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ScienceShot: Glacial Speed Record

first_img“Glacial speed” may seem like an oxymoron—but consider the recent record-breaking pace of Jakobshavn Isbræ, one of Greenland’s largest glaciers. By analyzing satellite images taken every 11 days from early 2009 through spring of 2013, researchers found that the ice stream’s average speed in the summer of 2012 peaked at a whopping 46 meters (half the length of a football field) per day, the researchers report today in The Cryosphere. That flow speed, between 30% and 50% faster than the peak rates seen in previous summers, is the fastest ever recorded for an ice stream in Greenland or Antarctica, the researchers say. Jakobshavn Isbræ, widely believed to have spawned the iceberg that sank the Titanic, sheds ice into a deep fjord along Greenland’s southwestern coast (image; the glacier lies over the horizon in the far background). Although Jakobshavn Isbræ’s summer surges are short-lived, the glacier’s average annual speed for the last couple of years is almost three times that measured in the 1990s. Between 2005 and 2010, Greenland’s glaciers dumped enough ice into the sea to raise sea level an average of about 0.7 millimeters per year, with Jakobshavn Isbræ contributing about one-seventh of that total. While for now the speediest, Jakobshavn Isbræ isn’t alone: Previous studies have shown that Greenland’s 200 largest glaciers have sped up, on average, about 30% in the last decade.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Doctor Accused of Groping Teen Girl on United Flight

first_imgA doctor in the United States has been charged with groping a teenaged female co-passenger on board a United Airlines flight. The accused is a doctor from India, according to ABC News, though some other news reports said his country of origin is not clear.A Student from USThe incident is said to have taken place on July 23 when the 16-year-old girl was travelling alone from Seattle to Newark, and woke up during the flight to find the co-passenger’s hand on her thigh, according to the complaint. The girl identified the man as Vijakumar Krishnappa, 28, who is studying in the US under a fellowship, after she was shown a line-up of photos compiled from the flight manifest during the investigation.The federal complaint says that the man removed his hand when she woke up, and she went back to sleep, but woke up again to find him touching her “groin and inner thigh”. The girl informed the airline crew about the incident and changed her seat. However, United Airlines apparently did nothing to prevent the accused from leaving the airport, Johnny McCray, an attorney for the girl’s family, told The Washington Post. She informed her parents of the assault on her after landing, and the FBI was contacted to probe the case.‘Airlines Did NothingA complaint describing the charge against Krishnappa was filed in federal court in New Jersey on July 24, following which he was arrested and charged with knowingly engaging in sexual contact with a minor female. The accused has been released on $50,000 bail and placed under electronic monitoring. He has also been ordered not to have any contact with minors while the criminal case is pending. His court-appointed attorney, John Yauch, said his client “adamantly denies the charges and deserves to be considered an innocent man,” and declined further comment, The Washington Post reported.The girl’s family has also filed a complaint against United Airlines for failing to act against the man, according to NJ.com. The airline is reviewing the case with authorities, Fox News reported. “The safety and security of our customers is our top priority,” the airline said in a statement. “We take these allegations seriously and continue to work closely with the proper authorities as part of their review.” Related ItemsIndian doctor molests girl UnitedIndian sexual molestation USLittle IndiaTeen groped on United AirlinesUnited AirlinesUnited Airlines controversyVijakumar Krishnappa United flightlast_img read more

Plant 25 trees for killing 25 vultures, Gauhati High Court tells Assam man

first_imgThe Gauhati High Court has ordered a villager in Assam to plant and take care of 25 trees as punishment for poisoning as many vultures to death three months ago.The State Forest Department had filed a case against Dhanpati Das of Kamalpur, about 40 km north of Guwahati, for lacing a goat carcass with pesticide that killed the 25 rare vultures.Initial reactionOn April 4, the High Court granted him bail after he had spent 28 days in custody under Section 429 (mischief by killing, poisoning, maiming animals or rendering them useless) of the Indian Penal Code read with Section 51(a) of the Wildlife (Protection) Act.Hearing the case a month later, the court made an ecological statement by asking him to plant saplings and nurture them. The man, though, said he did not poison the carcass in the first place.Green activists welcomed the judgment. “The man could have been sentenced to six months in prison. But this form of punishment should have a positive impact on the person and make him contribute to nature,” Bibhab Talukdar of NGO Aaranyak said.Tree per citizenMeghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Saturday announced on social media the launch of the One Citizen One Tree campaign ahead of the World Environment Day for re-greening the State affected by unregulated coal and limestone mining. “With the State fast losing its forest cover, the campaign aims at people’s involvement in planting more trees. All districts will be covered in the mass plantation drive wherein all indigenous plants raised by the communities across the State will be provided to citizens who want to participate in the campaign,” a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office said.last_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka World Cup final: Dhoni ready for the big clash with Lankans

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni feels the Indian team has peaked at the right time and the fact that there wasn’t much gap in between the semi-final and final would help the team’s cause.Not known to wear his heart on his sleeves, Dhoni was once again the composed self as he said that the short gap between the two games ensured that the players didn’t get much opportunity to think and wonder about their performance in Mohali.Click here to Enlarge”We played the match on Wednesday, travelled on Thursday, practiced today and will play the final tomorrow (Saturday). The short break has helped us. At times a long break can make the players wonder what went wrong and what went right in the last game and that isn’t such a good thing.”I believe in living the moment. What has been done – good or bad – can’t be undone or repeated. So there is no point pondering over the past. Being in the present is very important,” he told the media on the eve of the final clash.”Maintaining the level of intensity will also be crucial. Every game has been a challenge ever since we reached the knock-out stages and we have looked at preparing ourselves for every possible situation. Hopefully, we can keep the tempo going.”The preparations have remained the same right through and that won’t change in the final. Having played each other a lot over the last few years, we know their strengths and weaknesses and will look to end the tournament on a high.”advertisementYoung cricket fans extend their wishes to Team India for the World Cup final.Dhoni feels the team hasn’t played to its full potential as of yet and the fans can expect plenty more from the Men in Blue.”We have not reached 100 per cent of our potential. Despite reaching the finals, we can do plenty more as a team and hopefully we will play to the best of our ability tomorrow (Saturday). But irrespective of the result, I am proud of the team. We have stayed united and the individuals want to enjoy each other’s success. The result has shown on the field,” he said.With Ashish Nehra being ruled out due to multiple fractures on a finger in his right hand, Dhoni feels rotating the bowlers will hold the key come Saturday. “Using variations is very important to surprise the batsmen. With Nehra out, we have a tricky situation in hand. Although we would like playing R Ashwin, playing just two pacers could be too predictable. Rather having three pacers and two spinners – Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh – would be a better option,” he said.Dhoni’s attempt to bring in variation, could set the stage for a return of the mercurial S Sreesanth.”Playing Sreesanth is an option. Although only Sreesanth can control his aggression, there is no doubting that he can really swing the ball. We would have liked to play him a bit more after the first match. He is in a good frame and whoever plays, am sure he will do a good job,” he said.Dhoni also thanked coach Gary Kirsten for his contribution to the team’s success.”Although we aren’t thinking too much about tomorrow’s (Saturday) match being his last with us – as it will obviously shift the focus – we all know what his contributions have been. He has changed the environment in the dressing room and we have gelled as a team under him,” he said.Commenting on the change in circumstances from when he lifted the World T20 trophy in South Africa, Dhoni said: “Although am very bad at recalling the past, all I can say is that I have matured as a player and captain and I have played a few more big games since 2007.”last_img read more

PV Sindhu Makes Positive Start at World Badminton Championships

first_img Badminton World Championshipsbwf world championshipschinese taipeiPai Yu Po First Published: August 21, 2019, 7:30 PM IST Basel: Two-time silver medallist PV Sindhu produced a commanding performance in her opening match at the BWF World Championships here on Wednesday.Sindhu, who had reached the finals of Indonesia Open last month, looked in good touch as she controlled the rallies and outsmarted Chinese Taipei’s Pai Yu Po 21-14 21-14 in a 43-minute contest. The fifth seeded Indian, who received a bye in the opening round, is likely to face USA’s Beiwen Zhang, seeded ninth, in the pre-quarterfinals.Sindhu, an Olympic silver medallist, had lost to Zhang at the India Open finals last year.In the first game, Sindhu moved ahead from 5-5 to slowly create a gap and entered the interval with a 11-7 lead.After the break, Sindhu continued to surge and grabbed six game points when Pai made an error in judgement at the backline. The Indian sealed it with a cross court return.Sindhu zoomed to a 6-1 lead in the second game before Pai started constructing the rallies and narrowed the deficit to 5-7.Sindhu’s unforced errors also made life easy for the Taiwanese girl, who showed some great skills and managed to enter the interval with a 11-10 lead after Sindhu found the net.The Indian, however, changed gears after the break, dishing out some good-looking strokes to eventually enter match point at 20-14 when her rival missed a shuttle at the backline.She sealed the match next with a precise on-the-line return.Among others, the Indian pairing of Jakkapudi Meghana and Poorvisha S Ram went down 8-21 18-21 to eighth seeds Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto of Japan in the women’s doubles competition Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.center_img — SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 21, 2019 #TOPSAthlete @Pvsindhu1 reaches the round of 16 at the World #Badminton C’ships following a 21-14, 21-15 win over #PaiYuPo. 🏸🏸Best wishes to her for the upcoming matches! 👍🏻@RijijuOffice @KirenRijiju @IndiaSports @BAI_Media @bwfmedia #KheloIndia 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/zwQ0W1HJvXlast_img read more

IPL 2016: Delhi Daredevils look to exact revenge against Kolkata Knight Riders

first_imgDelhi Daredevils will look to build on their hat-trick of wins when they clash with Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Saturday. (Full IPL Coverage)Delhi’s season began with a loss against KKR in the first leg and many feared another dispiriting campaign lay ahead for them. But they have creditably bounced back with three successive wins since then.But that streak was halted in their last-ball defeat by Gujarat Lions. But the loss shouldn’t demoralise Delhi who have been impressively led by veteran pacer Zaheer Khan.In his last competitive action, Zaheer has used all his experience to build a fighting outfit that has been impressive in its all-round play.Their batting has been led by South African opener Quinton de Kock. Having scored one of the three centuries of the 2016 tournament, he has shown unstinted stroke-making ability. But what will worry the Delhi camp would be his cheap dismissals in the last two matches.De Kock’s compatriot Jean Paul Duminy, the team’s captain last season, has also provided a steady influence in the middle order, guiding the young Indian batsmen, particularly Sanju Samson who has been in form.The batting appears a little short on experience but that hasn’t been exposed so far. But Morris’ big-hitting ability against Lions would have surely increased their confidence.The bowling looks more secure with Zaheer and South African Chris Morris forming the pace attack.The spin department is also in secure hands with wily spinners Amit Mishra and Imran Tahir working their magic in tandem.advertisementIt will be interesting to see what combination Delhi chooses for the match with West Indies’ World T20 win hero Carlos Brathwaite warming the bench for the last two matches.Their opponents, KKR, are also coming into the match on the back of a defeat to Mumbai Indians.While they are placed second in the standings, two places above Delhi, they failed to defend a strong score of 174 against Mumbai.KKR’s batting has been sound with skipper Gautam Gambhir leading from the front. They are yet to lose while chasing and have a balanced squad.Gambhir has scored three half-centuries. KKR would like him to continue his purple patch.The teams:Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Khaleel Ahmed, Sam Billings, Carlos Brathwaite, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Quinton de Kock, Jean Paul Duminy, Akhil Herwadkar, Imran Tahir, Shreyas Iyer, Mahipal Lomror, Chama Milind, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Nadeem, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Pawan Suyal, Jayant Yadav, Pratyush Singh.Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Piyush Chawla, Brad Hogg, Jason Holder, Sheldon Jackson, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Lynn, Manan Sharma,Morne Morkel, Colin Munro, Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Ankit Rajpoot, Andre Russell, Rajagopal Sathish, Shakib Al Hasan, Jaydev Unadkat, Robin Uthappa, Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav.last_img read more

Australian Open 2019: Maria Sharapova ousted as Barty wins thriller to reach quarters

first_imgAshleigh Barty rallied from a set down to beat former world number one Maria Sharapova 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 at Melbourne Park on Sunday, becoming the first Australian woman in a decade to reach the quarter-finals at her home Grand Slam.The 22-year-old, roared on by a raucous home crowd that included Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and men’s great Rod Laver, converted her fourth match point with an ace to seal the victory in two hours and 22 minutes.Five-times Grand Slam champion Sharapova looked in control after converting her third breakpoint in the ninth game of the first set and following it up with a service hold to love to take the opening stanza.But Barty fought back to break twice in the second set and level the match, as more unforced errors crept into the Russian’s game, and then broke twice more in the decider to race into a 4-0 lead.Sharapova, the 2008 champion, rallied to win three straight games but could not prevent Barty closing out the match and becoming the first Australian woman to reach the quarters since Jelena Dokic in 2009.First Grand Slam quarterfinal.First Aussie woman in an #AusOpen QF in ten years.pic.twitter.com/5PGeSOq2eg#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019’This is unreal'”It was a little close, wasn’t it?” a beaming Barty said. “I gave myself a lot of opportunities in the third set and just didn’t take it.”She’s an absolute champion and she never ever was going to go away. I can match it with the best and when I execute I know that I can.advertisement”This is unreal, playing on this beautiful court in front of a packed house, there’s nothing better.”Barty will meet twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the quarter-finals after the eighth seed thrashed American teenager Amanda Anisimova 6-2 6-1 earlier in the day.The Australian lost her last meeting to Kvitova in Sydney before the year’s first Grand Slam.”It doesn’t get any easier at all, it’s just another challenge and I’ll try to come out and play my best tennis,” Barty said.Also Read | Petra Kvitova storms into quarters after outclassing Amanda AnisimovaAlso Read | 3 legends, 1 photo. Australian Open trolled over Federer, Kohli, Anushka photo captionAlso See:last_img read more

India vs West Indies: Fan edits third umpire’s Wikipedia after controversial Rohit Sharma dismissal

first_imgAs the bat first or pad first question continues to prevail after Rohit Sharma fell to the controversial caught behind decision against West Indies in Manchester, an irked fan went a step ahead to express his frustration over the third umpire.It was in the 6th over of the game when a length ball from Keema Roach angled in and went between Rohit Sharma’s inside edge and the pad. There was a confident appeal from West Indies but the onfield umpire rejected it, following which Jason Holder went for a review.Third umpire Michael Gough was quick to rule it out. However, TV replays showed there was a spike on UltraEdge but it wasn’t clear whether it was due to the ball’s impact on the pad or bat.In case of tight calls, the third umpires generally take a long look at the visuals but Gough’s decision to rule it out helped raise quite a few eyebrows over the umpiring and technology.The decision also frustrated fans as someone was too quick to edit Michael Gough’s Wikipedia page to mention about the controversial dismissal.”In 2019, he was chosen to be the third umpire for the India vs. West Indies match. He is under fire for choosing to overturn the on-field umpiring decision of “not out” for Rohit Sharma without considering a replay of the ball and without conclusive evidence. It is of suspicion that he is biased for his host team, England, to reach the semi-finals as England had back-to-back humiliating defeats by Sri Lanka and Australia,” was added to Gough’s original Wikipedia page.advertisement Michael Gough’s decision to overturn on-field umpire Richard Illingworth’s decision and rule Rohit Sharma out, also sparked opinions from the cricket pundits.On-field commentator Sanjay Manjrekar pointed out that there could have been bat but the visuals didn’t prove anything conclusive.”I would have taken a little bit of time to be absolutely sure. The batsman didn’t think so. The bowler was absolutely confident. There was definitely pad involved but was there any bat at all?” Sanjay Manjrekar said during his commentary duties for Star Sports.Michael Atherton added: “West Indies bowlers were equally convinced, absolutely clear gap between bat and pad, the problem with the third umpire is that the ball passes the bat and pad almost simultaneously. The on-field decision is key there and you have to be absolutely convinced to overrule it.”Third umpire on rohit’s DRS#INDvsWI #WorldCup2019 pic.twitter.com/GylaL4yEx6Juhi Jain (@schizopuniac) June 27, 2019Ground umpire be like #INDvsWI #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/wsnbL6tJyHsweety (@piggy_chopps) June 27, 2019After the match today. #IndvsWI pic.twitter.com/ktKIpJXO11aaa (@being_kappaa) June 27, 2019This mistake from 3rd Umpair is not understandable. Is there any 100% Convincing evidence of edge.Poor umpairing..#INDvsWI pic.twitter.com/STZt8PJjwNShetty (@Shetty4507) June 27, 2019India, who are currently placed third on World Cup points table, are facing 8th placed West Indies in Manchester.Also Read | India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma’s dismissal sparks off controversyAlso Read | Virat Kohli breaks Tendulkar and Lara record, fastest to 20,000 international runsAlso Seelast_img read more

Virat Kohli returns home after India’s World Cup campaign

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli returned to India from England on Thursday after India’s defeat to New Zealand in the semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.Virat was spotted at the Mumbai airport on Thursday along with Bollywood actor and wife Anushka Sharma. Earlier, Virat’s deputy Rohit Sharma had returned to India from England on the following day of India’s exit from World Cup 2019.Virat Kohli is set to join the Indian team for West Indies tour which includes 3 T20 Internationals, 3 one-day internationals and 2 Test matches from August 3 to September 3.Last month, it was reported Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah would be rested for the T20I and ODI series. But Kohli has reported informed the selectors that he will travel to West Indies for the shorter formats matches as well as the Test matches.India were one of the pre-tournament favourites and stormed to the last-4 as table toppers. However, they lost the semi-final to New Zealand in Manchester.After the Word Cup heartbreak, India will shift focus to the tour of the West Indies which starts with 2 T20Is in Florida on August 3 and 4.Virat Kohli had scored 443 runs for India in the 2019 Cricket World Cup and also amassed the record to become the first captain to score five successive half-centuries in a single edition of the quadrennial tournament.Also See:last_img read more

a month agoAubameyang seals comeback win for 10-man Arsenal over Aston Villa

first_imgAubameyang seals comeback win for 10-man Arsenal over Aston Villaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery has lauded Arsenal’s character after they came from behind twice to beat Aston Villa 3-2 at the Emirates on Sunday.John McGinn gave the visitors an unexpected lead in the first-half, who were soon ahead with men on the pitch after Ainsley Maitland-Niles was a shown a second-yellow card.Fortunately for the Gunners, Nicolas Pepe’s converted from the penalty spot to score his first goal for the club and level the scores, only for Wesley to restore Villa’s lead with a poacher’s goal a minute later.But it wasn’t over for Arsenal, as substitute Callum Chambers made it 2-2 after 81 minutes before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s superb free-kick completed the comeback.Speaking after the game, Emery said: “I think here we are doing and creating good spirit with our supporters and the players, they are feeling that. “But it’s first our commitment, our behaviour, fighting for each ball and also taking some risks for attacking and above all we are using and when we were one less player. “That is good. Today is two things for me: the first is that character, that connection with the supporters, and after this, how we can improve defensively and throughout the first 11. “Really we lost more balls than we wanted and this is the one situation we didn’t have the control over in the first 30 minutes like we wanted. It’s one thing for me to improve and to work with the players. “With that victory it’s better and after last week against Watford it was competitive and today, we need to take a good balance in our emotion, in our mentality but today I think we can be happy and it is one step ahead.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Brian Kelly Issues Update On Notre Dame QB Ian Book

first_imgIan Book throws a pass for Notre Dame.CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Ian Book #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rolls out against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Notre Dame fans can finally breathe easy about Ian Book’s status for this week’s game. The sophomore signal caller will be on the field as usual.Rumors that Book was to be suspended for some sort of academic issue were flying on social media yesterday. They seemed dubious at best and were shot down by multiple reports, but the Irish fan base was understandably worked up.This afternoon, Brian Kelly made things official: Book will start at quarterback on Saturday against Pittsburgh.It seems like Book isn’t under any threat of suspension, and if he is going to get in trouble for something, it won’t be this week.Ian Book will start at quarterback against Pittsburgh, per Brian Kelly.So there’s that.— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) October 9, 2018Book will be making his fourth-straight start for the Fighting Irish. He has played stellar football this season, completing 77-of-105 passes for 887 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception.The Fighting Irish would be better set up than most schools if Book did ever miss time, as current backup Brandon Wimbush is 13-3 as a starter. Wimbush started the first three games of the year before giving way to Book.However, considering how well Book is playing, it looks like Notre Dame’s ceiling is much higher with him taking snaps.Ranked No. 5 in the AP Poll, Notre Dame will take on Pitt at home on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. ET.last_img read more

Vroon Enters Agreement for Ships Financing with ABN …

first_imgzoom Vroon announced that, during a “Sino-Dutch dinner” held in Beijing on 15 November, the company signed an intention agreement with the ABN AMRO Bank and the Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM), for the financing of some vessels currently under construction in China for Vroon.The trade dinner was attended by 300 guests, including Chinese government officials, the Netherlands Ambassador to China, Mr. Aart Jacobi, and several Dutch CEOs. Guests of honour were the Dutch Prime Minister, Mr. Mark Rutte, and the Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade, Ms. Lilianne Ploumen.The agreement, which was signed by Mr. Joop Wijn (Member of the Managing Board, ABN AMRO), Mr. Li Zhongyuan (General Manager, Transport Finance Department, CEXIM) and Mr. Pieter Vroon (Vroon Group Supervisory Board member), represents an important step in further strengthening Vroon’s relationship with both banks.Vroon has extensive, long-term business relations with a number of Chinese companies and banks. During the past 10 years, Vroon has had more than 50 vessels constructed by various Chinese shipyard groups. Currently, the company has over 30 vessels on order in China, with delivery scheduled in the period 2013-2016. Vroon, December 2, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close My locationlast_img read more

Tom Holland addresses Marvels SpiderMan split

first_imgAnaheim (US): Actor Tom Holland has finally addressed the controversial decision to remove Spider-Man from the Marvel Cinematic Universe following a tussle between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures.Despite the rift between Disney and Sony, Holland on Saturday made an appearance at Disney’s ultimate fan event D23 Expo here to promote his Pixar movie “Onward”. He addressed the issue before leaving the stage.”Listen, it’s been a crazy week, but I want you to know, I am grateful from the bottom of my heart,” said the “Spider-Man: Far From Home” star, leading to a rapturous applause. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaHe ended his brief remark by quoting Tony Stark’s iconic line from “Avengers: Endgame” — “And I love you 3,000”, signalling that he values his bond with the Marvel superheroes.Holland’s remarks come days after negotiations fell through between Disney, which owns Marvel, and Sony Pictures.The two studios have been sharing the brand “Spider-Man” across a plethora of films since 2015. As part of the previous agreement, Marvel had also been acting as producer of 2017 and 2019 standalone Sony “Spider-Man” movies. However, Disney and Sony broke the deal as they are “unable” to reach new terms for funding of future movies.Holland was introduced as Spider-Man in “Captain America: Civil War” in 2016. Iron Man’s popularity was used to bring back the “Spider-Man” franchise. Holland got his first solo movie with “Spider-Man: Homecoming” — which took the superhero back to school. He came back as the superhero with his second solo movie “Spider-Man: Far From Home” this year.last_img read more

Muslim Man Brutalized to Death in India for Eating Beef

Rabat – A Muslim man, identified as Mohammad Akhlaq, was attacked and lynched to death by a mob of residents, on the streets of a town near New Dehli, India for allegedly storing and consuming beef, according to the Indian Express.The 50-year-old man was brutalized and murdered on Monday night in the village of Bisara, alongside his 22-year-old son who was also beaten and taken to a government hospital seriously injured.The Akhlaq’s suffered a tragic incident after rumors spread that they were storing and eating meat from cows, which are regarded as ‘sacred’ in India. The Muslim family lives in the state of Uttar Pradesh, near the country’s capital, where the law prohibits the slaughter of cows. A local Hindu temple in the village had reportedly issued a statement accusing Mohammad Akhlaq of slaughtering a cow to feed his family, which enraged the mob that trespassed their home, and tortured the Muslim man to death in front of his family.According to the same report, Mohammad’s daughter Sajida recounted the horrible crime that began when the attackers forced their way into their home.“They dragged my brother and father outside the room and used bricks which they found under his bed to beat them,” she said.“My father was taken outside the house and beaten to death. My brother was dragged to the courtyard downstairs and they used bricks to hit him on the head and chest, leaving him unconscious. They also tried to molest me and hit my grandmother on her face. They threatened to kill me if I said a word to the police”, she added.In a statement to the TIME, Anurag Singh, a local administrative official said: “A case has been filed by the daughter and her mother against the assailants. They identified around 10 men and we have arrested six of them. The rest are absconding”.Investigations are ongoing to capture the other suspects, as well as to test the meat found in the Muslims home, as mandated by Hindu law.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Russian Kamaz Trucks Company to Open Branch in Morocco

Rabat – Russia intends to set up Kamaz truck-assembly facilities in Morocco, Deputy Minister of Industry Viktor Evtukhov said Tuesday on air with the Rossiya 24 TV Channel.According to the Russian minister, negotiations are underway for the installation of the Russian facilities which will make Morocco their platform for exports to Africa.The Russian deputy minister announced Tuesday on the Russian TV channel that his country had entered negotiations with Morocco for the establishment of manufacturing plants as well as the proposed sale of airliners and helicopters. “We are discussing with them [the Moroccan side] not merely supplies of ready products but also commercial assembly and setup of manufacturing facilities,” Evtukhov said.The deputy minister also mentioned that “the vehicle showed very good performance in their climatic conditions,” in reference to the hot weather of the African countries; adding that “Morocco will consider Kamaz with pleasure.”He stressed that the agreement, if reached, is “certainly highly interesting for us,” and the production of the future plant of Russian trucks in Morocco is intended to cover the needs of African markets.The same source said that Kamaz is currently “supplying its trucks to more than 10 African nations,” adding that “275 vehicles were supplied in 5 years within the humanitarian missions’ framework.”On a working visit to Russia on March 16, King Mohammed VI discussed with President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, opportunities for cooperation between Morocco and Russia in the fields of trade, energy, industry, agriculture, tourism, investment and scientific and technical cooperation. read more

A black Friday for BlackBerry

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 There was brutal news out of BlackBerry Friday. Despite denying a big round of job cuts earlier this week as announced by the Wall Street Journal, the axe fell on 4,500 employees worldwide Friday. Making things worse, the company expects to lose almost $1 billion in the second quarter alone. As the Waterloo based smart phone maker rose to become a global leader the city became synonymous with its success. But what about now?Kelda Yuen has this report.Chris Plunkett is the Director of Media Relations: “There had certainly been rumours and everybody had read about them, but at the same time it was still difficult to hear.”Yannish Jutton is an Apps Designer for Communitech: “It wasn’t very surprising for many people. I’m one of those.”It’s a black Friday for BlackBerry. The once undisputed leader of the smartphone market announcing it will be slashing about 35% of it’s workforce.Yannish: “I have many friends that have worked for Blackberry, and that still work for Blackberry So in that sense it’s a little bit of a surprise and a little bit of disappointment as well.”The Mayor of Waterloo released a statement Friday evening saying she still believes in BlackBerry. She states: “We continue to have confidence in the strength and potential of the numerous Waterloo-based technology companies, including BlackBerry. Waterloo has a strong and growing start-up culture. Organizations such as Communitech’s Tech Jobs Connex, will assist them as they transition within our community.”Communitech is a non profit business organization in that houses many of the regions start-ups.Plunkett: “I think there is a community here that can help them find jobs. In fact, Communitech has a tech jobs Connex program that has helped other Blackberry employees find jobs in the region in the tech sector.”But while those who lost jobs in Waterloo might not need to worry, it’s still disappointing. After hope that the new BlackBerry z10 would help revive the company.Yannish: “There was a glimmer of hope there but overall I think it just was not enough.”And perhaps too little too late.Yannish: “There are now so many other options out there that offer much cheaper phones that are just as powerful or have more functionality.”But despite blackberry’s toubles, there is still optmism that waterloo will retain its reputation as a tech giant.Plunkett: “Blackberry may have been the biggest tree but there are many more trees, there are a thousand tech companies employing 30,000 people or more starting everyday.”There was massive growth in start ups over past few years, 500 last year, same this year with 120 start ups. They’re helping Waterloo grow and succeed. Companies like BlackBerry and Google is working out of Connex, along with Canadian Tire. read more

In Niger UN agency expands food aid with nutritional supplement

A total of 950 tons of highly nutritious corn soya blend (CSB) is being airlifted aboard chartered jets to Niger’s capital, Niamey, through WFP’s depot in Brindisi, Italy. The CSB complements WFP’s general food distributions which got under way earlier this week at village level. So far this week, some 5,000 persons received their rations.”Since many families now rely on only one meal a day, having used up all their food reserves, these rations are delivered just in time,” said Khaled Adly, acting WFP Regional Director for West Africa.The agency last week tripled the funds it had requested to deal with crisis arising from drought and the worst invasion of crop-devouring locusts in 15 years in the world’s second poorest country, aiming to get food assistance to all at-risk areas to avoid an increase in hunger among the 2.65 million people most at risk.Of the nearly $81 million total requested in its revised Niger appeal, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that more than $29 million has been received to date, along with pledges of an additional $13 million. The donor community has also contributed some $25 million in humanitarian assistance outside of the appeal, bringing total donor assistance to the country to more than $54 million.During this first round of distributions, WFP aims to provide food aid to 1.85 million people, with the Government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) covering the remaining 800,000 needy people.”We are pulling out all the stops to feed our beneficiaries as fast as possible over the next six weeks,” said Mr. Adly. “That means not only flying in the most urgent food, CSB, but also increasing the number of road convoys carrying rice from the port of Lomé, in neighbouring Togo, in addition to hastening the arrival of trucks loaded with maize from Cotonou in Benin.”A second round of distribution is planned next month, before the October harvest.As famine threatens to spread through the region, neighbouring countries including Nigeria, Mali, and Burkina Faso are also at risk of serious food shortages due to drought and locust invasion. In the case of Mali, WFP announced it was preparing to launch a new appeal for funds next week, having used $2 million of its emergency funds there after a poor harvest increased grain prises and forced people to migrate both for food and in search of work. The agency has assisted close to half a million people out of the 1.2 million threatened by hunger there. read more

UN labour agency marks World Safety and Health Day with focus on

“The global epidemic of HIV/AIDS hits hardest those of working age and all who depend on them,” International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Juan Somavia said in a statement.“It threatens their rights at work. It undermines business and the economy and the very fabric of society. It is in the interest of all to ensure safe and healthy workplaces that protect workers from HIV and support those affected,” he added, noting that that at any given moment, HIV prevents an estimated 2 million people from going to work, a figure expected to double by 2015. An ILO report issued for the Day highlights the links between decent work, occupational safety and health and HIV/AIDS. Various elements of ILO’s Decent Work Agenda including respect for fundamental principles and rights at work provide the basis for a strong workplace response to both prevention and access to treatment. The observance of the Day is also promoting awareness of general occupational safety and health issues, including prevention, in a bid to mobilize action to reduce workplace fatalities. The ILO estimates that total work-related fatalities number about 2.2 million per year of which some 400,000 are attributable to the effects of hazardous substances in the workplace. In addition, some 160 million people suffer from work-related diseases each year.“This grim toll requires urgent efforts to develop a safety culture at all levels,” the agency said. read more

Underground fire at Saskatchewan potash mine sparks scramble for shelter

Underground fire at Saskatchewan potash mine sparks scramble for shelter ROCANVILLE, Sask. – Dozens of workers had to spend the night about one kilometre underground after a fire at a potash mine in southeastern Saskatchewan.Randy Burton, spokesman for PotashCorp (TSX:POT), said the fire broke out Wednesday afternoon in a small truck that was sitting in an underground lot near a main shaft at their Rocanville operation, about 230 km east of Regina.Burton said emergency crews quickly put out the fire, but 87 workers had to take shelter in refuge stations located throughout the mine because of air quality concerns. No one was injured.“There was a lot of smoke generated. We don’t let anyone leave the mine until we’re satisfied that the air is clear and safe to breathe.”The fire happened just around shift change time.“Some of the workers had already come out. Others were nearing the end of their shift and were preparing to leave. I think under normal circumstances, the day shift is about 110 people,” said Burton.The workers came to the surface in stages, starting around 11:30 p.m., once the air was determined to be safe. The last group came up shortly before 5:30 a.m.Burton said the vehicle that burned is somewhat similar to a pickup truck.“They’re a relatively small vehicle used to transport staff to and from work sites.”The refuge stations are large underground rooms that are sealed off from mine operations and provide workers with clean air, water, food and other supplies to wait out emergencies that could last hours or possibly days.“Any time there’s a fire underground there’s going to be smoke. We don’t take any chances in that regard. The rule is get to a refuge station right away,” said Burton, who believed the truck that caught fire was diesel powered and was destroyed.Normal mining operations resumed late Thursday morning. An investigation into the cause of the fire continues.In September, 2012, 20 workers at the Rocanville site had to wait several hours to be brought to the surface after a fire started in a large wooden cable spool. It was extinguished about 10 hours later.In January 2006, 72 miners survived a fire at Mosaic’s potash mine in Esterhazy that started when a cutting torch ignited flames in some plastic piping.It took 30 hours, but all of the miners were brought to the surface without so much as a cough, according to company officials.Esterhazy has been heralded as a textbook example of mine rescue.— by Ken Trimble in Edmonton by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 2, 2017 8:44 am MDT Last Updated Feb 2, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

NCAA Mens Tournament Forecast The Parity Is Over

Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions.Not long ago, in a galaxy not so far away from wherever Comcast placed truTV in your cable lineup, the era of the dominant men’s college basketball team was over. Last year, no team had more than a 15 percent chance of winning the NCAA men’s tournament, according to FiveThirtyEight’s pre-tournament forecast (Louisville was the best bet). In 2011, the nominal favorite was Duke, with a 22 percent chance. In 2012, it was Kentucky, at 27 percent, and in 2013, Louisville led with a 23 percent chance. While two of those favorites (Kentucky in 2012 and Louisville in 2013) happened to win, the lack of dominant teams left the door wide open for lower seeds to make a deep run, as No. 7 seed Connecticut did in winning last year’s national championship.This year is much different — an echo from a bygone era of short-shorts and star players who actually played through their senior seasons. The Kentucky Wildcats are undefeated; they could become the first men’s team to finish the season undefeated since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers. Kentucky has a 41 percent chance of winning it all, according to our forecast — about double what we’ve seen from front-runners in recent years.There’s not a lot to critique in the Wildcats’ résumé. While the SEC is not a terrific basketball conference, Kentucky played a reasonable non-conference schedule and won 13 games against other NCAA tournament teams. The Wildcats rank first in all but one of the computer power ratings that the FiveThirtyEight model uses and a close second in the other. They were last year’s national runner-up and the preseason No. 1. They have all the talent in the world, including three possible NBA lottery picks.But a 41 percent chance isn’t all that high. It remains more likely than not that Kentucky will stumble at some point along the way and won’t win the national championship.What could go wrong? Some of it is the unforgiving mathematics of a 68-team tournament.The Wildcats will be a favorite in every game they play for the rest of the year, but they’ll be playing some capable basketball teams. The odds of running into a streak shooter, or having a game in which they miss some free throws down the stretch, are fairly high.Let’s get more specific. Below, I’ve tallied Kentucky’s chances of winning each round of the tournament, according to our model (the rightmost column). I’ve also listed the Wildcats’ chances of winning each round conditional on them having survived the previous round. So in the conditional column, we’re fast-forwarding the tournament and assuming that Kentucky wins at each stage. For instance, Kentucky has about an 85 percent chance of winning its Elite Eight game and advancing to the Final Four, provided that it’s made it that far.Kentucky is at least a 73 percent favorite in every round. It’s not in an especially tough region, and the team will be able to stay close to home, needing to travel no more than 282 miles from campus (the distance from Lexington, Kentucky, to Cleveland, Ohio, home of the Midwest regional) to win the tournament.But even with the odds stacked in Kentucky’s favor, winning six consecutive games won’t be easy.And there are some other excellent teams in this tournament. Suppose that because of some clerical error, Kentucky’s spot in the tournament instead went to Northern Kentucky, which went 13-17 in something called the Atlantic Sun Conference. In that case, the five teams with the next-best chances — Arizona, Duke, Villanova, Virginia and Wisconsin — would collectively have a 68 percent chance of winning the title. That’s better than the cumulative 54 percent chance that the top five teams had last year.In other words, this would be a top-heavy tournament even without Kentucky. While there’s not a clear No. 2 after the Wildcats, the teams ranked from second through sixth or seventh nationally (in some order) are a strong group, a bit stronger than we’ve seen in the most recent men’s tournaments.So let’s explore the field region by region. For each one, I’ve listed each team’s rating according to the seven ratings systems that the FiveThirtyEight model averages to generate its forecasts. The rankings from each system are normalized so as to make them directly comparable.Five of the seven systems are computer rankings, and they tend to produce highly similar results. It will usually be more interesting to compare the computer rankings with the two human-generated polls: where a team ranked in the preseason (teams that overachieve during the regular season have a history of reverting to the mean in the tournament) and where it placed on the selection committee’s 68-team S-curve. Teams with higher S-curve ratings than computer ratings are potentially overseeded; teams with higher computer ratings than S-curve ratings are possibly underseeded.The charts will also show the adjustment our model applies for injuries and player absences. Usually this has a negative effect, but it can be positive if the team is healthier now than it was during the regular season — as Maryland and Virginia are, for instance. We’ll start with Kentucky’s region, the Midwest:While the Wildcats may not quite have even odds of winning the national championship, they are more likely than not (a 72 percent chance) to reach the Final Four.Kentucky has a favorable draw, but some of that is by the committee’s design. The best No. 1 seed — Kentucky this year — is theoretically supposed to be paired with the worst No. 2, and the committee made good on that by placing Kansas in Kentucky’s region. While Kansas has an entirely respectable record for a No. 2 seed, it ranks behind the other No. 2 seeds (Virginia, Arizona and Gonzaga) by the metrics we track.Kentucky also faces a relatively easy Sweet 16 game. Maryland and West Virginia, the No. 4 and 5 seeds in the Midwest, are both slightly overseeded, according to our model.Dark horses in the Midwest include Wichita State and Texas, which are badly underseeded as No. 7 and No. 11, respectively. Even there, however, Kentucky catches something of a break. It can’t face either the Shockers or the Longhorns until the Elite Eight.But while the draw is reasonably favorable for Kentucky, there’s one potential glitch. In the national semifinal, it will be due to face the winner of the West region. And the West is probably the strongest in the tournament this year:In fact, the top two seeds in the West — Wisconsin and Arizona — rank as the second and third best teams nationally, according to our composite ratings. The No. 2 seed, Arizona, actually rates slightly higher than Wisconsin; Arizona is also the only team ahead of Kentucky in any of the seven systems we track (Arizona rates slightly ahead of Kentucky in Sonny Moore’s power ratings.).Still, these are marginal differences. (Arizona’s composite power rating is 94.7 while Wisconsin’s is 94.1, which means that Arizona would be favored by less than a point on a neutral court.) So why does the model give Arizona a considerably better chance — 46 percent against Wisconsin’s 33 percent — of reaching the Final Four? Some of it has to do with each team’s Sweet 16 matchup. Wisconsin’s prospective opponent (No. 4 seed North Carolina) rates as being stronger than Arizona’s (No. 3 seed Baylor). But the geography also works in Arizona’s favor; the regional final will be played in Los Angeles.There’s not much depth in the West after the top four seeds. But one potential exception is the No. 10 seed, Ohio State, which is as strong as a typical No. 5 seed by the computer ratings even though Aaron Craft finally graduated.Villanova is the second-most-likely team to win the national championship. That’s a bit misleading; there’s a huge gap between Kentucky (41 percent) and Villanova (11 percent) and a tiny one between Villanova and the next-most-likely champions (Wisconsin and Arizona, at 10 percent each). Still, Villanova will benefit from being on the opposite side of the bracket from Kentucky, Wisconsin and Arizona. Villanova does have a tough No. 2 seed in the East region in the form of Virginia, but there aren’t a lot of easy outs among the No. 2 seeds this year.Virginia wasn’t done any favors by the committee, by contrast. No. 7 Michigan State, which knocked the Hoos out of the tournament last year, looms as their Round of 32 matchup. Like last year, MSU seems to have been underseeded, even before considering Tom Izzo’s history of postseason overachievement. Full disclosure: I’m from East Lansing.The East region also features an unusual circumstance: The University of Dayton will get to play on its home court in its “play-in” game against the other No. 11 seed, Boise State. This is part of why our model considers Dayton a 73 percent favorite in that game despite having only a slightly stronger power rating than the Broncos.Last up is the South, the most wide-open region this year. Even as a member in good standing of the Christian Laettner Hate Club — we’re automatically enrolled in East Lansing — I don’t mean to disparage No. 1 seed Duke. One can question whether Duke deserved a No. 1 ahead of Arizona and Virginia, but that’s because the No. 2 seeds are really good this year. Duke would be a No. 1 without much question in most recent tournaments.But the Blue Devils do potentially face a tough No. 2 of their own in Gonzaga. And they’ll have to win their Sweet 16 game to get there, where they may face No. 5 Utah, among the more underseeded teams in the tournament and a favorite against No. 4 Georgetown. The South also runs fairly deep: No. 8 San Diego State and No. 10 Davidson are tough outs, for instance.What about the much-maligned No. 11 seed, UCLA? Actually, our forecasts suggest that the committee did just fine with that choice: UCLA’s computer ratings are right in line with its seed.Either way, though, it probably won’t matter. Overall, this isn’t the best year for underdogs — the favorites are really something for a change. read more