Jamie Foxx Joins Earth Hour Super Heroes In Blue Revolution

first_imgAs part of Earth Hour Blue, the revolutionary program launched by WWF’s Earth Hour, Jamie Foxx will support ‘Light Up A Village’, a clean energy project from WWF-Uganda.The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actor is urging participants to go online and contribute funds to the ‘Light Up a Village’ crowdfunding project, which will provide solar lights and energy efficient mud stoves to families living around an area in Uganda that has come to be known as the “Earth Hour Forest.” Through the simple steps of supporting these vulnerable communities, the project aims to empower the locals to become the future protectors of the soon to be rehabilitated forest area.Foxx was inspired by a passionate video from a small community of Super Heroes in Uganda who came together to show how the project could protect the newly planted trees by meeting the basic energy needs of the locals. The video explains how just one energy efficient mud stove can save up to 33 trees from being cut down annually and also save money by reducing a family’s expenses on firewood and charcoal.“Earth Hour isn’t just about lights off – it’s about people across the world coming together throughout the year to join forces to improve the planet. If you haven’t yet, you need to get involved. Never underestimate your power. Never underestimate what you can do,” said Foxx.In conjunction with the Earth Hour 2014 celebrations in Uganda, one million trees will be planted across the country by youths over the next year, with the majority earmarked to help fill the 2700 hectares of land marked out for the Earth Hour Forest initiative.Another global solution-driven crowdfunding project on Earth Hour Blue for people to back is a Colombian conservation project for The Amazon that aims to protect endangered species like the jaguar, Andean bear, and the pink river dolphin, and work with indigenous communities to use and restore natural resources in a responsible way.The crowdfunding project from WWF-Colombia, called “Lights OFF AmazON,” allows you to invest in the largest ecosystem and air, water and life producer on the planet by raising funds to implement infrastructure for sustainable industries for indigenous communities. Known as the “world’s lungs,” the Amazon is quickly disappearing with mining and ranching causing loss of species and pollution in the area.Earth Hour in Australia has today launched a report, ‘Lights Out for the Reef,’ that highlights the latest scientific findings about climate change impacts on the Great Barrier Reef. The report confirms that urgent action to cut carbon pollution is needed for the sake of the reef’s survival.“If we don’t act now, the effects of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef will be irreversible in a little more than a decade,” said Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, one of the world’s leading experts on the Reef and author of the Oceans Chapter of the upcoming U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.The easiest thing you can do on the Earth Hour Blue platform is to give support via a quick social post to Instagram for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The Reef is under threat due to climate change and the recently approved government decision to develop a mega coal and gas port that would cause dredging and dumping of millions of tonnes of seabed and rock in its Marine Park.Andy Ridley, CEO and Co-Founder for Earth Hour, announced today, “What we’re seeing is a massive group of Super Heroes around the world who are calling on support for incredible campaigns to address the environmental issues we’re facing in our daily lives. That’s why we built Earth Hour and Earth Hour Blue, so now it’s up to you to help bring together this global momentum to show what can be achieved when we use our power together.”Earth Hour event activities will be amplified on islands across the world, with music becoming a major focus to inspire environmental action in the places on the forefront of climate change and sea level rise. Reggae artists in Jamaica will perform an acoustic concert for the second year running; and in Tahiti, 5000 people will gain entry to a massive acoustic concert at Stade Paster by handing in a piece of recyclable waste they’ve collected to avoid landfill.Following the recent announcement that Spider-Man is the first Super Hero ambassador for Earth Hour, the global movement organised by WWF, the cast of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be on hand to help to switch off the lights across Singapore’s signature Marina Bay skyline on Saturday March 29, at 8.30pm as part of WWF-Singapore’s flagship Earth Hour event.Expanding on many sustainability efforts over the years, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 became the most eco-friendly tentpole production in the history of Columbia Pictures. These environmental efforts, on set and off, were supported at every level – from producers, studio executives, and cast and crew and began as soon as the film went into pre-production.“I’m very proud of the fact that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is entirely carbon-neutral. We made a commitment to be as eco-conscious as possible during production itself, when we took a special effort to think green and avoid waste; now, completing that process with Earth Hour Blue is a wonderful testament to what we can achieve when we all work together,” says Jeff Blake, Chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Sony Pictures Entertainment.“Use your power at earthhour.org, so you too can become a Super Hero like Spider-Man, Earth Hour’s Super Hero ambassador,” said Foxx.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

First Nations man says he had seizure when arrested for public intoxication

first_imgAPTN National NewsA First Nations man from northern Saskatchewan is claiming he was arrested by the RCMP for public intoxication when in reality he was have an epileptic seizure.He also claims he was suffering from side effects of his medication.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has the story.lburnouf@aptn.calast_img

Qualifying Draw for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Morocco in Group

Rabat – The Moroccan soccer team is in group “B” according to the draw for the 2019 African Nations Cup qualifiers that was made in Libreville on Thursday.Morocco is alongside host country Cameroon, Malawi and either Comoros or Mauritius.The group stage of qualifying starts in June and concludes in November 2018. Draw in full:A: Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Sao Tome/MadagascarB: Cameroon, Morocco, Malawi, Comoros/MauritiusC: Mali, Gabon, Burundi, Djibouti/South SudanD: Algeria, Togo, Benin, GambiaE: Nigeria, South Africa, Libya, SeychellesF: Ghana, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, KenyaG: DR Congo, Congo, Zimbabwe, LiberiaH: Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Central African Republic, RwandaI: Burkina Faso, Angola, Botswana, MauritaniaJ: Tunisia, Egypt, Niger, SwazilandK: Zambia, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, NamibiaL: Cape Verde, Uganda, Tanzania, Lesotho read more

UNESCO chief again deplores killing of Iraqi journalist

Continuing his effort to cast a spotlight on the unprecedented number of Iraqi journalists who have been killed since 2003, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today deplored the deaths last week of Reuters photographer Namir Nour-Eldine and his driver Said Chmagh.“These brave professionals have added their names to the all too long list of journalists and media workers killed in the exercise of their profession in Iraq,” said Koïchiro Matsuura of the deaths that occurred in the east of Baghdad on 12 July. “No other conflict has levied such a heavy toll on the press as the one in Iraq,” said the UNESCO chief, calling for “all authorities concerned (to) take measures to reinforce the safety of media professionals so as to halt this bloodletting and protect the basic human right of freedom of expression.”The two Reuters employees were killed in fighting between United States forces and insurgents. The circumstances of their deaths remain unclear. Iraqi police reported an explosion in the sector but did not say whether it was caused by a US air-strike or by a mortar attack, UNESCO said.The 22-year old Mr. Nour-Eldine worked as a photographer. Forty-year old Said Chmagh, the driver, was the father of four. Since March 2003, the Reuters news agency lost six employees in Iraq . According to Reporters without Borders, a total of 191 journalists and their collaborators have been killed in Iraq since the start of the conflict in 2003. 16 July 2007Continuing his effort to cast a spotlight on the unprecedented number of Iraqi journalists who have been killed since 2003, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today deplored the deaths last week of Reuters photographer Namir Nour-Eldine and his driver Said Chmagh. read more

Deputy UN chief arrives in Zambia for Great Lakes summit

13 December 2010Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro arrives in Lusaka, Zambia, today to attend a special summit to be held later this week on combating the illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Great Lakes region. She will deliver remarks at the 15 December meeting, which will be attended by heads of State from the Great Lakes region, as well as hold bilateral meetings with the Zambian Government and other participating delegations. The summit is expected to adopt a number of measures to combat the illegal exploitation of natural resources, such as oil, diamonds, gold, silver and uranium, which has been linked to conflict in the region, especially in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).While in Lusaka, Ms. Migiro will also meet with United Nations officials based in the city, as well as visit a project being carried out by the UN Country Team.Following her stop in Zambia, the Deputy Secretary-General will travel to Conakry, Guinea, to represent Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the inauguration ceremony of Alpha Condé, President-elect of Guinea.The inauguration ceremony is scheduled to take place on 21 December. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,782.16, down 34.74 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down one cent, or 0.37 per cent, to $2.72 on 24.2 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 40 cents, or 2.80 per cent, to $14.70 on 9.1 million shares.DREAM Unlimited Corp. (TSX:DRM). Real estate. Up 14 cents, or 1.96 per cent, to $7.30 on 3.7 million shares.Diversified Royalty Corp. (TSX:DIV). Financial Services. Up 25 cents, or 7.72 per cent, to $3.49 on 3.2 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Down 12 cents, or 1.75 per cent, to $6.74 on 3.09 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 12 cents, 0.97 per cent, to $12.22 on 3.07 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B). Specialty television, radio. Down 31 cents, or 2.43 per cent, to $12.43 on 1.6 million shares. The media company reported Wednesday its fourth-quarter profit attributable to shareholders totalled $28.9 million (14 cents per diluted share), compared with a profit of $25,000 (zero cents per diluted share) in the same period a year earlier. Revenue totalled $381.2 million, down from $384.5 million. For the fiscal year, its profit attributable to shareholders totalled $191 million (95 cents per diluted share), compared to $126 million (96 cents per diluted share) a year earlier. Revenue totalled $1.68 billion, up from $1.17 billion. On Tuesday, Corus announced a deal to sell French-language specialty channels Historia and Series+ to Bell Media for $200 million. read more

In Mozambique Annan sees model of progress for Africa and the world

“Despite the very real challenges that still confront your nation, what I have seen since arriving are, above all, the many and enduring dividends of a decade of peace,” Mr. Annan said in a toast he delivered on Thursday evening at a dinner hosted by President Joaquin Chissano. “Mozambique’s hard-won stability provides an example to every nation striving to rebuild after conflict and turmoil, not least in the African continent.”The country’s progress had “special significance” for the UN, the Secretary-General added. “It will be remembered as one of the biggest success stories in which we have been involved – in peace-making, peacekeeping, mine action, humanitarian and electoral assistance, and the repatriation of refugees,” he said.Mr. Annan pointed to several indicators of the country’s advancement, including a growing economy despite natural disasters and the AIDS crisis, and noted that “Mozambique’s continuing success story and the climate of trust it has generated is the best possible antidote to the sceptics and cynics about Africa.”The Secretary-General is scheduled to depart Mozambique on Sunday for Johannesburg, South Africa, where he will open the high-level segment of the World Summit on Sustainable Development on Monday.In another development, a spokesman for Mr. Annan today issued a statement welcoming the “dynamism and commitment” of the young people from around the world set to gather from 7 to 11 September in Alexandria, Egypt, at the Youth Employment Summit – a global civil society initiative.”He urges the international community to fulfil the commitment it made in the Millennium Declaration to ‘develop and implement strategies that give young people everywhere a real chance to find decent and productive work,'” the statement said. read more

In Paris Annan and UNESCO chief discuss cloning literacy and cultural diversity

In the Secretary-General’s meeting with UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura, the two also discussed the UN Literacy Decade, which starts in February, preparations for the next meeting of the UN Chief Executives Board in Paris next March, and French President Jacques Chirac’s proposal for a Convention on Cultural Diversity, a UN spokesperson said in New York.Their discussion also touched on bio-ethics and the need for greater cooperation within the UN system to deal with ethically complex issues such as cloning and the handling of genetic data. Mr. Matsuura told the Secretary-General that he would convene a meeting of UN agency representatives to discuss the issue, Hua Jiang said.The Secretary-General also raised the issue of preserving monasteries in Kosovo, where religious sites are threatened by inter-communal violence and neglect, and Mr. Matsuura responded that UNESCO was already focusing on the matter. read more

Why Its So Hard For NFL Players To Get Rid Of The

Embed Code FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (July 12, 2016), we welcome ESPN The Magazine’s Mina Kimes as a guest host.We look at Von Miller’s battle with the Denver Broncos over his franchise tag, and Mina explains why the tag is a problem for players in the NFL. Then, we break down the numbers behind Daniel Murphy’s revenge run against the New York Mets and offer some insights into how the 2016 Major League Baseball season is shaping up at the All-Star break. Finally, this week features the deadest day in the sporting calendar, with all four major sports out of action. We wonder what the WNBA and MLS, which are still in action, could possibly do to capture the public’s attention. Plus, a significant digit on Tim Duncan, the NBA great who retired on Monday.Links to what we discuss are here:Von Miller says he won’t play under the franchise tag.Joel Corry at CBS breaks down what a new long-term contract for Von Miller would look like.Mina Kimes on Darrelle Revis’s savvy contract negotiations.Neil Paine says the Cleveland Indians are dominating Major League Baseball like its the ’90s again.Chelsea Janes in The Washington Post tells the story of Daniel Murphy’s super season.Rob Arthur and Ben Lindbergh try to work out why baseball teams are hitting so many home runs.In 2014, Neil Paine wrote about the deadest sports days of the year.Significant Digits: 17 and 10. That’s the number of points and rebounds Tim Duncan averaged every single year in his career except 2015-16. Duncan retired on Monday at the grand old age of 40. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

Mincom launches Critical Inventory Optimisation for assetintensive businesses

first_imgMincom announced yesterday at the 2009 Canadian Institute of Mining Conference and Exhibit the release of Critical Inventory Optimisation, a software solution that maintains optimal inventory levels while preventing stock-outs of critical parts. Mincom says implementing its Critical Inventory Optimisation solution “can help organisations save millions of dollars in working capital.” Mining relies heavily on large and expensive inventories in order to maintain asset-uptime. Critical Inventory Optimisation is a suite of intelligent, predictive software solutions that identify the optimal holdings of every stock item based on usage patterns and criticality, automatically analysing and adjusting stock levels and reordering requirements on an ongoing basis. “A typical asset-intensive company may have more than $100 million worth of inventory on hand at any given time,” said Jennifer Tejada, Chief Strategy Officer, Mincom.  “Auditing inventory manually in these environments is a highly labour intensive and prohibitively expensive task, oftentimes performed only once a year, if at all. Automating this process using intelligent software not only relieves organisations of the burden and expense of manual audits, but it can also save millions in capital, which can be difficult to obtain in today’s economic environment.”In addition to freeing up funds by reducing surplus stock, the Mincom Critical Inventory Optimisation solution helps increase productivity by ensuring that all items are adequately stocked, which significantly increases asset uptime. For example, after the implementation of the Mincom Critical Inventory Optimisation solution, Queensland Alumina reduced inventory levels by 14%, freeing up over A$8 million in working capital.  The Mincom Critical Inventory Optimisation solution includes the following features:Statistical Inventory Analysis – Automatically fine-tunes and re-tunes performance on a continual basis to ensure maximum performance at all timesImproved cataloguing – Includes consistent catalogue descriptions and classifications and the removal of duplicate holdingsVendor score-carding – Ranks and reviews vendors so that performance can be rewarded, discrepancies tracked and poor performance managedWarehouse score-carding – Produces tailored performance scores based on measurement of key performance indicators of the warehouseSeamless integration – Seamlessly integrates to any ERP or EAM system.last_img read more

Maptek equips Sentry stability monitoring system for the cold

first_imgSoftware, hardware and services provider, Maptek, has released a cold climate model of its award-winning mobile Sentry system for stability monitoring, as it looks to expand its market reach even further.Sentry is a mobile remote monitoring system that uses laser scanning to continuously measure ground movement with extremely fine spatial resolution and accuracy, according to Maptek. Housed in a self-contained unit with autonomous power and communications capabilities, Sentry relies on software to monitor, analyse and report in real-time.The newcomer to the Maptek technology portfolio answers the imperative for continuous, reliable measurements of ground movement no matter the environment, Maptek said.Maptek Product Manager, James Howarth, said: “Risk management remains a priority. If anything, the reliable operation of technical equipment is even more critical in extreme conditions.“Climate factors play an important role in the execution of any mining project. Extremely low temperature conditions require considerable planning and logistics, especially from an operator safety perspective.”The Sentry system can operate continuously from -20°C to +50°C, with operation for a limited time in temperatures below -20°C. It requires an XR3 cold climate laser scanner, which has been redesigned and tested to operate at these low temperatures, Maptek said. A removable neoprene jacket for the scanner provides extra protection against wind chill.Maptek redesigned all the major components in the standard temperature Sentry mobile system, with significant changes to achieve the required cold climate specifications, it said.The company said: “In deep cold weather, the charge acceptance of batteries is very low. Keeping batteries warm maximises power output and ability to accept a charge. The battery pack and housing in the Sentry system has been redesigned and insulated to keep the unit at a stable operating temperature. Other built-ins such as generator, hydraulics and electrical systems were adapted to maintain energy efficient, cost-effective operation.”Howarth added: “What hasn’t changed is the proven capability to monitor multiple areas. Customers enthuse on how easy Sentry is to set up and use. Data is displayed intuitively, ready for immediate application in risk management programs.”The 3D point cloud data that has been collected while monitoring can be used for geotechnical analysis and other applications. The Maptek laser scanner can also be redeployed from the monitoring for routine survey tasks.last_img read more

There were 32154 new ie websites last year and most are businessrelated

first_imgTHE IRISH WEBSITE domain registry IEDR saw 32,154 new .ie websites in 2013, contributing to a growth of 18% over the last 12 months.According to the IE Domain Registry’s annual report today, there were a total of 187,269 websites ending in the .ie suffix, a 2.7% rise from 2012.While the actual number of new registrations was slightly down on the year before, fewer users deleted their domains at the end of the year, accounting for the 18% year-on-year growth.The world of business accounts for the vast majority of .ie domains, with body corporate (Ltd., PLC companies) constituting 55% of applicants, and sole traders one quarter.This chart shows the categories of domain registered in Ireland: This may be as a response to the specific nature of mobile apps, or even to link up with an existing app.Announcing an after-tax operating profit of €300,000 (a 5.8% rise on last year), the annual report emphasized IEDR’s aim of “building awareness among SMEs about the benefits of an online presence, ecommerce, and .ie as the web address of choice for Irish businesses.”This was echoed by Curtin: Source: IEDRSpeaking to TheJournal.ie this morning, IEDR CEO David Curtin said the significant proportion of “discretionary names” suggests a certain level of innovation among Irish businesses. But once you’re used to it, there’s no substitution for the .ie domain, and even if you’re trading internationally, it can help to promote the Irishness of your business.Scroll down to read the IEDR Annual Report 2013 in full.Read: Missing link? Less than one-quarter of Irish SMEs trade online>New scheme launched to help get more businesses trading online>https://www.iedr.ie/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/IEDR-Annual-Report-2013-29Jul.pdfcenter_img These domain names are not necessarily the same as the company name itself, and we could speculate that they are designed for one-off events, or as part of a particular marketing strategy. The payback [of registering a .ie domain] is multiple, and it’s fast.Even with a basic two or three page website, for a couple of hundred euros, your business is out there.Depending on the maturity and expertise of the SME, using online business directories such as Yelp can be a first step, he added.last_img read more

Radiothon raises 74258 for AGWS

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS) raised $74,258 at their annual radiothon, conducted with the help of 3XY radio station. Many hundreds of Greek Australians rang up the station to give their own contribution and acknowledge the work AGWS has done for the Greek community in the last 40 years. Entrepreneurs, associations, churches, various clubs – be they cultural or athletic – as well as ordinary citizens and pensioners, stood once more on the side of AGWS, thus proving that their donation will return back to those people who are frail or have health problems. The radiothon took place on Saturday 11 August, and Wednesday 15 August and the great support from the Greek community made this year’s radiothon the most successful for AGWS until now, as Ms Voula Messimeri-Kianidis, Executive Director of AGWS said. “After the generous response from the Greek community, we are very pleased to announce that this year’s radiothon had the highest pledge level,” Ms Messimeri-Kianidis said to Neos Kosmos. Increased contributions from businesses within the Greek community was characteristic of this year’s radiothon. “All of the contributors were within the Greek community. However, this time the number of contributions from Greek businesses has increased significantly, thus helping the AGWS to continue to provide its services to Greek community members. As usual, there were many contributions made by individuals, older population, as well as different brotherhoods and associations,” the executive of AGWS said. The money raised for AGWS – that this year is celebrating 40 years of service to the Greek community – will go towards services that the welfare society doesn’t get funded for. “The money raised will be used for a number of different areas, while we get the government grants. For the last ten years we haven’t had the money to employ social workers, so they get employed thanks to fundraising. Social workers are employed in short-term counselling, crisis intervention, advocacy and support with old people, as well as for new Greek migrants. There is still a number of unfunded commissions that we have to gather the money for.” “I would like to thank Neos Kosmos, 3XY, SBS Radio and 3ΖΖΖ, as without media support we wouldn’t be able to reach the community. I would like to thank the community itself, that contributed to this year’s extremely successful radiothon,” the executive director said. All interested to make future donations, can ring the AGWS on (03) 9388 9998, and make a pledge.last_img read more

Une planète en diamant pas si précieuse

first_imgUne planète en diamant pas si précieuse ?Selon une étude américaine, la planète 55 Cancri-e que les scientifiques pensent être essentiellement composée de diamants ne serait pas si précieuse que cela. Le carbone n’y serait pas aussi abondant qu’estimé.L’idée a largement de quoi faire rêver : une planète qui serait en majeure partie composée de diamant. C’est ce qu’ont découvert il y a quelques années des chercheurs américains à quelque 40 années-lumière de la Terre. Située dans la constellation du Cancer, la planète baptisée 55 Cancri-e serait une sorte de “super-Terre” dont un-tiers serait composée de diamant. Les scientifiques la considéraient alors comme la première planète de son genre jamais découverte. Toutefois, selon une nouvelle étude, 55 Cancri-e ne serait peut-être pas si précieuse que cela. C’est la conclusion à laquelle, Johanna Teske, diplômée en astronomie de l’Université d’Arizona, est parvenue en réétudiant la planète. Avec son équipe, la scientifique a analysé plus en détail les données et observations fournies par des télescopes et conclu que le carbone – élément à la base du diamant – était moins abondant que ce que l’on pensait dans l’étoile autour de laquelle orbite la planète.Or, comme l’a souligné Teske, les informations portant sur la planète-diamant découlent notamment de la présomption qu’il existe une relation entre la composition d’une planète et celle de son étoile hôte. Une similarité qui viendrait du fait que la planète se forme à partir du même matériau que son étoile (mais qui est régulièrement remise en question). Pensant que l’étoile était très riche en carbone, les chercheurs avaient donc supposé en 2010 que la planète le serait également.  25% plus d’oxygène que de carbone Malgré sa taille deux fois supérieure et sa masse neuf fois plus importante que celles de la Terre, 55 Cancri-e est la plus petite des cinq planètes qui orbitent autour de l’étoile 55 Cancri. Néanmoins, Johanna Teske et ses collègues ont découvert que le rapport carbone/oxygène était bien moins important qu’estimé au niveau de l’astre et donc de la planète. “L’étude de 2010 indiquait que 55 Cancri, l’étoile-hôte qui abrite cinq planètes, a un rapport carbone/oxygène supérieur à un”, explique l’astronome dans un communiqué.Deux ans plus tard, en 2012, des chercheurs ont publié une autre étude au cours de laquelle ils ont modélisé l’intérieur de 55 Cancri-e en partant des résultats des précédents travaux. Ils sont ainsi arrivés à la conclusion que le coeur de la planète contenait plus de carbone que d’oxygène. “Cependant, nos analyses rendent ceci moins probable car l’étoile hôte n’est pas aussi riche en carbone qu’on ne le pensait”, souligne Johanna Teske. D’après les estimations, il y aurait 25% plus d’oxygène que de carbone sur 55 Cancri-e, soit plus que le Soleil mais moins que ce qu’indiquait l’étude. Et donc qui dit moins de carbone, dit forcément moins de diamant. “En théorie, 55 Cancri-e pourrait tout de même avoir un rapport carbone/oxygène eet être une planète diamant, mais l’étoile hôte n’a pas un rapport aussi élevé”, souligne Teske. Donc il est difficile de vérifier et confirmer l’hypothèse de planète-diamant.Des compositions pas si similaires ? D’après la scientifique, les précédents travaux auraient en fait mal évalué l’abondance d’oxygène, aboutissant à un rapport erroné. De plus, les scientifiques n’excluent pas la possibilité que les compositions de l’étoile et de la planète ne soient pas si similaires, estimant que de nombreux facteurs pourraient intervenir durant la formation pour modifier la composition de la planète. Elle pourrait alors devenir plus riche en carbone qu’en oxygène.”En fonction de l’endroit où 55 Cancri-e s’est formée dans le disque protoplanétaire, son rapport carbone/oxygène pourrait différer de celui de l’étoile hôte. Il pourrait être plus élevé ou plus bas”, relève la scientifique. Une planète encore mystérieuse Le diamant se forme à partir de carbone dans des conditions de température et de pression extrêmes. Or, la planète 55 Cancri-e est tellement proche de son étoile qu’une année ne dure pour elle que 18 jours. Elle est donc aussi particulièrement chaude, les températures à sa surface dépassant les 2.000°C. Néanmoins, les chercheurs ignorent encore beaucoup de choses à son sujet.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembre”La planète est probablement rocheuse ou en grande partie rocheuse. Mais nous ne savons réellement pas si elle a une atmosphère”, confirme Teske. Reste que si elle ne possède pas autant de diamant qu’on pensait, elle demeure d’un grand intérêt. “Le Soleil a moitié moins de carbone que d’oxygène, donc une étoile ou une planète avec un rapport élevé entre les deux éléments est intéressante et différente de ce que nous avons dans notre système solaire”, conclut t-elle.(crédits photo : Haven Giguere/Yale University/NASA) Le 15 octobre 2013 à 17:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

DoT Asks TRAI to Suggest Reserve Price for Spectrum Auction

first_imgAhead of the spectrum auction slated to take place from 3 February 2015, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to suggest a reserve price for auction of the 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz and 2500 MHz bands across various states in India.The government is looking at a total bid value of ₹25,065 crore from the next round of auction with an aim to earn ₹5000 crore in this financial year.The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has not yet agreed to release 5 MHz of 3G spectrum to the DoT. However, ₹5000 crore rupees revenue mark is possible to attain if the Ministry of Defence releases spectrum in 3G and 4G bands before the date announced. In case the ministry releases the said radio waves, it will be put up for auction in 17 telecom zones, reported Business Standard.The Cellular Operations Association of India has proposed DoT to exchange 15 MHz of spectrum in the 199 MHz band with equal quantum of radio waves in the 3G band of 2100 MHz, which has not been deployed by MoD so far.Additionally, 20-MHz of spectrum in the 2300-MHz band will be auctioned in 19 service areas except in Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. In the 2500 MHz band, the government would auction 20 MHz of radio waves in eight service areas- Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.DoT has also said that the government would possibly offer 184 MHz of radio waves in the 900 MHz band across 18 telecom zones and 104 MHz spectrum across 17 circles in the 1800 MHz band.This has been possible after Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telecom Nigam Limited (MTNL) gave up the waves allocated to them in 2010.However, in 2010 the government auctioned 3G spectrum but no one could purchase 5MHz of spectrum for all circles in India.last_img read more

Researchers build Moon garden

first_imgMurat Kacira at the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center. Image credit: Norma Jean Gargasz/UANews. Developed by Phil Sadler of the Sadler Machine Co. and Gene Giacomelli and other researchers at the University of Arizona, the 18-foot-long greenhouse would be buried underneath the Moon’s surface to avoid deadly cosmic rays and solar flares. Plants can grow without soil in the greenhouse thanks to hydroponic technology, mineral nutrient solutions, and long envelopes that hold the seeds in place as they start growing.The greenhouse is designed so that the plants can get carbon dioxide from the astronauts’ exhaled breaths. Furthermore, even the water for the plants can be extracted from human urine. The astronauts wouldn’t need to go underground to deliver these ingredients to the plants; instead, the carbon dioxide and water would be supplied into the underground greenhouse from a surface lunar base through pressurized tanks. Similarly, sunlight could be supplied to the plants through fiber optic cables. The researchers designed the greenhouse to operate remotely or even autonomously, so that food could be ready when astronauts arrive. The entire system can be collapsed into a four-foot-wide disk, sent to the Moon, and deployed in 10 minutes. With the option of being monitored from Earth by sensors and cameras, it will then take about 30 days for the vegetables to grow.”You can think of this as a robotic mechanism that is providing food, oxygen and fresh drinking water,” Giacomelli said in a press release.Overall, the lunar greenhouse contains approximately 220 pounds of wet plant material that can provide 53 quarts of potable water and 0.75 pounds of oxygen during a 24-hour period, while consuming about 100 kilowatts of electricity and a pound of carbon dioxide. Many of the garden’s features come from the South Pole Growth Chamber here on Earth, which was previously designed by the Sadler Machine Co. The growth chamber has to overcome some of the same challenges for certain months of the year when the circulating ocean currents cut the pole off from the rest of the world. The researchers are also looking at using similar technology for use in urban gardens in heavily populated areas, where fertile soil is scarce.”There’s great interest in providing locally grown, fresh food in cities, for growing food right where masses of people are living,” Giacomelli said. “It’s the idea of growing high-quality fresh food that only has to be transported very short distances. There also would be a sense of agriculture returning to the everyday lives of urban dwellers.” The Moon is not the most hospitable place for growing fruits and vegetables. The lack of atmosphere and natural water, extreme temperatures, and exposure to cosmic rays present some serious challenges for future inhabitants who want to pursue sustainable living on the Moon. With these challenges in mind, scientists have built a lunar greenhouse that is designed to grow plants such as potatoes, peanuts, tomatoes, and peppers under the Moon’s extreme conditions. Explore further US scientists plan greenhouses on the Moon Citation: Researchers build Moon garden (2010, September 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-09-moon-garden.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com 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. More information: University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Centervia: UANewslast_img read more

Mamata government reduces fuel tax by Re 1 per litre

first_imgKolkata: Urging the Centre to reduce the cess on fuel prices, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced that her government has decided to reduce the tax on petrol and diesel by Re 1 per litre. “We demand the Central government to reduce the cess on petrol and diesel. The price of crude oil has gone down, but they are increasing the prices and cess. Both cannot happen simultaneously. The state government does not get any percentage from the cess. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “In this situation, our government has decided to reduce the prices of petrol and diesel by one rupee per litre,” she said at the state Secretariat Nabanna. She also said mismanagement is going on. The cess imposed by Central government has been increased and no attempts are being made to bring stability in the fuel prices, Banerjee alleged. “In January, 2016 the petrol price was Rs 65.12 a litre and in September 2018 the price has risen to Rs 81.5 per litre. So the petrol price has gone up by Rs 16.48 per litre. Diesel price was Rs 48.80 a litre in 2016 ,now it has risen to Rs 73.26 per litre, which is a hike of Rs 24.46,” Banerjee said.last_img read more

What India wastes could feed Egypt

first_imgIndians waste as much food as is sufficient to meet an year’s requirement of a country like Egypt. In a survey, it was stated that in India appx. 67 lakh ton of food is getting wasted every year which is worth Rs 92000 crore. The wastage of food in India is as much as what United Kingdom consumes.Food wastage is an alarming issue in India. The wastage at weddings, social and family functions, hotels, households’ are sufficient evidence to prove it. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBefore wasting the food just think about the following facts:How much water was used to produce the food; How much oil/ electricity was used to produce food;Acres of land are deforested to grow food;Food waste thrown to landfills, resulting in emission of greenhouse gases which causes pollution and change in climate having devastating impact on the environment;Wastage of food will result in shortage of food and dent the economy in the form of inflation; Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt is obvious that we are not wasting the food but national resources.Food waste from production in plants to plate can be classified as preconsumer (uneaten food) and post-consumer (thrown away food). The wastage of food resulting from the stage of production to retailing can be termed as pre-consumer food wastage. The post –consumer food waste reflects the food thrown away by consumer from plate after procuring from the retailer.For reducing food wastage in pre- consumer category infrastructure improvement (transportation, storage and distribution) for handling the food will help. In case of avoiding food wastage in post-consumer category the change is required in our cultural habits and social behavior. In this category, here are some easy ways to do your bit:In case of invitation to attend wedding/ formal/ social party, confirm your presence/absence as it will help the host to avoid over ordering. This small change in habit will help in reduction of food wastage immensely;For dinning out on buffet, take small quantity/portions first; Procure the food smartly based on weekly consumption to the extent possible. If you buy more than what you consume then the difference will naturally result in wastage;Make sure you cook the food keeping in mind a realistic requirement. You can always complete your meal with few fruits than keeping extra food in refrigerator. It is a better and healthier practice;Use FIFO (First in First Out) as a rule especially for green vegetables and fruits. Consume what you bought first;Reuse the left over if possible, for instance, stale rice makes good fried rice;Educate your children of the importance of food;In a nutshell, food should reach not garbage bins and landfills but find place in human stomach. It will bring smiles on hungry faces.last_img read more

First weather disturbance of Atlantic season detected

first_imgHe adds that for Friday, morning thunderstorms are forecast for the Playa del Carmen region that will last for the day before moving off. The weekend is forecast to be very hot, with the Servicio Meteorológico Nacional warning of temperatures in excess of 35C. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The first weather disturbance of the season has been recorded in Atlantic waters, but it is not a disturbance that will affect the state of Quintana Roo. According to the National Hurricane Center, the low pressure system was detected off northwestern Bahamas and is not expected to develop, only produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms as the system moves toward the Florida Peninsula. center_img Playa del Carmen meteorologist Antonio Morales Ocaña confirmed the system, adding that in the event it does develop, it will be given the first tropical storm name on the list this year, which is Andrea. Hurricane season and the wet tropical weather season for the Atlantic doesn’t normally begin until June 1, however, one system has already been identified in the Atlantic.last_img read more