first_imgIn came Kohli to rapturous chants of his name and got to In came Kohli to rapturous chants of his name and got to business straightaway, cutting a widish Santner ball to the boundary and then pulled Wagner for another leg-side boundary. However, the Indian captain lasted only 10 balls. Wagner banged one short, which Kohli miscued a pull and found out Sodhi, who was specifically kept for that shot. Vijay was patient in his approach and helped himself with four shots the fence while Pujara was swift and scored at a decent pace, hitting five boundaries. Earlier, Rahul made a cracking start, hitting two crisp boundaries off paceman Boult in the very first over. Wagner kept banging it short to test the Indian openers while Boult preferred fullish length. Rahul was confident and comfortable at the crease and never looked like troubled by either of the two fast bowlers. Kiwi skipper introduced Santner in the eighth over and continued with Wagner from one end. Rahul swept the left-arm spinner for a six but the Kiwi bowler exacted his revenge by having the young Indian batsmen caught behind in the next over. Santner posed questions for the Indian batsmen, who handled Craig comparatively easily. Both the spinners flighted the ball but it being a first-day pitch, there was not much purchase from it. PTI AT KHS KHSlast_img read more

Aamir wont go on Bigg Boss to promote Dangal

first_imgMumbai, Nov 28 (PTI) Superstar Aamir Khan has said that he will not be going on his actor friend Salman Khans popular show “Bigg Boss” to promote his upcoming film “Dangal”.”I am not going on television to promote the film. We will have trailer and promo of our film,” Aamir replied when asked about his plans to promote the film on Salmans “Bigg Boss”.”I am sure he loves to promote my film. Even I love to promote his film. I am dying to show him Dangal as well,” Aamir added.Earlier, Salman played the role of a wrestler in “Sultan” and now Aamir will also be seen portraying a wrestler – Mahavir Singh Phogat – in “Dangal”.When asked if he discussed anything about wrestling with the “Dabangg” star, Aamir said, “No I did not discuss. We had our coach Kripa Shankar Singh to train us, he has contributed immensely to our film.”In the upcoming biographical sports film “Dangal”, Aamir, 51, will be seen in two different avatars one where he is sporting a lean and muscular look and other where he is seen as a bulky person.During the promotions of “Sultan” Salman had said that he had advise Aamir to not to sport six pack abs when playing a wrestler.”There are different kinds of wrestlers. Like in a akhada you will see a wrestler who does mud fighting and is huge and has a paunch. But then there is Sushil Kumar (wrestler) who has a six pack and he is fit. Even Geeta and Babita are fit and have no ounce of fat on them,” he said.advertisementHelmed by Ali Abbas Zafar, “Sultan” turned out to be a blockbuster, while the fate of “Dangal” will be known when it releases on December 23. PTI KKP JCHlast_img read more

Aamir has qualities of great athletes: Rahul Bhatt

first_imgMumbai, Dec 7 (PTI) Celebrity fitness trainer Rahul Bhatt has heaped praise on Aamir Khan for his dedication and perseverance which led him to achieve the dramatic physical transformation for his upcoming film “Dangal”.In the upcoming sports-drama,Aamir, 51, gained weight to be 98 kilos for his role as Mahavir Phogatand then shed 20 kgs to play the young Phogat.Rahul, son of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, is bowled over by Aamirs dedication.”He is dedicated, he has got perseverance and patience. These are the characteristics which all great athletes have. You have to be mentally strong to undergo that amount of training and he had that,” Rahul told PTI.Aamir first gained weight for the role and weighed almost 98 kgs, when Rahul came on board for the next transformation.”We had a couple of days here and there which were offs but there were no laid back days, it was serious work. He has that tunnel vision. When he is in that zone, there is no looking back. Thats an exceptional quality,” Rahul said.The trainer divided the sessions intotraining and diet aspects, which resulted in the superstar later weighing 73 kgs.When asked if such contrast in weight gain and loss is dangerous, Rahul said,”At his age, you are hormonally at a disadvantage. Then you have the pressure and burden of super stardom. It is not easy, it is very though. But we were all working towards a unified vision and have achieved it.”The Nitesh Tiwari-directed film is the story of Haryana- based wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, who trained his daughters Geeta and Babita to become wrestlers.advertisementThe biographical sports-drama will release on December 23. PTI JUR GK BKlast_img read more

Mirabai Chanu wins gold at World Weightlifting Championship 2017 after 22 years

first_imgMirabai Chanu has clinched gold at the 2017 World Weightlifting Championship. Chanu has become the first Indian in over two decades to claim a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championship in Anaheim, USA. Earlier, only Karnam Malleshwari had had the honour of lifting gold at the championship.She lifted 85kg in snatch and 109kg in clean and jerk to total an impressive 194kg in the women’s 48kg, in the process setting a new national record.Chanu Mirabai struggles with her 85kg snatch in the Women’s 48#2017iwfwwc IWF (@iwfnet) 30 November 2017The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, took to twitter to congratulate Chanu, who is currently employed with the Indian Railways.India is proud of Mirabai Chanu, who has won a gold at the World Weightlifting Championship. Congratulations and best wishes for her future endeavours.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 30 November 2017Thailand’s Sukcharoen Thunya won the silver medal with a total lift of 193kg, while Segura Ana Iris bagged the bronze with 182kg.More about ChanuShe was born in Imphal, Manipur on August 8, 1994Chanu began weightlifting in the year 2007 at Khuman Lampak Stadium, ImphalAfter her mediocre performance during Rio Olympics, she worked very hard to put behind the debacle and come all prepared for the event.Other achievementsShe won gold at 2016 South Asian GamesDuring 2014 Common Wealth Game, Glassgow she won silverAt South Asian Junior Games she bagged goldInternational Youth Championship 2011 she got goldDuring 2013 Junior National Championship, Guwahati she was adjudged best lifterSome of the world’s top weightlifting nations such as Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Azerbaijan could not take part in the competition due to issues related to doping.(With inputs from PTI)advertisementInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Schaffner introduces new series of RFI filters with IEC Inlet C14 or C20

first_img Continue Reading Previous Kontron: COMe-cVR6 (E2) module with new AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processorNext Amplicon: Serial-to-Ethernet Integration made easy with industrial-grade device servers Schaffner introduces a new series of RFI filters with IEC Inlet C14 or C20. The dual-stage high-performance FN 9255 filter series are an addition to the market proven FN 92XX filter families and have been developed for high frequency applications, above 30MHz. The FN 9255 is the first power inlet designed by Schaffner to operate up to 300MHz.The only difference from a standard Schaffner IEC inlet is a slightly increased length, which means the FN 9222, FN 9233, FN9244 and recently introduced FN 9255 all are fit in the same cut out, allowing designers exchange inlet filters if the system requires higher performance than one of the basic models.The new series offers a high number of variants of approximately 100 different filter types. Included in the range are versions designed for medical applications, one with and one without an earth line choke. Another new feature of the series is a rear mount version, which includes a press-in nut to allow a reliable assembly without adding complexity to the system chassis. The very wide variant diversity and comprehensive attenuation properties means the FN 9255 series offers a filtered power inlet solution for a wide range of applications including the latest household appliances, audio, video and also medical devices. The filters have full international safety approvals (UL 60939-3, IEC 60939-3 and CQC), are CE marked and are compatible with the RoHS II (2015/863) directive.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Zlatan, Beckham place wagers ahead of Sweden-England QF

first_imgFormer Sweden captain Zlatan Irbahimovic has challenged his former Paris St Germain teammate David Beckham to a wager ahead of the mouth-watering FIFA World Cup 2018 quarterfinal between England and Sweden on Saturday.Ibrahimovic, who retired from international football after the Euro 2016 and is currently plying his trade for MLS team LA Galaxy, has promised to treat Beckham to dinner “anywhere in the world if England win” in Samara.However, if Sweden win then Zlatan wants the former England captain to buy him whatever he wants from IKEA Sverige, which is a renowned Swedish furniture house.Zlatan Ibrahimovic says Sweden can win the FIFA World Cup 2018″Yo David Beckham if England wins I buy you dinner where ever you want in the world, but if Sweden wins you buy me whatever I want from IKEA Sverige ok?,” Sweden’s record goal-scorer posted on Twitter.Yo @davidbeckham if @England wins I buy you dinner where ever you want in the world, but if Sweden wins you buy me what ever I want from @IKEASverige ok? Ibrahimovi (@Ibra_official) July 6, 2018Beckham, who played alongside Ibrahimovic at Paris St. Germain and also for LA Galaxy before retirement, accepted the wager but changed the terms of the deal a little bit.”Zlatan Ibrahimovic if Sweden win I will personally take you to IKEA Sverige and buy you what ever you need for the new mansion in LA, but when England win I want you to come watch an England game at Wembley wearing an England shirt and enjoy fish & chips at half time,” Beckham wrote.advertisementThe terms of the deal have been set #SWEENG Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) July 6, 2018Ibrahimovic believes Sweden can beat England and eventually win the World Cup in Russia if they can handle the pressure. He had earlier taken a friendly dig at Beckham on Friday before tweeting about the bet.”I’m Swedish and I believe in Sweden against England, so we’ll see what David Beckham says when I talk to him,” he said.Ibrahimovic scored 62 goals in 116 games for his country, including a spectacular bicycle-kick against England at the Friends Arena in Stockholm in 2012, and a debate raged about whether or not Sweden coach Janne Andersson should bring him back into the squad for Russia, but they seem to be doing well enough without him.Ibra however, believes his country has the firepower to beat any team and win the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.”Now it’s not just about how good you are. Now there are a lot of emotions in the picture, because it’s about quarter-finals. The team that can handle their feelings best will have an advantage,” he said.”Yes, I think Sweden can become world champion, just like I said before the World Cup started. They beat Mexico, which was strong, and then they defeated Switzerland as well. So they have had success, as nobody thought they would.”Now it’s about England on Saturday and we are all there with our full support behind them. All the Swedes in the world are proud of our national team and they will continue to be proud, regardless of how it goes,” Ibra said.England will look to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup for the third time in their history, while the Swedes aim to make it into the last four for the fifth time when the two teams meet in Samara.Sweden reached the semis in 1938, 1950, 1958 (when they were hosts and would go on to play in the final) and in 1994 in the US, reports Xinhua news agency.The English qualified for the semi-finals in 1966, (when they won the World Cup on home soil) and 1990, when they endured the heartbreak of losing a penalty shoot-out to Germany.last_img read more

Model mom Mara Martin breastfeeding on the ramp has Internet divided

first_imgIt’s not always that you find a woman breastfeeding her child while walking the ramp.Naturally, a mother of a five-month-old made headlines when she strutted down the ramp in a bikini, at the annual Miami Swim Week show, while nursing her baby.Mara Martin from Monroe, Michigan, flaunted a one-shoulder golden bikini as she breastfed her daughter Aria.Martin was chosen as one of the 16 finalists for the fashion show at W South Beach.The model wrote on social media, “I can’t believe I am waking up to headlines with me and my daughter in them for doing something I do every day. It is truly so humbling and unreal to say the least. I’m so grateful to be able to share this message and hopefully normalise breastfeeding and also show others that women CAN DO IT ALL!” Picture courtesy: Instagram/_maramartin_Martin’s walk was applauded by netizens with many calling the model’s decision to breastfeed on the ramp “inspiring”. Here’s how they reacted:She not only looks amazing but Mara Martin is who we all are – women, strong beautiful people and shes doing the best job being a mum while working. (@kiwiwmn) July 16, 2018Yep. THIS. When women are empowered the world is a better place. Thank you Mara Martin for your bravery. And thank you to all the brave women that stand proud in their own skin, doing (@MariaLKanellis) July 17, 2018@lorraine I think breastfeeding on the catwalk is great. It’s about time people realised just how important and special breastfeeding is #welcometo2018 #normalisebreastfeeding #mumpowerShelley (@ShelleysWorldxo) July 17, 2018so so proud of Mara Martin for breastfeeding her baby while walking the swimsuit runway for sports illustrated #normalizebreastfeedingKay (@kaymoffett21) July 17, 2018Some people, however, criticised Martin, saying that breastfeeding on the ramp was just a publicity stunt and had nothing to do with normalising the act. Here’s what they said:#Breastfeeding runway model Mara Martin was a hit with Instagram users via @usatoday Not at all saying she cant, but walking the runway in a bikini while breastfeeding is weird as hell. Not gross, just weird. #MeAndJesse @MarkPavelich & @JesseMartineauMeAndJessePodCast (@MeAndJessePod) July 18, 2018Im all for breastfeeding, 100% but why does EVERTHING have to be made into a huge circus. Thank you for breastfeeding while walking the catwalk were all better ppl for caring David (@arlana_david) July 17, 2018Show me breastfeeding in the grocery store, the bank etc without any prejudice then Ill applaud! Thats real life, not a catwalk.Arlana David (@arlana_david) July 17, 2018Didnt get impressed , what she did it is to get publicity to me was disgusting not by breastfeeding but to use her babylety (@TITY62) July 17, 2018Breastfeeding in a discreet manner is normal, breastfeeding on a runway wearing a gold bikini in front of the hundreds of people for all the world to see??? Thats Mara Martin grasping at her 15 minutes of fame. Should be embarrassed and ashamed for using her child to it.Jason Eisenschink (@JasonE4187) July 17, 2018Also Read:This breastfeeding photoshoot highlights all the negative comments mothers receiveAlso Watch: Should India have a Period Leave Policy? This is what Delhi women have to saylast_img read more

Australian Open: Roger Federer defeats Taylor Fritz in his 100th match at Rod Laver Arena

first_imgRoger Federer has played on Rod Laver Arena a hundred times and has six Australian Open crowns in his collection of 20 Grand Slam titles.The 37-year-old tennis statesman has developed a loyal following over 20 consecutive visits to the Australian Open for the season-opening major.After beating 21-year-old American Taylor Fritz 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 on Friday on the center court at Melbourne Park, and reaching the Round of 16 at a Grand Slam tournament for the 63rd time, he raised his racket to the crowd. It was not unlike what a batter scoring a century would do to acknowledge 100 at the nearby Melbourne Cricket Ground.He’ll next play 20-year-oldStefanos Tsitsipas, who draws a big, vocal crowd to Melbourne Park.”I think I wanted to get out of the blocks quickly. I knew of the threat of Taylor,” Federer said. “I think I had extra focus today.”Tsitsipas had a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 win over Nikoloz Basilashvili earlier on Margaret Court Arena to become the first Greek man to reach the fourth round at multiple majors. He reached the same round at Wimbledon last year.Big sections of Greeks sang songs and waved the blue and white flag and scarves in the crowd. Melbourne has the highest concentration of Greek people of any city outside of Greece, and is getting a lot of attention.”I’m delighted,” he said. “I feel so comfortable. I feel like playing at home.”It’s exciting to have such an atmosphere. I never get to play with so many Greek people supporting me … and, and, and, Australians!”advertisementWhile rain prevented early play on outside courts at Melbourne Park for the first 2 ½ hours of Day 5, matches went ahead on the show courts. At one stage, Greek fans had to split their time between the adjoining Rod Laver and Margaret Court Arenas.There was no split loyalties on Rod Laver, where local favorite Ash Barty became the first player through to the fourth round a 7-5, 6-1 win over Maria Sakkari.It was first time a Greek man and woman have advanced to the third round at the same Grand Slam tournament since 1936.Barty continued the so-called “Barty Party” by ending Sakkari’s run, and will play either former champion Maria Sharapova or defending champion Caroline Wozniacki in the next round.In the only other completed match by early afternoon, 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych beat No. 18-seeded Diego Schwartzman 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. Berdych, who has reached the quarterfinals or better in seven of his previous eight trips to Melbourne Park, will meet either 2009 champion Rafael Nadal or local favorite Alex de Minaur in the next round.last_img read more

Eagerly waiting to start shooting for Munna Bhai 3 Sanjay Dutt

first_imgMumbai: Actor Sanjay Dutt is eagerly waiting to start shooting for the much-awaited third installment of “Munna Bhai…” film series.”I pray to God it happens soon but this should be asked from Mr. Raju Hirani (Raj Kumar Hirani) director of “Munna Bhai…” series. I think he would be in a better position to answer this question. I am eagerly waiting to start shooting,” said Dutt.Following the reports of sexual harassment against filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, rumours have it that “Munna Bhai 3” goes on hold until Hirani gets a clean chit. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knotSanjay Dutt, who was accompanied by his wife Maanayata Dutt, was interacting with the media at the trailer launch of “Baba” in Mumbai on Tuesday.The movie’s co-producer Ashok Subhedar, director Raj R Gupta and film’s cast Deepak Dobriyal, Nandita Patkar, Aryan Menghji, Chittranjan Giri, Spruha Joshi and Abhijeet Khandkekar were also present during the event.Sanjay Dutt made his Hindi film debut with Rocky in 1981. Since then he has been part of some memorable films like “Naam”, “Khalnayak”, “Vaastav: The Reality”, “Mission Kashmir”, “Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.”, “Lage Raho Munna Bhai” and many more. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversaryWhen asked what kind of films he would like to do further in his career, he said, “Now, I can’t dance around trees and do romance with girls but I will do some great characters like Mel Gibson and Denzel Washington do in Hollywood films.””I have had a very long and beautiful journey since my first film “Rocky”. I learnt a lot in that process because I worked with some of the great actors from the industry,” he added.When asked about the recreated version of his hit song “O Saki Saki” from “Musafir”, starring Nora Fatehi, he opined, “It’s great that these songs are being recreated and it means that they are still popular. So, it’s a good thing.” Actor Koena Mitra had slammed the new version of the song, which originally featured her and Sanjay Dutt. Sanjay Dutt will next be seen onscreen in “Shamshera” with Ranbir Kapoor and he will also share the screen space with Arjun Kapoor in “Panipat”.last_img read more

Brantford Ont evacuation order lifted after flooding risk recedes

first_imgBRANTFORD, Ont. – Residents of a southwestern Ontario city are being allowed back into their homes as the risk of flooding from a swollen river recedes.Officials in Brantford, Ont., say an evacuation order affecting nearly 5,000 residents was lifted Thursday evening after water levels on the Grand River went down.The city had declared a state of emergency on Wednesday and ordered residents in neighbourhoods near the river to leave their homes.Officials say residents still need to be extremely cautious around all bodies of water and warned that banks near rivers and creeks were very slippery.The city also says the Ministry of Transportation has approved the reopening of several bridges and roads that had been off limits during the flooding.Torrential rains and mild temperatures earlier in the week had pushed the Grand River to breach its banks in communities as far as 100 kilometres away.In Orangeville, Ont., police continued to search for a three-year-old boy who went missing after his mother’s van plunged into the water around 1 a.m. Wednesday.The woman was able to drag her son from the van, but lost her grip, and the boy was swept downstream, provincial police said.“It’s been more than 24 hours, the water is extremely cold there’s a very slim change he’d be alive,” said Const. Paul Nancekivell. “Our goal right now is to find (his body) and get some closure and peace to the family.”Officials have cautioned the public not to go near the river, saying they do not want to see any more tragedy caused by flooding.last_img read more

India and Africa should try to forge free trade pact Prabhu

first_imgNew Delhi: India and Africa should examine if they can enter into a free trade agreement or preferential trade agreement, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu has said. Addressing a conference here, the minister said India’s exports of services and merchandise together would touch a record $540 billion in the current financial year ending March 31, reflecting its robust economic fundamentals. “Please think about a free trade agreement between Africa and India. We can think about a preferential trade agreement….and the fundamental principle would be how Africa will benefit first and India later,” he said, adding this could be another way of increasing Africa’s share in the global marketplace. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe India-Africa trade stands at $62 billion. India mainly exports pharmaceuticals, engineering and electronic products to Africa and imports natural resources and diamonds. According to the minister, India received record FDI inflows in the last fiscal, and the country’s outbound investment flows are also increasing. Africa would be the preferred destination for Indian investments, Prabhu said. Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan said the balance of trade is in favour of Africa. In 2017-18, India’s exports to Africa were valued at $24 billion, whereas India’s imports from Africa were at $38 billion. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHe said there is a huge potential to expand India-Africa bilateral trade flow, towards which India should look to geographically diversify its ties with African countries, as also diversify the bilateral trade basket. Addressing the CII EXIM Bank Conclave on India Africa Partnership here Sunday evening, he said India is committed to working with Africa in areas prioritised by African countries in the spirit of ‘Partners in Progress’. The minister added that even as India gears up to become a $5 trillion economy in the next few years, and a $10 trillion economy thereafter, the country endeavours to help Africa sustain its own economic growth momentum. He pointed out that while physical connectivity between the two regions is being strengthened, the opportunity to expand digital connectivity between India and Africa could obviate the need for widespread and capital-intense physical infrastructure connectivity. Keeping in view Africa’s central location on the global map, India could help establish strong logistics linkages in the region, Prabhu said. He also highlighted the opportunities for deeper India-Africa bilateral cooperation and partnerships in agriculture and food processing, power projects, new and renewal energy development, skills development, among others. He added that Indian industry will extend all support to African nations to process natural resources in Africa itself.last_img read more

UN deploys helicopters to aid floodstricken in Pakistan

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is deploying helicopters in Pakistan to feed the victims of deadly floods which the world body’s humanitarian arm estimates has so far affected some 4.5 million people.The Pakistani Government has offered WFP the use of six helicopters to airlift food to tens of thousands of hungry people people scattered across the Swat Valley in the hard-hit province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province.“In this scene of devastation, with roads cut [off] and bridges washed away, these helicopters are literally life-savers as they are the only way to get vital food supplies to many thousands of hungry and desperate people,” said the agency’s Executive Director, Josette Sheeran.A WFP team in Swat has identified safe locations for the helicopters for land, and along with its partners, the agency plans to distribute ready-to-eat food for infants and young children, as well as high-energy biscuits and wheat flour to those in need.This morning, seven metric tons of food – enough to feed 2,500 people for one week – were airlifted to the town of Kalam. WFP began its food distributions over the weekend in the districts of Nowshera, Charsadda, Mardan and Peshawar in KPK, and by last night had reached nearly 155,000 people with rations.The agency plans to scale up its assistance, and preliminary indications are that some 1.8 million people in the province need food following the flooding triggered by monsoon rains.Manuel Bessler, an official with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told reporters in Geneva that the death toll has topped 1,600 and the number of people affected has passed 4 million and continues to rise.He stressed to UN Radio that the lack of access to so many areas because of the flood waters is hampering the relief efforts and increasing the frustration of survivors.“We are afraid that this is an emergency developing and we are not out of the woods,” Mr. Bessler said. “There are imminent needs in the north but the waters are moving southwards so these areas will be affected. In this sense it is an evolving emergency that will get worse before it gets better.”OCHA reported today that 100,000 homes have been destroyed while 50,000 more have been damaged in KPK alone. In neighbouring Punjab province, 25,000 homes have been destroyed and 48,000 damaged.In KPK, people are sheltering in more than 300 collective centres, such as schools and mosques, along with five informal camps and about 100 roadside encampments.To date, OCHA said that 20,000 tents have been distributed to needy families, while 700,000 people have been reached with clean water and 22,000 families have received food aid.For its part, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that diarrhoeal diseases are among the most reported health conditions in several locations. Some 13,000 consultations, including for acute diarrhoea, have been reported in the KPK districts of Nowshera, Charsadda, Mardan and Peshawar, while nearly 600 more have been reported in Baluchistan province.Although the number of diarrhoeal disease cases is on the rise, no large-scale outbreaks have been confirmed, the agency said.The local Emergency Relief Fund – as well as the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which was set up in 2006 to allow the UN to dispatch funds to tackle disasters and crises as soon as they emerge – has already made resources available to help deal with the disaster.OCHA is considering what type of appeal might be appropriate and is urging those who want to help to refrain from sending unsolicited and uncoordinated supplies, which would stretch limited logistical resources. Instead, the office is recommending that people support reputable, well-established aid agencies already on the ground which can purchase local goods that can reach those in need quickly. 5 August 2010The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is deploying helicopters in Pakistan to feed the victims of deadly floods which the world body’s humanitarian arm estimates has so far affected some 4.5 million people. read more

General Assembly increases funding for UN missions in Haiti Côte dIvoire

Acting on the recommendations of the Assembly’s Administrative and Budgetary Committee, also called the Fifth Committee, the Assembly adopted without a vote a resolution raising the amount appropriated for the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) by $51.28 million, in addition to $386.89 million already approved for the 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2006 period.The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) already had a budget of $494.89 million and that was increased by $46.41 million.The Security Council previously extended UNOCI’s mandate through 24 January 2006 and authorized an increase in its strength of up to 850 additional military personnel and 725 civilian police. The Council established the mission in May 2003 to assist the Ivorian parties to implement the peace agreement they signed in January 2003, ending their north-south civil war.MINUSTAH’s budget was revised because of the temporary increase in the mission’s strength to help provide security for Haiti’s presidential elections, currently scheduled for late next month, and the subsequent political transition. read more

London to Hong Kong in Two Hours 50 metre painting goes up

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. London to Hong Kong in Two Hours It takes the traveller on a dramatic journey from London to Hong Kong, through Jerusalem and Jaffa, past bustling train stations, a Bedouin camp and a band of lawless robbers.Yet this extraordinary, colourful adventure was created long before cinema and television screens began beaming pictures from around the world.Described as a precursor to cinema, the 50-metre painting was created in around 1860 to be viewed as a moving image, the travel programme of its day.It was created by John Lamb and his son, also called John, who were London-based shipping agents and artists who are not thought to have ever travelled to Hong Kong but depict various incidents they will have heard about such as the poisoning at the ESing bakery in Hong Kong.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The rare panorama forms part of Sotheby’s inaugural Art of Travel and Exploration sale which takes place next Thursday. It is the first time it has come up for auction, having remained in the artists’ family and has an estimated sale price of up to £80,000.Experts said it would originally have been mounted onto wooden spools, operated by hand. The panorama would have been accompanied by a humorous narrative, written by the younger Mr Lamb, which survives in its original form and is included in the sale. “Taking in highlights such as Jerusalem, the pyramids, and the Red Sea, and in Sri Lanka banyan trees and a tiger hunt, the panorama is full of details which bring to life both west and east as seen through the eyes of a Victorian traveller.”The epic journey begins at London Bridge Wharf, gliding past sites such as Billingsgate Fish Market, the Tower of London, and London Docks before heading out into the English Channel.At Ostend it enters a bustling train station before heading south to Marseilles by rail. It then crosses the Mediterranean, via Malta and Mount Carmel, arriving at Jaffa in the moonlight. From there the is taken on an overland voyage via Jerusalem to Suez and the Pyramids.The journey continues down the Red Sea and across the Indian Ocean to Ceylon, where elephants are caught up in a tiger hunt. After taking in a furious storm, followed by a rainbow, it ends at an illuminated fountain in Hong Kong.  Richard Lowkes, 19th century European paintings specialist a Sotheby’s, said: “London to Hong Kong in Two Hours is an amazing survival from the golden age of the moving panorama. It was very exciting for us to unroll the panorama in its entirety for the first time, and see the bright vivid colours which are as fresh today as when the work was painted over 150 years ago. London to Hong Kong in Two Hours read more

Iron ore the bigger picture

first_imgThere is much soul searching in Australia over the huge investments this century in iron ore production and the current much lower price of the metal. The following is a statement from John Kunkel, Acting Chief Executive, Minerals Council of Australia (MCA). “Australia’s iron ore industry has capitalised on a decade of unprecedented volume and price growth to create a market position stronger after the commodities boom than it was before.  As a result, the industry is likely to contribute in excess of A$600 billion to the economy over the next decade, more than over the decade from 2005 to 2014.“These findings are contained in a new report by leading consulting firm Port Jackson Partners (PJP) commissioned by the MCA. Iron ore: the bigger picture provides an in-depth examination of industry dynamics, the benefits Australia derives from the iron ore industry and the policies needed to sustain this contribution in the years to come.“PJP concludes that the core of Australia’s iron ore sector is robust with more than 80% of Australian capacity in the bottom half of the global cost curve.  With output having risen from 170 Mt in 2000 to more than 650 Mt in 2014, the annual level of activity in the iron ore sector from ongoing operations alone is now much greater than even the investment-driven activity over previous years.“The report makes three compelling points in addressing the key question of whether the industry or government policy-makers could have done something differently to ensure Australia would now be in a different, higher priced world.“Firstly, the actions of the Australian iron ore sector are not the only, and not even the major, drivers of iron ore prices.  Iron ore trades in a global commodity market and recent prices falls have not been out of line with trends in other commodity markets.“Secondly, the actions of the Australian iron ore industry over the past decade have been exactly right from a national interest perspective. Australia’s increased market share – from 34% in 2000 to 50% of the seaborne market in 2014 – means the industry can remain a ‘robust wealth generation machine’ for the nation, even at long-term average prices or below.“Thirdly, history shows that market intervention through government policy action is likely to be ineffective at best and counter-productive at worst.  Across commodity markets, past attempts at controlling price through centralised marketing have failed. And Australia’s experimentation with export controls in the 1970s and 1980s saw Japanese investment support Brazilian iron ore capacity instead of Australian.“The report recommends policies remain focussed on productivity growth and cost competitiveness through free and open markets for trade internationally, competitive markets for goods and services supplied in Australia, workplace cultures that support productivity, wise investments in people and infrastructure and stable and competitive tax and royalty arrangements.”You can download the report here: read more

Heres what happened today Friday

first_imgJunior doctors have said strike action now appears “inevitable”.Figures showed half of those trafficked into Ireland last year were children.Tax offices were inundated with motorists ahead of Monday’s “off road” deadline.Micheál Martin took up TV3′s debate invitation – but no word from the Taoiseach. At last — Bill Gates has admitted making people press CTRL-ALT-DELETE was a mistake. PARTING SHOTThere are dozens of secret messages concealed around the International Space Station, it turns out.This image posted on Twitter by astronaut Luca Parmitano shows a a message written on a new piece of equipment bound for the Earth-orbiting spacecraft. A US tech firm announced 50 jobs for Dublin as it opened its new offices.The head of the ESM poured cold water on Michael Noonan’s plans to recoup banking funds. Loyalist protester Willie Frazer turned up at court dressed as Abu Hamza.A man in his 70s was arrested after a cannabis seizure worth €250,000.A protected bird-of-prey was found shot dead, prompting an appeal from a minister.And in sport, Pat McQuaid‘s eight year stint as head of the UCI came to an end. [NASA/ESA/Luca Parmitano] Read the full story at Universe Today.Originally posted at 9pm.Read: And here’s what happened yesterday >center_img INTERNATIONALStorm clouds hang over Capitol Hill in Washington [J. Scott Applewhite/AP/Press Association Images]#USA: Politicians in the US are deadlocked over budget measures tonight, meaning a government shut-down could be on the cards.#GOOD CALL: The US and Iranian presidents took part in a historic phonecall — the first between leaders of the two countries since 1979.#FRANCE: A couple have been charged over the death of a five-year-old girl whose disappearance gripped the country.#UK: Two men have pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the killing of soldier Lee Rigby.INNOVATION Nerd alert! Check out this stellar infographic comparing every major science fiction starship [Buzzfeed Tech] [Shutterstock]IRELANDA landmark report says scientists are now 95 per cent sure humans are the main cause of global warming. Updated at 11.27pmNEED TO CATCH up? brings you a roundup of today’s news…last_img read more

Ultima Thule une exploration au coeur de lIslande

first_imgUltima Thule : une exploration au coeur de l’IslandeUn photographe anglais, Stephen Vaughan, a parcouru et photographié les paysages déserts et rarement explorés de l’Islande. Une exposition qui explore les connexions entre géologie, archéologie et histoire. C’est sa fascination pour l’Islande qui a conduit Stephen Vaughan à réaliser cette exposition. Intitulée “Ultima Thule”, elle présente des photographies de territoires totalement déserts où les roches, la poussière et la glace semblent régner. Des images qui témoignent de l’activité géologique de l’île. En effet, l’Islande est une terre rocheuse où le magma chaud forme continuellement de la nouvelle croûte terrestre. Marqué par un paysage “primaire”, le phénomène pousse progressivement les plaques tectoniques eurasienne et américaine. Mais les territoires islandais sont aussi les lieux d’une glaciation et d’un volcanisme importants.À lire aussiLes images d’un incroyable phénomène sous-marin aperçu sous l’Antarctique (Vidéo)Et c’est justement ces phénomènes qui ont motivé la démarche du photographe anglais, parti à la recherche de preuves observables de cette activité géologique. “Mes photographies représentent certaines des plus brutes et des plus jeunes surfaces de la Terre, permettant au public d’imaginer les débuts préhistoriques du paysage, dépourvu de toute présence humaine ou d’histoire”, a expliqué Stephen Vaughan lors de la présentation d’Ultima Thule. Il y a quelques années, certains de ces sites, ressemblant étrangement à la surface de la Lune ou de Mars, ont même été le terrain d’entrainement d’astronautes, entre autres pour la mission Apollo.En réalité, le photographe s’est inspiré d’un antique voyage : celui de Pythéas, explorateur originaire de Massilia (antique Marseille) qui a voyagé dans les mers du nord vers 330 avant J.-C et découvert une île baptisée Thulé. Aujourd’hui, personne ne sait réellement où celle-ci se trouve mais il se pourrait qu’il s’agisse de l’Islande. Voilà pourquoi Stephen Vaughan a choisi un tel titre pour son exposition qui se tient à la galerie de Photofusion à Londres.Découvrez les impressionnantes photos de l’exposition Ultima Thule en cliquant ci-dessous :  Le 6 avril 2011 à 16:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Images of Historic Nebraska Flooding From Space Show Stunning Detail

first_img Mini Satellite View of Hurricane Dorian Shows Intense Storm ActivityWild Horses of NC to Ride Out Hurricane With ‘Butts to the Wind’ Stay on target As a flood disaster brought on by the recent “bomb cyclone” rages on in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, rivers remain at all-time record levels.Nebraska has been particularly hit hard, and recent images released by NASA highlight the extent of the flooding on the Platte, Missouri, and Elkhorn Rivers.Before Flooding (March 20, 2018)Photo Credit: NASADuring Flooding (March 16, 2019)Photo Credit: NASAOn March 16, 2019, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured a false-color image which showed the intensity of the flooding — with communities west of Omaha (between the Elkhorn and Platte Rivers) either flooded or temporarily became islands as floodwaters encroached from both sides.Hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate as rivers have overflowed their banks and multiple levees have failed, AccuWeather reported. Three fatalities due to flooding have also been reported.One third of Offutt Air Force Base was inundated and 30 buildings were damaged, according to the Omaha World-Herald.Photo Credit: NASAThe Elkhorn river has since started to recede, according to AccuWeather, but the Missouri River between Omaha, Nebraska, and Kansas City, Missouri, is expected to remain at major to record stage through most of this week as runoff from flooded streams and rivers flows downstream.“The before-and-after scenes of eastern Nebraska’s Elkhorn River, from the Sentinel-2 satellite, shows the city of Scribner turned into an island, while several nearby communities are inundated.” Nebraska Flooding from #Sentinel2 via @washingtonpost— ESA EarthObservation (@ESA_EO) March 19, 2019A rare confluence of circumstances produced the historic flooding. Extreme cold earlier in the winter set the stage by preserving a significant amount of snow; it also created a thick layer of ice on waterways and made the ground less permeable than usual, NASA said.“When an intense storm brought downpours and unusually warm air to the region in March, it rapidly melted much of the snow and ice, producing enormous runoff in a short period. As river ice broke up, large chunks compounded the problem by slamming into dams, raking against levees and other infrastructure, and packing together to jam waterways even more,” the agency explained.More on Images of ‘Bomb Cyclone’ That Blasted Central USRare ‘Super Bloom’ Erupts in Southern California42 Stunning Images of Snow and Ice on Earth From Spacelast_img read more

Hubble Space Telescope Observes Rare SelfDestructing Asteroid

first_imgStay on target Hubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring SystemHubble Captures Gorgeous Star’s Final Stages of Life The Hubble Space Telescope recently observed a rare, self-destructing asteroid that is spinning fast, ripping apart, and ejecting dusty material.Hubble Space Telescope images reveal two narrow, comet-shaped tails of dusty debris that are coming from the asteroid (6478) Gault, NASA said in a press release. Each of the asteroid’s tails represent an episode where it’s carefully shedding its material, which demonstrates that the Gault is starting to rip apart in space.Gault, which was discovered in 1988, is a 2.5-mile wide asteroid that’s been spotted before, however, the comet-like debris tales are the first evidence of the asteroid’s disintegration. It’s located 214 million miles from the sun and of the roughly 800,000 known asteroids located between Jupiter and Mars, astronomers estimate that this type of asteroid belt activity is rare and happens once a year. Thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers can study the disintegration of this asteroid without having to send a spacecraft to retrieve samples.“We didn’t have to go to Gault. We just had to look at the image of the streamers, and we can see all of the dust grains well-sorted by size,” Olivier Hainaut of the European Southern Observatory in Germany said in the press release. “All the large grains (about the size of sand particles) are close to the object and the smallest grains (about the size of flour grains) are the farthest away because they are being pushed fastest by pressure from sunlight.”A picture of the asteroid 6478 Gault captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. (Photo Credit: NASA/ESA/ K. Meech and J. Kleyna-University of Hawaii/O. Hainaut-European Southern Observatory)According to NASA, Gault is the only second asteroid whose disintegration has been strongly linked to a Yarkovsky-O’Keefe-Radzievskii-Paddack (YORP) effect, a process that creates a small torque that can cause an asteroid to continually spin faster. This occurs after sunlight heats up an asteroid and infrared radiation escapes the astroid’s hot surface, carrying off warmth and angular momentum.Gault’s recent activity was monitored by the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as other telescopes around the world. On Jan. 5, the NASA-funded Asteroid Terrestrial-Impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) telescope observed the asteroid’s first debris tail, which was also spotted in archival data by the ATLAS and the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) telescopes in December 2018. A second shorter tail was captured by the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope and the Isaac Newton Telescope in mid-January. It’s believed that the two dust events took place around October 28, 2018 and December 30, 2018.“Asteroids such as Gault cannot escape detection anymore,” Hainaut added. “That means that all these asteroids that start misbehaving get caught.”More on Space Telescope Captures ‘Birth of Massive Storm’ on NeptuneHubble Space Telescope Snaps Dazzling View of Two Colliding GalaxiesHubble Space Telescope Observes Weather on Neptune and Uranuslast_img read more

A legacy of trees and family ties Local timberland owners focus on

first_imgThe “Ties to the Land” program for succession planning will bring two upcoming workshops to Southwest Washington.March 10: Cowlitz County Training Center, 1942 First Ave., Longview. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.April 7: Clark County Public Works Operations Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St., Vancouver. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.The workshops are sponsored by the Washington State University Extension and other agencies. More information is available from WSU ExtensionSteve Stinson sees it all the time: A family reluctant to tackle the complex world of estate planning, afraid they’re too dysfunctional to make it work. Toss a tree farm into the equation, and the task seems downright daunting for some.Not to worry, Stinson says. You’re not alone.“All families are dysfunctional,” said Stinson, executive director of the Family Forest Foundation. “I think that’s one of the eye-openers for people, is just how much they have in common with everybody else. Everybody goes through this stuff.”For small-scale timberland owners, the process carries a host of other complicating factors. Fathers and mothers balance emotions and economics, weighing how to preserve a valuable natural resource while keeping in mind their own financial future. Children find themselves in the discussion whether they’re interested or not.Families often face a series of difficult questions can we pass our timberland onto the next generation? Do we sell it? Harvest the timber? Pursue another option?last_img read more