DCPs asked to link diary entries of missing persons with CCTNS

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police has written to all districts and units about linking the General Diary (GD) entries of missing persons with Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS).Police sources told Millennium Post that the letter was written to all districts, units with the subject regarding GD entries not linked with missing person registration. It was written from the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police. Quoting letter content, sources said, “On perusal of data of all GD entries relating to the missing persons lodged at the police station for the month of July 2019, it has been observed that a large number of GD entries of missing persons have not been linked with the corresponding missing person form.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAdding further sources said, “It indicates that the missing person entries have not been entered in CCTNS. If this practice continues, the database of missing persons will not be updated in CCTNS application.” The officers were requested to direct SHOs of concerned police stations under their jurisdiction to complete the data of missing persons by entering the corresponding missing person form in CCTNS application at the earliest possible. “It may also be ensured that in future the GD entries of missing persons are immediately linked with the corresponding missing person form,” sources added quoting letter content. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAccording to Delhi Police annual report 2018, the CCTNS is a project envisaged by the Ministry of Home Affairs and aims at creating a comprehensive and integrated system for enhancing the efficiency and effective policing through the adoption of principles of e-Governance, and creation of a nationwide networked infrastructure for evolution of IT-enabled state-of-the-art tracking system. “Now the data entry in General Diary, FIR for lost property, complaints and other modules like complaints, zero FIR, missing persons, MLC, NCR, preventive action, crime details, accused arrest, property seizure and final form are being done in CCTNS,” added the report.last_img read more

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Salmon farms spewing untreated bloodwater puts wild fish at risk advocates

first_imgOTTAWA – Environment Canada is investigating allegations that fish plants in British Columbia are spewing virus-laden bloody water from processed, farmed salmon into the water off the coast of Vancouver Island.As well, Fisheries Minister Dominic Leblanc says he is open to making additional changes to the Fisheries Act to ensure nothing flows into the water that is toxic to the already-threatened Pacific wild salmon.The moves come after B.C. photographer Tavish Campbell published a video showing clouds of red liquid billowing from a pipe coming out of a fish processing plant and flowing under the water in one of the most common salmon migration routes.Although the video has just started to gain public attention, Leblanc said he received it about two weeks ago.“It’s designed to shock people,” he said Wednesday. “I was suitably concerned when I saw it.”He said scientists from his department and Environment Canada are seeking clarity on the situation, including about test results Campbell says showed the bloody water was full of the piscine reovirus, a common virus in farmed salmon that is deadly to wild salmon.In Norway, there are strict regulations about what fish processors have to do to disinfect what’s known as bloodwater, because they know about the extensive diseases carried by farmed fish, Campbell says.“In beautiful British Columbia we’re just dumping it in the channel but it’s out of sight so no one knows,” Campbell says in the video, filmed during three separate dives between April and November.B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman is also investigating, and has pledged to do a full audit of the plants in the video, as well as those across the province to make sure they are compliant with provincial regulations.A spokesman for Heyman told The Canadian Press on Wednesday there are provincial regulations for fish processing facilities that include the requirement of an effluent discharge permit. Two of the plants in the Campbell video were issued permits more than 20 years ago; one is in the process of being updated now to reflect more modern standards including better filtration and disinfection technology.Leblanc said the government has already committed to updating the Fisheries Act to “incorporate modern safeguards” and if there are ways to do that to protect wild salmon he wants to hear them.“I would be open to all kinds of thoughtful suggestions to make sure that we’ve strengthened it in the right way.”Sum of Us, a U.K.-based advocacy group targeting corporations it believes are acting unethically, has a suggestion. It launched a petition Wednesday calling on Leblanc to change the Fisheries Act to force companies to properly treat wastewater so there are no viruses or other pathogens that can harm wildlife.Sum of Us Canadian spokeswoman Emma Pullman said there are no regulations in Canada at either the provincial or federal level to control or monitor what is in the wastewater released into the ocean from fish farms and processing plants.NDP fisheries critic Fin Donnelly said Leblanc’s job is to protect wild salmon and if water tainted with virus-infected blood is spewing into the ocean along migration routes then he’s not doing his job.“This could be the final nail in the coffin of Pacific wild salmon,” said Donnelly.BC Salmon Farmers Association executive director Jeremy Dunn said in a written statement he understands why people are concerned by the video but insists the rules are being followed and the discharge is safe.“While the wastewater remains red in colour, the water being discharged from Browns Bay Packing Company is treated to remove solids and ensure pathogens are neutralized,” said Dunn.Leblanc said he’s hopeful the updates to the Fisheries Act will be ready to introduce in the first few months of 2018.— follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

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New study offers insight and recommendations to reduce right whale deaths

first_imgFREDERICTON — A new study says more than half the 70 North Atlantic right whale deaths recorded over the last 16 years were the result of either entanglement in fishing gear or vessel collisions.The findings are in a paper published today in the journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms.A cause of death was determined for 43 of the 70 whales. Sarah Sharp, a veterinarian with the International Fund for Animal Welfare, says none of the adult and juvenile whales for which a cause of death was established had died from natural causes.She says more aggressive efforts to protect the whales are needed. There are estimated to be only 411 North Atlantic right whales left, with deaths outpacing live births.No right whales died in Canadian waters last year, but 12 were found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2017.A nine-year-old male right whale was found dead in the gulf this month, but preliminary necropsy results were inconclusive.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Rajkummar Rao isnt in Bollywood for money

first_imgMumbai: Actor Rajkummar Rao says money has never been a driving force behind his decision to do films. He picks his projects based on the content. Rajkummar opened up about his funda when he appeared on “BFFs with Vogue Season 3”, which airs in India on Colors Infinity. He was joined by actor Ishaan Khatter on the show, read a statement. When host Neha Dhupia asked Rajkummar what changed after back-to-back box office success, he said nothing. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger “For me, now also it is about the film. It’s about the story. Now, the only thing that has changed is that I get to work with bigger filmmakers, be a part of bigger films,” he said. The actor added: “Apart from that, nothing has changed in my life. For ‘Trapped’, I didn’t get paid at all. So, money is not important. It’s the story, the content I am a part of. I didn’t know that ‘Stree’ would turn out to be such a big box office success, but it did. It’s a great feeling when a film does great at the box office. “But for me, I was not chasing that, I am still not. There have been filmmakers who told me they wanted to work with me but because of budget constraint or whatever reasons… but now they feel they can make films with me.” During a game round ‘Platter of Punishment’, Neha asked which one of his movies deserved a National Film award, Rajkummar said: “‘Trapped’.”last_img read more

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Annan presents exchange of letters on Côte dIvoire mission

Mr. Annan has given the President of the General Assembly copies of the letters as they relate to the budgeting for MINUCI, whose mandate is due to expire next month.In a letter dated 13 October, the Security Council’s current President, Ambassador John D. Negroponte of the United States, said MINUCI should be classified as a “special political mission” and not as a peacekeeping operation.Mr. Negroponte said that during imminent consultations on renewing MINUCI’s mandate beyond next month, the Council would review whether MINUCI should become a peacekeeping mission and whether the UN’s presence in Côte d’Ivoire needs to be reinforced.In his reply dated 23 October, Mr. Annan acknowledged Mr. Negroponte’s remarks, and welcomed the Council’s preparedness to consider whether MINUCI should be reinforced. read more

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Annan calls for comprehensive aid to postcivil war Central African Republic

“The socio-economic and financial situation of the Central African Republic remains difficult,” he says in his latest report to the Security Council on the country. He recommends that existing cooperation frameworks and the consolidated appeals process be strengthened “to provide grater support to the country’s economic recover efforts and to prevent any deterioration in the socio-economic situation.”Since development is inextricably linked to security, an improvement in the interior and in the border areas is needed for stability in the Central African Republic, he says.Development assistance will come from the Committee of Foreign Partners, Mr. Annan says, comprising China, France, Germany, Russian Federation, the United States, the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC), the Multinational Force of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (FOMUC), the International Organization of la Francophonie, the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in CAR (BONUCA), the European Union (EU), the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and the World Bank.The UN Resident Coordinator should coordinate the aid mechanisms, bearing in mind the newly elected Government’s priorities, which include immediate streamlining of finances, rehabilitation of the basic infrastructure destroyed during the mutinies and politico-military crises which were the source of instability past, and the modernization of several sectors, he says. read more

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Haiti Security Council calls for peaceful expression of electoral concerns

“[Council members] urge all Haitians with concerns or questions about possible post-electoral irregularities to pursue these peacefully and legally with the Haitian electoral authorities immediately, and they call on those authorities to fully investigate those charges,” the president of the 15-member Council for February, Ambassador John Bolton, said in a statement to the press.Recalling the peaceful conduct of the vote last Tuesday, the Council appealed to the Haitian people to uphold their commitment to democracy and the rule of law by refraining from violence as the results of the election were being tabulated and reviewed.“The members of the Council reiterate their call for all Haitians to respect the results of the election when they are announced and to remain engaged in the political process,” the statement said.Earlier in the day, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hédi Annabi gave the Council his daily closed-door briefing, which included developments in Haiti.According to a UN spokesman, Mr. Annabi said vote tabulation had not resumed because tabulation centre employees have been reluctant to brave the protests. He also informed the Council that the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) would take steps to ensure that the centre resumed its work, depending on the security situation.Meanwhile, UN engineering units have been clearing away the roadblocks set up by demonstrators in recent days. read more

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DHBPokal THW Kiel defends German Cup title after defeating SG Flensburg

THW Kiel might be on their way to repeat the “triple” they had last year, after the first trophy is now in Kiel. They won the German Cup final over SG Flensburg with 33:30. SG Flensburg played a superb first half, and had 4-goals lead at half time, however THW Kiel with great defence in the first 12 minutes of the second half when Flensburg scored only one single goal, THW Kiel found their way in the game and took a lead which was kept steady and in the final minutes of the game grew to even 5 goals. In the end, 33-30 victory for THW Kiel. dhb-pokalFlensburggerman cupKielpokalTHW Kiel ← Previous Story Vive Kielce wins Polish Cup after narrow one-goal victory over Wisla Plock Next Story → SEHA Final: Sweet revenge for RK Zagreb, win thriller final against Vardar

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Two men in court after ATM scamming equipment found at house in

first_img Short URL Material found during Monday’s search. Image: An Garda Síochána TWO MEN HAVE appeared in court charged in connection with a gardaí investigation into ATM scamming equipment found at a house in Navan.  Officers from the Garda National Ecomonic Crime Bureau carried out the search at a house on Slane Road on Monday morning where they seized equipment for ATM skimming including a fake ATM front, hard drives, receiving devices, soldering equipment and laptops.About 500 blank cards for storing data copied at ATMs, sat navs, pinhole cameras, skimming devices and various ATM skimming paraphernalia were also discovered during the search. The two men, one in his late 40s and the other in his late 20s appeared this evening before the Dublin District Court at the Criminal Courts of Justice.  Mar 8th 2019, 10:31 PM Share7 Tweet Email 17,069 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cónal Thomascenter_img Two men in court after ATM scamming equipment found at house in Navan About 500 blank cards for storing data copied at ATMs, sat navs, pinhole cameras, skimming devices were found during the search. Material found during Monday’s search. https://jrnl.ie/4531913 Image: An Garda Síochána Friday 8 Mar 2019, 10:30 PM No Comments last_img read more

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Abbott pledges to not privatise SBS

first_imgWhile the Victorian Liberal party is putting the pressure on the federal opposition to privatise SBS and ABC, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has pleged he won’t make the move. “We have no intention of going down that path, and we won’t go down that path,” Mr Abbott said. This weekend, the Victorian Liberal Party will vote on a motion at their state conference this weekend that says the original arguments in favour of public ownership are no longer valid. The ABC and SBS are paid for by the Government and taxpayers and have a specific charter that they have to adhere to. Institute of Public Affairs (IPA)’s Dr Julie Novak says high-quality programming does comes from not having to focus solely on audience numbers like commercial networks. “There are willing customers who’d be prepared to pay for quality programming, so why not? I mean, the fact of the matter is that, you know, at the moment, we have taxpayers, including those taxpayers who choose not to watch or listen to the ABC or SBS, basically forced to pay for the product,” she told SBS. With one in four people born overseas, SBS says it is delivering on its charter to offer multicultural and multilingual content to inform, educate and entertain all Australians more than ever. It says it has paid for itself many times over in the past three decades with its contribution to society and says demand for its services will keep growing as Australia gets more diverse. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Le soda allégé augmenteraitil le risque de dépression

first_imgLe soda allégé augmenterait-il le risque de dépression ?Selon une nouvelle étude américaine, une consommation trop importante de sodas allégés serait associé à un risque accru de dépression. Toutefois, l’étude ne dit pas si la boisson est directement responsable de cette hausse.Si boire des sodas allégés est meilleur pour la ligne que consommer des breuvages classiques, ceci pourrait être bien moins bon pour le moral. Une étude qui sera présentée en mars prochain au meeting annuel de l’American Academy of Neurology suggère en effet qu’il existerait un lien entre la consommation de boissons allégées et un risque accru de dépression. Une association qui serait valable pour les sodas allégés comme pour les jus de fruits.Pour arriver à une telle conclusion, les chercheurs américain, auteur des travaux, ont analysé les données de quelque 263.900 Américains âgés de 50 à 71 ans qui ont été interrogés en 1995 et 1996 sur leur consommation de boissons. Environ 10 ans plus tard (de 2004 à 2006), les mêmes sujets se sont vu une nouvelle fois interroger. Cette fois-ci, il leur a été demandé si un médecin les avait déjà diagnostiqués comme dépressifs au cours des années 2000. En comparant la réponse à cette question et les données plus anciennes, les chercheurs ont alors constaté que les personnes qui buvaient régulièrement du soda (quatre ou plus par jour) étaient en moyenne 30% plus susceptibles de souffrir de dépression.  Mais ce risque était surtout marqué chez les buveurs de soda allégés : ceux-ci montraient un risque de 31% contre 22% chez les buveurs de sodas classiques. Le constat a été le même avec les jus de fruits : ceux qui consommaient des formes allégées ont présenté un risque de 51% comparé à ceux qui n’en buvaient pas. Par comparaison, les personnes qui buvaient quatre ou plus de tasses de café par jour avaient 10% de chances en moins de se voir diagnostiquer de la dépression. Un lien dont l’origine reste à déterminer À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Toutefois, l’étude n’a pu qu’établir un lien entre la consommation et un risque accru de dépression, sans déterminer si les sodas allégés étaient responsables de cette hausse. Si les chercheurs ont pris en compte de nombreux facteurs pouvant affecter les résultats (âge, éducation, tabagisme, activité physique, etc.), ils n’excluent pas que d’autres circonstances aient également pu les influencer comme une vie stressante ou un risque élevé de dépression dans la famille. Reste que ce n’est pas la première fois qu’un tel lien est établi puisque de précédentes recherches avaient également mis en évidence un tel lien. Les scientifiques comptent donc bien étendre leurs recherches pour en savoir plus et déterminer l’origine d’une telle découverte association. “Davantage d’études sont nécessaires pour confirmer ces découvertes et les personnes souffrant de dépression doivent continuer à prendre les médicaments prescrits par leurs médecins”, explique le Dr Honglei Chen du National Institutes of Health qui a dirigé l’étude.Le 9 janvier 2013 à 19:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Frenkie de Jong wouldve loved Lionel Messis number 10

first_imgDutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong joked with the idea of possibly getting Lionel Messi’s number ’10’ jersey at Barcelona when he arrived next summer.The biggest news in Spanish football for the last couple of days has been Frenkie de Jongs transfer to FC Barcelona, a deal that was completed last Wednesday and will have the Dutchman playing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi.The Argentine forward was reportedly crazy for getting the Ajax midfielder signed, which is something that motivated De Jong for making his final decision.The player is set to start his new journey at FC Barcelona next summer, he will finish the current season at Ajax in all competitions and then report to the manager on July 1st.During an interview with De Telegraaf, Frenkie opened up about the number he could use at the Catalan club and joked with the idea of possibly taking it away from Lionel Messi.But all kidding aside, the player revealed that he still hasn’t decided which number he will sport for the rest of his career at Barcelona and he is possibly waiting for any changes that happen by the end of the season.The Spanish giants are expected to get rid of at least one of the big players in the squad, the money right now is on Brazilian Philipe Coutinho who hasn’t lived up to the hype since he arrived from Liverpool.De Jong: “I want number 10, but I think someone already has it.”#EnjoyDeJong pic.twitter.com/3LRqsgsEz9— Penya FCB de Beirut (@PenyaFCBBeirut) January 24, 2019Another option for FC Barcelona is to sell Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic, who has come a long way since he arrived in the club from Sevilla and possibly has already fulfilled a cycle as he approaches the final stages of his career.As we all know, Ivan Rakitic sports the number ‘4’ jersey, a traditional number at FC Barcelona that have worn historic players like Ronald Koeman or Pep Guardiola.It would be only fitting for Frenkie to follow in those footsteps once Ivan Rakitic decides to call it quits, this scenario is more plausible than the jokes De Jong made in regards to taking Lionel Messi’s number ’10’.Because as we all know by now, the Argentine will wear this jersey until the day he decides to retire. Hopefully for all football fans, that day won’t come any time soon.But that number ‘4’ jersey does seem like the most likely path for the Dutch midfielder, he fits the position and has what it takes to become the next great FC Barcelona player.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).But even Ivan Rakitic’s exit from the club is not a sure thing, mainly because manager Ernesto Valverde has repeatedly said that the Croatian midfielder is a key player in his squad.Esto es Frenkie de Jong… 😍#FrenkieFuturo pic.twitter.com/L8qGei6Bp5— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) January 23, 2019Frenkie de Joong has been talking to several news outlets during these past two days, but the very first interview he offered was to Dutch outlet De Telegraaf because they were the ones with the inside information and the very first outlet that spoke about the specifics of De Jong’s transfer from Ajax to Barcelona.The player granted an interview where he discussed several topics, but the subject of the number he will wear was specifically addressed.“No, there is still no number on that jersey. That will come later. Yes, I would obviously love wearing the number ’10’ jersey but I think someone is already playing with it at Camp Nou,” he laughed.“Lionel Messi, I think. That number won’t be mine. He is the best and I believe it’s an honor to be his teammate.”“Right now, I really can’t picture myself next to him on a football pitch. However, I won’t be some kind of tourist who only enjoys Messi play.”“I am doing everything I can in order to become a fundamental player for FC Barcelona,” he concluded.El pequeño Frenkie de Jong, la nueva perla del Barcelona. pic.twitter.com/YHv7aE3rwY— El Mister (@el_Mister8) January 24, 2019Which number would you prefer Frenkie de Jong could wear at FC Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Woodland school bond issue passes

first_imgVoters approved a bond issue Tuesday that will build a new Woodland High School and provide a few other updates around the district.The measure passed with 1,638 “yes” votes to 945 “no” votes. That’s 63.4 percent, well ahead of the 60-percent figure required to pass.The bond issue will provide $52.8 million; the district also will receive $11 million from the state.Most of the money will go to replace the current high school, which was built in 1953. The new 147,000-square-foot high school will be built on a 40-acre site the district owns on Dike Access Road.Discussions will begin in a few days, Superintendent Michael Green said.“The first step is Friday when we meet with the architects,” Green said after election results were announced Tuesday night. “We’ll figure out short-term and long-term” plans.About 600 students attend Woodland High. The 82,310-square-foot school doesn’t have room in the gym for all its students and faculty, let alone students’ parents.The school does not have a centralized entrance point for visitors, raising safety concerns.Construction will start in the summer of 2013 or, more likely, the summer of 2014; the anticipated opening would be in the fall of 2015 or fall of 2016, Green said.The high school will be built to accommodate an expanding student body.The bond issue will provide about $2.7 million for other projects: It will pay for a new gym at Yale Elementary School, replacing the oldest building owned by the district. The bond measure also will pay for other safety, security and energy efficiency improvements at all the district’s schools.last_img read more

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American Airlines flights to Cuba set for early September

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – American Airlines announced, Friday, that they expect to begin service from Miami to Cuba on Sept. 7.Tickets for flights from Miami to five Cuban cities, including Camaguey, Cienfuegos, Holguin, Santa Clara and Varadero, are available on AA.com or by calling the reservations department at 800-433-7300 (English) or 800-633-3711 (Spanish).The first flight, pending government approval, would depart Miami for Cienfuegos at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 7. The first American Airlines flights to Camaguey and Santa Clara would be on Sept. 9, and the first to Varadero on Sept. 11.The Department of Transportation awarded American Airlines the right to begin scheduled flights to Cuba last Friday, June 10.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Thirtymillionpage backup of humanity headed to moon aboard Israeli lander

first_img A 23rd-century tourist guide to the galaxy The top layers of the archive disc can be viewed with an optical microscope. Arch Mission Foundation/Bruce Ha On Thursday night, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried an Israeli-made spacecraft named Beresheet beyond the grasp of Earth’s gravity and sent it on its way to the surface of the moon. On board Beresheet is a specially designed disc encoded with a 30-million-page archive of human civilization built to last billions of years into the future. The backup for humanity has been dubbed “The Lunar Library” by its creator, the Arch Mission Foundation (AMF).   “The idea is to place enough backups in enough places around the solar system, on an ongoing basis, that our precious knowledge and biological heritage can never be lost,” the nonprofit’s co-founder Nova Spivack told me via email.The AMF also placed a small test archive on Elon Musk’s red Tesla Roadster that was launched in the direction of Mars aboard the first Falcon Heavy demonstration mission last year. That archive consisted of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy encoded in a disc made of quartz silica glass made to last millions of years as the Roadster orbits the sun. The AMF has also placed a solid-state copy of Wikipedia on board a cubesat from SpaceChain in low-Earth orbit.graphic-1-space-ilThe little lander Beresheet hopes to make history in multiple ways this year. SpaceIL Part of the motivation for the far-out project is to leave a copy of humanity’s knowledge not just in the cloud, but far beyond the clouds, should the impacts of climate change or a potential nuclear war do us or the planet in at some point in the future. “While I am optimistic that humanity will rise to the challenge and develop a multinational  planetary defense initiative to mitigate these planetary risks, it is also prudent to have a plan B,” Spivack said. “Instead of one backup in one place our strategy is ‘many copies, many places’ — and we plan to send updates on a regular basis.”The AMF has already signed on to an additional planned moon mission, with startup Astrobotic, to send another Lunar Library installment to the moon in the next few years. There are also plans in the works to send archives to Mars, LaGrange points around Earth and deep underground caves on our planet. “The interplanetary network of backup locations we have started may even help to enable an interplanetary Internet. As we become a spacefaring civilization, we are going to need ways to move big data around the solar system, and protect it in transit, and at each location,” Spivack said. 17 Photos Tags Share your voice Sci-Techcenter_img 8 Space Comments The disc aboard Beresheet is about the size and thickness of a DVD, but consists of 25 stacked thin nickel films that AMF insists can resist radiation, extreme temperatures and other harsh conditions found in space for billions of years. There is, of course, no way to test how long it will last, but if it survives as long as hoped, the disc may even be around longer than the moon itself. The top four layers are actually filled with 60,000 pages of tiny analog images that can be viewed with optical microscope technology that’s been around for centuries. The images include a sort of users’ guide explaining human language, the contents of the disc and how to access the deeper layers containing compressed digital data. The digitized layers include a full copy of Wikipedia, more than 25,000 books and data for understanding over 5,000 languages. But if humans — or perhaps someone else — is ever going to get a chance to use the Lunar Library, it has to first get to the surface of the moon. Beresheet is now just beginning a long, complicated journey that will involve a handful of swings around Earth to increase the size of its orbit before jumping into orbit around the moon and eventually attempting a landing.The first window of opportunity to land comes on April 11.  So if all works out, Wikipedia will touch down on the moon almost exactly 50 years after man first showed up there. Any aliens who come across it in the future will surely be baffled by a few choice entries, like “moon-landing conspiracy theories,” “flat Earth” or “Tide pod challenge.” But at least they’ll help illustrate why we needed a backup.  last_img read more

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HIV outbreak sparks panic in Pakistan 400 including kids tested positive in

first_imgPakistan’s health ministry was forced to take up an investigation after a report claimed that children had been infected with HIV. after receiving blood transfusions.ReutersThe Larkana district of Pakistan’s Sindh province has reported over 400 cases of HIV positive tests in the past two weeks. About 80 per cent of the patients reportedly are children under the age of five years. People are reporting to various public health camps amid the widespread panic and nearly 90,000 people have been screened so far.The United Nations and the provincial government have joined hands and rushed doctors as well as public health workers to the area, which has a population of 1.5 million people. According to reports, unsafe medical practice by a local doctor who used a syringe to inject multiple children is the root cause of the HIV outbreak.UNAIDS spokesperson Fahmida Khan told Voice of America that there may be similar cases being reported from surrounding districts even as all efforts are being made to curb the usage of unsafe injections and blood transfusions.Pakistan’s HIV dilemmaThe sudden spurt of HIV cases in Pakistan, which had relatively lesser number of such cases until the last decade, poses a new health challenge to the government as well as the health officials. Experts said that there has been a 57 per cent increase in HIV cases in the country since 2010 with Sindh contributing to a majority of such infections. About 43 per cent of the HIV cases have been reported from this region alone. Children react as they ride a bicycle past the carcasses of dead dogs, collected after they were culled using poison by the municipality in Karachi, Pakistan, August 4, 2016.ReutersAround 20,000 people had tested positive for HIV in Pakistan last year and more than 6,200 people died due to the advanced stage of the disease, AIDS. Who is to blame for the HIV outbreak?The negligence on the part of the Pakistani government towards the healthcare sector has a large role to play in the crisis. The recent steps by the government for abolishing the federal health ministry, little allocation of funds towards the sector and corruption have left the underprivileged sections of the society vulnerable to quacks and unqualified medical practitioners. There are reportedly 600,000 quacks operating in the country with 200,000 being present in Sindh, the UN stated.These quacks are reusing syringes and carrying out unsafe blood transfusion under the garb of treating people which has further worsened the problem. Their malpractices have also gone unchecked so far.”For the sake of saving money, these quacks will inject multiple patients with a single syringe. This could be the main cause of the spread of HIV cases,”  Sikandar Memon, provincial programme manager of the Sindh Aids Control Programme, told news asia.com.last_img read more

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XIM3 brings highprecision mouse keyboard controls to the Xbox 360

first_imgHaving grown up playing first-person shooters on a PC, any attempt I make to play such games on a console has been met with me thinking “this would be so much better with a keyboard and mouse”.Unless the game is terrible, I keep playing and make do with the joypad as a controller. But if I had the option of plugging in a keyboard and mouse I would probably use it. Well, if you are a 360 gamer that option now exists thanks to the XIM3 adaptor.AdChoices广告The XIM3 consists of a small LCD display and 4 USB ports. Each port allows for a connection to your Xbox 360, keyboard, mouse, and 360 joypad, all of which need to be connected for the system to work. The joypad also allows for navigation of the XIM3 settings–you do not need a PC at any point.The most important feature of the XIM3 is the real-time command transfer, so there is no lag between your keyboard and mouse input and the game. As far as the 360 is concerned, you are using a joypad to input commands.Configuration controls are included on the XIM3 to allow you to configure on a per game basis. There’s also 10 Smart Transitions specifically for setting up mouse precision and overcoming dead zones which can differ depending on the game being played. Watch the video below for more information on this:If you want mouse and keyboard control on your 360, then this does look to be the best option at the moment. However, it’s not cheap and you can expect to pay $149.99.Read more at XIM3, via  HotHardwareMatthew’s OpinionI’m sure a lot of 360 gamers will have an issue with this and its potential to improve a user’s performance in multiplayer on games like Modern Warfare 2. It’s true that keyboard and mouse do allow for more accurate movement, but a seasoned joypad user should be able to match a XIM3 player. It’s when you put two new players in a room that you’ll probably see the XIM3 give an advantage.This video of the XIM3 being used with Halo 3 shows accelerated turning while allowing for accurate aiming. So yes, it does offer an advantage if such settings are used.At $149.99, I doubt you will see many players making the investment. But for some, the draw of being able to use keyboard and mouse input will be enough to warrant the investment.last_img read more

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A FirstTimers Guide to Turning AR Into ROI

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. November 28, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global It’s the most wonderful time of the year for retailers — more so now than ever. Cyber Monday has officially taken the reins as the most popular shopping day in the United States. First, this uber-shopping day, in 2017, eclipsed Black Friday by roughly $1.6 billion , Then, this year, 2018, Cyber Monday sales grew another 20 percent, approaching a historic mark of nearly $8 billion.But as awesome as those stats may sound, an even more noticeable shift for retailers isn’t the compounding growth of Cyber Monday sales, it’s the spillage of what used to be Black Friday into a five-day event. Sales on Thanksgiving Day increased by 30 percent, and online sales on Black Friday also jumped by over 20 percent, year over year, ompared to last year. All of which is to say that at this point, if you’re in the ecommerce game, there’s more to go around now — especially in this holiday period  — than ever before. Yet, with all that noise and all those players on the field, how can you, as an online retailer, make your marketing stand out from the horde of your competitors’? This season, it’s easy: augmented reality (AR)Related: How Augmented Reality Is Going to Transform EcommerceWhile AR technology isn’t new (Morton Heilig’s Sensorama was tested as long ago as 1956), its incubation period has been so prolonged, and its entrance into our daily lives so gradual, that many people today consider AR the same way they consider self-driving cars — on the verge of being ubiquitous but not quite ready for mass adoption.Even Tim Cook stated as recently as 2017 that the technology “didn’t exist” to make quality AR glasses yet. That’s not to say that Cook was wrong, of course, but sentiments like his go a long way toward altering public perception.The AR gold rushDespite what experts may say about the technological and financial limitations brands face when diving into the deep end of augmented reality, the numbers say that now is the time. Consumers are primed and ready to be reached through AR technology, as Apple and Google already have placed over half a billion AR-capable devices in the wild. That number is expected to grow to over 4 billion by 2020 and generate over $200 billion in AR/VR spending by the same time, according to IDC.What does that mean for business owners and marketers? There’s gold in them thar’ hills! A lot of it. In fact, global revenue from AR marketing is expected to vault from $430 million in 2018 to over $2.5 billion in 2022, according to eMarketer. Big brands like Ikea, Sephora, and Lowe’s are just a few examples of large brands that are leveraging AR to connect users more closely to their products and increase conversions.Diving into the deep endRecently, my company, Drive Social Media, found itself thrown into AR with little-to-no experience developing anything quite in the same ballpark. We’re a social media marketing agency that works with small business owners and franchises to create, place, optimize and track paid social ads. Notice how I didn’t mention anything about AR.We’d had success working with professional sports organizations in the past and had been laser-focused on establishing a partnership with the NHL hockey team, the St. Louis Blues. The Blues were attractive to us on a number of levels, but what we really liked about the team personnel during our preliminary talks was their desire to be at the forefront of technological innovation in the NHL — specifically with AR.While our graphic design department is supremely talented, nobody had any real experience designing AR effects. Our operating partner, Josh Sample, had attended the 2018 Facebook Developer Conference in May when Facebook announced its rollout of an AR creator studio — later renamed Spark — to bring AR creation ability to any businesses on the platform.We took a crash-course on AR development, pitched the Blues a Pokėmon GO-style citywide augmented reality scavenger hunt and were able to develop the entire project in about three weeks. That’s not to toot our own horn, it’s a testament to how quickly Spark allows even first-time users to build game-changing technology. The results were incredibly strong and have already been parlayed into continued AR projects (and thus a new stream of revenue) for our company. What may be good news for your company is that AR is widely available to anyone who wants to use it to drive ROI. Conveniently, this can be done solely through something that almost everyone is already familiar with: Facebook.”Spark” an engaging effect.As mentioned, Spark is the name of Facebook’s AR creator studio. While Google and Apple released their own AR developer studio in 2017, we found that Spark enabled us to create, upload, launch and track the entire project in the same place. Our execution consisted of hanging large banners with GPS-enabled AR-effect triggers on them in various locations throughout the city. So, for us, it made sense to be able to house everything in a single spot.But it’s not just such practical aspects that make Spark a fantastic resource for your business. This technology’s approachable interface and intuitive intelligence make it simple for even novice designers to create compelling 3D AR graphics. Spark’s software also uses a built-in face mesh that you can put right into your canvas, then just plug and play with colors and objects to create face filters.In the event that you have zero design experience, it’s pretty simple to nail down effect-anchoring, dimensions and functionality through basic trial and error.Incentivize usageWhile many businesses have hardly grown accustomed to using AR, consumers certainly have. Industries like finance, transportation, health care, and retail are already experiencing a major disruption as a result of the proliferation of AR. In fact, 74 percent of consumers in a DigitalBridge study expected retailers to use AR tools to strengthen their offerings.Not only do consumers expect AR, but they are also willing to reward brands who use it. A recent study by Retail Perceptions reported that 40 percent of consumers polled said they would be willing to pay more for a product if they could experience it through augmented reality.Related: 3 Trends That Will Shape Your Marketing Efforts in 2018Consumers are past the point of being wowed by AR, but they still want to use it if it provides them with a valuable or unique experience. Create some incentivization to use it, and users will view the experience as the cherry on top of the value they receive. The majority of those who completed our own scavenger hunt did so because they knew the grand prize at the end was a pair of season tickets. However, the feedback we repeatedly got went beyond that: Participants said the experience was a fun; and it provided a enjoyable way to connect the team, city and community, as well.Make it feel natural.People love using new technology, but they don’t love learning to use it. Think about the early days of MP3 players. One of the first consumer products to hit the market was Diamond Multimedia’s Rio in 1998. While the Rio was a new and more “efficient” way of consuming audio content, its upload times were excruciatingly slow, and the device itself could store only 32MB, or around thirty minutes of music.Even the iPod took years to catch on, netting about half a million sales in its first year of existence. It took until 2006  — eight years after the Rio hit the market — before the iPod, and thus portable MP3 players in general, became ubiquitous. These players had to feel and operate with the same speed and effectiveness as a Walkman before the masses were ready to adopt.Think about this concept with your AR initiatives. Opening the application needs to feel seamless, and using it has to feel familiar. We created a microsite for our application and linked buttons that launched effects to the Facebook camera. Once the effect was launched, the camera would wait a few seconds, then redirect the user back to the microsite before it continued playing. Allowing users to complete the activation with the Facebook camera primed them for this newer technology by utilizing the familiarity and function of an older one.Overall, the value of AR is obvious, and the ability to integrate it into your marketing mix is at your fingertips — regardless of your level of experience. Don’t let a lack of education cause your business to delay its ability to connect and build a relationship with your current and potential customers. Follow these steps to turn your first AR project into ROI.Related: How Augmented Reality Has Changed Selfies Forever (Infographic)Stephen Nations is the director of public relations for Drive Social Media, a St. Louis and Nashville-area-based digital marketing agency. He is obsessed with creating compelling content and finding new ways to connect brands with their target audience.  8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

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Alexa Chung Im long overdue losing my lesbian virginity

first_imgAlexa’s ex-boyfriend is Big Little Lies actor Alexander Skarsgard. The pair split last year after two years of dating.She also previously dated Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner.‘It’s a really crappy anti-feminist sentiment’The star also told the publication that she is currently dating several people.On the subject of marriage, Alexa furthermore said: ‘I don’t subscribe to the fact that you need one man to be happy. I think it’s a really crappy anti-feminist sentiment.’She added: ‘I just don’t get why marriage is different from non-marriage – I just don’t get it.’Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/alexa-chung-losing-lesbian-virginity-long-overdue/ The TV presenter furthermore added: ‘I just think it’s super old-fashioned to expect anything from anyone. I think everyone is on a spectrum of whatever they prefer.’She added she ‘would never discount the idea that I could have a relationship with a woman at some point. I haven’t been sexually attracted to one yet.’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Alexa Chung has revealed she is open to dating a member of the same sex.Speaking to Porter magazine, the fashion icon said: ‘I’m long overdue losing my lesbian virginity.’last_img read more

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Update Massive 49cent petrol price increase on Wednesday

first_imgAs of tomorrow (Wednesday, May 3), Ladysmith motorists will pay an extra 49c per litre for all grades of petrol.Illuminating paraffin users will pay between 34c and 46c per litre, while liquefied petroleum gas users will pay an extra 96c per kilogram.Also read: Petrol price to increase once againAlso read: Another petrol price increase on the cardsSouth Africa’s fuel prices are adjusted on a monthly basis, informed by both international and local factors. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Energy Department confirmed that one of the main reasons for the increase is the weakening of the rand against the US dollar during the period under review, which contributed about 25 cents per litre on the fuel price increases.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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