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Dy: We don’t think of ourselves as reserves

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Jelling as a team biggest challenge for PH volleybelles, says Reyes “We’ll still do what the primary players do and I don’t see our situation as a disadvantage because we’ll take this as an opportunity to be part of the national team’s training,” said Dy in Filipino.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next CONTRIBUTED PHOTOHitter Kim Kianna Dy and libero Dawn Macandili don’t mind the “reserve” label as long as they’re part of the volleyball squad set to represent the Philippines in upcoming international competitions.“We don’t think of ourselves as reserves, we’re still part of the team and whatever the 12 players do, we’ll do the same,” said Dy during the team’s media day Friday at Arellano University School of Law.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Dy and Macandili, who are also teammates in La Salle, are the reserve players for the PH volleyball team who will compete in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games and the 19th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship.The Lady Spiker added her stint with the national team is an opportunity for her to learn new things and help her prepare for upcoming tournaments including the UAAP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“This will be an opportunity for us players to strengthen ourselves as volleyball players,” said Dy. “It’s also for our mental toughness and skills to help us further improve and prepare for future tournaments.”Dy said that being backups doesn’t put them at a disadvantage. View comments Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’last_img read more

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Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger biggest hit since 3 Idiots

first_imgSalman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger seems to be the biggest hit since 3 Idiots as it has broken all records. The Kabir Khan-directed film co-starring Katrina Kaif has grossed over Rs 200 crore in less than a fortnight.So besides creating the record of the highest opening day ever with a Rs. 32.92 crore, the film also managed to break all opening weekend records.Besides, Ek Tha Tiger also creates a new record for the fastest Rs. 100 crore earning at the box office. The film released on August 15, 2012. “The film has opened to a crazy response, so there are chances that the total box office collection will increase. Since the film was strategically released on a week that included Independence Day as well as Eid, it had an advantage,” said trade analyst Vajir Singh.No sequel to Ek Tha TigerDespite the ending of Ek Tha Tiger leaving a scope for a sequel, the makers have denied any such move.”We have not thought of a sequel for ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. We don’t have any idea (story line) for the sequel,” Kabir informed.Even the producers have denied making a sequel. “With the success of the film, it would be the obvious conclusion for anybody to assume that the film deserves a sequel. However, as of now, there are no such plans and it is more conjecture,” Yash Raj Films’ vice president (marketing and communications) Rafiq Gangjee said.Mystery behind Katrina’s red tilak revealed!Katrina Kaif recently grabbed headlines not for her performance in Ek Tha Tiger but for the tilak she sported at private screenings of this film.According to sources, the tilak was nothing more than a religious one, applied to her forehead during a pooja she attended.Katrina Kaif is these days celebrating the unprecedented response her recent film Ek Tha Tiger is receiving.advertisementlast_img read more

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IPL 2016: Dwayne Bravo reprimanded for showing dissent at umpire’s decision

first_imgGujarat Lions all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was reprimanded by the Match Referee for showing dissent at the umpire’s decision during his team’s three-wicket win over Mumbai Indies in an IPL match here.”Bravo admitted to the level 1 offence (Article 2.1.5 of the IPL Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials) and accepted the sanction,” an IPL release said.West Indies’ Bravo took one wicket for 39 runs in his four overs, while scored just 2 off 6 balls before being caught by Parthiv Patel off Jasprit Bumrah.last_img read more

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Jeannette Corbiere Lavell Addresses Gathering

first_imgNova Scotians celebrating Mi’kmaq and Women’s History months were joined by one of the country’s top advocates for women and Native’s rights today, Oct. 25. Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, internationally recognized for her work to advance women’s rights, is making her first visit to Nova Scotia since becoming president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada. “The work of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, and of Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, is of great importance,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “The province is working in a number of areas of shared priority with the Association, including the elimination of violence against Aboriginal women and girls.” Ms. Corbiere Lavell spoke at an event organized by the Office of Aboriginal Affairs and the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “Jeannette Corbiere Lavell has dedicated her life fighting for the equality of Aboriginal women,” said Denise Peterson-Rafuse, the Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “I am very pleased that she is in Halifax to share her insight on issues facing Aboriginal women and her priorities as president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.” She has worked as a teacher and school principal, education and employment counsellor, cabinet appointee and consultant on law, justice and Indian status matters. Ms. Corbiere Lavell is co-editor of Until Our Hearts Are On The Ground: Aboriginal Mothers, Oppression, Resistance and Rebirth. Ms. Corbiere Lavell has also received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case, which honours individuals who have made outstanding contributions to advance women’s equality. In Canada, Women’s History Month is celebrated in October, which is also Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

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Rupee opens 5 paise down at 6859 vs USD

first_imgMumbai: The rupee depreciated marginally by 5 paise to 68.59 against the US dollar in early trade Tuesday as the country’s exports entered the negative zone after a gap of eight months.At the interbank forex market, the rupee opened weak at 68.59 registering a decline of 5 paise over its last close. The local currency however pared the initial loss and was trading at 68.55 at 0945 hrs.The rupee had settled at 68.54 against the US dollar Monday.Forex traders said weak trade data, foreign fund outflows and rising crude oil prices weighed on the domestic currency. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepAccording to the government data, India’s exports entered negative zone after a gap of eight months recording a decline of 9.71 per cent to USD 25.01 billion in June.Imports also declined 9 per cent to USD 40.29 billion in June mainly due to falling prices of petroleum products, leaving a trade deficit of USD 15.28 billion.Notwithstanding the weak trade data, positive opening in domestic equities supported the local unit and restricted the downfall, traders said.Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.12 per cent to USD 66.56 per barrel.Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) pulled out Rs 216.44 crore on a net basis Monday, provisional data showed.Domestic bourses opened on a positive note Tuesday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 109.86 points higher at 39,006.57 and Nifty up 31 points at 11,619.35.last_img read more

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Bajaj Finance shares zoom over 7 after Q1 results

first_imgNew Delhi: Shares of Bajaj Finance on Friday zoomed over 7 per cent after the company reported its highest-ever quarterly consolidated net profit during the first quarter ended June 30. The company’s scrip rallied 7.20 per cent to close at Rs 3,265.85 on the BSE. During the day, it zoomed 7.65 per cent to Rs 3,279.65. On the NSE, shares rose by 7.40 per cent to close at Rs 3,272. On the traded volume front, 3.38 lakh shares were traded on the BSE and over 69 lakh units on the NSE during the day. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Bajaj Finance on Thursday reported its highest-ever quarterly consolidated net profit to Rs 1,195 crore during the first quarter ended June 30, up by 43 per cent from the year-ago period. The company had posted a net profit of Rs 836 crore in the corresponding quarter of 2018-19. Its total income (consolidated) rose 47 per cent to Rs 5,808 crore during the June quarter of 2019-20, against Rs 3,938 crore a year ago, Bajaj Finance Ltd (BFL) said in a release. On a standalone basis, the net profit in the quarter increased 35 per cent to Rs 1,125 crore from Rs 834 crore in the year-ago quarter. Income jumped 40 per cent to Rs 5,305 crore as against Rs 3,792 crore.last_img read more

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Morocco Keen To Deepen Bilateral Relations with Portugal FM

lisbon – Our conviction and our ambition is to ensure that relations with Portugal are further enriched and renewed, said Wednesday in Lisbon Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar.“The relations binding the two countries are exceptional thanks to the friendship and serenity that have always marked bilateral relations, enriched by our shared vision for the Mediterranean and the Atlantic regions,” said Mezouar during a press conference with his Portuguese counterpart, Rui Machete.These two dimensions have helped us to think of our partnership in relation to our environment, which requires continuous and ongoing flexibility, the minister said at the press briefing which was attended by Ambassador of Morocco to Portugal, Karima Benyaich.“We are in a context marked by a multiple issues related to peace and security and that are related to the problems of migration, human development, and the current economic juncture,” he added. For his part, Rui Machete said Morocco is an excellent partner for Portugal, describing as exceptional the relations between the two country.He said the meeting with the Moroccan top diplomat, held on the eve of the ministerial meeting of the 5+5 Dialogue forum aims to strengthen bilateral relations, and provides an opportunity to assess the work done in recent months, particularly since his visit to Morocco last January.Mezouar, is to take part, Thursday in Lisbon, in the 11th Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the “5 +5 Dialogue” group. read more

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TNA warns Government over failure to address issues

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has warned the Government to immediately address some of the key issues faced by the Tamils in the North, failing which they will back a change of Government.TNA and opposition leader R. Sampanthan said that while the Government has done a lot, more remains to be done. He also said that a new Constitution must be created through which a political solution is given to the Tamils.The opposition leader said that at consecutive elections the Tamils have been calling for a politucal solution. He said that hundreds of Tamils are still without jobs and this must be looked into.Sampanthan was speaking at a public event held in Vavuniya to coincide with the handing over of houses to the displaced families in the North.The 150 homes were built by the Gnanam Foundation. Actor Rajinikanth was to attend the event but he had to cancel his visit following protests by groups in Tamil Nadu. (Colombo Gazette) “Hundreds of Tamils are still suffering. The Government must understand this,” he said. Sampanthan said that the TNA will have high level talks with the Government and push for solutions for the Tamils issues. read more

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In Brazil Annan calls for new funding sources for development

“Analysis should not become an excuse for paralysis,” he said in remarks at a high-level panel on innovative sources of financing for development, part of the ongoing 11th ministerial meeting of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) this week in São Paulo, Brazil. “We need action. There is an urgent need for a critical mass of new resources to deal with a wide spectrum of human hardship,” he said. One of the most innovative ideas being discussed was an International Financial Facility, proposed by the United Kingdom, that would “frontload” aid to meet the MDGs, he said. Once agreement in principle was reached, the Facility could be put in place quickly, but would need mechanisms to guarantee that aid levels stayed high enough to meet development needs beyond 2015, Mr. Annan said. The next General Assembly session would discuss a joint study of this and other proposals by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN University, he said, adding, however, “The democracy deficit in international economic and financial decision-making remains a serious problem.” New resources would help countries to rely on themselves and would be an investment in the future well-being and security of the world, he said. After delivering his address, Mr. Annan and his wife visited an innovative new educational centre in nearby Campo Limpo, designed to bring education, the arts, culture, education and sports to the community of nearly 200,000 people. They were accompanied by São Paulo Mayor Marta Suplicy, who had initiated the project. read more

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Barra teenager still unaccounted for after terror attack as her friend is

first_img“And this happens to many people sadly and on many occasions across the world we know it is happening. In Syria we know it is happening, in Yemen. Unfortunately today it’s happening to people in Barra.”The Rev Dr Lindsay Schluter, the Church of Scotland minister for Barra and South Uist congregations, said it was a small close-knit population and everybody had been affected by the tragedy.She added: “The events in Manchester and the way they have impacted on two families here has come as a great shock to everyone.”People have been numbed by what has happened to the two girls and everybody continues to be very anxious about their welfare.”People in the community have been very supportive of the families, deeply prayerfully so. As one person here has said, ‘Manchester and its people are so much closer to Barra than anyone ever had realised’.”Barra is at the southern end of the Western Isles archipelago and nearly 75 per cent of the population can speak Gaelic. Laura’s parents, Michael, a fish farmer worker, and his wife Margaret, are understood to be at her bedside.She is being treated for injuries including burns and is said to be in a serious condition. It is thought the girls may have been close to the explosion. Laura MacIntyre and Eilidh MacLeod travelled to Manchester from the Isle of Barra Bishop Brian McGee, Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, who visited members of both families on the island, said it was a “time of terrible anguish” for them.He added: “Spending time with the relatives of both girls was a reminder of the human cost of acts of terror. Such acts leave families broken, lives scarred and innocence destroyed, my thoughts and prayers are with the families at this traumatic time.”The local priest, Fr John Paul MacKinnon, said Barra was an island of “close bonds and deep faith”, adding: “The ripples of pain spreading out from the terrible events in Manchester on Monday night are amplified here in such a small community.“While everyone in the community is affected, it is the families of Eilidh and Laura who are in the greatest pain. The Church joins with the whole community in praying for them and offering them every support.”The girls are pupils at Castlebay Community School, where pupils could be allowed some dispensation over their exams as a result of the tragedy.A spokesman for Western Isles Council said it was in talks with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) over the exceptional circumstances for the pupils, many of whom are due to sit exams in the next week.Meanwhile, more armed officers have been deployed across Scotland for the “forseeable future”.Police Scotland is also reviewing its plans for major public events, including the Scottish Cup Final this weekendThe Chief Constable, Phil Gormley, said the force would be increasing its operations around the country to protect people, businesses and public places. laura macintyre please please keep searching for my best friend Eilidh MacLeod💗🙏 #ManchesterBombing #MissingInManchester #manchesterattack pic.twitter.com/vMO4S9UC91— sam (@sammchardyy) May 23, 2017 Angus MacNeil, the SNP candidate for the Western Isles and a close friend of the families, said people were trying to make sense of the tragedy.He told BBC Scotland: “It is difficult for the community. People are trying to make sense of how this could happen, how you could leave a wee place like Barra and be caught up, two young girls from here.“But of course everybody is from somewhere small, or from a small house somewhere, or a small street, a small village or a small town, or are missed by a small group of people. He added: ”What we did yesterday morning in the immediate aftermath was substantially increase the number of armed officers available deployed across Scotland particularly to crowded places… We’ve augmented that through the night,” he said.”We have plans to be able to maintain that for the foreseeable future.”However, he added that there was no intelligence to suggest a specific threat to Scotland. Famed for its white sand beaches and its beach airstrip, the island has a population of just over 1,000 and was previously named Britain’s best island community. A teenager from the Isle of Barra is still missing following the Manchester terror attack while her friend is being treated in hospital.Eilidh MacLeod, 14, travelled to the concert with her school friend Laura MacIntyre, 15, who was located in hospital nearly 20 hours after the incident.Eilidh’s parents, Roddy and Marion, are in the city but have had no news of her since the end of the concert when the girls texted Mrs MacLeod to say the last song had started and they would be out soon.Donald Manford, Eilidh’s great uncle, said: “We have no confirmation of anything. We know they are working very hard and we are increasingly anxious as the time goes by. We are just waiting. Members of the family have travelled south and others are presently travelling south. Police Scotland are keeping us advised and informed.”The girls come from a largely Gaelic-speaking community where serious crime is virtually unknown and were at the concert as a special treat for Eilidh’s birthday. A relative said it was also a reward for their efforts at the island’s 170-pupil community school.Residents said there was shock and disbelief on the remote island that it had been so tragically caught up in the terrorist attack. 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

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Secoms autonomous surveillance drone follows and spies on intruders

first_imgInstalling surveillance equipment at a location usually means setting up several stationery cameras that at best can rotate to track suspicious activity. But they are limited, and in a lot of cases require someone to be controlling their movement in order to detect and track effectively.Japanese company Secom has developed what it believes is a much better solution: an autonomous surveillance drone that can travel to the location of an intruder, then track and monitor them, capturing images in the process.When there is no active threat the drone will sit in a base station, which also acts as a battery charger as these flying machines usually have a battery life of around 15-20 minutes. When the accompanying security system detects an intruder, be it a vehicle or person, the drone is informed of the location and flies there.The equipment being carried includes an LED light source, camera, and computer system. This allows the drone to not only capture images of the intruder, but in the case of the car it can figure out the vehicle’s orientation and adjust its flight path to ensure an image of the license plate is captured.As it’s a mobile surveillance unit flying high in the air, it’s very difficult for an intruder to disable it (the drone is also programmed to fly at a safe distance away from the threat) or move to a location where the drone can’t follow. Using a drone also means you actually need far less equipment to keep an eye on a large facility, so the Secom drone could actually end up saving money on a complete security solution.There’s no word on price or availability yet, but I suspect we may see this drone put in an appearance at CES next month, or at the very least the next Japanese security or technology trade show.More at Tech-On!last_img read more

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Microsoft looks to patent Inconspicuous Mode for Windows Phones

first_imgMicrosoft has applied for a new patent that describes something called “Inconspicuous” Mode. Based on the descriptions and images in the application, it’s something like a souped-up take on the silent mode you can activate on an iPhone with the flick of a switch.Inconspicuous Mode would beyond simply disabling audio alerts, however. Microsoft also plans to reduce the amount of visual information presented on the lock screen. Just about everything has been removed, from cellular connection and power information at the top to calendar details and status alerts at the bottom. Even the wallpaper image has been cleared away, leaving a spartan screen that shows only the current time and an exclamation mark which serves as a minimal blanket alert.The goal is to offer Windows Phone users a quick and easy way to put their phones into a mode that’s as unobtrusive as possible without having to shut it completely off. Microsoft also mentions keeping the amount of light coming from the screen to a minimum, so it’s possible that Inconspicuous Mode would feature a maximum brightness setting (60% is mentioned in the filing), too. When enabled, a Windows Phone would be less distracting to others, say, in a movie theater or a restaurant.As a parent, this is a feature I’d welcome on my phone. While I’m not one to post on Facebook or text during a movie (especially when tickets cost what they do), I do need to make sure that the babysitter can still get my attention if there’s an urgent matter at home. If that can happen without annoying the folks around me, I’d certainly make sure Inconspicuous Mode was enabled before the lights went down.USPTO, via ZDnetlast_img read more

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Orange recycle vos téléphones du 22 au 24 avril

first_imgOrange recycle vos téléphones du 22 au 24 avrilFrance – A l’occasion de la journée mondiale de la Terre qui aura lieu le 22 avril prochain, Orange propose aux détenteurs de téléphones portables “fossiles” de venir déposer leurs appareils dans ses magasins, afin de les faire recycler.L’opération, organisée en partenariat avec le WWF et Emmaüs International, durera trois jours, du 22 au 24 avril. Toutes les personnes souhaitant se débarrasser de leur(s) ancien(s) téléphone(s), qu’elle soient ou non clientes chez Orange, pourront déposer leur bien dans les urnes mises à disposition dans 700 boutiques Orange.Les consommateurs pourront également déposer leurs batteries et leurs chargeurs. La plupart des téléphones (80%) seront mis en pièces puis recyclés, les autres seront remis en état puis revendus dans les pays émergents. Les bénéfices seront redistribués aux associations WWF, Emmaüs International ainsi qu’aux Ateliers du Bocage. Depuis 2005, 640.000 téléphones mobiles auraient été recyclés, dont 195.000 seulement pour l’année 2009.Le 19 avril 2010 à 15:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Android 50 débarqueratil cet automne

first_imgAndroid 5.0 débarquera-t-il cet automne ?Une déclaration du vice-président de l’ingénierie mobile de Google, Hiroshi Lockheimer, confirme un rythme de sortie annuel des nouvelles versions d’Android. Cela place la 5ème version du sysème d’exploitation à l’automne 2012.Alors qu’Android 4.0 Ice cream Sandwich commence à peine à se répandre dans nos smatphones, ses développeurs travaillent déjà à la prochaine version, qui n’a même pas encore de surnom. « Après Android 4 vient le 5 (lien non disponible), et nous n’avons pas encore annoncé de timing, car nous y réfléchissons encore. » raconte Hiroshi au Mobile Word Congress. « Il y a beaucoup de travail d’ingénierie, et la question de comment le planifier. En général, les releases d’Android se font à une cadence d’une release majeure par an, avec d’autres releases de maintenance qui sont tout de même importantes. » Ce rythme annuel pointe vers un Android 5.0 aux alentours de novembre 2012. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Il rappelle toutefois que leur but n’est pas la vitesse, mais l’innovation et le confort de l’utilisateur. Par ailleurs, ils travaillent à rendre les mises à jour des téléphones vers les nouvelles versions d’Android plus communes et plus faciles, notamment avec la Android Upgrade Alliance, annoncée à la conférence Google I/O de l’année dernière. Le nom de cette version est encore inconnu. Après Cup Cake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb et Ice Cream Sandwich, à quel genre de sucrerie allons-nous gouter grâce à Google ? Des Jelly Beans ?Le 29 février 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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A Pair of NASA Jets Will Chase the Eclipse With Telescopes on

first_img Photos: Solar Eclipse 2019 Stuns South American Viewers’The Gifted’ S2 Finale Recap: Death, Destruction & Hope for Season 3 Stay on target Later this month, North America will be graced by one of the rarest astronomical phenomena — a total solar eclipse. These are, in a sense, actually common, and they cross over the oceans relatively frequently, for example. But this will be the first time North America has had a total eclipse one that cuts near plenty of major population centers in years. The next one won’t be until April 8, 2024, and then after that? Decades. While most of us (myself included) are excited to see something so unusual, NASA is hoping that this will be a landmark for science. Because those folks never slow their roll when there’s learning to be done.A pair of specialized, high-speed jets have been equipped with specialized telescopes so that they’ll be able to keep up with and record the eclipse from far above the clouds. Usually, these jets monitor atmospheric conditions as part of NASA’s mission to survey and understand all things aeronautic and astronomical.“This is the first mission for airborne astronomy,” solar astrophysicist and lead on the project, Amir Caspi, tells Quartz. Flying at almost ten miles above Earth’s surface, the twin jets will be able to record up to seven minutes of eclipse footage. This might not sound like much, but their altitude and speed more than triples the eclipse time the rest of us will get. And it’s all to study solar flares and coronal mass ejections — two of nature’s most lethal and elusive disasters.Solar flares are massive radiation blasts from (what else?) the Sun. They can buffet the earth causing damage to electronics, weakening our protective electromagnetic shield, subject countless people to super-charged radiation, and severely damage global communications by interfering with satellites.“When the sun sends out solar flares it can knock out satellites, it’s a hazard for astronauts, and it can knock out energy systems here on the ground,” Caspi says. Coronal mass ejections, though, are even worse. “That’s when the sun throws off billions of tons of material, and the particles and radiation comes towards the Earth.”Each has similar effects in that they both vomit radiation at us, but the scale and type of damage they can cause are wildly different. While solar flares can wreck our things, CMEs have the potential to knock out power for months or years. In short, if a large enough CME hit our planet just right, modern life as we know it would all but stop.And that’s exactly why we need to study the sun and figure out what exactly causes them.The sun is a constantly churning ball of energy. It twists and contorts powerful magnetic fields over and over, and when they get too wound up, they will snap, releasing all that stored up energy at once — not unlike winding up a rubber band until it breaks. Y’know… just trillions and trillions of times more powerful.Because the sun is so bright, we rarely get close, detailed looks at its surface — even less so of its corona, an energized atmosphere of twisting plasma that’s millions of degrees hotter than the Sun’s own surface. When the moon slips in front of our parent star for just a bit in a couple of weeks, it will give scientists a rare opportunity to see all of that clearly. That data will get fed through computers and in a few months to a few years, we’ll have a better understanding of just what to expect from our, at times, uncomfortably violent star.This will also be one of the first times we have the chance to map the surface of Mercury. Despite it being one of the oldest known planets, we still don’t know much about it. It orbits too close to the sun to get a good luck much of the time, and we don’t tend to send missions towards the inner solar system because, as it turns out, going towards the Sun is often a bigger challenge than heading away.In any case, enjoy the eclipse if you’re in its path or expect to be. Just know that some don’t have time to marvel at the beauty of the natural world. They’ll be doing the hard science instead — protecting you and me from possible future apocalypse by way of radioactive star-puke.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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2 rescued after boat catches fire in Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Two men were rescued after a boat caught fire in Miami Beach, Friday.Cellphone video captured the vessel near Collins Avenue and 59th Street as it was fully engulfed.According to officials, the victims were working on the boat when, they said, they heard a loud explosion. They then dove into the water.Crews were able to put out the flames.The vessel was left a total loss.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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