A fireball lighting up the east coast of the US. AMS; video screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET Late Tuesday into early Wednesday was a big night for combustible cosmic collisions, as multiple meteors flamed out over some of the biggest cities in the United States and Europe. We might have the Lyrid meteor shower to thank for this show. The northern hemisphere’s annual spring shooting star bonanza officially became active Tuesday night and is known for producing fireballs. One fireball was spotted in skies from Berlin to Amsterdam to Copenhagen just before midnight local time. Later, as midnight approached on the east coast of the US, another meteor was seen burning up as it crashed into our atmosphere. That fireball was spotted at 10:57 p.m. EDT and could be viewed all the way from New England to the Carolinas. The American Meteor Society received dozens of reports of the European fireball, which is estimated to have flamed out high over Germany, and hundreds of reports of the eastern US meteor that was over Delaware at its brightest moment of disintegration. Fireballs are actually a very common occurrence that might happen thousands of times every day, but the vast majority aren’t very bright, or they’re masked by daylight or happen over the ocean and other unpopulated areas and go unseen by human eyes. For two exceptionally bright fireballs to burn up over major population centers in the same night is more rare. Most fireballs are actually much higher in the sky than they might appear, generally well above 30 miles, which is why the same fireball was seen from a dozen different US states Tuesday evening. There could be more to come this week. The Lyrid meteor shower is currently building toward its peak, Sunday night, when 10 to 20 shooting stars per hour may be visible, though some may be washed out by a nearly full moon. Sometimes there can be an outburst of hyperactive meteor activity producing hundreds of visible trails per hour during a shower like the Lyrids. Though no outburst is predicted for this year, there’s always a chance, and this early fireball activity is reason to be optimistic. Post a comment Sci-Tech Tags 14 Photos 2018 Perseid meteor shower sizzles across the sky 0 Space Share your voice
2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Preview • Volkswagen I.D. Buzz: Driving this concept gets us smiling Volkswagen 3:28 The record-breaking Volkswagen I.D. R electric car It was all but a given that VW and driver Romain Dumas would pick up this record. Previously, the ID R picked up the overall record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and it also earned the EV record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, a crown it intends to fight for again this year when the hillclimb kicks off on July 4.The ID R is a beast of a race car. Built as part of an effort to expand awareness of VW’s fledgling ID electric sub-brand, this record breaker has two electric motors putting out 670 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. It weighs less than 2,425 pounds, as well, which results in the bonkers acceleration seen in the video. And, judging by how well it’s doing at various tracks and events, it’s unlikely that this will be the last we see of it. Now playing: Watch this: More about 2022 Volkswagen I.D. Buzz VW’s adorable I.D. Buzz charms us on the California coast 18 Photos 1 Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Enlarge ImageRomain Dumas was a natural choice for the run, having loads of experience with both the ID R and the ‘Ring itself. Volkswagen A little over a week ago, Volkswagen’s record-breaking ID R electric race car captured the EV lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with an astounding lap of 6 minutes, 5 seconds. If you haven’t watched the in-car footage yet, here’s your chance.Volkswagen, not one to miss an opportunity, has posted its onboard footage from the ID R’s record-setting run on June 3. It’s absolutely wild, with its two electric motors screaming in high pitches while the tires do everything they can to maintain grip. It’s incredible just how quickly the trees and barriers fly past the ID R. It’s like the video is permanently set to fast-forward. Benny Hill would be proud. Tags Comment More From Roadshow Electric Cars Car Culture 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better
Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas. UNB File PhotoThe High Court on Monday directed Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas, special assistant to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, to surrender within the next two weeks before the lower court in a case filed for obstructing law enforcers from discharging their duties, reports UNB.The HC bench of justice Jahangir Hossain and justice Md Riaz Uddin Khan passed the order after Shimul Biswas sought bail in the case. He filed the bail application on 7 July.Senior lawyer Khandakar Mahbub Hossain and Masud Rana stood for Shimul Biswas and deputy attorney general Jahid Sarwar Kajal represented the state.The case was filed on 16 November, 2017 with Shahbagh police station on charge of obstructing the law enforcers from discharging their duties while the BNP chairperson was on her way to a Dhaka court in a case filed against her.Lawyer Masud Rana said the name of Shimul Biswas was included in the charge-sheet of the case on 20 November, 2018.
Helping your toddler understand and express emotions may reduce behavioural problems later on, says a new study.“Our findings offer promise for a practical, cost-effective parenting strategy to support at-risk toddlers’ social and emotional development and reduce behavioural problems,” said lead investigator of the study Holly Brophy-Herb, professor at Michigan State University in the US.The research, part of a larger study funded by a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, involved 89 toddlers (ages 18 months to about two years) from low-income families. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Mothers were asked to look at a wordless picture book with their toddlers. The book included many emotional undertones as illustrations depicted a girl who lost and found a pet.Brophy-Herb and her fellow researchers focused on mothers’ “emotion bridging” with the child. That involves mothers not only labelling the emotion (for example, sad) but also putting it into context and tying it back to the child’s life.During a follow-up visit with the families, about seven months later, the researchers found fewer behavioural problems in the higher-risk children. This might be because emotion bridging acts as a tool through which toddlers can begin to learn about their emotions and gradually learn simple words to express emotions, needs and wishes, instead of acting out physically, Brophy-Herb said.The findings appeared in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioural Pediatrics.
Categories: News 16May Price offers testimony on House Bill 5560 Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, testifies before the House Local Government Committee regarding House Bill 5560, which modernizes public notice laws and puts taxpayer dollars to more efficient use in Michigan. The bill remains before the committee for further consideration.
State Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, has sponsored House Bill 4516, which would allow disabled veterans to obtain a property tax exemption for prior tax years, so long as they file with their local unit of government by this coming December.In 2013, the Legislature passed P.A. 161, also known as the “Dannie Lee Barnes Disabled Veteran Property Tax Relief Act.” This law provides for a property tax exemption on a homestead owned by a disabled veteran who was discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States under honorable conditions. To be eligible for the exemption, a veteran must have been determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) to be permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service and entitled to veterans’ benefits at the 100 percent rate, have a certificate from the U.S. Veterans’ Administration, or its successor, certifying that he or she is receiving or has received pecuniary assistance due to disability for specially adapted housing, or have been rated by the USDVA as individually unemployable.Because passage of this legislation came after tax bills were sent out in 2013, many qualified veterans were unaware of the benefit and did not file the necessary documentation with their local unit of government. In fact, many veterans still are unaware of this benefit, and those that are, have missed the opportunity to receive the exemption for the 2013 and 2014 tax years. House Bill 4516 would allow a veteran who met the criteria in 2013, 2014 or both, to provide documentation to their local taxing authority before the expiration of the December 2015 Board of Review, and the local unit would then grant the exemption retroactively.“Our veterans have given our state and nation so much and it is unfortunate that the state didn’t do more to inform them of this reasonable benefit,” said Rep. Hughes. “When officials in Fruitport Township brought this issue to my attention, I was more than happy to sponsor the legislation to help correct the oversight.”House Bill 4516 has been referred to the House Tax Policy Committee.“For veterans that deserve this exemption, they should not be penalized for things beyond their control,” said Brian Werschem, Fruitport Township supervisor. “This exemption should be afforded to them.”### 23Apr Hughes bill could save disabled veterans thousands Tags: #SB Categories: Hughes News,News
Emerging markets pay TV systems specialist Exset has named Andrew Pons as global director of sales and marketing.Pons, who has worked at Exset for two years, will be charged with helping push the company to its next growth phase. Exset deploys its flagship digital monetisation system (DMS) and conditional access technology to markets including Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Africa and eastern Europe.Exset’s technology is designed to enable broadcasters to make money from digital services in new ways, enabling digital switchover to be taken forward in markets where it faces challenges, including Africa.Pior to joining Exset, Pons was director of international marketing at Pace and has also held senior sales and marketing roles at SysMedia and Harris.
Middle East and North African on-demand service, Starz Play, has agreed a distribution deal with mobile operator Ooredoo Algeria.Starz Play will be available to Ooredoo Algeria customers for the first time this month, with the partnership going live to coincide with Ramadan.Starz Play offers Arabic content alongside Hollywood movies, current US TV series, documentaries and children’s entertainment. During Ramadan it has also added new premium series and movies to its library“By the end of Ramadan, Starz Play will be streaming more than 7,000 hours of blockbuster Hollywood movies, documentaries, children’s entertainment and ‘same-day-as-the-US’ series – plus 1,300 hours of Arabic content including Khaleeji, Egyptian and Levant series,” said the company in a statement.
Ofcom is to force the BBC to air a diet of 90% UK-produced original programming during peak evening hours on its two main channels.Introducing new rules as part of its expanded regulatory remit, the media and telecom watchdog said that from next year at least three quarters of all programming hours on the BBC’s main channels must comprise original productions commissioned by the BBC for UK audience, reaching 90% during peak hours on BBC One and BBC Two.BBC Four will be forced to air the same 75% quote of UK programmes overall, with the peak-time requirement is reduced to 60%.The move effectively stops the BBC from broadcasting US and foreign-language shows in primetime.Ofcom is also to require the BBC to spend broadly the same on programmes per head in each of the UK’s constituent nations, and will introduce new quotas related to arts, music, comedy and kids programming.Under the new rules, kids services CBBC and Cbeebies mush respectively show 400 and 100 hours of new UK-commissioned programming each year.At least half of network hours on the BBC’s TV channels must be made outside London, with separate quotas introduced for each UK nation to reflect its population size.Ofcom is also launching a review of guidance on programmes made outside London with the aim of strengthening production in the nations and regions.Other measures include increased quotas for news and current affairs on BBC One and Two. BBC Radio 2 will also be forced to air at least three hours of news and current affairs in peak time each week, and Radio 1 will have to broadcast an extended news bulletin in peak time each week day.Ofcom is also to make the BBC air more arts, music and religious programmes, including a requirement that BBC One airs at least 45 hours of arts and music programming a year and BBC Two airs at least 175 hours, and a requirement that BBC One and Two together air at least 115 hours of religious programming, including some in peak time.Following recent unfavourable coverage of the BBC’s hiring practices, Ofcom said it would impose a quotea of 15% of staff to be from ethcnic minority grous and 50% of all staff and leadership roles to be filled by women by 2020. The watchdog said it would also carry out a review examining on-screen diversity and portrayal in the BBC’s programmes, including in its popular peak time shows.Under new rules introduced by the government that became effective in April, Ofcom became the BBC’s first external regulator.“The BBC is the cornerstone of UK broadcasting. But we think it can do more to provide quality, distinctive programmes that reflect the interests and lives of people across the UK,” said Kevin Bakhurst, Ofcom content and media policy director.“Our rules will ensure the BBC focuses on original UK content, and invests in vital areas such as children’s programmes, music, arts and religion.”A BBC spokesperson said: “These are a tough and challenging set of requirements which rightly demand a distinctive BBC which serves and represents all audiences throughout the whole UK. We will now get on with meeting these requirements and continuing to provide the world-class, creative BBC the public wants.”
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