Magma Boils Beneath Antarctic Ice

first_imgMarie Byrd Land is a desolate region of Antarctica buried deep beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. But while the surface of Earth may be frozen, underneath is a different story. Historic eruptions have punctured the ice sheet, creating a chain of volcanoes amid the ice. Now, researchers have shown that molten rock still stirs deep underground. Only the largest eruptions could melt all the ice above them and poke through to the surface, but even smaller eruptions could potentially cause global sea level to rise, although no one knows how big the rise might be.The curiously named Executive Committee Range is a series of volcanoes in Marie Byrd Land lying in a roughly straight line, with the volcanoes becoming progressively younger as one heads south from Whitney Peak, which is between 13.2 million and 13.7 million years old, to Mount Waesche, which formed in the last 1 million years. The crust is thinned by the West Antarctic Rift System, a series of giant rift valleys beneath the ice sheet, and erupted lava from underground magma chambers has burst through the ice repeatedly over geological history as the plates moved over the top. No one knew whether magma was still stirring underneath the Executive Committee Range, however, until seismic monitoring stations were installed on the ice between 2007 and 2010.Researchers built the stations to study the shifting crustal blocks of the West Antarctic Rift System. But seismologist Amanda Lough of Washington University in St. Louis in Missouri and colleagues in California, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Texas, Washington, and Ohio found another use. They noticed a series of small earthquakes, mainly occurring during two “seismic swarms” in January and February 2010 and March 2011. 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Her calculations revealed that the waves had come from 25 to 40 kilometers below Earth’s surface and were centered around a point 55 kilometers south of Mount Waesche—approximately the point the volcanic activity should have reached if it had continued the linear trend of volcanoes to the south. The exact cause of these deep quakes is not understood, but they are thought to result from the movement of magma deep below active or soon-to-be active volcanoes. Scientists have recorded them around other active volcanoes in Hawaii, for example, sometimes around the time of eruptions.Geomagnetic data and radar mapping by Lough’s colleagues confirmed the presence of magmatic activity within the rocky crust. They found that the area showed a slightly higher magnetic field than the surrounding area and that there was a bump in the crust—common signals of magmatic activity. Radar mapping also indicated a layer of volcanic ash embedded in the ice. The team thinks this probably came from an eruption of Mount Waesche about 8000 years ago—very recent geological history. There is no evidence of an actual eruption since then, but, because magma is still moving deep under the Earth, an eruption could occur at any time, the team reports online today in Nature Geoscience.The current center of volcanic activity is covered by at least 1 kilometer of ice, and it would take an exceptionally large eruption to melt all this. But an eruption could make its presence felt in subtler ways. As fresh snow adds to their own mass, ice sheets flow downward into the sea. By melting the base of the ice sheet, an eruption could speed up this flow, potentially raising the level of the ocean. No one knows how significant such a rise might be.Any effect on the ice sheet above, and thus any effect on the oceans, would probably be quite small, says glaciologist Robert Bindschadler of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, who was not involved in the work. Still, he says, a proper study is needed to find out how significant volcanic activity could be to future sea levels. “It’s a wild card.”last_img read more

IPL 2017: Rahul Dravid’s greatest gifts to Indian cricket this season

first_imgRahul Dravid was pumped up when Amit Mishra hit the winning runs against Gujarat Lions on Wednesday. And why shouldn’t he be excited as after all one of his wards was the orchestrator behind Delhi Daredevils’ scintillating two-wicket victory in Kanpur, breathing life into what otherwise was a dead rubber of the Indian Premier League.Shreyas Iyer scripted a sensational win for Delhi Daredevils with a classy 96 against Gujarat Lions. He reached his highest IPL score but was unlucky to miss out on a well deserved hundred. Overall, Iyer hammered 15 fours and two sixes in his 57-ball knock.Iyer’s was special knock in a tough run-chase and the youngster will have so much to take away from this match.However, there is one person who has been closely and silently watching the young guns like Iyer to come off age in this season of the Indian Premier League.The IPL has become a haven for retired stars of the game to coach and mentor the future generations of Indian cricket. A win-win situation for all parties involved.Take Dravid  for instance.He joined the Rajasthan Royals support staff after ending his IPL playing career and was named as a mentor of Delhi Daredevils last season, when the Jaipur franchise were removed the IPL for two years.He had been the head coach of the India Under-19 and A sides in June 2015. He was brought into the Daredevils’ setup only a few weeks after he lead the India Under-19 team to the final of the World Cup.advertisementHis knowledge of the young player and his faith in their abilities are paying off, slowly but steadily.Before the start of this season, many had criticised Dravid’s choice of going with a young Indian batting line-up, especially without a standout overseas star to hold ship in dire times.Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer have been genuine finds not only for Delhi Daredevils, but the future of Indian cricket.  Close relations between someone of Dravid’s stature and calibre with these players have proved beneficial for their careers up till now.Here’s a look at how Dravid’s guidance has helped shape these young turks in this season of the IPL.Shreyas Iyer (Age: 22)Shreyas Iyer has been there and done that. He is experienced in the IPL and even won the IPL’s emerging player’s award in debut season back in 2015.After missing out some initial matches due to chicken pox, he came back with a bang against Sunrisers, scoring a classy fifty. His latest exploit for the Daredevils was against the Gujarat Lions. Daredevils looked down and out at 121/6, needing another 75 off 36, before Iyer came up with a dazzling display of strokeplay to stage a dramatic turnaround for his team.He reached his highest IPL score but was unlucky to miss out on a well deserved hundred. Overall, Iyer hammered 15 fours and two sixes in his 57-ball knock. as he stumbled and failed to reach his hundred.Iyer has also proved his mettle in the ranji Trophy having scored 1321 runs last season, along with a century in the final, to help Mumbai win their 41st title.Rishabh Pant (Age: 19)The youngest ever to represent India in T20Is, Rishabh Pant, had been handed his India debut in the series-deciding T20 International against England in Bengaluru.Now, the talk of the town, narrowly missed out on a hundred as he was dismissed painfully on 97 against Gujarat Lions. He slammed a 43-ball 97, studded with six fours and nine massive sixes.Apart from that innings, he was handy with the bat as well as quite neat behind the stumps, with seven catches and three stumpings.He came into this year’s IPL with a good Ranji season behind his back, where he slammed the fastest hundred off just 48 balls against Jharkhand in the competition. He hit three hundreds including a 308 off 326 balls against Maharashtra.Sanju Samson (Age: 22)He did not get out in the nineties like the other two in this list, but was the first to score a century against Rising Pune Supergiant.He was the second youngest in the histroy of the IPL as well as the 12th Indian and 28th player overall to hit the 43rd ton of the cash-rich T20 league.Samson hit eight fours and five sixes in his thunderous knock of 102 off 63 balls.   After the knock, he had only one person to thank, Rahul Dravid, saying: “I’m extremely blessed to be with Rahul (Dravid) sir.” He also has scores of 42 (against Hyderabad), 60 (against Kolkata)and 61 (against Gujarat) proving he in no dud with the bat.advertisementThe likes of Iyer, Pant and Samson might have a long way to go before they can make a mark for India but a guide in Dravid will only improve them as cricketers boarding well for the future of the country.last_img read more

Croatia unlucky but France deserving world champions: Ivan Rakitic

first_imgIvan Rakitic was dejected and broken after Croatia’s attempt to win FIFA World Cup 2018 was dashed by France. Les Bleus won the final 4-2 in Moscow on Sunday to be crowned world champions for the second time in 20 years.France led 2-1 at halftime after a Mario Mandzukic own goal and an Antoine Griezmann VAR penalty, with Ivan Perisic briefly bringing first-time finalists Croatia level.Quickfire strikes by Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe midway through the second half put France on course for the title but Mandzukic was gifted a goal by French keeper Hugo Lloris to set up a nervous last 20 minutes.FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersFrance, however, withstood a spirited Croatia assault to lift the trophy for the second time, following their success on home soil 20 years ago, and ensure there was no repeat of two years ago when they were beaten in the European Championship final by Portugal in Paris.Also read – France win World Cup 2018: Coach Didier Deschamps says it is ‘marvellous’Rakitic was one of Croatia’s heroes in the World Cup but he could not step on the night it mattered. The Croats gave away an own goal and they could never really keep a firm grasp on proceedings thereafter. This was Croatia’s best ever finish in a World Cup (Reuters Photo)Rakitic said Croatia were unlucky to be on the losing side but he was gracious in defeat.”We were the better team in the first half, we were attacking, but we were unlucky tonight. They scored four goals from their three shots on goal. But I congratulate France, they deserved it,” he said at the end of the match.Also read – France equal 60-year-old record to win second World CupadvertisementCroatia were the lowest-ranked team to ever reach the final of a World Cup. Up against a dominating French team, Croatia put up a brave face but at the end of the day, they were just not good enough.Antoine Griezmann, one of France’s protagonists in their World Cup triumph, said the victory felt surreal.Also read – Deschamps creates history as France win World Cup after 20 years”I don’t know where I am, it is great… Very happy. It was a difficult match. Croatia play a great game. We started timidly. We knew it was a World Cup Final. We got into the game and on counter-attacks, we made the difference. Very happy. We look forward to lifting the Cup and taking it to France,” an elated Griezmann said after the match.Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic also praised the French team for winning the World Cup but went onto add that his players were great and he is proud of them.”I congratulate France on their title. We played well in the first 20 minutes, we controlled the game. Then there was an own goal from a set play. We came back to life, dominated and then the penalty was given.”I have to congratulate my players, it was maybe the best game we played in these championships; we controlled the match but we conceded. Against such a strong side as France you must not make mistakes. We are a bit sad but we have to be proud as well for what we’ve done,” said Dalic.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Spurs fans can dream of PL glory – Pochettino

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has told Tottenham fans to keep dreaming of Premier League glory but insists he will keep his own feet on the ground.Spurs followed up a 6-2 win at Everton with a 5-0 demolition of Bournemouth on Wednesday, lifting them above Manchester City into second place in the table.Pochettino’s side remain six points adrift of leaders Liverpool but their recent hot streak has propelled them back into the title race. 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? “Our fans are allowed to dream all they want,” the Spurs boss said. “Here inside [the club] it’s different, of course.”Football is about dreaming and believing but also respecting the competition and the opponent.”Liverpool and Manchester City have the culture and the history because in recent years they have won a lot.”We are there because we deserve to be but there is still a long way to go and we need to go step by step, always believing that we can do better, improve.”Dreaming is important but at the same time to manage in the right direction.”On the Bournemouth victory, which saw Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane all get on the scoresheet, Pochettino added: “I think it’s so important to keep the momentum.”I’m very pleased because we had one day less to prepare for the game – Bournemouth played one day before us [at the weekend].”I think to arrive and show that energy and that level is a fantastic thing for us and we need to be sure to be ready for next Saturday here again [against Wolves].”Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, meanwhile, bemoaned his side’s shortcomings at both ends of the pitch.”It was a tough one. One of those days every shot they had went in, every shot we had didn’t,” he told BBC Sport.”You have to admire the qualities they have. But it is disappointing we created so many opportunities ourselves, if we had got one back it might be different, but a disappointing day.”We conceded some bad goals today, hugely frustrating on the back of a clean sheet, we wanted to build momentum.”It is a tough Christmas period, we go to Manchester United [on Sunday] and try and put it right.”Howe added that a first-half injury to captain Simon Francis “doesn’t look good” but did not elaborate on the exact nature of the problem. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Crystal Cruises’ 2022 World Cruise Now Open For Booking

first_imgMIAMI, April 11, 2019 – Today, Crystal Cruises opened for reservations its 2022 World Cruise “Myths, Marvels & Monuments: A Cultural Mosaic.” Sailing aboard the award-winning Crystal Serenity, Crystal Cruises’ 27thannual World Cruise offers multiple embarkation and disembarkation options of 86 to 116 nights in Los Angeles, Miami and Monte Carlo, all including the Full World Cruise Benefits and incentives for guests. The voyage spans the globe, beginning and/or ending with a Panama Canal transit (depending on Full World Cruise itinerary selected), and exploring New Zealand and Australia; Tonga and Samoa; Egypt, Israel and the Black Sea; Central America; the Caribbean and Mediterranean. The 2022 World Cruise is also available for booking in eight segments of 13 to 19 nights. Dozens of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and hundreds of Crystal Destination Discoveries ashore illuminate the histories and cultures of the world, and Full World Cruise guests will enjoy special events in locales of historical and cultural significance. All-inclusive Full World Cruise fares begin at $31,121 per person, while segment fares begin at $3,999 per person. Travelers who book by April 30, 2019, can save up to $20,000 per stateroom as part of Crystal’s Book Now Savings program.  About Crystal Only the world-renowned Crystal Experience offers an unwavering, unparalleled standard of excellence and luxury across four distinct cruising options: Crystal Cruises, the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line; Crystal River Cruises, the World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line; Crystal Yacht Cruises, offering boutique luxury and bold adventure in the world’s most elite harbors; and Crystal Expedition Cruises, taking Crystal’s acclaimed elegance to the farthest reaches of the world. Crystal has been recognized with top honors in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for a record 25 years; voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Travel + Leisure for 20 years; and won the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Virtuoso for four years (2014, 2015, 2016 & 2018). Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of the advisors of ASTA. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel advisor, call 888.799.2437, or Join the hundreds of thousands who subscribe to the Crystal Insider blog, follow Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page and @crystalcruises on Twitter and Instagram, and engage in the conversation with #crystalcruises and #WhereLuxuryisPersonal.last_img read more

Vedanta contributes 04 to Indias GDP finds study

first_imgNew Delhi: Mining giant Vedanta contributes around 0.40 per cent or Rs 67,554 crore to India’s gross domestic product (GDP) through its operations, according to a study released on Wednesday.Taking into account the company’s suppliers and their ability to generate employment, the indirect impact is another Rs 1,69,550 crore or 1 per cent of GDP, the study conducted by Institute For Competitiveness (IFC) to asses the economic and social impact of Vedanta said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn terms of job creation, Vedanta is creating nearly 1 million man years of employment yearly through all its group companies. This translates into 17 job opportunities in India for every direct employee in Vedanta. “The induced impact, which also takes into account the consumption patterns of how employees and suppliers spend their wages in the consumer economy, generating jobs and impacting GDP is equivalent to 2.20 per cent of India’s GDP,” the IFC said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIn rupee terms, the contribution of Vedanta, which has seven companies in commodities like aluminium, zinc, oil and gas, copper and iron ore works out to Rs 3,74,000 crore. The report further said that India managed to emerge as a net exporter of copper since 2012 but due to the closure of Tuticorin plant, this trend was offset in 2018-19. “The impact of this was seen on India’s import bill. The production of Sterlite Copper in 2017-18 was 403 KT (kilo tonne). The global copper prices hover around USD 6,200-6300 per tone. This implies that closure of Tuticorin plant has cost a hefty loss of around USD 2.5 billion to the country,” IFC added. In 2018, IFC had also conducted a study on impact of Reliance Jio’s entry into the domestic telecom market.last_img read more

British sailors medical issue delays sex assault trial in Halifax

first_imgHALIFAX – The trial for two British sailors accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Halifax-area military base was delayed Tuesday because one of the accused was in hospital.Darren Smalley and Simon Radford are charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a group sexual assault in barracks at 12 Wing Shearwater in April 2015.Their trial was scheduled to start Tuesday morning in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, but defence lawyer David Bright informed Justice Patrick Duncan that Radford was in hospital in Halifax.Bright says his client was injured in the United Kingdom and suffered a torn artery, but he was not sure exactly why Radford was in hospital Tuesday.He says Radford had undergone X-rays and blood work, and “he’s been keeping in touch.”Duncan adjourned the trial until Wednesday.Smalley, who is bald with a close-cropped beard, wore a dark suit and sat quietly during the proceedings Tuesday. He is being represented by lawyer Ian Hutchinson.About six weeks have been set aside for the judge-alone trial.Crown lawyer Eric Taylor told the court he expects to call about 12 witnesses, and that the lead investigator will testify first.“(The investigator) will be tendering a number of exhibits that will be referred to by witnesses,” said Taylor.A pre-trial decision issued by Duncan says the men, members of the Royal Navy, were participating in a naval hockey tournament in Halifax in April 2015.It says the complainant, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, reported to Halifax Regional Police that she was sexually assaulted.The investigation was then reassigned to the Canadian Forces National Investigative Service.Both Smalley and Radford are not in custody, but are under strict bail conditions.The Crown had originally charged four men, but charges against two of the sailors have been dropped.Several days into a preliminary inquiry in April 2016, charges were dropped against Craig Stoner, while charges against Joshua Finbow were withdrawn in December.The Crown said the prospect of convicting Finbow became unrealistic after Duncan deemed his police statement inadmissible at trial.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement The new fall lineup continues on Wednesdays with David Boreanaz’s (Bones) return to Global as Jason Hayes in the heart-pounding emotional drama SEAL Team, beginning Wednesday, September 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Having to face high-risk missions against impossible odds, Hayes (Boreanaz) struggles between his personal and professional life as the commander of the most elite unit in the Navy.Then, comedy prevails on Thursday nights as the fall’s most anticipated series returns to television. After 11 years the fab four – Will, Grace, Karen, and Jack  – of Will & Grace come home to Global beginning Thursday, September 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The comedy hour continues at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT with season two of workplace drama Great News, executive produced by former SNL star Tina Fey and starring Nicole Richie (Candidly Nicole) and Canadian superstar Andrea Martin (Working the Engels). 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Starring Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Jeremy Piven (Entourage), the inspiring and modern drama follows a father (Piven) who sets out to solve the heart-breaking murder of his daughter through a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app, and ends up revolutionizing crime solving in the process.Along with the new series premiering this fall, Global maintains its momentum with some of Canada’s favourite series returning to the schedule, including last fall’s #1 new comedy Kevin Can Wait on Monday, September 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, followed by last fall’s #1 drama Bull (2+) on Tuesday, September 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and the long-standing #1 reality series Survivor on Wednesday, September 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.Then, hit franchises NCIS and Chicago join the schedule with back-to-back premieres beginning with NCIS: New Orleans on Monday, September 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and NCIS on Tuesday, September, 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, later followed by NCIS: Los Angeles on Sunday, October 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Viewers get fired up with new Chicago episodes beginning Wednesday, September 27 with Chicago PD at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Chicago Fire the next day on Thursday, September 28at 10 p.m. ET/PT.The week wraps up with new action-packed episodes of MacGyver (8 p.m. ET/PT) and Hawaii Five-0 (9 p.m. ET/PT) on Friday, September 29, and the powerful political drama Madam Secretary returning Sunday, October 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.Following its highest fall season in a decade**, receiving 22 Emmy® nominations, Canada’s #1 late-night series Saturday Night Live returns with a new season beginning Saturday, September 30 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. Then, the socially buzzed-about Stephen Colbert returns with new episodes of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Global weeknights at 11:35 p.m. beginning Tuesday, September 5.For a full list of Global’s fall premiere dates, please see below.GLOBAL’S FALL 2017 PREMIERE DATES and TIMESAll times are ET and subject to change. New series bolded.Tuesday, September 511:35 pm – The Late Show with Stephen ColbertMonday, September 258 p.m. – Kevin Can Wait9 p.m. – NCIS: New Orleans10 p.m. – The BraveTuesday, September 268 p.m. – NCIS9 p.m. – Bull10 p.m. – Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez MurdersWednesday, September 278 p.m. – Survivor9 p.m. – SEAL Team10 p.m. – Chicago PDThursday, September 288 p.m. – Superstore8:30 p.m. – The Good Place9 p.m. – Will & Grace9:30 p.m. – Great News10 p.m. – Chicago FireFriday, September 298 p.m. – MacGyver9 p.m. – Hawaii Five-0Saturday, September 3011:30 p.m. – Saturday Night LiveSunday, October 17:30 p.m. – The Simpsons8 p.m. – Wisdom of the Crowd9 p.m. – NCIS: Los AngelesMonday, October 28:30 p.m. – 9JKLSunday, October 810 p.m. – Madam SecretaryThursday, November 210 p.m. – S.W.A.T. Source: Numeris PPM Data, Total Canada, FL’16 (Sept 12-Dec 18/16), Canadian conventional ranker based on 3+ airings, AMA(000) A25-54 unless otherwise noted*Source: Numeris PPM Data, Total Canada, Share% of Cdn Conv Eng,  Mo-Su 7p-11p, Fall over Fall 2007 to 2016 (Fall 16 Sept 12–Dec 18/16) A25-54**Source: Numeris PPM data, Total Canada, Fall over Fall 2007 to 2016 (Fall 16 Sept 12–Dec 18/16), AMA(000) A25-54SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@Global_TV Facebook: Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, July 31, 2017 – Building off of last year’s most successful fall season in a decade*, Global welcomes a fresh crop of laugh-out-loud comedies and emotionally-charged dramas delivering exceptional programming with established brands, powerful storytelling, and big stars. Featuring Hollywood heavyweights including Jeremy Piven (Wisdom of the Crowd), Edie Falco (Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders), David Boreanaz (SEAL Team), Anne Heche (The Brave), Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T.), and the superstar cast of Will & Grace, this fall’s new series join last fall’s #1 new comedy Kevin Can Wait, #1 drama Bull (2+), and #1 reality series Survivor, making Global the must-see television network this fall.Jumpstarting premiere week is the new pulse-charging heroic drama, The Brave, kicking off Global’s stellar primetime schedule on Monday, September 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Starring multi-talented Anne Heche (Men in Trees), and former Global star Mike Vogel (Under the Dome), the compelling series navigates the complex world of elite undercover operatives executing missions around the globe. Joining Mondays the following week is Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains) with a new comedy inspired by his real life in 9KJL premiering October 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.The week intensifies on Tuesday nights with Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders premiering Tuesday, September 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Starring Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), this new true-crime installment of the Law & Order franchise delves into the notorious murder case. The eight-part limited series explores what drove two young brothers to kill their parents, examining their upbringing and issues that brought them to that horrible moment. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Is it on the map Liberals face hurdles with infrastructure transparency tool

first_imgOTTAWA – An online map laying out billions in infrastructure spending approved by the federal Liberals has yet to provide the full scope of funding towards new and upgraded bridges, roads and transit systems.A briefing note to the top official at Infrastructure Canada late last year outlined the challenges of creating a mapping tool for all federally funded projects aimed at addressing transparency concerns over exactly where billions in promised money was going.Federal infrastructure spending data goes back 16 years, but officials identified multiple potholes that have prevented them from meeting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s request for an online map to chart all of Ottawa’s infrastructure spending.There was no way to link some funding to specific projects because cities didn’t need to report how they used the $10.4 billion transferred annually to them through a GST rebate, nor did they have to use the rebate solely for infrastructure projects, for example.A similar hurdle existed for cash delivered directly to cities through transfers like the federal gas tax, the briefing note said.A spokeswoman for Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said the government is working with other departments overseeing the funding to add their spending data to the transparency tool.Kate Monfette said the back-end data set which feeds into the map is updated regularly to reflect newly-approved projects and the map will always change to reflect that.“The goal of the project map is for us to share the maximum information available in one place,” she said.“Our goal is to have a visual representation of all (infrastructure plan) investments that Canadians can see in one place and we continue to work toward that.”The federal government’s infrastructure plan totals about $186.7 billion over the next decade, about half of which is funding the Liberals have budgeted since coming to office in late 2015.The Liberals have been repeatedly forced to answer questions about the budgetary details of their infrastructure program. In March, Parliament’s spending watchdog criticized the government for an incomplete accounting of its funding for water and transit systems, among other construction projects.Such criticisms were not entirely new: the parliamentary budget office raised concerns five years ago about how the previous Conservative government budgeted infrastructure money, leading to opposition cries that the Tories were playing a shell game with construction dollars.Last February, Trudeau directed then- infrastructure minister Amarjeet Sohi to “develop a tool to map” projects funded through the Liberals’ spending program, the briefing note said. Getting the map online was also designed to address “concerns raised in the media about transparency and reporting,” reads the memo, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.The first phase of the infrastructure plan is to deliver $14.4 billion through 34 programs detailed in the Liberals’ first budget in 2016. The second phase will see $81.2 billion over the next decade through 24 new programs.What officials ended up doing was attempting to put every project that falls under the Liberal infrastructure plan, including money set aside by the previous Conservative government, on to one single map.More information has been added to the map since its launch earlier this year, but some of the data identified in the briefing note have yet to be included.“The map remains a work in progress as we continue to add data from other departments delivering the (infrastructure plan) as well as that from challenges like the Smart Cities Challenge,” Monfette said.last_img read more

Longrunning TV shows set to wrap up

first_imgNew Delhi: All good things must come to an end, and that stands true for hugely popular shows like ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Big Bang Theory’, ‘Modern Family’, ‘Supernatural’ and ‘Suits’. Here are some shows that are coming to an end soon: GoT: With a storyline that paints a whimsical world of dragons and White Walkers on one hand, and stays close to reality by showing how relationships cannot be trusted when it comes to ruling a kingdom, the show, with its story based on George R.R. Martin’s novels, has become a global phenomenon.’Game of Thrones’ Season 8 will premiere internationally on April 14. Suits: The story started when a hotshot lawyer Harvey Specter (essayed Gabriel Macht) took a gamble by hiring a brilliant college dropout Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) as an associate in his law firm, and gave the audience a glimpse of the trials and tribulations of the legal world. The drama began in 2011. Supernatural: Credited as the longest-running sci-fi genre show, ‘Supernaturals’ is all about the supernatural and paranormal. It follows brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester as they join their family business of hunting down supernatural monsters. Big Bang Theory: This show’s universe originated with the story of how four nerds – react when a girl enters their life as a friendly neighbour. Other shows include ‘Modern Family’, ‘Arrow’, etc.last_img read more

Egyptians respond to latest Moroccan TV statements

Cairo – Egyptian diplomats should take further political resolutions, expert says.Only 9% of Egyptian youth believe what they see on television channels, according to a survey issued last December by Baseera, an independent poll center in Cairo.The number should not be surprising. Ever since the first uprisings in Egypt in 2011, the Egyptian television channels have shown a strong record of unprofessional and inciting coverage for several political issues. On the regional level, the language of media discourse between Egypt and Morocco has turned into a gossip. Last month, Morocco’s state-owned channels 2M and Alaoula broadcasted a report that harshly criticized Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, describing what happened in egypt as “coup.”The statements were not the first of its kind between Egypt and Morocco. During the same month, Egyptian TV presenter Wafaa ElKilany said in her show on the MBC network that Morocco and Africa are the “land of sorcery.”A couple of months prior to this statement, and during Eid al-Adha Youssef Eid, Secretary General of the Fatwa at Al-Azhar Mosque, said that Morocco’s celebration “is religiously not permissible because it violates Muslim customs and break the consensus.”Many Egyptians however were not aware of the latest statements by the Moroccan state television, while experts believe this was triggered by changes in the political relations between both countries.Yasser Abdul-Aziz, Egyptian media expert said, “this is a strategy Arab governments use when they need to bring certain topics into discussion,” referring to the recent statements by the Moroccan media. “Egypt’s rapprochement to Algeria raised concerns from the Moroccan side,” he added.In July 2014, one month after Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah Al Sisi’s inauguration, a delegation of Egyptian journalists visited the Tindouf camps Algeria. The group included a wide range of journalists who work for both state-run and private news organizations.During their four-days visit, they managed to speak to many of the people living in the Sahara camps of Tindouf, describing their daily lives as “refugees” seeking the basic standard of living, and also reviewing their customs and traditions.Journalists who went on that reporting trip claim they did not intend to provoke negative responses from any side over the other.“I went to this trip in my capacity as a journalist, only trying to bring all voices on an existing issue,” Egyptian journalist Ismail Al-Ashwal. who covered the story for the private Shorouk newspaper. said about the reasons for his visit. “I was very glad to speak to the Moroccan ambassador in Cairo as well and to the United Nations for further comments,” he added.With a tinge of pride, Al-Ashwal said his visit outcome was very fruitful and his report was accurate and impartial. He also said he has not been following any of the comments made recently about such a visit.Abdul-Aziz argues the media should stay away from this issue, and that Egyptian diplomats should instead take further political resolutions and not leave it for an open media battle.Meanwhile, other citizens believe it’s only about the media and it has nothing to with politics.Born to Moroccan parents, currently working in Egypt, Sharif Paget says, “I believe the media does so they can get more people to watch it and then cause controversy and gossip.” He added if people stopped watching it, then they’ll change it to something else.In Morocco, there is a sentiment that people do feel as though what happened in Egypt was a “coup,” according to Paget, despite the Moroccan government’s positive stance towards Sisi.“Such stereotypical statements can absolutely impact the relations between citizens of both countries,” Paget said, referring to the Egyptian statements on Morocco. “It would be best if people stopped tuning into such “gossip,” he added. read more

It is Now Legitimate for Africa to Organize the World Cup

Rabat – Head of Morocco’s Royal Football Federation (FRMF) Fouzi Lekjaa  believes that after Morocco’s four failed attempts to win hosting rights for the World Cup, it is “legitimate for Africa to host the competition for the second time in history.”The chief of the Moroccan football association shared his opinion in an interview with Maghreb TV regarding Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid.“Everyone knows that Morocco is applying on behalf of the continent,” Lekjaa said. Touting Morocco’s assets, Lekjaa mentioned Morocco’s stability in a region that has experienced several crises.“The stability offers a lot of visibility and allows you to move forward.”He also saluted Morocco’s geographical position, recalling that the 12 cities selected to host the games are within a 550-kilometer radius from Casablanca.“We promise a real football party, an opportunity to advance in a noble civilization process, one of the peculiarities of football,” he said.The president of the football federation also touted the significance of football and how Moroccans are passionate about the game.Lekjaa also discussed Morocco’s goal and how the World Cup will develop the country.“Organizing the World Cup will allow us to achieve several goals, including improving health, sports, and football infrastructure,” said Lekjaa.The vote will be held at FIFA’s 68th Congress on Wednesday in Moscow. The congress will allow football federations from around the globe to choose the bid that will best host the tournament.Morocco’s bid committee landed in many countries to introduce its bid in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. read more

Government declares day of mourning

The Secretary to the Ministry of Buddhasasana and Religious Affairs M.K.B. Dissanayake, said that on the instructions of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his Ministry has made all arrangements to hold the funeral of the Mahanayake Thero under State patronage. The government has declared Monday as a day of mourning following the demise of the Mahanayaka of the Sri Lanka Ramanna Nikaya the most Venerable Weweldeniye Medhalankara Thero.The Mahanayaka of the Sri Lanka Ramanna Nikaya passed away on Wednesday afternoon at the age of 103. The government information department said that all liquor shops will be closed on Monday during the day of morning as the funeral of the monk will take place on that day.

American Airlines extends Boeing plane flight cancellations

WASHINGTON — American Airlines says it will keep the Boeing 737 Max plane off its schedule until Nov. 3, which is two months longer than it had planned.In a statement Sunday, American says the action will result in the cancellation of about 115 flights per day. It says it “remains confident” that the Boeing plane will be recertified this year. But some airline executives are growing doubtful about that timetable.United Airlines announced Friday that it was extending its cancellations until Nov. 3, a month longer than it had planned.United has 14 Max jets while American has 24 of them. Southwest Airlines, which has 34 Max jets — more than any other carrier — is cancelling about 150 flights per day.The plane was grounded in March following two deadly crashes.The Associated Press

Berlin to tighten rules for electric scooter users

Berlin plans to stop electric scooters from being left haphazardly on sidewalks and other anti-social behaviour that’s drawn the ire of residents in the German capital since the vehicles were made legal two months ago.City transport officials said Wednesday after a meeting with scooter providers that they’ll designate special on-street parking zones for the battery-powered vehicles, which are popular among tourists and young people.Berlin police will also step up patrols to prevent illegal behaviour such as doubling.Police say seven people have been seriously injured and 27 suffered minor injuries in scooter accidents since mid-June, saying most were due to riders behaving carelessly.In Paris, where about 20,000 scooters roam the streets , authorities recently proposed limiting speeds to 8 kilometres per hour (5 mph) in areas with heavy foot traffic.The Associated Press read more

Mega Brands caps strong year with best fourth quarter since 2010 recapitalization

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 1, 2013 11:00 am MDT Mega Brands caps strong year with best fourth quarter since 2010 recapitalization AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Mega Brands capped a strong year by posting its best fourth-quarter since the toymaker’s 2010 recapitalization, as soaring North American sales contributed to a 20-fold growth in net income.The Montreal-based toy maker reporting in U.S. dollars earned $4 million for the period ended Dec. 31, up from $234,000 a year earlier.It earned 24 cents per basic share and one cent per share on a diluted basis, compared to one cent basic and a loss of 21 cents per share on a diluted basis a year earlier.The big difference between basic and diluted earnings per share reflects the impact of the recapitalization, which potentially will increase the number of shares outstanding, thus reducing the amount of profit attributed to each share.Mega Brands’ net sales jumped 18 per cent to $127.5 million from $108 million.“This strong finish capped a great year for Mega in which we significantly strengthened our brands and our financial position,” CEO Marc Bertrand said Friday during a conference call.Mega Brands (TSX:MB) was expected to earn 15 cents per basic share on $117 million of revenues, according to two analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.Pre-tax operating earnings (EBITDA) increased 33 per cent to $13.9 million, the strongest improvement in two and a half years and substantially ahead of analyst expectations of $12.6 million.For the full year, the company’s profits doubled to $16.6 million or $1.01 per basic share as revenues grew 11.5 per cent to $420.3 million from $376.8 million in 2011.Toy sales grew by 21 per cent in the fourth quarter, while stationery and activities sales were up one per cent.North American sales rose 22 per cent, a fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth, while international sales were up seven per cent.Bertrand said the company expects a strong performance in 2013 as its new Barbie line of construction toys gains traction around the world and it adds other toys, including Skylanders and Hot Wheels.Martin Landry of GMP Securities said Mega Brands had solid fourth-quarter results and “impressive” balance sheet improvement as it reduced debt by $30 million.He said the company’s strongest performance since before the recapitalization highlights the strength of its product offering which is resulting in significant traction at retail.“With the success of the initial Barbie product line launch, we would expect this momentum to continue as Barbie launches globally beginning mid-year and combined with the launch of Hot Wheels construction sets in the fall and new product introductions in Skylanders, in our view this bodes quite well for Mega Brands’ future,” he wrote in a report.Landry said Mega Brands’ North American sales again outperformed larger competitors Mattel and Hasbro for the fifth consecutive quarter, suggesting Mega Brands continued to gain market share during the quarter.Mega Brands manufactures more than half of its toys in Montreal, at least double what it did a few years ago, and said it has begun to explore opportunities to further expand its Canadian manufacturing base.It is seeking up to $50 million in financial support from the Quebec government to build a new production facility, according to a filing with the province’s lobbyist registry.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Mega Brands shares briefly hit a new 52-week high in early trading Friday, and were up 44 cents, or 3.73 per cent, at C$12.23 in later trading. read more

Vanuatu urges inclusive development pledges to continue speaking out against colonialism

Urging inclusive development that left no one on the margins of society, the Prime Minister of Vanuatu today stressed that the United Nations General Assembly is the forum where leaders can “speak their hearts freely” on a range of urgent issues, from collective security to human rights and decolonization. The post-2015 development agenda, Prime Minister of Moana Carcasses Kalosil said, compels a “rethink of global partnership structures” and national priorities, as well as action to better achieve the targets. The theme of the Assembly’s general debate this year is setting the stage for a sustainability agenda that will succeed the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), largely focused on anti-poverty targets, when they expire in 2015. Mr. Kalosil said that beyond 2015, an integrated and balanced approach is required in the social, economic and environmental dimensions. Vanuatu was committed to tackling climate change, seeking renewable energy and pursuing sustainable development. He urged fulfilment of financial pledges, considering the pace of climate-change-induced impacts on small island developing States. The Prime Minister went on to recall his country’s long-standing commitment to speak out in the Assembly against colonialism and neo-imperialism. “And again today, I stand here once more, on behalf of the entire population of our archipelago, to speak for those who are still living in the colonized territories,” he said, while welcoming the positive steps taken towards recognizing the inalienable right of French Polynesia to self-determination, as well as the discussions on New Caledonia. More than 80 former colonies, comprising some 750 million people, have gained independence since the creation of the UN. The 17 remaining Non-Self-Governing Territories still under the purview of what is referred to as the Special Committee on Decolonization are home to nearly two million people and include New Caledonia and French Polynesia. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, calling for fresh approaches to the issue of decolonization, has said it is time for a new kind of inclusive dialogue. Mr. Kalosil then turned to the question of West Papua and the need to ensure the population’s human rights were respected. “It is clear from many historical records that the Melanesian people of West Papua were the scapegoats of cold war politics and were sacrificed to gratify the appetite for natural resources which this country possesses,” he said. UN Member States, subscribing to the principles of democracy, good governance, human rights and the rule of law, cannot ignore the issue of West Papua. “How can we then ignore hundreds of thousands of West Papuans who have been brutally beaten and murdered? The people of West Papua are looking to the UN as a beacon for hope. It is time for the UN to move beyond its periphery and address and rectify some historical error,” he said, calling for the appointment of a special representative to probe alleged human rights abuses in the Papuan provinces. read more

Harmony and Dept of Mining Engineering at University of Pretoria launch mining

first_imgResearch on a safer working environment in the hard-rock mining industry will henceforth be a very specific focus area at the University of Pretoria (UP). This is the result of a donation of R4.7 million over three years by Harmony Gold Mining Co to UP in order to establish a Chair in Rock Engineering and Numerical Modelling in mining. The Harmony chair will be housed in the Department of Mining Engineering of the University’s Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology.The aim of the chair will be to take part in leading research activities in the field of rock mechanics and numerical modelling in the mining industry. The chair is also aimed at producing research and learning outcomes to the benefit of Harmony, the University and the country as a whole. There will be opportunities for the development of products like software to support numerical modelling.Apart from research and studies in the above-mentioned fields, efforts will also be made to establish a postgraduate qualification in rock mechanics. Expanding undergraduate teaching in rock mechanics and numerical modelling, specifically as a result of new research being done, will also be an important function of the chair.Another important function of the Harmony chair will be to arrange much needed liaison between academic institutions and the industry in general, but specifically between Harmony and UP.Harmony will further benefit from this donation through its interaction with international leaders in the field of rock mechanics and numerical modelling research, as well as the interaction with under- and postgraduate students by way of student projects.Graham Briggs, CEO of Harmony, said: “Ensuring the safety of each of our mine workers is Harmony’s top priority. Therefore, further research and development to ensure even safer underground conditions are of the utmost importance to us. It is a privilege to have the University of Pretoria as partner in the pursuit of even safer mining activities.“It is of cardinal importance to our industry that South Africa should be seen as the leader in the field of research, with specific reference to the prevention of rock related deaths and injuries. We trust that this initiative will strengthen the partnership between academic institutions and the industry in hard-rock research activities and will empower mining companies to effect further safety improvements,” said Briggs.last_img read more

G7 snubs Russia summit over Ukraine crisis

first_imgG7 Leaders meeting at Catshuis, the official residence of the Dutch Prime Minister, in The Hague. (PA image)Crimea“We are not trying to hold on to this format, and we see no great tragedy if it does not meet,” Lavrov said, insisting that Crimea has “a right to self-determination”.Russia’s takeover of the region was not “malicious intent”, said Lavrov, but was to “protect the Russians who have been living there for hundreds of years”.Moscow was added to the G7 club of the US, Japan, Germany, Italy, France, Canada and Britain — seen as the world’s top diplomatic and economic table — in 1999 as a reward for choosing the path of democracy after the collapse of Communism.French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the snubbing of Russia was “perhaps the most significant action because it shows that all these different countries have not accepted the annexation of Crimea as a fait accompli”.Fabius stressed that the G7 had agreed to work out how to reduce their energy dependency on Russia.“Because when we talk about sanctions, possible reactions, energy questions must be asked,” Fabius said.“We must be in a situation where we don’t depend as much as we do today on Russia,” he said.© – AFP 2014Related: Outnumbered: Ukrainian troops withdraw from Crimea>Read: “The aim of Putin is not Crimea but all of Ukraine”: Kiev fears Russia ready to attack> THE G7 GROUP of top economic powers today scrapped a planned meeting to be hosted by Russia as they sought to deepen Moscow’s isolation over the Ukraine crisis.After emergency talks called by US President Barack Obama, the G7 said they would hold a meeting in Brussels without Russia instead of the wider G8 summit that was to have taken place in Sochi.The G7 also threatened tougher sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Crimea, which has plunged relations between the West and Moscow to their lowest point since the end of the Cold War.The meeting in The Hague came as Ukraine ordered its outnumbered troops to withdraw from Crimea as yet another of its bases was stormed and the White House said it was “very concerned” by the Russian troop build-up on the border.Sanctions“We remain ready to intensify actions including coordinated sectoral sanctions that will have an increasingly significant impact on the Russian economy, if Russia continues to escalate this situation,” the leaders said in a statement.The G7 “came together because of shared beliefs and shared responsibilities. Russia’s actions in recent weeks are not consistent with them. Under these circumstances, we will not participate in the planned Sochi summit,” they added.But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov defiantly dismissed such a move as “no great tragedy” after separate talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry and Ukraine’s interim Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya.“If our Western partners think that this format (the G8) has outlived itself, then so be it,” Lavrov told reporters.last_img read more

Rohingya insurgents call for humanitarian ceasefire

first_imgRohingya refugees stretch their hands to receive food distributed by local organisations in Kutupalong, Bangladesh, 9 September. Photo: Reuters Rohingya insurgents declared a month-long unilateral ceasefire, starting on Sunday, to enable aid groups to help ease a humanitarian crisis in northwest Myanmar.Nearly 300,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh and 30,000 non-Muslim civilians have been displaced inside Myanmar after the military launched a counter-offensive following attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) insurgents on 30 police posts and an army base on 25 Aug.“ARSA strongly encourages all concerned humanitarian actors resume their humanitarian assistance to all victims of the humanitarian crisis, irrespective of ethnic or religious background during the ceasefire period,” ARSA said in a statement.Rohingya refugees climb up a hill after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh 8 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersThe impact of the move is unclear. The group does not appear to have been able to put up significant resistance against the military force unleashed in Myanmar’s northwestern Rakhine state. In the last two weeks, thousands of homes have been burned down, dozens of villages uprooted and thousands of people are still on the move towards the border with Bangladesh.The wave of hungry and traumatised refugees pouring into Bangladesh has strained aid agencies and local communities already helping hundreds of thousands displaced by previous waves of violence in Myanmar.In its statement, ARSA called on the military to also lay down arms and allow humanitarian aid to all affected people.Myanmar says its security forces are carrying out clearance operations to defend against ARSA, which the government has declared a terrorist organisation.Rohingya refugees climb up a hill after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh 8 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersRights monitors and fleeing Rohingya say the army and Rakhine Buddhist vigilantes have mounted a campaign of arson aimed at driving out the Muslim population.Help for BangladeshOn Friday, the United Nations in Bangladesh found tens of thousands of refugees who had not been counted before, raising the count to 270,000 from some 164,000 the day before. On Saturday, that jumped by another 20,000 to 290,000.On Saturday, thousands of Rohingya were milling on the road near the camp of Kutapalong, carrying bamboo and tarpaulin to build shacks. Children and women flocked to every stopping vehicle, begging.Aid workers say a serious humanitarian crisis is also unfolding on the Myanmar side of the border.Rohingya refugees stretch their hands to receive food distributed by local organisations in Kutupalong, Bangladesh, 9 September, 2017. Photo: Reuters Red Cross organizations are scaling up their operations in Rakhine after the United Nations had to suspend activities there following government suggestions that its agency had supported the insurgents. The United Nations evacuated non-critical staff from the area.Thousands of displaced people in Rakhine have been stranded or left without food for weeks. Many are still trying to cross mountains, dense bush and rice fields to reach Bangladesh.“The UN and INGOs have not been very welcome in Rakhine and…they are not able to operate and ensure the safety and security of their staff and volunteers,” said Joy Singhal of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).The government had invited the Red Cross to assist them, he said.Aid workers worry many Rohingya had been left without food since mid-July, when the World Food Programme (WFP), which had been providing food and cash assistance, was unable to operate.The government said it would set up camps for internally displaced people in Rakhine but the move could draw opposition from U.N. humanitarian experts.last_img