Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has put pen to paper on a new four-year contract, with the option to extend his stay a further year.The 23-year-old rose through the ranks at Old Trafford as a youth player and graduated to the senior squad in 2014, before being sent out for loan spells at both Granada and Valencia in later seasons.The Brazil international managed to make 15 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils last season, contributing one goal and one assist. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Pereira is prepared to stay and fight for a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting XI and already has his sights set on making an impact in the 2019-20 campaign.“I have spent so long in Manchester that I now regard the city and the club as my home and I’m extremely happy to continue my career here,” he told the club’s official website. “The manager has shown great faith in me and I can’t wait to get this campaign started under him. “We know that we all have to work hard and that started on day one of pre-season. I will be doing everything I can to help us perform the way we need to, this season and beyond. I also want to thank my family for the trust they have in me and God for the opportunity he has given me.”✍️ @AndrinhoPereira has put pen to paper on a new #MUFC deal 👍— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 5, 2019Solskjaer also expressed his delight after the announcement was made on Friday afternoon, praising Pereira for his professionalism behind the scenes and energy on the pitch.“Andreas is another player brought through our Academy that understands what it means to play for Manchester United,” the Norwegian began.”He came from another country but quickly understood the values of playing for this club and doesn’t take it for granted.”Andreas has become an important member of the squad with his energy and hard work in midfield. He works non-stop every day in training, has a great character and knows what he has to do to continue his development here. We all look forward to working with him in the season ahead.”Pereira has been joined in committing his future to United by defender Axel Tuanzebe, who has signed a new three-year contract of his own at the Red Devils.Tuanzebe spent last season on loan with Aston Villa, playing a key role in their promotion to the Premier League, and has been tipped by some to challenge for a first team spot at Old Trafford.“I have grown up at Manchester United and it has always been a big part of my life and my family’s life,” he said upon the announcement. “I appreciate the trust that the club has in me and I want to repay that with my performances on the pitch. “I know I have a lot of hard work and learning ahead of me but the experience I gained throughout last season puts me in good stead for the future ahead. I am determined to give everything and show everyone the player that I can be.”The Red Devils finished a disappointing sixth in the Premier League last term, missing out on qualification for the Champions League.In addition to tying Marcus Rashford and Pereira down to new deals, Solskjaer has been busy in the transfer market, bringing in Welsh winger Daniel James from Swansea and Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka for a combined total of £65m ($82m).United have also reportedly seen a lucrative bid for Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire turned down, amid ongoing links to a number of top European players. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
zoom The international shipping association BIMCO has launched a new, three-part guidance resource called Guide to Maritime Environmental & Efficiency Management, to support ship owners and operators in improving their environmental performance and the efficiency of their ships.Developed in partnership with maritime efficiency specialists Fathom, and supported by ClassNK, the Guide provides a resource to facilitate compliance with environmental regulations and assist owners and operators in the development of an environmental and efficiency management system, allowing ship owners and operators to develop an all-encompassing environmental and efficiency management system.BIMCO says that the need for this sort of independent, fit for purpose resource is greater than ever, given the complexity of the regulations governing the impact of shipping operations on the environment and the ever-present need to drive ship efficiency.”The extensive review process means that this Guide has been written by the industry, for the industry – ultimately helping companies remain competitive in today’s complex regulatory landscape,” Catherine Austin, Executive Director at Fathom, said.”This is the first publication to address the lack of a single resource covering both comprehensive information on environmental and efficiency management and to provide a framework for shipping companies to develop their own tailored system.”
Hertz Clear partner to speed rentals with biometric scansHertz Clear partner to speed rentals with biometric scans
Biometric screening is expanding to the rental car industry.Hertz said Tuesday it is teaming up with Clear, the maker of biometric screening kiosks found at many airports, in an effort to slash the time it takes to pick up a rental car. Clear hopes it will lead more travellers to its platform, which has 3 million members in the U.S.It’s the latest place consumers will find biometric technology, which has migrated over the last 50 years from secure government facilities and banks to airports, stadiums and even smartphones that unlock with the touch a fingerprint. Hertz is the first rental car company to use the technology.Improvements in cameras and other technology have made it cheaper to install scanners that can read fingerprints, faces, and irises. More than 100 airports worldwide use biometric readers from Clear, Vision-Box and other companies to scan passengers. Walt Disney World verifies visitors’ identity by scanning fingerprints.And the advancements will likely keep coming. Microsoft is working with Australia’s national bank on cardless ATM machines that would let people withdraw cash using a facial scan and personal identification number. Universities in London and Copenhagen have on-campus groceries that let students pay with their finger. Some laptops can now be unlocked with a fingerprint scan.Hertz with Clear launched their biometrics scans this week at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. It will be rolled out to 40 more U.S. Hertz locations next year, including John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.Hertz Gold Plus Rewards loyalty program members with access to Clear will be able to bypass the counter, pick up their car and head to the exit gate. There, Clear pods equipped with cameras and touchscreens can read their face or their fingerprints. If they match up with Hertz’s reservation data, the gate will open. Hertz will have at least one lane dedicated to Clear members at each location.Hertz President and CEO Kathy Marinello expects Clear to shave 1.5 minutes off what’s now a two-minute checkout process.“In the world of travel, I think time is of the essence,” she said.The service is free for members of the Gold Plus Rewards program, which also has no fee. Travelers can sign up for Clear at a Hertz location. To upgrade to airport service, which promises to move Clear members through security lines more quickly, travellers must pay a monthly fee of $15.Clear says it’s the first time it will be identifying members based on their face instead of their iris or their fingerprints. Clear CEO Caryn Seidman-Becker says the cameras can take measurements and identify minute differences in facial features.Amil Jain, a professor at Michigan State University who researches biometrics, says facial screenings work by comparing an original photo to a new one. That could be tough in a rental car lane, where the lighting may differ substantially and drivers could be wearing makeup or winter scarves that change their features.“If you don’t do the biometrics right, you’ll turn off the customer more,” he said. But biometric scanning done well could be more robust and secure than having an employee see if a driver’s face matches their license, he said.Jain doesn’t think customers need to be particularly worried about facial scans. He points out that millions of people have shared photos of their faces on Facebook and other platforms already.But Justin Brookman, director of consumer privacy and technology for Consumer Reports, said consumers should think twice before sharing personal identifiers.“Once your biometric data gets leaked or compromised, you can’t really do anything about it,” he said. “The more people who potentially have it, the more potential for things to go bad.”Seidman-Becker said Clear will not sell or share the data it collects. She noted that the company has been certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.But Jeramie Scott, the national security counsel for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said sharing biometric data is still risky, because there are no federal laws governing the collection, use and retention of biometric data.“An individual might sign up for one use only to find out that down the road their data is being used in another manner,” he said.Marinello said Clear approached Hertz about the partnership and Hertz agreed to pay for the installation of the Clear pods. Marinello wouldn’t say how much Hertz is investing, but said the company expects to recoup that through increased customers and return visits.Hertz has been eager to adopt new technology and partner with other companies in an effort to prove there is still a future in rental cars despite pressure from ride-hailing companies and self-driving cars. It’s a partner with Volvo in an autonomous driving incubator in Israel, for example.Clear, too, has been trying to boost its membership through partnerships after Seidman-Becker bought it out of bankruptcy in 2010. Delta Air Lines bought a 5 per cent stake in the company in 2016 and offers discounted Clear membership rates for its frequent fliers.Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press
Morocco Remains Worlds Largest Cannabis Resin Exporter UN ReportMorocco Remains Worlds Largest Cannabis Resin Exporter UN Report
Rabat – Morocco remained in 2015 the world’s largest provider of cannabis resin, feeding drug trafficking networks in Europe and North Africa, according to a report published last week by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). In North Africa alone, the number of cannabis users is estimated at 5.7 million. Moroccan resin is in great demand for its very powerful and high yielding hybrid varieties, the UNODC notes in its 2017 report on drugs in the world.During 2015, Morocco saw the third largest number of drug seizures in the world. The UN’s report notes that cannabis resin seizures from the kingdom increased substantially in 2015, reaching 235 tons. Eighty percent of this national production is destined for export, leaving 20 percent to the local market. Spain remains the main route through which Moroccan cannabis resin is transported to Europe, usually by land. The UN wrote that 15.9 tons were seized in 2015 at the Moroccan-Spanish maritime borders, compared with 15.2 tons in 2014. The same period also saw the seizure of 120 Kg of cocaine and 4.5 Kg of heroin.Morocco remains the most reported country by the states as a source of cannabis resin, followed by Afghanistan and, to a lesser extent, Lebanon, India and Pakistan, the UNODC’s report noted.In 2015, Morocco continued to be the world’s largest producer of cannabis resin, with 38,000 tons produced in open air. Indoor production amounted to 760 tons in the same year, according to UNODC. In 2015, the report states, 45,853 hectares out of 47,000 total cultivated areas of cannabis resin were exploited.International supplierThe office points out that Morocco has continued to supply cannabis resin to Europe and the North African countries during the period of 2010-2015 through smuggling networks.In addition to the ongoing deliveries to Spain, France, Italy and the Netherlands, European Integrated Police (Europol) detected a new road used by traffickers to transport the drug produced in Morocco to Europe through Libya. Data from UNODC and Europol confirmed that most of the drugs introduced into Europe are produced in Morocco.According to the UNODC report, revenues generated by drug trafficking are harmful to the economy. “An influx of money from drug trafficking can boost investment and drive local gross domestic product. In the long run, however, drug money tends to have negative effects, especially when it represents a significant part of the economy of a community or country,” the agency said.In this case, it may inflate property prices, distort exports, create unfair competition, reinforce unequal distribution of income and wealth, and increase corruption, according to the UN. The report warns of a cycle by which the development of an illicit economy contributes to weakening the rule of law and encourages corruption, which in turn reinforces the drug sector.Studies show that the injection of laundered money, especially from the drug trade, into the economy results in overall declines in growth rates. A study run in 17 countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development estimated that a USD 1 billion increase in the volume of laundered money could reduce overall economic growth by around 0.03 to 0.06 percentage points per year, UNODC notes.
Gaza members of UN factfinding mission hear testimonies during Geneva hearingsGaza members of UN factfinding mission hear testimonies during Geneva hearings
6 July 2009The fact-finding mission tasked by the United Nations Human Rights Council with probing rights violations committed during the recent Gaza conflict began the Geneva round of public hearings today, following a similar exercise held in the Gaza Strip last week. “The purpose of today’s interviews was to hear from victims, witnesses and experts from southern Israel and the West Bank,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.The mission had wanted to hold hearings in the West Bank and in southern Israel, where the population had been on the receiving end of rocket attacks launched from Gaza, but that had not been possible since the Israeli Government has so far not cooperated with the mission.Testimonies were given both in person and by videoconference to the four-member team, led by Justice Richard Goldstone. Among those who came in person to address the panel were the mayor of the Israeli town of Ashkelon and the father of missing Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. During the 28 and 29 June hearings in Gaza City, the team heard accounts from people who had been badly injured in attacks and from victims who had lost many members of their families, as well as from people who had lost their livelihoods.Experts also gave testimonies on the psycho-social effects, particularly on health, children and education, of the fighting that took place between 27 December and 18 January.The panel is expected to compile its report in August.
Dow Chemical 2Q profit falls as weaker demand leads to lower pricesDow Chemical 2Q profit falls as weaker demand leads to lower prices
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Dow Chemical 2Q profit falls as weaker demand leads to lower prices; hurt by Europe softness by News Staff Posted Jul 26, 2012 7:58 am MDT MIDLAND, Mich. – Dow Chemical Co.’s second-quarter net income fell 34 per cent as weaker demand led to lower prices. Softness in Europe and a stronger dollar also weighed on results. The nation’s biggest chemical maker expects to accelerate cost-cutting efforts.Its results missed Wall Street estimates and the company’s shares dropped 3 per cent in premarket trading on Thursday.Dow Chemical is the nation’s biggest chemical maker and can offer a broad overview of global economic conditions because its products are used in nearly every sector. Its materials are used in products ranging from televisions and toys to automobiles.Since the end of the first quarter, economies have slowed in the U.S. and China. Some European countries have fallen into recession as the massive debt crisis there continues. Manufacturing declined in all three regions.Experts say that has cut demand for chemical products in a wide range of industries; including commercial construction, housing and consumer products like electronics.“Sustained uncertainty in the world economy continues to present a challenging operating environment, and this quarter was no exception,” Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris said in a statement.He said that Europe’s troubles have continued to pressure the company, while activity in China and other emerging markets slows. The U.S. is also a factor, Liveris said, as the nation’s recovery is moderating from earlier in the year due to weakening consumer confidence, softer trade flows and high unemployment.To contend with these conditions, Liveris says that Dow Chemical will ramp up its efforts to cut costs.“Despite these near-term headwinds, Dow has the right strategy in place to deliver over the long term,” he said.For the April-June quarter, Dow Chemical’s earnings fell to $649 million, or 55 cents per share. That’s down from $982 million, or 84 cents per share, a year ago.Analysts forecast higher earnings of 64 cents per share, according to a poll by FactSet.Revenue dropped 10 per cent to $14.51 billion, missing Wall Street’s estimate of $15.69 billion.Prices fell 5 per cent, declining in all geographic regions. The biggest drop â€” 8 per cent â€” was in Europe.One bright spot was the agricultural sciences division, which reported a 12 per cent rise in sales.Sales declines were reported by the electronic and functional materials unit, coatings and infrastructure solutions, the performance materials segment, performance plastics and the feedstock and energy division.Shares of Dow Chemical fell 92 cents, or 3 per cent, to $29.35 before the market opening.
UNAIDS urges investigation into death of gay rights activist in CameroonUNAIDS urges investigation into death of gay rights activist in Cameroon
Eric Ohena Lembembe was the Executive Director of the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS. He was reportedly found dead in his apartment in the capital of Yaoundé, soon after he wrote about attacks in the country on organizations that support homosexuals, according to the non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch. “Mr. Lembembe was an important partner in the AIDS response,” the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said in a statement, calling on the Government to pursue a thorough investigation into the killing. UNAIDS added that it remains gravely concerned about numerous reports of violence and death threats against LGBTI people in Cameroon. “UNAIDS urges the Government to send a clear message that violence, homophobic and discriminatory acts will not be tolerated,” it stated. “It is unacceptable that in many countries people are subject to violence or the threat of violence because of their sexual orientation or perceived HIV status. Respect for human rights is essential in ensuring that all people have access to HIV services.”UNAIDS and the Joint UN team on AIDS in Cameroon worked closely with Mr. Lembembe and his organization on human rights issues and on ensuring access to HIV prevention services for key populations.
In the lead-up to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night, NBC’s television coverage noted on several occasions that the Los Angeles Kings were “overwhelming favorites” to beat the New York Rangers in the series. And if you pay attention to informal straw polls such as this one, it seems like that’s the case. As FiveThirtyEight’s Eric Tulsky pointed out in this preview, the media have been near-unanimous in predicting the Kings will win the Cup. Indeed, the Kings prevailed in Game 1.But they didn’t dominate, and the percentage of respondents who predict a certain outcome is not equivalent to the predicted probability of that outcome — especially when there’s little to no accountability for failed predictions, and the real possibility that herd behavior will produce non-independent picks. The most accurate and unbiased predictor of a given sporting event is usually the Las Vegas betting line, not a pundit. And according to Vegas, the Kings did not enter the series a markedly dominant favorite relative to other pre-series Stanley Cup front-runners.Unfortunately, archived futures odds like these, which gave the Kings a 59.6 percent probability of winning the Cup, are not available for past seasons. But the useful site SportsDataBase.com does offer money lines for individual NHL playoff games going back eight postseasons. Using those for Game 1 of every final since 2007 (combined with the assumption that, in the NHL, a home team will beat an evenly matched road opponent about 55 percent of the time), we can infer the probability of each team winning a game at home and on the road — and thus the probability of winning the series.Prior to the Kings’ Game 1 victory, they had a -146 money line in Vegas, and the Rangers were listed at +135. Converting those numbers to probabilities and accounting for the “juice” that bookmakers add to each line to make a profit, Vegas thought that Los Angeles had a 58.2 percent chance of beating the Rangers on home ice. Armed with that number, we can rearrange Bill James’s log5 formula to extract the implied probability that the Kings would beat New York at a neutral site (53.3 percent), on the road (48.3 percent) and in the series (58.7 percent). (The difference from the 59.6 number listed earlier is due to using data from different sportsbooks.)Using SportsDataBase.com, we have data for eight Stanley Cup Finals played. If we apply the method above to them, the average expected win probability for the favorite in those eight series was 61.3 percent — higher than the Kings’ pre-series odds this year. Here’s the rundown of all eight series:Instead of being “overwhelming favorites,” the Kings were actually less favored than the typical Cup front-runner. I expected them to be favored before the series began, and their odds have certainly improved after winning Game 1. The idea that this is a notably one-sided matchup, though, just isn’t supported by the market.
Theresa May is preparing to abandon plans for a British Bill ofTheresa May is preparing to abandon plans for a British Bill of
Theresa May is preparing to abandon plans for a British Bill of Rights after Britain leaves the European Union, Government sources have suggested.Ministers have confirmed that the Government’s plans to scrap the Human Rights Act have been shelved until after Brexit.However sources told The Daily Telegraph that the plans may now be abandoned entirely because Brexit will significantly strengthen the sovereignty of British courts.They also highlighted the Brexit judgement by the Supreme Court earlier this week which made clear that Britain will no longer be subject to European Court of Justice rulings after Brexit. He said: “If they dropped the whole thing it would be deeply disappointing because the problem is there and it would not go away.”The European Court of Human Rights is not an EU institution and we will still be subject to its jurisdiction after we leave the EU. We can get Brexit out of the way then come back to think about it again.”Mrs May, who served as Home Secretary from 2010 to 2016, spoke in the past of her desire to quit the ECHR, which frustrated her plans to extradite the hate preacher Abu Qatada.In April, Mrs May said: “The ECHR can bind the hands of Parliament, adds nothing to our prosperity, makes us less secure by preventing the deportation of dangerous foreign nationals, and does nothing to change the attitudes of governments like Russia’s when it comes to human rights.”However during her leadership campaign Mrs May said pulling out of the ECHR was not something she could pursue in this Parliament because of the Conservative’s slim majority.The details of the Bill of Rights plans were drawn up by Michael Gove, the former justice secretary, who was sacked as part of Mrs May’s summer reshuffle. “But does my Right Honourable and Learned Friend agree that leaving the European Union and freeing the United Kingdom from the bonds of the charter of fundamental rights must be their top priority?”Sir Oliver replied: “I do agree with that. I think it important for us to sort out the EU side of matters, and the exit from the EU, before we return to that subject.”His comments suggest that a decision on whether to introduce a British Bill of Rights will not be made until after the General Election in 2020.However government sources said it is now unlikely to happen at all amid concerns that Mrs May could face a rebellion by Conservative MPs over the issue.Martin Howe QC, who has advised the Conservatives on plans to scrap the human rights act, said he was “deeply disappointed” by the suggestion that they could be dropped. Mrs May has also already pledged to end legal witch hunts against British soldiers by using existing exemptions to suspend human rights laws on the battlefield.David Cameron, the former Prime Minister, had vowed to scrap the human rights act and replace it with a British bill of rights to stop it being exploited by foreign criminals, terrorists and others.However Sir Oliver Heald, a justice minister, disclosed earlier this week that plans to scrap the human rights act – which were part of the Conservative manifesto – will be delayed until after Brexit.David Nuttall, a Conservative MP, asked Sir Oliver in the Commons: “It is of course right that our manifesto commitment to replace the Human Rights Act remains on the Government’s agenda. I think it important for us to sort out the EU side of matters, and the exit from the EU, before we return to that subjectSir Oliver Heald, a justice minister David Cameron, the former Prime Minister, had vowed to scrap the human rights act and replace it with a British bill of rights to stop it being exploited by foreign criminals, terrorists and othersCredit:REUTERS/UK Parliament 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.
Ana Djokic has decided to put an end to her career next season, and HC Vardar and Samsonenko did not wait for too long to find a replacement. Her replacement for the next season will be the 31-year old experienced German player Anja Althaus – who is currently wearing the shirt of Thuringer HC.Althaus has rich career, with over 200 caps for Germany and more than 500 goals, winning bronze medal in 2007. Her club career has been successful as well, winning the Champions League twice in 2009 and 2010 with Danish Viborg.source: ekipa.mk anja althauschampions leaguegermanyhandballThuringer HC ← Previous Story ASOBAL (Round 16): Barcelona deals easily with Cuenca Next Story → Sead Hasanefendic strong candidate for PSG Handball bench
Diablo III launch day demand leaves many unable to loginDiablo III launch day demand leaves many unable to login
When you take into consideration the resources, manpower, and active attention to detail necessary to bring a regular PC game online for multiplayer, you expect there to be some hiccups for a game that is extraordinary. During the open beta weekend for Diablo III, there was no shortage of trouble actually getting online to play the game. It was free, and everyone wanted to play, so it made sense that the game would struggle. Plus, the teams at Blizzard used that weekend to determine how many people would fit on a single server, and the logistics involved in making sure those servers were accessible for launch day.When the UK servers went online today, it was reported that over 200,000 players attempted to login during the first 30 minutes. According to Blizzard, that’s 100,000 less than were online concurrently during the open beta. At 12:01 PDT, the US servers opened their gates to receive the onslaught of eager Diablo III players. For many, however, it seems that the most difficult boss they have encountered so far has been the login screen.Many users, myself included, were presented with a handful of error codes and were completely unable to login to the game at all. After 20 minutes of attempting to gain access, I was presented with the hero creation screen, but was unable to create a hero or move forward in any way. After several hero creation attempts, the game crashed and I was forced to start the login process over again.A quick glance at my social networks revealed that I was far from the only one. Angry tweets about error 37 and error 3006 filled Twitter and Google+, and it seemed that very few users were able to login at all. The Blizzard customer service Twitter account was hard at work doing as much damage control as possible. The only real advice that could be given was to wait awhile and try again. In some cases, it was recommended that your router and modem be power cycled, which in all likelihood was just an addition to the stall tactic. Finally, as though a switch had been thrown, it seemed like some users were able to access the game.In fact, a switch had been thrown. The Diablo Twitter account explains that all of the Blizzard related websites had been temporarily brought offline so that more users could access the game. For nearly two hours all of the Blizzard websites and their forums remained offline. Once the volume of users had slowed, the sites were brought back online.While traffic may have gone down a bit, as soon as I logged out of Diablo III I found myself unable to log back in. The familiar 3006 error rearing its ugly head once again. As of right now, Blizzard is still recommending patience, with no active plan to fix these issues in the near term. Once the early rush of the game subsides, and a more even flow of traffic is created, these kinds of issues won’t really exist.As of right now, Blizzard has announced that their customer support lines will remain open 24/7 to help anyone who has any problems, as well as their Battle.net forums and social network accounts.If and when you do get in to play, be very careful as a game-breaking bug has been discovered. If you played the beta, you’ll be very familiar with the first part of Act I. Your first real NPC companion, the Templar, allows you to exchange weapons and armor with him to make him more useful. If you equip the Templar with a shield, you are immediately booted from the game, and unable to log back in. Unfortunately, there is no fix for this until Blizzard offers a patch for the game, so sit tight if this has happened to you.Hopefully, by the end of the Diablo III launch day here in the US, Blizzard will have worked out these kinks and it will be smooth sailing in the Burning Hells.
Japanese scientists successfully test asteroidblasting space cannonJapanese scientists successfully test asteroidblasting space cannon
Japanese scientists have successfully tested a space cannon that will be used to blast a hole in an asteroid as part of an upcoming mission. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will use the weapon to gather extensive data about the composition of asteroid 1999JU3 that could not be obtained by simply scanning the undisturbed surface. This successful test sets up a launch for next year.The space cannon is to be mounted on the Hayabusa-2 vehicle, which will carry it to the asteroid, which orbits between Earth and Mars. This is essentially a kinetic impact weapon that relies on an explosive charge to launch a 4lb slug into the surface. The spacecraft will release the weapon, allowing it to float downward while it takes cover on the opposite side of 1999JU3.The detonation will be triggered remotely before Hayabusa-2 circles back to the impacted side of the body. After the damage is done, the probe will land and scoop up debris from the impact to bring back to Earth.1999JU3 is a 1000 meter C-type asteroid that interests scientists mainly because it is thought to have been altered very little since the formation of the solar system. Researchers hope to find water and organic material from the early solar system in the material gathered from 1999JU3. This data could shed light on how planets form and life arises.The asteroid is currently scheduled for a mid-2018 blasting, with the probe making it back to Earth around 2020.
By Sulayman BahGambia sensation Musa Barrow was not unleashed on full scale but still got some minutes under his belt in yesterday evening’s stalemate.Summoned in as teammate Pasalic’s replacement in the 74th minute, the former Hawks and U-20 striker had a chance to deliver.It came at a time when his Colombian rival for the forward role Zapata was rendered unfit for the tie.Musa starred but was unable to put his side ahead against fourth-placed Inter Milan.The 21-year-old has played only twenty-times this campaign with just six of those as a starter.
Johnstone rues Aberdeen missed chance believes Rangers must bounce backJohnstone rues Aberdeen missed chance believes Rangers must bounce back
Former Rangers player Derek Johnstone believes Aberdeen home defeat is a momentary setback for the team and that they will get past it to remain in title contention.Derek told Evening Times:“They had one chance and scored. How people can say they were the better team, I don’t know.”“Defensively, yes. They got everyone back behind the ball and defended well, but Joe Lewis has made three or four great saves.”“I thought Rangers were poor, there was nobody that got pass marks, Allan McGregor aside because he had no chance with the goal and little to do after that.”“You can’t go through the game performing like that and expect to beat Aberdeen. If you don’t have the majority of players getting pass marks, you won’t win the game.”Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“A lot of the fans got excited after the win over Hearts and then they feel like they are back down with a bump following the Aberdeen game.”“You have got to remember where Rangers were starting from and everyone knows that we have still got a bit to do.”“If you want to win leagues, you need to be consistent. You might not be at your best every week, but you don’t let your performances drop below a level and you win game after game after game.”“As it turned out, Rangers had a chance to go clear on Wednesday night and it was a real opportunity missed, unfortunately.”“Rangers are going to have their ups and downs over the season and there is no doubt that was a major down for everyone against Aberdeen.”“The important thing now is how the players react and the manager will leave them in no doubt about what is required when they head to Dundee this weekend.”
Meet Your Services Top Installation Leaders over Lunch at IIF 2016Meet Your Services Top Installation Leaders over Lunch at IIF 2016
Luncheons featuring top installation officials from each of the services will allow community leaders to gain firsthand updates about the military’s newest initiatives and ask questions of the panelists during Installation Innovation Forum 2016, scheduled for next month in Charleston, S.C.One of the most pressing topics that will be addressed at the Community Leader Luncheons, scheduled for Tuesday, March 1, will be the services’ newly released budget requests for fiscal 2017. Panelists will discuss their service’s priorities for next year and how they plan to sustain their facilities in the face of strict spending limits. Other topics expected to be covered include community-military partnerships, installation support and quality-of-life services. The lunch sessions also will provide communities a prime opportunity to network with other community representatives and installation leaders.The Army session will feature:Paul Cramer, deputy assistant secretary for installations, housing and partnershipsGen. Ted Harrison, director of operations, office of the assistant chief of staff for installation managementGreg Kuhr, director, facilities and logistics, Installation Management CommandThe Air Force session will feature:Richard Hartley, principal deputy assistant secretary for installations, environment and energyJennifer Miller, deputy assistant secretary for installationsGen. Ted Spacy, expeditionary support directorate, Installation and Mission Support CenterTim Bridges, assistant deputy chief of staff for logistics, engineering and force protectionThe Navy/Marine Corps session will feature:Steve Iselin, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environmentJoe Ludovici, deputy commander, Navy Installations CommandTom Ruffini, director of installation protection, Marine Corps Installations CommandThe conference will be held from Feb. 29-March 2 in Charleston, S.C. More details about the conference program and location are available on the conference website. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Iran condemns detention of oil supertanker in GibraltarIran condemns detention of oil supertanker in Gibraltar
GIBRALTAR: Iran on Thursday condemned the “illegal interception” of one of its oil tankers in Gibraltar where authorities said they suspected it was carrying crude to Syria in violation of EU sanctions. The detention of the 330 metre (1,000 feet) Grace 1 vessel comes at a sensitive time in Iran-EU ties as the bloc mulls how to respond to Tehran announcing it will breach the maximum uranium enrichment level it agreed to in a 2015 nuclear deal. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Iran summoned the British ambassador in protest. “After the illegal interception of an Iranian oil tanker in the strait of Gibraltar by the English naval force, that country’s ambassador to Tehran was summoned to the foreign ministry,” the ministry’s spokesman Abbas Moussavi said in Tehran. However, White House National Security Advisor John Bolton applauded the interception of the supertanker. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us “Excellent news: UK has detained the supertanker Grace I laden with Iranian oil bound for Syria in violation of EU sanctions,” Bolton tweeted. The Grace 1 tanker was halted in the early hours of Thursday by police and customs agencies in Gibraltar, a tiny overseas British territory on Spain’s southern tip. They were aided by a detachment of British Royal Marines. Advertise With Us ‘We welcome this firm action’ The ship was detained 2.5 miles (four kilometres) south of Gibraltar in what it considers British waters, although Spain, which lays claim to the territory, says they are Spanish. It was boarded when it slowed down in a designated area used by shipping agencies to ferry goods to vessels. “We have reason to believe that the ‘Grace 1’ was carrying its shipment of crude oil to the Banyas Refinery in Syria,” Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said in a statement. “That refinery is the property of an entity that is subject to European Union sanctions against Syria. “We have detained the vessel and its cargo,” Picardo said. Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell told reporters the vessel was detained at the request of the United States. Picardo said he had “written this morning to the Presidents of the European Commission and Council, setting out the details of the sanctions which we have enforced”. In a statement, Britain’s foreign office said “we welcome this firm action by the Gibraltarian authorities, acting to enforce the EU Syria Sanctions regime”. EU notified European Union sanctions against war-torn Syria have been in force since late 2011. The 28-member bloc has imposed sanctions on Syrian officials including government ministers over their role in the “violent repression” of civilians. It has frozen the assets of around 70 entities and introduced an embargo on Syrian oil, investment restrictions and a freeze on Syrian central bank assets within the European Union. According to specialised shipping trade publication Lloyd’s List, which analysed vessel-tracking data, the 1997-built ship is laden with Iranian oil, the first such tanker to head for Europe since late 2018. It reported that the ship loaded oil off Iran in April and sailed around the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. The tanker detention comes just days after Iran announced it would exceed the uranium enrichment limit set up as part of the 2015 deal to avoid it building up to the level required for a nuclear warhead. Iran did this in response to Washington abandoning the nuclear deal last year and hitting Iran’s crucial oil exports and financial transactions with biting sanctions.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday predicted heavy rainfall for Telangana from July 25. The IMD officials attributed the reason for the rainfall is due to the trough from upper air cyclonic circulation lied over South Coastal Andhra Pradesh and neighbourhood. As there is a chance of formation of the low-pressure area formed over the coastal area of West Bengal, the state may witness rainfall in isolated places across all the districts. On the other hand, the temperature in several districts touched to 36 degrees. Bhadrachalam has recorded the highest of 36.4 degrees followed by Khammam at 35.6 degrees.
Brexit effect Bentley Motors may move production out of Britain in worstBrexit effect Bentley Motors may move production out of Britain in worst
Bentley MotorsBentley MotorsLuxury car maker Bentley Motors is regarded as a British automobile icon especially owing to its association with British royal family. Despite the takeover by Germany’s Volkswagen AG, the brutish Bentley’s production of cars are limited to the factory in Crewe, England. However, it looks like Brexit may result in extricating Bentley from its roots.Also read: Electric cars look boring? Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept breaks the stereotypeBentley is preparing to make its next major investment decision on a new model around the start of next year and it requires seamless access to Europe to go ahead with the plan, Wolfgang Duerheimer, Chief Executive of Bentley Motors told Reuters. “Tariff-free access to the continent for goods and visa-free travel for its staff is key,” he added.Bentley Motors gets over 20 percent of sales from Europe, which is expected to become its largest market this year. “I have about nine to 12 months where I can wait and see what’s going to happen and then I need to take serious decisions. It’s all connected to future models,” Duerheimer, said during an interview at the 87th Geneva motor show.Duerheimer also said that there are no plans to move production from Britain at present but it is a possibility in the worst case scenario. “It’s the Britishness that makes us very unique, but we know from different car brands that this business is a very international one and before we would not produce any Bentleys anymore, we would produce them somewhere else,” he said.Also read: Bentley Bentayga Mulliner takes the luxury SUV experience to next levelBritain is set to leave from the European Union (EU) and carmakers have become increasingly concerned about potential trade barriers and hike in fees over the borders. British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon by the end of the month, allowing the UK to leave the EU after two years of negotiations.Previously a small number of Bentley Continental Flying Spurs were assembled at the factory in Dresden, Germany, for a brief period when there was insufficient capacity at Crewe.bentley
Apple Facebook YouTube CEOs Speak Out Against Family SeparationApple Facebook YouTube CEOs Speak Out Against Family Separation
Zuckerberg used his Facebook profile Tuesday for a fundraiser for the Texas Civil Rights Project, a group that has been providing legal aid to affected immigrants. “We need to stop this policy right now,” he said.Facebook had become an important platform of support for groups fighting the policy even before Zuckerberg spoke out Tuesday. Raices, a Texas-based legal aid group, has seen a windfall of support after a private fundraiser in support of the group went viral over the weekend. Originally set up to raise just $1500, the fundraising campaign has now surpassed $5 million from more than 123,000 individual donors.In addition to Cook, Wojcicki and Zuckerberg, a number of other tech CEOs has also spoken out against the family separations policy. Jeff Lawson, CEO of the publicly traded communications platform Twilio, even went as far as calling the policy a war crime Monday.“As a tech leader and public CEO, I’m often advised to stay apolitical,” Lawson wrote on Medium. “But this isn’t politics, I believe this is a matter of objective right and wrong. Staying silent doesn’t feel like leadership to me. I encourage other leaders to consider the cost of silence.”Update: 1:25pm: This post was updated with a statement from Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Pichai called the stories and images of families being separated “gut-wrenching” in a tweet Tuesday afternoon, and called on the government to find “a better, more humane way that is reflective of our values as a nation.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Updated. A number of high-profile tech CEOs started to speak out against the government’s policy to separate immigrant children from their parents at the border Tuesday. Those voicing opposition included Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki.Cook called the policy “inhumane” and “heartbreaking” during a speech held in Dublin Tuesday. He said that Apple would be a constructive voice in the immigration debate, and was quoted by The Irish Times saying: “I think that what’s happening is inhumane, it needs to stop.”Wojcicki said in a tweet Tuesday that it was “heartbreaking to see what’s happening to families at the border.” She didn’t explicitly call for the government to change its course, but instead tweeted a link to a Mashable article that lists resources for donating to and supporting legal aid and advocacy groups, including the ACLU and Families Belong Together, a coalition of groups that has been organizing protests against the policy. Popular on Variety
Over 90 oil extracted from illfated MV SSL Kolkata spill preventedOver 90 oil extracted from illfated MV SSL Kolkata spill prevented
Kolkata: The state government in collaboration with Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) has been able to prevent the oil spill from the vessel MV SSL Kolkata that had emerged as a threat to the ecosystem of the Sunderbans after it caught fire in the Bay of Bengal on the night of June 13.”More than 90 percent of the oil in the ship has been successfully extracted and the remaining work will be completed within 10 days’ time,” a relieved senior official of the state Forest department who has been supervising the entire operation said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeApart from being a threat to the ecology and the river and sea creatures, if the oil had actually spilt over, it could have mingled with the water and travelled to human habitat areas of Gosaba and others. “So extracting oil out of the ill-fated vessel was our top priority,” the official added. There was 400 tonne of furnace oil loaded in the affected ship. A drill was made in the oil tanks of the affected ship and after extraction, oil was transferred through a pipeline to another vessel that was stationed at a safe distance from the affected ship. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that the state Forest department has provided all sorts of logistics to the Singapore-based company that was roped in by KoPT for extracting oil from the affected ship. The District Magistrate of South 24-Parganas has been acting as the nodal officer for the entire operation and the district administration had also mobilised people from the adjoining villages who helped employees from the shipping company in emptying the oil barrels. State Chief Secretary Malay De organised meetings time to time with the concerned agencies like KoPT Indian Coast Guard, Indian Airforce and top officials of the Forest department to keep a stock of the progress. Initially, all the stakeholders had laid emphasis on transfer of oil with the threat of spilling looming large. Hence, the efforts to tow the ship to the bank was overlooked. “Now, the ship had sunk so deep into the sea soil that it cannot be moved from the spot. So the remains of the ship will gradually sink into the water. This will result in water pollution but the effect will be much less than the oil spill,” a senior official in the district administration said.