New Delhi: Pakistan’s obsession with Jammu and Kashmir has confined it to a single-issue foreign policy, often at considerable cost to itself and to other countries of the region, by stultifying the potential of SAARC, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid has said.The former External Affairs Minister says similarly, India’s preoccupation with the threat perception and the possibility of a prolonged and decisive war keeps it self-conscious and distracted from a larger role in the changing world. Also Read – MP woman hangs herself after killing three childrenIn his new book ‘Visible Muslim Invisible Citizen – Understanding Islam in Indian Democracy’ published by Rupa Publications, the 66-year old author writes that the legacy of the Partition or the “unfinished agenda” (of Pakistan) is most visible in the simmering conflict in Kashmir.”Despite strenuous and perverse efforts of the enemy, the protracted conflict remains about Kashmiriyat rather than about Islam,” Khurshid notes.”In many ways, accommodation between the Indian state and the aspirations of the people of the Kashmir Valley might have been possible with some give and take, but for Pakistan believing that they have a role and indeed an expectation of a favourable outcome,” he writes. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Elaborating on Kashmir issue and Pakistan’s role, Khurshid said Islamabad cannot be given a veto on New Delhi’s historical aspirations and stretegic concerns.”It is incumbent that we find peace with our fellow compatriots, no matter how disenchanted they feel. But it is our problem and Pakistan should accept not to interfere openly or in a clandestine manner,” Khurshid told PTI.The Congress leader writes that it is “puzzling” that Pakistan is still unable to accept that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. He says it is “surprising” that Pakistan refuses to accept the logic dictated not only by India’s Muslims, but also by the Bengali Muslims of erstwhile East Pakistan.”Despite Bangladesh, it is puzzling that Pakistan is still unable to accept that J&K is an integral part of India,” Khurshid writes.”For Muslims in the rest of India, J&K means no less than to other Indians, i.e. a critical part of the definition of India. The thought of anything happening to it can only be at the cost of diminishing the idea of India,” he asserts.The book which touches upon a plethora of topics including Sufism, triple talaq and the history of communal violence is essentially about Islam and Muslims, particularly Indian Muslims.Khurshid attempts to place Islam in the context of modernism, and the Indian Muslim in the perspective of contemporary Indian politics.Lucidly written and sharply argued, the book drives home the important message that there is no inherent civilisational clash between Islam and Hinduism as we know them in our national lives.
APTN National NewsHome ownership is a dream for many families, but finding that dream home in the Northwest Territories is much harder.Houses are far more expensive there than in most cities and there are fewer available to buy.But as APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers reports, a new project underway in Yellowknife will give several families in the territory a place to call home.
Several suspects arrested in Dubai in February during a party hosted at a hotel by Makandure Madush have been sent back to Sri Lanka.The Sri Lankans were deported over the past several weeks and some of them have been arrested and remanded. (Colombo Gazette) A relative of notorious underworld leader Makandure Madush and five others have been deported from Dubai and detained at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).The Police said that the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) detained the suspects when they arrived at the airport.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Terence Chea, The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2013 3:25 pm MDT Calif. board votes to pursue disciplinary action against pilot of ship that struck Bay Bridge SAN FRANCISCO – A state board unanimously voted Thursday to take action to suspend or revoke the license of the pilot of an empty oil tanker that sideswiped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in January.The California Board of Pilot Commissioners decided to file a formal accusation against Guy Kleess after a committee investigated the Jan. 7 incident, found pilot error and recommended disciplinary action against him.The case now goes before an administrative law judge, who will hold a trial to hear evidence and determine whether Kleess should have his pilot’s license suspended or revoked. The board will then vote on whether to accept the judge’s ruling.The board also voted Thursday to temporarily suspend Kleess’ license until the case is resolved to “protect the public interest.” The judge is required to hold a hearing within 40 days.Kleess, 61, was in control of the 752-foot Overseas Reymar when the oil tanker hit a western-span tower of the bridge, resulting in $220,000 in ship damage and as much as $1.4 million in damage to the bridge.The committee concluded Kleess lost situational awareness, failed to communicate effectively with the crew, became “complacent” and didn’t use all the human and technical resources at his disposal during the incident.“Capt. Kleess lost awareness of what was happening around him and how information, events and his own actions impacted his objectives,” the panel’s report said.Kleess committed misconduct because he did not use “ordinary care of an expert in his profession” when manoeuvring the vessel, the report concluded.At Thursday’s hearing, Kleess’ attorney, Rex Clack, did not dispute the facts in the committee’s report but said Kleess met the standards of his profession in difficult circumstances.“The standard is not perfection, but reasonable care of a skilled pilot. Furthermore, a pilot should not be judged by 20-20 hindsight,” Clack said at Thursday’s hearing.A message left at Kleess’s home was not immediately returned.The report found that Kleess changed course shortly before the collision because of reduced visibility and the discovery that a radar beacon between two towers of the bridge was not working.The tower’s wooden fenders were damaged in the crash, but the bridge remained open to vehicle traffic. No one was injured and no fuel was spilled.Kleese was rested and had been off-duty for 39 hours before boarding the tanker at 10:30 a.m., about an hour before the crash, according to the report. Kleess and the crew tested negative for alcohol and drug use, according to the Coast Guard, which is also investigating the incident.Since 1850, state law has required bar pilots to guide every large vessel in and out of the San Francisco Bay and other Northern California waterways. The law has created an elite cadre of 50 to 60 highly skilled ship captains who earn an annual income of about $450,000, which is set by the state commission and paid entirely by ship owners.It’s fairly rare for a bar pilot to have his or her license suspended or revoked, said David Russo, an attorney for Kleess.Kleess, who was first licensed as a bar pilot in 2005, had lost his pilot license between Nov. 9, 2010, and Jan. 11, 2011, after going on medical leave, board records show.Records also indicate Kleess was involved in three previous accidents, including one in which a ship he was piloting damaged a dock in Stockton in 2009. He was held responsible for two and ordered to undergo more training.It was the second time since 2007 that a large vessel controlled by a local pilot struck the Bay Bridge. A cargo ship operated by Capt. John Cota hit the bridge on a foggy morning in November 2007, spilling 53,000 gallons of oil into the bay.Cota pleaded guilty to two misdemeanours environmental charges and was sentenced to 10 months in prison. The companies that owned and operated the cargo ship paid a combined $60 million to settle lawsuits and criminal charges.
Lantern file photoIt will be hard to measure how much Urban Meyer altered the fate of the 2012 Ohio State football team with the performance evaluations he administered to OSU assistant coaches last June. There’s every chance that Meyer’s criticism in those evaluations played a role in the Buckeyes’s 12-0 season, and perhaps even greater accomplishments in seasons to come.The performance evaluations were obtained by The Lantern through a public records request and list the positive attributes of each coach as well as areas for improvement. Some evaluations appear less thorough than others (there was nothing listed in the “work on” section of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman’s evaluation) and some are vague and hard to decipher. The prevailing theme was that Meyer, whose criticism ranged from recruiting tactics to making more efficient use of the team’s time on the practice field, wanted improvement from the OSU assistants.The program’s assistants completed a self-evaluation before Meyer met with them to verbally provide his evaluation, according to a university human resources statement provided by OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg. Brief summaries of Meyer’s comments were typed on the evaluation documents, and according to the text, they were completed on June 25 and 26.Zach Smith: Wide receivers coachMeyer encouraged each OSU coach to improve on the recruiting trail, but the Buckeyes’ then-first-year receivers coach Zach Smith appeared to be a weakest link on OSU’s powerhouse staff of recruiters.According to the evaluation documents, Meyer wrote that Smith “needed improvement” with regard to recruiting, adding that he needed to work on being “thorough and intense.”Meyer also said that Smith needed to improve his on-field energy as well as his ability to complete tasks efficiently, according to the documents.Smith was more critical of himself in his self-evaluation than his peers on the OSU staff.Coaches graded themselves on a five-point scale in various categories and Smith was the only coach to give himself a grade lower than “3,” according to the documents. Smith gave himself a “2” regarding “Coaching what he sees on tape” and “Productivity in recruiting,” noting that he “need(s) to be aggressive with (wide receivers) and have conviction on area recruits — improve time management.”Tim Hinton: Tight ends, fullbacks coachDemands for “competitive excellence” and aggressive recruiting were common, but Meyer reserved what might have been his harshest criticism for Tim Hinton.Meyer said that Hinton’s top priority should be working on his “ability to articulate the offense” better, according to the evaluation. Additionally, Meyer wrote that Hinton needed to work on the “efficiency of practice time.”Mike Vrabel: Defensive line coachMeyer told Vrabel to take a wins-and-losses approach to the recruiting aspect of his job, writing, “Same approach to recruiting as playing (No excuses, W/L).”Meyer also appeared to encourage Vrabel — a three-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots — to work on using his professional experience to better develop the team’s defensive line.Everett Withers: Associate head coach, co-defensive coordinator, safeties coachMuch of Meyer’s criticism for Everett Withers was related to recruiting. On the evaluation, Meyer wrote “1.) Close on a difference maker. 2.) Intensity and thoroughness in recruiting.” A third criticism – “competitive excellence of players in off-season” – was also levied.Ed Warinner: Co-offensive coordinator, offensive line coachMeyer’s No. 1 criticism of Warinner was, presumably, that he wasn’t building strong relationships on the recruiting trail. All Meyer wrote on this matter was “Relationships in recruiting.” The second item listed was closing on offensive line recruits, followed by “engagement.”Meyer’s elaboration regarding the latter only went as far as to say “family, non-football discussion.”Kerry Coombs: Cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinatorMeyer encouraged the fiery Coombs to work on closing on a big-time recruit and production of his cornerbacks unit for fall. Coombs responded to Meyer’s recommendations by helping then-sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby achieve first-team All-American honors (ESPN) after a 2012 season in which he caught a team-high five interceptions. Roby was also a Thorpe Award semifinalist.Stan Drayton: Running backs coachIn addition to encouraging Drayton to up his game on the recruiting front, it appears that Meyer wanted his running backs coach to provide fresh ideas to game plans for the running backs.“Get a big timer: recruiting,” Meyer wrote as the top item on Drayton’s evaluation. Like other OSU assistants, Meyer also said he wanted Drayton to get competitive excellence out of the running backs.Lastly, Meyer wrote, “Creativity/ideas in game planning.”Luke Fickell: Co-defensive coordinator, linebackers coachFor Fickell, whose one-season tenure as OSU head coach was sandwiched between the exit of former Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel and the arrival of Meyer, the first item of business was establishing himself as a leader on Meyer’s coaching staff. “Leadership role on staff,” wrote Meyer, who also listed Fickell’s ability to adapt and embrace his fellow staff-members as a positive.Fickell was the only coach that opted to leave a remark in the “employee’s comments” section of the evaluation, writing, “Great meeting with lots of constructive suggestions to get better.”Wallenberg declined to make any of the football coaches available for comment, saying that, generally, the department does not comment on personnel issues. So, while the extent to which coaches made improvements after their performance evaluations were administered remains to be seen, it could be safely assumed that at least a couple of Meyer’s criticisms related to on-field issues were addressed and corrected in time for the team’s undefeated, Big Ten Leaders Division championship season.Some of Meyer’s concerns regarding recruiting tactics were likely addressed as well and improved the Buckeyes’ 2013 recruiting class ranked No. 2 in America, according to Rivals.com.Again eligible for postseason competition after serving a one-year ban after the undefeated 2012 season, OSU will begin the 2013 season with an Aug. 31 game in Columbus against Buffalo.
We often hear about the NFL’s dominance in the mindshare of sports fans, and it’s hard to argue with the facts and figures floating around to support this notion. Pro football has been No. 1 in the annual Harris Poll survey of Americans’ favorite sports for three consecutive decades, and the NFL’s television ratings routinely trounce those of other sports. But, curiously, I was fooling around with Google Trends, and there is at least one area in which the NFL is not crushing the opposition: Google searches.The NFL is trailing the NBA by about 5 percent since Google’s Trends search data became available in 2004.There are a lot of factors that can cloud these results, including the possibility that not all search terms are being correctly attributed to each league. This is a particular issue for “football,” which is, as you probably know, what everyone outside the U.S. calls soccer. Recent improvements to Trends make this issue less problematic, but it’s still worth mentioning.The numbers also include worldwide searches; the NBA has a large global presence (particularly in Asia), and Google is, by definition, biased toward countries with a greater number of Internet users. For what it’s worth, the NFL is still tops by quite a bit within the U.S.Even so, it’s an interesting data point about the relative global reach of America’s biggest sports leagues. If we look at things from an international perspective, the NFL is not the behemoth it usually appears to be stateside.
When Ohio State junior long jumper Michael Hartfield takes off down the runway, he doesn’t merely jump — he soars. “I love long jumping,” Hartfield said. “It feels free. That’s the only way I can describe it.” Hartfield has exploded into the spotlight since his arrival at OSU. A transfer from Rend Lake junior college, located in Ina, Ill., Hartfield has already earned second-team All-American honors, yet he’s far from satisfied. Early in the season, Hartfield said he wanted to consistently hit 7.62–7.93 meters in the long jump. “The goal is still to be first-team All-American,” he said. “Hopefully get on that podium at nationals.” When Hartfield competes, he does so with passion and charisma, and those around him can’t help but notice. “Mike brings a lot of energy and fun to the team, along with a great amount of talent,” OSU junior long jumper Steve MacDonald said. “Our jump squad has become very close and we feed off each other’s strengths.” Hartfield’s pre-jump routine is almost as electrifying as the jump itself. Before each jump, Hartfield starts a steady, rhythmic clap that builds as teammates, competitors and fans join in. Then, Hartfield shoots down the runway to the rapid rhythm just before he lifts off. “It’s just something to get me hyped, you know, to get the crowd into it,” Hartfield said. “When you’re running you can hear the rhythm in the background, and one of the most important parts of your run up is having a rhythm.” His routine is working. When the track & field team traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, for the Drake Relays in late April, Hartfield finished second and set a new personal record with a jump of 7.95 meters. The jump even surprised Hartfield. “I was in shock,” he said. “One, I didn’t feel like it was that great of a jump. Two, I didn’t expect to PR because of all the traveling.” The track & field team’s journey to Iowa didn’t go as smoothly as it had hoped. “We were at the airport for 12 hours before we left, and missed our flight in Chicago,” Hartfield said. “And then had to wake up at 4 o’clock in the morning, and we didn’t get to Iowa until that day.” The Drake Relays were a high point for Hartfield in what has been an up-and-down year. For Hartfield and his family, signing at OSU was a big deal. “When I first signed Ohio State, my dad was super excited,” Hartfield said. “He always told me to stay hungry, always compete no matter what.” But, shortly after Hartfield arrived at OSU, his father passed away. Despite the loss, Hartfield has used the memory of his father as inspiration. “I’ve kind of just been living through him and doing a lot of things for him just in his name because I know that’s what he’d want me to do,” Hartfield said. “It’s a big family thing that’s really pushing me this season, and it’s going to continue to push me.” The adversity Hartfield faced helped him grow as an athlete and as a person. Following high school, academic issues forced Hartfield to make changes. “I didn’t pass the NCAA Clearinghouse regulations,” he said. “My GPA from my core classes and SAT scores didn’t meet the regulations, so I had to go get my associate’s degree first before I could go Division I.” The experience helped Hartfield get back on track. Since transferring, Hartfield has raised his GPA to a 3.4. “I just had to get serious about the books like I was about track,” he said. “Definitely was a learning experience, and I definitely matured a lot because of it.” Hartfield said he knows part of the team’s success depends on his performance. Helping the team win pushes him to give his best effort. But when it comes to success, Hartfield doesn’t credit himself. Instead, he attributes his success to the people who surround him. “Definitely the coaches and the training, and just my whole team really. My training environment from this year compared to last year in junior college is 112 percent different,” Hartfield said. “Everybody’s attitudes toward the workouts, and the equipment … all the little things, they all add up and contribute to you getting better.”
THE SCALE OF the damage caused in Galway by the recent storm weather has spurred one Senator to call on the Government to provide emergency funding to communities.The bad weather is set to continue tomorrow, with coastal areas warned that high tides are expected.Met Éireann said that there will be some scattered showers at Atlantic coastal counties today, but tomorrow heavy rain will spread northeastwards, accompanied by gale-force south to southeast winds.The rain will turn to heavy showers late tomorrow afternoon, and the wet and windy weather will continue into Monday. Coastal flooding will continue to be a threat into the beginning of next week.Recovery effortSinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has called on the Minister for the Environment to make emergency funding available for people and communities affected by storm damage.He was speaking in Galway following a tour of premises affected by storms and flooding, where he said he saw “huge damage done to premises, roads, seaside amenities and other essential infrastructure”.The Salthill area was particularly badly damaged by the high tides and flooding, as were rural coastal areas.“Townlands have been cut off, beaches and promenades washed away, business premises devastated and it is clear that the full extent of the storms force has yet to be understood,” said Senator Ó Clochartaigh.Other areas around the country were also badly affected, including Lahinch in Co Clare, and the Dublin coast. Cork also experienced some flooding.With high tides expected this weekend, communities are on alert and sandbags are in place in vulnerable areas.The Senator said that it is very clear “that the scale of the damage will mean that local authorities, communities and business people will need extra support” for the clean-up. As of yet we haven’t heard anything from Government as to how they intend to help out. A senior Minister should immediately visit the areas affected to get a sense of the devastation being felt and the huge clean up operation that is underway,He added that “local authorities and communities shouldn’t be expected to pick up the tab for [the clean-up and recovery effort] by themselves.Read: Waves damage Coast Guard station – while volunteers out helping others>Read: From floods to freezing: Weather turns bitter with temperatures set to drop>
Canonical has pulled down their own Ubuntu forums, instead presenting users who head to the site with a black and white warning that the company is dealing with a serious security breach.The user database for Canonical’s Ubuntu forums has been breached during a recent attack on the site, exposing the username, password, and email address for every user who has ever created an account on the forum. A total of 1.82 million users are affected by this attack, and Canonical is now warning forum users to change their passwords for other services immediately.The passwords were stored as salted hashes instead of plain text. So while it is less likely that the attackers will have a list of passwords to play with, it is still a really good idea to change your passwords if you’re an affected user.A twitter account claiming credit for the attack has released a statement assuring users that their passwors are safe, that they have no interest in them. Whether or not this is truly the person responsible is difficult at best to confirm, but the account claims that there were no real malicious intentions. The breach and the home page defacing are the only things this attacker claims they were interested in.While the investigation into the attack continues, the Ubuntu forums will remain down. Canonical is assuring their users that this breach does not affect Ubuntu One or Launchpad, and they promise to keep the forum splash page updated with any information that is relevant to the investigation. Canonical has begun reaching out to users via email regarding the attack and the risks attached.
Neige : 32 départements en alerteLa vigilance orange à la neige a été étendue à 32 départements, au lieu de 24 ce matin.En raison de prévisions de chutes de neige et de verglas cet après-midi, Météo France a placé 32 départements en vigilance orange. Les départements de la région du Limousin ainsi que l’Aveyron, la Drôme, l’Isère, la Savoie, la Haute-Savoie viennent s’ajouter aux 24 départements déjà en alerte : ceux des régions Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine, Alsace, Bourgogne et Franche-Comté, ainsi que ceux de l’Ain, l’Allier, l’Aube, le Cantal, la Loire, le Puy-de-Dôme et le Rhône.À lire aussiCanicule : Comment se protéger efficacement contre la chaleur ?Les premiers flocons ont touché la Champagne-Ardenne ce matin. Un à 3 centimètres de neige ont été observés sur l’est du Massif Central également. Des chutes de neige plus significatives doivent s’abattre sur les départements en vigilance dans l’après-midi, à commencer par le nord-est (voir notre article). Elles s’atténueront cette nuit seulement. Pour l’Île-de-France, qui a vécu un épisode neigeux très important la semaine dernière, la neige devrait commencer à tomber en fin d’après-midi. Météo France attend en moyenne 2 à 4 centimètres de neige, et 6 à 7 centimètres localement. Un refroidissement sera surtout observé dans la nuit. Il n’est pas conseillé de prendre son véhicule demain matin.Le 16 décembre 2010 à 14:38 • Emmanuel Perrin
Google fête la naissance de l’écrivain Jorge Luis BorgesEn ce 24 août, Google a souhaité célébrer le 112e anniversaire de la naissance de l’écrivain Jorge Luis Borges avec un Doodle évoquant l’une de ses plus célèbres nouvelles, La Bibliothèque de Babel.Après le mathématicien Pierre de Fermat, c’est au tour d’un grand nom de la littérature d’illustrer la page d’accueil du moteur de recherche. En effet, Google rend aujourd’hui hommage à Jorge Luis Borges, poète et écrivain argentin, pour le 112e anniversaire de sa naissance, le 24 août 1899 à Buenos Aires. À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?A cette occasion, le Doodle représente un homme en contemplation qui n’est autre que le célèbre écrivain lui-même se substituant au L de Google alors que sa canne est prise dans le G. L’homme se tient seul, dans sa bibliothèque, devant une ville ultramoderne. Une image qui illustre en fait la célèbre nouvelle de Jorge Luis Borges, La Bibliothèque de Babel, parue en 1944 dans le recueil Fictions. L’écrivain argentin a grandi dans un univers multiculturel qui lui a permis de commencer à écrire très jeune et qu’il a pu développer en voyageant. Bien qu’il n’ait jamais écrit de romans, ses écrits sont aujourd’hui considérés comme des classiques de la littérature du XXe siècle. Il est ainsi reconnu comme l’un des pionniers du “réalisme magique”, un courant littéraire faisant intervenir des éléments ‘magiques’ au sein d’un récit réaliste. Décédé à Genève le 14 juin 1986, Jorge Luis Borges a en effet toujours considéré la littérature comme un terrain d’évasion et d’absolu. C’est ainsi que ce “magicien réaliste” expliquait : “Personne ne peut savoir si le monde est fantastique ou réel, et non plus s’il existe une différence entre rêver et vivre.”Le 24 août 2011 à 16:32 • Maxime Lambert
Mission plus que réussie pour le satellite PlanckL’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) a annoncé que le satellite Planck, lancé en 2009 sur les traces de la première lumière émise 380.000 ans après le Big Bang, avait pu achever cinq relevés complets du ciel.Planck est un satellite hors norme. En effet, après avoir fonctionné pendant trente mois, soit deux fois la durée initialement requise, le satellite voit sa réserve d’hélium qui sert à le refroidir arriver à épuisement. Toutefois, le LFI (Low Frequency Instrument), sensible à de plus hautes températures que le HFI (qui sera hors service samedi), va continuer à balayer le ciel durant une bonne partie de 2012, aidant à calibrer les données finales, précise l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA).À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESASensible à d’infimes variations de températures, “Planck a eu une merveilleuse mission. Le satellite et ses instruments ont fonctionné extraordinairement bien, nous fournissant un trésor de données scientifiques”, a indiqué Jan Tauber, scientifique de l’ESA. Lancé le 14 mai 2009, Planck a, depuis, effectué cinq relevés complets du ciel en mesurant des variations de températures de l’ordre du millionième de degré dans le rayonnement fossile maintenant ultrafroid (-270 °C) baignant tout l’univers. Les capteurs de l’Instrument de haute fréquence (HFI) dont Planck est équipé devaient être refroidis jusqu’à -273,05 °C pour accomplir cette mission. L’objectif était de balayer au moins deux fois la totalité de la voute céleste.Ces fluctuations doivent ainsi dévoiler l’état de l’univers tel qu’il était 380.000 ans après le Big Bang. En effet, les variations de températures trahissent l’existence des premiers “grumeaux” de matière, germes des futures structures de l’univers. “Planck nous fournit même des données meilleures que celles que nous attendions de la mission”, souligne Jean-Loup Puget, principal responsable de la mission.Le 17 janvier 2012 à 14:58 • Maxime Lambert
L’eau de la haute atmosphère de Jupiter provient bien de la comète Shoemaker-Levy 9Les observations du télescope spatial Herschel ont permis de lever le doute sur ce qui n’était jusque là qu’une hypothèse : l’eau présente dans la haute atmosphère de Jupiter a été déposée par la comète Shoemaker-Levy 9 lors d’une collision avec la planète en 1994.La haute atmosphère des planètes géantes telles que Jupiter ne contient pas d’eau, à la différence de leur atmosphère profonde qui en est richement pourvue. C’était donc une vraie énigme à laquelle les astronomes étaient confrontés car Jupiter, elle, présente bien de la vapeur d’eau dans sa haute atmosphère, la stratosphère. C’est du moins ce qu’avait révélé en 1997 ISO, un télescope infrarouge de l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA).Il aura finalement fallu attendre 16 ans de plus pour que ce mystère soit levé grâce au télescope spatial Herschel et à l’étude d’une équipe internationale d’astronomes menée par Thibault Cavalié, du Laboratoire d’astrophysique de Bordeaux. Les résultats de la cartographie en 3D de la distribution d’eau dans la stratosphère de Jupiter ont en effet permis de prouver que la quasi-totalité de l’eau présente aujourd’hui dans la haute atmosphère de Jupiter a été déposée par la comète Shoemaker-Levy 9 lors d’une collision avec la planète.Cette évènement est survenu en 1994, soit trois ans avant l’observation. Or, comme les comètes sont très riches en eau, Shoemaker-Levy 9 avait tout de suite été suspectée mais les scientifiques manquaient encore d’éléments pour confirmer l’hypothèse. En effet, la présence d’eau pouvait aussi avoir une autre origine comme les poussières interplanétaires, qui résultent de l’activité des comètes et des collisions entre les astéroïdes ou certains satellites de Jupiter, dont les surfaces couvertes de glace sont bombardées par les particules interplanétaires.Plus d’eau au sud qu’au nord de la planète À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreAvec la nouvelle étude, le doute a cependant été levé. Grâce à la grande sensibilité de Herschel et à la cartographie, les astronomes ont constaté que Jupiter possède deux à trois fois plus d’eau dans son hémisphère sud que dans l’hémisphère nord. Or, “cette asymétrie entre les deux hémisphères suggère que l’eau a été délivrée au cours d’un seul évènement et élimine les anneaux glacés ou les lunes en tant que sources candidates”, explique Thibault Cavalié dans un communiqué de l’ESA. De plus, la plus haute densité de colonne d’eau est observée au point même de l’impact de la comète, confirmant ainsi définitivement le rôle de cette dernière dans l’apparition d’eau dans la haute atmosphère de la planète. “D’après nos modèles, jusqu’à 95 % de l’eau observée dans la stratosphère de Jupiter est due à l’impact de la comète”, précise Thibault Cavalié, principal auteur de l’étude publiée dans la revue Astronomy and Astrophysics. Selon lui, seul Herschel était capable de fournir les éléments manquants pour confirmer ce lien. (crédits photo : ESA/Herschel/T. Cavalié et al) Le 24 avril 2013 à 11:11 • Maxime Lambert
Western Melbourne says they will respect FFA’s marquee calls but will aim at bringing foreign talents who will help build the club.Western Melbourne hopes to sign Scott Brown who is currently the Captain of Scottish side Celtic as their marquee but reports from Scottish Daily Record says the FFA has refused to allow Western Melbourne to dip into the governing body’s marquee fund to help sign the 33-year-old Bhoys captain.The club has now come out to state they will respect they’ll respect any marquee fund decisions from FFA whether or not the Scott Brown deal pulls through.“Whether or not a player qualifies for funding from FFA is up to FFA criteria, we respect whatever they deem fit,” Lou Sticca, one of the major players behind Western Melbourne, told FTBL.Johnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“Western Melbourne is about recruiting foreign players that we feel will be important to our club in our formative seasons.“What this means is setting the right leadership from our foreigners to help the team be successful on the park, but importantly in dressing rooms and at training, to help build a real football culture.“Strong and experienced players that will protect our younger players and give them the confidence to express themselves.”
American designer Tommy Hilfiger, founder and principal designer of the high-end apparel company, finds his own style limited and boring.When questioned by the media about his personal wardrobe and style, the 65-year-old designer said that he feels it’s more of a uniform. “I’m pretty boring when it comes to clothes. I have 50 white shirts, 50 chinos, 50 pairs of jeans and 25 pairs of white sneakers. Some navy and grey suits and black and brown shoes,” Hilfiger was quoted saying to a magazine by IANS.Hilfiger also said that he felt alienated in school because he was dyslexic. At the age of 17, he says he began to fund his business by running his first shop from the boot of his car.”I came to the conclusion when I was 17 that I should be in business,” he said. “I drove five hours to New York City and I bought 20 pairs of bell-bottom jeans on the streets in the Village. I took them back to my school parking lot, sold them to my friends out of the trunk of my car, and with the profits, I opened my first shop and my business started taking off.” The Tommy Hilfiger brand, which offers a breadth of collections ranging from tailored clothing, sportswear, casual apparel, sportswear, denim, accessories, underwear and footwear, began operating in India through Tommy Hilfiger Arvind Fashion Pvt Ltd, a 50:50 joint venture between the US premium lifestyle brand and Ahmedabad-based textile company, Arvind Ltd. The unit’s portfolio includes brands such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, US Polo Assn, Ed Hardy, Hanes, Arrow, Gant and Nautica.Arvind Ltd posted consolidated revenue of Rs 8,581 crore for the financial year ending March 31 2016. The company recently divested 10 percent stake in its brand business arm to Renuka Ramnath-led private equity firm Multiples Private Equity. The value of the stake sale was pegged at Rs 740 crore.
Two workers were killed and two others injured in a gas cylinder blast in an oil-laden vessel in the Karnaphuli River in the port city of Chattogram on Monday, reports UNB.The deceased were identified as Md Rashed, 23, and Md Abu Bakkar, 21.Karnaphuli police station officer-in-charge Syedul Mostafa said the gas cylinder went off at ‘MV Desh-1’ at Shikalbaha of the river around 4pm, leaving four workers injured.The injured were taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where doctors declared Rashed and Bakkar dead, said sub-inspector Jahir Raihan of CMCH police camp.Md Quamrul, 28, and Amzad Hossain, 30, were undergoing treatment at the hospital, he said.
Share Al Ortiz | Houston Public MediaShelter set up at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, in Houston. Aug. 28th, 2017.The City of Houston website released a list of available multi-service centers providing food and safety to those in need in the wake of Harvey’s devastation:Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center 6402 Market Street Houston Texas 77020 832.395.0895Fifth Ward Multi-Service Center 4014 Market Street Houston, Texas 77020 832.393.3800Sunnyside Multi-Service Center 9314 Cullen Houston, Texas 77051 832.395.0069Third Ward Multi-Service Center 3611 Ennis Street Houston, Texas 77004 832.393.4051West End Multi-Service Center 170 Heights Blvd Houston, Texas 77007 832.393.5950The following Centers are open:John Peavy Senior Center 3814 Market Street Houston, Texas 77020Kashmere Gardens Branch Library 5411 Pardee Houston, Texas 77026The following non-profit partners have offered to assist in staging survivors until they can moved to a shelter:Fallbrook Church 12512 Walters Houston, Texas 77014Lyndale United Church 503 Reeid Houston, Texas 77002MD Anderson YMCA 705 Cavalcade Houston, Texas 77009Trotter Family YMCA 1331 Augusta Drive Houston, Texas 77057Community of Faith Church 1024 Pinemont Drive Houston, Texas 77091List of available Multi-Service Centers provided by City of Houston’s website https://t.co/qlAL6bjUCr @fema #Harvey pic.twitter.com/Hpk8QyQS2B— Alicia Barrera (@AliciaBarreraTV) August 28, 2017
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite All the drivers were from Durban, one of them being a former Ladysmith resident. The deceased have not been officially named, but the former Ladysmith driver’s name has appeared on funeral boards. He has been identified as 30-year-old Nishal Lachman.The funeral will take place today at 15 Iris Crescent, leaving for the crematorium at 3pm. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter why not join us there? Two men were killed and four others injured yesterday afternoon after their Transnet combi rolled off the N11, 30km outside of Ladysmith at the Dundee turn-off.Emergency services – including police, EMRS, ER24 and Sharaj Ambulance Services – arrived at the scene to find a transport vehicle lying at the bottom of a steep embankment. Occupants from the vehicle were found scattered around the vehicle.According to an ER24 press release, “Paramedics found two men with no signs of life. Unfortunately, nothing could be done for these patients and they were declared dead on scene.”According to Sharaj Ambulance Services, the vehicle, which was transporting 6 Transnet employees had somehow lost control and rolled down the steep embankment.The combi was carrying qualified train drivers, one of them being a section manager, when it careened down the embankment. It is believed the drivers, all from Durban, were undergoing training on the Danskraal to Newcastle line.Four survivors of the horror crash, including a woman, were treated by paramedics. One of them was critically injured.The injured were stabilised and transported to La Verna Hospital for urgent treatment.The cause of the collision is not yet known, but police and Transnet officials were on scene carrying out investigations.
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Go back to the enewsletterHigh demand for cruise sales agents and reservation staff has been addressed with the announcement last Friday at Cruise360 of a new traineeship program, under a joint collaboration between Cruise Lines International Association Australasia (CLIA), Apprenticeship Support Australia (ASA) and training provider, TAFE NSW.The parties launched a new cruise industry traineeship program to equip fresh-faced industry entrants with industry relevant, job-ready skills to fill employment opportunities.Peter Kollar, Head of International Training and Development at CLIA, said the alliance would encourage a more coordinated approach to attracting new entrants to the cruise retail sector and satisfy industry needs.“With so many varied business models in the travel sector now concentrating on the lucrative cruise market, this type of program not only provides the people and skills to fill new employment needs in retail roles, but more importantly, is tailored specifically for each different business requirement.“While the program is only available to NSW residents at this stage, it is designed to expand as demand increases,” Kollar said.Andrea Poletti, Head of SkillsPoint Tourism and Experience Services at TAFE NSW said the institution is committed to providing industry relevant training to build the workforce of the future.“TAFE NSW works directly with industry to design training that looks to the future and responds to emerging trends.“There is a high demand for chefs, cooks, bar and wait staff, baristas, travel workers, and accommodation and hospitality managers, and to achieve the Australian Government and industry’s tourism 2020 targets, we need an additional 56,0000 to 152,000 jobs filled,” Poletti said.The program, which focuses specifically on cruise sales agents and reservations teams, starts with assistance from Apprenticeship Support Australia who will provide advice to employers, free of charge, to develop and maintain their apprenticeship program.James Moran, General Manager of ASA said, “We will work with CLIA’s members to maximise the benefits available to them in NSW by providing advice on what incentives and training options are available to them, linking employers to registered trainees and providing mentoring services.”Industry employers will be able to share information and advertise employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities with school leavers via the skillsroad.com.au jobs board. During the program, government assistance and tax rebates may be applicable for the employer, while at the conclusion, successful trainees will gain a Certificate III in Tourism from NSW TAFE incorporating the specific cruise knowledge available via the CLIA Learning Academy.Go back to the enewsletter