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November 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIndia will be battling to avoid a first limited-overs bilateral series defeat at home since the 2015-16 season when they face Australia in a must-win situation in the second T20I of the ongoing two-match series in Bengaluru on Wednesday.India were outclassed 2-1 in a three-match T20I series in New Zealand earlier this month but the Asian giants haven’t lost a limited-over series since losing an ODI and a T20I series to South Africa under MS Dhoni’s captaincy in 2015-16.India are in a do-or-die situation following their three-run defeat to Aaron Finch’s Australian team in the first T20I in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. After a poor batting show on a sluggish wicket at the YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Stadium, India were beaten in a last-ball thriller. Virat Kohli’s men were able to manage only 126 runs from their quota of 20 overs.Comeback man KL Rahul slammed a fifty but it wasn’t enough as Australia gunned down the total despite a strong death-bowling performance from the India bowlers.Virat Kohli will be hoping to bounce back and clinch a series-levelling win in Bengaluru, which also serves as home to his Indian Premier League franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kohli and Rohit Sharma suffered rare failures with the bat but all eyes will be on the middle order, which failed to get going in Visakhapatnam.With Rahul finding form, the Karnataka batsman is likely to retain his place but India may be tempted to give opener Shikhar Dhawan a go on Wednesday. Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is likely to hold on to his spot in the middle order while all-rounder Vijay Shankar might get a nod in as his potential inclusion will boost the bowling line-up as well.advertisementNice and compact! Local lad @klrahul11 looks all set to fire in the 2nd T20I against Australia #TeamIndia #INDvAUS @Paytm (@BCCI) February 26, 2019Training #MenInBlue sweat it out at the training session ahead of the final T20I against Australia#INDvAUS (@BCCI) February 26, 2019All eyes will be on MS Dhoni as the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman struggled to get his timing right towards the end of the Indian innings in the first T20I. Dhoni, who has lauded for his match-winning efforts in Australia earlier this year, managed only 29 from 37 balls facing seven dot balls in the last two overs.It will be interesting to see if Kohli decides to drop Umesh Yadav after one bad day in the office. Umesh had conceded 14 runs in the final over after Jasprit Bumrah came up with a tidy 19th over, in which he picked up two wickets and conceded only two runs.We have not lost momentum: Krunal PandyaSpeaking to the press on the eve of the second T20I, all-rounder Krunal Pandya insisted that India haven’t lost momentum after the defeat in Visakhapatnam.”Tomorrow is a very important game as we are 0-1 down but I would not say that we have lost momentum. We lost the other night but we are not losing consecutive games. I am sure we will do well tomorrow,” Pandya said.It will be a huge result for us: Pat CumminsOn the other Australia, who have not been travelling well ever since they lost Steve Smith and David Warner to ball-tampering bans, will be keen on sealing the series and gaining confidence in the lead-up to the World Cup.”It (leading a series) has not happened for us in a while in an overseas series. Especially in a place like India which is so foreign to Australian conditions, against one of the best sides in the world. It will be a huge result for us, yeah. But we know will have to really play well to beat them tomorrow,” Australia’s premier pacer Pat Cummins said.Meanwhile, the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru is expected to offer a batting-friendly wicket on Wednesday. A Karnataka State Cricket Association official on Tuesday said that 180 would be par score during the second T20I.”The surface may not be as high scoring as an IPL game but will have plenty of runs. We are using a wicket which has not been used for more than two months, it was last used in Vijay Hazare Trophy,” the official said.Teams fromIndia: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, K.L. Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, M.S. Dhoni (wk), Krunal Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Sidharth Kaul, Mayank Markande.advertisementAustralia: Aaron Finch (c), D’Arcy Short, Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa.Also Read | Pakistan ready to counter India over World Cup boycott issue at ICC meetAlso Read | MS Dhoni dazzles with wife Sakshi in new TV advertisementAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah a class act, has a great cricketing brain: Pat CumminsAlso See:last_img read more

October 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl still to meet all playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl admits he’s yet to meet the entirety of his squad.Hasenhuttl has met half of his squad for individual meetings and will engage with the rest next week.”I wanted to know everything about each player, about his history, what he is thinking about the way we want to play,” he said. “We showed in his position specific videos, what it is necessary for him to know.”The discussion I had with all the players was very interesting for me. You know how this guy works. What he is thinking about. You know what his problems are.”And in the future, if there are some questions, I want them to come to me. If they have good arguments that we do something different, they can come to me. We can do it differently.”But if I have a better idea, we do what I want. If they have a better one, we can discuss it!” last_img read more

October 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFulham boss Ranieri insists Kamara row now overby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham boss Claudio Ranieri insists his row with Aboubakar Kamara is now over.Ranieri says he has patched up his differences with Kamara over the penalty debacle in Fulham’s win over Huddersfield.He said, “Now everything is finished. He came to me after I called all the squad, all the people around us, and they (all) apologised. For me it’s finished.”The team is the first in my idea, if I need him he continues to play but he has to improve what I ask. He’s a good guy and I hope also the fans are behind him and all the team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 23, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: James Bennett/Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Japan’s shipbuilder Mitsubishi Shipbuilding has held a christening ceremony for the next-generation liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier under construction for a joint venture of Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line).The ship, named Diamond Gas Rose, is the second Sayaringo STaGE type vessel, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding’s newest carrier that achieves significant improvements in both LNG carrying capacity and fuel performance through adoption of a more efficient hull structure and an innovative hybrid propulsion system.The christening ceremony was held on July 6 at Mitsubishi’s Nagasaki Shipyard. Featuring a length of 293.5 meters and a width of 48.94 meters, Diamond Gas Rose will have a deadweight capacity of around 73,800 tons with a total tank holding capacity of 165,000 m3.After completion in August, the Diamond Gas Rose will join the Diamond Gas Orchid, the first vessel of the same type which was completed in late June, in service transporting LNG for the Cameron LNG Project, a project in the U.S. state of Louisiana.The Sayaringo STaGE is successor to the Sayaendo, a vessel highly acclaimed for its improved Moss-type spherical tanks that deliver outstanding reliability, according to Mitsubishi Shipbuilding.The adoption of apple-shaped tanks in the new Sayaringo STaGE has enabled an increase in LNG carrying capacity without changing the ship’s beam, while incorporation of a hybrid propulsion system has significantly boosted fuel efficiency compared to the Sayaendo.last_img read more

October 23, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Monaco-based dry bulk shipping company Scorpio Bulkers has scored yet another loan, continuing its successful fleet refinancing streak from this year.The loan is worth USD 90 million, which will be used to finance 60 percent of the value of the company’s six Ultramax bulkers.The loan commitment was received from Nordea Bank Abp, acting through its New York branch, and DVB Bank SE.The ships in question are: SBI Orion, SBI Hyperion, SBI Tethys, SBI Hercules, SBI Samson and SBI Phoenix.The loan facility has a final maturity date of five years from signing date and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin of 2.35% per annum.This loan facility, which is expected to close within October 2018, would increase the company’s liquidity by approximately USD 28.0 million after repayment of the vessels’ existing debt.The deal is being revealed in less than a week since the company’s latest refinancing move.Namely, Scorpio Bulkers entered into a sale and leaseback agreement for the 2016-built dry bulk vessel SBI Hermes for USD 20.5 million.The company has embarked on an ambitious fleet refinancing that proved to be very frutiful. Last month the company scored a loan facility of up to USD 34 million,  just a month after securing a loan up to USD 184 million.The capital raising efforts over the past four months have brought in over USD 308 million to the company.last_img read more

October 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgOTTAWA – Justin Trudeau intends next week to tour regions of the country that are heavily reliant on the steel and aluminum industries in a show of solidarity for those who would be hurt the most by the imposition of stiff U.S. tariffs.A spokesman says the prime minister is cutting short planned family time during the March break to undertake the tour, which is to begin Monday in Alma, Que., home to one of Rio Tinto’s seven aluminum smelters in the province.On Tuesday, he is to visit Hamilton, where the head of Steeltown’s chamber of commerce has predicted the tariffs could put 40,000 jobs in jeopardy, and Sault Ste. Marie, where Algoma Steel is the city’s largest employer.He is to head Wednesday to Regina, where Evraz Steel — which bills itself as the largest steel company in western Canada — has operations.Prime ministerial spokesman Cameron Ahmad says Trudeau plans to meet with workers, business leaders, industry leaders and union leaders to demonstrate his support for those who may be affected by the tariffs.Ahmad says Trudeau will be making the point that the Canadian and American industries are deeply integrated and any disruption to that would be costly to business and consumers on both sides of the border.U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to impose a 25 per cent tariff on steel imports and a 10 per cent tariff on aluminum imports, with details expected to be unveiled Thursday.The Trudeau government has been lobbying aggressively for Canada to be excluded from the tariffs, but there have been conflicting signals from the White House about the possibility of any exemptions. Trump himself has said an exemption for Canada and Mexico is possible if negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement are concluded to his satisfaction.Ahmad would not speculate on whether Trudeau’s tour will proceed if Canada wins an exemption.Canada is the biggest supplier of steel imported by the U.S. each year. But Canada is also the biggest foreign buyer of American steel.The Canadian Steel Producers Association says trade in steel between Canada and the U.S. was worth $12 billion in 2017 and was “evenly balanced” between the two countries.last_img read more

October 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, sometime very soon, Eden Mills, Ontario, will become Canada’s first carbon-neutral community. How did it happen? You might be surprised. It wasn’t with millions in carbon taxes. Or through government intervention. It didn’t come from a billionaire’s sweetheart investment. It’s not a PR stunt.One citizen saw communities overseas who had proven it was possible. He came back home and started enlisting his neighbours. And the idea spread. Small things became bigger things. Everyone started to get excited, and everyone wanted to play a role. That’s it. That’s how it happened. Now…how does it happen elsewhere?GUEST: Alireza Naraghi, Maclean’s (Read his story from Eden Mills, right here) Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

“There is a need for greater integration, better cooperation and better operational cohesion between the international forces and the Afghan national forces,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Kai Eide told a news conference in Kabul, the capital.“With regard to house searches, I believe that Afghans should always be in front. The Afghans are aware of the cultural sensitivities in a completely different way than internationals are or can be. And cultural sensitivity is critically important for those kind of activities.“With regard to the use of air power – I think already changes have been made in the way international forces operate in order to avoid situations where there is use of air power, for instance in populated areas, which can lead to unnecessary civilian casualties.“With regard to detentions, I think greater transparency is required in order to avoid that people are detained and often are held for a long period of time on the basis of mistaken identity or mistakes with regard to whether these people are insurgents or not.”Mr. Eide noted that some of the UN’s closest contacts in the community have been detained, adding that the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) can help in correcting mistakes, thus reducing the resulting frustration in communities.On the expected increase in foreign forces to counter a recent upsurge in Taliban attacks, he said an enhanced military presence was needed for two main reasons – to provide a significant number of trainers to expand the Afghan army as quickly as possible, and to ensure that elections take place in as secure an environment as possible. On the civilian side, there is clearly a need to ensure that financial resources coming into the country are spent in the best possible way, avoiding fragmentation and duplication, he said, citing agriculture, employment, energy production, private sector development, capacity building and higher and vocational training among priority areas.Mr. Aide voiced the hope the UNAMA’s budget for the coming year would be doubled, allowing for an increase in staff from 1,500 to more than 2,000, with recruitment of experts in such key areas as agriculture, power and capacity building.Among the challenges facing the Mission, he cited the problem of access in significant parts of the country due to insecurity and Taliban attacks. “It frustrates me profoundly every day to know and to see that we cannot reach out to the Afghan people everywhere where we need to do it and to help meet their humanitarian concerns,” he said.Asked about corruption, insecurity, aid effectiveness and real transparency in the country, Mr. Eide replied: “On all the aspects… the situation has been unsatisfactory. The security situation we know about; transparency also not satisfactory; aid effectiveness not satisfactory.”In a related development, Mr. Ban today welcomed Japan’s decision to continue for a further year its support of international operations in Afghanistan by resuming its navy’s refuelling operations in the Indian Ocean. 17 December 2008The top United Nations official in Afghanistan today called for a revision of the agreement between the Government and international military forces on detention, house searches and the use of air power, which has led to the deaths of many civilians. read more

October 8, 2019 | | Post a Comment

The hunt for the leopard was captured on video and visuals showed the leopard being captured and brutally attacked and killed by the residents.The dead animal was later dragged along the streets and displayed to the public. (Colombo Gazette) Wildlife officers had arrived at Ambalkulam in Kilinochchi to capture the animal but they had failed to locate it resulting in agitated residents deciding to look for the animal themselves. The villagers hunted down the animal after accusing wildlife officers of failing to do their duty. The Kilinochchi Magistrates’ Court has issued an order to probe the killing of a leopard in Kilinochchi and arrest those responsible.Villagers in Kilinochchi yesterday captured and killed a leopard after it attacked 10 people in the area. read more

October 6, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Burundian President Domitien Ndayizeye and Pierre Nkurunziza, the leader of the main rebel group, today signed an agreement worked out last year, after negotiations in Pretoria mediated by South African President Thabo Mbeki.A UN spokesman in New York said, “The Secretary-General welcomes the Pretoria Protocol on political, defence and security power-sharing, signed today by the Transitional Government of Burundi and the Conseil National pour la Défense de la Démocratie/Force pour la Défense de la Démocratie (CNDD/FDD).”Mr. Annan commended both President Ndayizeye and Mr. Nkurunziza “for their courage and commitment to peace and reconciliation,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told a press briefing in New York.”The Secretary-General is grateful to President Mbeki and other leaders of the region for their sustained efforts that made this agreement possible,” he added. “The Secretary-General urges all Burundians to seize this opportunity to bring about peace and reconciliation in Burundi.” read more

October 4, 2019 | | Post a Comment

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 19, 2013 5:20 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,810.21 up 123.57 points):BlackBerry (TSX:BB). Wireless technology. Up 34 cents, or 2.39 per cent, at $14.57 on 5,925,314 shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up a penny, or 0.06 per cent, at $15.53 on 4,698,410 shares. The financial sector was up 1.20 per cent at 201.25 points.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down seven cents, or 2.15 per cent, at $3.19 on 5,349,408 shares. The metals and mining sector led the decliners on the main index, falling 1.10 per cent to 954.88 points.San Gold Corp. (TSX:SGR). Miner. Down two cents, or 6.15 per cent, 30.5 cents on 3,726,031 shares. The gold sector was off 0.43 per cent at 263.34 points as price of the gold bullion fell US$5.30 to $1,604.20 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up a penny, or 0.12 per cent, at $8.04 on 3,683,785 shares.Healthpricer Interactive Ltd. (TSXV:HPC). Internet advertising. Unchanged at half a cent on 9,075,500 shares.Fission Energy Corp. (TSXV:FIS). Mineral explorer. Up 11 cents, or 13.10 per cent, at 95 cents on 4,400,916 shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian National Railway Company (TSX:CNR). Railroad. Up 91 cents, or 0.90 per cent, at $101.50 on 1,015,512 shares. Its shares closed at a new all-time high as the Montreal-based railway announced the appointment of veteran employee Jim Vena to chief operating officer. Italian-born Vena, 54, joined the railway in 1977 as a brakeman in Alberta and rose through the ranks to oversee all three of CN’s operating regions.Great-West Lifeco Inc. (TSX:GWO). Insurer. Up 65 cents, or 2.43 per cent, at $27.43 on 1,919,665 shares. The Winnipeg-based insurer will acquire Irish Life Group for $1.75 billion from the Government of Ireland, which acquired the financial services company last summer as part of a bailout of its former parent. Great-West will become Ireland’s leading provider of life insurance, pension and investment services with the single transaction. read more

October 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

TORONTO – North American stock markets closed on a high note Friday, though investors who have been seeking clarity for weeks from Donald Trump got little of it during his inaugural address as president.The S&P/TSX composite index added 138.07 points to 15,547.88 in a fairly broad-based rally. The materials sector of the TSX led the charge, up 1.64 per cent, while global gold stocks climbed 1.25 per cent and the financials sector gained 0.98 per cent. Energy stocks were up 0.82 per cent.The sole decliners on the TSX were health-care stocks, down 0.54 per cent, and the utilities sector, which slipped 0.11 per cent.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 94.85 points to 19,827.25, while the S&P 500 was up 7.62 points at 2,271.31 and the Nasdaq composite added 15.25 points at 5,555.33.Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist at CMC Markets Canada, said Trump’s inaugural speech had a “fairly limited” effect on the markets and the Canadian dollar, which was down 0.07 of a cent at 75.04 cents US.“Overall, the speech hit a lot of the main themes that he had already expressed during his campaign,” Cieszynski said. “The big thing was he didn’t start saying things like I’m going to come in and rip up NAFTA.”Stock markets have rallied in the wake of Trump’s election win on expectations that he would increase infrastructure spending, cut corporate taxes and deregulate industry — measures expected to stimulate the U.S. economy.But the upwards trajectory has stalled recently as investors seek greater assurance to determine whether Trump’s actions will justify the gains.Trump’s inauguration speech echoed the protectionist, pro-America themes that he hit on during his campaign but shed no light on issues that could have repercussions for the markets, such as trade and taxation.Norman Levine, the managing director at Portfolio Management Corp., said the lack of specificity was reflected in the movement of the U.S. dollar, which weakened slightly.“The great uncertainty is what is he going to do versus what he said beforehand,” said Levine. “What politicians say and what they end up doing once they’re in can be very different.”The weakness in the U.S. dollar translated to higher commodity prices, which in turn boosted the resource-driven TSX.The March crude contract was at US$53.22, up $1.10, while the February contract was at US$52.42, up $1.05, on lighter volume.The February gold contract rose $3.40 to US$1,204.90 an ounce and March copper contracts were up just over a cent at US$2.63 a pound.Natural gas was the sole outlier, with the February contracts losing 16 cents to US$3.20 per mmBtu.In economic news, Statistics Canada reported that the annual pace of inflation climbed higher last month, but falling food prices offset gas price increases, making the increase smaller than expected.The consumer price index was up 1.5 per cent in December compared to where it was a year ago — higher than November’s increase of 1.2 per cent. Economists had been expecting a 1.7 per cent year-over-year increase in December.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 20, 2017 9:33 am MDT Last Updated Jan 20, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email North American stock markets close on high note as Trump becomes U.S. president read more

September 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOver $100M in supplementary funding approved for SARA under Legal AffairsAugust 3, 2017In “latest news”Govt breached FMAA in appropriating funds for SARA- EdghillAugust 7, 2017In “latest news”Current AG flags Deeds Registrar for financial improprieties, while former says sexism at playApril 27, 2017In “latest news” (L) SARA Director Professor Clive Thomas and SARA CEO Aubrey Heath-RetemeyerDuring the consideration of the budget estimates for the Legal Affairs Ministry it was revealed that the head of the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) earns almost $5 million a month in salary and benefits and the wage bill was over $200 million in one year for the Agency.On Monday Attorney General Basil Williams was interrogated by his predecessor, Anil Nandlall about various allocations.One that stood out was the sum of $285 million allocated under line item 6321, ‘subsidies and contributions to local organisations’.Asked to explain which organisation the money was going to, Williams revealed that it was earmarked for SARA.He noted that $10 million of the amount was for capital expenses, while the remaining would be for current expenditure.Nandlall requested a breakdown of this amount. It was then that Williams revealed of the current amount, $225 million would be spent on wages and salaries for SARA employees in just one year.“The post of Director, the salary and benefits is $4.7 million per month,” Williams revealed.“The special assistant, that amount is $3.3 million; executive assistant, $1.86 million; Deputy Director, $3.3 million.”Williams also noted that another executive assistant was earning $688,000, while the Chief Administrative Officer was carrying home $2.5 million. In addition, SARA’s Legal Adviser earns $3 million, while a lawyer in the Agency earns $1.4 million and an administrative officer, $679,000.The Director of SARA is Professor Clive Thomas, who was at one time also Chairman of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). Thomas was also appointed a Presidential Advisor when the coalition Government came to office in 2015. SARA’s Deputy Director is Aubrey Heath-Retmeyer.It was just recently that audit firm Ram and McRae suggested that SARA be scrapped altogether and its functions transferred to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), in its published ‘budget focus’ review of Budget 2019.The firm had cited some qualms with SARA, including the Agency’s failure to have its annual plan and Code of Practice tabled in the National Assembly. Pointing out that the $285 million the agency is set to receive in 2019 is an increase from last year’s amount, Ram and McRae was critical of this lapse.Also, the firm had been of the view that SARA has failed to live up to its expectations of even recovering assets. read more

September 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIn this day and age if you are trying to track someone down then looking for activity online and an associated IP location may be your best bet. But that didn’t happen with Osama Bin Laden even though he regularly sent out emails. So how did he do it?His compound didn’t even have a phone line let alone a dedicated line for broadband, but Bin Laden was in possession of a computer. Instead of hooking up to the web, he decided to remain offline and instead employed a courier to take his emails to a working conenction away from where he was hiding.The communications were loaded on to a USB stick by a trusted person within his network. That stick would then travel to a location where the messages could be sent and then responses were uploaded to the same stick for delivery back to Bin Laden.While this method of communication is slow, it meant there was never any trace of Bin Laden’s location when the messages were sent. However, now he is dead and his computer has been seized, U.S. officials have gained access to thousands of those messages and their responses. There are thought to be more than 100 drives full of this information.For those in contact with Bin Laden it must be a worrying time. The U.S. now has hundreds of email addresses and phone numbers as well as a lot of detail about events that have either taken place or were being planned. Some of that could lead to prosecutions, and at the very least a lot of disruption to the terrorist network.via APlast_img read more

September 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe icy moon Europa squirts water like a squishy bath toy when it’s kneaded by Jupiter’s gravity — and the Hubble Space Telescope has caught it in the act.The data captured by Hubble depict two huge geysers of water vapor spewing out of the moon, probably from cracks near its south pole. At 124 miles high, the geysers were tall enough to reach from Los Angeles to San Diego. The discovery, described Thursday in the journal Science, shows Europa is still geophysically active and could hold an environment friendly to life.“It’s exciting,” said Lorenz Roth, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio and one of the lead authors of the study, which was presented at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.Europa isn’t the only squirty moon in our solar system: Saturn’s moon Enceladus has been caught spraying water from its south pole out of four parallel fractures, a formation that scientists have dubbed “tiger stripes.”These pretty plumes are the result of tidal forces. Just as our moon’s gravity squeezes and stretches the Earth a bit, causing the oceans to rise and fall, Saturn’s massive gravitational pull squeezes and stretches Enceladus. That causes cracks on its icy surface to open and allows water to escape, feeding the planet’s diffuse E ring.last_img read more

September 11, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Erika Johnson (D-Wilmington).#9) Last year, there was a controversial bill in which members of the state legislature voted to give themselves large raises (up to to 45% in some cases), and included judicial raises in the bill so that the voters couldn’t potentially override the bill in a ballot question. The salary increases for elected officials came at a time where taxes were increasing and certain services were being cut. As state representative, how would you vote on such a matter? (Mind you, members of the New Hampshire state legislature earn only $200 per year.) Additionally, if elected, do you intend on working a second job or will you focus fully on your legislator position?I am running for this seat to make a real impact in the lives of current and future generations of Wilmington and Tewksbury residents, not for the money. If elected, I will focus fully on my legislator position.Frankly, it was underhanded how the Legislature handled the $12-18 million pay raise package that included raises for lawmakers, judges and constitutional officers. While I do believe that Legislators should be paid enough that they can fully focus on fighting for their communities and not worrying about how they are going to pay for their utility bills. Elected officials work for their constituents, therefore their constituents should decide if they get a raise through a ballot initiative rather than a vote in self-interest. I also want to point out that the legislature passed their own pay raise before voting on paid family leave and raising the minimum wage, putting themselves before their constituents.It is also important to note, surrounding states such as New Hampshire and Rhode Island have part-time legislatures where lawmakers receive a small stipend that is supposed to help with travel expenses while continuing their day-to-day whether it be a job, retirement etc. Massachusetts is one of only about a dozen states that have full-time legislatures where elected officials work year-round. The National Conference of State Legislatures averages the pay in all the full-time states to $81,000 where Massachusetts has a starting pay of $62,500.( The late Representative Miceli fought hard on environmental issues. Even though the Olin Superfund site, the Maple Meadow Landfill, and the New England Transrail project were not in his district, he went to bat for the Wilmington residents to help in the detrimental impacts from these sites. Do you have a clear knowledge of the threats from these sites and even though not in your district, will you fight for the residents of Wilmington like Jim Miceli did?I am well aware of these sites and even though they’re not in the district, will still be spots that I fight to be sure all Wilmington and Tewksbury residents are safe, see minimal impact from these sites and any other that may potentially arise. It is important to keep in mind that while serving as State Representative, your district comes first, but especially in Wilmington and Tewksbury’s case where you have a majority of each town, every decision you make not only impacts your district but the other precincts not to mention the Commonwealth as a whole.I attended the community meeting regarding Transrail and have been keeping up with anything coming out of the Surface Transportation Board regarding the site. If Transrail is approved, this will be detrimental to our community both for residents and the environment. This project would have hundreds of trucks driving large loads of trash through Wilmington daily, it will be situated on the Olin Superfund Site (which is has been vacant for years) with the very real possibility of unearthing chemicals and other toxic agents back into the air and soil. It will have a negative impact on the daily lives of residents especially those living on Eames Street and surrounding neighborhoods.As State Representative, I will fight for all Tewksbury and Wilmington residents and take a strong stand to protect our environment.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? 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September 5, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgSachin Tendulkar made a very interesting predictionNikalas Halle’n/AFP/Getty ImagesSachin Tendulkar, apart from being a great cricketer in the past, is also an astute analyst of the game. He has often been able to see or observe things that escaped the attention of other experts. While commentating in Hindi for Star Sports during the India vs Australia game of the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup, the legendary batsman was asked by a viewer, which teams, according to him, are most likely to reach the last-4.Sachin said that India, England and Australia are the most likely, but then made a very interesting addition to the list. He named West Indies as the fourth side, likely, to make it to the semis. The reason given by the great man for this prognosis was equally worth notice.”I would choose West Indies as the fourth team because of the way they have played so far. This is different from my previous predictions but the way their fast bowlers are bowling and using the short ball makes me fancy their chances,” the man who scored 100 international hundreds stated. He further elaborated why the short-pitch bowling by West Indies in this tournament is so highly regarded by him. “The way the West Indians are using the short delivery is very similar to Test match bowling. In the game against Australia, Oshane Thomas was bowling to Usman Khawaja with a backward short-leg. These type of tactics are great to see and is the reason why I think they can reach the semis,” Tendulkar analysed.West Indies have played two matches so far in the tournament. Their first game against Pakistan saw the Caribbean side bouncing out their opponents with short-pitch bowling and registering an easy win while they lost the second match to Australia. But even in the latter contest, they were able to pose a serious threat to Australia and had the defending champions reeling at 89/5. Let’s see whether the prediction of Sachin comes true or not.last_img read more

August 31, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgKolkata: With the expectation of a huge tourist turnout in Digha ahead of Durga Puja, police are taking necessary steps to ensure their safety and security.It may be mentioned that Digha has now turned to be one of the favourite tourist destinations in Bengal with several steps taken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the past seven years. Soon, after coming to power in 2011, the Chief Minister made elaborate plans to ensure proper development of infrastructure in Digha to attract tourists from all over the world. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the district administration, on all the 16 days starting from October 13 to 28, Digha will witness a huge tourist onrush. The reason being holidays in state government offices to start from October 13 onwards and continue till October 25 and a weekend on October 27 and 28. At the same time, people working at private organisations also get holidays at a stretch for four to five days during Durga Puja. Hene, a large section of people will utilise the holidays to visit the sea-side tourist destination. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe district administration and police have chalked out an elaborate plan to ensure safety and security of the tourists. Additional policemen and women police will be posted at different places in Digha to avoid any untoward incident during the onrush. V Solomon Nesakumar, Superintendent of Police of East Midnapore, said: “All steps will be taken to ensure safety of people. Additional man power will be posted in Digha so that people do not face any inconvenience when they come to Digha to spend their vacation.” The security arrangement in Digha at present is much better compared to seven years ago. But with more foot fall during the Puja, police are also going to deploy additional policemen. There will be round-the–clock surveillance at the sea beach and its adjacent areas so that no one can create any sort of trouble. At the same time, there will be arrangement for better management of traffic as a large number of vehicles will be entering Digha. The main task of police will be to ensure that tourists do not get stuck in traffic congestion and can easily move in and around the “old” and “new” Digha.last_img read more

August 31, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, which is now in its ninth year, has recently announced that it would be felicitating the DSC Prize 2019 winner at the Nepal Literature Festival in Pokhara on December 16, 2019. The felicitation ceremony is planned as the finale event of the Nepal Literature Festival which takes place from December, 13 – 16, 2019.True to its South Asian essence, the peripatetic DSC Prize announces its winner at a different South Asian country every year by rotation. The DSC Prize 2016 winner was announced at the Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka, whereas the DSC Prize 2017 was awarded at the Dhaka Lit Fest in Bangladesh, and the DSC Prize 2018 was presented at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet in India. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis year, the prize is travelling to Nepal, where it will celebrate the short listed authors and announce the ninth winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. The US $25,000 international literary prize, which is focused on South Asian fiction writing, is unique in the sense that it is open to authors of any ethnicity or nationality as long as the writing is about South Asia and its people. By showcasing and rewarding the best writing about the region, the prize has been successful in its vision to raise the awareness of South Asian literature and culture around the world, and bring the best South Asian writing to a larger worldwide audience. It encourages writing in regional languages and translations, and whenever a translated entry has won the award, the prize money has been equally shared between the author and the translator. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking about the partnership, Surina Narula, co-founder of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature said, “We are delighted to partner with the Nepal Literature Festival to announce the winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2019 in the picturesque city of Pokhara in December. Both the prize and the festival share a common vision to promote and highlight South Asian literature, and there is a rich literary landscape in Nepal which I hope will benefit from this partnership.” Commenting on the partnership, Ajit Baral, Director of the Nepal Literature Festival said, “It is a great honour for us to host the announcement of the winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, a prestigious literary award that has done much to bring international recognition to South Asian literature over the years. We are excited too to have got this opportunity to introduce a medley of some of the finest writers writing about South Asia, who would be present at the Festival as part of the announcement, to the Nepali audience.” Administered by the South Asian Literature Prize & Events Trust, the DSC Prize prides itself on a thorough and transparent judging process and is modelled on global best practices. At the core of the process is the 5 member international jury panel comprising literary luminaries drawn from diverse geographies and expertise, which is solely empowered to adjudicate on the entries received, and their decision is final. The jury panel is currently evaluating the entries that have come in for the DSC Prize 2019 and would first arrive at a long list of 12-15 books by the end of September. Thereafter, the jury would announce a shortlist of 5 or 6 books in early November at the LSE, London.last_img read more

August 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA video has surfaced of a man, who appears to Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster, snorting a white powder substance through a rolled up bill. In the video, Foerster says he is about to go to a team meeting, and then snorts multiple lines of the powder substance.WARNING: Video features drug useThis is the video supposedly of Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster snorting coke before a meeting— Ollie Connolly (@OllieConnolly) October 9, 2017 Images and video via @OllieConnelly The video was originally posted to the Facebook page of a Nevada woman who ID’d Foerster in the post. It’s unclear what their exact relationship is at this point. Here’s a a screen shot of the post. Advertisementcenter_img UPDATE: Chris Foerster has resigned as the offensive line coach for the Miami Dolphins. Team statement here.Miami Dolphins statements.— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) October 9, 2017 NFL Network’s Ian Rappport tweeted that the Dolphins have been made aware of the video. Stay tuned. It’s probably not what the team wants to be talking about after getting a big win over Tennessee.#Dolphins, on a NSFW online video featuring OL coach Chris Foerster: “We were just made aware of the video & have no comment at this time.”— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 9, 2017last_img read more