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Let us hold on to Madiba’s values: Zuma

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first_img9 December 2013 Peace, forgiveness, caring, justice and equality for all – South Africans should hold on to the values that Nelson Mandela lived by, President Jacob Zuma told the congregation at the Bryanston Methodist Church in Johannesburg on Sunday as the country held a day of national reflection and prayer for Madiba. The 95-year-old former statesman passed away on Thursday, 5 December at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg after a lengthy battle with a lung infection. “We should not forget the values that Madiba stood for and sacrificed his life for,” Zuma said. “He stood for freedom, he fought against those who oppressed others … He actively participated to remove the oppressor to liberate the people of this country. When our struggle came to an end, he preached and practised reconciliation to make those who had been fighting to forgive one another and become one nation.” Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and grandson Mandla Mandela, and African National Congress (ANC) treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize, were among those present at the Bryanston church service. Mkhize told SAnews after the service that it was important for South Africans to “re-live the values of our late former president – those are unity, reconciliation and compassion – so that we create a better South Africa. We’ve got a beacon in Nelson Mandela to take our country forward.” Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, addressing a capacity congregation at the Grace Bible Church in Soweto, said Mandela “personified unity and diversity even while in prison. Through all that he endured, he learned not to hate. Instead he chose to see goodness in every person.” Motlanthe quoted Mandela, who said of himself that he “was not a saint, but a sinner who keeps trying”. Young and old filled the seats at the Grace Bible Church while others watched the service from monitors outside the church hall. Church member Margaret Lukhele, who came with her family of eight for the service, said they would “forever remain proudly South Africans because of Tata. He walked the long road back to freedom, made every South African to be free and to live free.” Also on Sunday, South Africans from various faiths gathered together under a white marquee to reflect on Mandela’s legacy at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg. Former Cabinet minister Tokyo Sexwale said South Africans grieved together “while understanding that 95 years of life were well lived and should be celebrated. It is a life worthy of celebration.” Mandela’s great-grandson, Luvuyo Mandela, thanked the public for the support the family had received, adding: “What happens next is that we pick up from where he left off.” Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein said: “The greatest tribute we can make to Madiba is to live like him. He showed us tolerance and generosity of spirit.” Anti-apartheid struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada recounted a story Madiba had once told him, of a conversation he’d had with a little girl who had called him a “stupid old man”. Kathrada said he would remember Mandela “as a politician who could laugh at himself”. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – December 9, 2019

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A big change in our weather pattern kicks off today. Rain spreads over the state and will lead to rain totals of .25″-.75″ over 100% of Ohio. Cold air waits to blast in until this evening, and closer to midnight any remaining moisture in central and northern Ohio has the potential to end as sloppy wet snowflakes. That being said, we think the threat of snow with this system overnight is minimal, as most of the moisture is gone before cold air arrives. The areas that have the biggest potential for a few flakes will be in east central and NE Ohio.Conditions turn windy and much colder for Tuesday. Temps will be significantly lower than today, and we go to well below normal levels. Winds make the change more dramatic today, but as winds subside tomorrow and Thursday, we still see even colder air coming for those days. The threat of below zero temps looks like it is off the table now, but still, lower single digit lows are likely, especially overnight Wednesday night into Thursday morning. We see no new precipitation those days except for some lake effect snow potential on Wednesday in far NE Ohio, and perhaps a bit sagging back into north central Ohio near the lake shore. The rest of the state is dry.On Friday, we start to see some temperature moderation, and with that a few more clouds. However, we are going to keep the forecast dry at this time, and likely see similar conditions for Saturday, although there is a slightly better chance of rain over the eastern third of the state Saturday midday and afternoon. If rain does fall, we are talking a few tenths or less.  Clouds mix with sun on Sunday, but there is not any serious threat of organization on any moisture.Our next frontal passage comes overnight Sunday night through Monday of next week. This has some warm air leading the front, but most of the precipitation looks like it wants to come in the cold sector. Right now, we will allow for both rain and snow potential, but would skew central and northern Ohio more toward snow, with far southern Ohio rain. Liquid equivalent precipitation totals will be from .1″-.5″ with coverage at 80%. Dry and colder for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week. The map at right shows our estimate for liquid equivalent moisture totals for the next 10 days combined. Some models are wetter than this, and some are drier. The biggest chunk of this happens in the next 24 hours.last_img read more

BJP campaign to focus on Article 370, Congress on economy

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first_imgWhile the Congress focuses on issues related to farmers and the economy, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to highlight the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir on the campaign trail for Assembly polls.With BJP national president Amit Shah set to kick off the Rashtriya Ekta Abhiyan from Mumbai on Sunday, the party has planned a rally in each constituency, focusing on Article 370. A number of senior BJP leaders, including executive president J.P. Nadda, Ram Madhav, Lok Sabha MP and former Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh, and spokespersons Sambit Patra and Gaurav Bhatia, will address rallies at different district headquarters. Mr. Nadda will be in Pune on September 23, while Ram Madhav will be in Aurangabad on September 29. Mr. Singh will address a rally in Satara in front of retired Army officers and families of soldiers who died on duty. The leaders will meet eminent personalities to inform them about the abrogation of Article 370 and its importance. State BJP secretary Rajesh Pande, who is coordinating the Abhiyan in the State, said the party will approach around 4,000 prominent personalities with its message. “Senior leaders will address public meetings at the district level, but similar rallies will be organised in each constituency. The Abhiyan will continue till the first week of October,” he said. Congress strategyThe Congress, meanwhile, is focusing on the economy and farmers’ problems. “The BJP-Shiv Sena government’s claim of having given the country’s biggest loan waiver of ₹34,000 crore to 89 lakh farmers has proved to be false. More than 50% farmers are yet to benefit from the scheme,” Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said. He said that as on August 31, the government had waived loans worth ₹18,761 crore of 44, 04,147 farmers, keeping nearly 45 lakh farmers waiting.Addressing a press conference in Mumbai, Congress spokesperson Gaurav Vallabh said bank loans to industries in Maharashtra declined for the first time in 30 years in 2018. “The government should declare how much foreign investment came into the State through the Make in Maharashtra initiative and publish online district-wise data on how many new businesses are being set up,” he said.last_img read more

Nova Scotia rapper Classified wins ECMA Song of Year for Snoop Dogg

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first_imgLes Hotesses d’Hilaire walked away with two awards on the night — Francophone Recording of the Year and Group Recording of the Year. The rapper, from Enfield, N.S., produced the tune, which also samples a song from emerging Cape Breton-born, Halifax based singer-songwriter Dave Sampson. “Once again, the awards show proved to be an excellent way to kick off the ECMAs,” said Andy McLean, the group’s executive director. Advertisement SAINT JOHN, N.B. — A fun collaboration with Snoop Dogg called “No Pressure” rewarded Nova Scotia rapper Classified with the Song of the Year award Thursday night at the annual East Coast Music Awards. — By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Old Man Luedecke captured Album of the Year for his Domestic Eccentric. Produced by Tim O’Brien, the album was recorded in a small cabin in the snowy Nova Scotia woods. Ever-popular Lennie Gallant was named the Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the year. Industry sessions and local performances continue though the weekend. The awards show, hosted by comedian James Mullinger, was held in Saint John, N.B. The remaining 2017 East Coast Music Awards, including the Industry Awards, will be handed out over the course of the weekend as the festival continues in Saint John. Tristan Horncastle had the Country Recording of the Year with “Turnin’ Up a Sundown.” Like a Motorcycle took home the coveted Rising Star Recording of the Year award for their hard-driving rock tune “High Hopes.” Login/Register With: Facebook The East Coast Music Association is a regional collaboration of people in the music industry to foster, develop and celebrate East Coast music and its artists. Advertisement Other winners Thursday night included War Horses for Indigenous Artist of the Year, and The Motorleague with Rock Recording of the Year for “Holding Patterns.” The show featured live performances by David Myles, Classified, Ria Mae, Tomato/Tomato, and others. Advertisement Classified also produced Ria Mae’s self-titled album, which captured the award for Solo Recording of the year. Mae’s album featuring “Clothes Off” became a smash hit on the Canadian radio charts and grabbed a Juno nomination for single of the year — a category based on sales. Twitterlast_img read more

College JeandeBrébeuf in Montreal holds its own reconciliation week

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first_imgDanielle Rochette APTN National NewsA college in Montreal is taking a step towards reconciliation.College Jean-de-Brébeuf is bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous students together through cultural activities all week.drochette@aptn.calast_img

NASA InSights marsquake detector is ready to listen to Mars heartbeat

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first_img NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Whew – winding down after a long day, but I’ve done it: I’ve placed my seismometer on the surface of Mars! With SEIS, I’ll be able to listen in for marsquakes and help reveal the heartbeat of #Mars. https://t.co/GYNO4txPPi pic.twitter.com/18eQHXOfiO— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) December 20, 2018 Now playing: Watch this: “Seismometer deployment is as important as landing InSight on Mars,” said InSight Principal Investigator Bruce Banerdt. “The seismometer is the highest-priority instrument on InSight: We need it in order to complete about three-quarters of our science objectives.”Because this isn’t NASA’s first rodeo, a team of scientists has been practising the deployment of instruments with an exact replica of the lander (known as ForeSight) on a fake Mars set back here on Earth. (Fun fact: the fake Martian dust is made from crushed up garnet stones). And the practice has paid off. “InSight’s timetable of activities on Mars has gone better than we hoped,” said InSight Project Manager Tom Hoffman. “Getting the seismometer safely on the ground is an awesome Christmas present.” Sci-Tech Share your voice NASA Space NASA’s InSight lander has perfectly deployed its seismometer on the surface of Mars, ready to listen for marsquakes. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s InSight mission is going from strength to strength with news that the Mars lander has successfully positioned its seismometer, ready to listen for marsquakes. NASA announced the news late on Wednesday, tweeting out a GIF of the instrument being placed on the red dust of Mars. According to the space agency, it’s the first time a scientific instrument has ever been placed on the surface of another planet. The InSight lander touched down on Mars in late November, ready for a seven-year mission that will see the spacecraft drill deeper into the planet than ever before. It will measure how the planet wobbles on its axis as it orbits the sun and ultimately study the composition of Mars’ core. Alongside all that science, InSight will also study seismic activity on Mars — just like Earth gets earthquakes, NASA is looking for ground motion, or “marsquakes,” beneath the Martian surface. But to do all that, NASA had to position InSight’s seismometer just right, which is no easy feat when you’re remotely operating a spacecraft on another planet with an eight-minute communications delay.  0 NASA’s InSight landing and the crazy odds behind getting… 5:54 Tags Post a commentlast_img read more

NASA citizen scientist discovers first ancient dead star with peculiar rings

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first_img Comment Share your voice Sci-Tech Today’s NASA Mars weather report: It’s freakin’ cold Trump’s Space Force is coming, but not as originally planned Yes, this is a real view of the ISS transiting the moon 17 Photos Tags Intriguingly, the fate of this planetary system may foreshadow what’s to come for the Earth. Eventually, our sun will expand into a “red giant,” swallowing Mercury and Venus (maybe even Earth) whole like The Blob rolling across small-town America. That event would tidy up the inner solar system like a cosmic Marie Kondo, and then see the star collapse into a white dwarf, its gravity dissipate and the planets at the edge of the system drift away.NASA and collaborating science and educational institutions launched Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 in February 2017 as a citizen scientist project that uses data from WISE to search for the supposed planet hiding at the edge of our solar system. Over 150,000 participants eyeball thousands of images generated by WISE to look for any anomalies that might pop up. The project has already reaped many rewards, with a brown dwarf, a type of “failed star,” discovered only six days after the project began and over a thousand similar objects discovered since. center_img More from space NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Scott Wiessinger A citizen scientist working with NASA has detected an old, cold dying star that may provide a window into the fate of our own solar system billions of years from now.Melina Thévenot, a citizen scientist from Germany, detected an anomaly while searching through data collected by the European Space Agency’s Gaia spacecraft. At first, she believed it was bad data, but when she looked at the source in the images from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission, she decided the data might be valuable and handed it over to the team working on the Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 citizen scientist project.The leads on that project decided to follow up on the finding, re-positioning the Keck II telescope in Hawaii to take a deeper look. With their new set of eyes focused on the tiny spot in the sky, Keck II confirmed the blip wasn’t bad data — it was the oldest, coldest white dwarf we’ve ever spotted — and it is circled by a peculiar set of dusty rings. The discovery appears Tuesday in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.  “This white dwarf is so old that whatever process is feeding material into its rings must operate on billion-year timescales,” said John Debes, an astronomer and lead author on the study. “This star is really challenging our assumptions of how planetary systems evolve.” Dubbed J0207 (or LSPM J0207+3331 for the purists), the newly discovered dead star is about the size of the Earth and located around 145 light-years from our home planet. The team believes the dead star has two disks of dusty material, the first known white dwarf to host such a weird phenomenon. Generally, dusty disks form around these bodies when asteroids or comets are flung into the gravitational pull of a the star. As they approach, the dead star’s gravity begins to tear them apart, breaking them up into pieces that constantly orbit the body. Weirdly, white dwarfs this old generally don’t maintain their dusty disks — all the material slowly falls into the star. That’s puzzled researchers, but follow-up missions may resolve the conundrum.”What makes this new white dwarf so interesting is that it’s much older than the typical dusty white dwarf,” said Debes. “That is hard to explain with our current models of how asteroids get kicked into inner white dwarf systems, but somehow Nature knows how to do it.”    1 NASA NASA Opportunity rover witnessed the wild side of Marslast_img read more

Dang the rules for naming Jupiters new moons are super strict

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first_img Hey @JupiterLunacy, you should name the newly discovered moon S/2018 J1 Pheraea. Pheraea was involved with Zeus, and their daughter was found and saved by a shepherd, or should I say Sheppard.  #NameJupitersMoons— Carnegie Science (@carnegiescience) February 21, 2019 13 Photos Post a comment But wait. There’s more. Each individual moon has more specific needs. Three of the moons are retrograde (they orbit in an opposite direction to Jupiter’s rotation) and must have names ending in “e,” while the other two must end in “a.”Carnegie wants the public to offers suggestions on Twitter by tweeting to @JupiterLunacy with the hashtag #NameJupitersMoons.Some of the suggestions so far don’t fit the brief, but one viable idea comes from Carnegie Science itself: Pheraea, one of Zeus’ lovers. I was ready to suggest Persephone, but there’s already an asteroid with that name. NASA view of Jupiter looks like an infamous South Park character NASA captures cosmic ‘dolphin’ swimming in Jupiter’s clouds Space Sci-Tech 0center_img Share your voice While the rules seem strict, there are some good reasons for them. The International Astronomical Union, which governs the names of space objects, already has a stringent list of requirements. The moon rules will also keep the new names on theme for Jupiter. Jupiter has 79 known moons, including famous satellites Europa and Io and the likes of Adrastea (Zeus’s foster mom) and Callisto (one of Zeus’s lovers).     We’re lucky there are so many characters in Roman and Greek mythology. As it turns out, sometimes a good name is hard to find. Jupiter swirls Tags Jaw-dropping Jupiter: NASA’s Juno mission eyes the gas giant Jupiter as seen by Hubble. Space Telescope Science Institute Polyphonte, this may be your time to shine.The Carnegie Institution for Science put out a call Thursday asking for the public’s help naming some recently discovered moons found orbiting Jupiter. But don’t get carried away. There are rules. Carnegie announced the 12 moons in mid-2018, and we get a say in draping monikers on five of them. Some of the ground rules are pretty straightforward: 16 characters or less, nothing offensive, nothing too similar to existing moon or asteroid names. You also can’t name them after a living person.Now the tunnel starts to narrow. The moons must be named after characters in Roman or Greek mythology who were either descendants of or lovers of Jupiter (Roman) or Zeus (Greek).  OK, maybe we can still work with that, even though that rules out calling any of them Elon, Moony McMoonFace or Buzz. last_img read more

Looting ravages Venezuela unrest death toll hits 36

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first_imgView of damages in a supermarket in Valencia, Carabobo State, on Friday, the day after anti-government protesters looted stores, set fire to cars and clashed with police, leaving at least five people injured, and one dead after being hit in the head by a projectile. Photo: AFPA young man died Friday after he was injured in violence as looting broke out in impoverished Venezuelan cities, an official said, bringing the toll from unrest in more than a month of anti-government protests to at least 36.Hecder Lugo Perez, 22, died after he was hit in the head by a projectile in the northwestern city of Valencia, sources at the Valles de San Diego medical clinic said. City Mayor Enzo Scarano confirmed his death.Mass protests erupted on April 1 by demonstrators demanding elections to remove President Nicolas Maduro. They blame him for an economic crisis that has caused shortages of food, medicine and other basics.Anger boiled over Friday in the western municipality of Rosario de Perija, where young protesters burned, pulled down and then smashed a statue of former president Hugo Chavez, Maduro’s late predecessor and mentor, according to video posted on social media showing the incident in a public square.Looting broke out this week in cities such as Valencia, which looked like a disaster zone with bars on shop windows bent and windows broken.“There was a crowd of them. They broke through the walls and took everything. They destroyed everything” before police came and fired tear gas to disperse the looters, said Nuvia Torrealba, 42, who worked in a bakery.“My bosses have lost their home and we are out of a job. It was horrible.”Residents were stockpiling food, water and fuel. At least 70 stores have been raided since Tuesday, the Valencia chamber of commerce said.“They are taking advantage of the protests to go out and rob,” said Magaly Oliveros, a 64-year-old housewife in Valencia.“Today we are hungry, and tomorrow we will be hungrier still because there is nothing.”Army allegationsMaduro is resisting opposition demands for elections.Each side accuses the other of using armed groups to sow violence in the demonstrations.Maduro has the public backing of the military high command, which analysts say is key to resisting the protests.However, senior opposition leader Henrique Capriles said on Friday that 85 mid-ranking army officers have been detained for opposing moves to crack down on protesters.He cited information he said was given by the officers’ families.Weekend protestsMaduro’s opponents called for women to march on Saturday dressed in white, a traditional show of defiance against what they brand a repressive government.“The regime is falling,” said Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, outside the prison near Caracas where she was demanding to see her husband.“It has no strength and is showing its worst side, using weapons because it is does not have right on its side.”The president has launched moves to reform the constitution, further angering the opposition, which says he is trying to dodge elections.He says the economic crisis is a US-backed conspiracy to topple him and install a right-wing government.“We will not let a fascist regime be set up here,” said Elias Jaua, the official appointed to lead a presidential commission on the constitutional reforms.Capriles said the opposition will take no part in the constitutional discussions.The celebrity Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel, director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, added his voice to calls for an end to the violence on Thursday.He called for Maduro to “listen to the voice of the Venezuelan people”, in a message posted on Facebook.last_img read more