Publisher withdraws guide book with offensive analogy in Assam

first_imgA local publisher has withdrawn a guide to a Class 12 textbook after it attracted criticism for an insensitive remark.The Guwahati-based RG Publications had published the guide book to Sahitya Saurav, the Assamese language textbook approved by the State’s higher secondary education council for the current academic sessionExplaining the Assamese phrase paani kor (dash hopes), the guide book used a sentence that translates into: “The girl dashed the hopes of her parents by marrying a Muslim boy.”In an apology the publishing firm’s proprietor Rakesh Goswami said they had stopped printing the guide book and those already sold would be recalled. Around 200 books had been sold.“We have asked Dipak Rajbongshi and Mary Pujari, editors of the guide book, to revise it. They have admitted their mistake,” an executive of the firm said. State higher education officials said they would probe how such a line came to be published. Officials added that they will henceforth ensure that books are filtered for such content.last_img read more

KXIP vs MI: Mumbai Indians look to continue winning streak against Kings XI Punjab

first_imgOn a roll with four consecutive victories, two-time champions Mumbai Indians would look to continue the winning streak when they take on Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League match, here on Thursday.WATCH: How WAGS inspired their cricket star husbands in IPL 2017Having won four out of the five matches they played so far, Mumbai Indians are placed second with eight points and would certainly start as favourites against Kings XI Punjab, who have managed to win just two of their five games.Even though Mumbai’s top order is yet to click, the middle and lower order have more than made up for the poor starts.Skipper Rohit Sharma, who did not have an ideal start to the tournament, made a strong comeback in the previous match against Gujarat Lions with an unbeaten 40 off 29 deliveries, while Kieron Pollard continued with his fine run, scoring a quickfire 23-ball 39.Young Nitish Rana has been a consistent contributer for Mumbai this season. He chipped in with a brilliant half- century in the last match to enable Mumbai toppled Gujarat Lions by six wickets.In fact, one of the biggest positives for Mumbai has been the form of the Pandya brothers — Hardik and Krunal. The duo have come up with significant all-round performances.Come tomorrow, Mumbai would look to their batsmen to shine again and dominate the opponents.Harbhajan Singh has been fantastic in the powerplay overs, while Lasith Malinga and Mitchell McClenaghan have also been among wickets. McClenaghan returned with impressive figures of two for 24 to help the team restrict Gujarat to 176 for four in their last game.advertisementKings XI Punjab, on the other hand, will have their task cut out against a strong Mumbai outfit.Despite starting their campaign with back-to-back victories, Kings XI slipped in the next three games and would now be desperate to get back to winning ways.Kings XI have some dangerous batsmen, especially the three ‘Ms’ — skipper Glenn Maxwell, David Miller and Eoin Morgan — besides Hashim Amla who can pile up runs but none of them clicked in the last three outings.The lone battle was fought by Manan Vohra in the last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, as he scored a fabulous 50 -ball 90 but Kings XI still lost by five runs while chasing a modest 160-run target due to lack of support from the other end.Kings XI would desperately want the big names to stand up and make their presence felt against Mumbai tomorrow.Their bowling unit, which includes a reliable Mohit Sharma, experienced Ishant Sharma and talented Axar Patel, needs to fire in unison.Teams (From):Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (capt), Parthiv Patel, Tim Southee, Kieron Pollard, Jos Buttler, Ambati Rayudu, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Lendl Simmons, Vinay Kumar, Saurabh Tiwary, Karn Sharma, Krishnappa Gowtham, Siddhesh Lad, Nicholas Pooran, Shreyas Gopal, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kulwant Khejroliya.Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (capt), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Armaan Jaffer, Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Arman Jaffer, Anureet Singh, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, Pradeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, T Natrajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Mann, Rahul Tewatia, Darren Sammy, Wriddhiman Saha, Nikhil Naik, Ishant Sharma.last_img read more

US Open: Milos Raonic pulls out with persistent wrist injury

first_imgMilos Raonic has pulled out of the US Open due to a persistent injury in his left injury, the Canadian announced..The big-serving Canadian was forced to withdraw from the Cincinnati Open as well with the same injury.”I have tried everything in my power to rehabilitate this injury in time for the US Open in order to play an event that is so truly special to me,” the 26-year-old wrote on Instagram. (Also Read: Tennis star on baseball field: Watch Simona Halep throw out ceremonial pitch at New York Mets game)”However, the pain is too great and in consultation with my doctors, I am left with no option but to withdraw from the event,” added the world No. 11.Raonic informed that he has undergone a surgery and his rehabilitation has begun.”Today, I underwent a procedure to remove portions of the bone that have been causing the discomfort and preventing me from being able to play the way I normally can. I am already back in the gym starting my rehabilitation, and hope to be recovered and back on the court in a matter of a few weeks,” he said.Raonic expressed that it hurts him to miss the event but he “truly had no other options.””I am crushed to miss this event and a chance to play in front of the fantastic New York crowd, but I truly had no other options.”Raonic played the Wimbledon where he lost to the eventual winner Roger Federer 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the quarter-finals.Earlier, Victoria Azarenka also withdrew from the US Open due to custody battle for son.The US Open is set to take place from August 28 to September 10 in New York.last_img read more

Shakib Al Hasan brilliance puts Bangladesh in box seat vs Australia in first Test

first_imgShakib Al Hasan lit up his 50th Test with all-round brilliance to help Bangladesh claim a handy first-innings lead over a listless Australia in the second Test on Monday. (SCORECARD)A day after rescuing Bangladesh from a top-order collapse with the bat, the left-arm spinner claimed 5/68 to help dismiss Australia for 217 and justify his status as he world’s top-ranked Test all-rounder.Having claimed a 43-run first-innings lead on a viciously turning track, Bangladesh further consolidated their position and were 45/1 at the close on the second day.Soumya Sarkar threw his wicket away after scoring 15 but Tamim Iqbal was batting on 30 with nightwatchman Taijul Islam yet to open his account.Bangladesh stretched their overall lead to 88 runs and Australia will have the unenviable task of batting in the fourth innings on a fast-deteriorating track at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.Resuming on a precarious 18-3, the tourists soon lost captain Steve Smith, their best batsman.Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan, who took 12 wickets at the same venue to inspire Bangladesh’s first Test win over England last year, struck in his second over, sneaking one through the gate to dismiss Smith for eight.Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb were subjected to a trial by spin with Mehidy (3/62) and Shakib hunting in tandem but the duo added 69 runs for the fifth wicket to halt the slide.With the partnership blooming, however, Taijul trapped Handscomb lbw for 33 with a ball that kept slightly low, as it often did on a track offering variable bounce and prodigious turn.advertisementOpener Renshaw soon joined him in the pavilion for 45, edging Shakib to slip.Matthew Wade fell lbw for five to Mehidy and Shakib got Glenn Maxwell stumped for 23.Ashton Agar made 41 and Pat Cummins contributed 25, adding 49 runs for the ninth wicket in a defiant stand to lend a touch of respectability to the Australian total.last_img read more

Twice this year: Badminton, hockey come to India’s rescue when cricket stumbled

first_imgIndia’s pride, the men’s cricket team, dictates the general mood of the country on a given day.Cricket grabs the headlines every time Virat Kohli’s men step onto field, as other sports wrestle for recognition in a result-obsessed country.Badminton, with the help of PV Sindhu and Kidambi Sikanth, has seen an exponential rise in recent memory, as hockey has been on a steep climb back to former glory.Twice this year, when the Indian men’s cricket team were at the receiving ends of a million heartbreaks, the country turned to the Men’s Hockey team and Kidambi Srikanth for pride in victory.October 22New Zealand came calling to Indian shores as the cricketing season reaches its peak in the subcontinent to inevitably become fodder to the juggernaut that Virat Kohli’s men have become. At least that was the general plan. New Zealand ran away with the first ODI with six wickets to spare.Contrary to the losing script on the cricketing field, Ramandeep Singh and Lalit Upadhyay made sure that India bagged their third Asia Cup title, ten years on since their second, with a clinical 2-1 victory over Malaysia. Hockey India Twitter PhotoWhile the hockey victory came close to home in Dhaka, far away in Denmark, Srikanth clinched his third Super Series title of year and climbed on top of the BWF Dubai Destination Rankings at the Denmark Open Super Series Premier event.  It took the 24-year-old under half-an-hour to outclass Lee Hyun Il 21-10, 21-5.June 18India played Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy as well as in the FIH Hockey World League Semifinal and Kidambi Srikanth faced Kazumasa Sakai in the Indonesia Open Super Series Final, in what was called a Super Sunday.advertisement AP PhotoThe Indian cricket team lost the plot in their chase of 340, self-destructing as they were bowled out for just 158. Television sets across the country bore the brunt of disappointed fans after a 180-run loss to their arch-rivals at Oval in England.Over in London, India proved their superiority over their neighbours, inflicting a 7-1 thrashing with a young team. It was the country’s highest ever win over Pakistan.           Kidambi Srikanth became the first Indian to win men’s singles title in Indonesia with a straight set victory Kazumasa Sakai. The 21-11, 21-19 victory over the Japanese prompted his rise to the second position in the Dubai Destination rankings.last_img read more

Hire Talent for Functions through JCDC

first_img Jamaicans at home and in the diaspora are being encouraged to make use of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) talent registry to book authentic Jamaican entertainment for various functions and activities.Business and Product Development Manager, Karla Mullings, told JIS News that the agency has a pool of over 3,000 persons and groups who are winners or best performers at competitions held over the years.Talent is offered in the areas of dance, music, poetry, deejaying, stand-up comedy, novelty acts, among others.“So, persons may call us for a mento band or they may call us for reggae artistes or a dancehall artiste. We provide the service of contacting and hiring those acts for your event,” Miss Mullings said.“The cultural acts are in really high demand because the items are very stimulating at a corporate function. It’s edutainment and not just entertainment, so persons really appreciate that kind of delivery,” she added.Miss Mullings, who heads the Business Development Unit (BDU) formed in April 2016 to promote the JCDC’s business services, said the agency is looking to expand its cultural products and services to Jamaicans living overseas.“We are definitely trying to expand in terms of putting our services beyond our borders,” she noted.“Our diaspora is very much into culture and wants to keep culture alive where they are,” she added. Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora are being encouraged to make use of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) talent registry to book authentic Jamaican entertainment for various functions and activities. Talent is offered in the areas of dance, music, poetry, deejaying, stand-up comedy, novelty acts, among others. For bookings, persons can contact the JCDC head office at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue in Kingston or Tel: 926-5726-9 to speak with the BDU’s Artiste Liaison Officer. Persons can also visit the website at www.jcdcjamaica.com.center_img Story Highlights She said the agency has received requests from the diaspora for reggae acts and performers of pieces by the late cultural icon Louise Bennett-Coverley, affectionately called “Miss Lou”.For bookings, persons can contact the JCDC head office at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue in Kingston, or Tel: 926-5726-9 to speak with the BDU’s Artiste Liaison Officer. Persons can also visit the website at www.jcdcjamaica.com.last_img read more

Somalia in desperate need must not be abandoned – UN humanitarian chief

“Otherwise, I fear the worst,” John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said as he briefed the 15-member body on his recent visit to Somalia and Northern Uganda.Affirming that the UN has a responsibility “not to turn its back on Somalis in their latest hour of desperate need,” Mr. Holmes said that there has been recent massive displacement following the worst fighting in the 16 years that the East-African country has gone without a functioning government.This has compounded the miseries of chronic food insecurity, alternating droughts and floods and endemic disease, he said.As the highest-ranking UN official to visit the country since the early 1990’s, Mr. Holmes said his discussions with leaders of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) – notably President Abdullahi Yusuf and Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedhi – were complicated by disagreement on the severity of the crisis. According to UN figures, 340,000 people, roughly one-third of the capital’s population, have fled the hostilities in Mogadishu since the start of February, while at least 1,000 have sustained injuries. The TGF officials claimed that only 30,000 to 40,000 had been displaced and most had already returned.At the same time, however, Mr. Holmes said that President Yusuf had accepted his proposal of a visit to Somalia by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to look into reports of indiscriminate use of force in civilian areas, arbitrary detentions and disappearances, and other human rights violations.After his Government meetings, Mr. Holmes said he had a brief opportunity to walk through the narrow passageways of a makeshift site sheltering long-termed displaced in Mogadishu, trying to imagine the daily life of the throng of children following him, and the future in store for them.“Not enough has been done to provide these people with basic conditions of human dignity,” he said.Turning to Northern Uganda, which he called “more encouraging,” Mr. Holmes said the situation in the conflict-affected districts is improving and there is a degree of optimism in the air. Security has increased with a major decline in attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the rebel group notorious for its abductions of children for child soldiers and sex slaves.However, 1.6 million displaced people remain in camps, he said, even though the number is significantly down from its height of 2 million three years ago. Some are tentatively moving out of the camps toward their places of origin, “but this movement is not yet massive or irreversible,” he commented.“These people are poised between hope and fear,” he concluded. “Hope that the day of their definitive return home may be close and fear that if the peace talks break down, renewed violence could again wrest this price from their grasp.“I urge all concerned to do what they can to ensure that this perhaps unique opportunity is not missed,” he said.During the discussion that followed Mr. Holmes’ presentation, a number of Security Council members urged the parties in both Somalia and North Uganda to allow humanitarian access and engage in serious dialogue to end their respective conflicts, with many saying they were encouraged by the agreement between the Ugandan Government and LRA.They also called on the international community to continue to alleviate the suffering of the displaced, to enforce human rights norms and to increase pressure on the parties for political progress. 21 May 2007The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today appealed to the Security Council to step up its efforts to quell the violence and end the suffering in Somalia. read more

Canadians now owe 168 for every 1 disposable income they earn as

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the amount Canadians owe compared with their disposable income climbed higher in the second quarter.The agency says household credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income increased to 167.8 per cent, up from 166.6 per cent in the first quarter.That means for every dollar of household disposable income there was $1.68 in credit market debt.The increase came as household income increased 1.2 per cent while household credit market debt rose 1.9 per cent.Total household credit market debt, which includes consumer credit, mortgage and non-mortgage loans, totalled nearly $2.08 trillion in the second quarter.Mortgage debt increased 1.6 per cent to $1.36 trillion, while consumer credit grew 2.4 per cent to $609.6 billion.

Set aside differences develop global plan to fight racism Annan tells UN

In his opening address, the Secretary-General said that failing to reach agreement at the conference would give “comfort to the worst elements in society. But if we can leave with a call to action supported by all, we shall send a signal of hope to brave people who struggle against racism all over the world. “Let us rise above our disagreements,” he said. “The wrangling has gone on for too long.” Mr. Annan said that while the world could agree to condemn racism, the accusation of racism against any particular individual or group was particularly hurtful – nowhere was that truer today than in the Middle East.”The Jewish people have been victims of anti-Semitism in many parts of the world, and in Europe they were the target of the Holocaust – the ultimate abomination,” he said. “It is understandable, therefore, that many Jews deeply resent any accusation of racism directed against the State of Israel – and all the more so when it coincides with indiscriminate and totally unacceptable attacks on innocent civilians.”Yet the world could not “expect Palestinians to accept this as a reason why the wrongs done to them – displacement, occupation, blockade, and now extra-judicial killings – should be ignored, whatever label one uses to describe them,” the Secretary-General said. “But, my friends, mutual accusations are not the purpose of this conference. Our main objective must be to improve the lot of the victims.” Kofi Annan with Yasser Arafat (30/08/01).Afterwards the Secretary-General continued to hold bilateral meetings with various leaders. During such contacts yesterday, he met with Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian Authority. They reviewed the latest efforts to halt the violence between Israelis and Palestinians, especially the initiative of German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer to bring together Mr. Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres for talks in Berlin.Later at a round table of heads of State and government, the Secretary-General urged leaders to guide a national dialogue on racism, stressing their “tremendous responsibility” in fulfilling the promises made in Durban. “As the leaders of your countries, you can guide the national dialogue on racism,” he said. “Even simple acts, such as attendance at festivals or events held by the minority communities, can send a clear message from the top that diversity is something for a society to cherish – and that you will tolerate nothing less.”At the end of the day, Mr. Annan opened a meeting of business and trade union leaders to discuss the impact of racism and discrimination in the workplace and wider community.The dialogue was intended to highlight private-sector initiatives to promote equality and inclusion in and out of the workplace, while examining obstacles faced in fighting discrimination. Participants also explored opportunities for new partnerships as part of their commitment to the Secretary-General’s Global Compact, an initiative to encourage business and labour to respect standards relating to the environment, employment laws and human rights. read more

Crude oil rises to near US107 a barrel as Iraq fighting stokes

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2014 3:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The price of oil rose to near US$107 a barrel Friday as Iraq’s widening insurgency fuelled concerns that crude supplies from OPEC’s No. 2 producer could be slowed.After jumping more than $2 on Thursday, the benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for July delivery rose 38 cents to close at US$106.91 Friday on the New York Mercantile Exchange. For the week, the U.S. benchmarkrude was up 4.1 per cent.Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refineries, gained 39 cents to close at US$113.41 a barrel in London. Brent was up 4.4 per cent on the week.Oil prices have risen to 10-month highs after an al-Qaida inspired group capturing two key Iraqi cities this week, including Mosul, which is in an area that is a key gateway for the country’s crude. The group has vowed to march on Baghdad.The violence in Iraq is mostly centred in the country’s north, away from the major oil-producing regions of the south. The turmoil hasn’t yet slowed exports, though it raises concerns about whether Iraq can continue rebuilding its oil infrastructure and boost output to meet global demand.“Without the oil production from the south of Iraq, the market would be stripped of an estimated 2.5 million barrels per day,” said a report from analysts at Commerzbank in Frankfurt. “The sharp price rise in the last two days shows that this oil supply is no longer viewed as secure, either.”Iraq’s oil production has risen by about a fifth since 2011 to 3.3 million barrels a day, making it the second-biggest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries behind Saudi Arabia.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline fell 2.6 cents to close at US$3.058 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil fell 0.1 of a cent to close at US$2.988 a gallon and natural gas fell 2.3 cents to close at US$4.739 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) Crude oil rises to near US$107 a barrel as Iraq fighting stokes supply concerns read more

Box Office Top 20 Fast 8 snags global debut record

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – “The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth movie in the “Fast and the Furious” series may have fallen short of $100 million in North American theatres, collecting $98.8 million, but it still solidified its spot as the biggest global opener of all time with $532 million worldwide.The previous record-holder, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” launched with $529 globally in 2015.Domestically, “Fast 8” is the second-highest opener of the series, behind 2015’s “Furious 7,” which opened to $147.2 million — a number many attributed to increased interest in the film following the death of star Paul Walker before the film was finished.Holdovers populated the rest of the top five at the box office, with “The Boss Baby” in second with $16 million and “Beauty and the Beast” in third place with $13.7 million.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:1. “The Fate of the Furious,” Universal, $98,786,705, 4,310 locations, $22,920 average, $98,786,705, 1 week.2. “The Boss Baby,” 20th Century Fox, $16,012,349, 3,743 locations, $4,278 average, $116,793,579, 3 weeks.3. “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney, $13,705,122, 3,592 locations, $3,815 average, $454,720,873, 5 weeks.4. “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” Sony, $6,714,300, 3,610 locations, $1,860 average, $24,945,059, 2 weeks.5. “Going In Style,” Warner Bros., $6,288,402, 3,076 locations, $2,044 average, $23,318,880, 2 weeks.6. “Gifted,” Fox Searchlight, $3,079,308, 1,146 locations, $2,687 average, $4,449,330, 2 weeks.7. “Get Out,” Universal, $2,985,945, 1,424 locations, $2,097 average, $167,615,960, 8 weeks.8. “Power Rangers,” Lionsgate, $2,814,175, 2,171 locations, $1,296 average, $80,527,923, 4 weeks.9. “The Case For Christ,” Pure Flix, $2,758,271, 1,386 locations, $1,990 average, $8,485,975, 2 weeks.10. “Kong: Skull Island,” Warner Bros., $2,707,371, 2,018 locations, $1,342 average, $161,284,775, 6 weeks.11. “Ghost In The Shell,” Paramount, $2,463,906, 2,135 locations, $1,154 average, $37,087,189, 3 weeks.12. “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” Focus Features, $2,023,845, 1,057 locations, $1,915 average, $10,626,800, 3 weeks.13. “Logan,” 20th Century Fox, $1,937,295, 1,415 locations, $1,369 average, $221,656,574, 7 weeks.14. “Your Name,” FUNimation Films, $736,113, 290 locations, $2,538 average, $3,372,170, 2 weeks.15. “The Shack,” Lionsgate, $654,814, 1,048 locations, $625 average, $56,078,874, 7 weeks.16. “Life,” Sony, $632,193, 605 locations, $1,045 average, $28,591,649, 4 weeks.17. “Colossal,” Neon Rated, $462,869, 98 locations, $4,723 average, $616,344, 2 weeks.18. “The Lego Batman Movie,” Warner Bros., $376,681, 344 locations, $1,095 average, $173,818,349, 10 weeks.19. “Their Finest,” STX Entertainment, $346,779, 52 locations, $6,669 average, $460,569, 2 weeks.20. “Split,” Universal, $281,095, 128 locations, $2,196 average, $137,827,505, 13 weeks.—Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. Box Office Top 20: ‘Fast 8’ snags global debut record This image released by Universal Pictures shows Charlize Theron, left, and Vin Diesel in “The Fate of the Furious.” (Universal Pictures via AP) by The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2017 4:31 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 17, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The other blue planet How Mars looked 35bn years ago and scientists

first_imgMany organisations are now planning colonies on Mars, including Nasa, Elon Musk and Mars One (pictured) A recent study by Northern Illinois University showed how much water once flowed on Mars based on the present day geography and geology Many organisations are now planning colonies on Mars, including Nasa, Elon Musk and Mars One (pictured)Credit:Mars One A recent study by Northern Illinois University showed how much water once flowed on Mars based on the present day geography and geologyCredit:Northern Illinois University  With its calm water, rolling hills and fluffy clouds it could easily be Earth today. But this picture is how Mars would have looked 3.5 billion years ago.Scientists have known for some time the water once flowed freely on the Red Planet because of tell-tale valleys which could only have been carved by vast rivers, and sediment layers which must have come from the bottom of ancient lakes.But nobody knew where it went. Some researchers speculated that the Martian water evaporated into space following the collapse of the planet’s magnetic field billions of years ago, which destroyed its protective atmosphere.Now a new theory by Oxford University and the Earth Observatory of Singapore suggests that the water did not go anywhere at all. In fact it got absorbed into basalt rocks produced by volcanoes, where it caused an oxidising reaction and formed minerals.Dr Jon Wade, NERC Research Fellow in Oxford’s Department of Earth Sciences, said: “People have thought about this question for a long time, but never tested the theory of the water being absorbed as a result of simple rock reactions. One reason why Mars lost all of its water, could be in its mineralogy.” “On Mars, water reacting with the freshly erupted lavas that form its basaltic crust, resulted in a sponge-like effect,” Dr Wade added.“The planet’s water then reacted with the rocks to form a variety of water bearing minerals,“This water-rock reaction changed the rock mineralogy and caused the planetary surface to dry and become inhospitable to life.” The results revealed that the basalt rocks on Mars can hold approximately 25 per cent more water than those on Earth, and as a result drew the water from the Martian surface into its interior.The researchers believe that the process was so powerful, the planet’s crust could have consumed an ocean two miles deep.center_img 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. Nasa’s Curiosity rover has found evidence of ancient lakes and rivers Credit:Nasa  Nasa's Curiosity rover has found evidence of ancient lakes and rivers  However, the discovery that water never left Mars is unlikely to help future colonists. The researchers say the mineralisation process is not reversible, so the water could never be extracted.Several groups are already planning Martian bases, and even cities, including Nasa, Elon Musk and Mars One.But there is still some water locked up as ice below the surface of Mars which scientists think could be used by future travellers.The research was published in the journal Nature. Using computer modelling, the new study calculated how much water could be removed from the Martian surface simply through reactions with rocks.last_img read more

Nevada Copper outlines Pumpkin Hollow mining options in new Technical Report

first_imgNevada Copper Corp has completed, and SEDAR-filed, a Technical Report prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 for its 100%-owned Pumpkin Hollow Copper Project located near Yerington, Nevada.The Technical Report discloses the proposed development of a 5,000 t/d underground project at a PFS level. This is the primary focus of the Technical Report. The Technical Report also includes feasibility-level information on the potential development of a large 70,000 t/d mine at Pumpkin Hollow with feed mainly from the nearby open pit deposits, but also from the same Mineral Resources as accessed in the Underground Project.  This is referred to within the Technical Report as the Integrated Project. It was originally disclosed in a NI 43-101 2015 Feasibility Study Technical Report (2015 IFS) for which the scientific and technical information is materially unchanged, and remains a viable development option.The Pumpkin Hollow Property encompasses the only fully-permitted copper project of scale in the United States, comprising two potential copper projects both of which are disclosed in the Technical Report:The high-grade Underground Project; andThe Integrated Project, a large scale open pit and underground project with reserves of 5 billion pounds of copper, 0.76 Moz of gold and 27.6 Moz of silverThe two projects, which are mutually exclusive and are each viable development options, benefit from over $220 million of prior expenditures which funded a significant amount of engineering work and technical studies, and construction of a production-sized headframe and hoist, warehouse, a 1,900 ft deep, 24 ft diameter concrete-lined production size shaft and over 600 ft of lateral development.The PFS for the Underground Project leverages upon the substantial existing infrastructure at the site, including power, water, road access, plus a production shaft and lateral mine development. The objective of the PFS has been to optimise the previously-defined underground portion of the Mineral Resources at Pumpkin Hollow with a focus on reduced capital cost; higher mined ore grades; reduced operating cost profile; de-risked construction plan, including brownfield assets, EPC construction approach and contract mining during ramp-up; and a philosophy on focusing on “margin-over-tonnes,” while maintaining expansion and extension optionality.The Technical Report was prepared under the direction of Sedgman Canada Ltd (part of the Cimic Group) as lead, along with Mining Plus Ltd. Planned commencement of construction is by mid-2018 (subject to board approval and financing); with targeted first production in mid-2019. An experienced mining contractor is to be utilised for underground development and mine ramp-up, for which initial contractor tenders have been completed.The Underground Project does not impact Nevada Copper’s ability to develop a future project on the adjacent deposits accessible by open pit methods;  and significant optimisation opportunities have been identified for an open pit project, including potential to convert assumed waste material to potential mineral resources, and eventually ore, through drilling in the Northern Extension and Connector Zones and additional engineering studies; as well as to reduce project costs through updated project estimation; and reduce capital costs by optimising the project scale.last_img read more

World handball female lineplayer 2017

← Previous Story World female handball right wing 2017? Next Story → World female handball goalkeeper 2017?  Loading …CLICK, VOTE AND CHECK RESULTSWORLD BEST LEFT WING 2017WORLD BEST LEFT BACK 2017WORLD BEST PLAYMAKER 2017WORLD BEST RIGHT BACK 2017WORLD BEST RIGHT WING 2017WORLD BEST LINE-PLAYER 2017WORLD BEST GOALKEEPER 2017WORLD BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER 2017 World Female line-player 2017? Dragana Cvijic (ZRK Vardar Skopje – Serbia) Yvette Broch (Gyori Audi ETO KC – The Netherlands) Kseniya Makeeva (Rostov Don – Russia) Marit Malm Frafjord (CSM Bucuresti – Norway)View Results World handball female line-player 2017?

Tchernobyl 26 ans et un nouveau sarcophage

first_imgTchernobyl : 26 ans et un nouveau sarcophagePosé à la hâte après la catastrophe survenue le 26 avril 1986, le sarcophage en béton est criblé de trous et de failles. Un flambant neuf va donc le remplacer prochainement.Le 26 avril 1986, la catastrophe de la centrale nucléaire de Tchernobyl, en Ukraine, a contaminé des centaines de kilomètres autour du site. Les autorités avaient réagi en urgence avec la pose d’un sarcophage de béton autour du réacteur numéro 4 afin de limiter les radiations. Seulement, 26 ans presque jour pour jour après le drame, l’état de ce sarcophage n’est pas rassurant : cribblé de trous et de fissures, le sarcophage laisse s’échapper des particules radioactives dans l’atmosphère et dans l’eau, explique 20 Minutes.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Un nouveau sarcophage va donc remplacer l’ancien afin de sécuriser le site. Le lancement de l’assemblage a ainsi été réalisé hier matin par le président ukrainien Viktor Ianoukovitch. Construit à 300 mètres du réacteur puis glissé par-dessus l’ancienne chape, il sera composé de 30.000 tonnes d’acier, pour une taille de 108m de hauteur, 162m de longueur et 12m d’épaisseur. Fruit d’un consortium formé par les groupes français Bouygues et Vinci qui mène les travaux, dont le coût total, estimé à 1,5 milliard d’euros, est supporté par la communauté internationale et la Banque européenne pour la reconstruction et le développement (Berd), il devrait permettre de sceller le réacteur numéro 4 jusqu’à la fin du XXIe siècle. Le 27 avril 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

TMobile CEO John Legere Pens CookbookBusiness Manual

first_img While high-profile tech execs testify before Congress and plan future trips to Mars, one brassy boss has remained curiously quiet.Perhaps because he’s been busy writing a book.T-Mobile today released a new lifestyle tome by Un-CEO and first-time author John Legere.“#SlowCookerSunday: Leadership, Life, and Slow Cooking with CEO and Chef, John Legere” (that is the actual title) features 52 of the businessman’s favorite slow-cooker recipes—shared weekly on his Facebook Live show.“I’ve been inviting everyone into my kitchen for more than two years now, and the best part is live engagement with everyone who tunes in,” Legere said in a statement. “Viewers have been asking me for a cookbook, and in business, I always say ‘Shut up, listen, and do what they tell you.’ So I did.”Proceeds from “#SlowCookerSunday: Leadership, Life and Slow Cooking with CEO and Chef, John Legere” go to Feeding America (via T-Mobile)Now you can, too: The book is on sale now for $19.99 via T-Mobile’s website and nationwide stores.“For me, “#SlowCookerSunday” is so much more than a cookbook. Sure, you’ll make incredible food with the recipes in it, get a little bit of advice, and laugh at old photos of me (in a suit!),” Legere said. “But my favorite part is that you’ll be helping feed the hungry across the country.”Net proceeds will benefit Feeding America, a nonprofit network of more than 200 food banks that feed more than 46 million people.“We are thankful for our continued partnership with T-Mobile,” Rowena Norman, director of new partnerships at Feeding America, said. “Proceeds from sales of the cookbook will help families in need create their own lasting memories around the kitchen table this holiday season.”Legere puts it all on the table in new book that offers recipes, advice, and personal musings (via T-Mobile)And what says “it’s the holidays” louder than an eccentric millionaire? His ex-con billionaire friend, Martha Stewart.The domestic diva penned a foreword for the hashtag-titled text, admitting that “I have gone through this book with a fine-tooth comb and … it’s pretty good.”“I like it because it’s more than just a book full of great recipes for cooking,” she said. “It’s also a primer for all of us who want some great advice on how to be a great CEO and a successful entrepreneur.”With chapter titles like “Don’t Be a Chicken” (tips on making bolder moves at work and in the kitchen, as well as non-chicken recipes) and “Get Comfortable Being You” (guidance for becoming “your authentic self,” alongside comfort food recipes), there is a little somethin’ somethin’ for everyone.More on Geek.com:T-Mobile Thanks U.S. Military With New Wireless PlanT-Mobile and 20th Century Fox Announce Deal for Cheap Movie TicketsMake a Meal of These 11 Real Sci-Fi Recipes T-Mobile announces free device upgrades whenever you want with Jump! On …T-Mobile aims to redefine its ‘broken, stupid’ industry with… Stay on targetlast_img read more

BAHAMAS Minister of Transport Frankie Campbell Distributes Pamphlets Downtown on Road Safety

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 22, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell (pictured) and staff of the Road Traffic Department handed out pamphlets on Road Safety to drivers along busy Bay Street, downtown, on Thursday morning, December 21, 2017 as a reminder to everyone out on the roads this Holiday Season to drive carefully.(BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)last_img

Man who fired BBgun during standoff sentenced to six months custody

US gains 288000 jobs most in 2 years rate 63 percent

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years, the strongest evidence to date that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth.The Labor Department also said Friday that the unemployment rate sank to 6.3 percent, its lowest level since September 2008, from 6.7 percent in March. But the drop occurred because the number of people working or seeking work fell sharply. People aren’t counted as unemployed if they’re not looking for a job. Many of those who stopped looking for work last month had been among the long-term unemployed — people out of work for six months or more. The number of long-term unemployed fell 300,000, the sharpest drop in 2 1/2 years, to 3.5 million. Economists said most of them likely gave up looking for work rather than found jobs. Yet the vigorous job growth in April provided confirmation that the U.S. economy is regaining its health after nearly stalling early this year, when a harsh winter nearly stalled growth. In addition to last month’s burst of hiring, employers added more jobs in February and March than previously estimated. The job totals for those two months were revised up by a combined 36,000.Employers have now added an average of 238,000 jobs the past three months, up from 167,000 in the previous three.Sal Guatieri, an economist at BMO Capital Markets, said the surge in hiring “signals that American companies are optimistic the economy will snap back smartly after the largely weather-related slump in the first quarter.”last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories this week

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 4 and 10 February 2016:B&Q to increase pay for 90% of shop floor staff.Lendlease launches mental health awareness training for staff.EXCLUSIVE: Atos launches car salary sacrifice scheme.Huddersfield station promotes Felix the cat.How can behavioural science engage employees with workplace savings?Rift Group launches employee engagement platform.Who should win Employee Benefits Professional of the Year?35% of female staff would leave their employer due to poor work-life balance.75% offer flexible working policies.Juliette Graham: The implications of the Bank of England’s proposal on bonus buy-outs.last_img