EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta is putting an expiry date on proposed legislation that would allow the province to regulate oil and gas shipments.The government has said it might use such a law against British Columbia if that province continues to block an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.Parties on both sides of the house voted on Wednesday to accept an Alberta Party amendment to put a two-year limit on the bill. It proposes that Alberta have the power to restrict and redirect flows of oil, gasoline and natural gas to maximize profits, given the bottlenecks in pipelines.The amendment gives the government the option to extend the bill after the two-year limit, but it would need to go back to the legislature for approval.Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd told the house that two years is a reasonable time and the amendment doesn’t tie the government’s hands.Premier Rachel Notley has threatened consequences to B.C. for opposing and delaying Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain project.The bill has the potential to cause gasoline and other fuel-related prices to spike in B.C.The dispute is heading for a showdown on May 31. That’s the date Kinder Morgan Canada has set for a decision on whether it might cancel the $7.4-billion project. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Surat: A court in Surat Thursday issued summons to Rahul Gandhi in response to a criminal defamation suit filed by a Gujarat MLA over the Congress president’s “how come all thieves have Modi as common surname” remark.Chief Judicial Magistrate of Surat, B H Kapadia, issued summons to Gandhi, directing him to be present before the court on June 7. The complaint against Gandhi was filed by BJP legislator Purnesh Modi, on April 16 under IPC sections 499 and 500 that deal with defamation. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghIn his complaint, the MLA from Surat-West seat claimed the Congress president was defaming the entire Modi community by saying all “Modis are thieves”. He was referring to an election rally at Kolar in Karnataka on April 13, where Gandhi asked, “Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, Narendra Modi…how come they all have Modi as common surname. How come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname?” While talking to reporters after filing his defamation suit last month, Purnesh Modi had claimed that Gandhi’s remark has defamed the entire Modi community. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”There are a large number of people with Modi surname. Does it mean all members of the Modi community are thieves? He has defamed the community and also me as I carry the surname. This is why we have moved a complaint (against Gandhi) in a Surat court under IPC sections 499 and 500,” the MLA had said. A court in Ahmedabad had Wednesday issued summons to Gandhi in response to a criminal defamation suit filed by a BJP worker for calling BJP chief Amit Shah a “murder accused”.
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned Friday that his Lebanese Shiite movement will “punish” Israel for the killing of a top leader earlier this month.“The killers will be punished sooner or later… Those who killed our brothers will not know safety anywhere in the world,” he said in a televised tribute to Hassan al-Lakiss, whose killing Hezbollah blamed on Israel despite its denials.“We and the Israelis have accounts that need settling. There are old and new debts between us,” said Nasrallah. Lakiss’s “blood has not been spilt in vain… The punishment will come whenever we decide it,” Hezbollah’s secretary general added.“The Israelis think that Hezbollah is busy (with Syria’s war) and with the situation in Lebanon… I tell them: ‘You’re making a mistake,’” he said.Nasrallah was referring to his movement’s involvement in the war in neighbouring Syria.Thousands of Hezbollah troops are fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad’s troops, in a bid to crush a massive Sunni-led insurgency.Lakiss was assassinated in the parking of his apartment building on November 4 in the southern suburbs of Beirut, a stronghold of Hezbollah.Nasrallah said the top leader was “one of the brains of Hezbollah,” though he refused to reveal his position in the party, though he did say his role was linked to his “work as a jihadist.”“He worked to develop (Hezbollah’s) capacity,” said Nasrallah, adding he was “a brother and a friend.”The last time a top Hezbollah leader was assassinated was in 2008, when Imad Mughniyeh was killed in a Damascus car bomb blast.Mughniyeh’s killing was also blamed on Israel, Hezbollah’s sworn enemy, which denied involvement.
Rabat – Prime Minister Saaddine Al Othmani headed the government council on Thursday morning to congratulate the students who successfully passed the baccalaureate examination.“We should congratulate the students who succeeded at passing the baccalaureate tests as well as the parents, teachers and administrators,” he said in a speech at the opening of the government council.Othmani also addressed the students who failed to succeed in the regular session of the baccalaureate exam, saying, that “your failure is not the end of the world, and to by God’s will you might be lucky in the second session.” The head of the government added that the failure is normal, and that most of the ministers of his government have failed at a certain point. “Perhaps not all of them failed,” he clarified,“but I certainly have.”
31 January 2008Administrative buildings, health centres, water outlets, schools and other basic social services facilities at two camps run by the United Nations refugee agency in Guinea have been handed over to the Government now that most of the residents there have returned to their home countries. Administrative buildings, health centres, water outlets, schools and other basic social services facilities at two camps run by the United Nations refugee agency in Guinea have been handed over to the Government now that most of the residents there have returned to their home countries.“The infrastructures constitute real opportunities for the population and local authorities, who will use them for the common good,” said Dillah Doumaye, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative in Guinea.The two camps in south-eastern Guinea, which hosted tens of thousands of refugees from Liberia between 1995 and 2007, were handed over to the Government as part of a continuing UNHCR programme aimed at easing the integration of refugees remaining in the country since the end of the conflict in Liberia. Some 23,000 refugees continue to live in Guinea, including 8,000 Liberians in the two camps.UNHCR said it is working to facilitate the local integration of these refugees through community-based projects.
3 February 2009The top United Nations human rights official today voiced her alarm at reports of the worsening conditions for civilians in the South Darfur town of Muhajeria, where fighting between Sudanese Government forces and rebels has led to at least 30 deaths and uprooted some 30,000 people. The top United Nations human rights official today voiced her alarm at reports of the worsening conditions for civilians in the South Darfur town of Muhajeria, where fighting between Sudanese Government forces and rebels has led to at least 30 deaths and uprooted some 30,000 people.“I’m extremely concerned at the impact the fighting is having on the already dire humanitarian situation in Muhajeria,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.The fighting which broke out on 15 January in the area between Government forces and the Sudanese Liberation Army/Mini Minawi faction (SLA/MM) against the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) has exposed tens of thousands of civilians to violence, destroyed an aid agency’s office and forced the UN to relocate its staff. Ms. Pillay called on the Government and both the armed groups involved to allow access to humanitarian relief, in order to prevent a further deterioration of the situation in Muhajeria. The violence has led to at least 30 deaths, including women and children, with dozens more wounded, according to a news release from the High Commissioner’s Office. Of the 30,000 people uprooted by the fighting, about 5,000 have sought refuge in the vicinity of an African Union-UN mission in Darfur (UNAMID) military camp in Muhajeria, while many others have fled to other destinations on the outskirts of the town.UNAMID reported that aerial bombings were conducted this morning around Muhajeria, and civilians are still gathered outside the mission’s camp seeking refuge. UNAMID officials were prevented by Sudanese national security from undertaking an assessment visit to Muhajeria, due to the current security situation in the area, the mission added.Briefing the Security Council today, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mulet stressed it is critical that the Government ensures access for UNAMID personnel.Ms. Pillay reminded all parties that international humanitarian law is binding on both State and non-State actors, including armed groups, and called on them to respect their obligations, particularly with regard to the protection of civilians.“The fighting is reported to have involved ground offensives and indiscriminate aerial bombardment by Government forces that failed to distinguish between civilian communities and military targets,” Ms. Pillay said. “JEM forces are also reported to have deliberately placed themselves in areas heavily populated by civilians, thereby jeopardizing their safety.” The High Commissioner added her voice to the call made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a statement issued on Sunday, urging all parties to the conflict to agree to an immediate cessation of hostilities. “The fighting must stop, and the warring parties need to join the peace process,” she stressed.The Joint UN-AU Special Representative for Darfur, Rodolphe Adada, is engaged in diplomatic and political consultations with the Sudanese Government and is scheduled to travel to Chad tomorrow.Meanwhile, leaders from Labado, about 60 to 80 kilometres from Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, met with UNAMID officials to discuss the prevailing security situation in the town. They indicated that people from surrounding villages have started moving towards Nyala.
The report from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) finds that 358,800 applications for asylum were lodged last year in 44 developed countries – a drop of 5 per cent on the 2009 figures and about 42 per cent below the levels of 2001, when nearly 620,000 applications were made.Unveiling the report, High Commissioner António Guterres said the global dynamics of asylum had changed in recent years.“We need to study the root causes to see if the decline is because of fewer push factors in areas of origin, or tighter migration control in countries of asylum,” Mr. Guterres said.Serbia – including Kosovo – provided the biggest number of asylum-seekers in 2010, with 28,900 claims lodged, compared to only 18,800 the previous year. UNHCR said the sharp rise was probably due to the European Union’s December 2009 decision to grant visa-free entry to holders of Serbian passports.The other leading countries of origin of asylum-seekers were, in order: Afghanistan, China, Iraq, Russia, Somalia, Iran, Pakistan, Nigeria and Sri Lanka.Mr. Guterres noted that the developing world is still “carrying the lion’s share of responsibility for hosting refugees,” with countries such as Liberia and Tunisia playing host to asylum-seekers despite their own problems and challenges.Within the developed world, the United States was the biggest recipient of asylum claims, with 55,500 lodged last year, due in part to an increase in applications from Chinese and Mexicans. France was second, with 47,800 claims, drawn largely from Serbian, Russian and Congolese asylum-seekers. Germany, Sweden and Canada rounded out the top five recipient nations.UNHCR defines an asylum-seeker as an individual who has sought international protection and whose claim for refugee status has not been determined. A person is considered a refugee if he or she fulfils criteria set out in the 1951 Refugee Convention.The 44 recipient countries used for the report were the 27 members of the European Union, as well as Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Iceland, Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Liechtenstein, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, the United States and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. 28 March 2011The number of asylum-seekers seeking to live in the industrialized world continues to fall and is now almost half the level it was a decade ago, the United Nations refugee agency reported today as it released its annual snapshot of asylum trends.
“We felt their behaviour was suspicious at the grounds and all of them were seen excessively communicating on their phones,” the Sri Lanka cricket official, who declined to be named, told AFP. “We exercised our right to remove them from the ground and the police took over the investigation.” Sri Lanka has also announced plans for tougher laws against sports corruption and a special police unit to deal with match-fixing following an Al-Jazeera documentary in May exposing corruption in global cricket in which three Sri Lankan officials were filmed agreeing to sway matches. Authorities believe that the suspects may have had links with foreign gambling operations. Betting on sports is illegal in Sri Lanka. Police said it was questioning the suspects. Sri Lanka cricket’s anti-corruption unit detained five Indian spectators on suspicion of match-fixing during Sunday’s third and final women’s ODI between the host and India, an official said, according to AFP.The five were initially asked to leave the ground at Katunayake, just north of the capital Colombo, and later detained by police for investigations, the official said. Sri Lanka won Sunday’s match by three wickets, but India won the three-match tournament 2-1.Last month, two Indians were apprehended in Sri Lanka after officials spotted them behaving suspiciously and making repeated calls on their mobile phones during a domestic T20 tournament match. Since last month Sri Lanka Cricket has deployed more anti-corruption officials at match venues.
“On this International Day against Nuclear tests, let us all take a fresh look at survivors’ stories. Listen to their words and imagine the effects of these detonations as if they were experienced by each of us,” Mr. Ban said in his message.He recalled meeting with courageous survivors of nuclear weapons and nuclear tests in Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Semipalatinsk. Their “resolve and dedication should continue to guide our work for a world without nuclear weapons,” he said. In December 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 29 August the International Day against Nuclear Tests by unanimously adopting resolution 64/35. The resolution calls for increasing awareness and education “about the effects of nuclear-weapon-test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.”The resolution was initiated by Kazakhstan, which had closed its nuclear test site near Semipalatinsk on this day – 29 August – in 2009. Moreover, on the same date in 1949, the Soviet Union conducted its first nuclear test, followed by another 455 nuclear tests over succeeding decades, with a terrible effect on the local population and environment. “These tests and the hundreds more that followed in other countries became hallmarks of a nuclear arms race, in which human survival depended on the doctrine of mutually assured destruction, known by its fitting acronym, MAD,” Mr. Ban said.The Secretary-General appealed to citizens of those States that have not yet ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), especially the eight remaining Annex 2 States whose ratification is required for the Treaty’s entry into force: China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and the United States.Since nuclear weapons testing began in the mid-twentieth century, with the first test on 16 July 1945, nearly 2,000 have taken place. The Day is meant to galvanize the UN, Member States, and non-governmental organizations to inform and advocate the necessity of banning such tests. “Together, let us demand an end to all nuclear tests, get on with the unfinished business of achieving a world free of nuclear weapons and usher in a safer and more prosperous future,” Mr. Ban said.
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Unaccompanied learner driver sentenced to nine months for hitting and killing teenager while speeding Gareth Jones hit 16-year-old Paul McCormack while driving a Toyota Avensis unaccompanied in Finglas, Dublin, in June 2015. By Nadya Labi Source: Richard WoffendenAN UNACCOMPANIED LEARNER driver who was speeding when he hit and killed a teenager has been jailed for nine months.22-year-old Gareth Jones swerved to avoid three of the boy’s friends as they crossed the road but hit Paul McCormack, 16, who had changed direction to try and get back to the path.Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard there was a fault with the ABS braking system in his Toyota Avensis but that there was no indication Jones was aware of this. The car had a valid NCT at the time.Today Michael Bowman SC, defending, told the court that the victim’s mother, Valerie Hyland had presented Jones with a letter prior to the hearing. He said the letter communicated an extraordinary degree of understanding and forgiveness.Mr Bowman said the letter displayed magnanimity and humanity in wishing Jones well with his life and that she would include Jones in her prayers.He said the moment had been considerably emotional and said there was no enmity between the families. He said the events had been a tragedy for all concerned.Jones, of Mellowes Park, Finglas, Dublin pleaded guilty to careless driving causing the death of Paul McCormack at Tolka Valley Road, Finglas on 26 June 2015. He has two minor previous convictions.CollisionThe court heard Jones told gardaí he was doing 70 to 80 km/h in the area which had a speed limit of 50 km/h. After the collision Jones remained at the scene, accepted responsibility and called an ambulance.The maximum term of imprisonment for this offence is two years.Judge Melanie Greally said she had come to a very difficult decision given Jones youth and the state of relations between him and Paul’s family. She said the court had wider considerations but noted Paul’s mother’s magnanimity and understanding.Judge Greally said Jones had been driving in excess of the speed limit and had been undeterred by speed ramps. She said he failed to moderate his speed when he became aware of the group crossing the road and only applied emergency braking at the last minute. She said he displayed a “catastrophic lack of judgement”.She said as Jones swerved to the right to avoid the group, Paul had moved into the path of the car and suffered fatal head injuries when his head hit the windscreen. She said Jones’ driving had been “careless in the extreme”.Judge Greally noted he held a learner’s licence and said the requirement to be accompanied by a fully qualified driver was there for a purpose and if he had been accompanied the outcome may have been different.She noted that Jones had remained at the scene, called an ambulance and made admissions to gardaí. She said he had shown concern for the injured party and shown remorse.Victim impactShe said the victim impact statement from the McCormack family had been deeply moving and expressed the pain of living without their son. She noted Paul’s life had been “full of fun, vitality and promise”.Paul’s mother, Valerie Hyland, had written a letter on behalf of the family in which she outlined how the collision had ripped the family apart and left their home silent and empty. She recalled the happiness Paul had given his family and said the accident had turned their life upside down.She said the pain had gotten worse as time went on and they still waited for him to come back.She described memories of her son “chilling on the sofa”, coming home from school and talking with friends and neighbours. She said his absence had left “a void that cannot be filled”.Judge Greally noted Jones came from a decent, supportive and pro-social family and that he had been deeply affected in the aftermath of the offence. A probation report put him at low risk of re-offending.She said she had to take into account the general deterrent factor of the sentence imposed and did not think a community-based sanction would have the necessary deterrent effect.She imposed a nine month sentence and disqualified Jones from driving for five years. She expressed her condolences to the McCormack family.Read: Claims of extortion bid by businessman ‘untrue and outrageous’, he saysRead: Teenager found guilty of false imprisonment of Joan Burton during water charges protest Oct 21st 2016, 3:36 PM Friday 21 Oct 2016, 3:36 PM http://jrnl.ie/3039195 Short URL Share114 Tweet Email3 52 Comments 22,467 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thirteen days ahead of local elections and 20 days ahead of European Parliament elections, coalition partners New Democracy and PASOK are seeking to galvanize their party base to secure results that will dampen leftist opposition SYRIZA’s calls for a snap national vote.The coalition is set to complete its term in June 2016, but SYRIZA has threatened to trigger an early vote by blocking the election of a new president early next year.Over the weekend, ND welcomed two new opinion polls that gave the conservatives a narrow lead over SYRIZA ahead of the Europe-wide ballot.An MRB poll for Star TV showed ND to have inched forward to 21.9 percent, pushing SYRIZA into second place at 21.3 percent. PASOK’s grouping with other center-left parties, known as Elia, or the Olive Tree, alliance, scored 5.1 percent.A Metron Analysis poll, commissioned by Ethnos on Sunday newspaper, put ND at 20.6 percent, ahead of SYRIZA’s 20 percent. The Olive Tree platform was at 4.2 percent.Both polls showed centrist newcomers To Potami in third place at around 8 percent.Conservative officials hope to further capitalize on the expected launch of talks regarding debt relief at Monday’s Eurogroup summit in Brussels as well as the beginning of the country’s tourist season, which is expected to lift the economy.Meanwhile, PASOK is struggling to stress the once-dominant party’s political relevance. In an interview Friday, socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos suggested that PASOK is key to the survival of the coalition.A poor showing for the Olive Tree, Venizelos told The Toc website, “will create problems for the stability, the orientation and the solidity of the government.”Source: Kathimerini
A polar bear mother watches carefully with her cubs along her side along the Beaufort Sea. (Photo courtesy USFWS)When the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) opens up to drilling, this largely untouched land could have new visitors as oil and gas exploration gets underway.Listen nowSo, what does that mean for the animals who already live there? A new federal report doesn’t answer that question. But it does provide some context for what to expect.When Congress passed the Republican tax overhaul bill in late December, Todd Atwood didn’t realize opening ANWR was part of the package deal. He’s a polar bear biologist with the United States Geological Survey. And while he says the speed of the decision was unexpected:“You know, from a science perspective, we’re not caught off guard by this.” Atwood said. “This is stuff we’ve been thinking about for a while.”By “stuff,” Atwood is referring to the place where humans and polar bears meet.Polar bears are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.Atwood says, historically, Beaufort Sea bears would den in the winter on ice. That was the case 15 years ago when his agency put together a report on animals living in ANWR. But an update to that report suggests that larger numbers of polar bears are denning on land.A mother polar bear and cub on the Endicott Road in Prudhoe Bay. (Photo courtesy of the United States Geological Survey)Also, the bears are coming ashore to scavenge for food, as the quality of sea ice diminishes.Atwood says it’s like two worlds more frequently coming together.“People and polar bears in the same place and then a big pile of tasty bow head whale scraps to attract the bears and keep them focused on that area,” Atwood said.Now, add to that the industrial activity one could expect in a newly opened ANWR. Roads would have to be built, and down the line, platforms for oil rigs.Atwood says there are some uncertainties.“How many people are we going to have sharing space with how many bears that doesn’t shake out in a way that bears aren’t at risk and people aren’t at risk?” Atwood said.He says the concern is that polar bears could be driven from their den earlier than normal from all the racket — especially during a build up phase.But Atwood says wildlife biologists aren’t completely in the dark with how it could play out.The far north has experienced something like this before. “The Prudhoe Bay industrial footprint,” Atwood said. “They’ve been sharing space with polar bears for decades now.”Once the infrastructure is built, Atwood says there are ways to mitigate harm. Oil companies have to comply with federal guidelines and report polar bears denning nearby. Infrared technology has been used to make that detection easier.Last year, Hilcorp shut down a road for a few weeks, as a mother bear emerged from a den with her cubs.But polar bears aren’t the only iconic animal to use the national wildlife refuge. The Porcupine caribou herd migrates through and their calves are born in the refuge in the summer months.While oil production is still a ways off, Todd Atwood says the more we can learn in the interim about the wildlife, the better.“My attitude is science can only help us in understanding what’s likely to happen,” Atwood said.Atwood says an abundance of research is how you make management interventions — if the time comes.Atwood is going into the field with his team this spring to study denning polar bears and cubs.
Chandigarh, July 20: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday accepted his Cabinet minister Navjot Sidhu’s resignation. The Chief Minister forwarded the resignation to Governor Punjab V.P. Singh Badnore for formal acceptance, an official in the Chief Minister’s Office told IANS. Sidhu, who had been at loggerheads with the Chief Minister, formally resigned on July 14 as the Minister for Power and Renewable Energy Sources, the portfolio he had not taken charge of. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Amarinder Singh has said that if Sidhu did not want to do his job, there was nothing that he could do about it. The Minister should have accepted his new portfolio, instead of shunning work in the middle of the crucial paddy season, said the Chief Minister, reiterating that Sidhu was given a job, which he should have accepted and done. On June 6, Sidhu had been divested of the charge of Local Government and Tourism and Cultural Affairs portfolios and given Power and Renewable Energy Sources in a Cabinet reshuffle, the first after the Lok Sabha election results. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us Barring four, there were changes in the portfolios of all the ministers, as a result of the reallocation, Amarinder Singh said. The Centre would help further streamline the governing system and bring more transparency and efficacy to various departments, he said. However, Sidhu, who had been at loggerheads with the Chief Minister ever since his wife Navjot Kaur was denied a ticket for the Lok Sabha polls, refused to take charge of his new portfolios. Advertise With Us On June 10, Sidhu met Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and Ahmed Patel in New Delhi and told them that his department had been singled out and publicly blamed for the party’s Lok Sabha poll defeat. Patel was entrusted with the task of resolving the rift between the Amarinder Singh and Sidhu. The Chief Minister even met Patel during his visit to Delhi last month, but his office described the meeting as merely a “courtesy call.”
Share – / 7Former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn died Thursday at the age of 95 at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.Glenn, who served four terms as a U.S. senator from Ohio, was one of NASA’s original seven Mercury astronauts. His flight on Friendship 7 on Feb. 20, 1962, showed the world that America was a serious contender in the space race with the Soviet Union, according to the Space agency. Also, his mission of almost nine days on the space shuttle orbiter Discovery, launched Oct. 29, 1998, when he was 77, made him the oldest human to venture into space. On Discovery he participated in a series of tests on the aging process. The aging population was one focus of his work as a U.S. senator.Glenn was described as “humble, funny, and generous” by Trevor Brown, dean of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State University, in a statement joined by the Glenn family. “Even after leaving public life, he loved to meet with citizens, school children in particular. He thrilled to music and had a weakness for chocolate.”Glenn will always be remembered as the first American to orbit the Earth during those tentative, challenging, daring days when humans were just beginning to venture beyond the atmosphere that had nurtured them since the species began. While Glenn’s flight on Friendship 7 was a glorious national triumph, problems arose that could have spelled disaster. The first was a failure of the automatic control system. A scheduled 30-minute test to determine whether Glenn could fly the capsule manually became a matter of life and death when the automatic system went out at the end of the first orbit. “I went to manual control and continued in that mode during the second and third orbits, and during re-entry,” Glenn recalled later. He had been confident he could do it. “The malfunction just forced me to prove very rapidly what had been planned over a longer period of time.”Another problem seemed even more serious — telemetry indicated the spacecraft’s heat shield was loose. It seemed possible that Glenn and the spacecraft would be incinerated on re-entry. Much of the world held its breath. Glenn left the retrorocket pack in place to steady the heat shield during re-entry. “It made for a very spectacular re-entry from where I was sitting,” he said. Big chunks of the burning material came flying by the window.He wasn’t sure whether the flaming debris was the rocket pack or the heat shield breaking up. “Fortunately,” he told an interviewer,” it was the rocket pack — or I wouldn’t be answering these questions.”From Ohio to OrbitJohn Herschel Glenn Jr. was born July 18, 1921, in Cambridge, Ohio. He attended primary and secondary schools in New Concord, Ohio. He received a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Muskingum College in New Concord. Muskingum College is among nine colleges or universities that subsequently awarded him honorary doctoral degrees. Glenn entered the Naval Aviation Cadet Program in March 1942. He graduated and was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1943. After advanced training, he joined Marine Fighter Squadron 155 and spent a year flying F-4U fighters in the Marshall Islands. He flew 59 combat missions during World War II.After the war, he was a member of Marine Fighter Squadron 218 on the North China patrol and served on Guam. From June 1948 to December 1950 he served as an instructor in advanced flight training at Corpus Christi, Texas. He then attended Amphibious Warfare Training at Quantico, Va. In Korea he flew 63 missions with Marine Fighter Squadron 311. As an exchange pilot with the Air Force Glenn flew 27 missions in the F-86 Sabre. In the last nine days of fighting in Korea, Glenn shot down three MiGs in combat along the Yalu River.Glenn attended Test Pilot School at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Md. After graduation, he was project officer on a number of aircraft. He was assigned to the Fighter Design Branch of the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics (now Bureau of Naval Weapons) in Washington from November 1956 to April 1959. During that time he also attended the University of Maryland. In July 1957, while he was project officer of the F-8U Crusader, he set a transcontinental speed record from Los Angeles to New York — 3 hours and 23 minutes. It was the first transcontinental flight to average supersonic speed.Glenn accumulated nearly 9,000 hours of flying time, about 3,000 of it in jets. After his selection as a Mercury astronaut, Glenn was assigned to the NASA Space Task Group at Langley, Va., in April 1959. The Space Task Group was moved to Houston and became part of the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center (now Johnson Space Center in Houston) in 1962. Before his 4-hour, 55-minute flight in the Friendship 7 capsule, Glenn had served as backup pilot for astronauts Alan Shepard, the first American in space who flew on May 5, 1961, and to Virgil “Gus” Grissom, who followed Shepard on a suborbital flight of his own. When astronauts were assigned to provide pilot input for the design and development of spacecraft, Glenn specialized in cockpit layout and control functioning, including some of the early designs for the Apollo Project.Glenn was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on six occasions, and holds the Air Medal with 18 Clusters for his service during World War II and Korea. Glenn also received the Navy Unit Commendation for service in Korea, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the China Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy’s astronaut Wings, the Marine Corps’ Astronaut Medal, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.Glenn resigned as an astronaut on Jan. 16, 1964. He was promoted to colonel in October 1964 and retired from the Marine Corps on Jan. 1, 1965. He became an executive with Royal Crown International, but took an active part in Ohio politics and environmental protection efforts. He won his Senate seat in 1974, carrying all 88 counties of Ohio. He was re-elected in 1980 with the largest margin in Ohio history. Ohio returned him to the Senate for a third term in 1986, again with a substantial majority. In 1992 he was elected again, becoming the first popularly elected senator from his state to win four consecutive terms.During his last term he was the ranking member of both the Governmental Affairs Committee and the Subcommittee on Air/Land Forces in the Senate Armed Services Committee. He also served on the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Special Committee on Aging. He was considered one of the Senate’s leading experts on technical and scientific matters, and won wide respect for his work to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction. He took pride in using his position on the Governmental Affairs Committee to root out waste in government and to clean up the nation’s nuclear materials production plants.In 1998, Glenn flew on the STS-95 Discovery shuttle flight, a 9-day mission during which the crew supported a variety of research payloads including deployment of the Spartan solar-observing spacecraft, the Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Systems Test Platform, and Glenn’s investigations on space flight and the aging process.
Lego Unveils ‘Friends’ 25th Anniversary Central Perk SetThis Tree House Is Lego’s Most Sustainable Set Ever Stay on target We’ve seen Telltale Games’ Lego series recreate many different properties into cute plastic bricks. Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Marvel, DC, Lord of the Rings — if it exists it may have a Lego game associated with it. But what would happen if the Grand Theft Auto series got a Lego makeover? One YouTuber decided to answer this question by creating a short film that combines these two otherwise incompatible worlds.YouTuber Nukazooka specializes in making short films based on popular video games, like that awesome Portal vs Half-Life video from last year. Many of his videos are a combination of live-action footage with CG, but Lego GTA is one hundred percent digital. This is an important fact to keep in mind since the footage itself could easily be mistaken for stop motion. Check it out below!I love how it perfectly combines the whimsical nature of Lego with the brutality of Grand Theft Auto. Plastic people and objects are destroyed with glee by the trailer’s sadistic protagonist. Hijacking cars, walking around town carrying an RPG, and even getting a haircut — everything GTA is in this video.The only minor complaint I have about this is the real-world setting. I’m guessing Nukazooka wanted the video to show what it would be like if actual Legos behaved like a GTA game. Whoever, I think it would have been a better idea to make a proper Lego world just like the ones found in the Telltale Games series. That way, it would truly look like a legit GTA Lego game. I’m obviously not talented enough to create anything like this, but I wanted to say that regardless.Despite that one nitpick, I did enjoy this video and I’m sure you will too. Hopefully, Telltale and Rockstar will get together and make an actual Lego Grand Theft Auto game in the future.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Citation: Muscles act as metamaterials due to collective behavior, physicists show (2013, June 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-muscles-metamaterials-due-behavior-physicists.html Upon further search for possible mechanisms of negative stiffness, scientists in a new study have found that biological muscles exhibit a mechanical response that also qualifies them as metamaterials: when a tetanized (maximally contracted) muscle is suddenly extended, it comes loose, and if it is suddenly shortened, it tightens up without using any of the metabolic fuel adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The researchers explained that this behavior is due to the folding and unfolding of proteins called myosin cross-bridges that play a crucial role in muscle contraction. Most interestingly, muscles appear to be finely tuned to perform close to a critical point, at which they can exhibit highly synchronized microscale behavior. The researchers, M. Caruel, J.-M. Allain, and L. Truskinovsky, at CNRS-UMR, Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau Cedex, France, have published their paper in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. Caruel is now at Inria in Palaiseau, France.As the authors of the new paper explain, skeletal muscles can exhibit two types of behavior: active and passive. Active behavior occurs on time scales of about 30 milliseconds (ms). At shorter time scales, about 1 ms, muscles exhibit passive behavior, including negative stiffness. As the researchers explain, elementary parts of these mechanisms that ensure efficient recovery of forces work as snap-springs, making muscles similar in a sense to shape memory alloys. A remarkable phenomenon reported by Caruel, et al., is that, in contrast to known smart materials, the micro-mechanisms inside muscles are finely tuned to work in unison, which allows them to perform a highly synchronized stroke. Behind this collective behavior is an internal architecture with domineering long-range interactions, which has been previously overlooked in muscle studies. Already in 1971, researchers A. F. Huxley and R. M. Simmons at University College London observed the unusual passive mechanical response of tetanized muscles and developed a model of muscle contraction explaining this behavior. This model has since dominated the field, and its impact was based on the impressive scientific reputation of Sir Andrew Huxley, a Nobel Prize-winning biophysicist who served for a long time as President of the Royal Society. Muscles act as metamaterials when they exhibit “negative stiffness,” meaning they loosen when extended and tighten when shortened. Although this unusual behavior was originally observed in 1971, a new study has found that the behavior can be explained by the collective behavior of muscle material, which seems to be finely tuned to operate near a critical point. Credit: Wikipedia / public domain In the paper of Caruel, et al., a seemingly innocent change of the loading conditions in the Huxley-Simmons model has led to the discovery of the collective behavior and criticality, which had been overlooked despite more than 40 years of intense scrutiny of this model in many papers and textbooks. Quite surprisingly, the cooperation at the nanoscale in muscles was found to be similar to magnetism; moreover, the critical point at which muscles seem finely tuned to perform near is, in this case, a direct analog of the ferromagnetic Curie point. Criticality and the ubiquity of power laws are issues of great significance in contemporary science, giving a framework for understanding the emergence of complexity in a variety of natural systems, from earthquakes to turbulence. Why and how muscle systems are tuned to criticality is an open problem, and the authors argue that it can be the result of either evolutionary or functional self-organization. Tuning to criticality in muscles has many intriguing parallels in other biological systems. For instance, in a 2011 paper published in Physical Review Letters, Patzelt and Pawelzik showed that when humans perform control tasks like in upright standing or while balancing a stick, their behavior also exhibits power law fluctuations, which suggests a fine-tuning of the underlying mechanical system to a critical point. Similar fluctuations have been also found in the collective behavior of humans; for example, in stock market log-return fluctuations. According to Patzelt and Pawelzik, the criticality emerges when an unstable dynamics as, for instance, in metamaterials with negative stiffness, is stabilized by an adaptive controller that has finite memory. Overall, the discovery that muscles act as metamaterials due to collective behavior suggests that determining the cause of the critical behavior of muscles may lead to a paradigm change in the biomimetic design of new materials. 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. © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. Journal information: Nature Artificial muscle computer performs as a universal Turing machine Explore further (Phys.org) —Metamaterials are defined as artificial materials that have been engineered to have unusual properties that are not found in nature. For instance, ordinary materials (say, a rubber band) that are under tension expand in the direction of that tension, while metamaterials may contract, exhibiting “negative stiffness” while still remaining stable. An idea of how this could work in principle was suggested in a 1991 Nature paper by Cohen and Horowitz, and in a 2012 Nature Materials paper by Nicolaou and Motter this idea was implemented to construct an extended material that contracts when tensioned (pulled) or expands when compressed (pushed). More information: M. Caruel, et al. “Muscle as Metamaterial Operating Near a Critical Point.” PRL 110, 248103 (2013). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.248103Z. G. Nicolaou, et al. “Mechanical metamaterials with negative compressibility transitions.” Nature Materials, 11, 608 (2012). DOI: 10.1038/nmat3331Cohen, J.E., Horowitz, P. “Paradoxical behaviour of mechanical and electrical networks.” Nature 352, 699 – 701 (1991). DOI:10.1038/352699a0Patzelt, Felix, and Klaus Pawelzik. “Criticality of adaptive control dynamics.” PRL, 107.23 (2011): 238103. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.238103Huxley, A. F., Simmons, R. M. “Proposed mechanism of force generation in striated muscle.” Nature 233, 533-538 (1971). DOI: 10.1038/233533a0 , Nature Materials , Physical Review Letters
Citation: Research trio claim landslides key to mountain longevity (2013, June 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-trio-landslides-key-mountain-longevity.html Scientists have believed for many years that “quiet” mountain ranges—those that are geologically dormant—tend to erode mostly due to rivers that flow around them or down their sides, cutting away at their bedrock. But until now, very little research has been done to find out why some mountain ranges last much longer than others.To find out, the researchers in this latest effort built computer models that simulate the impact that flowing rivers have on mountain ranges. They found that the type of sediments in the river water had a very large impact on erosion—the grittier the water, the larger the impact. That was not really new, other researchers have suspected as much. What was new was that the computer simulations showed that landslides had a far bigger impact than has been previously suspected. Interestingly, the computer models showed that they can cause mountains to erode faster than normal, or slower, depending on the type and location.Typically, landslides cause a large amount of rock and dirt to fall into a river; if that material is gritty then the landslide will likely cause the mountain to erode faster than it would have otherwise. On the other hand, if a landslide causes a backup in the river, then dirt, rocks and silt can build up in a river basin, effectively causing a slowing of river flow and thus erosion. Such slowing, the researchers found, could lead to a smoother landscape resulting in fewer landslides. This scenario would account for the vast differences found in mountain range ages. The Appalachian Mountains in the U.S., the researchers note, are several hundred million years old—older models suggest they shouldn’t have lasted longer than tens of millions of years. The type of landslides they experienced over the years, the researchers assert, helped the Appalachians hold steady. Landslides linked to plate tectonics create the steepest mountain terrain Photo of White Mountain peak taken in the Alpine Zone. Credit: Jonathan Lamb/Wikimedia Commons (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers, two from Aarhus University in Denmark and a third from the University of Melbourne in Australia, claim in a paper published in the journal Nature that mountain longevity is likely due to the type of landslides that occur at their base. They’ve created computer simulations that recreate the conditions that lead to mountain erosion and say landslide types can mean the difference between short- and long-lived mountain ranges. © 2013 Phys.org Journal information: Nature Explore further More information: Nature 498, 475–478 (27 June 2013) doi:10.1038/nature12218 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.
Family member: But you’re not taking classes or teaching. Academic: I know, but I’m still working—I’m doing my research. Family member: What are you going to do while you’re off for the summer? It’s summertime! (Well, almost.) Classes are ending, grades are being finalized, and colloquiums and other meetings are winding down. Many academics will soon open their calendars and see plenty of blank spaces over the next 3 months. On one hand, that can feel liberating: “Finally! I have time to WRITE ALL THE WORDS and do everything else I failed to complete over the past 9 months.” On the other hand, the sudden lack of structure can lead to a “summer slump”—the common experience of feeling isolated and struggling to reach our goals. Academic: I’m not off. So, how do you make the most of these next few months that you have “off”? Here are five tips to get your summer off to the right start. Read the whole story: Science
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