Pongal Festival happening today in Roanoke
Pongal Festival Celebration by Roanoke Valley Indian Community “Pongal - The Festival of New Beginning” Roanoke Valley Tamil language speaking families of Indian community are planning to celebrate this year Pongal Festival on 28th January between 11 to 3pm at Lions Club located at Roanoke Southwest County. On this day, a traditional Pongal prayer in Tamil heritage followed by traditional Banana leaves special meal with Cultural programs by children is planned.
Scientists Find Potentially Hazardous Asteroid Hiding in the Sun’s Glare
A team of researchers has detected a trio of near-Earth asteroids in the inner solar system, one of which is the largest found since 2014 that poses a potential risk to the planet. The asteroids remained undetected until now because they occupy a region of the sky hidden by the Sun’s glare.news.yahoo.com
Former Chinese deputy police minister sentenced for graft
A former deputy police minister who was accused of leading a crime gang of government officials was given a death sentence with a two-year reprieve Friday on charges of manipulating the stock market, taking bribes and other offenses, Chinese state TV reported. Sun Lijun’s conviction adds to a string of senior officials who have been punished in a marathon anti-graft crackdown launched after President Xi Jinping took power in late 2012 that some see as politically motivated. Sun was convicted by the court in the northeastern city of Changchun of collecting 646 million yuan ($91 million) in bribes, China Central TV reported on its website.news.yahoo.com
Inside Queen Elizabeth’s Final Days: Hosting Parties, Grieving a Dog—and a TV Weatherman Crush
Stefan Wermuth - WPA Pool /Getty ImagesRoyalist is The Daily Beast’s newsletter for all things royal and Royal Family. Subscribe here to get it in your inbox every Sunday.Queen Elizabeth was left “distraught” by the death of one of her oldest and most faithful dogs in the months before her own death, and took special steps to see that the dog’s remains were flown back to Windsor so it could be buried alongside one of its old friends, it was reported Saturday.However she was said to be in “sparklnews.yahoo.com
Chuck Todd: VP Harris tasked with ‘intractable assignments’ under Biden
From enacting national voting reform to solving the immigration crisis at the border, Kamala Harris is familiar with the unique challenges presented by the vice presidency. She joins Meet the Press for an exclusive interview.news.yahoo.com
Chuck Todd on his exclusive interview with VP Kamala Harris
“Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd joins Willie Geist on Sunday TODAY to discuss his exclusive interview with Vice President Kamala Harris. He says the Vice President was in campaign mode and called the Supreme Court “an activist court.”news.yahoo.com
Swiss supreme court details anti-China bias of Sun judge
(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)GENEVA – The Swiss supreme court explained Friday why it has ordered a retrial for Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang in a doping case, citing anti-China bias related to killing dogs for food by one of the judges in the case. Hostile social media posts on Twitter by Court of Arbitration for Sport judge Franco Frattini persuaded the federal court he should not have presided over banning the Chinese swimmer. “In his tweets, the arbitrator (Frattini) castigates a Chinese practice of dog slaughter and denounces the consumption of this meat at a local festival in China,” the Swiss court said in a statement. After CAS published its verdict last February, Sun's lawyers appealed to the Swiss supreme court. The 10-hour hearing in Montreux, Switzerland, was a rare CAS case held in open court, at the three-time Olympic champion’s request, and streamed live online.
WADA says Swiss court overturns swimmer Sun's doping ban
At stake in a second CAS hearing would be Yang’s chance to compete at the pandemic-delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics now set for July 2021. The Swiss court ruling appears to have swung on an objection by Sun’s lawyers to the chairman of the three-judge panel, former Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini. It is even possible to overturn a CAS verdict in the federal court and still lose the re-trial. When Canas went to federal court, Swiss judges ruled his right to be heard had been breached and sent back the case. Immediately, Sun said he planned to appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal, which is Switzerland’s highest court.
On a mission: Tom Cruise insists on social distancing on set
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 file photo, actor Tom Cruise wears a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as he greets fans during a break from shooting Mission Impossible 7, along Rome's Fori Imperiali avenue. Tom Cruise has launched an expletive-laden rant at colleagues on the set of his latest Mission: Impossible movie after he reportedly spotted two workers failing to abide by social distancing rules. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)LONDON – Tom Cruise has launched an expletive-laden rant at colleagues on the set of his latest "Mission: Impossible" movie, after he reportedly spotted two workers failing to respect social distancing rules. Many movies have either been delayed until after the pandemic is over or because of COVID-related delays on set, including the seventh instalment of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise. During his outburst, Cruise notes the higher costs for insuring a movie in these times.
Mercury to pass between Sun, Earth for six hours Monday
ROANOKE, Va. - Hope you kept your solar eclipse glasses from a few years ago, because they'll be put to good use on Monday, November 11. This is when the planet, Mercury, will move in between the earth and Sun. (Mercury and Venus are the only two planets to do so). Mercury is so small in comparison to the sun, so binoculars and/or a telescope will help. When using these methods, make sure you're using the proper solar films on the front lens; not on the eyepiece.
Parker Solar Probe sends back images from its orbits of the sun
The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket launches NASA's Parker Solar Probe to touch the Sun from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on August 12, 2018 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (CNN) - NASA's Parker Solar Probe launched a year ago on a mission to touch the sun. He was the first the theorize solar wind, the flow of charged gases from the sun, present in most of the solar system. WISPR has returned images of the solar wind streaming out from the sun from its first pass in November. The mission's objectives include "tracing the flow of energy that heats and accelerates the sun's corona and solar wind, determining the structure and dynamics of the plasma and magnetic fields at the sources of the solar wind and explore mechanisms that accelerate and transport energetic particles."
Man arrested near Taylor Swift's house held without bail
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - An Iowa man police say came to Rhode Island with a backpack full of burglary tools to visit Taylor Swift has been held without bail pending a competency hearing. The Sun of Westerly reports 32-year-old David Page Liddle was held at a court hearing Thursday after authorities said there were concerns he was a flight risk and had previously been accused of stalking the singer. He had been held on $10,000 bail after his arrest July 19 not far from Swifts beachfront mansion. The Des Moines man is charged with possession of burglary tools and possession of a weapon other than a firearm. Police Chief Shawn Lacey says Liddle told officers he was looking to catch up with Swift and knew her personally.
Here's how to watch the total solar eclipse from anywhere
The first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years zooms across the country. No need to break out the eclipse glasses this year (unless you live within the path of totality): Astronomy lovers can livestream Tuesday's total solar eclipse over South America from the comfort of just about anywhere with WiFi. Along with Argentina and Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay will experience a partial solar eclipse, as well as parts of Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela and Panama, according to NASA. August 2017 marked the last time all of North America caught a glimpse of a total solar eclipse. The path of totality ran from Oregon to South Carolinathe first time in 99 years a total solar eclipse crossed the Atlantic and Pacific.