Stokes IPL stint turned him into mature player, feels Botham

first_imgLondon, May 29 (PTI) English cricket legend Ian Botham today said that all-rounder Ben Stokes long stint at the Indian Premier League has turned him into a mature player. “He has matured as person and cricketer. People were saying to me, Do you think he should have gone for that long to the IPL? The answer is yes because hes come back a better cricketer,” he said. “Hes probably thinking a lot clearer and knows what he wants to do; he doesnt get flustered anymore,” Botham told Sky Sports. Representing Rising Pune Supergiant in the recently- concluded IPL, Stokes made 316 runs and picked up 12 wickets that earned him the Most Valuable Player award. Botham added that Stokes has come back from India as a better cricketer. “The red mist comes down occasionally but hes controlling that. I think hes come back from India a better cricketer and I think people should look at the bigger picture and not just say hes got a knee injury — he got that in the IPL when in fact, hes had that a while,” said Botham. Stokes sat out of the third ODI against South Africa because of an injury. He is expected to play a key role for England at the ICC Champions Trophy, starting June 1. PTI CM CMlast_img read more

Tehseen Poonawalla moves EC against Sadhvi Pragya, says BJP fielding terror accused in polls

first_imgTehseen Poonawalla today (April 18) filed a complaint with the Election Commission (EC) against Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s candidature in the Lok Sabha elections on the grounds that she faces terror allegations.Tehseen Poonawalla has moved the EC against Sadhvi Pragya’s nomination.Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on April 18, 2019.The BJP has fielded Sadhvi Pragya as Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.Tehseen Poonawalla wrote a complaint letter to the EC against the candidature of Sadhvi Pragya asking the EC to ‘debar Sadhvi Pragya from contesting Lok Sabha elections’.In the letter Poonawalla wrote, “It is of utmost importance to note that Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Sqaud (ATS) has pronounced Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur as the ‘principal conspirators’ of the Malegaon blast dated September 29, 2008, which left six dead and 101 injured.”Poonawalla further wrote in the letter, “Thakur is currently facing charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and also stands accused of murder, attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy, and of promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion. That the court had observed that Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur had planned the conspiracy with the aim to spread terror and cause communal crack in the society. The BJP is fielding a terror accused as a candidate in Bhopal.”According to an ANI report, earlier in the day, father of a victim in Malegaon blast also filed application against Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur after she was declared the BJP candidate from Bhopal.Application questioned her candidature before National Investigation Agency (NIA) court citing Sadhvi Pragya’s health which was one of the reasons in her bail application.advertisementTehseen Poonawalla took to Twitter and wrote, “If Hardik Patel can be barred then even Sadhvi Pragya must be prevented from contesting. This is the duty of the Election Commission. We cannot have two rules. Moreover, by stating this is a ‘dharam yudh’, Sadhvi Pragya has violated the model code of conduct. She was granted bail coz she was unwell!”If #HardikPatel can be barred even #SadhviPragya must be prevented from contesting . This is the duty of the #ElectionCommission . We cannot have 2 rules. Moreover by stating this is a dharam yudh, Sadhvi Pragya has violated the MCC.She was granted bail coz she was unwell !Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) April 18, 2019Sadhvi is facing trial in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.Saffron-clad Thakur (48), with her trademark short hair and sporting a rudraksh mala, became the face of right wing extremism after being arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.Arrested in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, Sadhvi Pragya was given a clean chit by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), but the trial court refused to discharge her from the case.She was granted bail by the Bombay High Court in 2017. Six people were killed and over 100 injured when a bomb went off near a mosque in Malegaon in north Maharashtra, on September 29, 2008. According to the prosecution, it was the handiwork of a Hindu extremist group.The court dropped the charges under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against her, and she is now being tried under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.In view of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s image as an RSS-basher and the city’s 4.5 lakh Muslim voters (out of the total 18 lakh-plus voters), the BJP decided to field a hardline Hindutva leader against the Congress leader, party sources said.Last month, when her name started doing rounds as a probable BJP candidate, Sadhvi Pragya told PTI, “I am ready to take on Digvijay Singh if ‘sanghatan’ (organisation) asks me to do so,” she had said, calling the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister an “anti-Hindu leader who called Hindus terrorists”.Today, alleging torture by jail officials, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal, alos broke down while addressing the party workers.#WATCH: Alleging torture by jail officials, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal, breaks down while addressing the party workers pic.twitter.com/UVUomvmJZ2ANI (@ANI) April 18, 2019Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur while alleging torture by jail officials said, “Woh kehalvana chahte the ki tumne ek visfot kiya hai aur Muslimo ko maara hai. Subah ho jati thi pit te pit te, log badal jate the peetne wale, lekin pitne wali main sirf akeli rehti thi.”ENGLISH TRANSLATION: They wanted me to say I was involved in the blast and killed Muslims. Throughout the night I used to face the thrashing.(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Lok Sabha Election 2019: All dates, full schedule, constituency-wise details, all you need to knowAlso Read | Sadhvi Pragya, Malegoan blast accused, joins BJP; who is she?Also Watch | Sadhvi Pragya Thakur joins BJP, may take on Digvijaya Singh from Bhopaladvertisementlast_img read more

Ab koi rok nahi sakta: Vivek Oberoi blows the conch in new PM Narendra Modi biopic poster

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 20, 2019UPDATED: May 20, 2019 19:07 IST The new poster of film PM Narendra Modi is outVivek Oberoi is now waiting for his upcoming film PM Narendra Modi to release on May 24, a day after Lok Sabha poll results. Four days before the biopic on India’s prime minister hits the theatres, Vivek has shared a new poster on Twitter.On April 11, the Election Commission stalled the PM Narendra Modi biopic, citing model code of conduct. After a long fight, the makers of PM Narendra Modi biopic finally got a release date: May 24.Now, as the film is all set to hit the screens, Vivek took to Twitter to share a new poster of the film. “Aa rahe hain dobara PM Narendra Modi, Ab koi nahi rok sakta,” Vivek tweeted alongside the new poster…. #PMNarendraModi #DekhengeModiBiopic#PMNarendraModiOn24thMay@vivekoberoi @OmungKumar @sandip_Ssingh @sureshoberoi @ModiTheFilm2019 @anandpandit63 @LegendStudios @AcharyaManish7 @tseries pic.twitter.com/rZ4Q0pqo7vVivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) May 20, 2019Not only this, the caption on Vivek’s Twitter post read, “Bharat mein har kaam ki shuruwat, shankh baja kar ki jaati hai.” In the poster, the actor can be seen blowing a conch.Going by his post, Vivek Oberoi, who will be seen essaying the role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the biopic, seems confident about who will win the 2019 elections.During the launch of the new poster with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in Nagpur, the PM Narendra Modi actor said that he is very happy with the exit polls of the Lok Sabha elections 2019. He also said that there was no fear about the fact that the BJP will have less number of seats, as calculated by many.advertisement”Jab hum ground pe bhi is film ko shoot kar rahe thay, toh jo logon ka Modi ji ke prati pyaar hai, akarshan hai, wo nazar aa raha tha,” the actor said about his upcoming PM Narendra Modi biopic.Recalling an incident, Vivek Oberoi said, “Main Gandhinagar mein shooting kar raha tha. To jab mai Modi ji ki look pehen kar Mahatama Gandhi mandir mein aaya, logon ko laga asli Modi ji hain, to wo chillane lag gaye ‘Modi Modi’ (I remember I was shooting at Mahatma Gandhi Mandir in Gandhinagar, sporting the Modi look and people thought that I was the real Modi. They started shouting ‘Modi, Modi).”PM Narendra Modi biopic, which hits the screens on May 24, will clash with India’s Most Wanted which stars Arjun Kapoor in the leading role. When Arjun was asked whether the biopic will affect India’s Most Wanted’s box office business, he told IndiaToday.in that people first read reviews and then watch a film.”The films which release at the box office – be it English, Hindi or regional – they all tend to work because now, our audience is pretty intelligent, calm and sorted. Nobody runs to theatres on a Friday morning. You read reviews and speak to people. Then you watch the film,” the India’s Most Wanted actor told us.ALSO READ | Vivek Oberoi digs up Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai affair to talk Exit Poll result. Internet rips him apartALSO READ | Arjun Kapoor on India’s Most Wanted vs PM Narendra Modi biopic: Clash jaisa kuch nahi hotaALSO WATCH | It is my Army, it is Modi’s Army: Vivek Oberoi ahead of Modi biopic releaseGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bynisha Tags :Follow Vivek OberoiFollow PM ModiFollow Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Ab koi rok nahi sakta: Vivek Oberoi blows the conch in new PM Narendra Modi biopic posterVivek Oberoi took to Twitter to share the new poster of his upcoming film PM Narendra Modi. The biopic will clash with India’s Most Wanted at the box office on May 24.advertisementlast_img read more

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG outside Willow Springs

first_img1. Mercedes G63 2. Mercedes G63 3. Mercedes G63 I recently had the opportunity to drive all of the Mercedes-Benz AMG models out on Willow Springs racetrack outside LA. I don’t mean a few of the AMGs – I mean all of them. You name it: CLA45 AMG, C63 AMG 507 Edition, SLS AMG Black, and the hulking monster itself, the G63 AMG.Of all the wondrous fun I had – especially with the SLS AMG GT – I had perhaps the most fun with the G63. Right now you’re probably thinking I’m mad. But I’m not. Let me explain.When we had downtime between laps on the track with the SLS AMG Black, I snagged the keys to a G Wagon and headed out into the desert.The G63 is powered by a twin-turbo charged 5.5-liter V8 that produces 536 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. Although this is an old truck by any one’s measure, it’s a riot. The thing looks like an assault vehicle, drives like a nuclear-powered tractor, and sounds like an SLS.The exterior and ride quality are classic off-roader. The interior is on-par with the 2014 E-Class with soft leather and a fit and finish that would make Rolls-Royce squirm.On the road, the thing is an absolute beast. While it corners about as well as a block of melting cheese, it goes like absolute hell and makes enough noise to permanently damage any children you fly by at full throttle. This is even more impressive when you realize how unapologetically boxy the damn thing is. It’s literally as aerodynamic as a rock. Being able to accelerate like it does is no small feat, as it fights against Mother Nature on all fronts.The luxury and on-road acceleration are impressive by any standard. It’s the off-road capability of the $138,000 luxury truck that has me up the wall.You can show up at the world premier of any high-budget Hollywood film in the G63 and no one would bat an eye. You could drag race muscle cars all day long and likely win. You can also go off-road with the best of them, too.After ripping and roaring down the lonely California highways for a while, I decided to get daring and turned off the road and headed into the hills outside Willow Springs. I paused, popped the thing into low-range, and, for the hell of it, locked up all three locking differentials. I was off.Rolling on low profile tires ascending hills even a Toyota FJ Cruiser would find a challenge all the while bathed in the pinnacle of German luxury made me giggle. Rocks, ruts, you name it; nothing got in the way of the G63.I paused at the top of the hill snapped the photos you see above and waited to watch the sunset.Delightfully, to my surprise, all the brush around me was sage. So as I drove over, crushed, or set the plants alight with the low-hanging exhaust pipes, they gave off the most sensuous smells.It was an incredible moment. That was, until I realized there was nowhere to turn around and I had to either go forward into the unknown or back down the 35-degree rocky incline. That, my friends, is a story for another day. Editors’ Recommendations How to Netflix and Chill: Mastering the Invite, Finding the Best Shows, and More Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat center_img If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? 8 Great and Useful Housewarming Gifts Ideas Meet Phylloxera, One of Wine’s Most Dangerous Pestslast_img read more

Goodale unveils details of 22 million to combat child abuse online

first_imgOTTAWA — Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says provincial and municipal police forces will receive $15 million to combat the exploitation of children online.The Liberal government committed about $22 million over three years to the cause in this year’s federal budget, and are detailing how the majority of the spending will go to local police internet child exploitation units.The rest of the money will go towards raising awareness, strengthening the judicial system and engaging with online companies to make sure their platforms do not host child pornography and related content.The announcement follows a meeting last month that Goodale attended with his counterparts from Canada’s Five Eyes intelligence allies — the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand.At the meeting, Facebook, Google and Microsoft adopted a set of rules the governments proposed to remove child pornography from the internet more quickly.Goodale says just over $2.1 million of the money in this year’s budget will go towards ensuring the companies maintain their focus.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Czech authorities jail Lankan man for abusing passport

Even after the war, the government troops continued torturing and raping V.M., also due to his sister who cooperated with the Tamil Tigers radical group. According to lawyers, it is extremely tough to imprison a man for using another person’s passport and having a single faked stamp, mainly if he is a refugee who most probably experienced torture in his homeland, HN writes. “This is an everlasting problem. We know about similar cases of a family from Azerbaijan and a man from Congo,” she said.The Czech Foreigner Police deny any wrongdoing. They insist that V.M. did not apply for asylum at the airport, not even after a Tamil interpreter was invited.It is difficult to solve the dispute as neither impartial witnesses nor a police recorded interview with V.M. exist, the daily writes.After completing his prison service, V.M. was to be expelled from the Czech Republic, according to the court verdict, but he may further stay in detention until his asylum request is decided on, Hola said.The asylum proceedings may take many months or even years, she said.HN reporters recently applied for being permitted to visit V.M. in prison, but the prison director Petr Suk rejected the application, the daily writes. (Colombo Gazette) A Sri Lankan man who allegedly experienced torture at home and arrived in Prague late last year to seek asylum has ended in a Czech prison, sentenced for abusing another person’s passport, the daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) reported.The 28-year-old man was arrested by the Czech police and was convicted and is in the Prague-Pankrac prison, HN writes. V.M. finally succeeded in leaving Sri Lanka using an Indian passport that a friend provided for him, HN writes.V.M. applied for Czech asylum immediately after arriving at the Prague airport, but the police ignored his request and no one dealt with his life story. “Finally he could apply for asylum from prison in March, with our assistance,” Hola said.According to Frankova, this is not the only case when the Czech police ignored a foreigner’s application for asylum. However, Hana Frankova, lawyer from the Czech Organisation for Aid to Refugees (OPU), said V.M.’s story is quite trustworthy.“We have enough evidence to trust him…He repeatedly presents details that cannot be known to anyone except those who experienced such situations. Moreover, his testimony corresponds to the testimonies of other people coming from the Sri Lanka region,” said Hola.Frankova and Hola said V.M. had suffered due to the persisting tension between the Sinhalese Buddhist majority and the Tamil Hindu minority, which previously resulted in a 25-year-long civil war that ended in Sri Lanka in 2009. “A prison sentence is definitely inappropriate in this case. We dealt with a similar case in the past, when a Sri Lankan man was only sentenced to three months, a period identical with the time he spent in custody before the trial,” Hola said.The judge, in her verdict, said V.M. forged his documents with a clear intention to reach France. “In this context, his assertion about his alleged persecution looks very untrustworthy. If he really had faced persecution, he would have presented his genuine identity at the Czech customs checks,” the judge said. “He was punished for having arrived using a passport of another man, an Indian. He also used a forged Schengen entry stamp. However, from the beginning he has made it clear that he is a refugee and wants to apply for asylum,” V.M.’s lawyer Eva Hola is quoted as saying. read more

New 15 million loan from UN agency to assist rural Venezuelans

Poor farmers and wage-workers living in semi-arid rural areas of Venezuela will benefit from a water-management project agreed upon today between the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), which is lending $15 million and the Government of the country, which is contributing another $3 million.“The Project will support IFAD’s efforts to achieve the Millenium Development Goals of halving, by 2015, the number of people living in poverty and extreme poverty,” said Jean-Jacques Gariglio, IFAD’s Country Programme Manager for Venezuela, referring to the Goals agreed upon at the 2000 World Summit. “By supporting economic development and better management of natural resources we can help the rural poor to generate more income and improve their livelihoods,” he added.Project funds will be used for the rehabilitation and conservation of watersheds, and for training and education to provide a better understanding of the importance of existing natural resources, according to IFAD. The project will also support soil and water conservation measures, development of a sustainable water supply for drinking and agricultural production as well as a more efficient use of semi-arid rangelands for goat-raising. In addition, the project will assist small entrepreneurs, rural youth and groups of small farmers through training and capacity-building to better enable them to negotiate their demands within state, municipal, and local development programmes.Approximately 50,000 rural households in the Falcon and Lara states will benefit from the new project, which will have a total of $23 million in funds available, augmented by an additional $4 million from the Andean Development Corporation (CAF) as well as $1 million from beneficiaries. With its loan, IFAD will have financed five projects in Venezuela for a total of US$67 million. read more

Intertain reaffirms plan to move corporate home listing to London after Brexit

Intertain reaffirms plan to move corporate home, listing to London after Brexit by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 26, 2016 7:26 am MDT Last Updated Jul 26, 2016 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Intertain Group Ltd. (TSX:IT) says it’s going ahead with plans to shift its corporate home from Toronto to London and its stock listing to the London Stock Exchange following the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union.The online bingo company tentatively announced the move in March and said Tuesday that it continues to believe the U.K. will be a better place for its corporate base, even with last month’s referendum results.Intertain shareholders would receive shares of a new parent company on a one-for-one basis.In addition, certain shareholders resident in Canada could choose to get their shares on a tax-deferred basis.Intertain’s board doesn’t plan to issue new London-listed shares as part of the move, given the prevailing market conditions and the current price of its stock.Its shares closed Monday at $11.26, up 16.2 per cent from $9.69 on March 9 prior to Intertain’s initial announcement of the proposed move. read more

University chief bans all beef from campus in fight against climate change

Goldsmiths, University of London has said it will remove all beef product from its campus shops and cafes “Anyone wanting to play their part in helping our planet amid the current climate change challenge we’re all facing should buy British, locally produced beef reared to some of the highest and environmentally sustainable standards in the world.”Goldsmiths is the latest university to alter its menu in an attempt to cut its carbon footprint. Cambridge University’s catering services has not served any beef or lamb since 2016 is instead “promoting the consumption of more vegetarian and vegan foods”.Meanwhile, Ulster University, the University of East Anglia and a number of colleges at Oxford and Cambridge have introduced “meat free Mondays”.  Dave Gorman, director of sustainability at Edinburgh University, said that currently 40 per cent of the menu options in campus cafes are vegetarian or vegan and they aim  to increase this to 50 per cent.Westminster University has a “part time carnivore loyalty card”, whereby students who have purchased four vegetarian meals in the canteen get a free vegetarian meal. Earlier this year, an Oxford college president demanded that octopus is removed from the menu as part of a drive to make disadvantaged students feel more “comfortable”. Baroness Jan Royall, head of Somerville, said she wants to “change the culture” of the college to make sure it is “welcoming for all”. They were once regarded as staples of the students’ canteen. But now burgers, lasagne, chilli and tacos have been taken off the menu at a London university which has banned beef as part of its efforts to fight climate change.From next month, Goldsmiths, University of London has said it will remove all beef product from its campus shops and cafes. Students will also face a 10p levy on bottles of water and single-use plastic cups when the academic year starts to discourage use of the products.It is part of a new drive by the university to become carbon neutral by 2025, which involves building more solar panels and switching to a “clean” energy supplier.Academic courses will also be reviewed to give students more opportunities to study climate change as part of their degree.Professor Frances Corner, the new Warden of Goldsmiths said that “declaring a climate emergency cannot be empty words”. The beef ban is the first announcement she has made since taking over as the head of the university earlier this month.Prof Corner, who used to be head of the London College of Fashion, has championed ethical designs and describes herself as a “fashion activist”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Goldsmiths, University of London has said it will remove all beef product from its campus shops and cafes She has previously warned of the dangers of wearing fake fur, arguing that it makes wearing real fur “culturally acceptable”.   Prof Corner said: “The growing global call for organisations to take seriously their responsibilities for halting climate change is impossible to ignore.  “Though I have only just arrived at Goldsmiths, it is immediately obvious that our staff and students care passionately about the future of our environment and that they are determined to help deliver the step change we need to cut our carbon footprint drastically and as quickly as possible.”The beef ban was praised by climate change activists but elsewhere it was criticised as an “an overly simplistic approach”.Stuart Roberts, vice president of the National Farmers’ Union, said there was a “lack of understanding or recognition between British beef and beef produced elsewhere”.He said that the union has been encouraging public institutions such as schools and universities to back British farming and source locally-produced food.”Tackling climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time but singling out one food product is clearly an overly simplistic approach,” he said.”Our standards of beef production in the UK are among the most efficient in the world, with British livestock grazing in extensive, grass-based systems – meaning a greenhouse gas footprint 2.5 times smaller than the global average. read more

World AIDS Day – ICMM members combat the disease and the stigma

first_imgMany of the world’s largest mining companies are engaged in individual initiatives and partnerships to combat HIV/AIDS, from providing for employee testing to community peer educator programs and from providing workplace and family treatment plans to funding cutting-edge research. ICMM President Tony Hodge: “A number of mining companies have shown leadership on the need to tackle HIV/AIDS. Mining has an important role to play in ensuring that the epidemic is brought under control, and that people can live and work with HIV and without stigma”.ICMM recently launched a Good Practice Guidance on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a disease management tool aimed at mine site managers and health practitioners, in recognition of the fact that the mining and metals industry is in a strong position to influence the course of these diseases, since it works in regions where they constitute a serious problem. The business case for doing so is strong, centred round employee well-being and positive financial impacts for companies.World Gold Council has today launched a report, “Safeguarding Workplace and Community Health”, which highlights the efforts of four of its member companies – also ICMM members – against the disease across Africa and Asia. This report references the new ICMM Good Practice Guidance.Four ICMM members have joined over 100 companies in signing a memorandum of understanding with the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria for World AIDS day: a non-discrimination pledge to end stigma attached to HIV/AIDS in the workplace. Other member companies have ongoing engagements with the Global Business Coalition to combat HIV/AIDS.Supporting materials:ICMM Good Practice Guidance on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: http://www.icmm.com/hivWorld Gold Council “Safeguarding Workplace and Community Health”: Full reportCase study 1: http://www.icmm.com/page/2412/our-work/case-studies/articles/member-companies-support-leading-research-for-hiv/aids-vaccineCase study 2: http://www.icmm.com/page/11475/our-work/case-studies/articles/know-your-status-hiv/aids-campaign-anglo-coal-For more case studies and information, visit the ICMM website, http://www.icmm.com/ or contact Fernanda Diez, Fernanda.Diez@ICMM.comlast_img read more

Des océans de diamant sur Neptune et Uranus

first_imgDes océans de diamant sur Neptune et Uranus ?D’après une étude publiée par le magazine Nature Physics, les planètes gazeuses Uranus et Neptune pourraient être dotées d’océans de diamant liquide sur lesquels flotteraient des icebergs de diamant solide.La température de fonte du diamant n’avait jusqu’ici jamais été mesurée mais après avoir soumis un diamant pur à une température extrême alliée à une pression 40 millions de fois supérieure à celle que l’on trouve sur Terre, des scientifiques ont réussi à le faire fondre.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAIls ont ainsi pu observer que lorsque la pression descend à 11 millions de bars et la température à 50.000 degrés, des blocs de diamants solides se forment pour flotter tels des icebergs, sur le diamant liquide.Composées d’environ 10% de carbone, le constituant du diamant, Neptune et Uranus doivent être soumises, à grandes profondeurs, à des conditions similaires à celles de l’expérience menée par le Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Il est donc très possible que des océans de diamant sur lesquels flottent des icebergs de diamant solide, existent sur les deux géantes gazeuses.Cette hypothèse a déjà été avancée par des chercheurs mais pour la démontrer, deux solutions pourraient être envisagées : l’envoi d’une sonde vers Uranus ou Neptune, ou la création de conditions semblables sur Terre. Mais ces solutions sont extrêmement coûteuses, en argent comme en temps, souligne Nature Physics.Le 24 janvier 2010 à 16:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les termites utilisent leurs excréments pour cultiver leurs propres antibiotiques

first_imgLes termites utilisent leurs excréments pour cultiver leurs propres antibiotiquesSelon une nouvelle étude, les termites utilisent leurs propres excréments comme source d’antibiotiques naturels. C’est en partie à cause de ce système qu’ils développent une certaine résistance et que toute tentative de les tuer s’avère généralement infructueuse. Les dommages attribués aux termites dans le monde entier se chiffrent autour de 30 milliards d’euros par an. Et le problème ne date pas d’hier. Depuis 50 ans, plus de 125 équipes de recherche provenant de 35 pays différents tentent de trouver une solution pour lutter contre ces insectes invasifs et destructeurs. Champignons et bactéries en tout genre ont été développés à l’occasion pour contrôler l’expansion des colonies tout en respectant l’environnement. Toutefois, ces tentatives ont échoué à plusieurs reprises, et depuis les termites ont développé une série de mécanismes de défense qui leur permettent de se protéger contre ces maladies. A l’heure actuelle, près de 3.000 espèces de termites ont été répertoriées. Cependant, seules 80 de ces espèces sont considérées comme ravageuses. Récemment, une équipe de biologistes de l’Université de Floride s’est intéressée à des termites souterrains particulièrement redoutables : les Coptotermes de Formose (Coptotermes formosanus). Ces insectes originaires de l’Asie ont désormais envahi le sud-est des Etats-Unis.”Le problème avec les Coptotermes de Formose, c’est que le nid peut se propager dans le sol à plus de 150 mètres à travers un système complexe de tunnels” explique Thomas Chouvenc membre de l’équipe de recherche. Il ajoute : “Ils sont donc difficiles à détecter, et souvent les gens les remarquent dans leur maison seulement lorsque les dommages deviennent visibles”.Un terrain pour des bactéries bénéfiquesÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les chercheurs sont partis de l’hypothèse que ce serait le matériel de construction des nids, à savoir un mélange de déjections et de particules de bois mâchées, qui permettrait aux insectes de résister contre toutes sortes de maladies. Pour confirmer leur supposition, ils ont analysé des échantillons prélevés dans les nids de cinq colonies de termites en Floride. Les résultats, publiés dans la revue Proceedings of the Royal Society B., indiquent que la substance est un terrain fertile au développement de bactéries bénéfiques du genre Streptomyces. En effet, 70% de ces agents agissent contre une large gamme de champignons et de bactéries pathogènes. Selon les chercheurs, ce mode de défense complémentaire, a probablement évolué suite au contact permanent des termites souterrains avec une large variété de pathogènes.De nouveaux antibiotiques ? “Les termites produisent également beaucoup d’excréments qui s’accumulent dans leur milieu confiné. C’est une situation gagnant-gagnant qui leur permet de recycler les excréments dans un matériau de construction” indique Thomas Chouvenc. D’après lui, des études supplémentaires pourraient amener au développement de nouveaux antibiotiques pour les humains ainsi qu’à des applications médicales potentielles.  Le 21 septembre 2013 à 17:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Hulus Basic Plan Will Now Only Cost You 6 Per Month

first_imgStay on target Lizzy Caplan Is Chilling Annie Wilkes in ‘Castle Rock’ Season 2 TrailerWhat to Stream on Hulu This Weekend Streaming flicks on Hulu will be more affordable soon: The streaming service is dropping the price of its basic plan to only $5.99 per month.On Wednesday, Hulu announced its price changes and said its most popular plan will decrease from $7.99 per month to $5.99 per month, CNBC reported. Hulu’s ad-free plan will still cost $11.99 per month, but Hulu’s live TV subscription plan will increase from $39.99 per month to $44.99 per month. Hulu’s prices will go live on Feb. 26.One benefit of a Live TV subscription is that you can stream from a number of different apps/sites with your Hulu credentials. Pretty cool, huh?Learn more about the available networks here: https://t.co/2kpYf3QKmM #huluFAQ pic.twitter.com/ST1sLwZYaZ— Hulu Support (@hulu_support) January 18, 2019It might be tempting to only spend $5.99 a month on a Hulu subscription, however, there are some factors to take into consideration before purchasing one of the streaming service’s plans.The basic plan is more affordable, but subscribers will have to deal with ads when they watch their favorite movies and TV shows. The $11.99 ad-free plan doesn’t come with annoying ads, however, it will cost people a bit more each month. For those that can’t live without cable, Hulu’s live TV plan will cost almost $45 a month, but it provides access to over 60 popular channels.Hulu’s price changes aren’t a coincidence though: Other streaming services, including Amazon Prime and Netflix, are making streaming a more competitive landscape. Customers desire easy access to their favorite entertainment mediums, and expect streaming services, such as Hulu, to deliver what they want for decent prices.Last week, Netflix announced that it’s raising its subscription plan prices for U.S. customers, who will eventually have to pay $8.99 per month for the streaming service’s basic plan and $15.99 per month for Netflix’s Ultra high definition (HD) streaming plan. It’s possible that Netflix hiked up its prices to stay competitive, because it offers Netflix Originals and other exclusive content for its subscriber base.Visit Hulu.com for more information on streaming plan prices.More on Geek.com:Here’s Everything Coming to Hulu in February 2019Netflix Is Raising Its US Subscription Plan PricesiPhone Users Can Share Netflix Binges to Instagram Storieslast_img read more

New championship matches added to Hell in a Cell PPV in three

first_imgFacebook Twitter During tonight’s WWE Smackdown Live from Oakland, a new Hell in a Cell matches has been added to the Smackdown-only show in three weeks in Detroit.The New Day will defend the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships against The Usos with the Usos claiming the rematch clause after losing the titles last week.Also official for the show is Natalya defending the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship against Charlotte Flair after Charlotte became No. 1 contender on Tuesday.#TheQueen is coming for her throne… #SDLive #Fatal4Way #HIAC @MsCharlotteWWE pic.twitter.com/EHf51Q4aKK— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) September 20, 2017Here is the updated card for Hell in a Cell on October 8.Hell in a Cell MatchShane McMahon vs. Kevin OwensWWE Championship MatchJinder Mahal (c) vs. Shinsuke NakamuraWWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships MatchThe New Day (c’s) vs. The UsosWWE Smackdown Women’s Championship MatchNatalya (c) vs. Charlotte FlairRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Ronda Rousey WhatsApp WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Becky Lynch Videos Articles Google+ Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Cricket Wireless to host Live Twitter Q and A with Ric and Charlotte Flair September 17 WWE 2K20’s 2K Showcase Mode will showcase the careers of The Four Horsewomen Rumored Plans For Rey Mysterio Upon WWE Return WWE Announces Rey Mysterio Match For SmackDown 1000 Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Natalya Neidhart on Why Total Divas Name Didnt Change After WWE Started Calling Women Superstars Videos Articles Charlotte Flairlast_img read more

Seattle is sunsplashed while Southwest deals with rain

first_imgSEATTLE — Heavy rains and flooding in the Southwest? A near-record dry streak in Seattle?The seemingly counterintuitive weather is not necessarily unusual for this time of year, but it’s striking when compared with the usual opinions about the regions — overcast and rainy in the Northwest and sunny skies in the Southwest. But late summer is typically the sunniest, driest part of the year in Washington and Oregon, while the Southwest monsoon season stretches into September.In the Pacific Northwest, high temperatures and bone-dry terrain have made for dangerous fire conditions, particularly in Washington state. More than 1,600 firefighters labored Wednesday on seven large fire complexes in Eastern Washington that were fanned by high winds earlier this week.Meanwhile, intense summer thunderstorms that struck parts of the Southwest this week flooded homes and streets in the Las Vegas area, inundated mobile home parks in Southern California, stranded some Navajo Nation residents in Arizona, and broke a dike in southern Utah, leading to evacuations.The conditions may be leaving residents reeling, but they’re par for the course this time of year, experts say.Arizona, for example, has seen much flooding in recent months, with normally dry washes rushing like rivers in parts of the state. Some residents might have the impression that this summer has been extremely wet because of the frequency of rain that they can see from their homes, said J.J. Broston, a science officer for the National Weather Service in Tucson.But rain falls more diffusely across a region — and this year has been wet but not record-breaking, he said.“For the most part, people are looking at rainfall from their own individual perspectives, and if it rains at their homes, they think it has been a wet monsoon (season),” Broston said. “From the Weather Service’s perspective, we are looking at a larger area.”last_img read more

Raise the Wage Act aims to increase federal minimum wage for 33

first_imgA bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act 1938 (FLSA), to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 (£12.03) an hour by 2025, has been passed by the US House of Representatives.The bill, colloquially known as the Raise the Wage Act 2019, was received by the US Senate on 18 July 2019 after being passed by the House of Representatives that day.The Raise the Wage Act 2019 outlines a schedule to gradually improve the federal minimum wage from $7.25 (£5.82) an hour to $15 an hour by 2025; future increases to the minimum wage beyond this date will align with median wage growth to ensure that the value of the federal minimum wage does not erode over time.The schedule includes an increase to $8.40 (£6.40) in 2019, $9.50 (£7.62) in 2020, $10.60 (£8.50) in 2021, $11.70 (£9.39) in 2022, $12.80 (£10.27) in 2023 and $13.90 (£11.15) in 2024, ultimately reaching $15 an hour in 2025.The bill further ensures that tipped employees are paid at least the full federal minimum wage, by phasing out the sub-minimum wage for this group; by 2026, these employees will receive a minimum of $14.10 (£11.31), and by 2027, pay will be indexed to median wages.In addition, employees under the age of 20 will be paid at least the full federal minimum wage under the bill proposals, because the sub-minimum wage for youth workers will be phased out, while sub-minimum wage certificates for employees with disabilities will be ended, in order to provide better opportunities for these individuals.Analysis by the Economic Policy Institute, published on 17 July 2019, stated that 33 million employees will benefit from the federal minimum wage increases; once fully implemented, this translates into an annual increase of around $2,760 (£2,214.07) for the average year-round employee in the US.last_img read more

Vacant Dania Beach home catches fire

first_imgDANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A vacant house caught on fire in Dania Beach, Wednesday.The intense fire tore through the house near Southwest Seventh Street and Seventh Avenue.Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames, but everything inside was reportedly destroyed.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

BJP has done nothing for unauthorised colonies except insult

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP has done nothing for the residents of unauthorised colonies except insult them, Delhi Minister Gopal Rai said on Thursday, after the saffron party alleged that the AAP government was “fooling” the people on the issue. The labour minister also sought to know from the BJP what it had done to regularise such colonies when it was in power from 1993 to 1998. Rai’s remark came after senior BJP leader Vijay Goel, during a protest on Thursday at Jantar Mantar, accused Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of “misleading” the people on regularisation of unauthorised colonies. “It is for the first time in its history that the BJP has held a dharna for the residents of unauthorised colonies. Otherwise, it has only insulted the people of such colonies,” Rai said at a press conference at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) office. Also Read – INX Media case: P Chidambaram’s CBI custody extended for three days till September 2 Advertise With Us “In 1993, the BJP came to power in Delhi and had three chief ministers within the its five-year term. I want to ask what did it do then for the regularisation of unauthorised colonies? Nothing,” he said. The BJP should leave the work of unauthorised colonies to the AAP and the Kejriwal government, Rai said, asking the saffron party to do two important tasks — provide safety and ensure cleanliness in the national capital. Also Read – Pakistan ISI agents copy most hi-tech feature of Rs 2,000 notes Advertise With Us The Delhi Police comes under the Ministry of Home Affairs and mayors of all three municipal corporations in the city are from the BJP. During the protest, which was also attended by Lok Sabha MPs Hans Raj Hans and Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma, Goel attacked the AAP and the Congress, saying, both the parties did nothing to regularise unauthorised colones during their respective tenures. “There are 1,797 unauthorised colonies in Delhi and 7 lakh people are living in them. The Congress was in power for 15 years while the AAP has been in power for five years.They have not done anything for regularisation of unauthorised colonies,” Goel said. Advertise With Us When the Centre formed a panel headed by the lieutenant governor to recommend parameters for regularisation of unauthorised colonies and it came out with a report, Kejriwal felt that he could “fool” the people and take credit for the work done by the central government, he said. At the protest, slogans like ‘Hamara CM kaisa ho, Vijay Goel jaisa ho’ were also raised. Hans accused Kejriwal of “betraying” Delhiites and not taking any concrete steps for regularisation of such colonies. Earlier this week, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had accused the Delhi government of trying to take credit of regularising these colonies. However, Kejriwal had said that the Centre can take credit, but the AAP dispensation just wants regularisation done so that people living there can get their rights.last_img read more

BNPs dream of returning to power will exhaust Quader

first_imgAL general secretary Obaidul QuaderAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said BNP’s sweet dream of returning to power will exhaust like a hallow balloon, reports UNB.”BNP started having a sweet dream of going to power following the chief justice’s leave and the party’s dialogue with the Election Commission. There’s no point of such a daydream as it’ll exhaust like a hollow balloon,” he said.Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, came up with the comment while inaugurating the member collection and renewal programme of Awami League’s Sylhet city and district units at the Registry ground there.Hitting out at BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir for his comment that Awami League will not get even 25 seats if their party joins the next polls, he said people will decide who will go to power.”You had once said Awami League wouldn’t be able to return to power in 200 years, but we’ve been in power for nine consecutive years.”Alleging that Khaleda Zia returned home after hatching a blueprint in London, he said but people will not allow her to implement it.Quader also said BNP has thought Awami League will not be able to overcome the Rohingya crisis and thus lose votes. “But our leader (Sheikh Hasina) has given 600,000 Rohingyas shelter and she’s giving them various facilities. Our vote will see an increase over the issue.”About their membership collection drive, he directed Awami League leaders and activists to focus on making new voters and women party members.The ruling party leader also asked his party colleagues to visit door to door for recruiting new members instead of filling up the forms sitting in party offices.He, however, warned that terrorists, extortionists and anti-liberation forces cannot be Awami League members.last_img read more