World Cup semifinal Brazil vs Germany match preview: How do they compare?

first_imgBrazil’s David LuizBrazil and Germany are two of the most decorated teams in football, with eight World Cup titles between them. Both have their share of players among the all-time greats, and both entered this tournament being touted among the main favorites. So even without the injured Neymar, Tuesday’s semifinal in Belo Horizonte provides an intriguing matchup for any neutral fan, as Germany and Brazil play each other at the World Cup for the first time since the 2002 final. Here is a look at how the teams compare in 2014: GOALKEEPERS Manuel Neuer has been one of Germany’s best players this tournament, especially in the knockout rounds. He bailed out Germany’s erratic defense numerous times by rushing out to clear ball after ball in the second-round win over Algeria, and made key saves to deny Karim Benzema an equalizer for France in the quarterfinals. The Bayern Munich No. 1 has won just about everything at club level and is widely regarded as one of the top keepers in the world. Julio Cesar used to have that reputation as well, but is arguably not quite the player he was during his best years at Inter Milan. He now plays for Toronto in Major League Soccer. He’s been solid at this World Cup, however, where he has yet to concede more than one goal in a game. And the 34-year-old Cesar has come up big when Brazil needed him to, saving two penalties in the shootout against Chile in the second round. Advantage: Germanyadvertisement —- DEFENSE Brazil has always been known for its attacking play, but this World Cup squad arguably has more impressive names in defense – especially now that star forward Neymar is ruled out. However, the team’s best defender – captain Thiago Silva – is suspended for the semifinal, a big blow for the back four. But Brazil has a good replacement in Bayern Munich’s Dante to put in alongside David Luiz, while coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will have to decide whether to put Barcelona’s Dani Alves back in at right back or stick with Maicon, who was a surprise starter in the quarterfinals. Real Madrid’s Marcelo should guard the left wing. Germany’s defense looked downright awful against Algeria, and coach Joachim Loew responded by dropping center back Per Mertesacker for the next game and moving captain Philip Lahm to his favorite position as right back instead of midfield. The changes worked, and Germany looked like its old solid self against France. With Mats Hummels back healthy to anchor the central defense – and even scoring the winning goal against France – the Germans have a reliable foundation in front of Neuer. Advantage: Brazil —- MIDFIELD Germany’s midfield has been given a big boost by Bastian Schweinsteiger returning to full fitness after a knee injury. Playing alongside Sami Khedira, Schweinsteiger can control the pace of the game while also helping out defensively, giving Toni Kroos room to work as the team’s main playmaker. While Mesut Ozil has had a fairly lackluster tournament so far, he’s one of the world’s best passers and could still prove crucial for Germany. Brazil’s midfield will likely have a new look for this game as Scolari is expected to replace Neymar with a midfielder – probably Willian. The Chelsea player has enough speed and skill to cause defenders trouble, but doesn’t have the scoring ability of Neymar. Oscar, another Chelsea player, will also need to step up as a playmaker. Luiz Gustavo is back after a suspension, which should help shore things up defensively. Advantage: Germany —- ATTACK With Neymar in the team, the forward line was always a strength for Brazil. Without him, it’s a glaring weakness. Fred has struggled badly as the team’s center forward at the World Cup, scoring just one goal in five games. Hulk has looked lively throughout but has yet to score, while Jo has failed to make an impact when he’s come on as a substitute. Germany, meanwhile, has Thomas Mueller and Miroslav Klose as its main attacking options. Mueller has four goals so far in Brazil – one short of his tally in South Africa in 2010 – while the 36-year-old Klose has a chance to break the World Cup scoring record. Klose shares the record of 15 career goals with Brazil great Ronaldo, so the Brazilian defenders will probably be extra eager to shut him down. Germany also has better options off the bench, with Lukas Podolski and Mario Goetze to bring on. Advantage: Germany Watch: Neymar speaks in tearful video for Brazil after back injury rules him out of World Cupadvertisementlast_img read more

Champions League 2019, Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Live Telecast

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. champions leagueChampions League 2019-20Champions League live streamfootball First Published: September 18, 2019, 10:03 PM IST Manchester City, who had recorded two victories against Shakhtar Donetsk in Champions League group stage last year, will look to repeat the same on Thursday, September 19 as the two sides face each other in their Champions League encounter. The Ukrainian side, on the other hand, will eye a promising start to their Champions League Group C opener.City will be without centre back John Stones, who was ruled out due to muscle injury. City manager Pep Guardiola broke the news at a press conference and confirmed that Stones got injured during Tuesday’s training session. “He made a pass and was injured,” Guardiola said. “No problems, he (Fernandinho) can deal with it and he will do well because my players are well.” Guardiola, who is wary of the hosts, said “They are incredible on the counter attack and playing short. Hopefully we can play in good rhythm. The first game in Champions League is important.”“Every time I play against Shakhtar the way they play is very similar. It’s really tough, especially the first one, that team was incredibly good. Always it is tough.”The Champions League 2019 Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City will be played at the OSK Metalist Stadion, Kharkiv. For the third time in a row, Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk have been drawn together in UEFA Champions League group.The UEFA Champions League 2019 Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City match is scheduled to start at 12.30AM.Where to watch UEFA Champions League 2019-20 Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City live in India?Shakhtar Donetsk will host Manchester City at 12.30AM on Thursday. The UEFA 2019-20 Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City match will be played at the OSK Metalist Stadion, Kharkiv. The UEFA Champions League, will be telecast live on Sony Ten 2 in India.How and where to watch online Champions League 2019 Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City Hotspur?The Champions League Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City live stream will be available on Sony LIV app in India for premium users. last_img read more

Tata Altroz spied ahead of global premier at Geneva Motor Show

first_imgTata Motors is gearing up for the global premier of Altroz at the Geneva Motor Show next month. However, the upcoming premium hatchback has been spied testing in near production-spec ahead of its March debut at the show. Upon its launch in India, it will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20 and Honda Jazz.First showcased at the Auto Expo 2018 as the 45X Concept, the hatchback was officially named as Altroz after a seabird known as Albatross, on February 25 by Tata Motors. It will be commercially launched in mid-2019.Tata Altroz will be the second vehicle from the company to sport the Impact 2.0 Design Language, after the recently launched Harrier. It will be engineered on the new ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) Architecture. With lightweight, modular and flexible characteristics, the ALFA architecture has the ability to evolve into a range of modern and youthful vehicles within a short development cycle, the company claims. Image Courtesy: CarToqAccording to the spy-photographs posted by CarToq, Tata Altroz will get a bold look upfront and the company might take a cue from Harrier while designing the headlamps. A sporty grille is expected to add to the overall styling. The tail lamps are also Harrier-inspired. Inside the cabin, there will be ample space. Plush seat upholstery, along with floating touchscreen infotainment system and premium multi information display, is expected to add to the luxury quotient of the hatchback. Image Courtesy: CarToqIt is being claimed that Tata Altroz might feature the engines that are available with Nexon. The compact SUV comes in with two powertrains — a 1.2-litre turbocharged revotron petrol and a 1.5-litre turbocharged revotorq diesel. The revotron mill is good for 110 PS of power and 170 Nm of torque, while the revotorq motor churns out 110 PS of power and 260 Nm of torque. Both the engines are mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with an option for a six-speed automatic transmission as well. However, one will have to wait for an official announcement to get clarity about the technical specifications of the upcoming hatchback.advertisementSafety features like driver and co-driver airbags, ABS with EBD, driver and co-driver seatbelt reminder, ISOFIX child-seat anchorage, park assist with rear sensors, park assist with camera, day and night IRVM, front fog lamps with cornering assistance and rear defogger can be expected in Tata Altroz. Nexon gets these safety features as well.ALSO READ | Tenth-generation Honda Civic crosses expected 3-week pre-launch booking figures in only 7 daysALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Ertiga demand rises, customers will have to wait for 22-24 weeks for deliveriesALSO READ | Tata 45X Concept officially named Altroz, to be commercially launched in mid-2019last_img read more

UKHO Publishes Guide to ECDIS Implementation, Policy …

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has published a new Nautical Publication to support the transition to ECDIS.The ‘ADMIRALTY Guide to ECDIS Implementation, Policy and Procedures (NP232)’ has  been designed to allow informed decision-making by any individual or organisation responsible for the introduction of ECDIS aboard ship. It is also intended to provide an onboard reference to support company  procedures developed for the operation of ECDIS, which will assist in preparation for audits and inspections and provide clarification on ECDIS policies and procedures.NP232 is the third in a series of publications from the UKHO that provide guidance on the transition to ECDIS and Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs), and is designed to complement the ADMIRALTY Guide to the Practical Use of ENCs (NP231) and the ADMIRALTY Guide to ENC Symbols Used in ECDIS (NP5012). Together, this series provides the mariner with an extensive library of information and guidance to support them in the safe, compliant and effective use of ECDIS.The publication of NP232 supports the global ‘Implementing Your ECDIS Procedures’ seminars. The feedback from seminar delegates over the past four years, which has included serving bridge officers, fleet superintendents and other shipping industry professionals, has played a key role in helping the UKHO to ensure that NP232 provides the guidance that shipping companies are looking for, particularly when it comes to ECDIS operating procedures.Susie Alder, Product Manager at the UKHO commented: “At our ECDIS seminars we have spent the past four years listening to mariners and answering their questions on ECDIS policies, procedures and implementation. The feedback that we have received clearly indicates that the shipping industry is looking for accurate guidance to help with the digital transition and practical, usable guidance when introducing ECDIS alongside existing navigational techniques.“NP232 will prove to be an important reference source for those making the transition to ECDIS”.UKHO, February 21, 2014 My location Print  Close zoom last_img read more

Les élèves de la NouvelleÉcosse obtiennent de bons résultats en lecture et

first_imgLes élèves du niveau élémentaire et secondaire de premier cycle connaissent du succès en matière de lecture et de rédaction selon les résultats des évaluations du rendement en littératie, publiés aujourd’hui 27 février. Les résultats étaient particulièrement positifs en rédaction, puisque chaque conseil scolaire a obtenu des résultats améliorés pour chacune des cinq évaluations qui ont été effectuées auprès des élèves de la 3e, 6e et 9e année. « Les enseignants et les conseils scolaires ont vraiment concentré leurs efforts sur la rédaction, et nous voyons maintenant que les élèves en bénéficient grâce au niveau élevé d’attention et aux investissements effectués dans notre stratégie de réussite en littératie, » a dit la ministre de l’Éducation, Judy Streatch. Depuis 2005-2006, le ministère a versé plus de 14 millions de dollars aux conseils afin d’appuyer les programmes de lecture et de rédaction à l’intention des élèves de la maternelle à la 12e année. Les écoles offrent une heure d’enseignement linguistique par jour aux élèves de la 7e et de la 8e année. Les élèves du niveau élémentaire reçoivent au moins 90 minutes d’enseignement linguistique par jour, y compris au moins une heure consacrée à la lecture. Les initiatives « Jeunes lecteurs », « Jeunes lecteurs actifs » et « Écrivains à l’œuvre » ont également été avantageuses pour plus de 110 000 élèves en aidant leurs enseignants à élaborer des directives et des interventions plus efficaces afin de répondre aux besoins des élèves en matière d’apprentissage. Les résultats provinciaux, et les résultats inclus dans les rapports individuels détaillés envoyés aux écoles, aideront les enseignants et les conseils à améliorer l’enseignement en classe et à mettre en œuvre des stratégies qui aideront tous les élèves et qui appuieront ceux qui ont besoin d’interventions supplémentaires. « Ces évaluations nous donnent un aperçu du rendement des élèves à l’échelle de la province, » a dit Mme Streatch. « Plus nous avons de renseignements sur le rendement des élèves, mieux nous pouvons appuyer l’apprentissage des élèves. » Les rapports sur les résultats individuels des élèves ont été envoyés aux parents. Des renseignements supplémentaires sur les évaluations qui ont eu lieu en français et en anglais sont disponibles sur le site Web du ministère de l’Éducation à l’adresse http://plans.ednet.ns.ca/ . Les résultats détaillés pour chaque école seront publiés dans le Rapport de la ministre aux parents et tuteurs 2008, au printemps.last_img read more

35 cases of stolen ancillary items of luxury cars registered in May

first_imgGurugram: After a brief hiatus, gang of robbers stealing car tyres have resurfaced in the city with at least 35 fresh cases being reported from different areas of the city in the month of May.According to the law enforcement officials, they were able to curb the rising incidents of tyre thefts in March this year with the arrest of five people who were allegedly stealing tyres, rims and other spare parts of cars parked at isolated stretches. However, after a lull that lasted for over a month, such cases have once again started being reported, they said. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarMost of the complaints have come from areas such as Sushant Lok 1; DLF Phase 2; Sector 49; Sector 15, Part 2; Golf Course Road and Sohna Road. The police said such gangs usually targeted new tyres and cars of particular brands, such as Creta, Eco Sports, and Baleno that have a booming market. The police said selling tyres fetches good money as the gang members are paid well by those dealing in stolen spare parts. According to the police, this gang of tyre thieves move around in four-wheelers and target high-end cars at midnight. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe modus operandi of robbers in these cases is to steal such items in bulk and then sell it off to car dealer at a good profit margin. Among the luxury cars that are targetted includes Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Volvo. Sources in the police indicate that unlike a vehicle which the robbers find hard to sell, the ancillary items can be sold off easily as it has a higher demand in the market. Significantly, 60 per cent of these stolen automobiles is not recovered by the District police. One of the major reasons for such a low rate of recovery is that these crimes are committed from gangs from Mewat and outside states like Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. “We have not been able to identify these gang members as they target cars in areas which are not covered under CCTV cameras,” said Shamsher Singh, ACP (crime). He also said that the local police have roped in specialised units. He has asked RWAs to ensure that security guards are active at night and keep a check on visitors.last_img read more

Policereported hate crimes in Canada rose five per cent in 2015 StatsCan

first_imgOTTAWA – Statistics Canada says hate crimes in Canada rose by five per cent in 2015.The agency says the rise is largely due to an increase in incidents targeting certain groups, specifically the Muslim population and Arabs or West Asians.In 2015, police reported 1,362 criminal incidents motivated by hate, 67 more than the previous year, according to the data published today.Police-reported hate crimes targeting the Muslim population rose from 99 incidents in 2014 to 159 incidents in 2015, while crimes targeting the Jewish population declined from 213 in 2014 to 178 in 2015.StatsCan says eight of 10 provinces reported an increase in the number of police-reported hate crimes from 2014 to 2015.The increase was most pronounced in Alberta, which the agency notes reported an overall increase in their 2015 crime statistics.last_img read more

Priyanka Chopra Meets Child Survivors Of Sexual Violence In Zimbabwe

first_imgUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra has called for increased awareness and support for child victims of sexual violence.Priyanka Chopra speaks with child survivors of sexual violence at the Family Support Clinic in Chitungwiza town north of Harare, ZimbabweThe actress made an emotional visit to Zimbabwe this week, where she met child survivors of sexual violence and heard their harrowing stories.“When I met these survivors, young brave women and children, and listened to their experiences, it just broke my heart,” said Chopra. “I will never forget their stories.”Chopra’s first stop was in Chitungwiza, south of Harare, Zimbabwe, where she met 13-year-old Alice who was repeatedly raped by an uncle and threatened if she revealed the abuse.“Alice told me how she had regular abdominal pains, she was 11 at the time, but her mother was unaware there was something wrong,” said Chopra. “It was only when a relative saw condoms in her bedroom, and realized she was sexually active, that the truth came out and by then she was pregnant. Alice disclosed that her uncle had raped her several times between January and February this year.”“At first, she could not believe that her own relative, who she trusted so much, could do this to her. She felt powerless and betrayed.”With the help of her mother and neighbours, the incident was reported to the police. Alice was referred to Family Support Trust, supported by UNICEF, which runs a “one stop” child-friendly clinic providing medical and psychosocial support for sexually abused children. She also attended a peer support group for teens, and received regular home visits from social workers to provide the help and support she needed.The uncle was arrested, tried, and jailed for 10 years.“Sadly, Alice’s story was just one of too many stories I heard from brave young girls during my visit to Zimbabwe. No woman, and most definitely no child, should ever have to experience sexual violence – especially from someone they trust for protection, such as a family member,” said Chopra, who has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since December 2016 and a UNICEF India Ambassador for 10 years.Poverty and a lack of opportunity are huge drivers of violence and leave young women and children in a position of vulnerability to predators. Additionally, most abuse occurs in situations when a child knows and trusts the adult who abuses him or her.“As a society, it is on us to provide and take care of our children as citizens of the world, to educate children at a young age that it’s not OK to be inappropriately touched and that under-age sex can lead to unwanted teen pregnancy or HIV,” said Chopra.On the second day of her visit, Chopra visited Childline Zimbabwe, the country’s 24-hour service for children who have been abused, violated or exploited. As well as providing free, confidential, multilingual counselling to children aged 18 years and under, Childline also offers 25 community based drop in centers throughout the country.Her first stop was a Childline drop-in center in Epworth, where she met survivors of sexual violence who shared their stories. Chopra then visited the Childline call-in center to meet the Helpline counsellors and listen to some of the calls being fielded in real-time.“I was astonished by the number of calls that were coming in during the brief time I was there,” said Chopra. “The counsellors, all volunteers, told me that many calls come from children in hysterics because they had been raped or abused. They were so scared. Without Childline, they would have nowhere to turn. This is a model that many countries with high rates of violence against children can adopt, because it is a safe place for children to turn to and know that their call will be answered by a compassionate person who will take their complaints seriously and respond.”In 2016, 3,690 reports of sexual abuse were received by Childline. The children were assisted to receive counselling, medical assistance, and justice through prosecution of the offenders.Sexual violence against children is widespread in Zimbabwe. Latest available data shows that close to 1 in 10 girls aged 15-17 years old has been a victim of forced sexual intercourse or a forced sexual act. Approximately 2 in 3 victims were first abused by an intimate partner and approximately 1 in 10 by a stranger.Too often, sexual violence occurs in homes and is often committed by an individual known to or trusted by the child. Sexual violence against children is therefore mostly invisible and goes largely undocumented. Fear of getting into trouble or not wanting to land the offender in trouble, as well as shame and stigma all contribute to children not reporting the abuse. Additionally, many victims are too young or too vulnerable to know what happened to them.One survey carried out in Zimbabwe found that 30 per cent of girls aged between 15-17 years who experienced sexual violence never sought help or told anyone.last_img read more

Violence thwarts refugee return to Southern Sudan – UN

Last week, coordinated violent protests organized by war veterans from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) – who have not been paid their benefits for five months – paralyzed some towns in the Central and Eastern Equatoria region and disrupted lives for several days.After meetings with Southern Sudanese President Silva Kiir, from 19-20 March, the veterans lifted their blockade in the town of Yei, but the protests continue in Kapoeta, whose town centre is still occupied, UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva.These disturbances have impeded the movement of refugees and aid workers, forcing UNHCR to temporarily postpone or stop five repatriation convoys carrying nearly 1,000 returnees from Uganda.In February, the agency suspended the repatriation of refugees from Ethiopia due to clashes between the SPLA and the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) in Malakal that left over 50 people dead and leading to widespread looting of UN warehouses and the subsequent relocation of relief workers.“UNHCR is also deeply concerned about the continuing conflict between the Nuer and Murle ethnic groups in the Jonglei region that has so far claimed the lives of some 750 people and caused significant displacement,” Mr. Redmond said of the fighting which was sparked by cattle rustling raids.The Governor of the Jonglei region held an emergency meeting with UN agencies last week to determine how to assist victims of these clashes.Nearly 155,000 Sudanese refugees have returned voluntarily to South Sudan and Blue Nile State with UNHCR’s help since December 2005. A further 157,000 refugees have also repatriated from neighbouring countries since the signing of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended two decades of north-south civil war in Sudan. 24 March 2009The deteriorating security situation in some parts of Southern Sudan is preventing the return of refugees from Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today. read more

BBS suspects Wimal – Shiv Sena links Audio

“We know politicians always tell lies. We will reveal more about that Minister (Weerawansa) if the need arises. There are three groups working against us and we will reveal things about them as well soon,” the BBS monk said. (Colombo Gazette) Gnanasara thero also challenged Minister Weerawansa to prove claims he had made that the BBS is funded by Norway.He said that if the claims are proven then the BBS will disband after making a public apology to the nation. “Shiva Sena is working to protect Hinduism in India. A lot of Hindus are converting to Buddhism and that is a big problem for the Shiv Sena. The monk in Padukka is being funded by them. He has written books saying Lord Buddha was born in Sri Lanka. So we suspect Minister Weerawansa’s and his wife are linked with Shiva Sena,” he said. If not then he says Minister Weerawansa should wear a loincloth and go home for telling lies.“He is saying we are trying to remove Muslim Ministers from the government. He is telling lies and we cannot allow such Cabinet Ministers to continue like this,” Gnanasara thero said.Gnanasara thero said that the Minister has not raised his voice against Muslim extremists operating in Sri Lanka but yet goes on protest when anything is said against Cuba. Shiv Sena, is a Hindu nationalist political organisation in India. Gnanasara said that the Shiva Sena is working on the policy that Buddhism did not originate in India and the monk in Padukka is doing the same. The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) today claimed that Minister Wimal Weerawansa may have links with Shiva Sena in India.BBS general secretary the venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara thero said that the Minister’s wife is working with a Buddhist monk in Padukka who is funded by the Shiva Sena. CLICK HERE FOR BBS AUDIO read more

Two million people could storm Area 51 this week Heres the history

This Friday is the day we find out if two million people are really going to storm one of the world’s most famous military bases to try and get a glimpse of aliens and UFOs. Even if just one per cent of the people who signed up for the joke event show up at Area 51, that would be 20,000 people. The U.S. Air Force has said it’s “ready to protect America and its assets,” while the Facebook event post boasts that “we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens.” No one really knows what’s going to happen. In the meantime, the National Post’s Bobby Hristova has taken a look at the history of man’s interest in the search for alien life. Watch the video above or read the transcript below. A joke Facebook event named “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us,” was created in June 2019. As of September 13, more than 2 million people had signed up for the event and a 1.5 million more had marked themselves as “interested.” Multiple alien related events are now set to take place over the weekend of September 20, 2019 along state Route 375 also known as the “Extraterrestrial Highway.” Bridget Bennett / AFP / Getty Images Green bald heads, long slim fingers and huge black eyes. You already know what I’m talking about — and yet we’ve never ever seen one.Still, so many of us think aliens are out there, floating in space, and plenty of people think the government is hiding what it knows from us.That’s why two million people put on their tinfoil hats and proclaimed on Facebook that they would storm Area 51 to try and uncover humanity’s biggest secret.So how did we get here? To understand, we need to take a look at the history of earth’s search for aliens.Around 270 BC Greek mythology came up with stories for every little thing in space, while some of history’s earliest storytellers told fables of earthlings reaching the moon and finding ungodly creatures.Of course, now we’ve reached the moon and we know that no one’s living up there … and, sadly, that it isn’t made of cheese.But in West Virginia’s National Radio Astronomy Observatory, there was hope. Project Ozma was what many recognize as the first real attempt to try and find a trace of aliens.Astronomer Frank Drake led the charge in 1960, pointing a radio telescope into the sky to try and eavesdrop on whatever might be out there.There was no answer. But he did not waver, and he came up with a mathematical equation to estimate the number of other worldly beings in space.Drake’s equation says the number of transmitting civilizations in a galaxy is a product of seven things: The rate that stars form each year; the percentage of stars that have planets; the number of planets per solar system that can support life; the percentage of those planets that have life; the percentage of those planets where intelligence develops; the percentage of species that have space technology; and the average lifetime of those communicating civilizations.Got all that? Anyway, he predicts there are 10,000 alien civilizations out there.Drake wasn’t the only member of the scientific community taking the hunt for aliens seriously. In 1972, NASA launched Pioneer 10, which became the first spacecraft to leave our solar system.Drake joined forces with American astronomer Carl Sagan to add a message from mankind to the unmanned spacecraft in case it was ever intercepted by intelligent extraterrestrial life.Two years later, the duo led a team in Puerto Rico behind the most powerful broadcast ever deliberately beamed into space — the Arecibo Message.Their team used the radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory to broadcast a binary message that includes our solar system, a drawing of DNA, a stick figure of a human and some of the biochemicals that make up life on earth.That message was aimed at globular star cluster M13, which is about 25,000 light years away — so don’t expect a response any time soon.In 1984, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) was established. The non-profit group is composed of scientists trying to find out if we really are alone in the universe.Since then, the challenge became not only finding aliens, but trying to overcome pop culture’s tendency to poke fun at the idea — with characters like Marvin the Martian, E.T., the film Men in Black and all of our favourite space sagas.But scientists may have won that battle, with about four out of five Canadians in a 2016 Angus Reid poll saying they believe in aliens.While some scientists focus their search for life on far-off stars and planets, the CIA and the Pentagon focus on events closer to home.They’ve studied what they call unexplained aerial phenomenon for decades, leading some conspiracy theorists to suspect that the U.S. is hiding UFOs and alien technology from the public in the Area 51 base in Nevada.The theories about Area 51 started in 1989 when a guy named Bob Lazar claimed he was a physicist who worked in the top secret base and saw alien technology. His claims have been disproven, but that hasn’t done much to stop conspiracy theorists and there’s even a Netflix documentary about his life.NASA’s latest find is exoplanet K2-18b, which orbits a red dwarf star in the constellation Leo, about 110 light years from Earth. Researchers say it is “the best candidate for habitability that we know right now.” It has water and the right temperature to support earth-like life — although the researchers stress it is not a second earth by any means.But, hey, if life is out there, somewhere, I’ve got two theories – aliens are either not evolved enough to find us or smart enough to know they’re better off staying that way.• Email: bhristova@postmedia.com | Twitter: The man behind ‘Storm Area 51’ reveals his identity, says viral Facebook page was just a joke ‘Storm Area 51’ creator pulls out of his own event, calling it Fyre Festival 2.0 Area 51 jokesters to direct thousands of followers to alien-themed event on Thursday to avoid mass arrests Janet, the mysterious airline that serves Area 51, is hiring. Applicants with top-secret clearance are preferred read more

Uganda pullout of Lusaka accords not necessarily a setback Annan

“Under the agreement, [Ugandan troops] are supposed to withdraw from the Congo,” the Secretary-General told reporters at UN Headquarters. “If indeed Uganda does withdraw and ends this engagement in the Congo and respects the spirit of the agreement, I think it will be fine.”Mr. Annan, who heard Uganda’s statement through the media, said he would need more specific details directly from Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. The Lusaka accord was signed in July 1999 by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Angola, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda, Zimbabwe and three rebel movements. It includes provisions on the normalization of the situation along the DRC’s border, the control of illicit trafficking of arms and the infiltration of armed groups; the holding of a national dialogue; the need to address security concerns; and the establishment of a mechanism for disarming militias and armed groups. read more

Obama taps community banker from Hawaii for vacancy on Federal Reserve Board

Obama taps community banker from Hawaii for vacancy on Federal Reserve Board WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has selected the former head of a community bank in Hawaii to fill a vacancy on the Federal Reserve Board.The White House said Tuesday that Obama will nominate Allan R. Landon, the former chief executive of the Bank of Hawaii, to fill one of two vacancies on the seven-member board. The nomination will require Senate confirmation.The decision comes after a lobbying campaign by community bankers who argued that the Fed, which regulates banks, should have at least one community banker on its board.The White House said that Landon had compiled a strong record in leading the Bank of Hawaii, one of the largest in the state, through the 2008 financial crisis. Landon served as chairman and chief executive officer of the bank from 2004 to 2010.Camden R. Fine, president of the Independent Community Bankers, an industry lobbying group, praised the White House selection.“Having someone with community bank experience, such as Landon, on the board will ensure that community bank interests are more fully understood as the board considers the impact of its policies on smaller banks and the communities and rural areas they serve,” Fine said in a statement.The Fed has had two unfilled positions since last spring. Sarah Bloom Raskin stepped down in March after being picked by Obama to become deputy Treasury secretary and Jeremy Stein left in May to return to his post as an economics professor at Harvard University.The seven members of the Fed board in Washington and the presidents of the Fed’s 12 regional banks serve on the Federal Open Market Committee, the Fed panel that meets eight times a year to set interest rate policies. The Fed board is also a leading bank regulator through its role overseeing bank holding companies.At its last meeting in December, the FOMC said it planned to be “patient” in deciding when to raise a key short-term interest rate, which has remained at a record low near zero for the past six years. Most private economists believe the first rate hike will not occur until the middle of this year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jan 6, 2015 1:34 pm MDT read more

Leon Brittans widow reveals he kept concerns to himself because he did

first_imgLady Brittan leaves her home in central London She said believes her husband was “worse treated than had he been an ordinary citizen” and claimed the “presumption of innocence had been set aside”.Lady Brittan, who says she was assisted by her two daughters during the “turbulent” times, told the BBC: “He would never say anything to me, but I cannot believe from what he said to my daughters that he was not affected by it all.“He was a strong man and he was a very moral man, and I think the last thing he wanted – because I think we both knew what was coming – was to upset me even further.”She added that she does not blame police in general, but rather has had her confidence dented in the Metropolitan Police officers involved in the investigation. Show more He was a strong man and he was a very moral man, and I think the last thing he wanted – because I think we both knew what was coming – was to upset me even furtherLady Brittan She wants “lessons to be learned” and “just [wishes] that none of it had happened”. It emerged in 2014 that Lord Brittan had been questioned by police in connection with a historic rape allegation.Throughout the investigation, he maintained the allegation was wholly without foundation. He died in 2015 aged 75 after a long battle with cancer – before police told him the case had been dropped.It later emerged police had concluded there was not enough evidence to proceed in September 2013, but the case was reopened. The Crown Prosecution Service told police in November 2014 – two months before Lord Brittan died – that there was not enough evidence for them to consider bringing charges.This decision was appealed by Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse.  It was not until April 2015 that the complainant was informed no charges would follow, even if Lord Brittan was alive.Lady Brittan received a letter from the police clarifying their position nearly six months later, in October that year.Explaining the reasoning behind the decision to reopen the case, the Metropolitan Police said: “It was felt that these were highly unusual circumstances where the previous independence of the police to tackle sexual offending by VIPs had been publicly called into question.“A decision to take no further action in respect of this allegation would undoubtedly have resulted in media criticism and public cynicism, and there was clearly a very strong public interest in ensuring that the correct decision had been made.”Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the force’s commissioner, later met with Lady Brittan to apologise.Lady Brittan’s interview with BBC Radio 4’s The Briefing Room will be broadcast tonight at 8pm.center_img Lady Brittan leaves her home in central LondonCredit:Warren Allott Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Lord Brittan’s widow has spoken out for the first time since police dropped their investigation into her husband, revealing he kept his concerns to himself because he did not want to upset her.The former Home Secretary died before being told he would not face any further investigation over an historic sex abuse allegation.His wife, Lady Brittan, has now spoken about how the investigation impacted on the family, admitting her husband did not confide in her in a bid to protect her.last_img read more

TVI Pacific looks forward to more Philippine developments

first_imgDespite challenging economic conditions, TVI’s Philippine operating affiliate, TVI Resource Development (Phils.) (TVIRD), successfully secured bridge financing (guaranteed by TVI) in order to complete, in just five months, the major infrastructure of the Canatuan sulphide plant by mid-November 2008. A term loan facility for $29.9 million (also guaranteed by TVI) was subsequently entered into to replace the bridge financing facility. Successful start-up and commissioning activities at Canatuan soon followed, with each event marking new milestones for TVIRD. Commercial operations were then established in early March 2009 and the first 5,350-t shipment of copper concentrate to an offtake purchaser, MRI Trading, was completed near the end of the month for initial proceeds of approximately $4.9 million. This first shipment of copper concentrate marked a return to internally generated cash flows for TVIRD. As with previous gold and silver operations at Canatuan, the business plan for TVI contemplates that cash generated from the sulphide operation will be used to, among other things, fund the exploration and development of other TVIRD projects in the Philippines. This will include exploration efforts on the surrounding Canatuan tenements in the hope that a defined orebody can be identified, the feed from which could be trucked to the newly constructed plant to extend the mine life at Canatuan.The current mine plan calls for TVIRD to selectively mine the high copper areas of the deposit during the early years of the project’s five to six year mine life, in order to maximise available cash flows, with zinc concentrate to be produced at a later date as the mining process is adjusted to the mixed copper-zinc areas of the deposit and finally to the higher-zinc areas.TVIRD controls an extensive 352 km2 land package surrounding the Canatuan mine – the Canatuan tenements. The mineralisation is a VMS – style orebody and deposits of this type rarely occur in isolation. There are numerous occurrences around the globe of such deposits (including Canadian examples at Noranda, Buchans, Flin Flon, Sturgeon Lake, Louvicourt and Myra Falls) that support long-term and significant mining operations. Management of TVI believes that a similar mining camp potential exists within the Canatuan Tenements. Initial exploration on the properties suggests that the land package hosts a 40+ km strike length of the schist-formation stratigraphic horizon that hosts the Canatuan orebody. The management of TVI believes it is likely that similar Canatuan-style deposits exist within the area of the Canatuan tenements and additional exploration is scheduled for areas of particular interest. Any mineable ore located in the area could be shipped to the existing Canatuan plant for processing, which would extend the life-of-mine beyond the current estimate.Exploration to date has identified several mineral occurrences on the surrounding tenements, including the Tabingan, Matigdao and Palalian prospects, which management of TVI believes are compelling exploration prospects. The TVIRD exploration team is scheduled to undertake additional exploration to follow up on this mineralization in the near future.Management of TVI is now looking beyond the development of the Canatuan sulphide plant to a second development-stage property and planned production centre at the Balabag gold and silver project. TVIRD is scheduled to undertake additional exploration and initial development activities at Balabag over the course of next year, subject to raising additional project financing. While the Balabag scoping study produced in early 2008 provided data on a full-scale production plant, TVI management is currently evaluating strategies involving the establishment of a pilot plant (entailing significantly lower capital expenditures) in order to bring the project into production at an earlier date. This strategy contemplates the reinvestment of a portion of the cash flows from the operation into staged expansion and improvement of the plant, and the use of a portion of that cash flow to advance exploration activities.The 48 km2 Balabag development property is located at the municipal boundaries of Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur, and Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay, approximately 75 km east-northeast of the producing Canatuan mine. An initial mineral resource estimate provided to TVI in August 2007 reported that the deposit contained Indicated resources of 204,000 oz of gold equivalent (AuEqOz) at an average grade of 4.62 g/t and inferred resources of 234,000 AuEqOz at an average grade of 3.72 g/t (using a cutoff of 0.5 g/t gold, a gold price of $650/oz and a silver price of $13.50/oz). The resource estimate was based on the first 69 holes drilled into the deposit. To date, TVIRD has completed a total of 99 drill holes amounting to 10,804 m. Currently, the mineralisation is interpreted to remain open at depth and along strike, meaning that further exploration activities could result in the discovery of additional resources.Following the Company’s focus on getting Canatuan financed and producing, TVIRD exploration personnel are scheduled to return to the field to continue examining its largely unexplored land position on the Zamboanga Peninsula of Mindanao. Management of TVI believes that these tenements represent compelling exploration prospects that have the potential to host porphyry copper-gold and epithermal gold deposits. In addition to follow-up work at the Tamarok, Tapisa and Bonbon projects, TVIRD expects to undertake additional exploration initiatives across its broader property package.last_img read more

Deux cas mortels de grippe aviaire au Vietnam et au Cambodge

first_imgDeux cas mortels de grippe aviaire au Vietnam et au CambodgeAu Vietnam, un jeune homme de 18 ans est mort des suites de la grippe aviaire. Ce décès s’ajoute à celui d’un enfant de deux ans enregistré au Cambodge. Après la Chine et l’Indonésie, c’est au tour du Vietnam et du Cambodge de signaler de premiers cas mortels de grippe aviaire. Cette semaine, les autorités vietnamiennes ont en effet annoncé qu’un jeune homme de 18 ans était décédé des suites de la maladie. Celui-ci était éleveur de canards dans le delta du Mekong au sud du pays. Il est mort le 11 janvier après avoir été admis à l’hôpital. “Les résultats montrant qu’il était positif au virus H5N1 sont arrivés le 17 janvier”, a précisé Le Hoang San, directeur adjoint de l’Institut Pasteur à Ho Chi Minh-Ville cité par l’AFP.  À lire aussiGrippe aviaire : le virus H7N9 vient de faire son apparition à PékinIl s’agit du premier cas mortel de grippe aviaire recensé depuis avril 2010 dans le pays. Mais des foyers de la maladie avaient récemment été détectés dans des élevages de cette région, conduisant à l’abattage de quelque 3.000 poulets depuis début janvier. Le Vietnam a été l’un des pays les plus touchés par le H5N1 en Asie du Sud-Est depuis fin 2003, mais il avait réussi à contrôler l’épidémie en 2006. Au total, 59 décès avaient été enregistrés selon l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS). Par ailleurs, l’OMS a également signalé un autre décès cette fois-ci au Cambodge. Cet enfant de deux ans testé positif au virus H5N1 après son admission à l’hôpital début janvier, est mort mercredi dans une province du Nord-Ouest. “Le garçon est la 19e personne infectée par le virus H5N1 au Cambodge. Jusqu’ici, 17 de ces cas sont morts de complications liées à la maladie”, a précisé l’organisation sur son site Internet.Le cas signalé en Chine fin décembre a réveillé la crainte d’une résurgence de la maladie qui a fait plus de 300 morts dans le monde depuis 2003. De plus, si les contaminations se sont faites jusqu’ici de l’animal vers l”homme, les scientifiques redoutent que le virus H5N1 ne mute, permettant une contamination d’homme à homme.  Le 19 janvier 2012 à 10:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Les applis Androïd sur votre PC avec Bluestacks

first_imgLes applis Androïd sur votre PC avec Bluestacks Vous pensiez qu’Androïd n’était disponible que sur smartphones ou tablettes ? Détrompez-vous ! Bluestacks (lien non disponible) avait lancé sa version alpha, désormais, la bêta arrive.Grâce à ce logiciel, vous pourrez faire tourner toutes les applications Androïd et ses fameux jeux, comme Angry Birds par exemple, sur votre PC de salon ou votre netbook. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Si la version alpha était limitée (10 applications pré chargées et 26 additionnables), la nouvelle devrait permettre de télécharger autant d’apps que l’on souhaite. BlueStacks permettra donc l’affichage plein écran d’Android sur votre PC pour plus de rapidité de navigation.Vous pouvez toujours devenir bêta testeur en attendant la sortie officiel de l’ultime version ou alors, tout simplement, regarder la démo du Bluestacks App Player à cette adresse.Le 27 mars 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Senate confirms Sessions for attorney general

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general in the Trump administration despite fierce Democratic opposition to the Alabama Republican over his record on civil rights and immigration.The 52-47 nearly party-line vote capped weeks of divisive battles over Sessions, an early supporter of President Donald Trump and one of the Senate’s most conservative lawmakers.Democrats laced into Sessions, casting him as too cozy with Trump and too harsh on immigrants. They asserted he wouldn’t do enough to protect voting rights of minorities, protections for gays and the legal right of women to obtain an abortion. They fear immigrants in the country illegally won’t receive due process with Session as the top law enforcement officer.“Any attorney general must be able to stand firm for the rule of law even against the powerful executive that nominated him or her. In this administration I believe that independence is even more necessary,” said Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. “His (Sessions’) record raises doubts about whether he can be a champion for those who need this office most and it also raises doubts about whether he can curb unlawful overreach” by Trump.Republicans say Sessions has demonstrated over a long career in public service — and two decades in the Senate — that he possesses integrity, honesty and is committed to justice.last_img read more

21 Tributes to the Galaxys Rebel Princess

first_imgWith better news of Carrie Fisher’s condition millions of fans around the world (and galaxy) are sending the warmest wishes and deepest pleas to the force to protect our princess. While wait for updates lets promote more good vibes and messages of hope for the OG Rebel herself Leia Organa. From Princess to General nothing stood in her way much like Carrie.Nothing has stopped her this far! Not addiction, not depression, not the industry, not trolls…basically all evil in the world. She taught us there is always hope and we hope for her speedy recovery.We leave you with a perfect quote on Christmas Eve from the High Geektress, “I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another.” Be good to one another today, it’s the way of the Alliance.via Christian CimoroniView as: One Page Slides1. Nick Brokenshire2. Vash Perado3. Chrissie Zullo4. Alba Jimenezj5. Brittany Santos6. Daria D7. James Hance8. Lexi Bee9. Skottie Young10. Griz Sastrawinata-Lemay and Norm Lemay11. Evelyne Dubois12. Sio Bhan13. Svenja Shalida14. Katie Cook15. Cryssy Cheung16. Kelsey P17. Arthur Adams18. Nan Lawson19. Bree Smith20. Julian Callos21. Chloe Skowronlast_img read more