Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cassini–Huygens



Orbiting the ringed planet Saturn and its numerous moons, the Cassini spacecraft has been and continues to be a keystone of exploration of the Saturnian system and the properties of gaseous planets in our solar system. 

A joint endeavor of NASA, the European Space Agency, or ESA, and the Italian Space Agency, Cassini launched in 1997 along with ESA's Huygens probe. The spacecraft contributed to studies of Jupiter for six months in 2000 before reaching its destination, Saturn, in 2004 and starting a string of flybys of Saturn's moons. That same year it released the Huygens probe on Saturn's moon Titan to conduct a study of the moon's atmosphere and surface composition. Now in its second extended mission, which goes through 2017, Cassini will make the first observations of a complete seasonal period for Saturn and its moons.

Mission Events

December 30, 2000: Cassini-Huygens takes a six-month swing by Jupiter to pick up speed for its journey to Saturn and collaborates with NASA's Galileo spacecraft to study the Jovian system. 

June 30, 2004: Cassini arrives at Saturn. 

December 13, 2004: Cassini-Huygens makes its first flyby of a Saturnian moon, two in fact: Titan and Dione. For a full list of Cassini's flybys since 2004, visit: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/flybys/ 

December 24, 2004: The Cassini spacecraft releases the European Space Agency-built Huygens probe at Saturn's moon Titan. 

January 14, 2005: The Huygens probe makes its descent through Titan's atmosphere to sample the chemical composition and surface properties of the Saturnian moon. 

June 2008: Cassini completes its primary mission to explore the Saturn system and begins its mission extension (Cassini Equinox Mission). 

September 2010: Cassini completes its extended mission (Cassini Equinox Mission) and begins its second mission extension (Cassini Solstice Mission), which goes through 2017 and will make the first observations of a complete seasonal period for Saturn and its moons. Learn more at http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm . 

December 2011:Cassini uses its synthetic aperture radar to obtain the highest resolution images yet of Saturn's moon Enceladus. 

December 2012: Cassini uses its visual and infrared mapping spectrometer, or VIMS, instrument to track the transit of Venus -- a first for a spacecraft beyond Earth orbit. The exercise is to test the feasibility of using Cassini's VIMS to observe planets outside our solar system. 

March 2013: Cassini makes its last flyby of Saturn's moon Rhea, probing the internal structure of the moon by measuring the gravitational pull of Rhea against the spacecraft's steady radio link to NASA's Deep Space Network here on Earth. 

July 2013: Cassini images a backlit Saturn to examine the planet's rings in fine detail and captures a pixel-size Earth in the process. In a campaign to raise awareness about the photo shoot, NASA encourages Earthlings to go outside and wave at Saturn.

Scientific Instrument(s)

Cassini orbiter:
- Ion and neutral mass spectrometer
- Visible and infrared mapping spectrometer
- Composite infrared spectrometer
- Cosmic dust analyzer
- Radio and plasma wave instrument
- Cassini plasma spectrometer
- Ultraviolet imaging spectrograph
- Magnetospheric imaging instrument
- Dual technique magnetometer 

Huygens probe:
- Descent imager and spectral radiometer
- Huygens atmospheric structure instrument
- Gas chromatograph and mass spectrometer
- Aerosol collector pyrolyzer
- Surface science package
- Doppler wind experiment

Call of Duty WW2


CALL OF Duty WW2 is not an official World at War 2 style sequel, even though many fans may think otherwise.

Having first focused on fans wanting to find out more about the new game announced for PS4, Xbox One and PC, there are now several new topics being searched for on Google.

One of those is Call of Duty World at War 2, a topic that makes sense but isn’t quite on the money.

By looking at the current search terms on Google, you actually find that in the past hour just as many people are searching for Call of Duty WW2, as our also looking for World at War 2.

However, Call of Duty WW2 is not a sequel to the now classic Treyarch title, Call of Duty: World at War.

But it’s easy to see how fans could get mixed up; both titles are set to share some pretty big similarities, away from just the setting.

World at War focused on both the Pacific Theater and Eastern Front during the war, and follows the American and Soviet campaigns.

Following the launch of the new Call of Duty WW2 reveal trailer, the trending topics connected to the new title have shifted.


Call of Duty WW2, meanwhile, has been confirmed as focusing on a Campaign taking players through Normandy, France, Belgium, as well as other turning points of World War II.

In the World at War American missions, players assume the role of Private Miller, taking part in the Battle of Peleliu and beyond, while the Soviet missions take you to the Battle of Stalingrad and introduce you to Private Dmitri Petrenko and Sergeant Viktor Reznov, names familiar to those that have played the Black Ops series.

Call of Duty WW2 features “Red” Daniels, Private in the 1st Infantry Division, with best friend Robert Zussman, as well as missions coordinating with French resistance leader, Rousseau, and British intel force's Crowley.

And based on the information supplied by Activision, there doesn’t appear to be anything linking this new title to the Black Ops series of games.

World at War was also the game that introduced the world to Treyarch's now infamous Zombies, which was originally included as an Easter egg.

Activision confirmed today that Call of Duty WW2 will have its own Nazi Zombies mode, which will focus on the Third Reich’s attempts to build a new army.

However, when it comes to multiplayer, things will be a lot different between the two games, with Activision expanding on traditional COD online gameplay.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn said on Thursday he would defeat a "cosy cartel"


Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Thursday he would defeat a "cosy cartel" at the heart of British politics, casting himself as the anti-establishment challenger in a snap election called by Prime Minister Theresa May.

The pledge, to be delivered via higher taxes on the wealthy and a crackdown on powerful corporations, set the tone for a campaign in which the veteran left-winger will try to defy opinion polls that point to a heavy defeat.

Battling to assert control over his own divided Labour Party as well as to convince the country at large, he sought to tap into widespread voter frustration with the political elite.

"It is the establishment versus the people and it is our historic duty to make sure that the people prevail," Corbyn told party supporters in central London.

"We don’t accept that it is natural for Britain to be governed by a ruling elite, the City and the tax-dodgers."

Conservative leader May sprang a major surprise on Tuesday by calling a June 8 election, three years ahead of schedule, to capitalise on a dramatic collapse in support for Labour and win a stronger mandate to boost her in complex divorce talks with the European Union.

While she tries to focus the debate on Brexit, Corbyn is looking to harness a powerful anti-establishment mood revealed by last year's EU referendum and echoed in the rhetoric of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump during last year's U.S. election campaign.

"How dare they crash the economy with their recklessness and greed, and then punish those who had nothing to do with it?" he said, referring to the 2007-9 financial crisis.

"The British people know that they are the true wealth creators, held back by a system rigged for the wealth extractors."

"EGO TRIP"

He made only a passing reference to Brexit, widely described as Britain's biggest challenge since World War Two, saying he wanted to focus on life after leaving the EU.

"(May) will try to downplay the issues that affect people's lives every day and instead turn the election into an ego trip about her own failing leadership and the machinations of the coming negotiations in Brussels," he said.

Playing to simmering public anger about stagnant wages and businesses that pay low taxes, Corbyn said he would scrap planned cuts to corporation tax and reverse tax breaks for wealthy individuals.

"We will not longer allow those at the top to leech off those who bust their guts on zero-hours contracts, or those forced to make sacrifices to pay their mortgage or pay their rent," he said.

"Instead of the country's wealth being hidden in tax havens, we will put it in the hand of the people."


The political system was biased in favour of large companies, he said. "It is these rules that have allowed a cosy cartel to rig the system in favour of a few powerful and wealthy individuals and corporations."

Last year's vote to leave the EU split Labour's traditional supporter base, which is divided between typically pro-EU inner city voters, especially in London, and working-class voters in less affluent areas who voted for Brexit.

Corbyn, who voted to leave the EU's predecessor in 1975 but supported 'Remain' last year, has been criticised for muddling the party's position on Brexit and failing to effectively challenge May's push for a clean break with the bloc.

Corbyn denied a report published in The Times newspaper on Thursday which said his party could promise a public vote to approve the terms of Britain's EU exit. In a statement his spokesman said such a policy would not be in their manifesto.

A YouGov opinion poll carried out after the election was called showed May's Conservatives on 48 percent, with Labour trailing a distant second on 24 percent. By comparison, ahead of the 2015 general election, which the Conservatives won, polls showed the two parties were roughly level.

Analysis of polling data conducted by The Times newspaper showed May could win a landslide majority of 114 seats, up from 12 last time around.

May, who also backed staying in the EU but has since embraced the notion of life outside the bloc, is pitching her campaign on a promise of stable leadership to deliver a good deal for Britain from exit negotiations with Brussels.

If she can achieve a resounding election victory, that would limit the scope for parliament to block or water down her plan for Britain to quit the EU single market and to prioritise immigration control.

Page Source:www.reuters.com
Jeremy Corbyn On Brexit....
British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has now ruled out backing a second referendum on the final Brexit deal after suggestions Labour could include the policy in their general election manifesto.A spokesman for the Labour leader said: "A second referendum is not our policy and it won’t be in our manifesto".




It comes after shadow chancellor John McDonnell on Wednesday said the Government should "put the deal to Parliament and possibly to the country overall" and Mr Corbyn dodged a question on the issue in his first keynote speech of the campaign.
Labour was reportedly considering calling for a second referendum to win over Remain voters who may be tempted to switch to the Liberal Democrats, who have promised a national poll on the final UK-EU deal.
Following his first major election speech on Thursday morning, Mr Corbyn was asked whether he was considering or would rule out a second referendum on any agreement reached after withdrawal negotiations with the EU.
But he appeared to dodge the question, replying: "The European Union negotiations are going on and we set out our (red) lines on the negotiation.
"Primarily, it’s about getting and retaining tariff-free access to the European market.
"We haven’t threatened to turn Britain into an offshore tax haven on the shores of Europe, undermining the European economy."
Instead, Labour wants a "good process by which we continue to trade with Europe".
He added: "Walking away and trading under World Trade Organisation conditions will mean the manufacturing industry in this country would be severely damaged."
After the speech, a spokeswoman for the leader said Labour’s position, backing a "meaningful vote" in Parliament, had not changed but did not explicitly rule out a second referendum.
Conservative Party chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin then seized on the comments, insisting Mr Corbyn was sowing "chaos" which would "disrupt our Brexit negotiations".
But Mr Corbyn has now ruled out a second vote.

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas said Mr Corbyn was letting down Britain by refusing to back a second referendum.
"If they truly trusted the British people - and wanted to give them a real say over the future direction of this country - then they would have committed to a democratic vote on any final deal," she said.
"It’s a real shame that they’ve sided with the Tories on this and will plough ahead with Brexit without giving people the final say."
Page Source:www.breakingnews.ie
Jeremy Corbyn says "I can win"

THE General Election result is not a foregone conclusion and Labour can defeat the Tories, according to Jeremy Corbyn.


The Labour leader is trailing Theresa May and the Conservatives in the opinion polls with predictions the party is facing its heaviest defeat in several decades.

At Holyrood, Nicola Sturgeon dismissed Labour’s prospects and said Mr Corbyn wasn’t going anywhere near Downing Street.

She said the chances of the Labour leader becoming Prime Minister was “pie in the sky”.
Mr Corbyn however, said that by not playing by the establishment rules Labour can win the election on June 8.


Labour and the Liberal Democrats have their sights set on winning back some of the 50 combined Scottish seats they lost to the SNP in 2015, while the Tories are looking to build on their 2016 Holyrood successes by adding MPs to their tally of one.

South of the border though, Mr Corbyn is facing a battle to hold Labour seats as the Tories look to increase their majority at his expense.

However, he said he can win by playing to his own rules not those of the political, media and business elites.

He attacked financial traders in the City and billionaire businessmen, singling out Philip Green, chairman of retail giants Arcadia Group, who sold BHS for £1 before it went bust and Mike Ashley who owns Sports Direct.

Mr Corbyn said “If I were Southern Rail or Philip Green I’d be worried about a Labour government.”

“If I were Mike Ashley or the CEO of a tax-avoiding multinational corporation, I’d want to see a Tory victory. Labour is the party that will put the interests of the majority first.”

Speaking in London he said if the party does win he won’t be playing by establishment rules when he is in office either.

In his first speech since the election was called, Mr Corbyn said: “We don’t accept that it is natural for Britain to be governed by a ruling elite, the City and the tax dodgers.


“We don’t accept that the British people just have to take what they’re given and that they don’t deserve better.”


Mr Corbyn dismissed the polls and predictions that say the Tories will increase their majority from the 17 won in 2015 by David Cameron before he quit.

He said: “Much of the media and establishment are saying this election is a foregone conclusion.

“They think there are rules in politics, which if you don’t follow by doffing your cap to powerful people, accepting that things can’t really change, then you can’t win.

“But of course those people don’t want us to win. Because when we win, it’s the people, not the powerful, who win.”

He said it was a “rigged system” set up by a “cosy cartel” which he said was “set up by the wealth extractors for the wealth extractors”.
Speaking during First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood Nicola Sturgeon said Labour was “unelectable and utterly useless” in opposition and had no chance of winning on June 8.

The First Minister was accused by Ruth Davidson of seeking an alliance with Labour at Westminster, which she quickly dismissed.

She said: “We only have to take one look at the polls to know that Jeremy Corbyn ain’t going anywhere near number 10 Downing Street—on his own or with the help of anybody else.”

Responding to Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, who said Ms Sturgeon said: “The idea that in this election Labour will replace the Tories is, frankly, pie in the sky.
“The issue and the threat at this election is that, due to Labour’s complete unelectability, we face an unfettered, out-of-control Tory Government.”

Ms Dugdale accused the SNP of wanting a Tory victory to further the independence argument.

She said: “It suits the SNP for the Tories to stay in power. That is why SNP MPs refused to vote Theresa May out of office yesterday, and every day that the Tories remain in power 430,000 Scots go without a real living wage, Women Against State Pension Inequality go without the pension that they have worked their whole lives for, and young people have their housing benefit stripped away.

“It suits the SNP for the Tories to stay in power, because the only thing that the SNP has ever cared about is independence.”

Ms Sturgeon however said it was SNP MPs who were providing teh real opposition to the Tories at Westminster.

She said: “The only thing standing between an out-of-control, unfettered Tory Government and Scotland is the SNP.


“If the people want to make sure that the Tory Government can be held to account, if they want to make sure that there is a strong focus for Scotland and if they want to make sure that Scotland is protected against exactly the policies that Kezia Dugdale talks about, they must ensure that they send back SNP MPs to Westminster.”

Page Source:www.eveningtimes.co.uk

Friday, April 21, 2017

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"දරුවා අපිට බලන්න පුළුවන්ද ?"කියල ඇහුවම ඒ තාත්තගෙ උත්තරේ වුණේ ඔව් පුළුවන් කියන එක...ඉතිං මං අද ගියා බලන්න ඒ දරුවව....මහරගම පිළිකා රෝහලෙ වාට්ටු අංක 15/B වලදි මේ දරුව හොයාගත්ත....පහළින් ඉන්නෙ ඒ දරුවා..මේ දරුවා ලියුකේමියා රෝගී තත්වයෙන් පෙලනවා..වයස අවුරුදු 6ක පුංචි පුතෙක් ...ගම ගාල්ලෙ නාගොඩ...

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Want to know what is Easter?


Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the third day after his crucifixion. Easter is the fulfilled prophecy of the Messiah who would be persecuted, die for our sins, and rise on the third day. (Isaiah 53). Remembering the resurrection of Jesus is a way to renew daily hope that we have victory over sin.💨💨💨



When did Easter start?

The early Christians began remembering the Resurrection every Sunday following its occurrence. In A.D. 325, the Council of Nicaea set aside a special day just to celebrate the Resurrection.  The problem with an official day was deciding whether the Resurrection should be celebrated on a weekday or always on a Sunday.
Many felt that the date should continue to be based on the timing of the Resurrection during Passover. Once Jewish leaders determined the date of Passover each year, Christian leaders could set the date for Easter by figuring three days after Passover.  Following this schedule would have meant that Easter would be a different day of the week each year, only falling on a Sunday once in awhile.👊👊👊
Others believed since the Lord rose on a Sunday and this day had been set aside as the Lord’s Day, this was the only possible day to celebrate His resurrection.  As Christianity drew away from Judaism, some were reluctant to base the Christian celebration on the Jewish calendar.
Finally the Council decided Easter should be celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox.  Since the date of the vernal equinox changed from year to year, calculating the proper date can be difficult.  This is still the method used to determine Easter today, which is why some years we have Easter earlier than other years.
Since Easter is a celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection, you would think there wouldn’t be room for paganism.  However Easter is one of the holidays most intertwined with pagan symbolism and ritual.

What does Easter mean?

The origin of the word easter isn’t certain.  The Vernerable Bede, an eighth-century monk and scholar, suggested that the word may have come from the Anglo-Saxon Eeostre or Eastre – a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility.  Recent scholars haven’t been able to find any reference to the goddess Bede mentioned and consider the theory discredited. 👱👱👱
Another possibility is the Norse eostur, eastur, or ostara, which meant “the season of the growing sun” or  “the season of new birth.” The word east comes from the same roots.  In this case, easter would be linked to the changing of the season.
A more recent and complex explanation comes from the Christian background of Easter rather than the pagan.  The early Latin name for the week of Easter was hebdomada alba or “white week,” while the Sunday after Easter day was called dominica in albis from the white robes of those who had been newly baptized.  The word alba is Latin both for white and dawn.  People speaking Old High German made a mistake in their translation and used a plural word for dawn, ostarun, instead of a plural for white.  From ostarun we get the German Ostern and the English Easter.
 

Origin and history of Easter bunny



What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Easter?  As a Christian, the first image might be the cross or the empty tomb.  For the general public, a blitz of media images and merchandise on store shelves makes it more likely that the Easter Bunny comes to mind.  So how did a rabbit distributing eggs become a part of Easter?🐇🐇🐇
There are several reasons for the rabbit, or hare, to be associated with Easter, all of which come through pagan celebrations or beliefs.  The most obvious is the hare’s fertility.  Easter comes during spring and celebrates new life.  The Christian meaning of new life through Christ and a general emphasis on new life are different, but the two gradually merged.  Any animals – like the hare – that produced many offspring were easy to include.
The hare is also an ancient symbol for the moon.  The date of Easter depends on the moon.  This may have helped the hare to be absorbed into Easter celebrations.
The hare or rabbit’s burrow helped the animal’s adoption as part of Easter celebrations.  Believers saw the rabbit coming out of its underground home as a symbol for Jesus coming out of the tomb.  Perhaps this was another case of taking a pre-existing symbol and giving it Christian meaning.
The Easter hare came to America with German immigrants, and the hare’s role passed to the common American rabbit.  Originally children made nests for the rabbit in hats, bonnets, or fancy paper boxes, rather than the baskets of today.  Once the children finished their nests, they put them in a secluded spot to keep from frightening the shy rabbit.  The appealing nests full of colored eggs probably helped the customs to spread.
Back in Southern Germany, the first pastry and candy Easter bunnies became popular at the beginning of the nineteenth century.  This custom also crossed the Atlantic, and children still eat candy rabbits – particularly chocolate ones – at Easter.

Origin and history of Easter Eggs



Next to the Easter bunny, the most familiar symbol is the Easter egg.  Like others, the egg has a long pre-Christian history.  Again there’s no certainty as to why it became associated with Easter. 
Many Ancient cultures viewed eggs as a symbol of life.  Hindus, Egyptians, Persians, and Phoenicians believed the world begun with an enormous egg.  The Persians, Greeks, and Chinese gave gifts of eggs during spring festivals in celebration of new life all around them.  Other sources say people ate dyed eggs at spring festivals in Egypt, Persia, Greece, and Rome.  In ancient Druid lore, the eggs of serpents were sacred and stood for life.
Early Christians looked at the connection eggs had to life and decided eggs could be a part of their celebration of Christ’s resurrection.  In addition, in some areas, eggs were forbidden during Lent; therefore, they were a delicacy at Easter.  Since many of the earlier customs were Eastern in origin, some speculate that early missionaries or knights of the Crusade may have been responsible for bringing the tradition to the West.
In the fourth century, people presented eggs in church to be blessed and sprinkled with holy water.  By the twelfth century, the Benedictio Ovorum had been introduced authorizing the special use of eggs on the holy days of Easter.  The timing of this blessing would uphold the idea that Crusaders may have brought the tradition back.  Even though eggs had been used previously, the Crusaders may have made the custom more popular and widespread.
In 1290, Edward I of England recorded a purchase of 450 eggs to be colored or covered with gold leaf.  He then gave the eggs to members of the royal household.
Once the custom became accepted, new traditions began to grow up around it.  Eggs were dyed red for joy, and in memory of Christ’s blood.  Egg rolling contests came to America from England, possibly as a reminder of the stone being rolled away. 
What about the familiar Easter Egg hunt?  One source suggested that it grew out of the tradition of German children searching for hidden pretzels during the Easter season.  Since children were hiding nests for the Easter Bunny to fill with eggs at the same time they were hunting pretzels, it was only a small leap to begin hiding eggs instead.
 

The Easter Lamb



Of all Easter symbols, the lamb is probably the most strongly Christian.  Other than the fact that lambs are young animals born in springtime, it has no strong ties to pagan traditions.
The lamb comes from the Jewish Passover, where each family killed a lamb as a sacrifice.  When Christ became the Passover Lamb for everyone, the lamb became a symbol for His sacrifice.
John 1:29 - "The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"
1 Peter 1:18-21 - "For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God."
 

New Clothes at Easter

New clothes have long been associated with the idea of newness and a fresh beginning.  The familiar custom of having new clothes for Easter probably began with early Christians wearing new white robes for baptism during Easter Vigil services.  Later, the custom expanded to everyone wearing new clothes in celebration of his or her new life in Christ.👕👖👗👚
 

Sunrise Services

The familiar sunrise service is a relatively new addition to Easter.  A group of young Moravian men in Hernhut, Saxony held the first recorded sunrise service in 1732.  They went to their cemetery called God’s Acre at sunrise to worship in memory of the women who went to the tomb early on the first Easter morning and discovered it empty.  Moravian immigrants brought the custom to America, with the first service in the United States held in 1743.
 

Easter Lilies



The Easter lily is another new addition to Easter celebrations. Throughout the years, painters and sculptors used the white Madonna lily to symbolize purity and innocence, frequently referring to Mary. This lily doesn’t force well, so nurseries couldn’t get the flower to bloom in time Easter.
In the 1880s, Mrs. Thomas Sargent brought Bermuda lily bulbs back to Philadelphia. A local nurseryman, William Harris, saw the lilies and introduced them to the trade. A more practical consideration was that they were easy to force into bloom in time for the Easter season.  From there, they Bermuda lily, now the familiar Easter lily, spread throughout the country.
 

A Prayer for Easter Sunday

Lord God,
You loved this world so much,
That you gave your one and only Son,
That we might be called your children too.
Lord, help us to live in the gladness and grace
Of Easter Sunday, everyday.
Let us have hearts of thankfulness
For your sacrifice.
Let us have eyes that look upon
Your grace and rejoice in our salvation.
Help us to walk in that mighty grace
And tell your good news to the world.
All for your glory do we pray, Lord,
Amen
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