Stars in our part of the Milky Way seem to be doing “the wave,” a new study suggests. The finding comes from an analysis of the motions of more than 70,000 red giant stars that lie within 6500 light-years of Earth—a distance that, in one direction, reaches about one-fourth of the way to the center of the galaxy. Above the horizontal plane that slices through the center of the galaxy, stars closer to the center of the galaxy than the sun are, in general, moving away from the plane at speeds of 10 kilometers per second or less. Meanwhile, those farther from the galactic center than the sun are moving toward the plane—in some cases, as fast as 17 kilometers per second. All together, the complexity of motions observed by the team is similar to that seen among molecules in a gas with a sound wave passing through it, the researchers report this month in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. As of yet, the reasons for these anomalous motions aren’t clear, the researchers note. The “wave” may indeed be a ripple caused by a long-ago collision with a small companion galaxy, or it may result from perturbations in pressure triggered as the Milky Way’s spiral arms (artist’s concept above) push their way through space as the galaxy rotates.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
Former cricketer Mohammad Kaif, who had to face a backlash on social media for expressing his delight at the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) ruling in the Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case, on Friday asserted that he is proud to be an Indian and urged his fellow countrymen to have the same feeling.”Every Indian should be proud of that. Whatever I had to write, I have written it on social media,” said Kaif.”I am very proud to be an Indian, I request all Indians to have pride. That should be the motto in life,” he added.Congratulations India.Thanks to the International Court of Justice , justice has prevailed.#KulbhushanJadhav- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) May 18, 2017On Thursday, the ICJ, the United Nation’s highest judicial body, asked Pakistan to take “all measures” to ensure that former Indian naval officer Jadhav, sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage, not to execute him till the court had delivered its final verdict on the issue.”Congratulations India. Thanks to the International Court of Justice, justice has prevailed,” Kaif tweeted after India scored a major diplomatic victory over Pakistan.However, a certain Twitter user named from Pakistan wasn’t pleased with Kaif’s views and decided to drag religion into the entire issue.Wow ! If I support India’s victory , I should remove Mohammad. I am proud of my name. Aamir means “full of life” , you need to get one. https://t.co/eJrAqNioA2- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) May 18, 2017″@MohammadKaif Please remove Mohammad from your name first,” was the free advice given by Akram.advertisement”Wow! If I support India’s victory, I should remove Mohammad. I am proud of my name. Aamir means “full of life”, you need to get one,”was the reply from the former middle-order Indian batsman.The 36-year-old also went on to add that India was the most tolerant and inclusive country in the world.1.Nobody is Thekedaar of any religion.2. No name is copyrighted by the Thekedaars.3.India is by far the most inclusive & tolerant country.- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) May 18, 2017″1.Nobody is Thekedaar of any religion. 2. No name is copyrighted by the Thekedaars. 3. India is by far the most inclusive & tolerant country,” he said.New Delhi welcomed the court’s unanimous decision on Jadhav, while Islamabad said it had informed the ICJ that it did not accept the court’s jurisdiction in matters related to national security.
Royal Challengers Bangalore fast bowler Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the remainder of Indian Premier League 2019 due to an inflammation on his shoulder, the IPL franchise confirmed on Thursday.Steyn had missed Royal Challengers Bangalore’s 17-run win over Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium due to the shoulder injury.”Dale Steyn has been prescribed with ample rest due to inflammation in his shoulder. On account of state of his health, Dale will not be available to take part further in the ongoing season of IPL,” RCB said in a statement.”His presence has helped the team immensely and we are very thankful for the inspiration and passion that he brought to the squad. The team will deeply miss his energy and presence around. We wish him a speedy recovery and all the luck for all future endeavours.”Dale Steyn joined Royal Challengers Bangalore midway during the ongoing season of IPL as a replacement to injured Australian pace bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile. Steyn played only two matches for RCB but made an immediate impact by leading the bowling unit that had looked ordinary until his arrival.Steyn picked 2 for 40 on his return to IPL after a three-year absence in RCB’s thrilling win over Kolkata Knight Riders on Apirl 19. He led RCB to a famous win over Chennai Super Kings at home on April 21.Steyn played a massive role in RCB’s thrilling one-run win over Chennai Super Kings on April 21. With figures of 2 for 29, Steyn rattled CSK top-order, removing Shane Watson and Suresh Raina in successive deliveries as early as the first over in their succesfull defence of 161.advertisementAlso Read | Watch: Royal Challengers Bangalore euphoric after 3rd straight win in IPL 2019Also Read | Virat Kohli elated after RCB win again: Losing six in a row really hurt usAlso Read | Virat Kohli mocks R Ashwin over Mankading in explosive send-offAlso See:
The 19th annual First Contact Sports and Cultural Festival will take place at Whites Hill Reserve, Brisbane on Saturday, 24 and Sunday, 25 November 2012. It will be a big two days of Touch Football as well as other entertainment, with plenty of additional aspects of the festival taking place alongside the Touch Football tournament. As well as the Men’s and Mixed Touch Football competitions, there will also be a number of exhibition games, including an Australian indigenous versus New Zealand Maori game and an invitational Papua New Guinea Men’s team versus an invitational Indigenous Men’s team. There will be plenty to see and do throughout the weekend, with free kids rides, cultural stalls and entertainment, while on the field the teams will be battling it out for $30,000 in prizes and trophies. For more information about the event, please visit the First Contact website:http://www.firstcontact.asn.au/festival.htm Related LinksFirst Contact
zoom Nordic American Tankers (NAT) announced today that it is coordinating the establishment of Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NAO), a new company that plans to purchase, on certain conditions, six platform supply vessels (PSVs). These ships were built in 2012 and 2013 by the Ulstein Group in Norway. The strategy of NAO is expected to be essentially the same as for NAT with dividend as an important element.Nordic American Offshore is expected to undertake a private equity placement to finance at least 80% of the acquisition price of these vessels. 20% or less of the cost is expected to be financed via debt.NAT and Ulstein Shipping AS will participate in the private placement with 15%/20% and 5% respectively. The NAT investment is planned to be about $50 million.The establishment of Nordic American Offshore and the NAT investment in the new company do not in any way constitute a departure from NAT’s commitment to a homogenous Suezmax tanker fleet. There will be no change as to how NAT operates its business, including how it determines quarterly dividends from its fleet of Suezmax tankers. Nordic American Offshore will seek listing on the New York Stock Exchange as soon as possible.Because of the investment in NAO and as Manager of Nordic American Offshore, the objective for Nordic American Tankers is to pay a higher dividend to NAT shareholders than otherwise would be the case. The new company will have existing contracts in place for several of these vessels and spot charters for the remainder. As with NAT, NAO can be expected to operate on a cash break-even basis that is highly competitive within the industry.“The establishment of Nordic American Offshore with a capital contribution from NAT is a move with the objective to increase the dividend payments to shareholders of Nordic American Tankers,” said NAT Chairman and CEO Herbjørn Hansson. “We have significant expertise in the offshore sector, and we think this new offshore business venture will help maximize total return to NAT shareholders. We wish to extract cost synergies and to leverage the NAT customer relationship in the energy business. Our presence in the US capital market will also help us to achieve our objectives for this new project.”Nordic American Tankers, November 1, 2013; Image: Ulstein
New Delhi: The government has approved the railways’ proposal to increase the train speed on Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah routes to 160 kmph which will reduce travel time by 3.5 hours and five hours respectively, making them overnight journeys.While the cost of the project for the Delhi-Mumbai route will be Rs 6,806 crore, the cost for the other route will be Rs 6,685 by 2022-23. This was part of the ministry’s 100 day agenda. The decisions were taken in the Cabinet meeting held on Monday, but were made public on Wednesday. It was during this Cabinet meeting that the decisions on Kashmir were discussed with Union ministers. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe increased speed on these routes will ensure improved service, safety and will create capacity, a statement from the government said. Increasing the speed of the Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah sections to 160 kmph will ensure up to 60 per cent increase in average speed of passenger trains and doubling of average speed of freight traffic, the statement said. Together these two routes account for 29 per cent of passenger traffic and 20 per cent of freight traffic. The government has also approved the ministry’s plan to construct a new line between Vaibhavwadi-Kolhapur (now Shri Chhatrapati Shahumaharaj Terminus) (108 km) with an estimated cost of Rs 3,439 crore. The project will be completed by 2023-24 and will be executed by Construction Organization of Central Railway.
He will get his fill of pancakes at the Parkdale Community Stampede Breakfast with Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr at about 9:15 a.m.Then he is off to the grounds where Trudeau and Hehr will make an appearance at the Indian Village. Trudueau will finish up his Calgary tour by taking in the rodeo at Stampede later in the afternoon.Initially, the Prime Minister’s Office had announced Trudeau was too busy and would not be able to fit the Stampede, which wraps up Sunday, into his schedule.But officials later said he had changed his mind and would visit Calgary after attending the National Governors Association conference in Rhode Island. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will don the stetson once more as he visits the Calgary Stampede Saturday.Trudeau started early with an 8:30 a.m. meeting with Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
Shimla: The crunchy delicious Himachal apples will hit the markets nearly three months later. But, there are fears that the next crop could be little distasteful for the BJP.In the election time, trouble is brewing in the state’s apple belt. Hundreds of apple growers duped by the commission agents also called as ‘arthiyas’ are up in the arms against the state government and its bodies – Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs) for apathy towards their plights. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Commission agents (middlemen) have not paid nearly Rs 100 crore to the growers in lieu of their produce i.e., apple boxes sold to the outside buyers and traders at different marketing yards, run by the APMC. “The next season is in the offing but farmers don’t have money to buy inputs and undertake orchard operations. This is a crucial time for apple growers. But, poor farmers are making around of the commission agents. Some farmers have turned penniless,” alleged Sanjay Chauhan, a former Shimla Mayor, who is organising farmers’ struggle for their rights. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe state with its Rs 3,500 crore apple economy – which forms 49 per cent of total fruit production in the state, is bound to have an impact on the elections if the growers resort to agitation. Kisan Sangrah Samiti –a body of the farmers backed by CPM leaders, including Sanjay Chauhan, has already given a call for protest in Shimla on April 22. Chauhan has held a series of meetings with the affected farmers at Kotkhai, Rohru and other places —all parts of Shimla Parliamentary constituency. As par Agriculture Marketing Act, the commission agents are accountable for all payments, which accrue to the farmers for the produce sold at the designated marketing places. The commission agents have to take bank guarantees from the wholesale buyers. This is a preventive clause to protect the interests of the farmers. ‘At the fall of the hammer, the buyer has to clear his payments before he takes away the produce. The responsibility lies on the commission agents to pay to the grower. But there is corrupt nexus between the Commission agents, buyers and also those heading the APMCs to dupe the poor growers,” Chauhan says. During state assembly’s budget session, CPM MLA Rakesh Singha and BJP MLA Balbir Verma raised the issue of non-payments for the product to the apple growers. The government admitted that the growers have been left high and dry. The government, however, promised to ensure that all payments and arrears are cleared by March 31, 2019. This has not happened yet. Currently, there are around 91 FIRs registered by the apple growers at different police stations. The amount involved runs in crores. The anger is building-up steadily in the areas known for apple growing. Out of 12 districts in the state, seven are growing apples having more than 1.70 lakh families engaged in the apple cultivation. CPM MLA Rakesh Singha says it’s a new case of farmers distress.The government is not doing anything to stop the loot. The farmers are sole victims.”
“It was through the United Nations that a solution was found for what was then tabled as the ‘question of East Timor,’” Timorese Foreign Minister Zacarias Albano da Costa told General Assembly.“It was the United Nations that shouldered the responsibility of finding a just solution to that question and was indeed able to do so with success,” Mr. da Costa said in a speech to the annual General Debate at UN Headquarters in New York.Mr. da Costa noted that the decision to employ the UN to resolve his country’s conflict through peaceful means and to defer to the UN Charter was a wise one.“The engagement with the United Nations continues to be the policy of Timor-Leste today,” he added. “Timor-Leste has benefited greatly from this engagement, through the dedicated work of successive UN missions and through the presence and work of the various United Nations agencies, funds and programmes.”Timorese turned out in huge numbers on 30 August 1999 to vote in a popular consultation on their future. The result – announced five days later on 4 September – was an overwhelming choice for independence over autonomy within Indonesia. UN administrators moved in soon after the vote, which was followed by widespread violence in which 1,500 to 2,000 people were killed, and helped shepherd Timor-Leste to its eventual independence as a State in 2002.“The UN’s current mission in Timor-Leste, UNMIT, is a testament to the need for a longer term engagement by the UN,” said Mr. da Silva, noting that the crisis in 2006 – when tensions within the security sector led to deadly riots – was a reminder of the fragility of peace when State institutions are still weak and need strengthening. 28 September 2009The Foreign Minister of Timor-Leste today paid tribute to the United Nations for the world body’s role over the past decade and more in supporting the South-East Asian nation on its path to independence.
LONDON — From backstop to Brexiteer, Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has spawned a baffling array of new terms, while British parliamentary terminology is also confusing an audience across the world.The Associated Press deciphers some key words and phrases:ARTICLE 50: Article 50 of the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty sets out the procedure for a country wishing to leave the bloc and imposes a two-year countdown to that country’s departure. Britain triggered the process on March 29, 2017, and was due to leave on March 29, 2019. Amid deadlock in Britain’s Parliament the EU agreed a Brextension until April 12 and then until Oct. 31.BACKSTOP: The Brexit backstop is part of the withdrawal agreement between the EU and Britain. It’s an insurance policy designed to ensure there are no customs checks or other border infrastructure between the U.K.’s Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland after Brexit. The backstop says if no other solution is found, Britain will remain in a customs union with the EU in order to keep the Irish border open. Opposition to the backstop from pro-Brexit British lawmakers is the main reason the deal has been defeated in ParliamentBREXHAUSTION: The state of anxious weariness felt by many U.K. citizens and politicians at the unresolved Brexit crisis, almost three years after Britain voted to leave the EU.BREXIT: A contraction of “British exit,” Brexit is Britain’s departure from the European Union. The U.K. joined the bloc in 1973, and held a 2016 referendum on its membership that was won by the “leave” side.BREXITER/BREXITEER: A supporter of Britain’s exit from the European Union.BREXTREMIST: Pejorative term for a Brexit supporter.BREXTENSION: Brexit extension, a delay to Britain’s exit from the EU. This has been granted until Oct. 31.BRINO: An acronym that means “Brexit in name only.” It’s a pejorative term used by Brexiteers for a “soft Brexit” departure in which Britain retains close economic and regulatory ties with the European Union.CONFIRMATORY VOTE: A new referendum in which voters would be asked whether to approve any Brexit deal passed by Parliament. The other option would be remaining in the EU, so this plan is mainly favoured by those who hope Brexit can be stopped. Also known by its supporters as a “people’s vote.”CUSTOMS UNION: The European Union customs union makes the 28-nation bloc a single customs territory, with no tariffs or border checks on goods moving between member states. It also has common tariffs on goods entering the bloc from the outside.DE-SELECT: A decision by a political party that the current elected lawmaker will not run as the party’s candidate in the next election. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is threatening to do this to any Conservative lawmakers who support the opposition’s attempts to block a no-deal Brexit (see below).EUROPEAN UNION: Formed in 1957 as the European Economic Community by France, West Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, the group is now a 28-nation bloc of more than 500 million people with substantial powers over member nations’ laws, economies and social policies.HARD BREXIT: A Brexit that sees the U.K. cut many of its ties with the EU, including leaving the EU’s vast single market and customs union. Some supporters of the idea prefer the term “clean Brexit,” and say it will enable Britain to forge its own trade deals around the world.INDICATIVE VOTE: Britain’s Parliament has held a series of non-binding “indicative votes” on various Brexit outcomes as a way of finding out whether any have majority support. Lawmakers rejected every option, from leaving the EU without a deal to holding a new referendum on whether to remain.LEAVER: A Briton who voted to leave the European Union. See also Brexiteer.NO-DEAL BREXIT: If Britain and the EU do not finalize a divorce deal, Britain will cease to be an EU without an agreement setting out what happens next. A no-deal Brexit would rip up the rules that govern ties between the U.K. Many businesses say that would cause economic chaos.PROROGATION: Suspending a session of Parliament without dissolving it. Johnson’s move to do this will keep Parliament away for five weeks in the run-up to the Brexit deadline. He says this is necessary to set out his government’s future policies, but opponents believe he is trying to reduce the amount of time available for debate and legislation that could block a no-deal Brexit.REMAINER: A Briton who voted to stay in the European Union.REMOANER, REMAINIAC: Pejorative terms for people who want the U.K. to remain in the EU.SINGLE MARKET: The EU’s single market makes the bloc a common economic zone in which goods and services can move freely with no internal borders or barriers.SOFT BREXIT: A Brexit that sees the U.K. retain its close economic ties with the EU, including membership in the bloc’s single market and customs union.WITHDRAWAL OF THE WHIP: A political party deciding that a lawmaker does not represent it in Parliament any more, effectively suspending that person from the party. Johnson is threatening to do this to any Conservative lawmakers who support the opposition’s attempts to block a no-deal Brexit.WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT/POLITICAL DECLARATION: In November 2018, Britain and the EU struck a two-part divorce agreement. It consists of a legally binding, 585-page withdrawal agreement setting out the terms of the U.K.’s departure, and a shorter, non-binding political declaration committing the two parties to close future ties. The agreement must be approved by the British and European parliaments to take effect, but Britain’s Parliament has rejected it three times. Johnson has insisted it is unacceptable and is seeking to renegotiate it.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitThe Associated Press
The main United Nations agency helping Palestinian refugees today presented a $1.1-billion blueprint to improve the life chances of 4 million Palestinians and enhance their ability to support themselves over five years.“This is not a prescriptive plan, it is an outline meant to accommodate changing realities and needs on the ground,” UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Commissioner-General Peter Hansen told an international donors’ meeting in Geneva.“It is a testimony to the commitment of UNRWA and its donor partners to help the Palestine refugees live in dignity and achieve their ambitions for self-reliance and development.”In recent years UNRWA resources have not kept pace with the growing needs of the refugees and by many indicators the refugees are slipping backwards in comparison with the non-refugees they live amongst. Refugee education and health facilities are often hugely overcrowded and under-equipped.Refugee homes, especially those of the one-third who live in camps, are in a dilapidated condition, while UNRWA’s tools for helping refugees out of poverty are woefully overstretched.UNRWA’s medium term plan (MTP) is the product of many months of dialogue between the Agency and the donor community and has been influenced by the recommendations of a major conference held in June 2004 in Geneva to examine the future of humanitarian assistance to Palestine refugees.It will enhance the quality of education, health and social services but also better promote self-reliance among the refugees by extending the Agency’s micro-credit programme, increasing its provision of vocational training and by upgrading the conditions in the refugee camps.In education, priorities include matching host authority curricula, reducing the use of rented schools, reducing classroom overcrowding and creating special educational needs centres to work with the most vulnerable children. In health, it focuses on reducing the excessive workloads of medical staff, expanding psycho-social support and early detection of disabilities for children.Last year UNRWA received the most donations for a single year in its 55-year history – more than $502 million.
(Pic: Barry Coffey) FIVE PEOPLE WERE injured after a van reversed into a grocery shop in Clare last night causing extensive damage.The incident happened at around 8.30pm at Lynch’s Centra on the Gort Road in Ennis when the white van went through the front windows and door of the busy 24-hour shop.Several large panels of glass were smashed and stock inside the shop was damaged by the vehicle, which stopped just in front of the main counter in the shop.The Clare Herald reports that emergency services arrived on the scene shortly afterwards and one person was hospitalised for their injuries. The others were treated at the scene.Many residents in the area took to Twitter to question what was going on as gardaí and fire brigade teams arrived at the shop.Gardaí are investigating the incident.Read: President awarded Honorary Freedom of Ennis >
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you hit the road.1. #MONEY: The HSE gave €41 million to the Rehab Group and €16 million to the CRC last year as part of its grants given to all the hospitals and health agencies operating in the State, according to figures released today.2. #LOCAL ELECTIONS: The date for the local and European Parliament elections has been set for Friday 23 May, the Government has announced. A total of 949 councillors and 11 MEPS will be elected on the day.3. #COURTS: A number of cases before the Court of Criminal Appeal may have to be reheard after a High Court judge fell seriously ill. Chief Justice Susan Denham said Mr Justice Michael Hanna had been involved in a number of cases where no final decision had yet been made.4. #STARDUST: The Minister for Justice has ruled out another inquiry into the Stardust fire, despite families of victims claiming to have uncovered fresh evidence.5. #RICH: Facebook’s chief operation officer Sheryl Sandberg has become one of the youngest billionaires in the world at the age of 44 after shares in the social media giant closed at a record high.
‘I am humbled’: Barack and Michelle Obama’s official portraits unveiled at Portrait Gallery The gallery in Washington has a complete collection of presidential portraits. Feb 12th 2018, 6:34 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Hayley Halpin Share5 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/3848851 51 Comments [image alt=”Obama Portrait” src=”http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2018/02/obama-portrait-3-296×197.jpg” width=”296″ height=”197″ credit-source=”Andrew%20Harnik” credit-via=”PA%20Images” caption=”Former%20President%20Barack%20Obama%2C%20left%2C%20speaks%20at%20the%20unveiling%20ceremony%20of%20the%20portraits%20″ class=”alignnone” /end]THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT Gallery in Washington has unveiled portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, both painted by African-American artists who were personally chosen by the Obamas.The portraits were unveiled to the public this afternoon at the gallery, which is part of the Smithsonian group of museums. The gallery has a complete collection of presidential portraits.A second and different set of portraits of the former first couple will eventually hang in the White House.Barack Obama’s portrait was painted by Kehinde Wiley – an artist best known for his vibrant, large-scale paintings of African-Americans.For Michelle Obama’s portrait, the gallery commissioned Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald, first-prize winner of the Portrait Gallery’s 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.[image alt=”Obama Portrait” src=”http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2018/02/obama-portrait-4-296×197.jpg” width=”296″ height=”197″ credit-source=”Andrew%20Harnik” credit-via=”PA%20Images” caption=”Michelle%20Obama’s%20official%20portrait%20″ class=”alignnone” /end]“I am humbled. I am proud, but most of all I am grateful for all the people that came before me in this journey,” Michelle Obama said, speaking at the event.Speaking shortly after his wife, citing the work Wiley does in relation to African-American portraits, Barack Obama said: “Kehinde lifted the unseen up. He gave them a platform and told them they belonged.”The portraits will be officially installed and available for public viewing starting on 13 February.National Portrait Gallery director Kim Sajet explained the process of the portrait creation: “Every portrait commission has four people: the sitter, the artist, the patron and most importantly, the view.”With reporting by Associated Press. Read: Mary Lou McDonald says nothing ‘insurmountable left to resolve’ in Stormont talksMore: Dart passengers are less satisfied than most commuters – but Luas users are delighted Monday 12 Feb 2018, 6:34 PM 23,602 Views
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “My first love is journalism and long-form features are my passion.”After a year as host of Channel Seven’s Today Tonight program, Helen Kapalos resigned last week – having been appointed as senior correspondent with the network’s flagship news and public affairs program Sunday Night. Ms Kapalos told Neos Kosmos that she was thrilled at the appointment, which will also see her work across Seven News, Sunrise and The Morning Show. “This is a dream gig for me and what I have been working towards. My first love is journalism, and long-form features are my passion,” said the much-travelled Melbourne-based presenter, who added that whilst she loved her time at Today Tonight, the program had not given her the time to work on her “core desire”. Coinciding with Helen’s exit, the future of Today Tonight has come into question, with Channel Nine recently launching a national one-hour news bulletin and moving A Current Affair to 7.00 pm, seeing Nine increase its ratings across the 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm slot. Seven has responded by extending its Sydney and Melbourne bulletins to 40 minutes and cutting Today Tonight to 20 minutes. Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth versions of Today Tonight remain at 30 minutes. Last week Fairfax Media reported that Seven is contemplating a one-hour news service, which could see Today Tonight axed or incorporated into the extended bulletin. Paying tribute to Kapalos’ 12 months as Today Tonight’s host, Seven West Media’s group chief operating officer Nick Chan, said: “Helen has put in a good year on Today Tonight and we thank her for that. We understand her decision to go back to her first love: reporting. We congratulate her on that appointment.” Ms Kapalos – who spoke to Fairfax Media in November about losing her mother Joanna to cancer, and her own recent diagnosis and treatment for the same illness – joined Seven after she was sacked by Ten in a cost-cutting drive. As an ambassador for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation for the past eight years, she has striven to raise awareness of the disease and the need for early diagnosis. Ms Kapalos has worked for ABC, SBS and Nine and written, directed and produced an award-winning documentary about the closure of Newcastle’s BHP steelworks while at regional TV station NBN.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Alternate Citizens’ Protection Minister Yiannis Panousis said that he will allow minorities and migrants to join the Hellenic Police (ELAS) with the aim of making it a multicultural force.“In a multicultural society, you must have a multicultural police force,” he told the Federation of Greek Police Officers (POASY).“We have to bring into the force people from various groups that have been excluded, such as the Roma, Pomaks and Black Sea Greeks.”Panousis said that he aims for about 5 percent of the police force to be made up of officers from minority groups.POASY had first raised the issue of broadening membership of the police force in terms of ethnicity in 2005 but subsequent discussions did not lead anywhere.Source: Kathimerini
Information courtesy of USSEC. Soybeans are barely out of the ground on many U.S. farms, but this year’s crop is already in high demand. China is the No. 1 customer of the 60 percent of U.S. soybeans that are exported each year as whole soybeans and soybean meal and oil. This month, the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), with support from the United Soybean Board (USB), American Soybean Association (ASA) and Iowa Soybean Association and in conjunction with the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-Products (CFNA), will host a Chinese delegation of buyers at a soybean trade agreement contract signing ceremony July 13 at The Des Moines Embassy Club.“As China’s middle class expands, so does its appetite for protein – and more livestock means more opportunity for U.S. soy as a preferred feed ingredient,” said Xiaoping Zhang, USSEC Country Director – China. “In light of this trend, combined with a boost in trade relations between the U.S and China, the Chinese delegation is expected to sign contracts for a multi-billion dollar volume of U.S. Soy – one of the largest commitments ever.”The exact volume of this year’s purchase won’t be known until July 13. Last year, at similar events Chinese buyers purchased 9 million metric tons (MMT; more than 330 million bushels), of U.S. soybeans, worth nearly $4 billion, and in this marketing year exports to China have already been a record 34 MMT (~1.25 billion bushel).“This latest purchasing commitment signifies the strength of the soy industry and the integral partnership between the U.S. and China as the largest global producer and buyer of soy, respectively,” said Jim Miller, USSEC chair, ASA director and Nebraska soybean farmer. “International customers have many options; the decision of this Chinese delegation to purchase a large volume of U.S. Soy, year after year, is testament to the reliability of the U.S. as a supplier and the continuous improvement and sustainability of the crop.”This ceremony isn’t the only event celebrating the symbiotic relationship between the farmers who grow U.S. soy and the Chinese buyers who purchase large volumes of it. In June, USSEC CEO Jim Sutter moderated the China Grains and Oilseed Forum in Beijing. The Chinese buyers’ delegation will visit U.S. soybean farms in July. In September, USSEC will host an anniversary event in Beijing to celebrate the 35 years of U.S. Soy in China.In addition to soy, the Chinese delegation is also expected to sign contracts for U.S. sorghum, pork and beef at the July 13 event.USSEC connects U.S. soybean farmers with opportunities to improve human nutrition, livestock production and aquaculture. This mission is accomplished with a science-based technical foundation and a global network of partnerships including soybean farmers, exporters, agribusiness and agricultural organizations, researchers and government agencies.
— Jordy (@_jordanaenae) May 5, 2018UF’s President Kent Fuchs has since issued an apology.“During one of this weekend’s commencement ceremonies, we were inappropriately aggressive in rushing students across the stage,” said Fuchs in a statement. “I personally apologize, and am reaching out to the students involved. The practice has been halted for all future ceremonies, and we will work to make sure all graduating students know we are proud of their achievements and celebrate with them.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WSVN) – The University of Florida is issuing an apology after an usher was seen aggressively shoving graduates across the stage.On Saturday, UF held a commencement ceremony where several students were celebrating their accomplishments. However, the usher was seen grabbing mostly black students and hurrying them across the stage.Some students and those in the audience shared their experience on Twitter. UF Twitter 🗣🗣 Somebody please find out this employee’s name!! Every time a Black student took more than TWO seconds, he aggressively pushed them. Watch it for yourself. #ItsGreatUF pic.twitter.com/zMee1nMbUZ— Chris (@ChicoFreedom) May 5, 2018 Another one…. pic.twitter.com/imB8mwbICI
Audi USA Director of Communications, Mark Dahncke, also added that behind the scenes, “Audi has continued its investment in fuel cells all along to keep the tech up to date; last week’s decision is a step up in that investment.” This should be no surprise to those who remember Audi’s H-tron concept from a few years back.Audi representatives also stressed that this increased investment in hydrogen is not an abandonment or replacement of battery electrics. The technologies can live side-by-side for the foreseeable future; no surprise, considering BEVs and FCEVs share so many components. Audi’s commitment to 12 all-electric drive models and roughly a third of its sales being electrified models by 2025 still stands. Tags 70 Photos Share your voice Geneva Motor Show 2019 2018 Audi S4: The sweet spot sport sedan Audi Q4 E-Tron is destined for production by 2020 Geneva Motor Show 2019 Audi Electric Cars 2019 Audi Q8 review: Stop worrying and love the roof • See All More From Roadshow Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Post a comment 2018 Audi Q7: Rockin’ the suburbs Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US 0 Audi In an interview with journalists at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Chairman of Audi Board of Management, Bram Schot, announced that the automaker would be increasing its investment in fuel cell technology.The automaker is currently in the middle of a large push towards battery-electric technology. Every Audi car showcased at the show this year features a battery, be it a plug-in hybrid or a full-on battery electric vehicle. This latest development indicates that the German automaker hasn’t forgotten hydrogen as a fuel source for electrification.After giving a hat tip to the success and advancements that Korean and Japanese automakers — specifically, Hyundai and Toyota — have had with hydrogen in the Asian markets, Schot stated that “on the European side we should really intensify development of fuel cell. I decided it last week and now we are going to put more priority into fuel cells.” Schot went on to explain that scarcity of raw materials for batteries and increased supply will eventually push any automaker serious about electrification toward hydrogen as a fuel source stating “at the end of the day, batteries are not sustainable enough — it is sustainable, but if you want to go all the way, you need fuel cells.” Remember the H-tron Quattro concept from 2016? Audi still does. Wayne Cunningham/CNET “We decided last week to put more money in, more capacity of people in and more confidence in we really want to speed that up,” said Schot, who couldn’t offer specifics about how much of a resource or capital investment that Audi has decided to make in hydrogen.Schot went on to state that Audi plans to have a running fuel cell prototype vehicle on the road sometime later this year and that the automaker would follow that up with a limited-run fuel cell vehicle pilot program reaching production by 2021. A timeline for larger scale production would be harder to nail down this early in the game, but Schot was willing to ballpark the “second half of the 2020s.” Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh reading • Audi hasn’t forgotten about fuel cells
Twitter rules prohibit people under the age of 13 from having an account on the platform. And seeing how this is 2019, if you change your birth year to 2007, that would make you 12. That gets you locked out of your account, Twitter warned Tuesday in a tweet from its support channel.”We’ve noticed a prank trying to get people to change their Twitter birthday in their profile to 2007 to unlock new color schemes,” Twitter said in its tweet. “Please don’t do this. You’ll get locked out for being under 13 years old.” Comment Twitter is warning its users not to fall for the latest viral prank circulating on the platform, saying it’ll get you locked out of your account.The hoax, which appears to have begun making the rounds on Monday, promises to make users’ feeds more “colourful” if they change the birth year in their profile to 2007. An early tweet on the trick has been retweeted more than 13,000 times, but the only color change associated with this trick is the user’s face turning red. Internet Tech Industry We’ve noticed a prank trying to get people to change their Twitter birthday in their profile to 2007 to unlock new color schemes. Please don’t do this. You’ll get locked out for being under 13 years old.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) March 26, 2019 Share your voice Tags The user age issue flared up last year when Twitter began automatically locking down accounts of users who identified themselves as being under the age of 13, in response to the General Data Protection Regulation, a sweeping European Union internet privacy law that went into effect in May.Users who’ve lost access to their account can appeal by logging in and following the prompts for inputting an incorrect birthday, a Twitter representative said. They can also fill out this form, and the Twitter team will assist them, the spokesman said. 1 damn changing your birth year to 2007 makes your twitter feed all colourful we been missin out— 44 (@s_rxii) March 25, 2019 Twitter