IPL 2019 Playoff Scenarios: 4 teams in race for the final berth

first_imgMumbai Indians on Thursday became the third team to qualify for the Indian Premier League 2019 playoffs after they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in a thrilling Super Over eliminator at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.It was only the second Super Over played in the tournament this season after the Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders contest in April.Mumbai Indians won the toss and posted 162 for 5 on the board with Quinton de Kock remaining unbeaten on 69 off 58 balls. Khaleel Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers for Sunrisers with 3 wickets for 42 runs.In reply, the Sunrisers rode on a superb 71 not out from Manish Pandey to level the score in 20 overs, losing 6 wickets in the process. For MI, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal and Hardik Pandya bagged two wickets each.Mumbai Indians then executed their plans wonderfully well in the Super Over as Jasprit Bumrah conceded just 8 runs in four balls after Manish Pandey and Mohammad Nabi, who had played a cameo in Sunrisers’ chase, walked out to bat in the Super Over.Rohit Sharma sent in-form Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard to gun down 9 runs in the Super Over and the big-hitting duo got past the finish line in just 3 balls. Hardik hit a six off Rashid Khan’s first ball and Pollard kept his cool to knock a double in the third ball.Mumbai Indians climbed to the second spot of the eight-team IPL 2019 points table. Rohit’s men now have 16 points from 13 matches and have a better Net Run Rate than third-placed Delhi Capitals, who along with Chennai Super Kings are in the playoffs as well.advertisementWith this win at the Wankhede, the @mipaltan have now qualified for the #VIVOIPL Playoffs pic.twitter.com/2KruVjPKMtIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 2, 2019There is still one spot remaining in the playoffs for which the remaining four teams will be fighting for. Royal Challengers Bangalore have already been knocked out so they are out of the race. SRH are in the best position to qualify as the final team.PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR REMAINING 4 TEAMSFor Sunrisers Hyderabad: Despite losing their last game against Mumbai Indians, SRH can still qualify if they win their final game based on Net Run-Rate (NRR). Even if they lose their last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore, their superior NRR should see them through to the top four.@im_manishpandey #SRH pic.twitter.com/WZZB3iimWiIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 2, 2019Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad: SRH need to win their final match.Kolkata Knight Riders: Need to win both their remaining matches against Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians. MI qualifying for the playoffs will help KKR’s cause as well.Kings XI Punjab: They need to win both their remaining matches against. They will face Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings in their final two games.Rajasthan Royals: For them to qualify, they need to win their last game against Delhi Capitals and then hope that SRH lose their remaining two games and KKR and KXIP win just one of their final two games.Most points possible:20-CSK18-DC, MI16-SRH14-KKR, KXIP13-RRAlso Read | IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians overcome SRH in Super Over to reach playoffsAlso Read | Feels good: Rohit Sharma elated as Mumbai Indians seal IPL 2019 playoffs berthAlso Read | Kuldeep’s omission from IPL won’t affect him in World Cup, says Jacques Kallislast_img read more

VOLUNTEERS HONORED FOR SERVICE WITH BILLBOARDS

first_imgThe faces of six Siouxland area community volunteers may become a familiar site over the next few months.Volunteer Siouxland chose the six people to be showcased on billboards to recognize their contributions to their community through volunteerism.Spokesman Ryan Martinez says the six were chosen from a two month competition which allowed organizations to recognize some of their great volunteers:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/VOL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….in this contest. :18Carrie Radloff of Sioux City is one of the six to soon be on the billboards.She chairs the city’s Environmental Advisory Board and the Northwest Iowa Sierra Group, plus is an officer with a Loess Hills group:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/VOL2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………they care about. :17Terri Pauling, another of the six volunteers has helped out at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars since 2009:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/VOL3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……………gift shop manager. ;20Pauling says she has never been on a billboard before and was surprised by the honor:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/VOL4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..help others. ;11The other four are Chris Van Beek of Maurice, Jon Strong of Hawarden, and Dan Bernholtz and Amy Macfarlane of Sioux City.Avery Brothers Signs sponsored the competition and are providing the billboards for the six recipients.last_img read more

Brett McMurphy Releases His Preseason Top 25 Ballot

first_imgBrett McMurphy discusses Alabama on Stadium.StadiumThe AP will release its annual preseason poll on Monday, but longtime voter and college football writer Brett McMurphy revealed his personal ballot today.It is no surprise that McMurphy has Clemson at No. 1, but it is noteworthy that he placed Georgia, not Alabama at No. 2. The Crimson Tide are in the third spot on his list.Oklahoma and Michigan round out of the top five. McMurphy’s top 10 is as follows:ClemsonGeorgiaAlabamaOklahomaMichiganOhio StateLSUNotre DameUtahFloridaYou can view his full top 25 below. Here’s my AP preseason ballot: Nos. 1-3 Clemson, Georgia, Alabama; Nos. 23-25 Northwestern, Memphis, Army. AP poll released Monday https://t.co/Wxl1i1VqZK— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 13, 2019McMurphy is clearly a pretty big believer in Utah, as he puts the Utes before any other Pac-12 team on his ballot. Kyle Whittingham’s team boasts a strong cast of returnees and might have the best defensive line in the country.The first Coaches Poll preseason top 25 was released on August 1, with Clemson and Alabama occupying the top two spots. You can view that poll here.As for The Spun’s preseason top 25, we unveiled that earlier this summer, and you can scroll through our rankings here.Look out for the AP poll come Monday as well.last_img read more

Own Part of a Brewery with Brewdog’s Equity for Punks

first_imgIf you’ve ever wanted to be part-owner of a brewery, Scotland’s BrewDog—perhaps most famous for this beer stuffed in a squirrel or their show Brew Dogs—is giving fans a chance to own a part of their new stateside, located in Columbus, Ohio.The Equity for Punks program allows anyone to purchases shares in the company and, in so doing, have a say in how the brewery functions. Originally launched in 2010, co-founders James Watt, Martin Dickie, and the rest of BrewDog crew are bringing the program to the US to raise up to $50 million by selling 1,052,632 shares of Common Stock in BrewDog USA Inc. 10 Best History Books You Will Ever Read Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Editors’ Recommendations Kentucky Breweries are Plowing Ahead on the Bourbon Trail center_img The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens Currently, BrewDog is at work on their state-of-the-art brewery that is located ten miles from downtown Columbus. The 100,000-square-foot space houses a 170 barrel brewhouse, twenty-two fermentation tanks, forty-head high-speed canning line, and 640,000 barrel brewhouse capacity. Initially, the brewery will have a fermentation of 85,000 barrels, but can eventually accommodate 1.5m barrels.For those interested in investing, each share costs $47.50 and the minimum investment is $95. Shareholders get numerous benefits, including:An Equity for Punks ID card.A 5% discount in all BrewDog bars around the world.A 20% lifetime discount on the BrewDog USA shop.Free tours of BrewDog Columbus and Ellon.An invite to the USA AGM, which is a “soon-to-be legendary beer, music and food festival” exclusively for shareholders.Access to the Shareholder Forum and Community.A say in how the company is run.At eleven shares and above (a $500 investment), investors get even more rewards, including:3 bottles of an exclusive barrel aged BrewDog beer. ($500)Your name on the Equity Punks wall of fame in the Columbus brewery. ($1,000)An exclusive Dead Pony Club Brooklyn Brew Shop Kit. ($2,500)A bottle of Death or Glory. ($5,000)The opportunity to brew beer with Jame & Martin, BrewDog’s co-founders. ($10,000)A bottle of End of History. ($20,000)A four-day trip to Scotland for a brewery tour and beer dinner. ($50,000)Basically, not only do you get to have a say in one of the most popular breweries in the world, but you get to do it while enjoying the fruits of the brewery at the same time.To invest, check out www.equityforpunksusa.com. Guinness Shoots For the Moon With a New Beerlast_img read more

Nearly 10 kg drugs seized in Kolkata 2 arrested

first_imgKolkata: Two drug dealers were arrested in Kolkata for possessing over 10 kg of narcotics valued at around Rs 50 lakh, police said on Thursday. Based on the information obtained during the interrogation of two earlier accused, who were arrested on August 3, personnel from the Special Task Force of the Kolkata Police arrested the two dealers — Mohibur Rahman, Assabur Hossain — from the vicinity of Salt Lake Stadium on E.M. Bypass road on Wednesday. “About one lakh pieces of yaba tablets (amphetamine) weighing about 10.369 kg with approximate market value of Rs 50 Lakh were recovered from their possession,” a police official said. The acuused will be produced before a court in Kolkata on Thursday.last_img read more

Salma Hayek And Beyoncé Chime For Change

first_imgAt the TEDxWomen luncheon, Salma Hayek Pinault has announced CHIME FOR CHANGE, founded by Gucci, a new global campaign to raise funds and awareness for girls’ and women’s empowerment.Video: Chime For Change: Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Salma Hayek Pinault, and Frida GianniniRepresenting fellow co-founders Frida Giannini and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as she launched the initiative, Hayek Pinault presented a short film that she narrates, with new music by Beyoncé, which introduced CHIME FOR CHANGE to the world. Hayek Pinault will also present the first of ten CHIME FOR CHANGE short films, an extended trailer for THE SUPREME PRICE produced and directed by Joanna Lipper.The film tells the story of Nigerian democracy activist Hafsat Abiola, who together with filmmaker Joanna Lipper will be present at the luncheon for a conversation moderated by TEDxWomen host Pat Mitchell. THE SUPREME PRICE is a 2012 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund recipient and winner of the Spotlighting Women Documentary Award.CHIME FOR CHANGE serves to convene, unite and strengthen voices speaking out for girls and women around the world and will focus on three key pillars: Education, Health and Justice. The campaign comes at a historic and pivotal moment for girls and women globally as the world’s attention is drawn to international stories ranging from Malala’s personal fight for education in Pakistan to headlines of violence against women in all corners of the world, including India, Ireland, South Africa and the United States.More than just raising awareness, CHIME FOR CHANGE, through its partner Catapult, encourages people throughout the world to support girls’ and womens’ projects in a personalized, individual way. Catapult enables citizen philanthropy and is the first crowd-funding platform dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women. Catapult connects CHIME FOR CHANGE community members directly to organizations and projects focused on the causes that matter most to them, and currently represents over 50 organizations in 38 countries.“This is the emergency and the opportunity of today,” said Gucci Creative Director and CHIME FOR CHANGE co-founder Frida Giannini. “We have reached a significant moment in the history of girls’ and women’s empowerment and now is the time for change. I think it is essential for girls and women to see and celebrate what is possible. I hope that through CHIME we can help the voices calling for change to become so loud that they cannot be ignored.”Gucci has a long history of engagement with girls’ and women’s issues, including a seven-year relationship with UNICEF in support of girls’ education. In addition, the company founded two women’s film awards, the Spotlighting Women Documentary Award with the Tribeca Film Institute and the Gucci Award for Women in Cinema with the Venice Film Festival. Gucci also actively supports the PPR Corporate Foundation for Women’s Dignity and Rights; both Frida Giannini and Salma Hayek Pinault are members of the Board.“I am proud to be joining the growing international movement on behalf of girls and women around the world,” said Salma Hayek Pinault, co-founder of CHIME FOR CHANGE. “I believe that by working together we can change the course of history to ensure that girls and women are empowered to realize their potential and thrive.”Co-founder Beyoncé Knowles-Carter said “I have always felt strongly about equal opportunity for women. Girls have to be taught from early on that they are strong and capable of being anything they want to be. It’s up to us to change the statistics for women around the world. I’m honored to be in the company of women who live fearlessly and set an example for the next generation of young ladies.”Gucci recognizes the capacity that it has as a globally influential brand to effect real change, and is bringing together a range of leading organizations and individuals to strengthen the impact of CHIME FOR CHANGE. Strategic partners include the PPR Corporate Foundation for Women’s Dignity and Rights, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Facebook, Hearst Magazines, and Catapult. Additionally, The Huffington Post has joined as a digital media partner.“I am convinced that across the planet, women are at the heart of the equilibrium of our communities. There is a need to transform words into action and find new ways to enable and empower girls and women,” said PPR Chairman François-Henri Pinault. “I am excited and proud that PPR, through Gucci and our Foundation, is able to support CHIME FOR CHANGE. At PPR, women form the majority of our employees as well as the majority of our customers. I hope that this initiative, shared with other individuals and organizations, will contribute to making a change for the better for women and their communities around the world.”CHIME FOR CHANGE leadership is joined by an Advisory Board of issues experts, advocates and global leaders, including Hafsat Abiola, Muna AbuSulayman, Jimmie Briggs, Gordon and Sarah Brown, Lydia Cacho, David Carey, Joanne Crewes, Waris Dirie, Yasmeen Hassan, Arianna Huffington, Musimbi Kanyoro, John Legend, Pat Mitchell, Alyse Nelson, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, François-Henri Pinault, Jada Pinkett Smith, Julia Roberts, Jill Sheffield, Caryl Stern, Meryl Streep, and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho Tutu, among others.The movement aims to provoke, collect and share powerful stories of girls and women globally. Managing Editor Mariane Pearl leads a journalism platform of original content, further supported by the International Herald Tribune and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Salma Hayek Pinault will be executive producer of a film unit dedicated to creating ten short films about inspiring girls and women from around the world, and will curate and highlight user-generated short videos submitted to the CHIME FOR CHANGE community.CHIME FOR CHANGE will continue to update its community with exciting news, including a major announcement in mid-March about a global CHIME FOR CHANGE event that will put girls’ and women’s issues on the world’s stage.Find out more here.last_img read more

David Beckham Supports UNICEFs Fight Against Ebola

first_imgUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham is supporting our fight against Ebola through a video message to be broadcast across Sierra Leone – one of the worst-affected countries.Video: David Beckham joins the fight against Ebola in Sierra LeoneIt will be broadcast across national TV, in town halls and community centres across the country, as well as on giant outdoor screens and in football stadiums.The video aims to help break down the stigma and shame connected to the disease and encourage more people to protect themselves and seek medical help.Beckham has also recorded an additional video message urging people around the world to support and donate to Unicef’s urgent Ebola appeal, which is currently only 30% funded.“Six years ago, I travelled to Sierra Leone with Unicef,” says Beckham. “I was inspired and honoured to have met so many amazing people and to see the beautiful country. While there I was lucky enough to get a glimpse into the lives of children in remote villages and the challenges they faced in a country then devastated by civil war. Today, the courageous people of Sierra Leone are facing an invisible enemy – a ferocious Ebola disease that’s spreading fast across West Africa.”“The images are heart-wrenching. As a father, I can’t imagine what it must feel like, seeing your child suffer and feeling so helpless. But there is something you can do. Unicef is on the ground, working around the clock to protect children and families from this deadly virus. Please give Unicef the help it needs to tackle this crisis. We’re in a race against time.”The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest and deadliest the world has ever seen, with around 9,000 people infected across the region and at least 3,700 children who have lost one or both parents to the disease. Fear, misconceptions and rumours are fuelling the spread of the outbreak and complicating the humanitarian response.Unicef is urgently working to control the disease by reaching families and communities with messages about the dangers of the disease, its symptoms, its methods of transmission, the importance of hygiene, and where to seek help. In Sierra Leone, as the leading organisation for social mobilisation and awareness raising, Unicef has reached nearly 80% of households with these vital messages.Unicef teams are also distributing life-saving supplies, including gloves and chlorine, and supporting children and families affected by Ebola. But more money is urgently needed to halt the spread of the disease and protect those children in danger.To find out more about how you can help, click here.last_img read more

Dawson Creek RCMP looking for suspect after 7Eleven robbery

first_imgWhen the clerk didn’t give the cash, the man then displayed a can of bear spray and discharged it at the clerk.The man then took cash from the register and ran from the store. He possibly got into a pickup truck and was last seen travelling south on 8th St.The Dawson Creek RCMP are requesting any persons that may have any information on this incident to call their office at 250-784-3700. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP are looking for a suspect after bear spray was used during a robbery at the 7-Eleven on 8th street.On Thursday, April 19, the Dawson Creek RCMP responded to a report of a robbery at 7-Eleven in the community.The Dawson Creek RCMP were notified that an unknown male, wearing a grey hoodie and blue face mask, entered the 7-Eleven convenience store and demanded cash from the clerk.last_img read more

UN welcomes charges against army colonel over mass rapes in Guinea

10 February 2012A senior United Nations official welcomed today the news that a Guinean court has filed charges against an army colonel accused of being responsible for mass rapes that occurred during a pro-democracy protest in the country’s capital in 2009. “Justice in Guinea has been delayed, but this signals that it cannot be denied,” said Margot Wallström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.On 28 September 2009, civilians organized an opposition rally in a soccer stadium in Conakry when Guinean security forces opened fire on demonstrators, killing at least 150 and resulting in the rape and sexual abuse of 109 women. Lieutenant Colonel Moussa Tiegboro Camara was charged by a national court for the atrocities – including mass rape – committed that day. He is the highest-ranking official yet to be charged for his role in the massacre.“The recent charges are a welcome step in the right direction. They signal that no official is above the law, and no citizen is below it,” Ms. Wallström said.The Special Representative, who met with rape survivors during her visit to the country in November, said in a statement that she was pleased by the new Government’s commitment to fight impunity and prevent and deter sexual violence. However, she also stressed that the process to bring those responsible to justice has been “painfully slow,” adding that “the legacy of the massacre and mass rape is far from over.“There remains an urgent need to assist the survivors and bring the remaining perpetrators to justice. It is equally crucial that all victims, other witnesses and their families are afforded full protection and that no effort is spared to ensure their safety throughout this process.”Ms. Wallström also reiterated the UN’s readiness to support the Government’s efforts to address impunity for sexual violence and to ensure that such atrocities are never repeated. read more

Macao maintains travel alert on Sri Lanka after emergency extension

The Chinese Embassy and consulates or the Global Emergency Call Center for Consular Protection and Services of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hour hotline: +86 10 12308 for assistance.The Travel Alert System does not have a prohibitive nature and it is up to each individual to decide to travel or adjust their travel plan according to the information provided. (Colombo Gazette) If necessary, Macao residents can call: 24-Hour Tourism Hotline +853 2833 3000; Macao residents who intend to travel to or are already in Sri Lanka should reconsider for the moment the travel. It is suggested to avoid non-essential travel to Sri Lanka. Macao announced today that it has decided to maintain the travel alert on Sri Lanka after the Sri Lankan Government extended the state of emergency by another month.The Tourism Crisis Management Office in Macao said that in view of the announcement on June 22nd of the one-month extension of the national state of emergency in Sri Lanka, Macao residents have been reminded that the Level 2 Travel Alert issued to Sri Lanka remains in force. read more

UN agency goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie urges help for Burmese Afghan refugees

“I am grateful to the refugee families who spent time with me and shared their stories. They are remarkable, courageous people,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador Ms. Jolie said during a visit this weekend to the agency’s Women’s Protection Clinic in west Delhi, a place where refugee women from Myanmar can come and air their problems in a safe environment.“It’s very moving to hear about the persecution the refugees have endured. It is clear they cannot go home, and they have a hard time settling down in India, so it is fortunate that for many of them there is a happy ending in resettlement in another country.”Interviews at the clinic enable UNHCR to better help the women – by getting them medical care, or arranging education for their children. Longer term, many of the women are scheduled to be resettled in countries like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway and the United States. Many of the refugees are from the Chin minority, Christians in officially-Buddhist Myanmar.Ms. Jolie, who is in India making a film, also visited Khalsa Diwan Welfare Society, an organization run by and for Sikh Afghan refugees in west Delhi, where she dropped in on tailoring, music and English classes. Many of the Afghan Sikhs, who were a persecuted minority in their own country, have been in India for nearly three decades; most of the young refugees Ms. Jolie met were born in India and have never seen Afghanistan.She said it was tragic these Afghan refugees – who number 9,500 in New Delhi – had languished in exile for so many years. “We often focus on refugee emergencies, but we forget that there are millions of refugees around the world who spend years, even decades, outside their countries. The international community really must work harder to find solutions for these forgotten refugees.”The Afghan and Burmese women she met were among the 11,500 refugees in the Indian capital who are directly under the care of the UN refugee agency.On Sunday, Ms. Jolie met Indian civic leaders and Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma. She thanked both the people and Government of India for “their longstanding hospitality to refugees” and for an “open-door policy” to those displaced by recent fighting in Sri Lanka.In addition to the 11,500 refugees cared for by the UN refugee agency directly, India is also home to about 110,000 Tibetan refugees and more than 100,000 refugees from Sri Lanka who are looked after by the Indian Government. Since violence flared on the island state in April this year, more than 18,000 Sri Lankans have sought refuge in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state. read more

BHP trialling light electric vehicles underground at Olympic Dam

first_imgBHP says it is passionate “about developing and deploying technologies that result in meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.” Its Olympic Dam site in South Australia is one of the largest underground copper mines in the world and a decision to invest there in light electric vehicles, powered by lithium ion batteries, it says “is good news for our people and the planet.”“In support of the company’s environmental targets, Technology is working hand-in-hand with Assets to implement game-changing programs that firmly position BHP as an industry leader in low emissions technology. After extensive planning, one such exciting initiative kicked off at Olympic Dam earlier this month. Our first ever light electric vehicle (or LEV) is joining the existing underground fleet of 240 light vehicles with a second expected to join the fold in the coming months.”As part of its day-to-day operations, Olympic Dam relies on a team of approximately 800 underground employees and uses diesel equipment for development, production, ore handling and mine services. “While they may look similar to a traditional Land Cruiser or ute, our LEVs are at the heart of our work on low emissions technology. Importantly, as they are battery-powered, our team’s exposure to the diesel particular matter generated by traditional diesel engines is significantly reduced.”This is all part of a broader initiative aimed at achieving a 50% reduction, right across BHP, in the number of employees with potential exposure to particulate matter. “Olympic Dam’s switch to LEVs in its operations will reduce emissions, exposure and costs – as well as influencing the rollout of similar initiatives in our other locations.”“During the trial, we’ll collect data on the vehicles’ performance, power supply, maintenance requirements, charging time and corrosion resistance underground. A decision on wider deployment at Olympic Dam is expected to be made during in the coming financial year.”last_img read more

Is there life on Mars Ten years on the Opportunity rover is

first_imgWithin just months of landing on the surface Spirit had verified that the 100km wide crater it landed in was indeed a vast lake in its early history, Opportunity’s landing was nothing short of remarkable. It scored a ‘cosmic hole in one’ by inadvertently landing within a tiny 22m wide crater upon a vast flat plain called Meridiani Planum, suspected to have been a sea on Mars billions of years ago.When Opportunity sent back images from the Meridiani Planum, the structure and salt deposits shown verified for that it had indeed been a sea on Mars billions of years ago.John Callas, Mars Exploration Rovers project manager. (Pic: AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Since then, Opportunity has survived four Martian winters at temperatures below -100 degrees Celsius and trekked for three years across 20 km of sandy plains to its current location at the rim of Endeavour Crater.“It has been reprogrammed from Earth to be an autonomous artificial–intelligent ‘thinking machine’ capable of planning excursion and scientific investigations on its own and without instruction from Earth,” explains Nolan.The power levels on the solar-powered rover have unexpectedly improved and a recent selfie by Opportunity showed dust on its solar panels wiped away by blowing winds.(Youtube / NASA)In 2012, Opportunity was joined on Mars by Curiosity, which is currently rolling across bumpy terrain toward a mountain.With snazzy tools like a laser, Curiosity quickly became the world’s favorite rover.But Opportunity snatched some of the attention back earlier this month when it discovered a rock shaped like a jelly doughnut that suddenly appeared in its field of view, probably after its wheel kicked it up. Scientists said it’s unlike any rock they’ve seen on Mars before.It costs about $14 million a year to maintain Opportunity and NASA periodically reviews missions that have been extended to decide where to invest scarce dollars.In several months, Opportunity will decamp from its winter haven and head south to what scientists are calling the mother lode a clay-rich spot that should yield more discoveries.- Additional reporting was provided by Associated Press.More information on Opportunity and its ten years on Mars can be found on the official NASA mission website. Read: Meet the Irish man who’s been shortlisted to go to Mars and never come back >Read: NASA’s MAVEN Mars mission launches from Kennedy Space Center > ON 24 JANUARY 2004 NASA achieved the still rarefied feat of successfully landing a rover on Mars. Opportunity was only supposed to explors the Martian surface for 90 days but today, 10 years on, it has driven driven for 40 km and is still going.One of its six wheels and two instruments stopped working long ago. It has an arthritic joint. Its flash memory occasionally suffers a senior moment, but it is still going.Opportunity’s twin, Spirit, stopped working in 2010 after getting stuck in some Martian sand.Their original goal was simple, to investigate whether there were once large bodies of standing water on the Red Planet.Kevin Nolan of the the Institute of Technology Tallaght and the Irish coordinator the Planetary Society, says their success was almost immediate:last_img read more

Losses at Carphone Warehouses Irish arm soared to €12m last year

first_img 14 Comments Share17 Tweet Email3 “The costs associated with this initiative, being early lease termination premiums, onerous lease provisions, fixed asset impairment and redundancy costs, have been treated as exceptional items (of) €3.65 million.”The company also said that its accumulated losses of €50.6 million “reflects an ongoing competitive marketplace, impacting trade margin during the financial period and provisions in respect of the property realisation plan”.“The directors have reviewed budgets and cash flow projections and they believe with the financial support from Dixons Carphone plc, the company has adequate financial resources to meet current and foreseeable working capital requirements.”The company employed 729 people during the year, down from 749 the year before leading staff costs to fall from €19 million to €18.1 million.In the directors report, Carphone Warehouse also said: “The company is conscious of the effect of wage inflation on its business and the need to ensure that this is controlled.”Carphone Warehouse did not respond immediately to a request for comment.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Apr 8th 2017, 7:15 AM By Fora Staff Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3328604 Losses at Carphone Warehouse’s Irish arm soared to €12m last year The retailer has spent lots of money on its new ’3-in-1′ stores.center_img Saturday 8 Apr 2017, 7:15 AM LOSSES AT THE Irish arm of Carphone Warehouse jumped from about €2.5 million to almost €12 million last year, new figures show.Accounts for Carphone Warehouse Ltd, the Irish subsidiary of the UK-based retailer, show that the firm reported a full year loss of just under €12 million in the year to the end of April 2016.This compared to a loss of €2.5 million in the 57 weeks to the start of May 2015.The change in year-end reporting was so that the company could align with the Dixons Carphone group.While the company’s cost of sales dropped, from €90.2 million to €85.3 million, turnover also fell, from €123.7 million to €114.1 million.Operating expenses rose slightly, from €35.3 million to €37 million.The firm reported an operating loss of €11 million, which rose to a full year loss of about €12 million when some interest payments and charges on intercompany loans were included. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieThis pushed up Carphone Warehouse Ltd’s accumulated losses, which rose from €38.6 million to €50.6 million.3-in-1 storesThe company did incur exceptional costs during the year. Carphone Warehouse agreed a merger with Dixons in 2014, and during the 2016 financial year the newly formed business launched a major roll out of its ’3-in1′ store concept across Ireland and the UK.According to the directors report: “This involves merging the remaining PC World and Currys stores and inserting a Carphone Warehouse, reducing the overall UK and Ireland store portfolio by 76. Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Take me to Fora Short URL 11,727 Views last_img read more

Disability on the increase

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The prevalence of disability within the Greek Australian community dramatically increased between 2003 and 2009, according to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Just under one in five Australians born in Australia (18.5 per cent or four million people) reported having a disability in 2009. And while the scale of disability in that demographic fell 1.5 per cent between 2003 and 2009, the prevalence of disability in the Greek-born community jumped over 15 per cent, to nearly 50 per cent. The experience of disability in the Italian Australian community is similar, though the ABS data reflects that nearly 45 per cent of Australians born in Italy were reported as disabled in 2003. By 2009, the figure had risen only marginally. With the close correlation between age and disability, sub-populations in Australia with older median ages can be expected to show higher rates of disability. The ABS report notes that disability varies by birthplace and migrant group. Its findings, which show a noticeable decline in the proportion of people with disabilities who were born in Australia and New Zealand, confirm that disability rates for those born in South Eastern Europe has increased, reflecting the ageing profile of European-born migrants. Nina Xarhakos, Project Officer with Melbourne’s Australian Greek Welfare Society, told Neos Kosmos that in addition to the general problems faced by the ageing Greek community, “many of the migrants of the ’50s and ’60s worked in poor factory conditions, which often lacked proper health and safety standards”. “They frequently engaged in repetitive actions without breaks resulting in RSI (repetitive strain injury), back problems and many other health issues (physical and mental).” According to the ABS, the population of Greek elders in Melbourne will continue to grow until at least 2016, when it is expected to peak at around 30,000.last_img read more

Tempête en France Premier bilan et images de la tempête Xynthia

first_imgTempête en France : Premier bilan et images de la tempête Xynthia57 départements français en vigilance orange et quatre en rouge (Charente-Maritime, Vendée, Deux-Sèvres et Vienne). La tempête Xynthia est l’une des plus violentes depuis celle de 1999.On dénombre déjà 18 morts, de très nombreux dégâts (inondations, des murs effondrés, des arbres arrachés… ) et plus d’un million de foyers privés d’électricité.  Venue du Nord-Ouest de l’Espagne, la tempête remonte progressivement vers le Nord. A cet instant, la Vendée et la Charente Maritime semblent les plus touchées.Durant la tempête respectez ces mesures de sécurité : – Limitez vos déplacements.- Limitez votre vitesse sur route et autoroute, en particulier si vous conduisez un véhicule ou attelage sensible aux effets du vent.- Ne vous promenez pas en forêt, en bord de mer.- En ville, soyez vigilants face aux chutes possibles d’objets divers.- N’intervenez pas sur les toitures et ne touchez en aucun cas à des fils électriques tombés au sol.- Rangez ou fixez les objets sensibles aux effets du vent ou susceptibles d’être endommagés. Voir les premières images de la tempête :  https://www.maxisciences.com/temp%eate/tempete-xynthia-premieres-images-en-region-ouest_art6074.htmlLe 28 février 2010 à 15:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Fukushima le Japon envisage délargir la zone dexclusion

first_imgFukushima : le Japon envisage d’élargir la zone d’exclusionUn mois jour pour jour après le violent séisme et le tsunami qui ont frappé le nord-est de l’archipel nippon, les autorités du pays envisagent d’élargir la zone d’exclusion autour de la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima, accidentée. Les niveaux de radioactivité seraient trop élevés, écrivent ce matin les journaux japonais.Alors que les ingénieurs de la centrale nucléaire font tout leur possible depuis le séisme du 11 mars pour éviter la catastrophe, ils ont indiqué hier aux médias que la situation n’avait pas évolué. Malgré leurs tentatives de remise en marche des systèmes de refroidissement de Fukushima, afin d’arriver à maîtriser les six réacteurs, ils n’ont pas progressé.Aujourd’hui, d’après Reuters, ils espèrent bientôt cesser de reverser dans l’océan Pacifique l’eau de mer utilisée pour refroidir ces réacteurs. Eau qui est à présent contaminée.À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylFace aux niveaux de radioactivité élevés aux alentours de la centrale, les autorités japonaises, très critiquées par leurs voisins (Chine et Corée du Sud), envisagent d’élargir la zone d’exclusion autour de Fukushima, actuellement fixée à un rayon de 20 kilomètres. Elle pourrait être portée à 30 kilomètres, selon le journal Asahi. Cela faisait déjà plusieurs semaines que l’Agence internationale de l’Energie atomique (AIEA) allait dans ce sens, sans que le gouvernement japonais ne change d’avis.En attendant, Tepco, l’exploitant de la centrale, a du mal à reprendre le contrôle du site. La société a déjà injecté de l’azote dans les réacteurs endommagés pour éviter une trop forte concentration d’hydrogène susceptible de provoquer des explosions qui pourraient libérer des particules radioactives.Les solutions à mettre en oeuvre pour éviter la catastrophe sont à ce jour toujours inconnues. Dimanche, le directeur général adjoint de l’agence japonaise de sûreté nucléaire (Nisa) Hidehiko Nishiyama a admis : “Nous ne pouvons pas dire quelle sera la prochaine étape”…Un mois après le séisme le plus violent de son histoire et le tsunami qui a suivi, le Japon compte toujours les victimes. Le dernier bilan officiel fait état de 12.009 décès confirmés et 15.472 disparus.Le 11 avril 2011 à 09:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Dog dies in RV fire

first_imgFire investigators say they have not yet determined the cause of a Thursday afternoon fire that destroyed a motor home parked near the Wal-Mart in Hazel Dell, because they’ve been unable to speak with the vehicle’s occupants.No people were injured, but a dog was found dead inside, Clark County Deputy Fire Marshal Susan Anderson said Friday.Firefighters were called to a burning RV at 9000 N.E. Highway 99 at about 4:45 p.m. Clark County Fire District 6 spokesman David Schmitke said they arrived to find a 1987 Class C motor home engulfed in flames. No one was with the vehicle.Anderson said until she can speak with the occupants, the cause and origin of the fire are undetermined. She did determine, however, that the fire started inside the unit.The estimated damage to the RV and its contents is approximately $6,700, Anderson said.last_img read more

City Council committee considers several options to address homelessness

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The City Council’s Select Committee on Homelessness Monday directed city staff to flesh out measures that can be taken relatively quickly to ease the problem of people living on San Diego’s streets. The “menu of options” presented by committee Chairman Chris Ward includes establishing temporary housing at Golden Hall in the Civic Center complex and the Qualcomm Stadium practice field, expanding outreach efforts and creating more places where people who live in their cars can spend the night. “I think all things are on the table,” Councilman Chris Cate said.  In January’s annual tally of the area’s transient population, 5,619 homeless individuals were counted in the city of San Diego, a 10.3 percent increase from last year. Of those, 3,231 were living on the streets, and hundreds lived in vehicles. Ward’s proposals were conceptual in nature, so his office will work with various city departments to develop more details, including an idea of how much everything will cost. The results are scheduled to be returned to the committee in September. “Some of the material within this item is really designed to be able to provide things that are admittedly temporary in nature,” Ward said. “We hope that as we’re able to provide additional housing opportunities, some may be years down the road when those come online, that we’ll be able to scale back some of the need for immediate resources — that’s certainly the intent here.” Ward also suggested that the city provide more facilities for the homeless to store their belongings while they seek work or obtain social services. A current facility has reached capacity, he said.  Jessica Ranck July 24, 2017 Posted: July 24, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter City Council committee considers several options to address homelessness Jessica Ranck, last_img read more

Alaska Legislature To Meet On Confirmations Next Week

first_imgCraig Fleener, who works in the administration’s Washington, D.C., office, has held that role, but Walker spokesman Austin Baird says Walker opted for the commissioner of a major department to hold it instead. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature plans to meet in joint session Tuesday to consider Gov. Bill Walker’s nominees for Cabinet positions and appointments to boards and commissions. Anti-abortion activists are opposing Walker’s nomination of Kenni Linden to the Board of Certified Direct-Entry Midwives over her past work with Planned Parenthood. Walker has nominated Sheldon Fisher as Revenue commissioner; Leslie Ridle as Administration commissioner, and Mike Navarre as Commerce commissioner. He also has chosen health commissioner Valerie Davidson to become lieutenant governor should that post become vacant. State law calls for a governor to make such an appointment.last_img read more