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Stocks move lower as enthusiasm fades

Canadian stocks were lower near midday as enthusiastic gains last week led to some profit taking on Monday.The S&P/TSX composite index moved down 16.39 points to 12,483.08 while the TSX Venture Exchange was up 2.64 points to 1,320.75.The Canadian dollar backed off 0.05 of a cent to 102.92 cents US.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 22.27 points to 13,571.10, the Nasdaq composite index backed off 8.02 points to 3,175.93, while the S&P 500 index slid 2.43 points to 1,463.34.“We’ve had such a big move in such a short period of time … so I’d say a little bit of profit taking is to be expected,” said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at MacDougall, MacDougall and MacTier. “If anything, it’s quite minor to me.”Traders backed away from some of their enthusiasm over the Federal Reserve’s plan for new measures to energize the U.S. economy, while attention turned to weakness in Asian markets, and a move from Hong Kong to tighten mortgage lending — an effort to help slow the rise of home prices.Sentiment on the Canadian housing market also pulled back as the Canadian Real Estate Association cut its forecast for home sales this year and next and lowered its national average price forecast, partly due to revised mortgage lending regulations implemented last month.In its outlook for the year, CREA said Monday that home sales are now forecast to rise by 1.9 per cent to 466,900 units in 2012, but slip by 1.9 per cent to 457,800 units in 2013.The national average home price is forecast to rise by just 0.6 per cent to $365,000 in 2012 and edge lower by one tenth of one per cent to $364,500 in 2013.Shares of Rona Inc. (TSX:RON) were down nearly eight per cent after Lowe Companies (NYSE:LOW) said it is no longer trying to buy the company. The controversial plan would have seen Canada’s largest home-improvement retail chain acquired for about $1.8 billion. Rona shares backed off $1.01 to $11.76.TSX information technology stocks were 1.2 per cent lower with Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) shares falling 3.3 per cent, or 24 cents, to $7.10.The decline came as Apple says iPhone 5 preorders topped 2 million in 24 hours, more than double the amount of iPhone 4S preorders.In commodities, the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 23 cents to US$99.23.Copper prices for December were down 3.5 cents to US$3.80 a pound. Copper, viewed as an economic barometer because it is used in so many industries, surged 19 cents last week.Bullion was down 40 cents at US$1,772.30 an ounce.Global stock markets rallied late last week after the Fed announced it planned to buy US$40 billion of mortgage bonds a month for as long as necessary as part of a strategy known as quantitative easing aimed at encouraging people to borrow money and spend it. The Fed also extended its pledge to keep short-term interest rates low until 2015, a year longer than its previous target. read more

UN rights experts warn new EU policy on boat rescues will cause

“The EU’s proposed new action plan, including a code of conduct for organizations operating rescue boats, threatens life and breaches international standards by condemning people to face further human rights violations in Libya,” said the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Felipe González Morales, and the Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer.“The solution is not to restrict access to international waters or firing weapons to threaten boats, as Libya has reportedly done repeatedly. This will result in more deaths of migrants at sea and is in contravention of the obligation to rescue people in distress,” the experts added.The code – drawn up by Italy with support from the European Commission – aims to stop privately-operated ships ferrying refugees to safety in Italy from waters off the Libyan coast. It is part of a new plan to support Italy and reduce the pressure of migrant arrivals.Earlier this week, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, also had harsh words for the proposed change, saying the code of conduct and the overall plan “suggest that Italy, the European Commission and EU Member States deem the risks and reality of deaths at sea a price worth paying in order to deter migrants and refugees.”Libya has also announced a search and rescue zone beyond its territorial waters, and is restricting access to international waters by humanitarian vessels.“The solution is not to restrict access to international waters or firing weapons to threaten boats, as Libya has reportedly done repeatedly. This will result in more deaths of migrants at sea and is in contravention of the obligation to rescue people in distress,” Mr. Morales and Mr. Melzer said.They added that international organizations were making “tremendous rescue efforts,” with their vessels providing up to 40 per cent of all search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. The Special Rapporteurs also expressed concern that Brussels was “trying to move Europe’s borders to Libya,” according to a press release from the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR). They highlighted that, under international law, migrants should be allowed to disembark at the nearest port where their lives and freedom would not be threatened, and should then receive information, care and equitable processing of their asylum claims.“Libya simply cannot be regarded as a safe place to disembark and the EU policy is in denial of this fact,” they said. “Migrants intercepted by the Libyan coast guard will face indefinite detention in dire and inhumane conditions, at risk of death, torture or other severe human rights violations, without any judicial review.”They warned that it was “high time” to tackle the real issue, which was the disproportionate impact on frontline countries, such as Greece and Italy, and to relocate migrants and refugees to the other 26 European countries that under the Schengen Agreement allow for unrestricted movement of people.“States should expand their visa regimes and provide more options for refugee settlement, temporary protection, visitors, family reunification, work, resident, retirement and student visas,” they added, “in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and to ensure that migrants no longer have to embark on such deadly journeys.”Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Laser scanner helps ENRC improve mine safety

first_imgAn integrated mine monitoring system is helping troubled base metals producer Eurasian Natural Resources Corp (ENRC) improve safety at copper/cobalt open pits in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The integrated laser scanner and monitoring software system, purchased from 3D Laser Mapping, will be used to monitor high wall stability helping to predict future wall movements. Comprising a RIEGL VZ-1000 laser scanner and SiteMonitor software the system will also be used to survey stockpiles and small pits delivering an additional return on investment achieved through a reduction in surveying man hours.   “We identified the possibility of wall movements at one of our operations and needed to assess this risk as quickly as possible,” commented Abré Smit, Technical Services Manager at ENRC. “Having decided to mitigate the risk through monitoring we needed a solution in a short space of time and 3D Laser Mapping was able to help.”   “We selected the VZ-1000 based on the cost and benefits the integrated scanning and monitoring system could deliver,” continued Smit.“Since we may be mining a number of short life pits there is an opportunity to pursue more productive extraction whilst managing risk through monitoring. The surveying function was also considered advantageous allowing for additional labour savings.”ENRC will deploy 3D Laser Mapping’s SiteMonitor system at open pits in the DRC. It will be used to monitor high wall stability in short life operations to provide early warning of wall movement, especially at times of high rainfall.   The RIEGL VZ 1000 is a high speed laser scanner with a wide range of view. The VZ 1000 uses unique echo digitisation and online waveform analysis to achieve superior performance and accuracies of measurement, even under adverse weather conditions. Achieving accuracies of 5 mm at ranges of up to 1,400 m the VZ 1000 can measure up to 122,000 points per second with a 100 x 360o field of view.   SiteMonitor is 3D Laser Mapping’s state of the art laser monitoring solution. A modular system that gives the user the ability to exploit the potential of laser scanning for measuring change and improving mine safety, SiteMonitor is typically used in open pit mines for the continuous or periodic stability monitoring of unstable high walls.last_img read more

Convention on the Constitution to debate voting rights for Irish living abroad

first_imgTHE CONVENTION ON the Constitution will today discuss extending the vote in Presidential elections to Irish citizens resident outside the State.The recommendations of the convention will then be reported to Government who will decide if a referendum should be held on the matter.The meeting will take place in a Dublin hotel today and tomorrow with members of the Irish communities in Australian, Germany, France, USA and Canada taking part by way of video link.It is estimated that there are 1.2 million Irish citizens living outside the state with a further 1.8 million Irish citizens resident in Northern Ireland.The Central Statistics Office is due to make a presentation at the convention detailing its latest breakdown of Irish citizens abroad.Northern IrelandPart of the debate will focus on the position of those Irish citizens in Northern Ireland and the impact of a possible extension of the franchise to citizens there for Irish Presidential elections. The convention will hear the views of MLA members and a number of lecturer’s from Queen’s University Belfast.As preparation for today’s meeting the convention sought the views of Irish diaspora by way of an online questionnaire with responses being received from a total of 64 countries. Convention chairman Tom Arnold said the response demonstrated the far-reaching implications of the motion being debated:This is an extremely important matter that has evoked a passionate response from Irish citizens currently living in all corners of the world. The response has been phenomenal and the fact that we had replies from 64 counties goes to show the geographical reach of the Irish diaspora.The government will respond to the convention’s recommendations within four months by way of debates in the Oireachtas.Proceedings from the Convention will be live streamed on the Constitutional Convention’s website.Read: Convention report recommends longer polling hours and larger constituencies >Read: Vote for civil marriage for same-sex couples ‘an historic step’ >Read: Of course I’m worried about the emigration ‘brain drain’ – Bruton >last_img read more

Senior gardaí looking closely at drinkdrive loophole verdict

first_imgSENIOR TRAFFIC GARDAÍ have said they’ll be closely reviewing a court case in Donegal which highlighted a possible loophole in drink-driving legislation, but that they don’t think it will have an impact on other such cases in future.The Director of Public Prosecutions yesterday withdrew a charge against a driver who had failed a breathalyser test, after the man’s lawyer argued that the MAT checkpoint he had been stopped at was unlawful.Solicitor Ciarán McLochlainn had argued that the checkpoint was unlawful as the authorisation for it had listed three different townlands for it to take place, whereas the Road Traffic Act states that it should clearly state one location.There has been speculation that the case could lead to many more drivers having drink-drive and other motoring charges struck out.But speaking this afternoon, Assistant Commissioner with the National Traffic Bureau John Twomey said he didn’t believe it would have “any impact on further such cases”.He said the decision was being reviewed at senior level, but that no changes to procedure were envisaged:(Youtube: TheJournal.ie)The Assistant Commissioner was speaking a press event highlighting the force’s Christmas motoring clampdown — it was revealed that 805 people were arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in the weeks surrounding the festive period.Read: First motorway pub opens its doors in Britain amid controversyRead: Mother of Mikaeel Kular appears in courtlast_img read more

Forget a wine cellar how about vintage keyboard cellar

first_imgClicky Keyboards, the internet’s top reseller of IBM Model M keyboards, just posted a few shots of their keyboard collection. You might think you like keyboards, or that you have a nice collection of vintage typing equipment, but trust me, you have nothing on these guys.The image above and those on their Facebook page show just how extensive the collection is. Not only are these multiple keyboards of each “vintage” but they are separated by date and model and safely stored away. Above you can see stacks of what appear to the the popular 1391401 (basically the standard M keyboard) organized by year. The keyboard was made from 1987 through 1996, so it’s no surprise that there are a lot of boxes.Given the age of the keyboards it’s pretty amazing what excellent condition they are in, but the Model M is known for its endurance. If treated properly it can be used for extended periods of time (we are talking 10+ years of daily use) so properly cleaned and boxed you can bet there are enough keyboards here that the iPad generation will have a chance to understand the joy of typing on a buckling spring keyboard… if they ever get tired of tapping on shiny glass that is.Popular models like the 1391401 and the 52G9658 are still available today in excellent, or even new, condition if you are are willing to pay $60-$14o for them. You’ll pay more if the keyboard has never been used or if you are a true connoisseur and want the original cardboard box and packaging. They sell for much less on eBay and at yard sales, but it’s worth it to buy something that’s been refurbished, not packed with 15 years of crumbs and dust.Some of these are available for sale at Clickykeyboards.comlast_img read more

Leaders from Whittleseas community get together to stop violence against women

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cr Kris Pavlidis joins the White Ribbon Day Campaign to stop violence against women. The male-led movement is about changing attitudes and behaviours in attempt to lead social change. November 25th is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Womenlast_img

Sony HDRGW55 un caméscope pour les baroudeurs

first_imgSony HDR-GW55 : un caméscope pour les baroudeurs Sony vient de présenter un nouveau caméscope. Un appareil au format vertical tout-terrain, résistant aux chocs et à des immersions de 5 mètres de profondeur. Le HDR-GW55 fera le bonheur des baroudeurs.Sony présente son nouveau caméscope, le HDR-GW55. Tout-terrain et destiné aux baroudeurs avec son format vertical, il est étanche et résiste aux chocs et à la poussière. Il est capable d’accuser une chute de 1,5 mètres, et d’être immergé à une profondeur maximum de 5 mètres.À lire aussiSony lance sa nouvelle liseuse, le PRS-T2Equipé d’un objectif Sony G grand angle, il offre un zoom optique 10x extensible à 17x, un stabilisateur optique, et un microphone doté d’un filtre anti-vent. Le caméscope embarque un capteur d’une définition de 20,4 millions de pixels et affiche un écran LCD Wide ExtraFine tactile de 3 pouces et d’une d’une définition de 921 000 points. Il permet de réaliser des vidéos en 16/9e jusqu’à 1920 x 1080 50p ou 50i. En matière de stockage, le HDR-GW55 ne dispose que de 16 Go. Le caméscope offre en outre un mode vidéo sous-marin, et une module GPS permettant de géolocaliser les prises de vue sur Google Maps. Côté connectique enfin, il est doté d’une sortie micro HDMI et d’un port USB 2.0. Il sera commercialisé à partir du mois de juin prochain, son prix est fixé à 549 euros.Le 3 mars 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mars MileDeep Ice Crater Is an Extraterrestrial Winter Wonderland

first_img Winter has arrived on the red planet: An image of a mile-deep ice crater is making Mars look like an out-of-this-world skating rink.On Thursday, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced in a press release that its Mars Express satellite recently captured a photo of this bizarre, yet beautiful place on Mars. The area, which named the Korolev crater, appears as an eerie white landscape that’s surrounded by the planet’s reddish terrain.The image, which was taken by the Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC), is comprised of five different “strips” that have been combined to form one picture. This crater is also shown in context, perspective, and topographic views that show a more complete view of  its interior and exterior landscape.According to the ESA, the crater is 51 miles wide and located in the northern lowlands of Mars. It’s a martian crater that’s filled with ice, and its center has a water ice mound that’s 1.1 miles thick. The crater’s icy appearance comes from “cold trap,” a scientific phenomenon that involves air moving over the ice.“Cold trap” creates a layer of cold air that hovers over the crater’s ice, giving off a creepy mist-like presence in the process. It acts like a shield, and prevents the ice from melting. Since air isn’t the best heat conductor, “cold trap” enables the crater to keep its chilly appearance all year long.See our slide show below for more images of Mars’ surface.View as: One Page Slides1/401. Aram ChaosPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaAcquired on April 1, 2018, this image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows Aram Chaos, a 280 kilometer-diameter ancient impact crater that lies within in the Southern Highlands of Mars. Uplifted blocks of light-toned layers, composed largely of the iron-oxide hematite and water-altered silicates, indicate that this crater once held a lake.2. ‘Spiders’ on Ice CapPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaThis image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, acquired May 13, 2018 during winter at the South Pole of Mars, shows a carbon dioxide ice cap covering the region and as the sun returns in the spring, “spiders” begin to emerge from the landscape.3. Mount SharpPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSSThis mosaic, taken by the Mars Curiosity rover, looks uphill at Mount Sharp. Spanning the center of the image is an area with clay-bearing rocks that scientists are eager to explore; it could shed additional light on the role of water in creating the landscape. The mosaic was assembled from dozens of images taken by Curiosity’s Mast Camera (Mastcam). It was taken on Sol 1931 in January 2018.Mount Sharp stands in the middle of Gale Crater, which is 96 miles (154 kilometers) in diameter. This mound, which Curiosity has been climbing since 2014, likely formed in the presence of water at various points of time in Mars’ ancient history. That makes it an ideal place to study how water influenced the habitability of Mars billions of years ago.4. Sand DunesPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaSand dunes often accumulate in the floors of craters. In this region of Lyot Crater, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows a field of classic barchan dunes on Jan. 24, 2018.Just to the south of the group of barchan dunes is one large dune with a more complex structure. This particular dune, appearing like turquoise blue in enhanced color, is made of finer material and/or has a different composition than the surrounding.5. Dune FieldsPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaThis image was acquired on January 2, 2014 by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Dune fields located among canyon wall slopes are also known as “wall dune fields.” On Earth and Mars, these types of dunes are largely controlled by what is called “microtopography.” Physical obstacles can accelerate and decelerate airflow, create turbulence, potentially enhancing erosion, deposition, and/or transport of dune sediment.6. Roddy CraterPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaThis image, acquired by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Sept. 16, 2013, shows Roddy Crater on Mars, home to several large alluvial fans, which formed as water moved sediment from the mountainous crater rim and deposited it onto the flatter crater floor. Alluvial fans are found on Earth, Mars, and even Saturn’s moon, Titan.7. Ice BlocksPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaOne of the most actively changing areas on Mars are the steep edges of the North Polar layered deposits. This image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows many new ice blocks compared to an earlier image in December 2006.8. Icy LayersPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaMars’ north polar layered deposits comprise a thick stack of icy layers. Part of this image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has lingering seasonal frost, which serves to accentuate those layers.9. Orange DustPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaNASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) observed sand dunes in the north polar regions of Mars showing light coatings of pale orange dust blown partially across the dark basaltic sand. Around the edges of the dunes, patches of seasonal dry ice remain. These patches will be gone soon as they sublimate (turn from ice to gas) in the summer sun. Some blocks of ice are visible at the foot of an alcove formed by a sand avalanche down the slipface of the dune.10. Almost Free of Seasonal IcePhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaIn early Martian summer, at the time NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired this image, the dunes are almost free of their seasonal ice cover. Only pockets of ice protected in the shade most of the day remain. 11. Hale CraterPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaThis image from MRO, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows the Red Planet’s Hale Crater, a large impact crater (more than 62 miles, or 100 kilometers, across) with a suite of interesting features such as active gullies, active recurring slope lineae (long markings that are dark or bright) and extensive icy ejecta flows. There are also exposed diverse (colorful) bedrock units.12. DuluthPhoto Credit: NASAThis close-up image is of a 2-inch-deep hole produced using a new drilling technique for NASA’s Curiosity rover. The hole is about 0.6 inches (1.6 centimeters) in diameter. This image was taken by Curiosity’s Mast Camera (Mastcam) on Sol 2057. It has been white balanced and contrast-enhanced. Curiosity drilled this hole in a target called “Duluth” on May 20, 2018. It was the first rock sample captured by the drill since October 2016. A mechanical issue took the drill offline in December 2016.13. Meridiani PlanumPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaNASA’s Opportunity rover has spent 13 years exploring a small region of Meridiani Planum which has a rather ordinary appearance as seen by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).14. Chaos TerrainPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaThis image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows chaos terrain on Mars’ equator.15. The Moving Sands of Lobo VallisPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaNASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows bright ripples line the topography in this region, formed within a past climate. Dark dunes and sand streaks (composed of basaltic sand) have moved and filled lower areas, pushed by more recent winds from the top towards the bottom of this image. Lobo Vallis is named for a river on the Ivory Coast.16. Concentric TroughsPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaThis image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is a close-up of a trough, along with channels draining into the depression. On the floor of the trough is some grooved material that we typically see in middle latitude regions where there has been glacial flow. These depressions with concentric troughs exist elsewhere on Mars, and their origins remain a matter of debate.17. Straight RidgesPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaIn this observation from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), we see a set of straight ridges in ancient bedrock near Nirgal Valles. The patterns indicate fractures from tectonic stresses, but how have they been hardened to now stand in positive relief after billions of years of erosion? It is possible that groundwater flowed through the fractures, depositing various durable minerals, some of which we see in diverse colors.18. Layers of a PitPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaThis image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows the western wall of a small pit that is located along the floor of a larger trough in Coprates Catena. Dark layers are exposed along the bottom of the pit wall while light-toned layers are near the top of the pit and the adjacent trough floor.19. Alluvial FansPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaShown in this image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) are alluvial fans, fan-shaped deposits emerging from regions of steep topography. Alluvial fans on Mars are thought to be ancient and record past episodes of flowing water. This image shows part of one of those fans, which has been eroded.20. Between the Sand DunesPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaThis image was originally meant to track the movement of sand dunes near the North Pole of Mars, but what’s on the ground in between the dunes is just as interesting! The ground has parallel dark and light stripes from upper left to lower right in this area. In the dark stripes, we see piles of boulders at regular intervals.21. Tadpole-Like Impact CraterPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaThis image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows an impact crater looking amusingly like a tadpole because of the valley that was carved by water that used to fill it.22. Shalbatana VallesPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaLayers, probably sedimentary in origin, have undergone extensive erosion in this image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) of Shalbatana Valles, a prominent channel that cuts through Xanthe Terra. This erosion has produced several small mesas and exposed light-toned material that may differ in composition from the surrounding material.23. Ladon BasinPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaLadon Basin was a large impact structure that was filled in by the deposits from Ladon Valles, a major ancient river on Mars as seen in this image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). These wet sediments were altered into minerals such as various clay minerals. Clays imply chemistry that may have been favorable for life on ancient Mars, if anything lived there, so this could be a good spot for future exploration by rovers and perhaps return of samples to Earth.24. Bright FlowsPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaNASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter observes many slopes in the middle latitudes of Mars showing icy flows or glaciers. The region shown here, in the south-facing slope of a crater, is unusual because the flows have bright highlights. The color and brightness variations are likely due to surface coatings of bright dust and dark sand. There is no evidence that these flows are currently active, but they may have been active only millions of years ago. These flows may well contain ice today in their interiors, as confirmed in places by the subsurface radar experiment on MRO.25. Mawrth VallisPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaMawrth Vallis is one of the regions on Mars that has attracted much attention because of the nature and diversity of the minerals identified by these spectrometers. It is a large, ancient outflow channel on the margin of the Southern highlands and Northern lowlands. Both the OMEGA and CRISM instruments have detected clay minerals here that must have been deposited in a water-rich environment, probably more than 4 billion years ago. For this reason, Mawrth Vallis is one of the two candidate landing sites for the future Mars Express Rover Mission planned by the European Space Agency.26. Layering Within Sulfate DepositPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaIn this image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, layering within the light-toned sulfate deposit is the result of different states of hydration. Some of the layers have sulfates with little water (known as monohydrated sulfates) whereas other layers have higher amounts of water (called polyhydrated sulfates). The different amounts of water within the sulfates may reflect changes in the water chemistry during deposition of the sulfates, or may have occurred after the sulfates were laid down when heat or pressure forced the water out of some layers, causing a decrease in the hydration state.27. Impact Crater With Bright DepositsPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaIn this image, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) observes an impact crater with associated bright deposits that at first glance give the appearance of seasonal frost or ice accumulations. MRO has an onboard spectrometer called CRISM that can distinguish between ices and other minerals. Unfortunately, there is currently no coverage of this particular spot. However, it can be deduced through several lines of evidence that this is, in fact, not ice.28. Swiss Cheese TerrainPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaThis observation from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show it is late summer in the Southern hemisphere, so the Sun is low in the sky and subtle topography is accentuated in orbital images. We see many shallow pits in the bright residual cap of carbon dioxide ice (also called “Swiss cheese terrain”). There is also a deeper, circular formation that penetrates through the ice and dust. This might be an impact crater or it could be a collapse pit.29. Three Merged CratersPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaThis image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows an elongated depression from three merged craters. The raised rims and ejecta indicate that these are impact craters rather than collapse or volcanic landforms. The pattern made by the ejecta and the craters suggest this was a highly oblique (low angle to the surface) impact, probably coming from the west.30. Her Desher VallisPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaThis image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows small ripples, about 10 meters apart, located in Her Desher Vallis. Her Desher is a small channel that shows evidence of phyllosilicates — silicates with a sheet-like structure, such as clay minerals.Much larger images of this area show that Her Desher Vallis appears isolated, with no obvious connections to craters or larger valleys. Her Desher, the ancient Egyptian name for Mars, translates to “the Red One.”31. Impact CraterPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaThis image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows part of the central uplifted region of an impact crater more than 50 kilometers wide. That means that the bedrock has been raised from a depth of about 5 kilometers, exposing ancient materials.The warm (yellowish-reddish) colors mark the presence of minerals altered by water, whereas the bluish and greenish rocks have escaped alteration. Sharp-crested ridges and smooth areas are young windblown materials.32. Hargraves CraterPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaThe collision that created Hargraves Crater impacted into diverse bedrock lithologies of ancient Mars. As a result, the impact ejecta is a rich mix of rock types with different colors and textures, as seen by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The crater is named after Robert Hargraves who discovered and studied meteorite impacts on the Earth.33. Valles MarinerisPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaRecurring slope lineae (RSL) are seasonal flows on warm slopes, and are especially common in central and eastern Valles Marineris, as seen in this observation by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). This image covers a large area full of interesting features, but the enhanced color closeup highlight some of the RSL.34. GulliesPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaThis image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows the location with the most impressive known gully activity in Mars’ northern hemisphere. Gullies are active in the winter due to carbon dioxide frost, but northern winters are shorter and warmer than southern winters, so there is less frost and less gully activity.35. Noctis LabyrinthyusPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaThis image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a small (0.4 kilometer) mesa, one of several surrounded by sand dunes in Noctis Labyrinthyus, an extensively fractured region on the western end of Valles Marineris. Heavily eroded, with clusters of boulders and sand dunes on its surface, this layered mesa is probably comprised of sedimentary deposits that are being exhumed as it erodes. The layers themselves are visible as faint bands along the lower left edge of the mesa.36. Melas BasinPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaIn this image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, a group of steeply inclined light-toned layers is bounded above and below by unconformities (sudden or irregular changes from one deposit to another) that indicate a “break” where erosion of pre-existing layers was taking place at a higher rate than deposition of new materials. The layered deposits in Melas Basin may have been deposited during the growth of a delta complex. This depositional sequence likely represents a period where materials were being deposited on the floor of a lake or running river.37. Three FiltersPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSSThis false-color image demonstrates how use of special filters available on the Curiosity Mars rover’s Mast Camera (Mastcam) can reveal the presence of certain minerals in target rocks. The image is a composite of images taken through three filters chosen for making hematite, an iron-oxide mineral, stand out as exaggerated purple. The target rock, called “Christmas Cove,” did not appear to contain much hematite. Curiosity’s wire-bristled brush, the Dust Removal Tool, scrubbed the rock brushed area about is about 2.5 inches (6 centimeters) across. On Sept. 17, 2017, the mission’s Sol 1819, observations led to the discovery of a strong hematite presence that had was subdued beneath the dust.38. Hellas PlanitiaPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaAt around 2,200 kilometers in diameter, Hellas Planitia is the largest visible impact basin in the Solar System, and hosts the lowest elevations on Mars’ surface as well as a variety of landscapes. This image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter (MRO) covers a small central portion of the basin and shows a dune field with lots of dust devil trails.In the middle, we see what appears to be long and straight “scratch marks” running down the southeast (bottom-right) facing dune slopes. If we look closer, we can see these scratch marks actually squiggle back and forth on their way down the dune. These scratch marks are linear gullies.39. Northern Meridiani PlanumPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaThis image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) of northern Meridiani Planum shows faults that have disrupted layered deposits. Some of the faults produced a clean break along the layers, displacing and offsetting individual beds (yellow arrow).40. Slope StreakPhoto Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of ArizonaThis HiRISE image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captures a new, dated (within about a decade) impact crater that triggered a slope streak. When the meteoroid hit the surface and exploded to make the crater, it also destabilized the slope and initiated this avalanche. The crater itself is only 5 meters across, but the streak it started is 1 kilometer long! Slope streaks are created when dry dust avalanches leave behind dark swaths on dusty Martian hills. The faded scar of an old avalanche is also visible to the side of the new dark streak.More on Geek.com:NASA’s Insight Ready to Hunt MarsquakesNASA Recorded the Sounds of Mars (And It’s Almost All Creepy Bass)Bill Nye: Humans Living on Mars Is ‘Science Fiction’ NASA Captures ‘Red-Handed’ Avalanche on Mars in Mesmerizing PhotoBest Skywatching Events in September 2019 Stay on targetlast_img read more

Turks and Caicos exhibited at biggest and longestrunning Travel Show

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLondon, England, February 13, 2017 – Destination: Turks & Caicos Islands exhibited at the UK’s biggest and longest-running travel show. Destination: The Holiday and Travel Show, which took place in London’s Olympia Exhibition Centre, was filled to the gills with hundreds of leading and independent tour operators, over 70 Tourist Boards from across the globe, cultural entertainment, world flavours, travel celebrities, amongst others spectacular activities.Courtney Robinson, Marketing Executive UK & Europe – represented the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board at the show. By exhibiting at the prestigious event, many potential vacationers got the opportunity to learn more about the ‘Beautiful by Nature’ destination which is renowned for its world famous Grace Bay Beach, award winning luxurious accommodations, enviable waterscapes, picturesque scenery and sophisticated service.  The Destination Show also plays host to The Stanfords Travel Writers Festival – which features compelling, inspirational and entertaining talks. There is also Experience The World Stages – where visitors can dive in and experience world cultures, foods and entertainment in four incredible stages: Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe. What is more, the Meet the Experts Theatres, provide over 50 hours of free travel advice from destination specialists covering an array of journeys to every continent, providing inspirations to visitors to discover and learn about destinations across the globe. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTcenter_img Destination: The Holiday and Travel Show ran from 2nd to 5th February, 2017. Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Employee Benefits Live is fast approaching

first_imgEmployee Benefits Live will be returning to Olympia National in Kensington, London, on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 September 2015.The 17th annual exhibition and conference will provide a platform for compensation, reward, benefits and HR professionals to come together to network and to share ideas and best practice. As the largest dedicated reward and benefits event in Europe, Employee Benefits Live is also a fantastic opportunity to meet with and benchmark suppliers, as well as source the latest solutions.Delegates will be able to learn new techniques to attract and retain the best talent, as well as attend an extensive range of conference sessions on topics such as pensions and workplace savings, flexible benefits, health and wellbeing and total reward.For more information and to register your interest in the event, visit www.employeebenefitslive.co.uk.last_img read more

King Salmon Limited To CatchandRelease Only On Kenai Kasilof Rivers

first_imgIn addition, only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure may be used when sport fishing in these waters. King salmon may not be retained or possessed, may not be removed from the water, and must be released immediately. The retention of king salmon is prohibited while sport fishing on the Kenai River from its mouth upstream to an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek, and on the Kasilof River downstream of the Sterling Highway Bridge. “The 2018 king salmon runs throughout Cook Inlet have consistently and significantly underperformed preseason expectations resulting in restrictions and closures of inriver and marine sports fisheries,” wrote Cook Inlet Management Coordinator Matt Miller in the release announcing the Kenai River restrictions. Sport fishing for king salmon remains closed in waters of the Kenai River drainage from an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek, upstream to an ADF&G marker located at the outlet of Skilak Lake. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is implementing additional sport fishing regulation restrictions on the Kenai, and Kasilof rivers effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 18 through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, July 31. last_img read more

Newsstand Declines Slowed in Q1 of 2016

first_img The Celebrity and Women’s categories, which together account for more than a third of all newsstand sales, continue to drive most of the declines, down 11.5 percent and 13.4 percent in dollars, respectively. Home/Garden (-13.9 percent), Business/Finance (-16.8 percent), and Teen/Children (-22 percent), also saw steep drop-offs in newsstand revenue. Also continuing a trend from 2015 is the fact that every retail outlet in which magazines are sold, overall, sold less magazines than they did a year ago. Supermarkets and Supercenters, which together account for nearly half of the newsstand market, sold 9.5 percent and 5.4 percent less magazines, respectively. Sell-through efficiency—the percentage of units distributed to newsstands that end up purchased by consumers—remained completely flat, at 26.9 percent, meaning the degree to which publishers scaled back distribution corresponded more or less exactly with the decline in units sold. North American publishers sold 101.6 million magazines on newsstands in the first quarter of 2016, which yielded a 5.1 percent drop-off in overall revenue compared to the same period last year, according to MagNet’s quarterly sales report, released today. The latest figures from MagNet indicate that the decline of the newsstand may finally be approaching a long-awaited plateau. The number of actual units sold fell 9.7 percent year-over-year, but a higher average cover price ($5.60, up from $5.32 a year ago) helped soften the revenue blow. center_img Remarkably, MagNet reports that General Interest magazines achieved something of a comeback, up 14.2 percent in revenue and 17.6 percent in the number of units sold, year-over-year. This could partially be attributed to two high-profile presidential primary campaigns—Gfk reported last month that covers featuring Donald Trump drive really terrific newsstand sales. Science magazines also enjoyed a strong quarter, up 9.4 percent in units sold, continuing a recent trend. That 5.1 percent dip in revenue is a marked improvement from the 7.6 percent year-over-year decline observed in the fourth quarter of 2015, and MagNet notes that the cumulative two-quarter decline of 6.3 percent is noticeably rosier than the double-digit downturns observed over the past two years. Bookstores remain the most immune to the declines, down just 4 percent in units sold and 0.8 percent in revenue. Convenience Stores and Terminals (airports, train stations, etc.) took the hardest hits, down 17.9 percent and 17 percent year-over-year, respectively, in Q1 revenues.last_img read more

Asleep At The Wheel Talk New Routes Willie Nelson More At ACL

first_imgNews We sat down with Benson and Shore backstage at Austin City Limits (ACL) to discuss the band’s matchless legacy, the memorable moments of making their new album, how they came to collaborate with the Avett Brothers on a song about Willie Nelson, and more.Can you tell us what’s behind the title of the new album, New Routes?Benson: The idea was that there’s new pathways, but we are a roots American band and that’s always been our handle.It’s a great title and album—what do you feel you accomplished that was new for Asleep at the Wheel on this album?Benson: Well, Katie, for one, she shares the vocals and writing chores with me and so that’s what it’s all about [.] I’ve had so many wonderful people in the band, over 100 people for 48 years, and so when Katie joined and Dennis [Ludiker], the other fiddler, and then Connor [Forsyth] on the piano, they all contributed things, and Josh [Hoag] on the bass, so there was a new bunch that had new ideas that I could work with.Katie, your stamp on this album is unmistakable. Are there moments or songs on it that stick out to you as favorites?Shore: I love the whole record. It was a lot of fun, and I kind of can’t believe that it’s out. We put our heart and soul into this record, but I really love this, and I’m totally biased cause it’s the song that Ray and I wrote, but “Call It A Day Tonight” I think is my favorite. I love that it’s so rooted in swing, and the fact that we wrote it together, and I live in a really small town outside of Austin, so we love it. We love playing that every night.Can you tell us a little bit about how you wrote that together? Benson: I had an idea for a song and she had an idea for a song and the two met. And then, as I’ve said before, co-writing usually you gotta be in the same room with the person. Well, she and her husband live out there in the middle of nowhere and I live in town, and so we would text each other, and you can sing into your dang phone now, and so, I’d play a guitar thing, and she’d send everything back and forth and that’s how we finished it. But the idea was about a song about somebody late at night in Austin, Texas, looking for love when the lights go down.I heard you say somewhere that Willie writes like that also with via text.Benson: Yeah, with Buddy Cannon. Yeah, that’s how he writes.Reminds me of the song on your new album, “Willie Got There First,” with the Avett Brothers – how’d that come together?Benson: Seth and Scott [Avett] are friends of ours and Seth sent me that song. He’s a song writer so, and we share ideas and I went “Man, that’s an incredible song, I mean gosh.” So I played it for Willie. It’s an homage to Willie Nelson and what a great song writer he is and how we’re not jealous but we’re all going “Oh well, that idea, throw that out the window because Willie already wrote that song.” So I played it for Willie and I said, “What do you think?” He went, “It’s so hard to be humble.” [laughs]He’s so funny and so, I call Seth back and we had booked the date with the Avett Brothers and Asleep at the Wheel at the Long Center in Austin, Texas. And I said “Let’s record it.” The next day he went, “Yeah, okay.” So, that was the deal. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 6, 2018 – 4:43 pm In Austin With Asleep At The Wheel Backstage With Asleep At The Wheel In Austin asleep-wheel-talk-new-routes-willie-nelson-more-acl Twitter Email center_img Ray Benson and Katie Shore of the legendary western swing band discuss their latest Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 6, 2018 – 4:45 pm Western swing might not be what it is today without one man: Ray Benson. Since founding Asleep At The Wheel in 1970, Benson has shaped the modern iteration of the classic genre. The group’s latest effort, New Routes, is injected with the fresh voice and fiddle chops of Katie Shore and shows Benson and crew at their finest, bringing the format he helped popularize and evolve into a whole new age and in front of a new audience. Facebook Asleep At The Wheel Talk ‘New Routes,’ Willie Nelson & More At ACL You and your band have pioneered western swing, and brought this music to a lot of new people. Can you talk a little bit about the style?Benson: Well, it’s Texas music. It was born in Texas, Oklahoma, and California, and in the southwest in the ’30s, ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s, and kind of disappeared, and so we started [it back up]. My first record was a Bob Wills tune in 1973, and here we have Katie Shore who is 30-years-old and she’s playing western swing, along with dozens of other fiddlers, singers, songwriters that are not on the mainstream pop but there is a, what, I’d say 10 or 20 bonafide western swing bands in California,Shore: Yeah, so there’s a lot.Benson: [all over] America, back east New Jersey, in Belgium. So, it’s kind of like bluegrass was, it caught on in a way and it’s alive and kicking.Shore: It’s timeless and it helps too that Scott and Seth love western swing and the Old Crow Medicine Show, and when I was growing up one of my very favorite records was “Asleep at the Wheel,” but all of my favorite country singers, the Dixie Chicks, they were all playing these tunes and so it all, it connected the dots and I think for younger generations, you know, the Avett Brothers being so into it, or Old Crow, I mean, I think it’s always going to resonate, you know. It seems like people that love music find it; even if it’s a matter of time. That’s my two cents.Katie, what’s it like for you to share the stage with Ray and with the band?Shore: It’s pretty great. I used to come to ACL. I remember one year it was super muddy. It’s always hot and sweaty. I would come for the whole weekend. And it’s been really neat to actually be on stage and it’s an honor, but we have a great time and we love doing hometown gigs so this is kind of the best of both worlds for sure.Hozier Opens Up About “Nina Cried Power,” Reveals What’s On His PlaylistRead morelast_img read more

Pakistans highest civil honour conferred to Emir of Qatar

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan on Sunday conferred its highest civilian award on Qatar’s Emir, as the two countries held high-level talks and agreed to cooperate in the fields of trade, exchange of financial intelligence, anti-money laundering and checking terror financing. Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad was conferred with ‘Nishan-e-Pakistan’ by President Arif Alvi at a ceremony in Islamabad. The Qatari emir On Saturday held talks with President Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan and discussed bilateral relations. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us Delegation-level talks were also held between the officials of the two countries during which the two sides signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) on trade, investment, tourism and financial intelligence. Adviser to PM on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood and Qatari Finance Minister Ali Shareef Al Emadi signed the MoU for establishment of Pakistan-Qatar joint working group on trade and investment. The two sides agreed on cooperation in the fields of tourism and business events. The third MoU relates to cooperation in the field of exchange of financial intelligence, anti-money laundering and checking terror financing.last_img read more

Journalist accuses Salman Khan of physically assaulting him files case against Bharat

first_imgJournalist files complaint against Salman Khan.InstagramOne Mumbai-based journalist has reportedly filed a criminal complaint against superstar Salman Khan, accusing him and his bodyguards of physically assaulting him.The journalist named Ashok S. Pandey has filed the case at the 10th Court in Mumbai stating that Salman and his aids physically assaulted him and also tried to destroy his phone.In his complaint, Ashok stated that on April 24, while driving through Juhu to Kandivali, he spotted Salman cycling on the road with his two bodyguards. According to him, he sought permission from the two escorts to record Salman on his phone, and the two agreed. However, when Salman noticed that he was being filmed, the two bodyguards started assaulting him, and the actor also allegedly joined them.The complainant stated that Salman snatched away his phone, and tried to destroy it. “The matter will come up for hearing on July 12. At that time, the court will decide whether the police will be directed to conduct an investigation, or issue summons to the accused,” Ashok told IANS.It is to be mentioned that Ashok had filed a complaint right after the alleged incident happened, but the police reportedly disposed the case off stating there was no crime committed, the complainant said.In his fresh complaint, Ashok asked the Court to order police to carry out a detailed investigation into the matter, and accordingly take action against Salman.He even stated that one of the bodyguards of Salman called him, and asked him to settle the matter outside the court.Meanwhile, Salman’s latest release Bharat has had a good run at the box office, crossing Rs 200 crore at the domestic market. The movie received mixed reviews from the critics, but has managed to earn profits for its producers.last_img read more

MS Dhoni to hoist tricolour in union territory of Ladakh on Independence

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni in Indian Army uniform.TwitterFormer Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is probably going to hoist the Indian tricolour on Independence Day in Leh district of the recently created union territory of Ladakh. The 38-year old cricketer, who is a Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) of the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army, is currently with his battalion (106 Para TA battalion) in the Kashmir Valley.The World Cup-winning former Indian skipper is stationed at Khrew in Pulwama district along with his battalion. He joined his unit on July 30 and is doing the duties of patrolling, guard and post duty till August 15. According to defence sources, the cricketer is scheduled to travel to Leh on August 10 along with his regiment.As reported by IANS, a senior army official said that Dhoni is a brand ambassador of the Indian Army and he acts as a motivator for his unit.”Dhoni is a brand ambassador of the Indian Army. He has engaged in motivating members of his unit and has often been playing football and volleyball with the soldiers. He is also undertaking battle training exercises with the corps. He will remain in the valley till August 15,” the senior army official was quoted as saying by IANS Cricket World Cup TwitterThe official, however, did not disclose the exact location at which Dhoni is probably going to hoist the national flag. It is a part of the initiative undertaken by the Union government to hoist the tricolour in every village of Jammu and Kashmir for Independence day celebration. The government on August 5 revoked the Article 370 of the Constitution withdrawing special status given to Jammu and Kashmir and dividing the state into two union territories.Dhoni was present in the former state when all these things happened. The 38-year-old cricketer took a two-month break from professional cricket to serve the Indian Army after Team India exited the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. There were rumours about the ageing cricketer hanging up his boots, but the wicket-keeper batsman rubbished all rumours and stated that he will be back in the team after his break.last_img read more

51 per cent migrants face fraudulence Study

first_imgRMMRUAround 51 per cent migrants experienced fraudulence and humiliation during the process of migration and at the destination countries, according to a latest study.The Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU), an affiliated organisation of Dhaka University, on Wednesday revealed its primary findings at a consultation on fraudulence in processing migration. The programme was held at Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of Dhaka University in the capital.RMMRU under the Prokas project of British Council is conducting research on the role of middlemen (locally called dalals) in the migration process.Founding chair of RMMRU Tasneem Siddiqui said the study was conducted in nine villages of Paikora union and 11 words of Elenga municipality of Tangail, one of the migrant-prone districts in the country that receives about $14 billion as remittance annually by sending 500,000 migrants on an average every year.By interviewing 5331 migrants, it was found that around 19 per cent of the migrants failed to go abroad after paying a portion or full cost for migration.Around 32 per cent migrants had to face different types of sufferings in the destination countries. Out of 32 per cent, 7 per cent experienced jail or detention, 10 per cent experienced police harassment, 14 per faced physical and mental torture, 12 per cent lived in inhuman conditions in deserts and jungles or remote islands and 10 experienced non-payment or irregular payment of salary.The findings also reveal that only 3 per cent of the migrants have gone abroad through formal recruiting agencies. And 97 per cent migrants go abroad through family members, friends and middlemen.Tasneem Siddiqui said the migrants are being cheated by the middlemen.In the Overseas Employment & Migrants Act 2013, the middlemen have to be held responsible and brought to the book, she said.Sanwar Hossain, who is working as a middleman for 25 years in Tangail, said he sent a good number of migrants, many of them have become self reliant while some have fallen into trouble.Although the recruiting agencies know that the migrants will fall into trouble at the destination countries, they still arrange such visas and sent the migrants, Sanwar pointed out.Lal Khan, a resident of Kalihati of Tangail, said, “I went to Cyprus through a middleman, spending Tk 850,000. I did not get any work there. I had to face food crisis. I was deported along with 17 Bangladeshis.””After returning home, I contacted with the middleman and he assured me that he would send me abroad again. He has neither sent me abroad nor returned my money,” Lal Khan said.Speaking as special guest, Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) president and also former member of parliament Benjir Ahmed said about 11 million Bangladeshis have been staying abroad.”We have to create public awareness so that migrants are not cheated,” the BAIRA president said adding “if we are at fault in any way, we will make amends.”On allegations that the recruiters do not give money receipts to migrants, Benjir said it is the responsibility of the migrants to collect receipt.Member of Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) Nur Khan said many problems of labour migration would be solved if the middlemen were brought under a legal framework.Speaking as special guest, retired judge Nizamul Huq Nassim said it is clear there are certain problems.”We have to identify the problems and solve them.”Nassim said those who are responsible have to be brought to the book.Among others, joint secretary of BAIRA Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman and RMRRU coordinator CR Abrar also spoke at the consultation.last_img read more

Valve releases both Steam Machine and SteamOS

first_img NVIDIA delivers massive performance boost to Linux gaming Explore further With all the advertising for Xbox and PlayStation game consoles this holiday season, it might be easy to overlook a relative newcomer to the home game console: the Steam Machine, which runs SteamOS, an open source operating system based on Linux.Executives at Valve have been vocal about their disappointment with Microsoft’s (closed) Windows 8 operating system as it pertains to gamers, suggesting that open source is the better way to go. With this latest move, the company appears to be backing up their words—SteamOS can be downloaded (960MBs) for free. What this means is that anyone that wishes to do so, can download the OS and begin writing games for Steam Machines. And that’s not all, Steam Machines won’t be proprietary either—the company has made specs for the console available to anyone that wants them—also free of charge. The idea, the company says, is to get the gaming industry to move away from proprietary systems to those based on open source software.The company does have a word of caution however, SteamOS is still in beta, which means that not only is it a little shaky, but it’s in a form that requires a great deal of knowledge of Linux. That’s going to change, of course, the company says, so those that aren’t quite so hard-core may want to wait till a more mature front end has been developed and released, hopefully sometime next year.In the meantime, those that are more hardcore—the lucky 300—will be installing the OS on their new consoles, testing prewritten code and of course, writing new code, some of it games, some of it most likely code intended to improve SteamOS itself. If all goes well, at some point in the future, a commercial version of Valve’s Steam Machine will go on sale to the public, as will such machine’s by other makers, all running SteamOS. Once that happens, it’s possible non-professionals may begin writing games for the devices, similar to what has happened with apps makers writing for smartphones. And the gaming world will hopefully be better for it. (Phys.org) —Video game maker Valve Corporation has officially made SteamOS available for download for anyone who wishes to do so. At the same time, the company announced that it has also shipped Steam Machines to 300 preselected beta testers. © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img Citation: Valve releases both Steam Machine and SteamOS (2013, December 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-valve-steam-machine-steamos.html More information: store.steampowered.com/steamos/ 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.last_img read more

Two arms dealing rackets busted

first_imgKolkata: Two arms rackets were busted on Sunday night at Joynagar in South 24-Parganas and Berhampore. According to sources, police recently came to know about an illegal arms factory functioning somewhere in the Joynagar area. Working on the information, the Special Operations Group (SOG) of Baruipur Police came to know that one Abdul Bari Mondal has been operating the factory at his residence at Batra village in Joynagar.On Sunday night, SOG members and police personnel from Joynagar police station raided the house and Mondal was caught red-handed. During search, sleuths recovered three finished firearms, several bullets and apparatus for manufacturing the firearms. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseApproximately a month ago, police had nabbed two persons and seized several firearms, along with bullets. It is suspected that Mondal is connected with a big arms dealing racket, which might be operated from Bihar. Seeing this, police have stepped up vigil across the district. Meanwhile, in another incident, SOG of Murshidabad Police recovered 140 rounds of bullet for 9 mm pistols and arrested three persons, including a woman. Sleuths came to know that the bullets were coming from Munger in Bihar and were about to be circulated within the Murshidabad district. It is suspected that a big racket has been operating behind the arms dealing. Sleuths are conducting a probe to trace those who are the prospective buyers of the bullets.last_img read more