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first_imgWoodland yoga It’s time to change into stylish yoga wardrobe for your workout sessions. Woodland has just launched their new yoga collection in various styles and colours (grey, teal, navy blue and black). Price starts at Rs 1,195. Available at all Woodland outlets. Taste treat Tucked away in the bylanes,Woodland yogaIt’s time to change into stylish yoga wardrobe for your workout sessions. Woodland has just launched their new yoga collection in various styles and colours (grey, teal, navy blue and black). Price starts at Rs 1,195. Available at all Woodland outlets.Taste treatTucked away in the bylanes of Dr. RK Salai, this place offers a variety of food, beverages and desserts.Go to: 6/29, Rajasekaren St, Mylapore, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai. Meal for two: Rs 800 (plus taxes)Must try: FruitlettesTime machineThis watch will take you back in time. Based on the ancient time keeping technique-the Sun Dial, the watch has to be always aligned to the North so that it uses sunlight to indicate the time.Price: Rs 3,995Snip hubWanting a hair cut or a pampering facial? Head to the newly launched Allure Unisex Salon. It has been opened in collaboration with Schwarzkopf Professional at Nungambakkam. And, none other than Kollywood actor Suriya inaugurated the style shop.Happy feetCashing in on the soccer fever amongst sports enthusiasts in India, Lotto Sport Italia recently launched the new Zhero Gravity Ultra, the only laceless football boot in the world. The absence of laces ensures a perfect fit to the shape of the foot. It is available in white and metal blue colours. Grab it before FIFA ends.Cough up: Rs 9,999last_img read more

Where are the spinners?

first_imgHarbhajan Singh (35) and Amit Mishra (32)are definitely two of the oldest players in the ongoing Test series in Sri Lanka.And while the likes of Rangana Herath (37) and Kumar Sangakkara (37) have shown that age is just a number, what Harbhajan and Mishra’s selection after two and four years respectively show is that there is a dearth of quality young spinners in the feeder line in Indian cricket.Among those waiting in the pipeline for a call-up, barring Pragyan Ojha, none of the other spinners like Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma and Piyush Chawla deserve a place in the Test team. But Ojha is outof- favour with the current crop of selectors despite picking 71 wickets from 13 games since 2011.Another spinner who earned a lot of praise from both Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli is Axar Patel. But the spinner is more in the Jadeja mould and isn’t really a conventional turner of the ball unlike IPL sensation Yuzvendra Chahal.But sadly, despite being a part of Kohli’s RCB, Chahal is yet to get an opportunity. Speaking to MAIL TODAY, former India spinner Bishan Singh Bedi said that it is the job of the selectors to spot quality talent and groom them so that they can serve the country but that isn’t happening currently.”You are talking about dearth of quality spinners. But whose job is it to spot spinners in the domestic circuit and groom them? What exactly are the selectors doing? Better planning and strategising is imperative if the level of performance has to improve,” he said.advertisementRavindra Jadeja is going through tough phase. Since 2011, he has played 12 Tests and has scalped 45 wickets with an average of 30.38 Former India skipper Rahul Dravid feels that the current crop of batsmen don’t get to face enough quality spinners. “You still have the odd good spinner in domestic cricket, but the numbers have dipped.The top four spinners are good but we had a lot more spinners in the domestic scene then,” he said. V.V.S. Laxman too echoed Dravid’s sentiments. “My generation of players were fortunate to play against top-class spin bowlers in domestic cricket. It is different now,” he said.Amit Mishra has played 4 Tests matches since 2011 and has taken 12 wickets with an average of 42.92  Amit Mishra says Indians are comfortable facing spin India have conceded a lot of wickets to spinners on their recent overseas tours. Moeen Ali and Nathan Lyon were two stand-out spinners against India in England and Australia.The Indian players also faced a stern test against Rangana Herath and Tharindu Kaushal in the first Test. But leg-spinner Amit Mishra feels that the Indian batsmen do not lack the skill to play against spin.Speaking to PTI, Mishra said “I don’t think that Indian batsmen struggle against spin. In fact, all our batsmen are among the best against spin. Whenever we bowl at them even at nets, it doesn’t look like that at all. What happens instead is that sometimes you lose one or two wickets under pressure. Anyone can make mistakes under pressure but I don’t think there is any lack of skill against spin,” he said.Mishra also said despite India’s shocking loss at Galle, the team’s morale was high. “We are playing Test cricket after a bit of a gap, so we made a few mistakes in Galle. But will work on them and improve,” he said.Ravichandran Ashwin is in red-hot form. Since 2011, he has played 26 Tests and has taken 134 wickets with an average of 29.14 Venkatapathy Raju feels Harbhajan Singh is trying a bit too hard Harbhajan Singh’s lackluster performance in the first Test against Sri Lanka has put him under pressure and former India tweaker Venkatapathy.Raju feels the veteran off-spinner’s poor form is the result of trying too hard to prove his worth on comeback. In a match dominated by spin, Harbhajan picked just one wicket in his 25 overs during the course of two innings as India lost by 63 runs.”He went through that rehabilitation phase while correcting his action.Then he was out of contention for a while and now when he has made a comeback, he is probably trying too hard. (But) There is nothing lacking on the experience front. He knows what to do in which condition,” Raju said. “But that’s the problem, when you make a comeback and you are trying to prove yourself. You try to do something more and that sometimes doesn’t work.”Pragyan Ojha is waiting for his comeback.Since 2011 he has taken 71 wickets in 13 Tests with an average of 24.27Raju, 46, who was part of the last Indian side which won a Test series 22 years back in Sri Lanka, said the threespinner theory works only when the batsmen get runs on board.advertisement”When India went in with three spinners, there were batsmen like (Virender) Sehwag who would put up runs in the board. A score of 400 always helps. Then you had bowlers whowere all-rounders. This team is a young team, probably they will gain experience and get better,” he said. “I was part of the team that won against Sri Lanka under Mohammad Azharuddin in 1993. See their strength has also been spin. They had the great Muttiah Muralitharan but also had a Chaminda Vaas who could come and pick wickets.And they were all good players of spin. But then our players were also playing domestic cricket and were used to those tracks. So whenever we hosted Australia or England, we put up more than 400-500 runs on the board,” he added.last_img read more

Smriti Mandhana becomes first Indian to play in Kia Super League

first_imgIndia Women’s Cricket team opener Smriti Mandhana will become the first Indian player to appear in Kia Super League – the women’s cricket super league in England.Smriti was signed by Western Storm and will represent them in the upcoming edition of the tournament that features six teams.The 21-year-old India opener has scored over 826 runs with the highest score of 76 in the 40 T20Is that she has played so far.Last month, she captained the IPL Trailblazers in the recent Women’s T20 Challenge, which took place ahead of the VIVO IPL Qualifier One. Smriti has also featured in the Big Bash League for Brisbane Heat.After securing her signing, Head Coach of the Western Storm Trevor Griffin said, “We are really excited that Smriti will be joining us. She is one of the brightest young talents in the game at the moment. Although she is still young, she has a great deal of experience of the game at the highest level and we believe that she will prove to be an excellent signing.”Looking forward to the new challenge, Smriti said, “I am very excited to be playing for the Kia Super League Champions. To be the first Indian player to appear in the tournament is a real honour and I hope that I can help Western Storm to more success.(With ANI inputs)last_img read more

Report: Everton 3 Crystal Palace 1

first_imgEverton 3 Crystal Palace 1: Toffees bounce back from Arsenal embarrassment Iain Strachan Last updated 1 year ago 00:54 2/11/18 Gylfi Sigurdsson - cropped Getty Images A Crystal Palace team missing Wilfried Zaha were unable to arrest their form slump as Everton returned to winning ways at Goodison Park. Everton defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 in the Premier League on Saturday to bounce back from their thrashing at the hands of Arsenal, as Sam Allardyce got one over his old club and fellow former England manager Roy Hodgson.The home side struck twice in the space of six minutes through Gylfi Sigurdsson and Oumar Niasse to take control early in the second half at Goodison Park.And Tom Davies’ 75th-minute strike put the seal on the victory in a welcome tonic for a team hammered 5-1 by the Gunners in north London last time out, Palace pulling one back from the penalty spot with seven minutes remaining via Luka Milivojevic. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Palace keenly felt the absence of injured star Wilfried Zaha, as debutant Alexander Sorloth worked hard but struggled to make an impact in attack following his arrival from Midtjylland.Hodgson watched on as Wayne Rooney, his captain during the pair’s time together with the national team, excelled pulling the strings in an unfamiliar deep midfield role, Everton winning for just the second time in nine league matches to sit ninth in the table.Having enjoyed a sharp upturn in form following Hodgson’s arrival in September, Palace are now winless in four league games and, in the absence of Zaha for up to a month due to a knee injury, remain at risk of being dragged back into a battle against relegation. 5 – Luka Milivojevic has converted more penalties than any other player in the Premier League this season (5). Spot.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 10, 2018A scrappy opening to the contest produced few clear chances for either side, Sigurdsson firing across the face of goal and wide of the post in the ninth minute after the lively Theo Walcott did well to hold the ball up and lay it off to his team-mate.Milivojevic returned fire for the visitors at the opposite end three minutes later, the midfielder’s firm strike from outside the area deflected behind.And Wayne Hennessey was called into action to preserve the deadlock in the 27th minute, the Palace goalkeeper producing an excellent diving save to keep out a fierce Idrissa Gueye effort.Everton were forced into a change with two minutes remaining in the half, Ashley Williams replacing Eliaquim Mangala, whose home debut came to a premature end due to a suspected knee injury following a collision with Hennessey. The disruption may have allowed Palace to go close to scoring, Christian Benteke’s downward header trickling past the post, as the stretching James McArthur narrowly failed to get a touch that could have turned the ball past Jordan Pickford.A much-needed breakthrough finally arrived a minute into the first half, when James Tomkins failed to clear Pickford’s long clearance up field.Sigurdsson took possession with the help of Niasse and the Iceland international beat Hennessey to find the bottom corner of the net. 17 – Since his debut in January 2012, Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored more goals from outside the box than any other current Premier League player. Ranger.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 10, 2018After going in front, Allardyce’s team seized the momentum and rammed home their advantage six minutes later.Niasse was left unmarked in the centre of the penalty area and left-back Cuco Martina picked him out with a cute chipped cross that the striker headed past the helpless Hennessey.  51′ It’s a brilliant start to the second half! Niasse heads home Martina’s cross from six yards out. Get in! #EFCmatchday2-0https://t.co/JanqlF8N1Ihttps://t.co/3QVS8fncTs pic.twitter.com/IybTzZR2Mt— Everton (@Everton) February 10, 2018After being found by Patrick van Aanholt’s cross, Sorloth was denied a goal on debut by a stunning Pickford save in the 65th minute.It was Everton who struck the killer blow, though, Davies steering the ball home from close range after Hennessey had done well to keep out the initial attempt from Niasse following a slick attacking move. Milivojevic struck from the spot with seven minutes to go following a handball inside the area from substitute Jonjoe Kenny, who had replaced Seamus Coleman at half-time.But it was not enough to save Palace, who are 14th in the table and just two points clear of the drop zone. They face a tough assignment at home to Tottenham in their next outing, while Everton are due to visit Watford. Key Opta stats: – Everton are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games against Crystal Palace (W3 D4), although this was their first win against them at Goodison Park since April 2005.- No team have won more penalties than Crystal Palace this season (7).- Gylfi Sigurdsson has been involved in seven goals in his last six Premier League starts against Crystal Palace – he has scored three and assisted four goals.- Since his debut in January 2012, Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored 17 goals from outside the box; more than any other current Premier League player.  read morelast_img read more

Ryerson University to teach Toronto cops about diversity avoiding bias

first_imgTORONTO – A university in Toronto will teach members of the city’s police service about diversity and how to avoid bias, the force announced Monday, saying the initiative was part of its efforts to modernize.Toronto police said Ryerson University has designed a new course specifically for its officers, and members of the force will also be able to enrol in existing courses at the school.The force said the new course on diversity and “bias avoidance” is not mandatory.“As a service, we are driving towards furthering our professionalism and active accountability,” police Chief Mark Saunders said in a statement, noting that Ryerson would help “create new and relevant learning opportunities for the members of Toronto Police Service.”The work with Ryerson comes after Ontario’s Human Rights Commission announced in late November that it was conducting a wide-ranging inquiry into Toronto police practices to see to what extent the force’s actions involved profiling and discrimination against the black community in a number of areas including stops, questioning and use of force.The commission said the inquiry was prompted by decades of complaints about racial profiling and discrimination by city police officers.At the time, Toronto police said the service welcomed the inquiry and viewed it as a chance to improve community relations.The partnership with Ryerson will “augment,” not replace, the existing Toronto Police College, police said Monday.“The Ryerson Partnership doesn’t have the capacity to enrol all members of the Toronto Police Service, but the courses offered allow registered members to explore concepts in greater depths,” said spokeswoman Sandra Buckler.For the courses offered through the partnership, Buckler said nearly all slots were filled as soon as police service members were informed.The Toronto Police Service provides “annual, mandatory training to all our uniform members that includes diversity and bias avoidance,” she said, adding that every course at the Toronto Police College has a component of diversity.Police said the connection to Ryerson will ensure that existing police courses meet the standards of the “broader community” and facilitate research opportunities for both the university and the police service.Officers will also be able to earn credits toward university certificates, diplomas and degrees through the program, which will be offered through Ryerson’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.“Our innovative programming, leading research, and use of cutting-edge technology will help support the modernization of police education and training,” Chang School Dean Marie Bountrogianni said.Rodney Diverlus of Black Lives Matter said there is some skepticism surrounding the course in the black community.“We’re way past the point of needing courses,” Diverlus said Monday evening. “We actually need to see some concrete changes, some concrete practical changes to the way that policing is being done in Toronto.”last_img read more

Womens Cancer Research Fund To Host An Unforgettable Evening

first_imgOn Thursday, February 16, 2017, the Women’s Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) Honorary Chairs Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, along with WCRF co-founders Anne Douglas, Quinn Ezralow, Marion Laurie, Kelly Chapman Meyer, and Jaime Tisch will welcome guests to An Unforgettable Evening presented by Saks Fifth Avenue.After a three-year hiatus, the event returns to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and will benefit the Women’s Cancer Research Fund, a program of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).Hosted by comedian and breast cancer survivor Tig Notaro, the evening will include a dinner and an awards presentation. Renowned fashion designer and film director Tom Ford will accept the 2017 Courage Award for his continued support and dedication to raising awareness for the disease. The Nat King Cole Award will be presented to Judy and Leonard Lauder for their charitable works and contributions.An Unforgettable Evening is the flagship fundraising event of WCRF, which continues to raise support for innovative cancer research and to recognize remarkable individuals for their commitment to the cause. WCRF recently joined forces with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), the highest rated breast cancer organization in the US and largest private funder of breast cancer research in the world. Founded in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder, BCRF investigators have been involved in every major breakthrough in breast cancer research, impacting developments across a spectrum of cancers. This exciting new collaboration with BCRF allows WCRF to fast-track more effective approaches to the study and early diagnosis of women’s cancers.Saks Fifth Avenue is generously supporting WCRF to present An Unforgettable Evening for the 13th time. Over the last 18 years, Saks has donated nearly $40 million to cancer research and treatment organizations throughout the United States.last_img read more

Operations suspended after chain falls near workers on NS offshore drill rig

first_imgHALIFAX – Operations of some non-producing wells at the Sable Offshore Energy Project have been suspended after an accident on a drilling rig involved in decommissioning wells off Nova Scotia.A news release Thursday from the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board reported a near miss on Nov. 5 after a chain dropped on the Noble Regina Allen rig.The safety officer with the regulator confirmed that a 15-metre chain, along with a swivel and shackle with a combined weight of 225 pounds, fell to the deck in the derrick area.There were five workers in the area at the time, but no one was injured.The board says work was immediately stopped and a safety “stand down” was held with all involved personnel.A spokeswoman for the regulator said it was not known when the Noble Regina Allen would resume normal operations on the Venture well decommissioning.A spokesman for ExxonMobil said production of natural gas continues in two of the original five fields, Alma and South Venture.last_img read more

ICE Futures Canada Monday morning Canola prices higher barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were higher in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Monday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $0.80 higher $503.00; Jan. ’18 $1.10 higher $511.60; March ’18 $1.50 higher $517.90; May ’18 $1.70 higher $520.70; July ’18 $1.90 higher $521.60; Nov. ’18 unchanged $490.70; Jan. ’19 unchanged $492.40; March ’19 unchanged $495.10; May ’19 unchanged $495.10; July ’19 unchanged $495.10 Nov. ’19 unchanged $495.10.Barley (Western): Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’19 unchanged $151.00.

Latin American states to accept Venezuela expired papers

More than two million Venezuelans have left the country since 2014 (AFP)Eleven Latin American countries say that they have agreed to allow Venezuelans leaving their homeland to enter their countries even if their travel documents have expired.More than 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled the country’s hyperinflation and severe shortages.But many do not have valid passports because renewing them can take years.The move will come as a relief to those who say they were trapped in Venezuela due to their lack of papers.Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has repeatedly mocked those who leave, saying they “fall for propaganda only to leave and clean toilets in Miami”.The announcement was made after a two-day meeting of migration officials from Latin America in the Ecuadorean capital, Quito.Eleven of the countries represented signed a joint declaration in which they also called on the Venezuelan government to speed up the process of issuing passports.Venezuelans have long complained about how difficult it is to get hold of passports and other official documents such as birth and marriage certificates and ID cards.Many have reported being asked for bribes up to $1,000 (£780) for a passport which could rise to $5,000 if the applicant had urgent reasons to leave, such as wanting to visit a sick family member abroad.The government has blamed shortages of paper and “mafias” inside the registry service, known as Saime, for the delays.In June, four Saime officials were arrested for extortion and a new director of the service was named in July. But with tens of thousands of Venezuelans wanting to leave, the queues remain long.The countries which will allow Venezuelans to enter with expired papers are: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. (Excerpts from BBC) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNeighbouring South American countries stiffen borders as chaos in Venezuela triggers exodusAugust 20, 2018In “latest news”US calls for more sanctions on VenezuelaApril 14, 2018In “World”Maduro tells Venezuelan migrants to ‘stop cleaning foreign toilets,’ returnAugust 29, 2018In “Regional” read more

Jacobs wins contract for Radomiro Tomic sulphides expansion

first_imgJacobs Engineering Group has won a contract from Codelco to provide engineering services for an anticipated 200,000 t/d day copper mine in Chile. Officials estimate the total installed cost (TIC) at $4.5 billion. Under the terms of the contract, Jacobs is providing engineering services for Phase II of the Radomiro Tomic (RT) sulphides mine and the new and independent concentrator facility. The conventional concentrator is expected to have two 40-ft SAG mills and four conventional ball mills; a 160-km desalinated water pipeline; booster stations; a desalination plant; a thickened tailings management facility; a 270-km concentrate transport pipeline; and power infrastructure.Jacobs is committed to growing its mining and minerals business in South America, particularly in Chile. Codelco Vice President of Projects Sergio Fuentes said of the award, “This is a long term strategic decision and an opportunity for us to work with a worldclass company committed to providing quality services.” Jacobs Chairman of the Board Noel Watson stated, “We are very impressed by the quality of leadership at Codelco and the compatibility of our business cultures. Jacobs is committed to supporting them in achieving their business vision and long term goals. We are thrilled at the opportunity to establish a long term relationship with Codelco and grow our presence in Chile.”RT lies at 3,000 m above sea level in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, the operation is 4 km from the Chuquicamata mine and smelter. In 1999 Codelco contracted Kvaerner Metals to increase the plant capacity to 250,000 t/y of cathode copper. This expansion was completed in 2001. Codelco initially created a new Radomiro Tomic Division to manage the facility. In August 2002, the corporation amalgamated Chuquicamata and RT as one division – Codelco Norte – that also includes Mina Sur.During 1993-94, Codelco established a resource base for RT of 802 Mt of oxide ore grading 0.59% Cu, with 1,600 Mt of refractory (sulphide) ore. Hosted as a porphyry intruded into Triassic and Palaeozoic rocks, the ore is differentiated by mineral assemblage into an Upper Oxide unit – with 40% by volume of atacamite, 31% copper clays and minor chrysocolla and copper wad – and the Lower unit with 70% atacamite and minor copper clays and chrysocolla. The orebody resulted from the oxidation of a secondary sulphide enrichment blanket.last_img read more

Photos Meet some of Irelands newest citizens

first_img 43,660 Views Friday 21 Apr 2017, 10:43 PM Photos: Meet some of Ireland’s newest citizens Over 3,000 people from over 120 countries attended the citizenship ceremonies. Short URL 136 Comments Apr 21st 2017, 10:43 PM Source: Sam Boal via RollingNews,ieClarisse Coelko originally from Brazil now living in Co Tipperary. Source: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ieCarolina Coronado originally from Venezuela joined the thousands of people taking part in the Citizenship ceremonies in Dublin’s Convention Centre. Source: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ieNichakun Plaengeli is originally from Thailand but is now living in Dublin. Source: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ieSoloman Emmanuel, Solomon Joseph (11) and Hannah Bolagun, originally from Nigeria and now living in Co.Wexford, also attended one of today’s ceremonies. Source: Sam Boal via RollingNews,ieSince citizenship ceremonies were first introduced in June 2011 a total of  124 ceremonies have been held and a total of 76,000 applicants have received their Certificates of Naturalisation.In total, people from 178 different countries have become Irish citizens since 2011.Read: LGBT charity orders full review of services in light of Charities Regulator investigation>center_img Share Tweet Email2 IRELAND GAINED 3,000 new citizens from over 120 countries today.Three citizenship ceremonies were held in the Convention Centre in Dublin city centre.Speaking at the ceremony Minister of State Finian McGrath said, “Becoming a citizen of Ireland means much more than having an Irish passport or being able to vote.As you leave here today, as proud new citizens of this Republic and  constitutional democracy, our history is your history and, in turn, the narrative of your life is now part of our history.Here are some of Ireland’s newest citizens:Olga with her daughter Sofia (2 months 3 weeks) are originally from Latvia but are now living in Co Meath. Source: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ieSasko Lazarov originally from Macedonia but now living in Dublin. http://jrnl.ie/3352742 By Cliodhna Russell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Curiosity découvre une drôle de forme sur une roche martienne

first_imgCuriosity découvre une drôle de forme sur une roche martienneLa NASA a dévoilé une nouvelle image fournie par le rover Curiosity actuellement sur Mars. Le cliché montre une roche avec une excroissance plutôt étrange. Ressemblant un peu à une poignée de porte, elle aurait été créée par érosion sous l’effet du vent martien.La planète Mars recèle décidément de bien étranges choses, un peu comme la Terre finalement. Après la mystérieuse “fleur” découverte sur une roche, Curiosity a photographié une autre forme plutôt incongrue : une sorte d’excroissance assez brillante qui dépasse d’une roche martienne. Certains observateurs diront qu’elle ressemble un peu à une poignée de porte, un ornement de capot de voiture ou encore à d’autres types d’objets métalliques. Mais les scientifiques de la NASA ont eux, leur petite idée sur ce qui a créé cette forme. Pour Ronald Sletten de l’Université de Washington, collaborateur de l’équipe Curiosity, l’objet fournit un élément intéressant pour étudier comment les vents martiens et les autres phénomènes naturels provoquent de l’érosion et d’autres effets à la surface des roches de différents types. Car en effet, c’est bien l’érosion provoquée par le vent martien qui est à l’origine de l’apparition de cette “poignée de porte”. Un phénomène comparable à celui que l’on peut observer sur Terre.  Dans un document, les scientifiques expliquent que ce type de “bouton” ou de “projection”  sont même plutôt fréquentes sur Mars, en particulier quand plusieurs roches sont superposées et que celle du dessus est moins sensible à l’érosion que celle du dessous. Dans le cas présent, les équipes ont observé que l’extrémité de la “projection” était plus brillante que sa base, suggérant qu’elle était formée d’une roche de type différent. Selon eux, cette dernière pourrait ainsi présenter une composition différente ou un grain de taille plus petite. Une érosion inégale  L’aspect brillant notamment, suggère que la roche est plus dure. Elle serait alors plus résistante à l’érosion provoquée par le vent et aurait protégé la roche située en-dessous, donnant cette forme surprenante. Au lieu d’être érodé, le matériau aurait donc plutôt été poli par le vent, aboutissait à un aspect lisse. Ce type de phénomènes peut être observé à plusieurs endroits sur Terre notamment sur des zones de contact entre du granite et de la dolérite, deux roches qui ne présentent pas la même résistance. La dolérite de couleur foncée résiste bien à l’érosion et est donc polie par le vent, devenant bien lisse, tandis que le granite lui aboutit à une texture plus granuleuse. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreSi ce nouvel élément présente donc une importance pour la connaissance de l’environnement martien, les attentions sont toutefois tournées vers une autre prouesse réalisée par le rover :  le forage d’une toute première roche martienne. Il faudra néanmoins encore attendre avant d’en connaitre les résultats. (crédits photo : NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)Le 13 février 2013 à 11:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

De Boer Messi will fall in love with De Jong

first_imgFormer Barcelona star Ronald de Boer predicts great things from Frenkie de Jong in the future and added that Lionel Messi will love having him aroundThe 21-year-old midfielder finally ended months of speculation over his future by agreeing to join Barcelona for next season on a five-year contract in a €75m deal along with bonuses of €11m.De Jong’s passing and ball-carrying skills have earned plenty of admirers with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola among them.And De Boer, who works as an Ajax A1 assistant manager, believes De Jong will prove to be a great coup for Barcelona and expects Messi will love playing in the same team as him.“De Jong has Ajax DNA which is nearly the same as Barcelona DNA, he is intelligent, he always has good ideas, he never plays without thinking. Messi will fall in love with De Jong,” said De Boer, according to Sport.The former Netherlands international made 37 appearances for Barcelona in his sole campaign at Camp Nou during the 1999/2000 season.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).And De Boer is clearly delighted that De Jong chose to move to Barcelona over Paris Saint-Germain and is confident the youngster will bring something different to the Blaugrana.“For me, he is more a Barca player than a PSG player, he will fit them perfectly,” he added:“He’s a different player and is not afraid of dribbling and waiting for the opportune moment to give the ball.“He will have [Sergio] Busquets as a professor to learn from in the first year and after that Busi can hand the role over to De Jong. He can also play in the Xavi and Iniesta position but the No 6 position is his best role.”De Jong, who has managed four goals and one assist in 28 appearances this season, will now turn his focus back to Ajax’s KNVB Cup game against Heerenveen tonight at 20:45 (CET).last_img read more

Maguire Arnautovic is a top player

first_imgLeicester City defender Harry Maguire has praised West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic as a top player as is wary of the threat he poses as the Hammers visit the King Power Stadium on Saturday.Marko Arnautović has been prolific so far this season having scored four times in nine Premier League games this season, including in their back-to-back wins against Everton and Manchester United, and Harry Maguire knows the Austrian international very well.“I think you can see with how they play and I think all the chances they create mainly fall to him,” Maguire told Leicester City website.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He’s a top player, he’s been in the Premier League numerous years now, he was a top player for Stoke and he’s starting to show his true colors at West Ham now as well.“He’s a top player for them and someone we’ve got to be wary of, but there are really good players in other areas too.”last_img read more

I thought he was safe brother says of man found dead in

first_imgThere are moments when James Knudson forgets his younger brother, John Knudson, is dead.“Riding on the buses, I start looking out where we used to see him, around Switzer or A&P or down at the bus barn, places you know he hung out. I catch myself looking for him,” Knudson says.Download AudioJohn Knudson during his younger adult years. (Photo courtesy Jennie Knudson)His brother’s body was found in the Mendenhall Wetlands in mid-September. Juneau Police said he had likely been in the water and exposed to the elements for at least several days. His body was sent to the state medical examiner.John Knudson, 56, is one of at least eight people who have died outside in the past three years. These are just the ones we know about based on the 2012 Juneau Homeless Coalition survey.Juneau Police still don’t know what caused Knudson’s death. His brother James Knudson doesn’t either, but he has a theory: “My suspicion is that he was by either Switzer Creek or Lemon Creek and fell in there and then got washed out.”Knudson says his brother was staying with a friend in the Lemon Creek area. He assumed he was safe, even though he hadn’t heard from him in a few weeks. The two brothers had always looked out for each other.“If somebody got in a little scrap with somebody else, somebody would show up and help out. But this time I didn’t have any feeling. I thought he was safe,” Knudson says.Knudson is staying at the Bergmann Hotel at the moment. He says he’s been homeless for 10 years. He says his brother became homeless when he split up with his girlfriend.“He had his issues with alcohol, like other people, like I do at times,” Knudson says. “It’s a tough life living on the streets. I’d been there and we’d both lived on the streets together at different times.”At The Glory Hole, James Knudson, 57, becomes emotional while talking about his brother, John Knudson, who died last month. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Just one year apart, the two brothers — of seven children total — were close growing up and as adults. They were both born in Juneau but spent their early years in Hoonah.James Knudson’s favorite story about John is one their mom used to always tell.“My dad had just gotten back from deer hunting, had a couple deer hanging out in the shed. That night my brother came up to me. He had a butter knife in his hand, goes, ‘Jer, let’s go hunt some deer.’ That’s what they called me, ‘Jer.’ I looked at my brother and go, ‘What if we run into a bear?’ Holding a butter knife, he goes, ‘We’ll jump on his back,’” Knudson says, laughing.Knudson says his brother fell into the wrong crowd at a young age, got in trouble and paid for it the rest of his life. Knudson says his brother went to a mining trade school.“The instructor thought he would be a good mine worker, but with his felony, he couldn’t get a job at the mine. I tried to talk to him about it. I guess some people can work around a felony as far as working in the mine, but my brother just wouldn’t look into it,” Knudson says.John Knudson’s school picture. (Photo courtesy Jennie Knudson)Instead, John Knudson went into construction and mechanical work.“He’s a real good worker. It’s just alcohol got the best of him,” Knudson says.Knudson continues to struggle with alcohol. He’d been sober for two months, but started drinking again while planning his brother’s memorial services. He says John’s body will be cremated, his ashes spread over their parents’ graves.John Knudson would’ve been a candidate for Juneau’s Housing First project. If the remaining $2.4 million in funding is secured by January, the project could be complete as soon as 2017.“In the meantime, we should just not accept this as an acceptable reality, because it’s not acceptable. It’s not acceptable to have people die on the street,” says Glory Hole Executive Director Mariya Lovishchuk.If you see someone laying outside, ask if they’re OK. If they’re not, call for help.“We just need to treat people like human beings,” Lovishchuk says.last_img read more

Saints Row The Third breaks all the rules in the name of

first_imgIn case you missed the video from E3, Volition are deep into development of Saints Row 3, and boy is it looking good.When Drew Holmes introduces the video above as the most ridiculous and over the top experience in gaming, he isn’t kidding. By the end of the seven and a half minute gameplay trailer you will believe him.What Volition have done is remove any need to progress your character, build up his skills, or limit his access to weapons and vehicles. From the moment your start the game your character is fully kitted out with weapons, comedic yet very effective melee moves, and access to a vast array of fast cars, tanks, and hovering aircraft with microwave laser weapons and homing missiles. All this and you are top dog in an elite criminal organization.While this is clearly a game for those with no patience, it also looks rather stunning. The city is huge, everything renders in crisp HD, and it runs at a fast clip regardless of whether you’re walking down the street using the Apocafist, doing 200mph in a sports car, or jumping out of a plane and pulling your parachute at the last minute.Everything seems to have been done to refine the Saints Row formula while keeping it both funny and fun to play. All that needs to be delivered now is a solid gameplay experience for a character that seems to need no development or help dealing with the enemy, whatever form they take.Saints Row 3, or Saints Row The Third as it is also called, will be available on November 15 in the U.S. and three days later across Europe. Will you be picking it up?via CVGlast_img read more

Patchitra painters gaining momentum thanks to Rural Craft Hub in Pingla

first_imgKolkata: The Rural Craft Hub in Pingla set up jointly by the department of Micro, Small and medium Enterprises and Textiles department and UNESCO, has attracted craft lovers throughout the country and abroad and has helped the patchitra painters, popularly known as the ‘patuas’ to become economically self-reliant.Naya village in Pingla block of West Midnapore is the home of 250 patuas. After coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has laid special stress on the revival of traditional craft, folk culture and music. Nearly 2 lakh folk artistes are given monthly stipends. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe craft artisans are regularly taking part in fairs organised in different states. The patchitra paintings have become so popular that the artists are frequently going to Delhi and Hyderabad to take part in workshops on patchitras and people outside the community are also showing interest in learning the ancient art.For generations, the patchitra painters, who are Muslims, have been drawing pictures of Hindu gods and goddesses. The patuas paint stories in a series of frames on long scrolls of cloth using natural colours. But now, along with the traditional patchitras, the artists are painting for various projects taken up by the state government like Kanyashree and Sabuj Sathi. West Bengal Khadi and Village Industries Board (WBKVIB) has set up a folk art centre where patchitras are sold along with t-shirts, hand fans, bags and umbrellas with patchitra designs painted on them.Every year, the annual festival Pot Maya is held at Naya village in November. This year, the fair will be held from November 16 to 18.last_img read more

Ecotourism Australia recognises Green Travel Leaders

first_imgOver 40 tourism operators have been labelled ‘Green Travel Leaders’ by Ecotourism Australia.  “These companies are trail blazers in responsible travel having being ECO certified for 10 years or more.” Ecotourism Australia CEO, Ms Kym Cheatham said, “Long before most people were thinking about green issues, these businesses saw the importance of the environment to tourism and wanted to ensure they behaved in a responsible ethical and sustainable way.”Ecotourism Australia launched the world first ECO certification program in 1996 and now has more than 1000 tourism products certified through their programs.”We are very proud of our achievements, with both Tropic Wings Coach Tours and The Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary being recognised as Green Travel Leaders. “This status acknowledges our long standing commitment to providing ecologically sustainable tourism in the Wet Tropics region of Tropical North Queensland, and the established eco-committee across our group of companies will continue working on new initiatives throughout this Year of Responsible, Ethical and Sustainable Tourism,” said Ben Woodward from North Queensland tourism operator The CaPTA Group.Ecotourism Australia has declared 2010 the Year of Responsible Ethical and Sustainable Tourism to shine the spotlight on tourism businesses that strive to protect one of Australia’s key assets as a tourism destination, its national environment. “The recently launched National Long Term Tourism Strategy correctly identified that Climate Change is the primary challenge facing the tourism industry,” Ms Cheatham said.  “As the strategy recognises, Australia’s natural environment is a significant part of Australia’s appeal as a travel destination. “ <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/25af9/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

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first_imgback to careersReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map From day one at Skyscanner you’ll be an important and valued member of the team, encouraged to get involved and offer your ideas and suggestions.What to expect from us• A comprehensive induction and a ‘buddy’ to help you along your way• Lunches to celebrate our varied nationalities with employees’ local cuisine• Informal lunchtime talks to learn about other areas of the business• Lunches with the CEO give you a chance to ask anything and everything• CEO quarterly updates followed by trivia or a trip to the pub• Team away days• Chess and wii tournaments• Adventure outings such as munro climbs, mountain biking and walks• The opportunity to get involved in our Charity Committee• Training to develop your skills• Bi-annual performance appraisalsLast but not least Skyscanner gives you the chance to work with industry professionals with years of experience that they’re happy to share. We work together in the effort to reach our goal of becoming the best search engine for flights in the world. | Vacancies Edinburgh Data Acquisition Developer Designer Freelance Designer Market Dev Manager- France Test Engineer **[Web Developer ](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/jobs/web-developer.html)** center_img RelatedAn interview with Skyscanner’s CEO: Gareth WilliamsSkyscanner CEO, Gareth Williams speaks about pirates, growing pains and being a successful web company, born in EdinburghSweet successIt takes a lot of cake to keep the Skyscanner team going!50 insider travel tips & tricks: what we’ve learned about travellingFrom the philosophical to the funny, the serious to the silly, we present our list of learnings from travelling the world.last_img read more