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Bindra says goodbye in bad year for seniors, youngsters shine

first_imgBy Abhishek Hore New Delhi, Dec 20 (PTI) Perfectionist Abhinav Bindra walked into the sunset after a glorious career but, in an unfortunate coincidence, dark clouds hovered over a house in disorder after the Indian shooting team returned with only luggage to boast for following a barren Olympic campaign. Bindra was not far away from a fairytale ending. Indias lone individual Olympic gold medallist till date, he quit the sport he loved dearly and practised with single-minded devotion over the last two decades, after winning plenty of laurels across the world. Bindra officially announced his retirement from shooting in September, saying, “It is time to move on and hand over the baton to the younger generation”. With the profile of the sport taking a beating of sorts post Rio, youngsters would do well take a leaf out of Bindras book of training. The World Championship gold-medallist missed out on a second Olympic podium finish by a whisker in his last Games after losing in a tense shoot-off, but still he was by far the best Indian shooter on view in Rio. It was appropriate that the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), governing body for the sport in the country, commemorated the glittering career of Bindra at a gala ceremony. While the sport made noises outside, by the standards Indian shooters have set over the years, it was quiet inside the ranges. Performing regularly gave way to winning a rare medal or two intermittently. The debacle in Rio was the first time since 2004 that India finished without a medal at an Olympic Games, prompting the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) to formulate a review committee headed by Bindra immediately after the multi-sport extravaganza to examine and identify in a cold and ruthless manner the reasons behind the failure. Besides the shooters, the panel was equally scathing on coaches and the national federation in its damning 36-page report, and minced no words as it chastised the Rio flop show while recommending a systematic overhaul. From Gagan Narang, Heena Sidhu to Ayonika Paul, none of the shooters were spared for the disastrous outing, with the panel talking to each shooter individually. Among the juniors though, talented shooters have emerged with quite a few shining on the world stage regularly, indicating a bright future. The rise of junior shooters augers well for the sport, but the seniors have left a lot to be desired with their dismal showing, especially in the mother of all sporting events, where India has brought home four medals since the Athens Games, including a historic gold by Bindra at the 2008 Beijing edition. Vijay Kumar and Gagan Narang continued the trend at London 2012, winning a silver and a bronze each, and the shooters kept the good work going by returning with a decent haul from the Incheon Asian Games and Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014. PTI AH PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

J-K Governors address disrupted, National Anthem disrespected

first_imgJammu, Jan 2 (PTI) The Budget session of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly began on a stormy note today as opposition held protests against the PDP-BJP government and continued sloganeering even when the national anthem was being played, with Governor N N Vohra cutting short his address to both houses of the legislature and leaving amid the pandemonium.As the Governor entered Central Hall of the Legislature, opposition members from National Conference, Congress, CPI(M) and other Kashmir-based Independent MLAs stood up carrying placards and held protests against the government for its alleged failure on all fronts.Some of the opposition leaders were also sporting black bands.The National Anthem was being played when the Governor entered and some of the opposition members, who were holding protests against the PDP-BJP government over the deaths in Kashmir during the unrest in the Valley, continued with their sloganeering. The protestors stopped the sloganeering for some timeCarrying placards, the opposition members tried to disrupt the Governors address thrice.In his speech to both houses of legislature, the Governor prayed for peace and normalcy in the New Year and hoped all members will strive hard to restore brotherhood and amity in each of the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir.”I will conclude by reiterating my belief that Jammu and Kashmir has a very high potential of being developed as one the leading states. To achieve our goal we need to resolve all disagreements and strive hard to put the state on the path of development,” he said.advertisementHe said it is important that this House sets thoughtful standards of political discourse and paves way for narrowing the differences in regard to political and societal issues cutting across party lines.”If this is done we would succeed in laying foundation of sustainable peace in this state”, he said.Batting for commencement of Indo-Pak dialogue, he said, “It is important that the Indo-Pak dialogue resumes early.It is imperative that we work towards the resolution of conflicts first within our civil society and then in the polity”.As pandemonium broke out in the Central Hall, the Governor cut short his speech.Members of the National Conference and Congress continued their protests and sloganeering when the national anthem was being played twice during the address.Amidst protests and sudden conclusion of his address, the national anthem was played again and members of the opposition were sloganeering. The Governor also left the venue.BJP demanded an apology from opposition included Congress and NC in Jammu andKashmir and asked Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi to clarify their stand on disrespect to the national anthem by its members.”It is most unfortunate that members of opposition disrespected the anthem. This is shameful…It is the first time such a disrespect has been shown to the national anthem in J&K”, BJP MLA Ravinder Raina told reporters here. PTI AB DV VSC DVlast_img read more

The red line: do you need an Oxford comma?

first_imgDear Freelance Editor,Please heal my fractured family. We have been feuding for hours over the Oxford comma – for non-Grammar Nerds, that is the extra comma that can go before the coordinating conjunction (usually “and” or “or”) in a list.For example: should I say, “my mother, my father, my sister and I have been screaming at each other all day” – or “my mother, my father, my sister, [<-- NOTE THE ADDITIONAL COMMA] and I have been screaming at each other all day”?I’m so confused.Sincerely,The Oxford Comma Sounds Really Snooty, Doesn’t It? (TOCSRSDI)Dear TOCSRDSDI,It does sound snooty, yes; it is also known as the serial comma, but let’s stick with calling it the Oxford comma. I only aspire to be a loathsome grammatical elitist.Official best practice varies: The MLA Style Manual, The Chicago Manual of Style, and good old Strunk and White all advocate using an Oxford comma, while the AP Stylebook forbids it.But this is my column, so I am picking a side: I strongly recommend using the Oxford comma in most cases.When used correctly, it eliminates confusion and ambiguity. It is a beautiful, beautiful thing."Ugh, why do we care about commas at all? This sounds really nerdy," you might say.It surrrrre issssss nerdy! But here’s a classic example of why commas are important, generally speaking:“I ate, Grandpa!”vs.“I ate Grandpa!”In one exclamation, the speaker assures Pop-Pop that he does not need a sandwich, thank you so much. In the other, we find a horrifying declaration of intergenerational cannibalism.The difference? One tiny little comma. It’s the delightful, clarifying confetti in the confusing ticker-tape parade that is punctuation!"Okay, nerd, so why do I care about this Oxford comma thing? Honestly, are lists ever that confusing?"Yes, I know you do not want to hit the comma key one more time. Yes, I know that you are very busy and important. But the Oxford comma is worth your time, my friend! Let me show you why…Some vaguely amusing examples:1.) “An Oscar?! Gosh. I’d like to thank Jeff, my agent and God.”Don’t worship your agent Jeff; that can only end badly. Here we go:“An Oscar?! Gosh. I’d like to thank Jeff, my agent, and God.”Ahh, much better. Now it's clear Jeff, your agent, and God are different physical and metaphysical beings.2.) My favorite foods are apples, chicken, peanut butter and pickled herring.Peanut butter and pickled herring together? You sicko. Let’s clarify that sucker.My favorite foods are apples, chicken, peanut butter, and pickled herring.Now your only problem is that you enjoy pickled herring, which is a food that should only appeal to sea lions.3.) He had many friends – including CEOs, whale trainers, leading politicians and amateur pornographers.The leading politicians also dabble in amateur pornography? Yikes.He had many friends – including CEOs, whale trainers, leading politicians, and amateur pornographers.Now THAT sounds like an interesting dinner party!The Oxford comma is a style choice (CHOICE, not requirement) but I encourage you to raise your pinky, look down your nose, and go snooty all the way. I’ll meet you in the parlor for some tea and light conversation about the proclivities of the unwashed rabble, dahlink.*This has been a note from a Freelance Editor.**Join Freelancers Union today and gain access to more great content like this. **Have a question for our resident Red Liner and frequent USER of ALL-CAPS for EMPHASIS, Kate Hamill? Leave it in the comments, or email her at khamill@freelancersunion.org.*Again, different manuals recommend different things. If you are required to use AP style at work, you have to eliminate the serial comma – but if you’re calling the shots, slip that sucker in there.last_img read more

CWG star Manika stuns World No. 18 in UTT

first_imgPune, June 17 (PTI) Table tennis sensation Manika Batra today shocked World No. 18 Sofia Polcanova in a thrilling duel to give Dabang Smashers TTC an early lead against Warriors TTC in the Ceat Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) here today.The sizeable weekend crowd that had turned up at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi to cheer the CWG star got their moneys worth as the 23-year-old upstaged the Austrian, ranked 62 spots higher 2-1 (11-10, 5-11, 11-10). Two of the three games were decided by the golden point with the 80th-ranked Indian serving on both occasions to squeeze in the winners. She served well and was quite effective with her backhand that earned her five points. In all, she gained 14 points on serve to unsettle her left-handed rival. Manika had won a record four medals at the Gold Coast Games including two gold.Another crowd favourite Sharath Kamal, however, failed to get past Japanese Yoshida Masaki (World No. 27) with the Warriors captain going down 1-2 (11-7, 8-11, 8-11) in a highly entertaining battle that was peppered with long rallies. The 35-year-old Indians loss meant Warriors had lost both their opening singles and Dabang had gained a 4-2 lead on points. PTI BS BSBSlast_img read more

Videos: The 10 Best Stadium Entrances In College Football

first_imgThe best part of a college football game might take place before the game even starts.  Where does Clemson's entrance rank?Where does Clemson’s entrance rank?We’re talking about that awesome moment before kickoff when the home team officially enters the stadium. Each college football program seems to have their own stadium entrance. They’ll play a certain song, run in from a special tunnel, be led out by a mascot or a live animal, etc. All of them are great and goose-bump inducing. Some, of course, are better than others. They’re more exciting, cooler to watch. We’ve decided to rank the best ones. Here are the top 10 entrances in college football. Start With No. 10 ??? >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11last_img read more

CHSE Odisha +2 Science Result 2019 declared, check result at orissaresults.nic.in

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 3, 2019UPDATED: June 3, 2019 12:11 IST CHSE Odisha class 12th result 2019 has been released, check result at orissaresults.nic.in!CHSE Odisha +2 Science Result 2019: The Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) has released Odisha Board +2 Result 2019 or Odisha Board Plus 2 Result 2019 on the official website. The candidates who appeared for the exam can check their CHSE Plus 2 science result 2019 at orissaresults.nic.in. This year, a total of 3.69 lakh students sat for CHSE Odisha 12th examination among which 99,000 students from Science.CHSE Odisha +2 Science Result 2019: How to checkGo to the official website of the board, chseodisha.nic.in or orissaresults.nic.inClick on the link ‘CHSE Plus 2 Science Result 2019’Enter all the credentials required in the provided fieldClick on submitYour result will be displayed on the screenDownload the same and take a print out for future useREAD: Sports University in Patiala to be operational from September 1Odisha Board Plus 2 Science Result 2019 via SMSHere’s how candidates can check CHSE Odisha Results 2019 science:Apart from the official websites, students can also check their CHSE Odisha Board result via SMS by typing RESULTOR12roll number and send it to 56263.CHSE Odisha +2 Science Result 2019: Last year statistics for Odisha Class 12th Science ResultLast year, the CHSE Odisha Science Result was declared on May 19 and Arts, Commerce Odisha result 2018 was out on June 9.In 2018, Odisha Plus 2 Science pass percentage was 76.98. A total of 19,561 students have obtained first division, 24,164 students got the second division, and 28,968 students secured third division.About CHSE OdishaThe Council of Higher Secondary Education, Odisha is the School Board that monitors, manages and regulates the Higher Secondary Education in the state. CHSE Odisha was founded in the year 1982 with the goal to standardize the higher secondary education in the state.advertisementRead: CHSE Odisha 12th Result 2019 Live Updates: + 2 science result to release today at chseodisha.nic.in, orissaresults.nic.inGet 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 byPuja Kumari Yadav Tags :Follow CHSE Odisha 12th Result 2019Follow Odisha Plus 2 Science resultFollow CHSE Odisha Science ResultFollow Odisha Board Plus 2 Science Result 2019 CHSE Odisha +2 Science Result 2019 declared, check result at orissaresults.nic.inOdisha 12th Result 2019 has been released on the official website. Candidates who appeared for the exam can result at orissaresults.nic.in or chseodisha.nic.in.advertisementlast_img read more

Tories raised more than Liberals in 2016 but also spent more to

OTTAWA – The federal Conservative party raised a million more dollars than the Liberals last year, but spent twice as much as the governing party in order to raise the cash.Annual financial reports published today show the Conservatives raised $18.25 million from 82,662 donors in 2016, while the Liberals pulled in $17.18 million from 82,285 donors.The records also show, however, the Conservatives spent $6.85 million on fundraising activities, compared to the Liberals’ $3.1 million.The federal New Democrats were a distant third, pulling in $5.39 million from 26,754 people and spending $315,000 to do so.The Conservative fundraising totals for 2016 don’t account for the money raised by candidates in the leadership race that was underway for much of last year; in 2016, $3.9 million was raised.Overall, the Liberals spent $18.58 million in 2016, the Conservatives $21.98 million and the NDP $8.3 million. The Tories also brought in $1.57 million in membership fees in 2016, down from $1.9 million the year before.But the Liberals saw a far bigger drop in that revenue stream, thanks to the end of membership fees for that party — in 2015, they brought in more than $2 million in membership sales, but only $655,000 last year.A spokesperson for the party said they still consider 2016 a banner year.“(It) highlights how Canada’s Liberal movement is seeing continued success in closing the gap with the Conservative party after their 10 years in power, and is continuing to consistently outraise the NDP,” Braeden Caley said in an email.The Liberals have come under fire in recent months for so-called “cash-for-access” fundraisers, with the opposition parties alleging their fundraising events are turned into lobbying opportunities for the highest bidders.A Conservative spokesperson pointed out that the party is continuing to raise more money despite those Liberal fundraisers.“These results are just further proof that Canadians are tired of Justin Trudeau’s ethical lapses, his increased taxes, and his lack of plan to get the budget back to balance,” Cory Hann said in an email.In the spring, the Liberals introduced legislation to tighten the rules around reporting political financing, and made changes they billed to make their fundraisers more transparent.“Canadians expect our political leaders to meet the highest standards for openness and transparency, and that’s why we are challenging Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives and the NDP’s leadership candidates to do the right thing and bring their fundraising events out into the open,” Caley said.“To this day, they continue to refuse to do so.”The Conservatives have said they follow existing rules and the issue is about who gets access to the decision-makers in government. read more

Tuccaro If were not involved with the oil sands then what are

first_imgAPTN National NewsDavid Tuccaro is sometimes called the richest First Nation person in Canada and he is one of the big players in the Alberta tar sands.He is currently chair of Indspire, formerly known as the Aboriginal Achievement Awards. He is also president and CEO of Tuccaro Inc. He was also a major part of the launching of APTN and helped it through its early development.APTN anchor Michael Hutchinson sits down with Tuccaro on this edition of Face to Face.last_img

Three Moroccan Players on France Football Magazines Shortlist for Best Player

Rabat – France Football Magazine has featured  Moroccan international superstars Mehdi Benatia, Nabil Dirar and Hakim Ziyech in its 2017 shortlist for the best player in the Maghreb Award.Juventus’s key defender Benatia, Ajax’s attacking midfielder Ziyech, Fenerbahce’s midfielder Dirar have all made the shortlist of the French Magazine. The footballers were selected for their great performances with both their international teams and Morocco’s national football team.In a post published  on December 30, the magazine said that  “At 30, [Benatia] showed that he is a leader of character with the selection he should lead in Russia as a captain in the next World Cup,” wrote the magazine. The magazine that has selected nine candidates for the prize said that the 31-year old Dirar “was successful throughout the year.” France Football says in  post that Morocco is relying on both Benatia and Dirar in the World Cup.Ziyech, who has been targeted by many international football clubs, is also included in the list. The Ajax’s key midfielder has been recently linked to a move with Inter Milan for a EUR 15 million. Italian news outlet reported that the footballer might leave Ajax for the Italian giant this winter.The magazine selected nine players of the Maghreb, including three players from Algeria and three others from Tunisia. For Tunisia, the magazine picked up Wahbi Khazri, Ali Maaloul and Youssef Msakni. France Football then selected Faouzi Ghoulam, Sofiane Hanni and Riyad Mahrez from Algeria, Mahrez was the 2016 best player in the Maghreb, according to the magazine’s previous season of the award.The vote has started on Saturday, December 30. In order for people to vote for their favorite player, the magazine made available a polling section on its official website Francefootball.fr. read more

DavidsTea reports higher sales in secondquarter as it opens more stores

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 7, 2016 3:41 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 7, 2016 at 4:43 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – DavidsTea says it saw sales jump more than 25 per cent in the second quarter as it continued opening new stores as part of its plans to expand.The Montreal-based specialty tea and tea accessory retailer (Nasdaq:DTEA) reported sales of C$41.1 million, up from the C$32.8 million in the same period a year earlier, as it opened 10 new outlets in the quarter ending July 30.The company had a $2.3 million loss in the quarter compared to losses of $52.1 million a year ago, though that included one-time costs such as those associated with its initial public offering last year.Its adjusted net income loss in the second quarter excluding one-time costs was $2.3 million this year compared to $1.6 million in 2015.DavidsTea ended the quarter with a total of 208 stores in Canada and the U.S., an increase of 26 per cent from the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2015. DavidsTea reports higher sales in second-quarter as it opens more stores read more

UK automotive excellence on show at the 2012 Paris Motor Show

UK automotive is set to deliver an impressive display at this year’s Paris Motor Show, showcasing the very best of British design, engineering and manufacturing.The Paris Motor Show is expected to attract more than 1.5 million visitors and media from around the world keen to see the latest in vehicle technology, model design and product development emerging from industry.A number of UK-based manufacturers have announced or are expected to confirm new models, product enhancements or exciting concepts at the Show while visitors will preview the very latest in fuel efficient, high-tech and ever more comfortable models landing on forecourts in the near future.UK designed, engineered and manufactured car and engines feature among some of the Show’s headline grabbing models. Just some of the key UK-related launches at the 2012 Paris Motor Show include:Aston Martin will showcase its new Vanquish model as well as the DB9 that has received a range of major enhancements. The Vanquish features a re-engineered version of the company’s 6.0-litre V12 engine, along with body panels formed entirely of carbon fibre. Both cars represent one of the UK’s most celebrated specialist manufacturers.Bentley has unveiled its Continental GT3 race car concept at the Show, confirming the company’s intention to return to motorsport towards the end of 2013. The company’s last motorsport project was the Speed 8 Prototype at the beginning of the millennium, which resulted in an outright win at the Le Mans 24-hour race in 2003.BMW’s UK engine plant at Hams Hall, which built its three millionth unit earlier this year, also has a claim at the Paris Motor Show. The 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine featuring in the Concept Active Tourer on BMW’s stand will be built there. The UK production of the three-cylinder engine is part of the £500 million investment announced last year, and the powertrain is also expected to power the future model i8 plug-in hybrid electric supercar.Ford’s stand includes the new Mondeo and Fiesta models, both of which will feature the company’s high-tech, UK-developed 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine. Also on show will be the new Tourneo Connect, available with 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engines built in Bridgend and diesel powertrains assembled at Ford’s Dagenham plant. Following the installation of its third and most powerful wind turbine, the Dagenham Diesel Centre returned to running on 100% renewable energy last year.Honda is displaying not only its vehicle assembly expertise in Swindon, but also its powertrain manufacturing facility. The latest UK-built Civic and CR-V models are on the stand, with the Civic featuring the new 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine with CO2 emissions of 94g/km. The exhibit showcases the £267m investment programme at the Swindon plant. 500 new staff joined the facility this year, taking the total workforce to 3,500.Jaguar Land Rover has a number of new models at the show, including the new Range Rover and the Jaguar F-TYPE. The new Range Rover was unveiled earlier in the month following a £370m investment in the company’s UK manufacturing facilities to support the product launch to 170 countries around the world. JLR’s recent UK manufacturing expansion includes the beginning of work on a £355 million engine factory near Wolverhampton, a move to 24-hour production for the Range Rover Evoque at Halewood, and the creation of 1,100 new jobs at Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich plant.McLaren has unveiled the P1 as a design study for the upcoming supercar. When the P1 goes into production next year at the McLaren Production Centre (MPC), it will join the existing 12C and 12C Spider models. The MPC is now the home of McLaren Automotive, supporting up to 800 jobs and manufacturing around 4,000 vehicles by the middle of the decade.Toyota has revealed its new UK-built Auris, which will be available with a hybrid powertrain from launch. An estate variant is also expected to be unveiled, which will be the first model in its class to be available with a full hybrid powertrain. The line-up will illustrate Toyota’s £100m investment in its Burnaston manufacturing facility in Derbyshire to produce the new Auris, creating some 1,500 new jobs and injecting £85 million into the UK supply chain.The UK automotive industry is Europe’s fourth largest producer of cars and a major international producer of engines and components. Generating more than £50 billion turnover, the sector remains the largest in UK manufacturing and global demand for UK-built vehicles sustains healthy production volumes and export levels. Around £1.3bn spent on R&D each year also ensures the UK maintains effective long-term progress on the low carbon agenda.UK automotive manufacturers have set their sights on breaking all-time manufacturing records by the end of 2015. The confidence is fuelled by more than £6bn of investments committed to the country during the last two years that will see facilities expanded, new models introduced and thousands more people employed.To find out more about the significance of the UK automotive industry, download SMMT Motor Industry Facts 2012.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Brock Universityled team discovers way of tapping into and testing Earths prehistoric

A Brock University-led international research team has discovered a new way of measuring past oxygen levels on Earth: by tapping into the actual air that existed almost a billion years ago.“There was a lot of debate as to what the oxygen content was 800 million or more years ago,” says Professor of Earth Sciences Nigel Blamey. “We’ve come up with a direct method of analyzing the content of those trapped fossil gasses in the atmosphere and found that the oxygen level was approximately half of what it is today.”This will give us a better understanding of how life evolved.Up until now, through indirect methods, scientists estimated that oxygen comprised a high of just two per cent of the Earth’s atmosphere 800 million to one billion years ago.But the team found that the average oxygen content of the Earth’s atmosphere was 10.9 per cent, more than five times greater than previously thought and about half of today’s oxygen level.“This will give us a better understanding of how life evolved,” says Professor of Earth Sciences Uwe Brand.The team, consisting of research partners from the United States, Scotland, France, Australia and China, collected samples from across the globe of a mineral called ‘halite,’ which is the natural form of table salt; its chemical name is ‘sodium chloride.’Within the halite are tiny microscopic bubbles called “inclusions.” Scientists discovered that some of these bubbles may contain atmospheric gasses, but the bubbles were too small to examine.But Blamey was able to do so, thanks to highly specialized equipment that his then-PhD advisor David Norman built in the 1970s. In the early 2000s, Blamey and Norman revamped the machine, which consists of a sophisticated vacuum system attached to an instrument called a quadrupole mass spectrometer.To measure what is inside the bubbles, Blamey places a halite sample in a vacuum chamber and crushes the sample into small pieces. As the samples are broken, the trapped fossil gas is drawn into a the highly-sensitive quadrupole mass spectrometer, which is able to read and analyze the gas content and composition.“It’s a direct measurement of the atmosphere of that time, not an interpretation,” says Brand, adding the presence of Earth’s other two major atmospheric gasses – nitrogen and argon – can also be determined.This new method, and the subsequent findings, have huge implications for how we understand the development of life on Earth.Earth’s oldest fossil record dates back to around 3 billion years ago with the presence of stromatolites. These are rocks formed by layers and layers of cyanobacteria, a single-celled microbe that gets its energy from the sun and is known today as “blue-green bacteria.”The ancient cyanobacteria produced oxygen so that ‘abundant’ oxygen first started to appear around 2.3 billion years ago. Basic life forms that consumed oxygen began to emerge.Scientists estimated oxygen levels at various time periods through the presence of certain mineral deposits and redox sensitive proxies, and extrapolated the life forms that would have existed at those times.It is widely believed that a huge spike in oxygen occurred around 550 million years ago, for an unknown reason. But with Blamey and team’s findings, it appears that this oxygen increase may have occurred much earlier than previously thought.“Our finding answers one big question, did life come first or atmospheric oxygen; it is the latter,” says Brand.“Now the next thing is for paleobiologists to look for the organism that gave us this kick in oxygen,” at that time, he says.The team’s findings shed light on more than just the evolution of life forms on Earth.“Deciphering the oxygenation history of the atmosphere and oceans is critical to understanding weathering processes, sedimentary environments, climate change, mass extinctions, tectonic events, and the evolution of Earth’s biota,” says the team’s study.And, the findings can help determine the evolution of life on Mars and other planets, says Uwe.The study, titled “Paradigm shift in determining Neoproterozoic atmospheric oxygen,” is scheduled to appear in the August edition of Geology, the monthly journal of the Geological Society of America. The paper can be found here.Brock University Professor of Earth Sciences Nigel Blamey talks about 800-million-year-old oxygen discovered in rocks: Brock University Professor of Earth Sciences Uwe Brand talks about how 800-million-year-old oxygen had an impact on early animal life: read more

Cam Newton Leads Panthers to Playoffs For 1st Time

Photo by nola.comAll the talk of Cam Newton’s status as a top-flight NFL quarterback can cease. All that was left for him to quiet critics was to lead his team into the playoffs. Sunday, he did just that, and in dramatic, heroic fashion, too.Needing a touchdown to defeat the New Orleans Saints, the Panthers got the ball at their 35 yard line with just 55 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, with no timeouts. Throw in that Newton had a bad ankle and Carolina’s top receiver, Steve Smith, was out with a knee injury.Still, Newton was unfazed. He told his teammates in the huddle before the drive: “Let’s get it done.”With calm and talent, Newton did just that. He had passed for just 116 yards to the point, but completed a 37-yard pass to Ted Ginn Jr. Then he fired to Greg Olsen for 14 yards. Newton spiked the ball to stop the clock. Then he threw the game-winning 14-yard touchdown pass to seldom-used Dominik Hixon, who made a diving catch that produced a 16-10 win and the Panthers’ first playoff berth since 2008.The building rocked.“We just kept fighting, kept pounding, kept getting after it,” Newton said. “We really knew we were one drive away. We were one play away.”That play will be etched in minds of Panther fans for a long time, for its significance and how close it was to not being a catch. Newton fired a laser where only Hixon could get to it. He extended himself, got his hands under the ball and maintained possession as he rolled over. The play was reviewed. . . and confirmed.”I was 99 percent sure it was a catch,” Hixon said with a grin.Ultimately, the win was about Newton.”Cam was very resilient,” coach Ron Rivera said. ”He struggled all day and he knows that. But he came through when we needed him.” read more

One dead after two boats collide in the English Channel

first_imgOne person has died and two remain missing after a small fishing boat sunk in the English Channel. It was reported that two boats collided yesterday morning off Shoreham in West Sussex with one crew member being found clinging to a buoy and three others missing.The body of a second man was later discovered. The survivor, a 45-year-old from London, was found at 5.50am this morning after being in the water for a number of hours.The man, who is reportedly Romanian, was spotted by a fishing vessel two miles from the town’s harbour, the UK Coastguard said.The alarm was then raised to search for three remaining crew members, one of whom was later found dead at 8.15am this morning. A rescue helicopter helping with the searchCredit:EDDIE MITCHELL The search in Sussex is continuing with three people still missing Sussex Police and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch have launched an investigation into the tragedy.Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Carr said: “We are now trying to establish the circumstances and to identify the other vessel involved.”An earlier appeal for information prompted a significant number of calls and I would like to thank people for their prompt responses, which enabled us to quickly identify who had been involved.”Our thoughts are with the families and friends of all those who have been involved in this tragic incident.” A rescue helicopter helping with the searchcenter_img The search in Sussex is continuing with three people still missingCredit: EDDIE MITCHELL A police spokesman said: “At this time we believe that it was four friends out on a fishing trip, however we are still appealing for witnesses.”It is believed that two of the men are related with two living in London and the other two being based in Brighton.After an extensive search and rescue operation by the coastguard, the decision was taken early this afternoon to suspend their efforts.Andy Jenkins, controller with the UK Coastguard, said: “Following an extensive search of the area using multiple assets nothing further has been found at this time so the decision has been made to suspend the search pending further information. “A review of the incident details will be ongoing through the rest of the day.”Matt Pavitt, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s south east coastal operations area commander, told the BBC: “Anybody that spends that length of time, numerous hours potentially, in the sea without any protective equipment, at this time of year it’s a nice day but the sea is still cold, is very, very lucky to be alive.” 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

Parking fine dropped after driver writes poem to local council

“The penalty charge notice was correctly issued as the vehicle was parked in a restricted street during prescribed hours.”In this instance the restriction is clearly indicated by the double yellow lines which are in effect at all times.However, in considering people’s circumstances, The council is often led song and dances, It’s difficult to know the truth, And quite often we would ask for proof, But the photographs the officer has taken, Shows that indeed, you had been baking, These cakes had been loaded in your Land Rover, On the double yellow lines it was parked over, So on this occasion we are pleased to say, The council accept your appeal, you do not have to pay. 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. A driver who was fined for parking on double yellow lines was allowed off after she wrote a poem to the council. Jayne Parsons, 53, was loading her car with homemade cakes and biscuits to raise money for a local riding club when she had to dash for the toilet, leaving her vehicle on double yellows in Butts Road, Salisbury.In a letter to the council she wrote:Dear Sir, or to whom it may concern, A parking fine I did earn. I was parked outside my house on yellow lines, Intending to move and dodge your fines. But on Sunday I was loading my car With food and cakes for a horse show; not far Before these events, I get a nervous tum, For the toilet I had to run. And with not a moment to lose, I made it indoors to release my poos! I couldn’t move until all was done, But when I returned the fine was done. I thought it better was be discreet And leave the car parked in the street. Next time I’ll move and not be a pain, But if I get caught short, I’ll s*** in the drain.Wiltshire Council responded with its own poem, stating: read more

Another month to go for you to nominate the best technologies in

first_imgNominations for the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame close on September 20 and then judging closes at the end of October and this year’s inductees will be announced soon after. The inductee celebration will be on the Saturday evening before the SME Annual Meeting starts in Salt Lake City in February 2014 (www.im-halloffame.com). The IMT Hall of Fame honours those who have made a difference in mining technology and methods and whose innovations, ideas, and leadership have contributed significantly to the growth and strength of the industry. The 2013 inductees will be the first of what will be an annual international event to be held on different continents over the coming years.International Mining thanks the electoral college of voters around the world for lending their time and expertise to help our sponsors recognise industry leaders – past and present. Each year the judges’ industry knowledge will contribute to the program’s success. Judges for the IMT Hall of Fame include industry experts from mining companies, engineering companies, consultants and some of the world’s top mining schools.last_img read more

Android 23 Gingerbread SDK released

first_imgThe buzzing that has surrounded the Android community for the upcoming release of Android 2.3, or Gingerbread, has reached a fever pitch. Many have been pressing the refresh button on their phones for weeks now in hopes that an OTA will be dropping. While that behavior is a little misguided, it is certainly true that an update to Android is on its way. In fact, just this morning, the Android 2.3 Software Development Kit has been released to developers!The reason that it is silly to keep refreshing in hopes for an OTA is pretty simple. Up until this morning, even the developers hadn’t seen the stuff required to make sure their apps worked well with the new release, or took advantage of any new features. Gingerbread is just not ready for human consumption. It’s coming though, and soon.AdChoices广告Gingerbread comes with a host of new features that have been offered up for Developers to play with. They include performance increases, faster text input, better copy/paste, a slick UI improvement, native internet calling, Front facing camera API’s, Near Field Communication API’s, and much more. The big things Android is focused on with this release is entertainment. Steps have been taken to make it easier for game developers to push these devices to the limits, and new audio and video improvements to allow for higher quality experiences across the board.It’s a huge step for Android, and with the SDK coming out, we can expect that the official announcement and OTA releases are not far behind. They aren’t happening this week, mind you, but we should see more on the upcoming release very soon!Read more at Android Developerslast_img read more

Le Facebook des animaux

first_imgLe Facebook des animaux”Poker”, “liker”, devenir amis… Les animaux de compagnie ont aussi leur propre Facebook. Une tortue peut donc devenir amie avec un canari et une chèvre peut poster ses photos de vacances, grâce à Yummypets.com. Le réseau social pour animaux domestiques a été lancé mi-novembre par l’agence de communication bordelaise Octopepper. Matthieu Glayrouse, co-fondateur du site, explique son idée par “un manque sur internet de tout ce qui concerne les problématiques d’animaux”, d’où ce “concept original”. Yummypets est devenu une véritable arche de Noé: les rongeurs, reptiles et chevaux y ont largement leur place, sans oublier les traditionnels chiens et chats. Certains font même un carton, comme le chien Geapsy ou la chèvre Rosa. Pour s’inscrire, rien de plus simple. Le propriétaire indique le nom, la race et le pedigree de son animal. Puis, libres à eux de devenir fan de qui ils souhaitent. Les photos circulent non-stop, allant du plus classique au plus extravagant. Les dix bébés de la rate Lilou et le “bain entre filles” de deux serpents côtoient les traditionnels chiens sur la plage, ou chaton en boule. Le réseau social compte déjà 4.000 membres et ne cesse de grandir, avec 150 nouvelles inscriptions quotidiennes. Un succès qui n’est pas sans rappeler celui de Dogster.com, le réseau social américain pour le chiens.Si pour l’instant, les animaux sont tous francophones, cela devrait rapidement évoluer avec le lancement d’une version francophone mi-janvier. Et pour ceux qui préfèrent une balade en forêt, plutôt que de rester dans leur panier, la société travaille à la création d’une application pour smartphones qui devrait arriver fin février. Rappelons, tout de même, que ce site n’est pas le premier du genre. D’autres réseaux sociaux pour animaux existent, comme Zanibook.com et Woopets.com. Le 9 janvier 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Pollution les voitures émettraient encore plus de CO2 quon ne pense

first_imgPollution : les voitures émettraient encore plus de CO2 qu’on ne penseSelon un rapport de l’ICCT (conseil international sur les transports propres), les constructeurs automobiles sous-évaluent les émissions de dioxyde de carbone (CO2) de leurs véhicules. Ainsi, les valeurs affichées diffèrent de plus en plus de celles réellement constatées.C’est un pavé dans la mare que vient de jeter une étude remise à Paris par l’International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). Alors que l’on tente actuellement de réduire les émissions de CO2 dues au trafic automobile, cette étude s’est attachée à comparer les données fournies à ce sujet par des principaux constructeurs automobiles européens et américains avec les émissions réelles qui ont été mesurées. Or, celles-ci ne correspondraient pas toujours selon le rapport qui indique : “tous les constructeurs [automobiles] optimisent les résultats de leurs tests [d’émissions de CO2] dans une certaine mesure”. Par ailleurs, les écarts constatés entre les émissions annoncées et les émissions réelles “diffèrent significativement d’un constructeur à l’autre”. De plus, “alors que la différence moyenne entre les tests en laboratoire et les résultats lors d’une conduite réelle était de 11% en 2011, elle est passée en 2011 à 25%”, avance l’ICCT cité par l’AFP. Les écarts les plus importants relevés par l’ONG se retrouvent chez les constructeurs allemands BMW, Audi, Vauxhall/Opel (GM) et Mercedes (Daimler) avec une différence allant de 25 à 30%. Derrière, Fiat, Volkswagen et Ford annoncent des émissions de C02 de 20 à 25% inférieures à celles réellement constatées, suivis par Renault, PSA, et Toyota avec 15% de différence. Mettre fin aux “pratiques de manipulation” À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueNéanmoins, même si les chiffres ne reflètent pas la réalité, ils n’ont rien d’illégal dans la mesure où les constructeurs s’arrangent. En effet, rien ne les empêche lors des tests en usine de tester un véhicule très allégé, de faire des essais à une vitesse moyenne faible, de ne pas allumer les équipements comme la climatisation ou le GPS par exemple. Sans compter que des lubrifiants ou des pneus spéciaux sont parfois utilisés.”Les constructeurs de véhicules les moins émetteurs de CO2 manipulent donc moins les résultats des tests que les constructeurs produisant des véhicules les plus gourmands en énergie”, relève le rapport. L’ICCT constate également que les différences entre émissions réelles et celles annoncées ont augmenté après 2007-2008, lorsque plusieurs états européens ont adopté un système de taxation des émissions de CO2 des véhicules.Pour Lorelei Limousin, porte-parole du Réseau action climat, “il est du devoir des législateurs européens de mettre fin à ces pratiques de manipulation des chiffres”. “Pour réduire véritablement les émissions de CO2, nous appelons la France à demander le renforcement des tests et l’introduction du nouveau cycle au plus tôt”, indique t-elle ainsi. De son côté, le Parlement européen envisage la mise en place d’un nouveau test (le WLPT) pour 2017, mais les constructeurs automobiles s’y opposent.Le 29 mai 2013 à 20:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Legendary chef who launched Macaus finedining scene Joel Robuchon dies aged 73

first_imgOpening his first restaurant, Jamin, in Paris in 1981, he would later develop his famed Atelier concept – small, intimate spaces operating on a first-come, first-served basis and where diners could literally watch the chefs preparing their meals. Today there are 12 branches of L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon around the world incuding Beijing, Tokyo, London and his latest venture in New York which opened earlier this year.Robuchon, who one famously threw a plate of food at one if his many famous apprentices, Gordon Ramsey, achieved a world record in 2016 when his restaurants were awarded a combined 32 Michelin stars globally. He held 28 at the time of his death following the June closure of Joel Robuchon Restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore.However, in Macau the Robuchon name is credited with starting the SAR’s fine dining scene with the launch of Robuchon e Galera at Hotel Lisboa in 2001. Recalling the restaurant’s launch in a 2016 interview with South China Morning Post, food and travel expert Chan Chan-wai said, “Many people were not sure if Macau was sophisticated enough to have a restaurant like this.”Moving to its current home at Grand Lisboa in 2014 and changing its name to Robuchon au Dôme, the restaurant has been awarded three Michelin stars every year since the launch of the Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau in 2008.To this day it remains one of only two Macau restaurants with three Michelin stars alongside The Eight, also at Grand Lisboa. Legendary French Chef Joël Robuchon – whose global empire includes one of the two Macau restaurants to boast three Michelin stars – has passed away at the age of 73 after a brief battle with cancer.Renowned as one of the key gastronomic influencers of the 20th century, his simple yet playful cooking style made him a hit with both French traditionalists and the modern elite. Jade Dragon becomes Macau’s third 3 Michelin star restaurant Load More SJM Adjusted EBITDA, profit rise but Macau market share continues to slide RelatedPosts Lack of Cotai presence stings as VIP decline sees SJM lose more market share in 2Q19last_img read more