For astronomers, the infrared spectrum was a beckoning frontier. Visible light from the most distant objects in the universe, the very first stars and galaxies that formed after the big bang, gets stretched so much by the expansion of the universe that it ends up in the infrared range by the time it reaches us. Many chemical signatures in exoplanet atmospheres also show themselves in the infrared region. Yet Earth’s atmosphere blocks most infrared. Webb will give us “the first high-definition view of the midinfrared universe,” says Matt Greenhouse, JWST project scientist for the instrument payload at Goddard.To capture that light, however, NASA engineers had to overcome huge challenges. The first was heat: To keep the infrared glow of the telescope itself from swamping faint astronomical signals, Webb would need to operate at about –233°C, 40° above absolute zero (40 K). That would require entirely new instrument designs. Size and weight constraints posed additional hurdles: An 8-meter mirror would never fit inside a rocket fairing, so it would have to fold up for launch. The sunshield, too, would have to be collapsible and made of a superthin, lightweight membrane. And the telescope structure would have to be absolutely rigid but lightweight enough to limit the weight of the whole orbiting observatory to no more than 6 tonnes, just a few percent of the weight of a similar-size ground-based telescope. “We knew we would have to invent 10 new technologies” to make the telescope work, says NASA’s JWST Program Director Eric Smith, in Washington, D.C. NASA/Chris Gunn Webb’s instrument module (inside the gold-colored frame) just before testing began in Goddard Space Flight Center’s pressure cooker–like cryo-vacuum chamber where it was subjected to a frigid vacuum awash with infrared light. An engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center attaches the first of 18 hexagonal mirror segments to its backing frame. GREENBELT, MARYLAND—For months, inside the towering Building 29 here at Goddard Space Flight Center, the four scientific instruments at the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST, or Webb) have been sealed in what looks like a house-sized pressure cooker. A rhythmic chirp-chirp-chirp sounds as vacuum pumps keep the interior at a spacelike ten-billionth of an atmosphere while helium cools it to –250°C. Inside, the instruments, bolted to the framework that will hold them in space, are bathed in infrared light—focused and diffuse, in laserlike needles and uniform beams—to test their response.The pressure cooker is an apt metaphor for the whole project. Webb is the biggest, most complex, and most expensive science mission that NASA has ever attempted, and expectations among astronomers and the public are huge. Webb will have 100 times the sensitivity of the Hubble Space Telescope. It will be able to look into the universe’s infancy, when the very first galaxies were forming; study the birth of stars and their planetary systems; and analyze the atmospheres of exoplanets, perhaps even detecting signs of life. “If you put something this powerful into space, who knows what we can find? It’s going to be revolutionary because it’s so powerful,” says Matt Mountain, director of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy in Washington, D.C., and former JWST telescope scientist. Like that of Hubble, however, Webb’s construction has been plagued by redesigns, schedule slips, and cost overruns that have strained relationships with contractors, partners in Canada and Europe, and—most crucially—supporters in the U.S. Congress. Other missions had to be slowed or put on ice as Webb consumed available resources. A crisis in 2010 and 2011 almost saw it canceled, although lately the project has largely kept within its schedule and budget, now about $8 billion. One of Webb’s gold-coated beryllium mirror segments is inspected before assembly at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Matt Mountain, director of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, and former JWST telescope scientist NASA/Chris Gunn NASA/Chris Gunn NASA/Chris Gunn Webb’s mirror backplane is made from a graphite composite that is lightweight and rigid, retaining its shape down to cryogenic temperatures. NASA/Chris Gunn: K. W. Don, University of Arizona Northrop Grumman Corp. Artist’s conception showing Webb’s segmented mirror—one of several innovative components designed to unfold in space en route to Webb’s final orbit 1.5 million kilometers from Earth. If you put something this powerful into space, who knows what we can find? It’s going to be revolutionary because it’s so powerful. Webb’s superthin, lightweight sunshield—here being tested at Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, California—will protect the telescope and its instruments from the sun’s heat. But plenty could go wrong between now and the moment in late 2018 when the telescope begins sending back data from its vantage point 1.5 million kilometers from Earth. It faces the stresses of launch, the intricate unfurling of its mirror and sunshield after it emerges from its chrysalis-like launch fairing, and the possibility of failure in its many cutting-edge technologies. Unlike Hubble, saved by a space shuttle mission that repaired its faulty optics, it is too far from Earth to fix. 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And it is why Webb’s other components—including the mirror and telescope structure, the “bus” that will supply power and control the telescope, and the tennis court–sized, multilayer parasol that will help keep it cool—must undergo a gauntlet of testing, alone and in combinations, until the whole spacecraft is ready. For those on the inside, the strain will only increase as assembly continues, the tests get bigger and more comprehensive, and the spacecraft is launched into space. Only when Webb opens its eye and successfully focuses on its first star will the strain be released.In the mid-1990s, after Hubble had had its optics corrected and was busy revolutionizing astronomy, researchers began planning its successor. The catch phrase in NASA at the time, championed by agency chief Daniel Goldin, was “faster, better, cheaper.” Goldin challenged NASA engineers and the astronomical community to come up with a follow-on that was cheaper than Hubble but bigger, with a mirror 8 meters across. He received a standing ovation when he described the plans to the American Astronomical Society in 1996. Whereas Hubble covered the whole range of visible light, plus a smidgen of ultraviolet and infrared, the Next Generation Space Telescope (as it was then known) would be a dedicated infrared observatory. Webb’s secondary mirror just after being coated with gold at Quantum Coating Incorporated. Open the full graphic to see how the telescope was put together and how it will unfold in space. By Daniel CleryFeb. 18, 2016 , 11:00 AM Building James Webb: the biggest, boldest, riskiest space telescope The few months OTIS spends in Chamber A early next year will be the most critical it will face. Light sources on the ceiling will create an artificial universe, allowing NASA engineers to run light all the way through the system from main mirror to detectors for the first and only time in spacelike conditions. They will practice phasing up the mirror and will check out all observing modes of the four instruments. “Hubble didn’t do an end-to-end optical test. We’re not skipping that on this program,” Greenhouse says.Then it’s back into the shipping container and another C-5 flight to Redondo Beach, where Northrop Grumman has been building the bus and sunshield. There the full observatory will take shape as the telescope and instruments are mated to these last two elements. Now too large to fit inside a plane, Webb will make its final prelaunch journey by ship, down the California coast and through the Panama Canal to French Guiana—home of Europe’s spaceport, and a waiting Ariane 5 launcher, part of Europe’s contribution to the project. In October 2018, the Ariane will fling Webb toward L2, a gravitational balance point 1.5 million kilometers from Earth, directly away from the sun. The journey will take 29 days.Webb will begin unfolding and deploying components almost as soon as it hits space. Deployment will be “3 weeks of terror,” Mountain says. “No one has done this before, ever.” First to deploy will be solar arrays and antennas to provide power and communications with Earth; then the sunshield will unfurl to begin cooling the telescope and instruments; finally, the secondary mirror will swing into position and the main mirror wings will snap into place. Once the mechanical gymnastics routine is finished, there will come the heart-stopping moment when the mirror first looks at the sky. Then the mirror has to be phased up, and the instruments cooled and all their modes tested. Commissioning is expected to take a full 6 months after launch. “A whole chain of things have to be done to get that really good-looking star,” says Lee Feinberg, JWST telescope manager at Goddard. “But then we can really rest.”Until then, the pressure will be unrelenting. But the builders of Webb say they do find time to reflect on what they are doing. Pierre Ferruit, JWST project scientist at the European Space Agency in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, recalls watching from the control room at Goddard during CV3 as technicians carried mirror segments into the clean room and fitted them to the backplane. “Even for someone working on the mission, it’s quite incredible,” he says. Rieke had the same sensation: “It’s just enchanting to be witnessing history.”Open to see how Webb deploys in space NASA/Chris Gunn Photo illustration: James Vaughan Photo illustration: James Vaughan One of Webb’s gold-coated beryllium mirror segments is inspected before assembly at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. NASA/Chris Gunn: K. W. Don, University of Arizona NASA/Chris Gunn NASA/Chris Gunn Contamination control engineers at NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center inspect Webb’s mid-infrared instrument (MIRI), newly arrived from Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the United Kingdom. NASA/Chris Gunn ‹› Engineers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center cover Webb’s fine guidance sensor/near-infrared imager and slitless spectrograph—one of four scientific instruments on board the observatory. With six segments installed, Webb’s 6.5-meter mirror is one-third complete. Artist’s conception showing Webb’s segmented mirror—one of several innovative components designed to unfold in space en route to Webb’s final orbit 1.5 million kilometers from Earth. NASA/Chris Gunn Inside the cryo-vacuum chamber at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center engineers prepare to give Webb’s instruments a taste of simulated space. Problems emerged almost immediately. The heating and cooling caused the delicate multilayer semiconductor sandwiches that make up the infrared detectors to swell and crack. Another critical technology, the microshutter array in the near-infrared spectrograph, also succumbed. This is a device the size of four postage stamps with a grid of 250,000 tiny flaps that can be opened selectively so that the instrument can take separate spectra from, say, 100 galaxies in a single field of view—the first such multiobject spectrograph to fly in space. But the deafening noise of the acoustic chamber caused many of the flaps to jam.Instrument teams and manufacturers scrambled to identify the problems and produce new parts. Meanwhile, testing went on. All the replacements came together in time for the recent CV3 test, and as the test ended in late January the signs were encouraging that the fixes had worked. “We’re quite pleased with the performance,” says astronomer Marcia Rieke of the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory in Tucson, principal investigator for the near-infrared camera. “We’re very close to ready for launch.”While the instruments underwent their ordeal, white-clad engineers in a nearby clean room were painstakingly fitting the mirror segments onto their support, known as the backplane. Hollowed out on the back to reduce weight, each 1.3-meter-wide segment can be carried by a single person, and each has a particular destination on the backplane, depending on its precise optical qualities. Now that the instruments have been tested and the mirror assembled, these two elements will be mated in March. Then the combined telescope and instrument package, collectively known as OTIS, will endure the shaker tables and acoustic chamber before being inserted into a specially built shipping container. In the dead of night, a truck will carry the container at just 8 kilometers per hour from Goddard to Joint Base Andrews, where it will be placed into a huge C-5 Galaxy transport plane, with just centimeters of clearance, for its flight to Houston. Take the mirror. Hubble’s was made from a single slab of glass, but Webb’s folding mirror would need to be segmented, made up of separate hexagonal pieces—a design used in many top ground-based instruments, including the Keck telescopes in Hawaii. The segments would have to be minutely controlled to meld them into a single optical surface, with their reflected light completely in step—a process known as phasing. In Webb, each hexagonal segment will sit on six actuators that control its orientation, plus one in the center to adjust its curvature. Open to see how Webb deploys in spaceChoosing the mirror material itself was a challenge, because it would have to stand up to a grueling ordeal. Because any material will change shape as it cools, each segment would have to be ground to a shape that is optically wrong at room temperature but warps into one that is correct—to within nanometers—at 40 K. To do that, the mirrormakers planned to combine sophisticated computer modeling with a laborious, iterative process of grinding, cooling, measuring, warming, regrinding, cooling again, and so on. After testing both glass and the metal beryllium, Webb planners chose beryllium because it is strong and light, and it behaves more predictably during repeated cooling and warming cycles.The final design for Webb fell short of NASA’s original ambitions. Beginning in 2001, concerns about the swelling cost of the telescope forced NASA to shrink the mirror from 8 meters to 6.5 meters, reducing the number of mirror segments from 36 to 18 and its light-collecting area from 50 square meters to 25. But review panels decided that Webb could still achieve its scientific goals. To cut costs further, NASA decided to use less precise mirrors that could be manufactured with many fewer cooling-warming-grinding steps. The change would make Webb less sharp at near-infrared wavelengths between 1 and 2 micrometers—no great loss, as ground-based telescopes already cover that part of the spectrum.By 2006, all of Webb’s key technologies had been tested and proven viable. The final design was drawn up, and construction of components got underway. Meanwhile, NASA engineers began dreaming up the byzantine series of tests each separate component would have to pass—and the additional tests to be done as components were combined to form larger elements of the spacecraft. “As soon as we put two or three parts together, we test them,” says Scott Willoughby, who is in charge of the Webb effort at Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, California. To put Webb’s enormous mirror through its paces, engineers at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, completely refitted Chamber A, a huge cryo-vacuum chamber built to test the crew-carrying spacecraft of the Apollo program. For the instruments, they devised the peculiar tortures at Goddard. The flight models of the instruments began arriving in 2012: four infrared imagers and spectrographs built by collaborators including the European Space Agency, a NASA/European consortium, the University of Arizona, and the Canadian Space Agency. Once the instruments were secured on their rigid framework, they were vigorously shaken to simulate the stresses of launch, as well as blasted with 150 decibels by loudspeaker horns as tall as a person. Next came the first cryo-vacuum test to simulate space conditions. The telescope’s main mirror with all 18 segments installed but protective covers still in place.
Space for both India, China to invest in Cambodia: AnsariSpace for both India, China to invest in Cambodia: Ansari
From Asim Kamal On Board Special Aircraft, Sep 15 (PTI) There is space for both India and China to invest in Cambodia, Vice President Hamid Ansari said today as he dismissed the notion that Indias foray into the Southeast Asian country would make the communist giant uneasy. “We are doing what we can do best, capacity building, some specialised areas of assistance like water resources, telecommunication, transmission lines and these patterns. China is doing it on a different scale. I think there is space for both,” Ansari told reporters on his way to the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. Asked about whether Indias push for making investments in Cambodia would make Beijing uneasy, Ansari said, “No I dont think (so). Chinese levels of investment are so different that I dont think that will be (the case). And I think there is no suggestion at the local government level.” The China?Cambodia relationship has reached new peaks in recent years. China is one of Cambodias largest foreign investors, a major donor of aid and an increasingly important trading partner. China has also actively made investments in Laos and other Southeast Asian countries. Ansari, who is on a four-day two-nation tour to Cambodia and Laos, said the trip is important as both the countries are members of the ASEAN and as part of governments Act East policy it is essential to step up ties with these countries. “Both the countries have gone through a lot of turmoil in the past and we have helped them. Whenever a need arose, be it in the international organisations, UN missions, we have helped these countries and even today whatever we can do through different projects we are helping them,” he said. Asked about what role India could play in the South China Sea disputes, the Vice President said, “On the South China Sea question, the Indian position has always been the same. It is a consistent position that such matters need to be settled within the framework of the Law of the Seas Convention. And I think that is a view supported by a very large number of countries.” Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan strongly contest Chinas claims of sovereignty on almost all of South China Sea. Maritime tensions went up high in the region after the US started backing the five nations to stand up to Chinas claims. Talking about the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation, Ansari said some things will come out from this visit like increase in scholarships offered that will be announced during the trip. The Mekong?Ganga Cooperation (MGC) was established in 2000 at Vientiane, Laos, at the First MGC Ministerial Meeting. It comprises six member countries, namely India, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. They emphasised four areas of cooperation, which are tourism, culture, education, and transportation linkage in order to lay a solid foundation for future trade and investment cooperation in the region. (more) PTI ASK NSA AKJ NSAadvertisement
Liberty’s end: how a great New York team was banished to the suburbsLiberty’s end: how a great New York team was banished to the suburbs
When the New York Liberty play their home opener on Friday night, they will take the court at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York. A far cry from their familiar home court of Madison Square Garden, one of the most famous sports venues in the United States.The Liberty, one of the WNBA’s charter franchises that first played at MSG in 1997, is historically one of the most popular teams in the league. Some of basketball’s most decorated players have dotted their roster down the years, including Swin Cash (now the team’s director of franchise development for the Liberty), seven-time All-Star Cappie Pondexter who has played in seven WNBA All Star games, Hall of Famer Rebecca Lobo, and Becky Hammon, who is now an assistant coach with the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs and who recently became the first woman to interview for a head coaching position with an NBA team. Share on Messenger Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp New York So why the move? First, the team’s owner, the Madison Square Garden Company helmed by James Dolan, wanted to sell the Liberty (the sale process is still ongoing and the current owners continue to operate the team.) But it was soon revealed the team, whose home schedule takes place almost entirely during the summer months when the Garden is unoccupied by the Knicks or Rangers, would have to kick it to the suburbs – a move that prompted Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer to threaten the loss of MSG’s property tax abatement, which saves the company $50m annually.What’s clear is the Liberty’s owners don’t have interest in fully promoting the team. By moving them 30 miles outside of Manhattan to an arena that only holds 5,000 spectators shows a lack of commitment to growing a team that has already experienced steady growth.The move simply doesn’t make sense. The Liberty averaged about 10,000 people for home games last year and ranked fourth in the league in attendance. According to sports economist David Berri, the math simply doesn’t add up.“In 2017 the Liberty, led by All-Star Tina Charles, attracted 9,899 fans per game at Madison Square Garden. The Westchester County Center, though, only seats 5,000 fans. So, if the Liberty played in Westchester last season there would have been 83,107 fewer fans at Liberty games in 2017,” Berri told Forbes.The Liberty aren’t the only WNBA team that will be downsizing their home venue in 2018. The Washington Mystics, who play out of the Capitol One Arena in the nation’s capital, are moving to a venue that only hosts 4,200 fans despite drawing an average of 7,711 fans per game last year.“Had the Mystics played at this new arena in 2017 they would have seen 60,712 fewer fans (overall),” Berri said.Berri is was dismayed at the decision for the team to move away from its core fanbase. “I think such a move sends the wrong message,” he said in a conversation with the Guardian. “People tend to focus on attendance as the mark of the league’s health. Deliberately making it lower sends a signal the league is struggling (when it is not).”In fact, the WNBA overall has seen a steady uptick of attendance as well as viewership.In 2017, the WNBA saw its largest turnout to games since 2011, averaging over 7,500 spectators per game. In addition, during the playoffs the WNBA had an plus-8% increase in viewership on ESPN and ESPN2.Even the telecast for the WNBA draft which aired on ESPN2 and ESPNU had a 25% increase in viewership from the year before.With all of these positive metrics, why move a popular team to the suburbs? Why not look at ways to invest more into the fanbase that already attends games, and in a city that has a population of 8.5m people? Why make it more difficult for existing fans to attend games?Laureen Irat, who runs BeyondtheW, a media company dedicated to all WNBA news, said of the move: “There is so much history that the Liberty have made at MSG as being one of the inaugural teams in the league, and part of a handful that are left. I also think the timing of it what was what made it a bit confusing.”According to Irat, the timing of the move did not make sense. “The team has been to the playoffs in the four seasons. Their franchise player, Tina Charles, was a runner up for MVP and their team has the current Sixth Woman of the Year, Sugar Rodgers. To me personally, given these circumstances, it seems like they had already made their decision before the season ended.”However, Irat feels hopeful that the current level of talent on the team will withstand the move. “This group of women are talented, focused, and tenacious enough to play at a high level in any setting and under any circumstance. The goal is to get a championship, and they’ll do whatever it takes to achieve that,” Irat said.Perhaps the best thing that can happen for the Liberty though is to find owners who will value them. And hopefully the team will find itself playing again at Madison Square Garden at a venue worthy of the talent on the team, and a venue worthy for their fans. 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Manager, Mum, Supervisor, Coordinator, Therapist, Negotiator and Role Model – these are just some of the professions carried out by an extremely loved individual and tireless volunteer, Karen Tomba (Kaz). Officially, Kaz carries the role of ‘Regional Referee Manager’ for the Hunter Western Hornets Touch Football Association. Her efforts as an unpaid volunteer never go unseen, especially when coordinating referees at some of the largest touch football events in NSW. Kaz manages a tournament of over 160 volunteer referees, providing guidance and direction to the many young and new referees. Like many volunteers, Karen rarely gets the thanks she deserves which is why she has been nominated for this award by the Regional Director of Referees and the Regional Referee Coaching Panel. The entire Hornets Regional Touch referee community congratulates you on your nomination!
Cabinet Approves Special Order for Allocation of Serviced Lots in St. ThomasCabinet Approves Special Order for Allocation of Serviced Lots in St. Thomas
Cabinet has approved a special benefit Order, to facilitate the allocation of serviced lots in the Creighton Hall Housing Development in St. Thomas to specified beneficiaries.Making the announcement on July 17 at the weekly Jamaica House press briefing, Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said five lots will go to the disabled; three to staff of the National Housing Trust (NHT); 21 to young adult contributors who qualify; and 10 to public sector workers, including those in established bargaining units.Meanwhile, she informed that Cabinet has also approved a special benefit Order for the allocation of housing solutions at the Perth Housing Development, Phase 1, in Manchester. Forty housing solutions will be reserved for young professionals and 10 for public sector workers.On another matter, Cabinet approved the appointment of Professor the Hon. Gordon Shirley as a member of the Enterprise Team for the privatization of the Kingston Container Terminal.“This comes following his appointment as Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), and pending him assuming the post as Chief Executive Officer. This will allow Professor Shirley to be integrated into the decision making and selection process for a concessionaire for the Kingston Container Terminal,” Senator Falconer outlined.She also noted that former Bank of Jamaica Governor, Hon. Derrick Lattibeaudierre, now chairs the Enterprise Team, which was established last December, for the privatisation of the Kingston Container Terminal. Story Highlights Prof. the Hon. Gordon Shirley appointed to Kingston Container Terminal Enterprise Team Some residents to receive serviced lots in the Creighton Hall Housing Development in St. Thomas
The new lines will tie the existing Barents Super Tie in the west to the areas to be covered by the Group 3D Surveys in the Barents South East. In addition, MCG will, in cooperation with SMNG, reprocess 2D seismic data from the Russian side of the Barents Sea tying known discoveries and structures.This 2D survey will provide the oil companies with a consistent regional MC2D dataset, connecting a majority of the wells in the Norwegian Barents Sea with key fields and wells in the Russian Barents Sea.This survey will be around 3,500 km and will be acquired by SMNG’s vessel the M/V Akademik Nemchinov.The 2014 extension of the Barents Super-Tie is 3 500 km and will go through the important structural features of the Norwegian Barents Sea South-East: Finnmark Platform, Tiddlybank Basin, Fedynsky High, Nordkapp Basin and Bjarmeland Platform.Press Release, May 14, 2014, Image: MCG zoom MultiClient Geophysical (MCG) announced an extension of the multi-client 2D (MC2D) Barents Super Tie towards the east into the newly opened Barents South East (former Disputes Zone between Norway and Russia).
Tim Cook Auction Closes With 610000 Bid Brings RFK Center Auction TotalTim Cook Auction Closes With 610000 Bid Brings RFK Center Auction Total
Last month, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights launched its 6th Annual Spring Auction at Charitybuzz.com, featuring 147 once-in-a-lifetime experiences spanning entertainment, sports, politics and business.After three weeks of frenzied bidding and international attention, the auction’s first wave of packages closed yesterday to raise more than $1.1 million for the RFK Center’s global human rights programs.“The RFK Center’s annual auctions empower our human rights advocacy around the world, from courtrooms to classrooms, from Cambodia to California,” said Kerry Kennedy, President of the RFK Center. “We are enormously grateful to our generous donors and to all those whose support will help us carry forward Robert Kennedy’s dream of a more just and peaceful world.”The chance to have coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple’s Cupertino, CA headquarters was the auction’s top grossing experience, with 86 bids placed and a final hammer price of $610,000 at 4:08 PM EST on May 14. The winning bidder, who wishes to remain anonymous, placed the winning bid at 3:52 PM EST. The coffee meeting is expected to be anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour long.The Tim Cook auction tied the record for highest winning bid at global charity auction site Charitybuzz, which launched in 2005 to give bidders unique opportunities to live their dreams and make a difference. The record was set by a 2013 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster auctioned in March 2013 for $610,000.Other top auction packages in the Robert F. Kennedy Center’s Spring Auction included: the chance to tour Space-X with Elon Musk, with a final bid of $42,500; two VIP tickets to the Kennedy Center Honors Black Tie Gala, with a final bid of $32,000; a day at training camp with Peyton Manning, with a final bid of $25,000; and lunch with Robin Williams on the set of his next film, with a final bid of $15,000.To date, the RFK Center’s annual auctions at Charitybuzz have raised more than $4.6 million for human rights.“We’re truly amazed by the results of Tim Cook’s remarkable donation. Sincere thanks goes out to Charitybuzz’s community of socially conscious bidders here in the U.S. and around the globe, whose generosity has helped us raise an incredible amount for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights,” said Coppy Holzman, Charitybuzz CEO & Founder. “With the support of cultural icons from Hollywood to Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley, we are thrilled to have raised more than one million dollars this spring for the RFK Center’s powerful work.”More incredible experiences, including tickets to the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, a walk-on role in Jim Carrey’s next film, tickets to the world premiere of Monuments Men starring George Clooney, and a rare pair of David Beckham’s personalized predator football boots, are still up for auction at www.Charitybuzz.com/RFK through May 21.
Dancers in Vancouver honour murdered and missing womenDancers in Vancouver honour murdered and missing women
APTN National NewsTo Vancouver now where some of the downtown streets were shut down so that a dance troupe who call themselves ‘Butterflies in Spirit’ could perform.As APTN’s Tina House tells us their routine was meant to remember murdered and missing women – many of whom the dancers had a close personal connection to.
Court grants Competition Bureau access to records of complaints against BellCourt grants Competition Bureau access to records of complaints against Bell
Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE)The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Canada’s competition watchdog says a court order issued Thursday will allow it to see customer complaints filed against Bell Canada. The Federal Court of Canada has granted the Competition Bureau’s request for records from the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services.The Competition Bureau says that its investigation into Bell Canada’s marketing practices is ongoing and there’s no allegation of wrongdoing at this time.A statement from the x says it’s aware of the Competition Bureau’s investigation of Bell Canada and its affiliate, Bell Aliant, and will co-operate as required by the court order. The Competition Bureau says the Federal Court order requires the CCTS to produce copies of customer complaints relating to Bell’s residential services.Bell Canada didn’t respond to requests for comment.
Murder of Mexican journalist sparks outrage from UNESCO headMurder of Mexican journalist sparks outrage from UNESCO head
3 October 2008The head of the United Nations agency mandated to defend press freedom today condemned the shooting of Alejandro Xenón Fonseca Estrada, a Mexican radio journalist and activist who campaigned against organized crime. The journalist, 33, hosted a local radio programme called El Padrino (“The Godfather”). On 23 September in Villahermosa, Tabasco, he was putting up stickers criticizing abductions when he was shot by people in a truck who asked what he was doing with the stickers.“He was targeted for exercising free speech, a fundamental human right, which shows how important freedom of expression and press freedom are to democracy and rule of law,” said Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).“I trust that the authorities will spare no effort in bringing to justice those behind this reprehensible crime,” he added.
In Qatar senior UN political official hails cooperation with regional organizationsIn Qatar senior UN political official hails cooperation with regional organizations
Ibrahim Gambari pointed to a number of examples of successful partnerships in recent years, including UN cooperation with the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in peacebuilding in Kosovo. He also reiterated the UN’s support for the initiative of the League of Arab States to help promote reconciliation in Iraq. The crisis in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan has presented a new and urgent challenge for cooperation – in this case between the UN and the African Union (AU), he said.“The United Nations acknowledges that it cannot go it alone in confronting conflicts around the globe,” said Mr. Gambari. “At the same time, regional organizations should welcome a broader multilateral role when it can usefully augment and complement regional efforts.”He also cited growing efforts by regional organizations to promote democratic governance within their regions, citing as an example the AU’s move to establish an African Peer Review Mechanism, and the establishment by the Organization of American States (OAS) of an Inter-American Democratic Charter.“We have come a long way in the cooperation between the UN and regional institutions,” said Mr. Gambari, adding that they, in turn, have played a positive role in fostering peace and democracy in their respective regions.Also today, the Under-Secretary-General met separately with Qatar’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ahmad Mahmoud, discussing a range of issues on the UN agenda including the Middle East peace process, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Somalia.Mr. Gambari praised the Qatari Government for two recent initiatives in support of UN work in democracy and human rights: its pledge of $10 million to the new UN Democracy Fund, and its agreement to make Doha the headquarters of a soon-to-be-established UN Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab World.The three-day Forum, hosted by His Highness the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, is being attended by international and government officials, parliamentarians, policy and academic experts, business leaders and journalists from around the world.
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By Garreth MacNamee Extra armed gardaí in Drogheda as notorious prisoner linked to feud set for release next week Additional garda patrols have been approved. https://jrnl.ie/4609332 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Graffiti at the entrance to the Moneymore estate. Saturday 27 Apr 2019, 4:00 PM Image: Garreth MacNamee Share Tweet Email Apr 27th 2019, 4:01 PM 22 Comments Graffiti at the entrance to the Moneymore estate. Image: Garreth MacNamee A CONVICTED CRIMINAL gardaí believe is heavily involved in the ongoing Drogheda violence is set for release from prison next week just days after the latest gun attack linked to the ongoing feud. Additional armed patrols and uniformed units have been drafted in to the district to cover what officers expect to be a serious escalation in tensions between the feuding sides.A man was shot in the Louth town earlier this week in what officers believe was part of the ongoing feud. In the last 24 hours, two houses were attacked with petrol bombs. Gardaí have been carrying out a number of search operations in the town and on its outskirts in the last two weeks as they prepare for the release of a “serious player” from prison. The man is suspected of directing one side of the Drogheda feud from prison.This week’s shooting took place in the Hardmans Gardens area of Drogheda shortly after 4pm on Wednesday.When officers arrived at the scene they discovered a 36-year-old man who had been shot a number of times in the leg and shoulder.The attackers used a red Volkswagen Golf bearing false registration plates during the incident.The car was found burnt out in the Sheephouse area on the Rathmullen Road, Drogheda. It is believed that two men ran from this car when it was abandoned.Describing the “indiscriminate attack” as “callous and reckless” Superintendent Andrew Watters of Drogheda Garda Station said the broad daylight shooting endangered members of the public and children.The ongoing feud has seen a number of serious injuries as a result. On 5 July last year, Owen Maguire was shot a number of times at his home on Cement Road in Drogheda. He somehow survived being shot at least four times at close range with a handgun.Since this shooting, the two gangs have been exchanging tit-for-tat attacks – mainly in the form of firing shots at people’s homes. Violence erupted again in November between the two gangs – one predominantly comprising members of the Traveller community, the other settled men. At 11.15pm on 8 November – Thursday of last week – a petrol bomb was thrown at a house in the Termon Abbey area. There were no injuries but there was some minor damage to the property.At 11.29pm that same night, gardaí received reports that a man had entered a halting site in the Cement Road area allegedly carrying a firearm. Officers attended the scene, but nothing was found.Since then there have been a number of serious assaults related to the drugs feud. Gardaí believe that the release of the man from prison next week is only going to heighten tensions in the area. Large scale searches are continuing in both gangs’ strongholds as officers attempt to remove as many weapons from each side before the man’s release.Contact me in confidence by downloading the Threema app. My ID is 3UTJ6TTE. See more details here. Short URL 46,180 Views
Un phoque rubané retrouvé dans une propriété au sud de SeattleUn phoque rubané retrouvé dans une propriété au sud de Seattle
Un phoque rubané retrouvé dans une propriété au sud de SeattleUn phoque rubané a récemment été retrouvé loin de son habitat naturel, dans la propriété d’une habitante de Seattle, aux Etats-Unis.Une résidente de Seattle, au nord-ouest des Etats-Unis, a récemment eu une grosse surprise en découvrant au sein de sa propriété un adorable visiteur venu tout droit de l’Arctique ! L’animal en question, un phoque rubané, se prélassait sur le quai du domaine, situé à quelques kilomètres de l’embouchure de la rivière Duwamish, un cours d’eau hautement industrialisé.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?C’est la seconde fois seulement qu’un individu appartenant à cette espèce est repéré aussi loin au sud. D’ordinaire, les phoques rubanés vivent dans les eaux glaciales de l’Alaska et la Russie, fuyant les espaces secs. “Ces animaux passent seulement quelques mois par an sur la glace pour muer et donner naissance”, explique au magazine OurAmazingPlanet, Peter Boveng, directeur du programme de recherche sur les écosystèmes polaires au sein du Laboratoire National des Mammifères Marins.Le phoque rubané découvert a été identifié comme un mâle adulte. “Il a l’air d’être en très bonne forme”, a par ailleurs indiqué le chercheur. Des suivis par satellite effectué sur certains membres de l’espèce, révèlent une incroyable capacité à parcourir de longues distances pour aller du Pacifique nord aux îles Aléoutiennes, situées au Sud de l’Alaska. Toutefois, les phoques passant la majorité de leur temps dans l’eau, leur traçage est assez compliqué tout comme la collecte d’information.”Nous n’en savons pas beaucoup sur leur nombre vu qu’il n’y a jamais eu d’enquête fiable” souligne Peter Boveng. Un groupe d’étude sur la conservation des espèces polaires récemment insisté pour que le phoque rubané rejoigne la liste des espèces menacée par la fonte des glace. Le 23 janvier 2012 à 10:50 • Maxime Lambert
Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Vice Media kicked off a new era Friday, with its soon-to-be global CEO, Nancy Dubuc, leading a “newfront” presentation to advertisers. Executives spent only a few seconds nodding to company co-founder Shane Smith, who is often viewed as inextricably linked to the upstart media company.“I look forward to getting started,” Dubuc told the crowd. Her official start date, she said, is May 29. In brief remarks, Dubuc told advertisers that Vice hoped to “change how we see things” and “change how we sell things.”Smith’s absence may not be as significant as one night think. He did not attend last year’s “newfront” presentation either.Vice touted a smattering of new pieces of content, including “Humans of the Year,” an awards program celebrating innovative people, and a new Viceland series featuring actor Tom Arnold in pursuit of outtakes from President Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice” reality series.
eQHealth Solutions Chooses McKessons InterQual for Clinical Decision SupporteQHealth Solutions Chooses McKessons InterQual for Clinical Decision Support
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