determine whether policies and procedures were followed examine current policies, procedures and support make recommendations to ensure the safety and well-being of all students identify issues that may have a negative impact on students and their mental health provide recommendations to address gaps and/or deficiencies of policies, procedures, programming and protocols at Halifax Regional School Board, and its co-operation and interaction with departments and agencies The review will include the mental-health system and its role in this case. The reviewers will look at aspects of Capital District Health Authority and IWK Health Centre programs that support youth. An interim report is expected May 10. The independent review was requested by the Halifax Regional School Board. “We requested the independent review because we need to take a critical, unbiased look at how we provide services to students,” said Gin Yee, chair of the Halifax Regional School Board. “Our teachers, staff and administrators work very hard every day to meet a wide range of needs, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look for ways to improve our support to students. “The two individuals the province has appointed are well-known, respected experts in education and we are committed to working closely with them throughout the process.” The panel will be in regular communication with Ms. More. The minister may take immediate steps to act on time-sensitive issues raised by the panel before the final report is complete. The review will not impact criminal investigations or proceeding. The province announced April 15 that an independent review of the actions of police and the Public Prosecution Service will begin as soon as the criminal investigation is finished. The province has named two respected Canadian experts to review the approach of Halifax Regional School Board, and associated agencies, to the events that led to the tragic death of a student. The two out-of-province experts, Debra Pepler and Penny Milton of Ontario, will begin their review immediately. Ms. Pepler is a professor of psychology at York University. She is co-founder of PREVNet, Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network, and has been on the Ontario Minister of Education’s Safe Schools Action Team since 2004. One of her research areas is bullying. Ms. Milton is former CEO of the Canadian Education Association and a former deputy minister of the Premier’s Advisory Council on Health, Wellbeing and Social Justice in Ontario. Her primary area of interest is the engagement of young people in learning. “The review of Halifax Regional School Board will be independent and have a broad mandate,” said Marilyn More, Minister responsible for the Status of Women. “We need to take a close and sensitive look at the programs, supports and policies we have in place now, and figure out how to improve them. In this way, we are continuing to support the family.” The panel will report to Ms. More. “Nova Scotia is not alone in dealing with these difficult issues and challenges,” said Ms. Pepler. “There is an opportunity here to learn from this heartbreaking situation, and ensure the supports and programming in place for our young people meets their needs, across the spectrum, from health to education.” “Schools share with families and communities a responsibility for the well-being of all of their students,” said Ms. Milton. “We must all learn from this tragedy so that students are supported in the best ways that we know how.” The panel will have until June 14 to:
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Mumbai: Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal was on Friday questioned here by the Enforcement Directorate in a case of alleged contravention of the foreign exchange law, officials said. This is the first time that the central agency is grilling him after it conducted searches against him last month. Goyal’s statement has been recorded under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) at the agency’s zonal office here, they said. A dozen premises, including Goyal’s Mumbai residence in Mumbai, his group companies, their directors and offices of Jet Airways, were searched by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on August 23. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAccording to agency sources, the businessman’s empire had 19 privately-held companies, five of which were registered abroad. The agency is probing charges that these firms allegedly carried out “doubtful” transactions under the guise of selling, distribution and operating expenses. The ED suspects that expenses at these companies were allegedly booked at fake and high costs and as a result, they “projected” huge losses. Alleged shady aircraft lease transactions with non-existent offshore entities are also under the ED scanner and it is suspected that Jet Airways made payments for lease rental to “ghost firms”, which purportedly routed the ill-gotten money in Goyal’s companies. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOfficials said while the case, at present, is being investigated under the civil proceedings of the FEMA law, additional evidences may lead to the registration of a case against the businessman and others under the stringent Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Goyal, along with his wife, were barred from flying out to a foreign location from the Mumbai airport in May as part of the vigil mounted against him by probe agencies. A particular company under the ED scanner is the Isle of Man-based Tail Winds Corporation and it is suspected that it controlled all activities of Jet Airways. The company (Tail Winds) was formed by Goyal in 1992. The ED, as part of the searches few weeks ago, also went to the premises of Hasmukh Deepchand Gardi, who was a partner and a big investor in the Tail Winds company. Sources said Gardi, who is based in Dubai, also had a mention in the global offshore holdings list, known as the “Panama Papers”, and the agency suspected that the money invested in Tail Winds was sourced through illegal means. It is understood that the ED is also looking at the airline’s stake in Jet Privilege Pvt Ltd (JPPL), set up in 2012. Jet Airways has a 49.9-per cent stake in JPPL, which is part of the Etihad Group. A few executives of the now closed down airline have been questioned by the ED in the past in relation to these charges. A full-service carrier, Jet Airways shut its operations on April 17 after running out of cash. A Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) inspection report had found large-scale irregularities, including diversion of funds, at the airline, sources had said in July. In March, Goyal stepped down as the chairman of Jet Airways. Currently, the airline is going through the resolution process under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.
The head of the Houthi movement, Abdel-Aziz bin Habtour has sent a message to Morocco’s Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, thanking the country for suspending participation in the Saudi-led coalition in the ongoing war in Yemen.In an unprecedented move, the head of the Houthi movement lauded Morocco’s withdrawal from the Saudi coalition in the conflict, reported the Yemeni news agency.Morocco’s withdrawal decision, said Habtour, “reflects the good, brotherly Moroccan-Yemeni relations.” He added, “Yemeni people will continue to cherish their strong, brotherly ties with the Moroccan people in days to come.” Habtour also said he hoped for Morocco to join the international efforts to stop the war in Yemen, in line with its “sound decision.”The Houthi leader ended his message by wishing “development and prosperity for Morocco and its people.”Read Also: In Unprecedented Move, Morocco Recalls its Ambassador to Saudi ArabiaTensions simmer between Rabat and RiyadhTensions have been rife between Morocco and Saudi Arabia, although there have been no official moves from either party to express frustration.In the public discourse, meanwhile, the spat between the two allies seemed to reach a new level after a Saudi television channel aired a controversial documentary about the Western Sahara conflict.The documentary, broadcast by Saudi-owned pan-Arab television, Al Arabiya, claimed that Morocco “occupied” the Western Sahara and presented Polisario as the sole “legitimate representative of the Saharawi people.”The documentary was aired weeks after Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita told Al Jazeera that Morocco’s participation in the Yemen war has changed due to humanitarian reasons.Following the controversial documentary, news reports indicated last week that Morocco recalled its ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Mustapha El Mansouri, “for consultations” on the relations with Saudi Arabia.But Morocco’s foreign ministry Nasser Bourita denied that narrative. In an interview two days after news circulated of Morocco recalling Ambassador El Mansouri, Bourita said the news was “unfounded” and “not correct.”Meantime, Rabat-Riyadh ties had already weakened following the ascension of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to power.Saudi Arabia initially joined the Yemen war in 2015 in an attempt to curb the armed movement of the Houthis, a group of Islamic Shia rebels.
24 January 2012The United Nations envoy for Somalia, Augustine P. Mahiga, today formally moved his office back to the country’s capital, Mogadishu, from neighbouring Kenya, where it has been based for 17 years. Mr. Mahiga, who was received at the airport in Mogadishu by Somalia’s Prime Minister, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, other officials and diplomats, said he was delighted that the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) will now carry out its work from Mogadishu.“I sincerely hope that the arrival of the UN Political Office will mark the start of renewed hope for the future of Somalia,” said Mr. Mahiga.“Being in Mogadishu will allow us to work far more closely with the Transitional Federal Institutions, the UN agencies and NGOs [non-governmental organizations] already based here, civil society and ordinary Somalis. We have much to do and we are eager to get straight to work,” he said.The last Special Representative of the Secretary-General to be based in Mogadishu was James Victor Gbeho, who worked with the now defunct UN Operations in Somalia II (UNOSOM II), and left in early 1995.UNPOS was established shortly afterwards and has since been based in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. Six UN agencies have permanent staff in Mogadishu.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the relocation of UNPOS was a demonstration of the UN’s strong commitment to working alongside the Somali people and their leaders to build peace, political stability and a hopeful future.“It will permit intensified political cooperation and engagement toward these goals,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.Mr. Mahiga is initially moving with a limited number of staff, with additional employees due to follow later as resources and security permits.The Special Representative of the Secretary-General took part in the raising of the UN flag in the UNPOS compound, before proceeding to Villa Somalia where he was welcomed by President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and presented his credentials.He then went to the headquarters of the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) where he inspected a guard of honour and paid tribute to the remarkable sacrifice of peacekeepers and the Somali security forces in advancing the cause of peace.“Without the incredible efforts and sacrifice of the troops from Somalia and other African countries, we would not be here today,” said Mr. Mahiga.He gave his pledge to the Somali people that the UNPOS relocation to Mogadishu would herald the beginning of a new era of cooperation and political engagement as the current political transitional period comes to an end later this year.
NBC orders 13 episodes of comedy produced by Tina Fey, starring Ellie Kemper of ‘The Office’ by The Associated Press Posted Oct 31, 2013 1:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – NBC says it’s ordering 13 episodes of a new comedy created by Tina Fey and starring Ellie Kemper of “The Office.”The network says Kemper will play a woman who flees a doomsday cult and begins a new life in New York city. The actress had joined “The Office” as Erin the receptionist in the show’s 2009 season.NBC says Fey created the new series with Robert Carlock, who was an executive producer on her Emmy-winning series “30 Rock.” The pair will join in writing the new comedy and serve as executive producers along with David Miner.NBC says the new show, as yet untitled, is scheduled to debut in fall 2014.
“These populations need urgent assistance to recover their livelihoods, which are mostly based on crop farming, artisanal fisheries and aquaculture and livestock production,” Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa, said today in a news release from the agency. “For the last three to four years this has not been possible due to the conflict,” he added.The release added that the resumption of agricultural activities in these areas is of utmost priority to ensure that people can produce enough food for themselves. This includes those who have been internally displaced by the conflict as well as communities who have been hosting them.It further noted that in parts of the country’s restive north-east, where food insecurity is rampant, some 385,000 people are in urgent need of farming and livelihood support.The situation has been exasperated as three consecutive planting seasons were lost due to the fighting in the region.Furthermore, large influxes of people escaping repeated Boko Haram attacks have put extreme pressure on already poor and vulnerable host communities and their fragile agricultural and pastoral livelihoods, exacerbating the already precarious food and nutrition security situation.FAO estimates that more than three million people are affected by acute food insecurity in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.“Failure to rebuild the rural economy will translate into lack of employment opportunities with possible harmful consequences including youth radicalization and enrolment into armed groups, resulting in continued civil unrest,” the UN agricultural agency warned.Emphasizing the benefits of a timely intervention, it added: “Restarting food production in the newly accessible areas will have the additional benefits of encouraging displaced populations to return to their homes, while contributing to their improved health and nutrition.” Responding to the crisisIn response to the ongoing crisis, FAO has launched an intervention and urgently requires $10 million to supply seeds, fertilizers and irrigation equipment for the upcoming irrigated dry season. In the meantime, the agency is also preparing its response for the main agricultural season for which even more resources are required.“With funds received to-date, FAO has reached over 123,000 people to improve their food security by enabling them to grow their own food during the ongoing rain-fed season,” said Tim Vaessen, FAO’s Emergency and Response Manager in Nigeria.“While this assistance is crucial, it reaches just a fraction of those in need of support and now FAO is seeking funds to support irrigated crop production, livestock restocking and animal health treatment, including disease control and supplementary feed, in the newly liberated areas,” he added.Furthermore, in north-eastern Nigeria, the agency has provided agricultural kits to vulnerable internally displaced people with access to land and host families. The kits include improved varieties crop seeds and fertilizers, enabling beneficiaries to grow their own food during the ongoing rain-fed season. The harvest is expected to start by the end of September and will allow beneficiaries to cover their food needs for up to 10 months.However, FAO’s activities in the country remain constrained by a serious lack of funding. To-date, the agency has received just $ 4.9 million, of which almost 20 percent has come from its own Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities.
Then-redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Matthew Burrell combs through the crowd in the Shoe after Ohio State’s 39-38 victory over No. 2 Penn State on Oct. 28. Credit: Nick Clarkson | Social Media EditorRedshirt junior offensive lineman Matthew Burrell announced Wednesday he will transfer from Ohio State at the end of the school year. In an Instagram post, Burrell said he was thankful for the opportunities given to him at Ohio State, calling his experience “a once in a lifetime opportunity” both on and off the field. The fourth-year lineman also said he does not know where he will end up in the fall, saying he looks forward to “whatever God has planned for me.” Redshirting his first season with the Buckeyes, Burrell has served as a backup offensive line for the past two seasons. Last season, he was in the mix to earn the starting right guard job, but lost the battle and eventually backed up both redshirt junior Branden Bowen and redshirt senior Demetrius Knox. As a member of the 2015 class, Burrell was a four-star offensive guard recruit and was ranked as the No. 7 guard in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Usually, teams see their chances of winning go up throughout a tournament. But in this case, UConn, Notre Dame, South Carolina and “the field” have all shed percentage points to the Lady Bears. Over this period, Baylor’s score on our strength metric has risen by 5.5 points, from 104.5 to 110, while UConn’s has only gone from 111.4 to 112.5.Interestingly, however, the markets don’t seem to share our model’s enthusiasm for Baylor. The latest prices that I could find still give UConn a greater than 75 percent chance (for example, here, where the odds of -420/+300 imply fair odds of 76 percent), which is similar to what was out there before the tournament.The huge disparity between our model and the markets suggests that it’s worth having some skepticism toward our model results. In general, models are at their worst when it comes to extreme outliers, which UConn certainly has been. For one thing, it can be hard to tell their true strength, because so many of their games are fairly noncompetitive. For another, you would normally expect a team that has performed like UConn this year to be a little worse than it looks — because of regression to the mean — but in UConn’s case, we have a lot of corroborating evidence. Namely, that this season’s performance isn’t even that much of an outlier, for them.On the other hand, the Huskies weren’t even supposed to be their powerhouse selves this year, and the Lady Bears have looked amazing. If Baylor can get by Mississippi State, they’ll almost certainly get their chance to escape UConn’s shadow in the Final Four.Check out our March Madness predictions. The University of Connecticut Huskies kept their roll going Saturday with a breezy 86-71 victory over UCLA. It’s their 110th win in a row — and the 157th of their last 158 games — likely giving them the longest team sport winning streak in college top division history. Rival and potential Elite Eight threat Maryland’s loss in an upset against Oregon also means UConn’s next game should be easier than expected — so you might think UConn’s chances of five-peating and carrying their win streak into the fall would be greater than ever.Our model, however, now pegs UConn’s chances as essentially the lowest they’ve been in the tournament. UConn finds itself in a virtual dead heat with Baylor (who UConn beat by 11 points in November). Though Baylor has seemed to be UConn’s most formidable competition since before the tournament began, their rise has nonetheless been dramatic. They’ve won their tournament games by 89, 40 and 34, compared with UConn’s margins of 61, 30 and 15.Baylor was briefly even the tournament favorite, between Sweet 16 days (after Baylor beat Louisville but before UConn beat UCLA):
A British cross-channel swimmer has died just a mile short of reaching France.Nick Thomas, 45, from Ellesmere in Shropshire, was pulled unconscious from the water as he neared the end of the 21-mile endurance swim.Mr Thomas, who did not wear a wetsuit, had previously completed Ironman events and had already swum the Channel successfully in 2014. Thank @lynncette and@EnduromanEvents for my dory towel and lucky Peebles , very kind of you both #justkeepswimming pic.twitter.com/mGM1Ng8wAW— Nick Thomas (@trismartnick) July 18, 2016 Enduroman Ultra Events, which was tweeting his solo progress since leaving the UK early on Saturday, wrote: “Our friend Nick Thomas left us whilst doing what he loved – he just kept going.”He’ll always be a part of what we do and who we are.” …From thereon we’ll be hoping to move toward shore across the tide. There’s a lot to do before then. Nick’s swimming well & is very strong— Enduroman Events (@EnduromanEvents) August 27, 2016 The Enduroman event combines running, cycling and swimming. It begins with an 87-mile run from London to Dover, followed by swimming the English Channel and is supposed to end with a bike ride to Paris. The organisation raised the alarm on their Twitter feed on Saturday night, posting: “Nick Thomas is being treated at Calais hospital after passing out in the water. Please wait for an update.”A previous message had said: “Flood tide is strong pulling us toward Blanc Nez, hopefully some chance to land near there. Tough going for Nick.”A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are offering assistance to the family of a British national following his death in Calais, France.” 1807. @trismartnick pulls onward ever closer to France. Where & when still uncertain. The NE wind held up the tide.. pic.twitter.com/kWiFdQibIM— Enduroman Events (@EnduromanEvents) August 27, 2016 Morning dip , just ticking over awaiting judgement day , pic.twitter.com/mZwKDOoXUw— Nick Thomas (@trismartnick) August 4, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. …ZC2 marks edge of the NE shipping lane to French inshore waters. The further inside that the better when the flood tide comes through…— Enduroman Events (@EnduromanEvents) August 27, 2016 A spokesman for the governing body, the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation, confirmed a man had died.He said: “A swimmer was taken from the water less than a mile from the finish in France.”There was an extremely experienced support team on board the support vessel. He was given CPR and taken to Calais where he was sadly pronounced dead.”It is an extreme sport, we know the risks. He was doing what he loved doing. Our thoughts are with his family.” His wife paid tribute to him online, writing: “Can’t believe I am not going to see you again. Loved always xx.” The Sun reported that his son Ashley said: “You’ll never be forgotten”. On his Twitter profile he described himself as an “Endurance athlete, iron & ultraman triathlon for many years”.One of his last posts on the social media site was earlier in August before he went for a swim.
The latest issue of International Mining Project News, out today, has reports on 21 prefeasibility studies, six feasibility studies, 17 projects in development, 11 new mines that have gone into production, four existing mines that are expanding, 10 merger and acquisition announcements and many new appointments to new positions. The report covers 29 gold projects, 20 copper, nine silver projects, four iron ore, and three diamonds, zinc, nickel, tungsten, cobalt, molybdenum projects, two coal, and one PGM, potash, manganese, lead, tin, tantalum-lithium, graphite, antimony, vanadium projects. This report, released every two weeks, keeps you up to date on worldwide mine developments and contains many sales leads. For more information contact email@example.com .Boliden has entered into an agreement with Australian Altona Mining to purchase the Kylylahti copper mine, the exploration rights and copper/nickel deposits in the Outokumpu field in eastern Finland. The consideration for the transaction amounts to $95 million. The agreement is subject to approval by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority and the approval of the shareholders of Altona Mining. “We see several synergies in mining, metallurgy and exploration. The exploration areas are similar to what we experience in Sweden and have potential for additional discoveries. The acquisition will also establish Boliden as a mining company in Finland, where we already are a significant smelting company,” says Lennart Evrell, President and CEO, Boliden.Central Rand Gold announces that following the successful implementation of the Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) pumping and treatment solution by the Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA), gold mineralisation found between 450 m and 900 m below surface, which had previously been downgraded to ‘Exploration Target’, has been reclassified by independent consultants Venmyn Deloitte as ‘Mineral Resource’.The installation of the Ritz high capacity AMD pumps in March 2014, and the subsequent commissioning of the High Density Sludge (HDS) plant in May 2014, combined with a simultaneous reduction in the water level observed at the pumping station and at the CMR mine, has demonstrated that the entire basin in Johannesburg can be dewatered from a single point. Economic capital and operating cost studies have shown that further de-watering beyond the 450 m level can be done efficiently and economically, with the installation of additional pumps and piping and thus the hurdle for “eventual economic extraction”, a key aspect in the definition of ‘Mineral Resources’ in terms of the SAMREC Code, is satisfied.Borneo Resource Investments, a mining company that mines gold and develops producing gold mining properties in Indonesia, is building its second processing area to extract more gold from ore at its Ratatotok South property. Borneo expects this infrastructure expansion will triple the company’s gold production at the property. Borneo acquired Ratatotok South, one of its three contiguous Ratatotok properties, in December 2013 through its subsidiary PT Puncak Kalabat. The 8.5 ha property, located in the middle of a well-established gold reef area, became the company’s second producing gold mine. Borneo started mining the property shortly after its acquisition and completed its first full production run in May 2014.Whilst GoGold Resources announces that a land agreement to mine and explore on the Ejido property associated with the Santa Gertrudis Gold Mine in Mexico has been executed. The agreement allows GoGold to mine and explore the 2,006 hectares of land that is owned by the local Ejido for a period of ten years with an option to renew for a further five years. With the company’s intent to reestablish mining, this agreement will allow GoGold to fast track the Santa Gertrudis gold mine to production.Newmont Mining Corp has announced it completed the sale of its Jundee underground gold mine in Australia to Northern Star Resources Limited , for total proceeds of approximately $91 million. We are pleased to have completed the sale of Jundee as part of our ongoing effort to increase shareholder value by focusing on lower cost, longer life operations,” said Randy Engel, Newmont’s Executive Vice President for Strategic Development. “With the closing of this sale, Newmont has generated approximately $800 million in proceeds over the last 12 months from the divestment of non-core assets.”
HOW DOES ASTRONOMY relate to the Christmas Star? Whether or not the story described in the Bible actually happened, there is a some relevant astronomy when taken in context of the Middle East two thousand years ago, so it’s not surprising that astronomical events would have inspired or influenced writings or events at the time.The Biblical Magi, or the Wise Men, were likely to be people well-versed in astronomy. In their time, astronomical events would have been believed to be signs and predictions about events on Earth. This was what we would now call astrology. The Middle East region was historically renowned for its advances in science and mathematics, so the appearance of astronomer-priests in the story of the Christmas Star strengthens the idea that, if it happened, it was something celestial. There are a number of possibilities that would explain the Christmas Star that took place approximately two thousand years ago.An occultationFive years ago, at the start of December 2008 as the Christmas season was underway, there was an incredible astronomical event that astounded people who saw it. In the early evening, as a thin crescent Moon hovered over the horizon, a brilliant glowing ‘star’ appeared from behind it, slowly moving away from the arc of the Moon.Throughout that evening I received countless calls from people asking what was happening to the Moon. Was our nearest celestial neighbour breaking apart? Was it aliens? Was it the Christmas Star coming back?The astronomical event in question was the end of an occultation, where one object in the sky is obscured – or occulted – by another. In this case, the two objects were the Moon and the bright planet Venus. The Moon and Venus are often placed close together for a couple of days each month when Venus is in the sky (indeed, Venus is in our evening skies now and you may have spotted a close conjunction), but occultations of such spectacle are a much rarer occurrence.In 6BC two occultations took place. Similar to the occultation of Venus in 2008, Jupiter was twice obscured by the Moon in the constellation Aries. When we consider the astrological significance of Aries and Jupiter at the time, we find ourselves at a possible contender for the Christmas Star: Aries was the ‘ruling starsign’ of Judea, while Jupiter was the ‘star of kings’. Combining these, and remembering that Jupiter appeared from behind the Moon, we now have an astronomical event that may have signified a birth of a Jewish king.Comets always ‘point’ towards the SunOf course, there are events that may have occurred that were a little less esoteric, and were more actual astronomy rather than observations blended with astrology and mysticism. One such celestial event may have been the appearance of a comet. While we didn’t get to see Comet ISON as well as we hoped, anyone who has ever seen one (or even a photo of one) will know what they look like. In one sense, they almost resemble an arrow pointing in a certain direction. Comets always ‘point’ towards the Sun, so if a comet was visible in early morning before sunrise, it would have pointed east, which is the direction the Three Wise Men are said to have travelled.As well as this, comets move through the sky, and are in a different place each night with respect to the background stars. As such, over the space of days or weeks, the movement of the comet could have acted as a guide for the travellers.Halley’s Comet orbits the Sun every 75-76 years, and we know that it was visible from Earth in 12BC. The appearance of the comet was noted by Chinese astronomers at the time, but they didn’t report a particularly spectacular display from the object.Did a ‘new star’ influence the Biblical story?Another object recorded by the Chinese astronomers was the appearance of a nova – or ‘new star’ – in the sky in 5BC. A nova occurs when a small, white dwarf star pulls hydrogen gas from a nearby companion star. The gas falls to the surface of the white dwarf where it becomes intensely hot, and finally reignites and undergoes nuclear fusion. The result is an explosion of light and heat.While most nova events are very far away and too faint to see without telescopes, the explosion was seen easily by the astronomers in China and was reported to have stayed in the sky for two months. Maybe this event influenced the Biblical story.So, what was the Christmas Star that features in the Bible? It’s a good question, and certainly from an astronomical perspective, it could have been any of a number of celestial events. There are several theories as to what it could have been, but I don’t think we’ll ever really know for sure!Conor Farrell is an avid science enthusiast and studied physics with astronomy at Dublin City University. He now works with Astronomy Ireland to promote all things space-related to a wider audience. In his spare time he writes about science and current affairs, and can be followed on Twitter at @conorsthoughts.Read more of Conor’s columns here.Watch: Awe-inspiring video of Earth from space will put your day in perspectiveColumn: Stargazing for beginners – get the most out of these dark winter nightsWe’re interested in your ideas and opinions – do you have a story you would like to see featured in Opinion & Insight? 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Tussock tundra on Arctic Refuge coastal plain. (Photo courtesy of USFWS)Following the government shutdown, the Interior department is giving the public an additional month to weigh in on its controversial plans to allow oil leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.In a statement, top Interior official Joe Balash said the comment period is being extended from February 11 to March 13, in response to requests from Alaska communities and tribes, as well as nonprofits from across the U.S.Democrats in Congress who oppose drilling in the Refuge had also written letters urging Interior to extend the comment period, arguing the shutdown limited the agency’s ability to provide information to the public.During the government shutdown, Interior was continuing to plan meetings about oil leasing in the Refuge, leading to outcry from Democratic lawmakers and environmental groups. The agency later announced it was delaying the meetings, although the dates and locations had never been publicly announced.Interior finally released the meeting schedule today. The first takes place in Fairbanks on February 4. Other meetings are scheduled in the following days in Kaktovik, Utqiaġvik, Fort Yukon, Arctic Village, Venetie, Anchorage and Washington, D.C.
Richard Drew/APA member of the FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction team works outside the Time Warner Center, in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. A police bomb squad was sent to CNN’s offices in New York City and the newsroom was evacuated because of a suspicious package.Updated at 5:33 p.m. ETAt least six suspicious packages containing what the FBI called potentially destructive devices have been sent since Monday to several leading Democratic Party figures and to CNN in New York, triggering a massive investigation.Some of the devices “appear to be pipe bombs,” John Miller, New York Police Department deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism, said at a news conference Wednesday.“The packages are similar in appearance,” the FBI stated, “and contain potentially destructive devices.”Packages were addressed to George Soros, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, former CIA Director John Brennan (care of CNN) and former Attorney General Eric Holder. All bore the return address of the office of U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former Democratic National Committee chairwoman.The packages were in manila envelopes with bubble-wrap interior, and the FBI says it is “possible that additional packages were mailed to other locations.”In a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon Wasserman Schultz expressed dismay over her involuntary association with the menacing threats.“This appalling attack on our democracy must be vigorously prosecuted, and I am deeply disturbed by the way my name was used,” she wrote.She confirmed that her offices in Sunrise and Aventura, Fla., were both evacuated “in an abundance of caution.”Also Wednesday, California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters said U.S. Capitol Police intercepted a suspicious package targeting her office. Waters thanked law enforcement investigating the package and said in a statement, “I unequivocally condemn any and all acts of violence and terror.”“This investigation is of the highest priority for the FBI. We have committed the full strength of the FBI’s resources and, together with our partners on our Joint Terrorism Task Forces, we will continue to work to identify and arrest whoever is responsible for sending these packages,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in the statement.The Secret Service said Wednesday morning it had intercepted two suspicious packages that were addressed to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Westchester County, N.Y., and former President Barack Obama’s residence in Washington, D.C.The packages addressed to Clinton and Obama contained explosive devices similar to one found Monday at the Bedford, N.Y., home of billionaire George Soros — a frequent contributor to Democratic and progressive causes. An explosive ordnance disposal team did a controlled detonation and destroyed the package.The package sent to CNN, which was addressed to Brennan, contained what “appeared to be a live explosive device” as well as an “envelope containing white powder,” New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill said at the news conference.The package for Holder “did not reach its intended destination, but was rerouted to the return address in Florida,” the FBI stated.Police in Sunrise said Wednesday morning that they were “working on an investigation of a suspicious package near Sawgrass Corporate Parkway,” which is near the office used by Wasserman Schultz.President Trump, speaking at the White House, said that the “safety of the American people is my highest and absolute priority.”“As we speak, the packages are being inspected by top explosive experts, and a major federal investigation is now underway,” Trump said. “The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice. We will spare no resources or expense in this effort.”The packages addressed to Clinton and Obama “were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such,” the Secret Service said in a statement Wednesday. “The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them.”The package to Clinton was intercepted late Tuesday, and the package to Obama was intercepted early Wednesday morning.Clinton responded to the incident by saying “We are fine” and thanking the men and women of the Secret Service. Speaking at a Florida fundraiser for Donna Shalala, a former HHS secretary who is running for Congress, she said it is a “troubling time” and that “we have to do everything we can to bring our country together.”The NYPD’s Miller stated that security officials were visiting offices of elected officials and media and television outlets Wednesday to inform them about what to watch for — and, in fact, he says NYPD officials were in the CNN mailroom when the suspicious package was discovered.CNN broadcast images of a yellow mailing envelope addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan and Time Warner Center, also with a return address for Wasserman Schultz in Sunrise, Fla.The explosive device inside was safely removed by the bomb squad using a “bomb truck,” according to Miller, and authorities were working to transport it to FBI laboratories for further investigation, along with the other devices.In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, “We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures.” She added, “These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”“These attempted attacks that have been made are beyond criminal, they are acts of pure terror,” said House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot and gravely wounded during an attack on a baseball practice of Republican lawmakers in 2017. “Violence and terror have no place in our politics or anywhere else in our society.”Like the Clintons, Soros lives in Westchester County, N.Y. The left-leaning philanthropist is the founder of the Open Society Foundations, which works to “build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens.” (The OSF has been a financial supporter of NPR.)When the Obamas left the White House, they rented a house in D.C.’s Kalorama neighborhood that they purchased months later. The couple have said they want to remain in Washington, D.C., until their youngest daughter, Sasha, finishes high school.There also were multiple reports of suspicious packages on Wednesday that turned out to be false alarms.Some media outlets had suggested that the White House had received one, but the Secret Service later clarified that “reports of a third intercepted package addressed to the WH are incorrect.”New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters at Wednesday’s news conference that “a device has been sent to my office in Manhattan, which we were just informed about.” Cuomo’s office later said that “a preliminary investigation on the package at Gov. Cuomo’s office shows it is computer files on the hate group The Proud Boys, who recently appeared in New York.”The downtown San Diego office of The San Diego Union-Tribune was briefly evacuated because of concerns about a possible suspicious package. That was later determined to be a false alarm and police gave the all-clear.This is a breaking news story. As often happens in situations like these, some information reported early may turn out to be inaccurate. We’ll move quickly to correct the record, and we’ll only point to the best information we have at the time.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Registration is now open for multiple sessions of the Chris Mack Basketball Camp, to be staged on the University of Louisville campus this summer.Campers will work directly with the Louisville basketball players and staff, receiving fundamental skill instruction in a competitive environment. Learning from athletes and coaches, campers will take part in drills, contests and competitions that are designed to develop a child’s skill, understanding of the game and passion for hoops.Day camp sessions are available June 17-20 for campers in grades 3-8 and July 15-18 for grades 1-6. Each of the day camps, which cost $275, run for four days from 9 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Campers will receive instruction from Coach Mack and Cardinal players, a camp T-shirt, lunch each day, plus an autograph and photo session. Campers attending both day camp sessions will receive $50 off the total for the two sessions.Two “Little Dribblers” camps for youth ages 4-7 are available on June 21 and July 19 from 9 a.m. until noon each day. Campers will receive instruction from Coach Mack and UofL players, a camp T-shirt, and an autograph and photo session. The cost for each Little Dribblers camp is $75.The camp sessions are open to any and all, limited only by age, grade level, gender and/or number. Campers can be dropped off and picked up each day at the Planet Fitness Kueber Center, located on the UofL campus at 2432 South Floyd Street.Registration is available online at www.chrismackbasketballcamp.com. Additional information may be obtained via email at email@example.com or by phone at (502) 852-6651. Follow Coach Mack, UofL Men’s Basketball and the camp on Twitter at @CoachChrisMack, @LouisvilleMBB and @ChrisMackCamp.Print Friendly Version Story Links
Kolkata: Tension ran high at the Dr B C Roy Post Graduate Institute of Pediatric Sciences on Wednesday, following the death of an 18-month-old girl child, the family members of whom have brought charges of negligence against the hospital authorities.The victim’s family members staged a demonstration inside the hospital campus till Thursday morning, when a huge contingent of police reached the spot and brought the situation under control. The agitation was lifted after the senior police officers assured the family members that a detailed probe would be conducted into the incident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt has been learnt that Md Sayed, a resident of Rajarhat, had brought his 18-month-old girl Jania Parveen to the hospital at around 9 pm on Wednesday, after she complained of respiratory distress. The patient died at around 11.30 pm. As the news spread, the family members of the victim started a demonstration in the hospital, alleging that they were not informed that the patient had turned critical. They alleged that the child had died due to negligence on part of the doctors and nursing staff members. The family members also demanded a high level inquiry into the death of the child. They raised questions on how a girl, who was complaining of respiratory distress, died just a couple of hours after her admission to the hospital.As the agitation was going on, some of the hospital staff called up Phool Bagan police station and narrated the whole incident. Police reached the spot within the next few minutes. A heated altercation broke out between the policemen and the family members of the victim. Some of the senior police officers pacified the mob and assured them that action will be taken against those who will be found guilty.
Auburn got run off the floor. 81-62, by Alabama in their SEC Tournament quarterfinal matchup. Bama one-and-done Collin Sexton had a game-high 31 points.After the game, Auburn coach Bruce Pearl was still salty, and exchanged some heated words with Alabama strength coach Lou Deneen after an incident in the handshake line. It’s not clear why Pearl was so upset, because another camera captured him initiating the confrontation by bumping into Deneen. It looks like Pearl was looking for a reason after getting his teeth kicked in by Collin Sexton and the Tide.Auburn’s Bruce Pearl Crying About This 😆 pic.twitter.com/QUf4GqS6Uv— BamaVideo (@BamaVideo_) March 9, 2018 Advertisement
Six new Air Canada routes to India, Asia, Africa and Europe start summer 2017 Wednesday, September 28, 2016 MONTREAL — Air Canada is making good on its commitment to international expansion with the addition of six new destinations to its international network.On June 1, 2017 Air Canada will launch service between Toronto-Berlin (four times weekly) and Vancouver-Nagoya (three times weekly, increasing to four times weekly in August and September 2017).On June 8, 2017, Vancouver-Taipei starts with daily service, and on June 9, 2017, Montreal-Marseille with three times weekly service.On June 26, 2017 the airline will introduce Montreal-Algiers flights (four times weekly). And on July 1, Air Canada will add Toronto-Mumbai (three times weekly).Both the Montreal-Algiers and the Vancouver-Taipei routes are subject to government approvals.“Air Canada is pleased to offer customers these new nonstop routes to exciting destinations around the world. While extending our global reach, they also represent a further deepening of our already substantial international network,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Toronto-Mumbai is Air Canada’s third route between Canada and India starting with the launch of Toronto-Delhi service last fall, he added. Nagoya will be the airline’s fourth airport in Japan.“With these new services, we will now operate 21 routes between Canada and Asia, including the Middle East. Berlin and Marseille will bring the number of European routes we serve to 44 next summer, including four cities in France. Algiers will be our second destination in Africa, which makes Air Canada one of only a small number of global carriers flying to all six inhabited continents.”Air Canada will be the only carrier to offer nonstop service between Canada and Mumbai and the only Canadian carrier to operate non-stop service to Taipei. These routes will operate year-round with Air Canada’s B787-9 Dreamliner, featuring 30 International Business Class lie-flat seat suites, 21 Premium Economy and 247 Economy Class seats, with upgraded in-flight entertainment at every seat throughout the aircraft.More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesThe new seasonal routes to Berlin and Nagoya will be the only nonstop services between these cities and Canada. The service to Algiers will be the only nonstop flight by a Canadian carrier between Montreal and the North African city and the Marseille service will be the only nonstop flight operated by a network carrier between Marseille and North America. All will be operated with an Air Canada Rouge B767-300ER, featuring Premium Rouge and Economy cabins.All flights are available for sale immediately with special introductory pricing, except for Vancouver-Taipei and Montreal-Algiers which will be available for sale in the near future pending government approvals, said Smith. Share Posted by Tags: Air Canada Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) – A lawyer for a Pakistani doctor jailed after he helped the U.S. track down Osama bin Laden says the first hearing in his appeal was delayed.Samiullah Khan Afridi said the prosecution failed to produce a record of the case filed against his client during the hearing Thursday in the frontier city of Peshawar. He said the hearing was delayed until July 19.The doctor Shakil Afridi was convicted in May of ties to militants but is widely believed to have been targeted by Pakistani authorities because he helped the U.S. track down Osama bin Laden. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Afridi ran a fake vaccination program designed to get DNA from the al-Qaida leader.His lawyer said the doctor did not attend the hearing, which was not announced ahead of time to the media.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments Share
Auckland, with a population of 1.5 million people, is the most populous city in New Zealand. The tourism in the Auckland is quite diverse with the city being the perfect marriage between modern buildings, art and nature.Source: Expedia