Two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants involved in the killing of a number of civilians and police personnel were on Saturday gunned down by security forces in an encounter in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.The slain militants have been identified as Abid Wagay, a resident of Rawalpora Shopian, and Shahjahan Mir, hailing of Amshepora Shopian, a police spokesman said.Based on a credible input about the presence of militants in Gahand area of Shopian district of south Kashmir, a cordon-and-search operation was launched by security forces there on April 13 morning, the spokesman said.He said, during the searches, the militants fired upon the security personnel who retaliated. Two militants were killed in the ensuing encounter.The bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter and incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, were seized.According to police records, both of the militants were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM, he said.They were wanted for their complicity in a series of terror crimes, including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities, he said.They were involved in the abduction and subsequent killings of civilians Firdous Ahmad of Batgund and Nissar Ahmad of Kapran, and policeman Balwant Singh of Batgund last year, the spokesman said.“They were also involved in the killing of Khusboo Jan at Viel Shopian earlier this year. Moreover, both were also involved in the killing of a civilian Tanveer Ahmad of Bemnipora at Kachdoora in Shopian,” he said.“They were also involved in arson and setting ablaze panchayat ghars at Kanjiullar and Ramnagar,” he added.The spokesman said Mir was also involved in snatching of weapons and killing of four police personnel at Arhama Shopian last year.“He [Mir] was also involved in attack on police station Shopian in which one cop Saqib Mohi-ud-Din had attained martyrdom and his rifle was snatched.“He was involved in the abduction and killing of a young boy Huzaif Ashraf Kuttay resident of Manzgam D.H. Pora,” he said.Several cases were registered against both of them for planning and executing terror attacks on security establishments and killing of civilians in the area, the spokesman said.“With the efforts of police and other security forces, it was a clean operation and no collateral damage happened during the encounter,” the spokesman said.
An edge-of-the seat match saw England beat West Indies by 18 runs to keep their World Cup quarter-final hopes alive.Chasing 244, West Indies got off to a flying start with Chris Gayle slamming Chris Tremlett for four boundaries in an over in his short-lived 43-run innings. It looked all easy for the West Indies as they got their first 50 in just 5 overs. But spinners James Tredwell and Graeme Swann brought England back into the game, leaving the West Indies aflutter at 150-6.A last-gasp partnership between Ramnaresh Sarwan and Andre Russell got the West Indies ticking ahead. The two shared a 72-run stand before Russell got out to a superb off-break from Tredwell at 49 which was also the turning point of the game.Man-of-the-MatchJames Tredwell was adjudged Man-of-the-Match for his brilliant figures of 10-2-48-4.
Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly said the bowlers let India down at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai tonight while former England captain Nasser Hussain revealed that he was unimpressed with Ajinkya Rahane’s batting after Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men lost to West Indies in the semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20.After being asked to bat, India rode on another Virat Kohli masterclass to post a challenging 192/2 off their 20 overs. Kohli, who has been in superb form this year, smashed an unbeaten 89 off 47 balls to give the bowlers something to bowl at. (Also read: Virat Kohli heroics in vain as West Indies crush India to enter final)The hosts were off to a flying start earlier, thanks to Rohit Sharma, who smashed a quick-fire 43. But India suffered in the middle phase because Rahane took up 35 balls to score only 40. In the course of his innings, he hit only two boundaries, played out eight dot balls and ran 18 singles.Consequently, India managed a score that could have made the captain a little nervous. West Indies had chased down a 180 plus score at this venue with complete ease while England had gunned down South Africa’s 229 without breaking much sweat. (Also read: Kohli scored 89, took a wicket only to end up on the losing side)”It (India’s score) was not enough. Dhoni had said he was worried that the dew might play a factor later. It was very difficult for the Indian bowlers to hold the ball. I was unimpressed with Rahane’s innings. To finish with 192 with two wickets down with all that batting firepower was strange,” Hussain told India Today.advertisementGanguly credited the West Indies batsmen for their superb effort but said India were let down by the bowlers.”Ravindra Jadeja let Dhoni down today. Ashwin had a bad day and he had no control. Once the spinners struggled at the Wankhede, the game was out of control. But for West Indies to do that under pressure (in a World T20 semi-final) is really special,” Ganguly told India Today.”You got to give credit to the West Indian batsmen. It was sensational stuff. Simmons (who scored an unbeaten 83 to see his team through) had his day – he was out twice (off no-balls). Johnson Charles and Andre Russell batted out of their skins. Some of the shots they played were unreal,” he said.Ganguly said India played “superbly” and felt that 192 was a good score on the Wankhede surface but he reiterated his admiration of the West Indies team.”I can understand the frustration among the fans. But you have to give credit to the West Indies batsmen. Chasing 193 in a World Cup semi-final is special. West Indies are a serious batting side,” said Ganguly.The semi-final clash was billed as a Kohli vs Gayle encounter for the last few days. However, West Indies prevailed even as Kohli fired again and Gayle was dismissed early by the young Jasprit Bumrah.Hussain said it was special of the West Indies to chase down a big score in a knockout game even after Gayle had failed. “West Indies chased down 193 without Gayle and that’s pretty special,” he said.
WASHINGTON — An NFL official has acknowledged a link between football and the brain disease CTE for the first time.Jeff Miller, the NFL’s Senior Vice President for Health and Safety, spoke about the connection during an appearance March 14 at a Congressional committee’s round-table discussion about concussions.Rep. (D-Illinois) asked Miller: “Do you think there is a link between football and degenerative brain disorders like CTE?”Miller began by referencing the work of Boston University neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee, who has found CTE in the brains of 90 former pro football players.“Well, certainly, Dr. McKee’s research shows that a number of retired NFL players were diagnosed with CTE, so the answer to that question is certainly ‘yes,’ but there are also a number of questions that come with that,” Miller said.Schakowsky repeated the question: “Is there a link?”“Yes. Sure,” Miller responded.The NFL had not previously linked playing football to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease linked to repeated brain trauma and associated with symptoms such as memory loss, depression and progressive dementia. It can only be detected after death. Among the players found to have CTE in their brains were Hall of Famers Junior Seau and Ken Stabler.During Super Bowl week, Dr. Mitch Berger, a member of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee, would not draw a direct line from football to CTE.Miller appeared at a roundtable discussion of concussions before the House Committee on Energy & Commerce. ESPN first reported Miller’s appearance before the committee.Last month, Berger, Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of California-San Francisco, repeatedly said that while the types of degenerative changes to the brain associated with CTE have been found in late football players, such signs have also been found “in all spectrums of life.”Tao, a protein that indicates the presence of CTE, “is found in brains that have traumatic injuries,” Berger said, “whether it’s from football, whether it’s from car accidents, whether it’s from gunshot wounds, domestic violence — it remains to be seen.”Miller said he was “not going to speak for Dr. Berger” when asked by Schakowsky about those comments.Just before Miller spoke, McKee was asked the same question about the link between hits in football and CTE. She responded “unequivocally” there is, and went into details about her research findings.Miller told the committee that the issue’s entire scope needs to be addressed.“You asked the question whether I thought there was a link,” he said. “Certainly based on Dr. McKee’s research, there’s a link, because she’s found CTE in a number of retired football players. I think that the broader point, and the one that your question gets to, is what that necessarily means and where do we go from here with that information.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
James Anderson has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for his involvement in a heated exchange with umpire Kumar Dharmasena and India captain Virat Kohli on Day 2 of the fifth Test at The Oval.The England fast bowler was found to have breached Article 2.1.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an International Match”.In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of the fast bowler, for whom it was the first offence since the introduction of the revised Code in September 2016.READ – Virat Kohli, James Anderson involved in heated exchange during Oval TestThe incident happened in the 29th over of India’s innings when Anderson snatched his cap and jumper from umpire Kumar Dharmasena and then spoke to him in an aggressive manner following an unsuccessful LBW review against Virat Kohli. Anderson admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.The charges were levelled by on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Joel Wilson, third umpire Bruce Oxenford, all from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, and fourth umpire Tim Robinson.Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.advertisementAnderson, who dismissed Kohli four times during India’s tour of England in 2014, is yet to dismiss the India captain in the series. Something which could have led to the unruly behaviour on the part of Anderson.Including the delivery on which the appeal was made, Anderson had bowled 254 deliveries to Kohli in the series without dismissing him even once.Meanwhile, Kohli who scored a mere 134 runs in the 10 innings in the 2014, has improved his record in the country drastically.In the four matches of the ongoing series ahead of The Oval Test, Kohli had scored 544 runs at an average of 68.Anderson, however, took two wickets immediately after failing to dismiss the India captain. He removed Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya in the space of two overs. Anderson is now heading the list of bowlers with most wickets against India in Test cricket. He went past Muttiah Muralitharan (105 wickets) after picking Pujara’s wicket.At the time of publishing this article, India were 109/4, 223 runs behind England’s 1st innings total of 332.
Rabat – Colombian actress Maria Fernanda Yepes invited her compatriots to visit Morocco to discover the beauty of the country’s landscapes and its historical heritage.The actress was in a one month stay in Morocco, where she filmed her exclusive Colombian telenovela “ Maria Magdalena.” The Colombian star made her remarks on Morocco to the Colombian magazine 15 Minutos.The actress commended Morocco’s charm and the beautify and the magic of the southern landscapes of Morocco. The actress was also fascinated by the richness of Morocco’s heritage and historical monuments. During her interview with the 15 Minutos, Fernanda Yepes said that her telenovela offered fulfilled her Moroccan dream, stating that she has been always dreaming of visiting the North African country.In the interview, which was reported by Maghreb Arab Press, Fernanda Yepes said that she had made a 10-day climb with her sister and mother to discover the places and the typical landscapes of Morocco.The Colombiano said that her best experience was in the dunes of Merzouga, where she spent the night in a bivouac, underscoring the rich musical heritage of the region. The list of the places the star recommended for her compatriots includes: Jamaa El Fna square, the El Badii Palace, the Mohammed VI Museum of Water Civilization and the Menara Gardens in Marrakech.A delegation of 39 cineasts has completed the filming of the telenovela “Maria Magdalena” in the southern regions of Morocco, especially in Marrakech, Ouarzazate and Erfoud.
HARRISON, N.J. — Atlanta United advanced to Major League Soccer’s championship match in just its second season, losing to the New York Red Bulls 1-0 on Thursday night on a goal in second-half stoppage time but winning the two-match Eastern Conference final by a 3-1 aggregate score.Atlanta will host Portland in the MLS Cup on Dec. 8, a chance for the city’s second professional sports title and first since the Braves won the 1995 World SeriesNew York, one of the league’s original teams, had the best regular-season record for the third time in six seasons but remained without an MLS title. The Red Bulls have reached the conference final five times but advanced for the only time in 2008, when they lost the MLS Cup match to Columbus.Tim Parker scored the game’s only goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time after a poor clearance by Brad Guzan following a corner kick.With the temperature around 40 and an announced crowd of 22,137 on the late autumn night, Atlanta played with five men back and often 10 behind the ball in a classic “park the bus” defensive strategy. When Atlanta players fell to the ground following challenges, they often remained down for lengthy periods as time ran off the clock. MLS scoring champion Josef Martinez, Franco Escobar and Hector Villalba had goals at home in the first leg on Sunday.TIMBERS 3, SPORTING KC 2TIMBERS ADVANCE ON 3-2 AGGREGATEKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Diego Valeri scored a pair of goals, including one in stoppage time, and Portland beat Sporting Kansas City to advance to MLS Cup for the second time in four years.Sebastian Blanco also scored in the second half for Portland, which didn’t even need Valeri’s clinching goal. The teams had played to a scoreless draw Sunday in Portland in the first leg of their aggregate-goal Western Conference final, and with road goals being the tiebreaker, the Timbers were assured of playing for a championship even when the score was 2-2.Valeri’s stoppage goal merely allowed the Timbers to begin celebrating a few minutes early. Daniel Salloi scored in the first half and Gerso Fernandes scored in the 81st minute for Sporting KC.Blanco’s strike in the 52nd minute was followed by Valeri’s header off a rebound moments later, a goal that not only silenced the crowd at Children’s Mercy Park but led to a rather bizarre scene.Fans in one corner of the stadium began throwing bottles and other trash at Portland players, and referee Mark Geiger brought both teams to the sideline. Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes then stalked more than halfway across the field to admonish his own club’s fans.The Associated Press
Xinhua News Agency reports that the local authorities of China’s Tibet Autonomous Region are set to ban the mining of gold, mercury, arsenic and peat to preserve mineral resources and protect the environment. “Mercury and arsenic mining can pollute water supplies, peat mining can destroy wetlands and gold mining can ruin grasslands and rivers,” Wang Baosheng, director of the Land and Resources Department of the Tibet Autonomous Region, told Xinhua. The region is drawing up a new plan to protect mineral resources following the opening of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, Wang said. “Although Tibet boasts rich resources of arsenic and gold, we will still ban the exploitation of these resources for the sake of environmental protection.” Known by many as ‘Asia’s Water Tower’, the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau has abundant resources of water, wetlands and grasslands. In Tibet, 38 nature reserves have been established encompassing an area of 408,300 km2, accounting for 34% of the region’s total land area.
Established in 1969 as Saldanha Plant Hire for general plant hire and exploration drilling and later to mine limestone for Anglo Alpha near Saldanha in the Western Cape, SPH Kundalila has continued to expand its service offering and geographic base until it employs about 1,300 people today. The top 12 management members boast in excess of a collective 200 years’ service, giving it access to some of the best skills and expertise available locally. SPH Kundalila specialises in materials handling, crushing and screening, loading and hauling, rehabilitation and other turnkey solutions.It has over 320 items of earthmoving equipment in its fleet and is the largest owner of Cat 950H wheel loaders in the Southern Hemisphere. Its fleet is maintained to the highest standards by means of on-site workshops staffed by highly skilled technical personnel. SPH Kundalila also enjoys priority support from major OEMs such as Bell Equipment and Caterpillar.“You would be hard pressed to find another mining services supplier with such a large capacity to take on critical outsourced work. We take pride in our ability to process and produce large volumes with our precise screening capabilities,” Jeremy Petter-Bowyer, SPH Kundalila Managing Director, says. It has the capacity to screen in excess of 1 Mt/month with screen apertures down to less than 35 mm. It has also screened low diameter material of 0.8 mm through its dry screening operations. An example of its innovation in this regard is the application of an air separator at a client’s site in Thabazimbi that effectively removes unwanted fines from aggregate products and sifts material that would otherwise be rejected, reducing it to the required specification.SPH Kundalila also operates various crushers throughout the country, ranging from jaw to cone and Vertical Shaft Impact (VSI) crushers. For example, it crushes up to 350,000 t/month of ore for Pilanesburg Platinum using a 57 t Metso L120 crusher and a 106 t Sandvik Crawlmaster with a capacity of 750 t/h. It can crush rocks from just under a 1 m while the L120 can crush rocks about 800 mm. In addition, SPH Kundalila has also partnered with sister companies and dedicated suppliers to design, construct and operate fixed crushing and screening plants.Another focus area is loading, hauling and materials handling as the backbone for SPH Kundalila’s mobile crushing and screening operations. “We transport high grade materials from open pits or stockpiles from underground shafts to the respective processing plants,” Petter-Bowyer says. SPH Kundalila processes about 1 Mt/month of raw materials.“We prioritise and ensure the safety of our clients’ reefs by fitting tracking devices to the majority of our vehicles so they can be monitored constantly from a centralised control room. At West Driefontein gold mine in Carletonville we have specifically modified a Cat 980H wheel loader with a control master tele-remote unit. This remote loader is able to retrieve valuable raw material from a dangerous site not humanly accessible due to a risk of sinkholes. This is believed to be the first remotely controlled wheel loader ever to be deployed on a surface application in Africa,” Petter-Bowyer says.“SPH Kundalila’s capacity to be innovative has been pivotal in its quest to meet its clients’ needs.” For example at Thabazimbi it transported 17,000 t of run-of-mine iron ore material down a 17° slope for a continuous 2 km without incident. SPH Kundalila achieved this feat by collaborating with Bell Equipment engineers to alter transmission settings to allow the engines to limit the speed of the LHDs in order to prevent the brakes from overheating.Another value added service offered is site rehabilitation, which is currently in high demand in the South African mining industry. “We recognise the ever increasing importance of minimising the impact on all aspects of the environment and are committed to complying with the latest legislation in this regard. Our achievements include the successful rehabilitation of part of GoldFields’ South Deep gold mine as well as some of Driefontein’s rock dumps,” Petter-Bowyer says.Looking to the future, Petter-Bowyer says conducting business in the rest of Africa “is one of our dreams. However, we do not want to rush in there and stand to lose money.” In terms of future growth opportunities, SPH Kundalila is looking to provide turnkey solutions. “We want to do quite a lot more mineral processing and try and get into more ‘smart’ work. Turnkey solutions provide a unique opportunity in this regard as it is less volume work but with higher margins.”
IRELAND MANAGER HAS opened the door to a return to the international set-up for Shay Given.Former number one Given earned 125 senior caps before retiring after Euro 2012. Now 37, the Donegal stopper recently joined Championship outfit Middlesbrough on loan from Aston Villa and went straight into the team — starting all of Boro’s last four games.Last month, Given revealed that he would be open to sitting down with Ireland’s new management team and, speaking at his end-of-year press conference today, O’Neill says it is a possibility.“I would not discount that,” O’Neill said. “I haven’t spoken to Shay but I will do at some stage. I’m having a conversation here with you about someone I haven’t talked about.I know Shay and I’ve met him a few times but that is before I took the job on. That is something I certainly wouldn’t discount if I had a conversation and he was thinking about coming back.” Keiren Westwood and David Forde have both featured during O’Neill’s first two games in charge with the Sunderland keeper since losing his place to Vito Mannone at Sunderland while Forde has conceded ten goals in the five games which followed for Millwall.Goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh has also been to see Birmingham’s in-form Darren Randolph, who was left out of the last Ireland squad with Newcastle’s back-up Rob Elliot getting his first call-up.“Seamus has been at Birmingham to watch him and was very impressed,” added O’Neill. “He thought he did very well.“I went to Millwall and Wigan a fortnight ago and David didn’t do too badly in the match. Millwall actually beat Wigan in the game, James (McClean) was playing for Wigan, and he (Forde) didn’t do too badly.“Sometimes goalkeepers can concede goals when it’s not really their fault. David made two or three blindingly-good saves during the course of that match. We’re monitoring that as much as possible.”Bayern boss Hoeness hopeful of avoiding jailBarca slam media ‘attack’ on Messi entourage
HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target Happy birthday to the unsung hero of Doctor Who, Nicholas Briggs!You may not know his name, but you’ll recognize his timbre.Jack-of-all-trades Briggs is an actor, writer, director, sound designer, and composer, best known as the voice of many of the Doctor’s greatest villains.Briggs’ first Whovian break came in the mid-80s, when he snagged the role of The Myth Makers host, interviewing actors, writers, and directors involved in the original BBC series.When production company Reeltime Pictures expanded into original dramas, Briggs also expanded his role, penning some stories and acting in others, including unofficial Doctor Who spin-off Wartime—a 1987 direct-to-video film in which he plays an unnamed soldier.Briggs, behind the scenes of ‘Doctor Who’ (via BBC)He began honing his voice acting skills as a future incarnation of the Doctor for a series of audio dramas by Audio Visuals (a precursor of Big Finish Productions).And even served as the model for a Ninth Doctor, as the Time Lord appeared in a 1990s Doctor Who Magazine comic strip depicting the Eighth Doctor’s regeneration. (Which later turned out to be a hoax.)Since Russell T. Davies revived Doctor Who in 2005, Briggs has provided the voices of several monsters—most notably the Daleks and Cybermen.He also voiced the Nestene Consciousness in revival opener “Rose” and recorded a voice for the Jagrafess in “The Long Game.” Oh, and there was his work as the Judoon in DW and spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, as well as Ice Warrior Skaldak in Eleventh Doctor take “Cold War.”It’s easy to hide behind the scenes. But Briggs stepped into the spotlight in 2009, joining Torchwood serial “Children of Earth” as Special Government Advisor Rick Yates.Hard at work on 2015 episode “The Witch’s Familiar” (via BBC)The London-born performer really carries a torch for Doctor Who, directing, writing, and acting in a number of Big Finish audio plays. In 2006, he was named co-executive producer of the entertainment company.If you get a chance, pick up the Dalek Survival Guide reference book, co-written by Briggs and published in 2002, or his 2013 novel The Dalek Generation, one of three Eleventh Doctor novels released by BBC Books.Like I said: Jack of all trades, even if those trades are limited to one science-fiction franchise.Cheers to 56, sir! We hope it’s Dalek-table.(Also, a shoutout to one of my favorite Doctor Who comic artists, Rachael Stott, who turns 28 today!)Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Global investment management organisation Baillie Gifford has introduced a new equal parental leave policy for its 1,128 staff.The policy, effective from 1 April 2019, enables both male and female employees to take up to 52 weeks of paid parental leave upon becoming a parent, regardless of length of service. The first 26 weeks are fully paid, while the remaining 13 are taken at half pay. New parents are also able to continue accruing their existing holidays and benefits when on leave.Previously, Baillie Gifford operated separate maternity and paternity leave policies. Maternity leave entitlement for those with less than one years’ service was set at 39 weeks, with six weeks fully paid and 33 weeks paid at the statutory rate. New mothers with more than one year’s service received 39 weeks of leave; six weeks of this were at full pay and the remaining 33 were at half pay.Baillie Gifford’s previous paternity leave policy allowed for two weeks of paid leave.The new equal parental leave policy has been implemented in order to offer new parents choice and flexibility, as well as to help improve gender equality at the firm.The enhanced policy was communicated to employees using an article on the staff intranet, on-site posters and a drop-in question and answer session. Staff will also be told in person when applying for parental leave.Lynn Dewar (pictured), partner and chair of the diversity and inclusion group at Baillie Gifford, said: “The new policy offers equal rights to all working parents after a child’s birth or adoption.“As a fair and progressive employer, this is part of our commitment to supporting gender equality and improving diversity across the firm.”
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Army has no plans to cut one or more infantry brigade combat teams (BCTs) to free up the manpower needed to strengthen other areas, one of the recommendations made by the National Commission on the Future of the Army, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told lawmakers Thursday.In the face of increasing demands from combatant commanders, “an infantry brigade combat team is one of the last things I would want to get rid of,” Milley told the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.“If you don’t have infantry, artillery and armor, attack helicopters, special forces, then you don’t have an Army,” he said, reported Army Times.The commission’s recommendation to eliminate two infantry BCTs, released in January, was intended to fill shortfalls the Army is experiencing in a variety of areas, including aviation, short-range air defense, other missile defense, tactical mobility and other capabilities.Despite describing that recommendation as a “bad tradeoff,” Milley said that about 50 of the commission’s 63 recommendations “are very easy to implement, at no cost to implement, or we have already begun implementation and have been doing it for a while.”A couple, however, “are not worthy of pursuing.” A remaining group of about 10 or 15 recommendations are significant and warrant detailed analysis. Those would be expensive to carry out, Milley said.“And we’ll have to come back to you with our thoughts on what those are,” he said in response to a question from Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas).The “wish list” the Army submitted to Congress of requirements that didn’t fit into its fiscal 2017 budget request includes $1.2 billion in needs to address commission recommendations covering aviation modernization, retaining an 11th combat aviation brigade, retaining four National Guard attack battalions and National Guard readiness.Written testimony and a webcast of the hearing on the Army’s budget request are available on the committee website.
People walk past a chemist shop at a market in Mumbai, India, June 25, 2015 (representational image).Reuters filePrime Minister Narendra Modi’s push for affordable and accessible public health schemes have led Goldman Sachs to bet on healthcare stocks.Sheila Patel, the chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs Group Inc’s asset-management arm, said the firm is particularly positive on Indian healthcare firms as she expects India’s government will boost spending on public health.Patel of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, which manages more than $1 trillion in assets, was speaking to Bloomberg TV in an interview on Wednesday.Goldman Sachs isn’t the only one focusing on healthcare space. Last month, Citigroup Inc’s India equity research head Surendra Goyal said the firm was selectively betting on pharma stocks, which are doing “reasonably well but have been beaten down” recently.The optimism follows Modi’s health care plan, which was part of the government’s 2018-19 budget presented last month.The government has unveiled new National Health Protection Scheme under which a health coverage of up to Rs 5 lakh per family will be offered for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization.The budget also announced the set-up of 24 new medical colleges and hospitals along with an upgrade to existing district hospitals in the country.Notwithstanding a significant rise in allocation to the health sector in the budget, the government’s spending on health and family welfare amounted to merely 0.3 percent of gross domestic product.But analysts are positive that the government measures will help improve public health in Asia’s third-largest economy and boost healthcare stocks.”The pharmaceutical sector has gone through its worst phase. Change in strategies by key players will fructify in the next two-three years. Earnings and growth are likely to recover from fiscal 2019E onwards,” Kamlesh Rao, CEO of Kotak Securities said.The S&P BSE Healthcare Index has fallen about 7 percent so far this year compared to about 1 percent fall in the benchmark Sensex.
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Ad-supported streaming service Tubi has teamed up with a number of publishers including Dramafever, Complex, Dove Channel and Shout Factory to launch free branded channels on its web and connected TV apps. The company promised Wednesday to launch similar channels with content from major TV networks later this year.Tubi CEO Fahrhad Massoudi likened the new Tubi Channels offering to a free version of Amazon Channels, the e-commerce giants a la carte marketplace for online video subscription services. “Finding audiences in the increasingly fragmented OTT space is incredibly hard, and Tubi Channels makes that process significantly easier for our content partners,” he said. “Through Tubi Channels, our partners are able to scale content distribution to reach new audiences and monetize IP.” Some of the other branded channels available as part of the new offering serve up content from publishers including Impact, ConTV, Docurama, BabyFirst TV, Wham Network, Combat Go! and Hally Pop. Tubi Channels will roll out on Tubi’s website as well as streaming devices in the coming weeks. Tubi is currently available on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Xbox, Playstation and other streaming devices.Tubi launched in 2014 as a free, ad-supported video service with a focus on movies and TV shows. The company raised $20 million worth of funding to expand it service last year, and has since hired former Crackle exec Adam Lewinson as its chief content officer. Earlier this year, Tubi struck a deal with Hulu to add some of Hulu’s catalog to its service.However, Tubi is also facing increased competition from other ad-supported video services including Pluto TV and Roku’s Roku Channel. The latter started out as an ad-supported service on Roku TVs and streaming devices, but has since expanded to Samsung TVs as well as computers and mobile devices. Popular on Variety
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Himalaya is distributing these shows via its website as well as Android and iOS apps, which also offer access to a catalog of some 20 million syndicated podcast episodes. “Himalaya seeks to be the cleanest, most intuitive app that also does the most for its partners and the community, said the company’s vice president of global partnerships and marketing Peter Vincer.News of Himalaya’s launch comes just as Spotify is doubling down on podcasts: Earlier on Wednesday, the streaming music service announced that it has acquired podcast studio Gimlet Media and podcast monetization startup Anchor.One of the differentiators that Himalaya wants to use to attract podcasters to its platform is a tipping feature that allows fans to support their favorite shows with micro-payments.Over time, Himalaya is also looking to add paid content to its app. “The U.S. market has shown that it can support paid content and other large international markets have developed models even stronger in premium,” Vincer said. “We see potential in the future to add greater in-app premium capabilities, and we are strategically planning for this future.”One service Himalaya may take inspiration from for such premium content plans is Ximalaya FM. Run by Himalaya’s biggest investor, Ximalaya FM has become the largest spoken word audio sharing service in China, with a self-reported 400 million app downloads.The two companies appear closely linked, but Vincer was quick to declare independence when asked about the relationship between the two companies this week. “We have access to the expertise and resources of Ximalaya, but are lucky and thankful to operate with an independent vision and unique goals,” he said.Setting up Himalaya as an independent entity may have been a strategic decision in light of the current tension between the U.S. and China, as well as the constraints a spoken word platform operates under in that country. The setup also helps to ensure that Himalaya isn’t associated with some of Ximalaya’s more peculiar efforts: Last year, the Chinese company launched a dedicated version of its smart speaker for members of the Chinese communist party. Popular on Variety San Francisco-based podcasting startup Himalaya Media has raised $100 million in funding to establish itself as a new force in the podcast distribution space. The company has launched apps for Android and iOS, and is getting ready to roll out a series of exclusive shows.Himalaya’s main investor is Ximalaya, China’s biggest spoken word audio platform. Other investors include General Atlantic and SIG. Himalaya has also struck content partnerships with the Dallas Mavericks, Starburns Industries and Studio71.Some of the original shows scheduled to debut on the platform include a podcast by “Vanderpump Rules” star James Kennedy, a weekly food podcast hosted by Atlanta-based celebrity chef Hugh Acheson and a show starring OZY’s editor-at-large Eugene S. Robinson. Himalaya is also working on a podcast from Mavericks player Luka Doncic.
Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticEven More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft Beer Stay on target How do you like your beer? Glittery? With a citrusy tang? Or do you like your beer more interstellar? If you do, you might want to look into suds created by the Australian company 4 Pines Beer and Saber Astronautics, companies working to create the very first space beer. As intergalactic pop star Proto Zoa from the Disney Channel Original Movie Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century would say, “Zoom, zoom, zoom,” which means “Hey, that sounds like something I’d be interested in. Actually, it’s just a set of lyrics, but who’s counting?4 Pines’ Jaron Mitchell and Saber Astronautics’ Dr. Jason Held met and decided to work together on a special new beer when the question arose: “What do you think about putting your beer in space?” But as both parties were totally on board, they decided to just go for it, naming their beer Vostok, after Yuri Gagarin’s spaceship back in 1961. They worked on the formula for the past eight years to bring it to life, too. A space beer. Who knew?While working on the beer, the team looked for some important qualities in terms of taste, comfort, and alcohol absorption, which required special concessions to be made. Gases and liquids don’t separate when you’re up in space, and you could potentially burp up both gas and liquid at the same time — which is super weird and called “wet burp.” Your head will also swell a bit in space when you’re up there, and you’ll end up dealing with issues with muted ability to sense flavors.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>There were also other issues that the team faced when trying to bring the spaciest beer that ever existed into being, such as a bottle that would help thirsty beer lovers in space get the drink into their mouth and reducing further carbonation. In the end, they chose a special fuel tank mechanism which sounds crazy, but it seemed to be the best option to get the beer into astronauts’ mouths.If you’re interested in trying this beer out, you can head over to the Indiegogo campaign, where the entire shebang will end up costing over $1 million to come to fruition, but hey — at least the astronauts are getting some suds to sip on, which is better than what they used to have: nothing. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
More information: buffalomemory.jp/news/120508a.html (in Japanese) Explore further © 2012 Phys.Org Hynix, Toshiba to develop new STT-MRAM memory device MRAM is said to resist high radiation and can operate in extreme temperature conditions, suited for military and space applications. MRAM stands for magnetoresistive random-access memory. This is a non-volatile random-access memory technology. Supporters say MRAM will eventually be a dominant memory technology because of impressive benefits. Once capacitors used in DRAM lose their charge over time, memory assemblies that use DRAM need to refresh all the cells in their chips approximately twenty times a second; MRAM never requires a refresh. MRAM retains its memory with the power turned off; there is no constant power draw. According to MRAM-Info.com, the MRAM chips that were showcased by Buffalo at the Japan show are probably made by MRAM maker, Everspin Technologies. Everspin has touted MRAM as a technology that enhances data center and networking fault recovery, reducing system downtime and simplifying system design, for an overall lower total cost of ownership. Meanwhile, other industry observers say that MRAM is a “niche” technology, as its relatively high costs prevent it from competing head-on with more popular memory technologies such as flash and DRAM. On the other hand, MRAM supporters call it the next-generation memory technology. They also say that it is now gaining wider acceptance, and that MRAM is a serious challenger to the status quo in semiconductor memory.“MRAM is the holy-grail of memory: it can provide high-density non-volatile memory that is extremely fast and can replace all kinds of memories used today in a single chip,” says MRAM-Info.com. According to reports, Dell and LSI are putting MRAM from Everspin Technologies into their storage systems.Another sign of MRAM interest is that, earlier this year, Spin Transfer Technologies raised $36 million in pursuit of OST-MRAM, which stands for orthogonal spin transfer magnetoresistive random access memory. Spin Transfer Technologies was established by Allied Minds and New York University to develop and commercialize its OST-MRAM technology. The company says implications of the technology for the development of spin transfer MRAM devices include faster switching times, lower power operation and scalability to smaller dimensions. Citation: Buffalo shows SSDs with MRAM at Japan show (2012, May 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-buffalo-ssds-mram-japan.html (Phys.org) — Japan-based storage experts, Buffalo, has introduced a new line of solid state drives (SSDs) that use MRAM cache (instead of standard SDRAM). The company’s new line of solid state drives went on show this month in the form of a 4-Gbyte SSD equipped with an 8-Mbyte MRAM cache memory at the Embedded Systems Expo in Japan, which ran from May 9 to May 11. The show is an important gathering of the latest technologies, systems integration platforms and development platforms serving embedded systems. Buffalo’s initial targeted end users for its MRAM line are to be corporate customers in industrial settings requiring high reliability. 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.
Explore further It was another good week for physics as an international team of researchers offered new confirmation of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity by using the Hubble Space Telescope to measure shifts in the apparent position of a star. Also, a team of researchers from several institutions in China demonstrated solving systems of linear equations with quantum mechanics—offering more evidence that if true quantum computers are ever made, they will likely be able to fulfill expectations. And a team of physicists reviewed three experiments that hinted at a phenomenon beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. © 2017 Science X Credit: Wikimedia Commons Best of Last Week–How antimatter forms, world’s first super telescope and why fathers treat toddler daughters different In space news, a team with the Center of Planetary Science announced that the ‘Wow!’ mystery signal from space was finally explained. Recorded in 1977, the mysterious signal had some suggesting it was evidence of aliens. And Ben Hoscheit, an undergrad at UW-Madison presented the results of his study to the American Astronomical Society that supported the idea that the Milky Way exists within a cosmological void. Also, a team at the University of Zurich announced that they had built the largest virtual universe ever simulated—cataloguing 25 billion virtual galaxies from 2 trillion virtual particles.In other news, an international team of collaborators announced that they had developed a new form of carbon that’s hard as a rock, yet elastic, like rubber. A team at Queen Mary University of London and Goldsmiths University of London found that they were able to improve people’s creativity through electrical brain stimulation by suppressing a part of brain processing that is normally involved in reasoning. And another international team announced that they had discovered the oldest Homo sapiens fossils at Jebel Irhoud, Morocco.And finally, if you’re under the impression that a glass of wine with dinner every night is healthy, you might want to think again, as a team from the University of Oxford and University College London conducted a study finding that even moderate drinking is linked to a decline in brain health. Long-term consumption of moderate amounts of alcoholic beverages, they claim, resulted in risk for hippocampal atrophy, a form of brain damage that impacts spatial navigation and memory. 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. Citation: Best of Last Week – Possible phenomenon beyond Standard Model, Wow! mystery signal solved and alcohol impact on brain (2017, June 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-week-phenomenon-standard-wow-mystery.html
We are determined to look for the remnants of old civilizations on land, yet some of them lurk hidden beneath the surface of oceans, seas, and as one example from China vividly illustrates…submerged in a man-made lake. Here’s a review of four of the world’s lost underwater cities. Some of them are certain to evoke a feeling something nightmarish was happening as they sank.Yonaguni-Jima — Japan’s underwater pyramidThe Lost Kingdom of Mu, Yonaguni, Japan. Photo byjpatokal CC BY-SA 3.0Debates are ongoing whether the strange Yonaguni Monument, also called the Yonaguni Island Submarine Ruins, is the work of nature or an ancient human-constructed wonder.The submerged structures scattered on the seafloor are located off the Japanese coast, not too far from Taiwan. The site was first identified in 1986 thanks to divers searching the area for hammerhead sharks.The most prominent feature of the ruins is a rectangular rock that rises about 90 feet from the seabed and measures 490 feet by 130 feet at the base.Marker for Japan’s westernmost point, Cape Irizaki. Photo jpatokal CC BY-SA 3.0One group of experts believes humans created the structures many millennia back, perhaps during the last Ice Age when the piece of land was still above the water.Marine geologist Professor Emeritus Masaaki Kimura, from the University of the Ryukyus, believes carvings found at Yonaguni are similar to the Kaida glyphs, pictograms that were used by natives of the Yaeyama Islands in southwestern Japan.Yonaguni Island, the westernmost island in Japan, located in Okinawa Prefecture.According to Kimura, distinguishable in the ruins are the pyramid, as well as fort structures, monuments, and roads. He postulates that these might be the remnants of Mu — a lost continent whose very existence is disputed, just like Europe’s Atlantis.Opponents to this theory attribute the creation of the ruins to strong ocean currents and active tectonic plates, although this does not explain the presence at the site of pottery and other stone artifacts believed to be older than 4 million years. It might be that the monument and the artifacts are unrelated.Whichever the case, Yonaguni has still not been acknowledged as a protected heritage area by Japanese officials.Rungholt, the sunken city of the North SeaRungholt and Strand in the Middle Ages, on a map from 1850.Another proof that nature is always at work, relentlessly reshaping the face of its continents and seas, is the Island of Strand.This once-thriving island on the North Sea coast vanished after an unprecedented windstorm on a grim and cold day in January 1632.The violent event is remembered as the Grote Mandrenke, or the Second Saint Marcellus’ flood, and it battered the coasts of the British Isles, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany.The impact of the storm was disastrous. At least 25,000 people drowned in the storm surge, and many coastal towns and villages were lost, including Rungholt — the only settlement on the Island of Strand.Finds from the Wadden Sea, possibly from Rungholt. Photo by Joachim Müllerchen CC BY-SA 2.0 deAfter the storm, the island was reduced to a few insignificant islets. The exact location of Rungholt was never pinned down. Divers have so far been able to retrieve artifacts believed to be linked with the Rungholt underwater ruins.At the time Rungholt was a thriving North Sea harbor, the home of 3,000 people who relied on maritime trade and fishing. About 5,000 homes were lost as the city disappeared in the waters.China’s artificially submerged cityIn the submerged city of Shi Cheng. Photo by Nihaopaul CC BY-SA 3.0China is well noted today for its bizarre copycat architecture, a trend known as duplitecture. The country has its own version of the Eiffel Tower, its own Rockefeller Center, and its own Tower Bridge among its rich array of landmark copies.Half a century ago, before any of these structures were built up, the country opted for yet another bizarre architectural decision: to flood one of its own cities on purpose.The name of the city was Shi Cheng and was once a thriving administrative and political center in the eastern province of Zhejiang. The city was founded by the 2nd century AD, and despite its age-old origin, in 1959 Shi Cheng was sacrificed in order to build a hydroelectric power station.Thousand Island Lake, or Qiandao Lake, taken from atop a bell tower.Little by little, Shi Cheng was flooded by an artificial body of water, now called Qiandao Lake. Decades later when divers returned to the site in order to see if there is anything left of the city, they were astonished to stumble upon city structures in fairly pristine condition.Wondrous white temples, public buildings, and houses were remarkably preserved to the smallest detail. Sculptures and intricate reliefs can be spotted during diving, too. All structures of the city now lurk at in between 85 and 130 feet below the surface of the artificial freshwater lake.Shi Sheng is also known as the Lion City, after the Lion Mountains which cast their shadow over the area. The site has become a popular tourist destination in recent years.Jamaica’s Port Royal — the sunken haven of piratesPort Royal and Kingston Harbors (map from 1774).Billed as “the most wicked and sinful city in the world,” Port Royal was where pirates came to party back in the 17th century. The city was found on Jamaica’s southeast coast and for a short while it was even governed by one of the most infamous pirates of all times — Henry Morgan.Under English administration, Port Royal relied on the slave trade market, prostitution, and raids carried out by pirates on enemy Spanish vessels. It grew prominently in size and population.The blasphemy and vice came to an end early in the morning of June 7, 1692. A magnitude 7.5 earthquake rocked the island’ foundations and battered the city of Port Royal.Ships at Port Royal c. 1820.Accounts of the tragedy say that the earth opened up and swallowed everyone and everything standing on the sandy plateau where the city was located. What little survived the earthquake was claimed by a huge tsunami triggered by the violent shake.In the aftermath of the tragedy, most of the city, its forts and harbors, vanished underwater, along with the bodies of at least 2,000 people. Most remnants were gone at the bottom of the ocean.Read another story from: The Mysterious Underwater Land Mass Known as the ‘British Atlantis’Until a few decades ago, boats sailing above where the city was laid to rest in the waters were able to see traces of it, around 40 feet below the surface. It must have been an eerie experience.