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Congress outshines BJP in Rajasthan local body bypolls

first_imgThe Opposition Congress on Tuesday won the majority of seats in the by-elections to Zila Parishads, Panchayat Samitis and municipal wards in Rajasthan. The party won all the four Zila Parishad seats, 16 of the 27 seats in Panchayat Samitis and seven of the 13 municipal wards.The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party won in 10 Panchayat Samiti wards, while one seat went to an independent candidate. The BJP candidates were elected in six municipal wards. The Zila Parishad seats and local body wards, for which by-elections were held last week, are situated in 26 districts of the State.The seats in various rural and urban local bodies had fallen vacant in Udaipur, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Banswara, Dausa, Sriganganagar, Pratapgarh, Nagaur, Baran and other districts. Congress candidate Rajendra Patidar won by a margin of 3,178 votes for the Zila Parishad seat in Banswara.Jubilant over the party’s victory in the by-polls, Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot said the BJP’s days were “numbered” in Rajasthan and the countdown had begun. “The Congress gave a tough fight to the BJP in Gujarat. The Rajasthan government has completely neglected the people in both rural and urban areas during the last four years,” he said.Mr. Pilot said the by-poll results in the State, coming just after the Gujarat Assembly election results, were “very encouraging” for the Congress, as the local bodies which went to the polls were geographically situated all over Rajasthan.“The results have depicted the people’s disenchantment with the BJP and a renewed faith in the Congress,” he said, adding that his party would win in the upcoming by-elections to two Lok Sabha and one Assembly seats as well.last_img read more

Bishnois jubilant over Salman Khan verdict

first_imgThe members of the Bishnoi community, known for its beliefs associated with nature worship and wildlife conservation, were jubilant over the court’s verdict on Thursday, convicting actor Salman Khan of killing blackbucks at Kankani village 19 years ago.Also Read Mr. Bishnoi claimed that he saw Mr. Khan and actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre in a Gypsy car, from which gunshots were fired, killing two blackbucks. When confronted by Mr. Bishnoi, they allegedly fled the scene.However, the acquittal of four other actors came as a disappointment to the Bishnois. All India Bishnoi Mahasabha executive member Ram Niwas Bishnoi told The Hindu that all witness accounts were clear about their participation in the crime. “The Bishnoi Mahasabha will submit a memorandum to the Rajasthan government asking it to file an appeal against the acquittal of the four actors and a Jodhpur resident, Dushyant Singh,” Mr. Bishnoi said.  A large number of Bishnois gathered outside the District Courts here and raised slogans against the Bollywood actor when the judgment sentencing him to five years in prison was announced. Some of them burst crackers shouting that justice had been done.Bishnois have been pursuing the cases against Mr. Khan and others in connection with the 1998 incidents when a film crew was staying here for shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hain. The wildlife department registered cases of poaching of chinkaras and blackbucks based on the complaint of Poonam Chand Bishnoi, a crucial witness during the trial.Also Read On Salman Khan: A portrait of the artist as a ‘bad boy’ ₹400-₹500 crore riding on Salman Khan: trade analystslast_img read more

Love is the greatest colour for Holi celebrations

first_imgVisually impaired students of a residential school for blind girls and a group of nature lovers in Odisha’s Berhampur on Friday proved that love is the greatest colour with which Holi is celebrated.Despite being unable to identify colours, the girls of the residential school, managed by the Odisha Service Centre for the Blind (OSCB), at Gosani Nuagaon celebrated Holi on their campus. On the school campus, children used ‘gulal’ of different colours and coloured water. “Although we cannot identify colours by vision, we are able to differentiate coloured gulal from their texture and smell,” said Gita Nayak of Class IX. The children enjoyed pouring coloured water on each other the most. A private company had also sponsored new dresses for the girls to add to their joy. These students had not gone home for Holi holidays. “Most of them are not allowed to play Holi at home. But here, we let them enjoy the festival to make them realise that they are in no way different from others,” said OSCB secretary Bhabani Shankar Padhi. On the other hand, activists of Berhampur Sabuja Bahini got together at the Nilakanthanagar funeral ground to play Holi with the trees saved by them through transplantation. These trees were to be cut for widening of a road in Berhampur. BSB president Sibaram Panigrahy said that the four trees have started to show signs of revival. “We want to make people aware that we can also share our love and joy with trees that are silent but conscious living beings,” he added.last_img read more

Why this plant is only a part-time killer

first_imgThe insect-trapping Nepenthes rafflesiana, commonly known as Raffles’ pitcher plant, doesn’t always capture the ants and other prey that are drawn to it. The rims of some of the pitchers of the viny plant, which grows in the tropical lowlands in parts of Southeast Asia and the Malay Archipelago, are slick when conditions are humid, so insects walking there readily slip into the enzyme-rich, prey-digesting fluid inside the vessel. But for several hours during the hottest part of the day, the edges of those pitchers (one shown above) are dry, which allows foraging ants to collect nectar from inside the rim of a pitcher and then return to their colony to alert their kin to the plant’s bounty and its location. In a field experiment, researchers used a dilute solution of sugar to continually wet the edges of some pitchers; others were left alone. Overall, the pitchers that were left alone captured more than 36% more ants than the always wet pitchers, the researchers report online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The findings, the scientists say, are the first to back up a decades-old theory that pitchers with intermittently slick rims would end up capturing more prey by allowing scout ants to safely escape and thus lure their colony mates.last_img read more

‘Shadow biosphere’ might be hiding strange life right under our noses

first_imgSAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA—If we came across alien life, would we even know it was alive? That was a central question posed at a session here yesterday at the annual meeting of AAAS (which publishes Science). All known life on Earth fits a particular mold, but life from other planets might break free from that mold, making it difficult for us to identify. We could even be oblivious to unfamiliar forms of life right under our noses.All life as we know it follows a standard protocol, known as the “central dogma,” using DNA and RNA to store genetic information, and translating that into proteins. And all living things rely on the same handful of chemical elements. So, when searching for life in remote or extreme environments scientists typically look for signs of the kind of life we’re familiar with. But, “if we have other organisms out there that do things just slightly differently, we might miss the boat,” geobiologist Victoria Orphan of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena told attendees.Biologists have proposed the existence of a “shadow biosphere”—an undiscovered group of living things with biochemistry different from what we’re used to. Most of life’s diversity on our planet is too small to see, making microbes the most likely place to look for these new types of life. Already, new discoveries are shaking our beliefs about what life is. Recently discovered giant, amoeba-infecting viruses blur the line between life and nonlife—although they rely on their hosts for essential biological functions, the bacteria-sized viruses have complex genomes. Such unexpected discoveries suggest that we shouldn’t define what we are searching for by what we know is already out there, Orphan said.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)But it’s hard to search for something if you don’t know what it is. One general hallmark to look for, said planetary scientist Carolyn Porco of the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado, is a system that is out of equilibrium. Life takes in and uses energy, altering its environment in the process. Without life, for example, our planet would not have an oxygen-rich atmosphere, as chemical reactions tend to deplete oxygen. The proliferation of left-handed amino acids is another example we see on Earth; life is made up of left-handed amino acids, but not their mirror-images. Such a lopsided situation is an indication of an environment out of whack—and perhaps life.However, what we can search for also depends on what’s practical. As a result, NASA’s strategy for searching out life on other planets has generally been to “follow the water,” looking for life similar to that on Earth, Porco said, because that’s what we know how to find. Porco called on other scientists on the panel to come up with a “working definition” of life that could give planetary scientists guidance as to what else they should look for. For example, on other worlds, life might form in liquid hydrocarbons instead of water, such as on Saturn’s moon, Titan. Different markers might reveal life in hydrocarbon seas.Rather than searching for new forms of life on Earth or in the stars, other scientists study the question from the bottom up, looking for possible precursors of life. Chemist David Lynn of Emory University in Atlanta points out that misfolded proteins—like the those implicated in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s—show some similarities to life, namely that they can generate diversity in the different ways that they fold, and can undergo chemical evolution, in which those folded proteins are selected not genetically, but chemically. Such precursors could form complex chemical networks, which might be the foundation of radically different life elsewhere in the universe.Biochemist John Chaput of Arizona State University, Tempe, takes the approach of working backward from the central dogma, asking if early life could have used a simpler precursor to RNA and DNA. He studies threose nucleic acid, which is not found in nature but can be synthesized in the lab. It forms a similar structure to DNA, but with a different backbone and would’ve been simpler to produce and replicate on primordial Earth. “Life did not choose DNA or RNA out of chemical necessity,” he said. “There may have been many alternative paths to the evolution of life.”Check out our full coverage of the AAAS annual meeting.What message would you send into space? Tell us on Twitter and Vine with #msgtospace!last_img read more

Team LeBron rallies past Team Giannis in 2019 NBA All-Star game

first_imgMOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting UP NEXTThe next All-Star Game is Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TIP-INSTeam Giannis: Antetokounmpo was awarded a first-quarter free throw — but instead of shooting it, he tossed a pass to himself off the backboard. It isn’t legal, and didn’t work, but he didn’t mind. … Joel Embiid had 12 rebounds and Antetokounmpo added 11. … Kemba Walker, the lone Charlotte player in the game, had four points on 2-for-8 shooting.Team LeBron: James spent part of halftime on the court listening to J. Cole’s performance, then grabbed a hug from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. … New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, who was dealing with a muscle strain in his shoulder, played five minutes and made both of his shot attempts.SPLAT BROTHERSOrdinarily “Splash Brothers” in Golden State, Curry went splat — courtesy of Klay Thompson.Early in the fourth quarter, Curry shot a 3-pointer from the right wing while getting fouled by someone who’s usually his teammate. Thompson gave a dismissive wave, as if to ask “Why’d I do that?” when Curry’s 3 swished. And Curry made the free throw to seal the four-point play.OLADIPO SPEAKSVictor Oladipo’s season is over with a leg injury that kept him from playing in the All-Star Game as well. The Indiana Pacers star, however, was watching. “Wish I could be there playing with you guys but I know this will be a good game to watch!” Oladipo tweeted. “I was on Team LeBron last year but this year it’s all about #TeamGiannis! Lets Go Fellas!!!” Oladipo was replaced on the Team Giannis roster by Brooklyn’s D’Angelo Russell.NO-FIGHT NIGHTThere were no fights, though that didn’t stop the league from bringing in reknowned boxing ring announcer Michael Buffer to deliver his famed “Let’s get ready to rumble” proclamation just before tip-off. LATEST STORIES Team LeBron, down by 20 in the second half, finally got firing and went on to beat Team Giannis 178-164 in the All-Star Game on Sunday night. MVP Kevin Durant scored 31 points for Team LeBron, the one that James drafted and led to victory in the captain’s-choice format for a second consecutive season. Klay Thompson scored 20, and James and Kawhi Leonard each scored 19 for the winners.Giannis Antetokounmpo — the first-time captain — led everybody with 38 points for the club he drafted. Paul George and Khris Middleton each scored 20 points for Team Giannis, which got 17 apiece from Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We just started making shots,” Durant said.Durant is now a two-time MVP, also winning it back in 2012. He lauded Charlotte for the weekend. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The 53 points tied a one-quarter All-Star record as well, matching the total by the West in the third quarter of the 2016 games and by the East in the first quarter of the 2017 game. But when it was time to get competitive, things tightened up considerably, at least by All-Star standards.But when Team LeBron used a flurry of 3s to get back into it, everyone on the bench was standing — sometimes running from the bench and onto the court during play, the celebrations a bit more exuberant than what’s usually allowed.And the All-Star farewells for Miami’s Wade and Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki— the adds to the game by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, in honor of their career bodies of work — were festive, as everyone wanted.Nowitzki entered the game late in the first quarter and made his first three shots — all of them 3-pointers — before heading back to the bench. Wade checked in not long after Nowitzki took the floor, then started the second half and achieved his primary missions for his last All-Star Game as a player.He got an alley-oop lob from James.And he threw an alley-oop lob to James.Wade dunked, James dunked, and the close friends who entered the NBA together in 2003 and won championships with Miami in 2012 and 2013 got a couple more moments to savor in their final night as on-court teammates.Wade finished with seven points in 10 minutes, and Nowitzki never returned after his nine-point, four-minute opening stint. When the third quarter ended, every player gathered behind them as Wade and Nowitzki were honored with commemorative jerseys at midcourt.“Thank you to the commissioner and the NBA for allowing us to both be on this stage again,” Nowitzki said.“Exactly what Dirk said,” Wade said as he took the microphone. “We’re very thankful for this opportunity. … The game is in great hands. It’s easy to walk away right now.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oliver Almadro vows Ateneo will bounce back: ‘They’ve seen our worst, they haven’t seen our best’ Team LeBron’s LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, shoots over Team Giannis’ Joel Embiid, of the Philadelphia 76ers, during the second half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LeBron James was trading lob pass with Dwyane Wade again, one last time. Lobs from Kyrie Irving once again, too. And after making a stepback 3-pointer late, he stared down Joel Embiid to send a message without saying a word.Oh, this mattered.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “Thanks for the hospitality,” Durant said. “It was an amazing weekend. Glad we capped it off with a ‘W.’”The highlights, as would be expected, were absurdly good, time and again.Curry slammed the ball off the floor on a first-half fast break and watched it ricochet toward the rim with an apex that flirted with the top of the backboard. Too high for most humans — but Antetokounmpo isn’t most humans. The freakishly long Greek star slammed Curry’s unconventional alley-oop pass home, with both benches reacting in disbelief.It was not a defensive showcase, as always.Team Giannis set an All-Star record with 23 field goals in the first quarter, topping the mark of 22 set on four other occasions — by both the West and the East in the first quarter of the 2017 game, and by the West in both the second and third quarters of the 2016 game.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

World 5K Swim Silver for Araouzou

first_imgKAZAN, Russia — Fighting off windy and choppy conditions, Haley Anderson of the U.S. defended her title in the 5-kilometer open water race to claim the first medal of the FINA world swimming championships July 25.She surged to the lead in the closing meters in the brownish waters of the Kazanka River, hitting the touchpad in 58 minutes, 48.4 seconds.Chad Ho of South Africa defeated Rob Muffels of Germany in a photo finish after they both stopped the clock in 55:17.6. Matteo Furlan of Italy earned bronze in 55:20.0.“I couldn’t ask for a better race,” Ho said.China got started on a possible sweep of the diving gold medals with victories in two events.Si Yajie and Tai Xiaohu led all six rounds in mixed 10-meter, a new event at worlds. They scored 350.88 points in their first high-level meet together.“I had a feeling like my partner might not be able to complete it, but we made it,” Si said. “We probably were not the most synchronized duet since we only had a month to practice.”Canada’s Meaghan Benfeito and Vincent Riendeau were 41.22 points behind in second at 309.66. Domonic Bedggood and Melissa Wu of Australia earned bronze in 308.22.In women’s 3-meter synchro, Shi Tingmao and Wu Minxia won their second straight world title with 351.30 points, with Canada’s Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware were 31.83 points behind for silver. The Chinese led all five rounds in defending their gold from two years ago.Russia claimed its first gold as a first-time host of the world championships. Svetlana Romashina won the technical routine in solo synchronized swimming, a sport the Russians have dominated for years. It was Romashina’s 16th career medal at worlds.In the 5k, Anderson, the 2012 Olympic 5k silver medalist from Granite Bay, California, used the shorter race as a tuneup for the 10k next week.“I just wanted to be able to get on the course, feel it out,” she said. “My strategy was just to stay toward the front because it’s a short race. You got to kind of stay up there if you want to be able to make your move toward the end.”Anderson’s medal was the 500th won by the U.S. in the 16-year history of the world championships.Kalliopi Araouzou of Greece took silver in 58:49.8, while Finnia Wunram of Germany earned bronze in 58:51.0.Sharon Van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands led most of the way on the wind-whipped rectangular course, but settled for fourth in 58:55.1 — more than 7 seconds behind Anderson.The water temperature was 68 degrees (20 Celsius) while the air temperature was 73 degrees (23 Celsius) for the women’s race at the course near the Kazan Kremlin, built at the behest of Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century.“The water wasn’t too cold, which was nice,” Anderson said. “A little choppy, but it’s choppy for everybody, it’s cold for everybody. It was nice out there.”Anderson won the 5k at worlds two years ago in Barcelona, Spain, where the water temperature in the city’s harbor was warm, but swimmers criticized the conditions as dirty and smelly.Numerous boats carefully tracked the field of 41 swimmers, who were strung out after the lead pack. The water is four meters deep on the course — two times deeper than the FINA standard. The bottom of the river in the competition area was cleaned beforehand.“The quality of the Kazanka water conforms to all the sanitary norms,” said Dmitry Mikhailov, a Deputy Director General for Sports Projects.The start and finish of the open water events is directly under the 27-meter tower that will be used for the high diving competition next week.Synchronized swimming joined pool swimming and diving with an event featuring men and women competing together.In the debut of mixed duet synchro at worlds, the Russian duo of Darina Valitova and Aleksandr Maltsev was first with 88.85 points in the technical preliminary.Americans Christina Jones and Bill May were second at 86.71, while the Italian duo of Manila Flamini and Giorgio Minisini was third with 84.07. The final is July 26.May is back in the sport after retiring 10 years ago. He has been performing in a Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas.(BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

India vs Australia: Kane Richardson ruled out of ODI series, Andrew Tye called up

first_imgAustralia suffered a massive blow ahead of the second Twenty20 Intenational against India when their right-arm fast bowler Kane Richardson was ruled out of the remainder of the tour due to a side strain. After the two-match T20I series, India and Australia will lock horns in a five-match one day international series from March 2.Richardson suffered the injury while batting in the nets last week ahead of the first T20I against India in Vizag. He trained with the team on Tuesday in Bengaluru but after bowling a few deliveries, he left the nets and took no further part in training.”Kane reported some left side pain at training prior to the opening T20I in Vizag,” said Australia team physio David Beakley.”Unfortunately he has not recovered well enough in order to play a further part in the tour. Kane will return home to continue his rehabilitation, and we (will) monitor his progress over the coming weeks,” Beakley added.Meanwhile, Cricket Australia has called up right-arm medium-pacer Andrew Tye to replace Richardson in the squad.Tye has played seven one day internationals taking 12 wickets, with the best of 5 for 46 against England in Perth in January last year.Australia are eyeing their first-ever T20I series victory over India. They currently lead the 2-match series 1-0 after their three-wicket victory in Vizag.Also Read | Did India underestimate Australia in Vizag? Here’s what Sunil Gavaskar has to sayAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah a class act, has a great cricketing brain: Pat CumminsAlso Read | Krunal Pandya takes heart from spirited bowling show in Visakhapatnam T20Iadvertisementlast_img read more

Speed Demons: Men On the Move

first_imgOn most days, most American men achieve a top speed of not much more than 3.1 miles per hour on foot, or up 60 or 70 miles an hour, with that speed coming from an automobile. Some of us often reach speeds of around 575 miles per hour while flying. For the average gentleman, that’s top speed.Then you have other people who move a bit faster. Like… way faster. Like fast enough to set records that are goddamned mind bending. Like the guy who shattered the speed of sound in free fall. Or the guy who flew a plane at more than 7,250 miles per hour. We call these men: Speed Demons. (Or at least we call them that from now on, so get with the program.)The Fastest Man on FootMan PowerAs far as we know, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is the fastest human being alive. And it’s likely he’s one of the fastest humans to ever have lived, by the way: his natural prowess and modern training techniques have propelled him to speeds so fast he could get ticketed while running through a school zone. That’s because Bolt has a set a running speed record of 27.78 miles per hour.The Fastest Man on WaterReady to “Sail”Believe it or no (and, y’know, believe it, because it’s fact), the water speed record was set more than 30 years ago! And it was set by a man in a wooden boat. Granted, the Spirit of Australia was a powered by a jet engine, but still, with its largely wooden body, you can fairly call it a wooden boat. On October 8th, 1978, Ken Warby climbed into that wooden jet engine boat and set a water speed record of 317.5 miles per hour.The Fastest Free FallFrom the Edge of SpaceAt sea level, the speed of sound is around 760 miles per hour under normal conditions. When Felix Baumgartner stepped off the platform of a specially designed extremely high altitude balloon on October 24th, 2012, he was not at sea level, and he did not reach the speed of sound: he was at 127,852 feet above the earth, and he in fact blasted past the speed of sound when he set a free fall speed record of 843.6 miles per hour.The Fastest CarYou Will Be Pulled OverOK, “car” might not be the right word here… how about Rolls-Royce Spey Turbofan Afterburner Engine Powered Super Jet Car, instead? The “car’s” name was the ThrustSSC, and its driver was RAF fighter pilot Andy Green. In the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, on October 15th, 1997 (notice how October is a big month for record? Good air temperature, see?), Green “drove” the ThrustSCC fast enough to set a new land speed record of 763 miles per hour.The Fastest FlightRocket Planes Are FastThe X-15 is a rocket powered plane developed by NASA and the USAF to demonstrate that mankind can, if it so wishes, fly from NYC to LA in about 20 minutes to get some ramen. Or maybe there was some other research involved, whatever. The point is that once again it was October, this time the 3rd of October, 1967. The man was pilot William Knight, and the flight set a new manned airspeed record of 7,259 miles per hour.The Fastest People EverNot Moving So Fast Now…We’re proud to report that the fastest human speed record is not held by one single man, but by the crew of the Apollo 10, the 4th manned mission of the Apollo program, and the last Apollo mission not intended for an actual moon landing. In the capsule were astronauts Thomas P. Stafford, John W. Young. and Eugene A. Cernan. During their return trip to earth after orbiting the moon, these three Americans set an all-time top human speed record of 24,791 miles per hour. An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) The Ooni 3 Portable Pizza Oven Produces Perfect Pies on the Go Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn Editors’ Recommendations Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH last_img read more

New Technology To Protect Provinces Archeological Sites

first_imgArcheological sites that hold the key to our past will soon be better protected thanks to a new investment by the province. Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, announced today, Sept. 8, that the province will invest $13,300 in new mapping technology to identify areas with a high likelihood for archeological remains. “We are committed to identifying and protecting sites that will allow us to learn more about our cultural history and better understand where we came from,” said Mr. MacDonald. The new mapping technology identifies areas with a high potential for sites pre-dating European settlement in the 1600s. Specialized software searches coloured digital maps that indicate ideal conditions for a settlement, such as nearness to drinking water and transportation corridors. Although this technology exists elsewhere, this particular model was developed in Nova Scotia based on the province’s specific conditions and settlement patterns. “These sites have an important historical significance in our communities,” said Mr. MacDonald. “Early knowledge and awareness will ensure the sites are properly protected.” The new technology will be a valuable tool for planning agencies and developers who can identify areas of high potential for archeological sites in advance. This will help them prevent accidental damage to sites, potential delays and additional project costs. The new archeological mapping technology supports the Special Places Protection Act, which protects archeological sites and remains. There are currently close to 1,400 known sites in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Sidhu vacates ministerial bungalow allotted to him in Chandigarh

first_imgChandigarh: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu Sunday vacated the official bungalow allotted to him by the Punjab government, a day after his resignation from the state cabinet was accepted by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.Sidhu, who has been avoiding the media for more than a month now, once again dodged questions posed by reporters as he vacated the premises here.”Have vacated the ministerial bungalow, handed it over to the Punjab Government,” Sidhu said in a tweet. Also Read – MP woman hangs herself after killing three childrenOn Saturday, Amarinder Singh had accepted Sidhu’s “one-line” resignation and forwarded it to Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore who conveyed his acceptance of the same.The 55-year-old cricketer-turned-politician, who was at loggerheads with Amarinder Singh, was stripped off key portfolios in the cabinet reshuffle on June 6.The chief minister had divested Sidhu of the Local Government and Tourism and Cultural Affairs Departments and allotted him the power and new and renewable energy portfolio. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Apart from Sidhu, the portfolios of other ministers were also changed.His refusal to assume the charge of the power department for more than a month also came as an “embarrassment” to the Congress as opposition parties attacked the Amarinder Singh-led regime over the issue.In Sidhu’s absence, Amarinder Singh has been monitoring the power department’s functioning due to the ongoing paddy sowing season and a rising demand for power because of the hot and humid weather in the state. On July 14, Sidhu had posted on Twitter his June 10 resignation letter addressed to then Congress president Rahul Gandhi, which was sent just four days after his portfolio was changed.On July 15, Sidhu sent his resignation letter to Amarinder Singh’s official residence here while the chief minister was in Delhi.While in the national capital, Amarinder Singh had on Tuesday said that he would take a decision after going through the letter’s contents once he reaches Chandigarh.Earlier this week, Amarinder Singh had said that if Sidhu did not want to do his job, “there is nothing I can do about it”.The tension between the two had come out in the open in May when Amarinder Singh blamed Sidhu for “inept handling” of the Local Government Department, claiming that it resulted in “poor performance” of the Congress in urban areas in the Lok Sabha polls. The former cricketer, however, said his department was being “singled out publicly” and asserted that he could not be taken for granted as he had been a “performer throughout”.Sidhu had quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and joined the Congress ahead of the 2017 Punjab assembly polls.last_img read more

Almost 900 people receive medical attention during Montreal race events

first_imgMONTREAL – Almost 900 people received medical attention as 10-kilometre and half-marathon events took place in Montreal under blazing heat, the event’s medical co-ordinator said Sunday.The shorter events were still held even after Montreal marathon organizers cancelled the full 42.2-kilometre marathon due to concerns over high heat and humidity.Eddy Afram said the number of medical interventions was higher than usual, but still in line with the organizers’ expectations given the temperature, which was expected to reach 30 C by Sunday afternoon.In comparison, Afram said about 500 to 600 people are usually treated when temperatures are between 15 and 18 C.In a phone interview, he said organizers made the right decision in cancelling the feature event, which would have required several more hours of running under increasingly hot temperatures.“This was the best compromise and a good consolation race for those who couldn’t do the marathon,” he said.He said most of the treatments were for heat stroke or common running injuries such as cramps and muscle strains.Afram said organizers took numerous precautions to keep people safe, including increasing the number of medical staff, adding 18 more water stations and installing a spray system at the finish line.The event also kicked off an hour early to avoid the hottest part of the day.The region’s emergency medical service also sent 10 ambulances and set up a command post to monitor the health of both runners and spectators.A spokesman for Urgences-Sante said paramedics transported five people to hospital, while another 20 were taken to a medical clinic at the race site.last_img read more

10344 booked till Mar 2019 for consuming alcohol in public

first_imgNew Delhi: According to a Delhi Police data, in last in 90 days, 10,344 persons were booked for consuming liquor in public places of the city. In comparison, 6,861 persons were arrested during the same period in 2018. The cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has also risen compared to the last year.Police sources told Millennium Post that they have heightened the security which resulted in curbing the menace. Sources informed that out 15 districts, two were on the top with 2706, and 2015 arrests, while 5,585 arrests were made from the rest of 13 districts. Additionally, two units of city police, railways and crime branch caught 38 persons drinking in public places. According to police, drinking in public places would often result in quarrel, fights, rash driving. “We conduct surprise checkings in different areas, and also put pickets to check drunk and driving cases,” police said. Last year city police started a drive named “Reclaiming Public Spaces” under which they booked several persons. The police started the initiative after it was found that families had started avoiding public places due to the presence of anti-social elements fostered by illegal activities like gambling and drinking liquor. To keep the public spaces free from the anti-social elements, park patrolling is being done to sanitize. Apart from different drives, the city police in plain clothes also roam around in different places to keep an eye on any untoward activity. Cops also ask the whereabouts of suspicious people and frisk them to check if they are armed. Cases registered and vehicle seizure Total 1,549 Excise Act cases were registered till March this year, whereas, the number was at 874 during the same period in 2018. As many as 172 vehicles involved in the illegal activity were seized last year (till March), whereas, in the current year, the law enforcement agency has seized 245 vehicles. Around 1,46,211 illicit bottles were recovered in 2018 as compared to 1,76,890 bottles seized this year. Cases under NDPS Act In 2019, a total of thirteen cases have been registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, whereas last year only seven were reported. “As many as 30 persons arrested last year whereas 28 drug traffickers have been nabbed this year,” said police sources adding that 19 habitual drug traffickers have been also identified. The history sheets of 66 drug traffickers have already been opened while the proposal has been made to open cases of an additional six history-sheeters.last_img read more

Ban deeply troubled by findings of review of allegations of misreporting by

In a statement released today by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he will take “all necessary steps to ensure full and accurate reporting by [the joint mission],” so that sensitive information is systematically brought to the attention of UN Headquarters and the Security Council in a timely manner. The review team examined material related to 16 incidents, which were the basis of the allegations related to the hybrid operations, known as UNAMID. The team also interviewed former and current staff in UNAMID and at UN Headquarters. While the review did not find any evidence to support the allegations, it did find a “tendency to under-report unless absolutely certain of the facts,” the Secretary-General said.Recognizing that UNAMID faces “unique challenges” owing to its complex mandate and operating environment, Mr. Ban stressed that “keeping silent or under-reporting on incidents involving human rights violations and threats or attacks on UN peacekeepers cannot be condoned under any circumstances.”In five of the cases examined, the review found that UNAMID did not provide UN Headquarters with full reports on the circumstances surrounding those incidents, which involved possible wrongdoing by Government or pro-Government sources.The review team also found that UNAMID took an “unduly conservative approach to the media, maintaining silence when it could have developed a press line, even in the absence of all the facts,” the Secretary-General said.Mr. Ban said in UNAMID’s media policy will be re-examined to ensure greater openness and transparency. In addition, the Mission will be expected to follow up formally and report on Government investigations into incidents where peacekeepers have been killed or injured.In July, the Secretary-General called for a review by the UN Secretariat of all investigations and inquiries related to the hybrid operation undertaken since mid-2012, in order to ensure that the recommendations had been implemented and that any relevant issues had been fully addressed.UNAMID, formally established in 2007, has been mandated to protect civilians, support humanitarian assistance, monitor and verify implementation of agreements, contribute to the promotion of human rights and the rule of law, and assist in the political reconciliation following the 2003 civil war between the Government of Sudan and militias and other armed rebel groups. read more

Geek Deals Samsung 46inch 3D LED HDTV with 2x 3D glasses 200

first_imgSome of you might ask, “Why has 3D theater technology popped up again? It wasn’t anything special in the 80’s and I don’t recall anyone asking for it now, so why has it made a comeback? I sure don’t want it!”Want it or not, 3D is back in full force thanks to some combination of Hollywood and electronics manufacturers. Some Hollywood “visionaries” see it as the next way to further immerse people in their films and the electronics industry likely sees some combination of replicating the theater experience and capitalizing on a new market.AdChoices广告Whatever combination of conspiracies has brought it about, 3D is becoming more and more common in home theater electronics and is almost hard to avoid these days. To help expose you to the 3D world, Samsung is bundling a two pairs of their active shutter 3D glasses with one of their 2011 model 3D HDTVs. The Samsung UN46D6400 HDTV measures in at 46-inches, with the usual 1080p resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. Being a 2011 model, you will also get an LED backlight and integrated web apps like Netflix awaiting your internet connection.Dell is chopping $300 off the price of this TV and throwing in the aforementioned 3D glasses for a total for $1,299.99 with free shipping. It doesn’t stop there though as they are also including a $200 Dell eGift Card that will let you pick up a 3D Blu-ray player or whatever other electronics tickle your fancy from the Dell store.Visit LogicBuy for the Samsung UN46D6400 46-Inch 3D HDTV deallast_img read more

Barrage de Belo Monte le chef Raoni cherche du soutien en France

first_imgBarrage de Belo Monte : le chef Raoni cherche du soutien en France Le chef indigène brésilien Raoni est en France depuis lundi dans l’espoir d’obtenir des soutiens contre le projet du barrage géant de Belo Monte en Amazonie. Les autorités brésiliennes ont donné leur accord pour ce projet en juin dernier.Dans le cadre de son combat contre le projet du barrage géant de Belo Monte, en Amazonie, Raoni, chef de la tribu des indiens nomades Kayapos, est arrivé en France lundi, rapporte l’AFP. A son arrivée, son comité de soutien lui a remis une pétition signée par 100.000 personnes. Lancée il y a plus d’un an sur le site Raoni.com, cette pétition réclame l’arrêt de la construction du barrage. De nombreuses personnalités l’ont signée. Parmi elles, Marion Cotillard, Bernard Lavilliers, Vincent Cassel, Pierre Richard ou encore Danielle Mitterrand, a souligné auprès de l’AFP le responsable du site, Gert-Peter Bruch.À lire aussiGreenpeace dévoile les premières images du récif corallien de l’Amazone à peine découvert et déjà menacéLe séjour en France du chef Raoni s’achèvera début octobre, a indiqué son comité de soutien. Il rencontrera plusieurs officiels et partenaires, et devrait être fait citoyen d’honneur de la Ville de Paris, lors d’une cérémonie prévue le 27 septembre.Le barrage de Belo Monte, troisième barrage le plus grand du monde après le barrage des Trois-Gorges en Chine et le barrage d’Itaipu situé entre le Brésil et le Paraguay, a suscité de vives contestations. Mais malgré l’opposition des indigènes et le soutien de nombreuses célébrités telles que James Cameron ou Sting, les autorités brésiliennes ont donné leur accord pour le lancement des travaux. La construction du barrage est censée s’achever en 2019. Il doit inonder une zone de 500 kilomètres carrés sur les berges du Xingu, dans l’ouest de l’Etat amazonien du Para. En plus de son impact considérable sur l’environnement, il engloutira le territoire de tribus indiennes et pourrait nécessiter le déplacement de quelque 25.000 indigènes.Le 21 septembre 2011 à 10:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Declassified U2 Spy Plane Photos Reveal Forgotten Historic Sites

first_img Declassified photographs captured by American U2 spy planes that flew over the Middle East in the 1950s are helping archaeologists locate and study previously hidden historic sites.The black-and-white images, which became public in 1997, show a range of important areas, ranging from sites along the Nile in Egypt to the city of Allepo in Syria and the Assyrian city of Nimrud in modern day Iraq. They were captured by U2 spy planes that flew across Europe, the Middle East, and central eastern Asia to document military targets.Even though they have been declassified for more than 20 years, the images were never indexed or scanned. The CORONA spy satellite program, which the U.S. ran between 1959 and 1972, also had historical aerial documentation but the U2 photos are earlier and found to be higher resolution than even the best CORONA images, offering the chance to see historical features undecipherable by CORONA or already gone by the time of those missions.“U2 photographs allowed us to present a more complete picture of the archaeological landscape than would have otherwise been possible,” wrote archaeologists Emily Hammer of the University of Pennsylvania and Jason Ur of Harvard University in paper published in the journal Advances in Archaeological Practice.Hammer and Ur analyzed thousands of high- and low-resolution frames, and discovered many historical and archeological features, including prehistoric hunting traps, 3,000-year-old irrigation canals, and 60-year-old marsh villages no longer visible today.U2 spy plane images of southern Iraq present the layout, size, and environmental position of Marsh Arab communities in the late 1950s and early 1960s, many of which disappeared. (Photo Credit: Emily Hammer and Jason Ur / Advances in Archaeological Practice)The work represents the first archaeological use of U2 spy plane imagery — and a new and exciting window into history.“The photos provide a fascinating look at the Middle East several decades ago, showing, for example, historical Aleppo long before the massive destruction wrought in the ongoing civil war,” Hammer said in a University of Pennsylvania blog post. “Plus, the work and the accompanying online resources will allow other researchers to identify and access U2 photos for the first time.”Because the U2 images were not very user-friendly, Hammer and Ur faced challenges in accessing and reproducing the film negatives.According to the University of Pennsylvania, the researchers had to select the film rolls they wanted moved from the National Archives’ storage center in Kansas to the aerial film section in Maryland. Once there, they unspooled hundreds of feet of film over a light table to identify pertinent frames, then photographed the negatives in pieces using a 100-millimeter macro lens. Later, they stitched together and adjusted each frame, before geo-referencing the photos using GIS software to match up images with coordinates of real-world places.The work paid off for the researchers. The images revealed many important archaeological features, including prehistoric hunting traps called desert kites in eastern Jordan. Desert kites, stone-wall structures that date back 5,000 to 8,000 years, were used to trap gazelle and other similar animals. The dry desert of eastern Jordan preserved many of them, but agricultural expansion in western Jordan dismantled or destroyed many more. The satellite images bring them back to life, showcasing a web of diamond-shaped enclosures with what look like long kite tails, offering the best view, to date, of these important hunting tools.Declassified U2 spy plane images also showed the canal system in northern Iraq, which provides insight into how an early empire maintained its power and governed. (Photo Credit: Emily Hammer and Jason Ur / Advances in Archaeological Practice)The images also showed an Assyrian canal system in northern Iraq, which provide insight into how an early empire governed; and the layout, size, and environmental position of Marsh Arab communities in the late 1950s and early 1960s, many of which disappeared after massive hydroelectric dams in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq impounded the rivers, and especially after the government of Saddam Hussein deliberately drained the marshes.“The activities of ancient human communities frequently left large-scale traces on the landscape,” Hammer said. “You can’t see these patterns when you’re standing on top of them, but just like stepping back from the blobs of paint on an Impressionist painting reveals the full picture, aerial and satellite imagery allow the patterns to emerge.”More on Geek.com:Laser Scans Uncover Hidden Military Traverse Underneath AlcatrazGeo-Radar Detects Viking Ship Buried Underground in NorwayWatch: Newly Restored Footage of 1953 Nuclear Tests Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in MaineNew Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By Scientists Stay on targetlast_img read more

Victim her family shocked by attack

first_imgA Vancouver woman suffered severe burns Monday night when someone threw a caustic liquid in her face in an attack so unusual that a veteran police detective said he hadn’t heard of such a thing in 30 years working in Vancouver.“I’m a nice girl and I don’t know why this happened,” Bethany Storro, 28, said Tuesday in her hospital room in the Oregon Burn Center at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.“It’s very bizarre, very random and very weird, and we don’t understand it,” said Storro’s mother, Nancy Neuwelt, reached by phone while at Storro’s bedside.“She’s having a hard time,” Neuwelt added. “It’s changed her life now and her emotions are all over the place.”About 7:15 p.m. Monday, paramedics and police rushed to West Eighth and Columbia streets, near Esther Short Park. A woman who happened by after Storro was attacked called 911.Storro, a Vancouver resident like her mother, had been standing outside on the passenger side of her car, planning to get some coffee at the Starbucks there, Neuwelt said.last_img read more

Former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello dies

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Annette Funicello, the dark-haired darling of TV’s “The Mickey Mouse Club” in the 1950s who further cemented her status as a pop-culture icon in the ’60s by teaming with Frankie Avalon in a popular series of “beach” movies, died Monday. She was 70.Funicello, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987 and became a spokeswoman for treatment of the chronic, often-debilitating disease of the central nervous system, died at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., Walt Disney Co. spokesman Howard Green said.Funicello and her husband, Glen Holt, had moved from the Los Angeles area after a 2011 fire gutted their home in Encino.Bob Iger, Disney’s chairman and chief executive, said: “Annette was and always will be a cherished member of the Disney family, synonymous with the word ‘Mousketeer,’ and a true Disney legend. She will forever hold a place in our hearts as one of Walt Disney’s brightest stars, delighting an entire generation of baby boomers with her jubilant personality and endless talent. Annette was well known for being as beautiful inside as she was on the outside, and she faced her physical challenges with dignity, bravery and grace. All of us at Disney join with family, friends, and fans around the world in celebrating her extraordinary life.”Funicello was a 12-year-old dance-school student when Walt Disney saw her performing the lead role in “Swan Lake” at her dance-school’s year-end recital at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank in the spring of 1955.She joined a group of other talented young performers hired to become Mousketeers on “The Mickey Mouse Club,” the children’s variety show that debuted on ABC in October 1955 and quickly became a daily late-afternoon ritual for millions of young Americans.last_img read more

Broward declares countywide cold weather emergency through Saturday

first_imgHollywoodBroward Outreach Center2056 Scott St.(Shelter location only)If the weather forecast changes, the county said shelters may be extended or canceled. For more information, call the Broward County Homeless Hotline: 954-563-4357 (HELP).Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward County officials have declared a multi-night cold weather emergency as a strong cold front pushes through South Florida.Temperatures are projected to reach the low 40s overnight from Wednesday through Friday. It will get even colder in inland areas, with lows reaching the upper 30s.As result, county officials declared a cold weather emergency from 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, to 9 a.m., Thursday, from 6:30 p.m., Thursday, to 9 a.m., Friday, and from 6:30 p.m., Friday, to 7 a.m., Saturday.The county is urging the homeless to seek shelter indoors during these periods.Cold night shelters for homeless individuals have been set up at the following locations:Pompano BeachPompano Beach City Hall100 W. Atlantic Blvd. (Southeast Corner)(Pickup location to go to a shelter)Fort LauderdaleThe Salvation Army1445 West Broward Blvd.(Shelter and Pickup Location) last_img read more