Campaign ends for fourth phase of elections in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: More than one crore voters in over eight Lok Sabha constituencies will exercise their franchise on April 29.Canvassing reached a peak over the past couple of days including big rallies, road shows, street corner meetings and last minute door-to-door contact with voters in Berhampore, Ranaghat, Krishnanagar, Burdwan East, Burdwan-Durgapur, Asansol, Bolpur (SC) and Birbhum, before coming to an end at 6 pm. Of these eight seats, Congress and BJP have one seat each. In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Adhir Chowdhury and Babul Supriyo were elected from Berhampore and Asansol respectively. The remaining six seats had been won by the Trinamool Congress in the 2014 elections. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn Berhampore, the Trinamool has fielded Apurba Sarkar, a close aide of Adhir Chowdhury. In the past four years, the TMC has made inroads in Murshidabad which is believed to be a Congress stronghold. Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, is looking after Murshidabad district on behalf of the party. He has organised the party and in 2018 Panchayat elections, the Trinamool has got control over the Zilla Parishad. In Krishnanagar seat, the Trinamool has fielded Mahua Moitra, the party’s MLA from Karimpur. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIn Ranaghat, the Trinamool Congress supremo replaced Tapas Mondol, party’s candidate who was elected in 2014 with Rupali Biswas. The latter is the widow of Satyajit Biswas, the party’s MLA from Krishnagunj, who was murdered in February this year. In Asansol, Trinamool MP from Bankura Moon Moon Sen is contesting in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Her rival is Babul Supriyo, the sitting BJP MP. In Burdwan East and Burdwan-Durgapur seats, the Trinamool has fielded two sittings MPs, Sunil Mondol and Mumtaz Sanghamita respectively. Asit Mal is TMC’s nominee in Bolpur (SC) seat. The former MP Anupam Hazra was expelled from the party and he is contesting from Jadavpur seat. Shatabdi Roy is contesting from Birbhum Lok Sabha seat with Trinamool’s ticket. Mamata Banerjee has campaigned in all the eight seats and took part in road shows which had attracted thousands of people. Political experts said in the eight seats where election will be held on April 29, the Trinamool Congress is likely to gain the Asansol seat. Trinamool workers are burying hatchets and are campaigning for Moon Moon Sen. Besides door-to-door campaigns, Sen has addressed meetings of the workers and visited the villages. Malay Ghatak, state Law minister, said party workers are leaving no stones unturned to ensure her victory.last_img read more

Final negotiations for UN convention against corruption begin in Vienna

“The text being finalized over the next three weeks in Vienna has been compiled from proposals submitted by 26 countries from all regions of the world. That by itself reflects the global nature of the problem,” said Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the Vienna-based UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The sixth session of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Negotiation of the UN Convention against Corruption, running through 8 August, will focus on areas where divergence still exists. These include the search for a definition of corruption, assets recovery and the question of whether to sanction only public, or also private, corruption. Mr. Costa called for every effort to be made to reach consensus. “The effective fight against corruption is a condition for good governance and rule of law. These in turn are foundations of financial stability and sustainable development. Above all, the world needs an anticorruption instrument with teeth, namely able to have an impact,” he stated. Finalizing the text would allow the new instrument to be submitted to the General Assembly at its 58th session this September and to the High-level Signing Conference scheduled to take place in Merida, Mexico, from 9 to 11 December. read more

Average US 30year mortgage rate falls to 412 per cent

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 12, 2017 9:45 am MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, photo, shows a house for sale in Coral Gables, Fla. On Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, Freddie Mac reports on the week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) WASHINGTON – Long-term US mortgage rates fell this week, the second week of declines after snapping a nine-week run of increases.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the rate on 30-year fixed-rate loans eased to an average 4.12 per cent from 4.20 per cent last week. That was still sharply higher than a 30-year rate that averaged 3.65 per cent for all of 2016, the lowest level recorded from records going back to 1971. A year ago, the benchmark rate stood at 3.92 per cent.The average for a 15-year mortgage declined to 3.37 per cent from 3.44 per cent last week.Mortgage rates surged in the weeks since the election of Donald Trump in early November. Investors in Treasury bonds bid yield rates higher because they believe the president-elect’s plans for tax cuts and higher spending on roads, bridges and airports will drive up economic growth and inflation.That would depress prices of long-term Treasury bonds because inflation would erode their value over time, a prospect that caused investors to demand higher yields.In the latest week, a report from the government on employment in December pushed the price of the 10-year Treasury bond higher, dampening its yield. The Labor Department report issued last Friday showed that U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs last month, capping a year of slower but solid hiring.Though the unemployment rate rose to 4.7 per cent from a nine-year low of 4.6 per cent, it did so for an encouraging reason: More people began looking for work. Because not all of them found jobs immediately, more people were counted as unemployed in December.Bond yields move opposite to prices and influence long-term mortgage rates. The yield on the 10-year Treasury bond fell to 2.37 per cent Wednesday from 2.44 per cent a week earlier. That compares with 1.87 per cent on Election Day Nov. 8. The yield declined further to 2.33 per cent Thursday morning.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage was unchanged this week at 0.5 point. The fee on 15-year loans also remained at 0.5 point.Rates on adjustable five-year loans fell to 3.23 per cent from 3.33 per cent. The fee increased to 0.5 point from 0.4 point. Average US 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.12 per cent read more

Adequate targeted financing key to peoplecentred sustainable development – UN official

In less than two weeks, world leaders will gather once again, this time in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, to launch a renewed and strengthened global partnership to finance people-centred sustainable development. They will aim to ensure that resources go where they are needed most to promote economic prosperity and improve health, education and employment opportunities while protecting the environment.The Third International Conference on Financing for Development comes at a critical time. Its outcome – still being negotiated by UN Member States – will be an important milestone on the road toward the adoption of a new sustainable development agenda in New York in September and a universal climate change agreement in Paris in December. “The implementation and success of our new global agenda will rely on a robust financing framework, which will be adopted in Addis,” said Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.Mr. Wu, who is also the Secretary-General of FFD3, as the Conference is informally known, added that success in Addis will leverage strong political momentum for the September summit that will adopt the post-2015 development agenda and the UN Paris climate conference, known as COP 21, where Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change are expected to agree a new accord to keep global warming below 2°C. “If we fail in Addis, the post-2015 development agenda cannot be successful,” he said in an interview with the UN News Centre. “If we fail both in the post-2015 development agenda and financing for development, I think the COP 21 negotiations will be adversely affected.” Wu Hongbo shares his outlook for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development with UNTV. Credit: UN DESA“As many of the ambassadors put it well, ‘we cannot afford to fail’,” he stressed.The Addis Conference will engage countries and businesses to channel their investments to improve people’s lives while protecting the environment. It is expected to result in concrete commitments on finance, trade, debt, governance, technology and innovation for the next 15 years. One of the most important issues discussed in Monterrey, as well as at the follow-up conference held in 2008 in the Qatari capital, Doha, was official development assistance (ODA), which remains crucial even today, especially for the world’s 48 least developed countries. The ‘Monterrey Consensus’ urged developed countries to make concrete efforts towards the target of 0.7 per cent of gross national product (GNP) as ODA to developing countries. Five countries have exceeded this target – Denmark, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom.While net ODA flows increased significantly after Monterrey, from $84 billion in 2000 to about $134 billion in 2013, preliminary data for 2014 indicate a decline. “We are really trying to encourage all the donor countries, both in the OECD [Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development] and outside, to take a very serious look at what they’ve been doing in providing official development assistance and trying to scale up their efforts to meet their commitments as early as possible,” said Mr. Wu.At the same time, given that ODA alone will not generate the necessary resources, additional or innovative sources of financing will be crucial to achieve global development goals. An example of an innovative mechanism is the international solidarity levy on air tickets, the funds from which help to develop drugs to treat HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Experts believe the necessary financial resources do exist, with some $22 trillion a year in global savings, but the resources are currently not allocated adequately. The funds must be unlocked, mobilized, channelled and used more effectively for sustainable development. “We are trying to help the Member States to find their own way to finance the sustainable development agenda,” Mr. Wu stated. “We are trying to tell the international community how to help those who are in need, who are most vulnerable, with the financial support.”According to the Under-Secretary-General, the Addis Conference should produce three key outcomes: a holistic financing framework for sustainable development; concrete deliverables, particularly in areas such as poverty eradication; and a strong follow-up process that leaves no one behind.He believes political and finance leaders must take the responsibility and “rise to the challenge” when they meet in Addis from 13 to 16 July. “The Addis Ababa Conference on Financing for Development will be a test to make finance work for people and the planet.” read more

Ohio States womens soccer ready for Hoosier Classic

Freshman forward Nichelle Prince (7) chases down the ball in a game against Eastern Michigan Aug. 25. OSU won, 2-1, in OT.Photo credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAfter splitting the first two matches away from Columbus, the No. 21 Ohio State women’s soccer team continues its road trip with a pair of matches against Central Michigan and St. John’s at the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind.The Buckeyes are 4-1-1 so far this season, and saw its school-record 15-match unbeaten streak end last Thursday in a 1-0 loss at Boston College. However, the Buckeyes rebounded with a 4-1 win against Northeastern Sunday.Despite Sunday’s win, coach Lori Walker is still looking for more out of her team, including a complete and mistake-free match.“We have yet to play a complete game. Flashes of brilliance have not been sustained,” Walker said. “We showed character coming back from a deficit (Sunday) but our own mistakes are throwing us into a hole that we have to fight and claw out of.”In Sunday’s win, freshman forward Nichelle Prince notched OSU’s first hat trick of the season and the 11th in program history. Prince also had an assist in the 13th minute to go along with her three goals.Walker praised Prince, and said it helped that she came to OSU with more experience than the average freshman.“Nichelle (Prince) is a very experienced player, she has (played) with her full national team in Canada and a youth world championship,” Walker said.With her performance over the weekend, Prince was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week Monday, the first Buckeye to receive a weekly honor this season. Prince has four goals on the season for OSU, which is good for a three-way tie for sixth in the Big Ten. She has also been helping out her teammates, adding in four assists, tied for fifth best in the conference.“I’m so glad to be playing with a great group of girls,” Prince said.Although Prince has four goals for the Buckeyes, as a team, they have 11 on the year, tied for eighth most in the Big 10. Offense is a key moving forward for the Buckeyes, senior midfielder Kristin Niederhaus said.“I think it’s going to be really important to work on keeping the ball more and combinational play … we can really work on that,” Neiderhaus said.The first opponent for the Buckeyes in the Hoosier Classic is scheduled to be the Central Michigan Chippewas Friday at 3:30 p.m. The Chippewas head into the match with an 0-4-1 record, falling to Washington 2-0 in their most recent match.Sunday, the Buckeyes are set face an undefeated St. John’s team that has only allowed one goal in six matches this season. Kickoff against the Red Storm is set for 11 a.m. Sunday. read more

Gallery Ohio State vs Purdue

Ohio State fans wait for the Buckeyes to arrive at Ross-Ade Stadium for the game against Purdue on Oct. 20. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes faced off against Purdue on Oct. 20 in Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes lost 49-20, making their overall record 7-1. Photos by Casey Cascaldo.

Dr Wolfgang Baum is the exploration inductee for the International Mining Technology

first_imgDr Wolfgang Baum is inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in the exploration category for 2015. Baum has been a pioneer in process mineralogy, in fact he is a world recognised as a process mineralogist with over 40 years of industrial experience in the mining industry.  He is currently director of the Ore Characterization and Process Mineralogy Laboratory at the FLSmidth Minerals Research Test Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.Baum pioneered the first commercial installation of QEMSCAN technology in the USA, operating five QEMSCAN systems in Arizona, and two at a mine site in Peru.  He was the leader of a design and engineering team for the installation of the two of the most advanced robotics preparation and analytical laboratories in the USA. He is an innovator in the integration of mineralogical analyses into geo-metallurgical programs for several base metal mining operations in the USA and overseas.He has authored over 70 technical papers, hold two patents, and received the James Douglas Gold Medal award from SME in 2009.Baum left FLSmidth at the end of June and has formed a consulting firm called Ore & Plant Mineralogy LLC.Don’t forget to put your nominations in (to john@im-mining.com) for the 2016 inductions. There are 12 categories:1.Exploration2.Underground development3.Underground Production4.Surface mining5.Comminution6.Concentration7.Mining software8.Safety9.Bulk handling10.Metallurgy11.Environmental management and stewardship12.Outstanding innovator.last_img read more

Teens raced at 160kmh before fatal crash court hears

first_imgFour years after the tragic deaths of teenagers George Loizou and Peter Stavrou, a jury is considering whether a P-plate driver caused or contributed to their deaths, along with two others, by drag racing, even though the car he was driving did not crash. The County Court jury was told on Wednesday that Simon Farrugia, then 19, was drag racing his 18-year-old friend Hasan Burke at up to 150km/h between Dromana and Altona North on December 9, 2007, after six friends left another friend’s memorial service, according to reports in The Age.Mr Burke’s car – with three passengers, Salih Niyazi, 18, and George Loizou and Peter Stavrou, both 17 – veered from the far right lane of the West Gate Freeway to the far left and hit a tree just before the Millers Road off-ramp. The car and its occupants were incinerated shortly after impact. Farrugia and his passenger, Mahmut Temurci, were not injured as Farrugia skidded to a stop in the emergency lane. Farrugia, now 22, has pleaded not guilty to four counts of culpable driving and one count of reckless conduct endangering life and is standing trial. Opening the case, prosecutor Tim Hoare said it would be alleged that Farrugia and Mr Burke were speeding and drag-racing ”in a competitive manner over some distance”. He said some witnesses put the speed of the cars at up to 150km/h and a police reconstruction put Mr Burke’s speed at a minimum of 149km/h at impact. However defence counsel Damian Sheales said both Farrugia and Mr Temurci denied drag racing or speeding. Mr Sheales – who described the case as ”tragic” – said both Farrugia and Mr Temurci had been consistent with their version of events to police since the collision but many witness accounts were different and not all could be correct. Witness Mary Nasser told the Victorian Country court that while people were pulling over seeing if they could help “there was nothing anyone could do”.Earlier, Ms Nasser said she saw a black vehicle overtake a white vehicle on the inside as she drove across the West Gate Freeway on the evening of December 9, 2007. The white car tried to change lanes before moving back to its lane and quickly braking. The car, which she estimated was doing about 130kmh, began to produce smoke as it veered across four lanes, left the road, hit a tree on its side and exploded, Ms Nasser said. She spoke to the driver of a black car that had pulled over, a man who gave his name as Simon and said he appeared in shock. “I said, ‘What’s happened, who are they?’” she said. “He said, ‘Oh they’re my friends. I think they were possibly speeding. I saw them in my rear view mirror’, or something like that. “He wasn’t sure what to do. He was upset.” The jury heard that a forensic report on Mr Burke concluded that he had traces of ecstasy in his blood, but that it was unlikely to have acutely affected his driving. However, they were told that the pathologist conceded that the effects of the fire could have lessened the amount of drugs in Mr Burke’s blood. The mother of victim Peter Stavrou, declined to comment to Neos Kosmos. The trial before Judge Paul Lacava continued yesterday. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Diabète les bandelettes de glycémie moins remboursées

first_imgDiabète : les bandelettes de glycémie moins rembourséesLe Journal Officiel a publié ce week-end un arrêté limitant le nombre de bandelettes remboursables à 200 par an.Les bandelettes de glycémie sont utilisées par les diabétiques pour contrôler le taux de sucre dans le sang. Jusqu’à présent, elles étaient toutes remboursées par la sécurité sociale.Désormais, leur nombre sera limité à seulement 200 par malade et par an, pour tous les patients qui sont en phase d’observation pour détecter ou confirmer une hypoglycémie, ou pour définir un nouveau traitement en vue d’un équilibre glycémique. Les malades qui sont déjà confirmés comme insulinodépendants ne sont donc pas concernés par cette nouvelle restriction.Le 1 mars 2011 à 09:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Why Lionel Messi wants Rafinha sold

first_imgThere have been media speculations that Messi is resistant of acknowledging that Rafinha isn’t on the same level as Philippe Coutinho and should be offloaded according to birminghammail.Liverpool has confirmed that they had reached an agreement with La Liga club Barcelona for the transfer of Coutinho back in January and his transfer fee is reported to be an initial £105 million, which could rise to £142 million with various clauses that will be met.The midfielder joined Inter Milan on loan from Barca in January following Coutinho’s big-money arrival from Liverpool. Inter say they’ve been impressed with the Brazilian performance. But sporting director Piero Ausilio has suggested he’ll look to negotiate with the Catalans.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.When he went for medical, he was diagnosed with a thigh injury sustained a few days before joining Barcelona, ruling him out for three weeks.But since he made his debut for Barcelona four months ago, in a 2–0 win against his former club RCD Espanyol in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey, the Brazilian has proved his worth. He has 10 goals in 22 matches for the Nou Camp giants.last_img read more

Tourisms Travis Robinson Discusses Solar Powered Cars with St Johns College Students

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 16, 2017 – Nassau – Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Travis Robinson encourages St. John’s College high school students, July 13, in support of their solar powered vehicle project.Press Release: BIS(BIS Photos/Kemuel Stubbs)last_img

TCI Electricity company promises every resource to restore no timeline given

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 14, 2017 – Providenciales – FortisTCI power company CEO could not say when electricity to all islands would be back on fully, but just six days following Category 5 Hurricane Irma it was announced that one third of the system has been restored.Eddinton Powell was a part of the post Irma media debrief Wednesday at the Office of the Premier, he said key, essential services are back on line, including the Provo International Airport, the hospitals, water company and telecommunications companies.   A 40 year old system in Grand Turk was pulverized in Irma, and Mr Powell explained it’s going to have to be completely rebuilt.Fifty-eight engineers from across the Fortis group of companies are in country.  While most of the men are in Providenciales, teams are dispatched around the archipelago in a simultaneous restoration effort says Powell.Restored are Kew in North Caicos, Conch Bar in Middle Caicos, parts of Provo and electricity is coming to the South Caicos airport and water plant; the same is happening for the Grand Turk water plant and Her Majesty’s Prison.FortisTCI lost 15% of its poles in Hurricane Irma, and while strides are being made the CEO confessed that the effects are “vast and profound, this is a huge challenge”.A second wave of 50 workers are due to come in and #FortisTCI is negotiating with the US Government to release 17 utility trucks being held there; they were previously due to come in to the Turks and Caicos.The reason the power company could not give timelines for restoration of electricity said Mr Powell is because, ‘we are still very much in the process of assessments.’All resources are being used, sufficient resources are here, work is being done as quickly as possible and the bottom line is although Hurricane Irma ripped though and destroyed so much in the TCI overnight, rebuilding will take much longer.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews, FORTIStci FortisTCI ready for the building boom and consumer demand for electricity; plans in place and new ones coming says CEO Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Premier salutes FortisTCI on round the clock work to restore electricity and visits 14 resorts after June 4 black out Editorial: Listen to your Mamalast_img read more

Stepney believed Gordon Banks was a gentleman

first_imgThe former England national team player talked how he missed Banks in the 1970 World Cup last match and the kind of person he was.The England national team was knocked out of the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico by West Germany.That day, goalkeeper Gordon Banks did not play as he was sick in his hotel room.“The day of the quarter-final we went for breakfast, then for a walk. The game was at midday, it was 100 degrees, it was the turn of Peter Bonetti [Chelsea goalkeeper] to be the substitute goalkeeper, not mine, and when Alf [Ramsey] named the team he named Gordon and that seemed to be it,” former Three Lions footballer Alex Stepney told The Guardian.“The FIFA rules of those times were that if you weren’t involved you had to go and sit in the stand. So I went back to my room to get my camera and that’s when I found that Gordon was bad and being sick in the toilet.”“I became a sub, Peter Bonetti was now selected. Yet when I went back to my room after the match Gordon thought we’d won because we were 2-0 up [Banks was watching a delayed television broadcast],” he explained.“I had to tell him the bad news. I held up my fingers to indicate the score [2-3] and he just couldn’t believe it. I think it made him worse!”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Don’t forget in those days we didn’t have goalkeeper coaches,” he remembered.“Basically what you did you did for yourself and when I worked with him we expressed ideas between us – that’s what it was all about.”“He inspired me so much regarding how I played: I’d like to think I wasn’t a flashy keeper, either. I learned a lot from him, working and playing against him,” Stepney continued.“Gordon was such a gentleman and an absolute one-off. His death is a very sad loss to the game.”“He is England’s best-ever goalkeeper – he won the World Cup, as simple as that, and 53 years on he’s still the only keeper who has done that,” he said.“At the end of the day I had Gordon Banks in front of me regarding England and you cannot argue with that.”last_img read more

Titans gigantic methane lakes could be encrusted with crystals

first_imgSaturn’s moon Titan. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute Titan is the most famous of the moons orbiting Saturn, mainly because it’s a) extremely large (the second biggest satellite in our solar system) and b) thought to be a potential spot for extra-terrestrial life within our own solar system.And one of the most fascinating parts of Titan is its lakes.Titan is thought to feature hydrocarbon lakes on its surface, near its polar regions. These aren’t lakes like you might see on Earth, these are bodies of ethane and methane, molecules that only exist as liquid due to the temperature of Titan — thought to be around 90 Kelvin (around -297 Fahrenheit).The lakes of Titan have long thought to be surrounded by what some call “bathtub rings”. Now scientists are suggesting these bathtub rings could actually be crystals.This possibility comes from researchers creating Titan-like conditions within the lab. Using a custom-built cryostat combined with liquid nitrogen, researchers were able to induce the insanely low temperatures required to recreate conditions on Titan’s surface. With the extreme cold, researchers found that an “acetylene-butane co-crystal” was formed in bodies of methane and ethane similar to those thought to exist on Titan. The team believes this crystal could explain the bathtub rings thought to be seen around the lakes on Titan.Crystal-encrusted lakes of methane: it seems like a science-fiction author’s dream, or something straight from Interstellar, but according to the research it is a possibility — but only a possibility.Until we actually land close to the shores of Titan’s mysterious lakes, we can’t know for sure if these bathtub rings actually exist. Morgan Cable of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, is presenting this research at the 2019 Astrobiology Science Conference.”We don’t know yet if we have these bathtub rings,” he said. “It’s hard to see through Titan’s hazy atmosphere.” Share your voice 19 Photos Tags 1center_img Comment 19 photos from NASA astronaut Scott Kelly show Earth’s ‘Infinite Wonder’ Sci-Tech Culturelast_img read more

The Hills Have Eyes Director Alexandre Aja Goes VR With Campfire Creepers

first_imgThe work on “Campfire Creepers” began in 2017 with Los Angeles-based cinematic VR startup Future Lighthouse, the studio that was also behind the animated VR film Melita. However, Aja had to shift gears a bit when the company ran out of funding, with Dark Corner picking up the slack. The project also received funding from Oculus. “Our role is to continue to elevate the craft of VR,” said Oculus executive producer Yelena Rachitsky.As for Aja, the director professed that he had caught the VR bug while working on this project. “As a director, I’m always looking for immersion,” he said. That was true even for his traditional movies, he said, but VR had the potential of bringing immersion to a whole new level. Said Aja: “VR may be the tool we have been dreaming about for so long.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img Longtime horror film director Alexandre Aja is getting ready to make his mark in virtual reality (VR) with “Campfire Creepers,” a new mini series of scary campfire stories. The series is premiering at the Tribeca film festival this week, and will also come to the Oculus Rift and Gear VR headsets this weekend.One of the first two episodes of “Campfire Creepers” stars Robert Englund, who is best known for playing Freddy Kruger, while the second episode plays with the dynamic between camp counselors and the children they are entrusted with — and the things that can go wrong when tensions between the two groups rise in the middle of the forest, on a full moon night.“All storytelling started around the campfire,” Aja told Variety this week. The director, who is best known for horror flicks like “The Hills Have Eyes,” “High Tension” and “Piranha 3D,” had never done any VR work before, but said that he quickly fell in love with the medium. “It’s the perfect technology for awe,” Aja said.That’s in part because viewers who have a headset strapped to their face can’t cover their eyes, or hide their face behind a pillow once the full moon takes effect, summoning scary creatures. “We could have made something that was really traumatizing,” he admitted. Instead, Aja decided to go for what he called “a comfortable type of awe” — a more campy approach that plays with the tropes of the genre without any explicit gore.last_img read more

BMI a wrong measure of health Study

first_imgUsing body mass index (BMI) to gauge health is a wrong practice as it is a deeply flawed measure, reveals a study while adding that BMI should not be the primary goal for maintaining good health.BMI incorrectly labelled more than 30 per cent of those with in the “normal” range about 20.7 million people —as healthy whereas they were actually unhealthy based on their other health data, the study said.Also, more than two million people who are considered “very obese” by virtue of having a BMI of 35 or higher are actually healthy. That’s about 15 per cent who are classified as very obese. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The data shows there are tens of millions of people who are overweight and obese and are perfectly healthy,” said A. Janet Tomiyama, assistant professor at University Of California, Los Angeles. There are people who are healthy and are penalised based on a faulty health measure, while the unhealthy ones of normal weight are flying under the radar of BMI, she added.The study recommends that people should focus on eating a healthy diet and exercise regularly, rather than obsess about their weight, and strongly opposes stigmatising people who are overweight.The scientists analysed the link between BMI — which is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by the square of the person’s height in meters — and several health markers, including blood pressure and glucose, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, using data from the most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.last_img read more

Mamatas Santhali poem to be theme of puja pandal in Bhowanipore

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s poem in Santhali language will be the Durga Puja theme at Swadhin Sangha in Bhowanipore. The puja organisers will showcase the development of the tribal population under the leadership of the Chief Minister in the last seven years.The theme will also delve deep into the life and culture of the tribal population,which is unique in a number of ways.”The Chief Minister’s Santhali poem Joy Jitkaur Deban Mena (say we shall overcome) acknowledges the contribution of the Santhals in the freedom struggle of the country. However, their sacrifices have not received the honour they deserved. It was under the leadership of our Chief Minister that this tribal population, spanning mainly across the districts of Bankura, Birbhum, West Midnapore, Jhargram and Purulia has witnessed a major development in the sphere of education and healthcare. They have also been employed through various schemes of the government. We are portraying their life, culture and activities through our theme this year,” said Ashim Kumar Bose, the general secretary of Swadhin Sangha. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe poem will be rewritten in Bengali language through engraving on the wooden structure of the pandal. Apart from the life and culture of the tribal population, the story of the Santhal Rebellion, their various festivals and their hunting activities will come alive through different models.It may be mentioned that the Santhals had also worshipped Goddess Durga during the rebellion.Subrata Dey and Raja Chakraborty will be designing the pandal, maintaining parity with the theme with hogla leaves, barks of trees, leaves of maize, earthen pots and oil lamps. Santhal adivasis will be present in the pandal with their typical musical instruments like dhamsa and madol, for entertaining pandal-hoppers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA fibre statue of Sidhu Kanhu, prominent leaders of the tribe, will be carved out just outside the main pandal. Krishna Chandra Pal from Krishnanagar in Nadia district is making the idols of the puja matching with the theme. The theme music for the puja will also be composed in Santhali language.This is the third time the puja committee is using poems of Banerjee as their theme. Last year their theme was the Chief Minister’s poem Sobuj (The Green).The message of preserving greenery without chopping down trees indiscriminately, which was propagated by the puja committee, was a big crowd puller.last_img read more

Thunderbird 5230 is out

first_imgThunderbird 52.3.0 is out by Martin Brinkmann on August 17, 2017 in Email – 13 commentsMozilla Messaging released Thunderbird 52.3.0 on August 16, 2017 to the release channel and all supported operating systems.The new version of the popular email client is a bug fix release; means, it fixes issues in the client but does not introduce new features to it or make changes to existing ones. Also, no security updates in the release.Thunderbird’s automatic update feature may not pick up the update right now. You can check for new updates with a click on Help > About Thunderbird.If the new version is not picked up, you may download and install it manually instead. Head over to the official Thunderbird download page and select the version that you are using from the list of supported languages and operating systems.Thunderbird 52.3.0The new version of Thunderbird fixes the following issues in the email client:Unwanted inline images shown in rogue SPAM messagesDeleting message from the POP3 server not working when maildir storage was usedMessage disposition flag (replied / forwarded) lost when reply or forwarded message was stored as draft and draft was sent laterInline images not scaled to fit when printingSelected text from another message sometimes included in a replyNo authorisation prompt displayed when inserting image into email body although image URL requires authenticationLarge attachments taking a long time to open under some circumstancesMost of the issues that Thunderbird 52.3.0 fixes impact only a small number of systems the email client is installed on.Thunderbird 52.3.0 has two known issues that are listed in the release notes. The first affects users who select Send To > Mail recipients on Windows. This does not work anymore. A solution is provided; Mozilla Messaging asks users to install the Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 redistributable runtime library, or the Universal C Runtime for Windows Server to fix the issue.The second issue causes multiple requests for the master password when Gmail OAuth2 is enabled.These issues probably don’t affect to many users of the email program either. Still, for those affected by at least one of the fixed bugs, it is a welcome update.Since Thunderbird 52.3.0 does not fix any security issues, there is no rush to install the update unless you are affected by one of the issues that were fixed in the release.Now You: Thunderbird, or another program? Which software do you use for email?   SummaryArticle NameThunderbird 52.3.0 is outDescriptionMozilla Messaging released Thunderbird 52.3.0 on August 16, 2017 to the release channel and all supported operating systems.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Private Property looks forward to an exciting future with Ladysmith Gazette

first_imgIt’s official! Private Property has announced the conclusion of an exciting new deal that saw this industry leading name undergo a change in ownership. A consortium of proudly South African buyers, spearheaded by media giant, Caxton CTP, have taken the reigns of the property portal over from the U.S. based OAM – a private equity controlled company. We are confident that the new partnership will produce truly exceptional results, and will continue to move from strength to strength.It is with this in mind that Ladysmith Gazette and Private Property are pleased to inform all existing and new local estate agents and property clients that in due course, your listings will be searchable on the relevant Caxton newspaper website e.g. ‘Properties in Ladysmith’ will be searchable on the Ladysmith Gazette website as well as on Private Property.We are currently working together to ensure that our clients receive only the very best in property advertising solutions both digitally and in print.Contact us today to take full advantage of this fantastic opportunity.Other buyers include industry participants who bring a considerable depth of expertise to the table. The deal was concluded with the assistance of the industry body, Real Estate Business Owners of South Africa, and was approved by the Competitions Commission. Simon Bray, CEO of Private Property, noted:“Private Property has grown strongly over the past three years, achieving excellent results as a digital platform and now holds a significant position in the South African market. We are really pleased that we could conclude a deal that maintains our independence and affords us the opportunity to enhance the role that technology can play in the real estate industry.”Simon adds, “This is good news for everybody. For Private Property, we get to keep doing what we are passionate about: building a great service for property shoppers. For the industry, it ensures a vibrant, competitive environment with at least two big platforms offering advertising services.”Whether buying or selling, look no further than the Ladysmith Gazette and Private Property for all your real estate needs. Get in touch now to learn more.last_img read more

Tico astronaut Franklin Chang raises online funds for upcoming documentary film

first_imgRelated posts:Tico astronaut Franklin Chang reaches first fundraising goal Tico astronaut Franklin Chang inducted into U.S. hall of fame Costa Rica’s Franklin Chang pushes space agenda in Washington Photo of Tico astronaut Franklin Chang with Barack Obama among best White House pics of 2015 Costa Rican astronaut and space engineer Franklin Chang this month launched an Internet campaign to raise money for a documentary film that explains how the plasma engine he designed and created works.The campaign will run through Aug. 12 at www.kickstarter.com, and Chang hopes to raise at least $46,000. If donations surpass that amount, the money will be used to create extra copies of the documentary to be distributed to scientists and universities around the world. If the campaign reaches $100,000, Chang said he would produce a longer version of the documentary.The former astronaut-turned-entrepreneur also shared a video that explains the campaign, called “Animating VASIMR: The Future of Spaceflight.” His company, Ad Astra Rocket, which has facilities in the United States and Costa Rica, uses all of its funding for the development of the VASIMR rocket engine.According to Chang, the first launch into space of a mission using his engine will be to the International Space Station in 2014 as part of an agreement between Ad Astra Rocket and NASA.The Tico astronaut’s dream is that VASIMR can be used in space vehicles for both scientific and commercial purposes, including travel to Mars, in less time than current engines.On Monday morning, the campaign had collected nearly $10,000. Depending on the amount of the pledge, donators will receive gifts including shirts, hats, coffee mugs and posters. Autographs can be purchased for an extra $25.Franklin Chang Díaz was inducted into the NASA Hall of Fame in 2012 as one of the astronauts with the most space missions, totaling seven from 1986-2002. He accumulated 66 days off the planet Earth.In 1986, he became the first Latin American astronaut, and he retired from NASA in 2005 to pursue his dream of starting his own company to develop the plasma engine. Facebook Commentslast_img read more