LJP confident of getting fairshare of seats in Bihar, U.P.

first_imgWith the Narendra Modi government fighting the perception of being anti-Dalit, leaving the BJP vulnerable, key NDA ally from Bihar Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP), headed by Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, is confident of getting more seats to contest in Bihar during the 2019 Lok Sabha poll. The LJP is also lobbying for seats in Uttar Pradesh. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who heads the Janata Dal(U) and Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha of the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party, have staked claim for a fair share of the 40 seats. The BJP holds 22 seats, LJP has six and JD(U) four. Mr. Kushwaha’s party has the lone seat that he himself represents. The BJP has indicated that it is not willing to fight the poll on fewer than 20 seats. The remaining 20 has to be shared among the three allies. “The government is not in a position to discount us if it wants to ensure that its pro-Dalit credentials are not questioned. We contested seven seats in the last election and lost only one, that too by a very small margin. So there is no question of us accepting fewer than seven,” a top LJP leader said.The party said that if its services are to be utilised in Uttar Pradesh, then it should be rewarded. “There is a huge population of the Passi caste in eastern Uttar Pradesh and also in Rae Bareli and Amethi. It is obvious that the BJP would want LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan and his son Chirag to be involved in campaigning. The BJP will do well to at least give us three or four seats in the State,” the leader added.Mr. Paswan has been maintaining a studied silence. “We have had no discussions on seats. It will be done at the due time,” th Minister told The Hindu.last_img read more

UFC: Rival Cormier responds to Jones’ failed drug test

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:43PDEA holds surprise drug test at bus terminal in QC for ‘Undas’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “We as athletes are entitled to due process, and I will refrain from saying much more until I know exactly what happened,” he said.Still, the 38-year-old former Olympian can’t help but dwell on the disappointing results of their match last July.“In my mind, on July 29, I competed and I lost. I thought Jon Jones was the better man that day,” he said. “I don’t know what to think anymore. I can’t believe we are going through all of this again. We will see what happens next.”He also expressed gratitude to the fans who stuck with him during his tough times. “Thank you to all my fans who have supported me during this dark time. I love you all very much.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Daniel Cormier lands a solid right to the face of Jon Jones during their fight at UFC 182 in January.  AP FILE PHOTOUFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ return to glory was shortlived, as he reportedly tested positive for an anabolic steroid and would most likely receive yet another suspension.READ: UFC champ Jon Jones flagged for another failed doping testADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Gamescenter_img The news comes less than a month after he reclaimed the title from fierce adversary Daniel Cormier via a brutal knockout. The former champion recently spoke to MMAFighting about Jones’ most recent debacle.“It’s hard to find words to describe how I’m feeling right now,” he told the news outlet. “I’m disappointed to hear the news. It’s very emotional.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) made the news public on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) but urged the public to “let due process occur before drawing any conclusions about Mr. Jones.”Despite their differences, Cormier elected to let the investigation proceed before making his assumptions. Read Next MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: PH volleybelles in semis, eye crucial win vs Vietnam UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program View commentslast_img read more

Video games in the Olympics? Here’s how it might work

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Top seed Meralco comes back to beat Star in semis opener Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president In this photo, taken on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, an esports competitor takes part in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Including competitive computer games, known as esports, could give the Olympics a younger audience and a huge revenue boost from a rapidly growing market, but would be deeply controversial. (Photo by DAVID ALIAGA / LAUREL Photo Services via AP)ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan — The future of the Olympics may just be in a basement in Turkmenistan.With leading Olympic figures considering a possible role for competitive computer games – known as esports – at the 2024 Games in Paris, a pan-Asian competition in the ex-Soviet state offers a possible vision of the future.ADVERTISEMENT Esports aren’t a natural fit for Turkmenistan, one of the poorer ex-Soviet nations, though one where internet access is growing rapidly.The rules weren’t explained in the local language, but that didn’t turn off the crowd of up to 200 in the windowless basement of a sports arena from cheering and whooping at a particularly spectacular kill or skillful strategy.Still, the attendance was tiny compared to big pro esports events, which can pack thousands into traditional sports arenas, and it didn’t make much of a splash online. Fewer than 50 viewers at a time watched some opening-round matches Monday on Twitch, a leading game streaming service that regularly attracts tens of thousands of concurrent viewers to its more popular streams.If esports make it to the Paris Olympics, it would redefine what Olympic sport is meant to be.The International Olympic Committee has previously resisted calls to add “mind sports” like chess that don’t involve physical exertion, or events where machines are key, like auto racing.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Including esports could give the Olympics a younger audience and a huge revenue boost from a rapidly growing market, but would be deeply controversial.The Olympic Council of Asia included esports as an official demonstration event at its Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this week, with teams from China and nine other nations battling in four games ranging from space combat in “StarCraft II” to card-game strategy in “Hearthstone.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSupporters of esports in the Olympics say their event is a real sporting contest, one which prizes strategy and lightning reactions over physical agility.“It needs different skillsets from different people,” competitor Jess Joaustine Tamboboy from the Philippines told The Associated Press. “It doesn’t really have a physical requirement because you can see around us the players are short and tall, maybe a little bit thin, maybe a little bit fat. But all they have in order to qualify to play for these types of titles are just their cognitive or mind skills.” LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Deciding which games to pick is fraught, too. The IOC has a sponsorship deal with Chinese company Alibaba, which has major esports interests, but rival firms have their own popular brands.The IOC also fears violent games would hurt the Olympics’ image.IOC president Thomas Bach told the South China Morning Post, an Alibaba-owned newspaper, earlier this month that he’d prefer sports simulations.“We want to promote non-discrimination, non-violence, and peace among people. This doesn’t match with video games, which are about violence, explosions and killing. And there we have to draw a clear line,” he said.All four of the games on the program this week in Turkmenistan featured some form of combat, though in fantasy settings with cartoon-style animation techniques. There weren’t any realistic military-themed shooting games on the program.Bach also said esports needs a firmer structure. The IOC is used to dealing with a single governing body for each sport, like FIFA for soccer or the International Gymnastics Federation. Esports has its own international federation, but with limited influence over a web of private interests including games publishers, competition organizers and players’ teams.The event in Turkmenistan showed how that system doesn’t yet fit smoothly with the Olympic movement.IOC sponsor Alibaba’s Alisports division was in charge of the event, and used an open online qualifying system.That prompted federations from Australia and South Korea to boycott, saying athletes should have been picked by their national Olympic committees in the manner of a traditional sport.If esports make it to the Olympics, other potential problems for the IOC include criticism it’s moving away from promoting a healthy lifestyle, and that it’s ignoring poorer countries where fast computers and brand-new games are unaffordable. MOST READ Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Esports would also mean the IOC allowing private companies to set the rules of its competitions.Most traditional sports treat the rules with reverence, only occasionally tinkering around the edges. Not so for games publishers, who routinely mix things up to attract new players and keep things fresh.Adding just one new character can reshape the whole “meta” — the game’s constantly evolving web of tactics and counter-tactics.Senior figures in the IOC and the esports world have publicly doubted esports will be ready for an Olympic debut in seven years’ time.“We are still some way away from our vision and we need to start on the right foot,” Asian Esports Federation president Kenneth Fok said last week. “For esports to develop in a positive banner, we need the full support of each and every NOC, their government, and more importantly the general public to have a positive perception of electronic sports.” View commentslast_img read more

Sunil Gavaskar picks Dinesh Karthik ahead of Rishabh Pant in World Cup squad

first_imgSunil Gavaskar has picked Dinesh Karthik ahead of Rishabh Pant in his squad for the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales. Karthik, however, did not find a place in India’s squad to face Australia in the five-match one day international series next month.Rishabh Pant, on the other hand, was recalled to ODI squad after missing two consecutive series against Australia and New Zealand.Chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad, on Friday said that they wanted to test Pant in a few ODIs before taking a final call on India’s World Cup squad.Gavaskar picked Karthik as an opening batsman ahead of KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane while Pant did not find a mention in the legendary batsman’s list.”I have 13 names in my mind who will surely board the flight to England and they are Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav,” Sunil Gavaskar told Sports Tak.”I think Vijay Shankar can be the 14th player. Seeing the swinging conditions in England, India can play two fast bowling all-rounders. But I am not too very sure of the 15th player. Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj have not been that impressive. Umesh Yadav can be an option and I think selectors must keep an eye on these three bowlers.”There should be a flexibility in the team. Dinesh Karthik has opened in Test matches in the past so he can do it in ODIs too,” Gavaskar added.advertisementIndia and Australia will play two T20Is on February 24 and 27 before the ODI series starts from March 2 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad.Gavaskar wants India to produce a dominant show and whitewash the series.”India should go out all guns blazing in the ODI series against Australia and try to win 5-0,” Gavaskar said.The cut-off date to announce the World Cup squad is April 23. India start their campaign against South Africa on June 5 at The Rose Bowl in Southampton.Also Read | Virat Kohli needs no protection in Indian batting lineup: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Will try to be more expressive with the ball vs Australia: Vijay Shankarlast_img read more

Asus ZenBook Duo, ZenBook Pro Duo quick review: Dual screen laptops for creators and multi-taskers

first_imgA day ahead of the Computex 2019, Asus hosted its 30th anniversary event in Taipei, Taiwan to announce new Zenbooks, VivoBooks, special and limited edition Zenfone 6, and a few other seemingly cool gadgets. The star of the show, however, was the Asus ZenBook Duo series, the first for Asus and also world’s first dual screen laptop. The series has two laptops — ZenBook Duo (base model) and ZenBook Pro Duo (top-end model). At the launch event Asus confirmed that the ZenBook Duo series will be available in Q3 of 2019. Speaking to Indian tech journalists, the Asus management team confirmed that the ZenBook Duo and ZenBook Pro Duo would hit the Indian market in September or in early October.At the launch event, I spent some time with both the Asus ZenBook Duo and ZenBook Pro Duo. My quick impression: The Duo or the Duo Pro can be a great option for creators and multi-taskers out there. The first thing that strikes the mind when you look at both the laptops is the stunning design. Both the laptops under the ZenBook Duo series sport the same design. The ZenBook Duo series comes with Zen-inspired spun-metal finish and frameless four-sided NanoEdge design, with ultraslim bezels, and pretty compact form factor. The new ZenBook Duos include main screen and right below that sits the secondary screen or ScreenPad Plus which is then followed by the keyboard.The best bit about this laptop is, despite including the ScreenPad Plus and Keyboard, Asus doesn’t miss out of the touchpad. On the right of the keyboard sits the touchpad with which the main screen of the laptops can be controlled. Notably, the second screen of the ZenBook Duo comes with touchscreen feature.advertisement The ZenBook Pro Duo features the latest version of the Asus NumberPad, an LED-illuminated numeric keypad integrated into the touchpad. There’s also Amazon Alexa voice support, with a dedicated light bar at the front of the laptop that illuminates to indicate it’s listening. Smart!Screen and designAs far as the screen is concerned, the Asus ZenBook Duo — base model — comes with 14-inch screen paired with 12.6-inches ScreenPad Plus. In comparison, the Pro model aka ZenBook Pro Duo comes packed with a 15.6-inch main screen paired with 14-inch ScreenPad Plus. Both the main and the second screen use an LCD panel, which I believe could have been brighter and offered better viewing angles.To control the main screen of the ZenBook Duo series users can use the touchpad that sits right next to the keyboard, while the second screen can be controlled via fingertouch. On the ScreenPad Plus the taskbar sits on the left with the help of which the users will be able to perform any and every task they want.So, what’s the idea behind including the second screen on the ZenBook Duo? Speaking to India Today Tech, YC Chen, PC Product Director of Asus, said that the company has designed this laptop with two screen keeping in mind the creators and multitaskers out there.Use caseThe ZenBook Duo lets users split screen to perform as many tasks as possible at the same time. For example, while booking flight tickets we often tend to go back and forth between an open webpage and calendar. This is one instance where the ZenBook Duo makes life easy. The users can simply open the calendar on the second screen, or any other window while the booking can be carried out on the main screen.Another instance where the ZenBook Duo works perfectly is when the users wants to have a bigger pictures of something, say India’s map for example. The India map can be first opened on the main screen and for a better viewing experience can be dragged or extended to the secondary screen — with the help of the touchpad. Check the following picture for better idea. For better user experience, Asus ZenBook Pro Duo comes bundled with a stylus — that can be used to take down notes on the second screen. It also comes with a palm rest that basically enhances ErgoLift — that is what Asus calls the keyboard — tilting keyboard design. In simple words, it is easy to see that whole design will help creators be more productive. Notably, the base model or the ZenBook Duo doesn’t come with palm rest or the stylus.Other thingsAs far as the core hardware is concerned, the ZenBook Pro Duo is powered by 9th-generation Intel Core processor combined with 32GB RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. The ZenBook Pro Duo comes with up to 1TB PCle 3.0 x 4 SSD. In comparison, the ZenBook Duo is powered by Intel Core i7 CPU and GeForce MX250 GPU. The ZenBook Duo series runs on Windows 10 and support IR web camera with Windows Hello support, latest Intel Wifi 6 with Gig+ that takes the wireless speeds to the whole new level.advertisementAdditionally, the ZenBook Pro Duo comes with a dedicated Turbo Fan button that will likely help boost cooling at any given time. In terms of weight, the ZenBook Duo weighs 1.5kg while the Pro version is slightly on the heavier — 2.5kg — because bigger screen.Disclaimer: The reporter’s travel and stay have been arranged by Asus.last_img read more

Report: Juventus 1 Fiorentina 0

first_imgJuventus 1 Fiorentina 0: Mandzukic on target as Bianconeri maintain winning start Patric Ridge Last updated 2 years ago 04:38 21/9/2017 Juventus v Fiorentina Serie A Italy 20092017 Getty Images Mario Mandzukic’s superb diving header earned a 1-0 win for Serie A champions Juventus against Fiorentina. Juventus made it five wins from their opening five Serie A fixtures as Mario Mandzukic’s second-half header sealed a 1-0 victory over 10-man Fiorentina.After a slow start at the Allianz Stadium, Juve had to wait until the 52nd minute to find a way through Fiorentina’s stubborn backline.The outstanding Juan Cuadrado was the architect with a brilliant delivery from the right, and Mandzukic made no mistake in nodding home his second goal of the campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Paulo Dybala looked set to be provided with an ideal opportunity to continue his incredible goalscoring form when Blaise Matuidi was brought down by Milan Badelj on the cusp of Fiorentina’s area, but although the referee initially awarded a penalty, he reversed his decision after utilising the VAR system.Badelj nevertheless picked up a second booking for his troubles as Fiorentina were reduced to 10 men, with Mandzukic twice going close shortly after.Ultimately though, the official’s decision and Mandzukic’s misses mattered little, as Juve held firm to maintain their winning streak and join Napoli at the top of Serie A.3 – Mario Mandzukic has scored three goals against Fiorentina, his best victim in Serie A. Enemy. #JuventusFiorentina— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) September 20, 2017Looking to build on his scintillating form, Dybala was the first to engineer an effort on goal as he curled an excellent free-kick wide nine minutes into a largely uneventful first half.Juve wanted a penalty soon after, with Gonzalo Higuain having gone down under pressure from German Pezzella, but the referee dismissed the hosts’ appeals.Fiorentina almost caught Juve cold with a rare venture forward – Andrea Barzagli picking up a booking for a foul on Giovanni Simeone – but Jordan Veretout could not keep his effort down.Despite dominating, Juve could not find another opening until the stroke of half time, when Higuain turned sharply to unleash a powerful strike that looped just over.But Juve did finally craft their opener seven minutes after the restart.Cuadrado found space on the wing, proceeding to whip in a sublime cross that Mandzukic met with a well-timed diving header into the bottom-left corner.Juve should have extended their lead moments later – Cuadrado again the provider with a fantastic low cross – but neither Higuain nor Mandzukic were alert enough to make contact.Badelj’s careless lunge on Matuidi just after the hour saw the midfielder receive his marching orders, only for the referee to award a free-kick rather than a spot-kick after assessing the video replay.Mandzukic could have then put the game beyond all doubt with two close-range efforts that forced Marco Sportiello into action.And Juve were almost made to pay for the Croatian’s poor finishing late on, with Fiorentina substitute Gil Dias causing havoc, but Wojciech Szczesny’s clean sheet stayed intact as Juve claimed the points. Key Opta stats:- Juventus have won their first five Serie A games for the third time since 1994-95, the previous seasons were 2005-06 and 2014-15.- Juventus have won 37 of their last 38 home league games (D1).- Mario Mandzukic has scored three goals against Fiorentina, his best opponents in Serie A.- For the first time in this Serie A season, Juventus have not faced a shot on target in the first half. – The last time Juventus ended a first half without conceding any shots on target in Serie A was in October 2016.- Juan Cuadrado has played his 200th Serie A game.- Blaise Matuidi achieved 100 per cent passing accuracy (56 for 56). read morelast_img read more

Mel Kiper Unveils His Top 10 Prospects For The 2020 NFL Draft

first_imgMel Kiper gives analysis on ESPN.The 2019 college football season is set to begin this weekend, which means it’s time for 2020 NFL Draft talk to start heating up.ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper has updated his “big board” ahead of the upcoming college football season. The list is dominated by SEC players.Kiper has five SEC players in his top 10, including two players from Alabama inside his top four, with Tua Tagovailoa as the No. 1 quarterback on the board.The Big Ten, meanwhile, has two standout defensive lineman inside the top five.Here’s his full top 10, shown on ESPN today:Mel Kiper Jr Big Board 2020 #NFL Draft pic.twitter.com/RKGpLbZ8mP— InsideBamaRecruiting (@RTRnews) August 21, 2019Kiper released an entire top 25 ranking on ESPN.com today. He noted that these rankings are subject to change – a lot – before the 2020 NFL Draft gets here.“Keep in mind that several prospects here have started only one season, so a lot of projection is involved,” he wrote.You can view Kiper’s full top 25 big board here.last_img read more

Jamaica’s Economic Performance Remains Strong – IMF

first_img The Fund contended that creating the space for such spending will require going beyond temporary remedies like wage freezes and adjustments to non-wage benefits. Story Highlights The multilateral agency noted further that the unemployment rate is at a 10-year low, inflation and the current account are modest, international reserves are at a comfortable level, and external borrowing costs are at historical lows. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has given high marks for Jamaica’s performance under the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA), saying programme implementation remains strong, with public debt firmly on a downward trajectory.In its recently released Executive Board Review, the Fund highlighted that strong programme implementation continues to anchor macroeconomic stability.“All quantitative performance criteria and structural benchmarks for end-December 2017 were met. Fiscal consolidation is ongoing; primary surplus is expected to be at least seven per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in financial year (FY) 17/18 and a similar target is set in the FY18/19 Budget. Public debt is projected to be under 100 per cent of GDP by end-March 2019,” the report said.The multilateral agency noted further that the unemployment rate is at a 10-year low, inflation and the current account are modest, international reserves are at a comfortable level, and external borrowing costs are at historical lows.The Executive Board Review said that inflation remains anchored. It said that higher food prices resulting from flooding have begun to unwind, and Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation has remained low (2.7 per cent in February 2018), in part due to weak domestic demand.In addition, the current account deficit remains relatively low (at 2.8 per cent of GDP in FY17/18) and it is expected to shrink over the medium-term as oil prices remain contained and tourism earnings improve.The Executive Board, in its review, pointed to the need to boost growth, which was estimated at 0.5 per cent in 2017, with the growth forecast revised down to 0.9 per cent in fiscal year 2017/2018.It was noted that weakness in agriculture, slow recovery in mining, and a deceleration in manufacturing had offset growth in tourism and construction.The Fund stated that formalising the current inflation targeting regime will help entrench macroeconomic stability and promote growth.“With inflation likely to remain in the lower part of the Central Bank’s target range, a looser monetary stance remains appropriate. Upcoming revisions to the BOJ Act – including a clear mandate for price stability, a reformed governance structure, and a strong Central Bank balance sheet – will help institutionalise the inflation targeting framework,” the IMF said.The Fund further noted that structurally reducing the wage bill is critical for the Government to reprioritise spending towards growth-enhancing projects.It said that more expenditure is needed for infrastructure, citizen security, building agricultural resilience, health, education, and the social safety net.The Fund contended that creating the space for such spending will require going beyond temporary remedies like wage freezes and adjustments to non-wage benefits.The entity noted, further, that building the resilience of agriculture to weather-related events, and investing in school attendance and youth training programmes will improve growth and social outcomes.It added that continued reform implementation will not only safeguard hard-won gains but also deliver stronger growth and job creation. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has given high marks for Jamaica’s performance under the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA), saying programme implementation remains strong, with public debt firmly on a downward trajectory.last_img read more

Monsoon catches up in Kerala depression over Arabian sea

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: Several parts of Kerala received moderate rainfall on Sunday, a day after the southwest monsoon set in over the state, even as a low-pressure area formed over the Arabian Sea.The Meteorological Department said the low pressure was expected to intensify into a depression in the next two days and subsequently, into a cyclone. Forecasting isolated heavy rainfall and squally weather in coastal areas of the state and in Lakshadweep islands, it advised fishermen not to venture into the sea till June 13. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistA bulletin issued by the department at 3 pm said the low-pressure area has formed over the southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area and the east-central Arabian Sea under the influence of the cyclone circulation. “It is very likely to concentrate into a depression during the next 48 hours over the southeast and the adjoining east-central Arabian Sea. It is very likely to move north-north-westwards and intensify further into a cyclonic storm subsequently,” it said. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceThe weather report also predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall (115.6-204.4 mm) in isolated places of northern Malappuram and Kozhikode on June 12. After a delay of a week, the monsoon hit the Kerala coast on Saturday, marking the official commencement of the four-month rainfall season in the country. The district collectors have been asked to be on alert in areas where landslides had occurred during the monsoon last year, sources in the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) said. KSDMA Member Secretary Sekar Kuriakose said based on the India Meteorological Department inputs, arrangements have been made to face it institutionally.last_img read more

Help Donate to the Salvation Armys Christmas Hampers

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Salvation Army is starting to collect donations for their Christmas Hampers and with the need increasing, more hampers are needing to be filled.The Christmas Hamper Campaign is open to anyone in the community to apply, yet unlike the Food Bank, there is an income matrix used to assess and prioritize the need. The Savation Army assesses household income vs expenses to determine the value of the hamper.Applications for hampers have been available since Nov. 1 and are available until Nov. 30. Late applicants may still be issued a hamper, but it is not guaranteed. Last year 136 hampers were filled and this year the budget is for 150 hampers. The Salvation Army is also seeking help to fill Children’s Hampers and make sure every child is able to experience the holiday spirit. For the children, last year 191 hampers were filled. Each child is given gifts that range in the price of $65-$80 which the parents are given wrapping paper to wrap the gifts and offer to their children for a real Christmas experience.There is a very real need for specific toys and items for kids aged 8 – 17 years such as; Lego, drones, remote controlled cars, barbies, gift cards to Walmart (or other stores that sell youth clothing/toys), etc.Donations can be dropped of at our Community & Family Services office, 10116 100 Ave. or by donating to Century 21’s 2nd annual Toy Drive.Hampers are picked up at our Distribution Day,  Wednesday, December 19th.last_img read more

Western Sahara Guterres Wants to Extend MINURSO Mandate for 1 Year

Rabat – With the Security Council meeting on Western Sahara looming, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for the extension of MINURSO’s mandate for one year.Guteress addressed a note to the Security Council on Wednesday, asking for a one-year extension for the UN mission in Western Sahara, also known as MINURSO.The document obtained by AFP reads, “I recommend that the Council extend the mandate of MINURSO by one year, until October 31, 2019, in order to give my emissary the space and time necessary to create conditions that will allow the political process to move forward.” The last time the Security Council met to decide on the MINURSO mandate was on April 27. The council extended the mission’s mandate until October 31, 2018.Read Also: Western Sahara: Kohler Invites Morocco, Polisario, Algeria and Mauritania for Talks in GenevaTraditionally, the council has extended the mandate for one year.The secretary-general’s note followed invitations from the UN secretary-general’s personal envoy, Horst Kohler, to all parties: Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria, and Polisario.Guterres confirmed the requests of his envoy as he also “urged the parties and neighbors to come to the negotiating table in good faith and without preconditions.”AFP reported earlier that the talks would come in the form of a roundtable rather than negotiations.Guterres’ request might pressure Algeria to join the round-table talks in December in Geneva, which aim to decide on a framework for future negotiations.Algeria has been reluctant to shoulder its responsibility in the conflict, claiming that the issue should be solved between Morocco and Polisario.If Algeria refuses to attend as a fully-participating party, some analysts believe Morocco is unlikely to send a senior representative.On Friday, September 28, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita met Guterres on the sidelines of the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York. The two officials discussed the Western Sahara conflict.The Security Council will hold three meetings on Western Sahara this month, including one on October 29, to determine the future of MINURSO. read more

NB premier warns intimidation from shalegas opponents threatens new chance for economic

FREDERICTON — The effort to proceed with shale gas exploration in New Brunswick’s Kent County is a “beachhead” for development of natural resources in the province, Premier David Alward said Friday.Alward said those who oppose a shale gas industry are the same people who are against new mines and the proposed Energy East Pipeline project.“We cannot allow the intimidation or the loudest voices to ultimately deter our province from our ability to grow our economy and to allow our citizens to build their lives here,” Alward said.His comments come as the Elsipogtog First Nation seeks an injunction to stop SWN Resources from proceeding with shale gas exploration.That application says there is a risk of a repeat of the violent clash that occurred between police and protesters near Rexton on Oct. 17 because SWN is resuming exploration.“These circumstances combine to create a very real danger that, as active seismic exploration is recommenced in the coming hours and days, outside radical elements, the Respondent SWN and the RCMP, other police and even military forces, all interact,” says the application, which will be heard later Friday in the Court of Queen’s Bench in Fredericton. read more

In Mullaitivu President seeks unity against a Muslim Prabhakaran

The President urged the public not to leave room for a Muslim Prabhakaran to be born. President Maithripala Sirisena today called for unity among all communities saying the country has now divided.Speaking in Mullaitivu the President said that today religious leaders and politicians are divided. “If we divide and fall apart the whole country will stand to lose. Another war will break out,” he said. Sirisena said that most politicians are focused on the elections later this year and not the country.He said that the division is preventing the country from moving forward. The President said that he understands the issues faced by the Tamils and will address some of them.However he said the past must be set aside and the country must unite to take the country forward.He said that there should not be room for extremism to prosper. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN agency urges EU to adopt stronger and more proactive approach on

In a paper presented to the European Union (EU), Protecting refugees in Europe and beyond: Can the EU rise to the challenge?, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) urged Europe to improve support, preparations, and response aspects of its engagement with the refugees. UNHCR also urged greater investments by European Union (EU) member States to assist refugees with integration, housing, employment and language training. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi stressed in a speech to the European Policy Centre in Brussels that last year Europe failed to implement a collective response to help over a million refugees and migrants. In light of the resultant breakdown in public trust and the fact that the issue was seized upon by those who wanted to turn refugees into scapegoats, it is important that EU member States show, through collective action, “that Europe is capable of engaging effectively and in a principled manner with refugee movements, helping to stabilize refugee flows over the long term through more strategic external engagement – while at the same time, continuing to welcome refugees in Europe,” he added. The agency has also proposed a Better Protecting Refugees in the EU and Globally paper, outlining measures to address the reasons why refugees are fleeing, and simplifying an asylum system that would make the process of identifying and registering more efficient. The system also builds on elements of the existing Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and some reforms proposed by the European Commission. The reform would also guarantee the right to asylum, enhance security screening, and improve management of population movements. “History has demonstrated that Europe is stronger when it addresses its challenges together; and I firmly believe that this is still possible today,” stated Mr. Grandi, adding that it is time for a new vision for Europe’s engagement with the global refugee crisis. According to UNHCR, the system will also include a common European registration system, a common approach to unaccompanied and separated children, and efficient system for returning individuals who are not in need of protection to their countries of origin. read more

Significant Digits For Monday May 11 2015

If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news.And, as always, if you see a significant digit in the wild, tweet it to me @WaltHickey. 5th-most productiveWillie Mays saw his career home run record eclipsed by beleaguered Yankee Alex Rodriguez last Thursday, but the stats still appear to show that Mays was the better ballplayer. Looking at all-time wins above replacement, Mays is in fifth place in the annals of baseball history, while A-Rod is 17th. [FiveThirtyEight] You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. To receive this as an email newsletter, please subscribe.4 percentThat’s Alabama’s existing tax on rentals of “tangible personal property.”  The state’s department of revenue wants to extend that tax to rentals on, say, Netflix, which generally speaking is pretty intangible and impersonal. [The Washington Post] $50 billionUber is considering raising another $1.5 billion in funding, which would value the company at $50 billion, basically making it a herd of unicorns if my Silicon Valley terminology is up to date. [The New York Times] 11 percentThe new cigarette tax rate in China, up from 5 percent. About 1 million Chinese citizens die annually from smoking-related illnesses. The last time China raised the tax, the State Monopoly of Tobacco Administration — which owns the country’s cigarette manufacturer because, you know, communism — isolated actual smokers from the tax and just ate the costs. So let’s just wait and see how this goes. [Bloomberg]At least 12 arrestsPlease never change, Massachusetts: More than 100 people were involved in a brawl at Revere Beach in Massachusetts on Mother’s Day. There were at least 12 arrests after an altercation that began between two women and their friends spiraled into an all-out fight at the beach. [NECN]60 kimberlite pipesNew research suggests that the plant Pandanus candelabrum can grow the presence of kimberlite pipes, or underground columns of volcanic rock. Who cares? Well, there are about 6,000 known kimberlite pipes, and a tenth of them have diamonds in them, and about a tenth of those have enough diamonds to be worth digging up. So keep your eyes peeled for Pandanus candelabrum. I don’t really know how this works but between you and me, this weekend I’m going to check to see if there might be diamonds under the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Shh! [CNET]$86Current projection for the fare to ride California’s future bullet train from Los Angeles to San Francisco. If you follow technology at all, you probably know by now that Californians are really bad at estimating the actual value of things — be it a train ticket or a startup — so it should come as no surprise that the estimate has been as low as $50 and as high as $105. [Los Angeles Times] $1.1 million to $2.3 millionThat was the range of the value of former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke’s assets back when he was running America’s favorite helicopter-based cash-distribution entity. He’s probably a little bit further in the black now that he’s consulting for Pacific Investment Management Co. and the hedge fund Citadel. [Bloomberg] $5.4 millionThat’s how much the U.S. Department of Defense paid NFL teams to honor and thank the nation’s troops from 2011 to 2014. The funds mostly came from the National Guard. [NJ.com via Scout]$11,118,775.13As of Friday, that’s how much money has been spent by the state of New Jersey on legal bills for the parties involved in the “bridgegate” scandal. About $7.8 million went to foot the legal bills of members of the governor’s office. [WNYC’s Matt Katz] read more

Cat sizes up miners drilling needs with expanded line of Tricone bits

first_imgCaterpillar has expanded its line of Tricone drill bits, offering a wider range of diameters with the high wear resistance, improved rock fragmentation and superior rates of penetration customers expect.Cat® Tricone drill bits are designed for the most severe rotary blasthole applications, yet are cost effective for a wide range of drilling needs, according to Caterpillar.The new bit line includes six diameters ranging from 171 mm (6.75 in) to 311 mm (12.25 in.). Their carbide shapes and cutting face arrangements are optimised for high wear resistance and improved rock fragmentation, and the aggressive, long-lasting cutting structure delivers a superior rate of penetration, according to Caterpillar. Caterpillar says its heat treatment technology and advanced air-cooled bearing design yields longer bit life and results in lower overall drilling costs.“Cat bits also use innovative technology to prevent cuttings and unbroken rock ridges from inflicting severe wear on the cone. The result is improved working life,” the company said. Additionally, the gauge row design improves resistance to diameter shrinkage, according to the company.Cat says its Tricone drill bits have demonstrated significantly lower total cost of drilling in head-to-head tests conducted in copper, iron ore and coal mines.last_img read more

SPARTA FC Barcelona survive Skopjes hell

FC Barcelona survived Skopje! The Spartacus was Gonzalo Perez de Vargas with 20 saves! The reigning champions beat RK Vardar Skopje 27:25 (12:15) in front of 5.500 enthusiastic fans in Skopje. Macedonian champions were in control of the match until 50 minutes, when Vargas and Jallouz made crucial advantage and turnover…25 – VARDAR SKOPJE:Sterbik; Toskic (2), Brumen (1), Karacic (3), A. Dujshebaev (2), Gorbok (5) Dibirov (3 ); Manaskov, Maqueda (2), Shishkarev (3), Marsenic (1), Abutovic, F. Lazarov, Cindric (3).27 – BARCELONA:Pérez de Vargas; R. Entrerríos (1), Tomás (7), Sorhaindo (1), Sigurdsson (5, 2p.), Jallouz (8), K. Lazarov (4, 1p.); Gurbindo, Syprzak (1), Morros , Jicha.STANDINGS: 3. HC Vardar8503232:207(25)10 ← Previous Story EHF CL: PSG trash Kiel for pole position! Next Story → Kielce win tight match against Kolding 2. Rhein-Neckar Löwen8512217:202(15)11 6. Montpellier HB8206211:231(-20)4 6. IFK Kristianstad8206235:253(-18)4 PHOTO: ANETA CVETKOVA 3. MOL-Pick Szeged8503231:226(5)10 8. KIF Kolding Kobenhavn7106174:212(-38)2 5. KS Vive Tauron Kielce7322214:202(12)8 FC Barcelona Lassa 1. FC Barcelona Lassa8611238:219(19)13 read more

10 mindboggling highspeed camera GIFs

first_imgSome of the most interesting things you’ll ever see are happening far too fast for you to properly appreciate. Slowing down even the simplest occurrence can reveal incredible complexity. With modern high-speed photography we can get a glimpse of such things. So here are 10 things that happen very fast slowed down for closer observation in GIF form.Click the gallery to see each one of the pics and then check out the full explanations of each animations below, without your browser being weighed down by all those hefty GIFs!Gelatin bounceFoods made predominantly of gelatin have a very specific consistency. It jiggles and has a lot of give, but you’ve probably never noticed just how much it can compress. In this GIF a cube of jello bounces off a smooth surface. It can almost completely flatten out because gelatin is a mixture of long protein segments that can interact with each other in solution, forming a semi-solid material.Welding up closeCreating a connection between two pieces of metal isn’t simply a matter of melting the material itself, but often involves depositing an additional metal to strengthen the connection. This GIF shows metal inert gas (MIG) welding. It uses an electrical current to heat the metal and the electrified wire. The drops in the GIF are the wire melting and mixing with the metal to strengthen the bond. Bonus, this GIF is perfectly looped so you can watch it forever.Cymbal crashCymbals are among the oldest known musical instruments, and they look especially cool in slow motion. Just think off the eons people were smacking cymbals with sticks and not seeing the flexing as the metal vibrates. Suspended cymbals like this one can vibrate longer, producing a drawn out, almost eerie sound.Tank firingTanks form the backbone of all modern land-based fighting forces on Earth. The projectiles fired from the M11 Abrams tank leave the barrel moving at over 1500m/s. This shell is actually an experimental kinetic impact round called the XM1111. It was designed to house a rocket motor that would carry it to a distant target with the aid of the stabilization fins you can see deploying in the GIF. The XM1111 was canceled in 2009.Striking a matchThis GIF shows a safety match being struck. Most matches sold today are of this variety, which are more stable than older “strike anywhere” matches. The match head here contains sulfur and an oxidizing agent like potassium chlorate. When dragged across the special striking surface containing red phosphorous. The friction of the strike converts some of the red phosphorous to white phosphorous vapor. White phosphorus spontaneously ignites and decomposes the potassium chlorate. This release of oxygen sets off the sulfur, which lights the match on fire.Egg meets mousetrapThis isn’t a GIF depicting an everyday occurrence slowed down, but it does have some everyday things in it. If you’ve ever wondered what a mousetrap looks like going off, this egg demonstration should do it. The spring-loaded trap is held open by an arm, which is released by pressure on the trigger. A mousetrap of this type can swing closed with the equivalent of several hundred pounds of force. The egg never stood a chance.Bullet striking a steel wallThis GIF is short and sweet — the bullet hitting the wall is a .30 (7.62mm) round with a soft copper jacket and lead core. The video is slowed way down so you can see what’s happening — the slowest guns capable of firing this round have muzzle velocities of nearly 400m/s. This is why it splinters so easily on impact. This differs from a full metal jacketed round that would remain mostly intact.PopcornPopcorn as a nice, friendly food, right? This GIF exposes the violent little explosion that turns an inedible kernel into popcorn. Each kernel has a small volume of water inside, be rigid outer shell is rigid. As the surrounding environment heats up, the moisture inside the kernel becomes steam and the pressure increases. At about 135 psi of pressure and a temperature of 180 °C, the kernel ruptures and the crisped starch explodes outward.Water balloon bounceWith just a little more force, this water balloon might have ruptured, but instead we’re treated to an almost hypnotic bounce. Containing water in the balloon give makes it seem to defy gravity when slowed down as all the momentum runs out at the top of each bounce.Luger firingThe Luger pistol was one of the first semi-automatic guns to be produced in the early 1900s. It used an exposed swinging arm to eject the spent casing after each firing, which allowed the next round to slide into place. The jointed arm needed to be kept clean, but was easy to repair when damaged. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Gelatin bounceGelatin bounceGelatin’s semi-solid consistency is a result of long heterogeneous segments of protein bound to each other. Welding up closeMetal inert gas welding up close as the electrified wire is melted into the joint.Cymbal crashThe suspended cymbal vibrates and rings for a longer time for a drawn-out, wavering sound.Tank firingThe projectiles fired from the M11 Abrams tank leave the barrel moving at over 1500m/s.Striking a matchA safety match being ignited by white phosphorous vapor. Egg meets mousetrapThe egg never stood a chance. Bullet striking a steel wallA .30 (7.62mm) round with a soft copper jacket and lead core hits a wall.PopcornAt about 135 psi of pressure and a temperature of 180 °C, the kernel ruptures and the crisped starch explodes outward. Water balloon bounceWith just a little more force, this water balloon might have ruptured, but instead we’re treated to an almost hypnotic bounce. Luger firingThe exposed swinging arm to eject the spent casing after each firing, which allowed the next round to slide into place. Gelatin’s semi-solid consistency is a result of long heterogeneous segments of protein bound to each other.last_img read more

Une nouvelle arnaque sur Facebook

first_imgUne nouvelle arnaque sur FacebookL’éditeur de sécurité BitDefender a découvert une nouvelle arnaque sur le réseau social Facebook.L’éditeur de sécurité BitDefender a découvert une nouvelle arnaque sur Facebook et invite donc les utilisateurs du réseau social à se montrer prudents. Elle consiste en un message expliquant aux internautes qu’ils sont désormais administrateur d’une page, explique Cnet France.  En cliquant sur le lien contenu dans l’email, les curieux sont redirigés vers cette fausse “Fan page”, où un test du nouvel iPad 2 leur est proposé.Mais évidemment, pour y participer, ils doivent confirmer leur e-mail et leur adresse postale. BitDefender conseille ainsi aux internautes de ne pas cliquer sur des liens inconnus et de ne pas fournir de données personnelles afin de ne pas apparaître dans la liste des cyberpirates. Plus que jamais à l’heure actuelle, c’est une attention accrue qui vous protègera des attaques informatiques.Le 28 mai 2011 à 13:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more