Curbs in JK being lifted gradually says Union Minister

first_imgHyderabad: The restrictions imposed in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of abrogation of Article 370 are being lifted gradually and the situation should be normal within a week, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said on Saturday. Precautionary measures were being taken in view of provocative statements and others coming from Pakistan, he said. Kashmir situation is normal. Day to day, the situation is improving, because we are taking all precautionary measures. From the Pakistan side, provoking statements are being made every day…” he told PTI here on the sidelines of an event. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Asked about the situation in J and K, Kishan Reddy said educational institutions would be re-opened from Monday and prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC were being lifted, except in some districts. “The situation is under control. I think it will be normal within a week,” he said. Asked about detention of political leaders in the state, Reddy said the Congress government had detained leaders of National Conference and JKLF for months together in the past and that it was not happening for the first time. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The leaders had been detained for their safety, as part of the precautionary measures, he said. In Jammu and Kashmir, (for) months, Congress government (they) detained the National Conference leaders, JKLF leaders. It is not first time. For their safety, we detained them, (as part of) precautionary measures, he said. Reddy, who was speaking at the inauguration of 21st Annual YMCA Kargil Victory Sports Festival, appreciated the YMCA, Greater Hyderabad, for organising the event in memory of Kargil victory and the martyrs. Prime Minister Narendra Modi put the responsibility of development of Kargil in his hands, he said. Low-speed (2G) mobile internet services have been restored in five districts of Jammu region after remaining suspended for a fortnight, officials said on Saturday. The mobile internet services were snapped across Jammu region on August 4, a day before the Centre abrogated provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and divided the state into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Curfew-like restrictions were in place across the state hours before the move but were subsequently eased, with normal activities in Jammu, Kathua, Sabma, Udhampur and Reasi returning on August 10 after the district magistrates announced lifting of prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC. The abrogation of the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution in Jammu and Kashmir had put an end to the rule of two or three families and enabled the people of the state to join the mainstream and derive several benefits that they were being deprived of so far, Reddy had said. All sections of people in the country were in favour of the Centre’s decision and the government would make all efforts to take Jammu and Kashmir on the path of progress, the Minister had said.last_img read more

Tory leader Andrew Scheer promises more autonomy for Quebec on immigration

first_imgMONTREAL — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is promising to give Quebec more autonomy over immigration if he is elected prime minister.But speaking in Montreal today, Scheer offered few details and wouldn’t say whether he agrees Quebec alone should determine how many immigrants it receives every year.The federal official Opposition Leader says he’s willing to discuss all of Premier Francois Legault’s demands to Ottawa about a temporary reduction in the number of newcomers to Quebec.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he is willing to continue discussions with Legault about reducing immigration to Quebec by 20 per cent in 2019.Scheer accused Trudeau of inaction on immigration and suggested if he wins the October federal election, he will be more receptive to Quebec’s demands.Later today Scheer is scheduled to attend an event at the campaign office for his candidate, Jasmine Louras, who is vying to replace former NDP leader Tom Mulcair in a Feb. 25 byelection in the Montreal riding of Outremont.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


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Deploring Myanmar verdict Ban urges immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi

“The Secretary-General is deeply disappointed by the verdict in respect of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,” his spokesperson said in a statement. “The Secretary-General strongly deplores this decision.” Ms. Suu Kyi, who leads the National League for Democracy (NLD), was reportedly convicted of violating state security laws after an uninvited United States citizen gained access to her home. She has already spent over 12 years under house arrest. Mr. Ban urged the Government to “immediately and unconditionally” release Ms. Suu Kyi and to engage with her without delay as an essential partner in the process of national dialogue and reconciliation. “Unless she and all other political prisoners in Myanmar are released and allowed to participate in free and fair elections, the credibility of the political process will remain in doubt,” today’s statement added. The Government had refused Mr. Ban’s request to meet with Ms. Suu Kyi when he visited the South-East Asian nation in July, losing what the UN chief called a “unique opportunity” to show its commitment to a new era of political openness. He added that allowing the visit “would have been an important symbol of the Government’s willingness to embark on the kind of meaningful engagement that will be essential if the elections in 2010 are to be seen as credible.” The sentence was also condemned by four independent UN human rights experts. “This was a baseless trial convened by the Government of Myanmar to exclude Aung San Suu Kyi from the 2010 elections,” they stated in a joint news release in Geneva, in which they reiterated their call for her immediate and unconditional release. “The court was not independent, judicial guarantees were disregarded, and charges under the State Protection Act were unsubstantive. As we have stated time and again, this trial should never have occurred in the first place.” They also cited the fact that a lawyer from the defence team had his license revoked and that Ms. Suu Kyi was allowed to consult with defence lawyers only sporadically. Also, only two of the five witnesses called by the defence were permitted to testify. The experts, who are unpaid, work in an independent capacity and report to the UN Human Rights Council, are: Vice Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on arbitrary detention El Hadji Malick Sow; Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression Frank La Rue Lewy; Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Margaret Sekaggya; and Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana. Security Council members discussed the situation during consultations this afternoon. Ambassador John Sawers of the United Kingdom, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, said consultations were likely to resume tomorrow. 11 August 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today deplored the decision by a Myanmar court to sentence pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to an additional 18 months of house arrest, and urged that she be released immediately. read more

That dank Couche Alimentation CoucheTard keen on selling cannabis in convenience stores

MONTREAL — If Quebec’s biggest chain of convenience stores has its way, customers will eventually be able to buy cannabis along with their chips, beer and cigarettes.Alimentation Couche-Tard has hired a lobbyist to work on ensuring it is involved in the cannabis-distribution system Quebec will eventually set up.The province’s official registry of lobbyists shows Marie-Eve Bedard has been authorized to work on behalf of Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B) and can continue doing so until next May.Bedard, a former chief of staff to ex-Quebec health minister Yves Bolduc, has disclosed she will earn less than $10,000 for her work.Couche-Tard operates more than 2,000 stores in Canada but it is not clear whether it wants to sell cannabis outside of Quebec.Our feautre series on the future of legal pot in CanadaPot could be bigger than boozeA spokeswoman for the chain did not want to be interviewed Tuesday but said in an email the company would be an “ideal partner in implementing a responsible sales model for citizens.”“Alimentation Couche-Tard has a long history of selling tobacco and alcohol, products that minors are prohibited from buying and that raise public-health issues,” said Marie-Noelle Cano.In April, the federal government introduced legislation proposing that Canadians 18 and older be allowed to buy and cultivate small amounts of marijuana for personal use as of next summer.The bill has not yet become law.The government says it will help keep the drug out of the hands of young people while denying profits to criminal organizations.The Quebec government has announced the province will begin a series of consultations this month as it prepares to introduce its own cannabis-related legislation this fall.The Quebec government has announced the province will begin a series of consultations this month as it prepares to introduce its own cannabis-related legislation this fallPublic Health Minister Lucie Charlebois said earlier this month everything will be on the table, adding the province is not starting with any preconceived ideas.But Charlebois indicated she shares Finance Minister Carlos Leitao’s view marijuana should not be distributed at Quebec Liquor Corp. outlets. read more

Coming soon to a jailbroken iPad near you sidebyside app multitasking

first_imgAn aspiring iOS jailbreak enthusiast named Aaron Dot has hacked up a proof of concept that allows his iPad to run two iPhone-sized apps at the same time, on the same screen. Ridiculous you say? Probably, but there could definitely be more use to this than just playing two different games of Angry Birds side-by-side.The dev notes at his blog that he actually managed to get three apps running, but lost stability and crashed the whole thing when he tried for a fourth. There’s also an issue with getting audio and the accelerometer to work, but he hopes that fellow jailbreakers will be able to help iron those out in the coming weeks.AdChoices广告Running two apps on the same screen could be pretty awesome if you think about it — you could go through email while browsing the web, or chat while watching Hulu. You could even be productive and unproductive at the same time by pairing work stuff with a your favorite iPhone game. Sending work emails while sitting at Starbucks is one thing, but doing it while playing Final Fantasy at the same time? That’s just golden.We really want to see this hack in action, and we may get to in a couple of weeks. Aaron is attending the New York Jailbreak Meetup and has promised to let a few people play around with the dual-app iPad. Surely some of them will have their phones ready to capture some video and stick it up on YouTube.Read more at Aaron Dot MS, via MacStorieslast_img read more

Crazy Train to the rescue tonight at ilani

first_imgA crazy act will replace Vince Neil at the ilani casino tonight. Earlier this week ilani announced that Neil, of Motley Crue, had postponed his Saturday night show in the Muze Lounge for personal reasons. That show still hasn’t been rescheduled.Meanwhile, Portland tribute band Crazy Train, led by Tim Tugg, “the world’s most authentic Ozzy Osbourne impersonator,” will take tonight’s slot instead. The show is set for 8 and is free in the Muze Lounge at ilani, 1 Cowlitz Way, Ridgefield.last_img

More poles arrive on island FortisTCI continuing to push ahead

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Editorial: Listen to your Mama Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 3, 2017 – Providenciales – More power poles over the weekend arrived in country to support the massive job of restoring the electricity of nearly the entire country still, nearly a month after Hurricane Irma which did the real damage to the #FortisTCI power supply system.   Worst hit are known:  Five Cays, Chalk Sound, Blue Hills and Grand Turk.FortisTCI is updating the government on a daily basis when it comes to electricity restoration progress and up to September 27th there were nearly 5,000 customers restored; 44% in Providenciales, 75% in North and Middle Caicos; 15% in South Caicos and Grand Turk had 51 customers with their power back on.The job in the Capital is extensive as 36 miles of electricity wire needs to be run and on Salt Cay, there is yet to be an assessment.   #MagneticMedia has been hounding leaders for a timeline for restoration of electricity, the Premier explains that FortisTCI is working on one and that information will come this week, according to Mrs. Robinson.As it relates to what Hurricanes Irma and Maria have cost the country, the tally is still unknown.  Premier Sharlene Robinson said the United Nations through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will help the Turks and Caicos determine what the economic impact is of the killer storms which pounded the Turks and Caicos Islands in September. #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened Recommended for you Related Items:FORTIStci, magneticmedialast_img read more

Coaster train strikes kills pedestrian in Carlsbad

first_imgNCTDAlert: Tracks are now open at Poinsettia Station however, trains will not be permitted to stop at Poinsettia until further notice due to onging police investigation. We apologize for the inconvenience.— North County Transit (@GoNCTD) July 23, 2018A Coaster train struck and killed a pedestrian Monday on tracks near the Poinsettia Railroad Station in Carlsbad.It happened shortly after 8:15 a.m. near the Poinsettia Railroad Station located at 6511 Avenida Encinas, San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Amber Baggs said.Sheriff’s deputies were not immediately able to provide information on the victim.North County Transit tweeted shortly after the crash that the Poinsettia Station was closed and a bus bridge will be established for coaster passengers from Encinitas Station to Oceanside Transit Center while law enforcement investigates the incident. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 10:20 AM Coaster train strikes, kills pedestrian in Carlsbad CARLSBAD (KUSI) – Just after 10:00 AM Monday, North County Transit tweeted out updated information regarding the fatal collision at Poinsettia station in Carlsbad. KUSI Newsroom July 23, 2018 NCTDAlert: Southbound COASTER 644 scheduled to depart Oceanside at 9:37 a.m. is CANCELLED due to track closure at Poinsettia Station due to police activity. BREEZE units will be available to take passengers to Encinitas Station where a COASTER train will be waiting.— North County Transit (@GoNCTD) July 23, 2018 Posted: July 23, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Sheriff’s deputies were investigating the crash. last_img read more

MiamiDade to investigate homeless mans fall from drawbridge

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Miami-Dade County officials said they are launching an investigation into a homeless man’s fall from the drawbridge connecting Downtown Miami to Brickell.According to Christian Rosario, the out-of-town visitor who recorded the incident on cellphone video, a homeless man was sleeping on the drawbridge at Southwest Second Avenue when it went up, sending him slamming to the concrete below.Authorities said no one filed a report about the May 14 accident. County officials, however, later released a statement confirming they will investigate the incident. It reads in part, “As always, our top priority is the safety of everyone who traverses our bridges, which is why we are conducting a thorough investigation of what occurred … Once the investigation is completed, we will be able to provide further details regarding this incident.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Lanes reopened after trailer knocked over on Florida Turnpike in Miramar

first_imgMIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – All northbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike in Miramar have been reopened after a trailer was knocked on its side and construction equipment fell off.The trailer overturned near the Interstate 75 exit of the Turnpike, around 5 p.m., and only one lane of traffic was open in the northbound lanes.Around 6:30 p.m., all lanes were reopened. However, traffic was still backed up.No was one injured, according to Florida Highway Patrol.Please check back on and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

VIDEO Wilmington Man Shares His Kidney Donation Story Encourages Others To Become

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — In the latest episode of “Where’s Wilmington,” host Lisa Kapala interviews Steve Averhart and Wilmington’s Mike Murphy, both of New England Donor Services, on the importance of organ donation.The town recently began flying a “Donate Life” flag outside of Town Hall at Murphy’s request.Watch the 20-minute episode, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Learn About The New Wilmington Police Explorers ProgramIn “Videos”VIDEO: Meet Wilmington Recreation’s New Program Coordinator Bret SawinIn “Videos”VIDEO: Learn About The Mill City Eagles, A Local Semi-Pro Football Team, & Meet GM Zachary Swale, Of WilmingtonIn “Videos”last_img read more

Drastic lending rate cuts to squeeze banks net interest margins say brokerages

first_imgFollowing State Bank of India’s lead on Monday to sharply cut the marginal cost-based lending rate — the rate at which banks now lend to new borrowers — by 90 bps to 8 percent, rest of the PSU and private sector banks have no option but to follow suit. By Monday night itself, at least half a dozen banks announced the rate slash for different tenures.  Comparison of interest rates on deposits by senior citizens after PM Modi’s speechWhile Punjab National Bank reduced the overnight lending rate by 70 basis points to 8.20 percent, Union Bank of India lowered the rates by 65-90 bps for different tenures. Similarly, Dena Bank, IDBI Bank and private sector lenders Kotak Mahindra Bank and ICICI Bank had to cut down rates.SBI announced the cut a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked banks to prioritise lending to the poor and the middle class. Banks are believed to be flushed with deposits following demonetisation of old high denomination currency notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500.The move to cut the lending rate is expected to prompt an increase in credit offtake of banks — especially of state-run lenders — whose balance sheets are under substantial burden.However, leading brokerages are of the view that cutting lending rates of such a sheer magnitude would squeeze the net interest margins of banks and the trend may well persist for at least a few quarters. In a report on SBI, a Deutsche Bank note warned: “A 90 bps one-go rate cut is sharp and will be negative for NIMs. Though this is only for incremental loans and the immediate impact on NIMs will be gradual, but pressure will persist for at least next 4 quarters as loans reprice downwards.”A CLSA report stated that the lending rate cuts will boost credit demand in retail segments such as housing loans and any impact on margins will be mitigated as MCLR will apply only to incremental loans, as reported by the Economic Times.”A 5bps lower NIM in FY18 could impact earnings by 4%, with a higher impact on PSU banks,” said CLSA.Analysts expressed surprise at the quantum of MCLR cuts — which they primarily believe is a result of demonetisation-led excess liquidity in the banking system — and said the implication of the lending rate cut is likely to be negative for both banks as well as NBFCs, particularly catering to the housing loan segment.Shares of banks and housing finance companies, including LIC Housing Finance, HDFC, Indiabulls Housing Finance, remained under pressure on Monday in trade and may continue to underperform in the coming weeks.last_img read more

The Latest 2 African American Women Advance in a Runoff For Chicago

first_imgBy The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the Chicago mayoral election (all times local):10:20 p.m.Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will face former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot in a runoff to become Chicago’s next mayor.The race will guarantee the nation’s third-largest city will be led the next four years by an African-American woman.In this Dec. 9. 2018 file photo, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks during a news conference at the Chicago Teachers Union headquarters in Chicago. Reform has long been a dirty word among Chicago politicians, who have well-known reputations for throwing contracts to favored businesses and dealing in patronage. But after the 2014 murder of a black teenager by a police officer and corruption charges filed against a powerful alderman, the word is now on the lips of the 14 candidates running for mayor. (Colin Boyle/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)Preckwinkle was the second highest vote-getter in Tuesday’s field of 14 and advances to an April 2 runoff with top vote-getter Lightfoot. Preckwinkle made a campaign issue out of black teenager Laquan McDonald’s 2014 fatal shooting by a white police officer.She is trying to succeed Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who did not seek re-election.She previously served 19 years on the City Council and was a Chicago Public Schools teacher.___9:45 p.m.Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor in northern Illinois with no experience running for political office, has come out on top in Chicago’s crowded mayoral race and advances to a runoff.Lightfoot, who could become the first African-American woman to lead the nation’s third-largest city, was the top vote-getter in a field of 14 Tuesday. She advances to a runoff election on April 2 against the candidate with the second-highest vote.In this May 9, 2018 file photo, former Chicago Police Board President Lori Lightfoot announces her bid for mayor of Chicago at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Reform has long been a dirty word among Chicago politicians, who have well-known reputations for throwing contracts to favored businesses and dealing in patronage. But after the 2014 murder of a black teenager by a police officer and corruption charges filed against a powerful alderman, the word is now on the lips of the 14 candidates running for mayor. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune via AP, File)Lightfoot was an appointee of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s to two separate policing boards before announcing plans to run against him. He later announced he wouldn’t run for re-election.Lightfoot, the first openly gay female to run for Chicago mayor, has been critical of efforts to reform the Chicago Police Department in the wake of the 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white police officer.___7:10 p.m.The polls have closed in Chicago, where voters are choosing the next mayor from a field of 14 candidates promising to steer the city in a new direction.Chicago election officials say turnout for Tuesday’s election has been low despite the record number of candidates seeking to succeed Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who decided against running for a third term.Chicago Board of Election spokesman Jim Allen says the low turnout is surprising considering the race is a hotly contested one, with polls showing at least three candidates with nearly equal support among voters.If none receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2.___4:30 p.m.Chicago election officials say they are seeing an uptick in the number of people casting ballots in the city’s mayoral race after earlier expressing fears of a record low turnout.Chicago Board of Election spokesman Jim Allen says that while turnout will be low, it may surpass the 33.8 percent turnout during the 2007 election.Allen says turnout reached 26.9 percent of the city’s approximately 1.6 million registered voters by late Tuesday afternoon. He noted the turnout is surprising considering the race is a hotly contested one, with polls showing at least three candidates with near equal support among voters.Fourteen candidates are running to replace Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who isn’t seeking a third term. If none receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2.___1:30 p.m.Election board officials say Chicago is headed toward possible historic low turnout for its mayoral election unless voting picks up in the final hours.Chicago Board of Election spokesman Jim Allen said Tuesday afternoon that if the current pace keeps up the city is “not even going to hit 30 percent.” He says the previous low for a February mayoral election was 33.8 percent in 2007.Fourteen candidates are running to replace Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who isn’t seeking a second term. If none receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2.Allen says he thinks many voters are undecided and want to hold off “until they know who’s in the runoff, assuming there is a runoff.” He urged people to vote and said, “they don’t want to wake up tomorrow and find out their candidate barely missed making the run off.”___12:05 p.m.Campaign finance records show that the 14 candidates for Chicago mayor raised a total of $28.9 million as of Monday.The Chicago Tribune reports that the top three fundraisers in Tuesday’s election were Bill Daley, Toni Preckwinkle and Gery Chico.Daley by far had the most money with $8.3 million and $2 million of that coming from Citadel Investments CEO Ken Griffin. Preckwinkle, who is the Cook County Board president, raised $4.6 million. Her top donor was the Service Employees International Union with $2.2 million.Attorney Gery Chico came in third with $3.3 million. He was his own top donor, giving $190,000 to his campaign.The candidates are competing to replace Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is not seeking re-election.It’s likely Tuesday’s vote will lead to a runoff. If none of the candidates receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2.___10 a.m.Chicago residents are facing a lot of choices as they head to the polls to cast ballots for the city’s next mayor.Voters are choosing from a field of 14 candidates who are all promising to steer the city in a new direction if they’re elected to succeed retiring Mayor Rahm Emanuel.The candidates include community activists, businessmen, former prosecutors and veteran politicians, including two whose fathers also held elective office.Polls opened across the city early Tuesday and will close at 7 p.m. Polling sites include a beauty salon, DePaul University’s Athletic Training Center and park district facilities.Voter Diana Sandoval tells the Chicago Tribune that she lined up before 6:45 a.m. to “make sure my voice counts, hopefully.”If none of the candidates receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2.___11:20 p.m.Voters are getting a chance to pick Chicago’s next mayor from a field of 14 candidates promising to steer the city in a new direction.Those looking to succeed retiring Mayor Rahm Emanuel include veteran politicians — a couple whose fathers also held elective office — businessmen, former prosecutors and community activists.It’s likely Tuesday’s vote will lead to a runoff. If none of the candidates receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2.The variety of candidates reflects the many issues facing Chicago’s next mayor: poor neighborhoods in need of investment, overwhelming pension debt, low-performing public schools and a crime rate that is often pointed to as among the nation’s worst.Although a nonpartisan election, most of the candidates have links to the Democratic Party. The Republican Party has virtually disappeared from the city.last_img read more

NASA avoidance system saved an F16 pilots life

first_imgStay on target Bird Strike Causes Plane To Drop Dummy Bombs on Florida10 Best Geeky Sneakers of 2018 The F-16 has been in active use since the early 1970s, but it’s still a vital part of the US Air Force. It’s not really the same aircraft that rolled off the assembly line 40 years ago; new technologies have been incorporated into the F-16, including a system called Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto-GCAS) that was developed by NASA engineers. This is an impact avoidance system, and some recently declassified in-flight footage shows this system saving an F-16 pilot’s life.The development of Auto-GCAS goes back more than 30 years to a collaboration between NASA, the Air Force Research Lab, and Lockheed Martin. It was originally developed merely as a failsafe system for other testing to take place, but testers quickly realized that Auto-GCAS itself could be a valuable addition to an aircraft.When Auto-GCAS detects a likely crash, it will lock the pilot’s controls and perform an automatic recovery maneuver. When the plane is no longer on course to impact the ground, the pilot’s controls are restored. It took a long time to develop Auto-GCAS into a fully fledged crash avoidance system, and even then there was opposition from pilots who didn’t like the idea of the plane taking over the controls from a human. It was eventually added to some F-16 models in 2014.The newly declassified footage was filmed on May 16, 2016. In it, a student pilot in the Tucson Air National Guard was flying an F-16 with the instructor following in another plane. Several seconds into the video above, you can see the student start a banking maneuver after pushing the plane into full afterburner mode, which resulted in the pilot experiencing 8g of force. This caused g-induced loss of consciousness or G-LOC.After the student pilot passed out, his plane continued to bank and increase speed. You can hear the instructor radioing the pilot, urging him to recover. Because of the high rate of speed, Auto-GCAS sprung into action at a higher altitude than it usually would, about 8,000 feet. Luckily, Auto-GCAS was able to right the plane and probably saved the pilot’s life. This marks the fourth time Auto-GCAS has saved a pilot from a likely crash.last_img read more

8BitDos DIY ModKits Help Bring Your Old Controllers Into the 21st Century

first_img Review: The 8BitDo SN30 Pro+ Is an Elite Nintendo Switch Controller8BitDo’s M30 Gamepad Is the Ultimate Sega Genesis-Inspired Controller Last month, 8BitDo revealed their new DIY mod-kits. These allow users to turn their classic Nintendo and Super Nintendo controllers into wireless devices. DIY mod-kits for NES and SNES Classic Edition controllers were also announced. 8BitDo stated the kits were user-friendly and that anyone who can hold a screwdriver could easily convert their old controllers. As I said in the initial news post, they’re perfect for retro gamers who want to go wireless.8BitDo recently sent me a few DIY kits to review. I’m thankful for this since I was curious about how this would all work first-hand. After all, the company did promise that basically anyone can convert their old controllers into wireless peripherals. I’m happy to say this is exactly the case. Below, I’ll break down the steps involved in transforming one’s old controllers with the 8BitDo DIY mod-kits.Each mod-kit comes in a small rectangular box that opens from the top. The kit is inside of a static-free bag which is itself inside of a bubble wrap cover. The biggest thing in the package is the controller circuit board. Alongside it is a small screwdriver and a tiny USB cable used to recharge the controller’s battery. There’s also an easy-to-follow instruction manual detailing every step in the conversion process. The mod-kit is relatively bare bones, but it’s all you’ll need to get the job done.For my test, I modded my SNES and NES Classic Edition controllers. I followed the instructions to the letter. Or rather, to the picture, as the instructions are illustrated. I used to take controllers apart back in the day so the process of unscrewing the devices is something I’m familiar with. After removing the screws, I opened the back of the controller to reveal the circuit board within. I then took that out and replaced it with the 8BitDo circuit board. The only slightly tricky part is making sure the Bluetooth receiver is positioned correctly at the top of the controller (where the wire used to go). After that it’s all a matter of putting the whole thing back together. The entire process takes about three minutes tops.Like most of 8BitDo’s controllers, you can use your converted controllers on a number of devices. These include the Nintendo Switch, Android, Windows PC, and macOS. You can also use 8BitDo’s Retro Receiver to play on PC and the Nintendo mini consoles. Basically, if any of your devices have Bluetooth connectivity, you can probably use these controllers to play games on it.I paired the controllers with my Nintendo Switch, PC, and Nintendo mini systems. The easiest one to pair with was the Switch. The process is similar to the one I employed when pairing my Switch with the 8BitDo NES30 Arcade Stick. In minutes, I was playing Sonic Mania Plus with a classic Nintendo controller! Pairing the controller with my PC and the mini Nintendo systems using the Retro Receiver took a bit longer, however. I failed to realize I needed to update its firmware. After doing so, I successfully paired the controller with the devices. As with all of the 8BitDo controllers I’ve used, there is absolutely no lag to speak of. If there is, it’s imperceptible.If you want to bring your old Nintendo and SNES controllers into the 21st century, the 8BitDo DIY mod-kits are the way to go. I appreciate the ease of the physical conversion process and the simplicity of the directions. While it is great to convert one’s controllers for use with modern devices like Switch and PC, the real magic comes when using the controllers with their original consoles. You’ll never have to worry about accidentally tripping over wires and potentially destroying your classic machines. As always, I give props to 8BitDo for making a product which is perfect for retro gamers. These mod-kits are absolutely fantastic.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Can silver nanoparticles be the key to a more compact laser

first_img Explore further Citation: Can silver nanoparticles be the key to a more compact laser? (2008, June 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Holographic imaging of electromagnetic fields using electron-light quantum interference “In random media, multiple scattering and interference reduce the diffusion of light, and in case of extremely strong scattering, photon localization, or Anderson localization of light, is predicted like electrons in glasses,” Katsuhisa Tanaka, a scientist in Kyoto University, tells He and his colleagues are interested in using so-called disordered material to create lasers that could increase our understanding of physics – as well as make the laser creation process simpler. 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. Tanaka points out that silver nanoparticles make a difference: “First, localized optical modes near silver nanoparticle surface provide high optical gain for lasing. Second, scattering properties can be flexibly controlled by the size and shape of nanoparticles, and significantly contribute to light transport in random systems compared to that in dielectric nanoparticles.”In terms of application, Tanaka sees possibilities for fundamental physics knowledge, as well as practical uses for this set-up. “Since the phenomena of random laser are reported for systems having very different scattering strength from nearly transparent to highly-scattering media, it is possible that the laser mechanism — or dominating laser mode — is different depending on the scattering strength. Thus the primal importance is to clarify the mechanism, which is beneficial to the progress of the physics.”As far as practical applications, he says that there is a strong possibility of a compact laser. Plus, Tanaka continues, “Since this type of lasers does not require rigorous alignment of reflectors to form cavity in contrast to the conventional Fabry-Perot type ones, the making process is much simpler.”The team at Kyoto continues to work on this project. Tanaka and his coworkers say that more needs to be known with regard to how the distribution of the silver nanoparticles within the polymer affects the laser. Additionally, they feel that this work could lead to advances in lasers that are based on organic semiconductors. Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of With Xiangeng Meng, Koji Fujita (also doing work at PRESTO in Saitama, Japan), Yanhua Zong and Shunsuke Murai at Kyoto University, Tanaka has been working on using transparent films embedded with nanoparticles of silver to study the feedback coherence from certain random lasers. Their work can be seen in Applied Physics Letters: “Random lasers with coherent feedback from highly transparent polymer films embedded with silver nanoparticles.”“Random lasers are laser sources that arise from multiple scattering events in random systems so that the strength of light scattering is of large importance in determining the feedback type of laser oscillation, Tanaka explains. “We are interested in such lasers because their fabrication process is technically simple while high gain is involved. At present, researchers are focusing on random lasers based on dielectrics with high refractive index, while little attention has been paid to metal nanostructures-based amplifying random media.” He continues: “Actually, metal nanostructures are rather potential materials in laser devices. The use of surface plasmon resonance of metal nanostructures is extremely attractive because they bring about surface enhanced Raman scattering, enhancement of spontaneous emission, and amplified spontaneous emission, and so on. What we have consisdered for a long time is whether laser actions with high gain could be achieved by combining metal nanostructures and laser working medium.”Indeed, this led Tanaka and his peers to wonder if surface plasmon resonance can help random lasing. The answer, in their minds, is yes: “We found that the presence of silver nanoparticles results in the coherent output even though the scattering strength of the system is very weak. We believe that surface plasmon plays an important role in the laser operation.”In order to make the demonstration work, the Kyoto team embedded silver nanoparticles on highly transparent polymer films. The process was made possible through the in situ method, in which heat is used to create the hybrid material, combining polymer with metal in a way that is useful in terms of lasing. “We have calculated the transport mean free path of our sample and found that it is far larger than the sample size. The light propagates in such systems nearly freely without resistance,” Tanaks says. “Then, the issue that puzzles us is this: What on earth induces laser oscillation?”last_img read more

Human fear of spiders draws scientific focus

first_img 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. Female comb-footed spider (family Theridiidae), Enoplognatha ovata. Photographed in the wild at DuPage County, Illinois, USA. Size = 15mm. Credit: Bruce Marlin/Wikipedia/CC BY 3.0 , Cognition Some dangerous spider species may have been common during our evolutionary history. A number of species with potent venoms populated Africa before hominoids and have co-existed there for tens of millions of years. A black widow spider bite in the ancestral world even if not fatal could leave one incapacitated for days or weeks.Joshua New, Department of Psychology, Barnard College and colleague Tamsin German, wrote “Spiders at the cocktail party: an ancestral threat that surmounts inattentional blindness,” which has been published in Evolution and Human Behavior. The paper stated that the human visual system may retain ancestral mechanisms uniquely dedicated to the rapid detection of immediate and specific threats, such as spiders and snakes, which persistently recurred throughout evolutionary time. The authors concluded that “Spiders may be one of a very few evolutionarily-persistent threats that are inherently specified for visual detection and uniquely ‘prepared’ to capture attention and awareness irrespective of any foreknowledge, personal importance, or task-relevance.”New and German asked their participants to look at abstract shapes and data on computer screens. Among those images were needles and flies. Results, as reported in the Daily Sun: “Of the 252 people reviewed in the study, most recognized the spiders much quicker than other images known to induce fear, such as flies and needles.” Spider images got more attention; the viewers spotted them and knew what they were. The authors reported that, “Despite their highly marginalized presentation, iconic spiders were nonetheless detected, localized, and identified by a very large proportion of observers.” Their test, said the authors, made use of the “inattentional blindness paradigm” in which an unexpected, peripheral stimulus is presented coincidentally with a central task-relevant display. Last year, Inside Science turned to the spider study which had been published online. Inside Science described how the study was designed: “To see if there is something special about spiders, the researchers showed people a cross shape that flashed in the middle of a screen for an eighth of a second. The participants’ task, as far as they knew, was to judge which of the two bars on the cross was longer. During the first three trials, only the cross appeared. On the fourth trial, another image appeared at the same time. The possible images included a spider, a hypodermic needle, a housefly, and abstract shapes made by rearranging the lines of the spider.” People were asked if they saw anything other than just the cross and, if so, in which part of the screen. They also tried to identify the image by selecting it from a lineup.New’s study reflects a question that scientists have posed before about human reactions to spiders: In 2008, the study “Do infants possess an evolved spider-detection mechanism?” appeared in Cognition. Babies looked at spiders longer than they looked at other images. Authors David Rakison and Jaime Derringer talked about “an evolved predator recognition mechanism that specifies the appearance of recurring threats.”The results, they said, supported the hypothesis that humans “may possess a cognitive mechanism for detecting specific animals that were potentially harmful throughout evolutionary history.”Rakison said in Inside Science that “At least with children, there’s very little conflicting evidence that spiders and snakes have some kind of privileged nature in human visual processing.” More information: Spiders at the cocktail party: an ancestral threat that surmounts inattentional blindness, Evolution and Human Behavior, A fear of spiders, arachnophobia, is in our DNA. You don’t learn to freeze at the site of these creatures; you’re born with the fear. Even the sight of hypodermic needles and houseflies does not trigger a similar response. Scientists pin that fear on survival instinct. The theory goes like this: Humans evolved in Africa where being able to spot a spider was of necessity. Spiders found able to custom build webs to trap best food source Explore further Journal information: Evolution and Human Behavior © 2015 Citation: Human fear of spiders draws scientific focus (2015, April 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

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