first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Syquia wins PH’s 23rd gold, rules equestrian show jump View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ She also ended up in eighth in hoop with her 9.30 score, with Koi again topping the category.Orella stayed in eighth place in ball with her 11.10 points, while this time, Malaysia’s Izzah Amzan claimed the mint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutShe finished her performance with an eighth place finish in ribbon, nabbing a score of 11.05, with Malaysian Amy Kwan Dict winning the gold. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Gymnast Arielle Orella missed out on a podium finish in the apparatus finals of rhythmic gymnastics in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Monday at MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre Hall 3 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The 20-year-old Orella wound up in seventh place in clubs with her 11.10 points, where Malaysian Koi Sie Yan won the gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Gameslast_img read more

first_imgThe Realme X is set to go official in China in a few days and Realme CEO Madhav Sheth has confirmed that the flagship will come to India soon after. The Realme X is tipped to be a bigger, more feature-packed flagship than the Realme 3 Pro. The phone is rumoured to come with a Snapdragon 730 chipset, notchless display, pop-up selfie camera and an in-display fingerprint sensor among other things. The Realme X briefly appeared in a leaked promo video a few weeks ago, and it has now been spotted again in a YouTube video.The YouTube video, posted by Ben’s Gadget Review, is actually a review of a Chinese laptop. During the course of the review, we notice a mysterious phone placed next to the laptop showing the back of the device and an unmistakable Realme branding. The whole placement and tease seems intentional rather than a mistake, but nevertheless we do get a pretty good look at the rear panel which is unlike any other Realme phone so far.This leads us to believe that the phone is the upcoming Realme X, possibly given to the channel for review as we approach its launch in China. We learn a few things here – firstly, the gradient blue colour that looks similar to the render spotted on TENAA. Second, a vertical dual camera setup near the center of the panel. Lastly, the missing fingerprint sensor, which backs rumours that the Realme X will come with an in-display sensor.It’s hard to verify whether the phone shown in the video is really the Realme X or a fake, so it’s best to take this with a pinch of salt. Based on what past reports have told us, the dual camera setup is said to offer a 48MP primary camera and a 5MP depth sensor. The Realme X is tipped to sport a 6.5-inch FHD+ notchless display. A Snapdragon 730 chipset should power the device. The flagship should also support VOOC 3.0 like the Realme 3 Pro. Lastly, the device will likely house a 3,680mAh battery.advertisementRealme is rumoured to announce the Realme X on May 15 in China. In a recent interview with India Today Tech, Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth confirmed that the Realme X will come to India soon. Its price is expected to fall between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000.ALSO READ | Realme X launch in May: Snapdragon 730, pop-up camera and everything we know so farALSO READ | Exclusive: Realme CEO confirms Realme X with pop-up camera will launch in India soon, days after China launchlast_img read more


first_imgBob Huggins's daughter tweets about Dez Wells.Maryland and West Virginia rarely play each other in basketball, so there isn’t much of a rivalry between the two programs that border each other. After Sunday night’s NCAA Tournament Third Round game, though, maybe one is going to heat up. The No. 5-seeded Mountaineers defeated the No. 4-seeded Terrapins in a contest in Columbus that featured a lot of trash talking and some pretty physical play. There appears to be some hatred of Maryland stemming from the family of WVU coach Bob Huggins, too. During and after the game, Twitter accounts seemingly belonging to Huggins’ daughters, Jenna Leigh and Jacqueline Huggins, tweeted rape jokes about Terrapins’ senior star Dez Wells. Jenna Leigh Huggins, who is listed as West Virginia’s “program assistant,” later deleted those tweets and made her Twitter account private. Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 10.59.49 AMHuggins’ other daughter, Jacqueline, tweeted a similar joke. The tweet was still online as of Monday morning. “NO MEANS NO DEZ!” –@JennaLeigh44— (@JacqueHuggins) March 23, 2015Wells was expelled from Xavier in 2012 following a sexual assault allegation. Those allegations were deemed unworthy of prosecution, though, and Wells sued the school. The lawsuit was settled out of court “in a matter satisfactory to the parties,” according to the Washington Post. West Virginia is set to face Kentucky in the Sweet 16 on Thursday.last_img read more

My location zoom Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has launched the HOS BAYOU (Hull 205) for Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC.The launching was held at Eastern’s Allanton facility with hundreds of Eastern’s employees and guests attending, including Mr. Jack Reid, Florida’s Governor Rick Scott’s Regional Representative.The HOS BAYOU is the first of six vessels Eastern designated as the HOSMAX 310 series by Hornbeck Offshore and is a Diesel – Electric powered, twin Z – drive propelled OSV. These high-tech vessels feature four Caterpillar 3516C 16-cylinder turbo-charged Tier III diesel generator engines each rated at 1,825 kW at 1,800 rpm.Main propulsion power is provided by two GE Energy furnished Hyundai 2,500 kW 690VAC electric motors driving two Schottel SRP 2020 FP Z – Drives with nozzles rated at 2,500 kW at 1,025 rpm each for a total of 6,704 Hp. Schottel also provided two STT 4 fixed pitch tunnel thrusters rated at 1,180 kW at 1,170 rpm, each with direct coupled Hyundai 690VAC electric motors.GE Energy Power Conversions provided the complete system integrated diesel electric package, including the propulsion and thruster drives, motors, control systems, DP system, switchboards, motor control centers, automation and navigation/communication electronics.These vessels are capable of a maximum speed of 14 knots with a cruising speed of 12 knots.The fully integrated bridge is arranged for increased visibility and features the latest technology in navigation, communication equipment. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close Eastern Shipbuilding, November 18, 2013 read more

first_imgGeneva: Hurricane Dorian has caused “extensive damage” across the Bahamas, the Red Cross said Monday, warning that as many as 13,000 houses may have been severely damaged or destroyed. “We don’t yet have a complete picture of what has happened,” Sune Bulow, head of the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and Red Crescent Societies’ Emergency Operation Centre in Geneva, said in a statement. “But it is clear that Hurricane Dorian has had a catastrophic impact,” he said, adding that “we anticipate extensive shelter needs, alongside the need for short-term economic support, as well as for clean water and health assistance.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas with ferocious wind and rain on Sunday, the monstrous Category 5 storm wrecking towns and homes as it churned on an uncertain path toward the US coast where hundreds of thousands were ordered to evacuate. There was no immediate word on casualties in the low-lying islands. But IFRC said that up to 13,000 houses may have been severely impacted. The organisation also warned that extensive flooding on the island of Abaco was believed to have contaminated wells with saltwater. IFRC said it had released 250,000 Swiss francs (USD 252,000) from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to bolster the initial response to the crisis, and to provide some 500 families with emergency shelter assistance. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPacking sustained winds of 185 miles per hour (295 kilometre per hour), Dorian crashed onshore in the Abacos Islands, in the northwest of the Bahamas, as the strongest storm ever to hit the Caribbean chain. After days of nerve-wracking uncertainty surrounding the storm’s path, the southeastern US states of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina finally ordered coastal residents to evacuate in a mass exodus set to affect hundreds of thousands of people. The American Red Cross estimated that some 19 million people live in areas that could be impacted by the storm, with as many as 50,000 people in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina potentially in need of emergency shelter, depending on the impact.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – A Conservative senator is calling out the federal Liberal government for its anodyne response to reports that an Iranian-Canadian university professor has died while in custody in Iran.The semi-official ILNA news agency says Iranian lawmakers have confirmed that Kavous Seyed-Emami took his own life while behind bars and that part of the incident was captured on CCTV footage.Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy in Iran, was quoted as saying Seyed-Emami’s family had “accepted” the suicide finding and did not ask for an autopsy.“The video showed that Seyed-Emami takes his shirt off and prepares for suicide,” Boroujerdi said.Omar Alghabra, Canada’s parliamentary secretary for consular affairs, tweeted that the Canadian government was “concerned” about the circumstances of the death and had “asked” Iran for answers.That prompted a strong response from Sen. Linda Frum, who wondered on Twitter why Ottawa wasn’t taking a harder line in demanding to know what happened.“‘Concerned’?! How about outraged?” Frum tweeted. “‘Asked’ for answers? How about demanding the immediate releases of his body to Canada?”Considering that he was a university professor, Seyed-Emami was being kept in a proper cell, Boroujerdi said. “Unfortunately, Kavos Seyed-Emami, for whatever reason, could not bear the prison conditions,” he added.The semi-official Fars news agency quoted a spokesman for the parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, Hossein Naghavi Hosseini, as saying, “The issue is quite clear because prepares his shirt as a rope to commit suicide.”Seyed-Emami tried to make it appear to guards that he was asleep, Hosseini added.Frum, however, isn’t buying it.“Of course, we can place absolutely zero validity on that,” she said in an interview. Evin Prison, where Seyed-Emami was being held, is a notorious place where it’s impossible to take one’s own life, she said.“You’re not in control of your own life when you’re inside Evin Prison,” Frum said. “The fact that the professor died in prison, to me, says that he was murdered, and that that’s the only thing that could have happened to him there.”On Saturday, Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said authorities had arrested several unidentified people on suspicion of spying under the cover of implementation of scientific and environmental projects.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised during the 2015 election campaign to restore diplomatic relations with Iran, but a brutal crackdown on widespread unrest in that country late last year prompted opposition calls on the government to reconsider.Canada, should be demanding an independent autopsy, performed by Canadian examiners, said Frum.“In the absence of that, I think they should be presuming that this is now another Canadian national who’s been murdered in Evin Prison,” she said.“It is outrageous, and I think they should be suspending their talks on reopening the embassy with Iran.”— With files from Jim Bronskilllast_img read more

first_imgWashington DC: The US plans to hike the H-1B visa application fee to increase funding for the expansion of an apprentice programme, Labour Secretary Alexander Acosta has told American lawmakers, a move that would impose additional financial burden on Indian IT companies. Testifying before a Congressional committee on the annual budget of the Department of Labor for the fiscal year 2020 beginning October 1, 2019, he said that the Labour Department has also made changes to the H-1B application forms to ensure greater transparency and better protect American workers from employers seeking to misuse the programme. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraAcosta, however, did not give details of the proposed increase in the H-1B filing fee and the categories of applicants it would be enforced on. But given past experience, the Indian IT companies, which account for a large number of H-1B applications, are likely to face the additional financial burden because of this proposed increase in H-1B filing fees. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days Arguing that foreigners hurt American workers by competing for jobs and driving down wages, the Trump administration has tightened the noose around the H-1B visa programme. In his testimony on May 2, Acosta said, “In FY 2020, the Department’s budget includes $160 million to continue our expansion of apprenticeship programmes, along with a proposal to increase H-1B fee revenues to fund additional apprenticeship activities.” The apprentice programme trains American youths in technology related activities. Acosta told lawmakers that last year the Department of Labour had launched the first-ever sector-based apprenticeship grant funding opportunity to invest $150 million to expand apprenticeships in those in-demand industry sectors most often filled by individuals on H-1B visas.last_img read more

BERLIN — Scientists, politicians, company representatives and environmental campaigners are meeting in Berlin to decide the fate of Germany’s coal industry amid pressure to end the use of fossil fuels as part of efforts to curb climate change.The meeting Friday could finalize a report the German government can adopt to ensure the transition away from coal is as smooth as possible.The government appointed the panel last year to ensure all interests, including those in the regions where coal mining still takes place, are heard. The 28 members have been haggling over the amount of funding affected regions and companies will get, and what the final deadline for coal use in Germany will be.If Friday’s meeting fails to reach consensus, a further meeting is scheduled for Feb. 1.Associated Press, The Associated Press read more

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Farid Zarif of Afghanistan as his Special Representative for Kosovo and head of the United Nations mission there.Mr. Zarif succeeds Lamberto Zannier of Italy, who led the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) until June.He brings to the position extensive experience in diplomatic, international and UN affairs, having served in various capacities inside and outside Afghanistan, including as the country’s Permanent Representative to the UN from 1981 to 1987. He was also Deputy Foreign Minister from 1987 to 1989 and Presidential Adviser on International Affairs from 1989 to 1991.Mr. Zarif joined the UN in 1993 and has since served at UN Headquarters, as well as in UN political, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations in Eritrea, Liberia, South Africa, Iraq and Sudan.He was appointed as Director of Europe and Latin America Division in the Office of Operations of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) last year, and has served as the Secretary-General’s Acting Special Representative in Kosovo since August.Today, Mr. Ban also appointed Aisa Kirabo Kacyira of Rwanda as the deputy head of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) to succeed Inga Björk-Klevby.Ms. Kirabo, will serve as Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General, assisting the UN-HABITAT Executive Director, Joan Clos, in the programme’s overall management. 11 October 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Farid Zarif of Afghanistan as his Special Representative for Kosovo and head of the United Nations mission there. read more

P>“It has been a terrible year for Yemen, during which a war peppered with airstrikes, shelling and violence had raged on in the already very impoverished country,” Jamie McGoldrick, Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen told journalists in Geneva.Shelling of ports and airports, resulting in blockades and congestion, is one of the drivers of the humanitarian crisis, Mr. McGoldrick said, noting that health workers cannot reach patients and some 90 per cent of the food has to be imported. “The country had had extremely high levels of poverty before the war, and currently, the war has escalated, in an already fragile environment,” said the aid official.Some 6,400 people have been killed in the past year, half of them civilians, and more than 30,000 are injured, with 2.5 million people displaced, according to figures from the UN World Health Organization (WHO). In addition, more than 20 million people, or 80 per cent of the population, require some form of aid – about 14 million people in need of food and even more in need of water or sanitation.The UN has appealed for $1.8 billion for food, water, health care and shelter and protection issues, but only 12 per cent has been funded so far.Also speaking in Geneva, Bettina Luescher for the World Food Programme (WFP) said that shortages forced the agency to cut rations to 75 per cent of a full ratio so that enough people could eat. She also highlighted the problems with movement and inability of workers to safely reach all the areas in need.“Yemen should not be forgotten, with all the attention focused on the Syria crisis,” she said.UN action on the ground The UN human rights chief last week condemned the repeated failure of the Coalition to effectively prevent civilian coalition airstrikes after two deadly strikes – just weeks apart – killed nearly 150 people, including children. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said incidents that have hit markets, hospitals, clinics, schools and other civilian structures occur “with unacceptable regularity.”The National Oncology Centre in Sana’a announced that it was on the brink of shutting down, with more than 100 other hospitals, blood banks and other health facilities impacted by the violence.There is now a localized ceasefire along the Yemeni border with Saudi Arabia, but the airstrikes continue. UN spokesperson Farhan Haq in New York today said that UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who leads the political process, has been meeting with the parties to the conflict, but no date has yet been announced for direct talks.In the meantime, the UN is also preparing for longer-term reconstruction and providing some urgently needed jobs. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is focusing on mine clearance, public service restoration and emergency employment, spokesperson Sarah Bel said. One of the public services being restored is waste collection, part of the cash-for-work schemes under UNDP’s umbrella. read more

The thought of sudden-death overtime in a soccer match would seem an uninviting proposition to some, but not the Ohio State men’s soccer team. OSU claimed its third overtime victory of the season Sunday afternoon after defeating Penn State on Senior Day at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. After 90 minutes of scoreless action, the Buckeyes needed just less than six minutes in overtime to defeat the Nittany Lions, 1-0, and improve their Big Ten record to 3-1-0. “The dream of being Big Ten champions is still alive,” said head coach John Bluem. “We knew what we needed to do, and it was the last opportunity to get a result here at home for the seniors.” Senior forward Parnell Hegngi stole the ball from a Penn State defender and passed it ahead to a sprinting junior midfielder Austin McAnena. “At first I saw (Hegngi) right when he stole it; it was a great steal,” McAnena said. “Then I saw kind of a little lane I could run to so I just go at it full speed. He played me a nice ball.” McAnena took the pass and shot the ball towards PSU goalkeeper, freshman Andrew Wolverton. The freshman misplayed the shot as the ball went through his hands and rolled across the goal line for the Buckeye victory. “I hit it a little off,” McAnena said. “I thought the keeper had it at first so I was kind of a little hesitant. Then all of the sudden I just kept seeing it go and from there I was just really stoked.” The goal came in front of the student section on the south side of the stadium and the players immediately began celebrating the victory with fans. On Sept. 25, the Buckeyes defeated Michigan in front of the newly added student section in overtime. Hegngi said it was a “good vibe” to score in front of the fans. “It was great,” Hegngi said. “It was just like (against) Michigan. It was good to go celebrate with them right away.” Ohio State has played in four overtime contests this season with a record of 3-0-1 in those contests. They defeated Bowling Green on Oct. 5 and tied Valparaiso last Sunday. “We’ve had a couple overtime games and come out with two wins out of them recently,” McAnena said. “I was just glad we could get the victory.” Despite the victory, OSU was outplayed in a couple major categories. Penn State outshot OSU 19-11 for the contest and also held an advantage on corner kicks 10-3. Junior goalkeeper Matt Lampson finished the contest with six saves. “I think we were outplayed through some stretches of the game, but a good counter-attack at the end and a nice goal, so we walk away (with the win),” Bluem said. The team cannot celebrate for long though as a Wednesday road contest against Oakland University awaits it. Two games against conference games will follow as the Buckeyes travel to Wisconsin next Sunday and Indiana on Nov. 5 to finish their regular season. “If we want to make the NCAA tournament, we have to believe that there is an outside chance that we can still get there,” Bluem said. The Buckeyes (8-5-2) will kick-off their game against Oakland at 7 p.m. read more

first_img Pinterest Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Vince Mcmahon Videos Articles WWE sent out an email blast to WWE Network subscribers about updates coming to the platform this week.The email states that the WWE Network will be updated with a new design, a simpler navigation, and smarter search tools. The update will roll out on different devices at different times during the week.WWE released a video showcasing the new design, which you can watch here. Some of the new features will be an easy to use superstar search page to go directly to their moments and the ability to easily find moments on events.WWE announced in January that their partnership with Disney Streaming Services expired at the end of 2018 and they would not be renewing. WWE since created a partnership with Endeavor Media, which Vince McMahon said would provide them “even more opportunity to delight our fans around the world.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer DiagnosisVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:36/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosiscenter_img Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Riz Ahmed Videos Articles Facebook Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Is WWE Losing Its Audience? The Tech Behind the First FDA-Approved Birth Control App Google+ Twitter Now Playing Up Next Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightlast_img read more

first_imgAs part of a larger push for legislation that would grant Trade Promotion Authority to the White House, ASA joined business and trade groups from a wide range of industries as pare of the Trade Benefits America Coalition.The Trade Benefits America Coalition includes a wide range of associations and companies that are dedicated to the pursuit of U.S. international trade agreements that benefit American businesses, farmers, workers, and consumers. The Coalition believes that passage of updated Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation is important to help ensure America continues to benefit from trade. The Coalition’s mission is to educate policymakers and the public on the benefits of trade and U.S. trade agreements; and to educate on and advocate for updated Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) as an important tool for pursuing pending and future negotiations to provide further opportunities for U.S. economic growth and job creation.In addition to launching a new website as an educational resource and advocacy tool, over time, the Coalition is working with Congress and the Administration, engaging in a range of media activities, and reaching out to members as well as state and local officials across the country to encourage support for updated TPA.The Coalition’s Steering Committee includes the American Farm Bureau Federation, Business Roundtable, Coalition of Services Industries, Emergency Committee for American Trade, National Association of Manufacturers, National Foreign Trade Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and U.S. Council for International Business.last_img read more

first_imgCHENNAI: Fuel leakage during propellant filling of the transport rocket, inclement weather, designing the payloads and the spacecraft were some of the challenges provoking anxious moments for the Chandrayaan-1 mission, according to the now-retired senior team members of the project. Chandrayaan-1 was India’s first interplanetary mission that was realised in 2008. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “It was the success of the Chandrayaan-1 mission which propelled Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to progress towards the Mars mission and now the second moon mission Chandrayaan-2,” said M. Annadurai under whose supervision was designed the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft. “The Chandrayaan-1 mission also found traces of water on the moon. This has renewed the interest of other spacefaring nations towards the moon. Now it seems the slogan is ‘Back to the moon’,” Annadurai added. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us However, there were anxious moments before the launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket carrying the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft on a one-way ticket. “During the second stage (engine) fuel loading operations a day prior to the launch, there was a leak. The leak was from the joint between the rocket and the ground equipment,” M.Y.S. Prasad, then Range Operations Director told IANS. Advertise With Us “The leak was diagnosed at the tricky tibia joint between the propellant filling unit and the launcher,” said K. Radhakrishnan, then Director Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), and who later retired as ISRO Chairman, told IANS. The VSSC was tasked with the responsibility of building the PSLV-XL rocket for Chandrayaan-1 and also the Moon Impact Probe, Radhakrishnan said. Recalling the fuel leak, Radhakrishnan said the ISRO team had to be fully alert against a combining of hypergolic fuel and oxidizer. “This meant spontaneous ignition in case the two came into contact. Probable simultaneous leaks in both the fuel and oxidizer lines could have caused a catastrophic fire,” Radhakrishnan said. According to him, rains prior to the launch was a blessing in disguise. The fuel filling restarted but with constraints in its rate of flow and its ideal ratio of the fuel UH 25 (a mix of unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine and hydrazine hydrate) and the oxidizer (nitrogen tetroxide), Radhakrishnan recalled. Meanwhile the current ISRO Chairman K. Sivan, then Group Director, Guidance and Mission Simulation at VSSC, made the calculations and predicted the possible fallout and guaranteed that adequate margins existed for a successful mission. During these tense moments, the then ISRO Chairman G. Madhavan Nair kept his cool and gave the final go ahead signal for the PSLV launch. “On the Chandrayaan-1 launch day (October 22, 2008) there was adverse weather condition. If we miss that date than we had to wait for one more month. There were issues of fuel deterioration in the rocket if kept for a month,” Nair said. According to him, ISRO was surprised by the moon’s high thermal radiation levels damaging the spacecraft’s star sensors resulting in the reduction of the mission life by a year. “The multi-spectral images confirmed presence of water molecules in the moon. For the first time, India found traces of water,” Nair said. “It was a satisfying mission. We overcame the difficulties with careful planning. As far as the country was concerned, it was a major step. We developed the Deep Space Tracking Network which is being used now,” Nair mused. According to him, Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft also had payloads from other countries which was carried free of cost thereby strengthening international relations. “In 2008, moon was an abandoned place by other spacefaring nations. Many questioned the need for Chandrayaan-1. We were about 40 years late. We were looking for water on the moon’s surface and sub-surface and we were successful,” Annadurai remarked. According to him, designing the spacecraft was challenging and working with the international partners was also an experience as their work culture was different. “One of the many challenges in building the spacecraft is to accommodate the six overseas pre-built payloads. We had to design the spacecraft accordingly – sort of writing lyrics to a tune,” Annadurai mused. That aside, the PSLV rocket’s low carrying capacity was also a hurdle and hence the Chandrayaan-1 weight was restricted to about 1.3 ton. Thereafter, came the communications challenge. The communication to and from the satellite would be very difficult. The moon satellite would be orbiting at 3,86,000 km from the earth – over 10 times the distance at which communication satellites orbit, he said. As a result, ISRO developed far more advanced communication sensors to receive and transmit signals. “That apart, the spacecraft was not visible to the tracking officials of ISRO and the last manoeuvre was successfully done without seeing Chandrayaan-1. This experience helped us during the Mars mission,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgA 23-year-old youngster who was heading to Chennai from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) went missing on Saturday night. Poonam Chand, a businessman from Malkajgiri dropped his son Suresh Sirvi at the airport around 8 pm on Saturday and left home. He spoke to his son over the phone when he was in the airport. Later, Poonam’s family found no response from him. They enquired about him at his friends and relatives place but it went in vain. Based on the complaint registered by Poonam Chand on Sunday, the police registered a missing case and are looking out for Suresh.last_img

first_imgRahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, a Saudi woman who claims to be fleeing her country and family, is seen in Bangkok, Thailand on 7 January 2019 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. Reuters File PhotoAn 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family saying she feared for her life left Thailand on Friday en route to Canada, the Thai immigration chief said, although Canadian officials have not confirmed she has been granted asylum.The saga of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun grabbed international attention this week after she barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room to resist being sent home to her family, which denies any abuse.A Korean Air flight carrying Qunun left Bangkok for Seoul on Friday night at 11:37pm Bangkok time, an airport official told Reuters.Qunun will board a connecting flight to Toronto from Seoul’s Incheon airport.“It was her wish to go to Canada,” Thailand’s immigration chief Surachate Hakparn told reporters.“She still refuses to meet with her father and brother, and they are going to be traveling back tonight as well… They are disappointed.”Canadian authorities said they could not confirm that Qunun had been granted asylum in Canada.“We have nothing new to add on this right now,” a spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said.Qunun arrived in Bangkok on Saturday and was initially denied entry, but she soon started posting messages on Twitter from the transit area of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport saying she had “escaped Kuwait” and her life would be in danger if forced to return to Saudi Arabia. Within hours, a campaign sprang up dubbed #SaveRahaf, spread on Twitter by a loose network of activists.Following a tense 48-hour stand-off at Bangkok airport, some of it barricaded in a transit lounge hotel room, she was allowed to enter the country and has been processed as a refugee by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).Qunun has accused her family of abuse, and has refused to meet her father and brother who arrived in Bangkok to try take her back to Saudi Arabia.Her case has drawn global attention to Saudi Arabia’s strict social rules, including a requirement that women have the permission of a male “guardian” to travel, which rights groups say can trap women and girls as prisoners of abusive families.Qunun’s flight has emerged at a time when Riyadh is facing unusually intense scrutiny from its Western allies over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Instanbul in October and over the humanitarian consequences of its war in Yemen.Australia said on Wednesday that it was considering taking in Qunun.Around midday on Friday, Qunun posted on her Twitter account that she had “bad and good news!” But the account went offline shortly after.A Twitter user known as Nourah, whom Qunun has referred to as a friend, tweeted that Qunun “received death threats and for this reason she closed her Twitter account”.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Travel and tourism industry representatives from 42 countries will attend ‘Destination East 2019’, a buyer-seller meet to be held on January 14 and 15, West Bengal Tourism Secretary Atri Bhattacharya has said. He said that with emphasis on USA and Europe, around 65 per cent of the 110 buyers to participate in the event, would be from there. An initiative to promote inbound tourism in West Bengal, the event is meant to help tour operators to expand their business by promoting new destinations to their customers, Bhattacharya told newspersons here Tuesday. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash Bengal He said that this year, there would be discussions to create new circuits beyond the border, involving the bordering and nearby countries where the state has direct connectivity. “The new circuits can be with Bhutan and Nepal, which have direct air and road connectivity with the state,” Bhattacharya said. “Based on interactions, we will know the outlines of such an initiative,” the tourism secretary said. The ninth edition of Destination East would emphasise on positioning Kolkata as the cultural capital of the country and also to promote Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, where the event will be held, as a MICE destination, said Vijay Dewan of business chamber CII, which is partnering the state in organising the meet. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “With 1,700 rooms to be added to the city’s star hotel capacity by 2022-23 at an investment of around Rs 2,500 crore, and large convention centres coming up, West Bengal can be an ideal destination for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences/Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) tourism,” Dewan said. The tourism secretary said that amongst the top 10 states contributing to inbound tourism growth in India, West Bengal ranked sixth in 2017 with a contribution of 16 lakh foreign tourist arrivals (FTA), which is 5.9 per cent of total FTAs to India ahead of states like Kerala and Goa.last_img read more

first_imgYesterday, InfernoJS community announced the release of InfernoJS v6.0.0. This version comes with Fragments using which you can group a list of children without adding extra nodes to the DOM. Three new methods have been added: createRef, forwardRef, and rerender, along with few breaking changes. Added support for Fragments Support for Fragments, a new type of VNode, is added. It will enable you to group a list of children without adding extra nodes to the DOM. With Fragments, you can return an array from Component render creating an invisible layer which ties its content together but will not render any container to actual DOM. Fragments can be created using the following four ways: Native Inferno API: createFragment(children: any, childFlags: ChildFlags, key?: string | number | null) JSX: … >, …. or … createElement API: createElement(Inferno.Fragment, {key: ‘test’}, …children) Hyperscript API: h(Inferno.Fragment, {key: ‘test’}, children) createRef API Refs provide a way to access DOM nodes or React elements created in the render method. You can now create refs using createRef() and attach them to React elements via the ref attribute. This new method allows you to write nicer syntax and reduces code when no callback to DOM creation is needed. forwardRef API forwardRef API allows you to “forward” ref inside a functional Component. This new method will be useful if you want to create a reference to a specific element inside simple functional Components. Forwarding ref means, automatically passing a ref through a component to one of its children. rerender With the help of the rerender method, all the pending setState calls will be flushed and rendered immediately. You can use it in the cases when the render timing is important or to simplify tests. New lifecycle Old lifecycle methods, componentWillMount, componentWillReceiveProps, or componentWillUpdate, will not be called when the new lifecycle methods, getDerivedStateFromProps or getSnapshotBeforeUpdate are used. What are the breaking changes? Since not all applications need server-side rendering, hydrate is now a part of the inferno-hydrate package. Style properties now use hyphen. For example, backgroundColor => background-color. In order to support JSX Fragment syntax, babel-plugin-inferno now depends on babel v7. setState lifecycle is changed to have better compatibility with ReactJS. Also, componentDidUpdate will now be triggered later in the lifecycle chain, after refs have been created. String refs are completely removed. Instead, you can use callback refs, createRef API, or forward Refs. Read the release notes of InfernoJS on its GitHub repository. Read Next Node.js v10.12.0 (Current) released The Ember project announces version 3.4 of Ember.js, Ember Data, and Ember CLI React Native 0.57 released with major improvements in accessibility APIs, WKWebView-backed implementation, and more!last_img read more