Proposed refinery for Northern Gateway bitumen gets cold shoulder from BC First

first_imgAPTN National NewsVANCOUVER–A proposed refinery to handle Alberta bitumen pitched by a British Columbia businessman is just “another pipe dream” and a “ruse” to increase support for the Northern Gateway pipeline according to a spokesperson for an all alliance of First Nations along the province’s northern and central coast.Art Sterritt, executive director of Coastal First Nations, says the refinery, pitched by newspaper tycoon David Black is a “shot in the dark” to try and revive flagging support for the Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline.“All kinds of people are having pipe dreams out here,” said Sterritt. “We look at it as another ruse to try to get support for Northern Gateway.”Black, who owns Black Press Ltd., announced Friday he would be willing to pay for the environmental assessment of a $13 billion refinery, but needed financial backers to make the project a reality. The proposed refinery would be built near Kitimat, B.C., which is the endpoint for Enbridge’s proposed $5.5 billion pipeline.Black told the Vancouver Sun that the refinery would solve concerns over having bitumen-laden tankers moving through the environmentally sensitive Douglas Channel. He said the proposal would soften First Nations opposition to the pipeline by erasing the environmental threat to the coast of B.C.Sterritt, however, said Black never really consulted with any First Nations about the project before announcing it on Friday and the proposal would do nothing to mitigate the threat of a ruptured pipeline which would still cross several major watersheds on its trip from Alberta’s tar sands.Sterritt said already existing refineries in the Vancouver area have reduced their capacity because it’s more lucrative to ship raw product overseas. The existing Kinder Morgan pipeline was constructed 40 years ago on the promise of jobs created by refining activities.“We already have a pipeline that is going to the Vancouver harbour, but those people shipping bitumen and other crude oil have decided they can make more money overseas than refining and they have shut down refining in B.C.,” he said. “Historically, this pipeline was built on the back of the refineries, so the people of B.C. said, ‘We’ll allow the pipeline to go through, we need refined product in B.C.’ Since then, they’ve backed off.”Haisla First Nation Chief Councillor Ellis Ross said Black contacted one of his advisors on Thursday to inform the Haisla about the planned announcement. Ross said Black has toyed with the proposal for some time, but the Haisla have never been consulted on the issue or seen anything official on paper about the refinery project.“It was unofficial contact, there was nothing on paper, no consultation it was just a concept,” said Ross. “What I made clear is the idea that our people have mandate to have absolutely no bitumen or crude oil on Haisla territory.”Ross, however, said he hoped Black’s proposal would finally focus the debate about the Enbridge pipeline on the lack of existing refining capacity in the country versus shipping off raw product overseas only to buy it back later at a higher price.“It’s the white elephant in the room. The focus has entire been to get the product to Asia,” said Ross. “It’s like shipping raw logs to Asia and buying back the product at 10 times the price.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

CBSA launches proceedings examining LNG module antidumping tariffs

first_imgThe CBSA says that the proceeding was launched after Woodfibre LNG, a potential importer of those components filed an application with the CBSA.The CBSA says that the proceeding should be concluded by November 23rd at the latest. OTTAWA, O.N. – The Canada Border Services Agency announced on Thursday morning that it is launching a scope proceeding to look at whether fabricated steel LNG modules made in China and South Korea can be exempted from anti-dumping tariffs announced last year by the federal government.Last April, the federal government announced that anti-dumping tariffs would be applied to fabricated structural steel and plate-work components from China, South Korea, and Spain. Chinese components are also subject to countervailing duties. The components listed on the CBSA’s website as being subjected to the duties include those for use in oil and gas extraction, mining extraction, industrial power generation facilities, petrochemical plants, cement plants, fertilizer plants, and industrial metal smelters.The scope proceeding is being conducted in order to establish whether or not liquefied natural gas modules are subject to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal’s injury finding issued on May 25, 2017, concerning the dumping of certain fabricated industrial structural components from China and South Korea, and the subsidizing of those components from China.last_img read more

Province sets up Task Force to help strengthen BCs agriculture sector

first_imgThe three-member task force, led by Peter Dhillon, chair, with Arvind Gupta and Lenore Newman as members, will assess and provide strategic advice on opportunities to apply agri-technologies, expand the emerging agritech industry, and increase access to fresh and healthy food.The Task Force will speak with stakeholder groups and provide a final report to the ministers of Agriculture and Jobs, Trade and Technology by December 31, 2019.Public comments and engagement can be made online by visiting the Province’s website. SURREY, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia has set up a Food Security Task Force to find new ways to use technology and innovation to strengthen B.C.’s agriculture sector.According to Minister of Agriculture, Lana Popham, the Task Force will look at new ways to help farmers expand production and develop thriving businesses.“By helping farmers put more B.C. farmland into production, our government is supporting the province’s agricultural industry and strengthening food security for all British Columbians. We are always looking for new ideas as we continue to help farmers produce more, grow new crops and develop thriving businesses. I know the task force will identify further innovations to support the sector and I’m looking forward to receiving their recommendations.”last_img read more

Norwegian envoy briefed on challenges in the North

The Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther, has been briefed on the challenges faced in the North when he visited the area last week, the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo said today.Ambassador Gaustadsæther visited Jaffna to attend the International Conference on Advanced Materials for Clean Energy and Health Applications (AMCEHA), jointly organized by Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and University of Jaffna. Opening the conference as the Chief Guest, Ambassador Gaustadsæther highlighted the importance of creating fora to provide opportunities for exchange of research ideas and form local and global partnerships. About 500 local and foreign participants attended the conference. During this visit to the North, the Ambassador also met with several government officials in the area such as Dr. Suren Raghavan, Governor of Northern Province, Major General Darshana Hettiarachchi, Commander of the Security Force Headquarters – Jaffna (SFHQ-J), and A. Pathinathan, Chief Secretary, Northern Province. The Norwegian Ambassador also called on Rev. Monsignor Justin Bernard Gnanapragasam – Bishop of Jaffna.The Embassy said that the meetings helped the Ambassador to better understand the opportunities and challenges in the Northern Province. (Colombo Gazette) read more

The techstock boom has well and truly arrived in Canadas market

It makes up almost 6 per cent of Canada’s stock market and is the best-performing sector this year.That’s right: technology stocks have climbed a massive 59 per cent in 2019 — more than double the next-best industry group on the S&P/TSX Composite Index. In fact, tech’s share of the benchmark index has grown at the fastest rate among all sectors in the past four years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.“The tech ecosystem in Canada is very robust,” said Todd Coupland, managing director of institutional equity research at CIBC Capital Markets. “There are some high-quality growth companies that have begun to scale up over the last few years and they’ve gone public, and the success of those companies is manifesting itself in higher share prices.” Some of Canada’s hottest tech firms are weighing IPOs following success of Lightspeed, Shopify rally Crackdown on big tech rivals could be ‘tremendous’ opportunity for Shopify, analyst says Shopify is now more valuable than two of Canada’s oldest companies Canada’s tech sector hasn’t always had a smooth road. Fortunes have ebbed and flowed with the likes of BlackBerry Ltd., formerly known as Research In Motion, and now-defunct telephone equipment maker Nortel Networks Corp. But the S&P/TSX Composite Information Technology Index is now on track for its seventh year of gains — its longest winning run on record — having added $108 billion (US$81 billion) in market value in 2019.Ottawa-based Shopify Inc., which has climbed more than 1,500 per cent since it went public in 2015, is a big part of the success. It has a 39 per cent weighting on the tech sub-gauge and comprises 2.18 per cent of the broader benchmark.“With Shopify getting bigger and bigger, it’s getting more on the radar of larger, more global focused investors,” said Suthan Sukumar, an analyst at Eight Capital. “That is drawing more eyeballs to the Canadian market.”It isn’t just Shopify that’s making waves. Lightspeed POS Inc. — which boasted Canada’s second-biggest IPO this year and the biggest offering by a Canadian tech firm in almost nine years — had a stunning trading debut in March. The stock has climbed 175 per cent as the company forecast annual revenue that beat analyst expectations. That performance isn’t reflected in the S&P/TSX Info Tech index, which hasn’t yet added Lightspeed.And another tech company is looking to follow in Lightspeed’s footsteps. Toronto-based Docebo announced Wednesday that it filed documents with regulators for an IPO.With valuations sky-high, it’s worth asking whether the rally can last. The price-to-earnings ratio for the S&P/TSX Composite Info Tech gauge stands at 34.6, compared with the broader benchmark’s multiple of 14.3.Sukumar says he sees opportunity in at least some corners of tech.“There is an opportunity for investors to continue rewarding higher-quality growth and growth that can prove to be resilient in these kind of market conditions,” he read more

Lockout reduces service at OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack

TORONTO – About 400 workers at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. facility at the Woodbine horse racing track were locked out Friday after their employer and union were unable to reach a new contract agreement.The lockout at the facility in northwest Toronto comes after the workers, who are members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, voted last weekend to reject a tentative agreement that had been reached with OLG on July 5.The lockout began at 12:01 a.m. Friday and workers were escorted off the premises, a PSAC spokesperson said.The union has said its bargaining team sent a revised offer to the OLG on Wednesday, but it was rejected.A group of workers and union representatives were spending Friday picketing outside the facility.Woodbine will remain open 24 hours a day and seven days a week, but the electronic poker room is closed and an onsite courtesy shuttle will be unavailable because of the labour dispute, the OLG said.The main sticking point in the union’s discussions with OLG is around working conditions for part-time employees, who the union said represent 60 per cent of its members.“We have part-time workers who have been doing full-time hours for over 10 years, and yet they are still classified at part-time,” PSAC Ontario regional vice-president Sharon DeSousa said in a statement Friday.She added that means Woodbine employees are not entitled to paid sick days and they can go from working seven days in a week to just one day.“There is no consistency for these workers and they are tired of it,” DeSousa said. “The Liberal government needs to address why their Crown corporation has created such a precarious workforce at its most profitable gaming site in the province.”OLG said in a statement that it had made wage and lump sum proposals and was willing to put the offer before an arbitrator.“OLG respects the collective bargaining process and we treat our employees fairly and respectfully,” the Crown corporation said in a statement. “We are open to having discussions with PSAC at any time to resolve the issues in dispute.”The Woodbine facility features more than 3,000 slot machines, electronic games and horse racing. by Daniela Germano, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 14, 2017 6:38 am MDT Last Updated Jul 14, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Lockout reduces service at OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack read more

Woman says passengers were confined to plane on Ottawa runway for six

Woman says passengers were confined to plane on Ottawa runway for six hours MONTREAL – A woman who was aboard an Air Transat flight says she and other passengers were forced to stay in the plane on an Ottawa runway for six hours in uncomfortably warm conditions.Maryanne Zehil said the plane, which had originated in Brussels, was meant to land in Montreal on Monday but that the 336 passengers were told it would not be possible because of storms.The captain then diverted the plane to Ottawa.Zehil said it was very hot in the plane and that some passengers were having trouble breathing.She added that one person called 911 and that is when bottles of water were handed out. At that point, passengers had been in the Airbus A330 for 15 hours.“We were stuck on the ground for six hours,” Zehil said in an interview. “At one point there was no more power. There was no air. Children were crying. It was really bad because we didn’t know why we weren’t allowed to get off so the problem could be solved.“It was inhumane and unacceptable.”Air Transat (TSX:TRZ) apologized in a statement to passengers on Tuesday.“Following yesterday’s violent late-afternoon thunderstorms in Montreal, some of our flights from Europe and the South had to be diverted to other airports,” it said.“Unfortunately, this unusual situation beyond our control caused delays of several hours for our passengers.”It said nearly 30 planes, belonging to several airlines, were diverted to Ottawa.“As a result, Ottawa airport staff were unable to provide with loading bridges or stairs that would have enabled the passengers on the Brussels flight to disembark or our ground crews to replenish the aircraft’s empty drinking water reservoir,” the statement added.“The shortage of fuel also explains the lack of air conditioning on board for a time.”In Ottawa, a spokesperson in the federal Transport Department said such incidents will not be able to happen again once Bill C-49 becomes law.The legislation will force airlines to give passengers water, food and the possibility of getting off a plane, as long as it is safe, after being stuck three hours on a runway.It will also oblige airlines to explain delays to passengers. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 1, 2017 12:37 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 2, 2017 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Security Council ends 13year sanctions regime on Liberia

While taking such measures, the 15-nation body, through a unanimously adopted resolution, also encouraged the Government to establish a necessary framework to combat the illicit trafficking of arms and ammunition.Following the Council’s action to lift the measures, most of which have been in place since 2003, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, welcomed the decision.According to the statement, the UN chief noted that targeted sanctions measures have accompanied the consolidation of peace and the rebuilding of State institutions in Liberia since 2003, and that these measures have been progressively adjusted as Liberia has met the benchmarks set out by the Council.“Today’s lifting by the Security Council of the remaining arms embargo on non-State actors further signals the significant progress made by Liberia and the sub-region in maintaining stability,” the statement said.The Secretary-General echoed the resolution’s call on the Liberian Government to ensure that all appropriate steps are taken to establish the necessary legal and administrative framework to combat the illicit trafficking of arms and ammunition, the statement added. read more

Ohio States Sam Thompson None of us like to lose — were

Junior forward Sam Thompson (12) attempts a dunk during a game against Iowa Jan. 12 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 84-74.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorIn sports, losses are bound to happen. Especially in men’s college basketball, where the last undefeated national champion was the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers.For the Ohio State men’s basketball team, though, losses have been a rarity the past two years — just 18 in 93 games.But back-to-back losses to then-No. 5 Michigan State and then-No. 20 Iowa could cause some uneasiness around the program. That is not the case though, junior forward Sam Thompson said.“I don’t think anyone in the locker room is hanging their heads. We’re obviously upset about the losses. None of us like to lose — we’re all competitors,” Thompson said Wednesday.OSU (15-2, 2-2) coasted through its non-conference schedule and first two conference games, rising as high as No. 3 in the top 25. But the back-to-back setbacks — first on the road against the Spartans and then Sunday at home to Iowa — could have the team reeling as it prepares for its road contest with Minnesota (13-4, 2-2) Thursday. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m.The Buckeyes, however, are doing their best to not let the negativity continue, junior guard Shannon Scott said.“I think we were all down at first, we were pretty upset with the way we’ve been playing lately but we’re starting to get back a winner’s mentality now,” Scott said Wednesday. “I think we’re all positive, we all know what we have to do to become successful so we’re all sticking to that and we’re going to try and move on from there.”OSU’s been here before, dropping multiple games once conference play began in the past two seasons. Two years ago, the Buckeyes lost two of four games over a 11-day span, and last season dropped three of four in February. Those teams rallied to earn trips to the Final Four and Elite Eight, though, which could prove useful for the rest of this year.“Simply put, it’s a long season,” OSU coach Thad Matta said Wednesday. “I told (freshman forward) Marc Loving after the game, ‘This isn’t going to be the only time in your career you’re at a low point — trust me, it happens.’ It’s the reality for me coaching as long as I have. We’ve lost to two top-20 teams in back-to-back games and we’ve had a shot to win them both. I think the thing we’re trying to find is how do we get back to our consistent, our best basketball.”The Golden Gophers took MSU to overtime Saturday in East Lansing, Mich., before ultimately falling 87-75.“(Minnesota’s) a great team, they’ve got great guard lay and great bigs as well. We know nothing’s going to be easy,” Scott said. “We’re in the Big Ten now, it’s not like we’re playing some random team.”Minnesota has four players who average in double figures scoring, led by junior guard Andre Hollins with 16.3.“We know they’re not a slouch. We know that Minnesota, just like every team in this league can beat us,” Thompson said. “They’re a great team, they play a style of play that’s really caused a lot of problems for opponents this season. They force a lot of turnovers, they make a lot of threes. We know that if we don’t bring our best game or we could very easily lose this game.”Despite his team’s losses last week, Matta said in order to get a win Thursday, OSU just has to get back to what was working before when it opened the season with 15 wins.“I think just doing what we do, the consistency of what we do,” Matta said. “I say this all the time, know that we’re going to hold teams scoreless, not that we’re going to score every time we have the basketball but it’s one play after another play after another play after another play and then you put yourself in a position and you have a great chance to win the basketball game.”Thompson agreed.“We definitely weren’t the same team that we were the first few weeks of the season (last week),” Thompson said. “Whatever the issue may be with that, we just have to get it back.” read more

Amare Stoudemire Homophobic Slur On Twitter Causes A Stir

Amar’e Stoudemire’s caused a storm when he abused New York Knicks’ supporter Brian Ferrelli on Twitter.Ferrelli had sent a tweet to the star saying he’d ‘better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season’, the New York Daily News reported.In response, Stoudemire, who is currently suffering from a hand injury, fired off a private message saying: ‘F*** you. I don’t have to do anything f**.’NBA officials then launched an investigation after Ferrelli posted a screen grab of the message on the social networking site that started trending.According to reports, Stoudemire has since apologized to the fan in a subsequent direct message. “I apologize for what I said earlier,” Stoudemire allegedly messaged. “I just got off the plane and had time to think about it. Sorry bro!! No excuses. Won’t happen again.” read more

RAF fears Lake District zip wires would down fighter jets

first_img“Therefore, this application could cause a significant hazard and it would significantly impact upon vital military training conducted in this area.” Caroline Quentin, president of Campaign for National Parks, said the zip wires “will spoil the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful place”.And the writer and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, who was born and raised in Cumbria, said”The destruction of the great pools of silence in the Lake District will most likely deter more people than it will attract.”This is nothing to do with enhancing the Lake District or enriching the experience. It’s a commercial grab that will disfigure the landscape and destroy its crucial peaceful nature.”Thirlmere Lake was originally two smaller lakes purchased by Manchester City Corporation Waterworks in 1889.The area was dammed and became one vast reservoir 3.5 miles long, 1.2 mile wide and 158 feet deep,In the process, the settlements of Armboth and Wythburn were submerged, the only remaining building being the little church at Wythburn.Their destruction was one of the events which led to the creation of the National Trust – one of the bodies which has now voiced its strong objection to the zip wire plans, alongside the Open Spaces Society, the Friends of the Lake District charity and the Wainwright Society. Thirlmere Reservoir in the Lake District National ParkCredit: Thirlmere Reservoir in the Lake District National Park The planned installation of eight of the longest zip wire rides in the country across Thirlemere Lake could bring down fighter jets using the area for training, the RAF has warned.The plans by the Cumbrian firm Treetop Trek to erect the 1,200-metre ride across one of the finest landscapes in the country have already attracted the opposition of conservationists and environmentalists.Now the RAF has voiced its fears that the rides, which would see thrill seekers cross the lake 130 metres above the water, would interfere with its low flying jets.The MoD’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation has strongly objected to the zip-wire in a letter to the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA), which is set to make a decision on the scheme in the coming weeks.Di Sylvester, the DIO’s assistant safeguarding officer, said the zip line “poses a risk to low flying operations.”She added that “military aircraft would not being able to readily identify wires or safely navigate away from them”.The letter goes on: “The Lake District is used by both experienced crews and students undertaking Basic Fast Jet Training, Advanced Flying Training and those from the Defence Helicopter School.”Activity stands to be severely affected, with impacts recognised in safety, cost, efficiency and output. The National Trust said: “The Thirlmere Valley was one of the key locations for the development of the early conservation movement in the Lake District.”It inspired our founders to form the National Trust – it’s one of our birthplaces, and this is recognised in the World Heritage Site inscription.”Just as our founders did all those years ago, we’re standing up for the Lake District – this development could have a significant impact on the landscape.”However, Treetop Trek argues that the activity hub would create 53 local jobs and generate an extra £600,000 spent in the local economy annually.Their plans have also been backed by Cumbria Tourism and the Lake District Park Partnership Business Task Force, who claim the project would boost the county’s tourism industry and local economy.Mike Turner, managing director of Treetrop Trek, said: “I think it’s a fantastic opportunity to create another world-class attraction in the Lake District.”The hub would create 53 jobs altogether and an amazing cycling infrastructure.”The LDNPA has said it will provide a “substantive” update by January 24, when it will confirm whether or not the application will be considered at February’s meeting of its development control committee. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.last_img read more

Fuchse Berlin second finalists of the IHF Super Globe 2016

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Researchers Turn Exhaust Heat Into Energy

first_imgWhile hybrid cars are an improvement over traditional gas guzzles, they still produce harmful emissions. But what if those emissions could be harnessed and used as an energy source? That’s exactly what a team of researchers at Purdue University are trying to do.The research, which is being funded by the National geek-cetera Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy, is aiming to turn the heat from an vehicle’s exhaust into energy. In conjunction with General Motors, the team is developing a thermoelectric generator that will be able to harness the harmful gases that come out of a vehicle’s exhaust–gases that can reach temperatures of 700 degrees Celsius–and use that heat as a way to charge up the vehicle’s electrical systems.The first prototype is set to be developed starting next year, with the goal of reducing fuel consumption by five percent. However, the researchers say that in the future that number could be increased by up to 10 percent.Via Inhabitatlast_img read more

Une planète située à 40 annéeslumière est dotée dune atmosphère

first_imgUne planète située à 40 années-lumière est dotée d’une atmosphèreDécouverte en 2009, la planète GJ 1214B possède bel et bien une atmosphère. Celle-ci a été étudiée et a permis aux astronomes de découvrir qu’elle était composée de vapeur d’eau ou bien que d’importants nuages s’y trouvent. GJ 1214B est une planète qui a pu être découverte grâce à HARPS, un outil placé sur le télescope de 3,6 mètres de l’ESO, au Chili. Le fait que cette planète dispose d’une atmosphère vient d’être confirmé, cette fois en utilisant un nouvel instrument : FORS, disposé sur le “Very Large Telescope” de l’ESO. “C’est la première super-Terre dont on analyse l’atmosphère. Nous avons atteint une étape très importante sur la route vers la caractérisation de ces mondes”, indique un des astronomes de l’équipe internationale.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAGrande comme 2,6 fois la Terre, GJ 1214B est également 6,5 fois plus massive. Située dans la constellation d’Ophiuchus (le porteur de serpent), son étoile hôte, située à 40 années-lumière de la Terre, est de petite taille comparativement à sa planète. Il est ainsi plus aisé d’étudier GJ 1214B, chaque fois qu’elle passe devant son étoile, toutes les 38 heures.L’atmosphère de la planète a pu être étudiée via la lumière en provenance de l’étoile. En effet, les rayons lumineux émis par l’étoile sont légèrement différents au cours du transit de la planète. L’explication réside dans le fait que l’atmosphère absorbe une partie de ces rayons. L’étude des longueurs d’ondes absorbées a même permis de déterminer qu’il n’y avait pas d’hydrogène dans cette atmosphère mais qu’en revanche, de la vapeur d’eau s’y trouvait. Il est possible qu’il ne s’agisse que d’une couche de nuage qui, dans ce cas, pourrait masquer la présence d’hydrogène.”Bien que nous ne pouvons pas encore dire exactement de quoi se compose l’atmosphère, c’est un grand pas en avant qui nous limite à deux options : des nuages ou du brouillard”, concluent les astronomes.Le 2 décembre 2010 à 14:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Apple offre un téléchargement par jour sur iTunes pour fêter Noël

first_imgApple offre un téléchargement par jour sur iTunes pour fêter NoëlPour promouvoir iTunes, Apple propose aux possesseurs d’un terminal style iPhone, iPad ou iPod de procéder à un téléchargement gratuit par jour sur sa plateforme musicale. Cette opération dure douze jours. Apple a décidé hier de faire plaisir aux heureux acquéreurs de terminaux griffés d’une pomme durant les fêtes de Noël. Pendant douze jours, c’est-à-dire jusqu’au 6 janvier, il sera donc possible de télécharger un fichier par jour gratuitement, que ce soit de la musique, une vidéo ou même une application. Cette opération est destinée à promouvoir iTunes auprès des novices et nouveaux utilisateurs d’iPhone, iPad et iPod en Europe. Au lancement de l’opération “iTunes 12 jours”, c’est Vanessa Paradis qui a été mise à l’honneur en faisant la Une de la boutique en ligne avec son titre “Vague à lames”. Aujourd’hui, c’est le jeu The Mystery of the Cristal Portal, qui est disponible gratuitement pendant 24 heures. Le 27 décembre 2010 à 11:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

1 lakh saplings to be planted

first_imgJogipet: Additional Project Director of DRDO Srinivas said sarpaches and officers concerned should take the responsibility of protecting the saplings planted in Haritha Haram programme. He spoke during a programme organised at mandal office of Andole on Wednesday. Addressing the sarpanches and panchayat secretaries, he said almost one lakh saplings would be planted in the district. He said 18 companies came forward to provide tree guards. MPDO Satyanarayana and others were present.last_img

Ebola Virus in Africa Outbreak is a New Strain

first_imgThe Ebola virus that has killed scores of people in Guinea this year is a new strain — evidence that the disease did not spread there from outbreaks in some other African nations, scientists report.”The source of the virus is still not known,” but it was not imported from nearby countries, said Dr. Stephan Gunther of the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Germany.He led an international team of researchers who studied the genetics of the virus and reported results online Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.The ongoing outbreak has caused panic and killed more than 120 people in West Africa, mostly in Guinea, according to the World Health Organization.Ebola (ee-BOH’-lah) causes internal bleeding and organ failure and is fatal in 30 percent to 90 percent of cases, depending on the strain. It spreads through direct contact with infected people, and some earlier cases have been linked to certain fruit bats that live in West Africa.There is no cure or vaccine, so containing the outbreak has focused on supportive care for those infected with the virus and isolating them to limit its spread.Earlier, health officials had said the Guinea Ebola was a Zaire strain, different from the kind that has caused cases in other parts of Africa. The Democratic Republic of Congo used to be called Zaire.The new research analyzed blood samples from 20 patients in the current outbreak and found the strain was unique.”It is not coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo. It has not been imported to Guinea” from that country or from Gabon, where Ebola also has occurred, Gunther said.Researchers think the Guinea and other strains evolved in parallel from a recent ancestor virus. The Guinea outbreak likely began last December or earlier and might have been smoldering for some time unrecognized. The investigation continues to try to identify “the presumed animal source,” they write.___Online:Journal: http://www.nejm.orglast_img read more

Black Victim of St Marys School Shooting Called 911

first_imgBy Sean Yoes Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comDesmond Barnes, one of the victims of the Great Mills High School shooting in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, called 911 after he was shot in the right thigh.“I was just shot at my school,” Barnes, 14, told the 911 operator from inside a classroom at the high school on March 20. The 911 phone calls by Barnes and others at the school were released by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office earlier this week.14-year-old Desmond Barnes, was one of the shooting victims at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. (Courtesy Photo)After he initially called 911, a teacher who was with Barnes in what has been identified as classroom EO1 takes the phone.“He’s lying on the floor, he’s in pain,” the teacher told the 911 operator. After several minutes, Barnes begins to speak to the 911 operator again.911 operator: “Desmond?”Barnes: “Yes sir.”Operator: “I need you to stay calm. We have help coming to you, okay?”Barnes: “Yes sir.”Later in the conversation, Barnes complains his knee is burning. “My knee hurts so bad,” he said. “We’re getting help to you Desmond, okay? You need to stay strong with me buddy,” the operator replied.Barnes was released from the hospital a day after the shooting. Tragically, his schoolmate, Jaelynn Willey, 16, died after being taken off of life support two days after the shooting. According to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, the shooter, 17-year old Austin Rollins was killed when he shot himself in the head, after he was confronted by the school resource officer, Deputy Blaine Gaskill.A “YouCaring” fundraising account has been set up to help Barnes and his family with medical expenses from his injuries. As of March 30, $24,733 had been raised toward a goal of $25,000.If you would like to make a contribution for Barnes’ medical expenses, hit the link read more

Researchers discover a blazarlike narrowline Seyfert 1 galaxy

first_imgR band SDSS image of J2118-0732. Credit: Yang et al., 2018. Explore further Researchers have identified a new blazar-like narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxy that emits gamma-ray radiation. The new galaxy, designated SDSS J211852.96−073227.5, could offer insights into formation and evolution of jets of radiation produced by massive galactic central black holes. The findings are reported January 11 in a paper published on More information: SDSS J211852.96−073227.5: a new blazar-like narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxy with flaring γ-ray radiation, arXiv:1801.03963 [astro-ph.HE] report on the identification of a new γ-ray-emitting narrow-line Seyfert 1 (NLS1) galaxy, SDSS J211852.96−073227.5 (hereafter J2118−0732). The galaxy, at a redshift of 0.26, is associated with a radio source of flat/inverted spectrum at high radio frequencies. The analysis of its optical spectrum obtained from the SDSS revealed a small line width of the broad component of the Hβ line (FWHM = 1590 km,s−1), making it a radio-loud NLS1 galaxy —- an intriguing class of AGN with exceptional multi-wavelength properties. A new γ-ray source centred at J2118−0732 was sporadically detected during 2009-2013 in form of flares by the {it Fermi}-LAT. Our {it XMM-Newton} observations revealed a flat X-ray spectrum described by a simple power law, and a flux variation by a factor of ∼2.4 in 5~months. The source also shows intraday variability in the IR band. The drop of the broad-band fluxes from the IR, optical to X-ray in 5 months can be modeled by a drop of both the non-thermal jet emission and the emission from an accretion disk, with a decrease of the Eddington ratio by several times, suggesting the coupling of the disk accretion and the jet launching. With the NLS1-blazar composite nucleus, the clear detection of the host galaxy and the synchronous variations in the multiwavelength fluxes and the disk component, J2118−0732 provides a new perspective on the formation and evolution of relativistic jets as well as the disk-jet coupling mechanism. 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. Citation: Researchers discover a blazar-like narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxy (2018, January 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2018 Narrow-line Seyfert 1 (NLS1) galaxies are a class of active galactic nuclei (AGN) that have all the properties of type 1 Seyfert galaxies, but show peculiar characteristic like narrow Balmer lines, strong Fe II emission, and extreme properties in the X-rays.Astronomers and astrophysicists are specially interested in the radio-loud (RL) NLS1 galaxies, which usually showcase a compact radio morphology with a one-sided core-jet structure. Previous studies indicate that some RL NLS1, due to their blazar-like characteristics, produce relativistic jets—beams of ionized matter accelerated close to the speed of light.Therefore, finding and studying new RL NLS1s could help us improve our knowledge about complex phenomena like relativistic jets as the process of their formation and evolution is still not well understood.Now, a team of researchers led by Hui Yang of the Key Laboratory of Space Astronomy and Technology in Beijing, China, has detected new RL NLS1 galaxy emitting gamma-ray radiation. SDSS J211852.96−073227.5 (or J2118−0732 for short) was confirmed as a gamma-ray-emitting RL NLS1 galaxy by observations conducted with Large Area Telescope (LAT) onboard NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and with ESA’s X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton), as well as by analysis of data provided by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS).”Here, we present our discovery of a new γ-ray-emitting NLS1–SDSS J211852.96−073227.5 by analyzing the SDSS spectrum, the Fermi-LAT and XMM-Newton observational data,” the scientists wrote in the paper.J2118−0732 was detected at a redshift of 0.26 and has an estimated black hole’s mass of about 33 million solar masses. According to the study, the galaxy’s Balmer and Fe II emission lines confirm its NLS1 nature. Furthermore, data obtained by LAT revealed the existence of gamma-ray emission from J2118−0732 at a relatively high state for about 4 years of observations. Moreover, XMM-Newton observations indicated that J2118−0732 is the brightest X-ray source in the field, exhibiting a large X-ray variability.The researchers noted that properties of J2118−0732 such as large radio loudness, with a flat and inverted radio spectrum and remarkably rapid infrared intraday variability of less than a day, confirm its blazer-like nature.In general, the authors of the paper concluded that the data presented in the study could shed new light on the formation and evolution of relativistic jets and jet-disk coupling.”The broadband SED (spectral energy distribution) can be well modeled by a one-zone leptonic jet model. And the synchronous variations in the multiwavelength fluxes and the disk component suggest the coupling of the disk accretion and the jet launching,” the researchers concluded. Astronomers discover 21 changing-look active galactic nucleilast_img read more

Taliban attack another foreign guesthouse in Kabul Official

first_imgTaliban militants launched an attack on a foreign compound in Kabul on Saturday, officials said, the latest in a series of strikes in the Afghan capital during the final weeks of NATO’s 13-year war against the insurgents.Gunfire and explosions erupted as elite commando police fought with the attackers in west Kabul, not far from the parliament.The attack came two days after the Taliban attacked a foreign guesthouse in the diplomatic district of the city and a suicide bomber targeted a British embassy vehicle in a blast that killed six people.Kabul has been hit by at least nine attacks in the last two weeks, with targets including US military convoys, foreign security contractor compounds and a female Afghan member of parliament.On December 31, the US-led NATO combat mission in Afghanistan will end and be replaced by a follow-on mission tasked with supporting the Afghan army and police who have taken over responsibility for thwarting the Taliban.last_img read more