First Consultation on Child Diversion Policy Set for August 19

first_img The first of four islandwide consultations is to be held at the St. Andrew High School for Girls, in Kingston, on Monday, August 19. Story Highlights The policy seeks to establish a formal framework for dealing with children in conflict with the law The first of four islandwide consultations on the Draft National Child Diversion Policy is to be held at the St. Andrew High School for Girls, in Kingston, on Monday, August 19.Being conducted by the Ministry of Justice, the exercise aims to educate and sensitize the Jamaican public and gain feedback on the policy, which seeks to establish a formal framework for dealing with children in conflict with the law throughout the criminal justice process, with a view to ensuring that detention or institutionalisation is a measure of last resort.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer, is inviting members of the public, especially those who work directly with children or those interested in their welfare to attend these sessions, which will run from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day.“Anyone who feels they have an interest in justice as meted out to children, can come to those sessions and give us their input which will be considered,” Mrs. Palmer said, while addressing the opening of a consultation for Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on the draft policy framework, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston, today (August 15).She noted that while the process to develop this policy on child diversion has been “in gestation for a long time…we are at the point now where we need the insight, the input, and the significant collaboration of stakeholders.”The Kingston session will cater to the parishes of St. Catherine, Kingston and St. Andrew and St. Thomas. The next session will be held on Tuesday, August 20, at the St. Mary High School and will cater to residents of St. Mary, Portland and St. Ann.The West Jamaica Conference Centre in Mount Salem, Montego Bay, will be the venue for the next consultation on Wednesday (August 21). This will cater to the parishes of Trelawny, St. James and Hanover. The final session, scheduled for Thursday(August 22) will be hosted at the St. Elizabeth Technical High School, 90 Main Street, Santa Cruz and will accommodate residents of Westmoreland, St. Elizabeth, Manchester and Clarendon. The exercise aims to educate and sensitize the Jamaican public and gain feedback on the policylast_img read more

Bodies of Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky found near Gillam

first_imgGILLAM, M.B. – The bodies of Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky have been found near Gillam Manitoba.At a press conference on Wednesday, the RCMP made the announcement that their bodies were found near Gillam.At 10 a.m. on August 7, the two bodies were found 1 km from where items were found on the Nelson River and the RCMP are confident the two bodies are Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. Specialized RCMP teams begin searching nearby high-probability areas, leading officers to the discovery of the two male bodies, in the dense brush.The RCMP have not determined exactly how Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky died.  The RCMP have asked for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.The search is over.  At 10am this morning, Manitoba RCMP officers located the bodies of two males, believed to be the BC suspects, near the shoreline of the Nelson River (approx 8km from the burnt vehicle). #rcmpmb— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) August 7, 2019Full RCMP statementMore on the searchOn August 2, 2019, RCMP located several items on the shoreline, approximately 9 km from where the burnt vehicle was located. RCMP have confirmed that these items are directly linked to the suspects. That same day, a damaged boat was also found along the Nelson River.Based on this information, the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team (URT) were immediately deployed. On August 4, 2019, URT conducted a thorough underwater search approximately 29 metres around the location where the boat was found. The search did not uncover any additional items linked to the suspects. The roadblock on PR 290 has been removed, but officers remain in the Gillam area.  To ensure the integrity of the investigation, the RCMP will not be releasing any further information about the items.Last week the RCMP announced they would scale back the search for Schmegelsky and McLeod in Northern Manitoba.  In the next Province, the OPP have been investigating several tips that the pair is now in that Province. So far the OPP have not been able to confirm the tips.Police continue to stress, that if you believe you’ve seen Kam McLeod and Bryer Schemelsky, contact your local police department immediately or 911.  Sightings have been posted to social media before being shared with the RCMP, that has caused delays in the investigation.The last confirmed sighting of the pair was on July 22 in Gillam Manitoba.  The pair are wanted in connection with three homicides in Northern B.C. that all occurred during the week of July 15, 2019.last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral leads UN outcry against attack on holy site in Iraq

“The Secretary-General was deeply shocked to learn of today’s destructive attack on the holy Shrines of Imam Ali Al-Hadi and Imam Hassan Al-Askary in Samarra,” said his spokesperson Michele Montas in a statement.Mr. Ban “strongly condemns this act, which was clearly aimed at provoking sectarian strife and undermining the peace and stability of Iraq,” she said. The statement called on all Iraqis “to avoid succumbing to the vicious cycle of revenge and to exercise maximum restraint while demonstrating unity and resolve in the face of this terrible attack.” Mr. Ban also welcomed efforts by Iraqi political and religious leaders to calm the situation and to promote respect for human rights and the protection of religious sites. He pledged that the UN “will continue to do everything possible to help the Iraqi people promote inter-communal dialogue and national reconciliation.”Mr. Ban’s statement came on the heels of a statement by his Special Representative for Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, who “condemned in the strongest terms possible the sacrilegious attack on the holy Shrines of Imam Ali Al-Hadi and Imam Hassan Al-Askary in Samarra.”Calling the attack on the holy Shi’a shrines “atrocious,” he said it was a “horrendous, sinister and unspeakable crime whose perpetrators once again intended to inflame sectarian passions, destroy efforts aimed at national reconciliation and undermine any prospect of peace and stability in Iraq.”Urging Iraqis to exercise maximum restraint and recalling May’s “horrible attack on the Shrine of Abdul-Qader Al-Gilani Mosque in Baghdad,” a revered Sunni site, Mr. Qazi reaffirmed the UN’s condemnation of the targeting of all places of worship. He called on all Iraqis to “close ranks more than ever before and demonstrate unity and resolve in the face of this menace that threatens Iraq national fabric.” Doing so, he said, “will deny those behind such horrific acts the opportunity to undermine the ongoing efforts to consolidate peace and security in the country.”Mr. Qazi also called on the Iraqi authorities to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 730,000 Iraqis have been forced to flee their homes since the al-Askary shrine in Samarra was bombed last February.Members of the Security Council issued a press statement condemning “in the strongest terms today’s abhorrent attack on the holy shrines of Imam Ali al-Hadi and Imam Hassan al-Askari in Samarra” and calling on all Iraqis to “reject this provocation.”The statement also encouraged continued and robust UN assistance in support of the Iraqi people and Government. To this end, Council members welcomed planning for the construction of a new UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) compound in Baghdad.The press statement was released following a meeting of the Council, which was briefed by Mr. Qazi, who said the Samarra bombing “can only add to our concerns” about Iraq.Addressing an open session that saw the participation of over a dozen countries, the envoy said the Council is “uniquely placed” to support efforts to foster reconciliation in Iraq with the participation of the country’s neighbours and the wider world.“The international community cannot allow itself to become a spectator of the unfolding crisis in Iraq, if only because of the unconscionable human cost involved,” he stressed. “The international community not only has a vital security stake in the stability of Iraq, it also has an inescapable moral obligation” to help.Mr. Qazi warned that if the political and security situation in Iraq is not improved over the coming months, “there is a danger that its several crises may escalate further.”The Special Representative said the support of the UN, Council members and the Iraqi Government “has the potential to effectively assist and develop national dialogue and reconciliation processes, regional cooperation on Iraq, and international support.”The Secretary-General, speaking to reporters following his monthly luncheon with Council members, said the UN has a plan to increase its presence in the country when circumstances permit.“This is a priority issue, to see the early resolution as well as restoration of peace and security and democratization in Iraq,” he said. “This is a common effort of the international community.” 13 June 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his envoy to Iraq today strongly condemned the attack against holy shrines in Samarra, where a blast last February triggered a wave of deadly sectarian violence across the country. read more

UN encourages Sierra Leone to improve prisoners rights

21 June 2007The top United Nations envoy in Sierra Leone today presented the Government with a report aimed at encouraging it to improve prisoners’ rights, noting that failure to protect them constitutes “a threat to peace and stability” in the West African nation. “In a country that has endured a decade-long war, peace consolidation is only achieved once all the potential threats to stability are addressed. The failure to protect and promote human rights for a particular group of people is one such threat,” stated Victor Angelo, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Executive Representative in Sierra Leone.The report – entitled “Behind Walls: An Inventory and Assessment of Prisons in Sierra Leone” – was presented to Sierra Leone’s Minister of Internal Affairs, Pascal Egbenda, in a brief ceremony held at the Freetown headquarters of the UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), which Mr. Angelo heads. Major challenges facing prisons in Sierra Leone include overcrowding and squalid living conditions, including the lack of adequate food, clothing, medicine, hygiene and sanitation.The result of physical inspection of the country’s 13 prisons and interviews with inmates and staff, the report highlights that though the 13 prisons have a combined capacity of 1,495 detainees, there are a total of 1,693 persons detained as of 13 April 2007. Twenty of them, including one woman, were on death row. UNIOSIL has already put in place measures for emergency relief assistance to the prisons and is supporting the Government in developing a project to strengthen the prisons through the UN Peacebuilding Fund, which was launched in October 2006 in response to the growing global demand for sustained support to countries emerging from conflict.The Fund supports countries before the UN Peacebuilding Commission, currently Burundi and Sierra Leone, but is also available to countries in similar circumstances as designated by the Secretary-General.UNIOSIL has also been conducting training programmes for prison officials, which is one of the recommendations of the report released today. read more

Nishantha goes to court to stop Thilanga from contesting

Former Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board General Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga today filed a petition in court seeking an injunction to prevent Thilanga Sumathipala from contesting the Sri Lanka Cricket board elections.Ranatunga, who is also contesting for the post of President at the elections scheduled to be held this week, says Sumathipala is not qualified to hold the post of President. Ranatunga, the younger brother of World Cup winning former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna, was SLC secretary from 2009 to 2015.  (Colombo Gazette)

UNESCO chief denounces terrorist attack that killed dozens in Pakistan

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom denounced the recent terrorist attack that killed at least 70 people, including two journalists, in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Baluchistan province.“There can be no justification for violence targeting civilians,” Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said today in a statement condemning the attack. “The loss of these media professionals in the brutal terrorist attack in Quetta undermines citizens’ ability to sustain informed debate that is the bedrock of good governance and dialogue,” she added. Mehmood Khan, a cameraman for Dawn News, and Shehzad Ahmed, a cameraman for Aaj TV, were reporting at the time of the bomb blast on a gathering of mourners following the murder of the president of the Baluchistan Bar Association earlier in the day. On Monday, in a statement issued by his office, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also condemned the attack, underscoring that the targeting of mourners made it “particularly appalling.”The UNESCO chief regularly issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States in 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” read more

Blizzard bans a load more StarCraft II players

first_imgBlizzard is once again bringing down the ban hammer on StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty players. This time round there has been no announcement as to how many players received either a temporary or permanent account ban.The suspensions have been issued due to cheating and use of hacking tools as Blizzard explains:AdChoices广告We recently issued a new round of account suspensions and bans to StarCraft II players who were in violation of the Terms of Use for cheating and/or using hack programs while playing. In addition to undermining the spirit of fair competition that’s essential to play on, cheating and hacking can lead to stability and performance issues with the service. The news has been met with praise from players in the comments on the post. While some players are choosing to delay playing the game until “99% of the hackers are gone”, others thank Blizzard for being so diligent and removing players who are ruining the game by cheating.Blizzard’s has always made it clear they will find and ban cheaters, and 5,000 players have already experienced suspensions.One area of controversy with regards to SC2 bans is that Blizzard also monitors single-player games. If you cheat while playing on your own, you may still receive an account suspension if that cheat is detected.Read more at Battle.netlast_img read more

PSNI make fresh appeal after two teenagers arrested over killing of Lyra

first_img Share Tweet Email Updated Apr 20th 2019, 4:38 PM Lyra McKeeTHE POLICE SERVICE of Northern Ireland have made a fresh appeal for information following the arrest of two teenagers in connection with the killing of journalist Lyra McKee.The 29-year-old journalist died after shots were fired in the Fanad Drive area of Creggan in the city during rioting on Thursday night. The PSNI has since launched a murder inquiry, and have arrested two men aged 18 and 19 under the Terrorism Act.They have been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite for questioning.Police have described the shooting as a “terrorist incident”, and believe the rioting was connected to a search of properties in the Creggan area by officers.Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy, who is leading the investigation into the murder of 29-year-old Lyra McKee in Derry/Londonderry tells media of a ‘palpable sea change in the sentiment towards community policing’.— PSNI (@PoliceServiceNI) April 20, 2019 PSNI make fresh appeal after two teenagers arrested over killing of Lyra McKee in Derry The 29 year-old was killed in the city on Thursday. Saturday 20 Apr 2019, 4:38 PM No Comments Short URL Apr 20th 2019, 8:02 AM 99,140 Views center_img 19.04.19 ‘An incredible talent’: Tributes paid to ‘rising star’ Lyra McKee, journalist shot dead during rioting in Derry By Stephen McDermott Rioting in the Creggan area of Derry on Thursday night Source: Niall Carson/PA ImagesMurphy has specifically asked that people who were in the area and who may have information come forward and to hand over mobile phone footage they may have to police. “We do not need to hold on to your phone, we have necessary equipment that will allow us to download the footage quickly,” Murphy said. “Alternatively, you can use the Major Incident Public Portal at to upload footage or to tell us what they know.”“We have already received unprecedented support from the local community and I would like to thank them for helping us to seek justice for Lyra’s family.”McKee was at the scene of rioting, with reporters present saying police came under gun fire and a petrol bomb attack.The PSNI said yesterday that dissident republicans were storing weapons and explosives for a number of planned attacks, possibly to have taken place over Easter weekend in the city.They say that after searches began, a crowd gathered and that around 50 petrol bombs were thrown at officers. Two vehicles were also hijacked and set on fire.A single gunman is believed to have fired shots and fatally wounded the deceased.The killing was condemned across Ireland yesterday, with the leaders of the six main parties in Northern Ireland releasing a rare joint statement hitting out at the murder.A number of vigils took place across the island of Ireland in memory of McKee yesterday, with more events expected to take place later today.Comments have been closed. Speaking this afternoon, Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy, who is leading the investigation, said that he believes that the people responsible for McKee’s murder are members of the new IRA.“I’ve just come from a very difficult meeting with Lyra McKee’s family and her partner and, as you can imagine, they are absolutely devastated,” Murphy told reporters this afternoon. “Lyra’s family have a lot of questions, and I answered as many for them as I can at this stage,  but I need more help from the community to answer all their questions and to bring those who killed Lyra to justice.”“Shortly before 11pm on Thursday night, 29-year-old Lyra was murdered by terrorists. I believe that the people responsible are members of the new IRA.”Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses who were in the area that could assist them in identifying the gunman, and have issued CCTV footage of the moments leading up to the shooting. 19.04.19 Lyra McKee: A determined journalist who told the stories of marginalised people and her country’s troubled past Related Reads Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Speedrunner Finishes Prey in Less Than 20 Minutes

first_img Well, that didn’t take long, did it? Less than a week after its release, a speedrunner has blasted through Prey in less than 20 minutes. The game wasn’t meant to be finished so quickly, but that didn’t stop speedrunner DraQu from accomplishing what shouldn’t be possible.DraQu finished the game in 45 minutes over the weekend and knocked it down to the current 20 minutes. He was able to do this thanks to the in-game GLOO gun. This weapon allows players to create artificial bridges to reach inaccessible areas. He used it to get to places he isn’t actually supposed to be able to so early in the game. Without exploiting this technique, none of this would be possible.Below are the 20 minute and 45-minute runs. As you would expect, there are spoilers contained in both videos so watch at your discretion. In a way, this can be considered a double speedrun. Not only was DraQu able to finish Prey in 20 minutes, but he did so only three days after the game’s release. There will surely be others that will attempt to top this speedrun, but DraQu will forever be the guy who did it first. In fact, at this rate, he may even be able to finish Prey in less than 10 minutes. Don’t be surprised if he manages to do just that this week.For regular folks, it should take anywhere from 20 to 30 hours to beat Prey. Although it is very reminiscent of many other games out there, it still provides a unique and fun experience. Considering the barrage of titles we’ve been hit with in 2017, it may be difficult to make time for Prey. However, if you’re into science-fiction games with a deep story and cool and crazy powers, this is a game you don’t want to miss out on. Stay on targetcenter_img 11 Other Late 90s TV Shows That Could Use a RebootThese Songbirds Use Brute Force to Kill Prey Twice Their Size last_img read more

Chainreaction crash on I205 in Vancouver injures woman

first_imgA three-vehicle crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 205 at Burton Road stalled Tuesday morning traffic and sent a 56-year-old woman to the hospital.Emergency dispatch logs show multiple agencies responded to the crash about 6:31 a.m. at Milepost 29.7 of the freeway. Traffic officials initially reported that traffic was quickly backing up to state Highway 500, but reported an optimistic delay of about four minutes. Moments later, that estimate was extended to nearly a half-hour.A Washington State Patrol crash report said Benjamin J. Root, a 25-year-old Vancouver man, was driving southbound on the freeway in a maroon 2001 Nissan Pathfinder when he rammed into the back of a green two-door Honda Civic, which was pushed into a gray, newer model Ford Escape.All three vehicles had to be towed from the scene of the crash.The driver of the Ford Escape, 56-year-old Glynda A. Cox, was injured in the crash and taken to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. Cox was treated and released, according to a Legacy spokeswoman.last_img read more

Martin Keown blasts Arsenals transfer policy

first_imgFormer Arsenal defender Martin Keown has blasted the club’s January transfer policy amid reports Unai Emery will only be able to sign players on loan.Reports suggest that Emery will only be allowed to make permanent signings if the club can sell Mesut Ozil this month.The policy has not deterred Emery going after Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez, although any deal to bring the former Villarreal midfielder to the Emirates will be a loan move with a view to a permanent move in the summer.With Arsenal sitting fifth on the Premier League standings and battling to secure a top-four spot, Keown admitted he is surprised by a “very weird situation” with the Gunners.“It’s a very weird situation at Arsenal,” he told talkSPORT on Thursday.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“For the club to say they’re only allowed to loan players…”“This is the sixth-wealthiest club in the world! And we can’t buy a player in this transfer window?”“I think that’s astonishing.”last_img read more

Sale of passenger vehicles falls for ninth straight month as slowdown bites

first_imgCar and motorcycle makers have laid off 15,000 people and component manufacturers 100,000, with the remaining job losses at dealers.ReutersThe passenger vehicle sales in India saw the steepest fall in nearly two decades in July. Car sales to dealerships fell 31 percent to 200,790 units in July, marking the ninth straight month of drop,  data from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) showed. The SIAM data also revealed that commercial vehicle sales fell by 25.7 percent to 56,866 units in the same quarter. The two-wheeler segment also witnessed a fall of 16.8 percent to about 1.51 million units.  ReutersSIAM said there was a 17 percent decrease in the domestic passenger vehicle production in July. Vishnu Mathur, Director General of SIAM, told media that there is an urgent need for government measures to revive the industry. He added that the industry is trying hard to get back the sales momentum and it requires government support to prevent the crisis from worsening.Maruti Suzuki, India’s auto manufacturing giant, witnessed a fall of 18.3 percent in its valuation since the beginning of the financial year. The country is facing a major crisis with its S&P BSE auto sector index falling about 23 percent in the first quarter. The logo of Maruti Suzuki India Limited is seen on a glass door at a showroom in New Delhi, India, February 29, 2016.REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/File PhotoAmid the liquidity crunch in the country, with the banking sector going on the back foot in terms of new credit, the demand for consumer goods is declining. This is the major reason behind the fall in car sales. To cope up with the slumping sales and stagnant market, the Indian auto sector has been slashing employee count. The falling sales have also led to the closure of factories for days while the auto part suppliers are on the verge of shutting down completely due to lack of demand.In an effort to restore the health og the auto sector, the industry demanded tax cuts and easier access to finance for dealers and buyers at a meeting with the Indian Government officials, last week. Generic auto parts in IndiaReuterslast_img read more

Variant Covers to Grab This Week 82218

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. They say don’t judge a book by its cover, and honestly that’s a really good policy usually. But when comics have gorgeous covers it’s hard not to imagine the wonderful story that lies within a colorful and well-executed front. Variant covers are a long-standing and killer tradition of the industry. It’s a great way to feature new artists and give collectors something to clamor about, and let’s be real, fork over the dough for.Here are some of Geek’s favorite variant covers coming out on 8/22/18Mr & Mrs X #2 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Jen Bartel –@heyjenbartelPublisher: MarvelWriter/Artist: Kelly Thompson/Oscar BazalduaBetty & Veronica Vixens #9 (Cover B)Variant Artist:  Paulina Ganucheau – @PlinaGanucheau Publisher: Archie ComicsWriter/Artist: Jamie L Rotante/Sanya AnwarJughead the Hunger #8 (Cover A)Variant Artist: Adam Gorham – @AdamTGorham Publisher: Archie ComicsWriter/Artist:  Frank Tieri/Pat KennedyBeasts of Burden: Wise Dogs and Eldritch Men #1 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Rafael Albuquerque – @rafaalbuquerquePublisher: Dark HorseWriter/Artist: Evan Dorkin/Ben DeweyCurse Words Summer Special #1 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Joe Quinones – @Joe_QuinonesPublisher: ImageWriter/Artist: Charles Soule/Joe QuinonesHit-Girl #7 (Cover C)Variant Artist: Skottie Young – @skottieyoungPublisher: ImageWriter/Artist: Jeff Lemire/ Eduardo RissoQuantum & Woody #9 (Cover C)Variant Artist: Joe Eisma – @Supajoe Publisher: IDWWriter/Artist: Eliot Rahal/Joe EsimaWasted Space #4 (Cover A)Variant Artist: Marguerite Sauvage – @AdamTGorham Publisher: VaultWriter/Artist: Michael Moreci / Hayden ShermanWonder Woman #53 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Jenny Frison – @jennyfrisonartPublisher: DC ComicsWriter/Artist:  Steve Orlando/ AcoRegular Show 25 Years Later #3 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Sam Beck – @cliffchiangPublisher: Boom!Writer/Artist: Christopher Hastings/ Anna JohnstonesLooking for our favorite books we read last week? Head over to the NCBD section and find out. But if you want to support indie creators too have a look at the 5 comic Kickstarters you should be backing this week. And as always stay up to date on all comic news right here.  Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Chinese propose method for deflecting asteroid Apophis

first_img Apophis is approximately 880 feet in diameter and weighs an estimated 46 million tons. If it were to strike the earth, it would most certainly cause damage for thousands of miles around the epicenter, but wouldn’t spell doom for the planet as a whole.First discovered in 2004 by Roy Tucker, David Tholen and Fabrizio Bernardi at the Kitt Peak National Observatory, Apophis was after initial study, thought to have a possibility of hitting the earth; then after further study, it appeared that an impact was unlikely. Then later it was noted that when Apophis makes a close approach in 2029, there is a possibility that it could pass through what is known as a “keyhole” (a small gravitational zone near enough a planet to alter the course of an object) near our planet that could cause the next pass, in 2036, to hit us. Because of the dizzying number of variables involved in such a scenario, however, there appears to be differing views as to the probability of that actually happening. There also seems to be some disagreement as to the origin of its name; some suggest that Apophis comes from the ancient Egyptian deity, enemy of the uncreator Ra, Apep. Others suggest it’s simply a nod to the character Apophis on the television show Stargate SG-1.In either case, Gong et al, propose using a space vehicle propelled by a solar sail that would move in a retrograde (opposite) orbit relative to Apophis fast enough so that when the collision occurred (like two cars running head on into each other on a freeway) the vessel would strike the asteroid moving at a relative speed of some 55 miles per second, enough they say, to push the offending asteroid off its current path.The problem is, as the Chinese group readily admit, is in being precise enough in aiming the vessel. With all the variables at play (including the years it would have to travel) it would seem an almost impossible task. Nonetheless, the team seems undaunted, suggesting that such a vehicle could be built and launched in the time frame available. 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. Orientation of the sail cone and clock angles. Image: arXiv:1108.3183v1 [astro-ph.IM] More information: Utilization of H-reversal Trajectory of Solar Sail for Asteroid Deflection, Shengping Gong, Junfeng Li, Xiangyuan Zeng, arXiv:1108.3183v1 [astro-ph.IM] Earth Asteroids have a possibility of impacting with the Earth and always have a thread on the Earth. This paper proposes a way of changing the trajectory of the asteroid to avoid the impaction. Solar sail evolving in a H-reversal trajectory is utilized for asteroid deflection. Firstly, the dynamics of solar sail and the characteristics of the H-reversal trajectory are analyzed. Then, the attitude of the solar sail is optimized to guide the sail to impact with the object asteroid along a H-reversal trajectory. The impact velocity depends on two important parameters: the minimum solar distance along the trajectory and lightness number. A larger lightness number and a smaller solar distance lead to a higher impact velocity. Finally, the deflection capability of a solar sail impacting with the asteroid along the H-reversal is discussed. The results show that a 10 kg solar sail with a lead-time of one year can move Apophis out of a 600-m keyhole area in 2029 to eliminate the possibility of its resonant return in 2036.Via ArXiv blog Explore further NASA Statement on Student Asteroid Calculations © 2011 Citation: Chinese propose method for deflecting asteroid Apophis (2011, August 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Chinese scientist Shengping Gong and associates at Tsinghua University in Beijin have proposed an alternative method of deflecting the asteroid Apophis to ensure that it does not strike the earth. They believe that rather than just blowing it up ala the European Space Agency’s Don Quijote project, a better approach would be to use a solar sail, as described in their paper on the preprint server arXiv, to slowly nudge the asteroid off its trajectory just enough to keep it from bothering us here on Earth. last_img read more

DNA Testing Reveals Identity of Worlds Oldest Natural Mummy

first_imgA legal battle that has raged over a 10,600-year-old ancient skeleton called the “Spirit Cave Mummy” ended after advanced DNA sequencing found it was, after all, related to a Native American tribe. Scientists were finally able to prove the Spirit Cave Mummy, the world’s oldest natural mummy, was related to Native Americans living in Nevada today, the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe.Lake Lahontan. Photo by Decumanus ( CC BY-SA 3.0 )Tribe members had asked for the Ice Age-era remains for burial, but their request had been denied repeatedly.The Spirit Cave Mummy study was part of an ambitious international project that genetically analyzed the DNA of a series of disputed ancient remains found in North and South America, which also included Lovelock skeletons, the Lagoa Santa remains, an Inca mummy, and the oldest remains in Chilean Patagonia.Location of Lagoa Santa within Minas Gerais. Photo by Raphael Lorenzeto de Abreu CC BY 2.5The study also looked at the second oldest human remains on the continent, from Trail Creek Cave in Alaska. It was a 9,000-year-old milk tooth from a young girl.A statement from the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe said they “had a lot of experience with members of the scientific community, mostly negative.”It added: “However, there are a handful of scientists that seemed to understand the tribe’s perspective and Eske Willerslev was one of them. His new study confirms what we have always known from our oral tradition and other evidence – that the man taken from his final resting place in Spirit Cave is our Native American ancestor.”Professor Eske Willerslev with Donna and Joey, two members of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone tribe.Photo by Linus Mørk, Magus FilmScientists had sequenced 15 ancient genomes, enabling them to track the movements of the first humans as they spread across the Americas at “astonishing” speed during the Ice Age.“Throughout the last three decades many methodological advancements have been made which have facilitated the retrieval of ancient DNA from human remains,” José Victor Moreno Mayar, first author of the study from the Centre for GeoGenetics at the University of Copenhagen, told Newsweek. “Today we are able to get DNA from remains that have been deposited, for thousands of years, in settings that make DNA preservation unlikely.”Their research confirms that the first Native Americans traveled from Asia into Alaska some 25,000 years ago “and once they moved into mid-latitude America, they followed a north to south route with some populations staying behind at different locations at different times; after that, it seems that established populations did not interact much with one another,” he said.Sumidouro Lake in Lagoa Santa, Brazil. Photo by Natural History Museum of DenmarkHowever, an important connection was confirmed between the Spirit Cave Mummy and Lagoa Santa when scientists identified  genetic heterogeneity between the mummy in Nevada and the 10,400-year-old remains in southwest Brazil, “signifying that it took roughly 200 years for these groups of early humans to travel a distance of over 6,000 miles.”Spirit Cave Mummy was controversial because of questions over who could claim the remains. This had to do with the Paleoamerican theory, that a different set of human species besides Native Americans lived in North or South America.A bison hunt depicted by George CatlinThe DNA study finally dismissed the Paleoamerican idea, which was mostly based on skull dimensions.Professor Eske Willeslev, who holds positions both at St John’s College, University of Cambridge, and the University of Copenhagen, and who led the study, said: “Our study proves that Spirit Cave and Lagoa Santa were actually genetically closer to contemporary Native Americans than to any other ancient or contemporary group sequenced to date.”Spirit Cave Mummy was found in the 1940s and for a while, researchers thought it was 2,000 years old.Twenty years ago, the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone tribe, which is based near to the burial site, claimed cultural affiliation and requested the remains be returned for burial under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.Read another story from us:  Lost Ancient Greek City Founded by Trojan Survivors DiscoveredBut anthropologists argued that the remains were important to understanding the first inhabitants of North America. The request was refused and there was a lawsuit between the tribe and the federal government.last_img read more

FDA Clears Magnetom Lumina 3T MRI From Siemens Healthineers

first_img Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Related Content Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more January 30, 2019 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the Magnetom Lumina 3 Tesla (3T) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner from Siemens Healthineers.The Magnetom Lumina features BioMatrix patient personalization technology, which significantly improves productivity while ensuring consistent quality. The system has a wide, 70-cm bore and GO technologies powered by artificial intelligence (AI), which accelerate the entire MRI workflow. For example, a whole spine exam can be performed up to 20 percent faster compared to a conventional system. Tim 4G and Dot (Day Optimizing Throughput) engines support standardized, highly reproducible scan procedures. To further facilitate workflow efficiency, the system features an optional dockable table. Additionally, new Turbo Suite acceleration packages can further reduce scan time on routine musculoskeletal (MSK) examinations of various parts of the body by up to 50 percent.The Magnetom Lumina will also offer the optional Innovision in-bore infotainment system, which is designed to move with the scanner table to not only create the illusion of an enlarged bore, but also to provide a unique video experience with excellent sound quality. The infotainment system is still under development and not yet commercially available.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more center_img Technology | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | January 30, 2019 FDA Clears Magnetom Lumina 3T MRI From Siemens Healthineers BioMatrix patient personalization technology and in-bore infotainment system emphasize productivity and patient comfort Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more last_img read more


first_img 35 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories The Heisman Trophy winner has some skeptics in the NFL due to his size and build.ESPN’s Todd McShay, in the 2.0 version of his mock draft before Murray’s announcement, had the Oklahoma product going 13th overall to the Miami Dolphins. Murray was the second quarterback off the board following Ohio State signal-caller Dwayne Haskins; McShay has Haskins going No. 6 to the New York Giants.It is worth noting, though, that the six writers were asked if they would select Murray in the top-10 and they all said yes. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The connection, though, goes beyond that according to two NFL asked a handful of their NFL writers some questions regarding Murray and both Matt Bowen and Mike Sando believe the perfect fit for Murray is in Arizona.Bowen loves the stylistic match.New coach Kliff Kingsbury can build his system around Josh Rosen. But if we are talking about a perfect fit, where Kingsbury can also utilize the creativity of his QB-designed runs/run-pass options to mesh with his traditional spread/Air Raid pass concepts? Then it’s Murray running the show. And that would cost the No. 1 overall pick.Sando goes back to Kingsbury’s love of Murray as a quarterback.Because Kingsbury has expressed such an affinity for him. Murray would also bring excitement to an organization that needs a spark.Arizona, of course, just traded up in the 2018 NFL Draft to select former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen. In his rookie season, Rosen threw for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.Related LinksOklahoma QB Kyler Murray chooses NFL path over MLBCardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury talks about Murray comments, leaving USCESPN’s Schefter suggests Cardinals could draft QB Murray, trade RosenArizona Hotshots score 1st touchdown and win in franchise historyThe 5-foot-10 Murray was the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. He initially planned on a baseball career, but a potential football career called after he threw for 42 touchdowns to seven interceptions as a junior this season at Oklahoma. FILE – In this Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Army, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray made his intentions official Monday, choosing the NFL over MLB.The Arizona Cardinals have been linked to Murray in the past, due to new head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s comments from October — when he was still at Texas Tech — on taking Murray No. 1 overall if he had the chance. So with Kingsbury getting the job in Arizona, the team with the No. 1 overall selection, the clip went viral.last_img read more

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