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Madhya Pradesh’s Congress government slaps NSA on three men accused of cow slaughterMadhya Pradesh’s Congress government slaps NSA on three men accused of cow slaughter

first_imgThe administration of Khargone district in Madhya Pradesh invoked the National Security Act (NSA) against three people arrested in connection with alleged cow slaughter near Moghat village four days ago, officials said.“We received information four days ago that a few people were involved in cow slaughter near Moghat. When the police arrived, the accused fled from the spot. The police team found the carcasses,” Khandwa Superintendent of Police Siddharth Bahuguna said.The police said they had reached the spot based on a tip-off that they had received.The police passed on the information to the district administration, which asked the police to invoke the NSA against the accused. After an investigation, Raju, Shakil and Azam were arrested, the police said.last_img

From MoUs, Punjab to shift focus on actual investmentsFrom MoUs, Punjab to shift focus on actual investments

first_imgIn a paradigm shift from the past, the Punjab government has decided do focus on execution of concrete investment proposals instead of just entering into agreements and statements of intent as the State prepares to hold an investors’ summit in the first week of December.“We have done a paradigm shift, in the past there used to be focus on the MoUs, which was fine when investment promotion agency was still young. But it has now matured and therefore, we believe that we should go beyond just looking at statements of intent into concrete proposals. We are now looking at actual investments. So the investor should have a project ready for implementation. In the past two-and-a-half years the State has seen an investment of over ₹50,000 crore,” Additional Chief Secretary Industries-Commerce Vini Mahajan told The Hindu.Punjab is organising the Progressive Punjab Investors’ Summit on December 5 and 6 surrounding the theme “Building Partnerships for Inclusive Growth – MSMEs in the Global Value Chain”. MSME unitsThe event is expected to see participation from leading industrialists, new-age entrepreneurs, foreign missions and dignitaries. The summit intends to provide a platform to experience the success story of Punjab and explore investment opportunities offered by the State.“Our focus this time is on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) as it is the backbone of the State’s industry. The MSMEs are our strength as they generate largest number of employment, which is close to 1.76 lakh till October 2019. The intent is to bring global players and local industry on the same platform to promote business-to-business contacts,” Ms. Mahajan said.The event aims to highlight that Punjab houses robust MSME units in numerous sectors which can be vendors-partners of the international clients looking for ancillary units to support their global value chains.“We are partnering with Japan, UAE, U.K. and Germany as we see many mutually benefiting collaborations with industry based out of Punjab. Many international players from these nations have already expressed their interest in increasing investment in the State,” she said.“Punjab was among the first to not only identify MSMEs as the key engine of economic growth and employment but also undertake several structured reforms and create supportive infrastructure to support their holistic growth and development in the past two years,” she said.last_img read more

Former CWG OC chief Suresh Kalmadi asks for JPC probe into Games scamFormer CWG OC chief Suresh Kalmadi asks for JPC probe into Games scam

first_imgFormer Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi.Sacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Sunday demanded a JPC probe into all issues relating to the mega sporting event amid reports that CBI has tracked an email alleging that he got kickbacks.In a statement on the eve of the start of the Budget Session of Parliament, an embattled Kalmadi said he would resign as Member of Parliament in case any proof of him having taken even a single rupee surfaces.Kalmadi also said he was “deeply pained and constrained” at the “malicious campaign” going against him regarding Commonwealth Games 2010. “The stories going around are far from actual facts,” he said.”Were the government to agree to constitution of a JPC into the 2G Spectrum issue it would only be fair a similar process of Joint Parliamentary Committee should go into the entire range of issues connected with preparations, executions and conduct of the Commonwealth Games. I am confident that this would enable the entire truth to emerge in the public domain,” said Kalmadi.According to reports, the CBI probing the corruption trail in the Commonwealth Games has tracked an email that, its officials say, is the first specific allegation of kickbacks paid to Kalmadi.”I can vouch that I have not gained financially even a single rupee out of these games and if proved otherwise I am prepared to step down as a Member of Parliament,” Kalmadi said.The IOA president, who is an MP from Pune, reiterated his oft-repeated claim that the OC budget was a very small amount of the total fund sanctioned for the Commonwealth Games.advertisement”The OC budget for conducting the Games was just about 5 per cent of the total budget of CWG. In spite of this, I am the only one who have been singled out and targeted for investigations while the role of all other government agencies including Delhi Government and various other Central Government instrumental agencies connected with the decision making process, who have been associated with 95 per cent of the budget, have been completely overlooked,” Kalmadi said.”The sports fraternity — from athletes to officials and international media — have lauded the success of the Games and termed it the best ever CWG. Yet, my reputation has been greatly harmed by the continuous allegations of wrong doing with regular media bashing.”It is a well known fact that even though the games were awarded in 2003, the actual work towards the games started somewhere in 2008, with the paucity of time on one side and reputation of country on the other side, there were pressures to complete and achieve target and deadline of 3 October 2010,”said Kalmadi.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

New coach must understand Indian culture, says MS DhoniNew coach must understand Indian culture, says MS Dhoni

first_imgIndia’s next cricket coach should have a clear understanding of the country’s diverse culture, limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Tuesday.India have been without a full-time coach since Ravi Shastri’s two-year tenure as team director ended with the hosts’ defeat in the semi-finals of this year’s World Twenty20. (MS Dhoni sidesteps captaincy debate ahead of Zimbabwe tour )In the advertisement for the coach’s job, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) said the ability to communicate in an Indian language was desirable but not mandatory.”We do not face much problem with communication,” Dhoni told reporters on the eve of the Indian team’s departure for a limited-overs series in Zimbabwe.”With the players coming in these days, English I don’t think is a big barrier. There are also other players who take the initiative to help anybody in the team who does not understand.”SHASTRI, PATIL IN RACEPlayers in the Indian team often come from different parts of the country, speaking different languages and having diverse cultures.Former team-mates Shastri and Sandeep Patil have applied for the position with New Zealand ex-captain Daniel Vettori’s name also in the frame for one of the most demanding jobs in international cricket. (Ravi Shastri joins the race for India’s head coach )The BCCI has put assistant coach Sanjay Bangar in charge for the tour of Zimbabwe beginning on Saturday.”What’s important is what the team require. We need to select the best that is available,” said Dhoni, who has led India to both the 50-over and Twenty20 World Cup titles.advertisement”A number of international coaches have a problem with the amount of cricket that we play in a year keeping in mind the family commitments and other factors,” Dhoni said.”One of the most important thing I believe is he should understand our culture. More than the language, one who understands our upbringing and culture will be better with us,” he added.”The coaches who have understood us in the past… we have seen the difference on the field.”Dhoni had formed a formidable partnership with South African coach Gary Kirsten and the duo led India to the top of the World test rankings while also winning the 2011 50-over World Cup at home.New Zealander John Wright was also a successful coach for India.Like Shastri, Patil is also eyeing a second spell in charge of the team, having coached them in 1996.Patil has also coached Kenya, guiding them to the 2003 World Cup semi-finals, and Oman. Test captain Virat Kohli last month said he had a chat with his Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Vettori regarding the job.The BCCI has formed a cricket advisory committee comprising former players Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman who are expected to pick a new coach before the team’s tour of West Indies beginning on July 6.last_img read more

Hyderabad to host start up conclave on August 26Hyderabad to host start up conclave on August 26

first_imgHyderabad, Aug 22 (PTI) Entrepreneurship opportunities in sports, along with others, would be debated at a start up conclave to be held here on August 26 and 27.The fifth edition of August Fest would have two events — Scale Up festival and the Sports Carnival. Over 60 business leaders and sports personalities are expected to speak at the events and ten workshops will be held, Adi Vemuru, one of the organisers, told reporters here today.Seasoned shuttler Jwala Gutta said such events are needed to establish an eco-system for sports to take a major leap.Telangana IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan said the August Fest, into its fifth year, would provide guidance to start up enthusiasts.The state government would promote start ups, he said.There are opportunities for start ups in sports as well with competitive leagues coming up in different sports, he added. PTI SJR RS NSK RDSlast_img read more

Howrah duo Pranab Bardhan and Shibnath Sarkar win gold in Asian GamesHowrah duo Pranab Bardhan and Shibnath Sarkar win gold in Asian Games

first_imgThe duo from Howrah bagged a gold medal in the 18th Asian Games in Bridge competition on Saturday.Pranab Bardhan (60) and Shibnath Sarkar (56) topped the points table in the men’s pair event with 384 points.Celebrations have already begun at their hometown and the locals are rejoicing.”We have already started celebrations after hearing the news, and it will continue till they return back home,” a resident and neighbour of Shibnath Sarkar said.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSLixin Yang and Gang Chen, the Chinese pair won the silver medal scoring 378.They were followed by the Indonesian Combo of Henry Lasut and Freddy Eddy Manoppo with bronze scoring 374.Another duo from Bengal, Sumit Mukherjee and Debabrata Majumdar, residents of Birati, Kolkata finished in ninth place with a score of 333.India rank in the top 8 National Olympic Committee with 15 gold, 24 silver and 29 bronze.With this Bengal has registered a name in the game of Bridge also and this time with players who are not struggling in their teenage but on the verge of turning senior citizens.(With input from Suman Adak and Baidyanath Jha in Howrah)last_img read more

Ohio State Received This Anonymous Tip About Zach SmithOhio State Received This Anonymous Tip About Zach Smith

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)New documents regarding Ohio State’s investigation into head coach Urban Meyer and his handling of domestic violence allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith were released today.The new documents don’t appear to reveal any pertinent new information, but they do provide more context for everything that was going on.You can view the full summary of the new release here.Included in the new documents is an anonymous tip Ohio State received about Smith in August.Here’s the email Ohio State received:On Aug. 19, OSU investigators got an anonymous tip from someone describing how Zach Smith blew off the treatment program where he was sent in 2015. pic.twitter.com/hRe9vizObV— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) August 28, 2018Ohio State fired Zach Smith this past July.Urban Meyer has received a three-game suspension as a result of the investigation. Athletic director Gene Smith received a two-week suspension.Correction: An earlier version of this post said Ohio State received the anonymous tip in 2015. The tip was received in August 2018 but it concerned events in 2015.last_img read more

239 Net Billing Licences Issued Since April 2016239 Net Billing Licences Issued Since April 2016

first_img Net billing allows consumers to sell their excess electricity generated from renewable energy sources to the national power grid. Dr. Wheatley said the total capacity that has been allocated by way of net billing licences from April 11, 2016 to present is 5.421 megawatts of energy. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says 239 net billing licences have been issued since the pilot programme resumed in April 2016. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says 239 net billing licences have been issued since the pilot programme resumed in April 2016.He made the disclosure during the sitting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 20), in response to questions posed by Leader of Opposition Business in the Lower House, Phillip Paulwell.Dr. Wheatley said the total capacity that has been allocated by way of net billing licences from April 11, 2016 to present is 5.421 megawatts of energy.Net billing allows consumers to sell their excess electricity generated from renewable energy sources to the national power grid.A total of 570 licences have been issued from the commencement of the net billing pilot programme up to January 2016.As of January 1, 2017, the Ministry assumed the administration of net billing licences.An Energy Licensing office, which is the entry point for applications, auxiliary connections and electric power wheeling licences, was also established.Meanwhile, Dr. Wheatley said that even though the legislative framework is in place, the Ministry has received no applications for electric power wheeling to date.The Electricity Act 2015 outlines the basis for granting all electricity licences, including electric power wheeling licences.Dr. Wheatley said the Ministry is awaiting final revisions to be incorporated by the Chief Parliamentary Counsel, so that the Electric Power Wheeling Regulations can be tabled in the Parliament.Wheeling will allow Jamaicans who generate excess electricity in one location to be able to use the credit obtained from the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) at another site.In order to obtain a licence for electricity power wheeling, a person must be a registered customer of the JPS; a registered owner of the property, or have written permission from the owner where the electricity-generation plant will be constructed. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Toronto faces studio pressures as filming boomsToronto faces studio pressures as filming booms

first_img Facebook “2016 is the third consecutive record-breaking year in Ontario for film and TV production,” commented Eleanor McMahon, Ontario’s tourism, culture and sport minister.“Our government has worked hard to create the right conditions to help our film and TV industry succeed.”Paul Bronfman is chairman and CEO of film equipment supplier William F White International, and is also chairman of Pinewood Toronto Studios. He praised the Ontario government for its support of the production industry, but also called for authorities to provide financial backing for more studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter.In January the mayor of Toronto led a delegation to Los Angeles partly to address Hollywood concerns about available studio space in the Canadian city.The issue is not unique to Toronto. Many of the world’s top production hubs – including Vancouver, New York, London and Cape Town – are under pressure to expand their studio facilities.In many cases development is already underway but takes time. Vacant industrial buildings are frequently used as adapted filming spaces when studios are unavailable and they can often be cheaper, especially for lengthier TV shoots.Source: KFTV Advertisement Advertisement Toronto faces pressure to expand its studio facilities after another successful year of location filming in 2016.Production spending in Ontario as a whole surpassed a billion dollars for the sixth year in a row and contributed CA$1.7bn to the provincial economy overall, according to government figures.This month there are 26 projects either filming now in Ontario or in pre-production, including Kiefer Sutherland’s drama Designated Survivor, true-life hostage crisis feature film Stockholm and the new Star Trek series Discovery. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Canadianshot The Shape of Water leads race for British Academy AwardsCanadianshot The Shape of Water leads race for British Academy Awards

first_imgCanadian-shot Cold War monster movie The Shape of Water led nominations Tuesday for the British Academy Film Awards, as organizers announced a new female host and promised to fight sexism and sexual misconduct in showbiz.Guillermo del Toro’s fantastical thriller scored nominations in 12 categories, including best picture and best director, for the U.K. equivalent of the Oscars.The film was also up for several Golden Globe nominations this year, including for best drama, but only took home awards for best director and best original score. It was shot in Toronto and Hamilton. Facebook Login/Register With: Canadian Christopher Plummer is also up for a supporting actor award for All the Money in the World. Plummer was a last-minute replacement for Kevin Spacey, who was cut from the already-completed film following allegations of sexual misconduct.Christopher Plummer has earned a supporting actor nomination for his performance in All the Money in the World, after being parachuted in to replace Kevin Spacey at the last minute. (Sony Pictures)Two Canadian nominees are up for this year’s production design award: Dennis Gassner for Blade Runner 2049 and Paul Austerberry for The Shape of Water. Sally Hawkins, left, and Octavia Spencer star in The Shape of Water. The film has scored nominations in 12 British Academy Film Award categories. (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Associated Press) Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau tonight on APTNs virtual town hallLiberal leader Justin Trudeau tonight on APTNs virtual town hall

first_imgAPTN National NewsConservative leader Stephen Harper is the only one of the four main federal party leaders to refuse to participate in the virtual town hall which runs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.The Conservative campaign did not respond to APTN’s invitation to take part in the event that will see federal party leaders answer pre-taped questions from Indigenous people from across the country.APTN anchor Cheryl McKenzie will host the town halls. The virtual town hall with Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is scheduled to air Wednesday and the town hall with NDP leader Thomas Mulcair will air Thursday. Green leader Elizabeth May’s town hall aired Tuesday.The town halls will also be livestreamed via APTN’s news website.Harper never agreed to an interview with APTN despite repeated requests throughout his nine years in power.last_img read more

Sri Lanka and India sign USD 318 million credit line dealSri Lanka and India sign USD 318 million credit line deal

The Loan Agreement was signed by Dr. R H S. Samaratunga, Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Mass media and David Rasquinha,Managing Director of the Export- Import Bank of India in the presence of Nihal Somaweera, Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, Arindam Bagchi, Deputy High Commissioner of India and Priyantha Rathnayake, Director General, Department of External Resources and distinguish officials of both Governments.The Sri Lanka Railways under the supervision of Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation will implement the projects. The Government of India has already provided four Lines of Credit for the development of railway sector in Sri Lanka through its EXIM bank amounting to approximately USD 966 million. These credit facilities have been utilized to improve the Southern and Northern railway lines and for the procurement of rolling stocks for the Sri Lanka Railways. The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation has identified that the improving passenger transportation facilities is an urgent requirement to attract more passengers towards railway transportation which is efficient and cost effective. Further, reducing congestions in railways by improving rail tracks and signaling systems is also a key requirement to promote passenger and freight transportation.The Government of India is the major development partner of Sri Lanka in South Asian region over 40 years since 1973.During the last few years Indian foreign direct investment in Sri Lanka has expanded exponentially. Presently Indian development assistance mainly focusing on improvement of economic infrastructural facilities, livelihood development, education, healthcare, capacity building and economic renewal of Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) The signing of Agreement pertaining to the above loan took place today, at the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media. An agreement to provide Indian assistance of 318 million US Dollar credit line for the development of the railway sector was signed at the Ministry of Finance today in Colombo.The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, at his first visit to Sri Lanka in March 2015 had declared a fresh Line of Credit (LOC) of USD 318 million for the development of railway sector in Sri Lanka. read more

Liberia urgently needs top cadre of civil servants to rebuild – UNLiberia urgently needs top cadre of civil servants to rebuild – UN

After more than a dozen years of bloody conflict, the Liberian Government’s ability to rebuild the nation is seriously hampered by a lack of properly trained and motivated public servants, according to a report commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Released today in Monrovia, the report says the West African nation’s daily operations are paralysed by unreliable electricity and water, a shortage of basic work supplies and a massive brain drain that has led to employment shortages at all levels. Facing with rising prices and unpaid wages, the Liberian workers still toiling at their jobs suffer from deteriorating morale. The National Human Development Report 2006, Mobilizing Capacity for Reconstruction and Development, is the first report of its type released by Liberia since the election of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last year. Written by independent consultants, it gauges the toll of violent conflict on human development and offers practical solutions on ways the new Government can meet the country’s immediate and long-term development needs. The flight of qualified staff has left Liberia’s civil service virtually an empty shell that is poorly equipped to deliver essential services and unable to negotiate crucial reforms, the report says. The Government agrees that the country urgently needs a new cadre of top public servants who are properly trained, well motivated and adequately compensated. But the report states that this goal cannot be reached within the existing civil service structure. In response, innovative measures, such as transitional salary supplements, are being offered to key officials in crucial slots that affect the delivery of services and wider government reform efforts. Part of the Liberia Emergency Capacity Building Project, the initiative is meant to “help the government create powerful teams of people whose employment in high-profile positions will reinvigorate the public sector, bringing new ideas, experiences and professionalism to support the reform process,” the report notes. The document also details some bright spots, such as a Government measure called TOKTEN, or Transfer of Knowledge through Expatriate Nationals.” This program brings qualified Liberian professionals living overseas back home for short visits to share their skills. Other successful measures to boost the public sector include revising the civil service code, cleaning up the procurement process, introducing internal controls and overhauling financial management procedures, and corruption-fighting steps. read more

Nissan turns the light on for taxi manufacturing in CoventryNissan turns the light on for taxi manufacturing in Coventry

Nissan has announced that its new NV200-derived Taxi for London will be assembled in partnership with ADV Manufacturing in Coventry, marking a joint investment of £6 million.Final assembly of the new Taxi for London, which was penned at Nissan’s European Design Centre in London, will take place at ADV’s newly-constructed facility in the West Midlands. Bespoke bodywork, interior, suspension and steering will be fitted to the taxi, with first deliveries expected in December 2014. A pure electric version, which has batteries manufactured in Sunderland, will be launched in 2015.Speaking at the prestigious Bugatti Lecture at Coventry University, Andy Palmer, Chief Planning Officer and Executive Vice President of Nissan Motor Corporation, said, “Our new Taxi for London is part of a wider, international taxi programme that forms a key part of Nissan’s global strategy, so we are naturally being very prudent in selecting our partners. ADV has demonstrated that it has the proficiency and capability to deliver what we believe will become a new icon for London.“We are pleased to be reinforcing once again our commitment to the British automotive industry and the fact that our black cabs will be rolling off the production line in Coventry, with its long history in the taxi business, is an added bonus.”ADV, which reshored from Italy in 2011, also announced that it is already recruiting more engineers and technicians to reinforce its production and development teams.Brendan O’Toole, CEO of ADV Manufacturing said, “With Coventry University turning out world class engineers and an army of great workers steeped in automotive manufacturing disciplines right on our doorstep, we couldn’t be located in a better place to launch such an exciting and prestigious project as the New Taxi for London. We anticipate the Nissan taxi will become the new market standard and thereby underpin sustainable jobs at ADV for many years”.The joint-investment has also been supported by a loan of nearly £4 million through AMSCI (Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain initiative, government’s jobs creation fund for manufacturing).Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

100M to pay for bulletproof vehicles for Ministry of Presidency100M to pay for bulletproof vehicles for Ministry of Presidency

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt breached FMAA in appropriating funds for SARA- EdghillAugust 7, 2017In “latest news”MOTP PS grilled by PAC over breach of procurement rules in purchasing PM’s luxury rideMay 22, 2017In “latest news”Over $100M in supplementary funding approved for SARA under Legal AffairsAugust 3, 2017In “latest news” … 2018 budgetary allocation Over $100M taxpayers’ dollars have been allocated in the 2018 Budget to cover an alleged corrupt act which saw the Government of Guyana, via the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP), purchasing more bulletproof vehicles worth millions of dollars on credit from a local business entity in 2016. Despite not making the necessary arrangements to have the monies set aside in the 2017 budgetary allocation as is provided for in the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act, the vehicles have reportedly been delivered. It is being alleged that some have even been put into use already. Former Junior Finance Minister, Juan EdghillOpposition Member of Parliament Bishop Juan Edghill, who was recently suspended from attending four Sittings of the National Assembly, explained that he wanted to ask the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, several questions about the transactions as some five (5) vehicles were bought.  Edghill reasoned that the Permanent Secretary would have had several questions to answer, as, according to him, a clear breach occurred which he assumed amounted to corruption and poor transparency and accountability on the part of the Government.  The vehicles were purchased by the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP).Over $12B have been budgeted this year for the entity. read more

NASA commisions three aircraft designs that could be flying in 2025NASA commisions three aircraft designs that could be flying in 2025

first_imgNASA/Lockheed MartinIt seems NASA’s vision isn’t limited to just the stars, but to the skies here on Earth as well. That’s why late last year NASA awarded three contracts to teams with the goal of studying advanced concept designs for aircraft which could be ready to fly as early as 2025. The teams included Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and The Boeing Company.NASA/Northrop GrummanFinal designs by the teams can’t just look pretty. They have to meet a stringent set of criteria set by NASA with the goals of less noise, cleaner exhaust emissions, and lower fuel use. Designs have to be able to fly up to 85 percent of the speed of sound, cover a range of approximately 7,000 miles and carry 50,000 to 100,000 pounds of payload. Payload can include either passengers or cargo. The last stipulation is that the final airplane design should be able to operate safely in a more modernized air traffic management system.NASA/The Boeing Company Each team provided an intitial design drawing they will be using as a basis for their work throughout the year. It’s very possible that the designs may change greatly from their initial concepts as more is learned about the feasibility of each of the aircraft proposed.AdChoices广告When we think of NASA it’s easy to simply think of initiatives around space travel. We sometimes forget that when it comes to advances in aeronautics the government agency has that mission as well. After all, they are called the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.Read more at NASAlast_img read more

Sony takes SOE network offline as part of PSN investigationSony takes SOE network offline as part of PSN investigation

first_imgDC Universe Online, Star Wars: Galaxies, Free Realms, and EverQuest players will all have a lot of extra time on their hands now that Sony has pulled the plug on the SOE (Sony Online Entertainment) gaming network temporarily. The decision was made and announced as part of a short statement on Sony’s site which explains that taking SOE down is part of the ongoing investigation into the PlayStation Network security breach from late last month.As a result, this means that the sites for each of Sony’s major massively multiplayer online RPGs and the authentication servers for those games are all offline. Players of titles like the ones mentioned as well as Pirates of the Burning Sea, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, and even the Facebook game Fortune League will all be unable to play their favorite games until Sony brings the system back online.AdChoices广告The ongoing investigation into the PSN hack and exactly how much data of the 77 million PlayStation Network members has been lost is ongoing. Sony had previously said that SOE users weren’t affected by the attack, and hasn’t changed that story at all – but the decision to bring down SOE temporarily can’t mean good things for SOE gamers or their personal data.The statement on Sony’s site reads: “We have had to take the SOE service down temporarily. In the course of our investigation into the intrusion into our systems we have discovered an issue that warrants enough concern for us to take the service down effective immediately. We will provide an update later today (Monday). We apologize for any inconvenience and greatly appreciate your patience.”Whether or not the damage is still spreading and Sony is uncovering more issues in the wake of the original attack remains to be seen. There’s no doubt Sony would like to update its community later on Monday only to say service is restored and they’ve determined no data was lost, but bringing the environment offline is a big step just to prove that. Unfortunately, it’s possible we haven’t seen the end of Sony’s security woes just yet.Read more at Station.com (SOE) via BBC Newslast_img read more

Des dépôts de pétrole et danimaux morts dans le golfe du MexiqueDes dépôts de pétrole et danimaux morts dans le golfe du Mexique

first_imgDes dépôts de pétrole et d’animaux morts dans le golfe du MexiqueDans le golfe du Mexique, des scientifiques américains ont découvert une couche de pétrole de plusieurs centimètres d’épaisseur déposée sur les fonds marins. Issue de la marée noire d’avril 2010, celle-ci aurait un effet désastreux sur les organismes en contact.Les restes des 800 millions de litres de pétrole libérés pendant la marée noire d’avril 2010 se cacheraient en profondeur. C’est ce qu’ont révélé samedi dernier à Washington, des scientifiques de l’Université de Georgie, lors de la conférence de l’American Association for the Advancement of science. Après des expéditions organisées l’été dernier dans le golfe du Mexique, ceux-ci avaient espéré qu’ils ne trouveraient plus aucun résidu de pétrole. Mais en explorant les fonds marins à l’aide d’un insubmersible, ils ont découvert en décembre dernier un dépôt de pétrole de près de 10 centimètres d’épaisseur. D’après leurs conclusions, celui-ci se serait formé entre juin et septembre 2010 et ne semblerait aucunement en passe de se dégrader. Mais là n’est pas le plus sérieux de la découverte. À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueDans les fonds marins, les scientifiques ont aussi observé des quantités d’organismes morts piégés ou asphyxiés par la couche de pétrole. Des crabes, des vers, des étoiles de mer et d’autres animaux sur lesquels la marée noire a eu un effet “dévastateur”.”Tous ces organismes ainsi que les coraux ont été considérablement affectés, et par affectés j’entends essentiellement tués”, a expliqué à BBC News le Pr Samantha Joye qui a conduit les expéditions. Pourtant, les animaux des fonds marins ont un rôle essentiel dans la chaine alimentaire aquatique : ils stimulent l’activité des micro-organismes et oxygènent les sédiments. S’ils sont impactés, c’est donc aussi l’avenir de toutes les espèces qui est en danger, y compris celles que nous mangeons. Ainsi, le bilan est donc bien loin de celui communiqué en février dernier par la compagnie pétrolière BP qui estimait alors, que d’ici 2012 le golfe du Mexique serait complètement rétabli de la catastrophe. “Le Golfe est résistant. Je crois vraiment qu’il se remettra entièrement, mais certainement pas avant 2012”, a contesté le Pr S. Joye.  Selon les scientifiques, il faudra même attendre plusieurs années avant de cerner les véritables conséquences à long terme de la marée noire. Néanmoins, un plan de restauration est déjà en cours pour tenter de rendre au golfe son état originel.Le 21 février 2011 à 17:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more