Two Mysteries Surround Gulf Oil Spill …

first_imgThis morning, officials raised their estimate of the amount of oil spilling out from the destroyed Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico from 1000 to 5000 barrels per day. But how much oil will ultimately reach the shore of the gulf is only one of the questions that officials now face. Oil companies have been drilling in ocean depths of approximately 1525 meters for more than a decade, but there’s never before been an accident like the one that occurred on 20 April. The essential problem was a so-called “blowout”—an explosive release triggered when the oil and gas under high pressure in the well beneath the surface exceeds the pressure of the machinery trying to tap it. In this case, the gusher caused a deadly fire (now extinguished) and a continuous oil spill that is spreading over the surface of the ocean toward the Louisiana coast. There’s a ton of speculation as to why the original accident occurred when it did, (some helpful guesses on that). Experts say they just don’t know for sure. But an even more important question is why a series of valves in the 450-ton “blowout preventer” (BOP) failed to close off the gusher after it began. The BOP, which sits on the sea floor, can close off any gushing well in several ways—such as by plugging a pipe or even by crushing it horizontally like squeezing a straw until it is cut off. A key piece of machinery, the BOP is usually tested regularly, even daily. 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One of the first tasks will be to investigate why none of the four ways to activate the BOP has worked. Normally, hydraulic equipment controlled by engineers up on the oil rig can close the BOP. As a backup, most BOPs have automatic shutoff valves known as “Dead Man” switches that cause the BOPs to close automatically if there is loss of communication from the oil rig. As another backup measure, many BOPs have radio-controlled switches to allow crews to close the valve remotely—but the Deepwater Horizon lacked that device. So now, as the oil continues to pour out of the open well nearly 1.5 kilometers below the ocean surface, engineers are desperately trying to close the BOP manually using an arm on a robotic submersible. If the BOP can’t be properly activated, oil companies and the government are racing to deploy two other solutions, but they will each take a long time. The first is to drill a new well into the oil reservoir out of which the gusher is flowing. Cement or other hardening material could then be added to the reservoir to stop the flow, which could take as much as 3 months, says BP, who owns the rig. The second solution is to build a giant underwater tent to contain the oil as it’s released, but that could take a similar amount of time. If the new estimates of 5000 barrels of oil a day are correct, it will take less than 2 months for the amount of oil spilled out to equal the total amount of oil released in the Exxon Valdez tragedy, 260,000 barrels. For more on the gulf oil spill, see our full coverage.last_img read more

Astronomers offer vision of the next giant space telescope

first_imgAstronomers today laid out their case for building a new super-Hubble, a giant space telescope covering optical and ultraviolet wavelengths. The so-called High Definition Space Telescope would complement the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which is due for launch in 2018 and will observe the universe at infrared wavelengths. A report published today by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy in Washington, D.C., lays out the rationale for another orbiting observatory. It will have a mirror as big as 12 meters across, to both look for habitable planets around other stars and peer deep into the early aeons of the universe.Reconciling those two roles was a tricky process, and astronomers may have a hard time convincing funders in Congress after the lengthy delays and huge cost increases experienced by JWST. But with this new report astronomers are laying the groundwork for the next decadal survey of astronomy and astrophysics, a priority-setting process that usually gives funders an idea of where scientists would like money to flow.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Wimbledon: Sania, Paes win opening doubles matches

first_imgOut of contention in singles, Sania Mirza was off to a winning start in women’s doubles event as the Indian and her Dane partner Caroline Wozniacki notched up a straight-set victory to enter the second round of the Wimbledon here on Thursday.Sania, who lost in the first round of the singles event, and Wozniacki beat local favourites Anne Keothavong and Melanie South 6-4, 6-1.The Indo-Dane pair will now be up against the winners of the match between the Russian-Czech team of Maria Kondratieva and Vladimira Uhlirova and the 11th seeded Zimbabwean-Slovak combination of Cara Black and Daniela Hantuchova.There was more good news for India in the men’s doubles event with old warhorse Leander Paes and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy winning their opening round match.Third seeds Paes and Dlouhy shrugged off a one-set deficit to beat South African Rik De Voest and German Mischa Zverev 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3 in a hard-fought contest.Paes and Dlouhy will next face winners of the match between Colombians Alejandro Falla and Santiago Giraldo and the Slovak-Ukrainian pairing of Lukas Lacko and Sergiy Stakhovsky.last_img read more

Vivo X21 with in-display fingerprint sensor to launch on March 19, V9 to launch in India on March 27

first_imgVivo is planning to launch at least two smartphones this month in two different locations. One is the Vivo X21 in China, which is likely to be the successor to the Vivo X20 Plus UD that was launched earlier this year as the first commercial smartphone with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Much like the X20 Plus UD, the X21 – which will be unveiled on March 19 – is also expected to feature a fingerprint sensor under the display, as per leaked teasers. The other handset expected to launch this month is the Vivo V9, which will be coming to India on March 27.Following the X20 Plus UD, Vivo is widely expected to launch more handsets this year with in-display fingerprint sensors provided by Synaptics. As per official invites being sent out by the company, the X21 will most likely feature an in-display fingerprint sensor, but that is pretty much all we know about the phone as of now. We will know more about the handset when it goes official on March 19.Meanwhile, the Vivo V9, which is expected to launch in India on March 27, will not come with an in-display fingerprint sensor but will rather keep a physical fingerprint scanner on the rear. What the V9 will sport, however, is an iPhone X-like notch cut out on the top of the display. This sounds a little disappointing considering how Vivo has been steamrolling ahead in terms of innovation wiith the X20 Plus UD and the Vivo Apex concept smartphone. A number of Android OEMs have launched and are yet to launch phones with notch cut outs for reasons unknown and Vivo probably wants in on the action.advertisementALSO READ: Vivo Apex concept phone has a half-screen fingerprint scanner and a camera that pops upFrom what we know so far, the V9 will sport a Full View display much like the V7 and will also retain the 24-megapixel front camera. The smartphone is expected to bear a dual rear camera setup as opposed to the V7 that came with a single camera sensor on the back. Additionally, the Vivo V9 is tipped to be powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor. Rumours suggest that the smartphone will be priced somewhere around Rs 25,000 in India, which will be more than the V7 and V7+ which were launched at Rs 18,990 and Rs 21,990, respectively.last_img read more

Virat Kohli a legend, I am nowhere near him, admits Pakistan star Babar Azam

first_imgPakistan middle-order batsman Babar Azam has yet again played down his comparison with Virat Kohli, saying that he stands “nowhere near” a legend like the Indian skipper.Speaking after his side’s 82-run win over West Indies in the second T20I of the three-match series, Azam said that though he tries to emulate Kohli’s consistency, he could not be likened with the legendary batsman.”I try to compete with him. But to people who say I am near him, I think he is far better. I try to give performances like him that could lead to my team’s victory,” the Dawn quoted Azam, as saying.2nd T20I: Babar Azam stars as Pakistan beat West Indies by 82 runs to clinch seriesEarlier, Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir had also heaped praise on Kohli by dubbing him the ‘the best batsman in the world’.Babar Azam not comfortable with ‘Virat Kohli of Pakistan’ tagMeanwhile, Azam also expressed his disappointment for missing out on a century by three runs during the second T20I.Azam struck a quick-fire 58-ball 97 runs, including 13 boundaries and a six, besides sharing a huge 119-run partnership with Hussain Talat (63) to guide Pakistan to a respectful total of 205 for three.IPL 2018: Virat Kohli joins RCB teammates in intense training session”There was no pressure on me and I was in coordination with Shoaib Malik but unfortunately missed a couple of balls and eventually, my century,” he said.Azam was called up to represent the green shirts during an ODI series against Zimbabwe, thus making an international debut on the home ground amidst Pakistan’s isolation as an international cricketing venue in May 2015.advertisementIn January last year, Azam became the joint-fastest player in history to score 1,000 career runs in one-day internationals when he struck a 100-ball 84 against Australia in the third ODI at the WACA, Perth.He reached the landmark in just 21 innings to join West Indies great Viv Richards, England’s Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott as well as South Africa’s Quinton de Kock. Azam has appeared in a total of 41 ODIs for Pakistan scoring 1,789 runs and 11 Tests smashing 475 runs. He has also played 19 T20Is amassing 691 runs for the country.Kohli, on the other hand, has performed exceedingly well across all formats of the game in the recent years.The Indian skipper is currently ranked at number one spot in ODI Rankings while he is standing at the second spot in the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.(With ANI inputs)last_img read more

CWG 2018: India finish with 66 medals including 26 Gold, surpass Glasgow Games medal tally

first_imgIndia became the fifth nation to breach the 500-medals mark in the history of Commonwealth Games (CWG) with a fabulous outing at the Gold Coast Games 2018 in Australia. India finished with 66 medals, including 26 Gold at the 21st CWG.India’s shooters, weightlifters, wrestlers, boxers, shuttlers and paddlers stood up when it mattered the most as India ended their CWG 2018 journey in third place behind hosts Australia and England.India bettered their tally of medals from 2014 Glasgow Games where they had won a total of 64 medals, including 15 Gold.MEDALS TALLYCWG 2018 FULL COVERAGEIndia’s best outing came during the 2010 Delhi Games where they crossed the 100-medals mark, winning 101. India had grabbed 38 Gold, 27 Silver and 36 Bronze to finish second behind Australia, who won 177 medals.RANKNATIONGOLDSILVERBRONZETOTAL1AUSTRALIA8059591982ENGLAND4545461363INDIA262020664CANADA154027825NEW ZEALAND151615466SOUTH AFRICA131113377WALES101214368SCOTLAND91322449NIGERIA99624In Gold Coast, India got off to a brilliant start on the first day of the games itself when they won Silver in weightlifting, courtesy Gururaja. Mirabai Chanu bagged India’s first Gold in 2018 Games.India did not look back ever since with youngsters overcoming the nerves and experienced players living up to their star status.DISCIPLINEGOLDSILVERBRONZETOTALShooting74516Wrestling53412Weightlifting5229Boxing3339Table Tennis3238Badminton2316Athletics1113Squash0202Para Powerlifting0011Total26202066HIGHLIGHTS OF INDIA’S IMPRESSIVE SHOW AT THE GOLD COAST# Deepak Lather, 18, became the youngest Indian weightlifter to claim a Commonwealth Games medal when he won Bronze in the men’s 69kg category. Mirabai Chanu achieved her personal best and the Games record to registered India’s first Gold in Gold Coast.advertisement# Sathish Kumar Sivalingam defended his title by winning Gold in the men’s 77kg weightlifting.# 16-year-old Manu Bhaker, on April 8, became the youngest Indian athlete to win a gold medal at the Games as she registered a record-breaking 240.9 points in the women’s 10m Air Pistol event.# Indian women’s paddlers pulled off a sensational win in the Women’s Team Table Tennis Gold medal match to become only the second nation to bag the yellow metal in the event after defeating the 5-time defending champions Singapore 3-1.# Manika Batra has been one of the brightest spark of the Indian contingent. Manika, winning a total of four medals, stayed the most successful individual performer for India as she led Indian table tennis to glory in Australia. On the way to becoming the first-ever women’s singles gold medal winner at the Commonwealth Games, the world No.58 beat Tianwei Feng of Singapore, world No.4, twice in both individual singles and the Team event singles. Manika, at the age of 22, won two singles matches in the women’s Team event to guide India to a first-ever Gold. She also bagged India’s first women’s doubles Silver with Mouma Das and won a mixed doubles Bronze with Sathiyan Gnanasekaran.# Heena Sidhu broke the Games record in the women’s 25m Pistol event to win Gold.# Muhammed Anas Yahiya missed a Bronze at the Men’s 400m Final by a whisker but managed to break the national record by clocking 45.31.# Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar clinched Gold for India in men’s wrestling 74kg category. Sushil had won Gold in 2010 and 2014 Games as well.# 15-year-old shooter Anish created history on Friday after clinching the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Gold. The teenage shooter became India’s youngest-ever medallist in CWG history.# MC Mary Kom won the gold medal in her maiden Commonwealth Games appearance. Mary Kom defeated Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara 5-0 in the women’s 45-48kg category to bring home the Gold.# Sanjeev Rajput smashed the Commonwealth Games record to win the gold medal in Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions. Rajput shot a total of 454.5 to put up a record-breaking performance and win the yellow metal.# Neeraj Chopra struck a gold medal for India with a season-best of 86.47m in Men’s Javelin Throw Final. Neeraj, who is the World Junior Record holder, threw 85.50m mark in his first attempt itself and stayed on top of the pack throughout the finals.# Jinson Johnson was unable to clinch a medal in the Men’s 1500m Final but managed to set a new national record. Johnson finished fifth in the final behind Kenya, Scotland and England with a timing of 3:37.86 seconds to break the national record by a massive difference of over four seconds.# Saina Nehwal won her second Commonwealth Games Gold as she beat compatriot PV Sindhu in the women’s singles gold medal match.# Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost their men’s doubles gold medal match but became the only men’s doubles pair to grab a medal in CWG.last_img read more

Shreyas Gopal, the Bangalore lad who knocked RCB out

first_imgShreyas Gopal starred for Rajasthan Royals on his return to the side as the Royals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 30 runs at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Saturday.Gopal, who was born and brought up in Karnataka, picked up 4/16 from his four overs to knock Bangalore out of this year’s Indian Premier League.The 24-year-old replaced Anureet Singh in the playing XI and came in to bowl in the 6th over, right after the strategic time-out and bowled a quiet over as AB de Villiers and Parthiv Patel looked to accelerate in their chase of 165 to stay alive in the tournament. Gopal struck in his second over to remove Parthiv and dealt the first blow. He bowled a flat delivery around off, which skidded away and stayed low. Parthiv got back to cut but missed and lost his balance a bit in the process. Heinrich Klaasen did well to collect the ball and take the bails off in a flash. Parthiv’s wicket set the tone for Rajasthan to make a comeback into the game.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOSThe wily leg-spinner continued to bowl great line and length and was rewarded. He removed Moeen Ali in the same over when the Englishman hit one back straight back to him. Gopal bowled a flighted ball around leg, Moeen drew forward and tried to work across the line but ended up chipping a straightforward catch back to the bowler. Gopal leapt to his left and caught the ball easily to turn the tide in RR’s favour.advertisementGopal’s next victim was Mandeep Singh. The Punjab batsman stepped out to the leg-spinner, which landed outside off and kept leaving him as he attempted to loft it over covers. Mandeep missed the ball completely and Klaasen flicked the fails off with ease.But, the best was yet to come. He got rid of the man, who was keeping RCB in the game — AB de Villiers. Gopal served a googly which was not picked by the South African. He got forward with a big stride and tried to whip it across the line but he failed to put bat to ball and Klaasen was lightning quick to dislodge the bails. This was his fourth and final wicket and he ended with 4/16 to leave Bangalore reeling at 98/6 and turn the game on its head.Also read – IPL 2018: Ajinkya Rahane credits RR bowlers after crushing win over RCBAnd the Karnataka boy was very happy to have De Villiers’ number for the second time this season.”You can never have a set plan for someone like ABD. It was good having his wicket for the second time,” said a jubilant Gopal.Speaking about his plan in the game, he said: “There was a little bit of spin. I kept it at the wickets and relied on my googly and flipper as much as I could.”He also said that he is happy to be sharing a good rapport with New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, who was brought in by Rajasthan Royals as a replacement for Zahir Khan.”We are like brothers now. I keep picking his brains. He is wonderful with the way he puts in an effort with every ball that he bowls. There are a lot of things that I can learn from him,” said the 24-year-old.Gopal, who was picked up for his base price of Rs 20 lakh in the auction, now has taken 10 wickets from 10 matches and once again will be a key cog in RR’s wheel if they move into the play-offs. He had earlier played for the Mumbai Indians and also won two titles with them but was not picked up this time around.He was coming at the back off a decent Ranji Trophy season as well, where he hit 383 runs from seven matches, including one hundred and two fifties. Gopal also picked up 23 wickets from 7 matches with a best of 5/17. With wrist-spinners being the flavour of the season and a decent season with Karnataka in the domestic circuit, the lack of interest in Gopal was surprising but the man delivered when he matterd the most for his franchise.Gopal was aided by another Karnataka player as RR sunk RCB’s ship on Saturday. Krishnappa Gowtham’s cameo towards the end of the match gave momentum to the Rajasthan going into the break. He came and slammed 14 off 5 balls to help RR post 164/5 from their 20 overs.He was also economical with the ball and got the all important wicket of Virat Kohli in the third over to land the first blow. The 29-year-old returned with figures of 1/6 from his two overs on Saturday apart from hitting two lusty blows in the final over.advertisementThis had been a trademark of Gowtham throughout the season. He has come out with the bat towards the end and hit some big blows to aid Rajasthan put some decent total on the board. He has more often than not followed it up with some economical spells with the ball as well while opening the bowling.The Karnataka boys will again play a key role if they indeed manage to go through to the next stage as the play-offs and Qualifier 2 will be played in Kolkata and the pitch will suit them nicely. Although it’s not a spinners paradise anymore, the two will look to replicate their form from the season.last_img read more

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

first_imgArsenal Play Video 18Stoke22-2420 • Chelsea interested in signing Carroll from West Ham this month• Chelsea 0-0 Leicester: Read Dominic Fifield’s match report• Mourinho says he is man enough to apologise in latest Conte spat• Mahrez will not leave Leicester City in January, says Puel2) Wenger has made a mess of the Sánchez situationBack in August, Arsène Wenger spoke of the conundrum he faced in dealing with Alexis Sánchez’s future. “We have to make a choice between efficiency on the field and financial interest,” he said. “In this case, I think I prioritise the fact that he will be useful on the sporting side.” The gamble has failed spectacularly; hindsight is 20/20 but how Wenger must be regretting his decision not to cash in and rebuild last summer. He is left with a stale, disjointed squad whose performance at Bournemouth was just the latest in a series of characterless away showings – all the more frustrating given the improvement in their form at home. There has not been a worse Arsenal side since the 1994-95 season, a campaign that at least brought a European final. That year they were pipped to the Cup Winners’ Cup by Nayim and Real Zaragoza; it looks increasingly likely that Wenger will have to muster whatever resources he has left for a more successful tilt at the Europa League if the current vintage are to play in the Champions League next term. Nick Ames• Bournemouth 2-1 Arsenal: Read Stuart James’s match report• Sánchez close to Old Trafford move after missing Arsenal defeat• David Hytner: Arsenal fear factor is but a distant memory in Sánchez’s absence Ligue 1 referee Tony Chapron kicks Nantes player before sending him off 10Watford23-926 Facebook 19West Brom23-1219 Play Video 11West Ham23-1225 Share on LinkedIn Burnley The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos 6Arsenal231139 Share on Messenger Pinterest Twitter Share on WhatsApp Jonjo Shelvey was evidently not pleased at being substituted by Rafa Benítez. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA 17Southampton23-1121 PosTeamPGDPts 20Swansea23-2117 features 15Newcastle23-1023 1) Carroll could be Chelsea’s unlikely transfer targetChelsea have endured three successive goalless draws for the first time and it is inconceivable the scouting department is not exploring forward options. Something has clearly put them off the pursuit of Alexis Sánchez, whom they courted in the summer. Perhaps they believe he is set upon a reunion with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. Maybe they feel they cannot compete with the financial package Manchester United could offer. Possibly they deem the costs excessive. Yet, if that avenue is blocked, and with Crystal Palace unlikely to entertain offers for Christian Benteke, there remains the possibility Chelsea will explore Andy Carroll’s availability. Antonio Conte had hoped to secure a targetman over the summer and is apparently an admirer of Carroll, for all the 29-year-old’s patchy injury record. Such a move would once have seemed outlandish. Yet times may have changed. Dominic Fifield 1Man City235062 7Burnley23-134 Reuse this content 4Chelsea232547 3) Moyes has turned Arnautovic into West Ham’s best playerWest Ham did not look like relegation strugglers in outclassing Huddersfield to overtake the Terriers in the table. In a short space of time at the club David Moyes has not only restored his own credentials as a top-flight manager, he has rescued the reputation of Marko Arnautovic, whose running and chasing brought about all four of the goals. “We’re getting the ball to him more through playing him in the middle,” Moyes said of the temperamental Austrian. “He’s a challenging player to manage but he wants to improve and he’s done everything we have asked. There was a suggestion early on that he wasn’t running about or putting in enough effort, but I think that’s the last thing anyone would say about him now. I think he’s trying to show the West Ham fans that he is not what people think, but a really good player worth every penny the club paid for him.” Paul Wilson• Huddersfield 1-4 West Ham: Read Paul Wilson’s match report4) Delph’s injury leaves Manchester City short at left-backFabian Delph isn’t a left-back. Who knew? For the last few weeks Delph’s presence in Manchester City’s defence has looked a little odd, a little chancy, evidence of Pep Guardiola’s ambition, of the player’s ability to learn and adapt, but also of the oddly unbalanced nature of City’s extravagant full-back recruitment programme. Delph has filled in gamely, but here Liverpool targeted him relentlessly. At times in the early moments the pitch resembled a pool table with a wonky leg as the ball kept rolling out to Delph’s side. He lasted only half an hour, twisting his knee tackling Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Benjamin Mendy’s injury has left them reliant now on Danilo, who has looked unconvincing. No doubt the quality elsewhere in the team will disguise it once again. But City do have a weakness here that might just test the limits of Guardiola’s ingenuity against better teams. Barney Ronay• Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City: Read Daniel Taylor’s match report• Klopp praises Liverpool’s adventure in win over Manchester City• Barney Ronay: Firmino’s fire and fury trumps Guardiola and City• RB Leipzig will not let Keïta leave for Liverpool in January Ten talking points from the weekend football 7) Shelvey likely to stay but does himself few favoursRafael Benítez beckoned Paul Dummett to the touchline and gave his left-back instructions to pass on to Jonjo Shelvey. A Newcastle free-kick was about to be taken and Benítez wanted it played wide across the 18-yard area. Judging by Shelvey’s head-shaking and the glare he directed back towards the dugout, the playmaker disagreed. Later, Shelvey, struggling to impose himself, was replaced by Mikel Merino and, clearly annoyed, he batted away Benítez’s outstretched hand while stomping past him. Cue more pronounced head-shaking. Newcastle’s manager – who, given his alarming lack of transfer market support from Mike Ashley, has bigger problems – played down the incidents but is unlikely to forget them. Neither will the watching England head coach, Gareth Southgate. With the expected absence of signings apparently preventing Benítez from offloading Shelvey this month it seems football’s Geordie soap opera has yet another subplot. Louise Taylor• Newcastle 1-1 Swansea: Read Louise Taylor’s match report• Martin O’Neill rules himself out of contention to take over at Stoke 1:30 Share on Facebook View gallery Share on Twitter Crystal Palace 8) Deeney too important for Watford to let goThe Troy Deeney question remains a sizeable one for Watford. The club’s self-styled big character, never afraid to be outspoken or ruffle feathers, returned from a second suspension of the season with his team in a tricky predicament. They were two goals down and totally inhibited when Deeney was part of the half-time change that gave Watford heart. He set up the equaliser with a header that was turned in via Abdoulaye Doucouré’s hand. Deeney may have missed a chunk of the season because of bans but he has come off the bench to turn games against Arsenal, Manchester United and now Southampton. If Watford are seriously considering selling a player with that kind of impact, they had better have a ready-made replacement lined up. Southampton’s dismay to be pegged back was understandable but they did show enough quality to suggest a win is not far away. Amy Lawrence• Watford 2-2 Southampton: Read Amy Lawrence’s match report9) West Brom’s Evans shows why bigger clubs are interestedThere are not many centre-backs in England who have proved themselves able to cope with the best attackers in the biggest matches. But Jonny Evans is one, still at his physical peak yet still playing for West Brom who, before Saturday, had not won in 20 games. Such is the Premier League and such are Swansea City that somehow they now sit second-bottom – though they have work to do if they are to stay up. Whether they can achieve that depends a lot on whether Evans stays. Arsenal and Manchester City are interested in buying him, and with good reason: though he lacks an outstanding single attribute, on his game he is an excellent all-round defender, intelligent, composed, good on the ball and sharp in the tackle. He may not have a fancy name or reputation, but Sir Alex Ferguson always rated him and he knew a thing or two about what makes a player. Daniel Harris• West Brom 2-0 Brighton: Evans puts Albion on way to ending drought10) Allardyce knows he needs to get Everton firing againSam Allardyce was candid enough, after Everton’s capitulation at Tottenham, to admit his honeymoon period is over. They have scored once in their last five league games, picking up two points, and if they do not rediscover the vigour they showed after his arrival then a return to the relegation battle cannot be discounted. It piles the pressure on Saturday’s meeting with West Brom and Allardyce, who admitted he felt “shock” at their Wembley performance, feels there is little room for error. “Next week’s game is massive on whether we’re going to start slipping into that relegation zone or decide we don’t want to be there,” he said. He pledged to “go back to square one” but hopes the potential acquisition of Theo Walcott will be a step nearer by then. “I hope we can do it in the next week or two,” he said, but a similarly negligent showing against the Baggies could risk deterring even the most receptive of new recruits. Nick Ames • Tottenham 4-0 Everton: Read Jacob Steinberg’s match report• Nick Ames: Son’s star turn sums up Tottenham’s Wembley comforts Bournemouth 12Crystal Palace23-1225 5Tottenham Hotspur232544 Share on Pinterest 14Huddersfield23-2024 0:54 Premier League 8Leicester23231 Chelsea 2Man Utd222947 13AFC Bournemouth23-1124 Read more 5) Palace’s Hodgson not resting on his laurelsBakary Sako’s match-winning performance will certainly help in the forward’s attempt to win a new contract; his deal expires in June. But quite what Roy Hodgson thinks of the player, and several other fringe names, remains difficult to read. The manager sang the Malian’s praises and talked up the performance of Wayne Hennessey in goal. A moment later he was stressing the importance of signing a striker and a goalkeeper. One aspect of Hodgson’s sterling job at Palace, thus far, has been his ability to coax Premier League performances from those previously not thought up to the task. There were many such performances on Saturday – from Martin Kelly at centre-half to Jairo Riedewald in midfield. Maintaining the balance that allows the former England manager to get the best from his squad while doing his best to reinvent it is a task he appears to have in hand. Paul MacInnes• Crystal Palace 1-0 Burnley: Read Paul MacInnes’s match report• Crystal Palace close in on £15m move for Fiorentina striker Babacar6) The first of many for Bournemouth’s Ibe?It has been a long time coming – 18 months and 52 games to be exact – but Jordon Ibe finally registered his first goal for Bournemouth when he scored the winner against Arsenal. Signed for £15m from Liverpool, Ibe endured a difficult first season at Bournemouth and, remarkably, it was 29 appearances before he set up a goal for the club in the Premier League, when he came off the bench to turn the game around against Brighton earlier this season. Ibe, 22 last month, has always had potential but the big question is whether he can deliver consistently in the Premier League. “I genuinely believe now that he can have a major impact at this level,” Eddie Howe, Bournemouth’s manager, said. “His numbers are very good in terms of assists this season but now he’s added a goal and I’m really pleased for him personally that that’s out of the way. Hopefully it’s the first of many.” Stuart James• Bournemouth 2-1 Arsenal: Read Stuart James’s match report• The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp: thank God I have a really good football team – video Leicester City Share via Email 3Liverpool232647 Topics 16Brighton23-1223 9Everton23-1327 Sánchez could leave Arsenal ‘today or tomorrow’, says Wenger – videolast_img read more

Arsenal v Burnley: match preview

first_imgThis is the big one in terms of Arsène Wenger’s farewell – his final home game and Arsenal have lots planned, including ‘Merci Arsène’ T-shirts for the fans. Burnley will not play the obliging guests. Were they to win, they could end up finishing sixth and squeezing Arsenal into seventh. Both clubs would enter the Europa League but Arsenal would begin in a qualifier on 26 July – currently the date of their first pre-season friendly against Atlético Madrid in Singapore. David HytnerSunday 4.30pm Share on Twitter Venue Emirates StadiumLast season Arsenal 2 Burnley 1Referee Andre MarrinerThis season G25 Y66 R4 2.8 cards/gameOdds H 1-2 A 6-1 D 3-1ARSENALSubs from Ospina, Macey, Iliev, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac, Mavropanos, Mertesacker, Wilshere, Iwobi, Willock, Nelson, WelbeckDoubtful NoneInjured Cazorla (achilles, unknown), Elneny (ankle ligament, unknown), Koscielny (achilles, unknown)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y53 R1Form WWWLWLLeading scorer Lacazette 13BURNLEYSubs from Heaton, Lindegaard, Vokes, Wells, Westwood, Marney, Taylor, Barsdsley, Nkoudou, HendrickDoubtful Wood (foot)Injured Mee (shin, May), Arfield (knee, unknown), Brady (knee, unknown), Defour (knee, unknown)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y64 R0Form WWWLDDLeading scorers Barnes, Wood 9 Read more Match previews Reuse this content Share via Email Share on Facebook The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Arsenalcenter_img Share on Pinterest Burnley Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn resources Share on WhatsApp Topics Premier Leaguelast_img read more

Unprecedented Changes Needed for 15°C Global Warming Limit

first_imgLimiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in a new assessment.With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, according to the IPCC.“One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from this report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes,” said Panmao Zhai, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group I.The report highlights a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C, or more. As explained, by 2100, global sea level rise would be 10 cm lower with global warming of 1.5°C compared with 2°C. The likelihood of an Arctic Ocean free of sea ice in summer would be once per century with global warming of 1.5°C, compared with at least once per decade with 2°C, while coral reefs would decline by 70-90 percent with global warming of 1.5°C, whereas virtually all would be lost with 2°C.“Every extra bit of warming matters, especially since warming of 1.5°C or higher increases the risk associated with long-lasting or irreversible changes, such as the loss of some ecosystems,” said Hans-Otto Pörtner, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II.Limiting global warming would also give people and ecosystems more room to adapt and remain below relevant risk thresholds, added Pörtner. The report also examines pathways available to limit warming to 1.5°C, what it would take to achieve them and what the consequences could be.“The good news is that some of the kinds of actions that would be needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C are already underway around the world, but they would need to accelerate,” said Valerie Masson-Delmotte, Co-Chair of Working Group I.The Paris Agreement adopted by 195 nations at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in December 2015 included the aim of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change by “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.”The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C was approved by the IPCC on Saturday in Incheon, Republic of Korea. It will be a key scientific input into the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December, when governments review the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change.last_img read more

Minister Marks World AIDS Day

first_imgPeople who are living with, or who have died from, HIV/AIDS are being honoured as part of HIV/AIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS Day on Sunday, Dec. 1. A red-ribbon flag was raised by Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine during a public ceremony at Province House today. The 2013 global World AIDS Day theme is Getting to Zero. The campaign focuses on the goals of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. The theme of the Canadian campaign, led by the Canadian AIDS Society, is The Fight Against HIV/AIDS: It’s Not Over. “Much progress has been made toward an AIDS-free Canada and world,” said Mr. Glavine. “However more work needs to be done as new infections continue to occur, and HIV-related stigma and discrimination remain.” The stigma associated with HIV/AIDS can discourage people from being tested and seeking care and support. Many people experience HIV infection as a lifelong disability. The 2011 estimate that 25 per cent of Canadians living with HIV do not know they are infected, is also a concern as they are not being treated and may be transmitting the virus to others. “Despite advances in prevention and treatment, more work is needed to increase culturally effective services for prevention, early screening and diagnosis, and for those living with HIV/AIDS,” said Michelle Proctor-Simms, director of the Nova Scotia Advisory Commission on AIDS. “Particular emphasis is needed for people and groups who experience stigma and marginalization, and those living in rural areas.” The advisory commission and Canadian HIV/AIDS Black, African, and Caribbean Network will host I’m Still Here … and Staying for a While, tonight at 7 p.m. The free event focuses on the experiences and resiliency of people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS, and will be held at the Music Room, 6181 Lady Hammond Rd., Halifax. On Sunday, the Healing Our Nations and the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network will be at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel in Halifax, at 10 a.m., to discuss how Aboriginal people can continue to work together to reach the goal of “Getting to Zero”. Also, a Halifax World AIDS Day Vigil will be held at 7 p.m. at the Italian Canadian Cultural Association of Nova Scotia, 2629 Agricola St. The Nova Scotia Advisory Commission on AIDS advises government on HIV/AIDS issues and its impact on Nova Scotia. It co-ordinates implementing the provincial HIV/AIDS strategy. The strategy has been reviewed and a report will be released early in 2014. For a full list of HIV/AIDS Awareness Week events across the province, visit www.gov.ns.ca/aids.last_img read more

CBI searches 110 locations in 19 states in corruption arms smuggling cases

first_imgNew Delhi: In a country-wide operation, the CBI carried out searches at 110 locations in 19 states in connection with fresh cases related to alleged corruption, arms smuggling and criminal misconduct, officials said Tuesday. The searches are being conducted in cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Jammu, Srinagar, Pune, Jaipur, Goa, Kanpur, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Madurai, and many others. Several location in cities of Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Odisha, Karnataka are also being searched by agency sleuths. The CBI has registered 30 fresh cases, they said. More details are awaited as the search operation is underway and may be expanded during the day, they said. This is second massive search operation by the agency in a week. A similar operation was carried out last Tuesday against banking fraud accused.last_img read more

Crisis prompts state to fund nursing education

first_imgKolkata: The state has allotted a fund of Rs 56.58 crore for strengthening nursing education in Bengal to tide over the crisis of nurses in state-run hospitals and health centres.Work is on to set up nursing colleges at SSKM Hospital, North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, Burdwan Medical College and Hospital, Nursing Training Schools at Suri Sadar Hospital and Alipurduar District Hospital. According to a health department source, there are 89 Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) schools in the state so far. The government has decided to set up 27 new GNM schools in the state. One of the main objectives of the initiative is to boost health infrastructure, particularly in rural areas. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThis apart, the state has taken up various initiatives to increase the number of nursing staff in the hospitals. In September 2017, five new GNM schools with 60 seats each were started at Jhargram and Basirhat district hospitals, Ghatal and Jangipur sub-divisional hospitals and College of Medicine and Sagore Dutta Hospital. The total number of GNM seats has been raised to 3,065 from 2,175 to train more nurses. The state has also joined hands with the UK government to boost nursing and health-related infrastructure and the health department has come up with a two-year programme under the Ministry of Skill development Entrepreneurship and UK India Education Research Institute Project III on nursing skill development and to improve the quality of mental health care. The move aims to impart quality training to nursing students in the state. The budget allocation in the health sector in Bengal has been raised to Rs 9,552.70 crore in the current financial year from Rs 682 crore in 2011. This indicates the emphasis laid by the Mamata Banerjee government to improve the health sector in Bengal. The number of doctors in state hospitals, which was 4,500 in 2011, has gone up to 10,900 in 2019 while the number of nurses has also witnessed a sharp increase from 37,366 to 52,820.last_img read more

Mindblowing Survey finds most vegans vegetarians in Canada are under 35

first_imgHALIFAX – Younger Canadians are far more likely to be vegetarians or vegans than older generations, according to a survey that a researcher says is among the first of its kind.The poll, conducted for Dalhousie University professor Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, reported that 7.1 per cent of Canadians consider themselves vegetarians, and 2.3 per cent consider themselves vegans — levels he says were not previously known.“I’m not aware of a scientific study around vegetarian and vegan rates in Canada specifically,” said Charlebois, adding he believes those levels have generally stayed same over the past decade, based on U.S. and European polls and literature.“As we were collecting data, we started to realize that this is rich data that will help us understand where veganism and vegetarianism is going in the country.”The survey suggested people under the age of 35 were three times more likely to consider themselves vegetarians or vegans than people 49 or older.And in what Charlebois characterized as “mind-blowing,” the report also showed that of the Canadians who identified as vegetarians and vegans, more than half were under the age of 35.“Those are really, really high numbers,” said Charlebois, whose research topics include food distribution and food policy.“Even though we believe the overall rates have not gone up, they could go up over the next couple of decades as a result of seeing such a high number of young consumers committing to speciality diets… That will actually impact food demand over the next few decades and I suspect the food industry will need to adapt.”Charlebois said there are a number of reasons young people are committing to vegetarianism or veganism, including reducing their environmental footprint, concern over animal welfare and the industrialization of agriculture, and concern for their own health.“A lot of studies are actually discouraging consumers from eating red meats specifically. Even the World Health Organization has made processed meats a category one product, which means it could cause cancer, at the same level as asbestos,” said Charlebois, who was aided by research assistant Caitlin Cunningham.“Health seems to be a big driver across the board. That really could entice consumers to commit to veganism or vegetarianism.”Halifax-area restaurant worker Rylee Booroff said she decided to become vegan eight years ago during university for health reasons. The 26-year-old woman said since changing her diet, she’s notice a shift in veganism and vegetarian culture in Canada.“It’s really blown up … I used to work at a vegan restaurant in Toronto and seeing the growth of our restaurant over the years, I could really tell that people started to take either a lot more care about what they were eating or they were just more interested in a plant-based diet,” said Booroff, a supervisor at The Wooden Monkey in the Halifax suburb of Dartmouth.“Health is everything now. We work it into everything. We work it into the clothes we buy, the socks we wear… People want to do the best by their bodies and being healthy is now a lifestyle.”The results of the survey — conducted by third-party data collector Qualtrics — were based on responses from 1,049 Canadians over the age of 18 between March 6 and 9, and were considered accurate within plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.The poll also suggested that people in British Columbia and Ontario were more likely to identify as vegetarians or vegans than consumers living in the Prairies, Quebec or the Atlantic region. In fact, Charlebois said 16 per cent of all vegetarians in the country lived in British Columbia.Charlebois said women surveyed were 0.6 times more likely to consider themselves vegetarian or vegan than men, and Canadians with a university degree were three times more likely to consider themselves vegetarians or vegans than those with a high school diploma.Meanwhile, city dwellers were three times more likely to commit to veganism than those in small towns, said Charlebois.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

California Just Officially Banned The Sale Of AnimalTested Cosmetics

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook A stock image of rabbits restrained for laboratory testing. (SIQUI SANCHEZ VIA GETTY IMAGES)center_img California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a landmark bill into law on Friday aimed at banning the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, authored by Democratic state Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, prohibits manufacturers to “import for profit, sell, or offer for sale” any cosmetic product that was developed or made using an animal test, if the test occurs after the law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020. That means products developed using animal testing may still be sold, as long as the testing does not continue after that date. Violations are punishable by a $5,000 fine, plus an additional $1,000 for each day the violation continues.Animal tests used in the cosmetic industry include painful skin and eye irritancy experiments, as well as toxicity evaluations that involve exposing animals to deadly substances, sometimes by force-feeding or inhalation. The most commonly used animals are mice, rats, rabbits and guinea pigs. The vast majority are killed when testing is complete. Advertisement The new law makes an exception for animal testing required by state or federal law if there are no alternatives available. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not require animal testing for cosmetics but asks manufacturers to “employ whatever testing is appropriate and effective” to ensure safety. Twitterlast_img read more

Quebec inquiry hears allegations of police racism deadly shootings

first_imgTom Fennario APTN NewsQuebec’s own inquiry into Indigenous relations heard more heartbreaking stories linked to provincial police on Friday.Damien Newashish, an Atikamekw man from La Tuque, alleged he was the victim of a racist remark by Quebec provincial police.“There was one [officer] who said, ‘If you’re not capable of drinking, go back to where you came from,” he told the inquiry in Val-d’Or.La Tuque is located near the Atikamekw First Nation of Wemotaci.Newashish submitted the name of the officer into evidence in the hope attitudes will change.“I have hope that it can get better,” he said. “Look, about one quarter of the town are Indigenous people.”Johnny Dumont, the father of two men shot dead by police in separate cases, also testified at the inquiry.No charges were laid in the death of Johnny Junior, who was killed in 2009, or his brother, Sandy Michel.Police say Michel was brandishing a machete and threatened officers before his death in 2016.Dumont is from the nearby Lac Simon First Nation, a community plagued with housing, poverty, and addiction issues.Dumont says the community is also still suffering from the public shooting of his son.“There are lots of youth in Lac Simon who saw my son on the ground,” he testified. “Many children saw him, who have difficulty today.”While Dumont said nothing can bring back his sons, he hopes the focus will be on the remaining youth.“There’s people who are still angry and sad and they suffer and they need help,” he said.Hearings will continue in Val-d’Or until April 20 before moving to Maliotenam first nation in May.tfennario@aptn.calast_img read more

Environmental case against Husky over pipeline leak adjourned until June

first_imgCALGARY – Court proceedings against Husky Energy Ltd. related to a pipeline leak into the North Saskatchewan River have been adjourned until June 21 after a brief appearance in Lloydminster, Sask., provincial court.The Calgary-based oil and gas producer says it requested the adjournment on Thursday to have more time to review a total of 10 charges of violating Saskatchewan and federal environmental laws.The charges were announced earlier this week after a 19-month joint federal-provincial investigation.They result from the July 2016 spill of 225,000 litres of diluted heavy oil from a Husky pipeline near Maidstone in west-central Saskatchewan.About 40 per cent of the leaked crude made it into the river, causing an oil plume that flowed hundreds of kilometres downstream and forced the cities of North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort to shut off their water intakes for almost two months.Husky has apologized and said it accepts full responsibility for the incident.The pipeline was allowed to restart in October after being repaired and inspected.Companies in this story: (TSX:HSE)last_img read more