Japan aims for the heart of an asteroid

first_imgJapan today successfully launched Hayabusa 2, a spacecraft that if all goes well will return to Earth in 2020 carrying samples, including, for the first time, material from beneath the weathered surface of an asteroid.Less than 2 hours after a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency H-IIA rocket lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center at 1:22 p.m. local time, Hayabusa 2, developed by the agency’s Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, separated from the rocket’s second stage and embarked on its planned 6-year round trip to asteroid 1999 JU3. The probe will collect data while circling the asteroid, deploy several small landers, and briefly touch down to collect surface samples. Then, in the most audacious gambit of the mission, Hayabusa 2 will release an impactor that will blast a crater into the asteroid. The spacecraft will then touch down a second time and capture ejecta. Comparing samples from the surface and from underground will give scientists a better idea of the original material of this asteroid type and how space weathers it.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(*)The Hayabusa 2 team hopes their probe will have a far less eventful voyage than its predecessor. Before and after touching down on the asteroid Itokawa in 2005, the first Hayabusa had to overcome fuel leaks, multiple equipment failures, and a weeks-long loss of communications that had mission managers worried the craft was lost. But in 2010, after a 7-year, 6-billion-kilometer space odyssey, Hayabusa set an historic first: It brought samples from the surface of an asteroid back to Earth. Combining the findings of the Hayabusa missions, which target different asteroid types, and those of a European spacecraft’s recent visit to a comet promises to sharpen our understanding of the early solar system and which of its varied bodies might have seeded our planet with water and organic compounds.last_img read more

LSGH completes improbable climb, upsets Mapua for first crown

first_imgIt was the first title for LSGH since joining the league in 1998.Coach Marvin Bienvenida dedicated the victory to the long list of players and coaches who were involved in the program from the start.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We joined the NCAA in 1998 and for all the players who played since 1998 until today, this is for them,” Bienvenida said, after his wards unseated the Cardinals.Cagulangan, the 5-foot-9 playmaker, once again made the biggest impact by nailing two free throws with under a minute left to put the Junior Blazers ahead to stay. LATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The performance capped an impressive three weeks for Cagulangan, who almost singlehandedly carried LSGH to wins against San Beda in the semifinals and against Mapua in the finals opener.The Junior Blazers dropped five of their last six games in the elimination round, before bundling out San Sebastian College-Recoletos in a playoff for the No. 4 seed. Joshua David and Joel Cagulangan sparkled down the stretch as College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills stunned top seed and defending champion Mapua, 75-74, to capture its first NCAA juniors basketball crown on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.David finished with 27 points, while Cagulangan dished out an all-around game of 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Junior Blazers completed a stunning climb to the top, after nearly missing out on the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justicecenter_img Reyes lauds Gilas composure vs ‘skilled, talented’ Japanese Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

Spinners will decide outcome of India-New Zealand Test series: Gautam Gambhir

first_imgGautam Gambhir feels the spinners will play a key role and will decide the outcome of the upcoming three-match India-New Zealand series starting September 22 at Kanpur.The out-of-favour India opener also cautioned the hosts not to take New Zealand team lightly because the visitors have decent spinners in their line-up.”New Zealand has always been a very gritty kind of a side. They have always been underdogs, no one rates them very highly but they have always done well in every conditions,” Gambhir said on Thursday. (WATCH: Virat Kohli gears up for New Zealand Tests)”They have got a good squad. They have got three spinners (in Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi and Mark Craig) and spinners of whichever sides bowl well it will eventually decide the series,” Gambhir added.Gambhir scored 320 runs at an average of 80 per innings in the recently-concluded Duleep Trophy to lead India Blue to the title. But despite his exploits with the bat, the selectors once again ignored him when they picked up the 15-member squad for the upcoming series against New Zealand.Asked Gambhir about the recent snub, the left-handed batsman curtly said: “I don’t play for selection honestly. Ultimately my job is to score runs and that is what I focus on. (KL Rahul credits Virat Kohli for his success at international level)”You should just go out there and look to control things which you can control, rest is selectors job. Whatever the selectors decide it is their opinion. My job is to go out there and help my team in winning.”advertisementGambhir reiterated that he is a “traditionalist” and is not in favour of any tinkering with Test cricket. He said Test cricket should be left as it is and any experimentation with pink balls should be carried out only in T20 and ODI cricket.”I totally believe that just to attract crowd, we don’t need to shift to pink balls from red balls unless you think red ball cricket is not producing results.”Now-a-days we hardly get to see a drawn Test. Test cricket is a traditional format and it should be left as it is. You can experiment pink balls in T20, ODIs, there is no harm in it,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Indian Test cricketers to get pay hike, conditions apply

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) turned Santa in a hastily convened emergent working committee meet where efforts were made to make the entire Indian cricket ecosystem happy.The first beneficiary of the windfall would be those playing Test cricket for  India. The Secretary and the President have been authorised to raise the Test pay of cricketers to somewhat address the disparity of pay between Test players and IPL stars. Test cricketers currently get Rs 7 lakh per match while IPL contracts run into multiple crores for top players. (BCCI ignores first Lodha deadline with a curious SGM postponement)It was also agreed to have more tournaments for women’s cricket and put in place a payment structure for pitch curators.In what is seen as an appeasement move, the state units which constitute the BCCI, many of whom are unhappy to be kept in the dark by the top brass on their legal strategy to challenge Lodha reforms were told they would get a share of the surplus revenue arising out of the now defunct Champions League T20.All of these decisions could be no balled by the court if those holding authority are ultimately suspended. But Board officials are hopeful. “Even though the BCCI is delicately placed in its fight with judiciary, we expect the cricketing decisions to be accepted by the court,” said a source who attended the meeting.Some observers think this is a parting gift from the top brass with their imminent exit. Others believe this is to send the message across that cricketers benefited during their rule.advertisementlast_img read more

T20 hardest format to captain, feels Michael Clarke

first_imgA captain of a cricket team is challenged the most in the shortest format of the game, T20, former Australia skipper Michael Clarke said on Saturday.”T20 cricket is probably the hardest format of the game to be captain in because it’s all about your gut instinct,” Clarke told reporters on the sidelines of his academy “Michael Clarke cricket academy” joining hands with a city-based counterpart in helping budding cricketers train in Australia.”You don’t have time to go and talk to your vice-captain or talk to your other senior players. Or stand beside your wicketkeeper at slip and ask for his advice.”You see it, you feel it and you have to make a decision straightaway. I think captaincy is one of the most underrated things in T20 cricket. A great captain can win you a tournament.Citing the example of former compatriot and legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne, who led now-suspended Rajasthan Royals to an improbable Indian Premier League triumph in the inaugural year, Clarke said: “Shane Warne is a great example of that. The way he led Rajasthan, that team, to the final. Yes they did well as a team but he got the best out of his players and he captained that team tactically very very well.”Clarke was captain of Australia for three years between 2007-2010. During his time, the Baggy Green won 12 times losing just four encounters.Currently in IPL 10, there are three Australians captaining their respective franchises. While defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad are led by David Warner, Rising Pune Supergiant have national team skipper Steve Smith and Kings XI Punjab have Glenn Maxwell in charge.advertisementClarke rated Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir and Delhi Daredevils captain Zaheer Khan as the two best ones this season.”Gambhir has been outstanding. Zaheer Khan has been phenomenal as well. You have to make really quick decisions as a captain in the shortest format. Sometimes they work sometimes they don’t.Gambhir has led KKR to two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014 while Zaheer’s leadership skills have impressed many although Delhi have failed to qualify for the playoffs.Asked to name the Indian players who have impressed Clarke in this edition, the 36-year old said: “The Pandya (Hardik and Krunal) brothers from Mumbai. (Ajinkya) Rahane from Mumbai. Rishabh Pant, watching him bat last night… There are so many…There is so much talent in Indian cricket and that’s why I love the IPL so much because it exposes Indian talent and gives the world an opportunity to see how good these players are.””If you don’t have tournaments like the IPL, these guys aren’t seen until they make the best XI. India has so many wonderful players it’s hard to get into that XI.”It’s like the (Big Bash League) BBL in Australia. The Big Bash had done exactly the same. It has allowed young Australian players the opportunity to play in front of big crowds, under pressure, televised games, You learn that before getting to the international stage. I think Indian cricket is in really safe hands. There is a lot of talent.”Clarke did not want to read too much into Royal Challengers Bangalore’s poor show this term, saying the team led by India captain Virat Kohli will bounce back next time.”RCB has got a lot of talented players, they are led very well by a wonderful captain in Virat Kohli. They haven’t performed very well this season but I am confident they will turn it around next year.”last_img read more

Virat Kohli will be really hungry to perform in ICC Champions Trophy: Monty Panesar to India Today

first_imgEngland’s left-arm spinner Monty Panesar has backed Virat Kohli to come out top at the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales starting June 1. Panesar believes Kohli had a below par Indian Premier League to his standards and will be eager to perform at the elite tournament. Kohli finished with 308 runs from 10 matches at 30.80.”I think they have got a chance of winning the tournament. Obviously, Virat Kohli did not have a great IPL so he’s going to be really hungry to perform in this big tournament. Kohli is a key player and he loves performing on the big stage. He’s been a match-winner for Team India and I am sure he’s very very hungry to score runs in England,” Monty Panesar told India Today.India begin their campaign with two warm-ups against New Zealand and Bangladesh before taking on arch-rivals Pakistan in Birmingham on June 4. It will be the first major ICC tournament for Kohli as the captain of the Indian team and Panesar believes Pakistan clash will be the best game for Kohli to return to form.”India and Pakistan have great competition and that game is definitely going to light up the tournament. The atmosphere is always electric and England fans look forward to seeing sub-continent teams playing. There is a good population from the sub-continent. Obviously they support England but also India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka,” he said.WATCH FULL VIDEOPanesar Pakistan game will be the perfect stage for Kohli to rediscover his form.”I think he’s not going to put too much pressure on himself, he’ll probably do what he does best. He loves intensity, he loves competition and that gets the best out of him. Pakistan is the match to provide him that environment. India’s form has been very good and Anil Kumble is unbelievable. He’s only been there for one year and they are going to appoint a new coach, I am like BCCI guys what are you thinking? Give Anil Kumble a two-year extension. He has been amazing in the last 12 months, give him automatic extension because he’s been brilliant,” he added.advertisementThe last time Kohli was in England for a five-Test series in 2014, he endured a torrid time scoring 134 runs in 10 innings at 13.40. Following the Test series, Kohli also played four ODIs on the tour and managed to score just 54 runs at an average of 18.00.In the Champions Trophy in 2013, the current India captain had aggregated 176 runs from five matches, including a top score of 58 not out.Overall, he has played 14 ODIs in England and has scored only 424 runs averaging 38.54. However, the good news for his fans is that he has scored a hundred in England when he smashed 107 off 102 against England in a NatWest series game at Cardiff in 2011. Kohli will be keen to better that record in England.Kohli is often compared with his contemporaries Joe Root, Steven Smith and Kane Williamson but Panesar said the India captain is above them all.”Virat Kohli is the most complete batsman in world cricket at the moment,” Panesar said.Panesar also believes that India and England will top their respective groups. India are pooled alongside Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa in Group while England have the likes of Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh in Group A.”I think the group that England are in is easier because they are not playing against spin. All the other spinning sub-continent team are in the other group. I think India are hot favourites in their group because they play well against spin, they are used to the sub-continent teams. England are very good against the quicker bowlers. If you look at it, my prediction will be India and England will top their groups,” Panesar said.Kohli in his press conference before flying to England to defend the Champions Trophy title had said Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni were the strong pillars of Team India. Panesar said he’s motivated by the two superstars and they are indeed the biggest match-winners for the Indian team.”I think as you get older you have to maintain a level of skill as you are playing. Yuvraj and Dhoni are maintaining that strong performances and excelling as well for India and is a motivation for myself as I am looking to make a comeback myself. Seeing how Yuvraj made a comeback, he had an unfortunate cancer treatment but he didn’t lose hope. He played domestic tournaments, scored big runs and then he scored his highest-ever in ODIs. He’s obviously proven to everyone that he’s a real match-winner. He’s a motivation. Like Kohli said, Yuvraj, Dhoni are indeed big match-winners,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Anil Kumble episode did not undermine Cricket Advisory Committee: Sourav Ganguly

first_imgThe Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) consisting Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendukar and  VVS Laxman has the huge task of finding the India’s next coach after Anil Kumble’s shock exit.When asked how the CAC was involved in the mediation between Kohli-Kumble to which Ganguly said “that’s not the case” after attending the meeting between Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the state associations.When further prodded about what kind of coach CAC is looking for, the former captain said, “one who can win cricket matches.”Ganguly in an exclusive to India Today, had earlier said that Kumble’s decision to step down was a personal one.  “Quitting as coach was Kumble’s personal decision. I have spoken to both Virat and Anil. I am aware of everything but it would not be fair for me to say anything in public because I am part of the CAC,” Ganguly told India Today.Anil Kumble had stepped down from the post of head coach after his partnership with skipper Kohli became “untenable”. He took the decision two days after India were handed a 180-run defeat by arch-rivals Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy.   Reports of the rift had first emerged days before India’s Champions Trophy campaign began in England earlier this month. However, Kohli denied the reports and dismissed them as mere speculation.However, Kumble’s statement after the resignation left little to the imagination.”I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the Captain had reservations with my ‘style’ and about my continuing as the Head Coach. I was surprised since I had always respected the role boundaries between Captain and Coach. Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between the Captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I therefore believe it is best for me to move on,” Kumble wrote in the statement.advertisementKohli deleted a tweet he had put out welcoming Kumble as India coach in 2016.But hours later, in a pre-match press conference ahead India’s first ODI against West indies, Kohli said: “Anil bhai has expressed his views and has taken a decision to step out. We all respect that decision. It is something that happened right after the tournament. “Kumble’s original contract expired with the team’s Champions Trophy campaign, but the former captain was tipped to get an extension after enjoying a successful run during his year in charge.last_img read more

Chelsea declare Carlo Ancelotti replacing Antonio Conte reports as ‘absolute nonsense’

first_imgChelsea reacted angrily on Friday to newspaper reports that Carlo Ancelotti was set to replace manager Antonio Conte and that former coach Steve Holland has received texts from unhappy players who say they are missing him.A club spokesman described the reports as “absolute nonsense” and denied that any player had contacted Holland, who left in the close-season to become full-time assistant to England manager Gareth Southgate.Conte, who played for Juventus under Ancelotti, a Chelsea league and FA Cup winner in 2010, used an expletive in relation to the same reports.”This is a lack of respect,” he told a news conference. “They try to create problems between me, the club and the players.”It’s no good that this person has to send me a message to say this is not true. I hate this type of situation.”Conte faced criticism after successive defeats by Manchester City and bottom club Crystal Palace, followed by a 3-3 draw at home to Roma in the Champions League.But since then Chelsea achieved a late 4-2 victory over Watford and beaten managerless Everton 2-1 in the League Cup, leading him to deny it was his toughest period since taking over 17 months ago.”I had a really tough period last season, tougher than now,” he said.The champions, fourth in the table, visit Bournemouth on Saturday looking to repeat a two-goal win there in April.”Their position in the table is not right,” Conte said. “They played very well in a lot of games but sometimes they were very unlucky.”advertisementMidfielder N’Golo Kante could be back for Tuesday’s return game against Roma in Italy, the manager added.last_img read more

PBL 3: Saina Nehwal-less Awadhe Warriors stun defending champions Chennai Smashers

first_imgKidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap were at the heart of things for Awadhe Warriors as they kickstarted their Premier Badminton League (PBL) 3 season with a 4-3 win over defending champions Chennai Smashers at the Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium in Guwahati on Saturday.Even without Saina Nehwal, Awadhe Warriors managed to win the tie in the first three matches of the total five when they took a 4-0 lead, including the Trump match win by Kashyap, to inflict defeat upon Chennai.According to the rule, each team choses their Trump match, which fetches them two points instead of the usual one if they win. However, if a team loses the Trump match, a point is deducted from their tally.Saina Nehwal, who pulled out of the tie with an ankle strain, was on the sidelines cheering for her team as they dominated the defending champions.Player of the day @parupallik A well deserved winGo #AwadheWarriors #SmashTheHouseDown @PBLIndiaLive @VodafoneIN @StarSportsIndia @sainasquad pic.twitter.com/C3xXbWrBdx- Awadhe Warriors (@awadhewarrior) December 23, 2017Awadhe took an important lead in the first match of the tie, which was the mixed doubles when Tang Chun Man and Christinna Pederson beat Chris and Gabrielle Adcock 10-15, 15-5, 15-12.The second match of the day was the men’s singles and Awadhe’s Trump match between Kashyap and Chennai’s Daniel D Farid, where Kashyap emerged victorious 15-12, 15-8, giving Awadhe two points in the tie.Kashyap completely dominated the match and without breaking much sweat, he sealed the matter in straight games to send Awadhe 3-0 up in the tie.advertisementAwadhe ran away with an unassailable 3-0 (4-0 on points) lead quite early by winning both their men’s singles and mixed doubles before the Smashers managed to pull back the deficit to 4-3, after pocketing the men’s doubles and women’s singles ties.Post that, Srikanth took the court against Frenchman Brice Leverdez in the second men’s singles of the tie.Despite a slow beginning, Srikanth got into the groove in the later part of the games, just when it mattered most, and beat the tricky Leverdez 15-12, 15-13.Srikanth took his time to read his opponents and watched out for his shots. He was not going all out and was waiting for smashing opportunities to eke out points against the Frenchman.Srikanth said after the match that conditions played a major part in his watchful play.”So the conditions today are not very ideal for smashing and that is why I was holding on. Also Leverdez was playing very well and wasn’t giving me a lot of opportunities to smash him down,” Srikanth said after the match.With Awadhe 4-0 up, they had already won the tie when Chris Adcock and Lee Yang beat Hendra Setiawan and Or Chin Chung 15-11, 10-15, 15-11 in the men’s doubles.PV Sindhu played the final match of the day against rookie Sai Uttejitha Rao and comfortably won 15-10, 15-9.The gulf of class between the two was evident when Rao failed to capitalise on her chances and kept sending the shuttle wide.By the second half of the second game, Rao had completely worn out and it turned out to be a cakewalk for India’s Olympic silver medallist.North Eastern Warriors, led by Ajay Jayaram, will take on Carolina Marin-led Hyderabad Hunters in the second tie of the season in Guwahati on Sunday.last_img read more

French Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton wins to retake F1 driver’s lead

first_imgFormula One champion Lewis Hamilton won the French Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday to retake the overall lead from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who finished fifth after a first lap collision.The victory was the 65th of Hamilton’s F1 career but the Briton’s first in France, which was returning to the calendar after a 10-year absence, and continued a triumphant day for English sports fans.”Great work guys! I’m so happy for England as well,” he said over the team radio, referring to the national soccer team’s 6-1 World Cup rout of Panama in Russia. “It’s a beautiful Sunday, everyone.”Hamilton, who had started on pole position, now leads Vettel by 14 points after eight of 21 races. The Briton has 145 and German 131.Three different teams on the podium, for the fifth time in six races #FrenchGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/SI8ZTT7hpQFormula 1 (@F1) June 24, 2018Red Bull’s Dutch 20-year-old Max Verstappen took the chequered flag in second place with Kimi Raikkonen completing the podium for Ferrari and Australian Daniel Ricciardo finishing fourth for Red Bull.Hamilton had never before won in France and his victory at Le Castellet, a southern circuit that last hosted Formula One in 1990, set a record for the most wins at different grands prix.He had shared the record of 22 with retired seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher. He also extended his record of wins at different circuits to 26.There was drama at the start as Hamilton and Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas lined up on the front row with Vettel just behind in third.advertisementFrom a one point deficit to a 14-point leadAfter 8/21, advantage @LewisHamilton #FrenchGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/nsXioSXKqY Formula 1 (@F1) June 24, 2018Vettel and Bottas collided as they jostled for position, with the German handed a five-second penalty for causing the collision.The incident dropped both to the back of the field after pitstops while the safety car was deployed for four laps with debris scattered across the track from other accidents.Two of the three French drivers retired on the spot, with Force India’s Esteban Ocon and Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly the unlucky casualties.CLASSIFICATION (RACE FINISH)A controlled race from Hamilton and the 26th different circuit where he’s won!#FrenchGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/EAr0dCXJ5fFormula 1 (@F1) June 24, 2018Vettel returned to the pits for a new front wing while Bottas limped back on three wheels and a rim with the remains of the tyre flailingDenmark’s Kevin Magnussen finished sixth for the Haas team, with Bottas seventh and Carlos Sainz eighth for Renault after losing two places three laps from the end when his car lost power.Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg took ninth place with Monaco rookie Charles Leclerc a fine 10th for Sauber and denying Haas’s French driver Romain Grosjean his first point of the season.last_img read more

Panama Canal UN Environment to Jointly Fight Climate Change

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Panama Canal Authority The Panama Canal and UN Environment have signed a cooperation agreement to join efforts on sustainable development and combating climate change.The deal includes the exchange of experiences and knowledge, the development of programs and research in areas of shared interest, and human resources training across both institutions.Panama Canal Authority explained that the disruption of rainfall patterns due to climate change is one of the main threats to water levels in the watershed of the canal, that sustains more than two million inhabitants, while producing energy and enabling the operation of the inter-oceanic route which serves around 2.5% of world trade.“We will work closely to protect the environment and promote climate change mitigation and adaptation programs that guarantee the water supply for the inter-oceanic route,” Leo Heileman, the Regional of UN Environment in Latin America and the Caribbean, said.Jorge L. Quijano, the Administrator of the Panama Canal, indicated that the Panama Canal maintains a policy that complies with the best environmental practices by minimizing their impact on the waterway operations and ensuring a rational and sustainable use of natural resources with emphasis on water.The arrangement includes cooperation efforts between both organizations in areas such as the creation and management of environmental economic incentives, integrated watershed management, water availability, air quality, renewable energy, energy efficiency and electric mobility, among others.last_img read more

Government Supporting Community Accessibility Initiatives

first_imgGovernment is supporting efforts to make an elementary school playground in Timberlea, Halifax Regional Municipality, more accessible. Timberlea-Prospect MLA Iain Rankin, on behalf of Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard, announced the support today, Oct. 15, at Beechville Lakeside Timberlea Elementary School. The school received funding from the Community Access-Ability Program. The province is providing almost $10,000 to add playground equipment, such as an accessible basketball area for children with mobility challenges, vertical play panels accessible in a quiet area for children with autism or developmental disabilities and buddy benches to encourage inclusion for all children. “I’m a parent and I’ve met many children with disabilities while volunteering with the school,” said Tara Rourke, from the local parent-teachers group. “From the school library, I’d look out the window at the playground, which is not accessible, and think this just isn’t fair.” “Partnerships like this don’t just help individual schools or communities, they help us as a province,” said Mr. Rankin. “Playing is part of learning. No child should have to sit on the sidelines and watch because they have a physical or other type of challenge. “A more accessible province, one where everyone can live, work and play, no matter what their situation, is a stronger province.” Government has committed to introducing Nova Scotia’s first accessibility legislation in 2016. The Community Access-Ability Program offers grants to community groups for accessibility-related capital improvements, such as renovations to entrances, doorways, washrooms and building ramps. The grants covers up to two-thirds of the costs of renovations, to a maximum of $10,000. The organization must raise at least one-third of the funding, and can receive funding for one project per year. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, visit www.novascotia.ca/coms/disabilities/communityaccessability.html .last_img read more

Pakistanmade mine recovered along Amarnath Yatra route Army

first_imgSrinagar: Security forces have recovered a Pakistan-made mine and a huge cache of arms from along the Amarnath Yatra route, the Army said on Friday. Searches were launched along the pilgrimage route after specific intelligence that Pakistan-based terrorists might target the Yatra using improvised explosive devices and attack pilgrims, Lt Gen KJS Dhillon said in a joint briefing by security forces here. The forces launched a massive operation along the Amarnath Yatra route, during which a huge a cache of arms was recovered and it included a mine with a Pakistan Ordnance Factory stamp and an American sniper rifle M-24, he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Dhillon refused to give the exact location from where the recovery was made as the search operation was still going on. He said the threat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Jammu and Kashmir is more “pronounced” in the hinterland even as the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) remains “largely peaceful”. Regular infiltration attempts are being made by Pakistan-based terrorists but the Army is thwarting their bids at the LoC, he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday On the reports of additional troops being sent to the Valley, Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh said security personnel were on regular duty during the year because of elections, among others, with no time to relax. He said there were also “fresh inputs of increase in violence by terrorists” which made it necessary to “strengthen the counter intelligence grid” on the ground. Refusing to give the exact number of additional troops being sent to the Valley, Singh said they will give on-ground troops some time to relax and strengthen the security system.last_img read more

Prime Minister Trudeau calls news conference to discuss the SNCLavalin affair

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau called a news conference in Ottawa to discuss the SNC-Lavalin affair.This follows the testimony given by Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s former advisor, Michael Wernick, Clerk of the Privy Council and Nathalie Drouin, deputy minister of Justice and deputy Attorney General.Join the conversation live on Facebook.last_img

New Zealand bans Huawei from 5G upgrade over security fears

first_imgWELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s international spy agency has banned mobile company Spark from using Huawei equipment in its planned 5G upgrade, saying it posed a “significant network security risk.”The action follows a similar ban in Australia, where the Chinese telecommunications giant was blocked in August from rolling out Australia’s 5G network due to security concerns.Spark says it is disappointed with the decision by New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau. But the company said in a statement Wednesday it is confident it can still launch its 5G network by July 2020.Huawei suffered a setback in the U.S. market in 2012 when a congressional report said it was a security risk and warned phone companies not to buy its equipment.China is New Zealand’s largest trading partner.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Target launching private label in fight for grocery share

NEW YORK — Target is launching a private food label next month as it attempts to energize grocery sales.On Sept. 15, 650 products will appear on store shelves under the brand “Good & Gather.” That will expand to 2,000 products by late next year.The goods sold under the new brand range from pastas and meat to milk and eggs. Target said Monday that the products will not have artificial flavours, synthetic colours, artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup.Target will be phasing out its house food brands called Archer Farms and Simply Balanced and trimming its Market Pantry line. Target has been developing a slew of successful brands including children’s clothing label Cat & Jack and men’s clothing brand Goodfellow & Co.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

UN experts note Indian Supreme Court ruling but urge abolition of death

“This judgment by the Supreme Court reaffirms the value of human rights and respect for human life, as enshrined in the Indian Constitution,” said the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns. “If the death penalty is to be used at all, international law clearly requires that it must follow a trial that meets the highest standards of fairness and due process guarantees,” he added. On 21 January, the Indian Supreme Court commuted the death sentences of 13 individuals after finding that there had been an “unexplained and unreasonable delay” by the authorities in deciding on their petitions for mercy. Two other individuals had their death sentences commuted to life on the ground of mental illness. “I am pleased to see that the Supreme Court referred to international standards and confirmed that persons suffering from mental illness could not be executed,” said Mr. Heyns. The Supreme Court also ruled that all death row prisoners should have regular mental health checks and appropriate medical care be given to those in need. Other general guidelines by the Supreme Court on the treatment of persons on death row include: solitary confinement during the period awaiting a decision on the mercy petition is unconstitutional; persons sentenced to death are entitled to legal aid, including for filing mercy petitions; a notice of at least 14 days must be given prior to execution; a final meeting between the prisoner and their family and friends should be facilitated. Also welcoming the Supreme Court’s decision, the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E Méndez, stressed that Indian courts must continue to ensure that capital punishment does not violate the absolute prohibition on torture or ill-treatment.Under all circumstances the absolute prohibition of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and the strict adherence to safeguards against them constitute fundamental limits on the use and enforcement of the death penalty, he said. The statement by Mr. Heyns and Mr. Méndez was also endorsed by the Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Mads Andenas.Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Brock film series brings Oscarnominated films to Niagara

Some of the most critically acclaimed films of 2016 are coming to Niagara through the Brock University Film Series.With the Oscars just around the corner, there has been plenty of buzz about the recently nominated films, and one of the frontrunners stealing the spotlight is Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight.Jenkins, the first black filmmaker nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Picture, based the film on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s short play, In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. The film adaptation is about self-discovery and connection and follows the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he navigates the dangers of drugs and violence in his rough Miami neighbourhood and his complex love for his best friend.With eight Oscar nominations, a Golden Globe and three New York Film Critics Circle Awards, Moonlight is one of the highlights of the Brock University Film Series (BUFS) and will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Pen Centre’s Landmark Theatre in St. Catharines.BUFS is an ongoing project of Brock’s Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film and has been bringing the best in international, independent and Canadian cinema to St. Catharines for more than 40 years.Film professors Joan Nicks, Barry Grant and Jim Leach were among the early catalysts of BUFS in the ‘70s with their collection of foreign classical films, later mixing in current releases and partnering with the TIFF Film Circuit to showcase unique 35mm films on campus. With the shift to digital, BUFS now screens its films at Landmark Cinemas every Wednesday and is led by a committee of current Brock film professors Scott Henderson, Peter Lester and Anthony Kinik.“BUFS provides the opportunity to see these critically acclaimed, award-winning films on the big screen in Niagara that you might not otherwise be able to see,” says film professor Scott Henderson. “It’s a chance to talk film and keep the vibe of film culture alive in Niagara.”BUFS has a record for trailblazing.French writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve’s film, Things to Come (2016), was screened during the BUFS fall season and the foreign film is now showing up on critics “Best of 2016” lists with multiple awards under its belt.“BUFS allows people to uncover these films before they break,” says Henderson. “And this is one of the best line-ups we’ve ever had.”The current BUFS season runs from January until April with 11 films being shown. The selection includes interesting, rich and diverse films from many different nations taking on many different issues. The series runs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Landmark Theatre. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by cash or cheque at the BUFS Box Office Table in the theatre lobby after 6 p.m. on screening nights. Season passes are available. Visit brocku.ca/bufs for more details.Upcoming Oscar-nominated Films Featured in BUFS: Wednesday, Feb. 8The Salesman, Iranian thriller directed by Asghar Farhadi.Oscar-nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film, received two awards at the Cannes Film Festival for Best Screenplay and Best Actor and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Wednesday, Feb. 22Moonlight, American drama written and directed by Barry Jenkins.Nominated for eight Oscars, received a Golden Globe for Best Picture, Drama and three New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Wednesday, Mar. 22Toni Erdmann, German comedy-drama directed, written and co-produced by Maren Ade.Oscar-nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film, received the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Film, received five awards at the European Film Awards and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Wednesday, Mar. 8A Man Called Ove, Swedish comedy-drama written and directed by Hannes Holm.Oscar-nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film and Best Makeup and Hairstyling and received two Swedish Guldbagge awards. read more

No parliamentary sitting tomorrow

Government has not initiated steps to have a sitting of the National Assembly tomorrow (April 11, 2019), as was announced by Minister of State Joseph Harmon last month.This would have been the coalition government’s much anticipated return to the National Assembly following the Appeal Court’s ruling that the Opposition’s no-confidence motion was invalidly pass in the House on December 21, 2018.Harmon had announced that the sitting would deal with the release of monies to the Guyana Elections Commission to prepare for elections.However, the National Assembly’s Clerk, Sherlock Isaacs, explained that his Office was not formally informed by government of any sitting set for Thursday’s date, hence no preparations were made.Efforts to contact both Government’s Chief Whip Amna Ally and Government’s spokesperson Minister Harmon on this issue were futile.The last sitting of the National Assembly was on January 3, when House Speaker Dr Barton Scotland refused a request by government to reverse the passage of the no-confidence motion.Government then moved to the High Court, where they were once again unsuccessful. A subsequent approach to the Court of Appeal resulted in a 2:1 majority decision that the motion needed an absolute majority of 34 votes and not a simple majority of 33 to be valid.The PPP opposition has since appealed this ruling at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which has set May 10 for arguments on the matters. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLocal Gov’t Minister dodges question on his absence at last sitting of Nat’l AssemblyAugust 6, 2013In “latest news”APNU unsure of support to amending Hyro Act, to meet with President Ramotar to discuss way forwardJuly 16, 2013In “Local News”Still no date for first sitting of the National AssemblyOctober 15, 2014In “Politics” read more

Theres no conclusion as yet – Agri Minister says on US

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNo progress on reversal of US fish ban – Minister HolderFebruary 22, 2019In “Business”Govt working towards lifting US ban on Guyana’s catfish exports, says HolderDecember 11, 2018In “Business”US banning of Guyana’s catfish export a “big blow” – MOPHMarch 13, 2018In “Business” It has been over one year since the United States imposed a ban on the exportation of catfish from Guyana. To date, the Agriculture Ministry has fostered discussions, but there has been no definite conclusion on when the sanction would be lifted.Speaking with INews, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder recently posited that discussions with his US counterpart would continue in the future.“We’re still in talks with the Americans. There’s no conclusion as yet … We will have discussions later and then we’ll get closer,” Holder said.Last February, he had pointed towards the bureaucratic movement between the Fisheries Department of the Agriculture Ministry and the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department of the Public Health Ministry as one of the main challenges against compliance with the US-imposed catfish ban, which was enforced to achieve standardisation of seafood entering the country.Holder had stated that while work has been done to lift the ban, it was an international issue which had to be dealt with in a holistic manner. At that time, “nothing new” had emerged from discussions, and they were working towards an arrangement to adhere to the standards set out by the United States of America.“There is nothing new on it. It’s the question of coming to an arrangement with the US concerning our adherence to their rule or how we can best adhere to it. We just can’t lift the ban, because it is worldwide and not just against Guyana,” the Minister said.He sought to mention that if the Food Safety Authority – which was brought into force by the Food Safety Bill – was established, the process would have been faster than having two Ministries involved.The Food Safety Bill was presented to the National Assembly in 2016, providing for a Food Safety Authority, which would spearhead all aspects of food production, including preparation and transportation for exportation.Last December, Holder was questioned by Opposition officials as to what Government has been initiating to lift the ban after some G$14.7 million was set aside for the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism as part of Guyana’s contribution to international organisations.Then Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira questioned whether Guyana could get help from this very organisation, to which Holder replied in the affirmative. She also enquired whether legislation was being drafted to assist Guyana with gaining compliance. read more