Moves to axe Dayan

According to informed sources in Colombo the official missive though signed by the Acting Director –General of Overseas Administration was sent at the behest of a powerful cabal that controls the External affairs ministry now.It is learnt that Mr.Prasanna had been “ordered” to send the letter to Dr.Jayatilleka by two influential members of this cabal. The letter is seen as a preliminary strike aimed at paving the way for Dr.Jayatilleka’s removal from Paris and constitutes part of an overall conspiracy targeting Professor Gamini Lakshman Peiris the minister of External affairs.Among the charges in the letter is one which queries the ambassador about re-painting and whitewashing the Embassy and Ambassadorial residence buildings prior to the visit of External affairs minister Prof GL Peiris.Another charge relates to the accommodation of a first secretary who had taken up duties in Paris at a Hotel until he was able to find a suitable house. In an unprecedented and controversial move Sri Lanka ’s Ministry of External Affairs has threatened to charge the country’s Ambassador to France Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka under the Penal code, well known independent journalist D.B.S Jeyaraj said in his blog.When the Colombo Gazette contacted the External Affairs Ministry regarding this story, well informed sources at the Ministry confirmed that most of it was true. Jeyaraj, who writes mostly inside stories from overseas for Sri Lankan newspapers, said in his blog that it is learnt that the External ministry’s overseas administration division Acting Director General Mr. W.G.S.Prasanna has sent a lengthy five page letter to Dr.Jayatilleka outlining certain charges relating to alleged “wrongdoing ” by Dr.Jayatilleka in the conduct of the affairs of the Embassy in Paris. According to informed sources in Colombo the charges outlined against Dr.Jayatilleka are frivolously flimsy and have no merit. It is patently clear that they have been leveled in a clumsy attempt to frame Dr. Jayatilleka said the sources.“The implied threat to charge him under the Penal code is downright laughable “ they said.The letter sent to Ambassador Jayatilleka threatening him with charges under the Penal code is viewed by knowledgeable observers as being the cutting edge of a simmering tensions in the Foreign ministry corridors of power.It is open knowledge now that the External affairs ministry has become an Augean stables in recent times with an alternate power centre controlling the day to day administration of the ministry despite Prof GL Peiris being the minister and Mr.Karunatilaka Amunugama being the secretary.This power centre is none other than Galle district MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena who has been appointed by President Rajapaksa as supervisory MP to monitor activities of the External ministry.Mr.Gunawardena using his close links to President Rajapaksa and Defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has established himself in authoritative control of the ministry in recent timesExploiting the “gentlemanly” GL Peiris’s reluctance to confront ,the assertive Gunawardena has formed a cabal around him and exceeds his mandate by exercising unlimited authority in running the ministry.It is said jocularly that Prof Peiris cannot transfer even a peon in the ministry without Vass Gunawardena;s approval.In recent times the cabal has been joined by Kshenuka Seneviratne the Additional Secretary.The cabal has reportedly been “fixing and moving” matters in recent times at the ministry and has a long term plan to get Prof Peiris removed from External ministerial office.It is suspected that the strike against Dr.Jayatilleka is an opening gambit in the envisaged campaign against Prof.Peiris. Dr. Jayatillekas appointment to Paris was very much due to Prof Peiris and both are said to have close personal rapport.There are many elements opposed to Dr.Jayatilleka within and outside the foreign ministry establishment due to his outspoken views on crucial issues and also due to his somewhat unorthodox independent style of functioning.It may be recalled that Dr.Jayatilleka was the architecht of Sri Lanka’s remarkable diplomatic victory in Geneva during May 2009 when the Country staved off a resolution against it by the west and instead turned the tables by getting a counter resolution passed in Sri Lankas favour with 29 votes to 12 at the UN Human Rights Council of 47 members.Instead of being rewarded for this diplomatic triumph Dr.Jayatilleka was recalled to Colombo from Colombo although his term had been extended by a year earlier.He was later appointed to France as Ambassador.Since he is not a career diplomat his term is due to end in January next year.There has been a systematic campaign against Dr. Jayatilleka by Sinhala ultra –nationalists and hardliners on account of his moderate views on the Ethnic question , India ’s importance,LLRC report and Devolution.His open independent views have proved controversial to some.It is understood that many of his critics and enemies seized on his recent interview to the BBC Sinhala service to portray Dr.Jayatilleka as an “enemy of Sri Lanka ”. The letter calls for an explanation by the envoy regarding the charges and also asks the ambassador to show cause as to why he should not be charged under the Country’s penal code. According to sources in Colombo a second secretary stationed in Paris had been summoned to Sri Lanka by high ranking officials in Colombo as a prelude to the strike against Ambassador Jayatilleka.This officer is regarded as a stooge of former Foreign affairs minister Rohitha Bogollagama and is suspected of collaborating with the cabal to target Minster GL Peiris and Secretary Mr.Karunatilaka Amunugama.The letter purportedly signed by Mr.Prasanna and sent to Ambassador Jayatilleka was “cooked” up in Colombo with input from this officer it is learnt. Informed sources in Colombo said that Mr.Prasanna was very unhappy at sending the letter with these flimsy charges to the ambassador, but had no choice as the powerful cabal virtually ran the ministry despite Prof Peiris being the minister. read more

Indonesia UN Government plan green posttsunami reconstruction

The Indian Ocean tsunami, according to the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), created millions of cubic metres of waste and debris and destroyed critical environmental infrastructure, damaging ecosystems that provide both livelihood and protection for coastal communities. The damage was greatest where natural vegetation had previously been degraded.Speaking at the conference, Klaus Toepfer, UNEP’s Executive Director, said “We learnt in graphic and horrific detail that the ecosystems, such as coral reefs, mangroves and seagrasses which we have so casually destroyed, are not a luxury. They are life-savers capable of helping to defend our homes, our loved ones and our livelihoods from some of nature’s more aggressive acts. “It is therefore vital that during the re-construction of shattered coastlines and settlements, the environment is taken into account along with the economic and social factors,” he added, stressing that a healthy environment is also vital to achieving development goals and delivering a more stable, healthy and prosperous world. Recently the Governor of Aceh, Azwar Abubakar, declared that Aceh will be designated as a “green province” with 40 per cent of its area to be protected so that the need to obtain timber for reconstruction does not destroy remaining forest areas. Rachmat Witoelar, the Indonesian Environment Minister, said that by holding the conference “we are bringing international solidarity on Aceh to a real and meaningful implementation of sustainable development here”. The Green Aceh conference is running from 21 to 23 June in Banda Aceh, with the participation of national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs). read more

Somalia as polio spreads UNbacked vaccination campaign gets underway

With the spread of polio to previously disease-free regions of Somalia raising the logistical problem of reaching strife-torn areas while threatening neighbouring countries, further funds are needed for a United Nations-backed vaccination campaign now underway to immunize 1.4 million children against the paralysing scourge. “Somalia has been polio-free before. With safe access for our vaccinators and the support of the community, Somalia can stop polio again,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) country representative Ibrahim Betelmal,” said of the campaign that began yesterday. Tens of thousands of volunteers are already working in the campaign against the disease which has paralysed nearly 200 children since last July, but the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) stressed the urgency of millions of dollars in new funding.“To carry out these additional campaigns, we will need an additional $11 million in Somalia alone,” UNICEF Representative Christian Baslev-Olesen said, noting that additional global immunization needs have stretched the resources of the 18-year-old $4 billion effort to eradicate polio worldwideThe two agencies reported that while polio appears to be on the decline in Mogadishu, the capital, formerly the epicentre of the outbreak, it has spread to two new regions – lower Juba, southern Somalia, and Mudug region Northeast Somalia. Both areas were previously unaffected by the current outbreak in the country. Somalia has been riven by factional fighting and has lacked a functioning central government ever since the collapse of President Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime 15 years ago. Continual fighting, banditry and piracy off the Horn of Africa country’s shores have seriously hampered UN humanitarian activities, including the provision of sorely needed food for tens of thousands of hungry Somalis. Only last week, a deadly fire-fight between two militias forced the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to withdraw from a distribution centre in southern Somalia and suspend aid there for victims of a severe drought. read more

FDA overturns safety restrictions on diabetes pill Avandia based on new heart

WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration is lifting severe safety restrictions on the former blockbuster diabetes pill Avandia, citing recent data suggesting that the much-debated medication does not increase the risk of heart attack.The repeal means patients will no longer have to enrol in a special registry to be eligible to receive the drug. Additionally, the drug will be available at most pharmacies, whereas it was previously limited to certain registered pharmacies. Those safety restrictions and others were put in place in 2010, severely curbing U.S. prescriptions for the GlaxoSmithKline drug.Monday’s ruling is a belated victory for the British drugmaker, which has spent more than a half-decade defending the safety of Avandia, once the bestselling diabetes drug in the world. Sales began plummeting in 2007 after researchers first raised questions about possible links to heart attacks. After three years of debate, the FDA limited access to the drug in 2010.But FDA regulators said Monday a more recent analysis of a key Avandia study shows that the drug’s heart risks are no greater than other diabetes drugs.“Given these new results, our level of concern is considerably reduced,” said FDA drug centre director Dr. Janet Woodcock, in a statement.The announcement also represents a vindication of sorts for FDA leadership, including Woodcock, who only agreed to put restrictions on the pill after years of pressure from outside researchers, safety advocates and several members of Congress.Dr. Steven Nissen of the Cleveland Clinic, whose research first raised concerns about Avandia, said the announcement “is about the FDA’s effort to save face.”“This is about appearances, not changing medical practice,” said Nissen, who chairs the Cleveland Clinic’s department of cardiology. “A single reanalysis of a trial does not exonerate a drug where all the other data point to increased cardiovascular risks.” Nissen said he doesn’t expect doctors to return to prescribing the drug, considering how many newer diabetes drugs are now available.Nissen drew attention to Avandia’s safety in a 2007 study pooling thousands of reports of heart attack and stroke from dozens of unrelated studies involving the drug. His so-called meta-analysis combined 42 studies and showed a higher risk of heart attack among patients taking Avandia compared to other diabetes drugs.The FDA eventually agreed to restrict use of the drug, while noting the shortcomings of the analysis that first raised the concern. FDA policy generally holds that mixing data from multiple studies can lead to misleading trends and conclusions.That focused the agency’s attention on a study known as RECORD, the only trial to specifically compare heart attack rates in patients taking Avandia versus other standard drug treatments for diabetics.Under instructions from the FDA, Glaxo hired Duke University to reanalyze the RECORD study, reviewing each report of heart attack or stroke at a patient-by-patient level. Duke’s findings, released last year, matched Glaxo’s initial conclusion on the study: Avandia did not appear to increase the risk of heart attack compared to standard treatments.Last June a panel of outside experts voted to recommend easing the safety restrictions on Avandia. The FDA is not required to follow the guidance of those experts, though it often does.In 2012 Glaxo pleaded guilty to failing to report safety problems with Avandia to government officials over a seven-year period. The guilty plea was part of a larger $3 billion settlement with the Department of Justice for various criminal and civil violations involving 10 of the company’s drugs.Despite the ruling, GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s U.S. shares fell 61 cents, or 1.2 per cent, to $52.75 in afternoon trading. Its U.S. shares had risen almost 23 per cent this year. FDA overturns safety restrictions on diabetes pill Avandia based on new heart safety data by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press Posted Nov 25, 2013 1:07 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

At UN leaders debate Somalia calls for unity to address global challenges

“In this age of globalization, interconnectivity and interdependence, there is a duty on us all to work even more closely together to protect and advance the common interests of all mankind,” said Minister Abdusalam Hadliyeh Omer in his address and expressed the Somali Government’s commitment to the UN Charter, as well as to the values of justice, peace and progress for all. Reporting on his country’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, he said Somalia has developed an inclusive, people-oriented and implementable national development plan which will serve as a blueprint for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the time frame. Speaking on his country’s response to terrorism, the Minister highlighted that, with the support of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the nation has made significant inroads against Al-Shabaab, and over the past four years, key towns and cities have been regained. Now, the terrorist group controls less than 10 per cent of territory in the country. He also highlighted that his country recognized the importance of peacebuilding to address and respond to the international refugee crisis that it appreciated the contributions that migrant workers make to their new and old homes through remittances and cultural exchanges that are vital to promote tolerance. Concluding his address, Minister Omer offered his assurances that as the global community takes important steps to tackle complex challenges, Somalia and its people will play their part in the solutions. read more

Father who shot man dead with shotgun tried to blame his teenage

first_img“He is there putting emotional pressure on his son to take the blame. He went on to say to Thomas ‘self-defence for you, you didn’t know what you were doing. Me, different ball game’.”Matthew Moseley was subsequently charged with murder and was remanded in custody at HMP Preston, the jury heard.In prison the defendant made a number of phone calls which were recorded, said the prosecutor.On February 2 in a phone call from prison the defendant was heard to say to his son: “They are going for life. You do realise that? They did explain that to you? I will never see you again. I will never, ever get out.”That’s what they are going for which means I will never see you again. Because they coerced you into changing your statement.”Moseley denies murder and the trial continues. “Indeed he was arrested and interviewed by police on suspicion of the murder of Lee Holt,before the truth came out.” A covert bug was placed in the vehicle, said Mr O’Sullivan, and it appeared that the defendant frequently reduced his voice to a whisper in conversation with his son.The prosecutor said: “He can be heard telling Thomas that he is a minor and cannot go to jail and if Matthew Moseley did not get out they would come for his mother and younger siblings. Matthew Moseley, who is accused of murdering Lee HoltCredit:NB Press Ltd The court heard Mr Holt, his partner Kate Phelan, her 14-year-old son Wesley Metcalfe and a friend of the teenager went in a taxi to to the Moseley family home.Thomas had been in dispute with Wesley since May 2016 and a row flared up on social media between the pair earlier on October 25 with a suggestion they meet for a fight, the jury was told.The messages were shown to Ms Phelan and Mr Holt, who had both been drinking at a funeral, and they sent messages themselves to Thomas.Mr O’Sullivan said Ms Phelan and Mr Holt had become “angry and agitated” before they set off for the Moseley home.Both were seen shouting outside the property and banging the outside windows when they arrived, he said.Thomas Moseley said he then saw his father bending down on one knee, taking a shotgun from a gun cabinet next to the porch and loading it with three cartridges.He asked his father what he was doing and he was told by his father to call the police, the court heard. Lee Holt, who died in hospital from a single wound to the chest Matthew Moseley, who is accused of murdering Lee Holt Mr O’Sullivan said Thomas Moseley dialled 999 from a cordless phone and a sound was heard about 10 seconds into the call, which the prosecution suggested was the firing of the gun.He said: “It is inherently unlikely, is it not, that Thomas can put the receiver down, hand it to someone, pick up the gun and fire it on the doorstep in all that time.”The jury heard that Thomas Moseley brought the gun back inside the house after it was allegedly handed to him by his father, who then told him in the hallway: “Tell them you have done it because you can’t get done for it.”When police arrived, Thomas Moseley told them he had shot Mr Holt and he was arrested.On October 27 both father and son were taken to local magistrates in the back of a police van as detectives applied for further time to question them, the court heard. A father who shot dead a man on the doorstep on his home following a dispute between their children then tried to blame his 14-year-old son for the killing, a court has heard.Matthew Moseley, 50, allegedly “sought to manipulate” his son, Thomas, into saying he was responsible for the shooting in Oswaldtwistle, near Accrington, Lancashire.Preston Crown Court heard how the victim, Lee Holt, 32, had visited the address last October as part of an ongoing row between his partner’s son, also aged 14, and Thomas.The prosecution claims Moseley senior opened the front door and fired a Beretta semi-automatic shotgun once at Mr Holt, who later died in hospital from a single wound to the chest.The defendant then allegedly handed the weapon to his son who was inside the house and suggested he take responsibility for the killing.Opening the case, Robert O’Sullivan QC said: “The prosecution say from that point onwards Matthew Moseley has falsely blamed his son Thomas for the shooting.”It is the prosecution case that Matthew Moseley, from the outset, has sought to manipulate his son into accepting responsibility for the shooting and the death of Lee Holt.”Thomas initially did just that, out of what you may think was loyalty and love for his father. Lee Holt, who died in hospital from a single wound to the chestCredit:Lancashire Constabulary Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Chinas XCMG makes series of new product launches

first_imgA number of product launches have been made at Bauma China in Shanghai from the key domestic manufacturers of construction and mining equipment. From Jiangsu-headquartered XCMG, these include a new large wheel loader, the LW1200K; a new 70 t hydraulic excavator and a new 60 t capacity ADT. XCMG states that the LW1200K is now the highest capacity wheel loader made in China; with a 6.5 m3 bucket and 12 t rated capacity, operating weight of 48 t and a dumping height of 3.73 m. It is equipped with a 391 kW Cummins engine, wet travel brake, guide control and ladder maintenance platform. It has a “strong breakout force and traction ensuring adaption to tough working conditions.It also has an intelligent control independent ventilation system and drive axle ventilation system to ensure that the machine maintains the best heat balance temperature; with a load sensing hydraulic system helping to lower energy consumption. XCMG stated: “The successful sales of this model further highlight the leading edge of XCMG in the China earthmoving machinery industry…the launch of the LW1200K promotes XCMG to being in line with Western counterparts, becoming one of four giants who are capable of developing this level of products in the world.” The model successfully passed evaluation tests from multiple industry experts at Jilin University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Southeast University, and the China University of Mining & Technology.The company also says that it invested significant capital to introduce automotive-type manufacturing procedures for the production of entire wheel loaders. The new XCMG XE700 70 t hydraulic excavator follows the successful development of a 45 t excavator. The company states: “The success of the XE700 hydraulic excavator marks the growing maturity of XCMG technology in developing large-tonnage excavators and a solid step forward to independent innovation, product upgrading and market expansion.” The machine has a Cummins QSX15 engine and standard bucket capacity of up to 3.5 m3. The company also has a design for larger XE900 excavator with a bucket capacity of up to 5.5 m3.Finally, XCMG has shaken up the ADT market with the unveiling of a 60 t machine, the DEE60, which add to 30 t and 45 t models in its existing range. The DAE60 has a Cummins QSK19 engine and AC drive giving independent control of the six wheel motors. The ADT has a 45 km/h top speed and is fitted with a hydro-pneumatic suspension and a hydraulic dry disc braking system.last_img read more

Jaw crusher for powerful precrushing of hard and very hard brittle samples

first_imgThe most powerful FRITSCH jaw crusher: up to 3 kW drive power gives high throughput during pre-crushing of hard or very hard, brittle materials. For easy cleaning, the crushing jaws can be completely swivelled out or removed. The integrated dust exhaust channels provide optimal working conditions. And with two models, you can choose the jaw crusher that is ideal for your feed size and your sample quantity.Extra powerful pre-crushing:Up to 3 kW drive power for processing higher throughput in shorter timesFeed size up to 95 mm, final fineness 0.3 – 15 mmClean Design for extra-fast cleaningZero-point and grinding gap adjustment with millimetre accuracyExtremely robust, for even ferrous alloysFunnel folds away completely for large sample quantitiesExtra low noise and dust-free operationVariable crushing jaw kinematics for higher final finenesslast_img read more

Barca beat Kiel in oldderby – Veszprems tough job with Kadetten

3. THW Kiel210153:53(0)2 1. FC Barcelona Lassa220054:48(6)4 8. Orlen Wisla Plock 4. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg110025:24(1)2 ← Previous Story Kielce routine win over Kristianstad Next Story → Knudsen and Rasmussen face their former team mates 7. Kadetten Schaffhausen200252:57(-5)0 FC Barcelona Lassa celebrated victory in one of the biggest handball derby matches in European handball. Team of Xavi Pascual won thriller against THW Kiel 26:25 (10:13) with the last goal of captain Victor Tomas 30 seconds before the final buzzer after which “Zebras” could find the way to score equalizer.26 – Barcelona: Pérez de Vargas; Tomás (5), Morros, Sorhaindo (3), Raúl Entrerríos (1), Jicha (1), Rivera (6, 1p); Mem (2), Syprzak (2), Jallouz (2), N’ Guessan, Andersson (2), Noddesbo y Lazarov (2).25 – THW Kiel: Wolff (Landin); Ekberg (2), Vujin (3, 1p), Toft Hansen, Duvnjak (7), Bilyk (3), Santos (3); Weinhold (2), Zeitz (1), Nilsson (2), Brozovic y Wiencek (2).Hungarian Telekom Veszprem had some difficulties to outplay outsiders, Kadetten Schaffhausen 32:28. Momir Ilic was TOP scorer in the winning team with seven goals, same as Luka Maros for the Swiss champions.STANDINGS: 6. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…100127:28(-1)0 5. SG Flensburg-Handewitt101024:24(0)1 EHF Champions LeagueFC Barcelona LassaTHW Kiel 2. Telekom Veszprém211056:52(4)3 read more

Heres What Happened Today Friday

first_imgUpdated 23.00pmNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…This is the life-changing robot designed by Trinity College engineers to help Joanne O’Riordan. IRELANDA man was shot in the face after he dropped his child to creche.An ambulance broke down on its way to transport a sick baby to hospital.The Taoiseach said ministers should not air their concerns in public.A Dublin priest was sentenced to seven years in jail for child sex abuse.HIQA will assess patient safety culture and the serious incidents at Portlaoise Hospital.There were clashes in the city centre before a Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians game.A man died and another man is still missing after their boat capsized on Lough Ree.A 77-year-old man was charged in relation to the murder of Jean McConville.SIPTU voted to support any future strike action at Dublin airport.Your #NoMakeupSelfie has raised €475k so far.WORLDItems belonging to Kurt Cobain found at the scene of his death. (AP Photo)#SEATTLE: New photos from the scene of Kurt Cobain’s death were released.#UKRAINE: Putin plans to have a firework display to mark the Crimean accession.#MALAYSIAN AIRLINES: The second day of searching has concluded without any sightings of debris in the southern Indian Ocean. [BBC]INNOVATIONWould you like your dog to be able to take selfies with your iPad. A masterclass can show him how. [The Guardian]Here are some of the best photos of space taken this week. [National Geographic]PARTING SHOTThis is Liam Caseirio and he is even more popular than Justin Bieber. Here’s why. If you can’t view the pic, click here.(Image: Down Syndrome Centre/Facebook)First published 21.00pmHere’s What Happened Yesterday>>>last_img read more

Virgin Orbit Unveils LauncherOne Rocket Moves Closer to Test Flights

first_imgCosmic Girl, the first 747 in history that has been converted to launch rockets, will carry LauncherOne up to about 35,000 feet. Once Cosmic Girl is ready, she will pitch upwards to at least 25 degrees, then will release the rocket. LauncherOne will then ignite its thrusters for the flight into space, traveling about 17,500 miles per hour — more than 20 times the speed of sound.During a 2017 panel discussion held by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Richard Dalbello, vice president of business development and government affairs for Virgin Galactic, said the estimated price for a LauncherOne mission cost “about $12 million.”According to Virgin Orbit’s website, LauncherOne will operate from a variety of locations independently of traditional launch ranges, and will have the ability to operate through or around weather conditions and other impediments that delay traditional launches.More on Geek.com:Virgin Galactic ‘Weeks’ Away From Space FlightBoston Dynamics’ Robo Dog Gets Its Groove OnNASA to Play Classic Arcade ‘Claw Game’ on Mars Virgin Galactic Gives First Look at Its Luxurious Lounge for Space TouristsVirgin Galactic Reaches Space Again, This Time With First Test Passenger It’s a first date to remember. On Wednesday, Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket met ‘Cosmic Girl’ — the modified 747 plane that will carry the rocket under its wing to more than 30,000 feet before LauncherOne engages its thrusters and flies into orbit — for the first time.The “mating” — when LauncherOne was attached to the plane — took place in Long Beach, California, and moves Virgin Orbit closer to launching the rocket into space for its maiden flight early next year. Photos released by Virgin Orbit on Friday show the size of the rocket.LauncherOne rocket attached to Cosmic Girl, a modified 747 plane. (Photo Credit: Virgin Orbit)LauncherOne is 70 feet long and weighs 57,000 pounds, and is designed to carry and launch small satellites of up to 1,100 pounds into orbit. But unlike most rockets which launch from a stationary pad, LauncherOne will be released from beneath an airplane.The 747 was originally designed with the ability to ferry a fifth engine. Virgin Orbit has modified that location on Cosmic Girl, a 747 that used to carry passengers as part of the Virgin Atlantic fleet, to support the rocket. Virgin Orbit also trimmed bout 65,000 pounds off Cosmic Girl, eliminating seats, overhead compartments, and other jetliner features, and built a custom mechanism called a launch pylon that hooks the LauncherOne rocket to the underside of Cosmic Girl’s wing, according to GE Reports.“The team were carrying out the integration check of the rocket with Cosmic Girl to verify mechanical, electrical, software, and dynamics all work together for the first time,” Virgin Orbit owner Richard Branson wrote in a blog post. “It’s an incredibly exciting moment for us, as Virgin Orbit’s first test flights move ever closer.”center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

New GOP Senators Get Armed Services Seats

first_img ADC AUTHOR Senate Republicans have added five freshman members to the Armed Services Committee, Roll Call reported, noting the prized committee seats are often reserved for more senior members.Republican Senators Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Kevin Cramer (N.D.), Josh Hawley (Mo.), Martha McSally (Ariz.) and Rick Scott (Fla.) will join the panel.Democrats have three new members, none of them freshmen. They are Senators Tammy Duckworth (Ill.), Doug Jones (Ala.) and Joe Manchin (W.V.), who returns after a two-hear hiatus, according to Roll Call.Then-Congressman Kevin Cramer speaks at the North Dakota Air National Guard Base in Fargo. Jan. 6, 2018. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipplast_img

Multiple victims as shooter opens fire at US food festival

first_imgPeople run as an active shooter was reported at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, south of San Jose, California, US on 28 July in this still image taken from a social media video. Photo: ReutersPolice and ambulances raced to a shooting at a food festival in California on Sunday, and video posted on social media showed people at the event running for cover as shots rang out.Few details were immediately available, but a police spokesman said there were casualties.NBC Bay Area reported that ambulance crews were told 11 people were “down” after the shooting on the last day of the Gilroy Garlic Festival, an annual three-day event south of San Jose.Footage uploaded to social media appeared to show festival attendees scattering in confusion as loud popping sounds could be heard in the background.”What’s going on?” a woman can be heard asking on one video. “Who’d shoot up a garlic festival?”Evenny Reyes, 13, told the San Jose Mercury News that at first she thought the sound of gunfire was fireworks. But then she saw someone with a wounded leg.”We were just leaving and we saw a guy with a bandana wrapped around his leg because he got shot,” Reyes told the newspaper. “There was a little kid hurt on the ground. People were throwing tables and cutting fences to get out.”Another witness, Maximo Rocha, a volunteer with the Gilroy Browns youth football team, said he saw many people on the ground, but he could not be sure how many may have been shot and how many were trying to protect themselves.He told NBC Bay Area that “quite a few” were injured, “because I helped a few.”Founded in 1979, the Gilroy Garlic Festival features food, drink, live entertainment and cooking competitions. It says it is hosted by volunteers and describes itself as the world’s greatest summer food festival.It was being held at the outdoor Christmas Hill Park, where weapons of any kind are prohibited, according to the event’s website.To provide a safe, family-friendly atmosphere, it said, entry was refused to anyone wearing clothing or paraphernalia indicating membership in a gang, including a motorcycle club.Festival officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Gilroy is about 30 miles (48 km) southeast of San Joselast_img read more

New phase of water could dominate the interiors of Uranus and Neptune

first_img Explore further Mysterious planetsAlthough superionic ice doesn’t exist under normal conditions on Earth, the high pressures and temperatures where it is thought to exist are very similar to the predicted conditions in the interiors of Uranus and Neptune. “Uranus and Neptune are called ice giants because their interiors consist primarily of water, along with ammonia and methane,” Wilson said. “Since the pressure and temperature conditions of the predicted new phase just happen to line up with the pressure and temperature conditions of the interiors of these planets, our new fcc superionic phase may very well be the single most prevalent component of these planets.”The researchers predict that understanding superionic ice—particularly the stable fcc phase—will offer insight into these ice giants.”Uranus and Neptune remain very poorly understood at this stage, and their interiors are deeply mysterious,” Wilson said. “The observations we have are very limited—every other planet in the solar system we’ve visited multiple times, but Uranus and Neptune we’ve just done brief flybys with Voyager 2. What we do know is that they have bizarre non-axisymmetric non-dipolar magnetic fields, totally unlike any other planet in our solar system. We also know that they’re extremely similar in mass, density and composition, yet somehow fundamentally different, because Neptune has a significant internal heat source and Uranus hardly emits any heat at all.”It’s possible that the predicted bcc-to-fcc phase transition may explain the planets’ unusual magnetic fields, although more research is needed in this area.”Our results imply that Uranus’s and Neptune’s interiors are a bit denser and have an electrical conductivity that is slightly reduced compared to previous models,” Militzer added.Understanding Uranus and Neptune’s interiors could have implications far beyond our solar system, as well.”One thing we’re learning from the Kepler mission is that Uranus-like or Neptune-like exoplanets are extremely common,” Wilson said. “They appear to be more common than Jupiter-like gas giants. So understanding our local ice giants is important, because they’re an archetypal example for a huge class of planets out there in the universe.” Future experimentsIn the future, the researchers plan to investigate the possible existence of a third superionic phase, as well as attempt to detect the predicted transition between the bcc and fcc phases. “Shock wave experiments combined with X-ray diffraction techniques will enable one to detect the predicted bcc-to-fcc transition,” Militzer said. “Shock waves allow one to reach megabar pressure and heat the sample to thousands of Kelvin at the same time. X-ray diffraction measurements allow one to determine whether the oxygen atoms reside on bcc or fcc positions. This leads to an obvious change in the X-ray diffraction pattern. Shock waves and X-ray diffraction have rarely been combined so far, but Dr. Jon Eggert at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is in the process of preparing such experiments.” Citation: New phase of water could dominate the interiors of Uranus and Neptune (2013, April 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-phase-dominate-interiors-uranus-neptune.html Copyright 2013 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Phys.org. Pounding particles to create Neptune’s water in the lab Journal information: Physical Review Letters More information: Hugh F. Wilson, et al. “Superionic to Superionic Phase Change in Water: Consequences for the Interiors of Uranus and Neptune.” PRL 110, 151102 (2013). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.151102 (Phys.org) —While everyone is familiar with water in the liquid, ice, and gas phases, water can also exist in many other phases over a vast range of temperature and pressure conditions. One lesser known phase of water is the superionic phase, which is considered an “ice” but exists somewhere between a solid and a liquid: while the oxygen atoms occupy fixed lattice positions as in a solid, the hydrogen atoms migrate through the lattice as in a fluid. Until now, scientists have thought that there was only one phase of superionic ice, but scientists in a new study have discovered a second phase that is more stable than the original. The new phase of superionic ice could make up a large component of the interiors of giant icy planets such as Uranus and Neptune. Phase diagram of water showing the fully fluid, solid, and superionic regimes. The superionic regime is shaded to show the transition from bcc (red) to fcc (yellow) phase stability as pressure increases. Credit: Hugh F. Wilson, et al. ©2013 American Physical Society Structure of superionic ice in (left) the bcc phase and (right) the newly discovered and more stable fcc phase. Credit: Hugh F. Wilson, et al. ©2013 American Physical Society The scientists, Hugh F. Wilson (now at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation [CSIRO] in Australia), Michael L. Wong, and Burkhard Militzer at the University of California, Berkeley, have published a paper on the new phase of superionic ice in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. Exotic waterAs the scientists explain, water has an unusually rich phase diagram, with 15 crystalline phases observed in laboratory experiments and eight additional phases predicted theoretically. “Superionic water is a fairly exotic sort of substance,” Wilson told Phys.org. “The phases of water we’re familiar with all consist of water molecules in various arrangements, but superionic water is a non-molecular form of ice, where hydrogen atoms are shared between oxygens. It’s somewhere between a solid and a liquid—the hydrogen atoms move around freely like in a liquid, while the oxygens stay rigidly fixed in place. It would probably flow more like a liquid, though, since the planes of oxygen atoms can slide quite freely against one another, lubricated by the hydrogens.”The original phase of superionic ice, called the body centered cubic (bcc) phase, was first predicted with ab initio computer simulations in 1999 by Carlo Cavazzoni, et al. Scientists predict that the bcc phase exists at pressures in excess of 0.5 Mbar (500,000 times greater than atmospheric pressure) and temperatures of a few thousand Kelvin. The bcc phase derives its name from the fact that the oxygen atoms occupy body centered cubic lattice sites. Hints of the bcc phase’s instability have been previously observed, but the new study shows for the first time that the bcc phase is less stable than the new phase where the oxygen atoms occupy sites on a face centered cubic (fcc) lattice. The scientists predict that the fcc phase exists at pressures in excess of 1.0 Mbar, even higher than the pressure for the bcc phase. The scientists’ ab initio molecular dynamics simulations also show that the fcc phase has a higher density and lower hydrogen mobility than the bcc phase. That is, the hydrogen atoms in the fcc structure move less frequently to nearby voids between the oxygen atoms, while in the bcc structure, they migrate more freely between different sites. This difference affects the water’s thermal and electrical conductivity. In addition, the simulations show that a phase transition between the bcc and fcc phases may exist at pressures of 1.0 ± 0.5 Mbar. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

In a first India to host 8th Theatre Olympics

first_imgIn a development that puts India firmly among the top nations in the world theatre map, the country, for the first time, will play host to the next edition of the prestigious Theatre Olympics in 2018. Established in 1993, Theatre Olympics is the foremost international theatre festival, presenting the finest productions of well-known theatre practitioners from around the world.The festival will kick off on February 17 next year in the Capital and conclude on April 8 in Mumbai. The 8th edition of Theatre Olympics is being organised by National School of Drama (NSD), under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The country’s tryst with the biggest celebration of theatre in the world will be held in 15 cities across India with over 50 international and 150 national theatre groups performing over the span of two months. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn addition, there will be ambience performances with allied activities like exhibitions, seminars, symposia, interactive discussions and workshops with well-known academicians, authors, actors, designers and directors.The announcement was made recently at NSD by Dr Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture, Govt of India, along with Ratan Thiyam, Chairperson, NSD Society and Prof Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe Theatre Olympics 2018 will feature around 500 plays and over 700 ambience performances from across the world. The theme of the Olympics this time is ‘Flag of Friendship.’Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mahesh Sharma said, “I strongly believe that the 8th Theatre Olympics will make its mark in India’s rich cultural history and will prove to be a milestone. Cultural Ministry, Govt of India is committed to support this grand initiative. We will request Prime Minister of India to inaugurate the 8th Theatre Olympics in New Delhi and the President of India to be a part of the concluding ceremony in Mumbai.” Talking about the Theatre Olympics, Ratan Thiyam said, “It is a great feeling of joy and happiness that the prestigious event of Theatre Olympics is taking place in India, a country which is proud of its innovation and heritage and it will provide a valuable platform to showcase significant productions of groups from India and abroad. India is proud of its ancient tradition and cultural heritage.””We live in a changing world with a new cultural landscape where the technological fanfare has already penetrated in all spheres of our life, making us more intoxicating day by day with limitless external comfort and new discoveries. In this changing world and challenging journey, I sincerely feel that theatre serves as a confluence of river of modernity, the past, present and future where very important issues, complex, aesthetics and philosophical challenges are negotiated,” he further added.Speaking on NSD playing host and organising the Theatre Olympics, Prof Waman Kendre, Director, NSD said, “This is for the first time that India is trying to showcase and exchange theatre in front of the world. When it comes to theatre, it doesn’t get any bigger than the Theatre Olympics, and it is indeed a proud moment for National School of Drama that it has got the opportunity to organise this prestigious event. NSD is all geared up to play the perfect host as India will be the cynosure of the theatre world and we will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the Theatre Olympics in India is a grand success. We are in gratitude of Dr Mahesh Sharma for his constant efforts in bringing this grand festival to India.”The Theatre Olympics was established in 1993 in Delphi, Greece, as the first international theatre festival. With the tagline ‘Crossing Millennia’, this is an initiative to connect the cultural past with the present and future, bringing the richness and diversity of theatre heritage to the experiments and research of contemporary theatre.The first country to host the Theatre Olympics was Greece in 1995. Japan hosted the second edition in Shizuoka in 1999, followed by Russia in 2001. In 2006, the Olympics were held in Istanbul, Turkey and four years later, in 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. China hosted them in Beijing in 2014 and in 2016 the 7th Theatre Olympics were held in Wroclaw, Poland. India is all set to join this illustrious list as it plays host to the 8th edition of this global event.last_img read more

CheapAir research reveals flight secrets

first_imgTravel booking company CheapAir.com has released a study on the best times to book flights and when to book them early. The research, which is an aggregation of flight pattern data over a number of years, reaches a number of conclusions. In the first instance, the research shows that the best time to book flights is 54 days before departure or approximately seven and a half weeks. Lastly, the study revealed data on the optimal time to book flights to different destinations. For example, CheapAir found that the best time to book for the South Pacific is 70 days out, for Africa it is 89 days out and the Caribbean 101 days out.  The data shows that between 225 and 110 days out from departure fares drop and then are within $10 of their low point.center_img CheapAir’s research also found that it is very bad to book too early – booking 7 months from departure will tend to result in you paying the most expensive fares. In terms of when to book early, the study concluded that 54 days is the earliest time you should consider booking based on their analysis of flight booking patterns. Source = ETB News: T.N.last_img read more

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first_imgOn 15 April 2017, Likuliku Lagoon Resort will celebrate its 10th anniversary – an important milestone for the 100 per cent Fijian-owned, internationally-acclaimed resort.The journey to opening Likuliku began in 2002 when Tony Whitton, local Fijian entrepreneur and Managing Director of Ahura Resorts, recognised the potential of this ideal location.Back then, when conceptualising Likuliku, Tony recalls, “My vision for Likuliku was to introduce overwater bungalows or bures, something that didn’t exist in Fiji and that past developers had said could never be built in Fiji. I also wanted to provide a unique resort, modelled on a traditional Fijian village similar to where I grew up as a child. I felt it was important we emulated a traditional design concept and utilised the skills of local Fijian villagers and construction materials to showcase things like the beauty of the Soga thatch, bush bamboo, native hard woods and pandanus weave.”During the planning and construction of Likuliku, Tony Whitton and his team paid particular attention to ensuring the sustainability and longevity of the resort’s pristine environment.As Tony remembers, “It was critical we secured the participation of our Traditional Resource Owners in the initial concept design, construction and ultimately in the business as we planned to use their qoliqoli – marine resource – passed from generation to generation. The natural Lagoon teems with marine life and coral, and we are grateful they allowed us to share this with the world. We feel a tremendous responsibility to ensure this valuable resource is always protected and preserved and work in partnership with our traditional owners through their marine park Tabu (protection), to ensure the natural surroundings remain viable and vibrant in years to come.”On 15 April 2007, Tony fulfilled his vision, and Likuliku Lagoon Resort opened as an adults-only retreat, offering a unique haven of relaxed refinement with Fiji’s first and only overwater accommodation.In the past 10 years, Likuliku has welcomed nearly 48,000 guests from 108 countries. The majority of guests visit from the USA and Australia with many also travelling from the UK, Europe, Asia and New Zealand. Nearly 4000 guests are repeat visitors, with some honouring Likuliku with their 16th stay.The successful pre-opening and the positioning and operational success of Likuliku Lagoon today can be attributed to an extraordinary team of people headed by Steve Anstey who is Ahura Resorts’ Group GM and who came out to the resort pre-construction 12 years ago as pre-opening GM.Steve says, “We set out in 2007 to create a product the likes of which hadn’t been seen in Fiji before. Not only did we achieve this through the construction of an amazing physical asset, but we set new standards and levels in resort service, cuisine and product integrity and have maintained it and sustained it for the last decade. Likuliku has come of age after a gruelling 10 years plagued with political and global economic instability and unprecedented weather disruptions, and we are extremely proud of her.“Critical to Likuliku’s success are the fantastic staff who are the heart and soul of the resort. 35% of our existing staff have been with us since opening. We thank them all for their dedication and contagious enthusiasm as they set about ensuring guests enjoy and indulge in our tranquil oasis while enjoying world-class food and a quintessential and unique Fijian holiday experience.”Likuliku is a luxurious holiday experience set in a beautiful and pristine natural environment.Steve explains, “As a resort company operating in such an environment, we wholly support the concept of sustainable tourism and believe that any development in such areas carries not only a legal but also a moral responsibility to ensure that the environment is not degraded through irresponsible activities and practices. We are deeply involved and committed to long term dry forest reforestation projects on our leases and on Malolo Levu and have since 2010, been operating and growing our critically endangered Fiji Crested Iguana captivity and breeding programme”.“Sustainable tourism is also about the people and the culture. It is about providing opportunities for improving and helping island communities and individuals through the development of businesses that provide jobs, training and ongoing development without compromising or taking advantage of the culture or the people involved. Royalties are paid to the landowners as well as a monthly rental calculated on a percentage of all sales. Ahura also provides an education fund for the landowners and we proudly contribute annually to the provision and improvement of new buildings and services in the local village and school”.Likuliku is situated in the Mamanuca group of islands in Fiji’s west, 25 kilometres from Nadi International Airport. Guests can arrive at Likuliku by helicopter or seaplane (10 minutes), 40 minutes by speedboat transfer or one or two hours by three-times daily fast catamaran.last_img read more

Crashed into police car then caught with cannabis

first_imgA police car was struck late on Thursday afternoon in Larnaca by a vehicle driven by a 28-year-old man, who was then found in possession of a small amount of cannabis.According to a police report, two police drug-squad vehicles tried to cut off the man’s car by one overtaking it and the other staying behind it.But the man then tried to get away by reversing the car, crashing into the second drug-squad vehicle.In the ensuing search, the drug-squad men found a half-smoked cigarette and a small amount of cannabis.The man, as well as another 28-year-old riding with him, were arrested and admitted to possession of the drugs.The two men were charged and released pending the findings of analysis of the drugs by the State General Laboratory.Larnaca CID continues to investigate.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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