Feeding America has announced that acclaimed chef Mario Batali will serve as a guest editor for National Geographic magazine’s Your Shot assignment to inspire people to care about the issue of hunger in America.Batali is a member of the Feeding America Entertainment Council and a longtime anti-hunger advocate. Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, providing food to more than 46 million Americans each year.This year, National Geographic magazine’s editorial narrative is “The Future of Food.” In tandem, the Your Shot assignment “The Story of Hunger and Hope” project is designed to capture photographs of what hunger looks like in communities around the country and convey the hope that exists when people work together to solve the problem.Selected photographs from the Your Shot campaign will be included in the book Feeding America: Stories of Hunger and Hope, which is scheduled to be published October 2015, the book is being created as a persuasive tool for inspiring people to support hunger-relief efforts.Your Shot is National Geographic’s online community of nearly 500,000 photographers designed to tell stories through compelling photography. Anyone can join the Your Shot community to participate in the assignment.Throughout the assignment, which closes Sunday, November 30, Batali will help raise awareness by sharing his perspective on select submitted photos. The top photographs will be announced and posted on Monday, December 8.This project is funded by The Howard G. Buffett Foundation.Source:PR Newswire
October 12, 2019October 12, 2019
Kolkata: The Election Commission has announced re-polling in one polling station under Kolkata North parliamentary constituency on Wednesday, according to a notification. The parliamentary constituency voted in the seventh phase on May 19. As per the notice, the re-poll will be held in Room no. 1 polling station at Sanskrit Collegiate School under the Jorasanko Assembly segment. Polling will be held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are 1,862 polling stations in Kolkata North parliamentary constituency.
UNICEF welcomes British recognition of migrant childrens rightsUNICEF welcomes British recognition of migrant childrens rights
October 12, 2019October 12, 2019
“The decision paves the way for vulnerable children who are subject to immigration control to enjoy the fundamental human rights spelled out in the Convention [on the Rights of the Child] for every child,” UNICEF said in a press release. “The move, made over the weekend, signals the Government’s full commitment to supporting the children’s rights as laid out in the CRC,” the statement added. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which was adopted in 1989, details the basic human rights for children and young people everywhere under the age of 18.The British Government also removed its reservation to article 37(c) on children in custody, which stresses that incarcerated children should not lose their fundamental rights and that their treatment must take into account their age and development, ensuring that children are kept separate from adult prisoners.At the same time the Government announced its intention to sign the CRC’s Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, further strengthening its support of the most vulnerable children. 23 September 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today applauded the decision by the British Government to grant children seeking asylum, migrant children and those trafficked into the country the same rights as British children, including their right to education, health care and social services.
October 7, 2019October 7, 2019
(Update)A local union is looking for answers from the federal government.Locked out steelworkers from U.S. Steel’s Lake Erie Works want some action and answers from their local MP.The union president says Diane Finley needs to do something about it as the workers families are in dire straights after three months of being locked out.Cindy Csordas reports.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09
Negotiations for UN conference on landlocked countries reach final stageNegotiations for UN conference on landlocked countries reach final stage
October 6, 2019October 6, 2019
Anwarul Chowdhury, the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States said negotiations at the International Ministerial Conference of Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries in Almaty, Kazakhstan, had “reached a critical stage.””We expect engagement between delegations to sort out differences in a number of key areas this afternoon,” Mr. Chowdhury told reporters.The most substantial differences in the negotiations revolve around trade issues, according to the Chairman of the preparatory committee, Yoshiuki Matamoro of Japan. There is a reluctance to promote relatively open market access for selected groups of low-income countries with very small export capacities, while developing countries with larger greater export potential must contend with higher barriers, he added.The Conference seeks to negotiate systematic improvements of those problems through cooperation with transit nations – those situated between landlocked countries and the seas – donors and multilateral agencies.Deliberations are expected to focus on freedom of access to the seas, infrastructure development, efficiency of transport operations and international support measures. Countries will negotiate agreements on cutting red tape, time and costs in goods from landlocked nations reaching markets through transit access countries.The Conference is a system-wide UN undertaking, organized by Mr. Chowdhury’s Office with the support and active participation of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the UN regional commissions.
McDermott Turner lead Pacers to 12188 rout of JazzMcDermott Turner lead Pacers to 12188 rout of Jazz
October 2, 2019October 2, 2019
SALT LAKE CITY — Doug McDermott scored a season-high 21 points and the Indiana Pacers rolled to an easy victory without their leading scorer, beating the Utah Jazz 121-88 on Monday night.Victor Oladipo, averaging 21.4 points, missed his fourth game with a sore right knee, so his teammates turned up their defensive intensity and spread the ball.Myles Turner set the tone with 16 points, all in the first three quarters, and seven Pacers reached double figures. Tyreke Evans scored 14 points and Cory Joseph and Domantas Sabonis each had 13.The Pacers shot a season-best 58.3 per cent and made half of their 18 3-point attempts.Donovan Mitchell, who scores 20.6 per game, sat out his second game with bruised ribs and Utah was playing a back-to-back, but it was 19 turnovers and poor shooting that buried the Jazz and dropped their usually stellar home record to 2-6.The Jazz repeatedly tried to dribble through the Pacers’ tenacious defence or pass over their outstretched hands. Even Utah’s traditionally supportive crowd booed at times as Utah’s turnovers led to 25 Indiana points.Turner drew Rudy Gobert outside and made his first five shots, mostly on mid-range jumpers off pick-and-pop actions.Turner signed a four-year, $72 million extension in the off-season and the big man from Texas went to work earning it, dropping fat, gaining muscle and improving his shot during the summer.After a four-game stretch where he didn’t score more than nine points, Turner has reached double figures in five consecutive games.He missed Friday’s loss to San Antonio with an ankle injury but was active from the start against Utah. Led by his 11 points in the first half, the Pacers were ahead by as many as 14 before settling for a 58-47 advantage at the break.The Jazz have lost six of eight.TIP-INSPacers: The Pacers beat the Jazz 121-94 last Monday. … Indiana is 8-0 when making at least half its 3-pointers. … The Pacers had their largest margin of victory this season and their first 30-point-plus win on the road in 22 years.Jazz: Rubio had 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting on Sunday against Sacramento but just three points on 1-of-6 shooting against the Pacers, typical of his up-and-down season. … Thabo Sefolosha and Joe Ingles both got technical fouls. … Utah went 8 for 31 on 3s.UP NEXTPacers: Continue their road trip at Phoenix on Tuesday night.Jazz: Visit the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.Matthew Coles, The Associated Press
September 24, 2019September 24, 2019
In the USA, a senior Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) field inspector has gone on record to praise the Michelin Earthmover Safety Training Program. The Michelin programme was recently expanded to provide more comprehensive tyre training for all of its earthmover market segments.James Bowman, a 32-year MSHA veteran, responsible for inspecting mines and quarries to ensure their safe day-to-day operation, recently said, “I am very impressed with the Michelin tyre safety programme and have used it several times since I received the material. The programme is comprehensive, to the point and full of information that assures safe procedures and intelligent risk analysis determinations.”Bowman noted that mining is moving in a direction that will require more tyre products than ever before. He highlighted that tyres used in mining today have potential safety consequences if not used properly and well-maintained. “The Michelin safety programme provides the total package of assembly, evaluation, maintenance and application,” he said. “It is obvious that the Michelin safety programme is the most innovative and comprehensive programme on the market today for tyre safety. Many thanks and appreciation go to Michelin for its efforts to see that miners go home to their families safely every day.”The programme is designed to educate managers, maintenance personnel, equipment operators and support staff on best safety practices not only in mine operations, but also in quarries, construction sites and port and terminal operations. The programme can be taught by Michelin Earthmover personnel, authorized Michelin tyre dealers or the customer’s safety manager.www.michelinearthmover.com
Unaired 80s Mac ad shows a time when geeks were geeksUnaired 80s Mac ad shows a time when geeks were geeks
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
The phrase “an oldie but a goody” comes to mind when viewing the above un-aired television advertisement from Apple. The ad was originally slated to run on televisions across the country in 1983 in support of Apple’s “Lisa” personal computer. Many will remember that Steve Jobs himself was forced out of working on the Lisa project and instead focused on bringing the now legendary Macintosh line into being.The television ad for Lisa never aired, likely due to the fact that Apple thought it would be seen as pretentious and self-absorbed as it seems today. Even so, it’s deliciously geeky and an interesting portrayal of another era of personal computing.As it stands, the video may never have seen the light of day, but thanks to former Mac “software wizard” turned Google engineer Andy Herzfeld and his Google+ page it was made available for the masses to enjoy and marvel at the bad 80’s geek fashion that is on display in the video.While the advertising and marketing executives back in 1982 may have thought that the statements made by the development team were a bit too self-congratulatory, the team had good reason to sound as confident as it did. Lisa was one of the most advanced and cost-effective computers of its day. It was the first to offer a graphical user interface in a low cost format to business users, making it desirable for blue-chip companies that were discovering that computers were going to play a large role in day-to-day business.While in modern times the $9,995 price tag of the Lisa would be considered outrageous, at the time it was honestly an incredible cost reduction when it came to computing hardware. With its 2MB of available RAM and its 5 MHz processor, it was considered a solid leap forward in technology.via PC Mag
Senator who retweeted post calling IRA victim sadist returns to SF afterSenator who retweeted post calling IRA victim sadist returns to SF after
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie By Hayley Halpin Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share81 Tweet Email Senator who retweeted post calling IRA victim ‘sadist’ returns to SF after three-month ban Senator Máire Devine issued an apology to the family of Brian Stack in the Seanad following the incident. 16,044 Views Jun 19th 2018, 6:16 AM Máire Devine Short URL 96 Comments I want to apologise for any and all offence and hurt caused from my Twitter activity. It was never my intention to cause any more hurt to those in deep distress. I want to put on record my most sincere apologies to the family of the late Brian Stack.Brian StackBrian Stack was chief prison officer at Portlaoise Prison when he was shot dead while leaving a boxing match in Dublin in 1983.He died from his injuries 18 months later.Austin Stack, who alongside his brother Ollie led a campaign to find out who killed their father, has repeatedly called for Devine to resign from her position as Senator over the affair.Speaking to TheJournal.ie yesterday, Stack said that he is “disgusted” that Devine is being allowed to return to the party.“I believe that it was a resigning matter, I believe that Sinn Féin should have dismissed her from the party and should have taken moves to permanently have her removed from the party,” Stack said.Stack added that Devine has made no contact with himself or his families members since the incident and has not issued a personal apology to them.“The fact that she has made no attempt whatsoever to contact myself or my family to apologise, we as a family and me personally, I would be disgusted if Máire Devine was allowed to return to Sinn Féin,” he said.“I’m the type of individual that if somebody reaches out to me in a genuine effort, I would meet that person halfway, but this individual has not done that,” Stack said, speaking of whether he would have accepted her apology had she reached out to him.“By readmitting Máire Devine to the party, they will again rub salt in the wounds of the victims.” A number of follow-up tweets from me were wholly inappropriate, and I deeply regret that. SENATOR MÁIRE DEVINE is to return to Sinn Féin today after being suspended three months ago for comments she made on Twitter about a prison officer killed by the IRA in the 1980s.On 18 March, Devine had retweeted a tweet from a parody government account which referred to Brian Stack as a “sadist”.The post read: “Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has congratulated Gerry Adams after the people of New York celebrated #GerryAdamsDay.“Leo had no response to criticism in the #Sindo from a #SaveThe8th Fianna Fáil son of a sadist prison officer.”Before apologising for the tweet, Devine sent follow-up tweets that appeared to accuse Brian Stack’s son Austin of being overly-sensitive about the issue.She was subsequently suspended from Sinn Féin for a period of three months, which ends today.In a statement to TheJournal.ie, a Sinn Féin spokesperson said: “Yes, Máire Devine’s suspension will be finished [today] and she will return to the party.“Máire Devine has apologised by public statement at the time of the tweet. She has also apologised on the record of the Seanad at her earliest opportunity. Mary Lou McDonald also issued a statement at the time on the matter.”‘Catastrophic error of judgement’At the time of the incident, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said Devine made a “catastrophic error of judgement” by retweeting the post.“I have zero tolerance for people or actions that bring grief to the victims or to their families and I want to apologise sincerely to the family of the late Brian Stack,” McDonald said.“Senator Devine understands fully that she made a catastrophic error of judgement in retweeting something that came from a made-up account. And she further made the error of gainsaying the hurt felt by Brain Stack’s son in a series of exchanges.”Speaking in the Seanad on 27 March, Devine said she wanted to issue an unreserved apology to the Stack family.“On Sunday 18 March, I retweeted what I thought to be a genuine tweet without reading the full content of that tweet. Máire Devine Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4076789 Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 6:15 AM
Former HBlock prisoner visits Leinster House for the first time 37 yearsFormer HBlock prisoner visits Leinster House for the first time 37 years
September 21, 2019September 21, 2019
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú, TDs Imelda Munster, Martin Ferris, Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald, Paddy Agnew, Gerry Adams & Catherine Agnew Image: Sinn Féin Share25 Tweet Email Jun 27th 2018, 8:59 AM By Paul Hosford Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 8:59 AM Image: Sinn Féin It’s 37 years later and Paddy has finally come across the threshold of Leinster House. Many of those involved in Sinn Féin today were not born at that time but they and we are part of a struggle which is about achieving Irish unity. I believe we have the exceptional privilege of living through an unprecedented opportunity to end partition. That is within our grasp.Gerry Adams, who invited the Agnews to visit the Dáil, said:Paddy was imprisoned on several occasions for his republican activities. He spent time in Portlaoise, Mountjoy, Crumlin Road prisons and in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh. He was first imprisoned in 1973. In 1977, he was captured with Arthur Morgan and others on a boat in Carlingford Lough. He was sentenced to 16 years’ imprisonment and like hundreds more at that time went on the blanket protest against the British government’s criminalisation policy. It was a cruel and brutal prison regime.“It was decided to stand prisoner candidates from the H-Blocks and Armagh Women’s prison in the June 1981 general election. Kieran Doherty, who subsequently died on 2 August after 73 days on hunger strike, and Paddy, were both elected to the Dáil on 11 June 1981.Agnew was released from prison in 1986 and joined Sinn Féin in Dundalk. https://jrnl.ie/4094143 24,444 Views FORMER H-BLOCK PRISONER Paddy Agnew visited Leinster House yesterday – some 37 years after he was elected a TD.Agnew was one of three republican prisoners elected during the 1981 hunger strikes. Elected as a TD for Louth, Agnew joined Kieran Doherty, who was elected in Cavan-Monaghan and Bobby Sands, who was elected an MP for Fermanagh-South Tyrone.He held his seat until 1982, but never entered the Dáil.Agnew was one of the “blanketmen”, who refused to wear prison uniforms during a five-year political protest at the notorious prison.Yesterday he and his wife Catherine were welcomed by the Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl and by the Clerk of the Dáil Peter Finnegan.Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald presented Agnew with the formal framed statement from the Returning Officer of his election to the Dáil.She said: Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú, TDs Imelda Munster, Martin Ferris, Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald, Paddy Agnew, Gerry Adams & Catherine Agnew 55 Comments Former H-Block prisoner visits Leinster House for the first time – 37 years after being elected a TD Agnew was one of the “blanketmen”. Short URL
Jordan Peeles Us Becomes Universal Halloween Horror MazeJordan Peeles Us Becomes Universal Halloween Horror Maze
September 19, 2019September 19, 2019
Stay on target While not quite on the level as his debut film Get Out, Jordan Peele’s Us is still one of the best movies of the year and cements Peele as a heady horror filmmaker to keep your eye on. This brutal home invasion movie, where the family is terrorized by their own “Tethered” doppelgangers, asks a lot of questions about privilege and inequality and self-deluding psychological dark sides and nature vs. nurture without necessarily answering all of them. Plus what’s up with all those rabbits?Even if the more intellectual material goes over your head though Us works as a terrifically tense horror movie that’s violent without being too violent and gives the audience plenty of relieving applause moments. Peele wanted the Tethered to become a new kind of iconic movie monster. And if you don’t think he succeeded, just go outside wearing a red jumpsuit while holding some scissors and see what happens.What’s so terrifying about the Tethered though is that everyone has a bitter counterpart, and they could strike at anytime. It could even happen to you! And if you want a taste of what that’s like, try out the new Us-inspired maze coming to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights.Like any theme park attraction based on a movie, the Universal’s Us maze just wants you to live in the universe of the film. But whereas something like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is a thrilling space adventure and Universal’s own Ghostbusters maze will probably be more comedic, Us is a pure nightmare. Mirroring the events of the film, attendees start off in 1986 just like young Adelaide getting lost in the house of funhouse mirrors. You then travel to the present just as the Tethered begin to take their revenge on the surface.We’ll still have to wait and see what that revenge looks like. Did Peele and the cast and crew make new material? Will they scan your face and have actors wear a mask of you before they kill you? How much corny hip-hop will they reference? Find out for yourself when the Us attraction launches as part of Universal Halloween Horror Nights beginning September 6 in Orlando and September 13 is Los Angeles. ‘The Twilight Zone’ Finale Trailer Introduces Creepy ‘Blurryman”SNL’ Spoofs Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ With ‘Horrifying’ Discover Card Skit
September 6, 2019September 6, 2019
Amaravati: Three TDP MLAs, Atchannaidu, Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary and Nimmala Rama Naidu, have been suspended from the House on Tuesday. Their suspension will continue until the conclusion of the Assembly session. The Assembly Affairs Minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy has moved the motion for the suspension of these MLAs, as they surrounded the speaker’s chair protesting the government’s response on 50% reservation bill for BC, SC, ST, and minority communities. However, the suspended TDP MLAs remained in the House and raised slogans against the government. The government Chief Whip Srikanth Reddy has demanded for the expulsion of the members who don’t follow the traditions of the House permanently till the end of the sessions.
Flipkart Moves Nearly 300 Employees to Outsourcing Firm SercoFlipkart Moves Nearly 300 Employees to Outsourcing Firm Serco
September 5, 2019September 5, 2019
To improve operational efficiency and maintain a lean structure, domestic online retailing major Flipkart has moved hundreds of middle and lower-level employees to business process outsourcing firm Serco.The e-talier, which currently employs around 33,000 people, has shifted nearly 300 employees to the rolls of Serco, a step familiar in the technology industry aimed at reducing operational burden.The number of employees transferred to BPO firm may be “significantly” more-than the disclosed figure, executives told The Economic Times.”Flipkart’s decision to outsource few roles is a strategic move which will help us scale faster and also grow the partner ecosystem around us,” a company spokesman said.”We believe that realigning the organisation to business priorities is critical for keeping pace with the dynamic environment that we operate in.”India’s most valuable e-commerce firm continues to strengthen its top level management by roping in talent in the Silicon Valley, to establish new strengths and maintain its lead, as many companies foray into the fast growing online retail sector.The Bengaluru-based firm has to maintain a lean size in order to compete with the new entrants and other leading internet companies such as Snapdeal and Amazon.”When a company has too many people on its payroll, it gets difficult to handle from the compliance perspective,” said Vaibhav Parikh, partner at law firm Nishith Desai Associates.”Once employees are on an outsourced payroll, they don’t appear in the books of the company and, in turn, the revenue-per-employee is much higher, which is an important metric for companies,” he added.Experts said that employees who have been moved to outsourcing unit will also not receive stock options.”Executives… have been asked to shift to this new agency right ahead of the appraisal cycle,” said an employee, who has been transferred to Serco, the third largest BPO in the country.
Markets week ahead Aviation stocks likely to spurt over bullish July airMarkets week ahead Aviation stocks likely to spurt over bullish July air
September 5, 2019September 5, 2019
Trading on Indian stock exchanges next Monday could see heightened activity in select scrips on the basis of data released on Friday evening after market hours, especially the domestic air traffic data for July. Shares of SpiceJet, Jet Airways and IndiGo-parent Interglobe Aviation could rise on the back of the buoyant numbers reported in the world’s fastest-growing civil aviation market.The country’s low-cost and full-service carriers such as IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Go Air, AirAsia India, Vistara and state-run Air India, and few smaller players, flew 85.08 lakh (8.5 million) passengers during the month, an increase of 25.82 percent, YoY.IndiGo maintained its lead as the largest carrier by market share at 39.8 percent, its highest in the past seven months, followed by Jet Airways at 16.3 percent. Air India saw its share decline to 14.8 percent in July 2016 from 15.5 percent in the preceding month.Interglobe Aviation shares closed at Rs. 880.25 apiece, Jet Airways at Rs. 537.70 and SpiceJet at Rs. 58.70. The July traffic data was released by the DGCA after market hours on Friday.The BSE Sensex closed at 28,077 on Friday, gaining 46 points, while the NSE Nifty 50 lost six points to end at 8,666. The 30-scrip benchmark equity BSE index rally was driven by State Bank of India (SBI), Tata Steel and Cipla, while stocks that pulled the index down included Coal India, TCS, Lupin and Wipro.NSE Nifty 50 gainers included SBI, Bank of Baroda, Hindalco and Aurobindo Pharma. On Friday, foreign institutional investors (FIIs/FPIs) were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs. 409.94 crore, according to provisional data published by the NSE.SBI shares gained 4.15 percent on Friday after the country’s biggest lender by assets informed the stock exchanges informed the stock exchanges on Thursday that its board approved merger of associate banks of SBI and Bharatiya Mahila Bank with itself. “State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Travancore and Bhartiya Mahila Bank will be in focus as SBI has approved its merger with these banks,” Dynamic Levels said in a note.Shares of Infosys dropped almost 4 percent during the week over the company losing out a key project of its client, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).
September 3, 2019September 3, 2019
Sudanese demonstrators gather during a rally demanding a civilian body to lead the transition to democracy, in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on 13 April. Photo: AFPSudan’s second new military leader in as many days vowed Saturday to “uproot” deposed president Omar al-Bashir’s regime and release protesters, in a bid to placate demonstrators demanding civilian rule.”I announce the restructuring of state institutions according to the law and pledge to fight corruption and uproot the regime and its symbols,” general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said, a day after he was sworn in to head Sudan’s new ruling military council.He also ordered the release of all prisoners jailed by special emergency courts and the immediate lifting of a night-time curfew imposed by the council earlier this week.Career soldier Burhan took the helm of Sudan’s transitional military council on Friday when his predecessor General Awad Ibn Ouf — a close aide of ousted veteran president Bashir — quit after little more than 24 hours in power.Burhan also pledged Saturday that individuals implicated in killing protesters would face justice.His initial announcements indicated he wanted to show the tens of thousands of protesters on the streets that he is not part of the regime’s old guard and was genuinely committed to reform.He also accepted the resignation of the head of the feared National Intelligence and Security Service, Salah Abdallah Mohammed Salih — widely known as Salih Ghosh — the military council announced.Salih Ghosh had overseen a sweeping crackdown against protesters in four months of mass demonstrations that led to the army’s toppling of Bashir on Thursday.Demand for civilian ruleDozens of protesters were killed and thousands of activists, opposition leaders and journalists arrested.The police said Friday that 16 people had been killed in live fire in Khartoum alone over the previous two days as NISS agents led a last stand for Bashir before the army intervened.But in a statement Saturday evening, Burhan said the deputy chief of the NISS was a member of the newly formed 10-member council which also includes the police chief and military figures.Burhan named as the council’s deputy Mohammad Hamdan Daglo, who is also known as Himeidti, field commander of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) counter-insurgency unit, which rights groups have accused of abuses in war-torn Darfur.A photograph published by state news agency SUNA had shown Burhan talking with protesters outside army headquarters on Friday, before his elevation to the top job.Khartoum erupted with joy when Ibn Ouf tendered his resignation on Friday night barely 24 hours after taking the oath of office.But protest organisers urged demonstrators to keep up their week-old vigil outside army headquarters.Ibn Ouf had served as Bashir’s defence minister right up to the president’s downfall, ending three decades of iron-fisted rule.A former military intelligence chief, Ibn Ouf remains under US sanctions for his role in the regime’s brutal response to a 2003 ethnic minority rebellion in Darfur region.Bashir himself came to power in a 1989 Islamist military coup, toppling an elected government led by Sadiq al-Mahdi.Burhan comes with less baggage from Bashir’s deeply unpopular rule than Ibn Ouf.The grass-roots Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) composed of doctors, teachers and engineers, has spearheaded the nationwide protests.While welcoming Ibn Ouf’s departure, it demanded that Burhan swiftly “transfer the powers of the military council to a transitional civilian government” and said it would continue to stage sit-ins to that end.Violating the constitutionBashir remained in custody and his National Congress Party on Saturday urged the military council to release arrested members.”We consider (the) taking of power by the military council as violating the constitution’s legitimacy,” the NCP said in a statement.”The NCP rejects the detention of its leaders, among them its acting president” Ahmed Harun, it added, calling for their immediate release.Outside the Middle East, the formation of a military government to replace Bashir has met with widespread criticism.The African Union said Bashir’s overthrow by the military was “not the appropriate response to the challenges facing Sudan and the aspirations of its people”.The Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) called for dialogue and a peaceful transition of power, in a joint statement from their summit in Ndjamena, Chad.The European Union urged the army to carry out a “swift” handover to civilian rule, and former colonial ruler Britain said that the two-year transition announced by the military “is not the answer.””We need to see a swift move to an inclusive, representative, civilian leadership,” said Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.But Saudi Arabia backed the transitional military council and promised an aid package including, wheat, medicine and “petroleum products”, the Saudi Press Agency reported Saturday.Members of the military council have sought to reassure foreign diplomats about its intentions.”This is not a military coup, but taking the side of the people,” the council’s political chief lieutenant general Omar Zain al-Abdin told Arab and African diplomats at a meeting broadcast on state television on Friday.The International Criminal Court (ICC) has longstanding arrest warrants against Bashir for suspected genocide and war crimes during the regime’s brutal campaign of repression in Darfur.But the military council has said it would never extradite him or any other Sudanese citizen.
Ultraviolet spectroscopic evolution of a tidal disruption event investigated by astronomersUltraviolet spectroscopic evolution of a tidal disruption event investigated by astronomers
August 31, 2019August 31, 2019
Citation: Ultraviolet spectroscopic evolution of a tidal disruption event investigated by astronomers (2017, April 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-ultraviolet-spectroscopic-evolution-tidal-disruption.html More information: The Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Evolution of the Low-Luminosity Tidal Disruption Event iPTF16fnl, arXiv:1704.02321 [astro-ph.HE] arxiv.org/abs/1704.02321AbstractWe present the ultraviolet (UV) spectroscopic evolution of a tidal disruption event (TDE) for the first time. After the discovery of the nearby TDE iPTF16fnl, we obtained a series of observations with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) onboard the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The dominant emission features closely resemble those seen in the UV spectra of the TDE ASASSN-14li and are also similar to those of N-rich quasars. However, there is significant evolution in the shape and central wavelength of the line profiles over the course of our observations, such that at early times the lines are broad and redshifted, while at later times the lines are significantly narrower and peak near the wavelengths of their corresponding atomic transitions. Like ASASSN-14li, but unlike N-rich quasars, iPTF16fnl shows neither MgIIλ2798AA nor CIII]λ1909AA emission features. We also present optical photometry and spectroscopy, which suggest that the complex HeII profiles observed in the optical spectra of many TDEs are in part due to the presence of NIII and CIII Wolf-Rayet features, which can potentially serve as probes of the far-UV when space-based observations are not possible. Finally, we use Swift XRT and UVOT observations to place strong limits on the X-ray emission and determine the characteristic temperature, radius, and luminosity of the emitting material. We find that iPTF16fnl is subluminous and evolves more rapidly than other optically discovered TDEs. TDE occurs when a star passes close enough to a supermassive black hole and is pulled apart by the black hole’s tidal forces, causing the process of disruption. Such tidally disrupted stellar debris then rains down on the black hole and radiation emerges from the innermost region of accreting debris, which indicates the presence of a TDE. TDEs serve as invaluable probes of strong gravity and accretion physics, providing answers about the formation and evolution of supermassive black holes. While most such events are discovered in optical transient surveys, ultraviolet observations provide an opportunity to learn much more about the kinematics and ionization structure of tidally disrupted stellar debris.iPTF16fnl was discovered on Aug. 26, 2016 as a transient consistent with the center of the galaxy Mrk 0950. This transient was later classified as a rapidly evolving, low-luminosity TDE, located about 220 million light years away. It is the nearest TDE found so far and its black hole mass is estimated to be not greater than 5.5 million solar masses. Due to the proximity of iPTF16fnl to Earth, Brown and his colleagues decided to initiate a follow-up observational campaign in order to study this event in detail. These observations were conducted using the Hubble Space Telescope’s (HST) Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) and the Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope (UVOT) onboard NASA’s Swift spacecraft. The researchers also employed several ground-based observatories in order to perform photometric and spectroscopic monitoring of this event. All these instruments allowed the team to spectroscopically observe the temporal evolution of a TDE in ultraviolet light for the first time ever.”We presented for the first time the UV spectroscopic evolution of a TDE using data from HST/STIS,” Brown’s team wrote in a research paper available on arXiv.org.The results show that shape and velocity offset of the broad ultraviolet emission in iPTF16fnl and absorption features evolve with time.”There is significant evolution in the shape and central wavelength of the line profiles over the course of our observations, such that at early times, the lines are broad and redshifted, while at later times, the lines are significantly narrower and peak near the wavelengths of their corresponding atomic transitions,” the paper reads.The researchers found that ultraviolet spectra of iPTF16fnl closely resemble those of ASASSN-14li (other nearby TDE) and nitrogen-rich quasars. When it comes to optical spectra of iPTF16fnl, the findings indicate that they resemble those of several other optically discovered TDEs.”The dominant emission features closely resemble those seen in the UV spectra of the TDE ASASSN-14li and are also similar to those of N-rich quasars,” the authors wrote.All the data obtained by various space and ground-based telescopes allowed the scientists to draw conclusion that iPTF16fnl is subluminous and evolves more rapidly than other optically detected TDEs. Explore further (Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers led by Jonathan S. Brown of the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, has studied the ultraviolet spectroscopic evolution of a nearby low-luminosity tidal disruption event (TDE) known as iPTF16fnl. The results of this study, published Apr. 7 on arXiv.org., offer new clues on the nature of this TDE. © 2017 Phys.org Two new tidal disruption events discovered The UV evolution of iPTF16fnl as revealed by HST/STIS spectra and Swift photometry. The spectra have been smoothed with a 5 pixel boxcar and scaled by a constant factor to best match the Swift photometry for ease of comparison. The dashed lines show our blackbody fits to the host subtracted Swift fluxes. Prominent atomic transitions are marked with vertical dotted lines. The thin gray line shows our estimate of the UV spectrum of the host based on the SED model. Credit: Brown et al., 2017. 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.
US awaits landmark Supreme Court judgment on gay marriageUS awaits landmark Supreme Court judgment on gay marriage
August 19, 2019August 19, 2019
No related posts. WASHINGTON, D.C. – The marathon legal battle over same-sex marriage faces its moment of truth on Wednesday with the United States Supreme Court poised to issue rulings whose impact may be felt for years to come.Unless the justices fail to agree on two same-sex marriage cases before the court, and decide to revisit the matter when they reconvene later this year, the final opinions will be issued on Wednesday.With the court shrouded in secrecy, a frenzy is expected when the panel presided over by conservative Justice John Roberts divulges whether the definition of marriage can be extended to include same-sex couples.In a country where 12 U.S. states plus the capital allow gays and lesbians to marry, the top court is due to take a stance on two appeals and decide whether the principle of equality defended by the Constitution has been violated.In the first case, a gay widow from New York, Edith Windsor, backed by the Obama administration, is challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).That controversial 1996 law denies gay and lesbian couples the same federal rights and benefits that heterosexual married couples take for granted, from tax breaks and welfare benefits to access to a hospitalized spouse.The second case deals with the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot initiative that saw the nation’s most populous state ban same-sex marriage.At its hearing at the end of March, the top court seemed ready to repeal DOMA but reluctant to legalize gay marriage in California.The court could rule on California alone, on the states that have similar legislation on civil unions, or on those that still ban gay marriage.Analysts say the decisions could go either way.“This term, in particular, it’s very risky to bet on what the Supreme Court will do,” said lawyer Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center.As with most of the important cases, Justice Anthony Kennedy, who usually votes with the right, “could be the deciding factor,” she said.David Cruz, law professor at the University of Southern California, said it was very unlikely that the court would adopt a broad ruling that strikes down all gay marriage bans.“I think seeing all same-sex couples being able to get married in every state is probably not going to happen immediately … because of the tradition in the court: the Justices often move in steps, they rule incrementally,” he said.Thomas Keck, political science professor at Syracuse University, said that whatever the justices decide, “it is going to be high-profile and it is going to get lots of attention.”Fifty-three percent of U.S. citizens support gay marriage, according to a recent survey by the Gallup polling institute.A Pew Research Center survey found that 47 percent of nearly 500 gay marriage news stories studied between March 18 and May 12 – a period marked by Supreme Court deliberations – primarily focused on support for the measure. Facebook Comments
August 13, 2019August 13, 2019
Grapes in Charts: Mexico helps make America grape … July 18 , 2019 The calm before the storm: Undersupplied U.S. tabl … You might also be interested in Table grape growers in the state of Maharashtra could soon be boosted by the formation of a federation which would improve marketing efforts, according to the Financial Express.The state’s Nashik is the leading production and export area for the fruit, having last season reached record exports of 143,000 metric tons (MT).But despite this success, the area’s grape farmers have long-remained unorganized, an issue that the Maharashtra Grape Growers Association (MGGA) has decided to tackle.To do this, the association plans to bring farmers together to form farmer producer companies. These groups could then join forces under a common federation for grapes.This could have positive implications for the 50,000 farmers associated with grape farming in the district, who grow across 150,000 hectares of farmland. One of the goals the federation would have would be to improve marketing, which is currently a big challenge for most farmers, says the publication.Kailas Bhosale, the secretary of the association, was quoted as saying: “There are several factors involved right from getting the right prices for grapes, lack of insurance, traders not honoring their financial commitments and the absence of a platform for addressing farmer grievances.” Study finds molecules in oranges, grapes, carrots … Yet he believes farmer producer companies, able to market produce together through a common platform, would be more effective.This strategy would help eliminate the common risks posed by farmers needing to rely on agents or traders.“At present, most farmers end up contracting their produce to commission agents or traders, and there have been several cases of traders duping farmers of their money,” Bhosale was quoted as saying.Moreover, because of the unorganized nature of the market, farmers end up taking whatever prices they get, he says. For example, he notes that in the season that just concluded, farmers received barely Rs 18-36 per kg (US$0.26 – US$0.52) for the fruit.The situation was similar in the export campaign as well because traders ended up dictating their price, he adds.But the federation could invite traders to register so that local farmers only sell their produce to registered traders. This approach would follow the example of APEDA, in which grape growers have to register themselves with GrapeNet.Read the full story here
August 9, 2019August 9, 2019
The Michigan House of Representatives today approved state Rep. Pete Lucido’s bill to amend the Revised School Code to require students to pass a civics test similar to the naturalization test used by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.“Let’s face it, immigrants coming into this country have worked tirelessly to get here and will do whatever it takes to fully understand and comprehend American government and our nation’s history,” said Rep. Lucido.“I whole-heartedly believe children living in America right now ought to be required to know this same pertinent information.“This bipartisan bill proves that we, as a representative body, feel it is important for a graduating high school student to have more knowledge about American Civics then about a fast food dollar menu.”House Bill 4163 serves as a condition of the student earning credit in high school civics, however there is no requirements in the bill for the results of the test to affect the student’s GPA.“Students are simply not learning the difference between federal, state and local government entities, nor do they have clear understanding about the three branches of government and their distinct and exclusive powers,” Rep. Lucido said.“These are the students who will grow up to take our places in many disciplines, and all walks of life, including government. We should expect that they will know that ours is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. We should demand more from the next generation and require that there be more than just a basic understanding of civics but rather a thorough comprehension and fond appreciation for American history.”HB 4136 now moves to the Senate for consideration.###### Tags: #SB, American government, civics, civics requirement, immigrants HB 4163, Lucido, students 31May Rep. Lucido’s civics test bill clears House Categories: Featured news,Lucido News,News
Rep Lucido supports bills to expand skilled trade opportunitiesRep Lucido supports bills to expand skilled trade opportunities
August 9, 2019August 9, 2019
21Dec Rep. Lucido supports bills to expand skilled trade opportunities State Rep. Peter Lucido, of Shelby Township, recently voted for a bipartisan legislative package to enhance trade and career skills education in Michigan’s public schools.“When I hear our state has over 100,000 open jobs, but not enough qualified professionals applying, then I wonder what can we do? These bills are exactly what we must do,” Lucido said. “Our state’s students will benefit from having more emphasis on career skills, more experienced instructors in the classroom and more information on post-high school programs.”The five bills are inspired by the Career Pathways Alliance, a coalition of state employment and education leaders tasked with improving Michigan’s professional landscape for job growth.The legislation:Creates a K-12 model program that emphasizes career learning and themes for each grade level, while focusing on engaging with parents, community businesses and industry interests;Provides continuing education and professional development credit for teachers who spend time engaging with local employers and professional trade centers;Allows proprietary schools, community colleges and skilled trade employers access – with parental consent – to high school pupil directory information for the purposes of recruitment and career opportunities; andPermits schools to more readily hire professional trade instructors to teach classes that align with their expertise.“We keep calling Michigan the ‘comeback state’ and this legislation will help continue that designation,” Lucido said. “The demand in skilled trades, technology and this medical professions is going to continue to grow. We have to work with our educators and business owners to prepare the next generation.”##### Categories: Lucido News,News