Mysterious asteroid activity complicates NASA’s sampling attempts

first_img NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS—NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission to sample the asteroid Bennu and return to Earth was always going to be a touch-and-go maneuver. But new revelations about its target—a space rock five times the size of a U.S. football field that orbits close to Earth—are making the mission riskier than ever. Rather than smooth plains of rubble, Bennu’s surface is a jumble of more than 200 large boulders, with scarcely enough gaps for robotic sampling of its surface grit, the spacecraft’s team reported here today at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference and in a series of Nature papers.The $800 million spacecraft began to orbit Bennu at the start of this year, and the asteroid immediately began to spew surprises—literally. On 6 January, the team detected a plume of small particles shooting off the rock; 10 similar events followed over the next month. Rather than a frozen remnant of past cosmic collisions, Bennu is one of a dozen known “active” asteroids. “[This is] one of the biggest surprises of my scientific career,” says Dante Lauretta, the mission’s principal investigator and a planetary scientist at the University of Arizona in Tucson. “We are seeing Bennu regularly ejecting material into outer space.”Ground-based observations of Bennu had originally suggested its surface was made of small pebbles incapable of retaining heat. OSIRIS-REx was designed to sample such a smooth environment, and it requires a 50-meter-wide circle free of hazards to approach the surface. No such circle exists, say mission scientists, but there are several smaller boulder-free areas that it could conceivably sample. Given how well the spacecraft has handled its maneuvers so far, “We’re going to try to hit the center of the bull’s-eye,” says Rich Burns, OSIRIS-REx’s project manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.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(*)OSIRIS-REx has always been a cautious mission. Unlike the speedy Hayabusa2 mission from Japan, which sampled the near-Earth Ryugu asteroid a half-year after its arrival, OSIRIS-REx plans to sample Bennu in July 2020, a year and a half after it started to orbit. That timetable has not changed, Lauretta says. By this summer, researchers hope to have the sampling site selected. And much remains to be discovered about the spinning, top-shaped asteroid, starting with the plumes, which can shoot off penny-size particles at speeds of up to several meters per second.Just after OSIRIS-REx entered orbit around Bennu, the asteroid reached its closest approach to the sun. The other known active asteroids, which are all located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, have similarly spouted particles as they get closer to the sun. It’s possible that the plumes are related to this approach, perhaps driven by water ice sublimating into vapor. But there are a dozen different hypotheses to explore, Lauretta says. “We don’t know the answer right now.”The abundance of impact craters on Bennu’s ridgelike belly suggest the asteroid is up to a billion years old, more ancient than once thought. The craters also imply that Bennu got its toplike shape early in its history, rather than later from sun-driven spinning. And there are signs that material on the asteroid’s poles is creeping toward the equator, suggesting geological activity.Although many of these puzzles intrigue scientists, ultimately the point of the mission is to return the largest amount of asteroid material ever captured to Earth’s surface. That is expected to happen in 2023. But, Lauretta adds, “The challenge got a lot harder when we saw the true nature of Bennu’s surface.” Two merged images from 19 January show Bennu ejecting particles from its surface. 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BC to legislate pollution reduction targets appoints climate advisory council

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia has appointed a team of environmental and industry advisers to help the New Democrat government set and meet legislated pollution reduction targets.Environment Minister George Heyman says he plans to introduce climate legislation next spring that aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent below 2007 levels over the next 13 years.He says the legislation will also include targets to cut emissions from buildings and homes by 50 per cent, and 30 per cent from industry and transportation.Former premier Gordon Campbell introduced legislation nine years ago to reduce the emissions by 33 per cent by 2020, but the former Liberal government of Christy Clark said it won’t hit that target.Heyman says the new advisory committee includes representatives from industry, environmental, Indigenous, rural and academic communities who will meet regularly with the government about reaching its climate targets.B.C. is set to increase its carbon tax by $5 per tonne next April, raising the tax to $35 per tonne.last_img read more

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Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:The future, revealedEconomic Development Minister Navdeep Bains will announce a “major investment” in 5G technology on Monday. 5G networks have been heralded as the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, offering network connections that are multitudes faster than today’s, and allowing for growth in “smart city” technology, driverless cars and industrial automation.Latest trade figuresStatistics Canada releases the wholesale trade figures for January on Monday. Wholesale sales numbers for the previous month missed economists expectations of 0.4 per cent growth, instead falling 0.5 per cent in December, the first decrease in three months. Economists expect the latest numbers to provide clarity on the pace of early 2018 growth after manufacturing sales fell by a wider-than-expected one per cent in January.Another one rides the busTransit bus manufacturer New Flyer Industries Inc. releases fourth-quarter and year-end results on Wednesday. North America’s largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor won a contract in August 2017 to provide the City of Edmonton with 110 clean diesel heavy-duty transit buses and acquired ARBOC Specialty Vehicles LLC in December 2017 for US$95 million.Rise of the superfoodsAGT Food and Ingredients Inc. discusses fourth-quarter and year-end results on Wednesday. The processor and distributor of value-added pulses, staple foods and ingredients, is a supporter of Protein Industries Canada, one of five superclusters chosen by Ottawa to receive money from a $950-million fund aimed at spurring economic opportunity in high-value investments.Whose streets?Sidewalk Toronto will hold its first public roundtable meeting on Tuesday. The subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet plans to build an experimental mixed-use “digital neighbourhood” on Toronto’s waterfront using data analysis, sensors, automated vehicles and heated bike lanes. Details on the project have been scant, an issue that both supporters and critics are likely to bring up at the roundtable.last_img read more

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GoFundMe campaign set up for two men injured in weekend explosion near

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the two men who were injured in an explosion at a pump house near Chetwynd over the weekend.The two men sustained serious injuries in the explosion, which occurred inside a water pump station at the Aspen Trailer Park in the Wildmare Subdivision, approximately 8 kilometres west of Chetwynd.The pair, identified in the campaign as Devon and Benton Widdicombe, were transported to a local hospital before being airlifted to receive treatment at Vancouver General Hospital’s burn unit. A spokesperson with Worksafe BC was not able to offer any additional details about the explosion, only saying that the incident remains under investigation.“Rebecca (Devon’s wife) and John (Devon and Benton’s dad) are with them,” the campaign states. “Both Rebecca and Devon’s moms are taking care of their 4 children, so that Rebecca can be in Vancouver. Most people know how amazing Devon is and how is always willing to help other people. Any prayers, positive thoughts or help is greatly appreciated, as their families navigate this difficult time. Devon and Benton could be in Vancouver for several weeks.”As of 11:30 a.m. Monday, the GoFundMe campaign has raised $7,090 of its $5,000 goal.The campaign can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/devon-and-benton-widdicombe?fbclid=IwAR2oNkk5cqzdyg08cw4LwZONHJdKGFVZjYHho8tt4WjWJZ_14-EB7GHFvgslast_img read more

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Judge orders Othman Hamdan to remain in custody

first_imgIn the decision released by Federal Court Judge Martine St-Louis, Hamdan will remain in custody until a full hearing can be scheduled.  A full transcript of the Immigration and Refugee Board hearing must be delivered to the court by August 9, 2019.  The court will then schedule an expedited hearing to determine if Hamdan will be released from custody before being deported back to Jordan.Othman Hamdan came to B.C. from Washington state 16 years ago on a refugee claim and was arrested in Fort St. John in the summer of 2015 when he was originally charged with four terrorism offences.Hamdan, a Jordanian national, was acquitted of those charges by a B.C. Supreme Court judge in September 2017. Immigration authorities arrested him and determined at multiple detention reviews that he poses a danger to the public.The CBSA said that Hamdan made himself out to be a cheerleader for the Islamic State in many of his 85 Facebook posts as he glorified and encouraged lone-wolf attacks in Canada, the United States and other western countries.Hamdan cast his activity on Facebook as an alternative news source, providing his followers with another view of events in the Middle East as he relayed the message of a terrorist organization. VANCOUVER, B.C. – Othman Hamdan will stay in custody after the Immigration and Refugee Board said he must be released before being deported.A Federal Court Judge overruled the IRB decision and Hamdan will remain in custody until the Canada Board Services Agency can appeal the decision handed down on Friday.On Friday the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada ruled he must be released from custody until he is deported from Canada.last_img read more

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EC writes to President over Rajasthan governor’s comments supporting return of Modi as PM

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission is learnt to have written to President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday pointing to the violation of model code of conduct by Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh by making political comments. The poll panel had on Monday concluded that Singh’s remarks supporting the return of Narendra Modi as prime minister are violative of the model code and is learnt to have written to President Kovind flagging the issue. Sources in the know said, since Singh holds a constitutional post, the Election Commission wrote to President. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Reasons why the Election Commission felt that his remarks were against the spirit of the poll code have been given, they said. Election Commission had examined the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister’s remarks in the light of model code violation as holding a constitutional post makes him ‘apolitical’. Addressing BJP workers at his Aligarh residence on March 23, Singh reportedly said, “All of us are BJP workers and we want the party to win. We want Modiji to become the prime minister. It is necessary that Modiji becomes the prime minister again”. Singh made these remarks to placate some agitated BJP members who had gathered outside his house over ticket distribution. In the 1990s, the Election Commission had expressed displeasure over Himachal Pradesh governor Gulsher Ahmed campaigning for his son during the elections. He had later quit.last_img read more

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Central forces marched in Junglemahal ahead of the 6th Phase Lok Sabha polls

first_imgNew Delhi: Close on the heels of the recent violence that witnessed during the polls in West Bengal, more central forces and state armed police forces have been deployed and started their area domination exercise, a government source said here on Thursday.On the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on May 12, the Junglemahal – once a LWE affected area, is going to vote. Tamluk, Kanthigathal, Jhargram, Medinipur, Purulia, Bankura and Bishnupur will be going for the poll that day. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghSources said, “Taking into consideration the sensitivity of Jungle Mahal area (LWE affected), previous poll violence or the incidents on the eve of the poll, on the day of poll, 602 Coys of Central Armed Police Forces (CRPF, BSF, CISF, SSB, ITBP, RPF, RAF) and 111 Coys and State Armed Police are being deployed for election duties.” Further, to motivate the voters, measures like route marches, Long Range Patrols, cordon and search operations are being undertaken in all the eight constituencies. To ensure safety and security of polling parties, voters, EVMs, candidate, polling agents and other poll-related officials on the day of poll, forces will be deployed in all polling stations. “Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs), 547 Quick Action Teams (QATs) headed by Coy Commanders and 108 additional QATs headed by Adhoc Commandants and 2-I/Cs are also instructed to be on the move,” the sources further said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadBesides, they are being already briefed about the sensitivity of the constituencies, previous poll-related violence. Forces deployed in the Junglemahal area are being briefed to wear bulletproof jackets, helmets and carry adequate ammunition and asked not to move in the vehicle to avoid IEDs. They are also briefed to check all the culverts probable places of planting IEDs much before their movement. For the BJP, the sixth phase is perhaps the most crucial one in West Bengal, as at least four of the constituencies are dominated by tribals. Moreover, the area witnessed maximum Maoist violence that killed more than 1,000 people until 2012. However, Mamata Banerjee’s effort recorded the surrender of 300-odd Maoist to the police after she came to power.last_img read more

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Mens Soccer Ohio State falls to Furman in season opener

Ohio State redshirt sophomore goalie Parker Siegfried (1) prepares to send the ball back downfield in the game against BGSU on Sep. 22. Ohio State won 1- 0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe Ohio State men’s soccer team squared off against Furman on Friday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, marking both the season opener and the first game for first-year head coach Brian Maisonneuve. The Paladines ultimately prevailed 2-0 over the Buckeyes, who open the season 0-1-0.When asked about his team’s performance Friday, redshirt senior midfielder Brady Blackwell felt optimistic after the loss.“Overall, we made a few mistakes that cost us in the back and we gave up goals. But I don’t think we ever gave up and that’s a positive,” Blackwell said.The opening minutes of the match saw the two teams come out in a fast-paced style of play, with quality scoring chances coming for both clubs.Redshirt-sophomore forward Jake Scheper gave the Buckeyes arguably their most realistic chance in the third minute, but his shot was saved by Furman redshirt sophomore goaltender Ben Hale.Furman struck first off a goal from junior midfielder Rocky Guerra in the seventh minute, which beat Buckeye redshirt junior goalie Parker Siegfried to the bottom left corner.The Paladins almost tallied a second midway through the opening half when junior forward Emery May saw his shot hit the crossbar and go out of play.Ohio State played the first half of the match in a 4-5-1 formation, opting for a more defensive look.Siegfried had a busy first half, making five saves.Ohio State nearly leveled the match at the outset of the second half when the ball bounced around in front of the net for several seconds, but the Buckeyes could not capitalize on the opportunity, and the ball was subsequently cleared.Minutes later, the Buckeyes saw a free kick glance off the outside of the right post.Furman added to their lead in the 54th minute as senior midfielder Danny Kierath came free and buried his unassisted shot in the back of the net to make it 2-0.Another golden opportunity for the Buckeyes came up empty as Hale made the save off of a close range shot from senior forward Michael Prosuk.Ohio State continued playing out of a 4-5-1 formation throughout the second half, perhaps an indicator of what look Maisonneuve will most frequently employ in his first season.“We didn’t really know what to expect, we’re still a young group, new coaching staff and everything, so overall it’s not the result we wanted but there’s some positives to take into Sunday so I think that’s what we’ll look to do,” Blackwell said.In the aftermath of his first game as the head coach of the Buckeyes, Maisonneuve called this offseason and this game as part of the process.“It’s a process. It’s going to be a process, again it doesn’t happen overnight,” Maisonneuve said.  “When you play good teams like Furman, they’re going to kind of show you where we’re at, and I thought they did tonight,”For Sunday’s match against Hofstra, Maisonneuve noticed areas of improvement and things to build off of for his squad.“It’s such a quick turnaround, it’s tough to get too much done, but right away from a tactical standpoint our spacing’s got to get better, we were a little bit off in just our overall spacing,” Maisonneuve said. “I thought we started the first half just tentative.”The Buckeyes will be back in action Sunday at 2:30 pm, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, as they wrap up the 2018 Wolstein Classic against Hofstra. read more

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Spurs reach Wembley agreement with UEFA

first_imgTottenham Hotspur have reached an agreement with UEFA to have their first Champions League home game at the Wembley StadiumConstruction delays have caused the grand opening of Spurs’ new 62,000-capacity “Tottenham Hotspur Stadium” to be delayed.The Lilywhites have since managed to reschedule their home Premier League games against Liverpool and Cardiff City back to last season’s home ground at Wembley.Now progress has been made on the Champions League home fixtures.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“We have agreed with UEFA that the first home matchday of this season’s Champions League group stage, scheduled on either matchday one (week commencing 17 September) or matchday two (week commencing 1 October), will be staged at Wembley Stadium,” read a statement.Talks remain ongoing for the venue of the club’s remaining home games in the group stages of the Champions League.Meanwhile, Spurs will now apply for permission to host next month’s EFL Cup third-round tie at a neutral venue or to change the fixture to an away game due to Wembley being in use during that week.last_img read more

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Nikiski Middle High School Clothing Drive Starts Today

first_imgLast year, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District reported an increase in students who lack a permanent, stable, and adequate place to sleep at night or adequate clothing for school. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Nikiski Middle High School Torch Club & Keystone members are hosting a “FREE Clothing Giveaway” August 6th, 7th, & 8th from 9-3pm at Nikiski Middle High School Library. There will also be free limited school supplies for those in need. Contact Renee Payment at 776-9436. The clothing drive will donate to local students in need at the start of the school year. The organization in charge of the clothing drive, is seeking socks, shirts, shorts, and sweatshirts for students who are in need. KPBSD anticipates serving over 100 students who are homeless this year; already over 50 students are enrolled in the coming year.last_img read more

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Pokemon Go is adding the coolest shiny to raids today

first_img2:13 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $309 Review • Nintendo Game Boy Advance 13 Photos Tags Nintendo shows latest Pokemon game, Sword and Shield Mobile Video Games Gotta eat ’em all at the Pokemon Cafe Post a comment Mentioned Above Nintendo Game Boy Advance (Indigo) Nintendo Game Boy Advance 0 Look how cool shiny Rayquaza is! Niantic There’s a whole lot going on in Pokemon Go, with Team Rocket is bringing chaos and shiny Ralts coming on Saturday. That isn’t enough for developer Niantic, so it’s bringing Rayquaza back to raids on Wednesday. Rayquaza is normally green, but lucky players might encounter its cool black shiny form — which hasn’t been available in the game before.The giant serpent will show up the super tough five-star raids from July 31, 2019, at 1 p.m. PT until Sept. 2, 2019, at 1 p.m. PT, so you’ll have plenty of time to get a group together and go hunting. If you beat Rayquaza in battle, you’ll get a catch to catch it.”This Dragon- and Flying-type Legendary Pokemon is weak to Ice-, Rock-, Dragon-, and Fairy-type attacks,” Niantic wrote in its release. “In fact, Rayquaza has a quadruple weakness to Ice-type attacks, so be sure to have Pokémon with those attacks ready when going into battle!” Niantic also increased the maximum number of Pokemon you can store from 2,000 to 2,500.Rayquaza first showed up in 2003’s Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire on Game Boy Advance, and got promoted to mascot in the enhanced Pokemon Emerald two years later. If those main series Pokemon games are more your thing, Sword and Shield are coming Nintendo Switch on Nov. 15. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: See it Pokemon Go Nintendolast_img read more

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Missing schoolboy found dead in Natore

first_imgPolice recovered the throat-silt body of a schoolboy from under a culvert at Kumgram in Singra upazila on Sunday night, two days after he had gone missing.The deceased was Jewel Sarker, a class II student of Kumgram Primary School.Monirul Islam, officer-in-charge of Singra police station, said Jewel went missing on Friday.Locals spotted his body under the culvert around 8:00pm and informed police.Later, police recovered the body.last_img

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When kids indulge in Warli art

first_imgLearning the fact that they grasp everything quickly, an art teacher from Ahmednagar’s Nutan Madhyamik Vidyalaya has encouraged his students from class 10 to take up Warli art. Warli art is basically a tribal art which is dying a slow death and hence, to revive it with freshness, India International Centre is going to present a collection of the students’ artworks, in the national Capital.The exhibition titled- ‘Transformation Through Art’ which begins on May 18 will showcase the Warli paintings made by students of Arvind J Kudia, art teacher, Cantonment Board School, Ahmednagar Cantonment, Maharashtra. The participating artists are Adnan Kazi, Shadab Kazi, Jayesh Kale, Zakir Shaikh, Prakash Nanavare, Sanket Shelke, Rishikesh Salve and Ankit Sathe. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A preview of the exhibition will be held on Tuesday. Learning Warli art has brought about a joyful transformation in the lives of the students of Ahmednagar Cantonment Board Schools. Albeit underprivileged and bereft of better opportunities, these children under the passionate and tireless tutelage of their art teacher, have created masterpieces that are on display at the exhibition. The students are from different backgrounds and their interest in art increases hope among art enthusiasts. Adnan Kazi and Shadab Kazi have expressed their wish to become artists. Their father is a mechanic and mother is homemaker.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixJayesh Kale, a jubilant boy is a son of a painter and wants to become an artist. His mother is a homemaker. Zakir Shaikh is son of a part time cook and a homemaker wants to become a teacher. Prakash Nanaware longs to at least complete graduation. His mother toils as a maid as his father is unemployed. Sanket Shelke, a son of a government school teacher and a homemaker aims to become an engineer.Rishikesh Salve, a son of a humble waiter in a small eatery dreams of becoming a landscape artist. Aniket Sathe intends to at least become a graduate and self-employed. His mother is a homemaker and father is tempo driver.last_img read more

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The best outcome for all Air Canadas group ups offer for Aeroplan

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Air Canada is taking back control of the valuable Aeroplan loyalty business that it created in 1984 and spun off in 2002, and Aimia is getting the price it wanted all along: $450 million.The Air Canada-led consortium including TD Bank, CIBC and Visa Canada Corp. announced today that it had struck a deal in principle to acquire Aeroplan, agreeing to pay $450 million in cash and assume the $1.9-billion liability associated with Aeroplan miles customers have accumulated.The new offer almost doubles the consortium’s initial offer of $250 million in cash and the assumption of the reward point liability. That offer, made in July, was rejected by Aimia, however Aimia maintained that it would keep the door open to a ‘fair deal’ from the group.The transaction is expected to close this fall.“We are pleased to see that an agreement in principle has been reached as Aeroplan members can continue to earn and redeem with confidence,” Air Canada President and CEO Calin Rovinescu said in a statement on behalf of the consortium Tuesday.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWT“This transaction, if completed, should produce the best outcome for all stakeholders, including Aeroplan members, as it would allow for a smooth transition to Air Canada’s new loyalty program launching in 2020, safeguarding their miles and providing convenience and value for millions of Canadians.”The future of the program has faced questions since Air Canada announced last year that it planned to launch its own loyalty rewards plan in 2020 when its partnership with Aimia expires.After rejecting the consortium’s initial offer on Aug. 2, Aimia announced a new deal with Porter Airlines effective July 2020. Less than a week later came news that Aimia was also signing Aeroplan partnership agreements with Air Transat and Flair Airlines, also effective July 2020.Air Canada created Aeroplan as its in-house loyalty program, but it was spun off as an independent business as part of a court-supervised restructuring of the airline.Michael Deluce, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Porter Airlines, says Porter Airlines is aware that Aimia has reached a preliminary agreement with the consortium led by Air Canada to acquire the Aeroplan loyalty program.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upDeluce told Travelweek: “Porter recognized from the outset that Aeroplan may be purchased prior to its agreement taking effect in July 2020. If the consortium enters into a final definitive agreement with Aimia, we will then be in a position to comment on the impact to Porter’s agreement at that time.”Transat Chief Distribution Officer Joseph Adamo, is of the same mind, telling Travelweek: “From the start of talks, we were well aware that this could be the eventual outcome. That’s why we planned to reach a final agreement with Aimia at a later date. We are discussing next steps with Aimia.”With files from The Canadian Press Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Tags: Aeroplan, Aimia Inc, Air Canada “The best outcome for all”: Air Canada’s group ups offer for Aeroplan, deal to close this falllast_img read more

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Rep Rendon invites residents to think local during Buy Michigan Week

first_img25Jul Rep. Rendon invites residents to think local during Buy Michigan Week Categories: News,Rendon News State Rep. Daire Rendon today highlighted an upcoming week-long event that emphasizes buying Michigan-made products.Purchasing goods and services locally leads to a positive ripple effect on the region, encouraging small business growth and more job opportunities while strengthening Michigan’s economy.“The impact small business has on our state can’t be overstated,” said Rendon, of Lake City, who serves on the House Commerce and Trade Committee. “They provide jobs, stability for our local communities and simplicity for Michigan consumers looking to buy everyday goods and services. Investing our dollars into these businesses, when applicable, is an investment in our communities and our state and I support this effort because I came to Lansing to make sure our communities in Northern Michigan stay strong.”In October, the Michigan House passed a resolution supporting “Buy Nearby” – an annual statewide promotion for shopping at local retail outlets instead of alternatives via the internet. The Buy Nearby project estimated that if Michigan residents made a concerted effort to buy locally, an additional $9 billion in economic activity would follow and nearly 74,000 jobs could be created.Buy Michigan Week will run from July 28-Aug. 5.last_img read more

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UKTV has launched its full network of channels on

first_imgUKTV has launched its full network of channels on Virgin Media’s TV anywhere service, marking the first time that all 10 channels have been available together as part of a multiplatform service.UKTV’s flagship entertainment channel Watch, along with the channels Gold, Alibi, Dave, Eden, Really, Drama, Good Food, Home, and Yesterday are all now available on Virgin TV Anywhere.The service can be accessed on computers, as well as iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, with the UKTV channels going live to coincide with the launch of Virgin TV Anywhere’s Android app today.“The extension of our partnership with Virgin Media is a mark of UKTV’s commitment to providing viewers with even more access to our award-winning and increasingly popular channels,” said Keith Porritt, UKTV’s executive director of commercial.“We have committed to spending £110 million on-screen this year, making our channels stronger and more exciting, and now Virgin Media customers will be able to view these channels anywhere they like.”last_img read more

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Sandra Howe Binge viewing is primarily a solitary

first_imgSandra HoweBinge viewing is primarily a solitary activity, WiFi is now seen as a utility and out-of-home viewing has yet to take off. These are some of the preliminary findings from technology provider Arris’s annual Consumer Entertainment Index research, details of which for the US, UK and Spain were revealed at its Video Leadership Forum in Dublin today.Consumers increasingly want customised content on their devices and are looking for technology that enables the delivery of this, according to Sandy Howe, SVP of marketing at Arris, who said that the research showed that 58% of people binge-view on their own.Arris’s survey last year found that 78% of people were engaging in binge viewing, overall. The most recent research had given additional information about how and why they binge. “This is a deeply personal solitary activity,” said Howe. “We believe it is like reading a book. It is not really a family activity.”.People binge in different ways, via DVD, DVR, downloaded free catch-up services and many other mechanisms.Arris’ survey found that the TV is still the default device for viewing, and people are looking for bigger TVs, with US homes having bigger TVs than those in the UK and Spain. The most popular size across all three markets was 102-114cm.Laptops are the most popular devices for streaming, with desktops still popular in Spain, according to Arris. Tablets were more popular than desktops in the UK. Smart TVs are still not so widely used, but are more popular in the UK than the other two markets.WiFi is now seen as a utility by consumers. “People view it as a utility but networks are often overloaded,” said Howe. Homes typically have 12 devices connected to WiFi in the home.The living room is still the main room for watching TV, with the bedroom also growing in popularity, and the dining room still highly popular in Spain. Relatively few consumers watch TV out of the home, according to Arris, with some 30% currently watching TV on mobile devices outside the home. Mobile viewing is particularly popular in Spain relative to the UK and US. People are resistant to TV on the go because of factors including screen size, data plans, WiFi connectivity, and time taken to download content, according to Arris.Arris surveyed 19,000 consumers across multiple territories, and provided advanced data from the US, UK and Spain, ahead of the full report being released on June 17.last_img read more

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