South Korea begins annual war games to defend against Japan

first_imgSeoul: South Korea Sunday began two days of war games to practise defending disputed islands off its east coast against an unlikely attack from Japan, further stoking tensions between the Asian neighbours. The annual drills come just days after Seoul terminated a military intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo, with the countries at loggerheads over Japan’s use of forced labour during World War II. The two-day exercise will involve warships and aircraft, the South Korean navy said in a text message without providing more detail. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe drill — re-named “East Sea territory defence training” — will solidify the military’s resolve to defend the Dokdo islands and the area surrounding the Sea of Japan, the navy said. While a Japanese attack is deemed highly unlikely, South Korea first staged the drills in 1986 and has conducted them twice a year — usually in June and December. The delayed exercise comes as tensions with neighbouring Japan continue. Seoul has controlled the rocky islets in the Sea of Japan since 1945 when Tokyo’s 35-year colonial rule over the Korean peninsula ended. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsTokyo also claims the islands and accuses South Korea of occupying them illegally. The two nations are both market economies, democracies and US allies, and both are threatened by nuclear-armed North Korea. But the two neighbours have been embroiled in intensifying trade and diplomatic disputes in recent weeks, following a run of South Korean court rulings ordering Japanese firms to pay for forced labour during World War II. The series of tit-for-tat measures that began in July after Japan imposed new restrictions on exports crucial to South Korean tech firms has seen Seoul and Tokyo remove each other from their lists of trusted trade partners.last_img read more

Windsor hospital increases security after stabbing in hospital by a patient

first_imgA hospital in southern Ontario is trying to strike a balance between heightened security measures and a healthy environment after one mental health patient stabbed another inside the facility.Windsor Regional Hospital, in Windsor, Ont., has decided to bring in hand-held metal detectors in response to the attack, but CEO Davis Musyj noted that their introduction, as well as other security measures, is a complicated issue.The stabbing took place last weekend as a 17-year-old mental health patient returned to the hospital after visiting his family on a day pass. The teenager stabbed a 26-year-old mental health patient in a hallway near reception, the hospital has said, noting that the patient who was stabbed was in stable condition. Local police have said a 17-year-old has been charged with aggravated assault.The hospital already has a security checkpoint at its mental health ward, but Musyj said the attack took place in one of the hospital’s general hallways, before the teen patient had to undergo his security screening.Currently, the hospital’s decision to use hand-held metal detectors is limited to the security checkpoint at the mental health ward, which means they wouldn’t have stopped the stabbing if they were already in use.Musyj said the hospital is looking into whether it should use the metal detectors at an earlier location, but said too much security could have a negative impact on a mental health patient’s state.“There are certain patients where requiring them to check in with security outside of the hospital doors might not help them with their rehabilitation effort,” said Musyj. “It won’t help promote it, they’ll wonder ‘why am I being treated like this.’”Musyj said the hospital has held a meeting with around 50 staff members to try and figure out the best way to improve security without having any negative outcome for their patients.Windsor Regional Hospital’s current security measures include a checkpoint at the mental health ward where patients’ belongings are put into lockers, the physical presence of security guards in the hospital and privately-hired drug sniffing dogs that are brought into the ward at random intervals to prevent visitors from bringing in drugs.Musyj said the hospital will be looking at the practices of other mental health wards and will consult with security experts to determine how best to reduce the risk of an attack, whilst not causing issues for their patients.The Ontario Hospital Association, an organization that collaborates with 145 hospitals in Ontario, said they take the issue of violence in hospitals “very seriously.”“Each hospital faces its own challenges with respect to safety and will take action to address these issues in a manner that is customized and most appropriate for that organization,” said spokeswoman Shabnum Durrani.last_img read more

What does video evidence really prove

first_imgReece Maxwell-Crawford ended up on the ground, screaming in pain, pinned down by transit fare inspectors and police officers. That much is horribly clear. The cellphone video footage of the scene doesn’t show us what happened before that—silent security cameras footage does. But what you see when you watch that video depends on who you are, your own biases, and who you want to believe.There’s no question that amateur footage has been an invaluable tool in exposing racial profiling and assault, and abuse of power by law enforcement. But we don’t often talk about what we bring to the video when we watch it. In the case of 20-year-old Maxwell-Crawford, who is now suing the TTC for assault and racial profiling, a court will have to determine what constitutes a “lunge,” what, if anything at all, the young man was staring at, and if he was ignoring questions from off-duty fare inspectors or simply didn’t hear them. That’s a lot to hang on some silent CCTV footage. How should we parse inconclusive video in an age when we’ve all finally become aware of the biases and racism that can be factors in reading them?THE BIG STORY PODCAST GUEST: Jennifer Yang, Identity and Inequality Reporter, Toronto StarToday’s Podcast – Just how much does video evidence prove?Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at read more

Meet Adam Levine At The Voice For Charity

first_imgMaroon 5 front man and arguably the hottest coach on The Voice, Adam Levine has partnered up with to create offer a dream experience for one lucky fan.Meet Adam Levine At The VoiceFor the next two weeks anyone can enter to win a chance to be flown to Los Angeles, with a very grateful guest of choice, and meet Adam backstage at The Voice before watching the show live. The best part? It’s all for a great cause: Aid Still Required’s efforts to provide trauma relief for rape and PTSD victims in Haiti. Anyone can enter to win this dream day by visiting and making a $10 donation to Aid Still Required.How is this possible? Well, Omaze offers everyone the opportunity to engage in once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities, athletes and the world’s greatest thinkers with the proceeds benefiting a social cause. The process works similar to a charity raffle. The user-friendly site allows anyone to enter to win an Omaze experience of their choice by donating just $5 or $10. Once the deadline to enter for the experience passes, Omaze collects all the entries and selects the winners through a third party computer-generated random selection process. The proceeds are delivered to benefit a specific social cause. The goal of the campaign is clearly quantified and they track the impact overtime so participants can see how their donations are impacting lives.Find out more here.last_img read more

NEYO Partners With StockX For The Walk In Our Shoes Campaign

first_imgStockX, the world’s first online consumer “stock market of things” for high-demand, limited edition products today announced it will be hosting an online charity sneaker auction for the Walk In Our Shoes campaign.Funds raised will benefit National Foster Care Month (May) and singer, songwriter, and actor Ne-Yo’s The Compound Foundation.With an initial focus on the $1 billion U.S. sneaker resale market, StockX’s live marketplace will empower participants to anonymously buy and sell limited-edition sneakers with stock market-like visibility. The Motor City start-up will provide the platform to bid on sneakers from NE-YO’s personal collection.“StockX’s rapid growth is proving just how influential sneakers are in the world, and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to harness that power to benefit such a great cause,” said StockX CEO Josh Luber. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with NE-YO for such a great campaign.”Starting now, through 11:59am EST Friday, May 20, StockX users will be able to bid on more than 20 sneakers owned by NE-YO. Funds from the campaign will support the Compound Foundation’s Music Academy Boot Camp and annual Giving Tour. The Music Academy Boot Camp has industry leaders work with students to teach and explore various career options within the field of music entertainment. At the end of the weekend, participants have the chance to compete for a $5,000 scholarship. The annual Giving Tour in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of America brings holiday cheer / distributes gifts to 2,000 children ages 3-18 living in foster care, group homes and members of BGC. Each year the Tour visits multiple cities selected based on the size of the foster care population.The Compound Foundation is a national organization founded in 2007 by Shaffer “NE-YO” Smith and his business partner Reynell Hay to enhance the well-being of youth growing up in foster care and group homes. The Foundation’s goal is to support bright futures for young people by helping them to forge healthy relationships, pursue education and training, learn entrepreneurship basics and realize their dreams.“Advocating for children, most of whom who have faced challenging circumstances, is my passion and mission for the The Compound Foundation. I am proud to be a part of the ‘Walk In Our Shoes’ campaign that provides a fantastic opportunity to use my sneakers as a force for good,” said NE-YO.last_img read more


first_imgKim joins the list of past ACTRA Award of Excellence recipients Leslie Nielsen, Lloyd Bochner, Tonya Williams, Kiefer Sutherland, Sandra Oh, Eugene Levy, Bruce Greenwood, Jason Priestley and Neve Campbell.ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community. Advertisement Twitter ACTRA is honouring Canadian star Kim Coates with the 2017 ACTRA National Award of Excellence on Saturday, January 28 in recognition of his career achievements, and contribution to his fellow performers and Canada’s entertainment industry. ACTRA National President Ferne Downey will present the award at the Northern Lights Social at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Hollywood.Event:  Northern Lights Social honouring Kim CoatesDate:   Saturday, January 28, 2017Time:   5:00-700 p.m.Location:  Beverly Hilton Rooftop, 9876 Wilshire Boulevard“Kim Coates is a seasoned actor who built his career in Canada,” said ACTRA National President Ferne Downey. “From his Saskatoon theatre roots to his breakout in the U.S. as a series lead in Sons of Anarchy, Kim is a deeply gifted, soulful actor and a wonderful advocate for Canadian culture. We are thrilled to honour an ACTRA member who flies his maple leaf so proudly.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Movie star Jane Fonda says majority getting hotter and sicker

first_imgAPTN National NewsHollywood movie star Jane Fonda was in Vancouver over the weekend to lend her voice against expansion of the tar sands in Alberta drilling in the Arctic.As APTN’s Tina House reports, this isn’t the first time the movie veteran has taken on causes to side with Indigenous people.last_img

Markets Right Now Stocks open broadly higher on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening broadly higher on Wall Street, building on two days of solid gains.Traders were showing an increased appetite for risk Tuesday, sending shares of technology and industrial companies higher.Global Payments jumped 2.5 per cent and railroad operator Union Pacific soared 9.4 per cent after naming a new chief operating officer.PG&E plunged another 13 per cent after the S&P ratings agency cut the California utility’s debt rating to junk.The S&P 500 index rose 26 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 2,577.The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 283 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 23,818. The Nasdaq rose 80 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 6,906.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.71 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Spencer Matthews hid in vault as moped gang armed with machetes stormed

“If that isn’t luck, then I don’t know what is,” Mr Matthews said.The socialite revealed that he was in the shop with his son young son Theodore just days ago, saying that he will “think twice” before taking him anywhere with any valuable goods again.”London in particular is dangerous at the moment,” he added. The battered displays at The Hour HouseCredit:Spencer Matthews/Instagram A spokeswoman for the Met Police said: “Police were called at 10:32hrs on Tuesday, 28 May following reports of a smash and grab at a jewellery store in Duke Street W1.“A number of males armed with weapons are reported to have driven to the premises on mopeds and smashed a window before stealing goods and fleeing.“Officers attended, including specialist firearms colleagues.“A man aged in his 30s has been treated by LAS for an eye injury sustained after the shop window was smashed.” The battered displays at The Hour House Police outside The Hour House on Duke Street Moped gang armed with machetes storm luxury West End watch shop as customers hide in vault Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He added: “These guys drive a scooter through the glass and start battering the shop with hammers, big huge hammers, wearing helmets.“We’re in the back of the shop looking at them, sprint downstairs, hide in the vault until all the noise passes. Come upstairs and the place is just battered. All the watches gone.”Mr Matthews – whose sister-in-law is Pippa Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister – was visiting the shop to pick up a vintage Rolex Daytona Zenith stainless steel watch, which ended up being the only watch not stolen in the raid, he claimed. Police outside The Hour House on Duke StreetCredit:Isabel Infantes/PA Moped gang armed with machetes  storm luxury West End watch shop as customers hide in vault Paul Starck, a 43-year-old Thames Valley fire service engineer, was driving near the shop when he saw the group launch their attack, prompting him to call the police.As a result, he was targeted by one of the men who banged a machete against his car window, smashing the glass into his eye.”He was trying to get through the window at me because he knew I was on the phone to police. I’ve never been so scared in my life. He had no care in the world, the chap,” Mr Starck said.Another witness, who did not want to be named, said one member of the group rammed the front door of the shop with a scooter and then two others started banging a second door with sledgehammers.He said that one of the armed men then started chased him, adding: “It’s not every day you come to work expecting someone to come at you with a machete.” Scotland Yard last night confirmed that they had arrested three men on suspicion of armed robbery and that they are currently being held in custody at a north London police station. Customers were forced to lock themselves inside a jewellers vault after moped raiders armed with machetes attacked a luxury Marylebone watch store.The Hour House on Duke Street was targeted yesterday morning by a group of five men who smashed the front window and reportedly stole between £400,000 to £500,000 worth of goods.Before driving off the attackers targeted passersby, according to eyewitnesses, with one getting glass in his eye after his car window was smashed in.Reality TV star Spencer Matthews, who found fame on Made in Chelsea, was inside the shop with two friends when the raid started.”I just had to hide in a safe. More like a vault downstairs while this watch shop The Hour House on Duke Street got smashed to pieces by armed robbers,” he posted on Instagram. read more

Corporal implicated in AK47 interception at Police HQ on the run

The Force said it  “wishes to assure that this case is not being treated differently from other cases where members of the Force are alleged to have committed grave offences, as our history is replete with examples of members of the Force being placed before the Courts for serious crimes.” The disappearance of this Subordinate Officer, based on initial enquiries seemed to have occurred sometime on Sunday night last but was officially reported to Police Headquarters about 15:00hrs on Wednesday. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedConflicting stories: Crime Chief says Corporal in AK-47 smuggling didn’t escape, ‘on sick leave’March 10, 2017In “Crime”AK-47 smuggled out of Police headquartersMarch 2, 2017In “Crime”Smuggled AK-47 not Police property- BlanhumMarch 7, 2017In “Crime” The Police noted that he was placed under close arrest for the legally required period of 72 hours. After that time expired, Marks was placed under open arrest “in a confined/restricted manner” until legal advice was obtained.Marks however, for reasons unknown, was able to escape and has since been on the run.Marks in addition to three others, two of whom are a Police Corporal and an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) attached to the Tactical Services Unit (TSU) were placed under open arrest.Meanwhile, while investigators have encountered some difficulties in identifying the origin of the high-powered rifle, they are confident that the firearm does not belong to the GPF.Head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the GPF, Senior Superintendent Wendell Blanhum had explained to media operatives the challenges facing the detectives.“We have been encountering some difficulties to restore the number on the firearm; on that basis it is very difficult to state whether the weapon is the property of the Guyana Police Force, but based on the general appearance, it is not the property of the Guyana Police Force,” he disclosed.However, Blanhum said identifying the number would be critical in determining if the weapon was lodged with the Police.Additionally, the Crime Chief explained that ballistic tests conducted showed that the firearm was not used at any crime scenes.He further noted that the Police have suspicions regarding the origin of the AK-47 rifle, but he declined to share those leads with the public as investigations are ongoing.Blanhum had said that he was hopeful for criminal charges to be laid against the Police Corporal involved, adding that investigators have recommended disciplinary action against the other ranks on duty at the time of the incident.Reports are that on February 28, a civilian vehicle was allowed into the Police compound without being searched.The vehicle reportedly stayed throughout the evening.The weapon was only discovered when the vehicle was searched the following morning when it was leaving the compound.The mobile phone belonging to the driver was checked and it was found that several calls were made to the ASP.That very ASP, this publication was told, had been implicated in several unprofessional and shady transactions, and had been interdicted from duty several years ago, following the murder of Dweive Kant Ramdass in the Essequibo River.Ramdass was reportedly robbed of millions of dollars.The ASP, who had been a cadet officer at the time, had been accused, along with other ranks, of stealing an undisclosed sum of money from Ramdass, which they had confiscated. During that trial, however, no evidence had been given against the Police ranks, and they were subsequently reinstated into the Police Force.The Corporal was reportedly on the radar of several senior officers. Suspicion that his character was shady arose after he was seen driving in and out of the TSU compound in various heavily tinted motor cars. The high powered weapon in questionThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) has confirmed that Corporal 18404 Shevon Marks who was under investigation in connection with a high powered AK-47 rifle which was intercepted at the exit of the Police Headquarters and who was under confinement at Brickdam Police Station, has since escaped.According to the police, all efforts are on stream to locate him and the Office of Professional Responsibility has launched an investigation. read more

In Spain even toddlers learn Chinese for job hopes

first_img“XIANG JIAO! BANANA!” says Fu Huijuan, beaming as she waves the fruit in front of her three-year-old pupil, Leon, at a Madrid nursery school.He and his four classmates have barely learned to speak even in their native Spanish, but already they are absorbing Mandarin Chinese – as are many adult Spaniards concerned for their job prospects.“Xiang jiao,” Leon replies in a tiny voice, grinning as he is rewarded with a bite of banana and a sticker. “Xie xie. Thank you.”Fu’s class – offered free for the first month – is the newest after-hours activity for children at the TEO private nursery, whose parents hope it will pay off later in life.Numerous schools and language centres here have started holding such lessons as Spaniards look to China’s fast-growing economy for opportunities after five years of on-off recession in Spain.“Chinese seems to me an essential language in today’s world, and the best way to learn it is from an early age. Learning it as an adult seems much more difficult,” says Leon’s mother, Sara Vergara.‘A long-term strategy’“It is a long-term strategy, for his job prospects in the future,” adds Vergara, a 33-year-old housewife, arriving to pick Leon up from the class. “And I think he is enjoying himself.”Pilar Alvarez, director of TEO, said the nursery launched the after-hours Chinese lessons after seeing that many other schools in Madrid were doing so.“After the second or third class, the kids start really getting into it,” she says. “We are considering introducing it bit by bit for all the children during normal school time.”Regional governments in Spain are also expanding Chinese courses in their subsidised language centres, while some public schools are offering them as an after-school activity.Enrolment nearly doubledA programme of free classes jointly funded by the Andalucia government and the Chinese state has seen enrolments nearly double since it started two years ago, to 1,200 for this school year, the regional education ministry says.It estimates that 30,000 people are currently studying Chinese as a foreign language in Spain. No such figure was available from the national education ministry. The Andalucia ministry said in a statement:China is expected to be the leading world power in a few decades. This is driving a boom in the number of people studying its language and culture.Madrid’s network of official language schools has taught Chinese since the 1960s but demand has surged recently, said Maria Jose Garcia-Patron, head of secondary education and professional training in the regional education ministry.“Demand for these lessons was stable for 40 years, with about 80 or 90 students enrolled, but over the past 10 years the number has grown markedly and has reached about 300,” she told AFP in an email.Challenging for Western learnersThe recent crop of students in Chinese seem undeterred by its alien systems of intonation and writing that many see as challenging for Western learners.“It is a bit hard to write, but I think it is easy to teach children to talk,” said Fu. “Children have good memories.”Fu, 25, came to Spain six months ago and applied for the teaching job with Bambu Idiomas, a private company that organises classes for schools and individuals of all ages.“There are lots of opportunities in Spain. Lots of families are looking for Chinese teachers, and now lots of nurseries too,” she said.Set up in 2011, the family-run company had 87 pupils signed up last year. This year the number surged to 235, said one of its Spanish founders, Ruben Camarero.Sung in Mandarin“It is an important language for the future,” he said. “We decided it was a language that would interest people because Spain is in an enormous economic crisis and China is drawing a lot of interest worldwide.”In the classroom, Fu plays from her laptop the nursery rhyme known in Europe as “Frere Jacques”, sung in Mandarin in a version well-known to Chinese children.As she repeats the names of fruit to the five toddlers, correcting their intonation, four-year-old Angela jumps around excitedly, her long brown hair whirling.“Banana!” she yells. “Xiang jiao!”- © AFP, 2013Spain’s unemployment rate at record 27.16 per cent>last_img read more

Racing fans again cross fingers as Cheltenham course set for early inspection

first_imgWE’VE HAD ONE on each of the first two days at Prestbury Park this week, and Cheltenham officials will again carry out a racecourse inspection this morning.Organisers announced an 8am precautionary inspection for the chase and hurdles courses ahead of the third day of the Festival. Overnight temperatures were expected to drop to minus 6C.Yesterday, Sprinter Sacre stole the show in the blue-riband Queen Mother Champion Chase.Infographic: How to pick a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner this week…7 horse-racing clichés you’ll hear this week (and what they actually mean)last_img

College savings plan hikes price nearly 40 percent

first_imgOLYMPIA – Parents investing in their child’s future will find the price is higher as the Guaranteed Education Tuition Committee voted unanimously Thursday to increase their unit price nearly 40 percent.GET is a prepaid college tuition plan whose customer base is parents and grandparents. The program works on a unit system, where 100 units represent one year of tuition. The unit cost is based on prices in effect when purchased. The committee calculates the unit cost based on the highest-priced Washington public university.For example, if someone purchased 100 GET units at $35 per unit when the program began in 1998, they would be paying $3,500 for a year at Washington State University, as opposed to the tuition cost of $9,886 per year now.Last year’s enrollment cost $117 per unit, meaning one year would cost $11,700. The new price per unit is $163, meaning a year would cost $16,300, an increase of nearly 40 percent.“We’ll see over the coming months how much it affects families opening new accounts or buying more units,” said Susan Martensen, marketing and communications manager for GET. “It’s widely understood that college tuition is going to rise rapidly over the next few years, and parents will be looking at GET as a way to save for these future costs in a safe environment.”last_img read more

Supreme Court to hear gay marriage cases in April

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution.The justices said Friday they will review an appellate ruling that upheld bans on same-sex unions in four states.The case will be argued in April and a decision is expected by late June. Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee are among the 14 states where gay and lesbian couples are not allowed to marry.The number of states that permit same-sex marriage has nearly doubled in three months as a result of federal and state court rulings. The justices’ decision to turn away same-sex marriage appeals in October allowed some of those rulings to take effect. Florida last week became the 36th state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.last_img

Alphabets Loon recruits highpowered mobile veterans to serve on board

first_imgLoon’s parent company, Alphabet, is planning a commercial launch of the service for later this year.  Alphabet Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has recruited some well-known and experienced industry veterans to help get its wireless broadband project Loon to market.On Tuesday Alphabet announced a new advisory board and said one of the founding members will be Craig McCaw, who started McCaw Cellular. McCaw Cellular was one of the first cellular companies in the US and was sold to AT&T in 1994. Also serving on the new board: Marni Walden, a former marketing executive with Verizon, and Ian Small, who worked as chief data officer for Telefonica and is now CEO of Evernote. Project Loon, started in 2016, uses solar-powered balloons as Wi-Fi carriers to deliver signals from high above. In July, Alphabet spun out Loon from X, the division of Alphabet responsible for its most experimental projects, including self-driving cars, internet-connected contact lenses and delivery drones.The company said previously it was planning a commercial launch of Loon later this year. Thus far, the balloons have been used in testing, and deployed for emergency relief, as in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. In preparation for the commercial launch, Loon CEO Alistair Westgarth said in a blog post, the company intends to partner with mobile network operators throughout the world. The idea is that Loon can help these wireless carriers expand internet coverage and attract new customers. To do that, he said, Loon needs to add “some serious expertise to our ranks with a new advisory board that brings together top wireless innovators with decades of experience in the industry.”Loon has already struck at least one partnership deal, with Telekom Kenya, to help the African carrier extend its coverage to hard to reach parts of the country where reliable communications connections are absent. CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition.The Smartest Stuff: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter. Share your voice 0 Google Alphabet Inc. Tags Post a comment Mobilelast_img read more

NASAs asteroid warning Gigantic rogue body heading towards earth at 93000 kilometers

first_imgAsteroid formation through planetary collisionDon Davis via University of FloridaAn asteroid named 2019 JB1 is heading towards earth at a mind-blowing speed of 93,000 kilometers per hour, NASA has confirmed. Asteroid trackers of the United States space agency revealed that this space body measuring 1,280 feet will make a close flyby in the early hours of May 20, 2019.As per NASA, 2019 JB1 is a near-earth object (NEO). The space agency considers all asteroids and comets in orbit of the Sun at a distance of 1.3 astronomical units as near-earth objects. It should be noted that one astronomical unit is equal to about 92.95 million miles, and it is actually the distance between the earth and the sun.On May 20, 2019, JB1 may come as close as 6.4 million km from the earth. A distance of 6.4 million kilometers may seem too huge in human terms, but considering the depth and vastness of the universe, this distance is quite small in astronomical terms.Even though the chances of 2019 JB1 hitting the earth is very less, NASA believes that any impact from such gigantic space bodies could bring about cataclysmic effects in the affected area.”If a rocky meteoroid larger than 25 meters but smaller than one kilometer ( a little more than 1/2 mile) were to hit Earth, it would likely cause local damage to the impact area. We believe anything larger than one to two kilometers (one kilometer is a little more than one-half mile) could have worldwide effects,” wrote NASA on its website.In the meantime, NASA is busy developing its planetary defense weapon to protect the earth from dreaded asteroid hits which may happen in the future. NASA scientists believe that this weapon, which is basically a spacecraft can deviate rogue space bodies from its trajectory.A few weeks back, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine also revealed that the possibilities of an apocalyptic asteroid hit are not something reserved for Hollywood disaster movies. In a recent speech at the Planetary Defense Conference, Bridenstine predicted that life-threatening asteroid hits could happen in the future.last_img read more

Nonprofit Finds Trace Amounts of Arsenic in Popular Beer Wine Brands

first_img A number of popular wine and beer brands contain trace amounts of arsenic and heavy metals found in herbicide.As if you needed another reason to cut back on alcohol intake…CBS opened the floodgates in 2015, with news of a lawsuit against 31 wine labels for high levels of inorganic arsenic—up to four and five times the maximum amount the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows for drinking water. Reports followed (as recently as last week), revealing residues of glyphosate in other booze—a majority of which hail from the US.The alleged culprit? Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer.The multinational agrochemical and biotechnology company developed its glyphosate-based herbicide in the 1970s; it was quickly adopted by farmers, who could exterminate pests without ruining crops.Monsanto argued, however, that the natural occurrence of arsenic in soil (with the average concentration some five parts per million) is 10 times great than levels reported for concentrated Roundup-branded herbicides, and 100 times greater than those products “at their working dilutions.”“It’s is therefore more likely that any arsenic detected in wine is derived from arsenic present in vineyard soils rather than glyphosate used in vineyard maintenance,” the company told Geek.Despite its regulatory approval, glyphosate formulations like Roundup are often criticized for their effects on humans and the environment.Contrasting reports make it tough to pin down the toxicity of the compound; there is limited evidence that human cancer risk might increase as a result of exposure to large amounts of glyphosate alone.But formulations which contain other unidentified substances (considered trade secrets) could raise the chances of harm if consumed in large-enough quantities. Monsanto’s ingredient information is listed online, including details on substance, mixtures, and chemicals.A study published in January revealed that more than a dozen Roundup products contained excessive levels of the lethal poison arsenic, among other heavy metals.Now, think about what happens when those products are sprayed in vineyards and grain crops before harvest.“Comparing reported detections of trace elements in a concentrated pesticide product to a drinking water standard is not a relevant or appropriate analysis,” Monsanto said in a statement emailed to Geek. “Frankly, it’s nothing more than scare-mongering.“Monsanto takes our responsibility as a scientific enterprise very seriously, and we are proud to be advocates for robust and sound science,” the company continued. “Glyphosate safety is confirmed by seven complete regulatory data sets and hundreds of peer-reviewed studies.  Fourteen separate regulatory and scientific bodies since 2015 and the largest real-world epidemiological study ever conducted on the use of pesticides by farmers confirms that glyphosate is not carcinogenic.”Continuing the debate over glyphosate, nonprofit organization Moms Across America (MAA) recently tested wine brands Gallo, Beringer, Mondavi Barefoot, and Sutter Home, as well as Budweiser, Busch, Coors, Michelob, Miller Lite, Sam Adams, Samuel Smith, Peak Organic, and Sierra Nevada beers.Their results suggest that independent and organic beers contain higher levels of glyphosate than conventional brands, which tend to use cheaper ingredients like rice instead of barley, oats, rye, and wheat.“Beverages contaminated with a neurotoxic carcinogen, and now we know arsenic, too, are contributing to the skyrocketing rates of mental illness, fertility issues, and cancer in America,” MAA executive director Zen Honeycutt claims. “If manufacturers want to protect the integrity of their brands and support healthy Americans, now is the time to demand that the EPA revokes the license of glyphosate.”The Environmental Protection Agency is accepting comments through April 30 on the re-registration or denial of the license for glyphosate for another 15 years.“Safety is a top priority for us at Monsanto,” the firm said. “Roundup is rigorously tested and then reviewed by third-party scientists at government agencies. Glyphosate, the main active ingredient in Roundup, is one of the most widely used and thoroughly evaluated herbicides in the world. Glyphosate has a 40-year history of safe use and no regulatory agency in the world considers it to be carcinogenic.”Editor’s Note: This article was updated on April 3 with comment from Monsanto. Toast to Space Travel With Zero-Gravity ChampagneGlobal Warming Forces Wineries to Relocate Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

VIDEO Aaron Judge ties Joe DiMaggios Yankee rookie home run record and

first_imgAaron Judge launched his 29th home run of the bottom of the 4th inning of today’s game against the Blue Jays. The 2-run shot tied Judge with Yankee legend Joe DiMaggio for the team’s rookie home run record.Judge still has half a season left.It’s never bad when you play for the Yankees and people are mentioning your name in the same sentence as Joe D.Baseball, guilty..@TheJudge44 keeps the fireworks going!— MLB (@MLB) July 5, 2017last_img

5 things to know about Costa Ricas gigantic Palmares Festival

first_imgRelated posts:193 people arrested in less than a week at Palmares Festival PHOTOS: The best of Palmares Tope 2016 Body artists show their stuff at Paradise Tattoo Convention After three-year hiatus, Blues Festival plays in Guanacaste Each year in January, Ticos descend on the sleepy coffee town of Palmares, northwest of San José, for the country’s most rowdy fiesta. Palmares hosts a traditional Costa Rican festival with bullfights, horse parades and carnival rides, but also brings in famous international acts and way more beer than is probably necessary.Foreigners unfamiliar with the festival shouldn’t miss out either. Even if bobbing along to the international dancehall hit “Temperature” surrounded by drunk teenagers isn’t really your scene, the Palmares Festival still has plenty to offer.Festivities kick off Jan. 15 with events every day through Jan. 26. Here are a few things to know about the festival before you go so that you can enjoy it while still maintaining your dignity.1. More than a fifth of the country will attend. Sean Paul will be there, too.Festival organizers estimate that 1 million people will show up to this year’s festival. That’s about 20 percent of Costa Rica’s population. Organizers expect 60,000 alone to turn out for Jamiacan dancehall/reggae artist Sean Paul’s concert. Paul will close the festivities with a free concert on Jan. 26.Big crowds can mean big fun, but they also mean traffic and packed hotels. Most events do not have advanced tickets, but tickets are available for the Festival del Humor stand-up routines online and at any Maxi Pali.2. You can get drunk. You can even ride a drunk bus.*With beer consumption rivaling Oktoberfest, Palmares is known internationally as a giant boozefest. Costa Rican beer label Imperial now sponsors the festival so you can be sure you will not get thirsty.Officially, security will not allow inebriated guests into the festival, but in practice, hardcore Palmares partiers book *mini-buses with designated drivers and get plastered on the hour-long drive from San José. Find a listing for your own party bus here.3. You can chase bulls. But don’t do that. It’s dangerous and stupid.Like every other Costa Rican civic festival, Tico-style bullfights are the event’s centerpiece. Unlike Spanish or Mexican bullfights, Costa Ricans do not kill the bull. Instead they allow dozens of improvised rodeo clowns, improvisados in Spanish, to enter the ring and taunt the toro, sometimes getting killed themselves.Watching strangers get launched into the sky by bulls is amusing, but think twice about getting into the ring yourself. At last year’s Palmares Festival, a 28-year-old improvisado died after being tossed by a bull and breaking his neck.4. Watch out: Thieves abound.The drunk and merry make easy targets. You want to drink your weight in Imperial? Ok, but don’t bring that $1,200 camera you just got for Christmas and expect to still have it when you leave. And don’t leave valuables in your car.Police will be out in force at the festival along with private security and 26 surveillance cameras. Transit police also will be monitoring the roadways for drunk drivers.5. If you can only choose one event, go to the tope.A Costa Rican tope is a horse parade. Cowboys get dressed up in their tack and ride horses along a predetermined route through town. Think thousands of people on horses, in one big cluster.The Palmares tope is one of the country’s most famous, with cowboys from all over the country turning up to show off their riding skills and sometimes other talents, for instance, this man dances on top of his horse. Facebook Commentscenter_img Schedule of EventsParade: A parade with clowns and floats starts in Parque de Palmares Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m.Tope: The tope starts at noon Thursday, Jan. 16.Tico bullfights: Bull events will run for the entire festival,  Jan. 16-27. starting at 3 p.m. each day.Festival del Humor: Stand-up from some of Costa Rica’s best comedians, including Alex Costa, Doña Merry, y Coco y su Pandilla. Friday, Jan. 17, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets can be pre-purchased at any Maxi Pali or online.Festival Ranchero: Mexican actress and singer Aida Cuevas will perform Saturday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 2453-1414.Concerts: Jorge Villamizar, J Balvin and Gaites play Sunday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. Sonámbulo and Sean Paul will play a free concert starting at noon on Jan. 26.Festival Infantil: Raffles, games, contests and other activities for children. The event happens Tuesday, Jan. 21, starting at 9 a.m.Carnival: Music and performances take place Friday, Jan. 24, starting at 4:30 p.m.last_img read more