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ScienceShot: Anatomy of an Odd Asteroid

first_imgThe oddly shaped, near-Earth asteroid 25143 Itokawa just got a lot weirder. When researchers analyzed how the object’s brightness changed over the course of 10 short intervals between 2001 and 2013, as measured by Earth-based telescopes, they found that the 535-meter-long cosmic peanut (inset) wasn’t rotating as expected. A detailed analysis suggested that Itokawa’s center of mass (about which the asteroid rotates) was 21 meters closer to the smaller end of the peanut than expected—a sign that the smaller end of the body, for whatever reason, is denser than the larger end. Although a shift of 21 meters doesn’t sound like much, that disparity suggests that the smaller end of the asteroid is more than 1.6 times as dense as the plumper end (main image), the researchers report today in Astronomy & Astrophysics. Previously, some researchers have proposed that Itokawa is actually two asteroids in contact with one another, a scenario strongly supported by the new results, the team contends. It’s not clear whether the odd configuration results from the merger of a two-asteroid system or merely clumps of material that fell back together after a larger asteroid was blasted apart by an immense collision. Further analyses may yield an answer, the researchers say, and they also may provide insights into how asteroids and other bodies formed during earlier days of the solar system. One more oddity revealed by the new study: Due to the peculiar shape and weight distribution of the asteroid and irregularities in the way that heat is radiated into space, the rate at which Itokawa spins is accelerating, making it rotate about 45 milliseconds faster with each passing Earth year.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Indian International Student Drowns At Sydney Beach

first_imgA young Indian international student has drowned while swimming at Stanwell Park beach, south of the Royal National Park in Sydney’s South.Surf Life Saving Duty Officer at Illawarra, Anthony Turner told SBS Hindi the man, understood to be an Indian national, was spotted face down on the northern end of the beach around 1.45 pm this afternoon.Read it at SBS Related Itemslast_img

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NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 3

first_imgWith the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Games DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 5. Jaycee Marcelino – G, Lyceum Pirates13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assistsLast Week: N/AJaycee Marcelino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSpeaking of sharing the spotlight, Jaycee Marcelino was one of the few players who took advantage of Perez taking a bit of a backseat for Lyceum.The 21-year-old transferee has turned heads in the preseason and has definitely made his mark in his first year in the NCAA.Marcelino’s numbers may not speak much, but he and his brother Jayvee’s pesky defense on lead Chief Kent Salado should be credited largely for the Pirates’ runaway win last Tuesday.6. Juju Bautista – F, EAC Generals 12 points, 11 reboundsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShowing that EAC is more than just a team dependent on its top three guys, Juju Bautista has sprung up to be one of the lead contributors for the team through the first four games.The Fil-Samoan banger racked a double-double this past week, giving coach Ariel Sison another valuable contributor in his rotation for the Generals.If the transferee can keep it up, Bautista might just solidify his partnership with Hamadou Laminou as a terror combination for teams to watch out for.7. Bong Quinto – F, Letran Knights 19 points, 15 reboundsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe lone entry in the list to come from a losing team, Bong Quinto deserves commendation for the work he showed in Letran’s defeat to San Beda. Tropical storm Gorio wiped out two gamedays this week, robbing us of what would have been  four-action packed games in the NCAA.But don’t fret as the Tuesday triple-header all delivered, with heroes from all six teams who saw action emerging and giving us this week’s lean list of best performers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHere’s the list of the best seven players from this past week in the NCAA.1. Robert Bolick – G, San Beda Red Lions 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assistsLast Week: 3 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Undersized and all, the 6-foot-2 forward made everyone witness that he can do more than just score as he grabbed 15 rebounds against the towers of the Red Lions.Quinto’s efforts, though, would be better if the Knights can have a more well-rounded contribution from their bench, which, in turn, could lead up to wins.RELATED STORIESNCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 1 NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 2 National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIEScenter_img FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ But Onwubere’s offensive game isn’t all of it, as he maintained his defensive drive to level EAC’s record through four games.3. Javee Mocon – F, San Beda Red Lions17 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assistsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWeeks on the fringe, Javee Mocon finally got the nod to appear for the first time in the week’s best this season, largely thanks to his stupendous play for San Beda in its win against Letran.With Bolick taking much of the spotlight for the Red Lions, the fourth-year forward has made the most of his opportunities as he develops another facet of his game: his playmaking.And the results have been promising, as Mocon almost registered a triple-double this past week.It won’t surprise us if he reaches the feat this year and if that happens, expect him to last longer in this list.4. CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 stealLast Week: 2Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGoing down to four may be a downer for CJ Perez, but that doesn’t discount the impact he’s doing for Lyceum through the first three weeks.Coach Topex Robinson was elated that the energetic forward allowed his fellow Pirates to shine, resulting to his team’s dominating 99-65 rout of Arellano.Still, Lyceum knows where to go when it wants to finish the job, and this week, it’s not shocking that they still went to Perez to wrap up the commanding W. IN PHOTOS: Kuala Lumpur Sports City ready for 2017 Southeast Asian Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter weeks of treading in the water, Robert Bolick has finally claimed the pole position in our list.Arguably the best two-way player in the amateur ranks today, the hardworking guard showed his worth on both ends this past week.Without any frills, Bolick defended Letran ace Rey Nambatac and forced him to commit seven turnovers, before finishing the job on the offensive end to help San Beda come away with the 81-74 win over its fierce rival.2. Sidney Onwubere – F, EAC Generals 22 points (4/10 3PT), 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocksLast Week: N/ASidney Onwubere. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSidney Onwubere finally unveiled his improved outside sniping as he drained all four treys in the second half of EAC’s 77-72 conquest of Mapua.The Fil-Nigerian’s three-point barrage was a huge reason why the Generals didn’t seem to have missed the presence of senior playmaker Francis Munsayac, who is still nursing a sprained ankle.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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I-League: Neroca trump Shillong Lajong in Northeastern derby

first_imgNeroca FC edged out Shillong Lajong in the Northeastern derby on Sunday in the I-League to notch up only their second win of the season.With the 2-1 win, Neroca jumped to the top half of the I-League table while Lajong are on the second last spot.Neroca took the lead first through Felix Chidi in the 33rd minute before Phrangki Buam brought Lajong back in the game in the 48th minute. However, Subash Singh scored in the 83rd minute to win the match for Neroca.Neroca FC now have with eight points from six matches while the home side found themselves at the 10th place with four points from seven games.Some pictures from today’s match against Shillong Lajong Football Club (SLFC) !! pic.twitter.com/BBg9ifYEEX Neroca FC (@NerocaFC) December 2, 2018The visitors were onto serious business right from the first minute when a powerful shot from Subash hit the top of the woodwork to get deflected to the left post and finally fell outside the line to be collected by Lajong goalkeeper Neithovilie.Lajong were playing well in the midfield but the lack of creativity and good finish kept them away from creating any scoring chance.Neroca FC, in the 33rd minute, got the opening goal when Felix Chidi headed home from an inch-perfect cross from Malem Metei.Lajong FC coach Alison brought in Maorem Mahesh Singh in place of Lalwmpuia Hnamte in the 36th minute. Lajong, thereafter, attempted a few intrusions into the Neroca citadel but were unable to find the equaliser.advertisementThe second half began with Lajong continuing with their attacks and their efforts were soon rewarded when an acute angle pass from Mahesh Singh was received by Phrangki Buam to restore the parity.Lajong could have found their second goal but Mahesh Naorem Singh missed the opportunity in the 79th minute.Neroca’s attacking intentions were soon rewarded when Subash Singh found the ball into the net from an outstanding flick from Felix Chidi in the 83rd minute and that turned out to be the match winner.#Lajong were defeated 1-2 by Neroca today in @ILeagueOfficial.Felix Chidi and Subash scored the goals for @NerocaFC whereas Phrangki scored for the hosts making him the joint highest Indian goal scorer of the season so far.Report: https://t.co/C1AfIH5wRg pic.twitter.com/zwVopSGLiA Shillong Lajong FC (@lajongfc) December 2, 2018Neroca FC next play Indian Arrows at home on December 7 while Shillong Lajong FC will travel to Srinagar to take on I-League debutants Real Kashmir FC on December 11.(With PTI inputs)Also Read | ISL 2018-19: ATK hand strugglers Chennaiyin FC another home defeatlast_img read more

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Isco: Bale having a hard time

first_imgGareth Bale Isco: Bale having a hard time after latest injury setback Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 11:50 11/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) GarethBale-cropped Getty Images Gareth Bale Real Madrid Primera División Isco The Spain star says his Real Madrid team-mate is have a tough time after his latest injury, which is set to sideline the forward for up to a month Isco admitted Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale is having a hard time after the injury-ravaged Welsh star suffered a groin strain.Bale’s injury woes worsened on Friday following news that he is facing up to a month on the sidelines after another setback.Ireland 11/2 to beat Denmark Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 28-year-old, who has been restricted to just nine appearances in all competitions this season, was in line to return ahead of next week’s La Liga derby against Atletico Madrid until confirmation of a strained adductor muscle in his left leg.”Gareth has been injured for a long time,” Madrid attacker Isco said before Spain’s international friendly against Costa Rica on Saturday.”He’s having a hard time.”Bale medical report.#RealMadridhttps://t.co/LrotcrVvh7— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) November 10, 2017Bale has not played for Spanish and European champions Madrid since their 3-1 Champions League victory against Borussia Dortmund on September 26.The Wales international started that match but limped off during the closing stages.last_img read more

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Hardik Pandya stars as India ease past Australia in rain-hit first ODI

first_imgHardik Pandya and MS Dhoni put Australia to the sword in India as the hosts sealed a 26-run victory in the first one-day international in Chennai.Pandya hit a career-best 83 from No7 in a century stand with Dhoni, who scored 79 as India reached 281 for seven.A lengthy rain delay saw Australia’s target revised to 164 in 21 overs, but the tourists struggled to an underpowered 137 for nine.India opted to bat first and soon found themselves in peril, Nathan Coulter-Nile excelling with the new ball to leave the home team 11 for three. Read more India beat Australia by 26 runs: first one-day international – as it happened Australia sport Reuse this content Share via Email India cricket team news Australia cricket team Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Ajinkya Rahane and Manish Pandey were welcome wickets, but captain Virat Kohli – for a duck, no less – was the real prize.Marcus Stoinis kept the ball rolling, removing Rohit Sharma (28) and Kedhar Jadhav (40) before the halfway mark, but that brought Dhoni and Pandya together. Pandya took the lead in their 118-run stand, slamming Adam Zampa for three consecutive sixes before the spinner eventually took his costly revenge. Dhoni then sped up the run-rate in the death overs, with support from Bhuveneshwar Kumar (32 no).Rain had threatened to force an abandonment but after finally retaking the field, with a new T20-style target of 164, Australia buckled.Five of their top seven were dismissed in single figures with David Warner mustering 25 and Glenn Maxwell counter-punching with 39 from just 18 balls.Pandya added two scalps to his earlier runs, captain Steve Smith and Travis Head, while Yuzvendra Chahal recorded three for 30 with his leg-breaks, including the wicket of Maxwell which all but ended Australia’s hopes.All-rounder James Faulkner struck a few late blows to make the margin of defeat more respectable, but even his unbeaten 32 could not set up a close finish. The series continues on Thursday with the second game in Kolkata. Cricket Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Topics Share on Messenger Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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A mistake on a betting slip cost a punter £200k. How you react to that is telling

first_img Support The Guardian Anouchka Grose Reuse this content Sport betting Two weeks ago, Smith picked six outside winners on an accumulator that added up to £212,000, a truly baffling amount of money. When he went to collect his winnings, however (presumably with a wheelbarrow, to take it back to a Scrooge McDuck-style vault), he realised that instead of writing “Bialco”, a winner in the 2.15 at Perth, he had put down the annoyingly similarly named Bailarico, third placed in the 3.40 at Goodwood. Personally I’d argue this is proof that horse-owners need to come up with more original names (Philip Seymour Hoofman, Pony Cascarino, Chevalerie Singleton, Horson Welles, anyone?). According to Smith, he had alerted the staff at his local Betfred to his mistake after the 2.15 but before the 3.40 race, and they had assured him that his bet would count. When he checked his winnings, however, the sixth bet was void, meaning that he had lost nearly £200,000, earning him the paltry sum of just £23,000 – a figure that at least could buy him 3,878 of the world’s smallest violins.If you think about it, the story follows a classic “underdog takes on the big bad guy” narrative, where a hopeful punter literally beats the odds to pull off an incredible victory – but then, after overcoming the slings and arrows of misfortune, he’s defeated by something as stupid as an administrative error. It’s like if Rocky ended with Stallone beating Apollo Creed in a stunning victory, but just as he’s about to lift the championship belt he trips over his own shoelace and knocks himself out on the corner cam.But perhaps more interesting than the story itself is how people react to it – and specifically, who they think is in the wrong. On the one hand, you can empathise with the bookie (as much as it’s possible to empathise with a powerful corporation that profits from the addiction and suffering of others) – rules are rules, and Smith did technically place his bet on the wrong horse. On the other hand, it’s clear that’s not what Smith intended, and surely the system has to be flexible enough to incorporate human error. Smith also claims that none of this would have happened if the regular manager, whom he knows well, had been at the shop when Smith noticed the error, as he would have corrected the bet immediately. But then is that really how this system should work? Unbending, unforgiving rules, unless you happen to know people in high places? Gambling Read more Read more Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage If I had to pick my favourite irrational fear – behind falling into open manholes, snakes coming out of the toilet and the unshakeable belief that my friends’ newborn baby secretly hates me and is going to beat me up as soon as he learns how fists work – it would probably be filling in forms. No matter how long I spend poring over them, painstakingly writing out everything in a black fountain pen and BLOCK CAPITALS, I’m positive I’ve made a mistake. What if, when confronted with one of those “do you consent to this company contacting you” questions, I wrongly ticked the box that allows them to message me via swarms of angry bees? What if, instead of requesting an aisle seat, I’ve mistakenly given my consent to be fired out of the plane via ejector seat if they’ve overbooked the flight? It’s a fear I’ll never get over, especially not after this week, when I learned of the horrifying story of David Smith, a 60-year-old punter from Loughborough, who managed to lose £189,000 on an accumulator by filling out a form wrongly. Move over Best Friends’ Thug Baby – this scenario has replaced all of my nightmares now. Both positions, when taken to extremes, are ludicrous – either strictly defined rules control every aspect of our lives and deviation from them means ruin (ie Nineteen Eighty-Four), or rules are meaningless, and one’s stock in life is defined solely by whom one knows (ie Mad Max, the feudal system, or the lives of the shortlisted candidates in the Conservative leadership campaign). The answer is probably a combination of the two, along with a reliance on how things are “usually” done. But we’re entering a scary new world, where those traditions are breaking down, and adherence to rules by our political elites – both legal and unspoken – seems to be optional. We must, it seems, pick sides.Underneath this story about a horse named after a Portuguese folk dance, there’s a binary choice to be made – do we favour the bookmaker, and embrace the tyranny of law, or do we favour Smith, and embrace the anarchy of none?• Jack Bernhardt is a comedy writer and occasional performer Share on Twitter Horse racing Since you’re here… Child gambling is a form of self-harm – it’s too complex for a quick-fix clinic … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Topics Share on Pinterest Opinion comment Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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3 hours agoMan Utd shop in Bundesliga for 2 stars

first_imgMan Utd shop in Bundesliga for 2 starsby Paul Vegas3 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are shopping in the Bundesliga this season.BILD says United ended a winless run of 11 away matches when they beat Partizan Belgrade 1-0 in their Europa League clash in Serbia on Thursday, to go top of Group L.But they have a long way to go to compete at the top end of the Premier League again, and are reported to have targeted Mario Mandzukic, Thomas Muller and Denis Zakaria in January.United are ready to pay €50m for Muller, but they face competition from Inter Milan for the Munich forward. United are closing in on a deal for Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder Zakaria.The 22-year-old has 24 caps for Switzerland and is contracted to Moenchengladbach until 2022, but could be available for around £25m.And United appear to be close to signing out-of-favour Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic, with some reports claiming a deal has already been agreed . TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Parents Urged to Dialogue with Children to Tackle Bullying

first_img In an interview with JIS News, Miss Dixon said the agency has been getting calls from concerned parents, and has executed a number of interventions in different institutions. Story Highlights In light of recent reports of bullying among students, and the traumatic impact on the victims, the Child Development Agency (CDA) is imploring parents to engage their children on a deeper level.“It is important that parents have frequent dialogue with their children and ask the right questions,” advises Marketing and Public Relations Manager at the CDA, Rochelle Dixon.In an interview with JIS News, Miss Dixon said the agency has been getting calls from concerned parents, and has executed a number of interventions in different institutions.She noted, however, that the victims may not necessarily reach out for assistance until the case becomes extremely severe.She informed that there are a number of tell-tale signs that parents may look for to determine whether something is amiss with the child.“Your child may express a desire to stay away from school. There may be changes in the child’s mood and behaviour pattern. He or she may be apprehensive about discussing what happens in class, as well as other stress-induced symptoms may present themselves,” she explained.A United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)/CDA study conducted in 2015, found that six in 10 students report being bullied at some point in their lives, with the majority of cases occurring at school.Miss Dixon is encouraging parents to forge partnerships with the teachers and guidance counsellors at the schools their children attend, and report incidents to the school’s administration.Additional support may also be had by reaching out to the CDA.center_img In light of recent reports of bullying among students, and the traumatic impact on the victims, the Child Development Agency (CDA) is imploring parents to engage their children on a deeper level.last_img read more

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US Senate Urged to Dismiss Food Shipping Restrictions

first_imgzoom The U.S. relief and development agency ‘Bread for the World’ joined 25 other groups yesterday in opposing increased cargo-preference restrictions in the U.S. Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014.This provision, described as “obscurely folded into the bill”, would prevent millions around the world from receiving U.S. food aid and cost taxpayers millions of dollars in shipping costs, the organization explained in a release. “At a time when humanitarian crises are worsening in the Middle East, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic, among other countries, it is astonishing that Congress would take money from a program that works well to support a few shipping companies,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “This legislation is not only immoral and unjust; it reverses important gains made recently to make food aid more efficient and reach more people.”Current law dictates that one-half of U.S. food aid be shipped on American vessels. Congress reduced that amount from 75 percent in 2012 as a cost savings, and has including a number of provisions in the recently passed bipartisan farm bill and the FY 2014 omnibus appropriations bill to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of U.S. food-aid programs.According to Bread for the World, under this new provision, the percentage would revert to 75 percent, increasing food-aid transportation costs by $75 million a year, and will result in thousands of fewer tons of food aid shipped to respond to emergencies around the world.“In turn, this would jeopardize the our ability to provide life-saving assistance to at least 2 million hungry people worldwide who face dire conditions due to conflict and natural disaster,” the organisation said.The Obama administration adamantly opposes this provision, which passed the House earlier this month, and is currently under consideration in the Senate.“With 842 million people around the world going hungry every day, now is not the time to make such a devastating change to the U.S. food-aid program,” Beckmann added. “We strongly urge the Senate to reject any action that would increase transportation costs for food aid and prevent access to invaluable U.S. international food assistance.”Press Release, April 30, 2014, Image: Wikimedialast_img read more

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Greek Owners and Operators Favor Liberian Flag

first_img“Greece remains the undisputed number one shipping nation in the world, and it is appreciable that it has demonstrated its continuing faith in the world’s leading open ship registry in such a transparent way,” said Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry. zoom LIiberia has become the flag of choice for Greek ship owners and operators, according to Liberian Registry.Figures produced by the Greek publication Shipping & Finance, which bases its findings on data from the Marine Information Services database for Greek and Cypriot shipping companies, confirm that the Greek merchant fleet now includes 800 Liberian-flag ships.This is ten more than registered under the Greek flag, and 300 more than are registered under the flag of Panama, the registry said.“Liberia’s dominant presence in the Greek shipping sector owes much most recently to the efforts of Michalis Pantazopoulos, Senior Vice-President of LISCR (Hellas) SA in Piraeus, and to the continuing support of Capt Nick Soutos, President of the Soutos Group of Companies and Consul-General of Liberia in Greece since 1971.last_img read more

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Algérie Ferries Orders New RoPax

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Algérie Ferries Algerian shipping company ENTMV Algérie Ferries has ordered a new roll-on/roll-off passenger (RoPax) ferry in China. The company signed the final contract for the construction of the newbuilding with China’s Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) last month.As informed, Danish OSK-ShipTech A/S will design the vessel and is currently working on the approval design.The new RoPax will be 200 meters long, 30 meters wide and will be able to accommodate 1,800 passengers, 180 crewmembers and more than 600 cars. It will be propelled by four main engines with a service speed of 24 knots.The new ferry will sail between Algeria and a series of larger cities in Southern Europa such as Marseille and Barcelona.Currently, Algérie Ferries’ fleet comprises a total of six vessels.last_img read more

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APL to Support The Ocean Cleanup Operations

first_imgSingapore-based shipping company APL has decided to provide free shipping to The Ocean Cleanup, a non-government, non-profit organization working to develop advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.As an official partner of The Ocean Cleanup, APL will transport containers of components and equipment for the extraction of plastic pollution from the oceans from 2019 to 2020.“We applaud The Ocean Cleanup’s course in cleaning up our oceans. In partnering with The Ocean Cleanup, APL seeks to step up our efforts in protecting marine biodiversity,” Dennis Yee, APL Global Head of Safety, Security and Environment, commented.APL today announced that it is providing free shipping to The Ocean Cleanup, a non-government, non-profit organisation working to develop advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. Read more: https://t.co/bHCkRLToqW pic.twitter.com/FqMlaR2Jxv— APL (@APLShipping) March 26, 2019“APL is fully behind The Ocean Cleanup’s efforts to remove ocean debris that contributes to habitat destruction and kills tens of thousands of marine animals each year,” Yee added.In 2019 and 2020, APL will deliver equipment and components for research programs and clean-up operations globally. In support of its clean-up operations and to create a better understanding of the problem, The Ocean Cleanup performs global measurement campaigns to determine the sources and composition of floating plastic in the oceans.APL is supporting efforts in ocean biodiversity protection as the carrier protects the marine environment from the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water carried by its ships. Commercially, APL prohibits the carriage of endangered species products including shark fin, dolphins and whales among others onboard its vessels.APL is also a signatory of the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce, joining the fight against illegal wildlife trade.last_img read more

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Tales of Indias heroes fascinating Arjun

first_imgNew Delhi: Actor Arjun Kapoor, who was last seen on screen in the movie “India’s Most Wanted”, says cross-border cop chase has become a trending topic in Bollywood because tales defining the heroes of India make for fascinating storytelling. Apart from “India’s Most Wanted”, movies like “Raazi”, “Uri” and “Baby” in the past have shown cross-border police chase on the silver screen. “There were so many stories that we may have felt apprehensive about putting out there. Importantly, it is about the relevance (of the story). If the audience wants to watch relevant stuff, they have given us indicators with ‘Raazi’, ‘Uri’ and other films over the last few years,” Arjun told IANS. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka He added that the audience is curious about the country. “They want to know how India became India. (They want to watch) Stories that define (the) heroes of India. It makes for fascinating storytelling. We have looked at western civilisation for hints and links and what to do next. For once, our audience is providing clues about what we should focus on,” he added. Arjun is now gearing up for the release of his next film titled “Panipat”, which also stars Kriti Sanon.last_img read more

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Will miss Sushma Swaraj on Raksha Bandhan Naidu

first_imgNew Delhi: Describing former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj as an epitome of grace and grit, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said in her untimely demise, the nation has lost an able administrator, an effective parliamentarian and a true voice of the people.The Upper House paid glowing tributes to the senior BJP leader, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 67. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the House. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’When the House met for the day, Chairman Naidu read out an obituary reference on passing away of the senior leader and said she was “grace, grit, affection, amiability and ability personified”. “In her untimely demise, the nation has lost an able administrator, an effective parliamentarian and a true voice of the people. She always dreamt of an India at its highest glory,” he said. Mourning the demise “as a personal loss”, he expressed hope that the words and deeds of this exemplary leader will continue to inspire all those in public life. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”She was like my sister who always addressed me as ‘Anna’ (elder brother). She was a regular at family and cultural events at my residence for a long time. Every year, on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, she used to tie ‘Rakhi’ on my hand. I would be missing this honour this year. I have lost a valuable sister in her demise, which is an irreparable loss to me,” Naidu said. He said Swaraj was a very effective orator with equal felicity in both Hindi and English and left an inerasable imprint both within and outside Parliament. A couple of hours before she breathed her last, her public message after Lok Sabha passed the Bill related to Jammu and Kashmir was: “I was waiting to see this day in my life time,” Naidu noted, adding this clearly demonstrated her commitment for ‘One India- One Constitution’.last_img read more

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McArthur linked to 3 missing men years before he was charged with

first_imgNewly released court documents show Toronto police linked serial killer Bruce McArthur to three missing men with ties to the city’s gay village years before he was charged with killing them and five others.The documents, submitted to the court by officers seeking search warrants, show investigators interviewed McArthur in late 2013 as a witness in the disappearance of Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Majeed Kayhan.Police say in the documents they had found an email address for a “silverfoxx51” under deleted contacts in Navaratnam’s computer and the nickname also appeared in a notepad belonging to Faizi.The deleted contact also included a phone number that was linked to McArthur in a police database — a record related to a 2005 incident in which he was stopped for driving without valid insurance.The email address matched that of a profile on the adult website silverdaddies.com, and the photos from that profile resembled those for a Bruce McArthur in a Ministry of Transportation database and one listed among Navaratnam’s Facebook friends.The documents say McArthur told police he was friends with Navaratnam and had a sexual relationship with Kayhan but denied knowing Faizi. He also told investigators he had learned of Navaratnam’s disappearance from posters put up in the neighbourhood.McArthur, a self-employed landscaper, pleaded guilty last month to eight counts of first-degree murder for men he killed between 2010 and 2017: Navaratnam, Faizi and Kayhan as well as Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.The 67-year-old was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years, meaning he will be 91 before he can apply for any form of release.In handing down the sentence, Justice John McMahon said he had not seen any sign of remorse. “Mr. McArthur would have no doubt continued to kill if he wasn’t caught,” he said.The documents unsealed this week show it was only after McArthur was identified as a person of interest in Kinsman’s disappearance in 2017 that investigators realized they had already interviewed him in the case of the previous missing men.Police linked McArthur to Kinsman after security footage showed Kinsman getting into a red minivan outside his building on the day he vanished, the documents say. That van was later traced to McArthur.An officer who had worked on the investigation into the disappearance of Navaratnam, Faizi and Kayhan recognized the name and confirmed it was the same person police interviewed in 2013.The documents also shed more light into a 2016 incident in which McArthur was questioned after he began choking a man during a sexual encounter in his van.The man, who is not identified, managed to escape and filed a police report. McArthur turned himself in and was questioned by Det. Paul Gauthier, who is now facing disciplinary charges in connection with the investigation and is set to appear before a police tribunal next week.McArthur told Gauthier that because the man had expressed a desire to be pinched hard during their encounter, he believed the man “wanted it rough,” the documents show.“The investigating officer, Det. Gauthier, indicated that McArthur appeared genuine and credible in his recall of the incident,” they said. McArthur was released without charges.He was arrested in early 2018 and eventually charged in the deaths of eight men. The documents released this week were filed about a week after his arrest but before all the charges in the case were laid.Police have faced criticism for not acting sooner on concerns from the LGBTQ community that a serial killer was behind the disappearances but Police Chief Mark Saunders has defended the work carried out by the force. Saunders said officers simply did not have enough evidence until 2017.Court heard McArthur strangled all of his victims and then took photographs of their bodies in various states of undress, keeping the images on his computer and viewing them long after his crimes.McArthur then dismembered his victims and hid their remains in planters at a Toronto residential property where he stored his landscaping equipment, and in a ravine behind the home.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Autonomous car testing plan aims to boost public confidence

PITTSBURGH — Companies testing autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh will have to immediately report crashes resulting in any injuries and have three days to reveal those that result in any damage.The guidelines are part of an executive order signed Monday by Mayor Bill Peduto and are meant to help build public confidence in the testing after a deadly accident in Arizona last year.Representatives of the five companies testing autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh — Aptiv, Argo AI, Aurora Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University and Uber — expressed their support for Peduto’s measure.Karina Ricks, director of the city’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, says the companies have 30 days to submit initial information, such as neighbourhoods where they expect to conduct testing and times the tests will happen.New companies must submit information 10 days before starting on-road testing.The Associated Press read more

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Israel Cuts Northern Morocco from MENA Region Map

Rabat – On Sunday, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a map to condemn the threat posed by Iran’s missile program, targeting Europe.In a tweet shared on Sunday, the ministry said that “Iran has deployed ballistic missiles with a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles), placing dozens of countries, including part of Europe, under the regime’s range of fire.”To explain the Iranian threat, the ministry used a map that cuts off northern Morocco. Several internet users condemned the map.Several people commented on the absence of the northern part of Morocco.“The map does not make sense at all … what happened to the northern part of Morocco, disappeared because of the global warming?” one wrote sarcastically.The same commenter also wondered if the graphic designer “has issues with editing layered vector maps or is it just a joke…!”The map doesn’t make sense at all… what happened to the northern part of Morocco, disappeared because of the global warming? or is it your graphic designer that has issues with editing layered vector maps or is it just a joke…!— Simo Ben (@simo_online) February 11, 2019Another Twitter user also asked, “so basically, Iran tried their missiles on Morocco and the country disappeared.”Several other commenters asked Israel to delete the post and share another map with the entire map of Morocco. read more

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Myanmar needs to do more to improve human rights situation says UN

25 August 2011While the new Government of Myanmar has taken steps to improve the human rights situation in the country, it needs to deploy greater efforts to address serious concerns such as the continuing detention of a large number of political prisoners, a United Nations expert said today. Earlier this year Myanmar’s newly-convened Parliament elected a new President and two vice-presidents, a move welcomed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who had stated at the time that he hoped it would lead to the formation of a more inclusive civilian government that is broadly representative of all parties and more responsive to the aspirations of the people. “This is a key moment in Myanmar’s history and there are real opportunities for positive and meaningful developments to improve the human rights situation and bring about a genuine transition to democracy,” Tomás Ojea Quintana said at the end of his five-day mission to the South-East Asian nation.“The new Government has taken a number of steps towards these ends. Yet, many serious human rights issues remain and they need to be addressed,” added Mr. Quintana, who has served since 2008 as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. “Of key concern to me and to the international community is the continuing detention of a large number of prisoners of conscience,” he stated in a news release issued in Yangon. The expert said that in his meetings with the Government, he conveyed his belief that their release is a “central and necessary” step towards national reconciliation and would bring more benefit to Myanmar’s efforts towards democracy. Last December, Mr. Quintana had urged the Government to release at least 2,202 prisoners of conscience still detained one month after the freeing of pro-democracy leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, saying many of the prisoners are seriously ill as a result of harsh jail conditions.He had the opportunity to meet with Ms. Suu Kyi during his just completed visit, as well as with other Government ministers and other relevant stakeholders. In addition, he saw the new Parliament in session in Naypyitaw and visited Insein Prison, where he met with prisoners of conscience. In his end-of-mission statement, the Special Rapporteur voiced concern about the continuing allegations of torture and ill-treatment during interrogation, the use of prisoners as porters for the military, and the transfers of prisoners to prisons in remote areas where they are unable to receive family visits or packages of essential medicine and supplemental food. Other concerns highlighted include tensions in ethnic border areas and armed conflict with some armed ethnic groups, which engender serious human rights violations, including attacks against civilian populations, extrajudicial killings, sexual violence, arbitrary arrest and detention, internal displacement, land confiscations, the recruitment of child soldiers, as well as forced labour and portering. “I call on the authorities and all armed groups to ensure the protection of civilians in conflict-affected areas and to accelerate efforts towards finding a political solution to the conflict,” he stated. Among his recommendations, Mr. Quintana encouraged the Government to take the necessary measures for investigations of human rights violations to be conducted in an independent, impartial and credible manner.“Justice and accountability measures, as well as measures to ensure access to the truth, are fundamental for Myanmar to face its past and current human rights challenges, and to move forward towards national reconciliation,” he stated. UN independent experts, including Mr. Quintana, report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council. They work in an independent and unpaid capacity. read more

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Billionaire Warren Buffett says budget debate hasnt hurt economy but default would

OMAHA, Neb. – Billionaire Warren Buffett said Wednesday it would be idiocy for the nation’s leaders to allow the United States to default on its bills.Buffett is a renowned investor who leads the Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate. He appeared Wednesday on CNBC.Buffett said he thinks it would be absurd for American politicians to do anything to damage the country’s reputation for paying its bills that has been established over the past 237 years.“I don’t think it will happen, but if it does happen, it’s a pure act of idiocy,” Buffett said about the possibility of default.Congressional leaders were still working Wednesday morning on a deal to end the partial government shutdown and prevent default. Buffett said both political parties should agree not to use the debt limit as a bargaining chip in the future because it is “a political weapon of mass destruction.”“Credit worthiness is like virginity, it can be preserved but not restored very easily, so it is crazy to play around with it,” Buffett said on CNBC.But Buffett said he hasn’t changed Berkshire’s spending because of the budget battle, and it didn’t factor in his decision to complete a $1.1 billion acquisition.Berkshire said Wednesday it will buy the beverage dispenser business from Britain’s IMI PLC on behalf of its Marmon Group subsidiary.“I wouldn’t have changed the price a penny based on what’s happened,” Buffett said.The deal is relatively small by Berkshire’s standards. The company spent $12.25 billion earlier this year to acquire half of ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co. in a $23.3 billion deal. Buffett said Wednesday that another similar-sized deal recently got away from Berkshire.Buffett also said he hasn’t yet seen an effect on consumer spending in the reports he gets from Berkshire subsidiaries like its furniture and jewelry stores, but that would change if the government defaults.Buffett said he hasn’t sold off any of Berkshire’s short-term treasury bills because of the budget battle. He said he’s not worried about the government paying those.Berkshire Hathaway Inc. owns about 80 subsidiaries, including clothing, brick, carpet and paint firms. Its insurance and utility businesses typically account for more than half of the company’s net income. It also has major investments in such companies as Coca-Cola Co. and Wells Fargo & Co.___Online:Berkshire Hathaway Inc.: www.berkshirehathaway.com___Follow Josh Funk at www.twitter.com/funkwrite Billionaire Warren Buffett says budget debate hasn’t hurt economy but default would be idiocy by Josh Funk, The Associated Press Posted Oct 16, 2013 5:15 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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