One more from Odisha dies in A.P. quarry blast

first_imgThe death toll of Odia labourers killed in the blast at a stone quarry in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh on August 3 has risen to six.All the six were migrant labourers from Rambha block of Ganjam district. According to sources, Ram Chandra Nahak (50) of Bandhatala Nuagaon died at King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam on Saturday night. Four persons from Bandha Tali Nuagaon, who were working as migrant labourers, died in the stone quarry blast in Kurnool. The other deceased from the village were Duryodhan Nahak (42), Manoranjan Nahak (22) and Pandav Lenka (40). Bhima Nahak (30) of Radhagovindpur and Rajendra Nahak (40) of Diandein village had also died because of this blast.last_img read more

OKC has ‘to play together’ to make things easier for ‘freak’ Westbrook

first_imgOKC’s Steven Adams and former NBA coach Reggie Theus during the opening of the NBA 3x in the Philippines.Oklahoma City center Steven Adams said there’s no one way to slow down Russell Westbrook’s frantic style of play and what they can do is to make things easier for their prized MVP.“The only way to lessen Russell’s workload is that everyone plays together, but it’s really not draining on Russ, he’s just a freak right,” said Adams during the opening ceremony of the NBA 3X Philippines at Mall of Asia Music Hall on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Westbrook is the second player to average a triple-double for a season after Oscar Robertson as he put up 31.6 points, 10.7 points, and 10.4 assists en route to his first MVP award.Those numbers, however, came through Oklahoma relying too much on Westbrook as the 6-foot-3 point guard led the league in usage rate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAs per, Westbrook had a usage rate of 41.7 percent, which was the highest in the league.The next most used player in the OKC roster is Adams whose usage rate is at 16.2%. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet And even though OKC just got four-time All Star Paul George, Adams doesn’t see Westbrook would try to slow his game down.The best the Thunder can do, Adams said, is to make George feel welcome in a franchise that already lost its former cornerstone in Kevin Durant.“All we got to do is make him feel welcome, make sure he’s comfortable and the rest comes down to working hard and getting better,” said Adams. “The team has to do the right things to make everyone’s job easier.”ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Phoenix slips past Alaska on buzzer beater from Phelps Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

22 days agoCrouch questions Liverpool nerves after RB Salzburg win

first_imgCrouch questions Liverpool nerves after RB Salzburg winby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Crouch has questioned Liverpool’s nerves after Wednesday’s 4-3 win over RB Salzburg in the Champions League.The European champions blew a three-goal lead at Anfield when Erling Braud Haaland equalised for the visitors.And Crouch says the performance was “absolutely mental” from his former side.”It was mental, absolutely mental,” Crouch said on BT Sport.”Liverpool were flying, playing some of the best attacking football I have seen from them this season. And then the second half, I don’t even know where to begin. 3-3, I just couldn’t have seen it, and then Salah pops up with the winner.”An incredible match, highly entertaining, but for the wrong reasons for Liverpool in the end. They got a bit nervy Liverpool, you have to say.”Once the first goal went in, then the second, Fabinho, whose normally so calm on the ball, was passing it out of play, they weren’t as intricate as they were in the first half.”So it definitely affected them but the fourth goal killed them off and then they controlled the game and managed it out.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

More wildfires evacuations expected in BC with forecasted hot windy weather

first_imgThe Canadian PressKAMLOOPS, B.C. — Residents of a village in British Columbia’s southern interior are anxious to see what is left of their homes after one of the hundreds of wildfires raging across the region tore through their community, engulfing dozens of properties and forcing people to flee with little warning.Mark Sutherland of the Ashcroft Indian Reserve west of Kamloops said Sunday he had only seconds to escape with his girlfriend and two young children before flames overtook his home.“By the time we got everyone into the cars and we were getting out of the reserve, coming around the bend, (the fire) was already past the house. The next few houses were on fire,” said Sutherland, who used to work on a forestry firefighting ground crew.“It was so fast. Everything was happening so fast.”There is no end in sight as provincial officials expect more gusty winds and hot, dry conditions to fan the flames of the more than 220 fires that have destroyed an area covering at least 230 square kilometres.Kevin Skrepnek, chief information officer with the BC Wildfire Service, said the number of people forced from their homes is likely to rise from the latest estimate of 7,000.“The situation around evacuation alerts and orders could be quite fluid,” said Kevin Skrepnek, chief information officer for the BC Wildfire Service, on Sunday.“I would anticipate there would be expansions over the next few days.”B.C. has committed $100 million to help communities and residents rebuild, while the federal government is sending aircraft.Christy Clark, the outgoing premier, announced the fund Sunday in Kamloops. She said $600 will be made immediately available by electronic transfer through the Red Cross to people who have registered after being forced from their homes.“We are just, in many ways, at the beginning of the worst part of the fire season and we watch the weather, we watch the wind, and we pray for rain,” she said.“But our prayers aren’t always answered in these things and so we need to be there to support people in the meantime because there are hundreds and hundreds of people who are scared to death right now.”She said the transition team for premier-designate John Horgan’s incoming government has been briefed on the establishment of the fund.Horgan said the outgoing government has been very co-operative and that he would honour the $100 million Clark had committed to, adding that the province would likely provide even more support as the cost of the disaster grows.“Whatever is needed to make sure that people are whole after this, we’re going to make sure that happens,” he said, after meeting with officials in Kamloops.Horgan said he spoke with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Sunday afternoon, who assured him the federal government stood ready to help.“To have the prime minister say the federal government is there for us when we need it is very reassuring,” he said.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Ottawa has agreed to federal assistance.The Canadian Armed Forces are helping residents affected by evacuations and airlift emergency workers and equipment.Three Canadian Armed Forces Griffon helicopters were expected to arrive in Kelowna on Sunday and some larger fixed-wing aircraft are to arrive over the next few days, said Chris Duffy, executive director of Emergency Management BC.Duffy said the aircraft would be on standby and ready to help wherever they were needed, but that they would not be assisting with fire suppression at this time.The hardest-hit regions were the central and southern Interior. There were also major blazes burning in northern B.C. but they weren’t posing as immediate a threat, said Skrepnek.Highway closures trapped Cache Creek resident Jacquie McMahon and her husband overnight Friday on the north side of Lac La Hache, near the 100 Mile House wildfire.“The orange glow on both sides of us was so surreal and it was growing, growing, growing,” said McMahon, whose home was spared in the fire.“I just lost my mom (in March), and mom always told us: ‘Never go anywhere without everything you need.’ ”She added, wiping away tears. “So we had everything we needed. And thank goodness.”A provincewide state of emergency was declared Friday after about 140 new fires ignited and crews grappled with intense winds. The government said the state of emergency allows it to more easily co-ordinate a response to the crisis.On Saturday, 98 new fires sprang up and existing fires grew in size, Skrepnek said.The four biggest fires ranged in size from about 20 to 44 square kilometres and drove thousands from their homes in the communities of Ashcroft, Cache Creek, 100 Mile House, 105 Mile House, 108 Mile House, 150 Mile House and the Alexis Creek area.Dozens of public parks in the Cariboo and Chilcotin region were closed to the public.The province has been marshalling all the personnel it can to battle the flames, protect property and try to keep people safe.The BC Wildfire Service employs more than 1,000 firefighters and all were either deployed or on days of rest. At least 200 contractors backed them up, while an additional 300 firefighters recruited from other parts of Canada and are expected to arrive on Monday and Tuesday.Despite the crews’ efforts, Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta said a fire burning between Ashcroft and Cache Creek had destroyed dozens of buildings, including at least five houses, 30 trailer park homes and two hangars at a regional airport.B.C. has seen 552 fires to date in 2017, about half of which broke out over the past few days. Skrepnek said the province had spent $46 million fighting wildfires this year as of end-of-day Friday.last_img read more

Why kids have math anxiety?

first_imgIs your daughter more anxious over maths than your son? Blame gendered stereotypes about mathematics as well as anxiety of both teachers and parents, finds a study. While mathematics is often considered a hard subject, not all difficulties with the subject result from cognitive difficulties. Many children and adults experience feelings of anxiety, apprehension, tension or discomfort when confronted with a maths problem. The study, led by researchers from the University of Cambridge, showed that maths anxiety is seen more in girls than boys. The gender gap stems from the gendered stereotypes about the ability to crack maths. Primary-aged children noted that they had been confused by different teaching methods, while secondary students commented on poor interpersonal relations with their math teachers. Secondary students indicated that the transition from primary to secondary school had been a cause of maths anxiety, as the work seemed harder and they could not cope.last_img read more

Smith’s classy 89 not enough as New Zealand win WC warm-up

first_imgBrisbane: Will Young stroked a masterful 130 to steer an under-strength New Zealand to a seven-wicket win over Australia in a World Cup practice match Wednesday, outshining a classy unbeaten 89 from Steve Smith. The visitors chased down their 278 target with 10 balls to spare, inflicting the first one-day defeat on Australia in 10 games, although this was not counted as a full international. Young, who is uncapped and not part of New Zealand’s World Cup squad, was eventually run out after smacking 11 fours and two sixes in his 132-ball knock. George Worker (56) and Tom Latham (69 not out) were also among the runs as New Zealand, missing Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill and Trent Boult, made 283 for three in reply to Australia’s 277 for six. Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Starc made his long-awaited return from injury and was the pick of a lacklustre bowling attack, taking 2-14 off five overs with trademark yorkers before being withdrawn from the action. It was his first match back since tearing a muscle three months ago. Earlier, former skipper Smith was the star attraction with his 89, including four big sixes, in only his second game in Australian colours since his one-year ban for ball-tampering expired. He came to the crease when Shaun Marsh was out for 28 and was in fine touch in a major boost for Australia ahead of their World Cup defence in England. Usman Khawaja and Glenn Maxwell were also in form, scoring 56 and 52 respectively. But David Warner, who made 39 on his return from the “Sandpapergate” scandal in the first of the three unofficial matches in Brisbane on Monday, did not fare so well.last_img read more

Leeds manager Bielsa admits spy claims

first_imgLeeds boss Marcelo Bielsa accepts he did send someone to spy on Derby County’s training but still hasn’t apologised for the scenario.Derby reported that a Leeds employee had to be removed by police around the training ground ahead of Friday night’s Championship match between the clubs.Derby manager Frank Lampard suspended training and took the players off the pitch after the ‘spy’ was discovered.Asked about the incident before facing Derby, Bielsa told Sky Sports:“It’s true it was someone from Leeds United. I am responsible for it. It doesn’t matter if this is legal or illegal, or right or wrong…Solskjaer reveals he plans to build his team around Pogba Manuel R. Medina – July 17, 2019 The Manchester United manager wants to end the speculation that the Frenchman is leaving the Red Devils.“For me, it is enough that Frank Lampard and Derby felt it was not the right thing to do, for me to believe that I didn’t behave well.“Yesterday I talked to Frank Lampard and he said I didn’t respect the rules of fair play. I have a different point of view on it, but the important thing is what Frank Lampard and Derby think.“I am the only one responsible for it, because I didn’t ask for the permission of Leeds to do it.“Without trying to find a justification, I have been using this kind of practice since the qualifiers for the World Cup with Argentina. It is not illegal, we have been doing it publicly and we talk about it in the press. For some people, it’s the wrong thing to do and for other people, it’s not the wrong thing to do.”last_img read more

Provo Roadrunners finish fine at Marathon Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Jan 2015 – We got em; those 13 Provo Roadrunners were filmed by Magnetic Media this weekend after doing a valiant job in the half marathon and the Sunshine Insurance Agency Marathon Bahamas. You can see photos and our news reports of the participants from the TCI and across the globe when you follow, like, subscribe or link up and you can pinterest your favorites too! Two guys even ran the marathon dressed as Superman and the Green Lantern at the event held in Nassau on Sunday. Related Items:marathon, provo runners, sunshine insurance agency RED CROSS CALLING ON PROVO TO WALK WITH JILLcenter_img Recommended for you Provo Runners headed to Marathon Bahamas Weekendlast_img read more

Pause Button Hit On States Plan To Borrow 1 Billion For OilCompany

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享As of Tuesday, officials have announced that the states plan to sell up to $1 billion in bonds to pay off the states remaining oil tax credit obligations has been put on hold pending a recent lawsuit. The state of Alaska is being sued over a bill Governor Bill Walker signed into law allowing for the issuance of bonds to pay off the state’s outstanding oil tax credit obligations. State officials in their announcement said HB 331 is currently on hold and will not likely move forward until the lawsuit is settled. Forrer v. Alaska, has been referred to Superior Court Judge Jude Pate, was filed against the state by Juneau resident Eric Forrer.center_img The lawsuit  filed against the state challenges the bill’s constitutionality. Similar constitutional questions were raised as lawmakers debated the bill. But Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth said her office reviewed the matter and was confident the proposed bonds would be lawful. The bill, HB 331, establishes a new state corporation that would be empowered to sell up to $1 billion in bonds to pay off the state’s remaining oil tax credit obligations.last_img read more

Audi hasnt forgotten about fuel cells

first_imgAudi USA Director of Communications, Mark Dahncke, also added that behind the scenes, “Audi has continued its investment in fuel cells all along to keep the tech up to date; last week’s decision is a step up in that investment.” This should be no surprise to those who remember Audi’s H-tron concept from a few years back.Audi representatives also stressed that this increased investment in hydrogen is not an abandonment or replacement of battery electrics. The technologies can live side-by-side for the foreseeable future; no surprise, considering BEVs and FCEVs share so many components. Audi’s commitment to 12 all-electric drive models and roughly a third of its sales being electrified models by 2025 still stands. Tags 70 Photos Share your voice Geneva Motor Show 2019 2018 Audi S4: The sweet spot sport sedan Audi Q4 E-Tron is destined for production by 2020 Geneva Motor Show 2019 Audi Electric Cars 2019 Audi Q8 review: Stop worrying and love the roof • See All More From Roadshow Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Post a comment 2018 Audi Q7: Rockin’ the suburbs Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US 0 Audi In an interview with journalists at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Chairman of Audi Board of Management, Bram Schot, announced that the automaker would be increasing its investment in fuel cell technology.The automaker is currently in the middle of a large push towards battery-electric technology. Every Audi car showcased at the show this year features a battery, be it a plug-in hybrid or a full-on battery electric vehicle. This latest development indicates that the German automaker hasn’t forgotten hydrogen as a fuel source for electrification.After giving a hat tip to the success and advancements that Korean and Japanese automakers — specifically, Hyundai and Toyota — have had with hydrogen in the Asian markets, Schot stated that “on the European side we should really intensify development of fuel cell. I decided it last week and now we are going to put more priority into fuel cells.” Schot went on to explain that scarcity of raw materials for batteries and increased supply will eventually push any automaker serious about electrification toward hydrogen as a fuel source stating “at the end of the day, batteries are not sustainable enough — it is sustainable, but if you want to go all the way, you need fuel cells.” Remember the H-tron Quattro concept from 2016? Audi still does. Wayne Cunningham/CNET “We decided last week to put more money in, more capacity of people in and more confidence in we really want to speed that up,” said Schot, who couldn’t offer specifics about how much of a resource or capital investment that Audi has decided to make in hydrogen.Schot went on to state that Audi plans to have a running fuel cell prototype vehicle on the road sometime later this year and that the automaker would follow that up with a limited-run fuel cell vehicle pilot program reaching production by 2021. A timeline for larger scale production would be harder to nail down this early in the game, but Schot was willing to ballpark the “second half of the 2020s.” Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh reading • Audi hasn’t forgotten about fuel cellslast_img read more

Did you know Sunny Leone shot porn videos with only two men

first_imgSunny LeoneTwitterSunny Leone is currently one of the most desirable faces in Bollywood. She quit the adult film industry in 2012 when she was at the top of her game. Just like being flourishing porn star, Sunny has established herself as a brand in the Hindi film industry as well. She is currently living a happy life with her husband Daniel Weber who has always been her pillar of strength during her turbulent times.Not many people knew that Daniel chose to star in adult movies with Sunny when he was dating her as he couldn’t see her sleeping with other men. And it would interest you to know that Daniel was not the only man whom Sunny had worked with in adult movies.Before Sunny met Daniel and started dating and eventually got married, she was dating Matt Erikson, who was then-Vice President of Marketing at Playboy Enterprises. Matt had helped Sunny set up her own production house which ventured into making adult movies featuring herself and her then-boyfriend. It is also being said that Sunny and Matt got engaged in 2007 but late broke up in 2008.  Sunny Leone, Matt EriksonTwitterHowever, unlike other porn stars, Sunny didn’t have pride in her ex-profession. She looked at the porn industry solely as a business. She quickly figured how she can make the most out of it without giving in too much of her.Sunny Leone was just 18-years-old when she entered the adult film industry. Her decision to star in adult films was not influenced by anyone. She started off with posing only for pictures and then went on to create girl-on-girl content after she revealed that she was bisexual. She later went on to star in adult movies – first with Matt Erickson, her then-boyfriend and later with her current husband Daniel Weber after she approached one of the most popular and biggest adult film company Vivid.After marketing herself through her website with her titillating content, Sunny gained huge popularity on the World Wide Web. Soon she became one of the most searched celebrities on Google and got a huge loyal fan-base especially in India. But how do you find so many Sunny Leone content on the internet? Sunny LeoneTwitter”I figured out porn quickly. I started my own website. I taught myself HTML, Photoshop and editing videos. Everything that goes into marketing a website — social media, what search engine optimization is, how to get traffic. People are wondering how there are so many pages on Sunny Leone out there. That’s because I’ve been self-populating them since 2001,” Sunny Leone had told GQ magazine in an interview in 2015.Sunny had said that she sees the world in numbers and since the porn industry is a multibillion-dollar industry, she wanted to make every dollar was to make adding that the porn industry will never face recession.After she quit the porn industry and became the new foriegn import for item numbers in Bollywood, it was her husband Daniel Weber, who is instrumental in making Sunny the brand in the Hindi film industry. He had also helped her complete a contract with Vivid and now manages her every work – from reading all her scripts to accompanying her to shoot to acting as her bodyguard. Sunny Leone, Daniel WeberVarinder ChawlaDaniel, who had started production company with Sunny, that used to produce Bollywood projects and selling other things like sex toys and stuffs, completely owns it now since Sunny is no longer a part of it.For the uninitiated, within a few months into their relationship, Sunny’s mother had passed away. Daniel stood by her by her side as a source of strength and later got married.So back then, when Daniel was asked about marrying a girl whose job was mainly to titillate other men, he had replied, “Sunny is the product, you know? My wife is Karanjit Kaur Vohra, it’s totally separate in my mind. Sunny Leone is just the brand.” Sunny LeoneTwitterIt’s been 8 years since Sunny and Daniel entered into wedlock and are now proud parents to their three kids – Nisha, Asher and Noah. In 2017, the couple had adopted their first child from Latur, a village in Maharashtra, and named her Nisha Kaur Weber. The girl was just 21-months-old at the time of adoption.On March 4, 2018, Sunny and her husband announced the birth of their twin boys. The couple named the boys Asher Singh Weber and Noah Singh Weber. She chose the path of surrogacy to complete her family, busting all the myths of being a typical ‘desi’ family. Sunny Leone, husband Daniel Weber with childrenSunny Leone’s Twitterlast_img read more

South Sudans Warring Leaders Agree to Share Power Again

first_imgBy The Associated PressSouth Sudan’s warring leaders have agreed to share power once again in the latest effort to end a five-year civil war, officials announced July 25, days after the United States said it was “skeptical” the two men whose rivalry has killed tens of thousands could lead the way to peace.South Sudan’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, announced the agreement between President Salva Kiir and armed opposition leader Riek Machar to reporters in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum.South Sudan’s government says President Salva Kiir (left) and armed opposition leader Riek Machar (right) have agreed to share power in a transitional government in the latest effort to end a five-year civil war. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)The agreement initialed Wednesday will be signed on Aug. 5, Sudan’s Foreign Minister Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed said.Kiir will lead South Sudan’s government during a transitional period and Machar will return as first vice president, Sudan’s official SUNA news agency reported.The opposition can “live with” the agreement, but it will fail if early steps such as security arrangements aren’t implemented, Manasseh Zindo, who has been directly involved with the negotiations for Machar’s group, told The Associated Press.A similar arrangement, however, fell apart in July 2016 when fighting erupted in the capital, Juba, and Machar fled the country on foot.The civil war broke out in December 2013 between supporters of Kiir and his then-deputy Machar. More than 2 million people have since fled the country in Africa’s largest refugee crisis since the Rwandan genocide in 1994, while millions of others have been left near famine.Multiple cease-fires, including a “permanent” one signed by Kiir and Machar weeks ago, have been violated within hours. Meanwhile, both sides have been accused of abuses. A U.N. report this month described how government troops and allied forces hung people from trees, burned others alive and raped or gang-raped dozens of women and girls.The new agreement comes as South Sudan’s leaders are under growing pressure from an impatient international community to end the fighting. Under the threat of a U.N. arms embargo Kiir and Machar agreed to resume talks in June, their first face-to-face discussions in nearly two years.Earlier this month the U.N. Security Council imposed the arms embargo anyway.The U.S. earlier this week warned that another power-sharing agreement between Kiir and Machar “may sow the seeds of another cycle of conflict.” The White House press secretary’s statement said the U.S. won’t fund South Sudan’s government or act as guarantor unless the peace process includes civil society, churches, women and other excluded groups and is no longer a “narrow agreement between elites.”The fracturing of South Sudan’s opposition into multiple groups further challenges the new power-sharing agreement as some refuse to sign on.Machar will be among five vice presidents in the new transitional government, according to the 11-page agreement. The government will include 20 ministers from Kiir’s government, nine from Machar’s group and six from other groups.The warring sides also have agreed to share a 550-seat parliament with 332 members from Kiir’s government, 128 from Machar’s group and the rest from other groups.Some South Sudanese who have seen past peace deals come and go reacted to the latest news with wariness.“Working relations between Kiir and Machar is at its lowest level ever and chances of the duo causing another regrettable wave of violence are high,” said Wol Deng Atak, the editor of a newspaper that was forcibly shut down by the government and who now lives in exile.last_img read more

No 2 Louisville Rolls Past No 15 Syracuse 7651

first_imgStory Links Box Score (PDF) Highlights Durr scored the first 10 points for the Cardinals. During an 8-0 run, junior Bionca Dunham scored two baskets at the rim to give Louisville an 18-4 lead. Dunham ended her foul-troubled night with nine points and four boards. Walz Postgame Video Durr/Shook Postgame Video After making their first three shots of the quarter, Syracuse finished shooting 1-for-11. The Cardinals stepped the fourth quarter with a 70-42 advantage. Louisville expanded on their lead in the second quarter. The Cards cashed in on Syracuse’s mistakes, scoring 14 points off turnovers in the opening 17 minutes. Syracuse has a reputation of forcing turnovers, but head coach Jeff Walz said that wasn’t their only focus in preparation coming in. Redshirt senior Arica Carter capped the opening quarter with a 3-pointer, giving Louisville a 30-17 lead.center_img Senior Asia Durr finished the night with 15 points while sophomore Dana Evans added 12. Both guards added four assists. “We also knew we had to score. That’s one thing when you play Syracuse, you have to be able to put the ball in the basket,” Walz said. “Defensively, I thought we did a good job of not letting them get comfortable.” By the halftime buzzer, UofL held a 21-point lead. Junior Kylee Shook tallied her third double-double, posting 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. Photo Gallery The low-post pair of Shook and senior Sam Fuehring guided the Cards during a shooting slump to start the third quarter. The two combined for six points and six rebounds to keep Louisville thoroughly ahead. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Second-ranked Louisville (22-1, 8-1) barreled past No. 15 Syracuse (17-5, 6-3) 76-51 at the KFC YUM! Center. The 25-point victory balloons Louisville’s winning streak to eight. Louisville shifts their attention to Virginia Tech for a quick turnaround. The Cards travel to Blacksburg, Virginia Sunday, Feb. 10 for a noon tipoff. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

New test may provide smoking gun for modified gravity

first_img 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. © 2014 Like any scientific prediction, modified gravity must be experimentally tested in order for scientists to confirm its validity. Although significant progress has been achieved in recent years in designing observational tests of gravity’s effects in the universe that might reveal the presence of modified gravity, there is still no conclusive evidence for its existence.Now in a new paper published in Physical Review Letters, Wojciech A. Hellwing, et al., have proposed a new test of modified gravity that is based on measuring the tendency of well-separated galaxies to approach each other. This movement is called the galaxy pairwise velocity. The physicists show that the galaxy pairwise velocity distribution of many galaxies with a wide range of masses is expected to deviate from the predictions of general relativity by significant amounts: between 5 and 10 standard deviations or higher, depending on the model. Due to these large deviations, this proposed test could potentially offer the strongest evidence in support of modified gravity to date.”Modified gravity (MG) theories have gained a lot of attention in the last decade,” Hellwing, a researcher at Durham University in the UK and the University of Warsaw in Poland, told “Mostly because this class of theories provides an alternative explanation of the late-time accelerated expansion of the universe, while avoiding some conceptual problems related to the classical general relativity (GR) picture in which Einstein’s cosmological constant is supposed to drive this acceleration. In the classical GR picture, one needs to have a very small value of the cosmological constant, which is hard to reconcile with quantum field theory. MG theories provide an alternative explanation, but in most of these theories modifications to gravity not only can account for accelerated expansion but also can produce non-negligible enhancement to gravity at cosmic scales relevant to galaxy formation and dynamics. Therefore it is of utmost importance to find observational evidence that could distinguish between these two scenarios (GR or MG).” Study finds ‘lumpy’ universe cannot explain cosmic acceleration A thin slice of the large-scale cosmic density field (the clustering of dark matter and galaxies) is depicted for four models: GR and three different MG models. The side of the box corresponds to ~360 Mega parsecs (Mpc) or ~1.16 billion of light years. Credit: Baojiu Li, et al. “The non-linear matter and velocity power spectra in f(R) gravity. Credit: ” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 428, Issue 1, p.743-755 ( —Since 1916, general relativity has provided a description of gravity that can explain many observations, including objects in free fall, gravitational lensing by massive objects, and black holes. Despite the success of the theory for nearly 100 years, scientists have been looking at ways to modify general relativity in order for it to better explain certain observations—particularly the accelerated expansion of the universe. Although these modifications can be very different from one another, they generally fall into the category of “modified gravity.” Although one possible type of observational evidence of MG is related to the clustering of luminous galaxies, Hellwing explained that these observations have been plagued by ambiguities connected to non-linear baryonic physics responsible for galaxy formation and clustering. The complications make it very difficult to find a clear and measurable signal that could help researchers distinguish between GR and MG scenarios. Citation: New test may provide ‘smoking gun’ for modified gravity (2014, June 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from “In our paper we have shown that the peculiar velocities of galaxies bear a significant signal of the underlying theory of gravity,” Hellwing said. “The advantage here is that the galaxy velocities are much less prone to the effects of the non-linear baryonic physics of galaxy formation. We also show this in our paper, when we present that the MG signal is present for galaxies of all masses and can also be measured both on large and small cosmological scales. Thanks to these unique features connected to the statistics of the galaxy velocity field, these kinds of observables pose a clean ‘smoking gun’-like signature of either GR or MG.”The physicists explain that the MG signal can be measured in two ways because it involves two different observational data sets. One set consists of the data of galaxy peculiar velocities, the other the clustering of galaxies in so-called redshift space. In the latter, the galaxy positions (clustering) are affected by their peculiar velocities and in the former the galaxy velocities are measured directly. “Both data sets call for a different approach,” Hellwing said. “However, the quality of the current data should allow for a clear measurement of the signal we discuss. Redshift space data is very abundant but it needs an extra theoretical effort to model properly the expected signal in GR and MG. The velocity data can be interpreted directly but it is much sparser and contained by much larger observational errors. A program aimed to extract the signal we have predicted theoretically is already in progress.”If experiments confirm that a modified version of general relativity can explain observations better than the original version, the results could shed light on some fundamental cosmological questions.”The implications of measuring the signal we have found are very profound,” Hellwing said. “Firstly the GR commonly adopted as a crucial ingredient of the standard cosmological model has only being tested at scales corresponding to the Solar System. Einstein’s theory was never directly tested on cosmological scales (relevant to galaxy velocities). Confirming that the GR is a valid theory of gravitation also on intermediate cosmological scales is very important. On the other hand, if the measured signal will indicate that GR is not enough to explain the observed motion of galaxies, then we will be dealing with a paradigm shift and a real breakthrough in modern cosmology and physics, comparable in magnitude to the accelerated expansion discovered in the late ’90s of the 20th century.” Journal information: Physical Review Letters , Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society A schematic picture of how researchers can observe galaxy peculiar velocities, “a cosmic dance of galaxies.” Credit: Wojciech A. Hellwing Explore further More information: Wojciech A. Hellwing, et al. “Clear and Measurable Signature of Modified Gravity in the Galaxy Velocity Field.” PRL 112, 221102 (2014). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.221102last_img read more

Brown dwarf detected in the CoRoT20 system

first_img Located some 4,000 light years away from the Earth, CoRoT-20 is a star of spectral type G2V, similar in size and mass to our sun. In 2011, astronomers found a planet orbiting this star on a short-period eccentric orbit. The exoworld, which received designation CoRoT-20 b, is about the size of Jupiter but four times more massive. The exoplanet, classified as a “hot Jupiter,” circles its host every 9.24 days at a distance of approximately 0.09 AU from it.Now, a team of researchers led by Javiera Ray of the Geneva Observatory in Switzerland, have found a new substellar object in this system, also on an eccentric orbit, but with a much longer orbital period than that of CoRoT-20 b. The discovery was made as a result of follow-up observations of the CoRoT-20 system conducted between November 2011 and November 2017, using the HARPS and SOPHIE spectrographs.”In this paper, we report a new substellar companion orbiting CoRoT-20, thanks to six years of additional observations obtained with HARPS and SOPHIE spectrographs,” the researchers wrote in the paper.Observations carried out by Ray’s team show that the newly detected object, designated CoRoT-20 c, has a minimum mass of 17 Jupiter masses. Due to its mass, CoRoT-20 c was initially classified as a brown dwarf. Although the boundary between planet and brown dwarf is poorly defined, astronomers generally agree that brown dwarf are substellar objects at least 13 times more massive than Jupiter.According to the study, CoRoT-20 c is separated from its parent star by approximately 2.9 AU. The planet has an orbital period of 4.59 years and orbital eccentricity of 0.6.Notably, orbital parameters of the newly identified brown dwarf make CoRoT-20 the first known system with an eccentric “hot Jupiter” and an eccentric massive companion.”CoRoT-20 is the first identified system with an eccentric hot Jupiter (e ≥ 0.2) and an eccentric massive companion with a fully probed orbit,” the paper reads.The researchers noted that the newly detected brown dwarf interacts with the “hot Jupiter,” adding that the currently high eccentricity of CoRoT-20 b is likely entirely due to the presence of CoRoT-20 c.Due to this interaction, the CoRoT-20 system is perceived by Ray’s team as an excellent candidate to test tidal migration models. So far, astronomers have identified at least three migration mechanisms that can explain the existence of close-in “hot Jupiters” on eccentric orbits. Therefore, further observations of CoRoT-20 c, during its next transit, which is expected to occur in late 2020, could help us advance our understanding of these mechanisms. 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. COROT’s exoplanet hunt update More information: A 4.6-year period brown-dwarf companion interacting with the hot-Jupiter CoRoT-20 b, arXiv:1807.01229 [astro-ph.EP] report the discovery of an additional substellar companion in the CoRoT-20 system based on six years of HARPS and SOPHIE radial velocity follow-up. CoRoT-20 c has a minimum mass of 17 ± 1 MJup and it orbits the host star in 4.59±0.05 years, with an orbital eccentricity of 0.60 ± 0.03. This is the first identified system with an eccentric hot Jupiter and an eccentric massive companion. The discovery of the latter might be an indication of the migration mechanism of the hot Jupiter, via Lidov-Kozai effect. We explore the parameter space to determine which configurations would trigger this type of interactions. Radial velocity curve (top) and residuals (middle) of CoRoT-20 from FIES (orange), HARPS (purple) and SOPHIE (blue). Generalized Lomb-Scargle (GLS) periodogram (bottom) of the radial velocities after subtraction of the two orbits. False alarm probability levels are plotted for 50, 10 and 1 percent. Credit: Ray et al., 2018. © 2018 Explore further Citation: Brown dwarf detected in the CoRoT-20 system (2018, July 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from An international group of astronomers has discovered a new substellar object in the planetary system CoRoT-20. The newly identified object was classified as a brown dwarf due to its mass, which is greater than that of the heaviest gas giant planets. The finding is reported in a paper published July 3 on read more

Of myth magic and mysticism

first_imgExploring the mythical and magical world of Shamans, Anu Malhotra’s documentary The Shamans of the Himalayas unveils the mystery that surrounds their life. Millennium Post speaks to the filmmaker about the eye-opening experiences she encountered while helming the documentary.This documentary will be telecast as a four part series on Discovery Channel this month.What prompted your interest in the Shamanistic traditions of Kullu Manali?Manali is one of my favourite travel destinations. Whenever I went there, I made friends and listened to their stories. I encountered scenes on the streets that fired my imagination. Out of curiosity, I asked people about the things I observed. They told me that in these areas, every village has its own deity and each deity, its own ‘Gur’ or shaman. That’s where the idea of my documentary emerged. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’It took you over two years to make this documentary, tell us what kept you going on during that phase?The overview of the Shamanistic culture itself is very fascinating. It’s almost a faraway world from our city-centric lives; a world where everything is alive- the rocks, the leaves, and the atmosphere around. That is what physics says as well. Shamanistic traditions emphasize upon an interconnected web of life; you disturb its balance, and its repercussions come back to you. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixYou had already researched extensively on this theme before you hit the ground. Still, during the course of the film, was there anything that left you flabbergasted? Share an anecdote with us. I was shooting Gur Tularam, a shaman of goddess Hadimba in the Kullu valley. Hadimba is a demon goddess. When Tularam goes into a trance, it’s terrifying to see him as he turns violent over a period of time. I could feel his waves of energy travelling to me and I was left flabbergasted with goosebumps on my skin. Shooting this four-hour -long documentary was a massive exercise. I remember chasing a procession of Shamans. I was almost jumping around with my small camera to keep up with their pace. There has been a pattern to your documentaries; you seem to be travelling to a new state with every fresh documentary you make. I started my television career in the 90s with travel shows. During that time, I used to drive or travel around the country all the time. Wherever I went, I found a new culture, a different way of life. This is what inspires me to document the fragile and vulnerable aspects of life in India for posterity. If these cultures get lost with the passage of time, a way of life will be lost, leaving us empty for forever.last_img read more

Exhibition to emphasize the idea of Duality and Balance

first_imgDuality exists everywhere around us, and the artists have always been subtly conscious of this duality of things; for example day and night, truth and false, success and failure, mirth and melancholy. Taking the theme into consideration, artist Alka Bhrushundi is coming up with her solo exhibition- ‘Santulan-the balance’. The more she thought about this duality of life, the more the concept of Balance piqued as an interest.The exhibition, which will start from December 26 will last till January 1, 2018 at the Lalit Kala Akademi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTalking about the theme for her exhibition, Alka said, “Our lives, just like our thoughts are constantly swinging to and fro, between the dualities. The desirable life is that of balance; between work and leisure, happiness and sadness, and so on. Thus, I had the wish to bring out the abstract idea of balance through my art work.”Also, our entire universe works on a system of balance. The Sun, planets and other cosmic objects, in a state of fine equilibrium ensure our existence on earth. It is using circular shapes in each of the artwork that she has attempted to bring out the significance of the Sun as a source of energy and balance in our lives. The circles also symbioses the cyclical nature of our lives, and of our thoughts. There is a certain rhythm to our everyday thoughts, if closely observed. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe paintings in this suite of work range from a colour palette of soothing blues and greens, to robust reds and textured yellows. In some instances, the canvases are textured and bring out the forms in high relief. It foregrounds the sphere as its central protagonist. It is the ultimate expression of unity, completeness, and integrity. The artist evokes, spheres and triangles that are gently evocative of this cosmos, calling upon their presence in a mystical and subtle fashion.”It is a hope for the spectator to get a chance to pause and feel the rhythm in their thoughts and their lives at large; to be able to bring about a balance between the calm and chaos of thoughts,” she mentioned further.The 38 works on display are also available for sale with an approximate price that ranges between Rs. 10,000 and 2,00,000.last_img read more

TMC heavyweights go on campaign trail across state

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress candidates across the state hit the campaign trail on Sunday, with party leaders Subrata Mukherjee, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Mala Roy, Mamata Bala Thakur and Moon Moon Sen among others seen interacting with voters of their respective constituencies.Mala Roy, who is contesting from the Kolkata South seat, started her campaign near the Tollygunge railway station, accompanied by state Public Works Department (PWD) minister and Tollygunge MLA Aroop Biswas. Roy braved the scorching summer heat and walked across ward 81 of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), interacting with the people. She gave a patient hearing to problems in her constituency, including those of the slum dwellers and assured them that she would address the issues, if she is elected. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”Our party supremo has given the call for the party to win all 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal. We are her soldiers and will try our best to fulfill her dream,” Biswas said. Meanwhile, senior TMC leader Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay was found making wall graffiti in favour of Roy and also painting the symbol of the party on a wall. TMC candidate from Bankura and senior party leader Subrata Roy walked and also boarded a toto during his campaign. “I have an emotional attachment with the people of Bankura and my work particularly for the Public Health & Engineering department, has brought about a major boost to water supply in this district. I will urge those who have benefitted from my work to vote for me,” Mukherjee said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMukherjee had lost ten years ago when he had contested in Bankura on a Congress ticket. Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, TMC candidate from the Barasat seat, attended a programme of the Matua community at Akarampur in Habra on Sunday. She also danced to the tunes of a devotional song of the community. The votes from the Matua community, which accounts for around 10 percent of the total votes, are going to be a factor in the Barasat seat. Trinamool Congress candidate from Bongaon Mamata Bala Thakur offered her prayers at Jaleshwar Temple in Gaighata and also went to a nearby mosque to seek blessings from the head of the mosque. She then walked in and around the Jaleshwar area, seeking votes. Trinamool Congress candidate from Asansol Moon Moon Sen campaigned at Amritnagar in Ranigunj. Addressing a public gathering, she said that some Opposition parties may come and offer money, seeking votes. “If they offer money, you take it but you should vote for Didi (Mamata Banerjee),” she maintained.last_img read more