Simmons a surprise second Bledisloe starter

first_imgSimmons, played 13 matches for the Reds this year, one of those at blindside flanker after being released by Queensland as coach Nick Stiles looked to the future.He and fellow World Cup lock Kane Douglas were both out of favour at the Reds, with Simmons left out of the 23 as early as March when the side played the Jaguares.Simmons played in 11 of the Wallabies’ 15 Tests last year, starting in three of the Spring Tour Tests after an injury to Adam Coleman.Wallabies coach Michael Cheika showed the 72-Test veteran faith, though, picking he and fellow out-of-favour lock Kane Douglas in his Rugby Championship squad.Simmons is the only change in the Wallabies forward pack from the Sydney Test, with Rory Arnold shifted to the bench in a straight swap.As widely expected, Samu Kerevi, has been a casualty of the Wallabies’ Bledisloe loss as well, dropping out of the 23, with Tevita Kuridrani coming into the starting side for the Dunedin Test.Dane Haylett-Petty has been cleared of a biceps injury, replacing Curtis Rona in the 15, with Henry Speight shifting to the left wing.Rona has been kept in the matchday 23, though, named on the bench.Jack Dempsey comes into the 23 calculations, with Cheika leaving a choice between he and Lopeti Timani open for one more day.last_img read more

I have not changed a bit: Dipa

first_imgKolkata, Apr 27 (PTI) She may be hogging the limelight after becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics, but Dipa Karmakar says she has not changed a bit and happy that people have started recognising the sport. “Ive not changed a bit after my Olympic qualification, but Im happy that people have started recognising gymnastics finally,” Dipa said at her felicitation by Calcutta Sports Journalists Clubs Coal India Annual Awards here today. Theres has been an outpouring of congratulatory messages ranging from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar but Dipa said her feet were grounded and her focus is to “polish” her scores with less than 100 days to go for Rio. The SAI has announced Rs 1.10 crores for her training in the build up to the Olympics with RS 80 lakh on apparatus and the rest in foreign exposure, her coach Bishweshwar Nandi said. “Dipa will choose between two events — in Turkey and Singapore — in June for her build up event ahead of Rio. Theres no shortage of support for her, even Rahul Dravid (of GoSports Foundation) has extended full support,” Nandi added, The coach further said that the focus is now to polish her first landing score of 15,04 so that it betters her medal opportunity. Her choice of vault — Produnova — has the risk of fatal spinal injuries as very few gymnasts has attempted that but the 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist is relishing the challenge. “Every success involves risk and Im not afraid of taking risk. I believe in hard practice and my coach (Bishweshwar Nandi). Im just following him. My coach doesnt let me take any pressure,” Dipa said. “We need full fledged centres, only three four till now. The more centre come up the more popular gymnastics would become.” PTI TAP PDS PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Iran nuclear deal opens door to scientific collaborations

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The agreement, signed today in Vienna, paves the way for a rapid expansion of scientific cooperation with Iran in areas as diverse as fusion, astrophysics, and cancer therapy using radioisotopes.The agreement between Iran and six world powers is expected to face significant hostility in the U.S. Congress, which has 60 days to review the deal—and endorse or scuttle it. “I welcome a robust debate in Congress on this issue, and I welcome scrutiny of the details of this agreement,” U.S. President Barack Obama said today. However, he noted, “Without this deal, there would be no agreed-upon limitations for the Iranian nuclear program.”The agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, would slow Iran’s “breakout time”—the time needed to produce enough weapons-grade fissile material for one bomb—from an estimated 2 to 3 months to at least a year. Achieving that longer lead time requires blocking Iran’s four routes to nuclear weapons: through its Natanz and Fordow uranium enrichment facilities, where thousands of centrifuges separate uranium isotopes; through plutonium production at the Arak heavy water reactor, which Iran says is needed to produce medical radioisotopes; and by way of a covert path involving undisclosed facilities. The challenge has been to block these pathways without shuttering a single nuclear facility, because Iran has insisted that closures were a deal-breaker. The plan requires Iran to mothball thousands of uranium centrifuges at Natanz and Fordow, and not to pursue other methods of uranium enrichment, including laser enrichment, for the next 10 years. Iran has agreed to work with the international community to reconfigure Arak to run on low enriched uranium, which would greatly curtail plutonium production, and ship all spent fuel out of the country for the reactor’s lifetime. Eliminating the covert pathway will rely on intrusive inspections and unprecedented oversight of Iran’s purchases for its nuclear program.Key research elements of the plan jibe with those outlined in a tentative accord struck in April. For example, Iran will convert its sensitive Fordow uranium enrichment facility into an international “nuclear, physics, and technology centre,” allowing it to remain open as a research lab. “It’s a clever strategy—a creative solution to a dilemma,” says Steven Miller, director of the international security program at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.Russia will help Iran reconfigure two centrifuge cascades at Fordow to produce stable isotopes for industry. The new lab will also host small linear accelerators for basic research in nuclear physics and astrophysics. The agreement says that Iran will invite proposals for collaborative projects and calls on Fordow to host an international workshop to review them, with a goal of initiating projects “within a few years.”The agreement also calls for exploring cooperation in other research areas, such as neutrino astronomy and fusion research, and even “facilitating” Iran’s participation in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, or ITER, being built in France.Iranian and U.S. nuclear scientists have much to learn from each other, says Robert Rosner, a theoretical physicist at the University of Chicago in Illinois and former director of Argonne National Laboratory. “It’s an incredibly long time since we’ve built any nuclear reactors,” he says. “Iran has world-caliber scientists and engineers, and they have been in the thick of doing that. I can imagine which way information may flow.”Iran’s nuclear scientists may be skittish at first about engaging, Miller says, citing the assassination of several key nuclear scientists after Iran’s once-clandestine nuclear program emerged from the shadows a decade ago. “Iran naturally became hypersensitive about access to its scientists,” Miller says. But those dark days may soon be over. “When scientists get together,” Rosner predicts, “differences always fall away.”last_img read more