Cong rushes senior leader to Ktaka amid rift with JDS

first_imgNew Delhi: Amid reports of a rift between ruling coalition partners Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) in Karnataka, Congress general secretary in-charge of the state K C Venugopal is rushing to Bengaluru to sort things out.A meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in Karnataka has been convened, which will take stock of the ongoing political developments in the southern state, triggering speculation about the future of its coalition government. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCTop Karnataka Congress leaders will take stock of the situation in the state and seek to unite all partymen to ensure that there is no threat to the coalition government. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was also supposed to attend the meeting, but he cancelled his Bengaluru visit in view of the situation prevailing within the party after its president Rahul Gandhi offered to resign. Voices of dissent are gaining ground within the Congress in Karnataka as two of its MLAs met former chief minister S M Krishna at his Bengaluru residence on Sunday. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe coalition government in the southern state has been fragile since its inception with reports of its collapse surfacing every then and now. Following the drubbing of the Congress-JD(S) combine in the just-concluded Lok Sabha election, where the two parties managed to win only one seat each in Karnataka, a senior Congress leader has claimed that the state government will collapse after June 10. Of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, the BJP bagged 25 and an Independent candidate won one. Two Congress MLAs — Ramesh Jarkiholi and Sudhakar — met BJP leaders at Krishna’s residence, though they later claimed that their visit was not political. Sources said Venugopal was going to Karnataka to placate the disgruntled state leaders, amid reports that the state unit of the party has convened a meeting of the CLP on Wednesday. He is likely to hold discussions with the top leaders of the party in the state in order to sort things out. The BJP, with 105 MLAs, is the single-largest party in the 225-member Karnataka Assembly. The ruling coalition has 117 members — 79 of the Congress, 37 of the JD(S) and one of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).last_img read more

Joel Rafael And Lance Canales Pay Tribute To 28 Mexican Workers Who

first_imgOn January 28th at 10 AM songwriters Joel Rafael and Lance Canales will pay tribute to the 28 ‘Deportees’ on the 66th anniversary of their untimely death.The event will air on KFCF 88.1 Rick Flores’ Waste Land of the Free radio program.During WWII the U.S. Federal government created a program to bring Mexican workers to the U.S. while troops were fighting abroad. Once they had completed their work they were taken back to Mexico. On January 28, 1948 a group of these workers were returning to Mexico when their plane crashed in Los Gatos Canyon killing everyone on board. Rather than being given a proper memorial, the 28 victims were buried in a mass grave with a plaque labeled “Mexican Nationals.”The incident inspired Woody Guthrie’s “Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)” which both Rafael and Canales along with Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen have all recorded. After much research the victims were identified last year, and a headstone with their names was installed and dedicated on September 2, 2013 at Holy Cross Cemetery.On the anniversary of the crash, Lance Canales and Joel Rafael will appear on KFCF 88.1 Rick Flores’ Waste Land of the Free radio program, during the hour that the accident occurred, to talk about the incident and the event from 10AM- Noon. They will be joined by writer Tim Z. Hernandez and descendent of two of the victims, Jaime Ramidez.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

New Yorks 25 billion Hudson Yards development opens

New York’s $25 billion Hudson Yards development is open to the public.People lined up Friday to climb the 2,500 steps to the top of a massive sculpture named Vessel.It’s the visual centerpiece of a complex of high-rises on Manhattan’s West Side with luxury commercial and residential space, including about 100 shops and restaurants.CNN’s Anderson Cooper hosted the inaugural ceremony, which included Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer and other New York elected officials.CNN will be a tenant at Hudson Yards along with its parent company, WarnerMedia.Also at the opening was developer Stephen Ross, whose company, Related, partnered with Oxford Properties Group to build Hudson Yards.Half of the 28-acre mini-city by the Hudson River is completed. The rest will be done by 2025.The Associated Press read more

SecretaryGeneral to dispatch UN relief team to Sri Lankan combat zone

The dispatch of the team to the five square-mile pocket of land where fighting rages between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was agreed upon recently between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Mr. Ban’s envoy, Vijay Nambiar, who also serves as his Chef de Cabinet.The purpose of the team will be to assess the situation and provide assistance to civilians, the Secretary-General told reporters today in Brussels.“It is critical that this beam be allowed into the zone as soon as possible and I am asking for strong support and speedy assistance of the Sri Lankan Government,” he said, adding that, for its part, the LTTE must put down its arms and protect civilians.“So many lives have been sacrificed and there is no time to lose,” Mr. Ban stressed, calling on the parties to respect the call issued by the Security Council yesterday, in which it urged both sides to respect international humanitarian law and allow aid agencies access those affected by fighting.Yesterday’s statement, read out by Ambassador Claude Heller of Mexico, which holds the Council’s rotating monthly presidency, also strongly condemned the LTTE’s use of civilians as human shields and its actions that block people from leaving the conflict area.The 15-member body also appealed to the Tamil rebels to “renounce terrorism, allow UN-assisted evacuation of remaining civilians in the conflict area and join the political process of dialogue in order to put an end to the conflict.”Today, a senior UN relief official put the number of civilians still trapped in the conflict zone in the Vanni region at 50,000.Catherine Bragg, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said that the Government has reported that 103,000 people have left the area and are in transit to camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs)“We hope that those numbers are accurate,” but the world body cannot verify them, she said at a press briefing in New York.The most current information also points to 26,000 new arrivals at transit centres, as well as 95,000 IDPs seeking refuge in camps, up from 80,000 yesterday, Ms. Bragg said at a press briefing in New York.She also underscored the need for extra camps to accommodate the expected influx of more than 100,000 people, noting that the UN has been pressing the Sri Lankan Government for additional sites and relocation of IDPs now in camps to live with host families.“It is in the interest of the Government and the IDPs to be able to leave these camps as soon as possible,” Ms. Bragg said.She emphasized that both the Government and LTTE are violating international humanitarian law regarding the protection of civilians, with heavy weapons being used in the so-called no-fire zone and the LTTE preventing people from fleeing the “very horrendous situation” in the region.Also today, the UN issued an urgent plea for funds to meet the needs of IDPs who have fled the combat zone, with less than one-third of its $155 million appeal having been met to date.The exodus of tens of thousands of people has stretched humanitarian and Government capacities, according to a statement issued by the world body’s Humanitarian Coordinator in Sri Lanka.Many of those who escaped conflict “were forced from their homes more than a year ago, and it is something of a miracle that they have survived such a terrible ordeal,” said Neil Buhne. “We need to ensure that no more lives are lost by meeting their immediate needs, and beyond that to help them get back on their feet, so that they can eventually return to their homes.”He said he recently saw first hand how relief teams are scrambling to provide assistance to “crowds of weary and hungry people.”At camps at the town of Vavuniya which is housing most of the civilians who fled fighting, “I saw infants with dysentery, malnourished children and women, untended wounds, and people dressed in the ragged clothing they’ve been wearing for months,” Mr. Buhne said.The funds requested by the UN are intended to cover the costs of basic needs, such as food, medicine, water, sanitation, shelter and clothing, and also to help put children back into school to “give them some semblance of normality.” 23 April 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that he will immediately send a United Nations humanitarian team to the shrinking conflict zone in northern Sri Lanka, calling for the mission to be allowed into the area as soon as possible. read more

Task Force invites submissions from public in truth and justice process

Submissions can be made by individuals, groups and organizations, in Sinhala, Tamil or English. These submissions will be used in the compilation of a report, which will be submitted to the Government and made public.The deadline for submissions is 1st May 2016. Early submission, however, is encouraged. All submissions can be made via the submissions form on “” or “”, and also by registered post to “Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms, Republic building, Sir Baron Jayathilaka Mw., Colombo 01”. The submissions to the Consultation Task Force will be made public, unless some one makes a request that it should be kept confidential. (Colombo Gazette) The Task Force today invited submissions from the public on the design of structures, processes and measures to seek truth and justice, ensure accountability and offer redress. The Consultations Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms has invited submissions from the public on the design of structures, processes and measures to seek truth and justice, ensure accountability and offer redress to the victims of the war.The Government has indicated that it is considering an Office of Missing Persons, a Truth, Justice, Reconciliation and Non-Recurrence Commission, a Judicial Mechanism with a Special Counsel and an Office of Reparations in order to seek truth and justice and ensure accountability for human rights violations. The submissions can be made on one or more of the mechanisms (including but not limited to the mandate of each mechanism, composition, types of violations to be covered, tasks to be performed) and alternative structures, processes or measures to address a specific violation or multiple violations or other relevant issues (including but not limited to mandate, composition, types of violations to be covered, tasks to be performed). read more

The Conjuring tops weekend box office with 419M

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘The Conjuring’ tops weekend box office with $41.9M by The Associated Press Posted Jul 22, 2013 6:28 pm MDT “R.I.P.D.” was dead on arrival at the box office.Sony’s ghost-busting crime caper starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges opened in seventh place with $12.7 million, while the Warner Bros. haunted house thriller “The Conjuring” spooked up $41.9 million to rank first during its initial weekend in theatres.Fox’s animated snail racing adventure “Turbo,” opened with $21.3 million in third place.Summit Entertainment’s “Red 2,” which stars Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren as retired CIA operatives, debuted with $18 million in fifth place.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by, are:1. “The Conjuring,” Warner Bros., $41,855,326, 2,903 locations, $14,418 average, $41,855,326, one week.2. “Despicable Me 2,” Universal, $24,906,360, 3,820 locations, $6,520 average, $276,006,395, three weeks.3. “Turbo,” Fox, $21,312,625, 3,806 locations, $5,600 average, $31,015,384, one week.4. “Grown Ups 2,” Sony, $19,872,150, 3,491 locations, $5,692 average, $79,388,026, two weeks.5. “Red 2,” Summit, $18,048,422, 3,016 locations, $5,984 average, $18,048,422, one week.6. “Pacific Rim,” Warner Bros., $16,002,231, 3,285 locations, $4,871 average, $68,282,523, two weeks.7. “R.I.P.D.,” Universal, $12,691,415, 2,852 locations, $4,450 average, $12,691,415, one week.8. “The Heat,” Fox, $9,303,788, 2,689 locations, $3,460 average, $129,271,224, four weeks.9. “World War Z,” Paramount, $5,191,541, 2,066 locations, $2,513 average, $186,932,608, five weeks.10. “Monsters University,” Disney, $5,121,878, 2,186 locations, $2,343 average, $249,114,132, five weeks.11. “The Lone Ranger,” Disney, $4,380,047, 2,273 locations, $1,927 average, $81,291,290, three weeks.12. “White House Down,” Sony, $2,400,246, 1,454 locations, $1,651 average, $68,452,875, four weeks.13. “The Way, Way Back,” Fox Searchlight, $2,200,622, 304 locations, $7,239 average, $4,592,892, three weeks.14. “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain,” Summit, $2,034,217, 748 locations, $2,720 average, $29,947,017, three weeks.15. “Man of Steel,” Warner Bros., $1,819,387, 1,050 locations, $1,733 average, $285,000,474, six weeks.16. “This Is the End,” Sony, $1,179,821, 622 locations, $1,897 average, $94,429,913, six weeks.17. “Fruitvale Station,” Weinstein Co., $739,484, 34 locations, $21,750 average, $1,331,697, two weeks.18. “Girl Most Likely,” Roadside Attractions, $694,477, 351 locations, $1,979 average, $694,477, one week.19. “Now You See Me,” Lionsgate, $436,092, 333 locations, $1,310 average, $114,410,708, eight weeks.20. “20 Feet From Stardom,” Weinstein Co., $397,335, 135 locations, $2,943 average, $2,425,321, six weeks.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. read more

UN Mission helps rescue shipwrecked passengers in eastern DR Congo

In a press release, the UN Mission confirmed that an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) spotted the boat capsizing on Lake Kivu, and promptly thereafter MONUSCO Forces engaged their assets to save the passengers.“Following the engagement of three boats and two helicopters of MONUSCO, 14 passengers were rescued alive from the waters of the lake. One was already dead and at least 10 people are still missing,” said the press release, adding that the rescued passengers were taken to a MONUSCO medical facility.Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, deplored loss of lives in the shipwreck, saying, “my thoughts are with the families of the victims and those still missing, we all share their sorrow.”

Sony to supply 10 of the 8MP iPhone 5 camera sensors

first_imgBack in April, Sony’s CEO, Howard Stringer, let a little bit of information slip that Sony would be supplying image sensors for Apple’s iPhone 5. The news struck us as a surprise since Apple already had a relationship with OmniVision, the company that currently produces the 5-megapixel sensor for the iPhone 4. News broke today that OmniVision would indeed continue to manufacture image sensors for Apple, but that Sony would be helping, too.According to Forbes, OmniVision’s shares went up drastically this morning after DigiTimes reported that the company would supply 90 percent of the CMOS image sensors for the upcoming iPhone 5. Sony will supply the other 10%, which is still a good contracted amount to get and could grow in future if Sony proves a reliable partner.AdChoices广告As the rumors back in April stated, the phone will upgrade its camera from a 5 megapixel to an 8 megapixel solution. Apple’s iPhone camera already does a fairly good job at taking photos in low-light settings, but the 8-megapixel CMOS sensor will make photo taking an even better experience.Apple is rumored to be releasing the new iPhone in September, and with yesterday’s WWDC keynote focusing only on software, we’re definitely not going to see the iPhone 5 before the fall. It’s even in doubt we’ll see it this year what with the iPhone 4s looking likely to happen first.Additionally, DigiTimes reported that Apple is using Avago Technologies to build power amplifiers for the WCDMA version of the iPhone. Avago will be producing three out of the five power amps that Apple will use in the WCDMA version.Read more at Electronista, via DigiTimeslast_img read more

35 Incredible Images of Earths Mountains and Volcanoes From Space

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Stay on target Mountains and volcanoes are some of the most fascinating geological formations on Earth — and scientists and adventurers alike can’t get enough of them. Not a lot of us will get a first-hand look at what the planet’s tallest peaks and ranges look like from their summits, but thanks to the photos taken by NASA satellites in orbit and camera-wielding astronauts in space, they are visible as they never would be to the naked eye — hundreds of miles above the Earth.Click through the slideshow to see stunning images of the Earth’s mountains and volcanoes — from Mount Everest and the Himalayas to the volcanoes of Hawaii and the snow-covered peaks of the Rocky Mountains — captured from space.View as: One Page Slides1/351. Capulin Volcano National Monument, New MexicoPhoto Credit: NASANestled in the northeast corner of New Mexico, Capulin protrudes from the flat expanse, an anthill of giant proportions. A bowl-shaped crater tops the steep, conical hill. From its perch at the eastern edge of the Great Plains, it commands a clear view of New Mexico, Colorado, and Oklahoma. This satellite photo taken on April 4, 2016, by the Landsat 8 satellite, shows a road tracing a vortex from the volcano’s base to a parking lot at its peak.2. Brandberg Massif, NamibiaPhoto Credit: NASAOver 120 million years ago, a single mass of granite punched through the Earth’s crust and intruded into the heart of the Namib Desert in what is now northern Namibia. Today the mountain of rock called the Brandberg Massif towers over the arid desert. A ring of dark, steep-sided rocks forced upward during the mountain’s arrival encircles the granite intruder.This image was acquired by Landsat 7’s Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+) sensor.3. Mount Egmont Volcano, New ZealandPhoto Credit: NASAOne of the Expedition 41 crew members onboard the International Space Station, flying at an altitude of 226 nautical miles, exposed this image of Mount Egmont Volcano, New Zealand, on Sept. 30, 2014. Sometimes referred to as Mount Taranaki, the land feature is a young stratovolcano that began to form 70,000 years ago, according to volcanists. Located in southwest North Island, New Zealand, Mount Egmont, at 8,261 feet (2,518 meters) is the second tallest volcanic mountain in New Zealand.4. Volcanic Plateaus in ArgentinaPhoto Credit: NASAThe Patagonian Andes are a continental landmark easily visible from space. This image was acquired on August 20, 2018, with the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8. 5. Pacaya Volcano, GuatemalaPhoto Credit: NASAPacaya Volcano, about 25 kilometers (16 miles) from the center of Guatemala City, Guatemala, erupted on March 2, 2014. This natural-color satellite image was collected on the morning of the eruption by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite.6. Mount Shasta, CaliforniaPhoto Credit: NASAThe Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite captured this view of California’s Mount Shasta on November 1, 2013. 7. Mount Hood, OregonPhoto Credit: NASAMount Hood is located within the Cascade Range of the western United States, and it is the highest peak in Oregon (3,426 meters, or 11,240 feet. In this astronaut photo from August 5, 2009, bright white glaciers cap the summit, while gray volcanic deposits line the rivers that drain the mountain, and green forests cover the lower slopes.8. Nanga Parbat, PakistanPhoto Credit: NASANanga Parbat is the ninth tallest mountain in the world, but it is one of the most alluring for both mountain climbers and scientists. Located in northern Pakistan, Nanga Parbat is the westernmost of the eight-thousanders. NASA Earth Observatory image was acquired on March 3, 2013.9. Mount Jefferson, OregonPhoto Credit: NASATowering over the surrounding mountains, Oregon’s second-tallest peak poses a challenge for climbers and satellites. Mount Jefferson was one of five volcanic peaks that the Lewis and Clark expedition observed rising over the Cascade Range during their voyage down the Columbia River, and the only one they named. At 3,199 meters (10,495 feet) in elevation, Mount Jefferson ranks as the second highest peak in Oregon. This view of the volcano came from the Operational Land Imager on the Landsat 8 satellite on August 13, 2013. 10. The Alps, EuropePhoto Credit: NASAThe Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this nearly cloud-free image of the Alps on March 19, 2016. The mountain range stretches 1200 kilometers (750 miles) across eight countries, and it is the longest mountain chain situated entirely within Europe. The Alps include more than a hundred peaks higher than 4000 meters (13,000 feet).11. Navajo Mountain, UtahPhoto Credit: NASAThe Colorado Plateau of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah is made of mostly flat-lying layers of sedimentary rock that record paleoclimate extremes ranging from oceans to widespread deserts over the last 1.8 billion years. Navajo Mountain in southeastern Utah is a dome-shaped chunk of igneous rock that intruded into the sedimentary layers and lifted up the overlying layer. Navajo Mountain is one of several of these rock formations, called laccoliths by geologists, in southeastern Utah’s portion of the Plateau. This astronaut photograph was acquired October 14, 2005.12. Bolivian AndesPhoto Credit: NASAMore than 7,000 kilometers (4,400 miles) long and more than 500 kilometers (300 miles) wide in places, the Andes Mountains encompass a wide range of climates and habitats, from snow-capped mountain peaks to rainforests to high deserts. This picture, acquired by NASA’s Landsat 7 satellite, shows a dramatic change in landscape about 250 kilometers southeast of la Paz, the capital of Bolivia.13. Mount Shasta, CaliforniaPhoto Credit: NASAAstronauts aboard the International Space Station captured this images of Mount Shasta while orbiting over northern California on August 21, 2017.14. Sierra Nevada, SpainPhoto Credit: NASAThe Sierra Nevada, part of the Betic Cordillera of southern Spain, were formed during the Alpine Orogeny, a mountain-building event that also formed the European Alps to the east and the Atlas Mountains of northern Africa across the Mediterranean Sea to the south. This astronaut photograph, acquired December 11, 2005, depicts the Veleta Peak region of the range and illustrates the sharp contrast between the snow-capped mountains, adjacent dry lowlands to the west and north, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south.15. Mauna Kea, HawaiiPhoto Credit: NASAMauna Kea (“White Mountain”) is the the highest volcano on the island of Hawaii, and is an ideal location for astronomical observatories. It is the only volcano on the island of Hawaii that has evidence of glaciation. This astronaut photograph was acquired on November 1, 2015.16. Mt. Redoubt Volcano, AlaskaPhoto Credit: NASAThe glacier-covered Redoubt Volcano is one of many that line Alaska’s southern shores. Located 177 kilometers (110 miles) southwest of Anchorage, Redoubt is one of the peaks in the scenic Chigmit Mountain Range that frames the western side of Cook Inlet in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. This image was taken by the Landsat satellite on August 16, 2000.17. Mount Ararat, TurkeyPhoto Credit: NASAMount Ararat (16,940 feet, 5165 m) is the largest volcano in Turkey. Although not currently active, its most recent eruption has probably been within the last 10,000 years. This image was taken from the Space Shuttle on March 18, 2001.18. Mount Kazbek, Caucasus, RussiaPhoto Credit: NASAThis photograph of Mt. Kazbek was taken from the International Space Station on August 13, 2002. The astronauts and cosmonauts took the photograph at the request of the Russian URAGAN project, which is studying changes in the world’s glaciers in response to global climate change. 19. Mount Etna, SicilyPhoto Credit: NASAOne of the most consistently active volcanoes in the world, Sicily’s Mount Etna has a historical record of eruptions dating back to 1500 BC. This astronaut photograph was acquired August 2, 2006.20. Tien Shan Mountains, ChinaPhoto Credit: NASAThe Tien Shan mountain range is one of the largest continuous mountain ranges in the world, extending approximately 1,550 miles (2,500 kilometers) roughly east-west across Central Asia. This image taken by the Expedition 27 crew aboard the International Space Station provides a view of the central Tien Shan, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of where the borders of China, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan meet.21. Mount Olympus, GreecePhoto Credit: NASAMount Olympus is the highest peak in Greece. The 2,917-meter (9,570-foot) summit is the tallest in a mountain chain that runs north into Bulgaria and south into Turkey, via the Cyclades Islands. In this winter view, Olympus is the only peak with a dusting of snow — perhaps the reason its name in classical Greek means “the luminous one.” This astronaut photograph was acquired November 22, 2004.22. Mont Blanc, Italy and FrancePhoto Credit: NASAMont Blanc is the highest mountain in Western Europe. This image was acquired by Landsat 7’s Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+) sensor on July 30, 2001. 23. Mount Damavand, IranPhoto Credit: NASAMount Damavand is the highest peak in Iran and the highest volcano in the Middle East. The mountain and its surrounding areas are popular hiking, climbing, and skiing destinations. While no historic eruptions of the volcano are recorded, hot springs on the flanks of the volcano and fumaroles (steam vents) in the summit crater suggest that a hot or cooling magma body is still present beneath the volcano. This astronaut photograph was acquired January 15, 2005.24. Anti-Atlas Mountains, MoroccoPhoto Credit: NASAThese are the Anti-Atlas Mountains, part of the Atlas Mountain range in southern Morocco, Africa. The region contains some of the world’s largest and most diverse mineral resources, most of which are still untouched. This image was acquired by the Landsat 7 satellite on June 22, 2001. 25. Mount Everest, Nepal and ChinaPhoto Credit: NASAFourteen mountain peaks on Earth stand taller than 8,000 meters (26,247 feet). The tallest of these “eight-thousanders” is Mount Everest, the standard to which all other mountains are compared. The Nepalese name for the mountain is Sagarmatha: “mother of the universe.” This images was acquired on October 25, 2011.26. Mount Fuji, JapanPhoto Credit: NASAMount Fuji is one of Japan’s most striking symbols, and tourism in the area is highly developed. As the highest peak in Japan (3776 meters or 12,389 feet), it is visible from great distances with a brilliant snow cap for many months of the year. This image was acquired on February 8, 2015.27. Barberton Mountains, South AfricaPhoto Credit: NASAThe mountains around the town of Barberton, South Africa, are rich in both history and prehistory. Referred to as the Barberton Greenstone, these mountains derive their name from their greenish hue, and they comprise what may be the world’s best-known greenstone belt. The Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus sensor on NASA’s Landsat 7 satellite acquired this natural-color image of the Barberton Mountains on May 30, 2001.28. Luquillo Mountains, Puerto RicoPhoto Credit: NASAThe Luquillo Mountains are located in the northeastern portion of Puerto Rico, and they rise to elevations of 1,075 meters (about 3,527 feet). Higher elevations receive more rainfall than lower elevations, leading to subtropical forest types in the lowlands and high-mountain forest types near the summits. This astronaut photograph, acquired on December 23, 2007, was taken during the rainy season and illustrates the rich vegetation on the mountains.29. Semien Mountains, EthiopiaPhoto Credit: NASAThe Semien Mountains are the highest parts of the Ethiopian Plateau (more than 2,000 meters; or 6,560 feet). They are surrounded by a steep, ragged escarpment (step), with dramatic vertical cliffs, pinnacles, and rock spires. This astronaut photograph was acquired on November 16, 2007, taken by the Expedition 16 crew.30. Heart Mountain, WyomingPhoto Credit: NASAHeart Mountain is a dramatic, 8,123-foot (2,476-meter) peak just north of Cody, Wyoming, on the floor of the Bighorn Basin. This true-color image of Heart Mountain and the surrounding area was acquired on July 24, 2000, by the Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus aboard NASA’s Landsat Satellite.31. Ulinta Mountains, UtahPhoto Credit: NASAThis image of the Uinta Mountains in northeast Utah, taken by the Landsat 5 satellite on July 15, 2011, shows snowpack on the range well into summer.32. Appalachian Mountains, North AmericaPhoto Credit: NASAThis regional view shows the striking visual effect of the valley-and-ridge topography of the Appalachian Mountains as viewed from the International Space Station on November 17, 2012. The Appalachian Mountains appear striped because the ridges are forested, providing a dense and dark canopy cover, while the valleys are farmed with crops that generally appear as lighter-toned areas. 33. Mount Shasta, CaliforniaPhoto Credit: NASASummit of Mt. Shasta is show in a photo taken in April 1, 2018 by astronauts of the International Space Station.34. Carpathian Mountains, RomaniaPhoto Credit: NASAThe Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite observed fall color along the Carpathian Mountains on October 5, 2018. It is the second largest mountain range in Europe, spanning five countries; more than half of the range is located in Romania. 35. Augustine Volcano, AlaskaPhoto Credit: NASAOn December 12, 2005, a plume of volcanic gas and steam billowed from Augustine Volcano in the Gulf of Alaska and spread approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles) toward the southeast. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying onboard the Aqua satellite captured this image the same day. In this image, the volcanic plume streams from the tiny, snow-capped volcanic island and dissipates over the ocean.More on Images of the Surface of Mars42 Stunning Images of Snow and Ice from SpaceNASA Chooses Landing Site for Mars Rover 2020 Missionlast_img read more

How Magazines Covered the Inauguration

first_imgPresident Barack Obama is due to be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States today, and for newsweeklies, the event, like the election, has largely been treated with the reverence of a Super Bowl, Rolling Stones concert or papal visit—in some cases, all three.Here’s a quick look at how the major newsweeklies (and some monthly magazines and assorted news outlets) are covering the inauguration online: COVERAGE OVERVIEW: This week the Atlantic is devoting its entire homepage to coverage of the inauguration. In addition to the blog posts, the site also features The Atlantic’s archival coverage of new presidencies as far back as Abraham Lincoln.LIVEBLOGGING: YesLIVE VIDEO: NoThe EconomistCOVERAGE OVERVIEW: The Economist is running a few features on the inauguration on its homepage, including a correspondent’s diary, archival material and a (disappointingly) static “hope and change index.”LIVEBLOGGING: YesLIVE VIDEO: No The Atlantic NewsweekCOVERAGE OVERVIEW: Newsweek is devoting less homepage real estate to the inauguration as some of its online competitors, but does turn the top quarter of its homepage to coverage, including a link to a live Webcast produced in partnership with its parent, the Washington Post.LIVEBLOGGING: YesLIVE VIDEO:  Yescenter_img TimeCOVERAGE OVERVIEW: Time is devoting nearly its entire homepage (above-the-fold anyway) to the inauguration, with editorial coverage of everything from security to a Q&A with “inauguration poet” Elizabeth Alexander, and a link to live video of the event through a partnership with LIVEBLOGGING: YesLIVE VIDEO: Yes (via The New York TimesCOVERAGE OVERVIEW: The centerpiece of the Times’ homepage is a slideshow entitled “the Nation awaits its 44th President”; along with its usual expanded editorial coverage, the site includes an interactive travel guide for the 2 million people expected to attend the inauguration, and live video of the ceremony beginning at 11:30 a.m. EST.LIVEBLOGGING: YesLIVE VIDEO: YesThe WeekCOVERAGE OVERVIEW: Perhaps refreshingly, The Week is not doing much differently for the inauguration, with a top headline linking to op-eds on Obama’s inaugural speech, nothing more. “We’re pretty templated,” said general manager Steven Kotok.LIVEBLOGGING: NoLIVE VIDEO: Nolast_img read more

Paywalls Versus Advertising Why Not Both

first_imgPaying for Content or for Access on a Select Device? The panelists cited News Corp.’s The Daily and The New York Times as two publishers taking different approaches to paid content-with The Daily only available on select devices, while The New York Times is charging for content across a variety of platforms. “Is the value simply that you can access it on the iPad?” said Hecht. “Or is there some functionality that makes it different? How do you keep The Daily from being just a novelty item?” (The Daily may have other issues as well. In a March earnings call, News Corp. said the app was still a “work in progress” and generated a $10 million loss in the last quarter. When the DIGIDAY panel polled the audience on how many attendees downloaded The Daily the first week it came out, maybe 20 out of at least 100 raised their hands. When asked how many read it this week, just one raised a hand, at least that I saw.)As of April, The New York Times said it had 100,000 subscribers with its new plan (which is roughly equal in revenue as this point to what The New York Times generated from its previous paywall attempt, Time Select, which generated 227,000 subscribers and about $10 million per year). Creating content that others are willing to pay for also requires significant investment, something that can be at least partially addressed by sticking to an advertising model. Content aggregation and licensing deals are part of any smart content strategy but they are also a symptom of the fact that most publishers (particularly those serving the mass market) just don’t make enough money online to cover the costs of creating digital content.Specialized information providers (particularly those in the financial services space) invest in unique content and have an audience willing to pay for it (The Daily invests heavily in content but again, is it the right model and the right content?). Paywalls are the new hope for some smaller b-to-b publishers seeking an answer to eroding ad dollars, but many of those same publishers still look at content creation as simply a cost center.Is The Billing Process An Even Bigger Factor? Beyond content quality itself, publishers have to consider how they draw readers in and perhaps even more importantly, how readers actually pay for that content. (Look at reviews of publisher apps in iTunes–even the ones doing well with app functionality got knocked for the billing process, at least in the pre-Apple subscription days). The Financial Times has experimented with online content going back 15 years–its current iteration follows a metered model of offering a select number of stories before requiring payment. In 2010, FT saw paid circulation growth of 50 percent. “Publishers have to think long and hard about what they are,” said Hecht. “iTunes used to offer 30-second samples of songs, now they offer 90 second samples. Does that make you more or less likely to buy today? The lesson there is, don’t do market research in your head.” Some publishers charge different fees for access on different digital devices. “The biggest factor for the paywall is the back-end,” said Rutledge. “If you have to go to different publications or different devices and key in your information each time, the fall-off is huge. Part of the reason iTunes is so successful is that’s a turnkey process but publishers don’t want to slice and dice revenue with Apple.”However, if it builds TheStreet’s paid audience, Hecht would gladly team with Apple. “I’m happy to give Apple 30 percent and I’ll take it from there and figure out how to make up that money on my own,” he said. Advertising and paywalls are typically viewed as a mutually exclusive proposition but they can successfully co-exist, according to participants at a roundtable at DPAC (Digital Publishing and Advertising Conference) this week. “Why not dual models?” said Andrew Rutledge, vice president and general manager of publisher development at PubMatic. “Who’s paying for digital content from more than two providers? The market can only support two or three players with a paywall. I don’t think the paywall is THE solution, it’s one of many.”However, Brian Hecht, senior vice president of publisher premium services at, which offers 10 premium content products ranging from $200 to $5,000 per year, thinks the market opportunity is larger. “I don’t agree that only two to three publishers can succeed with a paywall but I do agree that it’s difficult to sell subscriptions. It’s a complex process, we have a significant marketing department, we have people with PhDs running this, but the company would not be where it is without the stable advertising side.” Brian White, vice president of publisher solutions at Vibrant Media, a company that specializes in contextual advertising, agreed that subscriptions and advertising can co-exist online, but only with certain types of advertising [naturally]. “Behavioral and contextual advertising are becoming more valuable,” he said. “Display advertising can now target by characteristics but I’m not sure if higher CPMs can mitigate the loss of pageviews.”last_img read more

The Lady Senator

first_imgThe Verda Freeman Welcome bridge was recently re-dedicated at Morgan State Univeristy. Welcome, the first Black woman to serve in Maryland’s House of Delegate and State Senate, was profiled by the AFRO in 1967. That story is below:April 1, 1967Mrs. Verda Freeman Welcome, school teacher-turned-politician, speaks for 68,693 persons in the Legislature.As state senator from Baltimore’s Fourth Legislative District, she controls a large number of state patronage jobs and appointments that are passed out through senators of the various districts.Located in the heart of Northwest Baltimore, her Fourth District is made up of 91 percents of six wards.*   *   *Of the 68,693 registered voters there, 53,681 are Democrats, like Sen. Welcome.Republicans number 13,180, while another 945 are registered as Independents or “others.”Of the total 74.4 percent or 51,121 are colored as of Sept. 1, 1966.There are 38,940 colored Democrats and 11,545 colored Republicans.Ex-TeacherMrs. Welcome’s political career followed years of civic work including participation in voter registration.Having abandoned her 11-year teaching career in Baltimore’s public school system she won a seat in the House of Delegates of 1958, her maiden effort to win election to public office.During her first year in the Legislature, Sen. Welcome led the fight for passage of the Public Accommodations law.She co-sponsored a bill which netted a $4,800,000 state and city grant for the new Provident Hospital.On the basis of her successful record in the House, plus a strenuous campaign in 1962, she won a seat in the Senate.One of FourThis is her second four year term in the senate. The lady senator is one of four women among a total of 43 state senators.Others are Mrs. Mary Nock, Miss Louise Gore and Mrs. Mary Schweinhaut, all from Maryland counties.Under provisions of a reapportioned General Assembly the Fourth District was allotted Senators.A strong supporter of apportionment, Mrs. Welcome has been joined by Sen. Clarence M. Mitchell 3rd.Other legislative successes credited to Sen. Welcome include:Obtaining funds for improvements at Morgan State College;A Law requiring the state to pay $10 for each day a person is wrongfully imprisoned;An investigation into high finance changes on motor vehicle insurance; andAbolition of a 300-year-old state law barring marriages between whites and non-whites.Civil RightsThe Lady Senator is now hoping for another major success – passage of a strong open housing law.Once a farm-girl, Sen. Welcome’s early education was in the public schools of her native North Carolina.Coming to Baltimore in 1929, she later earned a diploma from Coppin State College and a B.S. degree from Morgan.The impeccably-clad senator earned a Master of Arts degree from New York University.Another dimension of the energetic office holder is that of housewife.ProminentShe is married to a prominent physician, Dr. Henry C. Welcome.Their daughter, Mary Sue, 23, is a freshman law school student at Howard University.Senator Welcome has been called “Mrs. Civil Rights” by New York’s Adam Clayton Powell.Honors and citations she has received would fill a volume.The list of organizations in which she holds memberships would fill another.UntiringA few include President Johnson’s Citizens’ Committee for Community Relations, Board of Governors, Fourth District Democratic Organization; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and life member of the NAACP.Mrs. Welcome founded the Fourth District Organization and the Valiant Women’s Democratic Club.AssassinMuch of her support has come from women voters. Two years ago she was the target of a would-be assassin’s bullets.Despite superficial wounds, the senator continued her normal activities under constant police guard.A rigid schedule allows little time for other, unrelated activities.On OccasionOn rare periods of relaxation the legislator indulges in sociable card games, reading or the arts.For her legislative appearances Mrs. Welcome dresses immaculately, but without flair.She drives the 60 miles a day to and from Annapolis, seat of the Legislature.This year sessions were extended to 70 days, often running from morning until night.Despite the great physical demands, the senator derives much satisfaction from her work.“The greatest,” she said, “comes from my being given the opportunity to serve my people.”TenaciousA veteran legislator, who has often witnessed and sometimes opposed the Welcome view, described the senator this way.“When she has a bill to put across, she can talk you to death. She pleads, shouts, and even threatens to oppose your bills. When all else fails, she bursts out in tears. Just what in H— is a man supposed to do?”last_img read more

Take a bow Tiesto

first_imgThe last leg of Sunburn Arena came to a close in the city with DJ Tiesto playing for a packed ‘field’. And what a performance it was! And though we must mention that the horrors of terrible parking and long lines can be forgotten for the two hours of absolute crazy EDM and the sky touching energy levels at the concert – we do wish we had a little more of the man!The 3-city tour covering Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi was only the music icon’s second trip to the country in almost a decade. The World No. 2 did not disappoint, pulling off an adrenaline pumping set that brought down the house bringing an electrifying end to the season-ending. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Shailendra Singh, the man behind Sunburn spoke about the growing popularity of EDM in India and called it the moot reason for a concert like this to function so well.DJ Tiesto spoke to Millennium Post about what he does best – drive the crowds wild. ‘India is great! Each country is unique but India has great fans with tons of energy. This is my second time in India. I came here back in 2008. I really like India, it has a very distinctive culture,’ says the DJ. So where did the music mania come from? ‘I grew up in Breda. We’re all influenced by our surroundings and Holland had a big influence on me. There are so many great producers and DJs from Holland, so kids look up to them. As a teen I used to listen to a lot of rock music. Def Leppard, Van Halen, Iron Maiden to name a few. Later started DJing for local house parties in my teens,’ he explains. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnd the biggest moment for Tiesto? ‘Performing at Olympics  is one of the memorable experience along with a lot of other amazing performances. I played on the beach in Rio De Janeiro for over 250,000 people which is another gig I can’t forget!’ comes the pat reply! For our ears only, how is Tiesto off the console? ‘I don’t really concern myself so much with titles. I focus on making music, my shows and the fans. I love sports so that’s always a great way for me to unwind,’ says the man and we are all smiles!last_img read more

Major kidney racket busted 9 arrested

first_imgKolkata: Police have arrested nine persons from North 24-Parganas’ Naihati for their alleged involvement in an interstate kidney smuggling racket.Acting on a tip off, a team of investigators raided a rented house in Mitra Para area of Naihati where the accused had taken shelter for quite sometime. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the accused had been operating the racket from the house. They also suspect that the accused might be a part of an interstate smuggling racket. It was learnt that an employee of the Naihati Municipality had helped the accused to rent the house, which belongs to one Biswajit. The owner of the house has also been arrested by the police along with Sarfaraz Ahmed, Md Iqbal and Bharati Chetri and others. According to the police, Bharati is from Assam. After interrogating the accused, police came to know the name of Md Akhtar who is believed to be the kingpin. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsCops are conducting raids to nab the kingpin. They are trying to know the modus operandi of the racket as to how the accused had collected the kidneys and where they used to the sell them. Preliminary investigation suggests that many of the accused, arrested in the incident might have been working as agents whose job was to find customers.It can be said that city police also arrested a youth for his alleged involvement in a kidney racket. The incident took place on 11 April when the accused Suman Sinha, alias Samir, was aimlessly loitering around at a private hospital in Mukundapur area. He was held by the police from Purba Jadavpur police station.last_img read more

Stained glass with Mayan tones

first_imgA finished piece, influenced by Mayan huipiles. The owner said it is too perfect to be hidden behind curtains. GUATEMALA CITY – When most people think of stained glass, they think of churches – old, stone buildings filled with narrow windows depicting religious scenes. But not Lyn Hovey. The U.S. craftsman’s fusion of ancient techniques and modern designs has been providing schools, offices and homes around the world with one-off stained glass creations for more than 50 years.In 1972, Hovey opened up his first studio in Boston, Massachusetts, using 13th and 14th century painting techniques to design windows, Tiffany-inspired bent glass lampshades, awnings and illuminated mirrors. More than 30 years later, after falling in love with Guatemala’s culture and people, he founded another studio in the colonial city of Antigua, 30 kilometers southwest of Guatemala City. “I absolutely love Guatemala and believe it to be a place of profound spirituality,” Hovey says. “I hope I have been giving back by choosing Guatemala as the location of my satellite studio and training Guatemalans in this ancient art form, which is extremely rare to find in Central America.”Two years ago, Hovey was presented with a sketch of a Guatemalan huipil – a traditional woven blouse worn by indigenous Guatemalan women – and challenged to execute it into a stained glass window for a house on the outskirts of Antigua.“We wanted a stained glass window with a typical Guatemalan design on it, and there’s nothing more Guatemalan than textiles,” says homeowner Jan Theberge.Alongside his team of local experts, Hovey spent two months working on the intricate design, using gold to bring out the pinks and purples before firing the piece in the company’s kiln.“The first day the window was put in I just sat in the rocking chair enjoying it. It’s beyond all expectations,” Theberge says. “It’s so perfect that we don’t want to curtain it; we’re just going to leave it as it is. … When the sun comes through it sparkles.”   The family is so fond of the window that they have since asked Lyn to make another huipil-inspired stained glass window using a slightly different color palette.“The huipil project as well as some other projects of mine dealing specifically with the Maya cosmology are very meaningful to me, as I have the greatest respect and affection for the Maya culture, its spirituality and its traditions,” Hovey says.For more information on Lyn Hovey’s designs, visit Facebook Comments Anna-Claire Bevan No related posts.last_img read more

The whos who of the travel industry gathered at V

first_imgThe who’s who of the travel industry gathered at Vive Cooking School in Sydney and the Prahan Hotel in Melbourne last week for two exclusive South American cooking classes hosted by LATAM Airlines Group.At the Sydney event, guests swapped their travel hats for chef hats and joined Brazilian chef Julian Vasseur and guest chef Bruno Da Motta on a culinary journey to Latin America, while those in Melbourne whipped up gastronomic delights under the instructions of chef Danny Parreno. Guests learnt how to cook a variety of traditional dishes including empanadas and ceviche. The classes ended on a sweet note with fresh picarones (a Peruvian dessert, similar to doughnuts).               The events were hosted by Patricio Aylwin, LATAM’s MD, Asia Pacific, to celebrate all things Latin American, as well as LATAM’s new non-stop service between Melbourne and Santiago, Chile. Commencing 5 October 2017, the Melbourne-Santiago service will be the first ever non-stop service between the two cities. The westbound Santiago-Melbourne leg – measuring more than 11,000 km in distance with a flight time of approximately 15 hours – will become the longest non-stop flight in LATAM’s history.LATAM will operate three non-stop flights per week between Santiago and Melbourne, becoming the first airline group to offer a direct service between the two cities, as well as the only carrier to fly non-stop between Melbourne and Latin America. After Sydney, Melbourne will be the second city in Australia served by the airline group.Santiago is one of LATAM’s principal hubs and offers onward connections to an unrivalled 124 destinations throughout Chile and Latin America, including direct services to major cities such as São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Lima, Bogota and Quito. LATAM also serves the region’s principal tourist destinations including Machu Picchu in Peru (via Cuzco), Torres del Paine National Park (via Puerto Natales/Punta Arenas, Chile), the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador, Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, Iguazú Falls (via Puerto Iguazú, Argentina) and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.LATAM is Latin America’s leading airline group with one of the largest route networks in the world, offering air services to around 140 destinations in 25 countries, operating more than 1400 flights per day and transporting 67 million passengers per year. Employing over 46,000 people worldwide, the company is present in six domestic markets in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, in addition to its international operations in Latin America, Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Oceania and Africa. LATAM Airlines Group has one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the world.last_img read more

Nandana a private resort on the west end of Grand

first_imgNandana, a private resort on the west end of Grand Bahama, is challenging the traditional notion of an exclusive island retreat. Designed in the style of a Thai beach mansion, Nandana (paradise in Sanskrit) comprises more than 18,000 square feet of living space and offers guests the luxe trappings of a five-star hotel with the discerning service and intimate environs of an opulent private home.At the center of Nandana is the Great Hall—a soaring main house with living and dining areas and a 40-foot-high ceiling. A wall of sliding-glass doors opens to an expansive veranda that leads to a glimmering 120-foot-long infinity pool overlooking the sea. Surrounding the main house are five one-bedroom suites, including two 1,000-square-foot beach front pavilions, two garden bangalas (bungalows), and a 2,000-square-foot luxury “safari-style” canopy suite.Design details include Burmese teak wood floors, and walls of Balinese limestone and Italian marble fittings. More than 300 palm trees and tropical plants surround the property, which is set directly on the Atlantic Ocean with spectacular 180-degree views.A private gated estate, with 24-hour security and comprehensive surveillance systems, Nandana is the ultimate hideaway for today’s global jet set. There is a 5,100-foot landing strip allowing guests to arrive by private jet (only one hour from Miami) and a deep-water canal leading to two sheltered on-site docks able to harbor a pair of 100-foot yachts.Balancing the discreet nature of the property is the world-class guest service. On-property staff provide the services of an estate manager, concierge, chef, masseuse, personal housekeeper, butler, chauffeur and boat captain. Every detail, from pillow-top beds enshrouded in fine Italian linens to gourmet menus tailor-made to guest preferences, has been designed for a totally relaxing and completely private vacation.For more information visit, read more

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 10 2019 1

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 10, 2019 1:55 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MLK daughter: Firing not best for weatherman who used slurcenter_img ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. says an upstate New York TV meteorologist who uttered a racial slur while saying her father’s name shouldn’t have been fired.Bernice King says on TMZ Thursday there should be repercussions for WHEC’s Jeremy Kappell for apparently referring to a park in his weather report as “Martin Luther Coon King Jr. Park.” But she says bias training or demotion might be better in this case.Kappell has apologized for what he called a mispronunciation.The firing has sparked a passionate debate in Rochester and beyond. NBC weatherman and personality Al Roker tweeted in defence of Kappell on Wednesday.The station says Kappell’s utterance was inexcusable.Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren had called for his ouster. She reiterated her position in a video posted Thursday discussing MLK’s legacy.The Associated Presslast_img read more