Washington’s Exploding Manholes Explained?

first_imgBALTIMORE, MARYLAND—Drive around Washington, D.C., and the phrase “passing gas” takes on a whole new meaning. Researchers who mapped methane concentrations on the streets of the nation’s capital found natural gas leaks everywhere, at concentrations of up to 50 times the normal background levels, they reported here last week at a meeting of the American Physical Society. The leaking gas wastes resources, enhances ozone production, and exacerbates global warming—not to mention powering the city’s infamous exploding manholes. Most of the natural gas we burn for heat and on stovetops in the United States is methane, a simple carbon atom surrounded by four hydrogens. Carbon dioxide gets more press, but methane is the more powerful agent of global warming, 21 times more effective than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. And methane levels are rising fast. Methane levels in the atmosphere were just 650 parts per billion a century ago, versus 1800 ppb today. Unlike carbon dioxide, methane sources tend to be diffuse. Landfills, cattle, rice paddies, swamps, forest fires, and oil and gas production wells are some of the biggest sources of methane leakage into the atmosphere. Only the production well leaks are easy to stem and only sometimes. But the evidence gathered on the streets of Washington, D.C., by ecologist and chemical engineer Robert Jackson of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, suggests that another major source of methane is literally under our noses. And this one, we might be able to fix. 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To test the idea, they drove along every street in the District of Columbia and regularly sampled the air, mapping the concentration of methane over a period of 2 months. They found thousands of places with air concentrations significantly above the 2 parts per million background level typically found in cities, with some areas as high as 100 ppm. Although Washington’s residents often joke that the city was built on a swamp, carbon isotope analysis showed that the methane in the air came from fossil fuels, not modern swamp microbes. Fossil fuels tend to contain more carbon-13, a carbon isotope with seven neutrons in its nucleus instead of the more common six. The metabolic processes of modern methane-producing bacteria tend to preferentially use lighter carbon isotopes such as carbon-12. Methane leakage at the levels reported by Jackson’s team isn’t a direct health risk. But it can promote the formation of ground-level ozone, which irritates the lungs and at high levels makes it dangerous for people with respiratory problems to be outside. If other large cities with older infrastructures are leaking on a scale comparable to Washington, D.C—and Jackson’s group has similar data from Boston that suggests they are—leaky city pipes make a significant contribution to methane in the atmosphere. Even more disturbing than the thousands of large leaks on the street were the levels of methane in manholes. In some, the researchers found levels as high as 100,000 ppm. Natural gas companies typically consider 40,000 ppm to be the threshold for a risk of explosion. D.C. manholes have a tendency to blow up—there are an average of 38 “manhole incidents” per year in the district, according to a report by Stone & Webster Consultants in Boston, including one yesterday on 33rd Street in Georgetown that forced the evacuation of a cupcake shop. Although Jackson cannot say for certain that leaking natural gas is the reason for these blasts, the leaks certainly don’t contribute to safety. The researchers aren’t sure why D.C. has so many gas leaks, but the city is old and has corroded iron pipes carrying gas. Old, rusted-out iron pipes are the culprits in Boston, Jackson’s team found. The instrument that Jackson and colleagues used to take the air samples is relatively new, and that may be one reason why no one had done this study before. But another reason is that no one thought to look, says William Schlesinger, a global biogeochemist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York. “The important part of the work is that we’ve overlooked this as a source. If the situation in D.C. is repeated in big cities across the country, that could be a notable source of methane to Earth’s atmosphere.” Not to mention a significant drain on the pockets of natural gas companies who don’t get to bill for the lost gas. “I hope that by making this information public, it will provide incentive to fix the leaks,” by pushing gas companies to test their service areas for leaks and replace badly corroded pipes, Jackson says. “It’s relatively cheap and quick, can save some money, improve safety, and help the environment.” *Correction, 27 March, 4:20 p.m.: The methane concentrations found in some manholes were as high as 100,000 ppm, not 10,000 as originally stated. Levels at 40,000 ppm or above are generally considered a risk for explosion.last_img read more

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Virender Sehwag says making a name in cricket is tougher now in this environment

first_img“If you look at the ’80s and ’90s, there were lots of players from metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai etc. However, this seems to be changing. Now, smaller town representation in Indian team has increased,” Sehwag said.ALSO READ:Virat Kohli has received the backing of former Indian captain Kapil Dev to bounce back after a disastrous start to IPL 2019 Advertisement AdvertisementFormer explosive Indian opener Virender Sehwag has said that making a name in cricket is tougher now in this environment than before as more cricketers are coming out of small towns.Earlier small town players making it big in cricket back in the 1980s and 90s were easy as very few players came out of these places. But today more and more players are playing the sport.“A lot of kids today are playing and taking cricket as a professional career choice. Making a name isn’t easy in this environment, it is not just about being good, but one also needs to be talented and have the ability to convert their talent to performance,” Sehwag said.“If a youngster who has made it to the big league can continuously convert his talent to performances only then they can have a secure future and hope to play 10-12 years and earn a lot of money,” he added.He said that smaller towns representation in producing players has increased.last_img read more

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Champions League: Neymar turns on style with hat-trick in PSG stroll

first_imgNeymar escapes with warning over altercation with fan Lionel Messi: Almost quit Barcelona over tax fraud case Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel described Neymar as “sensational” after the world’s most expensive player scored a hat-trick in a sublime display to lead Paris Saint-Germain to a 6-1 rout of Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Wednesday. The Brazilian admitted before this game that he still did not feel back to 100 percent after the foot injury which required surgery and saw him miss the last three months of last season. But he tore a hapless Red Star apart with two goals in the space of two first-half minutes at the Parc des Princes, the first a delightful curling free-kick, before completing his hat-trick from another stunning free-kick late on. “I really liked the effort made by the whole team, but Neymar was sensational,” said Tuchel. “You can feel that he is hungry in every match, that he wants to be decisive, win the ball back, be at the heart of the play.Related News Lionel Messi faces Cristiano Ronaldo, Van Dijk but no Neymar for Ballon d’Or “He is one of the best players in Europe and that is very, very important for us.” Edinson Cavani, Angel di Maria and Kylian Mbappe also scored as PSG bounced back from a 3-2 defeat at Liverpool two weeks ago to register their first points in Group C. But seeing Neymar play with a smile on his face again is especially encouraging for the French champions. “Winning is the main thing that I want, but when I score goals I am even happier,” said Neymar, who described the game as his and PSG’s best yet this season. Paris have a double-header to come next against Napoli, and the Italians will surely offer a sterner test than Red Star, the 1991 European Cup winners who had been unbeaten in 34 games before arriving at the Parc des Princes. The Serbians grabbed a consolation goal through Marko Marin in the second half, but they could not cope with the home side’s front four, a quartet who cost PSG almost 530 million euros ($610 million) in transfer fees alone. Such was the imbalance between the teams that PSG were never likely to be troubled despite playing this game with one end of the Parc des Princes closed, a punishment following incidents in the defeat against Real Madrid in March. Free-kick doubleNeymar won the free-kick which led to the opening goal in the 20th minute, the Brazilian getting up to curl a fine strike past Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan from 25 yards. The French league leaders scored again two minutes later as Neymar found Mbappe before meeting the return pass with a lovely cushioned finish. That was Neymar’s ninth goal in nine games this season between Ligue 1 and Champions League. The former Barcelona forward certainly looks in the mood again, with his performance here also notable for a brilliant nutmeg on Milos Degenek that created another shooting opportunity just before half-time. PSG had already scored twice more by then, with Cavani finding the net on 37 minutes with the aid of a deflection after some brilliant footwork and Di Maria guiding in a Thomas Meunier cross in the 42nd minute. Neymar produced some more magic in the build-up to PSG’s fifth goal 20 minutes from time, finding Juan Bernat, who squared for Mbappe to finish. Red Star supporters were given something to celebrate as Marin, the former Germany winger whose career lost its way after a move to Chelsea, blasted in a consolation goal in the 74th minute. But Neymar had the last word, curling another free-kick high into the net to complete his hat-trick nine minutes from time, taking him into double figures for the season. Tuchel then immediately substituted his star player, who walked off to a standing ovation. The PSG coach will now be desperate for Neymar to keep performing like this. Tuchel added: “It’s easier when you’re in a good mood. He is on form in his game and now he is almost at 100 percent physically.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

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400 children to take part in J-K polices Run for Fun

first_imgmarathonJammu, Mar 16 (PTI) Nearly 400 children from Jammu and Kashmirs mountainous and remote areas are expected to take part in the Run for Fun marathon in Jammu, the winter capital city of the state, this Sunday.”The police is organising the state-level marathon Run for Fun on March 19. It is being organised under the Civic Action Programme and it is expected that a large number of people from different age groups will participate,” Additional Director General (ADG) of Police L Mohanti told reporters here today.The ADG said 400 children from remote areas of Baramulla, Budgam, Shopian, Kupwara, Bandipore, Rajouri, Poonch, Doda and Kathua districts are expected to participate in the marathon.Arrangements for their boarding, lodging and transport have been made by the police, Mohanti said.He said various departments like the Higher and School Education, Youth Services, Sports and Industries are part of the event, besides organisations like the Jammu Bar Association, Press Club and Amar Singh Club.Participants can register themselves for the marathon at counters in different battalion headquarters and the control room at Gulshan Ground, Mohanti said.He said the marathon has different event categories and would start at the Police Sports Stadium Gulshan Ground.”The 42 km full marathon open category (men) would start at 6:30 AM and participants would return to the stadium via Sidhra Bridge Crossing. The 21 km half marathon for men and women would start at 6:40 AM. Runners after reaching the Bajalta Crossing and will return to the stadium,” he saidSimilarly, participants in the under-14 boys and girls category would start their run from the venue and cover a distance of 6 km and 8 km respectively, Mohanti said.advertisementBuses will be available for participants at different places in Jammu. These buses will depart from their respective points at 4.45 AM, he saidPrize distribution will be held at 10:30 AM. There will be cultural programmes, band display and medical check up for senior citizens, the ADG said. PTI AB ANBlast_img read more

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City land €800k Suarez windfall from Barca

first_imgBarcelona Man City land €800,000 Suarez windfall from Barcelona Goal Last updated 2 years ago 00:35 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Denis Suarez Barcelona Getty Images Barcelona Manchester City Getafe v Barcelona Getafe Primera División Premier League The Spain international midfielder made his 40th appearance for the Catalan giants on Saturday, triggering another payment in his 2013 transfer Manchester City are due another €800,000 payment from Barcelona as part of the deal which took Denis Suarez to Camp Nou.Having spent two years in City’s academy system, the 23-year-old returned to his homeland in 2013 on a four-year contract.Man City 9/1 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 He cost Barca €3.2 million at the time, with a number of clauses included in the transfer intended to benefit City if the midfielder prospered.Suarez made little impact in Catalonia during an initial spell, as he was sold on to Villarreal in 2015, but was re-signed in the summer of 2016.The terms of his move from City still stood once back at Barca, and he has gone on to become a first-team regular.He took in his 40th appearance for the club against Getafe on Saturday, meaning that another payment was triggered.City are set to receive €800,000 for every 10 outings Suarez takes in up to 100 games.That means that Barca have currently paid out €6.4m for the Spain international, but the deal could end up costing them €11.2m.They will happily stump up the cash, though, if Suarez continues to make the impact he did at Getafe.Suarez stepped off the bench to influence a tight contest, with his equaliser just past the hour mark getting Barca back into the game before Paulinho snatched a late winner.Meanwhile in the UK, Manchester City stormed to a 6-0 victory over Watford on Saturday afternoon to go top of the Premier League table.last_img read more

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Kohli wary of Archer and predicts pressure will curb World Cup run-fests

first_imgAustralia cricket team Kohli, next to Eoin Morgan on one of the leather sofas upon which the full-kit captains sat, claimed to be unaware of his status as Archer’s target. “That’s news to me and Morgs as well. I don’t really focus on these things,” he said.But just when the question was seemingly doused, Kohli suddenly burst into fulsome praise of the 24-year-old. “If Jofra said that it’s a big compliment as he is a world-class bowler and there’s a good reason why he’s been fast-tracked into playing for England. I’ve seen him the last couple of years at the Indian Premier League and it’s going to be really exciting to see him at the World Cup. I’ll be watching him. From what I’ve seen he has been really impressive. He has the X Factor. He has pace, he can be intimidating, he’s a great athlete; I’m sure England are excited to have him.”This was in keeping with the tenor of the England chat overall, with Kohli and Aaron Finch, the Australia captain, citing the hosts as pacesetters. Both men lead sides with far greater World Cup pedigrees – the two most recent winners no less – and yet were very keen that England alone have the favourites’ tag.It was much credit to Hague Primary in Bethnal Green – and a source of amusement for the assembled press pack and the host Mark Chapman – that arguably the best question during the session came from one of the local schoolchildren in attendance.“Which player from the other nine teams would you like to have in yours?” It was a simple enough request, prompting some of the 10 grown men to squirm before being heckled into tackling the question.Morgan went first, politically declaring his confidence in England’s players but admitting he would not mind Australia’s assistant coach, Ricky Ponting, in the set-up. Sarfaraz Ahmed would like Jos Buttler to be Pakistani – the recent 50-ball century at Southampton presumably still burned into his retina – while Finch, already blessed with Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins in his Australia squad, still wanted more pace in the shape of South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada.Kohli opted for Faf du Plessis, interestingly, because of a personal desire to bat with him. The South Africa captain, in response, peeled off a veritable shopping list before finally settling on India’s death-bowling maestro Jasprit Bumrah, and perhaps Kohli as well. Mashrafe Mortaza of Bangladesh would love to lead Kohli, while Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne fancies Ben Stokes in his ranks.Jason Holder, the West Indies captain, and Afghanistan’s Gulbadin Naib both pled the fifth. Finally Kane Williamson, who admitted New Zealand are playing catch-up given their last ODI was in February, opted for Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan. Ish Sodhi, Williamson’s own leg-spinner, should not get too disheartened; Kohli piled in on this topic, praising Khan’s intensity and admitting it has taken him three years to read “90%” of his deliveries.Not all the questions were so knockabout. Kohli was asked why Pakistan and India do not play each other outside global tournaments and, slightly miffed, replied it was a matter for the boards and “my personal opinions do not come into it”. Sarfaraz kept cool here, agreeing with his opposite number that, for all the hype that will precede their meeting on 16 June, it is just another game.Finch was asked about a report in the Daily Mirror that David Warner, back in the Australian ranks with Steve Smith following last year’s sandpaper scandal, has requested extra security. Finch denied any knowledge of this before politely adding the pair had “contributed as much as they can and the morale has been unbelievable”. Share on Messenger England cricket team Cricket The 10 World Cup captains assembled in east London on Thursday, taking the stage at a shabby chic warehouse that once hosted Dragon’s Den for a media conference in which the title of another reality TV show, The X Factor, was among the phrases that stuck out.It was dropped by Virat Kohli in reference to Jofra Archer, England’s new fast bowler who, upon being named in his country’s squad on Tuesday only two months after becoming eligible for selection, cited his desire to claim the wicket of the Indian captain during this seven-week ODI tournament. Topics India cricket team Share on WhatsApp Virat Kohli Cricket World Cup 2019 Share on LinkedIn England Cricket World Cup guide: gameplan, key player and prediction India Cricket World Cup guide: gameplan, key player and prediction features Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Pakistan cricket team Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Read more Since you’re here… Share via Email Share on Pinterest All 10 captains rather predictably stressed the openness of the tournament but it was Kohli who gave the most intriguing answer as to how matches may pan out. There has been talk of this tournament witnessing the first 500-run total – England’s world record score of 481 for six invoked a roll of the eyes from Finch – but the Indian captain fancies things will get tighter down the line.“They [England] seem to be obsessed with getting to 500 before anyone else. They smash it from ball one and for the full 50 overs,” Kohli said. “It could be pretty high-scoring but I don’t see too much high scoring in the latter half of the tournament. Some teams might get on a roll, but you’ll see 250 defended as well because of the kind of pressure that comes with it.“When you get closer to the knockout phases that is going to bring greater pressure and no one is going to go gung-ho from ball one. Generally teams will find a way but I see pressure playing a massive role.”Kohli knows all about coping with this, of course. Whether England and the much-hyped Archer can remains to be seen. Read more Support The Guardianlast_img read more

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Nebraska Coach Updates Quarterback Recruiting Situation

first_imgNebraska football players run onto the field.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 23: Fullback Harrison Jordan #38 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers carries the flag as the team enter the field against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The future seems bright for Nebraska football. Despite a 4-8 record this fall, many are projecting the Huskers will be a preseason top 25 team next year after they close this season out with four wins in their last six games.One aspect of the future where Nebraska is well-prepared is quarterback recruiting. The Huskers already have commitments from 2019 four-star prospect Luke McCaffrey and 2020 three-star Logan Smothers.Now, it is a while before either of those players signs his letter of intent, but right now Nebraska has moved on to identifying quarterbacks in the 2021 class, according to quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco.Verduzco told the Fremont Tribune that he’ll be focusing on 2021 passing prospects during the current contact period, in addition to staying on top of Nebraska’s two underclassmen QB commits.“Me and (head coach Scott Frost) and (recruiting personnel) Sean Dillon and (Trent) Mossbrucker and Ryan Callaghan talked about, ‘We’re ahead, let’s stay ahead,’” Verduzco said then.The Huskers already have an offer out to a 2021 QB prospect: Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne four-star Jake Garcia. Garcia is the son of former Nebraska signal caller Randy Garcia.Garcia is listed as the No. 3 Pro-Style quarterback in the 2021 cycle, according to 247Sports.Nebraska currently has the No. 22 recruiting class in the 2019 cycle, per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.last_img read more

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Rotten chicken row sparks panic among patients at NRS

first_imgKolkata: Tension ran high at the NRS Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday morning, after some staff members of the hospital spotted a taxi carrying some rotten chickens out of the hospital.The incident prompted the hospital authorities to order a probe into the incident. A senior official of the hospital said that the probe has been initiated to find out if there were any rotten chicken in the hospital canteen. Samples of both uncooked and cooked meats from the canteen were sent to the laboratory for tests. The authorities will also conduct a detailed probe to ascertain from where the chickens were brought to the hospital. There would be major cause for concern for the hospital authorities if the chickens are found to have been served to the patients. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAs the matter came to light at around 10 am in the morning, the patients and their family members started an agitation inside the hospital complex, alleging that rotten chicken had been served to the patients. They alleged that the rotten chickens were piled up inside the hospital canteen and later they were kept in the taxi in order to transport them to some other place. The probe will also ascertain where the taxi driver had intended to take the rotten chickens. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA senior official of the hospital said that they would not compromise with the quality of the food that is served to the patients and hence a high-level committee has been formed in this regard. “The chickens in question have already been sent for test in the laboratory,” the official added. Some of the staff members spotted the car and stopped it out of suspicion. They later found the rotten chickens kept at the back of the taxi wrapped in a sack. The matter soon sparked panic among some of the patients and senior hospital officials rushed to the spot. The taxi driver was taken to the hospital super’s room and the canteen staff members were also called for interrogation. The taxi driver reportedly claimed that the chickens were not rotten and some discar- ded items were inside the sack, which he was taking away for his personal use. After being informed, police reached the spot and pacified the agitating crowd. The situation was subsequently brought under control.last_img read more

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BC reports 64 pipeline benefit deals with 29 northern First Nations

VICTORIA – The British Columbia government says it has completed benefit agreements with 90 per cent of the eligible First Nations along four proposed natural gas pipeline routes across northern B.C.The Ministry of Aboriginal Relations says 64 natural gas pipeline benefits contracts have been signed with 29 First Nations and that most include financial payments worth over $1 million, although the ministry says only $13 million has been paid out so far.Most of the agreements also have separate milestone payments, covering when construction begins or gas starts to flow.The four proposed pipelines linking the gas fields to the northern coast are Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline, the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project, the Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project and the Pacific Trail Pipeline Project.A government news release says the 16 First Nations along the Pacific Trail route would receive an estimated $32 million in direct benefits during the construction phase.The ministry says the agreements help to establish long-term working relationships that include sharing benefits while supporting environmentally and socially responsible natural gas development that also respects aboriginal rights. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 23, 2017 1:14 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 24, 2017 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. reports 64 pipeline benefit deals with 29 northern First Nations read more

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Construction will close footpaths outside Chown D block

From Monday, June 21 through June 28, pedestrian access will be disrupted along the south side of Mackenzie Chown complex due to preparation work for the footbridge that will connect Chown D Block to the new Niagara Health and Bioscience Research Complex (NHBRC) building.The task involves removing exterior glass and cladding on the southwest side of Chown D Block.The work will occur in two phases: one on the exterior of the building and the next phase on the interior 300 level of D Block. To accommodate this, a hoarding wall 15 feet long and about 6 inches high will be installed in the 300-level corridor outside of rooms D308, D322 and D321. No disruptions to interior pedestrian traffic are anticipated, but noise and vibration will be experienced.However, the outside walkway on the south side of D Block — the footpath along the base of the building — will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 21 through June 28. This is to ensure public safety. The walkway will be open outside of these noted hours.As well, the footpath south of the D Block building walkway — which currently allows access along the front of D, C and B Blocks and swings south towards the NHBRC building, then back directly north towards D Block — will be closed to pedestrians in order to accommodate other work.Closure of both D Block exterior footpaths means pedestrians needing to access these buildings between June 21 to 28 will be redirected to the exterior entrance between D and F Blocks, enabling them to access inside corridors.After June 28, the D Block footpath against the building will be reopened, and access from the exterior to D, C and B Blocks will be restored.Directional signage will be installed to show accessible routes through buildings from D Block through to A Block, Taro, Thistle and Schmon Tower.• Click here to download a PDF map of the affected areas read more

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Real Madrid Arsenal LA Galaxy Boca Juniors — In One Giant Power

When comparing club soccer teams, it’s fairly easy to figure out who is the best of the best. The most talented players in the world play in a handful of European leagues, and the best teams of these leagues face off each year in the Champions League.Judging below this level is more difficult.How do you compare the English club Arsenal, which got through the group stage of the most recent Champions League but lost in the first round of the knockouts, with Celta Vigo of Spain, a semifinalist in the Europa League? And what about the European teams that didn’t play anyone outside their nation’s borders — like Stoke City in England and Freiburg in Germany?Even more difficult is comparing across continents. How well would the best MLS clubs do if they played in the Championship, the English second division?FiveThirtyEight has a new way of answering these questions. The global club soccer rankings compare 426 men’s teams that compete in leagues across Europe, North America and South America. As you might expect, the top three are Real Madrid of Spain’s La Liga, Bayern Munich of Germany’s Bundesliga and Barcelona, also of La Liga. It gets more interesting from there. The English Premier League is the only league among the 24 that are part of FiveThirtyEight’s club soccer predictions that has six teams in the top 20 of the global team rankings (although it has no teams in the overall top five). However, these rankings suggest that the Premier League’s also-rans would not compete particularly well with the mid-table of other major leagues. Everton, the seventh EPL side, sit 47th. This places the Toffees behind 10 German Bundesliga clubs and 13 teams from La Liga. Even Atalanta, the seventh club in Italy’s Serie A, places above Everton.To explain why this happens requires some discussion of the method itself. League strength is compared in two ways; first, based on how well clubs from different leagues have done in direct competition with one another, such as in the Champions League. And second, the estimated market value of a team’s players, drawn from the website Transfermarkt. The former factor — head-to-head competition — receives much more emphasis when leagues play each other frequently, as teams from the top European leagues do in the Champions League and Europa League. That gives the big European leagues a more natural hierarchy.The relatively poor showing of the Premier League, compared with La Liga and the Bundesliga, is notable particularly because of the massive economic advantage that the English league holds over its continental competitors. The Premier League’s domestic TV contract pays in the range of a billion dollars more per year than Spain’s or Germany’s.1The new domestic Premier League TV contract is estimated to be worth $2.20 billion per year, compared with $1.04 billion for La Liga and $1.36 billion for the Bundesliga. The estimated values of Premier League clubs run about 20 percent higher than the values of clubs in the Bundesliga or Serie A and about 10 percent higher than La Liga. But these values have not translated into strong performances by Premier League teams in European competition. Judged over recent inter-league competition, La Liga’s performance has been about 27 percent better than the Premier League’s, while the Bundesliga’s performance has been 20 percent better. Despite its financial advantage, the Premier League has won only one European Cup in the past four years, compared with seven for La Liga sides. During that time, 19 teams from La Liga have advanced to the quarterfinals of the Europa or Champions League, and 10 Bundesliga sides have done the same. Only six Premier League clubs, barely more than one per year, have advanced to the final eight of the major club competitions.Just as Premier League sides come in below similar clubs from Germany and Spain because of the English league’s struggles in European competition, the continuing failure of MLS clubs to advance in the CONCACAF Champions League leaves American and Canadian sides behind the best teams in Mexico. Other than Toronto FC (171st), no MLS side places above the top 10 teams from Liga MX.The rankings further suggest that the best clubs from South America, such as Argentina’s Boca Juniors (81st) and Brazil’s Corinthians (88th) and Cruzeiro (99th) could hang with the teams at the bottom of the Premier League such as Watford (93rd) and Crystal Palace (102nd). Meanwhile, MLS teams would generally fall in either the second or third divisions in the English pyramid. NYCFC — the second-highest ranking MLS side, at 259th — rates below the top 10 teams in the Championship.MLS still has a long way to go to match up with the top levels of club soccer. These ratings and rankings will move as the various international tournaments play out through the fall, winter and spring. If sides from the Premier League or MLS mean to move up the rankings, they will need to have better results in direct competition with sides from other leagues. read more

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An aroused man sexually assaulted me on public transport but I wont

It began with what I thought was a bag brushing against me. My brain clicked that something was wrong but not what – until the man who had been standing behind me on the packed commuter train, grabbed my waist and started to grind his groin against my body. What had been a normal… He didn’t say anything. I didn’t say anything. I froze. It’s difficult to explain utter fear, but I was speechless, petrified, shocked, and upset. I couldn’t move – but I was thinking ‘What do I do? Do I say something to the other passengers? Do I say something to him? What if he hurts me? What if no one believes me?’ In the end, I kept quiet. Anyway, I couldn’t have physically spoken, even if my brain had wanted me to. read more

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BHP Billiton improves truck utilisation at Escondida

first_imgIn its recent publication, Resourcing global growth: Strategic Report 2015, BHP Billiton had some interesting things to say about how it has improved the performance of the truck fleet at Escondida, where the objective was to increase ultra-class haul truck production time. First, Escondida benchmarked its truck performance and maintenance activities, both internally and externally, and reviewed how it conducted truck maintenance and shift activities to identify improvement opportunities.A range of initiatives were implemented to improve haul truck production time. Less frequent and larger blasts were used to reduce interruptions to production. Trucks were only taken out of production for preventative maintenance determined by equipment condition, rather than by time in service. The mine also implemented new crib hutsand shift relief, called ‘hot seating’, to keep the trucks moving.The result was that Escondida has set a new internal BHP Billiton benchmark for sustainable ultra-class haul truck performance. In FY2015, truck utilisation of available time increased to 83% from 75% in the previous year. This allowed the operation to move 438 Mt of material, an increase of 6% compared to FY2014. During FY2015, Escondida decreased its mine production unit costs by 10% through its productivity initiatives.last_img read more

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Young women fare worst as gender neutral pricing drives up car insurance

first_imgMOTOR INSURANCE PREMIUMS are up an average of 3.3 per cent since the introduction of gender neutral pricing with young women aged 17 to 24 losing out the most.An industry analysis conducted by AA found that men in the same age bracket came out best with under 25 males seeing a fall in premiums of 26 per cent.In total, there was an 18 per cent increase in premiums for women while men saw their premiums fall 9.8 per cent.Conor Faughan, Director of Consumer Affairs at AA said the company is “not really surprised with the outcome.”“We knew that young men would come out happy while young women would bear the brunt of the costs,” he said. “It is shocking to see just how much more women aged 17 to 24 are paying.”While the average women under 25 saw an increase of around 20 per cent, AA said some women reported increases of 50 per cent.Overall, 44 per cent of people surveyed said their insurance had increased. The majority of these were female, with 53 per cent of women saying their insurance had gone up.Faughan commented: Younger women are no doubt fuming at this substantial increase and it certainly feels unfair to them. Statistics have shown that women under the age of 25 are in fact safer drivers than men of the same age.Just before the gender ruling came to force The AA asked motorists what they thought of it and only 29 per cent of women said they believed the ruling to be fair compared to 74 per cent of males.Read: Women drivers see the biggest increase in motoring costs>Read: Gender equalisation car insurance policy comes into effect today>last_img read more

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Terrific guy fantastic country Trumps phone call to Pakistan leader

first_img Get it straight: Pakistan is not our friend. When our tremendous Navy SEALS took out Osama bin Laden, they did… (cont) http://t.co/s6u5o8Co— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2011 “Your country is amazing with tremendous opportunities. Pakistanis are one of the most intelligent people,” Trump said according to the statement, while also offering to help solve the nation’s many challenges which include a violent insurgency.I am ready and willing to play any role that you want me to play to address and find solutions to the outstanding problems. It will be an honor and I will personally do it.Trump has long been disdainful of Pakistan on social media.On January 17, 2012, he tweeted: “Get it straight: Pakistan is not our friend. We’ve given them billions and billions of dollars, and what did we get? Betrayal and disrespect — and much worse. #TimeToGetTough” Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter By AFP 14,241 Views ‘Terrific guy, fantastic country’ – Trump’s phone call to Pakistan leader Trump’s transition team confirmed a call had taken place between the two men. Pakistanis have also been suspicious of his relationship with arch-rival India.Trump courted Indian-American voters in the run-up to election day. He spoke with Indian leader Narendra Modi last month and has met with Indian business leaders since winning the election.Pakistan heavily relies on US aid and is likely to get around $1 billion in economic and security assistance in the 2017 financial year.Trump’s election has met with concern over what it could mean for aid commitments and bumpy diplomatic relations.However, the government statement said Trump urged Sharif to call him “any time even before 20th January” when he takes power.Trump also responded to an invitation to visit Pakistan by saying he would “love to come to a fantastic country, fantastic place of fantastic people”, it said.Trump’s transition team confirmed the call but gave a more toned-down account, saying the pair had a “productive conversation about how the United States and Pakistan will have a strong working relationship in the future”.“President-elect Trump also noted that he is looking forward to a lasting and strong personal relationship with Prime Minister Sharif,” it said in a statement.© – AFP 2016Read: Taoiseach Goes Stateside: ‘If Enda does meet Trump, he shouldn’t go cap in hand’Read: Trump claims ‘millions voted illegally’ (despite no evidence to suggest this happened) Share16 Tweet Email1 Thursday 1 Dec 2016, 9:30 AM Short URL Dec 1st 2016, 9:30 AM http://jrnl.ie/3112921 70 Comments PAKISTAN SAID DONALD Trump praised its prime minister as a “terrific guy” and offered support for a “fantastic” country, in an effusive phone call that baffled many after sharp criticisms in the past.The Pakistani government released the candid account, complete with Trump’s trademark language, after Sharif phoned the billionaire real estate mogul to congratulate him on his election victory.Widely circulated on social media, the statement released late Wednesday caused surprise given the anti-Muslim rhetoric of the Trump campaign and the president-elect’s past description of the country as “not our friend”.It said Trump told the embattled Pakistani leader, currently embroiled in a corruption court case, that he has a “very good reputation”.“You are a terrific guy. You are doing amazing work which is visible in every way,” Trump is quoted as saying.I am looking forward to see you soon. As I am talking to you Prime Minister, I feel I am talking to a person I have known for long. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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District Attorney Summer Stephans take on Tony Hicks parole

first_img Posted: November 29, 2018 Categories: California News, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:48 PM November 29, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom District Attorney Summer Stephan’s take on Tony Hicks’ parole 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) – The California Parole Board as granted the release of the man responsible for killing a pizza delivery driver back in 1995.District Attorney Summer Stephan discussed the release on Good Morning San Diego.Tony Hicks was 14 years old when he shot and killed college student Tariq Casima.Hicks was the first juvenile in California to be tried as an adult. The family of the young man who was murdered pleaded with the state parole board to release Hicks.Related Story:  California Parole Board backs Tony Hick’s prison release last_img read more

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Excise Tax On Tobacco Advances In The Borough Assembly

first_imgIn a memo to the assembly Dunne stated, the motivation is to compensate for the decline in borough revenue from a loss in state revenue sharing and increases in property and sales tax exemptions, as well as school district funding.  The proposal is for an excise tax of $0.05 on each cigarette brought into the borough beginning on January 1, 2019. Also, an excise tax of 10 percent of the wholesale price levied on other tobacco products effective January 1, 2019. Assemblymember Willy Dunne has decided to rehash the idea for an excise tax: “The administration estimates that the Kenai Peninsula Borough has approximately $29.5M dollars in taxable tobacco sales annually.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will be considering an ordinance for a borough-wide excise tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. Dunne aslo noted during the meeting that voter approval of an excise tax is not required. The proposal is scheduled public comment at the assembly’s meeting on September 4.last_img read more

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SAGAFTRA Expands Coverage of New York Public Radio

first_imgNYPR’s programs include “Radiolab,” “On the Media,” and “Carnegie Hall Live.” New York Public Radio includes WNYC, WQXR, WNYC Studios, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, and New Jersey Public Radio.“We value our partnership with SAG-AFTRA and are pleased that we were able to quickly reach this agreement with the union,” said Laura Walker, president and CEO of New York Public Radio. “Today’s agreement shows our commitment to our temporary and per diem workforce, and the importance of their contributions to the overall success of our organization.” Popular on Variety SAG-AFTRA and New York Public Radio have reached a voluntary recognition agreement that will add more than 30 per diem and temporary employees to the union’s 18-year-old contract.The existing contract currently covers over 100 full-time workers at NYPR. The new unit made the request to unionize on July 12.“This agreement goes to the heart of SAG-AFTRA’s mission of advocating for media professionals working in today’s gig economy,” said SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris. “This unit made the request to unionize only a few weeks ago. The fact that this agreement was successfully achieved in a timely manner speaks to the collaborative work of our union and NYPR as partners. We’re excited to extend the New York Public Radio family and welcome the new members to the union.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Security experts warn of new almost indestructible TDL4 botnet threat

first_imgImage credit: Security Networks © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Security experts warn of new ‘almost indestructible’ TDL-4 botnet threat (2011, July 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-experts-tdl-botnet-threat.html Botnets move P2P as centrally controlled zombie networks come under fire 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.center_img Explore further Botnets, or groups of computers that have been infected by code that allows them to be controlled by someone other than the owner, have become the latest tool in an international cyberwar that involves malevolent coders and law enforcement, with computer users stuck in-between, quite often completely unaware of what it going on.Botnets are a bad thing because computer owners can become victims of identity theft, be directed to onerous sites while cruising the web, or worse become unwitting partners in crime as their computer is hijacked and used for nefarious purposes, such as being directed to take part in a denial of service attack against a corporate web site.TDL-4, comes on the heels of news that its previous incarnation, TDL-3 was sold by its creators to another group of hackers bent on reaping profits from its use; a sign the experts note, indicates the creators of the botnet are so sure of the superiority of the new version, that the old has become obsolete.What makes the new botnet so hard to find and eradicate is the fact that it lodges itself in the master boot record on a computer’s hard drive, the part the computer uses to get itself going when you turn it on. By inserting code where the hardware looks first, the malware is able to load before the operating system (Windows), allowing it to mask itself. Another problem is that in the new version, the creators of the malware have switched from using a proprietary network to control the computers in the botnet, to using a public Peer to Peer public network, which means commands can be sent even if the command and control computers used by the people who unleashed the botnet, lose access.It should be noted that the security team behind this latest announcement Golovanov and Soumenkov, both work for Kaspersky Lab, a company that sells anti-virus and computer security software; not that this means their loud warnings should be ignored, but it is possible that their claims are a little exaggerated. For example, one of the new “features” of the botnet code is the ability to remove other malware from the computers they infect, partly to make sure their own code works as expected, but also to avoid drawing attention to problems the computer might be experiencing, which would likely lead to the detection of their own code. Thus, when they report that the botnet might be impossible to kill, they mean the botnet as a whole, not the code on an individual computer. Also, in their paper, there is no mention of what computer users can do to see if their computer is infected, and if it is, what they might do about it, which might make some wonder if a future announcement isn’t coming soon, detailing how Kaspersky Lab, has just the product to help users with both. (PhysOrg.com) — Security experts Sergey Golovanov and Igor Soumenkov of Kaspersky Lab have detailed the threats of a new strain of the TDSS botnet, dubbed TDL-4, on SECURELIST, calling it likely the most sophisticated botnet to date, and describing it as almost indestructible.last_img read more

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