New political outfit still a distant dream in Odisha

first_imgThere has been widespread speculation in Odisha that the leaders who had been ousted from the ruling BJD over the past 18 years are planning to form a new political outfit before the coming elections. But going by the mood, it may remain a distant dream.The speculation about formation of an outfit had gained momentum after senior BJD legislator from Paradip Damodar Rout was expelled from the party on Wednesday last.Mr. Rout was expelled in the wake of his allegations of irregularities in various State government departments and schemes which had evoked strong criticism from party workers.Lok Sabha MP from the Kendrapara constituency Baijayant Panda, who had resigned from the BJD in May this year, had met Mr. Rout at his residence a day after his expulsion from the party.Panda-Rout meetingMr. Panda’s meeting with Mr. Rout added to the speculation that all those who had been ousted from the ruling party may get-together in their efforts to take on the Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik.The Kendrapara MP had been suspended from the primary membership of the BJD for “anti-party” activities in January. Although an impression had been created that he may join the BJP soon, he has not done so till date.Mr. Rout, who had been sacked from the Ministry by Mr. Patnaik in December last year in the wake of his derogatory remarks against the Brahmin community, has been crying foul over his dismissal alleging that the BJD president was getting rid of his father Biju Patnaik’s loyalists one by one.He has said that he will join the Biju loyalists who were outside the BJD, including former Minister Bijoy Mohapatra, BJP legislator Dilip Ray and Mr. Panda, if they form a new political party.Mr. Patnaik, however, sees no threat from the ousted leaders. “Mr. Rout has always been making irresponsible statements and his allegations are ridiculous.”“If they are to form a political party, that’s their business. It will not have any impact in the State,” Mr. Patnaik has said.Political analysts are also sceptical about the proposed party. They feel that formation of a new party in the name of Biju Patnaik, as Mr. Rout suggests, may not be possible.last_img read more

ScienceShot: String Theory Sung A Capella

first_imgTim Blais, 23, had an unusual personal project last year while he worked on his master’s thesis in physics at McGill University in Montreal: making a capella exploration of string theory on YouTube. “Bohemian Gravity,” as he calls it, is sung to the tune of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and has gone viral online, racking up more than 867,000 views on YouTube since being posted on 16 September. Impeccably arranged and edited, the parody shows Blais singing in harmony with himself, featuring lyrics like “Space is a pure void / Why should it be stringy? / Because it’s quantum not classical / Nonrenormalizable.” Blais, who sings and plays several instruments, says now that he’s graduated he wants to pursue life as a musician, though he’s considering other science themed videos in the future. Among the hundreds of online mentions of the video he’s most proud of one from astrophysicist Brian May, the Queen guitarist, who linked to it on his blog.See more ScienceShots.last_img read more

Trivial Pursuits

first_imgThe United States is mired in two wars and staring at a double dip recession. Millions of Americans are unemployed and countless hundreds of thousands are at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure. But the country is obsessed with the faux outrage over the construction of a Muslim cultural center two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center.If anything captures the dysfunctional character of American politics, surely this must be it. Sane voices in the Republican Party have been drowned out by the drumbeats of Tea Party Neanderthals and right wing kooks like Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh. Republican Party obstructionism and Democratic Party timidity have brought governing to a screeching halt. The Democrats are nominally in charge, but arcane Senate rules require a minimum of 60 senators, not just a majority 50, to advance any legislation, allowing Republicans to gummy up the federal government.There are only two realistic paths out of the economic ditch that eight years of Republican mismanagement drove this country into: government-led economic stimulus plans, such as those promoted by the Obama administration, or severe financial belt tightening, which the Republicans propose, and the path the United Kingdom is pursuing under its new Prime Minister David Cameron. We have no way of knowing which, if either one of these paths, is better. Only time will tell. But what we do know is that a muddled standoff between the two competing theories, the rut in which the United States finds itself, is the worst possible alternative. The government has already spent almost a trillion dollars, but its economic leverage has been squandered as private businesses remain spooked by the political gridlock.The upcoming Congressional elections will only make a bad situation worse. By all accounts, the Democrats are in for a drumming and will likely lose the House and possibly even the Senate. At the very minimum, their strong majorities in both chambers will be severely trimmed. We will then be looking at continuing political paralysis for another two years until the 2012 elections as both parties jockey for political leverage.What is especially ironic about right wing obstructionism is that for long the Right has accused the Left of lacking patriotism and of undermining American interests, presidential legitimacy and constitutional order. But the Right’s crass disdain for Pres. Barack Obama and for religious freedom by not just expressing their opposition to the Muslim cultural center — which is their right — but by seeking to use governmental instruments and roadblocks to subvert the project, has laid bare the political opportunism and selfishness that drive these “America First” hucksters.Policy analysts recognize that these are perilous times for America’s leadership in the world. The foreign policy analyst Fareed Zakaria gave us a window to the emerging new world order in his 2008 book The Post American World. Many of the tectonic shifts, such as the economic ascendancy of India and China, are outside America’s control. But many other wounds are self-inflicted, such as the country’s military adventurism in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the political infighting, which is stalling its economic recovery.For centuries now, historians have argued over the reasons behind the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th Century. In 1984 a German professor even published a compilation of 210 theories behind the empire’s decline, which occurred over a period of nearly three centuries. America’s decline will likely be spread over decades, not centuries. When the final history of that decline is written, we know well that George W Bush, preemptive wars and the global economic crisis of 2008 will all be significant early markers. But the trivial pursuits by Christian right wing zealots of Muslim cultural centers and mosques while the country burned will not have been inconsequential. Related Itemslast_img read more

Hardik Pandya gets support after being trolled as ‘Kaalu bhai’

first_imgThere seems be no end to controversies when it comes to Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya. Television actress Krystle D’Souza has been trolled after she shared a picture alongside Pandya on social media.One of the users even made a racist comment saying, “Kaalu bhai. Aap West indies team ke world cup squad main select kyun nahi huye?”Krystle posted the image on Instagram with a caption “Mere Bhai Jaisa Koi Hard ich Nahi Hai #brotherfromanothermother”. The moment she shared the photo, a number of people trolled her for calling Hardik her brother.Krystle responded saying that the person was being “mean and obnoxious”.Actor Aparshakti Khurana told the user, identified as Sameer: “I think you should not write such comments and definitely not use such language. We all love Hardik because he is a performer. You should rather encourage the Indian team, especially before the World Cup.””That’s so well put! People are so mean and obnoxious and just because they are sitting behind a screen typing, they think they can get away with anything! I guess ignorance is bliss in this case! Their words make no difference to his superb performance… BUT thank you,” Krsytle also commented on Aparshakti’s reaction.Hardik has been facing a backlash ever since his sexist comments on a chat show “Koffee With Karan” alongside K.L. Rahul. Both cricketers had made sexist and misogynistic comments on the show which did not go down well with many people.advertisementThe two were even handed a provisional ban by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and were also fined Rs 20 lakh each.Also Read | Ashwin’s Mankading to Dhoni’s rage: Controversies that headlined IPL 2019Also Read | My daughter was sleeping when I hit my fifty: Rohit SharmaAlso Seelast_img read more

AP to get central and tribal universities, will be completed in 4 years: HRD Minister

first_imgParliament Tuesday approved a Bill to set up a central university and a tribal university in Andhra Pradesh, with HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal assuring the two varsities will be completed in the next four years. The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed in Rajya Sabha with a voice vote. The Lok Sabha had passed the Bill on July 12.Currently, these two universities are functioning in temporary facilities in Anantpur and Vizianagaram respectively.Replying on the Bill after around three hours debate, the Minister assured the members that these two universities would be completed in four years and there would be no fund constraints.Read: Bill introduced for central, tribal universities in Andhra Pradesh in Lok SabhaFunds allocated for the two universitiesThe government has already allocated Rs 450 crore for the central university against the total outlay of Rs 902.07 crore and Rs 420 crore for tribal university against the outlay of Rs 836 crore, he said.On members’ concern over the delay in setting up of the two varsities in Andhra Pradesh, the Minister said the government has in fact approved in the shortest span setting of the two central universities in the state.Already, IIT, NIT, IIM, and IIITs have been approved for Andhra Pradesh, he said adding that so many institutions are being set up in such a short span whereas many things have still not been done in Uttarkhand which was carved out way back in 2000.How will the two varsities help Andhra Pradesh develop?According to the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019, the two universities will increase access and quality of higher education and also promote avenues of higher education for the people of the state.advertisementThe Tribal University will provide instructional and research facilities in tribal art, culture and customs and advancement in technology to the tribal population of India.At present, there is no central university in Andhra Pradesh while other states, except Goa, have one or more such institution.Setting up a central university and a central tribal university in Andhra Pradesh is obligatory under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 for creation of Telangana.The Minister also mentioned that a tribal central university will be set up in Telangana when the land will be provided by the state government.Problems with the proposed varsitiesParticipating in the debate, YSRCP member Vijaysai Reddy said the government should give a timeframe for establishing two universities in Andhra Pradesh.More than five years have passed and the central government has sanctioned only Rs 18 crore for the setting of Tribal university, he said.Speaking about the central university, Reddy said that even in the second year of operation, the institution is functioning without proper infrastructure and academic staff.He sought permanent staff and infrastructure for the central university.Reddy raised the issue of special category status to Andhra Pradesh and said the present government has not fulfilled the promise made by the Manmohan Singh government. in this regard.Javed Ali Khan (SP) sought reasons for not completing setting up of the two universities in Andhra Pradesh over the past five years.He also mentioned that the government was setting up so many universities with adhoc staff and that efforts should be make to appoint permanent staff.K Keshava Rao (TRS) alleged step-motherly treatment to Telangana. K Ravindra Kumar (TDP) said the central university was running without permanent campus and faculties.P Bhattacharya (Congress), GVL Narsimha Rao (BJP), A Vijayakumar (AIDMK), Abir Ranjan Biswas (AITC), Prashanta Nanda (BJP), Kahkashan Perween (JD-U), KK Ragesh (CPI-M), Manoj Kumar Jha (RJD), Swapan Dasgupta (Nominated), L Hanumanthiah (Congress) and Vinay P Sahasrabuddhe (BJP) participated in the debate.Members raised concern over the poor infrastructure facilities as well as huge vacancies in faculties in central universities across the country.Read: This university has launched a master’s programme to fight against climate changeRead: Sports University in Patiala to be operational from September 1last_img read more

Messi: Man City and PSG are Europe’s strongest

first_imgUEFA Champions League Messi: Man City and PSG are Champions League favourites Peter McVitie Last updated 1 year ago 07:00 11/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) Guardiola, Messi, Neymar Getty UEFA Champions League Lionel Messi Barcelona PSG Manchester City Primera División Premier League The Barcelona star highlighted the Premier League and Ligue 1 sides as the top challengers for the Champions League this term Lionel Messi believes Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are the strongest teams in Europe this season and the favourites to win the Champions League.Led by Messi’s former coach Pep Guardiola, City are sailing at the top of the Premier League with 34 points, eight more than nearest rivals Manchester United, while they have a perfect record in Europe.Man City 9/2 for the UCL Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player PSG are also five wins from five games in the premier club competition and are looking strong at the top of Ligue 1 with Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe in attack.GFX Info Lionel Messi quoteMessi sees those two as the biggest dangers to Barcelona’s hopes of winning the Champions League this season.”City is one of the strongest teams at the moment together with PSG,” he told  Marca .”So far, they have been the two teams that have shown themselves to be favourites, but this is a very long and tough competition.”Barca are in fine form themselves and sit top of La Liga with a 10-point gap over main competitors Real Madrid.Although Zinedine Zidane’s side have won just two of their last five games, Messi expects them to bounce back and make things difficult for his side in the league and Champions League.GFX Info Lionel Messi quote“I never rule out Real Madrid because although they’re not having the results that everyone expects, I have no doubt that in the end they will be fighting for everything, as they do every year.”Bayern is another big team that will also be there at the end, but it’s true that today City and PSG are the best.”The 30-year-old was awarded the European Golden Shoe on Friday after scoring 37 goals in the league last season and remains at the top of his game, As an elite athlete, he has to stick to a strict diet, and he admits there is one thing he misses eating.”Chocolate, it’s the hardest thing for me, even now,” he said.”I occasionally sin with chocolate.”last_img read more

Man Utd vs CSKA Moscow: Team news & TV

first_imgManchester United Manchester United vs CSKA Moscow: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt Last updated 1 year ago 07:10 12/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Pogba Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United Manchester United v CSKA Moskva CSKA Moskva UEFA Champions League The Red Devils need only to avoid disaster to ensure they progress to the Champions League knockout stage but will have to deal with injuries Only a heavy defeat will prevent Manchester United from qualifying for the next round of the Champions League when they host CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.The Red Devils’ 12 points so far mean they need only one more to claim top spot, with a 6-0 defeat and a complex three-way tiebreaker the only way in which they could be denied a place in the knockout stage.They may have to make it through the match with a patched-together squad, however, as they battle injury problems ahead of this weekend’s derby against Manchester City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Manchester United vs CSKA Moscow Date Tuesday, December 5 Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Manchester UnitedIn the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 2 and by stream via the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 BT Sport app In the US, the Champions League can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Man Utd players Goalkeepers Romero, Pereira Defenders Lindelof, Jones, Rojo, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Valencia, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Mitchell Midfielders Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Young, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Matic, McTominay Forwards Lukaku, Martial, Rashford, Wilson Paul Pogba will start for United as he is set to miss the next three games after this one due to suspension, but Nemanja Matic is likely to get a rest.Jose Mourinho will also hand David de Gea a break, with Sergio Romero starting between the posts and Joel Pereira his backup.Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly have been ruled out but Phil Jones could return after sitting out the win over Arsenal.Potential starting XI: Romero; Darmian, Jones, Tuanzebe, Shaw; McTominay, Blind; Mata, Pogba, Mkhitaryan; Rashford. Position CSKA Moscow players Goalkeepers Pomazun, Akinfeev Defenders V. Berezutskiy, Fernandes, Nababkin, Vasin, Ignashevich Midfielders Wernbloom, Golovin, Dzagoev, Natcho, Kuchaev, Gordyushenko, Khosonov, Makarov Forwards Vitinho, Zhamaletdinov, Olanare, Chalov Pontus Wernbloom and Bibras Natcho have been named in the CSKA Moscow squad but both would appear to be suspended having picked up three yellow cards.Aleksei Berezutskiy, Georgi Schennikov and Georgi Milanov are all injured, leaving Viktor Goncharenko light on options in midfield.Potential starting XI: Akinfeev; V. Berezutskiy, Vasin, Ignashevich; Fernandes, Golovin, Kuchaev, Nababkin; Vitinho, Zhamaletdinov, Dzagoev.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Viktor Goncharenko CSKA MoscowUnited are 4/9 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with CSKA priced at 13/2 and the draw available at 10/3.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets. GAME PREVIEW Jose Mourinho Manchester UnitedManchester United have enough leeway to work with as the Champions League group stage closes for Jose Mourinho to pick a team with Sunday’s derby against Manchester City in mind.A home draw will be enough to see the Red Devils through as group winners, and that should not be an issue against a CSKA Moscow side with a few suspensions and injuries to deal with.Paul Pogba will start due to his upcoming suspension, but do not expect to see Nemanja Matic after the Serbian played through pain against Arsenal.The likes of Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia, Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard could also use a break, while Ander Herrera may be held out so he can replace Pogba at the weekend.That could mean a rare opportunity for Luke Shaw and more first-team minutes for youngster Sean McTominay.Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not have the chance to step up his return, however, as the work he is doing to build up the muscles of his knee has forced him into a brief rest.last_img read more

National Security Council Must Get Report on ZOSOs

first_img The legislation gives the security forces certain essential powers required to address serious crimes, while upholding the rule of law and protecting citizens’ fundamental rights and freedoms. Story Highlights The National Security Council is expected to receive a 10-day report on the happenings in areas designated Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs). “It is not something you fire and forget… . The way the legislation is written they (zones) require close attention. The Prime Minister has really stepped out on this one,” Mr. Anderson said in an interview on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) television programme, ‘Issues and Answers’. The National Security Council is expected to receive a 10-day report on the happenings in areas designated Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs).National Security Advisor, Major General Antony Anderson, explains that the report is a requirement under the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act.“It is not something you fire and forget… . The way the legislation is written they (zones) require close attention. The Prime Minister has really stepped out on this one,” Mr. Anderson said in an interview on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) television programme, ‘Issues and Answers’.For residents living in areas that are designated ZOSOs, Mr. Anderson is urging full cooperation with the joint forces, which are acting to rid the communities of criminals.Social intervention committees, which will be comprised of some community members, will be formed to work with residents to determine opportunities for training.Included in the social component of the ZOSOs will be the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme; and the HEART Trust/NTA, which “will intervene if necessary to provide training”.Various other State agencies such as Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and the Social Development Commission (SDC) will also intervene where necessary.“This intervention will be lined up in a way to create sustainable change, which is really what we want. At the end, the communities will have normal leadership structures and determine their own future,” said the National Security Advisor.The legislation gives the security forces certain essential powers required to address serious crimes, while upholding the rule of law and protecting citizens’ fundamental rights and freedoms.Approved by the House of Representatives and Senate, the law will also facilitate the implementation of key social interventions in communities adversely affected by crime and violence.The Prime Minister can only declare an area a Zone of Special Operations after the Chief of Defence Staff and the Commissioner of Police, as members of the National Security Council, have advised him so to do in writing.last_img read more

US Clears 2M Alliance

first_imgWorld Maritime News Staff; October 09, 2014 zoom The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has approved the planned 2M vessel sharing agreement between Denmark’s Maersk Line and Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC), the world’s two largest container shippers, Reuters reports.The U.S. approval is reportedly to become effective on Saturday, October 11. Four out of five commissioners at the FMC voted not to ask for additional information on the impact of the 2M on exporters and ports.The alliance still needs to be cleared by European and Chinese regulators before it becomes operational. If approved by the other two authorities, Maersk and MSC will pool 185 ships on transatlantic, transpacific and European routes, which Maersk says will save the companies close to USD 350 million annually.This September Maersk Chief Executive Soren Skou  visited China and met with the director-general of Commerce Ministry’s Anti-Monopoly Bureau, Shang Ming, with whom he discussed the Ministry’s decision to block the previous P3 alliance, the new pact and monopoly issues. Back in June, China’s Ministry of Commerce rejected the P3 venture which apart from Maerk Line and MSC involved France’s CMA CGM on competition grounds.Earlier this month, the Chairman of the European Shippers’ Council (ESC) Denis Choumert warned that the proposed 2M alliance could pose a serious threat to the market.In a letter sent to the FMC, Mr. Choumert warned that the “2M operators might set up an extremely damaging situation to world trade.”The letter also stated that allowing Maersk Line and MSC to discuss and agree on some core parameters of the services can lead to a decrease of the competitive environment of the trade concerned by this agreement.last_img read more

Business report with Mike Eppel

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email July 11: We could see a record-breaking day on Wall Street, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. Business report with Mike Eppel by News Staff Posted Jul 11, 2013 7:09 am MDT business report|markets|mike eppel|wall street

Roman coins show evidence of Hannibals defeat scientists say

first_imgThe Second Punic War, when Hannibal famously marched his elephants across the Alps from Carthage in a failed attack on Rome, is regarded as one of the pivotal events in the history of Europe.The war led to the conquest of the Iberian Peninsula, with the Romans gradually gaining control over the lucrative Spanish silver mines from around 211BC.Revenues from the rich Spanish silver mines coupled with booty and extensive war reparations from Carthage, helped fund the expansion of its territory. A denarius coin, minted by Rome between 108 and 107 BCE For those living under the Carthaginian Empire, the defeat of general Hannibal would have been unmistakable.But its effect on the Roman Empire can be detected even today, historians have said, as they analyse the composition of ancient coins.A study of coins has illustrated that the defeat of Hannibal led to a flood of wealth across the Roman Empire from the silver mines of Spain, giving a “tangible record” of the transition of Rome from a regional power to an Empire. Hannibal's passing over the Alps A denarius coin, minted by Rome between 108 and 107 BCECredit:Goethe University / SWNS.comcenter_img Hannibal’s passing over the AlpsCredit: Now the application of geochemical analysis techniques has provided proof of the importance of the Spanish silver to the Roman conquest.Scientists based in Germany and Denmark analysed 70 Roman coins dating from 310-300BC to 101 BC, a period which bracketed the Second Punic War.Using Mass Spectrometry, they were able to show that lead in the coins made after 209BC has distinctive isotopic signatures which identified most of the later coins as presumably originating from Spanish sources.The changing origin of the coin bullion is mirrored by differing ratios of the lead isotopes 208Pb, 207Pb, 206Pb and 204Pb, which serve as ‘geological clocks’ recording the formation age of the ores used to extract the silver.After 209BC, the lead isotope signatures mostly correspond to those of deposits in southeast and southwest Spain or to mixtures of metal extracted from these districts.Study co-leader Dr Katrin Westner, of Goethe University in Frankfurt, Gemrany, said: “Before the war we find that the Roman coins are made of silver from the same sources as the coinage issued by Greek cities in Italy and Sicily.”In other words the lead isotope signatures of the coins correspond to those of silver ores and metallurgical products from the Aegean region.”But the defeat of Carthage led to huge reparation payments to Rome, as well as Rome gaining high amounts of booty and ownership of the rich Spanish silver mines.”From 209BC we see that the majority of Roman coins show geochemical signatures typical for Iberian silver.”This massive influx of Iberian silver significantly changed Rome’s economy, allowing it to become the superpower of its day.”We know this from the histories of Livy and Polybius and others, but our work gives contemporary scientific proof of the rise of Rome.”What our work shows is that the defeat of Hannibal and the rise of Rome is written in the coins of the Roman Empire.”Professor Kevin Butcher, of the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Warwick University, said: “This research demonstrates how scientific analysis of ancient coins can make a significant contribution to historical research.”It allows what was previously speculation about the importance of Spanish silver for the coinage of Rome to be placed on a firm foundation.”The findings were presented at the Goldschmidt geochemistry conference in Paris. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

South Africa bus crash kills 20 children

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related30 dead, mostly children, as India school bus plunges off cliffApril 9, 2018In “latest news”South Korea fire at public gym and sauna kills 29December 21, 2017In “latest news”Several injured in collision on the East Bank public roadDecember 3, 2016In “latest news” (AFP) At least 20 children were killed in a bus crash outside the South African capital Pretoria on Friday, emergency services said, as paramedics treated the injured at the scene.The minibus collided with a truck on a road between the towns of Bronkhorstspruit and Verena, about 70 kilometres (45 miles) from Pretoria.“It is confirmed 20 children have been killed,” Russel Meiring, spokesman for the ER24 emergency medical service, told AFP.“Paramedics arrived on the scene to find the fire services already in attendance. The fire services had already extinguished the burning vehicle, which was found lying on its side.”Many children were trapped inside the bus and most of the fatalities were declared dead at the site of the accident.Several other children were injured, with reports that some of them were dragged from the wreckage by people at the scene.“The children were treated for their injuries and provided with advanced life support interventions before they were transported to various hospitals in the area for further treatment,” ER24 said in a statement.The cause of the collision was not immediately known. read more

Nigeria la pire contamination au plomb de lhistoire menace des milliers denfants

first_imgNigeria : la “pire contamination au plomb” de l’histoire menace des milliers d’enfantsD’après l’ONG Human Rights Watch, les vies de milliers d’enfants sont en danger au Nigéria, siège de “la pire contamination au plomb” de l’histoire récente. 400 enfants sont déjà morts et 3.500 autres sont contaminés et ont besoin d’un traitement de toute urgence.Dans l’Etat de Zamfara au Nigeria, l’extraction sauvage d’or dans les mines locales est une activité qui se répand de plus en plus car elle s’avère bien plus lucrative que l’agriculture. Mais celle-ci est loin d’être sans conséquence pour les habitants et en particulier pour les enfants des travailleurs clandestins. “Des recherches effectuées par Human Rights Watch au Zamfara fin 2011 ont montré que des enfants sont exposés à de la poussière de plomb quand ils traitent le minerai dans les mines (d’or), quand des parents travaillant dans les mines rentrent à la maison couverts de poussière de plomb et quand le minerai contenant du plomb est broyé à la main ou à la machine”, explique un communiqué de l’ONG Human Rights Watch.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ainsi, plus de 3.500 enfants nigérians seraient aujourd’hui victimes de “la pire contamination au plomb” de l’histoire récente, alerte l’organisation qui a appelé le gouvernement de l’Etat du Zamfara, le gouvernement fédéral nigérian et la communauté internationale à coopérer. En octobre dernier, des responsables avaient reconnu qu’au moins 2.000 enfants du nord du Nigeria avaient été contaminés par du plomb à la suite d’orpaillage clandestin et que plus de 400 enfants en étaient morts.Mais depuis rien n’a été fait alors que les enfants contaminés ont un besoin urgent de traitement. “Plus de 3.500 enfants ont besoin de soins urgents pour avoir la vie sauve. Moins de la moitié les reçoivent. Des travaux de décontamination ont été entrepris par endroits et des ONG comme Médecins sans frontières soignent des victimes, mais beaucoup reste à faire. On a un besoin urgent de décontamination des villages touchés et il nous faut quatre millions de dollars (trois millions d’euros) pour cela”, a déclaré à l’AFP des membres de HRW. Une décontamination d’autant plus importante que les enfants “peuvent aussi être exposés au plomb toxique dans l’eau ou la nourriture contaminées”, souligne l’organisation. Dans un premier temps, certaines communautés locales avaient passé sous silence ou nié les décès suspects liés au plomb, craignant que les autorités ne les empêchent de continuer à chercher de l’or, mais l’ampleur atteinte par la contamination et le nombre croissant de victimes a déclenché l’alerte.Le 9 février 2012 à 10:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

EPA Releases 201718 RFS Volumes

first_imgThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for 2017-18 this morning. There are positive aspects to the volumes they have announced, with the overall RFS increasing and the total Advanced Biofuels portion being increased above the levels in the Proposed Rule. The increased Advanced Biofuels volume requirements provide a market opportunity for soy biodiesel, which is the most prevalent fuel to qualify as an Advanced Biofuel. The American Soybean Association (ASA) would have liked to see greater support and promotion specifically for domestically produced biodiesel through higher volumes for the biomass-based diesel category. EPA chose to maintain the biomass-based diesel volumes at 2.1 billion gallons for 2018, the same level in the initial Proposed Rule. While it represents a 100 million gallon increase in the RFS biomass-based diesel volumes from 2017, it is roughly the same amount of biomass-based diesel that was utilized in the U.S. in 2015.”The levels announced today provide opportunities but also do not take full advantage of an opportunity to further promote a viable, domestically produced renewable fuel industry that is U.S. biodiesel,” said ASA President Richard Wilkins, a soybean farmer from Greenwood, Del. “EPA will raise the overall volumes relative to the Proposed Rule and increase the total Advanced Biofuels volume requirements for 2017 from 4.0 billion gallons to 4.28, an increase of 19 percent. That’s a plus for biodiesel as the primary source of Advanced Biofuels.” Wilkins noted, however, that EPA chose not to raise the Biomass-based diesel volume requirements within that Advanced Biofuel pool for 2018.”When EPA issued its proposed rule, ASA clearly stated that the 2.1 billion gallon mark did not adequately capture the capacity of the biodiesel industry,” he said. “To see the volume remain at 2.1 billion gallons as they were in the Proposed Rule is frustrating. We know we can do more.”last_img read more

Space Command Finalist List Includes Installations in Colorado Alabama California

first_imgAn Air Force memorandum obtained by CNN lists the six military bases that could house the proposed U.S. Space Command.The list includes four proposed locations in Colorado and two others in Alabama and California.The Colorado locations are Buckley Air Force Base, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Peterson Air Force Base, and Schriever Air Force Base.The Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California are the other proposed finalists.The list is expected to disappoint Florida lawmakers who had advocated for the new command to be located there. Florida Republicans Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Michael Waltz had publicly urged DOD leaders to locate the command in their home state.Army photo from Redstone Arsenal by Jason Cutshaw ADC AUTHORlast_img

No turning back as Brexit triggered

first_imgA newspaper stand shows a copy of today’s Evening Standard, with the front page story relating to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to begin the process of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU), in London. Photo: AFPBritain launched the historic process of leaving the EU on Wednesday, saying there was “no turning back”, but its European partners were quick to warn of the difficult path ahead.Nine months after the stunning vote for Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May gave EU President Donald Tusk formal notification of Britain’s intention to withdraw from the 28-nation bloc.The unprecedented move, just days after the EU celebrated its 60th birthday, leaves Britain deeply divided and has thrown a question mark over the future of the alliance.“This is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back,” May told MPs, to cheers from members of her ruling Conservative party.British ambassador Tim Barrow delivered the letter to Tusk triggering Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, starting the two-year countdown to Brexit.“We already miss you,” Tusk said in Brussels.But French President Francois Hollande struck a tough tone, warning that Brexit would be “economically painful” for Britain, the first country to leave the alliance.German Chancellor Angela Merkel also rebuffed May’s call for negotiations on Britain’s withdrawal to run alongside talks on a future trade agreement.Britain intends to leave Europe’s single market in order to control migration, but is hopeful a new trade deal can be struck before it leaves the EU by the latest at midnight on 29 March 2019.Merkel said however that the divorce must come first—including tough talks on Britain’s financial contributions, as well as immigration.“Only when this question is dealt with, can we, hopefully soon after, begin talking about our future relationship,” she said in Berlin.The EU, which was forged from the ashes of World War II, is determined the Brexit deal will not encourage other countries to follow Britain out of the door.May’s six-page letter struck a conciliatory tone and called for a “deep and special partnership” with the bloc, which Britain joined in 1973.But some commentators saw a threat in her emphasis on the importance of Britain’s security ties.She warned that failure to reach a new trade agreement would mean “cooperation in the fight against crime and terrorism would be weakened”.‘Damage control’Tusk is expected to issue draft guidelines for the negotiations on Friday, but the leaders of the other 27 EU nations will not meet until 29 April to confirm their joint approach.The bloc’s priority is to maintain unity as it faces the departure of one of its largest members, against a backdrop of crises involving migration, terrorism and the rise of populism.A spokesman for US President Donald Trump, who has described the Brexit vote as “smart”, said: “We want the UK to remain a strong leader in Europe.”But May is battling to keep her divided nation together.The Brexit vote was only won by a narrow 52-48 margin and Scotland’s nationalist government is now calling for a fresh referendum on independence.May has said “now is not the time”, even if Scotland—and Northern Ireland—voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU, but were outvoted by England and Wales.In Edinburgh, 44-year-old computer consultant Mark Murphy said he had voted for Scotland to stay a part of Britain in a 2014 referendum but might now change his mind.Brexit was “probably the daftest thing we’ve done as a nation for my entire life”, he said.‘Implementation periods’As with many divorces, negotiations with the EU could rapidly turn nasty over money.The priority for Brussels is settling Britain’s outstanding bills, estimated at between 55 and 60 billion euros ($59-65 billion) — an early battle that could set the tone for the rest of the talks.Both sides are also keen to see a reduction in tensions in Northern Ireland, which will have the UK’s only hard border with the EU.Many business leaders are deeply concerned about May’s decision to leave Europe’s single market, a free trade area of 500 million people that represents Britain’s largest trading partner.The Brexit vote sent the pound plunging and there are fears of what will happen if negotiations end without a new trade agreement in place.The European Parliament’s chief negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, said any transitional deal to work out the details of a trade agreement should be limited.“We propose three years,” he said.‘Dream come true’Both sides have said they want an early agreement over the post-Brexit status of more than three million European nationals living in Britain.May has said this will be conditional on a deal for the status of one million British expats in the EU.Nicolas Hatton, a Frenchman with a British wife who leads a grassroots campaign for EU expatriates, said he wanted a deal “so that we can get on with our lives”.Tens of thousands marched through London on Saturday demanding Britain stay in the EU, with one banner urging politicians to “stop this madness”.But others were elated that Brexit was finally under way.In Sunderland, a bastion of Brexit support in northeast England, former miner Tom Curras said: “I don’t believe that we should be dominated by other countries.”Nigel Farage, the founder of the anti-immigration UK Independence Party (UKIP) and a key player in the Brexit campaign, celebrated in a pub near parliament.“Today’s the day for me after 25 years of campaigning that the impossible dream came true,” he said—before a passerby heckled him as “a disgrace”.last_img read more

Basketball shot selection analyzed mathematically

first_img More information: Source: Wikipedia © 2010 Explore further Analyzing Effects Of Hoops Ball Hog In the sport of basketball players are constantly faced with the choice of whether to shoot for the hoop when a shot opportunity arises or to hold on to the ball and hope a better opportunity will arise. Now a theoretical physicist from the University of Minnesota in the US has analyzed the problem mathematically and determined the best strategy. Citation: Basketball shot selection analyzed mathematically (2011, August 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Graduate student Brian Skinner decided to analyze basketball shot selection after hearing about traffic flow research that reached the unexpected conclusion that average commuting time could be reduced by road closures that force drivers to travel by routes they would otherwise avoid in order to try to minimize their own commuting time. The traffic flow diagrams reminded Skinner, an enthusiastic fan of basketball, of diagrams of the flow of basketball players in a game. The surprising conclusion also reminded him of a basketball theory named after Patrick Ewing, a high-scoring basketball player. When the games of Ewing’s team were analyzed it was discovered that the team won more games if the big-scoring Ewing was absent.Skinner realized that most of the mathematical equations and variables used in analyzing traffic flow could also be applicable to basketball and the movement of the ball in the game. His analysis, published at, concentrated on the movement of the ball as it approached the hoop.Skinner’s model aimed to find out how likely the shot is to go in before the player should make the shot. Shots more likely to go in were classed as higher quality shots, and the model assumed that the quality of shot opportunities falls randomly. The mathematical model demonstrated the optimal strategy for scoring the maximum points is for the team to take their time and concentrate on making high quality shots as long as there is sufficient time remaining for the shot. The model also concluded that a team playing a faster game and having twice the shot opportunities of its rival should not have double the shooting rate, but taking more time and being more selective about which shots to take would give them the biggest advantage. So, for example, if the slower team shoots at an average rate of 20 seconds, the team playing twice as fast should not shoot every 10 seconds but should take an extra three seconds on average, giving a shooting rate of 13 seconds. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Women Heart Attack Patients Do Much Better When Treated By Female

first_img(Credit: Alexander Raths/Shutterstock)Male doctors, you’re doing great, but you may want to take some notes from your female colleagues.That’s because more and more studies are coming to the same conclusion: Female doctors produce better outcomes than men. Back in 2016, Harvard researchers showed that elderly patients treated by female doctors were less likely to die or return to the hospital than if they were treated by a man. They extrapolated their findings a bit, and concluded that some 32,000 lives would be saved if male physicians could achieve the same outcomes as female physicians every year.Other past studies have shown that women are more likely to adhere to recommendations on preventative care, and require more preventative tests. Now, a fairly large study has shown that a similar trend emerges in the treatment of heart attacks. A review of nearly 582,000 heart attack cases over 19 years showed female patients had a significantly higher survival rate when treated by a woman, as opposed to a man. This, according to a study led by Seth Carnahan of Washington University in St. Louis.For patients treated by female physicians, 11.8 percent of men died against about 12 percent of women. However, for patients treated by male physicians, 12.6 percent of men died compared to 13.3 percent of women. In other words, the gender gap almost tripled.Interestingly, the “gender bias” diminished when there were more women in the emergency department, and as men treated more women. Researchers published their findings Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.What’s Driving the DivideStudies have shown that diagnosing the symptoms of a heart attack is more difficult to do in women. Is that because their bodies are inherently more tricky? Or is it because most doctors are male, and not enough women are diagnosing heart attacks in female patients?This is where things get murky. It’s not exactly clear what women are doing that’s producing better outcomes than men. Are women more observant? Do they ask better questions? Are they calmer under pressure? Researchers, in this study, didn’t directly observe the doctors in action, but they did account for patient age, health and other factors that could affect outcomes. They suggest future studies that can begin to elucidate the mechanism driving the emergency room gender split.Given that male doctors’ performance improved as they worked with and treated more women, it would make sense to add more women to the ER. While women enter medical school at the same rate as men, they experience higher rates of both burnout and suicide during their time in the field, and men are more likely to advance to higher positions — both largely attributable to gender bias. The researchers suggested pairing doctors and patients by gender when it’s possible, but that may be difficult when there aren’t as many women doctors available.Also, given the gender bias in outcomes, hospital administrators may also want to narrow the pay gap between male and female doctors. Women doctors, in 2017, earned 27.7 percent less than their male counterparts, an average of $105,000 less a year.last_img read more

Winners of the 2018 British Academy Film Awards

first_imgWinners of the 2018 British Academy Film Awards by The Associated Press Posted Feb 19, 2018 7:23 am PDT Last Updated Feb 19, 2018 at 8:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – Winners of the 2018 British Academy Film Awards, presented Sunday:Film — “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”British Film — “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”Director — Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”Actor — Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”Actress — Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”Supporting Actor — Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”Supporting Actress — Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”Rising Star — Daniel KaluuyaBritish Debut — Writer-director Rungano Nyoni and producer Emily Morgan, “I am Not a Witch”Original Screenplay — Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”Adapted Screenplay — James Ivory, “Call Me By Your Name”Film Not in the English Language — “The Handmaiden”Music — Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water”Cinematography — Roger Deakins, “Blade Runner 2049”Editing — Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss, “Baby Driver”Production Design — Paul Austerberry, Jeff Melvin, Shane Vieau, “The Shape of Water”Costume Design — Mark Bridges, “Phantom Thread”Sound — “Dunkirk”Visual Effects — “Blade Runner 2049”Makeup and Hair — David Malinowski, Ivana Primorac, Lucy Sibbick, KazuhiroTsuji, “Darkest Hour”Animated Film — “Coco”Short Film — “Cowboy Dave”Short Animation — “Poles Apart”Documentary — “I am Not Your Negro”Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema — Jon Wardle, National Film and Television SchoolAcademy Fellowship — Ridley Scott___For full coverage of awards season: read more

Anastasiades promised Cavusoglu to work for twostate solution columnist claims

first_imgA Turkish Cypriot columnist, Levent Kutay at Kibris Postasi, who is said to be close to ‘foreign minister’ Kudret Ozersay, on Wednesday penned an article describing what he said the reasons were that Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci was sidelined when it came to this month’s ‘secret dinner’ with President Nicos Anastasiades.“We all know that there are other reasons… his resentment of Anastasiades, ‘his friend from Limassol’, his last generation [that can reach a settlement], his former solution partner…he felt helpless…”Kutay said he would repeat something he had written on June 3 titled ‘Behind the scenes of the two-state solution under the framework of the EU’, which he said has not yet been refuted by anyone.He wrote that the day after the collapse of the talks in Crans-Montana, July 7, 2017, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was preparing to leave and there came a knock on the door with a message that Anastasiades wanted to talk privately with him.During the conversation the article alleges that Anastasiades told Cavusoglu that it was understood at that point there was no way to establish a federation because Greek Cypriots feared Turkey, and Ankara did not trust Nicosia.He then reportedly referred to the presidential elections in February 2018, which he expected to win, and if he did, he would negotiate a two-state solution “under the umbrella of the EU”.Cavusoglu has alluded a number of times over the past two years to a conversation he had with Anastasiades along these lines that were vehemently denied by the president who only began talking about a “decentralised” federation late last year, while Akinci has continued to say he would only negotiate for a federation.Kutay goes on to say that when Cavusoglu raised this with Akinci on April 20, 2018, he received a surprise when Akinci insisted he would only negotiate a federation as previously understood and agreed between the two sides in negotiations.The author argued that the future of the Turkish Cypriot people was more important than the political future of one man, referring to Akinci’s stance.“Whether we like it or not, whether we want it or not, a new era begins in Cyprus…you cannot create a new life with old methods…,” he wrote.  You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more