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Chelsea were unable to close out their first win of the Frank Lampard era as Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi enjoyed a redemption tale in Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge.Mason Mount embarrassed Ndidi to score his first Chelsea goal in the seventh minute as the hosts started superbly.But, as in the 4-0 loss at Manchester United seven days ago and the UEFA Super Cup penalty shoot-out defeat to Liverpool in midweek, the Blues were unable to sustain their efforts over the course of the contest. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Ndidi levelled as James Maddison made life increasingly uncomfortable for Chelsea after the interval, meaning Brendan Rodgers’ side have started their campaign with back-to-back draws.Lampard was serenaded on to the touchline in his first home game at the helm and a party atmosphere was almost ramped up inside the first minute – Pedro thumping a volley from Olivier Giroud’s knockdown into the side netting.It was a high-tempo start from the hosts, with Kasper Schmeichel denying Mount and smothering Christian Pulisic’s attempted follow-up.The opener felt inevitable and Mount pickpocketed a lackadaisical Ndidi to clip into the bottom corner.What a moment for @masonmount_10, and what a start for the Blues. Blistering!#CHELEI pic.twitter.com/ivTtmlS5Nn— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 18, 2019Schmeichel was well-positioned to prevent Mount from heading a second before Christian Fuchs made a goal-saving challenge that denied N’Golo Kante.Leicester grew into the game before the break and Maddison rounded a scrambling Kepa Arrizabalaga before being crowded out five minutes into the second half.The playmaker twisted past Anders Christensen and hitf a shot across the face of goal as Chelsea struggled to find their earlier momentum.If not in the same emphatic manner as Chelsea’s goal, the equaliser felt like it was coming by the time Ndidi atoned for his earlier error and converted Maddison’s 67th-minute corner.Maddison’s dazzling, inventive play merited reward but he lashed wastefully over 17 minutes from time, before playing in Jamie Vardy to shoot wide. The full-time whistle ultimately felt like more of a relief for a Chelsea side exhausted and overrun by that stage. What does it mean? Lampard’s vibrant side need substance to match styleAs in his first two matches in charge, Lampard saw Chelsea play some wonderful football in patches but once Leicester gained a foothold, they struggled to turn the contest back in their favour. Having come through an early onslaught, Rodgers’ men stated their top-six credentials in assured fashion.Mount and Maddison impressA week on from Jose Mourinho querying his place in the Chelsea starting XI, England Under-21 international Mount turned in a performance as tenacious as it was technically assured. Maddison is a more established Premier League performer, having created 100 chances last season, and Chelsea found him increasingly unplayable as the game went on. England manager Gareth Southgate will undoubtedly have an eye on such exciting creative talents ahead of Euro 2020.A very bright start to the second half of #CheLei.Choudhury and @Madders10 are the latest to go close for #lcfc.Come on, City! pic.twitter.com/ETVIClA3TB— Leicester City (@LCFC) August 18, 2019Azpilicueta lets it slipLampard’s Chelsea do appear defensively short, especially as they wait for Antonio Rudiger to regain full fitness in the wake of David Luiz’s departure to Arsenal. The rookie coach could certainly do without the club’s most reliable defensive performer hitting a slump. Cesar Azpilicueta was culpable in the Old Trafford defeat and lost Ndidi for the Foxes’ equaliser.Key Opta Facts- After winning their first Premier League home game in 12 consecutive seasons between 2003-04 and 2014-15, Chelsea have failed to win three of their last five opening home games in the competition (W2 D2 L1).- Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has faced Chelsea on 13 occasions as a manager; against no other opponent has he managed as many games. However, he is yet to register a single victory against the Blues (D7 L6).- Frank Lampard is the first Chelsea manager to fail to win any of his first three games in charge of the club since Rafael Benitez in the 2012-13 campaign.- Having managed just one shot in the opening 45 minutes, Leicester had 11 attempts in the second half of the match. It is the most by a visiting team after half-time at Stamford Bridge since Leicester themselves in May 2016 (11).- Mason Mount became the first English player to score on his first home appearance for Chelsea in the Premier League since Paul Hughes did so against Derby County in January 1997.What’s next?The Championship’s top two from last season – each bolstered by weekend wins – are next on the agenda for these sides. Chelsea travel to take on Norwich City, while Leicester are in action at Sheffield United. It is time for both to add victories to their promise. read more
India team for World Cup is well-balanced, we have covered all bases: MSK PrasadWorld Cup 2019: India chief selector MSK Prasad said his committee has covered all bases for the 2019 Cricket World Cup and added the squad has the luxury of 7 bowlers. Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya were both named in the World Cup squad on Monday.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta New DelhiApril 15, 2019UPDATED: April 15, 2019 15:53 IST MSK Prasad announced a 15-man World Cup 2019 squad for India(PTI photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia’s selection committee led by MSK Prasad announced a 15-man squad for World Cup 2019Virat Kohli will lead the Indian team for the 2019 Cricket World Cup to be played in EnglandIndia’s World Cup campaign begins on June 5 against South AfricaMSK Prasad, India’s chief selector said his committee covered the best possible squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup and added all bases have been covered in the 15-man squad led by Virat Kohli. The selection committee left out Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu while all-rounder Vijay Shankar made the cut as a batsman who can bowl.MSK Prasad spoke to the media in Mumbai and named the squad in the presence of Amitabh Chaudhary and said his committee has selected one of the most balanced Indian teams.”In the last one year or so, these two wrist spinners have done well. Wickets might be a bit more dry. Jadeja might come in handy,” MSK Prasad said on Monday.”After the Champions Trophy, we have tried a few middle order options. We gave a few more chances to Rayudu but what Vijay Shankar offers is 3 dimensional. If the conditions are overcast. he might bowl a bit and he is a fantastic fielder. He is a batsman who can bowl.”In the team, we have the luxury of 7 bowlers. We have covered all the bases and this is one of the most balanced Indian sides for the World Cup,” Prasad said.MSK Prasad revealed the Khaleel Ahmed and Navdeep Saini were also discussed as back-up pacers and added they would be on stand-by and will fly down to England if the need arises.”Khaleel and Saini were discussed and they will be around. If the need arises, one of them will go to England,” he said.advertisementIndia’s World Cup preparation started soon after the Champions Trophy in England two years ago. India had lost the final to Pakistan and it was then that the selectors decided to try out two wrist spinners in Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.”We had been planning soon after the completion of the Champions Trophy but in the last month or two, a couple of players like Vijay Shankar cropped up,” MSK Prasad said.Earlier, Virat Kohli and MSK Prasad had insisted IPL performances would not affect India’s team selection for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. India have done well in ODIs over the last one year.In 2018, India won their first ever ODI series in South Africa, won the Asia Cup, defeated West Indies at home and won away series in Australia and New Zealand. However, India had lost a 3-match ODI series in England in 2018.India’s top-3 have done the bulk of the scoring over the last several years but Shikhar Dhawan’s recent form has been cause for concern. The onus will once again be on Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli while India will expect MS Dhoni to carry on the good work he started in Australia where he hit 3 fifties in 3 ODIs and won the man-of-the-series award.The main strike force in the pace department picked themselves. Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have done incredibly well for India while the two wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will be a force to reckon with.India begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa in Southampton on June 5. India’s next match will be against defending champions Australia at Kennington Oval, London before they take on New Zealand in Nottingham 4 days later.India play the high-profile clash against Pakistan on June 16 in Manchester before returning to Southampton to play Afghanistan on June 22. India then play West Indies (June 27). Bangladesh (July 2) and Sri Lanka (July 6).Also Read | India World Cup squad announcement: No.4 slot set to dominate selection meetingAlso Read | KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant await World Cup fate, India to name squad of 15 on MondayAlso Read | ICC World Cup 2019 Indian Squad Announcement Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch team announcementAlso Watch | KKR head coach Jacques Kallis explains why he is in awe of Andre RusselFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byRoshni Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow World Cup squadFollow MSK Prasad
Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Etta Ng, 19, the estranged daughter of Jackie Chan, announced that she has married her Canadian girlfriend, 31-year-old Andi Autumn.Ng is the product of Chan’s affair with her beauty queen mother, Elaine Ng. The 64-year-old movie star has never had a solid relationship of any kind with the teen.Ng posted a photo of herself and Autumn wearing white on Instagram, with the caption, “Love always wins. Always…” “There is nothing greater than true love found. With love we’ve returned. My home is Hong Kong, a beautiful city full of life and passion. Home is where love is. Home is safety and I know too many that do not feel safe within the environment they were given but the new tide is rising. A home is with the family that you can choose and with that we are never alone. Love is undoutbly[sic] stronger than blood,” Ng wrote.“Back to Hong Kong as wife & wife,” the caption for an image on Autumn’s account read.“With this love, comes unbelievable strength and confidence to ignore our own pain, shut down our ego, and know exactly who we are and what we want,” it continued.The pair were married in Toronto but returned to Hong Kong, where same-sex marriage is not currently legal.Ng and Autumn are said to have begun dating in late 2017 and Ng moved to Canada shortly after.By KATIE SCOTT | GLOBALNEWS.CA Twitter Instagram/@ettazen Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Ravi Kahlon, Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism will be in Fort St. John, Wednesday, July, 24th, 2019 to talk on fighting racism.These community dialogues are open to;Organizing Against Racism and Hate membersLocal MLAsLocal government representativesCommunity leadersIndigenous leadersSchool District RepresentativesFaith leadersRacialized community leadersImpacted individualsKahlon will be travelling across the province this summer to meet with community leaders to discuss local, emerging issues on racist and hate incidences. Kahlon wants to hear from leaders and organizations across the province who are passionate about building an inclusive British Columbia. Kahlon shares he wants to encourage every person in B.C. to consider how they too can fight against racism and hate in their own lives.He shares these consultation meetings are one of many steps being taken to confront and eradicate racism.Currently, these meetings are not open to the public. These are targeted dialogues with community leaders and the Province’s existing network of organizations who are leading work on these issues.To read more; CLICK HERE
Rabat – After 13 years absence, French-Moroccan comedian Jamel Debbouze will be back in Casablanca.Debbouze will present his new show “Maintenant ou Jamel” October 19-20 for the first time in the white city’s Al Amal complex, at 8:30 p.m. The tickets are available online on Ticket.ma. Organized by Moroccan radio station NRJ Maroc in partnership with Kissman Morocco, Debbouze’s show will be performed in Morocco for the first time, according to Yabiladi. “NRJ Maroc is proud to organize Jamel Debbouze’s latest show in Casablanca, a great artist and a big star,” said Hakim Chagraoui, CEO of Radio Planet, a company holding the exclusive license from NRJ in Morocco in a press release. He promised “a great success” for the show. The actor of “Aladdin” has already presented “Maintenant ou Jamel,” directed by Mohamed Hamidi, in France. After six years absence, Debbouze has made a successful comeback on his favorite playground: the stage. Close to his audience, the 42-year-old comedian talks about his fears, his role as a father, and his career.The committed artist mocks some political figures, such as Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump, while also discussing subjects like racism and terrorism.The Paris native has starred in many movies, including the historical movie, “Days of Glory,” which he also co-produced in 2006. Debbouze also inaugurated his own comedy club in 2008, opening opportunities for amateur stand-up comedians. Every year, the comedian organizes “Marrakech du Rire,” which serves as a “link between cultures,” uniting hundreds of stand-up fans for the world’s premier Francophone stand-up comedy festival in Marrakech.
The decision was taken following talks held with trade unions of the SLTB. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) employees are to receive a pay hike from October 01, the Government said.The Government said that the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Nimal Siripala de Silva had agreed to implement the pay hike.
Chip Wilson-inspired ‘The Red Petal’ expected to become destination spot on Great Northern Way Vancouver woman fined for driving SUV down Wall Centre staircase Most of the comments are negative toward the cyclist, including LisaG, who says “Yet another careless cyclist in a city full of them,” and mrdruthers, who adds, “Saw a cyclist today riding on a sidewalk, then onto a crosswalk, then hop on the road into the fast lane, then make a left onto a side street; and when he made that left he went right in front of incoming traffic. He then had the audacity to give the incoming cars the finger.”Vancouver lawyer Kyla Lee said the cyclist broke at least three laws under the Motor Vehicle Act.“That rider was entering the highway without coming to a full stop. He made no effort to stop and entered the highway clearly when it was unsafe,” Lee said. “Then instead of riding as far right as possible he rode in the middle of the lane in the direct path of traffic, and he also wasn’t wearing a helmet.”Lee suggested the cyclist should be fined for his actions to act as a deterrent to cyclists riding erratically in Metro Vancouver.firstname.lastname@example.orgCLICK HERE to report a typo. Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email email@example.com. A short video has appeared on Twitter showing a cyclist being struck by a Vancouver Police Department van on Great Northern Way.Video of the July 7 incident was posted Monday afternoon by Twitter handle Village Whisperer and has generated a lot of online comment about cyclists and cycling safety.Well… at least @VancouverPD were on scene right away 😝 A heart in throat moment for sure. pic.twitter.com/zXCcqszFZ0— Village Whisperer (@village_whisper) August 18, 2019The video shows a male cyclist on a BMX bike wearing a green hoody and black shorts — with no helmet — appear suddenly onto Great Northern Way opposite the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and the recently completed Red Petal building.The cyclist drops the bike to avoid a grey station wagon in the farthest eastbound lane, successfully avoiding a collision. However, immediately afterwards the VPD van appears and strikes the man in the rear while braking. The man is tossed forwards, landing on his buttocks and hands — and that’s where the video ends.VPD spokesman Cst. Steve Addison says the cyclist escaped unscathed.“The police officer offered assistance to the cyclist, who was uninjured, and was able to carry on after apologizing for causing the collision,” Addison said.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Related
Addressing an Executive Committee meeting of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva yesterday, the agency’s Director of International Protection Erika Feller recited a litany of abuses ranging from banditry and murder in a Tanzanian camp to the arrest of lawyers defending raped women in Sudan to the cold-blooded executions of teenage boys in Colombia. “Abuse of children, violence against women, refoulement (return to the country of origin) of refugees and restriction of basic rights, such as freedom of movement, are endemic in many displacement situations,” she said, noting “numerous obstacles,” many beyond the agency’s power to ameliorate, which impede effective delivery of protection. Giving specific examples Ms. Feller cited banditry and murder in Lukole refugee camp in Western Tanzania, and a major deterioration in security in Sudan’s strife-torn West Darfur region, with the most recent large-scale destruction of a camp for internally displaced persons in Aru Sharow leaving over 30 dead and 10 persons seriously injured.“The environment is also one of arbitrary arrest of lawyers UNHCR has been sponsoring to take up cases – such as those of women in Darfur, raped and made pregnant, then imprisoned by a system which does not want to acknowledge this for the crime that it is,” she said.In Colombia, irregular armed groups have executed teenage boys to intimidate communities fleeing violence and insecurity, while in the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Aden decomposing bodies have washed ashore, some with hands bound as the guarantee of no escape, even from drowning, she added. “Finally, let me not leave out of the context the very disturbing accounts of people being denied entry in a state where they had previously resided, and blocked from entering the state where they had been born, raised and lived, only because they were deemed stateless,” she said.Ms. Feller reiterated that protection is not a choice, but an obligation, and said governments should not misconstrue the provision of asylum as a hostile act. “States have conferred on [UNHCR] quite a specific mandate, one that allows for no choice in whether to implement it; it is obligatory, not discretionary in its character,” she added. While many of the external obstacles were beyond UNHCR’s control, she said the agency was implementing various internal reforms, ranging from increased emphasis on training and strengthened staffing and resourcing to ensuring greater access to durable solutions, especially refugee resettlement.
A NEW BOOK offers a glimpse into the simple ways in which globalisation has helped epidemics to become pandemics.‘Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic’ documenting a process called ‘spillover’ – the way in which diseases that originate in wild animals pass to humans.The author, David Quammen, has travelled around the world to learn more about diseases such as AIDS and the Ebola virus in his attempts to determine what the next big pandemic might be.In an interview about the findings in the book, Quammen believes that the perfect breeding grounds for pandemics remains the developing countries within the tropics.He gives four reasons for this:1) Being tropical, those countries in many cases contain forest ecosystems that are rich in animal species, rich also in viruses and other pathogens. 3) The population densities of humans in those countries are high – many people squashed closely together in villages and cities – which helps diseases spread once a spillover has occurred. 4) Basic health care and emergency medical facilities are underfunded and marginal, which increases the difficulty of stopping an epidemic once it begins.Responding to why media reports don’t often report linkages between pandemics and their animal sources, Quammen believes that people continue to ‘think of human medical concerns and ecological considerations separately’.Medical reporters don’t know much about chimpanzees or bats in the wild. But the reality is that human health, the disruption of wild ecosystems, the infection status of bats and rodents and monkeys, and the ecology and evolution of viruses are all inextricably connected.This is despite the fact that 60 per cent of infectious diseases in humans are zoonotic (diseases transmitted between, or shared by, animals and humans).(W. W. Norton & Company/YouTube)To read an edited extract from the book, please click here.To view an infographic which details the effects of some pandemics from times past, please click here.Read: WHO’s response to swine flu pandemic was ‘flawed’ > 2) Those ecosystems are being disrupted by timber cutting, mining activities, and the harvest of bushmeat, all of which tend to bring people into contact with wild animals and the viruses they carry.
A GARDA WHISTLEBLOWER will give evidence on alleged malpractice in the penalty points system in private to TDs on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today. The PAC took the decision on Tuesday to push ahead with hearing from serving garda sergeant Maurice McCabe despite an investigation being launched into the controversy by the Garda Ombudsman.The hearing will take place at 2pm and, despite it being held in private, McCabe will be restricted in what he can say and will not be allowed to name names.Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan had last week raised the prospect of potential legal action over the appearance of the garda but yesterday confirmed that he would not be taking any legal proceedings.The Government says that the PAC has been asked to pass any relevant documentation they have on to the Ombudsman for their investigation with committee chairman John McGuinness saying that the Ombudsman’s investigation into wrongful penalty points cancellations is outside the remit of the PAC.Another former garda who also raised questions about poential abuse within the penalty points system will not be speaking before the PAC. Claims of impropriety have been regularly dismissed by senior gardaí including Garda Commissioner Callinan himself.Read: Shatter slams ‘disturbing’ PAC comments, asks Ombudsman to probe penalty points issue >Read: ‘The facts as I know them’: 11 things we learned from Martin Callinan’s evidence to the PAC >
Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTubeCamera and editing: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ieLABOUR LEADERSHIP CONTENDER Alex White has admitted that it bothers him that he is well paid while making decisions which impact on those reliant on public services.However in a wide-ranging interview with TheJournal.ie, the junior health minister has said that Labour has made the decisions it has in government “in order to ensure that we didn’t have to do worse things”.“I believe that the extent of cuts in public services would have been much more severe if we weren’t in government,” White said.During the course of the interview at our offices in Dublin yesterday afternoon, White spoke on several issues and answered a number of readers’ questions including one on cannabis legalisation.He insisted it is possible that the Budget does not have to impose any more austerity on people and accepted criticism that Labour is only now starting to listen to its voters in the wake of its election performance last month.He dealt with rival Joan Burton’s refusal to commit to including him in Cabinet if she is elected leader and also rejected claims that Labour “broke all our promises” pointing out that the party only got 19 per cent of the vote at the last election.Watch the above video for much more with White answering several of your questions, including: 1. Ignoring the electorate: 2. A question from Grace Costigan who asked:“Which three policies are the Labour Party most committed to having made into legislation?” 4. The impact of austerity: Questions from several readers who asked: “How has austerity affected you?”5. Pulling out of government: 6. And finally…Minister: I keep an eye on cannabis legalisation in other countries (And yes, I’ve tried it) Alex White: Right now, a reasonable person could conclude that Kenny sacked Callinan
Alcoolisme : le baclofène soumis à un essai cliniqueLe médicament baclofène sera soumis à un essai clinique en France pour tester son efficacité dans le traitement de l’alcoolisme. L’opération qui débutera en septembre 2011 devrait aboutir aux premiers résultats pour 2013. Le baclofène est-il véritablement efficace dans la lutte contre l’alcoolisme ? Pour répondre à cette question, un essai clinique débutera d’ici septembre prochain. L’opération dirigée par Philippe Jaury, médecin libéral et professeur de médecine générale à Paris-Descartes, est un Programme hospitalier de recherche clinique (PHRC) financée par des fonds publics.À lire aussiMucoviscidose : espérance de vie, symptômes, traitement, de quoi s’agit-t-il ?Le principe de l’expérimentation est le suivant : des participants volontaires recevront aléatoirement soit la molécule, soit un placebo (produit sans principe actif). L’étude sera conduite en ambulatoire auprès de 300 patients répartis sur huit centres en France. “Le critère de jugement ne sera pas obligatoirement l’abstinence” précise Philippe Jaury à l’AFP. Il ajoute : “Il y a aussi la consommation dite normale selon les normes de l’OMS”.Une efficacité déjà prouvée ?Le médicament, initialement désigné comme relaxant musculaire a connu depuis 2008 un véritable succès dans le traitement de la dépendance à l’alcool. La nouvelle tendance thérapeutique pratiquée hors AMM (autorisation de mise sur le marché) est intimement liée à la sortie du livre “Le dernier verre” écrit par le cardiologue Olivier Ameisen. Dans son récit, le docteur raconte comment le baclofène, pris à de très fortes doses, a remédié à ses problèmes d’alcoolisme. Les résultats de l’essai clinique, attendus pour 2013 devraient trancher sur la véracité ou non des propos de l’auteur. “Notre hypothèse est que le placebo marche à 20% et que le baclofène marche entre 40 et 50%” a déclaré Philippe Jaury.Le 29 juillet 2011 à 09:03 • Maxime Lambert
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. #OrionSpan #LuxuryHotelInSpace#FridayFeeling Sure, really good optics.Dear rich people, how about cleaning up the environment instead of blowing huge wads of fuck you money on vanity stuff. #NukesInSpace— Astorix (@Astorix23) April 6, 2018Orion Span did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.“Like any thriving community, we designed Aurora Station to grow and respond to market needs,” Bunger wrote on the company blog. “When we reach capacity, we simply launch another of the same space station and attach it on Aurora’s radial hub.“As Aurora Station continues to grow with market demand, we will also sell space condos—your own capacity aboard Aurora Station and future space stations to visit, sublease, or one day life in as you wish.”The station will host up to six people at a time—one or more of whom may be professional astronauts from global agencies. Guests are invited to grow food in space, participate in research, or simply sit back, relax, and “enjoy views that will blow your mind.” NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Stay on target Why cruise the Mediterranean when you can sail through the cosmos?Orion Span is taking reservations for a 12-day stay in its new out-of-this-world accommodation.The California-based aerospace company unveiled orbital community Aurora Station—expected to launch in late 2021 “as the world’s first luxury space hotel.”By early 2022, the service platform will host tourists, astronauts, space research, and manufacturing in low Earth orbit (LEO).So, you’ve got four years to scrounge up $9.5 million—”far below what others have paid to go to space,” according to the company website. (It’ll cost you an $80,000 deposit (per person) just to join the waitlist.)“Orion Span will carry on the phenomenal pioneering done by the ISS into the realm of permanent commercially viable orbital communities,” CEO Frank Bunger said, praising the “remarkable fear of human engineering” that is the International Space Station.Once at capacity, the company will simply launch another space station (via Orion Span)“It is the eighth wonder of the world. It hosts hundreds of scientific investigations per year from dozens of nations,” he wrote in a blog post. “It continues to give rise to new discoveries and even entire new areas of science like human space studies—critical for us to deeply understand as we extend human civilization beyond our birthplace.”Bunger’s overflowing enthusiasm hasn’t translated into marketability—yet.While cosmic entrepreneurs Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos regularly make headlines, small-business Orion Span has flown under the radar. (A difficult task for someone building a giant space station.)With little information available online (the company promised to release additional technical details “incrementally”), some folks remain unsure whether this is a late April Fool’s prank, or simply a hoax. @WordsmithFL @DJSnM @NASASpaceflight @ChrisG_NSF Almost zero information provided in the website. Scam or serious? #orionspan #spacehotel https://t.co/pTQv3YUbIg— Thomas McConnon (@mcconnot2) April 6, 2018Others offered suggestions of better ways for well-heeled travelers to spend their money.
However, he can veto certain items from the capital budget. The budget passed by the House restores money for university scholarships, rural energy assistance and the state’s medical school program. It also funds highway, airport and other construction projects that triggers nearly $1 billion in federal matching dollars. The Senate was still scheduled to vote on a separate budget bill that restores some of Dunleavy’s $444 million vetoes and the size of the Permanent Fund Dividend. With 32 yeas, 6 nays the Capital Budget passed two days before the July 31 deadline. The House also passed to reverse the sweep, 31 yeas, 7 nays. The reverse sweep is an item Governor Mike Dunleavy can not undo in a veto. The ‘reverse sweep’ would restore several dozen funds shifted to a state savings account per the Alaska Constitution. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Third times the charm for the Alaska House of Representatives after they narrowly passed SB 2002 on Monday afternoon passing the Capital Budget on their final attempt.
VW’s I.D. Buzz concept creates smiles for miles In October, Volkswagen announced a scheme where drivers of older, dirty diesels could receive incentives for trading up to newer, cleaner VW vehicles, but some of the incentives were limited in scope. That may soon change, though.Volkswagen is considering expanding certain diesel trade-in incentives to the entirety of Germany, Reuters reports, citing confirmation from a spokesperson. It was first reported by Germany’s Bild newspaper. A board committee is currently investigating this idea and should have a decision in place as early as next week. Here’s how the system currently exists. Owners across Germany can receive an environment incentive of between 1,500 and 8,000 euros (about $1,700 and $9,200), depending on vehicle size, for trading in their Euro 1- to Euro 4-spec diesels. Germans across the country would get the full incentive only if they purchased a new VW diesel, but citizens in the 14 most heavily polluted German cities can get the incentive no matter what powertrain they choose.There’s also a partial incentive if a diesel owner buys a lightly used car instead of a new one, but that incentive is not limited to any specific location, nor are there constraints on powertrain choices. An additional exchange premium boosts the trade-in value of a Euro 4 or Euro 5 diesel, as well, but this one is also limited to those in the 14 sootiest cities.Volkswagen instituted this scheme in part to help stave off the idea of diesel bans, which many polluted cities have floated in an effort to retain control of air quality. By moving to newer diesels outfitted with the latest software and hardware emissions controls, VW hopes it can continue selling diesels, which are still popular in Europe, as it slowly moves toward electrification. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 0 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 46 Photos Share your voice Volkswagen Diesel Cars Post a comment Tags
Herring caught during the 2014 Sitka Sound sac roe fishery. A recent study suggests that managers should take a longer view when managing fisheries like this one. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Sitka Tribe of Alaska wants to see more protection for subsistence harvesters when herring season begins next month. The Tribe’s Herring Committee is recommending a pair of proposals to reserve more areas for subsistence and to cut the commercial harvest by half.Listen nowJust a few weeks from now Sitka Sound will flood with commercial seiners and subsistence users all in search of one small fish– herring.Commercial seiners harvest herring whole and strip the valuable sac roe from the females. At the same time, subsistence users submerge hemlock branches in the water, which become coated with eggs as the fish spawn.But Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Director of Resource Protection Jeff Feldpausch said success rates for subsistence users are down. “We’re seeing a change in the herring– how they spawn, where they spawn– and it’s making it much more difficult for subsistence harvesters to meet the ANS, or the amount necessary for subsistence,” Feldpausch said.Feldpausch was speaking at the Tribe’s most recent Herring Committee meeting. He said subsistence needs have only been met half the time in recent years, with 2016 considered one of the poorest subsistence harvests in memory.From what he’s heard, Feldpausch said it wasn’t always this hard to fill your freezer.“Back in the eighties, or earlier in the fishery, there wasn’t really an issue getting your eggs,” Feldpausch explained. “As this biomass as grown you would think it would be even easier, but it’s becoming more and more difficult.”The biomass, or how much herring are in the water, has fluctuated a lot since the 1980s. Estimates from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game show spawning biomass ranging between 18,000 tons and 103,000 tons in the last couple of decades.Fish and Game forecasts a total biomass of 73,000 tons for 2017.But tribal citizen Tom Gamble said Fish and Game’s forecast model is outdated, that they’re just guessing.“The 2017 biomass that has been forecast has no scientific proof,” Gamble said.Gamble told members of the Herring Committee he’s worried that if the spawn biomass is overestimated, subsistence users will lose out.But Eric Coonradt is confident in the forecast model. He’s Fish and Game’s area management biologist for Sitka.“There are going to be skeptics out there, but the data is solid. The methods are solid,” Coonradt assured.The fishery is managed based on a detailed model that accounts for the distribution, size, and age of the herring — and on the success of the annual spawn.Calculations on the size of the 2017 biomass began last year. Daily aerial surveys get the length of the spawn and dive surveys get the depth of the spawn.“And we have a total area of spawn,” Coonradt explained. “From that, we can calculate how many females would have been able to lay those eggs and you double that to account for males.”But subsistence users don’t find this data reassuring when they’re pulling up empty hemlock branches.So, the Tribe’s Herring Committee is drafting two proposals to the Board of Fish. The first would close off certain areas to commercial fishing, including Katlian Bay, Aleutkina Bay, and Nakwasina Sound.Jeff Feldpausch said the Board accepted a similar proposal in the past.“In 2012 the Board of Fish did grant us a commercial closure zone, or the subsistence zone as we call it,” Feldpausch explained. “We got about half of what we asked for. This is basically going in and asking for the whole thing we asked for originally.”The second proposal asks the Board of Fish to reduce the guideline harvest level– or how much commercial seiners are allowed to catch– to 10 percent of the total spawning biomass, compared to the typical 20 percent.The Tribe’s Herring Committee plans to review these draft proposals at its next meeting March 6.
Amaravati: Assembly Speaker T Sitaram expressed satisfaction over the House passing several crucial bills to benefit the poor and downtrodden during the budget session. He maintained that during his stint as public representative, MLA, minister or even in the opposition in the past for a long time, he never saw such historic bills getting passing in the House after a thorough debate. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us In an interview to The Hans India on completion of budget session of Assembly, on Tuesday, he said though it was first time for him as a Speaker, he conducted the session effectively. He further added that in future, the Assembly will be conducted in a more refined manner. “This is the only session in the recent past which has extensive discussion. All the financial bills were discussed upon at length and there was no guillotine of billsin . Even Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy asked to conduct sufficient discussion on all the demands,” he said. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Reacting on the developments in the House with respect to the opposition TDP, he said, “I don’t have any personal rivalry with Leader of the Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu. But, we have to maintain decency, decorum and conventions of the House and everyone must follow them in Assembly. There are several procedures for demanding the government on public interested issues. If the opposition did not get convinced with the answer given by the government, then it must come in another format. I always suggested them to come in alternative formats to question the government or to get more clarity on the issues. But, they were not allowing the business in the House. That was not good.” He said that he would never undermine the opposition role in the House, because of that reason only he had given more time to the TDP leaders.
Share A tree toppled by Hurricane Maria rests over damaged graves in the Villa Palmeras cemetery in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in December 2017.Perhaps 5,000 people died in Puerto Rico in 2017 for reasons related to September’s Hurricane Maria, according to a study that dismisses the official death toll of 64 as “a substantial underestimate.”A research team led by scientists at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health didn’t simply attempt to count dead bodies in the wake of the powerful storm. Instead, they surveyed randomly chosen households and asked the occupants about their experiences.From that approach, they concluded that between Sept. 20 and Dec. 31, 2017, there were 4,645 “excess deaths” — that is, deaths that would not have occurred if the island hadn’t been plunged into a prolonged disaster following the devastating storm.But the estimate isn’t as precise as the figure implies. The researchers calculate there is a 95 percent likelihood the death toll was somewhere between about 800 and 8,500 people. They say about 5,000 is a likely figure.The findings are being published Tuesday by The New England Journal of Medicine.The research team randomly selected 3,299 households in Puerto Rico. Local scientists surveyed them over the course of three weeks in January. People in those homes reported a total of 38 deaths. The scientists then extrapolated that finding to the island’s total population of 3.4 million people to estimate the number of deaths. The researchers then subtracted deaths recorded during that same period in 2016 and concluded that the mortality rate in Puerto Rico had jumped 62 percent in the three months following the storm.The Puerto Rico Department of Health didn’t respond immediately to requests for comment about the study.The death rate is a contentious subject, in part because federal and island governments haven’t responded as rapidly to the disaster as they have in other hurricane emergencies. The study notes that 83 percent of the households in Puerto Rico were without electrical power for the time period looked at, more than 100 days, from the date of the hurricane until the end of 2017.Puerto Rico residents and outside observers have long argued that the official death toll is hopelessly inadequate. It captures the number of deaths the medical examiner attributed directly to the storm — the high water and howling winds in the worst natural disaster on record for the U.S. territory. Maria came ashore as a Category 4 hurricane, with winds gusting at over 110 mph and drenching rainfall.CNN surveyed funeral homes after the storm and tallied 499 hurricane-related deaths. The New York Times compared official death records from September and October 2017 and identified more than 1,000 excess deaths, compared with the average for 2015 and 2016. Alexis Santos, a researcher at Penn State University, and a colleague, used death certificates to come up with a similar estimate.The government of Puerto Rico commissioned researchers from George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health to estimate excess deaths. Results of that study have been delayed and are due out this summer.“Our approach is complementary to that and it provides a different kind of estimate and a different kind of insight into the impact of the hurricane,” says Caroline Buckee, a lead author of the new study and epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The researchers suggested that the government in Puerto Rico could use its methods in an even larger survey to reduce the large uncertainties in their findings.The Harvard study covers a greater time period than The New York Times’ calculation, a difference that could partly account for the much higher figure.The household survey is a widely accepted technique for estimating casualties following a disaster. But it can be misleading if the sample isn’t truly random or if some households have been wiped out altogether and are therefore missing from the survey. In the latter, the result would underestimate the true toll. In fact, the Harvard team says its results are “likely to be an underestimate” because of this bias.The survey looked at deaths through the end of 2017, but the scientists suspect that the excess deaths continued into this year. “We saw consistent, high rates, in September, October, November, December,” says Rafael Irizarry, a biostatistician on the research team. “There’s no reason to think that on Jan. 1 this trend stops.”“Hurricane Maria caused massive infrastructural damage to Puerto Rico,” the Harvard team writes in its study.“In our survey, interruption of medical care was the primary cause of sustained high mortality rates in the months following the hurricane,” the wrote. Hospitals and doctors struggled to provide care, and many people simply had trouble getting to the doctor or the hospital to seek medical care. The survey finds that one-third of the total deaths in the months following the storm were caused by delayed or interrupted health care.Understanding the true number is important for many reasons. “There are ramifications not only for families, not only for closure, but also financial ramifications” such as for aid and preparedness, says Dr. Satchit Balsari, one of the lead investigators, who is a physician at the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
European space company wants solar power plant in space (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists from around the world have completed a study that says harvesting the sun’s energy in space can turn out to be a cost effective way of delivering the world’s needs for power in as little as 30 years. As important, the report says that orbiting power plants capable of collecting energy from the sun and beaming it to earth are technically feasible within a decade or so based on technologies now in the laboratory. More information: iaaweb.org/via The Globe and Mail These are findings in a report from the International Academy of Astronautics, headquartered in Paris. What their time references refer to are that the very technology needed to satisfy global energy requirements may be available in only 10 to 20 years, and the project can show cost-effectiveness in about 30 years. The IAA’s three-year, ten-nation study, as the first broadly based international assessment of collecting solar energy in space, is considered significant. The study was conducted from 2008 to 2010 and was under peer review. John Mankins, the former head of concepts at NASA, led the study. The concept centers on placing one, then several, then many, solar-powered satellites in orbit over the equator. Each would be several miles wide. The satellites would collect sunlight up to 24 hours a day The power would be converted to electricity in space, then sent to where it was needed on earth by a microwave-transmitting antenna or by lasers, and then fed into a power grid.Who would bear the cost of such an effort? The report recommends that both governments and the private sector should fund the research needed to further determine viability.A pilot project to demonstrate the technology could proceed using low-cost expendable launch vehicles being developed for other space markets, said Mankins, according to Reuters. A moderate-scale demonstration would cost tens of billions of dollars less than previously projected as a result of not needing costly, reusable launch vehicles early on. According to reports, reactions to the study strike a hopeful note that such a project will proceed. Jeff Peacock, who heads Boeing’s ground-based solar cell product line, said in theory it could double the amount of solar power collected, compared with the earth-bound technology equivalent. Col. Michael Smith, director of the Center for Strategy and Technology at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, was quoted as saying that the idea has the potential to send safe, clean electrical energy worldwide “if we can make it work.”Advantages to space solar power compared to ground solar power are that it can occur without worry about adverse weather conditions and the costs of energy storage. Another thumbs-up reason given is that solar collection does not bring carbon pollution, addressing key concerns about a continuing reliance on fossil fuels that contribute to global pollution. Nevertheless, the Reuters report says skeptics point out hurdles such as space debris, a lack of focused market studies and development costs. © 2011 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Image credit: SpaceWorks Engineering, Inc. Citation: IAA says ‘Yes We Can’ to power plants in orbit (2011, November 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-iaa-power-orbit.html Explore further