Bigfoot hunters converge on Yukon park after alleged sighting

first_imgAPTN National NewsA recent alleged sighting of Bigfoot in the Yukon has people on the hunt for the elusive creature.The sighting happened just outside of Kluane National Park.APTN’s Shirley McLean has the story.last_img

House of Assembly halted due to busted audio system

first_img Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:appropriations committee, audio system, house of assembly, john phillipis, pnp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Nov 2015 – The House of Assembly was held up in doing the business of the country today when the microphone system went out; it forced an almost two hour closure of Parliament on Thursday. It was earlier this week that some members of the Appropriations Committee chided the PNP Administration for cutting back on monies allocated for improvements to the House of Assembly. The Member for Five Cays told Magnetic Media, the House of Assembly is ‘falling apart.’ Governor’s Appointed Member, Hon John Philips also had thoughts about the state of the honourable House of Assembly. Recommended for youlast_img read more

Save The Bays Chairman Hottest year on record in 120 Years Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas: 150 laid off by Resorts World Bimini, Save the Bays siding with workers Bahamas Environment Takes Surprising Centre Stage at Global Conference Save The Bays Pins 24 Bahamians Youth Environmental Ambassadors Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, January 26, 2017 – On the heels of official news that the 2016 was the hottest year on record globally since weather record-keeping began in the 1880s, (www.edition.cnn.co), Save The Bays Chairman Joe Darville urged the nation’s leaders to act before up to 80% of the islands of The Bahamas are swallowed or inundated by water from rising seas caused by climate change.Darville, a climate change lecturer certified by Al Gore, stepped up his year-long efforts in the face of what he says “is irrefutable evidence that we are on a path to becoming little more than a memory of a forgotten time when we were once the most beautiful place on earth.”“The very same waters that inspired astronaut Scott Kelly to declare The Bahamas to be ‘the most beautiful place from space’ could be inundated by water from rising seas in our grandchildren’s lifetime,” said Darville.  At 75, the lifelong educator and human and environmental rights advocate has vowed to spend his remaining years sharing the message of protecting and preserving The Bahamas. In recent weeks, he stepped up those efforts, talking to students, appearing on radio, participating in interviews, spreading the warning wherever he could that the time for talk is over, the time for action is now.“We have only 5,300 square miles of land in 100,000 square miles of ocean and the prediction is that by the end of this century 80% of our islands will be inundated by the sea,” said Darville. “We must be prepared, we must be alert.  We owe it to our children and to generations to come to do everything in our power to mitigate against the effects of climate change.  We cannot stop it, but we can slow it down and it is up to us to do that and we can.”According to Darville, mitigation can take several forms. First, he says, is protection of life by making the tough decision not to allow people to rebuild on treacherous, low-lying properties where stronger hurricanes in the future that will form in the Atlantic will strike with little warning and could swallow entire seafronts.  He points to land in Grand Bahama that has receded 35 feet in a decade and the home where he grew up in Long Island that was washed away by Hurricane Joaquin.Next, he says, Bahamians must reduce the nation’s carbon footprint.  Though not large relative to highly industrialized nations, the local footprint could be significantly reduced by growing more food locally, establishing green spaces, trading fossil fuels for sustainable power supply sources and requiring a less harmful type of fuel for jet aircraft.  “Today, 30 million tons of carbon is emitted into the atmosphere by jets every year, burning the ozone layer,” he said.  And, he suggests, it is time that Bahamians revived the art of boatbuilding.“We are going to be a floating country, I don’t want to scare people but I want to alert our people, to wake them up to what is happening around us.  There are those who say that what we are seeing is just part of Mother Nature’s cycle.  Yes, it is part of a cycle but climate change is speeding it up in a way we have never experienced before. That is why each of the last three years has been recorded as the hottest year in history.  We have seen 20,000-year cycles but this cycle is accelerated by 300% because of industrial pollution, greenhouse effects and what we have done to alter the environment.  I just want us to be aware, to develop a plan and realize this is happening right now, not in the future, but before our very eyes and only we have the power to change it.”Launched in 2013, Save The Bays has been an outspoken non-government organization promoting environmental protection, freedom of information and an end to unregulated development through education, legal and public awareness campaigns. Its Facebook posts draw more than 20,000 friends and its 6-point petition www.savethebays.bs, has some 7,000 signatures.center_img Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Savethebays #MagneticMediaNews  #SaveTheBayslast_img read more

SWAT team called after reports of gunfire in Bonita suspect arrested

first_img October 28, 2018 SWAT team called after reports of gunfire in Bonita, suspect arrested KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, BONITA (KUSI) — Reports of gunfire in a neighborhood in Bonita brought out a SWAT team, where an alleged gunman was arrested and nine other people were detained Sunday.No one was hurt, and sheriff’s deputies ultimately arrested one person in connection with the incident.A caller told police just before 4 a.m. Sunday that they could hear gunshots in a neighborhood east of Briarwood Road and south of state Route 54, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Michael McNeill said.A Sheriff’s Department SWAT team headed to the 5400 block of Robinwood Road, where they found shell casings and live rounds in the driveway of a house and initially detained nine people for questioning. Officers from the San Diego and Chula Vista police departments also responded to help.While deputies and officers were conducting their investigation, they heard several more gunshots coming from nearby, McNeill said.Deputies and officers saw a man run away, and they briefly chased him but lost sight of him, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. With the help of a police dog, they were able to find the man hiding in shrubs outside an apartment complex, and they detained him as well.Deputies also found a gun and a magazine in the area, McNeill said.The man, Salvador Barajas, 25, was first taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation before being booked into jail on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm. Posted: October 28, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Video Programming Channing Tatum Star at Hearsts FirstEver NewFronts

first_img Video content, particularly that produced in concert with Snapchat Discover and Facebook Live, would become a dominant theme throughout the program. If there was one thing Hearst wanted media buyers to take away from its hip, “house party” styled Newfronts presentation atop Hearst Tower Wednesday evening, it was that the legacy magazine publisher is committed to reaching millennials. Really, really committed. The shirtless male dance crew that kicked off the evening’s proceedings to the tune of Ginuwine’s “Pony” may have been met with initial confusion from the attendees hastily seeking drink refills from the stage’s adjacent full bars, but all was explained when actor Channing Tatum and Hearst Digital Media SVP Lee Sosin took to the stage to reveal a year-long content partnership between Cosmopolitan and “Magic Mike Live,” a Vegas installation based on the hit films. The exclusive content deal will include multiple video series, Facebook Live broadcasts, Snapchat takeovers, and virtual reality. Snapchat’s VP of content, Nick Bell, lauded Hearst’s embrace of the app’s Discover publishing platform. Expanded content partnerships were revealed, exclusive to Discover, including “SnapHacks,” a series of advice videos covering food, fashion, beauty, and fitness produced by Cosmopolitan; and “The Sweet Guide to a Better Life,” designed to help viewers expand their cultural horizons. Credit: Hearst Magazines Troy Young, president of Hearst Magazines Digital Media, touted the company’s massive success in digital video production—over 350 million video views monthly with 100 new videos produced each week—before stating, “If you want to connect with millennial audiences, you need to get Snapchat right.” Other notable video launches in the works include “WhoHaHa,” an original comedy series developed by Cosmopolitan and actor/comedian Elizabeth Banks; Elle.com’s “How Do I Wear That?,” meant to bring the latest runway looks from Paris and Milan into the everyday woman’s closet; Esquire’s “How to Be a Man,” depicting hapless former Cosmo staffer Frank Kobola attempting to carry out “manly” tasks (you see, millennials love rigid gender norms but hate manual labor); Manhood, a documentary series taking a more serious look at what it means to be a man in the 21st century; and “The Younger Games,” following Kelly Deadmon’s irreverant and comedic attempts to look younger. Esquire’s new editor-in-chief, Jay Fielden, previewed his new celebrity and style game show, “Who’s That Guy,” which will be broadcast on Facebook Live (Hearst plans to produce over 200 Facebook Live broadcasts each month, according to Todd Haskell, SVP and CRO of Hearst Magazines Digital Media). A sizzle reel followed Tatum’s departure from the stage, depicting the digital initiatives Hearst’s various brands have been taking and culminating in one all-encompassing mantra: “Hearst. We make good sh*t.” For those over-35’s reading this, millennials apparently don’t have time for verbosity or austere decorum. Millennials just want good shit. “The star of every video we make is the person watching it,” said Sosin. “Whether it’s smart service, hilarious comedy, or inspiring journeys, everything is audience-first and built to be shared.” If anything was clear to those taking the 40+ floor elevator descent back to ground level at Hearst Tower Wednesday evening, it’s that Hearst knows who its partners want to reach, and it’s doing everything it can to get them there.last_img read more

Argyle Executive Forum President Scott Kenerly to Exit Company

first_imgSince 2015, the company’s majority owner has been The Wicks Group, the private equity firm that also owns the B2B media company Bisnow but sold its stakes in Jobson Healthcare Information, NewBay Media and Northstar Travel Group within the last three years.This is a developing story. Scott KenerlyB2B media and events company Argyle Executive Forum is parting ways with its president, Scott Kenerly, sources tell Folio:.It’s the second leadership change in less than two years at Argyle, which owns the media and events companies CFO Publishing and Innovation Enterprise as well as Proformative, an online platform for finance professionals, in addition to its own membership-based executive summits business.Kenerly spent about a year and a half as president of Argyle, rising to that position in September 2017 to succeed Danny Phillips, who had spent the previous three years in the role. Before that, Kenerly had served as Argyle’s CFO since joining the company from Cisco Systems in 2015.Argyle has yet to announce a successor to Kenerly, according to a source familiar with the situation, who said that the process is in its early stages. Reps for Argyle declined to comment.last_img read more

Blackstone Apollo join Tech Mahindra in race to buy Mphasis Report

first_imgPrivate equity firms Blackstone and Apollo Global Management have reportedly entered the fray to acquire Mphasis, following a renewed decision by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HP) to sell 60.4 percent controlling stake in the subsidiary. With Tech Mahindra already in the race, the two firms will have to vye with the IT major in an estimated billion-dollar deal.These companies were selected from a group of global and domestic tech companies and PE funds, including TPG and Bain Capital, sources familiar with the matter told The Economic Times.However, there is “no certainty” that the talks, which are in early stages, would result in a deal, sources said.Citigroup has been roped in to oversee the sale process.Mphasis shares traded 3.7 percent higher at Rs 450 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Thursday. Currently, the firm has a market capitalisation of Rs 9,453 crore.HP’s renewed plans to sell Mphasis comes in the wake of the company’s focus on reviving its IT services, as clients move to cloud computing for the technology needs. HP had acquired Mphasis as part of its $14 billion buyout of EDS eight years ago.In September last year, HP had announced plans to cut nearly 28,000 to 33,000 jobs, mainly in its enterprise services group. Recently, the company was split into two — Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc.”The suggestion that Mphasis is up for sale points to two issues: First, the further unravelling of HP’s ill-fated acquisition history. Mphasis was never fully integrated nor were its capabilities fully leveraged. Second, the acceleration of consolidation. Virtusa just bought Polaris, who like Mphasis have a strong focus on the BFSI sector,” Tom Reuner, Managing Director at HfS Research told the daily.However, Tech Mahindra is currently not “pursuing” the deal even though it had weighed the prospects of acquiring Mphasis, senior Tech Mahindra sources said, according to ET.”As of now, Tech Mahindra has no interest in pursuing Mphasis,” said one of them.”Mphasis’ EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) margins have also come down from 20 percent levels in 2012 to a range of 14-15 percent whereas it remains at 16-18 percent for many of its peers. The HP margins are also 2x that of the non-HP business,” said a source.”However, the BFSI (banking, financial services and insurance) and digital focus along with the scale of business that has been clocking around a billion dollars in revenues — a key threshold in the space — will give scope to turn around the operations,” the person added.Mphasis posted a net profit of Rs 675 crore and revenue of Rs 5,795 crore for the last fiscal year ending March 2015. Banking, capital markets and insurance verticals account for 55 percent of its revenues.last_img read more

Yes Bank stock slumps after private placement of shares worth 1 billion

first_imgShares of private sector lender, Yes Bank, fell over five percent on Thursday after the bank announced a qualified institutional placement (QIP) issue or share sale of over $1 billion to boost its capital base.The Yes Bank stock closed at Rs. 1,326 on Thursday, down 5.65 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.”The QIP is now opened across the world and we expect investors from across the world to participate. We are targeting $1 billion in line with the enabling resolution from our shareholders. This is growth capital for our bank, which is growing at 30 percent, and we will ensure that we continue to grow at that pace,” the Economic Times quoted Rana Kapoor, CEO at Yes Bank.A QIP is a process by which a listed company raises funds by selling its shares to institutional investors. During an interview with Bloomberg in June, the bank’s CEO had said that the QIP would result in diluting between 12-13.5 percent stake.Yes Bank is reportedly selling shares worth Rs. 6,600 crore (about $1 billion) to institutional investors at Rs.1, 410 per share. Goldman Sachs, Edelweiss, Religare, Motilal Oswal and HSBC are among some of the lender banks for the institutional placement issue.According to media reports, shareholders of the Mumbai-based bank had approved fund-raising to the tune of $1 billion.The bank had managed to raise about $500 million (about Rs. 2,900 crore) through the same route in May 2014. During the time, it had hired HSBC Holdings Plc, Deutsche Bank, Motilal Oswal Securities Limited, JM Financial Ltd and UBS in addition to Goldman Sachs for the fund raising.last_img read more

Stock market outlook week of Feb 26 Powells testimony Italy election GDP

first_imgA man looks at a screen displaying news of markets update inside the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, June 20, 2016.Reuters fileIndian markets ended the week on a strong note on Friday, tracking gains in Asian stocks on easing concerns over higher rates and inflation.Investors bought shares of recent underperformers such as pharma and financials after a tumultous last week.The Sensex ended higher 322 points, or 0.95 percent, at 34,142 and the Nifty gained 108 points, or 1.04 percent, at 10,491. The Indian rupee strengthened against the U.S. dollar on the back of gains in local equity markets.The partially convertible rupee closed at 64.73 on Friday, up 0.50 percent from its previous close of 63.05.So far this year, the rupee weakened 1.3 percent, while foreign investors have bought $895.80 million and $1.68 billion in equity and debt markets, respectively.The stock markets remain close on March 2 on account of Holi.Here’s what to watch in the coming days.Powell’s testimonyMarkets may well get a jolt of additional information on the outlook for U.S. interest rates over the coming week as newly appointed Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell presents his first semi-annual testimony starting on Tuesday to both the houses of the U.S. Congress.His comments could shed some light on the ongoing debate over the pace of rate hikes this year and beyond.Powell will deliver the pre-released semi-annual Monetary Policy Report to CongressIndeed, markets will be keenly watching Powell’s performance from a confidence standpoint given he is a seasoned veteran but not an economist who is following in Yellen’s footsteps, according to a note by Scotia Bank.Italy votesSo far markets have largely ignored the Italian election but things are likely to change next week.Italians go to the polls on March 4 and the result is expected to be officially announced on Monday.The main parties to watch are Forza Italia, headed by Silvio Berlusconi, former prime minister; Democratic Party, headed by Matteo Renzi, also a former prime minister who quit the post in 2016; and 5 Star Movement with Luigi Di Maio as its leader.Opinion polls in the months leading up to the election have pointed to a hung parliament where no one party will gain a majority to govern alone.However, polls have shown that although Berlusconi’s center-right is seen as the strongest coalition, M5S is the most popular single party.Italy is the euro zone’s third largest economy and the vote could have far-reaching consequences for the country’s fragile economy, mirred with bad debts and soaring unemployment.Auto sales dataAuto stocks will be in focus as the auto companies will start announcing monthly sales numbers for February 2018 starting from Thursday.Economic dataManufacturing: Markit Economics will unveil the results of a monthly survey on the performance of India’s manufacturing sector for February on Wednesday.Q3 GDP: The government will announce data on third quarter gross domestic product on Wednesday. GDP growth had recovered to 6.3 percent in the third quarter from 5.7 percent recorded in the first quarter.U.S. home sales, GDP: In U.S., the data on new home sales measuring the number of newly constructed homes with a committed sale during January will be announced on Monday. Fourth quarter GDP data and pending home sales data for January will be unveiled on Wednesday.last_img read more

Stranded Rohingya refuse to return to Myanmar without citizenship guarantee

first_imgA man walks past the entrance of a camp set up by Myanmar`s Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Minister to prepare for the repatriation of displaced Rohingyas, who fled to Bangladesh, outside Maungdaw in the state of Rakhine. Photo: ReutersRohingya refugees living in no man’s land refused Tuesday to return to Myanmar without guarantees of citizenship and security after Bangladesh and Myanmar officials met to discuss their repatriation.The 6,000 Rohingya were among the first to flee Myanmar in the wake of a brutal military crackdown on the Muslim minority in late August. They have been living ever since in a makeshift camp in a strip of unclaimed land between the two countries.In recent weeks they have come under pressure to return, with a Myanmar minister warning of “consequences” if they remain in no man’s land.But community leader Dil Mohammad told AFP they would not return without guarantees of security, citizenship and compensation for property lost in the clampdown.“We are not going to return to our homes and villages in Myanmar unless our demands are met. We want citizenship, all rights, security to our lives and property and compensation,” he said.Mainly Buddhist Myanmar denies citizenship to its Muslim Rohingya minority in Rakhine state, insisting they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh even though many have been there for generations.Nearly 700,000 fled after last year’s crackdown, which the United Nations has said amounted to ethnic cleansing.Most of those now live in camps across the border in Bangladesh, but the country’s government has made clear it does not want them to stay and has agreed to start sending them home.On Tuesday officials from both countries held talks to decide the fate of the 6,000 before speaking to them directly in no man’s land.“Every person we spoke to said that they would go back to their homes if they got security,” said the head of the Bangladesh delegation, Abdul Mannan.A spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency told AFP any returns must be voluntary.“Some members of this group in no man’s land have said they fear returning home and wish to seek safety in Bangladesh,” Caroline Gluck said.“We appeal to the Bangladeshi authorities to allow them to do so. At the same time, Myanmar should ensure conducive conditions for the safe and sustainable return of those who wish to do so voluntarily.”A video circulated on social media last week showed Myanmar’s deputy minister for home affairs Aung Soe addressing the refugees through a barbed-wire fence.Other Rohingya living there said the Myanmar army had recently set up bunkers near the fence and now conducted regular patrols nearby, stirring fear among the refugees.“They tell us that we should leave this place or else they will shoot us,” said Rashid Ahmed, 32.Bangladesh was supposed to start the repatriation process last month but it has been delayed amid concerns over a lack of preparation.Recent aerial photos of Rakhine state showed bulldozed Rohingya settlements, and it is unclear whether they will be able to return to their former homes.last_img

25000 trees at Maheshkhali reserved forest may be cut down

first_img.The government has approved a project for setting up a oil terminal on 192 acres of land of a reserved forest in Maheskhali, defying objections from the forest department and environmentalists.If this project is implemented, some 25,000 trees will be cut down, the department has expressed apprehensions.”The construction work (as part of project impelentation) will cause soil erosion, water pollution, release of chemical wastes and a variety of natural disasters,” the forest department said in a letter sent to the environment and forest ministry last year.The ministry sent a proposal to the cabinet division on 27 March, seeking permission for felling thousands of trees at Maheshkhali reserved forest to construct the oil terminal.The government gave Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) the permission on 1 March for construction of an unrefined fuel terminal, Maheshkhali in Cox’s Bazar, the country’s only hilly island. It will cost around Tk 45 billion.Environmental experts said implementation of such a project would result in damage to the forest and wildlife in Maheshkhali as well as a natural disaster.A fuel terminal, if set up, will affect biodiversity and ecosystem of Maheshkhali reserved forest, a home to endangered species such as Maya deer and python. Water in surrounding areas will be contaminated, the environmentalists pointed out.The environment and forest ministry said, a total of 1,701 old trees and another 1,250 trees of different types will be cut down for implementing the project. For the loss of forest resources, the BPC is set to pay Tk 13.6 million as compensation.The forest department initially estimated the value of overall loss at Tk 2.77 billion, but later refixed it downwardly — at Tk 470 million.Unrefined fuels, imported from abroad, will be brought to the Maheshkhali terminal directly from mother vessels in deep sea. The fuels will then be taken to Eastern Refinery in Anwara, Chattogram.The forest ministry’s acting secretary Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury told Prothom Alo recently that such project has to be allowed for the sake of development.“We will, however, try to minimise the damage,” he said.The official added that the ministry has asked the BPC to plant saplings five times higher than the number of trees to be cut down, and nurture them for the subsequent 10 years.The ministry has already received the prime minister’s nod in favour of these activities, he claimed.The BPC had in 2016 sought the permission to acquire 192 acres of lands on the basis of lease from the forest ministry.A six-member expert committee was also formed to assess the value of biodiversity.A member of the committee and also professor at Chattogram University’s forestry and rnvironmental science department Kamal Hossain told Prothom Alo that they recommended not giving permission for using the forest land.”We attend meetings and seminars and make commitments to protecting forests. Returning home, we forget and give permissions to use forests. Such decisions will cause disasters in the coastal areas,” he expressed his views.Nature and wildlife expert Anisuzzaman, who is working for big government and UN projects, observed that forests and hills can easily be destroyed only after getting permission from the ministries.He said reserved forests have been the targets for implementing big projects and making infrastructures.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam and Farjana Liakat.last_img read more

Navy video shows Thai cave boys in good health

first_imgBoys from the under-16 soccer team trapped inside Tham Luang cave greet members of the Thai rescue team in Chiang Rai, Thailand, in this still image taken from a 3 July 2018 video by Thai Navy Seal. Photo: ReutersA new video of a youth football team trapped in the bowels of a Thai cave emerged Wednesday showing the boys laughing and saying they are well after their astonishing discovery by divers nine days after going missing.In a heartening message to families waiting in anguish outside, the Thai Navy SEAL footage features 11 of the 12-strong team, each makes a traditional Thai greeting gesture to the camera before introducing themselves by nickname and saying “I’m in good health”.Several of the boys in the frame are wearing protective foil blankets and are accompanied by a smiling diver in a wetsuit, in video clips published on the Thai Navy SEAL Facebook page.They were accompanied by a 25-year-old coach, who went with the boys down the cave after football training on June 23.The one-minute video clip ends on a jovial note, with one of the 12 young footballers saying he was forgotten in the round of introductions, sparking laughter.The videos have delighted a Thai nation that has held its breath for a successful outcome to a complex rescue kilometres inside one of the country’s longest caves.But getting the boys out of the still submerged caves, with monsoon rains predicted to soon resume, is likely to be a protracted process and is fraught with risk.”We have to be 100 percent confident that there is no risk to the boys before we evacuate,” Narongsak Osottanakorn, Chiang Rai provincial governor, told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday.”We will take care them like they are our own children,” he said, adding efforts to install a telephone line failed late Tuesday, but food, medicine and relief gear continues to be ferried into the caves.Authorities are also pumping out water round-the-clock aware of the bad weather forecast in the days ahead.- ‘He is thinner’ -In the video the boys, who have spent 11 nights underground, appear relaxed and much more alert than when they were when British divers found them late Monday huddling on a muddy ledge above surging underground waters.Outside the cave the mother of one of the boys teared-up as she watched the clip on a television screen, saying she was “glad” for a glimpse her son.”He is thinner” she said as she ran her finger over his image — a sign of the heartache the saga has brought to relatives of the trapped 13.Several Navy SEAL divers have deployed along with medics vowing to stay with the group while the challenging process of evacuating the “Wild Boar” team begins.Boys from the under-16 soccer team trapped inside Tham Luang cave greet members of the Thai rescue team in Chiang Rai, Thailand, in this still image taken from a 3 July 2018 video by Thai Navy Seal. Photo: ReutersThai authorities say the focus is now building up the boys’ physical and mental strength after an ordeal that has left them emaciated.Next they have three main options: diving out of the cave system, exiting through another hole if one can be found — or drilled — or waiting out the rainy season underground.Experts say diving out is laden with risk — more so as the boys have never dived before and some may not be able to swim.Areas of the cave remain submerged and navigating claustrophobic passages in murky rushing waters risks panic, even if the boys have ample equipment, expert support and a crash-course in how to dive.”This requires them do be psychologically able to cope with being underwater… and the dives being not too long or difficult,” Alan Warild, an expert from the NSW Cave Rescue Squad in Australia, told AFP.The last option of waiting for the monsoon to abate, could be protracted as the monsoon begins to bite.However, officials say they have stored food, medicine and equipment to last for up to four months at an underground base.last_img read more

Saudi launches green card systems for expats

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 27 November 2018 Saudi Arabia`s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pictured while meeting with the Tunisian President at the presidential palace in Carthage on the eastern outskirts of the capital Tunis. Photo: AFPSaudi Arabia launched on Sunday their new special residency scheme similar to green card systems applicable in other countries, aimed at attracting wealthy and high-skilled expats.The residency scheme offers two types of residencies, a permanent one for 800,000 Saudi riyals ($213,321.96) and a one year but renewable residency for 100,000 Saudi riyals ($26,665.24).The scheme was approved by the Saudi cabinet last month, but on Sunday the online portal to apply was opened to the public.The residencies would allow foreign expats free movement, ability to own properties and to do business in the kingdom.Currently over 10 million expats work and live in Saudi Arabia under a system that requires them to be sponsored by a Saudi employer and be issued an exit and re-entry visa whenever they want to leave the country. ($1 = 3.7502 riyals)last_img

Therrell Smith DC Dance Legend Turns 100

first_imgAs Therrell Smith greeted family and friends during her 100th birthday party Nov. 5 at the University of the District of Columbia, she said she was thankful to be so blessed.Therrell Smith is pictured at a celebration for her 96th birthday. On Nov. 5, the D.C. dancer turned 100. (Courtesy photo)Identified as a D.C. dance legend by the International Association of Blacks in Dance, Smith, who has spent most of her life in D.C., has enjoyed spreading cheer to others through dance. She said she has been dancing since she was 8-years-old.“I am very blessed to see the age 100 and to still be able to do the things that I’ve been doing,” she told the AFRO, in reference to her mobility.“It brings me joy to know that I’ve touched so many lives. This is what my life is all about, my goal is to continue. This is what keeps me going.”As a teen, Smith attended Dunbar High School in Northeast D.C. where she choreographed several of the school’s plays and operettas. After graduating high school, Smith studied at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., where she spent summers working as a dance teacher at a summer camp in Wisconsin. After graduation, she continued to work with young people as a camp counselor and drama teacher at a camp in Massachusetts. During her younger years, she was selected to study in Paris under the famous Mathilde Kschessinska, prima ballerina assoluta of the Imperial Russian Ballet.“There is no finer person than I can think of to be a better role model. She is just an excellent person,” her niece Shelley Brown told the AFRO.In the District, Smith founded the Therrell Smith School of Dance in 1948. Through the school she has taught dance at the LeDroit Park Nursery School, on Rhode Island Avenue in Northwest D.C. and at the school’s current site on Bunker Hill Rd in Northeast D.C.  Smith attends Unity Church in Northwest D.C.“I didn’t think about dancing as a livelihood, but it was a good choice”, Smith told the AFRO.Smith, who was born and raised in D.C., has been a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for 78 years.“She is a warm, loving, and a humble person. She is very giving and willing to serve which is demonstrated through the community,” Jackie Harris, who is Smith’s sorority sister and has known her for many years, told the AFRO.last_img read more

Honey bee search strategy Robot swarms to search Mars caves

first_img Explore further The theory behind Kisdi’s robots incorporates the idea of quorum sensing, similar to that used by honey bees. Quorum sensing is a type of decision-making process used by groups to coordinate behavior and can be seen with honey bees when worker bees scout for new nest areas. Bees will leave the nest, gather information, and determine the best new location.Kisdi’s theory works on this same principle. A computer program has been created that functions in a similar way to the honey bees. The robots, called Jollbot, are a rolling and jumping robot. Mars surface. Jollbot A Lander would be able to release the swarm of 40 to 60 robots, allowing them to then individually go out and search for pre-programmed information, such as a difference of temperature found in a cave. Once a robot locates this information, it would return to the lander via the shortest route, and upload the information (temperature readings and coordinates).Once the information is uploaded, the robot can then evaluate information shared by previous robots and decide to either start a new search or revisit a previous finding for more information. As information is collected, those sites which the robots decide to be a potential site for more exploration can then be sent to mission control for further exploration by other rovers. This concept would be cheaper to build than the large rovers and allow for much more initial exploration, leaving the in-depth exploration for the rovers. The other benefit with this idea is that should one of the Jollbots in the swarm be lost or not function, the search process is still able to continue.In the simulation shown by Kisdi, a swarm of 50 robots would be able to cover a 300 square meter area in around 5 days. With the addition of more robots with a greater search capability, the search area would be able to be increased.Kisdi’s next step is to begin developing the hardware required for the robots, but the idea of a swarm of honey bee robots opens up the potential for much more in-depth searches becoming possible on Mars. Citation: Honey bee search strategy: Robot swarms to search Mars caves (2011, March 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-honey-bee-strategy-robot-swarms.html Thanks to RoboEarth the bots can learn on their owncenter_img More information: Future robotic exploration using honeybee search strategy: Example search for caves on Mars, by Áron Kisdia and Adrian R.L. Tatnall, Acta Astronautica, Article in Press. doi:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.01.013 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — In a recent paper published in Acta Astronautica, Aron Kisdi, a University of Southampton engineer, proposes an idea of utilizing a swarm of robots to search large areas of Mars and the caves which current robots have been unable to explore.last_img read more