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Ex-cop’s husband arrested

first_imgThe husband of former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh was arrested by the State’s Crime Investigation Department after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday. “Anticipatory bail plea of M.V. Raju, husband of Ms. Ghosh, has been rejected by the Calcutta High Court. He has been taken in custody,” a CID officer said.last_img

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Dirty glaciers melt just as fast as clean ones

first_imgBERLIN—Glaciers covered with thick layers of rocks and boulders should be insulated from a warming world. But two new studies—presented here last month at the Third Pole Environment Workshop—find that dirty Himalayan glaciers are melting away just as quickly as clean ones. As a result, debris-covered glaciers might be disappearing faster than previously thought, threatening the long-term water supplies of more than a billion people.Glaciers in the Himalaya Mountains cover an area of 50,000 square kilometers. Intense monsoons erode the still-growing mountains, creating thick blankets of debris that cover more than 10% of the total glacier area. “But we know very little about how much ice they are losing over a long period of time,” because the remoteness and rugged terrains have prevented long-term field measurements, says Harish Chandra Nainwal, a glaciologist at Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in Srinagar, India, who is not involved in the studies.So glaciologist Francesca Pellicciotti of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology’s Institute of Environmental Engineering in Zurich, Switzerland; Tobias Bolch, a remote-sensing expert at the University of Zurich; and colleagues turned to declassified data from a U.S. spy satellite called Hexagon, which was used in the 1970s and 1980s at the height of the Cold War. The researchers compared the satellite’s measurements of glacier surface elevations in 1974 with those from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, which flew on board the space shuttle Endeavour in February 2000. 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The height of debris-covered glaciers thinned by 32 centimeters a year between 1974 and 1999, the team will report in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Glaciology. That’s similar to the average thinning rate of clean glaciers in the Himalayas. Yet the debris-covered glaciers have not retreated significantly since 1974—despite the fact that they are melting away. “So we have this dead ice body slowly wasting away for decades” with meters of rocks on top of it, without giving away any signs of doom and gloom, Bolch says. “This is quite different from clean glaciers, which tend to recede rapidly when losing ice,” he says.The findings illustrate why changes in the length of dirty glaciers is a poor indicator of their health, Nainwal says. “People have been saying that there has been little retreat [with many Himalayan glaciers], so there is no problem.”To understand how debris-covered glaciers were wasting away, another team of researchers—led by glacier hydrologist Walter Immerzeel of Utrecht University in the Netherlands—flew a sensor-ridden unmanned aerial vehicle across the tongue of the Lirung Glacier in Langtang before and after the monsoon season in May and October 2013, respectively—the first such mission in the Himalayas. The sensors allowed the researchers to map changes in surface elevations of the glaciers. The team found that the majority of the melting took place at ice cliffs and lakes on the glacier, up to 10 times faster than on other areas of the glacier. Ice cliffs, a unique feature of debris-covered glaciers, “are normally very dark and dirty and absorb a lot of solar radiation,” Pellicciotti says. More crucially, the ice cliffs also soak up heat emitted by hot rocks around them, she says. Heated by strong solar radiation at high elevations, the rocks can reach temperatures as hot as 40°C during the day. “The ice cliffs are literally surrounded by hot stoves,” she says. The researchers also spotted numerous lakes on the glacier, often next to an ice cliff, in May 2013. Water is darker and absorbs more solar radiation than the surrounding ice. “You can see the warm water cutting further into the ice cliff, possibly accelerating the glacial melt,” Immerzeel says.Curiously, when the scientists went back 5 months later after the monsoon season, all the lakes were gone. They suspect that there must have been channels in the glacier that were frozen in May but were then opened by warm lake water and monsoonal rain. “This may have allowed the drainage to occur and caused more melt underneath the debris,” Immerzeel says. After feeding the field measurements into a computer model, the researchers found that a third of the total ice melt in the Langtang catchment originates from the parts of the glaciers that are covered by debris, which constitute only 27% of the glaciated area. The result “highlights the importance of debris-covered glaciers for streamflow,” which has hitherto been underappreciated, Pellicciotti says.As the climate continues to warm, assessing the health of debris-covered glaciers across the Himalayas is more pressing than ever, researchers say. The retreat—or, worse, the total disappearance—of Himalayan glaciers would deprive about a billion people of their precious solid water reservoirs. Glacier melt is a key source of agricultural water, especially in spring before the arrival of the annual monsoon. Already several debris-covered glacier tongues in Langtang have been disconnected from their source regions. “They are kept alive solely by the redistribution of snow through avalanches,” Immerzeel says. His team plans to investigate how conduits in the glaciers develop and evolve throughout the year and how they interact with ice cliffs and supraglacial lakes by using radars that can penetrate through the debris.Meanwhile, Nainwal’s team has drilled through debris more than 1 meter thick and planted about 60 bamboo stakes into the ice of the Satopanth Glacier in the western Himalayas, so it can monitor the changes in ice volumes in the coming decades. At 4000 to 5300 meters above sea level, “it’s a major engineering work,” Nainwal says. Such field investigations are essential for reducing the uncertainties of satellite analyses and for understanding the physical processes that drive the melting, Bolch says. “This will allow us to better predict the glacier status and water availability in the future.”last_img read more

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Injured Haye pulls out of heavyweight rematch with Bellew

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:54Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Gilas arrives in Japan ahead of Fiba World Cup qualifier LATEST STORIES British boxers David Haye (R) and Tony Bellew attend a press conference in London on October 4, 2017, to promote their upcoming heavyweight rematch, due to take place on December 17. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMENLONDON — David Haye has pulled out of his all-British heavyweight rematch with Tony Bellew because of injury.Haye said he tore a bicep muscle in a “freak accident” during a conditioning session.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Haye said the fight, which was scheduled for Dec. 17, will now take place on March 24 or May 5.Bellew stepped up a weight in March to beat Haye, a world heavyweight champion from 2009-11, in a fight that ended in the 11th round. Haye fought the last five rounds with a ruptured Achilles tendon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHaye said he has undergone a procedure and will be “back in the gym to start my arm rehabilitation in two weeks.” MOST READ Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Perpetual, JRU ice Final 4 cast

first_imgLATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “We really wanted to win,” Perpetual Help coach Macky Cariño said in Filipino. “I told my players to treat this game as if it was our last and their willingness to win showed.”The Final Four gets going on Friday with defending champion Arellano, which secured the top spot, clashing with JRU and No. 2 San Beda battling the No. 3 Lady Altas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Blazers had numerous chances to force a fifth set but went on to blow seven set points. University of Perpetual Help survived a desperate College of St. Benilde side, 27-25, 25-23, 11-25, 32-30, to clinch a Final Four berth in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball Final Four Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jose Rizal University likewise turned back also-ran Lyceum, 25-13, 25-23, 25-11, 25-12, to advance to the Final Four for the first time since returning to the tournament in 2008ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Scorpion king Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

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Turning point of Ind vs NZ warm-up tie

first_imgIt has to be Gautam Gambhir’s 89 off 85 balls as it laid the foundation for India’s victory during their World Cup warm-up game at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk on Wednesday. This despite India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s fast-paced century.It was because of Gambhir sturdy batting that the Kiwi bowlers could not build on the early advantage they got when they scalped India openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.last_img

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RJ Barrett leads No. 2 Duke past No. 3 Virginia

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome each scored 16 to lead Virginia (20-2, 8-2), which plays the No. 8 Tar Heels on Monday night.Duke led 31-17 before two 3-pointers by Guy, one by Jerome and another by Kihei Clark fueled an 18-8 run for Virginia that closed the gap to 39-35 at the half. After the break, Reddish connected three times from deep as the Blue Devils pushed the margin to 52-41 in just over four minutes.Virginia kept trying to close the gap, and got within 66-61 on De’Andre Hunter’s 3-pointer with 5:25 left, but Marques Bolden scored in close for the Blue Devils, Williamson scored on a stickback and Tre Jones hit a pull-up in the lane, boosting the margin back to 72-61.STAR POWERLeBron James sat under the basket at the Duke end of the floor and didn’t get up to leave until about 1:15 was left on the game clock. Former Duke great Grant Hill was also in attendance, as was Ralph Sampson, Virginia’s three-time national player of the year.Late in the game, Hunter was open in the left corner and either lost control briefly or took too much time setting up for a 3-pointer. By the time he got it off, Williamson came flying at him and knocked the shot several rows deep, one of his three blocks.“There’s maybe two people in the world that can make those plays and they both were in our gym,” Bennett said in an apparent nod to James’ visit.BIG PICTUREDuke: Williamson is the player that everyone seems to focus on in pregame warmups because of his physical gifts, but it’s Barrett that leads the Blue Devils in scoring (23 points per game to Williamson’s 22 entering the game). When Barrett and Reddish shoot as well as they did Saturday, Williamson can be a part-time decoy who still manages to do plenty of damage.Virginia: The Cavaliers appeared shocked by the first 12 minutes, during which the Blue Devils were 7 of 8 on 3-pointers and 10 of 14 overall in taking a 29-15 lead. They gathered themselves and had several runs that energized the crowd, but a team that’s 20-0 against everyone else never could get over the hump against arguably the country’s most talented squad. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants UP NEXTDuke: The Blue Devils remain on the road, playing at No. 16 Louisville on Tuesday night.Virginia: The Cavaliers head to Chapel Hill to play No. 8 North Carolina on Monday night. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments “That really sets the tone for us and we played defense today as well,” Barrett said of the fast start that saw him make five 3-pointers before the game was 12 minutes old, helping Duke quiet a sold-out John Paul Jones Arena with the host Cavaliers already trailing 29-15.“We were just in our zone and it’s great to see when our team is like that,” Barrett said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHe finished with 26 points, Williamson had 18 and Reddish had 17, including three 3-pointers early in the second half.“It’s any given night for all of us,” Reddish said after finishing 5 of 8 from beyond the arc, with three coming in a span of less than three minutes. “We all can do a mixture of everything and it just depends on who gets found, who’s open and it’s a simple as that.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Duke forward RJ Barrett (5) splits two Virginia defenders during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Zack Wajsgras)CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — RJ Barrett got it started, Zion Williamson filled in some gaps and Cam Reddish added a late flurry.In No. 2 Duke’s latest installment of Freshmen Gone Wild, all three — and point guard Tre Jones — had starring roles Saturday night as the Blue Devils used an early barrage of 3-pointers to stun No. 3 Virginia, and then held off the Cavaliers, 81-71, to sweep the season series.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town No. 1 Tennessee beats Florida for 18th straight win MOST READ Duke finished 13 for 21 from 3-point range after making just 2 of 14 in a 72-70 victory against Virginia on Jan. 19.“It’s a little bit deflating when they’re banging 3s and you’re trying to keep them out of the lane,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said.Bennett thought his team might have over-adjusted by focusing too much on trying to close off the inside, but his counterpart, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, thought it was at least as much a case of his own players recognizing the strategy change.“My players felt it,” Krzyzewski said. “That little bit of room — they took advantage of it without any kind of coaching.”The Blue Devils (21-2, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) ended Virginia’s 13-game home winning streak and won their third straight in Charlottesville. They now share first place with North Carolina and have two games left with the Tar Heels.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

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Indian Football: Sandesh Jhingan Undergoes Successful Surgery on Injured Knee

first_imgSandesh Jhingan, India’s No.1 centre defender, underwent a successful surgery on his knee injury and will now begin his journey for a comeback to the game.Jhingan got injured during a friendly against NorthEast United FC ahead of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh and has been ruled out for at least six months. Jhingan is a big miss for the national team and his club Kerala Blasters, who are playing the Indian Super League 2019-20, without his presence in the defence.Jhingan took to Twitter on Thursday to post a photograph of himself after the surgery and thanked everyone for the support and wishes.”My surgery has gone really well and now I am on the next stage of my comeback. Just wanna thank you all for the support and wishes and also wanna thank Dr. Anant Joshi along with his staff at Sportsmed Mumbai for taking such good care of me,” Jhingan tweeted.My surgery has gone really well and now i am on the next stage of my comeback. Just Wanna thank you all for the support and wishes and also wanna thank Dr.Anant joshi along with his staff at Sportsmed mumbai for taking such good care of me. 🙏🏻😊 pic.twitter.com/sGbmbNIe9O— Sandesh Jhingan (@SandeshJhingan) November 7, 2019Jhingan had watched Kerala Blasters kick start their ISL 2019-20 campaign against ATK in Kochi on October 20 from the stands at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.Jhingan has been posting photos and videos of his recovery from the injury but the Chandigarh man will not be able return to professional football before new year.Meanwhile, his team Kerala Blasters are currently eighth on the ISL points table with only three points from three games. They started their campaign with a 2-1 win over ATK but since then they have lost to Mumbai City FC and Hyderabad FC to languish in the bottom three. footballindian footballISL 2019-20sandesh jhingan First Published: November 7, 2019, 5:39 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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Rio 2016: PV Sindhu sets up Gold medal match with Carolina Marin after demolishing Nozomi Okuhara

first_imgIndia’s PV Sindhu thumped Nozomi Okuhara of Japan to enter the final of the women’s singles event of badminton competitions, assuring the country at least a Silver medal at the RIo Olympics on Thursday. (Rio Olympics: Full Coverage)World No. 10 Sindhu registered a 21-19, 21-10 triumph in the semi-finals over world No. 6 Okuhara to become the first Indian shuttler to enter the final of the Olympics.With this win, double World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu improved her head-to-head record against reigning All England Open champion Okuhara to 2-3.In the final, she will face two-time reigning world champion Carolina Marin of Spain, who beat defending champion Li Xuerui of China 21-14, 21-16.Irrespective of the colour of the medal in the final on Friday, it will be India’s second medal in the Rio Games after wrestler Sakshi Malik bagged a Bronze in the women’s 58 kg category.For Sindhu, who was on a giant-killing spree after dismissing two higher-ranked opponents – Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying and World No. 2 Wang Yihan of China in the pre-quarter-final and the quarter-final respectively – Thursday’s win was also an extension of her good form.Sindhu’s height and long reach gave her a lot of advantage against the pint-sized Okuhara, who also had her right thigh strapped.Especially, Sindhu’s sharp cross-court game and half smash helped her get off to a fine start.In the first game between the two 21-year-olds, Sindhu started the match on a positive note, taking a 4-1 lead before the Japanese reduced it to 3-4. But Sindhu took two straight points to hold a 5-3 lead before Okuhara got a point to sit at 4-5. But Sindhu upped the ante and took a 8-4 lead before Okuhara bagged two points as Sindhu hit wide.advertisementSindhu reached the mid-game interval with a 11-6 lead and after a two-minute break, Okuhara’s delectable drop shots helped her bounce back. She was trailing 10-12 when Sindhu forced her to hit the net and take a 14-10 advantage.Later, Sindhu took a 15-12 lead that became 17-14 but Okuhara’s net game helped her almost reduce the deficit. She kept coming back at Sindhu, forcing the Indian to make some unforced errors – hitting wide.But Sindhu remained always in the lead, albeit a slender one-point advantage, before winning the game 21-19.In the second game, Sindhu again began convincingly taking a 3-0 lead before Okuhara took five straight points to sit at a 5-3 lead.Afterwards it was a neck-and-neck contest. Sindhu rattled Okuhara with two straight points as the Japanese hit wide and failed to return a fierce smash from the Indian.Okuhara again held the lead at 7-5 and at the mid-game interval Sindhu led 11-10.After the break, Sindhu turned more aggressive and played a fearless game to stun the Japanese who looked short of ideas.Sindhu kept earning points, hitting one smash after another to enjoy a comfortable ride. As many as 10 points on the trot catapulted her to the final with a 21-10 win in the second game.Afterwards, what followed was a screaming celebration from Sindhu and her camp.last_img read more

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Tanaka Prompts “Oh Oh” from Fans

first_imgTAMPA — New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, coming back after arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow last October, says he feels perfectly healthy but isn’t sure when he’ll make his first regular-season start.“Can’t really say,” Tanaka said through a translator Friday after his first workout at the Yankees’ minor league complex. “We’ll take it day by day. I feel that I can’t really talk about that at this point. I just want to see myself go into the bullpen, get the innings in and see how I feel.”Tanaka threw from 60 feet and played long toss on level ground.“Just talking with him today and watching him, I think he’s in a pretty good place for this early,” Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. “He went through his throwing program and had no problems. As long as there’s no setbacks or anything, he’ll be fine and ready to go.”The Yankees said the injury dates from when Tanaka pitched in Japan. He signed with New York before the 2014 season.“I didn’t feel it overly when I was pitching, it was more so after pitching,” Tanaka said. “Felt there was a little more inflammation in that area and my thought process was if we’re able to take that bone spur off then we might be able to get that inflammation (taken care of).”Tanaka was diagnosed with a partially torn elbow ligament in 2014, when he went 13-5 in 20 starts. He was 12-7 with a 3.51 ERA in 24 starts last year and lost to Houston in the AL wild-card game.“I’m still at the stage of building myself up toward the season, but I feel it’s going to be a better season,” Tanaka said.Tanaka was on the disabled list from April 23 to June 3 last season with right wrist tendinitis and a forearm strain, then missed a September start because of a strained right hamstring.“It was frustrating,” Tanaka said. “Missed time obviously because of having to go on the disabled list, didn’t feel like I pitched enough games.”New York pitchers and catchers will report for spring training Thursday.Tanaka feels good, but unsure about status for 1st startMARK DIDTLER, Associated Press TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Week 2 Uniform Review: Black-Gray-Black Looked Amazing, Was a Surprise

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State threw a curve ball and wore Black (Phantom Pete)-Black-Gray for the home opener against Central Arkansas. Everyone was probably expecting White-Orange-White with that combination being the trend since 2012. This was the first time OSU has worn this combo, even though we have seen Black-Black-Gray before vs. Kansas in 2013.I like this combo for a few reasons:1. The black Phantom Pete helmet looks great with black and gray, and this was the first time we really got to see that. Another thing that I noticed last season was the black numbers on the back of the helmets. It’s subtle, but it shows that OSU is all about the details.AdChoices广告2. This look is consistent from head to toe. The black socks even have the gray design in the back (see below).3. Not a lot of schools can pull off the black and gray look because it’s not part of their color scheme, but Oklahoma State can and they should.(USATSI)(USATSI)One of the combos that I’ve really wanted to see is Black (Phantom Pete)-Gray-Black, especially since the gray jerseys have black numbers now. The combo we wore Saturday might be as close as we get to that since OSU has seemingly shunned the gray jerseys[1. Fun fact: the Cowboys are 2-0 in gray jerseys.]Oklahoma State added another tick to the win column for the black jerseys this past weekend, but I’m wondering why we busted out such a slick combo for a non-conference game. One can only assume that we’re about to see a lot of awesome new looks for the Pokes this season.last_img read more

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Skiff That Attacked Galicia Spirit Carried Explosives

first_imgzoom The skiff that engaged in an attack on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Galicia Spirit was carrying “a substantial amount of explosives,” according to shipowner Teekay.Following the attack on the 79,166 dwt tanker, which occurred on October 25 off the coast of Yemen near Bab al-Mandab Strait, the shipowner conducted an investigation of the incident with the assistance of security experts.“While the intentions of the attackers and the use of the explosives is unknown, the investigation findings indicate that the explosives would have been sufficient to have caused significant damage to the vessel,” Teekay said.The company added that it appears that the explosives detonated when the skiff was some 20 meters from the 2004-built vessel, destroying the skiff and ending the attack.Galicia Spirit suffered only minor damage from the incident and none of the crew were injured. The investigations are on-going, Teekay said.last_img read more

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CJI writes to PM Modi seeks increase in number of SC judges

first_imgNew Delhi: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking to increase the strength of judges and raise the retirement age of high court judges to 65 years.Gogoi has also urged the prime minister to make tenure appointments of retired apex court judges and high court judges under Articles 128 and 224A of the Constitution respectively to clear backlog of cases pending for years. The CJI, who wrote three letters to the PM, said there was a pendency of 58,669 cases in the top court and the number was increasing due to filing of more fresh cases. Due to paucity of judges, the required number of Constitution benches to decide important cases involving questions of law were not being formed, the CJI said. “You would recall that way back in 1988, about three decades ago, the judge strength of the SC was increased from 18 to 26, and then again after two decades in 2009, it was increased to 31, including the CJI, to expedite disposal of cases to keep pace with the rate of institution,” he wrote. “I request you to kindly consider, on top priority, to augment the judge-strength in the SC appropriately so that it can function more efficiently and effectively as it will go a long way to attain ultimate goal of rendering timely justice to the litigant public,” Gogoi wrote. He said that though the size of the feeder cadre of chief justice and judges of the high courts has increased in the past yet the strength has not been increased proportionally in the top court. In his second letter, the CJI urged Modi to consider bringing a constitutional amendment to increase the retirement age of high court judges from 62 to 65 years.last_img read more

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London Fashion Erdem shows fancy florals Kane goes for sex

first_imgLONDON – London Fashion Week saw a flurry of shows Monday emphasizing romance and femininity, often with exquisite workmanship and dashes of mystery and drama.Dresses dominated the runway. Christopher Kane offered a strong collection of very feminine, sometimes very revealing dresses at his catwalk show at the Tate Britain museum.Canada-born designer Erdem Moralioglu turned the National Portrait Gallery into a showcase for his contemporary designs, which featured long, elaborately made dresses, many with floral themes offset by black backgrounds.___CHRISTOPHER KANE CHANNELS ‘THE JOY OF SEX’Kane went “old school” for his London Fashion Week show with a collection that overtly referenced two 70s’ classics: “The Joy of Sex” and “More Joy of Sex” books.“I have never shied away from sex in the collections and this one is no different,” said Kane. “Since the beginning, I have found it fundamental to our idea of women. Women with their own power who create their own worlds.”Anyone who missed the point was reminded by the none-too-subtle voiceover on the soundtrack encouraging people to experience more joy, more play and more sex.Many of Kane’s dresses were semi-sheer and lacy, in simple but effective blacks and reds, along with some relatively demure knitwear, including an impressive deep purple dress. Kane made very effective use of black set off with silver, as well as primarily black outfits that seemed to shimmer with colour.Pants were sometimes ripped or had fabric cut out and some blouses and dresses sported horizontal “peekaboo” slits. Kane used a wide variety of materials, including cotton canvas coats, raw wools and crushed velvet.___FALSE ALARM AT TATE SENDS MODELS INTO DRIZZLY RAINThere was an unexpected evacuation of the Tate Britain Museum several hours before the Christopher Kane show, sending visitors — and models — into a light rain outside while a fire alarm was checked.The models were rained on for about 20 minutes before the alarm was lifted, creating some challenges for makeup artists and stylists preparing for Kane’s showcase event.___ERDEM BUILDS ON A DELICATE, VEILED THEMEErdem’s London Fashion Week show made heavy use of veils — and black veil material — not only to shade the faces of many models but also as the fabric for leggings, long gloves and some shawls and capes.The veil material was detailed with black polka dots that became a design motif throughout the show, giving the models an unearthly and sometimes off-putting look when their faces were totally obscured.A few outfits had retro flair, including some silver metallic skirts that evoked the flapper era, and some fused Asian designs that gave the show an international feel. Colors were rich and vibrant and the floral designs were complex and evocative.The show, with American Vogue editor Anna Wintour in her customary front-row seat, showed a remarkably uniform approach to design, each piece reinforcing and building on the look.___GLAMOUROUS NIGHT AT BUCKINGHAM PALACEPrince William’s wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, co-hosted a fashion reception at Buckingham Palace with Sophie, the Countess of Wessex and wife of Prince Edward, William’s uncle. The two were acting on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II at the glittery event.Among the guests Monday night were model Naomi Campbell, designer Stella McCartney and Edward Enninful, the new editor of British Vogue.The event was a celebration of the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange, launched earlier this month to foster partnerships between established and emerging talents in the Commonwealth countries ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London in April.___BLAST FROM THE PAST: PAULINA PORIZKOVA RETURNSAlmost overlooked in the flood of attention paid to Christopher Bailey’s farewell show at Burberry was the return of Czech-born Paulina Porizkova, one of the original supermodels.She made a rare catwalk appearance Saturday to support designer Jiri Kalfar.last_img read more

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Pushcart vendors – in LA for decades – might become legal

first_imgLOS ANGELES — They seem to be everywhere on the streets of Los Angeles — pushcarts and tables filled with everything from hot dogs and tamales to toys and tools.You’re a tourist in Hollywood with a phone that’s about to die and no charger? No problem. There should be someone nearby selling them.You’re craving a freshly made pupusa, a Salvadoran delicacy made with a corn tortilla stuffed with salsa, beans, cabbage and other tasty things? Yeah, you can get that, too.Such sales are illegal, although the law is rarely enforced.Now, after a decade of debate and compromise, the Los Angeles City Council will consider an ordinance Wednesday that would grant permits to sidewalk vendors, allowing them to come out of the legal shadows and putting the city on the same footing as New York and Chicago on the issue.An estimated 50,000 vendors peddle their wares along Los Angeles sidewalks and in parks and other public places, hawking souvenir hats, sunglasses, T-shirts, purses and other merchandise, as well as food from countries all over the world.Many are immigrants eking out modest livings who have pushed for years for the change.“Our vendors are very excited that after 10 years of conversation and discussions and work on this that it’s feeling like it’s coming to fruition,” said Isela Gracian, president of the East LA Community Corporation, which has been lobbying the city for such an ordinance.Some details were still being worked out Tuesday, including how many competing vendors could operate a table or pushcart in a park or on a street. And, more importantly, how much a permit would cost.Food vendors would need to get separate permits from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, just like the hundreds of food truck operators in the area.New York and Chicago have been licensing street vendors for years. Permits run about $50 to $100 but can be hard to get because of waiting lists.New York has an estimated 20,000 street vendors, according to The Street Vendor Project, an advocacy group.“Among the large cities, LA is the only one that doesn’t have a program like this,” said Gracian, noting that her group studied the other cities to learn how to avoid conflicts with brick-and-mortar stores and restaurants on streets where vendors sometimes park their pushcarts.One vendor who sets up in front of a corner grocery in the city’s Boyle Heights neighbourhood, sells freshly cooked food but won’t sell drinks, suggesting people buy them from the store.She calls it synergy and a way to support each other.John Rogers, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Ban welcomes latest steps to improve interKorean relations

Mr. Ban was also pleased that the authorities of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Saturday released four crew members of a Republic of Korea (ROK) fishing vessel who had been detained after accidentally crossing into northern waters.“He hopes that these steps will help create conditions conducive to improving inter-Korean relations and the peaceful resolution of outstanding matters, including the nuclear issue,” his spokesperson said in a statement.Encouraged by the “positive momentum in inter-Korean relations,” the Secretary-General also reaffirmed his readiness to offer assistance as appropriate.The latest moves follow the release just weeks ago of a ROK national who had been detained by the DPRK authorities since 30 March, as well as of two American journalists who had been found guilty of entering DPRK illegally in March and sentenced to 12 years’ hard labour.Earlier this month, Mr. Ban was in his native ROK for a 10-day private visit, during which he met with President Lee Myung-bak and discussed the nuclear crisis in DPRK and other global challenges, including climate change.The UN chief is currently on an official visit to Austria, from which he will travel to Norway and to the Arctic polar ice rim to spotlight climate change, which he has described as the “defining challenge of our era.” 29 August 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the latest steps to improve inter-Korean relations, including an agreement to resume cross-border reunions next month for hundreds of families separated since the Korean War. read more

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Prices going back up at the pump

by News Staff Posted Feb 4, 2015 6:51 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prices going back up at the pump Now that oil prices are creeping back up, the price for gasoline is also on the rise across the country.However, compared with a year ago, it’s still a bargain.Price-tracking website GasBuddy.com says the national average for a litre of regular is about 93 cents, up 3.6 cents over the past week.Here in Calgary, the site reports an average price of just under 84 cents per litre of regular, up seven cents from a week ago.At this time last year, the average national price was a $1.24 a litre, while the average Calgary price was $1.10. read more

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New Montreal Canadiens captain Shea Weber scores two in win over Rangers

MONTREAL — Shea Weber and Artturi Lehkonen each scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Rangers 5-2 to snap a five-game losing skid on Saturday night.Tomas Tatar also scored for the Canadiens (12-9-5) in their first home win since Nov. 10. Carey Price stopped 20 shots.Jimmy Vesey and Ryan Strome scored for the Rangers (13-12-2), who have dropped four of their past five games. Backup goalie Alexandar Georgiev made 37 saves on 42 shots while Mika Zibanejad had two assists.Both teams were playing the first game of a back-to-back weekend. Montreal hosts the San Jose Sharks on Sunday while the Rangers take on the Winnipeg Jets in New York.The Canadiens, who outshot New York 42-22, have won four straight games against the Rangers at the Bell Centre.Montreal went up 2-0 in the first period thanks to Weber’s first two goals of the season in just his second game back from injury.The new Canadiens captain scored 3:53 into the contest with a one-timer from the blue line that Georgiev never even saw — Weber’s first goal since Dec. 5, 2017 after missing 73 games due to injury.The six-foot-four defenceman netted his second of the game on a great play by Tatar. Lying on the ice with his back to the play after being tripped at the blue line, Tatar spotted a streaking Weber and fed him with a backhand pass for the partial break. Weber went glove side, top shelf, with eight seconds remaining in the first period.Lehkonen doubled Montreal’s lead — and his goal tally for the season — with two quick ones early in the second.The Canadiens went up 3-0 when Lehkonen beat Georgiev with a wrist shot on a 2-on-1 at 2:04. The Rangers goalie smashed his stick against the post in anger after the goal.Lehkonen made it 4-0 at 5:29, a quick release on Georgiev’s blocker side after an awful giveaway by Neal Pionk behind his own net.With the teams playing 4-on-4, the Rangers got one back through Vesey’s wrist shot at 8:10 of the second.Strome, on the power play, made it 4-2 with 5:49 remaining in the middle frame.Tatar, with his 11th of the season, restored Montreal’s three-goal lead with a power-play marker at 10:28 of the third.Speedy forward Paul Byron was back in the lineup for Montreal after missing 14 games with a lower-body injury.NOTES: The Canadiens placed former first-round draft pick Nikita Scherbak on waivers earlier on Saturday.Kelsey Patterson, The Canadian Press read more

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Metallicas new small mineral sands operation may lead to bigger things

first_imgA study just released has backed the viability of establishing a new A$6.5 million heavy mineral sands mine 3 km southwest of Weipa on the western side of Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula. The feasibility study – conducted by IMC Mining for the proponent of the Urquhart Point mine project, Brisbane-based Metallica Minerals Ltd (MLM) also found that high grade zones mined early in the mine schedule would allow a project payback within just 12 months.Subject to the outcome of current project financing and offtake negotiations, Metallica says the Urquhart Point mine can be up and running within 12 months of a decision to mine.Release of the study’s findings also coincided with the release by Metallica today of the maiden independent ore reserve for the project.Also undertaken by IMC, this milestone generated Proved and Probable Ore Reserves of 1.18 Mt at 9.5% Heavy Minerals (HM). All of the reserve is contained at surface over average thicknesses of 1.5-2 m. The HM mineral assemblage is estimated to be 11.7% zircon, 13.6% rutile and 13.1% ilmenite.Metallica proposes a simple shallow (<3 m) dry sand mining operation of around 240,000 t/y of ore using conventional wet gravity separation to produce a total of 87,000 t of mixed heavy mineral concentrate over the five year mine life.Managing Director, Andrew Gillies, said that although only a modest mine project compared to the company’s more substantial and promising mineral sands tenements further north on the west coast, Urquhart Point nonetheless had demonstrated very robust financial metrics, despite commodity market challenges.“Urquhart Point now clearly provides a sound basis on which to proceed with financing and development as it should provide reasonable investment returns,” Gillies said.“The total operating costs of A$12.52/t, inclusive of corporate overheads, equate to between A$2.5 million and A$3.0 million per year, with the study’s modelling showing the concentrate valued over life-of-mine at between $250/t and $330/t free on board, subject to the mineral composition and spot price at the time,” he said.“Overall, the feasibility study delivered an estimated net cashflow of over A$10 million. As Metallica has around $15 million in carried forward tax losses, the proposed mine’s pre and post tax project returns are effectively the same. We have already been in the market seeking quotes for the processing plant and related equipment alternatives and our negotiations for partnerships, funding and offtake agreements over the project have reached an advanced stage,” Gillies said.“The company can be on the ground with initial pre-construction site works within two months of finalising funding and we anticipate first production runs approximately a year later,” he said. The capital cost estimate of A$6.51 million includes the mine’s plant design, construction, commissioning and the training of operational personnel. Some long lead items and off-site construction items are expected to be ordered this calendar year, subject to financing.Urquhart Point is fully approved, with a granted Mining Lease and Environmental Authority, covering around 366 ha of the broader EPM15268 tenement footprint of 7,675 ha.Its low-lying sand mass comprises a coastal strandline and sand spit-style HMS deposit with very low slimes (clay) and a HM assemblage composed of zircon, rutile, ilmenite and about 60% iron oxides. The highest grade HM zones are located in the northern and eastern end of the deposit area. An additional Environmental Authority (EA) Mining lease application (20737) covers a small but high grade portion of the deposit. Gillies says no impediments are expected for the conversion of this lease application into a mining lease.“Our objective with the mine production schedule is to mine Urquhart Point’s pit areas in decreasing value order whilst also maintaining a reasonably contiguous mining sequence and honouring wet season mining constraints,” hes said. “However, we see substantial wider opportunity for Urquhart Point that have not been incorporated into the feasibility study results announced today.”“These include the fact that two strands in the southern area, Heron and Egret, have been almost entirely excluded from the mine production schedule and the Ore Reserve update, due to the sparsity of mineral assemblage data. Our work to date suggests including this material could add approximately 0.6 Mt or about 2.5 years of ore feed to the plant.“Results from current and ongoing exploration on another two targets high in zircon and drilled in February this year, were also not ready to be included in the latest resource model – in addition to the potential incusion of outcomes from our suite of other HMS tenements sweeping north of Urquhart Point along the coastline.”Gillies did also not rule out the potential for a dual bauxite mining operation as Urquhart Point is close to significant bauxite prospective areas, which if mined, could utilise the same barge-ship export infrastructure. In addition to Urquhart Point, Metallica has 2,000 km² of coastal exploration tenure on western Cape York prospective for both mineral sands and bauxite.last_img read more

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The future of piracy is physical objects

first_imgDigital piracy is coming under increasing pressure from organizations that represent the music and movie industries. Acts like SOPA and PIPA are just the latest in measures to try and curb piracy, as is the takedown of MegaUpload. Just as technology changes over time, there is an evolution of what can be pirated, and it’s going to affect many more companies and products than just those providing digital entertainment.With the advent of 3D printers and the ability to print your own physical objects at home, so a new form of data sharing, and possibly a new form of piracy, is preparing to take off. The Pirate Bay calls it Physibles — copying things created first as digital objects that get turned into physical objects once they are printed. How could Physibles become a threat to industry? Because as time goes by more real-world objects are first designed and modeled in digital form. Those designs are stored digitally and then fed into a machine — sometimes a printer — for creation. If you have a 3D printer at home, and that design is shared, you no longer need to buy the physical object as you can create it yourself. At the moment this isn’t really significant as far as piracy goes, but what about a decade from now when 3D printers can be built from a kit for little more than the cost of a Raspberry Pi, some servos, and an extruder? And what if The Pirate Bay hosts the digital blueprints for that expensive car part the garage informed you needs buying to fix your car? Do you spend hundreds of dollars on the part, or print it yourself? Just like pirates today decide to download a movie rather than pay the high theater prices to watch it, pirates of the future will have the option to bypass the cost, and become creators themselves.The same logic can be applied to many products: why buy the iPad X case when you can download the 3D model someone leaked/stole? Why buy a camera part when it can be printed and glued at home? Not only do you save on the retail price, there’s no shipping to worry about other than your base materials, which can be bought in bulk. And if it breaks? You print another for minimal cost. Obviously materials and 3D printer technology limit this to certain types of products, but that list is only going to expand as 3D printers improve, and, crucially, as more commercial products are made with 3D printers. While this is a new idea (as far as piracy goes, there are already a number of places to share open source designs), The Pirate Bay has already embraced it. You can visit the Physibles area of the site where five downloads are currently listed. I doubt it will stay that way for very long, though. Physible piracy is going to take off in a big way sooner rather than later.More at The Pirate Bay, image courtesy of Vans OTHlast_img read more

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