Pressure will be a constant companion: Sachin Tendulkar ahead of India-New Zealand semi-final

first_imgCricket legend Sachin Tendulkar feels both India and New Zealand will be under a lot of pressure when they face each other in the World Cup 2019 semi-final in Manchester on Tuesday.India topped the points table in the league phase with seven wins out of nine matches while New Zealand are heading into the last-four game on the back of three successive defeats. But both teams will have to start from scratch in the knockout game when they take the field.Tendulkar reckons that players do not say it in front of the media or fans, but they do feel the pressure ahead of the big-ticket clash like the one coming up for India and New Zealand.”Pressure will be there, it is going to be a constant companion. There are those pressure moments, you just have to absorb them and we have players in our team who are good at that. It is just about winning those close moments,” Tendulkar told India Today.The former India captain also suggested Virat Kohli’s side to stick to the mantra that has been working for them in this tournament so far and not try anything different if not required.”If we can stick to our brand of cricket, we don’t need to compare ourselves with anyone. I would like to tell them when you play New Zealand and hopefully after that, stick to your brand of cricket. All the build up that is happening is outside the team, within the team it is about preparation,” Tendulkar said.advertisementIndia will be facing New Zealand in a World Cup semi-final for the first time in the history of the 50-over tournament. New Zealand have played 7 semi-finals so far and won just once while India have a 3:3 record in World Cup semis.Kohli’s side has been dominant in this edition so far but Tendulkar feels they shouldn’t take New Zealand lightly even though Kane Williamson’s team hasn’t been in the best of forms in the final few league games.”New Zealand, it’s a very good team and underrated. They have performed consistently well. It’s not going to be a cakewalk for India. We have to go out and repeat doing what we have been doing for a number of games.”Whoever is talking about India already getting into the finals, does not understand cricket. The players and support staff will only be focussed on this match. Now that we have entered the semis, don’t start talking about the final,” Tendulkar said.Talking about making team changes, Tendulkar also suggested that India can look at all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja as a candidate for the No. 7 spot in the playing XI.”Jadeja is one option I would like to throw on the table to the team management. I feel if Dinesh Karthik is going to bat at No. 7 then possible Jadeja could be an option there because his left-arm spin can come in handy. In a big match you would want a cover up because we are playing just 5 bowlers.”I would also be tempted to bring back Mohammed Shami because against West Indies he was good on the same venue. When we talk about Old Trafford there are pleasant experiences for Shami, he came back into the team and picked up wickets. So I would be tempted to have him back,” Tendulkar said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma’s batting is poetry in motion, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | New Zealand have won just 1 out of 7 World Cup semi-finalsAlso Read | Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson were captains in India vs New Zealand Under 19 World Cup semi-finallast_img read more

Tecatito Corona out of El Tri squad for personal reasons

first_imgMexico Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona out of Mexico squad for personal reasons Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 2 years ago 06:01 11/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Jesus Corona Mexico Republic of Ireland Adam Hunger Mexico Belgium v Mexico Belgium Friendlies The winger is leaving national team camp to return to Porto to be with his wife Jesus “Tecatito” Corona will miss Mexico’s friendly with Belgium and next week’s game against Poland, leaving the team because of personal reasonsCorona is set to fly back to Porto from Brussels after his wife had complications in pregnacy.”Jesus Manuel Corona is out of the national team after his wife showed complications with her pregnacy and unfortunately lost the baby,” read a statement from the Mexican Football Federation. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The statement was followed with a tweet of support that reads, “We’re all together in this very difficult moment, Jesus M. Corona. All our strength with you and your family.” Estamos juntos en este momento tan complicado, Jesús M. Corona. Toda nuestra fuerza contigo y tu familia. pic.twitter.com/iJYzr258Sz— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) November 9, 2017 Corona, a quick winger who has been one of the most consistent starters for coach Juan Carlos Osorio, missed the Confederations Cup in Russia for personal reasons as well before returning to represent El Tri in each of their final four World Cup qualification matches.The 24-year-old has scored five times for the national team since Osorio arrived in November of 2015.last_img read more

Trump hits back at China with more tariffs amid escalating trade war

first_imgWashington: US President Donald Trump on Friday announced to raise existing and planned tariffs on Chinese products in retaliation for Beijing’s announcement earlier in the day of new duties on American goods. “Starting on October 1st, the 250 BILLION (US) DOLLARS of goods and products from China, currently being taxed at 25 per cent, will be taxed at 30 per cent, Trump said in a statement to the White House press corp. Additionally, the remaining 300 BILLION (US) DOLLARS of goods and products from China, that was being taxed from September 1st at 10 per cent, will now be taxed at 15 per cent. Thank you for your attention to this matter! said the US president in his unusual statement, portions of which were in capital letters. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In his statement, which was mainly against China, Trump also issued a warning to other countries as well. “For many years China (and many other countries) has been taking advantage of the United States on Trade, Intellectual Property Theft, and much more, he said. Our Country has been losing HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year to China, with no end in sight. Sadly, past Administrations have allowed China to get so far ahead of Fair and Balanced Trade that it has become a great burden to the American Taxpayer, Trump said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday As President, I can no longer allow this to happen! In the spirit of achieving Fair Trade, we must Balance this very unfair Trading Relationship. China should not have put new Tariffs on 75 BILLION DOLLARS of United States product (politically motivated!), he said. The Trump’s announcement came after China on Friday said it will impose additional 10 per cent tariffs on USD 75 billion worth of US exports in retaliation to President Donald Trump’s threat to impose new tariffs on USD 300 billion worth of Chinese imports as trade war between the top two economies continues to intensify. Since the commencement of trade war last year China and US have so far hit each other with punitive tariffs covering billions of dollars in two-way trade. Trump’s statement came hours before he was scheduled to leave for France to attend the G7 Summit. Other members of grouping are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and United Kingdom. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attending the G7 summit as a special guest at the invitation of the French President Emanuel Macron. Trump and Modi are scheduled to hold meetings on the sidelines of the G-7 summit. They (Modi and Trump) will look for solutions on the trade front. The US is looking to India to reduce tariffs and open its markets, a senior administration official told reporters on the eve of his departure.last_img read more

Egypt general colonel killed in clash with militants

first_imgCAIRO – An Egyptian army brigadier general and a colonel were killed in a raid Wednesday on a jihadist hideout, as security forces close their pincers on militants in the Nile Delta.he Islamist militants have increasingly shifted their campaign from the restless Sinai Peninsula to the capital and other Nile Delta areas, with bombing and shooting attacks on security forces.In the early morning raid north of Cairo, five jihadists with the Al-Qaeda-inspired Ansar Beit al-Maqdis group were also killed in a shootout that last for hours, the interior ministry said. The group has claimed responsibility for some of the deadliest attacks in a low-level insurgency that has killed more than 200 policemen and soldiers since the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.The cell targeted was suspected of involvement in a Saturday attack on a military checkpoint that killed six soldiers, and the assassination in January of a deputy interior minister in Cairo.The officers killed in the raid were bomb disposal experts who participated in the operation alongside police, the military said.It said “a large quantity of explosives” was found in the hideout, with the interior ministry saying militants had used explosive belts during the confrontation.The hideout near the Nile Delta town Al-Qanatir Al-Khayriya, roughly 30 kilometres (19 miles) north of Cairo, was used to make explosives, the interior ministry said.elevision footage later showed forensic experts sorting through bomb-making equipment and materials, including ball bearings used to inflict more damage in explosions.Most of the attacks following Morsi’s overthrow have taken place in the lawless Sinai Peninsula, where jihadist leaders are believed to be based.Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem), has spearheaded the attacks, claiming responsibility for bombing Cairo police headquarters in January and downing a military helicopter in the Sinai with a heat-seeking missile.The group said last week that its founder, Tawfiq Mohamed Fareej, was killed recently when a car accident set off a bomb he was carrying.Fareej was the field commander of an August 18, 2011 cross-border raid into Israel that killed eight Israelis, the group said. And he was involved in the failed assassination of the interior minister in September.The group also acknowledged the death of one of its militants in a shootout with police in Cairo earlier in the month. Mohamed al-Sayid al-Toukhi was killed in a gun battle with police after they tried to arrest him on suspicion of involvement in the January bombing of Cairo police headquarters.Several new militant groups have cropped up amid a deadly security crackdown on Morsi’s supporters, which has killed at least 1,400 people, according to Amnesty International.The government has designated Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation, but the group says it is committed to peaceful protest.A new Islamist group claimed responsibility this week for a spate of attacks on policemen in the Nile Delta it said targeted 28 security men.Ansar al-Shariah, a name used by jihadist groups in other countries, recently announced its formation in Egypt, and issued a statement Monday taking credit for the attacks.last_img read more

Reports States will sue to stop 265B SprintTMobile deal

NEW YORK — Published reports say a group of state attorneys general are planning a lawsuit to block a $26.5 billion merger of wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint.It’s an unusual step ahead of a decision by federal antitrust authorities.The reports from Reuters and The Wall Street Journal cite unidentified people familiar with the matter.The Justice Department has not yet issued a decision. The Republican chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, the nation’s telecom regulator, supports the deal.The companies say they need to bulk up to upgrade to a fast, powerful “5G” mobile network that competes with Verizon and AT&T. The companies are appealing to President Donald Trump’s desire for the U.S. to “win” a global 5G race. Consumer advocates and Democratic lawmakers worry about price increases and job cuts.The Associated Press read more

Top UN officials stress importance of freedom of information

3 May 2010Marking the annual World Press Freedom Day, top United Nations officials have called for promoting the universal right to publicly-held information as well as ensuring the safety of all those who work in the media. “Some journalists risk intimidation, detention and even their lives, simply for exercising their right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas, through any media, and regardless of frontiers,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message for the Day, which is observed worldwide on 3 May.Last year, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) condemned the killing of 77 journalists. Mr. Ban noted that these were not high-profile war correspondents, killed in the heat of battle. Most of them worked for small, local publications in peacetime, and were killed for attempting to expose wrongdoing or corruption.“I condemn these murders and insist that the perpetrators are brought to justice. All Governments have a duty to protect those who work in the media,” he stated. “Impunity gives the green light to criminals and murderers, and empowers those who have something to hide. Over the long term, it has a corrosive and corrupting effect on society as a whole,” he added.While welcoming the global trend towards new laws which recognize the universal right to publicly held information, the Secretary-General pointed out that these new laws do not always translate into action. “Requests for official information are often refused, or delayed, sometimes for years. At times, poor information management is to blame. But all too often, this happens because of a culture of secrecy and a lack of accountability.”People have a right to information that affects their lives, and States have a duty to provide this information, he stressed, adding that such transparency is essential to good government.The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, said this year’s theme – freedom of information – included the principle that organizations and governments have a duty to share or provide ready access to information they hold, to anyone who wants it, based on the public’s right to be informed. “The right to know is central for upholding other basic rights, for furthering transparency, justice and development. Hand-in-hand with the complementary notion of freedom of expression, it underpins democracy,” she stated in her message. Highlighting some recent advances, she noted that more and more countries are adopting freedom of information legislation, making it easier to scrutinize government actions, and reinforcing public accountability. In addition, faster and cheaper technology means that more people in the world have ready access to information from outside their immediate environment than ever before. “Now is the time for us to capitalize on these advances, by strengthening institutions, by providing the necessary training for information professionals, by fostering greater openness within our public sectors and greater awareness among the public,” said Ms. Bokova, calling on governments, civil society, the media and individuals everywhere to join forces with UNESCO in promoting freedom of information.The agency is celebrating World Press Freedom Day with a two-day global conference of media professionals entitled, “Freedom of Information: the Right to Know,” in Brisbane, Australia. Also today, the Director-General will present this year’s UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize to Mónica González Mujica, a Chilean champion of investigative journalism. “Throughout her professional life, Mónica González Mujica has shown courage in shining the light on the dark side of Chile,” said the President of the jury, Joe Thloloe, Press Ombudsman of the Press Council of South Africa. “She has embodied the very spirit of the Award. She has been jailed, tortured, hauled before the courts but has remained steadfast.” The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, today urged all countries to ensure the full enjoyment of the freedom of information and the right to know:“It is imperative that we talk about a ‘right’ wherein ordinary citizens can get information as an entitlement, and not as a favour,” he said in a statement. “Watering down what is now universally regarded as a fundamental right to passive concepts like ‘access’ or ‘freedom’ will blur the focus and dilute the effectiveness of any concerted effort to open up records.”Meanwhile, the UN human rights office in Nepal is using the occasion of World Press Freedom Day to urge that the perpetrators of killings of journalists in the South Asian nation be brought to justice.It noted in a news release that it has received reports of at least 28 incidents in the past six months ranging from intimidation to murder affecting journalists, editors and media entrepreneurs. Most incidents have occurred in the Terai region, targeting journalists for reporting wrongdoing or corruption, or simply for not following a particular political line. Despite repeated calls by journalists, human rights organizations, and the international community, the Government has yet to make a single arrest in relation to any of the incidents. “Bringing to book those responsible for attacking members of the media requires a genuine, determined effort by the authorities, while those sheltering alleged murderers must be prepared to surrender them,” said Richard Bennett, the Representative in Nepal of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.As a first step, Mr. Bennett suggested that the authorities enforce the existing arrest warrants for those accused in the 2007 murder of journalist Birendra Shah, a correspondent for the Nepalese private radio station NepalFM, the Dristri Weekly and the television station Avenues TV.The Maoists, who fought a decade-long civil war with the Government before signing a peace accord in 2006, claimed responsibility for the killing. read more

EU calls for restraint in the Maldives

“There must be an end to violence and no political retribution. In this regard we note the large political rally being planned for Friday 17 February, and urge all sides to do everything possible to ensure that this takes place in a peaceful and lawful manner,” the EU added. EU HoMs note with concern ongoing political tensions and urge all sides to exercise restraint, the statement said. The EU said that acts of provocation on the part of participants or the use of excessive force by law enforcement agencies would be completely unacceptable at this point. The European Union (EU) has called for restraint from all sides in the Maldives following political tensions resulting from the resignation of former President Mohammad Nasheed.A statement from the EU office in Colombo said that EU Heads of Mission (HoMs) accredited to the Maldives resident in Colombo are currently visiting the Maldives and have had talks with government officials and political actors. read more

Dubai DXB Entertainments posts losses in first half of 2019

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — DXB Entertainments, which runs Dubai Parks & Resorts, has announced revenue of $68.6 million for the first half of 2019, 13% down from the same period last year.Revenue was down mainly because of a drop in visitors from 1.46 million last year to 1.4 million for the first half of 2019. DXB Entertainments also said on Thursday COO Paul Parker would be relieved of his post. A replacement hasn’t been named.The company said last month it was paying $7.5 million to Six Flags after abandoning plans to build a $454 million version of the U.S. amusement park in the United Arab Emirates amid a slowdown in Dubai’s economy.DXB Entertainments is majority-owned by Meraas Holding, a development company owned by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.The Associated Press read more

After no vote Greece tries to reopen bailout talks to get deal

ATHENS, Greece – Greece and its membership in Europe’s joint currency faced an uncertain future Monday, with time pressing for the country to reach a bailout deal with creditors after Greeks resoundingly rejected the notion of more austerity in exchange for aid.With Greek banks running out of cash and facing the danger of collapse within days without new aid, the government in Athens is racing against the clock.In an effort to facilitate negotiations on a new aid program Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who had clashed with European officials in the bailout talks, announced his resignation Monday.But Greece and its creditors, who will meet again Tuesday to discuss how to keep the country in the euro, remain far apart on key issues, particularly the notion of debt relief.The negotiations are complicated for the European creditors by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ triumph in Sunday’s referendum. More than 61 per cent of Greeks backed his call to vote “no” to budget cuts the creditors had proposed in return for rescue loans the country needs — even though those proposals were no longer on the table.The vote was painted by opposition parties and many European officials as one on whether Greece should remain in Europe’s joint currency. In the aftermath, many officials softened their tone and said talks would resume, though Greece’s chance of staying in the euro was looking increasingly shaky.The country’s banks remain shut for a sixth working day the government tries to limit a drain of deposits despite limits on cash withdrawals at ATMs.All eyes now turn to whether the European Central Bank will increase the amount of credit the banks can draw on to make up for the cash drain. Analysts expect the ECB to not provide more emergency assistance on Monday, meaning Greece might have to tighten its limits on cash withdrawals and transfers from the current 60 euros ($67) per day.If the ECB does not increase its help to the banks, it will be impossible for Tsipras to keep his pledge to quickly restore Greece’s banking system.The Greek government has vowed to quickly restart negotiations with creditors in other eurozone countries and with the institutions that oversaw the country’s bailout: the ECB, European Commission and International Monetary Fund.Varoufakis appared to be the first casualty of the vote’s fallout.With his brash style and fondness for frequent media appearances, Varoufakis had visibly annoyed many of the eurozone’s finance ministers during Greece’s debt negotiations.Varoufakis said in a statement he was told shortly after the referendum result that some other eurozone finance ministers and the country’s other creditors would appreciate his not attending the ministers’ meetings.The idea was one “that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement. For this reason I am leaving the Ministry of Finance today,” he said.As for his European negotiating colleagues, he said of them: “I shall wear the creditors’ loathing with pride.”A replacement was to be announced later Monday.With his high-stakes gamble to call a referendum with just a week’s notice, Tsipras aimed to show creditors that Greeks, whose economy has been shattered and who face spiraling unemployment and poverty, have had enough and that the austerity prescribed isn’t working.But everything hinges on European reaction. A eurozone summit was hastily called for Tuesday afternoon to discuss the situation.European officials appear to be split on a key demand by Greece to have the burden of its bailout loans be made more manageable.France’s finance minister, Michel Sapin, indicated that discussing Greece’s debt is not taboo, saying the country could not recover with its current obligations “in the months and years to come.”Sapin also called for the ECB to maintain liquidity assistance to Greek banks.Germany, however, remains reluctant to discuss debt forgiveness.Finance Ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger said Germany’s “position is well-known … a debt cut is not an issue for us.”More broadly, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said talks on a new bailout program for Greece would depend on what proposals Athens makes.Steffen Seibert said Germany respects the “clear ‘no’ vote” by Greeks against austerity measures.”However, he added that “in view of Greek citizens’ decision yesterday, the conditions are not there at present to enter negotiations on a new program.” He said the “no” vote is a vote against the principle — still supported by Germany — that solidarity requires countries to make their own reform efforts.Besieged by a prolonged recession, high unemployment and banks dangerously low on capital, Greece defaulted on an IMF loan repayment last week, becoming the first developed nation to do so.Now some analysts wonder if Greece is so starved of cash that it could be forced to start issuing its own currency and become the first country to leave the 19-member eurozone, established in 1999.Tsipras was elected in January on promises to repeal the austerity demanded in return for its bailout and negotiations broke down late last month after dragging on unsuccessfully for five months.___Demetri Nellas and Menelaos Hadjicostis in Athens, Greece, Lori Hinnant in Paris, Raf Casert in Brussels and Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed. After ‘no’ vote, Greece tries to reopen bailout talks to get deal before banks collapse by Elena Becatoros, The Associated Press Posted Jul 6, 2015 6:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 6, 2015 at 6:23 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ban deeply disappointed with failure to reach consensus on global arms trade

“The treaty had been within reach, thanks to the tireless work and spirit of compromise among Member States,” the Secretary-General said in a statement attributable to his spokesperson. “The Secretary-General commends Ambassador Peter Woolcott, President of the Conference, for his leadership in guiding the complex negotiations,” according to the statement. Mr. Ban also commended civil society and the majority of States for their active support. Some 2,000 representatives of Governments, international and regional organizations and civil society had gathered in New York since 18 March to hammer out the details of what was seen as the most important initiative ever regarding conventional arms regulation within the UN. The draft text which was nearly adopted was considered “balanced” by Mr. Ban, according to his spokesperson, and would have established effective common standards to regulate the international trade in conventional arms. If passed, the treaty would have applied to all conventional arms within the following categories: battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles, large-calibre artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles and missile launchers, and small arms and light weapons, according to the draft text. Armed violence kills more than half a million people each year, including 66,000 women and girls. In addition, between 2000 and 2010, almost 800 humanitarian workers were killed in armed attacks and another 689 injured, according to the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs. Given the importance of the issues involved, Mr. Ban “strongly hopes that Member States will continue exploring ways to bring the Treaty into being,” his spokesperson said in the statement. Mr. Ban “is confident” that the Arms Trade Treaty will come to pass and is encouraged by the shared determination “to make this happen as soon as possible,” he added. The previous attempts to reach a consensus on the treaty ended without success in July 2012. In December, the UN General Assembly agreed to a final conference and set today as the deadline for the two-week negotiations. read more

Brock President honoured by Michaëlle Jean Foundation

Brock University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Gervan Fearon was honoured by a prestigious organization last week for his impact in education.The Michaëlle Jean Foundation — established by The Right Honorable Michaëlle Jean, the 27th Governor General of Canada (2005–2010) — recognized Fearon with the Influencer Award at the National Black Canadians Summit, held Dec. 4 to 6 at the Toronto Reference Library.The award was created to honour Canadians of African descent who have stood out in their ability to shape ideas and perspectives while driving innovation in Canada through their scholarship, activism and organizational leadership.Brock University President Dr. Gervan Fearon.“We are truly delighted to honour Dr. Gervan Fearon with the Influencer Award for his achievements in the areas of academia, scholarship, public policy and administrative leadership,” said Peter Flegel, Director of Programming and Development at the Michaëlle Jean Foundation. “Canada’s first university president of African descent, Dr. Fearon stands as a transformative influencer whose passion for and commitment to community development, teaching, research and knowledge have seen him innovate and drive impact in his positions as a top university administrator of two institutions of higher learning.”Prior to taking on the lead role at Brock in August, Fearon was the President of Manitoba’s Brandon University.During his event remarks, Fearon emphasized the importance of post-secondary education in supporting individual and community success and development.He used the occasion to “congratulate and recognize the numerous outstanding university students, faculty and staff members across the country who work hard every day to contribute to their communities,” while also crediting the family and community members who support them on their path to success.In an effort to benefit all Canadians and advance the development of an inclusive society, the three-day National Black Canadians Summit saw participants work on an inclusive agenda and strategies for promoting increased democratic participation, improving educational outcomes, enhancing justice and community safety, and improving mental and physical health outcomes within black Canadian communities.The event included speeches by The Right Honorable Michaëlle Jean, Ahmed H. Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and John Tory, Mayor of Toronto.A number of individuals were recognized at the summit, receiving awards for their contributions and accomplishments, including The Honorable Jean Augustine, the first black female MP and Cabinet minister; Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival; Angela Cassie, Vice-President, Public Affairs and Programs, Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg; and Michael Lee Chin, Founder and Chairman, Portland Holdings, Inc. read more

Vertical control of drill rigs

first_imgDrill rig levers are often located some distance from the mast, says DAT Instruments. “That improves safety but it also constrains operators to move back and forth to control mast verticality before and during drilling.” The company has launched the Drilling Starter Kit, a real time inclination data display placed next to the rig switches; inclination degree is measured by the DAT INCL XY sensor. The result, DAT says, is “safer and more professional management of all your drilling rigs.”DAT INCL XY allows the measurement, with accuracy, of the X and Y inclination angles to the vertical axes. The inclinometer is housed in a very resistant aluminium case, suitable for installation on drilling equipment, measuring slide inclination and, after that, rod inclination.Avaiable outputs focus on versatility:Two analogue outputs (X axes and Y axes) for analogue acquisition systemRS232 communication port for PC connection or acquisition and display system with digital inputs (JET 4000 AME, JET SDP or JET DSP 100)Alarm outputs which can activate while overreaching angles X+, X-, Y+, Y-last_img read more

A completely new scam Warning over scam that allows online bank accounts

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Motortion Films By Stephen McDermott Friday 8 Mar 2019, 9:00 AM A WARNING HAS been issued about a new type of scam that reportedly allows fraudsters to remotely access people’s bank accounts through their mobile phones.The scam – known as a ‘SIM Card swap’ – is said to enable fraudsters to control mobile users’ bank accounts by taking over their smartphones while they are locked.It is believed to target people who have online banking apps on their smartphones, which fraudsters can access by using the user’s unique SIM Card IP address.Garda Sergeant John Kelly told C103′s Cork Today Show that an Eir Mobile customer in Dublin was hit by the scam earlier this week.“The injured party noticed that their phone signal was lost for approximately two hours,” Kelly said.“When the signal returned to the phone, a quick approval loan of €7,000 had been applied for on the AIB Online function that he used.”Kelly also said that there were a number of other attempts to transfer money via person’s SIM Card IP address while their signal was down, all of which failed.He added that the easiest way to avoid becoming victim to the scam was to use secure WiFi connections.“This is a new one, it’s completely new to me,” he said. “If you had talked to me about this last week, I wouldn’t have heard of it.”A Garda spokesman told TheJournal.ie that it was not aware of any major problem related to this type of scam in Ireland.“Our advice is for phone customers is to notify their service provider if they notice any unusual activity,” the spokesman added.A spokesperson for Eir Mobile has been contacted for comment. ‘A completely new scam’: Warning over scam that allows online bank accounts to be accessed remotely The scam is believed to target those with banking apps on their smartphones. 53 Comments Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4529815 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Motortion Films 75,805 Views Share1048 Tweet Email19 Mar 8th 2019, 9:00 AM last_img read more

Oceans Are Warming Faster Than Expected Research Says

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend New research shows that ocean warming is accelerating more than we thought, and if left untreated, could further destroy marine life in the next few years.The research, which was published in Science on Thursday, includes an analysis based on four recent ocean-warming observations. These results demonstrate that earlier claims of a global warming slowdown since 2004 weren’t necessarily accurate, since heat trapped from greenhouse gases has increased ocean temperatures.Ocean heating is an important climate change factor, because approximately 93 percent of extra solar energy captured by greenhouse gases builds up in oceans worldwide, said a University of California, Berkeley blog post.“If you want to see where global warming is happening, look in our oceans,” Zeke Hausfather, a UC Berkeley graduate student and co-author of the research paper, said in the blog post. “Ocean heating is a very important indicator of climate change, and we have robust evidence that it is warming more rapidly than we thought.”We can now say with confidence now that 2018 will be the warmest year on record for the Earth’s oceans, beating the second-place year (2017) by a comfortable margin. [6/6] pic.twitter.com/BV2kJolUx2— Zeke Hausfather (@hausfath) January 10, 2019The research shows that ocean warming trends correlate with those predicted by top climate change models. According to the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project 5 (CMIP5) models, the temperature of the top 2,000 meters of global oceans will increase by 0.78 degrees Celsius by 2099. This change would cause sea levels to raise 30 centimeters, ice glaciers to melt, and stronger storms to hit continents.Four studies included in the analysis, which were published from 2014 to 2018, correct errors between different ocean temperature measurements and provide a better interpretation of past ocean warming trends.Scientists deploy an Argo float. For over a decade, more than 3000 floats have provided near-global data coverage for the upper 2000 m of the ocean. (Photo Credit: Alicia Navidad/CSIRO)Three of these studies, which were published in 2014, 2015, and 2017, calculated ocean heat content from the 1970s and decades before with the help of an army of floating robots. These robots measure ocean temperature, salinity, and pH. Dubbed Argo, the AI fleet has provided consistent ocean warming data since the mid-2000s, and enabled the team to correct previous ocean warming observations.The fourth study, which was published in 2018, observed ocean warming via changing atmospheric oxygen levels, and took other factors, including burning fossil fuels, into consideration to determine if these environmental factors were to blame for warmer oceans.“Scientists are continually working to improve how to interpret and analyze what was a fairly imperfect and limited set of data prior to the early 2000s,” Hausfather said in the v. “These four new records that have been published in recent years seem to fix a lot of problems that were plaguing the old records, and now they seem to agree quite well with what the climate models have produced.”More on Geek.com:Classes to Start at New School Dedicated to Studying CannabisWatch: Cute Polar Bear Cub Opens Its Eyes for the First TimeScientists Could Soon Develop ‘Birth Control’ for Mosquitoes Stay on targetlast_img read more

San Diego joins lawsuit to clean up Tijuana River Valley

first_imgSan Diego joins lawsuit to clean up Tijuana River Valley FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 3:59 PM “San Diego’s natural environment is what makes our region so special and we’re going to keep fighting to preserve it,” Mayor Faulconer said. “We’ve made this a priority in meetings with federal agencies in both the U.S. and Mexico, and now we must force the government’s hand to ensure it takes action. This gives us a new tool in the battle against sewage and trash that flows across the border and into our waterways. I thank the City Council, Councilmember Moreno and City Attorney Elliott for their work on this issue.” Posted: January 29, 2019 KUSI Newsroom In December, Councilmember Moreno issued a memo requesting for Council to hear the options for joining a lawsuit on the Tijuana River Valley. Her memo was in response to the most recent sewage spill that began last month and continues to release millions of gallons of sewage daily, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council has voted in closed session to join a lawsuit brought against the International Boundary and Water Commission by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.The suit alleges the commission has violated the Clean Water Act by allowing the continuous flow of sewage, chemical waste and plastic pollution into the Tijuana River. A press release from Mayor Faulconer announcing the lawsuit is pasted below:San Diego Joins Lawsuit to Clean Up Tijuana River ValleyLEGAL MOVE AIMS TO PROMPT FEDERAL ACTION ON LONGSTANDING SEWAGE, SEDIMENT AND TRASH ISSUES IN SOUTH BAYSan Diego – Following calls for legal action from Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and City Councilmember Vivian Moreno, the City Council voted unanimously in closed session Tuesday in favor of joining the State lawsuit against the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) over the contamination occurring in the Tijuana River Valley, Tijuana River Estuary and the Pacific Ocean. For years, the USIBWC has failed to properly manage and operate its wastewater treatment facilities. As a result, sewage, sediment and trash from the Tijuana River Valley have affected local beaches and coastal waters, prompting frustration and public health concerns. Categories: Health, Local San Diego News In October 2017, City Attorney Mara W. Elliott served notice of the City’s intention to sue. Following today’s decision, the City Attorney’s Office will now begin working with the State Attorney General and the Regional Water Quality Control Board to prepare for trial. The court has set the trial date for April 13, 2020. “One of the first actions I took as a Councilmember was to request that the City join the lawsuit,” Councilmember Moreno said. “The discharge of sewage has been a threat to the health and safety of our residents for far too long. We must hold our federal government accountable and also send a strong message that the South Bay will not be a dumping ground.” January 29, 2019 The lawsuit against the USIBWC was filed in September 2018 on behalf of the people of the State of California, by and through the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region, and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. The State Lands Commission intervened in December 2018 and is now also party to the lawsuit.“The pollution in the Tijuana River Valley is a disgrace, and I’m proud of this Mayor and City Council for fighting back against the federal government’s persistent disregard for our community’s health,” City Attorney Elliott said. “Joining the Regional Water Quality Control Board lawsuit represents San Diego’s best chance at a comprehensive solution to this troubling problem.”last_img read more

Experiments in Northern Alaska seek to improve projections for a changing Arctic

first_imgPlant physiologist Alistair Rogers standing by a warming chamber on the tundra close to Utqiaġvik. The experiment is part of a larger project run by the Department of Energy to collect data on natural processes in order to better predict how the Arctic will be affected by climate change. (Photo by Ravenna Koenig/ Alaska’s Energy Desk)If you live in a place that’s particularly vulnerable to climate change, you want to know specifics about what that change is going to look like in the future: how high can you expect storm surges to be? How much is the permafrost going to thaw, and how fast? A Department of Energy project in Alaska is trying to get the Arctic closer to some of those answers.Listen nowOn a spot of uneven tundra just a 15-minute drive from downtown Utqiaġvik, Alistair Rogers stands surveying his experimental domain: several short greenhouse-looking structures connected by a webbed plastic pathway.Rogers is a plant physiologist at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. He’s part of a team of scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy who are working at four sites around Alaska.Their project is called Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments, or NGEE Arctic, and they’re looking at some of the natural processes that happen on land in northern Alaska — like microbial activity in the permafrost, the spread of shrubs across the tundra and, in Rogers’ case, how tundra plants interact with the atmosphere.Inside one of the greenhouses, Rogers’ colleague Kim Ely bends over a small, boxy piece of equipment.“What I have here is a machine that we’re measuring photosynthesis and respiration rates [with],” Ely explained. “And it’s currently clamped on a little leaf down here that’s within the measurement chamber.”The humming machine has a name tag stuck on the top, partly so it doesn’t get mixed up with the other machines, and partly because Rogers is a bit of a sports fan.“They’re all named after New York Yankee players,” Ely said. “So there’s Bernie, and Andy, and Jorge, and Derek, and Mariano.”The photosynthesis measurement being taken by the “Bernie” box will eventually become… math.“Photosynthesis for example,” Rogers said. “There’s a bunch of equations which describe how the holes on the leaves open up and let CO2 in and let water out.”Those equations will be used to make projections about how the Arctic will be impacted by climate change.While there’s been a good amount of data collected on that kind of thing in different parts of the world, like in the grasslands and temperate forests, in the Arctic there’s been hardly any.“What we’re trying to do is make better predictions so that we can basically provide policy-makers with more useful, actionable information,” Rogers said.Already, Rogers says that his team has gathered data that’s helped revise some previous assumptions about how Arctic vegetation works. They hope that the combined work of all the teams on the project will refine their understanding of what may happen in the Arctic of the future.The data is publicly available; scientists working on climate projections — or any other research — can access it online.last_img read more

Two sued over exEden College principal murder

first_imgMahfuza ChowdhuryA case has been filed against two domestic helps, who went into hiding after the incident, in connection with murder of Mahfuza Chowdhury Parvin, former principal of Eden Girls’ College, reports UNB.Victim’s husband Ismat Quadir Gama, vice-chairman of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad, filed the case with New Market police station on Monday accusing Reshma, 30 and Swapna, 36, said Atiqur Rahman, officer-in-charge of the police station.Deputy police commissioner Maruf Hossain Sarder of Ramna Zone said that police have identified two domestic helps and they are now trying to arrest them.Police recovered the body of Mahfuza Chowdhury Parvin from her apartment at Sukanya Tower at Elephant Road on Sunday night.last_img read more

Dengue claims another life

first_imgDengue infected patients are seen hospitalised at the Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2 August 2019. Photo: ReutersA vegetable vendor died of mosquito-borne disease dengue at Khulna Medical College Hospital here on Monday morning.The deceased was identified as Mizanur Raham, 40, son of late Md Akher Ali of Rupsha upazila in the district.Dr Sailendranath Biswas, resident medical officer of the hospital, said Mizanur was admitted to the hospital with dengue fever on 15 August and breathed his last around 7:00am today.Five people have so far died of dengue in the district since April.At least 20 new patients were admitted to different hospitals in the district in the last 24 hours till Monday morning while 69 patients are undergoing treatment.At least 1,706 new patients were hospitalised in 24 hours till Sunday morning across the country, according to Health Emergency Operation Center and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).The number of dengue patients was 1,460 on Saturday, 1,719 on Friday while 1,929 on Thursday, 1,880 on Wednesday, 1,201 on Tuesday and 2,097 on Monday last.The rate of new infections fluctuated around the last week even though it showed a slight fall on Friday and Saturday but increased again on Sunday.Meanwhile, the number of new infections in district level also increased in the last 24 hours from Saturday’s 839 to 972 on Sunday.The government has so far confirmed 40 deaths although unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher.Currently, 7,168 patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics, less by 7 per cent than Saturday. Of them, 3,668 are hospitalised in the capital and 3,500 around the country.last_img read more