14 Oct

Alberta First Nations react to refinery rejection

first_imgAPTN National NewsOver 47 First Nations in Alberta would have been part of the Alberta First Nations Energy Center, and would have stood to gain a significant amount of income from the $6.6-billion dollar, First Nations-owned bitumen refinery project that was rejected by the Alberta government this week.Many are not happy with the government’s decision, and they share their reactions with APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto.last_img

12 Sep

Post Malone Kendrick Lamar Imagine Dragons To Headline Music Midtown

first_img Martin GarrixPhoto: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images Rocklahoma 2018: Have You Seen The Lineup? ParamorePhoto: Heidi Gutman/Getty Images Facebook Babymetal’s Su-metal and MoametalPhoto: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images Willie NelsonPhoto: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com Who’s Headlining Air + Style Festival 2018? Who’s Playing At The 2018 ROTR Festival? Post Malone has been shattering streaming records this year with his sophomore album, Beerbongs & Bentleys. The album landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and Post Malone continues to tour the U.S. with 21 Savage through the end of June.Not to be outdone, Lamar is coming off being recognized with a music Pulitzer Prize for his latest GRAMMY-winning album DAMN. Lamar became the first non-classical or -jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize, and DAMN. earned five GRAMMYs at the 60th GRAMMY Awards: Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song and Best Music Video (“HUMBLE.”), and Best Rap/Sung Performance (“LOYALTY.” with Rihanna). Armin Van BuurenPhoto: El Pics/Getty Images BjorkPhoto: Santiago Felipe/Getty Images The National’s Matt BerningerPhoto: Jason LaVeris/Getty Images Email Willie NelsonPhoto: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com Vote: Most Anticipated 2018 Coachella Performance? FischerspoonerPhoto: Steve Mack/Getty Images Avett Brothers, Mavis Staples Hit Moon River Fest Carl CoxPhoto: Future Music Magazine/Getty Images Who’s Playing The Decemberists’ Festival? Rocklahoma 2018: Have You Seen The Lineup? Willie Nelson’s July 4th Picnic Lineup The 1975 perform at Scala in LondonPhoto: Joseph Okpako/Getty Images Phase 2 Lineup Announced For ULTRA 2018 Phase 2 Lineup Announced For ULTRA 2018 Festival Lineup For Electric Forest 2018 Independent Venue Week Will Honor Music Hot Spots Jack WhitePhoto: Yui Mok – PA Images/Getty Images Festival Lineup For Electric Forest 2018 Willie Nelson’s July 4th Picnic Lineup Kygo at Electric Forest 2014Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic Who’s Headlining Air + Style Festival 2018? The National’s Matt BerningerPhoto: Jason LaVeris/Getty Images Mija (Amber Giles)Photo: Nicholas Rhodes/Getty Images Independent Venue Week Will Honor Music Hot Spots Paramore Announce Lineup For Parahoy! Cruise News Keith UrbanDia Dipasupil/Getty Images Mija (Amber Giles)Photo: Nicholas Rhodes/Getty Images Dirtybird Campout East: 2018 Lineup Announced The 1975 perform at Scala in LondonPhoto: Joseph Okpako/Getty Images The KillersPhoto: Steven Lawton/Getty Images https://twitter.com/MusicMidtown/status/1006146110677630976 Ultra Music Festival 2018 Headliners Announced Who’s Headlining Air + Style Festival 2018? Global Citizen Festival Announces All-Star Lineup Lineup Unveiled For ULTRA 2018’s RESISTANCE Stages Pharrell Williams and Green Day’s Billie Joe ArmstrongPhotos: WireImage.com Phase 2 Lineup Announced For ULTRA 2018 Mavis StaplesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Pharrell Williams and Green Day’s Billie Joe ArmstrongPhotos: WireImage.com Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Keith Urban To Perform At SXSW 2018 ZeddPhoto: Taylor Hill/Getty Images Keith Urban To Perform At SXSW 2018 Global Citizen Festival Announces All-Star Lineup Who’s Playing The Decemberists’ Festival? London’s Brand New Music Fest: All Points East Pharrell Williams and Green Day’s Billie Joe ArmstrongPhotos: WireImage.com Vote: Most Anticipated 2018 Coachella Performance? Kirk Franklin To Host Exodus Music & Arts Fest Anoushka ShankarPhoto: Raajessh Kashyap/Hindustan Times/Getty Images Festival Lineup For Electric Forest 2018 Keith UrbanDia Dipasupil/Getty Images Keith UrbanDia Dipasupil/Getty Images Which Music Festivals Are You Going To In 2018? Lucy DacusPhoto: Timothy Hiatt/WireImage.com Music Festivals 2018: Big Ears Experimental Fest Prev Next The KillersPhoto: Steven Lawton/Getty Images ParamorePhoto: Heidi Gutman/Getty Images Babymetal’s Su-metal and MoametalPhoto: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images Kirk Franklin To Host Exodus Music & Arts Fest Independent Venue Week Will Honor Music Hot Spots Babymetal’s Su-metal and MoametalPhoto: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images Ultra Music Festival 2018 Headliners Announced Which Music Festivals Are You Going To In 2018? Kirk FranklinPhoto: Erika Goldring/WireImage.comcenter_img Music Festivals 2018: Big Ears Experimental Fest Mavis StaplesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Kirk FranklinPhoto: Erika Goldring/WireImage.com Firefly Festival 2018 Headliners Announced Which Music Festivals Are You Going To In 2018? Who’s Playing The Decemberists’ Festival? Ghost’s Papa Emeritus IIIPhoto: Sergione Infuso/Corbis via Getty Images Mija (Amber Giles)Photo: Nicholas Rhodes/Getty Images Music Festivals 2018: EDC China Lineup Announced Kygo at Electric Forest 2014Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic London’s Brand New Music Fest: All Points East Carl CoxPhoto: Future Music Magazine/Getty Images ZeddPhoto: Taylor Hill/Getty Images Twitter Lineup Unveiled For ULTRA 2018’s RESISTANCE Stages Music Midtown 2018: Find Out Who’s Headlining post-malone-kendrick-lamar-imagine-dragons-headline-music-midtown Lineup Unveiled For ULTRA 2018’s RESISTANCE Stages Music Festivals 2018: Big Ears Experimental Fest Martin GarrixPhoto: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images Armin Van BuurenPhoto: El Pics/Getty Images Ghost’s Papa Emeritus IIIPhoto: Sergione Infuso/Corbis via Getty Images Armin Van BuurenPhoto: El Pics/Getty Images More Music Festivals Keith Urban To Perform At SXSW 2018 BjorkPhoto: Santiago Felipe/Getty Images Vote: Most Anticipated 2018 Coachella Performance? Who’s Helping Celebrate The National’s Homecoming? Lucy DacusPhoto: Timothy Hiatt/WireImage.com ZeddPhoto: Taylor Hill/Getty Images The Weeknd Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage.com Kygo at Electric Forest 2014Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic The National’s Matt BerningerPhoto: Jason LaVeris/Getty Images Anoushka ShankarPhoto: Raajessh Kashyap/Hindustan Times/Getty Images Carl CoxPhoto: Future Music Magazine/Getty Images The Weeknd Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage.com Willie Nelson’s July 4th Picnic Lineup Ultra Music Festival 2018 Headliners Announced Avett Brothers, Mavis Staples Hit Moon River Fest Who’s Helping Celebrate The National’s Homecoming? Music Festivals 2018: EDC China Lineup Announced Jack WhitePhoto: Yui Mok – PA Images/Getty Images The KillersPhoto: Steven Lawton/Getty Images London’s Brand New Music Fest: All Points East Ghost’s Papa Emeritus IIIPhoto: Sergione Infuso/Corbis via Getty Images Rocklahoma 2018: Have You Seen The Lineup? Post Malone, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons To Headline Music Midtown Imagine Dragons released their third album, Evolve, in 2017, while Fall Out Boy are enjoy a strong comeback, releasing their latest album, Mania, earlier this year.Music Midtown will take place Sept. 15–16 at Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. The festival began in 1994 and ran through 2005 before taking a six-year hiatus and returning in 2011. Tickets for this year’s Music Midtown go on sale June 15 via the festival’s website. Firefly Festival 2018 Headliners Announced NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 8, 2018 – 2:10 pm Kendrick Lamar, ‘DAMN.’: For The Record Who’s Helping Celebrate The National’s Homecoming? Lucy DacusPhoto: Timothy Hiatt/WireImage.com The Weeknd Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage.com FischerspoonerPhoto: Steve Mack/Getty Images Kirk FranklinPhoto: Erika Goldring/WireImage.com Dirtybird Campout East: 2018 Lineup Announced FischerspoonerPhoto: Steve Mack/Getty Images Who’s Playing At The 2018 ROTR Festival? The 1975 perform at Scala in LondonPhoto: Joseph Okpako/Getty Images Fall Out Boy, Khalid, Kacey Musgraves, Gucci Mane, and Janelle Monáe will also perform at the Atlanta music festival this fallNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 11, 2018 – 8:33 am Get ready, Atlanta. The lineup for Music Midtown has arrived, and it does not disappoint. Headliners for this year’s festival include Post Malone, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, and Fall Out Boy.Additional performers for the two-day festival in September include Khalid, Kacey Musgraves, Gucci Mane, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Portugal. The Man, Janelle Monáe, Foster The People, and many more. Global Citizen Festival Announces All-Star Lineup Jack WhitePhoto: Yui Mok – PA Images/Getty Images Music Festivals 2018: EDC China Lineup Announced Martin GarrixPhoto: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images Kirk Franklin To Host Exodus Music & Arts Fest Firefly Festival 2018 Headliners Announced BjorkPhoto: Santiago Felipe/Getty Images ParamorePhoto: Heidi Gutman/Getty Images Avett Brothers, Mavis Staples Hit Moon River Fest Who’s Playing At The 2018 ROTR Festival? Paramore Announce Lineup For Parahoy! Cruise Paramore Announce Lineup For Parahoy! Cruise Anoushka ShankarPhoto: Raajessh Kashyap/Hindustan Times/Getty Images Mavis StaplesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Willie NelsonPhoto: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com Dirtybird Campout East: 2018 Lineup Announcedlast_img read more

5 Sep

Reliance Communications shares plunge yet again on loan repayment debt downgrading woes

first_imgReliance Communications chairman Anil Ambani with his son Anmol Ambani during Reliance Capital’s annual general meeting (AGM) in Mumbai, on Sept 26, 2016.IANSReliance Communications shares took yet another beating on the stock exchanges on Wednesday, may 31, with the stock trading 8.23 percent lower at Rs 18.40 on the BSE at around 2 pm. The scrip has lost 28 percent in the past five days ever since lenders raised the issue of loan repayment and rating agencies downgrading its debt to “default”. The company’s debt stood at about Rs 45,000 crore as of March 31, 2017.The sell-off and the consequent fall accelerated after credit rating agencies —  CARE, ICRA and Moody’s — downgraded its debt programme, citing the company’s financials. “The reasons for these revisions include RCOM’s weak operating performance, high leverage, the weak internal cash flow generation against sizeable debt servicing obligations and delays in debt servicing by the company,” Reliance Communications said in a regulatory filing to the BSE on Tuesday, May 30.The free fall in the company’s share price continued despite a statement to repay debt within four months.”Post signing of binding documents for the Aircel and Brookfield transactions, RCOM has formally advised all its lenders that it will be making repayment of an aggregate amount of Rs 25,000 crore from the proceeds of these two transactions, on or before September 30, 2017. The said amount will cover not only all scheduled repayments, but also include substantial pre-payments to all lenders on a pro-rata basis,” Reliance Communications said in a regulatory filing.For the fourth quarter (Q4) ended March 2017, Reliance Communications posted net loss of Rs 966 crore as against a profit of Rs 90 crore in the corresponding period last year.Income fell sharply to Rs 4,524 crore for Q4 from Rs 5980 crore for the year-ago period. “For the first time in over 20 years, the telecom sector registered de-growth in revenues, leading to a reduction in the Government’s share in revenues, sharp drop in operating margins, accompanied by increased interest costs arising from a staggering industry debt burden, and higher depreciation and amortisation charges as a result of higher spectrum purchase costs,” the company said in a statement. A worker cleans a mobile store of Reliance Communications Ltd, controlled by billionaire Anil Ambani, in Kolkata, India, September 10, 2016.Reuters filelast_img read more

3 Sep

Russia forces among dozens dead in IS east Syria attacks

first_imgA man carries a wounded child out of a building following a car bomb explosion in the northern Syrian city of Idlib on May 26, 2018. Photo : AFP Russia forces among dozens dead in IS east Syria attacksRussian fighters were among dozens of pro-government forces killed in eastern Syria this week in a deadly wave of attacks by Islamic State group jihadists, Moscow and a monitor said Sunday.After the collapse of its so-called “caliphate” last year, IS now only holds tiny pockets of Syria, mainly in the vast desert stretching to its eastern border.This week, the jihadists ramped up their hit-and-run attacks on regime positions there, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor.The deadliest was on Wednesday, when IS targeted a group of Syrian and allied Russian fighters near the town of Mayadeen in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.”There were 35 pro-government forces killed, including at least nine Russians. Some of those Russian nationals were government troops, but not all of them,” said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.The remaining 26 were all Syrian forces, he told AFP. A steadfast ally of President Bashar al-Assad, Moscow has helped his army recapture swathes of territory since 2015 by providing air strikes and ground troops.There are also widespread reports of private Russian mercenaries on the ground.Moscow’s defence ministry said Sunday four of its servicemen were killed in clashes in Deir Ezzor.Two were military advisers supporting Syrian artillery operations and died immediately, and another two died of their wounds in a Russian-operated military hospital in Syria.Three others were wounded.IS claims attackRussia did not specify when, where, or whether IS was involved, but it appeared to be the same incident as the IS attack reported near Mayadeen.The jihadist group itself claimed it attacked regime forces in eastern Syria on Wednesday.The assault was the largest in series of IS guerilla raids on regime positions this week.On Tuesday, 26 regime forces were killed in a surprise IS attack in desert areas of the neighbouring province of Homs, according to the Observatory.And a pair of IS assaults between Saturday night and Sunday morning killed at least 11 pro-regime forces in Deir Ezzor.”The latest attack brings to 76 the number of Syrian troops and allied Iranian and Russian forces killed since the escalation,” Abdel Rahman said Sunday.He said the uptick came the day after the last IS fighters were bussed out of southern parts of Syria’s capital Damascus, including the ravaged Palestinian camp of Yarmuk, in a negotiated withdrawal.Many headed towards the Badiya, the stretch of Syrian desert extending from Homs province through Deir Ezzor to the eastern border with Iraq.The Observatory said the evacuated fighters were actively involved in the recent attacks.”IS is trying to take the initiative and show it can still threaten the regime and its allies despite the losses it suffered in other areas,” said Abdel Rahman.Government positions in the Badiya make for an easy target: they are few and far between, so reinforcements take a long time to arrive.’Hinder’ armyRussian-backed Syrian troops hold the western half of Deir Ezzor province, which is divided diagonally by the Euphrates River. US-backed fighters hold the east bank.The river is meant to serve as a de-confliction line to prevent the two sides from clashing as they pursue separate assaults against IS.A Syrian military source based in the east told AFP that Assad’s troops had cleared large parts of territory from IS, which was now lashing out.”Daesh wants to hinder the army’s combing operations in the Badiya by waging these intermittent attacks,” said the source, using the Arabic acronym for IS.It confirmed Russian military advisers were present during Wednesday’s attack and were among those killed.Russia’s government officially acknowledges that 92 soldiers have been killed in Syria, although some estimate the number is even higher.The highest casualties were in March, when a transport plane crashed at Hmeimim airbase where Moscow’s airforce is based, killing all 39 people on board.On Sunday, a local Russian newspaper in the Siberian city of Chita reported on the funerals of four soldiers it said were killed in Syria on May 23.The international group Conflict Intelligence Team said up to six Russian soldiers could have been killed in the attack, quoting social media reports of a funeral for a Russian soldier that took place in the Western Russian city of Smolensk this week.last_img read more

3 Sep

Travel permit restrictions to prevent return of militants

first_img*This report, originally appeared in Prothom Alo print editon, has been rewritten here in English by Nusrat Nowrin. Militant illustrationIn order to prevent the return of Bangladeshi militants who joined wars in Syria and Iraq, the home ministry has issued directives to Bangladesh embassies abroad not to issue travel permits without the ministry’s approval.This decision was reportedly taken at a recent meeting between the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the top officials of home ministry.The home ministry’s immigration department under the security services division sent a letter to the foreign ministry on 16 May, stating that security threats had increased recently due to militant activities in the international arena. Granting travel permits without proper verification could pose as a threat to the country’s security, the letter said.Militants might conceal their identity and enter the country, the letter added, asking the foreign ministry to issue directives in this regard to Bangladesh’s diplomatic missions abroad.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said the airports have also been alerted about militants entering the country. The airports have been provided details of militants with Bangladeshi passports, he added.”The US has said certain militants who were Bangladeshi-origin US citizens, were also trying to enter Bangladesh. The agencies in Bangladesh do not have much information about the matter. As they did not have passports, they might try to get travel permits from the embassies and enter Bangladesh. That is why it has been decided to verify everyone’s identity before they enter the ocuntry. Anyone with a travel permit can return to the country as soon as the home ministry gives its approval,” the minister said.While asked whether this decision may hamper the return of immigrant Bangladeshi workers who had lost their passports for various reasons, Asaduzzaman said, “We will speedily send them approval by e-mail or fax.”According to sources in the law enforcement, many have gone to Syria and Iraq from Bangladesh, influenced by Islamic State (ISIS) ideology. The authorities do not have information on the exact numbers of these militants, whether they are dead or alive, or their whereabouts.The law enforcement sources referred to a foreign terrorist fighters’ list prepared by a certain western country, which said over 40 Bangladeshis went to Syria from Bangladesh in 2014-15. Many of them were killed and several landed in prisons in Syria and Iraq after being detained. Many Bangladeshi-origin citizens from other countries also went to Syria.Several other countries have already taken cautionary steps against militants of their respective countries from returning after the fall of ISIS in Syria.Officers of Dhaka Metropolitan Police CTTC (Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime) unit stressed the need to verify the identities of the people coming from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, and Lebanon as they may be militants returning from these countries.According to several sources, Mutaz Abdul Majid, a youth born and brought up in Saudi Arabia, came to Bangladesh from Turkey last February. He was taken into custody at the airport and later shown arrested.Mutaz had taken his passport from the Bangladesh embassy in Saudi Arabia and went to Turkey using the passport in 2016. Later, the Turkish police detained him and sent him to Bangladesh. However, the law enforcement here could not verify as yet whether Mutaz fought in Syria on any militant front.Militants have been blacklisted in many countries, and so will try to enter any country with a travel pass, CTTC chief Monirul Islam said.Fast travel passes are often sought to send back illegal workers. Militants may try to use such travels passes to return to the country and so the home ministry has issued the alert in this regard.last_img read more

31 Aug

Astronomers discover superEarth planet orbiting nearby star

first_img Explore further Phase folded curve of the planetary signal detected in GJ 625 using the parameters of the MCMC model. Left panel shows the CCF measurements, right panel the TERRA measurements. Grey dots show the measurements after subtracting the detected activity induced signals. Red dots are the same points binned in phase with a bin size of 0.1. The error bar of a given bin is estimated using the weighted standard deviation of binned measurements divided by the square root of the number of measurements included in this bin. Blue line shows the best fit to the data using a Keplerian model. Credit: Mascareño et al., 2017. Scientists discover a nearby superearth 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. “Super-Earths” are planets more massive than Earth but not exceeding the mass of Neptune. Although the term “super-Earth” refers only to the mass of the planet, it is also used by astronomers to describe planets bigger than Earth but smaller than the so-called “mini-Neptunes” (with a radius between two to four Earth-radii).Located only 21 light years away, GJ 625 is an M-dwarf star (spectral type M2) about 1/3 the size and mass of the sun. Such stars offer great potential in the search for alien Earth-like worlds, as low-mass rocky planets appear to be more frequent around M-dwarfs. However, finding an Earth-like planet orbiting low-mass stars is difficult due to their stellar activity. This is because signals induced by the rotation of a star can easily mimic those of planetary origin. Therefore, the signals coming from M-dwarfs tend to be comparable to those of rocky planets close to the habitable zone of their stars.Recently, a team of astronomers led by Alejandro Suarez Mascareño of the Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics, has completed challenging studies of GJ 625, which began in 2013 and lasted over three and a half years. The observations were conducted with the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher for the Northern hemisphere (HARPS-N) spectrograph installed at the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on the island of La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain.The researchers analyzed 151 radial-velocity time series from HARPS-N as part of the HArps-n red Dwarf Exoplanet Survey (HADES) radial velocity program, which resulted in the discovery of a new planet.”We report the discovery of a super-Earth orbiting at the inner edge of the habitable zone of the star GJ 625 based on the analysis of the radial-velocity (RV) time series from the HARPS-N spectrograph, consisting in 151 HARPS-N measurements taken over 3.5 yr,” the paper reads.The newly found alien world, designated GJ 625 b, has a minimum mass of 2.8 Earth masses, which makes it the lightest exoplanet found around an M2 star to date. The planet orbits its host every 14.6 days at a distance of approximately 0.08 AU from the star, which is relatively close. By comparison, Mercury orbits the sun at a mean distance of 0.38 AU. The results of radial velocity measurements allowed the team to conclude that GJ 625 b is a small “super-Earth” on the inner edge of the habitable zone and has a mean surface temperature of 350 K that is very dependent on the atmospheric parameters. Moreover, the researchers assume that the newly detected exoworld might potentially host liquid water, but more observations focused on GJ 625 b’s atmosphere are required to confirm this assumption. (Phys.org)—European astronomers report the detection of a new extrasolar world several times more massive than Earth. The newly found exoplanet, classified as a so-called “super-Earth,” is circling a nearby star designated GJ 625. The researchers detailed their finding in a paper published May 18 on arXiv.org. Citation: Astronomers discover ‘super-Earth’ planet orbiting nearby star (2017, May 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-astronomers-super-earth-planet-orbiting-nearby.html More information: HADES RV Programme with HARPS-N at TNG: V. A super-Earth on the inner edge of the habitable zone of the nearby M-dwarf GJ 625, arXiv:1705.06537 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1705.06537AbstractWe report the discovery of a super-Earth orbiting at the inner edge of the habitable zone of the star GJ 625 based on the analysis of the radial-velocity (RV) time series from the HARPS-N spectrograph, consisting in 151 HARPS-N measurements taken over 3.5 yr. GJ 625 b is a planet with a minimum mass M sin i of 2.82 ± 0.51 M⊕ with an orbital period of 14.628 ± 0.013 days at a distance of 0.078 AU of its parent star. The host star is the quiet M2 V star GJ 625, located at 6.5 pc from the Sun. We find the presence of a second radial velocity signal in the range 74-85 days that we relate to stellar rotation after analysing the time series of Ca II H&K and Hα spectroscopic indicators, the variations of the FWHM of the CCF and and the APT2 photometric light curves. We find no evidence linking the short period radial velocity signal to any activity proxy. © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

31 Aug

The Surprising Boost You Get From Strangers

first_img“People feel more connected when they talk to strangers, like they are part of something bigger,” says Gillian Sandstrom, a psychologist and senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex, in Colchester, England, who studies interactions between strangers. In research studies, Dr. Sandstrom has shown that people’s moods improve after they have a conversation with a Starbucks barista or a volunteer at the Tate Modern art museum in London. She’s also found that people are happier on days when they have more interactions with acquaintances they don’t know well and that students enjoy class more when they interact with their classmates. Sometimes a stranger—not a friend or a loved one—can significantly improve our day. A pleasant encounter with someone we don’t know, even a nonverbal one, can soothe us when no one else is around. It may get us out of our own head—a proven mood booster—and help broaden our perspective. They’re typically wrong. Dr. Sandstrom’s research shows people underestimate how much another person will like them when they talk for the first time. And in a study in which she asked participants to talk to at least one stranger a day for five days, 99% said they found at least one of the conversations pleasantly surprising, 82% said they learned something from one of the strangers, 43% exchanged contact information, and 40% had communicated with one of the strangers again, an indication they might be making friends. Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal Sue took my hand in both of hers, patted it, and held on tight. We were five minutes into the worst turbulence I’d ever experienced—approaching Boston’s Logan International Airport in a severe winter storm—when I turned to the woman next to me and said: “Hey, would you mind chatting with me for a few minutes? I’m really nervous.” We hadn’t spoken much during the flight, other than the usual pleasantries. But my seatmate seemed friendly. And I suddenly felt desperate for a human connection. “Sure, my name is Sue,” the woman replied, smiling warmly. “What brings you to Boston?” I started to explain that I was on a business trip. Then the plane lurched violently, and I blurted out: “I might need to hold your hand, too.” And yet most people resist talking to strangers, she says. They fret about the mechanics of the conversation—how to start, maintain or stop it. They think they will blather on and disclose too much—or not talk enough. They worry they will bore the other person.last_img read more

26 Aug

How to secure an Azure Virtual Network

first_imgThe most common question that anyone asks when they buy a service is, can it be secured? The answer to that question, in this case, is absolutely yes. In this tutorial, we will learn to secure your connection between virtual machines. On top of the security, Microsoft provides for Azure as a vendor, there are some configurations that you can do at your end to increase the level of security to your virtual network. For a higher level of security, you can use the following: NSG: It is like a firewall that controls the inbound and outbound traffic by specifying which traffic is allowed to flow to/from the NIC/subnet Distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection: It is used to prevent DDoS attacks and at the time of writing is in preview This tutorial is an excerpt from the book, Hands-On Networking with Azure, written by Mohamed Waly. Network Security Groups (NSG) NSG controls the flow of traffic by specifying which traffic is allowed to enter or exit the network. Creating NSG Creating NSG is a pretty straightforward process. To do it, you need to follow these steps: Navigate to Azure portal, and search for network security groups, as shown in the following screenshot: Figure 2.13: Searching for network security groups Once you have clicked on it, a new blade will be opened wherein all the created NSGs are located, as shown in the following screenshot: Figure 2.12: Network security groups blade Click on Add and a new blade will pop up, where you have to specify the following: Name: The name of the NSG Subscription: The subscription, which will be charged for NSG usage Resource group: The resource group within which the NSG will be located as a resource Location: The region where this resource will be created Figure 2.13: Creating an NSG Once you have clicked on Create, the NSG will be created within seconds. Inbound security rules By default, all the subnets and NICs that are not associated with NSG have all the inbound traffic allowed and once they are associated with an NSG, the following inbound security rules are assigned to them as they are a default part of any NSG: AllowVnetInBound: Allows all the inbound traffic that comes from a virtual network AllowAzureLoadBalancerInBound: Allows all the inbound traffic that comes from Load Balancer DenyAllInbound: Denies all the inbound traffic that comes from any source Figure 2.14: Default inbound security rules As shown in the previous screenshot, the rule consists of some properties, such as PRIORITY, NAME, PORT, and so on. It is important to understand what these properties mean for a better understanding of security rules. So, let’s go ahead and explain them: PRIORITY: A number assigned to each rule to specify which rule has a higher priority than the other. The lower the number, the higher the priority. You can specify a priority with any number between 100 and 4096. NAME: The name of the rule. The same name cannot be reused within the same network security group. PORT: The allowed port through which the traffic will flow to the network. PROTOCOL: Specify whether the protocol you are using is TCP or UDP. SOURCE and DESTINATION: The source can be any, an IP address range, or a service tag. You can remove the default rules by clicking on Default rules. You can customize your own inbound rules, by following these steps: On the Inbound security rules blade, click on Add. A new blade will pop up, where you have to specify the following: Source: The source can be Any, an IP address range, or a service tag. It specifies the incoming traffic from a specific source IP address range that will be allowed or denied by this rule. Source port ranges: You can provide a single port, such as 80, a port range, such as 1024 – 65535, or a comma-separated list of single ports and/or port ranges, such as 80, 1024 – 65535. This specifies on which ports traffic will be allowed or denied by this rule. Provide an asterisk (*) to allow traffic on any port. Destination: The destination can be Any, an IP address range, or a virtual network. It specifies the outing traffic to a specific destination IP address range that will be allowed or denied by this rule. Destination port ranges: What applies for the source port ranges, applies for the destination port ranges. Protocol: It can be Any, TCP, or UDP. Action: Whether to Allow the rule or to Deny it. Priority: As mentioned earlier, the lower the number, the higher the priority. The priority number must be between 100 – 4096. Name: The name of the rule. Description: The description of the rule, which will help you to differentiate between the rules. In our scenario, I want to allow all the incoming connections to access a website published on a web server located in a virtual network, as shown in the following screenshot: Figure 2.15: Creating an inbound security rule Once you click on OK, the rule will be created. Outbound security rules Outbound security rules are no different than inbound security rules, except inbound rules are meant for inbound traffic and outbound rules are meant for outbound traffic. Otherwise, everything else is similar. Associating the NSG Once you have the NSG created, you can associate it to either an NIC or a subnet. Associating the NSG to an NIC To associate the NSG to an NIC, you need to follow these steps: Navigate to the Network security groups that you have created and then select Network interfaces, as shown in the following screenshot: Figure 2.16: Associated NICs to an NSG Click on Associate. A new blade will pop up, from which you need to select the NIC that you want to associate with the NSG, as shown in the following screenshot: Figure 2.17: NICs to be associated to the NSG Voila! You are done. Associating the NSG to a subnet To associate the NSG to a subnet, you need to follow these steps: Navigate to the Network security groups that you have created and then select Subnets, as shown in the following screenshot: Figure 2.18: Associated subnets to an NSG Click on Associate. A new blade will pop up, where you have to specify the virtual network within which the subnet exists, as shown in the following screenshot: Figure 2.19: Choosing the VNet within which the subnet exists Then, you need to specify which subnet of the VNet you want to associate the NSG to, as shown in the following screenshot: Figure 2.20: Selecting the subnet to which the NSG will be associated Once the subnet is selected, click on OK, and it will take some seconds to get it associated to the NSG. Azure DDoS protection DDoS attacks have spread out lately, by exhausting the application and making it unavailable for use, and you can expect an attack of that type any time. Recently, Microsoft announced the support of Azure DDoS protection as a service for protecting Azure resources, such as Azure VMs, Load Balancers, and Application Gateways. Azure DDoS protection comes in two flavors: Basic: This type has been around for a while as it is already enabled for Azure services to mitigate DDoS attacks. It incurs no charges. Standard: This flavor comes with more enhancements that mitigate attacks, especially for Azure VNet. At the time of writing this book, Azure DDoS protection standard is in preview and it is not available at the portal. You need to request it by filling out a form that is available here. If you found this post useful, do check out the book Hands on Networking with Azure, to design and implement Azure Networking for Azure VMs. Read More The Microsoft Azure Stack Architecture What is Azure API Management?last_img read more

19 Aug

Uniworld releases 2018 brochure with The World is Your Canvas campaign

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Brochures, Luxury Travel, River Cruising, Uniworld Uniworld releases 2018 brochure with ‘The World is Your Canvas’ campaign Share Posted bycenter_img TORONTO — Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has unveiled a new brand strategy as part of its 2018 brochure.‘The World is Your Canvas’ encourages travellers to embark on a Uniworld journey to discover both the world and themselves, says the company.“Uniworld has upheld an unparalleled standard of excellence for more than 40 years,” said Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO, Uniworld. “We continue to deliver this level of quality with the new 2018 brochure, which delves deep into the brand’s history and strategically narrates the story behind the design of each ship. These additions to the brochure reflect a new direction for Uniworld in which we place value on identifying the key elements that set us apart.”Programs and excursions are geared to first-time travellers and experienced river cruisers alike.New for 2018 and outlined in the brochure are Uniworld’s Enchanting Danube & Prague, Remarkable Rhine and Enchanting Danube & Munich itineraries, sailing the Rhine and Danube Rivers and offering coinciding multigenerational departure dates with special family programming.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsThe Remarkable Rhine itinerary will incorporate the exploration of Jewish heritage and culture along the Rhine, as well as offer ‘The Choice is Yours’, giving guests alternative ways to discover Germany, France, The Netherlands and Switzerland.Uniworld says the 2018 brochure is designed to serve the needs of travel agents “by illuminating the Uniworld story”, so agents can educate their clients on the brand’s distinguishing qualities.With a portrait orientation to better fit agents’ display racks, the brochure encompasses all of Uniworld’s products, including ships and itineraries in all 26 countries, as well as the themed cruises and multigenerational programs. Monday, March 27, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

19 Aug

Volcano eruption forces 1500 to evacuate in Hawaii

first_img By: The Associated Press Volcano eruption forces 1,500 to evacuate in Hawaii << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Hawaii, Volcano HONOLULU — Nearly 1,500 residents were ordered to evacuate from their volcano-side homes after Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano erupted, sending molten lava to chew its way through forest land and bubble up on paved streets.Volcano officials couldn’t predict how long Thursday’s eruption may last, prompting Hawaii’s governor to activate the National Guard to help with evacuations and provide security to about 770 structures left empty when residents sought shelter.There were no immediate reports of injuries.Hawaii County officials said steam and lava poured out of a crack in Leilani Estates, which is near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island.Footage shown on local television showed lava spurting into the sky from a crack in a road. Aerial drone footage showed a line of lava snaking through a forest.The footage of the #Kilauea volcano in Hawaii is extraordinary. It could erupt at any moment now https://t.co/FYahtE2e7S pic.twitter.com/8WBCsw51Zn— news.com.au (@newscomauHQ) May 3, 2018Asta Miklius, a geophysicist with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, told The Associated Press in a phone interview that there is no way to know exactly how long the eruption will continue.“One of the parameters is going to be whether the summit magma reservoir starts to drain in response to this event, and that has not happened yet,” Miklius said. “There is quite a bit of magma in the system. It won’t be just an hours-long eruption probably, but how long it will last will depend on whether the summit magma reservoir gets involved. And so we are watching that very, very closely.”More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsCounty, state and federal officials had been warning residents all week that they should be prepared to evacuate, as an eruption would give little warning. Officials at the U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday raised the volcano’s alert level to warning status, the highest possible, meaning a hazardous eruption is imminent, underway or suspected.Nearby community centres have opened for shelter.The U.S. Geological Survey said new ground cracks were reported Thursday afternoon. Hot vapour emerged from a crack and spattering lava began to erupt.Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts, releasing lava into residential neighborhood on the Big Island, prompting evacuation orders. https://t.co/8iUCQK0yCd pic.twitter.com/fce4E74wIV— ABC News (@ABC) May 4, 2018Scientists said areas downslope of the erupting vent were at risk of being covered by lava. Leilani Estates appeared to be at greatest risk, but scientists said new vents and outbreaks could occur and it’s not possible to say where.The eruption comes after days of earthquakes rattled the area’s Puna district. A nearby school was closed due to the ongoing seismic activity and several roadways cracked under the strain of the constant temblors. A magnitude 5.0 earthquake was recorded hours before the eruption began Thursday.The Puu Oo crater floor began to collapse Monday, triggering a series of earthquakes and pushing the lava into new underground chambers.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe collapse caused magma to push more than 10 miles (16 kilometres) downslope toward the populated southeast coastline of the island.USGS geologist Janet Babb said the magma crossed under Highway 130, which leads to a popular volcano access point, on Tuesday night.Lava can be seen spewing from a vent in Hawaii’s Leilani Estates community on the Big Island after eruption of Kilauea volcano. https://t.co/DdDqlKmyV2The county has ordered evacuations for all of Leilani Estates, which according to the last Census has a population of 1,500. pic.twitter.com/v8O2poQGPe— ABC News (@ABC) May 4, 2018Hawaii County Civil Defence Agency closed the area to visitors on Tuesday and ordered private tour companies to stop taking people into the region.Most of Kilauea’s activity has been non-explosive, but a 1924 eruption spewed ash and 10-ton (9-metric ton) rocks into the sky, leaving one man dead.Puu Oo’s 1983 eruption resulted in lava fountains soaring over 1,500 feet (457 metres) high. In the decades since, the lava flow has buried dozens of square miles of land and destroyed many homes.Absolutely stunning drone video of the eruption of Hawaii’s #kilauea volcano. Mandatory evacuations for the Leilani Estates subdivision have been ordered. (: Jeremiah Osuna) pic.twitter.com/Vqxq14ojgX— Nick Dobis (@NickKPIX) May 4, 2018 Share Friday, May 4, 2018 last_img read more

19 Aug

Transat Air Canada stay the course as acquisition talks continue

first_img Share Tags: Air Canada, Group Mach, Transat Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Posted by Transat, Air Canada stay the course as acquisition talks continuecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> MONTREAL — While it has “taken note” of the announcement from Group Mach, offering $14 per share as part of an acquisition bid that would take the company private, Transat says it remains committed to its 30-day binding period of exclusive negotiations with Air Canada.Group Mach’s bid tops Air Canada’s and includes $15 million from Spain’s TM Grupo Inmobiliario in exchange for a minority equity stake in Transat. TM has three hotels in Mexico, which is would roll over to Transat. Transat expects to open its own first resort in Mexico in 2020.Air Canada’s bid for Transat, announced May 16, offers $13 per share in a $520 million deal. Following Group Mach’s announcement yesterday, Air Canada was quick to reconfirm its commitment to Transat, saying it is in the process of finalizing its binding agreement to acquire the company. Air Canada added that it “has all necessary funding to complete the transaction and therefore it is not subject to financing conditions and does not require government or taxpayer assistance.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterThe statement from Transat said: “Transat would like to reiterate that it has entered into an agreement with Air Canada, pursuant to which it has agreed to a 30-day binding period of exclusive negotiations, beginning upon the commencement of a formal due diligence review. During this exclusivity period it is contemplated that Air Canada will complete its due diligence review and the parties will finalize the negotiation of a definitive agreement regarding the acquisition of all of the shares of Transat. This exclusivity period expires towards the end of June 2019.”Transat also said it won’t be issuing any further updates or comments as the process continues, except as required by law. Transat added: “The operations of Transat continue in their normal course and there will be no change for its clients, suppliers and employees. In particular, travellers and clients of Transat can continue to travel and book their flights and vacation packages with Transat as usual.” Travelweek Group last_img read more