We refuse to live in fear Colten Boushie family to keep fighting

first_imgLucy Scholey APTN NewsFamily members of Colten Boushie are ending a whirlwind Ottawa trip on Wednesday with a clear message: they will not stop fighting for changes to the criminal justice system.“We refuse to live in fear. Our children should not live in fear. Our children should be able to walk this earth in freedom and not be worried about being shot or come up missing,” said Debbie Baptiste, the mother of the 22-year-old Red Pheasant First Nation member who was shot and killed in August 2016.Gerald Stanley, the white Saskatchewan farmer who held the gun that killed Boushie, was acquitted by an all-white jury on Friday.The family then travelled from Saskatchewan to Ottawa to meet with several political leaders, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.Boushie’s relatives did not meet with Andrew Scheer. A spokesperson said the Conservative leader is attending events in Saskatchewan and British Columbia this week. However, the family has met with other Conservative MPs, including Kevin Waugh, Battlefords-Lloydminster representative Rosemarie Falk, and Indigenous affairs critic Cathy McLeod.The family’s issues with Boushie’s case start with the day he died, on Aug. 9, 2016. Relatives have launched a complaint with the independent Civilian Review and Complaints Commission, alleging that RCMP officers mishandled the investigation into Boushie’s death.Chris Murphy, a lawyer representing the Boushie family, also said part of the problem is peremptory challenges, which allow defence and Crown lawyers to strike out potential jurors from the jury pool without stating a reason. He said Stanley’s defence team rejected anyone from the jury who was Indigenous in appearance.He called the peremptory challenge process “government-sanctioned discrimination.”“There are much better ways to do that than look at a colour of a person’s skin when they get called up,” he said. “It’s a process that literally lasts three seconds – the accused look upon the juror, the juror looks upon the accused, defence challenge – that’s it.”The Boushie family said they’re hopeful real change is in the works. Trudeau is expected to make a speech about a new legal framework for Indigenous people in the House of Commons Wednesday afternoon.Jade Tootoosis, Boushie’s cousin, said she feels her family is finally being heard.“We will be back. We will be speaking out,” she said. “This does not end here. We will continue the dialogue and we will press for concrete changes within the system so that no other families, no other Indigenous lives are taken before changes are made.”lscholey@aptn.calast_img read more

Calgary2026 Yes and No sides face off in CityNews debate

first_imgWaite maintains the games are not accessible for all Calgarians and most people would be watching the games on TV anyway and not actually attending them.“My day job is running an agency that serves families with disabilities… and none of them are accessing any those venues because they can’t afford them. It is not true that those venues are accessible to everybody and I would rather choose an investment path that serves more Calgarians like our brand new wonderful library.”READ MORE: #NoCalgary2026 of the Olympic debate braves the cold to get the message outRibeiro countered any lack of accessibility is just another reason we should push forward with an Olympic bid.“Every single one of those venues is going to be made accessible with universal design principles… I think that we are renewing those venues specifically to address that need–to make sure they’re more inclusive not just for people with disabilities but for seniors who we know are experiencing social isolation, that can get them out of the house,” adding he doesn’t agree with the idea that venues and events are not just for “elites.”As for the affordability of actually attending and watching events, Ribeiro said Calgary will be setting ticket prices. “Over 70 per cent of them will be under $142, over 30 per cent of them will be under $42. That’s cheaper than the average Flames game. The fact that this is going to be an inclusive games that appeals to a broad swath of people is something that’s going to be unique to Calgary. It’s set on our terms, from our community to serve as many people as possible.”RELATED ARTICLES:Environmental concerns about Olympic bidA cost breakdown of Calgary hosting 2026 Winter Games should city bid and win‘Eddie the Eagle’ among Olympians cheering for a Calgary 2026 bid at rallyWaite shot back, saying hundreds of thousands of Calgarians will not benefit from hosting the games. “It’s just a fact,” she said. “Accessibility is not [just] a matter of physical accessibility it’s also cost. When you have even $20 entry fees or tickets, the families we support can’t afford that. You have to acknowledge that most Calgarians are not the ones that benefit, it truly is an elite event.”Ribeiro said the economic, emotional, and social benefits still stand and the games would give people who need jobs.WATCH: Calgary 2026 Debate: Economic benefits 4. Your burning question: Why are other communities (Canmore, Whistler) not paying to be included in a Calgary games?“They are doing us a favour,” said Ribeiro, adding there has been a lot of misinformation spread. “We have ski jumps that would need to be torn down completely and rebuilt because they’re not the Olympic regulation height. We don’t use the towers anymore. We don’t need two Olympic regulation ski jumps next door to each other in Western Canada.”Ski jumping and Nordic combined events would be held in Whistler should Calgary win the 2026 Olympics. All the rest, according to Ribeiro, would be held within and benefiting Calgary and the Calgary region.READ MORE: Canmore moves ahead with Olympic process, but with conditions 3. Is there an economic benefit if Calgary and Calgarians were to host the Olympics?“The hard facts say that the economic claims are overstated, that the jobs in a bid book tend to be overstated by ten times. And I get that, it’s a marketing document,” she said.“Tourism in Vancouver in 2012 was less than in 2009 so they got a bump for a very short time. The benefits are overstated.”Ribeiro said even in a modest estimate an Olympics would still be a “net positive” for the city. “I’ll remind everyone again: Chamber of Commerce of Calgary, Calgary Economic Development, Tourism Calgary, Canada West Foundation, Ernst and Young report, all came to the same conclusion… They all say it’s a net positive benefit for the economy. I think this is now the time we need to pursue that.” Jason Ribeiro and Erin Waite faced off in a Yes vs. No debate over a potential 2026 Calgary Olympics. CityNews’ Mike Yawney hosted the Wednesday morning event. (Photo: Nick Blakney, CityNews) Waite said those potential benefits are conditional.“I can look at the hard facts of recent Olympics. We do know that in things like London, of the jobs created, half went to people who are not Londoners. If we look at what Calgary needs and what’s important for Calgary, we do have to look hard at those numbers and make sure that that kind of spend really maximizes the positive impact. I worry that because of all the things that added into the Olympics because it’s the IOC event and because it’s a very large pageant event… distracts from what Calgary needs,” she said.“I think we have better ideas and better options than the Olympics. We’ve done that, we did a great job, good for us. Let’s take value in that and then let’s do what we need now as a city.”Ribeiro said it goes beyond economic benefits. The Olympics can be a way to market Calgary as an amazing city to attract talent.“We don’t need the Olympics to make us a great city–we already are! But frankly, the billion dollars of free advertising that comes with an Olympic campaign will actually give us a platform to tell that story to the world…We need the bullhorn to be able to do that…“We have to look at the credibility behind the organizations that are supporting this that actually make a number of the economic decisions in this city, and the alignment with the 10-year strategy that city council passed unanimously. I think on every metric this dovetails with our goals.”Waite said she’s not afraid of a big project and that’s not why she’s against the bid. She pointed to other cities that bailed on Olympic bids and still managed to grow and attract business without the games.“Any kind of social or economic benefits are tacked on the side that you hope to get while you’re hosting a sporting event. I think Calgary, in this stage of its economic evolution, we need to be focused on the issues, some of our problems and really shape a clear vision going forward of what’s going to continue to strengthen and build our city. I just think tacking that goal on the side of an Olympics hosting is not going to get us there.WATCH: Calgary 2026 Debate: Your Questions Waite said it’s important to note that if you’re giving up two events to a B.C. venue, that region would reap the economic benefits; Ribeiro said what Calgary would lose in money by giving to events in Whistler would be marginal.“I am very confident that these are going to be set on our terms with our facility and frankly our intellectual capital,” he said, suggesting that other cities who have dropped their bids have done so because they aren’t Calgary.“We are probably the best winter-sport city, potentially on the planet.”Waite said all of Ribeiro’s points were perfect–for an IOC pitch, not necessarily for Calgarians. “There is a different path we could be on, it’s based on where we are currently economically, what we need to do economically. There is a lot more we can invest in like the new economy kinds of companies and the IT kind of world that we need to move into and that will help work on the downtown office vacancy and none of that will happen by focusing on the Olympics.”Waite called a potential games an event, to which Ribeiro didn’t disagree, but he said it’s also an injection and a catalyst for further growth.Advance polling stations close Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Calgarians who still need to vote will cast their ballots on Nov. 13.Click here to find out where you can vote. CALGARY (CITYNEWS) – Less than a week to go until Calgarians vote in a non-binding plebiscite and some people are still unsure of which little box to check.Both sides of the debate faced off on a special CityNews Facebook Live Wednesday morning, each trying to share their message and woo voters. During the hour-long debate, #YesCalgary2026‘s Jason Ribeiro and #NoCalgaryOlympics‘ Erin Waite debated a range of topics, including questions CityNews viewers and followers put forward.Here are the main points both sides touched on:1. Should Calgary host another Winter Games?Waite told host Mike Yawney Calgarians she’s heard from are still concerned about costs and potential overruns and who would be footing the bill.“Our position is simply that this is not the right project for Calgary now–we think we can do better than working with the IOC,” she said. “We would rather see our energy and our investment and our initiative go into those other things.”She added it’s imperative to look at the costs critically to make sure it all makes sense, since money coming from the city, province, and the federal government is all tax dollars.“It really adds up to a significant burden…The cost of hosting the Olympics simply isn’t the right project now,” she said, adding she personally doesn’t see the IOC as a good partner and the games always end up being shaped for the IOC and “what they want, not what Calgary needs”.She also said there’s a very high potential for cost overruns. She suggested putting money towards things Calgarians need and continuing to build on the old legacy of the 88 Games.On the other side, Ribeiro said there are three main reasons to host a seconds games, the first being to remember Calgary is an Olympic city.“We have a chance to renew that legacy and we have a chance to add the Paralympics to that equation,” he said. “The second is this will be an economic boom to our city–don’t take my word for it, take the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Calgary, and Calgary Economic Development. And third is I think we have a chance to make this an incredibly inclusive games, one that will not just live in the downtown and the clusters but all the way to the north, south, east, and west.”He said while the ‘no’ side is continually finding problems and “poking holes in every element”, there have been no solutions brought forward.“Let’s be clear: these are dollars that would not be coming to Calgary [otherwise],” he said, adding the current Olympic bid deal struck with the city, province, and feds give Calgarians a good path forward economically and socially.WATCH: 2026 Olympic funding breakdown “These facilities that we’re reusing are incredibly important to the fabric of this city. It’s not just for elite athletes. It’s for families, for children. We have a chance to extend that legacy for 30 to 40 years and I have yet to hear [from the ‘no’ side] either on the economics or the healthy and active living and social welfare and wellbeing or sport and recreation angles a credible path to build a better city.”As far as who will be footing the bill for security goes, Ribeiro said the federal and provincial governments have agreed to cover first-response and emergency management and security costs. Waite suggests there’s still a risk for cost overruns related to security not at Olympic-specific venues.2. Can Calgary update athletic venues within the budget but still put on a world-class Olympic event?“Calgary taxpayers actually don’t pay for a number of these facilities; over 30 years 95 per cent of the costs for Olympic venues are borne by the federal government and the provincial government,” said Ribeiro. Waite circled back and said the venues included in the bid were dictated by the IOC, and are far from the new NHL arena that Calgarians want, or a new LRT line to the airport.“It’s money misspent,” she said.“[The notion that] Canada’s Olympic athletes all train here somehow because the IOC is making them do so I think is a little bit laughable,” Ribeiro said.“We are a winter-sport city and powerhouse building on that legacy of 88.”Ribeiro said since those games, Calgary has hosted over 220 world cups or championships in a variety of winter sports. “The notion that the IOC has directed that for 30 years I think is just not accurate,” he said, adding that the sports and facilities are well-used by Calgarians.“It is something that young people in all corners of the city can aspire to. There are public offerings like public skates, et cetera, subsidized programming through Winsport for 20,000 children a year, these are important. If folks want to tell you that Calgary doesn’t benefit from these and somehow someone in Europe is I think is just not factually accurate. It would cost us far more without a bid to maintain and upgrade these facilities for 30-40 years than without. I think that’s the essential point.”WATCH: Calgary 2026 Debate: Venueslast_img read more

After Wave of Protests in Tindouf Camps, Polisario Declares State of…

first_imgTaroudant- The Forum of Support for the Autonomists of Tindouf said that a wave of protests has broken out in most of the camps in Tindouf and that the Polisario has declared a state of emergency.  In a statement sent to MWN, the Forum said that on “Tindouf camps in Algerian territory are being impacted by protests and mass demonstrations led directly by the population.”Events which broke out throughout the camps of Awsard, Smara, then Boujdour were marked by a social uprising of the whole population, declaring an avowed state of rebellion until their demands are met. The protesters in the camps are holding the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees responsible for protecting the Sahrawi refugees, restoring them their full rights, which were violated by the militias and military forces of the Polisario. The same source added that the intervention of police forces of the Polisario against protesters in the camp of Smara resulted in minor injuries to people. Last December, waves and protests shook the refugee camps charging the Polisario chiefs with embezzling of fuel destined for the camps. The Polisario leaders are said to have made a fortune from the sales of these products on the Mauritanian and Malian markets while the Saharawi population in the Tindouf and other camps continue to live in poverty and deprivation.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Sweden’s jobless agency to fire a third of its staff

STOCKHOLM — Sweden’s unemployment agency is to shed a third of its staff as part of a cost-cutting measure to meet the demand of lawmakers.The Public Employment Service said around 4,500 of its 13,500 employees will be laid off to meet the requirement of parliament that it saves 800 million kronor ($88 million) this year.Mikael Sjoberg, who heads the agency that has 242 offices nationwide, said “it is a heavy decision to make,” adding that “every effort” will be made to help those being made redundant.Sjoberg also said another government-sanctioned saving of 4.5 billion kronor hit an initiative to help job seekers, but that digitalization, among other changes, “has laid a good foundation for continuing to deliver on a high level.”Sweden’s unemployment rate is 7 per cent.The Associated Press read more

President asserts will not let war hero to be accused

He added that the most powerful world leaders have assured him that they would stand by Sri Lanka’s independence and democracy as well as on issues pertaining to the members of armed forces.The President emphasize that he would always take the fullest responsibility on behalf of any problem face by the officers, staff members and war heroes who fought against the LTTE. He said that however, he was unable to protect those who are found guilty of acts that are not connected to national security and those who are guilty of killing media persons or sportsmen. (Colombo Gazette) “While there is an unprecedented goodwill for Sri Lanka among the international community today and many people question as to what benefit could be derived to the country from this, we are utilizing that goodwill and friendship for the protection of the honour and respect of our war heroes,” he said. The President, pointing out that it is the responsibility and duty of the government to protect the war heroes, assured that he would always fulfill his responsibility as the President and Defence Minister. President Maithripala Sirisena says he is not prepared to make any war hero a suspect in the allegations raised against the armed forces and the government on the human rights issue.He made this statement at the opening of a newly constructed building at the Defence Services School in Kurunegala. read more

Ford video case put over until next week

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 (Updated) A Toronto judge has postponed until next week a case that could lead to the release of a video that allegedly shows embattled mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. Mohammed Khattak, on the far right in the photo above, is one of three alleged gang members arrested in a gun and drugs investigation back in June called Project Traveller. He’s facing drug-trafficking charges. Khattak’s lawyers were in court today seeking the release of two videos seized by police. But the case has been adjourned until Tuesday, when the judge might view the video in private. The lawyers previously said the mayor was welcome to join them in their application to get access to those videos. However Ford’s lawyer is instead negotiating with police for the mayor to get a private viewing of the videos — one of which allegedly shows him smoking crack cocaine.Khattak’s lawyer Nathan Gorham: “We feel the crown was very diligent in going and looking into the video herself and advising us what she could. She said very clearly today that Muhammad Khattak is not on the video, and is not heard on the video, and that in itself is a giant relief to him because hopefully when it’s reported now there will be some distance between him and the video.” read more

UN conference adopts 10year plan to tackle natural hazards

At the final session on Saturday, 168 delegations adopted the “Hyogo Framework for Action: 2005 – 2015,” which calls for putting disaster risk at the center of national policies, strengthening the capacity of disaster-prone countries to address risk, and investing heavily in disaster preparedness.“This new plan will help reduce the gap between what we know and what we do; the critical ingredient is political commitment,” said UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland, who has been deeply involved in the tsunami relief effort.Taking place less than one month after that catastrophic event claimed more than 165,000 lives, the conference heard numerous voices from around the globe pledging to foster protection against future calamities.Speaking at the closing meeting, the President of the Conference, Yoshitaka Murata, said “these five days spent in Kobe will make a real difference in the way we look at hazards, at risks and vulnerability, and that we all truly engage on the road for a safer world.”The conference also adopted a declaration recommending that a “culture of disaster prevention and resilience” must be fostered and recognizing the relationship between disaster reduction, sustainable development and poverty reduction.While hailing the progress achieved in Kobe, Mr. Egeland cautioned that success is “contingent on partnerships on working together to meet this global challenge.”At the meeting, an International Early Warning Programme was launched to improve resilience to all types of natural hazards including droughts, wildland fires, floods, typhoons, hurricanes, landslides, volcanic eruption and tsunamis. This UN initiative will emphasize the importance of people-centered early warning systems and community education about disaster preparedness.In response to last month’s tsunami disaster, the World Conference held a special session where delegates pledged their support to create a regional tsunami early warning system in the Indian Ocean. The new warning system will draw from the experience of the Pacific Ocean tsunami early warning systems making use of the existing coordination mechanism of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).Also launched during the Conference were an international flood initiative, an alliance to support earthquake risk reduction and the earthquake megacities initiative, all geared to helping countries and communities cope with disasters.“The world may not be a safer place next week but that is when we will have to start working together to ensure that commitments made at this event become a reality,” said Mr. Egeland. read more

Sprint 4G slate coming in 2011 possibly the PlayBook

first_imgIf you’re a Sprint customer specifically for their incredible 4G WiMax flavor of mobile broadband, don’t despair: your iPad might never run on the network, but Sprint plans on bringing a 4G-capable tablet to the network in early 2011.The news comes via Paget Alves, Sprint’s President of Business Markets, who tells Forbes that a WiMax-capable Slate is expected to arrive at a subsidized price on the Sprint network sometime in 2011. Alves was coy about who would be manufacturing the tablet, or even what operating system it was likely to run. They already sell the Samsung Galaxy Tab, albeit at slower 3G speeds. Perhaps an updated Tab, or some other Android tablet, possibly running Honeycomb.Still, there’s other possibilities here. RIM‘s BlackBerry PlayBook is one possibility, but I doubt it, considering how it would need to be custom-tailored for Sprint’s particular interpretation of 4G. No matter what tablet ends up coming out, it looks like it’ll have an audience at Sprint: according to Alves, 70-80 percent of their enterprise customers are interested in deploying tablets within their organizations.Read more at Forbeslast_img read more

Protesters charged over October 28 incidents

first_imgCharges were brought against 17 people identified by police as having participated in anti-austerity protests which led to the cancellation of the annual Thessaloniki military parade marking Greece’s entry into the Second World War in 1940. The incident occurred on October 28, when two separate groups of protesters blocked the route, while a number of those present verbally attacked Greek President Karolos Papoulias. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Stamoulis 70m house revealed

first_imgProperty developer Harry Stamoulis’ palatial $70 million mansion is nearing completion. Scaffolding has been removed from the two-storey residence that boasts five bedrooms, nine bathrooms, live-in staff quarters and a ballroom. Mr Stamoulis bought the Toorak address for $24 million in 2010 and has since spent more than $50 million building and furnishing his brand new residence.The price tag could make it Australia’s most expensive residence.Mr Stamoulis has included a number of Greek motifs in the build like the meandros that snakes across the façade and a number of hand-carved sculptures. The ballroom is said to have been modelled on the Plaza Hotel, with an imposing skylight situated in an eight-metre high ceiling.BRW estimates the Stamoulis family’s wealth to be $540 million.Source: Domain Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Fernando Santos says Ronaldo cant do it alone

first_imgPortugal are preparing to face Uruguay in the World Cup last 16 on Saturday and while pressure is on Ronaldo to assist his country lift the trophy, his coach stresses the importance of other players.Portugal coach Fernando Santos has highlited the crucial roles of other 22 players in his team saying that he expected and even had a bet on the question concerning Ronaldo.The 63-year-old’s face broke into a grin when the question about Ronaldo popped up, and while reactin to the question he said:“I just got another free coffee, because I bet on this question! I get the coffee. Thank you for the question,” Santos told a news conference via ESPN.“Everybody knows that any team in the world depends on its players, and of course we have one of the best in the world, but you can ask the Uruguay coach the same question about [Luis] Suarez, [Edinson] Cavani — you have great players in every team.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“It’s the team that has to play, if Ronaldo plays alone we’re going to lose. We have to be strong as a team, just as Uruguay are strong as a team.”“The greatest virtue of the Uruguay team is that they are Uruguay. You have a coach who has been working with them for 12 years, very experienced, very high-quality,” he said, adding that they have yet to concede a goal in 2018.“I think it’s going to be a great match, two teams that are going to try and win, each using their weapons. I hope it’s going to be a great clash,” he said.“Tomorrow is very different from the group stage, where the points matter — tomorrow, either you win or lose.”last_img read more

One Giant Leap shows Apollos missions were a giant tech leap for

first_imgIn one such memo Fishman relates, Tindall lamented about a light on the lunar module’s dashboard that came on when there was 2 minutes of fuel remaining. “This signal, it turns out, is connected to the master alarm – how about that!” Tindall wrote. “In other words, just at the most critical time in the most critical operation of a perfectly nominal lunar landing mission, the master alarm with all its lights, bells and whistles will go off.”This sounds lousy to me. If this is not fixed, I predict the first words uttered by the first astronaut to land on the moon will be, ‘Gee whiz, that master alarm certainly startled me.'” Those challenges eventually led to achievements we benefit from today. NASA’s demand for integrated circuits — the first computer chips — helped create the market for chips and cut their price by 90% in five years. It also improved their manufacturing quality.Because the chips were going to the moon, MIT had to be sure they could withstand extreme conditions, so they were X-rayed, centrifuged, baked in an oven and tested for leaks. MIT’s quality standards meant that entire orders of chips were rejected, leading to a dramatic reduction in failure rates. “What NASA did for semiconductor companies was to teach them to make chips of near-perfect quality, to make them fast, in huge volumes and to make them cheaper, faster, and better with each year,” he writes. “That’s the world we’ve all been benefitting from for the 50 years since.” Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Work done for the Apollo missions helped us revolutionize global communications, weather forecasting, transportation and, yes, computers. NASA 3 Apollo 11 moon landing: Neil Armstrong’s defining moment Born out of the fear of falling behind the Russians technologically, the US space program unfolded against the backdrop of a tumultuous decade of political and cultural unrest. While NASA scientists worked to get humans to the moon, protests, riots and deadly encounters reached every corner of the nation.Things were changing fast, but perhaps most telling is that little of the technology necessary to get us to the moon existed when President John F. Kennedy vowed in 1961 to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade.How do we get to the moon?A central challenge was figuring out how exactly we were going to get to the moon. In one of the front-runner proposals, a monolithic rocketship would land on the surface of the moon, just like in children’s cartoons from the time. Another proposal called for assembling the rocket to the moon in Earth’s orbit, and likely would require some kind of space station.eagle-lm-nasaEnlarge ImageThe Eagle — the first lunar module to land on the moon — in action NASA After years of presentations falling on largely deaf ears, a fairly low-level NASA engineer penned an unorthodox and impolitic memo to NASA’s second in command. His proposal called for a main spaceship to assume a “parking orbit” around the moon and for a detachable lunar module to make the final journey to the moon’s surface. The advantage to this plan was that all the fuel and equipment necessary for the trip back to the Earth wouldn’t have to be lifted off the surface of the moon. That lunar-orbit rendezvous approach would ultimately be approved and used for each Apollo mission to the moon. By Fishman’s count, NASA built 15 Saturn V rockets, 18 command modules and 13 lunar modules. The 11 manned Apollo missions spent 2,502 hours in space — about 100 days in total — but required 2.8 billion work-hours on Earth to get them there. Essentially, every hour in space required 1 million hours of work back home. In all, it was mankind’s greatest single undertaking.”It’s possible that no other project in history has demanded the sheer density of preparation required by Apollo,” Fishman writes. ‘I’m not interested in space’But there was skepticism about the project’s value soon after Kennedy announced the effort. The New York Times noted in a January 1962 editorial that the US could build 75 to 120 universities with the money being spent on moon missions.  Indeed, Kennedy was reluctant to earmark the then-astronomical sum of $7 billion. Until the Soviets beat the US into space with the Yuri Gagarin orbit and the US’ disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion, Kennedy had little interest in space. Soon he was a vigorous proponent, trying to impress upon NASA chief Jim Webb that being first to the moon should be “the top priority program.”jfk-rice-moon-speech-apollo-nasaPresident John F. Kennedy vowed to land astronauts on the moon “in this decade” during his famous We Choose to go to the Moon speech at Rice University in 1962. NASA “Everything we do ought to be really tied into getting onto the moon ahead of the Russians,” Kennedy said, according to a once-secret recording of the meeting cited by Fishman. “Otherwise, we shouldn’t be spending this kind of money, because I’m not that interested in space.”It’s good to learn about space, Kennedy acknowledged. “We’re ready to spend reasonable amounts of money. But we’re talking about these fantastic expenditures which wreck our budget.”It didn’t help that he didn’t have the full support of the US scientific community. In testimony before the Senate, Science magazine editor Philip Abelson, a physicist and contributor to the creation of the atomic bomb, cast doubt on the value of the program.The “diversion of talent to the space program is having and will have direct and indirect damaging effects on almost every area of science, technology and medicine,” he said.Of course, Apollo did go forward, but some may still wonder what was accomplished, since we have no permanent colonies on the moon and haven’t even sent a human back in more than 45 years. To answer that question, one need only look around at the world today. Work done for the Apollo missions helped us revolutionize global communications, weather forecasting, transportation and, yes, computers. “The culture of manned space travel helped lay the groundwork for the digital age,” Fishman writes. “Space didn’t get us ready for space; it got us ready for the world that was coming on Earth.” Space gets us ready for the digital ageIn an age when technology was largely associated with the military, Apollo helped bring it to the masses, ushering in the digital revolution of the 1970s. Microchips and laptop computers would have existed without the Apollo missions, but they also would have existed without Intel, Microsoft and Apple, Fishman argues.Key to the mission was the Apollo Guidance Computer, the command module’s onboard computer, sometimes referred to as “the fourth crew member.” Designed by the MIT Instrumentation Lab, it was responsible for the guidance, navigation and control of the spacecraft. It included one of the first examples of what we now call a user interface – the DSKY, which stood for display and keyboard.dsky-agc-nasa-apolloEnlarge ImageThe Apollo Guidance Computer had an early version of what we would eventually come to call a user interface. Bruce M. Yarbro/Smithsonian Institution The keyboard was eight inches square and seven inches deep, but contained no letters, only numbers. It also had early versions of the function keys found on consumer computers decades later: ENTR, RSET and CLR, among others.  For its time, the AGC was groundbreaking, but as is often pointed out in a condescending way, was woefully underpowered compared with many devices we take largely for granted today. The AGC had only 73 kilobytes of memory, and less than 4K of that was RAM, referred to as erasable memory 50 years ago.The AGC could execute 85,000 instructions a second, an impressive feat for its time, Fishman notes. But it’s about two-millionths of 1% percent of the computing power of the iPhone X, which can handle 5 trillion instructions per second. But that’s not what you should be in awe of, he says.”Few of us would depend exclusively on our occasionally erratic iPhones to fly us to the moon, let alone depend on one of our kitchen appliances,” Fishman writes. “The miracle is just the opposite; it’s what the engineers, scientists and programmers at MIT were able to do with such austere computing resources; it’s the amount of work they were able to wring out of the AGC and the amount of reliability they were able to build into it.” In the process, he says, “the Apollo computer became an example and a foundation for the digital work and the digital world that followed.”But the emerging technology wasn’t without conflicts, especially between the computer’s hardware and software – at the time such a new phrase that some treated it as a joke. A main problem was fitting all the necessary instructions to land on the moon and get back to Earth into a bloated string of code that took up nearly 20% more memory than the computer held. Fishman includes a lot of details from the principals, offering an inside look at some of the challenges facing the program.  A largely unsung hero of the program was Bill Tindall, chief of Apollo Data Priority Coordination, who wrote memos that came to be known as Tindallgrams. The well-written dispatches were serious and sometimes humorous dissections of technical problems facing the program and quickly became required reading for those in the program. Comments “If we can get a man to the moon, why can’t we…” is a common phrase to compare a monumental achievement with a much hoped-for one that seems simple but remains out of our grasp.It’s a testament to NASA’s success with the Apollo moon landing program that it’s still the bar by which other human feats are judged. NASA had more than a quarter million Americans working on the project, developing not just spacecraft and spacesuits but also working out the math necessary to land a spacecraft 240,000 miles away on the moon and safely return it and its crew to Earth. Click here for To The Moon, a CNET multipart series examining our relationship with the moon from the first landing of Apollo 11 to future human settlement on its surface. Robert Rodriguez/CNET But as we approach the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic landing, some still wonder if it was worth the cost, whether we demonstrated anything more than hubris, writes Charles Fishman in One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission that Flew Us to the Moon. Fishman’s book, out Tuesday, isn’t as much a typical historical recounting of the program as it is an in-depth examination of key moments and people in the lead-up to Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepping onto the lunar surface in July 1969.Drawing on his decades as a space program journalist, Fishman delivers a detail-rich look at the US space race with the Soviets. (Did you know the moon has a smell?) Along with careful, easy-to-understand explanations of the technology involved, Fishman also offers perspective on where that voyage has taken us in the 50 years since the first landing.(Disclosure: Simon & Schuster, publisher of One Giant Leap, is owned by CNET parent CBS.) 35 Photos Tags This story is part of To the Moon, a series exploring humanity’s first journey to the lunar surface and our future living and working on the moon. To the Moon We landed on the moon with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine Sci-Tech Tech Industry 7:56 NASA Spacelast_img read more

Madhapur cops register case against YCP MLAs son

first_imgHyderabad: The Madhapur police has registered a case against Samineni Prasad, son of Jaggayyapet YSR Congress Party MLA Samineni Udaybhanu, on Monday night. According to police, Prasad has argued with the Traffic Inspector Rajagopal Reddy regarding traffic diversion issue and later attacked him while he was performing his duty at Hitech city road in Madhapur police station limits. Immediately they took him into their custody and by registering a case are investigating.last_img

GE Capital asks US Govt to lift too big to fail designation

first_imgLender GE Capital asked the U.S. government on Thursday to stop designating it as “too big to fail,” saying it had shrunk to the point where it would not pose a major threat to the nation’s financial stability if it experiences distress.Chief Executive Officer Keith Sherin said in a statement that the General Electric Co unit no longer met the criteria for a “systemically important financial institution,” a label that can trigger requirements for stricter oversight and more capital.The application came the day after a federal judge struck down the designation of insurer MetLife Inc, but GE Capital said the two events were unrelated. The company had said in October that it hoped to apply to the Financial Stability Oversight Council, which includes the Treasury secretary and Federal Reserve chair, for “de-designation” in the first quarter.The 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law authorised regulators to designate non-bank financial companies as systemically important, largely in response to the near-collapse of insurer American International Group Inc and the $182 billion U.S. government bailout it received during the 2008 economic meltdown.Only four non-banks have been deemed too big to fail, and the label has prompted most to consider reorganising to pre-empt any increased regulation. GE Capital is the first to apply to have the designation removed.Shares of General Electric were up 0.4 percent at $31.96 in afternoon trading. The industrial conglomerate has been working to reduce GE Capital’s size and said last April that it would focus on technology and manufacturing.GE Capital, which received the systemically important label in 2013, said it had more than halved its assets to $265 billion from $549 billion at the end of 2012.The unit said it had ended all consumer lending in the United States, reduced real estate debt by more than 75 percent, eliminated its real estate equity and cut outstanding commercial paper by almost 90 percent.”Our plan to change our business model, shrink the company and reduce our risk profile has been successful,” Sherin said.”SIGNIFICANTLY DE-RISKED”The Financial Stability Oversight Council “welcomes the opportunity to evaluate developments at any designated non-bank financial company and their potential effect on financial stability,” said Treasury spokesman Rob Friedlander. “There is a clear process for de-designation.”Each year the council reviews its previous designations and decides whether any changes at a company justify a rescission of the label, he said.”Before the financial crisis, some of the largest, riskiest non-bank financial companies were not subject to adequate oversight,” Friedlander added.S&P Global Market Intelligence analyst Jim Corridore, who follows General Electric, said in a note on Thursday that he expected GE Capital’s designation to be removed.”GE Capital’s transformation has significantly de-risked the company,” Corridore said.MetLife, the largest U.S. life insurer, sued after it was designated systemically important in 2014. Earlier this year, it said the “regulatory environment” and potentially large capital requirements were causing it to consider spinning off its retail business.Meanwhile, billionaire investor Carl Icahn has pressured AIG to split into smaller companies to shed its designation.AIG CEO Pete Hancock said on Thursday that the MetLife court decision created an opportunity for the company to seek de-designation, but it was “reserving judgement.”last_img read more

Full Show Reducing Traffic Deaths And A School Dress Code For Parents

first_img X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img 00:00 /33:03 On Friday’s Houston Matters: Texas is one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to traffic deaths. We learn why and explore efforts to change that.Also this hour: From rising rents in Houston to a school dress code for parents, we discuss The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week’s news. And we learn about Houston’s Dutch community.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

Oxford Nanopore announces groundbreaking GridION and MinION gene sequencers

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Oxford University spinoff company, Oxford Nonopore has announced at this year’s Advances in Genome Biology and Technology conference in Florida, two new machines for sequencing genes. Of particular note is the MinION, a machine small enough to fit in the hand which can be plugged into a laptop’s USB port. The other, the GridION, is a larger version that can be stacked to increase processing power. Both rely on a technology known as strand sequencing whereby a nanopore (engineered protein) is used to pull strands of DNA through a hole where a microchip measures minute changes in the electrical current in the membrane around it as individual bases, or pairs are pulled through. Because of the way it is done, much longer sections of DNA can be examined at once, doing away with the need to examine small sections independently and then knitting the results together with a computer afterwards. More information: Company’s press release Citation: Oxford Nanopore announces groundbreaking GridION and MinION gene sequencers (2012, February 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-oxford-nanopore-groundbreaking-gridion-minion.html Life Tech, Illumina unveil one-day genomes Sequencing of genes is a process where the chemical order of DNA units (T, C, G and A) are determined. Doing so helps researchers and doctors determine inherited traits in plants and animals. It is an area of science that has been in the news of late as it is a hotbed of excitement for investors. This announcement by Oxford Nonopore comes as rather a shock to the established players in the field, American companies, Illumina and Life Technologies.In addition to their small size, the new devices are able to perform sequencing faster than previous machines. Representatives of Oxford Nonopore say if 20 units (adding up to roughly $5000) are connected together the GridION can sequence an entire human genome in just fifteen minutes. In comparison, Life Technologies’ latest product, the Ion Proton Sequencer, at a price of almost $150,000, takes twenty four hours.But it’s the MinION that is causing the most excitement in the scientific community. At just $900, any researcher anywhere could take a sample, in the field even, slip it into the device, then plug it into a laptop, and almost instantly have information about small genome samples. Seed research companies could use it to analyze crops in a field, for example, to see if they have mixed without outside sources, meat inspectors could use it test for different types of microorganisms, biologists could use it to look for small changes in genes over generations. The number of applications are literally too many to envision.One dark spot in an otherwise rosy picture is the fact that the devices have a four percent error rate. Too high for many applications, though the company says it believes it can get the rate down significantly before the product is released sometime this year.center_img Explore further © 2011 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Grandparents love can make kids fat

first_imgGrandparents are often extremely fond of their grandchildren but a study says that affection from grandparents may lead to childhood obesity.Grandparents tend to indulge, overfeed and protect grandchildren in their care from physical chores, thus increasing their risk of obesity, found the study.The motive for the action of grandparents is affection and stems from their personal experiences, misunderstanding and poor recognition of the adverse health effects of childhood obesity. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Children cared for by grandparents also consume unhealthy snacks and drinks more frequently.“Our study reveals that grandparents contribute to childhood obesity through inappropriate perception, with many sharing the belief that fat children are healthy and obesity-related diseases only happen in adults,” said co-author Bai Li, research fellow at the University of Birmingham. Grandparents will often assess weight status by comparing their grandchildren with their peers, rather than seeking professional opinion. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“The inappropriate behaviour of grandparents, including overfeeding and indulging through excusing the children from household chores, is another contributing factor, and differs greatly from that of parents, carers and school teachers,” Li said in International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.“This study highlights the need to include grandparents in future interventions to promote healthy behaviours among children,” said co-author Peymane Adab, professor of public health, University of Birmingham.“It is imperative that we now work with families, stakeholders and Chinese governmental bodies to tackle this pandemic,” Adab said.last_img read more

Insomnia may make women age faster

first_imgInsomnia and menopause may make women age faster, revealed a dual study. The dual research, published in the journal ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Biological Psychiatry’, suggested that menopause and insomnia can increase risk for ageing-related diseases and earlier death in women.“In the women we studied, those reporting symptoms such as restless sleep, waking repeatedly at night, having difficulty falling asleep and waking too early in the morning tended to be older biologically than women of similar chronological age who reported no symptoms,” said a researcher. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For their research, both used a “biological clock” developed by the researcher which has become a widely used method for tracking the epigenetic shift in the genome.For the first study on menopause, the researchers tracked methylation, a chemical biomarker linked to aging, to analyse DNA samples from more than 3,100 women, including the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) a major 15-year research programme that addressed the most common causes of death, disability and poor quality of life in postmenopausal women. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThey measured the biological age of cells from blood, saliva and inside the cheek, to explore the relationship between each woman’s chronological age and her body’s biological age.The researchers discovered that menopause speeds up cellular aging by an average of six per cent. On average, the younger a woman is when she enters menopause, the faster her blood ages. This is significant because a person’s blood may mirror what is happening in other parts of the body and this could have implications for death and disease risk. In the second study on sleep, the researchers drew their data from more than 2,000 women in the WHI using the epigenetic clock and found that postmenopausal women with five insomnia symptoms were nearly two years older biologically than women the same chronological age with no insomnia symptoms.last_img read more

Jilter lover stabs housewife after she refuses to continue affair

first_imgKolkata: A housewife was stabbed by a youth after she refused to continue an illicit relationship with the accused.The incident took place in the Gopinathpur area of Raina in East Burdwan on Saturday evening.The victim has been admitted to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital with serious injuries on various parts of her body. The family members of the victim lodged a complaint with the local police station on the basis of which police have started a probe. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice said the accused, Jafar Ali is a friend of the victim’s husband. Ali has been absconding since the incident took place. According to police, the victim had developed an illicit affair with the accused a few months ago. Jafar used to visit the victim’s in-laws’ house. Around three months ago the victim’s husband came to know about the extra-marital affair between the two. Following the incident, a quarrel broke out between the couple and the victim woman returned to her parental house and stayed there for two months. However, a month ago she went back to her in-laws’ house. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to police, two weeks ago the victim told the accused that she did not want to continue the relationship. Her decision had made the accused angry and he planned to take revenge on the woman. In the course of investigation, police came to know that the accused had put pressure on her to continue the relationship. He also threatened her on a number of occasions in the past two weeks. The victim woman was returning home from a local shop on late Saturday evening when the accused attacked her with a sharp weapon. He stabbed her with the weapon and tried to slash her throat. After receiving injuries the victim cried for help. Some locals rushed to the spot and rescued the woman. The accused, however, fled the spot immediately after the incident. The victim was immediately rushed to a primary health centre at Raina. She was later shifted to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital as her condition deteriorated. According to hospital sources, the patient’s condition is stable now. Police are interrogating the victim and her family members in this regard. Raids are being conducted to nab the culprit.last_img read more

New 881 home real estate project approved for Playa del Carmen

first_imgIt is reported to be the largest environmental impact project approved by La Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (Semarnat) for Riviera Maya this year. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A new set of luxury homes has been approved by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources for northwest Playa del Carmen. During its construction, the Environmental Impact Statement says the company will hire just over 1,000 people to build the new units. The company has five years to complete the building project, which is set for construction over 11.9 hectares, 6.8 of which will be used to build the homes. center_img The approval was granted to company La Ceiba DCM SA de CV to build 881 homes for an investment of over 1.5 billion peso in the northwest part of the city. The new luxury homes will be constructed in the area of El Jesusito at the Mayakoba project. last_img read more