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NIA raids Asiya Andrabi’s house in Srinagar

first_imgA team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday raided the house of Dukhataran-e-Millat (DeM) chief Asiya Andrabi in Srinagar. However, no material evidence was seized.An official said the NIA team arrived at the residence of DeM chief Andrabi at Iqbal Colony 90-Feet Road in Srinagar’s Soura early in the morning.The official said the team could not search the house or seize any material evidence as no male member was in the house at the time of raid.The NIA registered a fresh case against Ms. Andrabi under various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967 (UAPA) on April 27 and was shifted to a New Delhi jail on July 6. Sofi Fehmeeda and Nahida Nasreen, two other associates of Ms. Andrabi, were also shifted with her.last_img read more

Qatar Airways to Soon Apply for Launch of Airline in India, Says CEO

first_imgQatar Airways is planning to soon file an application for launching its airline in India, chief executive Akbar Al Baker said. The carrier will launch a full-service airline that will be funded by Qatar’s sovereign fund, Al Baker added, according to PTI.“It would have Indians heading the board and as most of its members,” he told the news agency on the sidelines of the IATA Annual General Meeting in Sydney on June 6.“We will move the application soon. I don’t know really by when because it (the process) takes time,” Al Baker said, a day after he was named the chairman of IATA’s board of governors, Livemint reported.Baker, who had first talked about the airline’s plans for domestic operations India in March 2017, had said earlier this year that the company will start its operations in the country with at least 100 aircraft.“I will not tell you what types of aeroplanes we will deploy in India but as you may remember we said that we will launch an airline in India which will have a fleet of at least 100 aircraft,” he had said at the time, according to PTI.Three full-service carriers — Air India, Jet Airways and Vistara Airlines — currently operate in India.Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund is managed by the Qatar Investment Authority. Set up in 2005 to manage the oil and natural gas surpluses, it currently has under management assets worth about $335 billion, the news agency added.India permits 100 percent foreign direct investment in domestic airlines. Foreign airlines can, however, invest only up to 49 percent.Qatar Airways’ plans to enter India make “strategic sense,” Livemint quoted Mark Martin, founder and chief executive officer of aviation consultancy Martin Consulting LLC, as saying. Martin added that even if the firm begins the process immediately, it will be able to start functioning in India only by 2020, according to the report.India is the world’s third largest market in domestic aviation when it comes to the number of tickets sold, the economic survey report showed earlier this year. In 2017 from April-September, domestic airlines carried 57.50 million passengers, showing a growth rate of 16 per cent over the corresponding previous year period, with 10.30 percent domestic cargo handled, the report said.In 2016-17, the annual growth in domestic passenger departures was 23.5 percent as compared to 3.3 percent in the United States and 10.7 percent in China, it added. Related ItemsAviationQatarlast_img read more

Tokyo favours venue changes as 2020 Games costs soar

first_imgA Tokyo panel on Thursday urged changes to three venues for the 2020 Olympics in the face of ballooning costs but organisers say such adjustments may prove difficult to instigate in time for the Games.Tokyo touted access to a $4.5 billion war chest when it beat Madrid and Istanbul in its successful 2013 bid for the Summer Games but recently elected governor Yuriko Koike campaigned on reining in ballooning costs and ordered a review of expenses.The proposed changes, which could include moving rowing and canoeing some 400 km (250 miles) from Tokyo, would require the approval of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and each sport’s international federation.They are the latest in a series of embarrassing setbacks and broken promises for organisers, who won the bid largely on Japan’s reputation for efficiency.Tokyo’s bid proposal, for example, said some 85 percent of venues would be within 8 km (5 miles) of the Olympic Village in central Tokyo.According to a preliminary report, released on the same day as an executive board meeting of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, overall costs could surge to more than four times original estimates of 734 billion yen ($7.24 billion).”Given the current situation, costs could run over 3 trillion yen ($29 billion),” the panel wrote in its report.When it won the Games, Tokyo said they would bring in economic benefits of 3 trillion yen and create 150,000 jobs.To cut back, the panel proposed reconsidering the construction of three new venues — for volleyball, swimming and rowing/canoeing — in favour of using existing venues.SERIES OF BLUNDERSadvertisementFor rowing and canoeing, they suggested three possible sites outside Tokyo, including a city in northeastern Miyagi prefecture, hours north of the capital.Volleyball and swimming could be covered by renovating existing venues in downtown Tokyo, not far from the site of the Olympic Village, the panel said.The rowing venue, estimated to cost 6.9 billion yen, now comes in at 49.1 billion yen, the panel noted.But organisers expressed doubts, saying it might be difficult to win acceptance for changes.”These sites were chosen over years and approved by the sports federations and International Olympic Committee,” said Yoshiro Mori, head of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee.”It would be extremely difficult to overturn this.”Tokyo has already shifted venues for several events out of the capital, including sailing and basketball. Cycling will take place in Shizuoka, about 200 km (125 miles) west of Tokyo.Tokyo organisers have been grappling with a series of blunders.They were forced to scrap an initial design for the centrepiece National Stadium, site of the opening and closing ceremonies, because it was too expensive, and had to redesign the logo for the games following accusations of plagiarism.last_img read more

Former Bigg Boss contestant Sofia Hayat sports a bikini on her honeymoon; see pics

first_imgFormer Bigg Boss contestant Sofia Hayat , who married Romanian interior designer Vlad Stanescu in April this year, has finally managed to take out time for their honeymoon. They are soaking in sun and water in Egypt.The couple’s wedding was no less than extraordinary as they exchanged the wedding nuptials in an Egyptian ceremony, complete with Egyptian symbolism, carriage rides and people dressed as royals. Sofia arrived to her wedding in a chariot pulled by four white horses with unicorn horns.Happy and excited Sofia, has been posting pictures on her Instagram page from Egypt. Check out the pictures: Also recently she made headlines for saying that she should probably do a condom ad dressed as a nun. She said this soon after the I&B ministry issued an advisory directing television channels against telecasting condom advertisements between 6 am and 10 pm.last_img read more

Inspired Greece Thrash Spain to Set up Final with Israel

first_imgCRETE – (FIBA U20 European Championship 2017) – In front of their beloved fans, an inspired Greece dominated reigning champions Spain in a 77-56 Semi-Final victory. Greece will play Israel in the Final, while Spain meet France for third place.An energetic Greece played tough defense and were too physical for Spain, who could never get their high-octane game going. Vasileios Charalampopoulos continued his fine tournament with 19 points and 5 rebounds, while Marc Marti scored 12 points for Spain.In the earlier Semi-Final, a near-perfect Israel thumped a disappointing France 74-52 to reach their first U20 Final since 2004. With a mixture of perfect passing and hardnosed defense, Israel’s efficiency overwhelmed France, who were rattled and played recklessly.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Dickwella stars as Sri Lanka condemn England to their heaviest defeat in ODIs

first_imgEngland suffered their heaviest defeat in the one day internationals when they lost to Sri Lanka by 219 runs on Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in the fifth and the final match of the series in Colombo on Tuesday.England won the five-match series 3-1, with the first match ending without a result due to rain.England had come into the match with an unassailable 3-0 series lead and opted to make three changes to their bowling attack with regular captain Eoin Morgan also resting himself and handing the reins to Jos Buttler.The weakened bowling attack seemed to have aided Sri Lanka as they put up a massive total, buoyed by quickfire half-centuries from their top four batsmen, after winning the toss and opting to bat.Sri Lanka vs England 5th ODI Highlights | ScorecardFast bowler Dushmantha Chameera then took three wickets in his opening spell to derail England’s chase while Akila Dananjaya spun a web around their middle and lower-order batsmen to restrict the touring side to 132/9 before rain put an end to their misery.England were 219 runs behind Sri Lanka at that stage under the DLS scoring method which is used in rain-shortened fixtures. England’s worst margin of defeat in the 50-over format previously was 165 runs.That’s it – Sri Lanka pick up a brilliant consolation victory in Colombo!Sri Lanka win by a massive 219 runs (DLS method) – it’s England’s biggest-ever ODI defeat.England win the series 3-1.#SLvENG scorecard https://t.co/73cLYZc7df pic.twitter.com/9d55riGivzadvertisementICC (@ICC) October 23, 2018Dananjaya was the most successful bowler for the hosts with 4/19 while Chameera, who came into the side for Lasith Malinga, took 3/20.England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was limping during the latter part of his knock after being hit on his knee by a delivery while batting, scored 67.Earlier, Niroshan Dickwella top-scored with 95 and added 137 with opening partner Sadeera Samarawickrama, who made 54 for his maiden half-century, to set the tone for the Sri Lankan innings.Play has been called off due to heavy rain, Sri Lanka wins the 5th ODI by massive 219 runs (DLS method).England 132/9 (26.1 ov) Akila Dananjaya 4/19, Chameera 3/20, Dhananjaya 1/18, K Rajitha 1/21 vs SL 366/6.England won the ODI series 3-1. #SLvENG pic.twitter.com/lmoC3FU7yxSri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) October 23, 2018Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal then notched up 80 while number four Kusal Mendis ended a run of low scores with a 56, the duo adding 102 for the third wicket.England drafted in pace bowlers Liam Plunkett, Sam Curran and Mark Wood in the side for Morgan, Chris Woakes and Olly Stone. It was the first time the Curran brothers – Sam and Tom – were making their England appearance together.The two sides will next play a lone Twenty20 match on Saturday before a three-Test series starts in Galle from November. 6.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

SOUTH SIOUX’S BIMBO BAKERY PLANT TO CLOSE

first_imgOfficials with Bimbo Bakeries say they will close their South Sioux City bakery plant in October.The company will shift production to other plants.The closing will cost 81 local workers their jobs.Bimbo Bakeries is part of Mexico City-based Grupo Bimbo.The company previously closed down the Metz Baking production facility on Highway 75.That baking plant closed in March of 2014 and cost 64 workers their jobs.last_img

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri slams VAR: Kane was offside

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri slams VAR: Kane was offsideby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri slammed VAR after losing the first-leg of their Carabao Cup semi to Tottenham.A Harry Kane penalty in the first-half – which was awarded via VAR – earned Spurs the 1-0 win.Sarri snapped, “A few minutes ago I watched the video from our camera. It was offside. Our camera was in line with Harry Kane.”Offside with the head, the knee. Offside. It was really important the linesman carried on running, he had a big impact on our defenders.”I don’t think English referees are able to use the system.”If you are not sure with the system, you have to follow the ball and at the end of the action decide. But he stopped it and didn’t follow the ball – for our defenders it was offside. I don’t know about the goalkeeper but sure the defenders.”I think they have to study the system.”It’s very strange in the Premier League there isn’t VAR and in Carabao Cup there is the system. It’s very strange for us, the players and referees.” last_img read more

Tourism Minister Wins Global Award

first_img The award was voted on by the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association, a professional organisation of travel writers, which was founded in 1998 at the Pacific Area Travel Association (PATA) Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Jamaica also copped another major award as the best Tourism Destination for Adventure. Story Highlights “This is really for Jamaica and the outstanding team here at the Ministry of Tourism and, by extension, the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB),” the Minister added. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, fresh from receiving his accolade as the Caribbean’s Tourism Minister of the Year for 2017, has been named Tourism Minister of the Year Worldwide.Mr. Bartlett received the award on March 8 at the ITB Berlin 2018, the world’s leading travel trade show, in Germany.The award was voted on by the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association, a professional organisation of travel writers, which was founded in 1998 at the Pacific Area Travel Association (PATA) Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Jamaica also copped another major award as the best Tourism Destination for Adventure.Mr. Bartlett said he is “both happy and humbled” to be recognised for such a prestigious award and in front of “an audience of the tourism and travel industry’s finest”.“This is really for Jamaica and the outstanding team here at the Ministry of Tourism and, by extension, the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB),” the Minister added.He said the award is especially gratifying, as it showed that all the hard work to sell Jamaica to the world is being recognised by industry players globally.“We had a great 2017, and there is every indication that we will surpass all predictions for 2018. Jamaica has a world-class tourism product that is in demand. We are now the number-one destination for British tourists and we have been seeing our numbers in Europe continuing on a steady rise. I was in Greece the other day for a Think Tank, and Jamaica continues to be all the rave,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett added that Jamaica is now starting to see the benefits of having hosted the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development, which ran for three days last November.“The kind of publicity we got out of hosting that mega conference is something we could never pay for. Jamaica is certainly poised for greatness, and tourism continues to be that main engine of economic growth that has the potential to solve our problems. We are out here in the marketplace, where we continue to have a bird’s eye view of how well our product is being received by the rest of the world,” the Minister said.About 10,000 travel companies have gathered in Germany for ITB Berlin 2018, which runs from March 7 to 11. It features themes such as luxury travel, technology and the sustainability of the travel and tourism industry.German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, headlined the conference’s official opening session on Tuesday (March 6). Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, fresh from receiving his accolade as the Caribbean’s Tourism Minister of the Year for 2017, has been named Tourism Minister of the Year Worldwide.last_img read more

Celebrities Honored With Highest Civilian Award

first_imgThe USA’s annual Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded by a sitting president to those he deems have offered exceptional contributions to society. These meritorious actions can fall into three categories, including cultural endeavors.In November, President Barack Obama named 19 recipients of this year’s award. “From activists who fought for change,” he said, “to artists who explored the furthest reaches of our imagination.”Of Journalist Tom Brokaw, The White House press release said, “For decades, Mr. Brokaw has reached millions of Americans in living rooms across the country to provide depth and analysis to historic moments as they unfold, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the terrorist attacks of 9-11.”Among his many awards for his lifetime achievements, he can now add the Presidential Medal of Freedom.Actor Meryl Streep received the award for her contribution to theatre.“Ms. Streep has captured our imaginations with her unparalleled ability to portray a wide range of roles, portraying characters who embody the full range of the human experience,” the press release stated. But at the ceremony, Obama said, “I’ve said it publicly, I love Meryl Streep. I love her. Her husband knows I love her. Michelle knows I love her. There’s nothing either of them can do about it. But, she’s done it all for her craft.”Another actor, Marlo Thomas, also received the award, but for her social activism. “Whether championing equality for girls and women,” said the statement, “giving voice to the less fortunate, breaking barriers by portraying one of television’s first single working women on ‘That Girl’, or teaching children to be ‘Free to Be You and Me’, Thomas inspires us all to dream bigger and reach higher.”It also commended Thomas’ work as the National Outreach Director with the pediatric facility, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which her father founded in 1962.Stevie Wonder, whom the statement called one of the world’s most gifted singer-songwriters, also received the award this year for his contribution to the entertainment industry. “Mr. Wonder has created a sound entirely his own,” it said, “mixing rhythm and blues with genres ranging from rock and roll to reggae, and demonstrating his mastery of a range of instruments, styles and themes.” At the ceremony, Obama said, “For more than 50 years, Stevie has channeled his inner visions into messages of hope and healing and becoming one of the most influential musicians in American history.”The Medal of Freedom award was introduced in 1945 for outstanding civilian wartime service. This was replaced in 1963 by the Presidential Medal of Freedom to include peacetime service as well.Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

Achraf Hakimi to Visit Young Fan Who Wore His Makeshift Jersey

Rabat – Atlas Lion Achraf Hakimi contacted a young fan and sent him several jerseys, after a picture of the 6-year-old Moroccan boy wearing an Achraf Hakimi jersey made out of plastic went viral. The boy’s family, from Sefrou, shared the picture on Facebook and asked others to spread the message, hoping it would reach Hakimi or Dortmund officials.On Wednesday, Hakimi responded to the boy and requested that the boy’s family contact him directly. Hakimi also recorded a special message dedicated to the young fan, from Sefrou, near Fez.Borussia Dortmund’s defender is currently on holiday in Paris with his girlfriend, Hiba Abouk. read more

Grains mostly lower livestock lower

Wheat for May was off 8.25 cents at 4.1850 a bushel; May corn rose 1.25 cents at 3.5325 a bushel; May oats fell 12.25 cents at $3.05 a bushel; while May soybeans lost 6.25 cents at $8.4125 a bushel.Beef and pork were lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Apr. live cattle was off 1.02 cents at $1.2375 a pound; May feeder cattle lost 1.80 cents at $1.4160 a pound; while May lean hogs fell .47 cent at $.8430 a pound.The Associated Press

Canadas economy sheds 7000 jobs in second decline in 3 months

OTTAWA — Canada’s jobs market continues to sputter as the economy gave back some of January’s gains by shedding 7,000 workers overall in February, a disappointment to those hoping for a strong start to the year.[np_storybar title=”Canada’s jobs picture is far bleaker than Ottawa currently portrays, study suggests” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/03/06/statistics-canada-failing-to-tell-whole-story-about-canadas-job-market-clc-says/”%5DThe Canadian Labour Congress is asking Statistics Canada to change the way it reports on unemployment, saying a more fulsome analysis of the data it collects would paint a very different picture of the country’s labour market. Read on [/np_storybar]The loss was tiny in relative terms and insufficient to alter the 7.0% unemployment rate.But after last week’s news of stronger fourth-quarter economic growth than forecasted, and a gain of 29,000 jobs in January, economists had expected February would also see a gain in the order of about 15,000 jobs.The bottom line looked worse than the underlying details — which included a pickup in full-time employment and private sector hiring — but it was sufficiently soft, especially when put up against the 175,000 job gain in the U.S., for markets to sell down the Canadian dollar.The loonie fell almost three-quarters of a cent to 90.26 cents US as the news was released Friday, giving back most of the gains of the past week.The setback in February — the second decline in three months — continued a pattern of up and down months in the Canadian labour market, which has been virtually stalled since last August.[np_storybar title=”By the numbers” link=””]Here’s what happened provincially (previous month in brackets): — Newfoundland 11.8 (12.0) — Prince Edward Island 11.5 (11.3) — Nova Scotia 8.9 (8.6) — New Brunswick 9.8 (9.9) — Quebec 7.8 (7.5) — Ontario 7.5 (7.5) — Manitoba 5.3 (5.6) — Saskatchewan 3.9 (4.3) — Alberta 4.3 (4.6) — British Columbia 6.4 (6.4) [/np_storybar]While the last 12 months has seen a pick-up of 95,000 workers, Statistics Canada noted “there has been little overall employment growth in Canada since August 2013.”“Looking through the typical see-saw pattern in Canadian employment, there is little doubt that underlying trends are cooling, with job totals up a modest 0.5% from a year ago and the unemployment rate seemingly stuck at 7.0%,” said Doug Porter, chief economist with BMO Capital Markets.“I wouldn’t expect a whole lot more in the year ahead as we see this so-called rotation away from housing and consumer spending to exports and business investment,” he added.As troubling, added Porter, is that almost all the job growth in the past year has occurred in Alberta, with other regions left picking up the scraps.Porter says monthly regional breakdowns are notoriously unreliable because of the larger sampling error factor in the survey, but a year-long look usually tells a true tale.What the long-view shows is that Alberta has picked up 82,000 jobs compared with a year ago, an increase of 3.8% of the workforce, while Ontario and Saskatchewan gained 29,000 and 5,000 jobs respectively. All other provinces have lost jobs, except for New Brunswick which broke even.The general malaise is reflected in the employment rate, which held steady at 61.6%, still about two percentage points below the pre-recession highs. This means that almost five years removed from the recession, there are still hundreds of thousands fewer workers in Canada relative to the population that before the slump.But economists also noted that the underlying details were much more positive. Full-time employment rose by 18,900 and private sector jobs increased by 35,200. Offsetting the gains were sharp drops in part-time jobs and a massive falloff of 51,000 government jobs.Scotiabank economists Derek Holt and Dov Zigler said the one-month public service plunge was likely exaggerated, given that the sector only lost 41,000 for the full year.Still, there is no doubt government spending restraint is holding back job creation in Canada, economists said, a major factor in the weak U.S. job market as well.“These figures illustrate the folly of imposing public-service cuts on a stagnant job market. Unfortunately, the federal government and many provincial governments have prioritized fiscal austerity over economic growth,” said Erin Weir, an economist with the United Steelworkers.There were 15,500 fewer people classified as employees, as well, but 8,600 more people became self-employed.Regionally, Quebec and British Columbia both had off employment months of 25,500 and 10,400 respectively compared with January, while Alberta and Nova Scotia saw gains of 19,000 and 2,900.By industry, there were 9,000 more workers in natural resources and 7,900 more in agriculture in February, but 25,000 fewer in finance, insurance, real estate and leasing. Manufacturing saw a small pick-up of about 5,000, while construction lost 3,600.In a separate report, Statistics Canada said the country’s trade deficit had significantly narrowed to $177 million in January from $922 million the previous month, although most of the improvement had little to do with jobs generating exports. In fact, in volume terms, exports fell 5.3%, while a sharp decline in imports and better prices helped the bottom line. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,202.37, up 73.68 points):Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Oil and gas. Up five cents, or 1.41 per cent, to $3.59 on 5.9 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 54 cents, or 4.35 per cent, to $12.96 on 5.7 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 26 cents, or 8.55 per cent, to $3.30 on 5.4 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up two cents, or 0.84 per cent, to $2.40 on 4.8 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up 61 cents, or 6.55 per cent, to $9.93 on 4.6 million shares.Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Miner. Up 2.5 cents, or 1.90 per cent, to $1.34 on 4.3 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Cott Corp. (TSX:BCB). Beverages – non-alcoholic. Up $1.18, or 6.40 per cent, to $19.61 on 1.6 million shares. The company has signed a deal to sell its traditional beverage manufacturing business to Dutch company Refresco for US$1.25 billion. read more

Sri Lanka boosts scientific cooperation with CERN

An International Cooperation Agreement (ICA) to enhance scientific cooperation in High Energy Physics between the scientific community of Sri Lanka and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), was signed in Geneva.Minister of Science, Technology and Research, Susil Premajayantha and the Director for International Relations of CERN,  Ms. Charlotte Warakaulle signed on behalf of the two parties. Speaking at the event, Minister Premajayantha said improving scientific cooperation with international organizations such as CERN will contribute to the Government’s efforts in the development of science, technology and research, as well as in popularizing science education in the country. Ms. Warakaulle commended the Sri Lanka Government’s commitment and investment in fundamental research and pledged the cooperation of CERN in furthering this goal. Sri Lanka becomes the 47th country to sign an ICA with CERN, which is regarded the most prominent particle physics research institute in the world. This Agreement will create a framework for the participation by Sri Lankan scientists, engineers and technicians in research projects of the CERN and increase opportunities for Sri Lankan undergraduates and physics teachers to participate in CERN’s training programmes. As a follow-up to the implementation of this Agreement, it was agreed that that a group of leading scientists representing the different Universities in Sri Lanka would undertake a ‘Study visit’ to CERN in May 2017 in order to familiarize themselves with the CERN’s ongoing research. It was also agreed that a ‘Particle Physics Cluster’ will be formed in Sri Lanka in order to develop scientific cooperation between Sri Lanka and CERN by networking through a virtual institute. CERN experts will also visit Sri Lanka to engage more closely with the Sri Lankan scientific community and to support the upgrading of teaching of physics in high schools. It was further agreed that CERN would consider donating servers to be used for data analysis projects with CERN.Formal cooperation between Sri Lanka and CERN was initiated on 25 June 2015, following the signing of an ‘Expression of Interest’ (EOI) Agreement between Sri Lanka‘s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha and the then Director General of CERN, Prof. Rolf-Dieter Heuer. As a result of this process, for the first time two Sri Lankan undergraduate students participated in the CERN Summer Student Programme 2016, while it has also enabled Sri Lankan teachers to apply to participate in the CERN High School Physics Teachers International Programme. In September 2016, CERN Senior Advisor on International Relations, Dr. Rüdiger Voss visited Sri Lanka as a Guest of the Government of Sri Lanka and a Resource Person at the ‘Science and Technology for Society Forum Sri Lanka 2016’  (STS Forum 2016), where it was decided to move towards signing a full-fledged International Cooperation Agreement.The Ministry of Science, Technology and Research and the Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI), have been responsible for coordinating these projects, with assistance from the Sri Lanka National Science Foundation (NSF).Following the signing of the Agreement, Minister Premajayantha visited the CERN underground experimental area, in Cessy, France, also known as the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment, particle detector at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC). He was also able to see a demonstration of a hands-on particle physics experiment in the ‘S’Cool Lab’, the particle physics learning laboratory at CERN, which offers experimental workshops for high school physics students and teachers from around the world. Sri Lanka‘s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, Deputy Permanent Representative Mrs. Samantha Jayasuriya, Counsellor Ms. Shashika Somaratne, the Officer responsible for CERN cooperation Second Secretary Ms. Dilini Gunasekera, and Head of the Group of Fifteen (G-15) Secretariat Mr. Gihan Indragupta were associated with Minister Premajayantha in the discussions, while CERN’s Senior Advisor and former Head of International Relations. Dr. Rüdiger Voss, Head of Associate Member and Non-Member State Relations Prof. Emmanuel Tsesmelis and other senior officials were associated with Ms. Warakaulle. read more

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Wrestling Snyder claims gold for USA at World Wrestling Championships in Paris

OSU junior heavyweight has his hand raised after defeating Wisconsin’s Connor Medbery in the 285-pound finals at the 2017 NCAA tournament in St. Louis, Missouri. Snyder won 6-3, while the Buckeyes placed second as a team. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsOhio State wrestler and Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder struck gold for his country once again at the World Wrestling Championships on Saturday in Paris with a 6-5 victory in the men’s freestyle 97kg final over Russia’s Abdulrashi Sadulaev to win a gold medal. Snyder trailed for most of the match, but was able to make the most of a pair of spin-behind takedowns that netted four of his six points in the matchup. Trailing 4-5 with less than 30 seconds remaining, the heavyweight maneuvered himself behind a kneeling Sadulaev to take position, two points and the eventual victory. The Ohio State senior entered the tournament as the top seed among 26 of the globe’s elite wrestlers. This was the third gold medal for Snyder as the Buckeye had also taken home a gold medal from both the Olympics and a previous World Wrestling Championship. The win also clinched a team championship in freestyle for the United States. Snyder’s opening match in Paris was a 10-0 technical fall finish as he defeated Mamed Ibragimov of Kazakhstan in a convincing victory, registering four takedowns and two forced step-outs. Japan’s Naoya Akaguma was waiting for Snyder in the quarterfinals, though the Buckeye made quick work of him as well. The two-time NCAA Champion scored a takedown at the 2:59 mark of the opening period to register his second straight 10-0 technical fall. Throughout the match, the Ohio State senior tallied three takedowns and four forced step-outs. To reach the gold medal matchup, Snyder defeated Aslanbek Alborov of Azerbaijan in the semifinals by a score of 9-2. Snyder dominated by a score of 7-2 in the opening period after recording two takedowns and three forced step-outs. In the second period, the two-time Big Ten Champion scored a takedown and finished the 9-2 victory to advance to the finals. Former Ohio State wrestler Logan Stieber competed in Paris as well. Despite being the No. 2 seed in the tournament, the four-time national champion suffered shutout losses in two of his three matches and was eliminated from the 61kg weight class. Stieber graduated from Ohio State in 2015. read more

What happens when you crack an egg 100 feet underwater

first_imgHave you ever wondered what would happen to an egg if you cracked it deep underwater? Yeah, we haven’t either. Leave it to a pair of Aussie divers to jump in and try it out to see the results. Two instructors from Go Dive Brisbane dove into 32 meters of water with a half dozen eggs intent on solving the underwater mystery, the results they got were interesting, as well as what happened to the eggs when they were done.For us Americans that don’t use the metric system, 32 meters converts to about 105 feet of water, so these guys were deep. When the divers broke the egg, the result was not a gloppy mess, but rather the egg remained in a ovoid shape until it, well, disappeared!The science behind the result is not too difficult to understand. Because of the weight of seawater, objects at considerable depth have much more pressure placed on them. The greater the depth, the higher the pressure. At 100 feet of water, the pressure felt is equal to about three times the our normal pressure on land (about 45 PSI). With all of that force pushing in on the egg, it can maintain the ovoid shape. The reason that the egg looks yellow is the fact that raw egg whites are nearly transparent, so it’s hard to make them out on video.Divers have reported playing tennis underwater with eggs like this using coffee stirrers, perhaps a new Olympic sport? Hey if trampoline can be an event, why not this?As for the disappearance of the egg, we will let you watch the video to find out how that happened.Go Dive Brisbane via Nerdaliciouslast_img read more

Popular RTÉ Sport broadcaster Pat McAuliffe dies aged 61

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Paul Dollery 7 Comments Apr 1st 2019, 11:15 AM Monday 1 Apr 2019, 11:15 AM Popular RTÉ Sport broadcaster Pat McAuliffe dies aged 61 The affable reporter was well-known throughout the country, but particularly so in his native Cork. https://the42.ie/4570675 center_img Subscribe 68,630 Views Share188 Tweet Email Short URL Pat McAuliffe, RIP. Source: James Crombie/INPHOTRIBUTES ARE BEING paid to well-known RTÉ Sport reporter Pat McAuliffe, who died suddenly this morning. He was 61.An affable and popular figure, he was a familiar voice on the airwaves as he reported on a variety of sports, most often from his native Cork.McAuliffe was a regular presence in the press boxes at Turner’s Cross, Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Musgrave Park. In addition to his work for RTÉ, he wrote for local newspaper The Echo during a long career in sports journalism.A former player with Rockmount AFC, he also served as a football referee. On the GAA front, he was a key figure behind the scenes in the running of the Rochestown club in recent years.Yesterday he attended the SSE Airtricity League U19 game between Cobh Ramblers and Cork City at St Colman’s Park.Former Ireland out-half Ronan O’Gara and RTÉ colleague Michael Corcoran are among the many who have paid tribute to Pat McAuliffe on Twitter this morning.Terribly sad news. Was also at Temple Hill and Musgrave Pk. A really decent man. Thoughts with all his family and friends. Rest In Peace Pat.— Ronan O Gara (@RonanOGara10) April 1, 2019Totally shocked to learn of the death of my old RTE Cork colleague and friend Pat McAuliffe. We spent many happy years together in Fr Matthew St keeping the sports flag flying. Rest in Peace Pat.— Michael Corcoran (@MichaelC_RTE) April 1, 2019The FAI are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of veteran broadcaster & journalist Pat McAuliffeOur sympathies are with the family & friends of a true gentleman and supporter of Irish football #RIP pic.twitter.com/YwSQeq8qmY— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) April 1, 2019The thoughts of everyone at Munster Rugby are with the family, friends & colleagues of @RTESport reporter Pat McAuliffe after his sudden passing.Pat was a gentleman and a hugely popular presence in press boxes in Munster & across the country.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anam pic.twitter.com/zcXgS28JmR— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) April 1, 2019All @CorkCityFC are deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Pat McAuliffe. Pat covered City games at all levels for many years. Our sympathies to his friends, family and colleagues. #CCFC84— CCFC.gold (@CorkCityFC) April 1, 2019Cork GAA would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of @RTEsport reporter Pat McAuliffe RIP who died suddenly.Pat reported on Cork games for @rte and was a regular visitor to Pairc Ui Rinn & Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Ar dheis go raibh a anam dilis— Cork GAA (@OfficialCorkGAA) April 1, 2019Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here:last_img read more

Apollo takes Tokyo by storm

first_imgSydney restaurateurs Jonathan Barthlemess and Sam Christie launched the first modern Greek restaurant to ever open in Tokyo on Thursday 31 March. The Apollo Ginza, their latest joint venture in the heart of Japan, is situated in the up-scale luxury retail precinct, on the top floor of Tokyu Plaza Ginza.“I’m very excited. It’s quite unreal; it looks like The Apollo as well, so it’s kind of being in a building like Tokyo which feels like home,” Sam Christie tells Neos Kosmos a few hours before the restaurant’s official opening. “There may have been a couple of other small Greek eateries in Tokyo … a souvlaki place … but nothing at this level.”“We had the Greek embassy here yesterday for lunch and they loved it, which is really flattering. The feedback was great and they said that our tarama was the best they’ve ever had,” he enthuses.Christie and Barthlemess’ off-shore child will follow the example of its hugely popular NSW sibling, which has been one of Potts Point’s main culinary attractions since it opened its doors on Macleay Street back in February 2012. They were approached by Transit, Bill Granger’s Japan-based restaurant and cafe group after they ate at The Apollo in Sydney.“The project has been in the pipeline for almost two-and-a-half years since the first contact from our Japanese partners,” he explains. “We are planning on delivering the same quality of food and overall feel that one can get at The Apollo.”The Apollo is an award-winning modern Greek restaurant with the emphasis on simple dishes while accentuating the strength and freshness of Mediterranean flavours. In its first year, it received 2012 Best New Restaurant in the inaugural Time Out Sydney Food Awards and has continued to grow from strength to strength, voted Top Ten status for the The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide People’s Choice award in 2015. The Apollo’s mouth-watering Greek Australian fusion cuisine has not only seen it retain its One Hat status, but also gained Barthlemess’ menu a one-star rating in The Top 100 in the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards.For this accomplishment Christie and Barthlemess are both “proud and happy”.Building on their success, in February 2014 the duo opened the thriving Japanese joint ChoCho Cho San in Potts Point, which has given Barthlemess the opportunity to explore and interpret the rich heritage of Japanese food in a style that’s produce-driven, simple and elegant.The rich and multi-layered food and drink culture in Tokyo inspired them to re-imagine the Japanese izakaya in an Australian vein. Japanese people seem to take a special liking to Greek flavours and the freshness of seafood and vegetables in Tokyo has been a plus to create authentic Greek recipes.“It’s hard to predict what the most popular dish will be here in Tokyo,” Christie muses.“Finding suppliers for certain products was challenging,” he tells Neos Kosmos, “but we managed to locate the best so we are doing lamb cutlets here as well as the baked lamb.”“We have also added more char-grilled beef-cuts from Japan, something we don’t do in Sydney.”Jonathan Barthlemess, who has relocated to Japan temporarily, said the chance to work with his Japanese counterparts was incredibly fascinating. “I hold great respect for the sincerity, humility and professionalism which is integral to Japanese culture.“I am excited to create a menu that features The Apollo classics and also has plenty of room to accommodate new dishes suited to local palates,” he enthused. The menu will therefore continue to include a focus on its classic shared plates and dishes cooked over a wood-fire. “The Japanese love set menus, so at lunchtime we’ve got three different ones running. We aim for more people to be introduced to our signature dishes and to make it more affordable,” he emphasises.The Apollo Ginza will offer guests a 180-seat dining space with an impressive and functional interior also designed by Greek hands. Winning the Best Restaurant Design 2012 Belle Interior Design Awards, the architect responsible for the Sydney and Tokyo fit out is George Livissianis. His minimalist approach with grey, pared-back interiors at The Apollo has created synergies to the Greek landscape, a dusty palette, an engagingly simple setting with a level of sophistication.With such a team at its helm there’s no doubt The Apollo Ginza will have Tokyoites at konnichiwa.For more information go to theapollo.jp Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more