Shortages hit Cuba, raising fears of new economic crisis

BAUTA, Cuba — After two decades of relative stability fueled by cheap Venezuelan oil, shortages of food and medicine have once again become a serious daily problem for millions of Cubans.Stores no longer routinely stock eggs, flour, chicken, cooking oil, rice, powdered milk and ground turkey, among other products. These basics disappear for days or weeks. Hours-long lines appear within minutes of trucks showing up with new supplies. Shelves are empty again within hours.A plunge in aid from Venezuela and poor performances in sectors including nickel mining, sugar and tourism have left the communist state $1.5 billion in debt to the vendors that supply products ranging from frozen chicken to equipment for grinding grain into flour, according to former Economy Minister José Luis Rodríguez.Andrea Rodriguez And Michael Weissenstein, The Associated Press read more

Co-Founder Chris Hughes: Time to break up Facebook

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes says it’s time to break up the social media behemoth.He says in a New York Times opinion piece that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has allowed a relentless focus on growth to crush competitors and “sacrifice security and civility for clicks.”Hughes says Facebook is a monopoly and should be forced to spin off WhatsApp and Instagram. He says future acquisitions should be banned for several yearsHughes roomed with Zuckerberg at Harvard and left Facebook in 2007 to campaign for Barack Obama.He says he liquidated his Facebook shares in 2012, the year he became publisher of The New Republic.Last year, Hughes published a book advocating a universal basic income. In 2017, Forbes put his net worth at more than $400 million.The Associated Press read more

Security Council agrees to delay Côte dIvoire elections until at latest October

In a statement read by this month’s president, Ambassador Mihnea Ioan Motoc of Romania, the Council took particular note of the AU Peace and Security Council’s request to strengthen the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI).”The Security Council expresses its intention to consider whether to provide additional resources to UNOCI, based on careful study of conditions in the country and of evidence of meaningful progress toward implementation of long-standing commitments under Linas-Marcoussis and other relevant agreements,” the Council President said.The Council fully supported the forthcoming visit to the region of the Chair of the UN Sanctions Committee and underlined that the purpose was to assess the progress made by all parties towards implementing their commitments.The Security Council was briefed on the situation in the West African country yesterday by Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General Pierre Schori, UN High Representative for the Elections Antonio Monteiro, Foreign Minister Oluyemi Adeniji of Nigeria, the AU chair, and AU Commissioner for Peace and Security Saïd Djinnit.Today’s statement voiced the Council’s continued support for AU efforts to promote peace and stability in Côte d’Ivoire, in particular those of South African President Thabo Mbeki, who is the AU mediator, AU Chairman Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and regional leaders.The Security Council reaffirmed that it endorsed the Linas-Marcoussis, Accra III and Pretoria Agreements, and demanded that all the parties who signed those peace agreements implement their commitments fully and without delay.It also welcomed the forthcoming visit to Côte d’Ivoire of a high-level delegation led by Presidents Obasanjo and Mbeki and urged all the Ivorian parties to cooperate fully in ensuring the early appointment of an acceptable Prime Minister, and to guarantee, with UN support, the organization of free, fair, open, transparent and credible elections no later than 30 October 2006. read more

UN makes declaration of digital interdependence with release of tech report

Women must have ‘a seat at the table’The launch of the report was marked with a live Webchat, featuring Mr. Guterres, Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of the Chinese conglomerate Alibaba Group, and Melinda Gates, co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.For Jack Ma, digital technology is helping to make globalization more inclusive. Giving the example of his own digital company, Alibaba, Mr. Ma said that of the 10 million small businesses selling products via his online platforms, 50 per cent of the most effective “power sellers”, are women. Mr. Ma claimed that most of the fears surrounding the internet come from the more developed economies which want to “hold on to yesterday”, whilst in China, and African countries, young people are less afraid of the future.Melinda Gates insisted that women must have a “seat at the table, as the creators of society”, pointing out that women entrepreneurs currently receive just 6% of venture capital funding for digital start-ups. Regarding fears over inadequate internet governance, Ms. Gates acknowledged that this is a legitimate concern, but noted that the technology sector is coming together to self-govern and collaborate. Smart regulation, however, is also necessary to solve problems.Mr. Guterres recalled that the growth of the internet began with a “naïve optimism”, but inequalities have actually grown. He called for digital technology to be used for a “quantum leap” in global development, and for everyone to have access to the internet. Without a huge commitment and investment in digital inclusion, he said, conflicts and mistrusts will grow.‘The longer we wait, the further we will fall behind’: UN chiefThe Secretary-General also spoke at an informal meeting of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters on Monday, at which he urged Member States to closely study the report, and expressed his hopes that it will stimulate an “urgent and open debate between governments, the private sector, civil society and others on how we move forward together safely in the age of digital interdependence”.The United Nations itself, as the “multilateral system of the digital age”, said the UN Chief, is “unprepared and needs to catch up”, he said, adding that, every day, he sees ways that digital tech can help the UN to achieve its mission of peace, human rights and sustainable development.However, he also sees daily examples of the disruption that digital technology can cause and the threats it can bring to that mission. “The international community is failing to meet its responsibilities. The systems for governance of digital technology are old, fragmented and reactive. The longer we wait to update these systems, the further we will fall behind.”The 20-strong High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation is co-chaired by Jack Ma and Melinda Gates, with members drawn from a diverse group of independent experts, including US internet pioneer Vint Cerf, and South Korea-based digital marketing mastermind Sophie Eom. The Panel was created to fulfil the UN chief’s wish to include input from industry and the private sector, as well as governments, academia, civil society and inter-governmental organizations, in tackling the challenges of the digital age. The launch included a “declaration of digital interdependence” on the part of the study’s authors, which describes humanity as being “in the foothills” of the digital age. It also lays out the risks faced by mankind, such as exploitative behaviour by private companies, a failure to realize human potential, and the stifling of necessary regulation.The declaration outlines the Panel’s belief that cooperation in the digital space is paramount, as individuals, institutions, corporations and governments cannot manage digital developments alone, and that global aspirations and vulnerabilities are “deeply interconnected and interdependent”.The report explores the ways that digital technology can help achieve the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; how digital tech relates to human rights and security; and models for digital cooperation between different parts of society. Several recommendations are contained within the report, based on the three main areas.Inclusivity, trust and cooperation in the digital futureAt a time when around half the world’s population still has no access to the Internet, the panel calls for every adult to have affordable access to digital networks, as well as digitally-enabled financial and health services, by 2030.Women and marginalized groups must be supported, says the Panel, with specific policies adopted to ensure their full “digital inclusion”, and internationally recognized ways to measure inclusiveness must be established.In order to protect human rights, the report recommends that the Secretary-General should conduct a global review of the ways in which human rights norms apply to digital technology, and calls on social media companies to cooperate fully in responding to human rights concerns.Trust issues should be addressed with a “Global Commitment on Digital Trust and Security”, and new forms of global cooperation should be developed by the UN Secretary-General, said the Panel, based on the report recommendations.We must consider the type of world that we want the next generation to live in. We must work together so that the digital space that they inherit is safe, fair and inclusive.My thanks to @MelindaGates, Jack Ma and the entire #DigitalCooperation Panel for their new report.— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) June 10, 2019 read more

Pence vows unwavering support for Nato as he receives praise from Bono

first_img Updated 6.02pmRUSSIA HAS CALLED for an end to an outdated world order dominated by the West, just hours after US Vice President Mike Pence pledged Washington’s “unwavering” commitment to its transatlantic allies in Nato.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov laid out a diametrically opposed global vision and offered “pragmatic” ties with the United States, a short time after Pence vowed to stand with Europe to rein in a resurgent Moscow.“I hope that (the world) will choose a democratic world order – a post-West one – in which each country is defined by its sovereignty,” said Lavrov.The time when the West called the shots was over while Nato was a relic of the Cold War, he said.In its place, Moscow wanted a relationship with Washington that is “pragmatic with mutual respect and acknowledgement of our common responsibility for global stability”.The two countries had never been in direct conflict, he said, and were close neighbours across the Bering Straits.Moscow has been impatiently waiting for US President Donald Trump to make good on his pledge to improve ties which plunged to a post-Cold War low as Barack Obama slapped on sanctions over the Ukraine crisis and Russia’s alleged meddling in Trump’s election. Russian Foreign Minister (right) walking ahead of Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin at the event. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesOn the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and voiced his willingness to work with him in fighting terrorism.But in the face of growing heat over its links to Moscow, Trump’s administration appears to be backing off the warmer words used earlier for the former Cold War foe.‘Greatest ally’Exasperated and worried by Trump’s calling into question long-standing foreign policy assumptions, European leaders have warned Washington not to take transatlantic ties for granted.On a European roadshow this week, Trump’s lieutenants have sought to reassure jittery allies that the administration will hold fast to existing foreign policies, including maintaining sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis.Hours before Lavrov addressed the Munich Security Conference, Pence told the same forum that the United States will stay loyal to its old friends.“The United States is and will always be your greatest ally. Be assured that President Trump and our people are truly devoted to our transatlantic union,” Pence said. Pence speaks during the conference. Source: Matthias Schrader AP/Press Association ImagesThe US would also not relent in pushing Russia to honour the Minsk ceasefire accords with Ukraine, he said.The United States will continue to hold Russia accountable, even as we search for new common ground, which as you know, President Trump believes can be found.At Nato headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, Defence Secretary James Mattis said Russia must first “prove itself” and respect international law before there could be any improvement in relations strained by Moscow’s Ukraine intervention and annexation of Crimea.Mattis also said the transatlantic bond was “as strong as I’ve ever seen it”, and emphasised that America remained “rock solid” in its support of Article 5 — Nato’s core “one for all, all for one” collective defence pledge.Likewise, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson indicated he would take a tough line in his dealings with Russia.Following his first meeting with Lavrov in Bonn on Thursday, Tillerson said the US would cooperate with Moscow but only when doing so “will benefit the American people”.German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been a key player in mediating talks between Ukraine and Russia, said it was “regrettable” that Europe had not managed to reach a stable relationship with Russia over the last 25 years.“I will not give up on finding a way for better relations with Russia despite our different views on many questions,” she said, championing international cooperation rather than a policy of isolationism.“In a year in which we see unimaginable challenges we can either work together or retreat to our individual roles. I hope that we will find a common position,” she said.Unlikely meetingPence also had a surprise meeting with Bono at the Munich summit. By AFP 73 Comments US Vice President Mike Pence pictured with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at today’s conference. Short URL Pence meets with Bono at #MSC2017. Bono: “You’re the second-busiest man on earth.”— Ken Thomas (@KThomasDC) February 18, 2017 Source: Ken Thomas/Twitter Share77 Tweet Email Pence vows ‘unwavering’ support for Nato as he receives praise from Bono at European meeting “The United States will continue to hold Russia accountable,” the Vice President said. Feb 18th 2017, 6:02 PM Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 6:02 PM 18,078 Views The U2 frontman joked that he was meeting the “second busiest man on Earth”, before praising the Vice President for twice supporting bills in Congress which provided AIDS medicines to African nations.Twice, from the House Floor, you defended that. That’s how we know you.Reporters were then escorted away from the pair.- © AFP, 2017Read: Donald Trump evokes historical propagandists and labels media ‘enemy of the American people’Read: American cities staged a ‘day without immigrants’ this week – here’s what happened US Vice President Mike Pence pictured with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at today’s conference. Image: Matthias Schrader AP/Press Association Images Image: Matthias Schrader AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Facebook apparaît sur Bing

first_imgFacebook apparaît sur BingÉtats-Unis – Bing intègre désormais les statuts et pages Facebook dans les résultats de ses recherches. Mais aucun nom n’est affiché à l’écran.Bing Social est le nouveau service du moteur de recherche de Microsoft. Il permet d’afficher les statuts et pages Facebook des utilisateurs partageant toutes leurs données. Sur la page Bing, aucun nom ni photo n’est divulgué par souci de confidentialité. Le moteur de recherche a établi le même partenariat avec le concurrent du premier site communautaire, Twitter. Bing suit ainsi le chemin emprunté par Google, qui indexait déjà les résultats de Facebook. La page d’accueil du moteur de recherche devrait bientôt être modifiée pour s’adapter à ces nouvelles fonctionnalités.Le 10 juin 2010 à 14:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Moustique deux odorats pour détecter et sélectionner ses proies

first_imgMoustique : deux odorats pour détecter et sélectionner ses proiesÉtats-Unis – Alors que la dengue continue de gagner du terrain aux Antilles, des chercheurs ont découvert que les moustiques étaient dotés de deux types d’odorat leur permettant de repérer leurs proies, dont nous faisons malheureusement partie.Vecteur de la dengue ou du paludisme, le moustique est doté de différents types de capteurs olfactifs. C’est ce que révèlent dans un article à paraître dans la revue en ligne PLoS Biology des chercheurs de l’Université Vanderbilt, aux États-Unis.Les moustiques choisissent leurs proies en fonction des odeurs qu’elles émettent, c’est pourquoi leurs capacités olfactives intéressent tant les chercheurs. Savoir ce qui les attire ou à l’inverse les répugne est primordial pour apprendre à les éloigner, et donc à protéger l’Homme des maladies que ces diptères transmettent. D’importantes recherches sont en cours depuis une dizaine d’années sur l’olfaction des insectes. Elles ont notamment mis au jour une famille très diversifiée de récepteurs olfactifs localisés sur les antennes du moustique. A ce jour, quelque 75 récepteurs différents ont été identifiés. Ils sont reliés à des nerfs sensoriels qui réagissent quand une molécule s’y fixe. Parmi les nombreux tests réalisés, certains ont permis de confirmer que le DEET, le répulsif le plus commercialisé, agit bien en activant l’un de ces récepteurs.Cette découverte n’explique toutefois pas comment les moustiques identifient les odeurs caractéristiques des humains comme l’ammoniac, l’acide lactique ou l’aminobutane. Si leur système nerveux est activé par ces odeurs, aucun des récepteurs ne semble en effet être à l’origine de cette reconnaissance des molécules. Ce qui tend à prouver que les moustiques sont dotés d’une deuxième série de capteurs olfactifs.L’étude montre que l’insecte possède une seconde famille de récepteurs moléculaires indépendants. Baptisés récepteurs ionotropiques, ils ont récemment été identifiés chez la mouche drosophile. Des expériences ont en effet permis de confirmer qu’ils sont bien sensibles à l’aminobutane. Si cela n’a pas encore été prouvé, les chercheurs pensent que les autres composés humains sont probablement eux aussi reconnus par ces récepteurs.  “Il y a de bonnes chances que ce nouvel ensemble de récepteurs soit spécialement optimisé pour détecter un certain nombre de molécules odorantes émis par les humains” explique R. Pitts Jason, étudiant et coauteur de l’étude. “Si tel est le cas, alors il est fort probable qu’il jouera un rôle crucial dans les tentatives de développer des leurres ou des répulsifs pour contrôler la propagation du paludisme” souligne-t-il.Le 2 septembre 2010 à 16:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

FARABA COMMISSION Programme Manager Qtv Testifies

first_imgBY KEBBA MAMBURAYOn the 1st of August 2018, Essa Jallow appeared before the Commission which was set up by the president to probe into the unfortunate incident of that fateful day of June 18th 2018, when live bullets was sprayed on unarmed demonstrators, leaving three people or more dead and scores seriously injured.In his testimony, Mr. Jallow told the Commission that on the incident of the 18th June 2018 he was called and informed that there was an incident in Faraba Banta but the caller couldn’t tell him what was happening. He said he then told a reporter, Sarjo Brito, about the happenings in Faraba Banta who then told him that there was a report of fatality.He said he then decided to go to Faraba Banta in the company of a reporter, a camera man and a driver to cover the unfortunate incident. As they took off to Faraba, along the way they met with two ambulances going towards the Brikama end but they decided to proceed instead of following the ambulance.Upon their arrival at Faraba Banta, Mr. Jallow said some youths stopped them and told them that they should be careful because the place is dangerous. He further said, a few minutes later, a large crowd approached them and asked them what they were doing there? He said he told them that they came to cover the incident. He added that he requested someone from the crowd to accompany them to the mining site, then someone volunteered and took them.As they reached the site, he said he saw a burning grader and a truck that had already been set on fire and further explained that he saw another truck that was already loaded with sand which was also set ablaze. Then a gentleman, who claimed to be the driver of one the trucks persuaded him to go and see another truck that was burning at the other side of the mining site. He said he then decided to interview their escort who explained to them what had happened.Then he said on their way to interview some villagers, they saw some angry youth vandalizing one compound and he asked the camera man to film. But as they were filming he said he told the camera man to stop filming because he was worried that the issue might get worse based on his instincts as well as being worried about the safety of the camera man.He said during the vandalizing, he saw a boy holding a heavy metal and destroying the walls, so they went back to their vehicle and told the escort to arrange an interview for them. He added that he interviewed the VDC Chairman and a lady who claimed that her son was one of the victims who died during the incident. He said during the interview with some of the villagers, he saw some youth burning some household items at the village Bantaba.last_img read more

HAARP schedules first experiments since UAF takeover

first_imgHAARP antenna array in Gakona, AK (Photo courtesy of the US Airforce)Experiments are scheduled through the end of the month at the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program or HAARP facility. It’s the first time science is being conducted at the ionospheric research station in Gakona since the University of Alaska Fairbanks took it over from the Air Force in 2015.Listen nowThe UAF Geophysical Institute has spent the last two years overhauling generators, antenna and other equipment that’s used to stimulate the electrically charged area of the upper atmosphere. GI spokesperson Sue Mitchell highlights two of the projects that are part of the upcoming federally-funded research campaign at HAARP.“One of the projects will create an artificial aurora,” Mitchell said. “It will not be visible by the naked eye but should be able to pick it up with cameras. And then they’re testing the feasibility of using HAARP to do some over-the-horizon radar applications, take a look at the sea ice on the Arctic ocean, perhaps by bouncing transmissions off of the ionosphere.”Mitchell said HAARP is being operated on a pay-as-you-go basis, similar to the Poker Flat Rocket launch facility it runs for NASA. She said HAARP is expected to be on line for less than a day during this first run of projects because it’s costly to operate.“The rate for running HAARP runs about $5,000 an hour,” Mitchell said. “The generators are very expensive. It’d take a lot of fuel to run per hour, so that’s the main cost.”The generators energize HAARP’s 3.6 megawatt transmitter, beaming signals through 180 antenna into the ionosphere, 50 to 600 miles above the earth’s surface. Mitchell said the public can track what’s going on through HAARP’s Facebook page. It’s part of an effort to debunk lingering conspiracy theories about what happens at the former military research facility. Those theories include weather and mind control.“This is a fantastic research facility,” Mitchell said. “It is not capable of all the things that it’s been accused of, but it a really fascinating and interesting and powerful research tool.”Agencies funding this month’s HAARP research projects include the National Science Foundation, The Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Naval Research laboratory. UAF-based researchers are involved in the projects.last_img read more

No proof required for Alaska recall elections

first_imgElection Day at Unalaska City Hall.(Photo by Laura Kraegel, KUCB – Unalaska)On Monday, KUCB reported that sponsors of the petition to recall Unalaska Mayor Frank Kelty have no proof supporting their allegation that he pursued illegal dock agreements.Listen nowNow, we bring you the story of why the recall is still moving forward — without evidence.Sponsor Erin Enlow Anderson said the recall is a vote of no confidence in Kelty and how he’s been running the city.“Since he’s been in office, my observations is there’s been a lot of chaos,” said Enlow Anderson.But is that reason enough to oust the mayor before the next regular election? In Alaska, recalls don’t require petitioners to prove their allegations.Under Alaska law, City Clerk Marjie Veeder said there are three reasons an elected official can be recalled: “Misconduct in office, incompetence, or failure to perform prescribed duties.”When Veeder received the initial application to recall Kelty, it included four charges against him. She reviewed those charges — with guidance from City Attorney Brooks Chandler — and decided only one met the standard for misconduct. (Chandler declined to comment for this story.)That charge was “Disregard for the intent of Unalaska Code of Ordinances Title 7: by attempting to sole-source land use agreements at the Unalaska Marine Center.”In other words, the 10 petition sponsors — Enlow Anderson, Jeff Treannie, Sharon Treannie, Clint Huling, Robert Marquardt, Alena Syverson, Christina Chamberlain, Jason Gates, Amanda Gates, and Ryan Burke — believe the mayor attempted to give the shipping company Matson first crack at an agreement for priority mooring at a section of dock.And if that is true, Veeder says it would violate the law.“The Unalaska Marine Center is a public asset,” she said. “We are not allowed to sole-source. Meaning, [we are not allowed to] not issue a request for proposals and give companies equal opportunities to submit a proposal for how that asset will be used.”But that doesn’t mean anyone has shown Kelty actually did anything illegal, because petitioners don’t have to prove their allegations are true. Neither does the city clerk.The only thing the clerk has to demonstrate is that if the allegation were true, it would be sufficient grounds for a recall.Veeder said she doesn’t know if Kelty attempted to sole-source a dock agreement. And when asked, she was unable provide examples of actions that would implicate him.“I can’t speak to that because I don’t know,” she said. “But I can tell you that there was no RFP issued, and we didn’t go through a public process.”With no proof required, KUCB asked Veeder if that means you can recall anyone you don’t like? Just by claiming they did something illegal?“I suppose that could be done,” she said. “That’s why questions like this are left to the voters. The allegations have been made. It’s up to the voters to determine what they want to do with the question.”Voters will have the chance to decide what happens to Kelty when the polls open March 6.The ballot will include the sole-sourcing charge listed on the petition, as well as a 200-word rebuttal from Kelty. Then it’ll ask voters to answer the question: “Shall Frank Kelty be recalled from the office of mayor? Yes or no.”A simple majority is required to recall the mayor. So if more than 50 percent of voters choose “yes,” the office will be vacant until a special election is called and a new mayor elected.That process would take no more than 60 days, during which Vice Mayor Dennis Robinson would act as mayor.If that scenario plays out, Veeder said she doesn’t see any reason why Kelty would be prohibited from running again in the special election.She also said Unalaskans could file another recall petition six months after election results are certified — and they could apply with the same charge.“There is nothing in code that prescribes that it has to be a different reason than the last time,” she said.Veeder said she is happy to answer any questions that community members have about the recall process.The election is scheduled for March 6.last_img read more

Mayawati supports revoking Article 370 in JK

first_imgLucknow, Aug 6: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati has backed the Centre’s decision to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution that gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Taking to Twitter, she wrote on Tuesday: “The demand to implement the Constitution’s ‘social, economic and political justice’ in the country by removing Article 370 and 35A, was long pending. The BSP hopes people there will get the benefits of the Central government’s decision. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us “As Jammu and Kashmir’s Leh-Ladakh has been declared as a separate Union Territory, the demand of the Buddhist community there has now been fulfilled. The BSP welcomes this too. People all over the country, especially the Buddhist followers of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, are very happy.” Mayawati’s comments came a day after the government bifurcated Jammu and Kasmir and axed Article 370.last_img read more

Nobody Hurt When School Bus Crashes Into Houston House

first_img Share Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. HOUSTON (AP) — A school bus has crashed into the front of a house in Houston.A Houston Fire Department spokesman had no immediate reports of anyone hurt in the accident Wednesday morning. The front of the bus smashed into the corner of the house.The bus had First Student written on the side. A message left with First Student, which is a transport company, was not immediately returned Wednesday.The incident occurred about 6:45 a.m. in the 9900 block of Golden Glen Drive, according to the Houston Police Department.last_img read more

WaterSaving Mandate Lifted For Galveston After Hard Freeze

first_imgGABRIEL C. PÉREZ / KUTiciclesGalveston has resumed regular water operations after last week’s freezing weather caused some pipes to break and led to a citywide conservation effort.A city statement says the amount of water in Galveston’s storage tanks was back to normal Monday after being critically low. Authorities say freezing conditions a week ago caused numerous leaks and led to at least 3,000 calls about water problems at homes, businesses and city mains.City Manager Brian Maxwell said the amount of water lost prompted an emergency and conservation through the weekend, as part of a drought contingency plan.Galveston officials say residents are encouraged to continue reporting leaks to city utility authorities. Sharelast_img read more

Should Texas Have A Law To Mandate Safe Gun Storage

first_imgWikimedia CommonsCurrent Texas law does not mandate safe gun storage. 00:00 /00:48 The accidental shooting death of a 2-year-old boy in Acres Homes on Sunday marks at least the third such tragedy in Greater Houston this year.In Texas, if a child under 17 years of age gets a hold of a firearm, the owner of the gun can be charged with a misdemeanor (Class A misdemeanor if someone gets hurt, otherwise Class C).Texas’ child access prevention law is on the stronger side compared to all states, said Allison Anderman, managing attorney with the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.But she said more can be done.“Stronger laws overall would be laws that require firearms owners to store their firearms safely,” Anderman said, “so that they’re never accessible to children or other unauthorized users.”Many gun owners oppose such laws, saying it would make quick access difficult for when the gun is needed for self-defense.Some also say firearms shouldn’t be singled out when other hazards – such as household chemicals – aren’t treated the same way.Any accident involving children could be charged under Texas’ child endangerment statute, which carries a state jail felony charge.In Sunday’s incident, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office has not yet decided if the boy’s father will be charged. X center_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

HipHop Pioneer Hosting Yoga Fundraiser

first_imgDarryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run-D.M.C. is making that a reality on Sept. 26 with a charity event he’s hosting in the District for the first time. Om This Way, a play on Run-D.M.C.’s 1980s hit “Walk This Way,” is a two-hour event that will be held at Equinox Sports Club, a luxurious health club in the District’s West End neighborhood.Darryl “DMC” McDaniels will lead a yoga class called “Om This Way” on Sept. 26. (Courtesy photo)Equinox has hosted the charity event for two years at its sports clubs in Boston, Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco. It’s the event’s first foray into the District.“We can’t wait to bring this movement to our nation’s capital September 2‬6th and the tour continues in NYC in November and Miami in December,” McDaniels said in a statement released to the AFRO.‬‬‬The charity event is raising money for two groups. The first is The Children’s Guild, a nonprofit that assists Washington and Maryland children struggling with trauma disorders, autism and other disabilities. The other one is The Felix Foundation, which benefits children growing up in foster care. McDaniels, the foundation’s cofounder, said he relates to the groups because he, too, was a foster child until he was adopted. “This partnership with Equinox has raised thousands of dollars for The Felix Organization which I co-founded in 2006 with fellow adoptee Sheila Jaffe,” McDaniels said in the statement. The event kicks off with a 45-minute charity yoga class that’ll have local DJ Brandon “DJ Ri5e” Perry playing old-school and current hip-hop tunes as yogis stretch, pose and breathe it out on the mat under the direction of three instructors. The yoga session is open to people of all fitness levels, and instructors will offer modifications to people who are new to yoga or are struggling with injuries, said Heather Loren, the club’s member relations manager. Instructors will also demonstrate the postures to show attendees how they’re done. McDaniels will perform a live concert once the yoga concludes, and a reception will conclude the night. Members of the public do not have to belong to the club to attend, but it costs $75 to reserve a space.  A $500 donation will send one child to the foundation’s summer camp, which gives resources and experiences to foster children that would have otherwise eluded them. Yoga, an ancient Indian practice that emphasizes meditation, breathing and specialized postures, is typically performed to serene tunes that aren’t necessarily known for their beats. Hip-hop yoga represents a break from that tradition. “It’s definitely a more high-energy type of yoga,” Loren said, noting that the yoga will still be a low-impact exercise. “We really just want to be able to serve as a great hosting site…and to be able to sweat for a cause.” To reserve your spot for the event, visit read more

Jupiterlike planet discovered in a distant star system

first_img © 2016 EPIC 212803289 is a bright, metal-rich subgiant star located some 1,970 light years away in the constellation Virgo. Although the star has a temperature similar to the sun, it is about three times larger and is approximately 1.6 solar masses. It was identified by NASA’s prolonged Kepler mission, called K2, as a good candidate to host an alien world. However, the existence of a potential exoplanet must be confirmed by follow-up observations.”Following the identification of the system as a candidate, it was necessary to make radial velocity measurements to confirm the planet and measure its mass. These observations were performed with four different ground-based telescopes (on La Palma, Spain, in Chile, and in Texas, U.S.),” Smith told newly found exoworld, designated EPIC 212803289 b, is similar in size to Jupiter, with a radius of 1.29 Jupiter radii and is only 3 percent less massive than our solar system’s biggest planet. The object orbits its parent star every 18.25 days.The scientists estimated that the exoplanet’s temperature is about 1,000 degrees Celsius and classified it as a so-called ‘warm Jupiter’ However, it is possible that the planet is even hotter, as it could be tidally locked, meaning that one of its sides permanently faces the star, while the other side experiences permanent night.”In this case, the day side could be even hotter (up to 1,350 degrees Celsius), depending on how good the planet’s atmosphere is at redistributing heat from the day side to the night side,” Smith said. He added that the host star will soon expand to become a red giant, enlarging so much that it will engulf the planet. This will happen relatively soon in astronomical terms—in about 150 million years.Furthermore, besides detecting EPIC 212803289 b, Smith’s team suspects the existence of another companion of the star. Based on measured systemic radial acceleration, they assume that there is a third body in the system with an orbital period of more than 236 days and a mass of more than 22 Jupiter masses. They noted that it could be a brown dwarf orbiting within 2.7 AU, a solar mass object at about 10 AU, or an object orbiting on a highly-eccentric orbit.According to Smith, further radial velocity observations of this system over the next year or two would probably reveal the nature of this body.The new research is significant for our understanding of extrasolar systems, as EPIC 212803289 b is the newest addition to a currently small number of planets known to transit subgiant stars. So far, only 31 transiting planets of stars more massive than 1.5 solar masses have been detected. Moreover, only four planets are known to transit giant stars, and a further three transiting planets are known around subgiants.”Understanding gas giant planets requires large numbers of detections, so that statistics can be performed. Especially, detections are needed that expand the parameter space of known systems—e.g. planets around different types of star (such as subgiants in this case), and at longer periods than hot Jupiters. It is also important that such systems are discovered around relatively bright stars, to allow further characterization observations. Progress is incremental, but this new system is an important addition to the catalogue of known gas giants,” Smith concluded. Citation: Jupiter-like planet discovered in a distant star system (2016, September 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further 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. (—A team of astronomers led by Alexis Smith of the German Aerospace Center’s (DLR) Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin reports the detection of a Jupiter-like planet orbiting a distant subgiant star known as EPIC 212803289. The researchers also present compelling existence for the existence of a third body in the system, most likely a brown dwarf. The results were published Sept. 1 in a paper on Astronomers discover a giant inflated exoplanet orbiting a distant star K2 light curve of EPIC 212803289, processed by the K2SC code of Aigrain et al. (2016), which removes both instrumental and stellar noise. Portions of the light curve selected for modelling are shown in red. Credit: Smith et al., 2016. More information: EPIC 212803289: a subgiant hosting a transiting warm Jupiter in an eccentric orbit and a long-period companion, arXiv:1609.00239 [astro-ph.EP], report the discovery from K2 of a transiting planet in an 18.25-d, eccentric (0.19± 0.04) orbit around EPIC 212803289, an 11th magnitude subgiant in Virgo. We confirm the planetary nature of the companion with radial velocities, and determine that the star is a metal-rich ([Fe/H] = 0.20±0.05) subgiant, with mass 1.60+0.14−0.10 M⊙ and radius 3.1±0.1 R⊙. The planet has a mass of 0.97±0.09 MJup and a radius 1.29±0.05 RJup. A measured systemic radial acceleration of −2.12±0.04 ms−1d−1 offers compelling evidence for the existence of a third body in the system, perhaps a brown dwarf orbiting with a period of several hundred days.last_img read more

Bow to the land pristine

first_imgThe first-ever Northeast festival Songs and Dances of the North East is all set to take the Capital to a traditional treat on April 11 at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium. The Government of Meghalaya has taken a major initiative to create a platform for organising the event.More than 5000 students from Northeastern states are enrolled in various undergraduate and post graduate programmes in Delhi University, an equal number are studying in JNU, JMI and other such institutions. It is for the first time that the Capital shall witness all eight Chief Ministers and Governors of the Northeastern States on one single platform for this extravagant festival.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival will help to enhance the multi-ethnic character of the country’s capital and dispel impressions that it was hostile to outsiders, particularly people from the Northeast.The festival shall represent ‘The Octave’ – Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Nagaland and Manipur.The festival showcases the rich, cultural ethnicity and diversity of Northeast India. It will take Northeast and its heritage outside the Northeast for the first time in such a big and multidimensional way to Capital of India and in a sense to the rest of the country and the world. It is a day-long festival where visitors experience almost everything from the Northeast – from food, songs, dances, culture, and much more. It is the perfect time for people from all walks of life to get a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of the region. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe goal is to deliver, engage and exhibit the best of Northeast in a creative and exciting atmosphere bringing the people together under one platform of unified diversity. It has been constituted to work out various means of attracting tourists, film makers and holiday seekers to the Northeastern region, which will generate immense opportunities for job and revenue generation.  It also provides a right platform to the artistes of the Northeast to project their talent to the rest of India.   Witness the grandness of each state as they set up their stalls and display a plethora of the finest products from the Northeast for the world to discover. North eastern cuisine will be on display with 15 stalls that will offer a wide variety of mouth-watering delicacies.  Music lovers and culture connoisseurs will have a splendid time attending this festival as performances by Northeast bands will be a major attraction of the festival.The festival will showcase the celebration of the way of life of the people there with a great sense of mysticism and cultural euphoria.  There will also be a lively discussion session on Integrating North-East India through education where eminent speakers will discuss ways in which education can be used as an important tool.last_img read more

5 Reasons to learn programming

first_imgThe year is 2018 and it’s all over the television, the internet, the newspapers; people are talking about it in coffee shops, at office desks across from where we sit, and what not. There’s a scramble for people to learn how to program. It’s a confusing and scary situation for someone who has never written a line of code, to think about all these discussions that are doing the rounds. In this article, I’m going to give you 5 reasons why I think you should learn to code, even if you are not a programmer by profession. Okay, first thing’s first: What is Programming? Programming is the process of writing/creating a set of instructions that tell a computer how to perform a certain task. Just like you would tell someone to do something and you would tell them in a language like English, computers also understand particular languages. This is called a programming language. There are several like Java, Python, C# (pronounced Csharp), etc. Just like many would find English easier to learn that French or maybe Cantonese, every person finds each language different, although almost all languages can do pretty much the same thing. So now, let’s see what our top 5 reasons are to learn a programming language, and ultimately, how to program a computer. #1 Automate stuff: How many times do we find ourselves doing the same old monotonous work ourselves. For example, a salesperson who has a list of 100 odd leads, will normally mail each person manually. How cool would it be if you could automate that and let your computer send each person a mail separately addressing them appropriately? Or maybe, you’re a manager who has a load of data you can’t really make sense of. You can use a language like Python to sort it and visualise your findings. Yes, that’s possible with programming! There’s a lot of other stuff that can be automated too, like HR scanning resumes manually. You can program your computer to do it for you, while you spend that time doing something more productive! Now while there might be softwares readily available that could do this for you, they’re pretty much standard and non-customisable. With programming, you can build something that’s tailor-made to your exact requirement. #2 Start thinking more logically: When you learn to program, you start thinking about outcomes more logically. Programming languages are all about logic and problem-solving. You will soon learn how to break down problems into small parts and tackle them individually. You can apply this learning in your own personal and work life. #3 Earn great moolah Programming pays really well and even freelance jobs pay close to $100 an hour. You could have your day job, while taking advantage of your programming skills to build websites, games, create applications for clients, after work or over the weekend, while making some good bucks. Here’s a list of average salaries earned by programmers, based on the language they used: Source: TOP 10 ranking of projected earnings in 2017 #4 Another great idea! Well, in case you’re an entrepreneur or are planning to become one, learning a programming language is sure to benefit you a great deal. The most successful startups these days are AI and software based and even though you might not be the one doing the programming, you will be interacting with those who will. It makes things much easier when you’re discussing with such a person, and more importantly, it saves you from being taken for a ride in many ways. #5 Having fun Unlike several other things that are boring to learn and will get you frustrated in a matter of hours, programming isn’t like that. That’s not to say that programming doesn’t have a learning curve, but with the right sources, you can learn it quickly and effectively. There are few things that can compare to the satisfaction of creating something. You can use programming to build your own game or maybe prank somebody! I tried that once – every time a friend clicked on the browser icon on my PC, it would make a loud farting noise! Don’t believe me yet? Over 80% of respondents to our most recent Skill-Up survey said that they programmed for fun, outside of work. #bonusreason! What’s to lose? I mean, seriously what can you lose? You’re going to be learning something completely new and will be probably much better at solving problems at home or your workplace. If you’re thinking you won’t find time to learn, think again. I’m sure all of us can make time, at least an hour a day to do something productive, if we commit to it. And you can always consider this your “me time”. Okay, so now you have your 5+1 reasons to learn to program. You’ve had some quality time to think about it and you’re ready to start learning. But you have some questions like where to start? Do you need to take a course or a college degree? Will it cost much? How long will it take to learn programming? The list is never ending. I’m going to put up some FAQs that most people ask me before they intend to start learning how to code. So here it goes… FAQs Where to start?Honestly speaking, you can start in the confines of your home! You just need a computer, an internet connection and the will to learn, if you want to get started with programming. You can begin by understanding what programming is a bit more, selecting a programming language, and then diving right into coding with the help of some material like the book, Introduction to Programming. What language do I pick?Every language can pretty much do what others can, but there are certain languages that have been built to solve a particular problem. Like for example, JavaScript, HTML and CSS are mainly used for building websites. Python is quite simple to learn and can be used to do a variety of things, most notably working with data. On the other hand, C# can be used to develop some cool games, while also being a great language to build websites and other applications. Think about what you want to do and then choose a language accordingly. I would suggest you choose between Python and JavaScript to start off. Do you need to take a course or a college degree?Not really, unless you plan on making it your full time career or becoming a software engineer or something like that. I’ve known some of the top professionals who haven’t earned a degree and still are at the position where they are. Mark Zuckerberg for example, dropped out of Harvard to start Facebook (he recently received an honorary degree in 2017, though). Programming is about learning to solve problems and in most cases, you don’t need a degree to prove that you’re great at solving problems. You can take an online course or buy a book to start learning. Sometimes, just looking at code often can teach you a lot too. Take HTML and CSS for example. If you like how a website looks, you could just checkout its source code to understand why it is the way it. Do this for a few sites and you you grasp the basics of what the HTML/CSS code do and how to write or alter simple code snippets. Will it cost much?You can learn a lot freely if you have a lot of time and patience at hand; sorting out the good from the bad. There are plenty of resources out there from Q&A sites like stackoverflow to youtube with its vast collection of videos. If you are like most people with a day job, you are better off spending a little to learn. There are several reasonably priced videos and courses from Packt, that will help you get started with computer programming. Alternatively, you can purchase a book or two for under $100. Trust me, once you become good at programming, you’ll be earning way more than you invested! How long will it take to learn programming?I can’t really answer that for certain. I took about 4 months to learn Python, while a friend of mine could code small programs within a couple of weeks. It all depends on the language you choose to learn, the amount of time you invest and how committed you are to learning something new. What jobs can I get?You may be quite happy in your current job as a non-programmer who now knows to code. But in case, you’re wondering about job prospects in programming, here is the rundown. As a programmer, you have a variety of jobs to choose from, depending on your area of interest. You could be a web developer, or a game developer, or you could also be building desktop applications like a notepad or word processor. There are a huge number of jobs available for those who can work with a lot of data as well, while there are a growing number of jobs for professionals who can manage thousands of computers working together – their maintenance, security, etc. Okay, so you have enough information to start your adventures into learning programming! You might hear people talk a lot about professionals losing jobs due to automation. Don’t let something like that be the reason behind why you want to learn how to program. Computer Science and programming has become more ingrained in school education, and our little ones are being coached to be industry ready. Always remember, programming is not everyone’s cup of tea and you shouldn’t do it just because everyone else is. Do it if you’re really passionate about solving problems in a better way. You will never know if programming is really meant for you until you try it. So go forth and get your hands dirty with some code! Read Next: What is the difference between functional and object oriented programming? The Top 7 Python programming books you need to read Top 5 programming languages for crunching Big Data effectivelylast_img read more

Virgin Delta commit to 21 transPacific flights

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J In a bid to overturn a previous rejection, Virgin Blue Holdings Limited and Delta Airlines have submitted a joint antitrust immunity proposal to the US Department of Transportation (DoT), proposing to fly up to 21 trans-Pacific flights a week.Submitted late last week, Delta committed to fly up to seven flights between Australia and the US while Virgin Blue said its subsidiary V Australia would operate 14 weekly flights during peak season for at least two years, Ninemsn reported.While off-peak would see six weekly Delta trans-Pacific flights and up to 11 Virgin Blue weekly services. “Each party will operate a peak season schedule for at least six of the 12 months of the year, and may exercise commercial discretion in selecting the periods of peak demand,” the submission read.As part of what the carrier’s have described as a “historic level of trans-Pacific services”, safeguards have been outlined in the proposal to reduce flights if affected by external events.Included in the exceptions list are; natural disasters, terrorist attacks, pandemic, oil prices exceeding US$120 a barrel, the Dow Jones Industry Average falling below 9,000 points as well as the Australian stock market dropping below 4,000 points or the Australian dollar falling below 80 US cents. “Delta and the Virgin Blue Group envision that through co-ordination they will be able to achieve more efficient scheduling,” the proposal read.In September last year the US DoT rejected a preliminary ruling proposed by the airlines.last_img read more

Leica Camera AG Solms presents the LEICA M9 the

first_imgLeica Camera AG, Solms presents the LEICA M9, the world’s first digital rangefinder camera with a full-format 24 × 36 mm sensor. As the world’s most compact full-format system camera, the M9 extends the legendary heritage of the Leica rangefinder M System and unites over 50 years of continuous technical improvements to the system with the best in cutting-edge digital technology.The successful combination of an extremely high-resolution image sensor, the superior performance of M lenses and sophisticated processing of the captured digital information ensures the best imaging results in all photographic situations. With its wide-ranging technical specifications, the camera adjusts to all fields of photography – from reportage and ‘available light’ to the capture of discreet and fine-art images alike. The M9 is the ideal tool for all photographers who demand the highest standards in image quality and a freedom of composition.The 18-megapixel CCD image sensor, specifically designed and developed for the M9, enables the capture of the full 35-mm film format without any compromises.All M lenses mounted on the LEICA M9 therefore offer the same angle of view as with film camera models, meaning the enormous potential performance of the current M lens portfolio with focal lengths from 16 to 135 mm is now fully available in a digital camera for the very first time. In addition, most Leica M lenses built since 1954 can still be used on the new M9. Once again, Leica Camera AG proves their commitment to full system compatibility and the enduring value of the M series.The sensor of the M9 features a newly developed glass cover that is designed to guarantee the suppression of infrared light in practical photography, avoiding the necessity of mounting special UV/IR filters.Concentrating on essentials, its simple handling is a significant feature of the Leica M System. In the case of the LEICA M9, the handling has been further improved by simplification of the menu navigation: setting the sensitivity only requires holding down the ISO button while simultaneously turning the dial to select the required setting. All other functions important for everyday situations are quickly and easily accessible by pressing the set button. Furthermore, the menu also offers a snapshot profile option. In this mode, the M9 automatically sets as many settings as possible and provides a valuable aid to spontaneous and discreet photography. The camera also features automatic lens recognition via 6-bit coding. On the basis of the coded information, the M9 can compensate for any system-inherent lens vignetting effects (darkening in the image corners).Despite the considerably larger sensor, Leica has been successful in making the LEICA M9 body comparable to the compact size typical of M cameras. With its compact dimensions of only 139 × 37 × 80 mm (5.47 × 1.45 × 3.15 in), the LEICA M9 maintains the ideal size of the M series and is now the world’s smallest full-format digital system camera.As a working tool for professionals and ambitious amateur photographers, all features and functions of the LEICA M9 are designed for absolute dependability and endurance. The one-piece, full-metal housing is made from a high-strength magnesium alloy. Additionally, the top deck and bottom plate are machined from solid brass blocks providing perfect protection for the precious inner mechanisms. The digital components and shutter assembly of the M9 are similarly constructed with extreme endurance in mind. For photographers, this means absolute reliability for decades of use.The LEICA M9 is now available in two different finishes: a standard version in black and, for the first time, a version finished in steel-grey. The two models also have different finely-structured leather coverings.The CCD sensor specially developed by Kodak for the LEICA M9 has been optimised to fully exploit the particular qualities of the Leica M lens system. As a result, the LEICA M9 achieves highest resolution values that guarantee outstanding image quality.The image sensor of the M9 employs further-advanced and meticulously designed micro lenses with a low refractive index. The micro lenses at the sensor edges are laterally displaced towards the image center to precisely match the characteristics of M lenses. This optimized micro lens design, based on many years of precision optical engineering experience, captures and concentrates even the most oblique rays on the sensor and reliably prevents image brightness fall-off at the edges and corners of the image. As a result, all existing Leica M lenses maintain their full performance when used for digital photography.The intentional decision to exclude a moiré filter, which optically filters out the finest image details, was made to permit full the exploitation of the superb resolution of Leica M lenses. Any moiré patterns occurring with the M9 are eliminated in the camera’s digital signal-processing software. The optimized signal–noise ratio of the CCD image sensor reduces the need for digital post-processing and ensures that images possess an unrivaled, natural visual impact. This results in high-contrast, particularly high-resolution exposures with natural color rendition from corner to corner.All Leica M lenses mounted on the LEICA M9 offer the same angle of view as with film camera models. Therefore, for the first time, the immense performance potential of the lenses is now maintained and can be fully exploited for digital photography. In line with Leica’s renowned commitment to extreme system compatibility, most Leica M lenses built since 1954 can be used on the new M9. As a result of the high mechanical and optical precision and extraordinarily good imaging performance, and particularly that of the current range, Leica M lenses are now ideal for use in digital photography. Performance criteria, such as the individual coating of each element, have long been a Leica standard, and there was no need to develop and implement any special measures for ‘digital lenses.’The efficient image sensor on the M9 demands a particularly high spatial resolution that is, above all, offered by the latest M lenses. The excellent correction of optical aberrations and high resolution make them all the more suitable for digital use. The current M lenses are supplied with a 6-bit code on the bayonet mount that is scanned optically by the M9. On the basis of the coded information, the M9 can compensate for any (almost negligible) system-inherent vignetting effects if necessary. In addition, the lens type is recorded in the EXIF data of the image files and, when using the latest flash units like the LEICA SF 58, automatically adjusts the reflector to match the focal length of the lens attached.The Leica viewfinder / rangefinder system sets the LEICA M9 apart from the market-dominating SLR and compact digital cameras and makes it particularly suitable for vibrant reportage photography, ‘available light’ exposures and discreet portraiture. Photographers become part of the action and frame whatever they wish to capture in the viewfinder – a scene, a mood, a moment. Simultaneously, the photographer still perceives what is going on outside the viewfinder frame. The decisive moment can be anticipated, and can therefore be captured at precisely the right instant. This results in particularly authentic images that are not impaired by the presence of the photographer.The clear view of the subject remains even during exposure and, even in the most adverse lighting conditions, the bright, high-contrast viewfinder guarantees extremely fast and precise focusing. In combination with the minimal delay between releasing the shutter and capturing the shot – in digital photography too – the combined viewfinder / rangefinder system positions Leica M cameras among the fastest cameras in the world.In contrast to SLR photography, where focusing must take place through the lens and focal length and aperture determine focusing accuracy, the rangefinder base of the Leica M remains precisely the same and independent of the actual lens being used. This is the reason why its focusing precision is immensely superior for shorter focal lengths. The high-contrast, rectangular RF spot in the center of the viewfinder guarantees fast, precise and pin-sharp focusing, even under adverse lighting conditions.The frame selector lever allows photographers to simulate different compositions with alternative focal lengths and assess the most appropriate lens for the shot without changing lenses. Because their position is automatically adjusted by automatic parallax compensation depending on the focusing distance, the six different bright-line frames always show the precise image framing. The bright-line viewfinder shows all other information relevant to the capture of a perfect image and the peripheral area around the envisaged subject, thus providing ideal conditions for spontaneous and unobtrusive photography.The LEICA M9 features a new, microprocessor-controlled, particularly silent, metal-leaf, focal-plane shutter that enables shutter speeds of up to 1/4000 seconds. This allows the photographer to maintain complete creative freedom by using a selective focus at maximum apertures, even in bright situations. The short flash synchronisation speed of 1/180 seconds enables daylight flash exposures with selective focus.Together with its compact form, the camera’s virtually silent shutter is another keystone for discreet and unobtrusive photography. Additionally, photographers can select the appropriate moment for re-cocking the shutter. When longer exposure times requiring an extremely steady camera stance are essential, a slight pressure on the shutter release button in ‘soft release’ mode is sufficient.As a professional digital camera, the LEICA M9 naturally offers an RGB tonal value histogram, which can be displayed at any time for the assessment of stored images. This feature is also available in conjunction with the automatic image review function. A useful additional aid is the indication of overexposed image areas by means of a so-called ‘clipping warning.’ These two quality control tools are updated for enlarged views and thus allow the quality of even the finest image details to be assessed. Pressing the info function button displays all photographically relevant settings, including additional metadata stored in the image files. These functions enable full control over captured results at the shooting location of the digital images.The LEICA M9 offers a special function for manual sensor cleaning: selecting the appropriate item from the menu and pressing the shutter release locks the shutter open to allow access to the sensor for cleaning purposes. Due to the short register of Leica M cameras, the sensor is easier to access than in DSLR cameras in which the sensors are located behind the mirror box and shutter assembly.Technical data LEICA M9Camera type: Compact digital rangefinder system cameraLens mount: Leica M bayonet with additional sensor for 6-bit coding.Lens system: Leica M lenses from 16 to 135 mm.Image format / image sensor 5270 × 3516 pixels(18.5 megapixels) CCD chip, active area approx. 23.9 × 35.8 mm / 5212 x 3472 pixels (18 megapixels) (corresponds to the effective image format of Leica M film cameras).Optional resolution, DNG™: 5212 × 3472 (18 MP),JPEG: 5212 × 3472 (18 MP), 3840 × 2592 (10 MP),2592 ×1728 (4.5 MP), 1728 ×1152 (2 MP),1280 x 846 pixels (1 MP).Image file formats: DNG™ (RAW data), optionally uncompressedor slightly compressed (by non-linearreduction of color depth), 2 JPEG compression levelsFile sizes: DNG™: 18 MB (compressed) 36 MB (uncompressed) JPEG approx. 2 to 10 MB, (depending on image content)Colour spaces: Adobe® RGB, sRGBWhite balance: Automatic, manual, 7 presets,direct color temperature selectionStorage media: SD cards up to 2 GB / SDHC cards up to 32 GBMenu languages: German, English, French, Spanish,Italian, Japanese, traditional Chinese,simplified Chinese, RussianCompatibility: Windows® XP/Vista®; Mac® OS X (10.5)Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL) metering, center-weighted at working apertureCenter-weighted TTL metering for flash exposure with dedicated SCA-3000/2 standard flash unitsMetering principle: The light reflected from the bright leaves of the first shutter curtain is meteredMetering range (at ISO 160/23°):At room temperature and normal humidity, equivalent to EV 0 to 20 or f 1.0 and 1.2s to f 32 and 1/1000 s. Flashing left triangular LED in the viewfinder indicates light levels below metering capabilityMetering cell for available light(ambient light metering): Silicon photodiode with condenser lens, bottom center of camera baseSensitivity range: ISO 80/19° to ISO2500/35°, selectable in 1/3 ISO increments, in aperture priority automatic mode A and manual exposure setting, optional automatic control or manual selection, automatic control in snapshot modeExposure modes: Optional automatic determination of shutter speeds with preselected apertures – aperture priority automatic mode A – with corresponding digital display, or manual selection of shutter speed and aperture and balance by means of an LED light balance with correct exposure display, or over exposure / camera shake trend prevention (snapshot mode only)Flash connection: Hot shoe with center and control contactsSynchronisation: Optional, on first or second curtainFlash synchronisation speed: 1/180 s; longer shutter speeds may be usedFlash metering: (With SCA-3501/3502 adapter or SCA-3000-standard flash unit, e.g. LEICA SF 24D / LEICA SF58) Flash exposure control with center-weighted TTL pre-flash meteringFlash metering cell: 2 silicon photodiodes with condenser lens in camera baseFlash exposure correction: ±3 1/3 EV in 1/3 EV increments, adjustable on SCA-3501/3502 adapterSettings in computer mode for LEICA SF 24D, ±3 EV in 1/3 EV increments, or from 0 to –3 EV in 1 EV increments / adjustable in all modes for LEICA SF 58, ±3 EV in 1/3 EV incrementsDisplays in flash mode: Flash ready: constant illumination of flash symbol LED in the viewfinder, flash confirmation: Constant illumination or rapid flashing of the LED after exposure, underexposure indicated by temporarily extinguished LEDViewfinder principle: Large size, bright, combined bright-line viewfinder / rangefinder with automatic parallax compensationEyepiece: Adjusted to -0.5 dioptres Correction lenses for –3 to +3 dptr. availableImage field framing: By projection of two bright-line frame with each lens attached: for 35 and 135 mm, or for 28 and 90 mm, or 50 and 75 mm. Automatically displayed when lens mount locks. Any of the pairs of bright-line frames can be displayed by moving the frame selection lever.Parallax compensation: The horizontal and vertical differences between the viewfinder and the lens are automatically compensated in accordance with the focusing distance set, i.e. the bright-line frame of the viewfinder automatically moves to cover the image field covered by the respective lens.Correspondence betweenthe viewfinder and theactual image: At a focusing distance of 1 meter, the bright-line frame size corresponds precisely to that of a sensor of 23.9 × 35.8 mm. Focused at infinity, and depending on the focal length, approx. 7.3% (28 mm) to 18 % (135 mm) more of the sensor is covered than the bright-line frame actually shows, the opposite is the case for focusing distances less than 1 meter, i.e. somewhat less.Viewfinder magnification(for alllenses): 0.68×Long-base rangefinder: Bright rectangular spot (RF spot) with coincident and superimposed rangefinder in the center of the viewfinderEffective rangefinder base: 47.1 mm (actual base length 69.25 mm × viewfinder magnification 0.68×)Viewfinder displays: (Lower edge) LED symbol for flash status;four-digit, seven-segment digital LED displaywith dots above and below, display brightness adjusted for ambient light, for exposure correction warnings, display of automatically determined shutter speed in aperture priority automatic mode, exposure value lock indicator, out of metering range warning in aperture priority automatic mode and countdown display for shutter speeds longer than 2 s.LED light balance with two triangular and one round, central LED in manual exposure mode. The triangular LEDs show the required directions forturning the aperture ring or the shutter speed dial to correct the exposure setting. They also warn of light levels that are above or below the metering range.Displays on the back: 2.5″ monitor (colour TFT-LCD) with 230,000 pixelsShutter: Microprocessor-controlled, particularly low-noise, metal-leaf, vertical focal-plane shutterShutter speeds: In aperture priority automatic mode (A) continuous from 32 s to 1/4000 s. in manual mode, 8 s to 1/4000 s in half increments, B for arbitrary long exposure times (in conjunction with delayed release T function, i.e. 1st release = shutter opens, 2nd release = shutter closes, (1/180 s) fastest shutter speed for flash synchronizationShutter cocking: With integrated motor, with low-noise footprint, optionally only after release of shutter release button.Continuous shooting: Approx. 2 frames/s, ≥ 8 frames in sequenceShutter release: Three steps: activation of metering – store metering values (in aperture priority automatic mode) – shutter release. Standard internal threading for remote release.Delayed release: Countdown 2 s (in aperture priority automatic mode and manual exposure mode) or 12 s, menu setting option, countdown is indicated by a flashing LED on the front of the camera and a corresponding display on the monitorscreen.Camera power on / power off Main switch located on the top deck, optional sleep mode for camera electronics after 2 / 5 / 10minutes, reactivation by slight pressure to shutter release button.Power supply: 1 rechargeable lithium-ion battery, nominal voltage 3.7 V, capacity 1900 mAh. Charge level displayed on monitor screen, when shutter locked in open position (for sensor cleaning), additional acoustic warning signal for insufficientchargeBattery charger: Inputs: 100–240 V AC , 50/60 Hz, automatic adaptation, or 12/24 V DCOutput: 4.2 V DC, 800 mA.Camera body: Full-metal body in diecast magnesium alloy with cataphoretic paint finish and artificial leather trim; Brass top deck and base plate, black or steel-grey finishFrame selection lever: Enables the manual display of different bright-line frame pairs at any time (e.g. for framing comparisons)Tripod thread: A 1/4 (1/4 “) DIN, stainless steel, integrated in base plateOperating conditions: 0 to +40°CInterface: 5-pin Mini-USB 2.0 high-speed socket for fast data transferDimensions(length × depth × height): Approx. 5.47 × 1.45 × 3.15 inWeight: 20.6 oz (including battery)Package includes: Battery charger 100–240 V with two power cords (Euro, USA, may differ for other export markets) and one car charging cable, lithium-ion battery, USB cable, carrying strapen.leica-camera.comlast_img read more