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Lone physicist in Congress joins science panel

first_imgThe U.S. House of Representative’s one-man physics caucus is joining its science committee—with the goal of restoring science to its rightful place in legislative discourse.Representative Bill Foster (D–IL) holds a physics Ph.D. from Harvard University and spent 22 years as a particle accelerator designer at Fermilab, a Department of Energy national laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. When he arrived in the House in 2008, he was one of three members with a Ph.D. in physics. But the two others—representatives Vern Ehlers (R–MI) and Rush Holt (D–NJ)—have since retired, leaving Foster as the sole remaining member of that troika. (There are no doctoral-level physicists in the Senate.)Foster didn’t join the House’s science committee as a rookie, instead focusing his legislative energies on reforming the nation’s tattered banking system after the 2008 financial meltdown. He also feared being pigeonholed as “the science guy.” But the world has changed, he tells ScienceInsider today in a phone interview after revealing he has been chosen to fill one of three Democratic vacancies on the science panel.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(*)“Congress is now seized in gridlock, and that made the Financial Services Committee a smaller drain on my time and my staff’s time,” he explains. “And secondly, science has come under attack. Support for science, and even acknowledging that scientific thought is a useful way to operate our government, has come under increasing partisan attack. And the [House] science committee is one important platform to have that discussion about the proper role of science in government and in the economy.”That committee, led by Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX), has become ground zero for Republican attacks on the National Science Foundation and other research agencies. Foster has watched those battles from afar, but he now feels a pressing need to defend his former profession.“There are times when the science committee works in a bipartisan manner, and there are times when that bipartisanship is challenged,” says Foster, who as a teenager launched what became a very successful theater lighting business. “It’s my hope that being a consistent, calm, and rational voice for science will increase the amount of time that we spend discussing facts rather than offering partisan talking points.”Foster says other House members regularly seek him out to discuss technical aspects of issues facing Congress and that party affiliation is no barrier. “I’ve had very good discussions with people like [Representative] Thomas Massie [R-KY]—I think he would not object to my calling him a right-wing, tea party Republican—who is also an MIT [Massachusetts Institute of Technology] robotics graduate. So we have had very good technical discussions on the right policies for NSA [National Security Agency] data collection.”Despite the value of such one-on-one interactions, he says that his time is limited. “I used to say I represented 33% of the strategic reserve of physicists in Congress.” But with Ehlers retiring in 2010, and Holt stepping down last month (and now CEO of AAAS, which publishes ScienceInsider), Foster is “now, unfortunately … 100%. Rush’s departure has definitely put more of a scientific burden on me.”Foster says he’s looking forward to joining the science committee, where he says the minority party has a chance “to bring constructive amendments. There are good conversations to be had on both sides of the aisle,” he adds. “But it’s important that those be fact-based.”last_img read more

17 girls rescued from bus in Odisha, suspected trafficker held

first_imgA group of 17 teenaged girls have been rescued from a bus in Odisha’s Koraput district, police said on Friday. One person, who was accompanying the girls, has been arrested on the charge of trafficking, a police officer said. Acting on a tip-off, a police team rescued 17 girls from a bus at Jeypore bus stand and nabbed the 26-year-old man on Wednesday night, Jeypore Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Varun Guntupalli said.“We had specific information that the girls were being trafficked from Raighar in Nabarangpur district to Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh in a bus. Accordingly, we stopped the vehicle at Jeypore bus stand,” he said. The accused revealed during interrogation that from Visakhapatnam, he would have taken the girls, all from Nabarangpur district, to Chennai in Tamil Nadu to engage them in construction work, the SDPO said.All the girls are in their teens, he said, adding that steps are being taken to hand over the rescued girls to their parents.“A racket is suspected to be operational in the region, members of which are trafficking children to other states by promising them lucrative jobs,” Mr. Guntupalli said. Awareness campaigns have been launched in the area to make people cautious about human traffickers, he added.last_img read more

Federer poised for record Wimbledon triumph

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Roger Federer. AFP FILE PHOTOLONDON—Twelve months after shutting down his season in the wake of a devastating semi-final defeat, Roger Federer returns to Wimbledon as favorite to capture a record-breaking eighth title and become the tournament’s oldest champion.The evergreen Swiss superstar, who turns 36 in August, has stunned the critics who wrote him off as yesterday’s man when he went down to Milos Raonic in five grueling sets on Centre Court in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “So I’m happy to react right away and remind myself I actually can play well on grass.“For tennis storylines of 2017, Federer shares top billing with Nadal after the Spaniard defied the doubters to win a 10th French Open.That took him to 15 Grand Slam titles, one ahead of Sampras and just three behind Federer.Bittersweet Nadal But for Nadal, Wimbledon has always been bittersweet.He was champion in 2008 — where he beat Federer in a final widely regarded as the greatest ever played — and 2010 as well as finishing runner-up in 2006, 2007 and 2011.Injury forced him to skip Wimbledon in 2009 and 2016 while the years 2012-2015 saw him lose to Lukas Rosol (world ranked 100), Steve Darcis (135), Nick Kyrgios (144) and Dustin Brown (102).A fourth round run in 2014 represents his best recent effort.Nadal admits that if he suffers a new problem with his knees on the Wimbledon grass, where the lower bounce of the ball piles more pressure on the legs and joints, then his visit to London may again be short-lived.“If I have pain in the knees, then I know from experience that it’s almost impossible,” said the 31-year-old. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Defending champion Murray is fresh off a first round exit at Queen’s at the hands of Australian world number 90 Jordan Thompson.The world number one, who was also Wimbledon champion in 2013, has failed to get past the second round in three of his last four tournaments.Short of grass court exposure, Murray headed to the luxurious surroundings of the Hurlingham Club in west London for an exhibition tournament.Equally desperate for game time is Djokovic, the three-time Wimbledon champion who travelled to Eastbourne hoping the sea air might breathe life into a career which is in freefall.The Serb was on top of the world just over 12 months ago when he arrived at Wimbledon with all four Grand Slams in his possession.However, a third round loss to Sam Querrey set him on a slide which has been more or less constant ever since.His ranking has slipped from one to four and he’s parted with coaches Boris Becker and Marian Vajda.The jury is still out on his decision to hire Andre Agassi while his quarter-final loss at Roland Garros to Dominic Thiem was his first in straight sets at the majors in four years.The 6-0 ‘bagel’ handed to him in the third set by the young Austrian was the first time he had suffered such an indignity in 12 years.“All the top players go through this. I have to get through it and learn the lessons and come back stronger. It’s a big challenge but I am up for it,” said the 30-year-old Serb. What ‘missteps’?center_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Federer, who captured a fifth Australian Open in January, will go into Wimbledon buoyed by a ninth title on the grass of Halle.His final demolition of Alexander Zverev, 15 years his junior and a player seen as his natural heir, came just a week after he marked his return from a 10-week break by losing in the first round in Stuttgart.It was his first defeat in an opening round on his favorite surface since his shock loss to Mario Ancic at Wimbledon in 2002.However, Federer believes his Stuttgart setback came at the right time ahead of Wimbledon.“I was doubting myself a little bit, I must admit, because losing in the opening round for the first time in 15 years on grass was always going to shake me a little bit and it did,” said Federer who has lost just two matches all year.ADVERTISEMENT Myers to beef up Gilas in Jones Cup 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games View comments The loss forced him off tour for the remainder of the year to rest a knee injury, leaving his Grand Slam title count on 17 where it had been since 2012.Fast forward a year and Federer is poised to break the tie for seven Wimbledon titles he shares with Pete Sampras and take his career tally at the majors to 19.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Federer done resting as he begins Wimbledon prepWith eternal rivals Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic in slumps of varying lengths and degrees of seriousness, and Rafael Nadal fretting over whether or not his knees will bear the stress of grass courts, it is Federer in the box seat. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Shikhar Dhawan’s 12th hundred takes India to 8th consecutive ODI series victory

first_imgShikhar Dhawan blasted India to their eighth straight ODI series win with an 85-ball century in the third and final ODI of the three-match series against Sri Lanka at Visakhapatnam on Sunday.He reached his 12th one day international century with a four off Gunaratne and proceeded to celebrating by taking off his helmet and in his trademark arms-outstretched fashion. He went after the bowling right from the start of the Indian innings and made sure he stayed till the end and take India home. He struck 13 boundaries in his match-winning knock and also struck two massive sixes.That’s it and that’s a wrap. #TeamIndia do it in style and win the series 2-1 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/ftYwFqSNYQ- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 2017Dhawan was dismissed on a duck in the first ODI in Dharamsala and his reply was a sturdy 68 in the second at Mohali.He has had amazing 2017 and thanks to his ton in the third ODI against Sri Lanka, he overtook South African Quinton de Kock in the list of most ODI runs in the calendar year of 2017. He will finish the year with 960 runs, in fifth place behind Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Upul Tharanga and Joe Root.Fewest inns to reach 12th ODI 100Inns74 – Quinton de Kock 81 – Hashim Amla 83 – Virat Kohli 90 – David Warner 95 – Shikhar Dhawan#IndvSL- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 17, 2017He has scored three hundreds and six fifties this year year, having send the ball 124 times to the boundary and 14 times over it.  advertisementEarlier in his innings, he became the second fastest and Sixth overall to score 4000 one day internationals runs in his 94th innings of his ODI career.Dhawan was 62 runs away from the feat when he walked out to bat in chase of Sri Lanka’s 215 at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.  After the dismissal of skipper Rohit Sharma, who had score a record-setting third ODI double hundred in the previous match, Dhawan along with Shreyas Iyer, who was playing his third ever ODI match, took India to the target.The Dhawan Domination continues. Second consecutive half century for @SDhawan25 #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/9LMSzl5sKy- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 2017last_img read more

Mets Blanked By Marlins, 3-0

first_imgMIAMI — Whiffing on a lusty swing for strike three, Bartolo Colon sent his helmet flying. He sheepishly retrieved it and tugged the bill low over his eyes while walking to the dugout, as if he hoped not to be recognized.So it goes for New York Mets pitchers at the plate.Colon and the rest of the Mets staff remained hitless this year, and their teammates didn’t fare much better against Henderson Alvarez, who pitched a six-hitter to help the Miami Marlins win 3-0 on May 6.Colon (2-5) allowed three runs in seven innings. He also went 0 for 2, striking out both times, leaving Mets pitchers at 0 for 56 this season with 30 strikeouts.Colon, a longtime American Leaguer, is 0-for-11 with eight strikeouts. “I know that I’m not a good hitter,” he said through a translator. “This is all new for me.”Other Mets pitchers don’t have that excuse, but with six walks this year, their on-base-plus-slugging percentage is .097. Last year Mets pitchers batted .115 to rank third-worst in NL, and tied for the major league lead at their position with 140 strikeouts.“We stress from the first day of spring training that pitchers have to be a little more athletic, they’ve got to handle the bat a little bit better,” Manager Terry Collins said. “We hit every day, like everybody does. We bunt, we run the bases, we do all the things that everybody else does. We just have to put the ball in play. We’ve just got to change up some things when we get home, and see if we can get them out on the field a little bit more, and see if that will help.”Miami improved to a major league-best 16-5 at Marlins Park, and is 7-1 on its current homestand with one game left. The Marlins clinched the series and have won seven of their eight home series — they are 2-10 on the road.“We’re playing with a lot of confidence right now,” manager Mike Redmond said. “Hopefully we can finish it off and go on the road and start winning some games out of our suitcase. That’s big right now in our development process.”Alvarez (2-2) completed the victory by striking out Curtis Granderson on three pitches with a runner on third. He retired the side in order only three times but was helped by two double plays and a fine play by third baseman Casey McGehee, who threw out a batter from foul territory.“He was moving the ball both sides of the plate,” said Daniel Murphy, who doubled twice. “He threw the sinker. Once you thought you had that measured, in the last third of the game he started shoving us to the other side of the plate. He threw the ball well, he doesn’t walk guys, and he got big double plays when he needed to. Tough at-bats.”The Mets, who went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position, were shut out for the third time. They lost for the fifth time in the past six games.“You’ve got to get the big hit, as they got,” Collins said. “We didn’t get any.”Alvarez allowed a leadoff double in the fourth but retired the next three batters, including David Wright and Granderson on lineouts. Wright grounded out to end the sixth with runners at second and third.“When Alvarez has his ‘A’ stuff like tonight, and you have a good at-bat and hit a ball hard, it’s pretty frustrating,” Wright said, “because you know there’s not going to be too many opportunities when he’s throwing the ball like he is.”The Marlins won with seven hits. NL home run leader Giancarlo Stanton missed one by inches when he hit an RBI double that caromed off the wall near the 418-foot sign in center field in the first inning. He scored on a single by McGehee.The Marlins put together three consecutive two-out singles in the fifth, the last by McGehee to make it 3-0. “These guys are red hot here,” Collins said. “We’re going to get hot, too.(STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Holtek: sub-1GHz FSK/GFSK RF transceiver IC

first_img Continue Reading Previous Hyperstone announces DACOM West as distribution partnerNext Allegro MicroSystems: ISO 26262/ASIL-D power management IC for automotive control units Holtek has released its new bidirectional wireless FSK/GFSK high performance transceiver IC, the BC3601. This device, which operates in the 300~960MHz license-free ISM bands, is suitable for battery or IoT applications that require low power consumption, such as smart homes, intelligent security products, car alarms, industrial/agricultural controllers and many other wireless bidirectional communication products.The BC3601 includes a fully integrated high power programmable amplifier, a frequency synthesizer and a digital demodulation function, etc., greatly simplifying the peripheral circuit design. The RF characteristics of the device are compliant with ETSI/FCC specifications. The device has an operating voltage ranging from 2.0 to 3.6V and a programmable transmitting power up to +17dBm. Its receiving sensitivity is up to -118dBm at a data rate of 2kbps and its transmission rate is up to 250kbps. The device also includes an ATR (Auto-Transmit-Receive) function and an integrated high precision, low power oscillator for WOT (Wake-on-TX) and WOR (Wake-on-RX) functions.The BC3601 includes an SPI control interface and meets with the industrial specification operating temperature of -40 to 85°C. It is supplied in a small 24-pin QFN package type which will meet the requirements of thin profile wireless product and module designsShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

VIDEO: Javier Hernandez’s Real Madrid evolution

first_imgPowerade VIDEO: I was so happy to be there – Javier Hernandez’s Real Madrid evolution Goal Last updated 1 year ago 18:00 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Chicharito Hernandez Real Madrid Atletico de Madrid Champions League 04222015 Getty Images Powerade Javier Hernández Germany v Mexico Germany Mexico Real Madrid World Cup Videos The Mexico star saw his game time limited in the Spanish capital but boasted an impressive goal return, including a memorable strike against Atletico Javier Hernandez’s loan move to Real Madrid from Manchester United in the summer of 2014 didn’t pan out in the way he might have hoped it would.Used rather sparingly by then-manager Carlo Ancelotti, Chicharito made just 10 starts in all competitions in the Spanish capital – but hit a brilliant nine goals. The lack of game time would have no doubt been a source of frustration, but the Mexico star understood the situation he was walking into and insists he was grateful for the chance to play for arguably the biggest club in the world. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “When I went to Real Madrid, rather than feeling more prepared than any other player, I arrived with the possibility of competing for a position,” Hernandez said. “I went as the one who could be in the starting XI or being a substitute and do the best I could. I have felt this way in any part of the world, and I have seen it that way. “I swear to you, and I promise you that I did not feel any pressure, on the contrary, pure motivation, real responsibility, pure illusion, genuine happiness and a lot of gratitude to be there.”Though his time on the pitch was limited, Chicharito did manage to provide a lasting memory for Madrid fans with a late winner against local rivals Atletico in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final. And his typical, close-range strike represented more than just a victory to Hernandez.“When I scored that night what I felt was the answer to what I had been doing during that year. The reward to all the work, all the training,” he said.“Our record and results [against Atleti] were a little negative in those days, so to beat them 1-0 at home and progress [to the semi-final of the Champions League] for me and the fans was something incredible.”last_img read more

POWERADE ISOTONIC SEQTL ROUND SEVEN WRAP

first_imgRound Seven of the PowerAde Isotonic South East Queensland Touch League (SEQTL) was played at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s Whites Hill Complex on Friday 27 July 2007.In Men’s Open action, Dodgers continued on their winning way at the top of the Men’s competition with a solid 5-3 victory over University-Rebels in the 7.20pm clash.Dodgers’ New Zealand Men’s Open playmaker Leon Skinner was in dazzling touch for the Coast boys who worked hard to eventually fend off a spirited challenge from Uni-Rebels.2006 Queensland Mixed Open standout Damian Moar was Uni-Rebels best player and a constant threat with his silky handling skills a highlight of the game.Colts recent good form was rewarded with a 4-2 triumph over Southern Storm in the 8.10pm timeslot.Nathan Smith and Australian Youth Squad member Jason Schmidt had outstanding games for Colts, whilst Storm’s Queensland Men’s Open lynchpin Ryan Pollock, playing consistently good touch in 2007, was again his team’s best player.In the late timeslot at 9.00pm, Country Club United (CCU) produced a professional 6-3 win over Tigers.Hard working CCU stalwart Luke “Chucksy” Parker and the skillful Luke Feldman were dominant for the Northsiders, whilst Charles Seeto was again the pick of a vanquished, but willing Tigers team.Round Seven of the PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open began with the early clash at 7.20pm between Crushers and Dodgers.After a tight first half where both teams created numerous chances, Dodgers finished off better to go the break 2-0 up.Amy Turner, Nicola Slade, and Rachel Stevenson called the shots for Dodgers and they ran out 4-0 winners with a composed display in the second half.National 20 Years Youth Squad member Belinda “Bindoss” Hammett was Crushers best, whilst Tasmanian tyro Emma Haines, making her debut for the tri-colours, and Kathrine “Dooie” Moore led from the front.In the 8.10pm clash, defending premiers Uni-Rebels completed a 4-1 victory over Colts to reclaim top spot in the division.Colts were without their rock, Australian Women’s Open star Peta Rogerson, who has been far and away the competition’s most dominant player in season 2007.Rogerson’s absence was keenly felt by an out of sorts Colts combination who struggled without her input and direction.Uni-Rebels were full of running with Renee Murphy, National Youth squad member Alyce “The Rat” Hulbert, and Toni Elthrington leading the way for Rebels in a performance that smacked of the consistency and combination that the premiers had been lacking to this point.Colts 2007 Australian World Cup Mixed Open Captain Mary “Pasher” Steele, Meg Ballon, and Nikki Etheridge never stopped trying and the loss may be a timely one as Colts take stock and gear up for semi-final action in coming weeks.In the late game at 9.00pm, the Southern Storm produced a gritty 5-3 win over traditional arch rivals Country Club United.Storm’s Queensland and Australian Women’s Open Captain Sharyn “Billy” Williams came out firing and looks to be finding good form at the right time of the season as she steered her young chargers through a tough clash with the experienced CCU team.Young Storm middle Kirsty “Harry” Quince played with poise and maturity, and along with Sam Hopkin and veteran Angela Barr, were the Storm’s best players.CCU dug deep and pushed the southsiders hard with National 18 Years Girls squad members Gen “SG” Lacaze, Kelly Jones, and the experienced Nat Parker leading the CCU charge.In Round Eight of the PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Men’s Open competition this Friday 3 August 2007, Tigers take on Storm at 7.20pm, CCU meet Dodgers in the 2006 grand final replay at 810pm, and Colts confront Uni-Rebels at 9.00pm.In PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open Round Eight action, CCU will meet Uni-Rebels at 7.20pm; Storm play Crushers at 8.10pm, and Colts will battle with Dodgers in the late game at 9.00pm.With just three weeks of regular season fixtures remaining, all teams are looking to consolidate their games and build into the finals race with good form under their belts.Men’s and Women’s Division two and three A and B fixtures also continue this Friday night with first games commencing at 6.30pm.last_img read more

BHEL bags Rs 486 cr order from NPCIL for Kudankulam project

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned BHEL Sunday said it has secured an order worth Rs 486 crore from Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) to erect the reactor side equipment in unit 3 and 4 of Kudankulam project. “BHEL has secured an order for erection work of reactor side equipment of 2×1000 MWe (Units 3&4) Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil Nadu, being set up under foreign cooperation (Russia),” the company said in a regulatory filing. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalFor the same project, BHEL had earlier secured an order for erection work of Turbine Generator (TG) island. BHEL has also successfully executed the erection work of TG island for Units 1 and 2 at Kudankulam. “This is the first time BHEL is lending its capabilities for erection of reactor side equipment manufactured by another supplier. With this, the company has expanded its footprint in the nuclear sector,” the filing said. BHEL is an established Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) leader for both thermal and nuclear power projects. Out of 18 operating Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) in the country, 12 are equipped with BHEL-supplied steam turbine generator sets, accounting for 74 per cent of the installed capacity, the filing said. BHEL is also currently executing turbine generator packages for 4 units of 700 MWe, 2 units each at Kakrapar and Rawatbhata, it added.last_img read more

Further terror attack on India will be extremely problematic US warns Pak

first_imgWashington: The US has warned Pakistan that another terror attack on India will prove to be “extremely problematic” as it asked Islamabad to take more “concrete and sustained” actions to rein in terror groups including the JeM and the LeT.Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district in February 14.India launched a counter-terror operation in Balakot. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured its pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAddressing reporters at the White House on Wednesday, a senior administration official said: “We need to see Pakistan taking concrete and sustained action to rein in the terrorist groups, mainly the Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Lashkar-e-Taiba in order to ensure that we don’t have re-escalation (of tensions) in the region”.”If there’s any additional terrorist attack without Pakistan having made a sustained, sincere effort against these groups, it would be extremely problematic for Pakistan and it would cause re-escalation of tensions, which is dangerous for both countries,” he said on the condition of anonymity. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAsked about the steps being taken by Pakistan in the aftermath of the Balakot air strike by Indian fighter jets, the official said that the US and the international community needed to see “irreversible and sustained” actions against the terror groups.”It’s early to make a full assessment,” he said.In the recent days, the official said Pakistan has taken some “initial” actions. They have frozen the assets of some terrorist groups and made some arrests. They have taken administrative control of some of the JeM facilities, he said. “But we clearly need to see more. We need to see irreversible action because in the past, what we’ve seen is they made some arrests and then a few months later, they released these individuals. The terrorist leaders are sometimes still allowed to travel around the country, hold rallies,” the official said.Reiterating that the US is looking for “irreversible action”, he said America is working with its international partners to increase pressure on Pakistan.”Because it has been too long that these groups have been able to operate,” he said.Observing that Pakistan has economic concerns as well, the official said the Financial Action Tasks Force (FATF) is one area which demonstrates the need for them to take these actions against terror groups.”Otherwise, they’re at risk within the system and the FATF to be grey-listed,” the official said.Pakistan needs to decide if it wants to be viewed as a responsible international player and have access to all the financial mechanisms that are available or is it going to continue to fail to take the steps necessary against these terrorist groups and see itself further isolated. “The choice is Pakistan’s,” the senior administration official asserted.While the situation between the two south Asian neighbours have de-escalated, the two armies are still on high alert and that concerns the US, the official said.”So, we realize that if there, God forbid, would be another terrorist attack that you could quickly see the escalation in the situation once again. So that’s why, we’re making clear that any additional military action by either side runs an unacceptably high risk, for both countries and for the region,” the official said.The Trump administration, he said, has taken sort of a “zero tolerance policy” on the issue of safe havens to terrorists.”The terror terrorist attack on February 14th on India was a demonstration that Pakistan’s continuing provision of sanctuary for any terrorist group is not acceptable,” the official said.During the height of the crisis — February 26-28 — the US was in continuous contact with Indian and Pakistani officials, both on the ground in New Delhi and Islamabad.”They were working on the phones continuously and were deeply engaged in seeking to deescalate what was a very dangerous moment in India-Pakistan relations,” he said.The United States has also reached out to influential countries to have them help deescalate the situation, the senior administration official said.Some of these countries are China, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Japan and Australia.last_img read more

Malian Pres reiterates gratitude King Mohammed VI for his solidarity actions

first_imgBamako – Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita reiterated his gratitude to King Mohammed VI for all solidarity actions undertaken by the sovereign for his country. In a speech to the nation on the occasion of the New Year, Malian President highlighted the historic visit by King Mohammed VI to Mali, hailing the quality of services offered by the military field hospital which just finished its humanitarian mission in this brotherly country after more than three months commendable services.He also underlined the several humanitarian gestures and unwavering political support for the Malian cause at the UN Security Council, under the Moroccan presidency. “During this visit, King Mohammed VI gave five hundred grants to train our imams (religious scholars) on an Islam of tolerance,” Keita added.last_img read more

Air Canada reaches new deal with pilots to expand fleet for discount

MONTREAL — Air Canada (TSX:AC) says it has reached an agreement to expand the number of aircraft in its discount brand Rouge.The deal was made in co-operation with its 3,500 pilots represented by the Air Canada Pilots Association.Air Canada said the new arrangements amend the 10-year agreement it reached with its pilots in October 2014.The airline expects the amendments will allow it to expand its presence in certain regional markets.It said the new deal will also enable it to compete effectively with emerging North American ultra low cost carriers.Also provided in the amendments are improvements for Air Canada pilots’ defined-contribution plans and sick leave, and greater transferability between Air Canada and Rouge.

Lankan protesters given bail

The team lost to India by eight wickets in the Champions Trophy semi-final. Pleading guilty to a section five public order offence at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court, the unemployed dad of two told Judge Martin Brown that he ran on the pitch during the match carrying a banner “for the 40,000 people killed by the Sri Lankan government” and a Tamil Eelam flag of a proposed independent state that Tamils in Sri Lanka want to create in the north and east of the country. The largely peaceful protests in Cardiff followed a violent incident near the Oval Stadium in London the same week, where Tamil and Sinhala activists clashed during the Sri Lanka-Australia cricket match.Sadasaramoorthy was accused alongside six other protesters, who all pleaded not guilty to the offence and were bailed with the condition that they cannot attend any national or international cricket matches until their trial in September. Saying he was aware the ethnic Tamils had a “grievance” against the Sri Lankan government, Judge Brown asked him to instead explain why he ran onto the pitch on June 20. A Sri Lankan protester who invaded the pitch during a cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Cardiff, has been released on conditional bail by a UK court, Wales Online reported.Manimaran Sadasaramoorthy, 42, of Mitcham in Surrey, travelled to Wales on June 20 this year to take part in a legal protest at the city’s Swalec Stadium against the presence of the Sri Lankan cricket team on British soil. An eighth man admitted throwing a stone at a passing car outside the stadium, while a ninth man accused of common assault was unable to submit a plea because he could not understand the Tamil interpreter provided by the court – his case was adjourned until July 23.Prosecutor David Cooke told the court Sadasaramoorthy gave a false name and date of birth on his arrest and was later found to have “previous convictions for dishonesty”, Cooke said, the last of which was in 2006.Asked by Judge Brown why he ran onto the pitch, Sadasaramoorthy – who was representing himself – said: “My dad lived in Sri Lanka in the north east and in 2009 the Sri Lankan government declared a war – my father was arrested and they murdered him.” Sadasaramoorthy answered: “On the day I went a lot of Sri Lankans were shouting ‘you can never come back to Sri Lanka’, saying if you come there they would kill me, so I told them you are in a democratic country in Britain and that they couldn’t do anything here.“That’s why I took the flag and ran on to the pitch.”The judge gave him seven days to pay a £250 fine, £85 court costs and a £25 victim surcharge “in it’s entirety”. Six other defendants who denied public order offences were Regan Chares Kumar Balachandran, 23, of Newham, London, Sukitharshan Karthikesu, 25, of Buckhurst Hill, Essex, Thilakshan Kulasingam, 19, of Mitcham, Surrey, Kaunshanth Maheswaran, 20, of Dartford, Kent, Sivendran Nadarajah, 24, of Mitcham, Surrey and Thayalan Ratnam, 31, of Croydon. read more

Applications for US unemployment aid rise to 274000 yet monthly average falls

WASHINGTON – More people sought U.S. unemployment aid last week, but the average for the past month fell to the lowest level in 15 years, a sign that few employers are cutting jobs.The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for jobless benefits rose 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 274,000 last week. Yet the four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped 1,750 to 266,250, the lowest since April 15, 2000.The figures indicate that six years after the Great Recession forced 8.5 million layoffs, Americans are enjoying solid job security. Economists note that when adjusted for population growth, the current level of applications is likely at all-time lows.Applications are a proxy for layoffs. The low readings also suggest that employers are confident about the economy’s health and see little need to shed workers.The number of Americans receiving aid rose 15,000 to 2.27 million. That figure has fallen 10.7 per cent in the past 12 months. Some of those former recipients have likely gotten jobs, but many others used up all the benefits available to them.The decline in applications for unemployment aid echoes other data that point to a steadily improving job market.In July, employers added a net 215,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate remained at a seven-year low of 5.3 per cent.The economy has generated 5.6 million jobs in the past two years, putting more paychecks into Americans’ hands. But the steady job gains and falling unemployment rate have yet to boost wages.Average hourly pay increased just 2.1 per cent in July from 12 months earlier, far below the 3.5 per cent to 4 per cent gains that have historically occurred in healthy economies.One trend holding back pay has been sluggish increases in worker productivity. Productivity measures output per hour worked and is a gauge of efficiency.It has expanded just 0.3 per cent in the past year, far below the 2.2 per cent average annual gain for the past six decades. Applications for US unemployment aid rise to 274,000, yet monthly average falls to 15-year low In this June 10, 2015, photo, job seeker Wedens Raymond, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., fills out a job application at a job fair in Sunrise, Fla. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims for the week ending Aug. 8 on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Aug 13, 2015 6:39 am MDT Last Updated Aug 13, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

COP21 Ban tells private sector how we do business today will determine

“The collective momentum among the private sector for climate action is growing daily,” said Mr. Ban alongside the United States Secretary of States, John Kerry, and the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabius, at a high-level meeting of the UN Global Compact’s Caring for Business Forum.Held over two days on the sidelines of COP21, the third annual meeting of the Forum aims to provide a platform for dialogue and action among business, investors, civil society, the UN and government officials.Since 30 November, the conference site in the north-east of the French capital has been at the heart of climate-related discussions, with thousands of people from all corners of the globe coming together to push for a new universal climate change agreement that will limit global temperature rise to less than two degrees Celsius. “Across the world, businesses and investors are standing up for a strong agreement in Paris that sends the right market signals,” Mr. Ban underlined. “They are asking for a clear message that the transition to cleaner, low emissions energy sources is necessary, inevitable, irreversible and beneficial.”With “business” as one of the central themes of COP21 on Tuesday, the UN chief stressed that it should be clear “there is no turning back,” and that all parts of society – CEOs, cities and citizens – must be part of the solution. “Just over a year ago at my Climate Summit in New York, I called on business to make their voices heard and to demonstrate that green business is good business. Companies from around the globe have responded. Leading companies are showing that they can address climate change and thrive financially,” he insisted. He noted that more companies and investors are leading on climate action than at any time in history, and that they are doing so “because they understand the risks of climate change, and the opportunities inherent in addressing it.” “We have seen the power of collaboration first-hand through our UN Caring for Climate initiative. This is now the largest coalition of businesses actively engaging on climate,” he explained, adding that one hundred companies are setting ambitious emissions reduction goals through the science-based targets initiative. On the issue of carbon pricing, he indicated that companies have been “instrumental” in ensuring that a price on carbon is recognized as a necessary and effective tool. According to the Carbon Disclosure Project, more than 1,000 companies now say that they have set an internal price or plan to in the future. This reportedly compares to just over 100 companies a year ago – nearly a ten-fold increase. “In the past year alone, over 2,000 companies and 500 investors have registered climate commitments through the UNFCCC NAZCA portal. But to limit global temperature rise to less than two degrees we must go much further and faster,” he warned. Finally, Mr. Ban addressed all the private sector leaders in the room, telling them that as they leave Paris, he hopes they will carry with them a clear message to their consumers, employees, peers – and Governments – “that how we do business today will determine if we can do business in the future.” read more

Senior UN official in Libya condemns reported executions killings by armed groups

“I remind all parties to the conflict in Libya that torture, the execution of prisoners and direct or indiscriminate attacks against civilians are prohibited under international humanitarian and human rights Law,” said said Martin Kobler, who is the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). In a statement issued by UNSMIL, Mr. Kobler expresses sympathy and condolences to the families of the bereaved and to those injured. According to reports, armed groups in Warshafana executed six men on 24 March, after abducting them from their homes. In addition, at least seven civilians, including three children, were killed during armed conflict in the area which includes al-Tewibya and al-Zawiya. Warshafana has been the site of considerable fighting and destruction in recent years. It is located south of the capital, Tripoli. read more

Mens basketball Marc Lovings Senior Day and fight for firstday bye in

Ohio State senior forward Marc Loving defends Nebraska guard Glynn Watson Jr during a game on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIn the era of Ohio State men’s basketball under coach Thad Matta, the last game of the regular season has almost always had significance. From Matt Sylvester’s game-winning 3 against No. 1 Illinois in Matta’s first season, to clinching Big Ten championships, Matta has done his job in sending seniors out in the correct fashion.On Sunday, when the Buckeyes (17-13, 7-10 Big Ten) battle the Indiana Hoosiers (16-14, 6-11 Big Ten), senior forward Marc Loving will be honored as the lone senior in the 2017 class.“(Senior Days are) a little bit emotional, but you’re happy for the individual and I think in Marc’s case, I’m very excited,” Matta said. “Just from the growth that he’s made — he’s had some ups and down throughout his career, but I see it every day.”Loving came to OSU as one of the most revered players to ever come from the competitive Toledo, Ohio, area. He was ranked as the 61st best player in the class of 2013, but many feel he never reached his full potential. Loving was asked to become a leader as a junior because of the lack of seniority on the team. His shooting percentage has gone down significantly since his sophomore season, yet remains one of OSU’s best scoring options at 12.5 points per game.Loving said he’s not one to be emotional, but can look back on his career and know how far he has grown in the program.“Coming into Ohio State, I really didn’t have any expectations,” he said. “I mean, I didn’t know how much playing time I was going to get. I wasn’t promised anything. You have to earn your spot.”Normally when OSU hosts the Hoosiers at the end of the season, the hype is palpable. Not too long ago, Indiana and the Buckeyes swung at each other for the conference crown, but injuries and other factors have led OSU and Indiana to the bottom of the Big Ten in 2016-17.However, that’s not to say the game isn’t significant. If OSU defeats the Hoosiers, the Buckeyes guarantee themselves a bye on Wednesday — the first day of the Big Ten tournament — and will be the 10 seed in the tournament.IndianaCoach Tom Crean’s squad is ranked No. 49 in Ken Pomeroy’s advanced statistical ratings, where OSU checks in at No. 66. The Hoosiers average 115.6 points per 100 possessions, which ranks 31st in the country.For any team in college basketball, especially those in major conferences like the Big Ten, it’s difficult to play without leading scorers. OSU has played without junior forward Keita Bates-Diop since the first conference game on Jan. 1. But when a team loses two of those players, it’s near impossible to overcome.Crean has desperately tried to keep his team afloat with senior forward Collin Hartman and sophomore guard OG Anunoby — a former candidate for Big Ten Player of the Year — sidelined for the season with injuries, but Indiana has been sliding as of late.Losers of six of their last seven games, the Hoosiers are also fighting to avoid the first day of the Big Ten tournament next week in Washington D.C. To do that, their top three scorers will need to do damage to the Buckeye defense in the halfcourt. Junior guards James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson average 16.8 and 12.8 points per game, with sophomore center Thomas Bryant adding another 12.8.Johnson and Bryant were two players who were in foul trouble in the Hoosiers’ last game against Purdue, which ultimately crowned the Boilermakers as regular-season champs. OSU isn’t a great rebounding team, so staying out of foul trouble and owning the boards could be a vital piece to the puzzle for an Indiana victory.Another key for Indiana is if Johnson can end his shooting slump. Since Indiana started its skid on Feb. 5 at Wisconsin, Johnson is shooting 20 for 67 (29.9 percent) from the field. But like the Hoosiers have as a team — sporting victories over No. 1 Kansas and No. 5 North Carolina — Johnson has shown ability to catch fire quickly.“They’re a tough matchup in terms of what they do and what they’re capable of doing,” Matta said. “Our defense has got to be at an all-time high tomorrow or we’re in trouble.”Indiana’s defense is one of the worst in the Big Ten, allowing over 77 points per game in conference play. OSU sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle is leading the conference in 3-point shooting at 51 percent in league games. Lyle is also coming off two of his best games of the season, scoring 17 points each in wins over Wisconsin and Penn State.Matta said that he wouldn’t be surprised to see Lyle and fellow sophomore point guard C.J. Jackson play 30 minutes apiece.Prediction: Ohio State – 74, Indiana – 69 read more

Woman dies descending Snowdonian peak after husband used smartphone app to navigate

first_img“Due to the nature of mobile devices when navigating the real world, we will continue to encourage our customers to carry a paper version of the place they are exploring.”Chris Lloyd, who was among the Ogwen Rescue team which responded to the call, described the route the pair had taken as “not a straightforward path”.He said: “There are some tricky little rock steps, particularly at the top end.”Mr Lloyd added that Tryfan is responsible for “about 30 per cent” of the incidents the Ogwen Rescue team had to attend.”Anyone climbing the North Ridge for their first time might well be advised to go with someone who has experienced the North Ridge before,” he said.“It is a superb scramble but can easily be hazardous to the unwary.”Today, Andy Simpson, a spokesman for Mountain Rescue England and Wales also urged walkers to use a map and compass in addition to electronic navigation aids.He said: “Mountain Rescue would always advocate using a map and compass to navigate, either instead of or in addition to any electronic navigation aids. Apart from potential difficulties caused by poor detail on an electronic map, batteries on mobile phones have a nasty habit of running out just when you need them most.”Speaking at the inquest, Detective Constable Tim Bird, the leader of the rescue team, said Mr Wilson had been using an Ordnance Survey app on his smartphone.He said: “The image would have been small and not as detailed as on a proper map. There is no easy way up Tryfan but there are easier routes.”Detective Bird said Mrs Wilson had fallen 20-30ft down a vertical cliff, then tumbled about 150 metres down into an area known as Notch arrete.He said that although the weather was dry, the light boots worn by Mrs Wilson were not suitable for such rough terrain and she could have slipped.After abseiling two days later down to the spot where her body was found, he said he was hit by falling rocks.DC Bird told the hearing: “The change in route was an attempt to traverse the west face to avoid the summit. It would have been better to have retreated the way they had come or gone to the North Ridge, but unfortunately they probably saw a footpath and joined up the dots.”The inquest was told Mrs Wilson was a fit and active woman and that she and her husband had been mountain walking and scrambling for six years.The coroner recorded a conclusion of accidental death. OS app screen shots from Apple App Store 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. OS app screen shots from Apple App Store Tryfan and the Glyders rise over Llyn OgwenCredit:Alamy Stock Photocenter_img “I asked ‘Is it OK? Is it safe?’ and we said we would only go if we both agreed,” he said.Mr Wilson, of Stockport, then described how he heard a kind of exclamation, then another, followed by the sound of rock fall.Jane Wilson, 53, who worked at Manchester University, had fallen 30ft down a vertical cliff, fracturing her skull and sustaining other severe injuries in the fall.Realising his wife had fallen, Mr Wilson climbed to a safer ledge and raised the alarm.He was led to safety by members of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team, who later found his wife’s body 500 ft lower down.The commercial director of Ordnance Survey advised walkers to always carry a paper map while using the OS smartphone app.Andrew Loveless told The Telegraph: “We are very sorry for Mr Wilson’s loss and we extend our sympathies to him and his family. A university librarian was killed while descending a 3,000ft mountain after her husband used a smartphone app to navigate instead of a map, an inquest heard.Jane Wilson and her husband Gary were looking for a safe route off Snowdonia’s Tryfan peak at dusk when the incident happened, on March 25.The couple, both experienced walkers, had decided not to go to climb the summit but instead, using Mr Wilson’s smartphone to guide them, headed across the mountain’s west face.In a statement to John Gittins, the coroner for north Wales east and central, Mr Wilson said his wife went a short distance ahead of him to look for a suitable route. Tryfan and the Glyders rise over Llyn Ogwenlast_img read more

Surfer punches shark in the face

first_imgA SURFER WHO was attacked by a shark punched it in the face until it swam away, reports said yesterday.In the incident on Friday evening, a 28-year-old man was about 50 metres off shore at Porpoise Bay off New Zealand’s South Island when the shark seized his leg.It left three bite wounds from his thigh to his calf. So he punched it in the face.Fellow surfer Nick Smart told Fairfax Media: He was sitting on his surfboard and the shark came up from nowhere and hit him. He struggled for a bit and then punched the shark and it let him go. The man made his own way to shore, where he had to wait about 40 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.“He was totally coherent and talking. He was definitely in a bit of pain but he handled it really well,” Smart said.Last month a New Zealand doctor, who was attacked while spearfishing off the southern coast, fought off the shark with a knife before heading ashore to stitch his own wounds and then going to the nearest pub for a beer.- © AFP 2014.Man fights off shark attack, stitches himself up, goes for a beer>last_img read more