Countdown begins for PSLVC45 mission with many a firsts for ISRO

first_imgChennai: A 27-hour countdown began Sunday for the launch of India’s EMISAT satellite along with 28 nano satellites of global customers from Sriharikota Monday, a mission which would witness the ISRO placing payloads in three orbits and conducting space experiments for the first time.The EMISAT satellite is aimed at electromagnetic measurement. The countdown began at 6.27 am (local time) for the launch on board Indian Space Research Organisation’s third generation workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), in its 47th flight, ISRO said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The four-stage PSLV-C45 will blast off from the second launch pad at the spaceport of Sriharikota, about 125 kms from here, at 9.27 AM (local time) Monday, agency officials said. The mission will mark several firsts to the credit of the space agency as it would manoeuvre satellites in various orbits and orbital experiments including on maritime satellite applications. According to ISRO, a new variant of the rocket PSLV-QL equipped with four Strap-On motors in the first stage is used for the launch. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KPSLV, also used in India’s two key missions — “Chandrayan” in 2008 and Mars Orbiter in 2013, is a reliable and versatile launch vehicle for ISRO with 39 consecutive successful flights till June, 2017 and five-in-a row from January 2018. The rocket has encountered only two failures so far — its maiden developmental flight ended unsuccessful way back in 1993. In September, 2017 the flight went off without any hitch but the IRNSS-1H Satellite could not be released into orbit after the PSLV-C39’s heat shield failed to open on reaching the orbit. In Monday’s mission, ISRO scientists would place the satellites and payloads in three different orbits, a first for the agency. After injecting the 436 kg primary satellite EMISAT, intended for electromagnetic spectrum measurement, at around 17 minutes from lift off in a 749 km orbit, they would restart the fourth stage again. During this initiative, all the other 28 customer satellites, totally weighing about 220 kgs, would be released by lowering the fourth state to around 504 kms orbit. Again, the fourth stage would be reignited and further lowered to 485 kms orbit to serve as an orbital platform for carrying out space borne experimentations for the first time in ISRO’s history. According to ISRO, this is the first time it has been envisaged to provide a micro-gravity environment for research organisations and academic institutes to perform experiments. The PS4-fourth stage hosts three payloads in this mission. They are automatic identification system from ISRO for Maritime satellite applications capturing messages transmitted from ships. Automatic Packet Repeating System from AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation), India to assist amateur radio operators in tracking and monitoring position data. Advanced Retarding Potential Analyzer for lonospheric Studies (ARIS) from Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) for the structural and composition studies of ionosphere. The other 28 international satellites — 25 3U type, two 6U type and one 2U type nano satellites — are from Lithuania (two), Spain (1), Switzerland (1) and the United States (24). All these satellites are being launched under commercial arrangements, ISRO said. The previous launches by ISRO this year include the imaging satellite Microsat-R for military purpose along with 1.2 kg Kalamsat in January onboard PSLV-C44. In February, ISRO launched India’s communication satellite GSAT-31 from the European launch service provider Ariane from French Guiana.last_img read more

The job is not done Annan tells meeting on elimination of iodine

“One of the most pressing challenges of our times is to make globalization work for all people. And one way to move closer towards that goal is for governments, the UN system, private sector enterprises and civil society groups to forge partnerships around specific goals, and then work with creativity and determination to achieve them,” Mr. Annan said in remarks to the High-Level meeting on the Elimination of Iodine Deficiency in Beijing, delivered by Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).”A wonderfully concrete example of that approach is what has brought you all together for this conference in Beijing: the elimination of iodine deficiency, the world’s single greatest cause of mental retardation, through universal salt iodization.”Mr. Annan said that since the World Summit for Children in 1990, “a tremendously effective public-private-UN partnership has led to more than two billion additional people having access to iodized salt.”As a result, 90 million newborns are now protected from brain damage, and hundreds of millions of children are performing better in school,” he said.”Yet the job is not done. Thirty percent of the world’s population still lacks access to iodized salt, leaving more than 40 million children at great risk. We owe it to them in particular, the future of our world, to ensure that they are born healthy and grow up with every chance to realize their full human potential,” he said. read more

Opposition writes GECOM to begin elections preparations

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNandlall expresses concern over ‘deliberate attempts’ to stall elections petition casesSeptember 10, 2016In “latest news”OPINION: The ship of Guyana is sinkingJuly 19, 2019In “latest news”House-to-House Registration represents “open defiance” by GECOM’s CEO to Constitution, CCJ ruling – JagdeoJuly 19, 2019In “latest news” Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall today dispatched a letter to the Chief Elections Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) requesting that the entity begin preparing for elections.Nandlall, who was acting on behalf of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, reminded CEO Keith Lowenfield of the rulings of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).Speaking on the provisions of Article 106 of the Constitution of Guyana, the court said “their meaning is clear and it is the responsibility of the constitutional actors in Guyana to honour them…the Guyana Elections Commission has that responsibility to conduct elections and GECOM too must abide by the provisions of the Constitution.”Nandlall also reminded that the court expressed hope that these “bodies and personages will exercise their responsibilities with integrity and in keeping with the unambiguous provisions of the Constitution…”Against this backdrop, Nandlall told Lowenfield that “in compliance with the extraordinarily clear language of the CCJ above, I hereby request that you immediately commence preparations for the holding of General and Regional Elections on a date no later than 18th day of September 2019.”The letter added: “you must be aware, that GECOM, was made party to the aforementioned legal proceedings, by the CCJ, so as the make the Orders of the Court directly binding on GECOM and as the Chief Elections Officer, you are inextricably, bound.”“Therefore, any actions or omissions on your party which may be interpreted to be in violation or frustration of the letter and spirit of the Orders and judgments of the CCJ may expose you to contempt of Court proceedings.”GECOM is currently without a chairperson, after Justice James Patterson stepped down in light of the CCJ ruling that he was appointed unconstitutionally by President David Granger.The Head-of-State and the Opposition Leader are currently in talks to appoint a new chairperson. read more

Immigration crackdown suspended in The Bahamas

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBahamas government warns persons harbouring illegal migrantsSeptember 12, 2019In “latest news”CTO activates relief fund for BahamasSeptember 3, 2019In “latest news”Hurricane Dorian lashes US as Bahamas counts costSeptember 5, 2019In “latest news” (CMC) – The Bahamas Government says it has suspended the crackdown on illegal migrants in Great Abaco Island and Grand Bahama as the death toll from the passage of Hurricane Dorian a week ago climbed to 44.Minister of Financial Services, Trade, Industry and Immigration Elsworth Johnson said that with the country “presently experiencing a humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, strict instructions have been given to the Immigration Department that our concentration is on assisting with the humanitarian efforts to rescue and save lives regardless of place of origin, nationality or immigration status”.He said further, the authorities are “obligated to, and will continue to, secure our borders, all domestic apprehension exercises in the affected areas are suspended”. read more

Vale exploring dry stackingmagnetic separation to eradicate tailings dams

first_imgVale has confirmed a Reuters news report from last week stating that it would spend an additional BRL11 billion ($2.5 billion) on dry iron ore processing over the next five years.The company said it has invested nearly BRL66 billion installing and expanding the use of dry processing, using natural moisture, in iron ore production in its operations in Brazil over the last 10 years and it would carry on this trend.“By not using water in the process, no tailings are generated and, therefore, there is no need for dams,” the company said, added that about 60% of Vale’s production today is dry, and the goal is to reach 70% in the next five years.Dry processing is used in the mines of Carajás, Serra Leste and the S11D Eliezer Batista Complex (pictured), in Pará, Brazil, and in several plants in Minas Gerais. In Pará, in the Northern System, about 80%, of the almost 200 Mt produced in 2018 was through dry processing. The main Carajás plant, Plant 1, is in the process of conversion to natural moisture: of the 17 plant processing lines, 11 are already dry and the remaining six wet lines will be converted by 2022.Serra Leste’s treatment plants, in Curionópolis, and S11D, in Canaã dos Carajás, also do not use water in ore treatment, according to Vale. In S11D, for example, the use dry processing, using natural humidity, reduces water consumption by 93% when compared to conventional iron ore production.In Minas Gerais, dry processing increased from 20%, in 2016, to 32%, in 2018. Today, this type of processing is present in several units, such as Brucutu, Alegria, Fábrica Nova, Fazendão, Abóboras, Mutuca, Pica and Fábrica. “Over the following years, the objective is to roll it out at other locations in Minas Gerais, such as the Apolo and Capanema projects, which are currently under environmental licensing,” the company said.Vale said: “Dry processing is linked to the quality of the iron ore extracted from mining. In Carajás, as the iron content is already high (above 64% Fe), the ore is only crushed and sieved, so it can be classified by size (granulometry).“In Minas Gerais, the average content is 40% iron, contained in rocks known as itabirites. To increase the content, the ore is concentrated by means of wet processing (with water). The tailings, composed basically of silica, are deposited with water in the dams. The high-grade ore resulting from the process can then be transformed into pellets at the pelletising plants, increasing the added value of the product.”The mills that operate dry processing in Minas Gerais depend on the availability of ore with higher levels – about 60% Fe – still found in some mines in the state. “In order to achieve the necessary quality, and be incorporated into Vale’s product portfolio, it is necessary to blend with Carajás ores, carried out at Vale’s distribution centres in China and Malaysia. The process allows Vale to offer excellent quality ore which can be tailored to meet the needs of our clients,” the company said.The blending of the product with natural moisture does not eliminate the need for humid concentration of the low-grade itabirite used in the production of pellets. However, to reduce the use of dams, Vale plans to invest approximately BRL 1.5 billion on dry stacking technology in Minas Gerais between 2020 and 2023. This technique filters and reuses waste water and allows the latter to be stored in piles, thus reducing the use of dams. The goal is to achieve up to 70% of the waste disposed in the coming years, but success depends on the improvement of technology and external issues, such as environmental licences, Vale said.“Today, Vale doesn’t have a dry stacking operation that can deal with the production quantity especially in a region with high rainfall indices, such as the Ferriferous four-side, in Minas Gerais. The available dry stacking technology is used on a small scale around the world – up to 10,000 t/d of tailings produced – in desert regions or with low rainfall. In Minas Gerais, Vale’s tailings production quantity is, on average, 50,000 t/d per unit,” Vale said. In 2011, the company developed a pilot project on the Cianita stack in Vargem Grande, after an investment of BRL100 million.The studies were completed in 2018 and the technicians evaluated the geotechnical behaviour of piles under rainy conditions. The next tests will be applied on an industrial scale at the Pico mine in the municipality of Itabirito, Vale said.“Another solution that has been studied is the dry magnetic concentration of iron ore based on the innovative technology developed by New Steel, a company acquired by Vale at the end of 2018 for BRL1.9 billion,” Vale said. “The dry magnetic concentration eliminates the use of water in the concentration process of the low-grade ore, which disposes the waste generated in sterile piles, similar to what happens in dry stacking. This technology, however, is in the industrial development stage and is not yet ready to be applied on a large scale.”last_img read more

French girls take European crown for the first time

The French girls added European title to their winning collection for the first time in the history! France beat Russia 24:21 (13:12) to extend fanastic run began with world’s gold at WCh 2017 in Germany.Team of Olivier Krumbholz kept advantage during 60 minutes despite Alisson Pineau was sent off after 7-meter throw, when ball hit Russian goalkeeper Sedoykina in the head.Alexandra Lacrabere was TOP scorer with six goals for the winners, while Anna Vyakhireva scored seven for the Olympic champions from Rio.Russia – France 21-24  (12-13)Russia: Anna Vyakhireva 7, Daria Dmitrieva 5, Anna Sen 3, Polina Kuznetsova 2, Daria Samokhina 1, Kseniia Makeeva 1, Iuliia Managarova 1, Mayya Petrova 1. France: Alexandra Lacrabere 6, Estelle Minko 4, Camille Ayglon 2, Allison Pineau 2, Grace Zaadi 2, Manon Houette 2, Orlane Kanor 2, Beatrice Edwige 2, Pauline Coatanea 1, Gnonsiane Niombla 1.Mandatory Credit © Sasa Pahic Szabo / kolektiff France handballWomen’s EHF EURO 2018 ← Previous Story EHF DECISIONS: Champions League with 16 clubs, more rest for players! Next Story → The largest tournament in Denmark – Dronninglund Cup 2019 waiting for you read more

VIDEO Egyptian celebration in Skopje

Handball world got the first non-European Youth World Handball Champions from Egypt!Celebration began immediately after the last second of the final match against Germany 32:28 in Skopje’s VIP “Boris Trajkovski” Arena in Skopje.Enjoy… Egyptian handball ← Previous Story Young Pharaons at the Top of the World! Next Story → Egyptians MVP and TOP scorer of the Youth World Championship 2019

Opinion How to go from friend to boss overnight

first_imgA LOT CAN be playing on your mind when you first get that promotion. You personally may feel nervous and under pressure to deliver a result quickly. While concentrating on your success as a leader, you must deal with the added complication that these are your colleagues and friends that you are managing. There may be feelings of relief, anticipation or regret amongst your team.Did someone else on your new team apply for your job?Was your predecessor some kind of superhero and now you have a tough act to follow?How do things work around there? Will your management style match the current culture?They may not be used to taking direction from you.There are many things to consider when you arrive. There are people that have been there for years before you got there, how are they feeling about your arrival? Are they delighted you are there? It is indeed possible that your arrival is eagerly anticipated like a biblical event, but the likelihood is that just like the rest of us you arrive into your new role to a bag of mixed emotions.In spite of all these challenges there are a number of steps that you can take which can help you succeed with your team:Establish the ground rulesThis is no doubt a difficult situation. In fact, in many companies a person is promoted and moved to a different department to avoid this scenario completely, as it can sometimes end in tears. There are a number of perceptions and assumptions that exist among your team which need to be set straight. They may have expectations that life will be easier now, eg finishing early, later starts, having a friend on the inside etc.Each person is different so a one-on-one chat is warranted:Explain that you wish to maintain the relationshipsRemind them that you are being asked to do a leadership role. There may be times when you must be the leader and make difficult decisionsAsk for their support.Follow upIf setting expectations was all that was needed then the world would be a great and easy place to live in. Sometimes you will find that despite your chat, you may still see some unwelcome behaviour: talking across you in the boardroom, friends continuing to speak to you inappropriately in work, and so on. In these situations a follow up chat is needed to clear up the problem.Balancing professional/social interactionsIt has to be said that it takes experience and skill to be able to maintain an employee/boss relationship while still being able to have drinks and socialise with your team after work. How do you strike a balance between the two? Be sure to be consistent and have confidence in the reasons for your decisions and actions during work hours, irrespective of relationships with your colleagues outside of work. This will earn you a reputation of being a friendly and fair leader.About youWhat will be your leadership style? Are you going to lay down the law? Or will you take a look first?The first is the Bull in a China Shop approach. A bull has no regard for its surroundings in the shop and causes untold damage. It will move as it pleases and whatever happens… so be it. ‘After all you cannot make an omelette without breaking a few eggs’. I do not recommend this style of arrival.The second is the City Tour Bus approach. Just like a tourist you observe good and bad practises from the open top bus. This by far is my preferred style.Do not assume you know everything at the outset. You need to take your time to see things in operation before passing judgments and suggesting improvements. Before your arrival life went on and perhaps it is not as perfect as you want it to be, but you cannot ignore that certain norms would have evolved and still exist – some good, some bad. Do not immediately disregard those work norms as they have survived for a reason.Getting down to workOnce the relationship rules are established and behaviours adjusted, there are work issues to consider. It is at this point you apply your knowledge and skills. So what can you do? Don’t panic if you haven’t thought about all of the above factors. A heightened sense of “what is going on?” and constant one-on-one communication with your team in the early days can compensate for what you may have missed. Take your time when you arrive. Take your time and look around, you may be surprised at what you might find!Robert Kiely is Director of Operations at PCH International in Shenzhen, China. Kiely has worked in the area of people management for over 20 years and has recently published a book on the subject, The Book that could Not be Written. His book is available on www.originalwriting.ie and www.amazon.com. You can follow him on Twitter @TBTCNBW.last_img read more

Over €16 million in funding for preservation and restoration of cultural heritage

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Culture Ministry has secured over €16 million in funding to preserve the cultural heritage of the Peloponnese.The funding is part of the EU’s National Strategic Reference Framework 2014-2020, also known as the ESPA program, and will be put towards restoring four sites of significant cultural heritage in the region.The bulk of the budget, €8.5 million, will be put towards upgrading the Caves of Diros. Considered one of Greece’s most important natural sites, services will be improved, including disability access, and the creation of a new museum in the vicinity.The Archaeological Museum of Argos located in Argolis on the Peloponnese peninsula will receive €5 million that will go towards modernising the space. The upgrade will include extending the exhibition space, improving accessibility, as well as creating additional storage space.READ: Climate change a threat to Acropolis and other ancient monuments, scientists sayThe rest of the funding will be put towards upgrading Bourtzi Castle in Nafplio, as well as preserving the Archaeological Site of Tiryns, which has been on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List since 1999.The EU recognising the wealth that the Peloponnese has to offer. By investing in the region’s cultural sites, the aim is to attract more visitors throughout the year, and as a result increase revenue by supporting local producers and suppliers, creating new jobs and as a result, improve the living standard of local communities.READ: Roman-era shipwreck discovered off Cypriot coastlast_img read more

Aegean Sea should be completely visible to Greek authorities 247

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias sent a clear message to Turkey “to stop the provocations, to stop acting in disarray, to stop violating sovereign rights and the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus” so that “we can start a meaningful dialogue”, speaking on Real FM radio on Monday.Commenting on a potential meeting between Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the UN General Assembly in New York, Mr Dendias said that the meeting “has not yet been finalised,” and clarified that this meeting should not be seen as a “pardon meeting” of Turkey’s attitude.On the influx of migration to Greece, Dendias highlighted the government’s intention and actions towards “knowing what is happening in real time.”Mr Dendias also referred to an older project he had prepared as defence minister in 2014 which concerns the interconnectivity of surveillance cameras in the northern Aegean region based on a study carried out by the National Technical University of Athens. He said the task “has been left behind all these years,” and added that “the Aegean is a sea that could be completely visible to the Greek authorities 24 hours per day” so that “we are able to warn Turkey and stop it.”READ MORE: Refugees on Samos island tell their stories through photographsIn this context, he criticized the former SYRIZA government’s perception, as he said, that the Aegean Sea cannot be policed effectively and called this “a wrong perception.”He then said that “we are not talking about the sea, we are talking about the coasts of Asia Minor, directly across from Greek islands,” and because refugees are there in great numbers, Mr Dendias said, the “human traffickers are trying to have them cross over.”Mr Dendias said that Greece has to be able to monitor the region “based on a set of cameras and other tools, so that we know, in real time, what is going on and not have hundreds of people suddenly arriving on the island of Lesvos on any given afternoon.”READ MORE: US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt backs Greece in Erdogan’s ‘maps’ debacleHe also referred to the non-state funding of a purchase of new high-speed boats, as requested by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.Again referring to the actions of the previous SYRIZA government, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said it was characterized by an attitude of “resignation, not only from (the reality) of migration inflows but also from the management of these people within the Greek territory, to the extent that it put our country in an embarrassing position,” Mr Dendias concluded.Source: AMNAlast_img read more

Lost Chess Piece Found in Drawer Could Fetch 13M at Auction

first_img A long-lost chess piece missing for almost 200 years was unknowingly kept in a drawer by a family in Scotland, and now it could fetch up to $1.3 million in an upcoming auction.The chess piece was purchased for $6 (£5) by the family’s grandfather, an antiques dealer, in 1964. Stored in a drawer for 55 years, the piece could now fetch up to $1.3 million (£1 million) at auction after the late owner’s family took it to Sotheby’s auction house in London for assessment.Family members had no idea that the object — one of the 900-year-old Lewis Chessmen — is one of the most famous chess pieces in the world, and among the greatest artifacts of the Viking area.(Photo Credit: Tristan Fewings / Getty Images for Sotheby’s)The Lewis Chessmen are intricate, expressive chess pieces in the form of Norse warriors, carved from walrus ivory in the 12th century.A hoard of 93 chess figures was dug up on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides more than 180 years ago, but five pieces have been missing for years.The 3 1/2-inch (8.8-centimeter) piece, which will be auctioned July 2, the equivalent of a rook, is the first of the missing chessmen to be identified. It was passed down to the family of the antiques dealer, who did not realize its significance.The Lewis Chessmen are among the biggest draws at the British Museum and the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, according to BBC News. They are seen as an “important symbol of European civilization” and have inspired everything from children’s show Noggin The Nog to part of the plot in Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone.“My mother was very fond of the Chessman as she admired its intricacy and quirkiness,” the family, who wished to remain anonymous, said in a statement obtained by the BBC. “She believed that it was special and thought perhaps it could even have had some magical significance.”“For many years it resided in a drawer in her home where it had been carefully wrapped in a small bag. From time to time, she would remove the chess piece from the drawer in order to appreciate its uniqueness.”Sotheby’s expert Alexander Kader, who examined the piece for the family, said his “jaw dropped” when he realized what they had in their possession.The Lewis Chessmen set includes seated kings and queens, bishops, knights and standing warders and pawns. Some 82 pieces are now in the British Museum and 11 pieces held by the National Museum of Scotland.From the British Museum’s collection: Five of the Lewis Chessmen, ivory chess pieces from a collection of 93 found at Uig on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. (Photo Credit: CM Dixon / Print Collector / Getty Images)Since the hoard was uncovered in 1831, one knight and four warders have been missing from the four combined chess sets.The newly-discovered piece is a warder, a man with helmet, shield and sword and the equivalent of a rook on a modern chess board, which “has immense character and power.”“There are still four out there somewhere. It might take another 150 years for another one to pop up,” Kader told the Independent.Kader estimates the warder could fetch up to $1.3 million (£1 million) when it goes up for auction next month at Sotheby’s. “We can safely say that a million pounds will transform the seller’s life.”He added: “There are still four out there somewhere. It might take another 150 years for another one to pop up.”More on Geek.com:Rare Apple-1 Computer Goes Up for Auction, Could Fetch Up to $650,000Instruction Manual Used for Apollo 11 Moon Landing Is Up for Auction‘Miracle’ Coin That Saved WWI Soldier’s Life When It Deflected a Bullet Goes Up for Auction Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KRare, ‘Legendary’ 1894 Dime Could Fetch More Than $1 Million… Stay on targetlast_img read more

Freaky Human FleshInspired Coin Purse Goes Viral on Twitter

first_img Got change? You can place your quarters in this human flesh-like coin purse and freak everyone out at the grocery store or laundromat.Doooo, a Japanese DJ, designed the almost-realistic purse, which resembles a man’s mouth with five-o’clock shadow stubbles, AOL.com reported. The music producer uploaded a video of his bizarre creation on Twitter and it has generated more than 250,000 likes and 150,000 re-tweets.人肉小銭入れ作りました pic.twitter.com/k6SIDETWD5— doooo (@44doooo) June 1, 2019“I made a human flesh coin purse,” Doooo wrote on Twitter. In the video, he demonstrates how to use the coin purse, which includes opening a fake jaw, plump lips, and carefully placing some coins in the super-tight space. Even the teeth look real, since they’re not perfectly straight.人肉小銭入れと人肉印鑑は首にかける事ができます pic.twitter.com/aP3qyV3hjD— doooo (@44doooo) June 3, 2019If you’re interested in this wacky coin purse, it’s sadly not up for sale at the moment. However, you can enjoy Doooo’s other odd projects, including a human skin-inspired finger seal and squishy phone case, on his Twitter account.More on Geek.com:Man Wins $344M Powerball Jackpot With ‘Lucky’ Fortune Cookie Numbers Fan-Made ‘Zelda’ Tabletop Game Returns You to the WildSan Diego Padres Criticized for Needless Bee Murders Stay on target PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site last_img read more

Columbia Food Park gets busy on remodel in downtown Vancouver

first_imgA long-planned makeover of the Columbia Food Park is finally underway, which will transform the 4,500-square-foot courtyard at 108 E. Seventh St. into a community hub with space for up to four food vendors. The project is slated for completion in late January.The remodel will bring some key features including public restrooms and a kitchen space, but the man behind the project, Alex Mickle, said his goal is to take advantage of the existing design of the site.“What’s great about this space is it exists in the center of the city and it’s really interesting as a space — there’s a ton of brickwork — and it’s entirely unused,” he said. “We’re not taking a parking lot.”The concrete-and-brick courtyard was built as a waiting area for a now-shuttered C-Tran transit center, and the space cycled through a few other tenants over the years before Mickle and his business partner, Kylan Johnson, began renting the space in late 2016 with an eye toward a food park.The goal is to create a hub for downtown Vancouver’s food culture. The local restaurant industry has been growing rapidly along with the rest of Vancouver, Mickle said, but the city largely lacks the kind of street vendor and food cart establishments often found across the river in Portland.last_img read more

DOC Reports Death Of Seward Inmate

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An inmate from Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward died while in custody on Saturday, February 24, according to the Department of Corrections. At this time the cause of death is still be investigated by the state Medical Examiner’s Office and Alaska State Troopers.  This marks the first Alaska DOC death for 2018. According to courtview, Iyapana has been in custody since September 2007, serving time on the charges of first-degree sexual assault, as well as second-degree and fourth-degree assault. Romeo Iyapana, age 30, was pronounced deceased at Alaska Regional in Anchorage after he was taken to prison’s medical ward for evaluation before being transported to Seward Providence Medical Center. A short time later, Iyapana was flown to Anchorage for further medical treatment. According to reports, Iyapana began demonstrating concerning medical symptoms Saturday morning while housed in a cell alone at the correctional facility.last_img read more

Karimnagar Set up Leather Park in Rukmapur village

first_imgKarimnagar: The members of Leather Park Sadhana and Leather Workers Welfare Society demanded the government for employment opportunities to the people, who are dependent on leather industries. They staged a dharna in front of the Collectorate in Karimnagar on Friday.Speaking on the occasion, the members informed that the then government in 2002 had sanctioned a leather park to Rukmapur village of Choppadandi mandal and gave training in manufacturing leather goods to about 1,000 members under ‘Malupu’ scheme. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us But in course of time, the government did not establish the leather park in Choppadandi mandal due to which 1,000 people, who underwent training, are unable to do other work for livelihood and their family came on to the road, they alleged. The society members demanded the government either to establish a leather park in Rukmapur village or to allot 180 yards under LIDCAP lands each to all those, who underwent training. They also demanded provision of employment opportunities to leather workers.The society president P Ramesh, members T Sunder and Arepally Rajesh were present along with others.last_img read more

DoT Rejects CAGs Allegations on Undue Favours Extended to Reliance Jio

first_imgThe Department of Telecom has rejected CAG’s allegations that it extended undue favours towards Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Limited and its subsidiary Infotel, which resulted in a loss of over ₹20, 000 crore to the government.The telecom department responded in a 37 page report to Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) regarding the issue.It said that CAG has challenged the decision-making powers of the government and the wisdom and the decision of the authorities of the time is also being questioned, reported Mint.DoT has now recommended that “draft audit paras may be dropped and matter closed.”CAG had earlier alleged that the government had failed to notice signs of rigging when auction of high speed internet spectrum was held in 2010. During the process, Infotel is said to have paid 5000 times its ₹2.5 crore net worth to grab spectrum across the nation.Infotel paid ₹12, 847.77 crore after giving ₹252.50 crore as earnest money to get 20 megahertz (MHz) of spectrum in 22 circles across India. After the auction, it sold its 95 percent stake to RIL for ₹4800 crore.”This was an auction that was open to bidders across the world. Why would they collude to allow a competitor to gain? You can’t collude when interests are different,” said Mahesh Uppal, a telecom regulatory expert with Com First India Private Limited.Moreover, CAG accused the DoT of extending favours to Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited by permitting it to offer voice services, using the internet service provider licence.”From the beginning of the auction itself, it was clear that a successful bidder, with an Internet service provider licence, could offer voice services by acquiring the requisite licence,” he added.Supporting DoT, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Communication and law minister said: “Our policy on spectrum sharing, trading and allocation is transparent.”In a previous report, CAG said DoT’s share of 2G spectrum (1800 MHz band) in 2008 caused a loss of ₹1.76 trillion.The government collected bids worth ₹1.07 trillion in that auction, involving more than ₹32, 000 crore from 3G spectrum sold during auction. The DoT said the firms successful in the auction were permitted to issue fresh equity.The department of telecom is likely to start the next auction of 2G and 3G spectrum bands from February 2015.last_img read more

Find Out Which Stations In your Area Have Gas With The Gas

first_imgPlease visit the GasBuddy website or consider downloading the GasBuddy app. Gasoline prices rose several cents overnight amid continuing fears of shortages in Texas and other states in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s strike on the Gulf Coast. The national average for a gallon of regular gas rose in one day from $2.45 Thursday to $2.52 Friday, the American Automobile Association reported.If you are worried that gas stations in your area are running low, use the tool below to see which stations still have gas.  Sharelast_img read more

Nintendo Releases Updated Switch With Better Battery

first_img Popular on Variety The refresh of the original Switch isn’t the only way Nintendo aims to keep up the momentum of the game console. Earlier this month, the company introduced a Switch Lite model that’s all about mobile gameplay. That device, which cannot be connected to a TV, will be available for $200 this September.Even before this refresh, the Switch had already been one of Nintendo’s most popular game consoles ever. The company revealed in April that it had sold close to 35 million units since first introducing the Switch in late 2016. With that, the Switch even surpassed the sales of the Nintendo 64 game console. Nintendo just refreshed its wildly successful Switch game console, but the company isn’t giving existing Switch owners many reasons to upgrade: The renewed game console comes with a better battery that guarantees up to 9 hours of game play, while otherwise sticking with the same design and features of the original Switch.The new model can be used to play up to 5.5 hours of “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” according to a comparison on Nintendo’s website, which was first spotted by Polygon. The original Switch on the other hand was only capable of playing the game for up to 3 hours.In addition to updating the battery, Nintendo apparently also swapped out the chipsets and memory of the device. This step could contribute to the battery savings, but is likely also improving the margins on the game console.center_img ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Education dept curbs authority of District Inspectors

first_imgKolkata: The state Education department on Monday clipped the wings of the District Inspectors (DI) of schools when it comes to teacher recruitment and directed them to inform the district magistrate and the Education department about the resolution of the managing committee, before taking any decision on the same.The decision was taken at a meeting with the DIs of schools across the state that was chaired by state Education minister Partha Chatterjee, secretary of School Education Manish Jain and senior officials of the department. All the DIs of the state, except Darjeeling, Siliguri and North Dinajpur, attended the meeting. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The DIs would send the recommendation of the managing committee to the District Magistrate and to the Commissioner of School Education, before taking any decision regarding recruitment of teachers,” a senior official of the Education department said. According to sources, the minister expressed his displeasure over the decision of shuffling of teachers at Daribhit High School in Islampur and reprimanded some DIs for taking an aggressive role in the recruitment or shuffling of teachers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”The reshuffling of posts in Daribhit School is illegal. The DIs should consult the district magistrate and the School Education department before such reshuffling to avoid any untoward incident,” the official said. According to sources, Daribhit High School had no vacancy. Among its 22 sanctioned posts, five are para-teachers. “It is nothing wrong on the part of any school seeking extra teachers. But suddenly some people turned vocal, alleging that teaching posts are vacant and were seen with flags of a certain party, causing violence in which two students were killed. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has directed to deal with the situation strongly,” Chatterjee said.last_img read more

10 Interesting Facts About Twitter on its 10th Birthday

first_img Ten years ago today Jack Dorsey fired off the world’s first tweet. Scooping co-founder Biz Stone by a full minute, little did he know the automated five-word message would later set fire to a communication revolution, 140 characters at a time.Today, around 500 million tweets are dispatched into the Twitterverse every 24 hours from all over the globe. To mark its 10-year anniversary, the social media giant tweeted out a stirring highlight reel. The #lovetwitter-hashtagged trip down memory lane features some of the most memorable Twitter posts yet, sweet cosmic tweets from space and Mike Tyson’s epic hoverboard fail included.Starting in ?? on 3/21 and moving across the ?, we thank you for 10 incredible years.Love, Twitter#LoveTwitterhttps://t.co/pH4WWdgK6q— Twitter (@twitter) March 20, 2016To mark the popular microblogging platform’s 10th birthday, here are 10 interesting facts about Twitter that you might not know:1. Twitter was almost called “Friendstalker.”No joke, had Evan Williams had his way, we might all be “Friendstalker”-ing instead of tweeting. Thankfully the Twitter co-founder’s tongue-in-cheek name suggestion was cast off as “too creepy,” reports the New York Times.  The platform could have also been dubbed “Twitch,” “Twitcher” and “Jitter.” Twitter was eventually settled on after one of the co-founders read the word’s definition aloud from a dictionary: “The light chirping sound made by certain birds; agitation or excitement; flutter.” And — chirp, chirp — history was made.Related: Biz Stone to Aspiring Entrepreneurs: If You’re Not Emotionally Invested, Don’t Do It2. Twitter’s iconic bird logo is named after a sports legend.Nope, that cute little birdie blue is not named after Larry Page or Larry King. Turns out it’s named after basketball legend Larry Bird, a famous former Boston Celtics forward. Biz Stone confirmed this fact after Celtics vice president of digital media Peter Stringer asked him about the rumored tidbit, fittingly on Twitter. His guess was a slam dunk.@peterstringer @twitter @celtics @eeegeee yes it is!— Biz Stone (@biz) August 11, 20113. Twitter did not invent the hashtag.#NoSeriously, it didn’t. Hashtags date back to 1988, when people communicated via chat rooms called Internet Relay Chats (IRCs). The first hashtags made their way to Twitter in 2007, when Chris Messina, formerly of Google and now a lead developer at Uber, proposed using them as a way to lump together related tweets. The simple searchable tags instantly caught on. how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]?— Chris Messina ? (@chrismessina) August 23, 20074. Katy Perry boasts the most Twitter followers.The chart-topping pop songstress has almost 85 million followers. That’s more followers than people who live in Egypt. Fellow pop sensation Justin Bieber comes in second (77 million followers) and Taylor Swift third (73 million). The most followed brand on Twitter is not Twitter. It’s YouTube (61 million followers).A valid reason they call it the club sandwich could be if you can fit your mouth round it you must be in some kinda club ?— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) March 13, 20165. The idea for Twitter was hatched on a slide at a playground.Not all Silicon Valley tech startups are born in hipster bars and coffee shops. Case in point: Twitter. Dorsey says he first shared his idea for the social network on a playground slide “like a geeked-out Moses on Mount Sinai.”Related: Ellen’s Oscar Selfie Rapidly Becomes the Most Retweeted Image of All Time6. Ellen Degeneres sent the most retweeted tweet.If you guessed it was the comedian’s star-studded Oscar-selfie tweet, you’d be right. Actor Bradley Cooper actually snapped the viral pic at the 2014 awards show. It’s been retweeted nearly 3.4 million times since The Ellen Show first fired it off. Call us weird, but we like the Simpsons’ cool cartoon version of the pic better.If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars pic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 20147. The 140-character limit is because of mobile phones.True story: those little glowing bricks we can’t put down are to blame. Indeed they’re the reason tweets are short, 140-character blips. At first, Dorsey limited them to 160 characters because that used to be the max length for text messages on mobile phones. The restriction was later trimmed back to 140 characters, which he calls a “beautiful constraint,” one that’s apparently here to stay. Maybe.Related: Looking Back at Twitter As It Celebrates Its 10th Birthday Today8. Twitter co-founder Noah Glass got booted from the company.Twitter co-founder Noah Glass, who originally came up with the company’s name, was famously fired from the startup. The San Francisco-based developer’s heart-breaking story of being “forgotten” and betrayed by his fellow founding team made headlines in 2011. Today, his Twitter bio simply reads: “I started this.”I wish the twitter team the best of luck and trust that they will be successful in continuing to develop this important communication tool.— noah glass (@noah) September 14, 20139. Twitter has yet to turn a profit.Despite the social network’s massive global user base — notably down for the first time last quarter amidst an internal shakeup — the company is not profitable. With its accumulated revenue losses approaching $2.1 billion, Twitter stocks are now trading at about a third less than the $26-per-share price put forth with the company’s November 2013 IPO. So much for being the next Facebook.Related: Here’s What the First Hires at Apple, Google and Other Top Tech Companies Are Doing Now10. Being “Twitterpated” is a thing.The word “twitterpated” doesn’t just mean to be infatuated. The Twitter-related version sounds like constipation for a reason. As Dorsey explains, it’s “when you’re overwhelmed with information or you’re just so excited that you forget to tweet or forget to share.” We know the feeling. 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