed lunar base. We could probably make some nice sweaters from moon-grown cotton.The space agency is already looking ahead to its next lunar mission, Chang’e 5, which is designed to collect lunar samples and bring them back to Earth. It’s also exploring options for a crewed moon mission.First published Jan. 15, 8:19 a.m. PT.Update at 2:28 p.m. PT: Adds that the plant died.  11 Photos Post a comment 0 NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Fight the Power: Take a look at who’s transforming the way we think about energy.  Enlarge ImageA cotton seedling growing in a biosphere habitat. CNSA/Chongqing University There once was a miniature garden growing on the far side of the moon.The China National Space Agency’s Chang’e 4 lander is exploring the mysterious side of our lunar neighbor that faces away from Earth. It also had some unusual guests on board and — in a first for the moon — one of them sprouted. Xinhua announced the sprout Tuesday and posted a series of progress images covering the course of nine days and showing a seedling reaching up inside the habitat. The experiment didn’t last long. The same day, China’s state-run Xinhua News declared that it’s already ended.Chang’e 4 touched down in early January.  A team from Chongqing University in China developed a sealed biosphere habitat stocked with seeds, fruit fly eggs and yeast that it hoped would create a mini-ecosystem. The cotton seed was the only one to sprout. The experiment also contained potato and oilseed rape seeds. China moon machines snap striking pictures of each other Chinese lunar rover makes tracks on the far side of the moon Tags The seeds, flies and yeast were selected for their ability to withstand low gravity, strong radiation and wide temperature swings on the moon. The experiment’s chief designer, Xie Gengxin of Chongqing University, told Xinhua that life inside the canister would not survive the lander’s first lunar night, which started on Sunday. The moon’s nighttime period lasts for about two Earth weeks.The temperature plummets during the lunar night. NASA says the moon’s temperatures near its equator can dive to -238 Fahrenheit (-150 Celsius). Chang’e 4 is located in the Von Karman crater in the moon’s southern hemisphere. The lander is in sleep mode during the lunar night. First time for humankind: A seed taken up to #Moon by China’s Chang’e-4 probe has sprouted #ChangE4 pic.twitter.com/N6fA3A4ycv— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) January 15, 2019 Memorable moon photos from NASA and beyond (pictures) Xinhua also posted a video showing a simulated seedling growth test on Earth, leading to some questions about the earlier images and whether they came from the moon experiment or its Earth counterpart. CNSA has yet to clarify the issue. Chang’e 4 explores the moon Seedlings in space! First-ever cotton plant on the Moon growing in #ChangE4 mini biosphere https://t.co/L8YpXqoVIG pic.twitter.com/3NVoCBUn5M— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) January 15, 2019 Sci-Tech Spacelast_img read more

GM served lawsuit alleging pickups cant run US diesel fuel safely

first_img Comment The 2020 Chevy Silverado HD gets a new look to match its capability 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD first drive: Teched out for towing Chevrolet GMC Preview • 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD first drive: Teched out for towing 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Share your voice 2020 Chevy Silverado HD is a 35,500-pound-towing brute 21 Photos More From Roadshowcenter_img Bad fuel injection pumps may be causing havoc in trucks like the 2015 Silverado HD. General Motors A new lawsuit claims General Motors knowingly sold diesel-powered pickup trucks that cannot run on US diesel fuel without damaging the fuel system and engine. Specifically, the litigation surrounds Chevrolet and GMC trucks equipped with the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8 engine, as well as Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana commercial vans.The Detroit News reported on the lawsuit filed on Wednesday in a Detroit-based federal court where plaintiffs provided alleged details of the faulty systems. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of eight plaintiffs, claims the trucks and vans feature Bosch-designed fuel pump systems that do not work with US-spec diesel fuel. Specifically, the lawsuit claims US diesel fuel is thinner compared to a thicker blend sold in Europe. Knowing the fuel is thinner, it provides less lubrication, which in turn creates air pockets. When these air pockets form in the fuel injection system, metal directly contacts metal. The alleged end result is metal shavings pumped into the fuel system and engine with major damage inflicted.”Such catastrophic failure often causes the vehicle to shut off while in motion and renders it unable to be restarted, because the vehicle’s fuel injection system and engine component parts have been completely contaminated and destroyed,” the lawsuit reads in part. The filing goes on to call the Bosch fuel injection pump a “ticking time bomb” while drivers operate the pickups and vans without any prior warning.Roadshow reached out to General Motors for comment on the lawsuit and the automaker said it “does not believe the lawsuit has merit.”The specific vehicles named in the lawsuit reach back to the 2010 Express and Savana vans. Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD pickups from the 2011-2016 model years are included in the filing, as are GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HDs from the same model years.The lawsuit believes the number of those affected by the potential fault in the fuel system is “at least” tens of thousands of owners. 2016 Chevy Colorado diesel: A 7,700-pound hauler, 30-plus mpg runabout Tags 4:18 1 More about 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 2WD Reg Cab 142″ Work Truck Now playing: Watch this: Trucks Diesel Cars Car Industrylast_img read more

Ministers hold review meeting

first_imgHyderabad: Ministers Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Mohammad Mahmood Ali and A Indrakaran Reddy on Tuesday held a review meeting with officials about the arrangements for Banalu which will be held from July 4.The officials from various departments attended the meeting. Talasani instructed the officials to provide all facilities to the devotees. They reviewed the arrangements for ‘Golconda Bonalu’.last_img

KCR wants Yadadri temple ready for Yagam in Feb

first_imgHyderabad: Expressing anger over the delay in the completion of modernisation works at the famous Yadadri temple, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Saturday instructed the officials concerned to complete the works in two or three months. The Chief Minister is planning to perform Maha Sudarshana Yagam at the temple in February. Accompanied by Endowments minister A Indrakaran Reddy and Education minister G Jagadish Reddy and senior officials, KCR visited the temple town and reviewed the progress of the works. Also Read – Car mechanic held in Hyderabad for killing Class 10 girl in Jadcherla Advertise With Us Braving scorching heat, the Chief Minister visited every nook and corner of the main temple and enquired the construction activity at the queue lines, prasadam counters, installation of new idols, etc. He also visited the water pond developed for the conduct of Teppotsavam from the next year. The officials informed the Chief Minister that the work on the main temple was near completion and other works taken up out of the temple are in various stages of progress. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us He wanted the completion of construction of cottages and all other infrastructure facilities before his Yagam. So far, the government had spent Rs 235 crore for the development of the main temple and Rs 692 crore on land acquisition and other development facilities at Yadadri. Instructing the Roads and Buildings minister V Prashant Reddy to review the works every week, the Chief Minister asked the officials to take up the cottage construction on a war footing as the corporate companies are coming forward to donate nearly Rs 400 crore. He also wanted widening of the roads in the temple town. KCR told the officials that nearly 3000 each Ritwiks, Veda Parayanadarulu and assistants will take part in the Yagam. Veda Pandits from 45 countries and Chief Ministers and Governors of various states will also be invited to the Yagam.last_img read more

A Conversation with Police Commissioner Kevin Davis

Many communities of color and poor communities across the nation have been under siege in their own neighborhoods and homes for generations because of seemingly ubiquitous crime. And many have also felt besieged by brutality and misconduct at the hands of some of the law enforcement officers sworn to protect and serve them.Sean YoesAfter the murder of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge last month, many members of law enforcement across the nation have adopted that siege mentality, perhaps understandably. It is an all too familiar feeling for many of the men and women of the Baltimore City Police Department since the days of last April’s uprising and the subsequent indictments of the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.“Morale is such a real thing, but it’s sometimes difficult to measure. And it’s person by person and sometimes it’s day by day. But, I do know post unrest, a historic event, with what happened last year and that gave cops a lot of anxieties and that affected our morale,” said Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, during an interview Monday, August 1 on “First Edition.” Davis spoke at length about the current state of the BCPD rank and file and the effect of morale on their performance.“Going through the trials of the police officers also affected the morale of the police officers…it was a real impact on morale. As we also contend with these national events going on, whether there are cops being shot and killed in Dallas or Baton Rouge, or whether its controversy surrounding questionable police involved shootings,” Davis added.  “Those all affect morale and they get you to question your chosen profession. Is this for me? Do I still want to be a cop? Is this my calling? And I just think that we are in a better place with morale and I also know that morale is sometimes a house of cards. One critical incident can impact the morale of an organization like this overnight. So, it’s something I pay attention to,” Davis concluded.Despite the seemingly poisonous air that sustains (or chokes) the tenuous (but essential) relationship between the Baltimore City Police Department and the State’s Attorney’s Office, Davis suggested the professional relationship between he and State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is not a perilous one.“My relationship with Marilyn Mosby is a necessary relationship. She and I speak several times a week about matters that never make their way to the Baltimore Sun or the six o’clock news,” Davis said.  “It’s the business of the police commissioner and the state’s attorney. And the relationship that exists between detectives and assistant state’s attorneys is a strong relationship and it has to be a strong relationship. There are moments in time…where there will be a division of opinions and there will be a moment where we may agree to disagree on some things, but ultimately we never let that impact our commitment to the community,” Davis added.University of Maryland Law Professor Doug Colbert has been a frequent contributor to “First Edition,” as we’ve reported on the trials of the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. Colbert argues that from the law enforcement reform perspective, despite the outcomes of the trials, they have shed light on policing in poor communities, providing vital insight and information as we go forward in the struggle for meaningful law enforcement reform. Davis said the dialogue is taking place in Baltimore and most big cities across the nation.“The crime fight is really won…when police officers engage in Constitutional policing in between those responses to 911 calls. Where we chose to spend our time, who we chose to speak to? What stop, question and frisk scenarios we chose to get involved in based on reasonable suspicion and probable cause?,” Davis said.  “I know that a police department with less anxieties and a healthy dose of morale, are more likely to be involved in the very active crime fight that ultimately makes our community safer.”Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on WEAA 88.9. read more

Firefoxs New Form Autofill is awesome

first_imgFirefox’s New Form Autofill is awesome by Martin Brinkmann on May 24, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: May 23, 2017 – 15 commentsMozilla is working on a new form autofill system in the Firefox web browser that will replace the current system eventually.Form autofill is a handy feature, as it allows users of the browser to fill out form fields automatically. The current implementation uses frecency (frequency + recency) for that, and has been part of the browser since 2009.Firefox displays suggestions when you type in a form field. It displays a sorted list of options for the field, and filters them once you start typing.The new form autofill that will launch later this year in Firefox changes this mechanic. Basically, what it does is use profiles to fill out all matching fields on the form immediately, instead of just a single field.Instead of having to fill out each field of the form individually, you’d simply pick one of the available profiles to fill out all fields at once.Note: The feature landed in Nightly. It is a work in progress, and things may change. You can give it a try right now if you run Nightly, but some things won’t work properly right now.Setting up the new Form Autofill in FirefoxThe new Form Autofill requires that you set up at least one profile in Firefox. The browser picks those up automatically, and you can select them on a form by form basis if you have added multiple profiles to the browser.Step 1: Open the Privacy optionsLoad about:preferences#privacy in the Firefox address bar. This opens the privacy preferences of the browser. Locate the “forms & passwords” section on the page.Make sure that “enable profile autofill” is enabled. Click on saved profiles to manage the profiles.Step 2: Add or edit profilesFirefox lists all profiles that exist on the page that opens. You can add, remove or edit profiles here. Click on the add button to create a new profile in the Firefox web browser.Step 3: Fill out profile informationThe next page lists the fields that are currently available for profiles. You can fill out some or all of them.Some restrictions apply currently. Only the United States is supported under Country for instance, some fields are missing, and data transformations for some types are not supported either.Click on the save button once you are done. Firefox takes you back to the list of available profiles. You should see the new profile listed there, and may click on edit at any time to change data, or remove to delete it completely.The futureMozilla notes that the new autofill functionality won’t work on most sites right now, as it is currently limited to forms that support the @autocomplete attribute on elements. This will change soon when heuristics are added to determine the right field types when @autocomplete is not supported.Mozilla plans to ship improvements soon. These include, among others, options to save data to profiles when you fill out forms, a preview of all data when you highlight a profile, and support for select dropdown fields.Closing WordsI’m looking forward to this new autofill functionality of the Firefox web browser. I wish Mozilla would add support for custom fields as well, to make the system even more flexible than it is right now.You can follow development on the official Form Autofill Wiki page on the Mozilla website.Now You: do you use form autofill regularly, at all?SummaryArticle NameFirefox’s New Form Autofill is awesomeDescriptionMozilla has been working on a new form autofill system in the Firefox web browser that will replace the current system eventually.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more