DENVER — The company behind the Mont Tremblant and Blue Mountain ski resorts has signed an agreement to be acquired in a friendly deal valued at US$1.5 billion, including debt.Intrawest Resorts Holdings Inc. said Monday that U.S. ski resort company Aspen Skiing Co. and private equity firm KSL Capital Partners have agreed to pay US$23.75 per share in cash.Intrawest CEO Thomas Marano says the offer is a 40 per cent premium over where the company’s shares were before a report in January speculating that it was exploring a potential sale. Intrawest shares closed at US$25.30 on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange.In addition to Tremblant and Blue Mountain, Intrawest has Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado, Snowshoe in West Virginia and Stratton in Vermont.‘A peak year for travel into Canada’: Hotel sector investments hit $4B as weaker loonie attracts Chinese capitalIt also has an adventure travel business including heli-skiing company Canadian Mountain Holidays and a real estate business.Aspen Skiing Co. owns and operates four mountains: Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. It also has hotels, retail and rental operations.The transaction is expected to close by the end of the third quarter of this year and is subject to certain closing conditions including regulatory approvals.The Canadian Press
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Wolfenstein 3D, one of the most important and memorable PC games of all time, was released in 1992. That’s 20 years since it changed the way many of us thought about video games, video game violence, and totally insane boss fights. It might not have been the earliest first-person perspective game, nor was it the first FPS game, and some people would probably say Doom had a greater impact, but the effect of Wolf3D on gaming, and culture, cannot be denied.In celebration of the game’s 20th anniversary, which happened this past Saturday, Bethesda Software has made the full game free-to-play on its site. (Bethesda Software’s parent company, Zenimax, acquired iD Software, the developer of Wolfenstein 3D, in 2009.) That means all three episode are available to play, right now, in your browser.In addition to making the game free-to-play on its site and Facebook, Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum for iOS will be free to download today as well. It’s available through iTunes.I was able to spend some time playing the game and, not surprisingly, I had a good time. It’s a little bit clunky with the framerate feelings quite slow compared to what we’re used to these days, but most of that has to do with how old the game was designed. After all, it was made available 20 years ago, and it shipped on four 3.5-inch floppy disks. Let’s put it this way — the game’s minimum requirement was a 286 processor. Age-related issues aside, it’s Wolfenstein 3D, in all its glory. It’s bloody, not at all safe for work, and quite difficult, but it’s a foundational video game experience.Pro tip: Z is strafe.Play it at Bethsoft or Facebook.
Grandparents. Pappou and Yiayia! Sometimes we feel like they are angels sent from heaven and other times we feel like they’ve been put on this planet just to annoy us. Nevertheless, the special kind of love a child gets from a grandparent is a love they can’t get anywhere else.It is an important kind of love – very important in fact.In most parents’ minds, grandparents spoil their children. They are the ones who will constantly bend the rules by allowing their grandchildren to have everything. And by everything, we mean EVERYTHING. Biscuits, ice creams, lollies, arts and crafts, yummy food, homemade drinks and more. Much more. Quite frankly, the list is endless, although it can be narrowed down to one thing: Whatever it takes for the grandchildren to be happy. Do that!“From my professional experience with parent groups, a common issue that arises within Greek families is the grandparent issue,” says Greek Australian clinical psychologist Despina Pashalis, in an interview with Neos Kosmos.“While parents are more concerned with making sure that their child has eaten appropriately, slept on time, done their homework and has generally followed all the rules, grandparents will almost always ‘spoil’ the little ones, allowing their grandchild to do all those ‘naughty’ things they shouldn’t be doing,” Ms Pashalis explains.Psychologists describe this as ‘the warm and fuzzy’ grandparent feeling, which encourages young children to develop a strong and safe bond with their grandparents. Therefore, given that feelings of love and safety are the most fundamental needs we have as human beings, this special bond is what children benefit from in order to be able to grow into healthy adults.“Of course, our grandchildren are very special to us,” says 73-year-old pappou Dimitrios Kostomiris, who together with his wife Vasiliki are blessed with seven grandchildren.“These kids are our dream come true and what we live for. Our job is to look after them, teach them values and morals and give advice and guidance when they need it; sometimes even when they don’t ask for it.”Pappou Dimitrios Kostomiris with his granddaughter.According to Ms Pashalis, grandparents are there to provide feelings of safety and connection, and this ingredient in itself is an immense benefit to a child’s social, emotional and intellectual development.“Even if boundaries are overstepped, it is done within a loving and safe environment. Think about how many times people complain about their parents while in therapy. Has anybody ever complained about their grandparents? The answer is no!” says the psychologist.When ‘in trouble’ with their children, grandparents have the best Greek saying at hand; “Του παιδιού μου το παιδί, είναι δυό φορές παιδί μου (“my child’s child is twice my child”). And no Greek parent to this date has ever been able to argue with that.“I didn’t truly understand what this meant until I had my first grandchild,” says 67-year-old yiayia Jenny Mavrogiorgis.“After having three children of my own I thought they had taken up all the room in my heart and didn’t think I could love anyone else as much, but when my first grandchild arrived, I experienced a love so great, a love double that of my children and realised what it means to have a grandchild in your life. It is just so precious,” says the yiayia of five, who is entirely committed to giving her grandchildren what she feels is the most important thing of all. Quality time.“One thing most people don’t always realise is that grandparents, grandmothers in particular, are very good listeners and they are much more than just a major provider of childcare for working parents. I enjoy spending quality time with the kids so I can get to know them, listen to their stories and secrets and help bring out their individual characters,” she says.Yiayia Jenny Mavrogiorgis with her granddaughters having fun in the kitchen.Most of us associate the word ‘grandparent’ with yummy food, freedom and joy, as well as all of those warm feelings we need in order to develop into healthy adults, but the relationship goes much deeper than that.“A good yiayia gives unconditional love, makes the grandchild feel safe, comfortable and loved for who they are. Not for how well they perform in a test. In my opinion, a grandmother can be as effective as a teacher and in many ways coming to yiayia’s house is better than school,” continues yiayia Jenny.Greek-born childcare educator Eleni Tsegrenis compares the two.“I believe that what we give to children during their school years is very important, mainly because children are given the opportunity to be active and to interact with their peers.“Through forming strong friendships, children learn how to express their feelings, communicate their ideas and build their confidence. However, grandparents teach you the value of family and have the ability to give the sense of security and love in a way that no one else can. Children talk a lot with their grandparents, they talk about things that they often don’t even discuss with their parents and that’s what builds their social skills and helps encourage positive future behaviours,” Ms Tsegrenis tells Neos Kosmos. Seventy-five-year-old yiayia Vasiliki Kostomiris agrees that grandparents’ contribution to their grandchildren’s upbringing is crucial and that they are the connection between the children and the family history, culture and origin.“The love we have for our grandchildren is different to the love we have for our children. It was different when we were parents to our own kids. We worked hard and had little support. We are now the support that our family needs and in a position to give the children more of what the parents can’t. We close the gap that is there,” she says, and educators seem to also concur with this theory.“Grandparents often become surrogate parents due to their own children’s life circumstances and busy lifestyles.Yiayia Vasiliki Kostomiris teaching her granddaughter how to make Greek coffee.It is their wisdom and experience or even just the cooking or gardening experiences they share with the little ones that make children feel strong and proud. It’s about the way they tell a story, they hug and kiss and ultimately the way they say the most important words of all − I LOVE YOU,” continues Ms Tsegrenis. Growing up as a child whose parents had just migrated to Australia, mother of two boys herself, Ms Kathy Tellis, didn’t get the opportunity to meet her grandparents until she was nine years old. “When I finally got to meet them, the love and security they provided to me was as strong as that of my parents, except they spoilt us more.“Unfortunately I didn’t get to enjoy that on an ongoing basis and I always felt something was missing from my childhood. Therefore, when I had my own children, I craved for them to be surrounded by their grandparents’ unconditional love and learn more about family values,” says Ms Tellis.It seems that memories and knowledge grandparents share with their grandchildren gives them a sense of continuity and history that is important for their identity development, but one can’t help but wonder; is that how grandchildren feel?Now 14, Yiayia Vasiliki’s eldest granddaughter Victoria continues to crave and seek that connection while looking forward to “paying her grandparents back” in any way she can.“Pappou and yiayia understand the importance of family, teach us about their life back home which is essentially our history. They give to us a sense of tradition and culture and they provide guidance and life lessons which no school can provide. I know that my grandparents are always there for me and that their love is unconditional with no strings attached,” says Victoria.“At the same time, as the years go by I feel a sense of responsibility to be there for them also and help them in any way I can, for example, help them communicate in the English language. I love that I can do that for them.”Yiayia Vasiliki with her granddaughter Victoria.Despina Pashalis explains that children have the ability to immediately feel the connection with their past because in their eyes, their grandparents are also a sense of ‘history’, both on a personal and a cultural level. At the same time, life is so fast and demanding that parents are not often able to spend quality time with their children in order to discuss personal and cultural values. “These values, customs and traditions are, more often than not, passed on from grandparents, especially in the Greek culture,” she explains.Victoria’s mum, Maria Paneras, wants her children to experience and immerse themselves into what she describes as a “piece of history”.“Without their grandparents the girls’ Greekness would be in trouble of fading. The grandparents give the girls a sense of Greek pride. When the children visit their grandparents they behave differently than they do at home. It’s almost like all three grandchildren step out of the daily chaos and enter into a Greek village. They help prepare and eat more Greek food, they speak more Greek, they listen to Greek music and they dance to it. They even watch Greek television.“Grandparents are the connecting pieces of the family and they offer a different education to that which schools offer. It’s the education of life; belonging, family connections, traditions and culture, celebrations and customs. It’s all the little things which come together to help shape who we are.”Sixty-nine-year-old proud pappou Elias Mavrogiorgis is a great example of that.“My role in my grandchildren’s life is to teach them about our culture, our faith and our traditions and to become the conduit between them and their family history. Listening to stories of survival and resilience connects the kids with their heritage, gives them a sense of identity and the confidence to go through life’s journey,” he says.But it’s not only beneficial for the children to have grandparents around. Grandparents seem to also enjoy their once in a lifetime role; that of yiayia and pappou.“We certainly have a sense of pride when it comes to our grandchildren. I often tell people that my grandchildren are the most intelligent, most beautiful and the most loved children in the world. After all, that is what all grandfathers believe!” says pappou Elias.Pappou Elias Mavrogiorgis with his grandchildren.Ms Pashalis’ recent research thesis (December, 2015) also investigated the consequences of parental divorce in adults within Greece and how it affects the family unit. “Although western European research indicated that children of parental divorce are more likely to develop depression, cannot form relationships and academic achievement and career is affected, in comparison to children whose parents hadn’t divorced, our findings showed no difference, and no effects of parental divorce on children in Greece! And guess what? The majority of the children were being looked after by grandparents!“I think that says enough,” says Ms Pashalis, sending a clear message to parents who seek her advice on what to do with the ‘grandparent issue’.“Do nothing at all. Just be grateful that they are still around and let yiayia and pappou do what they do best. After all, it’s their JOB.”And by the sounds of things, they do it well. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
‘Red Dead Online’ Finally Fully LaunchesThe Actual Pinkertons Are Suing the Makers of ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Stay on target I could be playing more Red Dead Redemption 2 right now. I should be playing Red Dead Redemption 2 right now. Rockstar’s cowboy opus is right around the corner, and we’ve been playing our review copy as much as possible within an ethical work week. But we still have some ways to go before delivering final thoughts, as we explained this morning.But you don’t have to sink hours and hours into Red Dead Redemption 2 and its horseback conversations before the game gets your brain churning. Even just the first few hours we’ve played so far have offered plenty to chew on thematically as well as new gameplay systems to hogtie into submission like a runaway snitch. So here are some early thoughts on Red Dead Redemption 2’s hateful, grateful opening hours.I say hateful not necessarily because of the game’s tone, although surprising no one these 1899 outlaws have less-than-stellar things to say about non-white members of the gang. Rather, because cowboy movies are so much more influential than cowboy histories, the narrative players are first thrust into reminded me a lot of Quentin Tarantino’s 2015 cowboy chamber piece The Hateful Eight, a comparison I’m sure Rockstar loves considering the strong cinema envy throughout pretty much its entire output.Don’t worry, the whole game isn’t about you being stuck in a snowy cabin. But the beginning sure is. A sharp contrast from sparse deserts of the Mexico-border setting in the first Red Dead Redemption, the sequel initially has you trudging through the snow in our cowboy boots spotting targets by oil lanterns during shootouts. The opening also has a similar desperate paranoia as your gang huddles together to stay warm and tell whatever lies are necessary to seize the nearby shelter. And it looks gorgeous in a wide, pastoral, 70mm way. The setting sun obscured by blizzard winds make this journey feel doomed even if you don’t have the haunting context of the first Red Dead, which this is a prequel to.Once your camp is established, the first camp of several we set up as we moved across the game’s slowly opening map, you’re then tasked with not just surviving but thriving. Dutch’s commitment to living free that he bestows on the rest of the gang, including player character Arthur Morgan and Red Dead 1 hero John Marston, is why they view themselves as more honorable than lesser gangs like the O’Driscolls even as their way of life fades away. The next few missions are meant to make you feel grateful for what you have like camaraderie with the gang as you skillfully shoot your way through a ramshackle O’Driscoll hideout or hunting skill to find fresh deer meat on the treacherous mountain to feed your starving people with.The gameplay systems used to make these points aren’t revolutionary but feature the polish and craft you expect from Rockstar’s undervalued employees. I still don’t enjoy the touchy horse-riding controls but respect the confident methodical pace they force on you. The old-timey guns (after you clean them) still cut down foes with the dramatic heft of a spaghetti Western movie, even if you don’t slow down time with dead-eye. And maybe it’s because these earlier linear tutorial missions are set on a multi-tiered mountain instead of more expansive open-world, but the fact that general combat and navigation totally holds up with action-adventure games like the new Tomb Raider is a real improvement for Rockstar.Now that I’m off of the mountain (which also has shades of Skyrim’s opening) and in greener pastures, I don’t know yet how the rest of Red Dead Redemption 2 will play out, what it’ll feel like or which movies it will remind me of. But the opening was powerful enough that, again, I really should be playing more right now. Not that many more people need convincing about this game, but if you were on the fence, hopefully you have a better idea of what to expect at the start. Look out for more Red Dead Redemption 2 thoughts as we play more of it.For more on Red Dead Redemption 2, to tide you over until you can play for yourself, check out the latest gameplay trailer and character portraits and fancy special edition.View as: One Page Slides1/121. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
In an effort to increase its reach into the sustainable industries market, Los Angeles-based EBITDA Media has acquired a stake in Sustainable Life Media, a b-to-b e-newsletter, online community, research and event company.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.EBITDA Media was founded in 2006 by William F. Cobert, a former president and CEO of Canon Communications. Cobert was replaced at Canon by Apprise Media CEO Charlie McCurdy. Apprise acquired Canon in 2005 for $200 million.EBITDA Media owns Green Media Enterprises, a media company that produced the Green East and Green West expos and conferences. The company is backed by private equity media buyout firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is an announcement from the Wilmington Police Department:On October 1, 1962, Congress, by a joint resolution, authorized and requested President John F. Kennedy to designate May 15 of each year as “Peace Officers Memorial Day,” and the week in which it falls as “National Police Week” to pay tribute to the law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and to voice our appreciation for all those who currently serve on the front lines of the battle against crime.In honor of Police Week, members of the Wilmington Police Department will be wearing special patches throughout the month of May. This is the third and final specialty patch that will be worn by our Officers. Patches will be available for sale to the general public for $10 with all proceeds going to the New England Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). You can learn about their mission to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty at https://newenglandcops.org/.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”Wilmington Police Launch ‘Police Explorers’ Program For Young Adults Interested In Law Enforcement CareerIn “Police Log”Wilmington Police Department’s New Explorers Program Now Accepting ApplicationsIn “Police Log”
In Episode 9, we talk about Wade Marrs leading the way to Ruby, run/rest strategies, two-way communications,and a story from Iditarod past.And, if you’re looking for more Iditarod content, check out “I-Kid-A-Pod,” produced by a fourth grade class in Wisconsin.Listen now
Police officers in Anchorage are seizing more heroin than almost any other drug.Listen nowDuring a presentation to the Assembly’s public safety committee today, Anchorage Police Department officials shared figures on confiscations of illegal substances. Between March and August, officers intercepted 870 grams of heroin — the equivalent of roughly 9,000 individual doses. Most of that came from street-level enforcement by the Community Action Policing team.Separately, the department’s Vice unit, which focuses on larger drug cases, seized two kilos worth of opium, which they say equates to about 20,000 doses for opioid users.The only drug confiscated at a higher volume between March and August in the municipality was marijuana being sold outside the state’s regulated legal market. Officers also seized 334.5 grams of methamphetamine, which remains a significant problem in Anchorage.APD Chief Justin Doll, told the Assembly that policing drug offenses remains one of the department’s best strategies for investigating more serious property and violent crimes.
Myanmar BGP shoots Rohingya child along border. Photo: UNBA Rohingya child suffered bullet wounds in firing by Border Guard Police (BGP) in Myanmar along the Tumbru border of Naikkhonchhari upazila in Bandarban on Thursday, reports UNB.The injured is Ansar Ullah, 13, son of Zamir Hossain of Raymonkhali village in Maungdaw township of Rakhine state. He was currently residing at Konapara Rohingya camp along the Zero Point.Commanding officer of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Battalion-25 lieutenant colonel Noman Hossain said the incident took place inside the Myanmar territory near pillar No 34/1 of Naikkhongchhari border around 5:00pm when the child entered Myanmar to collect firewood.Later, other inmates of the Rohingya camp rescued the child and took him to MSF Hospital of Kutupalong camp in Ukhia upazila of Cox’s Bazar, he said, adding that BGB members remain on high alert in the bordering areas.Naikkhonchhari Upazila Nirbahi Officer Sadia Afrin Kochi said the administration was informed about the matter.Meanwhile, Rohingya leader at the Konapara Rohingya camp Dil Mohammad claimed that the incident of firing took place at the Zero Point when the child went near the barbed-wire fence.After the incident, panic spread among 4,000 Rohingya who were staying at the camp. Many of them entered Bangladesh out of fear, he said.Ansar Ullah along with his family members fled to Bangladesh during the military crackdown in Rakhine in December last year, Dil Mohammad added.
Logo of BNPA high-profile BNP delegation is going to meet home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Tuesday afternoon to discuss party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s health condition and her treatment, reports UNB.BNP standing committee members, led by its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will meet the minister at 2:30pm at his secretariat office as per the schedule given by him, Khaleda’s personal secretary ABM Sattar told UNB on Monday.He said the home minister has given his nod for talks with the BNP delegation as Fakhrul contacted him over phone Monday.Sattar said most of the standing committee members will accompany Fakhrul during the meeting.He said the BNP delegation will discuss various issues relating to Khaleda Zia’s treatment and her illness.BNP leaders have long been alleging for the last few days that their chairperson’s health condition has deteriorated sharply and she needs to receive better treatment.Earlier in the day, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said Khaleda Zia herself told the makeshift court on Sunday that her physical condition is not god. “Like the country’s people, we’re very worried about her gradually falling health condition.”The BNP leader called upon prime minister Sheikh Hasina to shun ‘brutal and vindictive’ attitude towards her arch rival and former prime minister Khaleda Zia.”Release our leader instead of creating any obstacle towards granting her bail. Even, such inhuman attitude was not shown to the political prisoners in the colonial era. Don’t sacrifice civilisation, justice and humanity only to cling to power illegally. Eschew inhumanity and allow our leader to receive proper treatment through releasing her from jail,” he said.He also announced that their party will form a human chain in front of the Nation Press Club from 11am to 12pm on Wednesday demanding the unconditional release of Khaleda Zia and proper treatment of her.BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has been in jail since a special court convicted her in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on 8 February last year. BNP termed the case politically motivated.
Allison Shelley for The Texas TribuneAndrew Oldham testifies at a confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on April 25, 2018.As he sat before a bipartisan panel of U.S. senators on Wednesday, judicial hopeful Andrew Oldham sought to distance himself from the policy positions of the Texas Republican he has served for six years.Now a nominee to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals — the powerful, conservative court that hears cases from Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana — Oldham has worked as a legal adviser to Gov. Greg Abbott since Abbott’s days as Texas’ attorney general. In that role, Oldham has defended Texas’ positions on issues ranging from abortion to immigration, and even advocated alongside Abbott for a convention of states to “restore the rule of law.”But in response to senators — most of whom were Democrats — who during Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing pushed him on his “zealous defense” of Texas’ sometimes controversial positions, Oldham said he had merely been “advocating for a client.”“I would leave behind all of those litigating positions, all of those advocacy positions, and swear an oath to simply apply the law as an impartial jurist,” Oldham pledged Wednesday.Helping him assert that independence were both of Texas’ U.S. Senators, Republicans Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, who gave Oldham several opportunities to explain that the positions he defended as a lawyer would not bleed into his rulings as a judge. Cornyn offered Oldham the chance to correct “some of the press coverage and comments” from “some people who are confused” about the distinction between the two roles.Perhaps the most heated confrontation came with U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat who pressed Oldham on a 2016 speech in which the nominee called administrative agencies like the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency “fundamentally illegitimate” and “enraging.”“The comments you’re quoting came from a speech I was making on behalf of the governor,” Oldham said. “He was my client, and I was advocating his position.”“Come on. Don’t kid me. You used a word that was highly personal — you said it was ‘enraging,’” Whitehouse shot back. Then he posed his question again, pausing between each word: “Were you enraged?”“I was frustrated — on behalf of my client — for a series of litigation matters,” Oldham acknowledged. A minute later he re-emphasized: “My perspective as an advocate has no bearing on my perspective as a jurist.”Oldham was the Trump administration’s fifth nominee to what many consider the country’s most conservative appeals court, and if confirmed, he’d be the third Texan to join the court under the administration. No other federal appeals court has had as many nominees, and no other state has had more appeals court nominees. On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed Kyle Duncan — who worked in the Texas Solicitor General’s Office — to a Louisiana seat on the 5th Circuit. Oldham, long rumored to be on a shortlist for the court, was passed over last year when Trump nominated Texans Don Willett and James Ho, both of whom have since been confirmed. Trump named Oldham in February after opening a spot on the bench by appointing Edward Prado to be U.S. ambassador to Argentina.Oldham — whose qualifications include clerkships on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as time in the U.S. Department of Justice — has drawn the expected opposition of liberal groups like the Alliance for Justice and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, which take issue with his work on issues like abortion, immigration and environmental regulation. Oldham’s detractors say he has, through both his advocacy for Texas and his personal writings and statements, evinced a hostility toward the so-called “administrative state” — the body of regulations put in place by federal agencies, which many conservatives view as overreach.U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, a California Democrat, ticked down a list of controversial measures raised in Texas in recent years, asking Oldham what role he had played in formulating legislation.Oldham said he recalled working on two particularly high-profile issues: a measure that would have restricted transgender Texans’ access to certain public facilities and an anti-“sanctuary cities” law winding its way through the courts.Oldham deflected some of the committee’s toughest questions, citing judicial ethics rules that he said prevent him from weighing in on pending legal matters or established U.S. Supreme Court decisions. That justification helped him skirt questions about voting rights discrimination and the issue of implicit racial bias.After questioning Oldham, the committee weighed the appointments of Michael Truncale and Alan Albright, who have been nominated to become district judges in the Eastern and Western districts of Texas, respectively. Albright is an Austin lawyer and former U.S. magistrate judge. Truncale, an attorney based in Beaumont, ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2012.The committee is expected to vote on the nominees in the coming weeks. All three require confirmation from the full U.S. Senate. Share
Explore further Astronomers have conducted a study of unusually bright single pulses (BSPs) from the millisecond pulsar PSR B1744−24A. The new research, which determined properties of these pulses, could contribute to understanding the nature of BSPs. The study is presented in a paper published November 5 on arXiv.org. Mode changing and giant pulses found in a millisecond pulsar An example of a bright single pulse, integrated between 1,100–1,900 MHz, together with the average profile obtained by summing 5,000 spin periods around the bright pulse. The intensity of the average profile has been multiplied by a factor of 10. Credit: Bilous et al., 2018. Citation: Astronomers investigate unusually bright single pulses from a millisecond pulsar (2018, November 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-astronomers-unusually-bright-pulses-millisecond.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Located some 19,200 light years away in globular cluster Terzan 5, PSR B1744−24A, or B1744−24A for short (also known as Ter5A), is an eclipsing millisecond pulsar in an ablating binary system. The pulsar has a spin period of 11.56 milliseconds and has a relatively low-mass companion around 10 times less massive than our sun.Observations of PSR B1744−24A have shown that it has highly variable radio eclipses and unusually bright pulses, with intensities up to 40 times the average pulse intensity, and pulse widths similar to that of the average pulse profile. The BSPs from PSR B1744−24A were detected in 2009 by 100-m Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). These pulses were observed in the vicinity of the eclipses – in time near eclipse ingress and egress.Unusually bright single pulses are an unexplained phenomenon. Researchers debate whether BSPs are a new, distinct population of pulses, or the result of a propagation effect. The properties of such pulses, like these detected in PSR B1744−24A, make them difficult to classify as a separate emission mode or a giant pulse.In order to learn more about unusually bright single pulses, a trio of researchers led by Anna Bilous of the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, has re-investigated observational data of PSR B1744−24A collected by GBT. They have analyzed eight multi-orbit observations of this pulsar to better determine the properties of its pulses.”We present a study of unusually bright single pulses (BSPs) from a millisecond pulsar in an ablating binary system, B1744−24A, based on several multi-orbit observations with the Green Bank Telescope,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.In general, the scientists found that the properties of BSPs in PSR B1744−24A are difficult to explain by scintillation in the interstellar medium, by a separate emission mode, or by conventional giant pulses. These unusual properties are: clustering close to eclipses, unchanging average pulsed intensity or profile shape during BSP outbursts, widths similar to the width of the average profile, intensities up to 40 times the average pulse intensity, and correlated structures in dynamic spectra spanning several pulses.According to the study, BSPs from PSR B1744−24A are similar to strong pulses observed from the so-called Black Widow binary pulsar (or PSR B1957+20). Given that the pulses from the Black Widow pulsar were found to be strong lensing by the intrabinary material, the authors of the paper suggest the same explanation in the case of PSR B1744−24A.”We argue that the strong lensing likely occurs in B1744−24A as well,” the researchers noted.Assuming that strong lensing can explain, at least qualitatively the unusual properties of BSPs from PSR B1744−24A, the researchers calculated that the proposed lens could be even as small as five to 280 kilometers, and residing as close as 0.06 to 160 orbital separations from the pulsar.The astronomers added that further observations of BSPs from pulsars could be helpful in examining the physical conditions in the intra-binary plasma and providing insights into the emission region within the pulsar magnetosphere. © 2018 Science X Network More information: Anna Bilous et al. Unusually bright single pulses from B1744-24A binary: a case of strong lensing? arXiv:1811.05766 [astro-ph.HE]. arxiv.org/abs/1811.05766
Kolkata: A 36-year-old man who was injured in an explosion at Nagerbazar area succumbed to his wounds at a state-run hospital here, an official of the medical establishment said Monday. With this, the death toll in the explosion has risen to three. The man identified as Sharat Sethi, a washerman, was sitting at a nearby tea stall when the low-intensity blast took place on October 2 morning. Sethi died at the RG Kar Hospital here Sunday night, the official said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Another victim of the blast, Ajit Halder, had passed away at the hospital on Saturday night. West Bengal CID, which is investigating the blast, said the death of fruitseller Ajit Halder on Saturday night would slow up their probe. “He (Halder) was giving us important information on what had happened on that day,” a senior officer of the CID said. A seven-year-old boy was killed and nine people, including his mother, were injured in the low-intensity explosion in front of a fruit stall in the northern suburb of the metropolis. The boy’s mother is undergoing treatment at the SSKM hospital, an official of the state-run facility said.
ACAPULCO — Tourism to Acapulco is up 11% over last year, according to the Secretary of Tourism of the State of Guerrero.Acapulco received 770,000 visitors July 10 – Aug. 19, an 11% jump over the same period last year, while city hotels were reporting an average occupancy of 65%, reaching peaks of up to 93.9% over certain weekends.“Local and international visitors continue to chose Acapulco as their preferred vacation destination. We are seeing that every year the number of tourists Acapulco receives increases, which corroborates that the city is back in the game, and ready to be, once again, one of Mexico’s premier destinations,” said Ernesto Rodriguez Escalona, Secretary of Tourism for the State of Guerrero. He adds: “We expect this improvement in tourism influx to continue in the coming years as Acapulco makes important updates to serve the visitor demand, such as the modernization of the infrastructure.”Over the last few years Acapulco has undergone extensive renovations of its tourism infrastructure. In May 2018 it inaugurated a new terminal of the international airport (ACA), increasing its arrival capacity to 1.3 million passengers. The new building was created with an eco-conscious concept that aims to reduce its environmental impact, and features the latest in airport technology, say officials. The city has also received a billion-dollar investment from Grupo Autofin, a private conglomerate that includes the launch of XTASEA, the world’s largest over-the-ocean zipline, the building of an eco-amusement park, a tennis stadium and a medical centre. Many of Acapulco’s best-known hotels have undergone renovations as well. Travelweek Group Posted by Acapulco sees double-digit jump in tourism numbers Tags: Acapulco, Mexico, Statistics Share Friday, August 31, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology “I know that’s a very touchy word to use,” said Dillon. “But there’s a very ominous feeling here.”“I’ve been to some places where the threats of violence seemed more imminent,” said Dillon, who has also visited refugee camps in Sudan, the Congo and elsewhere. “Here it’s something else. It feels more like people are going to be left to wither away and die.”Dillon said he decided to come to Myanmar following a desperate, urgent appeal by Rohingya activist Thun Khin at a Refugees International fundraiser in Washington, just over a month ago. In Japan to promote his new television series, “Wayward Pines,” he decided it was a good time to make the trip.“There are people working here, people who know a hell of a lot more about it than I do,” Dillon said after hearing grumbling from some aid workers about what he hoped to achieve. “But listen, if I can use my voice to draw attention to something, where I see people suffering, I’ll do that any day of the week. I’m happy to do that.”He spoke to two teenage boys who tried to flee by boat, only to find themselves in the hands of human traffickers, and was chased away by armed security guards when trying to snap pictures of the last standing Rohingya neighborhood in the state capital – a ghetto surrounded by tall walls topped by rolls of heavy barbed wire. Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up But what really choked him up were the camps: “It affected me more than I thought it would.”While there were clear signs humanitarian agencies are active – new latrines, well-placed hand pumps, concrete open sewers – he noted in contrast to camps he’s visited in Sudan and the Congo, he didn’t run into a single Western aid worker during his two-day visit.Nor were NGO trucks rumbling through with medical equipment, food or other supplies – due primarily to severe restrictions placed on aid agencies by the government following pressure from Buddhist extremists.“A lot of people are suffering,” he said. “I’m really glad I had a chance to come, to see for myself what’s happening here.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies SITTWE, Myanmar (AP) — American actor Matt Dillon put a rare star-powered spotlight on Myanmar’s long-persecuted Rohingya Muslims, visiting a hot, squalid camp for tens of thousands displaced by violence and a port that has been one of the main launching pads for their exodus by sea.It was “heartbreaking,” he said after meeting a young man with a raw, open leg wound from a road accident and no means to treat it. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mothers carrying babies with clear signs of malnutrition stood listlessly outside row after row of identical bamboo huts, toddlers playing nearby in the chalky white dust.“No one should have to live like this, people are really suffering,” said Dillon, one of the first celebrities to get a look at what life is like for Rohingya in the western state of Rakhine. “They are being strangled slowly, they have no hope for the future and nowhere to go.”Though Rohingya have been victims of state-sponsored discrimination for decades, conditions started deteriorating three years ago after the predominantly Buddhist country of 50 million began its bumpy transition from a half-century of dictatorship to democracy.Taking advantage of newfound freedoms of expression, radical monks started fanning deep-seated societal hatred for the religious minority. Hundreds have been killed by machete-wielding mobs and a quarter million others now live under apartheid-like conditions in camps or have fled by boat – hundreds of dehydrated, hungry Rohingya washing onto Southeast Asian shores in recent weeks.Denied citizenship, they are effectively stateless with almost no basic rights. As they become increasingly marginalized, several groups are warning that the building blocks of genocide are in place. Comments Share A Myanmar navy boat, with migrants-onboard, tows a boat with migrants off Myanmar’s Thameehla island, south of Irrawaddy division, Sunday, May 31, 2015. The wooden boat was one of more than half-dozen that have either washed to Southeast Asian shores or been rescued in the last month following a massive, regional crackdown on human trafficking networks. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe) Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center
The number of saloon registrations rose an annual 13 per cent in July to 3,061 as a strong increase in registrations of second-hand vehicles offset a strong decline in new car registrations, the statistical service said.The number of brand-new car registrations fell 8.9 per cent to 1,111 compared with July 2016, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Thursday. Second-hand saloon registrations rose 32 per cent to 1,950.From January to July, the total number of saloon registrations rose 31 per cent to 21,351 compared with the respective seven-month period last year, Cystat said. Registrations of brand-new cars rose 9.8 per cent to 8,672 while that of used cars rose 50 per cent to 12,679.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
By Evie AndreouAROUND 40 per cent of cancer cases can be avoided with prevention and timely diagnosis, Health minister George Pamporidis said on Thursday to mark World Cancer Day, adding that some campaigns in Cyprus have proven effective and actually saved lives.There are more than 3,000 new cancer cases in Cyprus each year, while around 1,200 people die annually from the disease, he said. Breast cancer is the biggest killer of women in Cyprus, propelling the island to the top of the list of all EU member states.But the introduction of prevention and awareness campaigns, such as free breast examinations of all women between 50 and 67, has helped save lives. In the case of the free colon cancer screening of men and women aged 50 to 69 in the Larnaca district, the programme helped save 75 lives so far, Pamporidis said.The minister said that cancer is the second biggest cause of death in Europe, while it is estimated that one in three Europeans is likely to become a cancer patient.“Worldwide, around 11 million people get cancer each year, while around 8.2 million deaths are recorded”.“Cancer is not invincible. It can be cured if detected on time, that is why it is unfortunate that cancer is spreading rampantly,” Pamporidis said.He added that “our allies in the battle against cancer are awareness, and healthy life choices, while fear and ignorance are the enemies.”Another new initiative, the minister said, is the free vaccination of all girls aged between 12 and 13 against cervical cancer, which will begin in September.He added that a centre specialising in breast cancer is expected to be implemented within the year and that his ministry is in close cooperation with all cancer patient groups and thanked them for their efforts which benefit society and public health.Dr. Adamos Adamou, representing all non-governmental organisations (NGOs) supporting cancer patients and their families, said that the February 4 international motto of “We can – I can” stresses that there are solutions to engage cancer and they are feasible, but that systematic targeting is needed and state contribution is essential.He also expressed the need for the government to provide palliative care to cancer patients since at the moment this type of service is only offered by NGOs.According to Eurostat information on cancer released on Wednesday, Cyprus shares a sad lead as the highest share of deaths due to breast cancer among the female population together with Malta, followed by Luxembourg and Belgium.Cyprus, according to the same statistics, is also third in deaths caused from prostate cancer, estimated at 14 per cent, together with Finland, while it had the fewest deaths among EU members caused from colorectal cancer.According to Eurostat, one in four deaths recorded in the EU in 2013, was due to cancer.The most fatal rate of cancer among men in the EU is lung cancer, while for women it is breast cancer.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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