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ESPN Analyst Says Top 10 Team Has “No Shot” At The Playoff

first_imgThe College GameDay crew on set in New York City.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler are seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst David Pollack believes one top 10 team has “no shot” at making the College Football Playoff.Notre Dame, the No. 10 team in the latest Coaches’ Poll and AP Poll, is coming off a road loss at No. 3 Georgia.The Fighting Irish aren’t in a conference, of course, and can at best finish the season 11-1.Pollack doesn’t think it’ll be enough. “They’re not (still in the race),” Pollack said, per 247Sports. “They’re out of the playoffs. They have no shot to make the playoffs. Last year, we were sitting up on set and we were debating the final four teams and Notre Dame was in the conversation of teams that might not be in. And they were undefeated. Remember, no conference championship game when everybody gets to play.”Notre Dame has a couple of big-time games left, including a bout against Virginia this weekend. The Fighting Irish also play Michigan and USC, among others.Pollack doesn’t think the schedule is hard enough to warrant getting in with the loss at Georgia.“Michigan does not look good on the schedule now,” Pollack said. “Virginia’s probably their toughest task the rest of the way. No. I don’t think that Notre Dame will be in the College Football Playoff discussion. They might be a team that’s on the outside looking in with the top 10, but they’re out of the playoffs.”Saying Notre Dame has “no shot” might be a bit harsh, as there are potential scenarios where an 11-1 Notre Dame team would get consideration, but not being in a conference really hurts the chances now.last_img read more

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Market sees foreign fund outflow worth Rs 44500 crore in 201819

first_imgNew Delhi: Despite heavy fund infusion by FPIs over the past two month, the domestic financial market suffered a foreign fund outflow of over Rs 44,500 crore on net basis in the fiscal 2018-19 as macroeconomic headwinds weighed on investor sentiment through the year. Hike in rates by the US Federal Reserve, depreciating rupee, rise in crude oil prices, worsening current account deficit, concerns over fiscal deficit and current account deficit target, coupled with trade tiff between the US and China dampened the mood in emerging markets, experts said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn financial year 2018-19, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) pulled out a net sum of Rs 1,629 crore from equities and Rs 42,951 crore from the bonds market, taking the total net outflow to Rs 44,580 crore, the depositories data showed. In comparison, FPIs had infused a net amount of Rs 25,634 crore in the equities and over Rs 1,19,035 crore in the debt market, a total net investment of Rs 1,44,669 crore in the previous fiscal. “After two years of good foreign fund inflows, Indian market witnessed reversal in the trend. We received Rs 48,411 crore and Rs 1,44,682 crore in the year 2016-17 and 2017-18, respectively. Global and domestic causes alike have prompted the flows of funds in 2018-19 from the markets and both the equity and debt segments have witnessed outflows”, Alok Agarwala, Senior VP and Head Investment Analytics, of Bajaj Capital said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFPIs remained net sellers almost throughout the recently concluded fiscal except for the past couple of months. October emerged as the month of steepest outflow with FPIs pulling out a massive Rs 38,900 crore from the market. However, fresh fund infusion was witnessed in the last two consecutive months of the fiscal, with March alone accounting for a net infusion of Rs 45,981 crore including a net Rs 33,980 crore in equities and Rs 12,001 crore in debt. In February, the overseas players pumped in a net amount of Rs 11,182 crore in capital markets.last_img read more

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Morocco to Cancel Increased Soft Drink Taxes Under Manufacturer Pressure

Rabat – On November 11, the finance committee of the House of Representatives adopted some of the amendments from the 2019 Finance Bill, which included a tax increase of 50 percent on soft and non-carbonated drinks with high sugar levels.A VAT of MAD 70 per 100 liters was applied to sales of the sweet drinks with 5 or more grams of sugar per 100 milliliters.After consulting councillors and a hot debate within the committee members on Sunday, the government abolished the MAD 70 VAT on soft drinks. The decision was made after the soft drink manufacturers opposed the VAT, arguing that the tax is “not retrieved” so it is not considered a VAT. On the other hand, the 50 percent domestic consumption tax increase on soft drinks will be implemented gradually and based on sugar content.According to the councillors’ new amendments, no domestic consumption tax will be applicable for soft drinks containing less than 5 grams of sugar per 100 milliliters. However, a 25 percent increase on domestic consumption tax will be implemented on soft and non-carbonated drinks containing 5-10 grams of sugar per 100 milliliters, and a 50 percent increase for soft drinks with more than 10 grams of sugar per 100 milliliters, according to Medias 24.Read also: Morocco to Raise Taxes on Soft Drinks by 50%Morocco’s 2019 Finance Bill allocated MAD 17.67 billion for the subsidy fund to subsidize butane gas, sugar, and flour. The figure is a significant increase of MAD 4.65 billion from the 2018 budget.Soft drink manufacturers are the biggest beneficiaries from the state subsidy on sugar. Morocco provides an MAD 3.7 billion subsidy on sugar annually for consumers, 40 percent of which goes to manufacturers.Manufacturers currently return only MAD 1 per kilogram of consumed sugar out of a total subsidy of MAD 2.8 per kilograms.Beginning January 2019, the concerned manufacturers will start returning the remaining MAD 1.8 per kilogram gradually. By 2021, manufacturers will be returning to the total subsidy of 2.8 per kilogram.The government expects to generate over MAD 313 million from domestic consumption taxes on soft drinks in 2019.The increased tax may make consumers reduce their consumption of soft drinks and juices and make manufacturers revise the sugar quantity they put in the drinks. read more

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Bahrains Gulf Air says it is delaying cancelling flights

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Bahrain-based long-haul carrier Gulf Air is acknowledging it is cancelling and delaying flights without explaining why.Local media reported flight delays and cancellations on Tuesday and Wednesday at the airline’s main hub of Bahrain International Airport in Manama.The airline, owned by the government of the island kingdom home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, said in a statement Wednesday that it is “working round the clock to stabilize the operation bringing back our schedule stability.”Gulf Air officials and government officials did not respond to questions from The Associated Press about what’s causing the disruptions. Local Bahrain media suggested the airline faced a pilot shortage.The Associated Press

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India to give Mullaitivu fishermen boats and fishing equipment

Fishermen in the North have been accusing Indian fishermen of poaching in Sri Lankan waters which in turn has affected the livelihood of local fishermen. The MoU will be signed by Y.K. Sinha, the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka and Ms. W.M.M.R. Adikari, Secretary to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development in the presence of Mahinda Amaraweera, the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development. The Governments of India and Sri Lanka will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to supply 150 boats and fishing equipment to fishermen of Mullaitivu.The Indian High Commission in Colombo said that the MoU will be signed tomorrow at the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development in Colombo. Amaraweera had recently said that he will ask the Indian Government to compensate the Northern fishermen. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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US stocks climb amid signs of a thaw in USChina trade war

Stocks marched broadly higher on Wall Street in early trading Monday after President Donald Trump claimed China was willing to reopen talks on the costly trade war that has roiled markets and dimmed the outlook for global economic growth.Uncertainty remained high, however, about the next developments in the trade dispute, which has repeatedly seen the sides attempt to negotiate before ending in acrimony and more tariffs and trade penalties.Big technology companies, which do a lot of business in China and have much riding on the outcome of the trade dispute, rose the most. Apple climbed 2%.Health care and financial stocks also contributed to the big share of the early gains as the market clawed back some of the heavy losses from last week, which marked its fourth straight weekly loss. On Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 600 points after Washington and Beijing each threatened a new round of tariffs on each other’s goods.The escalation in the trade conflict had global markets headed for another sell-off until Trump said his trade negotiators had received two “very good calls” from China on Sunday. China’s foreign ministry replied, however, that it didn’t know what Trump was talking about.The S&P 500 was up 0.5% as of 10:10 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow gained 154 points, or 0.6%, to 25,779. The Nasdaq rose 0.7%.Major indexes in Germany and France rose. Markets in Britain were closed for a national holiday. In Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng and Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 closed lower.Stock markets have been volatile this summer as traders have been whipsawed by the turns in the trade war between the world’s biggest economies.The conflict escalated once again on Friday, after China announced new tariffs on $75 billion in U.S. goods. Trump responded angrily on Twitter, at one point saying he “hereby ordered” U.S. companies with operations in China to consider moving them to other countries, including the U.S.Trump also later announced that the U.S. would increase existing tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods to 30% from 25%, and that new tariffs on another $300 billion of imports would be 15% instead of 10%.Stephen Innes, managing partner at Valour Markets in Singapore, compared the difficulty of assessing the volatile market situation to reading tea leaves.“Nobody understands where the president is coming from,” he said, adding that the best thing Trump can do for market stability is to “keep quiet.”The market is now dominated by fears of a portending U.S. recession, although the American economy is actually holding up, and much of the U.S. economy is made up of consumption, Innes said. If interest rates come down, he added, consumer spending is likely to go up, working as a buffer for the economy.Some analysts think the Federal Reserve will lower interest rates again this year. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell indicated last week that the central bank was prepared to cut interest rates but gave no clear signal on when or by how much, while suggesting that uncertainty over Trump’s trade wars have complicated the central bank’s ability to set interest rate policy.A quarter-point rate cut in September is considered all but certain. Some think the Fed will cut rates again in December.Meanwhile, China allowed its currency, the yuan, to fall further on Monday. That effectively helps its exporters, negating some of the effects of higher U.S. tariffs.The yuan declined to 7.1468 to the dollar, a relatively modest change from Friday’s low point of 7.0927 but its weakest rate since January 2008. The yuan has lost 6.5% from this year’s high on Feb. 28.Economists say that the unpredictability of the trade dispute is at least as damaging as the tariffs themselves, affecting the decisions of central banks and companies as they plan investments.Zhu Huani, analyst at Mizuho Bank in Singapore, said that what he called Trump’s “tariff tantrum” was setting off “the sense that tariffs could continue to rise.”“No matter which way you cut the cake, it is nearly impossible to construct a bullish, or even neutral scenario for equity markets today,” said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at Oanda.___AP Business Writer Yuri Kageyama contributed.Alex Veiga, The Associated Press read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 9, 2013 3:38 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,312.78 up 32.06 points):Baja Mining Corp. (TSX:BAJ). Miner. Unchanged at half a cent on 5.83 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up three cents, or 0.62 per cent, at $4.86 on 5.04 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Down 14 cents, or 0.69 per cent, at $20.20 on 4.96 million shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Up eight cents, or 0.22 per cent, at $35.81 on 4.67 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Up 63 cents, or 3.85 per cent, $17.01 on 4.27 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (902.07 down 14.58 points):Alexander Energy Ltd. (TSXV:ALX). Oil and gas. Up two cents, or 3.64 per cent, at 57 cents on 23.16 million shares.Rusoro Mining Ltd. (TSXV:RML). Miner. Unchanged at 2.5 cents on 7.37 million shares.Companies reporting major news:BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE). Media and telecommunications. Up 24 cents, or 0.52 per cent, at $46.80 on 1.02 million shares. The media and telecom giant and the National Football League have signed a multi-year extension of their broadcast partnership that will see more NFL games on more channels and give Bell digital media rights. Terms of the agreement weren’t released.Equal Energy Ltd. (TSX:EQU). Oil and gas. Down a penny, or 0.17 per cent, at $5.73 on 565,672 shares. The company has entered into a definitive agreement to be bought up by Petroflow Energy Corporation and Petroflow Canada Acquisition Corp. for $5.43 a share, with a total transaction value of about US$230 million.Guyana Goldfields Inc. (TSX:GUY). Miner. Up four cents, or 2.50 per cent, at $1.64 on 103,043 shares. The company revised up the total capital cost of its Aurora Gold project to US$249 million and approved a spending plan to bring it to commercial production. read more

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Alberta lax on chasing down back taxes from corporate deadbeats auditor

by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 6, 2015 4:14 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 6, 2015 at 5:03 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta lax on chasing down back taxes from corporate deadbeats: auditor EDMONTON – The auditor general says Alberta’s tax collectors are falling down on the job when it comes to going after corporate deadbeats.Merwan Saher says in a report issued Tuesday that some corporations have unpaid tax bills going back eight years.And he says the province is not using the tools at its disposal to make them pay up.“There is a significant backlog (of unpaid tax files),” Saher told reporters on a conference call.“There’s a series of administrative process problems that we think can be improved.”Saher said he was unable to provide numbers or estimates to reflect the scope or size of the problem.Finance Department spokesman Gerald Kastendieck agreed that it’s difficult to quantify, given that some files in arrears may qualify for a refund, have no income to pay taxes on or are no longer incorporated.But he noted that about 1,000 unfiled returns were more than eight years old in a department that processed 250,000 files last year.He said the department is already taking steps to improve procedures.“We will continue to work with the (auditor general) to ensure government is pursuing unfiled tax returns as effectively and efficiently as possible,” Kastendieck said in an email.Finance Department officials are responsible for making sure corporations file their tax returns within six months of their tax year-end.The province can issue a formal demand to non-filers for the corporation to pay up and issue its own estimate of what is owed, known as a default assessment.But Saher said the department doesn’t have a strong system in place to make sure corporations are paying up and isn’t using the default assessments.Corporate taxes have become a hot-button issue in Alberta as Premier Rachel Notley’s government grapples with multibillion-dollar deficits in the face of low oil prices.The province increased the corporate tax rate to 12 per cent from 10 per cent last spring. Corporate taxes account for just over 10 per cent of government revenue. This year, corporate taxes are forecast to bring in $4.8 billion.Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark said there’s little point to hiking taxes if the government doesn’t have an adequate system in place to collect.“I am extremely disappointed that the ND government did not even attempt to fix this problem before raising the corporate tax rates,” said Clark in a release.Saher also said in his report that the province needs to do better to make sure those getting insured health services in Alberta actually live here.He said the province checks for residency when it issues Alberta Health cards, which entitle the holder to insured services. But followup checks rely on self-reporting or on so-called migration reports from other jurisdictions that send alerts when someone has moved away from Alberta.Saher said those migration reports are hit and miss and no reports are sent on Albertans who live for extended periods outside Canada.He said other Canadian provinces and jurisdictions, except for Alberta and Manitoba, address the problem by issuing cards with expiry dates.Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said she will have discussions about making changes such as expiry dates on cards, but always within the constraints of a tight budget.“I don’t want to lock in my department (to changes) if there are extraordinary monetary implications that we can’t meet,” she said. read more

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Science Without Borders connects Brazilian students with research and Canadian winter

Brock University is playing host to 39 students from Brazil as part of the Science Without Borders program. The students were recently welcomed at a ceremony in their honour.Nothing spells challenge like SWB.Short for the Science Without Borders program, SWB has resulted in Brock University welcoming 39 students from Brazil who are here for one year to tackle a program of intensive English, academic studies and a short-term research internship.The program’s goal is to consolidate and expand science, technology and innovation in Brazil by means of international exchange and mobility.The Brazilians, including 25 who began classes in January, are here on full scholarships from their government and come from 29 different federal and state universities across their homeland. Their fields of study include biology, biotechnology, chemistry, child and youth studies, computer sciences, digital humanities, health sciences, physiotherapy, radio and television and more.Student Bruna Razzolini, 22, from in Porto Alegre, a city of about 1.5 million people in southern Brazil, is learning English now but starting in September, she will study health sciences for two terms.“I think this is a great opportunity for the Brazilian students to know a different culture and improve their knowledge,” Razzolini said. “It is also a good deal for Brazil, too, because this experience will (allow us to) bring new technologies and new information back to Brazil.”Although she’s been here a short time, Razzolini is an unabashed fan of Canada.“I think Canada is one of the best countries in the world to live. Canadians are really polite and make us feel comfortable,” she said.“Brock University has good infrastructure to receive exchange students, and the facilities are awesome,” she added.Aline Del Giudice Penha is a 21-year-old health sciences student from São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city with 11 million inhabitants.You don’t have to sell Del Giudice Penha on the SWB program, which started last year and will run for four years.“I am loving it,” she said. “I think it’s a unique opportunity to improve my English, which will have significant importance on my professional life, to get in touch with another culture and see another country and education system.”Like Razzolini, she thinks the academic experience “is an excellent opportunity to get in contact with new knowledge and technologies to bring it back to our home country.”Del Giudice Penha said she finds Canada “an amazing country. Every aspect here is fascinating.”She’s a fan of St. Catharines, too, which she described as a lovely, friendly city with many things to do.“Also, it is very close to Niagara Falls, which is one of the most wonderful places on Earth,” she said.“Brock is amazing,” Del Giudice Penha added. “I live on campus, so for me it is very easy to go everywhere I want, anytime I want … and the teachers really care about students. I have been well received by all and I feel at home here … I made friends from all parts of the world.”And winter? “I was really scared about winter before coming to Canada,” Del Giudice Penha said. “But we are used to it and we just learned how to deal with it.” read more

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From Boston to Buckeye Nation Bill Belichicks daughter coaching at OSU

Add New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick’s name to the ever-growing list of people who consider themselves Ohio State fans. Or, at least, that’s the way his daughter sees it. Assistant women’s lacrosse coach Amanda Belichick, 27, said her father has become an OSU fan since she started coaching at OSU. She said it helps that her father also has close ties to OSU football coach Urban Meyer and former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel, now the defensive line coach at OSU. Many of her father’s former assistants have moved toward the college ranks. “I think with Bill O’Brien going to Penn State, he’s (her father) spreading his wings in the college world,” she said. “It’s great to see that Patriots connection out here.” While her father is known for being rather short with the media, Amanda Belichick, a graduate of Wesleyan University, spoke candidly about growing up as the daughter of an NFL coach. “People give him a hard time for not divulging too much information, but that’s, you know, not his job,” Amanda Belichick said. Growing up as the daughter as one of the most successful coaches in NFL history, one might assume that coaching would be a natural progression for Amanda Belichick. “I have a lot of memories of watching him breakdown film and drawing out plays and analyzing a game plan,” she said. But she said she hadn’t even considered coaching until after graduating from Wesleyan University in 2007 when she took a job coaching high school lacrosse, soccer and ice hockey at a boarding school in Connecticut. “I worked in the admissions office and it was kind of my full-time job,” she said. “What I loved about that job, and coaching was such a small part of it, was the coaching.” She stuck with lacrosse because it was something that she had been around her entire life. “We’ve always been a lacrosse family,” she said. “It’s been my passion, it’s one of his (her father) passions.” Amanda Belichick followed coach Alexis Venechanos to OSU from the University of Massachusetts where the pair helped lead the Minutewomen to an Atlantic-10 championship in 2010. Now that she is in coaching, having an NFL head coach for a father does have its advantages, she said. “I’ve really had an opportunity to work with him and talk about preparation and really evolve the way I prepare for my own, whether its practice or evaluating ourselves or evaluating our opponents,” she said. “Those are things that I’ve really been able to take from him.” But Amanda Belichick said her and her father’s relationship goes beyond coaching. “There are a lot of things that are personal that have nothing to do with sports that we can connect on,” she said. These topics include things like movies, books and a passion for history, she said. Amanda Belichick joked that during the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, she can only reach her father in the very early morning or very late at night. She said during a week like this she understands he’s busy and never tries to hold him up. When the ball is kicked off Sunday from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., Amanda Belichick said she will be watching with the same nervous excitement that she watches all her father’s big games with. “You want the best for your father and you want to see him be successful,” she said. “I know how hard he works. To see him go out and win games is great.” The Patriots organization and the OSU women’s lacrosse team did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment. The Patriots and New York Giants will play in Super Bowl XLVI at 6:30 p.m., Sunday. Tight end Jake Ballard and center Jim Cordle are both former Buckeyes and are on the Giants’ active roster. read more

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Des plumes piégées dans de lambre depuis 80 millions dannées

first_imgDes plumes piégées dans de l’ambre depuis 80 millions d’annéesDes paléontologues ont annoncé avoir découvert au Canada différentes plumes de dinosaures et d’oiseaux bien préservées, datant de 80 millions d’années. C’est dans de la résine d’arbre fossilisée au Canada que des paléontologues ont retrouvé différentes plumes de dinosaures et d’oiseaux extrêmement bien conservées. Grâce à cette découverte, preuve est faite que différents stades dans l’évolution des plumes étaient déjà présents à la fin du Crétacé. Des plumages qui avaient un ensemble de fonctions à la fois chez les dinosaures et les oiseaux, selon les chercheurs de l’Université d’Alberta qui publient leurs observations dans la revue Science. À lire aussiPourrions-nous redonner vie aux dinosaures comme dans Jurassic Park ?Le point fort de cette trouvaille réside en fait dans l’ambre dans laquelle sont piégés depuis 80 millions d’années ces onze spécimens de plumes, car le matériau a permis d’en préserver des détails microscopiques et même leur couleur, allant du noir au marron, précisent les scientifiques. Ainsi, ils ont pu arriver à la conclusion qu’ils ignoraient à quelle espèce pouvait bien appartenir ces plumes, alors qu’aucun fossile de dinosaure ou d’oiseau directement lié à celles-ci n’a été découvert dans la région du lac Grassy d’où provient l’ambreToutefois, des comparaisons avec d’autres plumes découvertes suggèrent que certaines pourraient appartenir à des dinosaures non aviens, plus précisément de petits théropodes, une famille de dinosaures carnivores. D’autres en revanche, sont très ressemblantes à celles d’oiseau moderne comme le grèbe, capable de nager sous l’eau, rapporte l’AFP.Le 16 septembre 2011 à 15:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Anniversaire de Curiosity nous en sommes encore au début de la mission

first_imgAnniversaire de Curiosity : “nous en sommes encore au début de la mission” sur MarsL’un des instruments de Curiosity, la ChemCam, a été fabriqué et est piloté depuis la France. Olivier Gasnault est docteur en planétologie et responsable des opérations scientifiques de la ChemCam. Il gère l’appareil depuis l’Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (IRAP) à Toulouse. A l’occasion de l’anniversaire du rover sur Mars, Gentside Découvertes lui a posé quelques questions sur cette premier année d’aventure.Gentside Découvertes – Vous êtes heureux de ce premier anniversaire ?Olivier Gasnault – Oui très heureux, le temps a passé très vite. D’un côté, on se retourne et on constate tout le travail accompli en un an, et de l’autre, on voit tout ce qu’il nous reste encore à faire, nous en sommes encore au début de la mission. On espère que la durée initiale de 2 ans sera dépassée et que le rover continuera à fonctionner.Comment se déroulent vos journées au laboratoire ?Nous travaillons une semaine sur deux, en alternance avec l’équipe américaine basée à Los Alamos qui a construit l’autre moitié de la ChemCam. Nous travaillons à l’heure américaine, de façon décalée, ce qui fait qu’on a vécu un peu différemment cette année. C’est même assez difficile de se consacrer à d’autres travaux, Curiosity nous occupe constamment. Parfois on se demande même qui du robot ou de l’équipe tiendra le plus longtemps ! (rires)Quel est le rythme de travail avec la ChemCam ?La Chemcam a été conçue pour apporter rapidement des informations sur les roches. Une fois qu’une roche intéressante est repérée par une caméra, on reçoit la photo le jour même, on écrit les commandes et dès le lendemain, l’analyse est en route. Après, tout dépend du type d’activité du rover. Jusqu’à présent, le rover n’a pas beaucoup avancé, ce qui nous a permis d’analyser beaucoup de choses. En ce moment, il s’est mis en route vers le Mont Sharp, donc tout va très vite, on ne peut pas tout faire, il faut se contenter des analyses les plus importantes et intéressantes.Comment se déroule une analyse ?Tout d’abord une phase tactique, il faut déterminer si la roche a un caractère exceptionnel, qui mérite d’être analysée, et donc de stopper le rover. La manipulation de la ChemCam ne prend que quelques minutes. Ensuite, la deuxième phase est plus longue, on discute avec tous les scientifiques impliqués des données et de leur pertinence. On en tire des conclusions, ce qui peut prendre plusieurs jours ou semaines. La dernière phase, elle aussi longue, est la phase classique pour tout scientifique : la rédaction et la publication d’un article pour les revues spécialisées. Cela prend plusieurs mois.Et à l’IRAP, comment cela se passe-t-il, quelles sont vos activités ?Nous en avons de trois types. Nous possédons une copie de la ChemCam qui nous sert de témoin. On recrée l’ambiance martienne, les conditions et vérifions si les mesures sont cohérentes avec celles du rover. Et il y a les activités d’opérations, de 2 types. Un scientifique observe et analyse les données, pendant qu’un ingénieur vérifie l’instrumentation. Pendant ce temps, un autre chercheur prépare les activités du lendemain et un autre ingénieur écrit les commandes pour y arriver. La partie technique est assurée par des ingénieurs du CNES, le Centre National d’Études Spatiales.Quels ont été pour vous les moments les plus importants de cette première année ?Il y a eu bien sûr cette découverte fondamentale que Mars a porté les conditions favorables à la vie. C’était l’un des buts de la mission et il a déjà été accompli. Ensuite, ce qui nous a enthousiasmés est la grande diversité chimique du site. Le cratère Gale est riche en roches très diverses et en processus géologiques variés : roches volcaniques, sédimentaires, charriées. On a là Mars dans tout son panorama !Le cratère Gale a donc été très bien choisi.Oui, c’est vraiment encourageant. Nous y avons trouvé des argiles, qui sont le signe de la présence d’eau, il remplit donc les critères d’habitabilité. De plus, le Mont Sharp, vers lequel se dirige le rover, nous permettra d’observer de nombreuses couches géologiques et de retracer l’histoire de Mars. Notamment, à quelle époque a-t-elle été habitable ?Pensez-vous que la vie a déjà existé sur Mars ?À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreJe ne me lancerai pas sur ce terrain. J’ai une approche très scientifique, et pour l’instant nos données nous informent seulement que les conditions étaient là, pas que la vie s’y est développée pour autant. Ce seront les prochains rovers, Exomars, le robot européo-russe, et le successeur de Curiosity, prévu pour 2021, qui se chargeront d’y répondre. Nos informations sont tout de même très importantes, car elles nous éclairent sur le propre passé de la Terre, avant que la vie n’y apparaisse.Quel programme vous attend pour la suite de la mission ?L’ascension du Mont Sharp, qui se trouve encore à plusieurs kilomètres, nous donnera pas mal de travail. Et après, si Curiosity reste en état de fonctionner, nous continuerons à pratiquer des analyses et à faire de nouvelles découvertes.Merci à Olivier Gasnault – IRAP (CNRS, Université P. Sabatier – Toulouse)Information exclusive. Toute reproduction interdite sans mention explicite du site Gentside Découvertes. Le 9 août 2013 à 10:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Joao Mario reveals proper preparation was the key

first_imgJoao Mario thanked Inter Milan fans for their support and revealed his surprise start against Lazio was a product of hard work and maturity.Mario last featured for Inter in a 1-1 draw with Fiorentina on January 5. And the former Hammers trainee had to settle for the bench but was surprisingly picked in the starting XI for the 3-0 victory over Lazio.“I prepared well and am trying to train to the max every day in order to earn this opportunity,” the 25-year-old said on Football Italia.“The most important thing is to be ready. It was my turn in this game and I am very happy.”Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…It’s a far cry from the player signed for €40m from Sporting CP in 2016 and who declared only a few months ago that he didn’t like Italian football.“I have grown up a great deal. It is in moments of difficulty that you really grow up as a person and I’ve been through a lot of those. I try to do better, become another person and another player.“I said that I wanted to transform the jeers of the fans into applause. I am happy the supporters gave me this gift of applause as I left the field and I thank them.“Now it’ll be important for me to be ready at all times, so I’ll keep working hard.”last_img read more

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Federal funding for bluff stabilization gaining support

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom August 28, 2019 Posted: August 28, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Weeks after three women were killed in a cliff collapse in Encinitas, a San Diego congressman and two California senators are pushing for federal funding for bluff stabilization.Congressman Mike Levin and Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein want $30 million to stabilize an eight-mile stretch of the North County shoreline.The request is for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide funding for the Encinitas-Solana Beach Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project, also known as the San Diego County Shore Protection Project. It would widen beaches and protect crumbling bluffs by adding tons of sand to a stretch of Encinitas and Solana Beach shoreline. Federal funding for bluff stabilization gaining support Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Elderly woman fatally struck by van along Alton Road

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A van struck and killed an elderly woman along Alton Road, in Miami Beach, Friday morning.According to Miami Beach Fire Rescue, the incident happened as the white van was exiting a parking lot along the 700 block of Alton Road, just before 10 a.m.She was pronounced dead at the scene.Police shut down the 700 block of Alton Road while they investigated.The crash remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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1st Century BC Buddhist cave found at Dhanamkonda hill

first_imgVijayawada: A huge Buddhist rock cut cave is noticed at Dhanamkonda hill in Mogalrajpuram of Vijayawada datable to the 1st Century BC during the survey conducted by Dr E Sivanagi Reddy, Buddhist archaeologist and CEO of Cultural Centre Of Vijayawada and Amaravati (CCVA) on Sunday as part of the awareness campaign ‘Preserve Heritage for Posterity’ launched by the CCVA. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Dr Reddy along with Subhakar Medasani, a Buddhist heritage activist and president of AP Society for Preservation of Buddhist Heritage identified a cave cut into the hill at a height of 200 feet from the ground level. The cave measurements are 15 feet in length, 16 feet in height and 8 feet in depth. He said that the rock cut cave was hewn in two stories. The lower one was used as rainy retreat (Varshaavaasa) of the Buddhist monks and the top floor was carved with a stupa motif measuring 5 feet x 5 feet. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us The rock cut cave which could be accessed through a flight of steps cum a ramp opposite to Boyapati Madhavarao Street in Mogalrajpuram in the city. The cave and the stupa motif devoid of any artistic decor resembles the similar one located at Bojjannakonda (Sankaran) near Anakapalli in Visakhapatnam district also hewn during the Satavahana times, said Sivanagireddy. Advertise With Us He added that this rock cut cave belongs to the Theravada monks who used it as a retreat during the four months of the rainy season. Based on the historical importance of the Buddhist caves, Dr Reddy and Subhakar Medasani appealed the AP Tourism Authority to include it on the Vijayawada Buddhist circuit. Towards the east of the rock cut cave, they have spotted a natural cave in the same hill which was also used as rainy retreat by the monks in their survey. Dr Sivanagireddy sensitised the local hill dwellers on the archaeological and historical significance of the Buddhist cave and the need to preserve it for posterity.last_img read more

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Amit Shah to take primary membership in TS unit of BJP

first_imgHyderabad: BJP national president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah will take party primary membership as well as active membership in the party from Telangana. Addressing the media here, Telangana BJP president K Laxman said Amit Shah is expected to visit State on August 17 as part of the Telangana Liberation Day celebrations. He said the party working president J P Nadda would visit the State on August 18 for the first time after his elevation as the working president of the party. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us On this occasion, some former TDP MLAs, MPs, and other leaders of that party from across the State along with 20,000 of that party cadre would be joining in BJP, he added. Laxman said the party has so far enrolled 10 lakh membership in Telangana and the remaining target of eight lakh new members would be enlisted by August 20. Taking a dig at TRS working president K T Rama Rao, Laxman said people in the State were unhappy over the TRS joining hands with the Majlis and remaining a silent spectator despite the AIMIM leaders giving provocative speeches hurting and insulting Hindus. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Criticising the KTR for talking on national integrity and democracy, he said the BJP was in power in 18 states in the country. The TRS which is hand-in-glove with the Majlis was not in a position even to pay tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who integrated Nizam State into the Indian union, he said. He ridiculed the TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy for his comments and advised him to realise importance of national security.last_img read more

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BSE closes points 7767 down on September 25

first_imgNew Delhi, September 25 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 77.67 points down to stand at 19842.54. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 21.95 points down to stand at 5870.50. BHEL and Zee Entertainment were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.73% and 5.75% along with Apollo Hospitals and Sobha Dev with an increase of 4.82% and 4.56% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Financial Technologies and MCX with a decrease of 9.92% and 4.60% along with JP POWER and HPCL with a decrease of 4.43% and 3.74% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 9.70 points at 11,180.22 while the banking sector is down 103.74 points at 11,494.18 and the realty sector is down 9.88 points at 1,217.68. The Indian currency is up 0.36% at Rs 62.53 per dollar.last_img read more

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The rise and fall of Anil Ambani Heres how things became worse

first_img Ericsson case: Anil Ambani guilty of contempt, directed to pay Rs 453 crore or face 3 months jail After the death of his father Dhirubhai Ambani, Reliance Industries was divided into two in 2005 with Mukesh Ambani, his elder brother, getting control of the flagship oil-refining and petrochemicals business. Anil got hold of newer businesses for example power generation, financial services and telecom business, having a high potential of growth back then. From this very moment, Anil Ambani-led companies started borrowing heavily to diversify and create a conglomerate that could generate as much wealth as Mukesh’s refining firm Reliance Industries created. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:58Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:57?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Anil Ambani is facing worst time of his business career.Credit: ReutersEleven years ago, Anil Ambani was one of the wealthiest men in the world. As per Forbes valuation, the younger son of industrialist Dhirubhai Ambani was listed as the world’s sixth richest person in 2008. Just after a decade, he is now struggling to save his reputation. On Friday, the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) refused a plea seeking the tribunal to direct a group of lenders led by State Bank of India (SBI) to release Rs 260 crore of tax refunds to Reliance Communications. Notably, the amount is due to be paid to Ericsson for which the Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company has approached the Supreme Court (SC).The judgment is a huge setback for Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications. As per the directions of the apex court, RCom is bound to pay Ericsson its remaining dues of Rs 453 crore by Tuesday to ensure that Ambani doesn’t go to jail. RCom has cleared partial dues of Rs 118 crore of the total Rs 571 crore. How did one of the world’s wealthiest men come this to the sorry state? Let’s find out.center_img Close Anil Ambani’s RCom was doing fairly good till 2010, the year a non-compete clause between him and his elder brother was scrapped which kept Mukesh Ambani out of telecom business. In the cut-throat competition in the growing telecom market, RCom kept borrowing to remain in the fight. RCom started losing position as the No.2 carrier in the telecom market which was further accelerated when Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio entered the market and completely disrupted it with free calls and data. Today, Anil Ambani is facing arrest due to non-payment to the Swedish telecom equipment maker. RCom offered to settle the case but since last year, things have not appeared to reach any conclusion. Only, time will tell Anil Ambani’s fate.last_img read more

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