Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Rose ceremony: Cavs finalize 1-year deal with Derrick Rose Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans The lawsuit claims Green bumped into them at a night club in East Lansing last summer and that the forward bullied Edmondson, who was then a football player at Michigan State University, about how he pays for scholarships for people like him. It claims men in his entourage then physically assaulted him, pushing him against a wall and choking him. When his girlfriend tried to intervene, one of the men pushed her into a wall, the lawsuit says.The next night they ran into Green at a restaurant and when the couple approached him to make peace, he slapped Edmondson in the face, the lawsuit claims.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Green did not immediately respond to a text message seeking comment.The couple’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, said at a news conference in Los Angeles Tuesday that they decided to file a lawsuit because Green has refused to accept responsibility for the July 2016 incidents. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “The filing of this lawsuit was a last resort,” Bloom said.Green, a former Michigan State Spartan, last year paid $560 for a noise violation in a deal that got rid of a misdemeanor assault-and-battery charge filed in the case.Green has been an essential member of the Warriors team that has won two championships in the past three years, and last month was named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year.ADVERTISEMENT Draymond Green sings during the Golden State Warriors’ NBA championship rally Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. Oakland is celebrating its second championship in the past three years. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green was sued Tuesday by a couple who claim he and his entourage assaulted them last year in Michigan.Jermaine Edmondson and Bianca Williams filed the lawsuit seeking unspecified monetary damages in California’s Alameda County.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets MOST READ View comments
…named after Minister AllicockMinister of Social Cohesion, Dr George Norton; Minister of Public Affairs, Dawn Hastings-Williams; and Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Simona Broomes were among 10 Guyanese awarded by the organisation IChange Nations, for their instrumental roles influencing change in their communities and the country.Tony Games, Patsy Fredricks, George Simon, Robert Frederick Allicock, LorraineMinister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock during brief remarks at the IChange Nations Sydney Allicock Global Humanitarian Award ceremony at the Umana YanaPierre, Laura George and Ovid Williams also received awards, along with three other awardees based in the United States – Dr Charles Kinuthia, Margaret Ellis and Erik Kudlis.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the award is entitled the “IChange Nations Sydney Allicock Global Humanitarian Award” in honour of Minister Allicock’s commitment to empowering the Indigenous people of Guyana, and his role in ensuring that standards of education and community tourism in hinterland communities are strengthened.During brief remarks at the award ceremony hosted at the Umana Yana, Minister Allicock noted the significance of such an event which honours those who would have worked hard to effect change within their communities and the country.Ovid Williams receiving his award from Ambassador Clyde Rivers, Founder and President of IChange Nations“…We have a lot of persons right here in Guyana who have been making some significant contributions and are not recognised; we need to move away from that mindset. People need to be recognised for their hard work,” he said.He pointed out that it was particularly significant for Indigenous peoples, as their contributions were now being acknowledged.The selection process was not a simple one, according to the Minister, since there were many persons who were deserving of the award. He urged those awarded to keep their shoulders to the wheel and to continue to engender the development of the nation.Ambassador Clyde Rivers, Founder and President of IChange Nations, noted that the organisation was honoured to have the award in Minister Allicock’s name. He remarked that the organisation was especially impressed with the role the Minister has been playing in the development of the Indigenous community.Ambassador Rivers also presented a special award to one of Guyana’s YouthMinisters Sydney Allicock, Dawn Hastings-Williams and Simona Broomes; Ambassador Clyde Rivers, Founder and President of IChange Nations, along with other awardees during the IChange Nations Sydney Allicock Global Humanitarian Award ceremony at the Umana YanaAmbassadors, Dr Astell Collins for his outstanding role in the area of leadership.IChange Nations is an internationally recognised organisation which identifies individuals for outstanding humanitarian work in their respective countries and areas of service.
Once again you’re reminded the Mounties are taking public information assistance calls at Dawson Creek detachment and crime stoppers numbers…250-784-3700 and 1-800-222-8477. You can also go online with information to www.dawsoncreekbombings.com. The words domestic terrorism are being used more freely now to describe the explosions, in BC’s South Peace, at the natural gas pipeline facilities of EnCana Corporation.The RCMP has confirmed the latest bombing…the second one in four days and the sixth since last October…occurred between 2 and 3 AM Saturday morning.This one did cause a brief “sour” gas leak but, media relations officer, Corporal Dan Moskaluk, says Encana reports it’s automatic pipeline safety devices did what they’re designed to do… [asset|aid=1604|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=65cd74acb88454a397376224717751b5-Moskaluk -1_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -The attacks began last fall shortly after a letter was sent to EnCana denouncing oil and gas companies as terrorists…and demanding the Calgary based company stop development in the area south of Dawson Creek.Saturday morning’s explosion was reportedly less than a kilometer from the Canada Day explosion near Pouce Coupe…and while again there were no injuries reported, this time EnCana workers were close enough to be considered lucky… [asset|aid=1605|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=65cd74acb88454a397376224717751b5-Moskaluk-2_1_Pub.mp3]Corporal Moskaluk added, there was a quick self-initiated evacuation of the area, by residents near the explosion site. He says police are greatly encouraged by that response…and are hopeful it will lead to more public support of their investigation.Advertisement
Alexandre Lacazette’s arrival has bumped Giroud even further down the Arsenal pecking order, but having given the 30-year-old the chance to leave, Wenger was thrilled he decided to stay.“It’s fantastic. I opened the door for him at some stage because I know it’s important for him to play, but I don’t want to him to go,” Wenger told reporters.“He decided to stay and it was one of the great days of recent weeks for me. He’s a fantastic player, but as well he has a big weight in this squad. It was a relief for me he decided to stay.”Giroud outmuscled Harry Maguire to meet Granit Xhaka’s corner with a strong header that hit the bar and bounced behind the line before Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel could club it away.An admiring Wenger said Giroud was “in his prime” and “at the top of his game”.Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy (front) fights for the ball with Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal during their English Premier League match, at the Emirates Stadium in London, on August 11, 2017 © AFP / Ian KINGTONLacazette, a club-record £46.5 million ($60.3 million, 51.1 million euros) signing from Lyon, made a dream start to his home debut by heading Arsenal in front with just 85 seconds on the clock.“Lacazette is simple — in every game he’s stronger since he joined us,” said Wenger, who had seen his side lose at home in three of their previous four opening league fixtures.“Even when he played on the left, he did very well. He adapts slowly to the way we want to play. He’s a collective player and an intelligent player.”Amid the joy — and relief — of victory, there was nonetheless plenty to concern Wenger, not least the manner in which his side conceded all three goals.Shinji Okazaki cancelled out Lacazette’s opener with a close-range header after Maguire had been left unmarked to nod Marc Albrighton’s deep cross back across goal.Albrighton crossed for Jamie Vardy to put Leicester ahead after Xhaka had gifted the ball straight to him.– Vardy ‘sharp and fit’ –Following Danny Welbeck’s leveller in first-half stoppage time, another corner yielded Leicester’s third goal as Riyad Mahrez’s cross was headed home by Vardy.“If you were a manager, you’re on the bench when you’re 3-2 down with 20 minutes to go, and you win 4-3, you’re more happy than concerned,” Wenger said.“The goals we conceded, we can work to get rid of that. One was a corner, one was a ball we lost in the build-up and the third goal was a corner again.“We were quite good last year on corners. With a bit of work we can get that out of the system.”Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare said he was “disappointed” that referee Mike Dean did not spot what he described as a “definite handball” by Mesut Ozil in the build-up to Ramsey’s equaliser.But he drew encouragement from his side’s display.“You have to take some positives,” he said.“At the moment, sitting here, I’ve got a dejected dressing room. To come here and score three has to be pleasing in some respect, but it doesn’t feel like it.”Like many of Leicester’s players, Vardy endured a post-title slump last season, scoring only 13 times in the league, and Shakespeare was delighted to see him back among the goals.“All pre-season he’s looked sharp and fit,” said Shakespeare, who gave Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho his competitive debut as a late substitute.“We all know Jamie Vardy’s attributes. He can be a nuisance for defenders. We encourage him to do that.“We encourage our midfield players to play balls in behind. He came here tonight and got the goals his performance deserved.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud acknowledge supporters after their English Premier League match against Leicester City, at the Emirates Stadium in London, on August 11, 2017 © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 12 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expressed “relief” over Olivier Giroud’s decision to stay after the France striker earned his side a breathless 4-3 win against Leicester City.Giroud came off the bench with Arsenal trailing 3-2 in Friday’s Premier League curtain-raiser at the Emirates Stadium and after fellow substitute Aaron Ramsey equalised, he headed in an 85th-minute winner.
However, that was the England international’s first goal in six games.The 21-year-old began Solskjaer’s reign as United’s main centre-forward but has moved back to a wide role, with Romelu Lukaku coming in to score six times in three matches, including twice in the French capital.Ronaldo made his name in Manchester before going on to become Real Madrid’s all-time top goalscorer during nine seasons in Spain, leaving to join Italian giants Juventus last summer.But Solskjaer wants Rashford to see out his entire career at United, as well as learning from the Portuguese’s progression from wing wizard to prolific goalscorer.“There are legends we’ve had at this club that have stayed so long and been one-club players, and we hope Rashy’s gonna be one of them,” said Solskjaer.“I keep battering him with it that he should also score as many goals as Rom after training sessions have finished. You should always get them simple tap-ins, like Rom scored in the last few games.“Rashy’s goals are sometimes worldies and he does have a sensational strike of the ball.“But you see the improvement and maturity in Cristiano’s goals from when he was young to now, he scores more from inside the box and that’s what Rashy has to improve as well.”United’s remarkable recovery in Paris, becoming the first side in European Cup history to overturn losing the first leg 2-0 at home, appears to have all but guaranteed Solskjaer the manager’s job on a permanent basis.He revealed to a Norwegian podcast earlier this week that his contract with Molde, the club to which he was supposed to return in June following the end of his temporary stint with United, had been terminated.“That’s just the media,” he said on Friday. “I am not here to get excited, I am here to do my job.“With that contract issue, you cannot have two contracts when you’re a manager, so that contract was terminated.“I am contracted to Manchester United until the end of June.”Victory against PSG was all the more remarkable as United were missing 10 first-team regulars, but should be in significantly better shape for Sunday’s trip to Arsenal.Paul Pogba returns from suspension and will be joined by compatriot Anthony Martial after the Frenchman’s three-week absence with a groin injury.Solskjaer is also hopeful the midfielders Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera, plus defender Eric Bailly, will also be fit for another huge game which will go a long way to deciding if United finish in the Premier League’s top four.“Eric is fine. Anthony will be available and hopefully we’ll have Nemanja and/or Ander ready as well,” said Solskjaer.“We’re looking better for it. They just need to have another couple of days training with the team. They’ve done well with their recovery work.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Spot on: Marcus Rashford scored a stoppage time penalty to take Manchester United into the Champions League quarter-finals at PSG’s expense © AFP / Anne-Christine POUJOULATMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 8 – Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenged Marcus Rashford to be more ruthless in front of goal by following former United favourite Cristiano Ronaldo’s example.Rashford calmly converted the stoppage-time penalty that saw United complete an incredible comeback to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League on away goals by beating Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 away on Wednesday.
0Shares0000Memphis Depay fired a brace and set up two more as the Netherlands hammered Belarus in their Group C Euro 2020 qualifier © ANP/AFP / Koen van WeelROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Mar 22 – Memphis Depay dazzled for the Netherlands with a brace and two assists as they cruised past Belarus 4-0 in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday despite having to play the final 20 minutes with 10 men.Depay set the Dutch on their way just seconds into the match and slotted home a second-half penalty after setting up Georginio Wijnaldum for an simple second 21 minutes in, before crossing for Virgil van Dijk to nod in the fourth with his side down to 10 after final substitute Kenny Tete limped off with a hamstring injury. “It’s hard to choose between the goals and the assists,” said Depay after his latest starring display for the resurgent national team.“The first goal was good because it was the outside of my foot, but I also enjoyed the flick that set up the second.”Ronald Koeman’s exciting young side shoot straight to the top of Group C, level on three points with Northern Ireland, ahead of Sunday’s clash with Germany, who they knocked out of the Nations League the last time they met in November.The Dutch have been a revelation since Koeman took charge in the wake of their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, beating both the Germans and world champions France to win their Nations League group and set up a semi-final clash with England in June.“It was a shame to have to play the last 20 minutes with 10 men,” said the former Ajax, Southampton and Everton boss.“I was angry at myself … but Denzel (Dumfries) felt a twinge in his groin so I had to make the change.”– Dutch dynamos –It was uphill for Belarus from the first minute on Thursday after they handed Depay his opener, the Lyon attacker racing onto Igor Shitov’s dreadful backpass before slotting home from a tight angle.Depay then laid on Wijnaldum for the hosts’ second, holding up Denzel Dumfries’s cross before a rolling in the Liverpool midfielder with a cheeky backheel that left him a simple close range finish.The 25-year-old, who has been inconsistent for Lyon this season, should have had his second six minutes before the break but got tangled up as he tried to connect with Ryan Babel’s cross and sent the ball flashing wide.However he has consistently performed under Koeman and he tucked away his sixth goal in four home international matches from the spot 15 minutes after the break, following Mikhail Sivakov’s dreadful foul on Wijnaldum.Everything looked to be running smoothly until Tete’s injury, which came after Depay’s Lyon teammate pulled his hamstring moments after replacing Dumfries and forced Koeman to switch to a more defensive formation.However star man Depay helped deliver the icing on the cake with four minutes left, whipping across for Liverpool defender Van Dijk after his initial shot was saved by Andrey Gorbunov.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Inventor of the chainsaw retrofitGBA senior editor Martin Holladay met Rob Dumont when they were both invited to an expert panel on residential retrofit work in Winnipeg, Manitoba in June 2006 (see Image #3, below). “I interviewed Rob several times over the years,” Holladay recalled. “He was a humble man, quiet and unassuming, and he had a deep understanding of residential energy issues. He was unfailingly kind and generous with his time.”Holladay notes that Rob Dumont, along with his colleague Harold Orr, was the originator of the chainsaw retrofit method. Dumont and Orr were co-authors of a classic 1987 paper, A Major Energy Conservation Retrofit of a Bungalow, a thorough documentation of the world’s first chainsaw retrofit. Varied contributions to buildingDumont moved to Saskatoon in 1970 and earned a master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Saskatoon before starting his career with the National and Saskatchewan Research Councils.Anil Parekh, a professional engineer with Natural Resources Canada, first met Dumont in the late 1980s and worked with him on a number of technical committees over the years. Asked about Dumont’s most important contributions to building science, Parekh rattled off a long list of accomplishments, including his early work on heat recovery ventilators; authorship of computer code that later became HOTCAN for heat loss and heat gain calculations; development of the so-called Factor 9 home that became the cornerstone of net-zero energy building in Canada; and pioneering research that “paved the way for developing [the] ‘house as a system’ approach to deep energy retrofits in Canadian homes.”“He knew the whole house as a system,” Parekh said by telephone, “that when you change on component it’s going to change the others. One really has to look at the practical effects of it. At the same time, he also knew that energy efficiency had to live with indoor air quality.”Parekh recalled that Dumont was part of a team that worked in a garage on the university grounds to develop the first heat-recovery ventilator (HRV) for houses, and idea that was later widely commercialized. HRVs, which provide mechanical ventilation with a minimal energy loss, are now standard for tight, high-performance homes.According to the obituary published in Saskatoon’s The Star Phoenix, these and other projects helped Dumont win a number of awards, including Canada’s National Energy Efficiency Award in 1999 and the leadership award from Building Saskatchewan Green in 2014. The houses that made a differenceFew projects on Dumont’s resume have made as big an impact as the Saskatchewan Conservation House. Although it was boxy and ungainly, it nonetheless incorporated all of the principles that became hallmarks of Passivhaus construction.Dumont was one of 11 team members, led by Harold Orr of the National Research Council, who jumped into the project at the request of the Saskatchewan Provincial Government after the OPEC oil embargo of 1973.“If we use six times as much insulation in the walls and ceiling and use much better windows and doors, we would be down to a total heat loss that is about 20 percent of the heat loss of a conventional house,” Orr wrote in a description of the project for this year’s Passive House Pioneer Award.“The trick is to attach the big wedges of pie first and then do your best on the smaller wedges. When we did this to the proposed SCH, we estimated that we could heat the house with a candle, a 45 Imperial gallon candle, and in 1976 about 33 dollars worth of fuel.”Using double wall construction and a carefully installed vapor and air barrier, the house tested at 0.8 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals, startling close to the current Passivhaus standard of 0.6 ach50.“We were just inventing the technique at the time,” Orr wrote, “and our subsequent designs have allowed much tighter houses down to 0.1 ach50.”Orr worked with Dumont for a number of years after the Conservation House was completed and said by telephone, “He was a very good friend. He had his funny streaks like everybody does, but he was very knowledgeable, and he kept up his knowledge, and was really strong telling people about how to build energy-efficient houses. He had the experience, because he built and owned two houses himself and also retrofitted another house.”Dumont also will be remembered for his work on the Factor 9 home, which he described in a 2010 article in Home Energy magazine. The house, built in Regina, Saskatchewan, was designed to use 90 percent less energy per square meter of floor area than an average existing home in Saskatchewan circa 1970.The house was insulated to R-80 in the attic, R-41 in above grade exterior walls, and R-44 on basement walls, and constructed with structural insulated panels. Windows on the south face of the house captured solar energy, and solar thermal panels provided space heating and hot water. Article on Factor 9 house.pdf UPDATEDRobert Stephen Dumont, a respected and well-liked researcher who helped create the essential elements for high-performance and net-zero energy building, died May 29 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He was 69.Early in his career, Dumont was part of a team that designed the Saskatchewan Conservation House, a 1977 project honored this year by the Passivhaus Institut in Germany and an early forerunner to what became Passivhaus construction in Europe and the U.S.Far ahead of its time, the Saskatchewan Conservation House (Image #2, below) had far more insulation than a conventional house, triple-glazed windows, an insulated crawl space, and a very tight building envelope — all of the elements that builders now routinely use to reduce energy use.His own house in Saskatoon, built in 1992 and described in a 2013 GBA article by Michael Henry, had 16-inch-thick walls filled with cellulose, a drainwater heat exchanger, insulated hot water tank, and other energy-saving features, all in a very conventional looking package.Peter Amerongen, a builder in Edmonton who counted Dumont as an important mentor, visited the house in 2004 after deciding to “up our game” and venture into net-zero construction.“Basically, it was the formula we needed to follow,” Amerongen said of Dumont’s house. “And really, all we’ve done since then is tweak it, and take advantage of the new things that came along.” Praise from the Passivhaus communityKatrin Klingenberg, co-founder and executive director of the Passive House Institute U.S., said she never met Dumont but exchanged emails with him as she and others researched work of the 1970s and ‘80s that led to Passivhaus designs.“From what I could glean,” she wrote in an email, “among others he was instrumental to researching the underlying principles of passive houses and to formulating the core principles. I am deeply grateful for his work and contributions as it has made the work of the next generation, including my own, possible.”In a statement, the Passivhaus Institut praised Dumont’s contributions:“Today, we wish to express our high respect for his great commitment. Rob Dumont has not only contributed to the understanding of the main principles of sustainability. He also brought forward energy efficiency — the key to energy independence and the implementation of renewables and the universal approach everybody can take, regardless of if they are rich or poor in natural resources or if they construct buildings, vehicles or electronics.“The world needs people like Rob Dumont who understand this message, take responsibility for their actions and live for these convictions. We need people like Rob Dumont who know that life is about more than individual financial benefit. The contributions of Rob Dumont will live on forever — as long as there is a decent human society.“We convey our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.” Remembered as a gentle manAmerongen, among others, remembered Dumont as someone steeped in the technical details of building science but who also made his points without rancor.“Whenever I wanted to do something new, I would run it by Rob,” he said, recalling a time when he was adamant about discontinuing the use of polyethylene vapor barriers in outside walls. “And he very gently told me he didn’t think it was a good idea to get rid of the vapor barrier in our climate.“It seems like he was right on in that regard,” Amerongen continued. “And so the first time he was very gently advising me not to do it, and then I took another passive house course and passed the exam and got heated up about getting rid of the vapor barrier, and the second time he was more forceful and basically told me not to be an idiot. He didn’t say it that way, of course, but that’s what I felt.“He was so incredibly observant and would always report his observations with this really gentle, matter of fact way. It was never about him. It was always about the information.”
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—When Galileo Galilei shook up the scientific community with evidence of a heliocentric world, he had a little tube fitted with two pieces of glass to thank. But just how this gadget evolved in the nascent days of astronomy is poorly known. That uncertainty has inspired a group of researchers to compile the most extensive database of early refracting telescopes to date, presented here yesterday during a poster session at the annual meeting of AAAS, which publishes Science. Now, the scientists plan to use modern optics to recreate what Galileo—and the naysaying observers of his time—experienced when they first peered through these tubes at the rings of Saturn, the moons of Jupiter, and the phases of Venus.The database, called Dioptrice, went online earlier this month. It contains records of about 1300 telescopes—mostly physical artifacts from museums and private collections, but also descriptions in books and depictions in art—that date from 1610 to 1775. Those years marked a formative period for the telescope, explains Stephen Case, a science historian and graduate student at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana who helped compile Dioptrice. For the last 2 and a half years, he has pored over books in attic of Chicago’s Adler Planetarium and tracked down telescopes in museum catalogs from galleries around the world.The first phase of the project involved documenting the origin and design of each telescope. 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Their designers weren’t yet able to make perfectly curved class, so the lenses had jagged edges and a small field of view. And until the mass production of the achromatic lens around 1775, they couldn’t correct for the fact that different wavelength of light refract at different angles and cause a blurry image at the focal point. Yet the crude setup inspired a string of eureka moments. “Galileo suddenly could see the phases of Venus,” Case says. “He could see the moons orbiting around Jupiter. He suddenly had evidence for the heliocentric cosmology.”To precisely test how these devices transmitted distant light, the group will use adaptive optics—the technology behind today’s large telescopes. These rely on a grid of deformable mirrors that tilt to adjust for the light-bending turbulence of the atmosphere. The researchers will essentially run that process in reverse, Case says, feeding a light source with a grid structure into the telescope and observing how that grid gets distorted when passing through 400-year-old glass. If the light source is an image of Saturn or Jupiter, Case explains, you can “get out on the other end what that telescope would have shown you.”Such tests could reveal whether a given telescope could conceivably show a separation between the rings of Saturn, for example. But Case points out that what a scientist perceived in these instruments also depended on his trained eye and his sense of what to look for. In other words, no adaptive optics system can account for a given stargazer’s interpretation, or apply the Galileo filter.See more of our coverage from AAAS 2014.
A former Indian American employee is suing Infosys for harassment and religious discrimination, alleging she was ridiculed by managers as an “ABCD” and forced to work on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Promila Awasthi’s lawsuit charges officials at the Fremont, Calif., company with disparaging her for lacking “family values” and “telling her that she should not celebrate Thanksgiving because she is Indian, and that therefore she must work on Thanksgiving Day.”Awasthi, who quit the company in November 2008 after eight months, alleges: “Infosys management ridiculed Mrs. Awasthi’s children for celebrating Thanksgiving, and called them ‘ABCD,’ short for ‘American-Born Confused Desi,’ and ‘IBCD,’ short for ‘Indian-Born Confused Desi,’ insulting terms used to criticize people of Indian ancestry who are Americanized.” Related Items
The BCCI is likely to move the Supreme Court challenging the ruling of the Bombay High Court which has upheld the order passed by an independent arbitrator granting stay to the termination of IPL team Rajasthan Royals’ contract.”Our legal experts will first study the order and then we will decide the future course of action. We may move the Supreme Court,” a BCCI source said.Justice S J Vazaifdar on Monday dismissed an appeal filed by BCCI challenging the stay granted by the arbitrator and permitted Rajasthan Royals to participate in the IPL-4 auction that is to be held on January 8 and 9.The Court, however, imposed a condition on Rajasthan Royals directing them to file an affidavit before it by January 3 specifying full details of its ownership pattern and mode of control.The Court also directed Rajasthan Royals to submit USD 2.83 million as guarantee to the BCCI for the contract and USD 18 million as bank guarantee for the players.BCCI secretary N Srinivasan declined to comment on the development, saying his lawyers have not yet briefed him on the order yet.BCCI had on October 10 terminated the franchisee agreement of Rajasthan Royals – winners of IPL in 2008 – after the team allegedly committed breach of contract by having changes in its corporate structure without consent.Rajasthan Royals had on October 26 approached the High Court against BCCI. However, the case was kept pending as both the parties agreed to resolve the matter through arbitration.