WATERLOO, Ont. – Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP) plans to add up to 500 jobs in Waterloo, Ont. which would triple its workforce there over the next couple of years.The Ottawa-based technology company says it plans to add between 300 to 500 full-time positions to focus on growing its Shopify Plus platform, which supports the largest and most complex retailers.Shopify says it is also set to open another building in Waterloo by the first quarter of next year to accommodate the workforce growth.The rapidly growing online platform builder for small businesses was founded in 2004 and has since grown to more than 1,900 employees, according to its 2016 annual report.Its shares plunged earlier this month after it was targeted by U.S. short seller Andrew Left of Citron Research, who alleged that the company is running an overvalued get-rich-quick-scheme.Shopify’s chief executive Tobias Lutke says he will push back against the short seller’s allegations during the release of their next financial results.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market moved lower on Tuesday as investors backed away from the optimism that characterized trading earlier in the session.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,257.18 -56.36 -0.46%S&P 500 — 13,457.55 -101.37 -0.75%Dow — 13,457.55 -101.37 0.75%Nasdaq — 3,117.73 -43.05 -1.36%The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 56.36 points to 12,257.18. The TSX Venture Exchange fell 20.25 points to 1,313.21.The Canadian dollar was at 101.98 US, off 0.19 of a cent, as the safe-haven greenback lost some ground.Traders had kept stock markets positive throughout much of the morning after U.S. consumer confidence hit its highest level in seven months in September, but comments from a member of the U.S. Federal Reserve appeared to dash the sentiment.Bank of Philadelphia president Charles Plosser questioned the Fed’s latest round of stimulus, suggesting in a speech that it wouldn’t help the economy grow. That opinion seemed enough to tip the scale back towards concern.Wall Street bore the brunt of the decline, with the Dow Jones industrials backed off 101.37 points to 13,457.55. The Nasdaq composite index slid 43.05 points to 3,117.73 and the S&P 500 index was 15.30 points lower to 1,441.59.Caterpillar Inc., the world’s largest maker of construction and mining equipment, added to the eroding sentiment. The company is lowering expectations for its profit in 2015 because of slower-than-expected growth in the global economy.“Our view of the world right now is that we don’t think the markets will be propelled forward in the next month,” said Paul Vaillancourt, vice-president and chief investment officer at Canadian Wealth Management.“We are anticipating a little bit of consolidation after a pretty good run. But having said that … we don’t think we’re going to see a significant sell off.”In commodities, November crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved down 56 cents to close at US$91.37 a barrel. The TSX energy sector lost 1.4%.December bullion increased $1.80 to US$1,766.40 an ounce. December copper gained 2.7 cents to US$3.76 a pound.A report from Statistics Canada said retail sales rose 0.7% to $39 billion in July, more than offsetting a decline in June. The increase was largely weighted in higher sales of cars, trucks and auto parts, as well as general merchandise.South of the border, the Conference Board said its consumer confidence index rose to 70.3, up from 61.3 in August — the highest reading since February.And the Standard & Poor’s/Case Shiller index report showed that U.S. home prices increased 1.2% nationally in July compared with the same month last year. Prices also rose in July from June in all 20 cities tracked by the report. It’s the third straight month in which prices rose in every city.In Canada, Forbes & Manhattan Coal Corp. says it’s buying majority stakes in an operating coal mine and an undeveloped anthracite deposit in South Africa from Rio Tinto PLC for about C$52.3 million plus royalties. Its shares were ahead two cents to 67 cents.Shares of Research In Motion lifted 32 cents to $6.50 after the BlackBerry maker gave developers a look at the progress made in developing its new operating system, due to hit the market early next year.In Europe, Spain is due to unveil this week a new series of cost-cutting measures and structural reforms that could pave the way for demand for financial aid from its fellow eurozone countries. But hopes that Madrid will apply for the aid were overcome by concern that it was delaying the move. Spain has been reluctant to ask since such assistance comes with strings attached.Another key issue is whether eurozone countries will grant Greece more time to reach its deficit reduction targets. The country also needs to finalize a package of austerity measures but political leaders are struggling to compromise as popular anger increases.Here’s the news investors were watching today:RIM plans BlackBerry 10 launch on six continents to reach faithfulWhat the world’s 14 most important commodities will doSpain braces for more austerity painFlaherty urges businesses to open wallets, forge partnerships with emerging economiesON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.New home sales (Aug): Economists expect 2.2% rise CORPORATE NEWSCANADAAGF Management Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 21¢ a share
Former Parliamentarian Sanath Jayasuriya today announced that he had resigned as Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Matara District organiser.Jayasuriya said that he will also not be contesting the August 17 Parliament elections. (Colombo Gazette)
West Bank cities and towns under curfews imposed by Israel in response to a wave of terror attacks have been particularly hard hit, according to statistics released by the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO). When the curfews are imposed, unemployment hits 63.3 per cent, while poverty levels have jumped to 70 per cent in the Gaza Strip.“I am deeply disturbed by the figures,” said Special Coordinator Terje Roed-Larsen, “but I am not surprised, given the iron grip that Israel has applied to the West Bank.”“Aid cannot fill the gap, but without it the economy would collapse,” he warned. “Against this backdrop, and before the eyes of the world, the Palestinian civilian population is scrambling to survive.”Mr. Roed-Larsen unequivocally condemned the terror attacks by Palestinian groups that prompted Israel’s action, and reaffirmed the country’s legitimate right to self-defence. At the same time, in the face of the growing human catastrophe, he asked that Israel review the restrictions.The envoy plans to meet with senior Israeli officials to urge them to re-examine their security measures, some of which, he argued, were not achieving their stated purpose. “Indeed, there is a grey area where legitimate defence of Israeli civilians has the de facto consequence of collective punishment for Palestinian civilians,” he said. UNSCO estimates that the overall unemployment rate for the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the second quarter of 2002 increased from roughly 36 per cent to approximately 50 per cent. Income losses stand at $7.6 million per day, for a total of almost $3.3 billion since October 2000. The report points out that loss of income caused by closures and restrictions “far exceeds anything that the international aid community can provide.” The UN World Food Programme (WFP) says that it will soon deliver food assistance to more than half a million Palestinians. In addition, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has provided ongoing food aid to nearly a million refugees since October 2000. Aid money has largely shifted from projects intended to build a prosperous Palestinian State to short-term relief aimed at reducing malnutrition, epidemics and other threats.
Speaking to journalists at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, Mr. Ban pointed to a lack of political will as the reason that a durable and sustained ceasefire has not yet been reached.“They have not been listening to the voices of the international community and concerns raised by myself as the Secretary-General and many world leaders in the region and around the world,” he said. “In the name of protecting their own people, they have been letting their people be killed by others. Is that what they have to do?”The latest 72-hours humanitarian ceasefire, brokered by Egypt, is due to expire tomorrow. “This is almost the last chance for them. They have a very limited time,” Mr. Ban noted.In the meantime, humanitarian partners are addressing urgent needs. Nearly 2,000 Palestinians were killed in the month-long fighting, almost 75 per cent of them civilians, according to preliminary information. On the Israeli side, at least 67 people were killed. The number of Palestinian deaths includes 459 children. That figure is higher than the number of children killed in Gaza in the previous two conflicts combined, Mr. Ban said. Mr. Ban said that while Israel’s duty to protect its citizens from rocket attacks by Hamas and other threats is unquestionable, the fighting has raised serious concerns about Israel’s respect for the principles of distinction and proportionality.“Reports of militant activity does not justify jeopardizing the lives and safety of many thousands of innocent civilians,” he noted.Among the sites repeatedly shelled where UN schools serving as shelters. The UN chief has called for an investigation and for accountability. While the displacement numbers of people sheltering in schools and other facilities remains fluid, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reported that 209,522 people are still sheltering in 88 UNRWA schools in the area.At least 100,000 people have had homes destroyed or severely damaged, Mr. Ban said. In addition, most of the households have little or no water supply.Meanwhile, hospitals meant to cope with disaster are themselves “disaster zones,” the UN chief said. Read moreabout the current state of health care facilities and infrastructure in Gaza. Mr. Ban stressed that the Organization will work with regional and international actors to rebuild. “The international community is going to have a donor conference again on an emergency basis. Now we are going to rebuild,” he said. “Are they going to destroy it again?” Speaking in the General Assembly last week, Mr. Ban expressed anger at the cycle of building and destruction in the region. “I thought that this should be the last chance – the last chance,” he underscored in today’s speech.
It took a miracle Ray Allen three-point shot in last year’s NBA Finals to pull the Miami Heat from defeat to champions against the San Antonio Spurs. The teams meet again for the title, and Tim Duncan said he welcomes another shot at the Heat.Duncan and the Spurs may have wanted a chance for redemption from last year, but LeBron James has other ideas. And here are five reasons why James will do a championship dance at the end of the series:1.) LeBron JamesThe King, as magnificent as he has been the last three years, has become a stronger player because he’s becoming more like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant: a ruthless leader that smashes an opponent once he senses vulnerability. Credit Lance Stevenson and his antics in the Eastern Conference finals for igniting James’ sometimes-dormant fire.2.) ExperienceThis NBA Finals appearance is the Heat’s fourth in a row. Playing this time of year for these stakes has become routine, meaning the magnitude of the occasion does not faze them. The San Antonio Spurs are experienced in their own right. But their experience amounts to aging with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli in particular, who are primed to get fatigued and ineffective late in games and the longer the series stretches.3.) VersatilityOn both ends of the court, the Heat can use various lineups to create either mismatches or tough covers. For instance, James can play four positions and can guard four spots, too. So, if Miami wants to go small and put more speed on the court, James could play power forward on one end and defend point guard Tony Parker on the other. Moving James from position to position when necessary could force the Spurs to match up in ways that would mitigate the few advantages they have.4.) Chris BoshThe lesser of the Big Three can be a huge difference-maker because of his range on the court. Bosh can be a tough cover for Duncan because he can extend to the three-point line, pulling away Duncan’s ability to protect the rim, thereby making the Spurs susceptible to forays to the basket by James, Dwyane Wade and others.5) Parker’s InjurySpurs point guard Tony Parker has an ankle injury that might not keep him out, but certainly will slow him down. Worse, there will not be time to rest and get the ankle right, so it’s likely the injury will not get any better as the games pile up. Without Parker as effective as usual, San Antonio’s offense–against a strong defensive team like Miami–will have periods of trouble scoring. And that will be costly.LeBron James and Tim Duncan share an inspiring moment after the ’07 finals below.
A 47-year-old man from Cyprus was arrested on Sunday at Sydney International Airport, after the Australian Border Force (ABF) allegedly found four kilograms of ice hidden in the lining of his suitcase.According to some reports, the alleged smuggler is Turkish Cypriot; he arrived in Sydney from Doha, Qatar.The ABF officers were urged to inspect his suitcase, after allegedly finding some inconsistencies in the x-ray scan; using an electric drill, they opened a hole on the suitcase’s plastic surface and found an amount of a ‘crystalline substance’ hidden underneath.“The substance was subsequently tested and gave positive indication for ice,” an ABF statement said.According to a Daily Mail report, the man appeared in Central Local Court on Monday; he is facing charges of importing $3.5 million worth of methamphetamine. He will remain in custody until his next court appearance on 5 December. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Séisme : plus d’un milliard d’euros pour reconstruire ChristchurchSuite au violent tremblement de terre qui a frappé la Nouvelle-Zélande en février dernier, la ville de Christchurch a établi un plan de reconstruction estimé à plus d’un milliard d’euros. Les opérations débuteront en 2012 et pourront prendre jusqu’à 20 ans. C’est un coût considérable pour la ville de Christchurch en Nouvelle-Zélande. Jeudi, le conseil municipal a annoncé qu’il s’apprêtait à investir plus de deux milliards de dollars néo-zélandais, soit plus d’un milliard d’euros, afin de reconstruire la ville suite au violent tremblement de terre de magnitude 6,3 survenu le 22 février dernier. Des frais qui vont toutefois être répartis entre le gouvernement néo-zélandais, la ville de Christchurch, mais aussi les assurances et le secteur privé. À lire aussiUn village de Nouvelle-Zélande veut bannir les chats pour protéger sa fauneCe plan de reconstruction débutera alors dès l’an prochain mais pourra prendre jusqu’à 20 ans, selon les autorités. La ville de Christchurch souhaite ainsi profiter de l’occasion pour privilégier la création d’espaces verts et réduire celle accordée aux voitures et aux gratte-ciels. Par ailleurs, elle compte également honorer la mémoire des 181 personnes disparues suite à la catastrophe et a pour cela prévu la construction d’un mémorial en plein centre-ville.Depuis septembre 2010, la Nouvelle-Zélande a été victime de plusieurs tremblements de terre. Au total, c’est alors près de 15 milliards de dollars néo-zélandais, soit plus de cent milliards d’euros, qui devront être dépensés pour reconstruire les zones sinistrées. C’est l’une des catastrophes naturelles les plus coûteuses de l’histoire. Le 11 août 2011 à 19:13 • Maxime Lambert
Les premiers oiseaux volaient-ils différemment de ceux d’aujourd’hui ?Publiant ses travaux sur PLoS ONE, un chercheur australien a étudié le sternum de nombreux oiseaux fossiles, qu’il a comparé à celui des oiseaux d’aujourd’hui, découvrant des formes différentes mais tout aussi diverses d’adaptation anatomique au vol.S’appuyant sur des méthodes statistiques, Roger Close, doctorant à l’École de géosciences de l’Université Monash (Australie), a étudié le bréchet – une extension du sternum où s’insèrent les puissants muscles nécessaires au vol – de nombreuses espèces d’oiseaux du Mésozoïque (-200 à -65 Ma), dont les fossiles sont de plus en plus nombreux à enrichir les collections de paléontologie. Il a comparé ces éléments anatomiques avec leurs pendants chez les oiseaux actuels.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”La recherche a été inspirée par une étude antérieure sur les oiseaux vivants, qui suggère un lien entre la forme du bréchet et les caractéristiques du vol, telles que l’essor (le ‘décollage’), le battement ou le vol subaquatique [de certains oiseaux de mer]. Le bréchet est bien adapté à l’étude de vol chez les oiseaux éteints, puisqu’il est souvent conservé dans les fossiles et que sa forme est liée au style de vol. Chez les oiseaux modernes, le bréchet présente une énorme variété morphologique, allant du ‘U’ au ‘V’– des formes aux largeurs et courbures différentes”, explique Roger Close cité par Sci-news.Or, “une diversité similaire de formes est observée chez les espèces du Mésozoïque, avec certaines morphologies inconnues aujourd’hui, comme les bréchets en forme de boomerang des oiseaux les plus primitifs, qui ressemblent à ceux de leurs proches parents, les dinosaures théropodes”, relève le chercheur. Bien que cela puisse être interprété comme une preuve que les oiseaux anciens volaient différemment de ceux qui vivent aujourd’hui, “cela pourrait tout aussi bien indiquer que [les premiers] avaient évolué via des solutions anatomiques différentes pour accomplir les mêmes exploits [que les seconds]”, souligne t-il ainsi. Le 3 juin 2012 à 10:05 • Maxime Lambert
By Rohey Jadama Barrister Janet Sallah-Njie, lead defence counsel for 6 women standing trial after staging a protest at Westfield Junction yesterday 16 May, 2016 urged the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court to order their production or unconditional release.The accused include Kaddy Samateh, a lactating mother of a 1 month old baby, Isatou Saidy an elderly woman of 60 years of age and 4 others. The case is presided over by Magistrate Abeke. The accused persons are facing 7 counts of Unlawful Assembly, Riot, Incitement of Violence, Holding a procession without a permit, Being Idle and Disorderly, Common Nuisance and Prohibition of conduct conducive to breach of peace. Ten female lawyers are representing the accused. They are Janet Sallah-Njie, Rachel Y. Mendy, Haddy Dandeh Njie, Loubna Farage, Sagarr Jahateh, Combeh Gaye, Neneh Cham, Yassin Senghore, Anna Njie and F. Mahoney.Sub-Inspector Colley announced his representation for the Inspector General of Police. “As you rightly observed the accused persons are not present before this honorable court and this being a criminal charge before the court and the charges are not struck out. So as we speak the charges are still pending before the court and the matter cannot proceed in their absence”, said Lawyer Sallah-Njie, the leading defence lawyer. She continued, “Based on the records, the last time the matter came up an application was made for their release which was unfortunately not granted and the court has ordered that the accused persons be granted police bail based on the facts and circumstances that one of the women is a lactating mother breast feeding a 1 month old baby and the other woman is an elderly woman and one of them nearly collapsed in court in the last proceedings”. She told the court that the accused persons were not granted police bail and that counsels went to the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) office to facilitate their release, but that they were denied access to the accused persons at the PIU office. She said the order of the court was not complied with and to make matters worse the accused persons are not present in court. “I think the prosecution should be in a position to tell the court why the order of the court is not complied with and why the accused persons are not present before the court. In anticipation of any application such cannot be made in the absence of the accused persons”. “I believe this is a fit and deserving case, the court should make an order for the matter to be stood down so that the accused persons can be produced before this court because they are in custody. As an alternative we want to urge this honorable court to order the unconditional release of the accused persons at this point based on section 19 of the 1997 constitution which guarantees their right to liberty”, said Barrister Sallah-Njie. For the elderly woman, she cited section 53 of the Women’s Act which according to her provides special protection for the elderly women. She said, the said section is not only law in the Gambia but it also re-enforces the respect that we have for the elderly as Gambians and Africans. She said it is their submission that the physical well-being of this woman is not protected and that it is in her favour for her to be released. “With regards to the lactating mother, we refer court to section 55 and 55(B) of the Women’s Act which gives special protection to all this women standing trial. The PIU office where they are detained is not an environment suitable for a lactating mother. By detaining a lactating mother with her child in custody, the rights of two people are flawed i.e. the Mother and the one month old baby and a two year old at home”, she said. She further referred the court to section 6 and 12 of the Children’s Act, which gives every child the right to survival and development. She said it’s obvious that the one month old baby detained with her mother will not enjoy these rights under section 12(1) of the said Act. She referred the court to the case of Ebrima Sawaneh and 6 others and the case of the 7 journalists in which Sarata Jabbie a lactating mother was granted bail by the high court taking into consideration her condition as a lactating mother. She urged the court to apply the case of Sarata Jabbie to grant bail to Kaddy Samateh, which is a high court decision and which is binding on the lower court. She also referred the court to the State Vs. Mambuso Nzinande, a South African case in which a lactating mother of a 36 months old baby was remanded in custody and was released on the basis that her child was dependant upon her for survival and development and detaining her will not be conducive to the survival and development the child. “The right of the child is always paramount and fundamental and detaining a lactating mother will make a child vulnerable and will be in danger and deprived of her rights. This is why the high court ordered for the release of the accused person and we urge the court to use this principle and secure the release of the lactating mother”, said defence counsel Sallah-Njie. She said Sukai Dahaba one of the accused persons accelerated the adjournment of this case when she collapsed in court. She said section 29 of the Women’s Act guarantees her the right to access health care and that an order was made for her to have access to health care which was flouted by the prosecution and based on that they are urging the court to order for her release. She referred the court to the State Vs. Bun Sanneh and others where FLAG entered representation for Marie Sanneh as a female who was suffering ill health while in custody and unfortunately suffered miscarriage while in custody and bail was granted to her based on that at the High Court. “The accused persons’ constitutional right to liberty has been flouted by the state, they are being detained beyond 72 hours. To add salt to injury, the prosecution has failed to produce them in court and their right to fair hearing is flouted under section 24(3)(f) of the 1997 constitution. I therefore urge this honorable court to order for the release of these vulnerable people whose rights have not only been flouted under the Constitution, but the Women’s Act and the Children’s Act respectively. Therefore, I urge this court to order their conditional and immediate release”, she submitted. Responding to the application of the defence counsel, Sub-inspector Colley, told the court that the accused persons in this case are not under the custody of the Serrekunda Prosecuting Unit. “The prosecution is not in a position to clarify the reason why they are not in court today. To summarize the whole submission, the case file in this matter, your worship, has been sent to the Attorney General’s Chambers and our instructions are that the state is coming to take over this matter through the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) who is empowered under section 85(1) of the Constitution to undertake any case and continue any criminal proceedings. Our further instruction is that there will be an additional charge and additional accused persons in this case,” said SI Colley. However, defence counsel Sallah-Njie objected to this submission, she said they made an application with regards to the non-compliance of the order of the court. She said when the DPP takes over the case he will tell the court which section empowers him to do so and that it is not the responsibility of prosecutor Colley to tell the court. “This case is IGP Vs the accused persons not the Serrekunda Prosecuting Unit Vs. the accused person. So anybody appearing here is representing the IGP who is the overall head of all the police units”, submitted defence counsel Sallah –Njie. Continuing his reply, SI Colley said the police have no intension to disregard or disrespect the orders of the court. He said the submission of the defence that the accused persons were denied access to their lawyers should not be calculated to mean that the police flouted the orders of this court. “I submit that they are allegations that need proof and they have not made it clear to this court how they were denied access at the PIU office. We are aware of the provisions of section 19 of the Constitution, sections 53 and 55 of the Women’s Act, and section 6 of the Children’s Act. We submit that the prosecution and any other security agents have no intension to disregard those sections especially the provisions of the Constitution which is the supreme law of the land”, said Prosecutor SI Colley. He Continued, “We submit that the application of the defence be disregarded and dismissed because there is nothing before the court that this court should grant their application and I will add that their application is premature”. This prompted laughter in the crowded court room. Replying on points of law Lawyer Sallah-Njie said the matter is so serious that she finds it difficult to laugh. The prosecution said their intention is not to flout the court order. Action speaks louder than voice, we are in court; where are the accused persons? The intention does not matter but the actions and normally when counsels speak from the bar and present facts to the court, the court should take judicial notice of that. She said when a court order is flouted the court takes it seriously and frowned at it and does not take excuses. “When the prosecution believes in the supremacy of the Constitution it complies with the orders of the court and if they are dissatisfied with any decision of the court, they should appeal it rather than flouting it. This issue deals with rights of women and children. Laws are not enacted for fun but should be respected and enforced”, submitted Lawyer Sallah-Njie. At this Juncture Barrister Sallah-Njie told the court to order for the accused persons to be produced at the next adjourned date otherwise the case cannot proceed in their absence.However, Magistrate Abeke did not order for them to be produced, but instead said let him just adjourned the matter for ruling. The case was adjourned till Tuesday 17th May, 2016 at 2:30pm for ruling. However, the presiding Magistrate who did not make any order for the accused persons to be produced, said if they are not present he will not deliver a ruling on the case.
Five more Turkish soldiers were killed Thursday in fighting for the Islamic State (IS) held town of Al-Bab in northern Syria, bringing to 10 the number of troops who lost their lives over two days, a report said.Ten soldiers were also wounded in the fighting between IS jihadists and the Turkish army, which is backing a campaign by Syrian rebels to take the town, the Dogan news agency said.Another five soldiers had already been killed in fighting on Wednesday.Turkey on August 24 began an unprecedented campaign inside Syria against IS and Kurdish militia which initially made rapid progress but has become mired in a deadly fight for Al-Bab since December.According to Dogan, 66 Turkish soldiers have now been killed in the Syria operation since it began in August, mostly in attacks by IS.Turkey had on Wednesday claimed significant progress in the battle to capture Al-Bab and signalled it was looking to push to the jihadist stronghold of Raqa in the next stage of the operation.Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Al-Bab was now “surrounded on all sides” and the town’s outer neighbourhoods were “under control”.Al-Bab has been besieged since Monday, when government forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad advancing from the south cut off a road leading into the town.Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu suggested that once Al-Bab was captured Turkey and its allies could send special forces to take Raqa, the de-facto capital for IS to the southwest.
NASA/Joel Kowsky/(NASA/Joel Kowsky)Earl Maize (left), Cassini program manager at JPL, and Julie Webster, spacecraft operations team manager for the Cassini mission at Saturn, embrace after the Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn on Friday at precisely 7:55 a.m. ETUpdated at 8:15 a.m. ETControllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory sent a final command Friday morning to the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn. Not long after, accounting for the vast distance the message traveled, the order was received, putting the craft into a suicidal swan dive in which it plummeted into the ringed planet’s atmosphere.Flight Director Julie Webster called “loss of signal” at about 7:55 a.m. ET, followed by Project Manager Earl Maize announcing “end of mission” as the spacecraft began to break up in Saturn’s atmosphere.“Congratulations to you all,” Maize announced to applause. “It’s been an incredible mission, incredible spacecraft, and you’re all an incredible team.” NASA/JPLStill from a computer-animated film depicting Cassini’s final orbits.Earth received @CassiniSaturn’s final signal at 7:55am ET. Cassini is now part of the planet it studied. Thanks for the science #GrandFinale pic.twitter.com/YfSTeeqbz1— NASA (@NASA) September 15, 2017 With Cassini running on empty and no gas station for about a billion miles, NASA decided to go out Thelma & Louise-style. But rather than careen into a canyon, the plucky probe took a final plunge into the object of its obsession.Just how obsessed? Its 13-year mission to explore the strange world of Saturn went on nearly a decade longer than planned. It completed 293 orbits of the planet, snapped 400,000 photos, collected 600 gigabytes of data, discovered at least seven new moons, descended into the famed rings and sent its Huygens lander to a successful 2005 touchdown on the surface of yet another moon, Titan.First, Cassini had to get to Saturn. The year it blasted off, 1997, the “information superhighway” was just getting up to speed. By the time it arrived, in 2004, people were fretting over what to reveal on their Facebook profiles.On its way to the sixth planet, Cassini set about a circuitous course, swinging by Venus twice to get a gravity assist that shot it back past Earth and onward to Jupiter before a final marathon leg to Saturn.The twin Voyagers swung by Saturn in the 1970s and ’80s, giving scientists a rough outline of the planet and its moons. Cassini has filled in many of the details, giving us an unparalleled look.Much of what Cassini found concerned Saturn’s moons. Among other things, the probe discovered water spewing from Enceladus, discovered that Hyperion has a statically charged surface and that Saturn’s entire moon system — a virtual mini solar system in itself — exchanges dust and chunks of material with the planet’s ring system.“Two of those moons have been of particular interest,” NPR’s Joe Palca reports from JPL headquarters in Pasadena, Calif. “Titan, with its methane lakes and Enceladus, with its geysers of salty water. Scientists speculate that both moons may have the right conditions to harbor some form of life, although Cassini did not have instruments capable of detecting life.”One of Cassini’s crowning achievements came in April of this year, as it spun through a narrow gap in Saturn’s rings, beaming back images and making scientific measurements along the way.Why end the mission? Although Cassini’s main power is supplied by radioisotope thermoelectric generators, or RTGs — essentially nuclear batteries that were still going at mission’s end — the fuel supply for the probe’s main engine and backup was believed to be running low.“We don’t have a gas gauge. It would be really nice if we did,” Molly Bittner, a systems engineer at JPL who has worked on Cassini for the past four years, tells NPR. Instead, mission controllers had to estimate the amount of fuel used by each maneuver. And there had been lots of maneuvers since 2004.NPR’s Adam Cole, who helped produce a video commemorating the spacecraft’s life and times, says: “Scientists [were] worried that when [Cassini] loses power, it could crash into a pristine moon, contaminating a place where we might someday search for life.”However, there’s another reason for ending the mission in such a spectacular fashion: “We have the opportunity to do some really cool science,” Bittner says.While Cassini has discovered a lot of interesting things about Saturn, its ring system and its moons, there’s one thing it hasn’t been able to pin down with certainty — how long a Saturnian day lasts.“It’s a little bit embarrassing to confess, but we don’t know how long a day is on Saturn,” Michele Dougherty of Imperial College in London tells NPR’s Palca. She’s the scientist in charge of Cassini’s magnetometer, an instrument that measures Saturn’s magnetic field.Dougherty is hoping that as Cassini spiraled into the atmosphere, the onboard magnetometer detected a telltale tilt in the magnetic field that should resolve the uncertainty over the length of a Saturnian day, Joe reports.Bittner says that in the final moments of Cassini’s life, another instrument, the Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer, or INMS, was to open up, sucking in the atmosphere to figure out what it’s made of.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Irvine, California-based connected TV startup Xumo is preparing for an international expansion this year: The company plans to launch in France, Germany, Spain, the UK, Brazil and Italy this year, CEO Colin Petrie-Norris told Variety on the sidelines of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Wednesday.For its go-to-market strategy, the company will rely on its existing relationships with TV manufacturers, including LG, Vizio and Hisense. Xumo first partnered with LG in 2016, and has since been curating linear-like channels from video providers like NBC News, Bloomberg and TMZ.These channels are displayed within the traditional programming guide of a LG TV, allowing viewers to seamlessly channel surf from broadcast TV to online video programming. An expansion to Europe is especially interesting for the company because of the strength of terrestrial broadcasting on the continent, said Petrie-Norris. Popular on Variety Many of the channels are compiled on the fly, with Xumo dynamically pulling videos and ads to create a lean-back experience. Petrie-Norris said that the company was making extensive use of algorithms to generate new programming every day, allowing the company to rely on just 3 editors for all of its channels.In addition to being integrated into smart TVs made by LG and other vendors, Xumo is also operating its own apps, and powering some of the content ingested into the Roku Channel. Thanks to a growing catalog of Hollywood movies and other ad-supported content, the company has seen its per-device viewing metrics multiply by 4x last year, said Petrie-Norris: “Ad supported video has reached an inflection point.”
Gay men, stop hot-shaming me for going to the gymGay News Europe | Gay news, entertainment, celebrities, family and storiesJack Whitehall receives backlash over Disney ‘gay man’ castingRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/straight-guy-hilariously-freaks-out-over-his-dog-being-called-gay/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Hot Dudes With Dogs Instagram is making a calendar (and it’s so cute) In a now viral tweet, Chaselyn () posted screenshots of a conversation between her friend Amy and the guy she recently matched with on Tinder, Eric.The conversation quickly turns to the fact that Eric has a male dog.He suggests Amy get a female one so they can date, while the dogs date.(Not the dog in question). | Photo: Tracy T / FlickrThen this is when it starts to get interesting.Amy suggests maybe Eric’s pooch is actually gay, to which he firmly responds: ‘He is definitely not gay’.After some back and forth, Eric snaps.He responds: ‘Lol look. He’s NOT gay. I don’t believe in that silly shit anyway.’Amy simply responds: ‘Are you homophobic’.‘No, but don’t call him gay,’ Eric responds. ‘Even imposing that idea is trying to create something that’s not there.’‘Stop trying to impose your ideas on my life’The conversation develops further to Eric calling Amy ‘slow’. Photo: Dustan Sept / Flickr A straight guy hilariously freaked out over a girl calling his dog gay. ‘You must be slow,’ he said. ‘You’re calling my dog gay when you don’t know me and you don’t know him. You’re forcing the fucking idea of him being gay when that was never being spoken about. So stop trying to impose your ideas on my life and my animal. Period.’my friend was talking to this guy and she joked that his dog could be gay and pic.twitter.com/ZFGdW9nwg8— chaselyn (@hipcaucasian) July 31, 2018Chaselyn told Gay Star News: ‘She doesn’t talk to him anymore because he got very angry about their exchange and she said he was kind of aggressive and scary.‘I’m guessing he’s just a raging homophobe and can’t handle the idea of his cute lil dog being gay,’ she said.She added: ‘I think he’s a great example of toxic/fragile masculinity.’See also:Gus Kenworthy’s gorgeous adopted puppy Beemo has passed away
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Friday, May 24, 2019 Sirev “is a great choice for agents, and cost-effective”: Softvoyage marks 20 years << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted by Share Tags: SIREV, Softvoyage The origins of Softvoyage date back to 1987 but it was a fortuitous merger in 1999 that really propelled the company forward. These days Softvoyage’s technology solutions for the travel industry, including Sirev, are tools that keep travel agencies competitive with major players spending millions of dollars on tech product development.The company also works with tour operators, consolidators and suppliers throughout North America and Europe as well.In April 2019 Softvoyage announced it had acquired a majority stake in Pythagoras, a Buenos Aires-based travel technology company, with an eye to expanding in Argentina.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Through Softvoyage’s booking tools agents can book everything from packages to air only to cruises for their clients.Sirev “is a great choice for agents, and a very cost-effective choice,” said Softvoyage co-founder and President Moise Levy at last night’s event.Together with co-founder and CEO Steve Ringuet and VP Sales & Marketing Dan Langevin, Levy toasted the company’s success and its long-standing relationships in the industry. “We have a great management system for tour operators and a great distribution system … and a great team,” said Levy. TORONTO — For two decades Softvoyage has taken B2B travel technology to new heights, making the CN Tower’s 346-metre high LookOut Level the perfect spot to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary.Last night’s event drew a who’s who of the travel industry, from tour operators who partner with Softvoyage for the technology behind their booking platforms, to GDS partners like Travelport and Amadeus, to retail agency partners.
Turkey’s tourism sector has made a fast start in 2018, as the recent positive early booking figures and demand across the globe suggests that the country expects 40 million tourists and over USD 30 billion in tourism revenue this year. Taking into account the favourable demands from Europe, which is defined as the country’s main market, and the Commonwealth of Independent States, tourism experts predict that Turkey is to witness record-breaking arrivals in 2018. Firuz Bağlıkaya, Chairman of Travel Agencies Association (TÜRSAB) said as a result of a favourable demand from abroad this year, the sector expects to see an all-time high.Bağlıkaya also added that within the scope of the tourism revenue at the end of 2018, they anticipate that the average tourism income per capita will reach USD 750. While the country welcomed 32.4 million last year, according to Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) data.Numan Kurtulmuş, Minister Of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Turkey stated that Turkey tourism’s next five-year target is to welcome 50 million tourists and generate USD 50 million income by 2023. According to the Culture and Tourism Ministry, Turkey welcomed 3 million foreign visitors in the first two months of 2018 during its winter period, which increased by 34.91% year-on-year in the first two months. Bağlıkaya revealed that demands from Germany and Russia, which are Turkey’s main tourism market, are very positive. Germany’s demand increased by 60% whereas Russia’s by 30%. From its European neighbours, Turkey expects the number of visitors from the UK and the Netherlands to rise. In terms of outbound arrivals to Turkey from Russia, the country is forecasting an increase of 20%. According to British flight search app, Skyscanner data, April 30 – May 9 flight bookings from Russia to Istanbul have increased by 102% compared to the same period last year.
US cheap flights carrier JetBlue Airways has launched new flights to Baltimore/Washington from Boston’s Logan International Airport.The airline will operate four daily flights to the north-eastern US city, with Boston becoming JetBlue’s 57th destination.Flights to Boston will complement JetBlue’s existing services to the city from Washington Dulles International Airport, which are operated six times a day.Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer, said that the airline offers more non-stop destinations from Boston than any rival carrier.”We are in the business of giving customers more than the other guys, including a first checked bag, free snacks and drinks, the most legroom in coach and more free live entertainment – all without a fee.”Mr Hayes went on to say that the airline was “in the business of giving back to the communities” it serves.Earlier this month, the airline entered into a codeshare agreement with Lufthansa, allowing the airlines to offer connecting services between their respective route networks.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedJetBlue launches flights to Long BeachJetBlue launches flights to Long BeachJetBlue increases flights from SFOUS carrier JetBlue Airways is increasing the number of flights to Boston’s Logan International Airport.JetBlue announces intention to expand during 2009American low fares airline JetBlue has announced its intention to increase the number of flights it operates.
October 28, 2015Claire Carter from the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art SMOCA is visiting the Soleri Archives to explore materials for the 2017 exhibition. The planned exhibition is the third of a series of three Soleri exhibitions at the Smoca.The 2010 exhibition BRIDGES: SPANNING THE IDEAS OF PAOLO SOLERI ran from October 8. 2010 until January 23. 2011. You can see reports of this exhibition with the following link 1, link 2, link 3.[photo and text by Sue Kirsch]In the photo are Archive Director Tomiaki Tamura, Jonathon Keats, Larry Busbea and Claire Carter.The opening of the 2010 exhibition was part of the opening and celebration of the Soleri Pedestrian Bridge and Plaza at the Waterfront in downtown Scottsdale. You can see reports of this exhibition with the following link 1, link 2, link 3.The 2013 exhibition SOLERI: MESA CITY TO ARCOSANTI was from January 26 – April 28, 2013. You can see reports of this exhibition with the following link 1, link 2, link 3.Claire Carter was the curator for the previous exhibitions and is now preparing for 2017. Hopes are that after 2017 there might be a traveling exhibit, possibly with ‘Best of all three Exhibits”. Claire brought scholar and author Jonathon Keats, and Associate Professor of Art History Larry Busbea from University of Arizona, School of Art, in Tucson. Jonathan and Larry have been selected to write the exhibition catalog for the Soleri series at the Smoca.
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