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Two held for accepting Rs three lakh bribe

first_imgThane, Jun 9 (PTI) Police today arrested two persons including the District Malaria Officer (DMO) for allegedly accepting Rs three lakh as bribe from the complainant.”The complainant, a 24-year-old man in 2014 had obtained an employment in the health department under the sportsman quota,” Thane Range ACB Superintendent of Police SP Sangramsingh Nishandar told PTI.”However the Sports Directorate rejected his sports certificate. Following this, the DMO Deepali Nasre (43) had issued a show-cause notice to dismiss him from the service,” Nishandar added.According to the officer, the complainant obtained a stay order from the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) on the DMOs order.”Even then, the DMO and the head clerk Umesh Kadam threatened to dismiss him from service and demanded Rs 3.50 lakh for not going ahead,” he added.After negotiations, the duo settled for Rs three lakh. Following a complaint, a trap was laid this afternoon in the premises of the District Collectorate and the duo was nabbed while accepting the bribe, the SP added.A case under relevant sections of The Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 was registered, the officer said, adding a probe was on. PTI COR NRBlast_img read more

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Baseball’s Grandpa: Cricket

first_imgABU DHABI — Shoaib Malik hit a century on his comeback while opener Mohammad Hafeez came up just short of a hundred Tuesday as Pakistan took command on the opening day of the first test against England.Pakistan reached 286-4 at stumps with England suffering from two simple dropped catches by Ian Bell and a no-ball by Stuart Broad on what would have been a wicket.The first of the two dropped catches by Bell would have dismissed Hafeez on seven with the score on 12-1, and Broad’s misfortune happened with Malik on 40.Hafeez went on to make 98 before he was dismissed at the stroke of tea, while Malik reached his third test century and remained unbeaten on 124 in his first international test in five years.Veteran batsman Younis Khan became the highest run scorer for his country by breaking the long-standing record of Javed Miandad. Needing 19 runs at the start of the innings to go past Miandad’s aggregate of 8,832 runs in 124 tests, Khan achieved that by smashing Moeen Ali for the only six of the match over mid-wicket when on 15.But Khan, who played an uncharacteristically positive inning, departed when on 38. Captain Alastair Cook positioned himself right next to the bowling crease in a very straight short mid-on, and Khan flicked Broad straight into his hands.Four runs later, on 251, Pakistan lost captain Misbah-ul Haq to what looked like a contentious caught behind decision. Misbah seemed certain he did not edge the Anderson delivery to Jos Buttler, but had to go for three.Bell’s second mistake was just before stumps in the same position of second slip when he dropped an even easier chance of Asad Shafiq with the batsman on 10.“Obviously, Bell is very disappointed in the dressing room, and I will have to put my hand up for the no-ball, which is unacceptable,” Broad said. “Certainly, in these conditions, those two dropped catches were a shame, but that’s cricket. On the positive side, we are creating those chances.Malik has now batted for 230 deliveries and mixed caution with aggression. He was patient against the pacers and used his feet to punish the England spinners Moeen Ali and debutant Adil Rashid, who went wicketless.“I think Malik’s innings showed what he is capable of doing in cricket,” Younis said. “He played a wonderful knock and he is going to be vital for us tomorrow. If we can bat a couple of sessions tomorrow around him, we will be in a very strong position.”Hafeez and Malik added 167 runs for the second wicket, after Pakistan lost opener Shan Masood early, undone by a slow bouncer from James Anderson in the third over of the innings.The ball reared up and hit Masood’s helmet as he took his eyes off the ball, before ricocheting on to his stumps. Masood was on two and Pakistan’s score was on five.Earlier, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq won the toss and elected to bat first.That advantage came after a major blow for Pakistan with star leg-spinner Yasir Shah unable to recover from the back injury he suffered while bowling at the nets on Monday.That left Pakistan with only one spinner, Zulfiqar Babar, and Pakistan is going into the match with three seamers – Wahab Riaz, Imran Khan and Rahat Ali.England, as expected, gave a debut to Rashid on a pitch that is expected to assist the spinners from day three onwards.Pakistan has played seven test matches at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, winning four, including the last two by massive margins against Australia (356 runs) and New Zealand (248 runs) and drawing the other three. It also won the only test match here against England by 72 runs in 2012. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Steve Smith targets IPL 2019 to prepare for World Cup in England

first_imgSteve Smith is eager to be back in Australian colours and wants to prove himself after the ball-tampering row that rocked Australian cricket earlier this year. Steve Smith, along with David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, was handed substantial suspension for his part in the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test in South Africa in March.Steve Smith is now desperate to recover lost ground ahead of next year’s World Cup by competing in the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL). Smith and former vice-captain David Warner were handed year-long international bans by Cricket Australia. The scandal also forced a review of Australia’s cricket culture.Steve Smith will be part of the Rajasthan Royals in the 12th season of the cash-rich T20 league. He was barred from IPL this year but will return to represent the inaugural edition champions next year.”Now the way the One Day game is played it’s almost like an extended T20. So I think T20 cricket is a good way to prepare and the IPL is one of the best tournaments around the world,” Smith said in his first press conference after the tearful breakdown following the return from South Africa.While serving his ban, Smith has participated in several T20 competitions, including in Canada and the Caribbean, in a bid to get play time. The IPL is scheduled to be held in April-May followed by the World Cup in England starting May 30. Although Smith stepped down from captaincy in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal, he continues to be a part of the franchise.advertisement”I was playing in the Bangladesh League, but I don’t know what is happening there at the moment. After that I have the Pakistan League and then the IPL, which I think is adequate preparation for the World Cup, if I’m selected,” Smith said.Asked about the nine months since the scandal, Smith said it was a difficult period but he has learnt to deal with it. “I’ve had my ups and downs. There have been some dark days where I haven’t wanted to get out of bed and things like that. But I’ve had a close group of people around me to help me know that it’s OK,” Smith said.”These ninth months have been a big learning curve for me, having a year out of the game has given me a time mentally refresh and get myself in a good headspace to go again,” he added.On what transpired in the dressing room during the infamous Newlands Test, Smith said it was a failure of leadership on his part.”In the room I walked past something and had the opportunity to stop it and I didn’t do it. It went out and happened on the field,” he recalled.”I had the opportunity to stop it rather than say I didn’t want to know anything about it. That was my failure of leadership for that and I have taken responsibility for that,” he said.Smith was also asked about his thoughts on the ongoing India-Australia series. The batsman said it hasn’t been easy to watch from the sidelines.”…particularly when the boys haven’t played their best in a couple of games. It’s been hard watching and knowing that I can’t go out and help them. But I was really proud of the way the boys played last week in Perth,” he said referring to the second Test which Australia won by 146 runs to draw level in the four-match series.”…I think Tim Paine’s leadership has been exceptional since taking over as captain. He has obviously been faced with difficult circumstances to begin with but he has done a terrific job,” he added.Also Read | Steve Smith reveals why he did not appeal ball-tampering banAlso Read | I want to come back better than I was, says Steve Smith in new commerciallast_img read more

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KINGSLEY KENNEL OWNER SENTENCED IN FEDERAL COURT

first_imgA Kingsley, Iowa man who owed a monetary penalty to the United States for numerous violations of animal welfare regulations at his kennel has been sentenced to 3 years’ probation for lying to the government about his assets and income.61 year old Gary Felts was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of making false statements to the United States.Felts has operated the Black Diamond Kennel since 1998.The United States Department of Agriculture conducted 17 inspections of the facility since then, finding Felts had 51 non-compliant items, including inadequate veterinary care, housing and sanitation.As a result of these violations, USDA obtained an $18,938 administrative penalty against Felts.Felts failed to pay the penalty and the United States obtained a civil judgment against him.He currently owes over $13,380 on his administrative penalty.last_img read more

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Mark Uth’s double for Hoffenheim condemns Bayern Munich to first defeat

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Bundesliga Topics Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share via Email match reports Bayern Munichcenter_img 1899 Hoffenheim Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Hoffenheim caused another upset against Bayern Munich as a double from Mark Uth gave them a 2-0 win at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.Last season, Julian Nagelsmann’s side took four points from their two Bundesliga games against Bayern, with the 1-0 home win in April marking their first ever victory in 18 meetings. Die Kraichgauer inflicted the champions’ first defeat of the new campaign, as Carlo Ancelotti rotated his Bayern squad with one eye on next week’s Champions League opener against Anderlecht.Robert Lewandowski saw an early effort clip the woodwork but the hosts took the lead on 27 minutes when Uth made the most of a quickly-taken throw-in with the Bayern defence caught out of position. Uth later finished off a fine team move to double Hoffenheim’s lead five minutes into the second half.Despite sending on Arjen Robben, James Rodríguez and Franck Ribéry for the closing stages, Bayern could not find a way back into the match. Hoffenheim remain unbeaten and move level on points with Borussia Dortmund and Hannover at the top of the table.Earlier on Saturday, Dortmund were held to a goalless draw at Freiburg despite the home side having the midfielder Yoric Ravet sent off after 29 minutes.Hannover are also unbeaten following their 1-1 draw at Wolfsburg. Daniel Didavi’s free-kick early in the second half put the home side ahead but Hannover secured a point with 15 minutes left through a close-range effort from Martin Harnik.Augsburg beat Köln 3-0 at the WWK Arena where Alfred Finnbogason scored a hat-trick. The Iceland forward headed the home side into the lead on 21 minutes and doubled the lead 10 minutes later from the penalty spot. He saw a shot hit the woodwork before completing his treble in stoppage time when slotting in an angled drive after Sergio Córdova’s effort had come back off the base of the far post.Eintracht Frankfurt won 1-0 at Borussia Mönchengladbach, with a goal on 13 minutes from Kevin-Prince Boateng proving enough for all three points.Mainz recorded their first Bundesliga win of the season with a 3-1 home success against Bayer Leverkusen. Dominik Kohr had put the visitors ahead on 22 minutes but Yoshinori Muto equalised on the stroke of half-time with an acrobatic effort at the far post. Abdou Diallo put Mainz ahead when he nodded in a free-kick just before the hour, with Suat Serdar drilling in a third from 20 yards on 71 minutes. Share on Facebook European club football UK Sportlast_img read more

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Wallabies enter Rugby World Cup with consistency under scrutiny

first_imgIf this is the kind of consistency required to become world champions, a team such as Australia may be in a spot of bother. The Wallabies won six games straight in England in 2015 before succumbing to the All Blacks in the final but since then they have not known the meaning of the word consistency. The most wins they have strung together was four straight against Argentina, the All Blacks, Japan and Wales in 2017, while they won three in a row against Wales, Scotland and France in 2016.Last year, their worst since 1958, the Wallabies did not manage to win even two consecutive Tests, although they have this year with back-to-back wins against Argentina and the All Blacks in the shortened Rugby Championship.Every team with aspirations to win the World Cup in Japan will enter the tournament with the objective of remaining undefeated because history tells us that is what you need to do, but the 2019 tournament may well be the first to witness a team lose a pool game and come back to lift the Webb Ellis Cup.It has almost happened before. Twice teams have lost pool games – England to the All Blacks in 1991 and to South Africa in 2007 and France to the All Blacks and Tonga in 2011 – and still reached the final, while the French drew with Scotland in 1987 and made the decider.This World Cup is widely expected to be the most open ever. New Zealand are the favourites as always, but Ireland, Wales, England and South Africa are all genuine contenders, while the Wallabies, Argentina and France are dark horses.Certainly, all of the leading teams will be aiming to finish on top of their pools to earn, theoretically at least, a more favourable passage through the knockout stage, but the very evenness of the competition throws up the real possibility of a team losing a pool game and still managing to win the tournament for the very first time.There is no guarantee that Ireland, New Zealand, England and Wales will win their pools, and would anyone really be shocked if South Africa, France, Argentina, Scotland or Australia finished second in their pool, but went on to win the World Cup? Apart from being the most even World Cup in history, the 2019 tournament may also see a seismic shift in the balance of power between the northern and southern hemispheres.The three southern hemisphere superpowers Australia (two), New Zealand (three) and South Africa (two) have won seven of the first eight World Cups between them. The sole northern victor was England in 2003. But in this tournament Ireland, Wales and England are expected to have as much chance of winning as the southern heavyweights, while France always pull themselves together for the World Cup.The biggest threat to northern hemisphere success at this World Cup may be the unfamiliar hot and humid weather, which will be different to anything experienced in previous tournaments, usually played in mildness of a European autumn or Antipodean spring.The Japanese weather will be an advantage to the southern nations whose players are used to playing Super Rugby in the heat and humidity of February and March – at least at the beginning of the tournament. It would be wise to look at the long-term weather forecasts. After Japan’s typhoon season peaks in September the weather is hot and humid with temperatures around 23 to 28C, but drop to 19 to 23C in October. The final in Tokyo on 2 November could be played in a cool, crisp 14C to 18C.Most teams have prepared to play in hot and humid conditions, but that weather may only last for the first week of the tournament before cooler temperatures set in. Teams will need to adjust to changing weather conditions over the course of the tournament; tactics employed in sultry September may not work in the cooler climes of October and November.The Springboks, who play the All Blacks in a blockbuster Pool B game on Saturday night, have already flagged that they intend to play without the ball in the slippery conditions, but they may not want to play that way if they met Ireland or Scotland in milder conditions in the quarter-final. Australia rugby union team Support The Guardian Read more Share on LinkedIn Rugby World Cup Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Read more Wallabies go with Pocock-Hooper combination for World Cup opener Rugby World Cup 2019: Australia team guidecenter_img James Horwill: ‘If the Wallabies turn up, they can beat anyone’ features Australia sport Reuse this content Rugby union Rugby World Cup 2019 Share on Facebook Read more Share on Twitter And how will the Wallabies cope with the change in the weather? The Australians seem intent on playing with the ball in hand, which could be tricky in hot and humid conditions against Fiji and Wales in their first two Pool D games. The Fijians are used to playing in hot and humid conditions and will become highly dangerous if the game becomes loose and unstructured, while Wales will probably give the ball back to the Wallabies and try to force mistakes.But in this most unpredictable of tournaments it may not matter in the end if a team drops a pool game. Depending on other results, it could even turn out to be an advantage in the knockout stage. Consistency will still be important, but losing one of the opening four games may not mean the end of the World Cup. Share on Pinterest Topics The Rugby World Cup has always been a tournament that, above all else, demands consistency. In the previous eight editions, the teams that lifted the Webb Ellis Cup won all of their games – pool and knockout. In the first four World Cups the winning team won six games in a row; the last four tournaments the champion side won seven straight.last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy M30s India launch date set for September 18, 6,000mAh battery confirmed

first_imgSamsung Galaxy M30s India launch date set for September 18, 6,000mAh battery confirmedSamsung Galaxy M30s will launch in India soon with a massive 6,000mAh battery and 48MP triple camera setup, as revealed by Amazon India. Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiSeptember 3, 2019UPDATED: September 3, 2019 10:42 IST Samsung Galaxy M30s will launch in India on September 18 with a 6,000mAh battery and 48MP triple camera setup.HIGHLIGHTSSamsung Galaxy M30s launch date in India set for September 18.Galaxy M30s will be available on Amazon India following its launch.Galaxy M30s is an upgrade over the Galaxy M30 with a 6,000mAh battery and 48MP triple camera setup.Samsung will launch the Galaxy M30s in India on September 18 at 12pm. The launch date was revealed on Amazon India alongside an image of the Galaxy M30s. Like every other Galaxy M-series phone launched so far, the Galaxy M30s will also be an online-exclusive product and will be available on Amazon following its launch. The listing also confirms past rumours that the Galaxy M30s will pack a massive 6,000mAh battery.This will be the first Samsung smartphone to house a 6,000mAh battery capacity, promising a really long battery life for your multimedia needs. On Amazon, the company is teasing that the Galaxy M30s 6,000mAh battery will deliver hours of gaming and photography experience. Additionally, the Galaxy M30s will bring a new processor and a 48MP triple camera setup, among other things.The Galaxy M30s will sport a Super AMOLED display as well. The size of the display hasn’t been revealed yet, but the phone has been listed on the Android Enterprise directory with a 6.4-inch display. The phone will sport an Infinity-U display with a FHD+ resolution. As for the processor, Samsung is teasing a new chipset powering the Galaxy M30s. It may not be the Exynos 9610 SoC as previously rumoured. In addition to a 6,000mAh battery, the 48MP triple camera setup will also be a major upgrade over the 13MP triple camera setup on the original Galaxy M30.Samsung plans to launch a series of enhanced versions of its Galaxy A and Galaxy M series phones in the coming months. The company has already launched the Galaxy A10s in India with dual rear cameras and a fingerprint sensor. The Galaxy M30s looks to be a pretty major upgrade over the M30. The Galaxy M30s is expected to be priced similar to the M30, so we expect the phone to launch in India somewhere between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000.advertisementALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M30s key specs revealed via Android Enterprise listing, may launch soonGet 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy M30s Nextlast_img read more

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Liberals set to decide on future of Social Security Tribunal sources

first_imgOTTAWA — Federal cabinet ministers will soon decide whether and how to reform the oft-maligned tribunal Canadians use to appeal federal benefits rulings, potentially undoing changes made six years ago intended to make it work better.The Social Security Tribunal hears appeals of government decisions on things like eligibility for Employment Insurance and the Canada Pension Plan. It replaced four separate bodies in 2013.One key change was cutting the number of people hearing most cases from three to one. Another was to replace part-time hearing officials in many places with full-time staff in fewer locations.A report last year from consulting firm KPMG estimated the moves saved about $22.6 million a year. Timelines for decisions also spiked as the tribunal was undermanned and overwhelmed with cases, and didn’t have a proper transition plan. The KPMG report argued the tribunal wasn’t designed with the appellants in mind.Labour and employer groups have each told the government they want a return to the system as it existed before the tribunal’s creation. Still, KPMG warned against a return to that old system, saying the current one could be improved without a total makeover.Officials are now expected to ask ministers to consider partially reverting to the three-person panels that once heard cases, or to go with a hybrid system of old and new, or simply make tweaks, say sources with knowledge of the recommendations, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss issues under cabinet review.A spokesman for Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the minister’s office couldn’t speak to, or verify the authenticity of, documents related to matters of cabinet confidences, which are closely guarded government secrets legally protected from unauthorized release.In the fall, Duclos asked the new chairman of the tribunal to create a “client-centric culture” to make appeals move quickly and transparently.The tribunal now allows people to choose whether to have their hearings in person, on the phone or by videoconference. Rule changes have also made it easier to launch an appeal and waiting times have dropped. The backlog of cases has fallen from about 7,250 in April 2017 to 3,925 at the end of last year.The tribunal has made “a lot of progress, but there is still more to do,” said chairman Paul Alterman in a public post this month.Over the last few months, the government held closed-door consultations with stakeholders, labour and employers groups, as well as experts who offered six options for officials to mull over before presenting them to cabinet.Sources described how officials talked about improving the qualifications of people hearing appeals, including whether to have multi-member panels for disability claims involving complicated medical histories. There was a sense that officials, including Duclos, were taking the ideas seriously.Stakeholders say a benefit of the previous system was that people had their cases heard in their communities by people who understood the lie of the land locally. When someone talked about conditions at a particular company, for instance, the panellists knew what they were talking about.Hassan Yussuff, president of the Canadian Labour Congress, said the previous system was fair and equitable for workers. The Liberals, he said, will have a “terrible time” explaining any decision other than a return of the three-person panels.“We have no foundation to make any argument to keep that (tribunal) system based on the experience of our members and, to a large extent, what the unemployed have had to experience,” Yussuff said.Monique Moreau, vice-president of national affairs for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said her members want any changes aimed at getting people through the system quickly, and in a way that makes them feel comfortable, as well as ensuring employers feel represented.“We were actually fans of the previous system and I think some of the changes that have come in the newer model, they haven’t really lived up to expectations,” Moreau said.Officials are likely to label a return in any way to the old system as the most expensive option for the government to consider. Tweaks to the tribunal would be the cheapest. The sources weren’t able to put a dollar figure to any of the options being discussed.Jordan Press, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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White House gets pressure from within US to spare Canada from steel

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration is coming under political pressure at home to exclude Canada from global tariffs on steel and aluminum, and while stating its preference for holding firm it’s leaving the door open just the tiniest crack to the possibility of adjustments.Lawmakers, businesses, and hosts on the Sunday political talk-shows all challenged the logic of slapping a national-security tariff on a peaceful next-door neighbour, pushing the administration to justify its move.The administration says a final announcement is coming next week. On Sunday, it signalled that President Donald Trump is leaning toward a no-exceptions-for-anyone attitude — but then added some potential asterisks.In the midst of an internal tug-of-war within the White House the administration was represented on the talk shows by two of its most prominent trade hawks, Trump advisor Peter Navarro and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.Both appeared to suggest the decision is close to final.While no countries will be excluded, Navarro said some industries could get exemptions. This is of keen interest to Canada’s auto sector, which is a leading supplier of steel and aluminum to the U.S.: “There’ll be an exemption procedure for particular cases where we need to have exemptions so business can move forward,” Navarro said on CNN.Ross held out the slim prospect of some changes: “We shall see,” he told NBC’s “Meet The Press.”“(Trump) has made a decision at this point,” he said of the 25 per cent tariff for steel and 10 per cent tariff for aluminum. “If he for some reason should change his mind, then it’ll change. I have no reason to believe he’s going to change his mind.”The administration is being deluged with demands from its own political allies to relax its policy. The same two top Republican lawmakers who shepherded Trump’s tax-cut achievement through Congress, Kevin Brady and Orrin Hatch, have pleaded for revisions.A senator of a border state said he’s already hearing from businesses at home. Angus King, an Independent senator from Maine, compared Trump’s plan to the devastating U.S. tariffs of the 1930s. He said companies in his state fear price increases for steel.King said any trade actions should be targeted to discourage Chinese dumping — not hit the entire world.“You want to do these kinds of things with a scalpel — not a chainsaw,” King told NBC.To apply the tariffs, the U.S. is invoking a rarely used clause in a 1962 trade law that allows the president to declare tariffs if required by national security. The White House argues that the wording is broad, and that national security also could include employment and economic stability of the domestic steel industry.“I don’t think we need to block Canadian steel in the name of national security. They’re annoying. You know, they’re too nice. But we don’t fear a war with Canada,” King said.Every host of the big weekly U.S. talk shows raised the Canada angle.Fox News’s Chris Wallace asked how the White House can possibly justify using a national security excuse for imposing tariffs on a close NATO partner, and legal member of the U.S. military-industrial complex.CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Navarro to imagine how Canada might see this: “From the perspective of Canada … Canada would say, ‘National security exemption? We fight with you in every war. Our soldiers are right next to your soldiers in every conflict. What possible scenario could you envision where we wouldn’t supply you with steel and aluminum?’”But the general response from Trump officials was that everyone should prepare for tariffs. When Navarro was asked on Fox whether Trump would exclude anyone, he responded in the negative.“That’s not his decision,” Navarro replied.“As soon as he starts exempting countries he has to raise tariffs on everybody else. As soon as he exempts one country his phone starts ringing from the heads of state of other countries.”He added more details in an interview with CNN: “Canada’s 40 per cent of the (American aluminum) market. If you exempt Canada, then you have to put big, big tariffs on everybody else. So this is a measured, targeted approach.”He was repeatedly pressed on the Canada issue in these interviews. Navarro did leave out the possibility of certain industries being exempted.The issue has sparked a ferocious debate within the White House. Last week, it appeared Trump had frozen out the free-traders in his office and made this announcement with the support of hawks like Navarro.American press reports have also described the president feeling angry and isolated in recent days. His administration has been hit with resignations, infighting and conflict-of-interest allegations involving the president’s own son-in-law, Jared Kushner.A South Carolina Republican called it folly.Sen. Lindsey Graham mentioned the Volkswagen and BMW plants in his state and expressed fear of how a trade war might affect jobs there. He said there’s reason to pursue China for intellectual-property theft and product dumping, but this is hitting all the wrong targets.He addressed Trump directly in his interview on CBS’s ”Face The Nation.””You’re letting China off the hook,” Graham said.”You’re punishing the American consumer and our allies. You’re making a huge mistake here. Go after China — not the rest of the world.”last_img read more

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Pakistan UN quake relief moves into higher gear with emergency food deliveries

“Every hour counts, and I urge the world to respond and respond generously and willingly,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a news conference in Geneva today as the UN prepared to launch a flash appeal tomorrow. “Massive destruction has taken place in six northern districts of North-West Frontier Provinces,” the director of the New York Office of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Ed Tsui, told a news briefing in New York. “We expect all countries and we call on all countries to support the flash appeal.” He said UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland would be travelling shortly to Pakistan, the most devastated of the three countries hit by the quake which also struck India and Afghanistan. According to Pakistani Government estimates 30,000 people have been killed and 40,000 injured. In a statement issued by his spokesman Mr. Annan called on all international actors “to work together to achieve full coordination of all international efforts in support of the national rescue efforts.” Many of the desolated areas are remote and virtually inaccessible and helicopters are a prime need. “We have over the weekend appealed to all governments who have arrangements with the UN to provide such logistic support to provide in particular helicopters,” Mr. Tsui said, noting that the United States had promised eight. “We are expecting a positive response to come shortly from those governments.” The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is mobilizing urgent relief, including a planned airlift to Pakistan of 200 metric tons of high energy biscuits, vital in the first days of a natural disaster when survivors have no means to cook their own food, and has allocated an initial sum of $500,000 to the disaster. “Many of these people have already been hit by huge natural disasters this year. This makes it even more imperative that there are no delays in the international community’s response,” regional WFP director for the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe Amir Abdulla said, noting that the victims had suffered unprecedented rains and snowfall last winter, followed by floods and avalanches in February. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported that several hospitals and health facilities had been completely destroyed and many health workers, including doctors and nurses, had died or been seriously injured. It is providing sufficient essential medicines and supplies to cover the needs of 210,000 people for a month as well as enough equipment for 1,000 surgeries. “We need to coordinate a massive health relief effort to ensure people get urgent care, and to prevent a bad situation from getting even worse,” WHO Representative for Health Action in Crises Ala Alwan said, noting mass measles vaccinations may be needed. “Medical supplies, water and sanitation supplies and cash donations will help the most.” With its first trucks rolling towards the northern Pakistan town of Mansehra, loaded with blankets, children’s clothing, water containers, and plastic tarpaulins, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) appealed for $20 million to provide initial emergency relief to children and families who survived the quake. “This appeal means immediate action to save children’s lives,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said in New York. “Needed assistance includes medical care, clean water, nutritional food for infants, clothing, and shelter – the things that matter most in the critical few weeks after a disaster like this when children and their families have lost everything.” Another UNICEF convoy is en route from the Pakistani port city of Karachi with water purification equipment, nutritional food for children, soap, shelter supplies, and children’s boots and sweaters. The agency is moving in additional staff and supplies from its regional offices and has provided logistics and supplies for frontline Pakistani surgical teams being dropped by helicopter into the most remote areas. “It’s difficult to access at the best of times, and its people have very few extra resources,” UNICEF chief of operations in Pakistan Omar Abdi said of the mountainous region. “There have been overnight rains and hail which have added to the misery for people sleeping exposed, too afraid to enter whatever shelter remains. This has also created more landslides, further hampering aid efforts.” read more

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BC Supreme Court hands another setback to Northern Gateway pipeline

VANCOUVER – An alliance of First Nations is celebrating a British Columbia Supreme Court ruling that it says could set back the Northern Gateway pipeline by years and throw a wrench into another high-profile project review.The case was brought forward by the Gitga’at First Nation and Coastal First Nations, which represents nine aboriginal communities along B.C.’s northern and central coast, including the Gitg’aat.At the centre of the challenge was an equivalency agreement in which British Columbia gave the National Energy Board the power to review the controversial pipeline proposal. The court found the province “breached the honour of the Crown” by failing to consult with the Gitga’at and Coastal First Nations.That means the equivalency agreement is invalid and the province must make its own decision on Northern Gateway — after consulting with and accommodating First Nations along the route.“We’re now at the point where if Northern Gateway as a company wanted to move ahead, it would almost have to start over,” said Art Sterritt, a member of the Gitga’at who’s been a staunch opponent of Northern Gateway.Northern Gateway has had a federal permit in hand — with 209 conditions attached — since mid-2014, but the company has not officially committed to building the project. Instead, it has been looking to garner support from First Nations along the route.The ruling is the latest setback for the project, which aims to ship 525,000 barrels of oilsands crude a day to the port of Kitimat, B.C., for export to Asia. The federal Liberal government has said it wants to formalize a tanker ban on B.C.’s north coast — a move many say would essentially kill the project.Northern Gateway spokesman Ivan Giesbrecht said Enbridge remains committed and that the NEB’s review was one of the “most exhaustive” in Canadian history.“This decision from the British Columbia Supreme Court does not change that approval,” he said, adding the company welcomes the court’s direction for more aboriginal consultation and will continue to work with all levels of government.“This comes down to a jurisdictional matter between the federal and provincial governments.”Joseph Arvay, lead counsel for the petitioners, said it’s a “very significant” decision that goes beyond Northern Gateway.“The court said that the province abdicated, gave away its powers to the federal government over the Northern Gateway project when it entered into this so-called equivalency agreement with the NEB. But it entered into exactly the same equivalency agreement with the NEB on the Kinder Morgan project,” he said.The B.C. government said this week it could not support Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion, which would triple the amount of crude shipped from Alberta to the Vancouver area, because it hasn’t met its five conditions.“As far as I’m concerned, the province should congratulate us on this win even though they opposed us in the court,” said Arvey. “The court essentially provided the province with the legal backbone that it didn’t have up until this point.”B.C. Justice Minister Suzanne Anton said the province is reviewing the decision, but the interpretation so far is that the province won’t have to duplicate the entire review process.“Our reading of it is not that the judge is requiring us to do everything all over again. But what we do have to do is assess our B.C. requirement as per our B.C. statute and make sure that we’re complying with those requirements,” she said.Tara O’Donovan, a spokeswoman for the National Energy Board, declined to comment on what the ruling would mean for other projects under review.Sterritt, with the Gitga’at. said he’s been pleased with the shift in tone at the federal level when it comes to aboriginal engagement, and he’s hoping Wednesday’s ruling spurs a similar change in B.C.“Maybe this will be that final straw that will make British Columbia realize that you don’t just agree with First Nations when they like your project,” he said. “You basically have to listen to them and work with them even when they don’t like your project.”— By Lauren Krugel in CalgaryFollow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter. B.C. Supreme Court hands another setback to Northern Gateway pipeline by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 13, 2016 8:29 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 14, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Volkswagen plans allelectric car for China next year

Volkswagen plans all-electric car for China next year by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Apr 18, 2017 8:48 am MDT Last Updated Apr 18, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Workers prepare for the Auto Shanghai 2017 show at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, China, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. At the auto show, the global industry’s biggest marketing event of the year, almost every global and Chinese auto brand is showing at least one electric concept vehicle, if not a market-ready model. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) SHANGHAI – Volkswagen, Europe’s biggest automaker, plans to launch its first pure-electric car in China next year as Beijing steps up pressure on the industry to promote alternatives to gasoline.The announcement Tuesday comes on the eve of the Shanghai auto show, which showcases industry efforts to create electric models with consumer appeal. General Motors Co.’s Buick unit and Ford Motor Co. also have announced new electric vehicles for China this year.The VW model will be the first in a range of electric vehicles in China, said Jochem Heizmann, head of VW’s China unit. It is due to be produced under a new brand name with a local partner, state-owned Jianghuai Automotive Corp.“This will be a new co-operation on pure battery cars,” said Heizmann. “Our challenging target is to come, already next year in 2018, to the market with the first car.”China has the world’s most aggressive electric car goals. Communist leaders are promoting them to clean up smog-choked cities and in hopes of taking the lead in an emerging technology.Regulators have jolted the industry with a proposal to require electrics to account for at least 8 per cent of each brand’s production by next year.At the auto show, the global industry’s biggest marketing event of the year, almost every global and Chinese auto brand is showing at least one electric concept vehicle, if not a market-ready model.Heizmann said VW, which vies with GM for the title of China’s top-selling automaker, expects annual sales of at least 400,000 “new energy vehicles” — the government’s term for electric or gasoline-electric hybrids — by 2020 and 1.5 million by 2025.The plan to create a new brand for the VW-Jianghuai partnership follows an approach taken by Mercedes-Benz, GM and Nissan Motor Co. Foreign brands are under pressure from Chinese regulators to help local partners create indigenous brands.Despite government subsidies and other encouragement, electric cars have yet to catch on with China’s driving public due to concern about their limited range. Most Chinese automakers sell plug-in battery models but their range is usually no more than 120 to 150 kilometres (75 to 95 miles) — too little to attract most buyers.Sales of electric and gasoline-electric hybrids fell 4.4 per cent from a year earlier to 55,929 vehicles while sales of SUVs rose 21 per cent to 2.4 million.Heizmann said the industry needs to find a way to create electric models that appeal to consumers. He said VW was trying to do that by developing vehicles for different market segments.“You have to achieve cars which are competitive,” he said.To encourage foreign automakers to help develop China’s electric vehicle industry, regulators have allowed them to form additional joint ventures with local partners on top of the two that are allowed for traditional gasoline-powered vehicles.That allowed Volkswagen to create its partnership with Jianghuai alongside ventures with two other state-owned automakers.Heizmann said foreign manufacturers also are no longer required to hand over electric technology to Chinese partners. He said VW’s venture with Jianghuai involves jointly developing the product.“We will be fast. We will use their technology. We will put in some of our own technology and experience,” he said.Heizmann said Volkswagen’s luxury unit, Audi, is coming to market with a plug-in electric version of its A6 sedan that can go 50 kilometres (35 miles) on one charge.In its next stage of development, VW plans to produce a version of its Golf for China with a 300 kilometre (185 mile) range, Heizmann said. He said plans then call for vehicles designed from scratch for pure-electric propulsion with a range of 500 kilometres (300 miles) or more.Beijing also is steadily tightening fuel efficiency and emissions standards, which Heizmann said are on track to become the world’s most stringent. He said that will narrow the “cost gap” between electrics and gasoline by requiring more expensive technology for internal combustion while batteries should get cheaper.At the same time, Heizmann said Volkswagen and its Audi and Skoda brands also are aggressively promoting SUVs. He said the brands plan to roll out a total of 10 new locally produced SUVs over the next two years. read more

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Senior UN relief officials call for crisis funding for Central African Republic

“We must all act now or more children will needlessly suffer. We must intervene to save lives and prevent a worsening situation,” said Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin and UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres.Refugees from CAR have been arriving in Cameroon since early December. They are now arriving at a rate of up to 2,000 people per week, the majority of them women and children, according to a joint news release issued by WFP and the High Commissioner’s office (UNHCR). Based on what they told staff from the agencies, many of the refugees walked for weeks, even months, through the treacherous bush to reach Cameroon through more than 30 entry points along a 700-kilometre stretch of border. UNHCR has dubbed it “a journey of starvation and death.”At present there are almost 90,000 refugees in some 300 villages in the East and Adamawa regions. The logistics of reaching them are compounded by rains and poor roads, which mean that conditions in camps and host settlements are bound to deteriorate. “The challenge is much more than just ensuring safe haven – it’s about trying to save people’s lives after they arrive,” Mr. Guterres said.According to WFP, between 20 and 30 per cent of children under the age of five arriving are acutely malnourished, as compared with a global emergency threshold of 15 per cent.A WFP-chartered aircraft crammed with high energy biscuits and ready-to-eat nutritious foods arrived in Cameroon today from the UN humanitarian hub in Dubai. Another flight had arrived in Cameroon on Sunday.The agency has launched an emergency operation to feed 100,000 people and is seeking $15.6 million over eight months. Its plan to feed people who fled CAR to its four surrounding countries has an average shortfall of 70 per cent or more. Meanwhile, UNHCR has requested $22.6 million for its programmes, of which only $4.2 million have so far been received. In addition, the Regional Refugee Response Plan for CAR, which includes UNHCR, WFP and 13 partners in Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo, is only 9 per cent funded at present.Fighting in CAR has taken on an increasingly sectarian nature following a 2012 rebel-led coup and has since become more brutal with reports of ongoing human rights violations and clashes that have left 2.2 million in need of humanitarian aid. read more

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Green Bay Packers fire coach Mike McCarthy

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers have fired coach Mike McCarthy and made offensive co-ordinator Joe Philbin the interim head coach.The move announced by team president Mark Murphy came after a stunning 20-17 loss on Sunday to the Arizona Cardinals, dropping Green Bay to 4-7-1.Murphy, in a statement, said the 2018 season “has not lived up to the expectations and standards of the Green Bay Packers. As a result, I made the difficult decision to relieve Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach, effective immediately.”Murphy said the process of hiring the next head coach would begin immediately.McCarthy was in his 13th season as coach. The Packers won the Super Bowl under McCarthy in the 2010 season.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLGenaro C. Armas, The Associated Press read more

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Zombielike Brazil emerge with hope intact after nearshock in Fortaleza

first_imgMikey Stafford reports for TheScore.ie from FortalezaTHE DESERTED BEACH and promenade along Beira Mer was like a scene from 28 Days Later and when the Brazil fans finally re-emerged from in front of their televisions after the 0-0 draw with Mexico many stumbled slowly around, dead-eyed, like zombies.Their city’s time to shine almost ended in disaster as Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side came perilously close to suffering only their second group-stage defeat in 44 years. Fortaleza’s seafront did host a party last night but, like the main event that preceded it, the Mexicans dominated proceedings.Twenty-eight days from last night, Brazil are supposed to be basking in the glory of a sixth World Cup, a first won on home soil.Now people are not so sure.Some are even turning from the one true faith of Seleção. My girlfriend was approached by a representative of a Christian mission called “Cities for Christ” while watching the increasingly tense second half outside a packed bar on the seafront. The beaches of Fortaleza were utterly deserted for yesterday’s clash with Mexico. Source: Adelle HughesEvangelicals are not often known for the subtlety of their message and the short pamphlet welcomed its reader to the World Cup, wishing their respective team good luck, before stating that being declared a righteous follower of the “one true god” is the “ultimate goal”.Despite their efforts, Christ was still playing second fiddle to football in this city last night and while Scolari and his team may have lost a little of their lustre, the people have not yet lost faith.Scolari was tetchy as he defended his team’s performance in the post-match press conference but by the time he was leaving the dressing room for the team bus he was smiling, even stopping to embrace a couple of familiar faces among the journalists present. His players were also at ease, though none of the English speakers among them were in the mood to stop and chat.Full marks to Júlio César though, who responded to TheScore.ie‘s request by saying, in perfect English, “Sorry man, but I don’t speak English”. Perhaps he has that stock phrase in a foreign language, like my go-to sentence when stuck in a German city: “Enschuldigung, wo is die bahnhof?”Brazil’s hopes have not left the station by any means and they will be expected to secure the requisite goals against Cameroon to top Group A and set up a second-round encounter with the runners-up of Group B, most likely Chile or Spain. Fortaleza locals gather to watch a nail-biting game. Source: Adelle HughesMexico’s recent record against Brazil, winning eight of their last 15 meetings — including the 2012 Olympic final — illustrates how awkward an opponent they are for the Seleção, but the manner of last night’s draw was disconcerting.With Oscar failing to reciprocate his performance in the opener against Croatia, the Brazilian attack was overly-reliant upon Neymar, who was excellent without quite managing to grab the game by its peroxide-blonde roots.Fred was offside, predominantly, and Ramires did such a poor job of deputising for Hulk that he was withdrawn at half-time.However Brazil’s real problems are in the centre of midfield, where Paulinho and Gustavo — receiving paltry support from those in front of them — were completely over-run by the Mexican three of Héctor Herrera, José Juan Vázquez and Andrés Guardado.Scolari must surely now consider the industrious delights of Willian in the middle of the park and look for an alternative to Fred up front as the Fluminense striker’s ability to link play does not adequately compensate for his performance in front of goal. Fluminense striker Fred is struggling to impress. Source: EMPICS SportThat said, Brazil would have won the game were it not for the remarkable, career-defining performance of Guillermo Ochoa in the Mexican goal. The-28 year-old is currently without a club having been released by Corsican side AC Ajaccio, but should not have to wait long for offers after yesterday, as he channelled Gordon Banks to repel Neymar’s wonderful header, as well as a number of other point-blank saves.Without Ochoa’s heroics Brazil fans would have strode out of the Estadio Castelao with the same purpose and belief with which they entered. Instead they stumbled out like the undead — heading to the beach-front party they were throwing but no longer felt like attending.As I left the stadium several hours afterwards, the roadside hawkers were fruitlessly trying to flog their Brazil flags and jerseys and above them, hanging from a huge crane in a building sight opposite the stadium, a much larger Brazil flag flapped in the coastal breeze, its “Ordem e Progresso” motto clearly visible from hundreds of yards away.Brazil will hope Scolari can get his house in order soon or, instead of progressing, the hosts will sleepwalk out of their own party, like zombies.This article was originally published at 14.10 and then updated at 15.30.Here’s why Ochoa’s remarkable save is being compared to Gordon Banks’Power ranking the 7 most likely teams to win the World Cup after the first round of matcheslast_img read more

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Verizon iPhone to use existing data plans available end of this month

first_imgWith the Verizon iPhone announcement anticipated on Tuesday, media outlets have no need to report further on speculations and rumors around when the smartphone will finally break the chains of exclusivity from the AT&T network since it was released in 2007. Of course, we can still speculate on what the announcement will include such as the official launch date and what data plans will accompany a Verizon iPhone.Some hints to a possible launch date have already been reported on. Probably the most significant tidbit of information came from the news that Apple was limiting vacations for its Apple Store employees beginning the last week of this month through the middle of February. Now, the Wall Street Journal is confirming that the Verizon iPhone will be in stores by late January according an unnamed source that is “familiar with the matter.”As far as what data plans Verizon Wireless will offer for the iPhone, don’t expect anything new. At least, that’s the message within a Reuters report which cites a source who says the company’s existing data plans will be offered with the Apple smartphone. Verizon Wireless will offer its unlimited data plan, as it currently does for other smartphones, for $30 a month. Though that data plan is higher than AT&T’s which is $25 a month, AT&T’s plan is not unlimited and is capped at 2GB a month. Verizon is surely betting on on the fact that iPhone users will pay an extra $5 a month for unlimited data.Read more at Reuters and the Wall Street Journal.last_img read more

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Fabregas says he still has a lot to offer

first_imgThe Chelsea footballer is reportedly set to move to Monaco, and the footballer spoke how he feels right now with the Blues.There have been some reports that Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas will move away from the English Premier League to French Ligue 1 club Monaco.And the player feels he still has a lot to give.“It is always something that I have had, and it feels like growing up and getting older, it is one of those things that really does never go away because it is technique,” Fabregas was echoed by Four Four Two.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Physicality goes away from all of us unfortunately when you get older, you lose speed, you lose some sharpness, but technique I think is something that always stays with you when you have something, so hopefully it can stay with me for a very long time yet.”“With the penalty, when I stopped in the middle of my run, I saw the goalkeeper going down and I thought that I had it, so yes, it is unfortunate but the day I did 100 caps for Spain I also missed a penalty!” he explained.“It feels like it was last week I started playing professionally and now it is over 15 years. It is a long time but for the young players when they start playing, my little advice is to enjoy it every single second because it goes so fast.”last_img read more

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Decoding cosmological data could shed light on neutrinos modified gravity

first_img Explore further More information: Fergus Simpson, et al. “Clipping the Cosmos: The Bias and Bispectrum of Large Scale Structure.” Physical Review Letters 107, 271301 (2011). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.271301 Copyright 2012 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. This Hubble Ultra-Deep Field image of the distant universe contains approximately 10,000 galaxies. Image credit: NASA and the ESA (PhysOrg.com) — Today’s most powerful telescopes collect huge amounts of data from the most distant locations of the universe – yet much of the information is simply discarded because it involves small length scales that are difficult to model. In an effort to waste less data from cosmological surveys, a team of scientists has developed a new technique that allows researchers to use otherwise unusable data by “clipping” some of the highest density peaks, which present the greatest challenge to models. This data could provide a way to address some unsolved problems in physics, including estimating the neutrino mass and investigating theories of modified gravity. The scientists, Fergus Simpson, Alan Heavens, and Catherine Heymans from the University of Edinburgh, and J. Berian James from the Dark Cosmology Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the University of California, Berkeley, have published their study in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.“The pattern formed by galaxies in our Universe is often referred to as the cosmic web, as it bears some resemblance to the structures seen in an intricate spider web,” Simpson told PhysOrg.com. “Within the detailed nature of this pattern is encoded various pieces of information regarding the composition of the Universe, the conditions in the early Universe, and the laws of gravity. However, when we try to study the fine detail on ‘small’ scales (around 100 million light years or less), it appears to be very unpredictable since the Universe is particularly lumpy on these scales, so the physics becomes very complex and nonlinear. In other words, we don’t know how to decode that information, and it’s particularly frustrating since most of the useful information is buried in these smaller scales.”In an attempt to decode this small-scale data, the researchers developed the density “clipping” technique, which makes the data accessible to modeling.“By applying a simple correction to the very densest regions of a simulated patch of the Universe, just 0.1% of the volume, we found that this removes most of this unpredictable behavior,” Simpson said. “We have now demonstrated that a great deal of information from these smaller scales can be successfully extracted.”He explained that this extra data could prove useful for scientists studying a wide range of areas, such as calculating a better estimate of the neutrino mass.“It is these ‘small’ cosmological scales that neutrinos are thought to have influenced in the early Universe, at a time when they were travelling very close to the speed of light,” he said. “The extent of their influence depends on how much time they spent at these very high speeds, which in turn is determined by their mass. So it’s possible that our technique will allow the neutrino masses to be determined from the distribution of galaxies.“Neutrinos can tell us about fundamental physics as well as cosmology. In the Standard Model of particle physics, neutrinos do not have mass, so neutrino masses tell us about extensions of the Standard Model. In principle, measurements from cosmology can be significantly more precise than laboratory experiments.”In addition, the small-scale data enables researchers to better understand the relationship between galaxies and dark matter, which could potential lead to methods for investigating theories of modified gravity with observations.“The discovery that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating has led many cosmologists to wonder if this is an indication that the laws of gravity need to be modified,” Simpson said. “If there is some new gravitational physics, it is expected to change the rate at which dark matter clusters together. A major difficulty in measuring the dark matter’s behavior is that we don’t know how the distribution of galaxies (which is what we can measure directly) relates to the distribution of dark matter. In our study we demonstrated that our technique allows the relationship between galaxies and dark matter (‘galaxy bias’) to be determined with much greater accuracy. Once the galaxy bias is known, we can determine how fast the dark matter has been clustering, and see whether that matches our expectation from Einstein’s laws of gravity.”center_img Andromeda dwarf galaxies help unravel the mysteries of dark matter Journal information: Physical Review Letters This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. 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Life through her lenses

first_imgOne winter morning in 2013, when filmmaker Chitvan Gill, witnessed a grim patch of land turning overnight into a Kashmiri shantytown, she assumed the migration resulted from yet another turbulence in the valley.“I used to go to this area in East Delhi very often and suddenly out of the blue one morning, I come across a camp, just overnight. With the ongoing unrest in Kashmir in 2013, I thought it had got something to do with that. They must have fled their homes,” said Gill. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’But, as she delved deeper into their homes, stories unfurled breaking stereotypes associated with the lives of those hailing from Jammu and Kashmir.Gill has captured their stories and way of life that has endured unnoticed in hidden corners of the national capital, in her two-day photo exhibition, Winterlude: A season in Delhi held at Alliance Francaise de Delhi.“When I started enquiring, I realised there’s nothing to do with any trouble, there’s nothing to do with any terrorism,” she says. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“This was a journey that thousands of impoverished peasants and farmers of Kashmir have been making to Delhi for more than four decades. Each year, as a mantle of snow descends over the idyllic Kashmir Valley, they flee here, to this flattened remain of a landfill, to escape the bitter chill,” says the photographer.The exhibition, which is a visual inquiry, into the lives of the unlikely nomads, captured and communicated their varied moods through a collection of 65 photographs. Almost like an oxymoron, gleaming faces of children with cracked cheeks, running noses and greased limbs, running amidst squalor, were recurrent in Gill’s exhibition.“The children were what was most remarkable about the camp. You forgot the filth and acid smoke and were drawn into their sheer joy, their laughter. Oblivious to the ugliness and degradation, it is a carnival, a time of unbridled exuberance and play for them,” said Gill. Gill says she has captured them in some of the most ordinary postures, but the freshness in expression, makes the pictures stand out.Other pictures document several aspects of their daily lives, from setting up their hutments, to their means of survival.“Stakes are driven into the ground, bamboo poles and splints form flimsy scaffoldings, blanketed over by bright sheets of tarpaulin,” she added.Hailing from an agricultural background, most of them, she says, “live off their earnings from their seven months in the valley, while a few engage in the uncanny business of ‘chanda’ collection.” The exhibition was an outcome of Gill’s photographing in East Delhi over a span of two winters, of 2013 and 2014.“Both the years, they came much later due to floods and elections,” she said.“While they were very happy being photographed, there was an evident ‘worriness’ about coming out into the open, for the obvious reason of being associated with violence,” she says vindicating why she has deliberately refrained from mentioning the exact location of the settlement.last_img read more

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