Levante hold narrow lead over Barca after first-leg win

first_imgBarcelona are at risk of a last-16 exit from the Copa del Rey after a 2-1 first-leg loss at Levante left their trophy defence in doubt.Memories of the 5-4 thriller at Ciutat de Valencia last season that cost Ernesto Valverde’s men an unbeaten LaLiga campaign came flooding back during an end-to-end first half in which Levante thrived.Jeison Murillo and Chumi, afforded opportunities amid a raft of Barca changes, floundered at the heart of defence and the hosts took full advantage, storming to an early two-goal advantage thanks to Erick Cabaco and Borja Mayoral. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The absence of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez hampered the holders’ hopes of extracting a result although they do have a goal to take back to Camp Nou on January 17 thanks to Philippe Coutinho’s potentially pivotal 85th-minute penalty.Barca’s experimental defensive partnership of debutant Murillo, on loan from Valencia, and teenager Chumi came unstuck in the fourth minute as Cabaco rose unchallenged to head in Ruben Rochina’s free-kick.Emmanuel Boateng squandered two good chances to double the advantage but made amends in the 18th minute, prodding through a pass for Real Madrid loanee Mayoral to dispatch into the bottom far corner.Opportunities were flowing at both ends with Ousmane Dembele and Malcom both failing to beat Aitor Fernandez from promising positions.2 – Barcelona have conceded two goals in a Copa del Rey’s first half for the first time since January 2017 vs Athletic at San Mamés (2-0 at the half time, 2-1 at the full time). Slept pic.twitter.com/jysVTH7fAe— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 10, 2019Jasper Cillessen routinely came to Barca’s rescue in the opening 45 minutes and the Netherlands goalkeeper did so again just beyond the hour, rushing off his line to foil substitute Jose Luis Morales in a one-on-one.Valverde introduced Arsenal-linked Denis Suarez off the bench and it was the midfielder’s mazy dribble that invited Coke into a clumsy challenge, allowing Coutinho to give Barca a much-needed foothold ahead of the return encounter.What does it mean? Stars will return for second legThe return leg of this tie is one of three matches Barca must negotiate within the space of eight days, but this disappointing result leaves Valverde with little scope to rest the likes of Messi, Suarez and Gerard Pique next time around.That is, of course, unless the Blaugrana boss decides a fifth successive Copa del Rey triumph is not among the club’s pressing priorities.Mayoral makes Madrid proudHe took his goal with aplomb and Mayoral was an influential factor throughout Levante’s proactive performance.As if to provide a service to parent club Madrid, the Spanish striker saved his best for the LaLiga leaders, complementing the first-half strike with two key passes, one of which should have resulted in a goal for team-mate Morales.4 – Borja Mayoral is the fourth former Real Madrid’s player to score vs Barcelona in all competitions this season after Pablo Sarabia (Spanish Supercup), Ezequiel Garay (#LaLiga) & Sergio Canales (#LaLiga). Motivation pic.twitter.com/BeaU7vX5GB— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 10, 2019Murillo’s awkward auditionColombia international Murillo has voiced a desire to turn his short-term stay into a permanent deal – which Barca can push through for €25million – but his first 90 minutes in the shirt did not do much to advance that cause.The 26-year-old too often afforded Mayoral space in which to operate around the penalty area and paid the price on Levante’s preventable second goal.What’s next?Barca must regroup in time for Sunday’s date with Eibar in LaLiga, the first of three straight home matches in all competitions, while Levante visit Atletico Madrid ahead of the Copa del Rey return leg. read morelast_img read more

James Harden joins MLS ownership group in Houston

first_imgJames Harden may be an NBA MVP, but he’s now got ties to Major League Soccer as well.  The Houston Rockets star has bought into the Houston Dynamo of MLS and Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League as minority owner in the two clubs.  Harden joins fellow celebrity athlete Oscar De La Hoya in the ownership group, which is headed by Gabriel Brener.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash and proud to be a part of a club with tremendous history and a great future,” Harden said in a press release.   “Houston is my home now, and I saw this as a way to invest in my city and expand my business interests at the same time. Soccer in general, and especially MLS, have exploded in this country throughout my lifetime. I’ve been a fan of the game for several years, and I know that Houston has a massive soccer fanbase, so it was an easy decision for me when this opportunity arose.” Harden joined the Rockets in 2012 from the Oklahoma City Thunder and has become one of the faces of the NBA since making the move to Texas.  “We are thrilled to welcome James into our club. He’s an icon in the Houston community, and not only is he a great basketball player, he has an extremely smart and savvy mind for business,” Brener said.  “James will bring a very unique perspective to our ownership group, and I’m looking forward to hearing his thoughts and opinions on the club going forward.” The 29-year-old has a history of branching out from basketball and has a portfolio which includes the sports drink BodyArmor and Art of Sport (A.O.S.), a body- and skin-care brand for athletes, among others.  “James is already at the top of the game in his sport, so it’s only natural to want to take on new challenges beyond the court,” De La Hoya said. “He knows the drive and the determination it takes to be the absolute best, and I’m excited that he’s going to bring that attitude to our club.”last_img read more

An evening dedicated to Meera

first_imgThe ancient folklore of India has heartwarming lessons and stories to tell us. Delhi is gearing up for one such tale on the life of Meera and spiritual and cultural facets associated with it. The musical evening will be held on September 13, at Siri Fort Auditorium, and will be graced by eminent personalities like Hema Malini, Member of Parliament and Bollywood Actor; Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament; Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, Delhi; Prathibha Prahlad, Bharatnatyam Dancer; Shyam Jaju, National Vice President BJP; Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner, Chile; Sir Geoffrey Adams,High Commissioner, Egypt; to name a few. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainA record 183 artists are set to perform with a crew of 300 Art of Living volunteers for ‘Meera – The Musical’, a contemporary take on the celebrated Bhakti saint, Meera Bai whose songs kindled devotion among millions. In the first of its kind musical, interspersed with dialogues in English and original soundtracks in Hindi, this 90-minute musical touches upon poignant moments of her victorious journey, with colourful dynamic sequences enriching the experience. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAs part of the musical, ten of her lesser-known compositions will be woven into an enchanting storyline. Original scores for the songs have been composed by popular musicians and singers of The Art of Living. The musical would also include classical dance forms like Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Odissi, Kathputali, Mayur, Ghoomar, Gair from Rajasthan and even contemporary forms like lyrical yoga. The musical is directed by Srividya Varchaswi, famed choreographer and artist based out of Bangalore. “The unique dance drama will not only be an enchanting opportunity for the viewers to witness a grand production but also an opportunity to support the fundamental cause of education,” says Srividya Varchaswi, adding, “The proceeds from the production will go towards supporting the education of over 70,000 students studying in 700+ free schools run by the Art of Living in tribal and rural areas of India.”last_img read more

Stars Come Out For Tribute To Champions Of Hope

first_imgOn September 27, 2012, rare disease patients, advocates, patient organizations, government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, medical researchers, celebrities, Olympic champions and private sector representatives attended the Global Genes|R.A.R.E. Project 1st Annual “RARE Tribute to Champions of Hope” benefit at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach, CA.The evening was a star-studded affair to raise funds and awareness for rare and genetic diseases that impact 1 in 10 Americans and 350 million people globally.More than 400 guests attended the benefit and a number of awards were presented to celebrate the pioneering achievements of individuals and organizations championing the rare and genetic disease cause.“It was such an honor to celebrate the accomplishments of these remarkable rare disease award recipients,” Nicole Boice, president of the Global Genes Project. “We are also incredibly grateful to the artists and stars who volunteered their time and talent to make our first event a tremendous success. Their support means the world to the millions of rare disease patients who know they are not alone in this fight.”DawnMarie Kotsonis emceed the event. Singer-songwriter Katrina Parker, a fan favorite and star of the second season of the NBC hit television show “The Voice,” performed the jazz standard “Someone to Watch Over Me” and the Disney classic “Baby Mine.”“Grey’s Anatomy” star Jason George, who plays Dr. Ben Warren on the hit show, gave a heartfelt speech about how since he started playing a doctor on TV, his life has been enriched by pediatric cancer patients and their families who have connected with him through his social media platforms and given him the opportunity to make a difference.Actor Nestor Serrano (Act of Valor, The Negotiator, The Insider, Secretariat) publicly saluted his wife Debbie for everything she does to care for their daughter Amelia who suffers from cerebral palsy. Nestor then presented the Rare Champion of Hope Advocacy Award to Pat Furlong, the Founding President and CEO of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.Amicus Therapeutics CEO John Crowley showed guests the trailer for the film “Extraordinary Measures” starring Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford, which is based on his family’s remarkable story fighting Pompe disease.Football legend Paul McDonald had the honor of introducing fellow USC alum, Bill Barkeley, a deaf and blind adventurer, who reminded us that anything is truly possible during his moving acceptance speech for the RARE Patient Advocate of the Year Award.“Jane by Design” star Meagan Tandy spoke of the importance of young Hollywood coming together to help children in need and then introduced singer/songwriter Gracie Van Brunt, a young girl battling a rare genetic disease called Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome. Gracie took the stage and sang a powerful ballad she wrote about her own personal experiences as a rare disease patient.Gracie was joined for a soulful duet of Stevie Wonder’s hit “Superstition” with recording artist and “American Idol” Season 5 finalist Elliott Yamin. Elliott and Gracie’s voices blended perfectly together as they had the crowd grooving along to this R&B classic.Elliott then shared his story of being a Type 1 Diabetic and showed the audience the pump he must wear 24/7 in order to monitor his blood sugar. He then performed a fitting tribute to the rare disease community with the song “I’ll Be That Bridge” from his new album “Let’s Get To What’s Real.”Emmy award winning producer Rudy Poe treated guests to a sneak preview of his new rare disease documentary, “Here. Us. Now. — A Family’s Fight to Bring Medical Innovation Home.” The film chronicles the story of how Hugh and Chris Hempel, parents with no medical backgrounds, use their entrepreneurial skills to find a breakthrough drug treatment for their identical twin daughters who are dying from a rare progressive neurological disease called Niemann Pick Type C.Chris Mann, Faircraft Records/Universal Republic recording artist and star of NBC’s hit television show “The Voice,” performed the Andrea Bocelli song “Because We Believe,” a beautiful ballad in Italian and English that offered a prayer for hope. The audience gave Mann a standing ovation after his magnificent performance. Mann then invited Katrina Parker, Elliott Yamin and Gracie Van Brunt to join him onstage for a surprise encore performance where they ended the night with a beautiful rendition of “Over the Rainbow.”
Global Genes | RARE Project is the leading non-profit organization advocating for the roughly 30 million Americans and approximately 350 million people worldwide who are affected by rare and genetic diseases and disorders. The non-profit organization promotes the needs of the rare and genetic disease community under a unifying symbol of hope – the Blue Denim Genes Ribbon. In the United States, a disease is considered rare if it affects fewer than 200,000 Americans per disease. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), there are nearly 7,000 such rare diseases and an estimated 95% do not have a single approved drug treatment. 
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Saputo to purchase Ontario dairy company for 100 million

first_imgMONTREAL – Saputo Inc. says it plans to purchase an Ontario dairy company for $100 million.Shepherd Gourmet Dairy employs about 90 people at its lone facility in St. Marys, Ont.Montreal-based Saputo says the purchase price will be paid in cash and available credit.Shepherd Gourmet makes a variety of specialty cheeses, yogurt, as well as Skyr Icelandic-style yogurt in Canada.The company logged revenues of about $57 million in the year ending April 30.The transaction is subject to customary conditions and is expected to close in June.Companies in this story (TSX:SAP)last_img

Amid global crises UN needs partners like Rotary International more than ever

“The United Nations attaches great importance to close ties with Rotary International, and is grateful for the contributions you have made to global health, education and poverty eradication efforts,” Mr. Ban told participants at Rotary International Day at the UN on Saturday. “Today, we need your hard work more than ever,” he said in a message delivered on his behalf by Deputy Chef de Cabinet Kim Wonsoo, stressing that “ours is a good, longstanding partnership.”Earlier this year, the Secretary-General had highlighted what he described as a “triple crisis” – soaring prices for food and fuel, accelerating climate change, and stalled development for the world’s poorest people. “Some thought I was exaggerating. Today, we see that, if anything, it was an understatement,” he stated, adding that the global financial crisis has brought an additional shock, compounding all the others.He also noted that progress towards the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has been uneven, with many countries falling behind, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. “We hear much in this country about how problems on Wall Street affect people on Main Street. We also need to think about people around the world with no streets at all,” he said.In this regard, a series of upcoming meetings “offers a test – and an opportunity to get on track,” Mr. Ban pointed out. These include the meeting in Washington this weekend of the so-called Group of 20 (G-20) nations, the financing for development conference later this month in the Qatari capital of Doha, and climate negotiations next month in Poznan, Poland. “We must make the most of these occasions,” said Mr. Ban. “Together, we can and must deliver results for a safer, healthier and more prosperous world. “It is encouraging to know that the United Nations will continue to be able to count on Rotary International to do its part,” he added. 10 November 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the long-standing partnership between the United Nations and Rotary International, stressing the vital contributions of civil society groups as the world body tackles multiple global crises, ranging from food to energy to climate change. read more

UN official shines spotlight on hunger and malnutrition in Africa

With nearly 270 million people malnourished out of a total population in the region of more than 800 million, “this situation clearly demands our urgent and undivided attention,” Jacques Diouf, FAO Director-General, told government ministers at the agency’s regional conference in Luanda, Angola.He attributed under-investment in agriculture as the core reason for hunger and malnutrition on the continent. Only nine African countries have allocated at least 10 per cent of their budgets to agriculture, while official development assistance (ODA) from wealthier countries earmarked for farming in developing countries has dropped off from 19 per cent in 1980 to around 5 per cent today.Mr. Diouf said that with political will and good governance, “Africa will be able to develop its agriculture to adequately feed its population.”Despite the toll taken by the recent economic crisis, the downturn has placed “agriculture and food security at the heart of national and regional development policies and programmes, which allows [us] to look to the next decade with greater optimism,” he said.This should open up opportunities to support small producers and enhance family farming, Mr. Diouf stressed.Ranging from limited access to water to poor rural infrastructure, FAO said that African agriculture faces multiple hurdles and that it must make significant strides in the coming decades to ensure sustainable food production and achieve food security.The continent is rich in arable land, water and labour, and the agency said that with appropriate policies, Africa can boost its farm production and incomes.In 2008, it produced more than 150 million tons of cereals, marking a 12 per cent jump from the previous year. It is projected that cereal production in 2009 could reach 160 million tons. 6 May 2010The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today appealed for greater attention to be focused on the food security situation in sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly one third of the population is hungry. read more

International community needs to heal divisions says Annan

“Events over the past few years, in particular those related to terrorism and the war in Iraq, have upset the consensus behind the Millennium Declaration,” said Mr. Annan in a message delivered by his adviser Giandomenico Picco to the Fifth World Summit of Nobel Laureates, which started today in Rome.Describing the Millennium Declaration as “a landmark document,” the Secretary-General said it captured the aspirations of the international community for a world united by common values, striving to achieve peace through collective security, and decent standards of living for every man, woman and child through a global partnership for development.Mr. Annan said the Millennium Development Goals had helped galvanize global action against critical challenges, such as massive poverty, disease and environmental degradation, but noted that so far results have been uneven. “There is no time to lose if we are to reach the Goals by the target date of 2015,” he said. “That is where global partnership becomes crucial.”Referring to the September 2005 five-year review of the implementation of the Millennium Declaration by world leaders, the Secretary General said: “I expect this rendezvous to encourage governments to take decision between now and then.”Expecting that a high-level panel of experts on Threats, Challenges and Change would submit its report in the next few weeks, Mr. Annan hoped that Member States would respond with “with vision, good will and courage.””Change and renewal are of course constant processes in a living institution,” he said. “But I see next year’s high-level event as more than that. I see it as a rare opportunity to come up with collective answers that have come so starkly into focus over past few years – such as global terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and the great global challenges of poverty, hunger and disease.” read more

Football You let it hurt for a while Ohio State looking for

OSU sophomore offensive lineman Isaiah Prince (59) fights back tears after the Buckeyes 24-21 loss to Penn State on Oct. 22. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorAlthough the Ohio State football team has sustained losses to unranked opponents in previous years, the 24-21 loss on Saturday to the Penn State Nittany Lions is a tough one to take for fans. For players like freshman starting guard Michael Jordan and freshman defensive end Nick Bosa, the defeat is their first in their collegiate careers, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.Going through a tough loss early in a career can be a motivation for improving upon the mistakes. Presenting a young team against Virginia Tech in 2014, OSU suffered a potentially season-ruining loss to the Hokies.After starting the year 1-1, the Buckeyes responded with 13-straight wins by an average margin of victory of just over 26 points. A youthful team responded to adversity with open arms, allowing themselves to grow from the loss to a team deemed subpar to OSU.OSU coach Urban Meyer said on Monday that the loss is not season ending, and needs to be a lesson for the young members of the team.“Move forward,” he said. “Let it hurt for awhile.”The feeling of losing is new to more than one of the team members, but slip ups from the unit were expected. The fact the Buckeyes are still within the top 10, and have the chance to still make the playoffs with a team full of young players serves as a beacon of hope. Both veterans and underclassmen were visibly upset as they left the field. Sophomore right tackle Isaiah Prince was fighting back tears while walking off, along with redshirt senior center Pat Elflein, who spoke to the media with a heavy voice. A fifth-year player, Elflein has been through all five of Meyer’s loses while at OSU. Even though the loss stings, he said it is something the young members of the team need to experience and use to keep playoff hopes alive.“Something you don’t want to feel, but you got to remember that feeling,” Elflein said. “That’s what has got to power you through, that feeling right there. You never want to feel that again.”Unlike the team’s only loss of 2015, the Buckeyes dropped their first game of the year at the midway point. With time still left on the clock, OSU can easily regroup and get back on the right path.The youth of the team might have caused OSU problems, but can also help the team down the road. The team understood there would be growing pains, and there would be times the young players would need to step up when faced with a challenge. Against Oklahoma, most fans felt the team had it’s largest moment of growth. In retrospect, the loss to Penn State should serve as a coming of age moment for the Buckeyes.Redshirt junior guard Billy Price, who played against Penn State in 2014 in Beaver Stadium, said he understood the feelings the young players were going through. However, he said the youth of the team is not the problem.“We are young, we are young. There are a lot of young guys in there. They’re playing well,” Price said. “They have to play for us and they have to execute. If we don’t execute that’s where we have issues like this.”Rather than singling out the poor play of specific players, Price said the loss was on the team as a whole, and its inability to execute the gameplan to perfection. He, like other Buckeyes, said this is a growing moment.Like in 2014, the team will be attempting to regroup from a loss at the hands of a non-ranked opponent. But, the loss was expected in some regards, due to the young nature of the team. Just like two years ago when the team went on a rampage after losing, OSU will have to prove the legitimacy of the team by winning games in convincing fashion. And, just like the national championship season, young players and new starters will have to give it their all.And giving it all was a sentiment redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett expressed explicitly on Monday. “We’re gonna find out what we’re made of,” he said. “I think that’s how you really see people. Anybody can be doing fine when we’re winning games, but when your back is against the wall, things are going against us, that shows your true character and true colors.” read more

Mens Hockey Ohio State to take on Denver in NCAA West Regional

Ohio State junior forward John Wiitala (10) pushed down Wisconsin freshman forward Sean Dhooghe (24) in front of redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo (30) in the first period on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won the game 6-2. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Assistant Sports EditorAfter earning the No. 3 seed in the West Region, the Ohio State men’s hockey team will travel to Fargo, North Dakota, to challenge Denver for a spot in the NCAA West Regional Final.Ohio State (20-10-5, 13-7-4 Big Ten) has once again seen its USCHO ranking drop following its 5-1 loss to Penn State in the Big Ten tournament semifinals, this time from No. 6 down to No. 9. Denver (22-11-5) has taken the Buckeyes’ previous ranking, currently ranked No. 6 in the nation.Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said his team has learned from its mistakes in the past Penn State match and is ready for this weekend.“Our guys understand what we did, our lack of what we did against Penn State, and we’ve got enough guys who’ve been through the trenches to understand how we’ve got to prepare for this weekend,” Rohlik said. “It’s been a good week-and-a-half.”Denver is ranked No. 10 in the country in win percentage with Ohio State trailing just behind at No. 11.Ohio State senior forward John Wiitala said the high stakes of the tournament makes this upcoming match all the more stressful.“I think we’d like to say that the nerves are the same, and it’s just another hockey game,” Wiitala said. “But obviously, just like we talked about, the desperation: we all know that one game and you lose, you’re going home.”On defense, the Pioneers just barely edge out the Buckeyes. Denver is currently ranked No. 9 with 2.08 goals allowed per game, with the Buckeyes close behind at No. 14. Two of the top goalies in the country will play: Denver sophomore goalie Devin Cooley and Ohio State sophomore goalie Tommy Nappier are tied at No. 3 in the country with a .934 save percentage. Nappier is the likely starter for the Buckeyes after taking the start over redshirt senior goalie Sean Romeo in the lone Big Ten tournament game, something Rohlik said following that loss was a decision based on Nappier’s impressive statistics on the season.In terms of offense, Denver lacks the same aggression Ohio State possesses. The Pioneers are No. 29 with 2.82 goals per game, while the Buckeyes rank No. 17. The Denver offense is led by junior forward Liam Finlay, who has accumulated 15 goals and 20 assists so far this season, good for 0.92 pointe per game. The teams have not met this season.Ohio State senior defenseman Sasha Larocque said the fact that they haven’t played each other this season makes for a different experience than the team has been used to with Big Ten play.“I wouldn’t say it’s any more stressful, but it is a different experience not knowing exactly what you’re going to get,” Larocque said. “Playing a team out of conference that we haven’t seen before, you don’t really know them too well.”The semifinals match between No. 2 Denver and No. 3 Ohio State will begin at 4 p.m. Friday in Scheels Arena in Fargo, North Dakota. read more

Equal pay fight began 300 years before Dagenham Ford strike letters in

They include those written from 1693 – 1695 by Ann Wyatt, the only woman to have owned a ship building business in the whole of British history. The letters, which have been catalogued as part of a 20 year long project, are believed to be the earliest examples of British women demanding parity in the workplace. Records specialist Bruno Pappalardo said the letters reveal that women challenging a gender pay gap is “not such… The women of the Dagenham Ford factory strike have long been considered as the original pioneers of fighting for equal pay. But newly discovered letters in the National Archives reveal a series of formidable businesswomen were taking on the gender pay gap 300 years earlier.

Oil shale extraction and carbon sequestration

first_imgOne of the article’s in January International Mining examines oil shale mining in Estonia and technologies being advanced top improve extraction. America’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and American Shale Oil (AMSO), have just entered into a technical co-operation agreement to develop carbon sequestration technologies for in-ground shale-oil production processes. Specifically, LLNL will partner with AMSO to study how to use depleted underground oil shale retorts to permanently store carbon dioxide generated during the oil shale extraction process. AMSO will provide technical expertise and oil shale core samples from its federal lease site.Oil shale can be converted to oil by subjecting it to high temperatures and high pressures – effectively speeding up the geological clock. In early demonstration projects, LLNL researchers used explosives to fracture the vast oil-shale reserves in the western US so that the oil could be processed in place. That effort evolved in the early 1980s into a surface oil-shale retorting process that used hot oil-shale particles as the heat carrier. The research also produced a model of how oil is formed in nature. Today, this model aids the exploration efforts of nearly every major oil company in the world.The shale that remains in the ground after the oil is extracted could be used as a storage place for the carbon dioxide that is created during the extraction process.“We’re glad to be working with the impressive staff and capabilities of AMSO to help tackle the key environmental and technical challenges facing domestic oil shale production,” said Julio Friedmann, program leader of LLNL’s carbon management program. “We see this partnership in line with our mission in energy and environmental security for the nation.”AMSO holds a Research Development and Demonstration (RD&D) lease from the US Bureau of Land Management for a 160-acre parcel of federal land in northwest Colorado’s oil-shale rich Piceance Basin. Upon demonstration of an economically viable, environmentally acceptable extraction process, AMSO has a preference right to acquire a 5,120-acre commercial lease.After the oil is extracted from shale, the depleted retort of heated, rubblized underground shale may be particularly suitable for capturing carbon dioxide, according to Dr. Alan K. Burnham, AMSO’s Chief Technology Officer. “Together with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, we will explore several interesting approaches to protect the environment by sequestering CO2 through mineralization in retorted oil shale.”“Lawrence Livermore National Lab is a nationally recognized leader in scientific research on clean energy production”, said AMSO CEO Howard Jonas. “I’m delighted that the Lab will be working with AMSO to develop carbon sequestration approaches for oil shale production. Americans deserve affordable fuels developed using the best available environmental protection technologies.”AMSO, a subsidiary of IDT Corp, is one of three companies holding a US Bureau of Land Management oil shale research, development and demonstration lease of government-owned lands in the Piceance Basin in northwest Colorado. Its aim is to develop its proprietary technology into a commercially viable and environmentally sound method of producing commercial quantities of shale oil by using in-situ extraction processes. AMSO has developed a multi-phase plan from the initial pilot stage through commercial conversion of the BLM lease.last_img read more

Courage must lead to convictions New garda phoneline set up for victims

first_img Short URL Share83 Tweet Email ‘Courage must lead to convictions’: New garda phoneline set up for victims of child sex abuse Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said the courage of those who report the crime must be rewarded. Mar 3rd 2017, 12:00 AM 7,176 Views Friday 3 Mar 2017, 12:00 AM A NEW GARDA helpline set up to make reporting child sex abuse claims easier has the potential to stop predators attacking more children, it was claimed.Yesterday, Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan launched the new line and said that the courage and determination of those who speak out against their attackers is something which will always be praised.The new service will be manned 24 hours a day and will run all year round. It will be staffed by trained gardaí and also private citizens who have been extensively trained in handling sensitive claims.Detective Superintendent Declan Daly, describing how the line works, said that every claim made by those using the service will be dealt with extremely sensitively and diligently.He said: “The protection of children is paramount to us. We are putting an emphasis on specialisation in the investigation of child sexual abuse. We are in the process of establishing protective services units throughout the country whose role will include the investigation of child abuse.” Garda Command and Control Centre Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieWhen someone rings the number 1850 555 222, their caller ID will not show up. The garda will then ask for a name, phone number, brief details of allegations and location and date of when the alleged attack happened. Call-takers will not seek any detailed information on the abuse. The details are then passed on to the relevant district where a detective will be assigned.The new line has been welcomed by groups such as the Rape Crisis Centre and sex abuse survivor group One in Four.One in Four’s executive director Maeve Lewis said the new line has the potential to solve a number of cases which may previously have not been investigated.She said: “Reporting a sexual crime to gardaí can be a very difficult for people. Imagine going into a packed garda station and tell someone that you’re the victim of an assault. What this phone line does is make it easier for people to report what has happened to them and this has to be welcomed of course. I hope that more people come forward and are able to talk about what has happened to them.”This sentiment was echoed by Noeline Blackwell of the Rape Crisis Centre. She said the new telephone line will make it easier for people to come forward. She said that it is hoped that more people will use it. It will be a 24 hour service. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieThe ISPCC welcomed the establishment of the new confidential phone line and said that the early conversations that people have of their experience of disclosing their abuse is very important. CEO Grainia Long said that the sense of being believed has a great impact on them.She added: “Having a dedicated, confidential line, with trained staff who are and will become increasingly expert in supporting people who are reporting abuse is a real step forward to ensure that victims have the support they need from the earliest stages of reporting.”You can call the phone line on 1800 555 222Read: The Charities Regulator has started investigating a planned €9 million Galway cinema >Read: Anti-graffiti campaign tells kids not to ‘damage their futures by damaging property’ > By Garreth MacNamee http://jrnl.ie/3267087 40 Comments Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

SPOILERS 44 WWE Superstars taping results from Dallas Ryback vs Fandango WWE

first_img Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Videos Articles Pinterest Rusev The following was taped on Monday night in Dallas before RAW.Thanks to David Molesevich for passing along this live report.* Ryback def. Fandango.* WWE United States Champion Kalisto def. Bo Dallas.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRusev Is U.S. Champion AgainVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next Twitter Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twittercenter_img WWE NXT Results – 8/14/19 (NXT Breakout Tournament Finals, Breezango/Forgotten Sons) Google+ HUD Secretary Ben Carson Gets Grilled During Hearing Before Congress Rusev Is U.S. Champion Again Why Fresh Produce Is Key For Greater Boston Food Bank, Lexus Strike Out Hunger Brian Cage vs. Michael Elgin for the Impact World Title headlines tonight’s Slammiversary XVII Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Lana Facebook WWE RAW Results – 7/1/19 (Extreme Rules build continues, Falls Count Anywhere match)last_img read more

Hearst to Launch Another Celebrity Print Title

first_img The magazine will feature articles on food, meal planning and hosting, as well various lifestyle elements like fashion and family. It will also include personal anecdotes and photographs from Drummond. The Pioneer Woman will be produced in conjunction with Scripps Networks Interactive and Food Network host Ree Drummond. Hearst will publish two issues of the magazine through 2017, which will be sold at Walmart.  Drummond launched The Pioneer Woman blog in 2006, which was followed by her Food Network Show in 2011. She also has a merchandise partnership with Walmart, which includes cookware and home products. Last month she opened a restaurant and store, The Mercantile, in Oklahoma. Maile Carpenter — editor-in-chief of another Scripps partnership, Food Network Magazine — will edit the June 2017 debut issue. In a week of print closures across publishers, Hearst is launching a celebrity print vertical. Over at Meredith, a similar project was launched in October with The Magnolia Journal, in conjunction with HGTV stars Joanna and Chip Gaines. The Gaines also have a popular blog and the TV show to match, as well as the Magnolia Market store in Waco, Texas. This is the latest TV-to-print conversion for Hearst, which also publishes O, the Oprah Magazine, Dr Oz: The Good Life, HGTV Magazine, and Food Network Magazine.last_img read more

Residents raise stink over water logging

first_imgBorabanda: The commuters from Gayatri Nagar, Borabanda are distressed due to drainage water overflowing on the road. The locals claim that overflow is happening for the past couple of days and is causing a lot of problems to the commuters especially motorists.A local resident said, “The drainage overflows even after a small rainfall. Commuters have to face this problem every time especially bikers. The bikers have to go through in ankle level stagnant water which continuously sheds foul smell and can cause the skin problems. We want a permanent solution to this problem. This is not the first time we are facing this problem every monsoon.”last_img

Judge Blocks Online Plans by Texas Based Company for Printing Untraceable 3D

first_img Share Photo: Transportation Security Administration via APThis Aug. 4, 2016, photo, provided by the Transportation Security Administration shows a plastic replica revolver TSA agents recovered from a passenger’s carry-on bag at Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Reno, Nev.A U.S. judge in Seattle blocked the Trump administration Monday from allowing a Texas company to post online plans for making untraceable 3D guns, agreeing with 19 states and the District of Columbia that such access to the plastic guns would pose a security risk.The states sued to stop an agreement that the government had reached with Austin, Texas-based Defense Distributed, saying guidelines on how to print undetectable plastic guns could be acquired by felons or terrorists.U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik extended a temporary restraining order, and his new decision will last until the case is resolved. He said Cody Wilson, owner of Defense Distributed, wanted to post the plans online so that citizens can arm themselves without having to deal with licenses, serial numbers and registrations.Wilson has said that “governments should live in fear of their citizenry.”“It is the untraceable and undetectable nature of these small firearms that poses a unique danger,” Lasnik said. “Promising to detect the undetectable while at the same time removing a significant regulatory hurdle to the proliferation of these weapons — both domestically and internationally — rings hollow and in no way ameliorates, much less avoids, the harms that are likely to befall the states if an injunction is not issued.”The State Department had reached the settlement with the company after the agency removed the 3D gun-making plans from a list of weapons or technical data that are not allowed to be exported.The states argued that the federal agency didn’t follow the law when it removed 3D guns from the munitions list. They said the government was supposed to notify Congress and provide a 30-day window before making a change to that list, but it did not.A lawyer with the U.S. Justice Department had argued against the injunction, saying possessing 3D plastic guns is already against the law, and the federal government is committed to enforcing that law.But the judge said it wasn’t enough.“While the court appreciates the earnestness with which this commitment was made at oral argument, it is of small comfort to know that, once an undetectable firearm has been used to kill a citizen of Delaware or Rhode Island or Vermont, the federal government will seek to prosecute a weapons charge in federal court while the state pursues a murder conviction in state court,” Lasnik said.Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson praised the judge’s ruling.“Once again, I’m glad we put a stop to this dangerous policy,” Ferguson said. “But I have to ask a simple question: why is the Trump administration working so hard to allow these untraceable, undetectable 3D-printed guns to be available to domestic abusers, felons and terrorists?”The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a pro-gun control group that has aggressively fought the online release of the gun plans, praised the judge’s ruling “as a tremendous victory for the American public.”Avery Gardiner, co-president of the group, said 3D-printed guns “represent a supreme threat to our safety and security, and we are grateful that Judge Lasnik recognized it as such.”The states suing are Washington, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.last_img read more

Neanderthal faces were not adapted to cold

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com 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. Neanderthal faces had prominent cheekbones and wide noses previously thought to have developed in extremely cold periods because large sinuses were needed to warm air as it was inhaled. One problem with this theory is that modern people such as the Inuits, and other mammals living in Arctic regions have not developed large sinuses, and their sinuses are often smaller, and another problem is that it has never been proven that Neanderthal sinuses were larger. A team led by Dr Todd C. Rae from the Centre for Research in Evolutionary Anthropology at Roehampton University in the UK took previously published measurements of X-Rays and new data from three-dimensional (3D) computer tomography (CT) scans of nine Neanderthal skulls, all dated at over 28,000 years old. They then collected measurements from four Homo sapiens skulls from archaeological sites in Lithuania and dated from 300 to 1,500 years old. They compared the two sets of measurements to determine how large the sinuses of Neanderthals actually were. They used medieval Homo sapiens skulls rather than present-day skulls because they wanted data from a period before air conditioning and central heating, which could have affected the results.The results showed the Neanderthals did have larger sinuses than Homo sapiens, but the relationship between the size of the face and the size of the sinuses was the same in both species. This suggests the facial features were not related to adaptation to cold.Dr Rae said the results mean the idea of the faces being an adaptation to cold could now be dismissed, which he said “allows us to think about Neanderthals and their lives in new ways.” He said there had long been a view of Neanderthals as living on frozen tundra in the last glaciation, but it was more likely that they lived in temperate refuges, eating fruit and berries as well as meat. Dr Rae said attributing many of their physical traits to adaptations to extreme cold do not make any sense and a picture of them as a temperate creature fits the data better. He speculated that if Neanderthals were confined to warmer regions their populations could have been too isolated and small to survive the worst of the glacial times.Neanderthal fossils are found throughout Europe and parts of Asia. Recent research has found they used sophisticated tools, cooked their food, which included grains, vegetables and berries, and they may also have been able to speak.The paper is published in the Journal of Human Evolution. Citation: Neanderthal faces were not adapted to cold (2011, January 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-neanderthal-cold.html More information: The Neanderthal face is not cold adapted, Journal of Human Evolution, Volume 60, Issue 2, February 2011, Pages 234-239. doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2010.10.003 (PhysOrg.com) — New research into Neanderthal skulls suggests that facial features believed for over a century to be adaptations to extreme cold are unlikely to have evolved in response to glacial periods after all. First reconstruction of Neanderthal man. Image: Ther Neanderthaler Fund. Publisher: Marcus, Bonn. Via Wikipedia. Explore further Handsome by Chancelast_img read more

Instant oatmeal breakfast curbs appetite at lunch

first_imgHaving a hearty portion of instant oatmeal for breakfast enhances satiety and feelings of fullness, thereby helping you eat less at lunch, new research has found.A bowl of instant oatmeal helps curb food intake at lunch better than a leading oat-based, cold cereal —even when each bowl provided the same number of calories, the findings showed.The researchers found that a 250-calorie instant oatmeal serving (with an additional 113 calories of skim milk) enhanced satiety and feelings of fullness, reduced the desire to eat and led to lower caloric intake at lunch, compared to a 250-calorie serving of cold, oat-based cereal, also served with an additional 113 calories of skim milk. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The satiety benefits of instant oatmeal alone were important findings,” said lead author Candida Rebello from Louisiana State University in the US. “When we took it a step further and evaluated the intake four hours post-breakfast, we found that after consuming instant oatmeal, the participants chose to eat significantly less at lunch compared to those who ate the oat-based, cold cereal,” Rebello noted.After an analysis of the types of fibre in each cereal, the researchers suspected that the higher level of the polysaccharides beta-glucan in the instant oatmeal contributed to its satiating effect over the oat-based, cold cereal. The processing of the cold cereal might lead to changes in the oat fibre that reduced its ability to enhance satiety, the researchers noted.The researchers found that total calorie intake was significantly lower following consumption of instant oatmeal compared to the cold cereal, as were fat and protein intake. The findings were reported in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.last_img read more

Elaborate measures in place to expedite removal of idol structures

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) have made elaborate arrangements to fast track the removal of structures of the idols after immersion in the Ganga to combat pollution.”We have arrangement of cranes, payloaders for immediate removal of the structures. There is a separate demarcated place at the ghats for the dumping of flowers, leaves etc. The process that started on Friday witnessed more than 1,500 idols being immersed at the major ghats in the city that includes Baje Kadamtala Ghat, Gwalior Ghat, Judges Ghat, Nimtala Ghat etc. There were a number of immersions on Saturday and the figure is expected to go up further on Sunday,” said Debasish Kumar, Member Mayor in Council (Parks & Gardens), KMC. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to sources, as many as 650 Durga idols were immersed at Gwalior Ghat, 508 at Baje Kadamtala Ghat and 200 at Nimtala Ghat in North Kolkata. There are around 16 ghats in the city where the immersion takes place every year. It may be mentioned that a crane barge is deployed with minimum 30 labourers at Baje Kadamtala Ghat where the immersion of bigger idols happens. At Judges Ghat where immersion idols take place, launches with boats and ropes for containment of idols within a zone is done and thereafter they are pulled manually by labourers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThis is the first time that the KMC has put a special type of nets to ensure that no member of the Puja committees ventures beyond it during immersion. “Safety and security is our top priority and there is a reasonable deployment of cops in the ghats for this purpose,” Kumar added. Once the idols are removed from the ghats, they are taken away by recyclers deployed by the KMC. Meanwhile, on Saturday, thousands thronged several Puja mandaps in the city. Around 75 idols in the city will be immersed only after they take part in the grand Carnival at Red Road on Tuesday which is the last day marked for immersion. Majority of the immersions will take place on Sunday and some on Monday too. The Kolkata Police have made the required traffic diversions wherever necessary due to the immersion process on Friday and Saturday respectively.last_img read more