The Canadian Press MARKHAM, Ont. — A lot of questions remain to be answered today after four bodies were found inside a home in Markham, Ont., just north of Toronto.York Regional Police said officers discovered the bodies Sunday afternoon while responding to a 911 call about possible injuries at the home.They said the officers were met at the door by a 20-year-old man who was later taken into custody, but there was still word as of Sunday night whether he’d been charged with anything.And no information was immediately released about the identities of the deceased, their ages, genders, relationship to each other, or how they died.A command post was being set up in the neighbourhood as investigators, including a forensic identification unit and the coroner, continued to comb through the house for evidence.Police also made a point of trying to reassure shocked neighbours that they would get to the bottom of the incident.“I want to reassure everybody that this is a safe community and that we’re doing everything we can so whoever is responsible for this incident is taken before our courts,” Const. Andy Pattenden told reporters and community members gathered behind yellow police tape.Pattenden said he didn’t have any information about whether there could be other suspects, but asked anyone who may have seen or heard anything of note to come forward.“All the resources we have at York Regional Police will be involved in this investigation,” he said.
A new online auction is giving you the opportunity to take a private tour of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash’s personal recording studio in Nashville, TN with their son, John Carter Cash.Proceeds from the auction will benefit the American Red Cross.John Carter Cash, having been involved in music all his life, is an accomplished and award winning record producer. However, his activities in the creative world reach far beyond just music production. He is also a singer-songwriter, and author. The grandson of Maybelle Carter and the only son to Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, he preserves the family legacy and is a caretaker to the heritage of his musical ancestors.The Cash Cabin Studio is a private recording studio with an astounding history. Not only did Johnny and June Carter Cash record most all of their later music here, but many other talented musicians and famous entertainers have made music within these walls. Johnny Cash built the original cabin in 1978. It was then, as it is now, a place to find solace and make music. However, the idea of it being a studio did not arrive for some years. Through the years, a spacious recording room, booths, and a comfortable mixing room were installed.Now the the Cash Cabin Studio is a state of the art recording studio. The Cabin also has a natural reverb chamber, which offers it’s unique sound to the recordings made here. The studio is now owned and operated by John Carter Cash. It sits on forty-acres of woods and fields. John Carter raises European Fallow Deer on the property. There is also a large fishing pond stocked with Large-Mouth Bass, Bream, and Catfish.Other celebrities to have visited the famous studio include Reece Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, Taylor Swift, Snoop Dogg, Dolly Parton and more.The auction is open until September 18, and can be accessed via CharityBuzz.com.
Justin BrakeAPTN NewsOn the eve of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology to residential school survivors in Labrador, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Labrador MP Yvonne Jones met with Muskrat Falls land protectors for a sharing circle and to talk about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The event came just days after federal Justice Minister Judy Wilson-Raybould announced the Liberals would support NDP MP Romeo Saganash’s private members’ bill, C-262, which calls for the full implementation of the UNDRIP into Canadian law.Land protectors and the leadership of two of Labrador’s three Indigenous groups have maintained at various times since the inception of the controversial hydroelectric project at Muskrat Falls that free, prior and informed consent was not given to the provincial and federal governments, or to the provincial crown energy corporation building the dam, Nalcor Energy.Many have argued Muskrat Falls contravenes several articles from UNDRIP and calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.On Thursday evening, land protectors laid out their concerns for Bennett and Jones, arguing Muskrat Falls threatens Inuit and Innu communities’ food, culture and ways of life.“We have real genuine concerns about our families and our future, the future of our children and grandchildren on the land,” said Marjorie Flowers, an Inuk woman from Rigolet who was arrested in 2013 and 2016 for protesting the dam, and who spent 10 days in a maximum security men’s prison in St. John’s after refusing to promise a judge she would stay away from the project site.“We’ve lived here for hundreds and thousands of years. And this project moved in and ripped the land to shreds.”Linda Saunders-McLean, a social worker and occasional minister at the Moravian Church in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, told Bennett and Jones that the Indigenous-led resistance also was met with a frightening response from the RCMP, with the support of provincial Justice Minister and Attorney General Andrew Parsons.In a desperate, last resort effort to protect their country food from projected methylmercury poisoning last fall, dozens of land protectors blockaded and occupied the Muskrat Falls site, prompting Nalcor to apply for court injunctions, and subsequently for the RCMP to deploy hundreds of officers, at the time and in the months to follow, to the remote location in Central Labrador.Many, including elders and community members who had previously never been in trouble with the law, now face lengthy legal battles to defend their actions.“Social workers are here to protect children, but I feel like I can’t protect my children,” Saunders-McLean said, crying and holding a picture of her children and grandchildren. She said her family lives in the flood zone downstream of Muskrat Falls, and that she and many others are convinced once the reservoir is fully flooded, the dam will not hold. Their concerns are shared by independent observers, including retired engineer James Gordon, who has won awards for his work on large hydro dams around the world. Gordon and others have argued that a dam of Muskrat Falls’ size has never been built on the kind of sand and clay that make up the ground that stretches along the banks of the Churchill River. Many have called for an independent review of the North Spur, the natural geological feature on the river at the heart of the dam integrity concerns, and which Nalcor is figuring into its construction of the dam.“I feel like whenever I speak out against this, I have a fear that I’ll go to court, that charges will be laid against me and I’ll lose my job,” said Saunders-McLean. Land protector and event organizer Denise Cole asked Bennett to ensure her government moves “quickly” to align Canadian law with the rights outlined in UNDRIP, and to “look in retrospect at projects that have already been recently approved, such as Muskrat Falls…because that includes Gull Island, which has not officially begun yet.”Though the project has not yet undergone an environmental assessment and construction has not begun, a third dam on the Churchill River in Labrador, at Gull Island, a sacred place for the Innu, has already received approval from Labrador’s Innu Nation.“From coast to coast to coast, our waters, our lands, and our culture is being destroyed on this idea of resource projects for the country,” Cole said in the circle.“So we need to thoroughly look at what’s being approved, and sometimes we need to go backwards and change how things are,” said Cole. “We’ve very much asking for a suspension of the Muskrat Falls project until issues are addressed, including the fact that we no longer feel that we have ever been able to give our free, prior and informed consent to this project. “And UNDRIP specifically states that when it comes to duty to consult it is for the entire life of the project. The Crown should have automatically been triggered to do a new duty to consult as they are doing now in Clyde River.”Cole said in light of the new information and resulting concerns, Muskrat Falls “should have stopped and only moved forward with our free, prior and informed consent.”She maintains free, prior and informed consent “does not just include Indigenous leaders,” and that it “has to include the people.”Responding to the land protectors, Bennett said the government is working to bring Canadian law into accordance with UNDRIP, and that they will “go further than that in a Canadian way, in that here we have First Nations, Inuit, Metis rights, Section 35 rights and treaties, and so our legislation will be specific for Canada but will embody those principles.”However, Bennett indicated the Liberals are not likely to look at resource development projects that have already been sanctioned.She said, “going backwards is going to be very difficult.”But Cole said that if they need evidence as to why things that are anticipated to harm Indigenous people ought to be stopped before they inflict suffering, the federal government need look no further than their own present reason for being in Labrador.“They’re here apologizing for mistakes that were made many years ago. You can go back. You can do it right. You can change,” she said.The meeting was prompted by the actions of a Muskrat Falls solidarity group in Ontario, who occupied Bennett’s constituency office in Toronto last month and demanded the minister meet with land protectors in Labrador.Last week the provincial government launched an inquiry into Muskrat Falls, though the terms of reference do not mention environmental concerns or Indigenous rights.At the height of the Muskrat Falls protests last year, Jones, who is also Bennett’s parliamentary secretary, said she made recommendations to the Prime Minister’s Office regarding the province’s request for a second loan guarantee to continue construction of Muskrat Falls, which is billions over the originally estimated cost.On Friday Jones told APTN that when she offered recommendations to the PMO last fall, they did not include attaching conditions to the new loan guarantee. “At the end of the day it was an economic decision in terms of whether we would assist the province or not,” she said. “It wasn’t a project that was in financial jeopardy, it was a province in financial jeopardy, and the federal government was asked to intervene and provide that support.”One week after the Indigenous-led occupation of Muskrat Falls ended in 2016, and as dozens of land protectors, including elders, were being charged, the Trudeau Government announced a $2.9 billion loan guarantee to Newfoundland and Labrador to continue work on Muskrat Falls.
22 March 2007A delegation from the newly established United Nations Peacebuilding Commission is half way through its first-ever mission, a five-day visit to Sierra Leone, as part of reinforced efforts by the world body to prevent countries emerging from civil war and other conflicts from slipping back into bloodshed. The 12-member delegation, which winds up its visit on 25 March, has already held intensive talks with President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah and other senior officials of the small West African country, which after 11 years of civil war has now entered a peace consolidation phase.“We came here to look on the ground for first-hand information on issues that the Commission is meant to deal with and to identify challenges to the peacebuilding process,” said Ambassador Frank Majoor, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the UN, who headed the delegation in his capacity as chair of the Commission’s Country Specific Meetings on Sierra Leone. After earlier discussions in the Commission, the Government and the UN mission in Sierra Leone jointly conducted an analysis of critical gaps in peacebuilding efforts and drew up a national priority plan that has been endorsed by the stakeholders and includes youth employment and empowerment, democracy and good governance, justice and security as well as public service delivery.Mr. Majoor said the working visit helped the delegation to determine specific priorities and gaps within these wider priority areas for the Commission to solicit extended support from donor countries.He emphasized that the Commission is now closer to an integrated framework – a compact between the Government, donors, the UN, the private sector and civil society – to sustain the national and international commitment to support peacebuilding and stability in Sierra Leone over the years to come.He and other delegation members described the consolidated approach on various tracks to peacebuilding and development, thus maintaining the continuity of already existing mechanisms such as the Poverty Reduction Strategy Project and the Peace Consolidation Strategy.Earlier this month, Sierra Leone received $35 million from the UN Peacebuilding Fund, established from voluntary contributions to aid countries which have recently emerged from war from slipping back into conflict, with Sierra Leone and another formerly war-torn African country, Burundi, the first nations to be referred to it.Although the two countries have made much progress in emerging from their devastating civil conflicts, they continue to face great political and economic challenges, the Commission said then.
Serena Williams twirls after defeating Carina Witthoeft, of Germany, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK (AP) — It’s all about the tutu for Serena Williams at the U.S. Open.Just days after French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli said her black catsuit with clot-preventing compression tights “will no longer be accepted,” Williams chose a one-armed black tutu-style dress by Off-White’s Virgil Abloh to take on Magda Linette at the Open. She won.Perhaps her sparkly shoes emblazoned with her name and “queen” also helped.On Wednesday night, playing against Carina Witthoeft, Williams was in another tutu dress that’s part of her new collaboration with Nike and Abloh, who is also men’s artistic director for Louis Vuitton. Anna Wintour looked pleased as she watched Williams beat Witthoeft.The Queen Collection is inspired by Williams’ love of dance. She paired the black look with a leather biker jacket. The dresses have sheer panels on one shoulder and long sleeves on the other. Williams tugged hard on the sleeve as her Wednesday match began.The 23-time Grand Slam winner wore compression fishnets with her tutu looks to guard against blood clots, a problem she battled soon after giving birth last September.Retail, prices range from $130 to $900 for various pieces in the new collab.
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. “But getting her safely freed was worth a dirty uniform! She came out looking bedraggled and dazed.”In other pet news, a smiling dog faced losing his new home after this adoption selfie alerted police. He ended up covered in soot but said it was worth itCredit:Liverpool Echo/Merseyside Police Merseyside Fire Service helped with the rescue Credit:Liverpool Echo/Merseyside Police A lucky kitten has been rescued after spending four days stuck inside the chimney of a Liverpool property.Lola got herself wedged 8ft up a chimney and was freed after a rescue operation between the RSPCA and Merseyside Fire Service. RSPCA Inspector Matt Brown managed to free cat LolaCredit:Liverpool Echo/Merseyside Police RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer Matt Brown, who got completely covered in soot during the rescue, said: “Lola had been trapped up there for four days.“It was a different sort of job that I am used to – it just goes to show how varied a day in the life of an RSPCA inspector can be. Her worried owner, who initially thought she had gone missing, contacted the RSPCA after hearing the kitten making noises inside the chimney.She had not long been adopted by her owner and, feeling timid in her new home, sought a place to hide – behind the fireplace, RSPCA official said.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged a £14bn cash injection for primary and secondary schools in England, to be delivered over three yearsCredit:Aaron Chown/PA Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged a £14bn cash injection for primary and secondary schools in England, to be delivered over three years. This means the schools budget will be £52.2bn in 2022/23.Chancellor Sajid Javid has also earmarked £400m in additional funding for providers of education to 16 to 19-year-olds so they can teach young people the skills they need to enter well-paid jobs.The boost is the single biggest annual increase for the sector since 2010.On a visit to the further education college in Bristol where he studied economics, maths and computer science, Mr Javid said: “Further education, like all our public services, is a lifeline of opportunity for our young people.”We’ll make a strong statement in backing it at this week’s Spending Round and I’ll continue to look at what more we can do to help, just as my FE college opened my horizons and set me on my way.” Schools rated ‘outstanding’ will no longer be exempt from routine Ofsted inspections, the Education Secretary has announced, after it emerged that some have not been checked for more than a decade.Gavin Williamson unveiled the new rule as part of a raft of measures to tackle under-performance and ensure standards continue to rise, saying he would “leave no stone unturned” to achieve this.Since 2012, ‘outstanding’ schools have not been legally required to undergo routine inspections and are only visited if the watchdog has concerns about their performance.A report by the National Audit Office last year found that 296 had not been inspected for more than 10 years – during which time standards could steeply decline.But they will now be subject to the same visits as other schools to ensure the quality of education remains high and to reassure parents that their children are still receiving first class teaching.It comes after Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of schools in England, urged ministers to lift the exemption to ensure that the rating remains a “meaningful and a genuine beacon of excellence”.’Outstanding’ schools are highly sought after by parents and can drive up nearby house prices as families flock to the local area so that they qualify for the catchment area.But this academic year only 16 per cent of schools retained their ‘outstanding’ status following re-inspection compared with 33 per cent last year.Inspections can take place at any time after the first five working school days in the autumn term. The frequency of inspections depends on Ofsted’s findings.Schools can request that their inspection be deferred or cancelled, but only in exceptional circumstances. In the announcement, Mr Williamson also promised extra funding for top performing academies and more support for schools consistently rated ‘requires improvement’.He said a specialist academy trust will be piloted in the North of England to overhaul the most challenging schools struggling with long term underperformance. Mr Williamson said: “Every parent wants to know their child is getting a great education and I will leave no stone unturned in my drive to deliver that.”Education standards in this country have been transformed since 2010, and I am determined to make sure those schools that are leading the way are sharing their expertise and lifting up others so every child, no matter where they are from has the best possible start in life.“This government has delivered on its promise to deliver a huge cash boost for the education system and now we will continue our relentless focus on standards by backing teachers, school leaders and the sector as a whole to do what they do best and deliver the best for our children.” 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.
Today, RIM has announced 5 new BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry 7 OS. The line-up includes the BlackBerry Bold 9990 and 9930, the BlackBerry Torch 9810, and the BlackBerry Torch 9850 and 9860.RIM is shipping all 5 handsets with a 1.2GHz processor and dedicated GPU, the ability to record 720p HD video with a 5-megapixel camera, and augmeneted reality capabilities built-in. All will ship with the latest BlackBerry 7 operating system which RIM boasts offers 40% faster web browsing and optimized HTML5 performance. The premium version of Documents To Go is included for free, you get BlackBerry Protect for backups, and BlackBerry Balance for use of one handset as a work and leisure phone. Finally there’s a feature referred to as Liquid Graphics which takes advantage of the CPU/GPU for smoother visuals regardless of what you are using the phones for.As for the handsets, let’s start with the Bold 9900 and 9930, which RIM is pushing as the thinnest smartphones they have ever made at 10.5mm. It ships with a 2.8-inch touchscreen coupled with the typical BlackBerry Qwerty keyboard and 8GB of on-board storage. The Bold also offers up NFC for the first time in a Blackberry phone. If you’re wondering how the two models are different it’s simply a case of the 9930 being for CDMA networks. The Torch 9810 on the other hand offers up a larger touchscreen display than the Bold at 3.2-inches, and hides the Qwerty keyboard behind a slider allowing for a smaller handset overall.Finally we have the 9850 and 9860 which drop the keyboard completely. Instead there’s a 3.7-inch display with an on-screen Qwerty keyboard instead. On-board storage drops to 4GB and RIM is clearly aiming these handsets at consumers rather than business users with a focus on the web, photos, videos, and games. As for the model differences, the 9850 is for the U.S. and the 9860 is an international version.RIM has stated that all new smartphones will be available globally soon with 225 carriers and distributors signed up to ensure you can get one wherever you are in the world.Read more at RIM
Backblaze is an online backup service that has been keeping our data safe in case of disaster since 2008. Last year, the company also showed us how to build a 135 terabyte storage pod for $7,384.After 3 years of backing up files, the company knows a thing or two about how data restores are carried out in terms of both frequency and delivery. In the past they’ve offered restore options via online, DVD, or USB portable hard drives. Now they’ve decided it’s time to call the DVD a dead storage option.The DVD restore is no longer a Backblaze restore option, but it has been replaced with the up-to-date and increasingly common USB flash drive, or USB Flash Key as they call it. For $99 a year you have the option of receiving restores of up to 28GB on a flash stick via FedEx. The reason for the switch is down to what customers want. In Backblaze’s relatively short 3 years of service, the company has seen downloaded restores happening 8,000 time more often than DVD restores. Even the USB hard drive option, which costs nearly double what the DVD restore option did ($189 compared to $99) was used 50 times more often. Clearly nobody wants DVDs anymore.The switch to USB Flash Keys makes a lot of sense for both Backblaze and customers. It’s faster for Backblaze to transfer the restore data on to a flash drive than it is to burn multiple DVDs, and they are lighter to ship beyond a certain restore size. For customers, they get a reusable drive with their data on, plus they can use it with a growing number of devices that don’t have an optical drive. One thing that may be squeezed by the switch is the amount of profit Backblaze make on the $99 restore option. A 16GB flash drive costs around $15, where as you can get a spindle on 50 4.7GB DVDs for around the same price. Even so, most people will be glad Backblaze decided to make the switch and it could mean more customers take up the $99 option in future.Read more at Backblaze
Sci-Tech Culture 12 Ctrl Shift Face previously created a similar deepfake, this time shifting Hader’s face into Arnold Schwarzenegger’s. Watch it here on YouTube. Mice, an adorable new tool for fighting deepfakes Ron Swanson deepfaked as Full House characters will haunt you Deepfakes are essentially the video or audio equivalent of bogus images created with programs like Photoshop. Deepfake software is making it easier to manipulate video and increasingly harder to detect fakes. One technique enables people to create a deepfake using a single image, such as the Mona Lisa.Ctrl Shift Face and other YouTubers making fun alterations to clips like Hader’s talk show appearances are one thing, but it’s another when the likeness of President Barack Obama and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are made into convincing deepfakes. They’re already causing some fuss, with a video of Democratic politician Nancy Pelosi slowed down to make her appear drunk, already having been used to con people on social media. More deepfakes Bill Hader. PHILLIP CHIN/Getty Images Deepfakes are fake videos created or altered with AI software that show a person saying and doing things they never said or did. Well-made deepfakes are incredible technically; the line between a good deepfake and real life is essentially indistinguishable. That also makes then approximately the scariest thing ever.The latest example is from YouTuber Ctrl Shift Face, who edited a video of actor Bill Hader appearing on Late Night with David Letterman back in 2008. During Hader’s appearance on the show, he tells the story of meeting Tom Cruise for the first time at a table read. As Hader impersonates Cruise in the deepfake, posted to YouTube last week, his face in the deepfake subtly morphs into Cruise’s.Later in the clip Hader impersonates actor Seth Rogen, and the same happens. Hader’s story is hilarious. The video is mortifying. We will never trust again. Share your voice Tags Comments Artificial intelligence (AI)
Chennai: The Madras High Court has passionately argued for grant of citizenship to 65 Tamils who fled Sri Lanka after the 1983 riots, saying the conditions in the Tamil Nadu camp in which they are housed are “hellish”. The Tamils crossed the narrow strip of sea dividing Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu way back with a view to make India their permanent home but the Centre has refused to give them citizenship all these years. Also Read – Public toilet becomes home for 65-year-old woman in Madurai Advertise With Us They have been engaged in a legal battle for more than two decades. Although the Indian government has promised not to deport them, it has not acceded to their demand for Indian citizenship. Last week, the Madras High Court passed an order on their plea urging the Centre to take a sympathetic view on the plight of the petitioners and relax the norms for them to acquire Indian citizenship. Also Read – Six LeT terrorists enter Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore under high alert Advertise With Us The refugees do get monthly cash doles, ration, essential commodities, accommodation, dress materials, utensils and free education. On the issue of citizenship, the Tamil Nadu government contends that they arrived through an illegal route and so their refugee status cannot be converted into citizenship. The Centre has a similar view. The petitioners claim they are descendants of indentured labourers who settled down in Sri Lanka’s tea estates during the colonial era, they are Tamil speaking and their forefathers hailed from Tamil Nadu. Advertise With Us Justice G.R. Swaminathan observed: “An illegal migrant cannot claim such a relaxation if he had merged with society surreptitiously. That is not the case here. The writ petitioners have been housed in camps set up by the government.” The court drew the Centre’s attention on the circumstances which forced the petitioners to seek asylum in India and consider their case on humanitarian grounds. “A person who is running for his life cannot obviously be expected to wait for a visa. Therefore, viewing the petitioners’ case through the prism of the technical requirements of law does not appear to be a humanitarian approach,” observed the court. The refugees contended before the court that the Centre had already given an undertaking that they would not be compulsorily sent back to Sri Lanka. Observing the peculiar situation of the petitioners, the court said: “They have come away from Sri Lanka but they have not been absorbed here… “The camp conditions are hellish. One must read Pathinathan who is associated with the literary magazine ‘Kalachuvadu’ in this regard. Even if one’s heart is made of stone, it would still melt under the searing heat of reality. “When IPS officers are made in-charge of Mandapam camp, it is called as punishment posting.” The court expressed its willingness to help the petitioners but consciously refrained from crossing over the judicial boundary. “This is because citizenship falls within the exclusive executive domain of the central government. My heart may bleed for the petitioners but I have to be mindful of the Lakshman Rekha that limits the bounds of judicial powers. Going beyond will be encroachment”, the judge observed. The court drew attention to Article 21 of the Constitution. “The petitioners have been in camps for close to 35 years. Keeping them under surveillance and severely restricted conditions and in a state of statelessness for such a long period certainly offends their right under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.” Tens of thousands of Tamils fled Sri Lanka, mainly by boats, in the wake of the 1983 anti-Tamil riots which triggered a militancy that lasted for a quarter century before being crushed in May 2009. While scores of refugees eventually went on to settle in Western countries, many found roots in Tamil Nadu, making refugee camps set up by the government their home. Yet many others found shelter with friends and relatives in Tamil Nadu. The mass sentiments in favour of the refugees after they fled Sri Lanka diminished once the Tamil Tigers took on the Indian Army in the island nation and the 1991 assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by a Tamil suicide bomber near Chennai.
The government is reportedly planning to do away with the time frame of the 5/20 civil aviation rule, which means new airlines will not have to wait for five years to operate on international routes. At the same time, the government may insist that airlines reserve 20 percent of their fleet for domestic operations. Last week, a panel of ministers headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh met to discuss the draft civil aviation policy, the Economic Times reported. The ministers had reportedly decided that airlines should reserve 20 percent, or 20 aircraft, whichever is higher, of their fleet to fly on domestic routes. For example, if an airline has a fleet of 100 aircraft, then it will have to allocate 20 percent of its total fleet on domestic routes.Discarding the time-frame of five years requirement will benefit AirAsia India and Vistara airlines, which began operations in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The two new airlines can now operate on international routes provided they have a fleet of at least 20 aircraft. However, Vistara currently has a fleet size of 9 aircraft and AirAsia India has 6 aircraft, the ET report added. The new rule is seen as a “setback” for older airlines, namely Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir. On the other hand, Jet Airways and IndiGo, which command a large portion of the total market share, have argued the time period of five years should be retained, otherwise older airlines should be exempted from flying on uneconomic routes. “Under this model (0/20 or 20 percent of total capacity), the domestic connectivity will improve further. Under the existing rules, an airline could have flown five aircraft for the first four years and added 15 aircraft in the fifth year to reach 20 and thereafter flown all its aircraft international,” a government official was quoted as saying by the publication.A cabinet note stating the new norms is likely to be circulated by the civil aviation ministry by next week. The ministry hopes to get the cabinet’s approval by the end of March.
A ribbon diagram of carbonic anhydrase, which isolates carbon dioxide in the lungs for exhalation. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons. (PhysOrg.com) — An enzyme in our blood that enables our lungs to exhale carbon dioxide could be the key to isolating carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants in order to store them safely underground. A company called Carbozyme, based in New Jersey, is developing a synthetic version of the blood enzyme that could capture carbon dioxide using one-third less energy than other methods. A simple, low-cost carbon filter removes 90% of carbon dioxide from smokestack gases More information: www.carbozyme.usvia: Popular Science© 2009 PhysOrg.com Citation: Blood Enzyme Could Help Realize Clean Coal (2009, December 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-12-blood-enzyme-coal.html Explore further The blood enzyme, called carbonic anhydrase, is constantly converting and reconverting carbon dioxide as part of our respiration process. At first, cells pump carbon dioxide into the blood, where carbonic anhydrase converts the gas into bicarbonate to make it easier to transport to the lungs. Then, in the lungs, the same enzyme converts the bicarbonate back into carbon dioxide to be exhaled. Carbonic anhydrase works very efficiently, capturing about two pounds of carbon dioxide per day.By mimicking the way this blood enzyme separates carbon dioxide from other gases in the body, researchers at Carbozyme have demonstrated how to capture and separate carbon dioxide from a wide variety of gas emissions, such as those from coal stacks. Isolating carbon dioxide is essential for sequestering the greenhouse gas underground, where it can be stored in layers of basalt rock. In addition to using less energy, the synthetic enzyme method also avoids using hazardous chemicals that some other gas separation methods use.Carbozyme plans to test the technology on coal burners at the University of North Dakota next year, and eventually license the method to coal plants. The company says that the design can also be tailored for different applications, such as in the food and beverage industry and renewable energy. Image credit: Carbozyme, Inc. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
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