March 31 2017DOCOMOMO US National Symposium visit

first_imgMarch 31, 2017DOCOMOMO US National Symposium visits Arcosanti.The Docomomo US National Symposium is the primary event in the United States for professionals to discuss and share efforts to preserve modern architecture and meet leading practitioners and industry professionals.[photos by Leah-Ann Walker]The Fifth Annual Docomomo US National Symposium entitled “Modernism and Climate” is taking place in Phoenix, AZ from March 29. through April 2. 2017.It will look at how modern design approached desert climates creatively and how thos design strategies continue to be relevant in light of our search for sustainable solutions and what can be learned from those creative efforts.The only national event dedicated to all aspects of the preservation of Modernism, the symposium brings together world renowned designers, scholars, students and professionals from around the country.last_img read more

The French government has decided on former RTL pr

first_imgThe French government has decided on former RTL programming director Yves Bigot as its preferred candidate to be head of international Francophone channel TV5 Monde, according to a report in financial daily Les Echos.Bigot, who has also served as programming director at Belgian broadcaster RTBF, which holds an 11.1% share in TV5, and was co-creator, with Antoine de Caunes, of the show Rapido, was earlier identified by La Correspondance de la presse as the preferred candidate amongst the channel’s international stakeholders.The post of TV5 chief became vacant after Marie-Christine Saragosse was named as the new chief of the Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France (AEF), the body that oversees France’s external media activities. Bigot’s appointment must be approved by TV5’s partners.last_img read more

Black boxes Crucial to air crash probes

first_imgA top priority for air crash investigators is to locate and analyse a plane’s two black boxes which hold vital clues to what caused it to go down, including cockpit conversations. 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. On Sunday, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed, killing all 157 people on board.The airline said Thursday that the black box flight recorders from the crashed plane had been flown to Paris for analysis by the BEA, France’s aviation investigation and analysis agency.It is uncertain how much of their content can be retrieved as both the aircraft’s black boxes, found Monday, were damaged in the crash.What are black boxes?Introduced in the late 1950s, black boxes help explain nearly 90 percent of all crashes, according to aviation experts.All commercial planes are required to have two of them on board—a flight data recorder and a cockpit voice recorder.The data recorder stores up to 25 hours worth of second-by-second information including on speed, altitude, engine performance and flight trajectory.In the case of the October Lion Air accident in Indonesia killing 189—the first of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes within five months—black box analysis showed that there was a problem with the aircraft’s speed when it went down. Black boxes: crucial to air crash probes Ethiopia asked the French aviation investigation agency to run the probe with its cutting-edge technology Black boxes are not actually black © 2019 AFPcenter_img Explore further The voice recorder picks up conversations by pilots and flight attendants and also other sounds on board, including possible alarms.All black boxes used in civil aviation function the same way according to a common user protocol, regardless of their make, the BEA said.It can take weeks for investigators to retrieve the data inside, and results are typically withheld from the public until the information has been thoroughly examined—which can take years.How do they look?The recorders are housed in boxes built to survive extreme shocks, fire and lengthy periods underwater.Despite their name, the two boxes are in fact bright orange, with reflective stripes to make them easier for search teams to spot.They each weigh seven to 10 kilogrammes (15 to 22 pounds) and can survive in water as deep as 6,000 metres (almost 20,000 feet) or for an hour at 1,100 degrees Celsius (2,012 degrees Fahrenheit). To make them easier to find, they are fitted with a beacon which can emit a signal for one month.Missing at seaIn January 2004, the black boxes of an Egyptian charter plane that crashed into the Red Sea were found after a two-week search, 1,000 metres down.And in 2011, after 23 months submerged at a depth of 3,900 metres in the Atlantic Ocean, the intact black boxes of Air France flight AF447 were found, allowing investigators to determine what caused the 2009 crash.Lion Air flight JT610 came down in water some 30-40 metres deep and both black boxes were found within 10 metres of each other, authorities said.Long-haul Airbus A350 and A380 passenger jets will soon come equipped with ejectable black boxes that can float, making them easier to find after accidents over water. Citation: Black boxes: Crucial to air crash probes (2019, March 14) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-black-crucial-air-probes.html It can take weeks to retrieve and analyse flight data and sound recordingslast_img read more

Congress Govt let private firms access citizens dataCongress Govt let private firms

first_imgWhile welcoming the Supreme Court’s ruling on Aadhaar, the Congress hit out at the Narendra Modi government for allowing private companies to access the biometric identity system that contains personal details of citizens.The main opposition party has also decided to move the top courtfor greater clarity on the Lok Sabha Speaker’s privilege to qualify legislation as Money Bill.Congress MP Kapil Sibal said there was no way of retrieving biometric data used by private players. It had caused “immeasurable” harm to the citizens.“Who will pay for this? Will the Prime Minister pay for it? Will the Finance Minister pay for it? Will any other ministers have been defending this law day in and day out pay for it?” Sibal asked.The Congress said it had been clear that the passage of the law violates both the fundamental right to privacy and is a gross abuse of the Speaker’s powers to qualify a Bill as a Money Bill.He said the BJP-led Centre used Aadhaar to forcibly collect data from the public and harvest it for the purposes of surveillance.“That is why this government, barely a year ago argued vehemently and unsuccessfully against a fundamental right to privacy,” Sibal claimed.Cong backs ChandrachudThe party also backed Justice DY Chandrachud’s minority judgment that the Aadhaar law is a “fraud on the Constitution”. “…they classified it as a Money Bill to avoid voting in the Rajya Sabha, where the BJP did not have a majority. The BJP knew the Congress would never approve a draconian and invasive version of its project. While we respect the Court’s decision on this point, we are inclined to agree with Justice Chandrachud on the fact that the Act, per se, is an illegality,” Sibal said. courts and legal COMMENT ‘Ruling welcome, but more clarity needed’ September 26, 2018 Says Aadhaar Act is ‘illegal’; Party will move SC on passage of Aadhaar law as Money Bill SHARE Customer on-boarding costs to shoot up for fintech players On the offensive Kapil Sibal speaks as fellow Congress leaders (from left) Priyanka Chaturvedi, Ashok Gehlot, and Randeep Singh Surjewala look on, in New Delhi on Wednesday   –  Vijay Verma RELATED Published on aadhaar SHARE SHARE EMAIL   Sibal said fingerprints cannot be the mode to identify lakhs of people whose hands are callused from hard work. For such people, other identities must be considered for the disbursement of welfare schemes, he said.Aadhaar harms poor: CPI(M)The CPI(M) said it had always maintained that Aadhaar should not be mandatory for any welfare scheme.The party claimed lakhs of poor were being denied universal rights for not having Aadhaar.“This renders vulnerable crores of poor people whose existence is dependent upon the accessibility to welfare schemes. Unfortunately, the majority judgment of the Supreme Court continues to maintain Aadhaar as mandatory,” a statement from the party’s Politburo said.It said the Supreme Court’s “so-called safeguards” will prove ineffective. “The benefits for the poor and marginalised sections can only be reached if Aadhaar is explicitly made non-mandatory. The CPI(M) will continue its struggle on this score.” The party said denying access to private companies may provide some protection to right to privacy, but the Centre had already privatised and outsourced many government responsibilities to private enterprises. COMMENTSlast_img read more

BJP threatening MLAs to switch says Abhishek Banerjee after 10 TMC councillors

first_img Asian News International KolkataJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 22:00 IST Abhishek Banerjee has accused the BJP of threatening and forcing the TMC councillors to join the saffron party. (Photo: PTI)HIGHLIGHTSBanerjee claimed that others, too, are in contact with TMCIt is BJP’s tendency to try and bloat their numbers, he saidEarlier, Mukul Roy had announced that 107 MLAs will join BJPTen Trinamool Congress councillors, who had joined the BJP recently, have rejoined the party on Saturday, party MP Abhishek Banerjee said on Saturday. He also accused the BJP of threatening and forcing the councillors to join it.”Some councillors from Kanchrapara and Halisahar had joined the BJP a few days ago. Ten of these councillors have rejoined the TMC today. They were forced and threatened to join the BJP. But now the two municipalities are back under TMC,” Abhishek Banerjee told a press conference.Several TMC MLAs and over 50 municipal councillors had last month joined the BJP after it made deep inroads in West Bengal in the Lok Sabha polls. “It is BJP’s tendency to try and bloat their numbers by giving false data,” Abhishek Banerjee said.Earlier today, BJP leader Mukul Roy had announced that as many as 107 MLAs of West Bengal are set to join the BJP. Without revealing the names of the MLAs, Mukul Roy claimed that 107 MLAs from the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Congress and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) will join the saffron party.Speaking at a press conference, Mukul Roy said that all the lawmakers are in contact with the state BJP leadership. He also said that the party has a list prepared for all the MLAs of Congress, TMC and CPM who would be joining the BJP.Reacting to Mukul Roy’s claims, Abhishek Banerjee said that the BJP leader has not been able to secure his locality councillors and has been changing his statements.”Roy is not able to secure his locality councillors. Earlier he used to say 100 MLAs now 107 MLAS, then he will say total 294 will join BJP. People who rejoined TMC today said that they were forcibly taken to Delhi to join BJP. Others are also in contact with our party, they want to come back,” Abhishek Banerjee said.The development has come just two days after at least 10 Congress MLAs in Goa switched to the BJP in presence of party working president JP Nadda and Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and amid the Karnataka crisis where 16 Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs have tendered their resignation to the Speaker.Also Read | 107 Congress, TMC, CPM MLAs will join BJP, claims Mukul RoyAlso Read | 3 Congress rebels, one BJP MLA sworn in as Goa MinistersAlso Watch | BJP leader Chandra Bose demands probe into TMC’s allegation over fake BJP membership card with Mamata’s imageFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan BJP threatening, forcing MLAs to switch, says Abhishek Banerjee after 10 TMC councillors rejoin partySeveral TMC MLAs and over 50 municipal councillors had last month joined the BJP after it made deep inroads in West Bengal in the Lok Sabha polls.advertisement Nextlast_img read more