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Neeraj Chopra, India’s javelin star, struck Gold in the Meeting International de Sotteville-les-Rouen in France late on Tuesday night. Chopra, who had won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year, threw 85.17 metres to bag the top prize.Neeraj is India’s top javelin thrower and he proved his mettle once again on the international stage when he won the gold medal with a massive margin.While Neeraj Chopra threw a distance of 85.17 m, the second best was Adrian Mardare of Moldova who threw a distance of 81.48 m. The bronze medal went to Edis Matusevicius of Lithuania whose best was 79.31 m.Neeraj’s performance was brilliant as he did not falter in even a single attempt and completed each of his rounds. Even as his score of 85.17 m came in his fifth attempt, he came close to his eventual winning mark in his third attempt as well.Neeraj Chopra added another gold medal to his kitty as he threw his javelin at 85.17m in the process of beating 2012 Olympic champion Keshorn Walcottto at Sotteville Athletics Meet, Francepic.twitter.com/o0NW5ZnVhY Rishi Bagree (@rishibagree) July 18, 2018Here are all the six attempts from Neeraj:ATTEMPTSDISTANCEFIRST ATTEMPT75.55 metresSECOND ATTEMPT79.46 metresTHIRD ATTEMPT85.12 metresFOURTH ATTEMPT81.27 metresFIFTH ATTEMPT85.17 metresSIXTH ATTEMPT82.11 metresEven as Neeraj scooped the gold medal with the throw, this was not even his best throw this season. Neeraj best throw till now came at the IAAF Diamond League where he improved his own national record with a throw of 87.43 metres to finish fourth in the season-opening leg.advertisementNeeraj’s previous national record stood at 86.48 m and he crossed the same in just his second attempt.Earlier in the year, Neeraj Chopra struck a gold medal for India with a throw of 86.47m in Men’s Javelin Throw Final at the Commonwealth Games.Neeraj, who is the World Junior Record holder, threw 85.50m mark in his first attempt itself and stayed on top of the pack throughout the finals.Neeraj struck his best of 86.47m in his fourth attempt and sealed his Gold.Neeraj is a part of India’s squad for the Asian Games 2018 and there are high hopes from him as he will be gunning for a gold medal there as well.
Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has urged his teammates to learn from India, who he said was the best side in the world.Pakistan were thrashed by India on both occasions in Asia Cup 2018 and their heavy defeats led to a lot of gloomy faces and severe criticism from former cricketers.”They were equally bad in every aspect of the game. It was a below par performance by Pakistan. They should have known the conditions and should have bowled first. It’s their home ground,” Akram told India Today in an exclusive chat.”It’s very disappointing, disheartening. I can understand winning and losing is part of the game but not like this. This has been a just one-horse race. India have been just incredible in this Asia Cup without their main player, without their captain.Also read – Wasim Akram slams ‘below par performance by Pakistan'”Pakistan need to sit down and revisit their schedule. I am all for promotion of the game, I am all for going to Zimbabwe playing 5 one days and three T20s. Paying West Indies in UAE but that’s not going to improve their cricket. They might improve their records but not cricket.”It’s quite embarrassing for me being an ex-Pakistani player, ex-Pakistani captain to see, like I said winning and losing is part of the game but not like that. This is just a one-sided game. It’s boring, it’s not good for television, it’s not good for spectators and I can imagine the whole country will be disappointed,” he said.Also read – Sarfraz Ahmed rues dropped catches after Pakistan go down to India againadvertisementBut Malik feels that it is not a time to panic but stay with the team, that is filled with newcomers and are working on their game.”When you are in a building process, you need time. It’s not a time to panic and change players. If you change a lot of players, newcomers will also need time. We have to see India’s system, how they develop their players. They are the best side in the world,” Malik said. “You have to give confidence to the players that the management, the captain and selection committee have picked.””PCB chairman came to the dressing room after the match and gave us confidence. He said that you must give it the best shot. Such things happen in the game,” Malik said.He went on to add that the Pakistan youngsters should learn from the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.Also read – Pakistan don’t have it in them to compete with India, says Harbhajan”We need to learn from how Bumrah and Bhuvi are bowling. The Indian team has a lot of very experienced players. Our boys can only learn from players who have played so many matches and also from their young players. It’s not like someone with 200 matches cannot learn from those who have played 5-10 matches. They can learn from anyone,” Malik said.Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur also said that the team is in a transition and a nine-wicket loss is a big loss but this was a good reality check for a team that is lacking confidence.”In terms of the worst performance, nine wickets, it’s got to be up there but we’re on a journey, we’ll get better and stronger than this,” Arthur said after the game.”They’re suffering a confidence crisis at the moment, there’s a little bit of fear of failure in the dressing room, there’s a bit of a reality check for exactly where we are as a cricket team,” Arthur said.Pakistan are currently playing Bangladesh in their Asia Cup Super 4 match at Abu Dhabi and the winner of the match will face India in the final on Friday at the Dubai International Stadium.
ACC Media PollFlorida State’s football program has won the ACC for the last three seasons. A new champion is expected in the conference this fall. At ACC Kickoff, the media selected Clemson to win the conference. The Tigers haven’t won the league since 2011. Clemson picked to win ACC over FSU by 84 to 41 ballots at ACC Media Day. GT favored in its division.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 21, 2015The 2015 #ACCKickoff preseason poll, led by @ClemsonFB, has been released: http://t.co/mMOK526V4V pic.twitter.com/WGrdXdxpd6— ACC Football (@theACCfootball) July 21, 2015It should be a good year in the ACC.
NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 18: An Oklahoma Sooners helmet is seen during warmups before the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Kansas State Wildcats October 18, 2014 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Wildcats defeated the Sooners 31-30. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Rodney Anderson, one of the nation’s best running backs and a potential Heisman candidate for Oklahoma, left today’s game with an injury.Right now, it doesn’t sound good for the Sooners star.Anderson was seen holding his right knee on the play during which he was injured. He is out for the game, which OU leads 42-14.Earlier this afternoon, former Sooners fullback J.D. Runnels tweeted “Thoughts for Rod. It’s not good y’all.”Now, a local TV reporter says that he hears Rodney Anderson’s injury will keep him out for the year.Carson Cunningham, a sports reporter for KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City, posted a picture of Anderson back on the sideline with a big brace on his wrapped knee.Rodney Anderson is back on the sideline. We’ll have to wait for Lincoln Riley to give an official update. #Sooners pic.twitter.com/tCt7tpv84e— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) September 8, 2018He followed it up by saying that he has received word that Anderson’s injury is season-ending.Word I’m getting is Rodney Anderson is done for the year. Lincoln Riley will have to confirm that, but it does not sound good. #Sooners— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) September 8, 2018There is still time left in the fourth quarter, so we have a while to wait before Lincoln Riley’s press conference. He also may not have the specifics of Anderson’s injury quite yet.None of the early indicators seem very positive though. Hopefully Anderson gets some surprise good news.
The survey, discussion guide and submission information are available at http://novascotia.ca/review . The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 13. The panel looking for views on education has issued a challenge to all Nova Scotians: if you want change, get involved. Myra Freeman, chair of the Minister’s Panel on Education, launched the challenge today, May 8, while visiting students at Prince Andrew High School who were filling out the education review survey. Ms. Freeman encouraged the teachers and students to spread the word among their peers. “This is the first opportunity in 25 years for Nova Scotians to effect change in the education system,” said Ms. Freeman. “We want everyone including students, parents, educators and community members, to help us shape the future of education in Nova Scotia.” The Ivany Report challenged Nova Scotians to think differently and the review is one of the first opportunities Nova Scotians have to express their personal opinions on changes that need to happen. Panel members also led discussion groups around the province using the guide that was developed to help gather feedback. Gordon MacInnis led a session at a library in Sydney with parents and business leaders, Donna O’Connell led a session in Amherst with students from Amherst Regional High School, and Tina Dixon met with community members in Bear River. They are encouraging all Nova Scotians to do the same. “The guide will enable like-minded groups to come together to identify issues and bring them forward to the panel,” said Ms. Freeman. “I challenge students, teachers, parents and guardians, community and business partners, education groups and others to meet as a group to talk about the school system.” The guide provides a series of questions and conversation starters and each section includes facilitator notes, discussion questions and space to record input. Summaries of group discussions can be sent to the panel by e-mail or post. Nova Scotians can also share comments, ideas and feedback by e-mailing email@example.com phoning 1-844-424-3777 tweeting at @NSEdReview mailing them to the Minister’s Panel on Education c/o Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, P.O. Box 578, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2S9.
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed today that President Donald Trump made good on his pledge to raise the plight of the two Canadians imprisoned in China with President Xi Jinping.Trudeau says Trump did raise the cases Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor with Xi during their meeting at the G20 leaders’ summit in Japan this past weekend, just as he pledged to do in their White House meeting last month.Trudeau also shot back at a Chinese government spokesman who accused Canada on Wednesday of being “naive” in assuming that Trump did it any favours by raising the matter with Xi.Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, twice derided Canada for relying on a “so-called” ally and said China would allow no interference in its affairs.On the contrary, Trudeau says, Canada, the United States and other allies are telling China they’re all concerned about its behaviour and that it needs to follow the rule of law and other international standards.Trudeau says Canada, along with its allies, will continue to push that message on Beijing as China’s international economic influence grows, and while still trying to ensure the safety of Kovrig and Spavor.The Canadian Press
Fifty-four pediatric patients from every state, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico visited with First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday while raising awareness for children’s hospitals.The kids are serving as Champions for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and on a weeklong tour of Washington, D.C, and Orlando, Fla. They are sharing their inspiring stories and how local children’s hospitals changed their lives.The First Lady thanked the Champions for their courage and strength, while accepting their hugs and compliments. On behalf of the group, 4-year-old Carly Kudzia, the Champion from Ohio, presented the First Lady with a card signed by the Champions and a Miracle Bear.Kudzia is one of 18 children in the United States with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, an extremely rare genetic disorder that causes dysmorphic features, accelerated aging, small stature and a shorter life expectancy. Kudzia, whose personality is anything but “small,” serves as a spokesperson for the disease. CMN Hospitals funds, essential for providing crucial pediatric services, allow her caretakers to collaborate with global experts on progeria and pay for diagnostic equipment.“These kids will forever remember how warmly the First Lady greeted them,” said Craig Sorenson, chief concepts officer for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.At the White House, Champions also were treated to a special viewing of Disney’s Doc McStuffins. The kids’ television show was introduced by its creator, Chris Nee, whose son’s asthma inspired the show. Champions and their families also visited Capitol Hill to share their stories with legislators from their respective states.“Our Champions know firsthand the quality pediatric care that can be provided when people donate to their local children’s hospitals. They represent the 10 million kids who are treated for severe illnesses and injuries in our 170 hospitals each year,” said CMN Hospitals’ Sorensen.Champions will head to Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday to continue sharing their inspirational stories and messages. Accompanying the Champions throughout the trip is Miss America 2015, Kira Kazantsev, who is serving as the charity’s National Goodwill Ambassador.The 2014 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals “Champions” program is presented by Delta Air Lines, Marriott International and Chico’s FAS.To meet the Champion from your state, click here.
Earth Friendly Products, the maker of ECOS environmentally friendly laundry detergent and household cleaners, culminated its year-long 50th anniversary celebration Saturday night as the presenting sponsor of the All It Takes annual fundraiser for its youth leadership programs.Kendrick Sampson, Isidora Goreshter and Shailene WoodleyCredit/Copyright: Vivien Killilea/Getty ImagesThe “Lasting Legacy” reception and dinner under the stars was held at Earth Friendly Products’ carbon neutral, Platinum Zero Waste-certified headquarters in Orange County, California.Hollywood celebrities including Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time, Twelve Years a Slave), Francis Fisher (Titanic, Fargo), and Kendrick Sampson (Vampire Diaries, How to Get Away with Murder) joined Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies, The Descendants) and Lori Woodley, founders of All It Takes, to celebrate the success that the organization has had in transforming the lives of tens of thousands of middle school students. Douglas Smith (Big Love, The Bye Bye Man), Isidora Goreshter (Shameless, Petal Pushers) and Ricky Garcia of Forever in Your Mind, which performed at the event, were also among the celebrities at the event.All It Takes Youth Leadership Programs teach young people to create sustainable, positive change among their peers, family members, society and the environment through on-site school programming and overnight trainings. “Our programs teach young people at a critical life stage to practice empathy, compassion, responsibility and purpose to create sustainable, positive change in school, at home and in their communities,” said Lori Woodley.“All It Takes and Earth Friendly Products share the same goal of creating bold and compassionate leaders for the next generation who will help create a safer, greener planet,” said Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, president and CEO of Earth Friendly Products. “Last year I sent my daughter and her Girl Scout Troop to the All It Takes camp in Malibu, California, where they had amazing, life-changing experiences,” she added. “They came away with greater confidence and more empathy for themselves, each other, their families, and our environment.”Lori Woodley, who founded All It Takes with her daughter Shailene Woodley, the multiple award-winning actress, said, “Earth Friendly Products embodies everything All It Takes believes our future can be, if the next generation can learn to look out for and care for one another. Earth Friendly Products — which provides its employees a high minimum wage and family-friendly benefits — is committed to investing in our youth, the environmental stewards of tomorrow.”For more information about All It Takes, please visit allittakes.org.
In a report released today, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour urged the Government of Uganda to curb violence and human rights abuses voiced concern over escalating violence against civilians in Karamoja in the north-east of the country, where almost 70 people have been killed since last November.Between 16 November 2006 and 31 March 2007, “the indiscriminate and excessive use of force” by Government forces, known as UPDF, has lead to the deaths of at least 69 civilians, including women and children, as well as 10 cases of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, the High Commissioner’s office (OHCHR) said in a statement released in Geneva. Additionally, 400 cattle and many traditional homesteads, or manyattas, have been destroyed in Karamoja. The High Commissioner also expressed serious concern over a “climate of fear and insecurity” in the area where armed Karimojong have reportedly killed seven UPDF soldiers, eight civilians and almost 300 cattle. Ms. Arbour, who issued a report last November calling on Uganda to end a forced disarmament exercise, deplored the failure of the Government to implement her previous recommendations. Allegations of human rights violations and criminal acts have persisted since the strategy was launched last May. “I call on the Government of Uganda to respect its obligations to protect the human rights of all individuals under its jurisdiction at all times,” Ms. Arbour said, appealing for an end to the indiscriminate and excessive use of force against men, women and children. The High Commissioner added that the country must also “take all necessary measures, including reviewing the ongoing disarmament process, to prevent any further human rights violations in Karamoja,” as well as implementing sustainable development initiatives to bring stability to the region. She also stressed that instead of pursuing a solely military response, the Government should create civilian mechanisms for the legal arrest, detention, prosecution and punishment of armed Karimojong who commit crimes. 19 April 2007In a report released today, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour urged the Government of Uganda to curb violence and human rights abuses voiced concern over escalating violence against civilians in Karamoja in the north-east of the country, where almost 70 people have been killed since last November.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil rose above US$95 Thursday as the U.S. jobs market showed more signs of recovering.The government said the number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits fell 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 323,000 last week, the lowest since late September and further evidence of an improving job market.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery gained $1.59 to close at US$95.44 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That’s the highest closing price this month.Brent crude, the benchmark for international crudes, gained $2.02 to US$110.08 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline added eight cents to US$2.74 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil rose five cents to US$3.01 a gallon and natural gas advanced three cents to US$3.70 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Crude oil rises above US$95 a barrel on improved US jobless claims by The Associated Press Posted Nov 21, 2013 4:25 pm MDT
OSU senior forward David Gust (17) skates toward the puck while Michigan State defenseman Carson Gatt (18) looks to slow Gust in a game on March 3 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Lantern photographerAfter finding themselves dumbfounded and on the wrong side of 5-4 scoreline in Game One Friday night, the No. 13 Ohio State men’s hockey team relied on its Big Ten-leading powerplay efficiency to carry them to a victory in Game Two.Converting on 3-of-4 powerplay opportunities, the Buckeyes (18-10-6, 9-8-1-1) closed out their home slate of the 2016-17 season with a 5-3 win over the Michigan State Spartans (7-22-3, 3-13-2-0) on Senior Night.Senior forwards Nick Schilkey and David Gust, junior forward Kevin Miller and sophomore forwards Mason Jobst and Dakota Joshua all found the back of the net for OSU in the victory. Jobst, Joshua and Schilkey also registered assists in the game, as well as three helpers from senior defenseman Josh Healey and one from sophomore defenseman Tommy Parran.Senior goaltender Matt Tomkins proved effective between the pipes for the Scarlet and Gray despite allowing three goals, notching 22 saves.“I just think our guys were going to be determined to win a hockey game tonight for a lot of reasons,” said OSU coach Steve Rohlik. “I think most importantly it was the group in the room — they just weren’t going to let each other down tonight, and I think that was our attitude.”The OSU penalty kill was on display early in the first period, as Joshua entered the penalty box twice in the first six minutes. But after warding off two Spartan powerplays, the Buckeyes earned one of their own and quickly capitalized on the opportunity.Jobst took a pass from Healey, and the sophomore fired a wrister from the slot into the top corner to put the Scarlet and Gray up 1-0 with 7:55 remaining in the period with his 16th goal of the season and second of the series. Schilkey also recorded a helper on the play, his 13th of the year.The lead, however, quickly disappeared as Michigan State freshman forward Sam Saliba cashed in on a power play just 36 seconds later to tie the game at one with his second goal of the weekend.With three minutes left in the first, the Spartans found themselves on the penalty kill for a second time — and the nation’s most efficient powerplay offense again took advantage of the extra man.Off a pad save from Michigan State freshman goaltender John Lethemon, Gust one-timed the rebound from the point into the back of the net to put OSU in front 2-1 heading into the first intermission with his 15th goal of the season and third point of the series. Healey and Schilkey each notched their second assist and point of the game on the goal.Out of the locker room, the Scarlet and Gray lead swiftly vanished as the Spartans tied the game at two just 52 seconds into the period when freshman forward Patrick Khodorenko tapped in a pinpoint pass from outside the crease on the powerplay. Less than two minutes later, the Scarlet and Gray regained the lead as Miller’s shot deflected over Lethemon and trickled into the net to put OSU back in front 3-2 on the junior forward’s 10th goal of the season. With 16:18 remaining in the period, however, the visitors netted their third goal of the night on the rush as Saliba buried his second of the contest.Chances remained abundant for both sides throughout the final 10 minutes of the period, but as the horn sounded around the Schottenstein Center, the Buckeyes and Spartans entered the locker room in a 3-3 deadlock.Five minutes into the final frame, it was the OSU powerplay again. Jobst pushed a pass to Joshua behind the Michigan State net, and the Dearborn, Michigan, native carried the puck to just outside the crease and wristed a shot past Lethemon for his 10th goal of the season and second point of the night. Healey also notched his third assist of game on the go-ahead goal.With time winding down, both OSU and Michigan State produced opportunities to extend or cut the lead. The Spartans emptied their net and controlled the puck with less than a minute remaining, but a sloppy pass in the neutral zone turned into Schilkey adding another for the home side with an empty-net goal with under 10 seconds left.After 60 minutes, OSU captured three important conference points on Senior Night to close out the home slate of the season with a 5-3 victory. “I think we just played a better team game tonight, especially in the third,” Healey said. “The boys knew what was on the line… and every win is important, so we just came out in the third, locked it down and did everything we could to limit their chances.”One series remains on the schedule for the Scarlet and Gray, as they will travel to the Kohl Center for two conference clashes with the Wisconsin Badgers. With that, Rohlik said his team will have to continue to make adjustments down the stretch, and that refining skills in certain parts of the game will lead to more success on the ice.“We’ve got to still become a better five-on-five team,” Rohlik said. “We’re understanding that it takes a lot of hard work five-on-five to get to the dirty areas, and I think if we can improve in that area, if we can improve on the (penalty kill), I think our best hockey is still ahead of us.”
The legacy of the rivalry between Ohio State and the University of Michigan is historically centered around football. However, ill will and passion for beating the other team holds no barrier between sports. The OSU women’s tennis team celebrated that thrill of victory defeating Michigan Friday afternoon, 5-1.OSU and Michigan came into Friday’s match ranked fourth and 10th nationally, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s rankings.After reaching the semifinals of the ITA National Indoor Championships before losing to North Carolina, the win against the Wolverines was a nice rebound for the Buckeyes.Starting off in doubles, OSU was awarded the doubles point after winning two of three matches to take the early 1-0 advantage.The senior duo of Sandy Niehaus and Gabriella De Santis won a close set by tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-2). Seniors Miho Kowase and Ferny Angeles Paz 6-1 victory compensated for Michigan’s lone doubles win over Buckeyes sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo and junior Anna Sanford, 6-3.Three-time ITA national champion and top-ranked Di Lorenzo led the way first for the Buckeyes, disposing of Michigan sophomore Brienne Minor in straight sets, making quick work and another point for the Buckeyes, 6-1, 6-2.Kowase followed with another victory for the Buckeyes to stretch the lead to 3-0, defeating Michigan junior Mira Rider-Hook in similar fashion, 6-0, 6-3.Needing only one more point for the clincher and the match victory, OSU needed just one of four remaining singles matches to capture the win.They’d get two out of three wins, with De Santis winning 6-3, 6-3 and Angeles Paz finishing off freshman Valeria Patiuk 6-3, 6-1, with the final score being 5-1 OSU and the two remaining matches being abandoned.“You couldn’t ask for anything more, to be able to rebound and a chance to play Michigan at home in a couple days. So, it’s something that these guys definitely get up for and try to move on from the tough loss,” OSU coach Melissa Schaub said. “We’re going to come in here and fight hard. We were just able to get it done in front of our fans.”Di Lorenzo echoed her coach’s sentiment about bouncing back for a team win against a top-ten opponent in rival Michigan.“It feels really good and it was a quick turnaround, having to play Michigan, they’re our rival and they’re an unbelievable team and very competitive and strong,” she said. “Although we had a tough loss last weekend, we’re going to have to come back stronger and forget about it and just learn from it and move on, and I think that’s what we did today.”
The flags of the eight Arctic Council member states and six indigenous permanent participant organizations. (Photo by Linnea Nordström/Arctic Council Secretariat)On a cold, sunny day in Juneau, about 40 people gathered in the Capitol to eat lunch and learn about the Arctic. Juneau will host an Arctic Council meeting later this week, and state lawmakers got a visit from national and international scientists, policymakers and researchers on Tuesday.Listen nowRoberta Burns chairs the Sustainable Development Working Group for the Arctic Council. She started the lunchtime presentation with a geography quiz, asking which countries were permanent, participating members of the council.“Norway,” “Russia,” “Greenland,” the crowd shouted answers, eventually coming up with all eight Arctic countries. As part of the council, representatives from these countries work on the scientific, social and economic problems facing their shared regions, and collaborate with indigenous groups throughout the Arctic.The U.S. currently chairs the council, but will be handing control over to Finland later this year.Burns said that while the council has been led by the U.S. it has been focused on economic and living conditions in the Arctic, working on projects designed to combat suicide and improve rural water and sanitation.Lawmakers in a House committee focused on the Arctic also heard from the Institute of the North and ended their day with a group from Nome.Ukallaysaaq Okleasik bounced his six-month-old daughter in his hands and kept a close eye on his son, during a break in the meetings.Okleasik is Inupiaq and Qawiaraqmuit. He was in Juneau on behalf of the Sitnasuak Native Corporation. He said he and has family have been adapting to a region that is very different from the one his ancestors knew.And alongside those changes in weather, shrinking ice coverage and open Arctic water, shipping traffic has moved into the region. And Okleasik said Nome wants to evolve with those changes and expand its port.But, he said, he also wants to personalize the region for policymakers.“I think I’d like to say the Arctic is a place, the Arctic is also the people and the Arctic is also communities and so, when we talk about the Arctic, there’s a sense to make it abstract or make it a place only, and we forget that it is a people and its has been our homeland for many generations,” Okleasik said.The Arctic Council will meet in Juneau on Wednesday and Thursday, March 8th and 9th.
The government is all set to provide Rs 3 crore each to MLAs and MLCs for the development of their constituency. The funds will be released to District Collector and kept with CPO of the district. The legislators can suggest the works and with the approval of the district collector, the funds will be given to engineers to execute works. The engineers estimate the project cost suggested by an MLA/MLC instead of calling of tenders. The work is then divided into bits of 4.99 lakhs (less than 5 lakhs) and alloted as suggested by the MLA/MLC. Taking advantage of GO cited which states that “The execution of works with an upper limit of Rs 5 lakh may be entrusted to village works committees/ self help groups/ user groups consisting of stakeholders.”
By The Associated PressA White Dallas police officer who says she mistook her Black neighbor’s apartment for her own when she fatally shot him was arrested on a manslaughter charge.Botham Jean, a devout Christian, was gunned by a Dallas police officer returning home, after she said she mistook his apartment for her own. (Jeff Montgomery/Harding University via AP)Officer Amber Guyger was booked into the Kaufman County Jail after being taken into custody Sunday, the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a news release. The department said the investigation in the off-duty shooting is ongoing and that no additional information was available.A jail employee said Guyger was released on bond.Guyger fatally shot 26-year-old Botham Jean on Thursday at Jean’s apartment. Lawyers for Jean’s family had been calling for Guyger’s arrest, saying the fact that she had remained free days after the shooting showed she was receiving favorable treatment. They held a news conference Sunday night, shortly before the arrest was announced, making another plea for the officer to be taken into custody and saying their team had presented new evidence — a witness and video footage — to prosecutors. They didn’t provide details.The family’s attorneys weren’t available to comment after the arrest came.On Saturday, one of the attorneys, S. Lee Merritt, said the man’s loved ones weren’t calling on authorities to jump to conclusions or to deny Guyger her right to due process. But he said they wanted Guyger “to be treated like every other citizen, and where there is evidence that they’ve committed a crime, that there’s a warrant to be issued and an arrest to be made.”The group Mothers Against Police Brutality said the arrest is a “first step” toward justice and accountability but should have come sooner. Co-founder Sara Mokuria said the group expects transparency in the case going forward.Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings tweeted a statement Sunday night in which he thanked investigators, asked for continued prayers for Jean’s family and said he appreciated that citizens and community leaders “were so respectful of the investigative process over these past few days.”Police Chief U. Renee Hall said the day after the shooting that her department was seeking manslaughter charges against Guyger, 30, a four-year veteran of the police force. But Hall said Saturday that the Texas Rangers, who have taken over the investigation, asked her department to hold off because they had learned new information and wanted to investigate further before a warrant was issued.Meanwhile, Jean’s family also hired attorney Benjamin Crump, who is best known for representing the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.According to police, Guyger shot and killed Jean after returning in uniform to the South Side Flats, where they both had apartments, following her shift. She reported the shooting to dispatchers and told officers who responded that she had mistaken Jean’s apartment for her own.Rawlings said Sunday that Guyger had parked on the wrong floor of the building’s parking garage. But many questions remain about what led her to shoot Jean. Hall said the officer’s blood was drawn at the scene so that it could be tested for alcohol and drugs. Investigators haven’t released the results of those tests.Jean’s mother, Allison Jean, wondered whether race could have been a factor. Her son, who grew up in the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia before attending college in Arkansas, is Black. Guyger is White.“If it was a White man, would it have been different? Would she have reacted differently?” Allison Jean said Friday.Jean wasn’t the first person shot by Guyger. She shot another man, Uvaldo Perez, on May 12, 2017, while on duty.According to an affidavit in the case filed against Perez, police were looking for a suspect when Guyger and another officer were called to assist a third. Perez got out of a car and became combative with Guyger and another officer. A struggle began and Guyger fired her Taser at Perez, who then wrested it away from her. She then drew her gun and fired, wounding Perez in the abdomen.Guyger was not charged in the 2017 shooting.Sgt. Mike Mata, president of Dallas’ largest police employee organization, the Dallas Police Association, on Saturday called for an “open, transparent and full investigation of the event,” the Dallas Morning News reported. He described Jean as an “amazing individual” and said that “if the grand jury deems necessary, this officer should have to answer for her actions in a court of law in Dallas County.”Friends and family gathered Saturday at the Dallas West Church of Christ to remember Jean, who had been working for accounting firm PwC since graduating in 2016 from Harding University in Arkansas, where he often led campus religious services as a student. They described Jean as a devout Christian and a talented singer.“Botham did everything with passion,” Allison Jean told the prayer service. “God gave me an angel.”His uncle, Ignatius Jean, said the killing has devastated the family and left it searching for answers.“You want to think it’s fiction … and you have to grapple with the reality,” he said.
The new atom laser technique can be used to create different types of lasers. These figures show the atom density distributions of (a) a well-collimated atom laser beam, (b) an ultra-high flux atom laser, and (c) an atom beam combining an atom laser and thermal emission. Credit: Bolpasi, et al. ©2014 IOP Publishing © 2014 Phys.org Journal information: New Journal of Physics Explore further Stimulated mutual annihilation: How to make a gamma-ray laser with positronium (Phys.org) —In an atom laser, millions of individual atoms propagate through space with minimal spreading, just like photons propagate in a coherent photon laser beam. Although both types of lasers are similar, atom lasers are still in the early stages of research with much work to be done before they can be used for applications, which may include atom lithography, atom interferometry, and magnetometry (measuring magnetic fields). Citation: Scientists overcome fundamental atom laser limit to build brightest atom laser to date (2014, May 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-scientists-fundamental-atom-laser-limit.html A key factor for both types of lasers is their flux, which is the rate at which the atoms and photons are emitted. In current atom lasers, the flux is fundamentally limited by the same outcoupling process that is used to create the atom laser in the first place. Now in a new study published in the New Journal of Physics, researchers from Greece and Singapore have demonstrated a novel, ultra-bright atom laser that overcomes this fundamental atom laser limit, achieving a flux of 107 atoms per second, which is seven times brighter than the brightest atom lasers to date. Using the same technique, the researchers also created an ultra-cold atom beam, which at just 200 nanoKelvin (nK) is two orders of magnitude colder than any atom beam reported to date. As the researchers explain, atom lasers are usually made from clouds of atoms that are magnetically trapped and cooled to temperatures near absolute zero, the so-called Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs). A BEC is so cold that many of its atoms occupy their lowest energy states, or ground states. In this state the atoms lose their individual identity and form one single quantum state. These atoms join the other atoms in the ground states by bosonic stimulation, in a process that is very similar to the amplification process in optical lasers, in which large numbers of photons are created at the same frequency and same spatial distribution. In both cases, many particles occupy the same quantum level.To get the BEC to emit a coherent beam of atoms, radio frequency (rf) fields are applied to the BEC to change the atoms’ trapped states to “propagating” states. This process is called “outcoupling,” and causes the atoms to accelerate out of the BEC and form the atom laser beam. The acceleration occurs due to a combination of factors, including gravity, magnetic forces, and interactions with other atoms.In current atom lasers, the rf fields used in the outcoupling process are relatively weak. When increasing the rf field intensity bound states appear, and the output becomes irregular. As a result, the laser output can eventually shut off, creating a bottleneck to improving the flux.To overcome this problem, the researchers in the new study used very strong rf fields, which rather than changing the atom’s states deform the trapping potential. The strong rf fields form a trap with a controllable hole that causes the atoms to spill slowly out of a small opening in the bottom edge of the BEC. Whereas a weak rf field outcoupler cannot improve the flux past a certain point due to the formation of bound states, a strong rf field outcoupler can emit atoms from the BEC at an almost arbitrary rate, leading to a very high flux. In experiments, the researchers achieved a flux of 7.4 x 107 atoms per second originating from only 9 x 104 atoms initially in the BEC. This flux is seven times larger than the previous maximum flux even though it uses less than half the number of atoms. The researchers predict that larger condensates combined with faster rf field pulses will further increase the flux by an order of magnitude.In the second part of their study, the researchers used the strong rf field to create an atom beam that contains an atom laser and a thermal atom beam at the same time. This is the first time that this kind of hybrid atom beam has been demonstrated, and it is also the coldest atom beam ever reported. Even though the flux of the thermal atoms is low, the ultra-cold thermal beam may still be useful for high-resolution spectroscopy of ultra-cold collisions. More information: V. Bolpasi, et al. “An ultra-bright atom laser.” New Journal of Physics 16 (2014) 033036. 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Kolkata: A team from Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) found mosquito larvae near Triguna Sen auditorium inside Jadavpur University campus on Saturday.A team led by Atin Ghosh, Member, Mayor-in-Council (health) reached the University campus in the afternoon as a part of an anti-larvae drive. Aedes Aegypti larvae were found in the accumulated water that was kept in containers. The KMC team cleared the water. Also, Aedes Aegypti larvae were found inside the lift well of a building which is under construction. Larvae were also found inside the unused iron almirahs that are kept beside the office of the ground supervisor. A senior civic official said the authorities of institutional buildings have been requested to ensure that empty plastic tea cups are cleaned from the roofs and unused almirahs and furniture are removed from the premises. The team found that the garbage accumulated near the School of Environment and School of Physical Education was not removed. Aedes Aegypti were found inside the earthen pot kept outside the office of the Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das. The garbage that was dumped near the teachers’ quarters has been removed. The KMC authorities will conduct anti-larvae drives throughout the city. A high level-meeting was held last week that was attended by the officials of state and central government offices. The KMC will serve notices if the instructions are flouted and will file cases in the Municipal Courts. The court can slap fines up to Rs 1 lakh.