Last night the President had met Fonseka’s wife Anoma Fonseka and MP Tiran Alles to discuss some details regarding the release of Sarath Fonseka. Alles later told the media that there are some outstanding issues which need to be sorted regarding Fonseka’s release.“Once those minor issues are sorted I’m confident we will be able to secure General Fonseka’s release soon,” Alles said. (Colombo Gazette) Cabinet has approved the release of former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka.Presidential Spokesman Bandula Jayasekera said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has obtained the approval of the cabinet to free Fonseka. Alles met the President last morning as well and he later met Fonseka at the Nawaloka hospital where he is receiving treatment.
Anwarul Chowdhury, the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, called for priority attention to the issue in an address to the Assembly’s Economic and Financial Committee on Monday. Looking ahead to the 10-year review of the Programme of Action adopted in 1994 at a UN conference on small island developing States held in Barbados, he said it must “agree on specific measures to assist developing States in attaining sustainable development.”For his part, Ambassador Chowdhury pledged to “coordinate, advocate and mobilize international support measures and resources in favour of these vulnerable countries.”He reviewed activities toward that end undertaken by his Office so far this year, including providing crucial input to the World Summit for Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg. “My Office is determined to spare no efforts to forge the needed global partnership and to secure commitments to a resurgence of political will matched by adequate technical and financial resources,” he said.
Sport Calgary watching CalgaryNEXT from the sidelines, for now Leaked photo of drawing concept of CalgaryNEXT arena, fieldhouse and entertainment complex. Courtesy @IgnitedAndroid on Twitter by Cindy White Posted Jan 16, 2016 8:02 am MDT Last Updated Jan 16, 2016 at 8:02 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The debate over the massive CalgaryNEXT arena, football stadium, fieldhouse project, really heated up this week when the NHL commissioner was in town.So what does Sport Calgary think?Murray Sigler is with the umbrella organization for several amateur sport groups in the city.He was on Sportsnet 960 The Fan with Rob Kerr. Sigler said the mayor and city council are right to be cautious and ask lots of questions.“Our job is to help them answer those on behalf of amateur sport,” he said. “So, we’ll be looking at the CalgaryNEXT proposal in term of the actual ammenities it provides. That’s the direct question, what are the amenities?”He added, they will also look at accessibility and affordability. “Will there be parking? Will there be times that it’s open for use by amateur sport?”Sigler said a new field house is desperately needed in this city. He said they will be getting input from all their member organizations before deciding if they support CalgaryNEXT.
Eleanor McCain spares no expense marking Canada 150 with ‘True North’ project by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted May 15, 2017 12:47 pm MDT Last Updated May 15, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Singer Eleanor McCain poses for a photo to promote the release of her album “True North: The Canadian Songbook,” in Toronto, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Galit Rodan TORONTO – Eleanor McCain pulled out all the stops while making plans to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.She envisioned recording a covers album that would be something spectacular. So instead of choosing a single orchestra to bring a selection of classic Canadian songs to life, she enlisted 10 of the country’s top symphonies.Then she hired 23 photographers to shape a hefty coffee-table book chronicling her coast-to-coast recording odyssey. There’s also a documentary in the works.“True North: The Canadian Songbook” is a breathlessly lavish project that McCain says is her gift to Canada. The daughter of McCain Foods founder Wallace McCain financed the whole thing herself.McCain stands centre stage for 31 covers of Canadian favourites — including takes on Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind,” kd lang’s “Constant Craving,” and “I’ll Always Be There” by Roch Voisine — and one new original song.She also recorded a new arrangement of Bryan Adams’s “Run to You,” substituting his guitar with a saxophone and heaping cymbals, and embarked on a major reworking of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” It explores octaves never tread by the late poetic songwriter.“It’s always a risk when you’re taking these iconic songs,” McCain says. “(We wanted to) try to create something new but still honour the original.”Her glossy 220-page book captures two perspectives. McCain mingles with her fellow musicians in some photos, while others capture her traipsing across Canada’s countrysides in fancy evening gowns.In one image, McCain dons a red sequined dress to pose in a Saskatchewan wheat field. Another has her on the shores of Algonquin Park — with a canoe paddle in hand — adorned in a gown from Hamilton-based indigenous designer Angela DeMontigny.It’s the kind of pageantry only mustered by an expansive budget — and one most Canadian artists probably couldn’t afford.Those realities aren’t lost on McCain, who acknowledges her good fortunes in belonging to one of New Brunswick’s richest families. But her lineage comes with a downside too, including the unsavoury nickname of “French fry heiress” in the media.She rankles when it comes up in conversation.“It’s an unfortunate label,” she says. “It doesn’t represent who I am…. The values (my father) instilled in me are not the ones that are attributed maybe to a label like an ‘heiress.’”When asked how much she spent making “True North” she fumbles for a direct answer.“A lot. I actually don’t even know,” she says.“I don’t want to know. No, I do. I just don’t really talk about it that much.”McCain prefers to focus on calling it a “pure labour of love.”The project comes as the singer charges ahead with contentious, headline-grabbing annulment proceedings with her estranged husband Jeff Melanson, who was the CEO of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra before stepping down last year. His former symphony is notably absent from McCain’s album.According to court documents filed by McCain, her “fairy tale” marriage abruptly ended after nine months, when Melanson unexpectedly backed out through an email message. He disputes her account in a response filed by his lawyers, saying their marriage ended after a couple’s therapy session.Stacks of legal documents have piled up in an Ontario Superior Court as they continue sparring over money and blame. McCain’s album was dragged into the proceedings two months ago when she asked to delay the costly legal wranglings to embark on a publicity blitz for “True North.” Justice Carolyn Horkins rejected the request.When speaking in person, McCain steps carefully around the subject of her fizzled marriage, though she makes fleeting references to it in her book.She says singing proved “cathartic” and her emotional connection to some of the songs was heightened by what she faced in her own life.“There’s a beautiful marriage between the music and lyrics,” she says.“A beautiful wilting melody.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.
With the conflict in Syria now in its fifth year, some children in Syria have never known what it is like to enter a classroom, while others have lost up to four years of their schooling, the agency noted in a news release.“Syria’s basic public services, including education, have been stretched to the maximum,” said Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria. “We need to do so much more to help the education institutions from collapsing and increase opportunities for children to access education across the country.”School buildings are also affected by the conflict; 5,000 of them cannot be used as they have been destroyed, converted into shelters for displaced families, or used as bases for armed forces, UNICEF said. Often, the schools and their surroundings are unsafe, dangerous for children to reach, and at risk of deliberate attack. To take their exams last summer, at least 20 per cent of Syria’s children were forced to cross lines of fire. UNICEF has been working with local partners on the ground to reach around three million children, and has implemented an informal education programme to reduce the number of out-of-school children. The agency is also printing school supplies and text books locally and distributing them to students. “Even under the worst circumstances Syrian children keep asking to learn and go back to school because they are yearning for a better future and a chance to be influential” said Ms. Singer. “We must all invest in Syria’s children as they are the future of Syria and they will help rebuild their country when peace returns.”Under the ‘No Lost Generation Initiative,’ UNICEF is starting a self-learning programme to reach 500,000 children who missed out on years of schooling. An accelerated learning programme is also aimed at helping 200,000 children catch up with their learning and eventually reintegrate into formal education. UNICEF is also rehabilitating damaged schools and creating prefabricated classrooms to accommodate 300,000 additional children. UNICEF requires $68 million by end of the year, of which $12 million is needed immediately in order to continue responding to children’s educational needs.
A MAN HAS died and another man has been injured in a single-vehicle collision in Portlaoise.Gardaí in Portlaoise are investigating the road traffic collision, which occurred on the Borris Road on the outskirts of Portlaoise tonight at approximately 7.30pm.They said that a man in his 30s was fatally injured when the van he was driving collided with a wall.He was pronounced dead at the scene and a second male who was a passenger in the van was brought to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise.The passenger’s injuries are described as ‘not serious’.This stretch of road is currently closed for garda forensic collision investigators to carry out an examination. Local diversions are in place.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Portlaoise garda station on 057 8674100, the Garda confidential telephone line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.
Is this enough to challenge popular notions of dinosaur as blood thirsty meat-eating machines? Naw, probably not, but it’s fascinating, nonetheless. A new study found that more than 90 species of theropods previously suspected to be carnivores most likely had largely plant-based diets.Says scientist Dr. Lindsay Zanno, “Most theropods are clearly adapted to a predatory lifestyle, but somewhere on the line to birds, predatory dinosaurs went soft.” For those species with less clear cut adaptations than, say, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, dietary preferences have been something of a guessing game. Adds Zanno,”These oddball dinosaurs have been the subject of much speculation but until now, we have not had a reliable way to choose between competing theories as to what they ate.”Scientists have managed to piece together clues including feces, teeth marks, and the presence of food evidence and stones used for herbivorous food breakdown in stomachs. Zanno again, “Once we linked certain adaptations with direct evidence of diet, we looked to see which other theropod species had the same traits. Then we could say who was likely a plant eater and who was not.”Their plant-based diet may have been what helped these species thrive.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A government proposal for amended hours of operation for clearways in the afternoons has received a mixed reaction from traders and a Greek councillor with the City of Stonnington.Tim Pallas, Minister for Roads and Ports announced changes in the afternoon hours of operation for clearways within a 10km radius from the CBD on Wednesday and claimed they are designed to achieve consistency for clearway times across the city. All clearways within 100 metres of major intersections will start at 3 pm.Clearways that currently start before 4pm will start at 3pm while all other clearways will start at 4 pm.All afternoon clearways will finish at 7 pm.The new hours of operation represent a major step back from the original Government proposal for a 3 pm start for all clearways.However the Government has not yet announced a start date for the amended hours of operation.Jim Pothitos, Chapel Street traders’ association president, welcomed the government backdown but opposed the 3 pm start to clearways within 100 metres of major intersections.“Our position is that this distance should be shortened to 20 metres, otherwise the impact on certain shopping strips will be very negative,” Mr Pothitos said.Eugene Nottermans, Chairman of the Inner City Business Association, also highlighted the negative impact the 3pm start of cleaways near major intersections would have on small business.“In some shopping centres this would take away all parking, High Street would lose 25 percent of its parking and Toorak Rd probably about 50 percent of its parking.” The traders met with local parliamentarian and Cabinet Secretary Tony Lapton who defended the government’s plan. However local traders were not satisfied with his response.“We are in no way impressed with the offering because when you look at the details of it, it’s maintaining the 10am [morning clearway ending] as well as introducing a 3pm partial clearway enforcement,” Mr Nottermans stressed. “This is economically irresponsible in the midst of the global financial crisis which is a catastrophe of incredible proportions that still hasn’t been anticipated,” he added. “Where is the cost benefit study? Where is the economic benefit study that tells you this is the way forward?” Opposition leader Ted Baillieu reiterated on Wednesday the Coalition’s objection to the plan.“In terms of clearways, we said all along the government had got this wrong. They scoffed, and indeed today Tim Pallas has indicated that the government’s going to back down. But they are only backing down in part and there will still be many businesses left short. That remains a problem,” said Baillieu.The Opposition has maintained that the Brumby government took action on clearways without consulting with traders or local councils. City of Stonnington Councilor, Tasos Athanasopoulos cautiously welcomed the plan on the basis that it will be implemented on a trial basis. However, he expressed his concern that trial periods often end up being permanent arrangements. “I personally do not agree with this trial, only because if they did their job properly and went through the consultation process and assessed the situation there is no way they would go ahead with this policy,” said Cr Athanasopoulos. A spokesman for Tim Pallas said to Neos Kosmos English Edition that the new afternoon hours of operation for clearways are permanent and that the government will be working along with councils and traders to fine-tune their implementation.
Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #ShaneGibsonappearsincourt Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 23, 2017 – Nassau – In court on Friday morning to give his alibis for the 118 days he is alleged to have made extortion demands on contractor Jonathan Ash was former Labour and National Insurance Board Minister, Shane Gibson… but he did not give those alibis, his attorney says it is near impossible to do so. Gibson appeared in the Supreme Court before Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson.The former PLP government leader is charged with 31 counts of crime linked to a quarter of a million dollars which is alleged to have extorted and bribed from the suspect contractor between January and April this year. Gibson had been given 21 days to produce his alibis, his attorney Wayne Munroe QC said it was nearly impossible to identify alibis for the time the crimes were alleged to have happened, according to Police. The matter was suspended until more specific dates could be given for there to be compliance with the alibi notice.Gibson was in court with his wife and supporters and will reappear in the Supreme Court on November 3, which is next week Friday and presiding then will be Justice John Isaacs.#MagneticMediaNews#ShaneGibsonappearsincourt Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Twitter A Perfect Circle Talk Building ‘Eat The Elephant’ perfect-circle-influences-collaboration-building-eat-elephant News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Dec 25, 2018 – 7:27 am A Perfect Circle Talk ‘Eat The Elephant’ A Perfect Circle On Influences, Collaboration & Building ‘Eat The Elephant’ The influential rock group stopped by the GRAMMY Museum to discuss the impetus for their new music, their early influences and the creative process behind their big 2018 returnNate HertweckGRAMMYs Dec 25, 2018 – 7:30 am A Perfect Circleis the kind of band fans wait with bated breath to hear new music from, no matter how long they are away. In the case of Eat The Elephant, the band’s fourth album, the wait was a full 14 years. Still, the new material was met with much anticipation, a testament to the art. Email Back in October, we premiered a video for the title track from the album-length film the band made for Eat The Elephant. In the song, lead singer and songwriter Maynard James Keenan’s stark, haunting vocals creek and soar over lead composer and guitarist Billy Howerdel’s dynamic backdrop. During a recent visit to the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles,as Keenan and Howerdel shared how they came to revisit the project after all these years away.”I think it was just time,” said Keenan. “I was really busy with Puscifer for quite a while. Then I was gonna get back into doing some Tool music, and they weren’t ready, so I was like [to Howerdel], “Hey, what’s up?”The time passed since their previous album, 2004’s Emotive, manifests itself on Eat The Elephant in the space within and around its songs, creating a new sonic environment from the band’s previous work. This had everything to do with how the songs’ foundations were built.”A lot of times on this record we had the song kind of almost complete, and then he put the vocals on top. It was pretty amazing,” explained Howerdel. “Maynard had a lot more input into the music this time, just to, you know, try to some things, because he knew where he was gonna go vocally. He wasn’t in the room when I was working on the music, so we’d kind of lightly steer in that direction. And I think it worked out because he just had something in mind and then was able to throw the solid final performance on top of it.”When it comes to architecting a vocal, Keenan does it like no one else. The genesis of his genius instincts begin with responding to the music, as he revealed during the conversation. “First and foremost, it’s a reaction to the melodies and structures and time signatures that the group of musicians are presenting me, whether it’s Mat Mitchell, or Billy, or Tool,” he said. “It’s all a reaction melodically to those rhythms, constructing it in a way that feels like an actual conversation. And I of course react better when they’re not in 4/4. I don’t speak in 4/4.””Then [I] figure out where that emotion is going, and then just look at your life experiences, what you’re experiencing at the moment, and attach a set of words or a circumstance to that set of rhythms and melodies to see if it opens up a whole story, because you know, human interaction, human experience from birth to death, there’s an infinite number of flavors and colors and bandwidths and emotions that come with those experiences.”Keenan also named an intriguing roster of early influences, providing a glimpse into his stylistic DNA. His early exposure to everything from Roberta Flack to Black Sabbath to Joni Mitchell led to an appreciation of Minor Threat, Killing Joke, Swans and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, which in turn led him to Gillian Welch and PJ Harvey.”To me, there’s a sadness that’s captivating in that writing that’s essential,” Keenan says of Welch, Harvey and his tastes as they’ve evolved over the course of his life.A Perfect Circle has evolved, too. At its core, it’s a dynamic collaboration, which means Keenan and Howerdel cannot say what will come next.”It’s a marriage of sorts,” says Howerdel. “You have to make this more than just the sum of its parts, more than the sum of the two of us. That comes from the unknown of collaboration… Having collaboration is the magic of never knowing what’s coming next.”A Perfect Circle’s Billy Howerdel On New Music, Touring Again & MoreRead more Facebook
Download AudioEarlier this month, Angoon’s mayor asked for help after discovering high levels of mercury in subsistence seal. With only one grocery store in town, the small Southeast village is dependent on what’s in the water. And according to a tissue sample test, that might include contaminants from a nearby mine.Alan Zuboff comes to these Angoon flats almost every day to dig for cockles. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins – KTOO)Alan Zuboff, a Tlingit elder, drags a rake across a pebbly surface on Angoon’s tidal flats. He’s been coming to this spot his whole life.“Where we’re digging is an old site,” Zuboff said. “It used to be a fish weir back 300 or 500 years ago.”Today, he’s digging for cockles – a saltwater clam with a grooved, brown shell. Zuboff visits here almost every day at low tide.“Because if you want to pay $10 for a gallon of milk at the store, it gets pretty pricey to buy stuff from the store,” Zuboff said. “It’s best to live off the land and besides everything is going organic. And we’ve been doing it for 10,000 years. Why not keep it up?”The reason not to keep it up: the possibility of toxic metals. Angoon’s tribal council has warned people about collecting traditional foods, like seaweed, clams, mussels, crab, cockles and seal.Back in May, Edward Kookesh, an Angoon hunter, harvested a seal near the shores of Hawk Inlet, and K.J. Metcalf, a Juneau resident who was boating nearby, asked if he could take a sample. Metcalf was the first ranger of Admiralty Island National Monument and now oversees the environmental advocacy nonprofit, The Friends of Admiralty Island.After digging a few minutes, Alan Zuboff has a sizable pile of the saltwater clam. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins – KTOO)When the independent lab tests were analyzed months later, he was alarmed at what he saw: elevated levels of mercury.“As high as they’ve ever been in an Alaskan seal and globally up near the top so just significant,” said Metcalf. “I called Edward Kookesh and said do you still have that seal and he said no it’s been divided up in the community and its eaten.”“We’re all still alive, you know,” Kookesh said. “But we’re just wondering how bad it’s going to get, if it’s going to get any worse. If we’re going to be able to fix it?”Kookesh split the seal among 10 people — mostly family and friends from Angoon.“We make seal grease out of the seal fat and use it with our eggs and our fish,” Kookesh said. “It’s a big part of what we do in subsistence life.”Thankfully, he says, no one felt sick, but he worries about long term health issues. Exposure to mercury can impact the nervous system. It can impair vision, speech, hearing and cause trembling of the hands.Given the risks, Kookesh says he won’t be going back to Hawk Inlet to harvest seal.“I don’t think I’ll be going up there to harvest anything,” Kookesh said. “I don’t even want to make a chance and feed my family or anyone else’s family anything that’s contaminated.”The location in question is the home of the Greens Creek Mine, which has been operating since the 1980s. It’s one of the largest producers of silver in the country, and the only mine to operate on a national monument.Hecla’s Greens Creek Mine located in Hawk Inlet. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins – KTOO)So it’s subject to regular water quality and sediment testing that gets rolled into a monthly and annual report. It’s submitted to the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation. Then there’s biomonitoring — the testing of sea life, like mussels and sea worms. But not seal.Allan Nakanishi oversees waste water discharge permitting for mining facilities for the state’s water division.“It’s difficult for us to see direct evidence or a link between Greens Creeks discharges to what was found in that particular seal species.” Nakanishi said.Nakanishi says seals are considered a high order life-form, meaning they’re migratory. The bio-monitoring program selects the lowest order on the food chain because they stay put. In other words, a shellfish is easier to pinpoint and use as a basis of analysis to see if anything’s changed.And Nakanishi said when it comes to mercury levels their tests show nothing has.“I guess it’s in the ocean but we can’t pinpoint it to Green’s Creek’s operations or their discharges based on what we’re seeing in their effluent monitoring results.” Nakanishi said.Back in 1989, Greens Creek spilled an unknown amount of ore into the water of Hawk Inlet and went through the steps to clean it up. Since then, Nakanishi says the water quality has returned to pre-mining levels. The seal could have traveled from somewhere else.“You know, the DEC is correct,” KJ Metcalf of The Friends of Admiralty Island said. “There is that possibility, I would say. But when it’s that high and that dangerous that you’ve got to take some action to determine if it is the mine that’s causing it. If it comes from someplace else and you can prove that we outta know where it came from because that place is bad. ”Angoon’s mayor and tribal president, Albert Howard, showed me around a neighborhood on Angoon’s seven and a half miles of road.The small village of Angoon is the home to about 400 people. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins – KTOO)“She’s got a smokehouse right there. He’s got a smokehouse right there,” Howard said as he started the car.A little over 400 people live here, and Howard thinks a good 80 percent of Angoon’s residents are out of work.He says a lot of families rely on subsistence to make ends meet.“The hardest part is when community members ask if it’s safe to go out and get what they’ve always gotten to feed their families and you don’t have an answer,” Howard said. “And nothing is happening quick enough to give them that answer. And it weighs heavy on you that as a leader, it’s part of your responsibility to make sure everything is safe.Howard wrote a letter to the state Department of Health and Social Services outlining his concerns. The department says it will issue a formal response, with the Department of Environmental Conservation, in the upcoming week.On the beach in Angoon, Alan Zuboff has already collected a sizable pile of cockles to fill his blue bucket. He says when goes home at night to eat his dinner, the sweet, briny taste of shellfish is on his mind. But so are the toxic metals.I am worried about it,” Zuboff said. “But it’s the little person in the back of my mind or that’s sitting on my shoulder, little devil saying, ‘yeah worry.’”He wonders about the whole big ocean beyond his community that is both a grocery store and a way of life.
MOSCOW: Moscow on Tuesday said the United States was ramping up military tensions by testing a medium-range cruise missile weeks after tearing up a pact with Russia. “This is all a cause of regret. The US has obviously taken a course towards the escalation of military tensions. We won’t react to provocations,” Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov told state news agency TASS. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us The US announced on Monday that it had tested a type of ground-launched missile that was banned under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with the Soviet Union. The missile was launched from the US Navy-controlled San Nicolas Island off the coast of California. The launch was a sign of Washington beefing up its capabilities in the wake of the collapse of the INF on August 2. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Many fear the end of the INF, which Washington accused Moscow of having violated in recent years, will lead to a new and dangerous nuclear arms race. “We will not allow ourselves to get drawn into a costly arms race,” Ryabkov said. He added that Moscow would stick to a unilateral moratorium on such missile systems “if and when we get them, as long as the US does not deploy them anywhere in the world”. Advertise With Us The INF banned all land-based missiles, conventional and nuclear, that could travel between 500 and 5,500 kilometres (310 and 3,400 miles), in an effort to abolish the class of nuclear arms that then most threatened Europe. The missile tested on Sunday was a version of the nuclear-capable Tomahawk cruise missile. The ground-launched version of the Tomahawk was removed from service after the INF was ratified. Ryabkov said that the test, just over two weeks after the US withdrew from the treaty, showed that it had been working on such missiles for a long time ahead of the withdrawal.
Share Johnson Space Center director Ellen Ochoa reveals future of NASA amid rise of private space companies. Ochoa said NASA needs to work with private space companies to improve space exploration technology.She also said the agency hopes to send humans to Mars in the 2030s.“Part of our job at NASA is to understand what capabilities are out there and how we can use them in our plan to have human exploration beyond lower orbit,” Ochoa said.NASA is already on the Red Planet with the Curiosity Rover but hopes sending humans will shorten communication times and expand research capabilities.The agency wants to dedicate the 2020s to advancing the technology to make the Mars mission possible.Ochoa said improving the yet to be completed Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft are among the top priorities.
An animal trainer from Japan is proving that tennis is so easy a monkey can do it. He’s literally training his monkey to play tennis, and has posted a series of videos of him training his little primate to serve and volley.The trainer even dresses the little dude in a tennis outfit and runs him through drills. The monkey can volley and has a killer overhead smash. It may take a while before he’s ready for Wimbledon.Watch the video of his 14th lesson. It’s as amazing as it is unsettling and creepy. h/t TerezOwens Advertisement
The Pacers blew their chance to bury LeBronThe Cavs clawed back in Game 4 to even their first round series against the Pacers and stave off an almost certainly fatal 3-1 series deficit.Cleveland’s cause was helped by an Indiana fourth quarter meltdown that featured some vintage – and disastrous – Lance Stevenson hero ball, journeyman Darren Collison curiously taking key shots down the stretch, and questionable coaching decisions. Pacer all-star Victor Oladipo completely disappearing for the entire night didn’t help either.The Pacers kicked away a golden opportunity and probably lost the series in the process. Game 4 against the Jazz is the biggest game of Westbrook’s career The Thunder trail the Jazz 2-1 in their first round series and desperately need a win to avoid falling into an insurmountable 3-1 hole, on the road in Utah. Colin thinks Game 4 tonight is the biggest game of Russell Westbrook’s career because if he loses, there are no more excuses to make.Westbrook was given a pass – and rightly so – for losing in the Finals because he was still early in his career. Last year, he was given a pass for his first round exit because he didn’t have Kevin Durant. This year, Westbrook has Paul George, Carmelo and a borderline all-star in Steven Adams. There are no more excuses to make. A first round loss to the rookie Donovan Mitchell led Jazz would say it all. Also:– Playoffs are making the case for LeBron to win MVP over Harden– NFL Over/UndersGuests:Doug Gottlieb – FS1 Analyst, Host of The Doug Gottlieb Show the All Ball Podcast is in-studio talking playoffs and how the Pacers blew their chance against the Cavs.Bucky Brooks – NFL Network Analyst and former scout I sin-studio giving his scouting report on Baker Mayfield; why he has questions; and why he thinks Sam Darnold is the top QB in the draft.Jim Jackson – FS1 NBA Analyst and 14-year NBA veteran is in-studio pushing back on Colin’s Westbrook criticisms; and why Baker Mayfield’s shirtless SI cover isn’t a big deal.DeAngelo Hall – 13-year NFL cornerback is in-studio explaining why Dez still has value; and if the Patriots situation is as bad as it looks; and why he thinks Baker Mayfield is the top QB prospect.
U.S.: First storm hits California, more heavy rain … You might also be interested in Successful International Blueberry Summit “raised … T&G ships U.S. blueberries to Vietnam for the … U.S.: California Giant predicts “milestone” volume … “We anticipate great blueberry growing weather for the region this season. The Duke, Blue Crop and Elliots varieties all look and taste excellent,” said Koukoulis.The Leduc family has been growing blueberries in Paw Paw, MI since 1955. When Roger and Jackie Leduc started their 20-acre farm, they had no idea it would blossom into the 400-acre operation it is today, complete with a popular retail store.Their son, Joe, who is now the owner-operator, said: “We are excited to market 100% of our crop with Wish Farms. The fact that they are also a family-operated business is just icing on the cake for us.”Wish Farms, founded in 1922 and third-generation owned, is a year-round supplier of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, growing both conventional and organicwww.freshfruitportal.com U.S. berry company Wish Farms has expanded its relationship with Michigan grower, Leduc Blueberries, and is now expecting a 30% volume boost from the state this season.”This five-year agreement is fantastic because we are now completely aligned,” said Teddy Koukoulis, director of blueberry operations.”This deal speaks to our team’s continuing effort to work with exceptional grower-packers that adhere to our rigorous food safety standards, quality guidelines and core values.”The Michigan season kicked off this July and will last through mid-September. Coming off record highs, more moderate temperatures are expected in the region this summer. The company’s volume is projected to reach 2 million pounds, and Koukoulis is optimistic that number could flourish to 3 million over the next five years. July 05 , 2018
Go back to the e-newsletter >In the 31st edition of the “Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2016” guide, EUROPA and EUROPA 2, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ luxury ships, have been awarded the highest distinction as the only 5-stars-plus cruise ships worldwide. The HANSEATIC was ranked as the only 5-star expedition ship globally among the group of “boutique ships”.Attaining 1,860 points out of a possible 2,000, the EUROPA 2 achieved the highest score among all ships and has been awarded 5-stars-plus for the third consecutive time. The EUROPA, which has achieved this award for the 16th year consecutively, received 1,852 points. Hence, both ships lead the ranking in the category “top 5 small ships” with 251 to 750 passengers and are global leaders.The HANSEATIC has retained its 5-star rating as the only expedition ship globally, achieving 1,758 points; the BREMEN received the distinction 4-stars-plus with 1,555 points.For its 31st edition, Berlitz Cruise guide’s author Douglas Ward and his team tested a total of 275 cruise ships from large to small and scored them based on criteria such as ship fittings, accommodation, food quality, service, crew, entertainment and cruise experience.Go back to the e-newsletter >
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