Countdown for Chandrayaan2 mission to start at 643 pm ISRO Chairman Sivan

first_imgChennai: The countdown for Monday’s Chandrayaan-2 mission launch will start at 6.43 p.m. today, ISRO chairman K. Sivan has said. The rocket and spacecraft’s systems will undergo checks and fueling during the countdown.The GSLV-Mk III rocket with Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was originally scheduled for flight at 2.51 a.m. on July 15. However, the flight was postponed after a technical snag was detected an hour prior to the rocket lift-off. ISRO later rectified the fault in its 44-metre Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III). Weighing about 640-tonne, the GSLV-Mk III rocket is nicknamed ‘Bahubali’ after the hero of a successful film of the same name. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayJust like the protagonist of the film lifted a heavy Lingam in one of its scenes, the rocket will carry the 3.8-tonne Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft.About 16-minutes into its flight, the Rs 375-crore GSLV-Mk III rocket is expected to sling the Rs 603-crore Chandrayaan-2 into its 170×40400-km orbit.ISRO has sent up three GSLV-Mk III rockets so far. The first carried Crew Module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment in December 2014. The second and third GSLV-Mk III carried communication satellites GSAT-19 and GSAT-29 in February 2017 and November 2018 respectively.GSLV-Mk III will also be used for India’s manned space mission in 2022.last_img read more

Winterweary Newfoundland wakes to dusting of snow frigid wind chills

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Some people waking up in parts of Newfoundland got a wintry jolt when they looked out their window this morning and saw white.Areas around Gander and St. John’s got a light dusting of snow as temperatures dipped to about -1 C, with a wind chill of about -7 C.Some called it a cruel Spring joke that yielded some bemused Twitter comments.“Seriously?” wrote one, while another joked, “Nothing like a June snow to make you question your choices in life #nlwx.”Alan Doyle of the Newfoundland band, Great Big Sea, chimed in on Twitter with this dejected comment: “Lovely bit of snow on the go” and the hashtag, #jaysus.In St. John’s, softball games were postponed because of cold that saw people bundled up in winter coats and stocking caps to walk the dog.Meteorologist Brian Walsh says the wintry weather this late in the year is rare, noting it’s been 22 years since St. John’s airport last recorded snow in June.Other parts of Atlantic Canada didn’t fare much better, with Halifax seeing temperatures of about -1 C, Charlottetown 1 C and Fredericton at 2 C.last_img read more

Winnipeg voters could vote on future of downtown intersection Portage and Main

first_imgWINNIPEG – For decades, Winnipeg residents have debated the idea of allowing pedestrians to once again cross a downtown intersection many consider iconic.This fall, they may be able to vote on it.Mayor Brian Bowman announced Wednesday he supports a fellow councillor’s motion to include a referendum question in the upcoming municipal election on whether to remove the concrete barriers that prevent people from crossing the road at Portage Ave. and Main St.“I’ve been listening, and certainly respect that Winnipeggers have passionate and polarizing views on the intersection’s future,” he wrote on Twitter. “Winnipeggers will expect the results to be honoured which I’m committed to do regardless of the outcome.”Arguments over a roadway juncture may be minor in other cities, but in Winnipeg, there has been passionate — sometimes heated — debate between those who say the barriers help traffic flow and those who say removing them is crucial to help turn Winnipeg’s downtown into a more-modern, people-friendly metropolis.“Forty years ago, we decided to erect concrete walls and remove people from a place that has held a special narrative in our city, and to be honest, in the country,” said Brent Bellamy, an architect who chairs an arm’s-length city development agency with a focus on the downtown.“Two generations have only known Portage and Main in the configuration of what is essentially a freeway interchange. It has lost its special place.”There is no public square in the intersection. There’s not much to see except office towers on the corners, traffic lights, several lanes of traffic, and an old Bank of Montreal building from the city’s early days.But Portage and Main is held dear to many people’s hearts. It was where the city’s first business was set up outside a fort to the south. It was the centre of Winnipeg as the city grew, a century ago, to become the gateway to the West.The intersection has appeared on a stamp, been the subject of a song by rocker Randy Bachman, and is where people gather, blocking traffic, when the NHL Winnipeg Jets give fans cause to celebrate.The intersection was open to pedestrians until 1979, when developers agreed to build an adjacent office tower and underground mall on condition that the city close off the intersection and force pedestrians below street level.The 40-year agreement to keep Portage and Main’s barriers up is set to expire soon, and Bellamy and other proponents have listed several reasons why millions of dollars should be spent to open up the intersection: Increased foot traffic would be good for street-level businesses, make it easier for people with disabilities to get around, and make the downtown more walkable.“If you think about the best cities you’ve ever been in, you don’t come home from your vacation and say ‘Wow, I could drive out of that city centre really quickly’,” Bellamy said.“It’s about the experiences you have walking the sidewalks and the social engagement you have with other people.”But supporters of the status quo are just as adamant. They say the barriers keep pedestrians safe and minimize traffic jams. They also say the millions of dollars required to open up the intersection won’t make much of a difference to the downtown, because pedestrians can already cross either street one block in any direction.Jino Distasio, the director of the Institute of Urban Studies at the University of Winnipeg, counts himself among those with conflicted feelings.“We need to get more Winnipeggers … and tourists coming downtown, period. I don’t really know that one intersection is life-and-death for the City of Winnipeg in terms of whether we open or close it.”Other residents are tired of the issue. Bowman campaigned in 2014 on a promise to open the intersection and has now decided to let the public vote on it. One of his opponents this time around, Jenny Motkaluk, has promised to keep the intersection off-limits to pedestrians and has made the issue one of the main planks in her platform to date.“I swear if #wpg18 becomes all about (Portage and Main), I’m going to cry,” Twitter user Matt McLean posted, using the hashtag for the municipal election.last_img read more

Over 80 houses damaged

Over 80 houses were damaged from strong winds and trees that collapsed in various parts of the country this evening.The Disaster Management Center said that 4o houses were damaged in Gampaha from the strong winds but there were no details of any casualties. Over 80 houses damaged Over 80 houses were damaged from strong winds and trees that collapsed in various parts of the country this evening.The Disaster Management Center said that 4o houses were damaged in Gampaha from the strong winds but there were no details of any casualties. The DMC said that another 40 houses were also damaged in other parts of the country from trees that were uprooted by strong winds. The Gulf of Mannar sea area and sea areas off Western, Southern, Southeastern and Eastern coasts will be fairly rough at times, particularly during the showers. (Colombo Gazette) It also said that winds will be from North-easterly direction and speed will be 20 – 40 km/hr. The speed may increase up to 50 km/hr at times in the Gulf of Mannar sea area and in the sea areas off the Western, Southern, Southeastern and Eastern coasts particularly during showers. The DMC said that another 40 houses were also damaged in other parts of the country from trees that were uprooted by strong winds.Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Eastern, Northcentral and Uva provinces and in the Hambantota district.Meanwhile the department of meteorology urged the public to take adequate precautions to minimize the damages caused by lightning activities. read more

Toronto stock market drops on weakness in mining metals info technology

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 21, 2012 4:36 pm MDT Toronto stock market drops on weakness in mining, metals, info technology TORONTO – The Toronto stock market ended lower on Friday as metals and mining stocks weakened.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 25.65 points to 12,383.60. The TSX Venture Exchange rose 10.83 points to 1,345.72.The Canadian dollar moved up 0.01 of a cent to 102.42 cents US.The metals and mining sector on the TSX was down 1.6 per cent with Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX:TRQ), which was former known as Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. until last month, dropping five per cent to $8.61.Information technology stocks were down 1.5 per cent, affected by shares of Research In Motion (TSX:RIM).RIM’s stock dropped almost 7.5 per cent after the company said it’s investigating the cause of a BlackBerry outage that affected users in Europe, Middle East and Africa on Friday, though the company said the problem has since been resolved. The technical glitch came as Apple launches its new iPhone 5 model in stores. RIM shares were down 50 cents to $6.25.In commodities, November crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved up 48 cents to US$92.89 a barrel, meaning that the price of oil lost six per cent on the week. The TSX energy sector rose 0.3 per cent.Gold stocks gained 0.6 per cent as the December bullion contract increased $7.80 to end the week at US$1,778 an ounce. December copper was up three cents to US$3.79 a pound.A Statistics Canada report showed that Canada’s inflation rate continued to slide in August, dipping one-tenth of a point to 1.2 per cent as most goods and services tracked by the agency fell or rose moderately compared with the same month last year.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials lost 17.46 points to 13,579.47. The Nasdaq composite index moved up four points to 3,179.96 and the S&P 500 index was off 0.11 of a point to 1,460.15.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) and Irish national carrier Aer Lingus have signed an interline agreement that will make flying between the two countries more convenient. The deal allows customers to fly year-round through London Heathrow Airport on one ticket. Shares of the company were ahead five cents to $1.28.Elsewhere, hopes that Spain was preparing to tap a new European aid program re-emerged. The ECB recently announced a bond-buying program meant to bring down the borrowing rates of countries that ask for financial aid. The plan has eased market tensions in Spain, but mainly on the assumption that Madrid will request the aid — something it has so far balked at doing. read more

Another reason to participate in the Terry Fox Run exercise fights cancer

People who jog or walk in the upcoming Terry Fox Run at Brock University will be fighting cancer in more ways than just raising funds for research.Recent Brock University research has suggested exercise may slow down — and even prevent — the growth of certain types of lung cancer cells.“This study supports the idea that exercise is good for us and, indeed, may contribute to the reduction of the risk of cancer,” says Evangelia Litsa Tsiani, Associate Professor of Health Sciences and research team co-ordinator.In their study, the researchers used human lung cancer cells that represent a type of cancer called non-small cell lung cancer, an especially harsh and aggressive disease that accounts for up to 85 per cent of all lung cancer cases. These and other cancer cells multiply quickly and are able to survive at much higher rates than normal cells.Blood samples were drawn from a group of young men before and after they had exercised vigorously. From these samples, the researchers extracted serum, the clear, yellowish liquid part of blood that contains all blood components except blood cells.The team then exposed the cancer cells to pre- and post-exercise serum.The researchers found that the lung cancer cells that had been exposed to post-exercise serum not only had reduced growth, but their long-term survival greatly decreased when compared to cells exposed to pre-exercise serum.In the exercise study, Tsiani and her team found that the post-exercise serum:Stopped the survival and multiplication of cancer cells and enhanced the process of apoptosis, or pre-programmed cell deathBlocked a signalling pathway called Akt that would have caused the cancer cells to multiplyStopped certain proteins in the cancer cells from being activated“The importance of this study is that, at the molecular level, the inhibition that we see with this post-exercise serum is very significant, comparable to what chemotherapy drugs are able to accomplish,” says Tsiani.The team has not yet identified the specific substance in the post-exercise serum – hormones, proteins, among others — that slowed and stopped the growth of the cancer cells. Tsiani says identifying that substance is the next step of the research.The research team’s findings are in their paper, “Inhibition of Human Lung Cancer Cell Proliferation and Survival by Post-Exercise Serum Is Associated with the Inhibition of Akt, mTOR, p70 S6K, and Erk1/2,” published June 2017 in the journal Cancers.Graduate student Nigel Kurgan is first author on that paper. Other researchers include Professor of Kinesiology Panagiota Klentrou and graduate students Kurgan, Evelyn Tsakiridis, Rozalia Kouvelioti and Jessy Moore. read more

Ohio State mens hockey earns points in both games of home series

OSU junior forward Nick Schilkey (7) during a game against Minnesota on Feb. 12 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Evan Szymkowicz | Sports DirectorThe Ohio State men’s ice hockey team looked to send off its seniors in style as it welcomed the Wisconsin Badgers for the final series of the season at the Schottenstein Center, and it delivered by earning points in both matches.The Buckeyes drew 4-4 on Friday before losing the ensuing shootout 1-0, but they were able to bounce back the next night to earn maximum points in a 6-5 regulation victory.The Buckeyes would strike quickly in the first encounter. Junior forward and co-captain Nick Schilkey collected a pass and took the puck down the left wing before slotting it past freshman goaltender Matt Jurusik.Wisconsin replied with a swift counterattack. A little passing play between sophomore forward Cameron Hughes and freshman forward Will Johnson allowed freshman forward Luke Kunin to find a centered pass and fire the puck behind junior goaltender Christian Frey.OSU senior forward Tyler Lundey would rapidly get a goal of his just under a minute and a half later. Freshman Tommy Parran launched a shot from just over the blue line, which Lundey deflected in, restoring the Buckeye lead.It was a solid night for the defenseman Parran, who had two assists and a block on the night.“Our forwards do a heck of a job. I chip in when I can,” Parran said. “It’s good to move the puck and kind of get up in the rush, create better and more opportunities for us in the backend.”The Badgers would equalize with less than a minute remaining in the first period. Freshman forward Seamus Malone rounded the netminder Frey and shot the puck off the left-side pipe and into the net, evening the score at 2-2.“We started off well, obviously, but I think there was a time period from maybe late in the first (period) into the beginning of the third (period) where we just kind of lackadaisical,” Schilkey said.Wisconsin grabbed its first lead of the night when freshman forward Jarod Zirbel fired a long shot which Frey saved, but he fumbled the puck into the path of sophomore forward Matt Ustaski, who promptly put it into the back of the net.“They popped a few and we were clawing back once again,” Schilkey said. “Luckily we came out with one at the end there, but at the end of the day we shouldn’t put ourselves in that situation. We’ve got to work on that.”The Badgers’ penalty-kill prowess was illustrated when the Buckeyes failed to take advantage of a four-minute penalty on Luke Kunin for hooking and elbowing.“They were sitting back, three back pretty deep on their forecheck and we just couldn’t really get control on the rush,” Schilkey said. “That is something we’ve definitely got to go back and look at.”Freshman forward Matthew Freytag doubled the Badgers’ advantage with a wraparound shot that found its way underneath Frey and into the Buckeye goal.Yet the Scarlet and Gray would not go away. Freshman forward John Wiitala received a centered pass from senior defenseman and co-captain Craig Dalrymple and fired the puck behind Jurusik, putting the score at 4-3 with seven minutes remaining in the period.“One of those games that seemed to start to slip away there in the third (period). Got the bad bounce, goes in the net, and you’re down two,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “I thought our guys started to play our best hockey, again, once we’re down there and started to play desperate.”With Frey pulled from the net to accommodate an extra man on offense, the Buckeyes were able to find the equalizing goal with 48 seconds left in regulation. Schilkey would strike once again for the home team, this time collecting the puck off a faceoff.“I think the characters in our room, we’ve just got to continue to learn to play 60 minutes instead of part-time,” Rohlik said. “It was a battle there and it was nice to see us score one there at the end to tie it up.”Overtime would end scoreless, meaning the crucial Big Ten point would be decided by a shootout.After five scoreless rounds, sophomore forward Ryan Wagner was able to net the first and only goal of the shootout to give the Badgers the extra point.“At that point I think we had four opportunities there to win the shootout. In a row, three or four. You’ve got to think one of those guys is going to put one in,” Rohlik said. “When it goes eight or whatever shooters it went, and only one goal goes in, both goaltenders did their job.”On Saturday, OSU’s three seniors were recognized in a pregame ceremony. Forward Anthony Greco, Dalrymple, and Lundey were joined by their parents on the ice as they bade farewell to the crowd at the Schott“I don’t know what to say. You know after four years you start to get used to coming to the Schott. Being here, it’s tough to believe that was my last game,” Lundey said. “It’s good to win, go out and win. We might have made it a little harder on ourselves, like coach was saying, but again we won, so best possible outcome.”OSU had plenty of opportunities against Jurusik in the first period of the match, but it would be the Badgers who got on the board first.The puck appeared to have crossed the goal line before a scuffle in front of Frey’s goal knocked the net off its place. Originally ruled no goal, further review confirmed alternate and junior forward Grant Besse pushed the puck past Frey before the goal was displaced.The Buckeyes were able to reply on the power play just a minute and a half later. Junior defenseman Drew Brevig found a centered pass from junior forward David Gust and fired the puck past Jurusik to level the score at one apiece.Wisconsin would regain and double their lead with just over a minute left in the first period. Grant Besse laid the puck off for Luke Kunin, who launched the puck from long range and into Frey’s net. Just 55 seconds later, sophomore defenseman Jake Linhart was the recipient of an almost identical play from Johnson and fired the puck behind Frey.“We thought we played a decent first period. We found ourselves behind three to one. You saw a couple of mistakes at the end of the period. What I like the most was our attitude in the locker room after the first sight of these guys,” Rohlik said. “We’re going to be okay, let’s just keep going. That’s kind of the character we have in our room.”The high scoring would continue into the second period.Freddy Gerard cut the Badgers lead to one goal two and a half minutes into the second period. The freshman received a pass from behind the goal line from sophomore forward Matthew Weis and shot the puck beyond Jurusik.Johnson restored the Badgers’ two-goal lead after firing home from close range, courtesy of a Seamus Malone assist. Then, just 37 seconds later, freshman forward Miguel Fidler notched his third goal of the season, bringing the score to 4-3.The Buckeyes managed to find the equalizing goal with a little over two minutes left in the period after a shot by junior defenseman Josh Healey from the blue line was tipped in by Schilkey.Sophomore forward Luke Stork would then give the Buckeyes the lead to open the scoring in the third period, but Cameron Hughes tied it up with just under six minutes left in the contest. Then with just under three minutes left in regulation, the puck fell in front of John Wiitala in a skirmish in front of Jurusik’s net, and the freshman pushed the puck behind the goal line, restoring the Buckeyes’ lead for good.“I think every night we want to win. We got the bounce there and it was good to finish it,” Wiitala said on his game winner.OSU is set to be back on the ice on Friday in Ann Arbor to face Michigan at Yost Ice Arena. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:35 p.m., with a return to Columbus to Nationwide Arena two days later at 3 p.m. read more

Momir Ilic will stay in Veszprem

The TOP goalscorer of the VELUX EHF Champions League in the last two seasons, Hungarian MKB MVM Veszprem star Momir Ilic will stay in his current team until the end of deal in summer 2017. The 34 years-old left back, who was targeted by FC Barcelona in the last two months, stated for, that two teams “didn’t reach agreement”:– I will stay in Veszprem. We will have even stronger team in the upcoming season and target stays the same – EHF CL trophy”, said Ilic for BH after the last match in the season with Serbia against Israel 32:23. ← Previous Story Pots are ready for Men’s EHF EURO 2016 draw in Krakow! Next Story → Kim Sonne to GWD Minden! read more

Bodies of mother and young children pulled from river as Australia is

first_img Image: NurPhoto SIPA USA/PA Images By AFP 2 Comments Short URL 17,908 Views Bodies of mother and young children pulled from river as Australia is devastated by floods At least five people are now confirmed dead. Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 9:36 AMcenter_img Share1 Tweet Email1 The cleanup begins in central Lismore THE BODIES OF a mother and her two young children were pulled from a river in Australia today as the death toll rose from cyclone-fuelled floods that devastated parts of the country.At least five people are now confirmed dead after lashing rain and powerful winds pummelled swathes of Queensland and New South Wales states over the past week, forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. Three more remain missing.In the most recent tragedy, the woman’s car plunged into the swollen Tweed River in northern New South Wales after veering off a muddy road on Monday. An eight-year-old girl escaped and alerted passers-by.“Police divers have recovered three bodies from a submerged vehicle in Tweed River, near Tumbulgum,” police said, adding that the sunken car had yet to be brought to the surface.Local media said the dead were a 43-year-old woman, her son (seven) and daughter (11), and that they were in the flood-ravaged area to help those affected.Tweed Byron Local Area Commander Wayne Starling said he believed the young girl escaped with the help of her “remarkable” mother.“That woman is a hero, she died trying to save her children,” he told reporters.“The mother was trying to get one of the children out of the car when she passed away. She was holding the child.”‘Thoughts and prayers’ The worst of the weather is now over with category four Cyclone Debbie moving out to sea on Saturday, with a massive clean-up underway.Residents in hard-hit areas, including the New South Wales towns of Lismore, Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads, have been given the all-clear to return home after floodwaters washed through the region, leaving behind thick mud and mountains of debris.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the “thoughts and prayers of all Australians” were with those affected, with hundreds of homes and businesses either uninhabitable or destroyed.“This has been a natural disaster that has spread the length and breadth of the east coast of Australia. Nature has flung her worst at Australians, which brought out the best,” he said.The solidarity, the cooperation, Australians pulling together, Australian Defence Forces, emergency services, police and the community and all levels of government working together to clean up, repair the damage and get back on their feet.The cyclone, which made landfall in Queensland a week ago, causing hundreds of millions of dollars of damage, dumped more than a metre of rain on parts of the state and the huge volume of water is still slowly spilling down river systems.Emergency services chiefs said the Fitzroy River in Rockhampton is set to peak on Thursday morning, with hundreds of homes at risk of flooding as locals busily filled sandbags to shore up their defences.The Insurance Council of Australia has declared the Queensland and northern New South Wales regions disaster zones, estimating the damage bill will top Aus$1 billion (about €710 million).- © AFP 2017Read: Pilot in Canada jailed for showing up to work drunk and passing out in cockpitRead: An idea for An Post? New Zealand’s postal service starts delivering KFC The cleanup begins in central Lismore Image: NurPhoto SIPA USA/PA Images Apr 4th 2017, 9:36 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Radiothon Tally Stellar results as thousands raised for dementia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram More than $130,000 has been pledged to see Greek Australians with severe dementia supported and cared for at Fronditha Care’s residential aged care facilities.The huge sum was donated during the 2018 3XY Fronditha Care Radiothon over the March 17-18 weekend, and will go towards the reconstruction of Fronditha Care’s memory support units in Clayton South (50 beds) and St Albans (30 beds).It was all hands on deck as more than 700 individuals and various organisations kept the phones ringing all weekend.Numerous politicians, ambassadors, aged care industry leaders and Greek Australian personalities also joined the live broadcast and some even jumped on the phones during busy periods.Former newsreader and journalist, George Donikian went back to his broadcast roots and joined the co-hosts to do some live interviews with various guests.Minister for Ageing, Ken Wyatt sent a message from Perth to acknowledge the unique culturally responsive environment at Fronditha Care and revealed he actually uses the organisation as an exemplary example to other aged care providers.Oakleigh member Steve Dimopoulos, representing Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, not only pledged his support, but also jumped on the phones to take live pledges, powering through with a Greek coffee and loukoumi.Also providing messages of support for Fronditha Care were, Greek Ambassador to Australia, Ekaterini Xagorari, High Commissioner of Cyprus Martha Mavrommati, Consul General of Greece in Melbourne Dimitrios Michalopoulos, Julia Banks MP, Maria Vamvakinou MP, Jenny Mikakos MP, AHEPA, local Greek Australian councillors, ACSA CEO Pat Sparrow, LASA CEO Sean Rooney.The Greek community groups and brotherhoods were once again very generous, donating some of the biggest sums of money during the Radithon. The Ithacan Philanthropic Society donated $15,000, while the Senior Citizens Club of St Dimitrios gave $3000 and the Lemnian Community of Victoria $2000.Fronditha Care CEO George Lekakis was blown away from all the support.“I can’t believe just how generous the community was this year,” Mr Lekakis said.“Dementia care needs will skyrocket in the near future so we have to think ahead and be ready.”Donations can still be made by calling Fronditha Care on 03 9552 4100 or filling out a form at read more

Lhomme de Néandertal victime de son succès

first_imgL’homme de Néandertal, victime de son succès ?Des chercheurs américains ont modélisé sur ordinateur diverses informations liées à la période de cohabitation entre Néandertaliens et Hommes modernes, il y a 30 à 40 000 ans. Ils en concluent que les premiers, loin d’avoir été surpassés, ont simplement été ‘absorbés’ génétiquement par les seconds, bien plus nombreux, les deux espèces, tout aussi compétitives, s’étant métissées.Néandertal, évincé par un sapiens bien plus intelligent, avant de disparaître ‘dans son coin’, il y 30.000 ans, en Eurasie ? Pas du tout, selon des chercheurs américains, qui ont ‘mouliné’ les données disponibles sur cette période dans leur ordinateur. Les deux espèces auraient été tellement proches, notamment sur le plan intellectuel et comportemental, qu’elles auraient tout simplement fusionné, d’après les travaux publiés dans la revue Human Ecology, À lire aussiHomo sapiens, cerveau et chant des baleines, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaitre ce 2 août”Nous avons conçu des cadres théoriques et méthodologiques qui incorporent des données sur trois systèmes évolutifs : biologique, culturel et environnemental. Le résultat scientifiquement intéressant de cette recherche, qui a étudié les changements (…) survenus dans les comportements d’utilisation des territoires, c’est qu’elle montre comment les Néandertaliens pourraient avoir disparu non pas parce qu’ils étaient (…) moins doués (…), mais parce qu’ils étaient aussi sophistiqués, sur le plan comportemental, que l’homme moderne”, commence le Pr Michael Barton, de l’Arizona State University.”(…) L’homme moderne a sans doute vu dans les Néandertaliens des partenaires [sexuels] possibles. En conséquence, au fil du temps, les hommes de Neandertal se sont éteints en tant que population physiquement reconnaissable. (…) À bien des égards, ils ont tout simplement été victimes de leur propre succès”, continue le Prof Riel-Salvatore, de l’Université du Colorado, co-auteur de l’étude.Les chercheurs, puisant dans les données archéologiques empiriques, estiment que celles-ci valident leur modèle informatique. “En outre, notre modélisation prédit le faible nombre de gènes néandertaliens trouvés [dans notre génome moderne] lors des plus récentes études génétiques”, conclut enfin le Professeur Barton.Le 19 novembre 2011 à 13:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Child on scooter struck by vehicle

first_imgA vehicle backing out of a driveway struck a 3-year-old child riding a scooter on the sidewalk Friday evening in Vancouver’s Image neighborhood.The child was not seriously injured but was transported to an area hospital for evaluation, according to Vancouver police Sgt. Erik Jennings.Emergency responders were dispatched at 6:25 p.m. to the 3900 block of Northeast 133rd Ave., for a report of an injury crash.The corner of the vehicle struck the child, whose leg became pinned under a tire. The child’s father helped move the child, Jennings said, before medics arrived.Jennings said alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, and the driver was being processed for suspected drunken driving.last_img read more

Official Presentation of Ronnie Butlers Caribbean Hall of Fame Award

first_img Related Items:caribbean hall of fame, danny johnson, ronnie butler Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Oct 2014 – Magnetic Media and the Bahamas Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture teamed up to get some of the greats in Bahamian music and culture into one room at the office on Thompson Boulevard in Nassau for an official presentation to Ronnie Butler, who was over the weekend inducted into the Caribbean Hall of Fame. Minister Dr. Danny Johnson was overwhelmed with the honor for Ronnie, who sat beaming at the achievement… both men addressed the media in a press conference yesterday. QUOTES. To cap it off, as Ronnie Butler exited the elevator there was a fanfare of music by the Bahamas All Stars who played Bahama Rock and Age Aint Nothing but a Number for a dancing, singing inductee… even the wheelchair could not stop his groove. Ronnie with friends like Fred Ferguson who wrote and produced ‘Ooh Look What you Do to Me’; Charles Carter, a veteran broadcaster who championed the cause of Bahamian music and who told us recorded Bahamian music celebrates its 100th anniversary on Sunday November 2nd and Craig Flowers, noted Bahamian pilot and businessman who is a childhood friend of Butler’s were all there and gave remarks. For the next two weeks, Turquoise Morning will feature highlights from our trip to Jamaica courtesy of InterCaribbean Airways… adoring fans singing the greatest hits of Ronnie Butler, highlights from National Tourism Month here in the TCI and my one on one, candid interview with Ronnie at his home in Chippingham. Recommended for you 40 Caribbean Nationals will be inducted in the Caribbean Hall of Fame RONNIE IS READY UNESCO Sponsors the 2014 Caribbean Hall of Famelast_img read more

ASA Honors Joe Jobe with Special Meritorious Service Award

first_imgPhoto: ASA President Ron Moore (left) presents Joe Jobe(right) with the Special Meritorious Service Award at the ASA awards banquet in San Antonio. Photo Credit: Joe MurphyThe American Soybean Association (ASA) recognized Joe Jobe, from Jefferson City, Mo., with its Special Meritorious Service Award at its annual awards banquet during the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas.The Special Meritorious Service Award honors individuals who served the soybean industry above and beyond the ordinary.Jobe, president of Rock House Advisors, is a recognized leader in the areas of energy, agriculture and environment. For nearly 20 years he’s worked in these areas, helping to shape and advance the industries.Much of his work was with the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), including 17 years as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer. During his time there, Jobe grew NBB into a world-class organization that helped build the biodiesel industry into a continuously growing and competitive market.Jobe has testified multiple times before Congress and given speeches in 10 countries. He’s appeared on national television and radio programs and been interviewed by major newspapers across the country, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times and Washington Post.”Joe’s commitment and dedication helped build and grow a biodiesel industry that has benefited U.S. soybean farmers and many other agricultural stakeholders,” said ASA President Ron Moore, a soybean farmer from Roseville, Ill.Jobe said he was honored and grateful for the recognition.”ASA has always been a tremendous partner to the biodiesel industry and to me, and a highly effective advocate on behalf of the soybean farmers they serve,” he said. “As a farm boy myself, I’m proud to have worked in an area that benefits farmers. And I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to continue to work in an area where agriculture, energy and sustainability intersect. None of the successes that ASA is honoring me for would have happened without the hard work and commitment of ASA and America’s soybean farmers. Thank you.”last_img read more

ASCAP BMI Submit Final Arguments to DOJ to Modernize Outdated Consent Decrees

first_imgToday was the deadline for the submission of public comments on the process — solicited by the DOJ from “interested persons, including songwriters, publishers, licensees, and other industry stakeholders” — seeking to answer the following questions:Do the Consent Decrees continue to serve important competitive purposes today? Why or why not? Are there provisions that are no longer necessary to protect competition? Which ones and why? Are there provisions that are ineffective in protecting competition? Which ones and why?What, if any, modifications to the Consent Decrees would enhance competition and efficiency?Would termination of the Consent Decrees serve the public interest? If so, should termination be immediate or should there instead be a sunset period? What, if any, modifications to the Consent Decrees would provide an efficient transitionary period before any decree termination?Do differences between the two Consent Decrees adversely affect competition?  How?Are there differences between ASCAP/BMI and PROs that are not subject to the Consent Decrees that adversely affect competition?Are existing antitrust statutes and applicable caselaw sufficient to protect competition in the absence of the Consent Decrees?ASCAP and BMI’s responses to those questions, which were obtained by Variety, are expansive, complex and exceed 30 and 40 pages respectively. While the two organizations differ on some points, they both have long agreed that the consent decrees are obsolete. A short description of their comments follows.Both organizations advocate the following in a proposed transition from the existing consent decrees:“To help facilitate that orderly transition, and to protect both music creators and licensees alike, ASCAP and BMI are recommending four key provisions that would encompass newly formed decrees.  Like all modern consent decrees, the new decrees would contain a sunset provision.“The four provisions are: Mustard Moves to ASCAP “Allow all music users to continue to have automatic access to the ASCAP and BMI repertoires with the immediate right of public performance.  However, this right should be contingent upon licensees providing ASCAP and BMI with necessary business information and an automatic, fairer, and less costly mechanism for the payment of interim fees.“Retain the rate court process for resolution of rate disputes, as recently reformed by the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (MMA).“ASCAP and BMI will continue to receive non-exclusive U.S. rights from our writers and publishers, which allows licensees, songwriters, composers and publishers to continue to negotiate direct deals if they so choose.“Preserve the current forms of licenses that the industry has grown accustomed to beyond the traditional blanket license, such as the adjustable fee blanket license and the per-program license.” Since 1941, the two largest U.S. performing rights organizations, ASCAP and BMI, have been operating under separate consent decrees that govern how music is licensed by the two PROs (although not their competitors, SESAC and Global Music Rights). The consent decrees were designed to protect competition but nearly all involved parties agree that they have long become obsolete, particularly since the advent of the internet.While ASCAP and BMI are fierce competitors in most areas, they are united in saying that the consent decrees are in dire need of updating and issued a joint statement saying so in February.Last year, Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General for the Anti-Trust Division of the Department of Justice, announced that he will be examining the consent decrees to determine their validity. (Earlier this week, 12 free market organizations asked the DOJ to strengthen the consent decrees, arguing that the “inherently anti-competitive” music industry needs those regulations.) ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews said in a statement, “The way music is made and consumed has changed dramatically since the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees were implemented nearly eight decades ago. The time has come to modernize these decrees so we can move toward a more innovative, flexible, and competitive marketplace that is fair to both music creators and licensees.” Popular on Variety center_img BMI Promotes David Levin to Senior VP of Licensing ASCAP’s primary points in its comments include:“The way music is made and consumed has changed dramatically since ASCAP and BMI entered into consent decrees with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in 1941;“To be effective, the regulatory system has to reflect the realities of today’s digital music marketplace;“The music industry, DOJ and Congress agree we are in critical need of a licensing framework that promotes innovation and efficiency in a free market;“Without the outdated consent decrees, ASCAP and BMI will be able to better compete and innovate to benefit our songwriter members and licensing partners. Removal of the consent decrees will not impede a functioning marketplace;“ASCAP, BMI and other licensors of music, will remain subject to the same antitrust laws that govern other businesses in the marketplace;“PROs and licensees all have the same goal—to keep the music flowing to the public. But music creators deserve to be compensated fairly for the use of their work.For its part, BMI said in the introduction to its comments:“BMI believes that the Decree has become an impediment to innovation and should be substantially modified, and ultimately terminated, to remove unnecessary restrictions that do not further a legitimate public interest and constrain BMI’s ability to best serve songwriters, composers, music publishers and music users. The Decree reflects an outdated model of antitrust enforcement by regulation. It imposes an inflexible contract structure and a judicial rate-setting process that are unresponsive to market needs, impede BMI (and other music industry participants) from adapting to changes in the marketplace, stifle innovation, and are unnecessary to preserve competition.Its primary points include:“Technology has revolutionized music use, distribution, and licensing;“Competition in music rights management and public performing rights licensing has proliferated;“The music industry, particularly music distribution, has consolidated, shifting the balance of power;“Modern antitrust policy, case law, and enforcement are incompatible with the Decree;“BMI strongly disagrees with the assertion by some music users that their businesses are reliant on the Decree and that they would be unable to survive in its absence;“Nonetheless, BMI would support maintaining certain provisions of the Decree to help transition the industry without disruption.” Related ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Razer Blade 15 Gets 4K OLED Display 9th Gen Intel Power

first_imgIt’s springtime when a laptop maker’s thoughts turn to system refreshes. And does Razer have a doozy of an update for you. Not only will the Blade 15 (launching April 24 starting at $1,999) be making the jump to Intel’s 9th Gen processors, it will also offer a show-stopping OLED panel.DesignAt 4.6 pounds, 13.9 x 9.3 x 7 inches, the Blade is still one of the smallest gaming laptops on the block. It’s noticeably smaller than the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin (4.1 pounds 14.1 x 9.8 x 0.7 inches) and even the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro (4 pounds, 13.8 x 9.5 x 0.6 inches). It’s a tad heavier than both systems, but you should have no problem sliding the Blade 15 into a mid-sized bag.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Razer’s still rocking with that boxy retro aesthetic that’s unironically chic. The laptop’s frame is made entirely of pretty matte black CNC aluminum. In typical Razer fashion, the three-headed snake emblem glows invitingly on the lid while a bevy of multicolored lights twinkled on the interior via Razer’s stunning Chroma lighting. It’s like watching a sky on lightning bugs glowing during a lazy summer night.And while black remains Razer’s default color, you can also purchase the laptop in Mercury White if you get one of the Advanced Model configurations.MORE: Which Razer Laptop Is Right for You? Blade vs Stealth vs ProDisplayI never thought I’d see an OLED panel in such a thin-and-light gaming laptop. But here I am, staring at a gorgeous picture of a woman surfing during sunset. It’s hard to look away from the warm marigold sky against the aquamarine water. Details were sharp enough that I saw individual drops of water in the spray as the woman rode the wave towards me. I’m seriously excited to see what Apex Legends, Devil May Cry 5 and Battlefield V among other titles look like on this bad boy.So let’s talk numbers. The Blade 15’s 15.6-inch OLED touch panel is 4K (3840 x 2160) with a 60-Hertz refresh rate. If a higher refresh rate is a high priority, Razer also has a 1920 x 1080 screen with a whopping 240-Hz rate which is a first for the company. The base model of the notebook sports a 1080p display, but with 144-Hz refresh.Razer Blade 15 Specs and PricingIf you’re interested in a Blade 15, Razer has a good number of options for you to choose from. The OLED version of the system falls under the Razer Advanced Model series. It costs $3,299 and features a 2.6-GHz Intel Core i7-9750H processor with 16GB of RAM, storage up to a 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD and up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU. The $2,399 version gets you the 1080p screen with 240-Hz refresh rate while the $1,999 base model buys you a full RTX 2060 GPU, a 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD with an empty slot for a 2.5-inch SATA drive.As far ports, the Advanced Models will feature 3 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.08 and a mini DisplayPort 1.4. These higher-tier systems will also feature individual per-key lighting customization, a Windows Hello-compliant IR camera. The laptops are also outfitted with an Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 WLAN card, which at up to speeds 2.4 gigabytes per second should translate into faster downloads, game loads and online connections. The base model has single zone lighting, a 720p webcam, 3 Gen 1 USB Type-A ports, Thunderbolt 3, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.08 and a mini DisplayPort 1.4.Bottom LineAs per usual, Razer has managed to squeeze quite a few goodies into a relatively small space. The 4K OLED display is a show-stopping game changer as is the addition of Intel’s 9th-gen processors. The company also managed to do a bit of futureproofing with the next-gen USB ports and HDMi. I’m definitely excited to get these systems in for testing to see how they stack up to the competition. But it’s definitely an exciting time for PC gaming aficionados in the market for a new laptop.Best RTX 2080 Gaming Laptops (So Far) by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoForbes.comLebron’s Home Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

Official Kurdish fighters seize parts of ISheld city

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy BEIRUT (AP) — A spokesman for the main Syrian Kurdish militia says the Kurds have seized large parts of the strategic border town of Tal Abyad, an Islamic State group stronghold.Redur Khalil says the group known as the YPG has entered Tal Abyad from the east and was advancing toward the west amid fierce clashes with pockets of IS resistance.He told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that he expects Tal Abyad to fall “within the next few hours.” He claims that IS fighters holed up in the town have fled toward Turkey. Comments   Share   The loss of Tal Abyad would be a huge blow to the Islamic State group and sever a key supply line for the extremists’ nearby de facto capital of Raqqa.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Syrian refugees carry a baby over the border fence into Turkey from Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, Sunday, June 14, 2015. Thousands of Syrians cut through a border fence and crossed over into Turkey on Sunday, fleeing intense fighting in northern Syria between Kurdish fighters and jihadis.The flow of refugees came as Syrian Kurdish fighters closed in on the outskirts of a strategic Islamic State-held town on the Turkish border. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona The vital role family plays in society Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

Significant obstacles lie ahead for nuclear talks with Iran

first_img–France: The French have taken a public posture of being even tougher on proliferation than the Americans. They delayed a 2013 interim agreement with Iran out of concern that the deal wasn’t tough enough on Tehran. French officials have made similar complaints about the current, emerging package and threatened to block consensus unless their concerns are addressed.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. –Iranian hardliners: When Iran’s parliament voted last weekend to ban access to military sites, some lawmakers chanted “Death to America.” The scene underscored the deep opposition to any understanding with a country that hardliners in Iran refer to as the “Great Satan.” Backed by Khamenei, they will examine the deal for any sign of concessions. And groups largely beyond the government’s control, such as the Revolutionary Guard Corps, may not be keen to implement the requirements.–Israel: The Jewish state’s leaders have lobbied aggressively against a deal they see as paving the way to a future Iranian nuclear arsenal, which they consider a grave national security threat. Israel has threatened for years to attack nuclear sites if it feels the Iranians are getting too close to weapons capacity. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has appealed directly to Congress to maintain sanctions pressure on Iran.–Saudi Arabia: The Saudis, similarly, say they’ll do whatever it takes to guarantee their security. Along with the other Sunni monarchies of the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia is particularly concerned about Iran recouping up to $100 billion in blocked assets overseas and funneling some of that money into insurgencies and terrorist activity throughout the Middle East. The Saudis have been coy on whether they may start a nuclear enrichment program to match Iran’s capabilities in response to an agreement. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Secretary of State John Kerry plays with his crutches as he talks to reporters before leaving from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, June 26, 2015, en route to Vienna, Austria. Kerry flies to Vienna on Friday to join negotiators from six powers and Iran seeking an agreement under which Tehran would curb its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions that have crippled its economy. (Carlos Barria/Pool Photo via AP) Sponsored Stories Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean But significant obstacles remain.Iran says it won’t allow inspectors to visit military sites and interview scientists to ensure Iranian compliance. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, also says he wants all economic sanctions lifted before the deal is signed, while the U.S., Britain, France, China, Germany and Russia must still agree among themselves – and then with Iran – on a much-slower schedule for rolling back sanctions and a plan for snapping them back into place if the Iranians are caught cheating.Meanwhile, Israel is threatening potential military action to destroy Iran’s nuclear infrastructure and Saudi Arabia’s Sunni monarchy is considering an atomic program of its own to match that of its Shiite neighbor.Here is a look at the emerging Iran agreement, the remaining obstacles and the political challenges it faces:—WHAT’S ON THE TABLE?–Enrichment: To ease the biggest threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program, negotiators are limiting the number of centrifuges Iran can keep installed to a little more than 6,000 for 10 years. Of these, some 5,000 can be in operation; they can only include Iran’s basic, least efficient model for enriching uranium. Uranium can be enriched for energy, medicine and science purposes, as Iran claims are its goals. It can also be spun into material for a nuclear warhead. The deal locks in place restrictions on Iran’s enrichment so material stays far below weapons-grade. It also forces Iran to deeply cut its stockpile of enriched uranium over 15 years. –Underground enrichment facility: The restrictions are more severe at Iran’s Fordo enrichment facility, dug deep into a mountainside and possibly impervious to an air attack by the United States or Israel. Here, Iran cannot enrich uranium or conduct uranium-related research and development for at least 15 years as the site becomes a nuclear physics and technology research center. Centrifuges running at Fordo must use other material that cannot be turned into bombs.–Breakout time: The enrichment constraints are designed to extend the time it would take Iran to amass enough material for a bomb if it secretly attempts to develop one. The so-called breakout time for Iran is currently around two to three months. The U.S. says the deal extends the timeline to at least a year in the first decade.–Plutonium: Iran must redesign a nearly built heavy water reactor at its facility in Arak so it can’t produce weapons-grade plutonium. The original core of the reactor will be destroyed or exported. The Iranians can’t build another heavy water reactor for 15 years.–Transparency: The U.N’s International Atomic Energy Agency will monitor Iran’s nuclear facilities and have access to the program’s entire supply chain. Inspectors can examine uranium mines and mills, and maintain continuous surveillance of Iran’s centrifuge rotors and storage facilities for unused machines. Iran must allow the IAEA to investigate suspicious sites or allegations of covert nuclear work. It will work with world powers on a list of actions to help the IAEA resolve decade-old suspicions about past Iranian nuclear weapons work. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like –Sanctions: U.S. and European nuclear-related sanctions will be suspended after the IAEA verifies Iranian compliance. If Iran violates the deal, sanctions can be re-imposed. U.N. Security Council resolutions on Iran will be lifted simultaneously with Iran fulfilling commitments related to enrichment, Fordo, Arak and other matters. Disagreements will go to a dispute resolution process.—AREAS OF DISAGREEMENT–Inspections: Iran is playing hardball on military installations that nations have long suspected of nuclear involvement. Khamenei this week rejected allowing inspections or allowing Iranian scientists to be interviewed. The government enacted legislation this week banning such access. The U.S. has backed off its talk of “snap” or “anywhere, anytime” inspections. But it says a deal hinges on monitors being allowed to investigate what they deem necessary and within a reasonable period of time.–Sanctions relief: Iran wants sanctions lifted up front; the West says Iran must first fulfill its responsibilities. Khamenei says the U.S. approach takes too long and would not include a “complete lifting of sanctions.” The Obama administration is hamstrung in how fast it can move because of Congress. It also is struggling to separate sanctions it will suspend in an agreement from others it wants to keep, such as those counteracting Iranian ballistic missile efforts or punishing it for its human rights and terrorism records. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist VIENNA (AP) — World powers and Iran are back in nuclear talks, and this round may be the deciding one.After nearly a decade of international diplomacy, negotiators are trying to reach a final agreement by Tuesday that would curb Iran’s nuclear activities for a decade and put tens of billions of dollars back into the Iranian economy through the easing of financial sanctions. The deadline is a bit soft; if they reach a deal any time in the next couple of weeks, negotiators will consider it a victory. –Snapback sanctions: World powers must devise a formula among themselves for quickly reinstating sanctions if the Iranians break the accord. For U.N. measures, Russia and China traditionally have opposed any plan that would see them lose their veto power.–Research and development: An April framework between world powers and Iran was vague on permitted levels of research and development. For advanced centrifuges, the U.S. said Iran can engage in “limited” R&D. After 10 years, it said Tehran must adhere to an R&D plan it submits to the IAEA. Khamenei said Iran won’t even accept an initial decade of such restrictions, calling the demands “excessive coercion.”—POLITICAL CHALLENGES–Congress: The Senate can weigh in but voting ‘no’ won’t kill the deal, because President Barack Obama doesn’t need congressional approval for a multinational deal that is not designated a treaty. Lawmakers have 30 days to review the agreement, during which Obama can’t ease penalties on Iran. If negotiations drag on past July 9 without a deal, that review period extends to 60 days. If lawmakers were to build a veto-proof majority behind new legislation enacting new sanctions or preventing Obama from suspending existing ones, the administration would be prevented from living up to the accord.last_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

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