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Morocco Busts Ninemember Terrorist Cell Linked to ISIS

Rabat – Moroccan authorities busted on Friday a nine-member terrorist cell linked to the so-called Islamic state (ISIS). The terrorist cell was plotting to carry out terrorist attacks in Morocco.The Central Bureau of judiciary investigations, an arm of the Moroccan national territory surveillance department, busted this Friday a “dangerous” terrorist cell, comprising nine supporters of the Islamic State group who were active in several Moroccan cities and villages (Kenitra, Sale, Kasbah Tadla, Douar Ghram Laalam, Ait Ishaq).The police investigations revealed that the cell members, followers of Daesh’s bloody methods, were in an advanced stage of planning and preparing a dangerous terrorist project that aimed to endanger the Kingdom stability and sow terror among citizens, the interior ministry said in a release The individuals were also found to be planning to join the “Islamic State” (ISIS) organization in the Syrian-Iraqi zone or in Libya and have allegedly received instructions from this terrorist organization to identify strategic facilities and sites in some Moroccan cities to carry out attacks with firearms and explosive devices, in accordance with ISIS strategy to expand beyond the areas already under its control, the source further explains.The ring members had close links with Moroccan Daesh fighters in Syria and Libya and were seeking to obtain the logistical support needed for their terror plans.Firearms and ammunition, edged weapons and hatchets were seized in Kenitra by the police, which also found pamphlets calling for Jihad and making the apology of the “Islamic State” organization and drawings of the terrorist organization flag.The cell members will be referred to justice after completion of the investigation conducted under the supervision of the competent general prosecutor. read more

Price of surgical instruments to be reduced as well

The price of surgical instruments are to be reduced, the Health Ministry said today.Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the price of surgical instruments will be reduced as part of the process which included the reduction in the price of medical drugs recently. Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the public have complained over the cost of some surgical instruments. (Colombo Gazette)

Ohio State PA announcer reflects on 11 years of losing his voice

OSU PA announcer Bob Kennedy sits at the announcers’ table before a men’s basketball game against American Nov. 20 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 63-52.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWhile the more than 100,000 people who attend Ohio State’s football games are focused on the field during game time, there’s one voice that reaches out to all of them.That’s the voice of Bob Kennedy, the OSU public address announcer.“This is my 11th year doing football at Ohio State,” Kennedy said. “It’s an honor and a privilege — it really is.”Kennedy’s passion for radio and broadcasting started back in his early childhood, Kennedy’s first cousin Shelly Pfaub said. “He just wanted to do it since he was little.”As a child, Kennedy would try to talk like a radio announcer using pencils or Lincoln Logs as a make-believe microphone, she said, laughing.“I’m proud of him,” Pfaub added. “He has this booming voice.”Kennedy said his career in broadcasting “in one form or another” has been going on for more than three decades. He was born in Sunbury, Ohio, where the early beginnings of his career started.“I did some Little League games for a youth athletic association in Sunbury,” Kennedy said. “Sometimes you really have to yell at the top of your lungs ‘cause the PA system didn’t always work the way it should.”Kennedy graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication with a concentration on broadcasting from Otterbein College, where he also started working as a professional PA announcer for the school’s basketball games 24 years ago. It wasn’t long before he was doing the PA announcing for Otterbein’s marching band.Then 14 years ago, Kennedy expanded his services to OSU as a backup PA announcer.“I was just looking to fill in periodically. I wasn’t looking to do any sports on a regular basis per se,” Kennedy said. “I wound up doing three sports on a regular basis my first year.”Kennedy was the regular PA announcer for women’s ice hockey and soccer, as well as baseball during the 2000-01 academic year.The following year, after becoming the regular announcer for the men’s soccer team, Kennedy got his first taste as the announcer for OSU’s football games. The announcer at the time had to miss the game against Kent State, which conflicted with a religious holiday, Kennedy said.“They liked how I announced and everything,” he added. “They kind of liked my approach to how I did (it).”David Brown, the associate athletic director at the time, agreed.“He has the voice for (PA announcing), no question,” Brown said. “It wasn’t monotone … He was able to get excited about plays.”That was when the wheels started turning for Kennedy. In the spring of 2003, Kennedy received a call from Brown.“Dave says, ‘I know you’ve worked games at Otterbein. What I want you to do is check their football schedule, check our football schedule. See if there are any conflicts,’” Kennedy said. “So right now, I know something’s up … The next day I get another call and he says, ‘OK, the jig’s up — here’s what we want. We want you to take over doing announcing for Ohio State football on one condition: you do all the games or you do none at all.’”This posed a complication for Kennedy, who knew Otterbein might want the same privilege. He then called Dick Reynolds, the athletic director and men’s basketball coach for Otterbein at the time, who was out of town in New Orleans for the national coaches convention at the time.“He said, ‘You’d be a fool not to take this,’” Kennedy said, adding that there was one condition. “He says, ‘When you need to be at Ohio State and we have a football game here at Otterbein, you make sure that you have … our butt covered by having somebody in that press box doing the PA for our football games’ … and that’s the agreement we’ve had ever since.”During the 11 years as the regular PA announcer for Ohio State football, Kennedy said two moments especially stand out to him.The most memorable was his first game as a regular PA announcer where OSU was facing off against Washington.“The team was coming out of the tunnel right before the national anthem, and there was a sunset over the ‘Shoe that is just breathtaking,” Kennedy said. “I got cold chills. I literally got cold chills.”However, the 2006 Ohio State-Michigan game, when both teams held the top two spots in the BCS rankings, came in as a close second, he added.“If that game had gone overtime, I don’t think I would have any of my voice left,” Kennedy said. “I was losing my voice in the fourth quarter. I was carrying cough drops with me to keep my voice moist and loose, and I was out of cough drops by the end of the third quarter, so I was really hurt.”Since his time with OSU, Kennedy said he has done PA announcing for 20 of the 37 sports offered at the university as a regular or fill-in. In addition to PA announcing for Otterbein and OSU games, Kennedy works as a morning news anchor for 98.9 “The Answer” radio station and has been the PA announcer for the Columbus Clippers for almost 11 years.“Bob’s a great guy,” said Rich Hanchette, the former PA announcer for the Clippers and a motion graphic artist for the Cleveland Browns. “There’s only one person I knew I wanted to be my successor, and that’s Bob Kennedy.”Though he continues to work in the broadcasting field, Kennedy said there’s a lot of uncertainty in terms of his future.“As unstable and insecure as my line of work has become over the years, it is really difficult to say what you will be doing in five minutes, much less five years because things can change that quickly,” he said. “You’re pretty much forced to make your crystal ball look only one day in advance.” read more

Meet Jack Brooksbank the wine merchant marrying Princess Eugenie today

Jack Brooksbank, who married Princess Eugenie today in the year’s second Royal wedding, was working as a waiter in a cocktail bar when he first met her. But it was no rags to riches story for the newest member of the Royal family. Son of George Brooksbank, 68, a chartered accountant and company director, and his wife Nicola, 64, Jack has a… Educated at Stowe School in Buckingham, where boarding fees are currently almost £12,000 per term, Brooksbank, 31, is a descendant of the Brooksbank baronets and reportedly a distant cousin of Eugenie’s. (Her mother, the Duchess of York, is the great-great-granddaughter of Lady Julia Coke, who is the daughter of Jack’s great-great-grandfather, Thomas Coke.) read more

Vatskalis runs for Darwin mayor

first_imgCephalonia-born Kon Vatskalis has told electors in Darwin that if elected to the office of Lord Mayor next month he will mend Darwin City Council’s “lack of connection with the public.”Promising to “make Darwin alive again” the former NT Government MP and minister told Neos Kosmos: “I’m running on a theme of ‘change’. Many in the community are not happy with the way Darwin is heading. We believe that much more has to be done for the city to grow and thrive.”Running against sitting Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim who has held the post since 2012, Mr Vatskalis has put forward a ‘five-point plan’ which includes reinvigorating Darwin CBD, giving the council more clout in planning decisions, more upgrades to public areas, and a greater focus on environmental sustainability. His platform also includes a promise to create a ‘Senior’s Office’ that will work with NGOs and the NT government to better co-ordinate services to the elderly. Mr Vatskalis has vowed to improve what he says is the council’s ‘failed’ record on addressing public concerns.“There has been a lack of connection with the public . . and the council has failed by a lack of common sense and not making decisions – instead having ‘talk-fests’. There’s been a lack of focus and vision. This has to change, and the time has come.”As an NT government minister Mr Vatskalis previously headed a slew of portfolios including Health, Business and Economic Development, Essential Services, and Children and Families.Since his retirement from Territory politics in 2014 his appointments have included Regional Director NT for the Leukaemia Foundation and public officer of the Greek Orthodox Community of Northern Australia.Keen to present his non- party political motivations in his bid to become mayor, the former Labor minister said: “I’m standing as a citizen who cares for Darwin, and I will do so passionately.”“If I have a blue with the [Labor-controlled] NT Government in support of the people of Darwin, I bloody well will!”The Darwin City Council election will take place on Saturday 26 August. Other candidates include aldermen Mick Palmer and Gary Haslett, and One Territory leader Braedon Earley. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Une plante archaïque endémique de lÉcosse

first_imgUne plante archaïque endémique de l’ÉcosseSelon la BBC, des botanistes britanniques ont récemment établi qu’une plante, commune dans les Highlands écossais, ne vit nulle part ailleurs dans le monde, tandis qu’une espèce voisine, connue en Norvège, a été trouvée pour la première fois dans les îles Shetland. C’est à Beinn Eighe, la plus ancienne réserve naturelle de Grande-Bretagne, créée en 1951 dans les Highlands écossais et gérée par le Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), que les scientifiques du Royal Botanic Garden d’Édinbourg ont étudié et caractérisé génétiquement Herbertus borealis, une plante de l’embranchement des Hépatiques, connues pour conserver de nombreux caractères ancestraux. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ils ont ainsi découvert qu’elle était endémique des pentes fraîches, humides et exposées au nord de cette région d’Écosse. Les chercheurs ont également identifié dans les Shetland une espèce voisine de la première, jusqu’à présent jamais recensée dans ces îles, bien que déjà connue dans un fjord de Norvège. “Nous avons une étonnante richesse en bryophytes – mousses et hépatiques – en Écosse, et certains d’entre eux ne se trouvent nulle part ailleurs dans le monde. Beinn Eighe est la seule localisation, sur Terre, d‘Herbertus borealis, où, heureusement, il pousse à profusion sur le flanc de la montagne”, a déclaré le Dr David Genney.”Cette population (…) est d’une importance mondiale. Ses plus proches parents sont en Asie, et des recherches supplémentaires sont nécessaires pour déterminer si Herbertus borealis a ses origines dans l’Himalaya. Nous sommes heureux que cette population soit si bien protégée dans la réserve, du fait que la communauté dans son ensemble est extrêmement sensible aux risques d’incendie. Nous pensons maintenant que l’état de conservation de l’espèce doit être réévalué en raison de sa rareté”, a précisé son collègue David Bell.Le 18 mars 2012 à 15:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

CDB Annual Meeting in TCI  Integration Trade Growth

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 22, 2017 – Providenciales – The Caribbean Development Bank and its key members are in town and based on the agenda, there are some serious and potentially trans-formative discussions set to take place at this 47th annual session.  The CDB meeting agenda outlines topics designed to stave off weak economic growth in the Caribbean… consideration of how climate change will and is already impacting the region, what is really at risk…  how we can and must boost productivity within our countries… can we find something other than tourism as an economic driver… and getting to the nitty gritty of what may be wrong with the model for attracting foreign direct investment.  The meeting, where some 500 international delegates are expected to attend actually got started since yesterday with meetings largely headquartered at the Gus Lightbourne Gym.   Though the 47th AGM was originally announced by the former TCI government administration through then Finance Minister, Hon Washington Misick; chair of the sessions is recently elected Premier and new finance Minister, Hon Sharlene Robinson who extended welcome and said she anticipates the fruitful dialogue among regional colleagues which should see participants leaving feeling revitalized.  President of the CDB, Dr Warren Smith said the sessions are geared to reexamination so that “Members exploit their synergies and maximize the benefits of the regional agreement, while moving closer to the goal of inclusive growth and shared prosperity.”    The meetings is being held in the TCI for the second time with the 2017 theme being, “Integration, Trade & Growth.”#MagneticMediaNews#CDB47annualmeeting Recommended for you Related Items:#CDB47annualmeeting, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp CDB Annual Meeting in TCI: Integration, Trade & Growthlast_img read more

Weather Eye Have a very merry NW Christmas

first_imgMerry Christmas! It will be a stormy holiday around the great Northwest with heavy rain, snow and strong winds, a very good day for the indoor festivities for sure.The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Portland had issued winter storm warnings for the Columbia River Gorge east of Bonneville Dam and in the Cascades for heavy snow. The Coast Range and foothills were to get a few inches before turning to rain later today.Many county residents had a light snowfall late Sunday with 1-3 inches on the ground, generally above 1,000 feet. Those same locations could get a little of the white stuff early this morning before the snow level rises. The hopes of a white Christmas here in the lowlands was very small as I wrote this column Monday afternoon. Not to say a few wet flakes could be here and there much like Sunday evening. Bottom line: A few county residents will wake up to a white Christmas.After that, unsettled weather with showers and continued cool with highs in the 40s and lows in the 30s. No big cold wave in the offing quite yet.This Christmas marks my 22nd year writing the Weather Eye column for The Columbian. Oh so many memories as I prepared my columns for Christmas over the years. The hopes and wishes of a white Christmas from many readers while for most of those years I had to squash those dreams.last_img read more

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro Notebook 9 Pen available in US starting March

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Laptops 1:33 Share your voice Samsung Notebook 9 Pro, 9 Pen and Flash make premium… Samsung leans into premium designs with latest Notebook series laptops Like the Notebook 9 Pen, the 13.3-inch Notebook 9 Pro is a two-in-one laptop, but swaps the S Pen for a full-size active pen with more than 4,000 levels of pressure sensitivity. It’s a very different design from the Pen and previous 9 Pro models with a thin aluminum body with diamond-cut edges to give it a distinctive look. The Notebook 9 Pro will also be available on March 17 starting at $1,100 with a Core i7-8565U processor, 8GB of memory and a 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD. A $1,300 configuration doubles the memory and storage. It’ll be available from Best Buy and Samsung.com.  Post a commentcenter_img Samsung 0 The new Notebook 9 Pro is available March 17.  James Martin/CNET Samsung overhauled its laptops for 2019 concentrating on giving them all a premium look and feel and adding features that appeal to creatives and creators. The new Notebook 9 Pen includes one of Samsung’s S Pens to write and draw on the convertible’s full-HD display. It’s a new pen, too, designed to work the instant the tip meets the screen with reduced latency and comes with three different tips to adjust the pen’s feel on the display. Available in 13.3- and 15-inch versions starting March 17, the latter will be available with 2GB Nvidia GeForce MX150 entry-level discrete graphics. Both sizes have full-HD displays with a maximum brightness of 500 nits, however Samsung didn’t specify color gamut coverage. Competing systems, such as Dell’s XPS 15 2-in-1, generally deliver 100 percent sRGB color gamut.  20 Photos The 13-inch Notebook 9 Pen will sell for $1,400, while the 15-inch is $1,599 with integrated graphics and $1,799 with the MX150 graphics. All three run on an Intel Core i7-8565U processor, with 8GB of memory and a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD in the 13-inch and 16GB of memory and either a 512GB or 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD in the 15-inch. You can get it on Amazon or Samsung.com and if you buy from the latter from March 17 to 31 you’ll get a $100 eCertificate to put toward a PC or PC accessories. Tagslast_img read more

US Forest Service seeks public comment on proposed Wrangell Timber Sale

first_imgThe U.S. Forest Service is asking for public comment on a proposed timber sale on Wrangell Island.Download AudioThe U.S. Forest Service released five alternatives in their draft environmental impact statement for the Wrangell Island Project on June 2. Its preferred alternative would allow two thirds of the acreage to be selectively harvested and a third clear cut, producing about 65 million board feet.U.S. Forest Service’s preferred alternative for Wrangell timber sale.That’s down 8 million board feet from the last time the Forest Service sought public comment on the idea in the fall of 2015.Wrangell District Ranger Bob Darymple said the harvest would take place over three to five years.“It’s wide open to the public right now,” he said. “Depending on the results of that public comment, we will have to decide at that point whether we would need to do additional alternatives or not and put out another draft or just move to the final.”The Forest Service has been working on the project for over five years. With the impact statement in the 45-day public comment period, the public can hash out what they would like to see. The five alternatives range from about 43 million board feet to 65 million or no timber sale at all.Board member of the Alaska Forest Association, George Woodbury, says he’s disappointed with the size of the harvest.“Without volume, you don’t have the raw material to run the operation, you’re out of luck. It’s very critical to take a hard look to how you can get the volume out, put sales out that are economic,” Woodbury said.He says he’s concerned about a lack of timber sales in Southeast leading to more mills closing their doors.“There’s been a huge shrinkage of the industry because of the lack of timber,” Woodbury said. “The objective that the association has had is to try to restore some of those jobs and create the wealth that those mills produced and help the economy of both Wrangell and the other towns in Southeast.”Darymple said the low volume is partially because Alaska is no longer exempt from the “roadless rule,” a Forest Service ban on logging and road building on millions of acres of national forest. He says the Forest Service also wanted to relax some of the Tongass Forest Plan’s environmental protections to boost the volume of the proposed harvest.“That got really complicated in the sense that the forest plan itself was now under amendment,” Darymple said. “We then went back and basically. All the alternatives stay completely within the forest plan. There are no reductions or relaxing of environmental protection measures that are provided by the forest plan now.”Some consider those environmental protections too mild. Buck Lindekugel is an attorney for the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, or SEACC. He says they are unhappy with the volume of the proposal.“Instead of cutting the rest of the old growth that supports a whole variety of uses on Wrangell Island, the Forest Serve ought to look at ways of integrating stewardship, restoration activities and supplying timber off the existing road system to the small mills in the area,” Lindekugel said.Lindekugel thinks Southeast should no longer rely on the timber industry as an economic driver.“The driving economic forces continue to be fishing and tourism and recreation as well as traditional uses, folks going out and hunting and fishing to meet their own needs,” Lindekugel said.The proposed alternatives could build up to 17 miles of new national forest roads, some of which will stay open to the public and about 15 miles of temporary roads. Wrangell District Ranger Darymple said the earliest timber sale would be mid to late summer 2017.Public comments will be accepted until July 18. Paper copies of the draft environmental impact statement are available at the Wrangell Ranger District and the Forest Supervisor’s Office in Ketchikan.last_img read more

Judge Rangnath Pandey missive to PM Narendra Modi gets support

first_imgLucknow: A letter written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Allahabad High Court judge Rangnath Pandey, alleging “nepotism, favouritism and casteism” in the appointment of judges to higher courts, has now earned the support of the Uttar Pradesh Bar Council. Bar Council chief Hari Shankar Singh said that the judge’s letter should be treated as a public interest document and the government should act on it. He said that the lawyers supported the contents of the letter. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us At least, two other judges of the high court, who did not wish to be identified, said that they agreed with the contents of the letter and termed it unfortunate. A senior judge in the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court said, “Everyone knows about the malaise in the judiciary. Justice Rangnath Pandey is about to retire and hence, he could vent his feelings. I hope his letter will get the desired attention.” Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Another judge in the same court said that Justice Pandey’s letter echoed the sentiments of several other judges. “The process of judge selection needs to be overhauled if the dignity of the judiciary is to be maintained,” he added. A retired IAS officer S.P. Singh said that the letter confirmed that there is something seriously wrong with the judiciary. “There are three generations of lawyers becoming judges from the same family. Can this be justified?” he asked. Advertise With Us Justice Pandey’s letter dated July 1 calls the present process of judges’ appointment “unfortunate”. “In the last 34 years of my service as a judicial officer, I have seen people with no or poor knowledge of the law being appointed as judges. The appointment of judges takes place behind closed doors and over cups of tea… and favouritism is the only relevant factor for appointments,” he wrote. He has also pointed out the flaws in the collegium system of appointment of judges and also questioned that lack of transparency in the process. “The whole process is secret and the names of judges are only disclosed after their appointments. Who gets appointed on what basis is kept under wraps and this process of appointments is very unfortunate,” he wrote. Justice Pandey further criticised the Supreme Court’s 2015 judgment rejecting the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act and the 99th Constitutional Amendment, which sought to give politicians and civil society a say in the appointment of judges to the highest courts. “When your government brought in the NJAC Act, there was hope that there will be transparency in the appointment of judges. However, the Supreme Court struck down the Act as it would have affected its powers of making the appointments,” he said.last_img read more

Pregnant woman tortured by South African man in Bengaluru beaten up denied

first_imgRepresentational Image: Woman Abuse/PixabayA man of South African nationality in Bengaluru allegedly tortured his pregnant girlfriend and did not allow her to seek medical help when things became too dire.The woman is said to be from Telangana and came to Bengaluru for work. Unable to take the torture any longer, she approached Parihar, a family counselling centre at Vanitha Sahayavani last week. She had injury marks all over her body, including over her abdomen.She was allegedly locked up by the 26-year-old South African national who was forcing her to deliver the baby without medical assistance. She was five months pregnant when she escaped the clutches of the abusive man. She first went to her parents’ place in Telangana but they threw her out after they learned for her pregnancy.According to The Times of India, the victim is not the first woman he held captive and tortured. He previously tortured an Iranian woman in a similar fashion in Bengaluru. He denied her medical help while she was trying to deliver their child. Soon after giving birth, she left the city along with the baby.Through the information provided by Parihar, the police discovered that the man (whose name is withheld) has overstayed his visa in the country. He met the victim during dinner in East Bengaluru, she fell in love and moved in with him last year. Things took a turn for the worse in January of this year when they found out that she was pregnant. After torturing her for four months, he declared to her that the child was not his.”He used to kick her on the stomach and denied her medical treatment after she got pregnant. She didn’t undergo any tests or scans to know if her fetus was healthy,” Bindya Yohannan, the counsellor who tended to the victim, was quoted as saying by TOI.The Foreigners Regional Registration office is now conducting an investigation and it has been discovered that the accused’s visa expired a few years ago.last_img read more

HC asks govt to allow Ilias Alis wife to go to UK

first_imgBNP leader Ilias Ali’s wife Tahsina Rushdir LunaThe High Court (HC) on Monday asked the authorities concerned not to prevent BNP leader Ilias Ali’s wife Tahsina Rushdir Luna from going to the UK for attending the graduation ceremony of her son, reports UNB.An HC bench comprising justice Tariq ul Hakim and justice Md Faruque came up with the order after hearing a writ petition file by Luna challenging the legality of obstructing her from going to the UK.The court also issued a rule upon the government to explain as to why the obstruction should not be declared as illegal and unlawful. Advocates Joynul Abedin and Sagir Hossain Leon stood for Luna during the hearing.Leon said the immigration police of Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport did not allow his client to go to the UK with her two children on Sunday morning.Luna said she was barred by the immigration officers from going to the UK for joining her son’s graduation ceremony.She said she was supposed to attend her eldest son Abrar Ilias graduation ceremony at the University of West England, Bristol next week as his guardian.Ilias Ali, BNP’s the then organising secretary, went missing along with his driver, Ansar Ali, on the midnight of April 17, 2012.Since then, BNP has been blaming the security agencies for his mysterious disappearance, an allegation denied by the government.last_img read more

Has PAMELA Already Seen Dark Matter

first_img Citation: Has PAMELA Already Seen Dark Matter? (2009, August 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-08-pamela-dark.html (PhysOrg.com) — Back in 2006, PAMELA (a Payload for Antimatter Matter Exploration and Light-nuclei Astrophysics) was launched with the purpose of detecting cosmic radiation and looking for clues pointing to dark matter. And now it’s possible that PAMELA might have already spotted dark matter. Earlier this year, PAMELA sent data about high energy positrons — a higher presence of them than originally expected. Speculation is that these positrons might have been generated by annihilations. Annihilations are collisions between dark matter particles that result in high amounts of energy.Philipp Mertsch, a researcher at Oxford University in England, is working on figuring out how to detect dark matter, using information from PAMELA. He was interviewed by the Oxford Science Blog about dark matter, and how to test if these positrons represent the results of dark matter:If dark matter is made of new elementary particles (and antiparticles) created in the Big Bang then these will occasionally annihilate with each other in the dense environ of our Galaxy. Most of the energy released like this goes into neutrinos or gamma-rays but a small fraction is released as energetic positrons into the cosmic radiation.Subir Sarkar, who is also working on this project, goes on to point out that one of the problems is distinguishing between positrons and protons. The team at Oxford has devised a test to determine the source of the protons, and Sarkar offers this on the Oxford Science Blog:Measuring the ratio of the flux of boron nuclei compared to carbon nuclei can therefore discriminate between the dark matter and pulsar source models on the one hand and the nearby cosmic ray accelerator model on the other hand.While this ratio is being measured right now, there is a larger experiment slated to run next year, so the test can be better carried out. It will be interesting to see what comes back. Dark matter is of great interest to astrophysicists who contend that most matter in the universe is actually dark matter. Additionally, the presence of dark matter, and knowing what it is composed of, could answer questions about how our universe came into being — and how it is evolving.© 2009 PhysOrg.com PAMELA is launched onboard a Resurs-DK1 Russian satellite by a Soyuz rocket in June 2006. Explore further Dark matter: Physicists may have found piece of the puzzle 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

Recap Five mile queues due to broken down lorry on M6

first_imgUPDATE: All lanes have reopened and traffic has cleared There are five mile queues on the M6 motorway due to a lorry with a puncture in Staffordshire this afternoon. Two lanes closed and very slow traffic due to lorry having a tyre changed on the Northbound carriageway from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Lanes one and two (of three) have been closed to assist with the lorry, according to traffic data company Inrix. A Highways England spokesman said:  “There are currently delays of over an hour on the M6 northbound in Staffordshire between J14 near Stafford and J15 near Stoke-on-Trent due to an HGV which has had a tyre blow out. “Two lanes (of three) are currently closed. Please allow extra time for your journey should you be travelling in the area this afternoon.” “Please be aware if travelling northbound on the M6 between J14 and J15, there is now over 5 and a half miles of congestion on approach to this incident. Read MorePolice carry out operation to crack down on rural crime in Moorlands   “Allow extra time for your journey and consider alternative routes if you can.” More information as we get it on the live feed below. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive  or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive .18:35Lanes now reopenedHighways England confirm all lanes have now reopened18:02Delays of 50 minutes now reportedOne lane closed, long delays of 50 minutes, severe delays and queueing traffic due to lorry having a tyre changed on M6 Northbound from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Congestion to J13 (Stafford South).Lane one (of three) is closed to assist with a lorry with a tyre puncture. Lane two has re-opened. 17:4480 minute delays continueDelays of 80 minutes continue.17:0490 minute delays and recovery en routeA Highways England spokesman said;There is now 1(of 3) lanes closed M6 between J14 and J15. There are still delays of over 90 minutes. Please consider an alternative route. Recovery is on route to this vehicle. “16:52Ten miles of congestion now reportedTen miles of congestion are now reported.A Highways England spokesman said:There’s now 10 miles of congestion on approach to this incident with queuing traffic nearing J13. We’d strongly advise you consider alternative routes for your journey this afternoon, or to allow plenty of extra time for your journey if you’ll be travelling through the area.” 16:39Congestion back to junction 13Traffic England are reporting congestion back to junction 13 (Stafford South)16:36Latest from Highways EnglandA Highways England spokesman said:Lanes 2 (of 3) are now blocked as Central Motorway Police Group assist with removal of a HGV. Please be aware that there are now nearly 80 minutes worth of delays, please consider an alternative route. “16:29Delays of 80 minutes now reportedWe’re currently getting reports of delays of 80 minutes16:23Delays continueA Highways England spokesman said:There are currently delays of over an hour on the M6 northbound in Staffordshire between J14 near Stafford and J15 near Stoke-on-Trent due to an HGV which has had a tyre blow out.2 lanes (of 3) are currently closed.Please allow extra time for your journey should you be travelling in the area this afternoon.” 16:21First reported around 3.30pmThe issue was first reported at around 3.30pm.last_img read more

Costa Rica celebrates Guanacaste Day

first_imgThis story was first published in 2013. Guanacaste Day is celebrated annually in Costa Rica on July 25.The holiday commemorates Costa Rica’s annexation of the Guanacaste Province from Nicaragua in 1824.This year marks the 195th anniversary of the historic annexation, and because some of the reasons may be lost in the celebration, we’d like to remind you of some facts surrounding the important holiday.Origin of Nicoya The word “Nicoya” seems to have originated from the cacique Nicoa, in the Nahuatl language of the Aztec Nahua peoples, who came from the area of today’s Mexico, and traveled south to Guanacaste. History of the Nicoya Territory The original territory of Nicoya referred to land between La Flor River and Lake Nicaragua to the northeast, and to the south, the Gulf of Nicoya, Tempisque River, Salto River and a part of the source of the Desaguadero River.In 1820, the independent Nicoya Territory joined with Costa Rica to have a large enough population to send a representative to the Cádiz Cortes in Spain. They chose Costa Rican politician and Presbyterian Florencio del Castillo.In 1812, the Spanish Constitution divided the Kingdom of Guatemala into separate territories. One of those territories was Nicoya, which today forms part of Guanacaste. When Central America declared its independence from Spain in 1821, political problems began dividing the separate provinces, or territories.In Nicaragua’s case, the state was marked by internal problems, and a degree of hostility existed toward the Nicoyans. Because of those relations, residents of Nicoya more closely identified with Costa Rica, particularly because of Nicoya’s proximity to the Costa Rican villages of Puntarenas, Esparza, Bagaces and Cañas.One month after Costa Rica obtained its independence, the country established its legal framework through the Concordia Pact, a provisional constitution. Later, the country’s first constitution was adopted, and Juan Mora Fernández became Costa Rica’s first head of state.At the time, Costa Rica benefitted from a climate of stability and political security, efficient administration of justice, trade relations already established with Nicoya and rich and fertile land and climate.The AnnexationBecause of this cordial relationship, the Costa Rican government formally invited Nicoya residents to join this country via the first Nicoya mayor, Cupertino Briceño. At the time, Costa Rica was not yet a republic, so legislators presented a formal petition to the General Congress of Guatemala, with all the necessary documents and signatures.Because of Nicoya’s location, argued area residents, it would be easier to join with Costa Rica than continue under the relationship with Guatemala, which was much further to the north.On July 25, 1824, Costa Rica’s annexation of Nicoya became official. In 1848, the territory officially became a Costa Rican province with four cantons: Nicoya, Santa Cruz, Bagaces and Cañas. Today, Guanacaste has 11 cantons.Origin of the Name GuanacasteThe province of Guanacaste takes its name from a large tree that was located in the area of today’s central park in Liberia, the capital of Guanacaste province. The word Guanacaste comes from the Nahuatl language, Quaiti (tree) and Nacaztli (ear).Benefits of the AnnexationToday, Guanacaste is an important producer of rice, sugar cane, sorghum and other crops. Livestock is also raised on many area farms. It is one of Costa Rica’s most important tourism destinations, earning the nickname the “Gold Coast of Central America.”Since the annexation, Guanacaste’s population has continued growing, and it has become an important economic pillar in the country. Costa Rican culture is enriched by the cultural contributions of Guanacaste, including Tico snacks like tortillas and bizcochos, small, crispy, donut-like treats.Costa Rican music has been heavily influenced by Guanacaste folkloric music, including songs like “El Torito,” “Pasión,” “Amor de Temporada,” “Luna Liberiana” and “Pampa.”Instruments from the province include quijongs (a stringed bow and gourd), tambores (drums), ocarinas (small ceramic flute), marimbas and other popular instruments. Guanacaste also produced many fascinating stories and legends. Without a doubt, as the popular phrase notes, Guanacaste is “part of the homeland by choice.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Solís signs decree declaring emergency over arsenic in Guanacaste water supply PHOTOS: Guanacaste celebrates 192 years of being part of Costa Rica Annexation of Guanacaste celebration, protesting come around again 5 things you should know before Friday’s Annexation of the Partido de Nicoya festivallast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Samsung Electronics

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Samsung Electronics and AccorHotels Group have announced a partnership to roll out Samsung’s SMART Hospitality Display technology across AccorHotels’ properties spanning 92 countries.“We are excited to partner with AccorHotels to transform the hotel experience and provide our innovative hospitality solutions to even more global consumers,” said Seog-gi Kim, Senior Vice President of the Enterprise Business Team, Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “Our hospitality solutions and industry-leading expertise enable recognised global hoteliers to offer world-class in-room entertainment technology to better differentiate and strengthen their hotel brands in a highly competitive industry.”As the preferred display provider for AccorHotels, Samsung’s UHD displays will be available in guest rooms and common areas, including lobbies, bars and restaurants. This technology upgrade will provide AccorHotels’ onsite staff with all-in-one tools and extended flexibility to deliver a tailored and visually-compelling guest experience.This partnership also enables AccorHotels’ properties, including the Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure and ibis global brands, among others, to have access to an array of intuitive and premium hotel solutions. Among them is Samsung’s LYNK Hospitality Management technology, which creates a more convenient and pleasurable guest experience through home automation. Guests and staff receive greater control over different aspects of hotel and in-room environments, ranging from room lighting and energy use to personal services and workflow management.The two companies announced plans to design and build an experimental hotel in Seoul, South Korea, featuring state-of-the-art technology and multi-point connectivity for a more interactive guest experience.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

FILE In this Nov 9 2016 file photo Sonia Sanc

first_img FILE – In this Nov. 9, 2016 file photo, Sonia Sanchez appears on board the Norwegian Escape during day 1 of the Summit at Sea cruise in Miami. Sanchez has a book deal with One World for memoir titled, “Watch My Language,” the publisher announced Thursday. She will work on the book with author Ta-Nehisi Coates. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Sep 20, 2018 2:09 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 20, 2018 at 2:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Poet Sonia Sanchez working on memoir, ‘Watch My Language’center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – With the help of Ta-Nehisi Coates, poet Sonia Sanchez is writing a memoir.Sanchez has a deal with One World for “Watch My Language,” the publisher announced Thursday. One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House, has not set a release date.Sanchez, 84, emerged during the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and is known for such poetry books as “Shake Loose My Skin.” She recently received a Wallace Stevens Award for lifetime achievement. Sanchez will work on “Watch My Language” with Coates, the author and journalist best known for “Between the World and Me,” winner of the National Book Award.last_img read more

Anastasiades dreams of giving unified country to next president

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades has reiterated that his present term in office will be his last and said his dream was to hand over to the next president a reunified country in 2023.“My dream, when I am succeeded in 2023, is to hand over a reunified country, a modern country that makes all of us proud,” Anastasiades told the 16th Disy party conference on Saturday.The President told Disy MPs that they must learn to compromise, as the party does not have the majority of seats.“Without the majority, all the dreams you might have cannot be made reality, if you do not share them, convince them, and hold a constructive discussion, so that you can listen to the concerns of others,” he said.Turkish Cypriots were also present at the conference and Anastasiades said that their presence showed the respect that has been created and held out the hope of cooperation.“What is needed is that we finally find, through mutual respect, a respect for the authority, values of the EU and a solution based on the UN Charter which will re-establish unity, re-establish sovereignty and re-establish independence and sovereignty,” he added.Anastasiades also congratulated former Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, who was honoured at the event for his service.“I welcome the decision to honour a dear friend, a well-respected politician, and a person with undeniable ethics.”  You May LikeHealthXoXo7 Early Warning Signs of Asthma You Should Never Ignore!HealthXoXoUndoTop Journey MagThe Do’s and Don’t’s When Choosing Your Outfit For A FlightTop Journey MagUndoFood PreventThis Is What Might Happen When You Drink Lemon Water for 7 DaysFood PreventUndo House rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

ETYK takes labour action at Hellenic as the bank enters talks with

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesBank workers union ETYK called its members to “reverently” refrain from working overtime from Hellenic Bank, as the bank entered talks with the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development which is interested in buying a stake in the Cypriot lender.The union, which decades ago secured a say the practices for the recruitment of managers at Cypriot banks based on an agreement with the Cyprus Bankers Employers’ Association, is angered by the Hellenic’s decision to appoint managers without consulting the union, ETYK said.You May LikeSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndoCity BeautyLift Sagging Skin And Jowls Without Surgery (Do This)City BeautyUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more