Spacecraft reveal aurora near Jupiter’s south pole

first_img Our solar system’s largest planet is big enough for massive light shows—one at each pole, new research reveals. Scientists already knew that Jupiter sported an aurora in its northern hemisphere—one that is permanent, large enough to swallow Earth, and hundreds of times brighter than the ephemeral glows our planet hosts at each pole. Now, a new analysis of data gleaned by Earth-orbiting x-ray telescopes in 2007 and 2016 reveals that the gas giant hosts a second aurora on its southern end. Earth’s magnetic field isn’t strong enough to generate an aurora at x-ray wavelengths. Unlike Earth’s auroras, Jupiter’s are not in sync, researchers report today in Nature Astronomy. Whereas the newly discovered southern hot spot (seen at infrared wavelengths by instruments on the Juno probe now orbiting Jupiter) pulses once every 9 to 11 minutes, the northern x-ray hot spot has, in the past, been observed pulsing at rates of once every 12 minutes, once every 26 minutes, and once every 40 to 45 minutes. Researchers aren’t quite sure why Jupiter’s auroras aren’t synchronized: Among some possibilities, the researchers say, the disparity could stem from the immense size or strength of the planet’s magnetic field, or may simply result from unexpected processes that help generate the auroras. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Spacecraft reveal aurora near Jupiter’s south pole By Sid PerkinsOct. 30, 2017 , 12:00 PMcenter_img NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/ASI/INAF/JIRAM last_img read more

Indian men’s hockey team to skip Rio opening ceremony

first_imgThe fight between Hockey India and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) turned ugly with both sides refusing to relent and accusing each other of not doing things right. (Also Read: Indian hockey teams hope to begin Olympic campaigns on a winning note)The mud slinging continues with another email from men’s team head coach Roelant Oltmans coming to light where he laments the lack of proper kit for the team. Both coach Oltmans and captain PR Sreejesh have said that the team will not be part of the opening ceremony on Friday. (RIO 2016 FULL COVERAGE)Reacting to this Rakesh Gupta, India’s chef de mission, told India Today that this is not the right representation of facts and Hockey India was given all kit two weeks back. (Indian hockey coach furious over poor infrastructure)Gupta was clearly displeased with Oltmans and the way Narender Batra, the hockey boss, has blamed the IOA.However, within moments of Gupta speaking to India Today, Oltmans also spoke exclusively and mentioned that though Hockey India was indeed given the kits, they were all of wrong sizes and IOA had been informed of the same.N Ramachandran, the IOA boss and DG Sports Authority of India (SAI) Injeti Srinivas both reached the athletes village to try and end the spat.(With inputs from Boria Majumdar)last_img read more

2015 Bunburra Indigenous Beach Touch Football Tournament

first_img20 teams from across Queensland came together on Saturday, 7 March to take part in the Bunburra Indigenous Beach Touch Football tournament on the Surfers Paradise beachfront on the Gold Coast.The inaugural event included participants aged between 14 and 17 who competed in Boys and Girls divisions at the iconic Surfers Paradise beach. Teams from areas including Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Inala, Thursday Island and Woorabinda took part in the event and were joined by special guests including Event Ambassador Petero Civoniceva, as well as fellow NRL great, Scott Prince. The historic tournament was the first of its kind held in Queensland. Bunburra means beach in Yugambeh, the language of the Kombumerri, Traditional Custodians of the Gold Coast region.    Bundaberg were crowned the inaugural winners of the Bunburra trophy, with a total of 18 points. The Girls’ trophy was awarded to Logan, who defeated the Inala team 4-1 in the final. Bundaberg were winners of the Boys trophy, defeating Cherbourg 4-3 in a nail-biting decider.  After the games wrapped up, cultural celebrations were held. These were provided by the Traditional Custodians and included Welcome to Country, Ochre Ceremony and Smoke Ceremony, as well as the cooking of Kap Mauri (traditional food), traditional dances and singing of the Australian national anthem in Yugambeh and English. For more information on the day, please click on the link below – http://pcyc.org.au/Indigenous-Programs/Bunburra.aspx Related LinksBunburra Beach Touchlast_img read more

CM pays respect to martyrs of 1959 food movement

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday offered her respect to those who got killed in the food movement in 1959.Banerjee tweeted: “I offer my pranam to the martyrs of the food movement of 1959. The state government has given food security to 90% people (8.59 crore) in Bengal.” It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister has provided financial assistance to the family members of Nurul Islam, who was killed in police firing during the food movement agitation in 1966. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter coming to power in 2011, Banerjee introduced the Khadya Sathi scheme, through which rice is given at Rs 2 a kilogram. She has instructed all the district magistrates in administrative review meetings to ensure that no beneficiary is harassed. The Khadya Sathi project has helped the people immensely as they have been provided food security. Banerjee has also instructed the DMs to undertake special drives for rectifying the errors that have been detected in ration cards.last_img read more

Toronto police find missing sixyearold girl nearly 15 km from home

first_imgTORONTO – Two women have been charged following a search for a missing six-year-old girl that came to a puzzling but positive end when she was found nearly 15 kilometres from her home hours after she disappeared, Toronto police said Tuesday.Supt. Mark Barkley was tight-lipped about the circumstances around both the girl’s early morning disappearance from her east-end Toronto apartment building and her reappearance in a completely different part of the city hours later.Hours later, however, police said two women had been arrested and charged in connection with the case.One woman has been charged with public mischief and the other with obstructing a peace officer. Police said both women, who cannot be identified in order to shield the identity of the child, are scheduled to appear in court at a later date.Barkley said police were able to locate the girl alone after she approached a bystander. At that time, police were conducting a full-scale search for the girl in her home neighbourhood, using officers, police dogs and horses to scour the area around where she was last seen“Our investigation continues at this time because we have far more questions than answers,” Barkley told a news conference. “And we want answers to make sure that we can identify where she went to, why she went there, who she may or may not have been with … and of course ensure that nothing untoward may have happened to the child while she was away.”Barkley also clarified details that had emerged in previous police communications throughout the day.Police previously reported that the girl had last been seen in bed, clad in grey pyjama bottoms and a green and white pyjama top. They indicated that she had gone missing some time between then and 7:40 a.m., when police were first summoned to the home where she lived with her mother.Barkley said the girl’s absence was in fact first noticed around 5 a.m.He also contradicted previous police information that the girl had gone missing without a coat and shoes, saying she was “dressed appropriately for the weather” when she was found shortly before 1 p.m.Barkley said the girl was examined by paramedics and is in good condition.“We’re always relieved to find that a child has been located safely,” he said. “The most important thing is the well-being of the missing person.”He said prior to the arrests of the two women that police were not seeking any suspects in relation to her disappearance from the home and said there was no public safety concern, but emphasized that the investigation was ongoing. The Children’s Aid Society has been contacted in relation to the case, he added.The search for the girl, which began Tuesday morning with an initial focus on the girl’s apartment building, escalated throughout the day to a “level three.” Police described the operation as the highest level search available to the force under the circumstances, which did not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert.Officers and police dogs began by combing the area around the apartment building on Gilder Drive, near Midland Avenue and Eglinton Avenue East, where the girl was last seen.As police expanded their search area and deployed extra resources, community members also joined the effort by printing and distributing flyers showing the girl’s face.Barkley said the girl was eventually found outside near the intersection of Bathurst Street and Eglinton Avenue West, about 14 kilometres from her home.An Amber Alert was never issued for the girl, as her disappearance lacked some of the key characteristics that must be in place in order for the special bulletin to be issued. A child under 18 has to have been abducted, the child must be believed to be in imminent danger, and police must have a description of either a suspect or a suspect vehicle.Police said they never had evidence to indicate the child’s disappearance on Tuesday was suspicious and were not aware of anyone who may have been involved.last_img read more

When sovereignty is more than a word

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe word sovereignty is making the rounds a lot among Aboriginal groups these days.With its promise of a summer of sovereignty, that’s especially true of the Idle No More movement and some of the more radical chiefs.But Perspectives is taking a look at someone who says it is more than a word. Used properly, it can be used to bring Aboriginal people out from under legislation like the Indian Act, into the realm of international law.With our latest perspectives segment on Aboriginal people in Canadian democracy, here’s APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot.last_img read more

Stabbing deaths in Nunavik at the heart of Quebec Inquiry Tuesday

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsThe leader of Inuit in Quebec took the stand Tuesday at the province’s inquiry into the relationship between Indigenous peoples and some of the province’s public services.The testimony comes as a community in Nunavik is still dealing with the aftermath of a stabbing spree that left four people dead including the suspect.Jobie Tukkiapik said he wants services that cater to Inuit needs.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

UN guide seeks to prevent spread of forestdamaging pests

The guide, put together by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), was presented by the agency in Beijing, during the Second Asia-Pacific Forestry Week. “Due to climate change, previously inhospitable sites can become suitable for ‘alien’ pests that are accidentally transported through international trade in wood products, seeds or nursery plants – as well as trade in other commodities packaged with wood materials,” said Eduardo Rojas-Briales, FAO’s Assistant Director-General for Forestry. “The guide provides suggestions on how to reduce the risk of pest spread and to implement effective pest management strategies at every step of the forest commodities chain,” he added. At least 35 million hectares of forest are damaged by outbreaks of insect pests each year. According to a news release issued by FAO, one of the factors that have exacerbated the spread of pests has been the increase in global trade. Between 1992 and 2008, the volume of wood products traded internationally surged by 125 per cent. In addition, rising summer temperatures caused by global warming have accelerated insects’ capacity to reproduce and improved their chances of surviving winters. In Canada, for example, years of mild winter have increased the survival rate of the mountain pine beetle, and infestations in British Columbia province are causing massive destruction of pines. The pest has reportedly affected some 17.5 million hectares and destroyed 725 million cubic metres of timber in the past 20 years. The Guide to Implementation of Phytosanitary Standards in Forestry provides various ways to cope with these threats. Careful surveillance, better forest management and improved harvest and transport operations are among the things countries need to implement, as well as establishing international standards to ensure the safe movement of forest commodities. The guide, which was written by an international group of scientists and plant health experts, is intended for policy-makers, managers and forest workers. In addition, FAO has stated its focus will now shift to strengthening individual countries’ capacities to implement the guide. 10 November 2011A guide published today by the United Nations aims to help countries prevent forest-damaging pests from spreading to new areas as a result of climate change and growing global trade. read more

Corporate profits droop 08 in Q2

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says corporations earned $72.2 billion in operating profits in the second quarter, down 0.8% from the previous quarter.The agency says the decline followed a 2.8% decrease in the first quarter.In the non-financial sector, operating profits fell 3.9% to $51.1 billion, following a 0.5% decrease the previous quarter.Manufacturing industries led the decline with a 16.6% drop to $9.9 billion.In the financial sector, operating profits increased by 7.6% to $21.1 billion in the second quarter, following an 8.5% decline in the first quarter.Most of the second-quarter gain came from life, health and medical insurance carriers. read more

Motor Show Live 26 May to 6 June 2004

New dates, longer days and better weather New name and live action at the Show New features to boost visitor excitement A new date, new name and a host of new attractions will wow the crowds at Britain’s biggest consumer show at the NEC in Birmingham, when the lights come on and the doors open to the press on 25 May 2004.For the first time at an international motor show, visitors can join in and experience the fun and passion of live action at the Show, both on and off-road. Young drivers will also have the chance to get their first drive, too. ‘Britain has always been at the forefront of design and innovation from the Swinging Sixties through to Cool Britannia, and now Britain’s Motor Show is set to take the lead and rock the automotive world,’ said the show chairman Tod Evans, Chairman of Peugeot Citroën Automobiles UK Ltd. ‘Motor Show Live is the new name for a new kind of event with new cars and new opportunities for visitors to drive at the Show. The industry has decided that the days of visitors looking at static cars on stands have long gone and it’s time to roll back the carpet and show the world how it can be done’.The British International Motor Show Live will present cars at their best both indoors and out, with the emphasis on ‘Live’. The new dates – 26 May to 6 June 2004 – mean longer daylight hours and summer weather too. Britain’s premier exhibition centre at the NEC, Birmingham is working with the motor industry to bring new and dynamic opportunities for driving and live action at the purpose- built site in the heart of the UK motor industry.‘After many successful motor shows, we’re delighted to be working closely with the motor industry to make best use of the flexible facilities at the NEC and deliver live action for visitors,’ said Barry Cleverdon OBE, chief executive of NEC Group Ltd. ‘It’s an exciting opportunity to put into action a wide range of innovative ideas and approaches that add new dimensions to this major international event’. Notes to Editors: 1. The British International Motor Show Live takes place at the NEC, Birmingham 26 May – 6 June 2004.2. Press day will be 25 May 2004 and Business Day 26 May 2004.3. The ABC audited visitor attendance for the British International Motor Show 2002 was 458,667For a high resolution version of the new logo please e-mail us Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Duchess of Cambridge to visit the Netherlands in first solo royal trip

first_imgKate will meet King Willem-Alexander at Villa Eikenhorst the royal residence he shares with wife Queen Maxima and their three daughters, Princess Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane.The family home is on the forested De Horsten estate in Wassenaar near The Hague, and despite being a private residence the Dutch monarch sometimes hosts foreign guests.Art is an interest of the Duchess, who is patron of the National Portrait Gallery, and later she will travel to the Mauritshuis art museum in The Hague to see an exhibition featuring Dutch old masters loaned by the Royal Collection – artwork, furniture and other objects accumulated over centuries by the British monarchy.The highlight of the attraction will be Vermeer’s The Music Lesson and Kate will see the painting after she has toured the gallery’s permanent collection. Before leaving the Duchess will meet children taking part in the gallery’s learning programme and attend a short reception with museum supporters.At the official residence of Sir Geoffrey Adams, Britain’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Kate will convene a round table discussion on the themes of addiction, intervention, family and mental health.Sitting at the table will be professionals from the Netherlands’ Trimbos Institute, a non-profit research centre working on the issues of mental health and addiction.They will be joined by counterparts from two of the Duchess’ UK charities – the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families, a leading charity in the research, teaching and the provision of care for children and young people with mental health issues, and Action on Addiction.Later Kate will travel to the neighbouring city of Rotterdam to learn about a community initiative that provides a public workshop in an economically deprived district, with its facilities aimed at teenagers.Residents pay by sharing their skills with others, providing education, skills and positive role models within the neighbourhood. The Duchess of Cambridge is to carry out her first solo overseas trip, travelling to Holland next month for a day of engagements – including a courtesy call on King Willem-Alexander.Kate will spend the day in The Hague and Rotterdam where her itinerary will cover a range of events from a visit to an art exhibition of Old Masters to a round table discussion on a variety of themes from addiction to mental health.The one-day trip, planned for October 11, will be a royal milestone for the Duchess as she will be travelling abroad by herself without the Duke.A tour of Malta in 2014 was scheduled to be Kate’s first solo trip but she had to cancel as she was suffering from acute morning sickness while pregnant with Princess Charlotte.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

US to keep 9800 troops in Afghanistan after end of combat operations

first_img Source: AP/Press Association ImagesAfghan men play cards next to an election poster, in March of this year. An unidentified guman on a motorcyle fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the US consulate vehicle in Herat, an assault that highlighted the insurgents’ ability to attack high-profile targets.Obama sharply stepped up the US involvement in Afghanistan after his 2008 election victory, boosting troop numbers there even as he brought the parallel US operation in Iraq to a close.He also massively increased the number of covert US drone strikes on militant targets in neighbouring Pakistan, and ordered the May 2011 US commando raid that killed bin Laden there.As he announced the end of US involvement in a conflict which has claimed the lives of more than 2,300 US personnel, Obama said future security would hinge on the Afghans themselves.“We have to recognise Afghanistan will not be a perfect place,” he said. “And it is not America’s responsibility to make it one. The future of Afghanistan must be decided by Afghans.”US troops remaining in Afghanistan after 2014 would be available to train Afghan forces while supporting counter-terrorism operations against Al-Qaeda remnants, Obama said.‘New chapter’The withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan would herald a “new chapter in American foreign policy,” Obama said.“(It) will allow us to redirect some of the resources saved by ending these wars to respond more nimbly to the changing threat of terrorism,” he said.“I think Americans have learned that it’s harder to end wars than it is to begin them.”A NATO spokeswoman, Oana Lungescu, said Obama’s statement was consistent with plans by the Atlantic alliance for a training and support mission beyond the end of the year.“I expect NATO defence ministers will discuss the completion of our ISAF combat mission and preparations for the new mission when they meet in Brussels next week,” she said.Obama made an unannounced visit to US forces in Afghanistan on Sunday, spending four hours at Bagram, one of the secure bases that will house support troops after their combat mission ends.- © AFP, 2014Read: Patient with dementia questioned after 21 die in fire at hospital for the elderly Read: EU calls on Russia to work with new Ukraine president US FORCES WILL will complete their withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, President Barack Obama has said, unveiling a plan to end America’s longest war.Underscoring the continuing instability despite a 12-year deployment by US-led NATO combat troops, two Americans were slightly injured in an attack on a US consulate vehicle in Afghanistan’s western city of Herat today.Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, Obama confirmed that the 32,000-strong US deployment in Afghanistan would be scaled back to around 9,800 by the start of 2015.Those forces would be halved by the end of 2015 before eventually being scaled back to a normal embassy presence with a security assistance component by the end of 2016.“We’re finishing the job we started,” Obama said, as he outlined the end of US involvement in a conflict which began when American-led forces invaded Afghanistan to oust the Taliban and hunt Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.US combat operations would draw to a close at the end of 2014, meaning US troops would no longer patrol Afghan cities, towns or valleys from next year, Obama said. Source: CNN/YouTubeThe drawdown relies on Afghanistan signing a long-delayed Bilateral Security Agreement laying out the terms and conditions of the US military presence in the country after this year.Afghanistan’s outgoing president Hamid Karzai has refused to sign the agreement, but both of the candidates vying to be his successor in next month’s run-off vote — Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah — have said they will sign the deal.“So I’m hopeful we can get this done,” Obama said.‘Afghanistan is not ready’The announcement was met with dismay by some observers in Afghanistan, where there was a widespread belief that a foreign presence was likely to continue for up to a decade.“Afghanistan is not ready,” said Mia Gul Wasiq, a security analyst. “If they withdraw irresponsibly, Afghanistan will become like Iraq.“We have not been able to establish a strong government… the US has not done its job, that was to root out terrorism from Afghanistan. The war and terrorism is still there, their job is not done. So their plan and timetable on paper is not practical.”last_img read more

If you know something – say something

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Crime Stoppers is a partnership involving Victoria Police and a community-based charitable organisation who work towards stimulating the general public to help solve crimes. This is accomplished by the public sharing crime information confidentially to Crime Stoppers. Some unsolved crimes are selected and received publicity via media partners like Neos Kosmos, through which this organisation urges people to help them. People are often afraid that their call can be tracked or they will have to reveal their identity which in some situations becomes an obstacle for them to talk about the crime that they have knowledge about. This is not the case with the Crime Stoppers program, because any contact with is done in a confidential manner. If you do not wish to leave your name and contact details, you do not have to. Community members can also submit online email submissions. The emails are encrypted ensuring the confidential nature of the information. Leigh Trinh is the Crime Stoppers Multilingual Media Project Manager and national coordinator for the ethnic media. The Crime Stoppers Multilingual Project was launched by the Victorian Multicultural Commission and the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police in 2004. It is the first of its kind in the world. Trinh says, “We recognised that there is a market out there for people that want to use this service, but they don’t have the confidence, which is why we wanted to establish the multilingual program”. The three key aspects for this program are, as Leigh says, empowering, raising awareness and providing access. “That’s what it’s all about: awareness, because they are not aware of the project, we make them aware of the project and then there is the aspect of access to the program. As members of ethnic communities, they may find it difficult to access the program due to the language barriers. If we can help them by accessing and raising awareness, we have empowered them to report the crime,” Trinh explains. For all members of ethnic communities who have a language barrier, Translation and Interpreting Services are available by calling the national number on 13 14 50. “First of all we want people to remember the Crime Stoppers national number – 1800 333 000. If you are ethnic and you can’t speak English, you can use the interpreting service and get them to connect you to the Crime Stoppers number in order to share a crime in your own language. The beauty of our program is that you don’t have to give any of your personal details out,” says Leigh. “If you know something, if you have seen something – say something,” Leigh Trinh reminds, using the message of the currently ongoing campaign that encourages young people to report the crimes that they have knowledge of. “It’s good to know when it’s a good time to call Crime Stoppers. If the crime is happening now, call Emergency, on 000. If your information is about crime that has been committed in the past, or is likely to happen in the future, then it would be a matter of interest to Crime Stoppers.” Trained operators, who receive the calls at Crime Stoppers accept the information about the crime then forward that information to the relevant section of Victorian Police for attention and investigation. Details provided by callers play a very important role, says Leigh. “Your caller identity is not known when you call, so we don’t know who is calling. Your call to us is not taped and we do not have caller ID. The key feature of this system is that it’s all confidential” he explains. Every call matters. One of the biggest benefits of Crime Stoppers, that has recently celebrated its 25th birthday, is that it helps the community to be a safer place. “We work with communities to keep our community safe. Crime Stoppers is a resource for the community, it’s created for the people by the people”. Leigh Trinh refers to Mr George Halvatzis, an official Crime Stoppers Ambassador, who has been sending a really strong message to the community, about keeping it safe. “He talks to different groups and communities, and is a good example of someone trying to make a difference in the community. Every year, with all the ethnic media that come together, we have an annual appreciation function and an award bearing Mr George Halvatzis’s name is given to one of the nominated ethnic media units.” Since 1987, when the Crime Stoppers program started operating in Victoria, the program has received around 500,000 calls that have lead to 13,000 arrests, over $150 million worth of drugs seized, and stolen property recovered.“Our particular Crime Stoppers Multilingual Project, for people of non English speaking background, is not about being culturally sensitive, because crime is not culturally sensitive. A lot of people say we have to be sensitive when we are working with cultural community, but I don’t think so, we dislike crime just as other nationalities do. It’s a universal language,” concludes Leigh.last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews ARRIVAL 2016

first_imgArrival is a movie with a twist built into it, and when it’s over how you felt about that twist is probably how you felt about the movie – which means it’s hard to properly review without getting into the dreaded “spoiler talk.” So, fair warning: This review will be spoiler-free up to a point, but with a spoilerific post-script after the rating for those who want the full effect and either already saw the movie or don’t care about spoilers.Anyway…Arrival very much wants to be the thinking person’s aliens invasion blockbuster, which would generally entail being any other alien-invasion blockbuster but with a script that was about something more substantial than protecting our molten core (or whatever the plot of Independence Day: Resurgence was supposed to be.) But Arrival is so dead set on giving the intellectual caste a brain-boner that it doubles down and posits a scenario where a scientist and a college professor are the only two people who can prevent worldwide catastrophe by learning to communicate with the visitors before the world’s various militaries doom us all by rushing into a full-scale war.The basic idea is that a fleet of mysterious oblong starships touch down all over the globe, and the aliens on board want to talk – but they’re giant octopus monsters with no mouths, so we have to figure out how to talk back by deciphering their completely inhuman language. Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner are a linguistics professor and a physicist who are tasked with handling the American military’s attempt at said deciphering, with the prospect of impatient Russian and Chinese generals who’re leaning toward a shooting solution providing the ticking clock.So, yes: It’s a “thriller” where the tension is based on whether or not the benighted morally-upstanding intellectuals can solve the puzzle by listening and talking things out before the angry dummies with guns blow everything up. As “Check out the big brain on me” movie premises go, it sounds kind of insufferable… but it eventually works out because the screenplay is exactly nuanced enough that everyone gets painted in fairly subtle shades of gray. It’s inevitable that this will be compared to Contact, but one of the ways in which it’s overall a better movie is that it avoids the dissonance of dealing in moral simplicity while simultaneously asking to be regarded as a movie for smart people. And… y’know, also because we get to see some real aliens and not just Jodie Foster’s fucking father.The directing duties on this one fell to Denis Villenueve, who previously helmed Incendies, Enemy, Prisoners and Sicario along with a plethora of other projects. He’s the guy you call when you want a slightly more B-movie-esque David Fincher effect, and he gives it the oppressive moodiness that’s come to define his aesthetic and goes great with the film’s principal narrative conceit: That part of the aliens’ attempts to communicate involves some level of telepathy, which puts Adams as our point-of-view character in a precarious position as we watch her begin to have difficulty distinguishing between reality and a series of nightmares that seem to center on her memories of having lost a child to a fatal illness. That balance between awe-inspired optimism and jaded experience is what Adams is one of the best in the business at, and she’s well complimented by Renner doing his smart-alecky stoicism thing.Spoiler-free bottom line: This is a really solid movie. Yes, in hindsight it ends up feeling like a long, overproduced Twilight Zone episode; but it feels like a good one Rod Serling would’ve been proud as hell to have in the collection.– SPOILER WARNING –That all having been said: I can’t help but feel like the film is eventually a bit too clever for its own good – a feeling that crystallizes once the film’s central twist rolls in to upend what you thought the movie was about.Short version: It turns out that the reason its hard for us to communicate with the aliens is that their species perceives time as circular, i.e. they can look into their own future the same way we can remember our past, an ability that Adams’ character comes to realize that they’ve somehow passed on to her during their interactions based on the fact that she’s having nightmares about the death of a child she didn’t actually have… yet. Surprise! What we thought were memories were actually flash-forwards, and once she recognizes she has this power, she’s able to use it to effectively ask her future self how she solved the problem that’s currently her present.Now that’s some big mind-bending “holy shit!” high-concept science fiction if ever I heard it, and it’s impressive to see the film actually make it work narratively. The thing is, I’m not entirely sure that it fully works thematically.See, in terms of screenwriting mechanics the whole thing checks out, but it feels like it’s mainly deployed the way it is to show off the cleverness for its own sake (“Behold! You totally assumed those were flashbacks because we structured their place in the narrative as though they were!”) as opposed to reinforcing other thematic points in the story. So instead of feeling like an edifying punctuation of the film’s story themes it feels more like the script is yanking us of the “moment” in order to show off how cleverly it had hidden the reveal.– End SPOILERS –Still, it doesn’t detract from the overall quality beyond that point, and your mileage may vary on how well it fits in or doesn’t. Twist or not, Arrival is an excellent fusion between big-scale blockbuster and smart Fall genre deconstruction – recommended.last_img read more

CDC reminds people condoms are not reusable

first_imgWe say it because people do it: Don’t wash or reuse #condoms! Use a fresh one for each #sex act. https://t.co/o3SPayRf9m pic.twitter.com/AwkPqE9YMl— CDC STD (@CDCSTD) July 23, 2018According to Fox 43, the CDC said the warning was issued as they saw a recent spike in the number of sexually transmitted diseases. Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis have recently reached record highs.If used correctly condoms can help reduce the risk of STDs. However, they are designed for single use only.The CDC issued another bit of advice about safe sex practice in a second tweet. “Condoms don’t last forever. Be sure and check the expiration date before using them!” (WSVN) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning, reminding the public to never wash or reuse condoms.It may sound like an odd reminder, but the CDC tweeted “We say it because people do it.” #Condoms don’t last forever. Be sure and check the expiration date before using them! https://t.co/bbwHIZJMwd pic.twitter.com/Q9fUzx9ykP— CDC STD (@CDCSTD) July 27, 2018For more information visit the CDC website.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

2 hurt in 4car crash on I95 in North Miami

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – A four-vehicle crash along Interstate 95 in North Miami caused a major traffic backup and left two people injured.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene along the northbound lanes near the Northwest 125th Street exit, Sunday afternoon.Paramedics transported the victims to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.Authorities shut down two northbound lanes while they investigated, causing traffic to back up as far south as Northwest 70th Street.The highway later reopened to traffic.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Police search for construction site burglars in NW MiamiDade

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – City of Miami police are searching for three individuals who broke into a construction site’s storage container.The crime occurred in the area of Northwest 20th Street and Ninth Avenue.The burglars are seen in surveillance video footage arriving in a white pickup truck.According to officials, over $1,000 worth of equipment was taken.If you have any information regarding this construction site burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

In Our Communities

first_imgRock Island Arsenal, Ill., held a ribbon-cutting event for a new Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, a new technology venture that will produce specialized parts through additive manufacturing, or 3D printing. The center features a hub of machines and highly-trained technicians producing on-demand parts for warfighters throughout the world…NextEra Energy Resources dropped plans to build a wind farm that had been opposed by Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission (OSMPC), the Enid News & Eagle reported. Construction of the wind farm west of Hinton, Okla., was halted last October after NextEra and OSMPC agreed to work on a mitigation plan with DOD to resolve the issue…Fort Jackson, S.C., had a big week celebrating its recognition as a Great American Defense Community while also hosting Army Secretary Mark Esper, the Charlotte Observer reported. The state’s Midlands region and Columbia, S.C., both took the opportunity to show the service’s top official and a group of 78 civilian aides they are serious about their support for the military.Army photo by Kevin Fleming ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

More rains swelling of rivers predicted

first_imgIncessant monsoon rains trigger flood in several parts of the country. The photo was taken at Babu Bazar Bridge. Photo: Dipu MalakarIncessant monsoon rains overnight triggered flooding in several parts of the country swelling waters in three of Bangladesh’s four river basins, marooning thousands of people and disrupting road communications in different areas, reports BSS.The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) today warned water levels in rivers could rise further while reports suggests erosion of bank lines in some areas including Manikganj worsened further the deluge situation.“All the major rivers are in rising trend . . . all the major rivers may (continue to) rise in next 72 hours, the FFWC in its latest bulletin said Friday.But the centre predicted a “rapid rise” of the water levels in rivers in northeastern Sylhet region, southwestern greater Chattagram ranging from Feni to Hill Tracts and southwestern Barishal region in the next 24 hours until tomorrow.Disaster management and relief minister Enamur Rahman in a media briefing, meanwhile, said preparedness was underway to handle the situation while a central control room at his office kept a constant contact with officials in the affected areas.Rahman said gushing waters from upstream region overnight triggered erosion in central Manikganj on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka while efforts was underway to save people and infrastructure there.He acknowledged that erosion in Manikganj sent a visible signal that the deluge could engulf more areas but added government machineries including the health ministry, armed forces and non-government organizations chalked up coordinated plans to face any situation.“The district and upazila administrations by now started distributing food among the victims while supplies of other required materials including medicines are underway,” a spokesman of the disaster management ministry said.According to officials and residents, continued rains swelled water level in Bandarban’s Sangu river cutting off the district’s communication lines with rest of the country and affecting as well its internal communication systems.They said a portion of the Chattogram-Rangamati road near Ghagra’s Kalabagan area collapsed due to the torrential downpour; a landslide and culvert collapse halted communication on the Rangamati-Bandarban road. Swelling waters in the Jamuna river affected thousands in the Lalmonirhat and Kurigram districts marooning several thousands and inundating scores of villages and localities.The Water Development Board opened all 44 sluice gates of the Teesta Barrage to avert flood-related casualties as the rise of the Teesta already flooded nearby regions and waterlogged a few thousand people.The inflated water in the Surma and several small rivers submerged settlements and roads in areas of Sunamganj bordering India with officials saying the flash flood breached over 10,000 homes in the district.Nearly 100 primary schools suspended their classes considering the security of the children in view of heavy rainfall and deluge in Sunamganj.A landslide caused by excessive rainfall collapsed a dam in Jamalpur also flooding several villages there while officials said unless repaired immediately, the gushing waters would submerge more areas there.Bangladesh meteorological department officials, meanwhile, said the shared information they received from their counterparts in the Indian met office suggested that heavy rainfall could lash Bangladesh’s northwestern, north eastern and southeastern parts of Bangladesh and their adjoining regions in India’s Assam and Meghalaya states in next 24 to 48 hours.“At places the downpours could be more than heavy,” a met office spokesman in Dhaka told BSS.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wed July 26

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe’ll get a final report from the 108th NAACP National Convention from WEAA’s Mykel Hunter. Also, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network are back from Ohio, where they interviewed Democratic firebrand Nina Turner. And we’ll discuss Baltimore City Council’s ‘gutted’ gun law.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img