Rocky World Is 17 Times as Massive as Earth

first_imgMost massive alien worlds are gas giants like Jupiter. But now, astronomers say they’ve found a new type of exoplanet: a rocky world much larger than Earth that may boast only a thin sheath of an atmosphere. The orb in question (in the foreground of artist’s concept), dubbed Kepler-10c, circles its 11-billion-year-old, sunlike star once every 45 days. Previously estimated to have a diameter about 2.3 times that of Earth (giving it a volume slightly more than 12 times our planet’s), new observations with ground-based sensors suggest that Kepler-10c is 17 times as hefty as Earth, the researchers report today in Boston at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society and in a forthcoming issue of The Astrophysical Journal. Those figures for mass and volume—which suggest a dense, rocky composition and seemingly discount a large, thick atmosphere—peg the planet as the first rocky “mega-Earth” to be found. Kepler-10c is surprising, the researchers say: Previously, astronomers surmised that any planet that massive would have gravitationally slurped up gases in its neighborhood as it formed, eventually growing to become a gas giant like those in the outer reaches of our solar system. The existence of large rocky worlds like Kepler-10c may boost the chances of potentially habitable worlds throughout the cosmos, the researchers contend.last_img read more

Using experimental drugs and vaccines against Ebola is ethical, WHO panel says

first_imgAn ethics panel at the World Health Organization (WHO) has given a green light to treating Ebola patients with experimental drugs for the deadly virus. There had been “unanimous agreement among the experts that in the special circumstances of this Ebola outbreak it is ethical to offer unregistered treatments,” said Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director-general of WHO, at a press conference today in Geneva, Switzerland.“It is important that the committee affirmed the morality of compassionate use,” writes Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at New York University in New York City, in an e-mail. “But there are huge ethical issues that still remain unaddressed and unanswered regarding experimental interventions.” Caplan is not a member of the WHO panel.The 12-member panel had convened by telephone on Monday, as the largest Ebola outbreak on record rages on in West Africa. The virus has already sickened 1848 people and killed 1013 of them in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, according to the latest numbers released by WHO. There are no vaccines or treatments against Ebola on the market. 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They were worried, however, that trying out these drugs in Africa would be seen as racist and could increase mistrust toward health care workers, already a problem in battling the outbreak. But after two U.S. health care workers fell ill in Liberia and received ZMapp, an experimental mix of monoclonal antibodies, the discussion took a turn. Some people began arguing that the drug should also be made available in Africa, where the majority of patients are dying.The ethics panel, made up of researchers, ethicists, and patient safety advocates, reached consensus that under certain circumstances in this outbreak, “it is ethical to offer unproven interventions with as yet unknown efficacy and adverse effects, as potential treatment or prevention.“ They also concluded that “there is a moral obligation to collect and share all data generated, including from treatments provided for compassionate use“ and “a moral duty to evaluate these interventions (for treatment or prevention) in the best possible clincial trials under the circumstances.”Conducting clinical trials in the midst of the Ebola outbreak will be “challenging,“ writes Peter Smith, an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and one of the members of the ethics panel. But they are the best evidence for efficacy, he believes. “Clear explanations of the purposes of trials to those in the affected communities will be vital as well as obtaining informed consent from patients or their immediate relatives,“ he writes in an e-mail.Many questions are still unanswered, Caplan says. For instance: who should weigh risks and benefits of a given therapy. “That cannot and should not be left to potential subjects,“ he writes. Other questions include who will pay for the unapproved drugs, who can give consent for using them, and how companies will be protected from liabilites should the drugs have harmful side effects.Even more difficult is the question of how the limited amount of experimental drugs available should be distributed. According to several news stories, the last supplies of ZMapp have been sent to Liberia to treat two doctors there, and it will take months to produce more of the drug. Other experimental drugs are also available only in small quantities. When they are used, should health care workers be treated first, as some scientists have suggested? How should the supplies be distributed among countries?“Much more ethical work needs to be done to create a sound infrastructure for compassionate use in humanitarian emergencies,“ Caplan writes. The ethics panel will meet in Geneva at the end of the month, Kieny said. Then, they will have to tackle at least some of these thorny questions.*The Ebola Files: Given the current Ebola outbreak, unprecedented in terms of number of people killed and rapid geographic spread, Science and Science Translational Medicine have made a collection of research and news articles on the viral disease freely available to researchers and the general public.last_img read more

Gujrat Court Declares Nirav Modi as Absconder in Custom Duty Evasion Case

first_imgA Surat court has declared fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi as an absconder in a case of custom duty evasion. This case was filed by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) against him in 2014 for allegedly avoiding custom duty while importing diamonds.News agency PTI said that Chief Judicial Magistrate B H Kapadia issued an order to declare Modi an absconder on Oct.10.The news agency also quoted Public Prosecutor Nayan Sukhadwala as saying that the judge has asked Modi to appear before the court before Nov.15 failing which, the DRI would be granted permission to act against him.In 2014, the DRI had filed a case against Modi accusing him of evading customs duty while importing diamonds. According to DRI, Modi imported duty-free diamonds through its units in Surat’s Special Economic Zone (SEZ) but didn’t follow the import norms.According to SEZ rules, imported duty-free goods are to be used as raw materials or to be exported further after undergoing some processing or value addition, but in this case, according to DRI, Modi violated these norms and sold the imported diamonds locally. The DRI also alleged that Modi exported low quality diamonds just to comply with SEZ norms.The DRI had filed an application to declare Modi an absconder under a section 82 of CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure).Nirav Modi is accused of swindling Punjab National Bank (PNB) of Rs. 13,500 crore including issuance of fraud letters of credits or Letters of Undertakings (LoU). He fled India in January, just before the news of the Punjab National Bank fraud came out. Currently he is in the U.K. seeking asylum. The Indian government revoked his passport earlier this year and made a formal request to UK government for his extradition. Related Itemslast_img read more

Sports Illustrated, Headlines Today give away sports awards

first_imgThe world’s premier sports magazine, Sports Illustrated, and news channel Headlines Today, gave away sports awards in Bangalore on Thursday. Among the fourteen awards that were given away, Ramakant Achrekar, the coach of Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli, got the Lifetime Achievement Award. Somdev Devvarman bagged the Athlete of the Year Award. Besides his stellar performances in the Commonwealth Games and the Asiad, his consistent climb up the ATP charts definitely makes 2010 his year of reckoning.  The Sportskid of the Year Award went to Wasim Jaffer’s nephew Arman Jaffer, who scored 498 in 490 balls in the Giles Shield in December last year.  The Asiad Gold winning 4×400 meter relay quartet bagged the award for the Best Sporting Moment of the Year. Karnataka’s Ashwini Akunji received the award on behalf of her teammates. While Indian cricket coach Gary Kirsten got the Coach of the Year Award, Indian Test Team bagged the Team of the Year award, a fitting tribute to the team, which had climbed to the top of ICC Test ratings and stayed there despite all odds. The Sportsperson of the Year Award went to master blaster Sachin Tendulkar.last_img read more

Hip or knee replacement- after- what to ask your doctor

first_imgDefinitionYou had surgery to get a new hip or knee joint while you were in the hospital.Below are some questions you may want to ask your doctor or nurse to help you take care of your new joint.Alternate NamesWhat to ask your doctor after hip or knee replacement; Hip replacement – after – what to ask your doctor; Knee replacement – after – what to ask your doctor; Hip arthroplasty – after – what to ask your doctor; Knee arthroplasty – after – what to ask your doctorQuestionsHow long will I need to use crutches or a walker after I go home?How much walking can I do?When can I begin to place weight on my new joint? How much?Do I need to be careful about how I sit or move around?What are things that I cannot do?Will I be able to walk without pain? How far?When will I be able to do other activities, such as golf, swimming, tennis, or hiking?Will I have pain medicines when I go home? How should I take them?Will I need to take blood thinners when I go home? How long would it be?How can I get my home ready before I even go to the hospital?How much help will I need when I come home? Will I be able to get out of bedHow can I make my home safer for me?How can I make my home easier to get around?How can I make it easier for myself in the bathroom and shower?What type of supplies will I need when I get home?Do I need to rearrange my home?What should I do if there are steps that go to my bedroom or bathroom?Do I need a hospital bed?What are the signs that something is wrong with my new hip or knee? How can I prevent problems with my new hip or knee?advertisementHow do I take care of my surgical wound?How often should I change the dressing? How do I wash the wound?What should my wound look like? What wound problems do I need to watch out for?When do sutures and staples come out?Can I take a shower? Can I take a bath or soak in the hot tub?When can I go back to see my dentist? Do I need to take any antibiotics before seeing the dentist?Review Date:1/17/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

Kapil Devs wax figure unveiled for Madame Tussauds in Delhi

first_imgPTI5_11_2017_000042BPTI5_11_2017_000044BPTI5_11_2017_000045BPTI5_11_2017_000046BPTI5_11_2017_000047BNew Delhi, May 11 (PTI) When the 23rd Madame Tussauds wax museum opens to public later this year, the audience will be transported back in time to 1983, the year India won its first Cricket World Cup tournament under Kapil Devs captaincy.The 58-year-old Indian cricket legend today unveiled his first-ever wax figure here, which will be among other such figures of sports icons like Sachin Tendulkar, Lionel Messi and David Beckham.”Im honoured to get my wax figure among such icons of the nation at Madame Tussauds Delhi. Receiving this at the age of 58 motivates me as an individual to evolve more,” Kapil said.Sculpted in the iconinc bowling pose of the former Indian captain, the wax figure, which has been crafted from over 300 measurements and photographs, is reminiscent of Indias victory in the 1983 World Cup tournament.”The whole process of making of my figure by Madame Tussauds has been an exciting journey, and I am fascinated to see the intrinsic details beautifully captured.”I wish Madame Tussauds the best of wishes for the great job that they are putting in. I am also excited to see my figure at the upcoming attraction,” the cricketer said.Managed by Merlin Entertainments, Madame Tussauds in Delhi will have over 50 wax figures of famous personalities from sports, cinema, politics, history and music.”We are extremely thrilled to be unveiling Mr Kapil Devs figure in Delhi. Madame Tussauds is renowned all over the world for immortalising icons from every sphere; for their fans to be able to admire the exquisite artwork captured forever.advertisement”Kapil Dev is a global icon and it goes without saying that his figure will bring fans from across the globe to capture memories with him,” Anshul Jain, general manager and director at Merlin Entertainments India, said. PTI MAH BKlast_img read more

Cavs-Warriors Part III Joins Past Championship Trilogies

first_imgIt never happened between Magic Johnson’s Lakers and Larry Bird’s Celtics. Same for Michael Jordan and Karl Malone or Jerry West and Bill Russell.While there have been 14 rematches in NBA Finals history, this year’s meeting between LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors will be the first trilogy in league history.After the Warriors beat the Cavs for their first title in 40 years in 2015, Cleveland got revenge last season with a comeback from 3-1 down to give the city its first major championship since 1964. Now they meet for the rubber match starting June 1 in Oakland.While this may be unprecedented in the NBA, it has happened once in each of the three other U.S. major team sports with matchups that included some of those sports’ biggest stars.There was Babe Ruth vs. Frankie Frisch in the 1920s and then a pair of memorable three-peat matchups in the 1950s featuring Otto Graham against Bobby Layne in the NFL and Gordie Howe against Maurice Richard in the NHL.Here is a look at the other U.S. pro sports championship trilogies:New York Yankees vs. New York Giants 1921-23In his second season in New York, Babe Ruth led the Yankees to their first World Series berth in 1921 against the Giants. The entire series was played at the Polo Grounds, home to both teams that season. The Giants won the Series 5-3 in the final best-of-nine matchup as a banged-up Ruth got just one plate appearance during the final three games, all won by the Giants.John McGraw’s Giants won the rematch the following year 4-0 with one tie before Ruth gave the Yankees their first title the following year to cap the first season at Yankee Stadium. Ruth had three homers in the Series, including one in the decisive sixth game. The big star for the Giants that year was future Yankees manager Casey Stengel, who hit an inside-the-park homer in the ninth inning to win Game 1 and drove in the only run in Game 3 with another homer.___Cleveland Browns vs. Detroit Lions (1952-54)These teams that have spent much of the post-merger days near the bottom of the standings were the cream of the crop in the 1950s led by star quarterback Graham and innovative coach Paul Brown in Cleveland and Lions Hall of Fame passer Layne and running back Doak Walker.In the first championship meeting in 1952, Layne and Walker ran for TDs to give the Lions a 17-7 win and their first championship since 1935.Detroit became the league’s third repeat winner in the championship game the following season when Layne threw a 33-yard TD pass to Jim Doran with just over 2 minutes remaining for a 17-16 victory.The Browns came out on top the following year, ending a run of three straight title game losses (they also lost to the Rams in 1951). The Lions won the regular-season finale the week before the title game and scored first on a field goal by Walker.But it was all Browns after that with Graham throwing three TD passes and running for three more in a 56-10 win.___Montreal Canadiens vs. Detroit Red Wings (1954-56)The first matchup of this trilogy started with one of the most memorable in 1954. In a series full of megastars like Howe, Terry Sawchuk, Ted Lindsay and Red Kelly in Detroit and Richard, Jean Beliveau, Doug Harvey and Boom Boom Geoffrion in Montreal, it was an unsung player who became the hero.In overtime in Game 7, Red Wings forward Tony Leswick got credit for the series-clinching goal when his innocent looking shot from the point was deflected by Harvey past Gerry McNeil for a 2-1 win 4:29 into OT. There hasn’t been a Game 7 overtime since in the Final.The Red Wings won the rematch in an all home team seven-game series the following year. Howe set a record with 12 points in the round and Lindsay scored four goals in a Game 2 win. Richard missed the series because of a suspension for slashing Boston’s Hal Laycoe in the head and punching linesman Cliff Thompson. Detroit didn’t win another Stanley Cup for 41 years.With Richard back, the Canadiens won the following year in five games with the Rocket getting the game-winning goal in the clincher. That was the first of a record five straight titles for the Canadiens.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

VVS Laxman hopes MS Dhoni emulates IPL 2018 form in 2019 World Cup

first_imgVVS Laxman is backing Mahendra Singh Dhoni to have a successful 2019 ICC World Cup and feels that his role in the Indian team is going to be extremely important.Dhoni is currently on a break from cricket after he was not picked for T20Is against the West Indies and Australia. It seems like his T20I career is at the fag end but he is very much part of India’s plans in the ODIs.Dhoni is in the squad for the ODI series against Australia in January and is being looked up as being almost irreplaceable in 2019 World Cup in England.Laxman said that Dhoni was undoubtedly the best wicket-keeper in the world and was exceptionally fit still.”MS Dhoni is a legendary player and I believe he will have a big role to play in the 2019 World Cup. He is the best wicket-keeper in the world without a doubt, even now. He is supremely fit,” Laxman told Aaj Tak in an interview.READ – Playing 2019 World Cup as a mentor long cherished dream of MS Dhoni, reveals managerLaxman said that if Dhoni plays with the kind of freedom he found in the Indian Premier League 2018, he will be a dangerous player and a huge asset for India.”I am excited with the way he batted in the IPL this year. If he goes out and plays with such freedom, he is still a dangerous player. If he plays his natural game and expresses himself, I am confident he will be very successful in the 2019 World Cup,” Laxman further said.advertisementMS Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings to victory in the 2018 IPL and amassed 455 runs, his second most runs in an IPL season and at a strike rate of 150.66.Talking about retirements at the sidelines of his recently released autobiography ‘281 and beyond’, Laxman said it’s one of the toughest decision a player has to make.Also read – Sakshi Dhoni thanks Robin Uthappa for bringing her and MS Dhoni together”Retirement decision is always tough because it’s your love and passion and you don’t know when to leave. It’s that inner voice one listens to which I think is the supreme power’s voice. In my career, there have been numerous occasions when I have listened to my inner voice. That’s what told me it was time to go.”You have to be satisfied when it comes to the retirement decision. It’s not about what people will say and how they see it. That does not matter. What matters is what you feel,” he said.Also watch – MS Dhoni should play more matches ahead of the 2019 World Cup, says Gavaskarlast_img read more

Höegh Jacksonville Officially Named

first_imgzoom The latest addition to Höegh Autoliners’ fleet was named “Höegh Jacksonville” during a ceremony held in Hamburg, Germany on 16 May, 2014 . Mrs. Doris Trunzer, the wife of Mr.Mario Trunzer (Managing Director Commercial of the LIEBHERR Werk-Ehingen GmbH.) acted as Lady Sponsor.The ceremony was hosted by Höegh Autoliners with 210 guests visiting the Hamburg Cruise terminal where the naming took place.Höegh Jacksonville is the first of two sister vessels with 6, 500 car capacity built by Daewoo-Mangalia Heavy Industries, Romania to be delivered to Höegh Autoliners’ operation this year. Both vessels will be operated by Höegh Autoliners through a long term bareboat charter from the vessels’ owners; Ocean Yield AS.Ingar Skiaker, CEO says: “Taking Höegh Jacksonville into our operation is part of our fleet renewal program, replacing older vessels that are being phased out. The renewal program continues next year, when we start taking delivery of our New Horizon vessels, which will be the world’s largest Pure Car Truck Carriers, with a capacity of 8, 500 car equivalent units. The new vessels will add flexibility and efficiency to our trades and improve the service offerings to our customers.”Höegh Jacksonville’s maiden voyage will be in Höegh Autoliners’ Europe to Middle East trade and will thereafter trade in the company’s global trade systems.Höegh, May 20, 2014last_img read more

31 dead 100 others wounded in explosion in Suruc Turkey

Rabat – 31 people are confirmed dead, an increase from what was originally 27, and 100 others wounded in a blast on Monday in Suruc, Turkey, according to the country’s Interior Ministry.The ministry called the explosion a “terrorist attack”, and expects the death toll to rise.Pervin Buldan, a senior lawmaker from the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) party, stated that local officials were investigating the possibility that it was a suicide bombing. The blast occurred around 11:50 a.m. during a group gathering calling for help to rebuild the nearby town of Kobani, Syria.  The gathering took place outside the Amara Culture Center, before what was to be a planned trip to Kobani.Kobani was previously secured by Syrian Kurdish fighters last month after an assault by Islamic State militants.“Turkish and Kurdish youth had come to cross into Kobani, and there were three or four days of activities planned,” she told Reuters.#DEVELOPING: Blast hits #Kurdish cultural center in #Turkish town of #Suruç near #Syria ??— i24news_EN (@i24news_EN) July 20, 2015A video posted on Facebook by one of the youth activists showed at least 20 people lying on the ground, and others trying to comfort the wounded.  Many were crying out for help. “Kids were screaming, everyone was screaming and running,” eyewitness Erhan Subasi told CNN. “Everyone was in a panic but trying to help.”?anl?urfa Suruç’ta patlama: Çok say?da ölü ve yaral? var! — STAR (@stargazete) July 20, 2015The ministry has called on the public to act “reasonably” and to unite against the attacks, saying that the attack “targeted our country’s unity and integrity.” read more

First Quantum swings to profit in Q4 major new mine begins processing

TORONTO — First Quantum Minerals Ltd. swung to a profit in the fourth quarter as it works to ramp up initial production at its big new copper mine in Panama.The Toronto-based copper miner, which reports in U.S. dollars, says adjusted net earnings came in at $198 million or 29 cents per share in the quarter ending Dec. 31, up from a loss of $115 million or 17 cents for the same quarter a year earlier.Analysts had expected earnings of $166.91 million or 20 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The company said it had record production of about 158,000 tonnes of copper for 2018 thanks largely to a 17 per cent increase in production at its Sentinel copper mine in Zambia.First Quantum and other miners have been grappling with proposed changes to the tax regime in the copper-rich nation, with talks ongoing.The company announced on Wednesday that it had started to process the first ore at its Cobre Panama plant, part of a major new mine at which it will be ramping up production through the year.   Companies in this story:(TSX:FM)The Canadian Press read more

Relief joy at UN refugee agency over release of colleague abducted in

“It is a very happy day,” António Guterres told hundreds of staff gathered in the Geneva headquarters of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) yesterday. “We were all ecstatic the day before yesterday when the news came and when finally – I must say, it was one of the best days of my life – I could speak to him late Saturday.”Mr. Solecki, the agency’s head of office in Balochistan’s provincial capital Quetta, was abducted in an attack on 2 February that also left another colleague, Syed Hashim, dead. Following a message from his abductors, the Baloch Liberation United Front, the 49-year-old Solecki was located on Saturday night in Khadkhutcha, some 50 kilometres south of Quetta. He was flown out of Pakistan on Sunday and is now undergoing medical examination before flying to the United States to see his family.Mr. Guterres said his Saturday night phone call with Mr. Solecki convinced him that he had endured his ordeal “with lots of courage and determination and that we can all be very proud of him. And I think the same can be said about his family.“I hope John will be able to join us soon, and it will be a great moment for all of us,” he added.At the same time, Mr. Guterres highlighted the increasing dangers faced by aid workers and called for respect for the humanitarian principles of impartiality, neutrality and independence.“It is important that in this moment of celebration we do not forget other colleagues in these dramatic circumstances,” he said. Just a couple of days ago, two international staff from the French non-governmental organization (NGO) Aide Medicale Internationale were kidnapped in Sudan’s Darfur region.“We need to make sure that these kinds of events do not go on multiplying in a way that is representing a major threat to the humanitarian community, narrowing our humanitarian space and a major concern for all of us,” said Mr. Guterres. 7 April 2009The United Nations refugee chief and his staff around the world have welcomed the safe release of colleague John Solecki, who was freed over the weekend in Pakistan after two months in captivity. read more

Passengers arrested at BIA with live plants

Two female passengers were arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning with live plants.The customs department said that the two women, who had arrived from Bangkok. did not have valid permits to bring the plants into Sri Lanka. Residents of Gampaha, the two women had in their possession 6 packages containing 540 plants, including fruit plants and ferns.The customs department valued the plants at approximately Rs. 134, 850.00. (Colombo Gazette)

Afghan officials killing shows world must stay engaged to keep peace Annan

“The assassination of Haji Qadir is a graphic reminder of the fragile situation in Afghanistan – less than a month after the successful conclusion of the Emergency Loya Jirga,” or grand council, a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement on the murder of Haji Abdul Qadir. “The Secretary-General urges the Afghan authorities to do everything in their power to conduct a thorough investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice.” The Secretary-General appealed to the Afghan authorities in Kabul as well as in the provinces to strengthen ongoing efforts towards the achievement of security and stability in the country.”Most importantly, the international community must remain fully engaged in the peace process to ensure that the Afghan people will not again be the victim of a senseless civil war,” the statement added.To this end, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi, and the UN Assistance Mission (UNAMA) will continue to assist the Transitional Administration in the implementation of the Bonn Agreement and to support the Afghan people towards peace and reconstruction, according to the statement.Mr. Brahimi, meanwhile, also condemned the “heinous” assassination in a statement released in Kabul on Saturday. He called on the Transitional Administration “to undertake without delay an in-depth investigation that will throw full light on the circumstances of this murder and lead to the arrest of those responsible.”Both Mr. Annan and his envoy also extended the UN’s sympathy to the family of Haji Abdul Qadir and to the Transitional Administration and the people of Afghanistan. read more

Investigation launched after teenagers prizewinning hens stolen from their cages at agricultural

On the theft, she said: “When I went to go and check on the chickens I saw the prize ticket on the cage but the two hens were not there.”I thought initially that they had been moved but when I went to ask someone told me ‘I’m really sorry, they have been pinched’.”In the wake of the theft, she said she had been offered Dutch Bantam chicks and was given £30 from the show organisers.Mum Jane Davies, 44, said: “It’s taken away all her pleasure. She’s put a lot of work in, raising them from chicks.”She was going to take them to the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural Show, she’d already paid the entrance fee, but now she’s got nothing to show.Jane said she suspected the thief wished to breed from the prize-winning hens.”It seems like someone has just come in after the judging, possibly seen the rosettes on the cages and taken them.”She also said that her daughter’s prize hens were not the only animals stolen from the show that day.”Other things went missing that day, a horse and a sheep,” she said.”We’ve had a very poor response from the Bath and West show – we had to wait for hours after they were stolen to speak to anybody.”The chickens, although not rare, are from a sought-after breed which can fetch around £50 a hen.Ellie-May’s mother Jane said: “What sort of person goes along to the show to steal chickens from a young competitor?”We’re disappointed in who has done this and the show’s security.”She added: “I just hope those who took the chickens will feel guilty and bring them back – that would make my daughter’s day.”The chickens had been in separate cages among other livestock which had been judged in the pavilion.At the show, the hens won Any Variety (Bantam) Female class and the cockerel won the Any Variety (Bantam) Male class, both in the juvenile section.A spokesman for The Royal Bath and West Show said: “We are aware and very sad this has happened.”The area has security at night and has stewards during the day. The police were involved and an investigation is underway.”If anybody has any information that would lead to the recovery of these birds it would be greatly appreciated.” A teenage girl has been left devastated after her prize-winning chickens were stolen just minutes after scooping two top awards at an agricultural show.Police and the show organisers are now launching an investigation into the theft.The two Dutch Bantams were taken from their cages at The Royal Bath and West Show, shortly after being judged.Owner Ellie-May Davies discovered they had been stolen when finding their cages with rosettes attached, but no hens inside.Only the cockerel of the trio of bantams was spared by the thieves.The set of chickens has previously won awards at shows in Taunton and Dawlish.Ellie-May, aged 13, from Castle Cary, Somerset said: “It was upsetting because I had spent so long raising the chickens and they have done so well in shows for me.”I had planned to go to Gillingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural Show with them this year, but that won’t happen now.” chicken Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Guyana got peanuts for oil as ExxonMobil gains more – Jagdeo

Video of exxon’s operations …says APNU/AFC ‘signed away the Guyana’s patrimony’ … PPP FLAYS GOV’T FOR POORLY RENEGOTIATED EXXON CONTRACT BY MICHAEL YOUNGE Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo today flayed the government for the less than favourable terms it negotiated on Guyana’s behalf in the ExxonMobil oil contract.Jagdeo, flanked by senior PPP Members and Parliamentarians, made it clear that despite Guyana holding all the cards when it sat down at negotiations table, the end product was a contract heavily favouring ExxonMobil.He reminded the Government that it was his party that welcomed ExxonMobil’s investment by creative an attractive and competitive framework for doing business in Guyana. Jagdeo did not attack the oil company as he noted it was Government’s duty to properly negotiate with the company which no doubt had its eyes on profit maximization and cost reduction.“When Janet Jagan entered that contract or signed that contract that was the situation. As a country, we were desperate to get investors to come into Guyana to explore for oil and gas…So the 1999 contract has to be seen in that light…Jump to 2016 when this contact was renegotiated…and at that time the Minister knew that we had 3.2B barrels of recoverable oil and that the exploration offshore was yielding positive results…so it is a very very different situation now…you have more cards to play with”, he remarked. some of the persons present at the public disclosure eventAccording to Jagdeo, the negotiating power shifted in Guyana’s favour and as such, a more favourable contract for the country could have been garnered.“So what did we get from the contract additionally? The DPI has been touting 240, 000 that the rental has moved to a million US dollars…that the 45, 000 training bonus has moved to $300, 000…that the royalty has moved from 1 to 2 per cent and that the $300, 000 per annum will be spent on environmental issues”, Jagdeo advised. Jagdeo pointed out that ExxonMobil received an extension; a favourable clause for the company to retain its terms and relinquish blocks.“Now if we add all of those up together and you compare the now 3.2B barrels multiply by $50US you will see its peanuts (but) what we are told by the DPI which says it is a positive renegotiation. ExxonMobil…got a 10 years extension…secondly today we have seen a columnist in the Stabroek News write about the stability clauses, there seems to be some major amendments to that clause that works in favour of ExxonMobil that relates to future taxation…It seems as though the (relinquishment clauses) percentages have been removed from the last contract that was enshrined in the 1999 agreement…it seems as though ExxonMobil will be able to hold on to more areas longer”, he reasoned.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoHe observed that Exxon also received a commitment for it to use Natural Gas. According to Jagdeo, there are considerations before such a commitment can be given.“From the first meeting I had with ExxonMobil, I said when are going to supply domestic gas…Have you done a feasible study about gas? What is the incremental benefit to the country of pumping gas back into these wells? How would it impact recovery of oil versus using the same gas…all of it onshore for other value added activity for domestic and foreign use. Until, today that question has still not been answered…They gave away the patrimony of our country”, he noted.Jagdeo admitted that, “We will have to live with this contract for many years…no mediocre Minister can sign away the patrimony of our country just like that…no mediocre Minister can do that.”The contract was released on Thursday, after incessant public pressure. While it contains provisions for local content, there are a number of concessions.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has said that a decision was taken to make Exxon a long term partner rather than court other companies.It remains to be seen how the contract will be received by civil society and the people. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRenegotiating ExxonMobil oil contract may be difficult – Jagdeo assertsJanuary 2, 2018In “Business”Jagdeo demands full disclosure on Exxon contractJune 2, 2017In “latest news”Motion to renegotiate oil contract would be supported by Opposition, says JagdeoFebruary 15, 2018In “latest news” Video from the morning press conference with exxon and gov’t on Thursday Video saved in December 29/footage/ppp year end presserClip saved as 00087Person speaking- Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo Video saved in December 29/footage/ppp year end presserClip saved as 00087Person speaking- Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo VideoAudio Video saved in December 29/footage/ppp year end presserClip saved as 00088Person speaking- Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo Video saved in December 29/footage/ppp year end presserClip saved as 00087Person speaking- Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo Video from presser For the evening news, I am Jarryl Bryan. 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It literally rained rocks in Italy and heres a video

first_imgSource: TuriBSidesTHERE’S RAIN. AND then there’s rain made of pieces of black stone.Following the eruption of Mount Etna last week, a large cloud of airborne volcanic ash travelled for miles before reaching the tip of Sicily and Calabria (the ‘toe’ of Italy’s boot).There, it fell to the ground – forming a ‘rain’ made of fragments of black stone.This video taken by Turi Scandurra shows residents using umbrellas to keep themselves stone-free, and the size of the stones raining down. OUCH.via dailypicksandflicksMore: Mount Etna volcano in Sicily erupts>Mount Etna flash eruption lights up Sicilian sky>last_img

Chrome 23 Beta adds more media muscle

first_imgGoogle has been steadily building out WebRTC functionality in Chrome ever since it first surfaced in the Developer Channel in January. Just this week Chrome 23 graduated to the Beta Channel, bringing with it even more features that integrate with the open source multimedia communication standard.Two new APIs —  PeerConnection and MediaSource — are ready for developer use. MediaSource gives developers a way to dynamically adapt video playback in their web apps to compensate for changing computer and network performance. It’s designed to prevent bothersome buffering and falls back to reduced quality rather than losing a feed altogether. Google’s posted a slick demonstration over on the WebM projcet site that lets you keep tabs on network performance as you watch a video clip from Sintel, another one of the Blender Foundation’s open animation projects.PeerConnection is designed to make it easier for developers to create audio and video chat apps on the web, and it’s closely tied to the getUserMedia API which recently added plug-in free access to a user’s webcam.Another addition to the new Chrome Beta is support for the track element. Track gives developers a simple method for adding all kinds of supplementary text to an HTML5 video, from subtitles and captions to dynamically-generated location information. If you’re lucky enough to hit this demo site when there’s bandwidth available, you can see track in action as it’s used to display Google Maps metadata over the video feed from a bike ride.All these multimedia features are lining up to make Chrome the go-to choice for smooth, standards-based video experiences on the Web… but since they’re all open source, it’s a safe bet that other browsers that have chosen to support WebRTC (like Firefox and Opera) will reap the benefits, too.More at The Chromium Bloglast_img read more

Sony set to get Harbinger cinematic universe

first_imgMarvel has one. Warner Bros. has one. Universal is working on one. Sony has been trying to get one off the ground for years, but may be trying again with the help of Valiant Comics.Sony is allegedly moving forward with a plan to bring the Harbinger and Bloodshot comics to the big screen. Sony has renewed the option on the Harbinger series and characters for six figures, with plans to adapt both series into a five-film franchise. But it’s not just planning to maybe discuss a franchise in the future. Rather, the studio is moving forward quickly, with plans to get the first film out by late 2017 or early 2018.The first two films are said to focus on Peter Stanchek, a teenager who has powerful telekinesis (better known as a psionic in the series), and Bloodshot, a man brought back from the dead with the help of nanites, which make him a killing machine.Both stories coincide in the universe thanks to the Harbinger Foundation, an organization led by Toyo Harada that recruits powerful recruits–or “harbingers”–to help him conquer the human race. Stanchek is originally a member, but turns against Harada, along with a team of resistance fighters. There will also be focus on some of the side characters, including Faith, who got her own comic book series this year.The deal was originally announced back in 2015 by Valiant, which said the series would be based around the two comics with a culmination into a crossover Harbinger Wars film. That was the series’ major crossover event back in 2013. The screenplay of Harbinger Wars was being written by Jeff Wadlow (from Kick Ass 2), and Eric Heisserer (who’s behind Lights Out and Arrival). There are currently no directors attached and most other details are being kept under wraps.For some, the introduction of yet another superhero or comic book adaptation can seem unnecessary, especially considering the so-called “superhero fatigue” that seems to be plaguing Hollywood and critics lately. However, Valiant’s works are different enough from its peers in Marvel and DC that it could add some interesting new blood, especially for people unfamiliar with the Harbinger series or any of Valiant’s comics.We have reached out to Valiant and Sony for comment and will update if we hear back.last_img read more