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first_img Cool RS cover of Dylan, borrowed. Forty-six years after Rolling Stone first alerted the world to the existence of Bob Dylan’s secret Basement Tapes sessions, the complete recordings are finally getting a commercial release — and we’re commemorating the occasion with a cover story. Rolling Stone contributing editor David Browne traces the entire history of the tapes in our new issue (on stands Friday), from the 1966 motorcycle crash that preceded their creation to the secret recording sessions in the Saugerties, New York home known as Big Pink to the many bootlegs and partial releases that have come out over the years to the massive undertaking it took to prepare all 130 tracks for release on The Basement Tapes Complete box set.  Also in this issue: Matt Taibbi on JPMorgan Chase’s $9 million witness, David Fricke on the Allmans’ last stand, a Jon Stewart Q&A, Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways reviewed and more.Look for the issue on stands and in the iTunes App Store this Friday, November 7th. Sweet music Rolling Stone even went a step further, bringing Hudson back to Big Pink for the first time since he moved out in 1968. As our cameras rolled, he spent hours walking around the grounds of the house, reminiscing and playing Dylan songs on the organ and piano. “It’s way bigger than I thought,” he said after stepping into the basement where the musicians crafted Dylan’s secret masterpiece. “We’d be around, cleaning up or whatever, and Bob would come in. Bob didn’t like to sing the same song over and over.” Watch the mini documentary, The Return to Big Pink, here: As he retraced the long history of the Basement Tapes, Browne spoke to Roger McGuinn, Happy Traum, Jim James, Sally Grossman (the widow of Dylan’s manager Albert Grossman) and Canadian producer Jan Haust, who played a pivotal role in preserving the tapes and readying their release. Browne also spent the day in Woodstock with Garth Hudson, the organist in the Band who ran the tape recorder during the Basement Tapes sessions.  Video of Bullet Train Acoustic // Stephen Swartz (feat. Joni Fatora and Chris Petrosino) Other key details from the cover story:Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Some of the tapes were inadvertently erased. One of them features the sound of Danko at home. “He used one of them to lay down some song ideas, and he left the tape running while his gal came over to watch TV,” Haust says with a sigh. As far as as what might have been recorded, Haust says, “We’ll never know.”The brilliance of the music wasn’t immediately clear. “Frankly, I didn’t get it at the time because it was a bunch of guys messing around,” says Traum. “But then you hear these gems.”The motorcycle accident inspired Dylan to put down drugs and alcohol. “I know he decided afterward to completely clean up his life,” Traum says. “He stopped drinking. He even stopped smoking for a while, which I don’t think lasted too long. Sara was cooking great meals, and he was very clear-eyed and very obviously sober.”center_img Dylan a long time ago. Borrowed from RS Video of Bob Dylan & The Band "Forever Young" – A Tribute To Bob Dylan Jan Warner? RS photog Video Captions are cool. Joni Fatoralast_img read more

iPhone 5: What to do with your old iPhone

first_imgIn case you haven’t heard by now, Apple is unveiling its latest iPhone on Wednesday. That leaves the question: What should you do with your old one?The new phones will join some 244 million iPhones sold since the first one launched in 2007. Some have been lost or stolen. Some of us are still hanging on to our old gadgets in some futile attempt to resist the constant upgrade cycle that technology companies are forcing on us.But it’s fair to say that millions of iPhones are languishing in desk drawers or gathering dust. Here are a few things to do with yours to keep it from meeting that fate once you buy the iPhone 5. 1. Give it to your kids so they stop taking yours…Every parent, aunt and uncle knows that no toy in the history of toys has ever been as appealing to a kid as an iPhone. They are shiny, they have games and grown-ups use them for important things. More importantly, they are either off-limits or doled out in limited quantities as a reward for, say, sitting still for a minute. Load up your old iPhone with games and give it to a deserving child in your life.2. …or to your mom so she can finally see the lightAlternately, if a Luddite adult has been thinking of taking the plunge into the world of smartphones, your old iPhone may help him or her get over the hump. If you have an iPhone 4 or 4S, you might also find someone who’s still hanging on to an earlier model and give them the gift of an upgrade. You may just buy a friend for life (or at least until iPhone 6 comes out).3. Use it as a teeny-tiny iPadYou’ll be able to watch videos, send email and search Wikipedia for random facts to end cocktail-party disagreements with your decommissioned iPhone – as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection. There’s even a camera, which means you can avoid being that guy (or gal) at the concert who’s turning heads for taking photos with an iPad.4. Donate to charitySeveral charities accept old phones for donation, though it’s worth remembering that these groups likely won’t physically give your old phones to people in need. Rather, they work with phone recyclers and sell your donated phones to them.A nonprofit group called Cell Phones for Soldiers will take your “gently used” phone and sell it to recycling company ReCellular. It will then use the proceeds to buy calling cards for soldiers.The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence works with another recycling group in a similar manner. About 60 percent of the phones it collects are refurbished and resold. The money goes toward supporting the coalition. The remaining 40 percent of the phones are recycled, according to the group’s website. It pays for shipping if you are mailing three or more phones.There are a few more suggestions from New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8818.html .5. Alarm ClockDo you still use that old radio alarm you bought for your college dorm room in the 20th century? Join the 21st century by turning your old iPhone into an alarm clock. Hide it in a different spot in your bed each night for an added challenge.6. Sell, sell, sell!Join the eBay hordes and sell your phone for a few hundred bucks if you can. There will likely be a flood of the gadgets soon after people start getting their new phones, so it might make sense to wait a little.A company called Gazelle, meanwhile, will make an offer for your old phone based on its condition, your phone carrier and other information. A 32 gigabyte iPhone 4S on Verizon Wireless, for example, was recently going for $237 if it’s in good condition and $90 if it’s broken.Glyde.com also offers to help you resell your old phone. A recent check showed the above 4S getting roughly $325 to $350 after fees are deducted – provided there is a buyer. A “speed sale” that guarantees to sell it in seven days will get the seller slightly less money.7. Trade in at GameStopThe video game retailer offers cash or store credit for old iPhones (along with iPods and iPads). The service is only available in stores and not online. A 32 gigabyte iPhone 4S on Verizon will get you up to $335 in store credit or up to $268 in cash.8. Stream musicStick that baby in a speaker dock, spring for a Pandora subscription ($36 per year) or Spotify ($10 per month) and bam, you have a stereo.Or try SoundCloud. Although it’s meant to let you create and share music with people, it’s also a good place to listen to DJs you like or discover new ones. TuneIn, meanwhile, will let you listen to online radio stations playing music, sports, news or talk shows.9. Keep as a backup in case you lose your fancy new one.Nearly one-third of cellphone owners have had their gadgets lost or stolen, according to a recent survey from Pew Internet & Pew Internet & American Life Project.10. Use as a cameraAt its core, a decommissioned iPhone is a hard drive with a camera. Snap photos with it. No Canon needed. You can also use the iPhone to move photos and other files from one computer to another.11. Recycle with Apple Apple Inc.’s own recycling program will give you an Apple gift card if it is determined to have a “monetary value.” A 32 gigabyte iPhone 4S with some light scratches but in good working condition was recently estimated at $280. That’s higher than Gazelle, but you’ll have to spend the money at Apple. The company also accepts broken phones for recycling but you won’t get any money for them.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

SPORT-AFC-BAGAN 2 LAST

first_imgSpurred by the home crowd, South China played their Spurred by the home crowd, South China played their hearts out despite the numerical disadvantage and they got a couple of attempts at the Mohun Bagan goal but Debjit Majumder was upto the task to thwart any danger. Mohun Bagan gradually took control of the match as Norde scored in the 39th minute to cushion the lead. He intercepted a miss pass from an opposition player, cuts his marker on the left before placing the ball into the far corner of South China net. South China appeared to have lost confidence after the second jolt and Glen put the game out of their reach by scoring the third goal for Mohun Bagan at the stroke of half time. After one-two with Norde, Trinidadian Glen fired home giving the South China goalkeeper no chance. With a 3-0 lead and one-man advantage for Mohun Bagan, the match was as good as over by the end of the first half and the visiting side expectedly dominated the second half also. Glen wasted an easy chance in the 62nd minute as he shot over the bar in front of an open goal after being fed by Lalpekhlua with the goalkeeper out of position. Lalpekhlua also recorded his name in the scoresheet as he headed in a Katsumi freekick from 20 yards eight minutes from time. PTI PDS ATK PDSlast_img read more

US Open champion Stan Wawrinka to miss rest of the season with injury

first_imgU.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka will not defend his title in New York later this month and will also miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury, the Swiss said on Friday.The 32-year-old battled with the injury throughout the grasscourt season and was knocked out in the first round at Queen’s and at Wimbledon.”I am sad to announce that after talking with my team and doctor I had to make a difficult decision to undergo a medical intervention on my knee,” Wawrinka posted on Facebook.”This was the only solution to make sure I will be able to compete at the top level for many more years.”I also want to take this opportunity to thank my fans for sending plenty of messages of support during the last couple of days. I will see you all in 2018!”The world number four had already announced on Wednesday that he was withdrawing from the Rogers Cup, that begins Monday in Montreal and the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati due to injury.Wawrinka joins world number five Novak Djokovic on the sidelines, with the Serb also missing the rest of the season due to an elbow injury.World number one Andy Murray, who is struggling with a hip problem, is also a major doubt ahead of the final grand slam of the calendar year, which begins on Aug. 28 at Flushing Meadows. The Briton withdrew from the Rogers Cup on Thursday.last_img read more

Glad we got the win for him: Schmeichel dedicates Leicester win to deceased owner

first_imgLeicester City defeated Cardiff City 1-0 on Saturday in a highly-charged occasion and after the match ended the players headed to the airport for what they were clear was the day’s most important engagement.Manager Claude Puel and the squad were booked on a 9,600km flight to Thailand to pay their respects at the funeral of their late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.They were due to fly exactly a week after the Thai billionaire was one of five people killed in a helicopter crash outside Leicester’s stadium following their 1-1 draw with West Ham United.Forever in our hearts. pic.twitter.com/OXBAE1GBZALeicester City (@LCFC) November 3, 2018The last seven days have been full of outpourings of emotion and Saturday’s game in Cardiff always felt secondary to the heartfelt tributes that preceded it. A wreath was laid on the pitch and a minute’s silence immaculately observed by both sets of fans.READ – Football fraternity mourns death of Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha”Every single player wanted to get out there to be at the funeral,” Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel said. “We are glad we’ve come away today from a really tough game with a win we can bring to Thailand and hope we did the family proud.”I feel proud, it’s been a really tough week for everyone. “The way everyone at the club handles themselves is a testament to the family Vichai built.”That took a lot, so proud of how everyone played today, how professional everyone was. It has been an emotional day and glad we got three points for him.”advertisementREAD – Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha dies in helicopter crashBritish media reported that in the moments after last month’s tragedy, Schmeichel ran towards the downed helicopter in the car park outside the stadium in a brave attempt to see if he could help.”We wanted to do it for the Chairman.”Leicester City (@LCFC) November 3, 2018The Dane said Vichai had had a huge influence on the whole squad.”You come across very few people that impact you,” he said on Saturday. “He had a really big impact on my life. You can see from the reaction that he had an impact on so many lives. I am immensely proud to have known him.”I can’t imagine what his family are going through, we did it for him and his family.The first funeral ceremony for Vichai was held in Thailand on Saturday. It will be followed by recitation ceremonies over the next seven days.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Nicky Winmar statue unveiled at Optus Stadium in Perth

first_imgReuse this content Since you’re here… Des Headland “It’s a surreal thing to be a part of and it’s something my family are very proud of,” former St Kilda star Winmar said at the statue unveiling. “I hope this statue encourages more conversations and education about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.” Support The Guardian Share via Email Share on Facebook Australia sport Australian rules football news Wayne Ludbey (@WLudbey)Nicky “Elvis Winmar and friends #statue Perth ⁦@theagesport⁩ @atheage ❤️ pic.twitter.com/fuxBEmlaEPJuly 6, 2019 Topics Indigenous Australianscenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said Winmar’s stance against racism helped change Australian rules football and the nation for the better.“There are moments in sport that capture the public imagination and transcend the game – and Nicky Winmar’s defiant stance proclaiming his pride about his Aboriginality is one of those moments,” McLachlan said.“It helped change our game, and I hope, change our country. We are very proud of this statue, and thankful to the Western Australian government for helping make this happen.”Winmar and Aboriginal teammate Gilbert McAdam had been subjected to relentless racist abuse from sections of the Victoria Park crowd throughout that match in 1993. The image of Winmar lifting up his shirt has since become a powerful symbol of Aboriginal pride and opposition to racism in Australian sport. Read more Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Nicky Winmar statue is not just about footy, it’s about Australia as a nation Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest AFL great Nicky Winmar hopes the unveiling of a statue in Perth depicting his famous stance against racism will help encourage more dialogue and education on the issue within Australia. Aboriginal football greats, the AFL and the Western Australia state government joined forces on Saturday to unveil the Winmar statue at Optus Stadium.The 2.75m statue recreates the moment Winmar lifted up his jumper and pointed to his skin after receiving racist abuse from Collingwood fans in 1993. It has become an important moment in Australian history as the country attempts to rid itself of racist behaviour. AFL Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

European roundup: Hoffenheim stun Bayern Munich, Reina rescues Milan

first_img Pepe Reina (second left) celebrates his late penalty save from Lasse Schöne. Photograph: Luca Zennaro/EPA 1899 Hoffenheim Twitter Pinterest Share on Pinterest Bayern Munich Hoffenheim’s Sargis Adamyan scored his first two Bundesliga goals to stun hosts Bayern Munich 2-1 and earn their first ever win in Munich.The 26-year-old struck either side of a Robert Lewandowski goal as Bayern crashed back down to reality four days after their 7-2 demolition of Tottenham in the Champions League. Bayern remain top of the Bundesliga on goal difference but are now one of five teams with 14 points.The Armenian opened the scoring in the 54th when he fired in from a tight angle to surprise Neuer and grabbed his second in the 79th after Lewandowski had levelled with a 73rd-minute header.Borussia Dortmund twice squandered the lead and conceded a 90th-minute own goal from Manuel Akanji as their trip to Freiburg ended in a third consecutive league draw. Axel Witsel’s sensational volley from a corner put the visitors in the driving seat but Freiburg levelled through Luca Waldschmidt after a fine combination from the hosts.Dortmund, who also gave up leads in their previous two games, looked to have done enough when Achraf Hakimi put them ahead again in the 67th but the own-goal by Akanji, who flicked a cutback into his own net, left them in seventh place on 12 points.RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen ended their meeting both level on points Bayern at the top of the table after Christopher Nkunku replied to Kevin Volland’s opener in stunning style, collecting a cross on the run and lifting the ball over a defender and then the keeper, to leave the final score 1-1.Schalke missed the chance to go top of the table after a stoppage-time penalty saw them held to a 1-1 draw at home to Cologne. Suat Serdar opened the scoring for the hosts, who missed a host of chance to double their lead and were made to pay when Jonas Hector glanced home a corner in stoppage time.At the other end of the table, Paderborn’s 2-1 loss at home to Mainz leaves them awaiting their first win of the season, propping up the league with just one point.In Italy, Pepe Reina pulled off a superb penalty save in stoppage time to make up for an earlier mistake as misfiring Milan hung on for a gritty 2-1 win over Genoa on Saturday in a thrilling game that saw both sides finish with 10 men and each have a substitute sent off.Reina gifted Genoa the lead when he completely misjudged Lasse Schöne’s first-half free kick, allowing it to fly past him into the net. Genoa had the substitute Riccardo Sapponara sent off by the referee just before half-time and Milan’s luck turned after the break as Theo Hernandez exploited a quick free-kick to equalise from a tight angle. Five minutes later Genoa’s Davide Biraschi was sent off for handling the ball in the penalty area and Franck Kessié stepped up to give his team the lead. Davide Calabria collected his second yellow for Milan and Reina then upended Christian Kouamé to concede a late penalty – but he redeemed himself by steering Schöne’s spot-kick away for a corner. Milan substitute Samu Castillejo was sent off from the bench before the game ended in a win for the visitors. Reuse this content The Observer Share on Facebook Elsewhere, there were home wins for SPAL, who beat Parma 1-0 despite having Gabriel Strefezza sent off, and Verona, who managed a 2-0 victory over bottom side Sampdoria.In France, Pablo Sarabia starred in Paris Saint-Germain’s 4-0 win over Angers, scoring one goal and setting up two more with Neymar completing the rout late on. Sarabia opened the scoring in the 13th minute before laying on a chance for Mauro Icardi, who struck his first Ligue 1 goal for the club. Idrissa Gueye made it three after half-time and in stoppage time Neymar wrapped up a win that maintains PSG’s two-point lead over Nantes, who beat Nice 1-0 with an 86th-minute goal by Moses Simon. Angers is in third place, five points behind PSG.Montpellier moved to sixth place with a 3-1 win over Monaco, who were reduced to 10 men in the 81st minute when Aleksandr Golovin was given a second yellow card.Elsewhere Bordeaux beat Toulouse 3-1, Dijon edged Strasbourg 1-0 and Brest defeated Metz 2-0. Share via Email Share on Messengercenter_img Facebook European club football Share on Twitter news Share on WhatsApp Bundesliga Serie A Topics Share on LinkedIn La Liga Ligue 1last_img read more

Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for April by Canadian city

first_imgOTTAWA – The national unemployment rate was 5.8 per cent in April. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the jobless rates last month by city (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L. 8.6 per cent (8.6)— Halifax 5.6 (6.0)— Moncton, N.B. 5.7 (5.7)— Saint John, N.B. 6.5 (6.9)— Saguenay, Que. 5.8 (5.6)— Quebec 3.7 (3.6)— Sherbrooke, Que. 5.5 (5.7)— Trois-Rivieres, Que. 5.5 (5.4)— Montreal 6.1 (6.1)— Gatineau, Que. 4.8 (4.7)— Ottawa 4.2 (4.9)— Kingston, Ont. 4.9 (5.4)— Peterborough, Ont. 3.8 (4.8)— Oshawa, Ont. 4.4 (4.5)— Toronto 5.9 (5.8)— Hamilton, Ont. 5.3 (5.3)— St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 5.8 (5.6)— Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 5.4 (5.1)— Brantford, Ont. 7.2 (6.7)— Guelph, Ont. 4.8 (4.9)— London, Ont. 5.7 (6.3)— Windsor, Ont. 5.5 (5.2)— Barrie, Ont. 8.4 (8.8)— Sudbury, Ont. 7.2 (6.8)— Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.1 (5.1)— Winnipeg 6.5 (6.3)— Regina 5.7 (5.0)— Saskatoon 6.7 (6.5)— Calgary 8.0 (8.2)— Edmonton 6.6 (6.7)— Kelowna, B.C. 4.8 (5.2)— Abbotsford, B.C. 4.4 (4.0)— Vancouver 4.1 (4.0)— Victoria 4.2 (4.5)last_img read more

Audit Manitoba chiefs organization used training child care dollars to cover debts

first_img(Former Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak grand chief David Harper faced multiple audits while in charge of the organization.)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA Manitoba chiefs organization representing some of the poorest First Nations in the country used over $1 million in training and child care funds destined for member bands to pay off its debts, according to a federally-commissioned audit obtained by APTN National News.The KPMG audit of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak focused on the organization’s use of training and child care funds flowing from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) during the tenure of former grand chief David Harper who was beset by financial scandal during his last days in office.Indigenous Affairs and ESDC commissioned KPMG to conduct two audits of MKO in 2014 following complaints and reports about Harper’s handling of MKO’s finances. The audits focused on transactions between 2011 and 2014.A KPMG audit specifically targeting MKO’s use of ESDC’s funds under the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) program found that $1.16 million of total allocated dollars never made it to MKO’s 30 member communities for training and child care.The audit found that between 2011 and 2014 MKO reported a deficit of $1.6 million.“MKO’s deficits have been largely funded with funds from the ASETS program intended for the various First Nations who are sub-agreement holders,” said the 2015 audit, which has been kept under wraps until now.In addition to owing $1.16 million to its member First Nations, the audit found MKO “has no cash reserves and no current ability to repay these amounts.”The audit found that MKO, at the time, did not have the ability to properly manage ASETS dollars earmarked for child care and training totalling about $65 million between 2011 and 2014.“MKO does not have the capacity to manage nor provide oversight of the ASETS program unless significant changes are made,” said the audit. “There is little evidence of oversight, tracking of funds or reconciliation.”ESDC said in a statement Thursday that ASETS dollars continue to flow to MKO and the department is working with the organization to improve its oversight.“ESDC continues to work with MKO to ensure that its financial administration system supports the accountability and tracking required of the program,” said the statement. “This work is ongoing to ensure that there is a strong organization in place to provide training and employment services to indigenous clients in northern Manitoba.”A second but linked audit, examining how MKO under Harper managed and spent its money, has also been completed and may be handed over to the RCMP by current MKO Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson, according to a recent report in the Winnipeg Free Press.North Wilson could not be reached for comment.APTN previously reported on a draft copy of the second audit which examined about $450,000 worth of expenses incurred by Harper and determined just over one-third could be substantiated. The draft audit also discovered that about $77,000 worth of travel claims filed by Harper did not match-up when cross-referenced with the former grand chief’s records.APTN has since learned that MKO, under Harper, flowed ASETS dollars into its general revenue account. It appears these funds were used for loans to member chiefs and travel, among other expenses.ASETS dollars were used to fund a training retreat at a posh Banff, Alta., hotel in 2012, APTN has learned. At the time Harper told the media the trip, which cost tens of thousands of dollars, was paid for by MKO’s own-source revenues. APTN has learned officials in Harper’s office retroactively altered documentation to cover the financial link between the Banff trip and ASETS dollars.APTN has also obtained a $5,000 loan agreement between MKO and St. Theresa Point Chief David McDougall. The agreement was signed by former MKO financial officer Glen Buchko and flowed the loan through MKO’s economic development corporation, Wabung Development, and was issued against future ASETS dollars owed to St. Theresa Point.“The recipient agrees to pay $1,106.40 monthly,” said the contract. “In the situation where the amount is not received…the recipient agrees to have deducted from any advances owning under the ASETS program the full balance of the advance.”McDougall could not be reached for comment.A previous audit found MKO paid Buchko $1.1 million between 2005 and 2011.Harper could not be reached for comment.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Sri Lanka rejects Chinese request for local fuel sales

For the moment, the Chinese source said, the refinery deal was going forward.The two Chinese firms began exploring the possibility of building the refinery 18 months ago, and private refiner Dongming is looking to take a controlling stake, officials from the companies said. China Huanqiu Contracting & Engineering Corp, a subsidiary of state-owned China National Petroleum Corp, and private refiner Shandong Dongming Petrochemical Group have jointly bid for the refinery located near the port. Government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Chinese companies had asked to sell refined products on to the local market, but had been told just to export. Sri Lanka has blocked a proposal by Chinese firms bidding to build the island’s biggest oil refinery to sell fuel locally, fearing a threat to domestic firms that dominate the small but growing market, the Reuters news agency reported.The veto is the latest in a tussle over Chinese investments in Hambantota, a southern town near an important shipping route, where China controls the sea port and plans an industrial zone for Chinese firms and a $3 billion refinery with annual output of around 5 million tonnes. Sri Lanka’s $6 billion market is controlled by state-run Ceylon Petroleum Corp and Lanka IOC LIOC.CM, a subsidiary of Indian Oil Corp (IOC.NS).“We have asked the Chinese firms to go for partnership with existing players if they want to sell their products in the local market,” the official said. “We don’t want both our companies to suffer by letting another player in.”The two Chinese companies seeking local market access did not respond to a Reuters request for comment. “The Chinese companies asked permission (to supply local markets), but we did not give them permission. We asked them to participate in tenders of local suppliers, if they want to sell locally,” he told Reuters.Another government official, who didn’t want to be named as he is not authorized to speak to the media, said Sri Lanka did not want to cede control of the local fuel market to Chinese firms. Hambantota is part of China’s vast Belt and Road initiative to build trade and transport links across Asia and into Europe, but Beijing’s widening footprint has raised concerns in India, the United States and even Europe. New Delhi sees the massive investment in the port town as another sign of the threat of China’s growing influence in the region. Even in Sri Lanka, the plan has been criticized for the loss of land and, more broadly, the tiny nation’s sovereignty.This year, Sri Lanka revised the terms of its deal with China Merchants Port Holdings (0144.HK), which has a 99-year lease on the Hambantota port, to give greater influence to a local state-run partner.A Chinese source in Colombo briefed on the refinery discussions said the two Chinese firms had made an informal request for the refinery’s products to be sold locally, but had been told by the Sri Lankan authorities that such a move could spark demonstrations by local trade unions. read more

Sri Lankan MPs hold talks with US Speaker Paul Ryan

The visiting multiparty delegation includes Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva, State Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management Palitha Range Bandara, Members of Parliament Vijitha Herath, Kumara Welgama and M.A. Sumanthiran, and Deputy Secretary General of Parliament Neil Iddawala. (Colombo Gazette) Separately, the Sri Lankan delegation also had talks with several US legislators. A Sri Lankan Parliament delegation led by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had talks with US Speaker Paul Ryan while on a visit to the US yesterday (Thursday), the Sri Lankan Embassy in the US said.The Sri Lankan multi-party delegation met the US Speaker at Capitol Hill. read more

SriLankan Airlines employees agree to restructuring moves

All trade unions attached to SriLankan Airlines have expressed their solidarity to the management of the Airline, in supporting the restructuring efforts initiated by the Government under the supervision of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) unit attached to the Ministry of Finance, SriLankan Airlines said today.This was expressed by the representatives of the trade unions when they met the Chairman SriLankan Ajith Dias, CEO Capt. Suren Ratwatte together with senior management of the airline and the Chairman, National Agency for the Public Private Partnership, Thilan Wijesinghe. The securing of the future of the national carrier was acknowledged to be of paramount importance, irrespective of the professional or political affiliations of the unions. Accordingly, the Government had set up a special Ministerial Committee headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Special Assignments (Dr.) Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Public Enterprise Development Kabir Hashim,and Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama.The Ministerial Committee is assisted by an Officials Committee headed by the Secretary to the Treasury Dr. R. H. S. Samaratunga, and consists of Secretary to the Ministry of Public Enterprise Development Ravindra Hewavitharana, Chairman of the National Agency for Public Private Partnership (Convenor) Thilan Wijesinghe, Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media Mano Tittawella, Director to the  Ministry of Public Enterprise Development Dr. Roshan Perera and the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of SriLankan Airlines. At the meeting, the representatives of the trade unions comprising The Airline Pilots Guild, Flight Attendant Union (FAU), Licensed Aircraft Engineers, Technicians, Executive Association, SLNS, JSS and the Engineers Guild expressed their fullest support to the management on its restructuring efforts. At the meeting,the Chairman SriLankan Airlines outlined the present financial status of the Airline and how the accumulated liabilities of the Airline is making an adverse impact on the country’s economy.He also explained that the government restructuring initiatives are led by the PPP Unit of the Ministry of Finance with the help of the consultants from the aviation industry. read more

The Jaguars Scored 51 Points Blake Bortles Had Practically Nothing To Do

Since 2006, Bortles’s QBR was easily the worst by the QB on a team that scored at least 50 points. Or 45. Or even 40. Among teams scoring 30 or more points, only Eli Manning’s microscopic 0.2 QBR in this 38-21 win against the Buffalo Bills was worse. (Naturally, Eli followed up that stinker with a near-upset of the 15-0 New England Patriots and then won four straight games, including the Super Bowl.) The average sub-5.0-QBR game yields a shade under 9.9 points. Overcoming that kind of performance, much less stacking another 40 points of production on top of it, requires something remarkable.In Manning’s case, it was two long rushing touchdowns and two defensive touchdowns. For Jacksonville, it was a couple of return touchdowns — a fumble and a punt — plus a dangerous Bortles pass to Allen Hurns that was nearly intercepted but instead turned into an 80-yard touchdown. The latter was likely scored as a bad pass despite its good result, which is one of the selling points for QBR — that its individual inputs and charting make it a better representation of play than traditional QB rating (which put Bortles at 114.6). But then, the black-box mechanics of QBR can also lead to wacky results; the formula, with all its credit-splitting and other arcana, undeniably makes more sense on a season-long scale than in single games.Even so, outliers as extreme as Bortles’s win don’t come along every week — or every decade. Fifty-point games are rare, but ones in which the quarterback is so immaterial to the product are all but non-existent. Fifty-point outings are pretty rare in the NFL. When teams do break the half-century barrier, it’s usually the result of an exceptional individual performance; in 26 of the NFL’s 36 50-point games since 2006,1The first season for which TruMedia has game-by-game Total QBR data. the high-scoring team’s primary passer2Meaning the QB who attempted the most passes for the team in the game. posted a score of 90 or better on Total QBR’s 0-to-100 scale, where 50 is average.Only twice in the past decade has a team dropped 50 or more on an opponent despite its quarterback having a QBR below league average. The first was a mediocre Jay Cutler game from 2012, in which Cutler had a QBR of 43.8 — not horrendous, though also not what you think of when you envision a 50-point offensive outburst. The second happened Sunday, in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ out-of-nowhere 51-16 romp over the tailspinning Indianapolis Colts. Because, despite his team’s huge scoring output, Jags QB Blake Bortles posted an impossibly low 3.8 QBR for the game: read more

A FiveThirtyEight Crash Course In Basketball Stats

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Hot Takedown Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Dec. 29, 2015), we bring you the latest edition of “Stat School.” Last time, Statman, aka Neil Paine, talked to us about NFL running back stats. This week, he brings us basketball 101. Neil guides us through three hoop-centric stats: points per game, true shooting percentage and usage rate.Stat one: Points per gameA player’s average number of points scored per game played.Stat two: True shooting percentageA statistic used to gauge scoring efficiency that takes into consideration a player’s shot attempts (including field goals and free throws) and points scored. The result is the average points the player scored when he ended a possession by shooting.Stat three: Usage percentageA metric that estimates the percentage of a team’s possessions that a player “uses” while he is in the game. As players “use” more possessions, their overall efficiency tends to drop.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Listen to Statman and you just might be able to eke out a statistical advantage in your holiday pick up games. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

This Eastern Conference Crown Is Truly LeBrons Masterpiece

This is LeBron’s worst NBA Finals supporting cast everBox Plus/Minus talent ratings for LeBron James and his cumulative teammates for NBA Finals teams, weighted by postseason minutes James was his usual otherworldly self on Sunday, of course, pouring in 35 points with 15 rebounds and 9 assists. (He also played every single minute of the game.) He remains the NBA’s all-time leader with 34.9 career PPG in postseason Game 7s. But unlike many of Cleveland’s playoff losses, he got a little bit of help from his teammates; in addition to James, three other Cavs (Jeff Green, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson) scored in double-figures. It was enough to propel the Cavs to victory, even though the team shot just 26 percent from 3-point range — which tends to be the most important barometer of Cleveland’s performance in any given game.At the same time, the Celtics appeared to be a bit too inexperienced to close out the veteran Cavs in a situation where playoff seasoning matters a lot. Had the Celtics won, they’d have been the second-youngest team2According to the average age of the postseason roster, weighted by minutes. to make the Finals since 1974 (older than only the 1977 Portland Trail Blazers). Instead, Boston’s youth showed as the Celtics were a team-worst -20 with star rookie Jayson Tatum and second-year phenom Jaylen Brown on the court together, and fill-in starter Terry Rozier suffered his worst game of the playoffs in Game 7.Fortunately for the Celtics, though, they have a ton of talent on hand for the future. This is only the beginning of something special for coach Brad Stevens’ squad. For Cleveland, meanwhile, this season has felt like the end of something special practically all year.Between the failed Isaiah Thomas trade, coach Ty Lue’s leave of absence, multiple injuries to Love and a midseason shakeup that ended up yielding few impact players for the postseason, it has been a chaotic ride for the Cavaliers. “We’ve had four or five seasons wrapped in one,” James told reporters earlier this month. “We know what the narrative has been about our team.” Unlike past seasons when the Cavs breezed through the East playoffs with seldom a loss, Cleveland was pushed to the limit by both the Celtics and the Indiana Pacers in the playoffs.3Granted, they did sweep the Toronto Raptors in between. Nothing has been easy.All things considered, then, this NBA Finals run has to be considered one of James’ crowning achievements. Although James talked up his supporting cast in his postgame comments, I went back and re-ran the numbers from this story, in which we used Basketball-Reference’s Box Plus/Minus to estimate the true talent4Using a multi-year weighted average of BPM, regressed to the mean and adjusted for age. of every player LeBron played with on an NBA Finals run. And that method says that this is easily the worst crop of teammates James has ever dragged to an NBA Finals — even worse than the one he had while being swept by the San Antonio Spurs as a 22-year-old in 2007: Game 7 loss88.289.447.817.973.720.4 Home wins95.6107.749.6%34.0%87.5%23.9 Boston won Games 1, 2 and 5 at home before losing Game 7.Source: NBA Advanced Stats 2013MIA+7.9+2.3+10.2+0.9+0.8+1.7 2017CLE+6.0+1.6+7.6+3.0-2.0+1.1 GamesPaceOff. Rating2-Point %3-Point %Free Throw %Assists/100 Poss. The Celtics’ offense disappeared in Game 7Offensive statistics for the Boston Celtics at home in the 2018 Eastern Conference final, by game 2016CLE+6.2+1.6+7.9+3.4-1.0+2.4 2011MIA+7.2+2.5+9.7+2.3+2.1+4.5 2015CLE+6.5+1.3+7.7+1.2-1.9-0.7 2007CLE+6.3+1.8+8.1-3.3+2.5-0.8 That means James and the Cavs are destined to be a heavy underdog in the Finals, whether they’ll face the Houston Rockets or Golden State Warriors. But what else is new? Much of James’ poor NBA Finals record (he’s 3-5 all-time in championship series) is because he’s gone into the matchup facing such long odds in the first place. That’s a direct product of his ability to carry shorthanded teams deeper into the playoffs than any other player would be able to — and in Sunday night’s win, James just provided the best example of that yet.Check out our latest NBA predictions. LeBron James has racked up some pretty extraordinary accomplishments in his 15-year pro career, but few are as impressive as his effort in leading this particular Cleveland Cavaliers squad to the NBA Finals. Missing an All-Star teammate from an already underwhelming supporting cast, on the road against a Boston Celtics team that had been 10-0 at home in the playoffs, in a Game 7 (where the home team was 104–26 in postseason history1Per the Elias Sports Bureau.), James had a lot standing between him and an eighth straight Finals trip. And yet, here he and the Cavs are once again, set to play for another NBA title, following Sunday’s 87-79 win in Boston.How’d Cleveland break Boston’s home-court stranglehold on these playoffs? For one thing, the much-maligned Cavaliers defense stepped up in a big way in Game 7, holding the Celtics to a stunningly low 89.4 points per 100 possessions after allowing 107.7 in the series’ previous three games at TD Garden. It helped that the Celtics bricked so many shots in the second half — they went 3-20 from 3-point range, including a number of open looks — but the Cavs also clamped down and played some of their best defense of the season during Game 7. Ratings are generated using a multi-year weighted average of BPM, regressed to the mean and adjusted for age. Teammate ratings represent the team’s hypothetical points per 100 possessions (relative to league average) if James was replaced with a league average (0.0 BPM) player.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 2014MIA+7.6+1.4+9.1+0.3-0.2+0.1 2012MIA+7.4+2.4+9.8+0.9+2.8+3.6 SeasonTeamOffenseDefenseTotalOffenseDefenseTotal JamesTeammates 2018CLE+6.6+1.8+8.4+0.7-2.6-2.0 read more

House passes fasttrack bill to keep ferries and Medicaid funded through spring

first_imgRep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, speaks on the House floor in April 2017. On Monday, Seaton supported the fast-track supplemental bill. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The House Monday passed an extra funding bill to allow the state to make Medicaid payments to hospitals and the Alaska Marine Highway System to operate through the spring.Listen nowHouse Bill 321 is known as the “fast-track supplemental.”It would appropriate $110 million. That includes $45 million the House added in an amendment Monday to pay for Medicaid. Hospital advocates have expressed concern that some small hospitals wouldn’t be able to pay their bills if the Legislature doesn’t pass the Medicaid funding.Homer Republican Rep. Paul Seaton said the state made a commitment to those providers.“That’s why this $45 million is in the budget now,” Seaton said, who caucuses with mostly Democratic majority. “And that is, you know, probably our responsibility, if we have statutory requirements that providers provide services, that we make the payments.”Eagle River Republican Lora Reinbold, who is in the Republican minority caucus, opposed the amendment to fund Medicaid and the overall bill. She noted the large number of Alaskans enrolled in Medicaid. There are 200,000 in Medicaid and Denali KidCare.“Now they’re dependent on a government that is growing out of control,” she said. “We have a recession going on and every dollar that we spend – every single dollar that we spend, whether it’s federal or state dollars – comes out of the private sector. And a lot of the private sector people can’t afford health insurance.”The bill also includes $24 million for the ferry system and $18 million for the Department of Corrections.The House voted 32 to 7 on the bill. All of the no votes were cast by representatives from Matanuska-Susitna Borough or Eagle River. It now heads to the Senate.last_img read more

Teachers Gear Up For A New Kind Of Ninth Grade

first_img 00:00 /04:00 X Share Listen This summer, biology teacher Christian Johnson has worked so much, it almost doesn’t feel like a break.Early in the morning, she leads a dozen cheerleaders in their drill practice. And Johnson herself has been studying up.The subject: How to teach in a new way, so that her future freshmen learn in a deeper, more personalized way. Think of the instructor stepping away from the lecture podium and being more hands-on.Her campus at Furr High School is gearing up to launch a new kind of ninth grade. It’s part of how Furr, which used to have a reputation for drop-outs and gang violence, is trying to transform high school, with the help of a $10 million grant.“This is the expectation way up here,” Johnson said. “It’s going to be a lot, so I got to get myself prepared for it.”At one recent workshop, she joined half a dozen other ninth grade instructors in the campus coffee house. They brainstormed for the new ninth grade, thinking about how to give students more ownership in the curriculum and testing.Consultant Anna Hall, who has helped launch new kinds of high schools around the country, led the day-long workshop.Hall said that it can be a lot for teachers to wrap their heads around, because they think they “know what school is.”“Because I went to school and I’ve been teaching in school and I have a good understanding of school,” Hall said. “But if I have to actually put the pieces of school together, the process of getting through that is somewhat unknown.”Laura IsenseeBiology teacher Christian Johnson said that the changes at Furr High will be a challenge for teachers, but she believes they will make “history.”Johnson, who just finished her first year as a teacher, said she wondered how she would put all the pieces together and “personalize” learning for over 100 students.“It’s got to be challenging because everybody is not actually ready to be on their own with learning. So it’s going to be a challenge,” she said.More challenges: Johnson and her fellow ninth grade instructors have to come up with new kinds of tests besides multiple choice bubble sheets. They will also need to work together with students to create hands-on projects. And, as one big ninth grade team, they’ll teach different subjects together, like English and science.Plus, the new ninth grade academy at Furr High School will be a separate part of the school’s brand new campus.Johnson, who used to work in retail and banking before she became a teacher, said she liked that idea. It’s how she spent her own freshman year in Fort Hood.“I love my babies even though they are a task to deal with on their own,” she explained. “They’re kind of confused, like, they think they’re grown because they are out of middle school. But then they get with the high school, they’re still a baby. So they get confused and I love working with my ninth graders and I want to stay with them.”Laura IsenseeAt workshops this spring and summer, teachers at Furr High School worked together to refine the new ninth grade academy.Others don’t consider this active instruction all that cutting edge.“This is not new. This is teaching,” said Linda McSpadden McNeil, who directs of the Center for Education at Rice University. She said this is how teaching should be done.But instead, she explained, schools and politicians have focused so much on standardized testing, they’ve pushed this kind of teaching aside.“There is a very long tradition certainly going back to do John Dewey,” McNeil said, noting the American psychologist who pushed for education reform in the early 20th century.“Henry David Thoreau got in trouble for taking his students out in the woods to identify plants rather than just using big, biological, botanical taxonomies. So, no, the idea of really engaging the kids’ minds — giving them significant issues to wrestle with, to puzzle over, to compare different primary source documents and to write — is absolutely not new.”She added that to really teach in this way, instructors need the time for planning and support from their school leadership.Laura IsenseeLast year, Furr High School won a $10 million dollar grant from the nonprofit, the XQ Institute. A big focus in the next school year: the school’s new ninth grade academy.At Furr High, teachers still feel some pressure. During the recent workshop, social studies teacher Merriah Wilhite asked about ninth graders who arrive at school already behind in the basics, like reading.“How does that look as far as getting them ready to do independent work, to take ownership of the things they need to have finished?” Wilhite asked.“Where do you start out there? How do you do the realistic day-to-day work? And so we were saying that we do feel overwhelmed and it seems like a lot. We’re willing to do the work, we’re willing to be invested in the kids because this is for the kids and we’re all about the kids.”In fact, teachers at Furr said that, under that stress, they also feel excited.“This will be history,” said Johnson. “Matter of fact, when I tell people I work at Furr for now they still have that old Furr in their mind, like, ‘Oh my gosh, how can you deal with all the gang-banging there?’ And they don’t understand that Furr is growing and is changing in a new direction so I definitely want to be a part of that history.”Laura IsenseeNinth grade teachers Seema Dwivedi and Superna Arya joined their fellow instructors this spring to prepare for a new kind of ninth grade. It will involve new kinds of tests, more hands-on projects and students taking more ownership of their own learning.Editor’s Note: This series is produced with support from the Education Writers Association Reporting Fellowship program. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

Mine those asteroids Strathclyde team finds easy 12

first_img Explore further © 2013 Phys.org Schematic representation of the four categories of motion near the L2 point (represented by the set of axes in the figure): periodic motion around L2 (i.e., halo orbit), hyperbolic invariant manifold structure (i.e., set of stable hyperbolic invariant manifold trajectories), transit trajectory and non-transit trajectory. Credit: arXiv:1304.5082 [math.DS] Ten thousandth near-Earth object unearthed in space Citation: Mine those asteroids: Strathclyde team finds easy 12 (2013, August 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-asteroids-strathclyde-team-easy.html “Asteroids and comets are of strategic importance for science in an effort to understand the formation, evolution and composition of the Solar System. Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) are of particular interest,” they said, “because of their accessibility from Earth, but also because of their speculated wealth of material resources.” While they are not the first team to talk about how NEO resources may be exploited, the authors are pointing out that, out of these NEOs, they can identify a family of EROs—Easily Retrievable Objects. These EROs can be transported from “heliocentric orbits into the Earth’s neighborhood at affordable costs.” The problem to transfer an asteroid to an Earth or Moon centered orbit can be decoupled into the initial phase of inserting the asteroid into a stable invariant manifold, they said, and then provide the maneuvers required to continue the transit into the Earth system.The Strathclyde team searched through a database of about 9,000 NEOs for candidates and they found 12 that could be retrieved by changing velocity by less than 500 meters per second. .The authors said that the approach they would use for retrieval may also serve as a robust search and ranking methodology for future retrieval candidates that can be automatically applied to the growing survey of NEOs. “The possibility of capturing a small NEO or a segment from a larger object would be of great scientific and technological interest in the coming decades,” they stated. “It is a logical stepping stone towards more ambitious scenarios of asteroid exploration and exploitation, and possibly the easiest feasible attempt for humans to modify the Solar System environment.”As MIT Technology Review pointed out in discussing their findings, “None of the 12 ERO asteroids are new to astronomers; in fact one of them became briefly famous when it was found to be temporarily orbiting the Earth until 2007. But until now nobody had realized just how easily these bodies could be captured.”The authors of the article stated that “The paper presents a list of 12 EROs, with a total of 25 trajectories to periodic orbits near L2 and 6 near L1 below a cost of 500 m/s, and the number of these objects is expected to grow considerably in the coming years.” More information: Easily Retrievable Objects among the NEO Population, arXiv:1304.5082 [math.DS] arxiv.org/abs/1304.5082AbstractAsteroids and comets are of strategic importance for science in an effort to understand the formation, evolution and composition of the Solar System. Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) are of particular interest because of their accessibility from Earth, but also because of their speculated wealth of material resources. The exploitation of these resources has long been discussed as a means to lower the cost of future space endeavours. In this paper, we consider the currently known NEO population and define a family of so-called Easily Retrievable Objects (EROs), objects that can be transported from accessible heliocentric orbits into the Earth’s neighbourhood at affordable costs. The asteroid retrieval transfers are sought from the continuum of low energy transfers enabled by the dynamics of invariant manifolds; specifically, the retrieval transfers target planar, vertical Lyapunov and halo orbit families associated with the collinear equilibrium points of the Sun-Earth Circular Restricted Three Body problem. The judicious use of these dynamical features provides the best opportunity to find extremely low energy Earth transfers for asteroid material. A catalogue of asteroid retrieval candidates is then presented. Despite the highly incomplete census of very small asteroids, the ERO catalogue can already be populated with 12 different objects retrievable with less than 500 m/s of {Delta}v. Moreover, the approach proposed represents a robust search and ranking methodology for future retrieval candidates that can be automatically applied to the growing survey of NEOs.via Arxiv Blog 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. (Phys.org) —Researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow have identified twelve easily retrievable objects among the population of near earth objects (NEOs). In their paper published this month in Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, authors D. García Yárnoz, J. P. Sánchez, and C. R. McInnes discuss the 12 asteroids that could be easily mined for valuable resources using existing spacecraft technology. Their article, “Easily Retrievable Objects Among the NEO Population,” focuses on near earth objects, about which other researchers tend to discuss in terms of the threats these pose in destruction. Authors of this paper, however, are concerned about being able to harness the positive benefits if the objects can be successfully exploited.last_img read more