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India’s new spin twin Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadav in awe of each other

first_imgR Ashwin’s class was never beyond doubt. He looked little undercooked in Rajkot and on a surface that had little to no help for spinners, India’s strike bowler struggled to get going. (Match Scorecard | Key Highlights)Ashwin had been out of action for nearly a month before India’s five-match Test series against England got underway from November 9. The star off-spinner was rested for the ODI series against New Zealand and understandably, he was rusty.In the first Test as England staged a strong fight, Ashwin finished with 3/230. His other spin partners, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra failed to find any kind of momentum either and India’s attack looked listless for the first time in four years. (Ashwin, Jayant script India’s memorable win)However, the equations changed in Vizag. The pitch for the second Test was executed to turn square (it was the same venue where Mishra’s five-for had spelt doom for the Black Caps). But that was from the case. India made the most of good batting conditions after winning the toss and posted 455. England, led ably by Joe Root and aided by a stubborn partnership between Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow, were on the cusp of another great fightback, before Ashwin, who finally found his rhythm, tore through the lower-order to snare another five-wicket haul.In Vizag, Ashwin could also count on an old friend and a debutant – Jayant Yadav. After Mishra’s ordinary outing in Rajkot, India decided to blood Jayant, an off-spinner, against an English side that had in its ranks seven left-handed batsmen.advertisementThe two off-spinners, in tandem with Jadeja, accounted for 14 of the 20 English wickets in Vizag as India wrapped up a massive 246-run win.Besides, Ashwin and Jayant were involved in a 64-run stand in the first innings after a bit of a middle-order wobble.Ashwin, who now has 231 wickets from 41 Tests, was in awe of Jayant, who he goes back a long way with.”Jayant is a great kid. His work ethics are great. He has a very strong temperament. There’s nothing hurried about his action,” said Ashwin.Jayant was in Chennai four years ago and it was Ashwin who had taken care of his lodgings and made sure that the youngster was comfortable in his hometown.Perhaps that close bond also allowed the two to bat out of their skins against a disciplined bunch of England bowlers after they had struck enough blows on a vaunted middle-order.”I had to tighten my batting. I have done the hard yards. It was also a beautiful partnership with Jayant. Communication is something that gets me going and he is someone who absorbs communication very well,” Ashwin said.Jayant, who had a memorable debut, and finished with figures of 1/38 and 3/30 with the ball and scores of 35 and 27 not out, said it took a lot of pressure off him, bowling in tandem with Ashwin.”Bowling in tandem with Ash is great. It takes the pressure off you. He always gives meaningful inputs and he never questions what you are doing,” he said after admitting that there were some nerves on the first day.last_img read more

Song, logo, mascot out; team awaited for youth World Cships

first_imgGuwahati, Nov 6 (PTI) The team is yet to be finalised but the fanfare was hard to miss as Boxing Federation of India unveiled an official song, a logo, and a mascot for the first World Championship to be held in the country in over a decade, featuring close to 200 boxers from 38 countries.The youth womens world championships, to be held here from November 19, will mark the return of big-ticket boxing to India, which last hosted a world championship in 2006 — for senior women.”The boxers we will see in this tournament will be the ones who will go on to represent the country in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” said BFI President Ajay Singh at the “official launch” of the championships, where Assam chief minister Sarbanda Sonowal was also present.Sonowal used the opportunity to declare that he intends to make the state capital the new sports capital of the country.Assams famed one-horn Rhino was expectedly picked the official mascot, named Gappi, while a peppy number sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and composed by Shaan — were here to knock you out — was unveiled as the official song for the event.The tournament is significant not just for the medals but also for the fact that it will double up as a qualifier for the Youth Olympic Games next year in Buenos Aires.”I cant say how many but India will definitely be winning a good number of medals here. The girls have come along quite well,” Indias first ever foreign coach for youth women boxers, Raffaele Bergamasco, told PTI.advertisementThe team for the championship is yet to be finalised and is not expected to be out before the November 17 deadline set by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).The championship is the first of three world championships that India would be hosting in the course of next three years.Next year, the country will play host to the senior womens world championships, before conducting the marquee event for men in 2021. Both the showpiece tournaments will be hosted by national capital Delhi. PTI PM CM CMlast_img read more

Murray Fends Off Tsonga at US Open

first_imgNEW YORK — An hour-and-a-half into his stay at the U.S. Open, Andy Murray had to wonder whether it would end quickly.A week later, the same guy who hobbled through head-to-toe cramps in his first-round match looked strong on a day that was even more hot and humid — and now he’s in the quarterfinals. The eighth-seeded Murray beat No. 9-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 in 2 hours, 35 minutes on Sept. 1.“I don’t feel like I’m that far away from playing my best tennis,” Murray said.He hasn’t reached a tournament final since back surgery late last year. Coming into the U.S. Open, Murray felt he was playing well but lamented that he was struggling to close out matches.In a tight one against a tough opponent, Murray won enough crucial points to pull out the victory in straight sets.Tsonga had three break points to go up 3-0 in the third, but Murray fought them off to swing the momentum. He promptly broke in the next game to get the set back on serve, and then closed out the match with another break.Murray, who still isn’t sure why the cramps struck so early in his opening match on Aug. 24, drank too many fluids this time and gave himself a stomachache.It was a tough draw for both players — and gets even tougher for Murray, who next faces No. 1 Novak Djokovic. That matchup feels much more like a Grand Slam title match than a quarterfinal, and for good reason. Murray and Djokovic have met five times in major tournaments, with four coming in the finals; the other was a semi.Tsonga rolled into the U.S. Open full of confidence after beating Djokovic, Murray and Roger Federer in Toronto to win the title. In Tsonga’s 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4 victory over Murray in early August, he was the one winning the key points in a close match.“Tennis, it’s never a straight line. It’s always like this,” Tsonga said, tracing peaks and valleys with his hand. “So today it was like this maybe at the wrong moment.”Murray hasn’t been back to a final since becoming the first British man in 77 years to win Wimbledon in July 2013. He beat Djokovic to clinch that title and also defeated him at the 2012 U.S. Open for the first Grand Slam championship by a British man in 76 years.“Great memories from that match,” Murray said in an on-court interview. “Hope we can play another top-level match.”After beating 22nd-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 earlier, Djokovic called the prospect of facing Murray or Tsonga a “very tough, tough draw.”Murray, he said, “knows how to play center court U.S. Open where he played some great tennis and we had some great matches.”They went to five sets twice in 2012, in Djokovic’s win in the Australian Open semis and Murray’s breakthrough victory in the U.S. Open. “Long games, long rallies, long points, because we do a lot of the same things well,” Murray said.When Murray’s ranking slipped after the surgery, it left him vulnerable to this sort of draw: He could potentially play Tsonga, Djokovic, Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka and 17-time major winner Federer in the last four rounds. Wawrinka beat 16th-seeded Tommy Robredo 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2.Murray may finally be playing well enough to make that run sound plausible. “It’s still obviously a long way from trying to win the tournament,” he said, “but it’s only nine sets now, three matches. … Maybe five, six days away from potentially winning another Grand Slam.”(RACHEL COHEN, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Kane Williamson celebrates 29th birthday with Sri Lankan fans during Tour match

first_imgNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson is one of the most loved and respected cricketers in the world and his fan base has increased even more after the Cricket World Cup 2019 due to the way he carried himself throughout the tournament, especially after the heartbreaking loss in the final.Williamson emerged as captain of the ICC World Cup XI and was also adjudged player of the tournament for scoring over 500 runs and leading him team to the final where they lost to England.Williamson is now in Sri Lanka where his team is gearing up to play a series of two Tests and three T20Is from August 14. The Kiwis are currently playing a tour match against Sri Lanka Board President’s XI which started on Thursday.During the match, fans thronged the stadium to catch of glimpse of Williamson, who turned 29 on Thursday. The local fans remembered that and even brought a cake for him to celebrate his birthday.Kane Williamson – The most loved cricketer in the world celebrating his 29th birthday in an unusual way. #Champion #SLvNZ @BLACKCAPS @ThePapareSports Weerasinghe (@Damith1994) August 8, 2019Williamson was seen cutting the cake with the fans while fielding at the boundary line. He even ate a piece and obliged his Sri Lankan fans with pictures.What a way to celebrate the Birthday! Kane Williamson celebrates his 29th with Sri Lankan fans eating a piece of Cake with them during the warm-up! @BLACKCAPS Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) August 8, 2019Sri Lanka Cricket posted a couple of pictures of the beautiful moment that was caught on camera on Day 1 of the tour match.advertisement”What a way to celebrate the Birthday! Kane Williamson celebrates his 29th with Sri Lankan fans eating a piece of Cake with them during the warm-up,” Sri Lanka Cricket wrote on their social media handle.Kane Williamson celebrates his 29th birthday with Sri Lankan fans. Thakur (@ThakurHassam94) August 8, 2019New Zealand did not have a good day on the field though as Sri Lanka Board President’s XI managed to score 323 runs for the loss of 6 wickets on the first day with Danushka Gunathilaka scoring 98 runs while his opening partner Sadeera Samarawickrama made 80.Tour Match, Day 1 Stumps:SLPXI 323/6 (65.5 ov) Ashan Priyanjan 56*, Minod Bhanuka 14*, D Gunathilaka 98, S Samarawickrama 80, AY Patel 5/41 v New Zealand.- #SLvNZ Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) August 8, 2019Spinner Ajaz Patel managed to pick up 5 wickets for the Kiwis while William Somerville grabbed one wicket. SLBP XI captain Ashan Priyanjan (56 not out) and Minod Bhanuka (14 not out) will resume the innings on Day 2.last_img read more

BC child representative has grave concerns about oversight of group homes

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia is failing to adequately screen staff caring for children and youth inside group homes, exposing vulnerable young people to unacceptable risk and harm, says the province’s representative for children.Bernard Richard has released a letter he sent to Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy in which he described his “grave concerns” about contracted residential resources for children and youth in care.“The time has come to express in very strong words that the ministry is failing in its very important responsibility to the most vulnerable children in British Columbia,” Richard said in an interview.He wrote in the letter that he was shocked to learn that 18 children and youth recently had to be relocated from a Lower Mainland residential agency because a youth claimed a staff member was gang-affiliated, took youth on drug drops, smoked marijuana with them and offered them cocaine.Neither Richard nor the ministry would name the residential agency due to concerns about identifying youth in care, which is banned under B.C. law.An investigation by the ministry found only 10 of 33 staff and caregivers at the agency were cleared as risk-free by criminal record checks and other security screening, Richard wrote in the letter.Nine of the workers have since been barred from similar jobs for life, while 13 others are being further screened due to “concerning information,” he wrote.Sadly, Richard wrote, the incident is not an isolated one. A report by his office in 2017 detailed the tragic death two years earlier of a youth who committed suicide after being placed in a hotel with little in the way of supervision and supports.The ministry had moved the teenager to the hotel after it closed the residential agency where he lived due to problems including inadequate screening of staff, Richard wrote.In July 2016, the ministry investigated allegations of inappropriate care at another contracted Lower Mainland residential agency. The investigation also found poor qualifications and lack of completed background checks, according to Richard’s letter.More than 70 kids have been forced to move out of group homes in the past three years, Richard said in the interview.“The group homes are the placement of last resort and they require caregivers who can actually support very vulnerable children and not the kind of behaviour that we’ve seen again and again,” he said.Following Richard’s 2017 report, the ministry created a centralized screening hub to review the backgrounds of all staff working at group homes in the province. Nearly half of B.C.’s 96 residential agencies have yet to screen their staff through this hub, Richard said.Minister Katrine Conroy said she was surprised by the statistic.“It’s unacceptable,” she told reporters in Victoria. “We need to ensure that anybody who is working with youth has the proper credentials and the proper checks in place. … That has to happen and it will happen.”Effective immediately, no new residential agencies will be opened without the approval of a senior ministry official, she said, and the ministry will review the circumstances of the more than 800 children and youth currently living in group homes.As part of the review, the ministry will develop a new approval process for placing any child or youth in a group home, she said.“I agree with (Richard) that we need to do a better job,” she said.“I think what people have tried to do is correct the status quo, and I think what we have to do is overhaul the system.”Richard questioned why the government hadn’t addressed his concerns about group homes sooner and whether he could trust it to follow through.He offered to work with the ministry a year and a half ago on this issue and it refused, he said.“We’ll monitor what they actually do. I’d rather measure them on outcomes than on promises,” he said. “I’ve learned too many times the promises only go so far.”The ministry hasn’t put enough resources into the system for a long time, said Rick FitzZaland of the Federation of Community Services, which represents dozens of organizations that provide multiple services including residential care to youth.There aren’t enough foster parents or good-quality group homes, so desperate social workers end up placing children in inadequate and inappropriate residential facilities, he said.“The answer isn’t just to close those, which needs to be done,” he said.“The answer is to build an adequately resourced, professional appropriate system of care for the children who need that care. And they have not done that.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

UN war crimes tribunal approves temporary release of former Serbian president

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which sits in The Hague, announced today that Mr. Milutinović’s temporary release – starting today and ending on 2 October – is subject to a series of strict conditions, including 24-hour electronic surveillance by Serbian authorities while on trial.Mr. Milutinović, who served as Serbian president between 1997 and 2002, is currently on trial with five other men over an alleged campaign of terror and violence against non-Serbs living in Kosovo in 1999.Together with Nebojša Pavković, Nikola Šainović, Dragoljub Ojdanić, Vladimir Lazarević and Sreten Lukić, Mr. Milutinović is charged with deportation, forcible transfer, murder and persecutions of thousands of Kosovo Albanians and other non-Serbs.The trial of the six men began in mid-2006 and closing arguments were held late last month. 10 September 2008Former Serbian president Milan Milutinović has been granted temporary release by the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s so that he can return to his homeland to undergo a medical procedure. read more

Nuclear proliferation dangers highlight need for safeguards – Ban

14 September 2009Concerns stemming from the dangers of the proliferation of nuclear weapons underscore the importance of the safeguards system of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. Such worries also highlight the need for universal adherence to the additional protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Mr. Ban said in his message to the start of the 53rd General Conference of the IAEA in Vienna.That protocol is a set of safeguards aimed at boosting the agency’s ability to ensure that a State does not have undeclared nuclear material.“I urge all parties to cooperate fully with the IAEA in resolving issues that might arise relating to safeguards agreements,” the Secretary-General said in the speech delivered by Sergio Duarte, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.He also called on the 25 non-nuclear-weapon States who are party to the NPT but have not signed on to the additional protocol to do so before next year’s NPT Review Conference.“The IAEA has a strong foundation upon which to build,” Mr. Ban said. “It has expanded international cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, while reducing the risks of nuclear proliferation and terrorism.”He welcomed the incoming agency chief, Yukiya Amano, whose appointment was approved by the General Conference today, and hailed IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, who steps down in November, for his “many years of outstanding service to humanity and to international peace and security.”In his address to today’s event, Mr. ElBaradei called for the IAEA to be given “increased authority and resources to implement a credible verification system and then trust in the validity, objectivity and impartiality of its assessments and conclusions.”The agency cannot operate in a vacuum, he said, stressing its cooperation with the Security Council, which must rely not solely on sanctions but also on tackling nations’ insecurities that lie behind many instances of proliferation.“As we – hopefully – move towards nuclear disarmament, States should expand and strengthen the agency’s verification mandate,” Mr. ElBaradei said in his last address to the General Conference as Director General. “Robust verification and transparency are a prerequisite for nuclear disarmament and other arms control measures.”He also voiced hope that Iran will engage in a dialogue as soon as possible, as the media reported today that the country will kick off international talks early next month.Last week, Mr. ElBaradei warned the IAEA’s 35-member Board of Governors that the agency has reached a deadlock with Iran over most aspects of its nuclear programme as he urged the country to credibly answer the international community’s concerns over potential military dimensions to the programme.Although Iran had cooperated on some issues, such as improving safeguards at a fuel enrichment plant, “on all other issues, however, there is stalemate.“Iran has not suspended its enrichment-related activities or its work on heavy water-related projects as required by the Security Council, nor has Iran implemented the additional protocol,” Mr. ElBaradei said.He called on Iran “to respond fully to all the questions raised by the agency in order to exclude the possibility of there being military dimensions to its nuclear programme.” read more

Go big Inside the 24million federal plan to market Canadian oil

WASHINGTON — The multimillion-dollar campaign to market Canadian oil in the U.S. was hard to miss.The Maple Leaf was plastered on the walls of subway stops in Washington, D.C., and it popped up in all sorts of American publications with messages like, “America’s Best Energy Partner,” and “Friends and Neighbors.”Documents obtained by The Canadian Press offer a peek at the behind-the-scenes strategic considerations in 2013, as the federal government conducted a $1.6-million U.S. ad campaign that grew into a $24-million, two-year program that wraps up this month.The records, released under the Access to Information Act, reveal the websites to be shunned as advertising outlets; the Internet search words that would trigger a Canadian energy ad; the coveted locations for billboards in Washington, D.C.; the rejected proposals; and the U.S. ad salespeople who angled for a slice of the publicity pie.Throughout the two-year campaign, the Keystone pipeline issue remained unresolved. But that doesn’t mean it failed, defenders say. In fact, the ads didn’t mention Keystone. The original call for tenders spelled out the mission: to defend Canadian energy’s reputation against hostile groups and lawmakers threatening anti-oilsands measures in the U.S. and Europe.One proposed weapon for fighting back: pop-up ads.Someone whose name was blacked out proposed using so-called takeover or roadblock ads that would monopolize people’s computer screens: “If we’re going to do this right, we might as well go big.”But a marketing manager at Natural Resources Canada suggested a more delicate balance. “We’ve attempted to maximize our non-standard presence — without being offensive,” he replied.The subway posters were designed to grab the right people’s attention, but there was some initial disappointment on that score. Space was snapped up at two downtown D.C. metro stations, but the most coveted spots close to Capitol Hill were unavailable. There were many conversations about websites.LinkedIn was used, then dropped because of a disappointing click-count. Buzzfeed was interesting but the marketing manager at Natural Resources didn’t want federal ads appearing underneath glib headlines with acronyms like LOL, OMG and WTF: “I’m a bit weary of their content,” he wrote.He warned against using Facebook: “I think it’s dangerous.” Aggressively partisan news sites were dropped, with Drudge Report and MSNBC turfed in favour of the more centrist National Journal.Google was embraced. The campaign identified more than 250 terms that, when plugged into the ubiquitous search engine, would elicit a Canadian energy ad. The search terms included “Keystone,” “Canadian oil,” “Alberta oil,” “tarsands,” “greenhouse gas emissions” — and less-obvious ones about Saudi Arabian and Venezuelan environmental policy.One famous term was apparently rejected. “I do not suspect Google will approve Obama as a (keyword),” said an ad-buyer from M5, one of the agencies working on the project. “Just giving you a heads up.”For print ads, there were clear conditions. Spots were not to appear next to any anti-Keystone editorials or ads. Space was purchased in the Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Forbes editions on three continents and in publications in Beijing, Shanghai, London and Brussels.U.S. ad-sellers took notice. They began calling with various pitches, and the correspondence shows that Canadian officials discussed ways to politely turn them down.One unsuccessful pitch involved an ambitious project with an eight-page advertising spread in the New Yorker and a Washington event featuring policy-makers. When warned of the catch, the steep price tag, a Canadian diplomat responded: “That’s quite an expensive catch.”Another idea considered, and rejected, was to turn Washington city buses into wraparound ads.There were funds for advocacy — available to cover travel and hotel costs for people who might have some influence in a public discussion about Canadian resources. There was opposition research. The embassy kept tabs on the work of environmentalists such as billionaire Tom Steyer and on the number of YouTube clicks for an anti-Keystone video featuring Robert Redford.An internal memo to Washington embassy staff told them to stick to talking points if they were asked about the ads during a diplomatic reception.Among the official lines: natural resources support 1.8 million Canadian jobs, they account for almost one-fifth of the country’s economic activity, and the ads were a timely and appropriate endorsement of the sector.So was the campaign successful?A separate budget was used for gauging the public response — $58,335 for an initial focus group and $49,393 later for a poll.The poll showed most D.C. respondents had seen the ads. They didn’t quite agree, however, on what they’d seen. The most popular takeaway message, at 17 percent, was that Canada and the U.S. were friends and energy partners. Building Keystone XL got 11 percent.One federal official says the ads were never designed to sway people about Keystone. They were there to spread a broader message people could remember and repeat, about an energy partnership with Canada.“The ads were there to help create the political space for a (Keystone) approval.” read more

Air Canada WestJet post strong 2012 with record load factor for December

Air Canada, WestJet post strong 2012 with record load factor for December AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada’s major airlines enjoyed healthy passenger demand heading into 2013 as they reported record load factors for December, carrying substantially more passengers with modest increases to capacity.WestJet (TSX:WJA) said its load factor for December hit a record 81.9 per cent while Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) hit record load factors for the month and the year.Montreal-based Air Canada said its load factor rose to 82.1 per cent last month while the full-year number was 82.7 per cent, up 1.1 points in each case.Analysts monitor load factor as a measure of how much total fleet capacity is used by an airline to carry passengers.“These strong results, for both the month and full year, underscore the effectiveness of Air Canada’s disciplined capacity management and our award winning product,” stated CEO Calin Rovinescu.Air Canada said it had a 3.2 per cent increase in passenger traffic last month over December 2011, with a 6.6 per cent increase to U.S. destinations and a 5.1 per cent increase on transatlantic routes.That was a strong finish to a generally good year for Canada’s largest airline, which saw 2012 passenger traffic rise 2.6 per cent over 2011.Air Canada’s traffic increased to nearly 4.4 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in December and nearly 12.6 billion RPMs in 2012 — roughly three times the traffic carried by WestJet.WestJet’s passenger traffic in December was up 7.2 per cent from a year earlier, rising to 1.6 billion revenue passenger miles from 1.5 billion on a six per cent increase in capacity.For the full year, WestJet’s passenger traffic was up 7.1 per cent to 4.5 billion RPMs from 4.2 billion RPMs as it flew 17.4 million passengers in 2012, an increase of 8.6 per cent or nearly 1.4 million additional passengers.WestJet’s December load factor was 81.9 per cent, up one point from a year earlier. Its full-year load factor was also 81.9 per cent, up 3.2 points from 2011.“We are very pleased to close out the year with six consecutive monthly load factor records and record high loads in all four quarters,” stated president and CEO Gregg Saretsky.He said the Calgary-based airline’s forward bookings continue to be strong.Smaller regional rival Porter Airlines said it carried 2.45 million passengers last year, a 15 per cent increase over its 2011 levels.The regional carrier serves about a dozen cities in eastern Canada and several U.S. destinations from its base at Toronto’s Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, where it competes directly against Air Canada’s service operated by Sky Regional Airline.Porter’s load factor for 2012 was 62 per cent, up from 61.7 per cent.Porter said its December load factor was 64.3 per cent, with 77.8 million revenue passenger miles — an increase of 3.5 per cent a year earlier, on a 2.9 per cent increase in capacity.“Overall, Porter has finished 2012 by solidifying our gains for passenger numbers and load factor through the year,” said CEO Robert Deluce.However, Porter faces a looming deadline for finalizing a first contract with the union that represents 22 employees at the airline’s base at the Billy Bishop airport, which is on one of Toronto’s lakeside islands.Local 343 of the Canadian Office and Professional Employees union will be in a legal strike position at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. COPE says the two sides are scheduled to meet on Wednesday.“We sincerely hope to be able to prevent a strike and unnecessary inconvenience to the travelling public,” said COPE staff representative Mary Stalteri.Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial said Air Canada’s strong traffic numbers in December resulted from improvements in most travel segments. The only load factor decline was the Pacific, dropping to 85.4 per cent from 87.1 per cent last December.“The record December results highlight that overall air travel demand remains healthy across the geographic segments,” he stated in a research note.He added that WestJet’s sixth consecutive monthly load factor record is a “clear indication of healthy air travel demand.”On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Air Canada’s shares gained five cents, or 2.82 per cent at $1.82 in morning trading, while WestJet’s shares were down two cents at $20.19. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 7, 2013 1:00 pm MDT read more

Youth need more inperson contact less time online to find work report

OTTAWA – A new report from the federal government’s expert panel on youth employment points to a need to move away from digital services for young, first-time job seekers and instead offer more person-to-person contacts and services.In an interim report released Wednesday, the panel described how young people complete hundreds of online job applications without receiving any response from employers and that the reliance on using personal networks to find jobs is unreasonably high.Young people with the most success at landing a job do so through the people they know and for those without such a network, the necessity to build connections can be overly intimidating, the report said.“We are deluding ourselves if we think that by digitizing the job application process we are making it more democratic. Network effects are as strong as ever and this hurts young people with less social capital,” said panel chairwoman Vass Bednar.The panel’s interim report found young Canadians have high levels of anxiety about their future work prospects, even those with post-secondary education and previous job experience — two keys frequently cited as an avenue to a good job.A Statistics Canada study released earlier this month showed that young people have seen their job quality decline over 40 years, even as the youth unemployment rate has remained relatively unchanged. In both 1976 and 2015 it was 2.3 times higher than the rate among those aged 25 and older.The Liberals made sweeping promises to young Canadians as part of their election platform. One plank has yet to materialize as federal policy: a vow to waive EI premiums for 12 months for any employer who gives someone between the ages of 18 and 24 a full-time job.Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk said the government is still considering the measure and is working out the kinks on other possible tax credits to create incentives for companies to give a young person their first job.“What we want to do is ensure that what we’re doing is the most effective, to give it the broadest range and make it accessible for many, many youth,” she said.Mihychuk said the government is planning a big push on what’s known as work-integrated learning models where students earn school credits while working in their field, such as through a co-op placement or internship.Federal officials have been looking at those kinds of models since shortly after the Liberals took office, particularly programs at the University of Waterloo, to connect employers with schools so students gain the skills needed to have a successful job hunt.“This is one piece of a bigger plan. We knew from going door to door in the election and even before that the situation for young people in Canada was pretty tough and that we needed to make changes,” Mihychuk said. by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 21, 2016 11:07 am MDT Last Updated Dec 21, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Youth need more in-person contact, less time online to find work: report read more

Speed bumps could be removed to cut traffic pollution and save lives

first_imgSpeed bumps should be removed from roads as part of wide-ranging proposals by the health watchdog to cut thousands of deaths from air pollution each year.In a report looking at how to make air cleaner, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), said that measures which help motorists stay at a constant speed, rather than accelerating and decelerating, were preferable to humps.It follows a study earlier this year by Imperial College which found that forcing drivers to slow down and speed up again produces significant of harmful emissions.Other schemes proposed by Nice include separating cyclists and cars using foliage; moving living rooms to the rear of houses away from busy roads and banning ‘car idling’ outside schools and retirement homes.Draft guidelines published today say planners must take into account the effect of air pollution when designing speed reduction schemes and that any ‘physical measures’ must be designed ‘to minimise sharp decelerations and consequences accelerations.’They suggest signs that display speed could be used as an alternative to speed bumps and greater use of average speed cameras, as well as variable speed limits on busier roads. Ralph Bagge, leader of South Bucks District Council and deputy chairman of the Nice guideline committee, added: “Smooth driving reduces emissions and stop-start acceleration and deceleration braking is harmful. It is putting out more through the tail-pipe but secondly braking is also grinding bits of very fine particulate matter which goes into the atmosphere.“Where a 20mph limit is appropriate humps and bumps aren’t the most effective way of doing it because most people tend to accelerate up to about 30mph, hit the brakes and do about 15mph over the hump and then accelerate again.“So in emissions terms that’s a very ineffective deterrent. We would say we would like their to be a better way of doing it than that.”The Imperial study found that in one north London street with a speed limit of 20mph and fitted with road humps, a petrol driven car produced 64 per cent more Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) than in a similar 20mph street fitted with road cushions. It also produced 47 per cent more Particulate Matter  (PM) and nearly 60 per cent more Carbon Monoxide (CO2) emissions.RAC roads policy spokesman Nick Lyes said rethinking speed bumps was worth ‘serious consideration’“The suggestion that local authorities should think again about speed humps which cause motorists to brake and then accelerate again is an eminently sensible suggestion and has the potential to improve the quality of air locally.“Nice also acknowledges the importance of improving the flow of traffic – since air quality is often at its worst where congestion appears, a point that the RAC has made on a number of occasions.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Professor Paul Lincoln, chief executive of UK health forum and NICE guideline committee chair said: “The guidance is very timely given the imperative to meet EU and national air quality standards.“I hope, when finalised, that this guidance will prove influential in reducing the amount of air pollution we are exposed to every day.”However some experts said that the report did not go far enough in tackling major polluters, such as diesel cars.Prof Jonathan Grigg, Professor of Paediatric Respiratory and Environmental Medicine, Queen Mary, University of London, said: Although the report clearly points the finger at emissions from diesel vehicles, it gives the impression that targeting diesel is not particularly effective.“Without an effective national diesel policy, such as a scrappage scheme, local initiatives are either likely to fail to deliver, or at best make small changes in exposure with limited health benefits.”Jenny Bates, Friends of the Earth air pollution campaigner, said: “Action is needed both to ensure vehicles on the road are clean and that there are fewer of them. Diesel vehicles, which are the most polluting, must be phased out and our transport and planning policy needs a radical overhaul.”But The British Lung Foundation (BLF) and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) said the proposed measures were a welcome step in the right direction.”Air pollution contributes to tens of thousands of early deaths every year. It increases the risk of lung cancer and impairs children’s lung development,” said Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the BLF.”Given the severity of the problem, we welcome this draft guidance and look forward to seeing the finalised plans.” Speed bumps could be replaced with signals which remind drivers of their speed, Nice has suggested  Speed bumps could be replaced with signals which remind drivers of their speed, Nice has suggested  Air pollutionplays a contributing factor in 25,000 deaths in England each year,  triggering heart attacks exacerbating respiratory conditions. But road usage in Britain is at record levels, with an estimated 320 billion vehicle miles travelled in the year ending September 2016,  contributing to about a third of air pollution in urban sites.Nice is also calling for “no-idling” zones around the nation’s schools to prevent parents leaving their cars running during the school run.And road planners should avoid cycle routes on heavily polluted routes and where it is unavoidable, should consider installing foliage to screen cyclists from vehicles.Towns and cities with pollution problems should consider implementing clean air zones and look into the possibility of introducing congestion charging zones, they advise sa well as considering public awareness initiatives such as “car free days”The health watchdog is also encouraging house builders to place living rooms at the back of houses away from roads while planners should ensure newly built schools, nurseries and retirement homes are built away from busy roads.The guidelines are out for public consultation until next summer but the government is under pressure to radically improve air pollution or face hefty fines for missing European targets on clean air. Air pollution is a contributing factor in 25,000 deaths a year, Public Health England estimates  Air pollution is a contributing factor in 25,000 deaths a year, Public Health England estimates last_img read more

Englands castles are besieged by ivy and poor weather conservation charity warns

English Heritage’s Tynemouth Priory situated on the north east coast at TynemouthCredit:Owen Humphreys/PA Queen Mary, the wife of King George V, called it a noxious and dangerous weed, but garden ivy is posing a far greater threat to England’s castles than the late royal’s famous rose gardens, a conservation charity has warned.English Heritage, which looks after 66 castles from Dover to Carlisle, says England’s castles have survived centuries of conflict, but are facing a “new threat” from ivy and other invasive weeds, penetrating damp and severe weather.It has launched a fundraising campaign to help pay the £1.9m bill for summer repairs, including removing deep-rooted damaging weeds, such as ivy and valerian.“Queen Mary called it dangerous, but like everybody else we think ivy can soften the appearance of our castles in a spectacular fashion, and in many circumstances it’s entirely benign. It stops them getting wet or too cold,” Jeremy Ashbee, head properties curator at English Heritage told the Daily Telegraph.“But, there comes a nightmare moment when ivy turns on you, it grows to such as size and puts down roots into stone work.”The charity has to carry out conservation work on stone work through the year to put right damage done by plant growth, including removing extensive ivy and other plants, shrubs and even trees whose roots are growing into castle wall, which then need to be repaired. Highly skilled stonemasons are used to re-bed loose masonry, and use bespoke lime mortar to repoint an joints that have been wrench apart by strong roots.Penetrating damp and extreme weather can also cause erosion and gradually damage the stonework of castles, said the charity, which is running a crowdfunding appeal as part of its first #LoveCastles summer campaign. It is seeking up to £50,000 in donations from the public to help protect the landmarks for future generations.Mr Ashbee, said: “I don’t want to suggest the castles are teetering on the brink of catastrophe, but many of these sites are in what we call commanding locations, for obvious defensive reasons. Commanding can easily be a synonym for exposed and vulnerable though, including coastal sites, like Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, and on hills were the scour of wind and rain can take its toll over the centuries.”English Heritage said the ivy damage and other weather damage was “unrelated” to this summer’s heatwave, but Mr Ashbee said the charity “understand that this issue will grow as climate change encourages more and more lush vegetation”.He said: “We need to mend the roof while the sun is shining”.The charity is making the call as it revealed more people than ever are visiting its castles, with a record 1.2 million visitors enjoying a day out at an English Heritage castle since the start of May – up 10% on last year.English Heritage chief executive Kate Mavor said: “So far this summer we’ve seen more people than ever visit the castles in our care.”But if these fortresses are to survive for future generations to enjoy, we need people’s help to defend them today – not from sieges or cannonballs but from weeds and damp, the wind and the rain.” English Heritage's Tynemouth Priory situated on the north east coast at Tynemouth Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Dennis Rodman checks into alcohol rehab

first_imgFORMER BASKETBALL STAR Dennis Rodman, facing a backlash for a series of visits to North Korea, has checked himself into an alcohol-rehab facility, according to US media.“He has been in rehab most of this week, and I am very proud of him,” Darren Prince, his agent, was quoted as saying by CNN.His drinking escalated to a level that none of us had seen before. When he came back (from North Korea), I discussed with him on a personal level how concerned I was. We sat down and decided for him to go to rehab. It is a 28- or 30-day facility.The 52-year-old Rodman apologised earlier this month upon his return from his latest visit to secretive North Korea for saying a fellow American imprisoned there may have caused his own fate. Rodman blamed alcohol for his comments.Rodman, who reportedly entered a rehab centre on the US East coast on Wednesday, took a team of former National Basketball Association players to North Korea for his most recent visit and sang “Happy Birthday” to leader Kim Jong-Un inside a packed sports arena.The former NBA star was widely criticised for refusing to bring up human rights abuses or the plight of detained US missionary Kenneth Bae during his latest week-long visit.Rodman had said he planned to return to North Korea next month.Rodman has developed an unlikely friendship with the young North Korean leader since making his first trip there last February, when he declared Kim a “friend for life.”Kim, who was educated in Switzerland, is reported to be a huge fan of basketball and especially of the Chicago Bulls, with whom Rodman won three NBA titles alongside Michael Jordan in the 1990s.- © AFP, 2014Read: Rodman apologises for North Korea outburst, blames drink>last_img read more

Ryanair deny mutinous passengers raided food trolley on delayed flight

first_imgRYANAIR HAVE DENIED reports of a “revolt” on a delayed flight to Paris earlier this month, in which passengers allegedly abused staff and stole duty free products.The Independent UK reports that the incident took place on a flight from the Moroccan city of Rabat to Paris on the 11th of January, which had to make an unscheduled stop in Madrid after a passenger took ill.On leaving Madrid, the passengers were informed that they would only be flying as far as Nantes, where they would be taken to Paris by bus the following morning due to noise restrictions at Beauvais airport.At this, the furious passengers staged what staff described as a “barbaric” rebellion, abusing the staff and “pillaging the aircraft” for drinks, food, cigarettes and perfume.One passenger told the French newspaper Metronews that they had reached their limit:We were tired, on edge, because the situation was badly managed. We were hungry and thirsty and no one was giving us any information. After seven hours locked in a plane – instead of the scheduled two and a half – people need to eat. We simply helped ourselves.However, a Ryanair spokesperson has said the reports are “inaccurate” and the alleged revolt did not happen:The reports in the paper are inaccurate. There was no “mutiny” on arrival in Nantes. Passengers were provided with overnight hotel accommodation and were transferred to Paris Beauvais by coach the following morning.‘Unimpressed Sharon Ní Bheoláin’ is the meme Ireland needs right now>Man shares his own ‘Wanted’ photo on Facebook…gets caught 45 mins later>last_img read more

Cockroaches raw sewage and a live rodent heres why Irish food businesses

first_img Mar 13th 2017, 12:05 AM By Cianan Brennan Shan, Temple Bar Source: Google Maps Source: FSAICross-contamination between raw and cooked food, and other ‘high risk’ foodstuffs such as rice, is a consistent problem. Many food workers are simply inadequately trained regarding food safety. Professional kitchens are expected to be segregated, with risky foods kept apart.In many of the businesses that were closed, ignorance of regulations led to raw chicken for example being kept in close contact with other foodstuffs in many cases, and cooked food being kept at inappropriate temperatures.Ruby King in Roscommon, which was shut for eight days in September, was found to have had its temperature monitoring records filled out for the day of the inspection “by a staff member that was not present in the premises on the day of the inspection”.Foodstuffs on-premises are often not at an optimum standard of freshness, to put it mildly.Mad Cow Milkshakes, in Cabra, north Dublin, had a closure order placed on it in February 2016 (the order was lifted the same day). The order appears to have been a more general one with many infractions cited, such as “congealed food” being found in a fridge. Nevertheless, the order was very promptly lifted. Ashford Oriental Source: Google MapsThe kitchen of Ashford Oriental, in Ashford, Co Wicklow,  was found to be in a “filthy condition” in parts. The inspector also found a broken dishwasher. Meat of a “greenish colour” was found in the fridge and the inspection team “disposed of (it) immediately”. A staff member on duty acknowledged they had booked a food training course, but had not attended.The restaurant’s closure order was lifted five days later.Meanwhile, the Roma Grill in Boyle, also Co Roscommon, was shut for 26 days in November for a litany of reasons, one of which was a freezer room “not in proper working order”.“A mechanical breakdown of the freezer room occurred two days prior to inspection,” the report reads. “Frozen food was not removed from the freezer room and left to defrost in the freezer room.”There was no reason to believe this food was not intended to be refrozen and cooked for sale to customers.Well-knownFade Street Social, mentioned above, is not the only well-known name to appear on the closures list.A Starbucks outlet in Waterford City was also the subject of an enforcement order lasting eight days in September 2016. That order related to an issue which the restaurant blamed on a “water drainage rupture”.The closure order states that:Raw sewage (was) present in the food storage area and patron seating area in (the) lower ground floor… Food deliveries in green crates and boxes were seen during inspection on the contaminated floor area.Relish restaurant in Dundrum was shut for three days in April following the discovery of “an extensive leak of foul-smelling liquid” and a microwave in “an extraordinarily poor state of repair”.More unusual reasons for censure are listed on some of the enforcement orders released.In December the Ali Baba takeaway in Rathkeale was served with a closure order that lasted for just one day. The order was issued for several reasons, one of which was the fact that a dry goods store on the premises was being used as a bedroom:A mattress, complete with bed linen, was found on the floor where the shelving had been, along with a plugged-in electrical heater. Share Tweet Email6 41,094 Views The suspected issues written on the closure order were proven to be wrong the following day. Had this been a serious issue the HSE would not have re-opened the restaurant so soon.“We believe that we were treated very unfairly and this information… is now public knowledge and is very misleading,” they added.In the last year, other Irish food businesses have been closed (the vast majority temporarily, some indefinitely) as a result of, amongst other things:A live rodent present on the premisesA cockroach infestationRaw sewage in a food preparation areaMaggots present in kitchen waste areaMouldy and congealed food present in fridgesA bag of coal being kept on a food storage shelfA storage room being used as a bedroom Source: Shutterstock/AppleZoomZoomIN IRELAND, THE consumer can rest relatively easy, safe in the knowledge that the standards of hygiene and safety in our food-selling establishments are well-monitored.Over 39,000 public-facing establishments were checked last year by the HSE’s food safety officers, on contract from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). A miniscule amount, less than 1%, fail that process.Nevertheless, some do fail. And not all are establishments you may never have heard of.Reasons for closureOnce a month, the FSAI releases a list of those businesses that have failed their inspections, and have been temporarily closed as a result. The reasons are, as a rule, not divulged.Under Freedom of Information legislation however, has seen documentation of every closure order issued in 2016.One of the businesses closed last year was Fade Street Social, an upmarket Dublin eatery owned by renowned chef Dylan McGrath and located in the south city centre. The closure lasted for just one day last July. Fade Street Social Source: Google MapsAt the time the restaurant told the Irish Times that the enforcement order placed on it had resulted from a “minor drain/plumbing issue”. The report from that order suggests the problem was one of pest control, specifically:Presence of rat droppings, suspected contamination, suspected rodent access points. Source: TheJournal.ieWith just 62 establishments closed after 39,000 inspections, the FSAI’s threshold for shutting a business down is quite high.You can read the 62 enforcement orders handed down in Ireland last year here, here, and here, while an overview list of all the relevant businesses can be found here.‘Live rodent’In February 2016, Stockwell Artisan Foods in Drogheda, Co Louth, was closed for three days, not just as a result of the evidence of rodent activity, but on the sighting of an actual live rodent by the inspector. Source: FSAI Stockwell Artisan Foods, Drogheda Source: Google MapsInadequate pest control is one of the most common reasons cited when delivering a closure notice to any food business. This varies from having gaps through which mice and rats can gain entrance, to inadequate fly screens being in place.In July 2016, the Spice House takeaway in Cavan Town received a closure order which lasted for two days.The premises were described as being “in a very unclean condition”, with refrigerators “not working properly” and and an employee working with food on site who “for the duration of the three-hour inspection did not wash his hands”.The issues of hygiene and food safety are paramount when all inspections are carried out, with a business’ adherence to HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) of especial significance. Fundamentally, HACCP means having procedures in place to make sure the food you produce is safe.Last August, Jav’s Takeaway in Youghal, Cork (outside Dublin, Cork and Roscommon were the two counties which boasted the most businesses closed last year) was shut for three days after maggots were discovered in a waste bin. Source: FSAICockroachesShan Indian restaurant in Temple Bar, meanwhile, was closed for nine days last October after a cockroach infestation was noted upon inspection.Two traps were observed in the kitchen containing live and dead cockroaches. A live cockroach was observed by the inspector in a storeroom, while a pest control operative employed by the company confirmed that “the cockroach infestation had been ongoing since June of 2016″, four months prior to the inspection. Read More: Ireland’s dirtiest restaurants and takeaways: Here’s where they areThe nature of inspections, or certainly in how those inspections are written up, varies from officer to officer as you might imagine. Some are brief and to the point (the Fade Street Social example being the most succinct of all), some are either extremely lengthy, or are delivered in the format of a giant number-list. Source: Chart: StatistaLikewise, the length of time it takes for an order to be lifted varies greatly. Some are gone on the same day. The El Grito Mexican Kitchen in Dublin’s Temple Bar took 224 days to lift its ban, which was first handed down last May, however.Hegarty says that after an order has been passed it’s “up to the management to keep the place clean and to keep the staff trained”. “If they slip again then further enforcement action will be necessary.”Inspections are carried out by local agents of the HSE (there were 304 such agents employed by the executive in 2015 – simple maths dictates that each agent is therefore looking at over 100 businesses annually). There is no quota for inspection (not surprising given the sheer amount of businesses looked at), although a “guidance note” sets a frequency for which inspections need to be carried out, according to Hegarty.“That’s at least twice a year for high risk premises, and possibly every few years for the lower-risk businesses,” says Hegarty.So how many of these inspections result from actual customer complaints?“We had over 2,000 complaints from the public in 2015 (the figure was 3,202 in 2016),” says Hegarty. “They’re all followed up after being passed to the HSE and assessed. If there’s validity, say if several people have gotten sick, they’re assigned priority.”Such complaints, per the FSAI itself, include cigarette butts being found in chip bags, a human nail in a takeaway meal, and a live insect being found in a packaged dessert.“We do get a lot of unique complaints, that’s undeniable,” says Hegarty.Read: Ireland’s dirtiest restaurants and takeaways: Here’s where they areRead: Jack Nealon’s pub on Capel street is closing after over 100 years Source: FSAIThe aforementioned Roma Grill in Boyle, meanwhile, among its other infringements, sported a “bag of coal” which was being kept on a storage rack.Such oddities aside, most inspections concentrate on the key areas of cleanliness, food safety, pest control, and staff hygiene (no hot water or staff changing facilities is a consistent bugbear cited in the closure orders released).“Nearly every premises gets inspected,” says Dr Bernard Hegarty of the FSAI. “And they’re risk-categorised depending upon the nature of what they’re selling, if they’re selling cooked food as opposed to raw meat for example.”The places inspected will be looked at more than once per year, and possibly more than that. It’s certainly the case that a place that has raised flags will be followed up.center_img Short URL Source: FSAIIn response to a query from on the matter, a Fade Street Social spokesperson said:We acknowledged that there was a plumbing/drainage issue on 15 July 2016, about which we immediately informed our customers via our website. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 26 Comments Monday 13 Mar 2017, 12:05 AM We closed the restaurant immediately to fix the outside drain. At no point were there ever any sightings (of pests) by the HSE. In addition, there were absolutely no issues with food preparation or hygiene. A drain situated on the outside of the property was identified as a potential problem or suspected access point. In addition, and this is extremely important to note, all evidence of suspected activity was isolated to the outside drains and perimeter. The restaurant was reopened in less than 24 hours when minor remedial action was taken to fix the drain. The HSE could only come back into the restaurant the next day, even though we had remedied the issues within two hours of the closure order being presented. Cockroaches, raw sewage, and a live rodent – here’s why Irish food businesses were shut down in 2016 62 Irish restaurants and takeaways were shut last year for an awful lot of different reasons.last_img read more

Fundraiser receives standing ovation

first_imgThe Hellenic Women’s Cultural Association (Estia) put on a wonderful showcase of Greek music last Sunday 26 October, in a bid to raise funds for the new Centre for Contemporary Culture on Lonsdale Street. Founded in 1978, the largest and oldest Greek women’s association in Melbourne felt the need for an updated community space to accommodate for its larger numbers. “It’s something that has been missing from our community. We’re very proud indeed that at last we have somewhere we can actually go and feel proud of and comfortable in,” Ms Patricia Drivas, vice president of the association, told Neos Kosmos.Commencing in the early afternoon at the Manningham Function Centre, 300 people attended the event, with a program jam-packed with Greek musical entertainment. A full orchestra comprising the bouzouki, baglama and violin assisted music performances ranging from the ’50s, rembetika and laika. “Everyone was very, very happy. There was a standing ovation, people didn’t want to leave,” Ms Drivas said. “It was a beautiful afternoon and a very successful event.” The women’s association aims to promote the Greek language, culture and heritage, making it an invaluable part of the community. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

La traque de la matière noire touche telle à sa fin

first_imgLa traque de la matière noire touche t-elle à sa fin ?Les physiciens ont entamé une série d’expériences qui pourraient leur permettre de saisir la mystérieuse matière noire invisible qui formerait 23% de l’univers.La matière noire révèlera t-elle bientôt tous ses secrets ? Pour l’heure, rien n’est moins sûr mais une partie du mystère pourrait prochainement être dévoilée. C’est du moins ce qu’a récemment laissé entendre Michael Turner, le directeur de l’Institut de physique Kavi à l’Université de Chicago. Celui-ci a en effet indiqué que lui et ses collègues sont “très emballés parce que nous pensons être au seuil d’une découverte majeure et que cette décennie sera celle de la matière noire”.Invisible, cette mystérieuse matière est particulièrement difficile à étudier. D’ailleurs, si l’on sait qu’elle existe aujourd’hui, ce n’est que grâce à l’observation des galaxies. Ces dernières ont permis d’estimer que l’Univers n’était composé que de 5% de matière visible formée de particules comme les neutrons, les protons ou les électrons. Ainsi, comme le souligne le scientifique cité par l’AFP, “nous comprenons désormais que cette mystérieuse matière noire tient ensemble notre galaxie et le reste de l’Univers et nous avons de solides indices montrant qu’elle est formée de quelque chose de nouveau”.En effet, ce modèle n’inclut pas la gravité, une des principales forces du cosmos, d’où le besoin d’une théorie plus large et “les indices de recherche les plus prometteurs pointent vers la matière noire”, a souligné Michael Turner. Elle serait formée de particules exotiques de grande masse regroupées sous le nom de WIMP (Weakly interacting massive particles) ayant de faibles interactions avec la matière visible.Des expériences pour dénicher de la matière noire C’est ainsi pour trouver des particules furtives que plusieurs expériences sont menées depuis des mois avec le spectromètre magnétique Alpha (AMS) à bord de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Là-haut, il est possible de capter des rayons gamma qui résulteraient de la collision de particules de matière noire. Samuel Ting, prix Nobel de physique, professeur au Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) et initiateur de ce projet de deux milliards de dollars a indiqué que les premiers résultats seraient publiés dans deux à trois semaines. Il a en revanche refusé de divulguer la teneur des observations.Le “South Pole Neutrino Observatory”, lui, traque des particules sub-atomiques (neutrinos) qui seraient créées lorsque la matière noire passe à travers le Soleil et interagit avec des protons. Enfin, dernière piste dans la chasse à la matière noire : le Grand Collisionneur de Hadron (LHC) du CERN, le plus grand accélérateur de particules au monde. Selon les physiciens, sa puissance devrait permettre de briser des électrons, des quarks ou des neutrinos pour débusquer la matière noire. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreIls s’appuient ainsi sur la théorie dite de “supersymétrie” d’après laquelle les particules de matière noire appartiendraient à une sorte de monde parallèle où elles seraient le reflet des particules de la matière visible.Une matière bien plus énergétique “La vraie question est celle de savoir pourquoi la matière noire a six fois plus d’énergie que la matière ordinaire”, a estimé Lisa Randal, professeur de science à l’Université de Harvard. Car si la matière visible représente 5% de l’Univers et que 23% supplémentaire sont de la matière sombre les 72% restants correspondent à l’énergie sombre, une force mystérieuse qui expliquerait l’accélération de l’expansion de l’Univers. Il reste donc encore beaucoup de choses à découvrir mais le chemin pourrait prochainement peu à peu s’éclairer. Le 19 février 2013 à 18:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Motorcade for TCI first OLYMPIAN

first_img Related Items:delano williams, motorcade for TCI Olympian Delano Williams return home postponed due to weather Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMotorcade gone to Blue Hills & Wheeland districts first.. come outside an OLYMPIAN is passing by!!!Next stop…….Island Fish Fry. Junkanoo already reading up and escourt by the Cadets. Team Great Britain’s 4x400m relay team disqualified!! The Nation will stand still to watch the country’s first Olympianlast_img read more

Luke Jensen Sports Park dedication on Saturday

first_imgActivities to celebrate the dedication of Luke Jensen Sports Park run from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the park, 4000 N.E. 78th St.Parking is limited, so attendees are asked to carpool and park at King’s Way Christian Schools, 3300 N.E. 78th St., if needed.Luke Jensen was a student at King’s Way. He died from leukemia at age 9 in 2010.At 8:45 a.m., there will be a flag ceremony in memory of U.S. Army Cpl. Jeremiah Johnson. Johnson, who died in 2006 from injuries suffered in Iraq, played T-ball for Salmon Creek Little League, a primary user of the park.Britnee Kellogg, a contestant on “American Idol” and vocalist with 5 Guys Named Moe, will sing the national anthem. Salmon Creek Little League will play championship games at 9 a.m., followed by closing ceremonies. At 12:30 p.m., the Clark County commissioners will officially dedicate the park. Members of the Jensen family will attend.At 1:30 p.m., there will be a celebrity kickball benefit for the Dream Big Community Center. Team captains are Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt and Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart. From 2 to 3 p.m., members of the Portland Timbers U-23 development team will meet with youth.Funding for the $9.1 million facility came from property taxes collected by the Greater Clark Parks District and real estate excise taxes. Most of the construction has been completed, with the exception of drainage for two grass fields.last_img read more

Eddie Vedders Curated Ohana Fest Announces Lineup With Red Hot Chili Peppers

first_img Twitter Email News Eddie Vedder’s Curated Ohana Fest Announces Lineup With Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tash Sultana & More Other headliners include Incubus, Jenny Lewis, LP, the Strokes, and morePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 4, 2019 – 2:55 pm The fourth annual Ohana Festival is set for Sept. 27–29 at Doheny State Beach at Calif.’s Dana Point. The ocean-side celebration is curated by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, who co-founded the fest and will be headlining. Additional headliners include Glen Hansard, Incubus, Jenny Lewis, LP, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Strokes, and Tash Sultana.Former Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons is also on the bill, along with Laura Jane Grace And The Devouring Mothers,  Lukas Nelson & The Promise Of The Real and White Reaper.   Eddie Vedder’s Curated Ohana Fest Announces Lineup eddie-vedders-curated-ohana-fest-announces-lineup-red-hot-chili-peppers-tash-sultana Facebook “It’s been a true honor,” said Vedder last year, “to work with the community and organizers to create a stimulating vibe and uplifting atmosphere for the great crowds and incredible musicians who come out to play in the park.”Tickets go on sale on March 8 at the festival’s website. A portion of Ohana Fest’s proceeds will be donated to the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association, the San Onofre Parks Foundation and other charities.Students Meet Their Hawaiian Ohana At The GRAMMY MuseumRead morelast_img read more