Rohan Sen SydneyJanuary 8, 2019UPDATED: January 8, 2019 13:20 IST KL Rahul was the first one to post pictures from Team India’s party (KL Rahul Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSKohli and Co. partied hard after their historic Test series win in Australia on MondayKohli became the first Indian captain to win a series in Australia as he lifted the Border-Gavaskar trophyIndia also became the first side in 31 years to enforce the follow-on in Australia since England (1988)Celebrations ran late into the night as Team India players partied hard after their first ever Test series win over Australia in Sydney on Monday.Opener KL Rahul posted a couple of pictures from the party with captain Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma, Hardik Pandya and others.India crushed Australia 2-1 in the Border-Gavaskar series after the fourth and final Test ended in a draw in Sydney. Thunderstorms and bad weather conditions in the city robbed India of a chance to push for their third win in the series but the players weren’t complaining after the match was called off on the fifth day.Kohli became the first Indian captain to win a series in Australia as he lifted the Border-Gavaskar trophy, which India retained after their win in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne last week.The players seemed in high spirits as they posed for the pictures which Rahul posted on Twitter and captioned it, “About Last Night! #Fam”.About Last Night! #Fam pic.twitter.com/oKr49Scg8zK L Rahul (@klrahul11) January 8, 2019India needed 10 wickets to wrap up their third win of the series but were unable to do so as rain came to Australia’s rescue after they were asked to follow-on by Virat Kohli on Day 4.Replying to India’s first innings score of 622 for 7 declared, Australia were bowled out for 300 on Sunday which gave India a 322-run cushion as they asked the hosts to bat again, becoming the first team in 31 years to enforce the follow-on against Australia in Australia since England, who did it in 1988.advertisementThe series win was largely set up by India’s fast bowlers who bagged a total of 51 wickets in the four matches with Australia getting bowled out 7 times out of 8 during the series.Jasprit Bumrah finished as the highest wicket taker from either side with 21 wickets, while Mohammed Shami managed 16 and Ishant Sharma got 11. Umesh Yadav picked up two wickets in the lone Test he played in Perth.Spin-twins Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin got 7 and 6 wickets respectively while Kuldeep Yadav bagged 5 wickets in the Sydney Test, the only match he featured in the series.The focus now shifts to the three-match ODI series against the Aussies which starts from January 12 in Sydney. India made a change in its squad on Tuesday by resting Jasprit Bumrah for this series and the limited-overs series against New Zealand.Fast bowler Mohammed Siraj was named a replacement for Bumrah while Siddharth Kaul was included in the T20I squad for the New Zealand series.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah rested for Australia ODIs and tour of New Zealand, Siraj named replacementAlso Read | Rishabh Pant breaks MS Dhoni record after sensational show in Australia TestsAlso Read | India vs Australia: We had a point to prove and we did, says Cheteshwar PujaraFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow KL RahulFollow Virat KohliFollow Anushka SharmaFollow Border-Gavaskar series Virat Kohli parties with Team India and Anushka Sharma after historic series win. See photosIndia vs Australia: India crushed Australia 2-1 in the Border-Gavaskar series after the fourth and final Test ended in a draw in Sydney on Monday.advertisement
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court Monday admitted appeals filed by brothers of Sohrabuddin Shaikh, who was allegedly killed in a fake encounter in 2005, challenging acquittal of the 22 persons, including police officers from Gujarat and Rajasthan, by a special court in 2018. In its verdict, the special CBI court had observed that the prosecution had failed to establish a cogent case to suggest that there had been any conspiracy to kill Shaikh and others — his wife Kausar Bi and his associate Tulsi Prajapati — and that the accused persons had any role in it. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaThe court had also stated that there was no denying that Shaikh and the others had been killed. As per the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Shaikh, a gangster, and Kausar Bi were killed separately in November 2005 by the Gujarat ATS, and Prajapati in 2006 by the Rajasthan and Gujarat police, for allegedly being a witness to the fake encounter. The appeals challenging the special court order were filed by Sohrabuddin’s brothers Rubabuddin Shaikh and Nayabuddin Shaikh in April this year. A division bench of Justices I A Mahanty and A M Badar Monday admitted these appeals and issued notices to the acquitted persons. The bench will take up the appeals for final hearing in due course of time.
New Delhi: Cash-strapped MTNL has not been able to pay staff wages for July and August and is making a sincere effort to release at least a portion of the dues at the earliest, a top company official said. “Salary payment for two months…July and August are pending, we have cleared it (wages) till June,” said Sunil Kumar, who recently assumed additional charge as chairman and managing director of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL). He declined to give a timeframe for clearing the outstanding salaries, but said, “We are trying sincerely to release at least one month’s salary at the earliest”. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAsked how the ailing state-owned entity intends to meet its salary obligations, he said MTNL is looking to pay it from accumulated revenue. “The deadline for us was as of yesterday….We are sincerely considering whatever is possible, and to do it as early as possible. We cannot give any timeframe but we are trying very hard,” he said. Distressed telecom PSUs MTNL and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) have been incurring losses and have been facing problems in clearing staff salaries on time in the recent past. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe loss-making telecom firms have approached the Telecom Department for immediate help as they are facing financial stress, which has aggravated due to the tariff war triggered by the entry of Reliance Jio. A revival plan for the telecom firms is under consideration. The employee cost of BSNL is 75.06 per cent and that of MTNL is 87.15 per cent of their total income, while the same for private telecom companies varies between 2.9 to 5 per cent. According to data shared in the Lok Sabha in June this year, the market share of MTNL in the two circles where it operates (Mumbai and Delhi) has declined to 6.95 per cent at the end of 2018-19 from 7.37 per cent in 2016-17.
SASKATOON — Jacob Wassermann spent most of his life on the ice before he fell in love in the water.The former Humboldt Broncos goaltender, who started in the net when he was nine, was paralyzed last year when the junior hockey team’s bus and a semi truck collided in Saskatchewan. Sixteen people were killed.Now 19, Wasserman has put hockey behind him and switched to a new sport — adaptive water-skiing.He’s shown so much promise that he is to compete next month as a prospect with Canada’s adaptive water-ski team at the world championships in Skarnes, Norway.“I’ve fallen in love with this, that’s for sure,” Wassermann said in a interview with The Canadian Press from his home in Saskatoon.“Before my accident I had no idea adaptive water-skiing was even a thing to do.”The sport involves a specially modified wakeboard attached to a ski with a cage that the skier is strapped into. Athletes are expected to compete in three categories: tricks, slalom and jumping.“I’ve been favouring trick so far,” Wassermann said. “You do lots of spins like slides, 180s, 360s. And once you get better, you can start jumping the wakeboard and doing spins while jumping.”Wassermann was turned on to the sport last summer by current national team member Nolan Barnes, who was paralyzed in a car accident nine years ago.Days after the Broncos crash, Barnes befriended player Ryan Straschnitzki, who was also left paralyzed. Barnes visited Straschnitzki in the same Saskatoon hospital where Wassermann was in a coma. When Wassermann gained consciousness, Barnes also started visiting him.“I had a lot of support when I was injured and knew how much of a difference that made in my life — having some light at the end of the tunnel,” Barnes, 27, explained.Straschnitzki hasn’t given up on hockey, and is working to make the national sledge hockey team.Barnes said he understands Wassermann’s love for the water.“Getting out of a wheelchair for a second and ripping up and down the lake and feeling the freedom — you don’t really feel disabled sitting out on the ski,” Barnes said.This year will be the fourth time Barnes has competed at the world championships. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help pay for the cost of the team’s trip to Norway.Wasserman said he went water-skiing for the first time last summer. He used to be a lifeguard and had no fear of the water, but riding waves on a ski was new.“I took a couple of pretty hard falls but you’ve gotta fall pretty hard to learn.”Barnes took him to a competition in April in Florida. And Wasserman did well enough that the national team decided to take him to the worlds.“They were able to bring me on as a prospect, just to get a feel for it and to see what the adaptive water-ski world is like,” Wassermann said.“Hopefully in the future I can ski on to the team as an actual member.”In the meantime, Wasserman plans to start studies at the University of Saskatchewan in the fall and become a nutrionist.Considering Wasserman was an elite athlete before the bus crash, Barnes said he’s not surprised at his progress in water-skiing in such a short time.“He’s driven and he wants to do really well. I’m just glad to be part of that journey and hopefully he and I will be sitting on the podium some day.”— By Bill Graveland in Calgary. Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterThe Canadian Press
Included in the presentation will be:• The most common types of cyber-attacks and recent examples• How to assess your business’s risks and vulnerabilities• Specific requirements for companies that handle credit card information• The most important steps you can take to protect your organizationMNP will also host a Chamber Business After 5 social, on March 19, at the MNP offices from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., where there is an opportunity to discuss your cyber concerns with Borsholm.To register for either event, you must register at the Chamber of Commerce’s website or by calling 250-785-6037. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce is hosting another speaker series Luncheon on Tuesday, March 19 at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre.This month’s Luncheon is a presentation on Cyber Security and will be presented by Ron Borsholm of MNP.Borsholm will present an in-depth discussion of the current cyber threat landscape and how to protect your organization from cyber threats and attacks.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI will start a working and fraternity visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Sunday, the Ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery said in a statement.This will be the King’s first official visit to Saudi Arabia since the enthronement of King Salman bin Abdelaziz following the death of his brother late King Abdellah bin Abdelaziz last January.The Moroccan monarch will hold talks with King Salman on the latest developments of the situation in Yemen. Moroccan forces are fighting alongside Saudi Arabia and its allies against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in the military operation codenamed Decisive Storm.King Mohammed VI’s visit was scheduled to place on Wednesday, but was postponed due to the recent developments in senior leadership positions in Saudi Arabia.On Wednesday King Salman bin Abdelaziz appointed Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minsiter, Interior Minister and President of Council of Political and Security Affairs and Prince Mohammed Bin Salman as Deputy Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, Defense Minister and President of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs.
They wanted the fishermen to be included in the list of most backward community by the Union Territory of Puducherry. They wanted immediate intervention by the Central and State government for the release of fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan naval personnel. Fishermen representatives from 11 hamlets in and around Karaikalmedu participated in the meeting. (Colombo Gazette) Fishermen of Karaikal in Puducherry, India, have decided to boycott the Assembly elections in protest over several issues, including the failure by the Indian Government to free Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody.The Hindu newspaper reported that at a meeting held at Karaikalmedu, Karaikal fishermen decided to boycott the polls in support of their demands.
“During the last three months of 2014, crude oil prices did start sliding, but because of the high price in the first three quarters of the year, the average price remained at over USD 104. As the Central Bank reports show, during the last four years of the Rajapaksa Government, in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, the average price of crude oil imports was over USD 109. But by the time the present government came into power in January 2015, the oil price had suddenly gone down to USD 51 and it went down further during the past three years. It is only after around October 2017 that crude oil prices began rising again to reach USD 70+ today. The Ministry of Finance and Media is lying to the public in claiming that the price of crude oil was USD 60 in 2014. The people should note that taxpayers’ money is being used to carry out the false political propaganda of the yahapalana government,” Rajapaksa said. However Rajapaksa said that anyone who reads the latest Central Bank report will see that the average price of crude oil imports during the year 2014, was over USD 104 and not USD 60 as claimed in the Finance and Media Ministry advertisements. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today took another swipe at the Government on the fuel price hike.A media statement issued by Rajapaksa’s media secretary Rohan Welivita said that members of the public would have noticed that the Finance and Media Ministry has been publishing advertisements stating that in 2014, the world price of crude oil was USD 60 and that petrol was being sold at that time at Rs. 157 per litre whereas today in 2018, the price of crude oil is USD 78, and the local price of petrol is Rs. 137 per litre – thereby implying that the price or petrol is lower under the yahapalanaya government than it was under the Rajapaksa government. He says the the public should also note that even though President Maithripala Sirisena’s Presidential election manifesto said that the taxes on fuel will be removed, the yahapalana Government never removed or reduced taxes on fuel.“They reduced the price of fuel in 2015, only on the sharp reduction in world crude oil prices that took place after the end of 2014. Central Bank Reports show that during the Rajapaksa Government, crude oil was imported to Sri Lanka at an average price of about USD 80 only as far back as 2010. Back in 2010 the retail price of petrol was Rs. 115, diesel Rs. 73 and kerosene Rs. 51. So people will see that the yahapalana Government is selling fuel at prices far in excess of what is warranted by the present world market price of crude oil,” he said. Rajapaksa said that when the Indian oil company recently increased the price of petrol by Rs. 9, the Government increased the price by more than twice that amount.“Not only is the yahapalana Government levying a massive tax on fuel, they are making a significant profit on the difference between the world market price of crude oil and the retail price of fuel as well. Thus the people are being made to pay the cost of keeping the yahapalana Government afloat,” he said.
The humanitarian community has launched a Humanitarian Response Plan for 2016 targeting 1.5 million people with a budget requirement of $316 million. So far, only 25 per cent has been received, which is “clearly insufficient” to meet the immediate needs, the Under-Secretary-General said. Mr. O’Brien will travel from the Lake Chad Basin region to Istanbul to participate in the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit being held on 23 and 24 May. “The Summit will be a critical opportunity for me to tell the stories of the people I met, who have been affected by the Boko Haram violence,” he said. “An event on the Lake Chad Basin region will help us draw global attention to the increasing vulnerability of the communities of the region, who are facing the converging events of climate change, high poverty levels, violent extremism and population growth,” he added. Mr. O’Brien noted that a comprehensive approach is urgently needed to ensure greater collaboration between the political, security, development, environmental and humanitarian efforts to maximize scarce resources and to ensure no one is left behind. “A big, compounded crisis needs a big, compounded response,” he concluded. In related news, the Under-Secretary-General, speaking via phone to reporters at the daily press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, reiterated that he had specifically decided to visit the Lake Chad Basin region ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit to bring attention to the “chronic and endemic” life conditions for millions of people as a result of the six-year “brutal campaign” by Boko Haram. He noted that it was clear from the stories of the people he had met that the humanitarian effects have been escalating, notwithstanding some security progress, and that it was “absolutely vital” to see a “very sharp example of everything that will come together” at the Summit. “That’s why we have deliberately come here, to recommit and get the political will that will propel us to deliver to those most in need,” he said. The emphasized that the Summit will help to ensure that all humanitarian actors work in a way “that can give confidence to everyone across the whole of the humanitarian ecosystem,” not just in meeting immediate needs also in helping people’s lives to thrive and not be left in vulnerability. Asked his reaction to reports earlier today that one of the more than 250 schoolgirls who were kidnapped more than two years ago from Chibok, Nigeria, had been found, Mr. O’Brien said that there was “at last a sense of confidence of a first step that things can be better.” Noting that the international community was both focused on and very concerned by the reports, the Under-Secretary-General stressed that it is vital to continue every effort to find all of those who have been abducted. “I am appalled by reports of killing of civilians, looting of villages, and other abuses perpetrated by Boko Haram in the countries around the Lake Chad Basin, including Niger,” Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said in a press release. “Adherence to international humanitarian law and norms is fundamental in conflict and it applies to all parties, without exception,” he said. In the Diffa region, Mr. O’Brien visited the Assaga site, which hosts more than 15,000 people, including refugees, returnees and internally displaced people who had been recently forced out of their homes due to Boko Haram attacks. Two out of three people in the region have experienced displacement. “This morning I met a family in Diffa hosting 30 people who had fled violence caused by Boko Haram both in Nigeria and in Niger. As the first to respond, the solidarity and generosity of families in Diffa who have shared their scarce resources with those in need are an example and inspiration to us all,” noted Mr. O’Brien, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.He also met with the President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou; Prime Minister Brigi Rafini; Minister of the Interior, Mohamed Bazoum; Niger’s first Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Laouan Magagi; and several other senior Government officials. Mr. O’Brien said they discussed ways to step up the humanitarian response for people affected by Boko Haram, as well as the challenges that Nigerians continue to face despite the Government’s commitment to build people’s resilience to recurrent food insecurity and malnutrition crises. In 2016, humanitarian partners and the Nigerien Government plan to assist two million food insecure people and 1.5 million people threatened by malnutrition, including 1.2 million children. “Displacement or malnutrition alone causes great human suffering. A combination of the two is too much for people to bear. Together, we must help them now with urgent supplies and services,” Mr. O’Brien stressed. Families who have fled their homes in north-east Nigeria in fear of the militant group Boko Haram, often seek refuge in local communities across the border in Diffa, Niger. Photo: OCHA/Franck Kuwonu
Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Nov. 1 , 2016), we take a look at the World Series and wonder if the role of the closer has changed forever after the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians started deploying their closers as long relievers. Then, we chat about Russell Westbrook’s amazing start to the NBA season and ask if teams led by point guards can win championships. Finally, we talk about Tom Brady’s return from suspension, and Neil Paine explains why there’s a 50/50 chance Brady would have won a Super Bowl on every team in the NFL. Plus, a significant digit about the Oakland Raiders’ penalties.Links to what we discussed:Neil Paine says the Cubs’ comeback only gets harder from here.Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs says Cubs manager Joe Maddon Terry Francona’d Aroldis Chapman in Game 5 of the World Series.Kevin O’Connor at The Ringer writes that Russell Westbrook’s liberation tour is everything we wanted it to be.Neil Paine breaks down why Chris Paul has never gone far in the postseason.Neil also explains how Tom Brady’s return has made the Patriots that much better.Significant Digit: 23. That’s the number of times the Oakland Raiders were dinged for a penalty in their 30-24 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday. That was the most penalties for one team in a single game since at least 1940 and the third-most penalty yards that any one team has racked up in a single game in that same span.Also, remember to check the Hot Takedown feed on Thursday for the fourth installment of our documentary series Ahead Of Their Time. The series looks at coaches and players who did something radical for their era and were later proven right by analytics. The new episode is about the two women who invented the double-handed backhand. You can find the previous three episodes here. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code FiveThirtyEight
Ohio State senior Jae’Sean Tate looks to pass in the first half of the Buckeyes’ 80-78 victory on the road at Indiana on Feb. 23. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentThe Ohio State men’s basketball team reached the end of the 2017-18 regular season that defied nearly all preseason expectations ranked as the No. 13 team in the final Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The Buckeyes rose up three spots from their No. 16 spot in the poll last week. They finished the week with a 79-52 home win against Rutgers on Tuesday and a double-overtime win on the road against Indiana on Friday to wrap up the season.Ohio State is joined by No. 2 Michigan State, No. 8 Purdue and No. 15 Michigan.This is the first time since the 2013-14 season that Ohio State has finished the regular season as a ranked team, when the Buckeyes were the No. 24 team in the nation. Ohio State’s 24 wins are the most in the regular season since it won 25 games in the 2011-12 season. The Buckeyes are now headed to the Big Ten tournament as the No. 2 seed. They have a pair of byes and will not play a game until 6:30 p.m. Friday. Ohio State will face the winner of the Penn State vs. Northwestern matchup.
Geologists, mining companies and environmental laboratories can now generate X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis faster in the field using the Thermo Scientific Niton XL5 handheld XRF analyser, the company says. The newest update to the Niton XL5 analyzer includes the introduction of mining and soil modes, which are designed to provide additional functionality and application usage. The Niton XL5 analyzer is the smallest and lightest handheld XRF analyzer available today for elemental determination and features a powerful 5 W X-ray tube. The new mining mode is designed to allow geologists and mining companies in early and late stage exploration, as well as in mining operations, to accurately determine, measure and evaluate the elemental composition of geological samples from magnesium to uranium, within seconds. The resulting data enables mining companies to locate on site and in real time the most viable resources. Soil mode is designed to enable regulatory bodies, such as the US Environmental Protection Agency, and environmental laboratories to detect and quantify heavy metals. Users of the Niton XL5 analyzer can measure low levels of environmental pollutants, such as lead, cadmium, mercury, selenium, arsenic, nickel, copper, chromium and zinc.The Niton XL5 analyzer is designed to allow users to observe increased analytical performance and lower limits of detection (LODs) over legacy Thermo Scientific Niton XRF analyzers. New accessories also include the Thermo Scientific mini test stand, which is lightweight, collapsible and designed to improve portability, and the Thermo Scientific soil guard and backscatter shield.“The mining and soil analysis industries are increasingly challenged to determine the content of materials quickly and onsite in order to decrease the need for costly, time-consuming lab analysis,” said Julie Planchet, Vice President/General Manager, Field and Safety Instruments for Thermo Fisher. “Adding mining and soil modes brings the power and accuracy of the Niton XL5 analyzer to new potential users while increasing its flexibility for our existing customers.”The Niton XL5 analyzer, the newest analyzer in the Niton product line, is designed to improve upon the capabilities of the Thermo Scientific Niton XL3 handheld XRF analyzer. Weighing only 1.3 kg with a compact, ergonomic design, the Niton XL5 analyzer is intended to reduce operator fatigue, while providing fast and accurate results. In addition to embedded GPS, the newest software update to the Niton XL5 will also include Bluetooth GPS. The added Bluetooth GPS functionality will enable users to record coordinates with high precision by leveraging external Bluetooth GPS devices. Additionally, the new update is designed to allow users to adjust the analyzer based on results of reference samples, and enter their own calfactors in order to increase the accuracy of analysis.
The second leg of the Champions League (W) are to be played this weekend. On Saturday, Gyori is hosting Oltchim in Hungary and has to overcome the 4 goals negative outcome from the first game in Romania. The game was moved to be played in Veszprem, a hall that has 5200 seats, which clearly shows the interest in this game in Hungary. Gyori plays to save the season, while Oltchim is still trying to get the so-much wanted trophy in the Champions League. Both teams are confident in their quality. Gyori that the 2nd half in Romania won’t happen, Oltchim that they repeat the performance of the 2nd half.In the Montenegrin-Norwegian duel, Buducnost is playing at home and has a small, but important two goals victory in Norway against Larvik, but Dragan Adzic warned their players that there must be no relaxed approach to this game, as two attacks can annulate it. Tonje Larsen from Larvik is aware that her team can play much better than in Norway, and that two goals defeat isn’t the end of the world, and it can be easily overcome. ← Previous Story Nina Wörz and Susan Müller join RK Krim! Next Story → Gyori ETO in the final of the Champions League! buducnostchampions leagueGyoriLarvikOltchimwomen
(Image: Paddy Power/Red C) Click here for a larger version of this imageACCORDING TO THE latest Paddy Power/Red C poll, 38 per cent of people in Ireland now support the legalisation of marijuana. The poll shows that 57 per cent of people are still opposed to legalising the drug.As the infographic above shows, more men in Ireland would support it and the idea is more popular with younger groups. While supporters of more left-wing parties like Sinn Féin are most likely to vote in favour of legalisation, there is very little disparity between higher and lower social grades.In November, TDs debated a motion put forward by Luke Ming Flanagan to legalise cannabis. Though the motion was overwhelmingly rejected, many TDs welcomed the opportunity to discuss the topic and the wider issues around it. The government has said there are currently no plans for full legalisation but the Department of Health is looking at ways to make certain cannabis-based medicines available.Related: Dáil rejects Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan’s cannabis regulation motion>Read: 6 things we learned from Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan’s Cannabis Regulation Bill>Cannabis legalisation: Where do the parties stand?>
HP is look for a way to profit from webOS that doesn’t require manufacturing hardware. It’s also said to be actively shopping for licensees and partners for the OS. And, like IBM before it, HP is also looking to sell off its PC business. Samsung was rumored to be interested in the latter, though the Korean giant has since denied having any interest. But could it be that signals were being misread? Might Samsung be interested in webOS?It’s certainly possible. Samsung’s chairman Lee Kun-hee has talked previously about the fact that importance in the IT world has been shifting toward software companies and away from hardware companies. You need only look at the homogenaity of Android smartphones for proof of that — devices are becoming more an more similar, with a few millimeters of chassis often being the only distinguishing hardware feature.Samsung is also said to be more than a tad nervous about Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility and might be looking for a backup plan should its own Bada OS run up against a brick wall. That certainly wasn’t the case at launch time, with Bada enjoying the most successful debut since the original iPhone, but the mobile space is constantly evolving and webOS could provide Samsung with a strong, complete mobile OS for both phones and tablets as well as an associated patent portfolio that could provide some much-needed protection in the increasingly litigious world in which it competes.With Samsung recently snapping up one of HP’s own — the Personal Systems Group’s VP of marketing Raymond Wah — the plot is thickening. Will Samsung pull the trigger and add a fourth OS to its mobile lineup? Share your thoughts in the comments!More at SlashGear, and previous coverage of this from June 2011.
Professional video games tournaments, so-called electronic sports or eSports, are becoming increasingly big business. In fact, it has reached a point where parents may actually encourage their kids to go pro after viewing the latest earning figures.The e-Sports Earnings website has posted the top 100 pro gamers based on how much money they have earned over their careers solely from eSports tournaments. These aren’t small figures. In 100th place is Polish player neo who has earned a grand total of $66,183.28, with his most lucrative game being Counter-Strike. Move up to 50th place and we see the Korean player JangBi. He has earned $128,347.99 by mostly competing in StarCraft: Brood War.The money starts to increase substantially when we enter the top 10. The 10th place pro gamer earned $267,699.10, and 5th place $367,902.11. But top of the list is a name many gamers will know quite well: US pro-gamer Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel. Over the course of 35 tournaments he has earned a massive $454,544.98. Over half of that has been collected playing Painkiller ($240,550.00).Becoming experienced enough to compete with these guys takes a lot of hard work and training, just like anything you want to get good at. But the money is clearly there to be made, and if you’re serious (and good enough) it could actually turn into a career.It’s also worth pointing out that the totals listed for these pro-gamers are just for eSports tournaments. They should all be suplementing that income with sponsorship deals and other tournament series. Fatal1ty is a good example of this, having had a series of ASRock PC gaming components, and even gaming food, carry his name or official backing.
32 nouvelles exigences pour exploiter la centrale de TricastinL’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN) vient d’imposer 32 nouvelles exigences de sécurité à EDF concernant le réacteur numéro 1 de la centrale du Tricastin, dans la Drôme. Ces mesures s’inspirent directement des leçons tirées de la catastrophe de Fukushima.L’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (autorité indépendante) avait approuvé en décembre la prolongation du réacteur numéro 1 de la centrale du Tricastin, dans la Drôme pour “dix années supplémentaires”. Ce réacteur de 900 mégawatts fonctionnant déjà depuis 30 ans, l’ASN précisait que ce feu vert serait assorti d’une série de “prescriptions techniques” pour renforcer le niveau de sécurité de ce réacteur et le rapprocher des exigences en vigueur dans des installations plus récentes.À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylAujourd’hui, un communiqué rapporté par TV5monde dévoile les prescriptions en question qui “couvrent la totalité des opérations d’exploitation et renforcent notamment le niveau d’exigence applicable en matière de protection du site vis-à-vis des risques d’agressions externes d’origine naturelle (inondation, séisme, incendie)”. Elle impose aussi de nouveaux contrôles de la zone de la cuve du réacteur n° 1 du Tricastin “dont les défauts sont connus et surveillés”. En tout, 32 prescriptions qui pourront encore être complétées une fois les résultats de l’audit de sûreté de toutes les installations nucléaires lancé par l’ASN connus, souligne le communiqué.Concrètement, l’ASN demande à EDF d’effectuer d’ici fin 2014 des travaux de protection du site contre des risques d’inondation et cinq prescriptions concernent les risques sismiques. La catastrophe de Fukushima est passée par là depuis l’autorisation qui remonte à décembre, et cela se ressent. Aussi, l’Autorité souhaite que des mesures soient prises pour éviter une explosion d’hydrogène dans l’enceinte de confinement du réacteur et améliorer le système de refroidissement de la piscine où est entreposé le combustible usé du réacteur.Le 1 juillet 2011 à 14:29 • Emmanuel Perrin
Antarctique : le lac Vostok abriterait une “surprenante” variété de vieLes derniers résultats d’analyse d’échantillons du lac Vostok ont révélé que ces eaux subglaciaires abritaient une grande diversité d’organismes : des bactéries certes, mais aussi d’autres organismes unicellulaires et pluricellulaires comme des champignons.Il semblerait que le lac Vostok ait mérité tout l’intérêt qu’on lui porte depuis des décennies. Après y avoir consacré plus de 20 ans, des scientifiques russes ont finalement réussi en février 2012 à forer ce mystérieux lac subglaciaire, le plus étendu et le plus profond, situé en Antarctique. Ils ont ainsi pu y prélever en décembre plusieurs échantillons d’eau et de glace via une technique particulière censée empêchée toute contamination. Objectif : identifier les organismes qui vivent dans ces eaux isolées depuis plus de 15 millions d’années. Pour cela, ils avaient donc commencé à analyser les fameux échantillons mais les premiers résultats avaient déçu, ne révélant aucune trace de vie particulière. Quelques mois plus tard, un chercheur avait annoncé avoir identifié une bactérie inconnue, mais celle-ci s’est finalement avéré provenir d’une contamination. Jusqu’ici, le bilan n’était donc pas très prometteur. Aujourd’hui, pourtant, de nouveaux résultats publiés dans la revue PLoS ONE relancent les espoirs des scientifiques. En effet, selon ces analyses, des échantillons de glace récoltés contiendraient l’ADN de pas moins de 3.507 organismes assez diverses. Il s’agirait pour la majorité de bactéries mais d’autres organismes unicellulaires et multicellulaires comme des champignons y figureraient également. Une diversité qui surprend les scientifiques. “Nous avons trouvé bien plus de complexité que quiconque pensait”, a commenté le Dr Scott Rogers, biologiste à la Bowling Green State University dans l’Ohio. De minuscules créatures survivantes Selon l’étude, les séquences génétiques découvertes appartiendraient à des organismes extrêmophiles qui aiment le froid et sont capables de survivre, comme leur nom l’indique, dans les conditions extrêmes qui règnent dans le lac. Mais les scientifiques ont également identifié des séquences ADN et ARN appartenant à des animaux, de petites créatures marines telles que des mollusques et des crustacés. “Les organismes que nous trouvons sont dans une gamme très très petite. Ce sont de petites créatures minuscules”, a ajouté Rogers cité par LiveScience. “Les séquences suggèrent qu’un environnement complexe pourrait exister dans le lac Vostok. Des séquences indiquant des organismes issus d’environnements aquatique, marin, sédimentaire et glacé étaient présentes dans la glace. En plus, une autre proportion majeure de séquences provenaient d’organismes qui sont symbiotes d’animaux et/ou de plantes”, écrivent les auteurs dans leur étude. Mais cette vie est bien moins concentrée qu’elle ne l’est dans d’autres systèmes de lac, soulignent-ils. La concentration en cellules s’est avérée particulièrement faible, poussant le scientifique a affirmé : “Si le [lac Vostok] abrite de la vie, c’est de la vie intéressante mais elle n’est pas hautement concentrée”.Des organismes qui se sont lentement adaptés “Il y a 35 millions d’années, le lac Vostok était ouvert à l’atmosphère et entouré par un écosystème forestier. A ce moment-là, le lac contenait probablement un réseau complexe d’organismes. Jusqu’à il y a 15 millions d’années, les portions du lac n’étaient pas couvertes de glace, du moins pas tout le temps. Les organismes étaient donc probablement déposés dans le lac”, a expliqué le scientifique. Les changements de conditions s’étant faits lentement, les chercheurs supposent que les organismes ont eu le temps de s’adapter alors que le lac passait d’un système terrestre à un système subglaciaire. Néanmoins, comment être sûr que les organismes découverts ne viennent pas encore d’une contamination ? Pour éliminer ce risque, les chercheurs ont utilisé une nouvelle technique qui comprend un lavage à l’eau de javel, une fonte, un nettoyage et une recongélation de la glace. “La contamination est toujours une préoccupation mais nous pensons que les méthodes que nous avons développées assurent que toute contamination externe a été éliminée”, a indiqué Rogers.Une vie tenaceÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Au vu des résultats obtenus, le scientifique et ses collègues comptent donc bien poursuivre les recherches en menant d’autres analyses ADN sur des échantillons de glace supplémentaires. Celle testée dans cette étude était âgée d’entre 5.000 et 10.000 ans et a été récoltée dans les années 1990 alors que les Russes progressaient dans le forage du lac Vostok. Or, l’équipe du Dr Rogers estime que la partie superficielle du lac est la zone active de l’environnement.”Au fur et à mesure que vous allez plus loin dans le lac, le compte de cellules chute réellement. Nous voulons trouver ce qu’il y a à cet endroit et comment c’est capable d’y vivre. La vie semble trouver un moyen de survivre à peu près partout où on peut aller sur Terre”, a noté le Dr Rogers. Nos résultats “montrent vraiment la ténacité de la vie, et comment des organismes peuvent survivre à des endroits où nous pensions il y a une douzaine d’années que rien ne pouvait y survivre”. Une telle découverte n’a pas que de l’importance sur Terre puisqu’elle renforce l’espoir de trouver des formes de vie sur d’autres planètes qui présentent souvent des conditions tout aussi voire plus extrêmes. “Les limites de ce qui est habitable et de ce qui ne l’est pas sont en train de changer”, a ainsi conclu le Dr Rogers.Le 9 juillet 2013 à 14:26 • Maxime Lambert
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. — Officials said Thursday that the burned remains found in a California mountain cabin have been positively identified as fugitive former police officer Christopher Dorner.Jodi Miller, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County sheriff-coroner, said the identification was made through Dorner’s dental records.Miller did not give a cause of death.The search for Dorner began last week after authorities said he had launched a deadly revenge campaign against the Los Angeles Police Department for his firing, warning that he would bring “warfare” to LAPD officers and their families.The manhunt brought police to Big Bear Lake, 80 miles east of Los Angeles, where they found Dorner’s burned-out pickup truck abandoned. His footprints disappeared on frozen soil and hundreds of officers who searched the area and checked out each building failed to find him.Five days later, but just a stone’s throw from a command post authorities had set up in the massive manhunt, Karen and Jim Reynolds said they came face to face with Dorner inside their cabin-style condo.The couple said Dorner bound them and put pillowcases on their heads. At one point, he explained that he had been there for days.
Vancouver’s homegrown response to overnight winter-weather homelessness will try warming up some daytimes, too.Winter Hospitality Overflow and other homeless shelters offer help for homeless people.o Call 360-695-9677 for help.o The Winter Hospitality Overflow program runs November through March.o On the Web: Visit the websites of the Council for the Homeless or Winter Hospitality OverflowFor the past decade, the Winter Hospitality Overflow — known as the WHO — has marshaled thousands of volunteers at two local Lutheran church sites, St. Andrew and St. Paul, to house homeless people who can’t squeeze into regular shelters as the weather goes bad. St. Andrew, in Orchards, is open to families, couples and single women while St. Paul, in downtown Vancouver, is open only to single men. The WHO season has been Nov. 1 through March 31 every year since 2003.All that time, WHO clients have packed up and been sent on their way every morning. Sister agency Share Vancouver offers a daytime homeless outreach program that features showers, laundry, mailboxes and other services at its downtown Share House, but the overall size and scope of that program have shrunk since budget cuts hit it in 2010. Also, Share House is a few blocks from St. Paul, but a good eight miles from St. Andrew.o What: “Night of Song and Praise,” fundraiser for the Winter Hospitality Overflow.o When: 7 p.m. Nov. 8.o Where: St. John’s Catholic Church, 8701 N.E. 119th St.o Tickets: Free, but a collection for the WHO will be taken.o Performing: Local praise groups and Bridgetown, the men’s vocal group from Warner Pacific College.“Every morning during the winter, our families with children have no place to go,” said WHO organizer Kevin Hiebert.Now, the WHO has found a partner willing to offer up some daytime space for those St. Andrew clients. That partner is The Giving Closet, a charity that distributes free clothing and other help to very low-income people. It’s a relatively low-profile agency with a big warehouse at 2804 N.E. 65th Ave. That’s about three miles from St. Andrew church at 5607 N.E. Gher Road.The Giving Closet has “this wonderful warehouse space that they currently use for their GED program, but they weren’t using it too much during the daytime,” Hiebert said.