Government Introduces New Grant Program to Help Reduce Poverty in Nova Scotia

first_img “All Nova Scotians deserve a chance to build a better life for themselves and their families,” said Ms. Regan. “Breaking the cycle of poverty requires ensuring the right programs and services are in place to address needs today and for future generations. This involves all levels of government, communities, community groups, and organizations working together.” Eligible applicants include community organizations, First Nations communities, registered charities, municipalities, social enterprises, and private-sector businesses if they partner with non-profit organizations. Funding is available for up to $50,000 per project, and organizations may submit more than one application for different projects. A total of $600,000 is available until March 31, 2018. “A small amount of funding goes a long way when a community works together on things that matter to them,” said Marjorie Willison, chair of the Spryfield Community Association. “We’re excited about the potential of these grants to help us reduce poverty.” The Building Vibrant Communities grant is the first initiative of government’s poverty reduction blueprint. Over the next four years, government has committed $20 million to support actions from all levels of government and communities, to work together to help reduce poverty in Nova Scotia. Government also entered into a new agreement with HRM on a pilot project that will give bus passes to more Nova Scotians on employment supports and income assistance. Recipients, along with their spouses and children on a Halifax Transit bus route, will now receive a free bus pass to meet their transportation needs. “This will positively affect the lives of people living in poverty. People on income assistance told us that transportation needed to be addressed,” said Ms. Regan. The new pilot removes administrative requirements such as getting a doctor’s note to prove the number of medical appointments required each month. “Public transit performs a vital role in helping residents get to work, appointments and school along with enabling them to participate more fully in their community,” said Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Mike Savage. “Extending transit passes to people on income assistance will help meet a basic transportation need while we work to address broader, systemic causes of poverty in our city.” “We need to change the way we help those most vulnerable in our communities. Having better access to transportation allows people to seek the support they need, and to pursue those opportunities that lead to self-sufficiency,” said Nick Jennery, executive director, Feed Nova Scotia. “Bold new thinking is required and today’s announcement starts us down that road. Given the high rate of food insecurity in our province, we urgently need to try something new, and build on the momentum it creates.” To get more information on the grants, and to apply, please visit: food security: initiatives that provide Nova Scotians with adequate access to food youth transition: enabling Nova Scotian youth to become independent adults transportation: helping Nova Scotians access the transportation they need Nova Scotians living in poverty will benefit from a new grant program for community-based organizations, and people on income assistance in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) will receive a free bus pass. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine and Community Services Minister Kelly Regan announced the new Building Vibrant Communities program today, Dec. 13. “The program will help community-based organizations develop innovative approaches to supporting our most vulnerable citizens and ensuring every Nova Scotian has a chance of having a more secure future,” said Mr. Glavine. “This is about supporting community organizations that know best what local needs are.” The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage will implement the grant program, that focuses on the following three areas in its first year:last_img read more

Now get old Twitter interface with few clicks

first_imgSan Francisco: A Twitter user and software developer, Zusor, has shared a useful ‘do-it-yourself’ guide to bring back the old Twitter interface with just a few clicks, and has named it ‘GoodTwitter’. To get the old interface, just open Twitter and follow these sequence of commands: Click on “(…) More” in the left-hand menu. Go to “Settings and privacy” > “About Twitter” > “Directory”. A new Twitter tab will open, click on “Home” and you will find the old user interface, The Next Web has reported. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year So far, GoodTwitter has been downloaded by nearly 35,000 Chrome and Firefox users, attracting rave reviews on Reddit. Twitter recently redesigned the interface for its website version, saying the new look is faster and easier to navigate, but a lot of people are not liking it. The new version comes with an expanded Direct Messages section and the ability to let users switch between accounts faster and directly from the side navigation. It comes with new dark themes – Dim and Lights Out. As part of the redesign, while the Home, Explore, Notification and Messages options have been shifted to the left of the desktop, the trending section has been moved to the right of the screen.last_img read more

Miscreants fire on policemen 2 killed

first_imgChhapra (Bihar): A group of miscreants fired on police personnel from a car on Tuesday, killing two of them and leaving another injured, and decamped with the weapons belonging to the slain policemen in Saran district.Station House Officer of Madhaura police station Baleshwar Rai said, the policemen were members of a special investigating team formed to solve a recent dacoity case and they were conducting searches in a market in the area when they were attacked. Additional Inspector Mithilesh Kumar Sah and constable Farooq were killed in the firing while another constable Rajneesh Kumar suffered injuries and he was hospitalised, Rai said. The miscreants took away an AK-47 rifle and a pistol belonging to the slain police personnel before fleeing. Bodies of the deceased have been sent for post-mortem examination and efforts were on to nab the culprits, Rai said.last_img read more

Faouzi Elyaagoubi the Moroccan Founder of DOZ

Rabat – DOZ curates and qualifies the best marketers to deliver online marketing campaigns on search engines, social media websites, and blogs. It brings hundred of curated marketers work together to drive appropriate audiences to DOZ clients’ sites.To learn more about DOZ, its mission and goals, [and] the challenges it faces, we approached [its director] Faouzi Elyaagoubi for an interview.MWN: How did you come up with the idea of lunching DOZ? Faouzi Elyaagoubi: Marketing is a sector that is crying out for disruption. While the marketing agencies in Europe and North America have adapted to digital marketing methods, they have not evolved their business model – it remains stuck in the same old processes it developed in the 1980s. Marketing agencies expect clients to be passive, to arrive looking for expertise, and to accept that marketing is so complex it cannot be understood by outsiders.We realized pretty quickly that the agency model could not survive in a world where digital technology, crowd-powered solutions, and access to marketers in different countries with just a few clicks of the mouse all converged in a single nexus. We recognized this not as a problem, but as an opportunity, and we were able to leverage our experience in SEO, our business training, and our international experience to create DOZ.MWN: Tell us more about the challenges you’ve faced with your co-founder to spread the word about your online platforms and build an online community, which is quite large for a young startup.Faouzi Elyaagoubi: Anyone can have a world changing idea, but that doesn’t mean that everyone will be able to make that dream a reality. We’ve spent a lot of time and effort building the community of experts that represent all areas of modern digital marketing, as well as searching out clients. Indeed, we really work at both ends of our business model at the same time: of course we need clients to work with, but we also need expert marketers to get the marketing work done.When it comes to spreading the word to marketing experts and to prospective clients, we’ve of course used digital means. Social media is a powerful channel for us, and reaching out to people on LinkedIn, on Twitter, through Facebook, and via a content marketing program tailored for social is an important part of that strategy. Concurrently, though, we have also reached out to companies in person, over the phone, tailoring our creative pitch to industry sectors and highlighting the ways that other companies can benefit from DOZ’s disruptive approach to digital marketing.We’re proud to have worked with more than a hundred companies – many of those becoming loyal, repeat customers of DOZ – and tp have built a network of 5000 expert marketers to serve them.Faouzi Elyaagoubi, the Moroccan Founder of DOZMWN: San Francisco is known as the first location of young entrepreneurs in the United States. Is it hard to compete with other local startups since you come from abroad?Faouzi Elyaagoubi: Any time you take an idea from Europe to the US there is going to be push back. There are issues of cultural fit, communication problems to overcome, and just the fact that you come from outside of the normal Silicon Valley hive is enough to put some people off. However, on the other hand, if you have the confidence to leave your home base and pitch your product in the most competitive market on the planet, you earn the respect of investors and clients just by walking in the room. That’s not ever enough to see you win funding or a contract, but it is often enough to prove how serious you are about solving a real global problem – and that can get you a foot in the door.MWN: Are you planning to open a third office in Morocco?Faouzi Elyaagoubi: DOZ expects to continue its expansion and North Africa, and the Mediterranean is an attractive market for us and for the companies we work with. While we can’t confirm a Moroccan office today, it is something we’ll continue to consider as our client base expands in the region.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Moroccan Islamist Detainees Sentenced on Charge of Terrorism Call for Royal

Rabat – As the 14th anniversary of Casablanca’s May 16th terrorist attack looms, seven Islamist detainees who were sentenced on charges of terrorism, have called for a royal pardon to obtain their release, according to a paper obtained by Al Yaoum 24. The detainees, who are currently incarcerated within the local prison of Oujda, in eastern Morocco, revealed their intent to request a royal pardon in a request submitted to the department of the prison.In the request, addressed to King Mohammed VI, the detainees claim they are imprisoned because of the orientation of their beliefs. They are calling for their release in the coming days, hoping the King will respond to their plea. The detainees also recalled the tragic events of May 16 in 2003, which led to the deaths of 45 people, saying that they are “victims of the event due to arbitrary arrests and unfair verdicts.”The detainees went on to say that they wish the case of the terror attack to be terminated.“We hoped that the page of this case to be turned… It has been a long wait after years of promises, especially after the promulgation of the new constitution in 2011. And after the release of some of the sheikhs as well as before them, six political detainees released after they had been sentenced following the case of “Beliraj,” they added.They added that, despite the release of Salafi detainees in 2016, there are sill a dozen of them languishing in prisons. read more

At UN Libya warns of ISILs increasing influence calls for unanimity to

“We in Libya represent a fledgling democracy seeking to find its way in order to take hold as an added value in the minds of people and to transform it into transparent, democratic, effective and stable institutions,” said Mr. Gwaider.However, he noted that the spread of weapons and armed groups – some of which turned to criminal and terrorist behaviour, in addition to those that exploited the situation because of personal interests – has resulted in the spread of chaos in the country and has weakened central authority. He said that over the past year, Libya has witnessed the emergence of ISIL, or Da’esh, which asserts control over the towns of Derna and Sirte, aiming to secure them as bases from which to impose its will on the rest of the country, in addition to exploiting the area’s resources.“This entity aims at stretching from Mauritania to Bangladesh and making the whole region subject to the law of the jungle, claiming it as the ‘Rule of Islam’. This ideology is totally rejected and resisted by the Libyan people with all power available under the leadership of the legitimate authorities, represented in the elected House of Representatives, and the government emanating from it,” he underscored.He also noted that external powers have been hampering Libya’s attempts at fighting terrorists, including the UN Security Council, which displayed indecisiveness in approving requests by the Libyan government to exempt it from the arms embargo. Mr. Gwaider added that terrorist groups such as ISIL and Al-Qaida look to spread beyond Libya to North Africa, the wider Sahel region and even Europe.“Therefore, all United Nations members should be aware of the gravity of the position taken by the Security Council… and exercise pressure for the lifting of the arms embargo on the Libyan army, or speed up the approval of applications for exemption from the arms embargo, and provide assistance to the Libyan government in the area of security, according to the provisions of Security Council resolution 2214 (2015),” he urged the world leaders. He also called for coordinated action to resolve the refugee and migrant crisis that is spreading across Europe.“We also emphasize that the humanitarian crisis needs to be addressed in a comprehensive manner, in consultation amongst the countries of origin, countries of transit and countries .of destination. Taking into account the need to address the root causes of illegal migration in general, and the reasons for the large increase in the numbers of migrants through Libya in recent months,” he said. read more

Josh Brent Now Banned From Cowboys Sideline

Josh Brent, who surprised Dallas Cowboys management with his appearance on the team’s sideline Sunday against Pittsburgh, was banned from doing so again by the team Tuesday.Just two weeks after driving a car that crashed and killed teammate Jerry Brown — an accident for which he faces intoxication manslaughter charges – Brent spent more than half of Dallas’ victory over Pittsburgh on the sideline among teammates. He left in the third quarter.The Cowboys and officials in the NFL’s offices were unaware that Brent — who is on the reserve/non-football injury list — would be on the sideline. Both the team and the league agree that it was not appropriate, sources told ESPN.Several of Brent’s teammates encouraged him to attend Sunday’s game, but coach Jason Garrett, who spoke to Brent the day before the game, said he did not know about it until pregame warm-ups.The game already had begun when Garrett realized Brent was on the sideline, and owner Jerry Jones didn’t know until he saw Brent on television.Garrett said Monday that Cowboys players were following the wishes of Brown’s mother, Stacey Jackson, who asked the team to include Brent as much as they could, as part of his healing.Brent attended the game, but had to be convinced to do so.  He was driven by a teammate on injured reserve, according to ESPN,  who told Brent that all of his teammates wanted him to be there. But when Brent learned his being there became a point of contention for some, he left Cowboys Stadium in the third quarter.Meanwhile, a judge ordered Brent to wear an electronic ankle monitor, and also modified conditions for his continued release. His bond was reduced from $500,000 to $100,000 during his Tuesday court appearance.Brent also was ordered not to consume alcohol or drive until he has a valid Texas license, and he was fitted with a SCRAM device that will detect any alcohol consumption. The judge warned Brent that any violation of these terms will result in him being immediately returned to jail.Heath Harris, the first assistant district attorney, said he expected Irving police to file a case against Brent with prosecutors this week. Prosecutors hope to present their case to a grand jury before the end of the year, Harris said. read more

Outotec unveils mobile inspection app

first_imgCustomers can now get immediate feedback from their equipment inspections thanks to a new mobile app being rolled out for Outotec equipment. “The app guides our service technicians through the inspection process, allowing them to capture all relevant technical data and images to support improved decision-making. As soon as the inspection is complete, the technician can email a preliminary report to the customer straight from the app.”Regular, systematic inspections provide users with a clear understanding of the current condition and maintenance needs of their equipment, including future spare parts requirements. “Our new mobile app for smartphones and tablets makes the inspection process faster and easier, meaning the information is available to you more quickly. The preliminary report is easy to share with colleagues, and it is followed up by a full report after our experts have performed in-depth analysis of the data gathered during the inspection.” The inspection app is currently available for selected technologies, but will be expanded to include all Outotec technologies in the near future.last_img read more

NASAs new arsenicbased bacteria decried by scientists as flimflam

first_imgLast week, NASA triumphantly announced that they had discovered a new form of bacteria that could not only survive in arsenic, but seemed to have traded arsenic for phosphate in its DNA strands. It was a big announcement, because it radically expanded our understanding of what chemicals can be used to create life.Too bad it seems to be flim flam. Almost universally, the science of NASA’s study is under attack by microbiologists who are deeply skeptical of the findings.The charge is being led by biologist Rosie Redfield of the University of British Columbia, who notes that: “It seems much more likely that the arsenic they are seeing is contaminating arsenic that’s going along for the ride.”Her proof? NASA’s study did not decontaminate the bacteria’s DNA that they were studying. Redfield notes that decontaminating the DNA in question would have required “a little kit that costs $2 and takes 10 minutes, and then you have pure DNA that you can analyze. … That’s just asking for contamination problems… It’s as if they wanted to find arsenic, so they didn’t take a lot of trouble to make sure they didn’t find it by mistake.”The complaints are not limited to Redfield: scientists are coming out of the woodwork to attack almost every procedural element of the experiment NASA has reported.How could NASA have been suckered in by such shoddy science? “I suspect that NASA may be so desperate for a positive story that they didn’t look for any serious advice from DNA or even microbiology people,” says John Roth of UC-Davis.With the space shuttle program ending for at least the next five years and the private space industry getting all the press, I suspect he might just be right.Read more at Slatelast_img read more

DEMA announces Marine Town Hall Meetings

first_img We can eat Nassau Grouper legally, soon Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Climate Change blamed for seawater woes in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 May 2015 – Four town hall meetings coming as the Department of Maritime of Affairs begins to entertain public debate on ten contentious and critical environmental issues. The list will ask how residents feel about the ban on pelagic long line fishing… how it feels about a special licencing requirement for trap boats carrying more than 20 traps, including registration, reporting and trap placement restrictions; what are thoughts on a minimum and maximum size restriction for the Nassau Grouper; whether there should also be a minimum size for some Snappers, bonefish and whether there should be a ban on gill nets. There will be a fielding of ideas on regulations for Stone Crab, whether there should be a ban on taking Sea Cucumbers, commercial export of Sharks and Stingrays and a review of the laws governing Lionfish. The town meetings begin this Friday May 8th at the Five Cays Community Center at 7pm; South Caicos is on Monday at the DEMA office at 7pm; Tuesday May 12th for North Caicos at the Adelaide Omelar Primary and next week Friday it will be Grand Turk’s turn at Dillon Hall at 7pm. Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges Recommended for you Related Items:dema, nassau grouper, town hall meetinglast_img read more

Kerala emerging as hotbed of terrorism NIA books 3 more after the

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsThe National Investigation Agency (NIA) has booked three more Keralites for their alleged involvement in terrorist activities. As per reports, the booked people are Abubacker Siddique and Ahmed Arafath hailing from Kasargode, and Mohammed Faizal from Karunagapally. NIA believes that they were in regular touch with Riyaz Aboobacker, a man from Muthalamada who was arrested recently for his alleged connections with the ISIS.The investigation agency also informed the court that these three people have tried to propagate the ideologies of Islamic State in Kerala. It has been also reported to the court that Riyaz Aboobacker has planned to carry out suicidal attacks in the state during the times of festivals.All these arrests were made by the NIA after the Easter blasts in Sri Lanka. The rising number of Keralites who believe in extreme religious thoughts indicate that the state is slowly emerging as the hotbed of terrorism. A couple of years back, two families from Palakkad, who converted to Islam from Christian, had gone to Syria for participating in Jihad.Shockingly, Riyaz Aboobacker hails from a poor family in the Muthalamada village, Palakkad. The young man was apparently radicalized a couple of years back by Abdul Rashid, an ISIS commander who is currently operating from Syria. It should be noted that an audio clip sent by Rashid from Syria had gone viral on social media a year back.In the spine chilling audio, Abdul Rashid urged Islamic extremists to wipe out non-believers from the planet. He also asked his followers to use trucks and ram into festivals like Kumbh Mela and Thrissur Pooram.Even in the midst of these developments, Pinarayi Vijayan, the Kerala chief minister has not issued a statement about the continuous arrests made on the state. The silence of the Kerala chief minister has irked certain section of people, especially Sangh Parivar workers, and they claim that Vijayan is maintaining silence just for the sake of minority appeasement.last_img read more

Sanrios Heavy Metal Red Panda Aggretsuko Is Getting Her Own Netflix Anime

first_imgStay on target Sanrio’s newest character is Aggretsuko, who you may have actually seen at stores like Hot Topic or sister store Torrid. She’s hard to miss, and she’s amazing. She may even be your spirit animal. Who is she? Simply put, she’s a red panda who absolutely hates her boring office job. Who doesn’t, right? She also happens to love heavy metal and busting out some super metal lyrics while daydreaming at her day job. If that’s not basically me, I don’t know what is.If you’ve never heard of her, prepare to be acquainted. She’s about to make waves on Netflix as she gets her own anime, starting April 20. You might mistake her for a nice, demure young woman, but don’t get it twisted. She’s way too hardcore for you.Her name is Retsuko, and she’s just a normal office worker to the rest of the world, but you can only take so much, you know? That’s why she turns into a death metal singer in secret, busting out the best pig squeals with the best of them at karaoke and trying to hide her everyday woes, drowning it all with pure, unbridled rage. She’s not afraid to top it all off with a healthy dose of beer, either.AdChoices广告WHO’S READY TO @NETFLIX AND #RAGE?!?! #Aggretsuko is coming soon… launching April 20th, 2018— Aggretsuko (@aggretsuko) February 6, 2018This looks like one of the most adult-oriented Sanrio shows out there, and as such it’s probably going to be hilarious. It’s got pretty much everything you could want in a series featuring the adorably angry red panda: drama, modern office politics, adorable characters, and much more. I’m still getting over Devilman Crybaby, but you can bet I’ll be watching Aggretsuko and bringing a review out just for you. You’d expect nothing less, right? Hello Kitty Heads to Hollywood With Her First Film DealAdamTots Presents: Deepmind Sanrio center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

KardashianJenner Sisters New Websites Have a Massive Security Flaw

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Trying to keep your Kardashian obsession under wraps?If you’re one of the super-fans who quickly subscribed to one of the Kardashian or Jenner sisters’ newly launched websites, which arrived alongside $2.99-per-month mobile apps, then we’ve got some bad news. You may have inadvertently given yourself away.A flaw in the design of the sister sites has reportedly exposed the personal information—including first and last names as well as email addresses—of 891,240 users.A 19-year-old developer by the name of Alaxic Smith discovered the security issue and wrote about his findings on Medium, the publishing platform, earlier this week. (Soon after taking his results public, he removed the post. You can read an archived version of the article through this cached Google web page here.)In a nutshell, Smith poked around the site until he eventually discovered an unsecure API—application programming interface, a kind of computer code that allows third parties to use proprietary data—containing users’ partial login information. “Initially, I thought that this was some page filled with dummy data, but as I started to look closer, I realized it wasn’t,” he wrote. “I now had access to the first names, last names, and email addresses of the 663,270 people who signed up for Kylie Jenner’s website.”It didn’t take long for Smith to test the same trick across each website. And it worked each time.The sites, crafted by Whalerock Industries, a software development firm, all bore the same vulnerability. So what affected equally impacted,, and (At the time of publication, has yet to debut.)Worse still? Smith discovered that he could manipulate data on each site. “I also had the ability to create/destroy users, photos, videos, and more,” he wrote.Whalerock has since patched the computer bugs. The company released a statement about the flub to the tech news site TechCrunch on Wednesday.Shortly after launch we were alerted that there was an open Api. It was promptly closed. Our logs indicate that the author of the blog post was able to access only a limited set of names and email addresses. Our logs further indicate no one else had access and that no passwords nor payment data of any kind was exposed. Our highest priority is the security of our customers’ data.An interesting corollary to the security issue involves the inferred popularity of each high-profile celebrity, as gleaned from the data Smith was able to collect regarding new user enrollments. (Caveats: Fortune has no way of verifying the legitimacy of this information, let alone confirming that it is the complete.)According to the data, Kylie Jenner wins by a mile—though we already suspected that might be the case. Her star has risen precipitously in the past year or so.Earlier this summer, hackers leaked user databases from the infidelity site Ashley Madison. The data dumps threatened to expose the identities of presumably philanderous spouses, leading to extortion schemes, potential divorces, even alleged suicides. To be sure, the Kardashian-Jenner website gaffe is a far less grave situation.The Kim Kardashian West website’s tagline is “unlock my world.” Guess it didn’t take much to do so. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine September 17, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read Register Now »last_img read more

NASAs NICER Shows What Universe Looks Like If Humans Could See XRays

first_img Search ⓒ 2018 All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY Close NASA has created a stunning image of the night sky using X-rays recorded by its Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer, better known as NICER.A New Look At The Night SkyNICER is a payload on the International Space Station. Its primary goal is to track cosmic sources while the laboratory makes an orbit around the Earth every 93 minutes.However, according to NASA, scientists keep the detectors of NICER awake even after the sun has set. The incredible image posted on the website of the space agency on Thursday, May 30, is the result of the observatory’s first 22 months onboard the orbital outpost. AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches Bestseller All Ads by Amazon Ads by Amazon Each arc in the image traces X-rays, one of the most energetic forms of light in the universe, as well as energetic particle strikes captured during nighttime. Each point of brightness, meanwhile, is the result of these contributions and the amount of time that the observatory spent looking in that direction.While observing the night sky, NICER has spotted the glow of a recent supernova — the powerful explosion of a massive star. “Even with minimal processing, this image reveals the Cygnus Loop, a supernova remnant about 90 light-years across and thought to be 5,000 to 8,000 years old,” explained Keith Gendreu, the mission’s principal investigator. “We’re gradually building up a new X-ray image of the whole sky, and it’s possible NICER’s nighttime sweeps will uncover previously unknown sources.”NICER’s Mission At The ISSNASA hopes that the NICER mission will help scientists determine the size of neutron stars — the very dense remains from the explosive death of another larger star — and pulsars — rotating neutron stars that emit pulses of radiation at regular intervals.The study could enable physicists to solve the mystery of the exotic forms of matter that exist at the core of neutron stars.Meanwhile, NICER’s Station Explorer for X-ray Timing and Navigation Technology or SEXTANT experiment uses the X-ray pulses of pulsars to figure out the observatory’s location in space and the speed it is moving. NASA described the instrument as “a galactic GPS system” that one day will guide autonomous spacecraft navigate throughout the solar system and travel further into the universe. TAG NASA, NICER, X-Ray, Universe, International Space Station last_img read more

ATEC Meeting Place paves the way to a prosperous future

first_imgElise Bagnall from Australian Capital Tourism and Sonia Downie Daniela Bromfield from swissotel Sydney and Stephanie Karst-McGrath from APTC Claudia Jochelson from Sutherland Shire Council and Brad Cornish from Cronulla Eco Cruises   Eriko Watanabe and Judy Chen center_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) Meeting Place 2009 conference was held from Wednesday to Thursday this week at the Hilton Hotel, Sydney.The overarching message which drove the 2009 ATEC Meeting Place was a ‘focus on the future’ – with topics ranging from Tourism Australia’s five year business plan to Asia Pacific’s travel and tourism trends and the National Long-term Tourism Strategy (NLTS). John Koldowski, Director of the Pacific Asia Travel Association’s Strategic Intelligence Centre spoke about the National Long-term Tourism Strategy (NLTS). He said that the NLTS would create eight working groups, which would help deliver positive outcomes for the travel industry in the future. These groups would include the labour and skills group, the investment and regulatory reform working group, destination management planning working group, resilience working group, NTFA working group, distribution of quality Australian product and research and development advisory board.  Tourism Australia’s Executive Chairman Rick Allert spoke about TA’s five-year business and marketing plan to attract international visitors to Australia. He discussed this years ‘Come Walkabout’ campaign which he says has ‘broken many records.’ Allert said that more than 155 million people have seen the campaign, which has generated more than 500 million dollars in publicity.Allert said that as a direct result of the campaign, the intention amongst international visitors to visit Australia has risen by 22 percent. Mr Allert said Australia’s marketing needs to think outside the square by embracing a number of different mediums.“As more of the world continues to embrace the internet through social sites such as Facebook enables us to convey in moving and still images and words what an experience to Australia entails and let others tell their stories,” he said. Allert expects Australia’s tourism industry to return to growth next year but says we won’t see the record numbers of 2007 until 2011- “in which time we should be on track to long term sustainable growth.” In 2013 this sustainable growth is expected to generate 6.5 million international visitors to Australia.He said that a greater focus will be placed on the emerging markets of China and India, with visitors from these markets expected to travel to Australia in droves over the coming years.  Mr Allert said Australia would face challenges because of its perceived distance from the rest of the world.He said time-poor people will choose to take shorter holidays closer to home and competition from other destinations – such as the UK – would continue to intensify well after the effects of the GFC are gone.Mr Allert said that while most people dream of visiting Australia less than one per cent actually do and marketers need to encourage international visitors to visit Australia now.More than 500 inbound tourism operators, decision-makers and tourism product suppliers attended ATEC’s Meeting Place 2009.last_img read more

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