first_img NASA/JPL-CALTECH An asteroid collision 466 million years ago created meteorites that still fall to Earth. Veil of dust from ancient asteroid breakup may have cooled Earth By Joshua SokolSep. 18, 2019 , 2:00 PM Faced with a dangerously warming world, would-be geoengineers have dreamed up ways to quickly turn down the heat. One proposed technique: spreading a veil of dust that would sit in space or Earth’s atmosphere and reflect sunlight. Researchers say they have now found evidence for a similar experiment that played out naturally, 466 million years ago, when an asteroid out in space exploded into bits. Dust from the breakup blanketed the planet, says Birger Schmitz, a geologist at Lund University in Sweden, plunging it into an ice age that was soon followed by an explosion in animal life.The ancient episode offers both encouragement and caution for geoengineers. If Schmitz is right, it dramatically demonstrates how dust can cool the planet. But the deep freeze is a lesson in potential unintended consequences. “Maybe our study will trigger a big academic controversy,” says Schmitz, who leads a study published this week in Science Advances.All over the world, the ratio of decaying isotopes in a common meteorite type suggests the space rocks formed in a singular shock event 466 million years ago. Models based on how long they took to cool suggest they came from a 150-kilometer-wide parent body, which broke up in a collision in the asteroid belt beyond Mars, sending a stream of fragments into the inner solar system. 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Since the 1990s, it has yielded more than 100 fossil meteorites, found in rock layers that date to soon after the asteroid breakup. “The flux had to be enormous at this time,” says Bill Bottke, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, who has studied the breakup.The meteorites fell about the time early animal life boomed. Major animal groups had already evolved, but during this Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event (GOBE), ocean animals doubled or even tripled in biodiversity. Reefs built by microbes gave way to some of the first coral reefs, trilobites grew larger, and tentacled predators such as nautiloids diversified and swarmed the mostly fishless seas. In 2008, Schmitz argued that the asteroid breakup might be responsible. Perhaps, he and colleagues proposed, large fragments striking Earth spurred the GOBE by shaking up ecosystems, clearing out ecological niches for new species to evolve into.But the idea didn’t catch on, in part because there was no sign of large impact craters from just after the collision. Instead, some paleontologists offered a different trigger for the GOBE: a succession of ice ages that took place at the same time. Colder water can hold more dissolved oxygen, fueling life. And as water froze into glaciers, sea levels dropped, isolating shallow seas and creating niches for speciation.Schmitz’s team now thinks the asteroid breakup brought on those ice ages, by creating a cloud of dust that hung in space and in the atmosphere, reflecting sunlight away from Earth and allowing the ice to build up. In layers of limestone spanning just a few million years, from the original quarry and other sites in Sweden and Russia, the team found a surge in both small extraterrestrial grains and in chemical isotopes that trace even finer extraterrestrial dust. “All this dust floated in, just when the sea level fall started,” Schmitz says. “Suddenly it clicked.”Rebecca Freeman, a paleontologist at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, says the timing is “perfect.” “It isn’t necessarily the answer to every question, but it certainly ties together a lot of observations,” she says.Peter Reiners, a geochemist at the University of Arizona in Tucson, argues that the falling asteroid dust would have also delivered iron to the world’s oceans, chilling the climate a different way. The dust would have nourished photosynthetic microbes at the sea surface, drawing carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. When they died and sank, much of the carbon they absorbed would be buried with them, further cooling the planet.The ancient events are eerily similar to modern-day geoengineering schemes. A study in 2012 evaluated the idea of towing an asteroid to a gravitationally stable point between Earth and the sun, and grinding off dust that would remain in space and shade Earth. Researchers found that a 32-kilometer-wide near-Earth asteroid called 1036 Ganymed could make a dust cloud big enough to remain in place and block 6.6% of the sun’s light, well over the 1.7% reduction the authors say could offset 2°C of expected warming. Fertilizing the ocean with iron has also been proposed to combat climate change.Seth Finnegan, a paleontologist at the University of California, Berkeley, is not yet convinced about the ancient geoengineering event. He wants to see global evidence for extraterrestrial dust, alongside signals for cooling and biodiversification. He also urges researchers to model how much dust the asteroid breakup would have made, and how it would have affected climate. Schmitz says he’s searching for dust at a third site in central China.If it turns out that a powdered asteroid really did have such a profound effect on the Ordovician, Finnegan adds, then the episode also delivers a warning: It “shows that the consequences of messing around in that way could be pretty severe.”last_img read more

first_imgAce golfer Anirban Lahiri might not have won the PGA Championship in Whistling Straits on Sunday, but for an Indian, who nurtured his talent in a country with limited infrastructure in golf, even a tied fifth-finish is an incredible feat.Lahiri surpassed the record of the best finish by an Indian in a Major, which was previously held by Jeev Milkha Singh, who finished ninth at the 2008 PGA Championship. While a tied-fifth finish on Sunday helped him return to top-50 at world rankings, where he stands 38th now, he also achieved the rare feat by an Indian golfer to make to the prestigious biennial President’s Cup, where Rest of the World (minus Europe) competes against the United States.Lahiri is the winner of seven titles on the Asian Tour which also include two co-sanctioned European Tour titles. What can’t be ignored he has achieved all this at 28, quite an early age by Indian golf’s standards.Speaking of Lahiri’s ability to scale greater heights, his long-time Bengaluru-based coach Vijay Divecha said it was the golfer’s sheer hard work and habit of not sitting on laurels, which stood him out.”What Anirban is achieving now is a result of hard work of 14 years. He has great work ethic, knows what he wants to achieve and enthusiastically commits himself to do that. He has hunger to win, is brutally honest about himself and psychologically he is very strong. His qualities have mounded him into an achiever and his progress is a result of that,” Divecha told Mail Today.advertisementHe further told, “One thing you can’t ignore about him he never sits on his laurels. He is coming back to India after two months of extremely busy schedule and on Monday, we will sit, wipe out the memories of the PGA Championship and plan how we can give better results in future.”It was no mean feat that Lahiri returned under-par cards on all four days in Whistling Straits. While his starting round was a two-under 70, he improved on the second day to go five-under 67. Third day, he submitted a 70 again, but staged a superb comeback on the pressure-packed final day to card a four-under 68 for an 13-under 275 aggregate. In one of the four Majors – the PGA Championship – where world’s top golfers were in the fray and psychological pressure lets one down, how did he manage such low scores?”He went to play in the US in March and acclimitise to the conditions fast. In the process, he played on some of the toughest golf courses, plus he had already been playing tough courses around the world. In the US, courses are set like that a minor mistake can cost you dear. This year he has played in some of the biggest tournaments on the US PGA Tour. So psychologically he is better equipped to handle pressure and he considerably did that at the PGA Championship.”Lahiri also has age with his side and can go miles if he keeps him improving. Can he set the bar high for him and other Indian golfers, Divecha said, “Playing four Majors in a year is a big feat and finishing fifth in one of them makes people take a notice of your ability. Anirban has so many years of golf left in him that he can win more than one Majors, if in upcoming years, he doesn’t sit on his laurels.”The coach said, “He can do that since he has extraordinary commitment to his mission. Within two years into the amateur circuit he was India No. 1, within two years of turning pro he was India No. 1. He started winning quite early on the Asian Tour and now he is making long strides on the PGA Tour. He always set a goal and invests all his energies to achieve that. He just needs to keep that doing,” Divecha said.last_img read more

first_imgFrom Youssra El-Sharkawy Cairo, Oct 11 (PTI) As a significant initiative in the Indian Navys overseas deployment to West Asia and Africa, INS Trikand entered the Egyptian Safaga port today for a three-day visit to underscore Indias peaceful presence in the region and show solidarity with friendly countries. “The ship visit underscores Indias peaceful presence and solidarity with the friendly countries and, in particular, to strengthen the existing bonds between India and Egypt,” a statement by the Indian embassy said. INS Trikand will engage extensively with the Egyptian Navy during its stay at Safaga port on the Red Sea Coast. It will conduct PASSEX with Egyptian ships and facilities. Apart from professional interactions, a number of sports and social engagements are also planned, which would go a long way in enhancing cooperation and understanding between these two important and capable navies, the statement added. Indian naval assets are regularly deployed as part of the Indian Navys mission of building bridges of friendship and strengthening international cooperation with friendly countries, as well as to address maritime concerns of the region including piracy in the Gulf of Aden. In addition, Indian Navy has also been involved in capacity building and capability enhancement of friendly navies in the Indian Ocean Region, besides providing assistance in hydrographic survey, search and rescue and in improving maritime domain awareness. A notable recent deployment of the Indian Navy in the region was Operation Rahat for the evacuation of over 6,200 persons of whom 960 were citizens from 41 other countries including 47 Egyptians from strife-ridden Yemen in April this year. “India and Egypt are two of the worlds ancient civilisations with a history of close contact. Building upon the rich and longstanding relations that have existed between India and Egypt over thousands of years, both nations have developed warm relations in several spheres,” the statement added. INS Trikand, commanded by Captain Vinay Kalia, is a state-of-the-art warship of the Indian Navy equipped with a versatile range of weapons and sensors capable of addressing threats in all three dimensions ? air, surface and sub- surface. The visiting ship is part of the Indian Navys Western Fleet and is under the operational command of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, with its Headquarters at Mumbai. PTI YES SUA KUN SUAadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgSkipper Rani Rampal scored a brace as the Indian women’s hockey team beat Belarus 3-1 in the third match to clinch the five-Test series here on Sunday.Star forward Rampal scored two successive field goals in the 35th and 39th minute after Belarus were put in the lead by their skipper Ryta Batura, who scored in the 24th minute through a penalty corner.Deepika scored India’s third goal in the 42nd minute to take a commanding 3-1 lead while the defenders did well to keep the visitors from scoring in the final quarter to ensure a win.India won the first and the second games 5-1 and 2-1 respectively. The fourth match will take place on Monday.The series is part of India’s preparations ahead of the Hockey World League (HWL) Round 2 tournament in Canada in April.last_img read more

first_imgYou’ve heard it before: buying food locally is good for you, for your community, and for the planet.But you may not have realized that independent business owners, like farmers, restaurateurs, and specialty food producers, are the heart of the local food movement and are the economic engines making change possible. We call them Quiet Revolutionaries, and as fellow revolutionaries and independent workers, we have a special opportunity to build and support the local food movement.We’re mapping all of the different ways the Quiet Revolution is coming alive on this map, and we encourage you to add the food co-op, restaurant that sources from local farms, CSA, or community garden in your town or city on our map in the “Eat” category.Why local food?Local food supports independent farmers. Fewer than 1,000,000 Americans claim farming as a primary occupation, and buying local food provides the farmer with the full retail price of the produce. The profit from many large agribusinesses tends to go to distant (even international) investors and lobbyists and middlemen, not to workers or local communities.Local food grows community. Connecting yourself, your family, and your children to local farmers and local food production builds a deeper understanding of your environment and your neighbors. It also keeps your money in your community.Local food is usually more nutritious. Local produce, sold right after it’s picked, usually has more nutrients. It helps fuel a healthy body and a healthy lifestyle.Local food keeps open space open. Local farmers often own undeveloped property, that they may use for less profitable purposes, beekeeping, or just allow to grow wild with wildflowers. Supporting local farmers means this land can remain undeveloped.Local food is better for the environment. Small farmers tend to be more mindful about the impact their work has on the environment: lower pesticide use, crop rotation, and consciousness around soil erosion and degradation, and respect for wildlife, to name just a few ways they support local environments.Who is local food?These people make local food and the local food movement possible, and are the types of people, businesses, and organizations that should be mapped on our Quiet Revolution map.Local farmsCSAsFood co-opsLocally-sourced, community-minded restaurants or coffee-shopsFair trade specialty foods (like coffee beans)Worker-owned food establishments, like the famous Arizmendi BakeryNon-profits and B-corps that promote sustainable food, like SustainableHarvest.orgDo you have one of these in your local community? Take the time to map it so that other freelancers in your area can find and support these businesses.Why should freelancers care about local food?Freelancers are already revolutionaries.We have talked to a lot of freelancers over the years, and the reason they went solo in the first place was almost always about quality: time with family, doing what they love, a desire for independence.Quality also is healthy bodies and healthy environments. Quality is creative human labor (not machine labor). Quality is connecting with our communities.Quality is making sure our neighbors are also living quality lives, and are paid fairly for their efforts or even own a percentage of the businesses profits.The values of independent workers reflect the values of local food. That’s why we should make every effort to support those values in our day-to-day purchasing decisions and by telling other freelancers to do the same.Do you buy local? If so, what has it helped you do/be/see?last_img read more

first_imgGovernor Kim Reynolds says she and her staff “spent a lot of time” developing her plan for trimming nearly 30 million dollars out of the current year’s budget — and she’s ready to negotiate with her fellow Republicans in the Iowa Senate over a plan that would cut more than 20 million dollars deeper.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/BUDGET.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….a responsible place.” :10The Senate Republicans recommend a cut in the state’s court system that’s three times as much as the governor recommended.That prompted court officials to warn court operations in 30 county courthouses would be suspended “indefinitely” if that deep a cut is approved.Reynolds says that “would have an impact” on “access to justice” in Iowa.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/BUDGET2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……moving forward.” :14The Senate Republicans’ plan for cutting the current year’s budget cleared a committee last week and is ready for debate in the full senate.House Republicans have not yet unveiled their budget-cutting priorities.………………….last_img read more

first_img Reuters New DelhiJune 10, 2019UPDATED: June 10, 2019 20:00 IST Tourists arriving in Sri LankaSri Lanka’s battered tourism industry is trying to woo visitors back to beaches deserted after deadly Easter bombings, slashing hotel rates and pushing promotions in key markets like Russia.Tourism, which accounts for 5% of Sri Lanka’s gross domestic product, tanked after Islamist bombers on April 21 attacked luxury hotels and churches, killing 250 people, including 40 foreigners.England, India and the United States were among countries that issued travel advisories for Sri Lanka, a diverse island with pristine beaches, ancient Buddhist temples, and lush hills that Lonely Planet selected as its top 2019 destination.Those advisories contributed to a flood of cancellations and a drop in bookings just as the monsoon-dominated low season was beginning.To lure tourists back, Sri Lanka is hosting international sporting events and has mothballed a rule on minimum rates for hotel stays. State-owned SriLankan Airlines is offering special fares and pushing joint promotions with the government’s tourism board. Some hotels are waiving corkage fees on day trips, while tour groups are offering free airport pickups.Lavanga Resort & Spa in the southern beach resort of Hikkaduwa, for example, is offering rooms for $35 instead of the usual $75 – with free breakfast. Travel agents are promoting the offer in Russia, with some success.We have offered rock bottom rates for foreigners. We are getting bookings for the winter season, said Lavanga’s managing director, Anusha Frydman.Reservations for the next few months remain tepid, however, with occupancy around 10% versus 30% last year.But some tourists are lapping up a dream vacation on the cheap.advertisementI secured a six-night stay in a plush southern hotel for $200 which included complimentary ayurvedic treatment, said 52 year-old Leif Ohlson from Sweden.Data suggests more and more foreigners are emulating him.A daily average of 1,400 to 1,500 foreign visitors are currently in Sri Lanka, up from 1,000 recorded immediately after the attacks, said Kishu Gomes, the head of the Tourism Bureau.That is still down from around 4,500 last year, but with countries including India and China lifting their travel advisories, officials are optimistic.We are expecting the recovery to commence. It is too early to say how fast and to what level it will be, Gomes said.A rebound could not come fast enough, however, especially for smaller hotels.Lots of hotels have curtailed operations and shut down wings. They may have reduced or laid off (staff), said Sanath Ukwatta, the president of the Hotels Association of Sri Lanka. He said he did not have any immediate data, however.ALSO READ | IRCTC launches 6-day Kashmir tour package. All details hereALSO SEE | New Eiffel Tower zipline gives you a bird’s eye view of Paris. Seen the video yet?ALSO WATCH | Man forces himself on child at Riyadh mallGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNishtha Grover Tags :Follow Sri LankaFollow Sri Lanka bombingsFollow Travel Sri Lanka promotes tourism after Easter bombings. Local hotels offer stays at 50 per cent offTo lure tourists back, Sri Lanka is hosting international sporting events and has mothballed a rule on minimum rates for hotel stays. State-owned SriLankan Airlines is offering special fares and pushing joint promotions with the government’s tourism board.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The real estate sector relief expected this week may include solutions for stalled housing projects for the stressed home buyers where projects could not be completed due to funding issues, official sources said, There have been demand for as stress fund to deal with stalled projects and bail out lakhs of stuck homebuyers from both home buyers and builders side. There will be solutions on those lines , sources said without divulging if it would be Rs 10,000 crore stress fund as sought. Another official said stressed fund do exist in many countries but owned by private sector adding there are several ways to provide liquidity in the lendings to the sector which is not necessarily through only a stress fund. Stress funds are a global phenomenon and are present in nearly every mature market. But many of them are private funds. In August government announced more credit support to housing finance companies where it extended additional liquidity support to HFCs by the National Housing Bank, which has been increased from Rs 20,000 crore to Rs 30,000 crore. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn her meeting with the sector representatives, Finance Minister Nirmala SItharaman had met with the two apex realtors’ industry bodies CREDAI and NAREDCO, and the second with homebuyer associations, to discuss the issues concerning the real estate sector and steps to be taken to strengthen the industry. The government is also likely to make changes to the definition of affordable housing as sought by developers so that more projects can come under the category. Further, bank loans for developers, which have always been an issue as banks try to avoid lending to developers, may witness some favourable changes. Developers and distressed home buyers had suggested to the government that a fund be set up for completion of stalled projects. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFurther, the real estate sector also received a shock after the National Housing Bank recently asked housing finance companies to stop funding under the subvention scheme. The government is likely to ease the recent direction in favour of developers. Last month industry body NAREDCO had raised the need for a ‘stress fund’ before Sitharaman. If the government agrees to float such a fund, it could become the last-mile capital for large unfinished projects. Home buyers’ body — Forum For People’s Collective Efforts (FPCE) — also wanted Rs 10,000-crore ‘stress fund’ in budget to complete stalled projects.last_img read more

first_imgDanielle RochetteAPTN NewsAlanis Obomsawin, one of Canada’s foremost documentary filmmakers will be showing a different talent Friday night in Montreal when she performs from her album Bush Lady.The seven track album was originally released in 1985 and was reissued three years later.In June, a 30th anniversary issue was released.For decades Obomsawin has fought for justice and gave Indigenous peoples a voice through her lens as a documentary maker.Now it’s her voice that people will hear when she performs.“So until the time I started to sing oh, my God – I almost feel I do not have a voice I was so uncomfortable and finally when I started to sing I guess something else come to me I was very touched by how welcomed I was,” Obomsawin told APTN News.drochette@aptn.ca@danfromestlast_img read more

by Scott Sonner, The Associated Press Posted Apr 3, 2017 6:36 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 3, 2017 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Court denies mustang appeal sought by Nevada counties RENO, Nev. – Wild horse advocates in Nevada scored a victory Monday in an ongoing legal battle with rural interests they say want to round up federally protected mustangs across the West and sell them for slaughter.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco denied an appeal by the Nevada Association of Counties and Nevada Farm Bureau Federation representing ranchers and others who argue overpopulated herds are damaging the range and robbing livestock of forage.The decision upholds an earlier ruling by a federal judge in Reno who dismissed their lawsuit in 2015 seeking to force the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to expedite widespread roundups across Nevada.The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upheld a similar decision in Wyoming in October.In both cases, the American Wild Horse Campaign and others argued the courts have no authority to order the agency to gather horses in violation of the U.S. Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.“We’re pleased that the courts continue to dismiss attempts by these grazing interests to use the judicial system to rewrite federal law that Congress designed to protect wild horses from capture, not to favour the livestock industry,” said Nick Lawton, a lawyer for the campaign that formerly went by the name American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.The Nevada suit filed in 2014 demanded BLM sell older horses deemed unadoptable without the usual prohibition on resale for slaughter. The Farm Bureau argued the overpopulation “has severe impacts on the health of the horses as well as the ecological health and sustainability of Nevada’s rangelands.”A three-judge panel of the U.S. appellate court agreed with Judge Miranda Du of Reno, repeating her conclusion the plaintiffs had failed to identify any specific final agency actions that could be challenged.“Instead, NACO seeks judicial oversight and direction of virtually the entire federal wild horse and burro management program in Nevada,” the three-page ruling issued Monday said.The BLM estimated a year ago that there were 67,027 wild horses and burros roaming federal land across 10 Western states — 40,000 more than the agency maintains the range can sustain. About half are in Nevada.BLM removed about 8,000 of the horses and burros from the Western range in 2012, but fewer than 4,000 in each of the past two years, due in part to budget constraints.Terri Farley, a Reno-area based author of the children’s book series, “Phantom Stallion,” and Mark Tewell, who owns Wild Horses of Nevada Photography in nearby Dayton, joined the campaign in opposing the rural counties’ lawsuit.“This decision should help put a stop to baseless lawsuits from the livestock industry” intended to force the government to round up mustangs across the West, Lawton said. FILE – In this Jan. 23, 2015 file photo, wild horses are seen during a BLM tour in the Pine Nut Mountains just outside of Dayton, Nev. Wild horse advocates have scored a victory in Nevada in an ongoing legal battle with rural interests who they say want to round up federally protected mustangs across the West and sell them for slaughter. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco denied an appeal on Monday, April 3, 2017, by the Nevada Association of Counties and Nevada Farm Bureau Federation. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP) read more

Photos by Jeff Barrett The usually quiet town of Scofield was bustling with people as visitors from throughout the state flocked to Pleasant Valley Days over the weekend.The event began on Friday as vendors settled into the park and welcomed visitors. The Little Miss Pleasant Valley Days Pageant got underway in the afternoon as young girls ages four to 12 lined up to compete. Friday’s celebration concluded with dinner in the park and entertainment by DJ John J. Harris.Saturday was packed with activities beginning early with the annual breakfast in the park before attendees lined the streets for the much-anticipated parade. DJ Harris took attendees through the afternoon as they enjoyed kids’ activities, vendors, a silent auction and more.Those in attendance welcomed the night with a dance to the music of Rusty Fenders while the fireworks were launched over the lake.“Thanks to everyone for supporting Scofield Pleasant Valley Days 2019,” event organizers shared. “See you next year!” read more

Here’s what to watch in the Big Ten this week:BEST GAMENo. 4 Michigan at No. 10 Ohio StateThe signs point to a breakthrough for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines (10-1, 8-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP). Michigan has lost six straight and 13 of the past 14 meetings but is four-point road favourite Saturday. Win here, and again next week over Northwestern in the Big Ten championship game, and the Wolverines should be playoff-bound. That’s easier said than done. This is, after all, “The Game.” Ohio State (10-1, 7-1, No. 10 CFP) has not looked good the second half of the season but, though it would need some help, still has viable playoff hopes if it can beat Michigan and win the Big Ten.BEST MATCHUPNebraska offence vs. Iowa defenceThe Huskers’ offence had over 450 total yards in seven straight games before being slowed down in the snow and cold in a win over Michigan State last week. Rain and temperatures in the 40s are forecast Friday in Iowa City. Adrian Martinez is one of the best freshmen in the country, and senior Devine Ozigbo is a 1,000-yard rusher. But the Huskers need injured WR JD Spielman back to complement Stanley Morgan Jr. Iowa is second in the Big Ten and sixth in the nation in total defence, and only two opponents have put up more than 400 yards. Iowa’s defensive ends, particularly A.J. Epenesa, present a huge challenge.INSIDE THE NUMBERSWith a win over Illinois, Northwestern would post its 15th victory in 16 Big Ten games to match the best 16-game stretch in program history. … RB D.J. Knox, WR Rondale Moore and QB David Blough could pull off a first in the 130 years of Purdue football — a 1,000-yard rusher, a 1,000-yard receiver and a 3,000-yard passer. Knox needs 174 yards to make it happen. The other two have achieved their milestones. … Indiana freshman RB Steve Scott has become the 19th Hoosier to reach 1,000 yards in a season. … Lovie Smith made his mark as a defensive coach in the NFL, but his Illinois defences have gotten worse each of his three seasons. The Illini national rankings have gone from 61st to 86th to 128th. This year’s unit is allowing 520 yards per game. … Michigan State has had four starting punters this season and is the only school in the nation to have five players punt. … If Rutgers loses to MSU, it will mark the fourth time since 1997 the Scarlet Knights have finished with a win total of one or zero.LONG SHOTMaryland is a 13 1/2 point underdog at Penn StateThe Terrapins (5-6, 3-5) need one win to get bowl eligible, which would be quite an accomplishment in a tumultuous season. The question is whether the Terps have much left in the tank after coming up just short last week in the 52-51 overtime loss to Ohio State. Penn State (8-3, 5-3) has beaten Maryland sounded two straight years. If Terps RB Anthony McFarland keeps playing like he has lately — 508 yards the last two games — this could get interesting.PLAYER TO WATCHWisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor.The national rushing leader needs 131 yards against Minnesota to hit 2,000 for the season after falling 23 yards short last season. Taylor has 714 yards over his last three games, including a national season-high 321 last week against Purdue. Minnesota has allowed more than 300 yards rushing to three opponents.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Eric Olson, The Associated Press read more

first_imgHe received a 2:1 from Oxford in 2000 and has since worked at law firms including Clifford Chance, CMS Cameron McKenna and Field Fisher Waterhouse.None of these roles lasted more than a few months, and he claimed that his poor performance at work was linked to health problems caused by his poor degree result.But the judge said his employers had complained of “poor behaviour, rudeness and lack of IT skills”, and added: “There is nothing at any point to suggest that what is said to have been his preoccupation with his Oxford degree result played any part in these false starts”.  Brasenose College, Oxford Credit:John Cobb  Brasenose College, Oxford  The judge added that it was possible that Mr Siddiqui “simply gets over-anxious during the examination process and does not do himself justice on occasions”. He added: “However, anxiety producing a less than otherwise merited result is not an unfamiliar examination scenario generally nor, in his case, is it the fault or responsibility of his teachers.”Mr Siddiqui “has a very significant track record for looking for someone else or some other factor to blame for any failure on his part to achieve what he perceives to have been the right result for him”, he said. Dismissing the case he said: “It is to be hoped that he can re-focus, perhaps lower his expectations at least for the time being and start using his undoubted intelligence to create a worthwhile future for himself”. Oxford University was not at fault for a graduate’s 2:1 degree as he may have “simply coasted”, a judge has ruled. Faiz Siddiqui had attempted to sue the university over his degree mark, which he said cost him a career as a high-flying lawyer. But Mr Justice Foskett ruled that his tutors could not be held responsible and suggested that Mr Siddiqui did not prepare properly for a crucial examination which he performed poorly in.He  expected all the texts for the exam to be covered in class, the judge said, which was not an assumption shared by his fellow students or his teachers.The claimant, then a History student at Brasenose College, Oxford, “accepted that his reading of the texts was selective”, for the “gobbets” paper, the High Court judge said, and “spoon-feeding” by tutors was “hardly to be expected for an Oxford undergraduate degree course”. His attitude “raises the question of whether he simply thought that he had “cracked” the way a gobbets paper was dealt with and simply coasted towards the Finals paper,” he said. Mr Siddiqui had claimed that missing out on a First led to rejection from Harvard Law School and had affected his mental health and his career. last_img read more

Plans by Huawei, China’s biggest private company, to build a sprawling new research facility in Cambridgeshire are in jeopardy after experts warned that building work could affect a nearby “nationally important” Iron Age fort. Huawei has already spent more than £37 million purchasing land near the village of Sawston in Cambridgeshire for a planned microchip research and development campus which will house more than 400 employees on the 550-acre estate. However, planning experts have warned that the site, which Huawei wants to use to design state of the art semiconductors, borders the protected Iron Age hill fort Borough Hill, which is classed as being of “national importance” under the Ancient… read more

first_imgAt the Mining Indonesia show in early September, IM met with EPC contractor Duro Felguera, which operates in the country via PT Duro Felguera Indonesia, part of DF Mining and Handling division, established in June 2012 in Jakarta.  Iñigo Garcia Pardo, Director of DF Indonesia, said the company has already completed two EPC contracts in the country in 2014.The first was for PT Bara Ria Sukses in Jambi, Sumatra, where it delivered a turnkey river barge coal loading terminal consisting of two 800 t/h barge loading conveyors (BC01and BC01) as well as loading hoppers with variable speed belt feeders (four on BC01 and three on BC02); as well as complete civil works, including land filling and conveyor foundations and the river barge mooring jetty. The other contract was for PT Lamindo Inter Multikon in East Kalimantan in 2013 and covered the turnkey supply of a coal mine storage yard conveyor system including two 2,500 t/h conveyors, two transfer towers and one travelling tripper two way chute of 2,500 t/h.The company is also keen to build on its recently announced partnership with Ausenco to expand its offering into the mineral processing part of project delivery. The DF-Ausenco Strategic Alliance is set to jointly pursue and deliver turnkey or EPC projects, in order to reinforce their position in the market.In August, the companies announced a Memorandum of Understanding with the Canadian firm Royal Nickel Corporation (RNC) in order to deliver the Dumont Nickel Project in Quebec, Canada, on a turnkey basis. Under the terms of this MoU, DF-Ausenco, in a 50-50 consortium, will draw up the technical and commercial details of their bid. Once this phase is complete, and certain economic conditions have been met, project execution will start. The Dumont project is one of the few new nickel sites in the world and initial investment is estimated at $1,070 million. The open pit mine will be producing nickel for over 30 years and will be the fifth largest nickel sulphide mine in the world.Ausenco has developed starting in 2010, on an EPCM basis, the Martabe 4.5 Mt/y gold/silver plant and its associated infrastructure, including the water polishing plant, air services, earthworks, drainage and the accommodation camp. This project ended in 2012. In the first quarter of 2015, the plant continued to perform well with G-Resources Group posting record production. The strong performance continued into the second quarter with the mine and process plant treating 993,000 t of ore at 2.81 g/t head grade.last_img read more

first_imgScore a point for Bluetooth. Video of the coverage after the jump. Yowtch. A North Texas man’s Droid 2 exploded during a phone call, and he has the shattered, blood splattered handset and face stitches to prove it. Aron Embry ended a call, heard a loud pop, and then felt what turned out to be blood trickling down his face. It was coming out of his ear.There was no damage to Embry’s hearing, but the resulting trip to the local emergency room resulted in four stitches. “Once I got to the mirror and saw it, it was only then I kind of looked at my phone and realized that the screen had appeared to burst outward,” he told the local news.Embry had purchased the phone a mere two days before.Motorola issued a statement following the event,Motorola’s priority is, and always has been the safety of our customers, and all Motorola products are designed, manufactured and tested to meet or exceed international and local standards for consumer safety. We will reach out to the consumer and investigate this thoroughly.last_img read more

first_img The Windows Start Menu Will Soon Run in Its Own ProcessWindows 10 May Learn to Automatically Remove Updates That Bork Your PC Stay on target Even though there’s plenty to like about Windows 10, some folks would still rather buy a Windows 7 computer. Unfortunately for those people, it’s about to get a lot harder to do that.Why? Because Microsoft has finally stopped selling Windows 7 (and Windows 8.1) licenses to computer manufacturers. This isn’t something that companies like Dell and HP didn’t see coming. Microsoft had set the date ages ago, and we’re past it now.The good news for any of you out there who are still trying to avoid Windows 10 and need to replace an or upgrade a machine is that this doesn’t mean all the remaining Windows 7 licenses are going to suddenly disappear. Plenty of retailers will have inventory on hand for quite some time.Some will still have brand new desktops and laptops available that ship with Windows 7. You may have to go looking for a system built for business environments, though, as most of the systems built for consumers have been shipping with Windows 10 since the second half of 2015.There is a downside to doing that. Systems built for the corporate world tend not to give you great bang for your buck, but if you’re dead set on avoiding Windows 10… well, there’s a good chance you’ll overpay for hardware at this point.On a good note, you won’t be at risk of running a computer that’s vulnerable to attack from the first day you fire it up. Extended support for Windows 7 doesn’t get cut off until January 2020, so you’ll receive critical updates for a little over three more years.last_img read more

first_imgA Clark County Bar Association poll shows local attorneys overwhelmingly favor Battle Ground Municipal Court Judge Gregory Gonzales as the next Superior Court judge.Of the 206 bar association members polled, about 65 percent endorsed Gonzales to succeed Judge Edwin Poyfair, who is retiring April 30. Gov. Chris Gregoire, who is appointing a replacement and is conducting interviews this month, will take into account the bar poll results in making her decision.In categories of legal ability, judicial temperament, integrity and relevant legal experience, nearly half voted for Gonzales over his four opponents. Vancouver defense attorney Bob Yoseph came in second with 11 percent of the votes, followed by Camara Banfield, a senior deputy prosecutor assigned to the major crimes unit, who captured about 10 percent of the vote.Vancouver private attorney Josephine Townsend received 9 percent of the votes and Darryl Walker, a deputy prosecutor assigned to the civil division, picked up 6 percent.The results were released to candidates Tuesday and to the public on Wednesday.Poyfair, 68, said in January that he would retire and move to Arizona. His successor will have to be elected in November to retain the seat.last_img read more