This UFO on Google Street View is likely a butterfly

first_img Sci-Tech Google Maps 52 Photos Crazy images caught on Google Street View CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. Post a comment Some media outlets have been running with a story about an unidentified flying object spotted in a Google Maps image of South Florida. But a few simple clicks allow for the rather easy identification of the flying object.Granted, when looking at the Street View image at its full resolution, it does look like there’s some sort of metallic or manufactured object of alien origin emerging from behind a cloud. But simply tapping the icon to zoom in on the image twice reveals that the bizarre-looking blip is really a product of the wondrous beauty of nature combined with the imperfect nature of having to stitch together multiple images to create Google’s three-dimensional Street View snapshot of the world. The flying object is actually quite well known: a butterfly, or maybe a moth. An entomologist might be able to clear up the exact species, but the patterned wing, visible antennae and head of the insect make it pretty clear that this is a member of the Lepidoptera order rather than the kind of transport aliens from Proxima b might order up. A UFO no more! Identification complete. Any entomologists care to confirm? Google Street View Screenshot by Eric Mack / CNET What makes the picture odd appears to be that the flying bug image was cut in half because of the way Street View stitches together different stills of a landscape. In other words, the camera took one image as the presumed butterfly was beginning to pass into frame and then took an adjacent shot after the insect had flown along and the two images were joined together, producing a half-butterfly artifact.Bolstering this explanation is the fact that you can “step to the side” in Google Street View and all other elements in the scene — including the clouds — stay the same. But the half-butterfly UFO is no longer visible, having flown out of frame. Even if it was a true UFO in the image, it probably wouldn’t be the freakiest thing captured by Street View in Florida. I’d be much more worried about this alligator caught lying in wait by a rack of canoes. 0 8 Photos The year’s wackiest ‘evidence’ aliens and UFOs are real (pictures) Share your voice Tagslast_img read more

BTS earns highest Billboard Hot 100 debut for Kpop group

first_img A fresh crop of new music to tickle your ears K-pop superstar BTS breaks another music record.  Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET K-pop superstars BTS — arguably the most popular boy band in the world right now — is breaking records yet again with its song Boy With Luv. Boy With Luv, featuring American pop star Halsey, is the first single from the Korean boy band’s new album Map of the Soul: Persona. Debuting at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart makes this the highest-charting song by a Korean pop group ever, according to reports on Monday.It seems as though Boy With Luv is the kind of chart-topping tune that is breaking more than one kind of record.  Tags BTS breaks YouTube records with music video for Boy With Luv BTS blows away SNL, and you can watch their performance online Fortnite, ASMR and BTS ruled Instagram in 2018 1 More BTS Comment When BTS performed its new single Boy With Luv on Saturday Night Live on April 13, the official video of the performance didn’t just get record numbers on YouTube, it also marked the first time a South Korean musical act had ever performed on the NBC show.And last year, BTS also managed to dominate Instagram by having the biggest fandom community. Share your voice The music video for Boy With Luv also smashed YouTube’s record for the most views in the first 24 hours of release. The video attracted 74.6 million views in 24 hours, demolishing previous viewership records by music acts Ariana Grande and Blackpink.Boy With Luv also broke the record for fastest music video to reach 100 million views on YouTube, achieving the mark in less than two days. YouTube 25 Photos Music TV and Movieslast_img read more

Facebooks Zuckerberg Sandberg reportedly to skip hearing in Canada

first_img Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. 7 Boost Mobile Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 Turo Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $6 at Tidal Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Post a comment See It See at Amazon An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Best Buy Read the AirPods review Read DJI Osmo Action preview DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Share your voice $999 Angela Lang/CNET Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg won’t attend an international meeting in Canada this week to discuss misinformation and election interference, CNN reports. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg don’t plan to attend a hearing in Canada, later this week, CNN reported Monday, despite being subpoenaed by a Canadian Parliament committee.The Facebook executives were invited earlier this month to appear before the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy in Ottawa on May 28, but neither responded. Zuckerberg also ignored requests to address a Canadian committee looking into election meddling and disinformation on Facebook.Not attending the hearing could result in the executives being held in contempt of parliament, but the subpoena can only be enforced if Zuckerberg and Sandberg go to Canada.Lawmakers from about 210 countries are expected to attend the meeting, which is scheduled to be held in Ottawa on Tuesday. Zuckerberg also declined to attend a joint international hearing in London last year to investigate disinformation and election interference.Facebook told CNN that instead of Zuckerberg and Sandberg, it’s sending to the meeting Kevin Chan, its head of public policy for Facebook Canada, and Neil Potts, its director of public policy.Last year, Zuckerberg testified before Congress following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which data from as many as 87 million Facebook users was improperly shared with the political consultancy.Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Read the Rylo camera preview $59 at eBay DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Rylo $299 at Amazon $210 at Best Buy Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Tags Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go.center_img See It Apple iPhone XS Sarah Tew/CNET What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Sheryl Sandberg,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $999 0 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Tags $520 at HP Chris Monroe/CNET Share your voice $155 at Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See It $60 at Best Buy Comments Tech Industry Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See it The Cheapskate HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) See at Turo Read Google Home Hub review I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Amazonlast_img read more

Children sing dance and participate in hitech gaming sessions at Indian Auto

first_imgGreater Noida, Feb 10 (ANI): Children sang and danced with their favourite cartoon characters while participating in hi-tech gaming sessions at the Indian Auto Expo in Greater Noida. In order to attract large number of children and families to the event, various activities were organized to keep the visitors entertained. Few children were seen participating in hi-tech video games session while some others were engrossed in modeling toy cars. Japanese auto and bike maker Honda invited Indian animation superstar ‘Chota Bheem’ and his best friend ‘Chutkiat’ at their motor cycle and scooter pavilion. Children participating in the games loved the arrangements.last_img read more

Market Capitalisation of BSE Stocks Hits 10Month Low

first_imgThe market capitalisation of companies listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) fell to a 10-month low in the concluding week, as overseas investors offloaded shares in the domestic stock market amid growing worries on the Indian economy.The BSE market capitalisation fell to Rs 93.83 trillion on Friday, reaching a level not seen since October 2014. The benchmark BSE Sensex plunged 562 points or 2.2% on the last trading day of the week to close at 25,201 points, posting a 13-month low. Overall, the Sensex lost more than 1,000 points in the week.Banking, auto, real estate, oil and metal stocks saw a massive erosion in their market capitalisation due to a high volatility in the markets.Market capitalisation of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) fell by over 15,300 crore during the week despite the company’s overseas arm buying a 15% stake in Vankorneft, a subsidiary of Russia’s oil giant Rosneft.ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) has reportedly paid $1.25 billion (Rs 8,250 crore) for a stake in Vankorneft, a source familiar with the development told Reuters.Profit booking led to a sell-off in the IT stocks, resulting in a decline in their market capitalisation. IT stocks have shown some strength in the past few weeks due to a deprecating rupee.Weak gross domestic product (GDP) in the first quarter, concerns on China slowdown, rising crude oil prices and rising expectations over the interest rate hike by the US central bank were the major negatives that hit the markets during the week.last_img read more

New telecom policys ambitious target Internet access to 13 billion Indians

first_imgManoj Sinha, Minister of Communication and Minister of state for railwaysPIBThe new Telecom Policy of India, expected in March 2018 will set an ambitious target of providing affordable internet access to almost 1.3 billion people and push domestic manufacturing to cut down on imports.”Internet to all will be the basic principle and to give a boost to telecom manufacturing would be a key factor of the new telecom policy,” said Communication Minister Manoj Sinha to Economic Times.The government last year decided to introduce a new telecom policy to facilitate growth of the sector and meet the requirements of next generation technologies.According to the reports, the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has already started the work on the new telecom policy this year. Minister Sinha also said that the policy will be finalised by March 2018.Last month, a research firm KPMG said that mobile Internet users in India is expected to surge and cross the 300 million mark by 2017 from about 159 million users at present.Though India has low Internet penetration compared to other developed nations, the country still has the third largest Internet user base in the world with more than 300 million users of which 50 percent are only mobile Internet users.Reports also suggest that the number of internet users in India will rise to 730 million by 2020, as against its 350 million users at the end of 2015. By the end of this decade India would also surpass the number of internet users in the US.The new telecom policy once implemented would boost the number of mobile internet users and with cheaper facility it will also penetrate the rural India.According to the telecom minister the new policy is forward looking and current challenges of new technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) will also be taken care of. A rickshaw puller speaks on his mobile phone as he waits for customers in front of advertisement billboards belonging to telecom companies in Kolkata February 3, 2014.REUTERS/Rupak De ChowdhuriAnalysts forecast that high-speed data services with cross-industry IoT applications and AI-driven services could open up close to 20 percent of additional revenue opportunity for the industry.The players in the telecom industry are working on the call drop challenges and to improve the service quality.Once the new telecom policy is implemented, it is likely to remove the distinction between local and STD calls too. It is also expected to ensure faster and cheaper availability of internet service. The service providers will no longer be needed to take separate licenses for operations in different parts of the country. A single licence would be enough.last_img read more

Bangladeshi US scientist not deported but freed

first_imgSyed A Jamal, a Bangladeshi-origin US chemist embraces his children. A screen-gran taken from a video on kansascity.Syed A Jamal, a Bangladeshi-origin US chemist studying and working in Kansas for 30 years, has been freed from jail, according to kansascity.com.The 55-year-old chemist was arrested by ICE in his front yard on 24 January for overstaying his visa and he was about to be deported to Bangladesh, reports say.Jamal walked out of Platte County jail Tuesday, so suddenly and quickly that no family was there, wrote kansascity.com. He was reportedly greeted instead by waiting reporters. His family joined him later.Jamal’s release came hours after it was ordered by a US District Court judge in Kansas City, pending the outcome of his deportation case with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the report.”It’s a tough situation,” he acknowledged, though he appeared relaxed and confident.The judge took into account more than 110 days Jamal has served in jail since 2012.Referring to Jamal’s three US-born children, she said, “I made a promise to those kids to bring their dad home.”His latest permit extended to October 2018, but that allowance was rescinded by ICE when agents arrested Jamal outside his home on the way to taking his daughter to school, said the report.Jamal’s story went viral after friends and family launched an online petition for a stay of his deportation, the report recalled.The Change.org site had reportedly garnered 108,000 as of Monday. Since 2 February, a GoFundMe campaign has raised nearly $75,000 for the family, for whom Jamal is the sole breadwinner.last_img read more

BNP asks AL to learn from India for holding unquestionable election

first_imgKhandaker Mosharraf HossainBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Saturday urged the government, the election commission and the ruling Awami League to take lessons from India’s Lok Sabha elections.”People in India could cast their ballots in favour of the party of their choice in the Lok Sabha elections. I would like to urge the Bangladesh government, the election commission and the administrations at all levels to take lessons from it. Especially, Awami League needs it the most,” he said.Mosharraf came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion arranged by Jatiyatabadi Nagorik Dal at the National Press Club, marking the 38th death anniversary of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman.The BNP leader congratulated Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on the second consecutive election victory of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “I greet Indian people as they could exercise their right to franchise. I also greet Modi as he could hold a fair election staying in power.”Mentioning that the government used to talk about many positive things of India as references, he urged the government to get inspired from the Lok Sabha polls to hold such unquestionable elections in Bangladesh.Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said India showed the world the strength of its democracy by holding a fair and credible election.”There’s now no democracy in Bangladesh. We must restore it. But, we won’t be able to restore democracy if we fail to free ‘mother of democracy’ Khaleda Zia,” he said.The BNP leader urged the democratic forces to get united to bring back people’s all the lost rights. “People are now ready to take to the streets. Now we’re working to unite our leaders and activists and reorganise our party to wage a movement.”last_img read more

UPDATE RNC Resolution Condemns White Supremacists

first_img Share Mark Humphrey, APPeople talk before the start of the meeting of the standing committee on rules at the Republican National Committee summer meeting, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.12:25 p.m.:The Republican National Committee has unanimously approved a resolution denouncing white supremacist groups without criticizing President Donald Trump, who waffled in his own statements in the wake of the deadly clash in Virginia this month.The resolution asserts, “Nazis, the KKK, white supremacists and others are repulsive, evil and have no fruitful place in the United States.”While the vote was unanimous, some members had grumbled that the resolution was unnecessary and suggested the party reflected unnecessary defensiveness.But the resolution was a priority for Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, who said condemning violence was an American issue, not a Republican or Democratic one.A woman was killed at the white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, when a car rammed into a crowd of counter-protesters.The Republican National Committee is headed toward adoption of a resolution condemning white supremacists, at the strong urging of the party’s national chairwoman but also with groans from some party activists.From this morning:The grumbling reflects a difference between RNC leaders concerned about the party’s image in light of President Donald Trump’s latest rhetorical thicket and newer, more ardently pro-Trump state Republican leaders who say such a statement appears defensive.“It’s amazing that we have been lured into this argument that we’re not racists. It’s absurd,” said Colorado Republican Chairman Jeff Hays. “Why would we feel compelled to do that?”But make no mistake, this is a priority for Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel and committee members who were bothered by Trump’s initial resistance to singling out white nationalists, the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis as the antagonists in Charlottesville.“There’s no debate. We’re affirming we’re the party of Lincoln,” McDaniel told The Associated Press. “We are showing the moral high ground by disavowing hate and violence.”Despite the resolution, there doesn’t appear to be a softening of support for the president within the party’s national organization.Rather, what was to be a sleepy, pro-forma late summer gathering seemed to spark renewed backing for the president despite a series of recent setbacks: the GOP’s stunning failure to repeal and replace “Obamacare”; the furious backlash over his comments about the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia; and the departure of crowd favorite Reince Priebus, the former RNC chairman, as Trump’s chief of staff.“The president was not wrong to point out what the media has failed to point out,” that counter-protesters also “came for a battle” in Charlottesville, Pennsylvania Republican Chairman Val DiGiorgio said.DiGiorgio was standing by the “many sides” comment Trump immediately made after the clash in Virginia, in which a car was driven into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman. The president had been criticized harshly by both Republicans and Democrats because he didn’t immediately denounce the white nationalist groups in Charlottesville.Bill Palatucci, a RNC committeeman from New Jersey who sponsored the resolution, said it was important for the committee to formally denounce white supremacists. Palatucci said, “I think he got it wrong a week ago Tuesday, in regards to Charlottesville,” when Trump said during a free-wheeling, defiant news conference that there were “very fine people on both sides” at the demonstration.But even Palatucci, who was a devout supporter of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s 2016 presidential campaign, said, “I support the president’s agenda.” He cited deregulation measures Trump has signed and the president’s plan, outlined Monday, to send additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan to revive the effort to root out terrorist cells.The party’s robust $75 million in first-half 2017 fundraising — more than twice what Democrats raised in the first half of President Barack Obama’s inaugural year in office — has also lifted spirits, as has improving economic confidence.The consensus in Nashville is that the Republican-controlled Congress, not Trump, has let down the party.“There is a level of frustration that Congress didn’t repeal and replace Obamacare,” Ohio Republican Party Chairwoman Jane Timken said. “They want the president’s agenda passed. They blame Congress.”While Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have feuded before and since the failed health care vote in July, there was little talk in Nashville of dumping the veteran Kentucky senator as leader.“I’m not ready to abandon McConnell,” Pennsylvania’s DiGiorgio said. “But I would urge him to come together and get this done.”Trump has complained about McConnell, and other Republican senators who have criticized the president or opposed his efforts. He notably pointed to Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, Arizona Republicans, during an angry speech to supporters in Phoenix Tuesday.Trump’s intraparty attacks have some GOP strategists worried that the fighting could harm Republicans’ chances of holding the Senate in next year’s midterm elections, though that would require Democrats to retain almost all of the 10 seats they occupy in states Trump won last year.Chairwoman McDaniel said Trump’s taunts are the outspoken New Yorker’s way of urging action.“The president wants to see his agenda passed,” McDaniel said. “He’s channeling what I’m hearing from the American people, which is, ‘We gave you the White House. You have the Senate. You have the House. Why aren’t you getting these things done?’”last_img read more

FEMA Says More Than 1 Billion In Federal Aid Provided To Texans

first_imgFEMA/Bill KoplitzThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Tuesday that more than $1 billion in federal funds have been provided directly to Texans “to aid in their personal recovery” since the government declared Harvey a disaster on Aug. 25.“The speed of this assistance is historic for Texas,” Federal Coordinating Officer Kevin Hannes said in a statement.Texans are receiving federal support including funds from FEMA grants, National Flood Insurance Program claims and disaster loans from the Small Business Administration.Harris County has received the highest amount of FEMA housing assistance — more than $198 million — for help with costs related to rent, repairs and personal property loss.Galveston County follows at more than $44 million, and Fort Bend County after that, with more than $22 million. Sharelast_img read more

Harveys Biblical Rainfall Is Getting More Likely

first_imgBrien Straw | Houston Public MediaHarvey flooding in KingwoodThe chances of a hurricane flooding parts of Texas, like Hurricane Harvey did, have soared sixfold in just 25 years because of global warming and will likely triple once again before the end of the century, a new study says.Study author Kerry Emanuel, a meteorology professor and hurricane expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, found that what was once an extremely rare event — 20 inches of rain over a large area of Texas — could soon be almost common.From 1981 to 2000, the probability of 20 inches of rain happening somewhere over a large chunk of Texas was 1 in 100 or even less, Emanuel said. Now it’s 6 in 100 and by 2081, those odds will be 18 in 100, he said.“The changes in probabilities are because of global warming,” Emanuel said.The study was released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Emanuel said he hurried the study to help Houston officials think about what conditions they should consider when they rebuild.Texas state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said he was struck by the potential for much higher rainfall that Emanuel’s simulations predict for the future and how important it is for the design of critical structures like dams and nuclear facilities.“If the worst-case precipitation scenario is getting worse, as Kerry’s study and other evidence implies, that safety margin is shrinking,” Nielsen-Gammon said in an email, highlighting Emanuel’s results that also show the worst-case storms becoming wetter and more common.Gabriel Vecchi, a climate scientist at Princeton who wasn’t part of the study, said the study confirms what scientists have already thought: “that the most extreme rainfall events will become more likely as the planet warms.”“These results highlight the importance of finding ways to incorporate our understanding of climate change in long-term urban planning, storm water management and in flood mapping,” Vecchi said in an email.To do the study Emanuel had to use some innovative modeling techniques. Global climate models used for future warming studies aren’t detailed enough to simulate hurricanes. Hurricane models don’t say anything about the larger climate. So Emanuel combined the models and then created thousands and thousands of fictional storm “seedlings” to see what would happen.Emanuel’s calculations used the 20-inch (half a meter) rainfall total because that was the initial figure discussed as the storm was dying down.Later measurements showed that Harvey’s rain was far heavier — and far rarer — than initially reported. After Emanuel had started his work, records showed Harvey’s Houston-wide rainfall ended up closer to 33 inches (84 centimeters). And in individual areas pit peaked at 60 inches (1.5 meters).Emanuel called those numbers “biblical.”“By the standards of the average climate during 1981-2000, Harvey’s rainfall in Houston was ‘biblical’ in the sense that it likely occurred around once since the Old Testament was written,” Emanuel’s study said.While several scientists praised the study’s technique, Christopher Landsea, science operations chief at the National Hurricane Center, had some reservations. He said Emanuel’s results don’t fit with other climate change model projections which do show higher rainfall totals but also show a decrease in the number of storms. Sharelast_img read more

Video Catches Cop in Attack Mode

first_imgA Baltimore police officer, who is seen viciously beating a man June 15 in a CitiWatch video that began circulating this week, has been suspended while an investigation of the incident ensues, officials announced Sept. 16.“This will not be tolerated,” Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said of Officer Vincent Cosom’s behavior at a press conference Tuesday.“Much like the public, I was shocked, I’m outraged, I’m disgusted by what I saw by an employee of the Baltimore Police Department,” Batts said. “Nothing that I saw on that video is defensible, nor should it be defensible, and most importantly, it’s unacceptable and will not be tolerated within this organization.”Cosom has since been placed on paid administrative leave. However, many are questioning why it took so long for him to be disciplined.“The investigation has no credibility because no suspension took place until this incident was on the news and not a second before,” said Tony Garcia, one of the attorneys for Kollin Truss, 32, the man who Cosom assaulted. “The police department is in damage control.”Garcia and colleague Ivan Bates and Tony Garcia on Monday announced a $35 million, seven-count lawsuit against Cosom, that accuses him of battery, false imprisonment and false light or perjury among other allegations.According to police charging documents, Cosom said he saw an inebriated Truss loitering in front of a liquor store on the corner of Greenmount and North avenues and he asked him to leave. The pair exchanged heated words and Truss went into the store.When Truss exited the liquor mart, he and the officer are seen on the video exchanging more words and Truss’ girlfriend pushes him away and toward the bus stop.At that time, Garcia told the AFRO, his client was waiting on the bus to take him home when Cosom approached and began whaling on his client.“The officer basically sucker-punched him while another officer held his arms, preventing him from blocking his face or otherwise defending himself,” the attorney said.According to the statement of probable cause, however, Cosom claimed he saw Truss assaulting his female companion and that he assumed a fighting stance and clenched his fist when the officer rushed in to arrest him. Cosom said the altercation ensued because he was in fear of his safety, and that Truss kicked other officers as they tried to get him into the squad car.Truss was arrested and charged with assaulting an officer.“We see a pattern here—certain types of officers will strip you of your rights and dignity and charge you with assault when they are the ones who assaulted you. It is an exercise in submission,” Garcia said.Even worse Truss’ attorneys said, the case reeks of a cover-up.“This video was in the police department’s records. And, there was an officer watching the incident live as it took place.”Bates said a middle manager in the department’s Internal Affairs was contacted by the State’s Attorney’s Office about the video months ago but dropped the ball.“There was a communications breakdown within my organization. I had a middle manager that did not do the thing that they should have done. This officer should have been removed from the field immediately. I should have been notified immediately. We will also address that,” Batts said.Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said along with Cosom, other officers at the scene may also be held accountable.“Anyone who had identification and witnessed this – either took part in and either acted inappropriately or in not taking any action was neglectful – is a part of this investigation,” he said.Garcia said as they get more information, other plaintiffs may be added to their suit.last_img read more

3D printing electrically assisted nacreinspired structures with selfsensing capabilities

first_img , Advanced Healthcare Materials Materials theory combines strength, stiffness and toughness of composites into a single design map Citation: 3-D printing electrically assisted, nacre-inspired structures with self-sensing capabilities (2019, April 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-d-electrically-nacre-inspired-self-sensing-capabilities.html Proof-of-principle self-sensing capability of 3D printed, nacre-inspired helmet on a mini Lego bicycle rider. 3-D printed helmet with 2 wt% aGN (aligned graphene nanoplatelets), LED light is ON. Brightness decreases with crack deflection during compressive tests and resistance increases (RC circuit). When resistance increases due to crack propagation the LED turns off. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9490 , Science © 2019 Science X Network The 3D-printing process. (A) Nacre model by SolidWorks (from Dassault Systèmes), sliced using the DMD-based stereolithography software to generate projection patterns. (B) rGNs are aligned by the electric field (blue dotted arrow shows the direction) to form aGNs during the 3D-printing process, the aligned composites solidify after light exposure (yellow part), the alignment of GNs is kept in the composites, after the layer is complete the building plate is peeled to print additional layers with aGNs. (C) Compression of natural nacre and SEM images of the fracture surface, showing crack deflection (yellow arrowheads) and crack branching (red arrowheads) in (D) and crack deflection between layers in (E). (F) 3D-printed nacre with 2 wt % aGNs under loading with crack deflection and branching in (G). (H) SEM image showing deflection between layers (yellow arrowheads). Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9490. To align the GNs in the composite during layer-based 3-D printing, Yang et al. used an electric field (433 V/cm) to build nacre-inspired MJ/GN composite structures. The scientists applied DC voltages, followed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) collection, optical imaging and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images to characterize (i.e. test) the newly developed composites. The resulting parallel and closely packed GN sample layers were structurally separated by the polymer matrix in between as mortar to impart the critical structural features for mechanical performance in the 3-D synthetic nacre. The scientists saw similarities between the synthetic vs. natural nacre structure at the macro- and microscale. Prior to 3-D printing, Yang et al. created the nacre model using SolidWorks software first, and then sliced it with in-house developed digital micromirror device (DMD)-based stereolithography software to generate surface patterns. They projected masked images of the computed patterns on the resin surface to construct layers in which the electrically assisted 3-D printing process aligned and selectively polymerized the programmed parts for specific reinforcement orientation, layer upon each layer of the MJ/GN composites to create the structure of interest. The scientists formed the desired gap between the GN alignment in the MJ resin, prior to photocuration using the DMD light projection system (3.16 mW/cm2) available in the setup. LEFT: Mechanical property and microstructure study of 3D-printed nacre. (A) Comparison of compression properties of the 3D-printed nacre with different loadings and alignments. (B) Crack propagation in MJ/rGNs nacre with the breaking of rGNs. (C and F) Simulations of stress distribution of MJ/rGNs and MJ/aGNs by COMSOL Multiphysics, respectively. (D) Comparison of maximum compression load for the 3D-printed nacre with different mass ratios of GNs. (E) Crack deflection of MJ/aGNs nacre and bridging and interlocking of aGNs. RIGHT: Comparison of fracture toughness by three-point bending test. (A to C) Compression force versus resistance change for pure MJ, MJ/2 wt % rGNs, and MJ/2 wt % aGNs, respectively (with inset SEM images showing the related fracture surfaces). (D) Comparison of fracture toughness for crack initiation (KIC) and stable crack propagation (KJC) of the 3D-printed nacre with the natural nacre. (E) Comparison of specific toughness and specific strength of the 3D-printed nacre with others’ work (inset shows the specific strength with density for various nacre-inspired composites). R-curves of the 3D-printed nacre (F) and the natural nacre (G). Simulations of stress distribution by COMSOL Multiphysics for the 3D-printed nacre with rGNs (H) and aGNs (I). Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9490. Explore further Journal information: Science Advances They then compared the stress-strain behavior of the 3-D printed nacre with rGNs (random) and aGNs (aligned) for different ratios. Compared to natural nacre, the synthetic version showed typical brittle fractures with crack propagation at first. Yang et al. used structural simulation using COMSOL Multiphysics to show the site of stress concentration and the importance of accurate GN alignment for crack deflection and energy dissipation in the synthetic nacres. When they conducted structural simulations of optimized aGN sheets with 2 percent weight in the study (2 wt %), they showed the formation of bridges that lead to stress distribution at the joint area between the aGNs and polymer matrix to carry loads instead of promoting macroscopic crack advancement. The structures contained covalent bonding, hydrogen bonding and π-π interaction to synergistically bridge the aGNs for enhanced biomechanical properties. To test the mechanical properties, the scientists conducted three-point bending tests to measure the toughness of 3-D printed composites with rGNs, aGNs and a reference pure polymer sample. After adequate GN alignment they obtained stable crack arrest and deflection comparable to natural nacre, by toughening the brick-like platelets. The results indicated resistance to fracture during crack growth for aGNs. The nacre-inspired aGN composites showed bridging and interlocking that translated to an increase in dissipated energy and toughening, contributing to the outstanding crack arrest performance of the composite. The synthetic 3-D nacre was more lightweight than natural nacre, with lower density compared to the previous synthetic composites. The 3-D synthetic version showed significantly improved electrical conductivity contrary to natural nacre, which Yang et al. tested using piezoresistive responses useful for self-sensing military and sports applications. As a proof-of-principle, the scientists designed a wearable 3-D helmet for a Lego bicycle rider using the technique to study its self-sensing capability. The helmet composed of aGNs showed improved impact and compression resistance compared with rGNs, verified with impact tests where the rGN helmets broke while the aGN helmets retained their shapes. Yang et al. showed that a helmet composed with aGNs (0.36 g) connected to an LED light was able to sustain the impact of an iron ball 305 times its weight (110 g), where the brightness of the LED light only decreased slightly after the impact due to crack formation, energy dissipation and increased resistance. center_img 3D-printed smart helmet with anisotropic electrical property. (A) Anisotropic electrical property of the 3D-printed nacre. (B) Changes of electrical resistance with different GNs loadings and alignments. (C) Schematic diagram showing the layered polymer/GNs structure with anisotropic electrical resistance. (D) 3D-printing process of a self-sensing smart helmet. Demonstration of the wearable sensor on a Lego bicycle rider showing different self-sensing properties for the 3D-printed helmets with rGNs (E) and aGNs (F). (G) Circuit design for the tests. Compression force of the 3D-printed helmets with related compression displacements and resistance changes for rGNs (H) and aGNs (I), respectively. (Photo credit: Yang Yang, Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Southern California.). Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9490. Schematic diagram of the electrically assisted 3D-printing platform for the construction of nacre-inspired structures. (A) Diagram of the electrically assisted 3D-printing device. (B) Illustration of the bottom-up projection-based stereolithography process. (C and D) Schematic diagrams show the alignment of GNs under the electric field and alignment mechanisms, respectively. (E) 3D-printed nacre with aGNs and SEM images showing surface and cross-section morphology: DMD, digital micromirror device; PDMS, polydimethylsiloxane. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9490 More information: Yang Yang et al. Electrically assisted 3-D printing of nacre-inspired structures with self-sensing capability, Science Advances (2019). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9490 L. J. Bonderer et al. Bioinspired Design and Assembly of Platelet Reinforced Polymer Films, Science (2008). DOI: 10.1126/science.1148726 Shanshan Yao et al. Nanomaterial-Enabled Wearable Sensors for Healthcare, Advanced Healthcare Materials (2017). DOI: 10.1002/adhm.201700889 K. J. Koester et al. The true toughness of human cortical bone measured with realistically short cracks, Nature Materials (2008). DOI: 10.1038/nmat2221 The scientists constructed a resistor-capacitor (RC) circuit to measure the changing resistance during the impact and during compression tests. In the rGN helmet the LED was always off due to the larger resistance, comparatively the smaller resistance of the aGN helmet left the LED light turned on. In this way, Yang et al. showed how the nano-laminated architecture provided extrinsic toughening and enhanced electrical conductivity due to bioinspired, aligned GNs in the nanocomposites. They propose to enable mass customization, assisted with 3-D printing capabilities to translate the lightweight smart materials ingrained with excellent mechanical and electrical properties for commercially viable applications in widespread industries. Nacre, also known as mother of pearl is a composite, organic-inorganic material produced in nature in the inner shell layer of molluscs and the outer coating of pearls. The material is resilient and iridescent with high strength and toughness, resulting from its brick-and-mortar-like architecture. Lightweight and strong materials are of interest in materials science due to their potential in multidisciplinary applications in sports, aerospace, transportation and biomedicine. In a recent study, now published in Science Advances, Yang Yang and co-workers at the interdisciplinary departments of Systems Engineering, Chemical, Biomedical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southern California, developed a route to build nacre-inspired hierarchical structures with complex 3-D shapes via electrically assisted 3-D printing. The scientists propose to develop a smart helmet with inbuilt protective, self-sensing capabilities using the electrically assisted 3-D printing process. The bioinspired brick and mortar (BM) architecture can enhance mechanical strength and electrical conduction by aligning graphene nanoplatelets in each layer for maximum performance via crack deflection under loading. In total, Yang et al. aim to engineer multifunctional, lightweight yet strong and electrically self-sensing 3-D structures from the lab to industry. To replicate the challenging hierarchical, micro-/nano-scale architecture of natural nacre, the scientists used aGNs in a photocurable polymer, grafted with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (3-APTES) to strengthen the interface and load transfer at the sandwich-like polymer matrix. For the photocurable resin, they used G+ resin from Maker Juice Labs, notated MJ, containing high tensile epoxy diacrylate, glycol diacrylate and a photoinitiator with excellent mechanical properties and low viscosity. , Nature Materials In the present work, Yang et al. presented an electrically assisted 3-D printing method using aligned graphene nanoplatelets (GNs) in photocurable resin to build the nacre-inspired hierarchical architectures. The proposed technique took advantage of the nanoscale-to-microscale assembly induced by the electric field and microscale-to-macroscale assembly via 3-D printing. The 3-D architectures with aligned GNs (aGNs) showed reinforced mechanical properties compared to random GNs (rGNs). The 3-D printed artificial nacre displayed specific toughness and strength comparable to natural nacre, with additional anisotropic electric properties unlike the natural nacre. To create a brick-and-mortar-like structure in the work, they aligned graphene nanoplatelets (GNs) as bricks in the electric field (433 V/cm) during 3-D printing and included the polymer matrix as a mortar. The bioinspired 3-D printed nacre with aligned GNs (2 percent weight) were lightweight (1.06 g/cm3), albeit with specific toughness and strength similar to the natural nacre counterpart. The 3-D printed lightweight, smart armor aligned GNs could sense surface damage to exert resistance change during electrical applications. The study highlighted interesting possibilities for bioinspired nanomaterials with hierarchical architecture tested in a proof-of-principle, mini smart helmet. Projected applications include integrated mechanical reinforcement, electrical self-sensing capabilities in biomedicine, aerospace engineering as well as military and sports appliances. Lightweight and strong structural materials such as multifunctional wearable sensors have attracted increasing attention in health monitoring, but most piezoelectric sensors are soft and cannot protect the surface of interest. A protective, multifunctional wearable sensor is currently in demand for military and sports applications therefore. The hierarchical structure of nacre in nature provides superior mechanical performance, notwithstanding its relatively weak constituents to protect the soft body in molluscs. The secret to its protective capability is inherent to its brick and mortar (BM) architecture that ranges from the nano- and micro- to macroscale. This outstanding materials property formed the basis to design light and strong armor for microstructural interfaces in materials science. Although traditional, bottom-up assembly processes such as vacuum filtration, spray coating, ice templating and self-assembly were previously studied intensively to build nacre-inspired architectures, the methods only focused on two-dimensional (2-D) thin-film formation or simple bulk structures. Since it is challenging to use these techniques to develop 3-D architectures – 3-D printing (additive manufacture) is a powerful alternative. Recent studies in materials science and bioengineering have used 3-D printing with shear forces, magnetic and acoustic fields to form reinforced composites with aligned fibers. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

WBSEDCL bags IPPAI award for one of the best innovations

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) has received an award for ‘one of the best innovations’ for ‘Energy storage through Hydro’ at IPPAI Power Awards, organised by the Independent Power Producers Association of India (IPPAI) on November 24 at Belgundi Belgaum in Karnataka.The award has been conferred in recognition of WBSEDCL’s innovation and sustainability at the 900 MW Purulia Pumped Storage Project (PPSP) and its futuristic approach for the upcoming 1,000 MW Turga Pumped Storage Project and proposed 900 MW Bandu Pumped Storage Project. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBoth Turga and Bandu projects will be developed in Purulia district, adjacent to the site of the pumped storage project. A Press statement issued by the CPRO, WBSEDCL, says this is another jewel in WBSEDCL’s crown and it will encourage the organisation to ensure quality power and better service to consumers across the state. It may be mentioned here that the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been roped in to construct the 1,000 MW Turga pumped storage project at Purulia, which will be carried out by the state Power department. JICA has agreed to provide a loan of Rs 5,000 crore for the project. The state cabinet has already approved the total project cost of Rs 6,922 crore.last_img read more

NextGen WiFi Is Here

first_imgMarch 16, 2009 As if it isn’t hard enough keeping track of all the next-gen Wi-Fi terms (802.11n, draft-n, and so on), you then have to figure out what the heck they mean. In the Wi-Fi space, draft-n is the new, faster, stronger, more reliable form of Wi-Fi. More than 25 percent of the Wi-Fi devices shipped in 2008 supported draft-n, says Edgar Figueroa, executive director of the Wi-Fi Alliance. He points to ABI research that estimates by 2012, 90 percent of all devices will support it.Fortunately, old and new versions can work and play in harmony. So while “there probably won’t be a time when it’ll be absolutely necessary to upgrade,” says Figueroa, “the market is naturally moving toward the best technology.” And next-gen is where it’s at.Draft-n gear can provide significant improvements to your network, including five times the throughput (up to 250 Mbps) and twice the range (up to 200 meters). So if you’re trying to decide if it’s time to upgrade your office to draft-n Wi-Fi, consider these questions:Do you have 15 or more employees using entry-level gear or 40 or more employees using enterprise-level gear?Are you expanding your office size?Does your office setup have hard-to-reach coverage areas–for example, numerous floors or rooms within a building?Do you frequently use real-time or high-bandwidth applications, such as web conferencing, VoIP or streaming HD video?If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it might be time to upgrade. The good thing about draft-n is that it’s backward compatible, meaning it works with previous versions (and vice versa). This allows for an easier, gradual transition. So if you’re not in the financial position to upgrade all your Wi-Fi devices at once–who is really?–you can switch out a few, or even just one, at a time, Figueroa explains. “Yet that device offers benefits to all the old devices already using the network.” Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 2 min read How Success Happens This story appears in the April 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Listen Nowlast_img read more

ACV introduces Top Selections sun brochure aims to strengthen Disney product

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> ACV introduces Top Selections sun brochure, aims to strengthen Disney product Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Disney Thursday, January 5, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Share MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations has released a mini digital sun brochure highlighting the operator’s top resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean.Most of the featured properties offer free stay for kids and fitness and spa facilities, and are part of ACV’s Privileges collection including preferred room locations, early check-in, late checkout, free Internet and guaranteed à la carte dinnersThe brochure also includes 18 Sandals resorts that are part of ACV’s Privileges collection and offer free wedding packages. Air Canada offers nonstop, year-round flights from Toronto to all Sandals and Beaches properties. It’s also the only tour operator that flies to Great Exuma, Bahamas.“Our product team has done a fantastic job in adding exclusive and popular properties to ACV’s Sun product line,” said Nino Montagnese, Managing Director, Sun Markets, Air Canada Vacations. “We found it necessary to highlight some of our top picks and cultivate a mini brochure for our trade partners to reference during consultations. It is a great booking tool and we encourage agents to share it with their clients.”A French version of the Top Selection digital brochure will be available shortly.To better serve clients ACV has increased frequency from several home locations to popular destinations. Frequency has been added between Toronto-Cayo Coco, Varadero, Curaçao, Puerto Plata, Samana, Huatulco, Saint Lucia and Turks & Caicos. A larger aircraft has been added to the Punta Cana route flying five times a week and a new route to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago was launched in December.For Montreal, ACV has added new flights to Puerto Vallarta and San Jose, Costa Rica, and frequency has increased to Cancun and Turks & Caicos.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaThe new B767 aircraft from Air Canada Rouge leaving Vancouver has increased in capacity and frequency. Nonstop flights to Cancun on Monday and Thursday and to Puerto Vallarta on Tuesday and Friday have been added. ACV has also increased capacity to Ixtapa on Wednesday and Los Cabos on Sunday.Nonstop flights to Puerto Plata operating on Fridays will be leaving from HalifaxAs a reminder, agents can earn ACV&ME loyalty points for every group, air and hotel package or cruise package booked. Points can be redeemed for Aeroplan Miles, travel vouchers or VISA cash cards.Air Canada Vacations is also highlighting its partnership with Disney and the different resorts and packages it offers.There are currently seven daily flights during peak winter season to Walt Disney Resort in Orlando; up to 18 daily flights during peak summer season to Los Angeles, a short drive to Disneyland Resort in Anaheim; up to eight flights per week during peak winter season to Honolulu for Aulani, Disney Resort and Spa; and frequent flights from all Canadian gateways to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean where the Disney Cruise Line.“Air Canada Vacations provides the most lift out of any other Canadian tour operator to Disney destinations,” said Montagnese. “Along with our expansive flight network, we also sell all things Disney including accommodations, theme park tickets, dining packages and more. We are poised and prepared to become the top Disney provider and are confident that we can do it with the support of our travel agents partners. We want their clients to automatically think of booking with ACV when they hear the word ‘Disney’.”More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsFeatured ACV Disney promotions include:Walt Disney World ResortsCanada Resident Ticket Offer – clients will receive a 25% discount on 4-10 day Magic Your Way ticket products including the Base Ticket, Park Hopper, Water Park Fun & More and Park Hopper & Water Park Fun & More options. Offer expires Feb. 28 for travel anytime.Disneyland ResortCanada Resident Ticket Offer – The Disneyland Ticket offer represents a 25% discount on the 3-5 day ticket products including the 1-Park per day and Park Hopper options. Offer valid until Feb. 28.Room Only Offer – Until March 27, guests will receive 20% savings on Standard room types and 25% savings on Premium room types at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel. A 10 per cent discount will apply on Standard room types and Premium room types at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.Aulani, A Disney Resort & SpaBroad Room Only Offer – Until Feb. 23, guests will receive 20 to 30% in savings on four night stays and 25 to 35% savings on 5-14 night says depending on view booked.Disney Cruise LineFeatured cruise packages include a seven-night Mediterranean sailing (Barcelona, Spain) from $1,750 per person for an Aug. 26, 2017 departure aboard Disney Magic; a seven-Night Western Caribbean Cruise (Port Canaveral, Florida) from $1,785 per person for a September 30, 2017 departure aboard Disney Fantasy; and a seven-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise (San Juan, Puerto Rico) from $1,316 per person for an April 16, 2017 departure aboard Disney Magic. All cruise packages are based on double occupancy.last_img read more

Kesto testifies on plan to help victims report crime

first_img Categories: Kesto News,Kesto Photos,News,Photos 18Apr Kesto testifies on plan to help victims report crime PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Commitee, today testified before the panel on his plan to prohibit anyone in a position of authority from preventing an individual from reporting a crime, including criminal sexual conduct. The legislation was submitted in response to the recent Larry Nassar scandal.#####last_img

French service provider Iliad Telecom had 5257 mi

first_imgFrench service provider Iliad Telecom had 5.257 million, up from 5.147 million at the end of June, boosted by its Freebox Révolution offering. Iliad’s Free brand had 5.027 million customers, up from 4.885 million, including 18,000 migrations from the Alice brand acquired by Iliad from Telecom Italia.Fixed line revenues amounted to €584 million for the quarter, up 9% year-on-year.Iliad saw strong mobile growth based on its low-cost 3G offering. Mobile subscribers numbered 4.405 million at the end of September, up from 3.6 million at the end of June.last_img read more

Eamon Bradley while in the Middle East fighting in

first_imgEamon Bradley while in the Middle East fighting in the Syrian civil warDERRY MAN EAMON BRADLEY TO STAND TRIAL ON TERRORISM CHARGES LINKED TO WAR IN SYRIA was last modified: August 29th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet Bradley denies the charges.A jury of six women and six men has been sworn-in to hear the trial at Omagh Crown Court.Presiding Judge Brian Sherrard told the jury of 12 that he trial could take up to three weeks to conclude before they would retire to consider their verdicts.Prosecution lawyers are due to open the case against the defendant tomorrow morning, Wednesday, August 30. DERRY MAN EAMON BRADLEY TO STAND TRIAL ON TERRORISM CHARGES LINKED TO WAR IN SYRIAJUDGE BRIAN SHERRARDOMAGH CROWN COURT Derryman Eamon Bradley, 25, from Melmore Garden, Creggan, appearing at Derry Court charged in November 2014 where he was charged with possession of explosives with intent to endanger life and receiving training in the use of firearms and explosives in Syria. Photo Lorcan Doherty PhotographyDERRY man Eamon Bradley is to stand trial accused of terrorist offences in Syria.The 28-year-old, who is from the Creggan estate, is accused of attending a terrorist training camp in Syria in 2014.He is also facing a number of weapons and explosives charges.last_img read more

The gold stocks opened in the red but rallied str

first_img The gold stocks opened in the red, but rallied strongly almost immediately, even before 9:50 a.m. EST gold price melt-up going into the London p.m. gold fix.  From that point, the stocks gave up a bit of their gains before trading sideways for most of the day, but rallied into the close, finishing almost on their highs of the day.  The HUI closed up 2.42%. The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 1 gold and 72 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Friday within the Comex-approved depositories. JPMorgan out of its in-house [proprietary] trading account delivered 58 contracts—and ABN Amro came up with 10 contracts.  The only long/stopper of note was Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia with 70 contracts.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV yesterday—and no sales report from the U.S. Mint, either. Monday was a very busy day over at the Comex-approved depositories—especially in silver. In gold, these depositories reported receiving 63,996 troy ounces of the stuff—and all of it went into the HSBC USA depository.  The link to that activity is here. But the fork lifts were real busy moving silver around, as 1,810,657 troy ounces were reported received—and 1,216,360 troy ounces were shipped out the door.  Of the amount received, a third of it disappeared into JPMorgan’s vault—and all of the silver JPM received came out of Scotia Mocatta’s vault.  The link to that action is here—and it’s worth a quick peek. I have a decent number of stories today—and I hope you have the opportunity to read the ones that interest you. Yes, it is possible, given how close we are to the lows of the year that more salami slicing to the downside, designed to generate more technical fund short selling, could be seen. But it is just as possible that the salami slicing is over with. More than possible is that JPMorgan will look, at some point, to feather their own nest with an explosion in gold and silver prices, given how they are currently positioned. That’s what smart crooks do. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 28 December 2013 Well, it doesn’t get much more blatant than that.  I couldn’t make up a price scenario like yesterday no matter how hard I tried.  If JPMorgan et al were fishing for a bottom, I’d say they found one, as I doubt very much that prices could get much lower than this—or stay there for long if they did.  You saw that happen yesterday—and you also saw how quickly it reversed itself. As Ted Butler says, in order for JPMorgan et al to go longer or cover more short positions, they have to find either a technical fund or small trader to either puke up a long or go short, so they [JPMorgan et al] can gobble up either the long contract puked up, or buy the long side of the short trade.  These two types of traders are the only “food supply” for JPM et al—and why they continually attempt to engineer lower prices.  Once “da boyz” can no longer entice these traders to go short anymore, or puke up more longs, the bottom is in.  And if I had to bet a sum of money, I’d guess we saw it yesterday. But the question at all market bottoms is always the same—what will JPMorgan et al do on the subsequent rally?  They, as always, are 100% in the driver’s seat—and what they do, or what they’re instructed to do, is all that matters.  If you’ve been reading this column for any length of time, it’s a situation that we’ve been in many times in the past—and Ted Butler and I always pose the same questions.  Will this time be different, or will it be the same old, same old? Since this is the final column for 2013—my thanks go out to all the kind readers that have contributed so much to this missive over the last 12 months.  As I say every year at this time, this column is just as much yours as it is mine, as it would be considerably diminished without their contributions. Some you only know by their initials—as they wish where they live and who they are to remain anonymous—and I respect that.   But I would be remiss if I didn’t shout out a few names here:  Phil Barlett, West Virginia reader Elliot Simon, South African reader B.V., Manitoba reader Ulrike Marx, Washington state reader S.A. and, as always, Roy Stephens is at the top of the heap.  Of course other readers have contributed news items, chart and graphs, photos and cartoons from time to time all year long—and as I said, this column would be diminished without them.  Chief amongst those contributors would be Nick Laird over at sharelynx.com, as his charts are an integral part of my blog—along with other newsletter writers on the Internet as well. Last, but certainly not least, my thanks go out to my daily Internet buddy at Casey Research.  Every day [except Saturdays and holidays] CR’s own Juli Placek crawls out of a nice warm bed somewhere in the vicinity of Stowe, Vermont at 5:10 a.m. EST—and takes my scribblings and posts them on their website before 6:30 a.m. EST—and then dispatches it to the in-boxes of the 40,000+ world-wide readers that peruse this rant [in whole, or in part] every day.  All of this is done long before the vast majority of North Americans has even had to reach for their respective alarm clocks.  I can’t begin to remember the number of times she has been there for me—or for us—and she has my eternal gratitude. Happy New Year to you and yours in 2014, dear reader—and I’ll see you right here on Friday. The dollar closed on Monday afternoon in New York barely above the 80 mark at 80.01.  From there it rallied it tiny fits and starts, finishing the Tuesday session at 80.205 which was up 20 basis points from its prior close. It was more or less the same routine in both platinum and palladium, but both reported a decent gain on the day—finishing up a percent or so.  Here are the charts. And as incredible as the price gyrations were in gold, it was off the charts in silver, as JPMorgan et al pulled out all the stops.  However, the price pattern was virtually identical, so I shan’t waste any time talking about it. The intraday price move was well over a dollar—and the CME recorded the low and high as $18.72 and $19.825 in the March contract. Silver never got a sniff of the $20 spot price mark, closing the Tuesday session at $19.445 spot, which was down 12 cents from Monday.  Net volume was an astounding 46,000 contracts. What will JPMorgan et al do on the subsequent rally? The gold price didn’t do much in Far East trading on their Tuesday, but a tiny new low was set around 1:30 p.m. Hong Kong time.  From there, gold rallied back above the $1,200 price mark.  Then around 11:15 p.m. the price began to decline.  Ted said that it was JPMorgan et al “spoofing” prices lower.  And once Monday’s closing price was taken out at 8:45 a.m. in Comex trading, the technical funds went short some more—as JPMorgan et al took the long side of those trades—and the price plunged over twelve bucks in a few seconds. The tiny rally that followed exploded in a flurry of what was probably a combination of short covering by technical funds—and long buying by JPMorgan et al at 9:50 a.m. EST. That rally ran out of gas/got capped at the London p.m. gold fix, which came minutes after 10 a.m. EST.—about 15 minutes after the rally began. From gold’s high of the day, the price slowly declined until it stuck its nose back below the $1,200 spot price market shortly before 3 p.m. in New York.  At that point a buyer showed up—and gold closed above the $1,200 spot. The low and high ticks were recorded by the CME as $1,181.40 and $1,214.00 in the February contract. Gold closed on New Year’s Eve in New York at $1,205.50 spot, which was up $8.80 from Monday’s close.  Volume was an impressive 127,000 contracts. The chart pattern in the silver equities was virtually the same as the HUI, except the silver stocks closed on their absolute high ticks of the day.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 2.47%. Sponsor Advertisement Freegold Ventures Limited is a North American gold exploration company with three gold projects in Alaska. Current projects include Golden Summit, Vinasale and Rob. Both Vinasale and Golden Summit host NI 43-101 Compliant Resource Calculations. An updated NI 43-101 resource was calculated on Golden Summit in October 2012 and using 0.3 g/t cutoff  the current resource is 73,580,000 tonnes grading 0.67 g/t Au for total of 1,576,000 contained ounces in the indicated category, and 223,300,000 tonnes grading 0.62 g/t Au for a total of 4,437,000 contained ounces in the inferred category. In addition to the Golden Summit Project the Vinasale also hosts a NI 43-101 resource calculation which was updated in March 2013. Indicated resources are 3.41 million tonnes averaging 1.48 g/t Au for 162,000 ounces, and Inferred resources are 53.25 million tonnes averaging 1.05 g/t Au for 1,799,000 ounces of gold utilizing a cutoff value of 0.5 grams/tonne (g/t) as a possible open pit cutoff. Please send us an email for more information, ir@freegoldventures.comlast_img read more