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Northern Ugandans want justice for past atrocities reveals UN study

The report, entitled “Making Peace Our Own: Victims Perceptions of Accountability, Reconciliation and Transitional Justice in Northern Uganda,” is based on private interviews with 1,725 victims of the conflict in 69 focus groups in Acholiland, Lango and Teso sub-regions. “Most notably, this research study shows that the population broadly believes that both the LRA and the Government – and specifically their leaders – should be held accountable for the harms they have caused during the conflict,” the report by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) found.Participants in the study “repeatedly expressed their need to discover the truth about the past, especially to shed light on the identity of the perpetrators and the nature of the acts that have been committed.” “Sentiments of anger and vengefulness and a desire for prosecution abound in many communities,” the report added. Also, while respondents expressed “an overwhelming desire for reconciliation,” opinions varied on the type of mechanism that would best deliver truth and compensation – both of which were “consistently identified as the principal transitional justice needs of the communities.” Similarly, perceptions on the virtues of amnesty, domestic prosecution, views on the International Criminal Court (ICC) and local or national practices were “greatly mixed” among the victims. “The desire to prevent impunity was, however, consistently present amongst affected communities,” the report stated. The study, which was designed to “amplify victims’ voices,” seeks to contribute to ongoing discussions on how best to redress northern Uganda’s past abuses – a central issue at peace talks between the Government and the LRA. According to the report, current negotiations, being held in Juba in southern Sudan, represent the “best-ever opportunity for lasting peace.” Thousands of people have been killed and an estimated 1.5 million others have become displaced in Uganda or in neighbouring countries since the LRA insurgency began in 1986. During that time, the rebel group has become notorious for abducting children and then using them as soldiers or porters, while subjecting some to torture and allocating many girls to senior officers in a form of institutional rape. In October 2005 the ICC issued its first-ever arrest warrants against Joseph Kony, the LRA leader, and four of the group’s commanders – Vincent Otti, Okot Odhiambo, Dominic Ongwen and Raska Lukwiya – on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. 14 August 2007A new study by the United Nations human rights office shows that communities in northern Uganda blame both the Government and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) for atrocities committed during a more than 20-year conflict, and want those responsible to be held to account. read more

Peacekeeping grows yet international support uneven – UN officials

11 March 2008The international community’s often faltering support for United Nations peacekeeping operations was making it difficult to maintain gains in key conflict areas, even though the UN has greatly boosted its operations in this field, top officials of the Organization have warned. “A serious failure in one of our missions would be enough to put at risk the credibility of the whole of peacekeeping, which we have worked so hard to restore over the past few years,” Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations yesterday. The Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) is now managing 20 operations, comprising nearly 130,000 authorized military, police and civilian personnel. In Liberia, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, Timor-Leste and elsewhere, great strides were being made, Mr. Guéhenno said. In some countries, however, “at the very moment when international assistance is most needed, the attention of the world is waning.” He said the extension of State authority and political dialogue in Afghanistan, as well as security gains in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), will suffer without coherent, strategic engagement. In Sudan, a lack of key support for the hybrid African Union-United Nations operation in Darfur (UNAMID) – including critical air and ground transport, diplomatic and political engagement with the parties – was exacerbating the operational difficulties the mission already faced due to the region’s remote and inhospitable terrain. In addition, the recent temporary relocation of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) from the latter country was seriously challenging the Security Council’s authority. The UN had set up a new Office of Military Affairs and upgraded the Military Adviser’s post, and will soon appoint an Under-Secretary-General for the newly created Department of Field Support, among many structural changes. It required the support and unified vision of Member States to meet the challenges ahead, however. “It is clear to me that peacekeeping works best when the Membership shares a common vision, remains engaged with national actors and views the peace operation as a common endeavour of the international community,” he said. Also addressing the Special Committee, Jane Holl Lute, Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support, echoed Mr. Guéhenno’s concerns. Given the growing scope and complexity of the Organization’s peacekeeping operations, as well as the huge challenges faced across the board, it was more important than ever that Member States support peacekeeping mandates, she said. In addition to higher expectations from Member States and expanding mandates, there were enormous increases in logistical expenses, including those for aircraft fleets, engineering system contracts, satellite links and other technological advances that would make it possible to meet more peacekeeping challenges. read more

Ban urges Cypriot leaders to maintain peace process momentum

During separate conversations with Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, Mr. Ban called for progress to be made on the issue of property, which has been the focus of United Nations-backed negotiations in recent months.The property aspect of the talks tries to resolve numerous complex claims between the two sides on property seized decades ago.The talks began in 2008 after the then-leaders of the two communities committed themselves to working towards a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions. According to Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, the Secretary-General is closely following developments in the negotiations through his Special Adviser, Alexander Downer.Last week, a new road crossing between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities was opened, a step Mr. Downer said proved the pessimists wrong and raised hopes that the island can be reunited.“There is hope that the two leaders now can bring this country together and reunite Cyprus,” he said.The new Limnitis/Yesilirmak crossing in the northwest of the island required upgrading some six kilometres of road and is the seventh such link facilitating movement between the two communities.The peacekeeping mission known as UNFICYP has been in place in Cyprus since 1964 following an outbreak of inter-communal violence. 21 October 2010Noting that process to reunify Cyprus has been slow recently, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the Mediterranean island’s leaders to achieve concrete advances in their talks to maintain momentum in the peace process. read more

Mauritania Annan strongly condemns coup attempts calls for end to violence

“The Secretary-General reiterates his firm condemnation of any attempt to change the government of any country by force or by other unconstitutional means,” said a UN spokesman in New York, referring to the bid to remove President Ould Taya from power.The coup attempt also sparked chaos in the West African country and Mr. Annan is “deeply concerned over reports of widespread violence, injuries suffered by the civilian population and looting,” according to the spokesman Fred Eckhard. “He calls for an immediate end to the violence and for a peaceful approach to resolving any difference,” Mr. Eckhard said. read more

University takes a nonpartisan interest at election time

Ontario’s 2014 municipal election is entering the home stretch, as scores of candidates across Niagara campaign for the Oct 27 vote.Like most post-secondary institutions in Ontario, Brock University takes a keen interest in this important democratic exercise and is heartened by the number of candidates who are offering to serve the public through elected office.As a politically non-partisan institution supported by taxpayers and the community at large, Brock University does not endorse candidates, nor does it engage in, host or sponsor activities that support individual candidates or political parties.In its Election Time Procedural Protocols, the University stipulates that “during a municipal, provincial or federal election or by-election Board members, employees and officers of the University cannot, either in their official capacity or at the University’s expense, engage in an activity that supports, financially or authoritatively, a political party or a candidate for public office.”On the other hand, Brock employees, in their own time and as members of the public, are free to sustain the health of our democratic process by seeking elected office or openly supporting candidates or parties.This is also the right of student clubs, labour unions or independent groups that exist on campus but which are not part of the University’s administrative structure.Brock is committed to free and open discussion and the exchange of ideas and opinions, including the expression of political views within its campus. The University encourages students, faculty and staff to exercise their civic rights to participate as individuals in the political process.Brock looks forward to working closely and constructively with whomever is elected in the 2014 Municipal Election. read more

Brock volunteers help family home take shape

From left: Kristen Smith, Angela Mott, Monique Beauregard, Amber Scholtens, Christina Bosilo, Amanda Ziegler, Sandy Howe and Anna Lathrop participated in a women-only build for Habitat for Humanity. The Brock crew assisted with a framing blitz Monday in Welland. Maria Pillitteri, not pictured, also participated. Nine women from Brock University worked in their steel-toed boots Monday when they took to a Welland construction site to build a family home.The group volunteered their day to help Habitat for Humanity and other female volunteers with a framing blitz for Habitat’s first women-only build in Niagara.The framing blitz was a great example of the Niagara community coming together to support local families, said volunteer Kristen Smith, Brock’s manager of student and community outreach.“We had exceptional support and leadership from local professional framers who patiently guided us through every step of the process,” she said.“This was my first time on a local build site, and I am amazed at how quickly the house took shape. To see that much progress in one day is outstanding. We went from having a covered basement at the start of the day to a full two-storey duplex, complete with trusses and windows.”Brock’s team of volunteers is actively involved in service-learning and experiential education on campus as part of their work at the University, so the day was an opportunity to practise what they encourage others to do, Smith noted.Volunteers worked alongside the families, who will move into home on World Habitat Day, Oct. 5. Their presence reminded helpers why they were giving their time to the cause. “It was wonderful to have the Jean Charles and Timothy families throughout the day,” Smith said. “The kids all cheered when their new bathtubs were raised by a crane and lowered into their new homes.”Watch a video of the buildThe Brock team has been seeking donations for this Habitat build.“We are grateful for the donations and support we have received from staff, faculty, students, retirees and alumni of Brock so far and we hope others will consider contributing to this wonderful cause either by donation or by volunteering their time,” Smith said.“Our hope is to grow our relationship with Habitat for Humanity locally and internationally.”Brock also works with Habitat for Humanity chapters in El Salvador and South Carolina.Donate to the Brock’s Habitat for Humanity team. read more

Mississaugas Bianca Andreescu will face Serena Williams in Rogers Cup final

Bianca Andreescu dropped to her knees and covered her face in visible relief before kissing the Aviva Centre’s hardcourt after advancing to the Rogers Cup final.The 19-year-old from nearby Mississauga held on for a 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory over Sofia Kenin of the United States on Saturday afternoon. Andreescu said the emotional display was automatic after a gruelling second set that had her face five match points.“All the emotions I had during that tiebreaker, I think my body just wanted to let it all out,” said Andreescu. “It’s just so incredible that I’m in the final of the Rogers Cup. I had zero expectations coming into this tournament.”It’s also an incredible final for tournament organizers with Andreescu facing one of the greatest players of all time, Serena Williams. The American star, seeded eighth, downed Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday night.“The crowd will obviously be for her. … But it’s really not about that,” Williams said. “It’s just about going out there and playing your great tennis.“Luckily, I’ve had some tough crowds in my career, so hopefully I will be used to it.”It’s Andreescu’s first tournament after a right-shoulder injury sidelined her since the French Open in May.She’s now won 16 consecutive matches where she has not retired due to injury, including victories over six of the top 10 players in the WTA. Her world ranking will rise from 27th to at least 19th on Monday.Saturday’s win was Andreescu’s first match this week that did not go three sets. She has been on the court more than any other player at this year’s Rogers Cup at 10 hours 54 minutes.All that playing after a lengthy layoff has taken a toll. Andreescu needed to have her legs wrapped and taped during the second set of a gritty quarterfinal win over Karolina Pliskova on Friday.She was taped up again for the semifinal against Kenin, the last woman to beat Andreescu in a full match at the Mexico Open in Acapulco back in February.“Just with all that I’ve been through. The past couple of months have been so so so so tough,” said Andreescu about her post-match celebrations. “Just being able to be here right now is truly incredible.”Andreescu is the first Canadian to make the Rogers Cup women’s final in 50 years. Faye Urban of Windsor, Ont., beat Vancouver’s Vicki Berner in the 1969 final, when the tournament was still played on clay courts and called the Canadian Open.“For sure there’s some pressure, but I have nothing to lose, really,” said Andreescu. “We’ll see how it goes. I’m just going to try and stay in the present moment.”Andreescu brought her drop shot back against Kenin after rarely employing it against Pliskova. Her most deft use of the light touch came in the eighth game of the first set.She telegraphed going for an overhand smash but then just tapped the ball to drop her shot neatly in bounds. Kenin banged her racket off the net in frustration as the Aviva Centre crowd roared its approval.That partisan crowd did affect Kenin’s concentration.“I don’t play in those kind of conditions, so it’s not like I can practise,” said Kenin. “I didn’t want to pay attention to that. I knew it was going to happen, so it wasn’t like a shock.“I obviously expected this. I tried to just block it out and do the best I can.”Another drop shot sealed the first set for Andreescu. Kenin was able to return the Canadian’s first drop shot on set point but Andreescu was in perfect position to send another one right back, to the delight of the fans.Kenin held her first lead of the match in the second set when a series of unforced errors by Andreescu gave the American a 2-1 advantage.Andreescu responded, however, by winning four consecutive games. She took a 4-2 lead on the set when a sure-fire winner by Kenin clipped the net and landed out. Andreescu then rolled to a 5-2 lead before Kenin finally took a game point back.Despite the vocal support of the sold-out crowd, Andreescu struggled to close out Kenin, putting several shots into the net to virtually hand two game points to the American and tie the set 5-5.Andreescu finally saved on love to take a 6-5 lead when Kenin’s return on her serve went wide.After that point Kenin asked for a medical timeout and left the court to be attended to by a trainer. Andreescu sat calmly with a towel draped over her face with only her hair bun poking out during the three-minute break.That set up a lengthy game that went to seven deuces and stretched to nearly 13 minutes of play, with neither player able to finish the other off.Kenin finally got lucky on the seventh deuce when her forehand clipped the net and fell just in for advantage. Andreescu’s return on the next point went into the net to set up the tiebreak.Andreescu doubled over in frustration when her perfectly lined-up forehand smash went long, returning the serve to Kenin and making the tiebreak 5-4. Although Andreescu argued with the umpire on the next point when a shot was out, she still returned the shot and got a point to make it 6-4 on the tiebreak.“I try to channel that pressure into something good,” said Andreescu. “I think it pumps me up even more. Really having the crowd behind me this week, I’m thankful for that because without their support I don’t think I’d be in the final.”Kenin got a point back, but Andreescu’s backhand winner sealed the match and brought the Canadian to her knees.After kissing the hard court Andreescu lay on her back, crying and covering her face. After speaking with an on-court reporter she found her parents in the crowd for a lengthy embrace.Meanwhile, Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski was eliminated in doubles action.The second-seeded team of Dabrowski and Yifan Xu of China lost 6-0, 6-3 to Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands in a semifinal. read more

Timeline The hunt for the mystery Malaysia Airlines flight

first_imgUpdated 15 March 7.15amTHE SEARCH FOR Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 enters its eighth day today with authorities releasing new information on the search for the plane that lost radar contact en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.Here is a timeline of major developments since the Boeing 777 vanished early Saturday with 239 people on board – updated to reflect the latest news that broke this morning.SATURDAY MARCH 8- Malaysia Airlines says the plane lost contact with air traffic control at around 1.30 am (17.30 GMT Friday), about an hour after take-off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Initially, authorities had put the last contact time at 2.40 am.- Vietnam says the plane went missing near its airspace. It launches a search operation that expands into a huge international hunt in the South China Sea, involving dozens of ships and aircraft from countries including the US and Japan.- Tearful relatives of the 153 Chinese passengers gather at a Beijing hotel, criticising Malaysia Airlines over a lack of information. (Image: lexander F Yuan/AP/PA)- Late evening, Vietnam says its planes have spotted two large oil slicks near the plane’s last known location and sends boats to the area, but they find no sign of it.- It also emerges that two passengers on board were travelling on EU passports that were stolen in Thailand, fuelling speculation of a terrorist attack.SUNDAY MARCH 9- Malaysia says it is probing a possible terror link to the jet’s disappearance. The US sends FBI agents to assist in the investigation.- Malaysia says the plane may have turned back towards Kuala Lumpur, for no apparent reason.- Late Sunday, a Vietnamese plane spots possible debris in the sea near Tho Chu island, part of a small archipelago off southwest Vietnam. It proves a false alarm.MONDAY MARCH 10- Authorities double the search radius to 100 nautical miles (equivalent to 185 kilometres) around the point where MH370 disappeared from radar.- China lashes out at Malaysia, saying it needs to speed up the investigation.- In the afternoon Malaysia sends ships to investigate a sighting of a possible life raft, but a Vietnamese vessel that gets there first finds only flotsam.An oil slick in the seas between Vietnam and Malaysia is seen from the air Sunday March 9, 2014 (Image: AP).- Chemical analysis by Malaysia disproves any link between oil slicks found at sea and the missing plane.- Boeing experts join the investigation. The US aircraft maker says it is giving technical advice to a team from the US National Transportation Safety Board that is already in Southeast Asia to offer assistance.TUESDAY MARCH 11- The search area now includes land on the Malaysian peninsula itself, the waters off its west coast, and an area to the north of Indonesia’s Sumatra island – all far removed from the flight’s scheduled route.- Interpol names the two men travelling on stolen passports as Iranians Seyed Mohammed Reza Delavar, aged 29, and Pouria Nourmohammadi, 18. Malaysian officials say they believe the pair are illegal immigrants and that people-smuggling is the likeliest explanation for the identity fraud.- Malaysian police say they are focusing on theories including a hijacking, sabotage or psychological problems among those on board, but stress there is still no evidence to support any scenario.WEDNESDAY MARCH 12- Malaysia expands the search zone to include the Malacca Strait off the country’s west coast and the Andaman Sea north of Indonesia, hundreds of kilometres away. The total zone now stands at 27,000 square nautical miles (over 90,000 square kilometres) — an area roughly the size of Portugal. (Image: Binsar Bakkara/AP/PA)- Malaysian air force chief General Rodzali Daud says an unidentified object was detected on military radar north of the Malacca Strait early Saturday, less than an hour after the plane lost contact, but says it is still being investigated.- At a heated news conference, Malaysian officials deny that the search is in disarray after China says conflicting information about its course is “pretty chaotic”.- It emerges that US regulators warned months ago of a “cracking and corrosion” problem on Boeing 777s that could lead to a mid-air break-up. But US officials say their spy satellites detected no sign of a mid-air explosion when the plane lost contact.THURSDAY MARCH 13- Malaysia says Chinese satellite images of suspected debris from the missing jet were yet another false lead and debunks a Wall Street Journal report that the plane had flown on for hours after losing contact.FRIDAY MARCH 14- The US sends a second naval vessel to join the search, as Malaysia doubles the area that it believes the plane could be in.SATURDAY MARCH 15- News broke this morning that the disappearance of the plane was ‘deliberate’.- Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Najib Razak, said at a televised press conference that the jet was flown for hours after dropping off primary radar.- The movement of the plane in the interim period, during which it changed direction and passed back over the Malaysian peninsula towards the Indian Ocean, was “consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane,” Najib said.- © AFP 2014.First published Friday 14 March. Additional reporting: Aoife BarryRelated: Missing Malaysian plane may have flown for 4 hours after losing contact>Read: Satellite images of possible missing plane debris released by Chinese government>last_img read more

Kindle ebooks now outselling paperbacks

first_imgWay back in July, online retailing giant Amazon dropped an interesting statistic: they were selling Kindle ebooks at a rate of two-to-one when compared to hardcover book sales.It was a surprising metric, but it wasn’t really clear what it meant: not only is Amazon the only place that sells Kindle books (which would artificially inflate the important of ebooks compared to hardcovers according from Amazon’s perspective) but hardcovers are also relatively unimportant compared to paperbacks, which control most of the market.Well, six months later, and now Amazon’s Kindle ebooks are outselling hardcovers by three to one, which is amazing but still doesn’t say much. More surprising, though? Kindle ebooks are now outselling paperbacks, at least on Amazon.com. In fact, for every 115 Kindle ebooks sold, only 100 paperback books are purchased on the site.That’s incredibly impressive. The problem is its still not entirely clear what it all means. Sure, Amazon’s the biggest retailer of paperbacks on Earth, but it’s not the only one, and it’s not even the majority seller. Meanwhile, it’s the exclusive seller of Kindle ebooks. Sure, there’s no doubt, Kindle’s selling like gangbusters… but until Amazon releases some real sales figures, there’s no predicting the death of physical print just yet.Read more at Business Insiderlast_img read more

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests Issue 3 Summonses

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between February 21, 2019 and February 27, 2019.Thursday, February 21Scott A. Steverding (36, Billerica) was issued a summons for larceny by check over $1,200.Friday, February 22Stephanie Victoria Ogilvie (32, Boston) was issued a summons for Motor Vehicle Lights Violation and Unlicensed Operation Of Motor Vehicle. (4:11am)Saturday, February 23Daniel F. McConnell (38, Everett) was arrested on a warrant. (7:08am)Sunday, February 24NoneMonday, February 25NoneTuesday, February 26Thoeun You (34, Lowell) was arrested for Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License. You was pulled over on Main Street. (5:03pm)Olga M. Declet (58, Lawrence) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Revoked Registration. (9:34pm)Wednesday, February 27None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests & Issue 3 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Strange Orange Robots Sail Into Dutch Harbor… Just What Are They Up

first_imgAquatic robots have been spotted in the Aleutian Islands. Two ocean-going drones were seen sailing into Dutch Harbor Monday night with no one on board. Just what are these orange robots doing out there–and should we be alarmed?Download AudioThese robots are 18 feet tall. Each one has a bright orange wing of carbon fiber sticking up from a floating platform. At sea, they look like oversized windsurfers.Using the wind for propulsion, and solar panels for their electronics, they’ve been traveling thousands of miles in the Bering Sea all by themselves.It’s almost like they have minds of their own.But these robots are working for good, not evil–we think.Saildrones Inc. CEO Richard Jenkins turns his back (unwisely?) on two of his creations in Unalaska. Photo: John Ryan/KUCB.Richard Jenkins is their creator. He’s the CEO of Saildrone, Inc., in California.Jenkins: “They’re autonomous. You send them waypoints and a corridor, and they won’t venture out of the corridor regardless of wind or tides. They’re self-controlling. You just need a human to tell them roughly where to go.”Hmm. Self-controlling. Not sure I like the sound of that.Jenkins came up to Unalaska to take his robots out of the water and send them home after a three-month science mission.Jenkins: “On the mast there, that little square thing pointing down? That is a laser, so it is an infrared camera, you could say. What it does, it tells you the sea surface temperature at the very top micron of the water.”Great. Robots with lasers. What could possibly go wrong?If these self-controlling machines haven’t gone rogue, they’ve been using their instruments to measure temperature, acidity and 20 other conditions in the rapidly changing Bering Sea.Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and the University of Washington are collaborating on the high-tech project.They say each drone can carry more than 200 pounds of scientific instruments. They can cruise the open ocean at up to 14 knots. They can boldly go where it would cost a lot more to send a ship full of human beings.At a busy fishing dock on Unalaska’s Captain’s Bay, Jenkins says he launched the two sail drones from the very same dock in April.Jenkins: “We sent them out of here into 45-knot headwinds. From here, they went to St. Paul, then up through the Bering Sea up to Nome, then over to Norton Sound. We mapped the Yukon delta. Then they sailed back to Dutch Harbor. So 4,500 miles on each drone.”Jenkins says the last time humans surveyed the sea floor of the Yukon delta, the year was 1899.Scientists hope new data from the drones can further human understanding of problems threatening Bering Sea fisheries. Problems like climate change, retreating sea ice and ocean acidification. Problems that humans, not robots, have caused.Ryan: “Who’s more intelligent, your drones or you?”“[Laughs] Drones, for sure. No, Drones aren’t intelligent. Drones are robots that follow simple rules.  They’re not able to make decisions for themselves. That’s all done back at base. You don’t want to have a whole heap of computer power on the drones because it’s a low power device. You only get so much energy from the sun, and computing power equals power consumption.“This is just a pretty simple brain that actually just gets you from A to B and takes measurements.”I guess that’s reassuring.NOAA scientists say the drones’ biggest challenge isn’t subjugating the human race to their will, but dealing with cold water, limited sunlight and jellyfish.Large numbers of jellyfish can clog the drones’ water intakes.Isn’t that like War of the Worlds, where the attacking aliens were felled by bacteria?Jenkins says his creations handled the jellyfish and algae and storms of the Bering Sea beautifully.Jenkins: “If these vehicles can survive the Bering Sea, they can survive any place on Earth.”Great. So if the drones do rise up against their masters, there’s no place to hide.Next year, scientists hope to send the drones beyond the Bering Strait and into the Arctic Ocean. Here’s Dr. Strangedrone, I mean, Richard Jenkins again.Jenkins: “The Arctic is one of the cutting edges of climate change now. So getting to the Arctic to measure how fast the ice is melting and what happens to the ocean when it does melt is huge. Normally, that would be very, very expensive. You would need a big icebreaker. It’s a long way to go and very remote, whereas we can send these at very low risk and very low cost into some of harshest parts of planet.”But what it the drones get sick of being sent to the harshest parts of the planet?2001 movie clip: “Open the pod bay doors, Hal.”“I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t let you do that.”Of course, that’s just science fiction.2001 movie clip: “I know that you and Frank were going to disconnect me, and I’m afraid that’s something I cannot allow to happen.”In science non-fiction, Jenkins disassembles his sail drones on the busy fishing. He straps them down into their shipping crates on a busy dock. They don’t seem to put up any resistance.Maybe they are just useful tools for gathering important data about our rapidly changing oceans.Maybe.last_img read more

Maharshi grand prerelease event Mahesh Babu reuniting Jr NTR and Ram Charan

first_imgMahesh Babu with Jr NTR and Ram CharanTwitterThe makers of Maharshi have planned to hold a grand pre-release event for the film in Hyderabad on May 1 and Mahesh Babu is said to be reuniting his friends Jr NTR and Ram Charan again at this function.Maharshi is the landmark 25th movie of superstar Mahesh Babu. In a bid to make it memorable film in his career, Vamshi Paidipally has chosen a brilliant subject for the movie and he has also made careful attempts to make its screenplay engaging and entertaining besides offering a message for the society. Producer Dil Raju has spent money generously on its production to make it a visual treat.These aspects have generated massive hype and curiosity about Maharshi. Its posters, teaser and songs have doubled the expectations about the movie, which is scheduled for worldwide release on May 9. As a part of its promotion, Dil Raju is holding a grand pre-release event at People’s Plaza, Necklace Road, Hyderabad and this function will begin from 6 pm on May 1.The boss of Sri Venkateswara Creations announced the details of this event. The producer tweeted this morning, “Join us in the biggest celebration of this summer. Super Star @urstrulymahesh’s 25th Film #Maharshi Grand Pre Release Event on May 1st at People’s Plaza, Necklace Road, Hyderabad from 06:00 p.m onwards. @directorvamshi @hegdepooja @ThisIsDSP #MaharshiOnMay9th #SSMB25.” MaharshiTwitterNow, all eyes are set on the chief guest of the pre-release function of Maharshi. It is known that Mahesh Babu had brought Junior NTR and Ram Charan as the chief guests at the event of his previous film Bharat Ane Nenu. The development has made peace between the warring fans of all the three superstars and also made support each other to promote their movies.The buzz in the industry is that Mahesh Babu is now set to repeat this trend again. The sources say if everything will go as per plan, the superstar will once again share the dais with Jr NTR and Ram Charan at the pre-release event of Maharshi. The photos and videos featuring this trio in a single frame are sure to go viral on the social media.last_img read more

Crime Drama

first_imgLove Star Entertainment is hosting a screening of the new full feature police crime drama, Purpose. Come on September 19 at 1 p.m. to Paradox Entertainment, 1310 Russell Street, Baltimore, MD 21230. This event is open tothe public. For additional information please call (410) 458-6808.last_img

DC Councilmember Requests Deeper Probe on Heels of Graduation Crisis

first_imgThe chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Education is pushing Mayor Muriel Bowser to broaden the scope of an investigation that uncovered a high school graduation scandal to include public and charter elementary and middle schools as well as charter high schools.In a Feb. 21 letter, Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large) asked Bowser to direct the Office of the State Superintendent to retain Alvarez & Marsal or to hire another independent firm that would build on a December investigation that audited DCPS’ high school attendance and graduation policies.“After holding two public hearings on graduation accountability and receiving compelling evidence that teachers throughout the city, across grade levels, and in both sectors of public education feel pressure to pass students, it appears that these issues may extend beyond high schools,” Grosso wrote in his letter to Bowser.Alvarez & Marsal released a report in January that showed 34 percent of the DCPS class of 2017 received diplomas in violation of district attendance or grading policies. The ensuing fallout cost four DCPS officials their jobs and prompted system-wide policies and stopgaps to make sure students have truly earned their diplomas.“Those results were extremely troubling, but they do not tell the whole story,” Grosso said in the letter. “A cross-sector, system-wide examination will provide a more accurate picture of whether or not our children are prepared for the next milestone in their academic career before advancing.”Grosso has requested a response from Bowser by March 1.last_img read more

Future of Handset Connector Market Size 2023 Business News

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