Study of big bang’s afterglow sheds light on evolution of universe

first_imgThe leading scientific theory of how the universe evolved has again proved accurate—for some, frustratingly so. The latest study of the afterglow of the big bang—the so-called cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation—confirms even more precisely the standard model of cosmology, researchers with Europe’s Planck spacecraft reported today at a press conference in Ferrara, Italy. That’s a victory for the theory, but it leaves researchers with no discrepancies that might point to a deeper understanding.”I was hoping to find an anomaly,” says Nazzareno Mandolesi, a cosmologist with Italy’s National Institute for Astrophysics in Bologna who described the new results at the press conference.The CMB is radiation that has streamed through the universe since the first atoms formed about 380,000 years after the big bang. Thanks to the expansion of the universe, that radiation has cooled and stretched to microwave wavelengths. The temperature of the microwaves varies very slightly across the sky, as does their polarization. By studying those tiny variations, the distribution of galaxies, and other factors, cosmologists have pieced together a recipe for the universe: 5% ordinary matter, the material that forms stars and planets; 27% dark matter, the mysterious stuff whose gravity holds the galaxies together; and 68% bizarre space-stretching dark energy.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(*)Launched in 2009, Planck scrutinized the CMB until October 2013. In March 2013, Planck researchers presented the analysis of their first year’s worth of temperature data, which exquisitely confirmed the predictions of the standard theory of cosmology. Still, there were uncertainties in the measurements and slight tensions with the results from Planck’s less precise predecessor, NASA’s Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), a spacecraft that collected data from 2001 to 2010. Now, the Planck team has analyzed its full data set, and the uncertainties have come down and the tensions with the WMAP results have eased, Mandolesi says.For example, WMAP and Planck had disagreed by about 1% to 1.5% on their absolute temperature measurements, Mandolesi explains. A recalibration reduces the mismatch to less than 0.3%, within the statistical uncertainties, he says. Regarding the parameters of the cosmological theory, Planck researchers derived a slightly longer age and a slightly smaller current expansion rate for the universe than WMAP showed, Mandolesi says. But with more data, the numbers have shifted slightly and now agree to within the experimental uncertainties, he says.The findings aren’t all more of the same, says David Spergel, a cosmologist at Princeton University who does not work on Planck. The new results include maps of the CMB’s polarization (as seen in the image above), and that polarization data put limits on some explanations of what dark matter might be, Spergel notes. In particular, Planck rules out certain models in which dark matter particles might annihilate one another at particularly high rates. Such models were invented to explain an excess of high positrons seen by detectors such as the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer aboard the International Space Station.The results do not touch on the most controversial claim in cosmology in decades. In March, researchers working with BICEP2, a specialized telescope at the South Pole, reported that they had detected faint, pinwheel-like swirls in the polarization of the CMB when mapped across a small patch of sky. Such swirls, or B modes, could be a sign of gravitational waves rippling through the universe a split second after the big bang and proof that it underwent a bizarre exponential growth spurt known as inflation. However, in September Planck researchers released a sky map that showed that much of the BICEP signal likely comes from dust within our galaxy.Many people are eager to know whether the BICEP team’s claim of spotting B modes will survive the joint analysis with the Planck team. “We’ve advanced a lot with the work, and we’re writing up the paper,” says Jan Tauber, a Planck project scientist with the European Space Agency in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. Tauber declined to say when the results of that analysis would be announced publicly. “What you can say with certainty is that [the strength] of their measurement is going to go down,” he says.To determine how much of the BICEP signal is due to dust, researchers have to compare or “cross-correlate” BICEP’s map of the patch of the sky with Planck’s map of the polarized emissions from dust. Some researchers outside the two teams have already tried to do that and have shown that the two maps are largely the same, says Uroš Seljak, a cosmologist at the University of California, Berkeley. That suggests the purported signal is mostly from dust. Planck by itself likely does not have the sensitivity to detect gravitational waves, Seljak says.Some cosmologists suspect that the BICEP signal will disappear altogether and that the joint Planck-BICEP analysis will set only an upper limit on the strength of the B-mode signal. Such a limit could rule out certain simple theoretical models of what drove inflation, Spergel says: “That’s not as much fun as discovering gravitational waves, but it’s progress.”*Correction, 1 December, 8:18 p.m.: The percentages for dark matter and dark energy were switched; this has been corrected.last_img read more

Pyeongchang Winter Games organisers confirm 177 total norovirus cases,Pyeongchang Winter Games organisers confirm 177 total norovirus cases

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL The virus had broken out in the leadup to the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang last Friday Pyeongchang Winter Olympics organisers (POCOG) said on Monday a total of 177 norovirus cases had been confirmed so far at the Games but that the athletic delegations remained unaffected.POCOG said 19 new cases of the virus that causes vomiting and diarrhoea had been confirmed as of Sunday afternoon. It added that of the 177 cases, 68 had recovered and had been released from quarantine and returned to work at the Games.The virus had broken out in the leadup to the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang last Friday and led to some 1,200 security staff being quarantined. Organisers had to call in military personnel to replace them. No athletes have been confirmed to have contracted the highly contagious virus. An outbreak at last year’s World Athletics Championship in London forced competitors from several countries to miss events.POCOG has said several agencies were cooperating to stifle the outbreak, with water quality being tested and inspections taking place at venues, restaurants, hotels and worker accommodation. × health COMMENTS Olympics 2018: Athletes, fan shiver at Winter Games Winter Games organisers confirm cyber attack, won’t reveal source February 12, 2018 COMMENTcenter_img SHARE RELATED 2018 Winter Olympics sport Published on POCOG has said several agencies were cooperating to stifle the outbreak. File Photo   –  Reuters POCOG has said several agencies were cooperating to stifle the outbreak. File Photo   –  Reuterslast_img read more

China criticises US official for South China Sea remarks

first_imgBeijing, Feb 26 (PTI) China today said the US wants to smear its “legitimate” actions in the disputed South China Sea by “playing up the situation”, accusing it of sowing discord and muscle-flexing as the war of words between them escalated.Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei slammed the remarks of US admiral Harry Harris who warned that China was securing “de facto” control of the South China Sea (SCS) region which has overlapping claims by Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam.”We have noticed that this official is busy making comments on the South China Sea – sometimes in the US Congress, and sometimes in the Defence Department – which has given us the general impression that he intends to smear Chinas legitimate and reasonable actions in the South China Sea and sowing discord,” Hong said.”He is finding an excuse for US maritime hegemony and muscle-flexing on the sea,” Hong said. “We hope the official will stop playing up the situation and stop seeking publicity in the region.”Harris has said he was concerned about the possibility that China might declare an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the SCS. He accused China of showing determination to achieve military primacy in the region.Differences over the SCS have strained US-China relations. The US has said it was concerned that the activities could pose challenges to the passeage of ships and aircraft via the region through which a third of the worlds oil passes.”If China continues to arm all of the bases they have reclaimed in the South China Sea, they will change the operational landscape in the region,” Harris said yesterday.advertisement”Short of war with the United States, China will exercise de facto control of the South China Sea,” he said.On the other hand, China says the US and its allies are responsible for raising tensions.Responding to the charges, Hong said Chinas deployments in the SCS “are reasonable and appropriate homeland defence facilities, and do not constitute militarisation.””A fallacy remains a fallacy no matter how many times it is repeated, and the truth will ultimately be the truth,” Hong said.Without denying the possibility of an ADIZ, Hong said whether China will announce the ADIZ depends on the situation. He said the general situation currently is stable.China has conducted a massive programme over the past two years to reclaim land in the SCS.Satellite images released this week showed China was installing radar gear. It showed that China has deployed surface-to-air missiles and has built a runway to accommodate fighter jets on Woody Island in the Paracels. PTI KJV ABH AKJ ABHlast_img read more

Number of no-show airport security screeners soars in shutdown

first_imgThe number of airport security screeners failing to show up for work around the country is soaring as the partial government shutdown goes into its fourth week.No-shows among screeners jumped Sunday and again Monday, when the Transportation Security Administration reported a national absence rate of 7.6 per cent compared with 3.2 per cent on a comparable day a year ago. Monday marked the first business day after screeners did not receive a paycheck for the first time since the shutdown began.At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest, some passengers waited more than an hour to get through checkpoints. The airport reported the long lines on its website Monday morning, showing the hour-plus waits at all three checkpoints in the domestic terminal.”It’s chaos out here,” passenger Vincent Smith said as he stood in a line that snaked through the Atlanta airport’s atrium and baggage claim areas.”This line, I’ve been here about 15 minutes and it has moved 2 feet.”TSA is working with the Atlanta airport and airlines “to maximize all available operational resources at the airport,” TSA spokesman Jim Gregory said.The agency is working with airports and airlines nationwide to consolidate operations and get the most out of resources, Gregory added. He declined to provide absentee figures for Atlanta or other airports, saying that would compromise security by exposing possible vulnerabilities.”Screeners will not do anything to compromise or change their security procedures,” he said.But Smith said he could relate to government workers who don’t show up so they can find other ways to make ends meet.advertisement”If I was a government worker, yes, I would probably call in and try to do something else because creditors don’t care if you’re furloughed or not,” Smith said. “They just want to get paid and with a family of six, you have to do what you have to.”Atlanta’s wait times stretched well beyond what the TSA says most passengers have encountered since the shutdown began.Delta Air Lines, the dominant carrier in Atlanta, and other airlines said they were advising passengers to get to the airport at least two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international trips.A Delta spokeswoman said airline employees were pitching in by helping manage TSA lines.TSA said that it screened 1.97 million people on Sunday and that 99.1 per cent waited less than 30 minutes, and 93.1 per cent less than 15 minutes. Precheck lines for people who pay a fee for expedited screening averaged less than five minutes, TSA said.A combination of a busy Monday travel day combined with some security lines being closed led to the long lines, airport spokesman Andrew Gobeil said.He said he didn’t know how many security lines were down.A statement from TSA attributed the long waits in Atlanta to “anticipated high volume.”Meanwhile, TSA said it would move officers around the country to deal with local shortages. A few airports are making changes to deal with the shortage of screeners.At Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, a security checkpoint and ticket counter that were shuttered Sunday afternoon in Terminal B will remain closed through Tuesday, a spokesman said.The terminal handles United Express flights. Passengers must go through checkpoints in other terminals, then walk or take a train to planes parked at Terminal B. A spokesman for United Airlines said flights were not affected.Miami International Airport closed one of its concourses for part of Saturday and Sunday, shifting about a dozen afternoon and evening flights each day to other concourses so that TSA workers could adequately staff the other checkpoints.Airport spokesman Greg Chin said TSA was staffing the Concourse G checkpoint on Monday, but airport officials were monitoring the situation and would make more adjustments if necessary.An official with the union representing TSA workers said TSA canceled employees’ vacation requests about a week ago.”Since nobody is getting paid, (TSA officials) don’t want them to take annual leave,” said Cairo D’Almeida, president of a government workers’ union local in Seattle. He said he was asking local food banks if they can help the workers.Gregory, the TSA spokesman said that was not a TSA decision. Under guidelines from the federal Office of Personnel Management, paid time off is cancelled for employees, including the airport screeners, who are exempt from certain federal labour laws.In Atlanta, Monday’s long wait times come with less than three weeks remaining before the city hosts one of the world’s biggest sporting events. Super Bowl 53 on February 3 is expected to bring hordes of travellers to Atlanta for the game and days of concerts and related events.advertisement”We’re confident that we will be as efficient and as welcoming as people expect the city of Atlanta to be here at Hartsfield-Jackson for the Super Bowl,” Gobeil said.Also Read | Bird flies business class on Singapore Airlines flight. Crazy video cracks up internetAlso Watch | All flights from Srinagar airport suspendedlast_img read more

Mason Rudolph and J.W. Walsh will both be Critical to Success this Season

first_imgMason Rudolph is QB1. You know it. I know it. Heck, Gundy uncharacteristically named him the starter in the spring. Because he knew it. Rudolph brought a unique dynamic in his 3 appearances last season, going 2-1 and knocking off rival Oklahoma in a Bedlam thriller.It’s not something you can really put a finger on, but Rudolph has been said to have the “It” factor, a quality that has helped propel him to earn the starting job. Moving forward, Rudolph has the full support of the fan base, and more importantly the head ball coach. “He’s the leader on offense … I like where he’s at at this time,” Gundy said at the Big 12 media days.“I think if we play well and we take care of the ball, that we’ll have an opportunity to win this league,” he said. Having a developing quarterback in Rudolph, being smart and taking care of the ball are qualities that Gundy will value now more than ever in his young quarterback.With a (mostly) redshirt season in the books, Rudolph also has a full offseason of preparation as a starter, and the backing of the head coach and his team. Not the least of which is former starter J.W. Walsh, who is one of the most, if not THE most, important player on the OSU roster who won’t be on the first team.“His role is very important to our team,” Gundy told The Oklahoman in January. “We all have to have players that can make plays on Saturdays in order to have success. But there’s also a role for young men that want to be a part of a team and compete. There’s a trust factor. They’re tough. They understand the system. They love Oklahoma State football. He falls in that category. We’re looking forward to him getting healthy and competing again.”Those comments were after a very impressive Cactus Bowl performance by Mason Rudolph, who messed around and made a statement as the starting quarterback. That’s because Gundy knew Walsh would be needed moving forward.“We’re very lucky to have J.W. Walsh on our football team,” Gundy reiterated this morning. “J.W. is going to play. He’ll be a factor in the success of our football team this season,” he said.More than likely, the offense may have several wrinkles in a “Walsh” package, that caters more to the skills of Walsh – a dual-threat option and home run threat when he finds the open field. Remember this from last season’s opening game at JerryWorld?’s presence on the practice field, his veteran leadership in the locker room, and his poise in live game situations will be critical to the continued development of Mason Rudolph – and could be a bigger factor to the team’s success this season than some think.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Wonderkid Todibo: From car crash horror to joining Barca

first_imgThere can be little doubt as to the identity of the defensive revelation of the season in France. Jean-Clair Todibo had not played a professional match before the beginning of the 2018-19 campaign, yet moved to rapidly established himself as a key figure for Toulouse in the opening quarter of the season.The teenager, who turned 19 on December 30, has played 10 matches for the Pink City club, even getting his first professional goal in September – a late equaliser against Rennes that underlined his importance to the side.He has since agreed terms to join Barcelona at the end of the season, with the Camp Nou side set to sign him on a Bosman deal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘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? And yet, for the promising centre-back, who is versatile enough to play in midfield, his career could have gone off the rails before it had even begun after being knocked down by a car when he was only nine.Todibo was born in the Paris region, where he spent his youth. Aged nine, he had yet to choose his favoured sport, as he was involved heavily in both football and judo. However, a twist of fate might have prevented him from reaching the top in either.“It was May 24, I was nine at the time,” he told La Depeche . “I was leaving my house to go to judo, I crossed the road and a car knocked me down. It turned into a big accident.“I had an injury on both my leg bones and down to the ankle, and there were several fractures.”He was playing for Les Lilas at the time, where coach Dylan Greneche was overseeing his progress.“We weren’t really sure if he’d ever play football again,” he admitted.In the event, it would be a year that Todibo was away from the football field, yet it seems to have been a character-building experience for him that has served him in good stead for his adult life.“He’s a young player who has always had a lot of tenacity, and he proved it at that time, despite his young age,” Greneche said.Jean-Clair Todibo ToulouseTodibo, meanwhile, has consigned the incident to the past. “I’ve still got the scars, but it’s an old story,” he said.He arrived in Toulouse in 2016, having forged a reputation for having a tremendous will to win while still a youth back in the Seine-Saint-Denis region.“It was the last game of the season and a draw was enough for both teams to go up. The match ended 1-1 but I found Jean-Clair in tears, mad with rage. We had won promotion to the top division but a draw was not enough for him. He wanted to win,” Greneche said.At that time, his favoured role was in the heart of the midfield, where he offered a game similar to Watford star Etienne Capoue, who came through the ranks of TFC from 2005-2013.With the Under-19 team, he was given the captaincy, with team-mate Kilian Corredor explaining to “He speaks a lot. He’s a bit like the Paul Pogba of TFC.”He featured eight times for the reserves last season but was given a chance to show his potential with the first team during pre-season. He was the only one of four youth players called up for the summer training camps to make the cut and from there was quick to establish himself in the plans of head coach Alain Casanova, who was seeking a replacement for Issa Diop, sold to West Ham in the summer.After making a promising start to the season, Todibo has been missing from Toulouse’s first team since completing 90 minutes against Strasbourg in a 1-1 draw on November 3.The following Wednesday, the teenager was notably absent from first-team training, cast instead to the reserves, and the next day the reason was explained. “The situation and the reality is relatively simple,” Toulouse’s co-director general Jean-Francois Soucasse explained. “The club has been in negotiations with the player and his entourage over his first professional contract for many weeks.“He was presented with a salary proposal unprecedented in the history of the club – very much above that of Diop and Alban Lafont [who signed for Fiorentina in the summer] to name only two recent cases.“At the start of the week, Jean-Clair indicated to us that he still did not know what direction he wants his career to go in.”As such, he will work with the reserves until his decision is made.Toulouse have justified their decision, with Soucasse saying: “Casanova needs players totally invested and involved in the challenge for future matches. And more broadly, it is to do with the promotion of players from the academy, which is at the heart of our sporting and economic project. Even if the current situation is unprecedented, we regret it while still hoping a favourable outcome will be found.“But clearly, as long as Jean-Clear has not made his decision, he will stay away.”Toulouse, however, only opened negotiations with the player, who was on the radar of several top clubs even before this season, in October. These failed and they resigned themselves to making a sale, with a transfer fee agreed for the player to join Manchester City. Todibo, though, rejected the Etihad club, aware that there was interest from a raft of other top European sides, including Juventus, Liverpool and Dortmund. Out of contract in June 2019, he was free to talk with these teams as of January 1, and it was ultimately Barcelona who won the race for his signature.Barca may yet be willing to placate Toulouse somewhat by offering them €2 million as compensation – half of what City were reportedly bidding but far more than the few hundred thousand euro they would have been made to pay by UEFA to the French side by way of remuneration.At Camp Nou, the youngster will team up with fellow French defenders Samuel Umtiti and Clement Lenglet, who will doubtless aid his integration into the team.If his meteoric rise continues, Barca have themselves a star for many years to come.last_img read more

Report: Bayern Munich 4 Stuttgart 1

first_imgBayern Munich avoided falling further behind Bundesliga pacesetters Borussia Dortmund as they defeated struggling Stuttgart 4-1 in an entertaining contest at the Allianz Arena on Sunday.Dortmund, who thrashed Hannover 5-1 on Saturday, began the weekend six points clear and that is how things remain after Bayern held off a spirited Stuttgart side to secure what ended up being a routine win.Bayern enjoyed a flying start and had an early lead through Thiago Alcantara, but complacency soon set in and Stuttgart capitalised to go into half-time level – Anastasios Donis’ gorgeous long-range effort doing the damage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘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? The frame of the goal was struck at both ends by Nicolas Gonzalez and Robert Lewandowski – the latter from a penalty – in the second period, but a Christian Gentner own goal had already restored Bayern’s advantage.Leon Goretzka and Lewandowski – making amends for his penalty miss – settled matters inside the final 20 minutes.#FCBVfB— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) January 27, 2019It was hardly vintage football from Bayern for the opener as Lewandowski accidentally nudged Thomas Muller’s cross to the edge of the box with a poor first touch, and luckily Thiago was on hand to fire into the bottom-left corner.But Bayern eased off after going ahead and paid the price in the 26th minute – Donis brilliantly finding the top-right corner from 25 yards.Bayern looked refocused after the break and regained the lead – albeit fortuitously – just before the hour as Serge Gnabry’s fiercely struck half-volley took a huge deflection off Gentner and found the net.A manic period followed, with Gonzalez’s shot ricocheting off Manuel Neuer and then himself before hitting the post.And Lewandowski followed suit, seeing his spot-kick strike the upright after he had been tripped by Marc-Oliver Kempf.But Goretzka headed Bayern into a 3-1 lead in the 71st minute after meeting Joshua Kimmich’s delivery, and Lewandowski rounded things off six minutes from the end, coolly taking it past Ron-Robert Zieler and finishing with aplomb. What does it mean? Bayern not going awayDortmund’s win on Saturday saw them set a new club record of 48 points after 19 Bundesliga matches in a single season. They certainly mean business, but as Bayern chalked up a seventh successive league win, Kovac’s men look like they will be pushing them all the way.Thiago the conductorNot only did he get the opening goal, Spain international Thiago was exceptional in midfield, with most of Bayern’s attacks going through him.Kempf hapless at the backIt is never easy to face Bayern and Lewandowski, but the task is made all the more difficult when your centre-back endures an underwhelming day, which was summed up by Kempf’s concession of a penalty. Luckily for him, it was missed.Key Opta Facts- Bayern Munich have won their seventh Bundesliga game in a row. After matchday 12, they had only six wins.- Bayern have won 18 of the last 19 competitive games against Stuttgart, the only loss came in May 2018 (4-1 at home).- Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich provided two assists in one game for only the second time in his Bundesliga career.- After his brace at Hoffenheim, Bayern’s Leon Goretzka scored again. His three goals in 2019 are the most of any Bundesliga player.- Javi Martinez played his 200th competitive game for Bayern.What’s next?Bayern will be expecting another tough contest on Saturday when they travel to Bayer Leverkusen, while Stuttgart host Freiburg the next day. read morelast_img read more

FrancoSwiss Caregivers to Organize Humanitarian Caravan in Moroccos Atlas Mountains

Rabat – Five Franco-Swiss volunteer caregivers will conduct an altruistic caravan on mules called “Amoddou” to help the population of Dades Valley, an isolated village in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco.The caravan will take place from September 26 to October 9, 2016. It will be held in collaboration with a local association in the Dades Valley.The 14-day initiative will consist of a medical staff including a doctor, a pediatrician, a midwife, and two nurses. They will devote their energies to help the inhabitants of Dades Valley and the surrounding area. The medical staff will travel every day on mules to support the Dades Valley’s inhabitants through their dire daily difficulties and provide them with the necessary aid, such as medical checkups, educational presentations, and consultations.The caravan aims to help the rural area’s inhabitants by providing them with practical techniques to manage their daily lives.Jeremiah Thirion, a 30-year-old nurse and head of the caravan, noticed that the remote rural areas are in need of such a humanitarian initiative. “The inhabitants of isolated areas in Morocco struggle to access basic healthcare. For example, the closest hospital to Dades Valley is 50 kilometers, ” he said.Dr. Lara Martinez, another member of the caravan, also noticed that the meager staff could not afford to cure the inhabitants quickly, but believes that they can benefit from the caravan’s medical services. “We are aware that we have a limited scope—we cannot treat diabetes in a few days. However, we can raise awareness among them by delivering talks about hygiene, postnatal care, sexually contagious diseases, diet, etc,” she said.The staff finds that mules are the best means of transport throughout the Dades Valley’s: “We will have a ton of materials, and only the mules can carry them. As far as we see, a caravan of mules is better than a convoy of jeeps. It will be a discreet, credible, and less aggressive approach,” Martinez said.“This a human-sized project. We will not change the face of the world, but if we can improve the Dades Valley’s inhabitants, it is a start.”Meanwhile, the staff is fundraising to subsidize the cost of the caravan’s equipment and other expenses.Photo credit: Amoddou read more

DutchMoroccan Child Attempts to Deliver Bottle of Perfume to King Mohammed

Rabat – Walid Yaqub, an 11-year-old Dutch child of Moroccan descent, insisted to present King Mohammed VI a gift on Tuesday during the monarch’s ongoing stay in Amsterdam, according to Hespress.The boy’s father, Mohammad Yaqub – who lives with family in the city of Utrecht – said his son admires Mohammed VI strongly and, bought a small bottle of perfume with his own money to present to the king in person. Walid urged his family to organize a visit to the Netherlands’ capital city so that he could deliver his gift.“When we arrived we discovered we were not the only ones, as the place was filled to capacity with Moroccans – men, women and children – coming from all of the cities in the Netherlands,” Mohammad said. Walid’s father added: “After a long wait, the king came out of his residence and proceeded to greet the audience, but there was a severe stampede in the crowd led by people who wanted to touch the king’s hand.”While trying to deliver his perfume, Walid almost fell, which led him to retreat to a safe place while crying in fear, according to Mohammed. The area calmed quickly after the king left.Continuing the story of his family’s experience in Amsterdam, Mohammed said Walid decided to try again later the same day after failing once in the morning. After waiting a while for another opportunity to approach the king, Walid began speaking with the royal guards stationed at the king’s hotel to see if they could deliver the bottle, but they denied him.The Moroccan news site said that despite rain in the city last night, Walid chose to continue waiting in the city in order to meet the king.At 1 a.m., the boy – a fourth generation Dutch citizen – and his family began the journey to their home city after Walid began feeling the effects of fatigue from the day’s events. He still has his perfume bottle and hopes to present it to the king in the future, his father said. read more

CRA analyzing preconstruction condo flipping cases for tax avoidance

Canada Revenue Agency is analyzing 2,810 transactions involving cases of pre-construction condominium flipping in Toronto to determine whether audits need to be carried out to find tax evaders.In the Toronto area in particular, audit work has increased substantially on what are called “assignment sales” or “shadow flipping” in which a condo is purchased from a developer and sold to another buyer before the unit is completed, the federal government agency said Tuesday.“The profits from flipping real estate are generally considered to be fully taxable as business income,” said CRA spokesperson Zoltan Csepregi in an emailed statement. “The facts of each case determine whether such profits should be reported as business income or as a capital gain.”Real estate deals in the Greater Toronto Area and Vancouver have been the subject of greater scrutiny, including audits, the agency said.“Over the years, CRA has made significant progress in using intelligence gathered through a variety of tools at its disposal as well as using experienced audit and investigations teams,” noted Csepregi.“New technologies and faster computers are helping us to more effectively access, integrate, and analyze this data, resulting in better business intelligence.”The CRA’s interest in tax avoidance in real estate is likely related to affordability issues in Toronto and Vancouver over the last couple of years, said Tsur Somerville, a senior fellow at the UBC Centre of Urban Economics and Real Estate.The average selling price of a condo in the Toronto area in the third quarter of this year rose 22.7 per cent to $510,206 from $415,894 in the same quarter last year, according to figures released by the Toronto Real Estate Board earlier this week.Meanwhile the benchmark price of an apartment in Greater Vancouver last month was $635,800, according to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, up 21.7 per cent from September 2016.Some have drawn a connection between speculation in the condo market and rising prices, Somerville said.“When you’re sort of in a situation where for a lot of people affordability is a real crisis, the notion that somebody is making money off market conditions and then not paying their taxes, I think, is particularly acidic,” Somerville said.As all levels of government face pressure to help housing affordability, Somerville said going after potential tax evaders is a political win.“The only people who lose on this are people who are evading taxes that the rest of us have to pay,” he said. “No one is going to cry a river for folks who are avoiding their taxes on large gains.”Particularly, he added, large sums of money that are seemingly easily earned. read more

Sri Lankan family in US face deportation

The children are all DREAMers, according to RAICES, who are eligible for relief under President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which the Supreme Court is taking up after a coalition of states — led by Texas, naturally — sued.However, they don’t want to stay in the U.S. if their parents are going to be deported, according to RAICES, which says the Randeniya family and supporters have more than 1,200 signatures petitioning the Obama administration to let them stay in San Antonio, where they’ve lived since 2011. Supporters held a rally Monday evening at the family’s place of worship, St. Brigids Church. “For my children this [America] is the only home they know. My children do not even call themselves Sri Lankan, the see themselves as Americans,” Namali says in a RAICES press release. “This is where they grew up. My oldest is attending NW Vista College and my younger two children are still attending John Marshall High school. My children would be strangers in Sri Lanka, they don’t even speak our language!” Generations ago, the Randeniya family fled Sri Lanka. They moved to the U.S. in 2005, according to RAICES, a nonprofit that provides legal services to immigrants. . “This is a case where the positive contributions of this family to the local community far out-weigh the need for them to be deported. The Obama Administration has the power to grant discretion in this case, allowing for the family to remain here in the United States,” Ingrid Bergquist, a RAICES staff attorney requesting discretion for the family says.” We are hoping the Obama Administration makes the right decision here, and grant parole for the Randeniya family.”RAICES calls the federal government’s move to deport the family alarming because the children are DREAMers — a group the Obama administration has said are no longer a priority for removal. (Colombo Gazette) A Sri Lankan family in San Antonio in the United States are facing deportation, reported.The authorities arrested Saman Randeniya during a check-in with immigration officials on December 1, who then warned his wife, Namali, that she and her three children, aged 14, 15 and 18, would be deported if they didn’t leave the country by January 7. Now, Saman is now at the Pearsall Detention Center. read more

Intact Financial Corp to buy US specialty insurer for US17 billion

Intact Financial Corp. to buy U.S. specialty insurer for US$1.7 billion by The Canadian Press Posted May 2, 2017 3:20 pm MDT Last Updated May 2, 2017 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Intact Financial Corporation (TSX:IFC) says it has reached a US$1.7-billion deal to buy OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd., a U.S. specialty insurer.Under the terms of the all-cash deal, OneBeacon shareholders will receive US$18.10 cash per common share, a 14 per cent premium based on OneBeacon’s closing stock price on the NYSE of US$15.89 as of May 1, and a 15 per cent premium to the volume weighted average price over the last 30 days.In addition, OneBeacon debt of approximately US$275 million will remain outstanding.Pending approval by OneBeacon’s shareholders, Toronto-based Intact says the acquisition will make it a North American leader in specialty insurance with more than C$2 billion of annual premiums.Intact says the deal will bolster its Canadian business with new products and cross-border capabilities, and better positions Intact to compete with international insurers. read more

Goodman students selling doughnuts for homeless campaign

Students from Brock’s Goodman School of Business are holding a Krispy Kreme Doughnut Drive in support of the upcoming national 5 Days for the Homeless campaign, which raises awareness and funds for homelessness and at-risk youth.The Goodman Business Students’ Association is a Goodman School of Business student club that organizes the University’s involvement in the campaign led by Canadian universities.Until Thursday, March 1, anyone from the Brock community can pre-order a dozen fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts for $10. The doughnuts will be delivered to campus Monday, March 12 from noon to 3 p.m.Students will collect orders and money at a table in Mackenzie Chown A Block hallway Tuesday, Feb. 27, Wednesday, Feb. 28 and Thursday, March 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 pm.Orders can also be placed by emailing fourth-year business student Amy Rudnicki at and staff have the option of pre-ordering and paying when the doughnuts arrive on March 1 and can sign up to have the doughnuts delivered directly to their offices.Proceeds raised through the 5 Days for the Homeless campaign support Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold.A group of student volunteers will sleep outside on campus from March 11 to 16 to raise awareness and funds for the initiative. read more

Football Ohio State defensive tackle DreMont Jones ejected from Michigan State game

Ohio State redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones patrols the sideline prior to the Buckeyes’ 62-14 win against Maryland on Oct. 7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones was ejected for targeting with three minutes remaining in the second quarter due to a helmet-to-helmet hit on quarterback Brian Lewerke of the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan State Saturday afternoon.The penalty negated an interception from redshirt sophomore cornerback Damon Arnette. Jones finished the game with one solo tackle. Since he committed the penalty in the first half, Jones will miss the remainder of the game against the Spartans, but will be eligible to play the entire game next Saturday against Illinois.Jones is the second starting defensive lineman to be ejected for targeting in as many weeks. Sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa was flagged for roughing the passer and ejected for targeting from last week’s game against Iowa in the second quarter. read more

Major new deal for Famur low seam shearer from KHWs MurckiStaszic

first_imgPoland’s Famur has announced the conclusion by 7 March 2012, a series of individual agreements with the Katowice Coal Holding (KHW) totaling more than €32.1 million. The majority of the amount, some €31,2 million, covers the delivery of a mining system for thin coal seams to the Murcki-Staszic coal mine near Katowice. This will be the second complete mining system for thin coal seams supplied by Famur to the same coal mine. The first mining system for thin coal seams supplied by Famur has been working for almost a year in the Murcki-Staszic coal mine. Operating in characteristic for thin coal seams – difficult mining and geological conditions, the system produces up to 6,000 t/d of pure coal per day, which is possible only because of the unique design and size of the shearer.“The agreement to provide the second mining system to the same mine confirms that the solution is fully reliable and met the expectations of our customers. It is very important to us. Famur mining systems for thin coal seams, as an alternative to the plow method, have also aroused the interest of representatives of foreign mines. We believe that this product may get score highly, not only domestically but also in the international market” said Ireneusz Tomecki, Executive Vice President Famur SA. It is the second mechanised longwall system for extraction of thin coal seams to be delivered to the mine, and is entirely designed and manufactured by Famur. Working results of the first mining system for thin coal seams, installed in spring 2011 at the Murcki-Staszic coal mine, showed that this is a solution that significantly increases the extraction efficiency and substantially contributes to improving the safety of miners, say Famur. The mining system FL12/18 allows for economically viable exploitation of thin coal seams and provides an alternative for the plow method, especially in the seams deposited in difficult mining and geological conditions. The new mining system for thin coal seams is the FL13/19, and includes first-class equipment from Famur such as the FS200 longwall shearer; 171 powered roof suports;  armoured face conveyor and beam stage loader with a lump crusher. The system will operate using Famur’s e-system, which allows full diagnostics and monitoring of all relevant parameters, and will transmit operational data to the dispatch centre of the mine and to Famur’s Diagnostic Centre.The benefits of using this innovative technology in comparison with the plow method according to Famur are: Lower purchase costs – about €24.3 million less than the purchase of plow technologyLower longwall opening costs – about €2.6 million less than the plow technology Guarantee of output – a minimum of 3,000 t/d (average system output was 3,500 t/d), with the sales price of PLN 350/t of coal, it gives a figure of PLN 1.225 million (€ 298,000)/d The effect of ‘clear working’– with varying thickness of the seam, the system does not mine the waste rock Production capacity – improvement of technological solutions and work organisation allowed the system output of up to 6000 t/d while working at a maximum of 15 hours.last_img read more

50 Cent Pumps Stock on Twitter Makes Headphone Company 50M in One

first_imgIt wasn’t just Ludacris and T-Pain at ces who were plugging their endorsed audio products, rapper 50 Cent was there promoting his new brand of headphones as well. But the TV appearances and interviews were not enough for 50 Cent, who then took to the Twitter waves to make a bigger splash for distributing company H&H Imports Inc. As exemplified in the photo above, 50 Cent plugged H&H Imports Inc., a publicly listed penny stock (HNHI), all weekend on Twitter.According to BusinessInsider, the company’s stock ended up closing up at 240 percent because of this, increasing the company’s value by $50 million in one day. But was that illegal? The Federal Trade Commission has a law that insists that celebrities must include the word “ad” or “spon” in their Tweets to indicate they’re advertising something on behalf of a sponsor. It seems that 50 Cent removed the tweets, perhaps because he got a slap on the wrist since he didn’t disclose his affiliation with the company.last_img read more

Poll Is RTÉ right to stop producing its own kids TV

first_imgPoll: Is RTÉ right to stop producing its own kids’ TV? The national broadcaster made the announcement that it is to cease internal production of children’s TV last week. By Cianan Brennan I’m not sure (603) I don’t care (1096) Poll Results: Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 9:39 AM Share9 Tweet Email Image: 14,899 Views 63 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No (5383) Yes (1748) Nov 26th 2016, 9:39 AM THIS WEEK, RTÉ announced that it is to cease production of inhouse children’s programming.The move, which the broadcaster claims will not affect its net spend on such programming, will see production outsourced to independent contractors.RTÉ says that the decision comes as a result of the current “challenging financial environment”.But the validity of the move has been called into question in the aftermath of a meeting between the broadcaster and the RTÉ Trade Union Group (TUG), after which RTÉ acknowledged that “insufficient consultation” had taken place prior to the shock announcement last week.Initially the plan had been to end all contracts in December, but it is now unclear what will happen next in the wake of that meeting.But what do you think?We’re asking: Is RTÉ right to stop producing its own kids’ TV? Image: Short URL YesNoI’m not sureI don’t careVotelast_img read more

Escondido Police Athletic League annual basketball fundraising game

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsESCONDIDO (KUSI) – The Escondido Police Athletic League (PAL) is hosting its 10th annual basketball fundraising game on August 10, 2019, at Escondido’s East Valley Community Center located at 2245 E. Valley Parkway.The event kicks off at 12:00 p.m. with a display by members of the Escondido Swat Team. The game pits police officers and PAL coaches against a team of local teens who play in the PAL/ Recreation Basketball League.All proceeds support PAL, an after-school athletic and education program for Escondido children and teens. PAL benefits approximately 700 youths during the year. PAL’s mission is to work with children to build their confidence and steer them away from alcohol, drugs and gangs. KUSI Newsroom Escondido Police Athletic League annual basketball fundraising game Posted: August 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, August 5, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Sullivan Alaskans Dream Big Breathe Air Bathed in Promise

first_imgIn his first Senate speech, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan today spoke in support of the Keystone Pipeline. He likened it to the tie vote in the Senate over the Trans-Alaska Pipeline in 1973.Download Audio“Then, like now, opponents howled. They said TAPS would be an environmental disaster. They said bird and caribou populations would be decimated. But none of that happened,” he said.Sullivan is the first member of Congress from Alaska to discuss that pivotal moment in state history who did not live through it, or not as an Alaskan anyway. His sweeping address went on to discuss the American dream, and what he describes as the Obama Administration’s threat to it. Sullivan says the dream is still alive in Alaska.“In Alaska, the very air you breathe is bathed in promise,” Sullivan said. “The people still speak the language of bold ideas, and rugged adventure.”He made a pitch for more access to federal land, for ending bureaucratic delay, and for curbing the growth of regulation.“According to the President’s own Small Business Administration, federal regulations impose an annual burden on our economy of close to $2 trillion dollars,” Sullivan said. “That’s roughly $15,000 dollars per year, per American family.”Other Congress members have cited that per-family figure, too. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker this month awarded the claim two Pinocchios, saying it’s misleading because it leaves out the savings. The Post cited the example of fuel-efficiency standards: They raise the cost of a car but save gas money over time.Sullivan, in his speech to the Senate, also argued for his amendment to disarm the EPA.“In a classic case of federal government power creep, 200 armed EPA, close to 200, armed EPA agents, are roaming our country,” he said.Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois soon came to the floor and argued against arming the EPA, making it Sullivan’s first official Senate clash.“Sen. Sullivan wants them to enforce the laws but he doesn’t want them to carry a firearm. That to me is ridiculous. In fact, it’s dangerous,” Durbin said, citing instances where he says EPA agents had to confront armed suspects.But Republican colleagues, from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana, publicly congratulated Sullivan after the speech. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, according to a statement issued by Sullivan’s office, particularly liked the emphasis on “Alaska-sized dreams.”last_img read more

Substance abuse programs Office of Childrens Services get boost in funding

first_imgAmong Governor Bill Walker’s list of vetoes yesterday is what looks like $6.5 million in cuts to the Department of Health and Social Services. One is slated for substance abuse treatment pilot programs. Another for children’s services. But here’s the catch — even with those cuts, the department will still be getting extra money for those services next year.Download AudioWhen setting the FY17 budget, the Legislature included some additional funds over FY16. Eleven million dollars were added to create new substance abuse treatment programs around the state, like detox centers and residential treatment programs. Division of Behavioral Health Director Randall Burns said he was still happy even when the governor cut that down to $6 million.“I think any additional funding that the legislature and the governor are willing to provide for new substance abuse services in Alaskan communities is very positive news,” Burns said in a phone interview.The Office of Children’s Services will see a positive boost as well. The legislature had given OCS an additional $2.3 million on top of their regular budget for two purposes: preventative programs that help families work through problems and stay together, and reunification programs to help restore families if kids are put into foster care. $1.7 million of that money will stay in the budget.“They’re really all funds to help supplement and enhance what the OCS caseworker is doing and oftentimes, with the high workload, isn’t able to do as much as we’d like to do,” explained OCS Director Christy Lawton. “So these services really help to accelerate services we can offer.” She said she was grateful that most of the money remained in the budget.The funding will be used to expand current programs and try innovative strategies.The $1 million cut to child care benefits is a reduction from the current budget, but the department does not see it impacting services. There is not a wait list for child care assistance.last_img read more