NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 12: A helmet of the Georgia Bulldogs rests on the field during a game against of the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)Georgia four-star freshman tight end Luke Ford has had his first training camp slightly derailed, almost literally, after being in a motorcycle accident.Ford was involved in what is being referred to as a “minor” motorcycle accident on Thursday, according to UGASports.com. Ford was taken to Athens Regional for treatment.Per Sgt. First Class Tim Meyer of the Georgia State Patrol, Ford suffered a minor foot injury and road rash. He actually self-reported the accident, so it seems like he avoided any type of serious injury.“We were notified this morning about a motorcycle crash, and it was noticed that (Ford) had an injury to his right foot. Our officer thought it was serious enough to go to Athens Regional for treatment,” Meyer said.Meyer said the single-vehicle accident, which happened at 10:30 a.m. on Highway 129 near Pendergrass, occurred when Ford lost control of his motorcycle.Ford is lucky he escaped without major injury. Motorcycle accidents can have horrific outcomes.It remains to be seen how long Ford will be out of action on the field because of the crash. He was the No. 3 tight end in the 2018 class, according to 27Sports’ Composite Rankings.The Bulldogs open up the 2018 season at home against Austin Peay on Sept. 1.
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OXFORD, MS – NOVEMBER 17: General view of fans watching the game between the LSU Tigers and the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Hollingsworth Field November 17, 2007 in Oxford, Mississippi. LSU beat Mississippi 41-24. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)A former top running back recruit is reportedly considering a transfer.Ole Miss senior running back Eric Swinney has reportedly entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal.Swinney was a four-star recruit coming out of high school. He was ranked the No. 11 RB in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.#BREAKING senior running back, Eric Swinney, has put his name in the NCAA transfer portal. pic.twitter.com/kkbz8BHRMw— NewsWatch Ole Miss (@NewsWatch_UM) January 24, 2019Swinney, a Georgia native, had just 14 carries for 45 yards during the 2018 season at Ole Miss, though he missed the start of the season with mono.“It hurts,” Ole Miss’ running backs coach said about his absence at the start of the season. “Eric was the only guy coming back with any experience, and especially in third down situations being able to lean on him. But as they say, next man is up. … Of course it’s always different when you get into a game situation, but they’ve all shown signs that they’ll be able to compete at a high level.”The running back had 41 carries for 195 yards and three touchdowns during the 2017 season with the Rebels.Ole Miss is coming off a disappointing 2018 season, as the Rebels went 5-7, finishing in sixth place in the SEC’s West Division.
India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 28, 2019UPDATED: May 28, 2019 12:24 IST Ranveer Singh with Kapil devils.Six days after Virat Kohli headed for England with the Indian Cricket team to kick start preparations for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019, Ranveer Singh headed to England, London, also to shoot for his upcoming film 83, which will reprise India’s historic 1983 World Cup win.Ranveer Singh took to Instagram to share a picture with his squad. All the actors are suited up in the picture. The actor shared the photo saying, “Kapil’s Devils @kabirkhankk @saqibsaleem @adinathkothare @iamchiragpatil @harrdysandhu @ammyvirk @thejatinsarna @issahilkhattar @pankajtripathi__ @rbadree @actorjiiva @tahirrajbhasin @dinkersharmaa @dhairya275 #NishantDahhiya @83thefilm #83squad.”Ranveer’s picture with his squad looks similar to the photo Virat posted on his Instagram when the Indian Cricket team reached UK. In both the pictures, both the teams are suited up.Virat posted the picture saying, “Touchdown UK!”83 will see Ranveer playing legendary cricketer Kapil Dev on the big screen.The Indian Cricket Team was then headed by captain Kapil Dev.Ranveer prepared hard for 83 as the actor spend sometime with the entire cast of 83 in Dharamshala. The team trained and learnt different aspects of the sport during their stay there. They were also visited by many star cricketers and trained under them, including Kapil Dev. Ranveer then spent 10 days with Kapil Dev in Delhi to get a strong grip on his character.advertisementIn an earlier interview with IANS, Kapil Dev talked about the emerging trend of making sports biopic in the Hindi film industry. He said, “The fact that biopics and films are being made on sports stars goes on to show that India is now ready for real films…which is a good sign. Over 20 years ago, India was not ready to make movies on sports.”When asked what makes Ranveer the perfect fit to play his role in 83, Kapil said, “It was not up to me to decide who will play my character in the film. But he (the actor) has such great energy. I know that he will give more than 100 per cent to the film and the entire team will make this film a success.”83 will hit the screens on April 10, 2020.ALSO READ | Ranveer Singh turns Kapil Dev for 83. Seen his first look from Kabir Khan film yet?ALSO READ | Ranveer Singh on training with Kapil Dev for 83: I will follow him wherever he goesAlso See | Ranveer Singh makes Delhi dance to Gully Boy at India Today Conclave 2019Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVibha Maru Tags :Follow Ranveer Singh Ranveer Singh takes his 83 team to London as India gears up for ICC World Cup 2019Ahead of ICC World Cup 2019, Ranveer Singh jets off to London to shoot for his upcoming film 83, which will reprise India’s historic 1983 World Cup win.advertisement
Pathankot (Punjab): The verdict in the case of rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir will be delivered by a special court here on Monday.The in-camera trial in the case that shook the nation ended on June 3, when district and sessions judge Tejwinder Singh had announced that the verdict was likely to be delivered on June 10. Elaborate security arrangements have been made in and around the court and in Kathua in view of the pronouncement of the judgement, officials said Sunday. The situation will be monitored closely, they said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCAccording to the 15-page charge sheet, the eight-year-old girl, who was kidnapped on January 10 last year, was allegedly raped in captivity in a small village temple in Kathua district after having been kept sedated for four days before she was bludgeoned to death. The day-to-day trial commenced in the first week of June last year at the district and sessions court in Pathankot in neighbouring state of Punjab, about 100 km from Jammu and 30 km from Kathua, after the Supreme Court ordered that the case be shifted out of Jammu and Kashmir. The apex court order came after lawyers in Kathua prevented Crime Branch officials from filing a charge sheet in the sensational case, which shocked the nation. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe prosecution team in the case comprised J K Chopra, S S Basra and Harminder Singh. The Crime Branch arrested village head Sanji Ram, his son Vishal, juvenile nephew and his friend Anand Dutta, and two special police officers Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma. Head constable Tilak Raj and sub-inspector Anand Dutta, who allegedly took Rs 4 lakh from Sanji Ram and destroyed crucial evidence, were also arrested. Charges of rape and murder were framed by the district and sessions judge against seven out of the eight accused. The trial against the juvenile is yet to begin as his petition on determining his age is to be heard by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. The court framed charges under the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC), including Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder) and 376-D (gang-rape), according to the prosecution. The accused, if convicted, face minimum life imprisonment and maximum death penalty. The court also framed charges of destruction of evidence and causing hurt by poisoning under Section 328 of the RPC. The two policemen – Raj and Datta – were also charged under Section 161 (public servant taking illegal gratification) of the RPC. All the accused, barring the juvenile, were shifted to Gurdaspur jail following an intervention by the Supreme Court which also restricted appearance of the defence lawyers and limited it to one or maximum of two per accused. The charge sheet said the girl had gone missing while grazing horses. Investigators said the accused juvenile had abducted the girl under the pretext of helping her find her horses. The abduction, rape and killing of the child was part of a carefully planned strategy to remove the minority nomadic community from the area, it said. The case had become a bone of contention between the then ruling alliance partners PDP and the BJP after two ministers of the saffron party, Chowdhury Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, participated in a rally organised by the Hindu Ekta Manch in support of the accused arrested by the state crime branch.
Kolkata: Fearlessness bordering on abrasiveness and unmistakable contempt for rivals has been the hallmark of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for as long as she has been in public life and collective memory. But don’t be surprised if you see a gentler, less combative avatar of the TMC boss in future. It is part of a huge makeover plan election strategist Prashant Kishor has charted out for the ebullient leader and her party to take on a battle-hardened BJP, which made deep inroads into her heavily fortified fortress, in the 2021 assembly polls. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja TMC leaders said the Lok Sabha elections this year, when the BJP won 18 of the state’s 42 seats, just four less than Banerjee’s party in West Bengal, debunked the myth of the TMC’s invincibility. The TMC felt there was a pressing need for “professional help” to refurbish the party’s image in order to counter an aggressive and ideology-driven BJP in the state. “Now, with the help of Kishor’s inputs, we are hopeful that we would make a turnaround in the assembly elections. If you have to counter an organised and ideology-driven BJP, you too either need a strong ideological mooring or an organised corporate-like setup. Kishor is providing us the second,” said a senior TMC leader, wishing not to be named. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway According to sources in the TMC and IPAC (Indian Political Action Committee), Kishor’s firm, which managed with great success Narendra Modi’s prime ministerial campaign with initiatives like ‘chai pe charcha’ and helmed backroom manoeuvres for Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) in Bihar and Y S Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSRC in Andhra Pradesh, is now crafting the TMC’s poll strategy. It is the architect of Banerjee and her party’s ‘Didi ke bolo’ mass outreach programme aimed at connecting with people at the grassroots or ‘Trinamool’, after which the party takes its name. The strategy includes Banerjee and other TMC leaders being more measured and temperate in their criticism of rivals and desisting from commenting on each and every excitable subject, the TMC leader said. Political rivals will be allowed to hold their programmes unimpeded to send out a message that the party is wedded to democratic practices. Banerjee was often criticised for her government cancelling events of top BJP leaders including those of Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during the Lok Sabha polls. The party and its leaders also have to shed the image of being intimidators who subjugate rivals. It has been decided that henceforth there won’t be any “poaching” or “forcible joining” of elected representatives from opposition Congress and CPI(M), the TMC leader said. Since the 2016 Lok Sabha polls around 17 Congress MLAs and three of the Left Front switched over to the TMC. The effect of the brainstorming sessions Banerjee had with Kishor and his team was visible during the July 21 Martyrs’ Day rally when unlike previous years no leader from rival political parties joined the TMC. The TMC leader said, as part of the strategy, the party and its government will desist from doing anything that would buttress the BJP’s allegation of Muslim appeasement. Instead, efforts will be made to counter the BJP’s “communal agenda”. Foremost, the party will endeavour to build a political narrative centered on Banerjee as the “one and only leader” of the TMC. “The impression that a senior youth leader is the heir apparent of Banerjee didn’t go down well with a section of the masses and party old timers. So this has to be corrected,” she said, apparently referring to Banerjee’s nephew and Diamond Harbour MP Abhishek Banerjee. Party meetings, hitherto open to media, will now be cloaked in secrecy to ensure “things are not misinterpreted”. Kishor and his team will analyse the outcome of the strategy over the next few weeks before fine tuning it further. “In 2016 we had won 211 seats. As per LS results we are still ahead in 170 seats… It has been decided to categorise assembly segments as A, B, and C to direct our energy accordingly,” a TMC leader said. “The 170 seats where we have taken a lead would fall under category ‘A’ and around 50 seats where we were a close second would fall under category ‘B’. Where we were too distant would fall under the ‘C’ category,” the TMC leader said. Stung by reverses in the Lok Sabha polls, Banerjee had launched helpline number 9137091370 and website www.didikebolo.com to enable people to have a direct interface with party functionaries. The initiative is Kishor’s brainchild. She also unveiled a massive public outreach programme under which over 1,000 party leaders will visit 10,000 villages over the next 100 days to understand people’s problems. The Lok Sabha poll results indicated a tectonic shift in Bengal politics, with the BJP emerging as the main contender to power in the state. It remains to be seen how Kishor blunts the BJP’s propaganda about allegations of corruption against TMC functionaries. Banerjee’s mercurial temperament may also be an impediment. “Another big challenge is how far will Mamata Banerjee herself comply with the changes Kishor and his team want to bring in as she is not used to taking suggestions while running the party or the government,” said another TMC leader. The BJP, however, is unfazed about how Kishor, a vice president of its Bihar ally the JD(U), will reinvigorate the TMC. “The TMC hiring Kishor proves that Mamata Banerjee has lost her Midas touch,” said Jaiprakash Majumdar, a vice president of West Bengal’s BJP unit.
VANCOUVER – Vancouver police say a student from China has fallen victim to a so-called virtual kidnapping scheme, the third reported in the city this year.In a virtual kidnapping, Sgt. Jason Robillard says no one is being held against their will, but the victims are contacted by suspects claiming to be Chinese police, and convinced to assist with an investigation in that country.In the latest case, Robillard says a woman was told she was implicated in a money laundering investigation in China and was threatened with arrest unless she transferred Chinese funds to cover police and court costs.She paid through a Bitcoin automated teller machine, but continued to be threatened unless she sent more money and provided compromising photos.Those photos were then sent to the woman’s family members in China, who believed she had been kidnapped and they paid additional money.Robillard wants to remind foreign students that Chinese police cannot arrest them in Canada and anyone who is frightened should contact Canadian authorities.“These deplorable crimes are having a huge impact on these young, trusting students, and their families. We need to make sure people are aware to prevent them from continuing,” Robillard said in a news release.Police believe the suspects are not in Canada and it remains unclear how their victims are chosen.Police received 20 reports of similar extortion attempts in Vancouver in 2017.Detectives from the city’s major crime section continue to work with Chinese officials and other police agencies to track the offenders, Robillard said.
8 January 2009The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today called for stepped up action to help victims of conflicts, rising in number worldwide, who do not receive international attention because they are not believed to affect global security. Unlike the “increasingly interrelated” situations in such places as Afghanistan and Iraq, the impact of these underreported crises is “local or at best regional,” António Guterres told the Security Council in an open meeting.He cited the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as an example, noting that the world’s attention has recently been focused on the volatile North Kivu province, where the “current tragedy” has a “complex historical heritage coming from the colonial rule and exacerbated more recently by the Rwanda genocide and two Congolese wars.”The escalating conflict between Government forces (FARDC) and the rebel group known as the National Congress in Defense of the People (CNDP) has uprooted an estimated 250,000 people since late August on top of the 800,000 already displaced.“But the DRC is not just North Kivu,” Mr. Guterres reminded the Council, noting that significant population displacements and rights violations targeting women and girls are taking place in other parts of the vast African nation.“Every six months, the number of people who die unnecessarily in the country as a result of armed conflict and material deprivation is equivalent to the number of people killed by the 2004 Asian tsunami.”The High Commissioner also warned of new forms of displacement, with natural disasters on the rise due to climate change.“Conflict, climate change and extreme deprivation will inter-relate, strengthening each other as a cause of displacement,” he said.One of the biggest challenges in responding to humanitarian crises is how to respond in situations where there is no peace to keep, Mr. Guterres said, underscoring the need for “sufficiently clear and strong” protection mandates that are backed by political and material support.The safety of relief workers is also of paramount concern, he said, adding that “ensuring staff safety must be a top priority of every humanitarian organization and the UN as a whole. That is non-negotiable.”Compared to 2006, when he reported to the Council that the number of refugees had dropped to just over 9 million, the lowest level in 25 years, he said today that the total number of refugees under UNHCR’s mandate now stands at 11 million, driven mainly by the situations in Iraq and Somalia. That figure, he said, does not include the nearly 5 million Palestinians for whom the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has responsibility.Today, UNHCR works in almost 120 countries on behalf of 32 million refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and others.
On Friday, he will speak at the opening session of this year’s World Policy Conference organized by the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) in Marrakesh.The three-day gathering will draw some 140 representatives from governments, the private sector, academia and the media to discuss global governance issues.Mr. Ban will also meet with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI and the UN Country Team in the capital, Rabat.He will then travel on to Strasbourg, where on 19 October he will address the Council of Europe on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights. Later that day, he will also give a speech at a plenary session of the European Parliament.While in the French city, Mr. Ban will hold talks with the Council of Europe’s Secretary-General and with the President of the European Parliament.He will also take part in an extraordinary meeting of the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and be welcomed officially by the Senator-Mayor of Strasbourg. 11 October 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will embark on a two-nation trip that will take him to Morocco and France later this week, with the United Nations chief set to address global gatherings in both countries, it was announced today.
Presenting the report of the panel, which is investigating violations of the arms embargo against Liberia, the group’s chairman, Martin Chungong Ayafor of Cameroon, told the 15-member security body that implementing the experts’ earlier proposals would help further the peace process in the Mano River Region, which consists of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Appointed by the Secretary-General, the Panel of Experts also investigates violations of the ban on export of Liberian diamonds and the travel ban on senior officials of the Liberian Government. Mr. Ayafor said that when the Panel embarked upon its mandate in mid-April there were active hostilities in the Mano River region. Six months later, while there was improvement, there was still active conflict in Lofa County in Liberia and the possibility of Sierra Leone lapsing back into conflict if the RUF refused to release its hold on some of the best diamond areas, he said.Also addressing the Council, the Director of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Ed Tsui, said Liberia was one of the least developed countries in the world with poor prospects for economic development. The fragile situation could be worsened if sanctions were not accompanied by increased donor response, he said, adding that the Council should take into account the effect the sanctions will have on the most vulnerable Liberian people.Monie R. Captan, Liberia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, said the experts’ report was void of any substantive relevance, and covered activities that preceded the adoption of resolution 1343, which imposed the sanctions. It did not address in any meaningful way the question of compliance by the Government nor did it concentrate on the measurable progress made to achieve the objectives of the resolution, he said.During today’s discussion, several speakers sought clarification about press reports of connections between Usama Bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda organization and the illicit diamond trade in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Mr. Ayafor said this issue had only surfaced at the UN after 11 September. While the Panel had not investigated the presence of Al Qaeda, it had detailed the activities of one individuals mentioned in connection with Al Qaeda. The Panel would further investigate the links if the Council wished, he added.
With all the hifalutin analytical tools available to sports like baseball, basketball and tennis, younger sports BMX and skateboarding probably aren’t the most statistically sophisticated events going. Fair enough — but the foundation is being built for them faster than for sports that haven’t yet undergone a statistical revolution, like boxing or hockey. At the summer X Games last weekend, that came in the form of a little motion-tracking gadget called Curie. Big Air skater Trey Wood, with the Curie on his helmet. Brent Rose Curie is a pod that captures jump height, jump distance, in-air rotation and impact upon landing. The contraption, made by Intel, is just 1.5 inches by 1 inch by 1 inch and weighs three-eighths of an ounce. This year, it was attached to bikes for the BMX Big Air and BMX Dirt and to riders’ helmets for the Skateboard Big Air event at the games, which took place in Austin, Texas (although because of bad weather, it only saw action in BMX Dirt). Despite its diminutive size, the puck packs in an impressive suite of sensors, including a 9-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, electronic compass, barometer and GPS — plus a built-in 900-MHz radio to beam the stats to ESPN, which owns and broadcasts the games.1ESPN also owns FiveThirtyEight. The Curie is not available to consumers — for now, it’s mainly a promotional tool for Intel among pro riders — but its closest competitor would be the Trace, which provides a similar function for surfing and snowboarding, though with far less granularity.Here’s a clip of the Curie in action in Austin:The Curie made its debut at the winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, in January. That first version of the pod was three times larger and heavier than its current iteration. In Colorado, the pod was mounted directly on to the decks of snowboards in the men’s Snowboard Slopestyle and men’s Snowboard Big Air contests. On his gold medal Slopestyle run, Canadian Mark McMorris hit the final jump at 43 mph, rotated 1,440 degrees on his backside triple cork, and landed with an impact force of 11 times the Earth’s gravity (11.1 Gs). He traveled 83.5 feet.That setup had to change for the summer games. Because a snowboard is attached directly to a rider’s feet through boots and bindings, it was easy enough to mount the pod on the board itself. But skateboarders are attached to their boards only via gravity and friction, so unobtrusively mounting one was more complicated. If a skater was rotating in mid-air and did a kickflip at the same time, the pod would report the in-air rotation of the board, but not the skater. Ultimately, Intel and ESPN had to decide which data set would be more compelling. It chose to stick Curie on the rider’s helmet, not only because it would likely deliver better data, but also because if a rider’s foot happened to catch on the Curie while coming off the 27-foot quarter pipe, the consequences could literally be deadly. Not much chance of riders opting in for that sort of risk. I asked Intel engineer Tyler Fetters if this could be bad data. He insisted that it wasn’t. “That number is the spike at the point of contact,” Fetters said. “That moment is so brief that it goes by in an instant. If they had to sustain it for even a half-second, they would probably be crushed or maybe even pass out.”I asked Wade what a 20-G landing felt like. “It sucks,” he said, wincing. “Every time, my ankles feel like they’re falling apart.”X Games judges haven’t yet integrated Curie data into their scoring. According to Fetters, the technology is just too new, and they want to make sure that it’s accurate close to 100 percent of the time before they consider it. However, he said that athletes and coaches are already asking Intel for a more mobile system (in which Curie could send data to a phone instead of the larger suite of computers and radios that is currently used) that could be deployed at parks and ramps anywhere and could help them get ready for the next big event. While the technology is so new that it has only been deployed at the X Games (and in private testing), there’s potential for it to be applied more widely. I talked to BMX Big Air rider Morgan Wade to see if he would be open to using it in his training.Wade said that he primarily rides by feel but that there are instances in which more information would be a big help in training. “Sometimes the little nuances are so small that you don’t pick up on exactly what’s wrong, but you know that something isn’t right, and that’s where this could be really beneficial,” he said.Say you’re a BMX rider who is going over a 50-foot gap jump. You’re doing a huge 360 while spinning your handlebars clockwise. The jump is under-rotated, and you go down hard upon landing. What happened? Although Curie only displays certain metrics at the end of the run, it’s recording the entire thing. It can tell you that your rate of spin was 180 degrees per second when you first left the ramp but that it slowed to only 90 degrees per second by the time you landed. Was it just the friction of the wind that did that?The data looks similar to an EKG readout, displaying the peaks and valleys over time for each metric. So you can line up that graph against the video footage, and look! The rotational speed decreased dramatically at the moment you spun the handlebars. You might think that next time you should try spinning it the other way or launch with more initial rotation to compensate.One of the stats the Curie displays has baffled me for the past two X Games: the G-forces upon landing. I’ve seen numbers that are higher than 20 Gs, and that just doesn’t compute. If a rider weighed 175 pounds and landed with 20 Gs of force, he would effectively weigh 3,500 pounds (roughly 1,590 kilograms). There’s no way our musculoskeletal system could withstand that. Brent Rose
AMERICAN ASTROPHYSICISTS WHO announced just months ago what they deemed a breakthrough in confirming how the universe was born now admit they may have got it wrong.The team said it had identified gravitational waves that apparently rippled through space right after the Big Bang.If proven to be correctly identified, these waves — predicted in Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity — would confirm the rapid and violent growth spurt of the universe in the first fraction of a second marking its existence, 13.8 billion years ago.The apparent first direct evidence of such so-called cosmic inflation — a theory that the universe expanded by 100 trillion trillion times in barely the blink of an eye — was announced in March by experts at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.The detection was made with the help of a telescope called BICEP2, stationed at the South Pole.After weeks in which they avoided the media, the team published its work yesterday in the US journal Physical Review Letters.In a summary, the team said their models “are not sufficiently constrained by external public data to exclude the possibility of dust emission bright enough to explain the entire excess signal,” as stated by other scientists who questioned their conclusion.The team was led by astrophysicist John Kovac of Harvard.BICEP2 stands for Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization.“Detecting this signal is one of the most important goals in cosmology today,” Kovac, leader of the BICEP2 collaboration at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said back in March.By observing the cosmic microwave background, or a faint glow left over from the Big Bang, the scientists said small fluctuations gave them new clues about the conditions in the early universe.The gravitational waves rippled through the universe 380,000 years after the Big Bang, and these images were captured by the telescope, they claimed.DoubtsFor weeks, some scientists have expressed doubts about the findings of the BICEP2 team.David Spergel, a theoretical astrophysicist at Princeton University, queried whether what the BICEP2 telescope picked up really came from the first moments of the universe’s existence.“We know that galactic dust emits polarised radiations. We see that in many areas of the sky, and what we pointed out in our paper is that pattern they have seen is just as consistent with the galactic dust radiations as with gravitational waves,” Spergel told AFP last week.He said the question will likely be settled in the coming months when another, competing group, working with the European Space Agency’s Planck telescope, publishes its results.That telescope observes a large part of the sky — versus the BICEP2′s two percent — and carries out measurements in six frequencies, compared to just one for BICEP2, according to Spergel.“I think in retrospect, they should have been more careful about making a big announcement,” he said.- © AFP, 2014Column: What does this week’s major physics breakthrough actually mean > Read: ‘I nearly fell out of my chair’: Irish scientists uncover Einstein’s lost theory >
Who needs Santa Claus when you work for Google? According to reports, Google has decided to give all of it’s employees a $1,000.00 cash holiday bonus… along with a universal pay hike of at least 10%.The company wide raise is scheduled to start on January 1st, 2011. That’s the baseline, though: Google will also be giving each employee an additional raise which is equivalent to the employee’s target bonus for the year, as well as an additional raise if their individual performance is particularly notable.As for that $1,000.00, Google’s going even farther than just handing everyone a check for a grand: the search giant also intends to pay the taxes on that bonus, so that employees walk home with the whole thing.Why the raise? According to CEO Eric Schmidt, internal feedback suggests that employees are happiest at Google because of the generous salaries and not because of bonuses or stock compensation. They want to keep employees happy, and therefore, keep them from bolting to the competition.$1,000.00 may not seem like a huge Christmas bonus, but add in the raise and Google’s just handed $1 billion to their employees, basically as a gift.Hey Google? Looking for a blogger?Read more at Gawker
For those who don’t know, Gefen is a leader in audio/video connectivity and they supply a wide selection of signal switchers, splitters, extenders, scalers, converters, KVM solutions and home theater accessories. They are releasing a new product at the upcoming CES show in Las Vegas and it sounds like a great piece of tech. The product in question is a Lo-Res Mobile Video to Hi-Def converter, which in English means that you can view legacy computers, iPhones, iPads, iPods and more on a HD display with its VGA to HD Scaler.The VGA to HD Scaler outputs audio/video in the HDMI format so you can view video coming from low resolutions down to 320×240 upscaled all the way up to FULL HD (1080p) on any HDTV display or projector. The VGA To HD Scaler is equipped with one VGA, one coax, one TOSlink and L/R RCA audio inputs. Audio/video inputs are output as 1080p full HD video. Dynamic video adjustments are controlled through the front-panel buttons including noise reduction and detail enhancement to generate exceptional image quality.AdChoices广告Hagai Gefen, president and CEO at Gefen, had this to say:This new VGA to HD Scaler is specifically tuned to make lo-res video look exceptionally good on a hi-def display. It works with all iPods, iPads and computers so you can view Youtube videos and GoogleTV in a good looking format. No price details yet, but when it is announced at CES we will try and gets some price info for you.Read more at Gefen
Greece’s New Acropolis Museum will reinstate video scenes of early Christians vandalizing the 5th- century B.C. Parthenon Temple after receiving reassurances the images aren’t of priests, a suspicion that had sparked protests from the country’s church.The short video, used to inform visitors about the history of the monument in the new museum, will be shown in full after film-maker Constantin Costa-Gavras clarified that the scenes showed early Christians, and not priests, causing damage, Museum Director Dimitris Pandermalis said.The decision last month to delete the short segment angered the film’s creator, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Constantin Costa-Gavras, and was criticized in the Greek press as an act of censorship.The Museum pulled the scenes from the video after receiving protests from the Church of Greece, Greek media reported. The animated segment showed figures clad in black climbing up ladders and destroying part of the Parthenon frieze.It belonged to a nearly two-minute segment by Costa-Gavras depicting damage done to Parthenon over the centuries — from marauding Germanic warriors in 267 AD to the removal of a large part of the sculptured frieze by British diplomat Lord Elgin in early 19th century. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Delays in the implementation of all milestones linked to the disbursement of funds earmarked for the bank recapitalization have cast a shadow over the efforts of Greek banks to attract private capital. Government officials are hopeful a solution will be found on the pending issues, most importantly foreclosures, but others urge caution. Although finding a solution is better than not, the delay has highlighted the risks and affected the banks’ drive to raise funds despite some positive news on the economic front.It is still early for a verdict but Greece could beat official forecasts, calling for a small primary deficit in 2015, and end up with a balance or even a small surplus at the general government level, assuming recent trends in revenues persist, in our view. This estimate is based on most recent data on the state budget balance, a subset of the general government, from January through October and figures at the broader government level in the first nine months of the year. It does not take into account the full clearance of state arrears to the private sector.In addition, the economy continues to show resilience, with gross domestic product contracting 0.5 percent quarter-on-quarter and 0.4 percent year-on-year, much less than expected by economists, from July through September, according to preliminary estimates by the Hellenic Statistical Authority. And this despite the imposition of capital controls and heightened political uncertainty. Although some of the negative effects of the capital controls will manifest themselves in the coming months, the overall impact is not as great as initially feared.Assuming raw data confirm these estimates, it is almost certain economic activity will shrink by less than 2.3 percent projected in the third bailout. It may even end up around 1 percent or less this year, paving the way for a better outcome than the official prediction for a 1.3 percent recession in 2016. In this regard, unemployment may stabilize at current high levels rather than rise much further next year. The government predicts the jobless rate, which stood at 24.6 percent in 2014, will rise to 25.4 percent this year and 25.8 percent on average in 2016.Of course Greece’s austerity saga will go on. The country will have to take additional fiscal measures, amounting to about 6.4 billion euros during 2015-16, according to the third bailout agreement. Measures worth around 2 billion euros should be taken in 2015 and an additional 4.35 billion next year. Eurobank estimates the projected measures will reduce economic activity by 5.7 billion euros or 3.5 percentage points of GDP.Readers are reminded the country has implemented tax increases and spending cuts in excess of 30 percent of GDP, or more than 60 billion euros, from 2010 through 2014. The fiscal austerity can fully explain the loss of output during the same period. The nominal GDP decreased by about 58 billion euros. The country’s GDP stood at about 179 billion euros in 2014.However, it looks as if the recessionary effects of fiscal austerity in 2015-16 could be contained. This is especially so if tourism continues to be buoyant, the absorption of EU structural funds picks up, privatizations speed up and the banking sector is recapitalized and returns to normal.It is important that Greek banks are recapitalized, although this is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for lending growth in the coming years as we have repeatedly pointed out in the past. Disagreements between the government and the lenders on some key milestones, such as foreclosures, have made things more difficult for banks to attract private money.It is noted that the European Central Bank identified a capital shortfall of 14.4 billion euros for the four systemic banks, which aim to cover more than 9 billion euros privately. They would like to raise more than 6 billion euros from the markets and some 3.5 billion from the voluntary swap of their securities held by third parties with common equity. The rest, about 5 billion euros, will come from the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund.Top bankers have reportedly conveyed the message to the government that it is important to conclude the negotiations as soon as possible. Although some ministers have publicly expressed the opinion that this will indeed be the case, sources close to the negotiations advise caution. Of course an agreement is better than none, but we are concerned that some damage has already been done because of the delay. First of all, the delay has made foreign investors who were concerned about the risks but were willing to dip a toe in Greece more hesitant to commit funds in the bank recap. Second, the local banks, which are eager to avoid or limit the use of state funds in the recap, have contacted Greek firms and wealthy individuals to chip in. In some cases, loans were made available according to sources.Therefore, it is important that efforts are made by all sides to reach an agreement on pending issues so that the recapitalization of the Greek banks is successful and completed before the end of 2015. It is also better to have state funds or foreign money cover some bank capital needs rather than repeat past mistakes by mobilizing domestic deposits and loans to do so. The markets cannot be fooled and the economy will not show resilience for ever if some things do not change.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
DETROIT — K.D. Bullock had been retired from the Detroit Police Department for nearly 17 years and was working as a casino security supervisor when he encountered a problem last March — long accustomed to working on his feet, he suddenly couldn’t make it up a flight of stairs. After months of doctor’s appointments, he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which makes it difficult for him to breathe. He not only left his job but had to begin paying others for the fix-up work he’d been doing on his historic six-bedroom house.Now, he could be facing another hit, this time to his $2,400-a-month pension.The pensions earned by more than 21,000 retired municipal employees have been placed on the table as Detroit enters bankruptcy proceedings with debts that could amount to $20 billion. Labor unions insist the $3.5 billion in pension benefits are protected by state law, but the city’s emergency manager has included them among the $11 billion in unsecured debt that can be whittled down through bankruptcy. A federal judge has scheduled the first hearing on the city’s case for Wednesday.The prospect of sharply reduced pension checks has sent a jolt through retired workers who always counted on their pensions–who sometimes sought promotions just to sweeten the pot–and never imagined they could be in danger even as the city’s worsening finances finally led to its bankruptcy filing last week.Bullock says he’s worried he’ll have to sell his home in Detroit’s historic Indian Village neighborhood, and others are wondering if they can afford a house at all.“A number of things can happen. It just means our lifestyle is going to change — we have no way of knowing,” Bullock said of the choices facing him and his wife, Randye.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Hannah Turkington, 12, is asked to call 911. Vancouver police have found a 12-year-old girl who was reported missing Wednesday night. Hannah E. Turkington was with a friend earlier in the evening and called her mother to say she would be back home by 6:30 p.m. Vancouver police were notified that she was missing at 11:30 p.m. and searched for her for several hours, but were unable to find the girl. The agency issued a media release at 4:51 a.m., which asked the public to call 911 if they saw Hannah or had any information about her whereabouts.Police reported that at 8:40 a.m. today, Hannah was located by Vancouver police detectives. She was safe and is unharmed, police said. The agency thanked the public for the tips they received on her possible location.
Hindupur: MLA N Balakrishna’s former personal assistant Sekhar has been jailed for three years by the ACB court in Nellore. A case had been filed against him way back in 2008 for possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. The ACB court on Saturday pronounced judgement sentencing him for 3 years and imposing a penalty of Rs.3 lakhs. The former PA was accused of demanding bribes from TDP leaders and local people for getting benefits under government schemes. Later, he was removed from his post by the MLA. Sekhar was working as assistant engineer in Padmavathi University. He came on deputation as PA to MLA Balakrishna in 2014.
Bogota: Thousands rallied across Colombia Friday to protest the killing of hundreds of human rights activists since the signing of a historic peace deal with FARC guerrillas. Demonstrators gathered in major cities under the slogan “defending the peace” to denounce the deaths. 462 campaigners have been killed since 2016, according to the country’s ombudsman. “They are killing us but seeds of life and dignity are being born,” Luis Acosta said as he walked toward Bolivar square in the capital Bogota, which was packed with protesters. Also Read – UK, EU Brexit teams to meet twice-weekly in September Advertise With Us Colombian President Ivan Duque joined a rally in the port city of Cartagena but was jeered by parts of the crowd, videos posted on social networks showed. “Today we are united in a fight against violence and drug trafficking, which has fueled the organized armed groups that have attacked social leaders in the country,” Duque said earlier. The rallies were called after the killing of activist Maria del Pilar Hurtado last month, in northern Colombia. A video of her son crying next to her body was widely shared in the country. Also Read – Climate change: Australia downgrades outlook for Great Barrier Reef to ‘very poor’ Advertise With Us Some protesters carried banners of FARC, the former guerilla group, who signed a 2016 peace deal with authorities that ended half a century of armed conflict and established them as a left-wing political party. The group has criticized the lack of security guarantees for its members after the signing of the pact and said 140 ex-guerrillas and 31 relatives have since been killed. Armed drug-trafficking groups, National Liberation Army rebels, and the armed forces are mostly responsible for the deaths, prosecutors said.