FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The High on Ice Winter Festival is underway at Centennial Park.Gates opened at 4:00 p.m., with Opening Ceremonies taking place at the Welcome Wall at 6:30 p.m.Mayor Lori Ackerman will be giving opening remarks to kick-off the 2019 edition of High on Ice. The High on Ice Winter Festival takes place February 15 to the 18 at Centennial Park and at various venues across Fort St. John.The full events schedule can be found here.
Rabat – As seven-month protests in Al Hoceima and its neighboring areas continue to grow, Al Hoceima-Nador regional committee of National Human Rights Council (CNDH) has announced its readiness between protestors and the authorities to find a solution.In a communique issued Thursday, the regional committee urged the authorities not to use power and preserve peace.The committee added that the “crisis” of Al Hoceima came following futile attempts to find a solution to the ongoing protests, calling for a conclusive policy of socio-economic developments for the city based on mutual dialogue. On Tuesday, CNDH president Driss El Yazami, called the protests in Al Hoceima city and its neighboring areas “peaceful” and their demands “legitimate,” speaking on the TV show “Dayf Al Oula”.“We have followed [the protests] from the very beginning,” he said. “More than 99 percent of freedom of speech and protests are guaranteed in the Rif [Al Hoceima region].”El Yazami added that most demonstrations were peaceful except for a case of a protest where some police were put at risk of harm.“However, all that appeared is that the demonstrations are peaceful, carrying social legitimate rights,” he reiterated.Nasser Zafzafi, the most vocal activist and leader of the protests, called the inhabitants of Al Hoceima of a large demonstration on Thursday following the government warned protests in the Rif region against drifting towards “separatism.”The protests in Al Hoceima followed the death of Mouhcine Fikri, the fishmonger who was crushed to death in a trash compactor while protesting the confiscation of his merchandise by authorities on October 28, 2016.
MONTREAL – The National Bank of Canada is eliminating “several hundred” jobs as part of a restructuring resulting from the economic slowdown.In an internal memo to employees, CEO Louis Vachon also attributed the decision to “increasingly fierce competition.”The Montreal-based bank did not give a specific figure for the number of job cuts, but said they would mainly affect its Quebec operations.Vachon said the bank (TSX:NA) will try to minimize the impact on its 17,298 employees through various steps, including retirements and the elimination of vacant positions.It expects to record an $85-million charge ($64 million after taxes) in the fourth quarter. The restructuring is expected to generate $35 million in pre-tax savings, mainly in 2016.National, Canada’s sixth largest bank, has reported that profits grew three per cent to $453 million in the third quarter on $1.51 billion of revenues. National Bank cutting ‘hundreds’ of jobs because of economy, competition by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 1, 2015 4:00 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The Conference Board of Canada says there’s still room for optimism for Canada’s liquefied natural gas export industry, despite global LNG prices that are expected to remain weak for at least the next three years. A natural gas refuelling port is seen on a vehicle at the Vancouver Board of Trade energy forum, in Vancouver in an October 8, 2014, file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck Conference Board predicts LNG investment rebound despite low world prices by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 13, 2016 8:38 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 14, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – The Conference Board of Canada says there’s still room for optimism for Canada’s liquefied natural gas export industry, despite global LNG prices that are expected to remain weak for at least the next three years.Economist Carlos Murillo says in a report that investments in new LNG facilities around the world are expected to fall off in the next few years after about US$200 billion was spent over the past decade.Investments are expected to fall to US$4 billion per year by 2020 but global demand will continue to grow, according to a Conference Board report, sparking a new round of spending on LNG facilities.That’s good news for Canadian natural gas producers who have yet to see anyone commit to building an LNG export terminal in Canada despite some 20 proposals.Last month, Ottawa conditionally approved the $36-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project but Petronas, the Malaysian state-owned oil firm proposing the project, says it must review the conditions before going ahead.The Conference Board says Canada’s natural gas industry is expected to post pre-tax losses of more than $1.6 billion this year after racking up losses of $1.7 billion in 2015, due to low natural gas prices throughout North America.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly spelled the name of Conference Board of Canada economist Carlos Murillo.
Thousands of women and girls, some as young as 9 years old, have been sold in slave markets, or souk sabaya, in the Syrian governorates of Raqqah, Aleppo, Homs, Hasakah and Dayr Az- Zawr. ISIS and its fighters hold them both in sexual slavery and in slavery, the report says, with Yazidi women and girls being constantly sold, gifted and willed between fighters. “Survivors who escaped from ISIS captivity in Syria describe how they endured brutal rapes, often on a daily basis, and were punished if they tried to escape with severe beatings, and sometimes gang rapes,” said Commissioner Vitit Muntarbhorn. The Commission also heard accounts of how some Yazidi women and girls committed suicide to escape the cruel torment. The report noted that ISIS, which considers the Yazidis to be infidels, has publicly cited the Yazidis’ faith as the basis for the attack of 3 August 2014 and its subsequent abuse of them. The Commission said that ISIS has referred to the Yazidi as a “pagan minority [whose] existence […] Muslims should question”, adding that “their women could be enslaved […] as spoils of war.” “ISIS has made no secret of its intent to destroy the Yazidis of Sinjar, and that is one of the elements that allowed us to conclude their actions amount to genocide,” said Commissioner Carla del Ponte. A Yazidi boy – his face covered and hair matted with dust – re-enters Iraq from the Syrian Arab Republic, at a border crossing in the town of Peshkhabour in Dohuk Governorate. Photo: UNICEF/Wathiq Khuzaie “Genocide has occurred and is ongoing,” Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, emphasized in releasing the report They Came to Destroy: ISIS Crimes against the Yazidis. “ISIS has subjected every Yazidi woman, child or man that it has captured to the most horrific of atrocities,” he said in a press statement issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Per the Commission’s mandate, the report focuses on violations committed against Yazidis inside Syria, where it found that thousands of women and girls are still being held captive and abused, often as slaves. The Commission also examined how the terrorist group forcibly transferred Yazidis into Syria after launching its attacks on northern Iraq’s Sinjar region on 3 August 2014. The information that was collected documents evidence of intent and criminal liability of ISIS’s military commanders, fighters, religious and ideological leaders, wherever they are located, the Commission said. The findings are based on interviews with survivors, religious leaders, smugglers, activists, lawyers, medical personnel, and journalists, as well as extensive documentary material, which corroborate information gathered by the Commission. “ISIS has sought to erase the Yazidis through killings; sexual slavery, enslavement, torture and inhuman and degrading treatment and forcible transfer causing serious bodily and mental harm; the infliction of conditions of life that bring about a slow death; the imposition of measures to prevent Yazidi children from being born, including forced conversion of adults, the separation of Yazidi men and women, and mental trauma; and the transfer of Yazidi children from their own families and placing them with ISIS fighters, thereby cutting them off from beliefs and practices of their own religious community,” according to the report. ISIS separated Yazidi men and boys older than 12 years old from the rest of their families, and killed those who refused to convert, in order to destroy their identity as Yazidis. Women and children often witnessed these killings before being forcibly transferred to locations in Iraq, and thereafter to Syria, where the majority of captives remain, the Commission found. Paulo Pinheiro ( left ) Chairperson of the Commission Independent International of Inquiry on Syria and members Carla Del Ponte (second left) and Vitit Muntarbhorn (right) arrive for the press conference. 16 June 2016. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré Mr. Pinheiro stressed that there must be no impunity for crimes of this nature, recalling States’ obligations under the Genocide Convention to prevent and to punish genocide. The Commission repeated its call for the Security Council to urgently refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court, or to establish an ad hoc tribunal to prosecute the violations of international law committed during the non-international armed conflict. The Commission further noted that, with no path to international criminal justice available, it is likely that the first such prosecution of ISIS crimes against the Yazidis will take place in a domestic jurisdiction. It is essential, that States enact laws against genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, the Commission stated. The Commission also urged international recognition of the genocide, and said that more must be done to assure the protection of the Yazidi religious minority in the Middle East, as well as the funding of care, including psycho-social and financial support, for victims of the genocide. The Commission, which in addition to Mr. Pinheiro, Ms. del Ponte and Mr. Muntarbhorn also includes Karen Koning AbuZayd, Special Adviser on the Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, was mandated by the UN Human Rights Council in March 2011 to investigate and record all violations of international law in Syria.
Apple has apparently just released another Gold Master build to developers, this time carrying the release number 4.2.1. All signs point to the imminent release of iOS 4.2 for end users.The expected release date is November 24, giving developers time to test 4.2.1, and Apple time to sit and watch with crossed fingers hoping for no further issues. If they don’t find any, the button will be pressed and the new iOS version released. Who knows, it may happen before the 24th.AdChoices广告via Engadget
Rockstar has now confirmed that purchasing in-game cash with real money is a feature of Grand Theft Auto Online. The developer has reassured gamers that the game has been balanced so as never to require you to purchase GTA$, but the option is there for “instant gratification” and to get you where you want to be quicker.But how much is it going to cost to purchase cash in the game?We know that Rockstar has made four cash cards available offering to increase your cash total by $100,00, $200,000, $500,000, or $1,250,000. Now someone with early access to the online world has revealed the pricing for purchasing those cards.The prices were revealed in British Pounds, but we’ve converted them to the most likely US Dollar equivalents:Red Shark Cash Card ($100,000) – £1.99 ($3)Tiger Shark Cash Card ($200,000) – £3.49 ($5)Bull Shark Cash Card ($500,000) – £6.99 ($10)Great White Shark Cash Card ($1,250,000) – £13.49 ($20)The larger the card, the cheaper the GTA$ will be, which will likely encourage players to spend $20 and get a larger lump of cash to play with. That also makes it more enticing to spend more to get ahead.Before GTA V players start getting worried about how much stuff costs, be aware that GTA Online pricing is apparently very different to that currently used in GTA V. Everything big is much cheaper online, for example, a $1 million car in GTA V is $150,000 in GTA Online. The most expensive property you can purchase is only $400,000. However, smaller items are more expensive, including weapons.I guess the logic in switching the pricing around for GTA Online is that it’s much easier for a player to accept spending a little more on a cheaper item than it is a lot on expensive, larger purchases. While at the same time, players are much more likely to purchase cheaper/smaller items more regularly, and therefore end up spending more money in the long run.
Subscribe for more videos Apr 16th 2017, 8:00 PM 23,516 Views Share Tweet Email3 THEY OFTEN SAY that we eat with our eyes.To that end, chefs go to serious lengths to ensure their food not only tastes good, but looks good, too.But how does that process work?Anthony Smith, the head chef of Mr Fox on Dublin’s Parnell Square is an expert in presentation as anyone who follows the restaurant’s Instagram page can attest. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 16 Apr 2017, 8:00 PM So, what about the home chef? Is there a tip for making your food look more appealing?“Do it family style. When I cook for my family, there’s 9 or ten of us so I do big platters of meat and bowls of veg and let people help themselves.“If you’re doing ten dishes at home, you’re getting nervous or the food’s going cold, but a big casserole in the middle with some sides is interactive and fun.“It looks great, too.”Read: Dinner at the ‘world’s best restaurant’ will set you back $295 per head (and that’s just for the food) Short URL Here’s how a top chef plates their food “Just keep it simple.” 11 Comments By Paul Hosford Since opening just before Christmas, Smith’s creations have prove a hit on social media for their look, and of course, the taste.He told TheJournal.ie that putting together a meal that makes it to a diner’s table is a process.You start with the season, so in winter that might be Partridge. Then you go with what goes with that, parsnips, barley and pears. Mostly you start with the seasons and go from there.And the presentation?“That comes, you don’t start off plating food, so that has only come to me in the last four or five years.You find your own style then. I found it difficult at the start, but you practice like anything else. When you pick up a guitar at first you can’t play it. And it’s a moving puzzle, that trout dish was very different when we started. People eat with their eyes – if it looks like a dog’s dinner, it probably tastes like one.And what’s Smith’s personal philosophy?Just keep it simple.Smith says that his desserts are a particular favourite to present – many are based on childhood treats such as Walnut Whips, Bounty bars and Super Split ice creams. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube http://jrnl.ie/3343145
Présidentielle 2012 : The Noise sera le premier journal télé des réseaux sociauxLa chaine Paris Première lance un nouveau journal TV, The Noise. Il sera consacré aux réseaux sociaux, énorme vecteur d’expression pour la jeunesse et donc éléments influent sur les élections. Vidéo satirique sur les candidats, liens vers des articles de fond : Facebook et Twitter font circuler bien des contenus en relation avec les élections présidentielles. Selon Médiamétrie, les réseaux sociaux sont une source d’infos pour 30 % des Français. L’actualité instantanée que génèrent nos proches séduit de plus en plus de monde.À lire aussiContrôler sa télévision par la force de l’esprit ? Ça pourrait devenir réalité avec ce casqueIl n’est donc pas surprenant qu’un journal TV se propose de faire une sélection dans tout ce maelström d’informations. Dès le 20 mars à 20 h 30, Philippe de Verdière, présentateur de La Revue de presse sur la même chaîne, fera chaque jour en cinq minutes le tour des infos postées sur ces réseaux. Son journal se nommera The Noise et s’invitera entre autres sur les comptes des candidats comme Nicolas Sarkozy, François Hollande, François Bayrou, Marine Le Pen et Jean-Luc Mélenchon, entre autres.Paris Première une chaîne de télévision généraliste française privée et payante, qui appartient à M6. Elle est très présente pour cette présidentielle et veut s’imposer. Près de 34 millions de Français surfent sur le web tous les jours ou presque (contre 32 millions fin 2010), avec Google et Facebook en tête des sites visités. Reste à savoir si la TV réussira à saisir le web. 5 minutes pour couvrir l’effervescence du web, cela semble bien peu, et cela risque fort de répéter ce que les intéressés auront déjà vu… sur leurs réseaux sociaux.Le 16 mars 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target The Best Anime On HuluThis Might Be Attack On Titan’s Goriest Moment Of The Series So Far If you can’t wait for the upcoming Attack on Titan season two, you’re probably already chomping at the bit to get your hands on the first episode of what’s coming next. The only thing is, the second season isn’t scheduled to premiere until April 2017. You’ve still got a whole month to wait. Never fear, however, because new information has emerged about which characters the upcoming season will focus on.The new season will bring with it familiar faces like Eren Yeager and Mikasa Ackerman, but according to a new interview from ANIPLUS Asia with Attack on Titan’s general director Tetsurou Araki, the focal points of the new season will be characters like Ymir or Krista:“Character-wise, we have some that never really got the spotlight like Ymir or Krista, and we get a closer look into them now. That’s going to be a big highlight, I think.”Araki continued: “We discussed the dramatic points of those parts a lot with Isayama-san and managed to delve even deeper into them. We hope you look forward to it.”There’s no doubt everyone is looking forward to learning more about those characters and the rest of the stars of Attack on Titan, and we’re slowly hurtling toward the next season’s release. It’s just going to be a lot harder to wait now.If you’re needing a dose of Attack on Titan to tide you over until the second season, you might consider hitting up a movie theater to check out one of the showings of the film recaps of the first season that we posted news about the other day. You also should pick up the live-action movie, which is even more bizarre than the anime, and compare it with some of your favorite scenes. It’d make for an awesome viewing party, that’s for sure.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 25, 2017 – Grand Turk – On Thursday 24th August 2017, Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force attached to the Grand Turk Police Station have arrested a number of persons for numerous offences.A 39-year-old male of Grand Turk was arrested for the Causing Injury by Dangerous Driving and Resisting Arrest. It was reported on Thursday 24th August 2017 that the male who was driving an unlicensed vehicle failed to stop by a police officer and drove over her foot and hit her arm causing injuries. The officer was taken to the Cockburn Town Medical Centre and later released.A 33-year-old male of Grand Turk was also arrested on suspicion of Dangerous Driving. This incident occurred on Hospital Road.A 35-year-old female was arrested on suspicion of Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm. The victim reported that the female closed a vehicle door on her hands causing it to swell.Press Release: RTCIPF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Joining several other food and agricultural associations, ASA signed a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Ambassador Mike Froman in February, expressing concern about the Chinese new “test and hold” requirements on the import of U.S. pork, calling the decision “unwarranted and extraordinarily disappointing.”The groups stated that the requirements, “will undoubtedly disrupt U.S. pork sales to one of our most important export markets and could significantly undermine the food safety and animal health and welfare of the U.S. pork industry.”The letter asked Vilsack and Froman to actively engage with China to eliminate these new requirements and adopt a science-based maximum residue levels (MRLs) for the import of U.S. pork in order to avoid disrupting mutually beneficial trade.“By way of background, on January 9, 2014, the Chinese government’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIS) wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), calling on USDA to quickly implement additional USDA oversight for ensuring ractopamine free pork,” the letter states. “During the month of January, USDA officials worked closely with the U.S. pork industry in developing several options to achieve China’s request. On February 6, 2014, FSIS Administrator Alfred Almanza wrote a letter to AQSIQ informing the agency that USDA was prepared to implement a USDA certification system guaranteeing that U.S. pork shipped to China has either been tested for ractopamine or originates from animals produced under the “Never Fed Beta-Agonists” program.”The groups wrote they are appreciative of the work USDA undertook on very short notice to address China’s concerns regarding ractopamine. As FSIS Administrator Almanza noted in his February 6, 2014, letter, while the United States is willing to implement such a certification program to avoid a disruption in U.S. pork exports to China, it is extremely important that China, as a more permanent solution to this matter, adopt the Codex Alimentarius MRL for ractopamine in pork production. As the Codex, the United States, and many other countries around the world recognize, ractopamine is a completely safe product for use in pork production.“With the assurances provided in Administrator Almanza’s letter, we fully expected China will cease a “test and hold” policy on U.S. pork that it implemented in January. However, we were dismayed to learn last week that China is testing and holding all U.S. pork not only for ractopamine, but also for detection of three approved veterinary drugs commonly used in U.S. pork production, and used in many other pork producing countries: tetracycline hydrochloride, oxytetracyline and sulfathiazole.”According to the letter, the loss of the ability to use these veterinary drugs, similar to what has happened with ractopamine, would threaten the safety of U.S. pork as well as the high herd health status and welfare of the U.S. swine herd.“We need to defend not only safe new technologies, but also proven technologies. We urge you to take every possible action to convince the Chinese government to reverse this unwarranted action immediately, and rather, press China to adopt import MRLs for U.S. pork based on science, the groups stated. “Specifically we recommend that China adopt the Codex or FDA MRLs for tetracycline and oxtetracycline. We further recommend that China adopt the FDA MRLs for sulfonamides, including sulfathiazole, which are consistent with the Codex MRL for sulfadimidine.”
COLLBRAN, Colo. —Crews are searching the bottom edge of a massive mudslide in western Colorado for three men who went missing after checking on damage from an initial slide.The men haven’t been heard from since a half-mile wide piece of ridge, saturated by heavy rain, collapsed Sunday and sent mud sliding for 3 miles.Sheriff Stan Hilkey said the search has been hampered because only the lower third of the slide is stable. At the edges there, the mud is 20 to 30 feet deep. It’s believed to be several hundred feet deep in some places.Hilkey says everyone is praying for a miracle but said no signs of the men or their truck have been found.He has consulted with the sheriff who responded to March’s mudslide in Washington state for advice on how to handle the search.Authorities said no structures or major roads were affected by the large mudslide. It hit Sunday near the town of Collbran, about 40 miles east of Grand Junction and near the edge of Grand Mesa, one of the world’s largest flat topped mountains. Deputies estimate that the entire ridge had been moving for most of Sunday before someone called to report the slide at 6:15 p.m., describing it as sounding like a freight train.“This slide is unbelievably big,” said Mesa County Lt. Phil Stratton said.Authorities said the unidentified men were possibly caught in the slide but haven’t released any other details.Bill Clark, a cousin of one of the missing men, said the three went to check for problems in the area Sunday after a rancher reported that his irrigation ditch had stopped flowing. Clark visited the canyon where the slide struck and said it was filled with about 700 feet of mud. He said it struck with so much force that some also spilled over into the neighboring draw too.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Fort Lauderdale Police headquarters has been given the all clear after a suspicious letter was delivered there Monday morning.7’s Skyforce HD hovered over the area near West Broward Boulevard and Southwest 12th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue units responded to the scene.No one was injured in this incident, and there were no evacuations ordered.The letter was turned over to the FBI for further investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The survivors were dropped off to family members in good health; Terry Moxey-Pilot, 75, of Sterling, Jacqueline Moxey, 81, of Sterling, David Savoie, 84, of Idaho, and Karen Savoie, 79, of Idaho. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers received report from Anchorage Air Traffic Control that a passenger plane, enroute to Soldotna, had suffered engine failure and was unable to land at Soldotna Airport, on September 13. According to Troopers, the last known location provided placed the plane approximately 5 miles East of Soldotna Airport. Telephone contact with the Pilot confirmed there were no reported injuries, all 4 persons on board had been accounted for, and the plane did in fact crash land into the swamp area approximately 1 mile SE of 8 mile Funny River Road. Alaska Rescue Coordination Center was notified and AST Helo 3 was placed on standby for the incident. AST Patrol units, along with U.S. Fish and Wildlife responded to the area and located the 4 survivors standing on the belly of the downed Cessna 180. The single engine plane was overturned on its top in 3-4 feet of water, and surrounded by swamp lands. AST Patrol units along with U.S. Fish and Wildlife setup a safe landing zone for Helo 3, then entered the water, and assisted in the extraction of the 4 individuals from the downed aircraft.
Nalgonda: District Collector Gaurav Uppal ordered the officials to examine the pleas received from people during the Grievance Day and take necessary action. On Monday, he received applications from people during the Grievance Day programme held a district collectorate on Monday. He directed all the district officials to attend the program without fail and address the issues of people in an amicable way. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Stating that people’s grievances with regard to main departments were pending, the official directed the respective officials to sort the received applications immediately and address them. Meanwhile, the Collector handed over tricycle and financial aid from government to a disabled person Medaboina Chandra Mohan, who lost his wife Renuka and son Prakash in a road accident that took place at Marriguda bypass road in Nalgonda on June 1 this year.
Kapil SharmaInstagramKapil Sharma’s Oshiwara apartment in Mumbai was caught in a fire on Thursday afternoon. The apartment was on the fourth floor of a seven-storey building located near Green Park in Andheri west and was said to be empty, according to the fire department officials.According to Mid-Day, the fire broke out in the kitchen and was doused within half an hour after the fire brigade was alerted and took control over the situation.One of the local resident who said to have alerted the fire department told the officials that Kapil Sharma had vacated the apartment after he shifted to a nearby place.Take a look.Fire breaks out at flat of Kapil Sharma at Oshiwara Mumbai..Few feared trap inside!Rescue on!.?18july2019. pic.twitter.com/s7gR5Plv0c— @PotholeWarriors?? #RoadSafety ??? (@PotholeWarriors) July 18, 2019
Close This is an artist’s impression of a white dwarf. Scientists plan to observe more of this type of star by tuning in to radio signals emitted by the cores of dead planets. ( NASA | ESA | G. Bacon ) Some dead planets aren’t quite dead after all as astronomers discover that planetary cores can emit radio signals for a billion years more.Astronomers plan to find out more about these “undead” cores of exoplanets by observing white dwarf stars that are most likely to host surviving planetary cores. They also considered the strength of the radio waves that can be detected.Tuning In To The DeadIn a study published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, researchers analyzed the survivability of planets that orbit white dwarf stars. ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. $7.95$7.95 ENDS IN Ads by Amazon Wow facts 2Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийWhite dwarfs are stars that have burnt out all their fuel and blown off their outer layers. These stars cause the destruction of nearby objects, including planets that get their outer layers stripped until only their cores remain. According to the authors, these planetary cores could survive long enough to be seen millions of light-years away in Earth.The first such planet confirmed was discovered by co-author Alexander Wolszczan of Pennsylvania State University back in the 1990s. He achieved this with a method detecting radio waves coming from the star it orbits.The study revealed that the magnetic field lying between a white dwarf and an orbiting planetary core can form a unipolar inductor circuit, with the metallic-rich core functioning as a conductor. Radiation from this circuit is emitted as radio signals that can be picked by Earth’s radio telescopes. It’s the same effect as a circuit between Jupiter and one of its moons Io.Findings showed that planetary cores can survive without their outer layers from over 100 million years up to a billion years.Lead author Dr. Dimitri Veras from the University of Warwick explained that there is a “sweet spot” for finding planetary cores, since a core too near a white dwarf would be destroyed and a core too far would be undetectable. He added that astronomers should only seek out planets around white dwarfs with weak magnetic fields and a distance of around 3 solar radii and the gap between the Mercury and the sun.Future ResearchThe authors plan to find more planetary cores around white dwarfs by using telescopes like the Arecibo in Puerto Rico and the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia.”Nobody has ever found just the bare core of a major planet before, nor a major planet only through monitoring magnetic signatures, nor a major planet around a white dwarf,” Veras explained. “Therefore, a discovery here would represent ‘firsts’ in three different senses for planetary systems.”He continued that more discoveries could also help reveal the history of star systems, the evolution of the solar system, and the distant future of the sun and its planets. TAG exoplanet, Planets, White dwarf Bestseller Ads by Amazon All Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN 50 Things You Should Know About Space $12.06$15.95 Related Products CANVAS ON DEMAND Artist’s Concept of Planet Carenteen, a Dwarf Planet Host to Beautiful Night Skies Wall Peel Ar. ENDS IN AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY CANVAS ON DEMAND Artist’s Concept of Planet Carenteen, a Dwarf Planet Host to Beautiful Night Skies Black Floati. $199.99$199.99 $50.99$50.99 ENDS IN Bestseller (4) DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller Earth and Other Planets (Our Place in the Universe)
Related posts:Sentencing in Chile begins to bring closure in 41-year-old murder cases of US citizens Frank Teruggi and Charles Horman Torture report revives CIA’s rogue image US prepares to ramp up transfers from Guantanamo Chile to try former secret police for diplomat’s death BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – The building looks almost as it did in 1976, although it has deteriorated. The first floor was a mechanic’s workshop, a cold and dark room measuring eight meters wide and 30 meters long, with cables and hooks affixed to the ceiling, a speaker attached to a metallic beam, and horrible fluorescent lights. On the right, old wooden stairs lead to the second floor. Entering the building one begins to shudder, but it’s nothing compared to what we would hear and see upstairs.The former Centro Clandestino de Detención, Tortura y Exterminio Automotores Orletti, located in the western section of the Argentine capital, was an old mechanic’s workshop at 3519-21 Venancio Flores Street, in front of the train tracks in Floresta, a tranquil residential neighborhood. In this nondescript place lie the memories of the Argentine military dictatorship and the atrocities committed against those who passed through here. The entrance to hell. Josué Arévalo/The Tico TimesThe victims recall being brought here blindfolded and then marched upstairs to be placed in a type of holding cell. Years later, they remember the details – and especially the sounds. Back then, they had no idea where they were, but they recall the sound of a loud metal roll-up gate leading into the workshop. They remember the sound of the train, which passed in front. They can still hear the voices and laughter of children who played on the patio of the Mauro Fernández school next door.When we arrived during a recent visit, the metal gate was lowered halfway down, and we were received by Alba Pereyra, an Argentine who works with other activists in this place, known as an “Espacio-memoria,” or memorial space.“This was a clandestine detention center and the base of Operation Cóndor,” said Pereyra, who estimates that some 300 Uruguayans, Chileans, Bolivians, Paraguayans, Cubans and Argentines were kidnapped and brought here. Most of them disappeared.Orletti has become infamous on the pages of text produced by human rights organizations, who note that this was Operation Cóndor’s headquarters. An estimated 300 Uruguayans, Chileans, Bolivians, Paraguayans, Cubans and Argentines were held at the Centro Clandestino de Detención, Tortura y Exterminio Automotores Orletti in western Buenos Aires, Argentina. Josué Arévalo/The Tico TimesThe center was used from May 12, 1976 to Nov. 3, 1976, the same year that Operation Cóndor was established. The plan centered on coordinating operations between the dictatorships in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia, along with the CIA. It continued into the 1980s, and relied on the surveillance, detention, torture, kidnapping, transfer between countries and disappearances of people considered “subversive,” or those who simply disagreed with the political and military dictatorships of the era. It is believed that more than 50,000 people were disappeared during this period in the Southern Cone region.During Argentina’s military dictatorship, which began on March 24, 1976 and lasted until 1983, Orletti formed part of a network of more than 500 clandestine torture, interrogation and extermination centers established in the country. Of those, 45 centers operated in Buenos Aires. Orletti was overseen by the First Army Corps and the Secretariat of State Intelligence, or SIDE, and was a base of operations for foreign intelligence operatives including Uruguay’s Órgano Coordinador de Operaciones Antisubversivas (OCOA) and Servicio de Inteligencia de Defensa (SID), and Chile’s National Intelligence Directorate (DIS). Human rights activists at Orletti discuss the difference between a museum and a “memorial space.” Josué Arévalo/The Tico TimesTestimonies of horrorOrletti’s second floor was once a family residence that was connected to the mechanic’s workshop. Today, visitors who climb the stairs will see paper peeling off the walls as they pass into a landing area, followed by a kitchen. Next are the rooms – gloomy and cold, with markings on the walls and bare light bulbs dangling from the ceiling. In an added feature, the walls were soundproofed to deaden the sound and facilitate the interrogations.Next are two larger rooms with higher ceilings and barred windows that offer no view of the outside world. These were the torture cells, and the screams of those in agony were heard by no one from the outside – the torturers’ constantly blaring radio helping with that task. A second-floor corridor leading to the interrogation rooms. Josué Arévalo/The Tico TimesRicardo Poggio, a human rights activist and employee at this Espacio-memoria, was our guide. He told us that the first person to talk publicly about Orletti was a right-leaning Uruguayan journalist named Enrique Rodríguez Larreta Piera, who came to Argentina to search for his disappeared son, Enrique Rodríguez Larreta Martínez. While he searched for his son, Enrique Rodríguez Larreta Piera also was targeted by intelligence services, kidnapped, and brought to Orletti. There he heard the voice of his captured son.In 1977, Enrique Rodríguez Larreta testified in a judicial hearing in London: “The next night, it was my turn to be driven and taken to the second floor, where I was tortured and interrogated just like the other men and women who had been there. They stripped me naked and hung me from my wrists with my arms behind my back. In that position I was hung 30 centimeters above the ground for 20 minutes. At the same time, they placed a type of loincloth on me that had electrical contacts. When connected, the victim receives a series of electrical shocks at several points simultaneously. This apparatus, which they called the “machine,” is connected while the questions are asked, and at the same time they deliver threats and insults, all the while striking blows to the most sensitive parts of the body. … I can’t say exactly how long I was tortured. I think that in my case it wasn’t more than a half hour. But in most cases, the torture lasted much longer, according to my calculations, about two or three hours.”Enrique Rodríguez Larreta was eventually transferred to Uruguay and released, as was his son.Poggio told us that in Orletti the torturers also stole the babies born in captivity to detained mothers. One of these was Macarena Gelman, the daughter-in-law of poet Juan Gelman. We saw the room where Gelman – seven months pregnant – was held and tortured, next to the kitchen on the second floor. The baby Macarena Gelman, named after her mother, was born in late 1976 and given to a former police officer in early 1977. She was finally reunited with her biological family in 2000, after a long and arduous search. In 2010, she provided testimony in a judicial case that seeks justice for the crimes perpetrated at Orletti. Guide Ricardo Poggio. Josué Arévalo/The Tico TimesThe torturers stopped using Orletti when on Nov. 3, 1976, Graciela Vidaillac and José Morales managed to escape. Naked, Vidaillac had been tied and hung from one of the metal beams in a room. Poggio told us the story. The captors had been eating and would check on her every 15 minutes. But they stopped coming, and Vidaillac could hear snoring. She managed to loosen her bonds and untie herself. She found her husband in another small room and untied him. This woke the captors, and Vidaillac grabbed a machine gun and tossed it to her husband. A shootout ensued, and Vidaillac was wounded. Nevertheless, she and her husband managed to run down the stairs and into the street. It was 6 a.m., and half a block away, they found several trucks parked in a depot. They managed to start one and speed away. Losing their captors, the couple drove to a small clinic to treat Vidaillac’s injuries, and later hid at a friend’s house.Morales returned to Orletti in an unsuccessful attempt to burn it to the ground before the couple fled into exile in Mexico. At one point after that, Morales briefly lived in Costa Rica before going to El Salvador, where he was killed in that country’s civil war. Vidaillac returned to Argentina in 1984.Historical memoryThe telling of stories like these help contribute to the construction in Argentina and elsewhere in Latin America of a historical memory that reminds us of the state-sponsored terrorism that fractured all of society.In 2003, the Comisión de Derechos Humanos de Uruguayos en Argentina began a legislative campaign to expropriate the property where Orletti is located. On March 23, 2009, the city of Buenos Aires took ownership of the property.Alba Pereyra has followed the process from the beginning. She worked in the central office of the Instituto Espacio para la Memoria (IEM), and later chose to work in the Espacio-memoria Orletti because several of her family members had been imprisoned or disappeared. Her father was one of Operation Cóndor’s many victims. She and her family lived for several years in exile in Uruguay and Spain. Orletti, once a torture chamber, now hosts discussions, debates and guided visits. Josué Arévalo/The Tico TimesIn 2009, the work of researching, preserving and managing information began for this site. But it wasn’t until June 2014 when the group began to work here, organizing guided tours, workshops, debates and film series.“The fact that they have expropriated these sites is the result of a struggle that has lasted more than 30 years,” Pereyra said. “It’s important that we are working in these places and talking about what happened here. We’ve accomplished many things since 2003. I think that society will try to maintain what we’ve accomplished, so that the grandchildren continue to be found, and the trials move forward.”Georgina Andino is another activist and guide at Orletti. Her father, Jorge Andino, 79, was captured and held at a similar site during the dictatorship. “It’s important that this place is open and that we invite people to come and see it,” she said.For Liliana Ferro, the cultural transformation that Argentina has experienced in the last decade is now irreversible. “We’ve won a cultural battle. Now human rights are taught in schools. The state-sponsored terrorism that took place is taught in schools. When I was in school, this did not happen,” she said.There is an ongoing discussion in Argentina about the difference between a museum and Espacio-memoria sites like Orletti. Also being debated is what type of things Espacios-memoria should offer visitors.For Pereyra, “a ‘memorial museum’ can be located anywhere and have elements brought from elsewhere. The important point is to recover the sites. Neighbors and human rights organizations are the ones who began to hold activities so that everyone would know where these places are located.”Poggio added that “a museum contains precise details of events that occurred over time. A ‘space,’ meanwhile, is a living place that is enriched over time with testimony, experiences and life lessons.”“There are constant reminders that this is a memorial site. The old staircase is one of the things mentioned in all of the testimony. The metallic gate, with its sound. These are confirmation of the space. The hook that is hanging is material proof that tells us what happened here,” Poggio said. “We are in a period of permanent denunciation, and when we say, ‘Never again,’ that means denouncing those who were responsible.” A father and son stop by Orletti. Josué Arévalo/The Tico TimesIn March 2011, a Buenos Aires tribunal handed down a sentence of 20 years to life to four torturers who operated at Automotores Orletti. Since March 2013, the same tribunal, on behalf of 106 victims, has convicted 25 people for crimes against humanity in the context of Operation Cóndor.Still, many Argentines and foreign visitors are unaware of these events, and the reminders invite guests to reflect on the past.When we first set foot in Orletti during a recent summer afternoon, a group of boys chatted in a small garden in front. “They killed people there,” said one.For many years, Orletti’s metal roll-down gate remained closed. Not anymore. Facebook Comments