Milky Way is warped and twisted and not flat Study

first_imgLondon: The Milky Way is “warped and twisted” and not flat as previously thought, according to researchers who have developed a large-scale three-dimensional (3D) map of our galaxy. By measuring the distance from the Sun to thousands of individual pulsating stars scattered across the Milky Way, the researchers have charted the galaxy on a larger scale than ever before. Their new three-dimensional map, published in the journal Science, provides a broad view of our place among the stars. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe map reveals the S-like structure of the Milky Way’s warped stellar disc. “Our map shows the Milky Way disk is not flat. It is warped and twisted,” said Przemek Mroz, from the University of Warsaw in Poland. “This is the first time we can use individual objects to show this in three dimensions,” Mroz said. Much of the current understanding of the spiral shape and structure of our galaxy is built upon indirect measurements to celestial landmarks and inferences based on other galaxies in the universe. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHowever, the galactic map drafted by those limited observations remains incomplete, researchers said. Like so many lighthouses on distant foggy shores, classical Cepheid variable stars — massive young stellar bodies that burn hundreds, if not thousands of times brighter than our own Sun — pulsate at regular intervals and are visible through the vast clouds of interstellar dust that often obscure dimmer stellar bodies. Using the periodic variations in their brightness, researchers said the distances to these stars can be precisely determined. Dorota Skowron from the University of Warsaw and colleagues charted the distance to more than 2,400 Cepheids throughout the Milky Way. Most of the Cepheids were identified by the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) — a Polish astronomical project that more than doubled the number of known galactic classical Cepheids. By determining the 3D coordinates of each distant pulsing star relative to our Sun, Skowron and colleagues built a large-scale 3D model of the Milky Way galaxy. The new map illustrates and helps constrain the previously observed shape of the galaxy’s warped stellar disc.last_img read more

Ban urges AsiaPacific private sector to support women and childrens health

“When mothers are healthy, children are healthy,” said Mr. Ban, addressing the Business Summit of private sector leaders from member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bali, Indonesia.“When children and mothers are healthy, then communities and nations cannot but be healthy. Then whole world will be healthy. I really count on the leadership of ASEAN business leaders.”He briefed them on the Every Woman Every Child, a global effort launched last year to mobilize and intensify global action to save the lives of 16 million women and children and improve the lives of millions more.“Governments, business organizations, civil society organizations, committed more than $40 billion in support immediately. I believe it was possible because it is a moral imperative. The health of women and children matter, to all of us personally and fundamentally.”“Governments have to set the stage for effective health care, to be sure. But the private sector and civil society can help deliver it,” he said.Mr. Ban also urged more businesses in the Asia-Pacific region to join the UN Global Compact, an initiative that seeks to foster socially responsible business practices.Earlier, the Secretary-General met with representatives of UN agencies in Indonesia – UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Population Fund, UN World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), as well as the World Bank.He also met with the Indonesian Health Minister, Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih, with whom he discussed accelerating the country’s progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to health.The Indonesian Government is focusing on increasing access to services through its social health insurance scheme. The country will also work with the UN to engage other governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector on health issues, including maternal mortality and malnutrition.Separately, Mr. Ban had discussions with Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert F. del Rosario and Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong. 18 November 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged business leaders in the Asia and Pacific region to support the United Nations-led global effort to improve the health of women and children to create healthier communities across the world. read more

Death toll reaches 84 as more bodies are pulled out

“There is a real danger of diarrhoea and skin diseases spreading among the flood victims,” Colombo Municipal Council medical chief Ruwan Wijayamuni said.International aid poured in Sri Lanka, bringing help to lakhs of people driven from their homes by heavy rains and deadly landslides.Various nations, including India, Pakistan, China, Australia and Japan are bringing in aid supplies such as blankets, water-purification tablets and drinking water. Sri Lankan army and other rescuers pulled out 15 more bodies in the last 24 hours in the worst-hit district of Kegalle. Rescuers pulled out 15 more bodies from the muddy debris of disastrous landslide taking the toll to 84 while over 100 people remained missing today in floods triggered by the heaviest rains in over a quarter century even as relief aid poured in from across the world, including India, the Press Trust of India reported.The heavy rains have pounded Sri Lanka since last weekend, triggering huge landslides that have buried some victims in up to 50 feet of mud. Around 3,40,000 people have been displaced across the country in the floods and landslides, said Pradeep Kodippili, spokesman of the Disaster Management Centre.The death toll is likely to go up as rescue teams reach some of the worst-hit areas, authorities said.The national Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said that 21 of Sri Lankas 25 districts have been badly affected due to the floods and landslide. An Indian Air Force plane and two naval ships carrying emergency supplies arrived in Colombo yesterday. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lankan authorities are now bracing to meet the mounting challenge of preventing outbreak of diseases as floodwaters are being contaminated with garbage and raw sewage. The military said the search for the missing persons is on in Aranayake where over 40 bodies have been pulled out from the debris.“The sun was out this morning, yet the search operations were not easy,” Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe said.Meanwhile, floodwaters were receding in the capital Colombo and in the Western provinces Kelaniya and Kaduwela areas. The Disaster Management Centre said the death toll in the landslide has reached to 84 while 116 people are still missing. read more

One month after terrorist attack UN flag back at full mast in

“Putting the flag mast in some ways indicates a return to normality. But we should be honest and admit that the pre-19 August normality is something that we can never return to,” Kevin Kennedy, who is presently the officer in charge of UN operations in the country, said presiding over the event at the Canal Hotel.”Our world has changed and whatever innocence or illusions that we may have harboured about the inviolability of the UN is now cast away forever,” he added. “We mourn and will remember, as long as any of us are alive, the memories of those who lost their lives.”Both local and international staff attended the ceremony during which a UN security guard raised the flag just after 4:20 p.m. Baghdad time. read more

As momentum builds for December climate talks in Paris Ban looks ahead

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) is greeted by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (shaking hand) and Manuel Pulgar Vidal, Minister of Environment of Peru. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) at joint press conference with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (center) and Manuel Pulgar Vidal, Minister of Environment of Peru. UN Photo/Evan Schneider “The climate conference in Paris later this year is at the very top of the international agenda. I expect a bold and meaningful outcome at the Conference of Parties…in December,” stated the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his remarks to the French diplomatic corps, which has been meeting this week in Paris.“I was especially glad to be invited to attend your gathering this year because of the historic efforts that are under way to chart a new development path for the human family,” Mr. Ban continued, adding that the climate negotiations cap a “transformational” year for human progress.In March, he underlined, the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, agreed on important steps to build more resilient societies, while in July, the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, in Addis Ababa, revitalized the global partnership for development.“And earlier this month, in New York, Member States agreed on the final text of an inspiring new development agenda that will guide us through to the year 2030,” he also mentioned, rejoicing that world leaders will formally adopt it next month. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Nicolas Hulot, Special Envoy of President Hollande for the protection of the planet. UN Photo/Evan Schneider ‹ ›Calling the 17 adopted Sustainable Development Goals a “path to sustainable development,” the Secretary-General said they offered a “blueprint” for ending poverty in all its dimensions “without leaving anyone behind” and identified the fundamental links between promoting prosperity and ensuring peaceful societies and respect for human rights.But unless the world takes urgent action on climate change, sustainable development will not be achieved, he warned. “In my engagement with leaders, I have made it clear what I believe a meaningful [climate] agreement could include,” referring to the expected outcome of the 21st meeting of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), widely referred to as COP-21.First, Mr. Ban noted, it must send a strong signal that the world is committed to a low-carbon future, “and there is no going back.”Second, he continued, an agreement must be durable so that it provides the private sector with the predictability and policy frameworks it needs to invest in clean energy and climate-resilient approaches.“Third, it must be flexible so that it can provide incentives and incorporate more ambitious, science-based nationally determined targets over time,” the Secretary-General recommended.Fourth, it must uphold the principle of equity, support the adaptation needs of developing countries, and demonstrate solidarity with the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable countries.Fifth, it must include credible, clear mechanisms for measuring, monitoring and reporting progress in a transparent manner on a full range of actions, Mr. Ban went on to say.And sixth, credible climate financing is essential, he stressed, recalling it is “imperative” that developed countries provide greater clarity on the public finance component of the $100 billion before the Paris conference, as well as on how they will engage private finance.The UN chief therefore is engaging with leaders “from north and south” to make sure this goal is met and is considered credible by all.An agreement must also acknowledge the need for long-term, very significant financing beyond 2020, and the Green Climate Fund must be up and running, with funds that can be disbursed before Paris, he emphasized in conclusion, encouraging countries and companies to “take the lead” in developing clean energy technologies and markets.The Secretary-General also had today a “very productive meeting” with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, with whom he discussed a number of global challenges with national and continental implications, including migrations.“More people are displaced today than at any time since the Second World War. Many millions are fleeing violence and persecution in Syria and elsewhere. Others are seeking to escape poverty and looking for opportunities to lead a dignified life. They are making perilous journeys and should not face yet another ordeal upon arrival,” he said, welcoming countries that are showing solidarity.Violent extremism is another major area of concern, the UN chief added. “As we saw with the recent potential mass attack here in France, we must be vigilant in addressing threats without ever becoming overcome by fear and suspicion, which is precisely the intent of those who seek to terrorize.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon receives a standing ovation after his speech at the Conference of Ambassadors. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Manuel Pulgar Vidal, Minister of Environment of Peru. UN Photo/Evan Schneider read more

Youth City Council Sworn In By Orangeville City Council

By Julie JohansenPrior to the regularly scheduled Orangeville City Council meeting on Tuesday, the Orangeville Youth City Council was sworn into office. Jessie Nicholson became the youth mayor while Nick Lake, Ethan Olsen and Morgan Hughes will serve as council members.During the meeting, the youth council reported on their recent trip to the legislature at the Capitol Building in Salt Lake City. They expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to see the legislature in action and tour the Capitol Building. They were impressed with Governor Gary Herbert’s speech during lunch at the Salt Palace. Mayor Swenson praised the youth for their willingness to serve and told them they would be the leaders for the future.The flag ceremony for the meeting was performed by the newly-organized Community Scout Troop 300. The council voted to approve the formation of this community troop to serve the young men and young women of the county in January. The mayor told the young scouts they provided a moral compass for everyone.Two young men, Zander Hughes and Chance Oldroyd, approached the council requesting permission to proceed with their Eagle projects. Hughes’ project will be a bike rack to be placed at the bus stop entering the city’s subdivision. Oldroyd discussed the possibility of redoing the sign of the rules at the skate park. Councilman Kirk McQuivey will be assisting the boys.Next, Tasha Jewkes requested a donation for the community theatre. The council told her that a $100 donation would be possible.Another citizen approached the council about changing the city’s ordinance regarding burial in the cemetery. The request was to be able to place a sealed urn with ashes on the top of a casket in the same grave. The council expressed that it will take this into consideration.Staff reports were then given to the council. Kim Heiniger, maintenance, will also assume the duties of animal control officer. He reported dog activities for the past month and also that a road sander was ready to be picked up in Salt Lake City. Councilman Brandon Hoffman will assist Heiniger in getting the much needed sander to the city. The council also decided that the Orangeville Community Center could be used by the Emery High swim team for its banquet and a contract would be drawn up for repairs, if needed, of the building. A negative vote for membership in the Emery County Business Chamber was placed.To conclude, council members shared that they are making plans for the annual Easter egg hunt, Orangeville Days, a public safety training and city cleanup. They are also considering revamping the beautification committee and the Mayor’s award program. read more

Torquay homeless charity accused of ruining town as shops blame it for

first_img“A lot of the high end consumers are so intimidated they voice concerns regarding those sitting outside the shops begging and clearly under the influence of drugs and drink that unless the situation improves they will desist from shopping in Torquay.”But Ms Colley’s attitude to the work of Humanity Torbay has been condemned by the charity’s supporters, who have denounced her as a “heartless snob” Peter Brooks, 43, who was previously homeless and struggled with mental health problems also defended the work of the charity.He said: “This has been a real lifeline for me. It allows me to cope. I was on the homeless scene but I have since been housed and am renting in Torquay.”I am here every day from when it opens until it closes. I think it is awful what had been said about it. You can not brush a problem under the carpet and forget about it.”Natalie Butters. 27, of Torquay, who was previously homeless before moving in with her partner, said: “I was recommended to come here through a friend. I really like it and the people are really decent.”It is a good environment. It is helping me get back on track and helping me sort myself out. I was at breaking point before I came here. I has helped me a lot.” Ellie Waugh “The businesses are just looking for someone to blame for their own inadequacies. If their takings are down 60 per cent then they are clearly not doing something right. A lot of people in Torquay are Nimbys. What would people do without us though?” Ellie Waugh, the chairman of Humanity Torbay, which looks after as many as 500 people every week, said: “Apparently I have brought ten per cent more people to Torquay who are homeless. That’s just not true. We are not a soup kitchen, we are a registered charity. We help everybody. We don’t just help the homeless but those on drugs, alcohol, with mental health issues and facing domestic violence.“When we are open our clients are indoors, six days a week not hanging around. The ones hanging around are professional beggars who have somewhere to stay.”Ms Waugh added: “We have really good results and got lots in accommodation and over 100 into jobs. Six have gone to university who were proper street homeless.”We want them off the streets. Everything here is donated. We have no funding from the council and I think we put them to shame. We have ex head teachers, doctors and people from all walks of life helping out.center_img With its palm trees, pleasure gardens and tea rooms the Devon resort of Torquay has long drawn thousands of visitors from around the country every year.But one class of visitors proving to be decidedly unwelcome on the streets of the coastal town are the homeless, with retailers now accusing them of making the town look derelict and even blaming them for a fall in shop takingsSo much so that one of Torquay’s leading dignitaries has called for a charity dedicated to looking after the homeless to shut up shop and move elsewhere.Susie Colley, who runs the town’s Chamber of Commerce, blames Humanity Torbay for a sharp increase in the number of rough sleepers in Torquay since it set up a soup kitchen there.Ms Colley also blames the charity’s users for a fall in the takings in local shops, claiming that one shop has had to close its doors on two occasions because of rough sleepers “intimidating shoppers and the staff”.Ms Colley, a former nurse in London’s East End who is now the managing director of the private health care provider West Country Health Care, said: “I am sure Humanity Torbay’s motives are very laudable but their actions are increasing the problems in the town. To put it bluntly, unless something radical is done regarding the rough sleepers and begging, which is ongoing and is affecting these stores and impacting on their sales, they will close and that basically will be the end of Torquay. Ellie Waugh, the chairman of Humanity Torbay, has denied the accusations against her charity Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Wisla Plock win important battle for TOP 16

6. Orlen Wisla Plock11326289:305(-16)8 ← Previous Story BOMB: Kiril Lazarov to HBC Nantes Next Story → PSG WANT FIRST PLACE: Remili put on silence Flens Arena 5. THW Kiel11515281:283(-2)11 3. Telekom Veszprém11524288:285(3)12 4. SG Flensburg-Handewitt10514274:256(18)11 7. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg11209279:317(-38)4 2. PSG11902346:308(38)18 8. Kadetten Schaffhausen10109259:310(-51)2 The Polish vice-champions from Plock celebrated important win over Danish best side Bjerringbro Silkeborg 28:25 in the battle for the placement at knock-out stage of the VELUX EHF Champions League.Orlen Wisła Płock – Bjerringbro-Silkeborg 28:25 (13:15)Orlen Wisła: Corrales, Wichary – Kwiatkowski, Daszek 3, Duarte 7, Racotea, Wiśniewski 1, Ghionea 1, Rocha 2, T. Gębala 2, Ivić 5, Tarabochia 1, M. Gębala, Pusica, Mihić, Żytnikow 6Bjerringbro: Rasmussen, Frandsen – Thomsen, Nielsen 4, Lassen, Hansen 2, Skube 3, Orsted 2, Kier, Olsen, Damgaard 2, Markussen 3, Hundstrup 2, Klitgaard 2, Jensen, Knudsen 5STANDINGS: 1. FC Barcelona 111001324:276(48)20 read more

FAI appoints Sarah OShea as John Delaneys deputy CEO

first_img“We are embarking on another important phase for Irish football and I am keen to play a valuable role, particularly in the administrative and organisational aspects of the Association as deputy to the CEO,” O’Shea said.John Delaney added: “Since Sarah’s appointment in 2006 she has made a substantial contribution to the management team. She has been an excellent legal director, establishing the legal department and reforming the Association’s disciplinary processes”.As the governance and administrative needs of the game change, the FAI continues to adapt its structures and Sarah’s appointment is part of that process.“Sarah brings her considerable skillsets to the role as deputy CEO, and her appointment will enhance the management structure as the Association continues to develop all strands of the game.”‘Top class’ striker wants to play for your team, puts up hilarious flyersUnited winger Zaha not keen on Palace return, says Pulis THE FAI HAS this evening announced Sarah O’Shea as deputy chief executive of the association.A qualified solicitor who has worked with the FAI since 2006, O’Shea has previously held the position of company secretary and is currently director of legal affairs, while she also works as chairperson of the Federation of Irish Sport and a panel member in the Court of Arbitration.last_img read more

La structure moléculaire du ribosome à léchelle atomique

first_imgLa structure moléculaire du ribosome à l’échelle atomiqueL’équipe de Marat Yusupov de l’Institut de génétique et de biologie moléculaire et cellulaire est parvenue à mettre au point la structure moléculaire du ribosome à l’échelle atomique. Tout juste un an après la publication de la première structure du ribosome eucaryote, l’équipe de Marat Yusupov de l’Institut de génétique et de biologie moléculaire et cellulaire (IGBMC, CNRS/Inserm/Université de Strasbourg) publie de nouveau travaux dans la revue Sciences datée du 17 novembre dernier.L’étude révèle que les scientifiques ont réussi à modéliser la structure moléculaire du ribosome à l’échelle atomique. La première structure du ribosome eucaryote avait été déterminée en 2010 par les chercheurs de l’IGBMC, grâce à la cristallographie par diffraction des rayons X. Cette méthode très précise comportait toutefois un inconvénient majeur : la forte intensité des rayons endommageait les cristaux du ribosome eucaryote. Grâce à l’optimisation des traitements appliqués aux cristaux, des détecteurs de toute dernière génération et une nouvelle technique de collecte d’informations, cette intensité a finalement pu être diminuée, permettant ainsi de récupérer davantage de données sans altérer les cristaux.Techno-sciences souligne que l’Angström (Å) est une unité de mesure correspondant à un dix milliardième de mètre (0,000000001 mètre). L’équipe de l’IGBMC avait en 2010 déterminé la structure du ribosome avec une résolution de 4,15 Å, c’est-à-dire qu’elle était parvenue à obtenir une vue globale du “squelette” de la structure de la molécule. Leurs tous derniers résultats présentent cette fois la structure à une résolution de 3 Å. Il s’agit là d’un pas de géant en termes de précision des données puisque cette nouvelle vue présente de manière détaillée l’agencement complexe des molécules entre elles. En tout, ce sont 79 protéines et 5 600 nucléotides constituant le ribosome eucaryote qui ont ainsi pu être très précisément positionnés.Ces données vont pouvoir être directement utilisés par les industries pharmaceutiques pour la conception de nouveaux composés thérapeutiques antifongique. Plusieurs d’entre elles se sont d’ailleurs déjà rapprochées de l’équipe strasbourgeoise, laissant présager de fructueuses collaborations dans un avenir proche. Le 19 décembre 2011 à 15:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Jan Vertonghen hopes for a new Spurs contract

first_imgTottenham defender Jan Vertonghen believes he’s still got a good four or five years left in him and hopes the club feel the same wayThe 31-year-old has been a prominent member of the Spurs squad since his €12m arrival from Ajax in 2012.Despite his contract expiring at the end of this season, Spurs are expected to take up their option to extend Vertonghen’s stay until June 2020.However, with Spurs set to move to their new stadium soon along with being challengers in the Premier League and Champions League, Vertonghen is keen to hang around longer.“I’ve got a contract until 2020 — there’s an option and Tottenham will take that option,” Vertonghen told Standard Sport.“So I’ve got a year and a half left and then we’ll see. The way I feel now, I’ve got at least four to five good years left in the tank.“There are no talks [with the club], but that’s something to discuss. At the moment I feel great at Tottenham.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It’s a club with unbelievable potential — not just the players but everything around it. Everyone wants to be part of it.”The Belgium international wouldn’t rule out a return to Ajax, where he started out his senior career in football and won the Eredivisie title twice in his six-year stay.“You never know, but I’ve got a great passion for Ajax,” said Vertonghen on an Ajax return.“I’d probably live in Amsterdam [when I retire]. I can see myself in Belgium a day or two a week with family — it’s only an hour and half drive. My missus is from there.“I love the open environment, people being open-minded. I lived there for nine years, it’s a nice city. It has a good quality of life and diversity.”Vertonghen returned to action for Spurs at the end of November after being sidelined for two months with a hamstring problem.The Belgian has made a total of 12 appearances for Spurs this season and will likely start in their Premier League game against Burnley this afternoon.last_img read more

Hyderabad Nowhera Shaik shifted to Chanchalguda jail

first_imgThe Ballari police have shifted Heera group director Nowhera Shaik to Chanchalguda jail in Hyderabad. Nowhera was taken by the Ballari police on Prisoner’s Transit (PT) warrant in a case registered against her. She was produced in a court in Ballari and shifted back to the Hyderabad jail. The Heera Group director has been accused in several cases registered in Telangana, AP, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Delhi. She collected investments from the public and later cheated them. She collected investments from the public on the promise of paying a 36 per cent return. The police suspect that she had collected nearly Rs 5,600 crore from 1.72 lakh investors across the country.last_img read more

Turkey issues decree transferring powers to president

first_imgTurkish president Tayyip Erdogan meets with Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli in Ankara, Turkey on 27 June 2018. Photo: ReutersTurkey issued a decree on Wednesday transferring some powers to the president, in line with the country’s move to an executive presidential system brought about by last month’s presidential and parliamentary elections.The decree, issued in the country’s Official Gazette, brought about changes in laws dating from 1924 to 2017 changing references to the prime minister and cabinet of ministers to the president and the president’s office.last_img read more

Windows 10 Anniversary Update wont let you turn off Cortana

first_imgIf there’s one thing that Microsoft really, REALLY wants you to do right now, it’s upgrade to Windows 10. If there’s a second, that’s to convince you to start using Cortana.They’ve come up with a pretty clever way to do it, too. They’re making it so that you can’t turn Cortana off any more. Microsoft offers several justifications for the move, the most obvious being that they think that Cortana’s “personality” and cloud-powered AI make for a greatly improved search experience on Windows 10.For most users, that won’t pose a serious problem. You can still hide the toolbar, and you can still restrict Cortana to performing searches only on your local machine — which keeps her from providing any Bing-generated results. You can also go in and flick off some other toggles to limit Cortana’s reach, but you won’t be able to shut her down completely.So that’s it then. You’re getting an intelligent personal assistant whether you want one or not. That said, I’ve been using Windows 10 pretty much since day one and I don’t think I’ve ever invoked Cortana once — accidentally or on purpose — so she appears to be more of a dutiful PA and less of an ever-present psycho hosebeast (to quote Wayne Campbell).Interestingly, Microsoft isn’t doing this on every version of Windows 10. In fact, there’s one version where they’re actually ripping Cortana out completely. Yep. Despite making it so you can’t turn her off on your Home or Pro edition, Educational copies of Windows 10 will be stripped of her presence.Why? Microsoft says it’s because they wanted to deliver the “most complete and secure edition for education environments.” So there you have it. The feature they’re not letting you shut off would make computers less secure. Oh, but only if they’re located in schools, so maybe don’t read too much into that.last_img read more

American fugitive arrested deported to US for criminal charges

first_imgChihuahua, Mexico — An American fugitive has been arrested and returned to the United States for criminal charges after being detained in Chihuahua.Members of the Criminal Investigation Agency of Mexico have arrested and deported an American man who was wanted on criminal charges in the state of Texas.The American fugitive was arrested in Chihuahua and handed over to U.S. authorities Saturday. The Attorney General’s Office of Mexico City reported that the arrest was made in compliance with an extradition request by the US government.They reported that agents of the Federal Ministerial Police, under the General Directorate of International Police Affairs and Interpol, detained the fugitive without the use of violence or involvement of third parties.Police say that Lorenzo B, who was wanted by the Court of the Judicial District of El Paso, Texas was arrested and handed over to the United States for the crime of continuous sexual abuse to the detriment of minors.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)last_img read more

Scoot to launch flights to Jeddah next month

first_imgSingapore-based value carrier Scoot, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, will launch three-times-weekly, non-stop Jeddah-Singapore services from 2 May 2016.Scoot’s services will be operated with spacious, wide-bodied 787 Dreamliners and will replace Singapore Airlines’ existing services via Dubai, reducing flight time by about four hours. Jeddah is Scoot’s first destination in the Middle East.Australians wanting to explore this intriguing destination can fly return from Sydney or Melbourne from AU$1,210 Economy (Fly Bag Eat) and from AU$2,379 all in with ScootBiz.Scoot offers two cabin classes for guests to choose from. ScootBiz comprises an all-new, full leather seat with 38” pitch, 30kg checked-in baggage, up to 15kg of cabin baggage, and meals and drinks included, along with priority boarding and check-in.In Economy, guests can enjoy a peaceful journey in the ScootinSilence economy class quiet zone with seat pitches ranging from 31” up to 35”.The 787 Dreamliners feature improved humidity and cabin pressurization, the largest windows of any modern jet, more overhead compartment space and produce 20% less noise compared to conventional aircraft.Building on this solid foundation, Scoot has configured its 787 Dreamliners to transform the low-cost travel experience, accommodating up to 335 guests compared to 285 on Singapore Airlines’ A330-300 aircraft.Scoot’s airfares are typically about 40% cheaper than those of full service carriers. Combined with its new and state of the art 787 Dreamliners and superior product offerings, Scoot’s current network of 18 destinations offers a great value getaway to Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific via Singapore.And through the combined networks of partner airlines Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Tigerair, Virgin Australia and Nok Air, you can scoot onward to many more exotic and unexplored wonders of Asia and Australia, or beyond!Transiting in Singapore at the award-winning Changi Airport will be a breeze, with its abundance of retail and dining outlets, entertainment and recreation options such as transit hotels and the famed Butterfly Garden at Terminal 3, and complimentary Internet connectivity.Guests with at least five and a half hours to spare before their connecting flight can also register for a complimentary guided Free Singapore Tour at the transit area.To commemorate its foray into the Middle East, Scoot is offering a limited-time promotion from now till 2359hrs on 10 April 2016. One-way Economy fares to Singapore and selected destinations in Asia Pacific start from US$215; US$365 for ScootBiz.The applicable travel period is from 2 May to 14 November 2016, with a blackout period of 11 September to 12 October 2016 (both dates inclusive). Guests must travel from Jeddah, and some flights beyond Singapore are operated by Scoot’s partner airlines. Fly ScootSource = Scootlast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — As Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick combined to gash the Arizona Cardinals for 151 rushing yards over the last two weeks, they were actually doing their opponents a favor. As the Cardinals head into their Wild Card round matchup with Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, they have a pretty good idea of what they need to work on in order to stop a mobile quarterback.“Yeah, definitely,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said when asked if seeing mobile QBs the last couple games gives the team an opportunity to see what needs to be corrected. “There are so many carryover things from the last two weeks going into this week, than if you played him for the first time and haven’t played those other teams. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   ErrorOK ErrorOKcenter_img “It’s an advantage for us, schematically, because we’ve seen some things work, not work, and look at how they run their offense with the quarterback. It gives you an advantage, yeah.”Arians said Newton, who ran for 539 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games this season, is a combination of Wilson and Kaepernick, a runner who can also throw well from the pocket. He also pointed to Newton’s ability to run between the tackles as something that separates him from the other two. At 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, Newton is quite a specimen at the quarterback position and can do some things other passers cannot.“Unlike the other two, he can run you over,” Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said. “He’s a fullback, he’s a tight end, he’s a quarterback and he’s a tailback. He’s not just speed and run outside the pocket … that makes it even harder or tougher to tackle.”Safety Tyrann Mathieu called Newton one of the most athletic QBs he’s ever faced.“Doesn’t have the speed as Russell and Kaepernick, but he can make the same plays as those guys,” he said. “So we have to really be mindful of the things he can do to us to hurt us.” Last season, in a Week 5 matchup between Arizona and Carolina at University of Phoenix Stadium, Newton was held to just 25 yards on four rushing attempts. He was also sacked seven times and picked off thrice as the Cardinals won 22-6. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Rep Bumstead announces office hours for October

first_img Tags: Bumstead, Office Hours Categories: Featured news,News 01Oct Rep. Bumstead announces office hours for October Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, invites residents of the 100th House District to attend office hours in October.The office hours will be held at the following dates, time and locations:Friday, Oct. 99 to 10 a.m. on Oct. 9 at the Riverstop Café in Newaygo at 52 State Street Monday, Oct. 1210:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 12 at the Luther Area Public Library at 115 State Street Friday, Oct. 23 8 to 9 a.m. at the Trailside Restaurant in New Era at 4723 1st Street.10 to 11 a.m. at Good Stuffs in Pentwater at 111 S. Hancock Street. “I invite all residents to attend so that they may share their thoughts and ideas regarding state government,” said Rep. Bumstead. “Feedback is essential to ensure the voices of Michigan citizens are heard in the state Legislature.”No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend office hours are encouraged to contact Rep. Bumstead by phone toll free at 877-999-0995 or by email to read more

Rep Whiteford joined by first responders for Sept 11 ceremony

first_imgPHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, hosted Graafschap Fire Chief Doug DenBleyker and Fennville Fire Chief Sarah Bushee for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The service remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year. Categories: News,Whiteford News,Whiteford Photos 07Sep Rep. Whiteford joined by first responders for Sept. 11 ceremonylast_img read more