4 days agoArsenal boss Emery fumes over Sokratis penalty call: Where was VAR?

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery fumes over Sokratis penalty call: Where was VAR?by Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery believes Arsenal were robbed of a clear penalty against Sheffield United on Monday night. The Blades won the match 1-0 thanks to a first-half strike from Lys Mousset.But Emery says the Gunners were unlucky not to have a chance to equalise from the penalty spot after Sokratis was fouled in the box.He told Sky Sports: “The scorer was with our goalkeeper and we had three players free to attack the ball. They gave us a key moment – the goal and another one when we should have had a clear penalty on Sokratis.”Bukayo Saka drives forward but I do not know if it was a penalty. It is a hard action for a yellow card. With VAR, the foul on Sokratis should have been reviewed. it was clear but we have to accept it.” last_img read more

Toronto stock index moves slightly lower US stock markets rise

first_imgThe Toronto Stock Exchange’s main index slipped slightly lower Monday, while markets south of the border inched forward after seeing some losses earlier in the day.The S&P/TSX composite index shed 13 points to 16,026.26.The indice’s performance is tied to geopolitical tensions, said Kash Pashootan, CEO and chief investment officer at First Avenue Investment Counsel.Ongoing trouble between the U.S. and North Korea, as well as other global political issues have led to concerns about an oil supply disruption, he said, driving the commodity price higher and creating a resource-rooted rally for the exchange.However, the price of oil didn’t move much Monday — with the December crude contract gaining two cents to US$56.76 per barrel — leaving the TSX relatively flat as well, Pashootan said.On Wall Street, indices continued to question whether U.S. President Donald Trump will deliver on promised reforms, like a corporate tax cut, Pashootan said, and indices dipped into the red.“But there’s no question that the underlying enthusiasm and appetite for buying equities continues to remain strong,” he said, adding that’s what lifted indices before markets closed.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 17.49 points to 23,439.70, the S&P 500 index rose 2.54 points to 2,584.84 and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 6.66 points to 6,757.60.Pashootan expects U.S. markets to show volatility over the next couple of quarters, moving higher when optimism about Trump’s reform grows and retreating at any sign of challenges in the president’s way.Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract rose US$4.70 to US$1,278.90 an ounce and the December copper contract advanced roughly four cents to about US$3.12 a pound. The December natural gas contract fell about five cents to roughly US$3.17 per mmBTU.The Bank of Canada, which publishes the daily average exchange rate of the Canadian dollar, is closed in lieu of Remembrance Day.By Aleksandra Sagan in Vancouver.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

OECD raises outlook for Canadian growth to 22 per cent this year

first_imgOTTAWA – The OECD is raising its economic forecast for Canada amid a strengthening global economy, but also warns that tensions are appearing that could threaten global growth.The Paris-based economic think-tank says trade protectionism remains a key risk that would negatively affect confidence, investment and jobs.The OECD comment follows moves by the U.S. to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from most countries in the world, with Canada and Mexico exempted.The OECD says it now expects the Canadian economy to grow 2.2 per cent this year, up from an earlier prediction of 2.1 per cent.It also raised its Canadian growth outlook for next year to 2.0 per cent compared with its forecast in November for 1.9 per cent.The OECD says the revised outlook compares with growth of 3.0 per cent last year in Canada.last_img read more

US China raise tariffs in new round of trade dispute

first_imgBEIJING, China – The United States and China went ahead with tariff hikes on billions of dollars of each other’s automobiles, factory machinery and other goods Thursday in an escalation of a battle over Beijing’s technology policy that companies worry will chill global economic growth.The increases came as envoys met in Washington for their first high-level talks in two months. They gave no sign of progress toward a settlement of U.S. complaints that Beijing steals technology and its industry development plans violate Chinese free-trade commitments.The 25 per cent duties, previously announced, apply to $16 billion of goods from each side including automobiles and metal scrap from the United States and Chinese-made factory machinery and electronic components.In the first round of tariff hikes, U.S. President Donald Trump imposed 25 per cent duties on $34 billion of Chinese imports on July 6. Beijing responded with similar penalties on the same amount of American goods.The Chinese government criticized Thursday’s U.S. increase as a violation of World Trade Organization rules and said it would file a legal challenge.A foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, declined to give details of the Washington talks.“We hope the U.S. side will get along with us to strive for a good result from the talks with a reasonable and practical attitude,” Lu said.Beijing has rejected U.S. demands to scale back plans for state-led technology development that its trading partners say violate its market-opening commitments. American officials worry they might erode the United States’ industrial leadership.With no settlement in sight, economists warn the conflict could spread and knock up to 0.5 percentage points off global economic growth through 2020.The pressure on Chinese export industries that support millions of jobs adds to challenges for Communist leaders who are trying to shore up slowing economic growth.Factory output, consumer spending and other indicators were weaker than expected in July. Beijing has responded by pumping money into financial markets and announcing plans for higher spending on public works construction.Chinese leaders have promised to help struggling exporters and ordered banks to lend more freely to them. But they have avoided full-scale economic stimulus that would set back efforts to rein in surging debt and nurture self-sustaining growth supported by consumer spending.Forecasters say the impact of U.S. tariffs on China’s economy is small and manageable for now. Credit Suisse said this month that if Trump goes ahead with all threatened U.S. increases, the “worst case” outlook would cut China’s economic growth by 0.2 percentage points this year and 1.3 per cent in 2019.The International Monetary Fund’s growth forecast for China this year is 6.5 per cent, down from last year’s 6.8 per cent and more than double the U.S. forecast of 2.9 per cent.Ahead of the Washington talks, Chinese state TV mocked Trump with a sarcastic video posted on the YouTube and other social media pages of its international arm, China Global Television Network.“You are great,” says a presenter on the nearly three-minute English-language clip, reading a letter that pays a satirical tribute to Trump.“On behalf of doctors, thank you for pointing out the need to wean off American goods like bourbon and bacon,” the presenter says, referring to products on which China imposed retaliatory tariffs.The video appeared to have been removed Thursday from CGTN’s social media accounts.Trump has proposed another possible round of tariff hikes involving 25 per cent increases on an additional $200 billion of Chinese goods. Beijing issued a $60 billion list of American products for retaliation if Washington goes ahead with that.That smaller target list reflects the fact that Beijing is running out of American goods for retaliation due to their lopsided trade balance.China’s imports from the United States last year totalled about $130 billion. That leaves about $20 billion for penalties after tariffs already imposed or planned on a total of $110 billion.Chinese authorities have said they will take “comprehensive measures,” which companies worry could mean targeting operations of American businesses in China for disruption.last_img read more

Tough start to 2019 for stocks after weak data from China

first_imgNEW YORK — Global stocks are falling to start 2019 after more shaky economic news from China. The stock market turned volatile late in 2018 as investors grew increasingly worried about threats to global economic growth, and those concerns could define the market’s path new year as well.A government survey and one by a major business magazine showed Chinese manufacturing weakened in December as global and domestic demand both cooled. That weighed on big exporters Wednesday, with technology companies like Microsoft and Netflix and industrials like Boeing and Caterpillar taking sharp losses. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 300 points.The major U.S. indexes and the global market are coming off their worst year in a decade. The benchmark S&P 500 fell 6 per cent last year, its first substantial loss since 2008, and it’s fallen more than 15 per cent since late September. Many other stock indexes around the world fared even worse last year as traders saw signs the global economy was growing at a slower clip after a few years of strength.From September through the end of December, investors became more and more worried that challenges including U.S.-China trade tensions, rising interest rates, and political uncertainty could slow the economy and company profits more dramatically, and possibly tip the U.S. economy and the global economy into a recession. The U.S. economy has been expanding for almost a decade, and stocks have risen steadily over that time.The S&P 500 index fell 30 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 2,476 as of 9:45 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow fell 311 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 23,023. The Nasdaq composite dropped 96 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 6,538.The Russell 2000 index, which tracks smaller companies, shed 20 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 1,327. Most markets were closed on Tuesday for the New Years’ Day holiday.France’s CAC 40 fell 1.4 per cent and Germany’s DAX retreated 0.6 per cent. London’s FTSE 100 was down 0.7 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng tumbled 2.8 per cent and Seoul’s Kospi gave up 1.5 per cent. Tokyo’s markets were closed.Prices on long-term government bonds rose, a sign investors had concerns about economic growth and were looking for safer options. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.65 per cent from 2.69 per cent. The yield on the 2-year Treasury note fell to 2.48 per cent from 2.49 per cent.Among technology companies, Microsoft gave up 1.9 per cent to $99.60 and Apple fell 1.8 per cent to $154.88. Industrials were also weak, with Boeing down 2.2 per cent to $315.26 and Caterpillar falling 2.3 per cent to $124.16. Among internet stocks, Netflix shed 3.6 per cent to $258 and Alphabet, the parent company of Google, lost 1.2 per cent to $1,032.Benchmark U.S. crude lost 1.8 per cent to $44.59 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, slumped 1.4 per cent to $53.05 per barrel in London. Oil prices fell sharply over the last three months of 2018 as investors reacted to the possibility of weaker demand for energy as economic growth slowed.All 11 of the stock groups that make up the S&P 500 were lower Wednesday morning. All but two of them finished last year with losses, as health care and utility companies made small gains.Electric car maker Tesla sank after its fourth-quarter vehicle deliveries fell short of Wall Street projections. The company also says it’s cutting the prices of its three different cars by $2,000 each to help customers handle the gradual phase-out of federal electric vehicle tax credits. The stock gave up 9.4 per cent to $301.65.The dollar fell to 109.31 yen from 109.61 yen. The euro fell to $1.1369 from $1.1445. The British pound slid to $1.2602 from $1.2752.____AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAPMarley Jay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Maha IAS official shoots at injures wife hangs self

first_imgMumbai: A 57-year-old IAS official allegedly committed suicide by hanging after firing two rounds from an airgun at his wife in the early hours of Friday in Maharashtra’s Solapur district, police said.Vijaykumar Bhagwat Pawar hanged himself after shooting at and injuring his wife Sonali in Marvade in Mangalwedha town in Solapur, over 380 kilometres from here, an official said. The Indian Administrative Service official was posted in the state’s Skill Development department and had previously served as collector of Nandurbar district. “Neighbours heard shouting and gun shots from the Pawar household following which they alerted police. The couple was rushed to hospital where doctors declared Pawar dead on arrival. Sonali Pawar has sustained bullet injuries and is undergoing treatment,” the official said. “We have recovered two empty rounds and one live airgun cartridge. A probe has been instituted to find out what caused the incident,” he added.last_img read more

Rahul Dravid cant vote in April 18 Lok Sabha polls

first_imgBengaluru: Former cricketer Rahul Dravid, who was part of the Election Commission’s campaign to boost voting, will miss out on voting in the current Lok Sabha polls as he did take steps to get his name included in the voters’ list after a change of residence here.Dravid and his family had moved from their ancestral house in Indiranagar to Ashwathnagar and subsequently names of him and his wife were removed from the Electral Rolls. This was based on Form 7 for deletions submitted by his brother, Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar said here Monday. “…but after shifting to new residence Rahul Dravid did not take steps to get his name included in the electoral roll although registration officials visited there several times,” Kumar said. The electoral authorities came to know about Dravid’s name not being in the list after finalisation of the electoral rolls.last_img read more

Rahul urges voters to vote for Nyay

first_imgNew Delhi: As voting for the second phase of polling started Thursday morning, Congress president Rahul Gandhi urged voters to “vote for Nyay” (justice). Gandhi also appealed to voters to vote for justice to the unemployed youth, struggling farmers, small businessmen and those who were persecuted due to their religion or caste. He used the hashtag “VoteNyayVoteCongress” with his appeal. “Nyay” is also the social welfare scheme announced by the Congress party in its election manifesto that promises to pay Rs 72,000 per annum to families living below the poverty line. The second phase of polling for Lok Sabha elections began today in 95 constituencies.last_img

Egypt video of student sexually harassed at university goes viral

first_imgBy Abdelatif Ait AaziCasablanca- In a video that went viral on social media, a female university student who can be described as having long blond hair, wearing black pants and a pink sweater, was aggressively harassed both verbally and physically by a group of male colleagues who were shown trying to strip her clothes off her. The woman took refuge in the bathroom from the dozens of male students who were grabbing her until university security escorted her from the campus. But instead of condemning the behavior of students who harassed the young woman, the head of the Cairo University put the blame on her, arguing that she made a “mistake” when she dressed in an “unusual or inappropriate way” on campusSpeaking to the Egyptian private channel ONTV on Monday, the head of Cairo University, Gaber Nasser, said that “this girl entered the university wearing an abaya (loose cloak) and then took it off in the university “The girl’s mistake doesn’t justify [the male students’] behavior,” said Nasser, adding that the university does not allow students to wear “unusual or inappropriate” outfits on campus.“We will find out who is guilty – whether the girl or the [other] students – and we are going to punish them with the proper punishment, which might be expulsion from the university,” he was quoted by the The Guardian as sayingThe head of Cairo University added that the whole incident was monitored by security cameras and the harassers will be investigated.Egyptian women report that they encounter harassment even if they dress conservatively.According to a study conducted in 2013 by UN Women, more than 99% of women in Egypt have been subjected to a form of harassment.Edited by Sahar Kian© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Blue Haven Resort Marina officially opens December 6th2013

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe new recruits from the Blue Haven Resort and Marina, found in that very well attended job fair a months back will get to show their stuff. The resort official opens this weekend and activities are scheduled to take place from Dec. 6- 8. On Friday will be the “Blue your mind party” at the Salt Bar & Grill starting from 5:30pm. Then on Saturday and Sunday the 4th annual Turks and Caicos Friends of the Art Foundation, Art &Craft Expo takes place along with the Beach Volleyball Tournament, the two events will run from 11 am- 4pm both days. The company will also be celebrating the opening of the property’s casual dining restaurant, “Fire & Ice” from 5pm-7pm on Saturday Dec. 7. The weekend’s activities close out with the Turks & Caicos Football Association Beach Soccer Tournament on Sunday Dec. 8 from 11am-4pm. It is also hoped the kite boarding six will make it here on time for the opening of the resort; they are kiteboarding along colomubus path to the TCI… it would be the longest down winder relay by kiteboard ever, once Enable Passion completes the mission.last_img read more

Social Media Apps For CMS

first_imgMost any content management system—enterprise or open source—is capable of basic social media functions such as commenting. But now publishers are looking for social media apps that offer a direct connection between their site and the broader social networks such as Facebook. “Two years ago, CMS was 80 percent of the focus, now maybe it’s 40 percent for a publisher,” says Dave Iannone, founder of Web development firm Go Forward Media (and architect of the FOLIOMag.com design). Many of the social networks are introducing both generic and system-specific applications to tie the CMS to their network. However, most of those applications are geared more toward open source rather than proprietary systems. Facebook Connect is an API that allows users to integrate parts of the Facebook experience into their Web site or mobile program. System-specific versions of Facebook Connect are also popping up, such as modules for open source systems like Drupal and WordPress. An article on social media blog Mashable talks about “8 of the Best Social Media Extensions for Joomla,” including the AddThis Button, which is a single method of adding major social media bookmarking and sharing applications such as Digg, Twitter and Facebook.Single Point of EntryInstant access through a single point of entry is becoming key. FastCompaany.com now allows users to sign into the Web site via the user’s Facebook account. “There are plug-ins that if you comment in one area, it let’s people know you commented everywhere else you have an account,” says Iannone. “That does away with the need for a ‘site account.’ You have to integrate in all these other places beyond what you are doing on your own site. You’re going to get more fans on Facebook and you’ll have a direct connection that’s way more valuable than e-mail.”  ABA Journal, the association magazine for the American Bar Association, recently launched a program called Legal Rebels that features a standalone Web site with multi-media profiles of 50 legal profession innovators, as well as its own dedicated Facebook page for the program [see the full story on page 24]. However, the dedicated site also has links to major social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr embedded right into its CMS (Expression Engine). “It just involved signing up for each of the services (Facebook, YouTube, etc.) and adding a link on our site,” says editor and publisher Edward Adams.To keep up, some of the enterprise social media platforms such as KickApps and Ning are starting to introduce sign-on modules that can be used with sites powered by open source CMS such as Joomla, Drupal and WordPress. Social media remains a priority for most publishers but in the wake of failures of proprietary, standalone social media networks such as Variety’s “The Biz,” publishers are realizing that rather than creating community at their own sites, they need to be catching readers where they already are: Facebook and Twitter. Playboy started out building its own networking products on platforms like Ning, but now finds Facebook more cost efficient. “We’re putting more resources there and getting more response,” says director of online communities and social platforms Paul Thomas. The same is true for b-to-b publishers such as Bobit Business Media, which publishes Police. “Our editors didn’t think having a Facebook page would be worth it, but we did a search and found 600,000 users with ‘law enforcement’ in their profile,” says director of marketing and e-media Christine Oldenbrook. “We set up a fan page and had 100 fans overnight. Our editors will use it to push content while we market subscriptions through it.” Choosing Appslast_img read more

Brunswick Landing Maintains Upward Trajectory Maine Designates Reuse Project an Opportunity Zone

first_imgBrunswick Landing, the reuse project at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick, is now home to 1,700 employees and 110 organizations, an increase of 500 jobs over the past year, the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority reports. Five new companies arrived his summer, with more slated to be added by the end of the year. A number of tenants are expanding footprints at Brunswick Landing and Topsham Commerce Park to accommodate growth, the authority says. Traffic at Brunswick Executive Airport is up as well; in the first six months of the year, operations have increased 14 percent over 2017. … Brunswick Landing has been designated a federal Opportunity Zone by Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R), allowing the redevelopment to attract new investment. The Opportunity Zone program was created as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act legislation as a way to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities. The program provides a tax incentive for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into Opportunity Zones. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Chetan Bhagats New Book Making India Awesome Available on Amazon for PreOrder

first_imgAmazon, India’s major online store will start exclusive pre-orders -starting today- for best selling Indian author Chetan Bhagat’s latest non-fiction book Making India Awesome.Following the phenomenal success of his first non-fiction book, What Young India Wants, Chetan Bhagat returns with another book of essays in which he analyses and provides inspired solutions to the country’s most intractable problems—poverty, unemployment, corruption, violence against women, communal violence, religious fundamentalism, illiteracy and more.Using simple language and concepts, this book will enable readers to understand the most complex of problems facing the nation today and present practical solutions on how every citizen can play his / her part in solving them.Some ExtractsTransforming society’s values is especially important. Let’s take an example. If we want to eradicate the menace of corruption, every dishonest act must create deep revulsion within us. Fighting corruption is not restricted to naming and shaming a few corrupt officials. If we think it is okay to cheat in exams, lie to a ticket collector in the train about our kids’ ages and pay a bit of money to avoid a big traffic fine, then at some level we clearly don’t care about eliminating corruption all that much. At best, we hate the politician who gets to steal (while we don’t).The average Indian anywhere in the country is looking for a better quality of life, a certain amount of hope and security and the freedom to make personal choices. The issues that really matter to us are the same. Differences exist, but they don’t run as deep as our politicians would have us believe. A Maharashtrian father wants a good college for his son and doesn’t care whether his MP is a Maharashtrian. An Assamese girl wants the freedom to marry her boyfriend, as does a woman in Karnataka.This similarity of aspirations, at a fundamental level, is what gives me hope. It offers me—and others like me on a national platform—an opportunity to connect everyone. While fiction is fun and entertaining, writers like me also need to share common concerns with the population and propose a few deliverables.The book will be released online and offline on 19 August, 2015.last_img read more

A Mural Takes On New Tragic Meaning In Mourning El Paso

first_img Share Stella Chávez/KERAManuel, Patricia, and Andrea Oliver speak at an unveiling ceremony for a mural dedicated to their son and brother, Joaquin, who was killed in the Parkland shooting. The ceremony also served as a memorial to those killed in the Walmart shooting in El Paso.Hundreds of people in El Paso turned out Sunday for a rally against gun violence, the day after a gunman killed 22 people and wounded more than two dozen others inside a local Walmart.The suspected 21-year-old gunman from Allen, Texas, is in police custody, and authorities are investigating the shooting as an act of domestic terrorism.Congresswoman Veronica Escobar and Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke addressed the community along with local elected officials and faith leaders. They called on the federal government to draft a national plan to deal with white supremacy, domestic terrorism and gun violence as a national crisis.“El Paso is an incredible community — we have been safe for decades,” Escobar said. “Historically, El Paso has led the nation in its desegregation and integration efforts; and during moments of crisis, we’ve demonstrated to the country how we treat strangers and the most vulnerable in our midst.  We will continue to do this because we have chosen to face challenges with decency, strength and love.”.@BetoORourke and @RepEscobar leading a silent march in El Paso for the unveiling of the Manuel Oliver mural in honor of his son Joaquin who would have turned 19 today. Joaquin was killed in the Parkland, Florida school shooting. @keranews #ElPaso pic.twitter.com/Xs1RcAGs4c— Stella M. Chávez (@stellamchavez) August 5, 2019Following the rally, Escobar and O’Rourke led a silent march to another ceremony. The family of a victim from last year’s mass shooting in Parkland happened to be in El Paso Sunday to unveil a mural in honor of their late son.Joaquin Oliver was one of the 14 students killed by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. To commemorate his birthday, his father Manuel Oliver painted a mural outside Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso.That location near the border was chosen because Joaquin was an advocate for immigrants’ welfare in addition to speaking out against gun violence.  Oliver urged El Paso residents to become advocates too.“This is the moment to talk about guns. We know what those families are going through — their lives have changed forever and they expect you to do something about it.”The mural includes Joaquin’s image and jailed immigrant children. Oliver added “El Paso Is Not Alone” in Spanish.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>This piece was originally published on KERAlast_img read more

Models show injecting aerosols into the atmosphere to prevent hurricanes possibly feasible

first_img(Phys.org)—An international team of Earth scientists has used eight Earth system model simulations of climate under the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project to predict the change in the number of hurricanes and other types of tropical storms that would occur over the next fifty years if sulfate aerosols were injected into the atmosphere to mitigate the impact of global warming. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers describe the models and what they showed and suggest that such injections if done on a massive scale, might prove moderately effective—though they note that a different type of aerosol would have to be used to prevent harm to the ozone layer. As the planet keeps warming and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions enough to make a difference fail, scientist have begun turning to other ways to mitigate problems in the future related to warmer temperatures and higher ocean levels, such as an increase in the number and intensity of hurricanes. One such technique that has been discussed in public forums, is injecting aerosols into the atmosphere in areas where tropical storms form—the shadowing effect would cool the air above the ocean preventing such storms from forming. In this new effort, the researchers used standard oceanographic models to attempt to learn whether such a technique might be viable.After inputting data meant to model an injection of sulfate aerosols over the next 50 years, in two different ways, the researchers found that the idea would likely work, but not as well as might be expected. The first modeled the impact of a volcano eruption-sized amount of aerosol injection while the second sought to mimic an increase in injection amounts to match the projected increase of greenhouse gas emissions. Because the second approach appeared to be the more likely outcome in real life, the researchers used that model to make their predictions. They found that if approximately 10 billion tons of such aerosols were pumped into the atmosphere annually, the result would be a halving of Katrina-sized hurricanes over the next half century. They equate it to mimicking a Pinatubo-sized eruption every two years—something they describe as very expensive, but doable.Of course, they note, there is no chance that such injections will begin anytime soon, because injecting that much sulfate aerosols into the atmosphere would destroy the ozone layer. But, their findings do suggest that if another, safer aerosol could be found, such a technique might prove viable. © 2015 Phys.org Hurricane Isabel (2003) as seen from orbit during Expedition 7 of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA Explore further Researchers find unintended consequences of geoengineering to slow climate changecenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: John C. Moore et al. Atlantic hurricane surge response to geoengineering, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2015). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1510530112AbstractDevastating floods due to Atlantic hurricanes are relatively rare events. However, the frequency of the most intense storms is likely to increase with rises in sea surface temperatures. Geoengineering by stratospheric sulfate aerosol injection cools the tropics relative to the polar regions, including the hurricane Main Development Region in the Atlantic, suggesting that geoengineering may mitigate hurricanes. We examine this hypothesis using eight earth system model simulations of climate under the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP) G3 and G4 schemes that use stratospheric aerosols to reduce the radiative forcing under the Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 4.5 scenario. Global mean temperature increases are greatly ameliorated by geoengineering, and tropical temperature increases are at most half of those temperature increases in the RCP4.5. However, sulfate injection would have to double (to nearly 10 teragrams of SO2 per year) between 2020 and 2070 to balance the RCP4.5, approximately the equivalent of a 1991 Pinatubo eruption every 2 y, with consequent implications for stratospheric ozone. We project changes in storm frequencies using a temperature-dependent generalized extreme value statistical model calibrated by historical storm surges and observed temperatures since 1923. The number of storm surge events as big as the one caused by the 2005 Katrina hurricane are reduced by about 50% compared with no geoengineering, but this reduction is only marginally statistically significant. Nevertheless, when sea level rise differences in 2070 between the RCP4.5 and geoengineering are factored into coastal flood risk, we find that expected flood levels are reduced by about 40 cm for 5-y events and about halved for 50-y surges. Citation: Models show injecting aerosols into the atmosphere to prevent hurricanes possibly feasible (2015, October 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-10-aerosols-atmosphere-hurricanes-possibly-feasible.html This document is subject to copyright. 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Researchers study interstellar medium in the galaxy NGC 3665

first_imgUsing ESA’s Herschel telescope a team of Chinese researchers has performed analysis of the interstellar medium in the early-type galaxy NGC 3665. The study offers insights into physical properties of the matter between its star systems. The results were presented January 16 in a paper published on arXiv.org. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Discovered by William Herschel in 1789, NGC 3665 is a lenticular early-type galaxy located some 108 million light years away. However, contrary to typical early-type galaxies, NGC 3665 is abundant in cool gas and has a low star formation rate surface density. Studying gas, dust and other matter in this galaxy, especially in its interstellar medium, could therefore explain the galaxy’s low star formation efficiency.A group of astronomers led by Meng-Yuan Xiao of the Nanjing University in China, has carried out an analysis of the physical properties of the interstellar medium in NGC 3665. For their research, they used far-infrared photometric and spectroscopic data obtained by ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory – an infrared telescope operating in space from 2009 to 2013. The dataset provided by Hershel was complemented by observations conducted with the Calar Alto Observatory (CAHA) in Spain.The observational campaign allowed the researchers to physically characterize NGC 3665’s interstellar medium by obtaining its fundamental parameters, which could improve our understanding of this atypical galaxy and star formation process taking place there.”In this paper, we focus on the photometric observations of NGC 3665 at 100, 160, 250, 350 and 500 µm, obtained with the Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS; – 4 – Poglitsch et al. 2010) and the Spectral and Photometric Imaging REceiver (SPIRE; Griffin et al. 2010) onboard Herschel, with five fine-structure lines of [N ii] 122 and 205 µm, [C ii] 158 µm, [O i] 63 µm, and [C i] 370 µm. We also perform optical spectroscopic observations of NGC 3665 with the CAHA 3.5m telescope,” the scientists wrote in the paper.According to the study, the researchers found that neutral and ionized gas in NGC 3665 have extended structures and follow the carbon monoxide line gas disk distribution, adding that the fluxes are stronger at the center.Furthermore, Xiao’s team estimates that the dust-to-stellar mass ratio of NGC 3665 is about 0.0011, which is nearly three times larger than the mean value of local lenticular galaxies. When it comes to the gas-to-dust mass ratio, this value is approximately 182, similar to that in our Milky Way galaxy. According to the authors of the paper, these findings, together with the calculated star formation rate of around 1.7 solar masses per year, suggest that NGC 3665 has large gas reservoirs and less star formation.Moreover, the researchers found that NGC 3665 has a weak active galactic nucleus in its central region, a very weak ultraviolet radiation field and has the lowest gas heating efficiency in photodissociation regions among different kinds of galaxies. The astronomers conclude that the new findings, compared with results provided by previous studies, indicate that suppressed star formation in NGC 3665 is most possibly caused by its compact, massive bulge through stabilizing cool gas reservoirs. © 2018 Phys.org Citation: Researchers study interstellar medium in the galaxy NGC 3665 (2018, January 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-interstellar-medium-galaxy-ngc.html More information: The Physical Characteristics of Interstellar Medium in NGC 3665 with Herschel Observations, arXiv:1801.05110 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1801.05110AbstractWe present the analysis of the physical properties of the interstellar medium (ISM) in the nearby early-type galaxy NGC 3665, based on the far-infrared (FIR) photometric and spectroscopic data as observed by the Herschel Space Observatory. The fit to the spectral energy distribution reveals a high dust content in the galaxy, with the dust-to-stellar mass ratio of Mdust/M∗ ∼ 1.1 × 10−4 that is nearly three times larger than the mean value of local S0+S0a galaxies. For the ionized regions (H~textsc{ii} regions), the electron density (ne) is around 49.5 ± 11.9 cm−3 based on the [N~textsc{ii}],122,mum/[N~textsc{ii}],205,mum ratio. For the photodissociation regions, the heating efficiency is in the range of 1.26 × 10−3 and 1.37 × 10−3 based on the ([C~textsc{ii}]+[O~textsc{i}],63,mum)/LTIR, which is slightly lower than other local galaxies; the hydrogen nucleus density and the strength of FUV radiation field are n ∼ 104 cm−3 and G0 ∼ 10−0.25, respectively. The above results are consistent with the presence of weak AGN and a low level of star-forming activity in NGC 3665. Our results give strong support to the `morphological quenching’ scenario, where a compact, massive bulge can stabilize amount of cool gas against star formation. Image: Hubble’s cosmic atlas Explore further The 2D bulge-disk decomposition of NGC 3665 with Galfit. Panels from left to right are r-band observed image, model image, and model-subtracted residual image. The black region in residual image shows a dust structure near the galaxy center, which has been masked out before the fitting. Credit: Xiao et al., 2018.last_img

Flavours of punjab

first_imgTraditional wares from Punjab such as phulkari embroidery work, the Punjabi jutti, nate-parande, bangles, wooden furniture and inlay items are being sold here in various exhibitions held to mark the upcoming harvest festival of Baisakhi.At the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts whose lawns have been temporarily transformed into a mini Punjabi village for a Baisakhi Mela. Among the many stalls at the IGNCA lawns is one which features a hawker from Manipur which is stocked with items ranging from phulkari to khanda to funky t-shirts with Punjab style prints on it. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“We are selling stoles with Ura Era Iri print. This is the Punjabi alphabet,” says Awon Marei with a smile. “We generally don’t keep phulkari work in our shops in Chandigarh and Janpath but we have especially got it from the villages in Punjab to sell here. The phulkari work key-ring we have is from Sangrur where a part of the proceeds goes for the education of children there,” says Marei. The shop girl who sports a Punjabi ‘kada’ in her hand says she knows a lot about the Punjabi culture since she has been working with the shop for eight years now. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixJawahar Dhawan, secretary, Punjabi Academy which has organised the event, says that the aim of the event was to to showcase a mini-Punjab. “Even children belonging to Punjabi families in Delhi hardly know anything about their culture. So this event will help people know more about Punjab. We have traditional performances like giddha, bazi, gatka dhadi and bhangra here. Besides that we have called stars like Vatsala Mehra, Harshdeep Kaur, Hardy Sandhu and Ammy Virk,” says Dhawan. Food stall features cooks from Amritsar dishing out specialties like Amritsari kulche and Amritsari macchi fry. Another Baisakhi Mela is being organised by Delhi Tourism at the Garden of Five Senses which will include cultural performances by artists of Sahitya Kala Parishad and Punjabi Academy. Meanwhile, entertainment destination the Kingdom of Dreams has roped in a band of singers led by Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor of Baby Doll fame for an evening of merriment and music.“I’ll sing my latest numbers as most of them are in Punjabi and if there is a dhol then we’ll try doing few songs with dhol as well. However, we haven’t still decided on the exact numbers and we prefer going with the flow,” Kapoor said. The ‘Punjab Pavilion’ in the Culture Gully of the Kingdom of Dreams is also hosting special offers.last_img read more

Books worth Rs 21 cr sold at International Kolkata Book Fair

first_imgKolkata: The 12-day-long International Kolkata Book Fair has registered a record sale of Rs 21 crore, the organisers said. It was Rs 1 crore more than the sales figure at the book fair in 2018, according to data available till Monday evening. Curtains came down on the annual event on Monday. Altogether 23 lakh people had visited the book fair, since its inauguration on January 31. Russia will be the focal theme country of the 44th International Kolkata Book Fair to be held in 2019, the organising body, the Publishers and Book Sellers Guild, said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose Delegation of writers from Russia had attended the Book Fair and the literature festival in past editions and the two countries share cultural ties, Guild general secretary Tridib Chatterjee said. The next edition of the International Kolkata Book Fair will therefore fittingly make Russia as the theme country which will be in sync with the tradition to name one theme country every year to create awareness about that nation among the people and boost cultural ties, Chatterjee said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata He was addressing the closing ceremony of the 43rd International Kolkata Book Fair. Guatemala was the theme country of the 43rd International Kolkata Book Fair in 2019. The guild has felicitated a teacher from Chakdah in Nadia district for buying books worth Rs 2.42 lakh from this edition of the book fair as “such people should be brought to the limelight for setting an example for the new generation of book lovers,” Chatterjee said. Four winners of a lottery, held to promote buying of books, were also gifted a designer book shelf each by the organisers. The shelf was filled with books of their choice, worth Rs 1 lakh. Several countries from across the world attended this edition of International Kolkata Book Fair which witnessed participation of authors from Russia, Costa Rica, Spain, Scotland, Australia, Argentina, Bangladesh and Guatemala.last_img read more

Urdu Drama Festival comes to Delhi

first_imgGovernment of Delhi, Urdu Academy is organising the 30th Urdu Drama Festival at Sri Ram Centre from November 24 to 29 from 6:30 pm onward daily. The aim is to attract the audience towards different theatrical performances which will be featured during the six-day event in the Capital.The event will be inaugurated by Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi on November 24 with Imran Husain, Minister of Food and Civil Supplies, Government of Delhi, who will be the Guest of Honour. Dalip Pandey, a renowned writer and member, SKP is invited as the distinguished guest for the event.last_img