NEW DELHI: A heated exchange broke out between Indian and Pakistani representatives in Maldives Parliament on Sunday after the neighboring country’s delegation veered off topic during a debate on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to raise the issue of Kashmir. Addressing the 4th South Asian Speakers’ Summit, Pakistan deputy speaker Qasim Suri tried to use the platform to talk about the Kashmir situation following the abrogation of Article 370, which granted special status to the state. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a swift intervention, Rajya Sabha Deputy Speaker Harivansh Narayan Singh said that a country which perpetrated genocide in Bangladesh in 1971 and illegally occupied Azad Kashmir has no moral right to raise these issues internationally. “We strongly object to the raising of internal matters of India at this forum. We also reject the politicization of this forum by raising issues which are extraneous to the theme of this summit,” he said. Continuing his tirade amid strong protests from the Pakistani side, Singh said that Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) is neither a country nor a province yet it is being governed through a Prime Minister, President and a legislature. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSingh added that the forum is only meant to discuss SDGs and the issues raised by Pakistan should not be part of the proceedings. The Indian delegation in the summit is led by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories. Pakistan has been trying to raise the issue at various international fora, but India has maintained that it is an internal matter.
PARIS — Politicians working to harness the power of social media to connect with voters need to figure out how to do so positively in the face of leaders using those platforms to undermine democracy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.Without mentioning anyone by name at an event in Paris on Monday morning, Trudeau suggested there are politicians who are trying to use platforms like Twitter to foster polarization and controversy in the electorate.The medium is not without its benefits, Trudeau said, pointing to the ease of putting out a tweet of condolence or support being easier, more direct and resonating more with citizens than issuing a press statement carried by traditional media.That same ease and directness that Trudeau said can be used to build confidence in government and democratic institutions can just as easily be used by politicians trying to “make you angry or make you divided or make you hate your neighbour” — pitting one kind of social media politician against the other.“If it ends up in a screaming match between one side versus the other side, whoever is better at nasty is going to win,” Trudeau said at a Paris conference on the use of technology by governments.“If we actually think about it, it’s easier to push someone into being angry — it’s harder to pull them into being positive and earnest and involved.”The discussion was driven by U.S. President Donald Trump, who regularly uses Twitter to fire up his legions of followers and vent at his critics.Trudeau has been a target of Trump’s irate tweeting, particularly after the G7 meeting in Charlevoix, Que., over the prime minister’s comments on trade negotiations.When asked directly to comment about Trump’s Twitter usage, Trudeau suggested Trump is just being Trump.“I think it’s important that people are authentic and he’s certainly authentic,” Trudeau said.The comments came one day after Trudeau and other world leaders issued dire warnings about leaders calling themselves nationalists and the problems they pose for maintaining peace and the world order built in the aftermath of the world wars.Again, no names were mentioned, but the warnings seemed clearly aimed at Trump who has repeatedly professed his “American” nationalism.Trudeau suggested he doesn’t call out Trump by name in any criticism in order to keep the peace with Canada’s neighbour to the south.“One of the things that Canadians expect of me is to continue to stand up for Canadian values, for Canadian interests as I always do loudly and clearly sharing our perspectives on how to build a better world, while at the same time keeping a constructive relationship with our closest neighbour and largest trading partner — and that’s what I will continue to do,” he said.Trudeau also took time at the conference to tout his government’s progress on digitizing the way it delivers services.The prime minister has made the use of technology and data a priority in providing government programs to Canadians through digital channels alongside better, more up to date information to feed federal decisions.In September, the federal government launched its new “digital standards” to help public servants navigate their way towards what the Liberals call an “effective digital government.”But there have been hiccups along the way.A pilot project from Statistics Canada to scoop up anonymized and randomized banking transactions on 500,000 Canadians has faced steep criticism from opposition parties in the House of Commons.And internal documents obtained by The Canadian Press paint a clearer picture of detailed work underway to overcome the challenges the civil service faces in meeting the Liberals’ digital goals.Documents obtained under the Access to Information Act suggest challenges in how to handle vast amounts of disparate data, the funding needed to acquire or generate data to fill gaps, and “legal and cultural impediments to sharing and accessing data.”The prime minister travels later Monday to Singapore for a summit organized by a 10-nation bloc that will put his government’s trade diversification plans on display.Trudeau is on a 10-day trip across Europe and Asia that began Friday with a gathering of world leaders in France to mark a century since the end of the First World War.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.Jordan Press, The Canadian Press
Rabat – Othman Benjelloun, CEO of BMCE Bank of Africa, expressed his wish to name the tower after King Mohammed VI in a speech before the King on Thursday, November 1.The building had the name “Bank of Africa Tower.”The Moroccan BMCE Bank of Africa is sponsoring the project, which will cost an estimated MAD 4 billion. The tower is expected be finished on May 30, 2022, BMCE Bank announced on October 11.The Mohammed VI Tower will have 55 floors with a luxury hotel, offices, and apartments. An observatory will crown the tower.The 250-meter tower could be titled the tallest building in Africa. The tower would replace Johannesburg’s Carlton Centre, currently the tallest at 223 meters.Read also: BESIX to Start Construction on Africa’s Tallest Building in Morocco Benjelloun said that the tower project conducted “multidimensional preliminary studies” including geological, technical, architectural, and environmental since King Mohammed VI laid the first stone of the tower project on March 9, 2016.The Moroccan construction company TGCC and SIXCO (Six Construct), the Gulf subsidiary of the Belgian BESIX Group, signed a contract to design and build the tower on October 4 in Dubai.The China Railway Construction Corporation International (CRCCI), which was originally contracted to build the tower, will continue to accompany the newly contracted companies.Johan Beerlandt, Chairman of BESIX board, spoke about his company’s international expertise in tower construction.BESIX Group was part of the construction of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest tower in the world, the Four Seasons Hotel in Manama, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, and the Carpe Diem towers in Paris. The group operates in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.The Mohammed VI Tower will be the icon of the new Bouregreg Valley development project, a major part of the program “Rabat Ville Lumiere, Capitale Marocaine de la Culture” (Rabat, the City of Light, the Moroccan Capital of Culture).
An experienced Qatari diplomat who has served as his country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations for more than a decade was today chosen by the world body’s 192 Member States to be the next President of the General Assembly.Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, 57, who was elected this afternoon by acclamation, will succeed Joseph Deiss of Switzerland when he takes over the presidency in mid-September as the 66th session of the General Assembly begins.Accepting the post with “great honour,” Mr. Al-Nasser said he was becoming President at a time when the world is facing “enormous political, social, economic and environmental challenges.“Not a month goes by that we do not hear about a natural or a man-made disaster and the subsequent food, security, health and education crises that follow inevitably. At the same time, there are still people who are living under occupation and oppression, who are yearning for freedom and dignity,” he added.“Add to that human rights and peacekeeping operations, as well as issues of sustainable development, the concerns of the least developed countries (LDCs) and small island States, the eradication of poverty, South-South cooperation, financing for development… the culture of peace, mediation, disarmament, combating international terrorism, system-wide coherence, the scale of assessments for the distribution of contributions to the United Nations, as well as many organizational and administrative and other sensitive issues.”The President-elect has proposed that “the role of mediation in the settlement of disputes by peaceful means” serve as the theme for the high-level debate slated to be held at the opening of the Assembly’s next session.He pledged also to try to work as a bridge between countries rich and poor to help build consensus on key issues such as hunger, poverty, terrorism and climate change.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Mr. Al-Nasser on his election, noting that he has long been a supporter of the General Assembly.“As you once said: ‘An enduring characteristic of this Organization is that – irrespective of the political and practical changes – the General Assembly remains its most inclusive body’,” Mr. Ban said.He also lauded the efforts of the President-elect on a range of issues, including the ‘responsibility to protect’ concept, human security and the green economy.A Qatari diplomat since November 1972, Mr. Al-Nasser has served in postings for his Government in Beirut, Islamabad and Dubai among others. His longest posting has been in New York.Mr. Al-Nasser has been Qatar’s Permanent Representative to the UN in New York since September 1998 and during that period he has served as Chairman of the so-called Group of 77 and China at the UN, as well as a stint in 2002-03 as Vice-President of the General Assembly and a separate stint as President of the Security Council in December 2006. 22 June 2011An experienced Qatari diplomat who has served as his country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations for more than a decade was today chosen by the world body’s 192 Member States to be the next President of the General Assembly.
“Major issues are no longer contained within borders, what affects one nation affects us all,” said Mr. Al-Nasser when he chaired an informal plenary meeting at the Assembly yesterday to discuss next week’s summit of the G-20, the group comprising the world’s largest economies.“Tackling the crisis therefore can only be accomplished through a united global partnership, based on open dialogue and close collaboration,” he said, adding that the Assembly must lead the consolidation of that partnership given its significance at the centre of global decision-making.“This Assembly must continue to encourage dialogue and cooperation with all key stakeholders, Member States, international financial institutions, regional organizations, the private sector, civil society and influential informal groups, such as the Group of 20,” Mr. Al-Nasser told the plenary, held ahead of the G-20 Summit in Cannes, France, on 3-4 November.He said the Assembly has been working to improve complementarities and mutual reinforcement between its deliberations and those of the G-20, and he intends to convene an informal meeting of the Assembly after the G-20 summit for the United Nations body to be briefed on its outcome. 26 October 2011The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, has underlined the need for international partnerships to tackle the global financial crisis as the world’s economies become increasingly complex and mutually interdependent.
21 December 2011The Security Council today agreed to extend the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping force monitoring the ceasefire between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights for another six months. In a resolution adopted unanimously by its 15 members, the Council authorized an extension of the mandate of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) through 30 June 2012. The mission was first established in 1974.The resolution voiced grave concern about the impact of events on 15 May and 5 June this year – when demonstrations in UNDOF’s area of operations resulted in civilians being killed – on the long-held ceasefire in the area.The 15 May protests commemorated Al-Nakba or “the catastrophe,” the term used by many Palestinians to refer to the displacement of Palestinians when Israel became independent in 1948. The 5 June protests marked An-Naksa or “day of the setback,” which refers to Palestinian displacement that accompanied the Six-Day War in 1967.Today’s resolution also urged both Israel and Syria to exercise maximum restraint and prevent any breaches of the ceasefire and the area of separation between the two parties.The Council was also briefed today by the chairperson of the committee monitoring the arms embargo imposed on Iran over its nuclear programme on its work over the last three months. Ambassador Néstor Osorio of Colombia informed the Council of an upcoming meeting to discuss reports in connection to two alleged incidents of non-compliance by Member States, which entailed unfreezing funds to make a payment for a contract that was signed prior to establishing the sanctions, and delivering items for use in the nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran. Mr. Osorio also updated the Council on current measures being taken by States to facilitate compliance with the resolution, such as preventing shipping vessels from sending items to Iran that are prohibited under the resolution.
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced a major drive against measles in Afghanistan, where the relatively benign disease kills thousands of the country’s most vulnerable children.Over 100 health workers are in the midst of completing a major measles vaccination campaign in the Panjsher Valley just in time ensure no measles outbreaks during the critical winter months, WHO said. The eight-day campaign, supported by WHO, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Médecins Sans Frontières and Aide Médical International, will reach about 70,000 children with the measles vaccine.Measles is responsible for some 30,000 child deaths a year in Afghanistan. According to WHO, the disease weakens the immune system, so if children do not die of measles itself, they die from other diseases which attack them while their system is down. The measles vaccination campaign in the Panjsher valley is the beginning of a country-wide effort to improve routine immunization.Meanwhile, Un agencies continued relief efforts on the ground. The World Food Programme (WFP) today said it has been stepping up food deliveries into Afghanistan to provide some 1 million poor people living in central and northeast Afghanistan with enough food to sustain them through the winter months, when deliveries across the high mountain passes will be blocked by snow.”So far we have covered the needs of about 500,000 people who live in the Hazarajat area in the central highland and WFP continues to move food by trucks and planes to the western slopes of the Hindukush and to northeast Afghanistan to provide for the rest,” WFP spokesman Khaled Mansour told reporters in Islamabad.In a related development, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the prospects of a massive influx of Afghans into Pakistan “are receding with the ongoing peace settlement in Afghanistan.” While assisting those who have already entered Pakistan, UNHCR was planning “the voluntary return of Afghans, which is likely to start on a large scale in the spring,” said Fatoumata Kaba.
AKRON, Ohio — Tyler Cheese scored 19 points to lead five players in double figures as Akron rolled to an 86-54 victory over Alabama State on Wednesday night.Cheese was 7 of 9 from the field and made three 3-pointers. Jimond Ivey added 13 points and Emmanuel Olojakpoke chipped in with 12 for Akron (5-2). Daniel Utomi and Channel Banks finished with 10 points apiece.Akron shot 34 of 60 (57 per cent) from the field, made 12 from long range and outrebounded Alabama State 42-28.Reginald Gee and Azariah Seay each scored nine points to lead Alabama State (2-4).Akron opened the game on a 17-3 run and built a 29-21 halftime advantage. The Zips made 15 of 19 shots as part of a 21-0 run to open the second and led by as many as 36 points.The Associated Press
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A teacher who described herself as a “snob” and said a member of her ex-husband’s family spoke “Geordie” and lived on a “grotty” estate has lost a court fight over the care of her two children.Judge Rachel Hudson has decided that the youngsters, who are eight and nine, should live with their father. She said they could have supervised contact with their mother once a fortnight.Detail of the case has emerged in a written ruling by Judge Hudson following a family court hearing in Newcastle upon Tyne. The local authority evidence records that (the woman) was disparaging about (the aunt) and said that she had a speech impediment. When that was clarified, (the mother) said, ‘she says er and speaks Geordie’Judge Hudson The judge, who said the woman taught at a college, ruled that no-one involved could be identified. Judge Hudson said family court litigation had started several years ago.The judge told of a “volatile” marriage and said the woman and her ex-husband had a “highly negative” view of eachother.She indicated that the children had lived with their mother following the marriage breakdown.The woman had accused her ex-husband of sexually abusing the children. Judge Hudson said she had found “no reliable evidence” of sexual abuse.A psychologist had raised a number of concerns about the woman – saying she seemed to have a “complex unbalanced personality”.The woman said a council social worker had “waged a vindictive campaign against her to try and drive her to insanity”.Social services staff wanted the children to move to live with their father. Judge Hudson concluded such a move would be in the children’s “welfare interests”.Social workers had told the judge how the woman had been “disparaging” about one of the children’s paternal aunts.”The local authority evidence records that (the woman) was disparaging about (the aunt) and said that she had a speech impediment,” said Judge Hudson in her ruling.”When that was clarified, (the mother) said, ‘she says er and speaks Geordie’.”Judge Hudson said the woman had been questioned about her attitude to the aunt – and the aunt’s partner – during the hearing.The judge added: “I found her initially evasive but (she) then retorted that she is a snob and lives in one of the best areas in the locality … whereas the (aunt and uncle) live in an ex-council estate which she described as ‘scruffy and grotty’.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwo life sentences for ECD man found guilty of raping 9-yr-old girlJuly 18, 2018In “Court”Pensioner who claims he is ‘impotent’ gets 2 life sentences for raping 10-y-o girlAugust 13, 2018In “Court”Sentencing looms for man found guilty of raping childAugust 21, 2018In “Court” Rowland Sam25-year-old Rowland Sam was on Thursday sentenced to life imprisonment by High Court judge Priya Sewnarine-Beharry after a 12-member jury last month found him guilty of raping a seven-year-old girl.At the end of his trial, Sam, a block maker, admitted that he only fingered the child and was asking for mercy and forgiveness but Justice Beharry however informed him on Thursday that what he did is still considered sexual penetration, further upbraiding him for three other acts he was found guilty of performing on the primary school child, including sodomising her.The girl’s impact statement read that she doesn’t trust boys or men and that her performance has slipped at school. The incident was said to have occurred during January 2015 when the girl’s mother attended a funeral and left her and other children in Sam’s care.Citing the prevalence of the heinous crime, Justice Beharry said the court cannot condone such actions and ordered that Sam serve 20 years before he is eligible for parole. He was represented by attorney Clyde Forde.
The porter who was killed on Saturday after he was crushed by a container truck in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) has been identified as 25-year-old Jovon Jommol Anthony of Plaisance, East Coast Demerara (ECD).Anthony was pinned by the truck he was working on in the vicinity of the Kara Kara toll booth and the Guyana Forestry Commission at Mackenzie, Linden.Persons at the scene on SaturdayIt was reported that the motor lorry which was driven by 28-year-old Floyd Rodney of 121 Ogle Street, Triumph, East Coast, Demerara (ECD) stopped to allow the now dead man to disembark to pay the toll.After doing so, he reportedly jumped back on the lorry’s gas tank which is situated on the left side, while the truck was still in motion.The porter reportedly lost his grip causing him to fall between the lorry and trailer and as a result was ran over by the trailer.He received numerous injuries about his body and was pronounced dead on the spot by a doctor attached to the Linden Hospital Complex.The driver was taken into custody and is said to be assisting with investigations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPorter crushed to death by container truckMarch 9, 2019In “Crime”Teen killed in two-vehicle collision at Mabura trailDecember 14, 2018In “latest news”Driver flees after crushing pedestrian at Good HopeSeptember 29, 2018In “Crime”
Western Australia Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston has officially launched the Emergency Management for Western Australian Mines code of practice. “Since mining operations can be potentially hazardous, and are often in remote locations, it is important to always be prepared for an emergency. The code provides important information on emergency management plans and how to act responsively during a crisis. Having effective emergency management onsite can save lives and keep workers safe. The code was developed following extensive consultation over the past two years.”A draft code was released for public comment in November 2016 and the final code had significant input from emergency response co-ordinators, trainers, industry and workers. Johnston states: “One of the McGowan Government’s key priorities is the safety of workers and I encourage mining companies, especially those with underground sites, to have risk-based emergency management systems in place. It’s crucial that mine sites prepare for the worst, and this code of practice provides vital information for responding to emergencies. The ultimate aim of the code is to provide a solid theoretical base which companies can build on the practical knowledge gained through training and emergency response competitions.”The code itself states: “The potentially hazardous nature of mining operations, and their often remote locations, mean that being prepared for an emergency situation is critical to the safety and health of personnel. For the purposes of this code of practice, the term emergency means a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation, and encompasses an emergency as defined in section 3 of the Emergency Management Act 2005. Emergency management involves understanding the likelihood of an emergency situation and its potential consequences, being prepared to mitigate its effects, responding appropriately, and recovering afterwards. Effective emergency management means that there are plans in place for all foreseeable emergency scenarios so the response is comprehensive and coordinated.” The full code can be accessed at http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Documents/Safety/MSH_COP_EmergencyManagement.pdfThe aims of this code of practice are to:• Describe the key variables or factors to be considered when emergency response activities are undertaken, including hazard identification and risk management• Assist with establishing an emergency plan as part of a site’s safety management system• Outline the broader occupational safety and health requirements for undertaking emergency response in accordance with the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 and Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations 1995.The code promotes a proactive approach to the introduction and application of an emergency plan to safeguard employees. Emergency management involves:• Risk assessment – identifying the hazards and analysing the risks associated with potential emergency scenarios and mines emergency response training exercises• Prevention – determining appropriate control measures to eliminate or reduce the impact of theidentified risks• Preparedness – developing a safety management system, which includes preparation and training for emergencies• Response – implementing the emergency plan• Recovery – returning to normal operations and conducting a post-emergency review of the effectiveness of the emergency plan and emergency response activities so they can be revised as necessary.Emergency management includes having the appropriate resources, rescue methods, training and competency of emergency response team (ERT) members, operation and maintenance of equipment, to achieve the desired safety and health outcomes.
If you’re anything like me, then the transition to CD for music was a fantastic event many years ago. The music sounded better, switching between tracks was a breeze, and the discs were a lot more hard wearing than cassette tapes.But in making the transition I was also left with a lot of old tapes, both commercial music tapes and blanks I had used to record the radio. You may even have some with memorable recordings on made by yourself that you just couldn’t get on CD.Mine have been in a box gathering dust ever since CDs arrived, but now there is a very cheap and simple way to save the audio they hold. Japanese gadget maker Thanko has created a cassette tape to MP3 converter that takes the form of an old portable tape player like the old Walkmans.It is called the Cassette Mate and connects to a PC through a USB port. An included piece of software then gives you a range of options for recording the audio as the tape plays and stores it on your hard drive as an MP3 file. It even detects the pause between songs and splits them up into tracks if desired.While most of your old tapes might not be worth saving, I bet there’s a few that are. The good news is the Cassette Mate only costs $30 and runs off of 2 AA batteries, so even for a couple of tape recordings it’s not going to break the bank.The only thing this device is missing is the ability to plug some headphones in and use it as a conventional portable player. It certainly has a nice retro look about it, so it’s a shame Thanko didn’t think to include that as a feature.Read more at Thanko (translated), via Tokyo Mango
Image: PA Wire/PA Images Short URL US CABLE GIANT Comcast says it has offered more than £22 billion (€25 billion) to buy pan-European satellite TV group Sky.Comcast is offering more per share compared with a bid from Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox for the 61% of Sky it does not yet own, according to details of the surprise announcement.“The superior cash proposal implies a value of approximately £22.1 billion for the fully diluted ordinary share capital of Sky,” Comcast said in a statement.Comcast chief executive and chairman Brian L. Roberts added: “We would like to own the whole of Sky and we will be looking to acquire over 50% of the Sky shares.“We are confident that we will be able to receive the necessary regulatory approvals,” Roberts said.The twist comes after Britain’s competition regulator provisionally ruled that Fox’s offer was “not in the public interest”.21st Century Fox bid £11.4 billion two years ago for the nearly two-thirds of Sky it does not own – but a full-takeover had been held up by UK government concerns.In an effort to get its offer over the line, Fox earlier this month vowed to preserve the editorial independence of Sky News.That came after Britain’s top competition regulator ruled that the Sky takeover was not in the public interest because of media plurality concerns.Adding to the uncertainty about Sky’s future ownership, Disney announced in December a $52.4-billion deal to buy 21st Century Fox.And Comcast, which in December dropped an attempt to acquire 21st Century Fox, is considering relaunching that bid, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report.Speaking of Sky, Comcast CEO Roberts said: “We think Sky is an outstanding company. It has 23 million customers, leading positions in the UK, Italy and Germany, and is a consistent innovator in its use of technology to deliver its customers a great experience.”And in a thumbs up to Britain amid Brexit uncertainty, he added: “The UK is and will remain a great place to do business. We already have a strong presence in London and Comcast intends to use Sky as a platform for our growth in Europe.“We intend to maintain and enhance Sky’s business,” Roberts said.- © AFP 2018Read: So how will The Beast compare to the Big Snow of ’82? Share5 Tweet Email3 14,028 Views By AFP Image: PA Wire/PA Images Tuesday 27 Feb 2018, 8:28 AM 19 Comments Feb 27th 2018, 8:26 AM http://jrnl.ie/3873979 A US cable giant has bid £22 billion to buy Sky Comcast is offering more per share compared with a bid from Rupert Murdoch. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System You can do anything you put your mind to. Except afford a trip to space on Jeff Bezos’s rocket.Blue Origin will reportedly charge passengers $200,000 to $300,000 for a seat on one of its first cosmic forays next year.As outrageous as that price tag sounds (especially to a lowly journalist like me), it’s about par for the spaceflight course, according to Reuters. Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is charging $250,000 per voyage ticket—of which about 650 have already been sold.Today’s reveal, courtesy of “two people familiar with [Blue Origin’s] plans,” comes after founder Bezos in May said ticket prices had not yet been decided.After more than a decade of quiet ambition, Blue Origin hit the ground running in 2015 by testing its suborbital crewed vehicle, New Shepard. In April, the company successfully completed the eighth launch of its reusable rocket.The New Shepard (named after Alan Shepard, the first American astronaut in space) is designed to autonomously fly six passengers more than 62 miles above Earth, into suborbital space.Unlike rival SpaceX—which Elon Musk intends to eventually carry customers to Mars—Bezos’s private space firm is currently focused blasting folks out of the atmosphere for a weightless romp, before returning to Earth.Executives at the company, started by Amazon founder Bezos in 2000, recently announced plans for upcoming passenger test flights on the New Shepard; Blue Origin hopes to start selling tickets in 2019.The orbital-class New Glenn rocket is expected to launch by 2020.The Washington-based aerospace manufacturer did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.The sky is the limit for Bezos, who has set his sights beyond Earth’s orbit and onto the Moon.Ideally, he would strike public-private partnerships with the likes of NASA and the European Space Agency. But failing that, Bezos will “do what needs to be done to make it so,” he told GeekWire in May.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
Each of the services has efforts under way to protect their installations from disruptions to the commercial grid, including the possibility of cyberattacks, according to testimony from top installation officials Tuesday.The Army recently conducted a test demonstrating that a biomass plant located on Fort Drum, N.Y., could power the post in the event the grid goes down. An energy firm invested $34 million converting the installation’s coal-fired plant to burn logging residue and wood products reclaimed from demolition sites. The plant provides 100 percent of the post’s electricity needs.“We demonstrated that right now Fort Drum is the most resilient installation in the Army’s portfolio from an energy standpoint,” Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and the environment, told the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee.Three months of fuel for the plant is located close by, so the installation could survive an extended outage, she said.The Navy is looking at the threat a cyberattack poses to control systems for industrial and infrastructure systems, said Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment.“However, Mother Nature continues to be the greatest threat to mission resiliency in our installations around the world,” he said. In response, the Navy has begun deploying distributed-generation assets, including renewable energy plants.At Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., the local utility is developing a microgrid network powered by a 25-megawatt generator to provide backup power in the event of a grid outage. The peaker plant benefits all customers of the utility by helping to avoid an outage, McGinn said.The Air Force similarly is working to protect its installations from external threats, said Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary for installations, environment and energy.“We’re advancing how we think about energy assurance to have smart cyber-secure, highly dynamic agile energy systems — microgrids — that allow us to be severed from the wider utility grid because the threat environment has changed,” Ballentine said.“We have to prepare for long-term outages either due to physical threats against the U.S. grid or cyberattacks against the U.S. grid,” she said.The witnesses’ written testimony and a webcast of the hearing are available on the committee website. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
ADC AUTHOR A military family advocacy group has reported more details from the nation’s military families on the condition of privatized military housing, according to Military.com.The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) surveyed more than 16,000 military family members across the country who responded with various reports of dirty and unsafe conditions on more than 160 military bases, the advocacy group said.The latest survey details revealed that 84% reported “very negative, negative or neutral” base housing experiences.Nearly 57% of survey respondents reported problems with maintenance and repairs, nearly 30% reported problems with mold and 25% reported filth as an issue, according to MFAN.A preliminary report in February had highlighted problems including maintenance issues and poor responsiveness and unsatisfactory living conditions such as mold, lead-based paint issues, pest infestations and faulty wiring, as On Base reported.The highest privatized housing satisfaction rate was at Naval Base San Diego, Calif.Air Force photo by Carole Chiles Fuller
A man is under arrest after shooting at people in the middle Kuskokwim village of Crooked Creek, Wednesday.Aniak-based Alaska State Troopers received a report that Moses Alfred John of Crooked Creek was shooting at people on the riverbank near a fish cutting area.They say the 30-year-old shot his rifle from his boat towards three adults and three children.Moses said he was attempting to kill one of the adults whom he had attempted to assault with knives earlier. Troopers say a knife pierced an item of clothing, but nobody was injured. Troopers say in their report Moses was intoxicated.He was arrested and transported to Bethel where he was jailed without bail. He’s scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 this afternoon. He’s charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct involving weapons.
Sitka is the fourth recipient of a statewide “Alaskan Clean Harbors” certificate. Along with Homer, Seward, and Haines, Sitka’s harbor system was recognized in October by the Alaska Clean Harbors Advisory Committee for meeting 88 best management practices.Download AudioFrom L to R: Chuck Hackett, Brett Farrell, and Stan Eliason hold the flag, designating Sitka as an “Alaskan Clean Harbor.” (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)The Alaska Clean Harbors checklist of best management practices – or BMPs – is like the boating world’s version of eating your broccoli. The BMPs are designed to prevent pollution, reduce waste, save costs – basically to encourage clean boating. And Sitka has won the equivalent of a clean plate award.Here is the checklist: ACH-BMP-Checklist-v.2010Brett Farrell, Assistant Director of the Marine Exchange of Alaska, came to Sitka’s Assembly meeting last Tuesday (12-08-15) to recognize the harbors system.“Sitka is now a leader in Alaska for proactive pollution prevention practices,” he said. “Your harbor department is not only complying with local, state, and federal regulations, but going above and beyond to provide services to harbor customers that make doing the right thing reasonable and attractive alternatives to often polluting activities that constitute business as usual in many harbors.”Farrell then presented a certificate and a white flag – emblazoned with three fishing boats moored in clear blue waters. Accepting the flag was Harbormaster Stan Eliason and Deputy Harbormaster Chuck Hackett.Eliason says that, in order for qualify as an Alaskan Clean Harbor, the Sitka harbor system had to meet 100 percent of state and federal legal requirements and 80 percent of the BMPs.One of the biggest improvements is the installation of new signs spelling out proper waste disposal.“You’ll see a lot of signage throughout the harbor systems and all the gangways and stuff – basically telling people who to call if they see an oil spill. Dos and donts and that kind of stuff,” Eliason explained. “And we’ll have a pamphlet here at the office to give out to the general public that maps out where you can find our recyclables, waste bins, what to do with batteries, et cetera.”Eliason says all the public literature was paid for by the ACH Advisory Committee, which is run by volunteers across the state to help communities implement these regulations and BMPs. On the phone with KCAW, Eliason thanked Hackett and maintenance supervisor Ron Pratt, for taking the lead on the project.Eliason: Yeah, we’re quite happy. Move on to the next thing I guess.—KCAW: What is the next thing?Eliason: I’m waiting for it. There’s always a challenge out there.Among them, Eliason says, is tracking down a flagpole.
Khammam: The activists of Students Federation of India, All India Students Federation and Progressive Democratic Students Union staged a protest in front of SR& BGNR college Principal’s chamber on Friday. The students raised the slogans against the government alleging it of neglecting students’ issues. Speaking on the occasion, the students demanded the government to stop the cancellation of PG courses in the college from this academic year. Also Read – TRS is institutionally strong: MLA Govardhan Advertise With Us They said a large number of students would be at loss if the PG courses were cancelled. They appealed to the government to continue the said courses. Later, the students submitted a memorandum to college Principal. In the protest, AISF district president Ch Ramesh, vice-president B Ashok, leaders B Hemanth, Gayatri, Praveen and Pravallika, PDSU leaders Raju, Narendra, Venkateswarlu and Anil and SFI leaders Madhu, Subhani, Vijay, Naresh, Venkatachary, J Ramakrishna, Ishwarya, Charitha and others took part.