ScienceShot: Largest Genome Ever Sequenced

first_imgA loblolly pine tree on the 17th hole of the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia blocked so many of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s shots that in 1956 he tried to get the tree chopped down. Now, loblolly pines (Pinus taeda) are making a different kind of history: Their genome is the largest of any organism yet sequenced. The tree’s extensive use for research and lumber in the southeastern United States made it an early candidate for genetic sequencing. However, its large genome was too cumbersome for conventional whole-genome shotgun sequencing, which sequences short fragments of the genome and then stitches the results together. In a new study, reported today in Genome Biology and Genetics, researchers bolstered the shotgun approach by preprocessing the individual fragments using genetic cloning, allowing them to more easily assemble the complete genome. Using a single pollinated pine seed, the team assembled the largest genome ever sequenced: 22.18 billion base pairs, more than seven times longer than the human genome. The team found that 82% of the genome was made up of duplicated segments, compared with just 25% in humans. The researchers also identified genes responsible for important traits such as disease resistance, wood formation, and stress response; they did not, however, find any genes for ruining presidential golf games.See more ScienceShots.*Update, 21 March, 11:30 a.m.: This item has been updated. We have added a link to the journal Genetics.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

Adidas takes a pro-LGBT stance, gives a perfect response to homophobia on Instagram

first_imgTaking a pro-LGBT stance, sports giant Adidas posted a picture of two female runners wearing matching trainers with a caption – “The love you take is equal to the love you make” – on Valentine’s Day. While Adidas received many praises for supporting the LGBT community, the gesture did not go well with some homophobic people. There were many people criticizing the post and made comments like, “this day is for girl and boy.. and not lesbians”.But the sports wear company dealt this with grace, by saying, “no, this day is for LOVE. Happy Valentine’s Day.”I’m so proud i choose the right brand bright not light (@laurmanisclexa) February 15, 2016Of course, people applauded Adidas for the message but the brand had to deal with another storm of criticism as well. And that they did with immense class.By showing a hand wave and a kiss emoji to all those people critiquing, Adidas showed how to deal with criticism like a boss!Many commentators even said they would shift their loyalties to Nike. Although, Nike too has a pro-LGBT stance. It even had a pro-LGBT pride-themed line of shoes in 2013 called #BeTrue.According to reports, Adidas has announced that it will introduce a clause in all its sport sponsorship contracts around the world, affirming LGBT rights.Kudos, Adidas!last_img read more

IPL 2017, DD vs KKR Highlights: How Manish Pandey helped Kolkata clinch a humdinger at Kotla

first_imgHello and welcome to our Live coverage of match 18 of the Indian Premier League 2017 between Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Stay tuned as we bring you all the latest updates. (LIVE SCORECARD)KKR Innings:What a nail-biter it turned out to be and the visitors held their nerves to emerge victorius. They continue to march on and are looking ominous. Things didn’t go well when they came out to chase. The ploy of sending de Grandhomme at the top didn’t work and their star batsmen, Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir on whom they depend upon fell cheaply too.After that, Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan got into the act and scored boundaries at regular intervals to ease the pressure. They batted sensibly and brought the visitors in a commanding position. The latter fell after scoring a terrific fifty but the young Pandey showed great composure to take his side over the finishing line.#Pandey and #Yusuf show their class and guide us home in a tense run chase against DD. We are now at ??? of the #IPL2017 table #AmiKKR #DDvKKR KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 17, 201719.42 IST: Kolkata (169/6) beat Delhi (168/7) by 4 wickets. Manish Pandey 69*, Yusuf Pathan 69, Zaheer Khan 2/2819.42 IST: Mishra to Pandey, TAKE A BOW, PANDEY! Tossed up around off, Pandey drives it with soft hands through extra cover. The fielder from deep comes running in and he fumbles which allows the batsmen to safely complete the couple. KOLKATA WIN BY 4 WICKETS!19.42 IST: Mishra to Pandey, SIX! Brilliant from Pandey! Faster delivery outside off, Pandey stays in his crease and hammers that down the ground over the long on fielder for a maximum.advertisementSIX!#Pandey stays deep in the crease and whacks it over long on for a maximum. ?????? Need 2 runs in 2 balls. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #DDvKKR KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 17, 201719.36 IST: WICKET! Mishra gets Woakes out stumped off the second ball in the last over. KKR 160/6, need 9 from 4 balls19.34 IST: Kolkata need 9 runs off the last over.19.30 IST: WHAT AN EFFORT FROM SANJU! Samson saves a certain SIX and restricts it to a double.19.27 IST: Cummins to Suryakumar, OUT! Cummins gets a wicket! Slower delivery outside off, Suryakumar Yadav stays in his crease and drives it uppishly towards the fielder at mid off. Zaheer Khan gets under it and takes it comfortably. Can this wicket turn the tide for Delhi? KKR 152/5, need 17 from 13 balls 19.22 IST: Kolkata 147/4 in 17 overs, need 22 runs from 18 balls. Manish 53*, Suryakumar 6*19.17 IST: Cummins to Manish, takes a single to get to his fifty in 37 balls. This is his ninth half-century in IPL. Manish also overtakes his captain Gautam Gambhir for the orange cap now as he goes past 200 runs in the competition. KKR 141/4, need 28 from 25 balls#Pandey continues his good form and reaches to his 5?0?! Yet another sublime knock from the Orange Cap holder#DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #DDvKKR KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 17, 20175?0? for #Pandey! The middle-order batsman has played well ??? in this tensed chase. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #DDvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 17, 201719.10 IST: Morris to Yusuf, WICKET! A much needed breakthrough! Short delivery around off, Pathan stays in his crease and goes for the pull. He cannot get on top of it and manages to top edge it. Morris calls for it and gobbles it safely. Slams the ball on the ground after catching it. Pathan has to depart for 59. KKR 131/4, need 38 from 31 ballsWICKET! 1?3?1? / 4?A fine innings of 59 from @iamyusufpathan comes to an end as he’s caught & bowled by Morris. #AmiKKR #DDvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 17, 201719.05 IST: Zaheer to Manish, FOUR! Deft! Slower delivery down the leg side, Pandey nudges it with soft hands past the diving keeper for a boundary to end the over from Zaheer. Kolkata 125/3 in 14 ovs, need 44 from 36. Yusuf 54*, Manish 43*19.02 IST: Zaheer to Yusuf, SIX! What a way to get to his fifty! Full toss again and gets it duly punished! Full toss outside off, Pathan stays in his crease and powers it through wide long on for a maximum. KKR 118/3, need 51 from 28 Explosive ?? @iamyusufpathan completes his 5?0?! What a valuable knock it has been from the experienced batsman#DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #DDvKKR KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 17, 2017#Yusuf completes his 5?0? with that beautiful six over long-on! #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #DDvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 17, 201718.58 IST: After 13 overs, Kolkata are 110/3, need another 59 from 42 balls. 18.54 IST: Mathews to Manish, SIX! Sensational! Length delivery in the line of the stumps, Pandey dances down the track and wrists it powerfully. Actually whips it through the square leg region for a maximum.advertisementThe dynamic duo of #Yusuf& #Pandey have been quite successful for us while chasing in @IPL. Keep the record going. ???? #AmiKKR #DDvKKR KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 17, 201718.44 IST: Shami to Manish, FOUR! At the half-way stage Kolkata are 88/3 in 10 ovs, need 81 fro 60 balls. Yusuf 35*, Manish 27*18.34 IST: Shami to Yusuf, SIX! What do you hit that! Fuller in length, Pathan looks to have been beaten by the slowerone. He takes his bottom hand off his bat yet the ball flies over mid-wicket for a 74m maximum. Perks of the short ground. Shami concedes 9 runs from his first over with Yusuf smashing the last ball for maximum. KKR 61/1 18.29 IST: Amit Mishra comes into the attack and concedes just 3 runs from his first over. KKR 52/3 in 7 ovs18.26 IST: After the powerplay Kolkata are 47/3 in 6 ovs, need 121 from 85 balls. Required rate: 8.5418.17 IST: Kolkata 28/3 in 4 overs. Yusuf 7*, Manish 1*. Required run rate: 8.81The ever-classy #Pandey will look to enter the 2000-run club with another important innings, needs 29 runs. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #DDvKKR KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 17, 201718.10 IST: Zaheer to Gambhir, OUT! Good length on the stumps, Pandey pulls it towards short fine leg. Morris gets the ball and has a shy at the non-striker’s end but misses. Pathan was sent back late and that caused the confusion. Good over for the home side, just 2 runs and a big wicket off it. Kolkata 21/3 in 2.5 ovs 18.05 IST: Cummins to Uthappa, OUT! Cummins strikes! Gets his line right, bowls it full and outside off, Uthappa shapes to drive it through but gets an outside edge. The keeper Pant dives to his right and takes the catch. This time the umpire too has spotted the edge unlike the last game. Kolkata have been rocked early here. KKR 19/2 after two overs, need 150 runs to win. Gambhir 14*18.04 IST: FOUR! Third four of the over. Uthappa pulls one for a boundary.18.03 IST: FOUR! What a shot! Angles it on a good length, Gambhir just comes forward and punches it through mid off for a superb boundary. He is off to a flier. And Gambhir has the orange cap back.18.02 IST: FOUR! Top shot! Fuller in length around off, Gambhir whips it powerfully through mid-wicket for a boundary. Bowling the wrong lengths to Gambhir so far, Delhi.18.01 IST: Pat Cummins to share the new ball with Zaheer.18.00 IST: Robin Uthappa walks out into the middle17.59 IST: Zaheer to Grandhomme, OUT! The experiment does not work! Zaheer bowls a length ball on middle, rolling his fingers across the ball. Colin de Grandhomme looks to flick it over backward square leg but fails to make the desired contact. Sam Billings in the deep gets under it and takes it safely. He celebrates it with Carlos Brathwaite, the substitute. Zaheer Khan strikes!17.57 IST: Surprise surprise! Gautam Gambhir and Colin de Grandhomme open for Kolkata while Zaheer Khan opens the bowling for Delhi.Delhi Innings:This is a decent comeback by the visitors after the home side won the toss, elected to bat and raised away to a flier. The two openers in Samson, Billings played their shots to put up a 53-run opening stand. Wickets though kept falling at regular intervals post that stand as Delhi didn’t quite get the big shots going. Rishabh Pant’s 16-ball 38 ensured they went past the 160-run mark.advertisementKolkata will be happy with the way they came back in the game. They were looking set to chase a big total before Nathan Coulter-Nile brought them back with wickets at regular intervals. He was the best bowler for them taking 3 for 22. The deck is getting a touch slower as well. Gautam Gambhir knows the conditions and will back his batting to come good. Delhi though have a strong bowling line-up which should only make up for a good viewing. Join us in a while for the chase.17.40 IST: Delhi 168/7 in 20 ovs against Kolkata. Samson 39, Pant 38, Coulter-Nile 3/22, Narine 1/20 17.39 IST: Woakes to Morris, OUT! Intelligent bowling from Woakes! Another short delivery, but gives no pace around this time. Morris waits in his crease and goes to play the ramp shot. Gets beaten by the lack of pace and he only manages to guide it towards the fielder at short third man. Umesh Yadav does not drop it this time. DD 167/7 in 19.5 ovs 17.33 iST: Coulter-Nile to Morris, DROPPED! How did Gambhir miss that? Fuller delivery outside off, Morris lofts it straight to the fielder at extra cover. Gautam Gambhir gets under it but makes a mockery of it. You need to catch those atleast. Morris is quite lucky. A single is taken. DD 157/6in 19 ovsBrilliant spell from debutant, Coulter-Nile. He finishes with impressive figures of 3? / 2?2? in his 4? overs. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #DDvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 17, 201717.33 iST: Coulter-Nile to Morris, DROPPED! Short delivery into the body, Morris smacks it down the ground. Umesh Yadav comes running in from long on and dives forward to catch it. He cannot hold onto it as the ball bounces off after hitting his hands. The batsmen run a single.17.29 IST: Coulter-Nile to Pant, WICKET! Couter-Nile gets his man! Low full toss outside off, Rishabh Pant goes for the cut. Gets it off the bottom edge and the ball flies away towards the fielder at point. Gautam Gambhir makes no mistake and pouches a simple catch. The quickfire knock of Rishabh Pant comes to an end. DD 153/6 in 18.1 ovs 17.27 IST: Excellent over from Narine, just 7 runs and a wicket came off it. DD 152/5 in 18 ovs #Narine finishes off his quota of 4 overs. Gave only 2?0? runs and took the important wicket of Mathews. ??? #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #DDvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 17, 201717.24 IST: Narine to Mathews, WICKET! Knocked over! Short delivery around off, Mathews comes charging down the track and goes for a pull. He misses it completely and the ball spins in to hit the timber. Narine gets his first! Delhi 145/5 in 17.2 ovs WICKET! 1?4?5? / 5?#Narine into the attack & he gets rid off Mathews. He misses a straighter one and is bowled #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #DDvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 17, 201717.22 IST: Umesh to Pant, FOUR! Rishabh Pant smashes Umesh Yadav for 26 runs – 6, 4, 6, 6, 4 – as Delhi reach 145/4 in 17 ovs#UmeshYadav clearly wont be happy about that!26 runs from that over.#DDTweets#DDvKKR#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 17, 201717.21 IST: Umesh to Pant, SIX!17.19 IST: Umesh to Pant, SIX! 17.19 IST: Umesh to Pant, FOUR 17.19 IST: Umesh to Pant, SIX! 17.17 IST: Delhi 119/4 in 16 ovs. Pant 11*, Mathews 1*. Last 4 overs – 21 runs, 2 wickets17.16 IST: Kuldeep to Pant, SIX! Beautiful! Floated around off, Pant stays in his crease, reads the length well and smashes it with the spin over the extra cover region for a biggie.17.12 IST: Coulter-Nile to Nair, OUT! Rattled! Low full toss in the line of the stumps, Karun Nair swings across the line but he fails to get his bat on it. The ball goes onto hit the base of the stumps and Karun Nair has to go back to the pavilion. He was looking itchy in the middle. DD 110/4 in 15 ovs WICKET! 1?1?0? / 4?.Coulter-Nile takes his second wicket of the match as he foxes Karun Nair. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #DDvKKR KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 17, 201717.06 IST: Strategic time-out: Delhi 109/3 in 14 ovs. Nair 21*, Pant 2*. Last 4 ovs – 26 runs, 1 wicket17.01 IST: RUN OUT! Iyer has to walk back! Tossed up outside off, Iyer clips it on the leg side through mid-wicket. The batsmen run a quick first run and think of talking the fielder for the second. They go for it and Colin de Grandhomme comes steaming in from the deep and quickly throws it towards the keeper’s end. Uthappa is quick to collect it and dislodge the bails. The umpire goes upstairs to check it. Replays show that Shreyas Iyer was just short of his crease. DD 106/3 in 13.1 ovs(BCCI Photo) WICKET! 1?0?6? / 3?Great work from Colin de Grandhomme as his rocket throw catches Iyer short of his crease. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #DDvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 17, 201716.59 IST: Umesh to Iyer, FOUR! Good adjustment! Back of a length delivery outside off, Shreyas Iyer looks to pull it at first but then stays in his crease and cuts it over the backward point region for a boundary.16.53 IST: Kuldeep to Karun, FOUR! Top shot! Floats it on the pads, Karun Nair kneels down and sweeps it powerfully in front of square on the leg side for a boundary.16.47 IST: FOUR! All class from Shreyas! Fuller outside off, Iyer lunges forward and caresses it through extra cover for a boundary. Top shot to end the over. 12 runs off the over. Delhi are well-placed at the halfway mark.16.46 IST: FOUR! Width and punished! de Grandhomme bowls a good length delivery outside off, Iyer waits for this one and places it nicely behind point for a boundary. Nice start for Delhi after the break.16.44 IST: Another bowling change for KKR! Colin de Grandhomme introduced into the attack.16.40 IST: What a peach! FOUR! Woakes bangs it short around off, Iyer is taken back by the bounce on that one. He shapes to fend it away hoping but still cannot get to the ball. The ball kisses the shoulder of the bat and flies over the keeper’s head for a boundary to third man. That was really well bowled by Woakes. DD 71/2 in 9 overs16.36 IST: OUT! The big wicket for the visitors! Good length just outside off, Samson has a tame poke at it. The ball kisses the outside edge and carries through to the keeper Uthappa who takes a good catch. Umesh and Gambhir are delighted but Samson is livid with himself. Knows he should have kicked on after the start. Kolkata have comeback well so far. DD 63/2 in 7.5 overs16.31 IST: FOUR! Samson keeps flowing! Shorter outside off, Samson just calmly opens the face of the bat and guides it down to the third man fence.16.27 IST: OUT! Coulter-Nile removes Billings for 21. The break works! Shorter in length on the stumps, Billings looks to pull it through but seems to have gloved it. The keeper collects and appeals long and hard. The umpire stays put for long, before signaling it out. Think the square leg umpire signaled it out to the umpire at the non-striker’s end. Billings is not happy but he has to go back. How often have we seen a short break work against the batsman. KKR 53/1 in 6.1 overs. Karun Nair will bat at number 3 for Delhi.16.25 IST: Powerplay is done and dusted and DD are 53/0. Samson 32*, Billings 21*16.22 IST: Fifty comes up for Delhi Daredevils vs KKR in 4.3 overs16.20 IST: FOUR! It’s raining boundaries! Low full toss on the pads, Billings puts it away with a nice clip shot through to the mid-wicket fence. Not the start, Kuldeep would have wished for.16.19 IST: Another bowling change, Kuldeep Yadav comes on for a bowl.16.16 IST: Sunil Narine brought on to control the run-flow.16.15 IST: FOUR! More runs! Fuller outside off, Samson just presses forward and pushes it through extra cover for a boundary. Boy, Samson is off to a flier here, 17 runs from the over. He is batting on 27 in just 12 balls.16.13 IST: FOUR! Samson on fire! Shorter outside off, Samson waits for it and guides it down to third man for a boundary. What a start for Delhi!16.12 IST: FOUR! Go fetch that! Just outside off on a fuller length, Samson comes forward and just caresses it through covers for a majestic, beautiful, sublime boundary. Add as many adjectives you want there!16.11 IST: FOUR! Pristine! Fuller in length on off, Billings gets on top of it nicely and clips it through mid-wicket for a sublime boundary. Kolkata are leaking runs here.16.11 IST: Just an over for Coulter-Nile, Umesh Yadav comes on for a bowl.16.09 IST: FOUR! Nicely done! Good length outside off from Woakes, Samson gets up on his toes, waits for it and guides it between the narrow gap between gully and point for a boundary. Shows how good he is hitting the cricket ball. Superb placement! DD 19/0 in 2 overs16.07 IST: Chris Woakes to bowl from the other end.16.06 IST: Appeal for an lbw, not given! Coulter-Nile bowls it fuller outside off, Samson looks to drive but is hit on his pads. There is an appeal for an lbw but nothing from the umpire. Reckon it was outside the line and there was a bit of an edge too.16.04 IST: FOUR! Glorious! Coulter-Nile bowls it on a length, Samson comes forward and creams his drive square of the wicket behind point for a boundary.16.02 IST: FOUR! Samson wasting no time! Full and around off, Samson gets under it and lofts it wide of the mid on fielder for a boundary. He gets off the mark in style.16.00 IST: The players and umpires are walking out to the middle. Sam Billings and Sanju Samson will open the batting for Delhi. Coulter-Nile to start the proceedings for KKR.15.47 IST: Here’s how the two-time champions KKR are warming up ahead of the big clash.#IPL Match 18 – The two-time champions @KKRiders are getting ready for #DDvKKR IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 17, 201715.40 IST: Playing XIs:Delhi Daredevils: Sanju Samson, Sam Billings, Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Angelo Mathews, Chris Morris, Pat Cummins, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Zaheer Khan (c).Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Gautam Gambhir (c), Robin Uthappa (wk), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Colin de Grandhomme, Chris Woakes, Kuldeep Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Umesh Yadav. #IPL Match 18 – Here are the Playing XIs of @DelhiDaredevils & @KKRiders #DDvKKR IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 17, 201715.35 IST: Captain’s CornerZaheer Khan: We are gonna bat first. Batting first has been working for us. We have put up runs. Hopefully, there will be little more bounce. Other night, it was dry. Hopefully, some more bounce. Two changes: Shami comes in for Nadeem. Angelo Mathews comes in for Corey Anderson as he is not well.Gautam Gambhir: We would have bowled first as well. We are a good chasing side. They are a good bowling side. We back our batting and hopefully, we restrict them and chase it down. Every game is important. It is always fun coming back to home. You don’t prepare in a different way. Coulter-Nile comes in for Boult as he is someone who can bowl fast and hit the deck hard.15.30 IST: TOSS! Delhi Daredevils win toss, opt to bat vs Kolkata Knight Riders15.20 IST: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels Delhi Daredevils will be up and ready for Kolkata Knight Riders at home. He adds that KKR are a well balanced and a strong team but have to play well against Delhi Daredevils.15.10 IST: It will be interesting to see how Delhi Daredevils manage to keep Kolkata Knight Riders’ famed bowling line-up.Brief Preview: Sitting atop the points table, Kolkata Knight Riders would look to consolidate their position when they clash with an equally confident Delhi Daredevils in what promises to be a thrilling IPL encounter at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on Monday.Having started their campaign on a high against Gujarat Lions, KKR lost to Mumbai Indians before making a strong comeback with back-to-back wins at home against Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad.Delhi, on the other hand, had a disappointing start to IPL-10 with a loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore, but bounced back with two consecutive wins — both away and home — and they would look to maintain the winning momentum tomorrow.The massive wins against Rising Pune Supergiant and Kings XI Punjab must have sent strong signals to KKR camp. Playing at home would also add to Delhi’s advantage but they will have their task cut out against KKR, this IPL’s most consistent outfit so far.last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer reveals reasons for Dubai trip

first_imgMan Utd manager Solskjaer reveals reasons for Dubai tripby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United travelled to Dubai to spend time together in order to prepare for the second-half of the season. Due to the hectic festive period, in which United won five consecutive games, Solskjaer hasn’t had significant time to spend with his players.The Red Devils have now spent the majority of this week in the United Arab Emirates at a training facility in preparation for Sunday’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur and beyond.”There are always great facilities here and we’re always well looked after,” Solskjaer toldMUTV. “I’ve been here with Molde before and I didn’t expect anything else when you’re here with Man United.”The players are working hard and I think it was important to come here. There are a couple of aspects [to it] – it’s the weather, the downtime the boys can have together, and it’s the time we can have on the pitch together. “They don’t have to go back to their wives and kids after training so there is plenty of time for video analysis and to work on some principles of play.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

On Engineers’ Day, here are 10 lesser known branches of engineering you should know about

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 15, 2019UPDATED: September 15, 2019 10:56 IST On Engineer’s Day here are 10 lesser-known branches of Engineering that you may not be properly aware of.Still the top pick of parents for their children’s career, engineering is one of the most popular career paths in India. Despite a spike in unemployed engineering graduates, millions each year line up to pursue engineering courses. While there are certain engineering branches that are seeing less hiring, there are others which are coming up as new-age career paths.Here are 10 lesser-known branches of engineering you should know about on Engineer’s Day:1. Agriculture Engineering Most of India’s youth, particularly the ones belonging to its urban spheres, have had greater proximity with the traditional popular divisions of engineering like Electrical, Electronics & Communication, and some others.They just happen to overlook the great potential lying with their rural counterpart, which is lesser explored, and really requires greater innovations.As an Agriculture Engineer, they can look forward to their respectable employment in the farming industry, the field of agriculture commodities, agriculture consultancy, processing units, among others.Businesses like AMUL, ITC, PROAGRO Seeds, Escorts etc, are ready to welcome such candidates.2. Military Engineering From building bridges in few hours, countering improvised explosive devices, taking measures to protect environment to developing and refining weapons and tools of intelligence, and lots more — as a military engineer, you avail the opportunity to serve the nation in a more direct manner.Pursuing a course in military engineering, you also pave a path for your post retirement employment, with a number of construction and firework companies, for example.3. Ceramic Engineering The multibillion-dollar industry of Ceramics is also a sphere upon which our youth throw lesser glances.advertisementFrom working as a Ceramic Engineer in the industries of Construction, Military, Sports, Transportation, Medicine and in Airplane, Optical Fibres, Electronics, you land upon the jobs that offer several promises.The job profiles for a Ceramic Engineer can be any one or more from being a Ceramic Designer, Ceramic Technologist, Production Worker, Construction Manager, Marketing Executive, Researcher, Professor, and a lot of others.4. Earthquake Engineering An Earthquake Engineer can also be explained as a Civil Engineer who specialises in combating the outcomes of earthquakes, via planning and constructing buildings and structures resistant to the tremors.An Earthquake Engineer requires a deep and scientific study of seismic activities. Some of the spheres of the world are more prone to earthquakes.Therefore, it does not need to mention that possibilities of growth of Earthquake Engineers are more in such regions.While the Earthquake Engineers largely work with the construction businesses, they can also find opportunities of employment in teaching, research, etc.5. Environmental Engineering As the crescendo for embracing drastic measures for saving our environment increases year by year, environmental engineers are in great demand.Stakeholders of environment expect Environmental Engineers to develop and introduce the techniques in and around the traditional (and new both) jobs of processing and production that lessen the harmful impacts upon the environment.In the timber industry, using sawmill by-products as a source for producing thermal energy, is one such example that of an Environmental Engineer’s effort.There are numerous companies that induct Environmental Engineers. Aquatic Systems, Earth Water Limited, Gujarat Enviro Protection and Infrastructure Limited, are a few of the many companies that candidates can look forward to work with.Read: 5 new-age B.Tech programmes for better engineering job opportunities6. Fashion Technology Engineering Fashion Technology Engineers are concerned with developing tools and processes for producing more profits for their companies/stakeholders. As a Fashion Engineer you work in the process of Garment Production.You acquire proficiency in producing and developing various technical equipment or may work in the Research and Development wings of the companies.Furthermore, you also look after Quality Assurance, Fitness of Garments, Human Resource Management, System Analysis, and even Merchandising.Fashion Technology Engineers have much better prospects in the future, as India is taking greater strides towards prosperity.7. Food Engineering Food Engineers are responsible for applying mathematics and scientific principles to generate economical solutions for food production.As a Food Engineer, you can explore the possibilities in the space of Food Technology, Nutritional Therapy Quality Management, Science and Laboratory Techniques, Toxicology, Research, and many others.Various companies in the Food and Beverages sector spread the red carpet for the interested candidates. Dabur India, ITC Limited, Cadbury India, Pepsico India Holdings, Britannica Industries Limited, are some of such companies.8. Marine Engineering It’s a share of engineering that deals with scheming, building, development and up keeping of different kinds of equipment of ships along with other containers of the sea.Aspirants of Marine engineering must inculcate a greater understanding of science and mathematics.advertisementAs a Marine Engineer you need to understand that you would be associated more or less with the Shipping industry, on and off the shore.You can also look forward to joining ship manufacturing companies. Furthermore, aspirants of Marine engineering can find opportunities in Power sector, Construction companies, Steel industry and Electronic industry.9. Nanotechnology Nanotechnology deals with building very small machines and materials that operate faster and in more efficient manners.Building up of microscopic cameras that can be given to patients through mouth, to reveal the hidden world inside humans’ alimentary canal and thus aid in diagnosis and treatment of associated diseases, can provide you an idea of the nature of work of nanotechnology.As a nanotechnologist, you can apply your skills in the spheres of Environmental Control, Food Science covering Packaging and Quality Control, Energy Storage, Forensics, Electronics, among others.Talking of the job profiles, with a degree in Nanotechnology, you can work as a Scientist, Professor, Researcher, Food Scientist, among others.10. Mining Engineering It is the discipline of engineering that uses various technological tools and science, to extract different minerals from the Earth.As a Marine engineer, you need to regulate any stage of mining operations- from exploring and discovering the mineral resources, carrying a feasibility study, planning and designing the mining job, carrying out relevant operations to even closing the mines.You have to begin as a Mine Engineer (Granite), consequently moving up to Assistant Mining Engineer, Mine Technician, Mine Planner, Research Engineer, and so on.Adani Mining Private Limited, Bharat Forge Limited, Coal India Limited, DRDO, Hindustan Zinc Limited, Uranium Corporation of India, are some of the prominent recruiters of mining engineers.- Article by Rohit Manglik, CEO, EduGorrilaRead: Only 7 per cent engineering graduates employable: What’s wrong with India’s engineers?Read: 80% engineers are unemployed: How can we prepare engineers for the jobs of tomorrow?Read: On National Youth Day, know how India can close its massive skill gap and deal with unemploymentRead: Over 80% Indian engineers are unemployable, lack new-age technology skills: ReportRead: Out of 1.5 million engineers in India, only 7 per cent can handle core engineering tasks: Union Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Engineering Next On Engineers’ Day, here are 10 lesser known branches of engineering you should know about​On Engineer’s Day here are 10 lesser-known branches of Engineering that you may not be properly aware of.advertisementlast_img read more

China Harbour Donates $13m to ODPEM Hurricane Relief Fund

first_imgThe Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has received $13 Million from China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC), towards assisting persons and schools badly affected by Hurricane Sandy. The funds were presented on Friday (November 9) by CHEC’s General Manager for the Caribbean and Latin American region, Zhongdong Tang, at a media briefing held at ODPEM’s head office in Kingston. Director General of ODPEM, Ronald Jackson, in welcoming the donation, expressed delight at the significant gesture to the agency’s Hurricane Sandy Relief and Recovery Fund.  Mr. Jackson stated that ODPEM’s focus is on the education sector where some 138 schools have been reported damaged. “What our focus is, is really trying to see if we can find enough partners who can assist in ensuring that our students have a facility to go back into and to continue their learning. We are coming towards the end of a term; but in January the new term starts in earnest. And so it is important to get all our schools back to where they were before Hurricane Sandy hit, and even in better stead,” Mr. Jackson said. The ODPEM head said some schools would have lost roofing simply because they were not properly secured, or the standard was below par, and so “this is an opportunity to build better”. In thanking CHEC, Mr. Jackson expressed a willingness to “continue working with China Harbour, not just in disaster times, but within the work you are currently doing in terms of our infrastructure, and possible opportunities for cooperation and disaster risk management”. CHEC’s Health, Safety and Environmental Engineer, Nadine Tarawali, said the company‘s donation was made in light of the tremendous damage and dislocation suffered by many families during the storm. These, she pointed out,  included some of the company’s employees who were unable to turn up for work at the Westmoreland Bridge in St. Mary, where the company has a worksite, after the storm. She stated that the donation is intended to assist in relocating persons, still occupying shelters, back into their homes, as well as facilitate repairs to schools sustaining damage, to enable their re-opening for the resumption of classes for students. She also noted that the company mobilized several pieces of equipment which were utilized clearing and re-opening of the Junction main road that links Kingston and St. Andrew with St. Mary, and so was fully aware of the level of devastation. Ms. Tarawali also expressed pride that the Palisadoes Road in Kingston was not affected by the hurricane and confidently assured that it can withstand up to a category 5 hurricane. China Harbour is the general contractor for the road and bridge building projects under the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP). The company signed an agreement with the Government of Jamaica in June for the construction of the North-South Highway from Kingston to Ocho Rios that will bypass the problem plagued Bog Walk Gorge and Mount Rosser corridors.last_img read more

ENGIE Selling Part of LNG Activities to Total

first_imgFrench utility company ENGIE has received a firm and binding offer from compatriot oil and gas firm Total for the sale of its upstream and midstream LNG activities.Under the deal, the company would sell its liquefaction, shipping and international LNG trading, for an aggregate value of USD 2.04 billion, including an earn-out of up to USD 550 million, payable under certain conditions.ENGIE said that it will keep its downstream activities, including the regasification infrastructures and LNG retail end-customer sales, and further accelerate its development in this area. The company is therefore pursuing its refocus on three key businesses: low carbon power generation, infrastructures – notably gas, and integrated downstream customer solutions.Furthermore, as green gases, biogas and renewable hydrogen, are believed to be key to the energy transition, ENGIE is establishing a new entity dedicated to the development of renewable hydrogen. The company has signed an agreement to become Total’s preferred biogas and renewable hydrogen supplier.The intended transaction is in line with ENGIE’s strategy to reduce its exposure to commodity prices. It also completes the Group’s action plan to move away from upstream oil and gas activities following the announcement of the sale of ENGIE Exploration & Production International in May of this year.The company will remain committed to its downstream activities which are core to its strategy, notably its retail sales, its GTT subsidiary and the group’s regasification terminals in France, the United States and Chile.The envisaged transaction will be presented to the relevant employee representative bodies of ENGIE and is subject to customary closing conditions. The intended transaction could be completed in the course of 2018, according to the company.last_img read more

Ardent SSE Join Forces for Emergency Response in Singapore

first_imgzoom Maritime services provider Ardent and Singapore Salvage Engineers (SSE) have joined forces for future operations within Singapore and adjacent waters.The two companies signed a cooperation agreement on January 19, 2018 to closely work together on future opportunities and at the same time retain their own corporate identities.“Through SSE’s strong background within the immediate region of Singapore and adjacent waters in combination with the diversity of resources they operate, this cooperation enables the provision of high quality, cost efficient and prompt response solutions towards the maritime and offshore industry in this particular region.” Bas Michiels, Ardent’s Director Asia, said.SSE has been involved in maritime salvage services since their inception, and has intervened in salvage and marine contracting services in the waters off Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.“With this cooperation, Ardent and SSE are able to compliment respectively into forming a much more effective marine emergency response setup,” Michiels added.Prior to the cooperation, both companies had jointly worked on the numerous salvage cases all around the SE Asia region.last_img read more

Vopak Expands Share in Pakistans LNG Terminal

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: LNG Carriers/ Flickr-Kees Torn under CC BY-SA 2.0 license Tank storage company Royal Vopak is to acquire 44% in Elengy Terminal Pakistan Ltd (ETPL) in separate transactions with International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Engro Corporation.This includes the acquisition of a 29% share announced in July 2018 when Vopak bought the stake in ETPL from Engro Corporation.ETPL’s wholly owned subsidiary, Engro Elengy Terminal (Pvt) Ltd (EETPL) owns an LNG facility which is located in Port Qasim in Pakistan, adjacent to the Engro Vopak chemical terminal on the mainland side of the channel into Port Qasim. The facility has been in operation since 2015 and is the first LNG import facility in Pakistan.The facility consists of an LNG jetty including a 7.5 km high pressure gas pipeline. This pipeline is connected to the grid of EETPL’s sole customer Sui Southern Gas Company, a Pakistan government-owned entity. EETPL holds a 15-year floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) time charter.The liquefied gas is supplied, under long-term contracts, via LNG carriers from various exporting countries to the FSRU, which is moored to the EETPL jetty and connected to its pipeline. The regasification takes place on the FSRU and the gas is transferred to the mainland.Following the completion of the transaction, the shareholders in ETPL will be Engro Corporation and Royal Vopak.As informed, the acquisition is subject to certain conditions and closing is anticipated to take place in the first quarter of 2019. The first transaction is still planned to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018.last_img read more

Bill Clinton Takes Part In StarStudded BTIG Charity Day

first_imgBTIG, LLC announced today that the firm is donating more than $4 million to hundreds of charities as a result of its annual BTIG Charity Day.BTIG hosted nearly 80 all-star athletes, models, actors, actresses, journalists, politicians, fashion designers, business leaders and other cultural icons that acted as guest traders on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Over 300 well-deserving charities supporting meaningful causes will benefit from the event.“It was another fantastic year for BTIG Charity Day in terms of the number of celebrity guest traders participating and funds that will be donated this year,” said Steven Starker, Co-Founder of BTIG. “We are very proud of the tremendous energy, enthusiasm, and generosity put forth by our employees, celebrity guests and industry partners.”President Bill Clinton was a highlight among an impressive group of participating celebrities each acting as an ambassador for an organization that they are passionate about supporting each year. He was joined by Alan Hahn, Alex Rodriguez, Allan Houston, Angel Cordero, Barry Bonds, Beth Ostrosky Stern, Bob Papa, Bobby Valentine, Bode Miller, Brian Cashman, Bridget Moynahan, Bruce Beck, CC Sabathia, Charles Oakley, Chase Headley, Chris Wragge, Chuck Scarborough, Curtis Martin, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Darryl Strawberry, Dave Dravecky, David Diehl, Dellin Betances, Derek Jeter, Didi Gregorius, Dwight Gooden, Eric Decker, Eric LeGrand, Geraldo Rivera, Gerry Cooney, Hannah Storm, Jenny McCarthy, Jeremy Affeldt, Joe Girardi, Joe Namath, John Calipari, John McEnroe, John Starks, Johnny Velazquez, Kelenna Azubuike, Kristin Davis, Laurie Hernandez, Lawrence Taylor, Marcus Peters, Mariano Rivera, Mark Cuban, Mark Messier, Mark Teixeira, Marshall Plumlee, Mason Plumlee, Michael Bloomberg, Nicky Hilton, Olivia Culpo, Oz Pearlman, Padma Lakshmi, Petra Nemcova, Phil Simms, Ralph Sampson, Reggie Jackson, Renel Brooks-Moon, Rick DiPietro, Rick Porcello, Ricky Steamboat, Ronnie Lott, Rosanna Scotto, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Buscemi, Steve Weatherford, Ted Robinson, Tom Coughlin, Tommy and Dee Hilfiger, Tony Richardson, Victor Cruz, Vida Blue, Warren Moon and Woody Johnson who all appeared at BTIG offices yesterday to help give back to others in need.“Since 2003, BTIG Charity Day has helped support important non-profit organizations around the world,” said Scott Kovalik, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BTIG. “We are very grateful to our celebrity guests, clients and employees that help us improve the lives of others year after year.”last_img read more

Newly appointed UN envoy assumes duties in Lebanon

Johan Verbeke, a career Belgian diplomat, was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon on 10 April, succeeding Geir Pedersen of Norway.The Special Coordinator will represent the Secretary-General on all political aspects of the Organization’s work in the country, as well as be responsible for following up on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1701.In addition to ending Israel’s war against Hizbollah in August 2006, resolution 1701 also called for renewed respect for the Blue Line separating Israeli and Lebanese forces, the disarming of militias and an end to arms smuggling, and enhanced the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the peacekeeping mission that has been there since 1978.Based in Beirut, Mr. Verbeke is also tasked with ensuring coordination between the activities of the UN Country Team and the Lebanese Government, donors and international financial institutions.Mr. Verbeke will begin his round of meetings with Lebanese officials this week. 4 June 2008The senior United Nations official tasked with coordinating the world body’s work in Lebanon arrived today in the capital Beirut to take up his duties. read more

Sri Lanka keen to introduce an Aadhaarlike initiative

Sri Lanka will explore launching an application similar to the Unified Mobile Application for New age Governance (UMANG) in India, and it is in talks with New Delhi at the highest levels, said Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando. “We can save $2 million a day if we digitise all our operations,” Fernando told Colombo-based foreign correspondents on Wednesday, The Hindu reported.Sri Lanka is also keen on adopting a mass digital initiative like the Aadhaar in India, he said. Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad will undertake a two-day visit to the island next month for discussions on bilateral cooperation and possible Indian investment in the sector, he said. “Indians see a lot of potential in Sri Lanka, especially in the IT sector. The environment here is very conducive for investment,” Fernando said, adding that the government would soon form a new digital secretariat to streamline initiatives pertaining to information and technology. Fernando said the Ministry aims to give Sri Lankans a unique identification number each, linked to their biometrics, to enable easier access to government schemes and services. He said such initiatives would not only help citizens access schemes and funds meant for them, but also help keep a check on corruption. The Ministry, he said, would liberalise the sector and opt for a highly privatised model.Recognising the importance of connectivity in digitisation, the government is focussing on creating at least 30,000 public wi-fi spots, including in 10,000 schools to enable students to use technology, he said. “Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is keen that school students be given tablets, and he has also discussed the initiative with the Indian Prime Minister,” said Fernando. In a separate initiative, the government has also been pushing for digitising the national identity cards of Sri Lankans with biometrics, a move that has made privacy advocates in the country concerned. read more

AmmLeach CuCo demonstration pilot plant in collaboration with MC Process

first_imgThe AmmLeach® copper/cobalt plant is to be used for testing bulk representative samples from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and elsewhere. It will be the first AmmLeach plant in the world to showcase process in two circuits through to copper and cobalt cathode metal, compared with the majority of DRC cobalt, which is currently produced as an intermediate product. The ability for third parties to see the Ammleach process working will be invaluable for commercialisation. MC Process is a highly regarded partner of choice for AmmLeach plant design and engineering in Africa. Alexander Mining has, in partnership with MC Process, completed construction of the copper/cobalt demonstration pilot plant in Johannesburg, and has commenced commissioning the plant using bulk ore samples from the DRC. As part of Alexander’s initiatives in the DRC, it has collected a significant range of copper and cobalt mineralisation samples from the DRC for initial laboratory amenability testing. The testwork results have been highly encouraging and jointly the companies have now established a pilot plant at MC Process’s premises. Initially, the plant will be used for testing larger bulk representative samples which have been delivered from the DRC, but will be capable of treating other base metal deposit types.The AmmLeach cobalt/copper process has particular relevance to the DRC which accounts for around 53% of world mine production in 2011 and 45% of world reserves. Moreover, the majority of cobalt currently produced in the DRC is as an intermediate product. The AmmLeach cobalt/copper process is simpler and requires fewer unit processes to produce cobalt and copper metal cathode, resulting in significantly reduced capital and operating costs compared to the conventional acid/SO2 process.Given the inherent high costs associated with operating within the DRC, using conventional technology, AmmLeach has the potential to enable the processing of a significantly greater number of deposits that have to date been considered marginal or uneconomic to develop.The AmmLeach process may economically treat high carbonate and acid consuming orebodies that are prevalent in the DRC and which may not be economically treated using acid leaching. It is also ideally suited to heap leaching of ‘lower’ grade orebodies.The results from the pilot plant will be invaluable for design and scale up to a full size commercial plant.MC Process is Alexander’s partner of choice for AmmLeach plant design and engineering in Africa and it is dedicated to the design and manufacture of minerals processing equipment, especially SX-EW plants. Moreover, it has considerable experience with designing and establishing SX-EW plants in the DRC and other countries in Africa.Martin Rosser, Chief Executive Officer, said: “This pilot plant will be the first in Africa to showcase Alexander’s innovative AmmLeach technology producing both copper and cobalt metal from two circuits in the one plant. It will be integral to our business development plans for the DRC Copperbelt and also for testing material from copper and cobalt projects in other parts of Africa and the world. The ability for third parties to see the AmmLeach® process working will be invaluable for its commercialisation. Moreover, we are delighted with the highly beneficial relationship already developed with MC Process and we look forward to our continued successful close collaboration.”last_img read more

Weather warning lifted as the worst of Storm Christine passes

first_imgAFTER THE WORST storms Ireland has experienced so far this winter, Met Eireann has lifted all national weather warnings.Showers and gale force winds lingering after stormy conditions last night are to pass by this afternoon, it has been forecast.Isolated showers will persist for the rest of the day.A yellow weather warning was in place along south and south west coasts last night but was lifted, although the same level of Marine Weather Warning persist this morning.The Government Task Force on Emergency Planning will reportedly meet today to discuss the clean-up operation after storms that left thousands without electricity and caused damage to coastal areas.Fianna Fáil last week criticised the government’s response to the weather, noting that the UK’s equivalent group, COBRA, met to discuss similar weather events.“Emergency service workers are doing a great job in very difficult circumstances but the Government’s response has been non-existent,” Spokesperson on Environment Barry Cowen said.“In previous years the Task Force on Emergency Planning met regularly to respond to snow and freezing weather conditions.”“However this year, despite Defence Minister Alan Shatter and Environment Minister Phil Hogan launching a ‘Be Winter-Ready’ campaign the government doesn’t seem to have taken any notice of warnings issued by Met Éireann.”Speaking yesterday, Public Expenditure Minister Brian Hayes said he believes it is ‘inevitable’ that more flood relief funding will be released for areas that need it.Read: Road Safety Authority urges caution while driving in stormy weather >Read: Coast Guard warns people to get away from the sea as man injured at Howth pier >More: We thought that earlier pothole was big but then we saw this one… >last_img read more

Committal hearing for Theophanous

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Melbourne Magistrate’s Court set July 6 as the date for the commital hearing where a rape charge against Victorian MP Theo Theophanous will be heard.Seven days have been set aside by the court for the commital hearing.Theo Theophanous is charged with the alleged rape of a woman in his parliamentary office more than ten years ago. The alleged incident happened on September 1988 after Mr Theophanous and his female accuser had a drink in the city. Mr Theophanous, who says he is innocent, resigned from his Ministerial portfolio as soon as he was charged with one count of rape on Christmas Eve of last year.  The commital hearing will see the prosecution present their evidence before the court.  The alleged victim, who is in her 40s and lives in Greece, will also give evidence.  The evidence presented at the commital hearing will allow the magistrate to decide whether the case will go in front of a jury. The embattled Greek Australian politician, who has not resigned from his parliamentary seat expressed his belief that he will be exonerated outside the court house. “I’m confident the truth will come out in this case,” Mr Theophanous said to waiting reporters.last_img read more

Un ancêtre des crocodiles mis au jour au Maroc

first_imgUn ancêtre des crocodiles mis au jour au MarocL’ancêtre des crocodiles d’Afrique a été retrouvé au Maroc. Il s’agit d’un dinosaure reptile de près de 10 mètres, d’après des chercheurs américains.Le crâne fossilisé d’un reptile préhistorique datant de 95 millions d’années a été retrouvé au Maroc. Il appartient à l’ancêtre des crocodiles africains actuels, un animal baptisé “Shieldcroc” (crocodile blindé). Ce monstre de près de 10 mètres de long possédait une épaisse couche de peau sur le dessus de sa tête. “Cette découverte d’Aegisuchus witmeri ou Shieldcroc, avec d’autres faites auparavant, montre que les ancêtres des crocodiles d’aujourd’hui étaient beaucoup plus diversifiés que ne le pensaient les scientifiques”, souligne le professeur Casey Holliday, de l’Université du Missouri cité par l’AFP.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ce chercheur et ses collègues ont pu estimer la taille du spécimen et celle de son cerveau en analysant les marques laissées sur l’intérieur de la boîte crânienne. D’après ces mesures, ce crocodile avait une tête longue de 1,52 mètres, pour une taille totale de 9,14 mètres. De plus, l’analyse des empreintes laissées sur le crâne par les vaisseaux sanguins a permis aux chercheurs de déterminer que le Shieldcroc était doté d’une sorte de bouclier sur le dessus de la tête, du jamais vu chez ces animaux.Casey Holliday estime que cette carapace pouvait avoir plusieurs fonctions : attirer les femelles, impressionner les ennemis et peut-être même réguler la température crânienne. Ce crocodile préhistorique attendait certainement dans l’eau que des poissons passent à sa portée mais il est peu probable qu’il ait combattu d’autres dinosaures étant donné ses fines mâchoires. Grâce à ces nouvelles données, il sera plus facile de trouver de meilleurs moyens de protéger l’environnement de ces animaux et d’empêcher leur extinction, expliquent les auteurs de cette communication parue dans la revue scientifique américaine PLoS ONE.Le 1 février 2012 à 15:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Is Pakistan finally isolated on Kashmir issue after ModiTrump G7 meeting

first_imgPakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.ReutersIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with US President Donald Trump on Monday on the sidelines of the G-7 summit in France may have cemented Pakistan’s isolation over the Kashmir issue despite its incessant efforts.The US President was told by PM Modi that India does not welcome a third party mediation on Kashmir. While Pakistan has sought support from international bodies on solving the widely disputed Kashmir issue – following the abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the constitution – many countries, including the US, have stated that the issue is bilateral.The international community has echoed India’s stance of the Kashmir issue being bilateral, under the Simla Agreement and Lahore Declaration. Even the foreign ministry’s stance that the bifurcation of the state into two union territories – J&K and Ladakh – is an internal matter, has been accepted by various countries and the United Nations.With Trump backtracking from his offer to mediate the Kashmir issue, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has turned belligerent.In a special address to the nation, timed as the Modi-Trump talks were slated, and perhaps sensing the way the talks in Biarritz, France, would go, Imran Khan said that Islamabad’s Kashmir policy was at a “decisive” point and slammed India for playing what he called “its last card” and vowed to “take the next step”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump at the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France.TwitterKhan said he will raise the Kashmir issue at every international forum, including at the UN General Assembly.He assured the people of Pakistan that his government will stand by the Kashmiris till India lifts the restrictions in the Valley.The Pakistan Prime Minister said that while Islamic nations are silent on Kashmir, they would have to speak up at some time.For Pakistan, the Muslim world’s backing of India and the UAE and Bahrain – two important members of the Gulf Cooperation Council – welcoming PM Modi with open arms this week, has come as a reminder that India, with its stable economy and forward-looking policies, is a favoured nation.The UAE’s conferment of the Order of Zayed, the Gulf nation’s highest civilian honour, on PM Modi has added to the sense of bewilderment in Islamabad, that Islam cannot be considered the sole binding force anymore and that countries are looking beyond the confines of religion to the open, inclusive, progressive world order.”I read in newspapers that people are disappointed that Muslim countries are not siding with Kashmir. I want to tell you not to be disappointed; if some countries are not raising this issue because of their economic interests, they will eventually take it up. They will have to, with time,” Imran said.In an effort to claim some modicum of victory, after going on a diplomatic overdrive to raise the Kashmir issue with almost every major world leader, Imran said that Pakistan had succeeded in internationalising the Kashmir issue.”We have succeeded in internationalizing the issue of Kashmir, we talked to world leaders and embassies. The UN for the first time since 1965, convened a meeting on Kashmir issue. Even international media has picked it up,” he said.However, at the UN Security Council held a recent closed-door meeting. Pakistan’s close ally China was the sole country that spoke against India at the Permanent five meet.Even Imran Khan’s regular tweets on Kashmir and his labelling of Modi as a “Fascist, racist, Hindu supremacist” leader have failed to get him the international traction he has wanted.While Imran says he will raise the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly summit in September, Prime Minister Modi has already met UN Secretary Antonio Guterres on Sunday, on the sidelines of the G7 summit and held “fruitful discussions” with him. A photo of a smiling Guterres and Modi shaking hands after the meeting was tweeted by the PMO on Sunday night.PM @narendramodi met @UN Secretary General Mr. @antonioguterres on the sidelines of the @G7 Summit. The two leaders had fruitful discussions on a wide range of subjects.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 25, 2019The successful meeting between Modi and the UN chief came after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi called up Guterres to apprise him about the “evolving and delicate situation” in J&K. Qureshi said it was the responsibility of the international community to play a role in addressing the Kashmir situation.Significantly, when PM Modi was asked about Kashmir at the media briefing in Biarritz, France, alongside Trump, he said: “India and Pakistan have several bilateral issues. And after the election of Prime Minister Imran Khan, I told him that both our countries suffer from the problems of poverty, illiteracy, backwardness and both should work together for the betterment of our people. This message I gave to the Pakistan Prime Minister, and I have conveyed this to President Trump as well, as we keep discussing our bilateral issues.”(With inputs from agency)last_img read more

Eid celebrated in over 100 villages

first_imgMuslims leave the Jamek Mosque after offering Eid-ul-Fitr prayers in Kuala Lumpur on 15 June 2018. Photo: AFPThousands of people of more than 100 villages in Laxmipur, Satkhira, Munshiganj, Jhenidah, Dinajpur, Chattogram, Patuakhali, Barisal and Sherpur districts celebrated the holy Eid-ul-Fitr on Friday amid much enthusiasm and religious fervour, reports UNB.In Laxmipur, the residents of Noagaon, Joypura, Bigha, Baro Goria, Hotatia, Shorshoi and Kanchanpur in Ramganj upazila, Kolakopa village in Raipur upazila and Boshikpur, Purpa Panchpara and Mohadebpur villages in Sadar upazila celebrated the Eid on the same day as Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries of the Middle East.The Eid congregation of Naogaon village was held at Noagaon Edgah ground at 10:00am.In Satkhira, an Eid congregation conducted by Mawlana Mahabbat Ali was held at Baukhola village in Sadar upazila at 7:00am.Other Eid congregations were held at Chandpur and Tala upazila where more than 500 people participated.In Barisal, several thousands of people of five upazilas in the district celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr in accordance with Saudi Arabia.Residents of those areas said they are the followers of Jahangiria of Chattogram district and celebrate Eid every year following the Middle East.The main Eid congregation was held in Tajkati Jahangiria Shahsufi Momtajia Mosque around 9:00am.In Sherpur, a total of 24 Eid congregations were held in the district. The villagers of North and South Charkharchar, Munshirchar, Bamaner Char, Gazirkhamar Giddapara in Sadar upazila celebrated the Eid in a festive mood.An Eid congregation was held at Nanni Madyapara village in Nalitabari upazila while one each Eid congregation was held in Charkoiya village of Nakla upazila and Bangaon Chatal village of Jhenaigati upazila.In Dinajpur, five upazilas celebrated the Eid on the same day as Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries of the Middle East.At least 2,000 families from Sadar, Chirirbondor, Parbotipur, Kaharol and Birol upazilas celebrated the Eid. The main Eid congregation was held at Basuniapotti community centre in Sadar upazila around 9:00am. Other Eid congregation were held at Saitara of Chirirbandor, Kararol in Joynanda upazila.In Chattogram, 40 villages of several upazila celebrated Eid on the same day as Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries of the Middle East.Sonakania, Garangia, Kanchona, Amilaisha, Khagria of Satkania upazila celebrated Eid. Thousands of people participated in several Eid congregations in the district.In Satkhira, main Eid congregation was held at Baokola purbopara Mosque around 7:30am.last_img read more