Dalits protest

first_imgMuzaffarnagar (UP): Several Dalits has staged a protest after some sanitation workers were allegedly not allowed to drink water from a temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district, police said on Sunday. The workers were cleaning a drain outside the temple in Thana Bhawan town on Saturday. The priest refused to allow them to take water from a handpump inside the temple and closed the door, an officer said. Several people belonging to the Valmiki caste staged a protest and demanded registration of an FIR against the priest.last_img read more

Manitoba wants to know about your marijuana use as it prepares for

first_imgWINNIPEG – The Manitoba government plans to poll residents about their marijuana consumption and what kind of rules they would like to see when recreational pot is legalized next year.The provincial liquor and gaming authority is looking for a company to do 15-minute surveys of at least 1,200 Manitobans in the coming months as it prepares for the new law.“We don’t have a great understanding about cannabis as a substance and how people use it,” said Kristianne Dechant, the authority’s communications and research manager.“And this is really unlike with liquor and gambling — which are two products that we currently regulate — where we have a great understanding about the gaps in people’s knowledge.”Dechant said the aim is to develop ways to advise people about safe levels of consumption — whether the cannabis be eaten, smoked or otherwise ingested.“I think Manitobans are really looking to the province to define what responsible use could look like and to provide information about how, if they choose to use it, they could minimize the harm.”Survey results will help shape a “regulatory framework for cannabis that meets public expectations for safety and consumer protection,” says the authority’s request for proposals issued Tuesday.The sample must include a reasonable representation across the province, including people between 18 and 24, “as this demographic is notoriously hard to reach, yet of particular interest with respect to cannabis knowledge and choices.”The federal government is setting a minimum age of 18 for pot use, but many of the details are being left to the provinces, including how and where cannabis will be sold when the law takes effect next July.Manitoba has yet to determine where pot will be available at the retail level and whether the liquor and gaming authority, or some other agency, will regulate it.Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government asked Ottawa last December to delay its plan for legalization.Premier Brian Pallister said there were many details still to be worked out, including who would pay for increased police resources. He also said a big awareness campaign was needed to convince people of the dangers of driving while using cannabis.last_img read more

Campaign raising money for family whose home in Tumbler Ridge was destroyed

first_imgCurry said that the full extent of the damages is not known at this time and the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, though he said that crews believe that the fire started on the outside of the building. He added that the fire has not been deemed suspicious.A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the home’s occupants, who according to the campaign, were not covered by insurance. As of Monday afternoon, the campaign has raised just over $700 of its $5,000 goal.A link to the campaign can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/tjqpg7-help-with-house-fire TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. — A family of five in Tumbler Ridge is looking to rebuild after their mobile home was consumed by fire over the weekend.Tumbler Ridge Fire Chief Dustin Curry said that fire crews were called out to a structure fire on Steeprock Close at around 1:15 on Saturday morning. Upon arrival, fire crews discovered the home’s occupants were able to evacuate from the home, suffering from minor smoke inhalation.Curry said that high winds in the area on Saturday frustrated crews’ efforts in battling the blaze, causing the fire to reignite several times. He added that the nine firefighters at the scene were able to get the fire extinguished approximately eight hours later.last_img read more

Led by GOP Senate hands Obama a huge win with fast track

WASHINGTON – The Senate has handed President Barack Obama a major victory by approving “fast track” authority to negotiate trade agreements in Asia and elsewhere.The 60-to-38 vote on Wednesday clears the way for Obama to seek final language on a trade agreement with Japan and 10 other Pacific-rim nations. Congress can ratify or reject such agreements but not change them.The Senate granted Obama the same fast-track authority that previous presidents have enjoyed. The GOP-controlled House passed it earlier with help from 28 Democrats.The vote was a stinging defeat for environmental groups and for unions that say free-trade agreements kill U.S. jobs.Obama and Republican leaders say U.S. producers must reach more global markets. Led by GOP, Senate hands Obama a huge win with “fast track” authority to negotiate trade deals by The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2015 2:38 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 24, 2015 at 3:21 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Shocked by explosion in Bangkok UN chief hopes perpetrators will be brought

“[The Secretary-General] expresses his condolences to the bereaved families and to the people and Government of Thailand, and wishes those injured a quick recovery,” said a statement attributable to a UN spokesperson.According to the media, a bomb hidden inside the Erawan shrine exploded, killing dozens of people.“The Secretary-General hopes that those responsible will be brought to justice,” adds the statement.

Symposium will use history to investigate health policies in Canada

Some of the machinery and physiology testing in use today are the same as a century ago. Elizabeth Neswald and colleagues want to know why.A Brock researcher who is digging into our nutritional past hopes to impact the future of health policies in Canada.Elizabeth Neswald, associate professor in the History department, will use money recently granted by the Canadian government to hold a symposium at Brock this summer focusing on the history and politics of nutritional practices.The two-day event will be more than a chance for colleagues from around the world to get together and swap notes on their research. The symposium will include invited guests from today’s public health schools, and will include opportunities for asking critical questions about current public health policy.“If you look at the history of nutrition you can contribute to the understanding of the practices of today. Some assumptions are still the same. We need to take a step back and critically examine how these ideas developed,” said Neswald, who is Brock’s first professor of the history of science and technology.Neswald’s research focuses on the emergence of nutritional physiology in Germany and North America between the years of 1850 and 1918. In this time and place, counting calories began; the human body began to be seen as an engine that needed fuel to keep it going. Knowledge about the importance of vitamins only came later, especially after the First World War.“Many of the models and theories we still use today were developed during this time period. Looking at our bodies as machines – this is something we need to take a step back from,” she said, noting issues such as obesity or “functional” foods become quality issues, not just quantity issues.She added that exploring this historical perspective through the symposium will provide a background for popularly held assumptions about food, nutrition and digestion. This knowledge will then aid health-care practitioners and professionals in understanding how discipline-specific perspectives developed and in bridging the cultural divide between expert and layperson in communicating nutritional and dietary information. In other words, these health-care representatives will have a say in how health policies are developed and implemented in the future, and knowing about their own history can support them in developing effective communication policies.Neswald received nearly $15,000 from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) under the Meetings, Planning & Dissemination Grant: Institute of Nutrition Metabolism & Diabetes program for her project, entitled: “Setting Standards: The History and Politics of Nutritional Theories and Practices, 1890-1930.”The symposium will be held at Brock Aug. 13 and 14 and includes invited guests from Canada, the United States, Britain and Germany. Speakers include Brock’s own Ian Ritchie, an associate professor with the department of Physical Education and Kinesiology who studies the ethical implications of historical developments in high-performance sport and the scientific and bio-medical applications that have shaped concepts of the body and performance in modern sport. Aleck Ostry, another speaker, is Canada Research Chair in Social Determinants of Community Health at the University of Victoria and author of Nutrition Policy in Canada (1870-1930), as well as many other articles on Canadian food and public health policy.Neswald’s former colleague and co-organizer, Dr. David Smith, is an international expert on the history of nutrition, and will travel from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland to talk about his research on the history of nutrition and nutrition and food policy in 20th-century Britain. Smith researches historical debates on protein and calorie needs as wells as the impact of class and gender on nutrition.The symposium intends to produce an edited volume on its results to reach an even wider audience.Neswald, who came to Brock in 2006, currently holds a five-year grant from CIHR to investigate the history of energetic theories of nutrition in late 19th- and early 20th-century Germany and the United States, and the translation of these physiological theories into nutritional practices. read more

Swift South Sudan peace deal dashed as talks stall

first_imgFACE-TO-FACE talks between warring parties in South Sudan have been delayed, government and rebel delegations said Saturday, dashing hopes of a swift ceasefire to end raging battles and risks of all-out civil war.South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei, part of the delegation to the talks in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, as well as rebel team spokesman Yohanis Musa Pouk, said the two sides would not meet today until an agenda had been drafted by negotiators and agreed by both sides.However, Makuei confirmed that the two leaders of the delegations met briefly late yesterday, although proper talks had not begun.“They met,” Makuei told AFP, adding that teams were now “waiting to hear the way forward” from the negotiators, who are from the regional East African IGAD bloc of nations.“The heads of the two delegations need to agree on an agenda… maybe tomorrow or after tomorrow,” Pouk told AFP.Deadly conflict erupted last monthThousands of people are feared to have been killed in the fighting since it erupted on 15 December, pitting army units loyal to President Salva Kiir against a loose alliance of ethnic militia forces and mutinous army commanders nominally headed by his rival, former vice president Riek Machar.Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom had spoken optimistically that direct talks would take place today, after the rival sides spend a day of meeting separately with special envoys from regional nations.But Addis Ababa’s foreign ministry spokesman Dina Mufti said Saturday the two sides would “have to continue the proxy talks”, meeting separately with negotiators.“An agenda has to be formulated, and then after this they’ll proceed with face-to-face talks,” Dina told AFP, saying there was no timeline set for direct talks, only that they would happen “as soon as possible.”“I cannot predict, it depends on the negotiations,” Dina added.- © AFP, 2014 South Sudan peace talks open as battles rage>A timeline of the violence in South Sudan>last_img read more

2500yearold Corinthian helmet found north of Black Sea

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Archaeologists of the Russian Academy of Sciences have discovered a Corinthian helmet in a grave from the 5th century BC; the first discovery of its kind north of the Black Sea.The discovery took place in the Taman Peninsula, south-west of Russia, RIA Novosti of Archaeology News Network reports.It isThe helmet was found severely corroded and quite fragmented having been buried for approximately 2500 years as it is made of bronze.Corinthian helmets appeared in Greece around the 6th century BC; an essential piece of military equipment for the foots soldiers of the fierce Greek phalanxes.The goddess Athena, or Pericles, are also frequently depicted wearing them. What is special about this type of helmet is that it covers the entire head and neck areas, with slits for the eyes and mouth, and protruding cheek covers (paragnathides). A large curved projection protected the nape of the neck and the interior was padded with fabric or leather to protect the warrior’s skull. Often their crest was surmounted by a crest (lophos) with a horsehair plume.General view of the burial of the Greek warrior. Photo: Institute of archaeology of Russian Academy of SciencesAccording to Roman Mimohod, director of the expedition of the Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IA RAS), “the helmet of the Taman peninsula belongs to the Corinthian Hermione-type and would date back to the first quarter of the fifth century BC.”Several Greek colonies were indeed present in this region with a settlement extending from the end of the 7th century BC until the second quarter of the 4th century BC.Amphora found in burial. Photo: Institute of archaeology of Russian Academy of Sciences“These settlements were in very close contact with the Scythian inhabitants of the steppe,” another historian, Iraoslav Lebedynsky who specialises in ancient Eurasian cultures said.Some cities founded by the Greeks in the region were Olbia, at the mouth of the Dnieper; Panticapaion, today’s Kerch, in the extreme west of the Crimea, and Chersonese (Sevastopol); on the Russian bank and Phanagoria (Taman) bearing the same name as the peninsula where Corinthian helmet was found.last_img read more

Greek woman saved after falling down 30metre church well in Turkey

first_imgA Greek woman has sustained injuries after falling down a 30-metre deep well while working at a Greek Orthodox church in Istanbul, Turkey.Firefighters rushed to Hagia Nikola to assist Tina Tinodinos, who according to reports, was cleaning when she fell down after stepping on the lid covering the well.Thankfully her husband Kostas was nearby and heard his wife scream out in Greek “I’m falling!”.Firefighters and paramedics arrived on the scene and administered first aid for half an hour, before rushing her to hospital by ambulance for additional treatment. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Gaz à effet de serre le Japon reporte sine die un projet

first_imgGaz à effet de serre : le Japon reporte sine die un projet de marché d’émissionsSous la pression des entreprises craignant de voir leur compétitivité affaiblie face à leurs concurrents internationaux, le Japon a reporté sine die un projet visant à instaurer un marché de permis d’émission de gaz à effet de serre.Ce mardi 28 décembre, Koichiro Gemba, ministre de la Stratégie nationale, a annoncé la suspension du projet de marché carbone, dans l’attente d’un examen plus approfondi, rapporte Reuters. “Mais nous n’abandonnons pas le projet d’instaurer un marché de permis d’émission de gaz à effet de serre”, a-t-il toutefois assuré, ne donnant aucune précision quant à la date à laquelle ce marché pourrait voir le jour.Le Japon entendait mettre en place ce système dès 2013, afin de réduire sensiblement les émissions de GES engendrées par ses entreprises. Mais au lendemain du sommet de Cancun, le pays aujourd’hui classé à la cinquième place des plus gros émetteurs de gaz à effet de serre du monde, a cédé à la pression de sociétés redoutant de perdre en compétitivité. Au début du mois, le Parti démocrate au pouvoir avait tiré la sonnette d’alarme contre ce projet qui menaçait selon lui de mettre un frein aux investissements dans les industries du pays.Le 28 décembre 2010 à 16:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

HandsOn Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 is a Blast of Pure Nostalgia

first_img The Xbox One X Looks Nice, But Twice as Nice as the Xbox One?Super Mario Odyssey and Other E3 Nintendo Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda Stay on target In case you didn’t know, I’m a rather big fan of the classic Mega Man games. I could never finish any of the old games when I was a kid, but I always enjoyed playing as the Blue Bomber. After the disappointment that was Mighty No. 9, I’ve found myself playing Mega Man Legacy Collection quite often. The games are still super challenging, but playing them provides a nice respite from the glut of open world games being released. When I was told there would be a Mega Man Legacy Collection 2, I became extremely excited.The original Mega Man Legacy Collection featured all six of the brutally difficult NES-era Mega Man titles. Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 features everything that came afterward — namely Mega Man 7-10. These titles don’t have the same unified look as that of the original collection since they were made for systems like the SNES, Sega Saturn, and PlayStation 3. Despite being very different titles from one another, each is a solid entry in the classic franchise.I’ve never played Mega Man 7 or Mega Man 8 so I began the demo with those. Despite each being over 20 years, both looked fantastic. 16-bit era titles always seem to hold up well visually and Mega Man 7 is no exception. Mega Man 8 is a 32-bit game but looks 16-bit, albeit with better animations and more colors. Mega Man 8 contains animated cut-scenes full of hilariously cheesy dialogue. I’m kind of upset with myself for missing out on both of these back in the day, but I’m glad I can enjoy them now.Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10 have the look and feel of old-school Mega Man titles. This demo only had Mega Man 9, but that wasn’t an issue since I played it and Mega Man 10 on the PlayStation 3. There’s not much to say about these two since they came out so recently (relatively speaking). Those of us who no longer have their PS3s or Xbox 360s and either want to revisit or never played either Mega Man 9 or 10 will have a ball with this collection.Like the previous game, Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 has features that make it easier to play. Each stage automatically saves at certain checkpoints. Players can also turn on “extra armor” in order to absorb more damage. Experienced Mega-aficionados can try to get to the top of a global leaderboard by completing game-specific challenges. Remixed versions of stages are available for those who know the originals inside and out and desire a real challenge. Visuals have been enhanced to work on modern TVs and monitors but still retain their classic aesthetic.The first Mega Man Legacy Collection was brilliant so I’m most definitely looking forward to playing Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 when it comes out on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on August 8. The game is available for pre-order now on Amazon.Let us know how we’re doinglast_img read more

Juneau Hydro One reach settlement over AELP

first_imgAEL&P’s main offices, pictured here on March 24, 2018, are located in the Lemon Creek area in Juneau. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)The City and Borough of Juneau and Canada’s Hydro One say they’ve reached common ground over the future of Juneau’s 125-year-old private power company.Listen nowState regulators are reviewing the acquisition of Juneau’s power company by Hydro One. Hearings are set to begin later this month over whether the Canadian company is “fit, willing and able” to operate Alaska Electric Light & Power.But a 22-page joint-agreement filed with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska late Tuesday means those hearings likely won’t happen after all.In it, Hydro One pledges 39 binding commitments covering corporate independence for AEL&P and assurances over its assets and transparency on how it operates.In return, the city drops its petition to intervene. As the sole third-party in the hearing, that would streamline the acquisition.“Collectively, these commitments are very good for the community and they assure that the community will continue to see AEL&P similar to the way it is now,” attorney Kirk Gibson said. Gibson is based in Portland, Oregon, and negotiated directly with Hydro One’s attorneys on behalf of the city.Gibson said Hydro One’s acquisition of AEL&P’s Spokane-based parent company, Avista Corp., is a complicated and expensive deal requiring approval of regulators in five states. One of the commitments states that Juneau’s 17,000 ratepayers won’t foot that bill.“We know that they’re paying more for Avista than it was in its market value,” Gibson said. “And as an investor, you’ll want to collect those differences. What it’s saying here is, that they won’t get it from AEL&P.”Hydro One praised the outcome.“Hydro One is pleased that we have reached a settlement agreement in the merger proceeding with the City and Borough of Juneau,” Ferio Pugliese, executive vice president for corporate affairs, wrote in a statement to KTOO. “This positive step forward underscores the long-term benefits from the merger of Hydro One and Avista for AEL&P customers, employees and the community.”AEL&P has an option to purchase the Snettisham hydroelectric plant once it completes its payments to the state. That’s led to concern over the future of a state-owned hydroelectric complex that generates most of Juneau’s electricity. One of the commitments pledges that none of AEL&P’s assets could be used by Hydro One as collateral; there were concerns that a piece of publicly financed infrastructure could one day be used as security against a private corporation’s debt.“They can’t use Snettisham or other big generation assets as collateral for loans to do anything outside of Juneau without getting separate RCA approval,” Juneau Assemblyman Jesse Kiehl said. “That was a big, big concern. The community talked a lot about the assets here in Juneau including Snettisham — which was built by the federal government — could be pledged against loans elsewhere.”Acquiring Snettisham would also require approval by the RCA.Critics of the Hydro One purchase say they’re still looking at the details.“I really appreciate that CBJ has intervened and therefore they’ve had a seat at the table and they’re able to negotiate a more comprehensive document than the previous iteration was,” Margo Waring said. Waring is a board member of Renewable Juneau, which advocates for carbon-free energy. “I’m going to be reviewing the current document for rate protection, the status and protection of Snettisham and the transparency of processes now and in the future.”The settlement also includes a $1 million rate credit over five years.AEL&P says that would save the average ratepayer about 54 cents a month.last_img read more

PIL filed before Delhi HC seeking appointment of Leader of

first_imgNEW DELHI: A plea seeking direction to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to appoint a leader of opposition in the 17th Lok Sabha has been filed in the Delhi High Court. The public interest litigation (PIL), filed by advocates Manmohan Singh and Shishmita Kumari, may be heard by a vacation Bench on June 26. They have also sought direction to the Speaker to frame a policy for the leader of opposition’s appointment. Also Read – Who is your CM candidate, AAP asks BJP Advertise With Us “In the new Lok Sabha, with 52 members, the Congress is the largest party in the opposition and is, therefore, the rightful claimant to the post under the law. There is no ambiguity about it as the law is absolutely clear on this point,” they stated. Denying the second largest party in Parliament (Lok Sabha) the leadership of the opposition would set the wrong precedent and dilute democracy, they said. A powerful opposition was necessary to check the ruling party as dissent was extremely important for democracies to function properly, they added. Also Read – Charge sheet against AAP MLA Gulab Singh Advertise With Us They said that the Congress could not claim the leader of opposition’s post because it did not have 10 per cent of the total MPs in the House was devoid of any merit. The petitioners told the court recognising a member of the House as the leader of opposition was not a political or arithmetical decision, but a statutory decision. The Speaker has to merely ascertain whether the party claiming the post was the largest party in the opposition. Advertise With Us “That the leader of opposition is one of the key parliamentary functionaries whose role, though not defined in any rule, is of great importance for the functioning of a legislature. He or she is invariably a senior leader, representing the main opposition party in the legislature,” the plea read. Since the post was statutory, one needed to only look into the law to find out who could become the leader of opposition and how he or she was to be recognised, the plea read. “There is no room for ifs and buts, under the Salaries and Allowances of Leaders of Opposition in Parliament Act, 1977, the duty of the Speaker is to recognise the eligible person as the leader of opposition,” they stated They also argued since the Speaker was performing a statutory duty in recognising the leader of the opposition, she or he could not exercise any discretion.last_img read more

Kim Jong Un deeply moved by Kpop concert

first_imgNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un (centre L) speaking to South Korean musicians as his wife Ri Sol-Ju (far L) and South Korea`s Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Do Jong-whan (centre R) look on, after a rare concert by South Korean musicians Grand Theatre in Pyongyang on 1 April. Photo: AFPNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiled, clapped and said he was “deeply moved” by a rare performance by South Korean K-pop stars in Pyongyang, state media reported Monday.The high profile appearance of Kim and his wife, former singer Ri Sol Ju, at the concert was unusual as his authoritarian regime typically struggles to prevent any infiltration of the South’s pop culture among his isolated people.Kim, the first North Korean leader ever to attend a show by entertainers from the South, shook hands with the performers and “expressed his deep thanks to them,” the North’s official KCNA news agency reported.“He said that he was deeply moved to see our people sincerely acclaiming the performance, deepening the understanding of the popular art of the South’s side,” KCNA said.The visit by the South’s entertainers, seen as part of a cultural charm offensive by Seoul, comes as a diplomatic thaw gathers pace on the peninsula ahead of a landmark inter-Korean summit later this month.Kim said he was likely to be busy “because of his complicated political program early in April,” so he was glad to make it to the concert which he credited with bringing the “spring of peace”.The 120-member South Korean group — 11 musical acts as well as dancers, technicians and martial artists-gave one concert on Sunday with another set for Tuesday.Kim and his wife were seen clapping their hands during the two-hour Sunday event, which was also attended by Kim’s younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, and the North’s ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam.The concert at the elaborately decorated 1,500-seat East Pyongyang Grand Theatre ended with a standing ovation by the packed audience after a finale featuring all the stars singing a song about unification.They sang alongOne of the most closely watched acts was Red Velvet, part of the South’s hugely popular K-pop phenomenon that has taken audiences in Asia and beyond by storm.Even leader Kim acknowledged that there had been “so much interest in whether I’d come to see Red Velvet or not”.The five-member girlband-known for its signature K-pop mix of upbeat electronic music and high-voltage choreography-performed two of their hits, “Bad Boy” and “Red Flavour”.“The North’s audience applauded our performance much louder than we expected and even sang along to our songs… it was a big relief,” band member Yeri told reporters.The ongoing rapprochement was triggered by the South’s Winter Olympics, to which the North’s leader Kim Jong Un sent athletes, cheerleaders and his sister as an envoy.Kim followed up by agreeing to a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and offering a face-to-face meet with US President Donald Trump. Kim also met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing last week during his first overseas trip.The inter-Korean summit, the third such event after meetings in 2000 and 2007, will be held on 27 April. No date has been set for the US-North Korean summit although it is expected before the end of May.last_img

Assads regime steps up use of air power

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Analysts say it is difficult to come up with reliable figures on the Syrian air force and air defenses because of the extreme secrecy that blankets its military matters. Some of the aircraft used so far also raise questions whether the regime _ anticipating major battles against Western powers _ is engaging in deception.The Syrians have been using trainer aircraft fitted to operate as light ground support when they could have used some of the relatively modern Soviet-made MiG-25s and MiG-29s it is believed to have.“So far, Syria has mainly used low-end systems, such as jet trainers or helicopter gunships, against the rebels,” said Pieter Wezeman, senior researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.“That raises the question why they have not used more advanced equipment,” he said. “Are they holding back, saving them for possible outside intervention?”Chivvis, the Rand analyst, believes it could also be a question of the regime unable to trust pilots not to defect with relatively advanced aircraft that would be needed to resist later.In June, a Syrian fighter pilot flew his MiG-21 warplane to neighboring Jordan, where he was given asylum. Comments   Share   Experts say that Syria possesses one of the most robust air defense networks in the region, with multiple SAMs providing overlapping coverage of key areas in combination with thousands of anti-aircraft guns capable of engaging attacking aircraft at lower levels.Wezeman said that due to the secrecy involved, it was not possible to confirm whether the Syrians also obtained the advanced, Russian-built S-300 anti-aircraft missiles considered to be the cutting edge in aircraft interception technology.Moscow had refused to deliver the systems, but there have been unconfirmed reports that other nations may have sent Syria the missiles, which could make any aerial intervention very costly for the attackers.Separately, Syria also has obtained from Russia the mobile Bastion-P land-based coastal defense systems, including Yakhont anti-ship missiles capable of sinking large warships, including aircraft carriers.Analysts have warned that an attempt to impose a no-fly zone such as the one against Moammar Gadhafi’s regime in Libya last year would be a very complicated task, which could result in serious losses. Syria’s air defense capabilities are much more extensive and sophisticated than Libya’s were. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix “May God exact retribution on him!” they shout against Assad or the pilot involved. “May God cripple him!” and “May he rot in hell!” are other frequently used curses.Syria’s air force has an unimpressive record _ it lost 85 planes in a battle with Israel in 1982 _ but without any effective anti-aircraft weapons in the hands of the rebels, the relatively antiquated fleet of Soviet-era warplanes is unchallenged.“We used to think mortars are bad,” activist El-Saeed Mohammed said by Skype from a Damascus suburb. “Now, we think they are almost sweet when compared to what warplanes do to us. There is no kidding with planes.”He recounted how two elderly women died of heart attacks, possibly triggered by anxiety, during air raids in the past week in the greater Damascus area.Besides the deadly airstrikes, activists and residents say, pilots also employ psychological tactics. Jets frequently swoop down in mock strafing raids, break the sound barrier over urban centers, or fly menacingly at high altitudes, a sign of a possible bombing raid.Low flying helicopter gunships also spray streets with machine-gun fire, and residents lose sleep over air activity at night that frays the nerves of civilians and rebels alike. Wezeman, who tracks Damascus’ arms purchases, said its strategy on air force and air defenses has changed since Israel’s 2007 airstrike against a suspected nuclear facility in eastern Syria.Since then, he said, the regime has gone on a shopping spree for modern Russian-built aircraft and anti-aircraft missiles. Chivvis added that it may have spent more than $3 billion.Purchases have included 24 late-model MiG-29M2 fighters and 36 Yak-130 combat training jets that can also carry modern weapons for ground attack missions, he said. Although Moscow has not delivered the MiGs and Yaks, SIPRI’s reports suggest that Russia continues to ship air defense missiles and other munitions to Syria.In 2008, Russia’s ally Belarus delivered 33 second-hand MiG-23 fighter-bombers. It remains unclear whether these were used to bolster the air force’s numerical strength or to be used as parts for existing Mig-23s, he said.SIPRI reported in 2009 that Syrian Mi-24 helicopter gunships had arrived in Russia for overhaul. But a shipment of Mi-24s back to Syria earlier this year was aborted after the British insurers of the vessel carrying them withdrew coverage.In recent years, Syria has upgraded its extensive network of anti-aircraft missile batteries, purchasing new models and modernizing existing ones, including Russian-made 36 Pantsyr mobile surface-to-air missile systems and at least two of the eight Buk-M2E mobile SAMs on order. The Pantsyrs, considered particularly effective against attacking aircraft, feature a combination of 30mm cannons paired with a radar and anti-aircraft missiles all on the same vehicle. And, since such an action would likely have to be carried out without consent by the U.N. Security Council, where Syria’s allies China and Russia wield vetoes, it would risk a major international confrontation if Moscow or Beijing decided to send radar ships to the area to provide the regime with advance notice of air raids.This could mean a major international crisis that would probably end Moscow’s willingness to help resolve the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program, said Nick Witney, former head of the EU’s European Defense Agency.“The Russians and Chinese won’t back down, and unilateral, unauthorized action by the West would risk an old-style East-West rupture over Syria. That would be a really big gamble in a tinderbox situation in the Middle East,” he said.___Lekic reported from Brussels, Belgium.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) If a no-fly zone is enforced, Western aircraft will likely go head-to-head with the Syrian air force as well as try to neutralize, at least partially, its air defense system.“It is certainly a sign of increased concern on the part of the regime,” said senior political scientist Christopher S. Chivvis of the Rand Corporation. “The growing use of air power, particularly fixed-wing aircraft, raises the possibility of foreign intervention.”U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Aug. 14 that plans to set up a no-fly zone over parts of Syria is “not on the front burner,” despite persistent calls from rebel forces there that they need the added protection from escalating regime airstrikes in the civil war.Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has said that the U.S. and Turkey are discussing a range of steps, including a no-fly zone over some parts of Syria. Russia, Assad’s main foreign backer, opposes a no-fly zone.There are no estimates on how many civilians have been killed in airstrikes in the four-week period in which stepped up attacks have been detected, but Syrian activists speak of hundreds, maybe thousands, across the country.Helpless civilians run for cover when they hear the distant buzz of aircraft. Terrified and screaming, they head to the nearest basement or ground floor.center_img Associated PressBEIRUT (AP) – Its forces stretched thin on multiple fronts, President Bashar Assad’s regime has significantly increased its use of air power against Syrian rebels in recent weeks, causing a spike in civilian casualties.The shift is providing useful clues about the capability of the Syrian air force as Western powers consider the option of enforcing a no-fly zone over the northern part of the country, where rebels control large swaths of territory along the Turkish border. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The airstrikes often leave Syrians puzzled about what was the intended target.On Monday, fighter jets bombed the town of Tel Rifat, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) north of the city of Aleppo, punching a six-foot-deep crater in the courtyard of a girls’ school and leveling five homes nearby, according to an Associated Press reporter who visited the scene.No one was killed or injured, residents said, because the school and the homes were empty. Most of the town’s 35,000 people have fled due to frequent airstrikes and shelling by the government. The Brigade of Unification, the largest rebel group fighting in Aleppo province, has its headquarters in the town, but it has never been directly targeted.It is not clear why the regime has decided to dramatically step up the use of air power, particularly fixed-wing warplanes, in a civil war fought mostly on the streets and with no clearly defined battle lines.The rebels say it is a sign of the regime’s desperation after its ground forces began to lose their grip on the country. It is also likely the enhanced use of air power is designed to add firepower to an army stretched thin.The Syrian army is fighting major battles in the greater Damascus area and the northern city of Aleppo, along with a multitude of fronts in the southern, central and eastern parts of the country. Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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