NEW DELHI—In a speech here today, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh exhorted his government to strive for “accountability and transparency in the functioning of our nuclear power plants.” The remarks have perplexed some atomic officials and scientists. A few days after the nuclear crisis began to unfold at the Fukushima power station in Japan, Singh, who also serves as minister in charge for atomic energy, ordered a safety review of all 20 nuclear power plants and a half dozen research reactors owned and operated by the government. Known as a strong backer of India’s nuclear establishment, Singh in 2008 staked the future of his government on passage of the landmark Indo-U.S. civilian nuclear agreement, which allows India, once ostracized over its nuclear weapons program, to buy civilian nuclear technology. In his speech, Singh declared that “the people of India have to be convinced about the safety and security of our own nuclear power plants. We should bring greater openness and transparency in the decision-making processes relating to our nuclear energy program.” He promised to strengthen the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board “and make it a truly autonomous and independent regulatory authority.” 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(*) Some nuclear backers fret that Singh’s support for their industry may be wavering. “This is a very disturbing and highly damaging statement,” one top nuclear scientist told ScienceInsider. Another added that “only God can save this country if the captain starts to abandon the ship in a time of crisis.”
Chris Gayle achieved yet another landmark and this time by becoming the first ever batsman to hit 500 sixes in Twenty20 cricket.In his 201st T20 game playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL against Rajasthan Royals, Gayle hit Tim Southee for a six to get to his milestone. However, the opener was dismissed next ball trying to go for a big one.During this current eighth edition of IPL, Gayle has hit 14 sixes from six matches. Following him in the most number of sixes list is his West Indies team-mate Kieron Pollard with 348.Prior to the start of the IPL, Gayle had scored the fastest double century off 138 balls during a World Cup league match against Zimababwe.
Photo Attribution: US PresswireSix games have come and gone and I still have no clue how good any team in the Big 12 is.I have, at different times, thought OU, KSU, WVU, Tech, Texas, and OSU were going to win the conference. Now I wonder if any team outside of KSU and OU is even decent.We have to be kind of pleased with where OSU sits right now though. Yes, they’ve had a soft schedule but with the black plague of injuries tearing through their locker room, 4-2 heading into the this year’s six-game gauntlet isn’t too bad.Here are five broad thoughts and a few awards as we close the book on the first half of OSU’s season.1. Reloading or rebuilding? – I think we’ve all learned that OSU doesn’t exactly just reload and start firing again. But we don’t really completely rebuild either.We’re that weird middling program that doesn’t totally know what its place in the re-structured Big 12 is yet, the conference wild card (along with West Virginia).Gundy has played something like 18 freshman and OSU still looked dominant at times. If all these injuries would have happened in 2005 you would have seen intramural all-stars playing Big 12 minutes. We’re deeper, but still not elite.2. Injuries reign – Can OSU afford to hire an old-fashioned medicane man to its athletic staff? Maybe a rain dancer or a witch? I don’t really care at this point, just somebody to keep the achilles’ held together.3. Wes vs. J.W. – Let’s be honest with each other for a minute, we (I) keep saying that Wes is the guy, but we don’t even really know what he can/can’t do. We pretty much know what we have in J.W. — similar to or slightly better than Zac, but we’ve all been clamoring for Wes like he’s that much better than JDub. The truth is, we’re not totally sure of that yet.4. What channel is the starting QB’s uniform on? – That sums up 50% to 60% of my Twitter conversations from the first half of the season. Possibly more.5. 8-4 is the new 9-3 – I really felt like the ceiling before this season started was 9-3. I think that’s been recalibrated to 8-4. So that would mean wins against TCU, Tech, Baylor, and WVU and losses at KSU and OU. Not ridiculous but would anybody be surprised at 6-6?Strangest stat – Tracy Moore has more touchdowns in one game than any other receiver has all year. And those are his only touchdowns!Best player – Calvin Barnett would get a look if he hadn’t violated every human being in Arizona in week 2. I have to give it to Walsh over Randle though.Biggest disappointment – C.J. Curry without a doubt. I really thought he’d at least be in the top five mix at wideout and he’s done nothing but earn himself a medical redshirt while two other freshmen WR (Webb and Hays) have more catches.Best play – Randle’s run, punctuated by Gus’s call, was spectacular.Best game – The Texas game was outstanding though at the time it looked like a much better loss than it does now. Kind of like getting dumped by Lindsey Lohan in 2001.Best unit – Defensive line. OSU is allowing 3.39 yards per carry (25th in the country), better than Notre Dame, OU, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Oregon. It was good last year (4.39 ypc) but their performance has gone next level this season. Now…let’s see if that keeps up through the next six weeks.Really the only bump in the first half of last year was that A&M 1st half, this season has provided a whole lot more ups and downs.But you know what, it’s been fun, the future has been unveiled, and OSU is still in a decent position to get to 8-4 which, while disappointing, would still be a solid year for a program that’s come a long way Gundy took over in 2005.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Since you’re here… Simona Halep Share on Messenger features Wimbledon 2019 Share on Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Share via Email Topics US sports Share on Facebook The Romanian is no slouch with racket in hand, of course, but her fastest serve of the fortnight is 110mph – fully 12 miles an hour slower than the booming deliveries of her opponent.Once that ball is in play, the return is vital and, if it is to be of any quality coming back at the American, Halep has to be brave, taking it on the rise occasionally, or making sure she delivers a heavy and precise enough blow from deep to keep the exchange alive. Only then is parity possible.She is 15th on the tournament leaderboard for getting her return back, with 83%, and that is healthy. And here is the shock of the numbers: Williams lies tied for 66th in returns with 283 from 383, or 74%. That is exactly a hundred balls she has failed to get back in play when receiving and Halep will have taken that into account, no doubt.After all that, it will be a surprise – not on the scale of her defeat by Vinci in New York – if Williams does not stand in the middle of Centre Court as the freshly crowned queen of Wimbledon, and the game itself. Share on LinkedIn Tennis Facebook Wimbledon 2019: Halep ‘desperate’ for title after semi-final win over Svitolina Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Simona Halep in practice before her first Wimbledon final. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images This is a deceptively tough sport, as the finalists on Saturday know too well. Halep began to flower in the years that followed her defeat of Bartoli, to the point where she won the French Open last year and has reigned as No 1 in the world; Williams’s story is familiar to all, a tale of alternating glory and struggle that would seem to have at least a chapter or two left.What they both share is a lingering fight with their emotions. Until Halep calmed her outer shell over the past couple of years, she was among the most volatile of competitors on the WTA Tour. Williams, as she admitted on Thursday after her best performance of the tournament – a 59-minute demolition of Barbora Strycova – cannot be sure from day to day how she will handle the pressures and expectations of her calling, even though she is by overwhelming consensus the finest player of her era.Privately, she would agree with that. Good manners prevent her from saying so in public – and that brings its own baggage. When Williams was in place to record a calendar slam in the latter stages of the 2015 US Open, her emotions ran wild and she collapsed in a lachrymose cloud not dissimilar to the one that enveloped Lisicki, losing in the semi-finals to the Italian doubles artist Roberta Vinci.And last September, again the red mist came down across her furious and disbelieving eyes as she railed against the perceived injustice heaped on her by the chair umpire Carlos Ramos and lost in the most theatrical exit. This week, in an article in Harper’s Bazaar, she reached out to her Flushing Meadows conqueror, Naomi Osaka, in a reprise of her case against Ramos, blaming the media for the furore. Wimbledon Serena Williams Share on Twitter When Sabine Lisicki lost the final at Wimbledon to Marion Bartoli in 2013, she could not control the flow of tears that showed her desolation. Within 41 days Bartoli had retired, at only 28, after losing to Simona Halep in Cincinnati, unable to stand the aggregated pain of a long career, becoming the first Wimbledon champion not to defend her title since the 1969 winner, Ann Jones.The antagonists in the final six years ago handled the aftermath in their own ways. Bartoli contemplated a comeback, thought better of it and found a home in the commentary box, while “Boom Boom” Lisicki, the fastest server in the game between 2014 and 2016 at 130mph, never quite got back the magic. At the Australian Open this year, and only 29, she went out in the first round of qualifying, for the third time on the spin at a slam. Read more Share on WhatsApp Now she is returned to another statistical hell – or heaven, if she wins: victory on Saturday would give Williams her eighth Wimbledon singles title and her 24th major, matching the Australian Margaret Court for the most slams in the history of the sport. That is some achievement – yet Williams again is trying to downplay its significance, just as she did ahead of her match against Vinci four years ago.She alternates between handling the responsibilities and rewards of greatness and being consumed by them. She should be comforted, though, by the evidence of her progress to the final, which contained only one glaring blip, when she fell over the line in three sets against Alison Riske. Her return to form in the semi-finals against Strycova was astonishing.It could come down to a factor as obvious as the serve – and Serena, predictably, has a considerable edge here. No one in the draw has hit more than her 45 aces but, for someone who red-lines her power at around 120mph, she has logged surprisingly few double-faults: 11, in fact, which is a risk-reward ratio of about four to one.Halep, however, is tied for 26 on the list with a clutch of others who have fallen, including Coco Gauff, who went out in the fourth round, and Belinda Bencic, a round earlier. But her risk-reward return is way poorer than Williams’s: nine aces, 12 double-faults. Reuse this content
Formula One 2019 … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Leclerc won at Monza after a tense battle with Hamilton that lasted for much of the race. With Hamilton chasing the Ferrari driver he moved to pass going into the Roggia chicane. Leclerc squeezed him wide and Hamilton was forced to go off track, immediately insisting that Leclerc had not given him a car’s width of space. Masi opted to give Leclerc a warning rather than a penalty and Hamilton was unequivocal that the decision would influence his driving in future.“If that’s how we are allowed to race then I will race like that,” Hamilton said. “As long as we know that you are allowed to not leave a car width for example. You are allowed to run wide even if someone is there and you only get a warning flag. As long as it is clear that that’s the way moving forward it’s fine, so I know how to go into battle.”Hamilton is pursuing his sixth title and, with a 63-point lead over his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, he still looks set to seal it. He admitted that his focus at Monza was on the championship and ensuring he was not eliminated from the race. When asked what he would have done had the title not been at stake, he insisted he would have held his line. “I wouldn’t have moved, we would have collided.”Hamilton described some of Leclerc’s driving as dangerous but maintained he bore no ill-will towards his 21-year-old rival. “We don’t have a problem, we are not in a fight. Charles is one of the most respectful drivers. This is the first time I have gone wheel to wheel with him and with a new driver you learn how they approach different scenarios and maybe position your car differently next time, maybe I will do a better job next time.” Anthoine Hubert’s death a reminder of drivers’ bravery and risks they take Lewis Hamilton news Share on Twitter Ferrari Reuse this content Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Topics Read more Read more Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc delights Italian F1 GP crowd with Monza win Motor sport Share on Pinterest Formula One Mercedes GP Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Masi confirmed the decision in Italy was in line with the direction the FIA has been taking. “We said we are going to reintroduce the use of the [black and white, warning] bad sportsmanship flag,” he said. “Pierre Gasly, for a very similar incident in Spa, received the bad sportsmanship flag. In that case there was no contact and it was, if you use the analogy, it was the professional foul, it was Charles’s warning.”He admitted it would have an effect on how drivers approach racing. “It changes the dynamic. I think there’s various factors of the ‘let them race’ principles, the ongoing discussions that have been happening throughout the year, they’ve all played a part in that.” Lewis Hamilton has said he will adapt his driving after Charles Leclerc was not penalised for squeezing him off the track on his way to winning the Italian Grand Prix.Hamilton also insisted that had he not been focused on winning the world championship he would not have given ground and the pair would have collided, while Michael Masi, the race director, defended the FIA’s decision only to issue Leclerc with a warning. Share on Messenger Support The Guardian
college spun staff picks week 10With the first edition of the College Football Playoff rankings being unveiled Tuesday night, many teams now know what they need to do to reach the promised land. Saturday – already – we’ve got a few do-or-die games for highly-ranked squads. Florida State travels to Clemson for a contest that will likely decide which team wins the ACC Atlantic. LSU heads to Alabama for a top-five showdown with the Crimson Tide. And TCU takes on Oklahoma State on the road.After a solid week nine, Matt Hladik has a one-game advantage in our competition. But a number of us remain in striking distance.Here are our selections for week 10’s games. Per usual, there are a few upset picks in the bunch.Who do you have?
irishkidd84/YouTubePenn State’s epic comeback in the Big Ten Championship just got better.Penn State escaped with an improbable victory after being down big early on against Wisconsin. And now you can relive that win in all of its glory. But this time, its Tecmo Bowl-style.Wisconsin took a 28-7 lead into the final minute of the first half of the Big Ten Championship Game.It looked like Wisconsin was going to run away with the Big Ten Title and have a shot at the College Football Playoff.Then Trace McSorley found Saeed Blacknall for a 40-yard touchdown with 58 seconds remaining to cut the Badgers lead to 28-14.Penn State, the best second half team in the country, needed another excellent second half to walk away with its first Big Ten title game win. The Nittany Lions outscored the Badgers 24-3 in the second half to escape with the win.Next up for Penn State is USC. The Nittany Lions and Trojans will battle it out in the Grandaddy of Them All, the Rose Bowl.The game is set for a 5:00 p.m. E.T. kickoff on Jan. 2 and will broadcast on ESPN.
LAWRENCE, KS – AUGUST 30: Memorial Stadium empties after the game between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Northwestern University Wildcats on August 30, 2003 in Lawrence, Kansas. Northwestern defeated Kansas 28-20. (Photo by Dave Kaup/Getty Images)The state of the Kansas football program is, well, not great. The Jayhawks got blown out by Iowa State on Saturday afternoon, losing 27-3, to fall to 3-6 on the season.Reports out of Kansas suggest that head coach David Beaty will be fired later today.Much within Kansas’ football program needs improving, from the coaching staff to the visitors’ locker room.Iowa State posted some photos of the visitors’ locker room at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.It’s not looking too good:The set up! #BeatKU ?? pic.twitter.com/VchKLAYFyY— Cyclone Equipment (@CycloneEQUIP) November 2, 2018When was the last time that thing was updated?Iowa State, meanwhile, improved to 5-3 with the win on Saturday.
TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Another Successful TourismAppearance in Toronto Nova Scotia has once again dominated one of Canada’s largestconsumer travel shows as part of provincial tourism efforts toattract more visitors from Ontario. Thirty-four Nova Scotia tourism operators, with about 80delegates from across the province, attended the Toronto Traveland Leisure Show held April 21-23. The show provides anopportunity for tourism operators to present their products andservices to more than 20,000 consumers and 1,500 travel agents.More than 250 exhibits from across Canada and from the UnitedStates, Europe, and the Caribbean were on display this year. “The goal is to create awareness of Nova Scotia as a world-classvacation and travel destination,” said Rodney MacDonald, Ministerof Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “The effort appears to beworking. We have seen an increase in the number of visitors fromOntario during the past three years.” Tourism revenues in Nova Scotia were $1.29 billion in 2004. Ontario visitors represented 18 per cent of the total number ofvisitors to Nova Scotia last year. Visitors from Ontario stay anaverage of nine nights in Nova Scotia and spend an average of$220 a day. This is the third year in a row that Nova Scotia has had one ofthe largest pavilions on the Toronto show-room floor. Thepavilion featured boat building and canoe construction activitieson display, along with a number of Nova Scotia entertainers. The following is a list of Nova Scotia operators who attended theToronto show. Eastern Region: Cape Breton Resorts (Baddeck) Celebrate Cape Breton (Sydney) Celtic Colours International Festival (Sydney) Halifax Regional Municipality: Atlantic Tours Gray Line Best Western Atlantic Canada Adventure Tourism Association Campground Owners’ Association of Nova Scotia Canada Select/Camping Select Nova Scotia Golf Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Museums Nova Scotia Visitor Information Services Parks Canada White Point Vacations. Provincial: Bay Ferries Ltd. (Yarmouth/Saint John, NB) Comfort Inns (Bridgewater) Evangeline Trail Tourism Association (Middleton) Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic/Lunenburg Board of Trade (Lunenburg) Lunenburg Arms Hotel (Lunenburg) Oak Island Resort and Spa (Western Shore) Rodd Hotels and Resorts (Yarmouth) South Shore Tourism Association (Lunenburg) White Point Beach Resort (White Point) Yarmouth County Tourist Association/Friends of the Yarmouth Light (Yarmouth) Yogi Bear Camp Resort (Kingston) Casino Nova Scotia and Hotel Centennial Hotels and Suites Destination Halifax Four Points Sheraton Halifax Grafton Street Dinner Theatre Neptune Theatre Pier 21 National Historic Site Westin Nova Scotia/Signature Resorts Maritime Inns and Resorts (Pictou) Taste of Nova Scotia (Truro) Central/Northern Region: Western Region:
John Brenkus and his wife Lizzie Brenkus have released the holiday music video “Christmas is My Favorite Time of Year,” with 50% of the proceeds going to unite4:good foundation, an organization that promotes positive, global change through acts of kindness.Video: “Christmas is My Favorite Time of Year” – Santa Claus visits the Sport Science LabJohn is the host and Creator of the six-time Emmy award-winning program “ESPN Sport Science” as well as the author of the New York Times Bestseller “The Perfection Point.”“Christmas is My Favorite Time of Year” recently became a YouTube sensation with over 2 million views and plays on top 40 radio stations across the country, including Sirius XM Holly. The song is chock-full of special appearances from high profile athletes such as Larry Fitzgerald, Vernon Davis, Robert Griffin III, Ray Lewis, Jerry Rice, Trent Differ, Jeremy Lin, Kevin Love and many more. The video, which was shot on the set of “Sport Science,” celebrates the holiday season with this cheerful, upbeat song that features the “Sport Science” team.“We wrote the song and made a video originally just for our annual family Christmas card, but when we finished it, everyone kept telling us that it was the catchiest song they’ve ever heard,” says John Brenkus. “All that feedback really fueled us to actually record the song and make a video with the ‘Sport Science’ team. ‘Sport Science’ has always been such a force for positivity and fun that it was a perfect fit.”Anthony Melikhov, Global Philanthropist and Founder of unite4:good foundation says, “We are thrilled that John, Lizzie and the ‘Sports Science’ team have chosen unite4:good foundation as a recipient of their proceeds. Their creativity and initiative is evident by the millions of people who have already tuned in to view what can beautifully come together when families work together. What a wonderful testament to the holiday spirit of giving and collaboration.”“Christmas is My Favorite Time of Year” is available on iTunes, Amazon, and all digital properties for .99 cents.
Bally’s CEO Frédéric de Narp and Design Director, Pablo Coppola hosted an event last Thursday in celebration of the brand’s new Beverly Hills flagship store.Gwyneth Paltrow Attends Bally’s Dinner Celebrating the New Flagship Store in Los AngelesThe evening cocktail and dinner at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood was organized in support of the charity Communities in Schools.The Bally store, designed by David Chipperfield Architects, marks the start of a new chapter for the Swiss luxury brand in the United States.55 guests attended, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Alan Cumming, Rachel Zoe, Joy Bryant, Freida Pinto, Elizabeth Debicki, Austin Stowell, Robbie Rogers, and Brad Falchuk, wearing Bally.
BEIJING, China – China’s exports surged in February while its politically sensitive trade surplus widened amid mounting tension with Washington.Exports rose 44.5 per cent over a year earlier to $171.6 billion, accelerating from January’s 11.1 per cent growth, customs data showed Thursday. Imports rose 6.3 per cent to $137.8 billion, down sharply from the previous month’s 36.9 per cent rate.Trade data are distorted by the Lunar New Year holiday, which falls at different times in January or February each year. Data for the combined two-month period, which economists often use to screen out the holiday influence, showed exports rising by a robust 24.4 per cent over a year earlier, up from December’s 10.9 per cent growth.“Both foreign and domestic demand look healthy, though imports are not as robust as during the same period last year,” said Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics in a report.“The bigger picture is that while China’s trade surplus with most of the world has declined during the past year thanks to the stronger Chinese demand for commodities, its surplus with the U.S. has continued to expand.”China’s global trade surplus widened to $33.7 billion from January’s $20.3 billion. For the two-month period, the surplus expanded by 31 per cent from a year earlier to $55.3 billion.The February surplus with the United States was $20.9 billion.Beijing’s steady accumulation of multibillion-dollar trade surpluses with the United States has prompted demands for import controls.President Donald Trump’s administration has increased duties on Chinese-made washing machines, solar modules and other goods it says are being sold at improperly low prices. It is due to announce results of a probe into whether Beijing improperly pressures foreign companies to hand over technology, which could lead to further penalties.Chinese officials say Beijing is not actively pursuing a large trade surplus but is ready to respond to U.S. import controls.Beijing has accused Trump of threatening the global trade regulation system by taking action under U.S. law instead of through the World Trade Organization. It has filed a challenge in the WTO against Washington’s latest trade measures.On Thursday, Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned a “trade war” would hurt all sides and appealed for a negotiated settlement.“China will of course make a proper and necessary response,” said Wang at a news conference held during the annual meeting of China’s legislature. “We hope both parties will find a mutually beneficial solution through equality and constructive dialogue.”Forecasters expect Chinese demand to weaken this year as Beijing tightens controls on lending to slow a rise in debt. That is a blow to its Asian neighbours, for which China is the biggest export market, and for suppliers of iron ore and other commodities such as Brazil and Australia.___Online:General Administration of Customs of China (in Chinese): www.customs.gov.cn
Rabat – US President Donald Trump has tweeted that Saudi Arabia “agreed to spend the necessary money needed to help rebuild Syria, instead of the United States.”“See? Isn’t it nice when immensely wealthy countries help rebuild their neighbors rather than a Great Country, the U.S., that is 5000 miles away. Thanks to Saudi A!,” Trump wrote on Monday without adding any more details.Saudi Arabia has now agreed to spend the necessary money needed to help rebuild Syria, instead of the United States. See? Isn’t it nice when immensely wealthy countries help rebuild their neighbors rather than a Great Country, the U.S., that is 5000 miles away. Thanks to Saudi A!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2018Responding to the tweet, an official at the Saudi embassy in Washington, D.C., told American news outlet CNBC that the kingdom had not made any new financial pledge to “rebuild Syria” since August. Saudi Arabia donates millions of dollars to support Syria.Read Also: Saudi Arabia Spends $27 Million on Lobbying in US“The Kingdom is a major contributor to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, flying the second highest number of sorties against ISIS in Syria, as well as, donating millions of dollars for relief efforts there,” the official said.According to Syrian President Bashar Assad, Syria needs $250 billion to $400 billion to be rebuilt, said the Russian state-owned agency Tass News.Meanwhile, in an earlier controversial tweet, Trump had announced the withdrawal of 2,000 to 3,000 US troops from Syria, declaring that the US has defeated ISIS.
RALEIGH, N.C. — The Latest on charges that North Carolina’s Republican Party chairman and a major donor sought to bribe the state’s top insurance regulator to secure special treatment (all times local):3:10 p.m.North Carolina’s former top insurance regulator says he never performed favours for a big-money donor charged with trying to bribe his Republican successor.State Democratic party Chairman Wayne Goodwin spoke to The Associated Press on Friday in his first interview since federal bribery and conspiracy charges were lodged against donor Greg Lindberg and state Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes. They’re accused of trying to bribe state Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey to go easy on the oversight of Lindberg’s insurance companies.Goodwin hasn’t been accused of a crime. But Causey told the AP that when Goodwin was insurance commissioner, Lindberg insurance companies were allowed to move far more money out of claim-paying reserves than previously.Goodwin says he trusted the recommendations of financial experts on his staff and acted within the law.___11:40 a.m.Three North Carolina congressmen say they’re giving up political contributions they received from a big donor charged in federal indictments with trying to bribe the state’s insurance commissioner.Spokesmen for U.S. Reps. Richard Hudson, Patrick McHenry and Ted Budd said Friday that they’re giving up money received from Durham businessman Greg Lindberg.Hudson spokeswoman Tatum Gibson says the congressman is sending $15,400 to charities supporting families and veterans around Fort Bragg, but didn’t provide their names. Gibson says another $62,800 from Lindberg went to a joint fundraising committee and is now controlled by the National Republican Congressional Committee.A Budd spokesman says his sole $2,700 contribution from Lindberg is going to a child abuse organization.Spokesmen for Rep. Mark Walker did not respond to requests for comment.The Associated Press
The Akola police discovered the kidney racket when they found the daily wage labourer Santosh Gawli’s travel to Sri Lanka on a tourist visa suspicious. The police picked the labourer up on Monday and found out the truth. Meena said, “We will ascertain the role of the Nagpur based hospital and if any evidence of their involvement emerges we will take further action.” The police have also arrested an agent, Devendra Shirsat, who struck the deal for the moneylender, Anand Jadhav in Colombo. The role of a Nagpur hospital, where the preliminary tests were conducted on the daily wage worker before he flew to Colombo, is also being probed, says the report. The case shows all signs of being an international racket, say police. Superintendent of Akola Police, CK Meena, said to the daily, “So far we have just registered a case of cheating against two as per the complaint lodged with us. Prima facie it appears to be the work of an organised syndicate, but we can’t reveal anything since investigations are still in the premature stage.” Gawli caved in when the threats got deadly. The moneylender evetually made an offer – sell your kidney, get a waiver on your loan, and earn Rs 4 lakh extra.Shirshat then arranged for Gawli’s passport and visa. The Akola police also suspect that he served as a conduit between Jadhav and the Colombo hospital where Gawli was forced to sell his kidney.Gawli was then paid half of the Rs 4 lakh he was promised. He has no idea about post-operative care and has received none in Akola so far, says the report. Two more victims of the moneylender have been tracked down as well.A team of Akola police arrived in Mumbai on Wednesday to gather details from a hotel in Mumbai, where Gawli was staying before being flown by Jadhav and Shirshat to Colombo, says the report. Gawli alleged that Jadhav had threatened to kill him after he failed to pay the third instalment of Rs 20,000, and hence he had no choice but to travel to Lanka. Police in Akola India have busted an international kidney racket, by arresting a moneylender who had forced a daily wage labourer to travel to Sri Lanka to sell off a kidney, in order to repay a loan of Rs 20,000, DNA India reported.According to a report in an English language daily, incredibly, the kidney racket may be linked to farmer suicides in Vidarbha. A spate of farmer suicides in the region has alarmed the country, but part of the reason is the moneylenders’ exploitation poor farmers and labourers.
Scientists and tech gurus warn of arms race in ‘killer robots’ using artificial intelligence by Danica Kirka, The Associated Press Posted Jul 28, 2015 4:05 am MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2015 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This is a Thursday, July 4, 2013 file photo of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as he speaks during the digital festival TagDF in Mexico City. Scientists and tech experts including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Stephen Hawking warned Tuesday July 28, 2015 of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence. (AP Photo/ Marco Ugarte/File) LONDON – Scientists and tech experts — including professor Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — warned Tuesday of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence.In an open letter with hundreds of signatories, the experts argued that if any major military power pushes ahead with development of autonomous weapons, “a global arms race is virtually inevitable, and the endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow.”Some people have argued in favour of robots on the battlefield, saying their use could save lives. Such weapons are still years away.But the scientists warned that, unlike nuclear weapons, once they are developed they will require no costly or hard-to-obtain raw materials — making it possible to mass-produce them.“It will only be a matter of time until they appear on the black market and in the hands of terrorists, dictators wishing to better control their populace, warlords wishing to perpetrate ethnic cleansing, etc.,” the letter said.The signatories included leading figures globally in academia and business studying artificial intelligence — the idea that computer systems could replicate tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as language translation or visual perception. They were joined by philosophers, historians, sociologists and geneticists.Those signing letter included Elon Musk, Tesla Motors CEO; Demis Hassabis, who founded Google DeepMind; and Noam Chomsky, an emeritus professor at MIT.Sean O hEigeartaigh, the executive director of Cambridge University’s Center for the Study of Existential Risk, said that he is hoping for a discussion on whether autonomous weapons should fall into the same category as chemical weapons and blinding lasers — namely that they be shunned.“It’s imperative to hear the voices of the scientists,” he said of the many who have devoted their lives to having such systems benefit humanity.
Dime-A-Dog Night began as an idea to boost attendance for the Columbus Clippers. More than three decades later, the promotion has stuck and has become a local tradition that is as much a part of the city as the team it was created for. Fans got to enjoy Dime-A-Dog night Monday at Huntington Park when the Clippers hosted the Indianapolis Indians, and it won’t be the last chance to enjoy 10-cent hot dogs this year, either. “It’s kind of like the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show,’” said Clippers president and general manager Ken Schnacke. “It has a cult-like following and people just want to come and be a part of it.” First held on May 23, 1977, in Cooper Stadium as “10-cent Hot Dog Night,” Dime-A-Dog Nights have become some of the most anticipated games of the season, and they are usually the highest attended games of the year, said Joe Santry, Columbus Clippers media director. “The ones in August definitely have larger crowds than the ones in April,” Santry said. “But at most Dime-A-Dogs, the stadium is at, or near capacity.” The official attendance of Monday’s Dime-A-Dog Night at Huntington Park was 7,507. Only opening day, with an attendance of 8,576, saw more fans fill Huntington Park’s 10,100 seats through the team’s first five home games in 2012. As a trademark of the team, Dime-A-Dog Night has solidified itself as a Columbus tradition in the last 35 years, with fans of all ages paying attention to when the Clippers played a Monday home game so they could partake in discount-priced dogs. Scheduled for select Monday home games throughout the season, the night typically occurs about once a month. “We’ve just always done it on Mondays,” Santry said. “It’s a little easier for fans to remember I guess.” This year it will be even easier for fans to know when Dime-A-Dog Nights are – they’ll just have to know if the Clippers are in town on Monday. To help celebrate Columbus’ bicentennial, the Clippers have scheduled a Dime-A-Dog Night for every Monday home game, not just the typical once a month scenario. “It’s one of those Columbus traditions,” Santry said. “And because of that, we’ll do it every Monday.” The change will allow fans more opportunities to participate in the tradition, Schnacke said. “The people love it and it’s a part of Columbus’ history,” Schnacke said. “It’s a fun thing to do, so we’re going to give fans more opportunities to come out and celebrate a city tradition.” Columbus resident Corey Zerkle said he is happy to see more Dime-A-Dog Nights this year. “It’s a big part of Columbus,” he said. “The Clippers and Dime-A-Dog Night goes hand-in-hand and the more Dime-A-Dogs, the better.” Zerkle, a native of Springfield, Ohio, and now a father of 12-year-old twin boys, said he remembers going to Dime-A-Dog Nights as a kid and has regularly attended the night with friends and family since he moved to Columbus 22 years ago. “We all come out with our kids and have a good time,” he said. “We usually have a bunch come out so it’s great because it’s cheap.” The fact that the hot dogs remained 10-cents throughout the last 35 years adds to the fascination of the night, some fans said. “It’s great. I love it,” said Scott Kinkley, a second-year in history. “A meal at school is usually seven to eight bucks, so getting five hot dogs for 50-cents is like free.” Kinkley said he did not attend the game solely for Dime-A-Dog Night. One of his friends was in the hot dog race, but he said he is likely to return to Huntington Park for the 10-cent hot dogs. Chris Wiet, a fifth-year in mechanical engineering, said the night was something he enjoyed doing with his family when he was little and there was added motivation to go because hot dogs were only a dime. “I remember being allowed to eat as many hot dogs as I wanted because they were just 10-cents,” he said. Santry said the Clippers sell between 27,000 and 33,000 of the 10-cent hot dogs per Dime-A-Dog Night, and the record number of hot dogs sold on a night is 40,782 on Sept. 1, 2008. That was the Clippers’ last game at Cooper Stadium, and Santry said it was the highest-attended Dime-A-Dog Night in Clippers’ history with an attendance of 16,770. Schnacke said it has not been easy keeping the hot dogs at 10-cents through the years, but every attempt he took to raise the price failed miserably. “Every time I tried to raise the price even a little bit to account for the rising costs, it bombed,” he said. “Fans demanded it be 10-cents, and because of our sponsors, specifically Sugardale, we’ve managed to keep it that way all these years.” Schnacke said it is the fans who make the night special for him. Some of the most memorable nights for him were the ones he would see at Cooper Stadium walking in wearing holsters with a bottle of ketchup on one side and mustard on the other, along with fans who compete with each other to see who can eat the most hot dogs in a given night. The Clippers have six remaining Dime-A-Dog Nights scheduled for the 2012 season. The next is on April 30. In addition to those six scheduled events, all home playoff games will be Dime-A-Dog Nights as well.
asobal is dead Handball-Planet.com exclusive information about Nikolaj Markussen’s transfer from BM Atletico Madrid to Qatar in the most important part of the season caused a lot of negative comments and a real shock among handball people across Europe. Just two days after fantastic victory in Berlin, in which Danish giant was one of the key players in team of Talant Dujshebaev, one of the tallest European players enjoyed sunny day in rich Doha.“Controlled collapse” in the second team of ASOBAL, announced by decision of director Luis Miguel to resign after many years, who said that Atletico will have “modest” squad in the upcoming period. Transition from Ciudad Real to Atletico Madrid obviously didn’t have necessary effect. Under that circumstances, Lazarov’s goal in Berlin is just a kind of the “last dance” of the biggest handball team in this decade.ASOBAL has lost the war. Markussen was symbolic – last battle. Only pieces stay from the “No 1” handball league on the World some years ago. Financial crisis forced a majority of quality players to left Spanish teams. Only Barcelona stays strong, but Barca is global sports institution. Players who didn’t find the next destination, looking seriously to escape as soon as possible. Balkan players has found Qatar, Spaniards like French neighborhood – the best are already in Germany, Hungary, etc…400.000 EUR of transfer fee for Markussen could be translated as 400.000 reasons why ASOBAL died. We all know that all the reasons have same base – money. ← Previous Story Coupe de France: Montpellier wins in Chambery and progresses to semifinals Next Story → Spanish invasion on Hungary – Parrondo and Mindegia to Pick Szeged
Les fourmis ménagent des gaines d’aération dans leurs nidsPubliée dans le Journal of Insect Behaviour, une étude argentine décrit la façon élaborée dont certaines fourmis construisent, au sein de leur fourmilière, de véritables gaines d’aération, destinées à optimiser la pousse des microchampignons qu’elles cultivent pour nourrir leurs larves. L’air conditionné, une invention humaine ? A revoir… Fait déjà connu des entomologistes, certaines espèces de fourmis bâtissent, dans le corps de leur nid, des tourelles d’aération poreuses, qui captent l’air extérieur et le redistribuent dans la fourmilière. Un moyen, pensent les chercheurs, d’aérer et de réguler la température des cultures de microchampignons dont ces insectes nourrissent leurs larves.À lire aussiIl laisse une fourmi coupe-feuille lui découper le doigtAujourd’hui, le Dr Marcela Cosarinksy, du Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Buenos Aires, et ses collègues, sont parvenus à préciser le mode opératoire des industrieux insectes. En laboratoire, ils ont fourni à une colonie de fourmis coupeuses d’herbe différents matériaux – argile, sable grossier et sable fin – et arrosé régulièrement le tout pour simuler l’action naturelle de la pluie. Laissant travailler les petits ‘architectes’ (ou ‘maçons’), les chercheurs ont ensuite étudié leur production.”Quand elles ont eu terminé une tourelle d’aération, nous avons analysé l’agencement des matériaux de construction sous le microscope : les fourmis construisent ces tourelles par l’empilement de grains de sable et de petites boules d’argile qu’elles malaxent avec leur mâchoires”, explique le Dr Cosarinksy. Et lorsque, d’aventure, l’eau fait se compacter le mur de la tourelle et se boucher les pores, les ouvrières en enlèvent immédiatement les matériaux et en restaurent la paroi. Des tourelles de ventilation qui sont donc des structures construites, insistent les auteurs, et non des dépôts naturels ‘passivement’ exploités.Le 1 octobre 2011 à 14:48 • Maxime Lambert
When the list of influential comic book artists is read off at the end of time, it’s undeniable that the name John Byrne will be on there. His detailed, graceful pencils helped vault Chris Claremont’s run on the X-Men into the realm of legend, and he’s had the chance to tackle just about every major character at both DC and Marvel.The Britain-born artist brought a variety of influences to the table, from the hyper-detailed machinery of Katsuhiro Otomo to the realistic forms of Neal Adams. He was also interested in pushing the boundaries of the form, including a famous issue of Alpha Flight that was made up almost entirely of blank white panels.But it’s also not really debatable that Byrne’s work has lost a step or two over the last few decades. His previously detailed work got chunkier and chunkier, his anatomy got weirder, and everything just seemed rushed. Probably not by coincidence, this slide happened when he started moderating an Internet message board. The old hand could still do it, but it seemed like a struggle.With his latest work, Star Trek: New Visions from IDW, Byrne isn’t drawing at all.The comic, which debuted from IDW in May of 2014, uses a bizarre technique that looks like nothing else on the stands today. John Byrne takes high-resolution screen captures of the Original Series and uses the actors like puppets, compositing them into new situations to tell new stories. It’s a deeply weird and disconcerting method that basically eliminates all of the fantastic worlds of imagination that comics can deliver, but he seems to love doing it.Photo-comics aren’t anything new. The Italians call them “fumetti,” and they’ve been making them since the 1940s.But the Star Trek project is a little different. First, fumetti used photos specifically taken for the story. Byrne is limited by the set-ups and staging of the Star Trek TV shows, meaning he often has to transplant one character’s head onto the body of another to make scenes make sense. And any new castmembers are dependent on Byrne getting a model to photograph or finding a forgotten extra in the background with enough good angles.By default, a good chunk of each issue’s action takes place on the bridge of the Enterprise. That’s where Byrne has the most options for blocking and framing. But he also uses alien planets from the show, as well as stock photography or really bad CGI in some situations. Nothing quite fits together perfectly when he does, making the pages a little tough to parse. And while traditional comics can easily do long sequences with little to no dialogue, this photo-centric approach means Byrne has to explain just about every panel with dialogue and narration. These things are wordy.One of the weirdest things about New Visions is Byrne’s insistence on wedging stories in between episodes of the show to knit them together into a grander continuity. It gives the enterprise a sort of fanfiction quality. This is probably partly out of necessity – re-using antagonists and supporting characters is inevitable when you have such limited source material. But these stories are fairly complete in themselves. Do we really need to revisit the godlike Gary Mitchell from the show’s first episode? Or head back to the goateed Spock mirror universe?I talked to Jordan Hoffman, host of Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast, to see what a deep Trek-head thinks of New Visions.“There is so much lore about the first five-year mission and so many novels, comics, and games that expand that time period. It only makes sense that some weird Photoshop collage should be part of that mix, too. Storywise, these new comics are great. The ‘look’ of them? Well, it’s certainly not for everyone. But what’s so amazing is how the database of Byrne’s own mind knows exactly where to find the reaction shot of Bones, which he can then photoshop into the scene he is creating. From what I hear, he just doesn’t want to draw anymore – he wants to do this, and he wants to tell Star Trek stories. How do you tell a legend ‘no’?”To me, here’s just something unsettling about the whole methodology. You know that one Twilight Zone episode about the little kid with godlike powers who has the whole town under his thumb? New Visions kind of reads like that. Byrne has Kirk, Spock, Sulu and the rest of the crew reduced down to action figures that he can pose and do voices for (and, to be fair, the hyper-dramatic narration of his Kirk is spot on) and then put back in the toybox when he’s done.Probably the most frustrating thing about these photo comics is that previously, Byrne wrote and drew a few Star Trek books for IDW that were quite good! He obviously loves the material and has the chops to do it justice, so it’s a shame to see a talent of his magnitude wasting it on this bizarre collage.Will John Byrne ever pick up a pencil again, or is fumetti the way he’ll spend the back nine of his career? If there’s one thing we’ve learned from being into comics our whole lives, it’s that anything is possible.Check out Star Trek: New Visions for yourself at Amazon.com