Journalists banned from entering Deraa

first_imgNews Organisation Journalists were banned from entering the southern city of Deraa and were obliged to return to the capital in convoys escorted by the security forces. March 25, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists banned from entering Deraacenter_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en last_img

European Southern Observatory Releases Two Striking Photos of Galaxies

first_imgBy Dialogo April 09, 2009 Today the European Southern Observatory (ESO) released two stunning pictures of galaxies to celebrate “100 Hours of Astronomy,” part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009. The images belong to the Sculptor group of galaxies, and were created by two of ESO’s observatories in Chile: La Silla and Paranal, in the north of the country, according to a statement provided by the institution. In an ambitious event called “Around the World in 80 Telescopes” a unique live 24-hour broadcast follows day and night around the world with some of the most advanced observatories on and off the planet. “To provide a lasting memory of this impressive international tour, observatories around the world are revealing stunning astronomical photographs that have never been seen before,” according to a statement released today. The first image represents the irregular galaxy NGC 55, a member of the prominent Sculptor group of galaxies in the southern constellation Sculptor. The galaxy is approximately 70,000 light years in diameter, making it a little smaller than our Milky Way. “In reality NGC 55 is more like our galactic neighbor, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), except LMC faces us while we see NGC 55 edge-on,” the document explained. In studying about 20 planetary nebulae (the last blooms of stars like the Sun before they become white dwarfs) in this photo, a team of astronomers found that NGC 55 is located 7.5 million light years away. They also found that NGC 55 may be forming a bound pair with the spiral galaxy NGC 300. This remarkable photograph of NGC 55, obtained with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at La Silla, is sprinkled with a burst of reddish nebulae created by hot, young, massive stars. The second picture shows another galaxy belonging to the Sculptor group. This galaxy, NGC 7793, which is “a chaotic spiral structure,” is different from highly-organized spiral galaxies like our Milky Way. This set of stars is located slightly farther away than NGC 55, about 12.5 million light years away from Earth, and is about half the size of NGC 55. It was observed with the FORS instrument installed at the Very Large Telescope array at ESO’s Paranal Observatory. ESO is the main intergovernmental astronomical organization in Europe. It is supported by 14 countries: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. It operates three unique, world class observational sites in the region of the Atacama Desert in Chile, the driest area in the world: La Silla, Paranal, and Chajnantor.last_img read more

Three sports habits that could change after coronavirus

first_imgAs the coronavirus brings the international sports calendar to a grinding halt, AFP Sport looks at three long-standing habits which could change forever once competition resumes. Saliva to take shine off swing bowling It’s been a tried and trusted friend to fast bowlers throughout the history of cricket.But the days of applying saliva to one side of the ball to encourage swing could be over in the aftermath of COVID-19.”As a bowler I think it would be pretty tough going if we couldn’t shine the ball in a Test match,” said Australia quick Pat Cummins.”If it’s at that stage and we’re that worried about the spread, I’m not sure we’d be playing sport.” Towels in tennis – no touchingTennis players throwing towels, dripping with sweat and blood and probably a tear or two, at ball boys and girls, has often left fans sympathizing for the youngsters.Moves by officials to tackle the issue took on greater urgency in March when the coronavirus was taking a global grip.Behind closed doors in Miki, ball boys and girls on duty at the Davis Cup tie between Japan and Ecuador wore gloves.Baskets, meanwhile, were made available for players to deposit their towels.Back in 2018, the ATP introduced towel racks at some events on a trial basis, but not everyone was overjoyed.”I think having the towel whenever you need it, it’s very helpful. It’s one thing less that you have to think about,” said Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas when he was playing at the NextGen Finals in Milan.”I think it’s the job of the ball kids to provide towels and balls for the players.”center_img Topics : Let’s not shake on itPre-match handshakes were abandoned in top football leagues just before the sports shutdown.Premier League leaders Liverpool also banned the used of mascots while Southampton warned against players signing autographs and stopped them posing for selfies.Away from football, the NBA urged players to opt for the fist bump rather than the long-standing high-five.”I ain’t high-fiving nobody for the rest of my life after this,” NBA superstar LeBron James told the “Road Trippin’ Podcast”.”No more high-fiving. After this corona shit? Wait ’til you see me and my teammates’ handshakes after this shit.”Basketball stars were also told not to take items such as balls or teams shirts to autograph.US women’s football star Megan Rapinoe says edicts to ban handshakes or even high-fives may be counter-productive anyway.”We’re going to be sweating all over each other all game, so it sort of defeats the purpose of not doing a handshake,” she told the New York Times in March.last_img read more

“Not just a perfunctory vote’ as Raiders lease details revealed

first_imgOAKLAND– Some uncertainty remained Wednesday even as lease details that would keep the Raiders in Oakland one more season were laid out ahead of a scheduled Friday vote by the Coliseum Stadium Authority board.The negotiations’ fickle nature led stadium authority executive director Scott McKibben to caution that the deal still could fall apart.“We satisfactorily addressed most of the issues but this is not just a perfunctory, let’s raise our hands and vote yes kind of deal,” he said. “We’ve …last_img

New launches: Sony Cybershot with 8.1 megapixel

first_imgSpeed Shooter: SONY CYBERSHOTSony’s new 8.1 megapixel cybershot combines high shutter speed shooting and intelligent continuous auto-focusing with Carl Zeiss 15x optical zoom lenses for close-ups. It can focus quickly on fast moving subjects, which helps to reduce shutter lag. It can shoot up to 1/4,000 of a second, critical,Speed Shooter: SONY CYBERSHOTSony’s new 8.1 megapixel cybershot combines high shutter speed shooting and intelligent continuous auto-focusing with Carl Zeiss 15x optical zoom lenses for close-ups. It can focus quickly on fast moving subjects, which helps to reduce shutter lag. It can shoot up to 1/4,000 of a second, critical speed for capturing fast-moving sports and freezing the action. Comes with super steady shot image stabilisation to minimise blur caused by camera shake. It sports a 3-inch, flip-up LCD screen.Another USP is that it takes pictures in total darkness without using the flash. Get set to shoot better, faster, more.last_img read more

Have Lunch With NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

first_imgAdam Silver is auctioning off a one-on-one lunch with him and other senior executives at the NBA offices.After four short months after being appointed NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver has already made a name for himself. His uncompromising approach to the Donald Sterling controversy has earned him praise and respect among many, promising an interesting tenure to follow.Now, Silver is offering up the chance for two fans to ask him their burning questions through an online auction at global charity auction site Charitybuzz – and the price is getting steep. Fourteen people have already placed a bid on the chance to break bread with the Commissioner and other senior executives at the NBA offices in New York City, raising the price of this power lunch to $12,500 in just six days. With over two weeks to go, that number certainly won’t stick for long.Fans can get in on the action here through May 22. The auction is part of an effort to raise funds for the Advertising Council, a nonprofit organization that works on public service campaigns for nonprofits and government agencies.Charitybuzz raises funds for nonprofits by auctioning thousands of incredible experiences spanning the best of sports, celebrity and pop culture. Since launching, the company has raised over $100 million for charity by giving bidders the chance to live their dreams and make a difference.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement On Friday August 10th, Tanya Kim posted a message on her Instagram page stating “After two years of bringing you, loyal fans, and viewers the latest in entertainment news on Entertainment City, Breakfast Television Toronto, and Your World This Week, I was officially let go of by the network due to restructuring – They deemed my position to be unnecessary.” Twitter Login/Register With: In 2003, she joined eTALK, co-hosting the show with Ben Mulroney, working on red carpets for shows such as the Juno Awards, the Academy Awards and much more.You will be missed Tanya … and you’re 100% correct … when one door closes, another one opens.  We see amazing things ahead for you.TANYA KIM LINKS:WEBSITE: Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Tanya Kim is a Canadian television personality who had joined the Breakfast Television Toronto team back in September 2015, she was the face of their Rogers Your World This Week and Entertainment City. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

The way into nature

first_imgThe first day of the festival saw a large number of visitors pouring in with huge excitement. This year’s theme for the festival was Landscaping with Hanging Plants. One drew inspiration from the innovative opportunities provided at the festival to create a garden of one’s own dreams.Delhi Tourism has been organising this festival in association with Government of Delhi from past 27 years and drawing different yet unique themes each time. The festival brought numerous types of hanging plants that gave innovative answer to Delhi’s growing sound and air pollution. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A painting competition was held at the festival where children from various school in junior and senior category were invited to showcase their talent. This will be followed by a magic show. Further, cultural performances by academies like Sahitya Kala Parishad, Hindi Academy and Punjabi Academy captivated the visitors.This three-day event had numerous nurseries showcasing their collection. Sapling, plants and trees are put for display and sale. Manish Sehgal from one of such nursery says, “We come to this festival for publicity. According to me Green Walls or Bio-Walls are the next upcoming thing in the industry. These are special wall structures, where plants can easily grow with added irrigation and sprinkling system.” Garden Tourism Festival is usually held every year in the month of February for a fixed number of days. It draws unique yet distinct theme each time.last_img read more