Nigerian airliner reported missing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Most aircraft take off from Lagos, Nigeria’s biggest city, in the direction of the Atlantic, and turn back toward the coast. “We still don’t have any concrete information of what became of the plane,” Ibinola said. “We’ve tried from neighboring countries to see if the plane landed there but there’s no such information.” Bellview is a privately owned Nigerian airline that mostly operates a fleet of mostly Boeing 737s on internal routes and throughout West Africa. – Associated Press LAGOS, Nigeria – An airliner carrying 114 people was reported missing shortly after taking off from the Nigerian city of Lagos, officials and media reported early today. The Nigerian aircraft, operated by Bellview Airlines, lost contact with the control tower five minutes after taking off at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, said Jide Ibinola, a spokesman for the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria. It was headed for the capital, Abuja. Ibinola said those aboard included 108 passengers and six crew. Their nationalities were not immediately known. On its Web site, CNN news said Nigerian aviation authorities had confirmed that the plane had crashed. This could not be immediately confirmed. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Asteroid Sticks Together While Theories Disintegrate

first_img[Guest article]  In an story entitled “Rubbly Itokawa revealed as ‘impossible’ asteroid,” New Scientist Space reported on findings gathered from the recent visit of Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa to the asteroid Itokawa (see 11/28/2005 bullet).  There seems to be no end of problems for scientists trying to fit the solar system into billions of years.  Now they must deal with evidence that shows that asteroid Itokawa must be very young.  The article’s frankness about the severity of the problem is astonishing:What they found was completely unexpected.  “Five years ago, we thought that we would see a big chunk of monolithic rock, [we thought] that something so small doesn’t have the ability to hold onto any pieces,” says Erik Asphaug, a planetary scientist at the University of California in Santa Cruz, US, who is not involved with the mission.  “Everything we suspected about it turned out to be wrong.”Astronomers assumed that small asteroids would have to be very solid, like a single giant boulder, or else their weak gravity would have caused them to be quickly disintegrated by collisions with other rocks in space.  It turns out that Itokawa is about as solid as a sponge.  And to make it worse, collisions with small rocks, not big enough to break the asteroid apart, should, after billions of years, have caused it to pack into a more solid mass.  That compaction apparently never occurred:Measurements of the asteroid’s gravity field also suggest it coalesced from the debris of a previous collision.  Hayabusa scientists used the data – combined with measurements of the space rock’s size – to estimate its density.  It appears to be 40% porous, or filled with empty space.  “That is astonishing,” says Asphaug, adding that a handful of sand has a porosity of 20%.  “It’s very hard to get porosities greater than that.  You’ve got to start balancing things delicately, like you were building a house of cards,” he says.  “The only way to do it is to gently pack the stuff together.”  But that raises another mystery, he says, since repeated impacts with other space rocks over millions of years should have made Itokawa denser.  “Every time you have an impact, you’re going to tamp it down,” he says.The article mentions no proposed solution to the mystery.Some day it may begin to dawn on scientists that they are starting with wrong assumptions about time.  A loose collection of dust and rock just a few thousand years old would probably look just like what they found.  That explanation, however, is ruled out from the start because it conflicts with their preconceived ideas of the time required for evolution.  Is this objective science?—DK(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Finding South Africa’s next HIV-positive hero

first_imgThis World Aids Day on 1 December the HIV epidemic gets a shot of hope with the launch of the Search for the Next Positive Hero SA, which aims to create HIV-positive role-models for the five million South Africans living with the virus.The project is an initiative by the Change the Stigma Project, founded by Charles Jacobs, the first openly HIV-positive finalist in the Mr Gay South Africa competition. In 2011, when Jacobs was nominated as a finalist, he took a courageous step. Having lived with the HIV virus for nine years, he decided to disclose his status publicly, the first time any finalist had done so, and challenge the humiliation associated with HIV and Aids.“People living with HIV often say the stigma they encounter is worse than the disease itself,” Jacobs says. “That stigma is exactly what prolongs the journey from denial to acceptance for anyone who is HIV positive, and is what we aim to change with the search.”In 2012 the NGO Positive Heroes chose Jacobs as their first positive hero. This prompted him to create the Change the Stigma Project, to search for more positive role-models.Watch Charles Jacobs discuss the Change the Stigma Project:“This is not a beauty pageant,” he says. “It is the exact opposite. It’s about sharing your journey that will help others accept who they are. It is about moving away from feeding HIV with fear, and filling it with hope instead.”Trevor Kleinhans, the author of Secrets Make You Sick, joins the search as a patron. Using his public speaking and press experience on the subjects of HIV, gay rights, sexual abuse and drug abuse, he will help spread the message of hope.“Disclosing one’s HIV-positive status is an immensely powerful act,” he says. “In one moment it takes everything negative that society assumes about the disease, and turns it on its head. To see a person full of vitality openly sharing their story, for someone afraid of the judgment of friends, family and the public, is quite simply life-changing.”Beginning on World Aids Day on 1 December 2014, contestants will be able to enter the search by visiting the Change the Stigma Project website.  Once finalists have been selected in March 2015, the public will be able to vote for their favourite positive hero. It is then that the journey begins.Positive Hero finalists will share their personal HIV journey via a self-made video. They will then select their own South African HIV charity or non-profit organisation and create an awareness and fundraising project for them, in this way challenging misconceptions about people living with HIV.“Stigma and discrimination has helped the spread of HIV,” says Jacobs. “It’s made people afraid to test and prevented often the most vulnerable from getting care. It’s time that the human progress in how we handle HIV/Aids in our community begins to match the advances being made in the research lab.”last_img read more

Google Earth Goes to the Moon

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#news#NYT#web Just in time to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, Google has just enabled a model of the moon in Google Earth. Moon in Google Earth features a 3D model of the moon with both current and historic images, panoramic, street view-like photos, and models of numerous lunar landers, as well as guided tours with videos (one narrated by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin). Google unveiled this new layer at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. today. Any user of Google Earth 5.0 can now roam around the moon without the need to update the program. Just click on the planet button in the top toolbar and select ‘Moon.’It’s worth noting that Google Moon already offered a Google Maps-like experience since 2005, but the 3D-view and the higher degree of interactivity (especially thanks to the embedded videos from Spacecraft Films) makes Google Earth a far better vehicle for these images. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting After Mars, the moon is the second planet in Google Earth’s repertoire, and it shows how extensible the software really is. Just a few months ago, Google also unveiled the Ocean layer in Google Earth, which gives users access to an area that we probably know even less about than Mars and the moon. Related Posts frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Resource Discovery: Coping with Deployment

first_imgBy Kimberly QuinnI Miss You!: A Military Kid’s Book about DeploymentAndrews, B. & Wright, H. (2007). I miss you! A military kid’s book about deployment. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.This book is written by Beth Andrews and illustrated by Hawley Wright.. The goal of this book is to assist military children and parents  in expressing their emotions surrounding deployment. The text and illustrations encourage children to express themselves by discussing their feelings and drawing  pictures. The accompanying parents’ guide is designed to validate parents’ feelings and give them ways to help their children cope.I’m Already Home…AgainDulmer, E. (2006). I’m Already Home…Again – Keeping your family close while on assignment or deployment. Broomfield, CO: Frankly Speaking Inc.This is a book written by Elaine Gray Dulmer which compiles great ideas for parents (military and civilian) on preparing for deployment, surviving time apart, and reintegrating into the family structure after deployment. The text includes 212 connection ideas, over 75 website resources and guidance on many potential problems caused by time apart.This post was written by Kimberly Quinn, University of Florida M.Ed./Ed.S. Candidate, 1LT Florida Army National Guard.  She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

HC issues notice to Parrikar’s son over eco-resort near sanctuary

first_imgThe Bombay High Court at Goa on Tuesday issued notices to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s younger son, Abhijat, over the alleged destruction of forested area to construct an eco-resort near the Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary in south Goa. A Division Bench of Justices Mahesh Sonak and Prithviraj Chavan directed Mr. Abhijat Parrikar, promoter of Hideaway Hospitality, and the State Chief Secretary, Secretary of Environment and Forests and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, to respond to the notice by March 11. On February 4, Abhijit Dessai, deputy sarpanch at Netravali, filed a petition seeking stay on the construction of the eco-resort promoted by Mr. Abhijat Parrikar, alleging that the project had destroyed forested areas and by-passed several laws. An ordinance had been specially moved to ensure fast-tracked facilitation of the project which is spread over nearly 90,000 sq. metre. Mr. Dessai has also sought the restoration of the land by the promoter.The issue sparked a war of allegations between the Opposition Congress and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) recently. All India Congress Committee Secretary A. Chellakumar, Goa State Congress president Girish Chodankar, former Chief Ministers Digambar Kamat and Pratapsingh Rane, and leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar addressed a press conference on February 6. They said that the area, which is part of the 83,625 sq metres-plot owned by Mr. Abhijat Parrikar, was deforested in the guise of an eco-tourism project. The Congress legal cell chief and former Goa Advocate General Carlos Ferreira had alleged that the project which was initiated in 2013, and fast-tracked by multiple government agencies like the Investment Promotion Board, State Town and Country Planning and Forest departments. “There have been three governments headed by the BJP from 2012-2014 by Mr. Manohar Parrikar, 2014-2017 by Laxmikant Parsekar and the present one headed by Mr. [Manohar] Parrikar again. All three have been party to nepotism and facilitation of illegalities,” he said. BJP Goa president Vinay Tendulkar, in response to a query from The Hindu, had rubbished the allegations made by the Congress leaders. “There are no illegalities in the project. Mr. Manohar Parrikar’s son will not do anything against the law. He has purchased the land. We have full faith in them,” he said at a press conference last weekend.last_img read more

Indian cricketers form association to get better deal from BCCI for first-class players

first_imgTaking on board: (From left) Rahul Dravid, Arun Lal, Ravi Shastri, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble and Sachin Tendulkar at the ICPA launchPress conferences featuring Indian cricketers run like the shortest of formula movies: the superstar arrives just that little bit fashionably late, sits on a stage and smiles beatifically.He hits,Taking on board: (From left) Rahul Dravid, Arun Lal, Ravi Shastri, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble and Sachin Tendulkar at the ICPA launchPress conferences featuring Indian cricketers run like the shortest of formula movies: the superstar arrives just that little bit fashionably late, sits on a stage and smiles beatifically.He hits a few well-tossed-up ones from reporters out of sight, thanks the sponsors, presses corporate flesh and leaves in a fireworks display of flashbulbs.At the Taj Bengal the day before the India-West Indies Kolkata Test, the formula was stood on its head. The Indian cricket team gathered enmasse not a minute late. One group sat on a long table looking in turns purposeful and detached.Another group of younger less-careworn men hung around at the back, drinking tea, eating cookies and shooting the breeze. What they did was not important. What they were all doing there was.The Indian Cricket Players Association (ICPA) launched that pleasant Kolkata evening is not a union, Secretary Arun Lal says. It is not a body seeking confrontation, the forever-confrontationist Ravi Shastri says.It is not a reborn version of the doomed 1989 Association of Indian Cricketers (AIC), they had made clear earlier. Whatever else it is not, the ICPA is the demonstration of the Indian teams’ collective intention to stand on equal footing with the men who run their game.While they promise that it is not eyeball to eyeball, India’s biggest cricket stars, four of whom are ICPA founder members, believe it’s time to look BCCI in the eye. Cricket is grand theatre, big business and popular currency in India, which is why this third attempt at forming an association could, if well looked after, come to more.advertisementEarlier tries didn’t take off: first in 1978, Bishan Singh Bedi went to the board to ask for a raise in international match fees from a paltry Rs 2,500 per game. The fee was raised, the issue declared closed.The second more publicised attempt came in 1989, when some players were banned by the board for playing in festival matches in the US. Kapil Dev, Mohammed Azharuddin, Dilip Vengsarkar, Ravi Shastri, Ajay Sharma and Kiran More took the BCCI to the Supreme Court, forcing the board to settle out of court.But the behind-the-scenes involvement of Mohinder Amarnath and K. Srikkanth is believed to have cost them the last few years of their careers. The AIC was formed, almost 300 first-class players signed up, but it fizzled out for lack of support and fear of the BCCI victimising individuals.Talk of a new association has been brewing for months among senior members of the Indian team. The ICC contracts issue provided the catalyst and provoked the need for a body to speak on behalf of the players.Lal, who says he is “scared, hopeful and optimistic, all at the same time”, believes that the time has come for Indian cricket players to deal with the board as “partners” and not employees: “Everyone is calling this a union. A union presupposes we’re employees. We’re not. We’re partners and there can’t be a union formed between partners.”While board members are sceptical about the objectives of the ICPA, it is unlikely there will be a reprise of 1989. These are different times: the board cannot be seen to be cutting into the interests of the players who by sitting on that dais at the launch made themselves the face of the ICPA: Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath and, both lastly and firstly, the Indian captain Sourav Ganguly.THE ICPA AIMSFIRST STEP: Form a player pool of money which may involve their own contributions. PENSION PLAN: Set up a pension fund for first-class cricketers. BCCI FACTOR: Talk to the board on issues like graded payments and split cricket payments in a 60-40 share between international and first-class players. CORPORATISE: Hire salaried professionals to manage affairs.BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya must grit his teeth that Ganguly, the man who was once considered his protected prince, is now standing on the other side. At the peak of the ICC crisis, when Dalmiya pressurised Ganguly to get the team to sign up, he was told by the cricketer that he understood Dalmiya’s position on the matter as the board president “but I am captain of India and I must stand by my team”.It took three days and unanswered phones for the Indians to get in touch with Dalmiya and invite him to the ICPA’s fund-raising dinner. The man they call “Joggu-da” said he would attend the dinner only in his personal capacity (any decision on of ficial recognition would be discussed at BCCI’s next Working Committee meeting).advertisementDalmiya, however, was careful to ensure that Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, president of the newly formed body, was graciously received and seated in his VIP box at Eden Gardens. The former India captain was convinced he should link his name to the ICPA after he met the Indian team in London at the time of the contracts conflict.Says Pataudi: “If England, South Africa and Australia have such associations, why not India? It’s a wrong notion that the association will be on the warpath with the board.” Kapil Dev supported the ICPA while former BCCI chief Raj Singh Dungarpur and Bedi flew in specially for the fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, which decided it wouldn’t take a fee from the ICPA.The dinner, billed by a local newspaper as the “biggest bash of the Kolkata calendar” was co-hosted for the benefit of the ICPA and CRY-Calcutta, the charity supported by Ganguly’s wife Dona and the Telegraph Education Foundation.The Indian and the West Indian teams were in attendance with a cricketer planted at every table sold by the ICPA to entertain those-among them TVS, Hero Honda and Nimbus-who had paid, it was whispered, Rs 1 lakh for a table.Dalmiya attended too but whether he will continue to break bread with the ICPA as BCCI president is questionable; it took the forward thinkers in the Australian board two years to recognise their own players’ body.The ICPA has at least, if nothing else, a long-term plan. If the leading lights of the BCCI treated the ICPA as more than just a bunch of boys getting too big for their boots, they would perhaps realise that right in front of them-devised by the players who bring in the bucks which gives them their clout-is a blueprint for how cricket and cricket business could be run in India.last_img read more

No winning ticket for Saturday nights 243 million Lotto 649 jackpot

first_imgThe Canadian Press TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $24.3 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Quebec.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Jan. 30 will be approximately $30 million.last_img

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CCTV Steering Committee to be established

first_img Related Items:cctv may be coming to TCI, meeting held to see what other jurisdictions are doing in terms of cctv Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 29, 2016 – A steering committee will be formed and CCTV is finally closer to coming for the Turks and Caicos Islands.  In the fifth National Security Council or NSC meeting, held on Tuesday July 26, it was determined that a committee will explore what other jurisdictions are doing.  This committee is to be chaired by Director of the Premier’s Office, Althea Been.   At the meeting were:  the Governor, Premier, Police Commissioner, Minister for Border Control and the Attorney General. last_img read more