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Toronto airport runway incursions pose serious crash risk safety board finds

first_imgTORONTO — Air safety authorities say the runway setup at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport poses a serious risk of crashes.The Transportation Safety Board says there were 27 runway incursions between June 2012 and November 2017.Incursions occur when an aircraft finds itself on the wrong runway.The board says the incursions all involved aircraft that landed on an outer runway but ended up on an adjacent inner runway.The incidents occurred despite instructions from air traffic control to stop before entering the second runway.The report cites design problems with the airfield and busy flight crews missing various cues.“All 27 incursions examined involved flight crews who understood they needed to stop, and that they were approaching an active runway,” Kathy Fox, chairwoman of the board said in a statement.“Despite all the visual cues, including lights, signage and paint markings, professional crews were not stopping in time as required, thereby risking a collision with another aircraft on the other runway.”The board report makes four recommendations, including better instructions to flight crews and changes to the runway layout.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


October 17, 2019 0

Government has very ambitious goal to be mine free by 2020

Chandrasiri signed an agreement with Kenichi Suganuma, Ambassador of Japan, for undertaking a demining project in the Northern and North-Central provinces with the grant of $6,34,860 from the Japanese government. Terming the track record of Sri Lanka in demining a “very good story”, he said the problem would be in raising funds. Yet the government is “trying its best” in this regard. Earlier, there were nine organisations engaged in demining whereas only four bodies including the SLA are currently involved, he added. The goal set by the Sri Lanka Government to make the country free of mine impact by 2020 is “very ambitious” but is essential, Ananda Chandrasiri, Director/Programme Manager of the Delvon Assistance for Social Harmony, an NGO working in the area of demining, said.Answering a question by The Hindu, Chandrasiri, formerly a Brigardier in the Sri Lanka Army, said the Government was pursuing the matter with “utmost efforts and interest”. To a query, the Japanese envoy said his country had supported demining projects in Cambodia and Afghanistan. (Colombo Gazette) Bethan Davies, Regional Programme Officer, South and Southeast Asia of the Mines Advisory Group, also entered into a similar pact with the Japanese envoy for securing a grant of $6,03,143 for a mine action project in Mannar district of the Northern Province and landmine survey in the Northern and Eastern provinces. Since 2003, the Japanese government provided $28 million for demining in the North and the East.According to data available on the website of the Ministry of Defence of Sri Lanka, the extent of mines was 5,000 square km at the end of the civil war in May 2009. Now, it is about 63 sq km, says K.J. Jayaweera, spokesperson of the SLA. read more


October 8, 2019 0

Disturbed by deaths of Palestinian children Annan stresses need to protect civilians

A spokesman for Mr. Annan said the Secretary-General was disturbed to learn of the deaths of two Palestinian children that occurred over the last few days, particularly since they followed similar incidents earlier in October.On Thursday nine-year-old Rania Iyad Aram was killed by gunfire on her way to school in Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip. On Saturday morning, 12-year-old Ibrahim Mohammed Kmileh was killed in a refugee camp in the West Bank town of Jenin, while two other boys were wounded.”The Secretary-General expects that the Government of Israel will launch a rigorous investigation into these incidents and that the results will be made public,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said at the daily briefing in New York.Mr. Annan also renewed his calls on the Government of Israel to take effective measures to avoid any harm to Palestinian civilians, and to have special care for the protection of the children, he added.”He calls on both parties to exercise maximum restraint and responsibility during this critical period,” the spokesman said. read more


October 6, 2019 0

Sweet victory silences critics

Jim Tressel opened up the Ohio State offense, the Buckeyes overcame an athletic disadvantage and OSU finally ended its BCS Bowl Game hex.In related news, Hell froze over, pigs were spotted airborne and the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.OK, so only one of those sequence of events actually occurred. But considering OSU’s nationwide reputation lately, widespread perception would have told you that the chance of either series of events was slim to none.Tressel pushed all of the right buttons in the Buckeyes’ dismantling of the Ducks. The conservative coach stuck to his guns during the regular season, even after repeated BCS Bowl Game failures.Over the past three postseasons, the Buckeyes came up short against quicker, more aggressive and more athletic opponents.Ohio State, winners of five consecutive Big Ten titles, represents a conference that has fared poorly in recent bowl seasons. That has made the Buckeyes, and Tressel, the primary targets for criticism.Oregon, another athletic adversary that runs a spread offense and represents a conference that has performed well in recent bowl seasons, embodied all of the components that the Bucks haven’t been able to overcome in recent memory.So Tressel changed gears.In a late-season surge, the Buckeyes powered through the tough part of their schedule — Penn State, Iowa and Michigan — with a dominant run game.Against the Ducks, Ohio State came out throwing the football, as quarterback Terrelle Pryor attempted 24 passes in the first half alone.Ohio State’s inability to execute a diverse offensive scheme? No longer.An Oregon offense that had terrorized opponents for 37.7 points per game was held in check. Shifty, elusive quarterback Jeremiah Masoli finished with just 81 yards through the air and 9 yards on the ground. The Ducks’ potent offense managed to gain just 260 yards, a far cry from its average of 425 through the regular season.Oregon’s athletic advantage on offense? Neutralized.The Bucks put the Big Ten on their backs and carried the conference to its first signature postseason victory since Ohio State thwarted Notre Dame four years ago in the Fiesta Bowl. Penn State’s win over LSU earlier in the day helped as well, temporarily quashing the notion that the Big Ten can’t hang with the SEC. Obviously, one Capital One Bowl victory doesn’t nullify that theory (especially when Auburn topped Northwestern just hours earlier), but both Big Ten wins on New Year’s Day boosted the Big Ten back toward respectability.Big, slow Big Ten teams can’t win the big game? No longer a go-to media critique.Carrying the brunt of the Big Ten load, the Buckeyes have felt the most heat over the past 36 months. Tressel’s close-to-the-vest coaching style has produced annual conference crowns, but not the ideal postseason results. The coach finally shook things up when he needed to, and his Buckeyes are reaping the benefits.Incessant roar from Buckeye critics? Silenced.Whether Hell froze over or not, the Buckeyes’ national perception should finally start warming up. read more


September 28, 2019 0

NMA testimony warns against MINER Act changes as it highlights misallocation of

first_imgNational Mining Association (NMA) Senior Vice President Bruce Watzman has outlined the association’s principles for mine safety legislation in testimony before the House Education and Labor Committee on H.R. 5663, “The Miner Safety and Health Act of 2010,” and pointed to basic weaknesses in resource allocation of the government’s mine safety and health programs. Noting that 87% of all US mines operated in 2009 without a single lost time accident, Watzman advised, “There should be a clear-eyed assessment of whether fundamental components of the existing law are being properly and fully executed,” before we make sweeping changes in the Mine Act.Watzman explained NMA looked at the proposed legislation within the framework of the following principles, which the organization used to identify omissions in the proposed legislation that merit attention; provisions that basically align with these principles and that the industry could support with some modifications; and provisions that are counter to these principles:• Will it improve mine safety and health¬ – the NMA’s number one priority,• Does it ensure greater transparency,• Will it build upon, rather than dismantle, the positive features of existing law,• Does it avoid additional layers of enforcement already provided for under the law that are not fully utilised,• Are proposed penalties commensurate with the severity of violations,• Will it protect due process,• Will it maintain a robust mining industry that maximises the health and safety of its workforce while meeting the needs of the American people?Watzman called the committee’s attention to recent findings of the Inspector General that point to problems in the execution of Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) programs and authorities due to half the mine safety inspectors being new to their job and half not receiving mandated or adequate training; other analyses that suggest a lack of correlation between significant and substantial violation rates and injury rates at mines; a regulatory and resource focus on at-risk conditions when more injuries, incidents or near misses are arising from at-risk behavior; and inconsistencies in the application of the nation’s mine safety laws that are impeding regulatory certainty and compliance, as noted in testimony by the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health.He questioned whether we would not “be better served to stress improving implementation rather than imposing more changes on inspectors and operators struggling to attain clarity, consistency and credibility in the application of existing safety laws and regulations?”While noting concerns shared with the committee regarding certain elements of MSHA authority, including the need to reform the Pattern of Violation system to provide greater transparency and a broader look at mine safety performance, Watzman emphasised, “We do not believe sufficient attention has been given to weaknesses in the execution of MSHA’s existing authority. Absent such an evaluation, we believe H.R. 5633 layers harshly punitive and restrictive provisions over a flawed framework to the detriment of successful safety and health programs.”“We remain ready to work with the committee on actions we should be taking,” Watzman concluded, “just as we did before Congress enacted the MINER Act.”NMA’s complete testimony is available at: http://nma.org/pdf/tmp/071310_Watzman_House_testimony.pdflast_img read more


September 24, 2019 0

More coal gasification progress with new GE technology IGCC plant in South

first_imgGE has been selected by Korea Western Power Co (KOWEPO) for the first integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) power plant to be built in South Korea and one of the first in Asia. The 300 MW “cleaner coal” facility will help the South Korean government meet its low carbon emissions targets, while bolstering the country’s electricity supply and of course, is a welcome development for the global coal industry and its major equipment suppliers as these types of more environmentally friendly coal-based plants will form an important proportion of demand over the long term.GE will supply a 7F Syngas Turbine, a D11 steam turbine, a heat recovery steam generator and a cyber security-featured Mark VIe integrated control system (ICS) that will run the power island control system for the new plant. GE also will provide 10 years of maintenance services for the facility, located 20 km northwest of the city of Taean-Eub and about 100 km south of Seoul. The Taean IGCC project is the first commercial gasification combined-cycle plant to be developed under South Korea’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS). The government has provided research and development funding for the gasification process. “The South Korean government is mindful of the need to reduce the country’s carbon footprint while ensuring security of energy supply. Through the application of GE technology, we will be able to use coal, the most abundant source of primary energy, in a more environmentally friendly manner,” said Kyong-Il Ohm, general manager of the mechanical engineering and procurement team for KOWEPO. “We believe that GE’s 7F Syngas Turbine and engineering solution offer the best fit for this IGCC project, providing high efficiency, fuel diversity, operating flexibility and low maintenance costs.”Specifically designed for IGCC applications, GE’s 7F Syngas Turbine operates on cleaner burning syngas fuel produced from coal. For the Taean plant, the turbine will operate on syngas produced from the gasification of low BTU coal. Key equipment for the project will be shipped during the first half of 2014, with the plant’s commercial operation to start in late 2015. GE is a pioneer in the development of syngas turbine technology and has provided syngas-capable gas turbines for several milestone IGCC projects, including the pilot Coolwater IGCC plant in Barstow, California and Tampa Electric’s 250 MW Polk Power Station in Florida.last_img read more


September 24, 2019 0

POLL Was Jose Mourinho right Did the best team lose in the

first_img Yes (558) Poll Results: He was purely thinking about his application for the United job (1096) Other (1100) No (1078) ONE OF THE more interesting comments about last night’s match between Manchester United and Real Madrid came from the latter side’s coach, Jose Mourinho.Speaking in the immediate aftermath of the game, he told ITV:“The best team lost, independent of the sending off. We didn’t deserve to win and didn’t play well.”So with that in mind, what do you think? Did he do his own team a disservice?Or was Mourinho right? YesNoHe was purely thinking about his application for the United jobOtherVoteHow Twitter reacted to Manchester United v Real Madrid>Keane: ‘The referee made the right call and Nani’s not the bravest boy on the planet’>last_img read more


September 22, 2019 0

State Senate expands college aid for Dreamers

first_imgOLYMPIA — Washington is poised to continue offering college aid to so-called Dreamers, even if Congress doesn’t act to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program.The state Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation Wednesday that would allow undocumented immigrants of college age, who were brought to the United States as children and graduated from a Washington high school, to be eligible for some new types of state financial aid.That would be true for a student currently allowed to stay in the country under DACA even if Congress doesn’t pass legislation before a March 5 deadline, allowing some students’ protection to expire.“With the debate over DACA, they don’t know what their status is,” Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, the bill’s sponsor said.Sen. Mark Miloscia, R-Federal Way, said extending state financial aid to Dreamers was a simple matter of social justice. “This is the right thing to do,” he said.GOP amendments failBut some other Republicans balked. Sen. Mike Baumgartner, R-Spokane, said the bill was adding Dreamers to the College Bound scholarship program without guaranteeing there will be enough money to cover the extra demand. He tried unsuccessfully to add an amendment requiring the supplemental budget have an extra $5 million for the program or the legislation would be void.last_img read more


September 19, 2019 0

Smoke leads to suspect at shuttered restaurant

first_imgSmoke seeping out of a shuttered restaurant on East Fourth Plain Boulevard led authorities to a suspected metal and wiring thief Wednesday afternoon.Firefighters responded to a call of smoke blowing out a window of the closed El Rancho Viejo Mexican restaurant, 6321 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.When they arrived on the scene at around 3 p.m., they confronted a man who allegedly had been attempting to strip metal wiring from the back corner of the building, said Drew Tracy, a battalion chief with the Vancouver Fire Department. Officers from the Vancouver Police Department also responded to the 911 call and took the suspect into custody.Kim Kapp, spokeswoman for the Vancouver Police Department, said a man was taken into custody near the restaurant on an outstanding warrant. His name was not immediately available.Tracy said it looked like the man had used paper as a starter to try to burn the wiring and other metal out of the building.Occupants of a passing car saw smoke billowing out the building and called 911, Tracy said.He said the building wasn’t damaged. The building has been empty for months.The building has attracted attention in the past, Tracy said.“It’s a dilapidated building,” Tracy said, “and it’s been damaged by people multiple times.”Authorities said it’s common for thieves to break into empty buildings and strip them of wiring. Metal wiring is easy to scrap and sell for money.last_img read more


September 16, 2019 0

MiamiDade Transit introduces new contactless payment system

first_img(WSVN) – Miami-Dade Transit officials have launched a new program to make paying for Metrorail rides easier.Transit officials launched a contact-less payment system that allows riders to pay by tapping their credit card or smartphone, Wednesday.The program allows riders to pay for their fares without inserting, swiping or signing.Smartphone users who have set up a digital wallet — such as Apple, Google or Samsung Pay — will be able to use the new feature.Credit card users can check to see if their card works with the system by looking for what looks like a sideways WiFi icon on the front or back of the card.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


September 15, 2019 0

While mobile carriers tout 5G rollout millions of Americans still dont have

first_imgWhile mobile carriers tout 5G rollout, research firm finds one-third of Americans lack broadband access. SOPA Images As mobile carriers prepare to deploy 5G networks in metropolitan areas across the US, a new report finds that nearly one-third of American households don’t have a broadband connection. Roughly 100 million consumers lack access to high-speed internet connections of at least 25 Mbps, according to research firm NDP Group’s Rural America and Technology report, released Thursday. That’s 31% of the country.”The so-called digital divide, between those that can or cannot make the best use of the Internet, can be clearly felt in rural markets where the lack of broadband impacts everything from entertainment to the educational system,” said Eddie Hold, president of NPD Connected Intelligence, in a release. “And even the state level data masks the underlying reality that in the most rural markets in America, less than 20 percent of households have a broadband connection.”NDP’s report is the latest to chart the growing divide between rural and urban internet access rates. In 2016, the FCC found that 39% of rural Americans lacked broadband. Pew Research Center’s 2019 report found rural Americans are now 12% less likely to have home broadband. However, the rollout of 5G, the next generation of wireless technology that promises to greatly enhance the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks, could also help rural areas.”The roll out of 5G will have a significant impact in rural America, disrupting the limited broadband carrier market and delivering broadband to many households that have not previously had access,” said Hold. 0 5G Share your voice Tags Mobile Internet Internet Servicescenter_img Post a comment How to solve the rural broadband problem? Fix the maps Now playing: Watch this: 5:13last_img read more


September 10, 2019 0

Isha Ambani treats besties Priyanka Chopra Radhika Merchant Parineeti with homemade ice

first_imgPriyanka Chopra, Parineeti Chopra, Isha Ambani, Radhika MerchantInstagramNot many people would know that Isha Ambani, daughter of Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani, and Priyanka Chopra has always had shared a close bond with each other. Isha had even joined Priyanka’s bachelorette brigade in Amsterdam. And as we all know that Priyanka is currently in India for her brother Siddharth Chopra’s wedding. Isha decided to host her bunch of best friends on Sunday evening at her new house in Mumbai.Apart from Priyanka, Isha also hosted her cousin Parineeti Chopra, Radhika Merchant, daughter of Viren Merchant and Shaila Merchant, who is rumoured to be dating Isha Ambani’s younger brother Anant Ambani, along with Srishti Behl Arya and Tamanna Dutt. The girl gang was seen having a blast by relishing on some homemade ice cream.An overwhelmed Priyanka documented the moment in an Instagram post expressing her gratitude for offering her a wonderful night. She even teased Alia Bhatt for missing the moment by minutes in the post. “Making home made ice cream! Thank you to the hostess with the mostest. @_iiishmagish love u! Your home is amazing! I wish you love and laughter always. Here’s to many more girls nights!❤️ @aliaabhatt u Missed the madness by minutes! Love all u ladies!” she wrote on Instagram.Priyanka and her husband Nick Jonas, who had made their first public appearance as a couple at Akash Ambani’s engagement bash at the family’s residence, Antilia, earlier had also attended Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal’s engagement at Lake Como, Italy. On the other hand, Isha was also one of the important guests at Priyanka’s roka ceremony in Mumbai.Isha Ambani had earlier spoken about her close bond with Priyanka and had said that she was more than a friend to her.”PC (Priyanka Chopra), I’ve known forever. But she is more like an elder sister to me. We actually got closer when we were both living away from home in the US. We again share a very real relationship—we see each other in real-life settings and not in like glamorous ones; we have real conversations. She’s a really strong mentor and role model,” Isha was quoted as saying by Vogue India.last_img read more


September 5, 2019 0

Jennifer Aniston on going nude at 50 and FRIENDS reunion Watch

first_imgJennifer Aniston went topless for a photoshootHarper’s BAZAAR(@harpersbazaarus/Instagram)Jennifer Aniston recently opened up about posing topless for a magazine photoshoot. The Murder Mystery movie actress also talked about how she is all game for a FRIENDS season 11 or FRIENDS a reunion episode.As earlier reported, for Harper’s Bazaar’s latest issue, 50-year-old Jennifer Aniston went topless. In her own words, she felt completely normal in doing that shoot. However, she received a lot of criticism from several of her fans for going nude at the age of 50.Earlier this week, Jennifer Aniston was the guest at Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show. When Ellen asked her about whether she likes being naked, Jennifer simply replied, “I love it.”To this, Ellen had to ask, “Well, you take very good care of yourself and you enjoy doing activities, so you’re not ashamed of when you’re holding your breasts like that and getting a picture taken?”Jennifer Aniston added she is not ashamed of that. Things became hilarious when Ellen quipped, “Do it now.” To this, Jen wittily said, “Only if you do it with me.”This is apparently not the first time when Jennifer Aniston has talked about getting naked on screen. Prior to this, We Are The Millers movie actress stated that as per her beliefs, “our bodies are beautiful and [I] think celebrating them and being comfortable in them no matter what age you are is important.”Meanwhile, wherever Jennifer Aniston goes, she is bombarded with one question almost every time — Is FRIENDS reunion happening? To this, Jennifer has finally shared her perspective.When Ellen asked if or when she would reprise her role of Rachel Green, Justin Theroux’s former wife stated that she would do it only if the other two girls (Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow) and boys (David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry) are onboard with the idea.All the FRIENDS stars are busy with their respective projects and it won’t be an easy task to bring them onboard for one more season. When Ellen ask Jennifer what would she do if someone decides to avoid coming back?”I can do it by myself. Who needs the other? Those are just—they take me down,” Jennifer joked.There you have it folks — Jennifer Aniston is all up to the game for a FRIENDS reunion.last_img read more


September 5, 2019 0

IS claims Istanbul attack responsibility

first_imgRelatives of Ayhan Arik, one of the victims of the Reina night club attack mourn during his funeral ceremony on January 1, 2017 in Istanbul. AFPThe Islamic State jihadist group on Monday claimed the shooting rampage inside a glamorous Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s night that killed 39 people, as police hunted the attacker who remains on the run.With foreigners making up the majority of those killed in Sunday’s attack, families were due to reclaim the bodies of more than two dozen non-Turkish and mainly Arab victims.The shooting, which unleashed scenes of carnage and panic among party-goers at one of Istanbul’s swankiest venues, took place just 75 minutes into 2017 after a bloody year in Turkey in which hundreds of people were killed in violence blamed on both IS jihadists and Kurdish militants.In a statement circulated on social media, the jihadist group said one of the “soldiers of the caliphate” had carried out the attack on the Reina nightclub.It accused Turkey, a majority-Muslim country, of being a servant of Christians, in a possible reference to Ankara’s alliance with the international coalition fighting IS in neighbouring Syria and Iraq.The statement said the assault was in response to Turkey’s military intervention against IS in war-ravaged Syria.Turkish troops are pressing on with a four-month incursion in Syria to oust IS jihadists and Kurdish militants from the border area.In the last few weeks, the forces have encountered fierce opposition from the jihadists around the town of Al-Bab. The army said Turkish war planes launched new air strikes around Al Bab.‘Danger continues’ -Arriving by taxi at the plush Reina nightclub on the shores of the Bosphorus, the gunman produced a weapon, reportedly a Kalashnikov, and shot dead a policeman and civilian at the entrance.According to the Hurriyet daily, the gunman then fired off four magazines containing a total of 120 bullets around the club, as terrified guests flung themselves into the freezing waters of the Bosphorus in panic.But after changing clothes, the gunman left the nightclub in the ensuing chaos and has managed to evade security forces.Interior minister Suleyman Soylu said Sunday that intense efforts were under way to find the gunman, and expressed hope that he would be captured soon.Late on Sunday, police rushed to Istanbul’s Kurucesme district after a tip-off but the operation did not produce any arrest.“The danger continues,” wrote columnist Abdulkadir Selvi in Hurriyet.“So long as this terrorist is not seized we do not know when and where a massacre could take place.”Hurriyet said investigators believe the attacker may be from the Central Asian states of Kyrgyzstan or Uzbekistan.Investigators also consider it possible that the attacker is linked to the same cell that in June carried out a triple suicide bombing and gun attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport blamed on IS that left 47 people dead, the paper added.Turkey also received intelligence from the United States on 30 December warning of the risk of attacks by IS in Istanbul and Ankara on New Year’s night, the paper said.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said the nightclub bloodbath sought to sow “chaos”, was on Monday due to chair a meeting of the Turkish cabinet.Prime minister Binali Yildirim meanwhile denied reports the attacker had worn a Santa Claus costume.Soylu said the assailant had arrived with a gun concealed under an overcoat but subsequently exited the venue wearing a different garment.‘No crime more cynical’ -NTV television said that the bodies of 25 foreigners killed in the attack were to be handed back to their families on Monday following identification.According to Turkish press reports, the latest figures show 11 Turks were killed in the attack alongside 27 foreigners, including one Belgian-Turkish dual national. One victim is still unidentified.Sixty-five people were wounded.The foreigners who died—most of them from Arab countries—had come to the club to celebrate a special night in style.They included three Lebanese nationals, two Jordanians and three Iraqis, officials in their respective countries said.A Canadian woman, a Russian woman and a teenage Arab Israeli woman were also among dead. Turkish press reports said at least seven Saudi nationals died but this has yet to be confirmed by Riyadh.The attack evoked memories of the November 2015 carnage in Paris when IS jihadists unleashed a gun and bombing rampage on nightspots in the French capital, killing 130 people including 90 at the Bataclan concert hall.World leaders rushed to condemn the nightclub shooting, with Russian president Vladimir Putin saying it was “hard to imagine a crime more cynical than the killing of civilians during a New Year’s celebration”.last_img read more


September 3, 2019 0

N Korea fires ballistic missile

first_imgA file photo taken on May 10, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un watching a military parade and mass rally on Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang. AFPNorth Korea on Tuesday launched a ballistic missile into the East Sea, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).”North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile into the East Sea from the vicinity of Banghyon, North Pyongan province, at around 9.40 am,” Yonhap News Agency quoted the JCS as saying.Army Col. Roh Jae-cheon, a spokesman for the JCS, told the media that the missile travelled “several hundred kilometres”, which means the firing was successful.”But South Korea and the US are analysing the apogee of the missile and its exact flight distance,” he said, adding “Our military is maintaining full preparedness against the possibility of North Korea’s additional provocation.”A government source said the missile is estimated to have flown 800-900 km.Japanese media reported that the missile may have landed in the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).Tuesday’s launch comes after North Korea fired four surface-to-ship cruise missiles on June 8 in the wake of a ballistic missile launch about a week earlier.It also comes amid signs that US President Donald Trump is growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress in curbing North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, reports CNN.On Friday, Trump declared US patience with North Korea was “over” and on Sunday he spoke with the leaders of both China and Japan, two important regional actors in the ongoing standoff with Pyongyang.last_img read more


September 3, 2019 0

Study shows dogs may have been domesticated far earlier than thought

first_img More information: The genomics of selection in dogs and the parallel evolution between dogs and humans, Nature Communications 4, Article number: 1860 doi:10.1038/ncomms2814AbstractThe genetic bases of demographic changes and artificial selection underlying domestication are of great interest in evolutionary biology. Here we perform whole-genome sequencing of multiple grey wolves, Chinese indigenous dogs and dogs of diverse breeds. Demographic analysis show that the split between wolves and Chinese indigenous dogs occurred 32,000 years ago and that the subsequent bottlenecks were mild. Therefore, dogs may have been under human selection over a much longer time than previously concluded, based on molecular data, perhaps by initially scavenging with humans. Population genetic analysis identifies a list of genes under positive selection during domestication, which overlaps extensively with the corresponding list of positively selected genes in humans. Parallel evolution is most apparent in genes for digestion and metabolism, neurological process and cancer. Our study, for the first time, draws together humans and dogs in their recent genomic evolution. Siberian fossil revealed to be one of the oldest known domestic dogs © 2013 Phys.org Scientists have long studied the close relationship between humans and dogs, and various theories have been proposed to explain just how far back in time the relationship goes. Most agree that dogs and humans have coexisted for at least 16,000 years. In this new effort, the research team suggests it might be twice that long.To better understand when dogs first became domesticated, researchers look to when they diverged from wolves—experts estimate it occurred sometime between 16,000 and 32,000 years ago. To come up with a more accurate estimate, the researchers took DNA samples from indigenous Chinese street dogs, several modern breeds and four grey wolves.An analysis of the samples indicated that the grey wolves split from the Chinese dogs approximately 32,000 years ago. But then the researchers went further—they also looked at the genes responsible for such things as digestion and metabolism and even neurological processes. They then compared the dog genes to the same types of genes in humans. In so doing, they found some similarities that suggest humans and dogs have evolved some of the same traits over the same time period—hinting at a possible communal relationship. And that, the researchers say, suggests that dogs might have been domesticated as far back as 32,000 years ago.The researchers note that scientists have long held the notion that domestication of dogs and other animals has been associated with people and animals living in close quarters in relatively tight communities. Such conditions, they contend would almost certainly have a similar impact on people as well as the animals living in the same environment. They note that dogs, for example, in addition to exhibiting similar genes, also suffer from many of the same kinds of diseases, e.g. breast cancer, obesity, epilepsy and even obsessive-compulsive disorder.The evidence found by the researchers offers only circumstantial evidence of course, which means more research will have to be done before the time of dog domestication can be officially pushed back. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —An international team of researchers has found genetic evidence that suggests dogs may have been domesticated as far back as 32,000 years ago. In their paper published in Nature Communications outlining their study and results, the team theorizes that dogs indigenous to China might represent the missing link in the domestication of dogs. Journal information: Nature Communications Explore further Citation: Study shows dogs may have been domesticated far earlier than thought (2013, May 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-dogs-domesticated-earlier-thought.htmllast_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

Cobham Aviation flight problem

first_imgThe plane, due for Western Australia’s Barrow Island, set alight shortly after takeoff and had to land at Perth Airport after a suspected engine fire, The Guardian Australia reported. The airport’s engines and flight infrastructure are being assessed for damage at Perth Airport. A spokesperson for Cobham Aviation said that a further statement would be made today.  Source = ETB News: Tom Neale Cobham Aviation, a sub-contractor for QantasLink, has suffered an embarrassment because one of its planes had a mid-air engine incident. Some witnesses who saw the plane said that they flames coming from the flight engine. Pictures have emerged on social media but it is not confirmed whether they are of the Cobham Aviation flight or not.last_img read more


August 17, 2019 0

Hayman Island prepares to welcome guests

first_imgHayman Island by InterContinentalHayman Island prepares to welcome guestsThe most anticipated hotel opening of 2019 is almost here.Reservations are now open, and the excitement is building as Hayman Island by InterContinental prepares to welcome guests to Australia’s most iconic island resort from 1 July.Located on a pristine 400-hectare private island, the 166-room luxury resort has undergone a spectacular, multi-million-dollar refurbishment to ensure guests will experience a truly immersive stay in one of the world’s most unique and iconic destinations.Managed by InterContinental Hotels Group® (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, the resort will introduce a fresh concept of immersive luxury to travellers, offering a truly unique stay experience for those who will touch-down on Hayman’s unforgettable shores. It will feature new, world-class restaurants and bars alongside a plethora of bespoke experiences for guests including a new spa and unrivalled meetings and event spaces.Nestled in the world-renowned surrounds of the Whitsundays, Hayman Island by InterContinental will invite guests to enjoy stunning on-island experiences and all the private oasis has to offer: from secluded beach coves and jet ski adventures, to iconic seaplane rides boasting breath-taking views of the Great Barrier Reef. Hayman Island by InterContinental is guaranteed to have something to suit all travellers, from the adventurer to the luxuriously laid back.Mark Eletr, Resort Manager at Hayman Island by InterContinental says: “Opening our unique paradise in the Whitsundays to the world under InterContinental’s trusted brand is a true privilege. Hayman Island continues to capture the hearts of domestic and international travellers and we are thrilled to announce that on 1 July our doors will open and a new chapter of immersive luxury awaits”.The resort has announced that five innovative dining experiences will be revealed for guests to enjoy and experience on-island, inspired by fresh Queensland flavours with a contemporary menu design.From poolside, luxurious fare to to exciting and bold evening dining, the new offerings will delight and surprise guests, catering to a range of ages and lifestyles.The room configurations will encompass 166 stylish accommodation options across three distinct wings, spanning from luxurious suites and beachfront villas to lagoon and poolside rooms. The newly built Beach House is an exquisite addition to the accommodation selection, offering guests a private slice of Hayman heaven with three suites and multiple private pools. In addition to the hotel, a new collection of once-in-a-lifetime, luxury private residences will be available to rent for those who want to experience a more private piece of paradise on Hayman Island. Perched on the hilltops of the island overlooking its iconic bay the stunning properties, whilst being fully private, will also have full access to all the resort has to offer, ensuring each guest is fully immersed into island life.Hayman Island by InterContinental will also be a meetings and events paradise, offering exceptional meetings and events options in its idyllic Whitsundays location. For corporate events there is a selection of stunning indoor and outdoor spaces that can house meetings for 10 to 300 delegates. For weddings, Hayman Island has an on-island chapel and bespoke experiences will be crafted utilising the property’s stunning ceremony and reception locations.Completing the immersive on-island experience is a brand-new luxury spa with 13 treatment rooms, an all-new resort boutique, world-class kids club and state-of-the-art fitness centre.Located on the northernmost point in the Whitsunday Islands, Hayman Island by InterContinental is accessible via either luxury vessel, helicopter or seaplane.#ImmerseIntoHayman@intercontinentalhaymanisland Source = Hayman Island by InterContinentallast_img read more


August 17, 2019 0

NHL goaltender Curtis Joseph announces his retirem

first_img NHL goaltender Curtis Joseph announces his retirement from the game in Toronto on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. Hockey fans remember Joseph as an acrobatic goaltender who spent 19 successful seasons in the NHL. But in his new autobiography “Cujo: The Untold Story Of My Life On And Off The Ice,” the man known as Cujo lifts the lid on a harsh childhood and the odds he beat in making it to hockey’s highest level. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn Curtis (Cujo) Joseph lifts the lid on troubled childhood in new autobiography TORONTO – Hockey fans remember Curtis Joseph as an acrobatic goaltender who spent 19 successful seasons in the NHL.But in his new autobiography “Cujo — The Untold Story Of My Life On And Off The Ice,” the man known as Cujo lifts the lid on a harsh childhood and the odds he beat making it to hockey’s highest level.“I had a weird life,” he writes. “Two moms, three dads and I grew up in a home full of mentally ill patients run by a crazy person. The last thing anybody expected was that I would some day make a living playing hockey.”Home was a “rehabilitation centre” north of Toronto. His mother, who adopted him as a baby, ran the place. An addict, she was unstable and left him to fend for himself.“By the time I was 10 years old, I was living on a steady diet of stale cookies, processed cheese slice sandwiches and frozen institutional hamburgers — God knows what they were made of,” he writes.His bed was a mattress on the floor. Finding a dry corner was difficult because his mother’s cats used it as a litter box.“Mom treated her animals better than she treated her kids,” he writes.Joseph, now 51, found a haven in hockey. And a string of warm-hearted adults — outside his home — helped him along the way. He progressed from youth hockey to the Notre Dame Hounds in Saskatchewan and the University of Wisconsin before entering the NHL.He has not publicly shared the story of his childhood before.“It was not something that I was really proud of. I was embarrassed of (it),” he said in an interview.But Joseph says wife Stephanie, whom he married six years ago, convinced him otherwise.“She’d squeeze things out of me … I’d learned to embrace it and then I’d tell her more. And then I’d use it as a teaching tool to my kids,” he said in an interview.Joseph, who played in the NHL from 1989 to 2009 for St. Louis, Edmonton, Toronto (twice), Detroit, Phoenix and Calgary, began to review his life as he grew older. He realized he had done better on teams that gave up a lot of shots.His wife told him: “You needed to be needed.”The next piece in the puzzle was Calgary author Kirstie McLellan Day, who had previously collaborated on books with Theo Fleury, Bob Probert, Wayne Gretzky, Kelly Hrudey and Ron MacLean. Joseph agreed to do the book after talking to McLellan Day, whom his wife had met at a Wayne Gretzky fantasy camp.In documenting his life, they reconnected with family and friends who helped fill in his story — often contributing pictures from his youth.Joseph now has the loving family he craved growing up. He has four kids from his first marriage and two from his second plus a nephew he is also raising. They range in age from four to 26.Today, Joseph divides his time between homes in suburban Toronto and Arizona and works as an ambassador for the Maple Leafs.“A nice cushy job,” Joseph, who remains a revered figure in Leaf Nation, said with a smile.He marvels at the athleticism and efficiency of today’s NHL goaltenders but laments the fact that today’s equipment — specifically the size of the goalie pads — has essentially taken goalies his size out of the game.“The game is not available to the guy under 6-2. And that’s a shame to me, being 5-11. You’re missing out on the Johnny Gaudreaus of the goalie world, I think,” he said referencing the five-foot-nine Calgary Flames winger.Frederik Andersen, the Leafs current No. 1 goaltender, stands six foot four.Joseph says he’s willing to share his on-ice knowledge if asked but doesn’t push it.“I always give the Leafs goalies my number. And sometimes they call me, sometimes they don’t.”Like golf, technological advances in hockey sticks have taken the shooting game to a new level, he argues. Not to mention improved fitness, training and other equipment.Joseph is enjoying the Maple Leafs’ current success.“Auston Matthews is a special player. I love Freddie Andersen as a goalie. And John Tavares, I’ve always liked him as a player — the way he plays the game, how bold and strong he is.”“With a guy like that, on the ice and in the dressing room, they’re in good hands for a while,” he added.Joseph himself looks as athletic as ever, his biceps bulging.“I try to (stay in shape) because life is good now and I don’t want to waste it. I want to enjoy it and live it a long time. I’ve got a lot to live for.”—“Cujo. The Untold Story Of My Life On And Off The Ice,” Curtis Joseph with Kirstie McLellan Day, HarperCollins, 329 pages, $33.99.Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twittercenter_img by Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 23, 2018 11:34 am PDT Last Updated Oct 23, 2018 at 12:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more


August 10, 2019 0

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rapper Cardi B leaves Queens County Criminal Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) Cardi B pleads not guilty to new charges in strip club brawl by The Associated Press Posted Jun 25, 2019 1:06 pm PDT NEW YORK — Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B has been arraigned on new felony charges in connection with a fight last year at a New York City strip club.The rapper was dressed in a dark blue pantsuit with her hair tinted blue. She pleaded not guilty in state court Tuesday to attempted assault and various lesser charges.Police say Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, and her entourage were at the club when she argued with a bartender.They say a fight broke out in which chairs, bottles and hookah pipes were thrown, causing minor injuries to the woman and another employee. The rapper rejected a plea deal earlier this year.Two other defendants in the case who allegedly participated in the brawl pleaded not guilty to similar charges.The Associated Presslast_img read more


August 10, 2019 0