AAP to contest Rajasthan Assembly elections

first_imgThe Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) announced on Wednesday that it would contest the Rajasthan Assembly elections that are likely to be held later this year.At a press conference in New Delhi, AAP leader Ashutosh said the party’s political affairs committee (PAC) met two days ago to discuss Rajasthan polls. “The party decided to contest the Rajasthan Assembly elections with full strength.” The PAC also decided to appoint Deepak Bajpai as Rajasthan in charge, replacing AAP founder-member Kumar Vishwas, who has had a thorny relationship with the leadership in the past year and has criticised the party over its Rajya Sabha picks earlier this year.When asked about the decision to replace Mr. Vishwas, Mr. Ashutosh said: “Kumar Vishwas is a senior leader of the party. The responsibility of Rajasthan was with him. Due to some realities, he could not give as much time to it.”When asked if Mr. Vishwas, a member of the PAC, attended its meeting, Mr. Ashutosh said he didn’t.Mr. Bajpai had started working in Rajasthan, having moved to Jaipur about a month-and-a-half ago. He had visited all Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies and was meeting workers, said Mr. Ashutosh, adding that the process of identifying candidates was under way and some had been selected.last_img read more

Who will be the next Rajasthan BJP chief?

first_imgThe tug of war between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over who would replace Ashok Parnami, who recently quit as the Rajasthan State unit chief, continued on Thursday, with the CM huddled in meetings with national president Amit Shah and general secretary (organisation) Ram Lal in New Delhi. Mr. Parnami was considered close to Ms. Raje. He was asked to quit the post as the State unit chief in an overhaul, after being trounced by the Congress in the recent bypolls in Rajasthan. State unit chiefs of Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh had also quit, but the replacement for Madhya Pradesh, Jabalpur Lok Sabha MP Rakesh Singh, had been appointed quickly. That same speed has been missing with regard to Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. According to senior party sources, the BJP top brass is in favour of appointing Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat to the post, while Ms. Raje has been pushing the case of Shrichand Kriplani, and even a new entrant in the race, Laxminarayan Dave.last_img read more

Coach blames poor practice for wrestlers’ failure

first_imgIndian wrestlers came a cropper at the Asian Games and the performance in Guangzhou was a reality check for the grapplers basking in the glow of their impressive Commonwealth Games (CWG) show. The wrestlers managed to add just three bronze to India’s tally of 64 medals.While the Indians ruled the mat at home in the Commonwealth Games, the strong challenge posed by Iranian, Kazakh and Uzbek grapplers has exposed India’s deficiencies which need to be ironed out before the London Olympics. World champion Sushil Kumar was the most prominent name missing from the Indian ranks at the Asian Games and there were hardly anyone else who surged into prominence.National coach Jagminder Singh blames the lack of adequate time for preparation as one of the reasons for Indian wrestlers not faring well.” Those were not the best of days for us but there were a lot of factors that were responsible for this kind of show,” Jagminder told Mail Today soon after his return from Guangzhou. ” There were a lot of felicitation functions that we had to attend after the CWG. We could not even say no to these invitations and our practice was affected due to these events,” he noted.Indian wrestlers featured in 18 categories which included 14 for men but only three of them – Mausam Khatri, Sunil Kumar Rana and Ravinder Singh – managed a medal for the country.Narsingh Pancham Yadav, the gold medallist at the CWG and Asian Championships, drew a lot of attention but failed to replicate his previous performances.advertisementRajiv Tomar, who could not participate in the CWG after he was pulled out of the squad for a dope offence, got his opportunity at the Asiad but the 120kg category wrestler returned empty- handed.” We had our hopes from Rajiv Tomar but just a couple of days before his bout he was down with fever. Otherwise, he was definitely in with a chance,” Jagminder said.The Asian Games have served as an eyeopener for Indian wrestlers and there is still a lot to be achieved before they can pose a serious challenge to grapplers from Kazakhstan, Iran, Uzbekistan and other Asian countries. ” The standard of wrestling in Asia is as good as we get at the World Championships. Our wrestlers were unlucky on a few occasions but I think we have the kind of athletes who can match the best wrestlers of the world.” It’s time to move ahead and think about the future. We have our Nationals starting on December 25 and we will draw a road map for the London Olympics,” he said.last_img read more

India far better than Pakistan in Test cricket: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgIndia on Monday dethroned arch-rivals Pakistan as the world No.1 Test side after taking a 2-0 unbeatable lead in a three-match series against New Zealand. India hammered the visiting Black Caps by 178 runs in their 250th Test at home to reclaim the top spot for the third time this year. (SCORECARD | HIGHLIGHTS)Sourav Ganguly, former India captain and India Today expert, lavished praises on Virat Kohli-led side terming “far better side” than Misbah-ul-Haq’s team.”I don’t think Pakistan are India’s yardstick at the moment. India are a far better side than Pakistan in Test cricket. So I don’t think it could be a comparison. I was surprised to see Pakistan becoming No.1 after their 2-2 series against England.”So I really didn’t consider that to be No.1 but I think this win is lot more satisfying for India and lot more satisfying for viewers like us and for people who played cricket for such a long time,” Ganguly to India Today. (Wriddhiman Saha best wicketkeeper in India: Virat Kohli)ON INDIA BECOMING NO.1India recorded their fourth consecutive Test series victory under Kohli’s leadership but Ganguly said he wants India to win over all around the world.”I still don’t agree with the No.1 position because I don’t think India have won in Australia or England or South Africa or New Zealand. I didn’t agree to Pakistan’s No.1 position. In my era, Australia were the real No.1 Test side because they won everywhere,” he said.Indian team celebrates victory (AP Photo)Kohli registered his ninth Test victory in only 16 Tests as captain, becoming India’s fourth most successful captain in the longest format.advertisementIt’s quite a lot of wins for Kohli already. He’s got 11 more Tests to play in India, he will be very quickly close to a lot of people in the next one year. But I think his real test will begin when his side goes overseas,” he said. (Gambhir likely to replace injured Dhawan in Indore Test)”He sets high standards for himself and I think he’ll set high standards for Indian cricket as well,” he added.GUTSY CAPTAIN”The best thing that I liked about Kohli in this Test match that not once did he turn up to surface and say that I want this and I want that. He just played on what he was given and he reacted to it.” (Saha humble after heroic effort in front of home crowd)ON EDEN PITCH”The surface had everything for the bowlers. Fast bowlers got help today (Day 4) as well. It was not one of those square rank turners you get in India. Everybody came into the game. Everybody had to be at their best to pick wickets and win Test matches. That exactly what happens when you travel overseas. India’s power in Test cricket will be judged how well they play overseas and victories like this on these sort of surface will make them confident when they travel abroad.””I think this victory was lot more creditable than turning pitches and Kohli should relish this.”‘HAPPY WILLIAMSON, KOHLI PRAISED THE PITCH'”I was very happy to see Kane Williamson go up to the pitch curator and say that this is the best surface they have seen in India for a long long time. Even Kohli praised the pitch at the presentation ceremony.””These kind of pitches will prapare Indian cricket to be a better side overseas and Kohli should try and do that because India will win in India and that’s not our goal. Our goal is to become a good team all around the world.”last_img read more

Phil Mickelson brain fade could have led to disqualification at Open

first_imgShare on Facebook The Met Office and trying to predict the unpredictable Open weather … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The chief executive also made reference to another American visitor to Scotland, Donald Trump, who after the English leg of his visit took a golf break at his Turnberry property on the west coast last weekend.Asked if the US president would have been welcome had he expressed an interest in checking out the Open venue on the east coast, Slumbers replied: “Had I been asked I would have been strongly not encouraging him to visit Carnoustie. We were in the middle of a building site last Friday, there were lorries everywhere. It would have been very, very challenging to do so.”There are no plans to host the Open at Turnberry until 2023 at the earliest. The course last held the event in 2009.Carnoustie, which last held the Open in 2007, gave centre stage to Gary Player on Wednesday on the 50th anniversary of his triumph at the course. Player, a three-times Open champion, the second of them at Carnoustie in 1968, feels this may be the event where Rickie Fowler breaks his major duck, though he hopes Tiger Woods can get back into the winning circle soon, ideally on Sunday.“If you get a feeling about somebody winning, mine is Rickie Fowler,” Player said. “He has been very close at majors and he’s played so well last week [tied sixth at the Scottish Open]. He’s in a good frame of mind, he’s a marvellous putter and he hits the ball pretty straight.”The 82-year-old South African cautioned that he felt virtually anybody in the field could win at Carnoustie because of the browned-out course, which members say has not looked this way since the early 80s, but added: “My big wish would be that Tiger Woods wins because he is responsible for these guys playing for a million every week. Tiger is what’s captured the young people, which we need in this game desperately at the moment. I sincerely hope he plays well.” European Tour The R&A’s chief executive, Martin Slumbers, has implied that Phil Mickelson’s brain fade at the US Open – where he rushed after his overhit ball on the 13th green which was running into further trouble and hit it back towards the pin – would have led to him being disqualified at the Open rather than picking up the two-shot penalty he incurred at the time.Slumbers said he had spoken to the left-hander at the Scottish Open last week and the American had admitted Shinnecock Hills was not his “finest hour” but explained that the USGA meted out its penalty under Rule 14-5, which does not have a disqualify option.“We have looked very carefully at the rules and I don’t think it was good for the game and not the right way to play this wonderful sport,” Slumbers said. “Rule 1-2 says you can’t use 1-2 if you’ve used another rule, so they used 14-5. We understand the USGA and the referee’s decision and completely respect those decisions. But there are other parts of the rule book which refer to etiquette and the powers of the committee and we’re fully aware of those clauses.” PGA Tour news Topics Share via Email The Open Golf Support The Guardiancenter_img US sports Share on LinkedIn Phil Mickelson The Open 2018 Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Read more Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Madhuri Dixit and Dr Shriram Nene step out for a lunch date with family. See pics

first_imgOther Galleries 15 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Ramesh Taurani Diwali bash: Salman Khan kicks off celebrations with Sonakshi Sinha and Preity Zinta 10 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Saand Ki Aankh screening: Vicky Kaushal and Imtiaz Ali cheer for Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar 10 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Housefull 4 screening: Ananya Panday and Aarav join Akshay Kumar and Kriti Sanon 10 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Tiger Shroff and Hrithik Roshan host War success bash. Disha Patani joins themOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoMoviesMoviesGallery Image: Image: Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: Madhuri Dixit went on a lunch date with husband Dr Shriram Nene on Sunday.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: The actress took time on Sunday to spend time with family with dining together.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: Madhuri kept her look casual with white top, denim jacket and jeans for the lunch.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: A senior member from their family was also seen with them.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: Madhuri’s son was seen walking behind the senior lady.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Image: Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: Dr Nene was seen sporting black T-shirt with brown pants.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: Madhuri was last seen in Karan Johar’s Kalank, which was a major disaster at the box office.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 7Image: Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: The family is often spotted going out for lunches and dinners.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 6Image: Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: However, Madhuri’s performance in the film was appreciated by all.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 8Image: Photo By: Yogen ShahCaption: The actress played the role of Bahaar Begum in Kalank.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 9Tags: Madhuri DixitSource type: photogalleryPhoto By: Yogen ShahShort description: On Sunday, Madhuri Dixit stepped out for a lunch date with her family. Madhuri’s husband Dr Shriram Nene was accompanying the actress.Preview_unique_id: preview_5d8730133f4c71569140755_1601931_editCommentContent Publish date: Sunday, September 22, 2019 – 13:30Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1MzMiLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1OTgiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1MzMifQ==770×433: Short Headline: Madhuri Dixit and Dr Nene step out for a lunch dateApp headline: Madhuri Dixit and Dr Nene step out for a lunch date1200x675:last_img read more

Transferring prisoners to healing lodges to be restricted Goodale says

first_imgOTTAWA – Federal prisoners will have a harder time being transferred to Indigenous “healing lodges” if they’re serving long sentences, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Wednesday.The move comes after public anger that Terri-Lynne McClintic, convicted of murdering eight-year-old Tori Stafford, was moved to a healing lodge in Saskatchewan from a traditional prison.McClintic was eight years into a life sentence for the abduction, rape and murder of the Ontario girl. Her first eligibility for parole won’t come until she’s served 25 years.Under new rules announced Wednesday, prisoners won’t be eligible for transfers to healing lodges without secured perimeters until they’re into the “preparation for release” phases of their sentences.The Correctional Service of Canada will also have to consider inmates’ behaviour and how close they are to being eligible for unescorted temporary absences from prison before transferring them.In addition, the deputy commissioner for women will be involved in decisions to ensure national standards are applied consistently and relevant factors are considered.The changes will apply to past and future cases.Healing lodges are meant to help with Indigenous inmates’ rehabilitation and to get them ready to return to their communities. Goodale said the government will continue to promote “their valuable role” in federal corrections.There is also a need for the Correctional Service “to increase the level of public awareness” about how it makes decisions, Goodale told reporters.“These are decisions that are not taken lightly or capriciously. They are based on evidence and sound principles, and there needs to be a higher level of understanding of that.”In addition, there must be more meaningful and useful communication with victims given the anguish they have suffered, he said.“They need to know that their perspective is being properly respected.”last_img read more

New Fish Creek Forest trails can now be developed

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C – With the completion of a wildlife study on the Fish Creek Forest trails, Council has given the go-ahead to develop the trail system based on the recommendations of the wildlife assessment prepared by Roy Northern Environmental Ltd.As the report concluded there would be minimal impact on local wildlife the development of new trails to replace the closed portion of the Silviculture trail at Fish Creek can now proceed.In February, Robin Langille, Director of Facilities and Grounds for the City of Fort St. John shared in his presentation to Council potential new trails to increase the length of the trail network and increase connectivity through the trails as the Silviculture trail was now closed. In the presentation an internal loop trail or the figure 8 trail was recognized as a potential solution to the trail system as Langille shares they found a trail that the footing of the trail has already had alignment and grading created, going on to share it has probably been used by people yet the ‘entranceway’ to the trail was not so noticeable and would require being opened up.Mayor Lori Ackerman addressed concerns with the new trail as it may have actually have been created by Wildlife. Ackerman shared she wanted to keep both wildlife and users of the trails separate from each other, to keep both safe by limiting opportunities to have surprise interactions.Ackerman went on to share the City needed to know in fact, if this is a game trail by involving a B.C. Conservation Officer or someone with Wildlife experience before the City staff proceeds with implementing the new trail system.To view the Report; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Morocco Helped USA, Denmark to Thwart Terrorist Attacks

Rabat –  In addition to France and Spain, Morocco has helped many other countries to thwart terrorist attacks, including the United States and Denmark, Director of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), Abdelhak Khiame, said according to Maghreb Press (MAP).“Thanks to the efforts of our teams, several planned attacks have been foiled in the world. Besides France, we have also provided intelligence to Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark and even outside Europe, the United States”, Khiame said in an interview published Friday by the French-speaking weekly “Maroc Hebdo “.BCIJ Director recalled the valuable cooperation between Moroccan and French services and their Spanish counterparts, which has led to the arrest of the alleged mastermind of the terrorist attacks of 13 November in Paris, as well as the dismantling of terrorist cells in the cities of Nador and Sebta. In contrast, he deemed “poor” or “non-existent” cooperation in the Maghreb, warning against the dangers that threaten the border region.“Algeria refuses to cooperate with us. Yet, the dangers that threaten the region are transboundary, and it is important to work together”, he said.In recent years, Morocco has emerged as prominent player in the fight against terrorism at the regional and global levels.Since it was hit by a terrorist attack perpetrated by Al Qaeda in May 2003, Morocco put in a place a holistic approach aimed at fighting terrorism. In addition to the security aspect, the Moroccan approach aims to address the root causes of terrorism through the promotion of the true Islamic values of tolerance and openness, the training of imams, as well as the launch of sustainable development initiatives that aim to lift large segments of the Moroccan population out of poverty.According to figures released by the BCIJ earlier this week, Morocco dismantled 25 terrorist cells in 2015 and four in 2016. The most dangerous terrorist cell so far was the one dismantled last week, which aimed at carrying terrorist attacks against high-ranking Moroccan personalities, as well as sensitive public venues. read more

Spanish Interior Minister: Morocco Decreased Flow of Migrants

Rabat – The Spanish interior minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, highlighted Morocco’s efforts to fight migrant smuggling networks on Wednesday, March 20.The efforts of the Moroccan authorities in this area “are leading to a decline in arrivals of migrants to the Spanish coasts,” the minister said in a meeting on migration in Malaga, southern Spain.According to a statement from the Spanish Ministry of the Interior, Grande-Marlaska explained that “coordination with the countries of origin and transit in the fight against these networks has led, since February, to a decline in migrant arrivals that is being confirmed during this month of March.” He underlined the need for increased cooperation with countries of origin and transit.Morocco, a transit country, has been asking the European Union for funding to combat irregular migration, arguing that it cannot act alone.Spain, as a gate to Europe, has also been collaborating with Morocco to control migration at their border. The EU gave both Spain and Morocco €70 million each in aid in October 2018, “mainly for the purchase of border control equipment,” according to Spanish news outlet El Pais.In total in 2018, the EU pledged €148 million to financially assist Morocco for border control and job creation to improve migrants’ living conditions.  The most recent financial aid Morocco received was €30 million, announced by Hungary. The package was approved at a summit between eastern European prime ministers and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in February.Last year, Morocco thwarted 88,761 irregular migration attempts according to government figures, up by 37 percent from the previous year’s statistics.From January 1 to December 18, 2018, Europe received 111,558 migrants across the Mediterranean, with Spanish ports receiving 50 percent of all migrants who entered European ports, according to the International Organization for Migration. Moroccans form 31 percent of the irregular migrants who arrived in Europe in 2018; 20 percent are from Guinea, and 16 percent from Mali. read more

General Assembly President warns against marginalization of UN

Only the United Nations has the breadth of membership, the experience and the presence on the ground to effectively represent the world’s people and their interests, General Assembly President Joseph Deiss said today, warning of the risk that the Organization could be overshadowed by other international groups.“The United Nations has unique legitimacy to play a central role,” Mr. Deiss said in an address to the annual opening of the Assembly’s high-level debate. “With its 192 Member States, our General Assembly is a near universal body and reflects the diversity of situations and interests at stake. It is there to promote the rights of every woman and man on our planet.”This year’s theme of the General Debate, held at UN Headquarters in New York, focuses on reaffirming the UN’s central role in global governance, and Mr. Deiss told the meeting that there was “a danger that the United Nations could be marginalized as other actors emerge on the international scene.”Critics charged that the UN was not effective or efficient enough, or suggested that taking action through a forum with more restricted membership might be easier, he said.“This much should be clear: the point is not deny the role of such entities as the Group of Twenty. The economic and financial crisis has highlighted the importance of a rapid and coordinated response.“However, there is a vital and pressing need to bridge the efforts of different actors. The mechanisms for communication, consultation and cooperation between those entities and other States must be improved. Only the United Nations and the General Assembly can do so.”Mr. Deiss said that for the UN to fulfil its role at the centre of global governance, it must be made stronger, more open and more inclusive.“A close connection must be established between States and the private sector, civil society and regional actors. We must listen to other key actors and interact with them outside this Assembly.”He added that it was also important to reform the UN, through revitalizing the General Assembly, reforming the Security Council and reviewing the Human Rights Council and the Peacebuilding Commission.In general, Mr. Deiss noted, the world’s most complex challenges will only be solved when there is “a global partnership” where all stakeholders can have a voice in key decisions.“Poverty, conflicts, global warming, the economic and financial crisis, migration, pandemics, terrorism, international crime and a whole range of other issues have consequences that cannot be managed at an individual level and that humankind can address only through common global strategies.” 23 September 2010Only the United Nations has the breadth of membership, the experience and the presence on the ground to effectively represent the world’s people and their interests, General Assembly President Joseph Deiss said today, warning of the risk that the Organization could be overshadowed by other international groups. read more

Marking 50 years of peacekeeping Annan says UN can meet challenges ahead

In a message on the anniversary released Saturday, Mr. Annan noted that the UN Emergency Force (UNEF) tasked with securing and supervising the cessation of hostilities – including a withdrawal of the armed forces of France, Israel and the United Kingdom from Egyptian territory – was “an extraordinary success.”He paid tribute to then-Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld and his staff for working “around the clock to establish this unprecedented mission as quickly as possible,” recalling that the first units landed in Ismailia on the Suez Canal within 10 days of the decision.By the end of the year, French and British forces had left the Suez Canal Zone, and Israeli forces completed their withdrawal just three months later. “The international community provided firm support, and troop contributing countries backed up their words with rapid, effective action,” Mr. Annan pointed out.“Sixty missions later, UN peacekeeping operations have become an indispensable weapon in the arsenal of the international community,” he declared.At the same time, he pointed out that peacekeeping “must accompany a peace process; it cannot substitute for one” and stressed that “for fragile peace to take root, comprehensive measures are needed to address security sector reform, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration.”The UN currently has 18 operations, a historic high of 93,000 personnel in the field, and a total that may reach 140,000 in 2007. “UN peacekeeping is stretched as never before. Yet we confront that challenge with informed optimism,” Mr. Annan said, citing the rapid deployment of thousands of reinforcements from the developed and developing world alike to the expanded UN Interim Force in Lebanon. This, like UNEF, demonstrated “that so long as peacekeeping has the political and practical support and commitment of the international community, as expressed through the main organs of the UN, anything is possible,” the Secretary-General said.“The task ahead will be demanding, but we will fulfil it.” read more

SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion in Florida

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Saturday and placed a constellation of satellites in orbit, marking the company’s first launch since a fireball engulfed a similar rocket on a Florida launch pad more than four months ago.The two-stage rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:54 a.m. carrying a payload for Iridium Communications Inc., which is replacing its entire global network with 70 next-generation satellites.The satellites were deployed about an hour after launch.About nine minutes after the rocket blasted off, to cheers from the control room, its jettisoned first stage landed upright on a so-called droneship in the Pacific Ocean south of Vandenberg — part of Spacex’s effort to make boosters reusable.The company has succeeded six times previously with landings on a barge or ashore.A camera aboard the first stage gave viewers a you-are-there experience as it returned to Earth, flared landing rockets and made a perfect upright touchdown on the floating pad.The return to flight is an important step for SpaceX, billionaire Elon Musk’s California-based company that has about 70 launches in line, worth more than $10 billion. In addition to commercial launches, SpaceX ferries supplies to the International Space Station and is developing a capsule capable of carrying astronauts to the station.SpaceX officials say they identified all possible causes of the Sept. 1 accident during prelaunch testing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, and took corrective action.The accident destroyed the rocket and its payload — a satellite that Facebook wanted to use to spread internet access in Africa — and grounded the Falcon 9 program as an investigation took place.SpaceX announced this month that investigators concluded the accident involved a failure of one of three helium tanks inside the rocket’s second-stage liquid oxygen tank.The investigation involved the Air Force, NASA, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, which issued a license for the launch.The September accident was the second time a Falcon 9 was destroyed. In June 2015, a Falcon loaded with space station supplies disintegrated shortly after liftoff. SpaceX determined that a support strut broke.The 10 satellites launched Saturday are part of McLean, Virginia-based Iridium’s project to replace its existing network of satellites that provide global voice and data communications.The program, called Iridium NEXT, was not only delayed by the SpaceX accident but again most recently as a powerful storm headed into California last weekend.Iridium plans six more Falcon 9 launches, each carrying 10 satellites, as part of a technology upgrade expected to be completed in 2018.SpaceX’s effort to recover Falcon first stages is intended to reduce costs by recycling a major piece of the launch system.The first stage contains tanks for liquid oxygen and kerosene as well as nine engines that power the rocket and payload into space, then separates 2 1/2 minutes into flight as the single-engine second stage ignites and continues on to place payloads in the proper orbit.The first Falcon booster to safely land back on Earth now stands outside the company’s headquarters. SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion in Florida Space-X’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully launches with 10 satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications Inc., at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. About nine minutes later, the first stage returned to Earth and landed successfully on a barge in the Pacific Ocean south of Vandenberg. The return to flight is an important step for SpaceX, a California-based company that has about 70 launches in line, worth more than $10 billion. (Matt Hartman via AP) by John Antczak, The Associated Press Posted Jan 14, 2017 11:37 am MDT Last Updated Jan 14, 2017 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Madrids perfect run with Solari ends with 30 loss to Eibar

EIBAR, Spain — Santiago Solari’s first game as Real Madrid’s full-time coach was one to forget.After leading Madrid to four straight victories as interim manager, Solari saw his team lose 3-0 at Eibar in the Spanish league on Saturday.The loss — Madrid’s first-ever defeat against the Basque Country club — halted the team’s recovery from a series of poor results under former coach Julen Lopetegui, who was fired.Madrid is sixth in the standings after 13 games. It could have moved one point behind leader Barcelona ahead of its rival’s match at Atletico Madrid later Saturday.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Assassins Creed 3 save data being lost while downloading DLC

first_imgSome gamers have been reporting that Assassin’s Creed 3 game save data is being deleted after installing the DLC add-on The Hidden Secrets.The Hidden Secrets is the first DLC pack for AC3 and it’s already gotten off to a bad start. Xbox 360 gamers are reporting that parts of their player progress have now gone missing. Most importantly, it has deleted some players’ entire story mode progress, but leaves completed side missions untouched. It also resets gained money back to zero, and courier deliveries have to be completed again. However, the side effects vary from player to player.One user posted on the Ubisoft forums that instead of having their main story progress deleted, they lost all their side mission progress instead. It’s likely that their data was erased because they were playing the game while downloading the DLC.In fact, the Community Developer at Ubisoft has recommended players avoid loading your AC3 save while The Hidden Secrets DLC is downloading in the background as this is what seems to be causing peoples data to go missing. It’s only affecting a small number of players, most of which are on Xbox 360, but it’s better to be safe than sorry and take Ubisoft’s advice.Currently, the DLC is only available for Season Pass owners and it will be released for everyone on December 11. By then, Ubisoft will hopefully have fixed the issue, but affected gamers will be left waiting to see if it’s possible to get their lost progress back.More at Ubisoft, via Polygonlast_img read more

Talks go down to the wire

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras and his team continued their grueling talks with the troika over the weekend in a bid to finally hammer out an agreement on a 13.5-billion-euro austerity package ahead of a European Union leaders’ summit on Thursday. Apart from the contents of the painful new package, the two sides also have to agree on a set of so-called prior actions being demanded by the troika. These chiefly comprise structural reforms that have been pledged to foreign creditors but have yet to be implemented, such as the opening up of closed professions and the deregulation of energy and fuel markets. The prior actions also reportedly include an overhaul of the labor sector, including new regulations reducing by 30 percent the amount of compensation employers are obliged to give dismissed staff and the introduction of a six-day working week, as well as new rules for calculating the minimum wage. It is expected that the troika will insist on 9 billion euros in measures being implemented next year, as opposed to the 7.8 billion euros foreseen in the draft budget, changes that will need to be included in the final budget for 2013, expected to be submitted in Parliament in early November.According to sources, the troika will seek the signature not only of Stournaras and the coalition leaders but also of the governor of the Bank of Greece, Giorgos Provopoulos. Once Stournaras has the outlines of an agreement with the troika, this will be put to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his coalition partners, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left chief Fotis Kouvelis, for approval. The aim is for the PM to go to the EU summit on Thursday with some kind of deal to show his peers. On Saturday German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she believed Greece had make progress in implementing reforms, albeit less quickly than expected, and that the country should be given some slack. In her weekly podcast, Merkel said Greece’s progress had been slower than hoped for but added, “On this matter we should always give Greece another chance.” Her comments were interpreted as a shift by Germany toward showing more patience for Greece amid calls from International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde to give Athens two more years to meet targets. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who said last week no decisions should be taken before the troika issued its report on Greece, on Saturday rebuffed speculations about a rift with the IMF. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Abeille le soja OGM force les apiculteurs argentins à migrer loin des

first_imgAbeille : le soja OGM force les apiculteurs argentins à migrer loin des culturesEn raison de l’avancée des champs de soja transgénique en Argentine, les apiculteurs sont obligés de se déplacer. En effet, la fumigation des champs détruit tout et plus aucune fleur à butiner n’y pousse.De nombreux apiculteurs argentins sont contraints de migrer avec leurs ruches en raison de la progression constante des champs de soja transgénique. “La multiplication des cultures de soja a dispersé les apiculteurs vers les côtes et les montagnes”, raconte Fernando Hins, un ingénieur chimiste reconverti dans l’apiculture. “Ils nous ont mis dehors”, clame t-il. Comme l’explique la biologiste argentine Laura Gurini citée par l’AFP, “la transhumance [des ruches] a toujours existé. Mais aujourd’hui, elle est exacerbée par le soja”. En effet, “la fumigation des champs est si toxique que la flore ne pousse plus, ni le long des clôtures, ni sur les bas-côtés des routes”. Ainsi, les ruches qui produisaient autrefois de 70 à 80 kilos de miel donnent aujourd’hui à grand peine 25 kg. Sans surprise, ces déménagements forcés ont entraîné une chute de la production de miel en Argentine, qui représente le deuxième exportateur mondial de miel derrière la Chine. Une baisse confirmée par Laura Gurini, chercheur à l’Institut national technologique agronomique (INTA) qui explique que la production est passée de 120.000 tonnes en 2004 à 70.000 en 2012. 10% de l’Argentine recouvert de cultures à soja À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En parallèle, la culture du soja est passée de 12 à 20 millions d’hectares au cours des dix dernières années et, aujourd’hui, 10% du territoire argentin sont recouverts de soja (ce qui, pour donner une idée, représente 50% du territoire français). En 2012, le miel a ainsi représenté 200 millions de dollars dans l’économie argentine alors que l’export du soja est passé de 7,5 à 25 milliards de dollars en dix ans, révèle l’OMC. Mais comme le souligne le président de la Chambre des apiculteurs, Roberto Imberti, “80 % des producteurs de miel ont moins de 200 ruches et ne peuvent pas vivre de l’apiculture”. Pour cette raison, il estime que le nombre d’apiculteurs argentins est passé de 30.000 à 24.000 au cours de la dernière décennie. Mais le soja qui gagne de plus en plus de terrain pourrait encore faire baisser les chiffres, constituant une menace de plus pour les abeilles déjà en danger. Le 13 mai 2013 à 20:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgECOWAS leaders are in Banjul today to play their part in promoting a negotiated settlement of the political impasse.January 19 is less than a week away. It is D-Day for The Gambia. All those who love the country and her people have been calling on the stakeholders to work to have a peaceful settlement.The reasons Gambians went to the polls is to have a peaceful transfer of power if that constitutes their verdict. No single Gambian wants to see dead bodies in the streets or the destruction of property.It is therefore hoped that the different stakeholders would put Gambia first and work towards a peaceful transfer of executive power.last_img read more

Rey proposed to Kylo Ren at Star Wars Celebration Chicago

first_img 1 Comment Share your voice 2:04 This pair, who met online and have been together three years, made Reylo a reality at the convention’s Ahch-To photo display. Dressed as Rey and Kylo, they re-created an intimate moment by touching hands while cosplayer Phil portrayed Luke Skywalker. Then they diverged from the movie’s events as Liv made a “prop request,” which turned out to be a tiny box. When Robert opened it, he found a pair of rings and a note saying, “Robert, I love you, will you marry me?””I didn’t understand, and was super confused, because I’d never think she’d be the one to pop the question,” he told me via Facebook Messenger days later.”But when it clicked, I yelled out ‘Whaat?!?!’ and my head went into hyperdrive.” Star Wars Celebration Chicago cosplay The Kylo Ren/Rey romance became a cosplay reality at Star Wars Celebration Chicago last weekend. Lorraine Pipitone/Saber Guild Endor Rey basically said “hell no” to the prospect of romance with Kylo Ren at the end of The Last Jedi (and actress Daisy Ridley reinforced that), but I ran into a couple that made it a reality at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.Walking to the convention last Thursday, I chatted with a lovely Swedish pair, Liv and Robert. Our paths crossed again on the show floor, but I didn’t see them again all weekend.Turned out they had an experience that transcended The Rise of Skywalker revelations, The Mandalorian footage or the glimpse at The Clone Wars season 7. 41 Photos Now playing: Watch this:center_img 7 Photos Star Wars Celebration Chicago mural reveals the entire saga TV and Movies Tags Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker trailer tees… Turns out Liv quietly enlisted Phil and his wife Lorraine — both members of the Saber Guild Endor charity cosplay group — to help with her plot. She carried the rings with her each day, thinking of scenarios where she could pop the question, until she came across the Ahch-To display being run by Phil. “Handing over the rings an hour before the proposal was meant to take place, my knees were jelly and my heartbeat was beating a frantic, erratic rendition of the Cantina Theme,” she said. “Somehow I pulled this thing off without Robert suspecting a thing … and it’s all completely crazy to think about, but yeah, with a little help from friends, Reylo is canon now. The Force willed it so!”And what’s engraved on the rings? “I love you” and “I know,” appropriately enough. Star Warslast_img read more