Nobel Peace Prize to UN and SecretaryGeneral an honour and challenge Annan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who was today awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with the United Nations, said the honour “challenges us to do more and to do better, not to rest on our laurels.” In comments to reporters, the Secretary-General said the award “is going to be a great encouragement for me, personally, and for all my colleagues around the world.” The challenge ahead, he said, was “to really move forward and work with governments and make sure there is true international cooperation and multilateralism.” To a question on how he felt personally, Mr. Annan said he was “humbled, but also encouraged.” Asked how he had heard the news, Mr. Annan said his spokesman, Fred Eckhard, had woken him up with a congratulatory phone call. “Of course it was a wonderful way to wake up, given the sort of business we are in – usually when you get a call that early in the morning, it’s something disastrous.” He also related an anecdote about one of his aides, who had been travelling through Africa when Mr. Annan was appointed to a second term as Secretary-General. “He met an old man – an old man he didn’t know – and the old man said to him, ‘I have a message for the Secretary-General: Tell him we are happy that he’s reappointed, but he must take time to celebrate his achievements and successes to be able to focus on challenges ahead.'”In effect, the Secretary-General said, “It is the same message we are getting from the Nobel Committee, that there are challenges ahead, we’ve had some successes and failures, and they expect us to work hard and meet those challenges.” Mr. Annan also paid tribute to the UN staff working to make the world a more just, more peaceful and happier place. “The only true prize for them and for us will be peace itself,” he added.Kofi Annan is the second Secretary-General to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. The Organization’s second Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjöld, was awarded the prize posthumously in 1961, for his action in strengthening the United Nations. read more

Condemning attack on UN Security Council vows resolve to build peace in

Reading a statement during an open meeting attended by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Council President Ambassador Mikhail Wehbe of Syria said the 15-nation body unequivocally condemned Tuesday’s attack, which killed at least 15, including the UN’s top envoy, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and caused numerous injuries among international personnel and Iraqi people. The Council also condemned in the strongest terms the perpetrators of the attack and underlined the need to bring them to justice.Expressing its deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families, the Council paid tribute and expressed its deepest admiration to all the UN personnel who lost their lives or were injured in the service of the Organization and the Iraqi people, including Mr. Vieira de Mello.While reaffirming the imperative to respect, in all circumstances, the safety and security of United Nations personnel, Ambassador Wehbe said the Council also reaffirmed its determination to assist the Iraqi people in building peace and justice in their country and determining their own political future. It welcomed the determination of the United Nations to continue its operation in Iraq to fulfil its mandate in the service of the Iraqi people, stating that it would not be intimidated by such attacks.The Council observed a minute of silence at the start of the meeting in tribute to the memory of the UN personnel and all others who were killed in Baghdad in the pursuit of peace and recovery for Iraq. read more

Peacekeeping officials gain training at UN institute for womens advancement

Peacekeeping officials dealing with communications and information technology in a number of hotspots across the globe today completed a five-day meeting at the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), where gender concerns were addressed as part of overall planning. “Coordination within the United Nations system is a major concern for INSTRAW. Supporting activities aiming at securing peace all over the world must be a priority issue,” said the Institute’s Director, Carmen Moreno. “This initiative has allowed UN staff members in the field of information and communication technologies to familiarize themselves with INSTRAW’s work and broaden their knowledge of gender issues,” she added. The annual meeting of the Communications and Information Technology Service of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations brought together top-ranking technical and managerial staff to highlight best practices, exchange lessons learned and share views on current trends such as voice and video equipment, high-speed data systems, network service and software applications. “At our Headquarters in New York, there is a significant awareness regarding gender issues and the need for us to be more gender-balanced,” said Rudy Sanchez, Chief of the Department’s Communications and Information Technology Service. “Having our staff immersed in an institution that deals with gender issues gives us the opportunity to think and talk about gender daily and to increase consciousness in an environment that is highly male-dominated.” For five days, eight headquarter-based officers and 40 IT and Communications chiefs from 25 missions in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and the Middle East were brought together to discuss strategies. In order to strengthen ties between INSTRAW and the Department in the coming months, both institutions are developing other collaborative projects in the areas of training, access to facilities and logistical support. read more

Nova Scotia group to begin installation of tidal turbine in Bay of

Nova Scotia group to begin installation of tidal turbine in Bay of Fundy HALIFAX – A giant tidal turbine is expected to be installed in the Bay of Fundy this weekend if weather and water conditions are favourable.The Cape Sharp Tidal project says in a news release the turbine will be placed at the site near Parrsboro, N.S., using subsea cables.The 1,000-tonne turbine is being used as a demonstration project to test the viability of tidal power in the bay, which has some of the world’s most powerful tides.Cape Sharp Tidal is a joint venture between Emera Inc. and OpenHydro, a DCNS company.The partnership says it eventually plans to install a pair of two megawatt in-stream tidal turbines at the testing site, which is North America’s first tidal array connected to an electrical grid.In June, Cape Sharp Tidal paused deployment plans to allow opportunities for more consultation with fishermen and other concerned groups.The company is one of several that plan to test different turbine technologies in the Bay of Fundy. by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 4, 2016 1:45 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 4, 2016 at 2:54 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Elderly mans travel dream comes true after 35 years without a holiday

first_imgMr Silver added: “I told Dave about the funds, that 200 people have donated! He just laughed and laughed, he couldn’t believe it!! He even hugged me, he’s not a hugger, he never hugged me before!!!“He wants to pass on his heartfelt thanks to everyone. Now we have more than enough to pay for the ticket, Dave doesn’t want a fuss or more money than he needs, so I will be closing this page and getting his tickets sorted.“Anything left he gets for spending money, which is going to be about £1000. He’s in for a lovely shock!!”See the JustGiving page here.  “Dave lives next door to me, he has since we moved in 20 years ago,” explained Mr Silver.“He cared for his wife Ivy, who had dementia, at their home for the last ten years. They had been married for 51 years! He never complained about it, even though she didn’t even recognise him for the last few years.“She died in December. He told me the day she died that he hadn’t left the house in two months.”He added that his neighbour’s dream has always been to travel. He wants to see his brother in Florida, explore New York and return to his honeymoon destination in Greece. “Now he really wants to travel in his twilight years, he hasn’t had a holiday for 35 years, but he only has his pension,” his neighbour added.“I asked him if he had any dreams left at his age, he said ‘I always wanted to see a bit of the world, but it can’t happen now, I missed my chance.’ “I’d like to help. He’s 73, he’s in good health and the last holiday he had was in 1982!”More than £2,000 has already been raised for Dave’s holiday, with hundreds of people donating. Wow. That climbed quickly!!! Looks like the goal has been reached!!! AWESOMEWould love to see some pictures and/or video of his adventures— Chris W. Lawson 💻 (@Chris_Said_it) July 19, 2017 I’ll try and post some photos on here when Dave gets on the plane. What an amazing few days!— Payne Silver (@PayneSilver1) July 20, 2017center_img Woman who photoshopped herself into bad holiday photos gets amazing offer Strangers have helped an elderly man’s dream come true by helping pay for his first holiday in 35 years.Charity worker Payne Silver set up a JustGiving page for his 73-year-old neighbour Dave who has cared for his wife, who had dementia, for the last ten years. 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. I’m trying to help my 73 year old neighbour. Could you help spread the word with a RT?— Payne Silver (@PayneSilver1) July 18, 2017last_img read more

Return of Marbles high priority for Greece Samaras

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, has reaffirmed his country’s determination to get back the Parthenon Sculptures that are currently held in the British Museum. In a recent meeting in Athens – held with David Hill, chairman of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures – Mr Samaras stressed that despite Greece’s current financial woes the return of the Parthenon Sculptures remained a high priority for the Greek Government. Mr Samaras also expressed his appreciation and that of the Greek people for the work of all the international committees involved in the campaign for the return of the Marbles. The Greek Prime Minister, who was joined by the deputy Culture Minister, Kostas Tsavaras, also stated that his government would welcome the views of the International Association as to future Government strategies. In separate talks with Mr Tzavaras, David Hill and members of other members of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures – from Britain, USA, Switzerland and Germany – also met with several members of the newly-constituted consultative committee appointed by the Greek Government and reaffirmed the view of the International Association and its various national member organisations that Greece should make a renewed claim for their return. The Minister repeated that the Greek Government would welcome the overseas committees’ views on the appropriate strategy to be pursued. Australians for the Return of the Parthenon Sculptures welcome the renewed and firm commitment of the Greek Government to this important cultural issue. They feel that for far too long the British Museum has continued to posture and has refused to engage the Greeks in any constructive dialogue, whether at formal gatherings such as UNESCO or at museum-to-museum level. For all the philhellenes serving on various international associations around the globe, the return of the Parthenon Sculptures to Athens to be exhibited properly and in context with the surviving sculptures inside the iconic New Acropolis Museum is an issue that will simply not go away. For more information on the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures – the peak umbrella lobbying group – visit www.partheoninternational.netlast_img read more

Asuka announcement on NXT tonight Post95 Smackdown Live videos

first_img Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Twitter Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Pinterest WhatsApp Asuka announcement on NXT tonightWWE NXT airs tonight on WWE Network at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT).Set for tonight is NXT Women’s Champion Asuka vacating her championship, something WWE immediately spoiled when it went down at the tapings.Also scheduled for the show is Kassius Ohno vs. Hideo Itami in a No DQ will have a recap of NXT later tonight.Post-9/5 Smackdown Live videosWWE posted the following videos after last night’s Smackdown Live in Sioux Falls. Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Seth Rollins Videos Articles Roman Reigns is in Remission Google+ Cesaro Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Facebook Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:07Loaded: 100.00%0:07Remaining Time -0:23 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Videos Articles NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in actionlast_img read more

Olympic Day today

first_imgBy Sulayman Bah Like many International Olympic Committee affiliates, Gambia will today celebrate Olympic Day.The occasion, which is globally observed, will this year enter its 66th edition.The day has been a firm pillar of the Olympic Movement and is thebiggest Mass Sports around the world to commemorate the founding ofthe modern Olympic Movement (IOC) by Pierre De Coubertin (1863-1937).Olympic Day is a celebration for youth around the World to observe theOlympic Values of Fair Play, Perseverance, Respect and Sportsmanship.In the Gambia, the National Olympic Committee (GNOC), will todaycommemorate the event in the form of a 3 and 5km road race forchildren from Schools around the Greater Banjul Area (GBA).Over 1000 participants are expected to take part in the celebration tobe held at OlympAfrica Center at Serekunda East Mini Stadium startingat 08:30am.The Gambia IOC Member and first Vice President of GNOC, Mrs BeatriceAllen, will deliver the message from IOC President Thomas Bach at thecelebration.The celebration will also be graced by GNOC officials, National SportsCouncil (NSC), Presidents and Secretary Generals of all SportingAssociations, teachers, parents and students of various schools willalso attend to give support to their athletes.Participants are expected to be given certificates at the end of the event.  ]]>last_img read more

Suspected Suicide in Freeport

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppFreeport, Bahamas, February 9, 2017 – Suspected suicide under investigation in Grand Bahama today.  Reports are that a young man residing in South Bahamia was found already dead by his mother; the situation is shocking.Paul Ferrell is the young man identified.  We are awaiting further details in the case which is yet another blow to the island.#MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

British Government Donates £5 Million to Relief Efforts in Dominica

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 25, 2017 – Providenciales – The British Government has pledged to give the hurricane-ravaged island of Dominica £5 million in UK aid, the International Development Secretary, Priti Patel has announced.Priti Patel will visit the Caribbean on Sunday to see firsthand the damage caused to a number of British territories that were destroyed by two major storms. Category five Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Dominica after making landfall on Monday, leaving 98% of buildings damaged and thousands without power – affecting almost the entire 70,000 population.Ms. Patel announced the latest wave of UK Government support as she visited HMS Ocean, which on Friday delivered 60 tonnes of UK aid to the Caribbean, almost doubling the amount of aid in the region.She said: “The UK has pledged to give £5 million to the people of Dominica, the island worst hit by Hurricane Maria – on top of the £57 million already promised to the region – to strengthen recovery following these relentless disasters. I have come to the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla to see first-hand UK aid in action, helping families whose lives have been ripped apart first by Hurricane Irma and then Maria.”During her trip, Ms. Patel will meet families in the British Virgin Islands whose lives were torn apart by Hurricane Irma, and she will visit Anguilla to see UK efforts to get schools and businesses up and running to speed up recovery.The £5 million pledge brings the British Government’s financial support for islands hit by Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma to £62 million, a sum which has gone to overseas territories including the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Turks, and Caicos.This new pledge comes after calls for the UK Government to revisit their foreign aid policy with would prevent the country from contributing to relief efforts in the British overseas territories. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 27 dead, a dozen missing in Dominica after hurricane Maria Post Maria: Dominica will rebuild with concrete McAlpine defends views on Dominica, says he is simply representing the views of his constituents Related Items:#magneticmedianews, British aid, Dominica, Hurricane Maria Recommended for youlast_img read more

Research Sheds Light On Massive Underwater Deep SeaChurning Waves

first_imgAnyone who has spent time on a beach can visualize rolling waves, breaking as they approach the shoreline. What most probably don’t realize, is the same thing happens out of sight, deep under the ocean surface – but on a massive scale.Download Audio:Picture this: a giant wave, close to 1,000 feet tall, spanning more than 50 miles – that is the scale we’re talking about, and it’s happening thousands of feet underwater.“If you’ve ever seen the office toys that have a layer of blue fluid and a layer of clear fluid, and you can rock them back and forth and see these very slow-moving undulations,” Harper Simmons, an associate professor of oceanography at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, said. “That is exactly the phenomena we’re talking about.”He’s been studying these massive, undersea waves for over a decade.Since 2007, Simmons has been taking part in a study in the South China Sea, with researchers from 25 institutions from five countries, taking a closer look at how these waves work.Even though the movement of these waves appear similar to a waves on the surface, he says there are some differences.“They move at approximately three meters per second, whereas a surface wave might move at 10 or 20 times that rate,” Simmons said. “So they’re massive waves; they contain huge amounts of energy, but they evolve in slow motion relative to what we would see at the surface.”Simulation of internal waves of the South China Sea by Dr. Harper Simmons of the University of Alaska Fairbanks using Arctic Region Supercomputer Center (ARSC) High Performance Computing resources. Visualization by the University of Washington Center for Environmental Visualization (CEV).But why are these waves so important?Big waves create big turbulence, and Simmons says that’s what makes them vital.“And anywhere you can have strong turbulence, you can bring up fresh nutrients from depth,” he said. “And, so these waves have profound effects on ecosystems.”By redistributing the deep-sea nutrients closer to the surface, the waves help replenish the shallower parts of the ocean where much of the biological activity takes place.Undersea waves require ocean stratification in order to form – meaning layers of water, defined by differences in salinity and temperature. If stratification exists, Simmons says the other primary ingredient is usually tidal action moving over submarine ridges, islands, and other types of underwater topography, which means these waves are forming all over the world – including Alaska.“A place like Prince William Sound, a fjord, is highly stratified and there’s very significant tides,” Simmons said. “So we expect that the larger fjords, such as Prince William Sound, would be absolutely filled with these things.”Not much research has been done on Alaska’s sub-surface waves, but Simmons says researchers do know they form in the Arctic Ocean – albeit in a weaker form.“One of the main energy sources for these are from storms in the Arctic,” Simmons said. “And the ice kind of an insulating barrier to prevent that kind of energy from being put into the ocean.”Simmons says researchers are interested to see if the Arctic dynamic changes as the area continues seeing reduced sea ice, seasonally.The study of internal waves in the South China Sea was summarized in an article published in the May 7th issue of Nature.last_img read more

CEC disappointed as BNP boycotts UZ polls

first_imgChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda. File photoChief election commissioner, KM Nurul Huda, on Sunday expressed his disappointment as some major political parties like Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) decided to boycott the upcoming union parishad elections.The CEC came up with the remark while addressing a training programme as the chief guest at the Election Training Institute in the capital’s Agargaon.”A number of major political parties decided not to join the upcoming upazila election. It’s very disappointing for us as we always wanted a competitive election,” he said.There is no doubt that the upazila election will be a competitive one as many qualified persons are vying for it, he said.Issuing a warning to the officers related to the election, the CEC said strict measures will be taken against those who will be responsible for disrupting the elections.He also urged the election officials to act neutrally while discharging their duties during the elections.Mentioning that the poling agents are an important part of the election process, the CEC urged the election officers to ensure safety and security of the agents when they return home after performing their duties.Elections to 87 upazila parishads in 12 districts under Rangpur, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Rajshahi divisions will be held in the first phase while the second phase of the election is slated for 18 March, the third for 24 March, the fourth for 31 March and the fifth for 18 June.last_img read more

Gay Penguins Adopt Egg After Trying to Hatch Rocks

first_img Humans aren’t the only ones who struggle to conceive.Two male king penguins at Zoo Berlin tried nurturing objects like a wet rock and slimy fish in hopes of hatching a child of their own.Spoiler alert: They failed.AdChoices广告The same-sex couple arrived from Hamburg this year. Within weeks, it became clear to zookeepers that Skip and Ping wanted to start a family.“It is very common that two penguins of the same sex come together. I don’t think it is the majority of penguins, but it is not rare, either,” zoo spokesman Maximilian Jäger told The New York Times. “We are sure they would be good parents because they were so nice to their stone.”The team decided to give Skipping (my portmanteau for the lovebirds) a shot at fatherhood after 22-year-old female The Orange (named for the color of her wings) laid an egg in July.She has never hatched a chick of her own, according to the Times.“We just had to put the egg in front of one of them, and he knew just what to do,” Jäger said. “He took his beak and put the egg on his feet and then put his stomach over tit, which is the normal thing penguins do.”On Tuesday, zoo visitors, journalists, and a TV crew from Germany’s public international broadcaster gathered to watch Ping incubate the egg.This feelgood story, however, may not have a happy ending.It is not clear whether the egg was fertilized, which means it may never hatch.There’s no way to know for sure until next month, when the wildlife park will welcome a new fluffy member—or not.Fingers crossed for Zoo Berlin’s first penguin chick since 2002.“I hope Ping and Skip get a little penguin baby and become the best parents you’ve ever seen,” keeper Anja Seiferth said. “I hope that is what happens, but so far we do not know if it will.”Last year, two inseparable male gentoo penguins at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium were given a real egg to foster.Sphen and Magic, nicknamed “Sphengic,” began their relationship like any two penguins living in captivity: They regularly waddled around and went for swims together in the Penguin Expedition.As breeding season approached, the pair started collecting “pebbles” to create a nest; gentoo penguin parents keep eggs warm on pebble nesting rings scattered throughout the Macquarie Island exhibit.Initially given a dummy egg to practice incubating, Sphengic eventually presented a real egg from another couple that had two.More on Penguin Fossils Uncovered in New ZealandRare Albino Penguin Makes Its Debut at Poland ZooBachelor Penguin Finds Love Online Human-Sized Penguin Fossils Uncovered in New ZealandRare Albino Penguin Makes Its Debut at Poland Zoo Stay on targetlast_img read more

Plants vs Zombies 2 revealed its a freemium iOS exclusive

first_imgPopCap has finally decided to unveil the next installment of its megahit. Today we learned that PvZ2 will launch this summer and will known officially as Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time.Around four years ago, PopCap released a fantastic game with a somewhat arbitrary premise that didn’t seem to have much of a market. As a casual tower defense game with a dizzying upgrade system, the game seemed like it wouldn’t appeal to a wide audience, and would instead find a niche home. Instead, the soon-to-be-classic was loved by just about everyone. Personally, even though I beat it multiple times soon after its release, I knew Plants vs. Zombies was something special when I saw a woman of about 70 playing it on her phone on the subway, while an unrelated child of about 9 was playing it on his dad’s iPhone.The trailer for PvZ2 doesn’t reveal any gameplay, but we can guess that it will include plopping plants down in a lawn to deter zombies from breaking into your house. The subtitle also refers to some kind of time travel mechanic, as shown in the Back to the Future-esque trailer.This is a good news, bad news situation, though. Good news: the game will debut worldwide on July 18, only around six weeks away! Bad news (for some of you): the sequel will launch exclusively on iOS, though it does seem to be a timed exclusive, at least, based on the wording.Oh, and worse news: Plants vs. Zombies 2 will employ some kind of freemium model, which means there will be a cash shop, and it will probably bother you. The press release states that players can access every zombie, and every level in every world at no additional cost, but upgrades will be available for purchase.The press release notes that PvZ2 was built from the ground up as a “live service,” which strikes fear into the heart of anyone who tries to play mobile games on a commute that passes through multiple dead zones. Ideally, that phrase doesn’t mean “always-connected,” as so many mobile games are nowadays, but rather is just fancy-speak for a game that receives persistent content updates.PopCap will release more videos for the game over on the official site, and be sure to pay attention to E3 next week, where the actual game (rather than a pretty trailer) will be shown off.last_img read more

These Ocean Robots Spent a Year Collecting Data Under Antarctic Ice

first_img Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350 Stay on target Studying Antarctic areas can be tough for scientists, but ocean robots are here to help: A group of autonomous subs have successfully collected data beneath the Dotson Ice Shelf in West Antarctica.On Wednesday, a University of Washington press release said that these were the first self-guided ocean robots (also known as Seagliders) to travel under an ice sheet, measure ice shelf depth, and go back to their bases to share observations. The Seagliders will help scientists determine how ice sheet behavior might impact global sea level changes.“This is the first time any of the modern, long-endurance platforms have made sustained measurements under an ice shelf,” Craig Lee, a UW oceanography professor, said in the press release. “We made extensive measurements inside the cavity. Gliders were able to navigate at will to survey the cavity interior, while floats rode ocean currents to access the cavity interior.”AdChoices广告The robot project, which was funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, aims to collect information on how warm seawater interacts with the undersides of ice shelves. With this data, scientists can better understand Antarctica’s ice sheet dynamics and how they play a role in ocean melting activity.“Some ice sheets terminate in large ice shelves that float out over the ocean, and those act as a buttress,” Lee said in the press release. “If the ice shelves collapse or weaken, due to oceanic melting, for example, the ice sheets behind them may accelerate toward the sea, increasing the rate of sea level rise.”A sketch shows how three self-driving Seagliders and four drifting floats tracked conditions below an Antarctic ice shelf. (Photo Credit: University of Washington)On January 24, 2018, the Seaglider devices were dropped from a Korean icebreaker R/V Araon and sent to cruise the Dotson Ice Shelf’s depths. What’s cool about the ocean robots is that they can autonomously operate for more than a year without ship assistance, enabling scientists to avoid multiple trips to Antarctica.Here’s how the robot fleet operated under the Dotson Ice Shelf: First, three acoustic beacons were fastened to the seafloor to enable underwater navigation. Next, three Seagliders, which were developed at UW, were sent to use pre-programmed navigation systems to cruise under the ice shelf and collect data. Four UW-built EM-APEX floating bots were also deployed by the mission: They drifted below the top of ice cavities and periodically bobbed up and down to collect more information.About six to eight weeks later, three of the drifting bots were flushed out near the top of the Dotson Ice Shelf cavity, while one drifting bot didn’t reappear until Jan. 5 near the neighboring Crosson Ice Shelf. Two out of the three Seagliders also came back, but the mission isn’t done yet: The other Seaglider will begin its second year of sampling at the face of the ice shelf soon.Scientists will now study data brought back by the ocean robots to improve ice sheet behavior models and determine if warmer seawater is to blame for ocean melting.More on Launches Scout Delivery Robots in Washington This Robot Recreated the Walk of a 290-Million-Year-Old AnimalFuturistic Hotel Fires Most of Its Creepy Robotic Stafflast_img read more

IBM researchers create worlds smallest magnet

first_img 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. Ever since hard drives were invented, scientists have been hard at work trying to figure out ways to make them smaller while at the same time developing ways to make them more dense so that they can hold more information. As the team at IBM notes, currently, it takes approximately 100,000 atoms to hold a single bit of information. If a technique could be found to commercialize their single-atom approach, they further note, it would allow for holding something as massive as Apple’s iTunes library of songs on something as small as a credit card.To create their tiny magnet, the team used a scanning tunneling microscope to manipulate holmium atoms placed on a magnesium oxide plate (to keep the magnetic poles stable). Applying an electric current to the microscope’s probe allowed for changing the magnetic orientation of the atom between two states, which, the team notes, could be used to represent on/off states for a single bit of data. To read the state, the team measured the magnetic current passing through the atom. The team notes also that the state of several atoms could be read or written when the atoms were as close as a single nanometer apart.IBM has been investing heavily in scanning tunneling microscope research for decades, a technology they have been credited with inventing (Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer won the Nobel Prize in physics for this accomplishment back in 1986). Recently, they also announced that they had developed a new technique that offered a better way to measure the magnetic field of individual atoms and in a somewhat related development, also announced that they would be offering the world’s first commercial “universal” quantum-computing service. New microscope technique offers a better way to measure magnetic field of individual atoms Explore further Credit: IBM © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img Journal information: Nature More information: Fabian D. Natterer et al. Reading and writing single-atom magnets, Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature21371Press release by Institute for Basic Science Citation: IBM researchers create world’s smallest magnet (2017, March 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from An international team of researchers working at IBMs’ San Jose research facility announced recently that they had created the world’s smallest magnet—it was made from a single atom. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes their achievement as the ultimate limit in reducing the size of magnetic storage media using the classical approach—they report that they were able to use the tiny magnet to store a single bit of data.last_img read more

The first witnesses

first_imgFirst witnesses is a phrase that carries a variety of connotations. In the realm of the ancient and the spiritual, it refers to the select few who witnessed the birth of a new faith with its slain founder rising from the dead, filling them with renewed hope. In the realm of the present and the material, it has come to denote those present at the scene of a crime. Their testimony – sometimes the only hope in the subsequent battle for justice. In some ways, the people appearing in this photography exhibition by Vijay S. Jodha at the Kamaldevi Complex of India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi, represent all of the above scenarios. Each woman, a first-hand witness to a personal tragedy involving her own husband or sometimes her father. She is thus a victim as well as the closest observer in a large-scale and ongoing agrarian crisis in India that has claimed over 300,000 lives by way of farmer suicides since 1995. A failure to arrest this trend ensures that the number of such first witnesses grows by the day. Yet few seek them out, much less ensure justice for them. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe presence of these women in these photo panels is a small attempt at highlighting such anomalies. A shared desire to have their grievances heard. Maybe in some roundabout way, putting faces to the numbers will eventually help ensure that even the weakest member of India’s farming community is not left without means or dignity. In that sense, their participation here is also an act of renewed hope. Vijay is a writer, photographer and filmmaker based in Gurgaon. He has produced five books and his projects have been showcased in galleries, museums and film festivals worldwide. He studied filmmaking at New York University and has worked with directors Ang Lee and Mira Nair. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveVijay’s projects have received over seventy honours in 24 countries including grants from premier cinematic institutions. Two of his books and three of his films have been selected for archiving in the U.S. Library of Congress. Indian Confederation of Non-Government Organisations has honoured Vijay with Media Citizen Award for using media to facilitate social change. This exhibition is sponsored by IIC, in collaboration with UNESCO. You can catch the first glimpse of all the first witnesses on March 7 at 6:30 pm sharp and relive the experience till March 18.last_img read more

Google Chrome 72 Stable is out

first_imgGoogle Chrome 72 Stable is out by Martin Brinkmann on January 30, 2019 in Google Chrome – Last Update: January 31, 2019 – 26 commentsGoogle released Google Chrome 72 to the public on January 30, 2019. The new version of the web browser patches 58 different security vulnerabilities and introduces other changes or fixes.Most Chrome users should get the update automatically as the browser is configured by default to download and install new updates when they become available.  You may run a manual check for updates in desktop versions of Google Chrome by loading chrome://settings/help in the browser’s address bar.Downloads are also available on the official Chrome website; we suggest that you download Chrome offline installers to avoid Net installer issues.The official release notes highlight only the security fixes but make no mention of other changes. The update patches a critical security issue and several issues rated as high.The official changelog — it is huge and will take a while to load — lists other changes that went into Google Chrome 72. Since you may not want to spend hours or even days going through that monster of a changelog, here is a list of important changes found in it:Chrome fixes password manager logic that decides whether password manager is available. Basically, fixes this for proxy.AV1 decoder support is enabled by default. Google removed the flag that controlled it from Chrome 72.The flag chrome://flags/#omnibox-ui-one-click-unelide, if enabled, performs unelision whenever the omnibox is focused, via either keyboard, mouse, or gesture tap.Removed option to set the default polling rate using the GamepadPollingRate flag. Google set it to 250 Hz and states that the flag is no longer necessary because of that.Removed Site Per Process flag from desktop platforms because it is enabled by default and no longer needed.Added replay button to picture-in-picture mode.Android: gesture-nav flag on chrome://flags to enable gesture navigation to go back and forward.Several crash fixes.Chrome developers may want to check out the What’s new in Chrome 72 video on the Google Chrome Developers YouTube channel to find out what is newNow You: did you update to Chrome 72.0 already? Did you spot any major changes?SummaryArticle NameGoogle Chrome 72 Stable is outDescriptionGoogle released Google Chrome 72 to the public on January 30, 2019. The new version of the web browser patches 58 different security vulnerabilities.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

In North Korea war anniversary is climax of antiUS fervor

first_imgBefore attending the “Pyongyang Mass Rally on the Day of the Struggle Against the U.S.,” a carefully orchestrated display of angry speeches, fist-pumping and calls for blood revenge, we toured two sites overflowing with soldiers in olive-green uniforms, schoolchildren wearing their bright red scarves and community groups of every stripe.Both sites were devoted to stories of atrocities, massacres and grisly tortures committed upon the nation, their walls covered by fuzzy black-and-white photos of horrifically mangled bodies, displays of skulls with spikes driven through them and oil paintings of almost cartoonishly fiendish American GIs and crazed Korean “stooges” who collaborated with them.At the Susan-ri Class Education Center, guide Choe Jong Suk, a somber middle-aged woman in a black-and-white traditional gown, gave a well-practiced lecture on the variety of tortures — 110 in all, she said — inflicted on Koreans by the U.S. that, she said, were “worse than the methods of Hitler.”She spoke of a man who was bound to a tree, had his eyes plucked out and was shot 10 times, while drifting in and out of consciousness, after he pledged his allegiance to his country and its leader. Next, she described how another had all of his fingernails and toenails pulled out, then had water saturated with chili pepper poured down his nose. Top Stories SUSAN-RI, North Korea (AP) — June is something like Hate America Month in North Korea.Officially, it’s called “Struggle Against U.S. Imperialism Month” and — more so than usual — it’s a time for North Koreans to swarm to war museums, mobilize for gatherings denouncing the evils of the United States and join in a general, nationwide whipping up of anti-American sentiment.The culmination this year came Thursday — the 65th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War — with a 100,000-strong rally in Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Stadium. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober ___Unlike the Susan-ri center, the Sinchon Museum of American War Atrocities, about an hour’s drive south of Pyongyang, is a major draw for North Koreans and is accustomed to foreign visitors.As we entered, loudspeakers mounted on a minivan blared patriotic speeches at a sea of visitors in the museum’s courtyard. In unison, rows of North Koreans thrust out tightly clenched fists and shouted, “Defend! Defend! Defend!”None, save a few curious elementary school children, who were quickly shooed away by their teachers, looked our way.With museum guides and our own minder constantly beside us, we could not privately ask the North Koreans around us their candid impressions of the United States. Even if we had, it is unlikely they would deviate much from the official line when speaking with an American.Inside, the grisly displays of alleged atrocities were essentially the same as the ones at Susan-ri.According to the North Koreans, about 35,000 people were slaughtered in Sinchon by the U.S. and its collaborators, though non-North Korean historians believe the massacre might have been carried out mostly by local anti-communist vigilantes without direct U.S. participation and that a purge after the city was taken back by the communist forces may have further increased the death toll. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Awaiting us after the official tour was Jong Kun Song — now a guide at the museum — who said he survived the slaughter in October 1950.He told us that after the men of the village were killed, the children were separated from their mothers and kept in an underground pit normally used to store chestnuts in the winter. Before retreating, he said, the U.S. soldiers poured gasoline down the air vents, killing all but three of the children inside.Jong, six years old at the time, said he joined the North Korean army as soon as he was old enough because “I wanted to kill Americans.”“Every anniversary, my hatred only increases,” he added before walking us to our car and politely bidding us good bye. “Our nation must have its revenge. Go tell that to your countrymen.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 0 Comments   Share   Men and women pump their fists in the air and chant “Defend!” as they carry propaganda slogans calling for reunification of their country during the “Pyongyang Mass Rally on the Day of the Struggle Against the U.S.,” attended by approximately 100,000 North Koreans to mark the 65th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War at the Kim Il Sung stadium, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Pyongyang, North Korea. The month of June in North Korea is known as the “Struggle Against U.S. Imperialism Month” and it’s a time for North Koreans to swarm to war museums, mobilize for gatherings denouncing the evils of the United States and join in a general, nationwide whipping up of the anti-American sentiment. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) Though often called the “Forgotten War” in the United States, the 1950-53 Korean War is anything but forgotten in North Korea. As the anti-U.S. fervor reached its crescendo this week, The Associated Press took a look at what North Koreans, who aren’t privy to conflicting versions of the history of the war, are taught about it — and how they are constantly told they “can never trust the American imperialists.”___There is no dispute that the Korean War was particularly brutal, claiming millions of Korean lives, possibly hundreds of thousands of Chinese who were sent to fight with them, and tens of thousands of Americans left dead or missing in action.But the North Korean version of the war, including the claim that it was started by Washington, is radically at odds with that of the United States and often doesn’t even jibe well with documents released over the years by its wartime allies, China and the Soviet Union.For Pyongyang, however, the conflict isn’t just about history.What’s more important to the ruling regime is the official moral of the story — that it was thanks to the wise leadership of the country’s founder, Kim Il Sung, and since then his son Kim Jong Il and now grandson Kim Jong Un, that the country has managed to survive in its struggle against the ever-present threat of the American Goliath. Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Her voice growing more emotional, she moved on to the story of a man who was hung upside down from a gate in the bitter cold of winter and beaten mercilessly. When he refused to die, he was doused in cold water. By morning, he had frozen to death.That man, she said, was her uncle.“I very much did not like the idea of you coming here,” she said, noting that no Americans had ever been allowed to tour the site, which — like other class education centers around the country — is aimed at the domestic audience. As she regained her composure, she led us to a room dominated by a giant oil painting of a naked girl being crushed under a millstone while a GI looked on, smiling.“While forgetting their own atrocities, the United States is in no position to talk about human rights,” she said.That was a message we would hear everywhere we went.It’s the North Korean comeback to calls — orchestrated, in Pyongyang’s eyes, by the U.S. — for leader Kim Jong Un to be brought before an international tribunal for what a U.N. report calls crimes against humanity, citing postwar North Korea’s denial of basic freedoms and systematic repression of dissent within its own country. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The vital role family plays in society Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more