Aanchal, the mother’s milk bank established in 18 district government hospitals of Rajasthan, has benefited about 20,000 infants and helped improve their nutrition levels. The bank collects excess breast milk from lactating mothers and provides it to infants deprived of it.Rajasthan is the first State in the country to establish a government-run community milk banking system, following Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s budgetary announcement for it in 2015-16. Infants with mothers who are unable to feed them due to clinical reasons, or those who are orphaned or abandoned, can receive mother’s milk from the bank.Dr. Mamta Gupta, one of two private doctors from the State to bag the Prime Minister’s Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan awards for rendering efficient services to pregnant women, said at a review meeting at the Swasthya Bhavan here that the milk bank system would be strengthened. Over 31,000 lactating mothers have donated their milk to the Aanchal facility so far. The Medical and Health Department has banned the use of dairy and formula milk in hospitals where the milk banking units have been established.
Heavy rainfall on Thursday delayed commencement of annual Amaranth Yatra to the cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas from Pahalgam and Baltal base camps.“The yatra has not commenced yet from either Baltal or Pahalgam base camps due to rain,” a spokesman of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) said. He said the yatra will commence only after weather improves and the tracks are safe for the pilgrims to move on. Amid tight security, the first batch of nearly 3,000 Amarnath pilgrims from Jammu reached the twin base camps at Baltal and Pahalgam in Kashmir last evening. Of this group of pilgrims, 1,904 have opted for traditional Pahalgam route while 1,091 choose the Baltal route to reach the Himalayan cave shrine in south Kashmir. The batch comprises of 2,334 men, 520 women, 21 children and 120 Sadhus, officials said. The pilgrims, coming from across the country, were taken to their respective base camps as security forces dotted the 400-km road length from Jammu to Baltal and Pahalgam. The government is for the first time using radio frequency (RF) tags to track Amarnath-bound vehicles, while the CRPF has introduced motorcycle squads with cameras and various life-saving equipment. Around 40,000 security personnel from the Jammu and Kashmir Police, paramilitary, National Disaster Response Force and the Army, have been deployed for this year’s pilgrimage. A total of 2.60 lakh pilgrims offered prayers at the shrine last year. Considering the carrying capacity of the existing tracks and other available infrastructure in the pilgrimage area, the SASB has decided to allow 7, 500 pilgrims on each route daily. The fleet of 109 vehicles was escorted by security forces vehicles from Jammu upto the base camp as security has been heightened for this year’s yatra in view of the militant attack on a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims that left eight of them dead and 18 others injured. While the pilgrims performing the yatra via shorter Baltal route usually return to the base camp within a day, those taking the traditional Pahalgam route have to trek 42 kms, with an overnight stay at one of the halting stations before they can pay obeisance at the cave shrine.
Scientists are reporting a significant advance in the quest to develop an alternative approach to nuclear fusion. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, using the lab’s Z machine, a colossal electric pulse generator capable of producing currents of tens of millions of amperes, say they have detected significant numbers of neutrons—byproducts of fusion reactions—coming from the experiment. This, they say, demonstrates the viability of their approach and marks progress toward the ultimate goal of producing more energy than the fusion device takes in.Fusion is a nuclear reaction that releases energy not by splitting heavy atomic nuclei apart—as happens in today’s nuclear power stations—but by fusing light nuclei together. The approach is appealing as an energy source because the fuel (hydrogen) is plentiful and cheap, and it doesn’t generate any pollution or long-lived nuclear waste. The problem is that atomic nuclei are positively charged and thus repel each other, so it is hard to get them close enough together to fuse. For enough reactions to take place, the hydrogen nuclei must collide at velocities of up to 1000 kilometers per second (km/s), and that requires heating them to more than 50 million degrees Celsius. At such temperatures, gas becomes plasma—nuclei and electrons knocking around separately—and containing it becomes a problem, because if it touches the side of its container it will instantly melt it.Fusion scientists have been laboring for more than 60 years to find a way to contain superhot plasma and heat it till it fuses. Today, most efforts are focused on one of two approaches: Tokamak reactors, such as the international ITER fusion project in France, hold a diffuse plasma steady for seconds or minutes at a time while heating it to fusion temperature; laser fusion devices, such as the National Ignition Facility in California, take a tiny quantity of frozen hydrogen and crush it with an intense laser pulse lasting a few tens of billionths of a second to heat and compress it. 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It crushes fuel in a fast pulse, as in laser fusion, but not as fast and not to such high density. Known as magnetized liner inertial fusion (MagLIF), the approach involves putting some fusion fuel (a gas of the hydrogen isotope deuterium) inside a tiny metal can 5 millimeters across and 7.5 mm tall. Researchers then use the Z machine to pass a huge current pulse of 19 million amps, lasting just 100 nanoseconds, through the can from top to bottom. This creates a powerful magnetic field that crushes the can inward at a speed of 70 km/s.While this is happening, the researchers do two other things: They preheat the fuel with a short laser pulse, and they apply a steady magnetic field, which acts as a straitjacket to hold the fusion fuel in place. Crushing the plasma also boosts the constraining magnetic field, from about 10 tesla to 10,000 tesla. This constraining field is key, because without it there is nothing to hold the superheated plasma in place other than its own inward inertia. Once the compression stops, it would fly apart before it has time to react.The Sandia researchers reported this week in Physical Review Letters that they had heated the plasma to about 35 million degrees Celsius and detected about 2 trillion neutrons coming from each shot. (One reaction of fusing two deuteriums produces helium-3 and a neutron.) Although the result shows that a substantial number of reactions is taking place—100 times as many as the team achieved a year ago—the group will need to produce 10,000 times as many to achieve breakeven. “It is good progress but just a beginning,” says Sandia senior scientist Mike Campbell. “We need to get more energy into the gas and increase the initial magnetic field and see if it scales in the right direction.”One significant aspect of the results is that the researchers also detected neutrons coming from the fusion of deuterium and tritium, another hydrogen isotope. The main reaction, deuterium with deuterium, or D-D, produces either helium-3 or tritium. Those reaction products would normally be traveling fast enough to fly out of the plasma without reacting again. But the intense constraining magnetic field forces the tritium to follow a tight helical path in which it is much more likely to collide with a deuterium and fuse again. The researchers detected 10 billion neutrons from deuterium-tritium (D-T) fusions. “To me, the most interesting data was the secondary D-T neutrons, which is very highly suggestive that the original [10 tesla] field was frozen in the plasma and reached values of [about 9000 tesla] at stagnation,” Campbell says.“It is great news,” says Glen Wurden, the magnetized plasma team leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. He is impressed by “the fact that secondary D-T neutrons are observed … which means that at least some D-D–produced [tritium nuclei] are slowing down and reacting.” Simulations suggest that the Z machine’s maximum current of 27 million amps should be enough to reach breakeven. But the researchers are already setting their sights much higher. A hoped-for upgrade to 60 million amps, they say, would boost the power output into a “high gain” realm of 1000 times input—a giant step toward commercial viability.
Star batsmen Jean-Paul Duminy and Quinton de Kock struck fluent half-centuries as South Africa registered a nail-biting, four run victory against India in the warm-up match ahead of the World Twenty20 cricket tournament at the Wankhede Stadium here on Saturday.Batting first, South Africa posted 196/8 in 20 overs, thanks to Duminy’s 67 and Quinton de Kock’s 56.In reply, despite Shikhar Dhawan’s 73 retired not out and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s 16-ball 30 in the end, India fell short of the target as they could manage only 192/3 in 20 overs. (World T20 Qualifiers: Afghanistan decimate Zimbabwe to reach Super 10)Pacers Dale Steyn, Kyle Abbott and leg-spinner Imran Tahir claimed one wicket each for South Africa.Chasing a challenging target of 197, India star opener Rohit Sharma (10) was given leg before wicket in the third ball off the second over itself off the bowling off Kyle Abbott.In the very first ball of the next over, the hosts received double blow when Virat Kohli edged one to wicketkeeper de Kock off the bowling off Dale Steyn to have India struggling at 16/2. (Also read: Snatched the ball from Dhoni to bowl final over in 2007: Joginder Sharma)Dhawan on the other end looked in good touch as he kept on striking boundaries to not let the required run rate climb too high.Ajinkya Rahane (11) who came in for Kohli was looking good but he too departed after being clean bowled off a googly by leg-spinner Tahir and India were reduced to 48/3 in seventh over.But incoming batsman Suresh Raina (41 retired not out) gave good company to Dhawan as the duo gathered crucial 94-run partnership for the fourth wicket before both decided to retire not out.advertisementDhoni (30 not out) and Yuvraj Singh (16 not out) tried their best with a cameo innings at the end but failed to take end over the line.Earlier opting to bat, South Africa got off to a disappointing start losing opener Hashim Amla (5) in the third over itself. But the fall of wicket didn’t worry his opening partner de Kock (56 retired not out) as the left-handed batsman scored at a good pace to take the pressure away from the team.But incoming batsman and skipper Faf du Plessis (12) after hitting three boundaries was caught by Ravindra Jadeja at point off the bowling off Mohammed Shami to have the Proteas at 33/2 in 3.5 overs.But from there on it was entirely a de Kock and Duminy show as the duo piled on some quickfire runs to score 50-run partnership for the third wicket in just 25 balls.The duo brought up team’s 100 in just 10.5 overs.But in the 12th over after guiding his team to a good position with seven fours and two sixes, de Kock was retired not out.Duminy took the initiative then to cause a late assault as he brought up his fifty, striking five fours and three sixes to take team’s score past 150-run mark.Next up, David Miller (18), Rilee Rossouw (11) and Chris Morris (14) got good start but their innings was cut short by Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah.Pandya (3-36), Shami (2-37) and Bumrah (2-51) were the pick of the bowlers for India.Brief scores: South Africa 196/8 in 20 overs (J.P. Duminy 67, Quinton de Kock 56 retired not out; Hardik Pandya 3-36, Mohammad Shami 2-37 and Jasprit Bumrah 2-51) vs India 192/3 in 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 73 retired not out; Imran Tahir 1-25, Kyle Abbott 1-32, Dale Steyn 1-36)
MANILA, Philippines–Cignal took advantage of a crippled Foton, 25-18, 25-18, 25-10, to register its second straight win Saturday night in the Philippine Superliga Invitationals at Ynares Sports Center.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers WATCH: PBA legend Norman Black can still throw it down at 61 This jewelry designer is also an architect View comments Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics The win enabled the HD Spikers to take solo top spot with a 2-0 record.Janine Navarro and Roselyn Doria led Cignal which handed Foton its second successive defeat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Foton missed its pillars Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat who are set to play as imports in Japan V-League. Becoming his own man MOST READ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — With another stunning home loss, the United States’ hopes of reaching an eighth straight World Cup berth are in peril.Marco Urena took advantage of defensive mistakes to score in the 30th and 82nd minutes , giving Costa Rica a 2-0 win on Friday night that brought the Americans’ resurgence under coach Bruce Arena to a crashing thud.“There’s no time to feel sorry for ourselves, and we’re not,” U.S. captain Michael Bradley said. “We’ve got three games to play like our lives depend on it, and we will.”Urena dribbled around defender Tim Ream, then caught Tim Howard leaning and beat the goalkeeper to the far post for the opening goal. The lone forward in a 5-4-1 formation, Urena doubled the lead with a shot from 18 yards after David Guzman intercepted a poor pass by Geoff Cameron.“On the night, we didn’t make any plays that mattered. We were probably outplayed in most positions on the field and made some critical errors,” Arena said. “They outplayed us and outcoached us tonight.”Mexico leads the final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region with 17 points and clinched Friday night, and Costa Rica is second with 14.“It’s not complete yet but this is a very important step,” Costa Rica coach Oscar Ramirez said through a translator.The U.S. is third with eight points, ahead of Honduras on goal difference. Panama has seven points, and Trinidad and Tobago three.“It’s going to be a battle amongst the remaining four teams,” Arena said.The top three nations qualify for next year’s tournament in Russia, and the fourth-place team advance to a playoff against Asia’s No. 5 finisher.“It puts more pressure on us,” Howard said, “but we’re still right in the thick of it.”The Americans have lost two home games in a World Cup cycle for the first time since 1957 and likely will need points on the road to qualify. They play at Honduras on Tuesday and close the hexagonal next month at home against Panama and at Trinidad and Tobago. American forward Jozy Altidore is suspended for Tuesday’s game after an 80th minute yellow card for pushing Johan Venegas.The U.S. opened the final round with a 2-1 home loss to Mexico and a 4-0 rout at Costa Rica, causing the USSF to fire coach Jurgen Klinsmann and bring back Arena, the Americans’ coach from 1998-2006. The U.S. had been 9-0-5 since Arena’s return, winning home qualifiers against Honduras and Trinidad and gaining draws at Panama and Mexico.Christian Pulisic, the Americans’ emerging 18-year-old star, had the best U.S. scoring chance in the 67th minute but was denied by goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who batted the ball with his right hand off his right foot, and it was cleared to safety. Navas then made a sliding stop on Altidore just before Urena’s second goal.“He had a tough game today and obviously they paid a lot of attention to him,” Arena said of Pulisic. “I think he got a little frustrated.”Many Costa Rican fans were in the sellout crowd of 26,500 at Red Bull Arena for the first World Cup qualifier in the New York area, avoided in the past by the U.S. Soccer Federation as it sought overwhelmingly pro-American venues.Arena repeatedly hectored Panamanian referee John Pitti, who did not call penalty kicks when Altidore was pushed to the ground in the first half and Clint Dempsey was knocked down in the second.Desperate for a goal, Arena finished the match with four forwards after inserting Dempsey in the 65th minute and Jordan Morris in the 84th.Costa Rica went ahead after Howard cleared the ball to past midfield and the Ticos won possession. With Ream and Cameron split wide, Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz played a through ball to Urena — the U.S. claimed Ruiz handled the ball before passing. Urena took several touches to get around Ream and from a wide angle spotted Howard committing to his left to defend his near post. Urena slotted the ball to the far post, past the goalkeeper’s outstretched right arm.“I was worried about him slotting it to the near post,” Howard said.Ream, taking over from injured John Brooks, was paired with Cameron in central defense for the first time. Just before the goal, Arena slapped his arms in disgust when Ream played the ball back to Howard rather than advance it upfield.“We got split there, our center backs, which shouldn’t happen,” Arena said.Cameron’s gaffe led to Urena’s 13th goal in 56 international appearances. The U.S. quickly turned its attention to Tuesday.“We’ll have to go to Honduras now and win,” midfielder Alejandro Bedoya said. “There’s no question about that.”NOTES: Honduras won 2-1 at Trinidad, getting goals from Alexander Lopez in the seventh minute and Alberth Elis in the 17th. Joevin Jones converted a penalty kick for the hosts in 67th after a foul by Catrachos left back Emilio Izaguirre, who received his second yellow card and was ejected. … Hirving Lozano scored in the 58th minute for host Mexico in its 1-0 victory over Panama.By RONALD BLUMTweetPinShare0 Shares
zoom The following video shows the highlights from the first day of the Offshore Energy 2014 event that opened its doors to visitors yesterday (October 28) at Amsterdam RAI, the Netherlands.Offshore Energy 2014 was opened by Dr. María de Lourdes Melgar Palacios, Under Secretary of Hydrocarbons of Mexico, joined by Pieter van Oord, CEO of Van Oord and Chairman of the Association of Dutch Suppliers in the Oil & Gas Industry IRO and Coert van Zijll Langhout, Director of Navingo BV.Offshore Energy is the fastest growing gathering of offshore industry professionals. The two-day event is breaking records year after year with more than 600 exhibitors present in 2014.The event is expected to spark the interest of over 10,000 visitors from the sector.World Maritime News Staff
Emergency response organizations are tuned in and more students plugged in, thanks to surplus property from the Nova Scotia government. Something for everyone seems to be the theme as items deemed surplus get a new lease on life through the Nova Scotia government’s surplus disposal program. All items that were sold or otherwise disposed of as surplus by the government in 2004 are listed in Nova Scotia Transportation and Public Works’ Surplus Crown Property Disposal Report. The report was tabled today, May 17, in the legislature. “The report tells us that $856,600 was returned to the province through the sale of surplus items, but that’s just a small part of the story,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “The program also resulted in thousands of pieces of used computer equipment being turned over to the Computers for Schools Program and other useful equipment going to community organizations.” “More than one-third of the computer equipment donated to the Computers for Schools Program comes from the government of Nova Scotia,” said Michael Nicksy, co-ordinator of technology recycling for the Department of Education. “To buy this equipment would cost schools almost a million dollars and, to buy new equipment to do what this does, would cost them three times as much.” The computer equipment donated included 2,057 computers, 1,881 keyboards, 1,284 monitors, 522 printers, 250 laptops and 920 computer mice. This equipment will be refurbished and put into schools throughout Nova Scotia. “The computer gear that we turn in, while no longer suitable for critical government functions, will be of great value in a school environment,” said Mr. Russell. In addition, the program oversees the dispersal of thousands of helpful items including office furniture, maintenance equipment, tools, and so on, which are sold at public auction or donated to community groups. In 2004, 115 non-profit or community organizations received donations from the program. The program also continued to enhance public safety with the distribution of VHF (very high frequency) radios to five emergency organizations across Nova Scotia. The province has successfully implemented a trunked mobile radio system during the last few years, making most of its existing VHF equipment unnecessary. This equipment has been turned over to emergency organizations throughout the province. The public auctions listed in the report include the sale of vehicles and heavy equipment. The best-known item sold as surplus was the car ferry Joshua Slocum, which was sold through public tender to Beaver Marine for $141,651. The most valuable surplus item sold was a parcel of land on Rocky Lake Road, between Bedford and Waverley, which went for $205,301. Surplus items are distributed under the authority of the Surplus Crown Property Disposal Act. The 10 categories of surplus items listed in the report are: disposed real property (i.e. land and/or buildings); VHF asset disposal initiative; items sold at public auction; heavy equipment sold at public auction; items sold through public tender; items donated to non-profit, non-government agencies; material sent for recycling; computer equipment for the Computer for Schools program; scrap waste; and surplus equipment used in school renovations and construction. The report is available on the Transporation and Public Works website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/govservices/govIC.asp .
The public is invited to attend the annual Lieutenant-Governor’s Garden Party. The party will be held Wednesday, June 17, at Royal Artillery Park in Halifax from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served. People attending the garden party can enter Royal Artillery Park through the gates at 1575 Queen St., or the main entrance off Sackville Street. Parking is limited at Royal Artillery Park, but additional spaces are available at the Dalhousie University parking lot on the corner of Queen and Morris streets.
OTTAWA — A new tool launched Tuesday could help voters learn what political issues are resonating in ethnic media and how that could impact voting in the fall federal election.Andrew Griffith, a former director general with the Immigration Department, has partnered with Mirems, a firm that monitors and translates stories from over 800 ethnic media outlets, to create Diversityvotes.ca.The website takes comprehensive statistics about Canada’s minority communities and presents it alongside stories by ethnic media outlets.Griffith said the data will provide context about who is consuming multilingual news stories in any riding and quantify how their opinions could influence individual races.“One of the key objectives is really to break the communities out of their silos and break the politicians out of their silo approach by basically level the playing field,” Griffith said.“(This will) provide greater transparency about what is happening within one community versus a different community, what is the diversity within the community, and those kinds of issues to help empower the process and ensure there is greater participation and greater awareness.”The online tool is also expected to shine a light on how campaigns are interacting with different ethnic communities. It could, for example, provide greater transparency over politicians or parties that target their messages differently to individual minority groups in the hopes of winning votes in the October election.This kind of targeting became an issue in the lead-up to the byelection in Burnaby South earlier this year after the Liberal candidate in the riding, Karen Wang, posted on Chinese social media platform WeChat that she was the “only” Chinese candidate while NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh — her opponent — was “of Indian descent.”Wang resigned as the candidate and issued an apology denying any racist intent.Andres Machalski, president of Mirems, said he hopes the new initiative will not only expose possible political gaffes like the one in Burnaby South, but more widely give new and native-born Canadians a better idea of what is being discussed among different ethnic groups.“It’s an awareness of diversity,” he said.“What has happened to diversity in Canada and the world is that it’s shifted from being motherhood and apple pie to being something that is polarized. It’s being weaponized and used to discriminate and at the same time it is the heart of our country — this is a country made up of immigrants.”There are 41 ridings where visible minorities form the majority of the voting population and another 93 ridings where minorities make up between 20 and 50 per cent of eligible voters, Griffith said. Issues that matter to them and the way they react to policy announcements in the campaign will make a difference in those ridings or in areas with close races, he said.“You’re not going to win a majority government unless you have strong support in immigrant-rich or visible-minority-rich ridings. It’s just physically impossible.”The tool is free to use, but Machalski said users can donate on the website to the public service project.—Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press
1 killed, 3 injured in Saudi Aramco oil pipeline leak DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Saudi oil giant Saudi Aramco says one person has been killed and three others injured as a result of an oil pipeline leak in the east of the kingdom.The company said in a statement Sunday that an emergency response team managed to contain the leak Saturday in Abqaiq.It did not provide details on how the contractor was killed. Two contractors who were hurt in the incident have been released from the hospital, while an Aramco employee who was injured remains in stable condition.The company says it plans a thorough investigation of the accident. by The Associated Press Posted Feb 19, 2017 7:55 am MDT Last Updated Feb 19, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Teaching professionals and careers advisors will take the first steps to ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ this month, when automotive companies across the UK open their doors to demonstrate the extensive and diverse range of careers and skills opportunities available to young people.Supported by the Automotive Council and launched by Business Secretary, Vince Cable, in March this year, the initiative is part of the government’s drive to encourage young people to consider careers in engineering and manufacturing and sets out to challenge existing perceptions of UK manufacturing within the automotive industry.Vince Cable said: “The UK is one of the biggest manufacturing nations in the world and building on this success in the decades to come will be the young people in school and college now. This is a potentially life changing opportunity for these young people to see whether they could fulfil their potential in any one of the wide range of careers that manufacturing has to offer them. I am hugely optimistic about the true picture of British industry these events will paint and hope that it shows where some persistent myths about manufacturing are wide of the mark.”“The scope and scale of the automotive sector presents a huge array of opportunities for young people to embark on careers within industry,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Over 700,000 are people employed by UK automotive within retail, design, engineering, manufacturing, aftermarket and supply chain sectors. In June, teachers and careers advisors will have the opportunity to experience first-hand what it means to work in the automotive sector and to learn about the exciting range of careers and skills opportunities for young people.”Designed to offer a flavour of the activities that will be rolled out over 10-21 October, June will see 17 automotive companies across the UK, including BMW, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and McLaren Automotive, open their doors to offer teachers, careers advisors and university professionals an insight into working in the automotive industry. They will be invited to take part in guided plant tours, Q&A sessions with automotive apprentices, attend vehicle assembly and testing demonstrations and get a ‘hands-on’ opportunity to experience automotive engineering.The full fortnight of activities in October as part of ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ will see more than 30 companies across the UK offering an even broader range of activities and inviting students, school leavers and graduates to take part. ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ is expected to be extended to the wider manufacturing sector, but UK automotive will be trailblazing the initiative this year.Click through to find out more about ‘See Inside Manufacturing‘ and the activities being staged across the UK on and around 29 June. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
The ridge acted like a huge dam and behind it was a proglacial lake, the researchers explained. The lake overflowed in giant waterfalls, eroding the rock escarpment, weakening it and eventually causing it to fail and release huge volumes of water onto the valley floor below.”We still don’t know for sure why the proglacial lake spilt over,” said Jenny Collier, a co-author of the study from Imperial’s department of earth science and engineering.”Perhaps part of the ice sheet broke off, collapsing into the lake, causing a surge that carved a path for the water to cascade off the chalk ridge. Maybe an earth tremor… further weakened the ridge and caused (it) to collapse, releasing the megaflood that we have found evidence for in our studies.”Either way, the scientists said, if it was not for a set of chance geological circumstances, Britain may have remained connected to mainland Europe, jutting out into the sea like Denmark.The researchers still have no exact timeline of events, but said they now want to take and analyse core samples of the in-filled sediments in the plunge pools to try and pinpoint the timing of erosion and the filling of the pools.They cautioned, however, that this next step will be tricky, since getting samples in the Dover Strait means navigating huge tidal changes and the world’s busiest shipping lane. Scientists have found evidence of how ancient Britain separated from Europe in what they are dubbing “Brexit 1.0″ – a flooding event that happened in two stages thousands of years ago.In research published in the journal Nature Communications on Tuesday, the scientists said they now have proof that the opening of the Dover Strait in the English Channel, severing the land between Britain and France, occurred in two episodes – an initial lake spill over, followed by catastrophic flooding.”The breaching of this land bridge between Dover and Calais was undeniably one of the most important events in British history, helping to shape our island nation’s identity,” said Sanjeev Gupta, a professor at Imperial College London who co-led the work. South Foreland lighthouse and the white cliffs of Dover are seen from a cross-channel ferryCredit:Reuters “When the ice age ended and sea levels rose, flooding the valley floor for good, Britain lost its physical connection to the mainland,” he said. “This is Brexit 1.0 – the Brexit nobody voted for.”The first pieces of the puzzle came some 10 years ago, when researchers found geophysical evidence of giant valleys on the seafloor in the central part of English Channel. They believed these valley networks were evidence of a megaflood gouging out the land, probably caused by a breach in a chalk rock ridge joining Britain to France.In the new study, new geophysical data collected by colleagues in Belgium and France has been combined with seafloor data from Britain showing evidence of huge holes and a valley system located on the seafloor. This helped the team establish how the chalk ridge was breached. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Jomel Warrican (ESPNCricinfo photo)Jomel Warrican, the left-arm spinner, returned to the West Indies Test squad for their two-match series against India in October. Warrican played the last of his four Tests in January 2016, but was handed a red-ball contract by Cricket West Indies in January this year, indicating that he remained very much part of their plans.Warrican has spent the last two months with the West Indies A team, playing England Lions and India A in England. While his numbers from those games are not particularly striking, he did cause the touring Sri Lankans issues in May, claiming 4 for 81 in a warm-up game in Tarouba. In India, he will offer West Indies a second-specialist spin option behind legspinner Devendra Bishoo.Alzarri Joseph, the 21-year old fast bowler, is also set to return to Test cricket after more than a year. Joseph broke into the West Indies side as a 19-year-old in 2016 and has since played six Tests, the last of which was last August in England. Joseph is returning from a stress fracture in his back, which he picked up in New Zealand in December. He returned to limited-overs cricket in the preceding series at home, against Bangladesh, and was picked in the squad for the second Test of that series. He, however, did not play, making this his first chance at long-form cricket since the injury.Batsman Sunil Ambris is also back for his first Test of the year, having missed out recently due to injury, according to West Indies’ chairman of selectors Courtney Brown. It is not clear what the injury was. Ambris had fractured his left forearm during the series against New Zealand last December – his debut series, where he was hit-wicket twice in two games – but it was believed that he had recovered from that injury ahead of West Indies’ home-summer series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.Jahmar Hamilton, the uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman, also made the 15. Hamilton was picked for the home Tests against Sri Lanka but didn’t get a game. In India, he will provide back-up with the gloves to Shane Dowrich.Batsman Devon Smith, who made a return this season against Sri Lanka after three years out of the team, and fast bowler Miguel Cummins are the only two to miss out from the squad that played the Bangladesh series.Browne said: “The panel congratulates Jason Holder and his team on the excellent performance against Bangladesh. As the team embarks on a tough tour of India, the successes against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh should hold them in good stead. The panel welcomes back Sunil Ambris, who missed the last couple of series due to injury, along with Jomel Warrican, who adds a second spin-bowling option to the attack.”While West Indies are coming off a convincing 2-0 series win against Bangladesh and a drawn series against Sri Lanka, they have struggled significantly against their upcoming opponents. Their last Test win against India came in Kingston in 2002, while their last Test success in India was a 243-run win in Mohali in 1994. The two Tests in India will be followed by five ODIs and three T20Is.West Indies Test squadJason Holder (capt), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedShermon Lewis replaces Alzarri Joseph in Windies Test Tour of IndiaSeptember 18, 2018In “latest news”Campbell hails grandfather in rise to Windies coloursJanuary 17, 2019In “latest news”West Indies confident ahead of first Test match against EnglandJanuary 22, 2019In “Sports”
By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3282422 Share Tweet Email1 Mar 10th 2017, 11:06 PM Volkswagen pleads guilty in emissions cheating scandal, set to pay extra €4bn in fines The guilty plea entered today is in addition to over €16 billion in settlements the company has already agreed to pay. 23 Comments 11,789 Views GERMAN CARMAKER VOLKSWAGEN AG has pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the emissions-cheating scandal, closing an important chapter in the saga that has rocked the company since 2015.The company in January agreed to plead guilty and pay $4.3 billion (just over €4 billion) in criminal and civil fines to settle charges that it defrauded the United States and conspired to violate the Clean Air Act by installing so-called defeat devices on diesel-powered cars that evaded emissions standards.“Volkswagen deeply regrets the behaviour that gave rise to the diesel crisis,” Volkswagen spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan said in a statement.“The agreements that we have reached with the US government reflect our determination to address misconduct that went against all of the values Volkswagen holds so dear.”The settlement with the Justice Department also requires the company to hire an outside compliance monitor for three years.The guilty plea entered today is in addition to $17.5 billion (about €16.4 billion) that the company already agreed to pay in settlements with car owners and dealers and for environmental cleanup.ArrestOne aspect of the case that remains unresolved is the fate of VW executive Oliver Schmidt who US authorities arrested in Miami in January, one of six company officials charged in the matter.Prosecutors this week rejected defence arguments that Schmidt should be released pending the outcome of his case and described him as a flight risk. The other five company officials charged are believed to be in Germany.Regulators in 2015 discovered that Volkswagen diesel cars marketed as clean in fact spewed up to 40 times the permissible limits of nitrogen oxide during normal driving, but this was hidden during emissions testing.As many as 11 million vehicles sold worldwide were configured to cheat emissions tests.The company developed the illegal technology in 2009 and, according to court documents, prosecutors believe senior employees attempted a cover-up after learning of the illegal technology in 2015.- © AFP 2017Read: Trump team knew Michael Flynn might register as foreign agentRead: Pope Francis says he may consider allowing married men to become priests Short URL Friday 10 Mar 2017, 11:06 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders agreed on Friday to open a new checkpoint linking the two sides of the divided island.The crossing point, in a remote semi-mountainous region in the northwest of the island, had long been demanded by locals living on both sides.“The two leaders decided to proceed with the opening of the Yesilirmak/Limnitis crossing point under normal rules of existing crossings,” Taye-Brook Zerihoun, the United Nations special representative for Cyprus, said.It was not immediately clear when the checkpoint would open. The checkpoint, known as Yesilirmak in Turkish and Limnitis in Greek, will be the seventh crossing linking the island’s estranged Greek and Turkish Cypriots, separated by a UN-policed buffer zone splitting the island from east to west.European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, on a fleeting visit to Cyprus on Thursday, said the EU would finance part of the cost of the new checkpoint.“This is very good news and an excellent response to the call I made yesterday to both leaders to agree on confidence-building measures and move forward in the negotiations to reunify the country,” Barroso said in a statement.“This agreement shows that when there is a will there is a way.”The opening of the new crossing had been delayed by disagreements over Turkish Cypriot supplies and access to a military outpost in a coastal pocket of territory surrounded by Greek Cypriots. The dispute hinged on how to get fuel supplies, which the troops needed for a generator and a tractor, to the outpost.The small enclave would be connected to the nearest electricity grid, which is in Greek Cypriot territory, and nonmilitary supplies would be taken there by road under UN escort, the UN said.
Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi admits his side is struggling this season but have mastered the art of grinding out wins ahead of Genoa’s clash.Inzaghi’s men have won three on the spin, all by a lone goal, against Empoli, Frosinone and Apollon Limassol.“We are picking up very slender victories, but very, very important ones,” said the Coach in his Press conference.“The lads did well to get back on their feet after losses to Juventus and Napoli. Compared to last season, we’ve learned how to grind out a result and we must continue working until we find our sharpness and the right balance.There has to be a middle ground between a tight win and conceding a ton of goals, but right now we cannot afford slip-ups.”Lazio’s top players have struggled to deliver so far this season.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Sergej is a very sensitive young man and some of the criticism hurt him, but he’ll soon get back to making the difference.”Lazio is set to meet familiar faces like Federico Marchetti, Goran Pandev, and Coach Davide Ballardini.“I’m happy to see Ballardini again, as he was my Coach here. Pandev always made me cry as an opponent, as he tends to score against us! I wish Marchetti all the best, as I really wanted him in the team when I arrived.“We dropped three very important points against Genoa last year and we know they are tough to break down. We’re keeping a special eye on Piatek.“We will probably be without Luiz Felipe, Valon Berisha and Stefan Radu. We did extraordinary things last season and expectations have since been raised, but we’re only five games into this campaign and there’s time to get into gear.“We’ve been working on our finishing with specific exercises in training.”
Dan Cohen AUTHOR A recent decision to raise the maximum altitude aircraft can fly within a vast training range in the western Dakotas, southeast Montana and northeast Wyoming will significantly boost the military value of Ellsworth AFB, S.D., says Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.). The change will allow pilots to fly missions at up to 52,000 feet, twice the current ceiling, over 28,000 square miles of the Air Force’s Powder River Training Complex for several days annually. The new ceiling means stealth aircraft — including the B-2 Spirit bomber, F-35 Lightning and F-22 Raptor — can fly at normal operating altitudes, reports the Rapid City Journal.“This is a game-changer for Ellsworth in terms of its stability,” Rounds said. “This basically ensures that Ellsworth isn’t going to go anyplace for at least another 50 to 75 years.” The higher altitudes will initially be allowed for an exercise later this month. Rounds said the new limit will be needed after the Air Force transitions to the B-21 Raider — the strategic bomber slated to replace the B-1B Lancer and B-2 — beginning in 2023.
The Joe Miller campaign obtained 2010 GOP flyers and sent them, with a few modifications. (Image provided by Miller campaign)In another sign that this is a strange election year, the U.S. Senate campaign of Libertarian Joe Miller is mailing leftover flyers the Alaska Republican Party printed in 2010, but didn’t send. The flyers are critical of the incumbent, Sen. Lisa Murkowski. In 2010, she was the candidate the party was trying to defeat in the General Election. Now, though, Murkowski is the Republican nominee, so the Republicans are crying foul on Miller.Listen Now The GOP has complained to the Anchorage Police Department and Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock says the Postal Service informed him it is looking into the mailing.“I don’t know if they were printed up recently and not reported, or whether someone hoarded them in their garage for six years hoping that there’d be another contest between Miller and Murkowski,” Babcock said. “I don’t know. But it’s a pretty bizarre situation.”Miller said last week someone dropped off boxes of the leftover GOP flyers at his campaign.“Many boxes were brought. I wasn’t here when they were brought,” he told reporters.Miller treated it as a contribution from the party to his campaign. On his campaign finance report he put the value at $4,500.A Miller spokesman says the campaign paid a printer to black out the original bulk mail permit and added “Paid for by Citizens for Joe Miller.” They affixed first-class stamps and mailed an undisclosed number of them. There are two other additions to the mailer: At the very top, the Miller campaign wrote “What the Republican Party said in 2010 ….” and, further down, “What has changed?”Babcock says the mailer would confuse voters, because it has the original disclosure, saying it’s paid for by the Alaska Republican Party, and another saying the Miller campaign paid. Babcock said a postal employee told him the service had refused to accept some version of the flyer late last week, although it is not clear why. Babcock says he was told there was no attempt to use the Republican party’s bulk mail permit. The Postal Service confirmed the matter is under review but did not immediately provide specifics.Miller, on Monday evening, was striking back, accusing the Republican Party of making a false police report.