Tripura seeks help from Centre after SpiceJet announces suspension of operation

first_imgTripura government sought intervention of Civil Aviation Ministry after SpeiceJet announced to suspend operation in Tripura from September 1. Officials sources on Friday said Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has also personally taken up the matter with Civil Aviation Minister Jayanata Sinha. He urged Mr. Sinha to ensure continuation of the present flight availability at Agartala airport.SpiceJet authority in a letter on July 11 informed Airport Director to stop operation in the sector from September 1 and that it will operate the last flight on August 1. The letter did not provide any specific reason for the suspension of flights.Earlier Jet Airways withdrew from Tripura in 2012 followed by a few other small airlines. Sources said despite providing concessions in many ways, private airlines were showing reluctance for being unable to make large profit in flight operations in the region.Indigo and Air India are two other airliners which are operating in Tripura. Indigo runs direct flights between Agartala and places such as Kolkata, Guwahati, Imphal and Silchar.The state government swung into action after airport authority forwarded a copy of the letter to Chief Secretary and Transport Secretary. Sources said the state government was also exploring possibility to lower VAT to further encourage air operators.last_img read more

Moratorium on risky virology studies leaves work at 14 institutions in limbo

first_imgLike many influenza virologists, John Steel of Emory University in Atlanta often uses a feeble lab strain of influenza in his studies of how seasonal flu spreads. “It’s a nasty virus if you’re a mouse” but doesn’t sicken humans, Steel says of this 80-year-old lab strain, known as PR8. But last month, under orders from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Steel told his two staff members working with PR8 to put their experiments on hold and find other things to do while NIH decides whether the work falls under a temporary ban on risky virus experiments.“Our feeling is that the likelihood [of harm from studies with the PR8 strain] is exceedingly slim,” says Walter Orenstein, who oversees Emory’s NIH-funded influenza research center. “But it’s something for the NIH to decide.”Last month in an unusual step, the U.S. government announced a “pause” in federal funding for virology studies that involve tweaking influenza, MERS, and SARS viruses in ways that could make them more transmissible or pathogenic in mammals. The government encouraged everyone conducting such gain-of-function (GOF) projects to voluntarily pause while experts spend a year hashing out the risks and benefits of the studies and developing a policy for when to allow them.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The United States’s move came amid long-running concerns about GOF studies involving highly pathogenic avian flu strains such as H5N1. But the funding pause covers much more. Through a Freedom of Information Act request, ScienceInsider obtained copies of the 18 letters from NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) telling 14 institutions to halt projects that may be covered by the pause. They suggest a scramble at NIAID to sort out exactly which projects must stop in the wake of the new order, which came from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Department of Health and Human Services.The instructions vary according to whether the work is done under contract or grant. The “Notice of Partial Stop Work Order” letters sent on 21 October to the seven institutions with government-funded contracts are blunt: They state that specific projects “must stop effective immediately” if they fall under the pause policy and give investigators 14 days to submit a list of halted experiments. But NIAID soon stepped back with a 30 October letter explaining that scientists should work with contracting officers to decide whether their experiments fall under the new policy.The 11 letters to institutions with grants state the pause is voluntary because the studies are already funded, but that once that funding runs out the work must stop. Investigators have 90 days to tell NIAID which experiments are stopping and to propose different directions for their research. (ScienceInsider compiled this list of the halted grants.)Many investigators are in the midst of negotiating with NIAID about whether some truly fit the policy’s GOF definition or, even if they do, are important enough to public health that they should be allowed to continue. (The NIH director can approve exemptions for research urgently needed to protect public health.) Among the halted projects:MERS and SARS: The pause includes three grants and two contracts that are attempting to develop a strain of the MERS coronavirus that sickens mice so that researchers will have an animal model for testing MERS drugs and vaccines. Matthew Frieman of the University of Maryland and NIAID intramural researcher Kanta Subbarao, whose planned MERS mouse project is also on hold, argued at a recent meeting of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) that their work should be exempted because of the current MERS outbreak in the Middle East. Two projects on SARS, another coronavirus, have also been stopped.Influenza: Besides stopping grants for controversial GOF studies of H5N1 in the lab of University of Wisconsin, Madison, virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka, the pause covers contracts for NIAID’s five Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS). The long-running program conducts surveillance for potential pandemic flu strains in the wild and studies the factors that allow influenza viruses to spread.One center is at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, whose investigator Stacey Schultz-Cherry warned NSABB last month that the pause had halted important flu surveillance studies. The letter states that the pause potentially applies to six projects that range from studying the ecology of avian flu in live bird markets in Colombia to looking at drug-resistance mutations in seasonal influenza strains. St. Jude told ScienceInsider in a statement that after an internal review, investigators have halted all GOF studies but that “routine surveillance work will not be impacted.”At Emory, the pause has halted not only the CEIRS project with the lab-attenuated PR8 strain, but also a research grant project headed by Anice Lowen that is looking at how the cell types targeted by two different influenza viruses affect their propensity to exchange genes. Lowen, who has told NIAID she thinks the study does not fall under the pause definition, says the uncertainty is affecting her ability to recruit new graduate students because she can’t say for sure which projects they might work on.An investigator at the CEIRS center at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, virologist Andrew Pekosz, says he has halted two projects listed in his stop work letter. But he has told NIAID that his studies introducing changes to seasonal influenza to understand how it circulates year to year are not done with the intention of increasing pathogenicity or transmissibility. “I don’t think they qualify as gain-of-function,” he says.Harvard University epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch, who has pushed for a moratorium on GOF studies on potential pandemic pathogens, told ScienceInsider he could not comment on the paused studies without seeing details. He points out that NIH funds at least 220 influenza research grants, so the pause has stopped only a small fraction. Still, “Flu and coronavirus research is extremely important as an overall NIH activity, and it will be crucial to separate the activities that meet the definition of the pause from those that don’t,” he says. At last month’s NSABB meeting, the board discussed plans to write U.S. officials to express concerns about the reach of the pause. The board is holding a teleconference on 25 November to finalize its draft statement.last_img read more

Indian-Origin Family on Trial in London for Cramming 25-40 Tenants in One House

first_imgA UK court has found an Indian-origin family guilty of illegally housing over 40 immigrants as tenants in their four-bedroom house in north London. The Harrows Crown Court was told that Harsha Shah, 53, her brother-in-law Sanjay, 54, and her daughter Chandni worked with agent Jaydipkumar Valand and crammed as many as five people in a room for rent between £40 and £75 a week, PTI reported.This went on for five years, with all the immigrants housed hailing from India. The authorities are yet to ascertain if they came into United Kingdom legally. The court was also told that the 1920 house had been left in a state of disrepair by the family, with ceilings having holes and the kitchen being so unusable that food had to be delivered to the house. The property was divided into seven bedrooms on the ground floor and two on first floor.The occupants had just two bathrooms to share among them. The tenants were also found living in bunk beds in the garden shed. The fire exits were all blocked. Though the family and the agent were convicted in May last year, they are appealing against having to pay nearly £360,000 obtained as rent during the five-year period. The court was told the family had license to rent out the property to one family.Edmund Robb, who was appearing on behalf of the local Brent Borough Council, told Judge Stephen Rubin that apart from claiming any housing benefits paid out by the authority, the rent can also be seized under the UK’s Proceeds of Crime Act. The Brent Council is yet to make a decision on the exact amount they wish to obtain from the defendants, The Independent quoted Robb as saying.“Receiving rent was in breach of a selective license. If they had complied with the regulations, the money would not have come into their hands. There was a minimum of 25 people living in the house and there could at any one time be up to 40 people living in the house,” he said, adding that the UK Border Police, which raided the property, called it the worst example of overcrowding they had seen.The defense counsel argued that taking rent from the migrants was not an offence, which means a confiscation order was not enforceable.“We say that receiving the rent is not a criminal offence and neither is continuing the tenancy. They are clearly in breach of the law, but the receiving of rent was not illegal,” defense lawyer Cameron Scott said.Judge Rubin has so far reserved his judgement on whether a proceeds of crime order can be enforced. Related ItemsBritish IndianLondonUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Lynx force decisive Game 5 vs Sparks in WNBA Finals

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Candace Parker, who finished with 11 points and eight rebounds, and the Sparks are hoping to become the league’s first repeat champion since Los Angeles in 2002.In order to do that, they’ll have to win on Minnesota’s home floor again.Ogwumike doesn’t enjoy that storyline, even though it finished with a storybook ending for the Sparks last season.“No disrespect to that question, but I’m really tired of that question,” Ogwumike said. “This year is this year. No disrespect at all. It’s just like the 100th time I’ve heard it. This year is a different year, and I know it’s the same and I know that’s what everyone here wants to talk about it, but it’s a different year.”Facing an end to their season, the Lynx were aggressive from the start, grabbing a lot of loose balls and dominating the glass. They trailed 10-8 before scoring 11 straight points in the first quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Lynx, who never led in Game 3, built as much as a 19-point lead in the third quarter. The Sparks rallied, but could never get closer than eight points late in the fourth quarter.“I just love the way we competed for 40 minutes,” said Moore. “Everybody was really locked in and trying to be the aggressor the whole time. We didn’t play a perfect game, but did enough to beat a really good Sparks team on the road.”In the first quarter, Lynx point guard Lindsey Whalen used her arm in a chopping motion to foul Sims in transition. Whalen was called for a common foul but it was reviewed and upgraded to a Flagrant 1. Sims stayed down on the floor but was fine and would stay in the game. Still, that physical play seemed to set the tone for the Lynx, who were a different team than in a 75-64 loss two days earlier.“That was the beginning of the game,” Sims said. “It’s over now. Our mindset is focused on getting better and concentrating on Game 5.”Sims declined not to talk about that play, but it was clear it energized the Lynx.“Each team has the mindset that you don’t want to give your opponent anything easy,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. “It’s kind of interesting, Magic (Johnson) is sitting there and I suspect he was thinking of when that was just a foul. Not review, flagrant, just a foul. It was a playoff foul. We have this new term of unnecessary. Well that’s kind of subjective. We thought it was necessary that she not get the layup off.“With the new rules and the world we live in, it was deemed unnecessary.”PARTY OF FIVEThe Lynx didn’t have a good performance overall from their starters in Game 3 and two of them — Whalen and Seimone Augustus — didn’t score. On Sunday, four of the five starters scored in double figures. Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, Fowles and Augustus combined for 65 points and 43 rebounds. Whalen scored four points, but added eight assists.FREE THROW DISPARITY BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Lynx made 19 of 30 free throws while the Sparks shot just 16 and made 12.RAINING ON THE 3-POINT PARADEThe Sparks missed 17 of 22 3-point attempts. Four of the five starters missed all of their 3-pointers. Alana Beard, Ogwumike, Parker and Chelsea Gray were a combined 0-for-12.Flying the friendly skies?The Sparks and Lynx are on the same flight from Los Angeles to Minnesota on Monday.TIP-INSActor Anthony Anderson, actress Vivica A. Fox, former WNBA player Tina Thompson and Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti were at the game. … The Sparks went into their locker room during the national anthem in silent protest for the fourth consecutive game. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Chinese tennis needs to ‘grow up,’ says Li Na View comments “Advantage? No, we’re back in Game 5. We wanted to make sure we came out and we played well,” Fowles said.Minnesota, which is trying for its fourth title in seven years, played extremely well as they dominated inside the paint with baskets and rebounds. Minnesota outrebounded the Sparks 48-28. The Sparks had outrebounded the Lynx in Game 3 and that was a point of emphasis for the team to be more physical inside.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“To compete with Minnesota, you have to stay in the same game with them in the rebounding,” Sparks coach Brian Agler said. “Obviously, that was a wide margin. They were more aggressive, no question. They doubled our free throw attempts. I’m not saying that to debate the officiating. The point is they were a lot more aggressive and got themselves to the free-throw line. They gave themselves opportunities and second-chance points on the offensive boards. We didn’t play the way we needed to play to have success against them.”Odyssey Sims led the Sparks with 18 points and Nneka Ogwumike added 17. No Sparks player reached double figures in rebounding.center_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore, left, drives to the basket against Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike during the first half in Game 4 of the WNBA basketball finals, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES — Sylvia Fowles and the Minnesota Lynx weren’t about to let their season end in Los Angeles.The WNBA MVP helped the Lynx force a decisive fifth game in the WNBA Finals by scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds as Minnesota beat Los Angeles 80-69 on Sunday night. It’s the second consecutive year that these two teams will play a deciding game in Minnesota for the crown.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Ashes 2017: Alastair Cook becomes latest member of the 12000 club

first_imgAlastair Cook on Sunday became the sixth batsman to score 12,000 runs in Test cricket. (Scorecard)ALSO WATCH: SPORTS TODAY Batting in England’s second innings, Cook took a single off his pads after lunch on the fourth day of the fifth Ashes Test against Australia to get to the landmark.Cook, playing his 152nd Test match, joined Sachin Tendulkar (15,921), Ricky Ponting (13,378), Jacques Kallis (13,289), Rahul Dravid (13,288) and Kumar Sangakkara (12,400) in accumulating 12,000 runs or more over his career.The 33-year-old, who scored 244 not out in the fourth Test in Melbourne last week, received an ovation from the crowd after passing the milestone in the third over of England’s second innings at Sydney Cricket Ground.But the celebrations were shortlived as opener Mark Stoneman was trapped leg-before by Mitchell Starc just five balls later.Cook was then clean bowled by off-spinner Nathan Lyon soon after on 10 with a peach of a delivery that pitched at middle stump and took the top of the former England captain’s off stump.His departure left England in a spot of bother at 15 for 2, chasing 304 for victory after Australia declared their second innings at 649 for 7.Brothers Shaun and Mitchell Marsh earlier both scored centuries on a scorching fourth morning at the Sydney Cricket Ground to put Australia into a position where they could declare on 649 for seven an hour into the second session.England, already 3-0 down in the series with the urn relinquished, had toiled in the field in temperatures in excess of 40 degrees Celsius with little success and their luck did not change when they came out to bat.advertisementlast_img read more

Lowly A’s Rally, Beat Yanks, 5-4

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics came out on the right side of a one-run game for a change.Ben Zobrist drew a bases-loaded walk from David Carpenter in the seventh inning to break a tie and the A’s rallied from a three-run deficit to beat the New York Yankees 5-4 on May 28.“We haven’t won many games like that this year,” starter Kendall Graveman said. “For them to battle back and put up runs late in the game and for our bullpen to a great job tonight, that’s a big confidence builder for us.”Billy Burns and Brett Lawrie homered off CC Sabathia (2-7) to start the comeback from a 3-0 hole and the A’s went on to beat the Yankees for the 10th time in their past 11 meetings in Oakland.The A’s won their first one-run game at home since last Sept. 6, ending a 12-game skid that was the longest in franchise history. The A’s were 2-15 overall in one-run games this season, a major reason why they have the worst record (18-32) in the American League.“We played the game the right way tonight,” Lawrie said. “Ben Zobrist with a great at-bat. That was pretty much the whole game right there.”Alex Rodriguez tied Barry Bonds for second place on the all-time RBIs list and Brian McCann homered in his third straight game for the Yankees, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.Evan Scribner (1-0) retired all five batters he faced for the win. Tyler Clippard allowed a two-out RBI double by Brett Gardner in the ninth before getting Chase Headley to fly out for his fifth save in six chances.Sabathia was cruising with a three-run lead in the fifth inning before Burns hit his second homer of the season just inside the foul pole in left field.Lawrie tied the game with a two-run shot in the sixth and the A’s knocked out Sabathia when Josh Phegley and Mark Canha reached to open the seventh.Carpenter, put into the game in a tight spot because of a tired bullpen, walked Zobrist with one out to force in Canha with the go-ahead run and Billy Butler added a sacrifice fly to make it 5-3.“Guys got to get it done,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “That’s what we’re asking them to do, and sometimes it’s going to be like that. That’s part of the game. We just weren’t able to do it tonight.”Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly in the fifth made it 3-0 and tied him for second with 1,996 career RBIs. Hank Aaron has the record with 2,297. Babe Ruth drove in 2,214 runs, according to baseball-reference.com, but RBIs did not become an official stat until 1920 and the Elias Sports Bureau officially credits him with 1,992.“He’s one of the greats,” Rodriguez said of Bonds. “It is kind of special because he’s also a friend and I know him very well.”(JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Firmino and Fernandinho set to start for Brazil

first_imgWorld Cup Firmino and Fernandinho set to start for Brazil against Colombia Tauan Ambrósio 23:37 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Fernandinho Casemiro Brazil Selecao treino 03092017 Lucas Figueiredo/CBF/Divulgação World Cup Colombia v Brazil Brazil Colombia WC Qualification South America While the Liverpool and Manchester City stars are likely to enter the line-up, the Selecao’s formation will remain unchanged from the Ecuador game Brazil’s next World Cup qualifying clash kicks off on Tuesday away to Colombia, and there will be several new faces in the Selecao line-up. The biggest changes come at the back. With Marcelo suspended and Miranda injured, Filipe Luis and Thiago Silva come in at left-back and centre-back respectively. READ MORE: Coutinho shines in new role | Neymar merely Brazil’s star | IN STATS: Brazil-EcuadorCoach Tite, however, is preparing more alterations to his first XI. In the team’s Sunday training session the trainer gave a glimpse of his intentions by placing Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho ahead of Casemiro, while Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino came in for Gabriel Jesus.Roberto Firmino Brazil Selecao treino 03092017The open training session lasted just 25 minutes, but left the question open: how will Brazil take the field on Tuesday?GFX Brasil Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina On the tactical side, everything remains the same. Brazil will continue to use a 4-1-4-1 that can switch to 4-3-3 when going forward. Nor is there too much difference in what the new players can offer the Selecao on the pitch. Fernandinho fulfils at City essentially the same tactical role Casemiro excels at for Real Madrid; likewise Firmino, who plays at Liverpool in a role very similar to Jesus’ at the Etihad Stadium.Neither the team’s structure nor its personality will be radically altered, and observers can expect an essentially unchanged side against Colombia. The big test will be to see how Fernandinho and Firmino fare as Casemiro and Jesus’ replacements. Right now there are no doubts: the Real Madrid and City stars are on top. But Brazil have the rare luxuy of shuffling their hand having already secured qualification.The fight for World Cup places has already begun in the Selecao, and on Tuesday Firmino and Fernandinho have the chance to prove that they deserve a place on the plane for Russia, even if they do not make it as starters.last_img read more

Rodrigo consigns England to defeat by Spain in first post-World Cup match

first_img 12 7 22 Isco 17 Dier Not that Southgate, with so much goodwill stored up, should expect too much in the way of criticism, particularly when it could conceivably have been a more productive night but for a disallowed goal, seven minutes into stoppage time, and David de Gea demonstrating why Spain have continued to trust him after his accident-prone World Cup. England gave everything during the final exchanges to conjure up an equaliser and Southgate was entitled to think Danny Welbeck, one of his substitutes, did little wrong in the game’s late controversy. The Dutch referee, Danny Makkelie, disagreed and, with half a dozen England players celebrating near the corner flag, a free-kick was given for an alleged push on De Gea.Southgate was convinced it was a legitimate goal, making his displeasure known to the referee after the final whistle, and a disappointing evening for England also featured some genuine anxiety early in the second half when Luke Shaw was knocked unconscious in an accidental collision with Dani Carvajal. The encouraging news was that Shaw, making his first England start for three years, was sitting upright in the dressing room afterwards. But it was serious enough for him to be sent for an X-ray and his treatment on the pitch led to nine minutes of stoppage time, involving an onslaught of the Spanish goal and culminating in the crowd directing their annoyance towards the match officials rather than any of the players.Fifty-nine days since England were playing in a World Cup semi-final, nobody should have been surprised by the shift in mood. It was difficult to remember the last time the national anthem was sung inside Wembley with such volume and, though there were sporadic outbreaks of booing, that was directed towards Sergio Ramos as a legacy of last season’s Champions League final. Ramos will presumably be comforted by the impressive start for Spain in the Luis Enrique era. ThursdayLeague A, Group 1: Germany 0-0 FranceB1: Czech Republic 1-2 UkraineB4: Wales 4-1 Republic of IrelandC3: Norway 2-0 Cyprus, Slovenia 1-2 BulgariaC4: Lithuania 0-1 Serbia, Romania 0-0 MontenegroD1: Kazakhstan 0-2 Georgia, Latvia 0-0 AndorraD4: Armenia 2-1 Liechtenstein, Gibraltar 0-2 Macedonia Match stats 56 44 13 Butland Spain England FridayA3: Italy 1-1 PolandB2: Turkey 1-2 RussiaC1: Albania 1-0 IsraelC4: Lithuania 0-1 Serbia, Romania 0-0 MontenegroD3: Azerbaijan 0-0 Kosovo, Faroe Islands 3-1 Malta Possession 11 Suso Photograph: Francois Nel – UEFA/UEFA It culminated with Shaw playing the killer pass, taking out two Spanish defenders, for Rashford to score with a first-time finish inside the penalty area. But to appreciate this goal properly it would be necessary to go back to the fact it was Shaw’s defensive header that began the breakaway. Jesse Lingard’s clever flick opened up play. Jordan Henderson and Harry Kane were involved and Shaw was already on the move as the attack switched seamlessly from right to left. The final pass from Shaw was weighted beautifully. Rashford had his fourth England goal and a fifth would have arrived later in the first half but for De Gea keeping out his club colleague with a wonderful piece of goalkeeping.By that stage, however, it was England who were looking the more vulnerable in defence and, however impressive Shaw had been for the opening goal, it was also true he missed a challenge on Carvajal in the buildup to Spain’s equaliser just a couple of minutes later. Rodrigo accepted the ball from his teammate, headed towards the byline and turned it back for Saúl to beat Jordan Pickford from eight yards.If anything, Southgate ought to be even more concerned about the way Rodrigo eluded two England players to score what turned out to be the winner from Thiago’s free-kick delivery. Kane was the first to let him go. John Stones did not react quickly enough and Southgate’s complaints might extend to the mistimed challenge with which Kieran Trippier gave away the free-kick. Time and again, Southgate has spoken to his players about the importance of not committing fouls in dangerous areas.England can also reflect on the chance Rashford squandered in the 80th minute, running clear only to aim a hesitant shot towards De Gea, but Southgate made the point that even if his team had scrambled an equaliser they had to accept the superiority of their opponents. And, at the final whistle, it felt like a long time since England were toying with the idea of reaching a World Cup final. 19 Sergi Roberto Spain’s reaction to finding themselves behind after 11 minutes was certainly impressive and, just because England could have salvaged a draw, it should not lessen Southgate’s concerns about his team’s shortcomings in defence. England had plenty of players inside their own penalty area for Saúl’s equaliser and, again, when Rodrigo turned in a free-kick to give Spain the lead. Not enough of Southgate’s players anticipated the danger.They also came up against a team with a new manager to impress and, as always, Spain seemed intent on showing they were the experts when it came to the art of taking care of a football. Enrique is said to want a change in style, with a quicker tempo and more emphasis on pressing their opponents. On this evidence, the new methods might suit these players.All the same, the outstanding move of the night was constructed by the players wearing England shirts and, without exaggeration, it is difficult to recall the last time this team put together such a brilliantly penetrative exchange of passes, classy in its creation and clinical in its execution. Share on Twitter 20 Welbeck 1 de Gea match reports Nations League 16 Rodri 13 Arrizabalaga 1 Pickford Read more 5 Busquets 9 Rodrigo SundayA1: France 2-1 NetherlandsB1: Ukraine 1-0 SlovakiaB4: Denmark 2-0 WalesC3: Bulgaria 1-0 Norway, Cyprus 2-1 SloveniaD1: Georgia 1-0 LatviaD4: Macedonia 2-0 Armenia, Liechtenstein 2-0 Gibraltar Was this helpful? 18 Gaya Corners (s 87′) 3 Albiol Lineups Spain MondayA3: Portugal 1-0 ItalyB2: Sweden 2-3 TurkeyC1: Scotland 2-0 AlbaniaC4: Serbia 2-2 Romania, Montenegro 2-0 LithuaniaD1: Andorra 1-1 KazakhstanD3: Kosovo 2-0 Faroe Islands, Malta 1-1 Azerbaijan Share on Messenger 8 Henderson Substitutes 14 Azpilicueta 3 Shaw Goal attempts 18 Loftus-Cheek SaturdayA2: Switzerland 6-0 IcelandA4: England 1-2 Spain B3: Northern Ireland 1-2 Bosnia-HerzegovinaC2: Finland 1-0 Hungary, Estonia 0-1 GreeceD2: Belarus 5-0 San Marino, Luxembourg 4-0 Moldova 6 Martinez Thank you for your feedback. TuesdayA2: Iceland 0-3 BelgiumA4: Spain 6-0 CroatiaB3: Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 AustriaC2: Hungary 2-1 Greece, Finland 1-0 EstoniaD2: San Marino 0-3 Luxembourg, Moldova 0-0 Belarus 19 Delph (s 53′) 22 Bettinelli 12 Walker 5 Stones Quick guide Nations League: latest results and fixtures 20 Asensio If nothing else, England’s footballers were spared the kind of treatment they might have anticipated in more mutinous times. In the warm afterglow of the summer’s World Cup, this was no time for rancour and recriminations and it was a sympathetic reaction at the final whistle. No matter that England had lost their first competitive fixture at Wembley since the now-infamous ordeal against Croatia in the Euro 2008 qualifying stages, or that this is the first time they have been beaten in three successive matches for even longer – Euro 88, to be precise.Equally, Gareth Southgate must know the feelgood factor will dissipate quickly if his team continue to find the European Nations League so problematic. Once again, we were reminded of their difficulties when it comes to overcoming the elite nations. It was hardly the kind of homecoming that Southgate must have wanted and the fact England led early on, courtesy of Marcus Rashford’s goal, will merely increase the manager’s frustrations. (s 64′) 21 McCarthy 7 Morata (s 80′) (s 90′) ESP56ENG44% Share on Facebook 21 Ceballos 10 Thiago 15 Sergio Ramos 14 Alexander-Arnold England Substitutes ESP ENG England 1-2 Spain player ratings: Nations League winners and losers 4 1 4 Gomez 6 Maguire Topics 9 Kane 8 Saul 17 Aspas Read more 15 Rose Share via Email 2 Carvajal Show 4 Nacho 10 Rashford 16 Tarkowski 23 Pau Lopez 11 Alli 7 Lingard The Observer (s 68′) Fouls Hide Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Harry Kane says Wembley referee ‘bottled it’ when England denied goal Share on LinkedIn 2 England Off target 4 Spain 5 England On target 6 Spain 12 Alonso 2 Trippier Reuse this contentlast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer hopeful Pogba fit to face Tottenham

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd manager Solskjaer hopeful Pogba fit to face Tottenhamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful that Paul Pogba will be fit for Saturday’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur.Pogba missed Saturday’s win over Reading due to a knock sustained against Newcastle last week.The Frenchman has been in stunning form since Jose Mourinho’s departure and Solskjaer hopes he can continue that form against Spurs.”Paul has had his knock and has had a few days of treatment back home,” Solskjaer said of Pogba, who initially stayed in Manchester for treatment.”Hopefully, we can get Paul on his feet during this week.” last_img

DP World Australia Orders Four ZPMC Container Cranes

first_imgImage Courtesy: DP World AustraliaPort and terminal operator DP World Australia has placed an AUD 60 million (USD 45.5 million) order for four new Post-Panamax container cranes in an effort to “boost productivity and capacity through its east coast operations.”Scheduled for delivery in October 2017, the cranes will be built by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC).DP World Australia said its Brisbane and Sydney terminals will receive one additional crane each, and the Melbourne terminal will receive two new cranes.In September 2016, DP World Australia was awarded seven of nine port calls on the A3 consortium’s Asia to Australia service, which connects the east coast Australia ports of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne with Asia. The additional services are expected to bring an additional 100,000 containers through DP World Australia per year.The port and terminal operator revealed also in September this year that Swire Shipping’s Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Pacific Islands (PI) service will return to its Brisbane and Sydney terminals.“The AUD 60 million investment in new crane infrastructure follows two major contract wins for DP World Australia’s: the A3 consortium’s decision to award seven of nine port calls on the Asia to Australia service, and the return of Swire Shipping’s Papua New Guinea and Pacific Islands service to our Brisbane and Sydney terminals,” Max Kruse, DP World Australia Chief Operations Officer, said.last_img read more

JUST FOR LAUGHS FOUNDER GILBERT ROZON CAN CHALLENGE CLASSACTION LAWSUIT

first_imgFounder and president of Just for Laughs accepts the prestigious Icon Award at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on March 12, 2017. | Peter Power / THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement MONTREAL — Quebec’s top court will allow Just For Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon to appeal a decision that authorized a class-action lawsuit brought against him by several women for alleged harassment and sexual assault.Quebec Court of Appeal Justice Mark Schrager ruled Wednesday that three of his colleagues will hear Rozon’s legal challenge on a priority basis.The 63-year-old impresario is being sued for $10 million by a group of women known as Les Courageuses (The Courageous Ones), who allege he abused at least 20 women between 1982 and 2016. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The allegations against Rozon have yet to be tested in court and he has not been charged criminally.“We are very happy and we will surely have a very important (legal) debate when the case will be heard,” said Raymond Doray, one of Rozon’s lawyers.In their motion seeking leave to appeal, his lawyers argued that Quebec Superior Court Justice Donald Bisson, who authorized the class-action last May, erred in doing so because class-actions are only permitted under specific conditions.His defence team argued that for a collective action to be permitted, the reason for the action must be the same for all alleged victims.They argued that wasn’t the case here and that a proof of the absence of consent will have to be established for each individual allegation.Robert Kugler, the women’s lawyer, argued his clients were all allegedly assaulted or sexually harassed under the same modus operandi by someone who abused his power.Kugler also noted not all the victims are known and others could be added as the case plays out.Rozon stepped down as president of Just For Laughs last year and an investor group bought the company in the spring.He wasn’t present in court on Wednesday. Advertisement Aside from actress Patricia Tulasne, the lead plaintiff in the case, the women’s identities have not been made public.last_img read more

UNbacked forum urges comprehensive strategy to fight sexual exploitation of children

28 November 2008A United Nations-backed forum to combat the sexual exploitation of children today called for a comprehensive strategy comprising laws, policies, regulations and services across all social sectors as well as a shift in social attitudes and practices, such as child marriage. “There is no single intervention that protects children from sexual exploitation,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Nils Kastberg said at the end of World Congress III Against the Sexual Exploitation of Children in Rio de Janeiro. “Building and strengthening child protection systems is critical and requires action from all actors to provide children with the protection they deserve.”Representatives of 137 governments, meeting with children, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private sector companies, conceded that ending the scourge is a long and difficult battle, but the Congress organizers said countries are in a better position now to win the fight as a result of days of work in developing a blueprint for action.The Rio Declaration and Action Plan to Prevent and Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents calls on governments to enact laws that protect all children in their jurisdiction, including undocumented migrants or those who have been trafficked so that every child is provided protection under the law. Governments are also asked to pass laws that do not criminalize children for crimes they have committed as a result of their sexual exploitation.On prevention, the Rio Action Plan stresses the need for a comprehensive strategy and the involvement of all social sectors, especially social welfare, education, health, security and justice, to support prevention and respond to risks. Unlike previous World Congresses, where the recommendations of young participants were prepared separately, in Rio de Janeiro the young people participated fully in the drafting of the action plan.Studies indicate an increase in the sexual exploitation of the young and UNICEF noted that predators continue to use new tools to target children, including cyberspace and new generation mobile phone technologies, with adults preying on children in chat rooms and using the Internet to post or download pornography. The gathering was co-sponsored by UNICEF, the Brazilian Government, ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography, and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes), a global non-profit network of organizations and individuals set up in 1991, and the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Seven years after the last World Congress in Yokohama, Japan, which focused exclusively on commercial sexual exploitation of children, the current Congress also discussed strategies for combating non-commercial forms of child sexual exploitation, including the sexual exploitation of children in their homes, by religious leaders, teachers, peacekeepers and armed groups in war zones.The First World Congress Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children took place in Stockholm in 1996, resulting in the ‘Stockholm Declaration and Agenda for Action,’ which was adopted by 122 countries. This committed countries to develop strategies and plans of action with agreed-upon guidelines and 161 countries have now signed on. read more

Brock team raises 1000 for Terry Fox Foundation

More than two dozen Brock faculty, staff, students and their family members took part in the St. Catharines Terry Fox Run Sunday.The group, many clad in Brock colours and foam Badger claws, completed the 5 km run held in Port Dalhousie along with hundreds of others who took part in the annual fundraising event for the Terry Fox Foundation.“This was the first year we had an official team at the run, so to have as many people as we did was fantastic,” said Dan Dakin, who captained the Brock Team. “Now that the Terry Fox Run is part of the Homecoming schedule, we’ll keep growing our presence there every year.”The team raised $1,000 for the Foundation through online and day-of donations.Among those running Sunday was post-doctoral fellow Mukund Ghavre, who addressed the crowd before the start to talk about the research currently taking place at Brock that is funded through the Terry Fox Foundation.Ghavre is part of a Brock team working with Vancouver-based Zymeworks to create a more effective way to deliver chemotherapy to cancer patients.If you missed the run, you can still donate to the Terry Fox Run through the Brock team here and if you’re interested in joining the Brock team at the 2017 Terry Fox Run, contact Dan Dakin at ddakin@brocku.ca. read more

Reacting to anthrax reports UN health agency urges continued vigilance

“Local and national public health systems are gearing up to respond to outbreaks of infectious disease, whether deliberate or naturally occurring,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland. She said three lessons should be drawn from recent events. “First, public health systems have responded promptly to the suspicion of deliberate infections; second, these systems must continue to be vigilant, and third, an informed and responsible public is a critical part of the response.”The agency, which is monitoring the situation and providing updated guidance at regular intervals, today released new guidelines on responses to suspected anthrax infections.Asked about reported anthrax infections in countries other than the US, WHO spokesman Ian Simpson told the UN News Service that there had been some rumours as well as a verified incident. “One case has been confirmed in Kenya, they’ve done a good job of finding it and they are well-equipped to handle it.” He added that the disease had come “from a letter sent to a Kenyan that has been tested positive for anthrax.”Anthrax is completely curable following a correct and rapid diagnosis, according to WHO. Although anthrax is an extremely serious condition, its most dangerous form – inhalation or pulmonary anthrax – can only be caught by direct exposure to spores suspended in the air. Inhalation anthrax does not spread from person to person.Explaining how citizens in all countries should respond to the deliberate use of anthrax, WHO’s Executive Director for Communicable Diseases, Dr. David Heymann, said anyone who feels ill should seek medical advice. “Unless they have been directly exposed to anthrax spores, they cannot have anthrax and should not be concerned,” he emphasized.”Anyone who receives or sees a suspicious letter or package should report it to the police or other local authorities in the normal way,” added Dr. Heymann. “Police and health authorities are equipped to test and react to any suspicious package and whatever it might contain.”WHO also emphasized that people should not attempt to use antibiotics to treat or protect themselves without first seeking medical advice. The agency warned that misuse could lead to harm or drug resistance. read more

UNAIDS urges end to genderbased violence in effort to reduce risk of

Recent research has established a clear association between intimate partner violence and HIV, with women experiencing such violence facing a 50 per cent increased risk of acquiring the virus, according to the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).“Every hour 50 young women become newly infected with HIV,” UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé said in a message ahead of Monday’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. “Women and girls have the right to live free of violence and inequities and to protect themselves against HIV,” he said.About one in three women globally experience physical and/or sexual violence by a partner or sexual violence by a non-partner, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has said.Around 150 million girls under the age of 18 have experienced some form of sexual violence, according to agency, with many never disclosing their traumatic experience. Responding to gender-based violence and HIV is “a matter of shared global responsibility for social justice,” UNAIDS said in its news release.In the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS, UN Member States pledged to eliminate gender inequalities, gender-based abuse and violence, and to protect women from the risk of HIV infection.Yet gender-based violence is a pervasive reality across the globe, noted UNAIDS. It affects women and men around the world. In particular, women who inject drugs, female sex workers and transgender people are most affected. read more

Investment pushes April CV registrations up 114 per cent

April saw an 11.4 per cent growth in registrations on the same month in 2002. This robust result follows a 25 per cent surge in March and confirms the trend over six months. For the six months to April 2003, UK CV registrations were 10.4 per cent up on the same period in last year and 13.5 per cent up for the three months to April.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) 28,368 registrations, the second highest total on record after 1989Strong 11.4 per cent growth rate this April sustains recent robust growthSince 1999 April typically accounted for 7.5 to 8.5 per cent of yearly totalCV registrations at 119,343 for four months to April, up 13.1 per centLight CVs up 11.8 per cent at April, 13.9 per cent for the first four monthsTrucks up 9.4 per cent at April, 9.3 per cent for the first four monthsBuses & coaches 14.4 and 12.1 per cent up for month & first four months ‘This continuing investment in new vans and trucks is a very positive sign of confidence in general domestic demand.’ said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘Sustained investment in commercial vehicles and growth in road transport is a clear sign of a healthy economy. Businesses see the sound commercial sense behind continued investment in new trucks and vans. This is a welcome sign of real and practical confidence in the domestic economy and a strong contrast to business investment gloom in some other areas.’ read more

We XRayed Some MLB Baseballs Heres What We Found

So far, these investigations have primarily looked at the exterior of the baseball.Broadly, MLB baseballs — which are produced by Rawlings in Costa Rica — are made of three components: an exterior shell of cowhide, a winding of several layers of yarn, and a core of rubber-coated cork, also known as a “pill.”To analyze possible changes to the inside of the ball, particularly the core, “ESPN Sport Science” purchased one new ball from Rawlings and seven game-used baseballs from eBay, confirming their authenticity through MLB’s authenticator program.2Contractors working for MLB affix a tamper-resistant hologram sticker to balls that they personally witness being used in the game. The sticker includes a serial number that can be entered into the MLB authenticator program to confirm that the ball is real and to find out which game it was used in.The eight baseballs we tested were split into two groups: an “old group” of four balls used in games played between August 2014 and May 2015, and a “new group” of three balls used in games played between August 2016 and July 2017, plus the brand-new ball. The aim was to see if the internal composition of the baseballs had changed in ways that would affect the ball’s performance.3This sample is admittedly small, but according to the Kent State scientists we worked with, it’s sufficient to determine statistical significance in the two groups.The balls were first analyzed by Dr. Meng Law, Dr. Jay Acharya and Darryl Hwang at the Keck School of Medicine at USC using a computerized tomography, or CT, scan. This test is typically used to look inside a human head or body, but in this case, it allowed Dr. Law’s team to examine the interior of the baseballs without cracking them open and destroying them.Initial CT imaging showed that baseballs in the same group had a negligible variation in internal properties.When comparing the new and old groups, however, there was a clear difference in the density of the core.In an MLB baseball, the core consists of four parts: a cork pellet at the center, surrounded by a layer of black rubber held together by a rubber ring where the halves meet, all of which is then molded together in a layer of pink rubber.Dr. Law’s team isolated the density difference to the outer (pink) layer of the core, which was, on average, about 40 percent less dense in the new group of balls.While other parts of the ball showed slight differences in density and volume, none were as noteworthy as the changes to the core. On 6,105 occasions last season, a major leaguer walked to the plate and hammered a baseball over the outfield wall. The 2017 season broke the home run record that was set in 2000 — the peak of the steroid era — when players hit 5,693 homers, and it built upon the remarkable 5,610 that were hit in 2016. It was a stunning display of power that played out in every MLB park almost every night. And with spring training underway in Florida and Arizona, MLB’s power surge is showing no sign of letting up.But while we now know what caused the spike in home runs at the turn of the century — even if we didn’t at the time — the reason for the most recent flurry of long balls remains an unsolved mystery. Any number of factors might have contributed to the home run surge, including bigger, stronger players or a new emphasis on hitting fly balls. But none of those possibilities looms larger than the ball itself.MLB and its commissioner, Rob Manfred, have repeatedly denied rumors that the ball has been altered in any way — or “juiced” — to generate more homers. But a large and growing body of research shows that, beginning in the middle of the 2015 season, the MLB baseball began to fly further. And new research commissioned by “ESPN Sport Science,” a show that breaks down the science of sports,1ESPN owns FiveThirtyEight. suggests that MLB baseballs used after the 2015 All-Star Game were subtly but consistently different than older baseballs. The research, performed by the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and Kent State University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, reveals changes in the density and chemical composition of the baseball’s core — and provides our first glimpse inside the newer baseballs.Looking inside the balls and testing their chemical composition revealed that the cores of recent balls were somewhat less dense than the cores of balls used before the 2015 All-Star Game. The newer cores weigh about a half a gram less than the older ones, which might be enough to cause baseballs hit on a typical home run trajectory to fly about 6 inches farther. That alone is hardly enough to explain the home run surge of recent seasons, but when combined with previous research finding that baseballs began to change in other small ways starting around the same time, it suggests that a number of minor differences may have combined to contribute to the remarkable upswing in home run power we’ve witnessed since 2015.Asked about these findings, MLB noted that it had commissioned a group of scientists and statisticians to investigate any changes to the ball, and that the committee would issue a report on its research soon. According to Alan Nathan, one of the physicists on the commission, the task force found that all the characteristics that MLB regularly measures, including the weight, circumference, seam height and bounciness of the ball, were within ranges that meant variations in the baseballs were unlikely to significantly affect home run rates. MLB declined to provide the data supporting these assertions.Independent investigations by FiveThirtyEight, publications like The Ringer, and Nathan himself have shown differences in the characteristics of the ball and the way it performs. Research has shown that balls used in games after the 2015 All-Star Game were bouncier and less air resistant compared with baseballs from the 2014 season, when players hit a relatively modest 4,186 homers, the fewest since 1995. (Nathan noted that MLB does not regularly measure air resistance.) Taken together, these changes would result in a ball that would come off the bat at a higher speed and carry farther. While investigations have been able to show that the baseball behaves differently in recent years, no one had looked inside the ball to see if there was evidence of changes to the way the baseball is constructed. It’s not just that the inside of the ball looks different — the chemical composition of the cores appears to have changed as well. After being tested at the Keck School, the same set of balls were sent to Kent State University. There, researchers at Soumitra Basu’s lab in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department cut open the balls to examine the cores using a thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). This test essentially cooks a material to see which parts parts of it vaporize at which temperatures. Using that information, researchers can create a molecular profile of a given material.This test showed that the pink layer of the core in baseballs from the new group was, on average, composed of about 7 percent more polymer than the same area in baseballs from the old group. Additionally, an analysis with a scanning electron microscope showed that the same layer in the new balls contained, on average, 10 percent less silicon, relative to the amount of other ingredients in the pill. According to the Kent State researchers, these chemical changes produced a more porous, less dense layer of rubber — which explains the results seen in the CT scan at the Keck School.It may not seem obvious, but these slight changes in the chemical composition of the core could have an impact on how the balls played once they were sewn up and shipped to major league teams. Less dense cores could mean lighter baseballs. The cores of the new balls weighed, on average, about 0.5 grams less than the cores from the old group. This difference was statistically significant, which means it’s highly unlikely that it was due to sampling error. The overall weight of the balls also dropped by an average of about a 0.5 grams between groups, but, unlike with the cores, this difference was not statistically significant.4The ball as a whole weighs much more than the core alone, and there was more variation in the weight of the full baseballs than in the weight of the cores, both of which meant that the bar for statistically significant variations in weight was higher for the whole baseball than for just the core.Half a gram isn’t much — it’s only about the weight of a paperclip. A tiny change like this might add only about 6 inches to flight of a baseball hit on a typical home run trajectory, according to Nathan’s calculations. But the timing of these changes to the weight and density of the core coincides with a much larger boost to the bounciness of the baseball. According to a previous analysis performed by The Ringer, that increase in bounciness alone would add around 0.6 mph to the speed of the ball as it leaves the bat and add roughly 3 feet to the travel distance of a fly ball — enough to make the difference between the warning track and the stands.On top of the fact that the balls became bouncier as the core itself changed, previous research at FiveThirtyEight showed that they also became less air resistant. The decrease in drag is probably a result of a smaller, slicker baseball with lower seams. The change in air resistance could add an additional 5 feet to the travel distance of a fly ball. Combine all these factors together — a lighter, more compact baseball with tighter seams and more bounce — and the ball could fly as much as 8.6 feet farther. According to Nathan’s calculations, this would lead to a more than 25 percent increase in the number of home runs. Asked whether these changes in combination could have significantly affected the home run rate, MLB declined to comment.In actuality, home runs spiked by about 46 percent between 2014 and 2017, which means that the changes to the ball could account for more than half of the increase. The remainder could be reasonably chalked up to a philosophical shift among MLB hitters, who are likely swinging upward to maximize the number of balls they hit in the air and are not shy about the increase in strikeouts that may come with that approach.MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has repeatedly denied that the baseball is juiced. On numerous occasions, he has said league testing found that baseballs continue to fall within the range that MLB designates as acceptable, and he recently said that MLB testing showed the balls to be fundamentally the same. But even if the baseballs still meet the league’s manufacturing guidelines, their performance could change enough to double (or, theoretically, halve) the number of home runs hit in a year.In fact, in January of 2015, Rawlings filed a patent application for a manufacturing process that would allow it to produce softballs and non-MLB baseballs5The patent applies to balls with foam cores, which might be used in softball or youth-league baseball, for example, but does not apply to the type of baseballs used in MLB, with layers of yarn around a cork-and-rubber core. that were as bouncy as possible while still falling within the manufacturing specifications set by the league. This type of ball is constructed quite differently from MLB baseballs, so there’s no indication that this patent means Rawlings is deliberately manipulating major league baseballs in this way, but it demonstrates that it’s at least theoretically possible for balls to be “fundamentally the same” while also performing differently than they have in the past.Kathy Smith-Stephens, senior director of quality and compliance at Rawlings, said that no change had been made to the baseballs but that “natural variation” occurs in the manufacturing process. She noted that they “continuously tweak” — though later in the interview she asked that we say “continuously refine” — the manufacturing process in an effort to reduce variations, but said that Rawlings’ internal testing had shown no difference in the ball’s weight or bounciness.Evidence that the baseball is at least partially responsible for the last few years’ spike in the home run rate mounted throughout the summer of 2017 and reached a peak during October’s World Series. In those seven games, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers smashed 24 homers, including eight in one game. In the wake of this power display, Manfred asked all 30 teams to start storing baseballs in a climate-controlled room and commissioned a task force of scientists and statisticians to investigate whether the ball was juiced in 2017. Our own research, combined with controlled tests from three separate academic laboratories, strongly suggests that the physical properties of the ball have changed. Taken together, all these studies give us a lot of evidence to suggest that today’s baseballs differ in meaningful ways from those of a few years ago. In other words, there are many questions for Manfred’s committee to address.Special thanks to Sean O’Rourke, Dr. Cynthia Bir and Nathan Beals for additional research assistance. read more

Woman who died after her body shielded young niece in Manchester attack

first_img“I’ll remember you spilling drinks down your top at the house warming party and ending up in just a vest. I’ll remember you making paper games with Phoebe and ‘eating is cheating’.”We never did manage a night out on the town together but one day we will meet again and you’ll have many a story to tell me over a few drinks. For now sleep tight beautiful princess you’ll always be a hero.”Tributes have been flowing as details of the victims began emerging.The attack on Monday was the worst terrorist attack since 52 innocent people were killed in the July 7 bombings in London in 2005.The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the barbaric attack, which was carried out by Salman Abedi.Abedi is believed to have been born in Manchester and of Libyan descent. So sorry to report we’ve had to update our front page following confirmation of Kelly’s death. RIP #manchesterattack pic.twitter.com/MzMC8MiSAr— The Star, Sheffield (@SheffieldStar) May 23, 2017 “When the bomb has gone off the impact has broken Claire’s jaw and broken Hollie’s legs.”They are both currently in hospital having nuts and bolts removed from all places.”Claire is having a bolt removed from her face and poor Hollie is having bolts removed all the way up her legs.”After the impact Claire had gone to Hollie but when she looked up she couldn’t find Kelly. They lost her in all the commotion.”Chantelle Garrity, a friend of Ms Brewster, wrote on Facebook: “R.I.P my dear friend Kelly! I love you more than words can describe. I won’t be the same person without you!” “Well it has happened to us. What do you say to that?”I’m worried it will be Sheffield next. I’m. It not going to go to any big crowded places.”Speaking of Kelly being murdered in a despicable act of terrorism, Mr Winslow said: “Words cannot describe how it makes you feel, it’s surreal.”How a man can say that he has done this for Muslims. He is not a Muslim. He is evil. “I’m still trying to get my head round Kelly being swept up in this. It doesn’t feel real.” Kelly Brewster She had been reported missing after the suicide bombing at Manchester Arena on Monday night. Her partner, Ian Winslow, later wrote on Facebook: “Not sure how this works but it isn’t good news. Kelly Brewster wasn’t one of the unidentified hospital patients. She has sadly passed away in the terror attack yesterday.”Kelly really was the happiest she has ever been and we had so many things planned together. My daughter Phoebe will be absolutely devastated like we all are.”Her local paper, the Sheffield Star, praised her for her bravery on the front page of the newspaper after confirming her death. It said that she will be remembered by her community for her selfless act. Ms Brewster had been attending the Ariana Grande concert with her sister Claire and her niece Hollie Booth when the home-made device packed with nuts and bolts exploded in the venue’s foyer as thousands of young people were leaving.Hollie has two broken legs and Claire has a broken jaw, Hollie’s grandmother Tracy Booth wrote on Facebook.Paul Dryhurst, Kelly Brewster’s uncle, spoke of her bravery. He told ITV: “Kelly has shielded Hollie and Claire from the damage.”The three were walking out in single file, with Claire in front, Hollie behind her, and Kelly behind her. He said: “Ian told me that they had just put a deposit down on a house and were trying for a baby.”We will miss her so much. “Ian has a seven-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, Phoebe, and she and Kelly were very close, like sisters. Another friend, Payton Williams, wrote: “Heaven has gained another angel Kelly you were a hero right down to your last moments. I will always remember our dinners out in champs and you giving me to confidence to travel with contiki alone. I will always remember giving you a lift home when mum worked her late shifts because I didn’t want you to have to catch the bus. A woman from Sheffield’s family have confirmed she is one of the victims of the Manchester terror attack after her body reportedly “shielded” her niece from the blast. She leaves behind a young daughter, Phoebe.It has now been confirmed by those close to her that she was trying for a baby before the incident.Ms Brewster, 32, a civil servant,had just put a deposit down on a new home with her boyfriend Ian Winslow and was planning to start a family with him when she was killed.Ian’s father John Winslow, 62, revealed the tragic circumstances surrounding her death.Speaking at his home in Sheffield, his eyes red and swollen opened the door to his home in Sheffield, said: “We are all devastated at what had happened. Ian is devastated.”Kelly is such a lovely, lovely girl. They were a lovely couple.”He told how they had been together three years and were just planning their future together. Kelly BrewsterCredit:Kelly Brewster/Facebook “Ian will have to break the news to her when he comes home tomorrow.”He is still in Manchester at the moment. They are waiting to officially identify her body today.”He said last night that they were waiting on the identity of a critical person in hospital and if that woman wasn’t Kelly then they knew she was dead.”And of course it wasn’t.”The grandma of 11-year-old Hollie Booth broke down in tears as she thanked her aunt Kelly for saving her life. Tracy Booth said: “I’m devastated about Kelly’s death. She was a hero. I would not have my granddaughter if it was not for her. “It is such a shame to lose Kelly because I would have liked to have thanked her. “But if she had lived I would have been unable to repay her for what she has done. “I will be indebted to her for the rest of my life.”Hollie’s uncle Shane Booth also broke down in tears as he said: “My niece, I love her. “And we’ve lost Kelly. It awful. I can’t understand it all. I am now scared to go anywhere. “They say that you should get on with your life, that it probably wouldn’t happen to you.  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.last_img read more

OK Tedi mine engineering contract for Kramer Ausenco

first_imgAustralia-based EPCM major, Ausenco Ltd, has announced that its 50%-owned subsidiary Kramer Ausenco has been awarded a A$4 million per year  “program management engineering alliance” contract at gold and copper mine OK Tedi in Papua New Guinea (PNG).The alliance will involve Kramer Ausenco working directly with OK Tedi’s on-site engineering and other staff and will include works on the processing plant, the mine itself as well as other aspects such as the power and infrastructure systems at the operation, which is in PNG’s Western Province.The contract will run until the planned mine closure in 2013 and also covers follow-up work to complete mine closure commitments. Some of this will include Mine Life Extension planning which could extend the mine life by another seven years to 2022. OK Tedi’s own official summary of this work states: “The management is in the process of undertaking a feasibility study to extend mine life as an alternative to closure. OTML management considers this to be a genuine opportunity to extend mine life by another seven years from 2014 to 2022 by a combination of two underground mines and one open pit operation.”Ausenco referred to its other recent successes in PNG, including the award of an on-site operational training and maintenance support contract at the Hidden Valley mine in PNG for the 50:50 Harmony/Newcrest owned Morobe Mining Joint Venture.last_img read more