FEMA approves assistance in 68 Missouri counties

first_img(Missourinet) The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved Missouri’s request for federal assistance to local governments and nonprofits in 68 counties to help recover from severe flooding and storms this year. The approval of Missouri’s July 16 request means the federal agency will assist with the cost of repairs to damaged roads, bridges and other public infrastructure, along with emergency response costs tied to the storms and flooding.Brunswick flooding (Photos by Spc. Christopher Saunders and Capt. Phil Fountain)The counties approved for public assistance by FEMA are the following: Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Barry, Barton, Bates, Bollinger, Buchanan, Caldwell, Camden, Cape Girardeau, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Clark, Cole, Dade, Dallas, Daviess, Douglas, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Henry, Hickory, Holt, Howell, Jackson, Jasper, Knox, Laclede, Lewis, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Maries, Marion, McDonald, Mercer, Miller, Mississippi, Monroe, Montgomery, New Madrid, Newton, Nodaway, Ozark, Pemiscot, Perry, Pike, Putnam, Ralls, Randolph, Ray, Ste. Genevieve, Saline, Schuyler, Scotland, Shannon, Shelby, Stoddard, Sullivan, Taney, Texas, Vernon, Wayne, Webster, and Wright.FEMA’s decision also makes available assistance through its Hazard Mitigation Program to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property due to natural hazards.Through Monday, FEMA has approved more than 910 households for individual assistance grants and provided more than $4.2 million directly to Missouri flooding and storm survivors to assist with their recovery. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $1.7 million in low-interest loans for Missourians.FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program has paid more than $22 million to Missouri policyholders for flood claims filed since March. More than 1,524 claims have been filed.In a press release, Gov. Mike Parson says the state expects to request the public assistance disaster declaration to be expanded to include additional counties as joint teams can fully assess damage in other counties. He’s meeting Tuesday with western Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat, to talk about flooding and levees.FEMA continues to review the state’s July 16 request to expand assistance to individual residents in the 25 counties of Adair, Barton, Callaway, Cape Girardeau, Christian, Clark, Cooper, Dallas, Douglas, Gasconade, Grundy, Harrison, Hickory, Howard, Jefferson, Laclede, Lewis, Macon, Marion, McDonald, Newton, Polk, Saline, St. Louis, and Ste. Genevieve.To register for FEMA assistance, go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or register by phone by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362). Telephone registration is available 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily.last_img read more

More images of Moto G 2015 leaked

first_imgIf there was an award for the most leaked device of the yearit would definitely go to the third generation Moto G. We have beenconsistently reporting about the device since the past few days and with eachpassing day we are getting a clearer image of what to expect out of the devicethat is scheduled to launch on July 28.Yesterday we reported that an online Swiss retailer hadreleased the press renders of the device. Today, another report from DroidLife has leaked live images of the device. The images are clear and fall inline with the past leaks. We reported that, in the press renders the device’sbezels were unusually big but the live images show otherwise. The speaker grills on the device are shinier than what wesaw in the press render yesterday. The back of the device is where the maindesign changes are visible. The device will feature a textured back whichresembles the texture found on denims. The device will also feature an all newcamera setup where a metal band stretches from the camera module to the iconicMotorola dimple.The device is scheduled to launch by the end of this monthand so far the rumoured specifications are suggest that the device will bepowered by a Snapdragon 615 chipset clocked at 1.7GHz and sport a 5 inchdisplay with a 1280×720 resolution. The processor might be assisted by 2GB RAM.Also read: MotoG (2015) press renders leaked by Swiss retaileradvertisementAlso read: MotorolaMoto G (Gen 3) maybe IPX7 certified for water-resistancelast_img read more

Ranji Trophy kicks off: 8 things you must know about India’s top first-class cricket tournament

first_imgA new Ranji Trophy season has begun. The Indian domestic first-class cricket tournament is one of the oldest and longest domestic sporting events in the world. The competition was named after Ranjitsinhji, also known as Ranji, who was first Indian cricketer to have played for England and Sussex.The Ranji Trophy is played among the teams representing all the regional cricket associations of India. At present, Karnataka holds the championship title. The tournament works as a platform for national team selectors to assess players and build the next Team India. Here are 8 things about Ranji Trophy you must know:1. Ranji Trophy was previously named The Cricket Championship of India. It  started in 19342.  The first-ever Ranji match was played between the then Madras and Mysore at Chepauk on November 43. Mumbai has won the Ranji Trophy for the highest number of times – 42. The closest second is Karnataka with eight titles4. Bengal has been the runner-up for the most number of times – 11, followed by Tamil Nadu (10)Image source: Cricket country 5. Mumbai has set another record of the longest streak of winning the title. The 42-times winners had bagged the Ranji Trophy for 15 consecutive years from 1958-59 to 1972-736. Apart from regional cricket associations, services such as Railways and Army also have their Ranji teams. Railways have won it twice7. The first ball of Ranji Trophy was bowled by M. J. Gopalan of Madras to N. Curtis of Mysore8. The tournament is played in a round-robin format. There are three groups divided in two tiers. One tier has Group A and Group B, the other has only one group – Group C. Each group has nine teams who play against each other in a league format. Top three teams of Group A and B and top two teams from Group C compete in knockouts. After the tournament, the lowest placed teams in Group A and B are relegated to Group C and the top two Group C teams are promoted to the higher tier.advertisementImage source: Kollywoodstarnewslast_img read more

Time for Leicester to forget about title miracle: Jamie Vardy

first_imgLeicester City need to wipe last year’s incredible title win from their memories and focus on turning their poor season around, starting with their Champions League last-16 first leg at Sevilla, striker Jamie Vardy said on Tuesday.Leicester have lost six of their last eight games in all competitions, culminating in an embarrassing FA Cup elimination to third-tier Millwall on Saturday.They sit one point and a place above the Premier League relegation zone and are without a league win in 2017. (Leicester must not lose at ‘fantastic’ Sevilla, says Ron-Robert Zieler)”We just have to completely forget what happened last year. We need to work hard each and every single one of us, the staff and players and come game time it is up to us when we step over the white line,” Vardy told a news conference ahead of Wednesday’s clash in Spain.”It has been tough, things haven’t clicked this year, but we know if we keep giving 100 percent for each other things will change.”While Vardy admitted little had gone right for the unlikely champions in domestic competition, he said he was looking forward to the temporary distraction of facing Sevilla and hopes a good result could kickstart Leicester’s campaign. (Lincoln stun Burnley, Leicester fall to Millwall in FA Cup)”It’s a game where we can just forget about that (their domestic struggles) for one night and hopefully if we get a good performance we can use that to kick on and pull ourselves away (from the relegation zone),” said the England international.advertisement”We’ve played better in the Champions League but for some reason it has just not clicked in the Premier League. I wish I could put my finger on it myself to change that around but obviously it’s not been that easy.”Having lost their last two games to fellow Premier League strugglers Swansea City and lower league Millwall, Leicester would be forgiven for feeling daunted by the prospect of facing Sevilla. (Premier League: Leicester City’s slump continues with 2-0 loss at Swansea City)Jorge Sampaoli’s side are third in La Liga and have thrilled onlookers with their brand of lightning-quick, ultra-attacking football this season.Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri heaped praise on the Europa League holders, who have won five European trophies in the last decade, and confessed his love for the city of Seville, the scene of a King’s Cup triumph when he was in charge of Valencia in 1999.”Ten years of triumphs means the club (Sevilla) is doing well, they change coaches and the club is still doing well. Jorge is having a great season,” the Italian said.”It’s the first time we’ve won a title and the lads have dipped a bit. But tomorrow we have to fight with our heads held high, chests out.”last_img read more

India vs South Africa: SA bowlers’ strategy to bowl short-pitched balls to India backfires

first_imgBhuvneshwar Kumar praised the Indian batsmen for the way they handled short-pitched deliveries in the ongoing South African tour and especially the first T20I in Johannesburg.There is a general belief that Indians are not good players of short deliveries and in the past, teams have used that to their advantage to unsettle the batsmen. But on Sunday, it was a different story altogether. The fairly inexperienced Proteas pacers bowled short for the first six to seven overs and were hammered all around the park by the likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and the returning Suresh Raina.WATCHBhuvneshwar, who starred with the ball on Sunday, said South Africa’s tactics to unsettle Indian batsmen with short-pitched balls back-fired at the New Wanderers.(SEE PHOTOS)”Whenever India travel abroad, the reputation is that India are not good at batting against short bowling. This time we have not seen that thing. We have really tackled it well. Today they bowled 5-6 overs of short bowling to us early on and it really backfired on them,” Bhuvneshwar said after India’s 28-run win.”Whatever the reputation we had, in the last few years we are playing totally opposite of that. We have managed the short ball pretty well on this tour. They wanted to bowl short but it didn’t really work well for them,” he added.The batsmen did their job well on a flat track but it was ultimately Bhuvneshwar himself, who turned the tide in India’s favour with his maiden five-wicket haul in T20Is. The UP pacer picked up 5 for 24 to help India restrict South Africa to 175-9 in 20 overs.advertisement”What I was trying to do is bring about the change of pace in my bowling. I just wanted to take the pace off the ball because I knew it won’t be easy to hit the ball and that’s what I did. The important thing is how you mix your deliveries according to the wicket,” he said.”For instance, today we bowled a lot of slow balls. It was a part of our strategy on this wicket, to do away with pace and make it difficult for the batsmen to score. Apart from line and length, it’s important to understand how you want to mix your deliveries. It matters. Today, for instance, it was about bowling slow,” the 28-year-old added.The pacer hailed the team’s 28-run win in the first T20I as a “complete performance”.”When we went in there, we knew what we wanted to do as best as a bowling team. We lost the first two Test matches and then we came back. The momentum was on our side and if momentum is on your side, you have got to make it count. Credit has to go the Indian team for the way we have played in every department,” he said.FITNESS IS THE KEYBhuvi’s five wickets on Sunday was the second by an Indian in T20Is and first by a pacer in the shortest format of the game. Yuzvendra Chahal is the only other Indian to pick five wickets in the 20-over format. Incidentally, on Sunday, he also became the first Indian to have five-wicket hauls in all the formats of the game. And talking about his success, he said that getting fitter has helped him reach this level.”First thing, it comes with fitness. It’s not easy playing all three formats, especially on a single tour. So the first thing before coming here what I wanted to do is manage workload. I wanted to practice but in a specific way, so as to not put extra workload on the body,” said Bhuvneshwar.”Taking wickets means a lot to me when you play for your country. It doesn’t matter if you take five wickets or how many as long as you’re winning matches for your country. That’s what matters and taking fifers in every format feels good. I want to do it as long as possible,” he added.Bhuvneshwar said batting first on the Wanderers pitch gave them ample idea about the nature of the wicket and it helped when they returned to defend their total.”After we batted, we had a certain idea of the kind of wicket we would be bowling on after what we saw. But the whole picture begins to emerge only after you’ve bowled because it depends on the bowlers,” he said.”Look at their bowlers, they’re of a different height and have different skill sets. So you get an idea but as I said, the whole thing emerges only after you’ve bowled a few balls. For instance, if I’ve bowled the first over, I can communicate with the rest of the bowlers what’s happening on the wicket,” the pacer added.advertisementlast_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino tells Tottenham to toughen up for trip to Brighton

first_imgShare on Twitter Mauricio Pochettino has demanded that his Tottenham players run harder and mark tougher at Brighton on Saturday as he expressed frustration at the complacency and softness that have underpinned their run of three successive defeats – the worst of his tenure.Pochettino detected the attitude after the 3-0 win at Manchester United – a game in which he felt the scoreline flattered his team – and they have since lost to Watford, Liverpool and Internazionale. Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn news Tottenham Hotspur Reuse this content Share via Email Share on Facebookcenter_img Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Mauricio Pochettino Topics Read more Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Spurs have conceded from set pieces in each of the defeats – they did so twice at Watford – and Pochettino, who has seen different players suffer from the same lack of desire in the one-on-ones, will tolerate it no longer. Brighton pose a threat on set pieces and they can scent Tottenham’s vulnerability.“With different types of player, different names, we have suffered the same situation,” Pochettino said. “If I am supposed to mark someone and he touches the ball, then it’s a dishonour for me, an insult – that’s how you need to feel. If you don’t feel that, then it’s difficult.“If you watch [the recent games], you will find more answers. You need to have that bravery or desire to fight with someone because it’s about a fight at a corner. It’s not a tactical question. It’s about who is stronger – you or me?”Pochettino places great store in the distance-covered statistics and he suggested there had been a slight drop-off from his players. It has to change.“We are good when we run more than the opponent,” he said. “In my four years here, when we play against teams that have the same or maybe better quality than us, always we run between six and 10 kilometres more than them. It’s not that we don’t run this season. We ran two kilometres more than Liverpool but we need more.“I’m not happy but sometimes it’s good that you feel bad. You think: ‘It was good when I was working hard, with the mentality, focused on the objective, together.’ If we think individually, it’s difficult to keep winning.”Pochettino will not hear of tiredness as an excuse for his underperforming players; nine of them played until the final weekend of the World Cup. He believes that he and his staff are managing their conditioning programmes expertly while overseeing a policy of rotation and he made the point they had each had 21 days off after the summer tournament.“That is more than some time and more than some teams [gave their players],” Pochettino said. “I was talking with Mikel Arteta at Manchester City, because we wanted to be fair with everyone, and their players had only 15 days’ holiday.”Pochettino maintained he had not dropped Kieran Trippier at Inter because of a poor performance against Liverpool; rather because he had seen the evidence the defender needed to be rotated. “After 70 minutes against United, the two full-backs, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier, asked to leave the pitch – because they were tired,” Pochettino said.last_img read more

Sharon to be buried at Negev Desert with military funeral

first_imgJERUSALEM – The coffin of Israel’s former prime minister will lie in state at the Israeli parliament Knesset for public visiting, prior to the military funeral ceremonyThe late ex-prime minister of Israel Ariel Sharon will be buried next to the grave of his wife at Negev Desert with a military funeral on Monday, following a state memorial service at the Israeli parliament Knesset, said Israeli Prime Ministry.A committee to organize the state ceremony for Sharon scheduled to take place on Monday issued a written statement and released the details of the ceremony after a 6-hour overnight meeting at Israeli Prime Ministry. Before the funeral, his body will lie in state at Knesset on Monday morning for public visiting amid strict security measures and no private vehicles will be allowed into the compound, detailed the statement.All plenary sessions and committee meetings at the Knesset were postponed until after the funeral of Israel’s eleventh prime minister who died on Saturday after eight-year in coma.Several world leaders are expected to attend Sharon’s funeral, including US Vice President Joe Biden.Israeli President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Biden and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein along with Sharon’s family members will reportedly make remarks during the state ceremony at the Knesset.Among the other attendees of the funeral ceremony will be Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Czech Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok, Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz, and Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander.last_img read more

UN chief calls for specific steps to close gender gap in parliaments

Mr. Ban told a high-level forum on women and democracy, held in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, that it was time for “faster and wider progress” in promoting the participation of women at all levels of society.“When women are included, democracies thrive. And when women take their rightful leadership roles, all of society benefits,” he said in a message to the forum delivered by Margot Wallström, his Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.Mr. Ban noted that although more and more women are taking their place in governments, fewer than 10 per cent of the world’s countries have a female head of State or government, and fewer than 30 countries have met the UN target of having women comprise at least 30 per cent of their lawmakers in national parliaments.“We need to take specific steps to close this gender gap. Experience shows that the democratic ideals of inclusiveness, accountability and transparency are only achieved through laws, policies and special measures that address inequalities.”The Secretary-General stressed that women’s participation should be supported at all times, and not just during legislative elections.“Our work to ensure gender equality must start with girls getting the food, health care and education they deserve, equal to boys. It must continue through all stages of life. And it must cover all realms, from the world of business to the halls of government and beyond.”He noted that the UN is working on several fronts to promote women in democracy-building activities, whether through the new agency UN Women or through individual projects financed by the UN Democracy Fund. 30 June 2011The world’s countries must take concrete measures to close the gender gap in their parliaments and governments, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, warning that democracies are jeopardized whenever women are marginalized. read more

Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Wednesday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9802Brazil real 0.3988China renminbi 0.1876Euro 1.4678Hong Kong dollar 0.159844India rupee 0.01919Indonesia rupiah 0.0000930Japan yen 0.01107Malaysia ringgit 0.2952Mexico peso 0.06845N.Z. dollar 0.8942Norway krone 0.1570Peruvian new sol 0.3830Russia rouble 0.02165Saudi riyal 0.3328Singapore dollar 0.9166South Africa rand 0.09185South Korean won 0.001093Sweden krona 0.1540Switzerland franc 1.2807Taiwanese dollar 0.04103Thailand baht 0.03742Turkey lira 0.3493U.K. pound 1.6553U.S. dollar 1.2479Vietnam dong 0.000055 read more

In Denmark Ban launches sustainable energy hub urges commitments on climate financing

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Minister Martin Lidegaard at a joint press conference. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Universitystudents at the town hall meeting at the Danish Royal Library in Copenhagen where Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed them. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening of the Copenhagen Climate Finance Meeting. To his right is Martin Lidegaard, Minister for Climate, Energy and Building of Denmark. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the launch of the Energy Efficiency Hub in Copenhagen, Denmark. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses university students during a town hall meeting at the Danish Royal Library in Copenhagen. Journalist Nynne Bjerre Christensen moderated. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon being interviewed by Jørgen Steen Nielsen, writer and journalist at the Danish newspaper Dagbladet Information. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe “Promoting energy efficiency will realize massive new investment opportunities in developing and developed countries,” Mr. Ban said at the launch of the Sustainable Energy for All – Efficiency Hub at UN City in the Danish capital of Copenhagen.The Hub, placed in “the most energy efficient UN building in the world,” according to the UN chief, will combine the efforts of Governments, development banks, the private sector and civil society to dramatically increase energy access, energy efficiency and the use of renewables by 2030.Opening the Hub, Mr. Ban said that access by all to clean, efficient energy would be critical in promoting sustainable development while, at the same time, reducing humankind’s emissions footprint.“I expect this hub, supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), to stand at the centre of our efforts to double the global rate of energy efficiency over the next 17 years,” said Mr. Ban. The Hub is central to Mr. Ban’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, launched in September 2011, which aims to achieve three inter-linked global targets by 2030: universal access to modern energy services; the doubling of energy efficiency; and the doubling of the share of renewable energy in the world’s energy mix. ‹ ›“Energy efficiency is a win-win for the people and the planet,” he noted on the second day of his two-day visit to Denmark. Earlier in the day, Mr. Ban spoke to a meeting on climate finance convened by the Danish Government. “Climate finance is an investment in the future and must not be taken hostage by short-term budget constraints or profit considerations,” he told an audience that also included private sector actors. “Private investment is essential to meet the growing demand for energy in the developing world,” said Mr. Ban. “We need in particular to win over institutional investors that collectively manage more than 70 trillion dollars of assets.”The bulk of these investments are high-carbon assets, he noted, adding that less than one per cent of pension fund assets are invested in sustainable infrastructure projects.“These investors have the power – and I believe the responsibility – to do their part in transforming the global economy and setting us on a safer path,” the top UN official stressed.Speaking to journalists after bilateral discussions with Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Martin Lidegaard, Mr. Ban added that strengthening and expanding the UN partnership network will be the key successfully addressing climate change. During his visit to Copenhagen, the UN chief has met with leaders of pension funds and insurance companies, which he described as “very positive.” “They were very positively inclined to fully commit themselves and engage themselves in working together with the international community, and the United Nations in particular, in this process,” he noted. Mr. Ban admitted, however, that mobilizing $100 billion a year for climate finance by 2020 and every year thereafter will be a “huge challenge” but “I do not think it is sort of a miracle or something impossible.” “This is why I am asking first public funds, second, private financing,” he said. Mr. Ban has proposed convening a Climate Summit at UN Headquarters in New York next September to bring together Government, business, finance and civil society leaders from around the world to tackle climate change and give equal balance to the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental. The urgency to tackle climate change has been reenergized amidst the 1,000 days of action to achieve the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline. World leaders have also agreed on 2015 as the year for establishing a new sustainable development framework and reaching an agreement on climate change. read more

May 2015 – EV registrations

SMMT has published Electric Vehicle (EV) registration figures for May 2015 and the year-to-date.Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 31,842 eligible cars registered. Please note: this data includes only new car registrations and not commercial vehicles. For questions about these figures, or to enquire about more detailed data sets, e-mail data@smmt.co.uk.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Mother of kidnapped 8yearold begging for her return implicates grandmother

By: Kizzy ColemanA mother is now in a state of distress after her 8-year-old daughter who was reportedly kidnapped from her school has been missing for over a week.Missing: Annelie HoyteThe girl, Annelie Hoyte, a resident of Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) and of the Tuschen Primary School was abducted at around 09:00hrs on Wednesday last in front of her school.According to reports, the child had just arrived at her school and was about to enter the compound when she was grabbed from behind by a man and placed in a parked dark coloured car which then sped away.Students outside of the school who witnessed the incident quickly reported what transpired to a teacher who made contact with the child’s mother, Alisha Marcus.Speaking with this publication, Marcus disclosed that her husband died just over two months ago and ever since, his mother who resides overseas has allegedly been attempting to take her daughter from her.Marcus reported that in making efforts to do so, the woman made contact with the welfare office in Guyana and made claims of her (Marcus) being an unfit mother.The angered woman and mother to two other children relayed that an investigation was carried out by a group of welfare officers.“The claims she and her relatives made against me were found to be false and Annelie was placed back in my care” Marcus disclosed.Speculating that her daughter could have been kidnapped by her own grandmother with assistance from other relatives of her dead husband, Marcus made a plea for Annelie to be given back to her.The distraught mother explained that she made contact with Annelie’s grandmother who however, denied that she was involved.The child was last seen wearing her school’s uniform.A report of the incident has been made to the Leonora Police Station and directly to Commander Leslie James who, this publication was informed, has since launched an investigation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related”Kidnapped” child found with father’s relatives, in state custodyFebruary 14, 2018In “Crime”Kidnapped 5 – Year – old spotted in Berbice with motherSeptember 19, 2014In “Crime”Teen mother, baby reported missingDecember 17, 2014In “Local News” read more

Perseid and Delta Aquarid meteor showers team up to produce one great

first_imgIf you missed the Eta Aquarid meteor shower back in May, the summer is packed full of meteor showers for you to feast your eyes on. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the best time to watch the meteor showers will be late July and early August. And the best part: the two main showers to watch, the Delta Aquarid meteor shower and the Perseid meteor shower, will join forces to create one awesome show.As the moon will be new on July 30 and will begin waxing after that, the first week of August will provide a moon-free sky from midnight to dawn. The moon is waning this week and is pretty slim, resulting in little light in the sky so you may even be able to see a few shooting stars this week. Unfortunately, the moon will be full on August 13, which is the peak morning for the Perseids. This will drastically diminish the number of meteors the naked eye will be able to spot.AdChoices广告However, as the Perseid is just starting up, the Delta Aquarid meteor shower will peak Friday, July 29. So, the two showers together are expected to create between 15 and 30 shooting stars an hour. Of course, this is under clear, dark skies, so for those people who live in bustling cities, you might want to try to take a little road trip this weekend.The Delta Aquarids and Perseids are both the result of Earth’s atmosphere hitting clouds of tiny particles from orbiting comets. Each sand grain-sized particle enters Earth’s atmosphere at up to 93,200 miles per hour and burn up into a beautiful streak of light that we see as a “shooting star.”As we mentioned, you’ll be able to see more meteors the further away from city lights you are. Also, the most activity always appears as the night turns into dawn, so make sure to get your caffeine fix in order to catch the amazing meteor shower.Although the full moon on the 13th will definitely make seeing the Perseid shower a lot more difficult, you might want to try checking out the skies a few days in advance. On the night of the 9th and morning of the 10th, between 2 a.m. and twilight, the moon will have set and you may be able to see up to 15 meteors per hour at that point.Happy meteor shower watching!via National Geographiclast_img read more

Abundant Life Ministries founder calls residents to unite against crime

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 28, 2017 – Providenciales – Bishop C. Alexander Williams, Pastor and Founder of Abundant Life Ministries International and Provincial Bishop for Global United Fellowship has urged TCI Islanders to band together in the reduction of crime on the island in the wake of the attack on American, Kevin Newman, whose assault gained international attention.“The Turks and Caicos Islands people are always known for our clinical hospitality to those who come to our shores to live or to visit. That accommodating spirit still lives with us, but it is obvious that it is being threatened. The attack on Mr. Newman and other unfortunate incidents of that nature bear testimony to that fact.” Bishop Williams said.Mr. Williams also called on the United Kingdom to get more involved in TCI’s fight against crime, saying “As an overseas territory of the United Kingdom, which is responsible for internal and external security, much more should be done to tackle the crime situation.”He advised citizens of the country “to band together, despite our differences, to rid our beloved country of this threat.”#magneticmedianews Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more

AL threatens to take legal action for legal notice

first_imgAwami League presidium member and agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury. Photo: UNBRuling Awami League on Wednesday threatened to go for legal action if the legal notice sent by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia to prime minister Sheikh Hasina is not withdrawn.The threat came from a press conference held at the election conducting office of the ruling party at Dhanmondi in Dhaka, reports UNB.AL presidium member and agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury and AL publicity and publication secretary Hasan Mahmud addressed the press conference.BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia had sent a legal notice to prime minister Sheikh Hasina demanding an apology for making ‘malicious and defamatory’ remarks about her reported assets abroad.On behalf of the BNP chief, her counsel and BNP joint secretary general barrister Mahbubuddin Khokon sent the notice by post on Tuesday.Matia Chowdhury said their party will face the matter legally as Khaleda Zia sent a legal notice.She also said AL never publicises anything without having proof. “Awami League never speaks about baseless matter.”Hasan Mahmud said Khaleda sent the legal notice at a time when the corruption issue of herself and her family members are hitting headlines both at home and abroad. “This is just to divert the matter,” he said.Hasan Mahmud told the press conference that there are allegations Khaleda and her family members siphoned off USD 12 billion to 12 countries.Accusing Khaleda of whitening black money, he urged her to apologise to people for corruption and siphoning off money.Responding to a query, Hasan Mahmud said AL has evidence about the investment by Khaleda and her family members in some Middle Eastern countries. “Various online media have run stories about that,” he added.About Khaleda’s legal notice, Hasan Mahmud said they did not get it yet. They came to know about it from media reports.last_img read more

2 Indian Muslims killed in NZ mosque attack

first_imgTributes are seen as mourners pay their respects for victims of the 15 March mosque attacks, in Christchurch on 16 March 2019. Photo: AFPA software engineer from Hyderabad and a woman post-graduate student from Kerala’s Thrissur were among the 49 people killed in Friday’s terror attacks on two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch, while the whereabouts of at least two visitors from Gujarat where not known.The shootings – the first fatal terror attack in the South Pacific island nation in many decades, was allegedly carried out by Brenton Tarrant, 28, who was charged with murder at a court in Christchurch on Saturday.Ancy Ali, a 25-year-old married woman from Kerala’s Thrissur, was among the victims, the Kerala Police said.Ancy, who had migrated to New Zealand with her husband Abdul Nassar last year, lived near the mosques that were attacked, an officer at the Kodungalloor police station in Thrissur told IANS.Ancy was doing her post-graduation in Christchurch where her husband was working, the officer said.”We received news from the Special Branch that a woman from here was injured in the shooting. We have now received the news that she has passed away,” said the officer who did not wish to be named.Software engineer Farhaj Aslan, who was reported missing following the attacks, was confirmed dead, his family in Hyderabad said on Saturday.”We have received information that my brother was killed in the attack,” his elder brother Kashif Ahsan told IANS.The 31-year-old’s father Mohammed Sayeeduddin, who was hoping to hear some good news about his son, was inconsolable.Grieving family members huddled in a corner at the family’s house in Nadeem Colony of Toli Chowki area after the family received the shocking news. Relatives and friends were pouring in to console the family.Authorities in Christchurch informed Ahsan’s wife and her uncle, who rushed from Australia, about his death. They were at a hospital in Christchurch, waiting for some information since morning.Ahsan was at Al Noor mosque for Friday prayers when the terrorist opened indiscriminate fire on worshippers. A father of two, he used to regularly offer Friday prayers at Al Noor mosque as he lives in a nearby neighbourhood.Like every day, Sayeeduddin rang up his son, unaware of what was going on at the mosque. “We spoke to him over phone every day around afternoon and today being Friday, I rang him around 8 a.m. but he did not respond,” he had told IANS.He then called his daughter-in-law, who informed him that there was an attack at the mosque and that she also tried to reach Ahsan over his mobile phone.She later went to hospital with a picture of her husband and after a long wait, the authorities told her that he is among 19 people missing.Ahsan, who did his MS from Auckland University, worked for various companies and had recently completely a project for a firm in Christchurch.Meanwhile, another man from Hyderabad who was injured in the terror attack was recovering.Ahmed Iqbal Jehangir, who was at the same mosque, sustained bullet injuries in his chest and shoulder.”Alhamdulillah (grateful to Allah)! He is out of danger and recovering,” his brother Mohammed Khursheed Jehangir told IANS here on Saturday.According to information received by Khursheed, a surgery was performed on Ahmed at a hospital in Christchurch to remove a bullet.Ahmed, settled in New Zealand for 15 years, runs a Hyderabadi food restaurant near Al Noor mosque. His wife and children who stay in the same neighbourhood were safe.Khursheed plans to leave for New Zealand to see his brother.Officials in Gujarat said that there was no word about some people from the state who were understood to be visiting Christchurch and they were awaiting a response from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).According to unconfirmed sources, at least four visitors from Gujarat were present at the two mosques in Christchurch when the shootings took place.Mehboob Khokhar, a retired employee of the Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB) and a resident of Ahmedabad’s Juhapura, had gone to one of the mosques to offer Friday prayers.”After the attack in the mosque at Al Noor, my brother-in-law Imran and my mother-in-law Begum Akhtar rushed to the hospitals. But we still don’t know whether Khokhar is admitted somewhere or is still missing. We have not received any confirmation from the New Zealand authorities yet,” said Hafiz Patni, the son-in-law of Khokhar, who’s also a resident of Juhapura.It is also believed that a father-son duo from Anand were also present at one of the two mosques when the attack took place.last_img read more

Mens Soccer to Host Open House August 18

first_imgStory Links RSVP For Event LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s soccer team will host an Open House event Sunday, August 18 from 4-6 p.m. at Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium. The free event will include an open practice, silent auction, stadium tour, team introductions, team autographs, and free food. Fans are encourages to RSVP for the event here. The two-hour event will give fans the opportunity to meet the 2019 team and cheer on their favorite players during an open practice. Food and drinks will be available free for fans to enjoy while watching the team practice or taking a behind-the-scenes tour of Lynn Stadium. After practice, UofL head coach John Michael Hayden and this year’s squad will be introduced to the crowd before the team signs autographs to end the night. The Cardinals kick off their preseason Friday, August 16 inside Lynn Stadium as they take on Lipscomb at 7 p.m. There will also be a silent auction throughout the night where fans can bid on Louisville items including signed jerseys along with other signed items by UofL coaches and alumni. For the latest on Louisville men’s soccer, visit GoCards.com, or follow the team’s social media accounts on Twitter @UofLMensSoccer, Facebook /UofLMensSoccer, and Instagram @UofLMensSoccer. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Coop bomb diffusing game uses Oculus Rift for total immersion

first_imgPlaying a game through an Oculus Rift is the closest thing to being inside the game you can get right now, unless of course you also have a Razer Hydra and a friend shouting bomb disposal instructions to you. It turns out, that’s a whole new kind of experience.Co-op games typically are games where two players work together in the same space to complete an objective, but occasionally it can also mean two players working together in different spaces to complete an objective. Recent examples include Super Mario U for the Wii U, where one player uses the gamepad to construct bricks and squash baddies to help you get through the level in record time.With the Oculus Rift game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, you and your friend need to work together in order to disarm a bomb. The catch is, only one of you can see the bomb while the other looks over printed bomb disposal instructions.It’s the digital version of every bomb diffusal scene in every movie you’ve ever seen. You are either the guy holding the pliers and starting down at the bomb, or you’re the guy on the phone looking at the instructions. The constant communication between the two players coupled with the ability to follow instructions on both sides is the key to success. You either diffuse the bomb within the allotted time, or you don’t and it blows up because you either ran out of time or you clipped the wrong wire.A big part of what makes this possible is the Oculus Rift, but not just because it puts one person completely in the game. The other player can’t see anything going on with the first player, so an otherwise simple puzzle becomes complicated by the ability to describe symbols and the added stress of a ticking clock. It’s an impressive combination of digital and analog gameplay that could really be something the Rift becomes popular for in a niche sense. The Razer Hydra controllers are a nice touch as well, giving the primary user even greater depth in the game.last_img read more

Rise of the Tomb Raider coming to PC in January

first_imgBack when it was announced during Microsoft’s Gamescom briefing in 2014, Rise of the Tomb Raider was billed as an Xbox One and Xbox 360 exclusive. Sometime after that, Xbox head, Phil Spencer, revealed that the game was a timed-exclusive, leaving the door open to inevitable releases on the PC and PlayStation 4.According to a listing from Amazon France, Rise of the Tomb Raider will be coming to PC on January 29, 2016. The listing shows box art which is definitely for a PC game, along with compatible versions of Windows.If this listing is correct, it would line up with certain statements made in the past regarding when the game would be released outside Xbox platforms.Last July, Square Enix announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be released on PC in “early 2016.” Also, this release date coincides with the upcoming Baba Yaga DLC which is set to release sometime in January. While this isn’t an official confirmation, these sort of listings are correct more often than not. Given that, and all of the other information we have seen about the game’s release on PC, it’s reasonable to assume that this listing is correct.While Microsoft may have obtained timed exclusivity rights for this game, it doesn’t appear to have paid off the way the company would have liked. As of the time of this writing, Rise of the Tomb Raider has only sold 330,000 units worldwide, according to Tech Times. It also failed to make it into the top 10 games sold in November according to the NPD group.last_img read more

Robot guards being tested in South Korea

first_img The robot, called Robo-Guard by many in the press, is equipped with several cameras, one of which is 3D, microphone, speaker and circuitry and software that allow it to roam autonomously in predefined areas within the prison. It also has software that allows it to analyze behavioral characteristics of inmates to help in deciding whether to alert the human guards. Its main purpose, according to the AFC, is to reduce manpower costs in prisons and to make a safer environment for both inmates and those that guard them.It also appears that the South Korean government, which has paid for the development of the robots, is using its prison population as a test ground for bolstering its robotics technology in general. After all, most, if not all of what these new robots do could just as easily be done by installing cameras in every hall and cell and connecting them to a computer that does the processing. But, because the testing is done in an environment where test subjects don’t have the option of objecting, research can be carried out that would not be possible in any other environment. Explore further 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. In addition to patrolling the halls, the robots are also able to serve as wireless two-way communications devices, allowing inmates and guards to communicate without the guard having to leave the command center. The human guards can also manually control the actions of the robots using an iPad application. The current test trial, which employs the use of three robots, is set to run for just one month and to cost a little over three quarters of a million dollars; at the end of which, researchers and politicians presumably will determine if the idea is feasible and whether the program ought to become permanent. If it does, the AFC has said they’d like to get the robots to one day perform body searches, though it’s not likely they would be capable of searching body cavities, instead they would perhaps be able to frisk inmates randomly, which likely would reduce the number of homemade weapons inmates use to harm one another or their guards. (Phys.org) — South Korea, a nation with a self-proclaimed goal of being a leader in robotics technology has, through the Asian Forum of Corrections (AFC), begun testing the feasibility of using robots as prison guards in an actual prison in Pohang. The robots’ duties, at least initially, are to patrol the halls between cells looking for signs of trouble, and if it finds it, alert the human guards who will take appropriate action.center_img © 2012 Phys.Org Robot guards to patrol South Korean prisons Citation: Robot guards being tested in South Korea (2012, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-robot-south-korea.htmllast_img read more