In peace bid Somalis attend camp with football powerhouse Real Madrid UN

The youngsters, aged 15 to 17, were selected following a month of tournaments involving 384 members of 24 football teams in different parts of Somalia.According to the UN country team for Somalia, the Real Madrid scholarships are an important part of the ‘Sports for Peace’ pillar of the ‘Somalis for Peace’ campaign that calls on each of the country’s citizens to work for peace and to demand the same from those who are in a position to deliver it.The campaign comes at a crucial time in the ongoing peace process at Mbagathi, Kenya, and is being steered by the Somali Aid Coordination Body with the participation of the UN, the European Commission and international and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to encourage a ‘bottom-up’ approach to peace building.”This is a wonderful opportunity for the four boys,” said Jesper Morch, acting Resident Coordinator for the UN Somalia Country Team. “We need to harness youthful energy and provide a positive alternative for the youth in Somalia. Upon their return they will share their skills and experience with their peers and become sport ambassadors and messengers of peace for their country.”The camp began yesterday and runs through 31 July. read more

Moodys downgrades Tembecs rating and outlook over liquidity concerns

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 8, 2013 5:31 pm MDT Moody’s downgrades Tembec’s rating and outlook over liquidity concerns MONTREAL – Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Tembec’s liquidity rating and lowered its outlook Friday over concerns about its high debt, weak operating performance and capital spending related to a major boiler and turbine expansion at its specialty cellulose pulp mill.The Toronto-based ratings agency said it lowered the Quebec-based forestry company’s liquidity rating to SGL-4 from SCL-2 and changed the rating outlook to negative from stable. However, it affirmed Tembec’s corporate family and senior secured bond ratings.“The negative rating outlook reflects the company’s liquidity pressures and the execution risk of completing the company’s significant co-generation project at its Temiscaming mill in Quebec,” it said in a news release.Moody’s said Tembec’s ratings could be downgraded if pulp market conditions deteriorate, leading to a further deterioration in liquidity. An upgrade would be considered, however, if it generates more cash flow and the ratio of cash flow to capital spending improves.Tembec (TSX:TMB) has about US$305 million of rated debt.Moody’s anticipates some financial improvement by Tembec over the next 12 to 18 months, but says the company could delay the mill upgrade to meet its debt obligations because it has little liquidity cushion.The company had about $56 million in unrestricted cash and $22 million available on its $200 million revolving credit facility as of December. Moody’s estimates Tembec will use about $35 million of cash over the next year, excluding any further spending on the $190 million co-generation project. About $78 million has been spent to date.Tembec is also negotiating the sale of its British Columbia NBSK pulp mill, which would fund its “aggressive capital spending plans.”Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets expects the sale could generate up to $135 million.Tembec vice-president Linda Coates said the company publicly acknowledged its liquidity concerns during an October conference call with analysts and is managing accordingly.She said the company still has $90 million of liquidity, decided to sell the Skookumchuck mill which will return liquidity to above target levels and is seeing business conditions stabilize or improve in most segments.“Our poor 2012 results are due to paper pulp segment. We will have much smaller exposure to this segment going forward,” Coates wrote in an email.Most of the company’s assets are encumbered but it only has “modest” debt maturities of $16 million over the next 12 months and no significant maturities until 2016, Moody’s noted.Tembec recently missed expectations even though its net loss was cut by more than a third to $10 million in the first quarter, despite a six per cent drop in sales.The company lost 10 cents per share for the period ended Dec. 29, compared to a 16 cents per share loss in the prior year. Adjusting for one-time items, it lost five cents per share.Tembec said the results were in line with its expectations, but analysts had expected a $3 million loss on $373 million of sales, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.Revenues fell $25 million to $376 million and adjusted pre-tax operating income (EBITDA) was $19 million, up from $12 million in the 2012 quarter, but down from $23 million in the prior quarter.Tembec expects the first quarter will probably be the “low water mark”‘ for the fiscal year.The company also said the pullback in metal prices that prompted mining companies to slow down huge expansion projects in Quebec could help reduce mounting construction costs for its Temiscaming upgrade.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Tembec’s shares gained five cents to close at $3.03 in Friday trading. read more

Feminists watching closely for genderbased analysis in Budget 2017

by Joanna Smith, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 13, 2017 2:15 am MDT Last Updated Feb 13, 2017 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Feminists watching closely for gender-based analysis in Budget 2017 Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivers the fall economic update in the House of Commons, Tuesday, November 1, 2016 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. When Morneau delivered his fall economic statement, much of the fanfare focused on the deficit, the infrastructure bank and efforts to attract foreign investment.Something else caught the attention of a select group of people ??? mainly women ??? that Morneau never mentioned in his speech. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld OTTAWA – When Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivered his fall economic statement, much of the fanfare focused on the deficit, the infrastructure bank and efforts to attract foreign investment.Something else caught the attention of a select group of people — mainly women — that Morneau never mentioned in his speech.“To ensure that the government continues to deliver real and meaningful change for all Canadians, it will submit Budget 2017, and all future budgets, to more rigorous analysis by completing and publishing a gender-based analysis of budgetary measures,” said the statement released Nov. 1.That one sentence, virtually ignored by the rest of the country, caused a flurry of excitement for those whose work touches on issues affecting women and girls.They are now anxiously awaiting the results of the commitment, and there are some signs of movement.“It’s historic and it’s important, but there is a lot of work to be done,” said Kathleen Lahey, a professor of tax law at Queen’s University.The idea behind gender-based analysis is to think about how a certain policy might affect men and women, or boys and girls, in different ways, along with taking age, income, culture, ethnicity and other intersecting factors into account.If the analysis — ideally done early on in the process — reveals one gender would experience disproportionately negative impacts then policy-makers have the opportunity to reshape things or otherwise mitigate those effects.Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier reacted strongly to the idea Monday.“More identity politics nonsense from those who want bigger and more interventionist government pandering to every subgroup of Canadians,” Quebec MP posted to Twitter.Isabella Bakker, a political scientist at York University who has done research on gender budgeting, said the process is actually good for the economy.“There’s a lot of economic good sense to doing a gender-based analysis of budgets, because basically what you’re doing is targeting your policies more effectively,” she said.“So, you’re asking who is using these services and how are we meeting the needs of the most marginalized?”There are many different models around the world, but one example of what might be included would be a look at how a tax measure — be it a cut, a hike or a credit — could impact men and women differently based on the fact that a higher percentage of women do not earn taxable income.It could also involve viewing infrastructure spending through a gendered lens, both in terms of how men are more likely to benefit from the creation of construction jobs and how women are more likely to be the ones to use the infrastructure once it is built.And then there is the matter of including things specifically aimed at reducing gender inequality, be they relatively inexpensive initiatives aimed at reducing gender-based violence or massive programs aimed at increasing participation in the workforce, such as child care.Armine Yalnizyan, senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, said a federal budget that is truly gender-responsive needs to take this holistic approach to reducing gender inequality.“They have to watch what kind of narrative they develop around growth, or else it is going to sound tone-deaf,” she said.“‘We need you to work because we need more money.’ I’m sorry, that’s not gender-responsive. That’s gender-exploitive.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has proudly declared himself to be a feminist, is said to have pushed for more rigorous gender-based analysis around the cabinet table — helped along, several senior sources have said, by Labour Minister Patty Hajdu, who was until last month the minister responsible for status of women.They have a lot of catching up to do. Ottawa committed to using gender-based analysis in 1995, as part of ratifying the UN Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, but the auditor general revealed last year that relatively few departments and agencies were using it to its full potential — or at all.The commitment to incorporate gender-based analysis into the federal budget could be seen as the next natural step in that process. But no Canadian finance minister has ever agreed to do it before and experts describe it as an ambitious — even if long overdue — goal.The Liberal government, therefore, is already moving to manage expectations.On Friday, Status of Women Canada and the Department of Finance gathered a few stakeholders in Ottawa to discuss their approach to the commitment.“They really stressed that this was a very first step,” said Diana Sarosi, senior policy adviser at Oxfam Canada, who as at the meeting.Four people who took part in the discussion told The Canadian Press officials said to expect an annex, or supplement, to the 2017 budget document that sets the stage for the year ahead. They said that would include assessment of the current landscape regarding gender equality in Canada, some gender-based analysis of last year’s budget, a look at the gender impact of some of the themes in this year’s budget and goals for deeper analysis for 2018.Annie Donolo, a spokeswoman for Morneau, said the government would have more to say on budget day.Bakker said they should not be expected to hit the nail on the head the first time.“I think it would be kind of unfair to expect them to do something that is at the highest level of public finance reform, because it’s pretty sophisticated to try and do this,” she said.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter read more

Black Boyremanded for murder of miner

The prime suspect in the recent alleged beating to death of a Timehri (East Bank Demerara) miner in the Potaro Backdam (Region-Eight) was on Thursday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where he was charged with the capital offence of murder and remanded to prison.Baldeo being escorted to the court lockups by Police OfficersThe charge against Naresh Baldeo also known as “Black Boy” of Yarakabra, Soesdyke-Linden Highway, detailed that on August 13, 2017, he allegedly murdered Mohabir Gangadeen.  He was not required to plead to the indictable charge.According to Police reports, on the day in question the now deceased man and the accused were involved in a drunken argument which quickly escalated and became physical; Gangadeen was badly beaten during the ordeal and subsequently succumbed to his injuries.Deceased: Mohabir GangadeenBaldeo, a 35-year-old father of one was represented by Legal Counsel, Tiffany Jeffery, who related that her client is a first time offender with no previous or pending matters before the courts.The lawyer indicated that her client was injured during the altercation with the deceased man and requested that he receive medical attention in the circumstances.‘Black Boy’ will remain incarcerated until October 17, 2017, when the case will be called at the Mahdia Magistrate’s Court (Region-Eight). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMiner charged with attempted murderDecember 23, 2015In “Crime”Corentyne mason remanded to prison for murder at ‘Back to School’ partyAugust 30, 2017In “Court”Miner remanded on attempted murder chargeJanuary 8, 2016In “Crime” read more

Analysis documents economic contributions of US mining

first_imgHigh-paying jobs and dynamic job creation are hallmarks of report that dramatises vital role of US coal and minerals in rebuilding America. “With more than 375,000 direct jobs that pay wages one-third higher than the US industrial average and the ability to generate as many as four additional jobs elsewhere in the economy, US mining provides more than vital resources for America – it can help rebuild America,” National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn said upon release of the report today.The Economic Contributions of U.S. Mining in 2007, by Moore Economics, is an update of a previous analysis and documents the latest year for which complete data are available from government sources.  The report is available at  http://www.nma.org/pdf/pubs/mining_economic_report.pdf.In addition to the employment data are other key findings of the analysis:US mining transformed raw resources into $98.4 billion of finished mineral, metal and fuel resources, which were used by consuming industries in the US to produce $1.8 trillion in additional value-added productsMining payroll totaled more than $22 billion in 2007,  generated total payroll of $64.6 billion and $21.6 billion in personal income and payroll taxes throughout the economyMining operations annually pay more than $7.8 billion in various taxes and fees.The report details direct and indirect jobs, payroll, direct and indirect economic output and other key economic contributions from each of the mining sections-coal, metal, non-metal and uranium mining- by individual states and for the nation.  This information also will be available by US congressional district within the next few weeks.“The Economic Contributions of U.S. Mining in 2007 is an important resource that confirms the vital role US mining plays in America’s economy and in communities throughout the country.  Policymakers need to look no further than American coal, minerals and metals mining to find jobs that support families and their dreams for home ownership and a good education for their children.”   Quinn added.last_img read more

Xbox Live Gold subscribers get a birthday gift and MS Points refunds

first_imgMicrosoft has decided to sweeten the deal for anyone who is both an Xbox Live Gold subscriber and holds a Gamerscore of 3,000 points or more. It’s being called the Xbox Live Rewards MyAchievements, and promises both a birthday gift and Microsoft Points refunds depending on how high your Gamerscore is.MyAchievements is split into three tiers of rewards. Tier 1 is for any Gold subscriber with a Gamerscore of at least 3,000 points. You will be entitled to a birthday gift during the month of your birthday worth a grand total of $0.25. Tier 2 eligibility requires a Gamerscore of at least 10,000 points. As well as the birthday gift you will receive a 1% refund on purchases using Microsoft Points. The only purchases that excludes is buying an Xbox Live Gold subscription or actual Microsoft Points.Tier 3 is the top level and requires a Gamerscore of at least 25,000 points. Such dedication will again earn you the birthday gift, but ups your Microsoft Points refund to 2%.The refund is a nice extra for anyone who has a high Gamerscore, but the low percentage means it’s going to take a while to accrue enough free Microsoft Points to buy anything. For example, spending 1,200 points with a Tier 2 Gamerscore will earn you just 12 points, where as a Tier 3 Gamerscore gets you 24 points.Microsoft is clearly introducing MyAchievements in an attempt to get gamers to spend more in return for a (minimal) reward. It’s great to see additional rewards added to Xbox Live Gold, but I’d like to see those percentages be pushed a bit higher (2% and 5% perhaps?).More at Xbox.comlast_img read more

Senegal boss We have to defeat Colombia

first_imgSenegal boss Aliou Cisse believes that the only way to ensure progression to the next round of the World Cup is by beating Colombia in their final Group H gameA point in today’s encounter will be enough to guarantee a spot in the last 16 for Senegal, who currently sit a point above Colombia in second place in Group H behind Japan.Therefore, the Lions of Teranga may opt for a defensive approach in this decisive match – although they have failed to record a clean sheet in the World Cup since their first-ever game against France in 2002.But Cisse, who himself was the captain of that 2002 side, is refusing to lay low and insists that they cannot take anything for granted.“Colombia have to beat us to make it to the last 16, but we are perfectly capable of defeating Colombia,” said the 42-year-old, according to BT Sport.Sadio Mane, Liverpool‘I am really happy’ Sadio Mane is loving life at Liverpool Andrew Smyth – September 10, 2019 Sadio Mane poured cold water on doubts surrounding his Liverpool future by opening up on just how “really happy” he is at the club.“Our state of mind hasn’t changed: we play one match at a time. The only option is to get into the last 16, and this means that we have to defeat Colombia.”After a surprise defeat against Japan in their opening game of the tournament, Colombia have since bounced back in style with a convincing 3-0 win over Poland.“I think Colombia and Senegal have the same way of playing. They like commitment, they like high speed, so I think it’s going to be a highly-contested match, a very interesting match between two teams who could both be in the round of 16,” said Cisse.“It’s true that Colombia may raise a few difficulties for us, but we have a few aces up our sleeves as well and I think tomorrow, we will be able to play them.”Senegal and Colombia will meet at the Samara Arena at 16:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

Vijayawada New plans for water storage on Krishna river gain

first_imgVijayawada: The present floods once again stresses on the importance of the construction of proposed two check dams in the downstream of Prakasam barrage and one barrage in the upstream under the purview of Amaravati capital on Krishna River. Nearly 10 tmcft water can be stored by constructing the proposed barrage at Damuluru-Vaikuntapuram on Krishna river. But the State government stopped the reservoir works recently. Similarly, the Water Resources department proposed to construct two check dams at 25 km distance from Prakasam Barrage in the downstream. Nearly 10 tmcft water can be preserved in the two check dams. Also Read – 10 injured as school bus falls off bridge in Nellore district Advertise With Us The State government has already awarded the contract work of Damuluru-Vaikuntapuram Barrage work to Navayuga Company. The company started the works almost four months ago. Nearly the 10 tmcft water can be stored which can be used for drinking water needs of Amaravati capital. Moreover, floodwater from Pulichintala and Munneru can also be stored at the reservoir. The officials have estimated nearly 20 tmcft water has been coming from Munneru every year. In this backdrop, the project is designed to use flood water, but now the works were stopped as per the new guidelines of state government. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Besides, the State government has also finalised a plan to construct two check dams on Krishna River in the downstream of Prakasam Barrage. The tenders were also invited for construction of one check dam at Chodavaram village and second check dam was proposed at Srikakulam of Krishna district. The two check dams are useful to preserve excess water in Krishna River and reduce groundwater salinity. Advertise With Us According to officials, nearly 20 TMC feet water has been flowing into the sea as waste every year from floods in Munneru rivulet. The water comes from rains in some parts of Khammam district. There is no storage facility on Krishna River after the Pulichintala project. Only two tmc ft water could be stored at Prakasam barrage. If the check dams are constructed in the downstream of Prakasam barrage, the farming community of several riverside villages can utilise the water for agriculture and drinking water purposes. The tail-end areas in Krishna district are facing hardships for drinking water for the past several years.last_img read more

Pizzeria ordered to pay 4500 for booting gay rabbinical student

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Michele Chabin Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Anti-extremism program won’t stop white hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its … August 30, 2019 By: Michele Chabin Tagsgay pride festival gay rights Jerusalem LGBT and religion LGBT rights pizza Tel Aviv,You may also like Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 News News By: Michele Chabin Share This! Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Pennsylvania prosecutor fights clergy sex abuse as she maintains Catholic faith By: Michele Chabin News Share This! Michele Chabin,Load Comments,Somali sheikh leads a seven-year campaign to end female genital mutilation Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,JERUSALEM (RNS) — An Israeli court ordered a Jerusalem pizzeria to pay $4,500 to an American rabbinical student who was ejected from its premises for being gay.Last August, Sammy Kanter, who is studying at the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, entered the Ben Yehuda 2 pizzeria wearing a T-shirt that bore rainbow colors.“Today, for the first time in my life, I was denied service at a pizza store for being who I am (in Jerusalem),” Kanter wrote on Facebook. “I walked in … and the guy behind the counter said, Are you gay. I said yes. He said ‘out’ and pointed at the door. My jaw dropped, and he instructed my classmates and I to leave.”Soon afterward Kanter filed a suit in Jerusalem Small Claims Court with guidance from the Israel Religious Action Center. Discrimination based on sexual orientation is illegal in Israel.Although Israel is considered a bastion of LGBTQ rights in the Middle East, Kanter’s experience focused a harsh spotlight on the ongoing struggle of LGBTQ people to feel at home in Jerusalem, a religiously conservative city.While Tel Aviv holds a weeklong Pride festival each year, culminating in a large parade in the heart of the city, the opposite is true of Jerusalem, where ultra-Orthodox Jews and Muslims comprise 70 percent of the city’s population.In 2015 an ultra-Orthodox man stabbed to death 16-year-old Shira Banki as she participated in the Jerusalem Pride march; six others also were wounded.Last year’s Pride parade through the capital, which drew some 20,000 LGBTQ people and supporters, was guarded by 2,500 police officers.Anat Hoffman, executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center, called the Kanter verdict an important one for Israeli society.“Israel has an excellent anti-discrimination law but often, it’s a muscle that isn’t being used. If people don’t face the consequences of their bigotry they will continue to being bigots. Lawsuits like this make the muscle work and society is better for it,” Hoffman said.A Wider Bridge, a North American LGBTQ organization building support for Israel and its LGBTQ community, said the court’s decision is a “reminder that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal in Israel, and that there are legal ramifications for homophobic actions. We applaud Sammy and the greater Israeli LGBTQ community for this important victory.”last_img read more

Growing Diversity in Fort Bend County May Make for Tight Contest in

first_imgWikipediaThis map shows the Texas 22 Congressional District.Texas’ 22nd Congressional District has long been a safe Republican seat. But the race between incumbent Congressman Pete Olson and Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni could be tight.Fort Bend County makes up the bulk of the 22nd District. It’s one of the most diverse counties in the country. “Traditionally, we have been bluebirds living in a red nest, and now I say that we are bluebirds in a purple nest,” says Cynthia Ginyard, who chairs the Fort Bend County Democratic Party.Kulkarni, who is of South Asian descent, is campaigning hard to get the county’s large Asian-American population to the polls.But Olson isn’t taking any votes for granted. “Pete reaches out to everyone,” says Jason Walker, vice chair of the Fort Bend County Republican Party. “Pete is a person that is out there, reaches out to all voters.”Asian-Americans make up nearly a fifth of the population in the district, enough potentially to swing a close contest. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen 00:00 /00:49 Sharelast_img read more

Report outlines predictions regarding changes to wildlife in England over the next

first_imgCredit: Wikipedia Explore further A new report released by Natural England outlines what scientists in that country believe will happen to wildlife in England over the coming years as warming takes place. Warmth-loving creatures in the South are expected to thrive while those that prefer the cold, which live mostly at higher elevations or in the North, will likely suffer, the authors of the report suggest. More information: publications.naturalengland.or … ion/4674414199177216 © 2015 Phys.org 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. The report is a collaborative effort between Natural England (a governmental institution set up to study wildlife in the country), University of York, British Trust for Ornithology and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and is the largest of its kind ever undertaken. The goal was to try to understand what changes will take place with England’s wildlife in the face of a 2°C rise in global temperatures over the next sixty years.England is uniquely suited to better understanding wildlife changes, regardless of reason, because of its huge civilian reporting system. People all over the country take note of wildlife they see and send it to academic institutions where the information is entered into databases and used to spot changes. The researchers working on the new report were able to use such information regarding 3,000 species, allowing them to see that bees, wasps and ants, for example, were likely to become more common while many birds familiar to those living in the North were likely to be reduced or will disappear altogether. In all the team found that over a quarter of native species were likely to be put at risk, and that just over half of those would be able to find a new place to live in-country that would sustain them.The team also took a closer look at 400 specific species, and then conducted a very extensive study of just 30 species, looking most specifically at possible means of adaptations.By conducting the research and printing the report, Natural England is hoping to identify for the public which species are at risk and whether anything can be done to help them survive, such as opening up new land, or instigating capture and release programs for those that are not able to migrate on their own. The researchers noted also that reducing carbon emissions is still critical to prevent things from growing even worse. Seeking to save Peter Cottontail from extinction Citation: Report outlines predictions regarding changes to wildlife in England over the next half century (2015, July 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-outlines-wildlife-england-century.htmllast_img read more

Planet with triplestar system found

first_img Journal information: Astronomical Journal © 2016 Phys.org Known planets with three stars appearing in their sky are rare, this new discovery is just the fourth, and it has caused excitement in the space community because it is the closest one yet, allowing for a better look than has been possible with the other finds. The main star is also brighter than the other stars that serve as suns for their planets, making it easier to study both the star and the planet.The objects under study in the new system are KELT-4Ab, a gas giant planet, similar in size to Jupiter—it takes approximately three days to make its way around the star KELT-A, which serves as its sun. The other two stars, named KELT-B and C, are much farther away and orbit one another over the course of approximately 30 years. It takes the pair approximately four thousand years to orbit KELT-A. The researchers suggest that the view from KELT-4Ab would likely be one where its sun, KELT-A, would appear roughly forty times as big as our sun does to us due to its close proximity. The two other orbiting stars, on the other hand, would appear much dimmer due to their great distance, shining no brighter than our moon.Space scientists have known of the existence of the KELT system for several years, but it was thought that the binary stars were actually just one star. The researchers on this new effort were able to see that they were actually a binary system courtesy of two robotically controlled telescopes on two different continents—one is in Arizona, the other in South Africa. Together they are known as the Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope (KELT), which is of course how the KELT system got its name.The triple-star system offers a unique opportunity for scientists working to try to understand how it is that gas giants, such as KELT-4Ab, manage to orbit so close to their star. Theory suggests that they should be more distant, as is the case with Jupiter. One possibility, at least for this new discovery, is that it might have something to do with the nearby binary system. Citation: Planet with triple-star system found (2016, April 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-planet-triple-star.html Longest-lasting stellar eclipse discovered Explore furthercenter_img More information: Jason D. Eastman et al, KELT-4Ab: An inflated hot Jupiter transiting the bright ( ∼ 10) component of a hierarchical triple , The Astronomical Journal (2016). DOI: 10.3847/0004-6256/151/2/45 A team of researchers working at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has announced the finding of a triple-star system—one that also as has a stable orbit planet in it. In their paper published in The Astronomical Journal, the team describes how they came to see that a binary system once thought to be a single star, was actually a pair of stars orbiting one another, and how that led to the revelation of the triple-star system. This artist’s concept of HD 1885 Ab, the first known planet to reside in a triple-star system, would have a similar sunset to KELT-4Ab. Both systems host a pair of stars distantly orbiting the planet-hosting single sun. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Newer Apple maps is greener and has more details

first_imgApple maps failed horribly with incorrect data at launch in 2012. Since then they have been putting efforts to make it better. In a blog post, Justin O’Beirne, who has contributed to Apple Maps, has made a comparison of the new and old Apple maps. The following is a summary of his analysis. Greener maps with more vegetation The new Apple maps is greener, a lot more vegetation. The cities are also more noticeable, even the smaller ones, they have more detail. The vegetation is mapped from the satellite view like Google Maps. According to the blog, 25% of county seats had no vegetation or green areas whatsoever on the old map. Here is a dramatic example: Source: Justin O’Beirne Blog The vegetation coverage covers the smallest details. Small strips of grass, vegetation between roads are all covered. In some areas, Apple maps cover vegetation details where no other maps service does it. Even Google Maps does not cover some of these vegetation details. Source: Justin O’Beirne Blog More structures are covered Other than vegetation, even shapes of structures, smaller structures other than buildings are also now in Apple maps. Details are distinguished in areas like beaches, harbors, racetracks, and parking lots. Smaller details in golf courses like fairways, running tracks in schools, pools, and playgrounds in parks are also covered. The building structures are being upgraded. Since the original launch in 2012, of course, there have been redevelopments, new buildings, etc. Apple is covering all of that trying to give a comprehensive and proper update. The buildings also have great detail showing arches, stepped design, and partitions. But some of the structures showcase incorrect height. The details in some rooftops are not there which are in Google Maps. But the perimeters of the buildings are more accurate than of Google Maps. Updating road data Apple used to license road data from TomTom, it wasn’t up to date and now Apple is replacing all of it with new data. Some roads are not present even on Google Maps but are in Apple Maps now. But Apple does not have all the business areas/stores. Also, the street names are not properly displayed, there are errors and in some cases, it is difficult to find streets while zooming in to Apple Maps. Apple maps have been in the making since 2014. It has certainly improved a lot, more details than Google in some areas but still lacks the large amount of data that Google Maps has. For more in-depth details, visit Justin O’Beirne Blog. Read next A kernel vulnerability in Apple devices gives access to remote code execution Helium proves to be less than an ‘ideal gas’ for iPhones and Apple watches Apple launches iPad Pro, updates MacBook Air and Mac minilast_img read more

Déjà vu British Airways prepares for more strikes

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1dcde/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F British Airways’ cabin crew have planned a series of five-day strikes as their bitter dispute continues with management over pay and working conditions. Unite, the union that represents BA cabin crews, has confirmed staff will strike for a total of 20 days over the next two months. The planned strike dates are May 18 to 22, May 24 to 28, May 30 to June 3 and June 5 to 9. Cabin crew will return to work for 24 hours between each walkout. British Airways said in a statement that it was “disappointed but not surprised” by the outcome, and that it could limit disruptions with contingency planning that helped it to fly approximately 70% of its passengers during the March strikes. The airline said it will “operate a substantial part of our long-haul schedule” from Heathrow, and that “there will be a number of flights to every destination across our short-haul network.” It added: “We are speaking to a number of carriers about leasing in extra aircraft to support our short-haul schedule and also obtaining thousands of seats from other airlines to help our customers rebook if their original flight is canceled.”Customers affected by the strike will be given various options, including rebooking on another British Airways flight or canceling their booking and getting a refund.last_img read more

Biography of playwright activist Larry Kramer in

first_imgBiography of playwright, activist Larry Kramer in the works by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Oct 3, 2018 9:51 am PDT Last Updated Oct 3, 2018 at 10:41 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Dec. 10, 2014 file photo, playwright Larry Kramer attends Acria’s 19th Annual Holiday Dinner Benefit in New York. Bill Goldstein has been tapped to write the authorized biography of Kramer by Henry Holt and Company. The yet-untitled book will draw on interviews with Kramer; his husband David Webster; friends and foes; as well as papers in Kramer’s archives at Yale University. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP, File) center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – The first biography of playwright and gay activist Larry Kramer will be written with the full support of the subject himself.Bill Goldstein has been tapped to write the authorized biography by Henry Holt and Co. The book, not yet titled, will draw on interviews with Kramer; his husband David Webster; friends and foes; as well as papers in Kramer’s archives at Yale University. Goldstein will have complete editorial freedom.Kramer, now 83, wrote “The Normal Heart” for the stage and the screenplay for the film “Women in Love.” He is best known for his public fight to secure medical treatment, acceptance and civil rights for people with AIDS. He co-founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and founded Act Up, which has provided a model for liberation movements, including Black Lives Matter and #MeToo.“Larry, in private, as with many people, is often very different from what his public persona is and I think people don’t often understand his humour or how beloved he is by his friends,” Goldstein said in an interview Wednesday. “And then there are people who were his enemies — sometimes they’re the same person. So I hope to capture all of that. No one is neutral about Larry Kramer.”The biography will trace Kramer’s life and activism but also will dive deeply into his writing. “My goal is to take him seriously as a writer because that’s what he began as and that is what he continues to be, whether it’s a screenwriter, a novelist or a playwright, and he’s had so much impact in each of those areas,” Goldstein said.Goldstein is the author of “The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster and the Year That Changed Literature.” Goldstein reviews books on NBC4’s “Weekend Today in New York,” is curator of public programs at Roosevelt House at Hunter College, and was the founding editor of the books site of NYTimes.com.Goldstein first met Kramer in 1985 when “The Normal Heart” made its debut and the two have occasionally met over the years. “I feel that he shaped our time and, in many ways, shaped my own life,” said Goldstein. In his proposal, he wrote: “There is probably no other writer in America, or the world, who is responsible for saving so many lives with his writing.”___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwitslast_img read more

Womens participation in peace talks crucial

first_imgThe participation of women in a peace process is crucial in order to find and agreement in that incorporates issues which would make peace more sustainable, two women peace activists involved in the Northern Ireland peace process told the Cyprus News Agency ahead of their visit to Cyprus.“Had we not been present, there would have been many issues missing from the final accord particularly in relation to issues that create a more sustainable peace,” Monica McWilliams and Avila Kilmurray said.Both women, one from Northern Ireland and one from Ireland, were signatories of the Good Friday Agreement, which was signed on April 10, 1998 and ratified on both sides of the divide a month later.They will visit the island, from September 21 to 26, to share what women involved in the Northern Ireland peace process experiences, including the role played in the negotiations leading to the Good Friday Agreement and the issues involved in implementing the proposals from that agreement.Comparisons will be made with the Cypriot case in relation to what worked and what could have been done better, they noted.With regard to their meetings on the island, they said they would meet women from both sides to discuss the process of how women in Northern Ireland came together to form a Women’s Coalition, a political grouping that managed to reach commonality on interests of concern to women on both sides.McWilliams is a Commissioner on the Independent Reporting Commission for the disbandment of paramilitary organisations and remains involved in the implementation of the peace agreement on the Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland and reconciliation issues. She has recently completed a large scale study on what difference peace makes to women’s lives in Northern Ireland.Kilmurray has 20 years experience in community philanthropy that supported community based work with women’s groups and the reintegration of political ex-prisoners.Both women said they were signatories of the Good Friday Agreement and pointed out that “had we not been present there would have many issues missing from the final accord particularly in relation to issues that create a more sustainable peace.”You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoBusinessBuzzo7 Reasons an MBA Is a Waste of Time and MoneyBusinessBuzzoUndoNewsmax5 Social Security Changes for 2019 You Must KnowNewsmaxUndo Property owners price themselves out of the marketUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Gesy differences remain but discussions to intensify

first_imgThe Health Insurance Organisation (HIO), the Cyprus Medical Association (CyMA) and the medical societies agreed on Tuesday to enter an intensive dialogue in an effort to bridge differences on the implementation of the National Health Scheme (Gesy).During a meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades and Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou, the HIO asserted that Gesy would be operational on schedule – on June 1, 2019 – while CyMA highlighted that such a development depended on whether its previously stated demands were met.The demands made by CyMA following an extraordinary general assembly in October involve allowing private doctors within Gesy to practice outside the system; the raising of the Gesy budget; full administrative and financial autonomy of state hospitals before Gesy is implemented; a guaranteed unit price for specialist doctors involved in outpatient care; and inpatient fees per medical procedure.“In my opinion, we had a productive dialogue, and have made important progress,” Ioannou said after the meeting, adding that the differences between the two sides were decreasing, especially regarding primary healthcare, such as the issue of personal doctors and out-patient healthcare.Outstanding issues in primary healthcare which are to be discussed between the HIO and medical societies, Ioannou said, include the clarification of the list of medical procedures, and of the number of patients to be seen by doctors, as well as the drawing up of a corrective mechanism in view of the possibility of some doctors becoming overextended.On the issue of concurrent private healthcare, Ioannou repeated that this was not provided by the law and cannot be implemented in the context of Gesy, with CyMA president Petros Agathangelou noting that this would be a source of concern for the medical community.Ioannou added that the HIO has not backed out of its proposal made in the past regarding the implementation of a guaranteed price range that will be charged by out-patient specialist doctors.“The aim is for this proposal to be implemented for three years rather than one, which I believe is a substantial step on behalf of the HIO,” Ioannou said.Regarding in-patient healthcare, which will be integrated into Gesy on June 1, 2020, Ioannou said that the discussing parties will begin intensive dialogue in the coming three to four months, as agreements must first be reached on issues regarding primary healthcare.During the meeting, Anastasiades highlighted that within the coming months, the necessary agreements must be reached regarding in-patient healthcare, Ioannou said.HIO president Thomas Antoniou said that through dialogue, which is part of the process by law, the possibilities for improvement of the scheme will become clear.“From that point on, the position of both the president and the health minister is clear, and this is also the position of the political parties: on June 1 Gesy will be implemented,” Antoniou said.“There are indeed margins for improvements and corrections, and we have also expressed our commitment to enter into an intensive dialogue, so that improvements are indeed made where necessary.”Agathangelou said that there were still substantial and foundational aspects that remain unsolved regarding the integration of doctors into Gesy, noting that while progress was made in Tuesday’s meeting, complete agreement must be reached on all issues for Gesy to go ahead.“Disagreements remain, as do divergences… The timeframe is narrow and the aim, as the minister has said, is the continuation of the dialogue,” he said.Agathangelou repeated CyMA’s position made at the end of October after an extraordinary general assembly led to the drawing up of five demands which were a prerequisite for private doctors to participate in Gesy.He highlighted that if these demands are met, CyMA would not be a barrier to Gesy, and denied that there are private interests involved in the association’s stance.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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