Indian Football: Bengaluru FC sign midfielder Alex Barrera, Bhaichung Bhutia on I-League and ISL…

first_imgAlex Barrera is the latest Bengaluru FC signeeAdvertisementWelcome to another edition of the Indian football news roundup. Today, we will talk about Bengaluru FC signing former La Liga midfielder Alex Barrera to bolster their ranks, Bhaichung Bhutia’s thoughts on the I-League and ISL merger, Mumbai City FC succumbing to FC Pune City in the Maharashtra Derby, and the rising speculation that Jobby Justin and Salam Ranjan Singh would join ISL side ATK.In case you missed out on the previous edition of the Indian football news roundup, you can check it out here.Bengaluru FC News: League leaders sign Alex Barrera to replace Erik PaartaluAlex Barrera is the latest Bengaluru FC signee (Image Credits: Sportskeeda)Bengaluru FC has signed Spanish midfielder Alex Barrera to replace Erik Paartalu for the remainder of the season. The Blues confirmed that the deal is only a short-term one and Barrera will go back to Spain after the Hero Super Cup.Alex has played in the La Liga, La Liga II, and Segunda Division for Sporting Gijon and Hercules. The trait which sets him apart from the rest is his versatility, something which Erik Paartalu was known for in the Bengaluru FC team. The 27-year-old can play in all the positions in the midfield, but will primarily be deployed in the central defensive role.Bhaichung Bhutia on I-League and ISL mergerBhaichung Bhutia knows the importance of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal playing in the ISL (Image Credits: Telegraph India)Former Indian football team captain and Arjuna awardee Bhaichung Bhutia has shared his perspective on the impending matter related to I-League and ISL merger. Here is what he told IANS in an interview.“I think until and unless you have teams like Mohun Bagan and East Bengal and some other teams as well who are very passionate, and have the kind of fan following you don’t have in the top league… then the excitement does not really come in. So the ISL also benefits bringing clubs from I-League up. Because I-League clubs have history, passion, and fan following.”ISL: FC Pune City end on a high after inflicting defeat on Mumbai City FC in Maharashtra DerbyFC Pune City ended their ISL campaign on a high note (Credits: ISL Media)FC Pune City ended their ISL campaign on a high note by inflicting defeat on Mumbai City in the Maharashtra Derby. The win helped the Pune-based outfit pip ATK to sit on the sixth spot in the points table, with 22 points from 18 matches.Adil Khan broke the deadlock with an acrobatic finish in the 18th minute after latching on to Robin Singh’s pass. However, the replays showed that the defensive midfielder hadn’t timed his run to perfection and was offside by a yard.It took more than an hour of the game to change the scoreline after Ian Hume bulged the ball into the back of the net from inside the penalty box. Mumbai City FC defender Lucian Goian drew a foul inside the rival penalty box to win a spot-kick for his side. Arnold Issoko even converted it but it proved to be a mere consolation as the full-time scoreline remained 2-1.ISL Transfers: Jobby Justin and Salam Ranjan Singh to move to ATKJobby Justin and Salam Ranjan Singh might realize their ISL dreams (Image Credits: Goal.com)According to Goal.com, ATK has agreed to a deal to sign Jobby Justin and Salam Ranjan Singh for the next season. Both the players currently play for East Bengal in the I-League, who can even win the title if Chennai City FC squanders their chances.Jobby Justin has been a revelation under Alejandro Menedez’s tutelage this season. Having scored nine goals in the tournament so far, his services were sorely missed in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup and former coach Stephen Constantine had to face widespread criticism from the fans.Salam Ranjan Singh, on the other hand, has made only four appearances for East Bengal, twice as a substitute and twice in the starting line-up. This can be attributed to the two strong centre-backs, Borja Gomez Perez and Johnny Acosta, the Red and Golds have in their ranks. Advertisementlast_img read more

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WATCH: This 2016 Football Primer Video is Incredible

first_imgWARNING: We’re not responsible for any walls that you may run through after watching this 2016 football hype video. Viewers be advised.30 days to football season! If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Stalemate in Israel Folau’s Rugby Australia code of conduct hearing

first_imgShare on Twitter Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Topics Reuse this content RA chief executive Raelene Castle was asked to provide verbal evidence for the second day running, with NSW Waratahs supremo Andrew Hore also called as a witness on Sunday.Folau is fighting to save his career after Castle issued the dual international with a “high-level” breach notice last month and threatened to tear up his four-year, $4m contract following his latest round of inflammatory social media posts.The superstar fullback, who reportedly rejected a $1m offer to walk away from Australian rugby last week, joined Castle and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika in providing evidence on Saturday.Folau’s solicitor Ramy Quatami and barrister Adam Casselden have argued that Folau’s Instagram post claiming hell awaits homosexuals and other sinners unless they repent and turn to Jesus was merely a Bible passage and not his direct words.They also put foot forward the fact that RA didn’t include a specific social media clause when the John Eales medallist signed a new contract in February.But after being formally warned last year when he posted similar passages claiming gays were destined for hell, RA’s legal unit believes the 30-year-old has breached both the player code of conduct and social media policies.Both Folau and RA will have until 72 hours after any decision is handed down to appeal. Australia rugby union team While Cheika last month said he would find it “difficult” to pick Folau for Australia again and senior teammates including Test captain Michael Hooper condemned him for his provocative stance, Folau has not been without support.“Seriously … Might as well sack me and all the other Pacific Islands rugby players around the world because we have the same Christian beliefs,” Folau’s Wallabies teammate Taniela Toupou posted on Facebook last Tuesday.If he does have his contract terminated, Folau would be the first professional athlete in Australian sport wiped out for expressing religious beliefs. Since you’re here… Rugby union Israel Folau’s future remains no clearer after his landmark code of conduct hearing was forced into a third day following a weekend stalemate at Rugby Australia headquarters in Sydney.Folau’s defence counsel and RA’s legal team will return on Tuesday after more than 15 hours of legal arguments weren’t enough for the three-person independent panel to start considering a decision. Read more news … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Australia sport Read more Erik Denison Israel Folau has broken the spirits of many children who once idolised him Michael Cheika makes appearance at Israel Folau hearing Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Israel Folaulast_img read more

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Callao Dockworkers’ Strike Set for Today

first_imgzoom The APM Terminals is facing strike action in Callao, the chief seaport of Peru, starting today, May 13th, the port’s union of dockworkers Sutramporpc announced.The union approved an indefinite strike at the latest general assembly due to the port operator’s failure to agree on improved collective working conditions proposed by the union.The union said that the strike would affect operations of the North Pier of the port of Callao, which is undergoing a major makeover financed by the APM Terminals.According to the union Secretary Geraldo Honores, the conflict between the two sides has worsened over the past few weeks, as the company has taken a prosecutorial attitude toward the workers who are merely seeking their rights.“Our friends and colleagues in Peru have our unanimous support, as they get ready to take indefinite strike action. They have not taken this decision lightly, they have taken it in pursuit of fair and equitable working conditions in the port. We urge APMT to address those inequalities and step back from confrontation,” ITF president and chair of the ITF dockers’ section, Paddy Crumlin, explained.The dockers’ section, which represents dockworkers’ unions worldwide, called on APM Terminals to, inter alia, engage in proper negotiations, end the discrimination against dockers; and agree wage increases in line with company profit.APM Terminals did nor reply to request for comment sought by World Maritime News on the matter.The dockworkers also called on DP World to recognise Sutramporpc and honour the decision of the Peruvian Constitutional Court to agree a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the union.The announcement follows a 48 hour industrial action taken by Sutramporpc on April 14. Around 95% of port workers are affiliated with the union.The port bears an extreme importance for Peru’s international trade as it handles majority of the country’s seaborne cargo.APM Terminals launched a USD 750 million expansion project in Callao, Peru in 2013 bringing in giant infrastructure intended to handle large ships.The project is expected to be completed in 2021, when APM Terminals Callao is set to have an annual container throughput capacity of 2.9 million TEUs and 15 million tons of bulk cargo.last_img read more

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US declares Baloch separatist group BLA a terror outfit

first_imgWashington/Islamabad: The US has declared separatist group Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), which is fighting Pakistani rule in the restive Balochistan province, as a terrorist organisation, weeks after it attacked a five-star hotel in the port city of Gwadar. Pakistan in 2006 banned the outfit and have been urging the US to do the same. “The BLA is an armed separatist group that targets security forces and civilians, mainly in ethnic Baloch areas of Pakistan,” the State Department said Tuesday. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’ The department made it a crime for anyone in the US to assist the BLA militants and freezing any US assets they may have. The outfit has carried out several terrorist attacks in the past year, including a suicide attack in August, 2018 that targeted Chinese engineers in Balochistan, a November, 2018 attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, and a May, 2019 attack against a luxury hotel in Gwadar, it added. In May this year, five people, including a Pakistani soldier, were killed after BLA gunmen stormed a five-star hotel in the port city of Gwadar. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping Welcoming the US’ move, Pakistan said it hope that the action will ensure that the BLA’s space to operate is minimised. It is important that the perpetrators, organisers, financers and external sponsors including those glorifying these acts of terror against Pakistan are held accountable and brought to justice,” the Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement in Islamabad. BLA spokesperson Jiyand Baloch in a statement called the US move “unjustified”. “The BLA is a moderate, secular and an armed defence organisation. The BLA is resisting on its motherland against foreign intruders to protect its people. The international laws allow any person or nation to act in self defence. US State Department’s ban on BLA is beyond comprehension and unjustified,” he said in a statement. Meanwhile, the US also sanctioned Hezbollah operative Husain Ali Hazzima, chief of the Beirut-based terrorist group’s intelligence unit. It also updated its sanctions list to reflect a name change of the Iranian Sunni Muslim terrorist group Jundallah to Jaysh al-Adl. Jundallah, which was designated as a foreign terrorist organisation in 2010, began using the new name Jaysh al-Adl and associated aliases in 2012, the state department statement said. Since its inception, the group has engaged in numerous attacks that have killed scores of Iranian civilians and government officials, including a February 2019 suicide bombing and an October 2018 kidnapping of Iranian security personnel, it said.last_img read more

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Joe Walsh Pledges To Fight North Carolina AntiLGBT Law

first_imgAmerican singer-songwriter and guitarist Joe Walsh announced he will give a portion of the proceeds from two upcoming shows in North Carolina to the American Civil Liberties Union to support its lawsuit fighting the state’s anti-LGBT law.The law, House Bill 2, removes protections for LGBT people and prohibits transgender people from using facilities that correspond to their gender identity.Net profits from the Eagles guitarist’s June 30 show (with Bad Company) in Charlotte and August 9 solo show in Raleigh will also go to Equality North Carolina. Both groups will be on site at the show to engage with attendees.Statement from Joe Walsh:“I have a few shows coming up in North Carolina: June 30th in Charlotte at the PNC Pavilion on my tour with Bad Company and August 9th in Raleigh at the Red Hat Amphitheater as part of my solo run,” said Walsh. “North Carolina has been in the news lately because of the new legislation passed (HB-2) that dictates which bathrooms transgender individuals are to use and overrules LGBT anti-discrimination measures passed by local governments in the state of North Carolina. It also deprives the rights of LGBT persons to fight back when their rights are denied in the workplace.“This legislation is deeply disconcerting and offensive to me and it hits close to home because, in addition to my diverse friends and peers from all walks of life, I have a gay stepson of whom I am very proud and that this legislation would directly affect. Because I am against discrimination of any kind, I encourage a full repeal of this law.“I believe that music is a language that connects people – without bias – and that my shows are a place where all are welcome and all can feel safe. This is why I have chosen to proceed with concert dates as planned in North Carolina and will be donating my net profits to Equality NC and the ACLU. Both of these organizations will be on site at my show passing out information and collecting donations. You can also find links to their pages on my website where you can get more information or make a donation. Please consider contributing to these organizations who are working to repeal HB-2 and join me in coming together to protect equal rights for everyone including our LGBT children today and for years to come.”ACLU of North Carolina Policy Director Sarah Preston said the following in response:“Now more than ever it’s important that we stand together to uplift LGBT people and to fight measures that threaten to harm us. Joe Walsh is using his music and his influence to demand equality and justice for all who are LGBT, and we couldn’t be more grateful for his courage and his generosity. Defeating dangerous legislation like North Carolina’s House Bill 2 takes bold action and sustained commitment. And that’s just what he’s bringing to this fight.”In March, the ACLU, the ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit on behalf of LGBT clients in North Carolina who have been targeted by this discriminatory law.last_img read more

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Jennifer Grout Explains her conversion to Islam

first_imgCasablanca – After she had stunned the world with her beautiful voice during her participation in Arabs Got Talent, American young singer Jennifer Grout was believed to have converted to Islam.Earlier this month, Jennifer appeared in a video where she announced her conversion to Islam. The video got about a million hits in less than a week.However, Grout told online newspaper Tabloid that she had actually converted to Islam before her participation at Arabs Got Talent show, and that the video was all acted out. The young American said that before the video was posted on YouTube, she had not made her conversion to Islam official yet.Jennifer went on to add that the video was actually a scene from a Moroccan film she had shot before auditioning for Arab’s got Talent“Actually the video that everyone has seen is part of a Moroccan film I made before my performance aired on Arabs Got Talent,” Grout was quoted as saying by news website Gulfnews.com.Grout said she was “upset” and “scared” when she realized that the video had went viral even before she could announce her conversion to Islam to her family and friends and talk to them about her new religion.“And I originally was upset, and mostly scared, that it ended up on the internet, because I hadn’t even gotten the chance to tell my family and closest friends about Islam before there were headlines everywhere saying I’d converted,” she was quoted by Gulfnews as saying.Despite her shock at the rapid spread of the news of her conversion, Grout said that she was no ashamed of having converted to Islam. “I am not ashamed of what I believe in,” she added.In the video, Grout appears reading the Shahada, which means her formal conversion to Islam, then beautifully reciting the first verse of the Quran. Jennifer appears along with two Moroccans from the south, one of whom is believed to be her fiancée or husband.After having converted to Islam, Grout immediately started practicing her new religion, by doing the daily 5 prayers and giving charity on a frequent basis. She also said that she is planning to fast during next Ramadan.The 23-year-old, who is originally from Boston, has come to Morocco to learn both the Amazigh language and Moroccan Arabic.last_img read more

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UN hails Liberia course examining military and civilian roles in peace operations

United Nations officials have praised a week-long training course in Liberia involving non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UN agencies, and military, civilian and police personnel from the world body’s peacekeeping operation in the West African country (UNMIL) for highlighting ways to strengthen civilian-military coordination not only in this mission but also in other complex peace operations.The course, co-organized by UNMIL and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which is part of a series of training workshops on complex peace operations, focused on both natural disasters and complex emergencies, with a particular emphasis on the peace mission in Liberia and ongoing peace operations in West Africa, the mission said in a statement issued at the weekend.“Courses such as this one give us a clearer understanding of the dynamics that exist between humanitarian and military actors in the implementation of their respective roles and responsibilities,” Jordan Ryan, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Recovery and Governance, told the 28 participants.Mr. Ryan, who is also the Humanitarian Coordinator in Liberia, went on to stress the importance of civil-military coordination training as a means to strengthen the relationships amongst those involved in emergency response, aid coordination and reconstruction activities.The Senior Advisor to the Civil Military Coordination Section of OCHA and the main facilitator, Fred Polk, praised the group for its participation and said the success of the course was due largely to the talent of the participants. “They will make a significant contribution within the mission as well as between the mission and other actors in Liberia,” said Mr. Polk.The UN Civil-Military Coordination Course, held from 23-28 April, combined conflict prevention, peace building, security operations, and humanitarian relief and recovery operations. The course was previously conducted in Liberia in April and June 2005, as well as in other parts of West Africa, including Ghana. read more

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Football Urban Meyer heads to first Rose Bowl in coaching career

Ohio State redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) celebrates with Urban Meyer after he scored a touchdown in the first half of the B1G Championship Game vs. Northwestern on Dec. 1. Ohio State won 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State is used to being in the conversation for the College Football Playoff. It is also used to being one of the first teams left out of the top four.For the third time in the five years of the playoff’s existence, and the second year in a row, the Buckeyes finished as one of the three highest-ranked teams to miss out on a chance at the national championship.In 2017, head coach Urban Meyer said he expected to be in. This year, not so much, as his team finished behind both Big 12 champion Oklahoma and two-loss Georgia. But the consolation prize is one Meyer is excited about.“I’ve dreamt of it. I dreamt of it. We came close a couple of times,” Meyer said. “No disrespect to the other bowl games because they are awesome, but the Rose Bowl is the one we have always looked forward to.”The Buckeyes will travel to Pasadena, California, to play in the Rose Bowl, the bowl once nicknamed “The Granddaddy of Them All.” It will be Meyer’s first trip to Pasadena in his 27 seasons as a head coach. He still remembers watching the game as a kid.“I do remember watching the Rose Bowl, watching the Rose Bowl parade. You know, Woody Hayes and the great players, Buckeyes going out there,” Meyer said. “I just got that visual: Ohio State-USC playing in the Rose Bowl as a kid growing up.”Even with the excitement to play in what many consider to be the most historic bowl game of any, Ohio State still is playing in a consolation bowl game for the second straight season.Redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones said he was surprised to see Ohio State outside of the top four, reminding him of the situation a season ago. But he does not blame the committee for the decision.“It was a little bit of a deja vu moment,” Jones said. “I felt like we left our destiny in the hands of the committee instead of our own hands.”On the other hand, Ohio State’s opponent, No. 9 Washington, is excited at the opportunity to take on the Buckeyes, a program that head coach Chris Petersen called “one of the most storied, premier programs in the country.”“That’s one game that this program has not been in for a long, long time,” Petersen said. “I think there’s a lot of excitement there and, certainly you throw in Ohio State … I mean all that adds to a lot of excitement.”But Petersen also understands the disappointment the Buckeyes might be feeling after being 12-1 Big Ten Champions with an impressive resume of wins against two top-12 teams.Petersen is one of many calling for an expanded College Football Playoff. He said he thinks “everybody wants that thing to get expanded, and hopefully it will soon.”“I think there’s gonna be a ton of excitement to go down to Pasadena. I mean I think that the Rose Bowl carries that much weight, I really do,” Petersen said. “I know Ohio State can easily, with their resume, be in that four-team tournament, there’s no doubt about it, and so that’s hard and that’s disappointing to not be able to have an opportunity when it really becomes a subjective beauty pageant from there.”It might not be the playoff, it might not be Ohio State’s chance to claim its second national title under the new format, but Meyer and his team are still excited.For Meyer, it is his first opportunity for his team to play in the bowl game he’s said he’s always wanted a chance to coach in.For players like Jones, who first thinks of watching the Reggie Bush era at USC as a kid when he thinks of the Rose Bowl, it’s something much simpler than that.It’s his first time in the state of California.“At the end of the day it is what it is, we play Washington in Pasadena, California, and I’ve never been to California before, so I’m excited,” Jones said. read more

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Mussel shortage warning as study shows noise stunts their growth

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. Those tucking into a steaming bowl of moules mariniere on their summer holidays may be alarmed to hear that a shortage could be on horizon, as scientists have found that increasing noise could potentially cause a shortage.A team of marine scientists from Napier University and Heriot Watt University, both in Edinburgh, have found that a decline in mussel banks in some areas of the UK could be because excessive noise causes stress for the bivalves.The researchers collected mussels from the shore at Musselburgh, outside Edinburgh, and tested their response to noise in a lab at the St Abbs Marine Station near Eyemouth – a charity dedicated to marine science, conservation and education.Scientists played the sound of a ship’s motor to a sample of blue mussels in a controlled setting, and measured biochemical and behavioural changes in the mussels.The study found that mussels that had been exposed to noise consumed 12 per cent less oxygen than their counterparts in more peaceful waters, which ould lead to increased energy use and potentially slower growth.Even though the creatures do not have ears, the study found  they can detect changing sound levels in their environment.Matt Wale,  from Edinburgh Napier University, explained: “The filtration rate, or how much algae they consume, decreased by over 80% and there was a 60% increase in valve gape, which means the mussels are spending more time vulnerable to predators.”Another member of the team, Mark Hartl from Heriot-Watt University, added: “Given the wide distribution of mussels in areas where they may be exposed to noise, the impact of noise does not appear to be fatal or immediately dangerous for mussels.”However, this doesn’t mean it isn’t having a long-term effect on mussel populations in high noise areas, it could be affecting their growth, reproductivity and may help explain the decline of mussel banks in some areas of the UK.”Karen Diele, from Edinburgh Napier University, the co-director of research at the marine station, said: “The blue mussel is an extremely important invertebrate in the UK: it is commercially valuable and it plays an essential ecological role as a reef builder and a filter-feeder that keeps the water clean.””For the first time in a marine species, we detected noise-induced changes in DNA integrity, indicating an underlying source of stress.” The research was supported with funding from the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland. The team is also looking at how Norway lobsters, squid and native oysters respond to underwater noise. read more

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Alex Dujshebaev joins RK Vardar Pro

Alex Dujshebaev ← Previous Story Junior WCh 2013: Egypt and Brasil OUT – European semis Next Story → Ex-Danish goalkeeper Morten Seier is new RK Gorenje condition coach One of the best players at Junior World Championship in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spanish right back, Alex Dujshebaev (21) has signed two years contract with Macedonian champion RK Vardar Pro with an option to extend deal for one more year. Young left-hander was the TOP scorer of ASOBAL last season in t-shirt of BM Aragon and it was agreed to join BM Atletico Madrid this summer and work with his father Talant Dujshebaev, but after financial collapse of Spanish team, Alex became target of many international teams. He was connected with some German teams as THW Kiel and HSV Handball, also French, but at the end Dujshebaev will join ambitious Macedonian project with Russian backup.At the same position, RK Vardar has already two players – experienced Ex-Yugoslav NT member, Vladimir Petric (38) and youngstar, Stefan Terzić (19),who came also this summer from HSV Handball.photo: IHF read more

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Nazi Scientists Had Plans for a Giant Space Sun Gun

first_imgThis is of the weirder files to come out of WWII. The July 23rd 1945 issue of LIFE magazine detailed a secret Nazi plan to concoct a giant space mirror or magnifying glass that would concentrate solar rays to burn whole cities or oceans (Google books link). Kind of like a super-sized version of using a magnifying glass to burn ants.In Germany last month, U.S. Army technical experts came up with theastonishing fact that German scientists had seriously planned to build a“sun gun,” a big mirror in space which would focus the sun’s rays to ascorching point at the earth’s surface. The Germans, the Army reported,hoped to use such a mirror to burn an enemy city to ashes or to boilpart of an ocean.Plausible schemes to build a station in space wereengineered on paper long before the war. European rocket enthusiasts,including Dr. Hermann Oberth, who may have been the designer of the V-2,had planned to use the space station not as a weapon but as a refuelingpoint for rockets starting off on journeys into space. … The only majorobstacle: constructing a rocket powerful enough to reach a point where aspace station could be built. If the modern German scientists had beenable to make such a rocket, they might have ben able to set up their sungun. Whether the sun gun would have accomplished what they expected,however, is another matter.” Even if the Nazis would have maintained power long enough to create a space Reich, it appears this dream of a city-destroying sun gun was far from practical.AdChoices广告Since the sun appears in the sky as a disk and not as a point, the bestany optical system can produce is an image of this disk. At very shortfocal lengths, the image is small and hot but as the focal length isincreased the image becomes progressively bigger and cooler. At thedistance the Germans proposed to set up their mirror (3,100 miles) theimage of the sun cast on the earth would be about 40 miles in diameterand not hot enough to do any damage. via Blastrlast_img read more

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Kasilof Dipnet Fishery Approaching Final Day Of The Season

first_imgMatt Miller with the Department of Fish and Game: “Fishing on the Kasilof for sockeye has been pretty good. We’ve been hearing some good numbers of sockeye moving in and we are hearing good reports from dipnetters there.”  The current escapement of sockeye salmon into the Kasilof River is proceeding at a rate that is projected to exceed the biological escapement goal. Miller: “We expect a lot of folks to come out and fill their freezers with sockeye.”  In July, the DF&G expanded the Kasilof River personal use dipnetting area. Personal use dipnetting from the shore is allowed in an expanded area from ADF&G markers on Cook Inlet beaches upstream to the Sterling Highway Bridge. Dipnetting on the Kasilof River is allowed 24 hours a day, seven days a week until August 7 each year. Dipnetting from a boat is allowed from ADF&G markers located on Cook Inlet beaches upstream to ADF&G markers at approximately river mile 3 of the Kasilof River. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An even spread of dip netters fished the busy waters throughout the weekend, hitting their daily limits of late-run sockeye on the Kasilof River as the remainder of the season wraps up on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Quantum computing will break internet security but Cloudflare is trying to fix

first_img Tags Share your voice Post a comment 0 Computers Security IBM’s System Q quantum computer. As machines like this get more and more powerful, today’s encryption methods will go out the window. That’s a problem. Stephen Shankland/CNET Quantum computing can be baffling, but one effect of this evolving technology is pretty easy to grasp: It threatens to blow up the encryption that protects internet communications and lets you do things like shop online without thieves stealing your credit card number. Now internet infrastructure company Cloudflare has joined an effort to come up with new “post-quantum” algorithms that’ll extend today’s security protections.Cloudflare has begun testing new encryption technology in partnership with Google Chrome to try to figure out what’s most practical in the real world. And it’s released an open-source software package called CIRCL — the Cloudflare Interoperable Reusable Cryptographic Library — to let it and anyone else evaluate post-quantum encryption progress.The moves don’t fix internet encryption. But they do lay a foundation for a world where critical ideas like privacy and e-commerce don’t become obsolete in the digital realm. The good news is that, although developing post-quantum encryption isn’t easy, it’s also not impossible. Cloudflare is trying to quantum-proof TLS, the encryption technology formerly called SSL that’s used to secure connections between your web browser and the server hosting a website like Gmail, Amazon or DuckDuckGo so someone snooping network traffic can’t see your sensitive data.”We hope that this experiment helps choose an algorithm with the best characteristics for the future of the internet,” Cloudflare cryptography developer Kris Kwiatkowski said in a blog post.A decades-old idea called Shor’s algorithm has proved that quantum computers, once they grow out of today’s nascent stage and become sufficiently powerful, can crack today’s encryption methods. The US National Institute of Standards and Technology is spearheading an effort to come up with a replacement algorithm that’s fast and future-proof.Google’s Chrome team has studied post-quantum security for years. That work has helped to narrow down some choices.Cloudflare offers services like caching data to speed up its clients’ websites, helping clients with streaming video and protecting websites from denial-of-service attacks that can bring down websites with a flood of network traffic. Quantum computing Chromelast_img read more

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Aleutian Risk Assessment Unveils Spill Prevention Plan

first_imgThe Selendang Ayu broke apart a decade ago just off Unalaska Island. (Courtesy: USCG)For years, shipping safety advocates have called for better protections against oil spills in the Aleutian chain. Now, the plan for a new response system is finally finished. The Aleutian Islands Risk Assessment’s draft report recommends some familiar solutions in new places – all at a cost of almost $14 million a year.Download AudioThe Risk Assessment started in response to a major disaster just off Unalaska’s shores. Ten years ago, the bulk carrier Selendang Ayu ran aground near the island, killing six people and spilling fuel into the Bering Sea.It was the worst shipping accident in the region’s history – and the Risk Assessment was designed to make sure it couldn’t happen again.Since 2009, researchers and stakeholders have been studying everything from tugboat locations to shipping routes to weather conditions – all while marine traffic in the Aleutians continued to increase.“I certainly wish it hadn’t taken as long as it has,” says Tim Robertson, a lead author of the new report. “There’s been frustration, I think, from all levels, that — why aren’t we doing more, and studying less?”But he says they wanted to make sure they had all their bases covered before they came out with their recommendation: create a nonprofit organization to manage better monitoring systems, spill response plans and salvage tools in the Aleutian Islands.“We think there should be one organization that essentially provides all of these services,” Robertson says.The nonprofit would hire contractors to run equipment like a dedicated rescue tugboat or a heavy-duty helicopter. And it would manage the cost of the whole system. It comes out to about $13.6 million a year.Robertson says about half of that cost would come from the users themselves: the operators of big vessels heading through places like Unimak Pass, the busiest channel through the Aleutians. In 2012, for example, operators would have had to pay about $13,000 for each ship they sent across.The Risk Assessment report says that would be lower if they could charge every ship that used that route. But a little less than half of those vessels are only passing through on their way to and from foreign ports – and there’s no way to make them chip in for a domestic response system.So Robertson says it should fall to the federal government to cover that part of the cost – about $15 million.“We think it’s probably most feasible if there was a one-time appropriation, instead of trying to get ongoing operational funding,” he says.Their first purchase would be an emergency towing vessel, which would be permanently stationed in the Aleutians to head off shipping mishaps. The idea’s been on the table for years – but now, researchers are saying it should go in Adak. It’s a town of about 300 people in the western Aleutians.That recommendation came as a big surprise to Unalaska Mayor Shirley Marquardt. She’s been involved with the Risk Assessment from the beginning.“When we started first looking at this, we were focused on the marine traffic that is compressed into a part of the region,” Marquardt says, “primarily because they’re either coming or going from our port, or they’re all transiting directly through Unimak Pass.”The pass is right next to Unalaska, along the popular Great Circle Shipping route. As that track curves around the globe, it leads vessels through the Aleutians a second time – near Adak.And that’s where they can run into trouble. There are more crossings to choose from in the area, and Adak city manager Layton Lockett says some are too sensitive for commercial traffic – like Buldir Pass. Lockett says it’s an important spot for fishing and seabird habitat.“If something were to, say, happen in Buldir Pass, through no fault of anyone but the vessel, it could have profound impacts in a number of different industries that we’re all reliant upon, just because someone decided to take the scenic tour,” he says.To address that, the Risk Assessment wants to close down some offshore zones to shipping traffic. And it calls for expanding the vessel tracking systems that are already in place.But Lockett says that hosting the dedicated tug in Adak would give him the greatest peace of mind. The Risk Assessment report says if something went wrong in that area, there probably wouldn’t be tugboat close by to assist.In Unalaska, there are tugboats working near the port year-round. But Mayor Shirley Marquardt isn’t convinced that’s enough. She says Unalaska started out as the Risk Assessment’s priority — they had several residents advising the study over the years.Now, Marquardt’s afraid they’re getting left behind.“It just seemed like the focus just kind of shifted — to, we’re no longer trying to prevent this happening in the first place, as to, ‘Well, gee, response out far West might difficult,’” she says. “I was really cognizant of that, this whole way through, all these years doing this, that we don’t shift. If that’s an important issue, then it needs to be addressed on its own.”It’s concerns like that that researchers are hoping to hear before they go any further with their work. They’ve started taking public comment on their draft report. And they’re planning to visit Unalaska soon to present it in person — and explain how it’ll come together to cover the entire Aleutian chain.UPDATE: The Unalaska meeting set for this weekend has been canceled and will be rescheduled.The public can read the Risk Assessment report and comment online through the end of the month.last_img read more

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Smriti Irani a former HRD minister is a degree dropout and she

first_imgUnion minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Smriti Irani, who is contesting the Lok Sabha election from Amethi, has finally revealed in her nomination papers that she did not complete graduation from Delhi University. In the nomination paper, the actress-turned-politician revealed that she had completed school in 1993. She then lists the Bachelor of Commerce course at Delhi University’s School of Open Learning. Irani, who is contesting against Congress president Rahul Gandhi, adds that though she joined the three-year degree course in 1994 she did not complete it.While filing her nomination papers for the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Chandni Chowk in New Delhi, Irani had presented an affidavit which claimed that she had done a Bachelor of Arts from Delhi University’s School of Open Learning in 1996. It had created a quite a stir at that time as the opposition parties claimed that she was not a graduate. Smriti Irani education filed in affidavittwitterSmriti Irani had appeared for the All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE) from New Delhi’s Holy Child Auxilium School in 1993.Her educational qualification came into the spotlight after Prime Minister Narendra Modi appointed her as the Human Resources Minister. Several people have also tried to gather information about her education from the DU with the help of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. National Spokesperson of Congress Priyanka Chaturvedi trolled Smriti Irani for her claims on educational qualifications. She said, “a new serial is going to come, ‘Kyunki Mantri Bhi Kabhi Graduate Thi” (because the minister was once a graduate) trolling Irani with her earlier soap opera ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’. She also sang the opening title track of the serial with different lyrics.#WATCH Congress’ Priyanka Chaturdevi: A new serial is going to come, ‘Kyunki Mantri Bhi Kabhi Graduate Thi’; Its opening line will be ‘Qualifications ke bhi roop badalte hain, naye-naye sanche mein dhalte hain, ek degree aati hai, ek degree jaati hai, bante affidavit naye hain. pic.twitter.com/o8My3RX9JR— ANI (@ANI) April 12, 2019In November 2018, Rahul Gandhi had also attacked the BJP saying: “Fake degree is in BJP’s DNA”. In January, Irani hit back at Gandhi, calling him a “congenital liar”, but has not addressed the issue, reports The Wire. During the 2014 election, Smriti Irani had lost to the Congress chief at Amethi, a Congress stronghold. The BJP candidate suffered a jolt this time, with her close aide in the constituency, Ravi Dutt Mishra, joining Congress on Thursday. In her affidavit, Irani has declared assets worth Rs 4.71 crore. Her immovable assets are worth Rs 2.96 crore, including agricultural land and a residential building.last_img read more

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NASCAR Renews Twitter Deal to LiveStream Races With InCar RideAlong Video

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Twitter and NASCAR will again put racing fans in the virtual driver’s seat, expanding their live-streaming deal with 15 races during the second half of the 2018 season.Under the pact, Twitter will live-stream one in-car camera on for 15 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races this year, including all 10 NASCAR Playoffs races and five regular-season races. The live-streamed races, which will be available only to users in the U.S., will carry ads but the parties declined to disclose details of the advertising arrangement.NASCAR debuted the in-car camera live stream on Twitter during last year’s NASCAR Playoffs. Of the 10 featured drivers, four of them — 2017 Cup champion Martin Truex Jr., along with Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski — each scored race wins.“We’ve created an experience that brings Twitter users inside the cars at speeds of more than 200 miles per hour,” NASCAR chief marketing officer Jill Gregory said. Starting in July, the races will be available via the @NASCAR handle on Twitter and nascar.twitter.com, . In-car camera video from the races also will be available on the NASCAR Drive streaming site and mobile apps. Meanwhile, full broadcasts of the NASCAR races will be broadcast on NBC or NBCSN and streaming via NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.Twitter’s live-streaming NASCAR races for 2018 will include July 7 from Daytona International Speedway; Aug. 5 from the road course at Watkins Glen International; the Aug. 18 night race at Bristol Motor Speedway; the Sept. 2 annual throwback event at Darlington Raceway; and Sept. 9 from Indianapolis Motor Speedway.As with other live video programming on Twitter, the NASCAR races will include a real-time, curated timeline of tweets about the events. “We are thrilled that NASCAR will make its in-car cameras available on Twitter in 2018,” said Laura Froelich, Twitter’s global head of sports partnerships. “NASCAR fans will once again be able to access these unique in-car cameras at the same speed as the real-time conversation, all in one place on Twitter.”In addition to the live-streamed races, NASCAR will post real-time race highlights on Twitter.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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Hot Jupiter transiting a rapidlyrotating star discovered

first_img © 2017 Phys.org Astronomers discover a very hot Jupiter exoplanet orbiting a bright, hot star Explore further Citation: ‘Hot Jupiter’ transiting a rapidly-rotating star discovered (2017, May 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-hot-jupiter-transiting-rapidly-rotating-star.html (Phys.org)—A “hot Jupiter” exoplanet transiting a rapidly rotating star has been discovered jointly by WASP and KELT survey, a new study reveals. The newly found alien world, designated WASP-167b/KELT-13b, is several times more massive than Jupiter and orbits its parent star every two days. The finding was presented Apr. 25 in a paper published on the arXiv pre-print repository. The new giant planet was detected by a team of astronomers led by Lorna Temple of Keele University in Newcastle, U.K. The discovery is the result of two exoplanet surveys, namely the Wide Angle Search for Planets (WASP) and the Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope (KELT). WASP observations, using the WASP-South telescope of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in South Africa were carried out between May 2006 and June 2012. The KELT observing campaign, utilizing SAAO’s KELT-South telescope, started in March 2010 and lasted till August 2013.WASP-167/KELT-13 is a 1.3 billion-year-old F1V star with a rotation period estimated to be shorter than 1.8 days. With a radius of about 1.79 solar radii, this star is approximately 60 percent more massive than our sun. WASP-167/KELT-13 was observed by WASP and KELT teams independently from each other, and resulted in the detection of a planet-like transit signal. Later follow-up observations of this star conducted in March 2016 using the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) 3.6-m/HARPS spectrograph provided the teams Doppler tomographic data. The new set of data revealed the planetary shadow, thus confirming the presence of an exoworld orbiting the star.”In this work, we present the joint WASP/KELT discovery of a transiting hot Jupiter dubbed WASP-167b/KELT-13b. The 1.5 Rjup planet was confirmed by Doppler tomography of the stellar line profiles during transit,” the researchers wrote.According to the paper, WASP-167b/KELT-13b has a radius of about 1.51 Jupiter radii and its maximum mass is estimated to be eight Jupiter masses. The planet is in a retrograde orbit with a sky-projected spin-orbit angle of –165 degrees. Given the fact that the newly found exoworld also has a short orbital period, it was classified as a so-called “hot Jupiter”. Exoplanets of this type are similar in characteristics to Jupiter, with orbital periods of less than 10 days. They have high surface temperatures, as they orbit their parent stars very closely.In addition to revealing basic parameters of the newly detected planet, the researchers also provided some new insights into the nature of the host star. The study finds that WASP-167/KELT-13 has an effective temperature of 6,900 K and experiences non-radial stellar pulsations. These pulsations appear to have a timescale of about four hours, which is longer compared to similar stars with detected pulsations (like WASP-33 and HAT-P-2) that are near the borderline between Delta Scuti and Gamma Doradus variables. Therefore, the scientists are unable to definitely classify WASP-167/KELT-13 at the moment.The researchers emphasized the significance of their discovery, concluding that the WASP-167/KELT-13 system is one of the few detected so far with a stellar rotation period less than the planetary orbital period. Moreover, WASP-167/KELT-13 is one of the hottest and most rapidly rotating stars known to host a “hot Jupiter” exoplanet. The WASP (top) and KELT (bottom) discovery light curves for WASP 167b/KELT-13b, folded on the orbital period. The blue lines show the final model obtained in the MCMC fitting. Credit: Temple et al., 2017. More information: WASP-167b/KELT-13b: Joint discovery of a hot Jupiter transiting a rapidly-rotating F1V star, arXiv:1704.07771 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1704.07771AbstractWe report the joint WASP/KELT discovery of WASP-167b/KELT-13b, a transiting hot Jupiter with a 2.02-d orbit around a V = 10.5, F1V star with [Fe/H] = 0.1 ± 0.1. The 1.5 RJup planet was confirmed by Doppler tomography of the stellar line profiles during transit. We place a limit of < 8 MJup on its mass. The planet is in a retrograde orbit with a sky-projected spin-orbit angle of λ=−165∘±5∘. This is in agreement with the known tendency for orbits around hotter stars to be more likely to be misaligned. WASP-167/KELT-13 is one of the few systems where the stellar rotation period is less than the planetary orbital period. We find evidence of non-radial stellar pulsations in the host star, making it a δ-Scuti or γ-Dor variable. The similarity to WASP-33, a previously known hot-Jupiter host with pulsations, adds to the suggestion that close-in planets might be able to excite stellar pulsations. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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