Stellar Graveyard Shows Signs of Possible (Past) Life

first_imgThe next time you gaze up at the night sky, remember that you’re looking at a graveyard. The Milky Way is studded with dead stars, from black holes to neutron stars to dim white dwarfs. Often, these stellar corpses reveal little about their past. But once in a while, they provide clues to how they—and any planets they once hosted—lived and died. Now, scientists have discovered evidence that a white dwarf known as GD 61 was once orbited by a rocky, water-rich asteroid—just the kind of thing you’d need to build a habitable alien world.Most stars (including, in about 4 billion years, our sun) end their lives as white dwarfs, after they have burned all their nuclear fuel. These super dense stellar embers exert such strong gravity that any element heavier than helium will immediately sink to the dwarf’s core. So imagine astronomers’ surprise when they discovered that some white dwarfs are cloaked in layers of “pollution” made up of silicon, oxygen, and other elements much higher up on the periodic table.This pollution is made up of “pieces of planetary systems that are falling into their central stars,” explains Jay Farihi, an astronomer at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. By measuring the pollution’s constituent elements, scientists can peer back in time and discover what the original solar system’s asteroids, comets, and planets were made of. “It’s a wonderful technique for doing planetary forensics,” says Michael Jura, a white dwarf expert at the University of California, Los Angeles, who wasn’t involved in the current research.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In GD 61’s pollution, Farihi and his colleagues noticed a curious abundance of oxygen. Their first thought was that the original asteroid must have been encrusted with carbon dioxide in the form of dry ice. Trouble is, there was no carbon anywhere to be found around GD 61. So in order to account for the extra oxygen, “the only chemically viable substance left is water,” Farihi says.Online today in Science, the team proposes that GD 61 has “shredded” a rocky asteroid that was 26% to 28% water. About the same size as Vesta in our solar system’s asteroid belt, the asteroid likely orbited the white dwarf’s precursor, an A-type star slightly bigger than the sun. After that star died, the white dwarf’s stronger gravity probably dragged in the asteroid and tore it apart.Water-rich asteroids are considered to be important for the formation of habitable planets, crashing into them and supplying them with life-giving liquid water. Although “we certainly can’t rewind the clock completely” to discover what GD 61’s original solar system looked like, Farihi says, the discovery of the asteroid reveals “the building blocks of Earth-like planets were there.” In the future, he hopes to look at the system with a powerful telescope like the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array radio array in Chile to see if any of the original planets survived the death of their star, or whether anything remains of the asteroid belt where the water-rich planetesimal was born.Finding a water-rich asteroid near a white dwarf bolsters the long-shot idea that life might rise again around these dead stars, says John Debes, an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, who wasn’t involved in the research. After their stars’ violent deaths, white dwarfs remain remarkably stable for billions more years, which would mean “they’d actually be really good places to live,” Debes says. The problem, however, is that a planet would have to be extremely close to a dim white dwarf to be warm enough to support life—as close as the devoured asteroid was to GD 61, in fact. Still, Debes says, if a rocky planet managed to settle into a stable orbit that close to a white dwarf, Farihi’s team’s discovery shows that “there might be some hope of getting water onto those planets” via asteroids—just what happened on Earth so many billions of years ago.last_img read more

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Petecio leads Pinoy pugs

first_imgNesthy Petecio (red)  INQUIRER FILE PHOTOTeam Philippines is fielding veteran Nesthy Petecio and two others in its search for the gold in the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships slated to begin Thursday in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.Accompanying Petecio, who settled for the bantamweight silver medal in the 2015 edition held in Wulanchabu, China, are light flyweight Judelyn Casin and flyweight Aira Villegas.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH More learning, more success Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 25-year-old Petecio of Davao is aching to get back at Thai Peamwilai Laopean, who ruled the 54kg division of the biennial event, which will run up to Nov. 8.Accompanying the boxers sent by the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines are coaches Roel Velasco and Violito Payla and team manager Patricio Gaspi, also the national head coach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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Kotla will rise to the occasion says ICC

first_imgCritics believe the present state of the pitchsquare at the Ferozeshah Kotla is far from ideal despite the International Cricket Council (ICC) reinstating it as an international venue with effect from January 1.Even after the announcement, questions are still being raised with detractors going to the extent of calling ICC’s remedial instruction of planting fresh grass on three pitches and a few patches on the square as a new twist to the murky Kotla tale.With various sources in the Delhi District and Cricket Association (DDCA) coming up with different versions behind the remedial suggestions of the ICC inspection team, Mail Today contacted ICC pitch curator Andy Atkinson to get a clear picture.Although he failed to throw much light on the issue owing to his contract with the ICC which allows him to comment on such matters only after the board’s permission – not granted in this case, James Fitzgerald – the media liaison officer on the ICC team’s recent visit and also the media and communication manager of the world body – commented on the issue and cleared the picture to an extent.Fitzgerald said that ICC was happy with the way things have progressed since the fateful day – December 27 – when the Kotla was deemed unfit to hold international matches and banned for a year.He also said that the remedies suggested by ICC will be explained in detail to the local association – DDCA in this case – and the suggestions given did not mean that there was any problem with DDCA’s remedial work under pitch and grounds committee chairman Venkat Sundaram.advertisementAccording to Fitzgerald, the suggestions were given so that Kotla can provide top- class pitches for the 2011 World Cup.”Unfortunately, the contents of Andy Atkinson’s reports following the venue inspections are confidential. The reports will be forwarded to the venues themselves so that any recommendations he may have can be implemented.At this stage, we are confident that the Ferozeshah Kotla pitch in New Delhi will provide excellent surfaces for the matches that are scheduled for that ground during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011,” he told Mail Today.Sundaram, on his part, said that he had no issues with the suggestions of the ICC inspection team as they were all working towards ensuring that the World Cup matches are not only a treat for the spectators, but also enjoyable for the players.” The media has had a lot to say over the last week and I believe they are all doing their duty. ICC and the DDCA has been working hand in hand to ensure that the four matches allotted to the Kotla are all a success.” It has been a tough time since taking over from former committee chairman Daljit Singh. Not only did we need to work on the square, but also the outfield.” Since we didn’t get much time before the third edition of the IPL, we were once again criticised but even then I had said it is not an overnight task and will take time. With the ICC reinstating the Kotla, I feel I have been able to live up to the faith put in me by the DDCA,” Sundaram told Mail Today.” Also, the ICC praised our outfield and said that it is one of the best in the country. I feel privileged.” Commenting on the decision to shift the next set of Ranji matches to the Roshanara Club, Sundaram said: ” The wickets have undergone a lot of wear and tear and after thorough discussion with ICC, it was decided that not only would grass be planted, but also the wickets would be given rest so that they stay fresh for the World Cup. We are looking to hold some friendly matches in February so that the wickets aren’t under- used going into the showpiece event.” Meanwhile, SP Bansal, general secretary of DDCA, said that the association was in talks with BCCI’s national broadcasters Neo to ensure that the last home match against Mumbai is also played at Roshanara and not the Kotla.” Since grass will be planted at the Kotla, we are in talks with Neo so that the match is held at Roshanara. Actually, they have to move their equipment anyway as the centre pitch won’t be in a position to hold the match.So we might as well play at Roshanara as there will be a chance that the players’ spikes might uproot the newly laid grass at the Kotla,” Bansal told Mail Today.advertisementDDCA sports secretary Sunil Dev said that ICC’s decision to re- instate the Kotla came as a huge relief. ” We have undergone a lot in the past 11 months and I am really happy that our efforts have borne fruit.Although I believe it wasn’t our fault in the first place and Daljit was to be blamed, let’s forget the past and move on. We hope to host top- class matches in the World Cup,” he said.last_img read more

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Ind vs SL: How Virat Kohli’s men lost the Galle Test

first_imgChadimal lead the fightback with a run-a-ball 162. (Reuters Photo)Team India lost the 1st Test in Galle on Saturday by 63 runs. Sri Lanka who were trailing at the end of the 1st innings, came back strongly in all the departments in the second innings. What went wrong for India despite dominating for most part of the Test match.Chandimal’s class act: India were on the receiving end of  a brilliant counterattack from the Sri Lankan wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Chandimal, who went to score a run-a-ball 162. Nothing much India could do about it. A fearless display of batting was the twist in the story.Rangana ran though the Indian line-up by claiming 7 wickets on Day 4. (Reuters Photo)Rangana’s spell: Rangana Herath, on Day 4, was unstoppable. He ran through the Indian batting order, who had no answers to his spin bowling. The veteran spinner was accurate and scalped four Indian wickets in the morning session.Indian middle order failed to perform on Day 4. (Reuters Photo)Lack of application on Day 4: Indian batsman didn’t have the intent to spend time in the middle in the morning session. None of them realised that they were batting on a 4th day wicket in subcontinent. The middle-order lacked spine and succumbed.Will Rohit Sharma be axed? (Reuters Photo)5 bowler strategy without a solid No. 3: Playing the perennial underperformer Rohit Sharma at No. 3 backfired for India. He failed to trouble the scorers much in both the innings. A solid batsman at No. 3 is a must for any Test team and India lacked one such batsman in Galle.advertisementTime is up for Harbhajan Singh. (Reuters Photo)Harbhajan Singh fails to inspire: The Indian offspinner failed to make use of the conditions at offer in Galle. He kept bowling a flat trajectory which caused no harm to the Sri Lankan batsmen. Harbhajan bowled 25 overs in the Test match on a spinner-friendly wicket to take only one wicket.last_img read more

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French Open: ‘La Decima’? Ha! Nadal’s number two was much tougher, says uncle Toni Nadal

first_imgRafael Nadal is chasing a historic 10th French Open title in Paris, but nothing will ever come close to trying to win his second.That’s according to his uncle and long-time coach, Toni Nadal.When asked what it would mean if his nephew became the first player since tennis turned pro in 1968 to win 10 titles at the same grand slam event, Toni Nadal did not mince his words: “Nothing.””There is more difference between one and two than between nine and 10,” Nadal, 57, said in an interview with a small group of reporters in the hospitality lounge of one of the French Open’s sponsors, Lavazza coffee, at Roland Garros on Tuesday.He said his nephew had been “really nervous” when he had to defend his title in 2006.”(To go from) nine to 10 is only 11 percent, no more,” Nadal added. “(To go from) one to two is 50 percent. This is the difference. The life of Rafael will not change if he wins this tournament for the 10th time. For us, it was very important to win nine times here, but eight, seven, six or five was also important.”Toni Nadal first started coaching his nephew when he was four years old. His unusual training methods included persuading Rafael to play left-handed, even though he was naturally right-handed. Toni believed playing left-handed would give Rafael an advantage, and he proved to be correct.Under Toni’s guidance, Rafael has won 72 titles, including 14 grand slam championships. Nadal’s breakthrough was when he won the French Open in 2005 in his first appearance at Roland Garros at the age of 19.advertisementNadal would hold the top spot in men’s tennis for 141 weeks and has amassed more than $83 million in career earnings. In 2010, he completed the career Golden Slam of all four grand slam events, including Olympic gold, when he won his first US Open championship.But the partnership with his uncle, one of the most successful and longest in tennis, will come to an end.A father of three young children and now the director of the Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy on the Spanish island of Mallorca, Toni Nadal will hand over the reigns to former French Open winner Carlos Moya as head coach next year.Moya, who joined the Nadal coaching set-up this season, had a slightly different take on the hunt for title No. 10.”I see there is some pressure now,” Moya said at Roland Garros. “We don’t talk about ‘La Decima’. But it is there, you feel it, it’s in the air.”After 16 years on the road with his nephew, Toni Nadal said he’s looking forward to spending more time at home in Mallorca with his wife and three young children.”When I am here in Paris, I am very happy,” he said. “I go for walks from my hotel, I walked from Montmartre to Notre Dame. But I am also happy at home. Every morning, I wake up with the sun and sea. I try to be happy everywhere.”But, when asked if he would miss the pressure of the competition, he said immediately shook his head and said: “No!”Although Nadal said he’s happy to let Moya take over, he will help his nephew if needed.”If he pays the ticket, I will go,” he joked.When asked what results would make him most happy this year, he said: “To be healthy, and to play very well here. It’s very important.”last_img read more

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BrainChip: neural network acceleration SoCs puts artificial intelligence at the edge and enterprise

first_imgBrainChip brings a production spiking neural network architecture – the Akida Neuromorphic System-on-Chip (NSoC) – to market. The Akida NSoC is small, low cost and low power, making it ideal for edge applications such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), autonomous vehicles, drones, vision-guided robotics, surveillance and machine vision systems. Its scalability allows users to network many Akida devices together to perform complex neural network training and inferencing for many markets including agricultural technology (AgTech), cybersecurity and financial technology (FinTech).The Akida NSoC uses a pure CMOS logic process, ensuring high yields and low cost. Spiking neural networks (SNNs) are inherently lower power than traditional convolutional neural networks (CNNs), as they replace the math-intensive convolutions and back-propagation training methods with biologically inspired neuron functions and feed-forward training methodologies. BrainChip’s research has determined the optimal neuron model and training methods, bringing unprecedented efficiency and accuracy. Each Akida NSoC has effectively 1.2 million neurons and 10 billion synapses, representing 100 times better efficiency than neuromorphic test chips from Intel and IBM. Comparisons to leading CNN accelerator devices show similar performance gains of an order of magnitude better images/second/watt running industry standard benchmarks such as CIFAR-10 with comparable accuracy.The Akida NSoC is designed for use as a stand-alone embedded accelerator or as a co-processor. It includes sensor interfaces for traditional pixel-based imaging, dynamic vision sensors (DVS), Lidar, audio, and analog signals. It also has high-speed data interfaces such as PCI-Express, USB, and Ethernet. Embedded in the NSoC are data-to-spike converters designed to optimally convert popular data formats into spikes to train and be processed by the Akida Neuron Fabric.The Akida NSoC is designed to allow off-chip training in the Akida Development Environment, or on-chip training. An on-chip CPU is used to control the configuration of the Akida Neuron Fabric as well as off-chip communication of metadata. The Akida Development Environment is available now for early access customers to begin the creation, training, and testing of spiking neural networks targeting the Akida NSoC. The Akida NSoC is expected to begin sampling in Q3 2019.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Cincoze launches P1101 Panel PC Series with Intel Atom / Pentium ProcessorNext ADI: ±0.5% accurate supervisors target very low voltage componentslast_img read more

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IAAF maintains ban on Russian athletics over doping scandal

first_img Next IAAF maintains ban on Russian athletics over doping scandalRussia’s athletics federation was suspended in 2015 following a WADA report that found evidence of widespread doping in sport in the country.advertisement Reuters New DelhiMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 17:15 IST Photo for representation (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRussia’s athletics federation has been suspended since 2015The IAAF’s governing council discussed the possibility of lifting the ban at a meeting in DohaHowever, Rune Andersen, chair of the IAAF’s Russia Taskforce, said Moscow had yet to meet two conditionsWorld athletics governing body IAAF said on Monday it had decided not to lift a ban on Russia’s athletics federation over doping, saying it was still waiting to receive data collected from Moscow and financial compensation for its investigations.Russia’s athletics federation (RUSAF) has been suspended since 2015 following a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report that found evidence of widespread doping in the sport.The IAAF’s governing council discussed the possibility of lifting the ban at a meeting in Doha on Sunday and Monday. But Rune Andersen, chair of the IAAF’s Russia Taskforce, said Moscow had yet to meet two conditions.”Logistical” issues had held up financial compensation, including for the taskforce’s costs and legal costs in cases Russia had brought to the courts, he said. And the IAAF had not yet not received analytical data and samples from a Moscow lab, which are now still being assessed by WADA.”Those (issues) need to be resolved. As soon as we have everything we need… we will seriously reconsider and recommend to the IAAF council for reinstatement (of Russia),” he said.Russian authorities have denied their doping programme was “state-sponsored” but have accepted that senior officials were involved in providing banned substances to athletes, interfering with anti-doping procedures or covering up positive tests.Russia’s reinstatement has been rejected on numerous occasions by the IAAF over the past three years. Should it fail to meet conditions in the coming months, it could risk missing out on sending a team to September’s world athletics championships in Doha, Qatar.advertisementSince 2015, some individual Russian athletes have been allowed to compete internationally as neutrals provided they met certain criteria that showed they had operated in a dope-free environment.Also Read | Solskjaer on Man United’s defeat to Arsenal: Lost a game we did not deserve to loseAlso Read | Manchester United’s Young wants more player protection after pitch invasionFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow IAAFFollow Russia doping banFollow WADAFollow Russia doping sportlast_img read more

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Journée internationale des bénévoles

first_imgLa province célèbre le dévouement et l’engagement des bénévoles de la Nouvelle-Écosse aujourd’hui 5 décembre, Journée internationale des bénévoles. « Les bénévoles constituent un aspect important du passé, du présent et de l’avenir de cette province », a affirmé Barry Barnet, ministre du Bénévolat. « Les bénévoles effectuent un grand travail à l’échelle de la province, et il est important de prendre le temps de reconnaître leur travail et de le célébrer. » La Nouvelle-Écosse compte 253 000 bénévoles. Chaque année, ces bénévoles contribuent deux milliards de dollars à la prospérité économique de notre province. « Nous faisons tous du bénévolat pour différentes raisons, que ce soit pour aider un ami, rencontrer de nouvelles personnes ou bâtir notre communauté », a poursuivi M. Barnet. « Les bénévoles nous apportent soutien, compassion, aide et espoir. Ils sont des amis infatigables qui croient en la dignité humaine. Ils savent également que pour vaincre l’adversité, pour être la meilleure personne possible, nous avons tous besoin les uns des autres. » M. Barnet a été nommé ministre du Bénévolat par le premier ministre Rodney MacDonald, en mai. Depuis, un partenariat entre le gouvernement et l’Initiative canadienne sur le bénévolat de la Nouvelle-Écosse a permis d’élaborer un plan d’action complet à l’appui du bénévolat en Nouvelle-Écosse. Les priorités du plan d’action incluent : aborder les questions d’assurance; retenir et recruter des bénévoles; et travailler avec les bénévoles actuels à l’échelle de la province pour identifier les possibilités et les écarts. Le but de l’appui des bénévoles et de leur travail est de favoriser une culture de compassion dans cette province. La Journée internationale des bénévoles a été adoptée par une résolution de l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies en 1985. Depuis cette date, le système des Nations Unies, les gouvernements et les organismes sociaux internationaux se sont joints aux bénévoles de partout au monde pour célébrer la Journée internationale des bénévoles le 5 décembre. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur la Journée internationale des bénévoles, consultez le site Web (en anglais seulement) : www.worldvolunteerweb.org/intl-volunteer-day.htmllast_img read more

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Ratul Puri to stay in ED custody allowed homecooked food

first_imgNew Delhi: A CBI court here on Monday extended the Enforcement Directorate custody of Ratul Puri, relative of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, in the AgustaWestland case by three days. The ED counsel said crucial leads have been found from searches at the Hindustan Power, and they have also found an agreement signed by another accused Rajiv Saxena and have to confront Puri with the material they have accessed. They also informed the court of finishing a ‘hash’ value verification pertaining to the 5 TB data which concluded on Sunday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Vijay Aggarwal, appearing for Ratul Puri, argued that the court has already granted 11 days of custody. The ED countered, saying that the statements tendered by Puri are “evasive in nature”, and maintained even three days custody is less in view of the “incriminating material” they claim to have found. The ED counsel added that the email ids Puri earlier refused to have any knowledge about have now been corroborated during these searches. Puri’s counsel continued to deny knowledge of the said email ids. He also sought permission to let Puri’s mother meet him in the court premises. CBI Judge Arvind Kumar finally gave the ED three days custody. But in a small respite, the ED hasn’t objected to home-cooked food brought for Puri by his mother during her meeting.last_img read more

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Krysten Ritter Breaks The Tanks In PETAs New AntiSeaWorld Ad

first_imgJessica Jones star Krysten Ritter has proved that she’s a real-life superhero for animals by starring in a new PETA campaign urging SeaWorld to free the orcas imprisoned in its tiny tanks.Krysten Ritter in PETA’s New Anti-SeaWorld AdIn a new print ad — shot by famous underwater photographer Michael Muller — the beautiful actor floats inside a tank in a black-and-white bikini with her hands pressed against broken glass, next to the words “Break Free. Help Free the Orcas From SeaWorld.”Orcas imprisoned at SeaWorld swim endlessly in circles, break their teeth by gnawing on metal tank bars, and are often given the drug diazepam to manage stress-induced, aggressive psychotic behavior. In an exclusive interview with PETA, Ritter says, “Orcas are meant to swim for 100 miles a day. They would have to swim back and forth 3,100 times in their tank to make up for that exercise.”She also explains that orcas have complex communication systems and typically spend their entire lives in close-knit family groups — but at SeaWorld, families are torn apart and orcas are housed with incompatible tankmates. She adds, “They are paired with other orcas who maybe don’t even speak their same language. It would be like you and I trapped in a bathtub and you spoke French and I spoke English. There [would be] no way for us to communicate.”Muller, who is best known for his photographs of free-swimming great white sharks, currently has a collection on display at Taschen Gallery in Los Angeles.Ritter has previously starred in several campaigns for PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” — and now, she joins a long list of celebrities — including Jason Biggs, Lily Tomlin, Marisa Miller, Joan Jett, Tommy Lee, Bob Barker, Joanna Krupa, and Laura Vandervoort — who have teamed up with PETA to speak out against abusement parks that keep intelligent marine mammals in captivity.For more information, please visit PETA’s website SeaWorldOfHurt.com.last_img read more

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Student Justice Centre needs help filling food bank

Student athletes Beth Hone, Ariana Falasca and Jessica Bagnulo show off some of the haul collected during the Student Justice Centre’s food drive to fill the campus food bank, which runs until Aug. 23. Got one too many jars of tomato sauce in your pantry?Perhaps you went a little crazy when macaroni and cheese was on sale and now you have no room for your haul.The Student Justice Centre will gladly help out by taking any non-perishable food items to help fill the campus food bank in time for the new school year.Drop-off bins are located at the Collabratorium (TH 252A), the General Brock Store, Campus Store, Walker Complex, BUSU office, International Centre (second floor) and near the entrance of the Schmon Tower until Aug. 23.Student volunteers will also pick up donations at offices throughout campus. Email operations@brocksjc.com to make arrangements. read more

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Football Demetrius Knox signs with Seattle Seahawks as undrafted free agent

Ohio State redshirt senior offensive lineman Demetrius Knox (78) makes an “H” as he is taken off the field in the second half of the game against Michigan on Nov. 24. Ohio State won 62-39. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFormer Ohio State offensive lineman Demetrius Knox signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent Saturday evening.Blessed to say I’m a Seahawk!— Demetrius Knox (@Meech_Dream14) April 27, 2019Following Malcolm Pridgeon, Knox is the second of Ohio State’s 2018 starting guards to sign with an NFL team following the draft.Former Ohio State guard-turned center Michael Jordan was drafted as the No. 136 pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the draft. Knox started 12 games at the right guard position for Ohio State before having his senior season cut short with a foot injury suffered during a 62-39 win against Michigan in his final game at Ohio Stadium.Despite the injury keeping him out of Ohio State’s victories at the Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl, Knox still participated at the Buckeye Pro Day in March.Knox won a starting position on the Buckeye front line after six games as a backup in 2017, and would go on to start 20 straight games before his injury.His 2018 campaign earned the Fort Worth, Texas native third-team All-Big Ten honors. read more

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Man arrested over plot to blow up Federal Reserve in New York

first_imgA BANGLADESHI MAN who moved to the United States to wage jihad has been arrested in an elaborate FBI sting  after attempting to blow up a fake car bomb outside the Federal Reserve building in Manhattan this morning, authorities said.Before trying to carry out the alleged terrorism plot, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis went to a warehouse to help assemble a 1,000-pound bomb using inert material, according to a criminal complaint. He also asked an undercover agent to videotape him saying, “We will not stop until we attain victory or martyrdom,” the complaint said.Agents grabbed the 21-year-old Nafis – armed with a cellphone he believed was rigged as a detonator – after he made several attempts to blow up the bomb inside a vehicle parked next to the Federal Reserve.Authorities emphasised that the plot never posed an actual risk. However, they claimed the case demonstrated the value of using sting operations to neutralise young extremists eager to harm Americans.“Attempting to destroy a landmark building and kill or maim untold numbers of innocent bystanders is about as serious as the imagination can conjure,” said Mary Galligan, acting head of the FBI’s New York office. “The defendant faces appropriately severe consequences.”Nafis appeared in federal court in Brooklyn to face charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to al-Qaida. Wearing a brown T-shirt and black jeans, he was ordered held without bail and did not enter a plea. His defense attorney had no comment outside court. A Federal Reserve police officer stands in front of the Federal Reserve Building today. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)The defendant “reported having connections” to al-Qaida, prosecutors said. But there was no allegation that he received training or direction from the terrorist group.Prosecutors say Nafis traveled to the U.S. in January to carry out an attack. In July, he contacted a confidential informant, telling him he wanted to form a terror cell, the criminal complaint said. Nafis was living in Queens.In further conversations, authorities said Nafis proposed several spots for his attack, including the New York Stock Exchange — and that in a written letter taking responsibility for the Federal Reserve job he was about to carry out, he said he wanted to “destroy America.” Other communications took place through Facebook, the complaint said.The bank in New York, located at 33 Liberty St., is one of 12 branches around the country that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, make up the Federal Reserve System that serves as the central bank of the United States. It sets interest rates.The Federal Reserve is one of the most fortified buildings in the city, smack in the middle of a massive security effort headed by the New York Police Department where a network of thousands of private and police cameras watch for suspicious activity.The Fed is also home to “the world’s largest accumulation of gold,” according to the bank’s website. Dozens of governments and central banks store a portion of their gold reserves in high-security vaults deep beneath the building. In recent years, it held 216 million troy ounces of gold, or more than a fifth of all global monetary gold reserves, making it a bigger bullion depository than Fort Knox.Read: Belgian militant reportedly killed in Pakistan > Read: Victim remembered on 10th anniversary of Bali bombings >last_img read more

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House Democrats Focusing on Installation Resiliency Planning in Fiscal 2020 NDAA

first_img ADC AUTHOR House Democrats are focusing on installation resiliency to climate change impacts as a key issue as part of its fiscal 2020 NDAA, according to an American Institute of Physics report.The Democrat-led Armed Services Committee, building on climate change provisions in the last two approved NDAAs, is pushing to require DOD to factor in climate change and extreme weather impacts into its base master plans, the AIG report says.Congress first mandated DOD to estimate climate change and extreme weather impacts on large bases through the fiscal 2018 NDAA.In January, DOD delivered its first report on base vulnerabilities and assessed the impacts of climate change on 79 military installations. It found 53 are vulnerable to recurrent flooding, 43 to drought, 36 to wildfire, and one to permafrost thawing.After the committee first criticized the report for a lack of detail, the panel mandated that DOD follow up with additional information weighing installation preparedness for climate change and extreme weather impacts.Last week DOD provided initial lists of the 10 most vulnerable military bases by individual service, but did not include cost estimates of mitigation measures.The House panel’s fiscal 2020 NDAA now includes provisions requiring DOD to perform a follow-on study that assesses vulnerable installations’ readiness and resiliency in base planning.The GOP-led Senate version of the NDAA also contains language similar to the House version.The White House has not publicly commented on the climate change provisions, but according to the AIG report, the National Security Council has continued to resist concerns about climate change.Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rachelle Blakelast_img read more

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VR lets you fire a virtual employee to practice doing it in

first_imgThis is your chance to learn how to fire people the right way. Talespin Poor Barry Thompson is about to get fired, and you’re the unfortunate one shouldered with lowering the ax. You might not feel sorry for Barry given he’s virtual. But the idea is that firing him in VR will help prepare you if you ever need to terminate someone who isn’t made of pixels.Barry is the creation of Talespin, a VR company that develops virtual- and augmented-reality training programs for Fortune 500 partners including Farmers Insurance and telecom and finance companies. The company introduced Barry to demonstrate its “Virtual Human Technology.”What it looks like to fire an employee in VR.  GIF by Leslie Katz/CNET “The premise behind the software is giving employees a safe space to practice challenging interpersonal situations, while using AI to create emotionally realistic characters to stimulate and challenge them,” says Kyle Jackson, CEO and co-founder of Talespin. The company, which is based in Southern California and The Netherlands, built Barry using speech recognition, AI, natural language processing, gamified scoring, dynamic feedback and enterprise learning management system, or LMS, integration. He can fluidly converse with the real person wearing the VR headset, display realistic emotion and understand context.The highly realistic-looking Mr. Thompson has gray hair and bags under his eyes and looks like he’s probably put a whole lot of years into the company. His reaction to the bad news varies depending on how you handle the situation. In some scenarios, he gets angry and yells, in others he cries. If you handle his firing well, he calmly accepts the news.Barry is not taking the news well. GIF by Leslie Katz/CNET “Users that elicit the more dramatic or emotional responses from Barry can learn from the experience and try to do better next time,” Jackson says.Talespin’s virtual humans give trainees the chance to practice other challenging interpersonal situations with colleagues and co-workers, such as giving managerial feedback, negotiating and making a sale.In one sales scenario, for example, the CEO of a company you’re trying to sell your firm’s services to has her arms crossed, looks away as you explain why you’re there, and says you won’t get the full time requested for the meeting. You have to rely on your training to overcome her disinterest and unlock different parts of the conversation where you can be successful. Talespin isn’t the only company creating VR training content for workers. Thousands of Walmart employees have donned Oculus Go virtual reality headsets for a training program created by Strivr, which also counts Verizon, Fidelity and United Rentals among its customers.”When you watch a module through the headset, your brain feels like you actually experienced a situation,” Andy Trainor, Walmart’s senior director of Walmart US Academies, said when announcing the program last year.Or, as Talespin’s Jackson puts it, “Virtual humans can help us become better humans.”Now, can someone please hook Barry up with a new job?Originally published Aug. 14.  Why using VR to teach you to fire someone isn’t completely… See It How To • Prime Day 2019 best gaming deals: Oculus Go 32GB for $159, Nintendo Switch for $329 and more available now Now playing: Watch this: Best Buy 2:47 Walmart will use Oculus Go headsets to train employees VR is now helping teach midwives to deliver babies This VR simulator might help you survive a bear attack More on VR training $199 Virtual Reality Artificial intelligence (AI) Comments Tags Culturecenter_img $198 $199 Walmart CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Review • Oculus Go review: $199 VR, no strings attached Mentioned Above Oculus Go (32GB) Oculus Go See it 11 Virtual reality is already teaching people how to to deliver babies, operate machinery and weld. As our sister site TechRepublic suggests, VR could be the future of sexual harassment training in the workplace since it’s more immersive than HR-based classes or slideshow and video presentations and lets users feel what’s it like to be harassed.”The immersive properties and rich, consistent contextual cues associated with VR improve the quality and speed of initial learning,” according to Training Industry. “One strength of VR is that it can be implemented in such a way as to target [both] the behavioral skills system and the cognitive skills system.” See It News • Flash sale: The Oculus Go VR headset is back down to $159 (Update: Expired) Share your voicelast_img read more

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Guide in mauling near Angoon was storied Fish Game researcher LaVern Beier

first_imgAlaska State Troopers have identified the hunting guide involved in Thursday’s Admiralty Island bear mauling as 63-year-old LaVern Beier of Juneau.Listen NowA brown bear in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo courtesy Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)Authorities say Beier, a big game hunting guide, was with client Douglas Adkins of Jenkins, Kentucky, on Thursday evening on Admiralty Island near Angoon. They startled a brown bear on the beach which led to a brief attack on Adkins, who the Coast Guard flew to Juneau early Friday for medical treatment for injuries that were not life-threatening.Beier did not return messages left on Friday requesting comment.In 2007, Alaska Department of Fish & Game information officer Riley Woodford profiled Beier in a department news magazine. At the time, Woodford identified Beier as a Fish & Game researcher who may have been “the most avid bear trapper in Alaska.” Woodford wrote he had handled almost 800 bears “after 35 years of snaring, darting and capturing bears” and survived four bear attacks.The Alaska Department of Commerce lists Beier’s big game guiding license as under probation since 2013. State employee directories list Beier as current Fish & Game employee.last_img read more

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Yodhas in the making dont mess with them

first_imgHyderabad: Joy of Sharing Society is on a mission to provide free self-defense training for girls to tackle sexual harassment. Around 600 under-privileged girls were trained for four months in Hyderabad.Fed up with the recurring assaults against women, girls, including infants, Joy of Sharing Society aims at bringing about a fundamental change in society and wants women to fight for their protection. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Choosing self-defence training as a primary tool, they started teaching techniques like punches, blocks, combination of kicks, advance practice of kicking and other simple and strong techniques for girls to make them become courageous and stand for themselves. The NGO has been conducting 3-4 sessions weekly for 6 months at a selected orphanage or in government schools since 2018 March. They started teaching self-defence techniques in orphanages at the beginning with an objective to reach all the sections of society, counting from under-privileged to every section of community and later expanded its service through Yodha Movement. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us “Yodha Movement is an innovative ‘Self-Defence Art’ programme founded in 2018 to help young girls from sexual violence, abuses, physical attacks, sexual harassment by training them to defend themselves and to bring awareness of sexual abuse among people. Our vision and mission is to achieve this by training young girls with the art of Taekwondo and teaching youngsters or adults of the values one should have for the betterment of the society and making the country a safer place. Advertise With Us Our work is not completed till girls are strong and can protect themselves without help of others.” said Raghu, Founder, Joy of Sharing Society It’s a movement now “Motivation is more needed to make women strong and support from men, family and society is more required. We cannot stop atrocities on women by simply training them in self-defence. To address the problem at fundamental level, change in men’s perspective is needed. With that objective, Yodha campaign transformed into a movement.To promote awareness on how self-defence techniques, they help girls save themselves and motivate each and every individual to learn how to safeguard themselves. Joy of Sharing Society campaigns for the Yodha movement in different ways. The team of Joy of Sharing grasped the pulse of youngsters in various colleges for the Yodha Movement. They formed committees in colleges through social media to pass their message in clear and louder. Along with it, they produced short films, conducted sessions on Yoga and meditation for girls. Girls are trained in channelising their energies in proper way. “Yodha can be a man or woman who is committed to safety of women. Yodha will be the one who teaches his/her kids how to respect & protect women,” says Sai Priya, a ‘Yodha’ herself. “Now, I can go alone anywhere, I don’t fear because I have courage to fight and strength to handle any untoward situations in life. With the motivation of Joy of Sharing, I learned how to protect myself and also others in need,” says another ‘Yodha’ Tonishka, expressing her confidence and also thanks Joy of Sharing for the support and service.last_img read more

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Prank for a cause Ola banks on April 1 phenomenon to crowdfund

first_imgThe announcement follows the launch of Ola’s April Fool’s video, “Ola Restrooms”.Homegrown ride-hailing platform Ola launched a nationwide crowdfunding campaign to enable building toilets across India to positively impact over 20,000 people on Monday, April 1. Launched under Ola’s ‘My Ride. My Cause’ programme, users will be able to contribute Rs 1 per ride from April 2 until October 2, 2019. Ola has partnered with Gramalaya, an approved key resource centre from the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, who will use the proceeds in their on-going efforts to build toilets for the underprivileged across India.The announcement follows the launch of Ola’s April Fool’s video, “Ola Restrooms”, which aimed at building awareness around the need for accessible and hygienic lavatories in India. Highlighting the need for more public toilets in the country, the digital campaign introduces ‘Ola Restrooms’, a new solution that seeks to address the dearth of facilities. Known for its unconventional campaigns, Ola used the occasion to draw attention to a social issue and turn it into a cause-based initiative.Speaking about the initiative, Anand Subramanian, Senior Director – Marketing Communications said, “Since inception, Ola has been committed to supporting causes that deeply impact our cities and citizens. Access to toilets and sanitation can significantly improve hygiene and quality of life for people. Through this campaign, we aim to heighten awareness amongst educated audiences and enable them to contribute meaningfully.” He further added, “We are proud to partner with the team at Gramalaya who have been leading efforts to build sustainable sanitation infrastructure for the past 30 years in rural India.”S Damodaran, Founder and CEO of Gramalaya, said, “Sanitation provides safety, security and privacy for women and adolescent girls and we envision a society where everyone has access to safe sanitation facilities that empower individuals and communities. Gramalaya has successfully demonstrated sustainable sanitation models over the past 30 years and plans to expand these facilities to other parts of India. We are grateful to Ola for facilitating the crowdfunding campaign to help us achieve the goal of making India cleaner and healthier.”There is a dire need to eliminate open defecation and urination in India, which is a leading cause of diarrheal infection affecting women and children in rural India. Lack of adequate toilets that adhere to the scientific sanitary standards is detrimental to India’s mission to be free of Open Defecation by 2019. Through this initiative, Ola aims to bridge the gap with the support of millions of users that take rides on the Ola platform every day.Here’s how customers can start contributing:Once a ride is booked, customers will be able to see an option to contribute INR 1 on the ride-booking screenUpon clicking ‘see how,’ customers will be able to see detailed information about Gramalaya and how their contributions will be usedThe button at the bottom of the screen that says ‘Donate INR 1 on every ride’ enables the contributionsOnce accepted, customers will see their contribution towards the initiative in the ride details screen for every ride. Customers can choose to opt in and out at any point of timeAlternatively, customers can activate contributions from the ‘Donations’ section, under Profiles in the global menulast_img read more

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Epic Anker Deals on PowerCore 15600 Wireless Charging Pad Truly Wireless Earphones

first_imgAnker has revealed its deals for the week and it’s a mic-drop moment. There are a ton of deals which you guys are going to love.20% Off Power Banks, 20% Off Wireless Chargers and a Lot of Cool Stuff from Anker This WeekAnker really knows how to catch everyone off-guard when it comes to limited time price drops. This week’s offers are no different, and let’s dive straight into the list rather than talk about what’s on offer. Because obviously, you want to get down to the nitty gritty rather than literature nonsense. All set? Let’s go!Anker PowerCore 15600 Power Bank – Was $39.99, Now just $32.99Anker Qi-Certified PowerPort Wireless 5 Pad – Was $19.99, Now just $15.99ZOLO Liberty+ Truly Wireless Earbuds – Was $149.99, Now just $99.99Eufy App Controlled Smart Plug, Works with Alexa – Was $22,99, Now just $18.39Eufy App Controlled Smart Plug Mini 2-Pack, Works with Alexa – Was $39.99, Now just $31.99Eufy Smart Bulb 2-Pack, Works With Alexa and Google Assistant – Was $32.99, Now just $25.99Eufy RoboVac 30 with 13-feet Virtual Boundary Strips – Was $269.99, Now just $214.98Anker Rechargeable Bolder LC90 LED Flashlight – Was $25.99, Now just $20.49Anker PowerLine II Lightning Cable 6-feet White – Was $12.99, Now just $10.19Anker PowerLine II Lightning Cable 6-feet Black – Was $12.99, Now just $10.19 using code ANKERPL2Anker PowerLine II Lightning Cable 6-feet Blue – Was $12.99, Now just $10.19 using code ANKERPL2Anker PowerLine II Lightning Cable 6-feet Red – Was $12.99, Now just $10.19 using code ANKERPL2If you think the above deals aren’t worthy enough then you have a surprise waiting for you on the 5th of this month. There are even more hot Anker deals on the way which we’re certain you’ll love, so stay tuned. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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