first_imgNASA today named Gavin Schmidt, 46, to lead the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), one of the world’s top climate research institutions. Schmidt, a climate modeler and current deputy director of the lab, follows in the footsteps of prominent climatologist James Hansen, who retired from the agency last year. Although Schmidt does not have quite the public name recognition of Hansen, he is known as one of the nation’s most visible communicators of climate science.With more than 120 scientific publications to his name, Schmidt has earned the respect of his peers for his work as a climate modeler at GISS, with particular interests in paleoclimate and various drivers of modern climate. But he’s developed a much broader audience as an energetic spokesman for climate science, a role that seems destined to grow as he assumes his new job. He has been a voluminous contributor to RealClimate, for instance, a climate science blog that has garnered more than 15 million views since Schmidt and several colleagues founded it in 2004.“Schmidt has readily embraced the role of brash culture warrior, not only mixing it up with ‘deniers’ in the blogosphere and on Twitter, but also with other scientists and experts with whom he disagrees,” says communications expert Matthew Nisbet of American University in Washington, D.C. “What will be interesting to watch as he assumes the role of GISS director will be how he balances or merges his media persona with his role as institutional leader and spokesperson.”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(*)On RealClimate, Schmidt has not only sought to debunk papers or news stories he found problematic—like this attack on a report by an Argentinian nonprofit on food production—but also to publish primers on complex science topics, like this post on the role of water vapor. He’s also found regularly in the comments on the blog, where he answers technical questions from readers or battles commenters whose points he disagrees with or finds misleading.“He has transformed the climate science dialogue on the Web and thereby elevated communication of this science among scientists, within the research community, and to the broader public,” said colleagues in a 2011 citation honoring Schmidt’s receipt of the inaugural Climate Communication Prize presented by the American Geophysical Union (AGU).  Schmidt has also sought to reach broader audiences, with appearances on David Letterman’s show, the comedy program The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and myriad television news programs. In 2009, he collaborated with photographers to publish Climate Change: Picturing the Science and has met with composers to brainstorm creating a symphony devoted to the planet’s climate history, though funding for that has yet to materialize.“What is most impressive about him is that he can see the forest for the trees, and he seems to communicate effortlessly with either the public or scientific experts,” Hansen writes in an e-mail to ScienceInsider.A big question around Schmidt’s ascendance at NASA will be how he views the role of scientists on policy questions. His former boss famously tussled repeatedly with NASA headquarters and the White House on questions of how climate science was presented and also became a staunch public advocate for political action on climate. In a well-attended lecture called “What should a climate scientist advocate for?” that Schmidt delivered last year at AGU, he argued that scientists should differentiate between statements that say what “is” versus statements that say what “ought” to be. “I don’t advocate for political solutions or technical solutions” on greenhouse gas emissions, Schmidt told ScienceInsider. “My expertise does not lie in that [area]. But I also see a lot of nonsense talked about in terms of the science, and that is certainly somewhere where my expertise allows for some greater context.”Hansen, for his part, hopes Schmidt continues to tussle with those who attack mainstream climate science. “He is unflappable as demonstrated by his handling of the attacks from the climate change deniers.  They attacked him after he established Real Climate because they saw just how effective he could be in communicating a complex scientific story to the public.  However, in doing so they did him a favor, as the need to defend his actions schooled him for the job he needs to carry out,” Hansen says. Schmidt says public outreach will be part of his new job, though he hasn’t determined how much time he will spend on that role.With a staff of about 140 and a yearly budget of about $12 million, GISS is one of NASA’s smallest institutions. But the institute regularly punches above its weight; many of the world’s top climate models are based on code written at GISS decades ago, and its models provide key insights into the way the planet’s climate system works.  Schmidt says he wants to continue that work, as well as expand its work on climate impacts and astrobiology. He also hopes the institute can win funding to launch a new polarimeter sensor to help quantify the role of aerosol particles in maintaining Earth’s radiation balance. Schmidt’s “challenge will be how to maintain high productivity in a time of constrained resources,” Hansen says.More on Schmidt from the press release:Schmidt received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Oxford University in 1988 and a doctorate in applied mathematics from University College London in 1994. He came to New York as a 1996 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Postdoctoral Fellow in Climate and Global Change Research.*Clarification, 10 June, 2 p.m.: The photo credit has been clarified.last_img read more

first_imgThe Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Season 7 Playoff is all set to begin from October 14. Considered as the toughest week of PKL 2019 Season 7, the playoff games will be played at the EKA Arena by TransStadia, Ahmedabad. In order to elevate the fan experience, the organisers decided to choose Ahmedabad as the host city. The iconic venue will host two eliminators, semi-finals and the PKL 2019 final. The Gard Finale will be held on October 19.The six teams to clash in Pro Kabaddi League 2019 playoffs are Dabang Delhi, Bengal Warriors, Haryana Steelers, UP Yoddha, U Mumba and Bengaluru Bulls. Dabang Delhi were the first to qualify for the playoffs followed by Bengal Warriors, Haryana Steelers, UP Yoddha, U Mumba and Bengaluru Bulls. The consolidated prize money for PKL 2019 Season 7 is Rs. 8 Crore. The champions of Season 7 will bag Rs. 3 Crore. The runners-up will receive Rs. 1.8 crore, while third fourth-placed teams will get Rs 90 lakh each and the fifth and sixth position teams will get Rs 45 lakh each.Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Season 7 Play-off Fixtures:Monday, October 14 – In the first eliminator of PKL 2019 Season 7, UP Yoddha will face the reigning champions Bengaluru Bulls at 7:30 pm.Monday, October 14 – The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Season 7’s second eliminator will see U Mumba lock horns with Haryana Steelers at 8:30 pm.PKL 2019 Season 7 Semi-finals Fixtures:The Winner of PKL 2019 First Eliminator will meet Dabang Delhi on October 16, Wednesday in the semi-finals clash. The PKL 2019 semi-final match will start at 7:30 pmThe Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Season 7 second semi-final will be played between Bengal Warriors and the winner of the second eliminator on October 16, Wednesday. The PKL 2019 semi-finals clash will start at 8:30 pmThe PKL 2019 Season 7 Final will be played on October 19 at 7:30 pm. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Bengal Warriorsbengaluru bullsdabang delhi kcGujarat Fortunegiants First Published: October 12, 2019, 6:38 PM ISTlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementEngland’s fast bowling spearhead James Anderson was left with a blow after the shot he attempted to play of a golf ball landed straight on his face.Out for some golfing with his fellow teammate Stuart Broad at the 27-hole Stoke Park golf course in Buckinghamshire, Anderson miscued a shot which then rebounded of the tree to land on his face.He then later tweeted stating that it was nothing serious and had not put him out of further action.A) @jimmy9 is perfectly fine.B) 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) August 5, 2018Anderson who is famous for delivering such blows to the opposition batsmen landed up on the receiving end on this occasion.His team goes into the 2nd test vs India on Thursday with a 1-0 lead. Him along with his other pacers were instrumental in defending a total of 194 in the second innings.It will be interesting to see if Anderson claims his 550th wicket in the upcoming match.Also Read:England vs. India: 1st Test Review- Heartbreak for India as hosts edge ahead in Edgbaston thrillerlast_img read more

first_imgDidier Drogba has singled out former Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard out as one of the biggest influences on his career.Drogba played with Lampard for eight years at Stamford Bridge, which culminated in Champions League triumph in 2012.The two set each other up on 36 occasions in the Premier League, still the highest combined figure for goals and assists between two players in the English top flight. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Speaking at a Yokohama fan event in Tokyo, the Ivorian was full of praise for his former teammate.”There’s one [player] that I’m going to put a bit more in front because most of my goals came from him, it’s Frank Lampard,” Drogba said.”And also because every day after training we were staying on the pitch trying to practice, trying to create some exercises because the ones we did a few days ago were becoming too easy.”So, we were trying to bring in new exercises and that’s how we progressed and challenged each other to score goals, to create assists and for me I learned a lot from him.”Drogba went on to back Chelsea in the wake of the club’s lopsided defeat to Tottenham, saying that he certainly expects Maurizio Sarri’s men to bounce back from the club’s first league loss.Playing for Phoenix Rising in the USL Championship, the 40-year-old announced his retirement from football last week.The former Chelsea star also revealed that he’s open to a career in management having learned from Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho during his illustrious career. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgJoe Root, who became the first England skipper to lose home Test against West Indies in 17 years, has admitted that he did not regret his decision to declare second innings on the fourth evening, despite the defeat.Chasing a target of 322 runs after England declared their second innings at 490/8, West Indies rode on the brilliant innings of Shai Hope (120*) and Kraigg Brathwaite (95) to register a stunning five-wicket victory over England.However, Root said that he would continue to take positive options in pursuit of victory in future.”In hindsight, it’s easy to say the declaration might not have been timed right, but I thought last night it was a positive thing to do. We’re a side that wants to go out there and win Test matches. We got ourselves in a position where we can do that – but credit to the West Indies, they played really well today. They made it difficult to get on top of them, create much pressure against them,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Root, as saying.Root also defended his aggressive field placing during much of the final day, when he kept his slips in place as West Indies closed in on the target.”I thought the best chance of slowing things down was to take wickets. As the game progressed, wickets were the best way of us getting the result. It would have been very easy to try and go 7/2 and go at two an over but I wanted to take the positive option and put them under pressure by taking wickets,” he added.advertisementReuters PhotoThe England skipper trusted his senior attack of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who bowled more than half of the overs, while Ben Stokes was not introduced until the 48th over and only bowled five overs.After losing just two wickets, Hope and Brathwaite went on to share an invaluable 144-run stand for the third wicket, which will certainly go in the history books as one of the most memorable partnerships of all times.And Root admitted he might have done differently a second time around. He also accepted he could have bowled Stokes more than his five overs on the final day.”Last night, we were in a position where we could win the game, it was a fifth-day wicket and maybe we slightly misread the surface. Looking at two guys who’ve taken nearly 900 Test wickets between them, and the other bowlers we have available, on a fifth-day pitch, I thought we had a great opportunity to win the game,” he said of Broad and Anderson.Root insisted that although there is need to take risk in Test cricket, they would try their best to put up better performances in the upcoming matches.”You’ve got to take your chances in Test cricket. When you get to this level, if you give guys chances, they generally go on and hurt you. It’s been a strange Test match, there’s been so many catches go down. It’s not always the easiest viewing ground . But we have to be better,” he added.With the win, West Indies levelled the three-match series 1-1. The final match will now be played at the iconic Lord’s from September 7.last_img read more

first_imgKarun Nair was named captain of the Board President’s XI for the touring West Indies’ warm-up game on Friday.The two-day game will be held in Vadodara will start September 29. The BCCI’s senior selection committee picked the 13-man squad for the game.The Board President’s XI squad includes the likes of Test probables in young Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Mayank Agarwal and wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan, among others.All-rounder Hanuma Vihari, who made his Test debut in the final Test against England earlier this month was also named in the squad with Kerala’s Jalaj Saxena picked as the other all-rounder.The pace bowling department will have the likes of Basil Thampi, Avesh Khan and Ishan Porel in action while Saxena and Saurabh Kumar will handle the spinning responsibilities.Board President’s XI squad for Windies warm-up game announced.BP XI: Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, Karun Nair (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Ankit Bawne, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Jalaj Saxena, Saurabh Kumar, Basil Thampi, Avesh Khan, K Vignesh, Ishan PorelBCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) September 21, 2018India will play two Tests against West Indies starting October 4.The West Indies will be in India for almost seven weeks, starting September 26.They will compete against India in two Tests, five ODIs and three T20 Internationals.The opening Test will be held at Rajkot from October 4-8, followed by the second Test from October 12-16 at Hyderabad.The five-match ODI series will begin on October 21 at Guwahati, followed by the second ODI on October 24 at Indore and third ODI at Pune on October 27. The final two one-dayers will be held at Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram on October 29 and November 1.advertisementThe one-dayers will be followed by the three T20 Internationals to be held at Kolkata (November 4), Lucknow (November 6) and Chennai (November 11).The West Indies are touring India on the back of a comprehensive 2-0 series win over Bangladesh.Board President’s XI: Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, Karun Nair (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Ankit Bawne, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Jalaj Saxena, Saurabh Kumar, Basil Thampi, Avesh Khan, K Vignesh, Ishan Porel.(With inputs from PTI and IANS)last_img read more

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has laid the keel for a 84,000 cbm Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) for its compatriot shipping company KSS Line.This is the second LPG carrier HHI started building for KSS this month.The ship, priced at KRW 91.4 billion (USD 76.7m), is due for delivery by the end of March 2017.KSS inked a seven-year charter contract for the vessel with Japanese LPG importer GYXIS Corporation.The company has been on an ordering spree recently and has piled up a total of thirteen VLGCs on order. The most recent order was placed just a week ago, when KSS Line ordered another 84,000 cbm LPG carrier from Hyundai Heavy, worth an estimated USD 77 million and slated for delivery by May 2017.The shipping company expects to operate nine VLGCs and four mid-sized liquefied petroleum gas carriers by the end of 2017.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgMaharajganj (UP): A foreign national has been arrested here for entering the country on the basis of fake travel documents, a senior immigration official said on Wednesday. Shefer Kayani of Iranian origin was arrested on Tuesday evening in Sonauli area as his visa papers and passport were found to be fake, Sonauli check post immigration officer Mithlesh Kumar said. A case has been registered against the foreign national under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and under The Foreigners Act. The Intelligence Bureau has been notified, he added.last_img read more

first_imgPamela Anderson has sent a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown urging him to slash the budget and combat the drought by cutting meat from the menus of state prisons — and offering to serve lunch to inmates as she did at a vegetarian jail in Arizona.“As a resident of Los Angeles, I’m proud of your admirable prison reform efforts, designed to reduce the rate of mass incarceration,” she wrote. “Over the past three years, they’ve inspired other states to follow California’s lead. I have a suggestion that dovetails nicely with the progress that you’ve made so far while also addressing the state’s budget and water crises. Since California has more than 127,000 inmates, you could save taxpayers about $4.3 million a year and greatly improve the health of the prisoners by switching to nutritious vegan meals in correctional facilities.“These huge tax savings are based on the $273,000 in reduced costs reported by the Maricopa County Jail in Arizona, when it switched to all-vegetarian food for its 8,000 inmates. Last year, I went there with representatives of PETA to serve lunch to the prisoners and can report that they were impressed by the freshness and quality of the food. Beans, rice, lentils, pasta, potatoes and other vegetables, and oranges and other fruits have all the nutrients that a person needs but at a fraction of the cost of meats and cheeses. If California follows Arizona’s lead in switching to meat-free meals in prisons, I’d be happy to inaugurate the program by helping cook lunch and serve it to inmates.“By taking meat off the menu in all 33 state-run prisons, you’d be dramatically reducing the amount of water used to produce prisoners’ meals. It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce just 1 pound of meat. I recently posed for this ad for PETA in order to draw attention to the meat and dairy farms that drain half our country’s water.“It’s heartening to know that you’re improving the state’s prison system. I hope you use this suggestion as one way of achieving that end while also addressing the budget and water crises. PETA and I would be happy to work with your team in order to create a low-cost meal plan for your correctional facilities, as we did in Arizona. I hope to have the opportunity to help you launch it.”last_img read more

first_imgA trainee rescue dog sent out on an exercise to find a hidden person passed his test with flying colours after finding a real group of lost people.Scout, who still has another year of training before he becomes operational, has already managed to help a family that had gone astray.The Woodland Mountain Rescue Team, based in the Peak District, Yorkshire, said it was very proud of the 2-year-old dog.The team wrote on Facebook: “While out training last night the team’s trainee search dog Scout was working in woodland searching out a hidden person when he came across the scent of two unknown people who had become lost in the woodland, were without a torch and did not know how to get to safety.”Scout immediately returned to his handler to tell him he had found some lost people. “After indicating a find Scout then guided his handler into where the missing people were situated, returning several times to continue guiding as his handler got nearer the location.”The pair then helped the people out of the woodland and into safety. It takes 2-3 years to train a search dog, Scout has another year of training before he can become operational, but this is exactly what he will be required to do. Well done Scout.” Scout passed his test with flying coloursCredit:Woodland Mountain Rescue Team Members of the Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team on training exercisesCredit: Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team Scout passed his test with flying colours Members of the Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team on training exercises Not only did he find missing people, the dog also managed to complete his dummy training. A spokesperson for the Trust said: “After delivering the people to the road he went back and resumed his search for the hidden body and repeated the whole process again. He had a really good night.”Thanks to the body too who had to stay there for a lot longer than planned.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgThe National Mining Association’s (NMA) Economics Coal Subcommittee expects US coal consumption to rebound from 2009 levels, increasing 5.5% in 2010, based on its May 13 update of the 2010 forecast. Total demand for mined coal is expected to increase by only 0.9%, and total US production down 0.7% from 2009, with production from Eastern coal fields down 2.9% – all due to a draw down of high coal stockpiles by utilities.The group expects total domestic coal consumption of 914 Mt for electricity, including electric power, commercial and industrial sectors. Domestic coking coal consumption will be up 24.2% to 24.2 Mt, and total exports will be up 26.9% to 68 Mt in 2010, with exports of metallurgical coal to Canada and overseas making up the lion’s share of exports at 51.6 Mt. The subcommittee expects the economy to grow at about 3% in 2010.last_img read more

first_imgBig changes are afoot in India. The Indian Government is divesting a 10% stake in Coal India Ltd (CIL) and the company was scheduled to be listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange by August. Also, the coal ministry once again, in May, raised the question of whether private firms should be allowed to own commercial coal mines. At present, private companies, such as steel makers, can own mines for their own consumption but the rest of the mining sector has been under tight government control since the coal sector was nationalised decades ago. However, on June 7,The Hindu reported; “The much-awaited initial public offer of CIL will get delayed and miss its earlier timeline of hitting the capital market between the last week of July and the first week of August. However issues such as appointment of book running lead managers and legal advisers have been sealed.”Whenever it happens, it seems there will be a major change in the structure of India’s coal sector, and soon. All this and much more is discussed in IM’s soon to be published August issue and our annual review of world coal production and demand trends and close look at the industry in general.last_img read more

first_imgNo snap election: London will ‘consider all options’ for the North after Easter Northern Secretary James Brokenshire has effectively removed the prospect of a second snap election. By Daragh Brophy 11,820 Views Gerry Adams took aim at the unionists for failing to move on a range of issues.“The DUP’s approach thus far has been to engage in a minimalist way on all of the key issues, including legacy issues; an Irish Language Act; a Bill of Rights; and marriage equality,” Adams said.DUP leader Arlene Foster meanwhile insisted that there was “little to suggest” that Sinn Féin wanted to secure an agreement. Short URL Gerry Adams by a portrait of the former DUP leader Ian Paisley in Stormont yesterday. Source: Niall CarsonNORTHERN IRELAND SECRETARY James Brokenshire has said London will “consider all options” after Easter if talks to reestablish power-sharing fail.He did “not want to see a return to direct rule,” Brokenshire told MPs in Westminster. In the absence of a deal, he said it was up to the government to provide political stability in the North.Brokenshire said yesterday that he was “extremely disappointed” that the two largest parties – the DUP and Sinn Féin – could not reach agreement.He said that Section 59 of the Northern Ireland Act would apply if there is no formal agreement in place by tomorrow.The move would see senior civil servants in Westminster take charge of the North’s chequebook for the first time since 2007.According to BBC Northern Ireland, civil service boss Malcolm McKibbin sent a memo to staff promising to try to maintain a “business as usual” approach during the period.Civil servants in the North would use the limited powers open to them to keep funds flowing in order to carry out the essential work of delivering public services, he said. Those powers, he added, were no substitute for a regular budget agreed by ministers.The talks process that followed this month’s election sputtered to a halt on Sunday – with the two parties blaming each other for the impasse. 38 Comments Source: David Young/Twitter Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 2:11 PM Share16 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Throughout the course of Saturday Sinn Fein behaved as if they were the only participants whose mandate mattered. This cannot and will not be the basis for a successful outcome.Sinn Féin finished with 27 seats in the wake of this month’s election, which arose after the party called time on the last power-sharing arrangement due to Foster’s stance on the ‘cash for ash’ controversy.The DUP remain the largest party – but only just –  with 28 seats. The SDLP have 12 seats, the UUP 10 and the Alliance eight. The remaining five seats are divided between the Greens (2), smaller parties and independents.Some commentators in the North have speculated that both the DUP and Sinn Féin may want another election: the UUP – the main rival unionist party – is currently without a leader, and Sinn Féin may be hoping for an increase in support, in the wake of the death of Martin McGuinness and in-depth coverage and analysis of his role in the peace process. James Brokenshire Source: Sky News/ScreengrabBrokenshire’s latest comments remove the prospect of an immediate second election (it would be the third such ballot for the North in the space of 12 months).He gave a deadline for talks of the end of Westminster’s Easter recess – 18 April. If there’s still no prospect of a First and Deputy First Minister being nominated then, he said he would bring in legislation that would effectively ramp-up direct rule from London.Read: The DUP didn’t show up, Sinn Féin say they didn’t walk out. What happens now? >Read: ‘Answers have not been satisfactory’: Pressure mounts on Garda Commissioner as no-confidence vote looms > -@moneillsf accuses DUP of blocking equality for all citizens. Insists SF is committed to making Stormont work.— David Young (@DavidYoungPA) March 27, 2017 Mar 28th 2017, 2:11 PM last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The anticipated Work and Holiday Visa agreement (subclass 462) between Australia and Greece, that will enable approximately 500 people from the two countries, aged 18-30 years, to work for a period of up to one year, is to be signed in early May during the Australian visit of the Greek Minister for Tourism Olga Kefalogianni.This was confirmed on Monday by the Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece Mr Kyriakos (Akis) Gerontopoulos, at his press conference at the Hellenic Museum in Melbourne.In the same interview Mr Gerontopoulos announced that the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad had resumed, albeit on a small scale, its summer camp hospitality programs for diaspora children.Referring to the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE), Mr Gerontopoulos said that efforts are being made to make SAE work in the near future on a completely different basis as well as for the organisation to become “self-financing “. He also stated that in the last few years the amount of state money given to SAE were minimal.For the amount of money spent for SAE up until 2010, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece said that the finances of the organisation were audited and that the auditor’s report was handed over to Mr Leandros Rakintzis, the General Inspector of Public Administration in Greece. ” If something has to be stated it will be stated once the process is completed”, he said. During his press conference at the Hellenic Museum in Melbourne, Mr Gerontopoulos expressed his support for granting voting rights to the Hellenic diaspora. However, he added, this should be done after consultation, in order to find an acceptable system that is supported by a broad majority in the Greek Parliament and not only by the parties forming the government. “I am one of those who believe that Greece will benefit if our diaspora obtains the voting right. The right to elect and to be elected.”, he said.On the matter of signing an agreement between Greece and Australia in order to avoid double taxation Mr Gerontopoulos noted that “Athens wants and seeks such an agreement but Canberra does not seem to be interested.” The Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister stated that the Greek consulates in Australia are not sufficiently staffed because of the crisis, and he went on to say that the Greek Department of Foreign Affairs will examine the issue of the understaffed Consulates of Greece in Australia as well as the issue of having a Commercial Attache in Melbourne. He also acknowledged that perhaps there were some ” failures ” in the latest price increase of consular fees. But, he added, the consular fees remained did not increase for a number of years and noted that the Greek people have been burdened at the same time with many and often unfair weights.Kyriakos Gerontopoulos when told that the Greek Australian community in Melbourne was impressed by the fact that he travelled to Australia with a very small contingent (himself and two advisors), and that he is staying in low cost reputable hotels he responded by saying that “In these times anything else would have amounted to a provocation.”The Deputy Foreign Minister did not fail to mention during his press conference that he was particularly impressed by Melbourne’s Greek community’s Independence Day Parade last Sunday. While in Melbourne the Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Greece met with Bishop Ezekiel, visited Greek schools and the state Parliament where he met with Greek Australian parliamentarians and other officials and he attended a special function in honor of Greece’s Independence Day. He also visited the Hellenic Museum and met with the Board of Helelnic- Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.After Melbourne Mr Gerontopoulos traveled to Canberra, where he laid a wreath at the “Hellenic Memorial” on March 25, and visited the “Hellenic Club” and the Home for the Aged of the Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of St. Nicholas. At Federal Parliament the Deputy Foreign Minister met with Senator Sinodinos and other Greek Australian federal parliamentarians. In Sydney Mr Gerontopoulos met Archbishop Stylianos, the Board of the Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales, New South Wales Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts George Tourism, as well as Sophie Cotsis, MLC and local government Greek Australian Councillors. He also visited St Spyridon College and attended a Greek flag raising ceremony at the neighboring municipalities of Hurstville / Kogarah.The Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece was also present and spoke at the Australian launching of The Hellenic Initiative on Wednesday 26 March.last_img read more

first_imgCroatia defender Dejan Lovren insists he is ready for a fiery clash against England on Sunday.The Three Lions host Croatia in their final group game of the UEFA Nations League and a victory against the World Cup runners-up will guarantee a place in next summer’s semi-finals.The Liverpool defender was part of Croatia’s squad throughout their impressive run to the final of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.Both teams know a win at on Sunday will see them top League A’s Group 4 and advance to the next stage, and Lovren is relishing the prospect of coming up against Gareth Southgate’s side.“It’s a final against England, so of course we will be strong,” he was quoted as saying by The Daily Mirror.“I think it will be a fiery game against them – they know us and what they can expect from us, and we will not run away from that.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I love playing against England. I know the players in the Premier League and I have competed against them.”England and Croatia met earlier in the Nations League as they played out a 0-0 draw last month in Rijeka, and Lovren feels recent history will give Zlatko Dalic’s men plenty of belief.“People criticise me, but they didn’t say much when England didn’t score against us in the last game,” he said.“They will have extra motivation after the World Cup, but I think we will be brave.”“It will not be a friendly. We have beaten Spain and we want to win it now.”Spain will top the group, should England and Croatia play out a draw on Sunday night.last_img read more

first_imgYet again, Krista Colvin lies in a hospital bed awaiting surgery. A year ago, the surgery was to remove her breasts. This time, the surgery will reconstruct them.Dr. Allen Gabriel walks into the room. “Hey, you ready?”“Yeah,” Krista replies. “This is the good surgery.”The 44-year-old Camas mother of two first discovered a lump in her right breast in early 2010. The cancer had already spread to her lymph nodes. Because her form of cancer was aggressive, she had both breasts removed.She and her husband, Mike, were somber and tearful in the moments before that earlier surgery. Their mood this time is almost giddy. They kiss goodbye, and Gabriel assures Mike he’ll call when the surgery is over.“There’s a different feeling to this,” Mike says. “I’m not really worried.”Gabriel began preparing Krista for reconstruction more than a year ago. He worked alongside the general surgeon during her mastectomy. He inserted expanders, which were later pumped full of saline to stretch her skin and muscle and create a pocket for silicone implants. The expanders gave her body a suggestion of the curves that reconstruction would eventually make permanent. But they were uncomfortable rock-hard lumps that strained against skin and scar tissue.That’s why, even after all the preparation, Gabriel spends the first part Krista’s reconstructive surgery carefully cutting away scar tissue.“This is almost like cutting through rock,” he says, working a scalpel through the web built up, in part, by six weeks of radiation treatments. Once Gabriel is satisfied with the pocket he creates on the right side, he moves on to the left, where the skin is more supple. Then he’s able to place the implants.last_img read more

first_imgStreaming music service grew by 1.1 million paid subscriptions last year in BritainPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 31, 2017 – 12:34 pm In the big leagues for music streaming services, Spotify financials are scrutinized, including by potential investors. In the first half of 2017, overall, growing revenues and shrinking losses were not good enough to satisfy everyone. But in Britain, things are more cheery as growth is accompanied by profitability.Over the course of 2016, paid subscriptions swelled from 1.7 million to 2.8 million users — a growth of 1.1 million Brits paying monthly from Spotify’s 7.1 million active U.K. visitors. Although year-end profits only amounted to a few million dollars, they grew as did payments to rights holders. That is the win-win combination both Spotify and investors would like to see across its global operations.Last year’s U.K. growth came in part from the platform’s global family plan as well as successful marketing campaigns targeting holidays and summer. In dollars, overall 2016 U.K. revenue grew from $247 million to $312 million mostly thanks to paid subscriptions. Since the music side of its business gives a substantial cut to rights holders, Spotify also looks forward to revenue growth from the advertising side of its business. British ad sales grew last year from $14 million to $23 million, a smaller but more lucrative bottom line, because it doesn’t require paying for music rights.Spotify Reveals Emerging Artists Program Twitter Email Spotify Closed 2016 In UK With 2.8 Mil Paying Subscribers Growth And Profit In The UK For Spotify spotify-closed-2016-uk-28-mil-paying-subscribers Facebook News last_img read more

first_imgThe storylines and word choices are adapted to the player’s age, with shorter and simpler language used for younger audiences, and more complex vocabulary words for the older kids. As players progress within the app, their achievements earn them badges for their success.  spider-man15The new Marvel Hero Tales app shows kids that their word choices can decide what Spider-Man does next in the interactive comic. Kuato Studios “This is the most personal project I’ve ever been involved with, not just because of my love of the Marvel Universe, but also because as a child with undiagnosed dyslexia, school, and particularly reading, was incredibly challenging for me,” Mark Horneff, CEO of Kuato Studio, said in a statement.  Avengers: Endgame toys, merchandise to re-create the MCU capstone 1 Share your voice The Marvel Hero Tales app aims to help kids learn to read and write using comics.  Kuato Studios Learning to read and write can be daunting for kids, but with the new Marvel Hero Tales mobile app from Kuato Studios, little ones hopefully can get some help from Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel and other Marvel greats.The free app, available on iOS and Android, encourages kids from 7 to 11 to write their own Marvel stories while developing their language and reading skills. The Marvel Hero Tales app lets kids follow superheroes like Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel, Captain America and Captain Marvel as they “level up” by completing activities such as word collection and comprehension of words. Players can then use these words to write their own story by building sentences inside a comic book panel. Their choice of words directly affects the outcome of the superhero’s mission. The final result is a personalized comic book that can be shared with friends and family. 18 Photos Horneff remembers being given a copy of Spider-Man at age 8 and  reading it cover to cover.” “Those adventures fed not only my imagination, but my confidence as a storyteller and my passion for reading,” Horneff said. “My hope is that Marvel Hero Tales will inspire a new generation of Marvel readers and storytellers, and in some small way, allow that 8-year-old to repay some of the debt I owe to Peter Parker.” Captain Marvel Marvel Spiderman Captain America Tags Mobile Apps TV and Movies Iron Man’s Avengers: Endgame cabin is yours to rent on Airbnb Own a piece of Avengers: Endgame Jessica Jones season 3: New trailer, photos and release date revealed Comment More superheroeslast_img read more

first_img Related On Twitter’s Q2 earnings call, execs spent a good portion of the time on product improvements designed to make the social network easier to use and more useful — an area critics have called out as a problem for Twitter in the past. That has included work on machine-learning models to provide more relevant content in users’ Home timelines and notifications based on what they’re engaging with “in near real-time,” the company claimed.Twitter in the second quarter also started experimenting with new ways for people to customize their Home timeline, making it easier to use lists they’ve created or subscribed to. In addition, Twitter has made it easier to follow and join conversations, including showing the original tweet on an author’s profile page when someone is trying to follow a conversation. The company reported revenue of $841 million, an increase of 18% year-over-year. Net income was $1.1 billion, which included a significant one-time income-tax benefit. Adjusted net income was $37 million (or 5 cents per share). Twitter beat Wall Street’s revenue forecast but came in under consensus estimates of EPS of 19 cents.“Health remains our top priority and we are proud of the work we did in Q2. Our focus was on ensuring that our rules, and how we enforce them, are easy to understand,” Dorsey said in announcing the results. He said the company saw an 18% drop in reports of spammy or suspicious behavior across all tweet detail pages in the quarter.Twitter’s Q2 costs and expenses totaled $766 million, an increase of 21% year-over-year, resulting in operating income of $76 million and 9% operating margin. The company boosted headcount 20% in the quarter, standing at around 4,300 employees as of the end of June. CFO Ned Segal said Twitter anticipates 20% headcount growth for full-year 2019.Twitter issued third-quarter revenue guidance of $815 million to $875 million (in line with analyst expectations) but noted that sales for the second half of 2019 will decelerate year-over-year in part by the phase-out of certain resource-intensive ad formats. That should benefit Twitter over the long term, as it “refocuses its efforts on more efficient products,” Cowen & Co. analyst John Blackledge wrote in a research note.Video remains a key strategic push for Twitter. This week, Twitter announced a pact with NBC to distribute an exclusive live show from the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, along with other content. In Q2, the company announced several new live and on-demand video content partnerships. In addition to expanded renewals with partners such as Viacom, Live Nation, the NFL, ESPN, Bleacher Report, MLS and Activision Blizzard, Twitter announced new partnerships with news media partners including the Wall Street Journal and Time, along with a new partnership with Univision designed to bring even more premium content across sports, news, and entertainment to U.S. Hispanic audiences. Twitter’s changes to make the social net easier to use — and efforts to clean up the platform by curbing spam, harassment and other malicious activity — appear to working as CEO Jack Dorsey expected: Twitter grew its daily user base in Q2 at its fastest rate in nearly two years, boosted the top line and posted its seventh straight profitable quarter.In the second quarter of 2019, Twitter’s average monetizable daily active user base was 139 million, up 5 million sequentially and up 14% compared with 122 million in the same period a year ago. In the U.S., the average mDAU was 29 million, compared with 26 million in the same period of the previous year and compared with 28 million in the previous quarter.Shares of Twitter were up more than 5% in premarket trading Friday — and jumped as much as 11% in regular trading, closing up 8.9% for the day to $41.52 per share (a 52-week high). Twitter’s robust results come after both Facebook and Snap also reported strong gains in the second quarter. Sacha Baron Cohen Says Trump Wouldn’t Be President Without Twittercenter_img Hackers Take Over Account of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Tweet Racial Slurs & Bomb Threat Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more