Necessary reorganising

first_imgWith the President’s assent to Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, two Union Territories: Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir will officially come into existence on October 31, coinciding with the birth anniversary of the Iron Man of India. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was the first Home Minister of sovereign India and was instrumental in the integration of nearly 565 princely states into the Union of India following Independence. The Parliament had earlier footed the proposal of bifurcating the culturally and geographically diverse and politically sensitive state. This splitting up of Jammu and Kashmir state is definitely a very daring move which is bound to have far-reaching consequences as it will politically reconfigure the region. The purpose of this split is primarily to contain and eradicate the protracted militancy in Kashmir. But, on the less-talked-about side, there are more pragmatic reasons to have specific approaches to specific regions for optimal function. As it is in the case of Union Territories, law and order is the responsibility of the Central government. In the composite Jammu and Kashmir state inclusive of Ladakh, the valley-based (much smaller in proportion) politics unfairly dominated the politics and political status of the entire state; meaning thereby that visibility was virtually denied to the non-Kashmir entities of the state. Ladakh region was for long in want of the Union Territory status but could not assert its demand due to dearth of numbers. Now that the bifurcation has been mandated, a more methodical approach to the development and governance of India’s northern most region can be undertaken. It needs to be clarified that this spilt, in effect, has no pertinence with communal leanings. The Ladakh region is largely segregated as an ethnically distinct, Buddhist-dominated area with a particular concentration of Muslims in Kargil district. Yet, after the recent development, the Muslim-majority district of Kargil remains with the Buddhist Ladakh and Hindu-dominant Jammu stays administratively conjoined with Kashmir. Also Read – A compounding difficultyA glimpse into how the states were organised and reorganised in Independent India will be crucial to understanding the relevance of the Modi government’s bold and dramatic move. It was 1953 that the first linguistic state of Andhra Pradesh was created for Telgu-speaking populace in the expansive state of Madras. The government at that time was compelled to carve out a separate Telgu territory in the face of prolonged agitation and death of Potti Sriramulu after a 56-day hunger strike. This led to similar demands of carving out separate territories from the mainland on linguistic basis. In 1960, the state of Bombay was disintegrated to create the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra after violence and agitation made it necessary to take this step. In the Northeast, in 1963, Nagaland was born for the Naga people. The Shah Commission report of April 1966 materialised the Punjab Reorganisation Act, following which, Haryana got the Punjabi-speaking areas and the hilly terrains went to (the then Union Territory of) Himachal Pradesh. It was in 1971 that the state of Himachal Pradesh came into existence. Other Union Territories of Tripura and Manipur were also eventually converted to states. The disputed status of Sikkim region was accorded statehood in 1975 and Arunachal Pradesh in 1987. In November 2000, three new states were carved out of existing larger states, bringing into existence Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Uttarakhand (then Uttaranchal) from Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh respectively. Telangana is the latest addition to the list of Indian states since June 2, 2014. There is a reason for making language the basic criterion for division of states. With language as a common factor connecting people of a region, the participation of local people in the administration and order is better ensured since communication will not be a barrier. This will also lead to the development of vernacular languages and in turn preserve cultural heritages with some degree of exclusivity – something which was long ignored by the British rule. Along similar lines of reason, governance is made easier also when geographical features are shared. Cultural and social affiliations and necessary to take into account to connect effectively with the local people. This will subsequently lead to economic development which will open the doors to greater prosperity. Chattisgarh is an apt example, the state is witnessing remarkable overall development after it split from Madhya Pradesh because development in this region was ignored for decades together. Also Read – An askew democracyA good and prospering state is definitely a national asset. It makes perfect sense to create favourable conditions for the upliftment and betterment of a state or to take control of a region for this motive. With adequate opportunities for growth, a region thrives with prosperity. Additionally, for the sake of better representation, political entities tend to associate themselves with identity politics. This has its consequences with respect to exclusivity which is not ideal but with such specific approaches, less visible communities find voice and representation. Hence, if a political move results in safeguarding social and cultural identities, it is bold, it could be met with caustic criticisms, but, then, it is a right thing to do in the long run. As historical records inform, the political or constitutional status of a region is not permanent and can always change depending on how the state is run. Whether as a state or as a Union Territory, autonomy can always be earned if the government of the place performs well. With respect to the two new Union territories, here is hoping that Kashmir and Kargil wake up to a peaceful and happy Eid.last_img read more

Superstar Usher Joins Other World Celebs in Marrakech

first_imgCasablanca – Usher is in Marrakech! Could the red city get any more international? After all the celebs from Europe, Africa, Asia and South America who have opted for the Southern Pearl as their ideal place for New Year celebration, it is now a representative of the North American continent, Usher, who succumbs to the magic of the Southern Pearl. According to Le360, American superstar Usher turned up at Marrakech’s glamorous VIP Room for barely 4 minutes before a wave of cheerful, screaming fans had him go back to his car and leave the club.According to the same source, Usher was invited to one of Marrakech’s glamorous parties, which he seemingly failed to fully enjoy, as a deluge of fans made it impossible for him to stay beyond the 4 minutes he barely spent there. Usher was not pleased by the way he was approached by some of his fans, who allegedly “jumped on him,” like one would leap on the last piece of cake on the table.A superstar by all measures, with millions of fans in all corners of the world, Usher is unquestionably one of the towering icons of the American Pop Music industry. His albums sold in millions worldwide, making of him another Pop Culture “legend” that has inspired many talented artists now.Usher thus joins the list of the red city fans, which already features ex-French-President Nicolas Sarkozy, star athletes Christiano Ronaldo, Messi, Benzema and Badr Hari, as well as many other celebs.With all of these international names and many more, you are less to be surprised if you happen randomly to come across a world celebrity while walking down one of Marrakech’s streets.last_img read more

Supreme Court on Net Neutrality Review Not Happening

Text Message as Information Service: What It Means Martha Buyer February 04, 2019 Opponents aren’t taking the FCC’s recent decision lightly. Net Neutrality, the Midterms… & California, Too! Martha Buyer October 03, 2018 The time is now to consider how your representative feels about Net neutrality and use that information to vote accordingly. us-supreme-court-building-2225766__340.jpg SHAKEN/STIR Makes Its Grand Entrance Joyce Osenbaugh April 10, 2019 It’s been a long time coming, but we still have a long way to go in combating robocalls. Since the earliest days following the D.C. Circuit’s decision to uphold the FCC’s 2015 Net neutrality rules, seven separate court cases have been appealed to the Supreme Court. Last Monday, Nov. 5, the court, by a 4-3 majority (more on that in a few paragraphs), decided NOT to hear any of those appeals on the rules invalidated by the Republican-controlled FCC. This doesn’t mean that there won’t be more attempts in the future, but for now, all’s quiet on the Supreme Court front.As has been presented in this space many times, the 2015 regulations, put in place during the Obama Administration, prevented broadband providers from blocking websites, throttling traffic, or charging for higher-quality service or content. Most importantly, particularly to the underserved, these regulations, which were validated by the D.C. Circuit in 2016, allowed the federal government to regulate high-speed Internet delivery like a utility by regulating it as a telecommunications service and not an information service. In the deregulated environment championed by the current administration and its appointees, the FCC has abandoned these rules in favor of a market-based regulatory approach that has allowed Internet service providers (ISPs) to charge more, provide less, and be less than forthright (and I’m being kind) about the performance of their specific service offerings and the reliability and costs of those offerings. The Net neutrality regulations offered consumers some protections and assurances that their individual and collective Internet access would not be throttled, blocked, or prioritized in the name of increased ISP income.In late 2017, to the disgust/disappointment of most Americans, the FCC issued its poorly named “Restoring Internet Freedom Order,” which essentially invalidated Net neutrality as it had existed since 2015. Why, since the rules had been abandoned, should the 2016 decision that confirmed those rules be considered at the Supreme Court?The reason is this: because it’s very, very likely that with a Democratic majority in the House come January 2019 and the popularity of Net neutrality guarantees of equity, that the Obama-era rules may be restored in one way or another. If the Supreme Court had opted to consider the 2016 rules jettisoned last year, particularly with its conservative majority, the position of those who support Net neutrality would likely have been weakened as the light regulatory hand that the 2017 rules imposed would have had the tacit blessing of the court. This would not have been an impossible burden to overcome, but a Supreme Court decision overruling the D.C. Circuit in this matter would have created a very high barrier.However, this session, when the Supreme Court justices considered weighing in on the Net neutrality 2015 Obama-era rules, two of its conservative justices recused themselves because of prior history with the case at lower courts. As such, with only seven justices able to vote on hearing the case, the remaining majority (Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan) voted against doing so, thus effectively supporting the Net neutrality rules. Essentially what this means is that the 2015 Net neutrality rules remain good law, despite the fact that they are currently (this being a keyword) moot due to the current administrative agency’s decision making.Further, since the 2018 rules are currently under legal challenges of their own, the D.C. Circuit’s 2016 decision and validation of the 2015 rules creates lasting legal precedent. This could be extremely helpful in re-establishing true, enforceable provisions of Net neutrality, which a majority of Americans (both Republicans and Democrats) support, as shown in public opinion polling.As a final note, while this may not be the first issue that the new Congress takes up in January, I expect that it will be part of the House agenda in the early part of the year. Hope springs eternal.Tags:News & ViewsNet neutralitylegal perspectiveRegulationIndustry NewsNews & Views Articles You Might Like See All in Regulation » What the Partial Shutdown Means, Practically Speaking Martha Buyer January 15, 2019 Sooner or later, if not yet, the challenges will impact us all. Why the Huawei Situation Should Matter to You Martha Buyer May 29, 2019 Will regulatory intervention in the name of national interest and security derail your technology implementation plans? Log in or register to post comments read more

European police bust site that hosted bombmaking manuals

BERLIN — German police say together with officers in Lithuania and Croatia they have shut down a website hosting bomb-making manuals.Police in Goettingen said Tuesday that about 1,000 officers were involved in raids against 22 suspects linked to the website police chief Uwe Luehring said authorities seized the site’s server and numerous storage devices. He said the site also hosted information on how to build military weapons and explosives.Authorities also seized an unspecified amount of explosives and drugs in the raids in the three countries.The Associated Press

Novartis to shut down Mississauga plant in new year cut 300 jobs

Novartis to shut down Mississauga plant in new year, cut 300 jobs by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 13, 2013 10:33 am MDT TORONTO – Novartis AG is shutting down its Ciba Vision plant in Mississauga, Ont., in the new year, resulting in the loss of 300 jobs.The Swiss-based drug company says the closure will be done in phases and be completed by the end of 2014.The plant, which manufactures contact lens solution, has been in the suburb west of Toronto since the early 1980s. Once it’s closed, production will be transferred to a plant in Fort Worth, Texas.“It’s important to note that 300 jobs are not moving to Texas,” said Mark Smithyes, head of government affairs and market access for Alcon Canada, a division of Novartis.“The production is being absorbed into our Fort Worth plant but we’re not looking at hiring additional workers.”Smithyes said employees at the Ontario operation were told of the shutdown on Nov. 4, and management is working to assist them through the transition. Novartis still has its head office and another plant in the Mississauga-area.He said the closure does not signal that the company is pulling out of Ontario.“The reason for the closure is that we’re continuously reviewing and adapting our manufacturing to reflect the changing market dynamics and enhance our competitiveness,” Smithyes said.“We feel that by optimizing our global manufacturing operations, we can improve productivity, reduce the complexity and free up resources for reinvestment in growth areas of our business in future technologies.”Earlier this week, Kellogg Co. announced it was shutting the doors of its cereal plant by the end of next year, cutting more than 500 full-time jobs.The plant, which had been in London, Ont., for nearly 90 years, had been steadily reducing the volume of cereal it produces as it faced declining sales. While Kellogg’s has moved into new markets, most of its profit still came from its cereal division.Last month, food producer Heinz also eliminated 740 jobs when it announced it was closing its plant in Leamington, Ont. The ketchup maker had been in Ontario’s tomato capital for more than a century. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Venezuelan another arrested in Region 7 following search

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVenezuelans among 5 in custody following the discovery of grenades, weapons, drugsJanuary 19, 2019In “Crime”Venezuelan woman busted with illegal firearm, ammoSeptember 19, 2017In “Crime”1 in custody over discovery of firearm, ammo at ItaballiMarch 21, 2016In “Crime” The illegal items in questionA Venezuelan national and another man were arrested on Sunday following the discovery of a firearm, matching ammunition and a quantity of ganja at Waiamu Landing, Cuyuni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).According to information received, Police ranks on duty at the location observed two males under a shop acting in a suspicious manner.One of the men, an 18-year-old Venezuelan national was reportedly seen handing over a multi-coloured bag to an operator.However, the men were confronted by the ranks who requested to carry out a search on the bag.During the search in their presence, a .45 calibre Taurus pistol and five matching rounds of ammunition as well as a quantity of cannabis were unearthed.The men were questioned and subsequently taken into custody as investigations continue. read more

Meshkov Brest denies deal with Spiler Hard talks with Balic

← Previous Story Junior WCH 2013: Spain against Sweden for the gold! Next Story → IHF Super Globe groups drawn in Sarajevo Belarus team Meshkov Brest had denied transfer deal with Slovenian playmaker David Spiler as some media wrote and even player stated. The contract still didn’t sign and negotiations with C.O Zagreb will be continued next week, announced Belarus team.Meskov is also interested in signing of Ivano Balic and negotiations process is seriously on the way… David SpilerIvano BalicIvano Balić+belarus

Deux astronomes amateurs découvrent une nouvelle planète

first_imgDeux astronomes amateurs découvrent une nouvelle planètePour l’aider à ‘éplucher’ des images du cosmos, l’Université d’Oxford a mis ces dernières en ligne, et a fait appel aux bénévoles pour les scruter. Tout récemment, deux de ces apprentis astronomes auraient ainsi découvert une nouvelle exoplanète, située près d’une étoile très lointaine.Vraisemblablement gazeuse, approximativement de la taille de Neptune et probablement trop chaude pour abriter la vie, la planète graviterait autour d’une étoile appelée SPH10066540, elle-même distante de 600 à 3.000 années-lumière de la Terre : si cette nouvelle exoplanète est encore si mal connue, c’est qu’elle n’est pas encore officiellement répertoriée.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?En effet, elle a été découverte grâce à Chris Holmes et Lee Threapleton, deux astronomes amateurs novices, qui, comme tant d’autres, ont répondu présent à l’appel de l’Université d’Oxford. Il y a peu, l’institution a mis en ligne sur le site (lien non disponible) des images prises par le télescope spatial Kepler de la NASA, et demandé à tout internaute volontaire d’y observer et de signaler certaines variations lumineuses, qui peuvent trahir la présence de planètes.”Je n’ai jamais seulement eu un télescope ! J’ai éprouvé un intérêt passager sur la question de savoir où les choses se situent dans le ciel, mais je n’ai jamais eu plus que cela de connaissances à ce sujet. Être celui qui trouve quelque chose est une position très excitante !…”, a déclaré Chris Holmes cité par le Telegraph. Si l’existence de cette nouvelle planète se confirme, ces émules de William Herschel, qui découvrit Uranus en 1781, auront la joie de lui donner leur nom. Elle se baptisera alors : “Threapleton Holmes B”. Le 20 janvier 2012 à 19:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

3 millions de clients chez Free Mobile

first_img3 millions de clients chez Free Mobile ?Une source affirme que le nouvel arrivant sur le marché de la téléphonie mobile serait plus proche des 3 millions de clients que des 2 millions souvent évoqués par la concurrence.A combien se chiffrent les nouveaux utilisateurs de Free Mobile. Si les concurrents, comme Bouygues Telecom, ou l’Arcep, le gendarme des télécommunications, estimaient ce nombre à 2 millions, une source de Numéricable a confié à un journaliste du Nouvel Obs que ce seraient plutôt 3 millions de clients qui auraient rejoints l’opérateur fraîchement arrivé, relaye IT Espresso. On devrait en tout cas attendre jusqu’à ce que Free Mobile publie officiellement ses chiffres du premier trimestre 2012, en mai prochain, pour en savoir plus.Quant à la provenance de cette nouvelle clientèle, les analystes ont du mal à la déterminer tant les mouvements de va-et-vient sont nombreux, entre les opérateurs historiques, leurs offres spéciales low-cost, les clients qui sont allés à Free pour ne plus bouger et ceux qui en sont déjà revenus, déçus par la qualité du service. Surtout que nombre de ces nouvelles offres sont sans engagement et permettent une flexibilité nouvelle, difficile donc à quantifier… Le 6 avril 2012 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

911 ceremony set at east county fire station

first_imgTo honor those who died in terrorist attacks 12 years ago, East County Fire and Rescue will hold its annual 9/11 Ceremony of Remembrance on Sept. 11.This year, the event will include a ribbon-cutting and dedication of a granite memorial that was donated by the America for Youth Foundation and a group of area motorcyclists.The dedication is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by the lighting of luminaria at 8 p.m. At that time, a group will read the names of the first responders who died during the Sept. 11 attacks.The public is also invited to attend the fourth annual spaghetti dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m., also at Station 91, 600 N.E. 267th Ave. The event is hosted by the East County Volunteer Firefighter Association. Donations for the dinner will benefit the Northwest Burn Foundation, a Seattle-based nonprofit that serves burn survivors and their families in five states.Anyone who wishes to have a loved one’s name read aloud during the event or anyone wishing to get more information should call 360-834-4908.last_img read more

Possible Anchorage special session location would crimp fundraising

first_imgThe Legislature will gather in Juneau on July 11th for its second special session this year. But, it might not be there for long. Lawmakers are talking about adjourning in Juneau and calling the Legislature’s own special session in Anchorage. Some say it will be convenient and save money. But it will also pose an obstacle for Anchorage legislators running for re-election. That’s because state law bars them from raising campaign funds in the municipality where there’s a special session.Gov. Bill Walker wanted lawmakers to return to Juneau, to address legislation restructuring Permanent Fund earnings. The session could also address raising taxes and changing oil and gas taxes.Download AudioRep. Matt Claman, D-Anchorage, speaks on the floor the House of Representatives in Juneau in March. (Photo by Skip Gray, 360 North)After having failed to address some of these issues in the last special session, many lawmakers aren’t eager to spend another 30 days in the capital city, but wherever lawmakers convene will impact local campaigns.The law says legislators and legislative employees can’t solicit or accept election contributions in either Juneau or any other municipality in which a special session is held.West Anchorage Democrat Rep. Matt Claman questioned whether the law is constitutional. He faces Republican Marilyn Stewart in the general election.“We should not be making fundraising calls from the Capitol building, but I’m not certain that constitutional freedom of association and freedom of speech protections make the regulation that’s saying if you’re in one city you can raise money but if you’re in another city, you can’t” fundraise unconstitutional, Claman said.Claman, who’s a lawyer, said he may seek legal counsel and ask the Alaska Public Offices Commission and the attorney general’s office about the law. He hasn’t made fundraising plans for the July 11th to August 11th.Some legislators who support moving the special session in Anchorage are resigned to the effect it will have on their fundraising.Rep. Craig Johnson is running against Jeffrey Landfield and Natasha von Imhof (VAHN-ihm-HAWF)  in the August 16th primary to replace Lesil McGuire in the Senate district stretching from Midtown to South Anchorage. He supports holding a special session in Anchorage and doesn’t object to the fundraising ban.“It’s much easier to have people come down and testify,” Johnson said. “So, I think access to the process outweighs anything as it comes to my re-election, or my ability to raise money on a personal level.”It’s a view shared by Eagle River Republican Rep. Lora Reinbold, who faces Crystal Kennedy in the primary. She notes that holding the session in Anchorage would still allow more time to campaign, even if she can’t fundraise.“It’s the peak election time, which would also be … in combination with the legislative time, so it would definitely inhibit our ability to fundraise in our key community,” Reinbold said. “However, I still think it’s worth it, to not be able to fundraise, so we can be in our communities with our people, and sleeping in our own beds. That is worth a lot to me. “Rep. Bob Lynn faces Chris Birch in the Republican primary to represent  the area of Huffman and Lower Hillside. He said having the special session in Anchorage would both improve public access and save transportation and per-diem expenses for more lawmakers.“Of course it’s a concern on … being able to raise money during these periods of time, but the first concern has to be trying to deal with what the governor’s put before us,” Lynn said.Senate President Kevin Meyer, who represents part of South Anchorage, doesn’t face an election this year. He said there are enough votes in the Senate to move the location. And he says the fundraising ban could actually help the session, adding that  legislators’ first concern must be on representing voters.The law is “a concern but my hope is that maybe we would be able to get down to business and get done sooner, if that prohibited folks from getting money,” Meyer said.It’s not clear if there are enough votes in the House to change the special session’s location.last_img read more

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo Citizenship Checks List Could Intimidate Legitimate Voters

first_img Ella Feldman/Houston Public MediaOutside of the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center voting location in Montrose, campaign posters cover the grass.Harris County’s top elected official says the fact that thousands of registered voters in the county were wrongly flagged by the state for citizenship checks is “concerning.”“I fear and I worry that this is a bit of an effort to intimidate or even try and disenfranchise some folks,” County Judge Lina Hidalgo told Houston Public Media. “Maybe immigrant folks, or people of color, and there are a lot of organizations that are concerned about that.”The League of United Latin American Citizens is one of those groups; LULAC is suing state officials over the effort to identify non-citizens on the state’s voter rolls, calling it a “carefully calibrated” plan to intimidate legitimate voters.In Harris County, almost 18,000 names were removed from an initial list of potential non-citizens on the voter rolls that was distributed by the Texas Secretary of State’s Office. That’s more than half of the almost 30,000 names in the county that were originally on the list.County officials have said they discovered thousands of people on the initial list were indeed citizens, and that more than 400 of those initial names were duplicates.In a statement Thursday, the Secretary of State’s Office said it’s “continuing to provide information to the counties to assist them in verifying eligibility of Texas voters” as part of a process to ensure “no eligible voters are impacted by any list maintenance activity.”“This is to ensure that any registered voters who provided proof of citizenship at the time they registered to vote will not be required to provide proof of citizenship as part of the counties’ examination,” spokesperson Sam Taylor said.County officials say they still have not mailed out any requests for proof of citizenship to the remaining people on the list.“We have to be very, very careful as we proceed,” Hidalgo said, “because there may be an injunction coming saying that we can’t take action on this list.” X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Hildago said the ordeal has the potential to discourage legitimate voters from going to the polls.“Every time you try and make voting scarier, sound more difficult to register, I do think that it plants a seed of fear,” she said. “You know, I registered to vote, and then am I going to be questioned? Nobody wants to have to go through that.”Governor Greg Abbott said this week the initial list was never meant to be a “hard-and-fast list,” according to the Texas Tribune:“This is what you would categorize as a process, a work [in progress],” Abbott said. “They’ll get it right, but I do want to be emphatic: It is essential that the secretary of state, [the Department of Public Safety], counties, anybody with any authority over this whatsoever work collaboratively and swiftly together to make sure our voter rolls are accurate, to ensure integrity in the election process.”center_img Listen 00:00 /05:59 Sharelast_img read more

Discover a Planet From the Comfort of your Home

first_imgIt will be a few more years until Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos sends us to space. But in the meantime, anyone can play armchair astronaut.MIT and the Carnegie Institution for Science this week released a huge dataset of nearby stars, in hopes of recruiting “fresh eyes” to help hunt exoplanets.The collection, gathered over 20 years by the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, is now available to the public—along with an open-source software package and online tutorial.Scientists hope to expand their search for planets beyond our solar system by circulating the set of observations, which includes nearly 61,000 measurements of more than 1,600 nearby stars.“This is an amazing catalog, and we realized there just aren’t enough of us on the team to be doing as much science as could come out of this dataset,” Jennifer Burt, a Torres Postdoctoral Fellow in MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, said in a statement. “We’re trying to shift toward a more community-oriented idea of how we should do science, so that others can access the data and see something interesting.”Researchers have already detected more than 100 potential exoplanets, including one orbiting the fourth-closest star to our solar system—about 8.1 light years away from Earth.“There seems to be no shortage of exoplanets,” Burt said. “There are a ton of them out there, and there is [a] ton of science to be done.”An exoplanet, or extrasolar planet, is one that orbits a star other than the sun; to date, 3,572 exoplanets in 2,682 planetary systems and 602 multiple planetary systems have been confirmed.Now it’s your turn: Dig into the data—compiled using the High Resolution Echelle Spectrometer (HIRES), mounted on the Keck Observatory’s 10-meter telescope. Originally designed to look at faint galaxies and quasars, HIRES makes an “effective exoplanet hunter,” according to Burt.Researchers will periodically update the public dataset—which includes the date, velocity measured, error on velocity, and measurements of star’s activity during observation—with new information; the public is encouraged to go online and download any available evidence for inspection.“I think this opens up possibilities for anyone who wants to do this kind of work, whether you’re an academic or someone in the general public who’s excited about exoplanets,” Burt said. “Because really, who doesn’t want to discover a planet?”last_img read more

OrcaM is new kid on block for 3D data capture

first_img The OrcaM system involves a large sphere, likened by one viewer as a giant maw, inside which one places the desired object for 3-D scanning. Once the object is placed inside, the sphere is sealed shut and the seven cameras and lights go to work. The cameras take simultaneous high-definition photos of the object at different angles. Serving to define the object’s geometry, various combinations of lights illuminate the object differently for every shot, capturing the finest details. After the photo processing, computer processing of the image creates the 3-D model. Observers say the end result is a highly impressive agreement of the real object. © 2011 Explore further OrcaM Reconstruction Sequences The system is also identified on the DFKI site as having been developed “in the context of a project” of the Augmented Vision arm of DFKI, which stands for Germany’s Research Center for Artificial Intelligence.NEK sees the camera system as a way to conduct automated transfers of real objects into high-quality digital representations for media such as on the “Internet, cinema, and computer games.” The DFKI envisions its application being to create super-accurate models of museum and art objects, models that are good enough to be used instead of the originals. The 3-D models produced by OrcaM are said to be fully textured and of high enough quality for the archives of valuable artifacts from museums.A useful selling point for both the above two applications is that, with the OrcaM system, key tasks are automatic. The user does not have to calibrate the cameras or lighting system, which the system performs automatically. According to the web site I Programmer, which assessed the video, the wire frame model used 20,000 triangles based on 300 million measured points “accurate to less than a millimeter.” The camera system, said the report, is worth the look when accuracy is paramount.A camera system of this size and scope may seem easily destined for the confines of powerhouse R&D labs in the sciences, but OrcaM is also generating interest in how it is being promoted.Developers of the camera system are identified as NEK. According to the company, “Within the range equipment construction we developed and finished an automated photograph station (OrcaM) for digital visualizations and reconstructions of objects.” Citation: OrcaM is new kid on block for 3-D data capture (2012, January 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: … bital-camera-system/ ( — Call it automated photograph station, seven-camera system, 3-D model showcase, or digital reconstruction tool. OrcaM is being described as all these things. Whatever the tag, the “OrcaM” name stands for Orbital Camera System, according to its Germany-based developers NEK GmbH. A video demo was making the rounds of web gadget blogs and news sites this week as a camera system to watch. Creating 3D models with a simple webcam (w/ Video) 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

Go Right to the Source Code

first_imgDecember 14, 2009 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals When I consult with a business about its website, I start by asking if it has ever viewed its site’s source code. For the uninitiated, source code–which can be generated by many different computer programming/scripting languages and is accessible under the “View” menu of most web browsers–is what makes your website operational.Comprised mostly of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and JavaScript, source code looks more like a mangled car wreck than anything resembling a website. But trust me. That mangled wreck, when coded according to universally accepted web standards, makes your website hum like a well-tuned race car.But if your code doesn’t meet minimum standards for the web, your business will suffer an increase in cost to maintain the site–as well as a decrease in usability, which almost always results in a loss of customers.To guarantee that your website runs according to the most basic of expectations and is optimized for indexing by search engines, make sure your webmaster is up to speed on the latest standards and recommendations from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).Founded by Timothy Berners-Lee, the computer scientist credited with inventing the web, W3C is recognized as the driving force behind the standardization of programming and design protocols and guidelines that ensure both long-term growth and stability for the web.Before W3C’s creation and distribution of standards, conflicting versions of HTML were the norm. Before that, web users experienced significant inconsistencies between websites. As a result of W3C’s efforts, with few exceptions, the web operates consistently.W3C offers free validation services for website owners. These open-source services, which are popular with web programmers and designers, provide valuable insight into the soundness of your website’s source code.To check the validity of your code, visit the W3C Markup Validation Serviceand enter your website address using the “Validate by URI” tab. The results should be shared and discussed with your webmaster. Keep in mind, though, that the overwhelming majority of websites–including W3C’s–contain some errors and operate just fine as is.Mikal E. Belicove is a market positioning, social media and management consultant specializing in website usability and business blogging. When he’s not working or ghosting blog entries for clients, Belicove can be found musing about the world on and can be reached This story appears in the January 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »last_img read more

Jacó Happenings

first_imgTattooing has been practiced for centuries in cultures throughout the world, and Jacó features some of the best talent in the industry. Award-winning international artist Keely Tackett opened Anchor’s End Tattoo six years ago, and her unique shop features passionate artists who tattoo free hand, one-of-a-kind designs.With more than 33 years of experience, Keely is a National Tattoo Association member. She’s also Red Cross certified. Joining her is Sean Rains, who has been designing art for the skin for 17 years. Anchor’s End piercers Jessie Tackett and Cyndi Milano offer a combined 20 years of piercing expertise in all aspects of body modification.The shop creative assistant Siony Muñoz always has a smile and a creative way of assisting Anchor’s End clients. The team offers the finest in sterile procedures in a comfortable, relaxed environment and their motto is, “Design the skin you’re in.” Anchor’s End is located on the second floor above Big Ron’s Pizza and is open Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday from noon-close. For more info, call 2643-1523. Just down the way, you will find the Tattoo House owned by Dafne Pérez from Argentina. This shop is located in the Centro Comercial Ureña, next to Books & Stuff. It features guest artists from around the world and currently has L.A. Meyers in from the U.S. She will be here until the end of October. The Tattoo House not only offers permanent tattoos, but henna and piercings, as well as artwork, purses, T-shirts, hand pipes and jewelry. Shop hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. For more info, call 8811-3375. More than 5,000 designs in addition to custom artwork are available.Mark your calendar for next week’s Surf Torneo de La Independicia in Esterillos, starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. Also, the Car Demolitions are scheduled in Herradura for Sunday, Sept. 30.–Christina Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Pentagon chiefs take on Iraqis undercuts Obamas strategy

first_imgPresident Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s blunt assessment that Iraqi forces lack the “will to fight” undermines a central premise of President Barack Obama’s strategy for defeating the Islamic State: that Iraq’s military can effectively handle ground operations so American forces don’t have to. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Obama’s strategy reflects both his aversion to deploying American combat forces overseas again and his belief that the U.S. cannot fight a war on another country’s behalf. Yet from the very start of the campaign to defeat the Islamic State group, there have been concerns both inside and outside the administration about the viability of relying on local forces.In Syria, a country ravaged by civil war, such forces are virtually nonexistent. After months of delay, the U.S. began training about 90 rebels at a camp in Jordan, well short of the administration’s goal of a 5,000-person force.In Iraq, the U.S. is focused on bolstering the same military it sought to strengthen during the war pursued by Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush. Officials say the Iraqi forces were weakened after the U.S. withdrawal in 2011 in part because Sunnis didn’t want to fight on behalf of then-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government.Al-Abadi, who succeeded al-Maliki last year, has taken steps to better empower minority Iraqis and reduce their support for Sunni extremists, U.S. officials say. But al-Abadi’s decision to include the Shiite militias in the campaign to retake Ramadi could exacerbate the very tensions he’s been pressed by the U.S. to ease. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   “What apparently happened is the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight,” Carter said Sunday on CNN. “They were not outnumbered. In fact, they vastly outnumbered the opposing force. That says to me, and I think to most of us, that we have an issue with the will of the Iraqis to fight ISIL and defend themselves.”His comments echoed Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, who said the Iraqi security forces were “not driven out of Ramadi. They drove out of Ramadi.”Iraqi officials disputed Carter’s characterization of the military’s strength, saying he had received “incorrect information.” Vice President Joe Biden called Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in an apparent attempt to ease his concerns about the U.S. commitment to his security forces, while administration officials quietly tried to clarify the Pentagon chief’s comments.On Tuesday, the Iraqi government announced the start of a major military effort aiming to drive the Islamic State from western Anbar province. The operation involved Iranian-backed Shiite militias, sparking fears of potential sectarian violence in the Sunni heartland.The White House has cast the loss of Ramadi as a setback but not a reason to revamp Obama’s strategy. Since last summer, a U.S.-led coalition has been launching airstrikes against Islamic State targets in both Iraq and Syria. While more than 3,000 U.S. troops are in Iraq to advise and train the military, the president has insisted Americans will not be engaged in combat and will instead rely on local forces to carry out ground operations under cover of the airstrikes. Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img ___AP National Security writer Robert Burns contributed to this report.___Follow Pace at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “The failure, it’s not one of courage,” Marina Ottaway, a Middle East analyst at the Wilson Center, said of the Iraqi military. “It’s one of politics.”For now, Obama is showing no sign of significantly shifting his strategy or easing his opposition to sending American forces back into combat in Iraq. Instead, the White House is essentially pleading for patience and even more time to train Iraqis.“That’s a training process that can’t be done in a week,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Tuesday. “That’s not a seven-day training course. This is going to require a more sustained commitment.”The U.S. already has spent years and billions of dollars trying to position the Iraqi military to take charge of the country’s security. As the U.S. military withdrew from Iraq in 2011 after more than eight years of war, Obama declared that local forces were indeed ready to take on that mission.With a fresh infusion of American trainers last year and a new Shiite government pledging to be more inclusive to Sunnis, Iraqi forces had made apparent progress against the Islamic State in recent months. But the rout in Ramadi, the strategically important capital of Anbar province, highlighted the military’s weakness anew. Fleeing the city, Iraqi forces abandoned U.S military vehicles, including tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery pieces. Patients with chronic pain give advice WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s blunt assessment that Iraqi forces lack the “will to fight” undermines a central premise of President Barack Obama’s strategy for defeating the Islamic State: that Iraq’s military can effectively handle ground operations so Americans don’t have to.Carter’s comments in a weekend interview reflect deep concern within some quarters of the administration about the capabilities of Iraq’s security forces. Despite outnumbering Islamic State forces, the military suffered a major defeat this month in the city of Ramadi. And some officials question whether it can overcome the same sectarian divisions between Sunnis and the Shiite-dominated government that gave the Islamic State space to thrive. Former Arizona Rep. 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New centre party to be established

first_imgA new political party will be formed on October 21 when the Democratic Line-up (Dipa) has its first meeting.It will be set up by former members of Diko who left the party over ways in which political decisions were taken and its stance on the Cyprus problem.According to Politis, the October meeting will see a leadership elected, while the meeting itself will be led by former House president and Diko member Marios Garoyian.Founding members of the new party told Politis they do not aim to form a new Diko or a branch of it.They said the aim of the new party is to cover the hole in the central ground of Cyprus politics.In the 1976 parliamentary elections Akel, Diko and Edek shared a joint platform under the same name which led to former Diko leader Spyros Kyprianou becoming House President.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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