Economic Stimulus: U.S. House Could Call for Test Tubes As Well As Pavement

first_imgU.S. scientists have been wondering whether research will be part of the upcoming economic stimulus package that Congress and President-elect Barack Obama are working on. Past economic stimulus packages have focused on massive public works projects as well as tax breaks to spur consumer and industry spending. Those items are a good bet to be part of any economic recovery plan whose cost could top $1 trillion. But on Wednesday, congressional leaders will also hear a pitch for research. That’s because the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee has invited not only noted economists Martin Feldstein, Mark Zandi, and Robert Reich but also Maria Zuber, a professor of geophysics of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and principal investigator on GRAIL, a NASA mission to measure variations in the moon’s gravitational field.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(*)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who will kick off the discussion, has made it clear that “investing in technology and innovation should be part of any economic recovery plan,” says a spokesperson for the committee, a message that Zuber is expected to emphasize. Also making that point will be engineer Norman Augustine, former CEO of Lockheed-Martin and author of the well-regarded 2005 National Academies’ report Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future that called for a $20 billion investment in science education and research.The steering committee is comprised of the chairs of seven standing House committees, including appropriations, science, energy and commerce, transportation, and ways and means. Its members will play a prominent role in shaping the package being hammered out this month between Congress and President-elect Obama.last_img read more

“24” has been a life changing experience, says Anil Kapoor

first_imgMumbai, Oct 20 (PTI) Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor, who launched a Indian version of “24”, an espionage television series, says the show has been a life-changing experience for everyone involved.The “Mr India” actor will reprise his role of ATU chief Jai Singh Rathod in the second season of “24”.”It has been a life changing show for everyone, including me. We tried to make the show as real as we could and this season, too, we would try to do the same. We need support for the show as it is something different…out of the box,” Kapoor told reporters here at the poster launch of “24”.”Last season, we met Rakesh Maria and he helped us a lot. We have taken help from officials of RAW, CBI, other intelligence agencies for the show. We see grateful that everyone has been helpful,” he added.The 58-year-old actor is elated with the response that the first season of “24” had garnered.”We got lot of love and respect from people for this show. The creators of the show are very happy with the response that we got in India for season one,” Kapoor said.The last season of the show saw Kapoor saving the life of the future Prime Minister and in the second season he has the responsibility to protect the nation.”You do get inspired by officers, who fight for their own country,” the veteran actor said.Kapoor is seen in a rugged avatar for the second season of “24”, as he sports a beard for the show.advertisementLast season saw interesting gamut of actors like Shabana Azmi, Anupam Kher and others. This season too we hear lot of names being speculated like Tabu, Urmila Matondkar, Prabhu Desai and others.When asked, Kapoor said, “We will retain some characters some will change as the story progresses. We are in talks with several actors but it is difficult to name anyone as nothing is finalised yet. Just wait and watch there will be lot of surprises.”But he did admit that actress Urmila Matondkar will not view part of the second season.”24” is a real time finite espionage international series, which traces the journey of Anti Terrorist Unit (ATU) Chief Jai Singh Rathod as he battles the odds in the line of duty over the course of 24 hours.The series is being produced by Anil Kapoor Film Co, and Ramesh Deo Productions. It is directed by Abhinay Deo and Rensil DSilva. The show is likely to go on air from early next year on Colors Channel. PTI KKP NP ANPlast_img read more


first_imgOutlining the initiatives of the government, Sharma saidOutlining the initiatives of the government, Sharma said the government has started round-the-clock helphline for tourists which is available in 12 languages, including Japanese, Chinese and Russian.Besides, he said tourists landing in India would be handed a “welcome kit” that would consist of a SIM card using which they can communicate.He said the government is mulling providing “some sort of escorts” for different tourist destinations as well as having a “separate coach” with better facilities in trains going to tourist destinations.He also called for joint efforts by all the countries, especially of South-East Asian nations, to reap “manifold benefits of tourism”.Among those who attended the event were Tourism Secretary Vinod Zutshi, Thailand Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Chhattisgarh Tourism Minister Dayal Das Baghel, IATO President Subhash Goyal, UBM Asia Executive Vice President Michael Duck, UBM India Managing Director Yogesh Mudras and Alla Peressolova, Manager, Silk Road Programme and Fairs Programme, UNWTO. PTI MP PRM SC PRMlast_img read more

Jasprit Bumrah vows to make a stronger return following his injury

first_imgInjuries are part & parcel of the sport. Thank you for all your recovery wishes. My head is held high & I am aiming for a comeback that’s stronger than the setback.🦁— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) September 25, 2019“Injuries are part & parcel of the sport. Thank you for all your recovery wishes. My head is held high & I am aiming for a comeback that’s stronger than the setback,” Bumrah posted on Instagram.The Indian team however, will surely miss his services, after his exceptional performances in the recent years. The Mumbai Indians pacer took 13 wickets from 2 Tests at an average of just 9.23 against West Indies last month, which also included a hat-trick in the second game. His outstanding spell of 5 for 7 in the first Test along with the hat-trick in the Jamaica Test, saw him rise in the ICC Test bowlers rankings with 835 points to seal the third spot in the list.Bumrah was supposed to play his first Test on home soil during India’s first test against South Africa in Visakhapatnam. But it now appears that he has to wait a bit longer before playing Tests at home for at least 2 months when neighbours Bangladesh come to play a series of two Tests from November 14.The pacer has become an icon in India’s bowling department with 62 wickets at an average of 19.24. Most importantly, all his wickets came against tough opponents like South Africa, England and Australia in their home soil. And he is the only pacer from the subcontinent to take 5-wicket hauls in those countries.Advertisement AdvertisementIndian pacer Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out for the upcoming Test series against South Africa due to a stress fracture in his lower back. He will be replaced by Umesh Yadav in the Test squad for the three-match series which starts October 2 onwards. And on Wednesday, Bumrah vowed to comeback stronger and fitter than ever through an emotional message on Twitter.last_img read more

Quiet Please! The Value Of Silence At Work And During A Job Search

first_imgIn the chaos of a golf game, there are moments of silence where the player considers and prepares for the next shot – a shot vital to success. The process of silence allowing for the player to concentrate is the same at all levels, amateur to professional. Whether there are club members holding up signs for the pros, or friends holding up a finger to their mouth, the request is the same – quiet please.Our daily lives of working or looking for work can be chaotic, we rush to finish projects and we live anxiously looking for the next interview. In the rush and chaos do we take the time to be quiet, to consider and plan? We likely know people who pray or meditate and no matter the philosophy driving them, they are giving themselves the proper time to consider their lives by taking quiet moments to reflect.There are many books and suggestions on how to reflect amidst the noise, but for most it is just a matter of taking the time to stop the chaos, finding a quiet place and just thinking. Through this process we discover clarity and focus; answers we couldn’t find in the daily rush of life come to us. Using quiet time is not new, you know this. It seems that now is a good time for a reminder.Find a nice place to be by yourself and if people ask what you are up to just let them know you need a little quiet please.last_img read more

Kedar Jadhav’s phone on silent mode after career-defining hundred

first_imgKedar Jadhav plays the kind of shots that leaves even Virat Kohli in awe. Eoin Morgan, a seasoned limited-overs cricketer and the man who changed England’s ODI fortunes with his aggressive leadership, was stunned with Jadhav’s brutal assault on his bowlers. (Couldn’t believe some of the shots Kedar Jadhav played: Virat Kohli)CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEOMore than two years after his debut, Jadhav has finally arrived on the big scene. India were reeling at 63/4 in pursuit of 351. The crowd at Pune’s spanking new stadium was silenced when Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni were sent back even before India had shown any intent of responding to the massive challenge that lay before them. (Jadhav gave us no chance, says England captain Morgan)Jadhav was, however, unperturbed. He joined forces with the indomitable and inimitable Kohli, added 200 for the fifth wicket, scored a 76-ball 120 and steered India to a victory that will remain etched in memory for eternity. (Also Read: India cricket team gets a ‘Dabangg’ khiladi in Kedar Jadhav)Sourav Ganguly, speaking to India Today later, said Jadhav had batted better than Kohli Sunday evening. That doesn’t happen very often. Not very often does an Indian batsman outshine Kohli in the limited-overs formats and certainly not in a high-octane chase. But Jadhav did just that, as his parents and wife watched from the stands, flanked by well-wishers. (Kedar Jadhav played better than Virat Kohli in Pune: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)The man-of-the-match trophy was promptly sent to the Jadhav household for the family to savour and Jadhav was the toast of the nation. Not many would remember Kedar’s gritty hundred in Harare, few would ever come to know of his trials and tribulations in a bid to force his way into a star-studded batting line-up. But they all doffed their hats to a new star. (Also read: Kedar Jadhav sends man-of-the-match trophy home for family to savour)advertisementNot suprisingly then, Jadhav’s phone has not stopped ringing. Imagine your buddy, soft-spoken and humble, suddenly becomes a national cricketing sensation. Would you not want to call him?”I am getting a lot of calls. I have put my phone on silent mode. Now my close friends might think that I am acting like a big star,” Jadhav told the media in Pune.”Honestly, I want to stay grounded. But that is where my family helps because they know I don’t like to talk about what has happened. I try to stay in the present.”What is that one change that @JadhavKedar has been forced to make after the 1st ODI? #TeamIndia #INDvENG BCCI (@BCCI) January 17, 2017Staying in the present is crucial for Jadhav, who is now a key number six in a side under a captain who thrives on consistency and fitness.Like Kohli, Jadhav would have to focus on one game at a time and cross one hurdle at a time. It is not easy surviving in international cricket and making your mark in this Indian team is even tougher. India’s players would want to feed off their captain, who is reverred and feared by the opposition.Jadhav was candid enough to admit that it was relatively easy for him in the middle because England chose to focus entirely on Kohli and dished some lose balls for him at the other end. That’s humility for you. Jadhav’s demeanour is polite and respectful.If you are a close friend of Kedar Jadhav’s and you are reading this article, remember your mate is on national duty. He is still the soft-spoken charmer he was when you met him before England embarked on the limited-overs leg of their tour.last_img read more

Caribbean States Urged to Develop Regional Bamboo Industry

first_img “Bamboo’s time has come… as we aim to extend the agro-based sector beyond the traditional crops of sugar, banana, coffee, cocoa and spices,” Senator Reid said while speaking during the opening ceremony for the Caribbean International Bamboo Symposium at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on Tuesday (November 27). Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the development of a regional bamboo industry is critical in further diversifying the Caribbean’s agricultural product offerings.“Bamboo’s time has come… as we aim to extend the agro-based sector beyond the traditional crops of sugar, banana, coffee, cocoa and spices,” Senator Reid said while speaking during the opening ceremony for the Caribbean International Bamboo Symposium at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on Tuesday (November 27).Senator Reid, who represented Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, noted that the global bamboo industry, which values approximately US$60 billion, “is big business”, which the Caribbean must seek to exploit.“Today, in the 21st century, we must look to the development of new industries, like the bamboo industry and the cannabis industry, and a range of nutraceuticals such as castor beans, to provide a ready opportunity for the modernisation and diversification of agriculture and agro-industry,” he said.The Minister noted that Jamaica and other Caribbean countries that recognise the bamboo industry’s vast potential to enhance sustainable economic growth, are ready to vigorously promote this big business.“I want to assure you that the Government of Jamaica is committed to offer the requisite leadership and support and to work with all stakeholders to find the best outcomes for this emerging industry,” he said.Meanwhile, Senator Reid said it is imperative that Caribbean nations pursue climate-proof agriculture in order to mitigate the impact of natural disasters, regarded as the sector’s biggest threat.“My appeal is that we all intensify strategies and pay special attention to climate change and its impact on agriculture and economies in the region,” he emphasised.The Minister also called on regional states to “seriously pursue” expanded utilisation of renewable energy in agriculture and industry.“Even though we contribute but a miniscule portion to the carbon footprint in Jamaica, for example, we are doing our part to aid the reduction of the carbon footprint,” he stated.Senator Reid pointed out that Prime Minister Holness recently revised the national target to provide 30 per cent of the country’s energy needs through renewables by 2030, to 30 per cent by 2020 and 50 per cent by 2030.“I believe a bamboo industry that produces charcoal and a wide range of other ‘enviro-friendly’ products that can replace plastics, is also a part of the solution to adaptation,” he said.The two-day Symposium is being held under the auspices of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, and the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR), among other stakeholders.It brings together relevant regional stakeholders from government, civil society and the private sector in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for discussions intended to heighten awareness about bamboo’s potential as a strategic resource for poverty alleviation, green growth, increased trade and investment, and natural disaster mitigation.The specific objective is to provide a forum for expanded dialogue to highlight best practices on green economic growth and increased regional and international trade and investment in bamboo; and consensus on the development of a road map for a new regional programme – Bamboo for the Caribbean – that enables CARICOM Member States to fully realise the potential of their bamboo resources.The Bamboo Symposium is the first forum of its kind to be held in the Western Hemisphere. Story Highlights Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the development of a regional bamboo industry is critical in further diversifying the Caribbean’s agricultural product offerings. Senator Reid, who represented Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, noted that the global bamboo industry, which values approximately US$60 billion, “is big business”, which the Caribbean must seek to exploit. last_img read more

Faith is enough to prove Lord Ram born at Ayodhya SC told

first_imgNew Delhi: A Hindu party asserted in the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the “unshakeable faith” of millions of believers is sufficient to prove that the entire Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid disputed site at Ayodhya was the birth place of Lord Ram.The apex court stressed that revenue records, other documentary and oral evidence would be “a very good piece of evidence” to establish the possession claim of the Hindu parties over the 2.77 acre disputed site. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM”Ram Lalla Virajman’, the deity which itself has been made a party to the politically and religiously sensitive case, submitted through senior advocate K Parasaran that the Ram Janmabhoomi has itself become “personification of the deity and an object of worship for the Hindus”. He asked the court that as to how after so many centuries the proof of Lord Ram’s birth at the place can be shown. “How will we prove after so many centuries that Lord Ram was born there,” said Prasaran to a five-judge Constitution bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer. “The unshakeable faith of worshippers and believers is itself evidence that the ‘Asthan’ is the birthplace of Lord Ram,” he said, adding that Valmiki Ramayana also mentions at three places that Lord Ram was born in Ayodhya. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe bench asked Prasaran if question of this nature about the birth of a religious figure has ever arisen in any court. “Whether issues like birth of Jesus Christ at Bethlehem have been questioned and dealt with by any court in the world,” the bench asked Prasaran, to which the senior advocate said that he will check and inform the court. The senior advocate replied to several questions relating to the placing of idols inside the disputed structure, years before its demolition on December 6, 1992. Parasaran said whether it is a wrong or not, the placing of idols will depend upon whether the structure was a mosque or a temple. “If it was a wrong (placing of idols) assuming it to be a continuing wrong, then the continuing wrong was snapped when the court intervened and receiver was appointed,” he said. “A receiver having possession of property pursuant to a court order cannot be a continuing wrong,” he added. He said the fact that whether the disputed structure was a temple or a mosque can only be decided on the basis as to who had been worshipping there and contended that the idols are still there. “Inner courtyard or outer courtyard is not relevant. We say that whole area is Janambhoomi,” he said. The top court is hearing 14 appeals filed against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. During the hearing, while Parasaran was emphasising that the entire area was the birth place of Lord Ram, the bench asked him, “Are the idols there carbon dated?”. Parasaran will continue with the arguments on Thursday but another Hindu body, Nirmohi Akhara, which is also a party to the matter, faced tough situation as it was asked whether it has got any revenue records, oral and documentary evidence to establish its possession over the disputed site. The bench asked senior advocate Sushil Jain, representing Nirmohi Akhara, that since it was dealing with the issue of possession, the Hindu body will have to “establish” its case. “Now, we are dealing with the possession. You have to establish the possession. If you have any revenue record in your favour then it is a very good piece of evidence in your favour,” the bench said. The Akhara has been seeking management and proprietary rights over the disputed site on various grounds including that it was under its possession since time immemorial and it has the status of ‘shebaitship’ of the deity.last_img read more

VVIP Chopper: ED files supplementary charge sheet against Michel before Delhi court

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate Thursday filed a supplementary charge sheet against Christian Michel, the alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland chopper scam, before a Delhi court. The charge sheet was also filed against two firms — Global Services FZE and Global Traders and one of its directors, David Syms. Syms and Michel are both directors of the two firms. Special judge Arvind Kumar said he will take cognisance of the agency’s charge sheet on April 6.last_img read more

Nielsens top programs for Aug 1218

NEW YORK — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 12-18. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 9.1 million.2. “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 7.9 million.3. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.11 million.4. NFL Exhibition Football: Seattle at Minnesota, Fox, 5.3 million.5. “Celebrity Family Feud,” ABC, 5.06 million.6. “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC, 4.76 million.7. “Big Brother” (Sunday), CBS, 4.72 million.8. “The $100,000 Pyramid,” ABC, 4.42 million.9. “NCIS,” CBS, 4.4 million.10. “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” ABC, 4.37 million.11. “Bachelor in Paradise” (Monday), ABC, 4.35 million.12. “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 4.23 million.13. “Big Brother” (Thursday), CBS, 4.21 million.14. “Bachelor in Paradise” (Tuesday), ABC, 4.09 million.15. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 4.04 million.16. “Dateline NBC” (Monday), NBC, 4 million.17. “FBI,” CBS, 3.91 million.18. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 3.75 million.19. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 3.61 million.20. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 3.6 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.The Associated Press read more

Womens Gymnastics No 21 Ohio State preparing for meet against No 9

Junior Janelle McClelland performs on floor exercise during a meet on Saturday, Feb 17. Credit: Megan Russell | Senior Lantern reporterVictories Sunday against Bowling Green State and Central Michigan returned the No. 21 Ohio State women’s gymnastics team to the NCAA rankings with a regional qualifying score (RQS) of 195.840. Now it heads on the road to face No. 9 Kentucky Friday. Ohio State claimed its fifth consecutive win against Bowling Green State with a 196.125-point total, its third-highest score of the season and a score that improved its overall RQS. Going into its meet against Kentucky, the Buckeyes are less concerned about a sixth consecutive win, and are focusing more on reaching their full potential for each routine during the competition.“We need to hit 24/24 and see where that takes us,” head coach Meredith Paulicivic said. “It’s not so much about the win and loss, and obviously I wouldn’t do this if I didn’t care about the wins, but if we can put up a good fight against a school like UK, that can really help us in the rankings.” With just a five-day span between its last meet and next meet, Ohio State had a light week of practice. The focus was on recovery.“We’re going to go really light, light on the legs,” Paulicivic said. “[The coaches] feel like we need to do that, because at this point in the season, [the team] can do their stuff. If they feel good on Friday, they are going to do good gymnastics.”Ohio State has seen an evolution in its practice and performance as the season has progressed. Changing the mindset when approaching a meet or individual skill in a competition, the Buckeyes are now looking to control anything in their power during the next meet.“We can’t control the judges, we can’t control the scores,” Paulicivic said. “We have to control what we can do, our attitude, our energy, being good team members, doing our gymnastics the best that we can, and really focusing on that. I told them that if we do that, we will be happy with the result.”As a way to mentally prepare for Friday, the team is looking past the high ranking of Kentucky and approaching the competition as it would any other meet.“No matter what the situation is, it’s still another meet, another opportunity for us to get ready for postseason,” junior Janelle McClelland said. “I feel like, taking steps towards that and treating it like another meet, and not worrying about the stuff we can’t control, and worrying about the stuff we can, that will play a big part in the meet on Friday and leading up to the rest of postseason.” read more

Horse fly numbers surge in sweltering weather

Ilfracombe, Decon, where there have been reports of horse fly bites 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. Ilfracombe, Decon, where there have been reports of horse fly bitesCredit:Christopher Jones With temperatures reaching up to 30°C following a wet spring, reports of people being bitten by the horseflies are expected to continue to surge as we enter July.Ben Keywood of the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust said: “In the UK this year we are seeing similar levels of horseflies to those found in Eastern European and parts of the Mediterranean. An invasion of biting horse flies are sweeping the country due to the warming weather, wildlife experts have warned.Reports of painful bites across the country have surged after the size of the insect population in Britain has been compared to those in Mediterranean countries.The blood-sucking insects, who thrive under the summer conditions, have even led to people being admitted to hospital to be seen for their bites.After being plagued by so many biting horse flies, the chemist in Ilfracombe, Devon, has ran out of insect cream to treat those affected.One Devon local said: “My partner was bitten last Monday on Hele Beach. He ended up in A&E overnight Tuesday on an antibiotic drip. “So please keep a close eye on the bite and make sure the redness doesn’t start spreading. He was the third person in that night.”Another person said: “Just came back from a fortnight in Ilfracombe and my parents have probably got 20 bites between them.” “The cold winter meant fewer died and now the hot temperatures in spring and early summer mean they are breeding faster and more of the brood are surviving.”Horseflies are more common in rural areas because they reproduce by biting larger mammals and lay their eggs in standing water.Although, local residents in Sheffield , Rotherham , Devon are also among those who have reported suffering from their painful bites that can last weeks.Also known as ‘clegs’ ,these large, big-eyed flies can inflict a painful bite that cuts skin rather than piercing it, often causing swelling and sometimes even infection.Experts have given tips to those who have been bitten, urging them to use insect repellent, and making sure to keep the wound clean and applying a cold compress to it.An NHS spokesman has said: “anyone who has been bitten and is concerned about it should go to their local chemist, who should be able to help them in the first instance.” read more

Turkey lashes against the EU and Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In a speech in Ankara on Thursday, Turkey’s president Recep Tayip Erdogan openly questioned the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne dubbing it a “defeat” for his country and its interests.“We gave away islands to Greece that we could reach with a shout. Is this victory? Some tried to trick us into believing that Lausanne was a victory,” he said.“Those who sat at that table did not do right by that treaty. Now, we suffer its setbacks.”As the Treaty forged the modern borders between Turkey and Greece helping the nations to establish peace, President Erdogan’s recent comments have sparked anger to the later. “Efforts to cast doubt on international treaties lead to dangerous paths,” Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos warned Turkey reminding of the Imia islet dispute back in 1996 that nearly brought the two countries at the verge of declaring war. Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras also stressed that “questioning the treaty was dangerous to relations between the two countries and to the broader region.”Meanwhile, CHP leader (Turkey’s main opposition party) Kemal Kilicdaroglu said Lausanne was “Turkey’s deed” negotiated by Ottoman leaders who wished to reverse the tough conditions of a previous treaty and questioned why Mr Erdogan had raised this issue while there was “unemployment, corruption and people chasing after their lives” across Turkey.Erdogan’s provocations did not end there, however. In his Saturday address to the opening session of the Turkish parliament the authoritarian figure also accused the EU of “not keeping the promises it has made to Turkey.”“There is no time to beat around the bush or engage in diplomatic acrobatics,” he noted adding that the EU has been keeping Turkey’s 80 million or so citizens of “waiting at the door for 53 years for membership.While EU leaders agreed on fast-track visa conditions, and possible new impetus for EU membership talks back in March alongside billions of financial aid to Ankara in order for Turkey to help curb the mass refugee migration into Europe, Turkey has yet to redefine its definition of terrorism. In addition, Erdogan dismissed criticism over plans for Turkey to prolong the state of emergency, saying no one should determine a “calendar or roadmap” for Turkey in any way.last_img read more

State university in Greece to offer countrys first Englishtaught undergraduate course

first_imgFor the first time in the country’s history, a state-run tertiary institution will offer an undergraduate course taught entirely in the English language.Set to be offered by the University of Athens, the first course of the rank is a four-year honours degree in the field of Archaeology, History and Literature of Ancient Greece.Expected to be open for enrolments from September of this year, the degree is being offered in association with Thessaloniki’s International Hellenic University, which currently offers master’s degrees taught in English.Costing €8,000 (AUD$12,750) annually, the course is aimed at international students, and is expected to make Greece an increasingly appealing and accessible destination to study.The dean of Athens’ School of Philosophy, Eleni Karamalengou praised the new programme, dubbing it a “very important and innovative educational, scientific and cultural initiative” for Greece, a sentiment shared by rector of the University of Athens, Thanos Dimopoulos.“Archaeology and Greek culture is the most important scientific field where we need an English-language program addressed to foreign students,” he said.Mr Dimopoulos revealed the new curriculum will include seminars, educational activities and fields trips to locations of interest such as archaeological sites, along with opportunities for students to participate in excavations.Greece joins a number of countries in Europe to offer undergraduate studies in English at its public universities, particularly common in the Netherlands, and Nordic countries such as Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Need for Speed Hyperloop One Test Tops 190 MPH

first_imgStay on target SpaceX’s Starhopper Test Launch in Texas ScrubbedElon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over Twitter Hyperloop One successfully completed Phase 2 testing of its high-speed transportation pod, reaching a new top speed in the Nevada desert.On Saturday, the autonomous XP-1 capsule went 4.5 times farther (1,433 feet) and three times faster (193 mph) than initial runs in May.“That’s using only 300 meters of stator for propulsion,” according to Hyperloop One co-founders Josh Giegel and Shervin Pishevar. With another 2,000 meters, the team “would have hit 1,100 km per hour or 700 mph.”See for yourself in the California company’s video below, highlighting “the sound of the future of public transportation.”“This felt like an inevitability,” Pishevar and Giegel boasted in a blog post. “Not the kind that belies the difficulty of the task, but one that comes from preparation, dedication, and hard work—from near flawless execution.”During last week’s test, the first-generation pod whizzed through a depressurized tube (the equivalent of air at 200,000 feet above sea level).“Only a handful of teams would have even attempted a project so audacious—far fewer could have achieved it,” the company said.Hyperloop One recently put the finishing touches on its 1,640-foot testing tube in North Las Vegas. Inside, pods (eventually filled with passengers and cargo) magnetically levitate, accelerating via electric propulsion and gliding for long distances at “airline speeds.”In April, the Hyperloop One Global Challenge published 11 possible tracks connecting 35 cities across more than 2,800 miles. Many, according to the results, would “greatly reduce” transport times across some of the country’s most heavily trafficked regions.“We’ve proven that our technology works,” CEO Rob Lloyd said.Giegel, president of Hyperloop One engineering, echoed that sentiment, announcing that “We’re now one step closer to deploying Hyperloop around the world.”Last month, the firm announced nine new potential European routes, including a north-south UK connector and loops around the Netherlands and Germany.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

California aims to get all electricity from clean sources

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has set a goal of phasing out fossil fuels from the state’s electricity sector by 2045 under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown.Brown, who has positioned California as a global leader in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, approved the measure as he prepares to host a summit in San Francisco of climate change leaders from around the world later this week.The renewable energy measure would require California’s utilities to generate 60 percent of their energy come from wind, solar and other specific renewable sources by 2030. That’s 10 percent higher than the current mandate.The goal would then be to use only carbon-free sources to generate electricity by 2045. It’s merely a goal, with no mandate or penalty for falling short.“It’s not going to be easy and will not be immediate, but it must be done,” Brown said. “California is committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change.”Phasing out fossil fuels would be a massive change in the energy grid. Utilities rely on natural gas plants to meet demand when renewables fall short, particularly in the early evening when the sun sets and people turn on their air conditioners as they get home from work.Utilities are already dealing with an abundance of solar energy during peak times, which must be offloaded to other states when there’s not enough demand locally for the power.Renewable energy experts have looked to batteries that can store solar energy generated in the afternoon as one possible solution, but the technology is not ready for wide-scale deployment.Brown has often faced criticism that he’s too cozy with the oil industry, including from environmental groups that plan to protest at the San Francisco summit.Critics say the renewable energy goal is not realistic and worry that individuals and businesses will face higher energy prices.The measure was written by Democratic Sen. Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat who is running for U.S. Senate against Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Updated: 11:20 AM Posted: September 10, 2018 I was honored to take part in today’s press conference as Governor Brown signed Senator DeLeon’s landmark legislation #SB100 . I was proud to serve as the Assembly floor manager for this historic bill which puts California on path to reach 100% carbon-free electricity!— Lorena (@LorenaSGonzalez) September 10, 2018 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter AP AP, California aims to get all electricity from clean sources September 10, 2018last_img read more

Genting Malaysia enjoys improved 2Q19 showing on better luck at Resorts World

first_imgAt RWG, the group’s flagship property located outside Kuala Lumpur, revenue grew 10% in 2Q19 to MYR1.76 billion (US$417.5 million) although Adjusted EBITDA remained flat at MYR540 million (US$128.1 million).Genting Malaysia said it saw an overall decline in gaming volume for the quarter after reducing the incentives it offered customers due to cost rationalization initiatives, but results were boosted by higher hold in the mid-to-premium players segment. The group also recorded a reversal of provision for contract termination related costs of MYR60.2 million in relation to the outdoor theme park at RWG after settling a dispute with Twenty-First Century Fox Inc and Walt Disney Co.Genting Malaysia’s UK and Egypt operations reported a 4% decline in revenue to MYR420.1 million, mainly due to lower contribution from the group’s interactive business, while the US and Bahamas enjoyed a strong 10% increase to MYR378.1 million. The improvement was credited to both gain on foreign exchange and higher business volume at Resorts World Casino New York City.Looking ahead, the company said it is now working on the development of its outdoor theme park following the resolution of its legal dispute, with an opening date to be confirmed in the coming months. Load More RGB expecting strong 2019 despite second quarter revenue, profit decline RelatedPosts Genting Malaysia Berhad reported improved results in the three months to 30 June 2019, with revenue, EBITDA and profit all creeping north on the back of the contribution from its Malaysian integrated resort, Resorts World Genting (RWG).Group revenue and net profit for the period both climbed 7% to MYR2.60 billion (US$616.8 million) and MYR403.1 million (US$95.6 million) respectively, while Adjusted EBITDA registered marginal improvement at MYR711.5 million including a 53% increase in Adjusted EBITDA contribution from the company’s UK and Egypt properties to MYR45.1 million. VIP, slots growth at Tigre de Cristal sees Summit Ascent profits soar in 1H19 Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in Augustlast_img read more

Bustruck collision kills 3 in Madaripur

first_imgThree people were killed and 15 others injured following a head-on collision between a bus and a truck on Dhaka-Barisal highway in Rajoir upazila on Sunday.Two of the deceased were identified as Shuvo Ghosh, 22, son of Swapan Kumar Ghosh of Sariakandi upazila in Bogra district and Saidur Rahman Khan, 40, son of Mahiuddin Khan of Gouranadi upazila in Barisal.Police and locals said the accident took place around 8:30am as the Dhaka-bound bus collided with the mango-laden truck on the highway at Kamaldi, leaving two bus passengers dead on the spot and 16 others injured.Of the injured, one died on the way to hospital.The other injured were taken to Rajoir Upazila Health Complex and Madaripur Sadar Hospital, said officer-in-Charge of Rajoir police station Kamrul Hasan.Traffic movement on the highway remained halted for two hours following the accident.last_img read more

A tale of courage

first_imgDarjeeling: Gopal Shreshta is a man with a mission. Out to spread awareness against stigma surrounding HIV, Shreshta became the first HIV positive person to summit Mount Everest. Though a success story, his life has been full of challenges, akin to his summit quest.Shreshta, who hails from Ratnachowk, Pokhara, Nepal is at present visiting Darjeeling, to recoup and celebrate his successful Everest assent. Talking to Millennium Post, Shreshta, who was formerly a national football player of Nepal, said: “I wanted to send the message to society that HIV positives are in no way weak, mentally or physically. We too can do it. It was also to send a message to the government of Nepal to give opportunities to the HIV infected.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShreshta was turned down by Nepal Parvat Arohan Sangh (mountaineering institute), when he had applied for the mountaineering course in 2013 and 2014. “They said the course is for the Sherpas. I feel it could be because of the HIV as it could have created complications for them as I had come out in the open that I was HIV infected,” stated Shreshta. However, this did not deter him. He self-trained and in 2013 October, did a solo trek of the Thorungla Pass (5416 m). In October 2014, he successfully scaled Island peak (6189 m) in Nepal. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIn 2015, he made an Everest attempt but was trapped in the mega avalanche. He was rescued and survived, when 5 of his friends lost their lives. It took him time to recover from this tragedy. However, he was back climbing next year and in February, he successfully summited the Khang Karpo (6704 m) peak in Nepal. He was then ready for his second attempt at scaling Mount Everest. “As the government did not support me much, I had to start a fundraiser. My friends, family and NGOs helped. This year I was back at Everest once again,” said Shreshta, who finally scaled the world’s highest peak on May 22 at 8:00 am. “While acclimatising on my way back from camp 3 to camp 2, I fell and had a knee injury. I was advised to return. Sheer determination kept me going. I returned to base camp and rested for 9 days and started again,” he added. The summit was also difficult with the traffic jam. “My oxygen regulator was malfunctioning as the elastic of my goggles had gone loose. There was constant vapour on the goggles because of this and I had difficulty seeing. I had to open my goggles a number of times to see and then I started getting snow blind. On my way back I was losing my eyesight very fast. Had it not been for my guide Dakipa Sherpa, I would not have made it back,” Shreshta said. After reaching base camp he was admitted at a hospital at Lukla and then at Kathmandu. Post treatment, his vision slowly returned after nearly 72 hours. “One has to remove self stigma first and come out,” is his advice to the HIV affected. “Chase your dream without substance abuse. Substance abuse kills dreams,” is Shreshta’s message to the youth, who was a drug abuser in his teenage years and contracted the deadly disease through needle sharing.last_img read more

Goways latest agent incentive runs until March 31

first_img TORONTO — Agents can earn $25 on their Goway Rewards Card when they book one of five Goway adventures to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.KwaZulu-Natal “is in many ways the country’s best kept secret”, says Goway. Known as South Africa’s Garden Province, it’s home to national parks and game drive opportunities and “adds a splash of culture” to a South Africa vacation, with the Indian-influenced appeal of Durban, and the villages of the indigenous Zulu people.The five eligible Goway trips are:Secrets of KwaZuluNatal KwaZulu Natal Self DriveWorld in One CountryKruger and KingdomsSouth African SamplerThe incentive applies to new bookings made by March 31. The $25 will be paid directly onto the eligible agent’s Goway Rewards Card for each passenger booked, says Goway. Goway’s latest agent incentive runs until March 31 Tags: Agent Incentives, Goway Travel Thursday, January 3, 2019 Travelweek Group center_img Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more