Astronaut’s Help Gives Hollywood’s Take on Space Some Gravity

first_imgCatherine “Cady” Coleman is a chemist, former Air Force officer, flute player, scuba diver, and astronaut. And most recently: Hollywood adviser. In 2011, while serving 159 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Coleman spoke with actress Sandra Bullock, helping Bullock parse her role as a newbie astronaut destined for disaster in the dizzying new space thriller Gravity, opening tomorrow. The film sets Bullock’s character adrift in space after a catastrophic collision with space debris destroys her shuttle.In a recent interview with ScienceInsider, Coleman said her days in space were, by design, never as eventful as in the movies. But for her, Gravity captures the essence of life 400 kilometers above Earth. The interview has been edited for clarity and length.Q: What questions did Bullock ask you? What did she want to know?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(*)C.C.: We talked about a lot of different things … how you moved and how you kept yourself in one place. We have handrails all over the station, like the monkey bars. You can be flying along, and then just hook your feet into one of these and stop. I came back with literally no calluses on my feet—they were like baby feet. Except on the tops of my feet, I had calluses from sliding under those bars. The other thing that we talked about was the emotional component of living someplace dangerous, and a place where you can be truly alone. How to live with that.Q: How do you deal with those challenges? C.C.: I have to compartmentalize a little bit, and put that sadness and grief I feel about not going on the zoo field trip with my first-grader in a special place, and not let it interfere with the important job that I’m doing. … That part of it is really challenging and hard, and this movie really brings that home to me. It was certainly a very emotional movie for me to watch.Q: You’ve been on two shuttle missions and you’ve lived on board the ISS. How realistic is the movie?C.C.: There’s a lot of things that [the film does] really, really, really nicely that make it almost an IMAX movie about being in space. I feel very lucky to have this job, but I don’t get to bring my friends and family with me. They have, to me, documented the look and the feel of living in low-Earth orbit, and that feeling of both isolation and the specialness of having a view that not many people get to have. At the same time, there are a lot of things [in the movie] that aren’t realistic. There are a lot of coincidences—each of them are perhaps possible—but it’s not probable that they would all happen on the same day, at the same time, or in the same order.Q: I’m assuming there are a lot of safety protocols to prevent astronauts from hurtling off into space. C.C.: It is physically possible, but we work really hard to make sure that doesn’t happen. We are tethered at all times during our space walks. We’re always connected by a retractable dog leash that can stretch out to be about 84 feet [25 meters] long. …Then we do an additional thing called a local tether, made of Kevlar, and it’s always hooked to you. As soon as you get somewhere [on a space walk] where you want to work, the first thing you do is reach out with your local tether and tether yourself.We train for that really, really hard. In the [training] pool, if at any time I go to a work site and I’m not either holding on or using my local tether, the divers will actually drag me 4 feet [1.2 meters] off the [mockup] station so it’s really clear, to me and to everyone else, that I let go—it’s actually embarrassing! That’s how serious it is. Having said all that, there are some pretty violent things that happen in the movie and I don’t know if those tethers would hold.Q: What happens if the tethers fail?C.C.: We do have a jetpack, but it’s not the one you see in the movie, [which is] modeled after one that we used to use. … But it ended up being not very practical, partly because there was no tethering [with that pack]. … [Now we wear] a new one, we call it SAFER, and its function is different. It’s just a rescue pack. If for some reason both of your leashes fail, you’d probably find yourself spinning, and then you just push a button, and that jetpack has a gyroscope that will sense where it is and stop itself from spinning. Once you’re stable, you’ll use your hand controller to turn yourself around, see where the station is, and fly back.Q: What about space debris? C.C.: The reason NASA doesn’t make documentaries that keep people in their seats is because each of the risks in this movie is real, but we work really hard to mitigate those risks. There’s a team in Colorado that tracks every piece of orbital debris over half an inch. It was actually fascinating for me to come back to Houston after Hollywood and be right in the middle of the arrival of the newest supply ship to the space station. What’s the first thing we have to deal with? There’s a piece of space junk in the way between that new supply ship and the space station. It just proves the point that these things are real for us, but we actually know how to deal with them.Q: So how big of an issue is space debris for NASA and the space station? C.C.: Space debris is an issue that we track every minute of every day. We track the debris and we can see when it’s coming within about a week. And we can certainly move the station—if we have time and we have enough fuel. Sometimes things appear more quickly and we don’t have time. [Light debris] is harder to track than something very solid that’s going to have a very even and constant trajectory. In that case, if we can’t be certain if debris is going to hit or not, and it’s too late to move the space station in time, we will actually wake the crew up if necessary, and have them be in their supply ships with the hatch closed, ready to undock from the station.Q: Is there anything you felt compelled to impart to make sure that Bullock understood a little bit of what it’s like to be up there? C.C.: Something that’s really hard for me to communicate is the physical beauty, and just the bigness of the picture. Looking down at the Earth, it’s very difficult for me now to think of myself as a citizen of just one country. I can’t help but feel like an inhabitant of the Earth. The physical beauty of just looking down at our planet makes it clear to me that our planet is just one house in the neighborhood. Everyone on our planet is a space traveler. Q: What was the most unexpected thing about life on the station?C.C.: Living in space is not so much about floating as it is about flying. For us down here on Earth, even flying in an airplane is pretty neat—it just seems like something people aren’t supposed to do, we don’t have wings! But flying without an airplane? Giving yourself a push with your little finger and flying across the long, extended hallway of an enormous space station? I miss that magical feeling. It is like living the life of Peter Pan. You wake up every day and you’re still living it. What’s magic about that is if that’s happening, what are the as-yet undiscovered possibilities of what we as humans can do?last_img read more

IPCC: Mitigating Climate Change More Challenging Than Ever

first_imgBERLIN—Global greenhouse emissions are skyrocketing. Emissions cuts required to avoid dangerous impacts of climate change are steep. And despite decades of talk, world governments have made paltry efforts to address the problem.That’s the grim picture painted by a major report on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions released today by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).“There is a clear message from science: To avoid dangerous interference with the climate system, we need to move away from business as usual,” said Ottmar Edenhofer, an energy expert at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, who was a co-chair of the roughly 500-page report, in a statement.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 report also describes the daunting work required to sidestep climate dangers, says energy expert Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Stanford, California. “To greatly reduce [carbon dioxide] emissions, we must revolutionize our systems of energy production and consumption,” he says. And that’s a “long, hard, and costly undertaking.”Several years in the making, the document is the third part of a three-part “assessment” of scientific literature since 2007, when IPCC last published its last round of voluminous assessment reports. IPCC released the first part, on climate science, in September 2013; the second report, on impacts of climate change, came out last month.Economists have compared the task of lowering the world economy’s carbon footprint—now the equivalent of about 50 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year—to turning a cruise ship. But the report says the ship is firing full steam ahead. Emissions in the first decade of this century were higher than the previous 3 decades, the report notes. “[T]he main contributors to emission growth were a growing energy demand and an increase of the share of coal in the global fuel mix,” the report’s summary says.From 2000 to 2010, world economies became more efficient in their use of energy, the report notes. That efficiency would have reduced global emissions by the equivalent of 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide over that time period, except that population grew steadily and energy use became more carbon intensive; the net result was an equivalent of 7 billion more tons of emissions in that decade than during the previous one.“There’s nothing that’s happened recently that suggests that we’re coming down,” Leon Clarke, an economist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, told reporters in a conference call. Clarke is one of the report’s authors.The report includes a variety of pathways to a more stable climate system by 2100, include aggressive paths that give the planet a shot to stay under an additional 2°C of warming, roughly equivalent to a carbon dioxide concentration of 450 parts per million (ppm). The concentration now is about 400 ppm. “The stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations at low levels requires a fundamental transformation of the energy supply system,” the summary of the report says.Zero carbon power in the form of renewables is a central part of the equation, the report says. It identifies four key technologies for achieving aggressive emissions reductions goals: nuclear power, energy efficiency, biofuels, and biomass energy with carbon capture and storage, known as BECCS.But tackling global emissions on such a massive scale will be pricey, the report finds. “A new element in this report is noting that BECCS could become important later this century if we are to stabilize atmospheric CO2 levels at 450 ppm or below,” Caldeira notes. “This says as much about the high cost of reaching these low stabilization levels as it does about the relatively low cost of BECCS. In most of the scenarios where BECCS plays a large role, the cost of [carbon dioxide] emissions rises to several hundred dollars per ton [of carbon dioxide].”Activists organizations, meanwhile, have sought to spin aspects of the report that suggest a glimmer of hope for a healthier atmostphere. “It is not too late to limit warming to less than 2°C – or even 1.5°C with less certainty – the levels beyond which risks start to accelerate substantially. But we have to stay within a limited carbon budget that is shrinking fast,” said Greenpeace in a prepared statement.last_img read more

Mad about Auto: Alto K10 AMT vs Nano XTA

first_imgI  still vividly remember the day the Nano was first revealed to the world in a jam packed hall at the Auto Expo 2008. Journalists from around the world waited with bated breath to see what Tata Motors had created. And then it happened; a holographic image of Ratan Tata emerged on screen and after a few graphic details, he drove the Nano along with its other variants onto the stage. Even the biggest sports or movie stars can seldom command the attention of such a crowd. Such was the draw of Tata’s ‘one lakh rupee’ car. The initial response was phenomenal but then problems began to emerge which seriously hindered the Nano’s run. And till not too long ago, the company could only sell a few hundred a month. The story of the Maruti-Suzuki Alto however was nothing short of amazing . The response the little hatch received was phenomenal. It was the worthy successor of the 800 and soon overtook the icon in terms of sales. Now, let’s see how these two very different cars have evolved and most importantly which one is the better one.The Tata Nano has been given a major overhaul. It now sports a new bumper up front and not to forget an additional trim on the bonnet. The headlamps now feature black surrounds and look cooler than before. In profile, one can notice the body colour ORVMs and the new wheelcaps. The biggest change however, comes at the back. The lack of an opening hatch was always the bane of the little red car and the addition of one has proportionately increased it’s utility. As a result, the rear section of the Nano has been strengthened further to retain its structural rigidity. But it has added around 35kg to the car as well. The bumper too has been redesigned. In all, the Nano now looks more upmarket and appealing. Inside, the changes seem more apparent. The steering to begin with is all new and follows the same steering wheel designs on the Bolt and Zest. The dash comes from the Twist which was launched a few months back. As a result, the Nano now comes with twin glove compartments and slots for the speakers as well. The instrument panel offers useful data to the driver. Apart from the speedo and fuel and temp gauge, the unit also displays gears, distance to empty and instant fuel consumption. The Tata also comes with a new audio system which also offers Bluetooth connectivity apart from USB and AUX input. The centre console has also been revised and the power window switches are now placed higher. The Nano is also an ergonomic delight. Getting in and out is easy thanks to the high seats and the all around view is also great. There is also ample space within the cabin both up front and at the rear. But in midst of all the great changes, the boot space does take a hit. Where the manual version of the car has 110 litres of boot space, the AMT version is restricted to 94 litres. Though, this can be increased by flipping the rear seats down. Also, the loading lip is quite high which hinders ease of loading. The Alto K10 on the other hand feels like a conventional hatch. In this new version, the company has reduced the bonnet length and therefore the car is more compact as compared to the old car. The headlamps are new and the K10 also gets fog lamps just like the Nano. In profile the K10 resembles the Alto 800. Things again change at the back where the K10 benefits from a new design. Step inside and the K10 displays its all new dash. It looks smart and the piano black centre console gives it an upmarket appeal. The factory audio system is well fitted and looks good. USB and AUX-in come as standard. The instrument panel offers a tacho which is missing in the Nano. The trip computer though is more comprehensive in the Nano. Unlike the Tata, the K10 does not offer as much stowage space within the cabin. Even the cubby hole on the centre console (thanks to the AMT lever) is hard to use. And despite being bigger it doesn’t feel as spacious as the Nano and primarily because it’s not as wide as the Nano. The elbows and shoulders will brush the door panels. It is the same story at the back. The seats are low and the ingress and egress requires more effort. The boot on the K10 though is much larger.advertisementadvertisementThe Nano continues with its rear engine, rear drive configuration. But It does not feel as noisy as before thanks to a better NVH package. 38bhp is what the Nano’s little twin pot 624cc motor develops. On top of that it has to haul a substantial kerb weight of 765kg. The Alto K10 on the other hand is powered by a 998cc engine making 68bhp. Moreover, the kerb weight of the K10 at 755kg is 10kg less compared to that of the Nano. However, when it comes to the transmission, both use a Magneti Marelli unit. There is an actuator which derives inputs from the drive by wire throttle and takes care of the gearshifts. On the Nano though, one does get a sport mode.Once on the move the first thing one notices is that the Tata isn’t exactly a sprinter. Going through the gears is gradual at best and the fourth gear is tuned to be super tall to aid fuel efficiency  The shifts are prominent and the driver will feel the box going through the cogs. At times one  has to shift into manual mode and downshift for overtaking.  In sport mode, the gears are held on till higher revs. Though minute but you do feel a slight surge of power. The Nano remains well settled till the speedo hits 80kmph. But from then on speeding up is a slow process which also tends to unsettle the Nano. The Tata turned out to be quite fuel efficient and its increased tank capacity which  now stands at 24 litres enhances the range as well. The Nano comes with an electric power steering which makes life easier in the city. It has the ability to zip through traffic and quick turnarounds are a doddle.  The ride quality too is great much like other Tata cars. It absorbs well and passengers are not exactly jolted around. Brake hard from 100kmph however and the Nano proves to be a handful since it comes with a brake booster but no ABS option so, it takes a careful foot from keeping the tyres from locking up. From 80 though it stops in a more confident manner. The K10 on the other hand feels like a hot rod as compared to the Nano. It sprints off much faster and has a higher topspeed than the Nano. It also feels better at 100kmph (which is quite close to the Nano’s top speed). Not to forget that the Alto K10 also boasts of a much higher top speed as well. The gearbox feels like the one on the Nano as well. It’s slow and shifts are felt prominently. However, things pan out better in the K10 thanks to the additional power it possesses. The steering is slightly heavier than the Nano and that helps at high speeds. But is nowhere close to being a unit which offers the proverbial ‘ample feedback’.last_img read more

La Liga: Barcelona’s Poor Start Continues with Surprise Loss to Granada

first_imgMadrid: Barcelona threw on their stars of the present and the future on Saturday but neither Lionel Messi nor Ansu Fati could save them from a dismal 2-0 defeat away at Granada.Messi was still not deemed fit enough to start at Los Carmenes while Fati, the 16-year-old who has lit up La Liga in recent weeks, also began the game on the bench. But while both came on at half-time with Barca trailing to Ramon Azeez’s opener, it was Granada that scored again, Alvaro Vadillo converting a penalty after Arturo Vidal was found guilty of a handball.Barcelona have now won only two of their opening five league games and none away from Camp Nou, this their second loss already, just one fewer than the three they suffered during the entirety of last season.With seven points on the board, this is their worst start to a season since 1994.”Obviously I am worried,” said coach Ernesto Valverde. “Because we are not getting good results and when that happens in two or three games, it means we are not playing well.”Instead, Granada go top of the table after capitalising on Atletico Madrid’s goalless draw at home to Celta Vigo a few hours before.They will stay there until Sunday, when Sevilla, Real Madrid or Athletic Bilbao could overtake them.Barcelona are sixth, grasping onto the consolation of Messi’s second substitute appearance in five days that now suggests he has finally recovered from the niggling calf injury sustained at the start of August.Their problems though are unlikely to be solved simply by their captain’s return.Junior Firpo’s error two minutes into his first start for the club gifted Granada their opening goal and set the tone for a chaotic night in defence.And up front, Antoine Griezmann was quiet again, with little in any of the combinations to suggest Ernesto Valverde has yet worked out who will form his best attacking trio and in what positions.”In the end, the coach is responsible and I feel responsible,” Valverde said. “I always think you can win or lose but at least you have to deserve to win when you lose, and today it hasn’t been like that.”Firpo’s mistake came early, as he shaped to play a long ball over the top back to his goalkeeper. Instead, the lively Roberto Soldado stole possession and slipped in Antonio Puertas.MESSI IMPACT LIMITEDWith Firpo on the floor, Gerard Pique scrambled across but Puertas’ shot only looped up off the defender to the back post where Azeez headed in.Granada seemed hungrier than Barca and their dominance persuaded Valverde to make two changes at half-time, Messi and Fati replacing Carles Perez and Firpo.Messi won a free-kick 30 yards out but hit it straight at the wall while Marc-Andre ter Stegen fumbled a cross and had to react quickly to claw it back off his own line.Any hopes of a Barca comeback were dashed in the 66th minute as Vidal handballed at the end of a scramble in the box and Vadillo made no mistake with the spot-kick.One break saw Messi supply Fati but the teenager took too long and then Messi tried himself but his shot was straight at the goalkeeper. In the end, Granada were comfortable winners.Atletico could have returned to the top of La Liga but were frustrated by a determined Celta Vigo.After coming from two goals down to salvage a point against Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday, Atletico failed to sustain the momentum in a match of few chances at the Wanda Metropolitano.Diego Simeone’s side won their opening three league games but are now two without a victory, following last weekend’s shock defeat away at Real Sociedad.This latest setback leaves Simeone with familiar questions to answer about his side’s attacking threat.Summer signing Joao Felix started before being replaced by Alvaro Morata in the second half, the Spanish striker available again after recovering from a knee injury.But neither Felix nor Morata, or their partner Diego Costa, could conjur up the decisive opening, with full-backs Renan Lodi and Kieran Trippier by far the team’s most creative outlets.Atletico drop to third in the table while Celta climb to 14th. Ansu Fatibarcelonaernesto valverdeGranada First Published: September 22, 2019, 7:44 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Karthik has no plans of quitting first class cricket, wants to claim Ranji title for TN

first_imgChennai, Dec 5 (PTI) Dinesh Karthik has made it clear he has no plans of quitting first class cricket to focus on limited overs, saying he will continue to pursue his dream of claiming the Ranji Trophy title for Tamil Nadu. Last month, India middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu had announced his retirement from first-class cricket to focus on ODIs and T20Is. Asked if he thinking in similar lines, Karthik said: “No, I haven’t thought about it because I really enjoy playing for Tamil Nadu. I think one of the joys of the sport is playing for the state. “The minute I think that people see me as a burden playing for Tamil Nadu I will take a step back,” he told reporters ahead of the Ranji Trophy Elite Group ‘B’ match between Tamil Nadu and Kerala beginning Thursday. “I will play for Tamil Nadu as long as possible only because the dream of winning that one title for me – the Ranji Trophy. Still not been able to achieve it, so I will keep trying as many years as I can play for Tamil Nadu.” The dashing wicketkeeper-batsman, who enjoyed a good 2018 including his heroics in the Nidahas Trophy final in Sri Lanka, said it was a phenomenal year.”It has been a phenomenal year. Very happy to be in the place that I am. There’s a lot to look forward to in the coming year. Actually, it is interesting times,” said Karthik, who was part of the Indian T20 squad which played in Australia recently.advertisement He is part of next year’s 50-overs World Cup but Karthik said he was not thinking so far ahead.”I am not thinking so far ahead. Because as soon as I start thinking about the World Cup and all that there will be more pressure than what is already there. “There is obviously the Australia series, New Zealand series … there is a lot of cricket coming up, I need to focus on that … the best I can do and take it from there,” he added. Karthik, who has been seen in the finisher’s role in the national side in recent times, said it was an aspect he was working on. “Look, I think that’s one aspect that I have been trying to work on, trying to finish games. I try to practice in such a way that I put myself in situations where I can practice that and things have been coming out pretty well in those kind of tense situations,” he said. “It is a very important aspect of batting … trying to finish games off and that’s what I am focusing on,” he added. To a question if he was focusing on cementing his place in the national T20 squad, the Tamil Nadu player said his aim was to do well in every match that he plays. “For me every match is an opportunity to do well, as clichéd as it sounds, that’s how I have been playing in the last few years. Next is the Ranji Trophy. I need to do well. My endeavour is to help Tamil Nadu qualify. “The T20s, ODIs and Tests all those will fall in place once I try and keep doing well consistently, it is a confidence sport.” Tamil Nadu have logged only five points from four games so far and Karthik said the team needs to play some special cricket if they have to qualify for the knockouts. “We need to play some special cricket. I don’t think we have played up to potential in the first four games. If we want to qualify we need to do something special from hereon,” he said. PTI SS ATKATKlast_img read more

India bowled exceptionally but we hung in there, says Australia’s Travis Head

first_imgTravis Head was the leading light for Australia amidst the doom and gloom of yet another poor show with the bat on day 2 of the first Test against India on Friday.Head scored an unbeaten half-century on his home debut to give Australia hope, being 191/7, still 59 runs short of India’s modest total of 250 at the close of play at the Adelaide Oval.”It’s nice to do the job for the team. That’s all I’m here to do. We hung in there in the end,” Head, was is 61 not out, said at the close of play to Fox Sports.Even though Head lauded the Indian bowlers for their efforts, he wants to stay positive about his team’s chances.”India bowled exceptionally today. We’ve got a really important hour in the morning. Every run is going to be valuable,” Head added.A half-century for Travis Head at his home ground!#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/YdSWCCechDcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 7, 2018Head wasn’t the only one though, as debutant Marcus Harris too said that Australia are “still fighting, still in the contest”.Harris, like Head was all praise for the Indian bowlers.”I thought they bowled really well – the run rate’s only two and a bit, so I thought they bowled really well. We stuck at it pretty well. It was a tough day. It wasn’t easy to score, so I thought we fought well,” Harris said at the press conference.”Travis Head batted well, Peter Handscomb looked good and Mitchell Starc batted well at the end. I think we’re in a decent position,” Harris said.advertisementHe said that Australia did want to get on the front foot and attack but the Indian bowlers kept relentless pressure to force them into fending off overs.”You can only put bowlers under pressure if they give you opportunity to put them under pressure. The wicket doesn’t let you play like that.”You want to come out and blast them everywhere and be going great guns, but sometimes it’s not that way. That’s why it’s called Test cricket. We’re still fighting, still in the contest.”That’s stumps! Australia trail by 59 runs, but Travis Head is leading the way for the home side on 61 not out.Scorecard here: https://t.co/lTUqyqRMzW #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/FwI9E8VvLFcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 7, 2018Asked if Australia’s intent was to attack the Indian bowling at all, he said, “You want to attack all the time but sometimes it’s not that easy. The wicket wasn’t overly easy to score on, and I thought they set good fields.”It was just one of those old school, hard days of Test cricket and I think it’s pretty even and both teams have bowled pretty well so far like you’ve seen.”Harris scored 26 off 57 balls in his first Test innings before R Ashwin, who finished with 3/50 on day two, dismissed him. The off spinner also got rid of left-handers Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh after lunch.”I’ve faced Nathan Lyon a lot and he’s pretty good. I thought Ashwin bowled really well, mixed up his pace a lot, bowled a few different variations with side spin and over spin.”There’s probably going to be a little bit of turn there going on in the game for the third and fourth innings, so Nathan will come into it like he did in the first innings.”(Ashwin) was hard to score off and Virat set some really good fields. It wasn’t easy but hopefully we can keep finding a way.””It was just a change of pace that came on a little bit quicker,” Harris added, about his own dismissal.”He’s been doing more media than I have!”Great stuff here from Marcus Harris on a special time for him and the family! #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/KVHwBw7figcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 7, 2018The opener said that it was a tough day of Test cricket when shot making wasn’t easy and that they had to bide time against such a disciplined bowling attack.”It’s not easy to score on. The last couple of years have been tough with the pink ball wicket and it’s similar now with a lot more grass on it. So it’s not as easy as it used to be with the old Adelaide Oval wicket.”We haven’t got millions of Test matches in our top six, so I think people just have to be a little bit patient. We’ll work it out, but it’s a tough wicket and they bowled really well.advertisement”Sometimes there’s going to be days where you can’t come out and blast them at three and four an over, just got to grind away.”A good thing with this wicket is it gets better as this match goes on, so I think that should hold us in good stead,” he signed off.(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Adelaide Test: Ricky Ponting raises questions after Aaron Finch’s rash shotAlso Read | Adelaide Test: R Ashwin thrilled after perfect attrition day for India against AustraliaAlso Read | Adelaide Test: Ashwin, Ishant lead India’s sensational fightback vs AustraliaAlso Read | Not everyone here is Pujara: Rishabh Pant taunts Australia batsmen in AdelaideAlso Read | Ashwin looking very dangerous, has learnt from Nathan Lyon: Sunil Gavaskarlast_img read more

Sands of time

first_imgThe land of luqaimat, bakhoor, sun and sand offers a stunning palette of sights and experiences- powdery sand dunes caressing the skyline, turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf, plush resorts, grand recreation centres and the Grand Prix arena that lure luxury seekers to Abu Dhabi. The sprawling emirate and its,The land of luqaimat, bakhoor, sun and sand offers a stunning palette of sights and experiences- powdery sand dunes caressing the skyline, turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf, plush resorts, grand recreation centres and the Grand Prix arena that lure luxury seekers to Abu Dhabi. The sprawling emirate and its capital city offer travellers a bevy of varied experiences from adventure to luxurious pampering and gastronomical journeys around the globe. In 48 hours, you can explore the best that Abu Dhabi offers- culture, food, adventure and decadent luxury.Arabic AntiquityMeet the earliest human communities to have come to the region, explore the ancient pilgrim routes and trace the evolution of trade with the new ongoing exhibition, Roads of Arabia-Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia that’s showing at the Louvre, Abu Dhabi. Already shown in 15 cities around the world, the exhibition has objects and artifacts found in the UAE that reflect the archaeological research in the region. As you wander through the four indoor galleries that house artifacts from the world over, the dazzling Fountain of Light by Ai Weiwei meets you in the last wing. Made with more than 32,000 crystals, the twisted glittering structure is an Instagram star and wraps up the tour that narrates the shared history of humanity across regions, an idea that Sheikh Zayed supposedly stressed on.Roads of Arabia is on exhibition till February 2019; Book tickets onwww.louvreabudhabi.aeArabian NightsStories of Alladin and Ali Baba come alive at the Arabian Nights Village that offers a glimpse into the life of the land before the discovery of oil transformed it into a modern international destination. Go dune bashing in the Al Khatim desert, hit the sand trail in sturdy 4 X 4 cars, hurtle down the sun-scorched sand dunes and stop to admire the sunset. Back at the Village, you’re welcomed with strong, spiced Arabic coffee poured in tiny ceramic cups and served with a date as the scent of Bakhoor floats through the cool evening air. Get Arabic henna prints drawn on your palms as an Oud player and belly dancers transport you to a bygone era remembered in books and films.advertisementBooking on arabiannightsvillage.com Exotic escape: Rides at Ferrari World.PlaytimeThe first glimpse of the recently opened Warner Brothers World brings a flood of childhood memories as Scooby Doo, Bugs Bunny, The Flintstones and Superman spring to life. The 29 fun rides offer a mix of thrilling adventure with the Joker Funhouse and Fast and Furry-ous and the slower Galactic Odyssey with Green Lantern that is more about technical prowess than thrill. If speed and sports cars are more your choice, Ferrari World is right around the corner at Yas Island, the leisure destination of Abu Dhabi. Experience the intense G-force on the Formula Rossa that zips at a speed of 240 km per hour, gokart with children or challenge the best lap times on simulators. The bathed-in-red first ever Ferraribranded theme park in the world offers adventure junkies 37 rides and attractions revolving around the Italian sports car.Tickets cost AED 295Culinary journeysFrom hobool to rajma and steak to sashimi, Abu Dhabi’s restaurants offer a gastronomical journey from around the globe. While the steakhouses at Ritz Carlton and Fairmont Bab Al Bahr are a delight for meat lovers, the Emirati cuisine restaurants give a glimpse into local delicacies. Mezlai at the Emirates Palace welcomes guests with a bowl of luqaimat, fried dough balls drizzled with date syrup, and offers a menu of fresh salads, hummus, babaganoush, mughrabia, Rgag, a traditional bread and harees, a popular dish in this part of the world. Wrap up the dinner with the famed coffee at the Emirates Palace that is finished with gold dust for a taste of decadence. If you’re looking for a more traditional experience, go to Al Fanar where the samboosa, hobool and khoboz khameer are served in floral print ceramic ware. The Abu Dhabi skyline at sunset.StaycationIf your idea of a getaway is luxurious pampering, the Ritz Carlton and Jumeirah at Saadiyat step in to offer just the perfect experience. The crescent-shaped, Renaissance-styled Ritz Carlton Grand Canal with a central Venetian-style waterway offers multi cuisine restaurants, lush lawns and the ESPA spa for massages and back rubs. At the newly opened Jumeirah on Saadiyat Island Island Resort, the beachside resort experience is irresistible with stunning views of the glittering Persian Gulf, multiple pools and rooms that open up to vistas of the white sands.last_img read more

Ronaldo, Raul & the greatest Real Madrid XI of all time

first_imgReal Madrid Ronaldo, Raul & the greatest Real Madrid XI of all time Goal 06:55 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getty Images Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid v Barcelona Barcelona Primera División Sergio Ramos In 2015, Goal asked readers in Spain to vote for the best players in Los Blancos history. Ahead of Saturday’s Clasico, find out who made the cut…last_img

Analyst Gives Early 2019 College Football Betting Line Projections

first_imgThree footballs next to a pylon(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Week 1 of the 2019 college football season is still over six months away, but projections are already coming in. On Wednesday we got the first look at what the betting line could look like for some early non-conference games.According to college football insider Brett McMurphy, projected point spreads have been calculated for the early-season games. Among the games that have been projected are LSU at Texas, Clemson at Texas A&M, and Notre Dame at Georgia.The Clemson Tigers will host the Texas A&M Aggies just over a week after their opener against Georgia Tech. The Tigers are projected to be be favored by 20.5 points against Jimbo Fisher’s side.As for the LSU-Texas game, the Tigers are projected to open as road favorites with an eight-point spread. The game will be the first regular season matchup between the two teams since 1954.Collin Wilson of the Action Network and The Athletic projected the Week 1 lines.Projected spreads via @_Collin1 for non-conference games:LSU -8 at TexasClemson -20.5 A&MUGA -10.5 NDMichigan -28 ArmyOhioSt -18 Cincinnati PennSt -7.5 PittOU -12 at UCLAStanford -3 at UCFNeutral sites:FSU -5.5 BoiseUF -8.5 MiamiAuburn -1.5 OregonWashSt -14 UH— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) February 20, 2019Georgia and Notre Dame will face off for only the third time ever, but the second time in three years. As the hosts, the Bulldogs are projected to be favored by 10.5 points.In the Big Ten, Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State will all be favored in games against Army, Cincinnati and Pitt respectively. All of them are favored by more than a touchdown.The Oklahoma Sooners, the defending Big 12 champions, will play first road game of the season against UCLA. They will be favored by 12 in that game.Finally, UCF – which has not lost a regular season game in two seasons – will be home underdogs against the Stanford Cardinals on September 14.Wilson was also asked specifically about the early season Nebraska-Colorado game. He likes the Huskers.Corn -3.5Any 🌽 lookahead number is going to take massive steam this spring/summer https://t.co/nKegkoSMKH— Collin Wilson (@_Collin1) February 20, 2019We’ll see how close he is to the lines when they are released.last_img read more

India vs New Zealand: Black Caps name strong squad for ODI series vs Virat Kohli’s men

first_img Press Trust of India WellingtonJanuary 17, 2019UPDATED: January 17, 2019 14:18 IST New Zealand have announced their squad for the first three ODIs vs India (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand have named a 14-man squad for the first three ODIs of the five-match series Kane Williamson will lead the strong side in the ODI series, starting January 23India will be without Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul as the duo is facing suspension after Koffee With KaranNew Zealand on Thursday brought back Tom Latham and Colin de Grandhomme in the team in its bid to field the strongest possible squad for the ODI series against India starting next week in Napier.Both Latham and de Grandhomme were rested during the 3-0 clean sweep of Sri Lanka, but were included in the 14-member squad for the first three ODIs of the five-match series starting next Wednesday.Skipper Kane Williamson and pacer Trent Boult, who were rested for the lone Twenty20 against Sri Lanka last Friday, are too named in the squad alongside fit-again Mitchell Santner.Santner made his comeback in the lone Twenty20 against Sri Lanka after being sidelined by injury for 10 months.New Zealand coach Gary Stead said the squad had been selected keeping in mind two priorities — first planning for the World Cup and secondly to give the Kiwis the best possible chance of winning the series against world no.2 India.”Our two main priorities have been to select and prepare a squad capable of winning what is shaping as a massive series against India, and gathering as much information as possible ahead of the World Cup,” Stead said.”Tom and Colin are experienced players in this format and will offer quality in their respective roles.”New Zealand squad (first three ODIs): Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.India squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, K Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill.advertisementAlso Read | Hardik, Rahul suspended for Koffee with Karan controversy: What lies ahead for the two?Also Read | MS Dhoni warms up for series decider against Australia at MCG. WatchAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow Trent BoultFollow Virat KohliFollow India cricket teamFollow New Zealand ODI squad India vs New Zealand: Black Caps name strong squad for ODI series vs Virat Kohli’s menIndia vs New Zealand: Skipper Kane Williamson and pacer Trent Boult who were rested for the lone Twenty20 against Sri Lanka last Friday, are too named in the squad alongside fit-again Mitchell Santner.advertisementlast_img read more

TV anchor apologises for making fun of Prince George for learning ballet after public outrage

first_imgTV anchor apologises for making fun of Prince George for learning ballet after public outrageGood Morning America host Lara Spencer recently poked fun at Prince George for learning ballet at school. She expressed regret over her comment after massive backlash.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 24, 2019UPDATED: August 24, 2019 13:30 IST Journalist apologises for making fun of Prince George for learning ballet after public outrageLara Spencer, who is a TV anchor on Good Morning America, recently came under fire for making fun of Prince George over taking ballet lessons at school.During the broadcast of her show, Lara had apparently said, “In addition to the usual first- and second-grade things like math, science and history, the future King of England will be putting down the Play-Doh to take on religious studies, computer programming, poetry and ballet, among other things,” encouraging laughter from the audience.I bloody love that Prince George is going to be doing ballet, it’s so endearing. Boys dance, and it makes them no less of a man. Really nothing to be laughed at @LaraSpencer @GMA #BoysDanceToo pic.twitter.com/NIY59Po8EzChris (@Chris_CPH) August 23, 2019In fact, after she poked fun at George, her co-host could also be heard giggling. She even used a picture of him laughing and said: “Oh he looks so happy about the ballet class.” She continued, “Prince William says Prince George absolutely loves ballet. I have news for you, Prince William: We’ll see how long that lasts.”After the GMA host received backlash for her insensitive comments, she took to her Instagram account to post an apology and expressed regret over her comment regarding the young prince.She wrote, “My sincere apologies for an insensitive comment I made in pop news yesterday. From ballet to anything one wants to explore in life, I say GO FOR IT.”She added, “I fully believe we should all be free to pursue our passions. Go climb your mountain-and love every minute of it.”The segment sparked massive outrage all over, with people criticising her over promoting toxic masculinity and criticising George for taking up ballet. One Twitter user wrote, “Just think about the young boys who may have seen this and could quit their passion at her expense.”This is what people are saying:come on @GMA @LaraSpencer #ballet4boys pic.twitter.com/GuEOTWn7NFROSIE (@Rosie) August 23, 2019Ballet takes discipline, athleticism, passion, dedication, integrity, love, grace, team work… All reasons to celebrate someone wanting to join the sport @laraspencer @GMA, not mock it!Sierra Boggess (@sierraboggess) August 23, 2019watching @LaraSpencer publically shame a 6 yr old on @GMA for wanting to take ballet today really brought up a lot. shame. adding to society’s already toxic view of masculinity with your platform. keep dancing, lil George.ricky ubeda (@RickyUbeda11) August 23, 2019.@LaraSpencer I don’t know what kind of toxic masculinity and gender stereotypes you’ve bought into, but do not project them onto young boys who want to dance. @GMAMALINDA (@missmalindakat) August 23, 2019A little boy named Patrick once took dance classes from his mother almost every day. He turned out to be a great human being, and one hell of a dancer. @LaraSpencer @GMA @ABCNetwork pic.twitter.com/8Q1wxw6UKQScott Nevins (@ScottNevins) August 23, 2019So disappointed and furious to hear @LaraSpencer making fun of a 6 year old boy for studying the art & discipline of ballet. @GMA I wouldn’t be on broadway without my training in ballet. pic.twitter.com/Y0iHGDW0JRReed Luplau (@reedluplau) August 23, 2019Hey Prince George, don’t let @LaraSpencer’s rude comments about ballet bother you. Real men dance. It’s cool, and chicks dig it.Also, some ballet dancers grow up to be #SpiderMan- right @TomHolland1996? pic.twitter.com/pWpbL6gMLZBrittany Kaplan (@BrittanyLKaplan) August 23, 2019Prince George will soon be returning to St Thomas’s Battersea School next month.ALSO SEE | Elton John: Will protect Meghan Markle and Prince Harry from media intrusion that killed DianaALSO WATCH | FIFA World Cup: Prince William pays England squad a visitGet 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 byKrishna Priya Pallavi Tags :Follow Prince George Nextlast_img read more

Pension Benefits Amendment Proclaimed

first_img An amendment to the Pension Benefits Act that further protects pension plan members when their employer voluntarily closes was proclaimed today, Dec 21. During the recent legislative session, government introduced an amendment that will ensure all pension plans are fully funded when a company leaves the province or winds down its pension plan. The amendment does not cover companies that close down through bankruptcy or are placed in receivership. “We committed to getting the amendment proclaimed as soon as possible and we’ve done that,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “All employees in Nova Scotia working in the private sector and municipal governments will know that legislation is in place to protect them if their pension plan winds down.” The amendment applies to companies that announced closures effective May, 1, 2007. For more information the Pension Benefits Legislation, visit the website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla . ENVIRONMENT/LABOUR–Pension Benefits Amendment Proclaimedlast_img read more

Atlantic Canadians keep wary watch on advancing tropical storms hurricanes

first_imgHALIFAX – With the remnants of one tropical storm already dumping rain across Atlantic Canada on Tuesday, residents were keeping a close watch on three other storms churning their way across the Atlantic.Special weather statements were issued for tropical depression Gordon, which was expected to deliver up to 40 millimetres of rain to parts of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland before dissipating on Wednesday.Meanwhile, hurricane Florence — the first major hurricane of the season — is heading toward the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, with forecasters warning it could be one of the most catastrophic storms to hit the region in decades.“It’s still going to be a major hurricane when it arrives along the Eastern Seaboard of the southern U.S. at the end of the week,” said Ian Hubbard, a meteorologist with the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax.“It’s getting very close to Category 5 sustained winds over the next 36 hours … It’s still a very powerful, major storm that we have to take seriously.”A Category 5 hurricane can generate sustained winds at 251 kilometres per hour.A million people have been ordered to leave the U.S. coast and millions more prepared for Florence’s predicted arrival on late Thursday or early Friday. Seven-day rainfall totals are forecast to reach 500 millimetres over much of North Carolina and Virginia, and even 760 mm in some places.However, Hubbard said Florence is not expected to have any impact on Canada, given its predicted track into the U.S. mainland, where it will likely weaken considerably on the weekend.By the end of the week, a high pressure system is expected to park itself over Atlantic Canada, blocking Florence from a northerly advance and bringing fair weather to the region.“It’s going to keep any of that rain from this system away from us until the beginning of next week,” Hubbard said.As for the two other tropical storms spinning westward across the Atlantic — Isaac and Helene — both are also expected to steer clear of Canadian territory.Tropical storm Isaac is forecast to grow in strength, but it is expected to maintain a steady westward track through the Caribbean Sea into the weekend.“It’s well south of us,” said Hubbard. “It’s not looking like there will be any impact whatsoever on Canada.”As for hurricane Helene, it is on a predicted track that has the storm swinging to the northeast by Saturday, remaining in the middle of the North Atlantic.“It’s a long way from us,” Hubbard said. “It’s going to be staying well away from our side of the ocean.”So far this season, there have been nine named storms — five of them were hurricanes.In May, the Canadian Hurricane Centre said its forecasters were expecting a “near-normal to above-normal” number of storms this season, a prediction that has proven to be correct — so far.Last year, there were 17 named storms. Three of them — Harvey, Irma and Maria — were major hurricanes that ravaged Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and many Caribbean islands.None of the 17 storms in 2017 made landfall in Canada.“It doesn’t always play out that a busy season in the Atlantic affects us directly,” said Hubbard. “Even if you have a slow season, it only takes one storm to really have an impact and cause a lot of damage.”The hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, when the waters of the Atlantic Ocean are warm enough to produce tropical cyclones.last_img read more

US China put brakes on their trade dispute with ceasefire

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The United States and China reached a 90-day ceasefire in a trade dispute that has rattled financial markets and threatened world economic growth. The breakthrough came after a dinner meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires.Trump agreed to hold off on plans to raise tariffs Jan. 1 on $200 billion in Chinese goods. The Chinese agreed to buy a “not yet agreed upon, but very substantial amount of agricultural, energy, industrial” and other products from the United States to reduce America’s huge trade deficit with China, the White House said.The truce, reached after a dinner of more than two hours Saturday, buys time for the two countries to work out their differences in a dispute over Beijing’s aggressive drive to supplant U.S. technological dominance.“It’s an incredible deal,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. “What I’ll be doing is holding back on tariffs. China will be opening up, China will be getting rid of tariffs. China will be buying massive amounts of products from us.”In a long-sought concession to the U.S., China agreed to label fentanyl, the deadly synthetic opioid responsible for tens of thousands of American drug deaths annually, as a controlled substance. And Beijing agreed to reconsider a takeover by U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm that it had previously blocked.The White House announcement framed a victory for Trump and his unflinching negotiating tactics, securing a commitment from China to engage in talks on key U.S. economic priorities, with little obvious concession by the U.S. Notably, however, the White House appears to be reversing course on its previous threats to tie trade discussions to security concerns, like China’s attempted territorial expansion in the South China Sea.“It’s great the two sides took advantage of this opportunity to call a truce,” said Andy Rothman, investment strategist at Matthews Asia. “The two sides appear to have had a major change of heart to move away from confrontation toward engagement. This changes the tone and direction of the bilateral conversation.”The Trump-Xi meeting was the marquee event of Trump’s whirlwind two-day trip to Argentina for the G-20 summit after the president cancelled a sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin over mounting tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Trump also cancelled a Saturday news conference, citing respect for the Bush family following the death of former President George H.W. Bush.Trump said Bush’s death put a “damper” on what he described as a “very important meeting” with Xi.The United States and China are locked in a dispute over their trade imbalance and Beijing’s tech policies. Washington accuses China of deploying predatory tactics in its tech drive, including stealing trade secrets and forcing American firms to hand over technology in exchange for access to the Chinese market.Trump has imposed import taxes on $250 billion in Chinese products — 25 per cent on $50 billion worth and 10 per cent on the other $200 billion. Trump had planned to raise the tariffs on the $200 billion to 25 per cent if he couldn’t get a deal with Xi.China has already slapped tariffs on $110 billion in U.S. goods.Under the agreement reached in Buenos Aires, the two countries have 90 days to resolve their differences over Beijing’s tech policies. If they can’t, the higher U.S. tariffs will go into effect on the $200 billion in Chinese imports.U.S. officials insist that the American economy is more resilient to the tumult than China’s, but they remain anxious of the economic effects of a prolonged showdown — as Trump has made economic growth the benchmark by which he wants his administration judged.A full-blown resolution was not expected to be reached in Buenos Aires; the issues that divide them are just too difficult.Growing concerns that the trade war will increasingly hurt corporate earnings and the U.S. economy are a key reason why U.S. stock prices have been sinking this fall.Joining other forecasters, economists at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development last week downgraded their outlook for global economic growth next year to 3.5 per cent from a previous 3.7 per cent. In doing so, they cited the trade conflict as well as political uncertainty.The U.S. and China also made progress on the regulation of fentanyl, which is 50 times more powerful than heroin. U.S. officials for years have been pressing the Chinese government to take a tougher stance against fentanyl, and most U.S. supply of the drug is manufactured in China.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says China’s decision to label the drug as a controlled substance means that “people selling Fentanyl to the United States will be subject to China’s maximum penalty under the law.”The White House also said that China’s government is “open to approving” the purchase of Dutch semiconductor manufacturer NXP by American chipmaker Qualcomm.China nixed the proposed takeover earlier this year, citing antitrust concerns, after U.S. and European regulators approved the deal.China’s decision earlier this year came amid a period of heightening tensions between the U.S. and China over trade and intellectual property issues.Qualcomm announced it was dropping plans to proceed with the deal after it failed to receive Chinese government approval. It is unclear whether the transaction could be revived even with China’s acquiescence.In other developments, Trump announced aboard Air Force One on his return to Washington from Buenos Aires that his next meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un would likely happen in January or February. He said there were three sites under consideration, but he declined to name them.Trump also said he would shortly be providing formal notice to Congress that he will terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement, giving lawmakers six months to approve the replacement he signed Friday. He said lawmakers can choose between the replacement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or nothing.___Wiseman reported from Washington.Paul Wiseman, Zeke Miller And Catherine Lucey, The Associated Presslast_img read more

City releases 2017 Annual Report

first_imgThe biggest highlight of the City Manager’s Office was the purchasing of the Condill Hotel, which meant they could tear it down and start their revitalization of downtown.The Community Services Division was pleased to announce that they held 68 special events on civic properties, had 2,670 children participate in Tumble Time as well as the Bouncing Bean Programs, and hosted the U-17 Men’s World Hockey Challenge.Corporate Services reported that Bylaw Officers impounded 115 dogs, issued 1,247 parking metre violations, and responded to 40 noise complaints, while RCMP received 13,217 calls of distress, issued 2,240 traffic tickets/warnings, responded to 1,070 crimes against persons, and responded to 1,937 crimes against property.Public Works and Utilities highlights included recycling 1.5 million litres of effluent, producing 3.1 million cubic metres of potable water, and issuing 92 permits for residential construction.In 2017 the city made $87,253,242 in revenue while having $57,405,960 in expenses. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The city of Fort St. John released its Annual Report for 2017 on Monday.The report reviewed a number of the city’s accomplishments from the previous year. Accomplishments included being named Clean Energy BC Community of the Year, winning the CAMA Environment Award for the city’s Micro Hydro Project, and having a third quality year in Financial Reporting.Included in the report were highlights from the City Manager’s Office, Community Services Division, Corporate Services Division, as well as Public Works Department.last_img read more

Unemployment Rate in Morocco up to 9.9% in 2013-2014: HCP

Rabat – The unemployment rate in Morocco reached 9.9% in the 2013-2014 fiscal year, increasing by 0.7 points year on year, according to the High Planning Commission (HCP).The number of active unemployed Moroccans increased by 8% nationally, jumping from 1,081,000 in 2013 to 1,167,000 in 2014, which means an additional 86,000 people out of work (63,000 in urban areas and 23,000 in rural areas), said HCP in a memo on the job market situation in 2014.The rate of unemployment rose from 9.2% to 9.9% at the national level, from 14% to 14.8% in urban zones and from 3.8% to 4.2% in rural zones, said HCP. HCP noted that a larger increase in the unemployment rate was noticed in urban areas among the youth aged 15-24 (+2.1 points), women (+1.5 points) and graduates (+1.3 points).MWN with MAP

UN backs Pillay on Lanka

The United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York says it backs the work carried out by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, while she was in Sri Lanka.Farhan Haq, the Associate Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the UN also encourages respect for the work of all human rights defenders. He was commenting at the daily UN press briefing when asked about reports that people who met Pillay during her Sri Lanka visit had been harassed by government officials. “Certainly, we believe that no one should face intimidation for speaking to the United Nations.  We also encourage respect for the work of all human rights defenders.  And we, needless to say, we respect… we fully support the work that Navanethem Pillay was doing while she was on the ground in Sri Lanka.  We may have more to say on this down the line, but for now, basically, those are the standard principles,” Farhan Haq said. Earlier the government had said that if there was such intimidation or threats then details of such incidents should be provided to the government or the police to investigate.Government spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella had told the Colombo Gazette that Pillay should be cautious not to be misled by false propaganda. However he said as a “responsible government” they will investigate the claims if the evidence to back those claims is submitted. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Pope Francis proclaims Mother Teresa a saint

Pope Francis proclaimed Mother Teresa of Calcutta a saint of the Roman Catholic Church on Sunday, 19 years after her death.Thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square applauded as the tiny nun known as the “saint of the gutters” in her lifetime was officially elevated to join the Church’s more than 10,000 saints. Francis’s predecessor Pope John Paul II bent Vatican rules to fast-track Mother Teresa to sainthood – a process which usually does not start until five years after the candidate’s death – two years after she died in 1997. (Courtesy Reuters)

Mirza Dzomba Polish league is 50 better than Croatian

Mirza DzombaVive Targi Kielce Legendary right wing of Croatia NT and many top teams as C.O Zagreb, MKB Veszprem or Ciudad Real, now in T-shirts of Polish champions, Vive Targi Kielce, Mirza Dzomba (33) talked for Handball-Polska.pl about his first impressions about new league and gave some comparations:– I think that in the Polish league playing a lot of interesting players. Maybe the league is not as good as in Germany and Spain, but  is 50% better than the Croatian league. I am surprised positively with a competition. League level is high. For sure the level is not as low as some people have told me when I came to Poland.Matches in national Superliga and in Champions League are different, but have something same… – Yes, for sure. Everywhere we have to give 100%, we can not think about opponents. You have to go to every single match with full concentration. We can’t look if it is inferior or superior opponents. With all we have to play at full speed and do our job as best we can. ← Previous Story Toledo dismissed Astrauskas – New coach is Jorge Liebana Next Story → Ciudad Real sets a new record – 64 wins in a row! read more

Former FF councillor charged with three counts of conspiracy to murder

first_imgA FORMER FIANNA FÁIL councillor has appeared in court charged with three counts of conspiracy to murder.Gary O’Flynn, 37, of Hayfield Drive in Whitechurch, was charged at Cork District Court this morning.O’Flynn, who was a member of Cork City Council between 2003 and 2008, was remanded in prison and will appear again via video link next Wednesday.A bail application was refused.The charges allege that on dates between October 1, 2012 and February 15, 2013, O’Flynn solicited a man named Roy McCarthy to murder three people contrary to Section 4 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861.The three alleged intended victims were Detective Garda Mary Skehan, Revenue Commissioners officer George Ross, and a third individual named Patrick Sweeney.O’Flynn was granted free legal aid.O’Flynn was co-opted to Cork City Council in 2003 when his father, former TD Noel O’Flynn, ended the ‘dual mandate’. He retained the seat at the 2004 elections and resigned it in 2008, when his brother Kenneth was co-opted to replace him.Comments on this piece have been disabled as court proceedings are now active.last_img read more