Mammoths and other creatures that grazed arctic environments during much of the last ice age were eating more than just grasses, a new study suggests. Previous research, which typically relied on identifying and counting the grains of pollen trapped in ancient sediments, have suggested that most vegetation that graced the arctic tundra and steppe belonged to a class of plants called graminoids (which includes grasses, reeds, and sedges). But when researchers analyzed more than 240 samples of permafrost drilled from 21 sites in Scandinavia, Siberia, Alaska, and Canada, they found DNA from a wide variety of plants (including forbs, which typically are protein-rich, herblike plants that don’t produce much pollen). They also found the DNA of nematodes (roundworms), which helped the researchers infer the types of plants inhabiting the area at the time. The amount and type of genetic material, along with carbon dating of the samples, reveal that between 50,000 and 25,000 years ago—before the peak of the last ice age—arctic vegetation consisted mainly of forbs, the researchers report today in Nature. During the coldest part of the ice age (25,000 to 15,000 years ago), the number of forb species declined markedly, but the plants still outcompeted grasses. Only within the last 10,000 years, after the ice age ended and relatively moist conditions returned to the arctic, did nutritious forbs yield to less nourishing plants such as graminoids and woody shrubs. The dominance of forbs prior to the end of the ice age may help explain how the frigid tundra and steppe environments could support large herds of humongous herbivores such as mammoths (background of artist’s representation), reindeer, and musk oxen, the researchers contend.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
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Mumbai, May 23 (PTI) Denver Nuggets National Basketball Association (NBA) player Kenneth Faried has expressed displeasure over lack of facilities for growth of the hoop game in India.”But they dont have the facilities in India as far as that we have in the US (United States). We have courts all over the place, in India, (there is) cricket all over the place, so cricket is going to be seen on TV more,” Faried told a select group of reporters here.The 27-year-old player said that NBAs “goal” was to make basketball the number two sport in the country.Faried, with the nickname “Manimal”, was on a visit to India to engage with the youth and trainers in the cities and grow the game of basketball via NBAs initiatives in India ? NBA Zone and ?Around the hoop on SONY SIX TV channel.He visited the Jamnabai school in suburban Juhu, which is the first ever basketball school and from where talented students can be recommended to the NBA academy recently opened in the National Capital Region.International coaches give training to the students from the school.Asked about the visit, Faried said, “The school is going to help kids learn basketball. You must know the fundamentals of the game and the school will help the kids develop their technique.”He also expressed disappointment over the fact that India does not have a structure, like US or in other countries, from where professionals are selected from the college level. PTI NRB SSR DK DKadvertisement
Manchester City will not extend the contracts of defenders Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna, midfielder Jesus Navas and goalkeeper Willy Caballero as the quartet will leave the club during the summer, the Premier League side announced on Thursday.Caballero, Navas and Sagna made 16 or fewer league starts for City in the season that finished on Sunday, while the 31-year-old Clichy started 24 games.”I have enjoyed every moment of my City career and will look back on my time at City fondly,” the 34-year-old Sagna told the club’s website (www.mancity.com)”From the first day I arrived, everyone at the club has made me feel welcome and I will always be grateful to them,” the 35-year-old Caballero said.Navas, 31, saw his playing opportunities diminish in his fourth season at the club as fellow Spaniard Pep Guardiola led the side to a third-place finish in his debut campaign.
Brief scores – Sri Lanka (191 & 304/9) beat South Africa (235 & 259) by 1 wicket to take an unassailable 1-0 lead in 2-match series. Kusal Perera (153*), Dhananjaya de Silva (48), Keshav Maharaj (3/71). ScorecardKusal Perera pulled off a miracle against South Africa in the Durban Test on Saturday as he played an unbeaten innings of 153 runs to script a memorable one-wicket win for Sri Lanka. With the win, Sri Lanka took an unassailable 1-0 against South Africa in the two-match Test series.The form and state of Sri Lankan cricket is such at the moment that none expected this miracle, perhaps apart from Perera and that dressing room. Perera stitched a 78-run stand with the 11th man Vishwa Fernando to take Sri Lanka home.Fernando played a very crucial role, sticking out there for 27 deliveries and scoring just 6 runs, clearly supporting Perera. Perera on the other hand, played with skill, gusto and bravado to lead Sri Lanka to victory with an unbeaten 153 off 200 deliveries.As soon as Perera struck the winning boundary, he let go of his bat and raised both his hands in the air, looking up and eyes closed, it was relief, it was passion and it was ecstasy — all at once. He was soon joined on the field for celebration by his teammates and they will not stop anytime soon.It was a marvellous display of Test cricket and India’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin did not hold back in applauding the beauty of that win and the format.”Did someone say Test cricket is dying?? Sri Lanka!!! you beauty, take a bow Kusal Perera and well done to @IamDimuth for a historic win. #SAvSL congrats @RusselArnold69,” Ashwin tweeted.advertisementDid someone say test cricket is dying?? Sri Lanka!!! you beauty, take a bow Kusal Perera and well done to @IamDimuth for a historic win. #SAvSL congrats @RusselArnold69Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) February 16, 2019Twitter could not stop raving about Perera’s magical knock, one that will go down as one of the greatest Test knocks ever.he’s bloody done it!!! what a knock, SL win by 1 wicket, Kusal Perera has played an absolute blinder!mark butcher (@markbutcher72) February 16, 2019KUSAL PERERA! Remember the name. one of the greatest Test wins of alltime. one of the lifetime innings. what a win for the young Sri Lanka against all odds. Incredible teams effort. a Test captaincy debut to remember for Dimuth. Test cricket at it’s absolute best. @IamDimuthDaniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) February 16, 2019Well played Kusal Perera and @OfficialSLC that was a knock for the ages. Gripping test cricket. Gosh I hope test cricket continues to be this good all year as we’ve seen in the last three weeks.ian bishop (@irbishi) February 16, 2019I never thought I would get to see a better test knock than Kevin Pietersen’s 186 at Wankhede, but this knock from Kusal Perera at Durban easily surpassed it. Un-freaking-believable. #SAvSLAbhishek (@Sajjanlaunda) February 16, 2019Test cricket at it’s best!!Take a bow,Kusal Perera #SAvSL pic.twitter.com/NuBUtx5nT3deepak (@DpkYdv17) February 16, 2019Hands down the best test knock I’ve ever witnessed live. Yes, I haven’t witnessed @VVSLaxman281 281 against Australia. But this should go down as the greatest test knock of all time. KUSAL PERERA , take a bow. #SAvSL pic.twitter.com/oORz9Pi9S4Anish Mainali (@AnishMainali) February 16, 2019From Kumar Sangakkara to Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka cricketers were on the ninth sky with this unbelievable victory and Perera’s stupendous innings.KJP just scored what could be the greatest innings ever in an overseas run chase by a Sri Lankan batsman. Brings back memories of the brilliant hundred by @MahelaJay against @OfficialCSA in 2006 at The P Sara Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) February 16, 2019What a beauty !!!! One of the best inings under presure. Showed intelligents and mental strength KJP and very proud of you. Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) February 16, 2019Wow just amazing!! Well done the @OfficialSLC boys on this rare test win away from home Absolutely brilliant!! Love connection with Durban continues for us kjp, ambul, vishwa outstanding! Farveez Maharoof (@farveezmaharoof) February 16, 2019Wat an inning @KusalJPerera ! Excellent knock under pressure. Great support by vishwa at the end and Embul by ball in the 2nd inning. Way to go @IamDimuth and team!!Thrilled!!!!!!!! #SAvSL Danushka Gunathilaka (@danushka_70) February 16, 2019Take a bow @KusalJPerera . What a outstanding victory for @OfficialSLC . Congratulations @IamDimuth @NiroshanDikka @KusalMendis1 @CHathurusinghe @Dhananjaya7575 . What a performance by Lasith Abuldeniya and Vishwa Fernando #SLvSA Upul Tharanga (@upultharanga44) February 16, 2019We Won … We Won !!!! #SAvSL Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) February 16, 2019Amazing batting display by @KusalJPerera Was lovely to watch him bat.Well done Guys! Keep up the good work @OfficialSLCadvertisement Chaminda Vaas (@chaminda_vaas) February 16, 2019Chasing a daunting target of 304, the Lankans were reduced to 83 for 3 on Day 3 and had lost half their side at 110 on the fourth day when Kusal Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva joined forces to add 96 runs for the sixth wicket.De Silve departed on 48 but Perera carried on and batted smartly with the tail-enders to take Sri Lanka closer to the target.He brought up his second Test hundred in just 146 deliveries in the 74th over of the fourth innings and went on to cross his highest score of 112 with a six to reach 112 with Sri Lanka needing 52 runs at that stage. The shot also took the team past 250.His last wicket partnership with Vishwa Fernando had reached 26 runs by then with Perera scoring all the runs while the latter didn’t even open his account for 15 deliveries.The Proteas strangely decided not to take the second new ball after the 80-over mark by which time Sri Lanka had reached 262, needing another 42 runs to win with Kusal Perera on 120 and Fernando yet to get off the mark after facing 20 deliveries.South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis was visibly under pressure by that point and had multiple discussions with veteran fast bowler Dale Steyn who was operating from one end.After the second meeting with the skipper in the 81st over, Steyn finally decided to take the new ball with one ball left in the over and Fernando on strike, but the latter managed to survive yet again.With Kagiso Rabada being introduced into the attack, Perera decided to take him on and carried on playing his shots. He was unable to get the strike back in the 83rd over and with Steyn operating with the new ball, Fernando had to survive or find a way to get off strike.In the second ball of the over, Fernando managed to edge the ball past second slip to collect five runs to get off the mark and get Perera on strike again for the third ball. Against all odds, Perera smacked a six over deep mid-wicket off the fourth ball to bring down the deficit to just 23 runs. The shot also brought up the fifty-run partnership for the final wicket with Fernando scoring just 5 runs from 23 balls.Perera smashed another two sixes off the next two overs from Steyn and Rabada to take Sri Lanka within touching distance from victory which finally came in the third ball of the 86th over as the left-hander finished the match with his 12th boundary to trigger massive celebrations at the Kingsmead stadium.Perera and Fernando’s unbroken partnership for the final wicket reached 78 off 95 balls, which is a record for Sri Lanka against South Africa in Test cricket. The win was also Lanka’s first in Durban after 7 years.Also Read | South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Day 4 in Durban: As it happenedAlso Read | Kusal Perera speechless after pulling off epic Test victory vs South Africa in Durbanadvertisement
Around 115 area soldiers with the South Dakota Army National Guard will be leaving home this weekend for an eight month deployment to Europe.The troops are members of the Yankton based Bravo Battery, 1-147th Field Artillery Battalion and Watertown’s 147th Forward Support Company.The Yankton-based Bravo Battery is equipped with the Multiple Launch Rocket System and provides artillery support to a brigade, division, or coalition task force.The Watertown Forward Support Company is a logistics unit which provides supply and maintenance support.The units will report to Fort Bliss, Texas, to complete several weeks of training prior to deployment overseas.A public deployment ceremony for the soldiers will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Yankton High School.Governor Dennis Daugaard and Major General Tim Reisch will speak at the ceremony.Photo by South Dakota National Guard
In four years at Miami, Cager recorded 45 receptions for 681 yards and ten touchdowns. This past year he recorded career highs with 21 receptions for 374 yards and six touchdowns.Wolf was less prolific with the Vols, making eight catches for 78 yards and a touchdown during his four years there.While Smart will certainly be happy to see his two transfer acquisitions up to speed, it’s hard to argue that Georgia benefited overall from the first year of the transfer portal.Former five-star quarterback Justin Fields is one of six Georgia players who have left the team via the portal. LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 03: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts in the first quarter of the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field on November 3, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The Georgia Bulldogs have lost their fair share of players to the NCAA transfer portal. But they’ve also picked up a few players who are quickly making an impression on head coach Kirby Smart.Speaking to the media this week, Smart spoke glowingly about graduate transfers wide receiver Lawrence Cager and tight end Eli Wolf. Cager joined the Bulldogs in a transfer from Miami (FL), while Wolf joins from SEC rival Tennessee.Smart complimented Cager and Wolf on their maturity, and believes that they’ve already “bought in” and “blended in” to the program. Via DawgNation:“I’ve seen them workout, and they do that hard… They are very mature, just what you’d expect.“These guys come from two really good programs, they work really hard, they know this is their season, so this is their opportunity to shine, and I feel like those guys have bought in and they’ve really blended in well.”Cager and Wolf will likely need to be up to speed if they hope to contribute in their lone year with the team. Georgia will be without several of their top receivers last year, who have moved on to the NFL.
TORONTO — Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B) reported a smaller second-quarter loss compared with a year ago as it saw improved results from its digital media company VerticalScope.The publisher of the Toronto Star said it lost $7 million or nine cents per share in the three months ending June 30 compared with a loss of $23.9 million or 30 cents per share a year ago.Operating revenue totalled $161.8 million for what was the company’s latest quarter, down from $177.9 million a year earlier.Torstar chief executive John Boynton said VerticalScope posted strong year-over-year growth in revenue, while the company’s Metroland Media Group and Star Media Group benefited from efforts to reduce costs.“We’re facing continued headwinds but we continue to make great progress,” Boynton said during a conference call with financial analysts to discuss the company’s latest results.“We continue to be very encouraged by our VerticalScope side and we continue to be very encouraged by our core digital and news sites and their performances as well.”Torstar holds a 56 per cent stake in VerticalScope, which owns and operates hundreds of online forums and websites including AutoGuide.com, PetGuide.com, Motorcycle.com and ATV.com.In its outlook, the company said cost reduction will remain an important area of focus for the balance of the year. Revenue growth at VerticalScope is also expected to continue in the second half of 2017.Torstar said its most recent quarter included a $6.3-million non-cash amortization and depreciation charge related to its investment in VerticalScope and $6.1 million in restructuring charges.That compared with a $26.6-million non-cash charge related to VerticalScope last year as well as $6.9 million in restructuring charges and a $4.5-million non-cash charge related to the transition of printing of the Toronto Star to Transcontinental.On an adjusted basis, Torstar says it lost three cents per share in the second quarter compared with a loss of 13 cents per share in the same quarter last year.——Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.
Hamilton Police are asking for help locating a missing man.Police say 66-year-old Antonio Dias has been missing since May 24.He was last seen in the area of Cannon St. W and James St. N.Family and police are concerned for his well-being.Anyone with information is asked to call police at 905-546-4725.
Celebrating the launch of the Day, the African Union (AU) and UN World Food Programme (WFP) highlighted the vital role of school meals in education as the world’s most widely used safety net. School meals provide critical social support, encouraging more regular attendance at school and contributing to children’s protection in emergencies. They are also a key long-term investment in millions of people’s futures, in local economies, and in reducing hunger across the globe. “Further, when it comes to encouraging girls’ access to school, adding just one year of school meals is proven to increase absolute enrolment by nearly 30 percent,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. During the 26th AU Summit in January 2016, the Heads of States decided to adopt homegrown school feeding programmes as a continental strategy to enhance retention and performance of children in schools and to boost income generation and entrepreneurship in local communities. The decision saw the establishment of 1 March as the ‘Africa Day for School Feeding.’ “School feeding programmes are not new to Africa, in fact, some among us became who we are today because of school meals,” said Nkosazana Dlamini, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, adding however that the link with local food production is a new approach. The Day focuses on home-grown school meals, where local farmers produce food that is then purchased for use in school meals, maximizing the benefits for students, farmers and local communities. According to an analysis conducted by WFP, every dollar spent on a school meals programme can result in a return worth as much as $3 to $9. More than half the world’s children assisted by WFP with school meals live in Africa. In 2014, over 10 million children in 41 African countries benefited from WFP school meals programmes.
Dika MemWorld Young Handball Player 2017/2018 Handball-Planet.com is pleased to announce the results of our fifth Voting Contest for the Young World Handball Player 2017/2018 (generation 1996 and younger). The French youngstar, promising right back, Dika Mem (1996) got the highest number of cumulative votes of handball journalists and handball fans (Handball-Planet.com visitors ). Oustanding performances of the 22 years-old Mem, helped France to win the bronze medal at Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia, but also FC Barcelona Lassa to stay on the TOP of the Spanish handball. Mem won the award with 44 points in total, ahead of Slovenian right wing Blaz Janc (PGE Vive Kielce, 39) and compatriot, line-player, Ludovic Fabregas (Montpellier Handball, 36).In two weeks of voting period 15.857 votes for 28 nominated players have shown the outstanding interest for our project, who has the goal to present the future stars of our sport.COMPLETE RESULTS – BEST 7VOTING PROCESS – YOUR VOTESMembers of the Jury:Rasmus Boysen (Denmark, hballtransfers.com)Nicolas Chardon (Handnews.fr TEAM (France)Stig Nygard (TV 2, Norway)Sergei Novikov (Fast center, Belarus)Sergey Prigolovkin (Rushandball.ru, Russia)Rici Gjamovski (g-sport.mk, Macedonia)Jorge Dargel Amigo (Marca, Spain)Marcin Gorcynski (SportoweFakty.pl, Poland)Konstantinos Chatzidimitriou (e-handball.gr, Greece)Jasmin Tajic (Oslobodjenje, BiH)Zika Bogdanovic (Balkan-Handball.com, Serbia)MEM FOLLOWS SAGOSEN AND DUJSHEBAEVHandball-Planet.com has got the third world’s young handball player in the history of our Contest. The Spanish right back Alex Dujshebaev (2013/2014) won title four years ago, while in the three following, Norwegian superstar Sander Sagosen was unbeatable. FRENCH STARS…The biggest number of nominations for WORLD YOUNG HANDBALL PLAYER 2017/18 got French players (7) ahead of Spaniards (5), Slovenians and Belarusians 3…CREATIC.HU– PREMIUM PARTNER ← Previous Story PGE Vive Kielce in financial crisis? Next Story → Young World Handball Best 7 – 2017/2018
Organisers of the AHEPA-NUGAS Business Breakfast couldn’t be happier with the turn out this year, with more than 125 young budding and established professionals turning out for the event in MarchEmceed by NUGAS Victoria president Tass Sgardelis and moderated by AHEPA youth governor Jiannis Tsaousis, the second collaboration between the two organisations saw an insightful panel discussion on ‘Building Your Career Brand: How to Stand Out’. Giving their personal insights and tips on their respective industries were eminent Philhellene, former Victorian premier and Beyond Blue founding chairman Hon. Jeff Kennett AC, founding managing partner of Boston Consulting Group Australia and NZ and Victoria University Chancellor George Pappas, and Asia Pacific’s leading digital marketing and brand strategist and CEO of PENSO, Constantine Frantzeskos.The panellists shared invaluable information regarding their personal career highs and lows, in addition to their business and personal philosophies, views on university reforms and an analysis of empirical work experience regarding career advancement.Those who attended were given the opportunity to be seated alongside some of Australia’s leading professionals from a range of industries including finance, accounting, management consulting, law, community and public service, engineering, construction, arts and culture, science, medicine and technology. Amongst the community leaders offering their services on the day were Victoria’s Shadow Attorney General and State Member for Hawthorn John Pesutto MLA; federal Member for Calwell and deputy chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Immigration, Maria Vamvakinou MHR, and Australia’s first Greek-born Queen’s Counsel, Olyvia Nikou QC.The morning also featured a presentation by the president of the Greek Community and managing partner of Moray and Agnew Lawyers, Bill Papastergiadis, who shared his experiences regarding the growth of the firm and the development of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria.National president of AHEPA Christine Lynch OAM addressed the panellists, thanking them for their time and invaluable advice and insight for those gathered on the day. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Marée noire : recherches suspendues après l’explosion d’une plateforme pétrolière dans le golfe du Mexique Golfe du Mexique – L’explosion de la plateforme pétrolière qui a coulé le 22 avril dernier a fait dix-sept blessés et engendré une marée noire de 1,6 km de large et 8 km de long. Les recherches des onze personnes disparues après la catastrophe ont quant à elles été suspendues vendredi.Après avoir brûlé pendant 36 heures, la plate-forme pétrolière a sombré jeudi, à 70 km environ de la côte de Louisiane. Sur les 126 employés présents au moment de l’explosion, dix-sept ont été blessés, dont trois grièvement. Onze autres personnes étaient encoreportées disparues vendredi, lorsque les recherches ont été suspendues. Comme l’a indiqué Mike O’Berry, un porte-parole des garde-côtes de La Nouvelle-Orléans, les autorités ont dépêché des navires et des avions sur place afin de contenir la marée noire qui s’étendait déjà sur 8 km de long. On ignore encore la quantité de pétrole qui s’est échappée des cuves de la plate-forme, lesquelles en contenaient 2,6 millions de litres avant l’explosion. Un petit sous-marin téléguidé a été envoyé sur le site pour le déterminer.Jeudi, Barack Obama a déclaré que le gouvernement s’est fixé pour “priorité numéro 1” de réagir aux conséquences de cette catastrophe. Le président américain “a assuré que le gouvernement fédéral offrait toute l’assistance nécessaire aux efforts de sauvetage et celle permettant de répondre à l’impact sur l’environnement, afin de le minimiser”, a affirmé la Maison Blanche dans un communiquéLe 26 avril 2010 à 10:07 • Emmanuel Perrin
AC Milan look set to begin proceedings to sign current head coach Gennaro Gattuso to a new contract ahead of their derby against arch-rivals Inter MilanSince replacing the fired Vincenzo Montella back in November, Gattuso has overseen an upturn in form for Milan and they have been unbeaten domestically in 2018.The former youth coach was promoted, despite no prior experience, and now taken lead Milan back into the race for a possible Champions League spot in the Serie A standings.“When we open our eggs this Easter, we’re going to find Gennaro Gattuso’s renewal inside,” said Milan’s sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli, according to The 42.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I’ve been telling you for some time, although perhaps you only know him as a player, that Rino (Gattuso) is already an important coach and in the future will be one of the best in the world, so it’s only right that Milan keep hold of him.“We are working to start a new era with Gattuso, because we believe he is the right coach for a Milan that must be a protagonist over the next few years.“We all want it (contract), Rino like all of us, we just need to find the right time to do what we have to do.”
Reliance Jio (RJio), the telecom arm of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries (RIL), aims to acquire 100 million subscribers in the first year of its launch, even though the company has delayed the roll out of fourth-generation (4G) mobile internet services to the next financial year.While Mukesh Ambani wants the target to be reached in the first 100 days after the launch RJio’s 4G services, the leadership and analysts see 12 months as “realistic” timeframe to achieve such a figure.Earlier, the company had said that it would be able to offer 4G services by December, but it recently postponed the launch to 2016. The company has already spent Rs 100,000 crore in the venture and plans to invest a “similar amount” in the coming days, Business Standard reported.In what could to a major concern for other telecom operators, RJio is primarily aiming to bring existing high-value customers on its network, by offering “unlimited access to high-speed broadband services (4G or LTE) on a subscription-based model.”Some analysts said that RJio’s target of acquiring 100-million subscribers is “achievable”, taking into account its vast distribution network. It has access to 1,000 company-controlled outlets and one million distributors for recharge vouchers.RJio is likely to have robust infrastructure by the time it launches its 4G services, with 75,000 4G cell sites, 250,000 km of optic fibre and 0.65 million sq ft of data centre capacity.On the other hand, Bharti’s data centre subsidiary has a capacity of just 0.16 million sq ft, according to Deutsche Bank.So far, Airtel has not revealed the subscribers or revenue it earned after the launch of its 4G services in nearly 300 towns in August.Deutsche Bank Global Markets projects “RJio’s mobile business to have 94 million subscribers (15 per cent of smartphone users) with an ARPU (average revenue per user) of Rs 246 a month, implying 8.5 per cent of wireless revenue share. “According to Deven Choksey of KRChoksey, RJio is estimated to gain 100 million subscribers in the first 12 months of launch and an ARPU of Rs 500 per month, which would result in monthly revenue of Rs 5,000 crore.
West Bank settlement. Photo: AFPIsrael on Wednesday approved construction of 1,958 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now told AFP.It was fewer than the 2,500 for which defence minister Avigdor Lieberman said last week he intended to seek approval.It was the first tranche of settlement approvals since the controversial US embassy transfer to Jerusalem on 14 May, a move that infuriated Palestinians and intensified protests on the Gaza border, with at least 61 Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli forces that day.Peace Now said that in Wednesday’s batch, around 700 units got final approval while the remainder passed the first approval stage in the planning process.It said that the majority were in isolated settlements outside the major “blocs” which the government will seek to retain in any future peace agreement with the Palestinians.Israel’s West Bank settlements are considered illegal under international law and are bitterly opposed by Palestinians.Peace Now said in a statement that there had been a leap in settlement-building during US President Donald Trump’s term so far, with about 14,000 approvals.That, it added, “is more than three times the amount that was approved in the year and a half before his inauguration (4,476 units).”
A mid-flight engine failure forced an Air France A380 jet with more than 500 passengers on board to turn back to the Ivory Coast capital Abidjan where it landed without further incident early Sunday.”We were flying over Niger (to Paris)… I saw a ball of flame for a few seconds and then a large bang on the left side of the aircraft,” Baudelaire Mieu, a journalist with Bloomberg News, told AFP.”The plane began to roll, everything was shaking and people started to panic. The pilot came on and said ‘We have just lost a left side engine. We are returning to Abidjan,” Mieu said.The Air France-KLM manager for West Africa Jean-Luc Mevellec confirmed the incident.”Technically, it is what is called an engine blow-out. It is a well known problem,” Mevellec told AFP.”It happens from time to time. It is a well known phenomenon, well understood and crew are well trained on simulators all year long to deal with this time of fault,” he added.Mieu said the giant four-engined aircraft, the world’s biggest passenger jet, “continued to vibrate all the way back to Abidjan. People were praying.””It was a close call. I have never been so frightened!”
The Asbury United Methodist Church, 926 11th St NW, is planning to hold its Homecoming Sunday Celebration on Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. The theme for the celebration is “Fruits of Thy Labor, Fruit of The Spirit”. The historic downtown congregation has worshipped and served continuously for 179 years from the corners of 11th and K Streets in Northwest, where Rev. Dr. Lanther M. Mills serves as the senior pastor. Asbury is calling all current and former members to come home and bring friends and family members to help celebrate this special occasion. For more information, contact the Asbury church office, 202-628-0009, or visit asburyumcdc.org.
Explore further More information: Patent: appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-P … 45&RS=DN/20120188245AbstractThere are provided apparatuses and methods for increasing the pixel density of a digital display through mechanical actuation. In some embodiments, a display device is described having a processor configured to provide an image for display and a memory coupled to the processor. The memory stores the image and is configured to map the image to a pixel matrix. A display controller is coupled to the memory and configured to sample portions of the image and to store the portions of the image into planes. Each sampled portion comprises a different set of pixels of the pixel matrix. A display is coupled to the display controller and is configured to display the contents of the sampled planes. In particular, the display controller is configured to sequentially provide the sampled planes to the display for sequential display. At least one actuator is coupled to the display to displace the display for the displaying of the sampled planes, so that pixels of each plane are displayed in a unique location from the pixels of other planes.via: www.patentlyapple.com/patently … e-video-glasses.html 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. © 2012 Phys.org Citation: Apple bowl-headed patent shows wearable computing plans (2012, July 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-apple-bowl-headed-patent-wearable.html (Phys.org) — Like Google, Apple has plans to win recognition as wearable computing leaders. Patently Apple reports on a patent that was filed by Apple in January last year but made known earlier this week. The patent application is causing a stir over what Apple has in mind to compete with Google over the latter’s highly anticipated Project Glass heads-up display. The Apple patent in question, titled “Display resolution increase with mechanical actuation,” speaks of multiple “embodiments,” but the concept appears to relate to raising the quality of a display placed over a wearer’s eye. The patent drawings show a very odd-looking bowl over a person’s head extending out to eyewear over just one eye. The implication beyond the obtuse patent text is clear that Apple is fixed on competing with Google for the coming generation of heads-up display wearers, and, in competing, is to use its key ammunition, its own brand recognition that Apple provides high quality visuals whether on its desktop, tablet, phone or, now possibly, on video glasses. The inventor is listed on the patent application as Edward Craig Hyatt.Those bloggers watching Apple and writing about the patent news agree that the text is obtuse, ambitiously general, and hard to pin down, as a patent application for ideas that could take any form of multiple “embodiments.” Nonetheless, it can be said that the goal of Apple seems to be to improve the resolution of images seen through a head-mounted display.According to the patent application, “There are provided apparatuses and methods for increasing the pixel density of a digital display through mechanical actuation. In some embodiments, a display device is described having a processor configured to provide an image for display and a memory coupled to the processor. The memory stores the image and is configured to map the image to a pixel matrix. A display controller is coupled to the memory and configured to sample portions of the image and to store the portions of the image into planes. Each sampled portion comprises a different set of pixels of the pixel matrix. A display is coupled to the display controller and is configured to display the contents of the sampled planes. In particular, the display controller is configured to sequentially provide the sampled planes to the display for sequential display. At least one actuator is coupled to the display to displace the display for the displaying of the sampled planes, so that pixels of each plane are displayed in a unique location from the pixels of other planes.” Google patent sends ring signals to Project Glass
Kolkata: Police have arrested three persons from Sonarpur in South 24-Parganas and seized around 900 kg of banned firecrackers from them.Acting on a tip off, the police raided and arrested the trio when they were travelling in a car. They searched the car and found three large plastic bags containing banned fire crackers.Police received prior information about a car, carrying banned crackers, that will pass through Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Road at Rajpur near Sonarpur. To get hold of them, policemen went to the spot in plainclothes. On late Sunday night, they found a car approaching and immediately started a search operation of the same. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter finding those plastic bags, they took the three men to the police station and investigation revealed that the plastic bags contained banned firecrackers.A police officer said: “There were around 900 kg banned firecrackers in the plastic bags.”Police are now trying to get more information about the three arrested persons. They are also trying to know the purpose behind taking such a huge quantity of banned fire crackers.The police officer said that usually such a huge quantity of banned firecrackers gets seized in October and November ahead of Diwali. “Hence, it is important for us to investigate into the case to find out why did they indulge in it now,” the officer said.Police have intensified the search operations and undertaken all necessary steps to check the selling of banned firecrackers.It may be mentioned that the police and administration together have taken several steps to check selling of banned firecrackers as it leads to pollution.