A late penalty by Abel Ruiz saw Spain edge past France 2-1 to enter the quarter-finals of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium on Tuesday.Lenny Pinto put France in the lead in the 34th minute but soon Juan Miranda of Spain scored an equaliser in the 44th minute.In the 90th minute, Ruiz converted a penalty to seal the deal for European champions Spain.Spain will now take on Iran, who defeated Mexico 2-1 in the other pre-quarterfinal match.The first 30 minutes between both Spain and France was a cagey affair. But things changed in the 34th minute when France took the lead through Pinto’s brilliant finish from the left side of the Spain box.But, just before half-time, Spain’s Miranda scored an equaliser. Miranda ran into the France box and collected Ferran Torres’ cross to slam into the net.After the half time, Spain made several box penetrations and troubled goalkeeper Yahia Fofana many times before missing the target with an excellent free-kick opportunity.But in the 90th minute, Spain were awarded a penalty kick and skipper and FC Barcelona sensation Ruiz stepped up and converted the penalty to send Spain into the last eight of the competition.IRAN TRUMPS MEXICOTwo early goals helped Iran beat Mexico 2-1 in a Round-of-16 match of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Tuesday.Mohammad Sharifi (seventh minute) and Allahyar Sayyad (11th minute) goals put Iran in command. For Mexico, the lone goal went to R. De La Rosa, who found the back of the net in the 37th minute.advertisementPhoto Credit: FIFA Iran were playing without their star striker Mohammad Dawood but they caught a perfect start as they were awarded a penalty in the seventh minute. Mohammad Ghaderi tried to take the ball from Adrian Vasquez through a clumsy challenge in the box, which resulted in the penalty. Sharifi converted the penalty to give Iran an early lead.Just four minutes later, the Mexican back line seemed to be lost in the middle and as a result Sayyad gathered a long ball, turned and chipped his shot over Mexican goalkeeper Cesar Lopez to make it 2-0.After conceding two goals, Mexico changed their strategy and started to attack. Soon, Mexico found their breakthrough in the 37th minute when Roda thumped in a volley from near the edge of the area from a rebound to reduce the goal difference to one.The goal enlivened the match and Mexico. The last few minutes saw some brilliant efforts from Mexico to equalise but it was too late as Iran’s back-line stood firm and denied the attempts made to seal the issue.After the win, Iran will meet European champions Spain in the quarter-finals.
Costa Rica will not take the Switzerland route against Neymar and Brazil.Coach Oscar Ramirez has declared that Costa Rica have their own strategy to stop Neymar from wrecking havoc against them at Saint Petersburg on Friday but they will not attempt to foul him out of the game.Neymar became the most fouled player in the World Cup in the last 20 years during Brazil’s 1-1 draw against Switzerland. Post that match, Neymar had trouble training and even had a sore ankle but brushed aside concerns over his match fitness.During the 2014 World Cup, Neymar’s tournament ended prematurely when Colombia’s Zuniga fouled him such that the Brazilian superstar fractures a vertebra.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGECosta Rica, instead, want to go for man-marking.”Neymar is a very skilled player and it’s true that people have tried to stop him a little aggressively,” Ramirez told reporters on the eve of the match. “We have our own strategy and we will see what happens.”Maybe we will cover him by two men. But of course we don’t want to see any sort of offences against him or any unfair attacks against him. The players know what to do.”FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThe 53-year-old announced his starting lineup at his pre-match news conference, revealing he would make one change to the side that were beaten by Serbia, with Bryan Oviedo coming in at left back in place of Francisco Calvo.Ramirez also called for Costa Rica’s fans to keep faith with the team, saying that reaching the quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago had raised expectations to such an extent that pressure was being piled on his players.advertisementalso read – World Cup 2018: Neymar returns to practice ahead of Costa Rica match”We know our country very well and people in our country don’t like losing,” he added. “Whenever we defend our colours and our shirt we want to win. Sometimes we are a little self-destructive I fear.”Reports have emerged of splits in the dressing room and a falling out between players but Ramirez said his team were all pulling in the same direction.Also read – World Cup 2018: Lackluster Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland”Certain information has been published and supposedly they come from inside the team, but I wouldn’t say so,” he added.”It’s true that some players are closer to some others, but they are not different groups, there are no problems within the team. I haven’t had to intervene at all, there were no clashes.”Also read – World Cup 2018: Kolarov fires Serbia to crucial win over Costa RicaSkipper Bryan Ruiz said Costa Rica were motivated at the thought of facing five-time world champions Brazil and were mentally prepared for the task ahead.”It’s very motivating to be able to play against Brazil during a World Cup,” he added. “Both teams are fighting to qualify for the next stage so I’m sure it’s going to be a very intense game.”We have prepared very well physically and tactically, so we will have to use that in tomorrow’s game, as well as our psychological strength.”(With Reuters inputs)
James Washington getting well deserved respect today ? #OKstate pic.twitter.com/nqykYadeWe— d (@dbeeze_) September 18, 2016Washington currently leads the Big 12 and ranks fifth nationally in both receiving yards (399) and receiving yards per game (133.0). Washington and the Cowboys’ next game is this Saturday at 6:30 PM against the Baylor Bears in Waco. Following his 296 yard, two-touchdown performance, Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington has received recognition from the Walter Camp Football Foundation, ESPN and even Reggie Wayne.Here is just some of the recognition he has received on Twitter, in addition to being named the Walter Camp Offensive Player of the week:Washington Named Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week: https://t.co/Bc9sfUTctQ #okstate pic.twitter.com/OjgOQ88Q3i— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 18, 2016 So nobody saying anything about @OSUAthletics wideout James Washington:9 Receptions296 yards 2 touchdowns #TodaysGameBall?— Reggie Wayne (@ReggieWayne_17) September 18, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Mason Rudolph: OSU-record 540 pass ydsJames Washington: OSU-record 296 rec ydsThe @StateFarm Right Combination: https://t.co/uPfXCddDmB— ESPN (@espn) September 18, 2016
Editors’ Recommendations The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets To Find Beauty In Yosemite, Just Whip Out Your (Honda) Passport London Opens World’s First Cheese Conveyor Belt Restaurant How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club An addiction led Jack Kuo to create his own food company in Portland, Oregon. He simply couldn’t stop eating cheese puffs, but with a background in food science he knew his snack food of choice was packed with a ton of unhealthy ingredients. They don’t call it “junk” food for nothing.“I knew I could do better,” said Kuo. “I thought, ‘Why don’t I bake my own cheese puffs with actual ingredients?’”The result—Kuo created Fuller Foods and today markets several varieties of non-GMO Serious Cheesy Puffs without the use of artificial or “natural” flavors, coloring agents, processed starches or growth hormones. The puffs are handmade in small batches. The current flavors include Maple Bacon (crafted with REAL bacon), Sriracha, Blue Cheese Jalapeno and India Pale Ale.While his personal favorite is the Blue Cheese Jalapeno, he says he’s very proud of the sriracha variety. “I played around with it, “he said. “It didn’t take me that long. I found the right chili pepper, and yeah, I’d say it’s quite an accomplishment.”When he passes out taste test samples he encourages people, once they’ve tried all the varieties separately, to eat a sriracha puff at the same time with a blue cheese jalapeno puff. This creates a spicy buffalo wing flavor.“We’re sort of the skittles of the cheese puff world,” he said. “You know when you eat different flavors of skittles together. Same thing with Jelly Belly jelly beans.”He says making cheese puffs isn’t a product, like jams or pickles or hot sauces, that often originates in someone’s kitchen and then they expand to a company. Cheese puffs require special dedicated equipment, which is why most puffs are made by big companies who have the right tools to church out hundreds of pounds per hour.“Cheese puffs are extruded. It’s a mechanical process,” said Kuo. “We have a super small extruder and oven. I bake a batch at a time, and we have a tumbler—a food grade cement mixer we use to season the puffs. It’s all labor intensive. We have a four person team make the puffs twice a week.”Tasting is believing.Outside of the Portland area, customers can order online at Scoutmob.com. A three pack assortment retails for $15. The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows
Sriharikota (AP): Aimed at taking a giant leap in its space programme, India will Monday launch its second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 onboard its heavy-lift rocket GSLV-MkIII, nicknamed Baahubali, from the spaceport here, to land a rover near the unexplored Lunar Southern Pole. The lift-off of the three-component spacecraft weighing 3,850 kg and comprising an orbiter, the lander and the rover has been scheduled for 2.51 AM from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) here. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Eleven years after its successful first Lunar mission, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch the Rs 978 crore Chandrayan-2 onboard Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle GSLV-MkIII on a voyage which will then take 54 days to accomplish the task of landing on the Moon through meticulously planned orbital phases. After a full dress rehearsal last week, the countdown for the mission commenced Sunday and scientists were involved in propellant filling, ISRO officials said. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty “The launch countdown of GSLV-MkIII-M1/Chandrayaan-2 commenced today (Sunday) at 0651 hrs IST,” ISRO said in its latest update Sunday. Billed as the most complex and prestigious mission ever undertaken by the ISRO since its inception, Chandrayaan-2 will make India the fourth country to soft land on the lunar surface after Russia, the United States and China. Indicating the challenges involved in soft landing, which will feature a series of critical manoeuvres by scientists, ISRO Chairman K Sivan said they will undergo about “15 minutes of terror (filled moments).” After offering prayers at the hill shrine of Lord Venkateshwara at Tirumala Saturday, Sivan said all preparations for Chandrayaan-2 were on for the launch scheduled at 2.51 am on July 15. “Chandrayaan-2 is the next leap in technology as we attempt to soft land close to South Pole of Moon. The soft landing is extremely complex and we will experience approximately 15 minutes of terror,” he said ISRO, which has planned for the landing around September 6, said the mission aims at going where no other nation has so far forayed – the Lunar South Pole and seek to improve understanding of the Moon which could lead to discoveries that will benefit India and humanity as a whole. The Chandrayaan-2 has 13 payloads in total with eight of them in the orbiter, three payloads in Vikram and two in Pragyan. Five payloads are from India, three from Europe, two from the US and one from Bulgaria. A Laser Retroreflector Array (LRA) of NASA is among the payloads and is aimed at understanding dynamics of Earth’s Moon system and deriving clues on Lunar interior. President Ram Nath Kovind will witness the launch at Sriharikota. About 16 minutes after the lift-off, the GSLV MkIII will inject Chandrayan-2 into 170 x 40400 kms Earth orbit. From then onwards, the mission will witness a series of manoeuvres by scientists to carry out different phases of the mission. For the first 17 days from lift-off, the spacecraft will be in Earth-bound phase before its orbit is finally raised to over 1.05 lakh km. After that, it will be nudged into the Lunar Transfer Trajectory taking it to the proximity of Moon in the next two days. Then gradually over the next few days it will be brought to 100 X 100 km circular orbit when the lander will separate and after another few days of orbiting it will make a soft landing at a chosen place on Lunar surface. Through Chandrayaan-2, in which home grown technology is deployed, scientists aim to expand India’s footprint in space, shed light on unexplored section of Moon– the South Pole region, enhance knowledge about space, stimulate advancement of technology and promote global alliances. It is first expedition by ISRO to attempt a soft landing on the lunar surface equipped with “home grown” technology. It would also be the first mission to explore the lunar terrain. But why the South Polar region of the Moon? According to ISRO, the lunar South Pole is an interesting surface area which remains in shadow than North pole. There is a possibility of the presence of water in permanently shadowed areas around it, the agency said, adding craters in the South Pole region have cold traps and contain fossil record of the early solar system. The lander ‘Vikram’, named after father of Indian space research programme Dr Vikram A Sarabhai, carrying the rover ‘Pragyan’, will be landed in a high plain between two craters at a latitude of about 70 degree South of the moon. Then the 27-kg ‘Pragyan’ meaning ‘wisdom’ in Sanskrit and a six-wheeled robotic vehicle, will set out on its job of collecting information on lunar surface. The rover can travel up to half a km leveraging solar energy and both Pragyan and Vikram have a mission life of one Lunar day, which approximately equals 14 Earth days. ISRO officials said the challenges involved in the Moon landing were identifying trajectory accurately; taking up deep space communication; trans Lunar injection, orbiting around the moon, taking up soft landing on the moon surface and facing extreme temperatures and vacuum. Scientists have pegged to make the landing of lander ‘Vikram’ on September 6 and then undertake a series of complex manoeuvres comprising “rough braking” and “fine braking.” A safe site free of hazards for landing would be decided based on pictures sent back by the camera onboard the lander and after touchdown the rover will carry out experiments for 14 Earth days.
Rabat – The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has signed a loan agreement with KMR Holding Pedagogique to provide €14 million to establish a medical faculty at Marrakech Private University (UPM) and to expand medical training in both Morocco and Senegal to increase the number of health professionals.“The investment from IFC will help us grow into a leading pan-African education player, particularly in the healthcare,” said Mohamed Kabbadj, founder and CEO of KMR. He added, “It will also help up address fundamental educational issues, such as affordability and employability.” According to an IFC press release, KMR will also use the financing to expand the Saint Christopher Iba Mar Diop University of Medicine in Dakar, Senegal, and to provide it with a 250-bed student dormitory. The long term effects of the project will help address the severe shortage of doctors in both countries. Additionally, KMR will benefit from IFC expertise regarding environmental, social, and governance issues, including international best practices.Read also: World Bank Approves $55 Million Loan to Empower Youth in Marrakech RegionThrough the partnership, KMR aims “to ease pressure on over-burdened public universities and supporting programs that prepare students to work in a fast-changing economy.”The IFC said that the project is part of its strategy to help strengthen human capital development, bring private sector innovation into tertiary education, and support regional integration in Morocco.
The incident happened at approximately 10:35 this morning as the crew landed their helicopter in Um Shalaya, located 60 kilometres south-east of El Geneina in West Darfur state, according to information provided by the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID).Run by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the Humanitarian Air Service flies aid workers from the UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as journalists and others, to some of the hardest-to-reach emergency operations around the world. It plays a vital role in accessing remote locations and in cases where insecurity prevents travel by road. Three Latvian men working for UNHAS – Captain Artjoms Nalbandjans, co-pilot Janis Gindra and mechanic Kaspars Reihlers – were freed from captivity in early December after being seized by gunmen in the South Darfur capital of Nyala on 4 November. 13 January 2011Three Bulgarian crew members working for the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) were abducted in Darfur today, just over one month after three of their colleagues were freed after more than a month in captivity.
BEIRUT — Lebanon’s political leaders are meeting with the aim of finding a solution to the country’s economic crisis.President Michel Aoun said in a speech at the opening of the one-day session on Monday that everyone should make “sacrifices” in order to get one of the world’s most indebted countries out of its problems.Corruption-plagued Lebanon suffers from one of the world’s highest debt ratios, high unemployment and little growth.The meeting at the presidential palace came 10 days after international ratings agency Fitch downgraded Lebanon’s ratings.Last month, Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings maintained its long- and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings, saying the country’s outlook remains negative.In January, Moody’s downgraded Lebanon’s issuer ratings to Caa1 from B3 while changing the outlook to stable from negative.The Associated Press
“Mr. Ahtisaari’s excellent negotiating skills, proven leadership, previous experience with the United Nations and knowledge of the Balkans make him the ideal person for this endeavour,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric told the daily noon briefing of the former president, who led the UN operation that oversaw Namibia’s independence from South Africa in 1990.The Security Council last week endorsed the start of talks on the future status of the province where ethnic Albanians outnumber others, mainly Serbs, by about nine to one, and which the UN has run since the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) drove out Yugoslav troops amid grave human rights abuses in fighting between Albanians and Serbs in 1999.Possible status options could include independence, a position rejected by Serbia, or autonomy, and Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for Kosovo, Søren Jessen-Petersen, has warned of possible provocations from all sides during the process.Mr. Ahtisaari has most recently served as Mr. Annan’s Special Envoy for the Humanitarian Crisis in the Horn of Africa. From 1977 to 1981 he served as UN Commissioner for Namibia. In 1984 he became the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Namibia and from 1989 to 1990 headed the UN Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG) in the southern African country.He was appointed Under-Secretary-General for Administration and Management in 1987, a position he held until 1991. In 1993 he served as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the former Yugoslavia.Mr. Ahtisaari has also served in crises positions outside the UN, including inspection of Irish Republican Army (IRA) arms dumps. He was chairman of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Working Group of the International Conference on the former Yugoslavia in 1992-93.Mr. Ahtisaari, who was President of Finland from 1994 to 2000, is chairman of the international board of the War-Torn Societies Project.
Stay on target Researchers discovered an impact crater bigger than Paris buried beneath an ice sheet in northern Greenland.Measuring more than 31 kilometers (19 miles) in diameter, the cavity was formed when an iron meteorite smashed into the area, which has since been hidden under nearly a kilometer of ice.“The crater is exceptionally well-preserved, and that is surprising, because glacier ice is an incredibly efficient erosive agent that would have quickly removed traces of the impact,” Kurt Kjær, a professor at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, said in a statement. “But that means the crater must be rather young from a geological perspective.”While scientists have no yet been able to date the crater directly, its condition suggests it formed after ice began to cover Greenland.“So, younger than 3 million years,” Kjær said, “and possibly as recent as 12,000 years ago—toward the end of the last ice age.”Close-up of the northwestern ice-sheet margin in Inglefield Land (via Natural History Museum of Denmark)In July 2015, during inspection of a new topographical map of Greenland’s ice sheet, researchers spotted what they called an “enormous,” but previously undetected, circular depression under Hiawatha Glacier.“We immediately knew this was something special, but at the same time it became clear that it would be difficult to confirm the origin of the depression,” Kjær explained.In the courtyard of the Geological Museum in Copenhagen, just outside the windows of the Center for GeoGenetics, sits a 22-ton iron meteorite, found in North Greenland, not far from the Hiawatha Glacier.“It was therefore not such a leap to infer that the depression could be a previously undescribed meteorite crater,” Aarhus University associate professor Nicolaj Larsen said. “But initially we lacked the evidence.”Map of the bedrock topography beneath the ice sheet and the ice-free land surrounding the Hiawatha impact crater (via Natural History Museum of Denmark)Their suspicion was confirmed when the team personally visited the Hiawatha Glacier, mapping the area with a powerful ice radar.“A distinctly circular rim, central uplift, disturbed and undisturbed ice layering, and basal debris. It’s all there,” according to Joseph MacGregor, a NASA glaciologist who participated in the study.The unnamed pit—among the planet’s 25 largest impact craters—is described further in a study published by the journal Science Advances.This marks the first time a crater of any size has been found under one of Earth’s continental ice sheets.“The next step in the investigation will be to confidently date the impact,” Kjær said. “This will be a challenge, because it will probably require recovering material that melted during the impact from the bottom of the structure, but this is crucial if we are to understand how the Hiawatha impact affected life on Earth.”More coverage on Geek.com:Ancient Meteorites Shed Light on Early Solar System470-Million-Year-Old Meteorite Crater Confirmed in IowaFormer Barn Doorstop Actually $100,000 Meteorite Scientists Uncover New Evidence of Asteroid That Killed DinosaursWWII Bomb Explodes in German Barley Field, Creates Giant Crater
A crowd gathers to see damage caused by a lightning strike to two trees across Mill Plain Boulevard from Hudson’s Bay High School on Friday evening. David Santos glanced heavenward with a sense of disbelief Friday night at the sad remains of a vanquished Douglas fir tree standing before him off East Mill Plain Boulevard. Under his left arm, Santos held “his trophy”, a 5-feet-high chunk of tree, nearly as tall as him.“Wow!” Santos, 25, exclaimed to no one in particular. “It’s unbelievable.”Dozens of onlookers joined Santos to stare at the damage Mother Nature wrought and grab mementos of a once mighty tree blown to smithereens when a lightning strike hit it shortly after 7:30 p.m. The lightning strike’s impact was so powerful that it scattered debris from the tree at least a hundred yards away onto a nearby soccer field and broke two windows at the nearby Marshall House, fire authorities said. Onlookers described the strike as sounding like a bomb exploding.The lightning strike that slayed the tree and topped another Douglas fir nearby resulted from a series of thunderstorms that delivered heavy rain and hail across Clark County Friday night, causing at least one house fire and power outages for more than 1,500 homes in Vancouver. A low-pressure system sweeping through the Pacific Northwest was responsible for the nasty weather, said Tiffani Brown, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland. Thunderstorms during the late spring and early summer usually are relegated to the Cascades, Brown said. However, on Friday night, Southwest Washington was on the back edge of a low-pressure system, making it more susceptible than usual.The storms, moving from the north-northeast, began sweeping into the area about 6:30 p.m. Lightning and hail associated with the storm were heaviest in Battle Ground, Brown reported. “It wasn’t necessarily strong, but it was prolonged,” she said, noting the National Weather Service had not received reports of strong, gusting winds or large hail. The storm, she added, was not strong enough to require a thunderstorm warning.
Here’s something fun to chew on over the long holiday weekend:The human resources department at Cygnus might have stumbled upon the as-yet undiscovered key to increasing the bottom line: Wearing jeans … on Tuesdays.According to an e-mail sent to staffers this week from HR vice president Judy Heidebrecht, employees will be permitted to wear “nice” jeans to work next Tuesday, May 27—as long as they are “even more productive.”So, trade in your suit pants and skirts, folks. Jeans = productivity! Here’s the e-mail:From: “Judy Heidebrecht” Date: May 22, 2008 7:08:47 PM EDTSubject: Blue Jean TuesdayAt the request of a few people who said they would be even more productive if they could wear blue jeans more often . . . we’ve agreed to test that theory!Next Tuesday, May 27, will be a casual day, so feel free to wear nice jeans, just like you would on Friday. Now, here’s the deal. If the folks who were preaching productivity-in-denims are correct – we could have more casual-wear-days more often. Let your co-workers and supervisors know what you think!Mike, Dave, Judy
Mon Laferte Talks First Coachella Performance mon-laferte-talks-first-coachella-performance-norma-more Email News Facebook Twitter The Latin GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter touches on her first-ever Coachella performance, her diverse range of influences, and why storytelling is the most important part of her artistryAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Apr 13, 2019 – 9:30 am Chilean Latin GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Mon Laferte’s music is hard to categorize, but that’s precisely what makes it so enjoyable. Her latest album, 2018’s Norma, explores lots of an eclectic mix of sounds, textures and moods, all of which she brought to her Friday set at Coachella.Performing songs like “Tormento,” “Mi buen amor,” and “Amárrame,” Mon Laferte—born Norma Monserrat Bustamante Laferte—also did a cover of Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” during her set.The Recording Academy caught up with the singer after her performance, where she revealed what it felt like to play the renowned Indio fest for the very first time. What did it feel like to share your music for the first time at Coachella?I was very nervous at the beginning. It’s my first time at Coachella. But once I got onstage, I felt relaxed, I felt happy, and it was like, “Wow! I’m at Coachella!” A lot of people were really excited to see a more diverse lineup at Coachella this year, especially in Latin music. How does it feel to be a part of that?It’s very excting, it’s a moment where you feel that locally we’re much more open to different genres, and to be part of that moment, when there’s something better and more exciting coming.What’s been your favorite part of the festival so far? Have you seen any fellow performers?I haven’t seen many artists because since I’ve gotten offstage I’ve been doing promo and interviews back-to-back. But I do want to catch a couple of performances, and so far the experience has just been very beautiful. It’s a beautiful festival, the backstage, the ambiance. What you breathe and what you feel—it’s amazing. Lots of flowers. Can you tell us more about your most recent album—your sixth album!—Norma?So, Norma is an album created conceptually as the storytelling of 10 chapters of a relationship—in songs. [I wanted to bring in] my roots, not only where I come from, but more Pan-regional sounds—so you have mambo, you have salsa, you have many other genres. Who are your musical influences?I have a very diverse range of influences that goes all the way from singers like Janis Joplin, but it also goes to other genres. I was very influenced by salsa and very strong female [performers], like Billie Holiday.What’s the message you want to share with your music, both at home in Chile, in the U.S., and in the world at large?So essentially, I am a storyteller. And I like to tell stories. Music and the beat are very important, but more important is telling that story. Through my music, I open different spaces, spaces that, especially in festivals like this one, you open the window to experiencing a lot of other genres. Not only what’s trending—maybe urban, maybe reggaeton—but also many other things that are happening within the Latin world. Festivals are now revisiting both their genre diversity and gender diversity in their lineups. As a woman in music, what are some ways you feel women can best support each other in the industry and in the community?So in my case, it’s a lot of creating awareness and visibility and bringing this awareness and visibility towards parity. Towards being able to balance out the amount of females that are working both onstage and offstage within the industry and making sure that people have that consciousness. Maybe in festivals like Coachella you see a lot more balance, but in Latin America, we’re still far away from that. Just with the possibility of being able just, you know, to be here, performing on the main stage you’re already creating that space for many other women to come and do the same thing. The Woman. Collective Wants Music Festivals To Be A Safe Space For “Every One”Read more Mon Laferte Talks First Coachella Performance, ‘Norma’ & More
Robert Rodman, owner of Percy’s Liquor Store, shows how an e-cigarette works. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)The Juneau Assembly is considering a ban on e-cigarette vapors in nearly all indoor public spaces.The local chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence led the push at an Assembly Committee meeting Monday. Kristin Cox, a naturopathic doctor and the council’s tobacco prevention program coordinator, argued that the new tobacco alternative is being marketed to youths and misrepresented as harmless.Download Audio“So e-cigarettes: They’re new, they’re blue, but will they still kill you?” Cox asked.She didn’t exactly say yes – the research world is playing catch-up with the products as more parties enter the marketplace and innovate – but Cox did warn that the widespread claims that e-cigarette vapors are harmless and an effective way to help someone quit smoking are both scientifically unproven, and may be entirely wrong.Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, recently published a review of 84 e-cigarette studies in a peer-reviewed journal of the American Heart Association. They found a chaotic marketplace filled with a range of unsubstantiated claims and quality control issues with the products themselves.Results of trials comparing the toxicity of various e-cigarette vapors to traditional tobacco smoke varied wildly. For example, one study of a particular brand discovered toxic metals at levels higher than in regular cigarette smoke, likely coming from the e-cigarette’s metal heating elements. Other studies bore out claims that e-cigarette vapors were less harmful than tobacco smoke, but not harmless.“You know, middle school kids think they’re harmless. They’re using these devices, they think they’re really harmless. There’s harmless water vapor is what their inhaling. And that’s not the case.”Cox says big tobacco companies have been pumping a lot of money into buying e-cigarette companies and beefing up their advertising campaigns with youths in mind. E-cigarette juice, vaping liquid or e-liquid, is being made in candy and fruit flavors.Cox says it’s an initiation tool to introduce youths to nicotine addiction and tobacco use.“This is a really, really serious issue. It’s re-normalizing cigarette smoking in public. Little kids can’t distinguish between what’s a traditional cigarette and what’s an e-cigarette,” she said.Under the ordinance the Assembly is considering, the vapors would be treated the same as tobacco smoke, which Juneau banned from virtually all indoor public spaces in 2008.If the Assembly adopts the ordinance, Cox said, “It’s going to signal to people that these are dangerous, they’re not harmless.”A few blocks away from City Hall, Robert Rodman has sold e-cigarette products for about a year in his store, Percy’s Liquor.He’s more or less indifferent about the possible ban.“I don’t think it’s a huge issue one way or the other,” he said.Rodman keeps an e-cigarette for himself in the shop to demonstrate how it’s used. His looks like a fat pen. One end houses a battery and heating element. The other end has a vial with the e-liquid in it. The liquid he uses has no nicotine.“Yeah, I’m not a smoker. I have no interest in nicotine,” Rodman said.Then, Rodman used one of the lines Cox was worried about.“It’s just flavored water, basically,” Rodman said. “You know, in that case, you know, there’s no harm.”In fact, the base in most e-liquids is a common food additive the Food and Drug Administration says is safe to eat, though researchers warn drawing it into your lungs as an aerosol isn’t the same and can cause respiratory problems.Rodman pushed a button and breathed in. A moment later, he puffed out wisps of a white, scented vapor that hung in the air a few moments before dissipating.“You’re not really inhaling it. So, I dunno, it’s just a pleasurable sensation,” Rodman said. “You know, you get a little bit of mouth feel with it, you know, in your throat. And with the flavors, you know, you get some taste. I mean, this is coffee. You know, it’s kind of a cool thing.”The Assembly will hold a public hearing on the e-cigarette vapor ordinance at its next meeting, June 30.
Silver, the lone dog left with Brent Sass in Eureka.CREDIT BRENT SASS / WILD AND FREE MUSHINGThe Sockeye Fire caused evacuation of hundreds of sled dogs from Willow area kennels earlier this month, and now new fires have forced movement of huskies from a remote kennel north of Fairbanks.Download AudioYukon Quest champion Brent Sass remains at his wildfire-threatened compound in Eureka, but his dogs are safe in Fairbanks. The Baker and North Fork wildfires are burning in the Eureka area, west of the Elliot Highway between mileposts 131 and 137. Dog handler Tim Muto says Sass was away working Tuesday as flames began advancing, and he had to scramble to get dog boxes on trucks and move the animals.Muto says the group of dogs trucked to a property Sass has in the Goldstream Valley includes several young puppies.Muto says he’s impressed with how all the dogs handled the hectic trip.Muto says the dogs have settled in well in Fairbanks. He says he has no phone connection with Sass in Eureka, but suspects he’s working to fire prep the property, Muto says the Eureka property has a creek and pond on site that can aid in firefighting. He adds that as of yesterday, neighbors and fellow mushers Rick and Kelly Swenson planned to stay put in Eureka with about 20 dogs.
Photo by Liz RuskinIn all, five candidates are on the ballot challenging U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. If one of them wins, the victor would get her Senate seat, but not her chairmanship of the Energy Committee. So what does that matter to you?Listen Now As chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Murkowski has brokered water disputes in the arid West, and she’s been in the middle of other rather non-Alaskan issues, too: The Puerto Rican debt crisis, advances in nuclear power, and auto manufacturing.Murkowski says she takes seriously her role in helping to create energy and resource policy for the nation.“If you take a very, very strictly parochial view of energy and say ‘the only energy sources that matter are what we have in Alaska,’ it’s a pretty short-sighted vision,” she said.But let’s say you are a strictly parochial Alaskan. What does her chairmanship bring YOU? Well, the energy bill that she got through the Senate is peppered with items she’s hoping will benefit Alaska, like a pipeline right of way, authority for hydropower projects and promotion of electric microgrids of the type pioneered in rural Alaska.Sen. Lisa Murkowski invited Aleutians East Borough Mayor Stanley Mack to the U.S. Capitol in April to highlight the needs of King Cove. Photo: Liz Ruskin/APRNA House-Senate conference committee is still working on that bill, but it could become law. The senator has also made a top priority of a land trade bill that would allow the Mental Health Land Trust to harvest Tongass timber and avoid unpopular logging near Southeast Alaska cities. Aside from legislation, Murkowski says the chairmanship lets her decide what matters deserve hearings.“These are opportunities for very specific Alaska-related issues to come front and center,” she said.Since assuming the chairmanship in 2015, she’s held hearings on Arctic oil development and on the forestry challenges in the Tongass. Her committee has heard a lot about an Alaska community that would like to build a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. A good number of United States senators are now well aware of tiny King Cove and its limited access to emergency medical care. Still, there is no road. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is still blocking it.It takes seniority to become a chairman. Murkowski was in office 12 years before she got her gavel. Independent challenger Margaret Stock, said on APRN’s “Talk of Alaska” recently that Murkowski still hasn’t been able to get much done for Alaska.“I’m a much harder worker and I think I can get things done without seniority that Sen. Murkowski’s not been able to accomplish,” she said.Libertarian Joe Miller says Murkowski has been unable to achieve big resources development goals – like opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, because she, like her predecessors in Congress, is too focused on getting money out of the federal government.Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, is the ranking minority member on Sen. Murkowski’s committee. 2015 file photo: Liz Ruskin“I mean, we have got to have somebody who is out there focusing their efforts, their political seniority and their leverage on opening the resource base, rather than going the direction of the last several decades, which is a shrinking federal purse,” Miller said.That’s one theory: If you spend political capital to get federal money, you have less to achieve development goals.Drue Pearce, on the other hand, says Murkowski uses her chairmanship to build up more political capital. Pearce is an energy lobbyist who used to be president of the state Senate, and she’s contributed to Murkowski’s re-election campaign. She says Murkowski accomplishes a lot by setting a cooperative tone. Unlike other Republican chairmen, Murkowski includes a lot of Democratic priorities in her bills. In the arithmetic of Capitol Hill, Pearce says that opens more opportunities for Murkowski to press home-state issues.“So that’s very important for us, because it helps her take the things that are Alaskan specific and have them poised and ready to go into bills as she’s making deals with minority,” she said.Also, Pearce says, as chairman, Murkowski has more aides to work on Alaska issues. Murkowski has 22 committee staffers, and many of them have Alaska roots.Another prerogative of the chairman is to publicly confront administration officials. At budget time, Murkowski typically gets two shots at the same top official, because she also chairs the Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Interior Department, the Forest Service and the EPA. Murkowski often uses these confrontations to argue that Alaska has special circumstances and shouldn’t face the same regulations as other states.“We find ourselves often talking about the uniqueness of Alaska,” said EPA administrator Gina McCarthy at one of Murkowski’s hearings last year, defending the administration’s Clean Power Plan. McCarthy later announced Alaska, unlike other states, does not have to comply with mandates to lower greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants, due to its unique conditions.Polls show the Democrats could win control of the U.S. Senate in this election. If that happens, Murkowski won’t be chairman of any committee. She won’t enjoy the staff or prerogatives assigned to the top-ranking minority member on the energy committee, either, due to Republican limits on the terms of ranking members. But if Republicans retain the majority, or whenever they regain it, she can serve four more years as Energy Committee chair, and her chairmanship of the appropriations subcommittee has no time limit.-
Chahatt KhannainstagramIn a shocking incident, TV actress Chahatt Khanna, who is best known for her role as Ayesha in Bade Achhe Lagte Hain, was attacked by 14 drunk men on the road while she was travelling in her car with her two minor children.The incident took place on Friday, March 22, at Malad, Mumbai. Narrating the horrific ordeal, the actress told SpotboyE, “Last evening around 7 pm, I was travelling in my car with my kids, maid and staff and suddenly, a car banged my car from behind. It happened at S V Road, Malad. My driver braked and we were all thrown forward. I looked behind and saw 6 burly men getting down from the car. 4 bikes carrying 8 more men were right with the car, one on either side. So, 14 men in all.She further said: “And those 14 had within no time, surrounded my car. They recognised me and aggravated their aggression. They started banging the door, abusing us no end. Soon, 25-50 people had gathered a few metres away from this hooliganism. And mind you, most of them were seeing the tamasha as mere spectators. My driver got sh** scared. Why I am saying most of them is because then I saw few Muslim uncles coming forward and telling me to go away from there ASAP and they were braving it out in front of those hooligans. But my driver had started shi**ing bricks by now, He just froze, he couldn’t dodge and veer the car forward.”Chahatt revealed that her kids were crying throughout when the men forced her driver to get down the car and started beating him. Not just that the hooligans also smashed the back glass of her car. The drunk men got so wild that they started dancing and singing on the car’s bonnet. She continued: “I yelled at my driver to show some courage and he just about managed to take it out from that mess. But the ordeal was not over, A few metres down the road, I realised those 14 men had started following us. And they surrounded the car, once again- and started banging the door. At this point, it was great to see that the Muslim uncles had also followed us. This time though the miscreants had surrounded equally strongly- and I told my driver to yet take it ahead, even if it amounts to the car hitting one of them. Self-defence toh karna hi tha, There was no other option. And yes, I saw the Muslim uncles giving them an earful.”If these were not enough, Chahatt said that four of the men got physical but before things got worse, the police arrived and arrested the miscreants. However, the actress chose to reach home safely with her her kids rather than filing a complaint. “I dialled 100 but hardly had I gone ahead a few buildings, the hooligans returned to repeat the heinous act again. At this point I decided to get down and confront them. I knew it could lead to anything but again, I had no other option. I knew they were not going to stop. They were all sloshed with bhaang. Why are no checks possible to detect bhaang? Anyway, I took my chappals and threatened them. Worse still, 4 of them started getting physical with me. I decided to call the local MLA, but at this very juncture the cops arrived. Had they come 5 minutes later, I don’t know if I would have been alive. Hats off to the police and the present BJP government for this under which we have such an efficient system,” she said.
Police arrested four people, including the principal and an assistant teacher of a madrasa, on Thursday for sexually harassing a Class-V girl in Sharsha upazila.The arrestees are Mohsin Ali, 45, principal of Bagachra Satmail Alim Mahila Madrasa, its assistant teacher Shariful Islam, 35, office assistant Jamal Uddin, 45, and managing committee member Nurul Islam, 40.M Mashiur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Sharsha police station, said assistant teacher Shariful harassed the girl sexually in the classroom on 27 April.The victim’s mother lodged a complaint with the managing committee president in this regard after the girl disclosed the matter to her, he said.However, the arrestees tried to hush up the matter, the OC said, adding that a case was filed with his police station on Thursday and police arrested the four.
Given all of the big games released this fall, you might have forgotten all about Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite. The game is still going strong, and is about to get a significant upgrade soon. Today, Capcom revealed three new characters that should make folks pay attention.On December 5, Marvel’s Winter Soldier, Black Widow, and Venom will join the fray. Venom has appeared in previous Marvel vs Capcom games, while Black Widow and Winter Soldier are newcomers. Winter Soldier has some ground-based attacks that send opponents flying across the screen. He can even use his metallic arm to shield himself against super moves. Black Widow dominates the ground and air with her unique weapons. She is perfect for players who love to rack up high combos. Venom plays similarly to how he did in past installments. His shape-shifting abilities are useful for delivering devastating combos and confusing opponents.This newly released trailer shows what the new characters are all about.AdChoices广告These upcoming characters are available to everyone who purchased the season pass. They join other post-release characters like Monster Hunter, Sigma, and Black Panther. Each DLC character is also available to purchase individually.In other Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite news, Capcom is hosting a free demo weekend from November 24 at 8:00 am PST to November 27 at 8:00 am PST. During this time, all 30 characters are available to all users. This presents a good opportunity to see which of the DLC characters are worth purchasing. This free demo is only available to players on PlayStation 4.I’m one of the folks who had to stop playing Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite due to the flood of games, but I’m ready to return. I know what to expect from Venom, but I’m eager to test out Winter Soldier and Black Widow. In fact, I think they’d make a great team in the game. Nice job including these two, Capcom. Kudos. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Disney Might Buy Fox Because the Mouse Must Rule AllMarvel vs Capcom: Infinite’s Accessibility Doesn’t Take Away…
The scientists account for this “superactivation” property by explaining that quantum channels have two different kinds of capacity. “Private capacity” is the rate at which a channel can send secure classical data. “Assisted capacity” is the transmission rate in which multiple symmetric channels can assist a given channel in sending quantum data. As the physicists demonstrated, a channel’s assisted capacity is always at least half as large as its private capacity. As an example of superactivation, the scientists showed that combining a private “Horodecki” channel and a symmetric channel (each with zero capacity) can give a quantum capacity of more than 0.01 qubits per channel. It’s as if each channel has the potential to activate the other, canceling the other’s reason for having zero capacity.“The effect has something to do with the existence of something called ‘private Horodecki channels,’” Smith said. “These channels have the weird property that, even though they’re too noisy to allow quantum communication, somehow they still allow you to send classical messages that are completely private. Roughly speaking, we figured out that there’s this second kind of channel – a symmetric channel – that also can’t send any quantum messages on its own, but can be used to transform the private classical communication of the Horodecki channel into noiseless quantum communication.”Superactivation raises some interesting questions about the nature of communication. For instance, you would think that the question “can this communication link transmit any information?” would have a straightforward answer. However, with quantum data, the answer may be that it depends on the context. If identifying a quantum channel’s capacity is not as straightforward as previously thought, then new ideas will be needed for designing error-correction techniques in quantum channels.These results lead to other questions, such as what the effect of combing three channels might be. The overall complexity of quantum channel capacity will keep the researchers investigating the fundamental characteristics of communication in the physical world.“First, I’d like to understand the role of privacy in this whole thing, and whether it’s necessary to achieve a superactivation,” Smith said. “In the longer term, I’d like to see if we can turn the improved understanding of quantum error correction that comes out of this into some practical ways to reduce noise in prototypes for quantum computers.”More information: Smith, Graeme and Yard, Jon. “Quantum Communication with Zero-Capacity Channels.” Science, 26 September 2008, Vol. 321. 10.1126/science.1164382.Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (PhysOrg.com) — Physicists have discovered a strange characteristic of quantum communication channels. If two quantum channels each have a transmission capacity of zero, they may still have a nonzero capacity when used together. This effect, which has no classical counterpart, reveals a new complexity in the fundamental nature of quantum communication. Citation: In quantum channels, zero plus zero can equal non-zero (2008, October 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-10-quantum-channels-equal-non-zero.html Explore further Physicists propose a second level of quantization for quantum Shannon theory The coauthors of the study, Graeme Smith of the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, and Jon Yard of Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, have published their research in a recent issue of Science.Smith and Yard explain that one of the most important challenges in designing communication networks of any kind is taking steps to correct for noise. By decreasing noise levels in communication channels, developers can increase channel capacity, which is defined as the number of bits (or qubits, in quantum channels) that one channel can transmit. For a channel with zero capacity, no bits are transmitted.For several decades, scientists have used a well-known formula developed by Claude Shannon in 1948 for developing error-correction techniques in classical communication channels. This formula guides the design of modern communication schemes used in cell phones, the Internet, and deep-space communication. In this classical formula, capacity is additive: when two channels are used simultaneously to transmit data, the capacities of the channels are added to obtain the total capacity.But even today, physicists don’t understand quantum communication nearly as well as the classical kind. In the current study, Smith and Yard show that some pairs of zero-capacity channels can have a positive quantum capacity when used together. As the physicists explain, that would be like two cut telephone cables being able to transmit data when used together. Their finding shows two things: that quantum capacity is not additive like classical capacity, and that the quantum capacity of a single channel does not completely specify its capability for transmitting quantum information.“To me, the strange thing is that you have these two things that you would have thought were useless – I mean, you’d usually think that a zero-capacity channel was good for nothing – and when you put them together, somehow there’s a kind of synergy and they develop a very quantifiable value,” Smith told PhysOrg.com. “This doesn’t happen when you work with classical channels, and since my intuition was based on that case, I was really surprised when it happened here.” Two quantum channels that have zero capacity when used individually (orange and yellow figures) can enable communication when used together (green figure). 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