Delhi govt was not involved in demolition of Guru Ravidas temple Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi government had nothing to do with the demolition of the Guru Ravidas temple in Tughlaqabad, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday, after BSP supremo Mayawati alleged that the incident was a result of a collusion between the Centre and the AAP dispensation. Responding to Mayawati’s post on Twitter, in which she also alleged that the incident reflected a “casteist mentality”, Kejriwal said he felt sad that she held the AAP dispensation “guilty” along with the BJP-led central government in connection with the incident. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder “Mayawati ji, we all are deeply anguished. We strongly oppose it. I feel sad that you consider us guilty along with the Centre. In Delhi, land comes under the central government. We have nothing to do with the demolition of this temple,” he tweeted in Hindi. Earlier in the day, the BSP president alleged that the demolition of the Ravidas temple in the national capital’s Tughlaqabad area was a result of a collusion between the Centre and the Delhi government, and it reflected a “casteist mentality”. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings She also demanded that the temple be reconstructed. On Tuesday, Union Housing and Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had said that the Centre is determined to find a solution and possibly identify an alternative site to “relocate” the temple. “We, along with Vice Chairman of DDA, are determined to find a solution and possibly identify an alternative site where the temple can be relocated. “We have also suggested to the affected parties to appeal to Hon’ble Court to issue necessary directions in this regard,” Puri had tweeted on Tuesday. The demolition took place on Saturday and it was done by agencies concerned, in the presence of police personnel, a senior police official had said on Monday. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had said that did not use the word temple, and said the “structure was removed as per the orders of the Supreme Court”. “The standing permanent structure was dismantled peacefully without any resistance or use of force in the presence of Guru Ravi Das Jayanti Samaroh Samiti members,” the DDA had said.last_img read more

New town open air gym spreads fitness mantra

first_imgKolkata: In a unique move to create health awareness among the local residents, the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation ( HIDCO) recently came up with an open gymnasium at New Town.This is for the first time an open air gymnasium has been set up in a township. Providing facilities to ensure sound health of local residents is the most important prerequisite of a clean and green city. Fitness equipment have been installed at the bus stations so that Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Pujathe passengers can workout while waiting for the bus or can do it after coming back from work in the evening. The machines that have been installed are chest press, air walker, arm wheel, sit up bench, leg press and cross trainer. In New Town, hundreds of men and women go out for morning and evening walk and jogging. They will be able to use these machines free of cost to keep themselves fit, said a senior HIDCO official. “One has to get membership in gymnasiums to use such machines and the charges in gyms are high. The same kind machines they will be able to use at the open air gymnasium at free of cost,” he said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayTushar Sil, former Mr Asia who runs several state of the art multi gyms in the city lauded the effort of HIDCO and said: “Many young boys and girls along with elderly people are going to gyms to keep themselves fit. After walking or jogging if they do work out at the open-air gym for some time that will keep fit. He urged the he Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation authorities to take steps for publicity so that more and more people are inspired to keep themselves heathy and fit. Some machines such as the cross trainer or leg press are highly effective to reduce obesity and maintain the strength of leg muscles.” PK Thakur, who is a doctor, also lauded the effort and said: “The way diabetes and obesity cases are increasing up among the people, particularly the youths, physical activities have become mandatory. If people can do light exercise with the help of machines that will help them to keep fit and control the disease. In the Western countries, open air gyms are available but the effort to develop the habit to exercise among the residents is welcome initiative.”last_img read more

ICE Futures Canada Friday morning Canola prices mixed barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were mixed in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Friday:Canola: July ’17 $0.90 higher $505.90; Nov. ’17 $0.80 lower $472.60; Jan. ’18 $0.50 lower $478.70; March ’18 $0.60 lower $484.10; May ’18 $1.00 higher $488.00; July ’18 unchanged $488.50; Nov. ’18 unchanged $474.60; Jan. ’19 unchanged $474.80; March ’19 unchanged $474.80; May ’19 unchanged $474.80; July ’19 unchanged $474.80.Barley (Western): July ’17 unchanged $138.00; Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00. read more

The Latest UK court rejects claim vs parliament suspension

LONDON — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):10:15 a.m.Britain’s High Court has rejected a claim that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is acting unlawfully by suspending Parliament for several weeks ahead of the country’s scheduled departure from the European Union.Transparency campaigner Gina Miller took the government to court in a bid to stop the suspension scheduled for next week.High Court judges ruled against her on Friday but said the case can be appealed to the Supreme Court.The top court is due to hear the case on Sept. 17.___9:30 a.m.Britain’s opposition parties are deciding whether to back Boris Johnson’s call for an election, or try to put more pressure on the embattled prime minister first.Jeremy Corbyn, who heads the main opposition Labour Party, is speaking to other party leaders Friday about a vote scheduled for next week.Johnson has lost one such vote but plans to try again Monday, saying an election is the only way to break the deadlock over Brexit.The opposition wants to be sure that Johnson can’t take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31 without a divorce agreement. Parliament is in the midst of passing a law that would compel the government to seek a Brexit postponement.Johnson said Thursday he would “rather be dead in a ditch” than delay Brexit.The Associated Press read more

UN welcomes Qatars offer to host international democracy forum in 2006

In a resolution adopted without a vote yesterday, the Assembly said it recognized the important role played by the UN in supporting nations’ attempts to democratize as they develop.Qatar said it would host the forum in its capital, Doha, from 13-15 November 2006.The Fifth International Conference of New or Restored Democracies, which was held in Ulaanbaatar last September, outlined benchmarks for democratic government and committed participating Member States to implement comprehensive plans to achieve them.In a separate action yesterday, the Assembly decided to convene a special plenary meeting in 2007 to measure the world’s progress on children’s rights since the 1990 World Summit for Children. read more

Crude oil rises to almost US102 a barrel on anticipation of US

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The price of oil rose Tuesday as traders anticipated a report showing another decline in U.S. supplies.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for June delivery gained $1.11 to US$101.70 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the highest close since April 24.Brent crude rose 75 cents to US$108.54 a barrel on the ICE exchange in London.On Wednesday, the Energy Department is expected to report that U.S. crude oil supplies fell last week by 1.5 million barrels, according to a survey of analysts by Platts. It would be the second weekly decline since the U.S. supply of oil reached a record 399.4 million barrels as of April 25.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline gained two cents to US$2.93 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil added three cents to US$2.94 a gallon and natural gas fell eight cents to US$4.36 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) Crude oil rises to almost US$102 a barrel on anticipation of U.S. supply drop by The Associated Press Posted May 13, 2014 2:54 pm MDT read more

Popular CCOVI Lecture Series returns next week

The Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) Lecture Series is back for its 12th year, giving people from around the world access to Brock University’s leading grape and wine research.Ten speakers from across CCOVI’s network of researchers, scientists, fellows and professional affiliates are participating in this year’s series. Topics will span a wide range, from the latest research on grapevine hardiness to climate change in Canadian vineyards and the consumer psychology behind wine. The series will also bring in two Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers from British Columbia to share their latest findings.The CCOVI Lecture Series began in 2007 and has become a highly anticipated event both locally and for those tuning in remotely through livestreaming.“We are pleased to once again bring the latest in grape and wine research into the hands of grape growers and winemakers,” said CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis. “Sharing knowledge and providing outreach opportunities like the lecture series is an important part of CCOVI’s mandate and is of tremendous benefit to our industry and our students.”The free lectures, which are open to the public, begin Monday, Jan. 14 and take place in room H313 of the Mackenzie Chown Complex at Brock University. The lectures are open to the public and typically begin at 2 p.m., aside from the opening lecture Jan. 14, which will begin at 2:30.Paid parking is available in the nearby Lot E. The lectures can be viewed live online by visiting call.lifesizecloud.com/call/8600991 and can be viewed following each event through download at the CCOVI Lecture Series website.2019 CCOVI Lecture SeriesJan. 14: Don Cyr, Professor of Finance, Goodman School of Business, Brock University — “Who is the natural heir to Robert Parker in the en primeur wine market?”*special time of 2:30 p.m.Jan. 21: Ronald Jackson, Wine Writer and Author — “Carbonic maceration: Modern version of a Neolithic wine?”Jan. 28: Jim Willwerth, CCOVI Senior Viticulturist, Brock University — “Evaluation of plant material as an adaptation strategy to climate change in Canadian vineyards.”Feb. 4: Andy Reynolds, Professor of Biological Sciences/Viticulture, Faculty of Mathematics and Science, Brock University — “Frozen materials other than grapes — explaining the aroma chemistry behind unwanted floral characteristics in red wines.”Feb. 11: Pat Bowen, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Summerland Research and Development Centre — “Grapevine leafroll-associated virus 3: Effects on Cabernet Franc vine performance and wine quality.”And Carl Bogdanoff, Viticulture Biologist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Summerland Research and Development Centre — “Varietal differences in grapevine hardiness — buds, canes and roots.” Feb. 25: Sudarsana Poojari, CCOVI Senior Virologist, Brock University — “Current advances in understanding grapevine virus diseases.”Mar. 4: TBAMar. 11: Belinda Kemp, CCOVI Senior Oenologist, Brock University — “Communicating scientific research to grape growers and winemakers.”Mar. 18: Antonia Mantonakis, Associate Professor of Marketing, Goodman School of Business, Brock University — “The consumer psychology behind wine choices.” read more

MP Tobias Ellwood who tried to save Keith Palmer in Westminster terror

first_img 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. Mr Ellwood, whose brother Jonathan was killed in the 2002 Bali terrorist bombing, said Pc Palmer was the real hero because he protected Parliament from the attack.The minister told the Sunday Express: “The story is not about me. He was the hero, not me. I don’t deserve the praise because I couldn’t save him.”Tory MPs renewed calls for Mr Ellwood to be honoured. An armed police officer shakes the hand of Tobias Ellwood as he arrives at ParliamentCredit:CHRIS J RATCLIFFE/AFP “I played only a small part that day, doing what I was taught to do, and am honoured to have been invited to join the Privy Council afterwards.”It is right that we concentrate our thoughts on the victims as we stand side by side to protect all that we hold dear, including our precious values and way of life which will always prevail.” Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood (left) stands among the emergency services at the scene Credit:Stefan Rousseau/PA “It is right that despite the terrible events on Wednesday, Parliamentary business continued the next day as usual, the democratic machine was not interrupted and our way of life did not stop.”I’m deeply humbled and overwhelmed by the messages of support, especially from the policing fraternity, which I now realise is as close knit as the military’s in supporting its own. The former soldier said he was just doing what he was trained to do as he praised the “humbling” and “overwhelming” messages of support from the policing fraternity.He intends to write to Pc Palmer’s family to offer his condolences and said he was “honoured” to be appointed to the Privy Council, alongside security minister Ben Wallace, in recognition of their roles in responding to the atrocity.Mr Ellwood, who has been branded a hero for his actions, said in a statement: “I am heartbroken that I could not do more for Pc Keith Palmer who gave his life in holding the line against terrorism and defending democracy. I shall be writing to the family of Pc Palmer to offer my sincere condolences. James Cleverly, a former Army colleague of Pc Palmer, told the newspaper: “I know it is probably the last thing he would want or seek but what Tobias did – the incredibly brave and decisive action he took – deserves recognition which is why – just like Keith – he should also be considered for an award.”There are number of military and civilian gallantry awards and there is a process to go through but I hope the eventual outcome of those processes is the right one.”Fellow Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said he should be given a knighthood.”I think the title Sir Tobias is in order,” he said. “Politicians have been given knighthoods for a lot less.” Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood looks on as Theresa May speaks to MPs in the aftermath of the terror attackCredit:PA Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood looks on as Theresa May speaks to MPs in the aftermath of the terror attack Tobias Ellwood (left) stands amongst the emergency services at the scene  “Hero” MP Tobias Ellwood has said he is “heartbroken” that his efforts to save the life of a police officer during the Westminster terror attack were ultimately unsuccessful.The Foreign Office minister ran towards gunfire to help Pc Keith Palmer, who was stabbed in Wednesday’s attack by terrorist Khalid Masood.Mr Ellwood was pictured with blood on his face and clothes as he tried to give Pc Palmer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and stem the blood amid the carnage in New Palace Yard, but the officer died from his injuries.last_img read more

Transforming the future mine with automation and remote control

first_imgThe Minerals Down Under Flagship is developing a new generation of cost-effective and often remotely controlled mining technologies to help convert currently sub-economic resources into reserves. The technologies will improve the profitability, productivity and safety of mining operations and expand the mining technology services sector in Australia. Automation will be covered in detail in International Mining’s 2012 issue – contact The Editor paul@im-mining.com if you want to contribute.Mining operators are facing significant changes in their workplace, as the industry moves from human-intensive operation to more tele-operated and automated methods. CSIRO’s ReMoTe (Remote Mobile Tele Assistance) technology will ease the transition by connecting remote experts with onsite operators to provide real time assistance to any problems that may arise.Dr Leila Alem, who is leading the research through CSIRO’s Minerals Down Under Flagship says there is a growing need for technology that supports collaboration between onsite mining operators and offsite experts. “In the mining industry when a sophisticated machine is not operational, onsite maintenance technicians require urgent input from a remote specialist. Time lost through the machine not being used, translates to loss of productivity.”The ReMoTe technology is hands free, wearable, and is operational in various environmental conditions. It has been designed for ease of use, so mining operators can operate it without any training or any a prior skill.The system is composed of a helper station and an operator station, both of which use a wearable computer, a camera mounted on helmet and a near-eye display.“The video provides a shared visual space between the helper and the operator. The helper uses it for pointing at objects and showing how to perform actions,” Alem says. His team has developed international research collaborations to progress their R&D effort, including collaborating with Scuella Superior Sant’Anna in Italy through the Minerals Down Under Flagship collaboration fund.“We use our unique blend of expertise in immersive environment, remote collaboration technology, augmented reality, user interface and user experience to develop and evaluate technologies that have the potential to change the way that mines are operated remotely. We are in the process of integrating our ReMoTe technology with a panoramic display system for remote operation, developed at the Virtual Mining Centre at CSIRO in Brisbane.“We hope that the result of this integration will be an effective remote operation and remote assistance system that will make mines more efficient and safer and build the skills of onsite operators.”last_img read more

LIONS NIGHT THW Kiel defeated after 23 years at home in DHB

Handball history was wrote in Kiel last night! THW Kiel suffered the first home defeat in DHB Cup after 23 years! Lions” from Mannheim have found the way to the F4 in Hamburg!THW Kiel – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 30:32 (14:16)THW Kiel: Sjöstrand (ab 25.), Palicka – Toft Hansen (3), Sigurdsson (n.e.), Sprenger, Wiencek (1), Ekberg (4/2), Zeitz (3), Jallouz, Palmarsson (8), Klein (4), Jicha (4), Vujin (3).Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Landin Jacobsen, Stojanovic (54.-58.) – Schmid (3/1), Gensheimer (6/4), Roggisch, I. Guardiola, Manojlovic, Gorbok (n.e.), Myrhol (5), Groetzki (4), G. Guardiola (1), Petersson (8), Ekdahl du Rietz (5). ← Previous Story Norway beat Angola, but still three teams can win Zrenjanin! Next Story → Dominik Klein stays loyal to the “Zebras” DHB CupHandball BundesligaTHW Kiel read more

Call for a Peloponnese Anzac Trail to aid Greek tourism

first_imgOn Sunday 3 October, many of Melbourne’s Peloponnese community came together to discuss promoting tourism to their region through the creation of an Anzac trail. The focus of the day was a presentation by historian Jim Claven explaining the connection between the region and the Anzacs in WW2. The meeting was hosted by the Pam Messinian Society “Pappaflessas” and was attended many members of Melbourne’s Peloponnese community. Those attending included Ms Catherine Bell, the daughter of Private Syd Grant, a digger who served in Greece and was evacuated from the Mani in April 1941, local Melbourne Film Producer Nikita Ballas, whose new feature film will be screened as part of the coming Greek Film Festival and two Kalamatiani who witnessed the Anzac’s in Kalamata. Mr. Claven’s presentation explained the deep connection between the region and the Anzacs who came there in 1941 and beyond. He took the audience on an illustrated walk with the Anzacs across the Peloponnese. He explained how the Peloponnese was the location of the last battles of the Greek campaign in WW2 – at Corinth Canal and on the Kalamata waterfront – and from where thousands of Allied troops were evacuated from the harbours and beaches at Tolos, Nafplio, Monemvasia and Kalamata. Some stopped at Argos as Australian nurses did and Captain Edward “Weary” Dunlop rested in Nafplio writing a letter home to his wife – as they both waited to be evacuated.By the 26 April some 20,000 Allied troops, including thousands of Australians had made their way to Kalamata’s harbor. The morning of 27 April would see Allied warships and transport vessels evacuate the largest number of troops of all the evacuations from Greece, over 8,600 troops. Even the famous “Horrie the dog”, the mascot of Australian diggers, was saved and evacuated from Kalamata. Kalamata waterfront would witness the last battle of the Greek campaign on the mainland and see two Anzacs decorated for their bravery – Victorian Captain Albert Gray and New Zealander Sergeant Jack Hinton, the latter being awarded the Victoria Cross. Many Allied soldiers escaped capture by moving off to the east and west of the city, assisted by the villagers as they moved along the coast. Private Syd Grant and many others would be supported by the villagers at Trachila, Sellintisa and Limania on the Mani. Others would be helped to escape by the villagers of Vassilitsa and Koroni. These diggers would never forget the generosity and bravery of the locals. Syd Grant would return to Australia and name his farm “Kalamata” in their honour. And his photographs of the people of Kalamata and Trachila stand as a vivid record to their assistance to these diggers in need.The region’s connection with the Anzacs would continue as those soldiers who failed to be evacuated were imprisoned in Corinth’s old Greek Army barracks, including thousands of Jewish members of the British Palestine Pioneer Corps. And late in 1941 and 1942, two Italian POW ships were torpedoed and the survivors landed at Methoni and Pylos. One of those who survived – Australian Bill Rudd – lives today in Prahran. Ms Catherine Bell told of how her father had recorded his memories of the war for his family and future generations. Together with his hundreds of photographs they are a unique record of not only Kalamata’s but also Greece’s connection to the Anzacs in WW2. Early next month Catherine Bell will donate her father’s collection of photographs from the Greek campaign and associated memorabilia to Victoria’s State Library. Mr. Claven ended his talk with an appeal for the creation of an Anzac trail across the Peloponnese, linking the various sites he has identified as an aid to future commemorative tourists to the region. This could include the erection of memorial plaques or information boards or new displays at the region’s museums, such as the Kalamata war Museum. He also mentioned were moves to create a new documentary, featuring interviews with survivors of Kalamata and the region during the war. During his research trip Mr Claven had been introduced by Melbourne’s Rico Soublis and his sister Laila to Ms Voula Pierakou-Vounelakis and recorded her personal testimony of when the Germans came to Kalamata. This could form part of this exciting new documentary. There is already growing support for this project from veterans families in Israel and elsewhere and Mr Claven appealed to Melbourne’s Greek community to come together to support it. Mr Claven thanked all in Melbourne’s Peloponnese community who have encouraged and supported him to undertake this research as well as the assistance of local historians and journalists at Kalamata – including Panagiotis Andrianopoulos – and Pappaflessas’ Paul Sougleris in helping identify some of the exact locations the Anzacs walked in 1941. The President of “Pappaflessas”, Mr. George Kallianis thanked all those who attended, especially Ms Catherine Bell and her husband James, who had travelled all the way from Lorne on the Great Ocean Road to take part.   Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

300000 iPad vendus en une journée

first_img300.000 iPad vendus en une journéeÉtats-Unis – Depuis plusieurs semaines, Apple créait l’événement autour du lancement de sa tablette internet. Résultat : l’iPad s’est vendu à hauteur de 300.000 exemplaires samedi dernier, premier jour de sa commercialisation.Tout comme l’iPhone, l’iPad serait-il destiné à envahir le marché ? Avec 300.000 exemplaires vendus lors de son premier jour de commercialisation, la tablette d’Apple est en passe de connaître le même succès que l’iPhone, même si la file d’attente n’était pas aussi longue devant les magasins que lors du lancement du désormais célèbre smartphone. La firme à la pomme croit au potentiel de son nouveau produit : “Les utilisateurs d’iPad ont téléchargé plus d’un million d’applications de l’App Store et plus de 250.000 livres numériques de iBookstore.” La donne est légèrement différente par rapport aux ventes de l’iPhone : la version définitive de l’iPad, dotée d’une connexion Wi-Fi, ne sera disponible que fin avril et, de plus, la tablette est disponible sur le Net. Le 6 avril 2010 à 11:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Elon Musks Cannabis Controversy Sparks NASA Probe

first_imgStay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor NASA has reportedly ordered a safety review of two aerospace partners under contract to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.The months-long assessment of Boeing and SpaceX will begin next year, and examine “everything and anything that could impact safety,” NASA told The Washington Post.The review was prompted by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s recent appearance on a live podcast recording with comedian Joe Rogan.Between doing a Neil deGrasse Tyson impression and quizzing the Tesla and SpaceX chief on the future of automobiles, Rogan handed the entrepreneur a blunt filled with tobacco and marijuana.Musk’s single hit (legal in California, where the podcast was recorded) became the controversy heard round the nation.Following the live broadcast in September, Tesla shares fell more than 6 percent, and the company’s accounting lead resigned after a month on the job.There was even speculation of a U.S. Air Force investigation, considering SpaceX holds contracts with the military branch and has access to classified information about government satellites.But while the Air Force does not appear to be taking action, NASA is.“We are excited to once again launch American astronauts on American rockets and spacecraft from American soil,” according to an agency statement emailed to Geek. “We are focused on safe and successful commercial crew missions to the International Space Station.“In the coming months, prior to the crew test flights of Crew Dragon and Starliner, NASA will be conducting a cultural assessment study in coordination with our commercial partners to ensure the companies are meeting NASA’s requirements for workplace safety, including the adherence to a drug-free environment,” it continued. “We fully expect our commercial partners to meet all workplace safety requirements in the execution of our missions and the services they provide the American people. As always, NASA will ensure they do so.”As others have pointed out, Musk likely has security clearance—a privilege that prohibits the use of cannabis.SpaceX rocket launch at Kennedy Space Center in Florida (via Kennedy Space Center)With every rocket launch and rehearsed touchdown, we inch closer to the first commercial space flights, scheduled for next year.“As an agency we’re not just leading ourselves, but our contractors, as well,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in an interview with the Post. “We need to show the American public that when we put an astronaut on a rocket, they’ll be safe.”Bridenstine has “a lot of confidence in the SpaceX team”: After all, its workhorse Falcon 9 rocket recently received “Category 3” clearance to launch NASA’s most expensive and highest-priority science missions.But he also knows that “culture and leadership start at the top.”“Anything that would result in some questioning the culture of safety, we need to fix immediately,” he added.SpaceX, meanwhile, reiterated in a statement to the newspaper that “human spaceflight is the core mission of our company.”“There is nothing more important to SpaceX than this endeavor, and we take seriously the responsibility that NASA has entrusted in us to safely and reliably carry American astronauts to and from the International Space Station,” the firm said.“SpaceX actively promotes workplace safety and we are confident that our comprehensive drug-free workforce and workplace programs exceed all applicable contractual requirements,” it continued. “We couldn’t be more proud of all that we have already accomplished together with NASA, and we look forward to returning human spaceflight capabilities to the United States for the first time since the Space Shuttle program retired in 2011.”Still, this isn’t exactly the best time for Musk.The former Tesla chairman recently agreed to pay a $20 million fine as part of a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission.And don’t forget the defamation lawsuit filed against him by a rescue volunteer working to save children caught in a Thai cave, who Musk called a “pedo” and “child rapist.”The “pretty invasive” review, according to NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration William Gerstenmaier, will be led by the agency’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance.More on Geek.com:Here’s Who NASA Picked to Crew SpaceX, Boeing RocketsJapanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa Is SpaceX’s First Private AstronautElon Musk Renames SpaceX’s Monster Rocket—AgainEditor’s note: This article was updated on Nov. 21 with comment from NASA and SpaceX.last_img read more

Crews rescue bald eagles from Orlando storm drain

first_imgBald Eagle injured in Orlando. However, if this ain’t symbolic of our country right now. pic.twitter.com/eXCQjwe6VQ— GOODJOBCOLTS💙4-5 (@LoveLifeSmile23) November 10, 2016 I’m near the intersection Goldenrod Rd and Curry Ford Road in Orange County where 2 bald eagles are stuck in a storm drain pic.twitter.com/s91XP4UVfz— Ty Russell (@TRussellWFTV) November 10, 2016 Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Firefighters are waiting on Florida Fish and Wildlife for the rescue. Here’s a picture of the two bald eagles pic.twitter.com/cyo1VthxAI ORLANDO, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews in Orlando rescued two bald eagles that appeared to be stuck in a storm drain, Thursday afternoon.The discovery of the animals prompted road closures as rescuers awaited Florida Fish and Wildlife authorities.One eagle was freed by crews and flew away, but the other fell into the storm drain. Rescuers were able to free the second eagle from the drain shortly afterward. — Ty Russell (@TRussellWFTV) November 10, 2016last_img read more

Fairbanks 4 released welcomed with community potluck

first_imgOn Thursday, Dec. 17, Superior Court judge Paul Lyle approved a deal vacating the convictions of four men in the 1997 murder of John Hartman. In return, the Fairbanks Four promised not to sue the city of Fairbanks or the state of Alaska over the investigation and prosecution that led to their convictions, which they have long disputed.Franklin Harvey James Jr. shows off his protest sign in support of the Fairbanks Four, Oct. 24, 2015. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)One of the four, Marvin Roberts, has been on parole since last summer. George Frese, Kevin Pease and Eugene Vent were released from the Fairbanks Correctional Center last night, and met up with hundreds of supporters a short time later at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall in Fairbanks.There, just hours after the judge’s ruling, a potluck dinner of moose, salmon, spaghetti, fried chicken, salads, pies and much more had been assembled  — plenty to feed the hundreds of people at the hall, who Tanana Chiefs Conference president Victor Joseph said were exuberant.“They’re doing a little bit of eating, celebrating, just having a good time, a little bit of traditional dance, a lot of laughing, a little bit of crying and a lot of celebrating,” said Joseph.April Monroe said she was 16 years old when she and some friends attended the same wedding the Fairbanks Four went to the night of the murder:“So we knew they were innocent,” said Monroe. “We knew that, at random, four of us had just been taken.”Monroe is author of the “Free the Fairbanks Four” blog, where she’s worked to keep the case alive. She was joined by several other individuals and organizations – including Bill Oberly of the Alaska Innocence Project, a non-profit that works for exoneration of those wrongfully convicted. Former Fairbanks News Miner reporter and current University of Alaska Fairbanks journalism professor Brian O’Donohue reported on the case then led student investigations into it. The Dorsey & Whitney law firm represented the men pro bono. Monroe also credits a strong grassroots effort with Thursday’s decision, which she hopes signals a new direction.“Alaska has a very serious problem with consistent miscarriages of justice and systematic bias and systematic racism,” said Monroe. “And it’s something that as a state and as a people we need to address. The Fairbanks Four need to be the first of many people who find real justice inside our system.”Victor Joseph said the long journey of the Fairbanks Four, who entered prison as teenagers 18 years ago, is not over.“You just can’t come out on the streets with nothing and hope to be successful,” said Joseph. “We gotta make sure they are successful reentering our communities.”Supporters have set up a Wells Fargo bank account for donations to help the Fairbanks Four, and a fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Cook Inlet Tribal Council in Anchorage.last_img read more

KCR to visit Chintamadaka today

first_imgHyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao will visit his native village Chintamadaka in Siddipet district on Monday and the district administration has made all arrangements for the visit. The Chief Minister is slated to meet his friends, followers and villagers over lunch. The district officials have been busy making preparations for the meeting of the Chief Minister. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us He is likely to take representations from the villagers and resolve them instantly. The officials have asked the people from other places not to come to Chintamadaka and face inconvenience since it was a meeting exclusively for the village. The officials said the Chief Minister would visit Chintamadaka again later. Former minister T Harish Rao, who was present as chief guest in the pension distribution in Siddipet on Saturday said the Chief Minister had a special relation with Chintamadaka. There is a festive atmosphere in the village now. KCR is likely to review the development works as well as the problems faced by the villagers. He will also visit Ramalayam being constructed in the village.last_img read more

Infosys TCS Tech Mahindra recover losses after crashing in response to Brexit

first_imgShares of Infosys, TCS and Tech Mahindra pared losses after falling over 4 percent on the BSE on “Black Friday” after Britain voted to exit the 28-member European Union (EU) in the referendum conducted on Thursday.At around 11 a.m., TCS was trading at Rs. 2,546 apiece, down 3.69 percent, Infosys was trading 1.93 percent lower at Rs. 1,188.15 and Tech Mahindra was at Rs. 504.10, a loss of 5.76 percent.The BSE Information Technology index was down 2.91 percent at around 11.05 a.m.The freefall was in line with the worldwide crash in currency, stock and commodity markets on Friday in response to Brexit.Vineet Nayyar, Executive VC of Tech Mahindra, was unfazed by Brexit’s impact on his company, saying the currency has withstood volatility in pound in the past also, reported moneycontrol. Tech Mahindra earns about 25 percent of its total revenues from exports to Britain.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition Tuesday Feb 10

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe’ll talk to local SEIU union organizers and colleagues of long-time union leader Charles Hall, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident last week. Plus, we’ll take a look at a controversial new class at Anne Arundel Community College, which teaches aspiring entrepreneurs about opportunities connected to the expanding marijuana market.  It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

Dungeon Siege 3 release date set for May 31 preorder bonuses revealed

first_imgAction role-playing game fans have another date to pencil in their digital diaries for this year. Obsidian Entertainment and publisher Square Enix are set to release Dungeon Siege 3 on May 31.As you’d expect, different retailers have been given a variety of extras they can offer in return for your pre-order and eventual cash. Below is a rundown of what is available so you can purchase appropriately depending on your tastes:AmazonBite of Arakun – Grants the player the ability to poison enemies with lingering injury or soften their defenses, leaving them vulnerable for follow-up attacks.Best BuySacred Heart of the Legion – Increases a player’s health and pushes close combat assailants back each time the bearer is struck in battle.GameStopBurning Band of Scorch – This exclusive preorder in-game ring increases the raw damage of a player’s attacks and sets all foes ablaze with any weapon.Talisman of the Grand Mage – This exclusive preorder in-game necklace reduces incoming damage on the player and grants the ability to lash out with a mystical attack that injures enemies in close-range combat.SteamGet both Dungeon Siege and Dungeon Siege 2 games as a gift.WalmartMini comic from Dark Horse Comics and mini strategy guide from Prima Games.Out of that selection by far the best value is being offered by Steam with free digital copies of the first two games. However, if you already own both of those games that may be of little use to you. Of the in-game items GameStop seems to have the best deal.Dunegon Siege 3 will be released on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. If you plan on purchasing the PC version you will require the following minimum spec:Windows 7, Vista or XP2.6GHz processor or better2GB RAM4GB hard drive spaceDirextX 9 graphics card with at least 256MB RAM and Pixel Shader 3.0Read more at Joystiqlast_img read more

TMC practices syndicate of the people says Abhishek

first_imgKolkata: Abhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Congress MP and president of the party’s youth wing, has urged people to help Trinamool Congress candidates win all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal and ensure that the BJP does not get a single seat.Addressing a counter-rally at Midnapore College Grounds where Prime Minister Narendra Modi had addressed a meeting on July 16, Banerjee said: “Our supremo Mamata Banerjee had set a target for the party to defeat the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha election at the Martyr’s Day programme held on July 21. She had said we have to win all the 42 seats in the state and oust the saffron party from the Centre in 2019.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”They (BJP) had claimed that they would win 22 seats. We have to ensure that they do not even win that much seats in the state. Let us take a pledge to oust the BJP from Delhi in 2019 and establish a government that will ensure communal harmony, benefit of the farmers and advancement of health and education,” he added.Taking a dig at the Prime Minister, who had alleged that the ruling Trinamool Congress runs a syndicate raj in the state, Banerjee stated: “I admit that the Trinamool Congress is running a syndicate. It has been practicing the “syndicate of the people” that ended 34 years of Left Front Rule in the state in 2011, established peace in Maoist-affected Junglemahal and restored tranquility in Darjeeling hills by breaking the unholy nexus of Bimal Gurung and Roshan Giri. We are forming a new people’s syndicate in the days to come to topple the BJP government Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedfrom power”.Banerjee also reiterated that Modi had done very little for the Hindus in the country. Accusing the BJP of creating a rift between the Hindus and the Muslims, he said: “We will not let that happen”.He also mentioned that the PM had taken up a project of cleaning River Ganga (Namami Gange) and allocated a budget of Rs 3,000 crore but not even a pond was cleaned.He further alleged that the BJP had brought people from four neighbouring states and 10 neighbouring districts for the Prime Minister’s rally. “There were vehicles from states like Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha, while it was difficult to spot even a single farmer, despite calling it as a farmer’s welfare meeting,” he maintained. He dared the Prime Minister to organise a similar programme in states like Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh that had witnessed a number of farmer suicides.Apart from Banerjee, senior TMC leaders like Partha Chatterjee, Suvendu Adhikari, Firhad Hakim, Subrata Bakshi also claimed that the TMC would win all the 42 seats in the state and the BJP would not be able to win a single seat.last_img read more