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Mississippi ~ Multiple Taxes: Relief for Victims of Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-Line Winds, and Flooding Announced

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe Mississippi Department of Revenue has announced that it will follow federal extensions granted to victims of the severe storms, tornadoes, and straight-line winds that tool place beginning on January 20, 2017. Taxpayers who reside in the counties designated as federally declared disaster areas have until May 31, 2017 to file individual income, corporate income and pass-through entity tax returns due on or after January 20, 2017, and before May 31, 2017. The department automatically provides interest and penalty relief on original or extended filing and payment due dates, including extended filing or payment due dates, that fall within the postponed period. Therefore, taxpayers residing in affected counties do not need to contact the department to get this relief. This relief does not provide an extension for payments on prior liabilities.Notice 80-17-001, Mississippi Department of Revenue, January 30, 2017, ¶200-839last_img read more

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Governor Parson honors Vietnam veterans

first_imgMissouri Vietnam era veterans get a long deserved “Welcome Home.”Hundreds gathered in the Capitol Rotunda to be honored for their time served by Army veteran Governor Mike Parson.“We owe them that gratitude today to be here and thank them again for their service.”State lawmakers and National Guardsmen pinned special recognition medals on the veterans.Governor Parson served six years as a military policeman.last_img

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Trek Bicycle enters India; to offer 34 models

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 15 (PTI) American cycling brand Trek Bicycle today announced its foray into the Indian market and said it will offer 34 models in the premium and super premium segments. The bicycles will be available across its dealers in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Indore, the company said in a statement.Trek Bicycle was founded in 1976 in Waterloo, Wisconsin, USA, and is today available at retail locations in 100 countries worldwide.”Our focus is to provide a great buying and ownership experience, while promoting the sport of leisure and competitive cycling in India,” Trek Bicycle India Country Manager Navneet Banka said. PTI PTI PRJ BJ BJlast_img read more

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Walcott deserves praise for Arsenal career

first_imgTransfers Why misunderstood Walcott deserves praise for Arsenal career Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 02:20 1/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(14) Theo Walcott Arsenal 2017 Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Premier League The 28-year-old’s impressive stats warrant praise instead of criticism after 12 years of service for the Gunners Theo Walcott has grown from a teenager into an adult at Arsenal Football Club and he leaves north London with three FA Cups to his name. Those 108 goals in 397 appearances certainly shouldn’t be overlooked either. After 12 years Arsenal’s longest serving player has left to join Everton in a transfer which will almost certainly revive a career which was beginning to look stale.Walcott’s 397 appearances put him ahead of Thierry Henry (377), while his 108 goals make him joint 15th in the club’s all-time list. He has scored in the FA Cup final, mocked Tottenham fans while sitting on a stretcher and came back from a potential career-ending cruciate ligament injury to score 19 goals last season despite not even playing the final 10 games of the campaign.His numbers are good, his professionalism is unquestioned yet many will reflect on Walcott’s Arsenal career with the opinion that he ‘didn’t do enough’. Sven Goran Eriksson’s decision to call him up to the 2006 World Cup squad was certainly too much too soon for the England youngster. He didn’t play a minute at the tournament and while he went on to become a Three Lions regular, scoring a hat-trick against Croatia in a World Cup qualifier in 2008, there was always a sense that Walcott needed more one-on-one coaching due to his young age and rise from Championship player to Premier League star. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Walcott’s first goal for the Gunners was in the 2007 League Cup final and he contributed on average 16 goals and assists per season. Considering he was under 21 in five of those seasons it’s an impressive achievement for a player who clearly wasn’t as gifted as his No.14 predecessor Henry. Indeed, the decision in 2008 to hand Walcott the famous shirt didn’t work out as expected and arguably heaped further pressure on a player who was struggling to deliver at centre forward.GFX Walcott Arsenal statsIt’s fair to say Walcott contributed big moments in big games over the years. His performances against Barcelona prompted praise from Lionel Messi who said the Catalan giants were “scared of Walcott” after a magnificent cameo appearance which helped the Gunners salvage a draw.“When we were playing Arsenal at the Emirates we were so in control of the game at 2-0, with all respect Arsenal were not even in the game,” said Messi. “Then Theo came on and changed the game. He pretty much single-handedly salvaged a draw that night.”In the 2012/13 season, Walcott was the club’s top score with 21 goals and the partnership with Robin van Persie. The Dutchman scored 96 times in the Premier League and Walcott assisted 14 of those strikes. Despite an up and down relationship, the two provided a slick combination in attack and it’s no wonder that the England man’s delay in signing a contract saw Arsenal supporters create a banner and song called ‘sign da ting’.HD Walcott League CupHD WalcottWhile he eventually did sign on the dotted line to become one of Arsenal’s highest paid players, Walcott has never reached the expectations set of him by many – and perhaps that’s because those expectations were too high. He possessed the pace of Henry but at times his technique was lacking. Those intelligent runs could be seen in games against huge opposition such as Barcelona and Chelsea, but at other times he would struggle to get the ball under control or clumsily run into opposition defenders as if he hadn’t played the game before.To criticise Walcott you must lay the blame at the door of those who coached and brought him into the world arena at the age of 16. He has delivered at the highest level for Arsenal and while he may not have replicated the goals and assists of Henry, his contributions to the club shouldn’t be understated and he certainly deserves to depart as a club legend after 108 goals and 12 years of service.last_img read more

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11 days agoInter Milan striker Alexis facing over two months out

first_imgInter Milan striker Alexis facing over two months outby Carlos Volcano11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan striker Alexis Sanchez is facing over two months out after suffering an ankle injury playing for Chile.The 30-year-old is on-loan at Inter from Manchester United and has made four appearances for the Nerazzurri so far this season, scoring one goal.He was on the end of a heavy challenge from Juventus and Colombia wide man Juan Cuadrado during a 0-0 draw.A statement from the Chile football federation confirmed the initial diagnosis was dislocated tendons and possible ligament damage.Alexis is now returning to Italy, where he will undergo further tests and decide on the next step in treatment, which could even be surgery. TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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UASC: Shipping Alliances Will Stifle Smaller Operators

first_imgzoom John Hinge, President and CEO of United Arab Shipping Co. (UASC) believes shipping alliances will help the box markets on what he called ”a slow journey to recovery,” stabilising the freight rates along the way, the Wall Street Journal reports.UASC President has projected a bright outlook for major box shippers who have been struggling with depressed freight rates and overcapacity ever since the global financial crisis of 2008.However, small-scale shipping companies might get muscled out of the business by the shipping alliances such as Ocean Three, comprised of UASC, CMA CGM, and China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), or the 2M alliance of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC), which according to Hinge will lead to decreased volatility in freight rates.“Modern, big ships carry more cargo using less fuel, and this makes it more difficult for [smaller competitors] to be in the trade. If you are in a group and cancel one of your five or six departures during low seasons, you will still be OK as the other departures will still have a full cargo and cater to the needs of your customers.But if you only have two departures and stop one of them, you are dead,” said Hinge.Hinge concluded by issuing a note of warning, saying that the journey to recovery is not going to go without any hitches.Recently, UASC signed a global cooperation agreement with Hamburg Süd, based on which the companies will initially cooperate on several of their respective core trades. Hamburg Süd will enter the Asia – North Europe and Asia – U.S. trades in December 2014 and January 2015, respectively, while UASC will enter the Europe – South America East Coast and Asia – South America East Coast trades effective from mid-2015.Initially, the cooperation will be in the form of slot exchanges; vessel deployment opportunities will be explored in due course. Further geographic scope for cooperation is currently under discussion. Both carriers also intend to explore other areas of cooperation going forward. World Maritime News Staff, October 01, 2014last_img read more

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Province Hosts International Careers Fair

first_imgMore than 350 skilled immigrants, international graduates and temporary foreign workers are on the job hunt. The province is hosting the International Careers Fair, today March 6, that connects skilled immigrants, international post-secondary students and graduates to more than 70 businesses that are looking for highly specialized workers. “Mega projects such as the shipbuilding and the Lower Churchill energy projects are changing the province’s economic future,” said Marilyn More, Minister responsible for the Office of Immigration. “They will bring Nova Scotians back to our province, keep our young people from leaving and attract professional and innovative immigrants.” Over the next 10 years, Nova Scotia’s working-age population will decline by 47,000 people and labour needs are changing. “Our new immigration strategy, Welcome Home to Nova Scotia, is responding to the challenges,” said Ms. More. “The strategy is our most ambitious and focussed immigration plan yet, and one of the most comprehensive strategies in the country. “This fair is a great example of how we are working more closely with employers, community organizations and labour to ensure the province attracts immigrants whose skills are most needed in the workforce.” The immigration strategy will help fulfill the province’s commitment to double the number of new immigrants arriving annually by 2020 and increase retention to 70 per cent. It complements the province’s workforce strategy and jobsHere by targeting international workers with the technical skills and international contacts the province needs to become more innovative, productive and competitive. Along with 90 business booths, the fair will also host a panel discussion with business leaders from Acadian Seaplants Limited, Citco, TecBox International Ltd., Kisserup, RBC-Atlantic Canada. Valerie Payn, president and CEO of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, is moderating the panel discussion. “Finding solutions to the changing labour needs of our province will be paramount as projects like Lower Churchill and the shipbuilding contract get underway, but businesses often don’t know where to start or where to look for answers,” said Ms. Payn. “It is great to hear more details on the province’s immigration strategy and also from local businesses and business people who can share their experiences and expertise in these areas.” For more information on the fair, visit www.internationalcareersfair.ca .last_img read more

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Ezra Miller To Trek To The North Pole For Greenpeace

first_img“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” star Ezra Miller will travel to the North Pole in early April to plant a ‘flag for the future’ on the seabed, as part of a major international campaign to protect the Arctic.The 20 year old actor will ski for up to 8 hours per day and camp out in temperatures that could drop to -31°F. He will be joined by three young people and supported by 2.7 million others who have joined a Greenpeace campaign to create a sanctuary in the uninhabited area around the North Pole, which is melting rapidly.Once they arrive at the top of the world, the team will attempt to lower a special flag to the seabed, several miles below the surface. The flag’s design was chosen by Vivienne Westwood as part of an international competition, and is intended to symbolize global unity and peace.Announcing his participation in the trip, Ezra Miller said, “I’ve never camped in the snow before and I’m definitely not an Arctic explorer, but I’m determined to plant this flag at the North Pole to declare it protected. I’m traveling with three young people who want to create a sanctuary up there and take on climate change across the world.“The Arctic is melting in front of us, and right now companies are going up there to drill for more oil. It’s time to create a new story. Millions of us have joined a new movement at savethearctic.org to draw a line in the ice and say ‘this stops here’.”Attached to the flag will be a special pod which contains over 2.7 million names of people who support the campaign including One Direction, Jack White and Cameron Diaz. This pod will be made of glass and titanium and is intended to rest on the seabed for decades to come.Ezra recently completed a training course in Montreal, Canada, which required him to drag a sled containing over 170lbs of equipment, as well as learn to melt snow to cook freeze dried food. Once on the trip he will be expected to pitch camp, pack his own sled and pee in a bottle during the night.In April the North Pole is bathed in nearly 24 hours of sunlight. The team will use GPS locators to find the actual pole itself, a task made harder by constantly shifting ice floes which can pull expeditions south as they walk north.Ezra Miller continued: “Even after months of training I’m still pretty terrified about skiing across the frozen Arctic Ocean. But I feel really honored to have been asked to take part along with these amazing young people, and it’s a story that I will tell to my grandchildren once we’ve won this huge fight against climate change.”Ezra will be joined by three other youth ambassadors with different connections to the Arctic. Renny Bijoux from the Seychelles, whose island nation could disappear due to rising sea levels. Josefina Skerk is from the Indigenous Sami community in Sweden and a member of the Sami parliament. Kiera Kolson is a young Tso’Tine-Gwich’in woman from Denendeh, Canada. She works to protect the Arctic with Greenpeace and defends the rights of Indigenous Peoples who have lived there for thousands of years.Source:Greenpeacelast_img read more

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Moroccan Housemaid Imprisoned Raped by Saudi Employer

first_imgCasablanca- A young Moroccan housemaid has been imprisoned and raped by her employee in Saudi Arabia for three months now. According to daily Assabah, a young Moroccan housemaid was enslaved and raped by her employer in Saudi Arabia. The Moroccan housemaid had traveled to Saudi Arabia in November 2013, where she worked as a housemaid mainly taking care of a Saudi businessman’s mother. According to her family, the employer promised to pay a monthly salary of MAD 10,000 in exchange of the Moroccan woman’s service. After her three-month employment contract reached its end, the Saudi businessman refused to pay the Moroccan woman her salary and decided rather to take her passport, imprison her and make of her his “sexual slave.”The Moroccan victim’s family subsequently referred to the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Rabat and the Moroccan Consulate in Jeddah in hopes to save the young woman, but so far their efforts have been fruitless.  © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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20 dead in latest Ebola outbreak UN health agency reports

In its latest update on the disease, WHO confirmed a total of 29 cases of Ebola haemorrhagic fever, which the agency calls “one of the most virulent viral diseases known to humankind.”WHO also predicted more deaths, with an additional eight suspected cases under surveillance and over 200 people under active follow-up because of their direct or suspected contact with the blood or body fluids of Ebola victims.Of the confirmed infections, 17 were detected in Gabon and 12 in neighbouring villages in the Republic of the Congo, according to WHO. An international team, working closely with the two countries’ Ministries of Health, is operating in the area to control the outbreak.Ebola, which is transmitted via direct contact with the blood or other bodily fluids of an infected person, causes death in up to 90 per cent of all cases. There is no specific treatment or vaccine for the disease, which is often characterized by the sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, limited kidney and liver functions, and both internal and external bleeding. read more

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Wholesale prices unchanged in July as energy prices retreat following June surge

WASHINGTON – Falling energy prices kept a lid on wholesale inflation in July after a jump in gasoline had boosted prices in June.The Labor Department reported Wednesday that wholesale prices showed no change last month compared with June, when they had risen 0.8 per cent. That was the most in nine months.Energy costs fell 0.2 per cent, after June’s 2.9 per cent surge. Gasoline prices dropped 0.8 per cent and natural gas costs slid 3.9 per cent.Excluding volatile food and energy costs, so-called core prices rose just 0.2 per cent. Core wholesale prices are up 1.2 per cent over the past 12 months, the smallest one-year increase since November 2010.Tame inflation has helped consumers increase spending this year despite slow income growth and higher Social Security taxes.Aside from sharp swings in gas prices, consumer and wholesale inflation has barely increased in the past year. Overall wholesale prices rose 2.1 per cent in July compared with the previous July.For July, drug prices rose 1 per cent, the largest gain since a 2.5 per cent rise in January. Drug companies have been introducing price increases in January and July of each year. Food costs were flat in July as a jump in pork prices was offset by a decline in the cost of fresh vegetables.On Thursday, the government will report on consumer prices for July, and economists estimate that overall and core prices rose just 0.2 per cent.For the 12 months ending in June, overall consumer prices rose 1.8 per cent and core prices 1.6 per cent.Those levels are below the Fed’s 2 per cent target for inflation. At its last meeting in July, the Fed added language to its policy statement to express concern that inflation persistently below 2 per cent could pose risks to the economy.The Fed announced after the meeting that it planned to keep buying $85 billion a month in bonds to keep downward pressure on long-term interest rates. It also said it planned to keep its key short-term rate near zero, where it’s remained since December 2008 — at least as long as unemployment is above 6.5 per cent.Chairman Ben Bernanke and other Fed officials have said the central bank could start slowing its bond purchases later this year. Some economists think that could begin after the Fed’s next meeting in September. Most expect the slowdown to be gradual. New bond purchases might not end until mid-2014 — and only then if the unemployment rate has dropped to around 7 per cent.Unemployment fell in July to 7.4 per cent from 7.6 per cent in June. The July figure was a 4 1/2-year low, but it was still well above the 5 per cent to 6 per cent range that economists associate with a healthy economy.The combination of modest economic growth and still-high unemployment has kept wages from rising quickly. That’s made it harder for businesses to raise prices. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Aug 14, 2013 8:36 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wholesale prices unchanged in July as energy prices retreat following June surge read more

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Give peace a chance give children a chance senior UN peacekeeping official

“There is no military solution to the conflict,” UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Bintou Keita told reporters in the war-ravaged country’s capital, Juba, underscoring the importance of the peace talks facilitated by the regional body, the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD).A key forum led by IGAD to revive the peace process, which will resume soon, offers an important opportunity that needs to be seized, she said, urging warring parties to “adhere scrupulously to the terms of the December 2017 Cessation of Hostilities Agreement” – an accord adopted at the Forum’s previous round held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.“But peace will not be won in Addis Ababa only,” Ms. Keita said, stressing that it must be won in every state of South Sudan where politically motivated intercommunal violence has caused numerous fatalities in the past month.“The fighting between the government and rebel forces, which broke out in several parts of Greater Upper Nile and the Bahr-El-Ghazal in the past few weeks, has to stop once and for all,” she said.Ms. Keita said the UN is committed to supporting people-to-people peace initiatives, reconciliation efforts and the national dialogue process “provided they are genuinely inclusive, transparent and offer complementary platforms through the efforts of IGAD.”“If they are, we will not hesitate to tell the opposition leaders: ‘Think about the country beyond your individual interest. Give peace a chance. Give your children a chance. Every opportunity for peace, every chance to save lives, has to be seized,’” she said.David Shearer, the Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan, known as UNMISS, highlighted the many ways the Mission is supporting the peace process, internationally and locally, as a part of its mandate.“We have provided logistical support to get the national dialogue to the places they need to go to, in other words helicopters and planes. We have provided financial support directly to the dialogue,” Mr. Shearer said, in response to a question about what the Mission was doing to support efforts to find a political solution.“We have provided technical support to bring in the experience of national dialogues across the world. In those ways, we have supported the peace process. It is a critical part of our mission,” he added.Since gaining independence in 2011, South Sudan has spent much of its short life mired in conflict, as what began as a political face-off between President Salva Kiir and former Vice-President Riek Machar erupted into full-blown war late in 2013. read more

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A spaceship crash near apocalypse and six other major miscalculations and mistakes

first_img Since right after World War II, the president’s national security adviser has an unparalleled ability to influence events worldwide MISCALCULATIONS AND MISCOMMUNICATION can lead to some horrible results — especially in the field of science.These eight classic examples may make you laugh, cry, or just shake your head in disbelief.A simple problem with a measurement conversion, or a misunderstood word can stand in the way of a successful mission. Here are some historical examples where a small misstep changed everything.Failure to convert to the metric system caused the NASA Mars Climate Orbiter to disintegrate.The Mars Climate Orbiter launched in 1998 to study Martian climate and atmosphere composition. However, the NASA team on the ground lost the communication signal with the craft soon after it launched.The problem was that the computer software on the ground was using the standard system of pound-seconds, while the actual spacecraft was using the metric system of Newton-seconds.The spacecraft entered the Martian atmosphere too low and disintegrated.The Mars Climate Orbiter. (Image Credit: NASA)The plane crash in the Canary Islands that killed 583 people in 1977 happened because of miscommunication between the pilot and air traffic control.Two Boeing 747 planes crashed on the runway of Los Rodeos Airport, killing 583 people, all because of a simple miscommunication between the pilots.The fog was so thick that day that neither aircraft could see the other. A misunderstanding between the captain of the KLM plane and the air traffic control tower led the KLM captain to believe he had clearance to take off.The KLM plane crashed into the Pan Am flight that was still sitting on the runway.The 2012 Mayan Apocalypse was just a miscalculation of the date.The misinterpretation and resulting miscommunication of the Mayan calendar convinced quite a few people the world would end in December 2012.The explanation for this seems to be that the date actually marked the end of a completely regular year on the Mayan calendar, and just signalled the start of a new year — it’s the equivalent of our December 31st.A Mayan calender. (Image Credit: Shutterstock)Sir William Thomson was off by about 4.5 billion years when he estimated the age of the Earth.In the 1800s he was the first person to use geology and physics to try and calculate the age of the Earth.Thomson used the heating and cooling of Earth to predict its age and ultimately decided it must be between 20 and 40 million years old. The actual age is about 4.5 billion years. The problem was that Thomson assumed that conditions were stable on Earth as soon as it started cooling off from its molten birth.The actual temperature history of Earth is far more complicated. While Thomson gravely underestimated Earth’s age, the ideas behind his calculations were a breakthrough, and definitely an improvement from previous estimates that put Earth at only a few thousand years old.Columbus made some serious distance miscalculations that almost killed him and his crew.Columbus actually made a whole series of calculation mistakes. First, he underestimated the actual distance one degree of latitude represented on a map.Second, he thought he was getting this underestimated measure in Roman miles, but they were actually given to him in the much larger Arabic mile. Third, he placed Japan about 8,000 miles closer than it actually was.(Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons)The media reported that 12 people in a mining accident were all found alive when actually 11 of them were dead.Needless to say, the family members and friends of these 12 men were sent on an emotional rollercoaster. They celebrated for almost three hours before the mistake was corrected. It seems the miscommunication happened because the person relaying the information was down in the collapsed mine shaft wearing a mask that made it difficult to understand the person’s speech.Miscommunication about what type of cold medicine to take left an 8-year-old with severe brain damage.MacKenzie Briant underwent a heart transplant shortly after she was born, so there were certain medications she would need to avoid the rest of her life to avoid any health complications.Briant caught a cold when she was 8 years old, and her current doctor consulted her transplant cardiologist on what prescriptions would be okay for Briant to take. Either the two doctors miscommunicated or the doctor who gave Briant’s mother the list of approved drugs forgot to take Afrin off the list.Briant used Afrin and now can no longer swallow, speak, or walk. The miscommunication about the drug left her permanently brain damaged.Afrin nasal spray. (Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons)Even Einstein held fast to a mistaken idea — and had to make up a constant in his theory of general relativity to account for it.He used what is called the cosmological constant in many of his equations to account for his mistaken idea that the universe was stable — not shrinking or expanding.Eventually, it was discovered that the universe is expanding, and Einstein removed the constant from his equations. But, it turns out the universe is expanding and at a rate that is constantly increasing, so some version of a cosmological constant is needed, and scientists have been reintroducing the constant into Einstein’s general relativity equations.- Kelly DickersonRead: ‘Fear of maths’ affecting careers and the economy >More: If you can solve this maths sum, a Texas banker will give you one million dollars > Contaminated tap water could lead to 100,000 cases of cancer in the US if people drink it their whole lives. Here’s how worried you should be. A major whistleblower complaint at the US’s top spy agency involves a Trump phone call with a ‘promise’ to a foreign leader Meet Ron Fisher, the SoftBank executive who awarded WeWork a $47 billion valuation months before it delayed its $10 billion IPO last_img read more

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Chasse à la baleine une pétition récolte plus d1 million de signatures

first_imgChasse à la baleine : une pétition récolte plus d’1 million de signaturesAlors que les dernières négociations de la Commission baleinière internationale (CBI) à Agadir se sont soldées par un échec, une pétition de plus d’1 million de signatures, exigeant le respect du moratoire sur la chasse à la baleine, a été remise au ministre australien de l’Environnement Peter Garrett. “Le moratoire est la meilleure chose que la CBI ait jamais faite et ce n’est pas le moment de le supprimer, mais plutôt de le renforcer” estime Peter Garrett, dont le pays est l’un des plus fervents défenseurs de la baleine.A Agadir, la Commission baleinière internationale (CBI) a soumis à ses membres une proposition visant à annuler ce moratoire datant de 1986. En contrepartie : une réductions des quotas des trois pays chasseurs de baleines que sont le Japon, la Norvège et l’Islande. La pétition remise au ministre australien de l’Environnement, ancien leader du groupe de musiciens Midnight Oil, a récolté quelque 1.098.987 signatures à travers le monde. Plus d’1 million de personnes réclament le maintien du moratoire sur la chasse commerciale à la baleine.À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vousMercredi, la CBI avouait avoir échoué à trouver un compromis (voir article), et Peter Garrett, autrefois surnommé “Géant vert” du haut de son mètre 92 mais surtout en raison de ses engagements écologiques, estime que “les nations pro-chasse n’ont pas fait assez de concessions à ce stade”. Et d’ajouter : “Je ne crois pas que nous ayons atteint un point où nous pourrions composer avec nos principes essentiels alors que nous n’avons vu aucune proposition significative. (…) A la fin, personne ne pourra soutenir un compromis qui constituerait un revers pour la conservation des baleines”.L’Australie exige notamment la réduction progressive dans un délai de cinq ans de la chasse dans l’océan Austral, qui ne concerne que le Japon. Il y a quelques semaines, la pays a porté plainte devant la Cour internationale de justice contre le Japon qui prétend pratiquer une chasse scientifique autorisée par la CBI (voir article).Le 25 juin 2010 à 10:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Lor un métal extraterrestre arrivé il y a 4 milliards dannées

first_imgL’or, un métal extraterrestre arrivé il y a 4 milliards d’années ?Une étude réalisée par l’université de Bristol, confirme que ce serait bien un bombardement de météorites qui aurait apporté sur Terre, il y a quatre milliards d’années, d’importantes quantités d’or, de platine ou d’autres métaux aujourd’hui considérés comme précieux.Les métaux précieux comme l’or, l’iridium et ceux du groupe platine restent relativement rares à la surface de la Terre. Pourtant, en tenant compte des conditions de formation de la planète, il y a 4,5 milliards d’années, on estime qu’ils devraient l’être davantage encore. Leur concentration reste encore 10.000 fois plus élevée qu’elle ne le devrait.En effet, alors que la Terre était dans sa toute première phase d’agrégation après le Big Bang, des corps célestes de la taille de la Lune à celle de Mars sont entrés en collision avec et ont provoqué un intense dégagement de chaleur. Sous l’effet de cette température extrêmement élevée, les éléments chimiques ont fondu.Les métaux précieux enfoncés au coeur de la Terre Le fer en fusion a plongé vers le noyau tandis que les métaux précieux, sidérophiles (c’est-à-dire possédant une forte affinité avec le fer), l’ont suivi de près, désertant l’écorce terrestre. Une telle quantité d’or aurait alors suivi le fer, à plus de 3.000 km de profondeur, qu’il serait possible, avec elle, de recouvrir la planète toute entière d’une couche d’or de quatre mètres d’épaisseur, indique Sciences et Avenir.Alors comment expliquer qu’une telle quantité de métaux précieux reste encore accessible dans le manteau terrestre ? Diverses théories ont vu le jour mais la plus crédible reste celle d’un “bombardement tardif”, survenu il y a entre 3,8 et 4 milliards d’années. Au cours de ce second bombardement de météorites ou de comètes dont la taille était plus petite que lors du premier, de 0,5% à 1% de matériaux supplémentaires aurait été apportés à la Terre. Bien que tout aussi sidérophiles, ces matériaux n’auraient pas pu suivre le fer en fusion, celui-ci se trouvant déjà dans le noyau. Ce qui expliquerait qu’aujourd’hui encore qu’on puisse le trouver dans les mines, dans l’écorce terrestre, explique l’AFP. Cette version des faits, si elle était tout à fait plausible, n’avait jamais été confirmée. Une hypothèse confirmée À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAAinsi, Matthias Willbold et son équipe de l’université britannique de Bristol ont procédé à une analyse d’une précision sans précédent. Ils ont étudié les variations de tungstène (un métal extrêmement résistant) à la surface du globe et leurs résultats, publiés dans la revue Nature, confortent la théorie du “bombardement tardif”.Pour autant, d’autres questions subsistent. Par exemple, comment des zones ayant échappé au bombardement (comme celles d’Isua au Groenland) ne sont-elles pas extrêmement pauvres en éléments hautement sidérophiles ? Un mystère supplémentaire qui n’est pas près d’être élucidé.Le 8 septembre 2011 à 10:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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North Sea Shell workers strike over pay and allowances

first_imgWood Group employees based on Shell platforms across the North Sea who are members of the RMT and Unite unions are taking part in a 24-hour strike today (Tuesday 26 July 2016) in a dispute over pay and allowances.The industrial action involves around 400 Wood Group employees from the two unions. Further stoppages are planned over the next few weeks, in addition to an overtime ban.The industrial action relates to proposed pay cuts of up to 22%. The unions claim that these cuts would amount to 30% once reductions to allowances are considered.A ballot of employees who are members of Unite resulted in a turnout of almost 87%, with 99% voting in favour of strike action.In total, seven Shell platforms will be affected by the industrial action, including Shearwater, Gannet, Nelson, Curlew, Brent Alpha, Brent Bravo and Brent Charlie. A protest was also held at Shell’s London offices.John Boland, regional officer at Unite, said: “To say we are disappointed it has had to come to this is an understatement, but bosses at Wood Group are simply not listening. This dispute is the first in the North Sea in three decades and shows the strength of feeling of our members who feel backed into a corner and left with no other option but to use their industrial strength to make Wood Group listen.“Our members have been faced with changes to shift patterns which have seen them working longer offshore for the same pay and as well as having three rounds of redundancies imposed on them. This attack on their pay and allowances has pushed our members too far this time.”Dave Stewart, chief executive officer for Wood Group’s eastern region business unit, said: “Our employees’ safety and wellbeing remains our top priority and our commitment is to ensuring it is not compromised during industrial action. Although we are extremely disappointed that industrial action will be taken, we respect the right of those employees who choose to do so.“Our firm focus remains on reaching a resolution, which meets our mutual goal of sustaining these jobs for our employees in the North Sea now and in the future, against the backdrop of an extremely challenging climate created by the sustained low oil price.“We are continuing to engage frequently, proactively and openly with our employees and the unions. We met with union representatives on Friday and senior management have visited impacted installations over the weekend to talk with our people, with the clear aim of positively progressing discussions towards reaching a resolution.”A spokesperson at Shell said: “This action is highly regrettable. Shell’s priority is to ensure the safety of our workforce and assets and we will not compromise on safety during this period of industrial action.“While we recognise the right of Wood Group’s employees to strike, it is clear that in order for the North Sea oil and gas industry to remain competitive in the lower oil price environment, structural change is needed. We hope that Wood Group’s employees and management will continue working towards reaching a solution which will halt this counter-productive industrial action.”last_img read more

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Welcome in the chills

first_imgWhat better way to ring in the season than with some spicy eats and some great wines? Punjab Grill (at Select Citywalk Saket) witnessed the launch of its new winter menu with Chef Gurpreet Singh, serving authentic flavours from the Punjab territory. Digging in the aromas were many discerning guests and food connoisseurs of Delhi. Winter is all about the heavy flavours and the incredible thick gravies that chase away the chills. Tempered just right with the desi tadka, Punjab came calling in style.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The guests were served up a scrumptious offering of delectable dishes reminiscent of the flavours and tastes that were prepared using ingredients of the season, inspired by home style cooking of traditional Punjab.While few were seen sipping Kaali Gajar ki Kaanji through the evening, others were seen catching up to the nostalgic aromas of Shakarkandi Kamrakh ki Chaat – which was absolutely delectable, Kharode ka Shorba and the much loved Chukander ke Kebab. And keeping the spirits high through the evening were some delectable wines.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe main course was sinfully tempting with options like Tabak Mass, Methi Chicken Tikka, Bheja Masala, Sarson da Saag with Makkai Tava Roti, and Bahurangi Biryani.The menu also included the mouthwatering special Punjab Grill Signature Deg Hot Pot filled with mutton kofta, mutton jus and winter vegetables. To pamper the sweet tooth were delights such as Gurh Wale Chawal and Bajre ki Choori keeping alive the essence of the unforgettable earthen flavours.So forget the weighing scales and go on, book yourself a table – you will not regret this treat!last_img read more

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People troubled by fuel price hike Centre should act Mamata

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today expressed concern over the rising fuel prices across the country. “Fuel prices are increasing again and again. All are being badly affected: agriculture, transport and common people are being forced to bear burden,” she said in a tweet.The CM also urged the Centre to take measures to control the surge.”In spite of the grim situation, why isn’t the Central Govt taking any serious steps to find a solution? They need to act,” Banerjee, who is also supremo of the ruling Trinamool Congress, added.The youth wing of the ruling party had last week taken out rallies in several districts of the state to protest against the sharp rise in fuel prices across the country. PTI PNT RMS RMSlast_img read more

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Rekindling traditional art forms

first_imgWith the objective to promote India’s traditional art forms – both musical and performing arts – among the younger generation, the 18th edition of Swami Haridas Tansen Sangeet Nritya Mahotsav was organised by Bharatiya Sangeet Sadan in the Capital. The four-day festival of music and dance will be held at Shankar Lal Hall, Modern School, Barakhamba Road from January 10 – 13.The event which is dedicated to Swami Haridas and Mian Tansen will see the performance by legends like Parveen Sultana (Vocal), Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash (Sarod), Pandit Chhannulal Mishra (Vocal), Gundecha Brothers (Vocal), Ustad Aashish Khan (Sarod), Bickram Ghosh (Tabla), Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt (Mohan Veena), along with Pandit Salil Bhatt (Satvik Veena), Ustad Shujaat Khan (Sitar), Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (Sarod) and the organisers of the event – Dr Uma Sharma (Kathak) herself, among others. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Bharatiya Sangeet Sadan and Sri Ram Centre For Performing Arts with the help of HCL, Modern School, are actively encouraging keenly endeavouring and commemorating the legendary guru-shishya parampara in the ‘Mehfil- Andaz through their programmes. Dr Uma Sharma – a Padma Bhushan Kathak dancer and Managing Trustee and Director of Bhartiya Sangeet Sadan, Uma Sharma school of dance and music – has been organising the festival for the last 17 years. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTalking about the initiative which seeks to rekindle the traditional art forms, Dr Sharma says, “The event encourages the younger generation to listen and absorb the purity of Indian classical music and dance. A traditional atmosphere will be created in ‘mehfil andaaz’ representing the old musical style of our country. I want them to hear what their forefathers listened to.” The old, classical style of presenting music to music-lovers was prevalent during the Moghul period and exemplified by the two great musical geniuses of India, the venerable saint-musician, poet and composer of Brindavan, Swami Haridas and his illustrious disciple Mian Tansen – Baiju Bawra. Bharatiya Sangeet Sadan tries to keep alive and spread our musical heritage through a cultural ‘renaissance’ and resuscitation of the musical ethos by holding a festival of music, dance and vocal recitals (Dhrupads) in Delhi.last_img read more

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