Sidhu’s wife faces flak for leaving site

first_imgThe train accident became a political blame game with the Opposition holding Punjab’s Congress government responsible for allowing a Dussehra event near railway tracks and accusing ex-MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu of running away from the site.Ms. Sidhu, wife of Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu who was the chief guest at the event, later talked to media at a hospital where injured were taken and said the incident happened after she had left.“The effigy of Ravana was burnt and I had just left the site when the incident happened. Priority should be to get the injured treated,” she said.She also asked people to refrain from politicising the tragedy.Union Minister and Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal said the entire onus was on the State government.“There are not enough words to mourn the Amritsar train tragedy that claims so many innocent lives. My deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones. The incident needs to be probed as it casts serious question on administration,” she tweeted.Could have been avoided: JaitleyBJP leader and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the initial reports suggest it was a tragedy that could have been avoided.Another Akali leader Bikram Majithia said he was distressed to hear the unfortunate news of the train accident.“The authorities concerned must be held accountable for the ill-fated accident & strict action must be taken against the guilty police officers and organisers,” he said.He demanded registration of a case against Ms. Sidhu. “I demand immediate registration of case against people present on the stage including Mrs Sidhu and arrest of those who gave permission for holding function near rail track.”Mr. Majithia also targeted Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. “Heads need to roll right from the top,” Mr. Majithia said.Union Minister Vijay Sampla also lashed out at Ms. Sidhu.“The most condemnable and inhuman behaviour is of Navjot Kaur Sidhu who was present at the Dusshera festival as chief guest at the time of the accident and instead of providing relief to the victims, she ran away from the incident site,” claimed Mr. Sampla.Some Opposition leaders also alleged that the Dussehra was organised by the Congress near the tracks without receiving any proper approval.Badal demands inquiry by retired judgeFormer Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal demanded an inquiry by a retired high court judge to fix responsibility and punish the guilty.His son and senior party leader Sukhbir Singh Badal said he was extremely sad to hear the unfortunate incident.“Local organisers and police must answer how the celebrations were allowed to be held near the railway track,” he said on Twitter.At least 52 people were killed and 72 injured Friday evening after a crowd of Dussehra revellers that had spilled onto railway tracks while watching burning of Ravana effigy was run over by a train near here, officials said.The train was coming from Jalandhar to Amritsar when the incident occurred at Joda Phatak where at least 300 people were watching ‘Ravana dahan’ at a ground near the tracks.Sub Divisional Magistrate Amritsar I. Rajesh Sharma said 52 people have died and at least 72 injured have been admitted to Amritsar hospital.All major parties including the BJP, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said they have asked their respective local party workers to help in relief and rescue operation.The AAP too held the Punjab government responsible for the accident.AAP MLA Harpal Singh Cheema and its MP Bhangwant Maan expressed deep condolences over the deaths but blamed the district administration for the deaths as it allowed people to burn effigies close to railway tracks.The AAP leaders demanded a judicial probe into the incident and punishment for the guilty. They also demanded a compensation of Rs 1 crore and a government job to one family member of those dead.last_img read more

Indian woman continues fight to repatriate blue diamond

first_imgLalita Shinde, a member of the trust that is in charge of managing operations at the Trimbakeshwar temple in northwestern India, approached her country’s National Archives this week and presented a memorandum demanding the repatriation of the blue Nassak diamond, which reportedly once graced the crown of Lord Shiva idol.The trustee has been in this quest for a few years now. According to local media, she says that the gem was looted by several rulers some 200 years ago and ended up at a private museum in Lebanon.Read it at Mining Related Itemslast_img read more

Manchester terror strikes: Virat Kohli heartbroken, Chris Gayle ‘very sad’

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli, who will soon travel to England to defend the ICC Champions Trophy, said he was heartbroken to hear the news of the deadly bomb blast in Manchester as people began leaving a concert given by Ariana Grande. A suicide bomber killed at least 22 people and wounded 59 at a packed concert hall in the English city of Manchester in what Prime Minister Theresa May called a sickening act targeting children and young people. Kohli, one of the most popular cricketers in the world, tweeted to express his condolences.I wish a lot of courage & strength to all those affected in the Manchester Bombings last night. Heartbreaking to hear the sad news.- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 23, 2017Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate Chris Gayle said his thoughts and prayers went out to Manchester after the ghastly attack.Thoughts and prayers goes out to Manchester! ???????? #VerySad- Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) May 23, 2017Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab pacer Sandeep Sharma condemned the “cruel act” and expressed his solidarity with the people of Manchester.Love and prayers #Manchester Heartbreaking to see such cruel acts. Can only imagine what you must be going through.- Sandeep sharma (@sandeep25a) May 23, 2017Meanwhile, in the wake of the deadly terror attack, the Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI) on Tuesday wrote to International Cricket Council (ICC) expressing concern over the safety of its national players heading into the Champions Trophy, which begins on June 1 at the Oval. India begin their campaign on June 4 against Pakistan. ICC has responded to BCCI’s concerns and the Indian board said the team’s schedule remained unchanged as of now.advertisementlast_img read more

Much like Deadline Day, its sequel has been largely underwhelming

first_imgFormer Charlton and Southend boss Chris Powell will work under England manager Gareth Southgate this season as the FA rolls out the next phase of its scheme to tackle the under-representation of BAME coaches in England.After spending three weeks with Atalanta, Mrtn Skrtl’s contract has been terminated.Arsenal whelp Matteo Guendouzi is in for the knacked Paul Pogba in France’s squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.Sheffield United causing bother dept: Oli McBurnie has apparently addressed his Scotland teammates after pre-match tunnel footage emerged of him saying he hoped to avoid an international call-up. “Hopefully we draw a line under that one now and move on,” tooted assistant boss Steven Reid.England’s Jade Moore reckons the scheduling of Women’s Super League games is a bit bobbins and has disrupted attempts to capitalise on post-World Cup good vibes. “I never understand how we don’t have enough weeks in the year to play a game a week,” she sighed. “I don’t get why we cram games in.”Meanwhile, the WSL is set to be broadcast overseas for the first time this season, which will see the competition shown live to viewers in Mexico, Central America, the Dominican Republic, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, it says here.And Casemiro thinks he can put his finger on why Real Madrid can’t win. “What’s lacking? Everything,” he bawled, after a 2-2 draw with Villarreal in which Gareth Bale scored twice and got sent off on a lively night for the Welshman.STILL WANT MORE?Sid Lowe. Poets. The Basque derby. That’ll be a quiet night in at the library … not!Come and get your juicy Premier League talking points – we’ve got 10 of them, right here, including more tedious references to the Blades. Topics Romelu Lukaku after scoring in Inter’s win at Cagliari. Photograph: Fabio Murru/EPA Summer transfer window recap – every deal from Europe’s top five leagues Twitter The Fiver Pinterest Ed Woodward and Lord Ferg taking in some underwhelming south-coast scenes for United on Saturday. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images RECOMMENDED LISTENINGFootball Weekly will be in this general vicinity. Meanwhile, the live shows are heading to Manchester and Leeds.FIVER LETTERS“I am unsettled. Sheffield United are in the top division, and so far The Fiver, and Big Paper in general, have not only failed to deliver a broadside of witty zingers (may be another reason for that), but have also produced a number of disturbingly heartwarming profiles. Before you turn us into the Brighton of the North and commission a column from our second-choice right-back or something, could you say something both sarcastic and a bit harsh about, say, Enda Stevens, and set the world back on its axis?” – Jon Millard.“Unlike The Fiver, I’m a cultured soul and so, rather than watch Spurs in the north London derby, I chose to spend Sunday at the Proms attending a performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 2 in C minor, a piece that was an initially joyful success before rapidly fading and considered thoroughly unsatisfactory by its originator due to a raft of basic errors. I could have just gone to the game instead” – Noble Francis.“Re: Friday’s Bits and Bobs. You know that Astana is in Kazakhstan, don’t you?” – Gareth Bayford (and 1,056 others).Send your letters to the.boss@theguardian.com. And you can always tweet The Fiver via @guardian_sport. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is … Jon Millard.NEWS, BITS AND BOBSRomelu Lukaku says “we’re going backwards” in the fight against discrimination and called for strong action after being subjected to racist chanting by fans of serial offenders Cagliari. “Football is a game to be enjoyed by everyone and we shouldn’t accept any form of discrimination that will put our game in shame,” said the Inter forward. Facebook Read more Of course, while it could reasonably be argued that the biannual production of Deadline Day on Sky Sports News is already two days of hysterical transfer chatter most right-thinking people could do without, the brains behind this weirdly popular circus clearly don’t concur. To this end, the closure of the transfer window across Not The Premier League Or Championship is being lamely marketed on the network’s website as Deadline Day 2.Eschewing the expensive production values that entail placing camera crews and reporters at training grounds the length and breadth of the country to check in on clubs doing last-minute business, they have instead focused on the cheaper option of scouring the newswires and Social Media Disgrace Twitter to keep us updated on which players are going where. Footballers like …… Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has gone to Roma.… Inter forward Mauro Icardi, off for a loan at PSG.… Southampton’s Mario Lemina, who might be going to Galatasaray.… Nasty Leeds’s Laurens De Bock, who has gone to Sunderland.… Bournemouth’s Asmir Begovic, who is going to Qarabag.… Nottingham Forest’s Arvin Appiah, who is going to Almería.… Liverpool’s Bobby Duncan, who is going to Fiorentina.… Liverpool’s Ryan Kent, who is going to the Pope’s Newc O’Rangers. … the Pope’s Newc O’Rangers’ Graham Dorrans who might be going to Kilmarnock.… Chelsea’s Kenedy, who is going to Getafe.… Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian, who has gone to Parma.… Nottingham Forest’s Liam Bridcutt, who is one of up to 20 players going to Bolton as the recently-rescued-from-oblivion League One side hastily try to assemble a squad so they are no longer forced to field a team of 12-year-olds.Much like Deadline Day, its sequel has thus far been largely underwhelming even if the tantalising prospect of some big-name cameos still remains. Will Neymar leave? Will Eriksen stay? After a summer of ill-informed but thoroughly entertaining nonsense, these and other questions will be definitively answered once the final scenes are filmed and we have a long overdue wrap.QUOTE OF THE DAY“We have young players and they’ve got to learn to score those nasty little tap-ins that I did” – Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s ego continues to develop at a pace much greater than the evolution of his Manchester United side as he figures that things would be much rosier at Old Trafford if only they had a striker as lethal as him. Facebook Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Twitter Twitter Facebook Gonzalo Higuaín looked like he wouldn’t have a future at Juventus a few weeks ago, but the big-boned striker rolled the clock back and starred in the 4-3 win over Napoli, writes Nicky Bandini.Why is Germany rocking? Because Union Berlin beat Dortmund and the world feels upside down, roars Andy Brassell, while holding on to the nearest thing that is bolted to the floor.PSG’s transfer strategy is bad news for their academy graduates, write Adam White and Eric Devin.Fitter. Happier. More productive. Jonathan Wilson channels Radiohead as he explains why Arsenal are now physically superior to Spurs.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!THE ‘PEAKY PUNDIT’, YOU SAY? Here we go. Composite: Getty/Offside/Reuters/PA Share on WhatsApp Pinterest 2 DEADLINE 2 DAYTo make a half-decent sequel one must have a fundamental understanding of what prompted the demand for it in the first place, something which seems to have been lost on the makers behind such epic turkeys as Exorcist II: The Heretic, Jaws: The Revenge and Highlander II: The Quickening to name just three from a very long list of ill-advised follow-ups to movie classics made by numbskulls with no idea what made their predecessors so watchable in the first place. features Soccer Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

ESPN Names Oklahoma Football’s “Best Tradition”

first_img Oklahoma, which will presumably be led by Jalen Hurts this season, opens its 2019 campaign against Houston on September 1.Sooners fans – did ESPN get it right with its pick? The Oklahoma Sooner Schooner carries the American flag on the anniversary of September 11 at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 11: The Oklahoma Sooner Schooner carries the American flag on the anniversary of September 11 at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Oklahoma’s football program is one of the most storied in college football, and as such, the Sooners have a number of longstanding traditions. Last week, ESPN took a shot at naming which one is the “best” of the bunch.ESPN’s article showcased the best tradition for each Top 25 college football program. Oklahoma checks in at No. 4 on their preseason rankings.Oklahoma’s best tradition, it won’t shock you to hear, is the Sooner Schooner. Jake Trotter explained:The Sooner Schooner has become synonymous with college football pageantry, racing onto the field after every Oklahoma score. It has been involved in some mishaps over the years, but the Sooner Schooner has gleefully been in overdrive mode lately trying to keep up with Lincoln Riley’s scoring machine.Boomer Sooner is another tradition that most of the country knows. There’s also the slapping of the “Play Like A Champion” sign before games.last_img read more

Province Completes Large Land Purchase Program

first_imgThe province has finalized its unprecedented Large Land Purchase Program, acquiring in this fiscal year more than 140,000 acres of land — equivalent to one-and-a-half times the size of Kejimkujik National Park. Government completed the program today, March 24, by reaching several agreements, securing more than 13,000 acres for about $7.5 million, with smaller agreements pending. The Large Land Purchase Program, valued at $75 million, was a highlight of the 2009 Budget. It was established to enrich Nova Scotia’s environment, boost the economy and help the province reach its goal of protecting 12 per cent of Nova Scotia’s land mass by 2015. “I’m proud to say that thanks to these strategic and impressive land purchases, future generations of Nova Scotians will have significantly more land to enjoy and government will have further opportunities to grow the economy,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Natural Resources. “In the span of just a few months we seized rare opportunities to put land, some of it high-conservation quality, back in the hands of Nova Scotians at a great price.” The most significant final purchases include nearly $2.5 million for about 4,000 acres of land from J.D. Irving Limited in Yarmouth, Shelburne and Annapolis counties and nearly 10,000 acres of NewPage land in Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Inverness and Victoria counties with $5 million it previously loaned the company. A highlight of that agreement is a parcel at Kelly’s Mountain in Cape Breton which has cultural and heritage significance to the Mi’kmaq and the province. “Once these lands are reviewed through our public consultation process, they will move us significantly closer to our provincial goal of protecting 12 per cent of Nova Scotia’s land base by 2015,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Environment. “This Large Land Purchase Program has been very successful for conservation in our province.” The province also invested $1.39 million through the Forestry Transition Land Acquisition Program to buy 2,324 acres of land in Pictou, Halifax, Antigonish, Guysborough and Cumberland counties. All land purchases are consistent with the Canada-US Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA). In instances where land is being purchased from a company that produces softwood lumber, the province followed its longstanding policy of ensuring that the price paid is no higher than fair market value. The Large Land Purchase Program was part of government’s capital plan, approved by the legislature and conducted within budget limits proposed by the outgoing government for this fiscal year.last_img read more

Baloney Meter Are Liberals to blame for cancelled energy projects

first_imgOTTAWA – “The Liberals are failing Canadians by destroying investment confidence in the energy sector in Canada… The reality is this: that under the Liberals more energy investment has been lost than any other time frame in 70 years, $100 billion of energy projects cancelled.”— MP Shannon Stubbs, Conservative natural resources critic, Sept. 4.Shannon Stubbs, the official Opposition’s natural resources critic, appeared before a Commons committee this week to demand a probe into the Trudeau government’s handling of the Trans Mountain project in the wake of a federal court decision quashing the pipeline’s approval.During the meeting, she said that under the Trudeau government’s watch, “$100 billion of energy projects (were) cancelled,” because of the Liberals’ restrictive red tape and tax regimes.But is it true that $100 billion worth of energy projects have indeed been cancelled, and is it government’s fault?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).This one earns a rating of “a little baloney.” Here’s why.THE FACTSThe Conservatives provided this breakdown of major energy projects that have been cancelled since the Liberals took office in 2015:– Energy East: $15.1 billion– Pacific Northwest LNG: $35 billion– Northern Gateway: $7.9 billion– Aurora LNG: $28 billion– Grassy Point LNG: $15 billionThe projects total $101 billion, and the end dates of these projects did occur within the last three years.The Trudeau government has introduced changes to its regulatory review process in Bill C-69, which is still under consideration in the Senate.The bill would create a new Impact Assessment Agency and replace the National Energy Board with the Canadian Energy Regulator. The government says it will provide greater certainty and predictability for companies. It introduces new timelines and specific steps that companies and government will have to take in order for new energy projects to go forward.The Liberals also brought in an interim assessment process for the Trans Mountain project that expanded the Indigenous consultation process and included upstream emissions as part of the environmental impact review.Meanwhile, Canada’s energy industry has raised concerns about Canada falling behind in the global competition for oil and natural gas investment.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) released figures earlier this year showing total capital spending on Canadian oil and natural gas was $45 billion in 2017, down 19 per cent from 2016 and 46 per cent from 2014.THE EXPERTSGermain Belzile, a senior researcher at the Montreal Economic Institute, says he believes government regulations are “more of a barrier than any help” in getting Canadian oil and gas to market. He said industry representatives are not sure that the Trudeau government’s Bill C-69 will end this problem.“All the comments I’ve had are that things will be more difficult, will be longer and that uncertainty will be increased with the new law,” he said.Grant Bishop, an associate director of research at C.D. Howe Institute, said a key barrier to pipeline development is that an approval doesn’t actually mean an approval. He pointed to projects like Trans Mountain and Northern Gateway that initially passed lengthy project reviews — with numerous conditions attached — but were later further delayed by legal challenges.“The go-forward on this is that anyone looking to do a project is going to discount the prospect of getting some ways down the road and having a setback, not because of something they did, but because of uncertainties in the regulatory process.”Jeff Rubin, a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, says economic conditions, not just regulations, have played a major role in many of these projects being cancelled.He said TransCanada abandoned Energy East because a change in market conditions made keeping it a natural gas pipeline more lucrative.He said Pacific Northwest, Grassy Point and Aurora were among several LNG projects that were shelved in Canada due to a global supply glut of liquefied natural gas.“While certainly the approval process for pipelines and the legal obstacles around that have been obviously a factor… not all of that can be laid at the feet of the Liberal government,” Rubin said.THE VERDICTThere indeed have been several proposed energy projects that have been cancelled since the Trudeau government took office and many industry experts do believe Canada’s complicated and lengthy regulatory process is a barrier to energy investment. However, economic conditions have played a factor in the cancellation of some of these projects. Therefore, blaming the Trudeau government for the death of $100 billion in energy activity contains “a little baloney.”METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians.Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney — the statement is completely accurateA little baloney — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney — the statement is completely inaccurateFollow @ReporterTeresa on Twitterlast_img read more

Beverley Knight Mick Jagger And Ronnie Wood Record Charity Single For Nepal

first_imgA new charity single is available now to download on iTunes to raise funds for Save the Children’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal.‘Look into Your Heart’ features soul singer Beverley Knight as lead vocalist and Rolling Stones legends Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood on backing vocals and guitar respectively.The single, which was produced by Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, written by songwriter Matt Clifford and recorded at Abbey Road studios, also features a 100 person choir made up of Save the Children supporters who all bid for this once in a lifetime chance to sing alongside rock and soul legends at a Save the Children charity auction. All artists and music partners including Horus Music and Specific Music donated their time for free.Mick’s fellow Rolling Stones bandmate Ronnie Wood says: “I am delighted that this recording made by us for Save the Children will help with the Nepal Appeal.”Lead vocalist on the single, Beverley Knight says: “The terrible events in Nepal show just how vulnerable our fellow man can be in the face of nature. My hope is that the proceeds of this song will go some way to help raise urgently needed funds to repair homes and restore lives.”‘Look into Your Heart’ is available for download now at www.apple.co.uk/itunes at a cost of £0.99, with all profits going to Save the Children’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal.Save the Children is scaling up its response to meet the urgent needs of children in Nepal, many of whom are injured, without shelter and basic items. A UK government-funded emergency medical team, managed Save the Children, is assessing needs and supporting local medical staff by providing surgery to those who need it most and our teams are delivering immediate life-saving help such as shelter kits and clean water.To make a donation to Save the Children’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal please visit www.savethechildren.org.uk, call 44 (0)800 8148 148 or text DONATE5 to 70008 to give £5.Cost examples£1 could purchase soap to help children keep clean and healthy£3 could pay for a blanket to keep a child warm and protected against harsh weather conditions£5 could purchase a jerry can which can both transport and store water£10 could pay for a hygiene kit which includes vital items such as soap, shampoo, bucket, toothpaste, toothbrush, towel, and a basin£20 could pay for a shelter kit which provides families which emergency shelter and contains rope and tarpaulin£50 could purchase kitchen sets which would help two families to prepare, cook and eat hygienically, containing essential items such as pots, cutlery, mugs and platesSave the Children is a member of the DEC (Disasters and Emergency Committee) and its Nepal Earthquake Appeal.Stay up to date with developments in Nepal, the emergency response and the DEC’s fundraising efforts on Twitter or on Facebooklast_img read more

Current efforts to mitigate climate change fall short of reaching vital goal

24 October 2011International efforts to mitigate climate change are insufficient to meet the goal of keeping global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, a United Nations report warned today, just a month before a major conference on the issue is held in Durban, South Africa. The report laid out a list of options to achieve the target, including more cuts in greenhouse gases from additional sectors, stronger accounting rules both within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and through other multilateral and domestic strategies, sharing mitigation efforts based on countries’ capacities or contributions to the problem, and legally binding commitments.The report, Building the Climate Change Regime: Survey and Analysis of Approaches, was published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global environmental think tank with the support of the Irish Government. It reviewed more than 130 proposals put forward by governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and academics to design a climate regime capable of delivering adequate mitigation.It is the latest in a long series of UN warnings that world is falling behind in the battle against global warming. Just last month, at a Leaders’ Dialogue on Climate Change on the eve of the high-level session of the General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged governments to show greater commitment. Scientists say that keeping to the 2-degrees Celsius limit over the course of the 21st century is crucial to avert widespread disasters, from the disappearances of low-lying island nations under rising seas and searing droughts, famines, extreme storms and flooding, to the extinction of species. “The analysis provided in this new report offers many options that can happen either in the formal negotiations or as complementary measures elsewhere, options that can assist the more than 190 United Nations Member States move quickly to harvest the opportunities of a transition to a climate resilient, low-carbon, resource-efficient Green Economy,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said. The report highlights the need to mobilize a range of public and private sector groups at the international, national and sub-national levels, who can contribute to climate governance, emission reductions and adaptation investment.“At the upcoming climate meeting in Durban, countries have the opportunity to turn these ideas into action and start to bridge the ambition gap needed to truly have an impact,” WRI Interim President Manish Bapna said, while Irish Environment Minister Phil Hogan called the report very timely.The report stressed that the issue of legally binding commitments is central to debates ahead of Durban and noted that it is possible to build upon existing UNFCCC processes to strengthen the climate regime and raise the overall level of ambition to reach the target.“Whilst a number of studies have demonstrated that the level of climate mitigation pledged to date is insufficient to limit temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius, this paper clearly demonstrates that there are a range of good ideas and options available that could help correct the course and move toward a safer and more stable climate,” UNEP said in a news release. read more

Families of missing in Kilinochchi to mark one year of protest

President Maithripala met with the families of the disappeared in June and November last year and promised to release a list of surrendees who surrendered to the Army at the end of the war in 2009. The families handed over a letter stating five key demands to the President, requesting the release of lists of all who surrendered to the armed forces, during and after the war, particularly during the last phase, a list of all secret detention centers, their status and list of detainees, and a list of all political prisoners held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). To date, none of their demands have been met with. About seven elderly parents of the disappeared have passed away over the course of this protest.  (Colombo Gazette) The Office of Missing Persons (OMP) which was supposed to have been operational by now, has seen delay after delay, it’s setting up has been shrouded in secrecy with no consultation with victim families, and decisions relating to some appointments being heavily politicised and influenced by the President.Almost a decade since the end of the war, pleas by these families have fallen on deaf ears and they are now fed up and desperate for answers. The families of the disappeared from Kilinochchi will make their one year of continuous protest tomorrow (Tuesday), from 9am to 3pm, in the Kilinochchi town.The protest is being staged to find out the truth about their loved ones and hold accountable those responsible for their disappearances. read more

Outbound Call Centers From Robocalls to Gamification

callcenter_774.png CCPA regulations overlap – though not entirely – with GDPR compliance. As such, many of the requirements will be addressed directly by our customers when the January 2020 compliance deadline arrives. What about GDPR in the EU and CCPA in California?Solutions should be built with data security and encryption to ensure personal customer data stays private. For GDPR specifically, organizations that leverage technology manage their customers’ data and lists, so handling is subject to their internal standards and processes. In fact, we only need an individual’s phone number; our customers can store sensitive information locally and access as needed. The database should be tailored to include fields that store communications preferences, such as opt-in/opt-out, which can be filtered when building lists. Hodges_Chris_headshot_250.png What is gamification and how does it help the agents?Gamification is a unified employee engagement platform designed to increase agent productivity and reduce attrition in call centers. The call center platform should offer integrated gamification for learning and coaching, and leverage machine learning to predict score card success. Decoding Dialogflow: Enabling Voice Brent Kelly September 16, 2019 The seventh in a multi-article series focusing on building intelligent bots using Google Dialogflow and Contact Center AI What is the value and benefit of outbound dialing?Outbound dialers improve business outcomes by empowering agents with the tools to be more efficient and productive. Sales, debt collection, telemarketing, cross-selling, and market research are a few everyday examples of the numerous use cases for which these solutions apply. Gamification clarifies for agents what is expected of them, rewards them for achieving targets, and ensures employee activity is positioned to realize company objectives. Gamification creates engagement for personnel — from the CEO and executive leadership to agents, supervisors, and line-of-business managers. See All in Contact Center & Customer Experience » Chris Hodges Outbound TechnologyTo learn more about outbound calling products, especially given the introduction of GDPR in the EU and CCPA in California, I contacted Chris Hodges, SVP of Sales and Marketing at Noble Systems. Hodges has 35 years of experience in this field, and his company Noble Systems has received the 2018 Market Leadership Award for Outbound Dialing Systems from Frost & Sullivan, making him an excellent resource on the topic. I asked Hodges several questions about outbound technology’s value and his responses follow. What’s Trending in CX Today Blair Pleasant September 17, 2019 Organizations that truly care about customer service start with a understanding of what digital consumers really want. As an example, three months after going live, Sekure Merchant Solutions achieved greater revenue and profitability than ever before through gamification. Efficiency skyrocketed. Sekure calculated it saved 1,500 management hours. Supervisors hit their team goals 40-60% more often, reduced deployment costs by $35,000, and first-day, on-the-job exit interviews asking new hires if they understood their goals, shot up from a before-rate of 45% to 90% after implementing gamification. Sekure’s gamification campaign also affected operational metrics, including a sharp decline in agent turnover.Tags:Q and Acall centersoutbound dialinggamificationGDPRCCPAContact Center & Customer ExperienceRegulationUser Adoption & Training Articles You Might Like How do you measure gamification success?Every enterprise has specific needs that are unique to its contact center, and as such, each business measures performance differently. Common success indicators include increased productivity, decline in employee turnover, higher profits, reduced training costs, improved employee morale, and accelerated learning. Why You Need to Care About CX of Connected Consumers Blair Pleasant September 30, 2019 Today, enterprises are distinguishing themselves with personal, robust customer experiences. But can it be too much? For contact center agents, call management, list control, and workflow management reduce idle time by increasing right-party contacts and first-call resolutions. For contact center managers, real-time monitoring capabilities provide supervisory control and the visibility to observe agents, ensuring quality and accuracy. Customers value gamification’s ability to prevent attrition in contact centers with employee engagement strategies that incentivize and motivate agents, as well as increase loyalty. This is especially important as retaining talent is a top priority for organizations of all sizes and in all markets. A significant business benefit of outbound solutions is compliance; tier-1 offerings are compliance-ready for “Do-Not-Contact” laws and legislative regulations like TCPA and the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). Violating these regulations can result in heavy fines. Cisco Touts Webex Contact Center-Calling Integration Beth Schultz September 23, 2019 Company talks up other enhancements to cloud platform, as contact center partners make service news of their own. When discussing outbound call centers, many people think of robocalls, the frustrating outbound calls you likely don’t want to receive from companies with which you likely don’t have any relationship. But putting robocalls aside, there are plenty of valid reasons for outbound call centers. How to Plan a Smooth Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 24, 2019 A strategic migration plan must answer three important questions. An outbound call center is one where agents make outbound calls (manually or automated) to former or present customers on behalf of a business, government, political or charitable organization, or client. Calls made from the center may involve telemarketing, sales, or fund-raising. Other calls may include contact list updating, surveys, or verification services. Log in or register to post comments read more

Dartmoor National Park Authority plans to scrap parking honesty boxes in favour

first_imgSome people think, ‘If I don’t have to pay, I won’t bother’ – it’s just human natureAndrew Watson, head of recreation, access and estates at Dartmoor National Park Dartmoor National Park Authority plans to scrap parking honesty boxes in favour of ticket machines in a bid to get drivers to pay up.  Visitors to Dartmoor have been asked to make the £1 voluntary contribution for the past six years with the money going towards the upkeep of the countryside.But the average donation per vehicle has been just 15p – creating a huge shortfall in funds. In a bid to combat motorists who avoid paying, the Authority introduced a trial pay and display scheme in Princetown in the heart of Dartmoor – and seen revenue soar four-fold. But despite that some locals are furious at the plan – and say a lot of the money will go back to the machine operators and not into the local area.Jan Jackson, 57, said: “At least with an honesty box all monies go to the people who put them there. I daresay that these machines will be leased from operators, and only a cut will go back to the organisation.”The potential income to Dartmoor from these machines might well go down, especially if people don’t want to pay.”They will just look for a handy roadside pull in, instead – which will then impact other vehicles using the roads.” Joy Easterbrook, 55, added: “It might put people off stopping to see Dartmoor.” A Dartmoor Hill pony foal runs on the moor in Princetown Under the previous scheme and annual income in the village for parking was just £6,000 but it has now increased to £24,000.The park authority now wants to bring in parking meters at car parks in Meldon, Newbridge, Postbridge and popular tourist spot Haytor.They would charge visitors an hourly rate instead of the optional one-off donation and say money raised would go towards maintaining the car parks.Head ranger and emergency officer Robert Steemson said: “An honesty box is an honesty box – people can choose to put money in if they want. But with compulsory machines, people will turn up and pay or move somewhere else.”Andrew Watson, head of recreation, access and estates at Dartmoor National Park, added: “Some people think, ‘If I don’t have to pay, I won’t bother’ – it’s just human nature.center_img A Dartmoor Hill pony foal runs on the moor in PrincetownCredit:Matt Cardy/Getty Images 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. “We thought the new pay and display might deter people at Princetown but that has not been happening. Most people expect to pay and we will charge £2 for a full day’s parking.”last_img read more

A £40 test could tell from birth how likely you are to

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. Show more Senior author Sir Nilesh Samani, Professor of Cardiology at the University of Leicester and medical director of the British Heart Foundation charity, said: “At the moment we assess people for their risk of coronary heart disease in their 40s through NHS health checks.But we know this is imprecise and also that coronary heart disease starts much earlier, several decades before symptoms develop.”Therefore, if we are going to do true prevention, we need to identify those at increased risk much earlier.”He said he hoped to see routine use of the tests by the NHS recommended within a decade, with screening carried out on children and statins offered to teenagers and those in their 20s, if lifestyle improvements were not enough to cut their risk.“If you wait until people are in their 40s or 50s you are wasting an opportunity; it is much better to be able to take action in your teens or early 20s.”Prof Samani cautioned against sharing such information with young children.“I’m not sure I would want to see a five year old being told they were at greater risk,” he said.Currently, heart health is normally assessed during a midlife MOT check by GPs, which usually tests cholesterol levels and blood pressure.But this method is imprecise, age-dependent, and misses a large proportion of individuals who appear “healthy” but still develop the disease, the researchers claim.Because DNA sequences are generally fixed from birth, the test could be used at any age.The findings, reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, showed that men who were healthy by NHS standards but had a high test score were just as likely to develop heart disease as those with a low score and two conventional risk factors.Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death worldwide and claims 66,000 lives each year in the UK.Overall, around one in five people will develop it by the age of 75.Lead researcher Dr Michael Inouye, from the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and Cambridge University, said: “The completion of the first human genome was only 15 years ago. Today, the combination of data science and massive-scale genomic cohorts has now greatly expanded the potential of healthcare.”While genetics is not destiny for coronary heart disease, advances in genomic prediction have brought the long history of heart disease risk screening to a critical juncture, where we may now be able to predict, plan for, and possibly avoid a disease with substantial morbidity and mortality.”The study was part-funded by the British Heart Foundation. A simple £40 test could tell from birth who is most likely to develop heart disease – and see statins offered at an ever younger age.Research found the one-off gene test was able to identify those at greatest risk of going on to suffer the condition which leads to heart attacks and strokes.Experts said the tests were cheap enough to allow population-wide screening of children.Those who scored worst could be monitored, and offered statins as a teenager, if lifestyle improvements were not enough to cut their risk, they said.The study involving Cambridge University tested a scoring system called the Genomic Risk Score (GRS) on the DNA from nearly half a million people aged 40 to 69 years, including more than 22,000 with heart disease.The study found those with scores in the top 20 per cent were four times as likely to develop the disease as those with scores in the bottom 20 per cent.The test was better at predicting a person’s risk of developing heart disease than any single classic indicator – such as high cholesterol or blood pressure. read more

Gale 19 cas déclarés dans lEst de la France

first_imgGale : 19 cas déclarés dans l’Est de la FranceUne vingtaine de personnes âgées ont été infectées par la gale dans l’Est de la France. Les 12 premières l’ont été dans un service de gériatrie de l’hôpital de Montbéliard, les sept autres dans une maison de retraite de Belfort.La gale est une infection extrêmement contagieuse qui touche la peau. Dans cette maladie, un acarien, le Sarcoptes scabiei, creuse la peau et y dépose ses œufs ce qui entraîne d’importantes démangeaisons. À lire aussiL’effrayante maladie de l’homme-arbre dont la peau se change en ”écorce”Aussi, la découverte de 12 cas de gale au service de gériatrie de l’hôpital de Montbéliard et de sept autres à la maison de retraite Claude Pompidou de Belfort n’est-elle pas une bonne nouvelle. Les risques de contamination étant très élevés, des mesures d’isolement ont été instaurées et les admissions en gériatrie ont été suspendues.Les malades doivent maintenant être traités en procédant à l’application locale de crème et de spray et en prenant un médicament, le Stoméctol. Par ailleurs une enquête a été menée pour déterminer si l’épidémie pouvait s’expliquer par le déplacement d’un patient infecté depuis l’hôpital jusqu’à la maison de retraite. Ce n’est pas le cas mais il est possible qu’un visiteur soit passé d’un établissement à l’autre, indique le responsable de la communication, Damien Oudot.Le 16 août 2013 à 16:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Le tombeau dAlexandre le Grand pourrait avoir été découvert en Grèce

first_imgLe tombeau d’Alexandre le Grand pourrait avoir été découvert en GrèceUne tombe retrouvée récemment sous un monticule en Grèce pourrait abriter les restes du célèbre Alexandre le Grand, selon les archéologues qui l’ont découverte. Voici un nouveau rebondissement dans la quête du tombeau d’Alexandre le Grand. L’endroit où repose la dépouille du célèbre empereur guerrier reste aujourd’hui inconnu et c’est bien sûr le rêve de tout archéologue de retrouver un jour cette mystérieuse sépulture. Récemment, une équipe de chercheurs a décelé ce qui pourrait être la tombe du défunt. Le vestige est situé sous un immense monticule près de l’ancienne Amphipolis à environ 600 kilomètres au nord d’Athènes en Grèce.C’est le mur construit en marbre datant du 4ème siècle avant JC qui a mis la puce à l’oreille aux chercheurs, quand bien même le roi est supposé avoir été enterré en Egypte. Le rempart, de 500 mètres de long et 3 mètres de haut, a été mis en évidence grâce à des fouilles destinées à excaver une partie de la butte. Selon les experts qui ont minutieusement observé le site, ce monticule pourrait abriter la dépouille d’Alexandre le Grand ou celle d’un roi de macédoine.Dans un communiqué, le ministère de la culture grecque a fait part de son enthousiasme quant à la nouvelle découverte. Il met toutefois en garde ceux qui seraient tentés de tirer des conclusions trop hâtives quant à ce qui se cache derrière ce mur de marbre. Pour le moment, les restes du roi ne sont que de l’ordre de l’hypothèse et davantage de fouilles seront nécessaires pour confirmer ou non cette supposition.L’un des plus grands conquérants de l’Histoire À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Alexandre le Grand, ou plus exactement Alexandre III de Macédoine, est né en 356 avant JC. Il a été instruit par Aristote jusqu’à ce qu’il atteigne ses 16 ans. A 30 ans, ce roi réputé pour ses prouesses militaires était à la tête d’un des plus grands empires du monde antique, qui s’étendait de la mer Ionienne à l’Himalaya. Une réussite qui lui a valu d’être considéré encore aujourd’hui comme l’un des plus grands conquérants de l’Histoire.Selon les archéologues, Alexandre le Grand est mort d’une forte fièvre ou empoisonné à ses 32 ans alors qu’il envisageait d’envahir l’Arabie. D’après la légende, son corps a été embaumé dans un sarcophage en or.Le 28 août 2013 à 16:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Mavididi close to signing for Juventus

first_imgArsenal youngster Stephen Mavididi is closing in on a move to Juventus, according to Mirror Football.The young striker is understood to be edging closer to a move to Italy to sign for Juventus. The 20-year-old is set to signing for the Italian club after two loan spells away from Arsenal at Preston and Charlton.Mavididi is yet to make his competitive debut for the Arsenal first team but reports in Italy suggests the player would have a medical with the Turin-based outfit this week. Mavididi is expected to continue his development with the Juventus B team after his move to the club is complete.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Meanwhile, Arsenal’s Joel Campbell could also be heading to Italy to sign for newly promoted Serie A side Frosinone.The Costa Rican winger joined Arsenal five years ago but struggled to break into the club’s first team instead being farmed out on loan. The player would be hoping the move to Frosinone would provide the platform to show how good he can be as a footballer.last_img read more

Allegri Barcelona are the Champions League favourites

first_imgJuventus boss Massimiliano Allegri reckons Barcelona are favourites to claim the Champions League title this seasonFollowing Cristiano Ronaldo’s blockbuster summer arrival at Turin, hopes are high that Juventus will end their 22-year wait for European glory.But Allegri feels that, at best, Juventus are currently amongst the top four candidates at the moment.“This year the favourite for the Champions League is Barcelona, but we are amongst the top four,” Allegri, according to FourFourTwo.However, the Italian’s main focus lies with this Saturday’s game against Cagliari, where Juventus are hoping to maintain their unbeaten start to the Serie A campaign.“Tomorrow, we have to win and winning is never an easy thing as we saw against Empoli,” added Allegri.“Our opponents have their objectives and they will give their all against us. We can’t afford to drop any points.“You have to focus more on Serie A, because in the Champions League focusing happens automatically as there are not as many matches and they are all tough.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Therefore we must always show respect and concentration.“Cagliari are a difficult opponent. They are the team that has covered the most ground in the league and are dangerous in the box.“We have to win and prepare ourselves for Wednesday’s game.Allegri will be able to count on the services of Mario Mandzukic and Sami Khedira for this weekend.Although the Italian confirmed both captain Giorgio Chiellini and winger Federico Bernardeschi are out.Ronaldo along with midfield duo Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi will play, while goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is set to start in goal.The match between Juventus and Cagliari will begin at 20:30 (CEST) on Saturday at Turin.last_img read more

SpaceX simplified A quick guide to Elon Musks space company

first_imgFalcon Heavy liftingSpaceX grabbed heaps of attention in February of 2018 when it launched Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket launched from the US since the Saturn V that sent astronauts to the moon. Basically three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together, the huge launch system sent a test payload consisting of Musk’s personal red Tesla Roadster in the direction of Mars. Two of the three Falcon 9s that made up Falcon Heavy also landed nearly simultaneously at Cape Canaveral. More than 15 years after his initial trip to Moscow, Musk finally pulled off the international spectacle he had conceived in 2001, and he’s also built a viable business in the process.The second launch of Falcon Heavy came April 11, 2019 and was followed by the first successful landing of all three first-stage rocket cores. A third Falcon Heavy launch was conducted June 25, 2019 and SpaceX took reusability one step further by catching the payload fairing (the nose cone that shields the payload during launch) using a ship equipped with a gigantic net.  Every Elon Musk project right now 16 Photos 5 Watch SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket make its first test… Now playing: Watch this: 6:19 Elon Musk Space SpaceX Tesla Sci-Tech 13:31 Share your voice Humans on Mars: An atlas of plans to land on the Red Planet Originally published June 2, 2018 and updated as new SpaceX developments come in.  How to follow Falcon flightsYou can watch every Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch via the company’s website and YouTube channel. Each broadcast typically goes live about 15 minutes before the scheduled launch time.To keep up with the constantly changing schedule of launches, the best source is the SpaceX Twitter feed. It’s also a good idea to follow Elon Musk’s account if you don’t already. Starship to the moon and MarsSpaceX plans to use Falcon Heavy to launch some large payloads in the coming months, but it’s already at work on an even bigger rocket called Starship (previously referred to BFR, Big Falcon Rocket or Big F***ing Rocket). Musk hopes this even more massive rocket will be able to transport cargo and eventually human passengers around the world and the solar system. He envisions using Starship to ferry people on superfast international flights via space and eventually to bases yet to be built on the moon, Mars and beyond.A single-engine Starship prototype called Starhopper left the ground for the first time on July 25, 2019, hovering about 20 meters (66 feet) off the ground before landing a short distance away at SpaceX’s test facility in south Texas. In 2018, Musk revealed that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be the company’s first paying customer for a Starship mission, which will send the entrepreneur and six to eight of his favorite artists on a week-long flight past the moon and back to Earth in 2023.  SpaceX launches Bangladesh’s first communications satellite Sights on ‘Starlink’SpaceX isn’t just working on getting things into space, it also hopes to use space to bring the universe to us. In May 2019, the company launched dozens of small satellites designed to be the first batch in a massive constellation of broadband satellites. The plan, dubbed Starlink, is to use nearly 12,000 satellites in low-Earth orbit to blanket the globe with high-speed internet access. The company says the service could create a new stream of revenue to help fund its pricey Mars ambitions. What’s next? Since its inception, SpaceX has aimed to get to Mars, but the company is involved in non-space-related projects on Earth like the high-speed Hyperloop transit concept. Musk’s Boring Company tunnel-digging and traffic-mitigating ventures are also largely operating out of SpaceX headquarters in Southern California. Unlike the other big Musk company, Tesla Motors, SpaceX is not publicly traded. Musk has said he doesn’t plan to take SpaceX public until the company realizes its Mars ambitions. That means SpaceX might make sense as the home of any other future Muskian side projects like Hyperloop and the Boring Company in the meantime.  Falcon 9 is a two-stage orbital rocket that’s been used to launch satellites for companies and governments, resupply the International Space Station and even send the US Air Force’s super-secret space plane on its mysterious long missions. Over the past nine years the company has flown more than 70 Falcon 9 missions. What really sets Falcon 9 apart from the competition is its unprecedented ability to send a payload into orbit and then have its first stage return to Earth, landing either on solid ground or on a floating droneship landing pad at sea, another SpaceX innovation. After a few explosive failed attempts, a Falcon 9 finally landed safely on Dec. 22, 2015, and a few months later another touched down on a droneship for the first time. Several recovered Falcon 9 rockets have since flown and landed again. On May 11, 2018 SpaceX launched its first Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket, the “final version” designed to be reused up to 100 times with periodic refurbishments. A Dragon that fliesSpaceX’s Dragon craft has been used to carry cargo to the International Space Station. Dragon was the first commercial spacecraft to be recovered after a trip from orbit. SpaceX is working on a second version called Crew Dragon that it intends to use to send humans to space and the ISS.NASA has selected Crew Dragon, along with Boeing’s Starliner, to be the first spacecraft to carry astronauts to the ISS since the end of the shuttle program. The initiative suffered a setback in April 2019 when an unoccupied Crew Dragon exploded during a ground test because of a leak in the pressurization system. The first flight of Crew Dragon with humans aboard is now unlikely to happen before 2020.  32 Photos Maezawa plans to invite artists from media like literature, film, visual arts, architecture and fashion to join him on the journey. The famed art collector is footing the bill for the whole trip with the expectation that the artists will create new works inspired by the experience. The project has been dubbed #dearMoon, and Musk has since announced plans to livestream the entire mission in VR for fans at home to follow along.Musk offered his plans for a large city on Mars at two International Aeronautical Congress meetings, but he has yet to give many details on what life on the Red Planet would be like. He’s said SpaceX is primarily interested in providing the transportation, while allowing others to worry about the infrastructure. However, company President Gwynne Shotwell said it might make sense for SpaceX sister venture, the Boring Company, to bore tunnels on Mars that could be used for human habitation. Paul Wooster, the company’s lead engineer for its Mars plan, said at the 2018 Mars Society conference that the first people sent to the Red Planet would live on the landed Starship spacecraft indefinitely while building habitation, landing pads and other initial infrastructure.  23 Photos Now playing: Watch this: SpaceX, the rocket company founded by tech billionaire Elon Musk, was created with the mission of taking humans to Mars. Nearly two decades on, it’s getting ever closer to achieving that goal while accomplishing plenty of other milestones along the way.Elon Musk caught on film by National Geographic during the Falcon Heavy launch. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET If you’re having a hard time keeping up with SpaceX’s plans to replace international airline flights with orbital rocket trips, send a Japanese billionaire and his favorite artists around the moon, create a global broadband network and develop a Mars rocket, don’t worry. We created this SpaceX primer so you can get up to speed fast.How SpaceX startedIn 2002, Musk and friends traveled to Russia to buy a refurbished intercontinental ballistic missile. The Silicon Valley prodigy who made millions off internet startups wasn’t looking to start a business at the time. He wanted to spend a big chunk, or maybe all of his fortune, on a stunt he hoped would reinvigorate interest in funding NASA and space exploration. The idea was to buy a Russian rocket on the cheap and use it to send plants or mice to Mars — and hopefully bring them back, too. Ideally, the spectacle would get the world excited about space again. But Musk’s Moscow meeting didn’t go well and he decided he could build rockets himself, calculating that he could undercut existing launch contractors in the process. SpaceX was founded just a few months later.What’s a Falcon 9 rocket?Musk initially hoped to make it to Mars by 2010, but just getting one of its rockets into orbit took six years. A SpaceX Falcon 1 orbited Earth for the first time on Sept. 28, 2008. This paved the way for a nine-engine version of the rocket, the Falcon 9, the company’s workhorse since its first launch in 2010.  Tags SpaceX Dragon V2 spacecraft unveiled by Elon Musk (pictures) Commentslast_img read more

2 workers killed in Naogaon wall collapse

first_imgMap of NaogaonTwo workers were killed as an old wall collapsed on them during renovation work at Sagorpur Goalpara village in Badalgachhi upazila in Naogaon on Wednesday, says UNB.When Nazmul Haque, 35 and Liton Hossain, 22, were repairing an old wall of Zillur Rahman’s house the wall collapsed on them, leaving the two dead on the spot, said Md Shahinur Rahman, inspector of Badalgachhi police station.The bodies were sent to Naogaon Sadar Hospital for autopsy.last_img