A soldier was killed in a sniper fire by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu’s Sunderbani Sector, while two Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in the Kashmir Valley.A Jammu-based Army spokesman said the Pakistan Army resorted to an unprovoked ceasefire violation in Sunderbani sector at around 9.45 a.m. on Saturday. “In the incident, rifleman Varun Katal was critically injured. Later, he succumbed to gunshot wounds at 11.10 a.m.” said the spokesman. The Indian Army retaliated “strongly and effectively” on Pakistan Army posts, said the spokesperson.Two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were wounded in Pakistan army’s firing. An official said “heavy fire and shelling” along the LoC were exchanged on Saturday evening.2 Hizb militants killedTwo Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in an operation on Saturday. A police spokesman said a cordon-and-search operation was launched by the security forces in Tikken area of Pulwama early in the morning.“As the search operation was on, the hiding militants fired on the search party. In the ensuing encounter, two militants were killed and the bodies were retrieved from the site,” the police said.The slain militants were identified as Liaqat Munir Wani and Wajid-ul-Islam from Pulwama. Wani joined the Hizb in 2017 and was a postgraduate in history. Wani’s father Munir Ahmed Wani was also a militant commander and died in 1997 after remaining active for eight years.
AirAsia India is on track to launch its international routes as soon as it gets 20 aircraft in the country in the second half of 2018. The move will put AirAsia in the league of Indian carriers such as Jet Airways, IndiGo and Air India, that fly on international routes.“We are on target to launch our international routes the minute we achieve 20 aircraft in India next year. We foresee our Indian operations to be very profitable once we start flying regional routes and connecting them to our wide network,” CEO Tony Fernandes said in a statement on Nov. 29. AirAsia India is a joint venture between AirAsia Berhad of Malaysia, owned by Fernandes, who is a Malaysian of Indian origin, and Tata Sons Limited.The airline, which started its India operations in June 2014, has a domestic market share of 4 per cent with its fleet of 13 Airbus A320 aircraft. It competes with budget airlines like IndiGo and SpiceJet in the country.Meanwhile, Jet Airways on Nov. 29 announced a partnership with Air France-KLM to increase their presence in Europe and to extend their connectivity to the United States.Jet and SpiceJet are also planning to bid for national carrier Air India should the Union government float a disinvestment plan, according to the Times of India. Getting Air India, which has a 14 per cent domestic and 17-18 per cent international market share, would result in a paradigm shift for the buyer. IndiGo, Vistara and AirAsia India have been reported to have shown interest as well.AirAsia India’s net loss narrowed by 74 per cent to Rs 16.40 crore in the September quarter from the year ago period, Fernandes added. “Our associate airline in India has grown tremendously, achieving 99 per cent year-on-year growth on passengers carried and a remarkable 104 per cent year-on-year growth in capacity this quarter,” the statement added.AirAsia India would have 14 aircraft by the end of 2017 and it aims to increase the fleet size to 21 aircraft by the end of 2018. AirAsia India saw a loss of Rs 62 crore in the same period last year, but the revenue increased by 126 per cent year-on-year in 2017.Factors like lower fuel prices and flying more passengers helped in the reduced losses of the airline. While the company posted a net loss of Rs 140 crore for the 2017 fiscal year, which was 23 per cent less than 2016 fiscal year, the losses were almost Rs 182 crore in 2016 fiscal year. Revenue of the airline rose nearly by 45 per cent to Rs 952 crore.SpiceJet, meanwhile, saw a 79 per cent increase in net profit to Rs 105.3 crore in the September quarter from Rs 58.9 crore in the year earlier.The profits of IndiGo’s parent company InterGlobe Aviation Ltd, on the other hand, almost quadrupled to Rs 551.55 crore in the September quarter.Domestic air traffic in India this year has grown at about 15 per cent while international traffic growth is at 8-10 per cent, as per the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. The International Air Transport Association has projected India to become the world’s fifth largest aviation market in 2025. Related ItemsAirAsiaAviation
Papi Sarr’s absence hampers Falcons Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Lady Falcons recorded their first winning streak under Padda in any tournament and Galanza was proud that they were finally able to repay their head coach.“We’re proud that we are finally able to show what we’ve been doing in training to the games we’re playing in,” said Galanza in Filipono Saturday after leading Adamson over Arellano 25-20, 25-22, 25-18, in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We were so happy that we were all shouting because before we were the ones who were getting swept now we’re the ones doing the sweeping.”And Adamson’s triumph didn’t come from any run of the mill team; it was against the defending NCAA champions. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Jema Galanza, Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson skipper Jema Galanza has went through it all for the Lady Falcons, from contending in the Final Four back in Season 76 to just trying to compete as they languished in the bottom four the following years.Galanza has had to carry the pressure head coach Air Padda put on her as the captain of the team, but it seems the skipper has finally managed to lighten that burden down.ADVERTISEMENT And Galanza, who had 18 points in the match, is aware of the magnitude the Lady Chiefs have.“It’s just uplifting that the team we beat for our second straight win was Arellano and we all know how good that team plays,” said Galanza as the Lady Falcons improved to 2-0 to lead Group B.“We didn’t relax one bit because once we do that or we start to underestimate them they can come back.”ADVERTISEMENT
Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu won gold in the 10m mixed team air pistol event by beating Russia 7-6 in the finals at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rifel/Pistol stage at Gabala, Azerbaijan.HighlightsPistol shooters Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu teamed up to win the ‘gold badge’ on the 5th day of the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rifel/Pistol stage at Gabala, AzerbaijanFrance won the bronze in the event by beating IranOn Day Four of competitions at the World Cup, both Jitu and Heena had missed making the final of the individual Men’s and Women’s 10m Air Pistol event, finishing 12th and 9th in their respective qualification roundsOnly top 8 make it through finalMixed Team events are not being considered for the medal tally at the World Cup stage this year, and have been approved as medal events for 2020 Tokyo OlympicsChina has been leading in the medals at Gabala with 6 medals out of the 7, 3 of which are goldAbout the world cup45 countries with 430 athletes are competing for medals at Gabala World CupIt will be the last chance for all the rifle and pistol shooters to qualify for the ISSF World Cup Finals (WCF)The event will see the eight best shooters of the world compete in each Olympic discipline along with reigning Olympic and World Championship medalists and wild-cards.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m not trying to make light what should be heavy, but you know when Glenn Spencer doesn’t care about playing football, it’s bad. “I don’t know. I’ve never been through that before in my life. I’d love to say I had a great prophetic answer to [how I dealt with the news], but I don’t. I don’t even want to see a stat sheet because I really don’t care. People lost their lives today, and this is a game so it’s hard to celebrate.“I think hearts are heavy. We just did what we did. We hurt, we recognized there was a great tragedy and we played a football game. To be honest with you, it wouldn’t have upset me if we hadn’t played today, but we did and the kids went out and played a game. They knew what happened and there were some heavy hearts, and I really didn’t know how they were going to react. I wish I had some magic words for any of this, but I don’t. I just know there’s a lot of people hurting right now.“I wouldn’t have been upset if they hadn’t played a good game. I grieve for those people. I’m staying focused because it’s my job, but it’s in the back of your head. There were a few times where I’m going ‘Are you serious? There’s people grieving who lost loved ones,’ and we’re out there playing a game.”Well said. But he wasn’t done there.#OKstate More from an emotional Glenn Spencer: “To be honest with you, it wouldn’t have upset me if they said we’re not playing today.”— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 25, 2015There was a lot of good perspective from Spencer, Mike Gundy and Kansas coach David Beaty after the game. That’s good. Like I said in my 10 thoughts, football is football. It’s good to remember that although I wish it didn’t take something like this to do it. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Print Close My location zoom Dana Petroleum has recently celebrated a milestone achievement on its flagship Western Isles Development Project (WIDP) with the hull launch of the floating production, storage offloading vessel (FPSO) in China.The project achieved more than 1.5 million man hours incident-free during construction at the COSCO shipyard in Qidong, China, where the FPSO is being built. The hull launch marked the end of a year of major construction work.Hugh McClure, Director of Capital Development Projects, said: “Significant progress has been made on the project in just over 12 months. I look forward to meeting our 2014 milestones and delivering on our commitments.”UK Managing Director Paul Griffin said: “Western Isles is a key project for our future growth ambitions as we aim to significantly grow our production. The safe and successful launch of the FPSO hull stands us in good stead for the year ahead.”The Western Isles Development Project (Dana 77% and Cieco 23%) will develop two oil fields called Harris and Barra in the Northern North Sea, 160km east of the Shetlands and 12km west of Tern field. It involves a subsea development of at least five production and four water injection wells plus two exploration wells tied back to a new build floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) with oil export using shuttle tankers. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 Dana Petroleum, February 17, 2014
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government on Sunday called for an all-party meeting on September 17 to discuss the plight of owners of around 350 flats in Maradu in Kochi, facing demolition for violating Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms.The meeting will be held here on Tuesday at 3.30 PM, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s office said. The 1,200 owners in four apartment complexes near the backwaters of Kochi have been opposing the move to demolish the flats as ordered by the Supreme Court for violation of Coastal Regulation Zone rules. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan had also expressed concern over the plight of the owners. Political parties, including the ruling CPI(M) and the opposition congress have come out in support of the flat owners. CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and Opposition leader in the assembly Ramesh Chennithala had on Saturday visited Marudu, spoken to the residents and assured them of all help. The owners have made it clear that they will not leave their residences and are also observing a relay satyagraha. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe municipal authorities, who had issued notices asking the residents to move out, have stated that they would take the next step based on directions from the state government. The notices to the flat owners asked them to vacate their residences to implement the apex court order, directing demolition of the structures constructed in violation of CRZ notifications. After the owners refused to accept the notices, the authorities had affixed them on the walls of the building. The state government had on Monday initiated steps to implement the SC order and directed the municipality to take immediate action to evacuate the residents and rehabilitate them in coordination with the Ernakulam District Collector. The top court had on May 8 directed the removal of the buildings within a month as they were constructed in a notified CRZ, which was part of a water body known to be hit by tides.
MONTREAL – The 27 communities that ring Hudson Bay are scheduled to meet Tuesday for the first time to talk about climate change, environmental protection and the impact of development in their vast and complex region.“It’s always been the Arctic region that falls through the cracks,” said Joel Heath, a scientist with the Arctic Eider Society, which is helping organize the inaugural Hudson Bay Summit.Responsibility for Hudson Bay and its shorelines is divided between Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Nunavut, as well as the federal government. There are also at least five land claims that cover the region, all of which have overlapping agreements.The communities are also divided by the difficulty of travelling between them. The group will meet in Montreal because it’s easier to get there than any of the towns or hamlets along the coast.“In order for people from west Hudson Bay to get to a community in east Hudson Bay, we’re talking three days of travel,” Heath said.That makes it tough to get together on issues that concern everyone around the world’s second-largest bay. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t common problems, said Heath.The bay and its shoreline face development pressures from three major industrial development plans.Quebec’s Plan Nord, Ontario’s Ring of Fire and Manitoba’s Arctic Bridge would all increase mineral, energy, tourism and transportation impacts.Those proposals come on top of changes already underway.Vast hydro reservoirs in Quebec are storing freshwater that used to pour into the bay in spring and releasing it instead in the winter to generate power for southern cities. Heath has found a layer of freshwater 25 metres deep all along Hudson Bay’s eastern coast.Climate change is altering the region’s sea ice, used by everyone and everything from polar bears to community members trying to hunt and travel safely.Heath said delegates at the conference will talk about a connected network of protected areas, as Canada strives to meet its goal of conserving 17 per cent of its land and inland waters as well as 10 per cent of its oceans by 2020.Delegates will also talk about restoring damaged coastlines and implementing locally based environmental monitoring that can be shared between communities.Heath said communities also want future development to be assessed in the context of overall impacts.“It was clear that environmental assessment was being done piecemeal for some of those (previous) projects. There needs to be co-ordination and some form of working together to overcome those barriers.”Heath said the communities hope to form a consortium that can meet at least regionally on a regular basis. The jigsaw of jurisdictions that look after the enormous area have to start working together, Heath said.“Those lines aren’t actually out there that people create. The animals and the water don’t care.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960
APTN National NewsLast week off the north coast of British Columbia a Japanese ship full of coal ran aground on the very route proposed by Enbridge for tankers shipping tarsands bitumen to Asian markets.There was no environmental damage this time, but local First Nations say it’s yet even more proof the waterways around their traditional territory are too treacherous for super tankers carrying oil.APTN’s Rob Smith has this story.
New Delhi: A 40-year-old woman suffered head injuries on Tuesday after her saree got stuck in a carriage door of a Delhi Metro train as it was about to leave a station, due to which she got dragged on the platform.The victim, Gita, was travelling with her daughter when the incident took place at the Moti Nagar metro station on the Blue Line. “Gita and my daughter were travelling from Nawada. They got off at the Moti Nagar station when the ‘pallu’ of Gita’s saree got stuck in the closing door. As a result, she got dragged for some distance on the platform,” her husband Jagdish Prasad said. Gita, a housewife, suffered injuries on her head and was rushed to a nearby hospital, Prasad added. “I got a call from my daughter who told me about the incident. One of the commuters had pressed the emergency button to alert the driver for stopping the train,” he said.
The Ministry Of Health has issued has imposed a maximum retail prices for stents,a statement said today.The Ministry Of Health said that the maximum retail price for bare metal stents has been reduced from Rs. 75,000 to Rs.24,000 and drug eluting stents from Rs. 350,000 to Rs.105,000.
A United Nations human rights expert has called for urgent action to stem an apparent increase in sexual violence against children in South Africa.In a preliminary report of his visit last month to the country, Juan Miguel Petit, the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, says that he found young children were being targeted as sexual partners in order to reduce the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. He also reports that children were being raped by individuals who believe that sex with a virgin will cure them from the disease.The Special Rapporteur recommends that the victims of sexual violence be given prophylaxis against HIV/AIDS in schools, shelters and police stations. In addition, he suggests that access to treatment, care and support be made available to children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.While noting that the country had many different and dedicated actors working on behalf of children’s rights, Mr. Petit also urges the creation of a collective structure, such as a multi-sectoral children’s ministry fully resourced with qualified staff, to act as a first entry point for abused children.Mr. Petit, who visited South Africa from 16 to 26 September at the Government’s invitation, met with various government officials, including those from the Department of Social Development and the Department of Health. He also visited shelters and drop-in centres for female and child victims of abuse and individuals seeking HIV/AIDS testing and counselling.The Special Rapporteur’s full report will be presented to the Geneva-based UN Commission on Human Rights at its next session in March.
TORONTO – The Toronto stock market dropped by triple digits and the loonie contracted sharply against the greenback after a pullback in commodity prices and a disappointing read on the economy from the Bank of Canada.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX index ended the day down 137.73 points at 13,704.19, with the health-care subsector posting the biggest loss on the day, down 6.41 per cent.Valeant Pharmaceuticals stock plunged 19.2 per cent to $154.21 on Wednesday after short-seller research firm Citron Research compared the Canadian pharmaceutical company to the collapsed energy giant Enron and accused it of creating a network of phantom pharmacies to fool auditors.The drug company denied the allegations.Valeant shares have fallen from a peak of $347.84 in August, with American political figures including Hillary Clinton turning their focus in the last month to price increases in the pharmaceutical industry.Kash Pashootan, portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory in Ottawa, a Raymond James company, said investors can do all the research in the world but they can never really predict a company’s fortunes.“What you’re seeing is another reminder of why diversification is so important in any investing,” he said.In New York, the Dow Jones average of 30 stocks closed down 48.50 points at 17,168.61, while the broader S&P 500 index fell 11.83 points to 2,018.94 and the Nasdaq index dropped 40.85 points to 4,840.12.Pashootan said that ever since the American economy began to recover in 2010, North American equity markets have shown strong results.Now, he said, the market is changing as investors become more aware that those returns are unlikely to last.“After five years of phenomenal gains in the markets, especially the U.S. markets, it’s unrealistic to expect that for the next five years growth will come at the same magnitude,” he said.On the commodity markets, the December gold contract ended trading down $10.40 to US$1,167.10 an ounce, the December crude contract fell US$1.09 to US$45.20 a barrel and the November natural gas contract fell 7.2 cents to US$2.404 per thousand cubic feet.Pashootan said the oil market is still suffering from worldwide oversupply and that he foresees a rough time for oil company stocks as they continue to adjust to the lower oil price.Many oil companies have been protected by the long-term hedges they invest in as insurance against an oil price decline and many of those hedges are beginning to expire, he said.“Then they will really feel the impact of selling oil into a market at half the price of what they were used to selling it at,” Pashootan said.The loonie fell by 0.91 of a cent to 76.24 cents US.The Bank of Canada announced on Wednesday that it would keep its key overnight interest rate at 0.5 per cent.The bank said in its economic forecast that it will take several years for the Canadian economy to adjust to the impact of persistently low commodity prices. by Peter Henderson, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 21, 2015 7:52 am MDT Last Updated Oct 21, 2015 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX down triple digits as loonie falls after downbeat Bank of Canada report
Ashley Baerg (in red) from Team Canada contemplates her next move during a wheelchair basketball game. Brock will co-host the Women’s U25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships next month. The world is coming to Brock this summer.From July 15 to the 21, the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation will host the first-ever Women’s U25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships here.The event, which is a milestone in the ongoing growth of international wheelchair basketball, is co-hosted by Wheelchair Basketball Canada and Brock.“Brock University is proud to be a part of this inaugural international tournament,” said Steven Pillar, Vice-President Finance and Administration. “This event represents an incredible opportunity for our students, our community, and our country. We look forward to hosting the games and welcoming the world to our University this summer.”Eight countries are participating in the tournament: Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and the United States.“For the first time in the history of our sport, we get to showcase the talents of these elite young female wheelchair basketball athletes in a world-class championship,” said Wendy Gittins, event co-chair and executive director of Wheelchair Basketball Canada.The tournament’s website is primary source for the latest news, event information, ticketing, team rosters, schedules and game results.The site features a comprehensive social media hub with exclusive access to videos, photo galleries, contests, polls, and athlete blogs.Here’s a promotional video for the event:
Both credentials will be earned over four years – a process that would normally take seven. The program has been in development since 2008, and will welcome its first cohort in September, 2016. Steve Hudson (left), Niagara College’s Vice-President Academic, and Neil McCartney, Brock’s Vice-President Academic, sign a partnership that will bring a Bachelor’s degree and an advanced diploma in game development program to the University and College.Niagara College and Brock University have agreed to launch a unique partnership that will allow students to earn a Bachelor’s degree and an advanced diploma in game development in the space of four years.Under the GAME program, students will study at both institutions concurrently, and earn both an advanced diploma in Game Development from Niagara College, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Game Design or a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Game Programming from Brock University.Students in both the design and programming streams of the program will benefit from an educational partnership that combines the theoretical with the applied. The bachelor’s degree portion will provide a broad understanding of the creative and cultural context and history of games, and the programs, game platforms and design and production paradigms. The advanced diploma portion provides hands-on experience and applied skills in programming and design. As part of the shared curriculum, students from both streams will work together in their fourth year on a team-based game development project.“This is a great example of Niagara’s two postsecondary institutions coming together in a way that will benefit students and industry,” said Niagara College’s vice president, academic Steve Hudson, Ph.D. “Students will acquire the theoretical knowledge and applied skills required to succeed in this burgeoning industry, and these well-rounded graduates will drive further growth and innovation in the world of game development.”“We’re extremely pleased to start offering this collaborative program. Niagara has established itself as a great place to do business for video game developers, and that has meant a constant need for skilled designers and programmers,” said Brock University Vice-President, Academic Neil McCartney. “This new program will give students the best possible training and set them up for a career in a growing industry.”
YOU KNOW WHAT the working week means? Rules. Lots of rules.But now, the working week is at an end. And for some people, that means throwing caution to the wind.These people have had it up to here with the working week. And they’re not about to stop.All photos via Reddit/FirstWorldAnarchists.This individual who is SICK of your so-called ‘law’ Source: ImgurThis violent anarchist who’s been pushed past the point of fear by the 9 to 5 Source: ImgurThis guy who will not be told anymore Source: ImgurThe creator of this frying pan Source: ImgurThis soldier who’s done with being bossed around Source: ImgurThe broken, angry individual in control of this banana slicer Source: ImgurThis rebel who will NOT be fenced in any longer Source: ImgurThis supermarket shopper turned freedom fighter Source: ImgurThis dangerous maverick Source: ImgurThis frankly terrifying advent calendar nonconformist Source: ImgurThis guy who doesn’t care any longer Source: ImgurAnd this no-holds-barred anarchist. Source: ImgurAll photos via Reddit/FirstWorldAnarchistsGoogle’s ‘Happy Birthday’ doodle to itself is quite addictive>Irish singer goes viral with anti-homophobia music video>
Image: Shutterstock/hkhtt hj https://jrnl.ie/4809470 Short URL Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 10:16 AM Image: Shutterstock/hkhtt hj Share5 Tweet Email1 20 Comments 9,113 Views By AFP CIA reveals it tried to train animals to spy on the Russians in the 1970s The CIA hoped birds of prey could be trained for “emplacement” missions like dropping a listening device on a windowsill. IN EARLY 1974, Do Da was top in espionage class, on the way to becoming a high-flying CIA agent: he handled himself better in the rough, carried heavier loads, and could brush off attackers.But on his toughest-yet spy school test, he disappeared – done in by some of his own kind: ravens.The bird was a central figure in a decade-long US Central Intelligence Agency programme to train animals as agents, helping Washington fight the Cold War against the Soviet Union.On Thursday, the CIA released dozens of files from its tests on cats, dogs, dolphins and on birds from pigeons to some of the smartest: ravens and crows.It studied cats as possible loose-roaming listening devices – “audio surveillance vehicles” – and put electrical implants in dogs’ brains to see if they could be remotely controlled.Neither of those programmes went very far. More effort was put into training dolphins as potential saboteurs and helping spy on the Soviet Union’s development of a nuclear submarine fleet, perhaps the most potent challenge to US power in the mid-1960s.Projects Oxygas and Chirilogy sought to see if dolphins could be trained to replace human divers and place explosives on moored or moving vessels, sneak into Soviet harbours and leave in place acoustic buoys and rocket detection units, or swim alongside submarines to collect their acoustic signatures.Those programs, too, were given up, left to the US Navy which to this day makes use of dolphins and seals.Hawks and owlsBut what also grabbed the US spy chiefs’ imagination in the Cold War days was birds – pigeons, hawks, owls, crows and ravens, and even flocks of wild migratory birds.For the latter, the agency enlisted ornithologists to try to determine which birds regularly spent part of the year in the area of Shikhany in the Volga River Basin southeast of Moscow, where the Soviets operated a chemical weapons facility.The CIA saw the migratory birds as “living sensors” which, based on their feeding, would reveal what kinds of substances the Russians were testing, in their flesh.In the early 1970s, the CIA turned to birds of prey and ravens, hoping they could be trained for “emplacement” missions like dropping a listening device on a windowsill, and photo missions.In project Axiolite, bird trainers working on San Clemente island off southern California taught the birds to fly miles over the water between a boat and land.If the training went well, a chosen candidate would have a tough mission: being smuggled to Soviet Russia, where it would be released secretly in the field, tasked to fly 25 kilometers carrying a camera to snap pictures of a radar for SA-5 missiles, and fly back.They had red-tailed and Harris’s hawks, great horned owls, a vulture, and a cockatoo.It was not easy. A cockatoo was “a clever flyer” but “maybe too slow to avoid gull attacks”.Two falcons died from illness; another promising candidate lost feathers and trainers had to wait for it to molt and grow them back.‘Star’ of the projectThe most promising flyer was Do Da, the raven. In just three months, Do Da went from a successful 3/4-mile trip to six miles from shore to boat, and then four miles back to shore on the same day.He was the most promising candidate for the Russia mission, the “star of this project,” one scientist wrote, who figured out the right altitudes in the right winds, and acquired “sufficient guile to outwit the native ravens and gulls,” which hid for attacks on him.But on a training mission he was attacked by “the usual pair” of ravens – and was not seen again.The scientists were deeply dismayed. “He had a large bag of tricks and was loved by all,” one wrote.Pigeons over LeningradThe other major effort was with pigeons, used for over two millennia as messengers and to take photographs during World War I.The challenge was that pigeons work from home coops or roosts, places they are familiar with.The CIA needed them for missions in the Soviet Union, where they would fly between unfamiliar roosts and photo targets.The agency acquired hundreds of pigeons, testing them and cameras in areas around the United States to see if they could be trained on simulated paths.Soon the target became known: the shipyards in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) where the Soviets built nuclear submarines.After much training, the birds were brought to Washington for testing, and results were mixed.Some snapped perfect photos, but others flew out, with expensive cameras attached, and weren’t seen again. One was attacked by a hawk, and came back three weeks later with no camera.The documents don’t say if the Leningrad operation was attempted. But a 1978 review the CIA released made clear that there were too many questions about the birds’ reliability.- © AFP 2019 Sat 10:16 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
The Afro-American Newspaper held its annual Diversity in Careers and Education Expo, sponsored by BGE, on Sept. 22 in the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in downtown Baltimore. Over 1,000 people lined up for open positions at the 20 exhibitors.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Tomorrow’s small business technology was on display at the recent 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show.One great thing about the technology show, the largest on the planet, is that normally tight-lipped electronics makers willingly show their hands. Even the most secretive of the bunch — Dell Inc., Samsung Group and Microsoft Corp. — display unreleased products, early demos and other not-quite-to-market versions. The idea is to drive early buzz and, perhaps, success in the market. Most demos at this year’s show were strictly-for-consumer tablet computers, or advances in mobile devices. But some interesting pre-releases of tools small businesses can use were on hand. Here’s a look at three that were shown off.Mophie powerstand for iPad What it is: A sleek, pivoting, aluminum charging and syncing stand for the Apple iPad.Price: $99 – $129Why it’s notable: The Mophie powerstand is an attractive and professional solution for mounting an iPad so you or your employees don’t need two hands to use it. It does a good job of keeping your iPad ready for business. The double-hinged, rotating base has an adaptor that can both charge your iPad and sync it with a computer. That makes it easy to manage Web-based business software such as word processing, scheduling and even simple inventory systems. It isn’t hard to imagine a powerstand-enabled iPad service as an interactive terminal in professional services, health care or even a restaurant or hotel-management setting.What to consider: The powerstand is no breakthrough product. As attractive as it is, it is still a simple peripheral with roots in the consumer markets. It isn’t clear how durable the unit would be in high-traffic, retail settings. Also, security is a concern: The iPad just clips into the powerstand, making it an easy target for thieves.When to expect it: Late February 2011.Fujitsu Unnamed Tablet Computer What it is: A tablet PC aimed strictly at businesses.Price: Less than $1,000Why it’s notable: With this tablet, Fujitsu Inc., is addressing the limits of using a tablet in the work setting. This touch-based, Windows 7 slate PC sports work-friendly features such as legitimate security tools, a built-in cellular modem and enough sophisticated media connection options to support most sales functions, including popular video standards. Most importantly, the unit will come with a replaceable able battery. So while most consumer-grade tablets like the iPad simply die when the batteries run down, Fujitsu’s unit can keep going with a freshly charged battery.What to consider: Fujitsu is fighting for a niche in the dreadfully crowded tablet market — tablet computers may be the fastest to-commodity item ever produced. As well-outfitted as this tablet might be, it is unclear if the company can make an argument for the cost of such a tool.When to expect it: Summer 20113M MP180 Pocket ProjectorWhat it is: A palm-sized projector that can render a relatively bright image from any PC, mobile phone or table computer. Price: $449Why it’s notable: Ultra-portable projectors, called pico projectors in the trade press, are the salesperson’s ultimate secret weapon. Light and small enough to live in your travel bag, 3M’s MP180 produces a 30-inch diameter image that is respectably bright in daylight. The unit offers a PC screen-level of resolution, two-hour battery life and full support for the Microsoft Office suite of software. Plus it has enough internal memory to store everything but massive work files. With the MP180 you can carry your elevator pitch and actually use it in an elevator.What to consider: As flat-out effective as the MP180 is as an ad hoc sales tool, it is still a low-power projector that lacks the image quality of a first-quality business display system. It is not the thing to use for major presentations.When to expect it: Late-January 2011. January 26, 2011 4 min read Register Now »