Permanent members China and Russia vetoed the text, with South Africa, Libya and Viet Nam also voting against the resolution.The draft received 9 votes in favor – the necessary number for a majority – from the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Croatia, Italy and Panama, while Indonesia abstained.Before the vote, Ambassador Boniface Guwa Chidyausiku of Zimbabwe stressed that “political dialogue is ongoing between the contending parties” in the country, adding that in his inauguration statement, Mr. Mugabe “reached out to the opposition and said that it was now imperative for the nation to look forward to the future with a sense of unity.”But the United States, one of the resolution’s 9 co-sponsors, disagreed. “There are not serious, substantive negotiations underway between the Mugabe regime and the opposition,” Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad of the United States told the Council after the vote.Mr. Khalilzad said there is “no doubt” that the situation in Zimbabwe – where Mr. Mugabe was sole candidate in last month’s presidential run-off after violence and intimidation directed towards the opposition forces led to the withdrawal of opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) – impacts peace and security in the region.The United Kingdom, which also sponsored the draft, emphasized that the resolution was not “an attempt to undermine ongoing mediation efforts,” Ambassador John Sawers said. “Precisely the opposite.”He also said that today’s text was “not a foray into the internal affairs of an African country,” citing previous Council actions taken on countries such as Sierra Leone, Sudan and Somalia.Zimbabwe’s problems “cannot be resolved by artificially elevating them to the degree of a threat to international peace and security. The Council’s application here of enforcement measures under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter has no foundation and is excessive,” Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia said.Speaking to reporters following the open meeting, Chinese Ambassador Wang Guangya said that adopting the resolution would have been “counterproductive to the initiatives and efforts now underway by the Africans to find a solution to the problem in Zimbabwe,” adding that negotiations are under way in South Africa.Echoing his comments, Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo of South Africa said that his delegation voted against the draft given his country’s membership in the African Union (AU) and the South African Development Community (SADC).He added that the AU Summit, which ended last week in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, rather than call for sanctions against Zimbabwe, instead encouraged Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai “to honour their commitments to initiate dialogue with a view to promoting peace, stability, democracy and reconciliation of the Zimbabwean people.”Further, the AU voiced its appreciation to SADC for its efforts to reconcile the parties, Mr. Kumalo said.Earlier this week, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro told the Council that the crisis in Zimbabwe not only represents a “moment of truth” for democracy on the continent but also poses a “challenge to the world.”Briefing the body on the Sharm El-Sheikh summit, she said that “when an election is conducted in an atmosphere of fear and violence, its outcome cannot have a legitimacy that is built on the will of the people. Consequently, the principle of democracy is at stake.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has also criticized the outcome of the run-off – which went ahead despite international appeals for a postponement given the violence and intimidation that preceded it – as illegitimate.“The outcome did not reflect the true and genuine will of the Zimbabwean people or produce a legitimate result,” his spokesperson said in a 30 June statement. “The Secretary-General has said repeatedly that conditions were not in place for a free and fair election and observers have confirmed this from the deeply flawed process.” 11 July 2008A draft resolution calling for sanctions on Zimbabwe, including a travel ban and assets freeze on President Robert Mugabe and 12 other individuals, was not adopted by the Security Council today.
TORONTO — Royal Bank of Canada is once again boosting some of its home mortgage rates effective Tuesday.The increases will range from one-tenth to three-tenths of a point, depending on the type of mortgage.Royal Bank says its special discounted four-, five-, seven-, and ten-year rates are going up to 3.39, 3.69, 3.99 and 4.29% respectively.Royal increased some of its mortgage rates earlier this month following a plunge in bond prices in May.Scotiabank and TD Bank have also recently increased their special discounted rates.The Canadian Press
The Joint Action Plan aims at reaching its goals over a span of five years; its objectives include, among other measures: reforming Sri Lanka’s trade and investment regime to world class standards; improving the competitiveness of Sri Lanka’s current exports; developing new markets, especially those that take advantage of Sri Lanka’s status as a regional services hub; promoting greater interaction between the U.S. and Sri Lankan business communities; greater utilization of U.S. tariff preference arrangements; strengthening of worker rights and promotion of ethical and environmentally sustainable manufacturing practices, especially in Sri Lanka’s RMG sector; reforming the educational sector to make it more responsive to the needs of business; and increased mobilization of all sectors of society, especially women, in business and trade. The meeting was Co-chaired by United States Trade Representative Michael Froman and Sri Lanka Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama. United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power participated as well, encouraging the Sri Lankan Government to continue its vital progress on democracy, accountability, and human rights. Ambassador Froman noted that the election outcome has ushered in a new era of U.S.-Sri Lanka economic cooperation. The United States and Sri Lanka have pledged to deepen engagement following the 12th U.S.-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework (TIFA) Council meeting held in Washington, D.C this week, the US Embassy in Colombo said today.A joint statement said that with a goal of significantly increasing two-way trade and investment between the United States and Sri Lanka, the two Governments adopted a US-Sri Lanka Joint Action Plan to Boost Trade and Investment. Both sides affirmed their belief that the bilateral trade and investment relationship has great potential that can be realized through adoption of enabling policies and joint measures incorporated in the Plan. During the meeting, the Sri Lanka delegation, building upon the Joint Statement of the recently concluded inaugural “Partnership Dialogue” between the two countries, presented several specific proposals for deeper cooperation to enhance bilateral trade and investment and improve the overall competitiveness of Sri Lanka’s economy.Both Governments pledged their commitment to deepening their engagement over the coming months in order to develop a detailed implementation plan for the Action Plan, with formal launch envisaged later this year. (Colombo Gazette)
Then-OSU freshman guard D’Angelo Russell dribbles the ball during a game against Maryland on Jan. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 80-56.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorThursday night in the 2015 NBA draft saw the two-round event start off with the Minnesota Timberwolves selecting Karl-Anthony Towns first overall and ended with the Philadelphia 76ers taking Luka Mitrovic with the 60th selection.As with every draft, whether it is basketball, football, baseball or hockey, fans of a certain team will have their fervent opinions about their new young player. I offer my opinion with first-round picks I loved, first-round picks where the teams could have done better, and second-round sleepers.First-round selections I loved:D’Angelo Russell (2nd overall), Los Angeles LakersPassing on Jahlil Okafor had to be a tough call for the Lakers, but D’Angelo Russell has the chance to be Kobe Bryant’s successor. Picking a guard over a big man at the top of the draft is not the norm, but Okafor does not give much on the defensive end with shot blocking and rebounding at the center position, which have turned into necessities in the current NBA. Russell is the best playmaker and passer in the draft, and can help take the Lakers to the playoffs next year, especially if they can add a big man in free agency such as Kevin Love or LaMarcus Aldridge to pair with Julius Randle.Mario Hezonja (5th overall), Orlando MagicMario Hezonja was my top international prospect in the draft, and he will give the Orlando Magic much-needed shooting help. Recently, the Magic have taken athletes in the draft who struggle from the perimeter in Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon. Hezonja is a top-three athlete in this draft class, as well as a top-three shooter loaded with confidence.Devin Booker (13th overall), Phoenix SunsThe Phoenix Suns needed a shooter and they got their guy in Devin Booker, who can also be a solid defensive player. The Suns have some guards hitting free agency this offseason and Booker gives them a guy who can contribute immediately in a more up-tempo offense with Eric Bledsoe leading the charge.Justin Anderson (21st overall), Dallas MavericksJustin Anderson is well built with speed, size and strength that really improved his jump shot this past college season. His offensive mindset displays a “no nonsense” style by catching the ball and attacking straight to the hoop immediately. He is a very good defender as well, though he was unable to display his versatility in full in Virginia’s pack-line defense.Jarell Martin (25th overall), Memphis GrizzliesJarell Martin is a stretch 4 without NBA three-point range. He will be able to play outside of the paint when he enters the game and will allow more space for either Zach Randolph or Marc Gasol, if he re-signs. Martin will be able to hit a midrange jumper or attack the basket from 20 feet away.R.J. Hunter (28th overall), Boston CelticsThe Boston Celtics picked up an elite three-point shooter late in the first round. He does not need the ball to be effective, and that will allow for more space from some of Boston’s attacking guards.First-round selections teams should have done differently:Kristaps Porzingis (4th overall), New York KnicksThe Knicks were in a tough situation where they probably did not get a great offer to move back in the draft. Porzingis will take a few years to possibly develop with an aging Carmelo Anthony, which suggests the Knicks are looking past the Carmelo Anthony era. Wing player Mario Hezonja, point guard Emmanuel Mudiay and even an elite defensive big in Willie Cauley-Stein would have made sense here, if they are still in the Carmelo era.Trey Lyles (12th overall), Utah JazzTrey Lyles is a skilled stretch 4 who cannot take a defender out to the three-point line yet. I thought the Jazz could use a pure shooter, such as Devin Booker, at this spot to pair with Gordon Hayward and two guards who can struggle from the outside in Dante Exum and Trey Burke.Kelly Oubre Jr. (15th overall), Washington WizardsI agree with the position of choice: small forward. The Wizards moved up four spots by trading two future second-round picks, but I thought there were two better fits at small forward, namely Sam Dekker and Justin Anderson, to pair with Otto Porter.Terry Rozier (16th overall), Boston CelticsThe Boston Celtics already have a couple of similar guards to Rozier, such as Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart and Isaiah Thomas. Rozier is a pesky defender, but again, I thought either Sam Dekker or Justin Anderson would have been great selections.Larry Nance Jr. (27th overall), Los Angeles LakersLarry Nance Jr. is an undersized power forward who will compete for a backup role. I thought R.J. Hunter would have been a good selection here to bring some shooting off the bench, or a different undersized power forward who can really bring energy off the bench in Montrezl Harrell.Trading their picks (15th and then 19th overall), Atlanta HawksThe Atlanta Hawks originally owned the 29th pick but had rights to swap it in a previous Joe Johnson trade, so they owned the 15th pick. The Hawks then traded back to 19 for two future second rounders, and then sent the 19th pick to the New York Knicks for Tim Hardaway Jr., who has been inconsistent from the three-point line and struggles defensively, with only two years left on his rookie contract.Second-round sleepers:Montrezl Harrell (32nd overall), Houston RocketsHarrell is a high-energy guy off the bench who can give the Rockets some insurance if they decide to trade Terrence Jones.Anthony Brown (34th overall), Los Angeles LakersBrown is a good shooter to bring off the bench and Brown can provide good on-ball defense for the Lakers. He could be a solid role player throughout his career.Guillermo Hernangomez (35th overall), New York KnicksHernangomez projects as an international big who played in one of the top professional leagues in the world but will probably not come to the NBA for a couple of seasons. The Knicks gave up two future second-round picks for Hernangomez, who has a knack for finishing down low.Rakeem Christmas (36th overall), Cleveland CavaliersThe Cavaliers made a great trade by dealing their 24th pick and getting out of a first-round contract. If Rakeem Christmas was a couple of years younger, he probably would have been a late lottery pick. He is an active post player who can also hit a mid-range jumper consistently.Josh Richardson (40th overall), Miami HeatJosh Richardson improved each year offensively while playing collegiately at Tennessee. If he can improve his spot-up jump shot, he is already a great on-ball defender with slashing potential on the offensive end.Marcus Thornton (45th overall), Boston CelticsI thought the Celtics could have done better at 16 with the Rozier selection; Marcus Thornton is a pretty similar player to what they already have. If Thornton finds a role with the Celtics or a different team, he could take advantage of the opportunity. He is a great athlete who really scored at the college level at William & Mary. Thornton is very agile and then accelerates on his jump shot, not allowing defenders to contest his jumper.
She lied about the villagers having no knowledge of the ambush and was told that she would also be shot if the Germans discovered the men were not innocent.Luckily, the villagers had buried their partisan armbands and all the prisoners were released, with the German commander telling them they owed their lives to Gabriella.The next day the Germans fled the village, just hours before it was liberated by the Allies. After the war Gabriella met and married British army officer Captain Peter Ezra and moved to Britain with him.Her son Mark, 65, a film director, recently wrote a letter to the Italian embassy to tell his mother’s extraordinary tale.The ambassador subsequently presented her with the Star of Italy, awarded to British and Commonwealth forces who served in the Italian Campaign from 1943 to 1945.”If my mother had not intervened they would all have been killed,” Mark said. “She showed such remarkable courage.”I wrote to the embassy and my mother was invited to receive the Star of Italy. She was understandably delighted.”The whole family was at the ceremony and we had a fabulous time.”The local partisans had forewarned the people of Capella di Scorze about the attack on the Germans and advised them to close their shutters in case their windows shattered. Gabriella in her native Venice just after the war.Credit:BNPS The extraordinary story of a fearless teenage girl who saved an entire village from being executed by the Nazis has come to light after she received a gallantry award 74 years later.Gabriella Ezra, 91, who lives in Brighton, East Sussex, intervened to stop her father Luigi and 37 other inhabitants of a village in her native Italy from being massacred by a Nazi firing squad.She has now been awarded a prestigious Star of Italy medal after her son Mark wrote to the Italian embassy to make them aware of his mother’s heroic actions on the morning April 28, 1945.Gabriella, who was 17 at the time, chased after a German officer and pleaded with him to show mercy to the villagers of Capella di Scorze, near Venice, who had been rounded up and locked in a cowshed.The Germans were after retribution following an attack on their men by Italian partisans which had left several of them wounded.They had previously executed 31 men in a neighbouring town following partisan action, with these prisoners set to suffer the same fate.Gabriella, who spoke immaculate German as her family had lived in Austria, was taken by the officer to speak to his commander. Afterwards the Germans arrived and rounded up 38 men, prompting Gabriella’s brave intervention.The retired language school teacher remembered that after a partisan attack, the Germans took the men from the village, including her father, and locked them in a cowshed.”I told my mother I had to do something so I ran after the officer and pleaded with him that these men were just farmers who cared about their fields and cows,” she said.”He took me to the commandant and I begged him not to kill them, telling him again and again these men were innocent.”They took me outside and lined up the men with a firing squad and said ‘this woman tells me you are innocent. If she’s lying I’ll kill you all, her first’.The men were searched, but had hidden their partisan armbands in the cowshed. As they were led away Gabriella’s father passed her his watch and a note for her mother, thinking he was about to be killed.”But the commandant then ordered for them to be set free saying if there were any more attacks he would destroy the village.The next morning, British soldiers arrived to liberate the village.”When the British came we cried tears of joy and embraced them. It was such a relief.” Gabriella met Captain Peter Ezra, of the Middlesex Regiment, while working as a translator in the Mayor’s office in Mestre, outside Venice, in 1946. They married in Venice in 1949 and moved to Hove, where she worked as a language coach. Capt Ezra died in 2005.She was greeted as a hero when she first returned to the village 25 years ago, with a meal laid out on the square in her honour.She said: “I was showing my daughter around the village when a man spotted me and said ‘oh my goodness it’s Gabriella’.”They made a meal for me in the square. They said they were very pleased to see me because I had saved the village.” 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.
Spectro Scientific, one of the world’s largest suppliers of oil, fuel, and processed-water analysis instrumentation and software, has introduced TruVu 360™ Enterprise Fluid Intelligence Platform, an all-encompassing web-based fluid analysis data management system. “The new platform simplifies and streamlines the fluid analysis process so high-quality information and actionable intelligence facilitate rapid decision-making. It closes the gap between maintenance recommendations on the oil analysis report and the impact on continuous process improvement. Visually and graphically, it provides a dashboard so management can see the effectiveness of the program across the enterprise in real time.” TruVu 360 integrates Spectro’s MiniLab on-site oil analysis hardware used in industrial applications in mining and other industries.Spectro Scientific President and CEO Brian Mitchell said, “TruVu 360 solutions represent a breakthrough in real-time fluid intelligence through its seamless, enterprise-wide integration of hardware, software, and services. The combination of immediate analysis data with information management and diagnostic interpretation input as well as performance measurement evaluations will boost users’ uptime and cost savings and thereby maximise their operational efficiency and overall profitability, preparing them for full participation in Industry 4.0.”“TruVu 360 addresses many of the current issues and frustrations with current fluid analysis methodologies. For example, it can be difficult to standardise workflows across an enterprise because of wide variations in process times, different levels of laboratory expertise, and without a tool to monitor and visualise the results globally. Perhaps most concerning, it is virtually impossible to leverage any of the improvements learned because of all the fragmented data gleaned from many sources. Now, with TruVu 360 Enterprise Fluid Intelligence, these challenges and more are solved with its standardised and adaptive “Rules Engine” diagnostic process, its Enterprise Cloud Software access and its “at a glance” device dashboard that reflects conditions and results in real time. In essence, TruVu 360 enables users to track fluid condition on an immediate basis to detect and ameliorate fluid contamination and machine wear as well as manage proactive maintenance and fluid replacement activities.”In operation, TruVu 360 is a web browser-based user interface that can be installed on a local PC, central server and hosted in a public cloud. There are three main user categories: The Enterprise user can access and manage multiple sites and the corporate dashboard console. The Site user has single site access and can be further restricted to certain areas of the site and can manage the oil analysis process. The Site Reader also has single site access and/or a read only access.With regard to analytical hardware, the new program has been initially introduced with its MiniLab on-site oil analysis lab for industrial applications in mining and other industries. “When performing measurements on-site, the MiniLab cuts the wait time for analysis results from days or weeks to minutes, compared to lab-based fluid analysis, and enables users to make immediate maintenance decisions that reduce unexpected downtime and costs and eliminate potential catastrophic machine failures. The data produced also facilitate efficient scheduling of proactive maintenance and fluid renewal actions, improving utilisation of resources and machine time. Over the next 12 months, Spectro’s entire suite of fluid analysis instruments will work in concert with its TruVu 360 Enterprise Fluid Intelligence Platform.”
← Previous Story Germany beat Slovenia twice! Next Story → Michael Biegler new DHfK Leipzig headcoach! CsurgokekezoviclasicamiklerPick SzegedskaliczkiSzegedtatai After a long break Pick Szeged yesterday played the first match of the semi final of Hungarian Leagueagainst Csurgó who finished third in the regular season. The home team were the odds-on favouritebut the guests who had 4 former Szeged players (Herbert, Katzirz, Simon, Oláh) and one of the pivotsof the Hungarian National Team (Szöllősi) on their side wanted to cause big surprise. Neither teamhad any injured players.The match itself didn’t really excite Szeged residents as the sports hall was only about half-full. Thematch started with vicious Szeged attacks, the guests were unable to show much resistance andSzeged quickly gained the lead (5th minute 3:0)The number of goals didn’t change in the next five minutes however. World-class goalkeeping byRoland Mikler greatly contributed to Szeged’s perfectly working defence but in the same timetheir attacks became ineffective. At around the 15th minute Csurgó’s coach substituted both ofhis shooters and the guests started to close in non Szeged (20th minute 8:6). Szeged could onlycrack Csurgó’s tight defence near the end of the first half mainly thanks to improved shootingperformance. The first half ended with Pick’s confident lead (13:8)Pick’s coach Skaliczki kept both of his left handed shooters on the bench at the start of the secondhalf as Buday played in the right-back position. Csurgó’s defence became tougher and tougher butthe referees didn’t really approve and the number of 2-minute suspensions began to increase. Pickcouldn’t always use these extramen situations to their advantage but the difference slowly began togrow mainly because of weak attacking by Csurgó. (40th minute 17:10). Skaliczki changed both hiswings for the final phase of the match. Kekezovic and Lasica scored several goals, Tatai continuedMikler’s great performance, his long passes were put to score by the wings. In the end the hometeam won the match confidently (29:18). The second match, surely to be more difficult for Szeged,will be played on Thursday in Csurgó. Two matches need to be won to advance to the final.Best scorers: Sulc, Lasica, Prodanovic, Larholm (4) / Oláh (4)In the other semi final: MKB Veszprém-Tatabánya 35:22Text: Gábor Várkonyi, Péter ButtyPhoto: www.szegedma.hu
Men’s U18 EHF EURO 2016 The Men’s U18 EHF EURO 2016 starts in Croatia! Koprivnica and Zagreb will be the hosts of battle of generation 1998, who will begin their international adventure. The Final Day will be on Sunday, August 21.Here are the groups.Group A: Spain, France, Norway, SwitzerlandGroup B: Denmark, Slovenia, Russia, SlovakiaGroup C: Sweden, Croatia, Czech Republic, IcelandGroup D: Serbia, Portugal, Poland and Germany ← Previous Story +10: Routine Norwegian win over Angola Next Story → THRILLER: Dutch girls miss knock-out stage against Korea in last second!
Orange fixe au 23 mai le lancement de sa première chaîne 3D France – L’opérateur Orange s’apprête à lancer une chaîne 3D dans son bouquet ADSL. Destinée à la diffusion d’événements sportifs, mais aussi de concerts et de films, elle sera disponible gratuitement pour tous les abonnés au bouquet TV.Le 23 mai, à l’occasion de l’ouverture du tournoi de Roland Garros, Orange sera le premier opérateur français à lancer une chaîne entièrement en 3D. Accessible gratuitement sur le réseau ADSL et fibre optique du FAI, cette chaîne diffusera dans un premier temps des matchs de Roland Garros en 3D. Viendront ensuite progressivement “des concerts et des combats de boxe […]”. “Le contenu s’enrichira progressivement et on achètera aussi des films en 3D” aprécisé Hervé Payan, directeur des contenus d’Orange.À lire aussiArchéologie : le vrai visage de Cléopâtre reconstitué en 3DOutre un téléviseur compatible avec les programmes en trois dimensions et des lunettes dédiées, les abonnés au bouquet Orange devront disposer d’un débit Internet important, 20 Mbits/s environ, pour pouvoir accéder à cette nouvelle chaîne.Devancés par Orange, TF1 et Canal + devraient rapidement lancer à leur tour leur canal 3D. TF1 pourrait ainsi diffuser certains matchs de la Coupe du monde en relief.Le 17 mai 2010 à 15:39 • Emmanuel Perrin
Doodle Google : le bi-centenaire du philosophe Søren KierkegaardNé le 5 mai 1813, le philosophe danois Kierkegaard a aujourd’hui droit à son propre doodle. Il est considéré comme le père de l’existentialisme et continue toujours d’influencer de nombreux penseurs.Le plus célèbre philosophe danois fête ses 200 ans! Pour l’occasion Google dédie un doodle à Søren Kierkegaard, né le 5 mai 1813 à Copenhague et mort dans la même ville le 11 novembre 1855. Il est considéré comme le précurseur de l’existentialisme. À lire aussiGoogle : un Doodle pour inaugurer les Jeux Olympiques de LondresLa page d’accueil de google est décorée de six petits hommes habillés à la mode du XIXe siècle. Cinq d’entre eux tiennent une plume différente et écrivent le mot google avec, tandis que le sixième semble coordonner le tout. Une allusion aux multiples pseudonymes que Kierkegaard a employé au cours de sa courte carrière? Søren Kierkegaard, très emprunt de protestantisme, s’est particulièrement attelé à des thèmes comme l’angoisse, la foi et le désespoir. Parmi ses œuvres notables, on compte Ou bien… Ou bien (Enter – Eller), Crainte et tremblement (Frygt og Bæven) et Traité du Désespoir (Sygdommen til Døden).Le 5 mai 2013 à 17:50 • Maxime Lambert
Hometown Food Company has announced a recall of over 12,000 cases of flour due to concerns of salmonella contamination.The Pillsbury Unbleached All-Purpose Flour bags possibly affected have the lot codes of 8292 and 8293 with Best If Used By dates of April 19 and 20 of 2020.The flour cases were distributed in grocery stores including Publix and Winn-Dixie.The U.S. Department of Agriculture said there have been no reports of salmonella-related cases due to the flour so far.The recall comes less than two months after General Mills found salmonella in certain bags of their Gold Medal Unbleached Flour.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The six sensors of GOES-R are labeled in this rendering. (Credit: NASA)A satellite scheduled for launch Thursday will aid weather forecasting in the Western U.S., including Alaska.Listen nowAccording to NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration GOES, or Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, is the second new unit to be deployed into orbit over the equator. The first of the new minivan size satellites, positioned to view the eastern North America, went up in 2016, replacing an older model. NASA says the satellites send images and other data to earth five times faster than predecessor versions.”It fires a picture every one minute, which is incredible to what we’ve seen before,” Fairbanks National Weather Service meteorologist Becca Mazur said.Mazur says the higher transmission speed helps forecasters do their job.”You can actually use the satellite imagery now,” Mazur said. “You can use it for forecast at the moment instead of having to wait 15-plus minutes for the picture to show up.”The new satellites also offer four times better image resolution, finer detail Mazur says is key to observation and forecasting.“It’s a significant improvement for observing clouds and other weather patterns,” Mazur said.Lisa Wirth is interim director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geographic Information Network of Alaska or “GINA”, which has NASA contracts to download and process data from similarly equipped polar orbiting satellites.Wirth points to the technology’s value in quickly tracking weather, as well as a range of other environmental conditions.“To discern between snow, ice and cloud cover,” Wirth listed. ”Sea ice, wildfire, volcanic emissions.”Near-real time tracking of conditions is important to public safety, capability Wirth credits to a general growth in space based earth observation.”The number of satellites that are flying in space are increasing, and so that’s just increasing our temporal coverage,” Wirth said. “Which means we can get data faster, more often over the same spot on the Earth and, of course, the technology is also increasing, so we’re getting better data in itself.”A rocket carrying the new GOES satellite is scheduled for liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 1:04 p.m. Alaska Time Thursday.
New Delhi: The Lok Sabha, on Monday, passed the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill 2019 after a division as Home Minister Amit Shah sought a vote on the legislation. Speaker Om Birla said the bill had been passed with 278 members voting in its favour and six against it.Shah said there should be a division so that the people know the stance of all parties. He had earlier urged the members to pass the bill unanimously to send a strong message against terrorism.
Medchal: Activists of AIYF and SFI of Medchal-Malkajgiri district committee laid siege to the Collectorate on Thursday after taking out a huge rally from the Office Kaman in which more than 700 students participated. They squatted on the premises protesting against poor students not getting the benefit of education in Telangana State.State SFI vice-president Thatikonda Ravi and Medchal district secretary Rathod Santosh, who submitted a representation to DRO Madhukar Reddy demanded taking steps to regulate fees in private/corporate educational institutions, creating basic facilities in government schools, filling up of the vacant posts of teachers/lecturers, constructing building to locate SW hostels, releasing of pending scholarships/fees reimbursement immediately, setting up of government junior/degree colleges in Mandals, takeover of the Ghatkesar Gurukul land for locating government educational institutions and the implementation of the Right to Education Act. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The two leaders wanted the government to release the pending bills of hostels immediately and drop the proposal to shut its educational institutions, to implement mid-day meal scheme in government junior colleges and to wind up unrecognized educational institutions. They warned that if the government failed to concede their demands, the agitation would be intensified. Among those who took part in the dharna were Medchal district unit president Sai Kiran, vice-president Padala Shankar, Srikanth Reddy, district leaders Chandrakanth, Sai and Himavardhan.
Bhupinder Singh HoodaTwitterFormer Haryana Chief Minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda has supported the Centre’s decision to scrap Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.The 71-year-old leader, who was speaking at the ‘Mahaparivartan Rally’ in Rohtak, accused the Congress party of losing its identity and said that he would not compromise with anyone when it came to patriotism and self-respect. “When the government does something right I support them. Many of my colleagues opposed the decision to abrogate Article 370, my party has lost its way, it’s not the same Congress it used to be,” he said.Hooda’s statement comes in the backdrop of speculations that the veteran politician from Haryana might quit the party. “Our brothers from Haryana are deployed as soldiers in Kashmir, that is why I supported it,” Hooda said, lauding the decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He added that the state government will have to give an account of what it did in the last five years and not hide behind the central government’s decision. “I was born in a patriotic family. Those who oppose the revocation of Article 370, I want to tell them that when it’s about principles and traditions, we should fight for it. What’s alive, must look alive,” he saidEarlier reports had suggested that the two-time chief minister was planning to quit Congress ahead of the elections in October. However, he said that he would not quit the party but constitute a committee of 13 MLAs who would decide the future course of action.With his new hit at the Congress, it looks like Hooda is aiming to heml matters in the state again. After Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Hooda has promised 75 percent job reservation for the locals in the state.The former CM also reportedly met senior Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, in Delhi on August 17. However, he had denied the reports.At the rally, his son Deepender Singh Hooda said: “We follow the path of love, growth and development. The path that the BJP has shown in the last five years is that of riots, unemployment and intolerance. Today, we have a chance to take back Haryana politics in the direction that can help the state grow.” IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/4:42Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-4:42?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Watch | Opposition’s Remarks on Revocation of Article 370
With major construction on the Purple Line expansion of Washington D.C.’s Metro system scheduled to start late this year, the Maryland Transit Administration is facing criticism from one community along the 16-mile route.Rendering: Purple Line train, Riverdale Park Station, Maryland. (Maryland Transit Administration)According to The Washington Post, Prince George’s County, Md. residents are urging MTA to change the design for the Riverdale Park station, particularly plans for a 26-foot-high wall on top of which the light rail station platform will sit.Residents have nicknamed the structure the “Trump wall,” and believe the structure would block businesses from being seen from the road. According to Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate WUSA, plans for the wall came after Maryland Governor Larry Hogan made changes to the Purple Line design. “Retained fill walls” at Riverdale Station were among the changes made to cut costs, according to Governor Larry Hogan’s office, but the height of the structure wasn’t listed.The 16.2-mile light rail route connecting Montgomery County and Prince George’s County is expected to begin service in 2022.
Stay on target You can tell that when last night’s season finale was written, everyone was prepared for it to be the series’s final episode. I almost wish it was. It was the kind of satisfying conclusion that TV shows (especially ones as uneven as Once Upon a Time could be) rarely pull off. It helped that for pretty much every cast member; it was their finale. For all of the main actors, this was them saying goodbye to a show they’d been a part of for six years. That lead to one of the best episodes OUAT has had in a long time.The Black Fairy’s Curse is probably the most interesting problem to befall Storybrooke in the last few seasons. It makes me wish it had happened sooner. This half of the season would have been so much better, and the Black Fairy would have been a villain worth caring about if we’d spent more time in this dangerous, scary world. The cursed Storybrooke mirrors the one from Season One; only the Black Fairy has taken Regina’s place. That makes it a much more dangerous place because the Black Fairy has no good in her. Unlike Regina, she has no love for Henry and no desire to keep him safe. This becomes clear when Henry confronts her, and she throws him down the stairs. Fortunately, he survives with only an unspecified arm injury.As much as I wish the season had spent more time with the curse, it does bring out the best in everyone for these final two hours. With Henry constantly trying to help a disbelieving Emma, it feels like everything good about season one is back. He really comes into his own in this episode. He’s no longer the annoying kid whose presence makes everything more difficult. As the only one who remembers what Storybrooke used to be, he stops whining and tries to help his mom in any way he can. Even if that means getting her out of Storybrooke.Jennifer Morrison (Photo via ABC)The Enchanted Forest storyline effectively raised the stakes for the final battle, even if it was cribbing from The Neverending Story a little bit. As Emma is convinced that the fairy tale stuff never happened, she stops believing in it. As the Savior stops believing, each realm is consumed by nothingness. This leads to two fun storylines as Regina and Hook each try to get back to Storybrooke and make Emma believe again. Charming joins Hook, meaning we get another adventure of the pretty men. They climb a beanstalk, where Charming worries about his son-in-law’s safety. Hook delivers the heart-melting line about how his and Emma’s journey began on a beanstalk, and he’ll be damned if it ends on one. D’awww. They infiltrate the giant’s castle and find a magic bean on a table. Unfortunately, there are no giants in this episode, but we do get to see a dragon. I’m loving all the little ways this episode is calling back to the first season.Meanwhile, Regina goes to her castle to collect her old magic ingredients and finds them gone. Guess who’s been using them: It’s the Evil Queen! It turns out she and Robin left the Wish Realm and returned to the Enchanted Forest. Now, they rob from the rich and give to the poor (mostly). Sadly, there’s no Sean Maguire in this episode. Robin is “Out with Friar Tuck,” so we don’t get to see any of him. It is cool to see the Evil Queen again, as her split with Regina was the most interesting part of this last season. Her presence turns out to be necessary. Back in Storybrooke, the Black Fairy has managed to convince Emma to stop believing. The bean Hook brings back has lost all its magic. Since it will take time to restore magic to the bean, the Evil Queen holds back the encroaching nothingness to buy everyone that time. It works, but she sacrifices herself in the process. Soon, all the fairy tale characters are back in Storybrooke where they belong.Lana Parilla (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)The episode also managed to make the relationship between Rumplestiltskin and Belle work. I was never sold on that one, to be honest. It always felt… gross. But, seeing him give up power and kill his mother to protect his family finally justified them being together. Especially after they spent the episode forced apart by the Black Fairy. Everything he does to get back to her redeems the character and his relationship with Belle more effectively than anything the show has tried to do in the past.Once Rumpelstiltskin kills the Black Fairy, the real Final Battle between Gideon and Emma is set in motion. Emma suddenly remembers everything during one final mission between her and Henry. This is the scene that made me realize how much I’m going to miss Jennifer Morrison next season. Seeing her and Henry team up to fight Gideon is so much fun, and I’m sad we’re not going to get that again. We learn that she still had Gideon’s heart (of course) and her final instructions to him were to kill the savior. It is an interesting twist that he is the only one who can. Since only light can kill light, the Black Fairy’s darkness wouldn’t stand a chance. As Emma prepares for battle, her family gathers all around her, just like she’s envisioned they would. Although, as much as Regina talks about how heroes always find a third way (other than killing or being killed), there is only one way. Emma throws down her sword and lets herself gets stabbed.Giles Matthey (Photo via ABC)Of course, being the savior, self-sacrifice was the solution all along. Who didn’t see this one coming? You can’t talk about someone being the savior for seasons on end and expect them to live through their final battle. As she “dies” (oh come on, we all knew she was coming back), light spills out of her that fixes everything. Gideon reverts back to being a baby, where Rumplestiltskin and Belle find him. Belle forgives Rumple for everything, and they raise Gideon together. For the first time in the entire series, it feels earned. Meanwhile, Henry kisses his mother, mirroring the end of season one. She wakes up, and the show ends by giving everyone a little epilogue. It’s bittersweet because we finally get to see everyone’s happy ending, but we know we won’t see these characters again. Contracts are ending, and so are these stories. They haven’t all been top notch, but we’ve spent the last six years with these characters. No matter what, it was going to be sad to see them go.Ginnifer Goodwin (Photo via ABC)Now, let’s talk about next season. With all these stories ending, and at least another season ahead of us, this episode introduced the main characters for the future of the show. From the very beginning of the finale, we kept getting short scenes of a little girl in the Enchanted Forest. Her father gives her the “Once Upon a Time” book, and tells her to run before fighting an unseen magical force. The next time we see the girl, we learn that her father has disappeared. Finally, right at the very end, we learn who these characters are. The girl’s dad is Henry, all grown up. He lives in Seattle now. We see her take the monorail to see him (a thing nobody in Seattle actually does), and they recreate the opening moments of the first season. Only now Henry is surprised to learn he has a daughter. That’s one way to make me interested in seeing where the story goes from here. I was ready to be done with this show after Jennifer Morrison left, but grown up Henry not remembering his past is too interesting to ignore.Season six of Once Upon a Time was a little uneven, but it definitely had the strongest ending we’ve seen in years. I wish the Black Fairy had been more fleshed out as a villain earlier, and that we’d gotten to spend more time under her curse. The show did manage to make it work though, and if the result was a double-episode like last night’s, I can’t complain too much. And hey, Henry essentially taking his mother’s place in the final minutes is a cool twist. I can’t wait to see what they do with that next season. Once Upon a Time Builds Fun Lore Around a Seattle LandmarkSurprising No One, Once Upon a Time Makes for a Spectacular Musical
© 2017 Phys.org One of the types of pollutants emitted by cars and trucks is nitrogen oxides (NOx), in particular NO2 and nitric oxide (NO). These pollutants have been in the news in Europe over the past couple of decades because many truck and car owners have chosen to switch to vehicles powered by diesel fuel, which costs less than gasoline—but such vehicles also emit more NOx. To combat air pollution, officials in Europe and the U.K have enacted emissions standards that have resulted in less NOx emitted into the atmosphere. But most such emissions have applied only to NO2, which has muddied the standards. Making things ever murkier—such standards have been based on the percentage of NO2 in total NOx emissions. This is because not only do vehicles emit NO2 directly, but NO turns into NO2 over time once released into the air. Now, it appears that the percentages that officials have been using to set their standards has been wrong.To get an accurate measurement of the true percentage of NO2 in the NOx being emitted by vehicles, the researchers analyzed data from roadside monitors across Europe. In looking at the data, they found that NO2 percentages had risen, as expected, during the period 1995 to 2010 (as people converted to diesel) but then as emissions regulations came into effect, the percentage of NO2 leveled off and has remained at those levels ever since. These levels, the researchers note, are roughly half of what is described by air quality policy, which suggests Europe may reach mandated levels sooner than thought. Gentner and Fulizi Xiong suggest the group’s finding could have also implications for developing nations as well because consumers there tend to buy used diesel vehicles from Europe. 5,000 ‘Dieselgate’ deaths in Europe per year: study Credit: CC0 Public Domain 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. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at the University of York in the U.K. has found that the proportion of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in nitrogen oxides in European traffic emissions is smaller than has been thought. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the group describes analyzing data from roadside monitors over the course of many years and what they found by doing so. Drew Gentner and Fulizi Xiong with Yale University offer a News and Views perspective on the work done by the team in the same journal issue and suggest that the team’s findings could have implications for air pollution standards organizations in many more places than just Europe. Journal information: Nature Geoscience More information: Stuart K. Grange et al. Lower vehicular primary emissions of NO2 in Europe than assumed in policy projections, Nature Geoscience (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41561-017-0009-0AbstractMany European countries do not meet legal air quality standards for ambient nitrogen dioxide (NO2) near roads; a problem that has been forecasted to persist to 2030. Although European air quality standards regulate NO2 concentrations, emissions standards for new vehicles instead set limits for NOx —the combination of nitric oxide (NO) and NO2. From around 1990 onwards, the total emissions of NOx declined significantly in Europe, but roadside concentrations of NO2—a regulated species—declined much less than expected. This discrepancy has been attributed largely to the increasing usage of diesel vehicles in Europe and more directly emitted tailpipe NO2. Here we apply a data-filtering technique to 130 million hourly measurements of NOx , NO2 and ozone (O3) from roadside monitoring stations across 61 urban areas in Europe over the period 1990–2015 to estimate the continent-wide trends of directly emitted NO2. We find that the ratio of NO2 to NOx emissions increased from 1995 to around 2010 but has since stabilized at a level that is substantially lower than is assumed in some key emissions inventories. The proportion of NO x now being emitted directly from road transport as NO2 is up to a factor of two smaller than the estimates used in policy projections. We therefore conclude that there may be a faster attainment of roadside NO2 air quality standards across Europe than is currently expected. Citation: Study of European historical data suggests proportion of NO2 in NOx emissions smaller than thought (2017, November 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-european-historical-proportion-no2-nox.html Explore further
Kolkata: The ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ (Tell Didi) helpline number launched by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on July 29 has been instrumental in rescuing some persons who were trapped due to the Karnataka floods.The state Disaster Management department, after being informed of the problem by their family members through a call on the ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ helpline number, took up the matter with their counterparts in Karnataka and those who were marooned were rescued quickly and relocated to a safe place. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSome days ago, the ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ helpline number got a call from a person in South 24-Parganas, who claimed that some members of his family were stuck in their residence at Kaida township, near Karwa city due to floods since the last 4 days, without any supplies. The caller had sought immediate relief from the government. He mentioned that his sister and brother in-law were in Karnataka affected by floods and there was no electricity and telephone connectivity. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe also added that the Quick Response Team and deputy commissioner of Kaida had failed to provide any information about their present location after he called on their mobile numbers. “As soon as I was informed of the distressed family, I along with my Principal Secretary took up the matter with our counterparts in Kaida and informed of the whereabouts of the family, as per description provided by the caller. After some hours, I was relieved to hear that the victims had been rescued by boats and had been ferried to a safe place,” said Javed Ahmed Khan, state minister for Disaster Management and Civil Defence. The department was also informed that 20 Bengali families who were stuck in the area have been rescued successfully. The caller who had called up the ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ number also gave the feedback that his family members have been evacuated safely and were doing well. The minister also informed that another 14 Bengali people who were stuck in Kadur Karnataka have also been rescued in a similar fashion on Sunday. It may be mentioned that of late there has been some curiosity among common people regarding the nature of suggestions and problems that have been coming on the ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ platform. The platform, which is being monitored by a team led by Prashant Kishor, has not shared individual cases, respecting the privacy of the callers/registrants. But after explicit permission from the caller in this case, the platform shared this serious issue that was resolved. Meanwhile, a video was posted by Howrah resident Jagannath Chakraborty on the Facebook page of ‘Didi Ke Bolo’, informing how the helpline has come to the rescue of a patient suffering from TB. Chakraborty had called on the helpline number after the patient was denied treatment in all hospitals and medicine shops also refused to provide medicine for the patient as he was unable to provide any proper address proof. “When I called the number I was advised to take him to Calcutta Medical College and contact the deputy superintendent of the hospital. I acted accordingly and the patient is now undergoing treatment at the hospital,” Chakraborty shared in his video.