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Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_img Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118 Highway 118 northbound at the Portobello Road overpass will have partial lane closures for repairs from Monday, Aug. 1 to Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of flashing lights and jersey barriers. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. -30-last_img

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36 new duplex flats ready to be allotted to newlyelected MPs in

first_imgNEW DELHI: Thirty-six new duplex flats with modular kitchens, four bedrooms each, a lift and an office area are ready to be allotted to the newly-elected MPs in Lutyens’ Delhi’s North Avenue. All the flats, which have a view of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, have been constructed by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), the prime construction agency of the central government.A senior government official said that by the end of this month, all the newly-constructed flats will be handed over to the Lok Sabha Secretariat. He said these low-rise building flats were equipped with solar panels, LED lights, a dedicated basement parking for two cars each and all modern amenities to cater to the parliamentarians. “Thirty-six flats have been constructed at a cost of around Rs 80 crore against the sanctioned cost of Rs 92 crore. The construction work of these flats had started in October 2017,” the official said. He added that the CPWD constructed these flats after demolishing the old flats built several decades ago. “According to the plan, the old flats located in South and North Avenues, which were built a long time ago, will be demolished in a phased manner and the new ones will be constructed,” he said. The new Lok Sabha has around 300 MPs who have been elected for the first time, including cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir, Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Smriti Irani, singer Hans Raj Hans and Bengali actresses Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan Ruhi.last_img read more

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Holly Madison To Host Opportunity Village Las Vegas Great Santa Run

first_imgE! reality star and Las Vegas Strip headliner Holly Madison will proudly serve as Host of Opportunity Village’s Las Vegas Great Santa Run on Saturday, December 6, 2014.Marking the event’s 10th anniversary, the blonde bombshell will join thousands of Kris Kringles in Downtown Las Vegas for the nonprofit’s largest annual fundraiser. Madison will be joined by male revue icons, The Chippendales, who will participate as the run’s Grand Marshals.“It is an honor to be a part of this exciting community event,” said Madison. “It means the world to me to give back to such an incredible organization and celebrate the true stars of the show, Opportunity Village’s inspirational OVIPs.”As Host of the Great Santa Run, Madison will welcome more than 10,000 Santa lookalikes to the event, alongside Opportunity Village’s OVIPs. Madison will then lead the runners to the starting line in a sassy, hot pink Cadillac driven by none other than Elvis Presley. The Chippendales will await her at the start of the race, where they will don their famous bowties and cufflinks to let the runners know when it’s time to “get on your mark, get set, and go!”Linda Smith, Associate Executive Director of Opportunity Village, said “We are thrilled to have Holly Madison and The Chippendales lead us in this historic year for the Great Santa Run. They are truly some of Las Vegas’ most adored entertainers, and we love having them be a part of the Opportunity Village family.”Along with celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Great Santa Run, Opportunity Village is currently commemorating its 60th anniversary as an organization. The beloved nonprofit provides unparalleled opportunities, enrichment and support to nearly 3,000 citizens with disabilities and their families throughout the Las Vegas Valley.As in years past, the Great Santa Run will entertain throughout the event with performances, food, costume contests, celebrity appearances, and more all due to local businesses’ support of Opportunity Village.last_img read more

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Moroccan Telecom Providers Block Use of Whatsapp Viber and Skype

Washington D.C. – Moroccan telecom providers have decided to restrict the use of VoIP services through free applications such as Whatsapp, Viber, and Skype.Over the past few days, internet users throughout Morocco have found difficulty in making mobile calls regionally and internationally through free applications such as Whatsapp, Viber and Skype using 3G and 4G internet, regardless of whether they are subscribers of Maroc Telecom, Meditel, or Inwi.It has been confirmed by a source that spoke with Medias 24 that all three telecom service providers in Morocco have decided to block VoIP calls that are made through 3G and 4G. All other services that are provided through these applications such as sending messages, pictures and videos, are still fully functional. The applications seem to be functional when calls are made through a Wi-Fi connection. However, according to the same source, the restrictions on such applications will be expanding to calls made through Wifi connections in the two upcoming months.Similar attempts to restrict the use of VoIP services through free applications have been made in the past. In August 2014, Maroc Telecom was accused for shortly blocking the use of Viber through there subscription, according to a report by Agence Ecofin.According to Article 1 of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANRT/DG/N° 04-04) in regards to the protocol of VoIP services, the commercial provision of VoIP services to the public can only be done by telecom operators with a license.Since free applications such as Whatsapp, Viber and Skype are offering similar services to those of a telecom provider, this law is applicable to them aswell. Thus, the absence of a license permits Moroccan telecom providers the legal right to restrict the use of VoIP services through these applications.While it is no doubt that the increased use of such applications that offer free VoIP services have had a negative impact on telecom companies in Morocco over the last few years, the exact reason behind this decision to block VoIP services has yet to be confirmed. read more

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Moroccos Ministry of Justice to Launch Admissions Process For Public Notary

Rabat – In what might be good news for Moroccan women who are interested in holding the position of public notary official (adoul), Morocco’s Minister of Justice, Mohammed Aujjar, announced on Monday the launch of an admissions competition for both women and men. The admission tests are set to be scheduled for next week.After King Mohammed VI voiced his decision to authorize Moroccan women to hold the position of public notary, the Ministry of Justice announced that it is creating up to 800 jobs for Moroccan men and women wishing to become public notary officials.The announcement was made by Aujjar during a House of Representatives parliamentary session held yesterday, January 30.According to Aujjar, the reform process underway in the legal and judicial fields is of particular importance, adding that the Justice Reform Charter called for the modernization of the justice system and the opening of this particular profession to women. This reform, according to the minister, is in line with the constitutional principle established in Article 19, as well as Morocco’s international commitments to expand employment opportunities for women in the country. The ministry, in partnership with the National Order of Public Notary Officials, recently launched the project to reform regulations on the training and admissions for the adoul position, said Aujjar.The new created positions will meet the expectations of public notary officials and justice system officials, as well as to integrate this important profession into the changing socio-economic environment.The unprecedented decision by the King on January 22 to open the adoul position to women candidates was an acknowledgment of the skills and capabilities of women throughout the kingdom. read more

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Car stolen at knifepoint near Hagersville

Police called off a high-speed pursuit near Hamilton this week after a vehicle was stolen at knife-point near Hagersville.Haldimand OPP report two men were fishing in a quarry on Sandusk Road Tuesday when they were approached by four male suspects.Police say one of the suspects pulled a knife and demanded the keys to their car – a 2001 silver-coloured BMW. The suspects also demanded the victims’ cell phones.Two of the suspects drove away with the BMW while two others followed in a red pickup truck, possibly a Dodge Ram.Officers on patrol spotted the stolen vehicle heading north on Highway 6 near Greens Road and attempted to pull it over. The pursuit was abandoned near Upper James Street in Hamilton in the interest of public safety.The theft occurred around 3 p.m. The quarry where the victims were fishing is located on Sandusk Road near the intersection of Walpole Road 12. The victims were not injured.Three of the suspects are described as black males. The fourth suspect is described as a Hispanic male.The stolen BMW has “Racing” written in red letters on the driver-side and passenger-side windows. The vehicle has damage to the driver-side front fender.Anyone with information related to this robbery is asked to contact the Haldimand OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Information can also be shared with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000. read more

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On World Summits second day UN reform development goals top agenda

Opening the morning session President Ismail Omar Guellen of Djibouti praised “the catalytic leadership and tenacity” of Secretary-General Kofi Annan in pushing for reform to ensure the UN remain relevant for coming generations and noted the role of the MDGs as a global partnership to reduce poverty, improve health, promote peace and human rights, gender equality and environmental sustainability.Russian President Vladimir Putin said there was “a need to adjust this Organization to the new historic realities” and said his country “intends to increase its participation both in international crisis response action and in promotion of development and progress.” He said terrorism posed the main threat to human rights, freedoms and sustainable development and the UN and its Security Council must be the main centre for coordinating international cooperation.President Levy Mwanawasa of Zambia called for “collaborative efforts between the developed and developing countries to accelerate global efforts” to achieve the MDGs and applauded recent efforts to provide more resources for development, including debt relief.Ecuadorian President Alfredo Palacio said the MDGs are “a minimal, not a maximal agenda, a starting point, not the end. This basic commitment must be assumed by all the governments of the world.”President Francois Bozizé of the Central African Republic (CAR) stressed the need for solidarity in the battle against poverty and for more active solidarity among Member States to promote peace, development, security and the rights of man.President Branko Crvenkovski of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia said his country was strongly committed to the full implementation of the MDGs at the national level and the fight against international terrorism remained among a top priority.Iraqi President Jalal Talabani joined his voice to the call for reform in a way that strengthens the UN’s role in keeping international security, and also achieves international cooperation in the economic, cultural and social fields. “Iraq is facing one of the most brutal campaigns of terror at the hands of the forces of darkness, he said, adding that the country’s war on terror requires diverse international help.For his part, President Alyaksandr Lukashenka of Belarus said it was “high time for the UN to put and end to internal corruption scandals and get down in deed to address the anguish and misery of the world.”Chilean President Ricardo Lagos underlined the urgent need to achieve the MDGs and said the Summit’s outcome document, while not meeting all expectations, is a starting point on the on the road to changes needed by the UN.President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia noted that much more need to be done to achieve the MDGs and he hoped that “together we will work towards achieving this noble mission with a strong, reformed and revitalized United Nations at the centre.”President Amadou Toumani Touré of Mali underlined his country’s commitment to the MDGs and stressed that five years after the UN Millennium Summit which gave rise to them, and despite progress, large numbers of people in African countries live in extreme poverty.Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva urged “immediate and courageous steps” to expand the resources available to fight poverty and hunger. “If developed countries attain the required strategic vision, they will realize that this new posture, this additional effort is not only fair; it is absolutely necessary. Otherwise, I fear that international peace and security will remain a mirage,” he said.Seychelles’ President James Michel called for a stronger and more effective UN, practical and result-oriented, with less bureaucracy and a new ethics based on a human-centred strategic vision of what development is. He advocated the central role of the General Assembly as the chief deliberative policy-making and representative organ.President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi said his country knew it could continue to count on the support of the international community as it recovered from decades of civil conflict and sought to boost its education system and build schools throughout its rural areas.Chinese President Hu Jintao said the UN, “as the core of the collective security mechanism, plays an irreplaceable role in international cooperation to ensure global security. Such a role can only be strengthened and must not in any way be weakened,” he added. The UN should take concrete measures to implement the MDGs, he said, adding that international terrorists, ethnic separatists and religious extremists remain rampant.San Marino’s Captain Regent Antonio Gasperoni said that more than ever the world needs multilateralism and the UN is its best expression. He regretted that development brought by globalization only touched a fragment of the world’s population, while the remaining part has solely experienced the most negative impacts.President Pedro Verona Rodrigues Pires of Cape Verde said while perhaps not all the UN’s goals and purposes had been attained, everyone was indebted to it. The global community must give priority to perfecting the UN to ensure better democratic, participatory and effective governments and to guarantee greater human security.Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia, said that since his country’s “Rose Revolution” democracy was on the rise internationally, as were development and prosperity. “But neither would be lasting without peace and stability. And for that, a stronger, more effective UN was needed.”President Ludwig Scotty of Nauru stressed the importance of the MDGs and urged development partners and international financial institutions to “understand our dire need.”President Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of the Congo appealed for a significant increase in funding to help African countries meet the MDGs, and he called for “action while there is still time.”Mongolian President Nambar Enkhbayar declared that for its faults the UN has proved indispensable, preventing wars, feeding the hungry, ending colonialism and helping nations to develop. “The UN is our common house, common cause and common future,” he added, stressing “effective multilateralism with the UN at its heart.”South African President Thabo Mbeki charged that there has not been adequate progress in development or UN reform during the last five years, because of “the widely disparate conditions of existence and interests among the Member States of the UN, as well as the gross imbalance of power that define the relationship among these Member States.”Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, explained the lack of progress another way: “The international community is generous in setting goals, but parsimonious in pursuing them,” he said, calling for greater efforts to mobilize the resources necessary to meet the MDGs.The Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, then noted that despite the need for greater effort to defeat extreme poverty, “the past five years have in fact demonstrated that even for countries such as Ethiopia, most of the MDGs are demonstrably achievable,” given optimum mobilization of domestic and international resources.The Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Denzil Douglas, said failures to achieve the MDGs should not be used to discredit areas where progress is being made, and called for a “resolve to move forward by recommitting to do what is right and in the best interest of the collective agenda of this Organization.”In a similar tone, Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia said that “a global partnership between rich and poor countries should be based on mutual respect and trust, shared responsibilities and transparency.”Tuila’epa Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa, also renounced any attempt to place blame for failures to achieve the MDGs. Instead, he said, States should “come together to review the past, to take stock of the present and move forward in unity of purpose.”Welcoming many proposals of the outcome document, Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam of Mauritius stressed that emphasis should be placed on promoting trade as an engine for growth and development.At the same time, Prime Minister Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili of Lesotho hoped that the Summit “will give HIV and AIDS the same level of attention and concern as it does to global security.”Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey, said to relieve suffering due to disease, poverty and war, it was crucial to strengthen the UN. He announced his country’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the Security Council for the 2009-2010 term.Jiri Paroubek, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, said that in terms of moral imperatives, “there can be no question as to whether this Summit should deal with development or with security – it must tackle both.””An extraordinary effort” on both fronts is needed for Africa to succeed in meeting the MDGs, according to Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark, and a reformed UN is crucial to facilitate that effort.However, according to Prime Minister Percival James Patterson of Jamaica, “the most important reform is not in the institutions and structures. It is the policies and actions of Member States which determine our success or failure.”Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi affirmed that the UN’s efforts must be backed up by a consensus of Member States, and active participation in peacekeeping missions to counteract the dire effects of conflicts.From the experience of his country in meeting MDGs ahead of time, Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, concluded “it will be our collective wisdom and determination that will help us forge ahead in shaping a better future.”Describing the difficulties and possibilities brought about by the disengagement from Gaza, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel voiced hope that the “60th anniversary of the UN would bring a fundamental change and improvement in the approach of the United Nations, its organizations and institutions, towards the State of Israel.”Guinean Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo said his country had resolutely committed to attaining the MDGs but progress was stalled by continued instability in the area and erratic aid flows. Increased resources and debt relief were therefore needed.French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin then appealed for “an Organization that mobilizes the determination and energy of one and all” to combat terrorism. Operational cooperation was important, he said, but “complying with the rule of law and setting a democratic example are our best weapons.”Finally, Foreign Minister Petrus Compton of Saint Lucia noted the emergencies that have deflected resources and energy from achieving the MDGs, and Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic of Serbia and Montenegro “fully supported the concept of a new collective security, ban on nuclear arms proliferation, production, trade and use and the establishment of a Peace-building Commission, Human Rights Council and Natural Disaster Relief and Environment Protection Funds” to achieve the development Goals. read more

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LeBrons Growth As A Player Shows In His Leadership

Put LeBron James on a team with Kyrie Irving, one of the game’s top young point guards, and throw in Kevin Love, a 6-foot-9 scorer from the perimeter and in the post, and the Cleveland Cavaliers looked to be on their way.Then the NBA season started. The Cavs were smoked in their season-opener and dismantled Tuesday night in Portland. This is where James showed his most significant growth. He did not show panic or even frustration. He talked of remaining a team, of leading by example, of being patient, of teaching.Now he is getting it. LeBron James understands the magnitude of his presence.“There’s a lot of bad habits; a lot of bad habits have been built up over the last couple of years and when you play that style of basketball it takes a lot to get it up out of you,” James said. “But I’m here to help and that’s what it’s about.”Some of the best leaders in NBA history got it done on the court, confronted teammates when necessary and sent poignant messages through the media. James, in his post-defeat interview, showed he has learned how to send a message to the team without directly speaking to anyone.“Everyone wants to win, I would hope,” James said. “Would you rather play selfish basketball and lose, or play unselfish basketball and sacrifice and win? So you pick it.”He was speaking to his new teammates. But were they listening?The consensus best player on the planet has become adept at the mind games. He low balls expectations so progress can be viewed as special. Cunning.“Hopefully not too long, but it could go on for a couple months until we’re all on the same page,” he said. Inside he must have been smiling. Taking two months to flow could be tantamount to trouble. . . and inciting a doubting public.“We know exactly where we need to be both offensively and defensively and we buy in on what it takes to win,” James said. “I think a lot of people get it misconstrued on what it takes to win [by thinking] just scoring or just going out and trying to will it yourself. This is a team game and you have to rely on your teammates as well. So we will get an understanding of that as the time goes on.”Clearly, James, motivational speaker, has the ear of his teammates. And until things turn around, he will continue to deliver it. read more

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Medicinal cannabis should be available for all NHS patients campaigners say

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. “When you’re talking about cannabis as a medicine, you really do have to compare the risks associated with cannabis that we’re aware of versus the risks of those drugs that patients are already taking.” Patrick O’Hara, 63, who imports cannabis oil for his daughter Caroline, who has a brain tumour, said that a doctor told him discreetly where to buy the drug online but could not formally recommend its use.He imports the oil from Canada at a cost of around £1,000 per month, and has written to the Home Secretary asking for cannabis to be available to cancer patients on the NHS.He said: “There’s a groundswell of opinion among the medical staff, that this is something people should consider doing.”A spokesman for the Department of Health said that the new law will not limit the types of treatment for which cannabis can be prescribed. Medical cannabis should be made available for all NHS patients, campaigners have said, amid expectations it will only be prescribed to help treat three conditions.The Telegraph understands formal NHS England guidelines, due to be released before November 1, will advise specialist doctors on prescribing cannabis for epilepsy, chronic pain and nausea caused by chemotherapy.Although new legislation technically allows cannabis to be taken for any condition, doctors are expected to strictly follow the guidelines, meaning they are unlikely to prescribe it for conditions other than those listed.Campaigners have urged for the drug to be accessed by all patients and pointed to the thousands of people taking cannabis oil illegally for a variety of other conditions.Patients using the oil for cancer symptoms, Parkinson’s disease, and PTSD must wait until full prescription guidelines are published in October 2019 to see if GPs will prescribe for their conditions.The full guidelines are expected to give the UK some of the most liberal medicinal cannabis laws in the world.In the meantime, users could be prosecuted for using cannabis oil or growing their own plants for medicinal use, campaigners said.Jon Liebling, Political Director of the United Patient Alliance, said: “We do believe that everybody should have access.  read more

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Britains biggest ever divorce case as Russian oligarchs exwife brings claim in

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. Britain’s biggest ever divorce case is set for the High Court after a Russian oligarch’s wife launched a legal bid to claim a third of his £15 billion fortune.Natalia Potanina, 58, who has lived in London for several years, lost a protracted legal battle against her former husband of 31 years in Moscow.But she is now expected to pursue Vladimir Potanin, Russia’s second wealthiest man, in the British divorce courts, long famed for their generous payouts to women.Mrs Potanina is said to have instructed Charles Howard QC to lead her case, which concerns the division of property.Her former husband, father of their three grown up children, has hired prominent divorce lawyer Fiona Shackleton, dubbed the Steel Magnolia, who has represented a string of royals and celebrities, from Sir Paul McCartney to the Prince of Wales, following their marital breakdowns.Mr Potanin made his wealth in metals following the break up of the Soviet Union and is estimated to be worth in excess of £15 billion, however he has disputed that figure.Sources in Russia have suggested that she is seeking £5.8 billion, claiming that she was by his side as he built up his vast fortune. The couple split when she claimed she had been betrayed by her husband who started a relationship with an employee 15-years his junior.Baroness Shackleton is one of the most formidable divorce lawyers in the country and is currently representing Princess Haya bint Hussein – one of six wives of the ruler of Dubai – in her court battle with husband Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum .Mr Potanin has three children from his marriage to Natalia, and two from his second marriage to current wife Ekaterina.Last year a Russian billionaire was ordered to pay his ex-wife £453 million, which was thought to be the country’s biggest divorce settlement at the time. read more

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NMA survey cites minerals and metals supply as concern for manufacturers

first_imgThe National Mining Association (NMA) has released the findings of a survey of senior executives from manufacturing industries highlighting the important role of domestic minerals and metals to manufacturing supply chains. Conducted by Edelman Berland, the survey found that a large majority of respondents are concerned they would not be able to obtain the minerals they need when they need them. The growing global population and development of new technologies and products that rely on greater combinations of minerals have increased the manufacturing industry’s demand for raw materials.Of the large percentage of respondents who noted minerals and metals supply as a top concern for their organisations, 91% expressed worries about minerals and supply chain disruptions outside of their control, citing geopolitics and increasing global demand as the most pressing factors. In other findings, 80% of respondents said it is important to their company to source minerals and metals domestically, with the most important reasons for doing so being job creation, national security and international competitiveness.“These results confirm the need to realise the United States’ potential to provide more of the materials to sustain our manufacturing renaissance,” NMA President and CEO Hal Quinn said. “However, an inefficient permitting process for starting or expanding mines denies our manufacturing sector a stable supply chain of the minerals they need.” Currently, the process to establish a new mine within the US takes seven to 10 years. Some 76% of manufacturing executives believe the existing permitting process is unacceptable, and 95% believe it to be a serious threat to US competitiveness. Approximately 90% support streamlining the process to less than three years.In light of these survey results, the NMA says it “will continue to seek public policies that provide a more predictable and efficient permitting process to feed the manufacturing supply chain.” The House recently passed “The Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act” for the third time, and NMA is urging the Senate to take up similar legislation to bolster domestic manufacturing industries. The survey included more than 400 senior executives in the manufacturing industry or industries impacted heavily by manufacturing. Respondents were screened to ensure they had a role in minerals and metals procurement for their company. The study has a margin of error of +/-4.9%. For more information, visit www.MineralsMakeLife.org.last_img read more

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Scientists Poke Holes in Supernova Firewall Theory

first_img Love is a burning thing and it makes a fiery ring. Black holes, however, do not.New research disproves the so-called “firewall” theory, which suggests the ring of fire around a supernova would incinerate anything sucked into its gravitational pull.A team from Ohio State University determined what would actually happen if an electron fell into a black hole with a mass as big as the Sun.“The probability of the electron hitting a photon from the radiation and burning up is negligible,” as reported by physics professor Samir Mathur, who calculated even lower odds “if one considers larger black holes known to exist in space.”The study, published by the Journal of High Energy Physics, follows Mathur’s previous work theorizing that black holes are basically like giant, messy balls of yarn—”fuzzballs” that gather more heft as new objects are absorbed.In 2012, physicists from the University of California, Santa Barbara, announced a hypothetical phenomenon where a person falling into a black hole would get burnt by a “firewall” of radiation as they approach the event horizon.It makes sense: After all, a black hole 20 million times more massive than our Sun was caught shredding a star more than twice the Sun’s mass. So imagine what it’d do to a lowly human.But the theory isn’t true, according to Mathur & Co.’s research, which is built on string theory—the scientific notion that the universe is composed of subatomic string-like tubes of energy.“What we’ve shown in this new study is a flaw in the firewall argument,” he said.Scientifically speaking, a black hole is a region of spacetime exhibiting such strong gravitational effects that nothing—not even particles or light—can escape from inside it.“We think that as a person approaches the horizon, the fuzzball surface grows to meet it before it has a chance to reach the hottest part of the radiation,” Mathur explained. “Once a person falling into the black hole is tangled up in strings, there’s no easy way to decide what he [or she] will feel.”A long-time firewall skeptic, the professor has been working for years to discount the theory, which he said: “seemed like a quick way to prove that something falling through the horizon burns up.”“But we now see that there cannot be any such quick argument,” he added. “What happens can only be decided by detailed calculations in string theory.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Scientists Find ‘Hungry’ Supermassive Black Hole Eating 3 Meals DailyScientists Behind First Black Hole Image Win $3 Million Prize last_img read more

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Cybersecurity keeps county IT staff busy

first_imgWhen it comes to keeping its information technology systems secure, Clark County has many of the flaws typical of other local governments and business entities, IT staff told the county council at a work session on the topic Wednesday.During the session, Sam Kim, Clark County’s chief information officer, mentioned how cyberattacks are becoming increasingly common. He referred to cyberattacks on hospitals, local governments, as well as on large companies such as Target and Home Depot, where customers’ personal information was stolen. He also mentioned an incident at the Port of Vancouver where someone used its guest Wi-Fi during a public meeting to attack the network, preventing anyone from viewing its proceedings online.“You would think, ‘Hey, why hasn’t Clark County been hit yet?’ ” said Kim. “Well, Clark County had been hit.”Kim said that 10 years ago, Clark County was hit with a notable cyberattack on its website. Speaking after the meeting, Kim said that the attack resulted in the county’s website being defaced, with the county logo removed. While he said the incident could have been worse, he said the county’s response was “don’t worry about it,” when it should have set off alarm bells.Marlia Jenkins, administrative services manager, said that now the county’s IT department routinely responds to incidents of possible attacks or malware. She said IT workers will disconnect a possibly infected machine to prevent malware from spreading to the network. Sometimes she said that the machines are just malfunctioning and likened the situation to having frequent “fire drills.”“The better we get, the more we find,” she said.During the work session, Jenkins said that two audits found the county was “pretty typical” of other local governments when it came to cybersecurity. She said that the most recent county budget funded a cybersecurity team and there are efforts underway to better train county employees to keep the network secure.last_img read more

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P Chidambaram spends night at CBI HQ which he inaugurated

first_imgNew Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram was arrested on Wednesday night by the CBI, following which he was taken to its headquarter in Delhi’s Lodhi Road area. When Chidambaram was a former Union Minister in 2011, he participated in the inauguration of the same CBI headquarter where he had to spend the night after being arrested on Wednesday night. Also Read – In his first after abrogation of Art 370, Army chief to visit Srinagar today Advertise With Us Chidambaram, who served as the Union Home Minister during November 2008 to July 2012 in the UPA government, was one of the key guests at the inauguration event of the CBI headquarters, held on June 30, 2011. The Congress leader was taken to the same headquarter after CBI officials arrested him after a dramatic turn of events. CBI sleuths scaled the boundary walls of Chidambaram’s residence in Jor Bagh on Wednesday night to arrest him in connection with the INX Media case. CBI, which had earlier issued a lookout notice against P Chidambaram, finally arrested the leader after he made a dramatic appearance at the Congress headquarters in Delhi and addressed a press conference in which he denied all charges levelled against him and his son Karti Chidambaram in the INX Media case.last_img read more

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College student stabbed to death in city

first_imgUnidentified miscreants stabbed a college student to death in Lakkhibazar area in the capital on Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased are Md Ranak, 18, son of Shahid, a student of class XII of New Paltan Line School and College and a resident of Nilambar Saha Road, Hazaribagh.A group of miscreants attacked Ranak at noon and stabbed him on the left thigh, leaving him critically injured, said Babu Miah, assistant sub-inspector of Dhaka Medical College Hospital police outpost.He was rushed to the hospital where doctors declared him dead.last_img read more

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Floods claim 75 lives in 14 districts State minister

first_imgFile photoA total of 75 people, including 56 children and six women, have so far died in 14 flood-hit districts across the country, said state minister for disaster management and relief Enamur Rahman on Sunday.Among the victims, 67 people drowned in floodwater while eight people died in the incidents of boat capsize. Besides, 630,383 people were fully devastated by the sweeping floods while 5,444,032 partially in 163 upazilas of 28 districts, reports UNB.The junior minister came up with the information at a press briefing at the secretariat on the overall flood situation in the country.Besides, some 33,735 houses were fully damaged while 532,643 partially, and 8,200 hectares of cropland were fully damaged while 145,533 partially during the flood, he said.According to a forecast of the Water Development Board, floodwaters will see a fall within a day or two.Enamur said the government has adequate preparation and relief materials for tackling floods if the situation worsens further.Some 59,000 additional cartons of dry food were allocated for 28 flood-hit districts on 1 July while 10,900 metric tonnes of additional rice allocated on 7 July, he said.All the deputy commissioners have been instructed to take preparations to deal with the floods through the disaster management committees. They have been asked to take necessary steps to ensure the safety of those who have taken shelter in different shelter centres and check the spread of waterborne diseases.last_img read more

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Moody Bible Institute to stop publishing student paper

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,CHICAGO (RNS) — After 84 years, Moody Bible Institute no longer will publish a student newspaper.The administration of the historic Christian college recently informed staff of The Moody Standard that it will close the newspaper, pointing to changing budget priorities.But faculty adviser Jill White hopes it’s not too late for the paper.RELATED: After ‘challenging times,’ Moody Bible Institute inaugurates new presidentIn an op-ed last week in The Moody Standard titled “No Journalism on Campus Leaves Us with Fake News,” White called on readers to reach out to to the school board, alumni association and the president’s or the provost’s offices to save the newspaper.She argued the hole left by its closure will be filled by “underground” publications and social media debates about crucial issues that won’t get the same vetting as pieces in The Moody Standard.“We have always been willing to make the sacrifices necessary to keep a news outlet on campus for one very important reason: the loss of a venue that encourages investigation, interviewing, impartial reporting and fact-checking leaves a vacuum that is unlikely to be filled with more of the same,” she wrote.White also argued that journalism plays an important role at Christian colleges.The homepage of The Moody Standard website. Screenshot“A Christian campus MUST embrace good journalism. As a discipline, journalism seeks the truth, unvarnished by bias or presumption,” she wrote. “This doesn’t mean that it always succeeds — it’s nearly impossible for any (fallen) journalist to completely remove his or her worldview from the work. But good journalists try.”Reaction from readers to White’s piece was mixed.Some commenters mourned the loss of the student newspaper on The Moody Standard’s Facebook page. Others alleged the paper was “one-sided,” “liberal” and “espoused ideas that are directly opposed to Moody’s values and beliefs and sometimes even incompatible with orthodox Christianity.”RELATED: Students’ survey highlights censorship of Christian college newspapersA number of Christian schools have clashed with their student newspapers in recent years.  A recent survey of schools affiliated with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in the United States found that those schools often try to control the news students are allowed to publish.But Brian Regnerus, director of public relations for Moody Bible Institute, said in a written statement to Religion News Service that the college’s decision was purely budgetary.“The decision to no longer fund The Moody Standard was not an isolated one, but prayerfully considered as a part of our ongoing strategic desire to steward resources in a way that achieves strategic balance in our education department and better serves students,” Regnerus said.He also pointed out that the paper is not part of an academic program.“The Moody Standard is not connected to any curriculum in the undergraduate school or the Communications program, itself. Education leadership therefore decided to reallocate resources to better serve student’s needs in the area of tutoring support and counseling, without needing to raise any student fees,” he said.In her op-ed, White said the paper was funded by a $10 annual student fee. She also said that staffers have suggested changes to make it easier for the school to budget for the paper but that the school has not embraced their ideas or allowed them to use ad revenue to defray expenses.The Moody Standard, formerly called the Moody Student, is Moody Bible Institute’s longest-running club, according to the student newspaper. TagsChicago Christian colleges homepage featured Moody Bible Institute student newspaper student newspapers The Moody Standard,You may also like Javanese Muslims hold a Nyadran ritual to welcome Ramadan By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email center_img Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Catholicism Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites News • Photos of the Week News Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,‘Intrinsically worthy’: Jean Vanier’s legacy to people with disabili … Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

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DIY a Desktop Arcade Cabinet With Retro Picade Kit

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. This is the year of retro gaming: Classic titles are reappearing on modern consoles, and nostalgic appliances are reappearing as modern consoles.So it’s no surprise that hobbyist electronic firm Pimoroni recently launched a redesigned version of its Raspberry Pi-powered mini arcade machine.Unveiled in August, the build-it-yourself Picade features authentic controls, a high-res 4:3 display, and a “punchy speaker to hear those 8-bit game soundtracks at their best.”The kit takes about two to three hours to build (according to the experts who created it). All you need is a Raspberry Pi, micro-SD card, power supply, and £150 ($198) to spare.The original Picade was introduced in 2012 as the UK’s first Kickstarter project, collecting more than £74,000 ($98,000) toward a £33,000 ($44,000) goal.Six years later, Pimoroni has updated its “ultimate desktop retro arcade machine,” now more compact, with a better display, dedicated power button, and Picade X HAT “packed full of useful features.”Fans may also notice splashier artwork and packaging. Each Picade comes with “a bunch of extra goodies,” like an enamel pin, sticker selection, poster, and assembly instructions.In an effort to drum up interest in the new toy, Sheffield-based Pimoroni asked folks around the world to come up with a retro game concept that would suit the new Picade.Entries from the UK, Europe, and US included hand-drawn posters, punny titles, and “screenshots.” Ultimately, the team behind Trolley Wars—a Supermarket Sweep-like game—won for its “simplicity and button-bashing of arcade favorites of old.”New packaging for a new machine (via Pimoroni)Everything old is new again, and arcade cabinets are no exception: British manufacturer STOA last year rolled out custom-built cupboards, each handcrafted from start to finish for one or two players.In place of traditional cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors, STOA uses modern LCD screens, with the same 4:3 aspect ratio as the Picade. Every device comes with a curated selection of games (Ms. Pac-Man, Street Fighter II, Paperboy, Mortal Kombat, Space Invaders, etc.), tailored to the client’s preference and design.You can do anything with a Raspberry Pi and a little imagination: DIY a Spotify speaker, upcycle a karaoke machine, track foosball scores. Check out our recent Geek Pick, the Retroflag SUPERPi case for Nintendo lovers. And stay up to date on all things Raspberry Pi here.center_img Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data last_img read more

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Mexico mass graves Some bodies found not that of students

first_imgThe governor of the southern Mexico state where 43 college students disappeared after a confrontation with police said that some of the bodies recovered from clandestine graves last weekend did not match the missing young people. The federal attorney general, however, said he felt it was too soon in testing of the remains to come to any conclusions. In indicating that some progress had been made in identifying the dead, Guerrero state governor Angel Aguirre gave no details nor did he say if all of the 28 bodies removed by forensic experts had been identified. The remains were uncovered severely burned, and experts are conducting DNA tests in an effort to identify the dead.  Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe governor spoke at a news conference in Iguala, the city where municipal police have been accused of working with a drug gang in the disappearance of the students on 26 Sept. Attorney general Jesus Murillo Karam declined to confirm or dispute the governor’s comments. ‘I do not know on what the governor based that,’’ he said later in the Guerrero state capital, Chilpancingo. He added that experts still ‘have not finished testing.’’ Aguirre also gave no information on what authorities had found in other mass graves that were discovered.last_img read more

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Video of Tim Tebow belting miracle home run right after greeting young

first_imgPlenty of jokes have been made, including on this site, about Tim Tebow’s attempt to play professional baseball, but last night something happened during one of his at-bats that beats the plot to a Hollywood movie.In a video posted to the Tampa Bay Times website, Tebow leaves the on-deck circle to greet a young autistic fan who worked up the courage to say hi to him. He makes the kids day, and then promptly walks to the plate and crushes a home run. We’ll go ahead and say he definitely hit it for the young fan.The mother of the young kid filmed the whole thing and it’s incredible. Tim Tebow makes miracles happen. Must be dusty in here.last_img read more

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