ScienceShot: Earth’s Orbit Reshapes Sea Floor

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA—Talk about a long-distance connection. Earth’s orbital variations—the wobbling and nodding of the planet on its rotational axis and the rhythmic elongation of the shape of its orbit—can affect the shape of the sea floor, according to a talk presented here earlier this month at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Scientists already knew that orbital variations, which are driven by gravitational interactions among solar system bodies, pace the comings and goings of the ice ages by shifting where sunlight falls on Earth. During ice age cycles, much water moves back and forth between the ocean and ice piled on land as ice sheets, lowering and raising sea level by upward of 200 meters. That cycles ocean water’s pressure on ocean crust up and down. Now, researchers led by Harvard University geophysicist John Crowley have shown in a computer model that those pressure variations should vary the amount of mantle rock that melts kilometers beneath midocean ridges. That, in turn, would vary the amount of ocean crust that solidifies from the melted rock, changing the thickness of new crust by as much as a kilometer as it slides down either side of a midocean ridge. And the group found that indeed, on the Juan de Fuca Ridge (gray) offshore of the Pacific Northwest, the ocean floor is grooved like a vinyl LP record in time with Earth’s orbital variations of the past million years.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Competitive season expected as 9 teams see action in ABL

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH ‘Not about numbers’: Slaughter looking to help Ginebra in any way he can Read Next The addition of the teams, which was officially announced on Tuesday in a press conference Tuesday at Shangri-La Hotel at Bonifacio Global City, expands the league’s reach in Asia.“We’ll be able to bring more exciting games for the fans. You’ll be able to see other stars in the region,” Ilagan told “You’re not just confined in the Philippines then you get to appreciate other countries’ basketball culture as well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIlagan believes it will be a “very competitive” season.“I think most if not all of our games will be down the wire this year. All the teams we have this year are very competitive. The addition of CLS Knights from Indonesia, Mono Vampire from Thailand, they are very established teams,” he said. “Plus, you add that team from China and the group from Taiwan who equally love basketball as we do.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The ninth season opens on Nov. 17. Alab Pilipinas begins its campaign on Nov. 19 against the Eastern Long Lions at Mall of Asia Arena.The Philippines, bannered by reigning local MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and import Ivan Johnson, will be tested right away against Hong Kong, which will be led by Fil-German Christian Standhardinger and Thai-American Tyler Lamb.“It will absolutely be a tough game. They have a loaded team over there with Christian but we’ll do our part and be ready for our opening game,” said new Alab head coach Jimmy Alapag. ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nine ABL teams for the 2017-2018 season. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueA league record nine teams will see action in the new Asean Basketball League season which unfolds next month.Defending champion Hong Kong is expected to have its hands full with the entry of the Formosa Dreamers of Taiwan, CLS Knights Surabaya of Indonesia, Nanhai Long-Lions of China and returning Mono Vampire of Thailand.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:18Sangley airport to be operational in 7 days – Tugade03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Tenorio ‘blessed’ to have played 57 minutes in Ginebra 3OT win

first_imgFamilies in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Tenorio played exactly 56:52, the fourth longest playing time in a single PBA game among the local players behind Kerby Raymundo (61 minutes), Jun Limpot (60 minutes), and Robert Jaworski (58 minutes).AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsAnd in those minutes, Tenorio finished with 20 points, six rebounds, and two steals while shooting 6-of-14 from the floor.Tenorio’s lone assist of the game was the precursor to the final basket of the match when he dished the ball to Jervy Cruz for an open layup with 15 seconds left in the third overtime.Ginebra’s point guard added he didn’t expect to play for so long, despite the game being of utmost importance for the Gin Kings.A loss would’ve forced Ginebra to duke it out against TNT for the no. 8 playoff, but the win propelled the Gin Kings to clinch the fourth seed and would face the Elasto Painters once more in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa “I knew that I’m going to play longer, probably for 48 minutes, but 56 minutes that I didn’t expect,” said Tenorio. “I don’t want to take this for granted, because I will search for this feeling if I’m out of the PBA or if I’m in the twilight of my career.” Ginebra vs Rain or Shine. PBA IMAGESLA Tenorio is not a spry youngster anymore at 33 years old.And yet, the 12-year veteran managed to play almost 57 minutes in Barangay Ginebra’s 100-92 triple overtime win over Rain or Shine in the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH At an age where he can be excused to sit out an extra five minutes, let alone a whole game, Tenorio was just “blessed” to be able to prove that he is the Ironman of his generation.READ: Ginebra outlasts Rain or Shine in 3OT, clinches fourth spot FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I can’t complain right? I’m sure a lot of players, a lot of aspiring basketball players want to be in my shoes right now,” said Tenorio in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I take this as a blessing because I can still play this long at this point of my career.”“The team trusted me, especially coach [Tim Cone] so it’s really a blessing for me and I don’t want to take it for granted.” MOST READ Lady Tamaraws send Tigresses reeling to third straight losslast_img read more

Shades of 1990 for Louis van Gaal as Manchester United face Crystal Palace in FA Cup final

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal goes into the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace on Saturday facing echoes of the 1990 showpiece between the two sides that proved so pivotal in the career of Alex Ferguson.Ferguson’s United were struggling in the 1989-90 season and the clamour was growing for the manager’s dismissal, but the FA Cup win in a replay over Palace gave the Scotsman a reprieve.He went on to build a dynasty that won 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies, alongside a host of domestic cups.Van Gaal, who took charge in May 2014 and guided United to fourth in his first season, is under similar pressure after his side finished fifth in the Premier League and dropped out of the Champions League in the group stages.The Dutchman has been accused of moving United away from United’s traditional brand of attacking football to a more laboured style, which yielded the second fewest goals of the league’s top 10 teams this term.The 64-year-old was booed by some fans during his end-of-season speech after Tuesday’s final 3-1 win over Bournemouth at Old Trafford.Speculation is rife over his future, but the former Ajax Amsterdam, Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager is adamant he will remain, irrespective of what happens at Wembley.”Yes, because I have signed a three-year contract,” he told reporters.Van Gaal understands the fans’ disappointment, but says they should be realistic as United chase their first FA Cup title since 2004 and their first major trophy since the 2013 Premier League.advertisement”The expectation is very high. Too high. We are a team in transition,” Van Gaal said. “I have tried to explain that.”We didnt reach our aim. We have to qualify for the Champions League. We have still the FA Cup final to go. Everyone has to make up his mind at how we have done this season at that time.”Crystal Palace, who finished the Premier League five points above the relegation zone, are in the final for the first time since losing the 1990 replay 1-0 following a 3-3 draw in the first match.”I remember Sir Alex’s career hinged on that game and maybe LVG’s career will hinge on this,” said Palace boss Alan Pardew, who played for Palace in the final 26 years ago.last_img read more

Sri Lanka thump Zimbabwe in final to win tri-series

first_imgUpul Tharanga scored an unbeaten half century to steer Sri Lanka to a comfortable six wicket win over Zimbabwe in the final of the triangular one-day series on Sunday. (Scorecard)Sri Lanka finished 166 for four, with 75 balls remaining, in reply to Zimbabwe’s lowly total of 160. The home side were skittled out in just 36.3 overs after winning the toss and electing to bat.Tharanga, together with Kusal Mendis, steadied the Sri Lanka innings after they lost their first three wickets for 42, including opener Dhananjaya de Silva, trapped leg before wicket with the first ball of their innings.Tharanga, who hit a four to tie the game and then a six to win it, finished 57 not out off 98 balls. Mendis, caught at deep square leg, also made 57 off 72 balls.Zimbabwe had changed their opening pairing in a bid for victory but Hamilton Masakadza and Peter Moor make no impact and wickets fell at regular intervals after a brief interruption for rain. Tarisai Musakanda top scored with 36 on his ODI debut.Asela Gunaratne took three wickets for just 10 runs to wrap up Zimbabwe’s tail.Zimbabwe had upset the West Indies on Friday to book their place in the final.last_img read more

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro may launch in India soon, storage variants and colour options leaked

first_imgXiaomi announced the Redmi Note 6 Pro in Thailand late last month and the company is expected to bring the device to several other markets including India soon enough. While the company hasn’t explicitly confirmed this yet, it would be surprising if it didn’t bring the device to India considering how well its predecessor, the Redmi Note 5 Pro, has done in the country. Another reason to expect its India launch is courtesy a new report which reveals the Redmi Note 6 Pro’s variants and colour options.MySmartPrice reports that the Redmi Note 6 Pro will come to India in two variants, one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage and the other with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The latter variant has not been announced in Thailand, but could make its way to India to replace the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Additionally, the report also mentions four colours for the Redmi Note 6 Pro – Blue, Red, Black and Rose Gold.As of now, Xiaomi is yet to reveal an exact date for the launch of the Redmi Note 6 Pro. The phone was announced in Thailand priced at 6,990 baht, which comes to around Rs 15,600 in India, which is close to the price of the Redmi Note 5 Pro in India. As for the specs, the Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a tall 6.26-inch IPS LCD Full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. It is powered by a Snapdragon 636 chipset and houses a 4,000mAh battery similar to its predecessor.Optics on the Redmi Note 6 Pro include two cameras on the front and two on the back, which is arguably the device’s niggest highlight. The setup on the back includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus and f/1.9 aperture, and a secondary sensor of 5-megapixel for depth sensing. The system on the front includes a 20-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.0 aperture, and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor.advertisementALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro launched: Full specs, key features, price and everything you should knowlast_img read more

Aguero thankful after record goal

first_imgManchester City Aguero thankful after breaking Manchester City’s all-time scoring record Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 06:57 11/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola Sergio Aguero Manchester City Napoli Champions League Shaun Botterill Manchester City Sergio Agüero Napoli v Manchester City Napoli UEFA Champions League The Argentine was at pains to thank City’s staff, fans and squad after becoming the club’s all-time leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero deflected praise to his Manchester City team-mates for helping him break the club’s all-time goalscoring record in Wednesday’s Champions League victory at Napoli.Aguero, 29, surpassed Eric Brook’s 79-year-old mark of 177 goals in City colours when his 69th-minute strike helped overcome Serie A leaders Napoli 4-2 and seal their place in the knockout stages of the competition midweek.Aguero 23/10 to score first v Arsenal Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Pep Guardiola’s Premier League pacesetters did it the hard way at Stadio San Paolo, having fallen behind to Lorenzo Insigne’s first-half opener.But further goals from Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones, Aguero and Raheem Sterling capped a dream night for the club’s pint-sized scoring sensation.”I am very happy for this moment. I am happy because the team helped to support me – as did the fans and all the staff. I want to say thank you very much to everyone,” Aguero told BT Sport .”I am enjoying this moment. I am very happy because this moment is a one-time thing.”With the record behind him, and his club in top form, the Argentine expects City to keep on track for the forseable future. “We will just keep going in the same way,” he said. “Every game we play in the same way. It’s a long season so now we are in a good place and we must continue in the same way.”Members of the City squad send their congratulations to @aguerosergiokun on breaking the record!   #mancity — Manchester City (@ManCity) November 1, 2017 In addition to securing their progression to the Round of 16, City’s triumph in Italy put them in pole position to qualify as Group F winners.”Napoli are a good team. Playing away in the Champions League is always difficult,” Aguero said.”I am very happy to win and qualify.”last_img read more

Watford sign £5.5m West Brom defender Dawson

first_imgWatford have announced the signing of Craig Dawson, who joins the Premier League side after spending the last nine seasons with West Brom.Dawson has agreed a four-year deal with Watford, who paid the Championship outfit a reported £5.5 million ($7m).The 29-year-old, who can feature at both centre-back or right-back, joined the Baggies back in the summer of 2011, signing from Rochdale in League One. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Aside from a half season loan with Bolton Wanderers in 2012-13, Dawson would spend the next nine campaigns with the Baggies, becoming a regular starter with the club during the 2014-15 Premier League season.He remained with West Brom following their drop from the top flight in the 2017-18 campaign, starting 42 games in the Championship this previous season as the club finished fourth to qualify for the play-offs.Dawson started both play-off semi-final legs for the Baggies, and scored in a 1-0 victory in the second leg against Aston Villa, only for West Brom to fall in the tie on penalties to the eventual play-off winners. With a quick promotion to the Premier League denied, Dawson has instead received his return to the top-flight via a transfer to Watford, where as he adds further Premier League experience to Javi Gracia’s side, having prevously featured in over 150 games in the division.In total, Dawson completes his tenure with West Brom having made 225 appearances for the club, during which he netted 15 goals. Welcome to the family, Craig— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) July 1, 2019The former England Under-21 international becomes the beaten FA Cup finalists’ first signing ahead of the 2019-20 season.Heurelho Gomes penned a one-year contract extension last week, the veteran goalkeeper reversing his previously announced intention to retire.The Hornets will be aiming to improve on season where they picked up 50 points and finished in 11th place, but narrowly missed out on a top-half of the table by a couple of points.last_img read more

ESPN Radio Host Ranks Big Ten Football Coaches, Controversy Ensues

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)We’re still a few months away from the 2018 college football season, so #offseasoncontent is at its peak right now. Thursday morning, ESPN radio host Braden Gall stirred the pot by releasing his personal rankings for coaches in the Big Ten, ACC, SEC and Big 12. It’s the Big Ten rankings that have some upset.Gall went with Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer at No. 1 – which is hard to debate. But he went with Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh at No. 2, which many are taking exception to. He has Harbaugh ranked ahead of both Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and Penn State head coach James Franklin.Barrett Sallee, for one, is a bit miffed. He thinks Harbaugh should be ranked a few spots behind where Gall has him.Nebraska’s Scott Frost, Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald and Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst come next on the list.My B1G Coach ’18 Ranks:1. Urbs2. Harbaugh3. Dantonio4. Franklin5. Frost6. Fitz7. Chryst8. Ferentz9. Brohm10. Fleck11. Durkin12. Ash13. Allen14. Lovie— Braden Gall (@BradenGall) June 21, 2018Harbaugh over Dantonio and Franklin is insane.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) June 21, 2018You could make a reasonable argument that Harbaugh over Chryst is insane. I’m not sure I’d personally make it. But it could be made.— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) June 21, 2018Gall defended his stance a bit, noting that it isn’t just what the coaches have accomplished in the Big Ten that matters. He notes that Harbaugh took the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl.Just in Big Ten isn’t all that matters. Harbaugh going to a Super Bowl, rebuilding Stanford counts. H2H with Franklin: beat him by 40, then got crushed.— Braden Gall (@BradenGall) June 21, 2018For the Harbaugh vs. Franklin debate…You don’t get to scream “what has he won?” about Franklin’s B1G title when Harbaugh beat him by 40 that year.— Braden Gall (@BradenGall) June 21, 2018If you’re interested in Gall’s rankings for the ACC, Big 12 and SEC, you can find them below.My Big 12 Coach ’18 ranks:1. Patterson2. Snyder3. Riley4. Gundy5. Herman6. Campbell7. Holgo8. Rhule9. Kingsbury10. Beatty— Braden Gall (@BradenGall) June 21, 2018My ACC Coach ’18 ranks:1. Dabo2. Richt3. Fuente4. Petrino5. Cutt6. Taggart7. Clawson8. Johnson9. Mendenhall10. Fedora11. Doeren12. Addazio13. Narduzzi14. Babers— Braden Gall (@BradenGall) June 21, 2018My SEC Coach ’18 Ranks:1. Saban2. Mullen3. Gus4. Smart5. Jimbo6. Muschamp7. Stoops8. Morris9. Morehead10. Odom11. Mason12. O13. Pruitt14. Luke— Braden Gall (@BradenGall) June 21, 2018College football fans, what do you think of Gall’s rankings?last_img read more

Testy exchange between Quebec immigration minister and UN refugee representative

first_imgQuebec’s immigration minister says the province is resettling more than its share of refugees.Simon Jolin-Barrette made the comments today in a testy exchange with the representative in Canada of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, who called on Quebec to accept more refugees.Jean-Nicolas Beuze told a committee studying the province’s immigration plan that the Quebec government’s discourse supports a view that economic immigrants are better than people who come to the province for humanitarian reasons.He said refugees on average are quick to learn French and have the highest rate of entrepreneurship among all newcomers to the province.Jolin-Barrette took offence at Beuze’s comments, saying his government believes all immigrants can enrich society and fully participate in the economy.He said Quebec has received most of the asylum seekers entering irregularly into the country in the past two years.The minister noted Quebec has recently spent hundreds of millions of dollars helping asylum seekers and refugees settle into Canada and added the federal government also has a part to play.Beuze responded by suggesting Jolin-Barrette thought refugees were a weight dragging down Quebec society, prompting the minister to snap back that the remarks were unacceptable.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UAE says Qatar fighter jets intercept flights Doha denies

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The United Arab Emirates claimed Qatari fighter jets intercepted two of its commercial airliners in international airspace on the way to Bahrain, allegations denied by Qatar.The claims Monday could further escalate tensions between Qatar and the four Arab nations that have been boycotting it for months, among them the UAE, home to the world’s busiest international airport. They also could affect long-haul airline travel, as the region’s carriers are a crucial link between the East and West.It follows two complaints by Qatar to the United Nations about Emirati military aircraft allegedly violating its international airspace amid the diplomatic crisis. The UAE denies the allegations.The UAE’s state-run WAM news agency made the claim about the Qatari jet fighters on Monday, citing the country’s General Civil Aviation Authority.WAM quoted Saif al-Suwaidi, the director-general of the GCAA, as saying the intercepts happened at 10:30 a.m. and 11:05 a.m. He said Bahraini radar, as well as crew and passengers on board, saw the military aircraft, “which constituted a clear and explicit threat to the lives of innocent civilians.”WAM did not identify the aircraft involved, nor did it elaborate on details of the purported encounters. The GCAA did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press.Bahrain’s state-run BNA news agency, citing its own civil aviation authority, identified the two flights as Dubai-based Emirates flight No. EK837, a Boeing 777, and another flown by Abu Dhabi-based Etihad. The flight number it offered for Etihad did not correspond with any scheduled flight to Bahrain.“Qatari military fighter jets came within two miles of the Emirates aircraft, which put the lives of passengers and crew at risk,” BNA said. It offered few details about the Etihad flight.Both airlines declined to comment when reached by the AP.Qatar’s Foreign Ministry called the UAE’s allegations a “totally false claim” in a statement Monday night. “It seems that the UAE is trying to draw attention away from other incidents that have caused media crises,” it said.That appeared to reference a video released Sunday night of an exiled Qatari ruling family member, once promoted by Saudi Arabia as an alternative to the country’s ruling emir, claiming he’s being held against his will in the UAE, an allegation denied by Abu Dhabi.The video of Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al Thani recalled the bizarre, now-reversed resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri while on a trip to Saudi Arabia, a Nov. 4 decision that was widely seen as orchestrated by Riyadh.Emirates flight No. EK837 was scheduled to depart Dubai at 8:20 a.m. Monday, but pushed off nearly an hour late. It flew out over international waters near the northern tip of Qatar, a peninsular nation that juts into the Persian Gulf, before arriving in the island nation of Bahrain 46 minutes after takeoff. That’s been the standard route of all Emirati commercial airliners since the crisis began.FlightRadar24, a plane-tracking website, did not show any unusual routes between the UAE and Bahrain. “There appears to be no deviation from standard routing and approach patterns in today’s flights,” FlightRadar24 spokesman Ian Petchenik told the AP.U.S. Air Force Central Command, which is based at the sprawling al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar, did not have any reports of incidents involving commercial aircraft in the region, said Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, an Air Force spokesman. However, Pickart cautioned that U.S. forces don’t routinely monitor the flights and operations of the Qatari air force.Qatar’s stock exchange dropped some 2.5 per cent in trading Monday, one of its biggest jolts since the crisis began.Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE cut off Qatar’s land, sea and air routes on June 5 over its alleged support of extremists and close ties with Iran.Qatar has long denied funding extremists. It recently restored full diplomatic relations with Iran, with which it shares a massive offshore natural gas field that makes the country and its 250,000 citizens extremely wealthy.The crisis has hurt Qatar Airways, Doha’s long-haul carrier that competes with Emirates and Etihad.Qatar had complained to the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization about the boycotting nations cutting off its air routes, forcing the carrier to take longer flights through Iran and Turkey. Its regional feeder flights in Saudi Arabia and the UAE also have been cut off.However, widening the Gulf dispute to include civilian aviation and airspace could hurt Emirati airlines already stung by President Donald Trump’s travel bans, as well as last year’s since-lifted ban on laptops in airplane cabins.The White House said Trump spoke Monday with Qatar’s ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, saying the president reiterated his support for unity among Gulf Arab nations. Trump also thanked Sheikh Tamim for Qatar’s “action to counter terrorism and extremism,” the White House said.Qatar earlier accused Emirati military jets of violating its air space in December and January in two incidents, filing a complaint to the United Nations. Anwar Gargash, the Emirati minister of state for foreign affairs, wrote Friday on Twitter that Qatar’s airspace complaints were “incorrect and confused,” without elaborating.Sheikh Tamim also travelled Monday to Ankara to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkish officials said Erdogan and Al Thani discussed bilateral ties and regional issues, without offering specifics. Turkey has a military base in Qatar and has supported Doha in the diplomatic dispute.___Associated Press writer Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey, contributed to this report.___Follow Jon Gambrell on Twitter at . His work can be found at .last_img read more

Security Council committee gravely alarmed at flow of weapons to Somalia

Members of the Security Council committee monitoring the sanctions against Somalia are “gravely alarmed” at the use of military weapons on a large scale inside the country, as well as the continued flow of arms and ammunition supplies from outside, according to a statement released today at UN Headquarters in New York. The Committee, which met in closed session on Tuesday, was also deeply concerned about the lack of information concerning alleged violations of the arms embargo against Somalia. In that connection, the statement said, Committee members underlined the importance of implementing Council resolution 1407 of 3 May, which requested a report on the establishment of a panel of experts to improve the enforcement of the sanctions against the country.At their meeting, Committee members decided to send a letter to all Member States reminding them of their obligation to comply with the arms embargo against Somalia and to report all available information on any violations – or suspected breaches – of the ban.The Committee also decided to write to representatives of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) seeking their assistance in this area. In addition, the Committee Chairman will contact Somalia’s neighbours as well as other countries in the region that might have the ability to monitor air, land and sea traffic in the area. The purpose would be to increase their vigilance about the movement of goods across common borders with Somalia, and to identify the origin of the carriers of the goods destined for the country’s ports.The Committee appealed to all individuals, national and international governmental or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for information on violations of the arms embargo against Somalia. read more

A glance at some disputed passages in the bestselling book Three Cups

A glance at some disputed passages in the bestselling book ‘Three Cups of Tea’ HELENA, Mont. – Greg Mortenson’s bestselling book “Three Cups of Tea” came under intense scrutiny after “60 Minutes,” author Jon Krakauer and some people in the book said some of the stories were fabricated.Here’s a look at some of those stories, what is disputed and Mortenson’s response in a 2014 interview with The Associated Press:___MORTENSON’S DESCENT FROM K2— “Three Cups of Tea”: Mortenson stumbled upon the Pakistani village of Korphe in fall 1993 after trekking from the base camp of K2, the world’s second-highest peak. He spent days in the village recovering from the descent.— The dispute: Mortenson could not have wandered to Korphe on that trip because it is on the opposite side of the Braldu River. Krakauer says no bridge existed where Mortenson supposedly crossed the river. Krakauer says he interviewed a climber and others who confirmed a bridge was at that location before and after that period, but not at the time Mortenson was there.— Mortenson’s response: He insists he went to Korphe over a narrow footbridge and disputes Krakauer’s assertions to the contrary. Mortenson has acknowledged that he spent only a few hours there, not days as was depicted in the book.___MORTENSON’S PROMISE TO BUILD A SCHOOL— “Three Cups of Tea”: Mortenson promised the villagers of Korphe that he would build them a school after they nursed him back to health. That promise forever changed his life, and he dedicated himself to building schools in Central Asia.— The dispute: Mortenson never went to Korphe, so he couldn’t have promised to build them a school, Krakauer said. However, he did promise the villagers of Khane to the southeast that he would build them a school, but he reneged on that promise and instead built it in Korphe. A fundraising plea written by Mortenson in 1994 backs up the claim that he wanted to build the school in Khane, and it makes no mention of Korphe.— Mortenson’s response: He now says he visited both Korphe and Khane villages during that 1993 trip and promised the residents of both that he would build schools for them. He says he planned to first build the Khane school but then switched to Korphe after finding a lack of local support and corruption in Khane.___MORTENSON’S KIDNAPPING— “Three Cups of Tea”: Mortenson was kidnapped and held hostage by militants in the remote Pakistani region of Waziristan. They took his passport and money, kept him under armed guard and monitored his every movement. He won his freedom after asking for a Qur’an and telling his captors that his wife was expecting a child.— The dispute: People who were there described Mortenson as a guest in Waziristan, not a hostage. A photo shows him with his supposed captors, with Mortenson brandishing an AK-47.— Mortenson’s response: He stands by his story, though he says he regrets the unflattering descriptions of his captors in “Three Cups of Tea.” by The Associated Press Posted Nov 19, 2015 2:59 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 19, 2015 at 4:19 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Finning wins important Canadian coal equipment contracts

first_imgFinning (Canada), has secured an extension of its exclusive supplier agreement with Coal Valley Resources and Prairie Mines & Royalty to 2015. These two are collectively the largest producers of thermal coal in Canada. They operate 10 surface mines located in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan producing bituminous, sub-bituminous and lignite thermal coals. The company has also been awarded a renewal of its current lease agreement with Teck Coal.Under the original five-year contract, Finning (Canada) was the exclusive supplier of mine support equipment and associated parts, accessories, attachments and services, including equipment technology for Coal Valley Resources and Prairie Mines & Royalty’s surface coal mining operations in Alberta. The contract renewal extends this agreement from 2010 to 2015.“The extension of our exclusive supplier agreement demonstrates both the confidence that our customers have in Finning and our organisation’s commitment to providing a high level of service,” said Dave Parker, President of Finning (Canada).Under the current lease agreement with Finning, Teck operates approximately 50 large dozers which are employed at six mines in B.C. and Alberta. As part of the lease renewal, Finning expects to replace 30 of the 50 machines currently operating. Approximately, 18 large dozers will be new and 12 will be rebuild units. The equipment leased is valued at approximately C$36 million.“Teck is a valued customer and we are pleased to build on our long term relationship with this agreement,” said Parker. “Our commitment to our customers has earned us the position of the leading equipment supplier and service partner in the mining sector and we are encouraged by the renewed activity in this industry.”last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Monday

first_imgWORLD#PARIS: A manhunt is underway in France after a man was seriously injured when a gunman opened fire in the lobby of a French newspaper.#US: At least six people died after dozens of tornadoes flattened entire neighbourhoods, flipped over cars and uprooted trees in the Midwestern United States.#CHILD PORN: Google is to introduce new measures to make it more difficult for people to find images of child sexual abuse on the internet.#LIFT-OFF: NASA has successfully launched its unmanned MAVEN spacecraft that will make the 10-month journey to Mars to carry out investigations of its atmosphere.INNOVATIONApple is close to buying 3D-sensing company PrimeSense which was responsible for the technology behind Microsoft Kinect for Xbox and computers. The Apple deal for PrimeSense is reported to be in the region of $345 million. [AllThingsD]Mashable’s list of ’13 Inventors You’ve Never Heard of’ includes Samuel O’Reilly, the Irishman who invented the electric tattooing machine. [Mashable] Parting Shot NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.Debris from a row of homes destroyed by a tornado in Washington, Illinois seen early this morning. The tornado destroyed several hundred homes in the small town. Pic: (AP Photo/David Mercer)IRISHFormer solicitor Thomas Byrne has been found guilty of 50 charges of theft, fraud, deception, and forgery in Ireland’s largest ever fraud trial.Businessman Anthony Lyons, who was convicted of sexual assault and had five-and-a-half years of a six-year sentence suspended, has had his sentence ruled unduly lenient.The High Court has granted leave for two mothers of children with Down Syndrome to challenge the law on the provision of resource teaching hours to children with the disability.Over 800 people will leave telecoms company Eircom as part of moves at the company aimed at shedding 2,000 jobs by next year.The ESB have warned of ‘potentially serious impact for customers’ as workers voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a dispute over the semi-state’s pension scheme.A new piece of legislation will address the legal status of children in civil partnerships, surrogacy arrangements and assisted human has seen a draft report which looks at the potential powers a directly elected mayor for Dublin could have. It contains a number of significant proposals.An Garda Síochána has become the first Irish organisation to sign up for Twitter Alerts which are sent to users during emergencies or natural disasters.Mandate Trade Union says it has concerns over the 1,200 jobs at Arnotts and Boyers. The forty worst ghost estates in the country may be levelled next year under a plan being considered by Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan.Businesses will be able to access the new postcode database being set up in 2015 but they will be charged to do so. Financier Dermot Desmond is to more than double his shareholding in Independent News & Media the group announced today. (Pic: Facebook/ Nigel Millard Photography)Crewmen from the Newcastle Lifeboat Station in Co. Down at the launch of the photographic exhibition, “The Lifeboat: Courage on our Coasts”, at Grand Canal Dock in Dublin today. The exhibition at Grand Canal Square runs for the next three weeks.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_img Share Tweet Email 9,454 Views The 9 at 9: Sunday Here’s everything you need to know this morning. Image: Shutterstock/Marina Onokhina No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 8:53 AM Short URL By Órla Ryan EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #FRANCE: French people will begin voting today in the first round of the most unpredictable presidential election in decades, with the outcome seen as vital for the future of the beleaguered European Union.2. #CITIZENS’ ASSEMBLY: Assembly members will today make recommendations on how they believe Ireland’s abortion laws should be changed.3. #MATERNITY HOSPITAL: Details of the agreement that would see the new national maternity hospital be built at the St Vincent’s Hospital site, which is owned by the Sisters of Charity, have been published in the Sunday Independent. The report notes that a clause in the deal protects the hospital’s clinical services from “religions, ethnic or other discrimination”.4. #REDRESS: In related news, the Irish Mail on Sunday reports that the €3 million owed by Sisters of Charity to the redress scheme for institutional abuse survivors has essentially been paid. The newspaper says the nuns’ legal costs for the Ryan Commission, estimated to be in the region of €5 million, will be offset against the money they owe.5. #LABOUR: Labour leader Brendan Howlin has hit out at former coalition partner Fine Gael – and “racist” US President Donald Trump – in the keynote speech at his party’s national conference.6. #LONDON: Arthur Collins, the boyfriend of reality TV star Ferne McCann, has been arrested in connection with an acid attack in an east London nightclub earlier this month.7. #COURT: A county Kildare man who was involved in setting fire to a car outside the home of a woman has been sentenced to eight months in prison.8. #GAMERCON: A month on from the GamerCon fiasco, customers are still waiting for their money back.9. #TRAINS: A new campaign by Irish Rail is aiming to highlight the dangers of people trespassing and crossing train tracks, with drivers speaking out about their fear of hitting people on the tracks.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing in one of the above cases.  Apr 23rd 2017, 8:53 AM Image: Shutterstock/Marina Onokhinalast_img read more

Aussies change their attitude to debt

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Reserve Bank’s cuts of 75 basis points in the past two months have prompted only a small rise in lending because consumer confidence is down, Commonwealth Bank and Adelaide Bank mortgage executives Kathy Cummings and Damian Percy said. RBA assistant governor Guy Debelle said the muted reaction was not surprising as households were using the rate cuts to help pay down debt. Mr Percy noted there had been “a bit of an uptick” in lending, but “whether it’s a function of survivor’s guilt I don’t know, but Australians have changed their attitude to debt.” Source: Adelaide Advertiserlast_img

Europe les enfants de plus en plus présents sur les réseaux sociaux

first_imgEurope : les enfants de plus en plus présents sur les réseaux sociauxLa Commission européenne informe aujourd’hui que les enfants sont de plus en plus présents sur les réseaux sociaux tels que Facebook ou MySpace. Ceux-ci ne sont pas toujours conscients des risques encourus lorsqu’ils dévoilent des informations sur leur vie privée. Environ 38% des 9-12 ans ont un profil sur un site de réseau social, indique une enquête publiée par Bruxelles, effectuée auprès de 25.000 jeunes de 25 pays européens. Un chiffre qui monte jusqu’à 77% pour la tranche d’âge 13-16 ans.Donnée alarmante pour la Commission européenne : un quart des enfants interviewés indiquent que leur profil est “public”, c’est-à-dire accessible par tous sur Internet. Pire encore, un enfant sur cinq y révèle son adresse et/ou son numéro de téléphone, révèle l’enquête. En outre, celle-ci rapporte que 56% des 11-12 ans ne savent pas comment modifier les paramètres de leur compte pour protéger leurs données privées…”Ces enfants se placent eux-mêmes dans une situation où on peut leur nuire, ils sont vulnérables”, a commenté Neelie Kroes, la commissaire européenne chargée des nouvelles technologies. Elle appelle donc tous les sites de socialisation en ligne à “immédiatement” modifier les réglages des profils des mineurs afin que, par défaut, ils soient inaccessibles pour des personnes que les enfants n’ont pas identifiées comme des “amis”, relève Le 18 avril 2011 à 19:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Attorney Federal agents seize documents from Trump lawyer

first_imgWASHINGTON — Federal agents on Monday raided the office of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, seizing records on topics including a $130,000 payment made to a porn actress who says she had sex with Trump more than a decade ago.The raid on Cohen’s office was done by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan and was based at least partly on a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, according to Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan.“The decision by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York to conduct their investigation using search warrants is completely inappropriate and unnecessary,” Ryan said in a statement. “It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney client communications between a lawyer and his clients.”The raid creates a new legal headache for Trump even as he and his attorneys weigh whether to agree to an interview with Mueller’s team, which in addition to investigating potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign is also examining whether the president’s actions constitute obstruction of justice.The law enforcement action will almost certainly amplify the public scrutiny on the payment to the actress, Stormy Daniels, which was made just days before the 2016 presidential election. Trump told reporters last week that he did not know about the payment.last_img read more