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first_imgOn 23 July 2012, two eruptions on the sun known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs) burst from an active patch of sunspots on the far side of the sun, which is monitored by a probe that circles the sun ahead of Earth in the same orbit. Emerging about 15 minutes apart, the CMEs quickly merged into one shock wave of charged particles that washed over the probe’s sensors just 18.6 hours later (the “snowstorm” of particles seen late in this video), researchers report online today in Nature Communications. Behind the shock wave, charged particles raced along at about 2250 kilometers per second—five times their normal speed at Earth’s distance from the sun—and the magnetic field strength there was more than 10 times that normally seen at Earth’s orbit. If pointed in our direction, such a combination would have produced the strongest geomagnetic storm to have struck Earth in history and could have knocked out satellites and earthbound power grids, researchers say. Fortunately, the event was a bit of a fluke, as it erupted into a region of space where the solar wind and the magnetic field had been weakened by a solar flare 4 days earlier. The observations of these CMEs will help scientists better model space weather and predict potentially calamitous solar storms.(Video credit: Ying Liu)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


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first_imgNational Conference president and MP Farooq Abdullah on Thursday described Kashmir as “a political problem” and pitched for meaningful India-Pakistan dialogue on the issue.“There should be a meaningful, result-oriented dialogue between India and Pakistan. The stakeholders in Afghanistan are nearing a solution notwithstanding the violence that the country is fraught with. Both India and Pakistan should open the channels of dialogue with the people of State living on either side of the Line of Control. It should be followed by a dialogue between India and Pakistan,” said Dr. Abdullah, while speaking on the occasion of 19th death anniversary of his mother in Srinagar.He called for an all encompassing dialogue. “It will enable both the countries reach a solution, which is acceptable to people living in the different regions of the erstwhile State. I believe we have had enough, if both India and Pakistan have to grow then it is indispensable for them to find solutions to the issues hammering their relation. Any solution, if it has to be a viable one, should offer a win-win situation for the two countries as well as the people living across the erstwhile state,” he said.On internal politics of the country, Dr. Abdullah said the country he was living in “is poles apart from what it used to be, and what it was desired to be by the founding fathers of the Constitution of India.”“Today, we have a political dispensation at the helm of affairs at the Centre that is inclined to rob the country of its secular character. The fascist and communal forces are hell bent to change the secular visage of the country. Nonetheless India belongs to all its citizens, the country belongs to all. The country men have to keep it in their mind that the idea of progress is deficient if any community feels left out. India cannot grow if the growth of its minorities is stunted,” he said.The MP from Srinagar said the catch-words of ‘Sab Ka Saath Sab Ka Vikas’ didn’t see any implementation. “We see how our people are being intimidated on the national highway. Every now and then we see the Governor administration come up with reckless diktats of all sorts. I don’t see any of the actions of the Central government reflect their sincerity for the materialisation of the slogan,” said Dr. Abdullah.last_img read more


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first_imgRanbir Kapoor’s character in Barfi doesn’t have a single dialogue. The trailer of the film, keeping his deaf and mute character in mind, relies completely on the background score to highlight Ranbir’s performance.Ranbir, who sports a thin, golden braid in Barfi, had a blast with the two leading ladies of the film – Priyanka Chopra and southern siren Illeana D’Cruz at the unveiling of the film’s first look by director Anurag Basu in Mumbai on Monday.The trailer of the film was simultaneously released on YouTube, and has received more than 1,66,000 hits within no time while Ranbir’s deaf and mute act in the film was appreciated so much that he was trending on Twitter.The 2.27-minute long fast-paced trailer on YouTube has no dialogues and shows Ranbir clowning around. He has shown great chemistry with newcomer Illeana, who is his romantic lead in the film. Priyanka, who plays a mentally challenged girl, sports short, curly hair and dowdy outfits in the film. She has gone completely de-glamorous to get into the skin of the character.Ranbir has drawn inspiration from “Charlie Chaplin and Mr Bean” for his character, where he has to convey everything through his actions and emotions. His fans have also been gushing about his braid.Illeana, a Goa-based model who has worked in several hit southern films such as Pokiri, Devdasu and Kedi, plays a Bengali girl in the film.Netizens have gone gaga over Ranbir-Illeana’s chemistry in the trailer, which doesn’t have much of Priyanka.advertisementAt the launch, Ranbir clowned around with his co-actors, putting to rest speculations that he and Priyanka shared cold vibes. Rumours were rife that the actors had a misunderstanding on the sets of their previous film Anjana Anjani in 2010.”Illeana has the maximum dialogues in the film. Since Ranbir’s character is that of a mute boy, he emotes through actions while Priyanka too has to rely on her facial expressions in the film,” director Anurag Basu said, explaining his forthcoming dark comic thriller. Basu, who has previously made films such as Life?in a Metro and Gangster, had scored a dud with his last film, the Hrithik Roshanstarrer Kites.Meanwhile, Ranbir’s fans have already declared the film a hit. “Even though RANBIR KAPOOR’s character doesn’t talk in #BARFI. He as an actor speaks volumes. Period!” tweeted Devansh Patel. “Barfi trailer charming. This Ranbir Kapoor grabs your attention and won’t let go,” tweeted producer Pritish Nandy.last_img read more


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first_imgIndia Yamaha Motor Pvt Ltd, on Thursday, announced on an all new ‘single seat’ variant for their flagship motorcycle YZF – R15 owing to the customer requirements. While, the split seat version will also continue to be in the market, the new variant of YZF-R15 S (Single Seat) will be available at all authorized Yamaha dealers across India.ALSO READ:Yamaha YZF R3: First RideRoy Kurian, Vice President- Sales & Marketing, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd said, “Yamaha R15 is a pure sports vehicle designed especially for racing enthusiasts so that they can experience the power and passion that a sports bike has to offer. However, our research showed that a particular customer segment desired for a single seat version as it is more convenient for the pillion rider.”It has been the hallmark of Yamaha to innovate and introduce products that has a strong connect with its large customer base. “R15” has been a significant milestone in the company’s history; the product being the torchbearer to introduce the racing culture in India.ALSO READ:Yamaha R3 launched for Rs 3.25 lakhKurian said, “Even so, the split seat version 2.0 will also continue to be in the market along with the new single seat variant. We, at Yamaha keep our customers first and hence this introduction was imperative.”The new variant will further help Yamaha to consolidate its position in the 150 cc segment. R15 has been a huge success for its spectacular engineering. It has liquid cooled, 4 stroke SOHC, 4 Valve engine, front and rear disc brakes along with a fuel capacity of 12 litres.Since the launch of R15 version 2.0 in 2011, the bike has gained immense popularity amongst the customers, especially youngsters.last_img read more



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first_imgMumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma got the perfect birthday gift on Saturday night as his team registered an outstanding Super-Over win in a thrilling match against the Gujarat Lions at Rajkot. Mumbai got bowled out for 153 while chasing the exact score against the Lions after which a Super Over decided the fate of the match.In the Super Over, Mumbai posted 11 batting first, but Jasprit Bumrah gave nothing away to defend the target against Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum.Rohit, who turned 30 today, cut a cake in the dressing room after the match and celebrated the win with his teammates in full flare.”Very good birthday present, great game of cricket. Never been part of Super Over, that’s something we have learnt as well,” Rohit said at the post match presentation ceremony.Rohit further garnered praises on man-of-the-match Krunal Pandya for maintaining his cool till the end of Mumbai’s chase.”We got off to a good start, were sitting pretty until the 10th over, knew the wicket was getting slower and the target was going to be tough. We knew they would bowl well, losing wickets wasn’t great, but Krunal did very well to stay till the end,” he said.By virtue of this win, Mumbai consolidated on their second spot in the points table with 14 points in their kitty and are almost but through to the playoffs of the IPL. Gujarat are placed fifth with six points in nine games and will have to win all of their remaining games to progress.advertisementlast_img read more


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first_imgMADRID — Novak Djokovic eased into the Madrid Open quarterfinals by beating Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 7-6 (2) on Thursday.Djokovic dominated the first set and won the final four points of the tiebreaker in the Magic Box.He racked up a 13th consecutive win over Chardy, all in straight sets.The top-ranked Djokovic will next face Marin Cilic, who came from behind to beat Laslo Djere 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.Djokovic is seeking his second title of the season, and third in Madrid. He began the year by winning the Australian Open.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img


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first_imgNew Zealand vs India, 1st ODIFull ScorecardBrief Scores: New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) vs India in Napier. Williamson (64), Kuldeep (4/39), Shami (3/19).In a bizarre turn of events during the first ODI between India and New New Zealand at the McLean Park in Napier, the play was stopped for more than 30 minutes due to the setting sun on Wednesday.Over the years, stoppage of play was caused by rain, bad light, hailstorms, and even pollution and desert storm. However, in a first, sharp sunlight halted India’s chase of 158 in Napier.India opener, Shikhar Dhawan had trouble facing the New Zealand bowlers as he was in direct line with sunlight at the McLean Park. Dhawan walked straight to the umpire and let them know about the difficulty he was facing at the middle.The two on-field umpires got together and decided that conditions were not conducive to carrying on with the game. Dhawan, and captain Virat Kohli walked off the field as India were at 43 for 1 after 10 overs.INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND 1ST ODI LIVE SCOREThe game was stopped due to the sharp sunlight right after the players came back on the field after the dinner break in the day-night match.The crowd was obviously disappointed at the stop in play but it remained patient for the play to begin. The delay led to the match being curtailed to 49 overs and the target reduced by two runs to 156.Usually, grounds have the playing surface facing North-South, but McLean Park has it facing East-West. Hence, this issue of shadows created by the setting sun. That was a first even for umpires Shaun Haig and Shaun George who were officiating the first ODI in Napier.advertisementUmpire Haug said: “The setting sun is directly in the eyes of the batsmen. So we got to consider the safety of the players, umpires. So we have decided to suspend play until conditions improve.”This is the first time in my 14 years I have seen something like this happen on a cricket field. Good news is we have 30 minutes extra time. We are hoping to be back in 30 minutes and it will still be a 50-over game.”Meanwhile, Mayor of Napier, Bill Balton said the officials had foreseen such a situation arising during a day-night match in Napier. He also added that they are working towards finding a solution to the issue.Notably, the McLean Park at Napier had faced several issues in the past due to a slow-draining outfield, which was fixed last year. The ongoing ODI between India and New Zealand is just the first international match being played at the venue in two years.Rain stopping play has been so mainstream so this time sun stops play in Napier #NZvINDTheKingRafa (@sportskida) January 23, 2019It’s McLean Park, Napier in 2019.Bad Sun Light Stops Play.We have now seen it all.Cricket really is a game of uncertainties.#NZvINDArjun (@LifeIsAnElation) January 23, 2019Can’t play in drizzle.Can’t play in bad light.Can’t play in a wet outfield.Can’t play in the setting sun.No wonder cricket is a dying sport. https://t.co/7WwVEzask3crictoday (@crictoday) January 23, 2019Sun Stops the play.Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson can’t help it. ??#NZvIND #1stODIDivya Sharma (@iamDivya8) January 23, 2019Life in Cricket is complete now. Seen headlines with, rain stopped play, bad light stopped play and now Finally this. Sun Stops Play. Wow#NapierKarthik YbK (@KarthikScorpy) January 23, 2019Have Heard Of Rain Stops Play, Bad Lights Stops Play But This Time Its” Sun Outrage Stopped Play At Napier ” ?? #NZvIND #NZvsINDGaurang (@Gaurang321) January 23, 2019Sun strike stops play.Blinding Sunlight in Napier stops play. Yes really. Rains, Sandstorm, Sunlight, Bad light and now blinding Sunlight…Where are the Sunglass sponsor for this series?Vastu consultants kidhar hain ??Arvind Ramachander (@arvindia4u) January 23, 2019Saw D/L Method comes whenever Rain interrupts?? but first time I seeing D/L methods playing a part in the game as 1 over reduced due to sun set at Napier ?? @BLACKCAPS @BCCI @ICC #INDvsNZ @Cricketracker ??Boobalu Sp (@Boobalu_Sp) January 23, 2019They say cricket’s a funny game … last week a BBL match was abandoned at the Gabba due to a power outage … today play was delayed in the ODI between NZL & IND at Napier because the sun was too bright and getting in the batsmen’s eyes ????Glenn Mitchell (@MitchellGlenn) January 23, 2019@SunRisers captain Williamson tried to use The Sun to his advantage in Napier ??#NZvIND #NZvsIND Sun Stops PlayGurpreet Singh Ghai (@GSGhai) January 23, 2019advertisementThere may well be a time and place for the Mayor of Napier to go on live TV and tell the world how incredible his multi purpose stadium is.I’d suggest midway through a 40 minute break for sun is not that time and place.#NZvINDKeith Miller (@keith_miller_nz) January 23, 2019They’ve just been off the park in an ODI in Napier because of too much sun… another argument for more games in Dunedin… #NZLvINDmat_dunckley (@mat_dunckley) January 23, 2019Napier’s too wet in the sun, too sunny in the sun. They need to learn to weather. #NZvINDRyan Virtue (@ryanvirtueNZ) January 23, 2019Sun won’t be going down fast in Napier #NZvIND another inspection in 5-10mins by Officials pic.twitter.com/GvtwLv7dduHemant Parikh (@hemantparikh) January 23, 2019Still waiting for a restart in play in #Napier – what a shambles! Too much sun is something you wouldnt think you would hear in #cricket! #mustdobetter #NewZealand #India #NZvIND #ODIDr Micheal Warren (@warrenmich1) January 23, 2019You think “sun ? stops play” in #Napier is unique,remember”Air Pollution stopped play” in Delhi.#NZvINDPratik (@sire_tushky21) January 23, 2019Cricket enthusiasts; rain stoppage is known in cricket. Have we ever had a sun stoppage like at Napier.Syed Ata Hasnain (@atahasnain53) January 23, 2019Yes, game held up, not called off! Sorry. https://t.co/oNF5Lm0eqwHarsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 23, 2019Also Read | Caught on stump mic: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed racially abuses South Africa cricketerAlso read | He will close his eyes and defend: How Dhoni masterminded Boult dismissalAlso See:last_img read more


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first_imgCricket South Africa has publicised its plans to stage a shortened Test, starting on Boxing Day against Zimbabwe in Port Elizabeth, subject to International Cricket Council approval.The ECB has already held this country’s first day-night Test this summer. The match against the West Indies at Edgbaston last month lasted only three days after the tourists lost 19 wickets in under three sessions.Steps are being taken globally to try to retain Test cricket’s relevance and popularity in a changing landscape since the arrival of the Twenty20 format in 2003. Radical further change will be made only after careful consideration by the ECB, however.In a statement, a spokesman said: “ECB has no firm position on the staging of four-day Test matches. We can see benefits that more compact scheduling might deliver but are sensitive to the potential effects of any change to the traditional format. Careful consideration is required to support the right decisions for the wider game, and on-field matters are key.”Further consultation will therefore take place before far-reaching decisions are made. “We would welcome more insight on the effects for players and fans in order to help the game make a fully-informed decision on any proposal,” added the ECB’s spokesman. “It is important that cricket is prepared to innovate in all formats of the game where it can help drive interest, accessibility or improvement.“Above all, ECB is committed to a healthy and competitive future for Test match cricket, here and around the world.” Since you’re here… England crush West Indies by 124 runs: third one-day international – as it happened Share via Email ECB … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Topics The England and Wales Cricket Board says it has “no firm position” yet on playing four-day Tests in this country.It has been reported that the idea of shortening Tests from five to four days has the support of the ECB, with the English game’s governing body launching a new high-profile domestic Twenty20 tournament in 2020 which will ensure an increasingly packed summer from then on. news Cricket Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more


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first_imgRoma captain Daniele de Rossi: Retirement ever closerby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma captain Daniele de Rossi admits he senses his career is coming to the end.The 35-year-old has been out since October 28 with a cartilage injury, and is unlikely to be fit to face Juventus on Saturday.“When I was young I’d have signed in any way to play half the Serie A games I have,” De Rossi told DAZN.“I’m a lucky guy, I’ve done the job I love, in the city I love, with the people I love. It weighs on me to look over the ravine, because I know the end is near, especially with this injury.“I’ve tasted what it means to be away from the squad, and I know it’s going to hurt me when I stop doing this job.“Whether that’s six months, a year, or three years, time is running out on my career.“This is the most serious injury of my career, it’s a cartilage problem, I’ve suffered a serious injury. It would be very serious if I were to tear it again at 35.“It takes time, I’ve started running and kicking the ball but I’m still behind.“The future? I have this dream of being a Coach, and if I have to think about all the things a Coach has to do what scares me most is doing 100 interviews a week!” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


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first_img The FSPID is a regulatory department with responsibility for ensuring the safety and wholesomeness of food entering commerce. The Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division (FSPID), in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) has confiscated 70 metric tonnes (1575 bags) of White Cinderella rice, valued at approximately $4.6 million, which was imported from Guyana by a local distributor.Upon inspection the rice had signs of mould growth, clumping, discolouration and wetting. As a result, the rice was detained by a Food Storage Inspector.Subsequently, a statutory detention notice was placed on the rice and samples collected were submitted to the FSPID’s Microbiology Laboratory for testing. The results revealed that the rice had microbial levels above the accepted limits. Therefore, the rice was deemed not suitable for human consumptions and was condemned.This seizure is the first for the year. The rice was imported by a large chain distributor in Jamaica with whom the matter was discussed extensively, and in keeping with the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation (FSPI) Act (1958) and Regulations (1973), the rice were detained while arrangements made for disposal.The FSPID is a regulatory department with responsibility for ensuring the safety and wholesomeness of food entering commerce. Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division (Fspid) Condemns 70 Metric Tonnes of Imported White Rice Due to High Microbial Content This seizure is the first for the year. The rice was imported by a large chain distributor in Jamaica with whom the matter was discussed extensively, and in keeping with the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation (FSPI) Act (1958) and Regulations (1973), the rice were detained while arrangements made for disposal. Story Highlightslast_img read more


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first_imgParis: Trains were slowed down and holidaymakers flocked to swimming pools, beaches and lakes in western Europe on Wednesday as another heatwave set new temperature records. A host of French cities saw their highest levels since records began on Tuesday, with wine capital Bordeaux recording 41.2 degrees Celsius (106.16 Fahrenheit), beating the previous high of 40.7C registered in August 2003, weather service Meteo-France said. Forecasters predicted new temperature highs in neighbouring countries Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and the Netherlands, where the mercury could beat the previous record of 38.6 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, according to the Dutch weather office. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USMany Dutch farmers are leaving their cows outside to sleep, rather than bringing them in at night, while some kindergartens have closed their doors because of the risks for young children. Britain’s Met Office has said there is a chance that the UK temperature record of 38.5 degrees Celsius, which was recorded in Faversham, Kent, in August 2004, will also be exceeded on Thursday at the peak of the heat. The operator of the British rail network, Network Rail, said it was slowing down trains in response to the extreme weather, which comes only weeks after another record-breaking heatwave in Europe in June. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Extreme heat can cause overhead wires to sag and become damaged by fast trains. We slow down services to keep passengers safe when this happens,” the company said on Twitter. Across the area affected by the unusually high heat, stretching from France up to Norway in the north, people sought out ways to cool off in lakes and rivers, leading to an increase in drowning incidents. In London, police were searching for three people who have gone missing in the River Thames while swimming. France’s weather office said the scorching conditions “require particular care, notably for vulnerable or exposed people” with almost the entire country under an orange-level weather alert, the second highest level.last_img read more


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Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. CALGARY — For Canadians who’ve made faithful contributions to an RRSP for most of their working lives, converting it to an RRIF may seem a terrifying milestone.Overnight, your nest egg that has steadily grown for decades becomes a declining asset, with a government-mandated, taxable annual minimum withdrawal to ensure its gradual depletion.Retired investors might decide they need to make big changes to the investment mix in their registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) to brace for the feared impact of its conversion to a registered retirement income fund (RRIF).At that time, it’s best to take a deep breath, talk to a trusted financial adviser, and realize that no change at all is often better than too much, says James McCreath, portfolio manager for BMO Nesbitt Burns in Calgary.“One of the biggest mistakes people can make is getting too concerned with recalibrating things just because it’s a change on the title of the account or the structure of the account,” said McCreath, pointing out there’s no legal requirement to change any of the investments in an RRSP when it becomes an RRIF.“The RRSP-RRIF conversion is a small portion of the overall planning for retirement. It’s a tax issue that the government has,” agreed David Popowich, portfolio manager with Popowich Karmali Advisory Group CIBC Wood Gundy in Calgary.“It has very little to do with the success of an overall retirement plan. People get confused about that all the time.”An RRSP can be converted to a RRIF at any time, but must be turned into a RRIF, annuity or paid out in a lump sum by the end of the calendar year in which the investor turns 71.Aside from the fact that one is designed to allow tax-sheltered growth and the other to allow the government to start to receive long-delayed tax payments, RRSPs and RRIFs are similar creatures.Both can contain many types of investments. The investor has the right at any time to redistribute assets within the account. You can have more than one RRSP or RRIF account at the same time. You can withdraw from either, but the funds are taxable except in certain circumstances.Although no new money can be added to the RRIF once it’s established, you can decide which investments in the RRIF are best liquidated when it comes time to withdraw the money.The simplest way to deal with an RRIF is to cash some or all of the investments and buy an annuity, usually from an insurance company. The annuity is then held inside the RRIF account and pays a guaranteed income for life or another set period of time to the investor, who pays taxes on the amounts received.The downside of an annuity is that it can drain the retiree’s savings, leaving nothing for the heirs, and there’s no protection from the buying-power erosion of inflation, a growing threat given longer average lifespans.Deciding on what asset mix to hold in your RRSP or RRIF is made more complicated by current low interest rates — the classic 60-40 equity-fixed income split isn’t necessarily what savers should be focused on. “As life expectancies have pushed out, you want to make sure within the RRIF you’re creating not only the income you need but also some growth, so if you live for a long time, you have enough money to draw on,” McCreath said.Popowich suggested investors should think in terms of placing their assets in “buckets” tagged income, growth, health and legacy.As retirement nears, an investor should assign enough low-risk assets to the income bucket to fund his or her lifestyle (along with private and government pensions and other income sources) for the next 10 years or so.Meanwhile, a second bucket should be filled with enough assets to be invested in higher-risk, higher-reward vehicles to generate larger returns with the goal of refilling that income bucket for when it’s needed.“It’s almost impossible to maximize predictable, sustainable, tax-efficient income at the same time as maximizing growth,” Popowich said. “Those are, in my opinion, mutually exclusive objectives.”Bucket No. three covers anticipated expenses related to health. A person’s home might be placed there, for example, to be sold or mortgaged in the event that poor health requires the saver to enter a care facility, he said.The last bucket sets aside assets to be saved for the retiree’s heirs. read more


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The rule of law and development, and the role of governments in criminal justice will be the focus of the annual session of the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), which opens tomorrow in Vienna.The 40-member Commission, which formulates international policies and makes recommendations for crime control, is expected to spotlight the many ways criminal activity can and often does undercut development. The discussions over the next two weeks will focus on international cooperation to strengthen the rule of law, including combating corruption, and reform of criminal justice institutions with an emphasis on technical assistance, including post-conflict reconstruction.”We need to break the vicious circle between poor governance and slow development. Without the rule of law, countries cannot prosper and under-development persists,” said Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).In conjunction with the Commission’s 13th session, UNODC today released two 30-second video shorts – a first for the UN – to raise global awareness about the negative impact of corruption and its social and financial costs.Statistics reveal that organized crime impedes economic growth: UNODC data shows that a high level of crime correlates with a low level of human development. On the other hand, under-development and institutional weaknesses provide an environment where organized crime and corruption thrive.The Commission is expected to hold a high-level discussion on terrorism Friday, which will highlight UNODC’s efforts to provide technical assistance in combating that scourge through the implementation of the related conventions and protocols.The panel will also address urban crime, kidnapping and UN standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice. Moreover, the session will offer an opportunity to reiterate the importance of the existing normative instruments against crime: the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols against human trafficking, smuggling of migrants and firearms, and the Convention against Corruption, the first legally binding international agreement to fight corruption. read more


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Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. jumps up for a shot. OSU beat Michigan State, 69-67, at the Schottenstein Center March 9. Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternBattered and bloodied, the Ohio State men’s basketball team gave everything it had to pull out a 69-67 victory against No. 22 Michigan State.With some added red on their pure white jerseys from the blood spilled against the Spartans, the Buckeye players came into the postgame press conference after surviving one of their biggest games of the season.With the game on the line, Michigan State senior center Adreian Payne fired up a 3-pointer that would have given the Spartans a two point lead. After junior forward Sam Thompson got a hand to change its course, senior guard Aaron Craft threw himself across the floor to secure the ball, the timeout and the game.Even though Craft sustained a cut on his arm on the play, he said he just did what he had to do.“Sam did a great job of contesting him,” Craft said. “We thought we knew what play they were going to run and he made a good play on it. Down the stretch this year we haven’t found ways to make plays like that, and at that moment, that was what I had to do for our team.”OSU coach Thad Matta said Craft was upset right after the play because he didn’t understand why timeout had been called.“As only Aaron Craft could do, he comes over and goes ‘Why did you call timeout? It was a possession and we don’t even have to waste the timeout’ … Just a big time play. With Lenzelle and Aaron, you look at all the memories they have in this building over the course of four years, and to end it this way is just a great feeling for a coach,” Matta said.Michigan State sophomore guard Gary Harris had another chance at the buzzer to tie the game, but he couldn’t convert and the Buckeyes came out on top.Craft finished the day with 12 points, seven assists and four steals. The senior also set the record for most steals in Big Ten history with a steal with 4:26 remaining in the first half.Although an announcement was made following the play, Craft was caught off guard when told he broke the record.“What … I honestly thought I had it already,” Craft said. “It feels good though, looking back I can tell the people around me I was decent playing basketball back in the day and I can have some proof of it.”Even though it was Senior Day for both Craft and fellow-senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., Craft said the game was all about pulling off the victory.“It’s a lot more fun right now than if we had lost,” Craft said. “I think that’s what Lenzelle and I wanted to do is find a way to enjoy tonight, and the best way to do that was to win the game.”Smith Jr. echoed his backcourt teammate, adding that this win isn’t just big for the seniors, but the whole of the program.“It means a lot, not just ending the career but to play Michigan State Spartans and to beat them, I think that says a lot about our team and at this time in the year is when teams are playing what is supposed to be called their best basketball,” Smith Jr. said. “It means a lot to me personally but this is a huge step for our team, for all of Buckeye nation. It just shows that when we come to play and we fight for each other, we can beat anybody in the country. Michigan State is a very good team, even final four level, but if we come out and play like we’re capable of, I think we can beat anybody in the country.”The Buckeyes closed the game out with a 9-2 run over the final six minutes, including holding the Spartans scoreless for the final 4:31.Junior forward LaQuinton Ross, who led the Buckeyes with 22 points, said the late-game stretch was indicative of what kind of team OSU is.“I think we did what we should have been doing all year,” Ross said. “I think down near the end of the game, down the stretch, we all got together and fought. If you watch some of our old games, at the end of the game it looked like we didn’t know what we were doing out there. Tonight I think we showed what kind of team we are, what type of team people need to look forward to going into (the Big Ten Tournament).”With Nebraska taking down No. 9 Wisconsin, 77-68, the Buckeyes head to the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 5 seed, with a first round matchup against Purdue.The Buckeyes beat Purdue in each of their first two meetings this season — 78-69 Dec. 31 and 67-49 Feb. 8.Thompson said getting a first round bye would be a big plus for OSU, but that the team will be focused no matter where they are seeded.“That’d be big,” Thompson said. “We know how great of a league this is and to get a bye and not have to play that fourth game in four days, that’d be huge for us. We’ve done all that we can do today, what’s in the past is in the past. Today, we came out and wanted to beat Michigan State.”Craft added that every team heads into the postseason with an unblemished record, so anything can happen.“Every year, you go into postseason play and say it’s a clean slate,” Craft said. “It doesn’t matter what you’ve done to this point and it’s no different here. Hopefully we can build off this momentum, but everyone’s starting 0-0 and that’s probably the most exciting part of the year.”The Big Ten Tournament first round is scheduled to start Thursday at noon, with Indiana taking on Illinois, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. OSU’s is set to tipoff against the Boilermakers 25 minutes after the finish of the first game. read more


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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Athenian Democracy might have influenced many of our modern political systems, but was it truly a fair society? How far was its functioning reliant on slavery and empire?These questions will be answered tonight as emeritus professor Ronald Thomas Ridley gives the lecture “The Athenian Democracy, how did it work?”.Professor Ridley is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Royal Historical Society, and the Pontifical Academy of Archaeology in Rome.The lecture will be held at the Greek Centre, Mezzanine Level, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne at 7pm. Entry is free.last_img


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first_imgEtna : une spectaculaire éruption survient dans la nuit du 30 juilletLa nuit du 30 juillet a été marquée par une impressionnante éruption de l’Etna. Le volcan sicilien situé près de la ville de Catane, a atteint le paroxysme de son activité vers 23h30, libérant des jets de lave d’une hauteur de 500 mètres. L’intense activité volcanique de l’Etna qui a marqué ce mois de juillet 2011 se poursuit à une fréquence et une violence toujours plus forte. Le 30 juillet au soir, est survenue la quatrième éruption de ces vingt derniers jours. Un rythme qui, dans un passé proche, n’a eu que peu de précédents. Selon le rapport établi par l’Institut national de volcanologie de Catane, le plus grand volcan actif d’Europe, s’est réveillé en début de matinée. Une entrée en activité marquée par des explosions et libérations de cendres et de sables dans l’atmosphère. Il a toutefois fallu attendre 20h du soir pour observer les prémices d’une éruption au sud-est du cratère. A 23h30, l’événement a atteint son paroxysme avec des explosions d’une grande puissance et des fontaines de laves de 500 mètres de haut. L’activité de l’Etna s’est ensuite achevée aux alentours de minuit laissant le flanc du cône illuminé de lave en fusion. À lire aussiLe Kilimandjaro, un volcan dormant caché dans la plus haute montagne d’AfriquePeu après la fin de l’éruption, des pluies de cendres portées par de puissants vents d’ouest se sont déversées dans la mer Ionienne, épargnant les villes côtières de la Sicile. Mais l’aéroport de Catane n’a cette fois-ci, pas eu à subir les conséquences des nuages de particules et l’ensemble des vols ont été assurés en toute sécurité. Découvrez la spectaculaire éruption volcanique de l’Etna en vidéo sur Maxisciences : https://www.maxisciences.com/etna/des-fontaines-de-lave-jaillissent-de-l-039-etna-entre-en-eruption_art16060.html et en images :  https://www.maxisciences.com/etna/etna-les-images-de-la-spectaculaire-eruption-du-30-juillet_art16085.htmlArticle publié le 1er août, édité le 2 août Le 2 août 2011 à 11:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


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first_imgThe Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy presents the musical “Anything Goes!” The show follows Billy Crocker as he sneaks aboard a cruise ship in hopes of winning the heart of society girl Hope, with the help of his friend, nightclub singer Reno. But Hope is engaged to a wealthy Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Meanwhile, small-time gangster Moonface Martin is using the cruise to escape from the law, causing trouble for all those aboard. The musical includes memorable songs, including “I Get a Kick Out of You.”When: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.Where: Washburn Performing Arts Center, 1201 39th St., Washougal.Admission: $10, $8 for seniors and children 12 and younger.Telephone: 360-975-1585Web: Metropolitan Performing Arts AcademyThe musical is one of several options for getting out and about this weekend. Others include a tulip festival and winery tours.Learn the art of salsaThe Rose City Salsa and Timba Too Festival offer something for dance enthusiasts and spectators of all skill levels: dance instruction, beginning workshops, competitive performances and dance socials. The festival will feature the addition of Cuban salsa, also known as timba, with a lineup of Cuban instructors and an exclusive timba room. Visit the website for the complete event schedule.When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.Where: Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St., Vancouver.Admission: $60 for Saturday workshops; $35 for Saturday night; $60 for Sunday; $60 for a weekend night pass; $65 for a beginner bootcamp pass; $100 for a workshop-only pass; $135-$150 a full weekend pass.Web: Rose City Salsa FestivalBlooms of springThe annual Woodland Tulip Festival celebrates 10 years of visitors strolling through the fields. This year’s festival will feature the new 5K Tulip Trot, with day-of registration from 7:30-8:45 a.m. and the race beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. In addition to the race, you can visit the Dutch-inspired eatery, watch gardening demonstrations, take part in the outdoor Artisan and Farmers markets or pick up some tulip bulbs for home.When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.Where: Holland America Bulb Farms, 1066 S. Pekin Road, Woodland.Admission: Free, $15-$25 for 5K.Telephone: 360-225-2512.Web: Holland America Bulb FarmsWineries embrace the seasonThe English Estate Winery hosts a celebration of the estate’s 109-year history in Clark County and its 12 years as a winery. The event will feature free tours by the English family through the estate’s turn-of-the-century buildings and its three tasting rooms, along with live music by Tom Mann. You also can take the Battle Ground Wine Loop and experience self-guided tours of three other Battle Ground wineries, with tastings at each stop. Or hop on the wine-loop tour bus, which makes stops at each winery, for $5. Follow the tour up with live music at Rusty Grape Vineyard starting at 7 p.m.last_img read more


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first_imgThere are good blogs and bad blogs. And then there is The Vancouver Side.OK, it’s a good blog — but I like it because it’s fun. Along the way, it informs us on neat community events, local businesses and our friendly politicians.Community conquistadors Jim Mains and Gary Bock do the heavy lifting here. They venture into the nooks and crannies of our neighborhoods with a permanent smile and a zest for all things good.I made a cameo appearance in their latest video. (If I get a second chance, I promise I’ll do better!)You can see it at the bottom of this column or by going to http://www.vancouverside.com.(Watch it through the end of the credits. There’s an outtake where Santa gets down with his elves.)Conspiracy theoryThere are conspirators among us. But The Columbian?The Internet was abuzz — well a little — over a wire story The Columbian ran on a power shift going on in Olympia.Two conservative-leaning state Senate Democrats were planning to side with the minority party Senate Republicans. And that was just enough of a swing in numbers to give Republicans some say in what the heck is going on in Olympia.But here’s where it gets interesting with the conspiracy theorists:We did several stories during the election campaign about how the Republicans disowned Republican County Commissioner Marc Boldt. And our conservative friends thought we were making too big a deal of it.last_img read more