Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme an extraordinary step Sheila Dikshit

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi president Sheila Dikshit welcomed the historic announcement made by Congress president Rahul Gandhi to uplift the living standards of the poorest people in the country through the Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme, which she termed was an “extraordinary step”.Sheila Dikshit expressed her view that Rahul Gandhi made the announcement that under the Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme (Nyuantam Aay Yojna (NYAY)) for 5 crore poorest families of India, i.e 25 crore people, Rs 72,000 per annum would be deposited directly in the bank account of the woman of the family. She said that this scheme will apply both to the Urban and Rural poor families. She said “this is the biggest scheme for the poor by the Congress party” after the highly successful MANREGA. She said that this is probably the world’s first such scheme to ameliorate the woeful condition of the poorest people.last_img read more

Annan welcomes moves by India and Pakistan towards possible summit

“The Secretary-General warmly welcomes the decision of the Indian Government to invite the Chief Executive of Pakistan to come to New Delhi,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement. “He is encouraged that General Musharraf has responded positively to this invitation and hopes that a summit between Prime Minister Vajpayee and General Musharraf would be arranged without undue delay.” Mr. Annan believes, the statement said, that a meeting now at the highest level would further ease tensions in the region and facilitate a resumption of a sustained Indo-Pakistan dialogue, “which is very much in the long-term interests of both countries.”The Secretary-General, who recently visited South Asia and conferred with both leaders, has consistently urged India and Pakistan to resume direct contacts to address outstanding bilateral and regional issues, including Kashmir, the spokesman said. read more

General Assembly President appeals for Olympic Truce ahead of Sochi Games

“I solemnly appeal to all Member States to demonstrate their commitment to the Olympic Truce for the 2014 Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Mr. Ashe said reading his Solemn Appeal at the UN Headquarters in New York. He urged Governments “to undertake concrete actions at the local, national, regional and world levels to promote and strengthen a culture of peace and harmony based on the spirit of the Truce.”The symbolic Truce will start one week before the XXII Olympic Winter Games, due to take place 7 to 23 February, and will run until a week after the closing of the XI Paralympic Winter Games, to be held 7 to 16 March.The ancient Greek tradition of the ekecheiria, or Olympic Truce, was born in the eighth century BC “to encourage a peaceful environment and ensure safe passage, access and participation for athletes and relevant persons at the Games, thereby mobilizing the youth of the world to the cause of peace.”“I also call upon all warring parties of current armed conflicts around the world to boldly agree to true mutual ceasefires for the duration of the Olympic Truce, thus providing an opportunity to settle disputes peacefully,” Mr. Ashe said, adding that the UN flag will fly at the Olympic Park.Mr. Ashe today follows a tradition that starting in 1994, when Assembly Presidents began making a Solemn Appeal for the observance of a truce during the Winter and Summer Games. Since 2006, the appeal was also made for the subsequent Paralympic Games.In November, the 193-Member Assembly underlined the importance of cooperating to “collectively implement the values of the Olympic truce around the world.”In a resolution adopted by consensus, the Assembly agreed to “cooperate with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee in their efforts to use sport as a tool to promote peace, dialogue and reconciliation in areas of conflict during and beyond” the holding of the Games.At that time, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the Assembly’s resolution and urged all countries to transform it into action by pressing for an end to all hostilities during the Olympic Games and by promoting the spirit of the Truce throughout the year. read more

Rio Tintos debut Amrun bauxite shipment sets sail

first_imgRio Tinto has completed the first shipment of bauxite from its Amrun mine in Queensland, Australia, six weeks ahead of schedule.At a ceremony on the Western Cape York Peninsula in the far north of Queensland, more than 80,000 t of bauxite was loaded on to the RTM Weipa bound for Rio’s Yarwun alumina refinery in Gladstone.The US$1.9 billion (A$2.6 billion) investment in Amrun is aimed at replacing production from the depleting East Weipa mine and increasing annual bauxite exports by around 10 Mt. Amrun is expected to reach a full production rate of 22.8 Mt/y during 2019.Rio Tinto Aluminium chief executive Alf Barrios said: “Bringing Amrun online further strengthens our position as a leading supplier in the seaborne market. We have the largest bauxite resources in the industry and are geographically well positioned to supply China’s significant future import needs, as well as supporting our refinery and smelting operations in Australia and New Zealand.”The mining major was able to bring Amrun in ahead of schedule thanks, in part, to an innovation in design and fabrication of key infrastructure purpose-built for construction at Amrun’s remote location, according to Rio Tinto Growth & Innovation Group Executive Stephen McIntosh.This included design and fabrication of the wharf on the Western Cape York Peninsula, which was constructed over water in essentially 13 pieces.During construction, the Amrun development set a benchmark in supporting local and regional suppliers with US$1.6 billion invested with Australian companies, including $181 million with local Cape York companies, Rio said.last_img read more

Pixel Press lets you create a mobile game on a sheet of

first_imgCreating a game regardless of the platform you are targeting is still a relatively difficult task. One of the easiest ways in is to use software like Scratch, Construct, or GameMaker Studio, but even then there’s some logic or programming required, you need to source or create your artwork and audio, and then build and test the game. For anyone new to game development or who just wants to experiment, it can be quite a daunting task.Robin Rath aims to take the pain out of creating games with his new Kickstarter called Pixel Press. What Pixel Press does is allow you to create a game using nothing more than a pencil and sheet of paper. You draw the game, and the Pixel Press app does the rest and turns it into a full game playable on iOS and Android devices.Pixel Press consists of a pre-drawn grid you print out and draw on. Following a set of simple rules, you can construct levels for a platform game that has fixed and moving platforms, obstacles such as water pits, and even fireballs that shoot up and try and kill the player.All of this in-game action is governed simply by the shapes and marks drawn on the sheet of paper. Once you are happy with your drawn level you use your iOS device’s camera to capture it and feed it into the Pixel Press app. You can then set about choosing color schemes and the overall look of your game before getting to play it, and you can even create and upload your own art assets if you are so inclined.The whole process is super simple going on what the video shows above, and it sounds like a great way to get kids interested in game making. One final feature which is sure to get kids interested is the ability to share your creations with other users, so someone else with an iPad, for example, can download and play your levels.Rath has set a target of $100,000 for the Kickstarter to be successful, and he’s already nearing $30,000 with 24 days still to go.last_img read more

Truly shocking There are now 9846 homeless people in Ireland

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cormac Fitzgerald 86 Comments Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 3:50 PM File photo of tents along the Royal Canal. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Minister you should be ashamed. You should be ashamed that you’re failingLabour housing spokesperson Jan O’Sullivan called the numbers “truly shocking”. Short URL http://jrnl.ie/4097015 24,358 Views Share3503 Tweet Email3 THE NUMBER OF homeless people living in emergency accommodation in Ireland rose by almost 200 people last month.Emergency accommodation figures for May show that there are now collectively 9,846 homeless people living in homeless shelters or hotels across Ireland.The number of homeless adults rose by 57 in May to 6,020. These 57 adults were all located in Dublin.There was also an increase of 12 families and 137 children in May. The number of homeless children in Ireland is now 3,826.In Dublin – where the issue is by far at its worst – the number of homeless families dropped by 14, but the number of children rose by 76.No families were removed from the figures over the so-called “categorisation issue”, which has resulted in to date about 900 adults and children being removed from the monthly count.Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has said that the families in these situations were in “homes”. This is despite criticism levelled at the Department by opposition TDs as well as charity officials over the removal of families from the monthly figures.Dublin City Council assistant chief executive Brendan Kenny has also said that these families were “still homeless”, despite being removed from the figures.“Stabilisation” Commenting on the figures, Minister Murphy said that any increase in people in emergency accommodation is “very disappointing”, but said that the figures pointed to a continuation of the “stabilisation” that had been seen in recent months.“Family homelessness has always been more of a pronounced problem in Dublin than in the rest of the country, so it is encouraging that the numbers of families accessing emergency accommodation in May fell,” he said.The Minister referenced two recently published homeless reports and said that he would be bringing forward policy responses based on them “as a matter of priority”.He also said he would be holding a Housing Summit next week, on 3 July, with the heads of chief executives of each local authority where they would discuss how to tackle the issue.The latest figures are being discussed in the Dáil currently.Fianna Fáil’s children spokesperson Anne Rabbitte said that the number of homeless children in Ireland was “wrong”.“I never play politics on it minister, I don’t criticise but it is wrong. It is wrong and I’m not saying it solely lies at your door,” she said.Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin said that he was “ashamed to be a member of the Dáil”, as it was “presiding over the single biggest rise in child homelessness on record”. File photo of tents along the Royal Canal. Jun 28th 2018, 3:50 PM ‘Truly shocking’: There are now 9,846 homeless people in Ireland The number of homeless adults rose by 57 in May to 6,020. These 57 adults were all located in Dublin.last_img read more

Cracks emerge in Trumps campaign promise on immigration

first_imgWASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s tough-talking plan to rein in illegal immigration showed signs Sunday of cracking, with the president-elect backing off his vow to build a solid wall along the southern U.S. border and House Speaker Paul Ryan rejecting any “deportation force” targeting people in the country illegally.After Trump told CBS’ “60 Minutes” that his border wall might look more like a fence in spots, the combative billionaire took to Twitter to settle some scores.During a four-hour spree, Trump savaged the New York Times and gloated about the GOP stalwarts lining up to congratulate him, bragging that staunch critics and GOP rivals John Kasich, Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush had sent attaboys. Former presidents George W. and George H.W. Bush also had sent their “best wishes on the win. Very nice!” The New York Times, Trump wrote to his 14 million followers, is “dishonest” and “highly inaccurate.”As Trump revenge-tweeted, threats flew between power brokers, and protests across the country continued.The president-elect retreated from the campaign promise that had inspired his supporters chant “Build the wall!” at Trump’s massive campaign rallies.Would he accept a fence in some spots on the border? In an interview to be aired Sunday, Trump told “60 Minutes”: “For certain areas, I would, but certain areas, a wall is more appropriate. There could be some fencing.”Excerpts of the interview were released in advance.Trump also had vowed to immediately deport all 11 million people in the country illegally. But in the interview, he said he’s focusing first on ousting or incarcerating 2 million to 3 million “that are criminals and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers.” Trump emphasized that securing the border is his very first immigration priority.last_img read more

Beaverton cop pleads not guilty to child rape charge

first_imgA Beaverton, Ore., police officer pleaded not guilty to a child rape charge this morning in Clark County Superior Court.Christopher R. Warren, 33, of Vancouver, stands accused of first-degree rape of a child. The alleged victim is a 5-year-old relative.He has retained two attorneys, Louis Byrd of Vancouver and Ernest Warren of Portland, and is free on $250,000 bail.His trial is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 19.Friends and family rallied around Warren after he was arrested at his home in central Vancouver.“The justice system is broken,” Thomas Taylor, one of Warren’s high school friends, told reporters outside the courtroom.Taylor, of Portland, said friends and family have a website to support Warren at christopherwarrentruthbetold.wordpress.com.Warren remains on paid administrative leave from his police job. He was temporarily relieved from duty in April, when he was arrested in Washington County, Ore., on suspicion of misusing food stamps.Court records indicate the child’s mother alerted Vancouver police that the child had disclosed that Warren had fondled the child’s genital area during a bath. In a May 14 interview at Clark County Children’s Justice Center, the child said that Warren also had penetrated the child’s private parts with a pencil, according to a probable cause affidavit.This isn’t the first time the officer has been accused of such a crime.Warren was put on paid leave in 2010 while Multnomah County and Washington County authorities investigated allegations that he failed to report suspected child abuse about six years ago involving a friend, The Oregonian reported. The friend, Sugar Ray Black, was convicted earlier in 2010 of sexually abusing three other girls who were 14 or younger.That same year, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office also investigated separate claims that Warren had molested a minor girl when he was 17, according to the newspaper.Prosecutors did not charge Warren with a crime because the victim declined to cooperate, the newspaper reported.last_img read more

Democrats Add New Members to House Armed Services Panel

first_imgHouse leaders released the names of 15 members joining the Armed Services Committee, which will be chaired by Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.).The new Democratic members are Reps. Gil Cisneros (Calif.), Jason Crow (Colo.), Veronica Escobar (Texas), Jared Golden (Maine), Deb Haaland (N.M.), Katie Hill (Calif.), Kendra Horn (Okla.), Chrissy Houlahan (Pa.), William Keating (Mass.), Andy Kim (N.J.), Elaine Luria (Va.), Mikie Sherrill (N.J.), Elissa Slotkin (Mich.), Xochitl Torres Small (N.M.), Lori Trahan (Mass.) and Filemon Vela (Texas)More Democrats will be added, including some members who served on the committee in the previous Congress.Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Calif.), the panel’s former chair, will be the top Republican on the committee. Other Republican committee members have not been announced. ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

2018 TOWN ELECTION Eaton Leads The Pack In Fundraising Several Candidates Choose

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA – Each candidate for public office in Wilmington is required to submit a pre-election campaign finance report to the Town Clerk’s Office.Please note the following totals are as of April 10, 2018, so it is possible (perhaps likely) additional funds have since been raised and spent. Those numbers will be captured in the post-election campaign finance report due 30 days after the election.Selectmen’s RaceSelectman candidate Jonathan Eaton raised, by far, the most amount of money of any candidate in any race.According to Eaton’s Campaign Finance Report, he collected $3,552 in campaign contributions from 32 donors. He spent $2,864.00 in campaign expenses. Major expenses included $1,242 for lawn signs via Winbrook, $417 for a newspaper insert via VistaPrint, and $321 for renting the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall for a campaign rally.Donors to Eaton’s campaign include the following public officials: Selectman Mike Champoux ($100), Selectman Greg Bendel ($50), Selectman Kevin Caira ($50), Selectman Ed Loud ($50), School Committee Chair Steve Bjork ($40), Town Moderator Rob Peterson ($50), Finance Committee Chair Theresa Manganelli ($50), Finance Committee member John Doherty ($100), and Planning Board member Randi Holland ($15).   The majority of these donations were received on March 16, which was the date of Eaton’s campaign rally.Also of note, Eaton ($500), Eaton’s father ($500), Eaton’s former law partner & current colleague ($500), Eaton’s brother ($100), and Eaton’s sister-in-law ($100) also contributed to the campaign.“It has been no secret that many dedicated town and community volunteers have decided to support me in becoming the next selectman. I believe that speaks to my experience, my demeanor, my involvement in the community, and my ability to thoughtfully solve problems,” Eaton tells Wilmington Apple. “While it is humbling to receive the support of town officials, by no means would that ever affect any vote that I may have as a member of the Board of Selectmen.”According to Fasulo’s Campaign Finance Report, he did not collect money from any campaign donors.  He spent $1,206.24 in campaign expenses, including lawn signs.School Committee RaceDavid Ragsdale appears to have raised the most money of any School Committee candidate.According to his campaign finance report, Ragsdale collected $1,500 in campaign contributions — a $1,000 donation from his parents and a $500 donation he made to himself. He spent $1,220.00 in campaign expenses. Major expenses included $721.44 for postcards and posters via Connolly Printing and $401.63 for lawn signs via Connolly Printing.According to her campaign finance report, MJ Byrnes received and spent no money so far this election cycle.The Town Clerk’s Office did not provide the campaign finance report for Jesse Fennelly.  Fennelly tells Wilmington Apple he did submit a report, but that the Town Clerk’s Office may still be working through some questions surrounding it.Town Moderator’s RaceAccording to his campaign finance report, Town Moderator Rob Peterson Jr. collected no contributions and spent $871.78 In expenses. All expenses went towards lawn signs via Connolly Printing.The Town Clerk’s Office did not provide the campaign finance report for Kevin MacDonald. Its status is unknown.Uncontested RacesAccording to their campaign finance reports, both incumbents James Gillis (Shawsheen Tech School Committee) and Robert DiPasquale (Housing Authority) collected and spent no money this campaign season. Both have no funds in their campaign accounts leftover from prior cycles.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Candidates File New Campaign Finance ReportsIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Mark Kratman Raises More Money From Donors Than His 4 Primary Opponents COMBINEDIn “Government”last_img read more

Women more affected by kidney diseases

first_imgPhoto : BssWomen are more affected by Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) than men due to negligence and social barriers, experts said.`Some studies revealed that women are more vulnerable to kidney disease than men; the disease is more likely to develop among women compared to men’, Director of the National Institute of Kidney Diseases and Urology (NIKDU) professor Nurul Huda Lenin told BSS on Wednesday.Referring to a data of `Global Prevalence of CKD – A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis’, he said the rate of kidney disease among women is 14 per cent while 12 per cent among men, adding the number of women being conducted dialysis is lower than men.CKD is a worldwide public health problem with adverse outcomes of kidney failure and premature death.Professor Lenin said at least three major reasons are responsible for getting CKD among women — negligence, social barriers and lack of awareness. According to Bangladesh Kidney Foundation, over 10 million people have been now suffering from kidney disease in the country. Nearly 160,000 kidney patients, who are in serious condition, have to undergo regular dialysis every week.About 195 million women are affected by CKD in the world and it is currently the 8th leading cause of death among women with around 600,000 people dies of this disease each year.The number of diabetes and high blood pressure patients are rising in the country for various reasons, including bad food habit and uncontrolled lifestyle, said professor Harun Ur Rashid, president of Bangladesh Kidney Foundation, adding many of them get kidney disease at some stage. The symptoms of kidney diseases might not be noticeable until the last stage, it is important to know the risk factors and conduct medical test regularly, he suggested.The country, however, would celebrate the World Kidney Day and the International Women’s Day 2018 tomorrow, Thursday as these two special days are going to be observed on the same day, offering the opportunity to reflect on women’s health specifically their kidney health.The World Kidney Day-2018 with the theme of `Kidneys and Women’s Health: Include, Value, Empower promotes affordable and equitable access to health education, healthcare and prevention of kidney diseases for all women and girls in the world.last_img

Syria strikes what we know

first_imgA photo taken in the early hours of April 14, 2018 shows people arriving at a mosque in Damascus` Mazze neighbourhood for the daybreak Muslim prayer, following strikes by the US, France, and Britain against the Syrian government. Photo : AFPThe United States, Britain and France launched strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack after mulling military action for nearly a week.TargetsThe strikes were aimed at “chemical weapons infrastructure” in what the US billed as a warning against Assad employing such weapons in the future — a warning he has not heeded in the past.They targeted a scientific research facility in the Damascus area, a chemical weapons storage facility west of the city of Homs and a third location that contained both a command post and a chemical weapons equipment storage facility in the same area, the US military said.AFP’s correspondent in Damascus said several consecutive blasts were heard at 4:00 am (0100 GMT), followed by the sound of airplanes overhead. Smoke could be seen rising from the northern and eastern edges of the capital.British jets struck “a former missile base… where the regime is assessed to keep chemical weapon precursors,” the country’s defense ministry said, while France said the military action was aimed at “the secret chemical arsenal of the Syrian regime.”The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said that “scientific research centers” and “several military bases” were hit in the strikes.Assets involvedUS, British and French “naval and air assets” took part in the strikes, which US defense chief James Mattis said employed more than twice the amount of munitions used in American strikes in Syria last year, in which 59 Tomahawk missiles were fired.Britain’s defense ministry said that four Tornado jets fired Storm Shadow missiles, while the French defense ministry released video footage of Rafale warplanes taking off to carry out the strikes.The US reportedly used B-1 bombers in the strikes, but the American military declined to provide specifics.ReactionSyria fired surface-to-air missiles in response to the attacks but Russia apparently did not, the US said, despite a threat from the country’s ambassador to Lebanon that Moscow’s forces would do so.Syrian state news termed the strikes “a flagrant violation of international law” and said the intervention “is doomed to fail.”Russia’s foreign ministry said the strikes came as Syria — which has been wracked by seven years of civil war — had “a chance of a peaceful future,” while Moscow’s ambassador to Washington warned of unspecified “consequences”.And opposition American Democratic lawmakers warned that any broader military campaign required authorization from Congress, as well as a well-formulated strategic vision.last_img

HISD Considers Rebuilding Four Elementary Schools

first_img Share HISDThe Houston Independent School District Board of Education on December 14, 2017 will consider a plan to rebuild four elementary schools that sustained the most severe flood damage as a result of Hurricane Harvey.Facilities assessments of the four elementary schools  — Braeburn, Scarborough, Kolter, and Mitchell — found significant property damage, as well as a strong need to raise the elevation of the buildings to prevent potential future flood damage.According to a statement from HISD, The cost to replace the four schools is estimated at $126 million. It would be funded by a combination of Operations reserves and Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) funds.“Based on the catastrophic flood damage and the elevation increase each campus would need to prevent future flooding, we’ve decided that the best use of HISD resources is to rebuild these four buildings,” HISD Chief Operating Officer Brian Busby said in a statement. “These are identical campuses that were all built the same year. Now they will be rebuilt to better handle any potential future flooding.”The first day of the 2017-2018 school year for HISD initially was planned for Monday, Aug. 28, but that start date was delayed as a result of flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Most HISD schools opened on Sept. 11, but some — such as the four above — were further delayed or even relocated to temporary campuses as crews worked to repair buildings that sustained the most significant damage during the storm.The proposal going before trustees calls for the four schools to be demolished and rebuilt at their current sites. The plan would require the students and staff to remain in their current temporary locations until new facilities can be reconstructed at their original location.If the plan is approved by the board, the four schools could be completed and open to students as early as 2020.Three additional HISD schools — Robinson and Hilliard elementary schools and Liberty High School — also were relocated as a result of damages sustained during Hurricane Harvey.Renovations at the original Robinson Elementary are wrapping up this month, and students are expected to return to their home campus when they return from winter break. Renovations at Hilliard are ongoing. District officials opted to renovate both schools because of the age and sustainability of both buildings.Liberty High School had been located in a facility leased but not owned by HISD. The school was temporarily relocated to Sharpstown International School. District administrators now are reviewing long-term relocation options for the campus.last_img read more

Empowering women through self defence

first_imgWomen’s safety has emerged as a major concern all over the world, especially in our country. To combat this grave issue and to take on The Imperial’s commitment to women’s safety, the hotel joined hands with Delhi Police’s Parivartan program for a ‘Self Defense Training’, to train the hotel’s women associates and empower them with techniques of safeguarding themselves in challenging situations. The training which was organised after 4 years in the hotel since the last one conducted in 2014, aimed at developing skills and confidence in the ladies to knock out when the need arises. The Delhi Police instructors taught not only the techniques but also the approach and the methodology to defend oneself in completely adrenalized situations. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe finale culminated 15 days training by the Parivartan team of Delhi Police and saw the presence of ACP Shashi Bala Kaushik, under whose aegis the training was conducted, Chief Guest- Addl DCP Kumar Gyanesh who enlightened the role of Delhi Police for women’s safety, Inspector Mahesh Chandra, the respective instructors, senior management and associates of The Imperial. The energy and the excitement of The Imperial women was soaring high as they demonstrated defense techniques like hand to hand combat moves, knocking an opponent to the ground and leg sweeps, handling a situation when one is grabbed by an attacker and more. A few also shared their thoughts on their journey, the skills they imbibed and the confidence they have now to handle adversities, appreciating their mentors from Delhi Police. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveVijay Wanchoo, Senior Executive Vice President and General Manager, The Imperial, New Delhi, shared his thoughts on the training and said, “With an undoubted need for the security of women in the existing social scenario, The Imperial with Delhi Police initiated the self-defense training with Delhi Police for a period of 15 days this year. The training has instilled not only the right skills and confidence in them but has ensured their safety at all times. I am highly grateful to Delhi Police for lending their support in making this true by appointing their best of trainers since they have played a pivotal role in making our women aware of their strengths and capabilities. I am sure they are now better equipped to protect themselves in violent situations.”The finale witnessed Delhi Police honoring all the participants with certificates while The Imperial felicitated the Delhi Police officials for their wholehearted support in organizing this exclusive workshop.last_img read more

New Planet Discovered which is Strangely Similar to Spocks Vulcan

first_img“Logical. Flawlessly logical.” That is what Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, played by Leonard Nimoy, might have said in response to an intriguing discovery in outer space. Astronomers have found an “exoplanet” that they say is reminiscent of the fictional planet Vulcan.It’s orbiting a star in a system that is 16 light years from our own planet Earth.Leonard Nimoy. Photo by Gage Skidmore CC BY 2.0In the series and films, it was firmly established that Vulcans and Earth inhabitants enjoyed a special bond. In one of the films, the nefarious Borg travel back in time to prevent the first Vulcan space ship from landing on our world and offering friendship.The Dharma Planet Survey, in a new study led by University of Florida (UF) astronomer Jian Ge and a team that includes Tennessee State University (TSU) astronomers Matthew Muterspaugh and Gregory Henry, has “discovered” the planet Vulcan.Artist rendition of the planet found around 40 Eridani A (University of Florida).“The new planet is a ‘super-Earth’ orbiting the star HD 26965, which is only 16 light years from Earth, making it the closest super-Earth orbiting another Sun-like star,” says Ge in UF News. “The planet is roughly twice the size of Earth and orbits its star with a 42-day period just inside the star’s optimal habitable zone.”Super-Earths have a mass that is far greater than that of Earth but smaller than that of other gigantic, gaseous planets. This newly found one’s mass is twice that of our home planet and it orbits its host star “with a 42-day period just inside the star’s optimal habitable zone,” said Ge.Photo of Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock from the television series Star Trek.The discovery was made using the Dharma Endowment Foundation Telescope (DEFT), a 50-inch telescope that is mounted on top of Mount Lemmon in Arizona. The planet is the first “super-Earth” detected by the Dharma Survey.It’s being compared to the fictional Vulcan because Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, once said the star HD 26965, also known as 40 Eridani A, was the ideal home system for Spock.In 1991, Roddenberry and several Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics astronomers wrote in a “letter to the editor” in Sky and Telescope that 40 Eridani A would be the perfect one for Vulcan.Gene Roddenberry in 1971.“Presumably Vulcan orbits the primary star, an orange main-sequence dwarf of spectral type K1. … Two companion stars — a 9th magnitude white dwarf and an 11th magnitude red dwarf — orbit each other about 400 astronomical units from the primary. They would gleam brilliantly in the Vulcan sky,” they wrote in the letter.The newly found planet is situated at the exact place where Roddenberry and the astronomers had imagined Vulcan to be.Vulcan hz-590According to the Daily Galaxy, “Star Trek fans may know the star HD 26965 by its alternative moniker, 40 Eridani A,” says Henry, who collected precise brightness measurements of the star at TSU’s observatory needed to verify the presence of the planet. “Vulcan was connected to 40 Eridani A in the publications Star Trek 2 by James Blish and Star Trek Maps by Jeff Maynard,” explains Henry.40 Eridani. Photo by CC BY-SA 3.0This star can be seen with the naked eye, unlike the host stars of most of the planets that astronomers have discovered. “Now anyone can see 40 Eridani on a clear night and be proud to point out Spock’s home,” says Bo Ma,  the first author of the paper just published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.Captain James Kirk (William Shatner) and Doctor McCoy (DeForest Kelley) visit Vulcan along with Spock for one of the best loved episodes of the original series, “Amok Time,” which aired in 1967.Spock, Kirk, and the Enterprise.In it Spock must return to Vulcan “or die” to choose his mate, because of “Vulcan biology,” or as a bemused Kirk describes it, “the birds and the bees.”Spock’s mate is his wife-by-arranged marriage, T’Pring (Arlene Martel), who decides to pit Spock against Kirk in a fight to the death for her own nefarious reasons.Officiating over this battle is the autocratic T’Pau, played by Celia Lovsky, a distinguished Austrian actress at one time married to Peter Lorre.As soon as the trio from the Starship Enterprise beams down, McCoy, reacting to the heat, says, “Yeah. ‘Hot as Vulcan.’ Now I understand what that phrase means.”Read another story from us: Capt. Picard is Back! Sir Patrick Stewart Announces Return to “Star Trek” UniverseIn the first Star Trek reboot, which was released in 2009, director J. J. Abrams blew up the entire planet Vulcan, killing millions of people and sparing only Mr. Spock and a few others.It was a move that did not sit well with fans of the classic series.last_img read more

New Caledonia eyes Aussie market

first_imgProximity and culture wooing Aussies. Australians are high on the priority list for New Caledonia’s tourism leaders, as the destination readjusts its focus to develop strong and sustainable tourism.Speaking to e-Travel Blackboard at last night’s Soiree Seminar in Sydney, New Caledonia president of the southern province and chairwoman of the tourism board, Cynthia Ligeard explained although mining was the country’s main resource, the government was now making tourism a priority, with a particular focus in building a sustainable sector to preserve the destination’s unspoiled scenery.Placing Aussies at the top of the market list, Ms Ligeard said the destination had seen “significant growth” from the Australian market, but expects proximity and difference in culture to play a key role in attracting more Australians to the destination.“We can offer summer in winter in just a couple of hours,” she noted.“And we also offer a different culture, the French culture without going to Europe.“We have what the Pacific Islands have plus more.”Following closely behind Australians, Ms Ligeard said New Zealand was also a market of interest for New Caledonia as well as Japan.For more information click back onto e-Travel Blackboard tomorrow, otherwise click here to see pictures from last night’s Soiree Seminar in Sydney.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: NJ read more

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