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New Delhi: Embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Tuesday lashed out at public sector banks for “double standards” under the current NDA regime for their intervention to bailout Jet Airways while the same lenders made his Kingfisher airlines “fail ruthlessly”.In a series of tweets reacting to banks led by State Bank of India taking over management control of troubled Jet Airways, Mallya said,”…Only wish the same was done for Kingfisher”. “Happy to see that PSU Banks have bailed out Jet Airways saving jobs, connectivity and enterprise,” he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He further said,”the same PSU Banks let India’s finest airline with the best employees and connectivity fail ruthlessly. Double standards under NDA.” Mallya, who is facing extradition to India from the UK, lamented that his efforts to save Kingfisher Airlines was “not recognised and instead slammed in every possible way”. “I invested over Rs 4,000 crores into Kingfisher Airlines to save the company and its employees,” he claimed. He also lashed out at the BJP for differential treatment meted out to Kingfisher and Jet Airways. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”BJP spokesman eloquently read out my letters to PM Manmohan Singh and alleged that PSU Banks under the UPA Government had wrongly supported Kingfisher Airlines,” Mallya said. He further said, “Media decimated me for writing to the current PM. I wonder what has changed now under the NDA Government.” The fugitive businessman reiterated his offer to pay off dues through his assets. “And I repeat once again that I have placed liquid assets before the Hon’ble Karnataka High Court to pay off the PSU Banks and all other creditors. Why do the Banks not take my money. It will help them to save Jet Airways if nothing else,” he said. Last month Mallya, who is wanted in India on alleged fraud and money laundering charges amounting to an estimated Rs 9,000 crores, had filed his application in the UK High Court, seeking permission to appeal against an extradition order signed by the British Home Secretary.
Gasoline for that summer road trip will cost a bit more than experts in the federal government were expecting just a month ago.The government is also predicting higher crude prices, as higher U.S. production is offset by declines elsewhere.The Energy Information Administration on Tuesday estimated that U.S. oil production will hit a record 12.45 million barrels a day this year and rise again to 13.38 million barrels a day in 2020.The energy agency raised its forecast for the national average gasoline price through September to $2.92 a gallon from $2.76 a month ago.If the new forecast is right, prices will average 7 cents more than last summer, partly due to higher margins for refining gasoline.The Associated Press
A recently-released United States intelligence report concluding that there has been no ongoing nuclear weapons programme in Iran since the fall of 2003 tallies with the findings of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), its Director-General said today, calling for all parties concerned to enter into negotiations.Mohamed ElBaradei said in a statement that the National Intelligence Estimate “should help to defuse the current crisis.”Iran “still needs to clarify some important aspects of its past and present nuclear activities,” he said.The intelligence should also “prompt Iran to work actively with the IAEA to clarify specific aspects of its past and present nuclear program as outlined in the work. This would allow the Agency to provide the required assurances regarding the nature of the programme.”Iranian authorities have stated that their nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes, but other countries contend that it is driven by military ambitions.The country’s nuclear programme has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that it had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).In light of the new Estimate, Mr. ElBaradei urged all parties – as soon as possible – to enter negotiations, “which are needed to build confidence about the future direction of Iran’s nuclear programme” and address the concerns repeatedly expressed by the Security Council.Talks are also necessary to generate a “comprehensive and durable solution that would normalise the relationship between Iran and the international community,” he said.Last December, the Security Council adopted a resolution banning trade with Iran in all items, materials, equipment, goods and technology which could contribute to the country’s enrichment-related, reprocessing or heavy water-related activities, or to the development of nuclear weapon delivery systems. It tightened the measures in March, banning arms sales and expanding the freeze on assets.This September, Mr. ElBaradei welcomed Iran’s agreement on a timeline to address all outstanding issues regarding the country’s nuclear programme. 4 December 2007A recently-released United States intelligence report concluding that there has been no ongoing nuclear weapons programme in Iran since the fall of 2003 tallies with the findings of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), its Director-General said today, calling for all parties concerned to enter into negotiations.
by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 30, 2016 6:02 am MDT Last Updated Dec 30, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ridgeback completes Lightstream takeover, prepares for 2017 under new identity CALGARY – Lightstream Resources Ltd. is preparing to enter the new year with a new identity and owners but the same management team following the sale of the Calgary-based company’s oil and gas assets to its creditors.Ridgeback Resources Inc. officially takes over the Lightstream business on Jan. 1, following a court-supervised sale process that closed Friday.Its creditors received shares in the new firm based on how much Lightstream debt they held.The companies say the Lightstream management team has resigned but has been hired by Ridgeback, along with other Lightstream personnel. John Wright, formerly Lightstream’s president and chief executive officer, also joins the Ridgeback board.Ridgeback is planning to commence a new operated drilling program in January, the company said Friday.The company’s assets are focused on light oil production from the Bakken and Cardium formations spanning several states and provinces including Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Kamila Dziuran, third-year student and cashier at the Campus Store, examines the Adopt an Angel tree.The names of 200 children in need of Christmas gifts are waiting to be plucked from a tree at Brock’s Campus Store.The store is part of the Adopt an Angel Program, a charitable effort through Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold. The names of boys and girls in need are placed on the holiday tree just inside the Campus Store entrance. Those interested in participating can take a paper mitten displaying the name and age of a child. That person then returns with unwrapped new gifts.This is the 10th year the Campus Store has participated. Students and employees are encouraged to take names. With this campaign, donors are helping children in Niagara, said Brian Kroeker, the store’s communications, marketing and public relations co-ordinator.“With charities like this, people know they’re helping out in their own backyard.”Donors can grab a name during regular Campus Store hours. The deadline for dropping off gifts is Wednesday, Dec. 15.Student Life and Community Experience also has its annual Holiday Giving Tree in the lobby of the Schmon Tower. Brock community members are asked to help decorate the tree with items such as:non-perishable foodmittenshats and coatsscarves and any other winter wear (socks, ear muffs, etc.)toys and Canadian Tire moneyBring all items to the Schmon Tower Welcome Desk. The items will be donated to Community Care. The tree will be in the tower lobby from Dec. 1 to 21.
OSU junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) dances towards the crowd after the Buckeye defense stops the Nebraska offense on their own two-yard line during the first half of the game on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorRaekwon McMillan came to Ohio State as one of the most highly rated recruits in the 2014 class. Like any other freshman, McMillan, a Georgia native, was getting acclimated with classes, new teammates and a new scenery. Two years later, McMillan is the face of the OSU defense, the Silver Bullets, and figures to be the next in the lineage of OSU linebackers in the NFL.The junior middle linebacker has been the soul of the defense for the Buckeyes, but also this fall, he began to exercise his political freedom. McMillan became involved in voter registration in central Ohio for the 2016 election season as a member of the Ohio State chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.“We had a program of voter registration and really just spread the word, mostly to the African-American people throughout central Columbus,” McMillan said. “That’s what we try to focus on, but we just want to build awareness and teach what this election is about, what each candidate stands for.”Omega Psi Phi is a historically African-American Greek life organization that is governed by the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Redshirt sophomore safety Damon Webb also is a member.McMillan joined the fraternity after his sophomore year. At first, he said he never really saw himself as a fraternity member, however he began to look more into the extracurriculars, which drew him to Omega Psi Phi. McMillan said that, before the 2016 election cycle, he never really into politics, but began to pay more attention to it as the presidential campaign intensified. As an “Omega man,” McMillan felt like it was his duty to encourage others to take political action in an unprecedented election.OSU coach Urban Meyer hosted Patriot Week throughout the Memorial Day weekend this past spring, bringing in several guest lecturers to talk to the team about their responsibilities as Americans — voting being one of them. On Monday, Meyer expressed how important it is to him that his team understands the civic duties each individual has, and said he hopes each of his players votes on Tuesday. McMillan, along with redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, said they will vote on Tuesday.“It’s something that’s going to impact us not only here in Columbus but also around the country,” McMillan said. “So we want everybody to have awareness to what’s going on around us because you’re exercising your political rights.”Webb said McMillan’s activism in Omega Psi Phi has a direct correlation with the linebacker’s ability to persevere in intense situations and uplift his teammates. Webb added that the leadership traits McMillan are not confined to the gridiron.“I would definitely say he’s gotten better. He’s always been a leadership-type dude, so even outside of the football field — our fraternity brothers, he brought leadership to them,” Webb said. “It’s like a brotherhood outside of the locker room … we build a bond that is unbreakable.”
1Carlos SantanaCLE86968946+0.18 10Kyle SchwarberCHC8959369+0.02 4Charlie BlackmonCOL80308683+0.14 RKNAMETEAMCONTACTWALKSISO. POWERRUNNINGRUNS PER GAME ADDED Reader Mail: Doubleheader hangover?Twitter follower Natalie Troxel asked: 9Dexter FowlerSTL36965991+0.02 Predicted runs per game added based on a regression between leadoff hitters’ percentile ranks in each category and team runs per game from 2002 to 2016.Source: FanGraphs Welcome to Full Count, our new(!) weekly baseball column. Have anything you want me to write about? Email or tweet me at email@example.com or @Neil_Paine.Rickey Henderson. Kenny Lofton. Ichiro Suzuki. Kyle Schwarber?Schwarber may not play exactly like those other great leadoff hitters, but he’s been at the front of the Cubs’ lineup in every game he’s played in so far this season, and he currently ranks third in MLB among leadoff hitters in on-base percentage and fourth in OPS. With numbers like those, he’s shaping up to easily replace departed No. 1 hitter Dexter Fowler, who signed a big contract to hit leadoff in St. Louis this past offseason.Schwarber personifies a strange new trend sweeping through lineup cards across baseball: The leadoff guy who bears no resemblance to a prototypical leadoff guy. This modern leadoff man hits for big power, isn’t afraid to strike out and rarely steals bases. He’s essentially a middle-of-the-lineup hitter who happens to hit first — the next rung on the evolutionary ladder of lineup construction.Traditionally, a top-of-the-order hitter was the master of small ball. He needed loads of speed, with a good batting average and maybe a good enough eye to draw some walks. Power was completely extraneous; in 1980, the average team got 46 steals and only 7 home runs from its leadoff slot. But then came Henderson, widely regarded as the greatest leadoff hitter ever. Henderson certainly swiped a lot of bags — he easily holds the all-time record — but he also held the record for walks before Barry Bonds came along, and he even bashed 297 career home runs. Henderson could do it all, and in the process he changed the idea of what a leadoff hitter could be.At the tail end of Henderson’s heyday, early adopters of sabermetrics confirmed that it was great to have walks and power at the top of the lineup. They were less sure about speed, though. Rather than trotting out speedy leadoff hitters who get thrown out stealing, the numbers suggested that teams should instead emphasize on-base percentage at the top of the lineup.In the mid-to-late 1990s, those two philosophies on leadoff hitters drove teams to sometimes ask traditional leadoff men to do more than they would have otherwise. Doug Glanville was one of those players who had speed but lacked power and patience.“I distinctly remember a lot of consistent pressure to be the guy that sees a lot of pitches, gets on base and takes the walk,” Glanville told me. He ended up having MLB’s 13th-most hits from the leadoff slot during the span of his playing career, but it wasn’t easy trying to be the leadoff man his era was starting to demand.“I wasn’t a big on-base [percentage] guy — I was more of a swing-and-contact guy who used my speed,” Glanville said. “I think the conversation during my time was about getting on base. I used to get stopped on the streets of Philadelphia — because Philly fans are no joke,” Glanville said. “They’d be like, ‘Hey, you gotta get on base more, man!’ And talk radio [said the same thing]. It was a constant struggle.”For all of Henderson’s influence, though, teams weren’t yet asking leadoff men to hit for power — if anything, they were discouraging it. “There was an emphasis on the type of swing and your approach,” Glanville told me. “You wanted to go the other way, be able to use the whole field, spray the [ball], hit the ball on the ground … I was a three-hole hitter in college, but early on I [realized] I’ve got to make this adjustment to use my speed, focus a lot more on contact and use the whole field.”But as statheads have proliferated throughout MLB front offices, the leadoff role has shifted even further from its traditional archetype. Teams now realize that it’s important to place their best hitters at the top of the order, giving more plate appearances to players who both get on base and slug the ball. (A team can also grease the wheels of offense slightly more by emphasizing on-base skills at leadoff and power in the No. 4 hole, with the top overall hitter slotting in at No. 2.)Even if we only go back to 2002,1That’s the earliest season of data available in FanGraphs.com’s splits leaderboard tool. we can see how the leadoff philosophy has changed: 2016 PERCENTILE 8Adam EatonWSN78613983+0.03 7Ian KinslerDET75297382+0.09 3Brian DozierMIN53609987+0.14 This deserves more research, but I took a quick first pass at it using our MLB Elo ratings, which account for the quality of each team in a given matchup, as well as the pitchers starting each game and other factors such as home-field advantage and travel distance.I collected that data for 4,277 pairs of doubleheader games during the expansion era (1961-present), and fed it into a regression that tried to predict the result of the second game of each double feature. And after controlling for those ordinary factors that go into the outcome of any game (team ratings, starters, etc.), the winner from earlier in the day didn’t have a statistically significant edge in the later game.In other words, although what happens in the daytime half of a doubleheader can affect lineup choices at night, it appears that (for all intents and purposes) the two halves of a twin billing can be treated like two independent games. 2A.J. PollockARI87547096+0.15 Today’s leadoff men draw more walks and hit for substantially more power than they did in previous generations — which, unsurprisingly, leads to better production (i.e., a higher on-base plus slugging rate) than in the past. But they’ve also changed how they approach each at-bat: Relative to overall trends in the game, leadoff hitters now launch more fly balls and hit to the opposite field less.Even that fabled top-of-the-order speed is on the decline, with leadoff men stealing 21 percent fewer bases per trip to first base (again, after adjusting for league average) than they did just 15 years earlier. Clearly, our mental image of a speedy slap-hitter leading off is as outdated as a 25 cent hot dog.But if our vision of the ideal leadoff hitter needs updating, who are today’s leadoff prototypes? Schwarber is a good guess — he showed a mix of power and patience as a rookie in 2015 (he missed practically all of 2016 with an injury), and speed is no longer as much of a requirement for the role. But he’s not perfect.To find out who is perfect, I ran a regression between a leadoff hitter’s playing attributes2Specifically, his seasonal percentile rank among all MLB hitters in strikeout rate, isolated power, walk rate, speed score and defensive WAR, over a sample that included the 2002 through 2016 campaigns, with more weight applied to recent seasons. and his team’s runs scored per game (adjusted for the stadium they were scored in). According to that, the ideal current leadoff man3Among current 2017 leadoff hitters, based on percentile grades from last season (or 2015 in the cases of Schwarber and A.J. Pollock, both of whom were injured in 2016). is Cleveland’s Carlos Santana. Leading off for the Tribe while splitting time between designated hitter, first base and right field, the 210-pound Santana doesn’t look like the traditional platonic ideal of a leadoff man, and he stole just 5 bases last season. But his peculiar blend of abilities — great contact skills, tons of walks and the power to drill 34 home runs — is associated with about 30 extra runs (or 3 more wins) over a 162-game season, tops of any leadoff man in baseball. The best leadoff hitters for the modern game 5Jean SeguraSEA85186693+0.10 6Jose ReyesNYM69526397+0.08 Of course, we could do even better if we set out to create a Frankenstein-style ultimate leadoff man for the modern game. Build a player with Dustin Pedroia’s supernatural ability to put bat on ball, Santana’s plate patience, Brian Dozier’s 40-homer power stroke and Dee Gordon’s blazing speed, and you’d have a leadoff hitter who’d add nearly 50 runs (or 5 wins) to his team’s ledger at the top of the lineup, relative to average.That player doesn’t really exist yet. (Trout doesn’t lead off for the Angels anymore, but even if he did, he wouldn’t quite be the perfect leadoff guy because he’s also “only” an average contact hitter.) But with the evolving role starting to favor players like Schwarber and Santana, it might only be a matter of time before the perfect combination of skills comes along — and that player has a manager willing to break with convention and pencil him in atop the lineup card.Upset of the week (according to our Elo ratings)Your browser does not support iframes.April 15: Pirates (31 percent) defeat Cubs. With Jake Arrieta (who at the time was ranked by Elo’s pitcher ratings as the 11th-best starter in baseball) leading the top-ranked Cubs at home against the No. 19 Pirates and Tyler Glasnow (the seventh-worst starter in MLB), Chicago appeared to have a big advantage over Pittsburgh. That edge only widened when the Cubs took a 6-2 lead into the sixth inning — FanGraphs gave Chicago a 92 percent chance of winning at the top of the frame. But the Pirates scored 5 seventh-inning runs, including a 3-run homer by Andrew McCutchen, off Brian Duensing and Pedro Strop, then held off the Cubs late to secure the improbable victory.TroutBeatMike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels isn’t merely the best player in baseball — he could very well finish his career on the short list of greatest players ever. He’s so consistently good that sometimes it’s easy to take him for granted. As a result, I’ll be using this column to drop occasional updates reminding us that we might be watching history being made in Anaheim.For our first TroutBeat, The Ringer writer (and my former colleague) Ben Lindbergh points out that last week Trout was already leading the American League in wins above replacement, a distinction he’s held in each of the past five seasons:
Image: PA Wire/PA Images Absolute fair play and respect to Arlene Foster for attending #UlsterFinal in Clones today. Hopefully some of the first steps on a journey #CreditWhereItsDue— Sorcha Eastwood (@SorchaEastwood) June 24, 2018 I do realise that there are some people who may be uncomfortable with me being here today on a Sunday but let me say this: I am the leader of a political party that wants to have a shared society in Northern Ireland. To do that we have to take steps forward. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Jun 25th 2018, 8:29 AM Source: Chris Hazzard/Twitter Great welcome from @UlsterGAA in Clones today. GAA is much more than a sporting organisation and I very much welcome the attendance of Arlene Foster who I have no doubt will be impressed with the GAA family. We all have our part to play in building an inclusive society for all pic.twitter.com/1KmwFzUSOa— Michelle O’Neill (@moneillsf) June 24, 2018 DUP Leader Arlene Foster walks past Sinn Fein Vice President Michelle O’Neill at the Ulster final. DUP LEADER ARLENE Foster has received widespread praise for attending the Ulster GAA football final in Co Monaghan yesterday.She attended the Fermanagh vs Donegal clash in what was the first appearance by a DUP leader to the Ulster final.This month Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was praised for attending the Orange Order Museum – making him the first Taoiseach to visit the museum while still in office.Speaking ahead of the match, Foster told journalists who had gathered for the historic appearance:“Of course this isn’t my first time at the Clones, I grew up not so very far away from here. But it is my first time at St Tiernach’s Park and I want to say a big thank you to the Ulster Council of the GAA for the very warm welcome I’ve received. Share861 Tweet Email1 Source: Rodney Edwards/Twitter Short URL By Gráinne Ní Aodha Many praised the leader for her appearance at the match, including the Sinn Féin leader in the North Michelle O’Neill.“Great welcome from Ulster GAA in Clones today. GAA is much more than a sporting organisation and I very much welcome the attendance of Arlene Foster who I have no doubt will be impressed with the GAA family. We all have our part to play in building an inclusive society for all,” she said.“Good to see Arlene Foster at today’s Ulster Final and standing respectfully for Amhrán na bhFiann,” Sinn Féin MP for South Down Chris Hazzard said.Foster also stood up during the Irish national anthem. BREAKING: Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster arrives in Clones for Fermanagh v Donegal and receives cheers and applause. See @impartialrep for more. #GAA pic.twitter.com/oJQT7fKT1p— Rodney Edwards (@rodneyedwards) June 24, 2018 Source: Amanda Ferguson/Twitter Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Arlene Foster praised for being first DUP leader to attend Ulster football final Foster was also praised for standing up during the Irish national anthem. Source: michelle oneill/Twitter 32,717 Views To do that we also have to build a respect and a tolerance and that’s what I want to do. I hope that others take the chance to step forward as well, to understand and appreciate and tolerate another culture perhaps that that isn’t theirs. 63 Comments The DUP leader also announced that she would attend an LGBT event this week. Foster said that she would be at the PinkNews’s summer reception, and wanted the LGBT community to know that she does “value their contribution to Northern Ireland”.The DUP has been widely criticised for opposing same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. Good to see Arlene Foster at today’s #UlsterFinal2018 and standing respectfully for Amhrán na bhFiann— Chris Hazzard (@ChrisHazzardSF) June 24, 2018 DUP Leader Arlene Foster walks past Sinn Fein Vice President Michelle O’Neill at the Ulster final. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Source: Sorcha Eastwood/Twitter Monday 25 Jun 2018, 8:29 AM http://jrnl.ie/4090002 Arlene Foster has arrived before the anthem. We know what that means! So simple. Means so much to so many. pic.twitter.com/cHD5swjgrF— Amanda Ferguson (@AmandaFBelfast) June 24, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 23, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Navy Petty Officer who killed four in car crash faces nearly a decade in prison Updated: 9:08 AM April 23, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A full-day sentencing hearing encompassing victim statements and legal arguments from both sides was laid out out today for a Navy petty officer who was behind the wheel of a pickup truck that plummeted over the side of a transition ramp to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and landed in Chicano Park, killing four people.Richard Anthony Sepolio, 27, faces a maximum of nine years and eight months in state prison when he is sentenced a week from Thursday for the Oct. 15, 2016, crash that killed Annamarie Contreras, 50, and Cruz Contreras, 52, a married couple from Chandler, Arizona; and Hacienda Heights residents Andre Banks, 49, and Francine Jiminez, 46. Seven other people were seriously injured.Sepolio had faced up to 18 years on his convictions for vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing injury, but the application of certain sentence enhancements were modified in court at Tuesday’s hearing, reducing his potential maximum prison term.Defense Attorney Vik Bajaj joined KUSI News to discuss what the next steps are in the sentencing process for Sepolio. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter
Hanamkonda (Warangal Urban): Sanskrit is one of the best languages the world has, retired professor of Kakatiya University (KU) S Laxmana Murthy said. Speaking at a training session on Sanskrit organised by Samskrutha Bharati and Sanskrit Department of the Arts College here on Tuesday, he said that Sanskrit is one of the ancient languages and the best as well. “Sanskrit is the best structured and organised language with a strict set of syntax and grammar. Sanskrit could well be the best interlinking language for computers,” he said. If learned Sanskrit proficiently, no other language in the world is difficult for the people to excel, he said. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Arts College principal Banna Ailaiah said Sanskrit is not only the classical language but also the liturgical language of Buddhism, Janism and Hinduism etc. “Get used to well versed with Sanskrit and it will give a vast knowledge,” he told the students. Sanskrit head of the department Dr Rajender explained the importance of the language that makes people understand the puranas and itihasas. Lecturers Dr Jyothy, Rama Devi and Karunakar were among others present.
(PhysOrg.com) — Scientists digging in Trowbridge, Wiltshire in England have uncovered the fossilized remains of a prehistoric squid-like creature that lived in the Jurassic period around 150 million years ago. Among their finds was a rock, which they broke open to reveal the intact one-inch long fossilized ink sac. Citation: Scientists Use Squid Ink to Draw its Jurassic Period Owner (2009, August 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-08-scientists-squid-ink-jurassic-period.html An X-ray Time Machine? The ink sac was found to be similar to modern-day squid ink, and as an experiment, the researchers extracted a sample of the black ink and dissolved the ground specimen in an ammonia solution. To their amazement they were able to use the black, inky solution to write with and even to draw a picture of the animal. The leader of the paleontological dig, Dr Phil Wilby said it is usually only hard parts such as bone and shell that become fossilized, and soft tissue fossils have only been found in a few dozen sites around the world. Dr Wilby explained that sometimes soft-bodied creatures could be turned to stone within a matter of days after death in an effect paleontologists call the Medusa effect, or instantaneous fossilization. The result is a fossil that can be dissected to show even cells and cell nuclei in 3D images when viewed with powerful microscopes. One of the sites where soft tissue fossils had been discovered in the past was in Trowbridge, where thousands of fossils of Jurassic period fossils were found in the 1840s during the construction of the Great Western Railway. Two years ago, Wilby and his team decided to try and find the almost forgotten site. After locating the site through a series of trial drills, they received funding from the Curry Fund and the British Geological Survey, and were able to carry out a ten-day dig to look for fossils.During their excavations the team exposed several thousand fossils of the squid-like creature, Belemnotheutis Antiques, in the 265 tons of rock they examined. Dr Wilby explained that it seems likely the area was a breeding site and the thousands of congregated animals were poisoned by algal blooms. In total the team found a couple of dozen specimens with soft parts such as eyes and muscles perfectly preserved. But the ink sac was the most exciting find.Part of the fossilized ink sac has been sent to a Yale University laboratory in the US for detailed chemical analysis. The rest of the specimen is now in Nottingham in the British Geological Survey collection.More information: Geology Today, Volume 24 Issue 3, Pages 95 – 98. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2451.2008.00666.x© 2009 PhysOrg.com Drawing: British Geological Survey (BGS), (c)NERC 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
This story originally appeared on Reuters 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. March 7, 2016 Apple Inc. customers were targeted by hackers over the weekend in the first campaign against Macintosh computers using a pernicious type of software known as ransomware, researchers with Palo Alto Networks Inc. told Reuters on Sunday.Ransomware, one of the fastest-growing types of cyber threats, encrypts data on infected machines, then typically asks users to pay ransoms in hard-to-trace digital currencies to get an electronic key so they can retrieve their data.Security experts estimate that ransoms total hundreds of millions of dollars a year from such cyber criminals, who typically target users of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system.Palo Alto Threat Intelligence Director Ryan Olson said the “KeRanger” malware, which appeared on Friday, was the first functioning ransomware attacking Apple’s Mac computers.”This is the first one in the wild that is definitely functional, encrypts your files and seeks a ransom,” Olson said in a telephone interview.Hackers infected Macs through a tainted copy of a popular program known as Transmission, which is used to transfer data through the BitTorrent peer-to-peer file sharing network, Palo Alto said on a blog posted on Sunday afternoon.When users downloaded version 2.90 of Transmission, which was released on Friday, their Macs were infected with the ransomware, the blog said.An Apple representative said the company had taken steps over the weekend to prevent further infections by revoking a digital certificate that enabled the rogue software to install on Macs. The representative declined to provide other details.Transmission responded by removing the malicious version of its software from its website. On Sunday it released a version that its website said automatically removes the ransomware from infected Macs.The website advised Transmission users to immediately install the new update, version 2.92, if they suspected they might be infected.Palo Alto said on its blog that KeRanger is programmed to stay quiet for three days after infecting a computer, then connect to the attacker’s server and start encrypting files so they cannot be accessed.After encryption is completed, KeRanger demands a ransom of 1 bitcoin, or about $400, the blog said.Olson, the Palo Alto threat intelligence director, said that the victims whose machines were compromised but not cleaned up could start losing access to data on Monday, which is three days after the virus was loaded onto Transmission’s site.Representatives with Transmission could not be reached for comment.(Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Sandra Maler) Register Now »
Travelweek Group TORONTO — Avalon Waterways will be debuting TV commercials in Canada highlighting its European ships and itinerates.The campaign will run on HGTV and Gusto channels with 30-second spots. Both versions of the ad will emphasize the views from Avalon’s windows-facing beds.There’s a ‘visit your travel agent’ and ‘see your travel agent’ component in the spots, says the company. The ads are scheduled to run March 6 to April 16.Agents can visit AgentLingo.ca/the-source for Avalon marketing material.Check out the new ads here: bit.ly/ah-mazing-vid1 and bit.ly/ah-mazing-vid2. Friday, March 3, 2017 Posted by Tags: Avalon Waterways Share See Avalon’s new TV ads with their ‘See your Travel Agent’ message << Previous PostNext Post >>
Air Tahiti Nui unveils new fleet of Tahitian DreamlinersFrench Polynesia’s premier international airline Air Tahiti Nui has unveiled the striking look of its Tahitian Dreamliner, with the design and colours inspired by the beauty and richness of the Polynesian islands. The first images of the new Tahitian Dreamliner show a design that centres around the blues that Tahiti is synonymous with, Air Tahiti Nui’s trademark tiare flower and a tattoo pattern representing a story of Tahiti and its people. In a further nod to its Polynesian roots, the airline revealed the secret message that will form when the new Boeing fleet is complete. When the airline has received all four Dreamliners by September 2019, their registration codes will join together to say ‘the warrior (TOA) going forward (MUA) in the great (NUI) canoe (VAA)’.The first look inside the new aircraft reveals a colour palette which is distinctly Tahitian with more blue hues and Polynesian flourishes.Designed with space and comfort in mind, guests enter via a vast, welcoming entry way that evokes a sense of the sky while the cabin’s wide ceiling and walls offer extra shoulder and head room. Inspired by “nui” (meaning grand or great) the Tahitian Dreamliner isn’t just a visual immersion in the islands, it has been designed to immerse guests in “mana” – the lifeforce of Polynesians – from the moment they board in the hope they will carry the positive energy with them long after their visit.The livery and cabin design of the airline’s new fleet of B787-9s was unveiled in Tahiti last week in front of hundreds of guests including French Polynesia President Edouard Fritch and Boeing Commercial Airplanes Senior Vice President Dinesh Keskar. Air Tahiti Nui Chief Executive Officer Michel Monvoisin said the Tahitian Dreamliner would be a great ambassador for the Islands of Tahiti, proudly wearing its Polynesian colours all over the world and delivering the promise of a dream holiday. “For Air Tahiti Nui, it is the passenger experience that takes precedence, and so we wished to build on the foundations that make the company a success: the sense of hospitality and sharing, with the Polynesian heart and soul to be enhanced by a travel experience that we want to be the most immersive in the world,” Mr Monvoisin said. Mr Keskar said: “The B787-9 is an aircraft that will allow Air Tahiti Nui to economise more than 29,000 tonnes of fuel per year, reducing financial costs substantially and so improve its competitiveness. This is also an appreciable environmental gesture. With 90,000 tonnes less CO2 released into the atmosphere every year, the Tahitian Dreamliners will contribute to the fundamental effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions worldwide.” Australians and New Zealanders are set to be among the first to be carried to their dream destination on the wings of the Tahitian Dreamliner with the new aircraft commencing service on the Auckland to Papeete route on November 8, 2018. The story behind the livery * Tiare: From the very beginning, a white tiare, a symbol of beauty in Tahiti, has adorned Air Tahiti Nui’s tail. While the fleet and livery design has changed, the tiare remains unchanged, carrying the airline into the future while also offering a proud reminder of the past 20 years. Each guest receives a real tiare flower upon arrival, a living, beautifully fragrant extension of Polynesian hospitality. * Shades of Blue: The three main shades of blue on the aircraft body draw inspiration from Tahiti’s oceans, lagoons and the sky. * Tattoo: ‘Tatau’ originated in French Polynesia and the tattoo designs on the rear of the Tahitian Dreamliner tell a visual story about Tahiti. The tiare is encircled by ripples on the water with flocks of birds that represent friendship and helping others. A manta ray represents wisdom, protection and elegance, while a whale represents strength and abundance. The albatross represents freedom and the ability to rise above to gain an elevated perspective. A Tiki and Tiki eye watch over guests, providing symbolic protection. Ocean waves represent French Polynesians ancestral home, life and continuity. Fish hooks are a symbol of prosperity, abundance and luck. * Red Lines: The Tahitian Dreamliner carries two red lines on its sides representing French Polynesia’s flag.Air Tahiti Nui’s Dreamliners will offer a smoother, more comfortable ride to guests with key attributes including: * The largest windows of any jet – almost 80 per cent larger than its previous Airbus fleet. The windows are also positioned higher, so every passenger can take in more of the view and see out to the horizon for visual relief while also creating an open cabin feel. Windows can be dimmed electronically at the touch of a button, allowing guests to choose the brightness they prefer * Clearer, fresher air with the air running through an innovative purification method known as gaseous filtration * Low pressure and comfortable humidity. A stronger composite fuselage means the 787 can be pressurised to nearly 2000 metres, which studies have demonstrated is significantly more comfortable and the cabin also delivers a higher humidity level, which has been shown to reduce symptoms of dryness and increase comfort for passengers * As if like a traditional outrigger canoe gliding across a calm lagoon, the Tahitian Dreamliner cuts through the air using Smoother Ride Technology. Smart sensors detect turbulence as it comes and adjust control surfaces automatically meaning up-and-down movement is reduced for a consistently smooth, more comfortable ride * The Tahitian Dreamliner generates a 60 per cent smaller sound footprint than that of the planes it replaces. Advances by General Electric in engines and engine casings reduce noise and make travel more pleasant for guests * With faster aircraft, Air Tahiti Nui aims to reduce travel times – by around an hour and a half on a return flight to Paris – making French Polynesia more accessible to the rest of the world. The arrival of the 787-9 will also mark the launch of a new Premium Economy class, as well as the complete redesigning of the Business and Economy classes. In Poerava Business, the 30 Parallel Diamond seats by Rockwell Collins can transform into a 180° bed, around 200cm in length, configured in rows of 2-2-2. The new Moana Premium Economy class rows are configured in 2-3-2, with the all new Z535 Zodiac Aerospace seat. Its unique structure gives the optimum space of 96.5cm between rows and a 20cm reclining capacity. The Moana Economy has 232 Z300 Zodiac Aerospace seats, configured in rows of 9 (3-3-3), especially designed for long-haul voyages with an articulated seat base and reclining capacity of 15cm, making them one of the most comfortable new generation seats. The latest unveiling follows the airline’s recent rebrand with Air Tahiti Nui’s trademark Tiare flower taking on a sophisticated and modern new look as part of ongoing 20th anniversary celebrations. For more information on the Dreamliner visit www.tahitiandreamliner.airtahitinui.com/en/ For more information or to book visit www.airtahitinui.com.au About Air Tahiti Nui: Air Tahiti Nui operates five A340-300 aircraft from its Tahiti base to Auckland, Tokyo, Paris and Los Angeles and code shares to 37 additional destinations with carriers including American Airlines, Air France, Air New Zealand, Qantas and the SNCF rail system in France. It’s the only airline that flies from New Zealand to Europe via Tahiti and Los Angeles and one of only two carriers with direct flights from Auckland to Papeete. The airline has headquarters in Papeete and operates from Faa’a International Airport on the island of Tahiti. Air Tahiti Nui was founded in 1996 and commenced flight operations in 1998. The airline is set to take delivery of four Boeing 787-9 aircraft which will commence service in late 2018, coinciding with Air Tahiti Nui’s 20th anniversary.Source = Air Tahiti Nui
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Reacting through his media aide Kehinde Akinyemi Obasanjo stated that he is ready for probe over the $16bn allegedly expended by his administration on power project In a statement made available to DAILY POST by its executive director Adetokunbo Mumuni SERAP urged Buhari to “refer to the EFCC and ICPC not just allegations regarding the $16 billion power projects but also the alleged squandering of over N11 trillion meant to provide regular electricity supply covering the governments of former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan” It said “We welcome the focus by President Buhari on the massive allegations of corruption and mismanagement in the power sector and urge him to expand his searchlight beyond the Obasanjo government by ensuring accountability and full recovery of the over N11 trillion squandered by the three administrations It is only by pursuing all the allegations and taking the evidence before the court that the truth will be revealed and justice best served This is the only way to conclusively address the systemic corruption in the power sector and an entrenched culture of impunity of perpetrators “Addressing impunity in the power sector should be total This would help improve the integrity of government and public confidence and trust in their government It would also serve as a vehicle to further the public’s perception of fairness and thoroughness and to avert any appearance of political considerations in the whole exercise “By immediately pursuing justice and recovery of any stolen assets in the power sector the Buhari government would be acting in the public interest and consistent with the spirit and letter of the constitution particularly Chapter 2 of the 1999 Constitution dealing with Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy and providing that high-level public officials have a clear obligation to eradicate all corrupt practices and abuse of power “SERAP notes that lack of access to uninterrupted energy/electricity services has forced many citizens to use and collect frequently contaminated surface water for drinking and household uses; and denied the citizens the ability and services for boiling purifying disinfecting and storing water as well as for irrigation to increase the productivity of lands thereby decreasing the availability of food supplies and undermining employment opportunities “SERAP notes that the failure by successive governments to tell Nigerians the truth about allegations of corruption in the spending of not just the $16 billion but also the over N11 trillion spent by three governments on electricity supply amounts to a failure to ensure that energy services/electricity services are progressively made available on the basis of equality and non-discrimination to the whole population including those most disadvantaged such as the fringe dwellers and the rural poor “The total estimated financial loss to Nigeria from corruption in the electricity sector starting from the return to democracy in 1999 to date is over Eleven Trillion Naira (N11 Trillion Naira) This represents public funds private equity and social investment (or divestments) in the power sector It is estimated that may reach over Twenty Trillion Naira (N20 Trillion Naira) in the next decade given the rate of Government investment and funding in the power sector amidst dwindling fortune and recurrent revenue shortfalls “SERAP in 2016 sent a petition to the then Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria Justice Water Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen Last year SERAP published a report From Darkness to Darkness: How Nigerians are Paying the Price for Corruption in the Electricity Sector The report showed how the country has lost more megawatts in the post-privatisation era due to corruption impunity among other social challenges reflected in the report “The report also shows that “The much-publicised power sector reforms in Nigeria under the Electric Power Sector Reform Act of 2005 is yet 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Ministry of Power Godknows Igali “The report shows how the Obasanjo’s administration spent $10 billion on NIPP with no results in terms of increase in power generation $1327893740994 was expended on the power sector in eight years while unfunded commitments amounted to $12 billion The Federal Government then budgeted a whopping N16 billion for the various reforms under Liyel Imoke (2003 to 2007) which went down the drains as it failed to generate the needed amount of electricity or meet the set goals Imoke was alleged to have personally collected the sum of $78 million for the execution of the contract for the construction of the Jos-Yola Transmission Line which was never executed There were documented/reported allegations of corruption against Imoke that fizzled-out shortly thereafter “Professor Chinedu Nebo handed over the assets of the PHCN to private investors on November 1 2013 Prof Nebo is alleged to have corruptly funded the privatized power sector with over N200 Billion despite 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