India vs England, 5th Test Day 1: As it happened

first_imgHello and welcome to our live coverage of the first day of the fifth Test between India and England in Chennai. (SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL-UPDATES)ENGLAND INNINGS16.30 IST: STUMPS! A good day for England and they need this after the battering at Mumbai. The visitors won another good toss and ensured that their batsmen made it count. Ali’s gritty century was the highlight of the day while Root too played a fluent knock although he was unlucky to miss the three-figure mark. The duo’s efforts along with a neat little knock from Bairstow allowed England to go to stumps on a happy note despite the wicketkeeper batsman falling late in the day.Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers with a 3-fer on a track that slowed down as the day progressed. There was spin but there was time for the batsmen to adjust due to the slowness of the surface. It didn’t deter the left-arm spinner as he bowled with great control, outbowling his spin partners. England will want to keep consolidating and aim for a total of at least 400 from here. India will hope to make early inroads tomorrow. England 284/4 in 90 overs16.17 IST: STAT! Moeen Ali completes 1,000 runs this year, becoming the the fourth Englishman to achieve the landmark in 2016. England 277/4 in 86 overs16.04 IST: CENTURY! Moeen Ali slams his fifth hundred in Test cricket. England 262/4 in 81 overs15.53 IST: WICKET! Straight to the fielder! Jadeja strikes and Bairstow misses out on a half century. Jadeja bowls a loopy delivery around off, Bairstow comes forward to drive it on the up. Doesn’t bothers to keep it down and ends up spooning a dolly to KL Rahul at short extra cover. That was a tame dismissal and Jonny is absolutely livid with himself. He bangs his bat on the ground and doesn’t want to leave the crease but will have to. England 253/4 in 81 oversadvertisementAP Photo15.23 IST: NOT OUT! It was very, very close but Ali survives. Floated leg break outside off, turns back in sharply to ping Ali’s front pad. Huge lbw appeal against Moeen but it’s turned down. Mishra is very confident and coaxes Kohli for the review. No bat involved and impact is line as well. However, the ball tracking shows it clipping leg stump. A very marginal call and the on-field decision is upheld.15.15 IST: PARTNERSHIP! Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow have added 63 runs for the fourth wicket. England 230/3 in 72 overs15.02 IST: SIX! Another biggie for Bairstow. He has been totally aggressive today.Flighted outside off, Bairstow unleashes another slog sweep overmid-wicket. Terrific contact and the fact that he hit it with the spinmade it easy as the ball sails over the ropes. Ashwin is disappointed. England 215/3 in 68 overs14.57 IST: SIX! Hammered! That made a cracking sound off the bat. Floated on off by Jadeja,Bairstow gets down on one knee and mauls the slog sweep cleanly overdeep mid-wicket for a maximum. Brilliant stroke. England 208/3 in 67 overs 14.53 IST: England go past 200 in 64.5 overs. Moeen Ali 71*, Bairstow 20*14.48 IST: FOUR! Top shot! Floated on off from Ashwin and Moeen Ali displays positive footwork as he charges down the track to loft it cleanly down the ground. One bounce to the fence for a boundary. England 199/3 in 64 overs 14.31 IST: Welcome back for the final session. Which side will take the day’s honors? We shall find out in the coming couple of hours. The players and umpires are out there in the middle. Umesh Yadav begins proceedings after tea.12.13 IST: TEA! Good session for England. Root and Ali batted with great intent after lunch and seized the initiative by scoring freely. The former looked set for a century but was dismissed in slightly debatable circumstances. He got out on the 80s for the umpteenth time in Tests. Ali has looked quite solid after a struggle in the morning session and has the in-form Bairstow for company.India’s bowlers were a bit erratic. Rather, they were unsettled by some positive batting from the visitors. Jadeja was the impressive bowler in the session as he continued to probe away while Mishra struggled with his radar. It will be imperative for England not to gift away the platform that has been provided by the Root-Ali stand. India are surely sensing an opening though. Join us in a while for the final session. England 182/3 in 60 oversAP Photo13.45 IST: WICKET! What a review from India! Massive wicket this for India. Floated outside off, Root goes for the sweep and Patel takes it really well behind the stumps. Huge appeal for caught behind, especially from Kohli but turned down. The skipper has a chat with Patel and Jadeja before going for the review. Ultra Edge spots a slight nick as the ball passes the bat and the blade isn’t hitting ground at that point either. The third umpire is convinced enough and asks the on-field call to be overturned. Root is livid as he feels he hasn’t hit it but has to go. Once again, he gets out in the 80s. Ends a fine 146-run stand. England 167/3 in 54.3 oversadvertisement13.28 IST: FIFTY! Moeen Ali slams his 10th half-century. England 155/2 in 50.2 overs13.12 IST: FOUR! Nimble footwork! Floated on middle and leg, steps out to that one and whips it away cleanly over mid-wicket to find the fence. This is very smart batting, they don’t want to let Mishra settle. England 137/2 in 46 overs13.00 IST! PARTNERSHIP! Joe Root and Moeen Ali have added 100 runs for the third wicket. The duo has batted aggressively after lunch with Root completing his fifty. England 121/2 in 43 overs12.42 IST: Four Byes! Poor ball and bonus runs for England! Ashwin slips this one down the leg side and Ali misses the sweep. Patel lets it through as well as the ball races to the fence. England 104/2 in 39 oversJoe Root is playing his 11th Test match against India since his debut in December 2012He has a fifty in each of his 11 Tests!#IndvEng Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 16, 201612.35 IST: FIFTY! Joe Root slams his 27th half-century. England 90/2 vs India12.28 IST: NOT OUT! This time they review but in vain. This was slightly fuller than the previous ball and once again Ali is struck on the front pad. The lbw appeal is denied and Jadeja once again wants the review. Kohli and Patel weren’t interested but the skipper eventually agrees to his bowler’s plea for the review. No bat involved but ball tracking shows impact outside the line. Would have only clipped leg stump, so umpire’s call it would have been anyway. Jadeja needs to be more careful in his review requests and needs to trust his keeper more. Patel was never interested in this. Review wasted. England 84/2 in 34 overs12.27 IST: Huge appeal! Floated outside off, turning into ping Ali’s front pad. Loud lbw appeal which is turned down. Jadeja is very, very confident but his request for a review is turned down by his captain and keeper. Good call as impact was outside the line.12.18 IST: Ashwin to Ali, FOUR! Top shot! Floated around off, Ali gets across and sweeps it hard through square leg. Rolled his wrists to keep it along the ground and it sped away to the ropes. Nicely executed stroke.11.32 IST: LUNCH! An even session for both sides although India would marginally be the happier side at the break after losing the toss. England started disastrously after opting to bat as both openers departed cheaply. Jennings was beautifully set up by Ishant while Jadeja once again derailed Cook. Since then, Root and Ali have hung on with the former looking fairly fluent. Both batsmen had some luck as Root edged one when second slip was wider while Ali was dropped on 0. England 68/2 in 29 oversadvertisementAP PhotoIndia’s bowlers were very disciplined, giving very little away. They stuck to the basics and created pressure on the England batsmen. The surface has started to turn already and this certainly isn’t good omen for the visitors. They will need to put a decent first innings total to compete in this game.11.14 IST: PENALTY RUNS! Tossed up gently around off, spins back in sharply as Root stays on the back foot. Gets a thick inside edge that just goes past leg stump towards fine leg. Kohli from first slip gives chase to tidy up and fires in a throw towards the keeper. However, it hits the helmet placed near Patel and that will be five penalty runs. England 62.2 in 25 overs10.41 IST: DROPPED! Pitched between middle and off, Moeen tries to go over the top but is unable to get the elevation. It’s KL Rahul who is standing at mid-wicket who gets his fingers to it. A better timing would have made it easier for Rahul. They run a couple in process. England 27/2 in 15 overs50th catch in Tests for Virat Kohli!13th Indian to do so#IndvEng Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 16, 201610.30 IST: WICKET! JADEJA HAS HIS BUNNY. Pitched outside off, Cook strides forward to defend it but the ball flies off the outside edge towards Kohli who is standing at first slip. Jadeja and Kohli seem very happy to get the ever struggling Cook there. England 21/2 in 12.4 overs09.58 IST: WICKET! Ishant Sharma strikes. Full and wide delivery outside off, Jennings tries to push it towards the off side but he gets an outside edge which goes straight in the hands of Parthiv Patel who grabs an easy one. Good start for India. England 7/1 in 5.2 oversWith a couple off the first ball of the match Alastair Cook goes to 11,000 Test runs – congratulations Cooky! ??? #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/s3tGLpiaz7 England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 16, 2016Alastair Cook has won the toss & England will bat #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/seeoBYzjnR England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 16, 201609.35 IST: STAT! Alastair Cook becomes the 10th batsman in Test history to score 11,000 runs.09.30 IST: The players and officials are out in the middle for the National Anthem.09.26 IST: Teams:India: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Karun Nair, Parthiv Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav, Ishant SharmaEngland: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, Liam Dawson, Jake Ball 09.02 IST: TOSS! England have won the toss and they will bat first. Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra return. Bhuvneshwar and Jayant Yadav out. Stuart Broad replaces injured James Anderson. Liam Dawson makes debutUnbeaten in 17 Tests – and with the series already sealed 3-0, India will look to register a new record unbeaten streak when they meet England in the fifth and final Test starting in Chennai on Friday.With the added motivation of notching up the biggest Test series triumph against England, Virat Kohli’s men will take the field at a venue devastated by Cyclone Vardah earlier in the week.The local organisers are leaving no stone unturned to get things right — from the seating arrangements to rolling burning coal plates to dry up the pitch — before the match begins.Due to the after-effects of the cyclone, both the teams have only Thursday to train before the match and that could be a worry for the cricketers of either side. (Kohli-Ashwin new Tendulkar-Kumble of Indian cricket)However, the Indian team will be more relaxed coming into the match. India are on a 17-match unbeaten streak which equals their record of 17 Tests without a defeat between September 1985 and March 1987.Leading the series 3-0, they will be out to record their biggest Test series win over the Englishmen — the 1992-93 series gave the Indians a 3-0 win.The visitors will rely on captain Alastair Cook and Joe Root to show them the way, again. Cook and Root have 310 and 397 runs each, respectively, but they have lacked support from the others.In the bowling department, England have a big casualty in the form of James Anderson, who has been ruled out of the fifth Test due to stiffness, captain Cook said on Thursday.last_img read more

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Wriddhiman Saha outdoes MS Dhoni with his highest Test score

first_imgWriddhiman Saha hit a career-best 117 to deflate Australia and put India in a strong position on the fourth day of the third Test on Sunday. (Day 4 Highlights)Saha applied a gritty approach throughout his innings and faced some chin music but that did not deter him. In fact Saha showed character and his rich temperament to score his third Test century.Saha also became the highest scorer for India against Australia at No.8, surpassing former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s score of 92 in Mohali in October, 2008. The highest by an Australian No.8 against India is 88 by Mitchell Johnson in 2014 in Brisbane.Saha, who came onto bat after India were reduced to 328/6 with the hosts still behind by 123 runs, joined forces with Cheteshwar Pujara to blunt the spirited attack and break a 69-year-old record for the highest seventh-wicket partnership for India against Australia.Pujara and Saha frustrated the tourists and batted through the first two sessions to forge a 199-run seventh wicket partnership. The duo batted for 317 minutes together and was involved in India’s record seventh-wicket partnership against Australia, bettering Hemu Adhikari and Vijay Hazare’s 132-run stand in Adelaide in 1948.Both fell in the final session trying to accelerate. Pujara faced 525 balls in his tireless 202-run knock, capitalising on the exceptionally fast outfield to score 21 boundaries.However, their monumental knocks gave India a 152-run lead before Virat Kohli declared India’s innings at 603/9. Australia were tottering at 23/2 at stumps on Day 4 after Ravindra Jadeja struck twice in successive overs to give the upper hand.advertisementIndia are eyeing a 2-1 series lead after Australia’s massive 333-run victory in the opening Test in Pune, and India bounced back in style to defeat Steve Smith’s men by 75 runs in Bengaluru to make it 1-1. The fourth Test will be played in Dharamsala from March 25.WATCH SPORTS WRAPlast_img read more

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Updated Spreads For College Football Playoff Semifinals

first_imgA general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)One week from tomorrow, we will have the College Football Playoff semifinals. The Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl will host the playoff this year.Top-ranked Alabama takes on fourth-seeded Oklahoma in one semi, with second-seeded Clemson playing No. 3 Notre Dame in the other. The winners will meet at Levi’s Stadium on January 7.Eight days from game time and the higher-seeded teams are still substantial favorites. Both Alabama and Clemson are giving two touchdowns worth of points to their opponents, according to Vegas.Here are the latest odds, per OddsShark:Clemson (-13) over Notre DameAlabama (-14) over OklahomaYou can see OddsShark’s lines for every remaining bowl game here.Clemson and Notre Dame will get things started next week with a 4 p.m. ET kickoff at the Cotton Bowl. Alabama and Oklahoma will get underway at 8 p.m. ET in the Orange Bowl.Both games will be broadcast on ESPN.last_img read more

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Study of HRM Courthouse Needs

first_img determine the preferred location(s) and size of court facilities in HRM for the next 35 years; identify options for preferred locations; analyze existing Justice facilities to see if they can be included in future solutions. Improved security. Better working conditions for lawyers,prosecutors, judges and court administrators. Improved publicaccess to court facilities. Those are some of the benefits the province wants to see spelledout in a 35-year master plan for court facilities within HalifaxRegional Municipality. The Department of Justice is now reviewingsubmissions from consultants who responded to a public requestfor proposals earlier this summer. “We’ll review the proposals, with an eye to awarding a contractearly this fall,” Justice Minister Michael Baker said today, Aug.26. “We need a long-term plan to make sure we invest wisely tomeet demographic and population changes.” The province owns or leases 211,000 square feet of space forcourts in five metro locations: the Law Courts on Upper WaterStreet; Family Court on Devonshire Avenue; Provincial Court onSpring Garden Road; Provincial Court in Dartmouth and the LionsHall in Sheet Harbour. The department has advertised for a consultant who can meet thefollowing goals: The consultant will also report on trends in the justice system,including technology needs, crime rates, caseloads, trialcomplexity, number of people representing themselves in court,the use of alternative dispute resolution and the role ofrestorative justice. Once a consultant is selected, the province’s CourthouseStandards Committee will oversee the master plan study. Thecommittee is chaired by Judge James Wilson of the Nova ScotiaFamily Court, and includes other judicial, legal and departmentalrepresentatives.last_img read more

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Spring Weight Restrictions Start Monday

first_imgSpring weight restrictions for heavy trucks will come into effect across the province at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 1. Milder temperatures mean provincial roads are more susceptible to damage from heavy trucks. The restrictions are usually removed in late April or early May. “We keep a close eye on the temperatures and the road surfaces when determining the best time to close the roads,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “We have a lot of valuable road surfaces that need protection at this time of year but we also understand the need to give the trucking industry as much notice as possible.” An up-to-date status report on weight restrictions, along with a list of roads that are exempt, is posted on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran .last_img read more

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Defiant Iran prepares for oil tanker to leave Gibraltar with Indian crew

first_imgLondon: An Iranian oil supertanker released from detention by Gibraltar authorities earlier this week could be ready to sail on with its Indian crew on board soon, in defiance of a US warrant after the British territory’s government said it was unable to seek a court order to detain the vessel. Grace 1, which had been detained in the semi-autonomous British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar on the Spanish coast last month, has been renamed the Adrain Darya based on the Persian word for sea. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe vessel, which had been Panama flagged, has been re-flagged under the flag of Iran and is free to leave after the Gibraltar government confirmed that it would not be able to seek a court detention order on behalf of the US authorities. The US has obtained a warrant to seize the vessel over violations of American sanctions on Iran. “The Gibraltar Central Authority is unable seek an Order of the Supreme Court of Gibraltar to provide the restraining assistance required by the United States of America,” a Gibraltar government statement said on Sunday. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIt clarified that the inability to seek the orders sought by the US is based on the application of the European Union (EU) law and the differences in the sanctions regimes applicable to Iran in the EU and the US. “The EU sanctions regime against Iran which is applicable in Gibraltar is much narrower than that applicable in the US,” the statement notes. The US Department of Justice had requested that a new legal procedure for the detention of the tanker be commenced on the grounds that it has links to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which it designates as a terrorist organisation. However, Gibraltar said that it was unable to provide assistance under the International Mutual Legal Assistance purview because the IRGC is not a designated foreign terrorist organisation in Gibraltar, the UK or in the EU generally, unlike in the US. It would therefore seem that after meeting all the requirements under its agreement with the Gibraltar authorities, the renamed Grace 1 would be ready to depart soon. “At the owner’s request, the Grace 1 will depart for the Mediterranean after being reflagged under the Islamic Republic of Iran’s flag and renamed as Adrian Darya for the voyage,” Jalil Eslami, deputy head of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organisation, was quoted as saying in the UK media. “The 25-member crew will start their journey after preparations, including refuelling. The ship was of Russian origin and Panama-flagged and is carrying 2 million barrels of Iranian oil,” said Eslami. The Gibraltar authorities had said the tanker was en route to Syria in breach of EU sanctions and had agreed to lift its detention order after formal written assurances from Iran that the ship would not discharge its cargo in Syria and therefore not be in breach of the EU sanctions. The crew on board the vessel include majority Indians but also Russians, Latvians and Filipinos, who spent over a month in detention on board the ship since it was seized on July 4.last_img read more

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NATIONAL ARTS CENTRES INDIGENOUS THEATRE PROGRAMMING DIMINISHED AS 35M IN FEDERAL FUNDS

first_imgKevin Loring was announced on Thursday June 14 as the first Artistic Director of the National Arts Centre’s Indigenous Theatre program. (RYAN TUMILTY / METRO) The inaugural season of the National Arts Centre’s Indigenous Theatre will go forward in a “greatly diminished capacity” this year after $3.5 million of requested federal funding was denied.Award-winning playwright Kevin Loring, the first-ever artistic director of the NAC’s Indigenous program, issued a letter on Facebook lamenting a lack of support from Canadian Heritage in the 2019 federal budget.He said it will have a tangible impact on the first season, leaving the Ottawa-based performing arts centre to rely on fundraising efforts to support the Indigenous program. The scope of any subsequent seasons remains in question. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Without ongoing financial support, we will not have the capacity to achieve our vision and full impact,” Loring wrote.“I have now been put in the disturbing position of overseeing a department whose creation and existence is a financial burden to an already stressed institution,” he added. Advertisement Facebook But the lack of federal financial backing throws uncertainty into how the Indigenous Theatre will roll out its first season this September, timed for the NAC’s 50th anniversary.Former CEO Peter Herrndorf launched the Indigenous Theatre project nearly two years ago with a vision of partnering with other theatre companies across the country. The goal was to elevate awareness and platforms for Indigenous arts and bring performances to different regions, hiring Indigenous staff and working in remote communities.Those resources will be pressured under a smaller budget, Loring said in his post, as will professional development and engagement with other Indigenous artists.Loring, whose history with the NAC dates back well over a decade, won the 2009 Governor General’s Award for English Language Drama for the play Where the Blood Mixes, which examined the intergenerational effects of the residential school system.The NAC is a Crown corporation with an annual budget of $70 million. Nearly half comes from government funding, and the rest from ticket sales, fundraising, facility rentals and other revenue.The first season’s lineup of NAC’s Indigenous Theatre is scheduled to be announced on April 30.By David Friend ~ The Canadian Presscenter_img The federal money would have gone toward funding the Indigenous Theatre in future seasons, said NAC spokeswoman Annabelle Cloutier. Over $2 million was raised through various corporate and private donors to get the project off the ground this year and a portion of that money is tapped out.“At this point, we’re still looking at the impact,” she said.“Our intention is there will be a first season and the productions already planned for … We’re trying to be creative about how we’re going to make this happen.”Cloutier noted the NAC still hopes to work with the government toward a permanent funding structure.A representative for Canadian Heritage said the government supports the performing arts and Indigenous art, having “recently invested $225 million to support the renewal of the National Arts Centre.”“The Government of Canada has never invested so much in the reconciliation process,” said Canadian Heritage spokeswoman Martine Courage the emailed statement.Loring said in his post he was “tempted to resign in protest at the news of this funding denial,” but would instead honour his commitment to supporting Indigenous storytellers. Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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Gazas economy worsening due to border restrictions – UN

2 August 2007The economy of the Gaza Strip continues to deteriorate as a result of the limited opening of border crossing points into the territory, the United Nations said today. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the vast majority of import-dependent industries – notably the wood, construction and garment sectors – have temporarily closed down. In addition, only 10 per cent of Gaza’s industries, those depending on previously stored raw materials, remain partially functional.Total losses since the closure of the Gaza crossings in mid-June is now reaching $23 million, OCHA says, with an average daily loss of about half a million dollars.The Office also reports that, on Sunday and Monday, 414 Palestinians who were stranded in Egypt for 51 days returned to Gaza through the Nitzana and Erez crossings, and additional returns to Gaza are planned in the coming days.Drawing attention to the situation on the ground, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated recently that “the continued restrictions on Gaza will have a severe humanitarian impact and can only cause further suffering to the people there.” Likewise, UN humanitarian officials have warned that the restrictions are threatening the economic sustainability of the territory, where more than 1.4 million live in a 360-square-kilometre area. read more

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UN peacekeeper in Darfur released after abduction robbery by Arab militiamen

The mission said in a press statement that the man was attacked just before noon and three of his colleagues were also held at gunpoint, close to both the UNAMID military base and the airport in El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur state.The staff member is now in a stable condition after being repeatedly beaten with rifles during the attack, which only ended when a member of the Sudan National Security intervened and the militiamen released the peacekeeper.The militia had been moving in a convoy of about 1,000 men on camels, horses and in four-wheel-drive vehicles, on its way to the local headquarters of the Sudanese armed forces.“UNAMID avoided opening fire in response to avoid further aggravating the situation and in consideration of the lives of the civilian population in that area,” according to the mission’s statement.“UNAMID condemns, in the strongest terms, the attack on its peacekeepers. The mission is deployed to help the people of Darfur achieve peace and stability. In their attempt to resolve the conflict in Darfur, peacekeepers should not, in any way, be made party to the conflict.”The mission and UN security officials said they are continuing to monitor the situation across Darfur, where UNAMID has been in place since the start of the year to try to end a brutal conflict that has pitted rebels against Government forces and allied Arab militiamen, known as the Janjaweed, since 2003.During those five years an estimated 300,000 people have died, either through direct combat or because of disease, malnutrition or reduced life expectancy. Another 2.7 million people are now displaced, with many living across the border in eastern Chad.UNAMID currently has around 10,000 troops and police officers on the ground in Darfur, far short of the expected total of about 26,000 when the mission reaches full deployment. It is also lacking key capacities in air transport, particularly helicopters.The new head of the Department of Field Support, Under-Secretary-General Susanna Malcorra, has begun her visit to Darfur, an impoverished region on Sudan’s western flank.Meanwhile, UN officials in Chad say the security situation in the northeast of that country is calm again after days of gun battles between Government forces and armed opposition groups.The Secretary-General’s Special Representative Victor Da Silva Angelo, who has just completed a field visit to the affected area, expressed his gratitude to the Irish and Dutch contingent of the European Union force (EUFOR) for the protection they provided to UN and aid workers in recent days.Mr. Angelo, who is also head of the UN mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT), said in a statement that the EUFOR contingents also responded with professionalism in Abeché and throughout the country.“The SRSG considers the EUFOR mandate to be critical for enhancing security in eastern Chad and welcomes the reinforcement of the cooperation between EUFOR, MINURCAT and the Government of Chad as an essential element for a sustainable solution to the existing challenges,” he said.UN aid workers have been instructed to redeploy so they can provide assistance to both internally displaced persons (IDPs) and Darfurian refugees living in camps around the town of Goz Beida. 18 June 2008A staff member serving with the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) was today abducted by armed Arab militiamen, assaulted and stripped of his belongings before being eventually released. read more

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Brazilian President named first winner of UN Human Development Award

Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso today was named the first winner of the United Nations human development award for his achievements in improving employment, poverty, health and education in his country. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) chose to honour President Cardoso with the Mahbub ul Haq Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Development for his efforts as a “tireless advocate” for human development and for overseeing such progress in Brazil, the agency said today. The award is named after the Pakistani economist who pioneered the human development approach and founded the global Human Development Report. It will be presented biennially to the Head of State or world leader who has most successfully put human development at the heart of the political agenda. “President Cardoso’s longstanding dedication to human progress, and his democratic leadership of Brazil, have raised the standard by which governance can be judged throughout Latin America,” UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in offering his congratulations. For his part, UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown said he was delighted that Mr. Cardoso’s achievements would be recognized with the award. “Under President Cardoso, the fight against poverty has become a national priority and democracy a vibrant reality,” he said. “The President has demonstrated how to make human development into dynamic public policy. He is an inspiration to all of us working in this field.” In 2001, Mr. Cardoso launched the Alvorada Programme, an anti-poverty programme providing health care, running water and education in Brazil’s 2,361 poorest municipalities. While he was President, Mr. Cardoso also created 8.9 million jobs between 1993 and 2001, keeping the country’s unemployment rate to around 7 per cent. He also resettled 588,000 agrarian families between 1995 and 2001, and gave 20 million hectares of land to the country’s landless people. Between 1995 and 2001, Mr. Cardoso reduced the percentage of children who did not go to school from 10 per cent to almost zero while increasing the proportion of the poorest children going to school from 75 per cent in 1995 to 93 per cent in 1999, UNDP said. President Cardoso will be presented the prize, along with five other recipients of excellence awards, at a ceremony on 9 December in New York. read more

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Ban welcomes UN General Assembly resolutions eliminating female genital mutilation

“Harmful practices, such as genital mutilation, constitute a serious threat to the health of millions of women and girls worldwide and violate their fundamental rights,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. In a series of five resolutions passed yesterday by the General Assembly, the UN body took what it described as “groundbreaking” action against the brutal practice which has affected an estimated 140 million women worldwide, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO). Female genital mutilation/cutting refers to several different harmful practices involving the cutting of the female genitals for non-medical reasons.The procedure – which often causes severe bleeding and problems urinating, cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth increased risk of newborn deaths – is characterized by the WHO in four types: clitoridectomy, or the partial or total removal of the clitoris; excision, or the partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora; infibulations, or the narrowing of the vaginal opening through the creation of a covering seal, formed by cutting and repositioning the inner, or outer, labia, with or without removal of the clitoris; and all other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes. “The resolutions approved yesterday urge countries to condemn all harmful practices that affect women and girls, in particular female genital mutilation, and to take all necessary measures, including enforcing legislation, awareness-raising and allocating sufficient resources to protect women and girls from this form of violence,” the statement added. Pointing to diverse initiatives – such as the COMMIT launched by UN Women and the Secretary-General’s own UNiTE to End Violence against Women, which works in collaboration with governments and civil society to advance legislation and social mobilization – the statement further noted that ending violence against women remained a priority for the Secretary-General during his second term mandate.At a news conference held yesterday to mark the resolutions’ passing at UN Headquarters in New York, the representative of Burkina Faso, Der Kogda, acknowledged that the resolution, “strengthening the global effort to eradicate female genital mutilation,” had been adopted by consensus. Sponsored by two thirds of the Member States, including the Group of African States, the text condemns the practice, recognizing it as harmful to women and girls and a serious threat to their health. States were also urged to condemn female genital mutilation to protect women against all forms of violence. read more

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Dominica PM urges businesses to use insurance payments to help rebuild

Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit (File photo)ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit Monday called on the owners of businesses damaged by Hurricane Maria last month to use the insurance payments to help jump-start the Dominica economy.Speaking at the daily news briefing since the Category 5 hurricane slammed into the country on September 18, killing at least 28 people and left billions of dollars in damages, Skerrit said that he held discussions with the insurance companies here and urged that payment be made as quickly as possible to property owners.“My hope is that the private sector do not put the money in offshore banks…and instead put it back in the economy,” expressed Skerrit.He reminded the business owners that their businesses had been built on the support of Dominicans adding “all that we have in Dominica was given to us by Dominicans and therefore do not take the easy way out” take the insurance payment and close down the business.Skerrit, who is due to address the nation later on Monday, said that he would announce a “very generous package we received from the World Bank,” adding “there are commitments being made and we will be guiding those commitments to fit within our own national plans”.Skerrit had earlier announced that he would be visiting Washington for talks with the World Bank for loans and grants totalling US$100 million after the financial institution had provided at least US$60 million.“Our declaration that we shall make Dominica the first green climate resilient nation in the world has captured the imagination of countries, organisations, institutions and individuals. It is important for us to work towards achieving this it is going to require the commitment of all of us.”During his briefing, Skerrit said the government was contemplating declaring a “Day of Caring” bringing all Dominicans together in the rebuilding exercise. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDominica needs ‘all the help the world can give,’ says PMSeptember 21, 2017In “latest news”Hurricane Maria ‘leaves 15 dead in Dominica’September 21, 2017In “Regional”T&T PM offers to wave immigration regulation for DominicansSeptember 22, 2017In “Regional” read more

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Mining in British Columbia and Yukon

first_imgFjordland Exploration’s President Tom Schroeter will present an overview of mining in BC and the Yukon at the PDAC March 4, 2013.  The presentation, BC and Yukon: Gateway to the Pacific – Can/Will Momentum be Sustained?  will highlight some of the opportunities, strengths and challenges facing the industry in two of Canada’s most important mining jurisdictions that are attracting increasing investment from domestic and foreign companies.  The presentation is part of PDAC’s new technical session Canada in 2013: A Cross-Country Check-up of Exploration and Development Successes and Potential Problems that provides a “reality check” of the mining exploration business across Canada from an industry perspective. Don’t forget International Mining’s revue of Canadian suppliers to the global mining industry in the April issue of the magazine.The following important topics about the BC and Yukon exploration and mining industries will be covered:Overview of Major New Discoveries and MinesTransportation and Power Infrastructure: Existing, Proposed and OpportunitiesLand Claims: Key Issues and ChallengesGlobal Warming’s Effect on ExplorationThe Mining Manpower-Labour Market MismatchThe Impact of Foreign Direct InvestmentEnvironment/Permitting/Regulations: Successes and ChallengesTaxation IncentivesPublic Awareness and Stakeholder Education“New” Discoveries vs “Old” Discoveries with New Names?The Effect of Changing Commodity Prices on Project EconomicsHow the Outcome of the Upcoming BC Election Will Affect the Industry.A copy of the presentation will be available on Fjordland’s website after the PDAC.British Columbia is a world-class centre for exploration and development. Half of Canada’s proposed new mines (greater than 25) are in the province.  Potential new mines and major mine expansions, totaling over 50 over the next five to six years, will require in excess of C$30 billion in capital expenditures and will create over 15,000 new jobs.  More than 1,200 (65%) of Canadian exploration companies and 2,400 service companies are based in BC. Moreover, in 2012, companies operating in British Columbia raised approximately 40% (C$5.3 billion) of all Canadian exploration dollars, with projects in BC accounting for about 20% of exploration expenditures in Canada.  Exploration spending during 2012 reached a record C$680 million. A full abstract of Tom Schroeter’s talk is available at http://www.pdac.ca/pdac/conv/2013/pdf/ts/canada-schroeter.pdf.Monday, March 4, 2013, BC/Yukon presentation by Tom Schroeter 4-4:30 pm at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, OntarioTom Schroeter is both a mining and geological engineer with over 40 years experience related to the mining industry in Canada.  He has established a reputation as one of the most respected and expert authorities on British Columbia’s geology and mineral deposits.  After working in the private sector with a variety of mining companies, he worked with the British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, based in Smithers and Vancouver, for nearly 35 years.  Throughout his career, Tom has been highly involved in the industry including as a member of several mining associations and committees.  In recognition of Tom’s achievements and commitment to the industry, he has received numerous industry awards. He is President/CEO of Fjordland Exploration, Senior Technical Advisor of Consolidated Woodjam Copper Corp and a Director of AME BC (Association for Mineral Exploration BC).last_img read more

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80MillionYearOld Dino Fossils Key to African History

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Scientists Uncover New Evidence of Asteroid That Killed DinosaursEgg Fossils Provide Glimpse Into Prehistoric Parenting center_img The unearthed remains of an 80-million-year-old titanosaur may be the key to understanding Africa’s dinosaur evolution.Mansourasaurus shahinae—named for Mansoura University in Mansoura, Egypt—represents what researchers call “a unique scientific excellence” that reveals an ancient link between Africa and Europe.The new discovery, as detailed in the journal Nature, “helps fill in gaps of African dinosaurs of [the] Late Cretaceous.”Some believe that by the third and final period of the Age of Dinosaurs, Earth’s supercontinent Pangaea had already split apart, separating Africa from neighboring landmassees.Location, quarry map, and skeletal reconstruction of Mansourasaurus shahinae (via Mansoura University Vertebrate Paleontology Center/Nature)This revelation, however, suggests otherwise: that dinosaurs living in Africa and Europe weren’t as isolated as previously thought.In late 2013, Hesham Sallam, director of the Mansoura University Vertebrate Paleontology Center, with a trio of his students, discovered the skeleton of a sauropod in the Dakhla Oasis of the Egyptian Sahara.“It was thrilling for my students to uncover bone after bone, as each new element we recovered helped to reveal who this giant dinosaur was,” head researcher Hesham Sallam of Mansoura University told BBC.The well-preserved dinosaur—what study co-author Matt Lamanna called “the Holy Grail”—lived about 80 million years ago. A moderately sized titanosaur (roughly the weight of an elephant), the sauropod boasted a long neck and a taste for vegetation, and featured bony plates embedded in its skin.Skeletal anatomy of Mansourasaurus shahinae (via Mansoura University Vertebrate Paleontology Center/Nature)“The dinosaur I’d dreamed about for virtually all of my professional life had finally been found,” Lamanna, principal dinosaur researcher at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, wrote in a blog post.“We soon realized that the creature had a lot to say about the nature of Africa’s last dinosaurs, as its bones suggested close relationships to species living in Europe and Asia at about the same time,” he continued. “These hypotheses were borne out by more rigorous analyses, showing that African latest Cretaceous dinosaurs weren’t island-dwelling weirdos after all—rather, they had close cousins in Eurasia.”Mansourasaurus shahinae is the most completely preserved land-living vertebrate from the post-Cenomanian Creaceous (about 94 million to 66 million years ago) of the African continent.last_img read more

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The Best Comedies Streaming On Netflix

first_imgCurious as to the best streaming device for your buck? Look here.Funny is one of the most subjective things in the world, and we’d be idiots if we guaranteed you’d laugh at every single film on this list. To assemble a list of the best comedies on Netflix out of a pretty staggering selection, we tried to sample from just about every subgenre of funny stuff there is.Everything from dialogue-heavy British political satire to the lowest poop and pee jokes is represented, with flicks from all over the world and the last 40 years or so. Netflix is a fertile ground for comedy, and we’ll update this list as new films are added and removed.As a note, this list completely leaves off the multiple amazing stand-up sets streaming on Netflix, but if you dig those a few gems are Ali Wong’s Hard Knock Wife and John Mulaney’s Kid Gorgeous Live at Radio City.Scott Pilgrim Vs. The WorldBased on the smash hit graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is a sweet and surreal take on modern romance through the filter of video games and nerd culture. Edgar Wright pulls out all the visual stops for slacker Scott’s battles against paramour Ramona Flowers’ seven evil exes, and the supporting cast is a lineup of talent that’s gone on to huge success including Brie Larson, Anna Kendrick and Chris Evans.Eagle Vs. SharkIn ten years, Taika Waititi went from this quirky low-budget New Zealand comedy to directing Thor: Ragnarok. That’s quite a career arc! His breakthrough feature stars Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords as a gamer geek who falls in love with a mousy songwriter at a “Dress As Your Favorite Animal” party. It’s a funny, weird and oddly heart-warming chronicle of two misfits falling in, out of, and back in love and it’s well worth a watch. At times it feels a little Napoleon Dynamitey, but never loses sight of its own charms.The 40 Year Old VirginJudd Apatow broke through to the big screen with this riotously funny Steve Carell vehicle. He plays a schlubby electronics store employee who remains unsullied by the touch of a woman into his fifth decade of life. When his co-workers find out, it kicks off a nonstop barrage of attempts to get him laid in some of the funniest set pieces ever filmed. The body waxing scene alone makes this an instant classic, but the whole movie is deeply quotable and funny on rewatching.CaddyshackYoung Bill Murray is one of many selling points in this classic 1980 golf comedy directed by Harold Ramis. He plays groundskeeper Carl Spackler, vainly trying to combat a gopher infestation on the course as a classic culture clash plays out between a turdy real estate developer and the old-school duffers of the course. This one is crammed wall-to-wall with laughs, even if you don’t like golf (we sure don’t). It was hugely influential on comedy throughout the 80s and inspired a huge cult following. Hell, it’s Tiger Woods’ favorite movie of all time.HeathersA dark anodyne to the teen comedies of the 1980s, Winona Ryder and Christian Slater smolder as a duo who wind up in opposition to their school’s popular clique only for things to degenerate into murder and madness. We’re not even going to talk about the aborted TV remake here – the original movie still holds up, a brisk and brutally funny tour through the halls of high school with multiple incredibly quotable lines. It seems remarkably prescient today in an era of cyberbullying and gender-neutral pronouns.In BrugesMartin McDonagh’s 2008 cult classic starts with an oddball premise – a pair of Irish hitmen have to hide out in the “most boring city in Belgium” – and wrings unexpected hilarity out of it. When a murder goes wrong, Ray and Ken are forced to lay low in Bruges, but an ill-fated night out leads to things going hilariously awry. An incredible supporting cast of quirky characters make this one eminently rewatchable, but be warned: this movie is very dark. If you can’t laugh at the worst elements of human nature, you might want to find something else.In The LoopBefore Armando Iannucci turned his attention to American politics with Veep, he directed this insanely funny look at the lead-up to the war in Iraq. The topic doesn’t seem like it would lead to laughs, but Iannucci’s incredible insight into human venality makes it truly amazing. This is one that you’ll want to put your phone down for, because the dialogue comes fast and furious and the editing is rough, to say the least. In The Loop embraces the pure chaos of the political process in a way that’s rarely seen. Peter Capaldi – formerly Doctor Who – has one of the best roles of his life in this, replete with insanely inventive swearing.Hot FuzzThe second installment in Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy takes inspiration from Michael Bay classics like Bad Boys but transplants the mayhem to a small, quiet British village. Hard-charging London cop Nicholas Angel gets transferred to the sleepy town of Sandford for making his colleagues look incompetent, and while there he gets paired with a movie-obsessed slacker and ferrets out a death cult. Wright and co-writer Simon Pegg watched 138 cop films while writing the screenplay, and it pulls along at a brisk clip with a bunch of unforgettable jokes.ClerksWe’ll be polite here and not talk about Kevin Smith’s recent movies, because if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all. Thankfully for New Jersey’s third favorite son, his 1994 debut still holds up. Shot in black and white at the convenience store Smith worked at, it’s a cracklingly funny examination of middle-class boredom through the eyes of a pair of best friends stuck in retail hell. It’s funny to see where Smith went from here with bigger budgets and better actors, but for many people his first effort was still his best.Wedding CrashersOne of the earliest in the mid-2000s wave of adult-oriented comedies, Wedding Crashers still brings the laughs. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are very funny as a duo who sneak into weddings to pick up chicks only to find that romantic entanglements can get complicated quick. A breakthrough performance by Bradley Cooper as Sack Lodge and the lovely and underrated Isla Fisher add additional spark to this entertaining romp.Blazing SaddlesOne of the all-time greats in comedy, Mel Brooks’s satirical Western plops an African-American lawman in the middle of the conflict between a corrupt railroad magnate and a struggling frontier town. This flick is insanely quotable and still holds up 42 years (!) after its release. It’s a wild, anarchic film stuffed to the brim with sight gags and japes. Probably the most amazing bit of trivia about Blazing Saddles is that the Gene Wilder role was originally offered to John Wayne!Removed From NeftlixSadly, movies don’t stay streaming forever, and every month the selection on Netflix changes. When a movie gets taken off of the service, we’ll put it down here and let you know where else you can get it.Ferris Bueller’s Day OffOne of the late John Hughes’s most memorable films, this tale of a Chicagoland high school student’s epic day of hooky is an 80s icon. When Ferris decides that he just can’t stomach another day of education, he grabs his two best friends and embarks on a feel-good tour through a teenage boy’s dream day. Hughes’s love for Chicago shines through in every frame of this film, and the emotional resonance elevates this above your standard teen movie.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoThe Big LebowskiAlmost all of the Coen Prothers’ films could be classified as “cult movies,” but The Big Lebowski is the cultiest of the lot. The tale of a genial slacker sucked up into a criminal conspiracy against his will is infinitely quotable, features a truly bizarre and impressive dream sequence, and has inspired devoted fans to assemble for yearly conventions. This is one that we’re truly sad isn’t streaming on Netflix anymore, because it just gets better with multiple viewings.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoSpaceballsMel Brooks’s Star Wars spoof is even more relevant in a post-Force Awakens world. The 1987 parody sets phasers not only on George Lucas’s original trilogy but a number of other sci-fi hits of the day. Although a bunch of the jokes walk the line between corny and crass, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Special kudos to Rick Moranis as the villainous Dark Helmet, clad in a truly spectacular headpiece that his pencil neck can barely hold aloft.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoSouth Park: Bigger, Longer and UncutIn the current year, it’s easy to forget how much of a transgressive phenomenon South Park was in the early years. This cheap-looking Comedy Central animated series pushed just about every envelope it could on TV, so when it got a big-screen spinoff we all feared the worst. The movie was a tremendous hit, taking the limited scope of the show and blowing it up with razor-sharp parodies of Disney cliches and more profanity than you could shake a stick at. Bigger, Longer and Uncut was rated NC-17 until just a few weeks before its release, and even the R cut is mighty offensive.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoThe Princess BrideRob Reiner’s fantasy adventure is best described as “sweet,” but that doesn’t make it any less funny. Framed as a story a grandfather is reading to his son, the story tells the tale of a young farmhand who is lost at sea and returns to save the woman he loves from the clutches of the degenerate Prince Humperdinck. The supporting cast on this one makes it – Andre the Giant in an iconic role, Mandy Patinkin as swordsman Inigo Montoya, a Mel Brooks cameo, et cetera. It wasn’t a huge hit on release but in the decades since has become one of the most beloved cult movies of its era.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoWet Hot American SummerThe 2001 film that inspired a Netflix series sequel still holds up astonishingly well. A spoof on the classic teen camp comedy with a cast of some of the best comics of the era, Wet Hot American Summer is packed with laughs from start to finish. On the last day of Camp Firewood, counselors are desperately struggling to score while keeping the campers from dying. Special props to Christopher Meloni as the Vietnam vet camp chef with PTSD and H. Jon Benjamin-voiced hallucinations. It was a massive flop when it was released, proving that genius is never recognized in its own time.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoThis Is Spinal TapRob Reiner’s classic 1984 mockumentary still stands as one of the funniest movies ever made about rock & roll excess. Spinal Tap are a British heavy metal quartet who stumble through the release of a new album and a disastrous tour. Written by Reiner and the movie’s three stars as they were filming and cut down from hundreds of hours of footage, it’s a comedy classic that inspired dozens of movies to follow.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoSuperbadFreshly streaming on Netflix is the flick that made teen comedies cool again. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote the semi-autobiographical script about two high school friends trying to lose their virginities before they graduate high school, but what really made the flick was the supporting cast, including Christopher Mintz-Plasse as the unforgettable McLovin. This was one of the stepping stones on Judd Apatow’s path to total comedic domination, and it holds up really well ten years later.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoMean GirlsTina Fey wrote the screenplay for this 2004 comedy based on her own high school experiences, so she obviously had it pretty rough. A pre-insanity Lindsay Lohan stars as Cady Heron, a transfer student who just isn’t ready to deal with the intense social life of public school. Mean Girls elevates itself above your standard teen comedy with the clear-eyed gaze it gives the events presented. Few things are romanticized or exaggerated. The scummy works of Regina George and the Plastics are completely believable, as is Cady’s revenge.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon VideoThe Big ShortA comedy about the 2008 financial meltdown that nearly destroyed the world’s economy? Why the hell not. The Big Short was directed by Adam McKay of Anchorman fame and stars Christian Bale as a hedge fund manager who sees the crisis coming and instead of stopping it sets out to make as much profit as possible. The wonky world of Wall Street transactions may seem to be weird ground for laughs, but I worked on the trading floor at JP Morgan for a year and I can testify that those people are totally crazy. This movie takes no prisoners and you might even learn something from it.Buy on DVD or Blu-RayStream on Amazon Video If Netflix isn’t doing to for you anymore try the 11 Niche Video Streaming Services You Should Subscribe To. But we can also walk you through that choice with a Simple Guide to Streaming Services. If you need purchasing help see our complete review of the Best Streaming Media Device. Follow all things Netflix here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Market Fresh Finds Savor the sweet taste of summer nectarines

first_imgLike many common fruits, nectarines are part of the Rosaceae (rose) family much like apples, pears, strawberries and raspberries. While I am not sure what a rose tastes like unless brewed in an herbal tea, you can count on the nectarine to satisfy your craving for a fruit. Unlike its cousin the peach, there is no “peach fuzz” or trichomes on the nectarine. Instead the skins are red, yellow and white, and smooth. Plus they are full of vitamins A, B, C, E and K and calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium. They mimic the peach with the stone center and trees looking much the same. The stone can be a variety that attaches the flesh to the stone (clingstone), or it separates easily (freestone). It is a low-calorie fruit with only 40 calories per 100 grams of fruit, and offers antioxidants and dietary fiber.Nectarines are tasty in all kinds of dishes or all by themselves. You can make tarts, pies, muffins, preserves, jams or smoothies, smother them with cream or even grill them. They can be found in salads with dairy and herbs, and of course, you can just munch on fresh in-season nectarines. They are grown in warmer parts of both the north and south hemispheres, and can be found in a local grocery store pretty much year round. But when they are available locally, you can’t beat the strong fresh flavor!A ripe nectarine has a smooth skin surface and is more colorful (less light/white) unless they are the yellow variety. When they are at their prime for flavor, they should be slightly firm to the touch and have the distinct aroma of a ripe nectarine. Avoid fruits that are bruised, skin is split or has dark discolored spots. If they are underripe they will be very firm, almost hard. You can place them in a paper bag, and they will ripen within a few days from the gases emitted by the fruit itself.If you are inclined to preserve nectarines, they can be processed in a hot water bath canner. They can be raw-packed or hot-packed, and sweetened with syrup or juice. The syrup can vary from very light to heavy syrup. For a low sugar variant you can use water instead. The processing time varies from 20 to 45 minutes depending on the size of jars and your elevation. Be sure to consult approved recipes that can be found here: https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/2079/2014/04/pnw199.pdf. You will need 2 to 3 pounds of fruit for one quart of preserved fruit. They can be canned with skins on or off. They make an awesome treat year round when you’ve stocked your shelves with beautiful, fresh, locally available nectarines.For additional nectarine recipes and serving suggestions, check out Chef Scotty’s Market Fresh Recipes at http://ext100.wsu.edu/clark/?p=8163. The FINI program provides help to SNAP consumers to purchase more fruits and vegetables at local farmers markets. Find out more at https://extension.wsu.edu/clark/healthwellness/market-fresh-tours.last_img read more

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A Year After Mine Disaster Wrangellites Protest BC Mines

first_imgA protest in Wrangell on Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of a mining disaster in Canada and sought to bring attention to mines being developed across the border from Southeast Alaska.About 100 people marched through Wrangell behind a banner that read “Keep the Stikine Clean.”Download AudioTribal member Apryl Hutchinson arrives at Shakes Island at the end of the march. Photo: Katarina Sostaric/KTSK.They marked the one-year anniversary of a British Columbia mine disaster with a rally and water blessing to raise awareness for other B.C. mines that could pose a threat to Southeast Alaska’s rivers and salmon.Wrangell tribal member Apryl Hutchinson said she hopes the community effort will make a difference.“We don’t want what happened at Mount Polley to happen on the Stikine,” Hutchinson said. “And we just want to make everyone aware–especially here in Wrangell at the mouth of the river–that we are here, and we’re not going to stand for it.”“A lot of the perception is that since it’s going on in Canada, we don’t have much of a voice down here,” said Mike Hoyt. “And I think that’s what this is about, is trying to get people motivated and involved and showing them that we do have a voice in this.”Hoyt helped organize the event with Salmon Beyond Borders and the Wrangell Cooperative Association, the local tribal government.Last August, the Mount Polley Mine in central B.C. spilled millions of gallons of mine waste into a salmon-bearing watershed. The owner of Mount Polley, Imperial Metals, also owns the Red Chris Mine that opened this summer upriver from Wrangell. Red Chris has the same waste-rock storage system that failed at Mount Polley.Tlingit and Haida tribal members, other Wrangell residents, conservation organizations and representatives of First Nations in Canada marched to the Chief Shakes Tribal House to sing, dance and learn about B.C. mine issues. There was a strong call for unity between Native tribes of Alaska and First Nations of B.C. in efforts to prevent another mine disaster.Jacinda Mack is from the First Nation in the vicinity of the Mount Polley spill. She told the crowd this was the first year the community didn’t have fish, and she’s very worried about potential long-term effects on the environment.“My hope is that my people, the Secwepemc, from where the Mount Polley mining disaster happened, can work together with the different tribes of Alaska,” Mack said. “Because we have so much in common and so much to learn from each other and share with each other to protect our common interest of healthy, clean water.”A protest in Wrangell on Sunday, August 2, 2015. (Katarina Sostaric/KSTK)Mack said she wants to help protect Alaska from the same problems.Oscar Dennis of the Tahltan Nation near the Red Chris Mine talked about his direct action campaigns to expel other resource extractors from that area over the past 10 years. He said the rally was a start, but getting the U.S. and Canada to invoke the Boundary Waters Treaty could take some extra pressure. The treaty is intended to settle disputes about bodies of water shared by the two countries.“Letter writing is not going to get it done,” said Dennis. “And you can sit here for 10 years and watch it, and by the time everything’s over and destroyed, you wake up and that’s a little bit too late. You have to force your politicians to take action. That’s basically the only way. In my experience, after 10 years on the ground, it’s the only way we’ve ever gotten results.”But Wrangell Tribal Administrator Aaron Angerman said it is important for everyone to get educated about what could happen.“If Wrangell could wrap their heads around not having fish for a whole year, possibly longer, maybe it would really open their eyes to see what could happen with this mine up there on the Stikine,” Angerman said.He plans to host more events like this in Wrangell, and he hopes more Southeast communities will follow suit.last_img read more

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How creditworthy are you CIBIL to release annual credit score for free

first_imgIndians who would like to know their creditworthiness can now seek a free credit rating copy every year, according to a decision taken by Credit Information Bureau of India (CIBIL). The agency plans to provide a free credit report every year, waiving off the Rs. 550 fee charged for the service at present.The credit report basically offers a onetime credit score or a rating on your capacity to service a loan if you seek for it at your present financial status. Most Indians, unaware of such a rating, are also obviously unmindful of discrepancies, if any, existing in such a report.By the end of the year, reported Business Standard, CIBIL will offer one free credit report, “so that they can check their credit rating and petition if they see possible discrepancies,” said Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan.”When an individual knows that a default will spoil their credit rating and cut off future access to credit, they have strong incentives to make timely payments,” he added.Speaking at a seminar on ‘Transforming Rural India through Financial Inclusion’, Rajan said that these agencies have helped solve the information and incentive problem that the retail credit sector suffered from. He added that such credit bureaus need to expand into rural areas and even bring the country’s vast network of self help groups under its ambit.Financial institutions, including banks, use these credit rating reports to check the creditworthiness of a person before granting a loan to him/her.last_img read more

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2 electrocuted in Gazipur

first_imgMap of GazipurTwo people including a truck driver died from electrocution at Jhajra in the city here early Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased are Rubel Mia, 30, a truck driver and his assistant Jahangir, 50, from Bhola.Md Akteruzzaman, assistant director of Gazipur Fire Service And Civil Defence, said the incident took place around 1:30am when the truck hit an electric pole beside the road and got electrified, leaving the duo dead on the spot.On information, a firefighting unit went to the spot and recovered the bodies in the morning.last_img

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Study Suggests the Existence of Ferroelectric Ice in the Universe

first_imgThis figure shows the molecular structures of ice XI and ice Ih and plots their existence in the solar system as a function of temperature and distance from the sun. Blue circles correspond to oxygen atoms and red circles are protons (i.e. hydrogen atoms). The area below the red line (which corresponds to a temperature of 72K) is where ice XI exists as a stable form in the solar system. E, M, J, S, U, N, and P indicate Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, respectively. Various forms of ice have been found in many locations within the frigid reaches of our galaxy, from interstellar clouds to comets, moons, and planets. But a particularly intriguing and rare type, “ferroelectric” ice – ice crystallized so perfectly that it can sustain a giant electric field – has never been detected by astronomers. Revealing ‘hidden’ phases of matter through the power of light Explore further Citation: Study Suggests the Existence of Ferroelectric Ice in the Universe (2006, November 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-11-ferroelectric-ice-universe.html A recent study, however, has produced evidence that ferroelectric ice, also known as ice XI, likely does exist out there. Performed by a team of scientists from the U.S. and Japan, the study revealed a very narrow range of temperatures in which “normal” ice can transform into ice XI in nature. The research was led by Hiroshi Fukazawa, a scientist at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.Normal ice, which forms all natural snow and ice on Earth, is known to scientists as “ice Ih,” where the ‘h’ stands for hexagonal, the shape of the molecular crystal. In ice Ih, the bonds between the hydrogen and oxygen atoms are oriented randomly, resulting in a crystal that looks fairly messy. At very low temperatures, however, the bonds begin to line up and point in the same direction; high pressure enhances this ordering effect. As a result, the tiny electric fields naturally carried by each water molecule add up to produce one large field.“Whether ferroelectric ice exists in a stable form at low temperatures is a question that has long fascinated researchers,” said Jaime Fernandez-Baca, one of the scientists involved in the study, to PhysOrg.com. Fernandez-Baca is a senior researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee. “It has been proposed, for example, that the enormous, spontaneous electric fields that this type of ice can generate could play an important role in planetary formation.”Added Fukazawa, “Ferroelectric ice may also play an important role in chemical evolution, including the formation of prebiotic organic materials in the universe.”The group wanted to learn more about the conditions required for the formation of ferroelectric ice. They created a sample of ice that contained a carefully measured amount of an impurity compound, which alters the crystal slightly and thus assists the ice XI conversion process. At ORNL’s High Flux Isotope Reactor, the ice was cooled gradually as it was bombarded with neutrons. In this technique, called neutron diffraction, neutrons enter a sample, scatter away from its atoms and, when they exit the sample, are recorded by a detector as a scattering pattern. Analyzing the pattern reveals valuable information about the arrangement of atoms in the sample.Using this method the group “saw” that ice XI formed over the course of several hundred hours, and its structure remained stable in the narrow temperature range of 57-66K. “This is the temperature range at the surfaces of the outer planetary bodies in the solar system – Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, their satellites and rings, as well as the rings and some moons of Saturn, ” said Fernandez-Baca.“Without adding the impurity compound, it would take 10,000 years for normal ice to transform into ice XI,” he added. “While this time scale is much longer than what can be measured in a laboratory, it is not too long in the astronomical time scale.”Citation: H. Fukazawa, A. Hoshikawa, Y. Ishii, B.C. Chakoumakos, and J.A. Fernandez-Baca, “Existence of Ferroelectric Ice in the Universe.” The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 652, L57-L60 (2006)By Laura Mgrdichian, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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