first_imgIt was one heck of a roller coaster ride for astronomers tracking comet ISON as it swung in for its close passage by the sun. A week out, it brightened in an outburst that some took to be its death throes as the blistering heat of the sun ate into the ice and dust of its kilometer-wide nucleus, which appears to be more of a loose, dirty snowdrift than a firmly packed iceball. But it steadied, continued to brighten, only to start fading. The end? No, it recovered, resumed brightening only to be lost from view by the orbiting solar telescopes. They were able to gaze directly at the sun (here seen in time-lapse images, the center white circle representing the sun) just as the comet drew near its closest approach to the sun on 28 November. Most astronomers thought ISON was a goner, the victim of the searing heat and the sun’s wrenching gravitational tides. But then, out the other side, came ISON, or something that had been ISON. There might be a much-diminished nucleus or just a swarm of icy debris. Whatever it is, however, it is spewing the gas and dust that, if ISON can keep it up, could make for a pretty sight in the predawn of the early days of December. Knowing ISON as they do, astronomers are calling that a huge if.See more ScienceShots.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(*)last_img read more

first_imgIndian internet service providers (ISPs) have installed the highest number of Internet filtering systems and blocked the maximum number of web pages, an investigation covering 10 countries by University of Toronto-based Citizen Lab, along with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and The Indian Express in India, has found.Read it at Indian Express Related Itemslast_img

first_imgBad weather combined with persistence of Marlon Samuels and Shivnarine Chanderpaul to frustrate India as the West Indies reached 98 for five on the rain-hit second day of the second cricket Test here. Score | PhotosIshant Sharma bowls during the second day of the second Test against the West Indies in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Wednesday. APIndian paceman Ishant Sharma struck twice in three balls to reduce the West Indies to 57 for five in the curtailed morning session after the hosts resumed at an uncomfortable 30 for three.However, several rain interruptions and some sensible batting by Samuels (21) and Chanderpaul (20) gave India no chance to make further in-roads into the hosts’ batting line up.The two batsmen added 41 runs for the unconquered sixth wicket and batted together for 19.3 overs on a day when only 25.3 overs of play was possible on the day.The tenor of the day was set early when a shower delayed the start of the game by 45 minutes. There was another break of half an hour after lunch but the resumption lasted no more than eight-odd overs.Heavy rains lashed Kensington Oval in the second session which forced umpire to enforce an early tea in the hope of squeezing as much play as possible in the final session.That opportunity never arrived. Even though it stopped raining after a while, early tea was taken and players even came out in the final session. It began raining almost immediately for players to go to pavilion. Thereafter it was poor light which never allowed the game to resume.advertisementThe most play possible was in the morning session as West Indies retired for lunch at 82 for 5 from 29 overs.Both the overnight batsmen, Ramnaresh Sarwan (18) and Devendra Bishoo (13), fell prey to Ishant’s bounce with the paceman bowling a spell of 6-2-23-2 in the morning.Praveen Kumar and Ishant held the two ends up for all but the final 10 minutes and three overs of the shortened session.Despite the precision and pace of Indian bowlers, both Sarwan and Bishoo stood their ground for the initial half an hour?s play.Sarwan survived a couple of shouts and Bishoo once edged Ishant between the third and fourth slip but importantly West Indies hadn’t lost a wicket.Bishoo’s propensity to fiddle with every delivery outside off-stump made Mahendra Singh Dhoni strengthen the off-side field, once to the extent that he had all of his nine fielders manning the side of the stumps.Bishoo finally perished when he was drawn like a moth to a flame to a rising delivery and Virat Kohli at gully caught the chance easily.A delivery later Ishant struck again, this time Sarwan falling to a delivery which kept cruelly low and found him in front of his stumps.Sarwan is now without a half century in his last 12 Test innings.- Wih inputs from PTIlast_img read more

first_imgFC Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto still rued the fact that he did not get to play at the recently-concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia even after a successful start to pre-season tour with the club.Sergi Roberto was not a part of the Spanish team that was knocked out by hosts Russia from the Round of 16. Spain’s former manager Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked just one day before the start of the World Cup, did not pick Roberto in the team.After Lopetegui’s sacking, Fernando Hierro managed the Spanish national team during their time in Russia. However, after a disastrous performance, he stepped down soon after. Luis Enrique, who is the former Barcelona manager, has not stepped up to take the national coach job and Roberto is hopeful of a return to the national side.Barcelona have so far played one match of the International Champions Cup where they beat Tottenham Hotspur 5-3 on penalties after the match ended in a 2-2 draw.”I really thought I’d be in the World Cup, but in the end all I could do was enjoy my vacation and watch it on television,” Sergi Roberto said on Monday.Roberto said the “disappointment” of Russia has not dashed his dream of rejoining the national team, nor did he hide his enthusiasm at Luis Enrique’s arrival to lead the squad and the possibility of being called up once more.”Now there’s a new manager and I hope to get another chance, but first I have to concentrate on Barca,” Roberto expressed.advertisement”For me, Luis has been very important, both in the Barca B stage, where he had me debut when I was a youngster, and on the first team, where I got stronger, though not yet where I am today.”Also read – Barcelona slammed on Twitter for alleged discrimination against women’s teamOn Barcelona’s tour of the United States, the absence of big stars like the Argentine Lionel Messi and the Uruguayan Luis Suarez makes it not quite the team it normally is and somewhat less exciting to its fans, but Roberto recalled that they are there also to play their best game.”We’re here for people to enjoy themselves, but also to train for what’s coming in the new season,” Roberto said.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid target BVB whiz Sancho, ex-Man City teammate Diazby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are watching the progress of Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund.Marca says Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are monitoring very closely Sancho’s situation.The giants of the sport see him as a potential signing to strengthen their squads and are keeping tabs on what he is doing at Borussia Dortmund, a club that maintains a close relationship with Real Madrid.As for Manchester City and Pep Guardiola, they’ll be frustrated to have lost such a talent and they’d also be disappointed if Brahim Diaz moves to Real Madrid. Real have been trying to sign young talents for some time now and are currently wrapping up a deal for Diaz. last_img read more

first_img “If we do that simple amendment to the legislation, it means that the process which is taking two (to) four months, can now be done within two to three days at most with respect to accreditation,” she said. Prime Minister of Barbados, Hon. Mia Mottley, is proposing that the process to verify Certificates of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification be revamped to shorten the time in which this exercise is undertaken. Story Highlights Prime Minister of Barbados, Hon. Mia Mottley, is proposing that the process to verify Certificates of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification be revamped to shorten the time in which this exercise is undertaken.This, she suggested, can be done by adjusting existing legislation to allow the burden of proof to be shifted to the applicant to swear to the authenticity of the certificate, and if later found to be fraudulent, to show cause why the document should not be revoked.“If we do that simple amendment to the legislation, it means that the process which is taking two (to) four months, can now be done within two to three days at most with respect to accreditation,” she said.The Barbadian Prime Minister was addressing the opening ceremony for the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on Wednesday (July 4) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.The Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification guarantees qualified nationals the benefit of moving and working freely across the region.This document, which is a provision under the CARICOM (Free Movement of Skilled Persons) Act, allows these privileges without the need for a work permit or permit of stay.Ms. Mottley lamented that the matter of accreditation and the issuance and verification of skills certificates have impeded the day-to-day lives of too many CARICOM citizens, stressing that “this is of great concern to us… . We have to change and change urgently”.She pointed out that in her country, between 2006 and 2018, the Accreditation Council issued 2,039 Certificates and verified another 1,122. Out of the 3,161 certificates, 10 were fraudulent.“In other words, 0.3 per cent of certificates that we spent months seeking to verify, were fraudulent,” she said.Ms. Mottley stressed that in the age of technological advancements, such as blockchain technology, “we must be able to do better at real-time communication, particularly as we go forward in the issuance of skills certificates and diplomas that will allow for more ease of verification”.The Meeting of the CARICOM Heads is being held from July 4-6. Among the key agenda items are crime and violence, disaster management and climate change, and the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).The Conference of Heads of Government, which consists of the Heads of Government of the Member States, is the supreme organ of the Caribbean Community and determines and provides its policy direction. This, she suggested, can be done by adjusting existing legislation to allow the burden of proof to be shifted to the applicant to swear to the authenticity of the certificate, and if later found to be fraudulent, to show cause why the document should not be revoked.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER — New research suggests that the health of Indigenous women recovering from the trauma of partner violence improves when the healing process integrates elder-led circles and other cultural elements.The study from the University of British Columbia and Western University focused on nurses working with women individually over the course of six to eight months.Their treatment included weekly circles or group activities led by an elder, which involved sharing personal stories and aspects of Indigenous culture through ceremonies, cultural teachings and traditional crafts.Colleen Varcoe, a professor of nursing at UBC, says at the end of the program, the women reported significantly fewer symptoms of trauma and depression and a better quality of life compared with how they felt in the beginning.Study co-author and ’60s Scoop survivor Roberta Price says cultural teachings, stories and songs bring out the strength in women.  Participants included 152 Indigenous women from different First Nations and language groups who were living in Vancouver and Surrey, B.C.Most had survived childhood abuse in a residential school, in addition to partner violence.The study did not include a control group that received treatment without elder-led circles or cultural elements and the results were self-reported.The program was tested in British Columbia, and is now being tested in three provinces to make sure it’s effective for all women.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgGODS LAKE NARROWS, Man. — RCMP in northern Manitoba say a two-year-old boy is dead after being attacked by dogs.Police in Gods Lake Narrows says they received a report of a dog attack on a child in the community early Monday afternoon.Officers found the child with life-threatening injuries in a wooded area not far from where he lived.He was pronounced dead on scene.Police believe the boy wandered away from his home and was attacked by several dogs.RCMP say community members were forced to shoot several dogs that were seen returning to the scene. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

7 June 2011The United Nations refugee agency has helped 38,000 people displaced by fighting in Pakistan’s tribal areas return to their homes over the past two months. The latest phase of the voluntary return operation, organized by the Pakistani Government, wrapped up on Sunday, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), whose staff monitored the process to ensure that returns were voluntary and funded the transport of returnees. Displacement from Pakistan’s tribal areas began in 2008 in the wake of a Government crackdown on insurgents. At the height of the displacement crisis in 2009, more than 21,000 families, or around 147,000 people, were registered in the Jalozai camp – the largest of the four camps in the tribal areas for internally displaced persons (IDPs).At the same time, around 90 per cent of the displaced lived outside camps, with friends, relatives or in rented accommodation. The 38,000 people that returned in the latest operation went back to homes in Bajaur and Mohmand agencies, both of which are in the northern part of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), bordering Afghanistan. In addition to monitoring the process and funding the transport of returnees, UNHCR also set up warehouses in both areas that provided returning families with basic household supplies. Tents were given to those whose homes were damaged in the conflict for use as temporary shelters while repairs are carried out. Other UN agencies are also providing help, with the World Food Programme (WFP) enrolling returnees in cash-for-work programmes, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) providing hygiene kits, and the World Health Organization (WHO) offering health care through a partner organization. An estimated 5,000 families – or about 26,000 individuals – remain in Jalozai, most of them residents of areas still considered unsafe for returns. read more

U.S. Steel’s Hamilton and Nanticoke plants may be saved by a company that has bailed out another struggling Canadian steel company in the past.Sources in the bidding process say India’s “Essar Steel Holdings” is looking to revive U.S. Steel Canada, which is currently under creditor protection, and is the only bidder wanting both Canadian sites.Sources also say Essar wants to put the Hamilton steel mill back into production.The company bought Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie when it left bankruptcy protection back in 2007.U.S. Steel purchased Stelco the same year after an earlier round of creditor protection.   U.S. Steel Canada took the plants back into creditor protection last September. read more

by Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 13, 2015 11:43 am MDT CALGARY – Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says he’s hopeful mediators will be able to avert a strike by workers at Canadian Pacific Railway but if they don’t, the government will take action to make sure the economy doesn’t suffer.The union representing 1,800 safety and maintenance workers and another union which represents 3,300 locomotive engineers, conductors, trainmen and yardmen across Canada have issued a strike notice for early Sunday morning.The labour strife could hamper freight service across the country, but negotiations are ongoing in Montreal with the help of federal mediators.A spokesman for federal Labour Minister Kellie Leitch confirmed the minister was in Montreal on Friday to “encourage all parties to work together to quickly reach agreements in the best interest of the Canadian economy.”In 2012, the federal government passed legislation to force an end to a nine-day strike by 4,800 striking members of the Teamsters union and CP Rail employees. Ottawa said at the time that a prolonged strike would cost the Canadian economy $540 million a week.Ritz said a long rail strike by CP (TSX:CP) would have a significant impact on western grain producers but also on the forestry, potash and coal sectors.“There’s still a lot of product to move so there’s never a lesser impact. It’s just a different degree of hurt,” said Ritz after a speech to the Western Barley Growers Association.“At the end of the day, as a government we will look at all the tools we have available to us to make sure the economy doesn’t suffer.”Ritz said it’s too early to think about whether the federal government should get involved if there is a work stoppage.“Hopefully not. As I said mediators on the ground are working hard and hopefully they’re making progress,” he said. “Those aren’t done in public and I’m not going to detail it in public either.”In the event of a strike, Canadian Pacific said this week it would “implement its extensive contingency plan by deploying qualified management employees to maintain a reduced freight service on its Canadian network.”Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter. With files from Morgan Lowrie in Montreal. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Federal agriculture minister ‘hopeful’ rail strike can be averted read more

first_imgThe parents of a child actress who played Matilda in the musical are in dispute with Westminster council over her home schooling.Edward Hardy and Eileen Tracy may have to go to court if the council does not agree that their daughter is receiving a suitable education.Their daughter Lilian, 12, who played the title role in the West End production for six months until last September, has been educated at home all her life.Her parents have now been sent a school attendance order, which means they must enrol her at a local school within 15 days or prove that she is receiving an adequate education, otherwise they face prosecution or a fine.They told The Guardian that they had sent evidence of her progress, including samples of her work and explanation about her studies, to the local authority, but the council said this was not enough.The council only became aware of her situation when the Royal Shakespeare Company, which produces the show, applied for a child performance licence so Lilian could join the cast, said the report. The musical has proved popular in the West EndCredit:Cornershop PR  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 musical has proved popular in the West Endcenter_img “Through home education, parents exercise their right to let their child develop at their own pace and cherry-pick their academic pursuits and other passions without confused outsiders breathing down their necks.“Local authorities have sufficient powers if they see a problem. But that ‘if’ is key. It’s to do with the fundamental British concept of presumption of innocence, which is enshrined in UK law. “If the state doesn’t have evidence of a problem, as in our case, then it’s really important that state officials don’t have the power to intervene, so that children and their families can be left in peace to work their own magic.”Home education has become an increasingly controversial topic as figures released last year showed that the number of home-educated children had doubled in six years.Neil Carmichael, the former chair of the Education Select Committee, told The Daily Telegraph at the time that he was “deeply concerned” by the data.In November the Government said it was working on tougher guidance for home schooling that could increase councils’ powers to intervene.A spokesman for Westminster council said: “Local authorities have a statutory obligation to ensure that resident children receive a suitable education. We have explained to Mr Hardy and Ms Tracy that we cannot solely rely on samples of their child’s work to form a view about the suitability of their education.” Ms Tracy told the newspaper: “Lilian has really thrived on being home-educated, in ways that have regularly surprised and delighted us and that have also clarified for me as an educator how children learn best – through being given freedom to follow their noses.last_img read more

← Previous Story Women’s EHF EUR0 2010 (Round 2): Four teams in TOP 12 Next Story → Brothers Gilles refused a new contracts with HSV! Polish Champion, Vive Targi Kielce, obviously hasn’t problem with money. After two big sponsors who got a place in their name, the best Polish team with a great ambition in Europe in next a few years, sign the biggest sponsorship with a company from – Uganda, Africa , even bigger than two main sponsors, Vive and Targi has.The name of the company is Riham and their Management thinks that investment in one of the most succesfull Polish sport team is a great start for entering Polish market.Vive Kielce still has a chance to qualify for TOP 16 phase of the EHF Champions League. Vive Targi Kielce read more

first_imgNacho Fernandez has revealed plans to see out his playing career at Real MadridThe Spanish full-back has been on the club books since the age of 11 and made his first-team debut in a 6–3 away win against Valencia in April 2011.Since then, Nacho has made 161 appearances in all competitions for Real and was a valuable member of the squad last season that sealed the Champions League title for a third season in succession.Like past greats, such as Francisco Totti and Paolo Maldini, the 28-year-old intends to remain a one-club player by seeing out the remainder of his career at the Santiago Bernabeu.“My plan is to finish my career at home,” he said in an interview with GQ, via Marca.“In the career of any athlete there are stages where you do not do everything you would like, fortunately I’ve had two spectacular years on a personal and professional level and there is no better place for me than Real Madrid.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The demand is the highest, but my idea is to keep the pace and finish my career at home.”Nacho missed out on Spain’s golden era that saw the national side claim the World Cup title in 2010, as well as back-to-back European crowns in 2008 and 2012.The left-back made his debut for the national side in September 2013.“I would like to get rid of the thorn of the last World Cup and win an important tournament with Spain,” he said.Nacho currently has under two years left on his current contract at Real.last_img read more

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida Highway Patrol troopers remain on the scene, Tuesday, of a truck that rolled over on the Turnpike in Hollywood.According to the FHP, at around 10 a.m., a truck hauling a trailer full of bags of mulch rolled over on the southbound lanes of the Turnpike, south of Hollywood Boulevard.Three people who were inside the truck were transported to a nearby hospital.Their conditions are unknown.Only one left lane remains open as the cleanup process continues, but officials said they expect to re-open all lanes before 1 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more