Seeing the Skies Through Galileo’s Eyes

first_imgCHICAGO, 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.last_img read more

What A Turkey!

first_imgA 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 Itemslast_img read more

BCCI may move Supreme Court on Rajasthan Royals ruling

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

World T20: Virat Kohli named captain of ICC’s Team of the Tournament

first_imgIndia stars Virat Kohli and Ashish Nehra were named in the International Cricket Council’s team of the tournament a day after the West Indies lifted the World T20 trophy for a record second time.Kohli was named player of the tournament for his 273 runs from five matches, including three fifties against Pakistan, Australia and West Indies. Nehra, who had last played international cricket in India during the 2011 World Cup, was outstanding with the new ball and in the death. The left-arm seamer picked five wickets and conceded less than six runs an over through the five matches.Kohli, not surprisingly, was named captain of the star-studded team. He was the talk of the tournament for his temperament and consistency.England’s Jason Roy and South Africa’s Quinton de Kock were named openers in the team, while Joe Root, who finished as the second-highest run-scorer with 249 was slotted in at No.4, after Kohli. Another Englishman, Jos Buttler, was also included in the side as the wicketkeeper.Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, who called time on his career, also found a place in the team. Explosive West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell was the other all-rounder and he was named to bat at No.7.New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner and West Indian Samuel Badree are the only two spinners to make the cut while Nehra and England’s David Willey were the two specialist pacers.Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman, who finished with nine wickets from the tournament, was named the 12th man.HERE IT IS! The ICC #WT20 Men’s Team of the Tournament! What do you think of the XI??https://t.co/UntNYqlEjD pic.twitter.com/orEHnIc1bcadvertisement ICC (@ICC) April 4, 2016last_img read more

Louis van Gaal feels pressure ahead of FA Cup semis against Everton

first_imgThree of the four managers leading their teams out at Wembley for this weekend’s FA Cup semi-finals will do so knowing defeat could have serious ramifications for their short-term future.Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been dealing with so-called ‘must-win’ games throughout a troubled season and Saturday’s clash with Everton falls into that category.Everton boss Roberto Martinez, meanwhile, has fallen out of favour with a large section of the club’s fans who have seen no tangible progress this season.Crystal Palace’s woeful form since Christmas has turned up the heat on Alan Pardew too, although a semi-final against Watford represents an opportunity for redemption.Watford manager Quique Florez is perhaps the odd man out.The Spaniard has made an impressive impact in his first season at the club which was promoted last season, guaranteeing survival with plenty to spare.Dutchman Van Gaal has faced a ceaseless debate about his Old Trafford future after crashing out of the Champions League group stages and serving up some turgid football earlier in the season when United fell out of the title race.He has soldiered on, however, and a silver lining is on the horizon with United favourites to lift the trophy for the first time since 2004 after beating West Ham United 2-1 in a quarter-final replay last week with their best display of the season.Even if he does achieve that, there is no guarantee that he will see out the final season of his contract as a top-four finish in the Premier League was his first priority.advertisementBut having won trophies everywhere in his long coaching career, he would at least be able to hold his head high.”I have said for the club it is much more important that we are finishing in the first four positions because the Champions League is the highest level,” he said.”But a trophy is of course fantastic, especially the FA Cup, as it is a lot of years that we didn’t win it.”There is a big arousal among the fans. It is nice to see they are hungry to get the FA Cup, but still we have to beat Everton first.”Martinez won the FA Cup with modest Wigan Athletic in 2013 when they beat Manchester City in the final a few weeks before being relegated, securing his move to Everton.But after finishing fifth in his first season, the club finished 11th last term and, despite a squad full of flair players, were 12th going into Wednesday’s derby with Liverpool.”If we win the games, everything will be fine; if we lose, everything will be my fault,” Martinez said this week.Pardew was part of the Palace side that reached the 1990 final and his return to the club as manager in January 2015 turned the club from relegation candidates to contenders for Europe midway through the current campaign.Palace have stalled since, however, and Pardew hopes the FA Cup can re-ignite his squad.”For us and Watford, one of us is going to hurt and one’s really going to come alive. So we really want to be that team that comes alive,” he said.last_img read more

Scaloni to hold talks with Messi over Argentina return

first_imgArgentina coach Lionel Scaloni will hold further talks with Lionel Messi over the captain’s return to international action.Messi has not featured for his country since the World Cup, where Jorge Sampaoli’s men were dumped out by France.The forward dragged Argentina through the group stage with a wonderful goal against Nigeria, but a chaotic campaign ended in the last 16. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Messi has given no indication over whether he will play international football again, with Argentina beginning preparations for next year’s Copa America.But Scaloni, appointed as Sampaoli’s successor after initially taking over on an interim basis, is planning to hold further talks with the talismanic forward after they met when the Copa Libertadores final second leg was played in Madrid in December.”I do not talk very often with Messi, but we have a relationship,” Scaloni said on Friday.”We are going to try for him to join us in 2019, we have pending talks and we are optimistic that it will be positive.”For us it is something important. Any coach would like to coach him, myself more than any.”Speaking last month, Messi’s Argentina team-mate Mauro Icardi said he hopes the Barcelona star can be persuaded to return to the fold.”He’s the best player in the world and we all hope he comes back with us, especially with the Copa America coming up,” Icardi told TyC Sports after a friendly win against Mexico.last_img read more

Fire Warning for Holiday Season

first_imgStory Highlights He was speaking to JIS News about ways in which Jamaicans can protect their lives and property from fires this Christmas. Public Relations Officer at the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Emeleo Ebanks, said that cases of residential fire tend to be higher during the Christmas period, “due to holiday-related activities that increase our vulnerability to fires”. The entire family has a role to play in residential fire prevention this Christmas season. The entire family has a role to play in residential fire prevention this Christmas season.Public Relations Officer at the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Emeleo Ebanks, said that cases of residential fire tend to be higher during the Christmas period, “due to holiday-related activities that increase our vulnerability to fires”.He was speaking to JIS News about ways in which Jamaicans can protect their lives and property from fires this Christmas.“At this time of the year…children are at home, we are decorating, we are doing more cooking, we are baking, we are putting up lights, and that leaves us more susceptible to the things that will start fires,” he said.Noting that most residential fires are electrically related, Mr. Ebanks urges all residents to have the wiring of their homes checked annually by a certified electrician to ensure their homes can manage the boost in electricity at this time.Additionally, he believes there are precautions both adults and children can take during the holiday period.Children under the age of 12 and those who are unable to properly reach a stove top are not advised to cook. Children are also discouraged from plugging electrical appliances in and out at will, and are warned against playing with fires.Mr. Ebanks also advises that you must never leave cooking unattended, and to outfit your home with affordable safety items, such as extinguishers, battery-operated smoke detectors in each room and a heat detector in the kitchen.In keeping with the tradition of decorating the home and yard for Christmas, the JFB has shared several tips, including checking for the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) quality and safety mark on electrical items.“Ensure the lights, decorations and extension cords are UL-rated. Make sure outdoor lights are all-weather lights than can work on the outside. Inspect lights and other decoration for wear or damage to the insulation. Unplug lights when going to bed and when leaving the home as the heat from the lights can melt plastic Christmas trees and cause sparks on live trees,” Mr. Ebanks said.He advises that live trees should be watered daily and positioned at least three feet away from all heat sources, such as television sets and other household appliances.“If your lights, your cords, your plugs are damaged, do not repair and put some electrical tape over it. Replace them. It is easier, and you will find that it is more cost-effective than to replace a house,” Mr. Ebanks said.“Those bags that you will be getting… the Christmas wrappers, throw them out. Those things, including curtains and dish towels, add to the fire load in your house. A normal-sized room takes three minutes to be engulfed in flames. When you add to the ‘fire load’, what you are doing is enabling that fire to spread much faster and, unfortunately, at 3:00 a.m. when everyone is sleeping, you are setting yourself up in what we call a death trap from that kind of situation,” he warned.Jamaicans are reminded that they can visit any fire station across the island to receive fire-safety tips and also the Jamaica Fire Brigade’s social media pages where they will be posted.last_img read more

VIDEO: Quantum of the Seas Float Out

first_imgWorld Maritime News Staff, August 15, 2014 zoom Construction of the first quantum-class ship is in full swing at the Meyer Werft shipyard’s outfitting quay in Papenburg , Germany, where the Quantum of the Seas is scheduled for completion by October 2014.Not only does the cruise ship feature the latest environmental technologies along with enhanced energy efficiency, but it also scores extra points with its exciting new range of entertainment features.The North Star is an observation capsule modeled on the London Eye ferris wheel; placed at a height of 90 metres, it is the only one of its kind in the world.The observation capsule is not only a highly spectacular attraction for passengers but it also represents a crowning achievement for the shipbuilders.The large ‘Two70°‘ area is located at the stern of the ship and is a lounge with bar and dance floor by day while serving as a performance venue in the evening.The name stands for ‘270 degrees‘, in reference to the almost all-round view afforded to guests through the large window fronts. These are also used as projection surfaces during the evening shows.Another innovation is the ‘SeaPlex‘, a multifunctional room in which passengers can pass the time with a wide choice of activities, including riding bumper cars and playing basketball.This miracle of innovation had her first float out on August 13, 2014. Once finished, the Quantum of the Seas will set sail from its future home port of New York, taking 4,100 passengers at a speed of 22 knots towards the Bahamas and Bermuda, as well as the Caribbean.last_img read more

Koilpillai v Saint Marys University Board of Inquiry

first_imgAn independent Nova Scotia human rights board of inquiry in the case of Radha Koilpillai of Halifax v. Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, is scheduled to begin on Monday, Feb. 1. The board of inquiry will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Dartmouth Sportsplex, Valardo Room, 110 Wyse Rd., Dartmouth. The board chair is Dennis James, who is independent of the commission. The commission is representing the public interest. -30-last_img

Girl sexually assaulted after being picked up by apparent cab driver in

first_imgHAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. – Police in Labrador say a girl was sexually assaulted after being picked up by a man believed to be driving a taxi cab.RCMP say a 63-year-old man faces multiple charges after the girl was offered a ride by a man driving a vehicle “believed to be a taxi cab” near an RBC branch in Happy Valley-Goose Bay at about 9:30 p.m. Friday.They say the girl — police would not give her age — was taken to a home and sexually assaulted.She left and reported the incident to police.The man, from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, has been charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, uttering threats and forcible confinement.Police would not confirm whether the accused man, who is to appear in local provincial court Aug. 2, is a cab driver.last_img read more

East Coast mops up after weather bomb floods roads batters buildings

first_imgHALIFAX – The weather bomb that went off in the Maritimes late Thursday and kept detonating early Friday left plenty of ugly fragments in Wade Woodbury’s backyard.As he emerged from his home along the eastern edge of Halifax Harbour, cane in hand, Woodbury surveyed the damage, then marvelled at powerful waves crashing over a massive rock wall only 12 metres from his back door, howling winds hurling salt spray in his eyes.“She was loud, very loud — like thunder,” said Woodbury, wearing a grey parka and a blue tuque as the temperature hovered around the freezing mark.A storm surge late Thursday breached the wall, shoving a collection of lawn furniture, garbage cans, firewood and the entire fire pit into a tangled heap.Woodbury, a resident of Eastern Passage for more than 20 years, said the winter storm kept him up most of the night as the electricity flickered on and off.“I got up and wandered around — not outdoors, mind you.”Work crews fanned out across the region Friday to deal with the mess left behind by hurricane-force winds, flooded coastal roads and downed power lines that left more than 280,000 utility customers in the dark — most of them in Nova Scotia, the province that endured the strongest winds.The brawniest gusts were recorded in Cape Breton, where a 170-kilometre-per-hour blast streaked through the rural area of Grand Etang, known for producing powerful winds.In the Halifax area, which weathered its share of power outages, siding was ripped off some homes, limbs were torn from trees and the roof was ripped from at least one home in Dartmouth.Dominic Fewer of Nova Scotia’s Emergency Management Office said some roads were washed out and others littered with rocks and debris caused by storm surge and heavy rains.Among the roads still closed Friday was the winding, narrow oceanside lane into a little enclave of five homes in Purcell’s Cove, across from Point Pleasant Park in Halifax harbour.“That’s the only road. We’re sitting here till we get dug out,” said Andrew Murphy, an accountant who was unable to get downtown. “There’s no way through that.”Usually, he and his neighbours just clean the mess up themselves, but this storm “flipped pieces of pavement the size of little cars,” he said.“I’ve lived here for 23 years, and at first the road would wash out once every three or four years. Now it does that three or four times a year. But this is probably the worst one we’ve had since hurricane Juan 14 years ago.”Videos posted to social media Thursday night showed waves from Halifax harbour crashing against the walls of a couple of waterfront restaurants. And as the harbour heaved, jets of spray shot up between the slats on the city’s boardwalk.Not far away, the storm surge moved the city’s Canada 150 sign installation from its boardwalk perch in front of a waterfront hotel, as a small crowd watched and cheered.Staff at nearby Salty’s restaurant and The Gahan House brew pub said they were able to keep the water out with the use of sandbags — an emergency measure adopted after hurricane Juan caused extensive damage in 2003.In New Brunswick, crews cleared away mounds of snow that began piling up when the slow-moving, low-pressure system moved into the province Thursday afternoon. The heaviest snowfall was recorded at Pokemouche, which was buried under 58 centimetres, while Big River nearby got 50 centimetres of snow. Fredericton reported 25 centimetres by early Friday.The president of NB Power said it will be late Saturday before all power is restored across the province. Gaetan Thomas says the number of customers affected by Thursday’s storm peaked at 19,000 Friday morning.“It took quite a while to get the snow removal into certain areas,” he said. “The conditions along the coast … you couldn’t see anything last night.”In Bathurst, where they were digging out from under 50 centimetres of snow, plows were still trying to clear driveways and parking lots well into Friday.“We got all that snow and freezing rain too,” said Roger Arseneault, who was working at the front desk at the Atlantic Host hotel. “It’s not safe to go on the roads. It’s still blowing hard out there and the visibility ain’t the best.”In Shelburne, along Nova Scotia’s southwestern shore, the wind tore off a big section of a community centre’s roof. As well, the town’s sturdy armoury — built from granite — was damaged by storm surge, as was the town wharf.One of the main roads along the waterfront, Dock Street, was submerged Thursday as the storm reached its peak. Though the water had receded by early Friday, a chunk of the sidewalk was missing and an assortment of flotsam was left behind.“We’re assessing the damage but it’s fairly significant,” said Shelburne Mayor Karen Mattatall. “There’s lots of debris. I can see anchors and lobster traps … It certainly seems to be some of the worst damage we’ve seen in a long time.”Pictures on Twitter showed scaffolding from the historic Lunenburg Academy laying in a heap on the ground as winds roared around it.Along Nova Scotia’s eastern shore, massive waves pounded the coast, including the Lawrencetown Beach area, famous as a surfing mecca.Surfer Tim Adham from Dartmouth, N.S., said the storm was “absolutely epic!”“We could hear the wind howling,” he said as he and some friends surveyed a section of the Lawrencetown Road that was blocked by rocks heaved ashore by the waves. “It’s always impressive. Makes you feel humble.”As for the surf, he said no surfer would risk such chaotic seas.“Insane,” Adham said. “Super dangerous. Death.”The storm also closed schools for a second consecutive day in parts of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and P.E.I., and was hampering air travel and ferry service in several areas.The number of Nova Scotia Power customers still in the dark had dropped to 31,000 by Friday evening, with power for most homes and businesses expected to be restored later in the night or Saturday in more remote areas.Jason Mew, acting executive director of Nova Scotia’s Emergency Management Office, said the full extent and cost of the damage to provincial infrastructure would not be known until early next week.— With files from Alison Auld and Rob Roberts in Halifax and Kevin Bissett in Fredericton.last_img read more

Ban on Oxy without detox will trigger another crisis NAN

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe organization representing thousands of northern Ontario band members says a serious crisis is looming.The Nishnawbe Aski Nation says a ban on OxyContin will lead to a new set of problems.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.last_img

Thomson Reuters reports Q1 loss on onetime charge on financial and risk

first_imgTORONTO – Thomson Reuters Corp. reported a loss in its first quarter as it took a one-time charge related to the sale of its financial and risk business announced earlier this year.The news and information company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said the loss attributable to shareholders amounted to US$339 million or 48 cents per share compared with a profit attributable to shareholders of $297 million or 41 cents per share a year ago.Revenue in the quarter totalled $1.38 billion, up from $1.33 billion.The loss in the most recent quarter reflected an $844-million deferred tax charge associated with the proposed sale of a 55 per cent interest in the company’s financial and risk business to a consortium led by U.S.-based private equity firm Blackstone.On an adjusted basis, Thomson Reuters says it earned 28 cents per share in the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of 25 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 27 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRI)last_img read more

Expulsion of aid groups from Darfur will have wide impact UN agencies

6 March 2009Adding their voices to the deep concern expressed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon over the ordered departure of at least 13 aid organizations from Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, UN humanitarian agencies warned today that the effects could shake the region. Su’s decision to begin ejecting the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) came Wednesday, immediately after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for President Omar Al-Bashir for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur.The Secretary-General is currently contacting the leaders of the African Union (AU) and the League of Arab States, along with others in the region to follow up on his appeal to the Government of Sudan to reconsider its decision, according to his spokesperson.Briefing a Security Council meeting today on Sudan, a senior UN relief official warned of the effects of some 6,500 international aid workers being expelled from Darfur.“I stressed that the humanitarian situation should be de-linked from any discussion and debate on the ICC decision,” Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Catherine Bragg told reporters after the consultations.She also cautioned that if the decision to deregister major actors such as Oxfam, Care International, International Rescue Committee and Save the Children is allowed to stand, “the number of people affected will be in the millions” and humanitarian capabilities in the region will be cut by half.“With some 4.7 million Sudanese – including 2.7 million internally displaced – already receiving assistance in Darfur, we are very concerned over the prospect of new population movements in the region should the fragile aid lifeline inside Sudan be disrupted,” Ron Redmond, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said today in Geneva. Noting that there are also 40,000 Chadian refugees in West Darfur, he said: “Our experience shows that when vulnerable populations are unable to get the help they need, they go elsewhere in search of protection and assistance.”Support for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Darfur keeps them as close to home as possible and relieves pressure on neighbouring Chad, where UNHCR and its partners are already caring for nearly 250,000 refugees from Darfur, he explained.These isolated camps and the remote communities surrounding them are already struggling to provide the basics needed to sustain those refugees in addition to some 180,000 IDPs in eastern Chad.“Any influx to Chad would be an additional challenge for UNHCR and other humanitarian agencies because of ongoing insecurity and instability in the country, as well as limited resources such as water,” Mr. Redmond said.In addition to some 3 million displaced, an estimated 300,000 people have died in Darfur, where rebels have been fighting Government forces and allied Arab militiamen, known as the Janjaweed, since 2003.Among other agencies speaking out today, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said the decision could lead to the increase of mortality and morbidity due to the interruption of health services, the decline of immunization coverage and the lack of therapeutic feeding and nutrition services for children.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said its main concerns were in areas of water and sanitation, and nutrition and health. It was doing what it could to ensure that its programmes continued, whether by using NGOs whose licenses had not been revoked or new partners.The UN Security Council is expected to hear a briefing from Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Catherine Bragg later today on the latest developments and the humanitarian impact of the Sudanese decision.Meanwhile, according to the AU-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), several instances of banditry targeting the Mission’s personnel and aid groups were reported across the Darfur region. UNAMID is investigating the incidents.The Mission said that during the last 24 hours, UNAMID military forces conducted some 35 patrols, covering 42 villages and IDP camps throughout the troubled region of western Sudan. read more

Warring families assigned mediators to stop them fighting over power of attorney

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. Adults can set up a lasting power of attorney in case they lose the capacity to make their own decisions about their life and finances. A “donor”, who sets up the agreement, can appoint a family member or professional to take over their decisions for them if they become ill with conditions such as dementia. High-profile cases have recently drawn attention to the potential for abuse within the scheme. Last month a solicitor specialising in elderly care was convicted of wilful neglect after the death of her 79-year-old mother.Emma-Jane Kurtz, 41, had left her mother Cecily “covered from head to toe in faeces” and had not changed her clothes for a decade, Thames Valley Police said.  Warring families are to be assigned mediators to stop to stop them fighting over power of attorney for loved ones. A pilot scheme being run by the Office of the Public Guardian will fund professional help for families embroiled in disputes over issues such as inheritances or control of finances.In some cases a vulnerable person who had chosen a relative such as a sibling, child or parent to make decisions on their behalf ends up in the control of the local authority or a professional because their family cannot get along. Speaking at a conference in London, Alan Eccles, chief executive of the office of the public guardian, said the programme was intended to “honour the wishes of the donor”. “If it’s not a case of out-and-out abuse, then we think to give validity to that wish of the donor, we will attempt to put things back together again, and get them to focus on the donor who wanted their loved ones to look after them, rather than to worry about the thing that they’ve fallen out about,” he told an audience the Frenkel Topping deputy day conference. The disagreements can be over who was assigned the power of attorney or over inheritance or decisions about care homes and finances, he told the Daily Telegraph. “Sometimes it can just be the fact that one sibling has been appointed the attorney and the other sibling hasn’t,” he said.  read more

Pixel XL Scores Lower Than iPhone 7 In Teardown

first_imgYou’ve read plenty about Google’s first in-house phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, but maybe you’re wondering what makes them tick. As usual, iFixit is more than happy to satisfy your curiosity.After they applied a bit of heat and and diligently worked around the perimeter with a plastic pick, they were ready to spill the Pixel XL’s secrets. iFixit found plenty to get excited about. Most of the phone’s components were mounted on separate, easy-to-remove boards and all the screws holding things together were the same size.Both those things tend to make repairs a lot less arduous. Another positive: very little of that goopy, black adhesive that they find in so many phones and tablets. Even the battery was spared: two strips of tape hold it in place, but a pull-tab makes it easy to remove even without applying any heat (which is always a nice thing when you’re playing with something like a lithium battery).How does the Pixel XL stack up to the competition? Let’s look at the most obvious choice, the iPhone 7 Plus. iFixit just posted their teardown of it last month, and they awarded it a very respectable 7/10. There was a time when Apple’s devices were some of the most difficult to repair, but those days are obviously long gone.That’s actually a better score than the one awarded the Pixel XL by iFixit. A 6/10 is still a respectable score, but it would have been nice to see Google’s first in-house phone at least pull even with the iPhone.What held the Pixel XL back? Despite scoring points for its highly modular design, the Pixel XL’s display gave iFixit cause for concern. Apart from being incredibly thin, iFixit noted that it didn’t have much in the way of support. Without that added rigidity, there’s a decent chance the Pixel XL’s screen could be damaged during a repair.But hey, as a first effort, the Pixel XL turned in a pretty strong showing and its design shows that Google and HTC are on the right track when it comes to making repairable phones. Maybe their next Android flagship will upstage the iPhone.last_img read more

10 Coolest Zords in 25 Years of Power Rangers

first_img From Gundam to Pacific Rim there is something undeniably appealing about watching giant robots go on wrecking sprees. It’s as ingrained in our DNA as the fight/flight mechanism or our gag reflexes being triggered when Benedict Cumberbatch tries to speak in an American accent. As such, it’s probably not controversial to say that the coolest facet of the Power Rangers franchise is the Megazords.To be clear, pretty much everything about Power Rangers is cool. We’re talking about a TV show that is, at every level, made to appeal to what 8-year-olds think is awesome, and 8-year-olds happen to have great taste when it comes to what they think is cool—as a person who is spending his adulthood writing about things he’s liked since he was 8 I feel confident in saying this. Still, teenagers with attitude and dope multicolored uniforms can’t touch giant robots combining to form an even more giant robot for the purpose of fighting a giant monster. Over the series’ 25-year run there’s been a massive number of Megazords. As is inevitable when designing giant fighting robots, some are a bit cooler than others. I, a grown adult who owns noise-canceling headphones and has a credit score, have seen every single episode of Power Rangers, some more than once, and as such feel as qualified as anybody to make the definitive list of the 10 coolest Power Rangers Megazords. These rankings are based on science and as such cannot be disputed.Thunder Power What an absolute unit. Look at this fella. The Thunder Power Megazord gets its first round of cool points for being a zord belonging to rangers that start out as antagonists, meaning we get to see it trounce the primary rangers’ zord at least once. It gets its second round of cool points, the round that secures it a spot on this list, for looking rad beyond belief. Comprised of what’s basically two monster trucks with beetle horns, this sucker just looks mean. It’s got horns! It’s got beetle horns! The Thunder Rangers get undersold on how dope they are far too often, so we’re going to give credit, at least to their Megazord, where it’s due. Thundersaurus Easily the coolest zord of the Disney era largely thanks to being the OG Megazord of the best ranger team of the Disney era. The Thundersaurus Megazord harkens back to the classic Mighty Morphin’ Megazord, being made up of three giant dinosaur robots. It doesn’t hurt that it’s got a giant Tyrannosaurus Rex head on its chest and a massive drill in place of its left arm. It’s a great design that makes you instantly want to check eBay for the toy version and that’s the highest compliment you can pay a Megazord design. Thunder Megazord First of all, it’s totally unintentional that the first three entries on this list are Thunder-centric zords, I promise. Now that that’s out of the way, we’ve got to talk about the OG secondary Megazord. A ranger team getting a brand-new Megazord in the midst of a series run is a franchise staple at this point, but few of those secondary zords can compare to the original. The Thunder Megazord comes together when the Dinozords transform into zords that take inspiration from mythical creatures like unicorns and gryphons. They then combine to form a Megazord that takes design cues from samurai armor, making for a perfect breath of fresh air to the original ranger team’s arsenal. Zeo Megazord Conceptually the Zeo Megazord has a lot in common with the Thunder Megazord, being made up of zords that draw cues from various mythologies. Still, the design is insanely cool, a factor much needed in the first post-MMPR Megazord. Even better is that it doesn’t take design cues from the admittedly not-great Zeo Ranger shape masks as its successor, the Super Zeo Megazord, does. White Tigerzord  Here it is, the first Tommy zord on the list. Nobody’s going to dispute that Tommy is the greatest Power Rangers character of all time, having held several different morphers over the course of the series and several zords to accompany them. The White Tigerzord is one of the best, a giant white robotic tiger that can convert into Warrior Mode, at which point it becomes even cooler. This one, again, is the kind of essential zord that practically holds you at knifepoint and forces you to check Amazon for the toy. Defender TorozordShort of OG Green, you’d be hard-pressed to find a sixth ranger with a cooler design and story than the Magna Defender. While it’s tempting to wax poetic on the character’s arc over the course of Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy, we’re here to talk about zords, and fortunately there’s plenty to say about the Defender Torozord. The Magna Defender’s zord is a giant bull fully capable of wrecking bad dudes in its bull form. But it doesn’t stop there. When converted to the Defender Torozord, the Magna Defender gets blown up to zord size and then wears the Torozord like a suit of armor. It’s an awesome take on a Megazord and the design is sleek, simple, and effective. Dark PredazordPower Rangers Wild Force varies wildly in quality throughout its series run but the indisputable high point is the Zen-Aku saga, in which a terrifying wolf monster systematically wrecks the Wild Force Rangers in devastating fashion. The highlight of this saga is when he reveals his Dark Wildzords, a wolf, hammerhead shark, and alligator. Together they form the Dark Predazord, a giant sinister juggernaut with a massive alligator head on its chest that shoots a laser cannon. That’s everything a dark zord should be and the show hasn’t topped it in the years since Wild Force was on the air. MegazordYou can’t knock the original. Everything that makes Megazords great as a concept started with the OG, the very first Megazord, so great that there’s no modifiers like “Thunder” or “Mighty Morphin” or “Ultra Max.” It’s just the Megazord. You can say that word and it’s the first one that will come to people’s minds. The design has never been topped and it is and will always be the most iconic Power Rangers zord of all time. Wild Force MegazordA few series have utilized the idea of the zords not being simply robots so much as fully sentient creatures with whom each ranger has a relationship. None have explored this as so fully realized and compelling a concept as Power Rangers Wild Force. The mythology surrounding the zords in this series makes for killer storytelling and lends a degree of empathy to them. They’re not just giant robots used as third-act plot devices. They’re characters. Furthermore, the series’ first Megazord design is incredibly cool, with the added bonus of endless customizable combinations. The original is awesome, but a few episodes into the series the Rangers begin to discover more zords, allowing for new add-ons like the Soul Bird, the Giraffe Zord, and the twin Bear Zords. DragonzordThe game had changed. With the debut of the Green Ranger and the Dragonzord, our understanding of Power Rangers changed. No single zord has more drastically altered the landscape of the series like the Dragonzord the moment it emerged from the sea like the Kraken that took down the Titanic (YOU CAN’T TELL ME IT’S NOT TRUE). There is no dragon-to-zord transformation as there is with the White Tigerzord. No tricks, no fancy alternate modes. There’s just a giant robot dragon that absolutely wrecks everything in its path. Its later combinations with the Megazord are cool, yes, but it’s still pure perfection on its own. It’s the best Megazord of all time, no doubt. WORST: Turbo MegazordLook at this large dumb boy.Unleash your inner Megazord now that you’re saturated with Ranger knowledge. You should be reading Boom! Studios’ latest run of Ranger comics. Watch MovieBob’s review of that last film. Stay informed of all Mighty Morphin’ news here with the 25th Anniversary.  Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Legend of the White Dragon’ Reunites Original Power RangersThe Original ‘Power Rangers’ Movie Should Have Stayed Small center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more