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Astronomers identify mysterious object at heart of Milky Way

first_imgA mysterious astronomical object known simply as G2 has intrigued and confounded researchers ever since it was found to be on a near-collision course with the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. When it failed to produce the predicted celestial fireworks over the past few months, astronomers were left scratching their heads. Now, one team thinks it has figured out why nothing happened: G2 is not a gas cloud but a strange, more stable object formed from a pair of recently merged stars.Clouds of gas and dust near the center of our Milky Way galaxy make it extremely difficult to observe things there. When astronomers calculated G2’s trajectory in 2012, they thought it was a cloud of gas in an orbit that would take it very close to the Milky Way’s central black hole, known as Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*). Researchers predicted that, as G2 neared the center, the black hole’s intense gravity would tear the object apart and drag it toward the hole’s surface, producing a shower of radiation that could reveal much about the environment close to Sgr A*. But as G2 passed by this summer, the galactic center was conspicuously quiet.A team led by Andrea Ghez of the University of California, Los Angeles, used the twin 10-meter Keck telescopes in Hawaii to observe G2 between March and August—spanning its expected closest approach and the months that followed. Viewing at the infrared wavelength of 3 micrometers, which can penetrate the fog around Sgr A*, the team found that G2 “continues to survive in orbit—it has not changed,” Ghez says. A gas cloud alone could not have survived a pass so close to the black hole, she says; she concludes that G2 must have a star at its heart, surrounded by a shell of dust. “It’s an unusual star, large, calculated from its brightness,” she says. 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Binary systems are common throughout the galaxy, she says; near the center, the black hole’s gravity encourages them to spiral together. The result is a new star so hot that it swells up like a freshly ignited young protostar. Studying how such objects form might help scientists solve mysteries surrounding Sgr A*’s close neighborhood, such as why it contains many more young-looking stars than expected but almost no older giant stars.Not all researchers agree on the nature of G2. A team led by Stefan Gillessen of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany, which originally identified G2’s trajectory in 2012, observed it in spring 2014 using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile and published the results in July. They said their observations showed that G2 was behaving just as a cloud of gas should: stretching out before the close approach and pulling together again after it.The lack of fireworks was no problem, they said, because any gas stripped off G2 during the flyby might take months or years to fall onto the surface. “So far there are no fireworks, but the gas is doing what was expected,” Gillessen told Science in August. “It’s fun to see how it is unfolding in front of our eyes.” His team noticed that another apparent gas cloud, dubbed G1, had followed a similar path 13 years ago and suggested that both clouds could be individual “knots” of denser material in a continuous gas streamer in orbit around Sgr A*.Theorist Avi Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is amused by the differing interpretations, because he published two theoretical papers providing possible explanations for the source of G2: one, that it surrounded a star that was shedding gas; and the other, that a giant star situated elsewhere shed its outer layer producing a stream of gas with clumps in it. Both are plausible, he says, “but I don’t think we have enough data to decide.” He doesn’t think it will take long to settle it: If it’s the latter scenario then the giant star should be easy to find.last_img read more

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I-League: William Opoku Asiedu brace gives Minerva a victory over Indian Arrows

first_imgWilliam Opoku Asiedu struck twice as Minerva Punjab FC blanked Indian 2-0 in a hard fought I-League match here on Tuesday.Asiedu (7th, 84th minutes) scored once in each half to help Minerva quell a strong challenge from the youngsters in the Indian Arrows line-up.Minerva thus climbed to the top of the league table with seven points from three matches.The Arrows are fourth with three points from two matches.Before the home side could even settle down, Minerva made their intentions clear thanks to a wonder goal from William.The goal originated from a throw-in down the left. A long throw from Sukhdev Singh into the box was met with a weak clearance from Arrows right-back Boris Singh as it fell kindly to Girik Khosla.With no one closing him down outside the box, Khosla laid it down for William Opoku who unleashed a rocket of a shot from nearly 40 yards out. Arrows keeper Dheeraj Singh could do nothing as the ball drilled into the net past his outstretched right hand.Meanwhile, the Minerva defence didn’t give the Arrows attackers a sniff at goal but Arrows were slowly growing into the game.And the first telling goal-scoring opportunity for Arrows saw striker Edmund Lalrindika releasing Abhijit Sarkar with a perfectly weighted ball. Sarkar tried a first-time shot but it lacked power or precision as it bounced slowly into the arms of Rakshit Dagar. It was the only noteworthy chance for the Arrows who were otherwise subdued.Minerva started the second half in the same way they started the first – by putting Arrows under pressure.advertisementBut Arrows regrouped and started going forward. And they had an opportunity when Minerva conceded an indirect free-kick when Sukhdev Singh lobbed a ball back to the goalkeeper who collected it with his hands down the left channel close to the touchline.Stalin slipped a pass into the centre to Sarkar whose steered shot was easily collected by Rakshit in the 69th minute.Edmund was a livewire and created two excellent goal-scoring opportunities.One cross from the left and then from the right missed Rahul and Sarkar respectively.Minerva Punjab should have been 2-0 up when a misunderstanding between Dheeraj and Deepak saw Opoku pounce on it as he rounded Deepak and tried to shoot into an open goal after Dheeraj couldn’t make his way back to goal.But to Opoku’s dismay, the ball hit the post before the danger was cleared.But the Arrows could do nothing when Opoku showed his predatory skills when Checho found Opoku in the six-yard box and the Ghanaian scored his second of the night.last_img read more

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Realme 3 with Helio P70, ColorOS 6, dewdrop display launched starting at Rs 8,999

first_imgRealme 3 with Helio P70, ColorOS 6, dewdrop display launched starting at Rs 8,999The Realme 3 touts a new unibody design along with gradient colours, as well as a powerful hardware that is championed by the Helio P70 chipset at its core.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 5, 2019 08:59 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Realme 3 has been priced starting at Rs 8,999 for the 3GB/32GB model.The Realme 3 will be available on Flipkart on March 12 at 12 noonThe Realme 3 touts a dewdrop display and a gradient unibody designThe Realme 3 has been launched in India, and it comes with a new and updated design language compared to last year’s Realme 2. The company announced the Realme 3 at an event in New Delhi, where it also revealed the pricing and availability details. The Realme 3 touts a new unibody design along with gradient colours, as well as a powerful hardware that is championed by the Helio P70 chipset at its core. The Realme 3 also highlights a dew drop display and Android Pie-based ColorOS 6.0, among other things.The Realme 3 has been priced starting at Rs 8,999 for the 3GB/32GB and Rs 10,999 for the 4GB/64GB variant. The Realme 3 will be available on Flipkart for now and may launch in offline retail stores at a later date, although there is no word yet on its offline availability. The first sale on Flipkart will take place on March 12 at 12 noon. The company also announced three Iconic Cases for the Realme 3 that includes yellow, black and blue diamond cut colours.Realme 3 specificationsThe Realme 3 sports a 6.2-inch HD+ (1520×720) dewdrop display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a screen-to-body ratio of 88.3 per cent. The device offers a glass-like plastic unibody design on the back with injection molded technology to offer comfortable grip and attractive reflective look. The rear panel that seamlessly cures around the frame and all the way to the glass on the front gets a gradient color finish in Dynamic Black and Radiant Blue. The former sees hues of blue and purple as well as a glitter effect on the bottom, while the latter gets hues of blue and green. Apart from the dual rear camera and Realme logo on the back, the Realme 3 also gets a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.advertisementPowering the Realme 3 is a 2.1GHz octa-core Helio P70 chipset that is based on a 12nm process. The chipset offers four Cortex-A53 cores and four Cortex-A73 cores along with a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. The Realme 3 comes in two memory and storage options – 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB – with support for storage expandability up to 256GB via a microSD card. The handset can hold two nano-SIM cards with dual VoLTE support and a dedicated slot for a microSD card. The Realme 3 ships with Android Pie-based ColorOS 6.0. The latest software brings a borderless design, an app drawer as well as the new Android Pie gesture navigation feature.The Realme 3 sports a dual camera setup that includes a 13MP f/1.8 primary camera and 2MP secondary camera for depth sensing. The camera gets a new Nightscape mode that allows you to take a long exposure shot for better low-light photography. The camera also supports Hybrid HDR, Chroma Boost and Portrait modes. On the front, the Realme 3 gets a 13MP f/2.0 selfie camera with AI Beautification, HDR and support for face unlock. The Realme 3 houses a 4,230mAh battery with support for a 10W charger that is bundled with the box. The handset measures 75.6×156.1×8.3mm and weighs 175 grams. It supports 2.4G WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2, among other things. At the launch, the company also announced that the Realme 3 Pro will be coming in April.ALSO READ | Realme 3 leaks in live photo ahead of March 4 India launchALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro will launch alongside Realme 3 in India on March 4, company teasesALSO READ | Realme 3 to launch in India today: Expected specs, price and how to watch livestreamGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow RealmeFollow Realme 3Follow androidlast_img read more

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Rolls-Royce Spearheads Study into Autonomous Ships

first_imgzoom Rolls-Royce is to lead the new EUR 6.6 million Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative to produce the specification and preliminary designs for the next generation of advanced ship solutions, which could pave the way for autonomous ships. The project is funded by Tekes (Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) and will bring together universities, ship designers, equipment manufacturers, and classification societies to explore the economic, social, legal, regulatory and technological factors which need to be addressed to make autonomous ships a reality.The project will run until the end of 2017 and will pave the way for solutions – designed to validate the project’s research. The project will combine the expertise of some of Finland’s academic researchers from Tampere University of Technology; VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd; Åbo Akademi University; Aalto University; the University of Turku; and members of the maritime cluster including Rolls-Royce, NAPA, Deltamarin, DNV GL and Inmarsat.”This project is a fantastic opportunity to establish the Finnish maritime cluster as the world leader in maritime remote control technology,” Rauli Hulkkonen, Tekes, Chief Advisor, said.The project will look at research carried out to date before exploring the business case for autonomous applications, the safety and security implications of designing and operating remotely operated ships, the legal and regulatory implications and the existence and readiness of a supplier network able to deliver commercially applicable products in the short to medium term.The technological work stream will encompass the implications of remote control and autonomy of ships for propulsion, deck machinery and automation and control, using, where possible, established technology for rapid commercialisation.last_img read more

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SL split points for second successive time in WC after match washed

first_imgBristol: Sri Lanka were forced to split points for the second successive time in the ongoing World Cup after their match against Bangladesh was called off without a ball being bowled due to persistent rain here Tuesday. Both the teams came into the match with one win from three matches and now each will get a point for the washout. Sri Lanka now have four points from as many games, while Bangladesh have three points from four games. After two defeats, Bangladesh were looking for resurgence against Sri Lanka and now they will be wary of their semifinal chances. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun “For all the teams, coming to the ground and not playing is disappointing and frustrating,” said Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza. “This is how the tournament is going, we got our chances against New Zealand, we couldn’t get going in the England match, but it was frustrating today.” The result will leave Sri Lanka frustrated too as it is the second instant of a wash-out for the Island nation. “The last few games have been washed out, so these kind of tournaments aren’t easy. It is a bad time for us,” Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne said. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up “It isn’t easy, we have to switch on and off all the time. These kind of things can happen but we have to get used to it. We can keep practicing and train harder for the Australia game. Definitely in every match we need to play for a win,” he added. This is the third match to be abandoned in the ongoing World Cup, the most in the history of the tournament, exceeding the two games at the 1992 edition in Australia and New Zealand and the 2003 event which was co-hosted by South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya. The 10-team showpiece event doesn’t have any reserve days. Asked if there should be reserve days, Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes said: “Yes, I would (have them). “I know logistically it would have caused problems. But we can put a man on the moon, so if we have to travel a day later, so be it.” On Tuesday, both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were left staring at the sky, waiting for some divine intervention after the start of their key match was delayed due to heavy rains. The inspection was postponed twice even as groundsmen tirelessly worked on draining out the water on the covers with the sucking brooms and mops. At 13:57 local time, the umpires finally decided to officially abandon the match. While for Bangladesh, it is there first World Cup match to be washed out, Sri Lanka were forced to split points with Pakistan in their last game after the match was called off due to rains. On Monday, a struggling South Africa had to share points with the West Indies after their World Cup match was washed out due to persistent rain at Southampton. Sri Lanka will next take on defending champions Australia at London on June 15, while Bangladesh will face West Indies on June 17 at Taunton.last_img read more

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Lady Gaga And Diane Warren Release Song Spotlighting Sexual Assaults On College

first_imgDirector Catherine Hardwicke, six-time Grammy winner Lady Gaga and seven-time Oscar nominee and Grammy Award winning songwriter Diane Warren have teamed up to release a campus sexual assault public service announcement (PSA) tied to the critically acclaimed documentary THE HUNTING GROUND.Hardwicke (TWILIGHT, 13, MISS YOU ALREADY) directed the PSA, featuring the film’s original song “Til It Happens To You” written by Warren and Lady Gaga and performed by Lady Gaga.The PSA reunites Hardwicke with TWILIGHT star Nikki Reed.A portion of proceeds from the sale of the song will be donated to organizations helping survivors of sexual assault.“After watching THE HUNTING GROUND, I was inspired by the survivors who had the courage to tell their stories,” said Warren. “This song, with its message of hope and empowerment, is my heartfelt tribute to them and will also resonate with anyone who has been bullied, lost a loved one or just feels alone in the world.”Lady Gaga has been a vocal advocate on this issue. Earlier this year, she penned an op-ed with Governor Andrew Cuomo calling for the passage of New York State’s “Enough is Enough” bill, saying “We have a responsibility to the young men and women of this country to stand up against sexual violence everywhere. Everyone – from lawmakers and educators to advocates like Born This Way Foundation and the students themselves – need to join forces on this issue. Together, we must create the scaffolding necessary to foster the mental, emotional, and physical health of all young people.”The legislation included a uniform definition of affirmative consent as well as comprehensive procedures and guidelines for colleges. The bill was signed into law by the Governor in July.Hardwicke was moved to create and direct the PSA after seeing THE HUNTING GROUND and feeling compelled to get involved. “I hope that this PSA, with its raw and truthful portrayals, will send a clear message that we need to support these courageous survivors and end this epidemic plaguing our college campuses.”THE HUNTING GROUND, from Oscar nominated filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, was distributed by RADiUS, the boutique label of the Weinstein Company. After premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, the film was released theatrically and has subsequently screened on hundreds of college campuses across the country. Currently available on iTunes and VOD, THE HUNTING GROUND is co-produced by CNN and will air on the network this fall.last_img read more

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HBO RENEWS EUPHORIA FOR SECOND SEASON

first_imgLOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – HBO has renewed Euphoria for a second season.The series debuted on June 16 and follows 17-year-old Rue Bennett (Zendaya), a drug addict fresh from rehab, who’s struggling to make sense of her future. Her life changes dramatically when she meets Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer), a girl who recently moved to town following her parents’ divorce, and like Rue is searching for where she belongs.In addition to Zendaya and Schafer, the series also stars Maude Apatow, Angus Cloud, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Storm Reid, Algee Smith, and Sydney Sweeney. Advertisement Euphoria is produced in partnership with A24 and based on the Israeli series of the same name, which was created by Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin, from HOT.“Euphoria creator Sam Levinson has built an incredible world with an extraordinary cast led by the supremely talented Zendaya,” said Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Programming.“We are so grateful that he chose HBO as the home for this groundbreaking series. We look forward to following these complex characters as their journeys continue through the challenging world they inhabit.”According to HBO, the series is the youngest skewing drama series on the network’s digital platforms. In addition, the series premiere has already delivered over 5.5 million viewers across HBO’s platforms.By Reuters Advertisement It was created and written by Sam Levinson, who also serves as executive producer. Ravi Nandan, Kevin Turen, Drake, Future the Prince, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin, Tmira Yardeni, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokady, Gary Lennon, and Jim Kleverweis also executive produce. Scott Turner Schofield serves as the show’s transgender consultant. Jeremy O. Harris is also a consultant on the series. Facebookcenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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Hydrogen sulfide leak at Suncor refinery sends workers to hospital

first_imgEDMONTON – A number of people at Suncor’s refinery in Edmonton were sent to hospital after a toxic gas was released.Suncor spokeswoman Erin Rees says company crews responded to a release of hydrogen sulphide at around noon on Wednesday.Rees says a number of employees and contractors were in the vicinity of the release, and were assessed by Suncor and Alberta Health Services personnel.She says a handful were sent to hospital for further assessment, but all were expected to be released.Hydrogen sulphide is a poisonous, corrosive and flammable colourless gas that smells of rotten eggs.Rees says there will be an investigation into the cause of the release.Companies in this story: (TSX:SU)last_img

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Today is Miracle Treat Day in Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Today is Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day in Fort St. John.Every resident who purchases a blizzard will see all their cash go directly to the B.C. Children’s Hospital.DQ worker hard at work. Photo by John Luke Kieper. Last year’s Miracle Treat Day brought in approximately $15,000 and Fort St. John Dairy Queen co-owner Tyler Kramer hopes to see a similar number this year.“Every year we try to stay right around that range,” said Kramer. “Our goal this year is $15,000, we always hope to beat it but we don’t want to be too greedy.”Customers purchasing Blizzards on Miracle Treat Day. Photo by John Luke Kieper.Kramer explained that today has started slower than most Miracle Treat Days partly due to the smoky weather, though he is confident that will turn around.“We’re hoping it will pick up by the evening, I’m pretty confident we will make our goal still.”DQ worker inspecting his masterpiece. Photo by John Luke Kieper. Kramer went on to say that every minute 62 kids walk into a children’s hospital and it is very crucial and fulfilling to be able to supply them with donations to help said kids.last_img read more

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Old Fort residents could return home once new road is complete

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Westrek Geotechnical says some residents of the Old Fort could return home once the road into the community is finished.In a posting to the Peace River Regional District website late Friday, the PRRD said Westrek says things are looking favourable to possibly allow some residents to return home when road standards are met.The message goes onto say “The PRRD is working with  MOTI to ensure 24/7 operation of a semi-permanent access road capable of supporting emergency vehicles, school buses, other service vehicles, and all resident motor vehicles. 50% legal axle loading restrictions will remain.” The final geotechnical report on the slide should be completed by the middle of next week.  The report was supposed to be finished this week, but a large amount of new data from the Province was given to Westrek on Wednesday.Once the PRRD receives the geotechnical report, the report will then be sent for a peer and legal reviews.  From there, the PRRD will determine the next steps for residents of the Old Fort.The Regional District has not yet released a timeline for when the report will be released to the public.last_img read more

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21 Oppn parties to move Supreme court on EVMs

first_imgNEW DELHI: Twenty-one opposition parties will move the Supreme Court over the demand of keeping 50 per cent VVPATs in the counting of election results.According to sources, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu is in touch with all the opposition parties and he will collect the signatures from the representatives of these parties thereafter the parties will move the apex court. The sources also confirmed that Left parties who did not join the recent opposition meeting at NCP stalwart Sharad Pawar’s house have also come on board. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuUntil now not all the EVM machines have the VVPAT facilities and the election commission also observed earlier that introducing this facility to all the EVM machines would not be possible before the Lok Sabha elections. It may be recalled 50 per cent VVPATs has been one of the key demands of Opposition parties for a long time. The opposition has demanded that if there is any vote difference after counting in EVM and the VVPATs , then the latter (VVPATs) should be relied on.last_img read more

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Night shift can affect bladder health

first_imgWorking night shifts may deteriorate your quality of life by affecting your bladder, researchers have warned. Night shift workers reported a significantly higher rate of overactive bladder, and a poorer quality of life when compared with day shift workers, suggests the study presented at the European Association of Urology Congress in Barcelona. They also need to pee more, said researchers, including Cosimo De Nunzio of Sant´Andrea Hospital, Rome. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”We know that long-term night work is stressful, and is associated with increased levels of health problems. This work shows that constant night workers may have a higher urinary frequency as well as a decline in their own quality of life,” said De Nunzio. “One of the most concerning things about this work is everyone in our sample was under 50. We normally expect bladder problems with older people, but here we have younger people expressing a deteriorating quality of life,” the author added. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardFor the study, the researchers surveyed 68 men and 68 women between March and October 2018. All were workers in the Italian National Health System, with 66 of the volunteers working night shifts, on average, 11 hours per night shift. The 70 day workers worked an average of 9.1 hours per day. Using the generally accepted Overactive Bladder Questionnaire, the team found that those on night shift reported an average total score of 31, as against a score of 19 for those working day shifts. The team also found that night workers scored a significantly worse quality of life, with scores of 41 against 31 with day shift workers.last_img read more

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Moroccan Actor Jilali Bouskka refused at the Marrakech Film Festival

first_imgTaroudant, Morocco- Moroccan actor Jilali Bouskka was prevented from attending the Marrakesh Film Festival.In a video posted on YouTube, the Moroccan actor, who seemed deeply offended, told in a very touching manner his story about being denied entry to the 13th edition of International Film Festival of Marrakesh.“I have been acting since 1974, which is approximately 40 years of acting profession, and the organizers of the festival denied me entry to the festival without any excuse” Jilali said. “I am a well known cinema figure and Moroccan actor who is loved by fans all over the kingdom from Tangier to Elguira, but now, the organizers of the festival debased me” he added.The actor finds it strange that many Moroccan actors were prevented from attending a festival held in their country.“Why did they prevent Moroccan artists and actors while the Americans were allowed in?” Jilali said.Since the mid-seventies, the name Jilali Bouskka, known as Jwilili, has been associated with theater, television and film. Jilali Bouskka has participated in dozens of national and international cinematographic works in the city of Ouarzazat and  Zagora, including the film “Gharamiyat Almoukhtar Assoldi”  (Love affairs of Moukhtar Assoldi) by Mustafa Derkaoui, and the film “Al Sarab” (mirage) by Ahmed Bouaanani. He also played with Said Ennaciri in “Alaouni” and “Rbib” (the foster).Moroccan actress and film producer Mayssae El Maghribi was prevented from finishing an interview she was giving to an Arabic TV channel, for no reason but to leave the floor for the American actress, Sharon Stone, to have enough room to give interviews to the TV channels present on the red carpet.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Saving traditional medicines from biopiracy patents the goal of UN forum

Representatives from more than 35 countries wrapped up a three-day meeting in New Delhi today that discussed emulating India’s Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), a database documenting traditional medicinal treatment, concluding that such a mechanism can fuel future innovation and benefit-sharing in their own nations by protecting traditional knowledge (TK) from misappropriation. Co-organized by the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and India’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the conference heard from countries that are rich in TK, such as Ecuador, Indonesia, Kenya, Peru, Republic of Korea and Thailand, with speakers agreeing on the need to protect traditional knowledge. TKDL, launched to “assert certain rights against bio-piracy,” provides information on Indian traditional knowledge in languages and format understandable by patent examiners at International Patent Offices (IPOs), thus acting as a bridge between traditional knowledge information existing in local languages and patent examiners at IPOs to prevent the grant of wrong patents. “TKDL gives legitimacy to the existing traditional knowledge and enables protection of such information from getting patented by the fly-by-night inventors acquiring patents on India’s traditional knowledge systems,” the library says, stressing that it will prevent misappropriation by breaking the format and language barrier, thus enabling patent examiners to carry out search and examination. In a statement to the conference WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said TKDL is an excellent example of a technical platform which can work alongside legislative frameworks. India’s TKDL could be a good model for others and WIPO is ready to facilitate international collaboration for countries which were interested in establishing their own systems, he added. Closing the conference which he called “path-breaking… extremely successful,” WIPO Executive Director Naresh Prasad said it had fulfilled its objective to disseminate information about TKDL as a model for the protection of traditional knowledge. Such knowledge is a source of innovation and could inspire life-saving medicines, he said, adding that it should also be shared and communities should participate and benefit. “It is up to Member States to tell us if and how to proceed and where to take things from here,”Mr. Prasad said, calling on them to provide feedback on whether they wish it to enter into an institutional arrangement with the CSIR to facilitate the sharing of the TKDL model. The library notes that India fought successfully for the revocation of turmeric and basmati patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and a neem tree anti-fungal patent granted by European Patent Office (EPO). These have been used in India for thousands of years. WIPO is a specialized UN agency that is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest. 24 March 2011Dozens of countries are taking part in a United Nations-sponsored effort to protect potentially life-saving centuries-old traditional medicines from bio-piracy by learning from India how to halt their misappropriation through international patents granted on non-original innovations. read more

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Closing Bell Stocks recover after two days of losses on Fed stimulus

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Friday after worries about the future of U.S. economic stimulus drove the TSX lower over the previous two sessions.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 61.65 points to 12,701.63 with all sectors positive, except for tech stocks, while the TSX Venture Exchange advanced 10.71 points to 1,144.68.The Canadian dollar was down 0.2 of a cent at 97.96 cents US. It had earlier hit an eight-month low of 97.51 cents US amid data showing lower than expected retail sales and tame inflation figures.Retail sales fell 2.1% in December, led by a decrease in vehicle sales. That was much more than the 0.3% decline that economists had expected. The drop followed five consecutive monthly gains in retail sales.Excluding sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers, retail sales decreased by 0.9%.Meanwhile, Canada’s already low inflation subsided further in January. Statistics Canada says the consumer price index rose 0.5% in January compared with a year earlier, a smaller increase than the 0.8% gain in December and the smallest increase since October 2009.A strong earnings report from tech giant Hewlett Packard helped push New York indexes well into positive territory after two days of declines, sparked by the release of minutes from the Fed’s latest policy meeting. They showed that some policy-makers were worried that the bank’s US$85 billion in monthly bond purchases could eventually unsettle financial markets or cause the central bank to take losses.The Fed’s bond purchases, commonly known as quantitative easing, are designed to boost the U.S. economy by increasing liquidity in financial markets.“It’s definitely been a positive in reflating asset prices including the stock market,” said Patrick Blais, managing director and portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“But the Fed is cognizant that it needs a sustainable economic backdrop to retrench completely so we expect that the risk (of winding up QE) has arisen but it’s not a given, it’s not confirmed and will depend on the progression of economic fundamentals.”The Dow Jones industrials gained 119.95 points to 14,000.57, the Nasdaq was ahead 30.33 points to 3,161.82 and the S&P 500 index advanced 13.18 points to 1,515.6.Personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. on Thursday reported earnings of $1.2 billion, or 63 cents per share, down 16% from a year ago. Ex-items, HP would have earned 82 cents per share, well above the average estimate of 71 cents per share among analysts surveyed by FactSet. Revenue fell six% to $28.4 billion, about $470 million above analysts’ projections.In a show of confidence, HP had provided an earnings forecast for the February-April quarter that was higher than analysts’ projections and its stock ran ahead 12.28% to US$19.20.Investor sentiment also got some lift from data showing that a key survey of German business optimism rose sharply in February. The Ifo index rose to 107.4 from 104.3 in January. It was the fourth monthly increase in a row, well above the 104.9 points expected by financial market analysts and supported the feeling that Europe’s biggest economy can avoid slipping into recession.Friday’s figure followed an in increase in the ZEW index based on surveys of investment analysts released Tuesday.Commodity prices were mixed following a string of steep losses.Commodities have been punished by a U.S. dollar which strengthened after the release of the Fed minutes on Wednesday. Also, oil prices had been undercut by data showing U.S. oil inventories rose last week by a much more than expected 4.14 million barrels.The April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ticked 29 cents higher to US$92.71 a barrel after tumbling about US$4 over the previous two sessions. The energy sector gained 1.2% and Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) improved by 41 cents to C$32.78 and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gained 38 cents to $30.37.The base metals sector was up 1.16% while March copper was down two cents at US$3.53 a pound after losing almost 10 cents over the previous two sessions. Lundin Mining (TSX:LUN) climbed 26 cents to C$4.86 while Sherritt International (TSX:S) gained 17 cents to $5.59.Lift was also provided by the financial sector, up 0.49% as traders look ahead to earnings from most of the big Canadian banks next week. Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) climbed 40 cents to $63.11 while Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) was up 42 cents to $60.34.Telecoms also advanced with Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) ahead 68 cents to $48.85.The gold sector was up about 0.2% late in the morning as the April bullion contract declined for a third day, down $5.80 to US$1,572.80 an ounce. Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG) fell 36 cents to C$7.49 while Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) rose 31 cents to C$33.22.The latest declines in bullion prices were sparked by the Fed minutes because the central bank’s quantitative easing has supported gold. That is because the bond buying program has encouraged worries about rising inflation and gold is seen as a hedge against rising prices.The information technology sector was off 0.38% with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) down 65 cents to $13.48 after the stock was downgraded Friday to a sell rating from a neutral one by MKM Partners. It cited a lower likelihood of success for the new BlackBerry 10 operating system and lowered their price target from $12 to US$10 over the next 12 months.In other corporate news, after the markets closed Thursday, fertilizer giant Agrium Inc., (TSX:AGU) reported quarterly net earnings of $354 million, or $2.34 per share, beating expectations of $2.02 a share. Sales were $3.26 billion, in line with expectations and its shares fell $5.61 or 5.16% to C$103.14. read more

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Migrant children Trump promises to keep families together

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDaca Dreamers: Trump vents anger on immigrant programmeApril 2, 2018In “World”US lawmakers, first lady call for end to migrant family separationsJune 18, 2018In “latest news”Split families in limbo amid Trump immigration chaosJune 22, 2018In “latest news” (BBC) US President Donald Trump has promised action to “keep families together” amid fury over separations of undocumented child migrants from adults.U.S. President Donald Trump“I’ll be signing something in a little while that’s going to do that,” he told reporters at the White House.The Department of Homeland Security has reportedly drafted an executive order to stop the policy, though its wording and scope is unclear.Mr Trump earlier urged lawmakers to pass a bill ending family separations.Under the legislation, the Republican president also wants to see immigration laws toughened.“We are going to keep families together,” said Mr Trump.He added: “If you’re really, really pathetically weak the country is going to be overrun with millions of people.“And if you’re strong then you don’t have any heart. It’s a tough dilemma. Perhaps I’d rather be strong.”The president also said he was postponing a bipartisan congressional picnic scheduled for Thursday “because it didn’t feel right to me”.Earlier, Republican congressional leader Paul Ryan said the House of Representatives will vote on Thursday “on legislation to keep families together”.He did not immediately provide details of the bill, but said it resolves the issue of so-called Dreamers, undocumented adult migrants who entered the US as children, “in a very elegant way”.First Lady Melania Trump has been applying pressure to her husband behind the scenes in recent days to drop the policy, White House officials have told US media.House Republicans have said the president was also urged by his daughter Ivanka to end the practice.On Wednesday, American Airlines, United Airlines and Frontier Airlines said they did not want their planes used by the US government to transport the migrant children.United chief executive Oscar Munoz said: “We want no part of it.”Trump backs downAnalysis by Anthony Zurcher, BBC News, WashingtonFor days administration officials have insisted they were simply following the law as written and their “zero tolerance” policy for illegal border crossings meant they “have to take the children away”, in the president’s words.Critics have countered that Mr Trump unilaterally created the situation that produced the heart-rending accounts of children separated from their parents, and he could unilaterally fix it.By taking executive action, the president is effectively acknowledging they were correct.Now the fight will probably move to the courts, with legal challenges to the administration’s decision to hold detained families together while their immigration status is adjudicated.That is more politically hospitable ground for Republicans, who already face challenging mid-term congressional elections.Why the uproar?In April, the US attorney general announced a “zero-tolerance” policy to criminally charge and jail undocumented border crossers.As children cannot legally be jailed with their parents, they are kept in separate facilities.US immigration officials say more than 2,300 children have been taken from some 2,200 parents since 5 May.Pictures of dozens of children sleeping in fenced enclosures and audio of them crying emerged in recent days, provoking the widespread criticism.Under previous US administrations, immigrants caught crossing the border for the first time tended to be issued with court summonses and released.Former President Barack Obama wrote in a Facebook post shortly after Mr Trump’s news conference that finding a way to welcome refugees and immigrants “is part of what makes us American”.Where are the children taken?Holding cells: They are first detained at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities, where chain-link fenced enclosures are used, though the children can only be legally held there for three days.Detention centres: They are then supposed to be moved to one of around 100 detention centres run through the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), part of the Department of Health and Human Services. US officials recently showed reporters around a converted Walmart Supercenter in Texas which was housing migrant boys aged 10-17. They apparently had access to beds, classes and games.“Tender age shelters”: AP news agency reports that babies and toddlers are being taken to three “tender age shelters” in southern Texas. A CBP official said it is up to the discretion of border agents whether to detain “tender-aged” children, who are typically less than five years old.Tent camps: US officials have set up a tent camp for migrant children in Tornillo, Texas.Family members: Under US law, the children are meant to be released to stay with relatives or foster carers “without delay”. In practice, the ORR says this process takes about two months.How are they reunited? Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has set up a hotline for parents to call after they are released from custody. However, a former ICE director has said some family separations are “permanent”.What has global reaction been?The UK and Canadian prime ministers, Theresa May and Justin Trudeau, both called it “wrong”.Pope Francis said he supported US Catholic bishops who described it as “immoral”.French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who in the past has praised Mr Trump’s policy of curbing immigration, told French TV that she disagreed with splitting children from parents. read more

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Gardaí investigating car found nearby hitandrun location

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING a car found near the location where a young boy was knocked down in a hit-and-run earlier this week.The incident had occurred on Thomas Davis Street at around 9.50pm on Wednesday. Gardaí confirmed this morning that a car was found “nearby”.Investigations are underway to see if this car is the one that was involved in the hit-and-run.The boy was seriously injured in the incident and taken by ambulance to Mercy University Hospital.The vehicle involved had failed to remain at the scene.A technical examination of the scene was carried out on Wednesday night.Anyone with information is asked to contact Mayfield Garda Station on 021 4558510 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.Read: 12-year-old boy hurt in Cork hit-and-run>last_img

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Clover Systems Sunbook display viewable in direct sunlight

first_imgFor those who are blessed with sunnier climates the prospect of taking your laptop into your garden may be a tempting offer. After all, it’s better to be stuck outside than inside during a hot day (unless you prefer your air-con environment).The problem, however, is that a lot of laptops are just not suited to the outdoors, with their screens unable to combat the glare from the sun’s raise. There are a few exceptions to this, with companies like Panasonic offering sunlight readable notebooks (i.e. Toughbook 19), but those are expensive.In steps a cheaper alternative from the relatively unknown company Clover Systems. The Sunbook retails for $795 with optional 3G or 4G wireless Internet connectivity. Its screen uses LED backlit transflective technology which allows you to view the display in almost any light condition.Granted, the rest of its spec makes the price seem expensive, with only a 10.1 inch display (1024 x 600 res), a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450 CPU, and 1 GB of DDR2 RAM. But if you are still after a Windows 7 laptop (with 8-12 hours battery), which can also be viewed in direct sunlight, then it’s at least a cheaper alternative to the more expensive Panasonic (retails for over a $1,000).Read more at GeekWithLapop, via Clover Systemslast_img read more

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