first_imgBahraich (UP): Two children drowned while taking bath in a pit full of water in Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich district, police said Thursday. The incident took place on Wednesday when three children — Saddam (8), Raju (9) and Tabrej (10) — were taking bath and slipped into the deep water at Chaitupurwa village in Dargah Sharif area, they said. While Tabrez and Saddam drowned, Raju swimmed to safety, they added. The pit was dug by locals and was filled with water after heavy rains.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Parliament on Friday approved a bill to enable introduction of minimum wage for every worker besides addressing issues like delay in payment to employees, with Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar asserting it will benefit about 50 crore workers in the country.The Code on Wages Bill, 2019 — which seeks to amend and consolidate the laws relating to wages, bonus and matters connected therewith — was passed in the Rajya Sabha with 85 members in favour and 8 against. It was passed in the Lok Sabha on July 30. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Bill will subsume four labour laws — Minimum Wages Act, Payment of Wages Act, Payment of Bonus Act and Equal Remuneration Act. After its enactment, all these four Acts would be repealed. Moving the bill for consideration and passage in the Upper House, Gangwar said, “Every labourer should have a respectful life. It is an historic bill. About 50 crore labourers will benefit.” While drafting the bill, the Minister said the government has accepted 17 out of the 24 recommendations made by the Standing Committee which had scrutinised the similar bill introduced in the previous Lok Sabha. Replying to the discussion on the bill, he said all such workers in the country will come under the ambit of minimum wages. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe assured the House that the central government would not fix the minimum wages. “The centre will not take the rights of the states”, he said. As per the bill, the tripartite committee comprising representatives of trade unions, employers and state government would fix a floor wage for workers throughout the country, Gangwar said, adding “minimum wage will become right of every worker.” Highlighting salient features of the bill, the Minister said the draft law will effectively address the problems relating to delay in payment of wages whether on monthly, weekly or daily basis. The minister said the bill will ensure that there is no discriminations between male and female as well as transgenders in getting wages. The Code universalises the provisions of minimum wages and timely payment of wages to all employees irrespective of the sector and wage ceiling, he said. At present, the provisions of both Minimum Wages Act and Payment of Wages Act apply on workers below a particular wage ceiling working in Scheduled Employments only. The Minister further said the floor wage will be computed based on minimum living conditions, benefiting about 50 crore workers across the country. At present there are 12 definitions of wages in the different Labour Laws leading to litigation besides difficulty in its implementation. The definition has been simplified in the Bill and is expected to reduce litigation and also reduce compliance cost for employers. The Minister mentioned that The Code on Wages Bill was earlier introduced in Lok Sabha on August 10, 2017 and was referred to Parliamentary Standing Committee which submitted its Report on December 81, 2018. However, owing to dissolution of 16th Lok Sabha, the Bill had lapsed. Therefore, a fresh Bill was drafted after considering the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee and other suggestions of the stakeholders, he added. Participating in the debate, Madhusudan Mistry of the Congress said it is unfortunate that previous governments as well as this one after so many years are only talking about minimum wage and not fair wage.last_img read more

first_imgYaounde: A military court in Cameroon on Tuesday handed a life sentence to the head of the country’s Anglophone separatist movement, Julius Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, in a move that analysts said could inflame the 22-month-old revolt. Ayuk Tabe, a charismatic leader widely deemed as a moderate in the separatist movement, was convicted with nine others of charges including “terrorism and secession”, the state’s lawyer, Martin Luther Achet, said. They were given life terms. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe sentences were confirmed by a lawyer for the separatists, Joseph Fru, who added the 10 had also been fined 250 billion CFA francs (USD 422 million, 381 million euros). Fru condemned what he called a “parody of justice” and said the defendants refused to recognise the right of the military tribunal in Yaounde to try them. Their lawyers have yet to say whether they will file an appeal. Ayuk Tabe, a 54-year-old computer engineer by training, is the first self-proclaimed president of “Ambazonia” — a breakaway state declared in October 2017 in two English-speaking regions of the central African country. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe government responded with a military crackdown. Attacks by both sides have left 1,850 dead, according to the International Crisis Group (ICG) think tank, while the UN says 530,000 people have fled their homes. English-speakers account for about a fifth of Cameroon’s population of 24 million, who are majority French-speaking. Anglophones are mainly concentrated in two western areas, the Northwest Region and the Southwest Region, that were incorporated into the French-speaking state after the colonial era in Africa wound down six decades ago. Anglophones have chafed for years at perceived discrimination in education, law and economic opportunities at the hands of the francophone majority. Ayuk Tabe is part of the political branch of the separatist group that supports dialogue with 86-year-old President Paul Biya , who has been in power for 36 years. But the influence of moderates waned in 2017 as Biya rejected demands for autonomy and radicals in the movement gained the ascendant. In January 2018, Ayuk Tabe was arrested with 46 other separatists in the Nigerian capital Abuja. They were then handed over to Cameroon, and the trial of Ayuk Tabe and the nine others began in late December. In March this year, the extradition was ruled illegal by a Nigerian court. In late May, Ayuk Tabe said he was willing to take part in talks with the government, provided this took place abroad and the government released all people who had been detained since the start of the anglophone crisis. But Tuesday’s sentencing could crush any chance of dialogue, analysts said. A specialist at the ICG said the move “risks worsening the security situation in the anglophone zone in the coming weeks.” “It could radicalise part of the separatists who had been seeing a sign of hope in the fact that the leaders had not yet been sentenced.” Cameroon’s main opposition part, the Social Democratic Front (SDF), which is opposed to anglophone secession, also said the sentence worsened the breakaway crisis. “Ayuk Tabe has much clout among anglophones. His sentencing will make the resolution of this crisis more complicated,” its spokesman, Denis Nkenlemo, said.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said the government’s own advisers had now admitted that the country’s economy was in a “deep mess” and asked the Centre to remonetise it by putting money in the hands of “the needy and not the greedy”. He also said the Congress had been cautioning about the state of the economy for long. “Government’s own economic advisors have finally acknowledged what we cautioned for long – India’s economy is in a deep mess. “Now, accept our solution and remonetise the economy, by putting money back in the hands of the needy and not the greedy,” Gandhi wrote on Twitter.last_img read more

Rabat – The French police are investigating the case of a Moroccan woman who is believed to have left the country with her French husband and four children including a 1 and a half month old infant in order to join the ranks of Jihadis in war-torn Syria. The woman, identified as Jihane Makhzoumi from the Villefontaine town in the region of Rhone-Alpes, reportedly left France with her husband Eddy Leroux, her two daughters from a previous marriage, their one month and a half old baby and her husband’s 3-years-old daughter Jana from his Moroccan ex-wife Ilham Tarbouni.Tarbouni told the French media that her daughter Jana went missing since late August. She said that her ex-husband Eddy, a Muslim convert who changed his name to Zayad, told her that Jana will be travelling with him and his new wife Jihane to Morocco.The 3-years-old JanaHe was supposed to bring her back on August 29 to start school but they have disappeared ever since.“Eddy was radicalized for many years,” says Fatima, Ilhams’ sister. “He wanted to leave France, the country of infidels as he was describing it. He was so furious when she (Ilham) enrolled Jana in school because he feared that she might learn about Gender Theory,” she told LaRep.com.Jihane Makhzoumi’s ex-husband, Abdel Hakim Labriak who does not have custody over their two daughters, suspects that his ex-wife might be part of a jihadist network.Jihane’s latest post on Facebook dates back to August 16 and it’s about the construction of an ‘orphanage for Syrian refugee children in the Graziantep region in Turkey.’ An initiative launched by association Hayat, which advocates on its website “the establishment of the Caliphate in the holy land.”Ilham Tarbouni filed a complaint in the city of Orléans and an investigation was launched for subtracting a minor to a foreign country, while Makhzoumi’s ex-husband filed a complaint in Vienne in south-eastern France.“We knew in the late morning that the entire family, two adults and four children, had actually left the country and flew from Switzerland to Turkey, then a domestic flight to the Turkish-Syrian border,” Matthew Bourrette, public prosecutor in Vienne said at a press conference.For his part, Yolande Renzi, Orléans prosecutor confirmed that the family bought tickets from Istanbul to Gaziantep, a Turkish town near the Syrian border.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced plans to launch a study of the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in late June or early July.UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer will meet, at their invitation, with Israeli Environment Minister Tzachi Hanegbi and Palestinian Environment Minister Yousef Yousef Abu Safieh. He will also consult with a range of environmental experts. The groundwork for this high-level meeting will be prepared by a UNEP technical mission in mid-June.The UNEP probe will outline the state of the environment and identify major areas of environmental damage requiring urgent attention. Based on interviews with officials and experts and a review of existing data, the “desk study” might, if necessary, be followed up by field visits aimed at generating proposals on how to improve environmental conditions.The decision to assess the environmental situation in the Palestinian Territories was taken unanimously in February by the UNEP Governing Council. The agency will report its results back to that body at its next meeting in February 2003. read more

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oprah Winfrey’s big investment in Weight Watchers has paid off so far, but her Midas touch could be in question given the company’s recent struggles.Winfrey bought a 10 per cent stake in Weight Watchers for $43.2 million in October and joined the company’s board. The company’s stock more than doubled the day the purchase was announced, and by November, Winfrey’s stake was worth nearly $180 million.Weight Watchers shares have been in a bit of a freefall since, losing more than two-thirds of their value in less than a year. The value of Winfrey’s shares is down by more than $116 million.Weight Watchers CEO James Chambers announced Monday that he was stepping down. The company said Winfrey will play an active role in selecting a new leader.Winfrey, who has had a very public struggle with her weight, discussed the issue in a commercial for Weight Watchers last year and in January announced that she had lost 26 pounds (12 kilos) on the program. In May, she said she didn’t think she would ever go off the plan.Weight Watchers has faced stiff competition as people turn to popular step-counting fitness gadgets like Fitbit and free weight-loss apps in an effort to manage their weight. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 14, 2016 11:48 am MDT Last Updated Sep 14, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 file photo, Oprah Winfrey attends the premiere of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s (OWN) documentary series “Belief” at The TimesCenter in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File) Value of Oprah’s stake in Weight Watchers down $116 million read more

Housing agency maintains ‘strong’ risk rating for national real estate market TORONTO – Evidence of overvaluation is moderating, however Canada’s federal housing agency maintained its “strong” overall risk rating for the country’s housing market in its quarterly assessment.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Wednesday that evidence of overvaluation — which occurs when house prices are not fully supported by economic fundamentals such as incomes — at the national level has been downgraded to moderate, from strong.The agency said overvaluation is now present in only six markets, rather than eight, based on its quarterly housing market assessment, which tracks 15 local markets plus the national housing market.Meanwhile, evidence of price acceleration, which may indicate speculative activity, remains moderate, according to the report. There is weak evidence of overbuilding or overheating on the national level.“We have seen evidence that some of the previously identified housing market imbalances have unwound,” CMHC’s chief economist Bob Dugan said during a conference call.“For example, in Regina, evidence of overvaluation has shifted from moderate to weak, and the overall evidence of problematic conditions has been lowered from strong to moderate. This follows similar trends in Calgary and Edmonton that we reported in our previous release.”The agency first raised its overall risk rating for the national housing market to strong from moderate last October, citing growing evidence of overvaluation.The housing market assessment is intended to be an early warning system to alert Canadians about problematic conditions developing in the country’s real estate markets.It gauges the overall level of risk by evaluating evidence of four problematic conditions: overheating, price acceleration, overvaluation and overbuilding.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 26, 2017 10:46 am MDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Tuesday’s match to watch is Italy vs. Uruguay, essentially a must-win duel (for Uruguay at least) between the 16th- and 10th-best sides in the world according to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI). A surprisingly close second? Costa Rica-England, which features a group leader and an eliminated team with nothing but pride to play for. In between, there’s plenty of action in Group C, where every team is technically alive and fighting to advance to the Round of 16.Costa Rica vs. England: 12 p.m. EDTItaly vs. Uruguay: 12 p.m. EDTGreece vs. Ivory Coast: 4 p.m. EDTJapan vs. Colombia: 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHIt’s tough to overstate what’s on the line in Tuesday’s match between Uruguay and Italy. Both teams are tied for second place in Group D with three points apiece, although Italy holds the all-important tiebreaker with a superior goal differential.Group D’s leader, Costa Rica, won its first two matches and has guaranteed itself a spot in the next round, so there’s only one unclaimed berth left in the group. Uruguay is the favorite to win the match by SPI, about 41 percent to 30 percent (with a 29 percent probability of a draw), and that’s not because of defense. Neither team has been particularly dominant at that end of the pitch, but Uruguay has allowed four goals in the tournament, including three to a Costa Rican side that’s far from a scoring juggernaut.Instead, the odds are in Uruguay’s favor mostly because — theoretically speaking — it has the better offense, led by the sublime forward Luis Suarez. After not appearing at all in Uruguay’s opening loss against Costa Rica, Suarez returned from a knee injury Thursday to score a pair of goals and help sink England’s World Cup hopes. He’ll continue to get support from the passing of Edinson Cavani, Cristian Rodríguez and Nicolás Lodeiro. But Suarez aside, La Celeste has had some difficulty generating consistent scoring chances in the tournament so far, and Uruguay will have a hard time winning if it continues to muster only 8.5 shots per game.Meanwhile, Italy was expected to be in the middle of the pack offensively before the tournament, and it’s played largely to form. Mario Balotelli has been his customarily uneven self; he picked up a goal and caused all manner of havoc against England, then promptly had a terrible game (three offsides, one yellow card and only one shot on target) against Costa Rica. Andrea Pirlo’s passing remains superb, and the Italian offense plays with an efficient style — forgoing crosses in favor of passes through the middle of the pitch — but it’s also had a lot of trouble sustaining attacks in the opponent’s third.Uruguay might not be the best opponent for the pass-heavy Italian style; it’s been one of the best defenses at intercepting passes so far in the World Cup. Watch for the stark contrast between Italy’s ball control-centric offensive game and the more direct Uruguayan style, which sacrifices possession in favor of the long ball, and attempts to win by attacking from the wings and winning balls in the air. Each approach represents one side of a fierce philosophical divide in soccer, and which one prevails will go a long way toward determining who advances out of Group D.It’s worth noting that our World Cup odds list Italy as the favorites to advance despite Uruguay being favored in this specific match. That’s because in the event of a draw, Italy would claim second place in the group on goal differential. An Uruguayan win is the single most likely outcome of the game, but there’s also a 59 percent chance that Uruguay doesn’t win the match and fails to advance. Confused yet?The second-best game of the day (at least according to our method of taking the harmonic mean of the two competitors’ SPI scores) is Costa Rica vs. England. It’s a fine matchup, but the stakes are as low as it gets for both teams. Costa Rica has clinched a berth in the knockout round (and has an 89 percent chance of winning Group D), and England has been mathematically eliminated.The remaining games have some implications for the next round, though Colombia has already punched its ticket into the Round of 16 and Japan’s odds are slim. Greece vs. Ivory Coast offers a bit more to play for: Greece has a better than 19 percent chance of making it to the knockout stage, but SPI also predicts the match to be a dreary, low-scoring affair.YESTERDAYThe Netherlands avoided a matchup with Brazil in the Round of 16 by defeating Chile 2-0 in their Group B finale Monday. The Netherlands’ chance of advancing to the quarterfinals is now 69 percent, while Chile must face Brazil on Sunday with odds of 26 percent. The Dutch would have been an underdog against Brazil, advancing 23 percent of the time.For the first 75 minutes Monday, the Netherlands struggled to get opportunities, completing two of 16 passes into the attacking penalty area and creating four total chances. Then in the final 15 minutes plus stoppage time, the Dutch completed two of four passes into the attacking penalty area, creating two chances and scoring on both. Substitute Leroy Fer gave the Netherlands the lead less than two minutes after entering the match with just his second touch of the game.The Netherlands struggled not only on passes into the box; Dutch players completed 63.9 percent of passes overall, their worst rate in a World Cup match in at least 50 years. In their first two wins, the Dutch completed 78.9 percent of their passes.Chile had the majority of possession, with 657 touches to the Netherlands’ 395, but couldn’t get anything going in the Netherlands’ penalty area. Chile managed seven shots, one of which was on target, and had less than 2 percent of its overall touches (13) in the attacking penalty area.Part of the trouble could have been that Chile was fouled 26 times, the most in a match in this year’s World Cup. Forward Alexis Sanchez was fouled nine times, two more than anyone else this tournament.Later, Mexico and Croatia were scoreless through 70 minutes, and Mexico was poised to become the first team under the current tournament format to advance to the knockout round scoring exactly one goal. But then El Tri scored three times in 11 minutes to propel Mexico to the knockout round and a matchup with the Netherlands.Two of Mexico’s three goals came from headers — a rarity, as El Tri scored two headed goals in its past two World Cup appearances combined. Mexico’s third goal came from Javier Hernandez, who’s come off the bench in each of Mexico’s three matches and ended his career-long scoreless streak for his country Monday. His goal was one of 21 scored by substitutes this tournament, the most ever in a group stage (substitutes were first allowed in 1970). —  Jacob Nitzberg, senior stats analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHBelieve it or not, Italian food just wouldn’t be the same without its relationship with Uruguay. Although the country is known for its carb-heavy offerings, the roles of meat and fish in the Italian diet can’t be discounted. According to 2012 data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 45 percent of Uruguay’s exports to Italy were bovine meat, followed by frozen fish fillets, at 16 percent. Follow the trade route in the opposite direction, and Italian exports to Uruguay run the gamut. They’re mostly concentrated in machinery — sewing machinery, tractors, furnaces, etc. But perfumery, cosmetics,and eyewear play a noticeable role as well. And, of course, it wouldn’t be Italian trade if it didn’t include pasta, of which Italy sent a healthy $2.4 million worth to Uruguay. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGAdvancement Scenarios For Groups C And DWatching the USMNT on Copacabana Beach in RioWorld Cup Pass & Move: I Can’t Believe That We Did Draw! read more

first_imgThe senior prison source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: “Worboys will remain a danger to the public. What David Gauke is rightly doing is trying every avenue to try and stop Worboys’ release.” John Worboys is still a danger to women, a senior prison source has told the Telegraph, amid growing pressure on the Ministry of Justice to prevent the release of the ‘black cab rapist’. Worboys, 60, is due to be freed from jail in the coming days after the Parole Board ruled that he no longer posed a risk. David Gauke, the new Justice Secretary, is considering a judicial review in an attempt to keep the serial sex attacker – possibly the worst in modern British legal history – in jail.center_img Worboys…last_img read more

first_img3. Get rid of text predictionsYou know when you type in your email or a search term and your browser remembers it? But how do you get it to forget it? Well, you simply arrow down to the relevant phrase you want gone, hold Shift + Delete, and hey presto. Source: Imgur4. Clicking a link with your mouse wheelIt opens the link in a new tab! Life-changing. Source: Imgur5. Windows key + DGot something a bit dodgy up on your screen and want it gone sharpish? Pressing the Windows key along with D will minimise all your windows and take you to the clean desktop. Pressing it again undoes it. Source: Imgur6. Ctrl + Shift + F9If you’re working away on a Word document and want to get rid of multiple hyperlinks at once, try this. Source: Imgur7. Ctrl + FGot onto a text-heavy, long page on your internet travels? But looking for just one word or phrase in particular? Press Ctrl + F and enter it into the search bar. Source: ImgurHave you got any tips up your sleeve yourself? Share them around in the comments. We can all whizz on computers together. (Wheh, wheh.) Read: Want to learn how to speed read?Read: You’ve been taking your shirt off wrong your entire life> WANT YOUR FRIENDS to think you’re a computer wizard?We’ve got all the tips and, indeed, tricks. Alright, well they’re actually just snazzy keyboard shortcuts you might not know – but either way they are guaranteed to make people think you know lots of about computers.Don’t click Esc now…(PS – all these tools are for Windows desktop computers. Share your knowledge of other OS tricks in the comments if you want to spread the tech love further.)1. Ctrl + Shift + THolding down the above keys will re-open your most recently closed tab. And Ctrl + T will open a new tab. Source: Imgur2. Snipping ToolSnipping Tool is an amazing alternative to PrtScrn – it enables you to screengrab just the section of your monitor that you want. And see that drop-down arrow beside New, below? That enables you to change the area of the snip, and go free-hand. Magic.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Greek artist who calls himself Stefanos has been hacking euros, sketching images of the economic crisis in Greece onto banknotes. “Over the last five years the economy has hatched violence and social decay,” he says.“I’m using a European document, that is in cross-border circulation, to bomb public property from the comfort of my home.” The notes depict lynchings, people collapsing and mass hysteria, while the project was kickstarted by news of a suicide. “I always use black ink ball-pen and draw human figures using headlines from the media, whenever violence or poverty is reported, I transfer the message on the medium.”Stefanos scans the notes, posts the images on his website and then puts them back into circulation, messages in bottles that may wash up on the shores of northern Europe. “A currency should reflect the reality of the era it represents,” he says.Stefanos’ day job is in a design consultancy. Many of his Greek clients export high-end food and beauty products to Western Europe and the US. There are big brands among his European clients. He apparently worked on the redesign of Piraeus Bank’s corporate identity. As he admits, his ‘bombs’ are thrown from relative comfort.“I didn’t vote for SYRIZA,” he says, “but I do, to some extent, agree with some of their positions. The media is oppressive and misinforms. It would be wrong to talk about SYRIZA’s actions without considering our lenders’ position.”Source: London Review of Books bloglast_img read more

first_imgDécouverte de “Black Beauty”, une météorite martienne pas comme les autresUne météorite martienne vieille de 2,1 milliards d’années a été récemment découverte en Afrique du Nord. Baptisée “Black Beauty”, celle-ci est exceptionnellement riche en eau et se rapproche grandement des roches analysées par les sondes de la NASA sur la planète rouge.On a retrouvé, à ce jour, une centaine de météorites d’origine martienne sur Terre. Si on ne connaît l’origine de ces débris que depuis 1980 on sait maintenant qu’elles proviennent de la ceinture d’astéroïdes, une région du système solaire située entre Mars et Jupiter. Parmi celles récemment retrouvées, se trouve NWA 7034 (pour Northwest Africa), également surnommée Black Beauty  (“Beauté noire”). Or, ce débris martien de 320 grammes “raconte comment étaient les volcans sur Mars il y a 2 milliards d’années”, indique Carl Agee, de l’université du Nouveau Mexique. En effet, dans l’étude que publie aujourd’hui ce scientifique dans la revue Science, il explique que “la roche basaltique [lave refroidie] contenue dans cette météorite est similaire à la composition de la croûte martienne”. Ainsi, cette météorite contient environ dix fois plus de molécules d’eau que toutes les autres météorites d’origine martienne connues à ce jour. Elle présente de plus des caractéristiques tout à fait uniques et notamment des isotopes de l’oxygène dont le mélange est “différent” de celui trouvé sur les autres météorites martiennes et “qui pourrait provenir d’une interaction avec l’atmosphère de Mars”, explique la NASA dans un communiqué.Tous ces éléments uniques laissent donc légitimement supposer que Black Beauty se trouvait initialement à la surface de la planète rouge il y a longtemps de cela. Grâce à leur étude, les chercheurs ont ainsi déterminé que la météorite s’était formée il y a 2,1 milliards d’années de cela lors du commencement de la période géologique martienne la plus récente appelée l’Amazonien. “L’âge de NWA 7034 est important parce qu’elle significativement plus vielle que la plupart des autres météorites martiennes. Nous avons maintenant un aperçu sur une pièce de l’histoire de Mars à un moment critique de son évolution”, a commenté Mitch Schulte, scientifique du Mars Exploration Program de la NASA. D’autres surprises à révéler ? À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreNWA 7034 “nous donne aussi un aperçu de l’ancienne surface et des conditions d’environnement sur Mars comme une autre météorite ne l’a jamais fait”, poursuit de son côté M. Agee. D’après les scientifiques, les molécules d’eau retrouvée auraient soit une origine volcanique soit proviendrait d’un aquifère proche de la surface. Cette seconde hypothèse laisse penser qu’une activité aqueuse a persisté à la surface de Mars au début de l’Amazonien qui a débuté il y a 3 milliards d’années. “Nos analyses du carbone montrent également que la météorite a subi une seconde transformation à la surface de Mars, ce qui explique la présence de macro-molécules de carbone organique”, relève Andrew Steele, de la Carnegie Institution, autre auteur de l’étude. Ainsi, pour ce scientifique, “il s’agit de la météorite martienne la plus riche géochimiquement jamais trouvée et les analyses qui se poursuivent vont probablement révéler d’autres surprises”.”Le contenu de cette météorite pourrait alors remettre en question beaucoup de notions connues de la géologie sur Mars” et Black Beauty pourrait peut être devenir “une référence importante pour le robot Curiosity” actuellement en mission sur Mars, avance John Grunsfeld, à la direction des sciences de la NASA. En effet, à l’heure actuelle, Curiosity se trouve dans le cratère de Gale sur l’équateur martien pour déterminer si la planète Rouge a été dans son passé propice à l’existence d’une vie microbienne.Le 4 janvier 2013 à 10:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgThey’re accused of running separate day spas.The investigation spans from Palm Beach County to Orange County.Police said they expect hundreds of arrests as a result of the investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. JUPITER, Fla. (WSVN) – A third woman has been arrested as part of a human-trafficking investigation in West Palm Beach.Hua Zhang, 58, was taken into custody Tuesday. She faces charges of maintaining a house of prostitution.Zhang is listed as the owner of Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter.Police said they have been conducting surveillance since November 2018.Authorities believe they found at least six victims of human trafficking.Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said, “They were moved from location to location. They were averaging eight clients a day. If you do the math, that’s approximately 1,500 men a year. Many of those men are married. Many of those men are in ongoing relationships.”Ruimei Li and Llixia Zhu were the other two women arrested. last_img read more

first_imgBOSTON, MA — The MBTA and its operating partner for Commuter Rail, Keolis Commuter Services, announced the special $10 Commuter Rail weekend fare pilot will resume on Saturday, January 5. This special weekend fare is available from the first train on Saturday to the last train on Sunday and may be used across all zones and all lines.“Resuming this pilot allows our customers to continue taking advantage of Commuter Rail as a travel option on weekends, while we study the potential for making this program permanent,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. “I want to thank our partners at the FTA for working with us to resume this pilot and also acknowledge the enthusiastic response we received from our customers to this initiative.”The special $10 all-weekend fare will be available on the mTicket app, onboard trains (cash or credit card from conductors), and at ticket windows at North, South, and Back Bay stations. The special fare applies to customers age 12 and above; the weekend fare allows adults to travel with 2 children under 12 at no additional cost.“The MBTA’s reduced weekend fare initiative gives passengers a convenient and affordable option to visit a number of great destinations across the greater Boston area,” said Keolis General Manager and CEO David Scorey. “We’re pleased to partner with the MBTA to continue this initiative that encourages new passengers to try Commuter Rail, helps to grow ridership, and promotes an environmentally friendly transit option.”Customers can visit MBTA.com/MassByTrain to explore destinations around the greater Boston area accessible by Commuter Rail and for listings of fun weekend excursions.First piloted during the summer of 2018, the promotional fares were launched with the goal of increasing Commuter Rail ridership and revenue on the weekends when trains have additional capacity. During the 6-month period these fares were available, 180,000 tickets were sold. This represents 23% of weekend sales and a 4.6% increase in weekend revenues compared to the same time period in 2017. While weekend construction impacted direct year-over-year analysis, passenger feedback throughout the summer pilot was very positive.During their first 6 months being offered to passengers, the special fares were marketed digitally, on radio, and in direct mailers to new homeowners as part of a broad, comprehensive marketing program. This marketing program is the result of a ridership and revenue growth partnership between the MBTA and Keolis, a first-of-its-kind contract in the United States, and marketing $10 fares will continue.With the exception of the CapeFlyer, operated through a partnership with the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, and special event trains for destinations such as Gillette Stadium, this pilot applies to all MBTA Commuter Rail services on Saturdays and Sundays.(NOTE: The above press release is from the MBTA.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMBTA Adds Extra Late-Night Commuter Rail Trains For This Weekend’s Lowell Folk FestivalIn “Government”Wilmington Commuter Rail Riders To See 50 Cent Increase In Fares Beginning July 1In “Government”Lowell Line Weekend Commuter Rail Service To Be Replaced By Bus Shuttle For 3 Weekends Beginning May 12In “Government”last_img read more

first_imgA kayak trip in Glacier Bay in 2006 inspired an engineer to research the impact of glacial run off in the Gulf of Alaska. David Hill is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Oregon State University. For the study, he used decades of state and USGS stream flow data, combined with calculations on land characteristics and watershed size to create an analysis for the entire area.He found glacier melt makes up about 10% of the overall precipitation added to the Gulf. The annual amount is measured in multiple feet of water. Hill says he worked to model how quickly rain and snow melt started to flow.Download AudioMassive amounts of fresh water, glacial melt pouring into Gulf of AlaskaMassive Glacier Melt Pouring into Gulf of Alaskalast_img read more

first_imgRajnish KumarYoutube screenshotTackling bad loans will be a priority for India’s largest bank, said newly minted chairman of State Bank of India, Rajnish Kumar, addressing his first press conference since the appointment was announced late on Wednesday.Reuters reported Kumar as saying that SBI had tackled issues that came as a result of merging five subsidiary banks into itself earlier this year and would see asset quality numbers “looking much better”.SBI, which accounts for more than a fifth of India’s banking assets, has seen bad loans rise after following the associate bank mergers.Kumar, who is set to take charge of the bank as Chairman on October 7, replaces Arundhati Bhattacharya, who implemented major reforms during her four years at the helm and became one of India’s most high-profile executives.Kumar informed that post amalgamation of the five associate banks and the Bharatiya Mahila Bank with SBI, the latter so far has merged a shade under 1,000 branches with nearby branches and there may be 200-300 branches more that will be merged. A major part of the branch merger process has been taken care of.Reviving credit growthReviving credit growth and resolution of stressed assets will be top priority for SBI, Rajnish Kumar said.Digital transformation so that the bank is ready for the future will continue to get attention, said Kumar, who is currently Managing Director (National Banking Group), SBI, in a conference call with the media on Thursday.The Hindu reported Rajnish Kumar as observing that India’s largest bank is in the process of revamping HR, including skills development, performance improvement, and succession planning, in a major way.”SBI is systems and process driven…I will be reviewing (in the next 30 days) all the action plans (short-term and long-term) which are already happening in the bank — what is working, what is not — and what is the course correction that is required,” he said. The new logo of State Bank of India (SBI) is pictured at the podium of the venue of a news conference after the announcement of SBI’s fourth quarter results in Kolkata on May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/File PhotoReutersRegarding the RBI’s proposal to link lending rates with external benchmarks, Kumar said the benchmark rate should apply to both assets and liabilities. He said, “It cannot be a one-sided affair… any change in the methodology should ensure that the pricing of the loan product and liability product will have to move in tandem.”He emphasised that the margin (net interest margin) needs to be sufficient to cover credit costs. SBI is all for transparency in the pricing regime of loans, Kumar said.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s been over 20 years since the release of the seminal first person shooter, Doom. Even after all of these years, dedicated fans are still engaged, with the DoomWorld modding community continuing to live on after two decades. These fans have been playing with and modding the original game for years, but now they’re about to get brand new content by one of the men who created Doom.John Romero, who was a developer on Doom, Doom-2, and Final Doom, has decided to (briefly) return to the franchise that made him famous and created a brand new level for the original game. As he posted on Twitter, the new level is called E1M8B, which is his version of E1M8, Phobos Anomaly, the final level of Doom’s first episode, Knee-Deep in the Dead. In the game’s readme file, Romero describes it as “My Boss level replacement for e1m8…22 years later.” Romero says that he made the level in two weeks during his spare time.This new level can be played solo, cooperatively, or in a deathmatch. When Romero played against Ian Dunbar, a programmer at Romero Games, he won by 18 games.The level was created using Doom WAD, which is the modding tools Id Software released with Doom back in the 90’s. The level itself is available via this Dropbox link. You’ll need to own the original Doom and use ZDoom (or something similar) in order to play it. Additional instructions can be found here.A new Doom game is set to be released later this year on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. John Romero is not involved with this upcoming game — he’s too busy making levels in the original Doom.last_img read more

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