How To Build And Launch Your Own Satellite [VIDEO]

first_imgDo you have a burning scientific question that can be answered only by putting a satellite into orbit? You’re in luck. It’s now feasible to do just that, using only off-the-shelf technology, in a design called a CubeSat. It’ll run you around $50,000. For university, commercial or government projects, this new price point is a game changer.A CubeSat is a 10 centimeter cube, or exactly one liter of volume, that weighs about one kilogram. Anything you can fit into that shape is good to go. You can even bolt two or three cubes together. In the parlance, a standard CubeSat is a “1U,” two cubes is “2U,” and three is “3U.” There are detailed design specs freely available online. Related Posts Tags:#space#web jon mitchell If you’ve got a science mission that qualifies, NASA will launch your CubeSat for free as part of its CubeSat Launch Initiative. If you don’t qualify for NASA’s program, it could cost $100,000 or more to hitch a ride aboard a launch vehicle, but that’s still vastly cheaper than a commercial satellite launch.The cubes are loaded into a Poly-PicoSatellite Orbital Deployer (or P-POD) and dropped into orbit. A P-POD can hold up to three cubes. Over 100 CubeSats have been launched since 1999. They can remain in orbit for a month or so before falling back to Earth.What would you do with a CubeSat? You can take photos from orbit, collect atmospheric data, perform biology experiments, send radio transmissions or just test your equipment. We live in a golden age for do-it-yourself technology.Thanks to Stephen Murphey for sending in the cool video! Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Without LeBron James, Lakers rally in 4th quarter to beat Kings

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sacramento led by four at halftime and was up 85-74 with 5:35 remaining in the third quarter before the Lakers scored 12 straight points to take the lead. Caldwell-Pope keyed the run with nine points, including a pair of 3-pointers.The Lakers’ lead lasted only 15 seconds, however, as Hield hit a 3-pointer and the Kings outscored Los Angeles 11-6 over the remainder of the quarter.TIP-INSKings: Willie Cauley-Stein had 11 points and 12 rebounds. … Fox also had seven assists, marking the 29th game he has had five or more, which is the fifth-most in the league.Lakers: Kyle Kuzma added 18 points and Lonzo Ball 13. … JaVale McGee scored eight points in his first game since Dec. 15. The 11-year center had missed seven games due to a respiratory infection. … Hart’s 17 first-half points is a career high, surpassing the 16 he had in the first 24 minutes against Memphis on Dec. 8.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) celebrates with guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) as Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) talks with forward Kyle Kuzma (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. The Lakers won 121-114. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a season-high 26 points, Josh Hart added 22 and the Los Angeles Lakers won for the first time since LeBron James was sidelined with a groin injury, beating the Sacramento Kings 121-114 Sunday night.Brandon Ingram added 21 points, including seven during the game-deciding run. The Kings led 110-103 with 4:30 remaining when the Lakers scored 12 straight points over a three minute span. Ingram hit a 3-pointer with 2:13 remaining to give Los Angeles a 113-110 lead.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion UP NEXTKings: Host Portland on Tuesday.Lakers: Host Oklahoma City on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting A steal and layup by Iman Shumpert brought the Kings within three, but Caldwell-Pope made a driving layup to make it a two-possession game.De’Aaron Fox led Sacramento with 26 points, while Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 21 apiece.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionIt was the second time in four nights that the Kings and Lakers played. Sacramento won 117-116 on Dec. 27 on a 3-pointer by Bogdanovic at the buzzer. That was the first game James had missed since injuring his groin during the Dec. 25 game at Golden State. The Lakers were 0-2 in James’ absence.James, who was celebrating his 34th birthday on Sunday, arrived just after tipoff. 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 Krauss Dennis Smith’s key plays late help Mavs surge past Thunder MOST READlast_img read more

Jaish-e-Mohammed used armour-piercing bullets in Pulwama attack

first_imgThe three Jaish-e-Mohammed fedayeen members who stormed the CRPF camp with Kalashnikovs and grenades in Lethpora village of Pulwama district, Jammu and Kashmir, on Sunday fired steel-core bullets, which can pierce body armour. Such bullets have been used by terrorists for the first time in India.The rounds proved fatal for one CRPF personnel as the bullet pierced his bulletproof shield.”The bullet pierced the shield and hit him. Though the CRPF personnel killed the attacker, we lost one man,” Ravideep Sahi, CRPF Inspector General told India Today.The hardened steel penetrator, encased usually in a copper jacket, in such bullets is a pointed mass of high-density material which retains its shape and strikes the target with maximum energy.The CRPF personnel were surprised when the bullets penetrated the heavy metal bunker vehicle, widely used during such encounters.In fact, one of the bullets penetrated the bulletproof Gypsy of the Assistant Commandant hitting a CRPF personnel.”Yes, our Assistant Commandant was in his vehicle when the terrorists fired at it outside the camp,” said RR Bhatnagar, Director General, CRPF.While Bhatnagar did not deny encountering a new problem, he is confident in the CRPF’s fighting capability. “This will have an impact, but our men fight professionally.”The bullets used in the Pulwama attack, which are undergoing forensic tests outside the state, have set alarm bells ringing in the security establishment.”It is a problematic situation. We will carefully analyse the forensic results and take action,” a top J&K police officer told India Today requesting anonymity.advertisementThe use of armour-piercing rounds by terrorists could be a major security nightmare as several VIPS use bulletproof vehicles.In 2015, the Obama administration scrapped a ban on armour-piercing bullets in the face of fierce opposition by gun owners, lobbyists and members of the Congress.The green tip bullets can easily pierce the light body armour used by the American police.The Law Enforcement Officer Protection Act, 1986, makes the import, distribution and manufacture of armour-piercing ammunition illegal unless primarily intended for sporting purposes.ALSO WATCH | Pulwama terror attack: Our attacks won’t end, pledges 16-year-old fidayeen in videolast_img read more

Phil Neville emerges as frontrunner for England Women’s manager job

first_imgnews José Mourinho feels ‘contempt’ for Antonio Conte after exchange of insults Share on LinkedIn Phil Neville has emerged as the controversial frontrunner to become head coach of the England Women’s team and is close to landing the job.The former Manchester United, Everton and England full-back has zero experience in the women’s game. Although a holder of the pro-licence qualification who has filled backroom coaching roles at Manchester United, Valencia and the England Under-21s, Neville has never managed a men’s first team. Share on Facebook It is understood the 40-year-old’s name was initially suggested to the Football Association in a light-hearted manner by a well known broadcaster at a drinks reception last month. However, the idea clearly resonated in the corridors of power and is seen by Neville’s many admirers at the FA as a way of potentially getting him into the organisation. Back in December the game’s ruling body were struggling to find a suitable replacement for Mark Sampson, who was sacked last September, and had been rejected by their initially shortlisted candidates.With interested and, suitable, female candidates apparently thin on the ground for a while it seemed that John Herdman, the Consett born Canada coach, would get the job but, rather than lose Herdman, the Canadian FA switched him from managing their women’s side to the men’s team.With Sampson having led England to the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup in Canada and last year’s European Championships in the Netherlands while also lifting the team’s ranking to No1 in Europe and No3 in the world, his successor will be expected to win the next World Cup in France in 2019.Neville or whoever does take over – and FA sources said no final decision has been made and more than one candidate is under consideration – will also have to win the hearts and minds of England players many of whom were upset and angered by the decision to dismiss Sampson at a time when he was embroiled in a dispute with the striker Eni Aluko.Mo Marley, another pro-licence holder, has been in temporary charge since September but Neville – who has started following several England players on Twitter – would prove much more of a “box office” appointment.After being contacted by Dan Ashworth, the FA’s technical director last month, he is believed to have spoken to Martin Glenn, the chief executive, and Sue Campbell, the head of women’s football, this week. Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Read morecenter_img England women’s football team Share via Email Share on Pinterest Women’s football Share on WhatsApp Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Google teases Pixel 3a series with Night Sight on Flipkart, set for India launch on May 8,

first_imgGoogle teases Pixel 3a series with Night Sight on Flipkart, set for India launch on May 8,Google teases the Pixel 3a via Flipkart’s teaser. The teaser confirms previous leaks of the Pixel 3a sporting 18:9 display with thick forehead and chins.advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiMay 1, 2019UPDATED: May 2, 2019 09:23 IST HIGHLIGHTSGoogle is teasing the Pixel 3a’s launch in India on May 8.The Pixel 3a series is expected to be unveiled at the Google I/O 2019.Pixel 3a series will be an affordable version of the flagship Pixel 3 phones.The Pixel 3a has been one of the most leaked smartphones in the history of smartphones and computers. Even before the Pixel 3 flagship series leaked, there was information about the cheaper Pixel devices on the web. Over the course of time, the Pixel 3a suffered the same fate as the Pixel 3, with hands-on videos and highly detailed photos of prototype units floating around the web. As rumoured, Google will unveil the Pixel 3a at the I/O event next week and the company has thrown out a teaser on Flipkart.Google has released a new teaser for a new Pixel device on Flipkart. The teaser states, “Something big is coming to Pixel universe. Know more on 8th May.” Following the text, the teaser shows a darkened render of a phone with the edges of the device highlighted.While Google may not have revealed anything more, it clearly seems that this is the Pixel 3a and will be unveiled in India alongside the global announcement of the device at the Google I/O 2019. The teaser image also hints at the Pixel 3a’s design features. The trademark Pixel button arrangement is easily visible. Enhanced image of Google’s teaser reveals Pixel 3a designIf you play around with the contrast, you can also figure out the top and bottom bezels and the earpiece grille. The microphone will also be resting on the chin, emulating the stereo speaker setup from the flagship Pixel 3.Another teaser poster on Flipkart hints about Google’s night mode for the camera. The teaser reads — Losing Sight after Twilight? Something’s Coming. This indicates towards Google’s Night Sight mode that debuted in the Pixel 3 last October. The Night Sight feature is known for producing highly usable images in almost dark situations using computational photography. The Night Sight seems to be on the feature list for Google’s Pixel 3a.advertisement While Google isn’t revealing much about the Pixel 3a, the leaks have literally given out everything one needs to know about the device. The Pixel 3a is Google’s idea of an affordable smartphone that offers the Pixel experience without massive compromises. There will be two variants – a smaller Pixel 3a with a 5.6-inch display and a bigger Pixel 3a XL with a 6.5-inch display. Rumours suggest the Pixel 3a will be powered by a Snapdragon 670 chipset while the bigger Pixel 3a XL will get the Snapdragon 710 chipset.Both the Pixel 3a variants will get a single 12-megapixel rear camera. The smaller Pixel 3a will get a 2915mAh battery while the bigger Pixel 3a XL will get a 3000mAh battery. Both the phones will also come with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Since these belong to the Pixel lineup, they will run on stock Android Pie with Pixel UI on top.ALSO READ | Google Pixel 3a leaks again: Pixel UI, single rear camera and everything else we have seen beforeALSO READ | Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL renders leak again: 3.5mm headphone jack, single rear camera, USB-C port and moreALSO READ | Google I/O 2019: Android Q, Pixel 3a, Stadia cloud gaming and other goodies Google is expected to unveilGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow GoogleFollow androidFollow Pixellast_img read more

Care Needed During Snow Removal

first_imgIn the interest of road safety, Nova Scotians are asked not to push snow from their property onto, or across, public highways. In addition to creating a hazard to highway traffic, hard-packed snow can cause the blade of a snow plow to flip up and damage the truck or even force the plow into oncoming traffic. “We’ve had a lot of snow this year and I know finding a place to put it can be a problem,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks. “For everyone’s sake we’re asking homeowners and private plowing contractors to take a few extra moments to make sure they keep snow off the highway right of way. “Department supervisors are keeping an eye on problem areas,” said Mr. Estabrooks, “but we’re hoping the public, once they’re aware of the problem, will do their best to help us in keeping our roads safe.” The department has more than 500 plows on the road during the winter season and drivers are on call 24 hours a day. “Keeping our highways clear of snow is a tough job, demanding the full attention of our operators,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “I’m sure Nova Scotians will do everything they can to help them do this important work safely.”last_img read more

Province is Making Life Better for Seniors OpEd

first_imgNova Scotia seniors contribute greatly to their communities and to the economy of this province. That’s why the province is doing everything it can to make life better for seniors, their families and their communities. This government continues to introduce and improve a wide range of programs and services to help seniors live healthier lives. Through Age Friendly Communities we have consulted with more than 800 seniors, caregivers and service providers. We have also formed partnerships with 13 municipalities committed to building communities that help seniors age in their neighbourhoods. We heard from seniors struggling to make ends meet because their spouses are in long-term care, and we’re taking action. I am proud to say that, starting this month, this government is making changes to enable partners living at home to keep 60 per cent of their shared income. Up to 1,000 couples will benefit from this change. More Nova Scotians will also have help to care for a loved one at home because we are increasing support for caregivers. This government is making the caregiver benefit available to about 100 more Nova Scotians, in more areas of the province. This helps family members, friends and neighbours care for their loved ones by providing personal care, help around the house and drives to health appointments or running errands. Through Fair Drug Pricing, Nova Scotians are paying less for generic drugs than they did one year ago. The province is also helping seniors who suffer from vision loss by paying for Lucentis treatment, and ambulance fees are now lower or have been waived completely. Ultimately, Nova Scotia seniors have told us they want more options to stay in their homes longer, and we agree. That’s why we are reducing waiting lists and improving access to services. Our investments mean 7,000 more hours of home care support. We also understand the unique housing issues that seniors face, and we want to come up with the best possible plan. Currently, Nova Scotia families, municipal governments, community groups and others are being asked to help craft the province’s first long-term affordable housing strategy. Consultations are being held in communities across the province this month and seniors will play an important role. This government has a strategic plan that’s working. We are is improving access to home support services, reducing taxes, enhancing access to health care services and we have the right energy plan for seniors. These are some of the many initiatives the province is pursuing, living up to our commitment to make life better and more affordable for seniors and their families. -30-last_img read more

Stars Join ONE Campaign For Ebola Video

first_imgIn a new multi-media campaign launched today by The ONE Campaign, more than a dozen international artists are teaming up with healthcare workers from Liberia to demand world leaders do more – and quickly – to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and strengthen health systems so that future outbreaks can be quickly contained.ONE is releasing the video alongside an interactive Ebola Response Tracker, which shows how much money countries have pledged, how much has actually been disbursed, and how many health workers and other contributions have been sent to affected countries.The video features an international array of artists, including: African musicians Fally Ipupa, Angélique Kidjo, Femi Kuti, and Ice Prince; Irish rocker and ONE co-founder Bono; American and British stars Akon, Ben Affleck, Connie Britton, Matt Damon, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Ellie Goulding, Danai Gurira, and Thandie Newton; German soccer star Per Mertesacker; French actor Vincent Cassel. Also appearing in the video are Liberian healthcare workers Dr. J Soka Moses and Louise Gaye.The world’s initial response to the Ebola outbreak was a failure — global leaders waited too long to act, and thousands have paid with their lives. The video, which is completely silent, highlights how the world waited for action to stamp out Ebola in West Africa, and how we cannot wait to invest in the health sector to prevent similar tragedies in the future.The video ends with a call to action for citizens to sign ONE’s petition demanding global leaders do what’s necessary to end the outbreak and strengthen basic health care systems in developing countries. Ebola is a global crisis and defeating it will take the combined efforts of government, business, relief groups and health care workers to bring it under control. ONE’s campaign is focused on ensuring governments do their part.Michael Elliott, President and CEO of ONE, said: “The initial response to the Ebola outbreak was too slow and too uncoordinated. Some countries have now stepped up to lead in a big way –with traditional donors like the US, UK, France and Germany all making meaningful contributions– but this is a global crisis and it demands a global response. While our first priority needs to be containing this outbreak, it is equally important that the world take steps now to invest in strengthening health systems so that future tragedies of this kind will be stopped in their tracks.”Angélique Kidjo, Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter and activist from Benin, said: “When you don’t have enough doctors, nurses or hospital beds, it’s tough to stop a crisis like this Ebola outbreak. We need our friends around the world to come forward with all the help they can right now, so patients can be treated in a dignified way, and we can end this nightmare. Then we need to work together to rebuild and strengthen West Africa’s heath care systems to stop another crisis like this from happening again.”ONE’s “Ebola Response Tracker” has four main findings: 1. There is a significant discrepancy between money pledged and money disbursed on the ground. 2. No major donors have attached timelines to their contributions. Many are also unclear whether cash for the Ebola response is new money or simply funds repurposed from other foreign aid programs. 3. Accurate data on health care workers – the most critical part of the response – is very difficult to obtain. It’s also challenging to determine what kinds of personnel (i.e. epidemiologists, first responders, nurses) are required, pledged, or deployed in the field. 4. We can’t assess countries’ contributions based only on money or personnel. Countries such as the US are also contributing to the Ebola response with significant in-kind contributions such as military field hospitals, personnel, and equipment.The devastation caused by Ebola has begun to erase much of the recent progress Liberia Sierra Leone, and Guinea have made in lifting people out of extreme poverty. Nobody wants to see the clock turned back. We need every government to deliver the funding, resources and expertise needed to bring Ebola under control.You can watch the video here.Source:One.orglast_img read more

Stars Issue a Call to Amnesty International in Open Letter

first_imgMore than 400 national and international women’s rights groups, including the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), human rights advocates, medical doctors, actors and directors, fashion designers, faith-based organizations and concerned individuals from over 30 countries signed an open letter to Amnesty International expressing their dismay at its policy proposal calling for the decriminalization of the sex industry.If passed at Amnesty’s International Council Meeting in Dublin from Aug. 7–11, this policy would in effect advocate the legalization of pimping, brothel owning and sex buying — the pillars of a $99 billion global sex industry.Within 24 hours of learning about Amnesty’s proposed policy, scores of Hollywood stars and prominent individuals began to join an international grassroots campaign urging Amnesty to stand with those exploited in the sex trade, who are mostly women, rather than with their exploiters. Among the signatories are Oscar-winning actress, Meryl Streep, chef and activist, Alice Waters, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Anna Quindlen, author, Hannah Pakula, poet and human rights activist, Rose Styron and 2008 Amnesty International Human Rights Award winner, Lydia Cacho. Others include: Angela Bassett, Emily Blunt, Jonathan Demme, Grace Hightower De Niro, Lena Dunham, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Jones, Kevin Kline, Lisa Kudrow, Kyra Sedgwick, Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Eve Ensler, Marcia Gay Harden, Carey Mulligan, Ali Wentworth and many more.The response to the open letter issued by CATW was so exceedingly positive that it is now a campaign on and is open for more signatures.As the letter states, campaigners firmly agree with Amnesty that those who are prostituted must not be criminalized or brutalized by law enforcement and governments. However, full decriminalization of the sex trade renders pimps “businesspeople” who sell vulnerable individuals, overwhelmingly with histories of poverty, discrimination, homelessness and sexual abuse, to buyers of sex with impunity.“I hope and believe that Amnesty will understand the parallels with other forms of economically compelled body invasion — for instance, the sale of organs,” added Gloria Steinem. “The millions who are prostituted experience trauma and shortened lives. Legalization keeps pimps, brothel keepers, and sex-slavers in freedom and riches. Criminalization puts the prostituted in prison. What works is the ‘third way,’ the Nordic model, which offers services and alternatives to prostituted people, and fines buyers and educates them to the realities of the global sex trade.”Extensive evidence shows the catastrophic effects of legalizing or decriminalizing pimping and brothels, demonstrated in Germany and the Netherlands, for example. With impunity for the commercial sexual exploitation of marginalized populations comes an increase in sex trafficking to satisfy the demand for prostitution. Studies and survivors’ testimonies demonstrate that the sex industry is predicated on dehumanization, degradation and gender violence that can cause life-long physical and psychological harm.“A vote calling for legalizing pimping would in effect support gender apartheid, in which some women in society can demand protection from rape, discrimination and sexual harassment, while others, the most vulnerable among us, are instead set aside for consumption by men and for the profit of their pimps,” said Taina Bien-Aimé, CATW’s executive director. “This is far from what Eleanor Roosevelt envisioned for the world when she penned the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”Source:CATWInternational.orglast_img read more

Heavy rains result in floods in Malawi damaging homes and crops UN

The great majority of those affected are extremely poor women who are predominantly engaged in crop production, OCHA said, noting that such crops as maize, tobacco and rice that have been wiped out are the main source of livelihood for most Malawians.The Government, along with several UN relief agencies, have been providing assistance and assessing the damage in each of the districts to determine the number of households affected by the floods.The rains, which began in late December, have occurred during a time when Malawi is experiencing a food crisis. Under the UN’s emergency appeal for southern Africa, the country needs $144 million in aid for the period from July 2002 to June 2003.

YWCA to move sells downtown plot of land

The YWCA has sold its prized piece of land.In one of the largest downtown land deals in recent history, the organization sold its entire city block of space to the real estate developer, Great Gulf Group of Companies.The YWCA says the money in the transaction will be used to build a future hub site expected to be finished in 2016, while services at the downtown location will continue thanks to a free two year lease offered to the YWCA by the purchaser.Great Gulf has not said what its plans are for the site, but a representative says long term development plans are in place.The price of the transaction was not released. YWCA to move, sells downtown plot of land AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mike Tarasko Posted Nov 27, 2015 7:30 am MDT read more

Save peace while it lasts says General Assembly President ahead of UN

UNIC BogotáPresident of the General Assembly, Miroslav Lajčák, in Totoró, Colombia, 16 March 2018.He also said indigenous communities in western Colombia are working with the UN to build peace through strengthening social bonds. “I was inspired to see villagers, some of whom had suffered through more than 50 years of war, excited about their futures. One woman told me about her people’s determination not to slide back into conflict.” It is expected to be the largest gathering of Heads of State and Government and Ministers at UN Headquarters since the General Debate in September 2017, and a “key legacy” event for Mr.  Lajčák’s presidency, as his spokesman put it.The meeting will be held in line with “twin” resolutions in 2016 of the General Assembly and the Security Council on the review of the United Nations peacebuilding architecture. These resolutions renew the UN’s commitment to conflict prevention as embodied in the UN Charter.On Friday, Amena Yassine, Senior Adviser to the Assembly President, briefed reporters in New York. She said the meeting is expected to produce two key outcome documents – a summary of discussions as well as a resolution aimed at reviewing implementation of the 2016 resolution and recommending ways to improve the work of UN on peacebuilding.     In a recent opinion piece, entitled A New Approach to Peace, Mr.  Lajčák cited some examples of “sustaining peace.”“Some might say that true lasting peace is impossible in certain parts of the world. But it is not. I have seen this firsthand,” he wrote.When Montenegro split from Serbia, peace was not a given, he wrote, adding: “In fact, some people were predicting serious violence. But through intense diplomatic efforts, and real political will, peace persevered. And it has lasted – with no signs that it will waver in the future.” “By preventing conflict, we save human lives and we also save billions of dollars,” said Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák, in a recent interview with UN News. “Therefore, we have to focus on prevention of conflicts rather than consequences of conflicts. We have to save peace while it lasts, not to deal with the situation once peace is lost.”“There is no development, there is no protection of human rights, if there is no peace,” Mr.  Lajčák stressed, recalling the UN was created to achieve peace and the first sentence of the UN Charter is about saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war.The High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace will take place at UN Headquarters in New York on 24 and 25 April, bringing together leaders of countries, UN entities and civil society. read more

Giant mine planning software tool Surpac gets a makeover

first_imgGemcom Software International has released Gemcom SurpacTM 6.2, the latest version of what it says is “the world’s most popular geology and mine planning software. Surpac addresses all of the requirements of geologists, surveyors, and mining engineers, delivering efficiency and accuracy through ease-of-use, powerful 3D graphics, and workflow automation that can be aligned to company-specific processes and data flows.”Considerable time-savings can be achieved in Surpac 6.2 thanks to a new, powerful algorithm for digital terrain model (DTM) creation, saving users hours per day when working with complex calculations. Further release features include improvements to the drill hole database, greater block modelling functionality, and enhancements made to the interoperability of data between systems used in conjunction with Surpac.“The enhancements made in Surpac 6.2 are the direct result of our discussions with users and the industry. With professional skills in ever shorter supply, and with geologists and engineers tasked to do more in shorter periods of time, software ease-of-use and functionality that saves time is more important than ever,” said Eli Alston, Gemcom’s Product Line Manager. “Surpac is the most widely used geology and mine planning software in the world today in part because it is well known for offering powerful capabilities that are easy to use, allowing new users to become proficient quickly. This is particularly important when staff are new to an operation or the industry.” Surpac 6.2 highlights:Rapid DTM creation – up to ten times fasterNew 2D transform DTM function enables users to transform DTM surfaces and 3D solids from one coordinate system to anotherEnhanced data interoperability between systems often used with Surpac, including Gemcom WhittleTM and AutoCAD® 2010Enriched drill hole database with added capabilities for specifying minimum and maximum values for drill hole labelsExpanded block modelling functionality.last_img read more

Ore sorting listen to it

first_imgAn ore sorting sensor that uses landmark radio frequency research could be a cost-effective innovation. CSIRO radio frequency researchers have used a magnetic resonance technique to develop a sorting sensor that works by ‘listening in’ to bulk ore as it passes along a conveyor belt.The sensor, believed to be the first of its type in the world, can rapidly measure and distinguish the quality or grade of minerals by detecting their crystalline structure. The resonance technique is reported to provide accurate and clear mineral discrimination and measures it directly. The online, real-time measurement capability enables low grade batches of ore to be discarded, making mining operations significantly more efficient and sustainable.The sensor encircles an appropriate feed conveyor. Importantly, it can work at very high throughputs.The sensor measures consecutive short sections or ‘batches’ of ore on a primary conveyor, each with a mass of about 0.5 t. Low grade batches can be diverted using simple traditional technologies such as conveyor flop gates and splitters.By discarding the lower-grade ore at the front of the process, CSIRO estimates efficiency could be improved by at least 20%. Deposits previously considered uneconomic could become viable through this increased productivity. The sensing occurs deep inside the bulk ore, which avoids the laborious job of separating individual rocks before measurement.The sensor can be retrofitted to existing primary conveyors, significantly reducing the capital cost of installing the sorting infrastructure.CSIRO radiophysicist Dr David Miljak and his team at Lucas Heights (Sydney) have built a laboratory prototype of the sensor. Newcrest Mining funded the construction and deployment of the first field test prototype, which is scheduled for installation at an Australian mine by the end of 2012.The prototype has a large aperture, suited to measure ore depth of up to 400 mm. It is configured to detect chalcopyrite, a dominant copper ore mineral in its own right that can also be used as a ‘tracer mineral’ for gold.The sensor exploits the natural magnetic properties of chalcopyrite. The nuclei of copper atoms in the mineral act like tiny magnets, which tend to line up. The sensor blasts half-tonne batches of the ore with short pulses of radio waves, momentarily exceeding the power output of a typical radio station. These blasts push the nuclei out of alignment. When the nuclei relax to their original condition, they emit radio waves. The strength of the signal reveals how much chalcopyrite is in the ore.The mineral response, which is 15 orders of magnitude weaker in power, is detected after a short time by an advanced radio receiver.In trials last year, signals were obtained from small samples in the laboratory prototype, validating the fundamental measurement concept.Miljak says the technology is related to medical MRI – the non-invasive ‘magnetic resonance imaging’ technology used to image the body. “We use radio waves at specific frequencies that penetrate deep into rock,” he says. “Advanced radio receivers listen for faint electronic ‘blips’ that allow us to obtain accurate information about the mineral mix.”“A lot of effort involving sampling and detailed block models goes into understanding ore deposits, but no information has been rapidly available at the scale of a few tonnes,” he says.The sensor could help develop a management system that makes decisions online – and quickly.Miljak leads the CSIRO team that developed the technology and that took out the minerals and energy category of the inaugural Innovation Challenge awards last year. The awards are run by The Australian newspaper in association with Shell and supported by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.He says the breadth of experience and knowledge of his four-strong team – including physics, electronics, electrical engineering, minerals and mining practice – together with close industry ties, drove the technology development.The challenges of developing the prototype to operate at mines are formidable. The method must be accurate enough to use in unforgiving mining environments and large engineering scale-up is needed. Most ‘zero field’ magnetic resonance experiments are performed in solid state physics research with sample sizes of a few cubic centimetres.The prototype has a sensing volume 100,000 times that size. Miljak and his team have been working on the technology for about six years, but it has been only recently that they have begun to “think big.”The Innovation Challenge win convinced them to start considering new ways of developing the technology and the sensor. Other potential uses have been identified in iron ore mining.last_img read more

La troisième génération de Xbox sera 6 fois plus puissante

first_imgLa troisième génération de Xbox sera 6 fois plus puissanteAlors que la présentation de la prochaine console de salon de Microsoft devrait avoir lieu à l’E3, en juin prochain, des rumeurs circulent sur les caractéristiques de la machine.C’est le site américain IGN qui affirme que la prochaine Xbox (appelez là comme vous le souhaitez, entre Xbox 720, Xbox 3, Xbox Loop…) sera 6 fois plus puissante que la 360 actuelle.Difficile de préciser ses sources, mais selon le site, la machine sera dotée d’une carte graphique proche de la Radeon HD 6670, supportant alors la 3D, DirectX11, l’affichage multi-écrans et la HD 1080p. On parle d’un rendu graphique 20% plus rapide que ce qu’il y aura dans la prochaine Nintendo Wii U, d’une rétrocompatibilité des jeux Xbox 360, du Kinect 2 et d’une version simplifiée de Windows 8 pour le système d’exploitation de la console…Microsoft aurait déjà fourni des versions prototypes de kits de développements mais la version finale devrait être distribuée pendant l’été, pour une sortie de la console dans le dernier trimestre 2013…Tout cela est donc très alléchant mais rappelons qu’il ne s’agit évidemment que de rumeurs, dont les sources restent pour le moins floues.Le 26 janvier 2012 à 12:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Dan Ogden political and civic leader dies at 95

first_imgDan Ogden Jr., whose lengthy political résumé included campaigning for John F. Kennedy as well as for his late wife, Val Ogden, has died.The retired agency administrator died Thursday in Vancouver; he was 95.Ogden also was a former political science professor who eventually took part in hands-on party politics. Dan and Val Ogden moved in 1985 to Clark County, where Dan became a Democratic activist while Val, who died in 2014, served 12 years in the state Legislature.Mike Gaston, who was on the other side of the political fence, said Friday morning that he’s lost a friend.“Dan was a dear friend,” Gaston said. “Dan and I both believed that the opposing parties still had much in common.“Although we were political opposites at the time — he was county Democratic chair and I was the Republican chair — Dan and I went into high school classes and spoke about politics,” Gaston said.last_img read more

Latin Alternative Music Conferences 20th Anniversary Edition Set For July

first_imgMore details are at the LAMC website. The conference has truly shaped the meaning of the phrase “Latin alternative.”Colombia’s Bomba Estéreo Brings Electro-Cumbia To U.S. On Biggest Tour YetRead more 20th Alt. Latino Conference To Honor 20 Heroes latin-alternative-music-conferences-20th-anniversary-edition-set-july News Latin Alternative Music Conference’s 20th Anniversary Edition Set For July Email Throughout the years, the “Latin alternative” conference has celebrated the genre’s vibrant scene with concerts, panels and showcases Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Jan 4, 2019 – 6:07 pm Every year since 1999, the Latin Alternative Music Conference has brought together a range of voices that make up the Alt. Latino scene and for its 20th anniversary in July it will honor 20 people that have helped it shine throughout the years.The conference, which hosts panels, concerts, exhibits and showcases, will take place July 7–13 in New York City. The 20 conference honorees are “people or companies that have helped these last 20 years be filled with ongoing music.””The LAMC year after year has tried to be a meeting of the minds — a platform to show that there is an amazing, vibrant and complex market within Latin music,” Nacional Records president and LAMC producer Tomas Cookman told Billboard. “Be it having Pitbull, Bomba Estereo or Natalia Lafourcade on early career showcases, or Calle 13 or Cafe Tacvba filling up a public park to capacity, the range and types of artists we have highlighted over these 20 years runs the gamut of the ever-changing face of Latin music.”Music performances will take place at the Central Park Summerstage, Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park and Queensbridge Park. Panels will cover women in music, music education and the U.S. Latin market, among other topics. The LAMC will also have regional spotlights on Argentina, Colombia and Spain.GRAMMY winners Natalia Lafourcade, Residente, La Santa Cecilia, and Carlos Vives  are LAMC alumni. GRAMMY nominee and Latin GRAMMY winner Jorge Drexler is another notable alum.GRAMMY nominees Carla Morrison, Los Rakas and Kinky are former winners of the conference’s Discovery Award. Facebook Twitter last_img read more

What happens to humans after death NDE victim says people live after

first_imgPixabayA near-death experience (NDE) is one of the most perplexing conditions that have been perplexing medical experts and spiritualists for years. While many people consider NDE as proof of life after death, medical experts claim that the survival technique of the human brain to combat life-threatening conditions is causing visual hallucinations.The latest news from the corner is regarding a mysterious NDE testimonial shared by a woman named Adriana on the NDERF (Near-Death Experience Research Foundation) website.In the testimonial shared, Adriana revealed that she experienced something heavenly following a life-threatening event due to complications of lupus. As per Adriana, during the NDE, she saw herself as light and floated in a universe filled with colours. Adriana also revealed that she saw a female figure whom she later identified as her aunt who was deceased a few months back.”I had left my body and began to return home. I suddenly saw myself as a light, floating in a universe full of colours and forms that opened and closed, and I entered them and went through them full of joy, of happiness, of peace—a joy which there are no words to explain–until I came to another portal, so to speak, in which there was a female figure. She was only a light, but when she spoke, she identified herself as an aunt who had died four months before,” wrote Adriana on the NDERF website.Later, her deceased aunt who appeared in the form of light informed her that she will not be able to return to the physical world if she passed through there.”She told me, “Adriana, if you pass through here, you will not be able to return.” I understood that she was giving me a choice. I was still me, Adriana. I was not my body, but I was my essence, and I began to ask myself what there was to return to?” added the NDE victim.The testimonial shared by Adriana has now gone viral on the internet, and it has made many people believe that life after death is real, and people used to continue their journey in the form of souls. Spiritualists also claim that life is just the beginning of the human journey, and the real eternal trip starts once we take our last breath.last_img read more

Baisakhi celebrations begin in Pakistan

first_imgAround 1,500 Indian Sikhs with over 500 from European countries and more than 2,000 Pakistani Hindus and Sikhs are participating in the Baisakhi celebrations that began in Punjab province, the media reported.Baisakhi is widely celebrated by Sikhs in the province, with festivities centred on Panja Sahib Complex in Hasan Abdal town, Attock district that started on Thursday, Dawn online reported.This year’s festival marks the 319th anniversary of the Khalsa (the Sikh brotherhood). In 1699, Guru Gobind Singh (the last Sikh Gurum) asked his followers to sacrifice their lives for him.Baisakhi also marks the beginning of a new solar year and harvest season.At Punja Sahib, most of the pilgrims appeared excited about visiting Pakistan and said they enjoyed their visit to the country more than what they were expecting before reaching here and appreciated the arrangements to make their visit comfortable and for the maintenance of their holy sites, reports Dawn online.Sikh Yatrees group leader Sardar Balvinder Singh thanked the Pakistan government, Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) and the locals for the wonderful welcome and laudable arrangements.He urged the governments of Pakistan and India to remove visa restrictions on senior citizens and relax some immigration laws to facilitate ordinary citizens of both the countries.”Pakistan is like a second home to the Sikh community where they used to live,” Singh added.last_img read more