The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL) on Saturday started the distribution of compensation cheques to residents of Kolkata’s Bowbazar whose houses have either been damaged and those who had to vacate their homes due to tunnelling work for the East West Metro Project.During tunnelling work for the project, an underground water aquifer was pierced on September 1 resulting in ground subsidence (gradual caving or sinking) in Bowbazar, a densely packed neighbourhood. Cheques of ₹5 lakhOver 400 residents from three lanes have been asked to vacate their houses.On Saturday, a compensation cheque of ₹5 lakh was given to 19 families. Some people complained to authorities that they could not move any of their valuables as they were forced to evacuate at short notice. The KMRCL has assured the residents that they will rebuild the houses and take care of their lodging.More than 50 houses on Durga Pituary Lane and Sankrapa Lane have been affected. Over 70 families had to shift to alternative locations. Half-a-dozen houses in the area have already collapsed. Tunnelling work for the East West Metro Project has also been stopped.
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Virat Kohli always spares a moment for his his fans on and off the field. The Indian cricket team captain even goes out of his way to help his fans whenever he could.Kohli’s big-hearted gestures have won him admirers all over the world. And it was his big heart that prompted him to invite a Sri Lankan fan who had travelled to India with his national cricket team.Several cricket and Bolllywood stars had gathered at St Regis in Mumbai’s upscale Lower Parel but there was this one man, from neighbouring Sri Lanka, who possibly had the time of his life.Gayan Senanayake is one of Sri Lanka cricket’s biggest supporters and one of the luckiest ones to be invited for Kohli and Anushka’s reception.Gayan did not look too overawed by the gathering of stars at the reception and held his own.(Twitter Photo)”Happy to be here, he is my good friend and invited me to his wedding reception,” Gayan told India Today’s Rasesh Mandani.Gayan even revealed when and where he first met Kohli.”I met him at the 2007 Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia before he even came to Sri Lanka. And everytime he came we stayed in touch.”Virat is a good captain, good cricketer and has a good average. I like cricket and the players,” he added.(Twitter Photo)Gayan mingled around with the Indian cricket team players who were present at the reception. He even took selfies with Kohli and Anushka, Sachin Tendulkar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin among others.advertisementThe gala event was attended by the who’s who of the cricketing fraternity – Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Virender Sehwag, Sunil Gavaskar were among a host of former cricketers who were seen at the reception.(Twitter Photo)Besides, MS Dhoni also attended with his wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva. Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra, close friend of Kohli’s looked dapper in their outfits and seemed to have a good time.The entire Indian team was also present at the St. Regis hotel, which was the venue of the star-studded wedding reception.Here are the highlights from a starry evening.FULL COVERAGE:MS Dhoni, Sakshi and Ziva at Virat Kohli’s wedding reception. WatchJasprit Bumrah among Team India stars at Virat Kohli’s Mumbai receptionVirender Sehwag, Sunil Gavaskar among former cricketers at Virat Kohli’s receptionAnil Kumble attends Virat Kohli’s wedding reception in MumbaiPHOTOS: R Ashwin, Cheteshwar Pujara attend Virat Kohli’s wedding reception in MumbaiAnil Kumble, Virender Sehwag among former India cricketers at Virat Kohli’s Mumbai receptionVirat Kohli dances with Shikhar Dhawan’s son Zoravar at Mumbai reception. Watch videoNot just cricketers, Saina, Sunil Chetri and Bhupathi attend Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma receptionSachin, Sourav Ganguly bless Virat Kohli at his Mumbai wedding receptionRohit Sharma reunites with Virat Kohli at India captain’s wedding receptionMS Dhoni, Tendulkar star attraction at Virat Kohli’s wedding receptionGayan Senanayake interviewed by Rasesh Mandani
Continue Reading Previous Logic Technology: Insyde now supports AWS CloudHSMNext Innodisk introducing transformative AIoT-solutions Infineon Technologies launches the XENSIV DPS368, a miniaturized digital barometric pressure sensor capable of measuring both pressure and temperature. It offers an ultra-high precision of ±2 cm and a low current consumption for precise measurement of altitude, air flow and body movements. This makes the DPS368 ideal for mobile applications and wearable devices offering e.g. activity tracking and navigation. Additionally the sensor can be used in home appliances for airflow control, in drones for flight stability and in medical devices such as smart inhalers.Due to its robust package, it can withstand 50 m under water for one hour (IPx8) and protects the sensing cells against dust and humidity. As a result, the board handling in an assembly line is also facilitated. The 8-pin LGA package with its small dimensions of 2.0 x 2.5 x 1.1 mm³ saves up to 80 percent space compared to other waterproof sensors.The pressure sensor element is based on a capacitive sensing principle that guarantees high precision even during temperature changes. The internal signal processor converts the output from the pressure and temperature sensor elements to 24-bit results. Calibration coefficients stored in the sensor are used in the application to convert the measurement results to high accuracy pressure and temperature values. DPS368 provides quick feedback due to a measurement rate of up to 200 Hz and fast read-out speed. The integrated FIFO memory can save up to 32 measurement results, allowing for power-savings on system level.The XENSIV DPS368 sensor features an average low power consumption of 1.7 μA for pressure measurements at 1 Hz sampling rate. In standby mode, this is reduced to 0.5 μA. The sensor operates at pressure ranges from 300 to 1200 hPa and temperature ranges from -40 to +85 °C with a temperature accuracy of ±0.5 °C. Sensor measurements and calibration coefficients are available through the serial I²C or SPI interface.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Transfers Americans Abroad: Pulisic leads list of players who could be on the move Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 00:00 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers United States Borussia Dortmund Chelsea Vitesse Stuttgart Hamburger SV Stoke City Werder Bremen AFC Bournemouth Reading Manchester City 2. Bundesliga Bundesliga Eerste Divisie Premier League Liga MX The transfer season is nearly upon us and multiple Americans could have new homes for the 2018-19 season With the regular season done in most leagues and the summer fast approaching, it’s time to get ready for the most exciting part of the year.No, we’re not talking about the World Cup, which should be plenty fun as well. Instead, we’re talking the silly season – the summer transfer window.It is already open in England, and will be opening soon in other countries. The summer will bring rumors of new homes for players across the world, and Americans will be no exception. It will just be smoke for some of those playing abroad, but for others, there will be plenty of fire. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now One American who definitely will be playing elsewhere next season is Alfredo Morales, as the former Ingolstadt midfielder will return to the Bundesliga in 2018-19 with newly promoted Fortuna Dusseldorf.But what other Americans may be joining Morales in changing addresses this summer? Here’s a list of some who could well be on the move.
Antonio Conte has denied reports he is on the verge of returning to management after being spotted at the meeting of two of his former clubs Atalanta and Juventus on Wednesday night.The 49-year-old has been linked with both AC Milan and Inter in recent weeks, and was also rumoured to be Real Madrid’s No.1 target to succeed Julen Lopetegui earlier this campaign.However, Conte claimed he is unlikely to return the management arena anytime soon, having left his post at Chelsea last summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I miss the pitch,” he admitted to Sky Italia, “but I decided to take the rest of this year off and I’m looking forward to a new destination, which of course we do not know.“I came from London to Milan to watch the Juventus match, but I have not received any offers from Italy.”The latest news could be taken as a sign that Conte is still interested in the Real Madrid job. Prior to Santiago Solari’s appointment, he was believed to be in the frame for the job, and with Los Blancos’ record for hiring and firing managers, there are no guarantees the Argentine will be there at the start of next season.Conte began his managerial career with Arezzo in 2006, before moving to Bari, whom he helped gain promotion to Serie A.After spells with Atalanta and Siena, the Italian was given the Juventus job in 2011. Conte had represented the Old Lady as a player for 13 years, making over 400 appearances and winning 13 major honours in Turin.His second spell at the club proved just as successful and he guided them to three consecutive league titles between 2012-2014.After a two-year stint as coach of the Italy national team, Conte moved to Chelsea in 2016. He enjoyed a mixed spell at the Premier League club and, despite winning the title in his first year, ended up falling out with most of the squad in his final season as manager.Conte’s relationship deteriorated so badly with most of the Blues squad that Chelsea winger Willian claimed earlier this season he would have left had the former Juventus coach not been replaced at Stamford Bridge.“Would I be here if Conte stayed? No chance. No,” he said. “I’m here. I’m here because I want to play for Chelsea. I will only leave if Chelsea want me to go.”
Nova Scotians will have more ways to stay fit and have fun, as the province invests $183,000 to improve and upgrade recreation facilities in the Cape Breton Region. Four grants were announced today, July 27, under the Recreation Facility Development Program. “The province has a plan to create a healthier Nova Scotia and when we support organizations and recreation facilities, we help Nova Scotians to lead healthier, more active lives,” said Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “We’re pleased to provide more than $3 million to support 75 projects across the province.” The grants will help to renovate facilities, develop and maintain walking trails, and build and upgrade various fields and buildings used for sport and recreation. One of the four grants in the Cape Breton Region was awarded to the Mabou Sailing Club, which received $15,000 to purchase boats and upgrade the premises. “Rural communities across Nova Scotia face unique challenges in developing sport so it is fortunate that we can leverage the resources of our provincial and federal government to create opportunities to get active and stay active,” said Danny MacDonald, a founding member of the Mabou Sailing and Boating Club. “Sailing provides many challenges, plenty of fun, and teaches the value of self discipline. It is a healthy, outdoor, water sport that builds confident and able young men and women. “We sincerely appreciate the assistance we have received from the department of Health and Wellness to develop sailing in our area.” Recreation Facility Development grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Thrive! A plan for a healthier Nova Scotia sets out 34 main actions to create supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity, such as designing new after-school programs to target junior high students living in rural and remote communities, new programs to provide opportunities for free access to sport and recreation facilities and supporting healthy food policy in public institutions, including sport and recreation settings. Learn more and take the pledge at thrive.novascotia.ca .
Shimla: They attack furiously, bite, contaminate drinking water sources, steal, tear, break, snatch even enter hospitals and government offices.In June 2019, a highest ever 104 cases of monkey attacked were reported at Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) hospital, Shimla alone. One school going student, attacked and injured by a group of monkeys, few days back, was referred to PGI Chandigarh in critical condition. But, this is just a tip in the ice-burg. The fact remains that popular hill town — Shimla, is facing an alarming situation due to monkey population, exceeding town’s carrying capacity. Thus, there is fresh spurt in the attacks by monkeys in Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. Also Read – MP woman hangs herself after killing three childrenThe Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF), has once again issued notification under section 62 of the Wild Life (Protection) Act 1972 to declare monkeys ‘vermin’ in the areas of Shimla Municipal Corporation, mainly the urban town, for one year. The notification was issued last week. Interestingly, this is third-time when the MoEF has issued the notification, after the lapse of earlier one. It was in March 2016 when the MoEF had declared the monkeys ‘vermin’, for six months, subsequently extended for one year. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Not alone this, in 2016 itself, then MoEF had also declared monkeys vermin in 37 tehsils in the rural areas of Himachal Pradesh to relieve farmers of serious problem, caused by monkeys, destroying their crops. Since then, the number of such tehsils have already increased to 91. State’s forest minister Govind Thakur said, “Admittedly, there is no let-up in the problem, both in the urban Shimla and also the rural areas. The people are not ready to kill the monkeys due to religious feelings. To my information, just less than a dozen monkeys were killed by private persons, but number attacks have gone high”. Senior medical superintendent IGMC, Shimla Dr Janak Raj gave a shocking data of cases of monkey attacks, which the hospital has maintained since 2015 upto June 2019 with monthly break-up. “In June 2019, 141 cases of monkey attack cases were highest ever as compared to 2015,2016,2017 and 2018.The lowest was 13 in December 2015, 15 in November 2017 and 21 in January 2019. Other months during these years, have reported even 97 cases or also 84, during a single month,” said Dr Janak Raj. If that is the scale in just one government hospital, others like Deen Dayal Upadhaya hospital or few others, can highlight the gravity of the problem. The question now rises what purpose the MoEF notification will serve in any manner. The sterilisation of the monkeys – a project started by HP’s wildlife department to control monkey population, seems have not given any respite. “I am totally opposed to killing of monkeys. But, my concern remains where is this money going in the name of sterilisation of monkeys? There are funds coming from the centre, and state government has its own budget. I suspect some corruption angle in it,” said Vandana Misra, a High Court lawyer, who was a counsel in a PIL to oppose monkey killing. Monkeys have been an old problem in Himachal Pradesh — one that the sterilisation of 1.25 lakh of the animals over the last 12 years has been unable to solve. Declaring monkey vermin is also not a solution it looks. But, citizens continue to grapple with the problem, now looks much more serious than before. Crop damages in the rural areas has forced the farmers to abandon fields, an annual loss of Rs 500 cr, the government admits.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A popular Colorado Springs tourist attraction that takes riders up to the summit of Pikes Peak will reopen again after its fate was in question.The Gazette reports the Pikes Peak Cog Railway is slated to reopen in May 2021 following a nearly $100 million reconstruction next year.Broadmoor hotel President and CEO Jack Damioli said in March that the railway would not open this year and could remain closed permanently, noting it had “run its useful life.”Oklahoma Publishing President and CEO Gary Pierson says the railway reconstruction will include the demolition and rebuilding of the track and a remodeling of the depot in Manitou Springs.The railway plans to decommission four of eight train cars and refurbish the other four.Oklahoma Publishing is the railway’s parent company.___Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.comThe Associated Press
ESTERO, Fla. — Sug Sutton scored 17 points, Jatarie White added 16 and No. 10 Texas clamped down defensively late to beat Fordham 72-54 in the championship game of the Gulf Coast Showcase on Sunday night.Charli Collier scored 11 and Destiny Littleton added 10 for the Longhorns (6-0), who had 14 points off turnovers and 17 second-chance points. Texas also shot the game’s first 17 free throws.Bre Cavanaugh had 18 for Fordham (4-3), which scored 23 points in the game’s first 10 minutes and scored 31 points in the 30 minutes that followed.Kendell Heremaia added 17 for the Rams, who were outrebounded 39-19.The three-day weekend in southwest Florida provided one test after another for Texas, which lost Lashann Higgs to a knee injury in the second quarter of their tournament opener on Friday and needed to rally to top Quinnipiac. It then needed to hold off a second-half rally try by Michigan in Saturday’s semifinals, and wasn’t in full control of the title game until the final minutes.Cavanaugh’s 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Fordham a 23-22 lead after the first quarter, a period where the Rams made seven of eight shots in one stretch and wound up shooting 69 per cent — 63 per cent from beyond the arc.It was success that Texas wasn’t used to letting happen.The Longhorns allowed opponents to shoot a combined 28 per cent in the tournament’s first two games, 19 per cent from 3-point range. But Fordham made five 3-pointers in the first quarter Sunday, one more than Texas had allowed in its most recent six quarters against Quinnipiac and Michigan combined.Texas had a 12-0 run in the second quarter, held the Rams to five points on 2 for 8 shooting in those 10 minutes and took a 39-28 lead into the half. And it was still a nine-point game going into the fourth, Fordham down only 53-44.But the Rams missed their first six shots of the final quarter, marking the ninth time in the three-game event that Texas forced an opponent into an 0-for-5 stretch or worse, and were down 15 when Cavanaugh rattled in a 3 to end the drought with 5:59 left.BIG PICTUREFordham: Rams coach Stephanie Gaitley is the matriarch of a great basketball family. She’s won more than 600 games as a coach, and her sons are all in the game — eldest son Dutch is an assistant coach with the Charlotte Hornets, middle son DC is a video intern with the Miami Heat and youngest son Jordan plays at Richmond, where his mom used to coach.Texas: There’s a lot of basketball left to be played and some excellent teams out there, but here’s a potential good omen for the Longhorns: Notre Dame won this tournament last season, and went on to capture the national championship — just like Connecticut did on its way to the 2015 NCAA title.POLL IMPLICATIONSTexas will likely stay right around 10th in the next AP Top 25. The only Top 10 team to lose this week was No. 9 Oregon State, which fell to No. 1 Notre Dame 91-81.TOURNEY WRAPMichigan (5-1) earned an 80-73 win over Washington (3-3) earlier Sunday for third place at the Gulf Coast Showcase. No. 21 Missouri (5-2) got a 62-54 triumph over Duke (3-3) for fifth place, and Quinnipiac (3-3) — which lost 56-55 to Texas on Friday — closed on a 12-2 run to cap a 69-66 victory over Ball State (1-4) in the seventh-place game.NEARBY NEWSThe tournament is held in an arena that sits about a mile from the campus of Florida Gulf Coast, which had some major women’s basketball news of its own Sunday. The Eagles beat American 90-71 in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown at Honolulu, giving FGCU coach Karl Smesko a milestone win. His record improved to 500-116.UP NEXTFordham: Visit Georgetown on Thursday.Texas: Host UTSA on Wednesday.Tim Reynolds, The Associated Press
Mr Hallam told the jury: “He did not leave it alive. Within five minutes of boarding that train, Lee Pomeroy had been stabbed in the neck by the first defendant, Darren Pencille. Seconds later, Mr Pomeroy was stabbed in the neck, the court heard.Mr Pencille, of no fixed address, denies murder and Miss Mitchell, of Farnham, Surrey, has pleaded not guilty to assisting an offender.The trial continues. Lee Pomeroy would have celebrated his 52nd birthday the day after he died Mr Hallam suggested that the father and son may have been “blocking” Mr Pencille’s way, prompting the snide response: “Ignorance is bliss.”Mr Pencille allegedly made the comment twice, prompting Mr Pomeroy to ask what he meant, precipitating a “heated” row.Mr Pencille allegedly shouted: “You touch me, you touch me and you see what happens at the next stop.”Witnesses told police that Mr Pomeroy had demanded an apology from his alleged attacker saying : “You should not have humiliated me in front of my kid.” Darren Pencille denies murderCredit:Julia Quenzler/SWNS Another witness claimed Mr Pencille had accused Mr Pomeroy of being racist, even though he had not used any racist language.Mr Pencille then challenged his alleged victim, telling him: “Listen, right. I dare you, I dare you. I dare you. Put your hand on me. Put your hand on me cos it won’t end nicely. Put your hand on me.” He said Mr Pomeroy had been killed the day before he was due to celebrate his 52nd birthday.At 1.01pm on Friday January 4, Mr Pomeroy and his son boarded a train at London Road station in Guildford bound for London Waterloo. A rail passenger was stabbed to death in front of his teenage son by another traveller who accused him of blocking the aisle, a court has heard.Lee Pomeroy, 51, was knifed 18 times after getting into a row with 36-year-old Darren Pencille on board the Guildford to London train on January 4, the Old Bailey was told.After attacking the father of one, Mr Pencille, allegedly fled at the next station and was picked up by his girlfriend Chelsea Mitchell, 27, who is accused of buying hair clippers and razors in order to help him change his appearance.Opening the case against him, prosecution barrister, Jake Hallam QC, described how the initial exchange between the Mr Pomeroy and his alleged attacker had been “fast moving, unexpected and tragic”. The incident took place on the Guildford to London train “It was the first of 18 knife wounds that he inflicted upon him.”A little over an hour after he boarded the train, and despite the best efforts of the emergency services who rushed to save his life, Lee Pomeroy was dead.”He explained that Mr Pomeroy and his son had boarded the train via different doors to Mr Pencille, but they had ended up in the same carriage. Chelsea Mitchell denies assisting an offenderCredit: ed willcox Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
You have no doubt heard the urban legend that claims eating Pop Rocks while drinking a soda will cause your stomach to explode. Of course, that’s nonsense, but what happens when Pop Rocks encounter a chunk of superheated metal? Now you’ll get to find out as the one and only red hot nickel ball (RHNB) goes up against a big bowl of Pop Rocks. Turn those speakers up.Pop Rocks are manufactured by heating a mixture of sucrose, lactose, corn syrup, and artificial flavoring until it becomes a homogeneous syrup. Considering the taste, you probably shouldn’t be surprised that Pop Rocks are basically balls of reconstituted sugar flakes. But the popping is what makes this video (and eating Pop Rocks) interesting. So what’s up with that?The crackling sound is caused by the release of carbon dioxide from pockets inside the candy when it begins to dissolve in saliva. The carbon dioxide is embedded in the candy when it is still a semi-solid syrup. The syrup is exposed to 600 psi pressurized carbon dioxide, which gets trapped in small bubbles as the mixture cools.When the RHNB hits the Pop Rocks, there is crackling — a lot of crackling. The heat instantly begins to liquefy the candy and release the tiny carbon dioxide reserves. From there the sugary soup continues to heat up and actually pulls a trick very similar to the sugar RHNB video. It puffs up and turns black, eventually becoming a flaming, charred hunk of carbon.The RHNB still had plenty of energy when it was dumped in water afterward. So that’s RHNB – 1 and Pock Rocks – 0. No surprise there.
https://jrnl.ie/4806811 Friday 13 Sep 2019, 6:20 AM Recent attempted bombings in Northern Ireland could drag us all back to the Troubles A recent attempted mortar attack in Strabane has all the hallmarks of the past, writes Tom Clonan. Fri 6:21 AM Security specialist and columnist, TheJournal.ie 19 Comments Tom Clonan FOR THOSE OF us with experience of the Troubles on this island, recent incidents involving dissident republicans in Northern Ireland make for grim reading.Last Saturday, a member of the public spotted a suspicious device perched on top of a wall directly opposite a number of family homes on Church View, Strabane in Tyrone. The PSNI declared it to be a ‘viable device’ which “failed to deploy”. On examination by technical officers, the device was described as a mortar with a command wire electrical initiation system. According to the PSNI, the intention was to target the PSNI station in Strabane.The PSNI later released images of the device. It appears to be a relatively small mortar, consisting of three tubes – most likely commonly available copper, or steel pipes – with electrical firing mechanisms arranged around the base of each pipe. The device resembles a modified ‘Mark 16’ mortar – of a type designed and used by the Provisional IRA during the Troubles.Such mortars are designed to carry a payload of up to 1kg of high explosives, in a highly penetrative, high temperature shaped-charge. They are also light, highly portable and do not require the base plate to be anchored – the Strabane device was simply weighted down with a sandbag. The device found in Strabane. Source: PSNISuch mortars – there would appear to have been three in this instance – would have a range of approximately 100 metres.The device was carefully placed on top of the wall on Church View, on high ground, overlooking the PSNI station in Strabane. A cursory look on Google Maps reveals the device to have been a short distance from the rear of the station through open ground in Courtrai Park.From the images released by the PSNI, the mortar is placed on a simple bearing or direction to the target, at an angle, designed to achieve the trajectory necessary for the mortars to launch over the high perimeter walls of the station onto the buildings below.“Serious attack”If the mortars had successfully fired, on detonation they would have likely caused death and serious injury among PSNI officers working in the station. This would have brought us straight back to the height of the Troubles in terms of the operational effectiveness of whatever dissident republican group launched the attack – most likely the New IRA – who would have termed such an attack a propaganda spectacular.A similar Mark 16 Mortar was discovered in Derry by PSNI officers during a planned search in October 2002. However, as far as I am aware, this is the first time such a direct fire weapon has been deployed in Northern Ireland since the ceasefires and the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.The Provisional IRA launched thousands of such mortar attacks on police, military and government targets during the Troubles. The improvised mortars that the PIRA used – a series of weapon variants from the Mark 1 Mortar to the Mark 17 Mortar – increased in sophistication, accuracy and lethal effect from 1972 to 1996.On 28 February 1985, the PIRA fired a number of mortars at Newry Royal Ulster Constabulary station from a range of 250 metres. Nine police officers were killed in this attack which became known as ‘Bloody Thursday’.On 7 February 1991, the PIRA launched a Mark 10 Mortar attack on Prime Minister John Major and his cabinet who were meeting in 10 Downing Street to discuss the Gulf War.The PIRA parked a van on the corner of Horseguards Avenue and Whitehall . The mortar tubes and bombs contained within the van – with a false roof – were fired at a range of 300 metres from the target.One struck a tree just 13 metres from the prime minister’s cabinet office. Had the mortar not struck the tree, it could have killed or seriously injured the British prime minister and most of his cabinet. These devices, whilst relatively sophisticated, are simple to construct and deploy.Their impact can be devastating.The PIRA carried out three similar mortar attacks on Heathrow Airport in March 1994. In the first attack on 9 March, a Mark Six Mortar with a 1kg Semtex warhead was launched from a stolen Nissan car, which flew over Heathrow Police Station, landing on the North Runway – where it failed to detonate.Despite a massive security operation the PIRA carried out two more mortar attacks on Heathrow on 12 and 13 March. These attacks show the ease with which mortar attacks can be launched – within even the highest levels of security – capable of inflicting massive loss of life and disruption to major capital infrastructure.According to the PSNI, this is the ninth ‘serious’ terrorist attack in Northern Ireland this year. It follows the massive car bomb device left outside Derry Courthouse in January and the murder of Lyra McKee in April.Rise in violenceIt also follows two decades of slowly, but steadily increasing car-bomb attacks and shootings from dissident republicans that have claimed the lives of police officers, prison officers and civilians.These attacks are connected – from the 140kg car bomb that killed 29 people in Omagh in August 1998 – to the attempted attack on Strabane PSNI station in the last week.However, Saturday’s incident represents a worrying escalation in that it is the first time a viable mortar has been deployed by dissidents in a deliberate attack designed to kill a large number of police men and women.It comes just weeks after another sinister attack at Wattlebridge on 19 August. In this attack, the New IRA used a tactic employed by the PIRA during the Troubles – most notably in the killing of 18 British soldiers at the Warrenpoint Massacre at Narrow Water in South Armagh forty years earlier on the 27 August 1979.In that Wattlebridge attack there was a ‘come on device’ deployed to attract security forces and first responders into the secondary bomb site. When the area was flooded with military and police – the second device was detonated. This was precisely the tactic used at Wattlebridge, on the border between Clones and Newtownbutler.Miraculously, no one was injured or killed in that premeditated, pre-planned and carefully orchestrated attack.Dissident Republicans have planted car bombs in the past. On some occasions they have given coded warnings to the security forces in order to create weapons of mass disruption – with major propaganda and financial impacts.In recent weeks however, dissident republicans have stepped up the nature of their attacks in an echo of PIRA tactics during the Troubles. If any of these attacks succeed – and at the current rate and frequency of attack – there will inevitably be a mass casualty incident, it could prompt a response from Loyalist groups in the classic ‘Tit for Tat’ cycle of violence that we witnessed in the Troubles.Such violence – in the context of Brexit with its fraught and polarising rhetoric – could spiral out of control very quickly.Dr Tom Clonan is a former Captain in the Irish armed forces. He is a security analyst and academic, lecturing in the School of Media in DIT.You can follow him on Twitter here. Short URL By Tom Clonan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share30 Tweet Email 19,364 Views
An international team of scientists has located one of the densest clusters of galaxies in the universe.The team, led by Mauro Sereno of the University of Bologna, used gravitational lensing to probe galaxy cluster PSZ2 G099.86+58.45.Described by Sereno as “the best candidate to target,” PSZ2 lies at the center of a very large field, allowing the lensing signal to reach a large radii. The “gravitational lens” effect, affording to the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), happens when the mass of a cluster and its surroundings bend light from very distant galaxies and change their shape.“This study shows that the density of matter around the cluster we studied is up to six times greater than expected,” Sereno said in a statement.While it took “just a few minutes” to measure, the group spent weeks determining whether this was a fluke.“Astronomers can be very [critical] and they are mostly [critical] toward their own work,” the researcher wrote in a blog post. “Or at least, they should be. Or at the very least, I am.”Using X-ray emission, cosmology, numerical simulations, and optical spectroscopy, Sereno & Co. checked for every possible systematic error. But the signal proved true, and the team successfully revealed one of the highest-density nodes of the cosmic web.Six years in the making, their results were published recently in the journal Nature Astronomy.“Astronomy can be a lot of fun, you can be really free to make your mind wonder,” Sereno said. “Astronomy is sharing, too. Our work was mostly based on public archives, provided by people who make their work available to the whole community.”There is, as always, more work to be done. But, as IAC researcher Antonio Ferragamo pointed out, this marks “another small step forward,” toward understanding dark matter and how it is distributed across the cosmic web of the universe.“The research I enjoy the most comes from unannounced ideas,” Sereno said. “Most of the time, that genius idea you had is just a reminder that you should go to bed earlier, but sometimes you find something.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Supercomputer Generates Virtual Universes to Study Galaxy FormationNASA’s Spitzer Telescope Spots Whirlpool ‘Warhol’ Galaxy Stay on target
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17 Photos Bloodhound may look familiar to Borderlands fans… Jason Parker/CNET Rumors had been swirling that Respawn had a new battle royale game to showcase, and on Monday, the developer officially revealed Apex Legends during a live stream. We didn’t even have to wait: It was available for free immediately on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. After playing through several matches (with one win!), it clearly has the fundamentals in order. It has a crisp, colorful art style, great shooting mechanics and a familiar, fun battle royale experience. But the biggest difference between it and Fortnite, PUBG and other also-rans is that it gives you eight unique character classes to choose from. Other games like Realm Royale already dabble in this, but don’t have the same cachet as a developer like Respawn does, having won over fans with its Titanfall series.Playable Legends make all the differenceApex Legends keeps to the battle royale conventions in most ways — 60 players drop into a large map in squads of three, search for weapons, armor and other useful items, then battle it out with other squads as a wall of death closes in. But it really shakes things up with eight different “Legends” (character classes) to choose from, each with unique abilities that let you pick your role based on your play style. There is Bangalore, who provides cover for her team with a smoke canister gun and has a passive ability that speeds up her movement when being shot at. Like all other characters, she charges up an Overwatch-like ultimate ability: in her case, a wide-ranging airstrike. Bloodhound takes on a different role as a Technological Tracker, with abilities that let him briefly see enemies in his field of view and footprints showing where enemies have recently been. 2:42 3 Apex Legends is here: How to download the new Titanfall battle royale.Resident Evil 2 review: A joyous return to zombie-infested Raccoon City. Video Games Next is Caustic, a character that currently either requires a ton of free or paid currency to play, who has gas-spewing traps and grenades you can use to control the battlefield near you. If you know an opposing squad is in a small building, for example, you can fill the place with noxious gas to flush them out.Lifeline, the Combat Medic, can heal the squad with drones. Lifeline also has a passive ability that makes her the speediest healer and reviver of all the characters. Another healing plus: She automatically drops a shield while she revives her squad mates.There are four more classes with Gibraltar (Shielded Fortress), Mirage (Holographic Trickster), Pathfinder (Forward Scout) and Wraith (Interdimensional Skirmisher), but you’re starting to get the idea. Each of these varied classes means you can assemble a team of specialists that work well together and maybe give you an advantage on the battlefield. Though there are other royale games that include classes, it’s not a mechanic found in the most popular games in the genre like Call of Duty: Blackout, Fortnite or PUBG, setting Apex Legends apart. Jason Parker/CNET Squad is the only way to playMost battle royale games offer a number of different game types, letting you play solo, with a friend or as part of a squad. As it stands right now, you can only play Apex Legends in a three-person squad. It makes sense, since you have the ability to choose your class and create a team that works well together. But not everyone (including myself) is in love with playing with random team members. Perhaps Apex Legends will eventually suggest characters to help balance a team to have the best chance of winning. We’ll have to wait and see if other game types are introduced in the future, but it makes sense to launch the game as squads-only for now.To Respawn’s credit, one thing that makes joining random squads more bearable is Apex Legends’ ping system that allows for effective communication with teammates. When you want to signal where you think the squad should go next, you simply move your target reticle to the location and hit the ping button, sending a target everyone can see. You can also call out specific items, highlighting a gun that’s available in your location or a grenade a teammate might need that you don’t. So far, it works pretty well with random squad mates, even when it’s just a replacement for opening up the map and pinging a target location. New ways to bring back your teammatesIn games like Fortnite and PUBG, when a squad member goes down, you have a limited amount of time to bring them back, leaving you stuck out in the open while you wait for a progress bar to complete. You can do the same in Apex Legends (with some advantages if you’re playing as Lifeline), but there’s another interesting option. You can also grab your downed player’s “Banner,” then bring that to a reviving station elsewhere to bring them back into the game once you’re out of danger. Of course, this means that opposing players could keep an eye on reviving stations to kill you in the process, but you can also camp around these stations to revive teammates later when it’s less dangerous. Jason Parker/CNET Yes, there are loot cratesAs an EA-published, free-to-play title, no one’s probably surprised there are loot crates. But all I’ve seen so far are loot crates that hold cosmetic items like skins for your guns, new banners, tons of character skins and unlockable audio quips for Legends. Our sister site GameSpot talked to Apex Legends’ project lead Drew McCoy about loot crates during a preview event prior to the game’s launch. “We’ve seen from games like Battlefront II, how much paying for any kind of advantage is so bad,” McCoy said. “I actually think that Battlefront is a really good game mechanically, and they did a lot of great things and it got overshadowed by some of those choices, but it’s a really good spotlight to shine on why those kind of systems are so problematic.” With this in mind, Respawn is trying to be transparent with the system by posting the drop rates for its loot boxes both in the in-game store and on its website. You’re guaranteed at least a rare item with every crate and they won’t give you duplicates. “We just hope that you find a large enough player base that likes what we’ve built and wants to show off and decides to spend some money in the game,” he said. “But if not, free players who spend their time are just as important to us. We take that very seriously. Time and money are the two most precious things in any humans life. And in fact, they’re choosing to spend either of them with us is incredibly important to us.” Depending on your platform, you’ll also be able to get an initial batch of free cosmetic items if you follow GameSpot’s guide here. How is Apex Legends different from Fortnite and PUBG? Tags Share your voice Is all this enough to win over Fortnite and PUBG fans?Fortnite, PUBG and Call of Duty: Blackout already have huge followings and we’re still waiting for Battlefield V’s take on battle royale, so the marketplace is more than crowded. But what makes Apex Legends stand out from the pack is Respawn’s characteristically tight gunplay mixed with the inspired character classes inspired by games like Overwatch, League of Legends and DOTA 2, making it a game that’s both about survival and creating a synergistic team that can outplay the competition.It’s too early to say whether Apex Legends will gain the kind of following of other big franchises, though the early player counts have been strong. Regardless, it’s compelling to see a top-tier developer make innovative game design tweaks that change what we’ve come to expect in the battle royale genre. We’ll have to continue to play, but from my perspective, Apex Legends is off to a great start. Comments Now playing: Watch this: The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 Fortnite
Originally posted April 11.Update, April 17: Adds final image as described by SpaceIL. Just received from SpaceIL communication team what appears to be the last image #Beresheet spacecraft managed to beam to earth before it crashed on the moons surface pic.twitter.com/yDx2ioZiXy— Elad Ratson 🇮🇱 (@EladRatson) April 11, 2019 12 Photos Comment Artists we want SpaceX to take on its first private moon mission However, as more data filtered out to SpaceIL, the company tweeted a subsequent photo on Wednesday, showing the moon’s surface from a distance of just 15 kilometers out. The red and blue tinged surface of our closest cosmic neighbor was the last thing Beresheet was able to nab. Sci-Tech Landing on the face of another space rock is a decidedly difficult process. Although the lander did not achieve its core mission of a soft moon landing, it was still marked with a number of important firsts. Beresheet was the first private spacecraft to insert itself into lunar orbit and made Israel the seventh nation to achieve such a feat.The robotic explorers we send to new frontiers have a history of providing us with final images of other worlds before going gently (or violently) into the good night. Opportunity, the deceased Mars rover, was also able to snap a breathtaking panorama of the Martian surface, before it succumbed to a dust storm in 2018. Share your voice The surface of the moon as captured by Beresheet’s camera moments before it crashed into the lunar surface. Elad Raston/Twitter It was a bittersweet end for SpaceIL’s Beresheet probe, the first privately funded lunar lander humans have sent to the moon. During the landing attempt on Thursday, the main engine cut out and communication was lost, ultimately resulting in Beresheet crashing into the moon’s surface.But before its untimely demise, Beresheet was able to turn its camera toward the lunar surface to snap stunning final images of the lunar soil.Elad Raston, a diplomat at the Israel Foreign Ministry, tweeted that he had received “what appears to be the last image” that the spacecraft sent back to Earth before it failed on April 11, 2019. 1 Tags This is the last picture that Beresheet took, at a distance of 15 kilometers from the surface of the Moon.#Beresheet #SpaceIL pic.twitter.com/fGhNkvg5Qd— Israel To The Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) April 17, 2019