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Planetary scientists welcome NASA call for Europa concepts
Determining global surface, composition, and chemistry, especially as related to habitability Characterizing the ice shell and any subsurface water, and the nature of surface-ice-ocean exchange Understanding the formation of surface features, including sites of recent or current activity, and identifying and characterizing candidate sites for future detailed exploration Hunter Waite has waited years for the chance to use his planetary science engineering chops on a mission to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. Now, the director of the space and engineering program at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, may finally get that chance.Last week, setting its sights firmly on the outer reaches of our solar system, NASA invited scientists to submit designs for instruments that could ride to Europa on the agency’s proposed Clipper mission. NASA ultimately plans to pick 15 to 20 proposals to receive about $1 million each for further development—making the Clipper competition one of the largest of its kind in 25 years.But Clipper, which NASA hopes to launch in the 2020s, is still a long way from securing the estimated $2 billion to $3 billion it will need to get off the ground.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Still, NASA’s move has sparked excitement among researchers such as Waite, who has spent half of his adult life on projects associated with the jovian moon. “Most people in the community think we’re way overdue for doing this,” he says. “It has been high on [researchers’] recommendation list for many years. It’s time.”An opportunity like this comes once, maybe twice, in a planetary scientist’s lifetime, says Curt Niebur, a NASA program scientist assigned to the Clipper mission. “The last announcement of this scale was for the Cassini spacecraft in 1989,” he notes. Niebur expects the project to attract dozens of applicants.Coincidentally, Waite took part in the Cassini mission. A mass spectrometry instrument he helped design was selected to ride on the spacecraft and has been collecting data on Saturn’s moon Enceladus for several years. Now, Waite is interested in applying mass spectrometry to determine Europa’s surface composition, data that could clarify how the moon’s icy surface interacts with the liquid oceans below.Scientists have until 17 October to submit their instrument designs to NASA for consideration. An outside peer-review committee will then evaluate the proposals. The 15 to 20 winners will receive $1.25 million and will have 7 months to mature their instruments’ design. In late 2015, another peer-review team will reevaluate the designs, and NASA will select approximately eight finalists for further work.In its request for proposals, NASA says the science objectives for the Clipper mission include:Characterizing the extent of the moon’s ocean and its relation to the deeper interior Understanding Europa’s space environment and interaction with the magnetosphereCongress would still need to approve spending for Clipper. But NASA is prepared for potential funding setbacks that may get in Clipper’s way, Niebur says: “It’s all part of the risk and glamour of space exploration.”Previously, NASA proposed a joint mission to Europa with the European Space Agency (ESA). In 2011, however, the agencies shelved that plan, and ESA is now pursuing its own mission to Jupiter’s icy moons.
US President Donald Trump’s New Drug Plan May Hit India
US President Donald Trump on Saturday denounced foreign countries for “extorting unreasonably low prices from US drugmakers” to enable their citizens to pay much less than American consumers for the same drugs. Trump made the comments while unveiling his drug price policy which he said would “end the global freeloading” on US drug-making expertise “once and for all”.Read it at Times of India Related Items
Indonesia angered after Malaysia puts wrong flag in SEA Games book
Macandili replaces Lazaro in SEA Games lineup Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi says the error is “very painful.”Indonesia’s Olympic Committee chairman Erick Thohir says the mistake “shows negligence” and demanded the guidebook be replaced.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIndonesia appears to have taken particular offense because the guidebook was distributed to VIPs at Saturday’s opening ceremony and only its flag was shown incorrectly.Malaysia and Indonesia are both Muslim majority nations and share a similar language but often trade accusations of stealing the other’s food and culture. CBB Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Indonesians were angered after Malaysian organizers for the Southeast Asian Games wrongly depicted the Indonesian flag (right) in a souvenir guidebook for the event. In the guidebook, the Indonesia flag was inverted, making it look like the flag of Poland (left). AFP FILESJAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia is accusing the Malaysian organizers of the Southeast Asian Games of negligence after the Indonesian flag was printed upside down in a souvenir guidebook.The mistake, which makes the red-and-white Indonesian flag resemble Poland’s, has caused anger in Indonesia where “shameonyoumalaysia” has become the most popular hashtag on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony View comments
Olympic boxing: Vikas Krishan Yadav loses after winning
Vikas Krishan Yadav and the entire Indian contingent were in for a rude shock as the young boxer ‘lost’ his welterweight pre-quarter final, which he had won 13:11 against Errol Spence of the United States of America on Friday night.Just as the Indian camp was celebrating the 19-year-old’s close win, came the shocking news from amateur boxing’s governing body (AIBA) that on a protest from the Americans, the decision was overturned. This was in the wee hours of Saturday, almost five hours after the bout.The AIBA competition jury went through the bout tape replays and found that Danish referee Lars Brovil had been lax as Vikas “was guilty of committing nine fouls but was cautioned only once.”The jury also said that in the second round, Vikas had spat his gum guard, an offence for which he was eventually penalised. Once that happened, Spence was awarded four points and the verdict became 15:13 in favour of the American.Early on Saturday morning, the Indian camp was preparing its protest against the AIBA decision but sources told Mail Today it may be futile.”We are also going through the tapes and will be filing a protest report with the AIBA. Only after that can I comment. We are disappointed,” said PK Muralidharan Raja, India’s acting chef de mission, who is also the secretary of the Indian Boxing Federation.The rules of boxing are very clear and since this sport always comes under the scanner at the Olympics, the protest from the Americans was quickly acted upon. As per the replays, which AIBA viewed “Vikas intentionally spat his mouthpiece” which was a stalling tactic.advertisementPart of the blame, in hindsight, should go to the referee.Before this incident, when Sumit Sangwan lost to Brazilian boxer Yamaguchi Falcao in London, the Indians protested but to no avail.For the Americans, this new result was a huge boost as all their other boxers had crashed out and Spence is their saviour.”I am obviously thrilled that the competition jury overturned my decision and I can continue chasing the gold medal I came here to win,” Spence told the media later through an email statement.”I am going to make the most of this second chance that I’ve been given. I can’t wait to get back in that ring on Tuesday,” he said.Earlier on, Vikas did look superior against Spence as he adopted a plodding style against the American.No doubt, there were times when Vikas was ‘holding’ his opponent but the referee in the ring warned him just once.For sheer entertainment, Spence looked impressive but it was not until five hours later he came to know he was going to stay back at the Olympics and not board a flight back home.For Vikas, touted as a strong Indian medal prospect, this was a sad day. He is young and talented but in the Olympics, where so much emphasis is given to fair play, the jury’s verdict is final.”In our opinion, there have been fouls committed by the American boxer too and he should have been cautioned on the same note,” said Raja later.Indian Olympic Association vice president Tarlochan Singh was more vocal in his criticism.”The AIBA jury has been influenced by the strong American lobby. It is a wrong decision,” he thundered.
High hopes: Athletes aim to maintain their CWG form at Asian Games
The landscape of Indian sport has changed dramatically in the last decade or so. Success in the form of medals at major international events, cutting across several disciplines, has brought a major shift in the outlook of India’s sportspersons in terms of their preparations and the targets they set out to achieve in mega sporting events.In three weeks’ time, Indian athletes will strive for glory at the Asian Games in Incheon. Just weeks back, the Glasgow Commonwealth Games brought some exciting young talents into the limelight. For the likes of new sensations Malaika Goel (shooting), Vinesh Phogat (wrestling) and Dipa Karmakar (gymnastics), the Asian Games will be the next big platform to test their mettle. For others like London Olympic bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt, Incheon will be the turf to judge his abilities and prime himself for the 2016 Rio Olympics.There are some like archer Deepika Kumari who are seeking redemption. Having drawn a blank at the London Olympics two years ago despite being among the best in the world, Deepika is now spurred on to get rid of the big-stage fear.Whatever the reasons, Indian athletes are now seeing the Asian Games as the stepping stone towards the Olympics.”Indeed, the Asian Games will serve as preparation for the Rio Olympics,” Dutt said on the sidelines of the official sendoff function of the ‘Samsung Sports Ratnas’ for the Asian Games.”Since I have shifted to the new weight class (65kg), I have competed in two events and won gold. But at the Asian Games, the competition will be of the level of the World Championships or the Olympics because all the top wrestlers will be there. If you win at Asian Games, you know you have the potential to become a world or Olympic champion. I am aiming for gold but, more importantly, it will help me gauge myself in the weight class in a more competitive field and help me on my path to the Rio Olympics.”advertisementSixteen-year-old Malaika Goel, who shot to fame after winning a silver medal in the CWG women’s 10m air pistol event, asserts that being the baby of the contingent should not lower the expectations from her. “I don’t approach an event thinking I am just 16. Anyone is contender for medal be it 16 or 42. It will be a tougher competition but I just want to do my best.”Deepika recalls how life had become tough after the London debacle. “It was so difficult to come out of that low phase. But I have regained my form recently. I have learnt how to handle the crowd,” she said.Seasoned shooter Manavjit Singh Sandhu said: “Asian Games is probably the most high-pressure event after the Olympics. It will be all about how we handle the pressure on a particular day,” he said.For the boxers though, the recent developments regarding Boxing India have been giving them a tough time, because their participation is uncertain. “We have been working very hard. So it will be disappointing if we don’t get to participate or we don’t have our national flag raised when we win gold,” said L. Devendro Singh.Samsung has picked 12 athletes as ‘Samsung Sports Ratnas’. Samsung South West Asia president and CEO, B.D. Park, and IOA president N. Ramachandran signed an MoU announcing Samsung as the official partner – Asian Games 2014 for the Indian contingent.
Isco to Miss Real Madrid vs Villarreal With Thigh Trouble, Thorgan Hazard Suffers Rib Injury
Real Madrid midfielder Isco is set to miss this weekend’s La Liga match against Villarreal after the club announced on Wednesday that he had picked up a thigh injury.”Isco has been diagnosed with a muscular injury in the right femoral biceps,” said Real in a statement. The club have not given a time frame for the midfielder’s return but said “his recovery will continue to be monitored”.According to sports daily AS, recovery time for this kind of injury is between two to three weeks. That would rule him out of the Liga games against Villarreal and possibly Levante on September 14.It is another setback for Zinedine Zidane’s team which already has a lengthy injury list featuring Eden Hazard, James Rodriguez, Brahim Díaz, Rodrygo and Marco Asensio.On the other hand, Belgian international Thorgan Hazard will be out of action for several weeks after picking up a rib injury in the Bundesliga, his club Borussia Dortmund announced on Wednesday. “Thorgan Hazard suffered a rib injury following a collision with an opponent in the match away to FC Cologne,” said a statement on the club website.”The 26 year-old is now set for several weeks on the sidelines. Get well soon, Thorgan!”Hazard, who arrived from Munchengladbach during the summer, is likely to miss Dortmund’s next two Bundesliga matches at least, against Union Berlin and Bayer Leverkusen.He will probably also miss Belgium’s two Euro qualifiers against San Marino and Scotland next month. 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. borussia dortmundbundesligafootballIsco First Published: August 28, 2019, 7:06 PM IST
LIVE IPL 2017, Rising Pune Supergiant vs Delhi Daredevils: As it happened
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Indian Premier League match between Rising Pune Supergiant vs Delhi Daredevils in Pune. (SCORECARD)Pune captain, Ajinkya Rahane says that 180-190 would have been a good total but Sanju Samson batted really well. Thinks that Morris’ cameo was very good and that cost them the momentum. Opines that Zaheer Khan and Amit Mishra bowled very well. Mentions that they couldn’t build partnerships and that is what they needed. Conveys that in T20 cricket 1 over with the bat or ball can change things. Ends by saying that one has to learn from the mistakes and move on.A crushing win for Delhi. Firstly, Sanju Samson’s blistering ton and a whirlwind cameo from Chris Morris propelled the visitors to a marauding total of 205. In reply, the Pune chase never took off as wickets kept falling in regular intervals. Eventually, they fell way short and endured a pounding defeat. Zaheer Khan and Amit Mishra took a 3-fer apiece to do bulk of the damage as the hosts were blown away. Concerns for Pune, especially their bowling but also the batsmen who looked out of sorts without regular skipper Steve Smith. As for Delhi, they have opened their account in style.23.16 IST: DELHI HAVE WON THE MATCH BY 97 RUNS. Cummins bowls this on a length and keeps it slow and outside off, Dinda is deceived by the slowness of the ball and pushes it unintentionally towards covers. Amit Mishra dives to his left and takes a stunner by his standards.advertisement23.09 IST: WICKET! Mishra has bounced back after his poor performance with the bat in the previous game. Mishra bowls the leg break slower through the air, Zampa kneels and slog sweeps it. It was a slog that needed more prayers as it never looked like clearing the mid-wicket fence. Samson positions himself well there and takes the catch.Match 9. 15.3: WICKET! A Zampa (5) is out, c Sanju Samson b Amit Mishra, 107/9 https://t.co/OALjLdznuI #RPSvDD- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 11, 2017106/8 after 15 overs. #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvDD- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 11, 2017Match 9. 14.3: Z Khan to A Dinda, 4 runs, 104/9 https://t.co/OALjLdznuI #RPSvDD- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 11, 201723.00 IST: WICKET! He strikes straightaway! It is his third wicket. Bowls this on short and in the line of the stumps, Chahar has a wild swing at it but only manages a top edge. Pant hops a touch and catches it. As easy as it gets for the umpire. This probably will be a huge win for Delhi.FOUR for Zampa! That was smacked through extra cover. #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvDD- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 11, 201722.55 IST: WICKET! Delhi are cruising! Mishra tosses this one around off, Bhatia gets low and looks to clear long on with a sweep. However, he fails to connect it well. And Chris Morris at long on takes it comfortably. He is on a hat-trick because he dismissed Dhoni on the last ball of his last over.Over the rope! That’s a MAXIMUM for Deepak! #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvDD- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 11, 2017Over the rope! That’s a MAXIMUM for Deepak! #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvDD- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 11, 201722.51 IST: WICKET! Is that the game for Pune? Probably, yes. MS Dhoni departs and guess what the helicopter shot has led to his demise. Mishra bowls this full and around leg, Dhoni had to go for the big shot, and whips it hard. However, he finds Karun Nair in the deep who takes a well judged catch. Dhoni cannot believe his luck. There is dead silence in the crowd. Rising Pune Supergiant 79/6 (12 overs) vs Delhi Daredevils (205/4)76/5 after 11 overs. #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvDD- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 11, 2017??? took off! SIX off the bat of #MSDhoni #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvDD- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 11, 201722.32 IST: WICKET! Another one bites the dust. Stokes departs. Good take by Pant and Pune have now lost half their side. Disastrous times for the hosts. Short of a length outside off, Stokes goes hard on the pull stroke and gets a faint bottom edge that is well caught by Pant behind the sticks. Rising Pune Supergiant 54/5 (7.5 overs) vs Delhi Daredevils (205/4)22.26 IST: WICKET! NADEEM STRIKES! It has to be the appeal that got Delhi this wicket. Flatter outside off, du Plessis goes for the premediated paddle but then sees that the line is wider for the stroke, tries to adjust somehow as the ball whizzes through to Pant who takes it well. Instant appeal for a catch and it’s very intense as well. The umpire raises his finger and du Plessis has to go. Was there a feather on it? Replays show that there was. Good decision! Rising Pune Supergiant 52/4 (6.4 overs) vs Delhi Daredevils (205/4)advertisement22.22 IST: WICKET! MORRIS STRIKES! Shortish around middle, Tripathi is hurried on to the pull and he gets a top edge that goes towards backward square leg. Nadeem from fine leg covers a lot of ground to take the skier with ease. The chase continues to get tougher for the hosts. Rising Pune Supergiant 49/3 (5.5 overs) vs Delhi Daredevils (205/4)22.15 IST: WICKET! ZAHEER HAS ANOTHER! It’s a slower ball again that does the trick for the Delhi skipper. Agarwal is early into the lofted stroke and skews it high to cover where Morris takes an easy catch after backtracking a bit. Pune in early trouble in this big chase. Rising Pune Supergiant 34/2 (4.5 overs) vs Delhi Daredevils (205/4)22.08 IST: WICKET! CLEVER FROM ZAHEER! Slower ball outside off, Rahane misreads it and goes for the lofted stroke down the ground. Miscues it high towards Samson who runs backwards from mid off to take an easy catch. The stand-in Pune skipper fails to get going. Rising Pune Supergiant 24/1 (3 overs) vs Delhi Daredevils (205/4)21.55 IST: Welcome back for the chase. Ajinkya Rahane and Mayank Agarwal to open the batting for Pune. It shall be Shahbaz Nadeem to take the new ball for Delhi.Congratulations to #MahirTahir on the Purple Cap.Happy Belated Birthday to his son! He asked for a great gift.??? #RangWahiJungNayi #RPSvDD- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 11, 201721.39 IST: Delhi have registered the highest score at Pune. Goes about to say how dominating their batting has been today. The visitors couldn’t have asked for a better end from Chris Morris who hit 38 runs from 9 balls at a strike of 422.22. That’s outrageous! To start off with it was Sanju Samson, the Kerala batsman, who held the innings together and slammed his maiden century of the Indian T20 League. He has had his share of controversies in 2016 with the KCA but he has bounced back very well today. The way Rahul Dravid, his coach both at India A and this side, applauded his effort wonderfully which indicates how much he is proud of the Kerala batsman.21.39 IST: SIX! M-A-S-S-I-V-E! What a finish to the innings! Back of a length around off, makes no difference for Morris who stands tall and nonchalantly bashes this way over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. Raining maximums in the slog overs and DELHI END ON 205/4.21.38 IST: SIX! BIGGIE! How effortless is this shot! Fuller around middle, Morris gets underneath it and whips it over deep square leg for a maximum. Clean hitting this and the Delhi innings is on nitro boost here.21.38 IST: FOUR! FAB SHOT! Excellent stroke from Morris. Once again it’s just finesse from the big man. Stokes follows him with a very full ball, Morris makes room and eases it through point for a boundary. What a cameo this is turning out to be!21.37 IST: FOUR! Deft touch from Morris! Shows that he is not about power alone. Back of a length outside off, he just picks it well and lobs it well wide of the short fine leg fielder for a boundary.advertisement21.30: WICKET! But he’s done his job for sure. Samson rocks back to pull this quicker ball across the line but it keeps a touch low to sneak beneath his bat. The stumps are disturbed. End of what has been a marvelous innings from the young lad. Gets a standing ovation as he leaves the field.Well Played, Son #Samson #IPL @DelhiDaredevils #RPSvDD pic.twitter.com/hLetEqiCVb- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 11, 201721.29 IST: CENTURY! TAKE BOW SANJU SAMSON! Floated around off, Samson gets under it and launches the ball way over long off for a biggie. That’s a massive hit to bring up his three-figure mark. What a knock it has been! High quality stuff. His maiden IPL hundred.21.26 IST: FOUR! CHEEKY! Samson is toying with the bowling. Gets into a premediated position and paddles the full toss well wide of the short fine leg fielder for a boundary. Another boundary to Samson.21.26 IST: SIX! THAT’S DISAPPEARED! Another short ball and this time Samson is ready on the back foot. Nails the pull over deep square leg for a maximum. The bounce was getting big on him but Sanju was equal to the task.21.24 IST: SIX! Sanju Samson welcomes Ashoke Dinda with a mighty six over long off. Overpitched by Dinda and these will vanish in the slog overs. Samson blasts it high over long off for a maximum. What an effort this has been from the Kerala boy! He’s leading the charge in grand fashion. Delhi Daredevils 147/3 (17.1 overs) vs Rising Pune Supergiant21.20 IST: SIX! That’s massive. Samson is playing a quality knock. Delhi Daredevils 138/3 (16.3 overs) vs Rising Pune Supergiant21.16 IST: FOUR! Top shot that. Shortish around middle, Samson shuffles across a bit and pulls it towards the deep backward square leg fence for a boundary. It was an aerial shot but the placement was very good.
No Sachin Tendulkar Rajya Sabha speech debut as Congress MPs create ruckus over PM Modi’s Pakistan remark
Bharat Ratna Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, one of India’s greatest cricketers, was supposed to speak in Parliament today. This was to be Sachin’s maiden innings in Rajya Sabha, as far delivering a speech was concerned.But, for the first few minutes, Sachin just stood there smiling as the Congress raised a massive ruckus over PM Narendra Modi’s comments about Pakistan and ex-PM Manmohan Singh.As Sachin kept waiting, Congress MPs shouted what sounded like ‘pradhan mantri sabha mein aao (PM come in Rajya Sabha)’, not allowing the master blaster to deliver his speech, which was to be the topic of the ‘right to play and the future of sports in India’.A frustrated chairman of the house Venkaiah Naidu tried several times to quieten the opposition MPs, telling them their protests were not going on the record and asking them to show respect to the Bharat Ratna awardee, who is the only cricketer (current or former) to score 100 international centuries.Naidu, finally, had to stop live telecast of Rajya Sabha before adjourning the Upper House for the day, and in the process calling off Sachin’s debut speech.Following the adjournment, yesteryear actor and Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan blasted the MPs saying it was a “matter of shame” that Sachin was not allowed to speak.He (#SachinTendulkar) has earned name for India at the world stage, it is a matter of shame that he was not allowed to speak even when everyone knew it was on today’s agenda. Are only politicians allowed to speak?: Jaya Bachchan, Rajya Sabha MP pic.twitter.com/NMRMHhdl5Eadvertisement- ANI (@ANI) December 21, 2017The master blaster rose today in Rajya Sabha after her himself sought time for a discussion. Sachin, who was nominated to Rajya Sabha in 2012, has often come under criticism for poor attendance.He, however, has asked questions relating to sports infrastructure and employment for sportsmen and has used 98 per cent of the funds allotted him as an MP for social welfare.THE PAKISTAN LOGJAM The continuing Congress vs government logjam over Pakistan, which incidentally was the country where Sachin made his test debut, is threatening to wash out Parliament’s winter session, which was already curtailed due to the recent Gujarat assembly election.Congress has been unhappy over PM Narendra Modi insinuating during a Gujarat election rally that former PM Manmohan Singh essentially conspired with Pakistan to help the party win the Gujarat polls.During his campaign speech, PM Modi said there were reports of a “secret meeting” held at now-suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house. The meeting, PM Modi said, was reported to have been attended by ex-PM Singh, other Indian leaders, and former and current Pakistani officials.Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu was visibly frustrated as he tried to get the MPs to quiet down (Photo: PTI/TV grab)PM Modi’s speech came soon after Aiyar called him a “neech kisam ka aadmi (low-life person)”, remarks for which he was suspended from Congress’s primary membership.PM Modi’s insinuation saw sharp blowback from the Congress and was met with an uncharacteristically strong statement from Singh. “I am deeply pained and anguished by the falsehood and canards being spread [by PM Modi] to score political points in a lost cause,” Singh had said.And, ever since Parliament met again for its winter session, the Congress has been disrupting both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, demanding the PM Modi deliver an apology to the nation for his allegations against Singh.(With inputs from Rasesh Mandani)WATCH | MP Sachin Tendulkar not allowed to make debut speech, Congress to blame
Mum’s the word for Wimbledon stars striving to have it all
\R London, Jul 4 (AFP) From Serena Williams’ tearful decision to stop breast-feeding to Victoria Azarenka’s guilt over the time she spends away from her baby, life isn’t all fun and games for Wimbledon’s mothers.Few female players have succeeded at Grand Slam level after becoming mums.Belgium’s Kim Clijsters returned to win the 2009 US Open, while Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong Cawley won majors after giving birth in an era when the physical demands on players were less intense.But Williams, 36, and her fellow mothers are doing their best to cope with the stresses of parenthood as they bid to reverse that trend at Wimbledon this week.Williams is back at Wimbledon for the first time since giving birth to Alexis Olympia in September.The seven-time champion’s life is still a blur of nappies and interrupted sleep, but that didn’t stop her grinding out a 7-5, 6-3 win over Holland’s Arantxa Rus in the first round.Serena’s victory was one of four by mothers in the singles on Monday, with formerWimbledon runner-up Vera Zvonareva hoping to join the club when she plays on Tuesday.Germany’s Tatjana Maria enjoyed the most surprising success with a 7-6, 4-6, 6-1 victory over fifth seed Elina Svitolina to the delight of her four-year-old Charlotte.There were also wins for former world number one Azarenka, the Belarusian beating Ekaterina Alexandrova 7-6, 6-3, while Russian Evgeniya Rodina defeated Antonia Lottner 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.Azarenka’s one-year-old son Leo travels with her on the tour amid a stressful custody battle that forced her to step away from the sport last year.advertisementThe former world number one admits every moment she spends away from Leo is difficult, while juggling her tennis schedule with the constant demands of parenthood is a never-ending battle.”It’s difficult for me because I schedule everything around him. I do try to maximise my time with him,” two-time major winner Azarenka said.”So whenever he’s sleeping, that’s when I’m working, and other times I’m a full-time mom. It’s more challenging, but I wouldn’t change it.”The tougher balance is to be able to spend time away from my son and be okay with taking sometimes time for myself, which is a struggle, because I really want to spend every second with him.”I feel guilty if I take 15 minutes for myself to stretch. I’m trying to run back to him and spend every second with him.” Williams’ glittering career has brought her 23 major titles.But those achievements count for nothing when Alexis Olympia needs feeding, an issue that led Serena to make an emotional decision in favour of her career recently.Williams had complications after childbirth and her condition was a concern at the start of her comeback this year.After a tearful conversation with her coach Patrick Mouratoglou, she agreed to stop breast-feeding because it was making it difficult to lose weight.”For my body it didn’t work. No matter how much I worked out, no matter how much I did, it didn’t work for me. Then it was just emotionally letting go,” Williams said.”That was a different thing. I literally sat Olympia in my arms, I talked to her, we prayed about it. I told her, Look, I’m going to stop. Mommy has to do this.”I cried a little bit. She was totally fine. It was the strangest thing.”I just learned from that experience, every physical body is different.” Despite all the stresses of learning to balance a child with a successful career, for Wimbledon’s mums the process is an empowering feeling.”The thing about being pregnant and coming back is such a powerful thing now, and I think it’s an advantage, in a way,” Azarenka said.”You’re able to kind of do a tick, okay, I am a mom now, so I can continue to do more of what I love to do.” (AFP) APAAPA
165-year-old newspaper vows to publish despite office fire
\R Woodstock (US), Jul 19 (AP) A newspaper that has published every week since its founding in 1853 but recently lost its office in a fire has vowed it will publish this week’s issue, too.Vermont Standard president and owner Phil Camp Sr. said Wednesday that production was running one day behind normal schedule but he and his staff felt a duty to Woodstock, the community where they live and work.”On my watch, we’re always going to have a local newspaper,” Camp said.Early Monday morning, a fire tore through a building that housed the Standard’s office, a restaurant and an apartment. Woodstock fire Chief David Green said the fire started in the restaurant and was being investigated as suspicious.This isn’t the first time the Standard, which usually publishes on Thursday, has been displaced. Its office was destroyed by flooding from tropical storm Irene in 2011, and it survived two fires and a flood earlier in its history.Assistant editor Virginia Dean said since 1853 the newspaper has always published.”We’ve been through 165 years,” Dean said. “We’ve been through tropical storm Irene and other fires, and we’ve never not published. We have that history as a foundation, as a motivator.” The newspaper’s staff is working out of Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock, a town of roughly 3,000 residents.Firefighters salvaged the newspaper’s computers, and the library’s executive director, Amanda Merk, said its trustees are more than happy to provide the space.Camp said Woodstock once had seven weekly newspapers but only the Standard remains.advertisementCamp first began working for the Standard in 1952 while still in high school. His grandfather owned a funeral home in the same building as the Standard, and after telling its editor the high school sports coverage was lacking he became the first sports editor.After a career in the ski industry he bought the newspaper in 1980.Camp said that the community has always been his biggest motivation in running the Standard, a sentiment echoed by his staff.”The thing that community newspapers have going for them is that first word: community. This is truly the community’s newspaper,” editor Gareth Henderson said. “The community’s a huge part of what we do, and they’re a big part of why we’re here.” In turn, the Woodstock community has supported the newspaper.After tropical storm Irene, Camp said, he received a check for $3,000 from a local businessman who said Camp could eventually repay him with advertising space.Since the fire, Camp has received emails from 75 people asking how they could help. Other newspapers in New England have asked whether they could lend him their staff or office space. And community members have dropped off food for the staff.Jeffrey Kahn, who owns a gift shop in Woodstock and chairs the Board of Village Trustees, is an ardent supporter of the newspaper.”Sometimes I put some ads in not expecting it to increase business so much as to support the Vermont Standard,” Kahn said.Camp expressed his disappointment that most of the physical record of the newspaper’s history was lost in the fire, but he and his staff were motivated to carry on the tradition by publishing on Friday. (AP) CPS CPS
Class Up Your Super Bowl Party with the Game Day Grillin’ Pack
How to Cure Salmon in One Savory Recipe 7 Best Gym Bags to Haul All Your Workout Gear 7 Expert Karaoke Tips to Make You a Superstar With Super Bowl Sunday mere yards away, millions of football fans are busy getting their jerseys pressed, practicing trash talk in the mirror, and preparing epic Super Bowl food spreads. While there’s something to be said about grilling burgers and hot dogs, this year you might switch things up by serving traditionally cured sausages. No matter how the game turns out, everyone wins with the Game Day Grillin’ Pack from Olympic Provisions. For insider information about the product and the company, we managed to tackle Eli Cairo, lauded salumist and co-owner of Olympic Provisions.About Eli Cairo and Olympic ProvisionsOlympic Provisions is a wildly successful USDA-certified charcuterie in Portland, OR. Founded in 2009, Olympic Provisions has already won nine Good Food Awards for charcuterie in four consecutive years–including two awards in 2014. In addition to a meat shop, Eli Cairo and his partners own two restaurants in Portland.Mr. Cairo grew up on a working farm in the Salt Lake City area, where he and his big Greek family raised a menagerie of animals and grew a large garden that supplied fresh food for their two restaurants. This is where Eli first discovered a passion for food in general and Old World meat processing in particular.When Eli was still a lad, he began a five-year charcuterie and culinary apprenticeship in Switzerland. “The man in charge of my apprenticeship was the Jäegermeister for the valley,” says Cairo. “When someone shot an animal in his valley, they’d bring it to us and have us fully process it. We did ibex, elk, deer, marmots, rabbits–everything.”Cairo ran a small restaurant in Greece, briefly returned to Switzerland, and ultimately found himself in Portland. He sizzled his way up from line cook to executive chef at Castagna–a renowned Portland restaurant–before starting Olympic Provisions with his four business partners. Eli’s team works extremely well together; “We eat breakfast and lunch together, we hang out on weekends, we go fishing with each other,” says Cairo. “We’ve built such a great family, and everyone strives for absolute perfection.”It’s worth noting that Olympic Provisions is a family business in the literal sense, as Eli’s sister Michelle is also an owner. She’s had extraordinary success in her own right–in 2010, The Portland Business Journal named her Portland’s Best CFO for medium-sized companies. In short, Olympic Provisions is extraordinary and the Cairo family is unstoppable.About the Game Day Grillin’ Pack“About two years ago, our employees were going to various Super Bowl parties and putting in huge meat orders,” says Cairo. “This got us thinking about how many people would like to eat delicious meats for the Super Bowl.”What makes the $50 Game Day Grillin’ Pack different than store-bought sausage and hot dogs? Cairo says it best: “Of course you can go out and buy any bratwurst, hot dog, or kielbasa, but I make real smoke, which is a rare thing–I smoke over true applewood and hickory. I use fresh garlic, I use lamb casing that makes the sausages snappy, and I use high-quality pork.”1-lb. FrankfurterWhen most people think of hot dogs, they imagine something like a frankfurter, which is a traditional German sausage encased in a thin lamb casing. Olympic Provisions’ frankfurter is smoked with oak or applewood and hickory, and has oregano and paprika inside. When you bite into it, you experience the classic “snap” of the natural casing. “They’re basically foot-long hot dogs, like you would order as a kid at a ball game,” says Cairo.1-lb. KielbasaYou might say that eating kielbasa is kind of like giving your doctor the middle finger. But since you probably won’t invite your doctor to your Super Bowl party, go ahead and enjoy this absurdly delicious, traditionally prepared sausage. Cairo makes his kielbasa with plenty of garlic, mustard seed, sugar, and salt, smokes it over applewood and hickory, and gives it a traditional horseshoe shape. Cairo suggests eating kielbasa with boiled potatoes and mustard.1-lb. Bratwurst“Bratwurst is what every sausage maker in the world judges every other sausage maker on,” says Cairo. The bratwurst from Olympic Provisions is the envy of sausage makers everywhere; it’s full of flavor but balanced at the same time. Cairo recommends combining the above sausages to create a traditional dish called choucroute garnie–all you have to do is boil sauerkraut and potatoes, chop up your sausages, and simmer them in the sauerkraut liquid.Navarre and Sopressata SalamiThe other meats in the Game Day Grillin’ Pack are dry-cured Navarre and Sopressata salami. These badboys are very flavorful and a little spicy. “Just slice ‘em up before your buddies get there, and you’ll have something delicious for the game,” says Cairo. “Then, at halftime, you can cook the sausages.”Two Beer KooziesAt some point during the big game, you’ll likely clutch your cold beer with rage and/or delight. When you do, your Olympic Provisions beer koozie will help you retain feeling in your hand. Cairo recommends pairing your sausages with a Kölsch from Double Mountain Brewery of Hood River, OR. Otherwise, a pilsner or any light beer will do. Since the sausages are pretty heavy, you don’t want anything that’s super dense.More From Olympic ProvisionsOlympic Provisions has many more products to make game day–and every other day–more delicious. Cairo recommends adding pickles to your order, or perhaps impressing your guests with a whole charcuterie board. If you’re a fan of salami, you could join Olympic Provisions’ “Salami of the Month Club” and have traditionally cured salami delivered to your door every second Tuesday. You might also try the 2014 Good Food Award-winning Flaco Paco chorizo, which Cairo describes as “our answer to the Slim Jim.”To get your Game Day Grillin’ Pack in time for the big day, try to get your order in by noon Pacific Time on Wednesday, January 28. You could also opt for an overnight order in a pinch. For the curious, Eli Cairo will be (reluctantly) rooting for the Seahawks to win it all.Click here to order the Game Day Grillin’ Pack – $50Be sure to like Olympic Provisions on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram. Editors’ Recommendations Brandi Chastain Wants to Get People Talking About Women’s Sports and Keep the Conversation Going Forever Uball Is the New Portable Basketball Hoop That Lets You Play Ball Anywhere
Gladstone Hutchinson to Demit Office Next Year
After serving in that position for just over two years, Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Dr. Gladstone Hutchinson, is set to demit office in early 2013. Dr. Hutchinson, who was appointed to the position in July 2010, succeeded Dr. Wesley Hughes, who is the current Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Planning. The outgoing Director General was seconded from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, in the United States, where he served as Academic Dean, prior to coming to Jamaica. He is set to return to that institution to resume his work in academia. Speaking at his final PIOJ quarterly media briefing, as the Institute’s Head, at its New Kingston offices on Tuesday (November 20), Dr. Hutchinson informed that Lafayette College’s administration had expressed a desire for him to return to resume his duties there. “My university…has, throughout (my secondment), continued to tell me that I am deeply valued and they would like my return as soon as they could. This is something that the government has been aware of. So, as early as April (this year, myself along with)…the Prime Minister (the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller) and the Minister of Finance (and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips) and my university, we agreed that I would stay through the completion of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) negotiations and (development) of the growth strategy. I will be working hard until the end of January to complete (these and) some (other) very special projects that I am continuing to work on,” the Director General outlined. Dr. Hutchinson, who previously worked with the government in the capacity of Economic Advisor to then Finance Minister, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, and Financial Secretary, Shirley Tyndale, assured that his departure is not likely to compromise the PIOJ’s management structure. “The Planning Institute is very secure. We have outstanding senior leadership (in) a number of Deputy Directors General and Senior Directors, who will continue the incredible tradition of the…Institute, serving as the Chief Advisor to the Government on economic, social and environmental issues,” he assured. In reminiscing on his stewardship, which he said was rewarding, the Director General contended that the “saddest day of my experience is going to be when I have to leave here, because I have loved every second of my time, being here, and I continue to (do so)”. “I continue to believe that I create great value (to this Institute). I continue to…be inspired by my work and (the) work with my colleagues. I have not had one moment where I was not completely thrilled with the opportunity for service and collaboration. It has been my absolute privilege to serve this country and to be a part of my colleagues at the Planning Institute and across…government,…departments and agencies,” Dr. Hutchinson said, while stating that he looked forward to returning to Jamaica to serve in whatever capacity he could.
Precious Shipping Sells Another Ship for Scrap
Bangkok-headquartered dry cargo ship owner Precious Shipping has disposed of another Handysize bulk carrier, MV Parinda Naree, in an effort to modernize its fleet.The 1995-built Parinda Naree was sold for USD 1.29 million.On August 2, 2016, Precious Shipping signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with an unnamed Singapore-based buyer for selling the vessel.According to data provided by VesselsValue, the 23,720 dwt Parinda Naree was sold for demolition in India.As of August 18, the vessel’s AIS data from Marine Traffic shows it is currently anchored off the coast of Mumbai, India.On August 15, Precious Shipping said it has disposed of two Handysize bulkers, MV Suchada Naree and MV Apisara Naree. The vessels were sold for USD 1.28 million and USD 1.14 million, respectively.
Maersk Line, CCS Ink Cooperation Deal
zoom Danish shipping company Maersk Line has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China Classification Society (CCS) on technical exchanges.Under the agreement, signed on August 16, Maersk and CCS are set to start technical exchanges and cooperation in personnel training, emergency response services, Chinese shipyard and ship equipment information sharing, ship survey services, container vessel type research and development, as well as LNG power technology.Namely, Maersk Line’s Head of Marine Standards Aslak Ross and Maersk Line (China) President Jens Eskelund held talks with representatives of CCS and reached the technical exchanges deal.The cooperation between the two parties started in 2013 when Maersk’s then vice president Bo Cerup-Simonsen visited CCS.Since then, Maresk and CCS have deepened mutual understanding and developed cooperation in containership survey, ERS services and other areas, according to the classification society.
Where are the best and worst places to be a woman in
Every year, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives releases its report on the best and worst places to be a woman in Canada. The report looks at 26 cities and identifies areas of strength and weakness when it comes to things like the wage gap, the data gap, domestic violence, and child care.Does this year’s report show results from the Liberal government’s stated commitment to women and equality? And where it finds it lacking, will it actually change anything? Anne Kingston joins Sarah Boesveld to discuss what the data reveals and reflect on what life is like for women in Canada in 2019.HOST: Sarah Boesveld, Chatelaine / GUEST: Anne Kingston, Maclean’sAudio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_03082019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.
The Latest Sears creditors challenge ESLs winning bid
NEW YORK — The Latest on Sears bankruptcy auction (all times local):5 p.m.A group of Sears creditors are challenging Chairman Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund’s winning bid to buy the business in a bankruptcy auction and wants to sue the billionaire and his hedge fund.That’s according to a court filing Thursday in which the creditors contend that Lampert has painted himself as the saviour of the company, but has instead made a series of moves over the years that have benefited himself and his hedge fund ESL.Sears confirmed early Thursday that ESL had won tentative approval for a $5.2 billion plan to buy 425 stores and the rest of the company’s assets, staving off a liquidation of the iconic brand.The move would preserve 45,000 jobs, but it is still subject to approval by a bankruptcy judge on Feb. 1.ESL says in a statement that all transactions were done in good faith and were also approved by the company’s board, including independent directors.A spokesman for Sears Holding Corp. declined to comment.___12:20 p.m.Sears is confirming reports its chairman and largest shareholder Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund has won a bid to buy roughly 400 stores and other assets for $5.2 billion.The move, announced Thursday, preserves 45,000 jobs and is subject to court approval on Feb. 1. Creditors will have the opportunity to object before then.The deal will then close Feb. 8.The agreement follows marathon negotiations that started early Monday as Lampert was fending off demands from creditors who were pushing for liquidation.Lampert’s ESL Investments was the only one to put forth a proposal to rescue the floundering company in its entirety. He had sweetened his bid multiple times.The Associated Press
Sudan protesters defiant after aborted bids to clear army HQ sitin
Khartoum: Thousands of defiant Sudanese protesters remained camped outside army headquarters for a fourth day Tuesday, after security forces abandoned two separate attempts to disperse them when soldiers fired in the air, witnesses said. Chanting “freedom, freedom,” crowds of men and women, who had spent the night camped outside Khartoum’s sprawling complex that also houses the president’s residence, urged top brass to back them in ending Omar al-Bashir’s three decades of iron-fisted tule. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIt is the largest rally since protests erupted following a three-fold increase in bread prices in December, before mushrooming into nationwide demonstrations demanding that Bashir step down. Early on Tuesday, members of the National Intelligence and Security Service and riot police fired tear gas at the protesters in an abortive bid to disperse their sit-in, protest movement organisers said. “There was heavy firing of tear gas after which army soldiers opened the gates of the compound for protesters to enter,” a witness told AFP. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”A few minutes later a group of soldiers fired gunshots in the air to push back the security forces who were firing tear gas.” A second witness too said soldiers had intervened against the security force agents. Since the protests erupted in December, the armed forces have remained on the sidelines even as security agents and riot police have cracked down. Demonstrators have called on the army to protect them from the deadly crackdown, during their four days camped outside its headquarters. Later a group of soldiers returned to the complex with a body in their pick-up truck, witnesses said. “What is the price of martyrs?” shouted the demonstrators as the vehicle entered. It was not immediately clear whose body it was. Hours later, security forces made a second attempt to clear the sit-in, witnesses said. They fired tear gas and shot in the air as they approached the area, witnesses said, adding that soldiers intervened again firing guns in the air.
UK national in Lanka honored by the Queen
“I am amazed and very grateful to receive this unexpected honour,” said Michael Meyler. “The main thing I would like to think the book has achieved is to raise awareness of Sri Lankan English among learners, teachers and speakers of English in Sri Lanka, by bringing it out of the academic realm into the public domain. It certainly seems to have sparked a fair amount of debate on the subject.”Meyler holds a BA (Honours) in Modern and Medieval Languages (German and French) from the University of Cambridge, as well as professional qualifications in teaching English as a foreign language. He is an active participant in the English language cultural scene in Sri Lanka.: he was on the judging panel for the 2008 Gratiaen Prize (Sri Lanka’s most prestigious award for indigenous English-language literature) and he has participated in the internationally acclaimed Galle Literary Festival and acted as a moderator for its events. Michael Meyler came to Sri Lankain 1985 as an English teacher. Since 1995 he has worked at the British Council in Colombo, where he teaches beginners’ classes in Sinhala and Tamil. His book, A Dictionary of Sri Lankan English, was published in 2007. He has also published a trilingual children’s book and DVD called Keerthihan’s Kite, and illustrated flashcards of the Sinhala and Tamil alphabets. He is currently working on a trilingual learners’ dictionary of colloquial Sinhala, English and Tamil. A Dictionary of Sri Lankan English contains approximately 2,500 examples of words and expressions which are characteristic of the English spoken inSri Lanka. While originally intended for Sri Lankan students and teachers of English, foreigners living in Sri Lanka and anyone with an interest in international varieties of English, it has also proved popular with non-specialist Sri Lankan speakers of English, by drawing attention to the unique character of the English spoken here. The book illustrates how the English language evolves and adapts to different cultural contexts. Michael Meyler, a British National living inSri Lanka, has been honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in her Birthday Honours List for 2012, the British High Commission in Colombo said.Meyler, a part-time teacher at the British Council in Colombo, has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of theBritish Empire) for his services to the English Language.
Heaviest lobster to be found in UK waters in 85 years is
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. The heaviest UK-landed common lobster is settling into his new home.Weighing in at nearly 17lb (7.65kg), he is the heaviest common lobster to be discovered in UK waters since 1931.The lobster, which was initially called Lionel, was discovered earlier this month in waters off Lannacombe Beach, north Devon, by free diver Joe Pike.It was taken to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth to be weighed and checked over by vets. The lobster has now joined the Aquarium’s Plymouth Sound tank with a brand new name, JJ – in honour of British Olympic silver medal-winning boxer Joe Joyce, a super heavyweight.Aquarium curator James Wright said: “After weighing JJ in at 7.65kg, it does indeed look like he is the heaviest common lobster to be discovered in UK waters since 1931.”It is however, very hard to age a lobster, especially at this size due to the frequency with which they moult, and growth is affected by all kinds of factors, but we estimate he is around 50 to 70 years old.”As JJ had experienced a significant amount of time out of the water, we needed to make sure that no long-term damage had been imposed.”He has spent some time with our husbandry team who have been monitoring his progress very closely and we’re happy to report he has been feeding well and is on the road to recovery.” We’re happy to report he has been feeding well and is on the road to recoveryaquarium curator James Wright The lobster was discovered in waters off Lannacombe Beach, north DevonMr Wright added: “JJ now has pride of place welcoming visitors to the first display they see in our Plymouth Sound exhibit.”Once he’s made a full recovery, he will be moved to our Eddystone Reef exhibit, where he will join other native marine species, such as bass, pollock, greater spotted catsharks and smoothhound sharks.” Europe’s biggest ever common lobster was caught off Fowey in Cornwall in 1931 and weighed nearly 20lb (9kg).Common lobsters are dark blue in colour with yellowish spots and can measure up to 3ft (1m) in total length.
Outotec to deliver copper flash smelting and flash converting technology to China
Outotec has been awarded a contract by Guangxi Jinchuan Non-Ferrous Metals for the design and delivery of a greenfield copper production plant to be built in the Fangchenggang port area near Bei Hai in Southern China. The contract value exceeds €30 million. Outotec’s scope of delivery includes operating licenses for both Outotec® Flash Smelting and Kennecott-Outotec Flash Converting technologies, basic engineering and delivery of proprietary equipment for smelting and converting, anode casting shop as well as spare parts. In the first phase, the annual capacity of the smelter will be 400,000 t of cathode copper and it is expected to be commissioned in early 2013. Outotec® Flash Smelting combined with Kennecott-Outotec® Flash Converting is the cleanest copper smelting method available. Outotec® Flash Smelting Process makes use of the reaction heat of concentrate and no external fuel is needed. Owing to low volume of process gas and sealed equipment, a total of 99.9 % of the sulfur can be captured. Even the discard slag from the process is in stable form and used in road construction or in other land-filling applications causing no environmental burden.“This is the third major Flash Smelting project announced by Outotec this year and also third Flash Converting technology delivery to China. This deal shows the high level of trust the market has for the Outotec smelting technologies and signifies the importance of the environmental and sustainability aspects. This order from the demanding Chinese market also proves the customer’s confidence in Outotec’s global experience in the smelter technology design, engineering and delivery of key equipment”, says Outotec’s CEO Pertti Korhonen.