The Brazilian Air Force Will Keep A Census Of UFOs Reported By Pilots

first_imgBy Dialogo August 13, 2010 It would be interesting to see UFO images endorsed by a country’s aerial forces, and to obtain real results in order to clear up the mystery that has always existed; if in fact there is life on other planets, or if they are new futuristic technologies of our own making. The appearance of UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) in Brazilian airspace will be officially recorded by the Brazilian Aeronautics Command, which formalized this decision and made it official with a decree published in the official government gazette. The decree calls on the pilots of civilian and military planes, along with national air-traffic controllers, to recount their experiences to the Aerospace Defense Command in Brasilia, and also to send documentary evidence about unidentified flying objects, the decree indicates. The material photographed or filmed in the immensity of the Brazilian sky, in a country eight million square kilometers in area, will be catalogued and archived at the Air Force Historical Documentation Center, in the western part of the state of Rio de Janeiro. The material will be able to be consulted by researchers and others interested in these phenomena. The decree is dated 9 August and was published Tuesday. It was signed by the commander of the Air Force, Juniti Saito, and specifies that the records will be entered on a special form. “The Aeronautics Command does not have at its disposal a specialized structure for carrying out scientific research on these aerial phenomena and will limit itself to recording the events,” the Air Force emphasized in a statement sent to the daily O Dia. A military air-traffic controller from Rio de Janeiro told the daily O Dia that “there are stories about ministers and even a president who saw a UFO.”last_img read more

DOF sheds 1996-built platform supplier

first_imgNorwegian shipping company DOF has sold one of its platform supply vessel to an undisclosed client. DOF said in an Oslo Stock Exchange filing on Friday it had sold and delivered the PSV Skandi Marstein to a new owner on Thursday.The sale will not have any significant liquidity impact or impact on the accounts, said DOF.The Skandi Marstein is of an MT 6000 design. Since its delivery to DOF in 1996, it has been operating in the North Sea. According to the company, the vessel has been in lay up since late autumn 2017.The sale is in line with DOF Group’s strategy to divest the oldest part of the fleet. Also as part of its divestment plans, DOF in November sold one of its anchor handling vessels.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

UNC Releases Notice Of Allegations, Which Includes “Lack Of Institutional Control”

first_imgUNC Notice Of Allegations letter form the NCAA.UNC Notice Of Allegations UNC/TwitterUNC/TwitterNorth Carolina, which had been served a notice of allegations back on May 20 relating to an academic fraud investigation, has released the NCAA’s findings this afternoon. The organization is alleging five major violations. Each of them are considered “Level 1” – severe breaches of conduct. The Notice Of Allegations includes 325 pieces of “Factual Information” relating to the case.You can read the entire 59-page NOA here. If you’re looking for a summary of the major violations, we’ve listed them below. Per the NCAA:1. It is alleged that beginning in the 2002 fall semester and continuing through the 2011 summer semester, the institution provided impermissible benefits to student-athletes that were not generally available to the student body. 2. It is alleged that from April 2007 to July 2010, Jan Boxill (Boxill), then philosophy instructor, director of the Parr Center for Ethics, women’s basketball athletic academic counselor in the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) and chair of the faculty, knowingly provided extra benefits in the form of impermissible academic assistance and special arrangements to women’s basketball student-athletes. 3. It is alleged that in 2014 and 2015, Deborah Crowder (Crowder), former student services manager in the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct when she failed to furnish information relevant to an investigation of possible violations of NCAA legislation when requested to do so by the NCAA enforcement staff and the institution. Specifically, Crowder refused to participate in an interview with both the institution and the enforcement staff despite at least three requests for her participation. 4. It is alleged that in 2014 and 2015, Dr. Julius Nyang’oro (Nyang’oro), former professor and chair of the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct when he failed to furnish information relevant to an investigation of possible violations of NCAA legislation when requested to do so by the enforcement staff and the institution. Specifically, Nyang’oro refused to participate in an interview with both the institution and the enforcement staff despite at least five requests for his participation. 5. It is alleged that the scope and nature of the violations set forth in Allegation Nos. 1 and 2 demonstrate that the institution violated the NCAA principles of institutional control and rules compliance when it failed to monitor the activities of Jan Boxill (Boxill), then philosophy instructor, director of the Parr Center for Ethics, women’s basketball athletics academic counselor in the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) and chair of the faculty. Further, the institution exhibited a lack of institutional control in regard to the special arrangements constituting impermissible benefits athletics academic counselors and staff within African and Afro-American Studies (AFRI/AFAM) department provided to student-athletes. North Carolina has 90 days from the issuance of the allegations to respond. Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham is expected to address the alleged violations during a press conference at 1:30 PM ET.last_img read more

Balearia Taking Over FloridaBahamas Fast Ferry Route

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Balearia Spanish shipping company Baleària will start providing fast ferry service between Port Everglades, Florida, and Bimini, Bahamas, after the previous operator pulled out of the route citing commercial considerations.As of August 7, Baleària Caribbean will be the official Resorts World Bimini shipping company on the route for both passengers and cargo.Although the company did not reveal the name of the vessel it would deploy on the Bimini service, Baleària noted that the unit would have a 650-person capacity and a maximum speed of 38 knots, with the journey on the new service taking just under two hours.With five weekly services programmed to Bimini, the company said the number of connections could increase based on demand.The previous operator, FRS Caribbean, had the 400-passenger fast ferry San Gwann sailing between Miami and Bimini. The company terminated the route as of August 5.The change in operators comes months after the former CEO of Balearia Group, Hernan Calvo, was ordered to pay Balearia USD 2.8 million following his actions in helping competitors land the deal for ferry services to Genting’s Resorts World on Bimini. Calvo was convicted of using trade secrets and internal information to benefit a competitor.The new route to Bimini is the second operated by Baleària Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas. Since 2011, Baleària provides services between this port and Freeport on Grand Bahama.last_img read more

Champagne to announce ombudsman for corporate social responsibility

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government is planning to make good on a campaign promise to create an ombudsman with teeth to oversee the conduct of Canadian companies operating abroad.International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is expected to announce the creation of a new position on Wednesday.Government sources say the new position will be a substantive upgrade to the “corporate responsibility counsellor,” which has been widely criticized as a toothless entity for dealing with misconduct complaints against Canadian companies, mainly in the mining industry.One source, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss a matter not yet made public, said the new ombudsman would have jurisdiction over more than just the mining sector, but provided no further details.The source said the position would be “the first in the world with real independence with real powers, and more than just mining.”It is not clear how much power the newly created position will be given, such as whether it will be able to compel specific behaviour from companies.The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability, an organization pushing for changes, says it is encouraged by the pending announcement but needs more details on whether the new office will have real powers and independence before endorsing it.“Will the ombudsperson be relying on ministerial discretion to exercise investigator powers? Will the ombudsperson operate autonomously from Global Affairs Canada?” asked Stephanie Gervais, the group’s spokeswoman.The organization also wants Champagne to confirm whether the ombudsman can look at old cases retroactively or just new ones, she said.Hundreds of mining companies operating in Latin America, Africa and Asia make Canada a leading player in the sector. But the sector is periodically the subject of human rights complaints and legal action, often by Indigenous groups.The head of one of the largest investment firms that has consulted closely with the Trudeau government on its economic agenda distributed a letter this week telling big companies they need to step up their corporate responsibility efforts if they want to benefit from their financial largesse.“To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society,” writes Laurence Fink, the chief executive of BlackRock, in a letter that was first obtained by the New York Times this week.If companies don’t engage better with local communities, Fink writes, they will “ultimately lose the license to operate from key stakeholders.”In November 2016, BlackRock was among the of the world’s most powerful institutional investors to take part in a summit hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.According to a draft agenda, Fink and Trudeau were to deliver the opening remarks at the gathering, which used the opportunity to promote Canada as an attractive place to invest. BlackRock was asked to invite its clients to the event.In the lead-up to the summit, BlackRock reportedly participated in biweekly conference calls with Infrastructure Canada and the Privy Council Office to create a presentation Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi was to deliver to the investors.Trudeau will meet more business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week in an attempt to continue selling Canada as a prime investment destination.“We must have the full and equal participation of all to have economies that work for everyone and a future that is fairer, more inclusive, and more compassionate,” Trudeau said in a statement.— With files from Andy Blatchford in Ottawalast_img read more

Natural Resources Minister fires back against critics after federal funding announcement

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi has responded to some of the critics of Tuesday’s massive funding announcement for the oil and gas sector in Alberta.He actually agreed with some of his critics, specifically the idea that this funding is not a long-term solution.Just spoke with the Natural Resources Minister @SohiAmarjeet. He agreed with some critics of yesterday’s announcement that this isn’t the long-term solution to Alberta’s energy woes. He says pipelines are still the answer, but something had to be done in the meantime @660NEWS— Kenny Mason (@krmason7) December 19, 2018Sohi argues that while the regulatory processes for building pipeline projects like Trans Mountain move forward, something needed to be done in the meantime.“What we’re focused on is that as we move toward building pipelines, how (can we) support industry now,” he said.He added this funding will allow companies the breathing room they need to survive in these tough times, similar to programs which were announced with the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export and Development Canada. Sohi said close to $1.5-billion was allocated in 2016, and the vast majority of that was used by businesses because they needed that support at that time. Now, he believes companies could use that support again.READ MORE: Experts weigh in on the federal investment into Alberta oil and gas “So what we announced (Tuesday) $1.6-billion will provide loans to get those businesses through these difficult times so they can make their payroll commitments,” he said. “This support is very meaningful for those businesses who need this support.”While there was no promise to get Trans Mountain started again in 2019 he says the work is being done to get it approved and built.“I am very confident that through our consultations with Indigenous peoples that we will be able to move forward on this project,” he said.Sohi retorted against some of the criticisms of the much maligned Bill C-69 saying it will actually help projects get built.“The current system is not working, you know, you can talk all about what’s wrong with Bill C-69, but I think what we need to do is fix what’s not working now,” he said.Some industry analysts asserted this bill, as it stands, would mean no pipeline project would ever be built in Canada. He does say he is open for changes to that bill.“Are there amendments to make Bill C-69 better? Absolutely we will look at those amendments, if they’re appropriate and allow us to actually achieve what we want to do, which is create certainty for businesses, and create certainty for, you know, Canadians that we will have a process in place that allows us to grow our economy, build pipelines, at the same time protect our environment, and allow Canadians to participate in the process.”last_img read more

TMC files complaint against BJP for using Khali in poll campaign

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress has written to the Election Commission of India (ECI), protesting against BJP for engaging wrestler the Great Khali during an election campaign in favour of Anupam Hazra, who is contesting from the Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat on the saffron party’s ticket.A complaint lodged with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) raised questions on how a foreign national can take part election campaign for Hazra. The complaint also alleged that BJP is trying to influence the electors by using Khali, who is a national of the United States of America. The wrestler campaigned for Hazra on April 26. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”He (Khali) holds a US citizenship. Therefore, a foreigner shouldn’t be allowed to influence the minds of Indian electors,” reads the complaint. The complaint also says; “Dalip Singh Rana, who is known by the name the Great Khali, was seen campaigning for Anupam Hazra, the BJP candidate from Jadavpur. He was seen campaigning from an open top jeep on the streets of Jadavpur. Rana is not an Indian citizen and holds citizenship under the United States of America. BJP is using Rana’s celebrity status to misguide Indian voters.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt is also mentioned in the complaint that Khali gave an interview saying that he would be present for Hazra whenever he would be called in. “I have specially come from America to support my younger brother. He is filing his nomination papers. I want to request everyone to cast their votes for him. Do not waste your votes. Anupam is a learned man and he knows your troubles and will be able to serve you better than anyone else,” Khali was quoted in the complaint. During his campaign, Hazra said that Khali is a popular global youth icon and many of his supporters had requested him to do something exceptional. Hence, he thought it was a unique platform to bring in the popular wrestler. The letter alleged that BJP is desperate to win the elections by any means possible. In this case, utilising the help of a non-citizen who has no information about the intricacies of Indian politics or what may be the best option for the Indian electors. Trinamool urged the Election Commission to take action against the BJP candidate in this regard. Additional CEO Sanjay Basu said that they have received the complaint and an inquiry is being conducted into the incident. “We will comment on the issue after we receive a report in this regard,” he added.last_img read more

Cong has lies in its DNA Adityanath

first_imgLakhimpur Kheri (UP): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Tuesday charged that the Congress has “lies” in its DNA and asked how it will give “Nyay” when it has always done injustice. He also said there is no “dalali” in the BJP government and if funds are given under any scheme, they go straight to beneficiaries. Speaking at an election meeting, Adityanath said, “Congress has lies in its DNA. They say they will give NYAY (justice) …we ask you have always done injustice with the people here. How will you give NYAY now”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Adityanath was referring to the “Ab hoga nyay” election tagline of the Congress. The chief minister said if five years of the BJP government are compared with 55 years of the Congress and if two years of the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh with 17 years of SP-BSP governments then the BJP will prove to be much better. He also said that during Congress governments, Pakistani terrorists used to behead jawans but now when soldiers are martyred, it is avenged by going inside Pakistan.last_img read more

SC collegium recommends Justice V Ramasubramanian as CJ of Himachal HC

first_imgChennai: Justice V Ramasubramanian, the senior-most judge of the Madras High Court, has been elevated as the Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court, according to a resolution passed by the Supreme Court collegium. The collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, passed the resolution on May 10. In its resolution, the Supreme Court collegium said, “The office of the Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court would be falling vacant, very shortly consequent upon elevation of Justice Surya Kant, Chief Justice of that High Court, to the Supreme Court, in terms of a recommendation made by the collegium on May 8.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Therefore, appointment to that office is required to be made, the SC said. Justice V Ramasubramanian, the senior-most Judge from Madras High Court, is functioning on transfer in Telangana High Court. Having regard to all relevant factors, the collegium is of the considered view that Justice V Ramasubramanian is suitable in all respects for being appointed as Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court, it said. While making the above recommendation, the collegium has also taken into consideration the fact that at present there is only one Chief Justice from the Madras High Court.last_img read more

There Were 35 Plays More Costly To The Patriots Than Stephen Gostkowskis

40:12Stephen Gostkowski kicks onside 6 yards, recovered by Shiloh Keo and returned for 3 yards-16.4% 42:303rd & 6Tom Brady pass incomplete short middle intended for Danny Amendola (defended by Kayvon Webster). DEN challenged the incomplete pass ruling, and the play was upheld.-7.3% 27:463rd & 3Tom Brady sacked by DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller for -6 yards-6.4% 32:484th & 11Britton Colquitt punts 53 yards-4.6% 413:393rd & 1C.J. Anderson left tackle for 30 yards (tackle by Devin McCourty)-9.7% 42:332nd & 1Tom Brady pass incomplete short left intended for James White-4.2% Did you hear? Stephen Gostkowski, FiveThirtyEight’s Football Player of the Year,1Who actually uses his feet missed his first extra point since his rookie season, and it cost the New England Patriots a chance to win the AFC championship game and repeat as Super Bowl champions. For shame.Yes, Gostkowski was an important part of getting them there in the first place. Yes, he went 2 for 2 on 3-point field goals and sent all four of his (non-onside) kickoffs for touchbacks. And yes, the miss did come in the first quarter. But see, if he’d made that kick and everything else in the game played out exactly the same way over the next 47 minutes, and the Patriots — down 1 point after their counterfactual final drive — decided to kick an XP instead of going for two, and Gostkowski made that one as well, and the Patriots won in overtime, on the road, they would be getting ready for the big game right now. And in case that logic wasn’t proof enough, Gostkowski himself confessed!To some extent, this line of thinking is natural. Holding people who commit minor sins accountable for major negative results that flow from them is deeply ingrained in modern society. For example, if someone runs a red light and nothing bad happens, he may be cited and fined. But if he hits another car, he may incur civil liability and be sued for damages. If he hits and kills a pedestrian, he may open himself up to criminal liability and be prosecuted. In all three cases, the person may have committed the same sin, but its consequences would stem from the results.But if this were actually a tort case, there is no chance Gostkowski would be held responsible. Even if we presumed he did something wrong — which is a dicey proposition because some amount of human error is built into the expectation for kickers — it could never be considered a proximate cause of the Patriots’ loss, because from the perspective of expectation, things that happen early in games are all pretty fungible.For about the first two-thirds of a game, a 1-point lead is worth about the same as 20 yards of garden-variety field position. The following chart looks at game situations where both teams have all of their timeouts and an equal chance of winning before the game started. One team is at first and 10; the question is: Would that team rather have a 1-point lead and be on its own 20-yard line, or be in a tie game on the 40?2This chart uses an expected wins model created by Brian Burke of ESPN’s Stats and Info Group. 15:051st & 10Steven Jackson middle for 5 yards (tackle by Derek Wolfe). Penalty on Bryan Stork: unnecessary roughness, 15 yards-6.0% 40:213rd & 4Tom Brady pass incomplete short middle intended for Julian Edelman-5.6% 39:011st & 10Peyton Manning pass complete short right to Cody Latimer for 13 yards (tackle by Logan Ryan)-3.8% 112:543rd & 10Peyton Manning pass complete short right to Emmanuel Sanders for 11 yards (tackle by Malcolm Butler)-6.0% 47:301st & 10James White middle for -1 yards (tackle by Shaquil Barrett and Danny Trevathan)-5.1% 17:372nd & 11Peyton Manning pass complete deep middle to Owen Daniels for 21 yards, touchdown-7.7% 214:412nd & 10Tom Brady pass incomplete short right intended for Rob Gronkowski is intercepted by Von Miller at NWE-20 and returned for 4 yards-12.7% For the most part, early in games, points and yards are practically interchangeable, and 1 point — even when it’s the difference between having a lead or not — isn’t really a big deal.3In fact, even the difference between being up 1 and up 2 early in the game is almost identical to the difference between being up 1 and tied. Aside from its point value, having the lead early just doesn’t matter much.To that end, here are the 36 plays that most hurt the Patriots’ chances of beating the Broncos, sorted by how much of an impact they had on the Patriots’ expected win probability, from Pro-Football-Reference.com’s play-by-play:4Note that their win probability model may vary slightly from Burke’s (i.e., PFR suggests Gostkowski’s missed XP hurt the Patriots’ chance of winning by 3.3 percentage points, while Burke’s model says 3 percentage points). Also, ESPN and PFR don’t always agree on the exact times when plays took place. E.g., Gostkowski’s kick appears to have taken place with 1:49 left in the quarter, but PFR records it as 1:53 — the time of the previous play. However, on the field goal by Brandon McManus in the second quarter, ESPN records the time left as 33 seconds, when the clock had been stopped at 38. Rather than going through every discrepancy, this table reflects PFR’s version of events. 111:352nd & 11Peyton Manning pass complete short right to Jordan Norwood for 13 yards (tackle by Logan Ryan)-4.5% 16:563rd & 3Tom Brady pass incomplete short right intended for Rob Gronkowski-4.5% 42:303rd & 1Penalty on Marcus Cannon: false start, 5 yards (no play)-6.2% 10:463rd & 4Peyton Manning pass complete deep left to Emmanuel Sanders for 34 yards (tackle by Malcolm Butler)-10.5% 19:473rd & 6Peyton Manning pass incomplete short left intended for Demaryius Thomas. Penalty on Logan Ryan: defensive pass interference, 14 yards (no play)-6.0% 19:032nd & 3Peyton Manning pass complete short middle to Andre Caldwell for 15 yards (tackle by Justin Coleman)-3.4% 313:254th & 15Britton Colquitt punts 53 yards, returned by Danny Amendola for 1 yard (tackle by Cody Latimer)-5.1% 213:513rd & 6Peyton Manning pass complete short right to Owen Daniels for 12 yards, touchdown-7.6% 20:384th & 3Brandon McManus 52 yard field goal good-6.3% 46:512nd & 11Tom Brady pass incomplete deep right intended for James White-4.7% 40:124th & 4Two Point Attempt: Tom Brady pass incomplete intended for Julian Edelman, conversion fails-35.4% 36:421st & 10Tom Brady sacked by Von Miller for -6 yards-3.6% 113:173rd & 8Tom Brady pass incomplete short middle intended for Rob Gronkowski-3.6% 46:034th & 1Tom Brady pass complete short left to Julian Edelman for -1 yards (tackle by Chris Harris and Aqib Talib)-9.1% 48:231st & 10Tom Brady pass incomplete deep right intended for Rob Gronkowski-3.4% 22:344th & 14Britton Colquitt punts 48 yards, fair catch by Danny Amendola-4.3% 310:353rd & 10Tom Brady pass incomplete short middle intended for Danny Amendola (defended by Chris Harris)-4.0% 39:493rd & 10Peyton Manning right tackle for 12 yards (tackle by Logan Ryan)-8.5% 30:492nd & 10Tom Brady pass incomplete short right intended for Julian Edelman-3.4% 30:453rd & 10Tom Brady sacked by Von Miller for -4 yards-5.8% 42:254th & 6Tom Brady pass incomplete short middle intended for Rob Gronkowski (defended by Aqib Talib)-9.7% QTRTIMEDOWNDESCRIPTIONWIN % CHANGE 24:153rd & 5Tom Brady pass incomplete deep left intended for James White is intercepted by Darian Stewart at DEN-36 and returned for 8 yards-11.1% 11:53Stephen Gostkowski kicks extra point no good-3.3% The blame game that inevitably follows close outcomes in sports (and elsewhere) can be infuriatingly good fun. But people favor easy-to-score counterfactuals over murky ones and in general don’t create ad hoc narratives along the lines of, “Wow, that incomplete pass in the third quarter cost them a chance to win that game,” even though it may have been much more consequential than an early extra point. read more