Who Will Sit at NASA’s Helm?

first_imgPresident Barack Obama chatted today with the astronauts completing work on NASA’s international space station, joking with the crew for nearly half an hour. But he gave no sign of his choice to head the space agency. Obama has promised more than once in recent weeks that he will soon name a NASA administrator, but, like several of the space agency’s projects, the launch keeps slipping. In recent days, two potential candidates won appointments to other posts, and the rumor mill seems to be drying up.The delay is causing jitters on Capitol Hill. A letter to the president recently signed by 14 lawmakers and sent to the White House last week warns that “NASA faces numerous time-sensitive challenges and needs decisive leadership.” The bipartisan group adds that “it is imperative for NASA to have a leader” who can wrestle with the gap between retirement of the space shuttle and launch of a new rocket while preserving “the agency’s cutting edge science and aeronautics programs.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Word last week was that a selection would come soon, but two rumored finalists now have other jobs. Steve Isakowitz, a former NASA official, was reappointed as the Department of Energy’s chief financial officer, and U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Gration is going to Sudan to serve as a White House special envoy.last_img read more

Russia to Explore Mission to Asteroid Despite Low Collision Risk

first_imgRussian space chief Anatoly Perminov says that his agency will soon hold an international meeting to consider a mission to asteroid Apophis, which scientists have assigned real though low odds of striking Earth:When the 270-meter (885-foot) asteroid was first discovered in 2004, astronomers estimated the chances of it smashing into Earth in its first flyby in 2029 were as high as 1-in-37.Further studies ruled out the possibility of an impact in 2029, when the asteroid is expected to come no closer than 18,300 miles (29,450 kilometers) above Earth’s surface, but they indicated a small possibility of a hit on subsequent encounters.In October, NASA lowered the odds that Apophis could hit Earth in 2036 from a 1-in-45,000 as earlier thought to a 1-in-250,000 chance after researchers recalculated the asteroid’s path. It said another close encounter in 2068 will involve a 1-in-330,000 chance of impact.Scientists have long theorized about asteroid deflection strategies. Some have proposed sending a probe to circle around a dangerous asteroid to gradually change its trajectory. Others suggested sending a spacecraft to collide with the asteroid and alter its momentum, or using nuclear weapons to hit it.Without mentioning NASA findings, Perminov said that he heard from a scientist that Apophis is getting closer and may hit the planet. “I don’t remember exactly, but it seems to me it could hit the Earth by 2032,” Perminov said.last_img read more

New Delhi World Cup to offer 16 Olympic quotas in shooting

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 20 (PTI) The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in the Capital early next year will offer 16 quota places for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The qualification route to the Olympic Games in Tokyo will start from this years ISSF World Championship in Changwon, Korea in August-September. A total of 360 quotas will be distributed in the 15 Olympic shooting events. The tournament in New Delhi, which will be held at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Ranges, will offer two quotas each in both individual men and womens sections for 10 air rifle, 10m air pistol, rifle 3 position and rapid fire pistol. The tournament will not involve quotas for mixed team events, which are marked only for the World Championships. The 52nd World Championships will be held from August 31 to September 15. There are 48 individual Olympic quotas and 12 mixed team Olympic quotas set to be assigned there. India recently produced its best-ever showing in an ISSF World Cup when its shooters grabbed nine medals, including four gold, in the tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico. This was a welcome change within two years of the countrys disastrous outing at the Rio Olympics. from where the shooting team returned empty-handed after winning medals in three successive Olympics. PTI AH AH KHS KHSlast_img read more

Telfer’s first MLS goal a winner Toronto FC

first_imgMLS Telfer’s first MLS goal earns Toronto FC a much-needed win Dejan Kalinic 11:09 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ryan Telfer Jay Chapman Toronto FC MLS 2018 John E. Sokolowski MLS Toronto Toronto v Orlando City Orlando City Videos Even without Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore, the defending MLS champion managed to overcome Orlando City in a Friday tilt A late goal from Ryan Telfer lifted Toronto FC to a 2-1 win over Orlando City in MLS on Friday.Without suspended star Sebastian Giovinco and fellow forward Jozy Altidore, reigning MLS Cup champion Toronto claimed a much-needed win at BMO Field.Cristian Higuita had canceled out Jay Chapman’s second-half opener, but the home side found a winner through Telfer three minutes from time. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now After Chapman put away a rebound in the 63rd minute, Orlando equalized through Higuita – who struck from 20 yards.But Telfer was the hero for Greg Vanney’s men. The 24-year-old’s powerful volley from an Auro cross proved to be enough to beat Joe Bendik and land Teller his first MLS goal. Telfer moved up to Toronto’s senior side in 2018 after spending the 2017 season with Toronto FC II.Toronto has struggled to open the MLS season, with the club having battled its way to the CONCACAF Champions League final. Ryan Telfer’s first MLS goal was a beaut. 👌 #TORvORL pic.twitter.com/7fGlgPMS6Y — Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 19, 2018 The win was just TFC’s third of the MLS season and lifted the club into ninth in the Eastern Conference, nine points behind fourth-placed Orlando.last_img read more

Tallink Grupp Opens New Subsidiary in Singapore

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Tallink Estonian Tallink Grupp, a provider of passenger and cargo transport services, is establishing a subsidiary in Singapore, the group’s first in Asia.With this move, Tallink intends “to simplify the development and expansion of the group’s activities in Asia.”As informed, Tallink Asia will be headed by Tallink Grupp’s Director of Development Operations, Taavi Tiivel.“We have always been open about the fact that Tallink Grupp is continuously looking for opportunities to develop our activities and expand into new markets,” Paavo Nõgene, CEO of Tallink Grupp, commented.Tallink said it has focused on developing and promoting services for Asian passengers in recent years but did not disclose any further details regarding its future activities in Asia.Earlier this week, Tallink Grupp said it transported more than one million passengers for the first time ever in the month of August and a record number of passengers for the fourth consecutive month in 2019.A total of 1.02 million passengers were transported on board the company’s ships in August 2019, which is a 2.5 percent year-on-year (yoy) increase.The company currently owns 14 vessels and operates seven ferry routes under the brand names of Tallink and Silja Line in the Baltic Sea region.last_img read more

Trudeau says government will limit access to handguns assault weapons

first_imgMONTREAL — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government plans to limit access to handguns and assault weapons to confront gun violence in the country.Speaking to Montreal radio station 98.5 FM today on the anniversary of the 1989 Ecole Polytechnique massacre, Trudeau did not rule out a full ban when asked by the host.The prime minister says the government is looking at different alternatives to address a situation he called unacceptable. But he says the goal is to limit the easy access criminals have to handguns and assault weapons.In 2015, Trudeau campaigned on a promise to get handguns and assault weapons off the streets, but gun-control advocates recently criticized the government for failing to follow through.Today’s comments come as Montreal marks the 29th anniversary of shootings that killed 14 women at the Ecole Polytechnique engineering school.Trudeau is scheduled to join Premier Francois Legault and other dignitaries at the end of the day at a memorial event on Mount Royal.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

One year later Memorial service for those killed in Humboldt Broncos crash

first_imgHUMBOLDT, Sask. — A memorial service being held today to mark one year since the Humboldt Broncos tragedy will include a moment of silence at 4:50 p.m. — the exact time of the deadly crash.Sixteen people were killed and 13 were injured after the Saskatchewan hockey team’s bus collided with a semi driven by a novice trucker who had blown the stop sign at a rural intersection.The crash struck a chord with hockey-loving Canadians and moved people around the world to put hockey sticks on their front porches in solidarity with the Humboldt community.More than $15 million was donated for the victims’ families.The service led by the team’s pastor is being held at the Humboldt arena, where rows of yellow banners hang above the main entrance with the names of all 29 people who were on the bus that day.Premier Scott Moe says he will attend with his wife, and a spokeswoman from the Prime Minister’s Office says a video message will be played from Justin Trudeau.“I have two children and, like any parent, I just can’t imagine what these parents are going through, go through, each and every day,” Moe said in an interview Friday.Organizers are expecting about 3,000 people at the arena and are also preparing for many to visit the crash site at the crossing of Highways 35 and 335.The Broncos were heading to a playoff game when the collision happened. Handmade crosses and a large collection of mementoes have been left at the intersection and there are plans for a permanent memorial there.Jaskirat Singh Sidhu of Calgary was sentenced last month to eight years for dangerous driving causing death and bodily injury. Court heard he was an inexperienced driver travelling for the first time in the area.The three prairie provinces have since made training mandatory for commercial truck drivers and an entry-level national training standard is to be in place next year.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Trump to meet with several tech CEOs amid rising tensions

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will meet with top executives from Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Qualcomm next week during a White House roundtable that could touch upon some the sticking points in the increasingly prickly relationship between his administration and the technology industry.Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz and Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf all plan to attend the Dec. 6 meeting. The White House had said in late September that Pichai had been invited to a tech roundtable without specifying when it would be held or who else would be asked to come.The meeting is being held the day after Pichai is scheduled to testify before a House committee.Some of Trump’s policies on trade and immigration have antagonized the tech industry.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Princess Lalla Salma in Doha to Take Part in World Innovation…

first_imgDoha  –  Princess Lalla Salma, chairwoman of the Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Treatment and Prevention, arrived on Monday in Doha to take part in the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), which will be held on December 10-11 in Doha, at the invitation of Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.Upon her arrival at the Doha international airport, Princess Lalla Salma was greeted by Jawaher Bint Hamad Bin Sahim Al Thani, spouse of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar and by Morocco’s ambassador in Doha El Mekki Gaouane, as well as other figures.After a short break at the airport lounge, HRH Princess Lalla Salma headed for the palais des hôtes, her residence in Doha. The opening of the summit, held under the patronage of Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, will be marked by a speech to be delivered by HRH Princess Lalla Salma before 600 participants, mainly decision-makers and experts from the health sector representing over 50 countries.The high-profile meeting will discuss sustainable and innovative solutions to address health challenges worldwide.International experts in healthcare innovation are chairing the WISH working groups which this year focus on eight themes: obesity, mental health, accountable care, end-of-life, road traffic injury, patient engagement, antimicrobial resistance, and big data and healthcare.last_img read more

Moroccan Intelligence Chief Discusses Security Cooperation with High Spanish Officials

Rabat – Abdellatif Hammouchi, the Head of Moroccan intelligence and national police, met  on Tuesday with three high Spanish security officials visiting Morocco as part of a delegation led by the Spanish Minister of Interior Juan Ignacio Zoido.The meeting comes following the terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils on August 17, for which a group of young men holding dual Spanish and Moroccan nationalities have been held responsible. The terrorist attacks left 16 dead and more than 100 injured.Hammouchi was accompanied by Abdelhak El Khiam, the director of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ). The three Spanish security officials were José Louis, the director of  Intelligence Center for Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime (CITCO), General Pablo Salas, head of the intelligence service of the Guardia Civil (civil guard), and Commissioner-General Enrique Baron, the head of National Police counter-terrorist intelligence.The two sides discussed security cooperation, which has long been seen as strong. In the aftermath of the attacks in Spain, security experts from the two countries made the trip to Spain and Moroccan and work their respective counterparts to help in the investigations into the attacks.King Mohammed VI gave instructions to the Moroccan government  last Thursday  to strengthen security cooperation with Spain.Tuesday’s  meeting goes along with the royal directives, as well as that of the Spanish Minister of Interior with his Moroccan counterpart, Abdelouafi Laftit in the same day.During their meetings, Zoido and Laftit “agreed on the need to intensify the exchange of information and preventive policies to prevent terrorist attacks such as those in Barcelona and Cambrils,” Spanish press agency EFE reported.It was Zoido’s third visit to Rabat since he took office. The Spanish Interior Minister thanked the Moroccan side for the “necessary, magnificent and loyal cooperation” both in countering terrorism and illegal emigration.In the aftermath of Spain attacks, with the suspects being of Moroccan origin, many European media outlets presented Morocco as posing a threat to Europe, citing the return of ISIS fighters with to make the kingdom a base to target the old continent.Such claims largely disregarded Morocco’s successful record in countering terrorism both locally and in Europe by providing crucial intelligence information to the security services of countries such as France, Belgium, and Spain.The official Spanish position affirms once again that the kingdom is seen by European countries as a key security partner. read more

Buffett encourages investors to bet on American economy

OMAHA, Neb. — Billionaire Warren Buffett says the company he built through decades of acquisitions continues to perform well even though he hasn’t found any major deals at attractive prices recently.Buffett released his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders on Saturday. He says the two potential successors he promoted last year to oversee most day-to-day operations are doing well, but the 88-year-old tycoon makes no mention of retiring.Buffett also encourages investors to continue betting on the American economy because Berkshire has prospered by doing so, but he says they shouldn’t forget about the rest of the world.He says Americans will benefit and be safer if all nations thrive.The Associated Press read more

Religious leaders can take lead on intercultural dialogue says Ban Kimoon

23 April 2007Religious and community leaders can play a leading role in promoting constructive intercultural dialogue that can help to bridge the widening gulf between peoples and nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a conference on the issue today. In a message to the conference on “The Religious Dimension of Intercultural Dialogue,” held in San Marino, the Secretary-General urged the leaders to use their “tremendous influence… to teach your followers to actively learn about other cultures, societies and religions.”Warning that participants were gathering “at a time of rising intolerance and growing cross-cultural tensions,” exacerbated by events from acts of terrorism to offending statements or publications, Mr. Ban said the divide between communities and countries has the potential to undermine global peace and stability.“Today there is an urgent need to rebuild bridges and to engage in a sustained and constructive intercultural dialogue, one that stresses common values and shared aspirations. People of faith can play a leading role in such an exchange. They can stress the core beliefs and ideals found in all the great faith traditions: compassion, solidarity, respect for life, and kindness towards others.”The message was delivered on Mr. Ban’s behalf by Staffan de Mistura, Director of the UN System Staff College.Mr. Ban’s message added that the San Marino conference would also help the UN’s Alliance of Civilizations, an initiative launched in 2005 with the support of Turkey and Spain to promote understanding between different religious, ethnic and national communities.The Alliance’s High-Level group issued a report late last year calling for a series of measures in education, media, youth and migration to build bridges between different communities and promote a culture of respect.Last week Mr. Ban said he would soon appoint a High Representative to assist him on the issue and to defuse crises that emerge at the intersection of politics and culture. read more

Côte dIvoire UN to provide multifaceted support for legislative elections

3 November 2011The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire has assured authorities there that the Organization will provide the West African country with the support it requires to ensure that legislative elections next month are held successfully and in a peaceful atmosphere. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Bert Koenders, made the assurance to Prime Minister Guillaume Soro when they met yesterday.“It will be multi-faceted support involving human resources, equipment, logistics and, of course, security,” said Hamadoun Touré, the UNOCI spokesperson, during the mission’s weekly press conference in Abidjan today.He said to the weekly meeting of military and security chiefs at UNOCI headquarters yesterday had also discussed security arrangements during the elections, which are scheduled for 11 December.The UN mission is also intensifying its campaign to make people aware of their responsibility to maintain peace during the electoral process, Mr. Touré said. The awareness campaign is being carried out through training and information workshops for grassroots leaders, as well as through sports activities.Mr. Touré also gave an overview of the voluntary arms collection exercise conducted last week in the Attécoubé suburb of the country’s commercial capital, Abidjan.“UNOCI’s Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Division is pursuing its mission and, in that connection, it collected 39 firearms, 25 grenades and 2,700 pieces of ammunition from 87 ex-combatants last week,” said Mr. Touré.He said the mission deplored frequent incidents of violence along some roads in the country’s west and north, where the activities of a number of illegal armed groups have given rise to serious human rights violations.UNOCI had recommended that the Government conduct appropriate investigations into all cases of human rights violations in the country and bring perpetrators to justice.The Government should also make efforts to ensure security in all parts of the country and implement a new national programme for the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants and other militias as required by a Security Council resolution.Cote read more

377 million awarded by UN for damages incurred in 1990 invasion of

With today’s decision, the Governing Council of the UN Compensation Commission has awarded approximately $48.9 billion to successful claimants, with about $18.6 billion of that amount made available to Governments and international organizations for disbursement.The Commission was established by the Security Council in 1991 to process claims and pay compensation for losses resulting from Iraq’s invasion and occupation of Kuwait. The panel received about 2.6 million claims for death, injury, loss of or damage to property, commercial claims and claims for environmental damage.Compensation is payable from a special fund that receives a percentage of the proceeds from sales of Iraqi oil. read more

UN treaty to protect oral traditions enters into force

“Contemporary lifestyles and the process of globalization are undermining considerably the living cultures inherited through tradition,” UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.“By offering them adequate means for their preservation, this instrument fills a legal loophole,” he added. The treaty provides for drawing up national inventories of cultural elements that must be protected, the creation of an Intergovernmental Committee comprising experts from States Parties, and the creation of two lists: one covering the intangible heritage of humanity, and the other featuring parts of that heritage considered to be in urgent need of safeguarding.Adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference in 2003, it complements the agency’s normative instruments on the conservation of tangible cultural heritage. A total of 47 Member States have ratified the Convention to date. It aims to safeguard oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible heritage, performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, as well as know-how linked to traditional crafts. The Convention stresses that intangible cultural heritage is transmitted from generation to generation, and at the same time is constantly being recreated by communities and groups whose sense of identity and continuity it reinforces. Mindful of the need for urgent action, UNESCO has proclaimed 90 Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage since 2001. This international distinction is aimed at raising public awareness of the value of intangible heritage and encouraging the adoption of action plans for its safeguarding. The Convention foresees the creation of a fund to further its aims, financed by States Parties and other sources. read more

Player mishaps overlooked for the right price entertainment

College basketball and football are being overrun with child agents who call themselves coaches or friends, when they’re actually looking to profit off of any child with a chance to make it big.Last Friday, USC coach Lane Kiffin offered a football scholarship to a 13-year-old boy from Delaware. David Sills made national headlines by verbally committing to USC after receiving the offer.The person responsible for this travesty is Steve Clarkson, a self-proclaimed personal coach — or a child-pusher.This sort of thing popped up at USC once before in basketball with O.J. Mayo. Mayo was given whatever he wanted, from clothes to money, by a sports agency called BDA in order to profit off of his pro sports contract.The USC basketball program paid for BDA and Mayo’s decisions by receiving various penalties from the NCAA. The program had to forfeit wins, money, aspects of recruiting and future postseason play all because a player did something and a coach allowed it to happen.Does anyone remember LeBron James? He was given one or more massive loans in high school by various people so he could live the good life in his Hummer H2. Although the loans were controversial, the team wasn’t penalized until James accepted two jerseys as a gift from a local clothing store. This violated Ohio High School Athletic Association rules and they declared him ineligible to play. James had to win a lawsuit to regain eligibility.How do these occurrences go unnoticed by the NCAA or these kids’ coaches? The only defendable case out of what I have mentioned is James’ loans, but his overwhelming popularity in high school was ridiculous.If people wanted to see James in action while he was in high school, they just had to turn on ESPN, which was nationally televising his games.This pimping of children is becoming much worse than it was in the past. Most of these child signees break their commitment to the school before signing day even comes, so it would seem that it is pointless to offer a scholarship in the first place.It’s not feasible to completely regulate these child agents and firms from contacting children, which is a failure of the system, but what about the coaches who accept these athletes?Kentucky coach John Calipari left Memphis and UMass with NCAA sanctions upon his departure to go to a different job, forcing the schools vacate their Final Four appearances.Memphis is the most recent infraction that Calipari allowed to happen. Derrick Rose was highly recruited out of high school, but an NCAA investigation a year after he went pro proved that someone took his SAT for him.Rose’s low high school grades compared to his high SAT score should have been enough for Calipari or the school to become suspicious immediately. Instead, it took the NCAA, which regulates thousands of athletes, two years to catch the wrong doing.The Rose/Calipari scandal by itself is enough reason for the NCAA to change its policies to punish coaches instead of schools.Why won’t anyone act on these sporting crimes? I know why. We’re too entertained to care. read more

Big Issue magazine launches augmented reality technology to share stories of homelessness

The Big Issue Magazine The Big Issue has launched their first AR magazine, which will allow readers to watch their vendors’ tell their storiesCredit:The Big Issue Magazine The Big Issue magazine has launched “augmented reality” technology to bring their vendors’ stories to life because the public are failing to understand the scale of homelessness in the UK.The street magazine, which was founded in 1991, believes technology will allow them to “hammer home the message” of Britain’s unprecedented homelessness issue which people need to “better understand”.The innovative new approach, which launches today, includes augmented reality (AR) interactions throughout the publication. Readers can download an app onto their mobile phones, scan it over AR icons in the magazine and watch traditional print articles come to life in video.This includes the cover story of vendor Ann Warke, 53, who turned to The Big Issue when she couldn’t afford to pay her rent due to losing her job.Ben Sullivan, digital editor at The Big Issue, told the Telegraph: “We are doing this mainly for the vendors. “You see and hear about homelessness on the news every day but so many people don’t realise that living on the streets is just a few steps away from experiencing a housing crisis. It can happen to anyone.”Mr Sullivan added: “Augmented reality will definitely help people better understand the homelessness issue in the UK. We are going to be able to put so many more stories out there and hammer home our message.”The Big Issue will be utilising AR on a bi-monthly basis, which will also offer readers entertaining content.In this week’s issue, former Doctor Who actor David Tennant will read an audio extract from Cressida Cowell’s new ‘Wizards of Once’ book, and ex-Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows will appear in exclusive video content. “We just want to let people know we have so many stories to tell. Homelessness is at its highest in the UK at the moment and our vendors are getting permanently beaten by the system, which is not working. We need to shed light on that.“Whereas people would have traditionally just read Ann’s story, they can now understand it further through the use of video and audio. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Zwanes speech at Mining Indaba conciliatory towards the mining industry says Deloitte

first_imgSouth Africa’s Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane’s opening address at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town was one of the more positive we’ve have had from the ministry in the past few years, says Andrew Lane, Africa Mining Leader for Deloitte. But, conciliatory as the minister’s message was towards the mining industry, Lane said the true test would be government’s continued commitment to the industry.“It was positive to hear Minister Zwane appeal to investors and government alike, to acknowledge and help drive the concept of ‘shared prosperity’. Hearing the Minister promote government’s open-door policy was very encouraging,” Lane said.In his opening address Minister Zwane mentioned a few initiatives in aid of government’s intent to make the environment more investor friendly. He, for example, drew attention to the fact that government was busy with a geo-mapping campaign that will run for the next 10 years with the aim of establishing the country’s remaining mining potential.He further drew attention to government’s effort to bolster the industry, highlighting the ministry’s geo-mapping project, the intended improvement of regulatory efficiency, a successful wage negotiation season and implementation of projects suggested through the Phakisa project.Turning to the future of the mining industry in South Africa Minister Zwane alluded to the commitment by government to supporting junior miners in the industry.Commenting on this Lane noted: “The new era of junior miners and commitment by government to invest is definitely positive and noble, but is also indicative of the fact that larger investors have disinvested over the past few years and we do need big capital to come back.”Lane briefly added that going forward, the issue of illicit flows will become more pertinent within the industry and will remain controversial.“Minister Zwane reinforced government’s commitment to beneficiation, but there is a need for government to articulate that they know it is not a challenge that can be addressed by the mining sector alone, but rather a joint effort by a wider set of stakeholders,” said Lane.“In terms of legislation and regulatory framework, Minister Zwane stated that his department is committed to finalising the MPRDA Amendment Bill and review of the Mining Charter. The mining fraternity is patiently waiting for these as they are looking to see whether the Charter will actually reflect their input,” said Lane.last_img read more

The Tokyo Ghoul LiveAction Movie Trailer Is Appropriately Freaky

first_imgStay on target Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu Do you like gore? You like live-action versions of anime series? Check this out: Tokyo Ghoul is getting a live-action film, and there’s a trailer out already!For the uninitiated, Tokyo Ghoul is one of the goriest shows you’ll have the pleasure of getting into, so keep that in mind before delving in. If you’re squeamish or faint of heart, you might find something like Sankarea or something a little less gross is more your speed. If that sounds perfect, consider running full speed ahead through this narrative as you follow Ken Kaneki through his transformation into a ghoul, eating humans here and there, looking for ways to stay sane while adjusting to his new life. It’s great. I promise.After receiving an organ transplant from the aforementioned Rize Kamishiro (who was, incidentally, trying to kill and eat him), Ken has lost most of his humanity and has gained a bit of a double life, fighting to retain any shred of normalcy he can, eventually taking up a job as a waiter and becoming a part of ghoul society.As Kaneki grows, he realizes there’s a whole subset of the world of ghouls who aren’t as cannibalistic and disgusting as the rest would let on, and that’s what Tokyo Ghoul centers around — his integration and coming to terms with the strange turn of events that’s befallen him. After all, how many college students do you know walking around with an irresistible longing for human flesh? Probably not that many.The trailer looks like a pretty worthy adaptation, even if Kaneki’s mask isn’t the coolest it could be. The film is aiming for a June 2017 release in Japan, though there isn’t yet a date for a Western release just yet. Hopefully we’ll see a run in our theaters too!last_img read more

Police searching for man who attacked Davie teen with pool cue

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities are on the lookout for a man who, they believe, attacked a Davie resident with a pool cue.The suspect was identified as Zachary Haedo.Police said Haedo was caught on surveillance video playing pool before he walked over and repeatedly struck a 17-year-old with a pool cue.The incident happened inside a clubhouse of a Davie apartment complex in September.The victim needed several staples in his head.If you know anything about Haedo, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more