Linden Town Council in talks with Indian Gov’t to establish solar energy project

first_imgThe office of the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) is in discussion with First Secretary of the High Commission of India, Vijayakumar K. for installation of a solar energy project in the mining town.Mayor Waneka Arindell and First Secretary of the High Commission of India, Vijayakumar KThe First Secretary of the High Commission visited Linden Mayor Waneka Arindell at the LM&TC on Monday to have talks on the proposed initiative.Mayor Arindell has said that while it was that official’s first visit to Linden, it came on the heels of correspondence to identify possible projects which can be initiated in the community.“They would have sent us a letter to identify projects. So, we’re in the introduction stage of it…and they’re going to return once we provide some information…” the mayor noted.Additionally, at the launch of the Linden Town Week of activities back in May, Minister of State Joseph Harmon had told residents that the presence of several ‘mined-out’ areas across the Linden community makes Linden perfect to benefit from projects under the International Solar Alliance agreement (ISA). He posited that those areas allow for a greater level of access to solar power.Minister Harmon had said there was an indication that the bauxite mining community would benefit from projects under the international agreement signed by His Excellency President David Granger in India.He also noted that the solar footprints of Linden are among its greatest assets, and ought to be explored. He further related that, based on conversations taking place, he had some indication as well, that these ‘mined-out’ areas can be converted to green tourism and conservation facilities.last_img read more

Earthquake earlywarning sensors installed off coast of British Columbia

first_imgVANCOUVER – An earthquake early-warning system tested off British Columbia’s coast could give residents anywhere from 20 seconds to two minutes to prepare before a quake.The first-of-its kind warning sensors developed by Ocean Networks Canada is installed along the Cascadia subduction zone and when fully operating next March will be able to estimate location and magnitude of a megathrust earthquake.Greig Bethel of Ocean Networks Canada, an initiative of the University of Victoria, says the system is active even as more sensors are being installed in the area to increase accuracy.A simulated exercise was conducted Thursday in Vancouver on the 19-kilometre Canada Line stretch of the SkyTrain system, giving transit operators a chance to slow down trains and hold them at stations.British Columbia is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an active seismic zone where thousands of mostly small earthquakes are recorded annually by sensors in the province.Most of the quakes happen near the Cascadia subduction zone, an area where the Juan de Fuca and North American tectonic plates converge, stretching from Vancouver Island to northern California.“Ocean Networks Canada’s earthquake early-warning technology promises a new era of earthquake preparedness that will enhance the safety of both riders and workers on the Canada Line,” says Canada Line general manager Ron Powell.A news release from the network says to maximize warning time, it will focus on setting sensors as close to the Cascadia subduction zone as possible and on minimizing delays in data processing, communication, and delivery of warnings.Global Positioning System receivers will also be located with the seismic sensors to further refine the magnitude.Earthquakes release energy that travels through the Earth as seismic waves in two forms — secondary and primary waves.The primary waves travel faster but the secondary waves are the cause of severe damage and ground shaking.However, the sensors would detect primary waves to deliver alerts before the arrival of the secondary waves.“The detection of an earthquake by many sensors can provide rapid estimates of the location and magnitude of an earthquake as it occurs,” the release says. “This information can be used to determine the estimated arrival time and intensity of ground shaking at specific locations across a region, allowing protective actions to take place before the shaking hits.”The early-warning system can help reduce deaths, injuries and property losses, trigger trains to slow down, stop bridge and tunnel traffic, open bay doors at fire and ambulance halls, halt landings for incoming air traffic, and even allow surgeons to stop delicate procedures, the release says.last_img read more

Layoffs Hit Businessweekcom

first_imgBloomberg apparently is still trying to find the right groove with its staff at Bloomberg Businessweek. The company laid off an unspecified number of staffers from Businessweek.com on Tuesday.“The process of integrating the two organizations is an ongoing one,” a company spokesperson said in a statement to FOLIO:. “As such, there was a small reduction of employees on the editorial side of Businessweek.com yesterday.”According to Talking Biz News, the Businessweek.com news editor and Investing channel managing editor were among those who were let go. The report also noted that a December 1 deadline for Bloomberg to honor Businessweek’s severance agreement might have been a factor in the round of cuts.More than 100 people were let go at Businessweek earlier this year after the magazine was sold by the McGraw-Hill Companies to Bloomberg  L.P.last_img read more

NASA has a ball with Super Bowl tieins

first_img The big game is this weekend! Have you started your grocery list? Don’t worry — we’ve got your queso ingredients right here, just like astronauts might enjoy on the International @Space_Station! #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/Edoj1RjB3q— Johnson Space Center (@NASA_Johnson) January 31, 2019 Go Deep! 🏈 The @Space_Station measures 357 feet end-to-end, which is about the same size as the football field that the @Patriots & @RamsNFL are playing on today during the #Superbowl. Discover more about our orbiting laboratory: https://t.co/mj1TGNBeai #SBLIII pic.twitter.com/2IXyo664r7— NASA (@NASA) February 4, 2019 Share your voice Feb 28 • Last chance to get 3 months of Mint Mobile service for $20 Retired NASA astronaut twins Scott Kelly and Mark Kelly appeared in an Amazon Alexa Super Bowl ad. NASA jumped on the opportunity to direct interested NFL fans to more information about the ISS. Sports One of NASA’s most creative Super Bowl tie-ins happened when it posted Hubble Space Telescope images featuring the rival teams’ colors.The Patriots got a supernova, while the Rams got a nebula.  May 7 • 2020 Toyota Supra first drive review: More reset than reboot Some #NASA trivia to ponder as you watch the #Superbowl today… The James Webb Space Telescope is so big, a total of 17 of #Webb’s mirrors could fit across a football field, endzone to endzone! #SB53 #JWST pic.twitter.com/d9GOq7d0Ns— NASA Webb Telescope (@NASAWebb) February 4, 2019 • Super Bowl 2019 reading • NASA has a ball with Super Bowl tie-ins The crew living and working aboard the @Space_Station will see the day begin and end TWICE during today’s #SBLIII. Discover even more space and football facts: https://t.co/YXP3zY2bfl pic.twitter.com/sLW23I7vor— NASA (@NASA) February 3, 2019 Super Bowl 2019 Tags Post a comment 0 15 Photos NASA’s Johnson Space Center recruited astronauts Reid Wiseman and Megan McArthur to show us how to make “space queso” using cheese spread, black beans, corn and rehydrated vegetarian chili, just like the International Space Station crew would prepare it. A football floats on the International Space Station. NASA The folks at NASA enjoy football just as much as anyone. They just look at it a little differently. NASA found ways to meld sports and science for Sunday’s Super Bowl 53 game between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams.For example, NASA shared an eye-opening visualization of the immensity of the International Space Station: It’s roughly the size a football field.  Aug 14 • Raising the entry-level bar See All The answer is 4,625 footballs! Did you guess right? pic.twitter.com/zWLIlZIM22— NASA Ames (@NASAAmes) February 4, 2019 Feb 7 • Every Avengers: Endgame character flash at the start of that Super Bowl trailer We also learned you can fit 4,625 footballs into the NASA Orion crew module, the space agency’s next-gen transportation capsule for astronauts. Fury from afar: NASA sees violent volcanoes from space NASA Space It would take 17 of the under-construction James Webb Space Telescope mirrors to reach across that same field. One aspect of the game that NASA didn’t comment on was the Patriots’ victory. We’ll leave that job up to the Twitter memesters. Any @Patriots fans in the house? Show your @SuperBowl spirit and share this supernova with your teams colors, seen by @NASAHubble. #EverythingWeGot #SBLIII pic.twitter.com/2ZDO2CPpHp— NASA (@NASA) February 4, 2019 While many of us were watching only a TV screen during the game, the ISS crew also witnessed multiple sunrises and sunsets. Think the @RamsNFL will take home the title this #SBLIII?@NASAHubble found a nebula just for you 💫 Share this electrifying image of your teams colors to show some #LARams love! pic.twitter.com/2dx2NUjcTX— NASA (@NASA) February 4, 2019 Just saw the @Space_Station appear during the #SuperBowl? It orbits Earth with a crew living and conducting science in microgravity. Learn more about the @ISS_Research & more underway now: https://t.co/74cLLK9Mk0 pic.twitter.com/fYOr9YpDAP— NASA (@NASA) February 4, 2019last_img read more

Firefox Send filesharing service arrives on Android too

first_img Mobile Mobile Apps Mozilla’s Firefox Send service lets you send 1GB files without having to log in. The encrypted files expire automatically, leaving no trace once they’re gone, Mozilla says. Mozilla Owners of Android phones now also can use Firefox Send, the Mozilla service that lets you send 1GB files with a simple website address. The Android app, released Friday, works the same as the browser-based version of the service that the nonprofit organization formally launched earlier in March after months of testing. It lets you share 1GB files that are protected by encryption and that require no sign-in. Mozilla lifts the file size limit to 2.5GB if you log in with a Firefox account. Other services, like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and WeTransfer, already exist. Mozilla touts its alternative as focused on privacy since it doesn’t leave traces on the web. How about a version for iPhones and other iOS-powered devices? That’s not yet clear.”We will review usage of the Send for Android Beta and determine if there is a need for an iOS launch,” Mozilla said in a statement.With Firefox Send, you can add optional password protection, define how many times a file may be downloaded, and set an expiration date after which the file is deleted. There’s no way to keep files available indefinitely. The service is part of Mozilla’s effort to expand its reach beyond its best-known product, the Firefox web browser. Firefox has faded in popularity compared with Google’s dominant Chrome and is a rarity on Android phones and iPhones. Originally published March 22, 12:30 p.m. PT.Update, 1:58 p.m.: Adds Mozilla comment about a possible iOS version. 1 Review • Google Drive for Android gets a bit more powerful Firefox Google Microsoft Mozilla Comment Google Drive for Android Share your voice Tagslast_img read more

N Korea says missile launch a curtainraiser

first_imgNorth Korea’s intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad in Pyongyang. AFP file photoNorth Korea leader Kim Jong-Un has promised more missile flights over Japan, insisting his nuclear-armed nation’s provocative launch was a mere “curtain-raiser”, in the face of UN condemnation and US warnings of severe repercussions.The Hwasong-12 intermediate-range missile that Pyongyang unleashed on Tuesday represented a major escalation in the face of tensions over its weapons programmes.In recent weeks it has threatened to send a salvo of missiles towards the US territory of Guam, while President Donald Trump has warned of raining “fire and fury” on the North.After the latest launch Trump said that “all options” were on the table, reviving his implied threat of pre-emptive US military action just days after congratulating himself that Kim appeared to be “starting to respect us”.The UN Security Council—which has already imposed seven sets of sanctions on Pyongyang—said in a unanimous statement the North’s actions “are not just a threat to the region, but to all UN member states”.Both the North’s key ally China and Russia, which also has ties to it, backed the US-drafted declaration, but it will not immediately lead to new or tightened measures against Pyongyang.The Rodong Sinmun newspaper, the mouthpiece of the North’s ruling party, on Wednesday carried more than 20 pictures of the launch near Pyongyang, one showing Kim smiling broadly at a desk with a map of the Northwest Pacific, surrounded by aides.Another showed him gazing upwards as the missile rose into the air.South Korea’s military said Tuesday that it had travelled around 2,700 kilometres (1,700 miles) and reached a maximum altitude of 550 kilometres.The official Korean Central News Agency cited Kim as saying that “more ballistic rocket launching drills with the Pacific as a target in the future” were necessary.Tuesday’s launch was a “meaningful prelude to containing Guam, advanced base of invasion”, he said, and a “curtain-raiser” for the North’s “resolute countermeasures” against ongoing US-South Korean military exercises which the North regards as a rehearsal for invasion.Wednesday’s statement was the first time the North has acknowledged sending a missile over Japan’s main islands. Two of its rockets previously did so, in 1998 and 2009, but on both occasions it claimed they were space launch vehicles.‘Enough is enough’Tuesday’s missile overflight triggered consternation in world capitals and on the ground, with sirens blaring out and text message alerts being sent in Japan warning people to take cover.“Threatening and destabilising actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world,” Trump said in a White House statement. “All options are on the table.”At the UN Security Council emergency meeting Washington’s Ambassador Nikki Haley warned that “enough is enough” and that tough action had to be taken.“It’s unacceptable,” Haley said. “They have violated every single UN Security Council resolution that we’ve had, and so I think something serious has to happen.”The North last month carried out its first two successful tests of an intercontinental ballistic missile, apparently bringing much of the US mainland into range, but the Pentagon said Tuesday’s launch was judged not to have represented a threat.Any missile fired by the North at Guam would have to pass over Japan, and analysts told AFP that Pyongyang appeared to have chosen the trajectory as a “half-way house” option to send a message without crossing a red line.Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was nevertheless visibly unsettled, dubbing the launch an “unprecedented, serious and grave threat.”Despite Trump’s rhetoric, officials in Washington privately echo the warning by Trump’s now former chief strategist Steve Bannon that it is too late for a pre-emptive strike against the North.“There’s no military solution, forget it,” Bannon told the American Prospect in an August 16 interview, his last before losing his job.“Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me 10 million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.”last_img read more

Imran warmed up to be Pakistan PM by being cricket captain

first_imgIn this 25 March, 1992 file photo, Pakistan`s cricket captain Imran Khan, waving a Pakistan flag, is cheered by his teammates after Pakistan defeated England in the World Cup Cricket final, in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: APBy the force of his skills and personality, the charismatic Imran Khan endured in the toughest job in Pakistan for a decade.As captain of the national cricket team, his crowning glory was to drive the team to its first and only Cricket World Cup triumph in 1992.He immediately retired from Pakistan duty at age 39, opened a cancer hospital in memory of his mother two years later, and launched his political party, Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement of Justice) four years later.On Thursday, Khan’s party took a commanding lead in the Pakistan general election and he was set to become the first international cricketer in the world to be elected as a country’s prime minister, considered the second toughest job in Pakistan.”Honesty is the one word which sums up Imran Khan’s whole life,” Khan’s long-time teammate, Javed Miandad, told The Associated Press.”Imran is a sort of a man who never gives up, and only an honest man can do this. If you are dishonest you make lots of compromises in your life, and Imran hates to do this.”Miandad was Khan’s predecessor as Pakistan captain and became his vice-captain. They were in the team together for two decades, and even played for Sussex in English county cricket in the 1970s.In his time, Khan was the best allrounder in the game, the finest cricketer Pakistan has produced, and one of its greatest heart-throbs. He was as comfortable mixing with celebrities off the field as he was facing West Indies bats and bouncers on the field.Khan even got better with age, his second decade in the Pakistan team eclipsing his first. In his last 10 years, he averaged 50 with the bat and 19 as a fast bowler.The Oxford graduate played 88 tests, a record 48 as captain. Under the “Lion of Pakistan,” the team lost only eight times. They enjoyed historic series wins over England in England and India in India, and dueled with the great West Indies sides to draws.Perhaps Khan’s greatest legacy was to transform Pakistan cricket’s modern-day fortunes, turn a mediocre side into exciting champions. There was no better example than the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.Pakistan won only one of its first five matches, then won the next three to squeeze into the semifinals by a point. They came from behind to upset New Zealand in Auckland to reach their first final, where they defeated England by 22 runs in a thriller in Melbourne. Khan took the last England wicket to clinch the victory.Khan was renowned for giving raw but talented cricketers a chance. The likes of heir-apparent Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Inzamam-ul-Haq all played under Khan’s captaincy before making big names for themselves in international cricket, and even went on to lead Pakistan.”It was in your leadership skip @ImrankhanPTI that we became world champions in 1992. It is in your leadership that we can again become a great democratic country,” Akram wrote on Twitter.Recent captain Shahid Afridi tweeted: “Pakistanis have a lot of expectations from u I really hope u lead from the front!”Khan’s never-say-die approach stood him in good stead for politics.His party won just one seat until the 2013 general elections when they won 27 seats in the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament. This time, they have won at least 119.”Slow and steady wins the race,” Miandad said of Khan’s 22-year struggle in politics.”It’s not easy in Pakistan to topple the big guns of politics, it needs patience and continuous struggle.”Miandad believes Khan has the ability to clampdown on corruption, and will not compromise to make decisions on merit.”During his playing days, Imran was a man of principle,” Miandad said. “I know him very well, he will be the same in his next innings in politics.”last_img