How old is that litter on the beach?

first_imgOne person’s trash is another person’s science. That’s the idea behind new research that uses litter left behind by extreme floods to help plan for similar hazards in the future. Once dumped into the environment, litter is subject to natural transportation processes and typically ends up in the sea, forming gyres of marine debris. While most of it ultimately sinks to the sea floor, a significant portion is washed up onshore, adding to the “wrack lines” of driftwood, kelp, and other natural flotsam deposited at high-tide marks. Extreme flooding events—such as those caused by tsunamis or storm surges—can also leave behind wrack lines. Now, researchers have proposed that these wrack lines could be used to identify past floods and map out their impact, thereby providing information on flooding in remote regions for which significant data are not usually available. Litter has an advantage over natural flotsam for this purpose, because trash often tells you how old it is: Just look for the production or expiration dates on discarded packaging. Because wrack lines containing trash must have formed after the most recent date found on the litter, scientists realized they could use that information to roughly date the flood that caused a particular wrack line. To demonstrate their idea, the researchers used GPS to map out litter deposits along the coastline near the city of Ras al Hadd in eastern Oman—a region vulnerable to both tsunamis and cyclone-induced storm surges. They identified two extensive wrack lines of litter (one of which is pictured) located as far as 900 meters inland. The youngest trash in each of the wrack lines was stamped with production dates of 9 January 2007 and 31 March 2010, respectively. That means the wrack lines likely originated in the floods caused by cyclones Gonu and Phet, which occurred slightly later in those same years, the researchers say. By knowing the maximum water level of past flooding episodes within a particular region—and how often floods occur—scientists can better predict the extent and impact of future floods, informing the development of worst-case scenarios, evacuation plans, and possible relief efforts.last_img read more

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Environment, more than genetics, shapes immune system

first_imgWhy did you get the flu this winter, but your co-workers didn’t? The answer, according to a new study of twins, may have less to do with your genes and more to do with your environment—including your past exposure to pathogens and vaccines.Our immune system is incredibly complex, with diverse armies of white blood cells and signal-sending proteins coursing through our veins, ready to mount an attack on would-be invaders. Everyone’s immune system is slightly different—a unique mixture of hundreds of these cells and proteins. But the main driver of this variation is unclear. Although scientists know that our immune system can adapt to our environment—that’s why vaccines work, for instance—it is also built by our genes.To unravel the competing influences of nature and nurture, researchers led by immunologist Mark Davis of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, turned to the gold standard test: a twin study. Identical twins are nearly the same genetically, whereas fraternal twins share only about half of their genes. 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For example, they measured the numbers of 95 kinds of immune cells and 51 kinds of proteins. Today, the researchers report online in Cell that identical twins’ immune systems were too different for the variation to boil down to genetics. Indeed, environment overshadowed inheritance in three-quarters of the measurements, and half showed no measurable genetic influence. Moreover, younger twins were more similar than were older twins, evidence that as the twins aged and were exposed to different environments, their immune systems diverged over time.The researchers also looked for genetic influence in the twins’ responses to flu vaccines. Some people react more strongly to vaccines than others, producing more antibodies: proteins that our bodies manufacture to identify and protect us from invading microbes. If this trait were genetic, identical twins would have similar responses. Instead, the variation in responses was almost entirely the result of environmental differences—presumably, what strains of flu the twins had previously been exposed to.The researchers also studied the immune system impact of cytomegalovirus, which lies dormant in a large fraction of the population, rarely causing symptoms. Pairs of identical twins with different infection statuses—one was infected and the other was not—had more divergent immune systems than sets of twins in which both were uninfected. In fact, cytomegalovirus infection influenced nearly 60% of the parameters the scientists measured. “That’s kind of a smoking gun” that the variation is environmental, Davis says.The work goes beyond previous research in its scope, says immunologist Jean-Laurent Casanova of Rockefeller University in New York City, who was not involved with the research. “To do a twin study and measure a tremendous number of immunological parameters, that is very novel.”“There’s nothing here that is revolutionary or requires rethinking of our assumptions about how the immune system functions,” says David Baltimore, a biologist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. But, he says, “I found it very impressive … that as we age, our immune systems become molded in increasingly individual ways.”last_img read more

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Sultan: It’s a wrap for Anushka Sharma and Salman Khan in Budapest

first_imgAli Abbas Zafar and team Sultan is gearing up for Eid release. With just a month left for the film to hit the screens, the makers flew to Hungary to finish the last leg of the film. Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma recently flew to Budapest to shoot for a romantic song.ALSO READ: Sultan’s new song Jag Ghoomeya is out and we can’t stop crooning it ALSO READ: Real fights in Sultan took a toll on me, says Salman Khan  And after four days in the beautiful city, the actors have wrapped up the shooting of Sultan. JUMPING in excitement! It’s a wrap for @SultanTheMovie ~ @AnushkaSharma & team in Budapest! We can’t wait!! pic.twitter.com/2sgbeJwcOv YRF Talent (@yrftalent) June 6, 2016In fact, Anushka, who plays a wrestler in the film, shared a few pictures from the last day of shoot at Budapest. According to a statement, Budapest was chosen for its relevance to the film’s plot. The city is also known as the wrestling capital of Europe. Finishing touches!! Last day shoot for @SultanTheMovie #Budapest pic.twitter.com/MTbOaU5eCE Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) June 6, 2016 Window seat view like this ?? #Budapest #ShootLife #onthego pic.twitter.com/9yj4JUNq3P Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) June 6, 2016It is for the first time that Salman and Anushka will share screen space for a film.In the Ali Abbas Zafar directorial venture, Salman plays the titular role – a wrestler, who goes on to win the gold medal for India in wrestling. But due to certain reasons, he leaves wrestling and returns to the sport after some time, when age and an unfit body are hurdles in front of him. He is then coached in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) by Randeep Hooda’s character and reaches the big stage.advertisementThe film is set to hit the screens on Eid this year.last_img read more

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FC Goa become second ISL side to launch women’s team

first_imgFC Goa on Saturday became the second Indian Super League (ISL) side, after FC Pune City, to launch a women’s team.The women’s side of the Goan franchise was launched ahead of the second Vedanta Goa Women’s Football League.The tournament is slated to begin on August 14 with eight teams expected to participate. Grassroots coach, Naresh Virnodkar has been handed the role as coach of the team as training for the league has begun at the Chowgule Sports Centre in Margao.”The women’s team will be built in the same image and with the same principles as the men’s team. The club will work extremely hard towards developing and producing talented women footballers and hope to emulate the successful women that represented the national team from Goa in the 1970’s,” FC Goa Technical Director Derrick Pereira said.The club has been focused towards promoting the sport for both men and women along with their sister organisation, the Forca Goa Foundation.Together they conducted an under 12 junior girls league last season in which 19 schools participated. The winners of the league were felicitated by club co-owner, Virat Kohli during half time at one of FC Goa’s matches.Squad: Goalkeepers: Josline Dsouza, Crisma JavajiDefenders: Rhea Pires, Sneha Fernandes, Cifa Lima, Laveena Pires, Samartha Shirodkar, Seema Fernandes, Dezmina D’CostaMidfielders: Velanie Ferandes, Jeroine Colaco, Chetna Tirodker, Joyvi Fernandes, Jolinda Ferrao, Jesma Baptista, Alisha Tavares, Chelsea Fernandes, Alicia FernandesForwards: Namita Govekar, Ashriya Rodrigues.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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India cricketer Venugopal Rao announces retirement from all forms

first_imgIndia cricketer Venugopal Rao announces retirement from all formsVenugopal Rao could amass only 218 runs with a lone fifty to his name in the 11 innings he played for India after making his debut against Sri Lanka at Dambulla on July 30, 2005.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 31, 2019UPDATED: July 31, 2019 10:28 IST Venugopal Rao played 121 first-class matches scoring 7,081 runs with 17 hundreds (Getty Images)India cricketer and Andhra Pradesh skipper Venugopal Rao on Tuesday announced retirement from all forms of the game.”Y.Venugopala Rao, former captain of Andhra Ranji team and India international, who has represented India in 16 ODIs, and 65 IPL matches announced his retirement from all the forms of cricket,” the Andhra Cricket Association said in a statement.The 37-year-old from Visakhapatnam could amass only 218 runs with a lone fifty to his name in the 11 innings he played for India after making his debut against Sri Lanka at Dambulla on July 30, 2005.He played his last ODI against West Indies at Basseterre on May 23, 2006.Rao played 121 first-class matches scoring 7,081 runs with 17 hundreds and 30 fifties to his credit.From 2008-2014 he played for Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.The ACA office-bearers recollected his valuable contribution to the game.”The President, Hon. Gen. Secretary and the members of the Andhra Cricket Association wish him all the best of luck for his future career and recollect his valuable contribution made by him for Andhra Cricket Association,” it added.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Venugopal RaoFollow Venugopal Rao retirementlast_img read more

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HHI Workers Walk Again

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. saw its unionized workers stage a four-hour walkout from 1 p.m today, November 27th, for the first time in twenty years, Yonhap reports.The industrial action was triggered by a failure to reach a pay raise deal with the company’s management.Yonhap quoted company officials as saying that about 3,000 members, or 17 percent, of the 18,000-member union participated in the strike.The unionised workers promised to step up their  industrial action after they staged their first walkout last week when they walked out from a scheduled one hour of extra work after their regular eight-hour shift, the AFP reported.The workers are asking for 132,000 won pay raise, a 6.51 percent hike, and at least 250 percent of the base salary as performance-based benefits. HHI has responded to demands with an offer of 37,000 won (USD33.68) salary increase, company stocks equivalent to 100 percent of the base salary and 3 million won in a one-time incentive bonus, according to Yonhap.Hyundai Heavy argued the demands were unrealistic seeing that the company posted a USD 1.7 billion operating loss for the first nine months of 2014, also stating that an all-out strike would set the company back an estimated USD 90 million in production losses.As informed, the union will meet on Friday to discuss future action. Union talks with the company management have been underway since June.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Unions Push Madagascar to Reinstate Sacked Dockers

first_imgzoom South African unions will organize a protest on October 18 demanding that the Madagascan Government takes all necessary steps to reinstate 43 dockworkers who were sacked at the Port of Toamasina.Planned by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), and its affiliate the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU), the protest would be held in an effort to restore the dockworkers to their former position at the port operated by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI).“The Madagascan Government must ensure that they are reinstated, and that their right to join a union to fight for decent work is recognised and respected,” Edga Mbina Mbina, SATAWU Provincial Secretary, said.International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) President, Paddy Crumlin, said that the Madagascan Government’s refusal to enforce a court order recognising these workers’ right to organise “is damaging Madagascar’s image not only across the region but around the world.”ITF informed that the Malagasy 43 were employed by labour-hire company SMMC when fired in 2012 following legitimate union activity. None of the workers have been reinstated, and the workers’ union SYGMMA has not been recognised by SMMC.The protest, set to start at 08:30 local time at the African Ports Evolution conference in Durban, South Africa, forms part of global week of lawful actions by ITF affiliates within ICTSI’s global terminals and shipping routes.Earlier in October an analysis conducted by ITF allegedly found an emerging pattern of labour rights violations at ICTSI. The ITF claimed that the report shows that labour issues at ICTSI terminals “can be found throughout ICTSI’s global network.”last_img read more

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The secret behind why your concert ticket was more expensive than the

first_imgTORONTO –  Imagine finding out people just 16 seats away from you paid about hundreds of dollars less for a ticket to see your favourite performer.The wild swing in the price for concert tickets is being put under the microscope in Toronto.The Toronto Star and the CBC did a seven-month investigation into ticket prices, examining this Saturday’s Bruno Mars concert at Scotiabank Arena. After monitoring online seat sales for the concert between February and September, reporters watched the number of available seats and their prices change.Seats that just seem to appear, are known as hold-backs and they compare it to security staff keeping a long line of partygoers outside a club create the illusion of popularity. A professional ticket broker says Ticketmaster does this for most shows and it seems to be a standard practiceThe end result: if a fan only sees a couple of seats available they’ll jump on them no matter the cost.last_img read more

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Red Nose Day TV Special Breaks Fundraising Record

first_imgMarking the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day with a fantastic night of television, this year’s Comic Relief – Funny for Money entertained the UK whilst raising a record breaking sum of money to help poor and vulnerable people in the UK and Africa.As the evening on the BBC drew to a close £75,107,851 had been raised – the highest total reached on the night in Red Nose Day’s 25 year history.Included in the overall total is £10,512,406 raised by Sainsbury’s through their range of must-have merchandise for Red Nose Day, including of course the Red Nose itself, as well as hundreds of Sainsbury’s in store products which have carried a small donation to Comic Relief. Not to miss out on the action, Sainsbury’s employees across the country have been busy doing something funny for money.“Once again the extraordinary generosity of the British public has put Comic Relief in a position to be able to serve thousands upon thousands of people with very hard lives in Africa and the UK,” said Richard Curtis. “It’s almost impossible to thank enough all those who took part in the event, all the members of the public who fundraised and all those who gave so generously on the night.”TK Maxx has raised £3,730,385 through the sale of Stella McCartney designed t-shirts and a range of Emma Bridgewater designed homeware, as well as through staff having a whole heap of fun raising cash through stores across the country.The overall total includes money raised by this year’s two BT Red Nose Challenges. The BT Red Nose Challenge: Hell and High Water, saw six white water daredevils – Dara O’Briain, Melanie C, Jack Dee, Chelsee Healey, Phillips Idowu and Greg James – complete a dramatic five day challenge as they travelled down Africa’s almighty Zambezi River raising £1,196,788, with £150,000 of that pledged by BT. The BT Red Nose Challenge: Miranda’s Mad March saw Miranda Hart complete a week of madcap challenges across five major cities in England, raising £1,140,615 with £350,000 of that pledged by BT.BT handled 458,000 calls to the donation line during the live TV show, peaking at 200 calls per second. BT coordinated over 10,000 volunteers at 147 call centres across the UK.British Airways has also raised £2,001,025 this Red Nose Day through onboard collections, colleague fundraising and breaking a Guinness World Record for the highest concert in the world.The UK Government has backed the public’s support for this year’s Red Nose Day with £16m towards the overall total, specifically for Comic Relief’s work to improve the lives of women and girls in Africa. This contribution by the Government matches pound for pound Comic Relief’s own commitment to funding in this area.Hosting the UK’s biggest telethon on the BBC were Michael McIntyre, Rob Brydon, John Bishop, Zoe Ball, Lenny Henry, Davina McCall, Jack Whitehall, Russell Brand, Nick Grimshaw, Jonathan Ross, David Walliams, Dermot O’Leary and Claudia Winkleman.Comic Relief – Funny for Money (BBC One & BBC Two) was packed with pure comedy gold with highlights including: A Call the Midwife special, with the cast causing chaos in a modern day ‘One Born Every Minute’ delivery room. Dawn French was joined by TV heartthrob Damien Lewis in a special 10 minute sketch of The Vicar of Dibley, as Geraldine and her parishioners journeyed to London on a mission to make their vote for women Bishops. Smithy delivered a rallying cry to the nation about the importance of fundraising for Comic Relief. Rowan Atkinson starred as the Archbishop of Canterbury sharing his views on the importance of fundraising in a somewhat confused address to the nation. Peter Kay’s Stand-Up Sit-Down for Comic Relief saw the comedian travel from Belfast to London, in what was ‘the most gruelling’ Red Nose Day challenge to date. Will Ferrell returned to screens as San Diego’s favourite Anchorman ‘Ron Burgundy’ in a one-off sketch recorded especially for Red Nose Day. International music mogul and TV producer Simon Cowell walked down the aisle in front of a close-knit circle of celebrity friends and acquaintances, only to marry himself. Comedy stars Jack Whitehall and Micky Flanagan attempted their best two-course meal for Comic Relief does MasterChef, as they went head-to-heat in a cook-off for Dame Edna Everage. After a 10 year break, Slough’s most famous salesman David Brent returned to screens with a Red Nose Day special – The Office Revisited. David Walliams shared an intimate a secret with a number of celebrities he had become close to over the last year including Kate Moss, Alan Carr, Gwyneth Paltrow and Hugh Grant. Jessie J shaved her head down to 0.5mm, as she completed her Dare for Red Nose Day live on TV.The night also included an unmissable performance from BRIT award winners One Direction who recorded this year’s Red Nose Day single ‘One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)’ – a mash up of Blondie and The Undertones.There were hilarious sketches from the loudest and proudest mother in Ireland Agnes Brown in Mrs Brown’s Boys; a special of Russell Howard’s Good News and highlights of Fresh Meat’s University Challenge.Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton made a guest appearance having completed her six week series ’Helen’s Magnificent 7’, where she took on seven huge challenges for Red Nose Day in seven different locations around the UK.There were also powerful reminders of the serious side of Red Nose Day, with moving appeal films from John Bishop, Brenda Blethyn, Rob Brydon, Davina McCall and Bill Nighy to show how the money raised could help change lives both here in the UK and in Africa.For those who missed out or just can’t get enough of the Red Nose Day TV gold, many of the highlights are available to download exclusively from iTunes and people can also watch the show on BBC iPlayer.Comic Relief spends the money raised through Red Nose Day to help change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa.For more information visit rednoseday.com.last_img read more

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Security Council extends counterterrorism offices mandate until end of 2010

20 March 2008The Security Council today unanimously voted to extend the mandate of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), which is tasked with monitoring the efforts of countries to combat the global scourge of terrorism, until the end of 2010. The Security Council today unanimously voted to extend the mandate of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), which is tasked with monitoring the efforts of countries to combat the global scourge of terrorism, until the end of 2010.Established as a special political mission in 2004, the CTED assists the Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee in monitoring the implementation of resolution 1373, which was adopted in the wake of the September 2001 attacks on the United States and calls on countries to adopt a number of measures to enhance their ability to counter terrorist activities nationally, regionally and globally.In the resolution passed today, the Council reaffirmed that “terrorism in all forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,” and emphasized the “central role” that the UN plays in the fight against the global scourge.CTED Executive Director Mike Smith told the Council in an open meeting yesterday that considerable progress has been made worldwide in the fight against terrorism, including the endorsement of important treaties and the sharing of information between law enforcement agencies.Although resolution 1373 is as relevant today as it was when it was adopted nearly seven years ago, “most countries in the world have now criminalized terrorism,” he said, noting that since the adoption of the landmark resolution, there have been hundreds of new ratifications of the key counter-terrorism pacts. read more

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Memorial proposed for Hamilton firefighters

A memorial to honour fallen firefighters in the city of Hamilton is being proposed for Gage Park.The project would cost just under $1 million, but will help remember the dozens of firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty.Fighting fires is a dangerous job.stan double“Sixty professional firefighters have passed away as a result of their occupation as firefighters in the city of Hamilton.”Every year members of the Hamilton Professional Firefighters Association go to the States to honour their fallen members. A firefighter hasn’t died in a fire in Hamilton in at least 30 years, but many have developed deadly cancers from breathing in harmful smoke.Stan Double of the Hamilton Professional Firefighters Association says a memorial in the city would be welcome, “Every year we travel to Colorado to memorialize those individuals, and it would be a pleasure to have a memorial in the city of Hamilton so we can do that in our own home town.”It’s “in the works.”Next week the public works committee will vote whether to approve plans for the $900,000 memorial in Gage Park.Cynthia Graham from the city of Hamilton says, “As staff that’s the location we’re recommending at this point, ultimately it’s up to committee and council to give us direction for the location.”The proposed memorial would be built in the northeast corner of Gage Park near the Children’s Museum. City staff looked at other parks throughout Hamilton but decided this location worked the best.“It’ll be generally be a flat plaza space with a vertical memorial wall where the names will be etched and there will also be a central public art figure to memorialize the fallen firefighters.”One of the fallen firefighters who will be honoured will be Captain Bob Shaw.“Bob Shaw was a firefighter and captain with the Hamilton fire department, in the fallout of the Plastimet fire of 1997, Bob succumbed to illnesses related to his occupation as a firefighter in the Plastimet fire.”This isn’t a done deal, it still needs to be approved by the committee next Thursday.The plans call for the memorial to use the gardens and outline that is already in place at the park. read more

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UN commander in Lebanon expresses concern over Israeli bombing raid

UNIFIL reported that Israeli jets crossed the line into south Lebanon, generating sonic booms yesterday afternoon. Hizbollah responded with anti-aircraft rounds fired across the line, igniting an agricultural field. Hours later there was additional anti-aircraft fire that did not cross the line.Shortly afterwards, two Israeli jets flew deep into the UN area of operation and dropped several bombs on a Hizbollah position adjacent to the village of Al Bayyadah, near a UN position, UNIFIL said. These bombs set fire to the position and damaged a number of buildings in the vicinity. There were no casualties reported on either side.The area was reported quiet today. read more

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Fed chair says unemployment rate is not sufficient to measure economy

Fed chair says unemployment rate is not sufficient to measure economy by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Mar 19, 2014 1:13 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says the U.S. economy is “not close to full employment,” even as the unemployment rate has dropped a full percentage point over the past 12 months to 6.7 per cent.The Fed downplayed the importance of the unemployment rate as a sign of the economy’s health. Fed officials ended their two-day meeting having eliminated a previous commitment to consider raising short-term interest rates once the unemployment rate fell below 6.5 per cent. The Fed will assess other measures of the economy as well.The unemployment rate has fallen despite sluggish growth of 1.9 per cent last year, in part because many people have stopped looking for work. Once people stop seeking a job, they’re no longer counted as unemployed, and the unemployment rate can fall as a result. read more

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General Assembly elects 18 countries to serve on UN Human Rights Council

The General Assembly today elected 18 countries to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) for a period of three years beginning on 1 January 2013.Argentina, Brazil, Côte d’Ivoire, Estonia, Ethiopia, Gabon, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Montenegro, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Sierra Leone, United Arab Emirates, United States and Venezuela were elected by secret ballot during the elections held at UN Headquarters in New York.Members of the Council serve for a period of three years and are not eligible for immediate re-election after serving two consecutive terms.The Council, composed of 47 members, is an inter-governmental body within the UN system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them. All of its members are elected by the world body’s General Assembly, and it has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year. It meets at the UN Office at Geneva. The Council’s membership is based on equitable geographical distribution and seats are distributed as follows: 13 seats for African States, 13 seats for Asian States, 8 seats for Latin American and Caribbean States, 7 seats for Western European and other States, and 6 seats for Eastern European States.The other members of the Council and the end of their terms are as follows: Angola (2013), Austria (2014), Benin (2014), Botswana (2014), Burkina Faso (2014), Chile (2014), Congo (2014), Costa Rica (2014), Czech Republic (2014), Ecuador (2013), Guatemala (2013), India (2014), Indonesia (2014), Italy (2014), Kuwait (2014), Libya (2013), Malaysia (2013), Maldives (2013), Mauritania (2013), Peru (2014), Philippines (2014), Poland (2013), Qatar (2013), Republic of Moldova (2013), Romania (2014), Spain (2013), Switzerland (2013), Thailand (2013) and Uganda (2013). read more

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Alabama And Georgia Are Mirror Images Of Each Other

vs. Rush611 Like looking in the mirror?Expected points added per game among Power 5 teams in 2017, by category vs. Pass18 Sp. Teams3130 Total12 Power 5 Ranks Defense14 EPA numbers were adjusted for strength of schedule.Source: ESPN Stats & Information EPA/G categoryAlabamaGeorgia Alabama and Georgia set up the first all-SEC College Football Playoff final with a pair of very different victories. The Bulldogs prevailed in a thrilling offensive shootout against Oklahoma while the Crimson Tide ground out a dominating defensive win over Clemson.But these teams are much more alike than their semifinal wins would indicate.This isn’t a coincidence, either. In his two seasons as UGA’s coach, Kirby Smart has deliberately built a team that looks like a carbon copy of Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide squads. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, each ranks among the nation’s top five teams in both offensive and defensive efficiency, and they also have similar strengths in terms of how they achieved those efficiency marks. Passing1916 Rushing45 Given how close a profile these teams share, a few of these mirror-image matchups could prove decisive. So let’s take a look at the most important battle on each side of the ball, and what the numbers say to watch for.When Georgia has the ballThe biggest matchup in this game might be the clash between the Bulldogs’ explosive ballcarriers and the Tide’s front seven. With Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, Georgia was the only Power Five conference team this season to boast not one but two 1,100-yard rushers on the same roster. The duo carved up Oklahoma’s defense in the Rose Bowl for an absurd 326 rushing yards, including seven runs of at least 20 yards. Slowing down the Bulldogs’ running game will be a major challenge for Nick Saban’s defense.It could certainly be up to the task. Alabama had one of the nation’s top run defenses during the season, yielding just 88.5 rushing yards per game — second-best among Power 5 teams — and 2.6 yards per carry — also second-best — against Power 5 opponents. The Tide defense completely stuffed opponents at the line1Meaning rushes of zero or negative yards. just as often as it gave up runs of 5 or more yards (roughly 30 percent of opposing carries falling into each category), and it almost never gave up the kind of long runs UGA managed against the Sooners.2Only seven runs went for 20 or more yards against Alabama’s defense all season. In Power 5 competition, only Michigan State and Ohio State allowed fewer runs per game of 10 or more yards.Only three teams really gave Bama trouble on the ground this year: LSU (who racked up 151 rushing yards against the Tide), Mississippi State (172) and Auburn (168). Not coincidentally, that trio limited their negative runs (22 percent) and had a higher rate of 5-plus yard carries (34 percent) than Alabama usually allows. Those kinds of runs help keep an offense “on schedule,” in turn producing the favorable down-and-distance situations that are essential to beating a team as good as the Crimson Tide. (Just ask Clemson, who found themselves in third-and-7 or worse 11 times during the Sugar Bowl, nearly double their per-game average for the season.)Georgia can take heart in how those teams pushed Alabama’s run D. LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn found particular success running the ball on the perimeter against Alabama. Together, they torched the Tide for 93 yards per game outside the tackles, helping contribute to Alabama’s worst defensive performance against outside runs in a season since 2013. That style of running happens to be a forté for Georgia, too: According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, Bulldog running backs led the nation in rushing yards outside the tackles and were third in touchdowns to the outside (one of which was Michel’s game-winning touchdown run against Oklahoma). If the Dawgs can consistently turn the corner against the Tide’s defense, it will give their championship odds a big boost.Of course, Georgia’s dynamic backs can be stopped with the right game plan. In the Bulldogs’ sole loss of the season, Auburn bottled up the UGA running game, holding Chubb and Michel to 48 combined rushing yards and 2.4 yards per carry. They made freshman QB Jake Fromm throw while trailing and put him in unfavorable down-and-distance situations.3He went 6-for-14 for only 73 yards (plus two sacks) on second, third or fourth down with 7 or more yards to go against Auburn. Fromm improved in those scenarios against Oklahoma’s porous defense, but Georgia’s best title ticket still involves running the ball effectively enough to give Fromm comfortable throwing opportunities downfield, where he was one of the most efficient passers in college football this season. That means Chubb and Michel have to keep the chains moving, break off a few huge gains and generally make sure Bama is preoccupied with defending the run.When Alabama has the ballAlabama’s offense operates in a similar fashion to Georgia’s, using success on the ground to open up chances to throw downfield. But the Tide have also matured during quarterback Jalen Hurts’ second year as starter. After ranking 24th in offensive efficiency last year, Alabama ascended to fourth this season, nearly offsetting the slight — and inevitable — decline of its all-time great defense from a year ago.At the center of it all was, as usual, a powerful running attack. The Crimson Tide ranked fifth among Power 5 teams with 256 rushing yards per game, and they had five players (including Hurts) gain 275 or more yards on the ground. Alabama doesn’t have a scary RB duo to compete with Chubb and Michel; in fact, it didn’t have a single 1,000-yard rusher on the roster. But the Tide ran the ball effectively anyway, picking up 5 or more yards on 45 percent of their rushes (second-most among Power 5 teams) and dominating especially between the tackles, to the tune of 116 yards per game.Nobody personifies that approach more than running back Damian Harris, Alabama’s leading rusher during the season. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, Harris averaged 7.0 yards per carry between the tackles this year (sixth-most in the Power 5), and he’s hoping to replicate the success Oklahoma enjoyed on inside runs against Georgia a week ago. With so much attention paid to the Sooners’ passing game, Oklahoma was able to pick up 242 yards on the ground — including 114 right up the gut.4Excluding sacks, which are considered in a college team’s rushing stats. Sooner RB Rodney Anderson might serve as Harris’s role model; 105 of his 201 total rushing yards came on inside runs alone.Alabama’s offense isn’t as prolific as Oklahoma’s, and Hurts certainly isn’t going to be confused with Baker Mayfield. But the Alabama QB does present defenses with his own unique challenges, starting with his ability as a runner. Although Hurts was slightly less productive on the ground this season than he was as a freshman, he averaged more yards and picked up more first downs per run5Excluding sacks. in 2017. Among Power 5 QBs, only three gained more yards with his legs than Hurts, who also ranked as the No. 2 cog in the Crimson Tide’s rushing machine.Perhaps more importantly, Hurts continued his development as a passing threat this season. A year after placing 25th among Power 5 quarterbacks in passing efficiency rating, he ranked eighth this season, averaging more yards per attempt and posting a nearly mistake-free 17-1 ratio of touchdowns to interceptions.Hurts has often been slapped with the dreaded “game manager” label, and it’s true that he doesn’t throw often. Among top-20 FPI teams, only Fromm threw fewer passes per game. But when he does pass the ball, Hurts can deliver lethal strikes when the defense least expects it. He tossed 10 touchdown passes and zero interceptions on play-action throws, and led all Power 5 QBs in passing efficiency on rollouts, going 18-for-23 for 222 yards, 6 touchdowns and zero picks.In a game plan based around effective rushing and opportunistic passing, Hurts — with his ability to limit mistakes, pick up yards on the ground and make big plays in the air — isn’t as far from the ideal field general as he seems. There’s a reason Alabama was a perfect 8-0 in games where Hurts completed passes of at least 40 yards. Offense78 Despite the teams’ seemingly identical strengths, most power ratings and Las Vegas books give Alabama a slight edge over the Dawgs Monday night. And certainly Saban is no stranger to winning on the game’s most important stage; a win would tie him with his Alabama predecessor, Bear Bryant, for the most national championships by a coach in college football history (with six apiece). But as Clemson proved last season, even the greatest coach — leading the greatest team — can still be beaten. Soon enough, we’ll see whether the matchups are right for Georgia to pull the upset, or if Bama avenges last year’s title-game defeat. It may be an all-SEC affair, but the chess match should be enough to pull in football fans from across the country. read more

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Eaton wins order from CITIC HIC for copper mill clutches

first_imgPower management company Eaton was recently awarded a contract to supply Airflex® Ventilated Constricting clutches to CITIC HIC for use in the new copper mill in Gansu, China, which will be operated by Gansu Jinhui Mining Co Ltd. “Eaton’s products have helped us increase efficiency and extend the service life of our equipment,” said Hongwei Zhang, CITIC’s Jinhui project manager. “It was an easy decision to choose Eaton as the clutch supplier for our new mill project.”Chosen for the job were Eaton’s Airflex 52VC1200 clutches, which are specifically designed and manufactured for severe clutching and braking applications like those encountered in grinding mill operations. In these types of applications, high starting loads and sustained slippage would normally lower clutch efficiency and reduce operating life. In these applications, the Airflex clutches transmit the rotary torque from 4,000 hp, low-speed synchronous motors to operate one ball mill and one SAG mill that grind the ore in preparation for copper extraction.“Eaton’s been a clutch supplier for CITIC for more than 15 years and we are excited to continue our work with them through this new mill project,” said Amelia Xue, Business Unit Manager, Airflex China, Eaton.last_img read more

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The Quadfather Limerick couple welcome quadruplets after four years trying

first_imgSource: James Slattery via FacebookA LIMERICK COUPLE have expressed their joy after giving birth to quadruplets, after four years trying and four miscarriages.James and Grace Slattery, from Caherconlish, welcomed the arrivals in the early hours of Tuesday morning.James, who was at home while Grace was in Dublin’s Rotunda hospital, was given a garda escort to make it to the hospital on time.“I got a phone call at half twelve from my wife in the Rounta to say that her waters had broken and to be on stand-by to go,” he told The Ray D’Arcy Show on Today FM, “They weren’t supposed to arrive until Tuesday morning.”The Quadfather, as friends and family are calls him, arrived to the hospital well in advance – and found Grace straightening her hair ahead of heading into theatre for her caesarean.The operation went to plan, and within four minutes Amelia (4lbs 3oz), Mollie (2lbs 15oz), Lucas (3lbs 10oz), and Lily Grace (3lbz 4oz) were born.James say the pair were delighted, after experiencing a ‘tough’ few years.“We had been trying for a while… for the last four years, we haven’t been successful, we had four miscarriages,” he said.Things haven’t been great, especially on Grace, things have been tough on her.James added that the pregnancy wasn’t the result of IVF.The couple are now focusing on how to get to grips with the four new additions to their household. Source: James Slattery via FacebookRead: A tiny baby weighing less than a pound was born this week >last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Thursday April 11 2019

first_imgDunleavy says money set aside for Alaska schools is subject to veto. Lawmakers disagree.Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageA new fight is erupting in Juneau about spending on Alaska’s public schools. It centers on whether Gov. Mike Dunleavy has the power to veto money state lawmakers set aside for schools last year, for the upcoming school year – a practice called “forward funding.”Senators weigh splitting permanent fund draw between state and dividends — and limiting spendingAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauAlaska state senators are considering what would be the first change since the early 1980s to the formula for calculating permanent fund dividends. They’re also considering a new proposal to limit how much the state government spends. Changing dividends or spending will have major implications for the future of the state.AG Barr to visit rural AlaskaLiz Ruskin, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Washington D.C.A new fight is erupting in Juneau about spending on Alaska’s public schools. It centers on whether Gov. Mike Dunleavy has the power to veto money state lawmakers set aside for schools last year, for the upcoming school year – a practice called “forward funding.”Experts say efforts by cruise ships to reduce air pollution may be causing water pollution insteadJacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – JuneauOver the past two years Alaska’s cruise ship inspectors called Ocean Rangers have documented a pattern of potentially serious water pollution. There’s been no apparent action by regulators, and Gov. Dunleavy’s administration wants to get rid of the inspectors.Alleged head of 1488 gang moved to Washington ahead of trialZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media- AnchorageThe alleged leader of a white-supremacist prison gang operating in Alaska is being sent out of state as he awaits trial.Federal money for trails will no longer be shared with local communities by the stateDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe state will no longer share federal trail money with Alaska communities. The Recreational Trails Program provides about $1.5 million to Alaska annually, money that has been split between state park and community projects, but the funding is being re-focused.Two men admit to stealing, cutting up 10,000-year-old mammoth tuskCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageIn Anchorage, the case of a 10,000-year-old stolen mammoth tusk is approaching its conclusion. But the tusk itself will not be coming home to the Campbell Creek Science Center.Meet Alice Qannik Glenn, the podcaster who’s trying to get more young Alaska Native voices on the micRavenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – FairbanksIf you look at the stories being told in the world, and you don’t see your perspective reflected in those stories, what do you do? For one young Iñupiaq woman, the answer to that question was: make a podcast. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewslast_img read more

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Mortgage Rates Mixed in Wake of July Jobs Numbers

first_img It was a mixed week for mortgage rate reports following the release of July’s employment numbers, which showed job growth coming in below the market consensus forecast.[IMAGE]According to “”Freddie Mac’s””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.40 percent (0.7 point) for the week ending August 8, up from 4.39 percent last week. Last year at this time, the 30-year fixed averaged 3.59 percent.The 15-year FRM averaged 3.43 percent (0.7 point), unchanged from the previous survey.The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.19 percent (0.5 point) this week, up from 3.18 percent previously. Meanwhile, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.62 percent (0.3 point) down from 2.64 percent.At the same time, “”Bankrate.com’s””:http://www.bankrate.com/ weekly national survey showed rate drops all around. The 30-year FRM averaged 4.56 percent (from 4.59 percent), while the 15-year fixed averaged 3.62 percent (from 3.65 percent).The 5/1 ARM average was 3.53 percent, down from 3.57 percent.””The disappointing July jobs report cast some doubt on whether the Federal Reserve would begin tapering their bond purchases in September,”” Bankrate said in a release. “”With encouraging and disappointing economic news offsetting each other on almost a daily basis, look for mortgage rates to remain range bound at least until there is greater clarity regarding both the economy and Fed policy.”” Mortgage Rates Mixed in Wake of July Jobs Numbers Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Freddie Mac Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers Unemployment 2013-08-08 Tory Barringer August 8, 2013 440 Views center_img Share in Data, Originationlast_img read more

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Calypso holds 6 to 8 tcf ENI says

first_imgA natural gas field offshore Cyprus is believed to hold between six and eight trillion cubic feet, Italian energy firm ENI has said.Speaking at an industry event in Cairo on Monday, CEO Claudio Descalzi said an appraisal well would have to be drilled to understand the real volumes of a recent discovery at Calypso 1, which was announced last week.Asked whether it is believed to hold around 6 to 8 trillion cubic feet, Descalzi said: “It could be more or in that range… for sure it cannot be less but we have to understand it … It’s a good find that has merit to go ahead with additional investment.”An analysis of data following a collection of fluids and rock samples revealed that Calypso “is a promising gas discovery and confirms the extension of the ‘Zohr-like’ play” into the Cypriot EEZ, ENI said in a company statement.Zohr, a supergiant gas field discovered by ENI in 2015 in adjacent Egyptian waters, holds an estimated 30 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of resources in place.You May LikeKelley Blue BookSubcompact Luxury SUV Best Buy of 2019Kelley Blue BookUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoFinancialAdvisorHeroesFox News’ Jessie Watters Really Lives In This HouseFinancialAdvisorHeroesUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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