All well insists Team India media manager

first_imgThe Indian team needs to be told that the national bird is the peacock and not the ostrich. At the slightest hint of trouble, members of the Indian team have developed the nasty habit of burying their head in the sand and stuffing their ears shut, somehow believing that if they can’t see it or hear it, then it must be gone.On Friday, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virender Sehwag were said to be contemplating clearing the air around their supposed frosty relationship by addressing the media here. But as the practice session wore down, it became clear that neither was in the mood to answer some uncomfortable questions regarding the comments both made during the week in Brisbane.Instead, media manager GS Walia fielded the questions, failing to give a single logical explanation as to how such a situation arose where players are not even bothering to explain what and why they said certain things in the post-match press conferences.”There is no communication gap. But whatsoever is being shown in the media or is being written, the team is certainly concerned about it. I am not blaming the media, but they (players) are concerned. The players want to play the next two matches in a positive way, and to their real potential. Let’s not analyse the situation, why this was generated, how it came to this. Let us forget it and be positive in the future,” he pleaded.When pressed further, the manager became even more non-committal, ending every sentence with a ‘let’s not analyse this any further’.advertisementThe only statement that Walia made was regarding a reported special meeting between the four players – skipper Dhoni, Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir over the captain’s remarks on the lack of the fielding prowess of the three and Sehwag’s rebuttal of the same.”Immediately when we came back along with Sehwag (after the Tuesday match in Brisbane), I told everybody… because this is not a small thing. So I conveyed this (discordant comments from Dhoni and Sehwag) to them immediately, in exactly the same terms. Everybody was there. All 17 members. They said, ‘Sir, there is no difference, but we will be vigilant in future. If somebody has seen there is a communication gap, we will try to avoid that situation in future’.”In two blockbuster press conferences, Dhoni first said the seniors leaked runs and can’t be fielded together and Sehwag later said Dhoni had told the seniors that they are being rotated not because of their fielding but because the team wants to give chance to youngsters. The BCCI back home blamed the touring media of misquoting the players, but how one can misquote during a live press conference is beyond comprehension.The think tank has deemed the scenario either too flimsy or too volatile and thought it best to avoid the entire situation and leave it to Dhoni for his mandatory press conference, which will surely pop up some day or the other.Till that day, the team has a lot of time on its hand to stay ‘positive’ and the captain to prepare his answers.last_img read more

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Photo Advisory second, Photos released up to 8 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: NOV 20, 2015 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL Jaipur: Resurgent Rajasthan (A+B) Nagaon: KMSS protest against the Union government (A) New Delhi: BJP stage protest against Delhi government(B+A) Bhopal: New train on Technical trial (A) Patna: Swearing-in ceremony in Patna (B+A) New Delhi: President on Bharat Scouts & Guides Foundation Day (B) New Delhi: President interacts with IPS trainees (A) Nagpur: Congress protest in Nagpur (A) Bodhgaya: Robe offer ceremony in Bodhgaya (A+B) New Delhi: Vijender Singh meets Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal (A+B) Bhangagarh: Bhangagarh protest (A) Bengaluru: Protest for Kalasa Banduri project (A+B) Lucknow: Protest against ISIS (B) Srinagar: Grenade attack injured (A) Srinagar: Protest in Srinagar (B+A) Bengaluru: Janardhan Reddy produced in court (A) Bengaluru: Muslims condemn Paris terror attacks (B+A) Lucknow: Samajwadi Party Mahila Sammelan (B) Mumbai: Sheena Bora murder case (B+A) Bhubaneswar: CPI protest in Bhubaneshwar (A) Allahabad: BJP leaders arrested in Allahabad (A) (MORE) PTI PHOTO VNA PS SCSlast_img read more

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Long dist cycle race, music shows to mark I Day in Meghalaya

first_imgShillong, Aug 12 (PTI) In a first in Meghalaya, amateur cyclists from all over the country are coming together vying for a top spot in a gruelling 45 km long distance cycling race on August 15.Organised by Cycling Shillong, an official group formed by cycling enthusiasts, the race would be from Iewrynghep ground in Firebrigade to the highest road in the state and to Smit via Upper Shillong and Laitlyngkot.”We are organising this event to bring about a general awareness on cycling and its advantages personally to the riders and in general to the environment as they contribute zero carbon while commuting,” Cycling Shillong secretary B Mawlong said.The schedule of the event doubled up as a celebration for the Independence Day in the state initiated entirely by the organisation, even as various activities have been lined up for the day by institutions and the government, he said.Meghalaya and several North East states have not been able to celebrate Independence Day with much fanfare for several decades due to various insurgent groups calling bandhs.Things have changed since a Meghalaya High Court order a year ago banning the media from publishing announcements of bandhs by any unlawful organisation.The state government would be celebrating Independence Day with a lot of fanfare, music, sports, arts and colours.The day will be completed with a free entry at the Lady Hydary Park and Wards Lake and cinema halls too would screen films for free.Also there would an open air show of DJs mesmerising the crowd with their numbers, fishing competition and a marathon. PTI JOP DKBadvertisementlast_img read more

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IPL 2019: Fans breach security to meet MS Dhoni at Feroz Shah Kotla

first_imgMS Dhoni fans arrive all around India to see their favourite star playing for his Indian Premier League and the national team and at various instances, they’ve been seen breaching security to meet and greet Dhoni. Tuesday at the Feroz Shah Kotla was no different. As Chennai Super Kings marched to another victory, a couple of fans got past the security to touch Dhoni’s feet.On Tuesday, Dhoni scored a 32 not out to guide Chennai Super Kings to a 6-wicket win over home team Delhi Capitals and went on top of the IPL 2019 table after two games.Dhoni, who had a brilliant IPL last season, continued in the same vein by being the middle order glue and guiding the innings for the success of Chennai Super Kings.Recently, there have been two instances of fans getting past the security to meet Dhoni – it happened once in Hamilton during India’s series against New Zealand and the other time in Nagpur during India’s match against Australia. Virat Kohli has openly spoken about safety fears with fans breaching security regularly but Dhoni has usually been seen acknowledging them.On Tuesday, a couple of fans breached the Feroz Shah Kotla security and came and touched Dhoni’s feet. While a legion of CSK fans and Dhoni fans around the world cheered for the former skipper, his daughter Ziva Dhoni was also seen cheering her father aloud.As Dhoni walked out to bat after the fall of Suresh Raina’s wicket, Ziva was seen screaming, “Papaaaaaaa, come on Papaaaa”.advertisementAfter beating Delhi Capitals, Dhoni accepted that CSK is not very strong in the fielding department but said the team can cover that up with the amount of experience in its ranks.”I don’t think we will be a very good fielding side, but we will be a safe fielding side. You don’t want the XI to push too hard and get injured. We might bleed a few runs and make up for that with experience. We haven’t done well at the death, so plenty of areas to work on, but still a good victory,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Also Read | Great to be able to reconnect with Chennai guys again: Shane WatsonAlso Read | Reactions were overblown but would prefer to be warned: Rahul Dravid on Ashwin mankadingAlso Read | Shane Watson in heated war of words with Ishant and Rabadalast_img read more

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Video: Nebraska Football Announces 2016 Captains

first_imgNebraska graphic announcing captainsNebraska Football/TwitterNebraska Cornhuskers head coach Mike Riley announced captains for the 2016 season last night.The Nebraska captains, selected by team seniors, are: Jordan Westerkamp and Dylan Utter from the offense and Josh Banderas and Nate Gerry from the defense. Interestingly, senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong, who was a captain last year, was not among those chosen.You can watch the official announcement video below:Captains.✊ @JordanWesty1 @NathanGerry @DylanUtter66 @bandothemando?? #GBR pic.twitter.com/0je8g8ozw1— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) August 28, 2016 Riley noted that he considered the idea of having captains change from game to game because “we’ve got so many leaders right here within this group, the senior group.”In addition to the four elected captains, seniors also asked Riley to name a “Sam Foltz Captain of the Week.” Accordingly, Riley will pick a different player to join the permanent captains for each game.The Huskers open their season Sept. 3 against the Fresco State Bulldogs.last_img read more

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Ryan Day Making Changes In How Buckeyes Recruit Ohio

first_imgohio state's new head coach ryan dayCOLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Acting head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Urban Meyer didn’t make many mistakes while he was at Ohio State, and his 83-9 overall record reflects that. But he did seem to struggle a couple of times with recruiting elite players from the state of Ohio – an issue that his successor Ryan Day appears ready to remedy.According to the Dayton Daily News, Day is changing the school’s approach to in-state prospects. He was recently quoted stating that the school will be more aggressive in recruiting them.“There are great players in the state of Ohio,” Day said. “We’re out there being aggressive and going after them.”To that end, Ohio State has already ramped up the number of in-state offers being made for the coming year. Per the report, the Buckeyes have made 13 in-state offers in 2019 – up from 10 the year before, and from nine in 2017.Day’s efforts to appear to be showing early dividends.While the Class of 2020, heavily recruited by Meyers, is sitting at only seven recruits at this point, the Class of 2021 already has five in-state commitments including top prospect Paris Johnson Jr. They also have 2022 top in-state prospect Jack Sawyer committed.Additionally, five of the top-ten prospects from the state of Ohio are committed to the Buckeyes for the Class of 2019, including the top prospect from the state, Zach Harrison. Last year, the team got four of the top five, but not top in-state prospect Jackson Carman.last_img read more

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The Manual Wind: Romain Jerome Skylab 48 in Honor of NASA’s Space Station

first_img The Best Men’s Skeleton Watches — No Bones About It 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. The Best Watches Under $1,000, From Classic to Sporty Editors’ Recommendations The term ‘modern watch’ covers a wide spectrum of the watch market.  This term encompasses both classic brands with new technology and design, and the eccentric specialty brands that live on the edge.  The specialty modern watches are always pushing the boundaries of not only technology and design, but theme as well.  One brand well known for its theme designs is Romain Jerome.  Having made their debut with the Titanic DNA watch, which had parts of the Titanic in the actual watch, RJ has come out with some outrageous themed timepiece over the years.  Their latest themed piece, the Skylab 48, is inspired by NASA’s first space station.At a sizable 48mm in diameter, the Skylab 48 is a monster skeletonized piece. Fragments of the Apollo 11 spacecraft make this a genuine themed Romain Jerome.  Five layers of black steel make up the dial and hold the visible movement.  The case of this space station on your wrist is black steel PVD coated and also comes available with a red gold bezel.  As Romain Jeromes come, this is one of the more tame designs considering some of their previous.  Paired with a crocodile strap and matching PVD buckle, size aside, this piece might actually be considered a dress piece.  Limited to 99 pieces of each model, this is sure to get collectors attention.Romain Jerome is known for their themed timepieces.  From the Titanic DNA to the Moon Dust and Space Invaders, RJ definitely makes an interesting modern watch.  The Skylab 48 is another great example of a modern watch that pushes the boundaries of ordinary.  These pieces do come with a price tag; $20,950 in Steel and $24,500 with a red gold bezel.  To own one will set you back a pretty penny, but not many can say they have a piece of the Apollo on their wrist.last_img read more

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Bulletin Catching Lawbreakers

first_imgThere are more police across the province who are working on our streets, in our communities and in partnerships focused on crime that is of great concern to Nova Scotians. The province has committed to provide funding to hire an additional 250 police officers over four years to work across the province. Within the first two years, every municipality will receive at least one additional officer. The funding has already been provided to municipal police forces and the RCMP to hire 80 new officers. This year, more officers will be allocated to work in partnership with schools, communities and among police forces. For example, funding will be provided to hire more community-school resource officers, serving as positive role models for young people to deter bullying and other abuse. They can also gain valuable information that can limit and shut down drug, alcohol and gang-related activities involving youth, on and off school grounds. The province is also supporting the development of collaborative, regional crime reduction teams — the teams build on the Street Crime Enforcement Units now in place. The Street Crime Enforcement Units are improving the co-ordination and effectiveness of activities involving municipal police, the RCMP and the Criminal Intelligence Service Nova Scotia in fighting street crime. The province will sponsor a workshop where police involved in these units can share their experiences with their colleagues. We Their advice will be sought on how to build on this collaborative approach involving other agencies that support enforcement efforts. Partnerships and collaboration are key in our efforts to get more drunk drivers off the road. As a pilot project, municipal police and RCMP will work closely together as part of an Integrated Impaired Driving Enforcement Unit. The unit will develop enforcement strategies based on the unit’s combined experience, expertise and awareness of their community needs. Investment: Additional Police Officer Program (4 years) $65,000,000 Provincial Workshop $15,000Integrated Impaired Driving Enforcement Unit $194,000Sites:– additional Police Officer Program, Provincewide– integrated Impaired Driving Enforcement Unit, Southwest Nova Scotia– collaborative Regional Crime Reduction Teams, South Shore– three other sites to be determined Strategy Link: Enforcement, see pp. 27–28, 32–33. Time to Fight Crime Together The complete crime prevention strategy is available online at www.gov.ns.ca . -30-last_img read more

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Services affected on metros Violet Line

first_imgNew Delhi: Services were delayed for nearly half an hour on a section of Delhi Metro’s Violet Line due to some technical issues on Thursday, officials said. The Violet Line connects Kashmere Gate station in Delhi and Raja Nagar Singh station in Faridabad. “There was delay in services between Nehru Place and Badarpur stations,” a senior DMRC official said. The official Twitter handle of Delhi Metro also said there was a delay around 9:30 am, adding, services were running normal on all other lines. About half an hour later, the DMRC again tweeted, saying, “Normal services have resumed.”last_img read more

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RCMP sitting on watchdog report into alleged spying on land defenders pipeline

first_imgRCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale on May 7. 2018. APTN file photo.APTN NewsFederal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s office is urging the RCMP to respond to a watchdog report and recommendations that a civil liberties group says the Mounties have been sitting on for more than two years.The B.C. Civil Liberties Association says the RCMP has not responded to an investigation by the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission (CRCC) for the RCMP into alleged surveillance by the federal police force of Indigenous land defenders and anti-oil protesters that was completed in June 2017.In a letter this month to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, a lawyer for the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association laments the “inordinate delay” that has effectively obstructed the report’s release.The association lodged a complaint in February 2014 with the CRCC. It alleged the national police force improperly collected and shared information about people and groups who peacefully opposed the planned Northern Gateway pipeline project and attended National Energy Board meetings.The association said monitoring, surveillance and information sharing with other government agencies and the private sector created a chilling effect for those who might wish to take part in hearings or other public discussions on petroleum issues.The CRCC launched a public interest investigation and completed an interim report into the matter in June 2017, forwarding it to the RCMP for comment on the conclusions and recommendations.The commission cannot prepare a final report until the RCMP commissioner responds, which also means the findings can’t be disclosed to the civil liberties association or the public.A spokesperson from Public Safety Canada said Goodale’s office “take[s] allegations of this nature seriously, and expect[s] that all employees and public office holders uphold the highest ethical standards in carrying out their duties.”Carlene Variyan said Goodale’s office “expect[s] that all parties involved in this investigation fulfill their obligations without undue delay.“Maintaining public trust and confidence is critical to providing an effective police service.”In March, Paul Champ, a lawyer for the association, wrote commission chairwoman Michelaine Lahaie to express concern that more than five years had passed since the complaint was filed, saying the RCMP may have violated the fundamental freedoms of Canadians exercising their democratic rights.“It is our view that this interminable delay undermines the credibility of the CRCC and, more importantly, calls into question its ability to fulfil its primary function: ensuring accountability of the RCMP and fostering public trust and confidence in Canada’s national police force,” Champ’s letter said.“It is regrettable that the CRCC may not be treating this complaint with the seriousness it deserves.”After receiving no reply, he followed up with another letter in May.Nika Joncas-Bourget, the commission’s director and general counsel for reviews, told Champ in late May the watchdog shared his frustration with the Mounties.“We can assure you that we have repeatedly expressed concern to the RCMP regarding the time it is taking to receive the Commissioner’s Response,” she wrote.Joncas-Bourget said once the commission receives Lucki’s response, it will “promptly issue” its final report, something it usually does within 30 days of getting the top Mountie’s input.The RCMP had no immediate comment on the reason for the delay or when the commissioner’s response might be coming.In his Aug. 9 letter to Lucki, Champ noted the RCMP Act imposes a legal duty to provide a response to the commission’s interim report “as soon as feasible.”“In short, the RCMP has been sitting on this report for over two years and effectively obstructing its release to my client and the public,” he wrote.“It is our view that two years for your review and response to the CRCC’s interim report is clearly an unreasonable delay not contemplated by the statute, whether the delay is due to insufficient allocation of resources or any other cause.“This delay is all the more serious when the allegations concern fundamental rights and freedoms protected by the Canadian Constitution.”The civil liberties association also complained in early 2014 about improper monitoring of anti-pipeline activists by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.The review committee that oversees CSIS dismissed the complaint in 2017, prompting the association to ask the Federal Court to revisit the outcome, a proceeding that is ongoing.With files from The Canadian Press.news@aptn.calast_img read more

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Rona offered to buy Lowes Canada years before it was acquired says

first_imgMONTREAL – Rona Inc. offered to acquire the Canadian operations of Lowe’s, years before it was gobbled up by the American giant, according to an autobiography by the home improvement retailer’s former CEO published Thursday.Robert Dutton said he first offered to buy Rona’s competitor during a meeting with Lowe’s senior management at a restaurant in Old Montreal on July 27, 2011 when they shared the difficulties the hardware chain was having breaking into the Canadian market.“We could buy their Canadian stores before they’re still dumping huge sums of money into a development that is slower, more expensive and more difficult than they expected,” he wrote.“We are open to a scenario that allows them to consolidate a presence in the Canadian market through a large but unregulated share in Rona’s share capital.”Lowe’s tune changed at a second meeting a couple of weeks later, Dutton wrote, when they indicated an interest in buying Rona’s big box stores and seemed to be in a hurry.Lowe’s was initially not interested in Rona’s small stores, something Dutton thought was unrealistic.So Dutton said he proposed to buy all of Lowe’s profitable stores in Canada and offered the American giant a minority stake in Rona. But the meeting ended badly and Dutton left feeling that Lowe’s would try to get its hands on Rona with the support of key shareholders.To counter a possible hostile bid, Dutton approached several large Rona shareholders, including the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, Investissement Quebec, the Quebec Solidarity Fund and franchised merchants, to unite in blocking the takeover bid in 2012.Lowe’s would return and make its successful bid four years later.By that time, obstacles had disappeared.Dutton had been fired, the board was controlled by Ontarians and the blocking minority collapsed when the provincial government’s investment agency sold its nine-per-cent stake in Rona, a move Dutton said he could not explain.The long-time former CEO said it was unlikely that move was an investment decision made on a purely financial basis, implying that the government and Quebec’s pension fund manager were aware of the impact on the Quebec-based retailer.“We are not in a scenario of ‘oops! I just dismantled a blocking minority, I did not do it on purpose,’ ” he wrote.Dutton said the government could have tried to find investors interested in preserving Rona, if it wasn’t Investissement Quebec’s mandate to retain a large stake in a publicly traded companyBut he has the impression that the board, the Caisse, Investissement Quebec and the government were not interested in protecting Rona.“This will was lacking.”last_img read more

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Climate change defining issue of our era says Ban Kimoon hailing G8

8 June 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called climate change a “defining issue of our era,” and welcomed the agreement by the world’s richest nations to address the threat as an “important first step.” Speaking at a press conference in Heiligendamm, Germany, where the leaders of the “Group of Eight” leading industrialized nations met this week for their annual summit, Mr. Ban said climate change was “the main reason I came here.”The agreement by G8 leaders on “strong and early action” to combat climate change, and to pursue related negotiations under UN auspices, is “only a first step – a beginning, not an end,” the Secretary-General stated. Political will at the highest level is “desperately” needed now to make significant emissions reductions and to help countries adapt to climate change, Mr. Ban said. “On both, we will need leadership by the G8 countries.” To facilitate further discussion on the issue, Mr. Ban announced he will convene a special high-level meeting in New York on climate change on 24 September, just ahead of the opening of this year’s annual debate of Heads of State and Government. Also today, Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Climate Change Convention, welcomed the intention of leaders to conclude by 2009 negotiations on a replacement for the Convention’s Kyoto Protocol, which contains legally binding targets for reducing emissions through 2012. “The green light has been given for negotiations to begin on a comprehensive, flexible and fair agreement at the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Bali in December this year,” he stated.“A negotiating agenda must now be mapped out, which needs to address how future climate change policies can green economic growth and assist societies, especially the most vulnerable societies, to adapt to climate change,” Mr. de Boer added. read more

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Two seriously injured in snowmobile crash OPP seek witnesses

The Ontario Provincial Police is asking for witnesses to come forward after two people were seriously injured in a snowmobile crash on Saturday.It happened shortly before 9 p.m. at a home in Huron County.Police say when officers arrived at the home they found a 33-year-old man suffering from life threatening injuries and a 38-year-old woman with serious injuries in the driveway.They were transported to hospital where they both remain.Anyone with information that could shed further details about the snowmobile crash is asked to contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or 519-524-8314. read more

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Column Eyes to the sky – Comet ISON might just be visible

first_imgA star appeared on the seventh of the Calends of May, on Tuesday after Little Easter, than whose light the brilliance or light of the moon was not greater; and it was visible to all in this manner till the end of four nights afterwards. – The Annals of the Four Masters, 1066ALMOST A THOUSAND years ago, Irish annalists recorded the appearance of a comet, which would, hundreds of years later, be discovered by Edmond Halley and named after him. We know it was Halley’s Comet that appeared for four nights over Ireland because we know that it takes 75-76 years for it to orbit the Sun, and so we’re able to trace the appearances of it back through time.Humans have been observing the movements of stars and planets for thousands of years, and now we have enough knowledge of their motions that we can predict with great accuracy when and where known objects will appear, or have appeared, in the sky for millennia into the future and past.There are other comets, however, that do not orbit the Sun periodically like Halley’s Comet. It’s believed that most comets originate from a vast cloud, known as the Oort Cloud, containing billions of comets that surrounds our Solar System.This cloud is huge, and while the exact size is disputed, it probably has a diameter of about two light-years (in kilometres, that’s just under two with 13 zeros after it!), with some estimates putting it closer to Alpha Centauri, one of the closest stars to us, than to the Sun itself.From the Oort Cloud, comets are nudged towards the inner solar system by colliding with other objects, or by getting a ‘push’ from a passing star. Some of these ‘non-orbiting’ comets then spend thousands of years slowly travelling through space towards the Sun, before swinging around it and being ejected off into space, never to be seen again.One of these comets was discovered in September 2012 by Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok, and is commonly known as Comet ISON.It probably has never passed through the inner solar system before, but it certainly won’t do so ever again. It has received a lot of attention so far, with some reports having predicted it will be brighter than the Full Moon.Image: Philipp Salzgeber via WikicommonsComet ISON is currently making its way towards the Sun, and very recently passed the orbit of Earth. It’s very faint at the moment, but will it flare up to become bright like Halley’s Comet in 1066, or like the more recent Comet Hale-Bopp in 1997?The short answer is: maybe. For the long answer, we have to consider a few things about Comet ISON.First of all, what is a comet made of? The nucleus of a comet is often described as a ‘dirty snowball’, but is in fact made of bits of rock, ice, dust, and various frozen gases. When the nucleus heats up, the ice starts to melt, and a debris and vapours are ejected out into space, giving it its characteristic comet-like appearance.While the nucleus may only be a few tens of kilometres across, the tail can extend for tens or hundreds of millions of kilometres, and the coma of material coming off the nucleus can sometimes be bigger than the Sun itself.Because comets are largely frozen objects, we also need to consider how close to the Sun Comet ISON will get. After all, if it gets too close, it will just break up, evaporate away, and disappear. Too far, and it won’t eject enough material to become very bright. But what’s the ‘just right’ distance?Unfortunately, that’s very hard to tell. It all depends on how much ice and rocky materials are actually in the comet, as well as its internal structure. Assuming it survives the trip, Comet ISON will pass the Sun at a distance of 1.86 million km on November 28th. That’s so close that the comet is known as a ‘sungrazer’. Most sungrazers simply plunge into the Sun or disintegrate.Comet ISON (AP photo)So will we see it? If Comet ISON survives its close pass to the Sun and doesn’t disintegrate, then yes, we should be able to see it. How bright will it be? Only time will tell.On November 28th when it is closest to the Sun, it will be too close to it to see properly from Earth as the Sun’s glare will be too bright.As it moves away from the Sun in December, however, we should be able to see something. Initial light curve observations suggested that Comet ISON may become even brighter than the Full Moon, but comets are quite unpredictable, and this increase in brightness has slowed down, meaning it may become as bright as the planet Venus (which is still quite bright and spectacular).It’s very hard to predict what a comet will do. If one day a comet looks like it’s going to be very faint, the next day it could turn out that it’ll be very bright, and vice-versa. A general rule of thumb astronomers use when it comes to comets is very simply “wait and see”.As an optimist, though, I’m very hopeful that Comet ISON will give us some stunning views in the night sky during the run up to Christmas. So keep your fingers crossed for clear skies and keep looking up!Photo courtesy of NASA, Comet ISON shows off its tail in this three-minute exposure taken on Nov. 19, 2013 at 6:10 a.m. EST, using a 14-inch telescope located at the Marshall Space Flight Center. (AP Photo)Conor Farrell is an avid science enthusiast and studied physics with astronomy at Dublin City University. He now works with Astronomy Ireland to promote all things space-related to a wider audience. In his spare time he writes about science and current affairs, and can be followed on Twitter at @conorsthoughts.last_img read more

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Disneys IshinDenshin project turns your body into an audio transmitter

first_imgWhile the consumer electronics space continues to play with the idea of bone conduction for audio transmission without sticking something in your ear, Disney Research has created something they call Ishin-Denshin to send audio from person-to-person by touching the recipients ear.A whisper into the ear is the most personal, intimate form of communication there is. It requires two people to be so close that only the sender and recipient can hear what is going on. Of course, that’s only partially true. Lips can be read, audio can be captured, and whispers can be accidentally overheard.Ishin-Denshin is a Japanese mantra which literally translates to “what the mind thinks, the heart transmits.” It describes a form of communication more personal than a whisper, and Disney Research has taken this mantra and translated it to a literal form with a technology that allows high voltage, low power sound to be transmitted through one body and into the body of another person.In Disney’s demonstration, a young woman speaks into a microphone and pauses for a moment. Those sounds are captured by the computer at the other end of the microphone, which is then turned into a loop sent into a amplification driver. This looped sound is now inaudible, and passed back to the metal casing of the microphone. The young woman, who just spoke into the microphone, is now having that audio fed into her body for as long as she is holding the microphone. She can now reach out to her partner and touch him. When this happens the finger and the ear vibrate and form a speaker, and the recipient can now hear what is being transmitted.This experiment opens an interesting door for how certain kinds of audio are absorbed. The ability to transmit audio of any kind from person to person is a fun thing to think about, but ultimately only useful if you are able to create a setup where touching someone’s ear is appropriate.Disney Research has been responsible for impressive strides in human-like robotics, as well as many other fields or research. It will be very interesting to see what happens next with Ishin-Denshin.last_img read more

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Court of Appeal finds woman who sued partners parents after she lost

first_imgCourt of Appeal finds woman who sued partner’s parents after she lost an eye entitled to €200,000 A damages claim had been dismissed by the High Court in 2012. Friday 16 Jun 2017, 9:08 PM https://jrnl.ie/3449108 By Aodhan O Faolain Jun 16th 2017, 9:08 PM No Comments THE COURT OF Appeal has ruled that a woman who sued her partner’s parents after she lost an eye in an accident is entitled to €200,000 damages.Elaine Newman (32) damages claim arising out of the accident at the home of Marie and Patrick Cogan at Delganstown, Delvin, Co Westmeath on 22 June 2007 had been dismissed by the High Court in 2012.She appealed that decision and in a unanimous decision the three judge Court of Appeal – comprised of Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan, Ms Justice Mary Irvine and Mr Justice Gerard Hogan – overturned the High Court and said she was entitled to a sum of €200,000.Newman’s eye was catastrophically damaged when her partner Emmett Cogan fell and a piece of frozen meat in his hand hit and smashed the glass panels in a door causing pieces of glass to hit her eye.Newman, originally from Mullingar claimed Mr and Mrs Cogan failed, under Section 3 of the Occupiers Liability Act 1995, to take reasonable care to ensure that she (Newman) as a visitor to the house did not suffer injury by reason of any existing danger.In 2012 the High Court dismissed her case on the grounds the Cogans could not have been reasonably said to have failed in their duty of care by choosing the type of non-shatterproof glass which was in the door.Patrick Cogan, a farmer, had replaced the glass himself in 2000/01, the glass having been broken on a number of occasions.Evidence was given before the High Court that glass panels inserted in the door was ordinary glass and was not suitable for use in doors if broken.At that time professionals in the building industry should have adhered to standard guidelines that required toughened safety glass be used in the doors.‘Glass didn’t comply to required standards’Giving the Appeal Court’s decision Ms Justice Irvine said Mr Cogan Seniors’ duty of care as occupier of the premises when he changed the glass in the door in 2000,2001 was to carry out the task with the level of care and skill expected of a reasonably competent tradesman.Many householders consider themselves capable of carrying out such tasks, the judge said. When they do so they assume a duty to all who might be subsequently be affected by their actions to carry out the task with the care and skill required to complete the job safely.If a visitor suffers an injury as a result of a danger caused by an act or omission of an occupier, liability for such a consequence will be judged on against the standard of care that would have been expected of a competent tradesman asked to carry out the same task, the Judge said.In this case evidence was given that no reasonably competent tradesman if asked to replace the glass in the door in 2000 /2001 would have used anything other than safety glass, the judge said.Regrettably that was a standard not met met by Mr Cogan Senior when he undertook to repair the door himself, the Judge said.In the circumstances the High Court was obliged to find that the defendants were liable to Newman because the glass installed did not comply to the standard required, the Judge said.The Cogans did not contest her status as a visitor but denied liability. Before the hearing of the High Court action the parties had agreed that in the event of liability being found Newman was to get €200,000.In her action, the court heard Emmett Cogan, who was on crutches at the time of the incident, had come into the farmhouse after getting a 2lb bag of meat from the freezer.He came in behind Newman, when he tripped and fell over clutter in a porch area.The hand with the meat in it crashed through a glass panel in the door with considerable force.Newman had just turned around as the glass shattered and a shard or shards of glass shot into her right eye.As a result, she lost the eye and now has an artificial eye.Read: Council says new ‘stationless bike’ company does not have permission to operate in Dublin> Image: Shutterstock/www.BillionPhotos.com Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share3 Tweet Email2 Image: Shutterstock/www.BillionPhotos.com 26,320 Views Short URLlast_img read more

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McGoldricks late leveller rescues Ireland against superior Swiss

first_img By Paul Dollery 64 Comments McGoldrick’s late leveller rescues Ireland against superior Swiss The Sheffield United striker headed in an 85th-minute equaliser to keep Ireland undefeated in Group D. Short URL Thursday 5 Sep 2019, 9:49 PM David McGoldrick celebrates after equalising for Ireland. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHORepublic of Ireland 1Switzerland 1– Paul Dollery reports from Aviva StadiumTHE REPUBLIC OF Ireland kept their Euro 2020 qualifying hopes on track this evening, despite struggling to contain their Swiss opponents for large portions of the game.Having fallen behind to a goal from Newcastle United’s Fabian Schar with just 16 minutes of normal time remaining, Ireland rescued a valuable point courtesy of David McGoldrick’s 85th-minute equaliser which keeps the Boys in Green undefeated at the top of Group D.Switzerland, the 11th-best team in the world according to the Fifa rankings, were weakened by the absence of Liverpool attacker Xherdan Shaqiri, who opted out in order to focus on his bid to play his way into contention at Anfield. For Ireland, there were no surprises in the side selected by Mick McCarthy.McCarthy’s only competitive loss in a home game as Ireland manager occurred here at the hands of the Swiss nearly 17 years ago. His first reign in charge was brought to an end in the aftermath of that 2-1 loss in a Euro 2004 qualifier.It didn’t take long for Switzerland to impose themselves on the contest. A couple of vital interventions from the indispensable Shane Duffy were required to keep Vladimir Petković’s side at bay during the opening quarter. James McClean had a good chance for Ireland in the first half. Source: James Crombie/INPHODespite failing to get his head to Kevin Mbabu’s cross from the right, Duffy recovered well to hook the ball away as Breel Embolo was primed to fire home from close range. Later, the Brighton centre-half was at full stretch to block a goalbound strike from Haris Seferović.Darren Randolph had to be alert to clear the danger when Ricardo Rodriguez headed the ball across the face of goal. A clearing header from Duffy then dropped kindly for Rodriguez on the edge of the box, but the AC Milan player couldn’t test Randolph with his volley. In general, Ireland dealt relatively well with what Switzerland conjured up in the first half. While often hindered by their own wastefulness in possession, McCarthy’s side did get the home fans in the 44,111 attendance out of their seats on a few occasions.A clever flick from Callum Robinson fell into the path of Jeff Hendrick, who then played James McClean through on goal. Credit must go to Kevin Mbabu, whose tenacious defending put McClean under pressure and restricted him to a tame strike that was easily saved by Yann Sommer.McGoldrick was unable to inject any venom into his first shot at goal following a neat exchange of passes with Hendrick. Moments before the interval, Seamus Coleman broke at pace and released McGoldrick down the right. Robinson had made a promising run towards the far post but his Sheffield United team-mate’s attempt to find him was poorly executed.As the Swiss upped the ante in their search for an opening goal, things began to look ominous for Ireland with an hour played. Embolo squandered a golden opportunity in front of goal by losing his footing as he pulled the trigger. After replacing Robinson, substitute Alan Judge made a goal-saving headed clearance. Coleman did likewise shortly afterwards. https://the42.ie/4797524 center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Glenn Whelan and Breel Embolo battle for possession. Source: James Crombie/INPHOHowever, the visitors finally had the lead their dominance deserved on 74 minutes. A slick piece of build-up play culminated with Embolo teeing up Fabian Schar, who applied a sublime first-time finish that beat Randolph to his left. But there was more drama to come.After Glenn Whelan rattled the crossbar from 20 yards, Ireland recovered possession out on the left. McClean’s cross deflected off Granit Xhaka en route to McGoldrick, whose header beat Sommer to lift the roof off the Aviva Stadium.Ireland, who’ll play a friendly here against Bulgaria on Tuesday night, will have to plan without Enda Stevens when Euro 2020 qualifying resumes in Georgia on 12 October, after the left-back picked up his third yellow card of the campaign.REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Darren Randolph; Seamus Coleman (c), Shane Duffy, Richard Keogh, Enda Stevens; Glenn Whelan, Conor Hourihane (Scott Hogan, 82); Callum Robinson (Alan Judge, 58), Jeff Hendrick, James McClean; David McGoldrick (Alan Browne, 90).SWITZERLAND: Yann Sommer; Nico Elvedi, Fabian Schar, Manuel Akanji; Kevin Mbabu (Edmilson Fernandes, 90), Denis Zakaria, Granit Xhaka, Remo Freuler (Admir Mehmedi, 90), Ricardo Rodriguez; Breel Embolo (Albian Ajeti, 87), Haris Seferović.Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain). Sep 5th 2019, 9:51 PM Share5 Tweet Email 31,958 Views last_img read more

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Warner ne croit plus au streaming

first_imgWarner ne croit plus au streamingÉtats-Unis – Warner a décidé de retirer sa licence sur l’ensemble des sites de streaming. La société estime que ce type d’activité nuit à l’industrie musicale.Les sites musicaux en streaming ne pourront plus diffuser des artistes liés avec Warner. La major a décidé de ne plus accorder de licence aux plates-formes musicales sur Internet. En cause : le business model. Warner estime que seuls les sites payants ont un avenir : “Les services de streaming gratuits sont clairement négatifs pour l’industrie et en ce qui concerne Warner Music, il n’y aura plus d’accord de licence” a déclaré le directeur exécutif de Warner, Edgar Bronfman Jr. Même si ce retrait risque de fragiliser certains sites, avec un catalogue désormais moins riche, il ne devrait pas être suivi : d’autres maisons de disque, comme Universal, ont souligné que des plates-formes comme Spotify étaient rentables. C’est bien là le principal.Le 12 février 2010 à 12:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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