Amethi/Rae Bareli: True nationalism means love of the people and for the country but the BJP mirrors neither love nor respect in anything it does, says Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.Stepping up her attack on the saffron party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for failing to address real issues, Priyanka Gandhi said there will be consequences if the voice of the people is drowned by the voice of one leader. In an exclusive interview to PTI, the Congress leader also said there is growing “public anger and pain” for which the people of India will give a message to Modi on May 23 when the votes for the Lok Sabha polls will be counted. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”I believe true nationalism is love of the people and love for the country, which means respect and I do not see respect for the people in anything they are doing,” Priyanka Gandhi said in an interview during her campaign through the constituencies represented by her mother and brother. While Sonia Gandhi is the MP from Rae Bareli, Rahul Gandhi represents Amethi in the Lok Sabha. “Nationalism means solving the problems of the people of the country. The greatest patriotism of any politician, of any government, would be to be able to hear the people when they speak, would be to be democratic, to be able to strengthen the institutions that strengthen the public voice, not weaken it,” Priyanka Gandhi said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe BJP has been building its campaign narrative around the issue of nationalism and national security and the party has been referring to the Balakot air strikes and the Modi government’s policy in tackling terror. Priyanka Gandhi, who has been vigorously campaigning in Rae Bareli and Ameth, said the Modi government’s policies have led to large scale public anger and pain among people. “I think the people will give the message to him (PM) because I think whereever I go, I see a lot of public anger, public pain, which has not been addressed,” the Congress general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh said. “Any leader whether it is him (Modi) or anyone else, if public pain is not addressed, if the voice of the people is drowned by the voice of one leader or by the kind of ideology they have, they will have to suffer the consequences. So I think the people are very clear,” she said. PTI
The removal from office in Sri Lanka of Chief Justice Bandaranayake was unlawful, is undermining public confidence in the rule of law, and threatening to eviscerate the country’s judiciary as an independent guarantor of constitutional rights states the Executive Summary of an International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) report released today.Issued ahead of the full report, the Executive Summary of A Crisis of Legitimacy: The Impeachment of Chief Justice Bandaranayake and the Erosion of the Rule of Law in Sri Lanka finds the legal profession in Sri Lanka to be in a perilous state. The Executive Summary of A Crisis of Legitimacy includes specific recommendations to Sri Lanka’s authorities, including taking immediate steps to reverse the impeachment and replacement of Chief Justice Bandaranayake, consistent with the Sri Lankan Constitution and extant rulings of the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, drawing up a Code of Conduct for judges as a matter of urgency, taking full account of the principles set out in relevant international instruments, including the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct and the Latimer House Guidelines; and Repealing the 18th Amendment to the Constitution and taking steps to create a body independent of the President and responsible for the appointment of all senior officials and judges in Sri Lanka.To the UN, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group and Member Countries of the Commonwealth the delegation’s recommendations include inviting the Government of Sri Lanka to indicate precisely what assistance it requires to put reforms into effect and asking the Government in particular how it will facilitate future visits by and cooperate with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, and the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. Sternford Moyo, IBAHRI Co-Chair commented, ‘We call upon the Government of Sri Lanka to take immediate steps to reverse the impeachment and replacement of Chief Justice Bandaranayake and to work to rebuild the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession in the country, as a matter of absolute urgency.’ The interviews were conducted remotely because authorities would not permit an investigation to take place within Sri Lanka. The delegation found there to be a systematic effort to intimidate and discredit lawyers and others who advocate and promote respect for fundamental rights in Sri Lanka.In advance of the planning for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka in November 2013, Sternford Moyo stated, ‘This is a critical time for Sri Lanka and international efforts to work towards reform must be intensified. The IBAHRI invites the Commonwealth to carefully consider this report and Sri Lanka’s position with regard to respect for the separation of powers, the rule of law, good governance and human rights as enshrined in Sri Lanka’s Charter when deciding how to proceed with arrangements for the forthcoming CHOGM.’ A high-level delegation, under the auspices of the IBAHRI, investigated the removal of Chief Justice Bandaranayake and the independence of the legal profession in Sri Lanka through a series of in-depth conversations by telephone and via the internet with a range of key players in Sri Lanka, including judges, lawyers, journalists, parliamentarians and civil society activists.
He underlined the fact that Ms. Wickramanayake as UNSG’s envoy on youth, has a very crucial task at hand – to be the bridge between the UN and the youth across the world to identify the problems that are confronting the youth, as well as finding possible solutions to them. She also noted the importance of bringing youth issues to the table and working towards on furthering the rights of persons. She emphasized that contribution of the youth in this discussion should not be an addendum, but a core element.Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake in her statement thanked the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka for organizing this event, and took note that her position in the UN is not only as the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth but as the voice of youth at the United Nations. Ms. Amina J Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, welcoming Ms. Wickramanayake to the UN team emphasized the importance of the task she had undertaken as representative of over 1.8 billion youth worldwide. She expressed her enthusiasm for the work ahead of her and the future collaborations with the UN agencies and member states in furthering the mission of her office.The event saw participation from high-level UN officials, diplomats, representatives of the UN agencies, NGO’s and youth delegates. (Colombo Gazette) The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka hosted a reception at the United Nations Headquarters, to welcome the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake.Dr. Rohan Perera commenced the evening’s proceedings with welcome remarks, highlighting the good work carried out by Ms. Wickramanayake as a youth delegate in Sri Lanka, having been foremost in organizing the World Youth Conference in Sri Lanka in 2014, as well as for taking the necessary steps in steering a resolution in the General Assembly establishing 15th July as World Youth Skills Day.
From Baghdad itself to UN Headquarters in New York, from Geneva to Buenos Aires and in other far-flung outposts of its worldwide operations, staff observed a minute’s silence, top officials and local representatives paid homage and relatives mourned the 22 people who perished in the blast of 19 August 2003.In Baghdad, almost within site of the ruins of the Canal Hotel where top UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and many of his colleagues died, dozens of women and men, both Iraqi and international UN staff members, gathered in the Diwan School in the International Zone.Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi delivered a message from Mr. Annan and paid tribute to the victims, survivors, those injured and their families for their determination to press on with their mission in serving the Iraqis and other peoples around the world.The attackers “will not deter us from going ahead with the UN,” the Officer-in-Charge of the UN Administration in Baghdad, Anas Darwash, said in re-pledging the commitment of Iraqi UN staff to pursue their work with dedication in helping the country to emerge from successive wars and build a secure future. A religious service including an imam and two priests was held. At the UN’s European headquarters in Geneva, Mr. Annan himself led the commemoration ceremonies, pledging to do all in his power to reinforce security in the face of the “new and more intimidating” form of danger that faces the world body as it goes about its global peacekeeping and humanitarian operations. At the UN’s world Headquarters in New York Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette presided over ceremonies attended by representatives of the bereaved families as well as colleagues who were injured in the bombing.A documentary film celebrating the achievements of the fallen was shown, and the UN flag that had flown over the Canal Hotel that fateful day one year ago was unveiled in a place of honour in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, damaged by the blast but still proud.The Security Council issued a press statement mourning the “irreparable loss” in the attack on people whose only mission was to help Iraq “build a better future of peace, justice, sovereignty and full independence,” and it strongly condemned the continuing terrorist attacks on representatives of the international community.Hundreds of staff staged a silent march around the fountain in front of the UN complex carrying placards with messages such as “We will never forget you,” “Remember the fallen” and “Never again.”At three ceremonies joined by video-link in New York, Geneva and Amman – the Jordanian capital where many international staff relocated after the attack – UN flags on the stage were dipped in salute and a minute of silence was observed after Mr. Annan’s address.Members of the bereaved families or their representatives were led to the podium where they lit candles for each of the fallen, their images projected on a screen, and identical commemorative plaques were unveiled.Similar ceremonies were held in many of the world’s current hotspots where the UN is on the front line with peacekeeping or humanitarian missions in the field.In Kabul, a tree was planted and a plaque mounted at the UN operation centre. The head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Jean Arnault, said the magnitude of what happened a year ago served as a reminder of the scale of the risk that the world body faces in many of its operations today.At the Monrovia headquarters of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), a country torn apart last year by civil war before the UN arrived to support the peace process, Mr. Annan’s Special Representative Jacques Paul Klein embraced four staff members who survived the Baghdad tragedy and are currently serving in the West African nation. In Sudan and Burundi, two countries most recently in the headlines because of massacres and brutalities, UN missions held similar memorials, as they did in former hotspots that have enjoyed greater stability more recently, as in Nicosia, Cyprus, where more than 100 UN military, police and civilian personnel were in attendance. On the front line of natural catastrophes, too, in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, where disastrous floods recently killed 600 people, left 20 million more in need of food aid, damaged or destroyed three million homes and caused losses estimated at $7 billion, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Mark Malloch Brown paid tribute to the fallen and re-dedicated the world body to its principles of aiding all humanity. And so it was in Nairobi, Kenya, the UN’s African headquarters, and in countless other field offices of a world body whose missions gird the planet, from tiny Timor-Leste to the vast expanses of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), from the Caucasus mountains of Georgia to the tropical shores of Haiti.WATCH VIDEO Duration: 41 minutesListen to UN Radio
EU looking to give existing sanction more bite rather than expand penalties to new sectors AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Raf Casert, The Associated Press Posted Sep 3, 2014 3:21 am MDT BRUSSELS – European Union nations will be looking to give existing penalties against Russia more bite by the weekend rather than expanding sanctions to include sport events to punish Moscow for its involvement in the Ukraine crisis.Several member states came out on Wednesday against the idea of taking action against Russia’s high-profile sports events, such as its hosting of the 2018 World Cup, describing it as unrealistic at this stage.The EU’s executive Commission said in a statement that it offered proposals to the 28 member states to complement sanctions and centre on “access to capital markets, defence, dual use goods, and sensitive technologies.”It would leave the member states to primarily toughen existing measures. The proposals will now be considered by member states and a decision is expected by late Friday.The EU and the United States have so far imposed penalties against dozens of Russian officials and the financial and arms industry.On Wednesday, the bloc’s officials were looking at whether a ceasefire discussed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin would materialize, but there was no immediate indication that the fighting would stop.The idea of sports sanctions briefly came up but could not gain swift acceptance among many member states. Such sanctions against nations have often been fraught with difficulty and German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, sounded skeptical about any such move for the World Cup.“It is now 2014, the World Cup will happen in 2018, so I don’t think that this is something we have to discuss here today,” he said.Soccer governing bodies FIFA and UEFA have both declined to punish Russia despite apparent breaches of their rules in recent weeks, including the Russian Football Union’s attempt to integrate clubs from Crimea, which Moscow annexed in March, into its competitions.___Graham Dunbar contributed from Geneva, Geir Moulson from Berlin.___Raf Casert can be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/rcasert
In addition to the Government, he commended the Islamic Liberation Front, civil society groups, local communities and the Bangsamoro Transition Commission itself, which was first tasked some six years ago to help draft what in 2018 became the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.The de facto seat of the Autonomous Region, which consists of five mostly Muslim provinces, has its own government, which is outside of its jurisdiction.Following the plebiscite confirmations of 21 January and 6 February, Mr. Guterres called the Bangsamoro Organic Law “a landmark achievement on the road to lasting peace in the Southern Philippines,” as well as “a historic occasion for all people from the Philippines.”He pledged continued UN support in implementing the Bangsamoro Organic Law and helping to “build the capacity of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority to achieve peace, democratic governance, and respect for human rights.”
THERE HAS BEEN calls for more witnesses to be called before the inquiry into the death of Dhara Kivlehan.The 28-year-old passed away after giving birth at Sligo General Hospital in September 2010.She died from organ failure at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital, after being airlifted from Sligo.She had been diagnosed her as suffering a severe variant of pre-eclampsia called Hellp (Haemolysis, Elevated Liver Enzymes and Low Platelets).The Association for the Improvement in the Maternity Services (AIMS) Ireland said today that it fully supports criticisms expressed by the deceased husband’s, Michael Kivlehan.It is reported that he had critised coroner’s refusal to add several names to the list of witnesses.The widower then alleged there had been a “cover-up”.AIMS has branded as “unacceptable” that only two of the 19 members of staff involved in the incident are on the witness list.“The inquest was relocated at the request of the Irish Attorney General so that the 24 witnesses recommended by Belfast coroner Dr John Leckey could be legally compelled to attend,” co-chair Jene Kelly said. Why now are only a quarter of that number being considered to give evidence by Leitrim coroner Eamon McGowan?Read: ‘Heartbroken’ family of Dhara Kivlehan call for inquest >
The new dual core phones like Motorola’s Atrix and LG’s Optimus 2X look pretty muscular by today’s standards, but Adapteva thinks it can do a little bit better than that. How about 16 processing cores? Or maybe even 64? That’s well within reach, they say.Adapteva’s 64 core Epiphany offering consumes only about one watt of power and is roughly the same size as two standard ARM cores at 8mm square. Each core runs at 1GHz and could provide serious computational muscle while remaining easy to integrate into mobile devices where real estate is very much at a premium.But it’s not just space that’s a concern on smartphones and tablets. Power consumption is also a key concern, and Adapteva is squarely focused on making its chips as efficient as possible. The company’s website states that its chips are up to 10 times as efficient as those of its competition.Bittware, a company which manufactures digital signal processing boards, has signed on to produce boards using the Epiphany, and CEO Jeff Milrod is enthusiastic about Adapteva’s technology. Improvements in processing tech have largely come at the expense of efficiency, he believes, adding that Adapteva injected some “much needed creativity into the embedded signal processing world.”The next step is for Adapteva to get some big-time OEMs on board. The company says integration into existing products is a painless process, and I hope that’s true. Like most of you, I’d be more than a little excited to add an extra dozen or so processing cores to my phone.More at Giga Om
News JAY-Z’s music festival returns to Philadelphia for its eighth year, on Aug. 31 & Sept. 1Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Apr 2, 2019 – 6:21 pm Today, the Made In America Festival, started by JAY-Z in 2012, announced the lineup for its 2019 fest, featuring GRAMMY nominee Travis Scott and GRAMMY winner Cardi B as the headliners. The two-day event is set to take place in Philadelphia Aug. 31–Sept. 1, and will also include performances from GRAMMY winners Anderson .Paak, with The Free Nationals, James Blake and Kaskade. Fellow Made In America headliner Scott, who just closed out the second leg of his successful Astroworld Tour, will also be performing a select number of festivals, as well as Boston Calling and Rolling Loud in Miami. He and Cardi will also be part of the opening weekend parties at the new KAOS club in Las Vegas.Tickets to Made In America go on sale to the general public this Friday, April 5, with a TIDAL pre-sale currently up and running; more ticket info is available on the fest’s site.Kanye West Will Bring His “Sunday Service” To Coachella 2019 Email 61st GRAMMY Awards first-time nominees Jorja Smith and Tierra Whack are also on the bill, along with rising rappers Juice WRLD and Blueface, among others. The eighth annual festival will take place outdoors at Philly’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and is a great way to close out a busy festival season.Cardi is fresh off her first-time GRAMMY win this February, where she took home Best Rap Album for her debut LP, Invasion Of Privacy. The rap queen will be making her rounds at several other festivals around the globe this year, including Hangout Fest in Alabama and Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain. Travis Scott & Cardi B To Headline Made In America travis-scott-cardi-b-headline-2019-made-america-festival Travis Scott & Cardi B To Headline The 2019 Made In America Festival https://twitter.com/MIAFestival/status/1113141671687057410 Twitter Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 10, 2019 – 9:38 pm Watch: Cardi B Wins Best Rap Album
Shares of state-run Bank of Baroda fell more than 10 percent on the BSE on Monday in response to the second-largest Indian lender announcing disappointing quarterly results on Friday after market hours. Stocks of many other PSU banks, such as State Bank of India, Canara Bank, Dena Bank and Syndicate Bank, also ended the day with losses.The Bank of Baroda stock opened at Rs. 150, marginally lower from its Friday close, and embarked on a downhill path to hit an intra-day low of Rs. 139.80, but later trimmed losses to close at Rs. 142.20, down 8.23 percent from its previous close. The bank’s standalone net loss was Rs. 3,230 crore for the March 2016 quarter as against a net profit of Rs. 598 crore in the corresponding quarter last year. A 227 percent rise in provisioning for bad loans resulted in the bank’s profit taking a hit.On the NSE, the Nifty PSU Bank was the only sectoral index to end with losses.The S&P BSE Sensex opened from its Friday close but rebounded later to close with a gain of 164 points at 25,653. The NSE Nifty gained 46 points to close at 7,860.”A recovery in oil and commodities sparked a late rally in metal makers, private banks and automobile stocks,” AK Prabhakar, head of research at IDBI Capital Capital Market Services Ltd, told the Mint. Both foreign institutional investors (FIIs) and domestic institutional investors (DIIs) were net sellers of equities worth Rs. 79.84 crore and Rs. 127.91 crore, respectively, according to provisional data released by the NSE. Markets ignored The Indian rupee closed at 66.81 to the US dollar, recovering from the opening low of 66.91 to the greenback. “Following weak global cues the rupee opened on a weaker note but rose in the intra-day session after rebound in domestic equities,” IFA Global said in a note. Gold gained Rs. 25 to close at Rs. 30,050 per 10 gm while silver edged higher by Rs. 335 to end at Rs. 41,260 per kg in the Delhi bullion market on Monday.
Tata Global Beverages on Wednesday said it might sell its loss-making China subsidiary. The company’s Chinese subsidiary, called Zhejiang Tata Tea Extraction Company, reported a net loss of Rs. 15 crore in the previous financial year. “For China, we are exploring different options, which could be restructuring or a sale,” Cyrus Mistry, the Tata Group Chairman, said at Tata Global Beverage’s (TGB) annual shareholder meeting in Kolkata on Wednesday.The Indian non-alcoholic beverage company holds 81 percent in Zhejiang Tata Tea Extraction (ZTTECL). According to TGBL’s balance sheet, the Chinese subsidiary reported losses of over Rs. 100 crore in the financial year that ended on Dec. 31 Dec, 2015.”We continue to have those challenges and will take a call on the business there in the coming year. It is significantly a B2B business over there. It is not a consumer business. That’s not the reason that business is getting impacted. The reason is more from a productive prospective,” Mistry added. Various options have been considered for “restructuring” the Chinese business. The joint venture recorded liabilities of Rs. 115.54 crore and loss after tax was pegged at Rs. 15.34 crore as of December 31, 2015, according to TGBL’s annual report. “Delays continue in stabilisation of the China business. While prospective customers have shown interest in our instant tea products, the final conversion to orders will be dependent on meeting the product profile requirements. Going forward, stabilising the production process and establishing a pipeline of external customers and successful scaling of technology will be key to the success of the project,” the annual report said.The joint venture between Zhejiang Tata Tea Extraction and TGBL was inked in 2007. TGBL holds 70 percent stake while ZTTECL holds the rest. The TGBL stock was trading at Rs. 141.75 at around 2.31 p.m. on Thursday, up 1 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
[Representational Image] Nokia confirms participation in MWC 2017; Finnish company poised to return with a bang. In Picture: Nokia office buildingReutersFormer mobile phone pioneer Nokia has confirmed to participate in the next year’s globally acclaimed MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2017, hinting the Finnish company is ready for the second innings in smartphone business.Nokia (via Twitter) announced that the company’s CEO Rajeev Suri will present keynote speech at MWC 2017, which is scheduled to kick off at Barcelona (February 27-March 02).The revelation comes days after Nokia became legally free to start work on mobiles phones.Also read: Samsung brings Galaxy Note7’s key display feature to Galaxy S7 series via software updateIn 2014, the Finnish company, while parting the mobile division to Microsoft, had agreed not to launch a Nokia-branded phone until the fourth quarter of 2016. Nokia had only sold its smartphone division to Microsoft, while its Nokia-branded feature phone business was sold to HMD Global Oy and Foxconn.With the period of the non-compete clause coming to an end in September, Nokia’s affiliate HMD Global Oy last week re-hired ex-Nokia veteran Pekka Rantala (former Rovio CEO), as their new chief marketing officer to lead the mobile division.Just a two months ago, Mike Wang, president, joint management team, Nokia China, confirmed that the company planned to launch two smartphones and two tablets and probably debut around December.We’re excited to share the news: our CEO Rajeev Suri will deliver a keynote at #MWC17. Read more: https://t.co/HNdnn46tED pic.twitter.com/mU9XPXFHMd— Nokia (@nokia) October 15, 2016Nokia confirms participation in MWC 2017; Finnish company poised to return with a bangNokia via TwitterWith the new announcement, it looks like Nokia might delay the launch of the devices by a couple of months.Also read: New Apple iOS 10.0.3 update released, fixes cellular connectivity bug in iPhone 7 series [How to install]That said, specifications of the Android-powered two flagship Nokia phones and a tablet (code-named D1C) have surfaced online suggesting, Nokia has commenced the testing of the prototypes and may probably see the light of the day in late February, where rival Samsung is speculated to announce the new marquee phone, the Galaxy S8.Word on the street is that, Nokia, known for its expertise in cameras in top-notch Lumia-branded smartphones, is expected to incorporate superior SoC (System-on-Chip) and high-grade construction materials to take on the incumbent players—Samsung, Apple and Huawei.Nokia’s Android phones: What we know so farIt is widely reported that Nokia is working on two flagship phones with different sizes, one a 5.2-inch screen and another with 5.5-inch display. Except the size, both the devices are said to share similar internal hardware.They are expected to come with QHD OLED-based screen with 2560x1440p (2K) resolution and high-grade metal-based shell on the back with IP68 water-and-dust resistant certifications similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S7 series.Nokia D1C tablet: What we know so farUnlike the smartphones, Nokia D1C is said to be mid-range tablet and come with 13.8-inch full HD display having Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core CPU, Adreno 505 GPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, Android 7.0 Nougat, 13MP primary camera on the back and an 8MP front camera.Keep an eye on this space for more updates.
Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Application of laser microprobe technology to Apollo samples refines lunar impact history Explore further Citation: Researchers question Apollo-era evidence for the Late Heavy Bombardment (2016, October 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-apollo-era-evidence-late-heavy-bombardment.html Late Heavy Bombardment. One interpretation of lunar soil analysis suggests that four billion years ago the inner solar system was a violent place, gravitational perturbations of the orbits of the gas giants initiated a comet shower which in turn deflected many asteroids into the paths of the Earth and Moon. Erosion has removed most of the craters from the Earth but the Moon’s ancient landscape still bears the scars. Credit: Australian National University But these results are controversial—Apollo lunar samples represent only about 4 percent of the lunar surface and could thus have resulted from a single impact event rather than a more widespread bombardment episode. And due to lunar magnetism and overprinting from successive impacts, all of the Apollo-era lunar samples show evidence of 40Ar/39Ar age spectrum disturbances—in other words, the apparent ages of samples could have been “reset” by later impact events.So two researchers from the Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, recently reanalyzed the age spectra data from the Apollo samples in order to test the uniqueness of their impact histories. To do so, they used a physical model describing 40Ar* diffusive loss that accounted for age resetting of samples by subsequent impacts. The point of this reanalysis wasn’t to confirm or disconfirm the existence of the Late Heavy Bombardment, but rather to determine whether 40Ar/39Ar can even act as evidence for impact spikes. Their results, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, strongly suggest that episodic crust formation occurring more than 4 billion years ago, combined with 40Ar* loss due to a decrease in impact flux can create a bias in age compilations toward the illusion of an impact spike. “Our modeling shows that, due to the nature of declining impact rates and the early but episodic nature of crust formation on extraterrestrial bodies, apparent bombardment episodes can be a common artifact in 40Ar/39Ar plateau age histograms,” the authors write.They note that although the most widely cited evidence in favor of the LHB likely yields unreliable impact histories, their modeling does not preclude the occurrence of such events. However, determining impact histories will rely on future studies incorporating such techniques as in situ 40Ar/39Ar modeling and quantitative thermochronologic modeling. “Until such evidence is gathered,” the authors write, “we conclude that a monotonic decrease in impactor flux explains all existing 40Ar/39Ar data from both lunar and meteoritic samples.” (Phys.org)—Many scientists believe that a cataclysmic series of impact events called the Late Heavy Bombardment (LHB) occurred around 4.1 to 3.9 billion years ago, during which there was a spike in asteroids colliding with the planets of the inner solar system. Among the possible explanations for the LHB is the migration of large planets to the outer solar system, disrupting objects in the asteroid belt and the Kuiper belt and flinging them toward the inner solar system.The Earth is constantly resurfaced by erosion and cratonic growth, and as a result, can’t contribute much geologic data about the existence of the LHB. Much of the evidence is therefore derived from the moon—specifically, from Apollo-era lunar samples returned to Earth in the 1960s and 1970s. Researchers used argon dating to determine age spectra of lunar rocks found in three major lunar basins. The so-called “plateau ages” of these rocks, as determined from 40Ar/39Ar age spectra, suggest a cluster of impacts approximately 3.9 billion years ago. More information: Illusory Late Heavy Bombardments. PNAS (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1611535113AbstractThe Late Heavy Bombardment (LHB), a hypothesized impact spike at ∼3.9 Ga, is one of the major scientific concepts to emerge from Apollo-era lunar exploration. A significant portion of the evidence for the existence of the LHB comes from histograms of 40Ar/39Ar “plateau” ages (i.e., regions selected on the basis of apparent isochroneity). However, due to lunar magmatism and overprinting from subsequent impact events, virtually all Apollo-era samples show evidence for 40Ar/39Ar age spectrum disturbances, leaving open the possibility that partial 40Ar* resetting could bias interpretation of bombardment histories due to plateaus yielding misleadingly young ages. We examine this possibility through a physical model of 40Ar* diffusion in Apollo samples and test the uniqueness of the impact histories obtained by inverting plateau age histograms. Our results show that plateau histograms tend to yield age peaks, even in those cases where the input impact curve did not contain such a spike, in part due to the episodic nature of lunar crust or parent body formation. Restated, monotonically declining impact histories yield apparent age peaks that could be misinterpreted as LHB-type events. We further conclude that the assignment of apparent 40Ar/39Ar plateau ages bears an undesirably high degree of subjectivity. 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Kolkata: An aircraft of a private airline made an emergency landing at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport in Kolkata on Monday night, after smoke was traced inside the cabin. While approaching the NSCBI Airport, smoke started spreading further inside the aircraft.Sources informed that on Monday night at around 10:40 pm, the Air Traffic Control (ATC) of NSCBI Airport received an SOS message from a flight coming from Ahmadabad via Jaipur. The pilot informed that due to some unknown reasons, smoke spread all over inside the aircraft. Passengers became panic stricken due to the smoke and some even had breathing problem. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeImmediately, ATC officials arranged for an emergency landing, with all the necessary system such as fire tenders, ambulances and other logistics in place. All other flight operations were halted for the time being. A few minutes later the flight safely landed at the airport. The 139 passengers on board were evacuated using a ‘slipper’ through the emergency exit. After evacuation, the aircraft was quarantined and taken to a safe distance. Later, engineers were called to check the aircraft. But no fault could be detected. Later, the flight was grounded till an overall check. According to airport sources, it would be checked again if there is any glitch. According to sources, engineers are working to detect the problem in the aircraft.
November 28, 2016 How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. This story originally appeared on Reuters Anticipating a more protectionist U.S. technology visa program under a Donald Trump administration, India’s $150 billion IT services sector will speed up acquisitions in the United States and recruit more heavily from college campuses there.Indian companies including Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys and Wipro have long used H1-B skilled worker visas to fly computer engineers to the U.S., their largest overseas market, temporarily to service clients.Staff from those three companies accounted for around 86,000 new H1-B workers in 2005-14. The U.S. currently issues close to that number of H1-B visas each year. President-elect Trump’s campaign rhetoric, and his pick for Attorney General of Senator Jeff Sessions, a long-time critic of the visa program, have many expecting a tighter regime.”The world over, there’s a lot of protectionism coming in and push back on immigration. Unfortunately, people are confusing immigration with a high-skilled temporary workforce, because we are really a temporary workforce,” said Pravin Rao, chief operating officer at Infosys, India’s second-largest information technology firm.While few expect a complete shutdown of skilled worker visas as Indian engineers are an established part of the fabric of Silicon Valley, and U.S. businesses depend on their cheaper IT and software solutions, any changes are likely to push up costs.And a more restrictive program would likely mean Indian IT firms sending fewer developers and engineers to the United States, and increasing campus recruitment there.”We have to accelerate hiring of locals if they are available, and start recruiting freshers from universities there,” said Infosys’ Rao, noting a shift from the traditional model of recruiting mainly experienced people in the U.S.”Now we have to get into a model where we will recruit freshers, train them and gradually deploy them, and this will increase our costs,” he said, noting Infosys typically recruits 500-700 people each quarter in the U.S. and Europe, around 80 percent of whom are locals.AcquisitionsTrump’s election win and Britain’s referendum vote to leave the European Union are headwinds for India’s IT sector, as clients such as big U.S. and British banks and insurers hold off on spending while the dust settles.In India’s IT hub of Bengaluru and the financial capital Mumbai, executives expect a Trump administration to raise the minimum wage for foreign workers, pressuring already squeezed margins.Buying U.S. companies would help Indian IT firms build their local headcount, increase their on-the-ground presence in key markets and help counter any protectionist regulations.Indian software services companies have invested more than $2 billion in the United States in the past five years. North America accounts for more than half of the sector’s revenue.”We have to accelerate acquisitions,” said Rao at Infosys, which in the past two years has bought companies including U.S.-based Noah Consulting and Kallidus Technologies.Jatin Dalal, Wipro’s chief financial officer, said his growth strategy is to buy companies that offer something beyond what Wipro already does, or new, disruptive firms — such as Appirio, a U.S. cloud services firm.The chief executive of Tech Mahindra, C.P. Gurnani, said his firm, which two years ago bought network services management firm Lightbridge Communications Corp., is on the look-out for more U.S. acquisitions, particularly in healthcare and fintech — financial technology firms that are disrupting traditional banking services.Offshoring and automationIn a broader shift from labor intensive onsite projects, Indian IT firms are also turning to higher-tech services such as automation, cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) platforms.With better technology and faster networks, IT firms are encouraging Western clients to adopt more virtual services.Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka says he has focused on automation and AI as growth drivers since 2014. “The AI platform is 5-6 percent of our revenues,” he told Reuters. “Three years ago, it was zero.”More automation would mean fewer onshore developers.”The ‘Plan B’ would be to accelerate the trend … to reduce their reliance on people and increase their focus on delivering automation, leveraging the cloud for their clients,” said Partha Iyengar, Gartner’s head of research in India.(Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal and Euan Rocha in BENGALURU and MUMBAI, with additional by Arno Schuetze in FRANKFURT; Editing by Ian Geoghegan) 4 min read Listen Now
From the print editionThe dancers glow in the evening light as they raise a graceful ruckus with their tap shoes. It’s a nontraditional extracurricular activity for members of a small municipality outside of Grecia, and in fact, it only arrived recently with two gringos who are pretty nontraditional themselves. Bill and Doreen Potter visited Costa Rica in 1992 for what was supposed to be a short scuba diving vacation. They never went back to Colorado. “We just fit into Costa Rica,” Bill says.After living in various places around the country, they settled in Cajón, northeast of Grecia, in the Central Valley. Now, the couple teaches country line dancing and tap dancing once a week at the community center. Out of their own pockets, they bought dozens of pairs of shoes to outfit their pupils. Doreen also finds the music and choreographs all the dances. “The music and dances have to be lively or they get bored,” Doreen says, but clearly she is up for the challenge. It is a great pleasure, she says, to watch them grow and absorb the new things.Back on stage, the kids repeat their dance routines again and again, preparing for a performance the next day at school. A handful sport bright-blue, team shirts announcing them as the Cajón Tappers. Joselin Rodríguez wipes at a stain on her daughter’s team shirt. She brings her kids to dance class every Wednesday, even though they have to trek home is in the dark. It’s worth it. “The kids love dancing,” she said. “They stay active physically, and it keeps them occupied and out of trouble.”Throughout the practice, kids come and go. School lets out at 5:30 p.m., and a half-hour into the practice a few more students rush in. They’re still in their school uniforms, and they’ve also donned tap shoes to join the practice. When it’s over, the kids form a line while Doreen hands out cookies and a few items from her garden. Today it’s a bag of limes, which the kids will bring back to their parents. “If they didn’t have this … [they’d be] working in the family’s coffee plots,” Doreen said. To reward the Cajón Tappers’ hard work, Bill and Doreen fundraise to take the kids on trips to a bowling alley or roller skating rink in San José, as well as a Christmas party. To get the money to hire a bus and pay entrance fees, the Potters and other foreigners in the neighborhood hold an annual garage sale.“The community loves it, they’re always asking when the next sale is,” Doreen said. There is no fee for the kids or moms to attend the classes.After class, Monica Bolaños, 10, munches on cookies with her sister and cousin, who also dance. Bolaños is captain of the Cajón Tappers. Her clean movements and sharp memory for the routines stand out, and other dancers follow her lead.“I like dancing and never want to stop,” Bolaños said. “My friends dance bachata but not country and tap. I’m trying to get them to come to practices.”After packing up the makeshift dance studio and humoring a few moms who also want to learn some moves, Bill starts home in his car. When he encounters a few of his pupils on the side of road, he stops to give them a lift. Dropping them off at their home, he sticks his head out the window and quizzes them on the time of tomorrow’s performance.“Ten o’clock,” one girl says.“Noooo! Twelve! Twelve o’clock,” Bill hollers.The girl giggles and nods. As Bill drives away, the girls’ brother shouts, “At ten, right?”The family bursts out laughing, teasing Bill. He shakes his head and heads home. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Santa Teresa de Cóbano is one of my favorite spots on earth.It’s a great mix between jungle and ocean with green to blue waters. There are great waves and surfing conditions. It’s surrounded by nature, too. Don’t get scared if you wake up to the sound of howler monkeys. If you are planning on visiting, make sure you leave everything where you found it and have a great time.Sunny season (November to April or so) is the best time to go to Santa Teresa, but if you don’t mind the rain, this could be the best beach to visit during the rainy season. The heavy rains come hand-in-hand with bigger swells – and one of the beauties of Costa Rica is that you’ll always get some sunshine, no matter the season.It might rain heavily for a few days, but there are always breaks that deliver an incredibly beautiful day. They say that the early bird gets the worm, and it’s true when it comes to nice weather in the rainy season. You can get some pretty great conditions in Santa Teres (Duncan Anderson / The Tico Times)The morning session delivers glassy conditions and when the trade winds hit, you can find perfect offshore conditions and waves with wide-open sections. They are conditions you dream of and ones that others have never even witnessed. These days made me fall in love with this spot. If the offshore is on, the surf is on at any moment of the day.This doesn’t mean you won’t be able to surf with onshore winds – you just have to wait for the right time.There are several spots that you can check out and see if the conditions are right for you. Playa Carmen, Santa Teresa, Banana Beach, Brunela, and Hermosa are the most mainstream spots. High tide is the best time to surf it, but things can always change from day to day, and the seasons will affect this as well.On my last trip, I surfed Brunela, in front of the Selina hostel, and I had a blast with a right-hand peak that I had almost to myself.Banana Beach and Santa Teresa also bring me good memories of open-faced waves with a slight offshore as the cherry on top. A sunset session at Hermosa is always a great option not only for the surfers but for those sunset lovers as well. If you get to know the locals and the surfing community, they might show you a couple of secret spots in the surrounding area. A not-so-secret, but hidden spot near Santa Teresa. Can you find it? (Alexander Villegas / The Tico Times)There are plenty of surf shops with all kinds of boards you can rent or buy – so if you are worried about flying your boards and all the potential mistreatment, then worry not. You will be able to find local and international brands and a diverse price range for new and used boards. There’s also apparel, gear and cool gadgets like GoPro mounts.If you have never surfed in your life, Santa Teresa is a solid option as a place to learn. You will be able to find surf camps and several surf shops that offer lessons and rental equipment. When it comes to the surf lessons, you might end up learning with a local legend or a local champion. Listen to what they have to say: if someone knows how the ocean works there, it’s them.If you’re in town on a Thursday night then you will be able to attend the reggae night at La Lora Amarilla. During the busiest parts of the year, especially on Christmas and New Years, there are plenty of nightlife options. If you like to party with a local and international crowd, this is the place to be. Costa Ricans are always down for a party, especially during the last month of the year. There are plenty of surf schools and stores with gear for rent or purchase in the area. (Alexander Villegas / The Tico Times)Getting there is an adventure that requires a car or bus with the option of a ferry ride. If you decide to drive the whole way from San Jose, you will be facing about 320 km of road.The 17-kilometer ferry ride will cut that distance in half.Driving the full way can be fun – once. You get to cross the Río Tempisque on the now-ironic Puente de la Amistad. It translates to “Friendship Bridge,” and was financed by the Taiwanese government before Costa Rica severed diplomatic ties with them a few years later. The deal, made to strengthen ties with China under Oscar Arias’s second term, included the 35,175-seat national stadium, completely financed and built by China.It was easy bait for a soccer nation.If you skip the bridge and take the ferry, the driver will get to relax and lie back for about one hour. Book your ticket online to guarantee yourself a spot. If not, make sure you arrive early since the ferry can get crowded.Roads have improved slightly, but there are still a lot of bumpy dirt roads along the way. Once you get there, it’s like a tropical Mad Max scene. Locals and tourists with face masks ride around on motorcycles and quads, kicking up dust everywhere they go. Listen to what locals have to say: if someone knows how the ocean works there, it’s them. (Duncan Anderson / The Tico Times)The whole town is on a long stretch of road that has several entrances to the beach. Vehicles come in handy to go back and forth, and renting a bike is always a great option for those willing to sweat.Santa Teresa is a small melting pot of people from all over the world who loved the place and decided to stay. It’s definitely in the top five places in Costa Rica I’d relocate to.Montezuma and Malpaís are close by and the supermarkets have lots of local and international products. There are also great restaurants if you don’t feel like cooking. Tacos are a mandatory stop for me.The Taco Corner has affordable tacos, burgers, fries and sides. I always have a falafel taco, some chili fries and the occasional jalapeño poppers. Careful, they’re hot and I’ve burned my mouth a few times due to a lack of patience and a fierce post-surf appetite. I might get a chicken burrito or a fish taco after that.Just kidding. Or am I?Till next time – see you in the water. Manuel Martínez signing off. (Duncan Anderson / The Tico Times)This story was part of The Tico Times Deep Dive Santa Teresa series. Click here for more stories from Santa Teresa.Thanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years. 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More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 5 treatments for adult scoliosis New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The ferry MV Skagit, which capsized Wednesday while traveling from the East African nation’s economic capital Dar es Salaam to the island of Zanzibar, was carrying 291 passengers, although it had only been certified to carry 250, he added.A total of 145 passengers, among them also foreign tourists, were rescued after the accident.The government closed the identification center for victims Saturday after bodies recovered a day earlier had already decomposed beyond recognition, said Dr. Marijani Msafiri, an official in charge of the rescue operation.Rescue efforts had been slowed down by heavy winds and strong currents over the past days.One rescue diver, Ali Ramadhan, said divers tried to find the sunken ship, diving to a depth of 25 meters (yards) but couldn’t find it. He speculated that underwater currents may have pushed it away from where it sank.“We realized that there’s little chance to recover anybody alive or to allocate exactly where is the ill-fated ferry. The place it sunk is deep sea with strong underwater currents. It’s dangerous to go beyond 25 meters,” said Ramadhan.Last September, more than 200 people were killed when a crowded ferry traveling between two islands of Zanzibar sank. Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Associated PressZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AP) – Tanzania’s government on Saturday halted rescue operations for a ferry accident that appears to have killed 146 people.Government official Ali Juma Shamhuna said 69 passengers were confirmed dead and 77 were still missing, but the rescue efforts were called off because it was unlikely to still find any passengers alive in the Indian Ocean three days after the accident. Comments Share
Federal investigators have been sent in to search for the missing residents, but questions have arisen as to why the government allowed the armed vigilantes to take over the city of about 35,000 people for almost five days. Authorities appeared not to have resisted the takeover because “community police” groups have some legal standing in Guerrero and negotiations with such groups have worked in the past.“A decision was made to not act (against them) to avoid the spilling of blood,” said a federal official who was not authorized to be quoted by name. “The government preferred to negotiate.”Police found the three bodies after receiving an anonymous tip. The men were apparently killed about five days ago, said a Guerrero state official, who also was not authorized to be quoted by name.Claiming to be “community police” from surrounding towns, between 250 and 300 vigilantes took over Chilapa on May 9 purportedly to end widespread violence in the city that has resulted from a turf war between the rival Rojos and Ardillos drug gangs.The vigilantes disarmed local police and forced the police chief out, saying they suspected some officers of working for Los Rojos. After negotiations, the vigilantes returned the police weapons, a new chief was named and state and federal police were sent in to take charge of security. Patients with chronic pain give advice After the vigilantes left, some residents came forward to accuse them of kidnapping residents and said they appeared to be working for Los Ardillos.The confusion continued Thursday when Miguel Angel Godinez, the state prosecutor, said in an interview with Milenio television that there weren’t any missing people, but rather 15 people were being held by the vigilantes. He said the leaders of the vigilante force are “responsible people” and they will have to say where the 15 people are.The Guerrero state government said Wednesday that it continued to negotiate with the leaders of the community police forces. It identified the head of the vigilantes as Jose Apolonio Villanueva, a communal farm leader. It said he was fed up with crime in the area and had demanded that marines be sent in.Community police forces have legal standing in some Guerrero towns, but they are designated by community assemblies. They are limited by law to policing their own towns, usually with low-caliber, single-shot rifles or shotguns. Most of the armed men who took over Chilapa had such weapons, but a few had assault rifles.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Comments Share Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Mexican police found at least three dismembered bodies wrapped in blankets near a southern city where residents have reported that 10 people disappeared during a vigilante takeover earlier this month and six more went missing in previous months.The bodies of the middle-age men were found Thursday in a cemetery near Chilapa, a city in Guerrero state that was occupied May 9-14 by vigilantes, who some residents claimed were linked to a local drug gang. It was not clear if the bodies were some of the men reported missing. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 3 international destinations to visit in 2019
LONDON (AP) — A Rwandan military general was arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport and will appear in court later this week, British police said Tuesday, prompting an angry response from Rwandan leaders.Police said the warrant for Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, head of Rwanda’s intelligence and security service, was made on behalf of authorities in Spain.Karake, a close ally of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, was one of 40 members of the Rwandan military indicted in 2008 on charges of terrorism and genocide by Spanish national Court Judge Fernando Andreu. Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Comments Share Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility In 1998, a Spanish judge indicted former Chilean President Augusto Pinochet and managed to have him arrested while Pinochet was visiting London, but the British government refused to extradite him to Madrid, saying Pinochet was in poor health. Pinochet died in Chile in 2007.____Kagire reported from Kigale, Rwanda. Ciaran Giles from Madrid also contributed.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Spanish magistrates have used the principle of universal jurisdiction several times to go after current or former government leaders or terrorism suspects, even indicting Osama bin Laden over the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. But extraditions and convictions have been rare.On Twitter, Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo called the arrest “an outrage,” adding “Western solidarity in demeaning Africans is unacceptable.”Rwanda and Britain “are talking to resolve the matter,” Rwandan Justice Minister Johnston Busingye said, insisting that Spain’s indictment of Karake was illegitimate and politically motivated.Police said Karake was arrested Saturday, had a brief hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court that day and will be back in court on Thursday.A spokesman for Spain’s National Court said it was now up to British authorities to decide whether or not to extradite Karake. He spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with court policy.Andreu began considering the Rwanda case in 2005 after a complaint was filed by an African human rights group. Others indicted include James Kabarebe, now the defense minister in Rwanda.In the 182-page indictment, Andreu said he also had evidence implicating Kagame, who led the rebel forces that stopped the genocide in 1994, but could not charge him because as a sitting president Kagame has immunity. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean