Jump from space makes Felix Baumgartner world’s first supersonic skydiver

first_imgFelix Baumgartner stood alone at the edge of space, poised in the open doorway of a capsule suspended above Earth and wondering if he would make it back alive. Twenty four miles below him, millions of people were right there with him, watching on the Internet and marveling at the wonder of the moment.A second later, he stepped off the capsule and barreled toward the New Mexico desert as a tiny white speck against a darkly-tinted sky. Millions watched him breathlessly as he shattered the sound barrier and then landed safely about nine minutes later, becoming the world’s first supersonic skydiver.”When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about breaking records anymore, you do not think about gaining scientific data,” Baumgartner said after the jump. “The only thing you want is to come back alive.”The tightly-orchestrated jump meant primarily to entertain became much more than that in the dizzying, breathtaking moment – a collectively shared cross between Neil Armstrong’s moon landing and Evel Knievel’s famed motorcycle jumps on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports.”It was part scientific wonder, part daredevil reality show, with the live-streamed event instantly capturing the world’s attention on a sleepy Sunday at the same time seven NFL football games were being played. It proved, once again, the power of the Internet in a world where news travels as fast as Twitter.The event happened without a network broadcast in the United States, though organizers said more than 40 television stations in 50 countries – including cable’s Discovery Channel in the US – carried the live feed. Instead, millions flocked online, drawing more than 8 million simultaneous views to a YouTube live stream at its peak, YouTube officials said.More than 130 digital outlets carried the live feed, organizers said.It was a last hurrah for what some have billed as a dying Space Age, as NASA’s shuttle program ends and the ways humans explore space is dramatically changing. As the jump unfolded, the space shuttle Endeavor crept toward a Los Angeles museum, where it will become nothing more than an exhibit.Baumgartner, a 43-year-old Austrian, hit Mach 1.24, or 833.9 mph, according to preliminary data, and became the first person to reach supersonic speed without traveling in a jet or a spacecraft. The capsule he jumped from had reached an altitude of 128,100 feet above Earth, carried by a 55-story ultra-thin helium balloon.Landing on his feet in the desert, the man known as “Fearless Felix” lifted his arms in victory to the cheers of jubilant friends and spectators who closely followed at a command center. Among them was his mother, Eva Baumgartner, who was overcome with emotion, crying.”Sometimes we have to get really high to see how small we are,” an exuberant Baumgartner told reporters outside mission control after the jump.About half of Baumgartner’s nine-minute descent was a free fall of 119,846 feet, according to Brian Utley, a jump observer from the FAI, an international group that works to determine and maintain the integrity of aviation records.During the first part of Baumgartner’s free fall, anxious onlookers at the command center held their breath as he appeared to spin uncontrollably.”When I was spinning first 10, 20 seconds, I never thought I was going to lose my life but I was disappointed because I’m going to lose my record. I put seven years of my life into this,” he said.He added: “In that situation, when you spin around, it’s like hell and you don’t know if you can get out of that spin or not. Of course, it was terrifying. I was fighting all the way down because I knew that there must be a moment where I can handle it.”Baumgartner said traveling faster than sound is “hard to describe because you don’t feel it.” The pressurized suit prevented him from feeling the rushing air or even the loud noise he made when breaking the sound barrier.With no reference points, “you don’t know how fast you travel,” he said.Coincidentally, Baumgartner’s accomplishment came on the 65th anniversary of the day that U.S. test pilot Chuck Yeager became the first man to officially break the sound barrier in a jet. Yeager, in fact, commemorated that feat on Sunday, flying in the back seat of an F-15 Eagle as it broke the sound barrier at more than 30,000 feet above California’s Mojave Desert.At Baumgartner’s insistence, some 30 cameras recorded his stunt. Shortly after launch early Sunday, screens at mission control showed the capsule, dangling from the massive balloon, as it rose gracefully above the New Mexico desert. Baumgartner could be seen on video, calmly checking instruments inside the capsule.The dive was more than just a stunt. NASA is eager to improve its blueprints for future spacesuits.Baumgartner’s team included Joe Kittinger, who first tried to break the sound barrier from 19.5 miles up in 1960, reaching speeds of 614 mph. With Kittinger inside mission control, the two men could be heard going over technical details during the ascension.”Our guardian angel will take care of you,” Kittinger radioed to Baumgartner around the 100,000-foot mark.After Baumgartner landed, his sponsor, Red Bull, posted a picture to Facebook of him kneeling on the ground. It generated nearly 216,000 likes, 10,000 comments and more than 29,000 shares in less than 40 minutes.On Twitter, half the worldwide trending topics had something to do with the jump, pushing past seven NFL football games. Among them was this tweet from NASA: “Congratulations to Felix Baumgartner and RedBull Stratos on record-breaking leap from the edge of space!”This attempt marked the end of a long road for Baumgartner, a record-setting high-altitude jumper. He already made two preparation jumps in the area, one from 15 miles high and another from 18 miles high. He has said that this was his final jump.Red Bull has never said how much the long-running, complex project cost.Although he broke the sound barrier, the highest manned-balloon flight record and became the man to jump from the highest altitude, he failed to break Kittinger’s 5 minute and 35 second longest free fall record. Baumgartner’s was timed at 4 minutes and 20 seconds in free fall.He said he opened his parachute at 5,000 feet because that was the plan.”I was putting everything out there, and hope for the best and if we left one record for Joe – hey it’s fine,” he said when asked if he intentionally left the record for Kittinger to hold. “We needed Joe Kittinger to help us break his own record, and that tells the story of how difficult it was and how smart they were in the 60’s. He is 84 years old, and he is still so bright and intelligent and enthusiastic”.Baumgartner has said he plans to settle down with his girlfriend and fly helicopters on mountain rescue and firefighting missions in the U.S. and Austria.Before that, though, he said, “I’ll go back to LA to chill out for a few days.”advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Samsung launches Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Galaxy Tab S 8.4

first_imgNew tablet computers from Samsung will feature screens that are richer in color than standard LCDs.These screens, known as AMOLED for active-matrix organic light-emitting diodes, are already found in smartphones made by Samsung and a few other manufacturers. But until now, tablets haven’t used them because larger AMOLED screens are more difficult to produce.Samsung Electronics Co. is trying to change that with its upcoming line of Android tablets, called the Galaxy Tab S. On Thursday, Samsung announced two such models, with screens of 8.4 inches and 10.5 inches, as measured diagonally.The tablets will start selling in the U.S. in July at $400 for the smaller model and $500 for the larger one – the same as comparable iPads. Models with 4G LTE cellular access are expected later in the year.Samsung is the world’s second-largest maker of tablets, behind Apple and its trend-setting iPads. In recent years, Samsung has been gaining market share – at Apple’s expense – by offering a wide range of sizes and quality.Earlier this year, it unveiled a “Pro” brand aimed at professionals. The “Tab” brand has been used on Samsung’s budget tablets and don’t come with a stylus, as Samsung’s “Note” tablets do. With the new screens, Samsung is elevating the Tab line to become its flagship tablet.Besides producing richer colors, AMOLED allows tablets to be thinner and use less power because screens typically don’t require backlighting. But IHS analyst Sweta Dash said the performance gap between AMOLED screens and regular LCDs has narrowed, while AMOLED screens can cost 10 to 30 percent more to make.advertisementSamsung does have the advantage of making its own screens, and the South Korean company can afford to reduce profit margins on tablets if that boosts volume and reduces costs on the screen-production business. What it learns from making tablet screens might even help it one day make affordable AMOLED television sets.Samsung did release an AMOLED tablet in 2012, but it was expensive and didn’t sell well. The new ones will be priced more competitively.The tablets are a quarter of an inch (6.6 millimeters) thick, which is thinner than iPads. The smaller version is also lighter than the iPad Mini, while the larger one is about the same as the iPad Air.The new tablets will sport displays of 2,560 pixels by 1,600 pixels, matching what’s found in the Pro series. By comparison, Apple’s iPad Air is at 2,048 pixels by 1,536 pixels. Apple markets its displays as “Retina” and doesn’t believe more pixels will necessarily be discernible to the eye. Apple is expected to refresh its iPad lineup this fall.Until now, iPad rivals have succeeded largely by undercutting Apple on price, and better hardware hasn’t been enough, said Rhoda Alexander, director of tablet and monitor research at IHS. AMOLED screens could change that, she said, because colors will pop out when compared side by side at a Walmart or a Best Buy.The new tablets will also let people make calls when a Samsung phone is nearby and to unlock the device with a fingerprint. The tablets can support up to eight user profiles, so members of a household can get separate home screens simply by swiping their finger on the sensor.last_img read more

Cards End Skid, Beat Mets, 3-2

first_imgST. LOUIS — The night began ominously for Lance Lynn. The St. Louis Cardinals right-hander simply moved on, and re-discovered his shutdown stuff.Lynn out-dueled Noah Syndergaard, surrendering a lead-off homer to Curtis Granderson but virtually nothing after that, and the Cardinals got a go-ahead homer from Jhonny Peralta and held on for a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets on July 17.“He’s one of those guys, you can call him a stopper,” Manager Mike Matheny said. “I want them all thinking that way. If we’re in a rut, they have to go out and do something special. And that was special, keeping it there at one run.”Lynn was in command “except for the first batter” when he served up a 3-1 fastball to Granderson.“I didn’t love it and fixed it real quick,” Lynn said. “So it was a good night.”Peralta, one of six St. Louis All-Stars, barely cleared the left-field fence on a two-out drive for his 14th homer. Kirk Nieuwenhuis made a leaping effort and his glove ticked the ball that landed in the Mets’ bullpen.Granderson’s 14th homer was his fifth leadoff of the year for the Mets, who won four in a row before the All-Star break.“We battled our tails off till the very last strike,” Syndergaard said. “We all knew how important it was to come out for the second half on a good streak. We just came up a little short.”Trevor Rosenthal gave up Ruben Tejada’s RBI infield hit in the ninth, and the Mets had two on before he struck out pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. on a changeup for his 27th save in 29 chances.“I was trying to give him a different look,” Rosenthal said. “I knew I had to make a good pitch with something else besides a fastball.”Rosenthal was unavailable in the All-Star game after experiencing fatigue in Pittsburgh in the Cardinals’ final series prior to the break.“I felt it would be smart to rest and give myself those extra days instead of throwing in the game,” Rosenthal said. “Yeah, I feel good.”Lynn (7-5) allowed a run and three hits in seven innings in a game that began in 92-degree heat, retiring 16 of his final 18 batters. He had nine strikeouts with one walk for St. Louis, which leads the majors with a 57-33 record but had lost three straight before the break.Syndergaard (4-5) also worked seven innings, allowing two runs and five hits. The rookie limited the Cardinals to two hits the first five innings, but gave up both runs on three hits in the sixth.“Against that lineup and in these conditions, you can’t be too mad about a performance like that,” Syndergaard said.Kolten Wong singled, stole second and advanced to third on a wild throw before scoring on Matt Carpenter’s groundout to tie it. Peralta homered one out later.Peter Bourjos added an RBI double in the eighth off Hansel Robles.It was enough for Lynn. The Cardinals have totaled just 39 runs in 16 of Lynn’s 17 starts, with an eight-run outburst at Cleveland on May 12 the exception.Syndergaard had been 2-0 with a 1.22 ERA in his previous three starts, allowing one run each start, but fell to 0-4 on the road.The Cardinals are a major league-best 32-11 at home and attendance of 44,540 was the 22nd sellout.(R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Amir Khan’s jungle stay led to burying the hatchet with Eddie Hearn

first_img Read more Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Amir Khan decided to work with Eddie Hearn while alone with his thoughts on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!The welterweight has signed a three-fight contract with the promoter he has long spoken of disliking and will return to the ring after a near two-year absence at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on 21 April.It will also be five years since Khan last fought in the UK, during which Hearn has repeatedly tempted to lure him into a fight with long-term rival Kell Brook. “I was in the jungle, on my own and thinking about where I wanted to be in my life,” Khan said. “I wanted people to see the real side of me and then I wanted to get back on the boxing scene with a bang. The only way to do that is with someone established.“I’ve got two or three years left in me and want the best fights of my career. We decided to put our egos to one side, and start working with one another, and forget about the ‘he said this’. It’s business, isn’t it?”It is understood Khan rejected an offer from ITV to work with Hearn’s Matchroom, which made its approach before his time on reality television late last year. Asked if he ever envisioned a period when he would work with Matchroom, Khan said: “No. It’s a little surreal. Eddie’s good at that.”A potential difficulty in making the fight between Khan and Brook is that the latter has moved up to light-middleweight, a division seven pounds higher than where Khan will remain. Confirmation of his return also comes after a period in which he had been recovering from an operation on a long-term hand injury and difficulties in his personal life with his wife Faryal Makhdoom.Khan, who last fought in May 2016 when he was knocked out by Canelo Álvarez, added: “I’m coming back fresh, with no injuries. The hand’s brilliant; there’s no pain there. I’ve had a pain for the last eight years of my career. It always used to hurt me and I always used to fight through it and it feels a lot better now.” Share on Twitter Boxing Since you’re here… Amir Khan one of several options for Jeff Horn if he can beat Gary Corcoran Share via Email news Amir Khan Topics Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Lloris: Spurs ready to fight without Kane

first_imgHugo Lloris stressed Tottenham are “ready to fight” in all four competitions this season despite injury concerns over star striker Harry Kane. Tottenham could be without Kane for a month after the England international hurt his ankle in Sunday’s Premier League defeat at home to Manchester United.Kane had to be helped off the pitch at Wembley as Spurs sweat on the fitness of their talisman. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However, Lloris insisted Tottenham are not reliant on Kane as Spurs compete in the Premier League, Champions League last 16, EFL Cup semi-final and FA Cup. Mauricio on @MoussaSissoko and @HKane: “We need to assess Moussa tomorrow and see what happens. Harry suffered a big tackle, we hope it’s not a big problem but we will also need to assess him tomorrow.” pic.twitter.com/uaI2w8WiPV— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 13, 2019″We all know how important Harry is in our team, but he is not all of our team,” said Lloris. “Football is about the team and every player is ready to help the team.”In football, during the season, you have ups and downs and you have to always adapt to those and we will see about ‘H’. But I think everybody is ready and the most important thing is the mind: being ready to fight, being ready to help, being ready to compete. It is better when you have all your best players on the field, but that can happen here or it can happen at other clubs.”Every season is different. Every player is different. With or without him, we will see how we do. The most important thing is to prepare for the games as well as we can.”We will see for Fulham in the next game with or without Harry, with or without Son [Heung-min]. Throughout the whole team you have important players but the main thing is the collective. “It is the only way to get trophies. It is not about one or two players, but, as you know, we all know the importance of ‘H’. We are still involved in all competitions, the main thing is to finish in the top four. We said this from the beginning and we don’t change our mind.”Tottenham are third in the Premier League, nine points adrift of leaders Liverpool, ahead of Sunday’s trip to lowly Fulham. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Irani Cup Day 2: Rest of India get the upper hand against Vidarbha

first_imgIrani Cup Day 2: Rest of India get the upper hand against VidarbhaIrani Cup, Day 2: Vidarbha (245 for 6) trail Rest of India by (330) by 85 runs at stumps on the second day of the Irani Cup in Nagpur.advertisement India Today Web Desk NagpurFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 16:46 IST Akshay Wadkar scored an unbeaten 50 to help Vidarbha to 245/6 at stumps on day 2 (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVidarbha (245 for 6) trail Rest of India (330) by 85 runs at stumps on Day 2RR Sanjay and AV Wadkar scored fifties for Vidarbha on the second dayK Gowtham and DA Jadeja picked 2 wickets apiece for Rest of IndiaBrief Score: Vidarbha (245/6 in 90 overs) vs Rest of India (330-all out). Wadkar 50*; Karnewar 15*; D. Jadeja 2/66, Rajpoot 1/27 Vidarbha reached 245 for 6 against Rest of India at stumps on the second day of the Irani Cup in Nagpur. Sanjay Raghunath (65) and Ganesh Satish (48) produced solid batting efforts for Vidarbha, who now trail RoI by 85 runs.On Tuesday, Rest of India were bowled out for 330 after a steling hundred from Hanuma Vihari and a classy 95 from Mayank Agarwal. Aditya Sarwate’s three-wicket haul ensured Vidarbha did not near 400 in their first innings.In what was a rivetting day of cricket on Day 2 of the Irani Cup, Rest of India started well with the ball when K Gowtham snared Vidarbha skipper Faiz Fazal in the 21st over. Atharwa Taide fell for 15 but Sanay’s half-century helped RoI steady the innings, Satish played a good knock before Vidarbha slipped to 168 for 5.At that stage, Rest of India were eyeing a hefty first innings lead. With their batting stars back in the pavillion, Vidarbha were in a spot of bother before Akshay Wadkar led a stern resistance. He had good support from Aditya Sarwate as the duo frustrated Rest of India’s strong bowling attack.Ankit Rajpoot pegged Vidarbha back further when he removed Sarwate towards the end of day’s play.For RoI, Gowtham and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja were the stars with two wickets apiece. Jadeja, who plays for Saurashtra had taken a six-wicket haul in the second innings of the Ranji Trophy final against Vidarbha – a few days later, he was back to haunt the Ranji champions with his left-arm spin.advertisementBy the end of the second day, the match was wide open. Wadkar and Sarwate were gutsy and stubborn. The first hour of the third day would be crucial for both teams.While Rest of India would look to make a few early inroads, Vidarbha will be determined to get as close as possible to RoI’s first-innings lead.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Irani CupFollow Day 2Follow Rest of India vs VidarbhaFollow Rest of IndiaFollow VidarbhaFollow Nagpurlast_img read more

Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar

first_img The Rise of Taiwanese Food Chain Din Tai Fung The New Alex Mill Collection Is Packed With Your Fall Style Essentials Editors’ Recommendations Kia Telluride Is the Perfect Road Tripper for All Two- and Four-Legged Friends The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey The historic Rosebud Diner in Somerville, Massachusetts, has been reinvented. No longer a diner, the new Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar offers a Pan American menu according to owner Joe Cassinelli.“I don’t want a pretentious restaurant,” he says. “My goal is to offer honest food and honest drinks.”While the menu gives a nod to the nostalgic diner days with a dessert case stacked with mouthwatering pies and coffee for a mere buck a cup, the other offerings include a mix of comfort food with a modern, upscale spin.They offer a variety of entrees and savory sides but the BBQ (a specialty of Chef/Partner John Delpha) is a show stopper. They sell out nightly of the Asian BBQ hog head featuring a whole hog’s head dressed with gochujang BBQ, kimchi, and ginger scallion relish, and served with biscuits. They also sell a lot of his BBQ Baconator Meatloaf Fatty.Delpha, who served as a helicopter pilot in the Army, went to culinary school after getting out of the service. After working in Boston restaurants for 15 years, he opened a restaurant in Vermont and ran it for about five years before teaming up with Cassinelli to create Rosebud American Kitchen.He truly loves preparing barbecue and cooks on a competition team. One of the items on Rosebud’s menu that he points to as a crowd favorite is Atomic BT’s (Buffalo Turds), which are jalapeno peppers that have been hollowed out, stuffed with cream cheese and pork, wrapped in bacon, seasoned with BBQ rub, cooked in a smoker and then glazed in barbecue sauce. You can see how Delpha makes them in this video.“One of our favorite dishes is the Black Pepper Noodles,” says Cassinelli. “It’s an Italian spirited dish with Southern smoked ham and Chinese noodles. People will ask me, ‘Is this an authentic American restaurant?’ and I say, ‘What’s authentic?’ America is a melting pot. It’s about putting all of these tastes and cultures together. We want to take Southern and Asian and Mexican and other flavors and arrange them in a way that we’re excited to present them.”He did a similar thing with the eclectic mishmash of buildings on the site by combining them in such a way to present a more exciting space.“The diner never excelled at the whole space,” he says. “It had a broken up footprint with a bunch of buildings. None of them worked well together. That was the focus of our renovation—to make it feel like one space.”He touts the leather booths in the back as a place where “you can really lose yourself.”Rosebud American Kitchen offers an extensive selection of craft beer and spirits. Right now they are serving dinner and weekend brunch, but plans include adding a lunch menu and more live music.last_img read more

BW LPG to Nominate Three Directors to Dorian LPG Board

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Oslo-based BW LPG has submitted the names of three director candidates to stand for election at Dorian LPG’s 2018 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders.The company said it intends to file a proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, accompanied by a WHITE proxy card, in connection with Dorian’s 2018 Annual Meeting.The move was made as a part of BW LPG’s takeover takeover attempt of Dorian. On May 29, 2018, BW LPG proposed to combine with Dorian in an all-stock transaction, under which Dorian shareholders would have received 2.05 BW LPG shares for each Dorian share.After its initial proposal got rejected, the company increased its all-stock proposal to combine with Dorian on July 9, under which Dorian shareholders would receive 2.12 BW LPG shares for each Dorian share.“Since announcing our proposal to combine with Dorian, the feedback we have received from a significant percentage of Dorian’s shareholders has been overwhelmingly positive, including a recent public letter of support from SEACOR Holdings, one of Dorian’s largest shareholders,” Martin Ackermann, BW LPG Chief Executive Officer, said.Ackermann explained that, due to Dorian’s continued refusal to engage with the company on the proposed combination, BW LPG have decided to go directly to shareholders with their director nominees, namely, Baudoin Lorans, Ouma Sananikone and Jeffrey Schwarz.Based on BW LPG’s current price of NOK 34.06 per share and an NOK/USD exchange rate of 8.13 as of July 13, 2018, BW LPG’s proposal to combine with Dorian values each Dorian share at USD USD 8.88 per share, representing a 28% premium to Dorian’s unaffected share price of USD USD 6.96 as of May 25, 2018, the last trading day prior to the announcement of BW LPG’s initial proposal, and a premium of 19% to the long-term historical exchange ratio of Dorian and BW LPG since Dorian’s IPO.last_img read more

DUs first cutoff list for UG courses to be out on June

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi University for all its affiliated colleges will release first cut-off list for undergraduate courses on June 28. Additionally second, third, fourth and fifth cut-off lists will be released on July 4, 9, 15 and 20 respectively, mentions statement released by the university.For postgraduate courses, the first cut-off list will be released on July 17. Second, third and fourth cut-off lists will be released on July 22, 27 and August 2 respectively. Moreover, the fifth cut-off list’s dates will be announced later. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkThe documents verification will be done for three consecutive days from the cut-off release dates, barring Sundays. The statement further mentioned that the applicant has to log on to the undergraduate admission portal to make online payment of the fee. This may be done till 3 pm of the next day of the approval of the admission in the portal. “In PG courses the applicant has to log on to the postgraduate admission portal to make online payment of the fee. This may be done till 3 pm of the next day of the approval of the admission in the portal,” reads the statement. The DU statement further added that document verification and approval timing will be 10 am to 3 pm for department/faculty abd 9.30 am to 2 pm for the college. Earlier reports were coming that the Delhi University (DU) is likely to release its first cut-off list by the end of this month as the Delhi High Court directed the university to extend its registration date to 22 June.last_img read more

Senior Congress leaders to discuss Karnataka in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Senior Congress leaders will meet here later on Monday to discuss the situation in Karnataka where the Congress-JD-S coalition government is on the brink after several MLAs from both parties resigned. According to party sources, Congress leaders like Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Ahmed Patel and Motilal Vora will discuss the Karnataka situation. It is not clear if Rahul Gandhi, who has resigned as Congress President, will also attend the meeting. He did not attend a similar meeting on Karnataka on Saturday. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! General Secretaries Mallikarjun Kharge and K.C. Venugopal are now in Karnataka. Congress leaders had met on Saturday to discuss the issue. After the meeting, Kharge went to Karnataka. Venugopal flew to Bengaluru from Kerala. Monday’s meeting comes at a time when all Congress and JD-S Ministers on Monday resigned in Karnataka in a bid to save the tottering government even as the BJP asked Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to quit saying he had lost majority support in the House. The Congress has accused the BJP of destabilizing the state government, a charge denied by the BJP.last_img read more

Bose family members slam Gumnaami maker Srijit Mukherjee rebuts criticism

first_imgKolkata: A fresh controversy has erupted over director Srijit Mukherji’s latest flick with 32 members of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s family claiming that the filmmaker has altered the movie’s name from ‘Gumnami Baba’ to ‘Gumnaami’ to get the Censor Board’s clearance. The upcoming film has already raked up controversies for delving into theories over Bose’s ‘disappearance’. The director, who had on Sunday screened the film’s trailer at the office of All India Forward Bloc – the party founded by Bose – termed the charges levelled by some of the descendants of the freedom fighter as “untrue”. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The film, which got the CBFC clearance in the last week of August, will hit the screens on October 2. A statement, signed by Netaji’s niece Chitra Ghosh, his nephew Dwarka Bose and 30 other members of the Bose family, said on Monday, “For the past year, ever since Srijit Mukherji announced the film ‘Gumnami Baba’, he had said it is based on the book ‘Conundrum’ by Chandrachur Ghosh and Anuj Dhar and (he) had appeared with the authors (at events). Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “Now he (Srijit Mukherji) has suddenly changed his stance to get past the Censor Board and says the film is based on the Justice Mukherjee Commission report. He has also changed the name of the film.” Denying the charge, Mukherji said in a Facebook post, “What absolute nonsense and a bunch of lies! The name of the film from day one was Gumnaami, in all announcements including the teaser poster. “And the decision to base the screenplay on the Mukherjee Commision report and not Conundrum, was made before the film was shot, “months before this controversy.” “Clearly the Bose family thinks one can overnight change the screenplay of a film and shoot it,” the award winning filmmaker said. Mukherji also iterated that the film without arriving at any conclusion refers to all three theories over Netaji’s ‘disappearance’ – his death in a plane crash in 1945, his death in Russia and the appearance of a hermit in Uttar Pradesh’s Faizabad in the 1970s, who many believed was Subash Chandra Bose in disguise. “The third theory (Gumnami Baba’s appearance) only remains a theory even if it was negated by the Mukherjee Commission, in the absence of clinching evidence,” he said. Mentioning that people of the country “deserve to know the theory about Gumnami and its negation” along with the two other theories over Netaji’s disappearance, Mukherji said by issuing statements, the members of the Bose family were “resorting to fascist arm twisting” technique. The fresh statement by some of the members of Bose family also flayed the AIFB for having allowed screening of the trailer at the party office. “It is shocking that the Forward Bloc has been taken in by this and invited Srijit Mukherji to show a trailer in the presence of media,” the statement said. The statement, under the title ‘Majority members of Bose family’ demanded the film should not be screened on the scheduled date and said “It is imperative the AIFB immediately dissociate themselves from this and actively oppose the screening which is nothing but denigrating Netaji.” Mukherji had said on Sunday that senior AIFB leaders had seen the trailer and agreed to see the premier of the film. “A 20-member AIFB delegation will decide whether ‘Gumnaami’ hurt the sentiments of the people and followers of Netaji,” the filmamaker had said. Senior AIFB leaders Naren Dey, Haripada Biswas, Debabarata Biswas, Naren Chatterjee were present at the screening on Sunday at the state party headquarters. The party secretariat will take a call on the invite to attend the premier, Chatterjee had said. Last week, a statement signed by the 33 members of the Bose family had contended that “a misleading and defamatory campaign was being made to malign the image and legacy of the legendary leader”.last_img read more

Wildlife tally says mosquitoes and blackflies are not among species at risk

first_imgOTTAWA – If you’re planning to enjoy the great outdoors this summer, there are good reasons to stock up on bug spray.The latest edition of a national report on wild species in Canada shows there are 160 different species of blackflies and 80 different species of mosquitoes in the country and the majority of them are flourishing.Wild Species 2015, is the fourth version of a report on the general status of species in Canada which is required every five years under Species at Risk Act.The report collected data from provincial and federal departments which monitor wildlife, assessing nearly 30,000 of the country’s 80,000 known species, ranging from mammals and reptiles to lichens and insects.Dan Kraus, national conservation biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, said the report is a pretty good check list on the status of about one-third of the wild species in Canada.“Which is pretty good although, you know, here we are one of the wealthiest countries in the world and we can’t even assess the status of over half the wild species that occur here,” he said. “It’s good progress but clearly there is a lot of work to be done.”The 2015 report assessed more than twice as many species as the 2011, report, when fewer than 12,000 species were looked at closely. In 2000, when the first version was completed, only 1,670 species were assessed.The 2015 report lists 122 species which are extinct or possibly extinct in Canada including the black footed ferret, Blanchard’s cricket frog and the frosted elfin butterfly.There are 39 insects on this list — three butterflies, two kinds of ants, 22 different beetles, and 10 grasshoppers.To every camper’s frustration, there are no mosquitoes or blackflies among them.There are 456 species in critical danger of going extinct in Canada including the common grey fox, the eastern prickly pear cactus, the spruce-fir moss tarantula and the Oregon spotted frog.There are 88 insects on the critically imperilled list but again no mosquitoes or blackflies. One species of blackfly is on the verge of being labelled critically imperilled, and four are imperilled, but 106 of the 160 species of blackflies are considered to be secure. Another 42 are unranked because there isn’t enough information about them to determined their status.Of the 80 types of mosquitoes, 65 are secure, while 12 are unranked.There are 11 yellowjacket wasps considered at risk, out of more than 100 different species of wasps.Threats to wild life in Canada take many forms including habitat encroachment, pollution and disease.According to the report, the American black bear is secure, but both the polar bear and the grizzly bear are vulnerable.Canada’s fabled beaver is also doing just fine.Of species which were given a ranking and are not extinct, they are assessed on a scale of one to five, with one being critically imperilled and five being secure. Level three is considered vulnerable.Kraus said one of the species that jumped out at him for its changed ranking was the early hairstreak butterfly, which is now considered imperilled. The butterfly feeds on beech trees and those trees are in trouble because of an invasive disease which is leaving the butterfly at risk, he said.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

Woman man charged in 2012 killings that stymied police in Halifax

first_imgHALIFAX – A hefty reward helped crack the cold-case deaths of two Halifax men at a burned-out camp outside the city, RCMP said Thursday.Elmer Percy Higgins, 65, and Karen Marie Higgins, 49, face charges of second degree murder and related firearms offences and were to appear Thursday in Dartmouth provincial court.The remains of Matthew Allan Hebb, 22, and 59-year-old Earle Clayton Stewart, both from Spryfield, were found after firefighters responded to a fire at the camp off Highway 374 near Sheet Harbour in December 2012.The homicides had stymied police over the years as they searched for evidence, and they issued several public appeals for help — authorities even offered a $150,000 reward.“Today’s charges represent over four years of tireless investigative work …. These investigators, they’ve worked around the clock,” Insp. Trudy Bangloy said.“Our investigators persevered and in the end it is our hope that we find answers for the Hebb and Stewart families.”In December 2015, police divers conducted searches in ponds and lakes near the crime scene around Sheet Harbour.The Mounties said they arrested two people in December 2012 and again in March 2017, but they were released without charges in both instances.The pair were arrested for a third time Wednesday at a home in Halifax without incident.“There may be enough evidence to arrest, but sometimes there’s not enough evidence to charge,” Bangloy explained to reporters.“When there’s a new charge, there’s always new information that comes forward in order to make that arrest. What I can tell you is yesterday’s arrest, we had new evidence that allowed us to lay those charges.”Cpl. Dal Hutchinson, an RCMP spokesman, declined to describe the nature of the evidence that led to police to the point where they could lay charges, saying it would be presented in court.However, he and Bangloy did confirm that police used information obtained as a result of the Department of Justice’s rewards for major unsolved crimes program.“The information . . . resulted in police laying charges,” Hutchinson said.Under the program, the reward money is only payable if the information leads to a conviction.Police would not discuss the relationship between the two accused, but said they knew the victims.In January 2016, when the reward was first offered, then-provincial justice minister Diana Whalen issued a statement saying the victims’ families deserved answers.last_img read more

Railway department suspects foul play

The train was plying from Colombo to Vavuniya when the incident took place.According to eyewitnesses, the youth’s body was severed in half following the accident but he was still alive for several minutes and died on the way to hospital. The Railway Department says it suspects sabotage led to the footboard of a train giving way in Veyangoda on Saturday which killed a youth.The General Manager of the Railway Department B.A.T Ariyaratne told reporters this afternoon that a three member committee has been appointed to investigate the incident. He said that 3 bolts were missing from the footboard at the time of the incident. A 24 year old youth from Veyangoda died after he fell onto the tracks after the footboard gave way and the train ran over him. read more

At request of UN tribunal for Rwanda defence investigator arrested in Tanzania

The investigator – who has been travelling on a passport from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) under the assumed name of Sammy Bahati Weza – is actually Simeon Nshamihigo, formerly deputy prosecutor in Cyangugu Prefecture during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, ICTR said in a statement issued today in Arusha. At the time of his arrest he was working for the defence team of Samuel Imanishimwe, one of the three defendants in what is known as the “Cyangugu Trial.” The other defendants are former Minister of Transport Andre Ntagerura and the former Prefect of Cyangugu, Emmanuel Bagambiki.Mr. Nshamihigo, who was briefly detained by ICTR security last Saturday before being arrested by the Tanzanian police outside the Tribunal premises, is still in the custody of the Tanzanian authorities pending a formal handover to the ICTR. Ms. Del Ponte today made an application to a Tribunal Judge for provisional detention of the suspect under a specific ICTR rule that allows provisional detention of a suspect for an initial period of 30 days, which can be renewed by the Tribunal.”Defence investigators are not staff members of the ICTR,” the Tribunal statement said. “They are independent contractors recruited by defence counsel as part of the defence teams and their fees are part of the legal aid package for indigent accused persons funded by the ICTR. Defence teams are independent in the manner in which they prepare their defence.” A UN report issued last February concerning allegations of fee-splitting between some defence counsel and their clients pointed out that none of the defence investigators had ever visited Rwanda during the course of their work. In light of that report, the Tribunal early this year instituted a more rigorous screening process to ensure that legal aid given to the accused was not abused. read more

Security Council condemns attack against Russian embassy in Libya

In a statement issued today, the members of the Council expressed deep concern at the attack and underlined the need to bring the perpetrators to justice.“Such acts are unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whosoever committed,” the statement said.According to reports, the Russian foreign ministry evacuated its embassy in Libya yesterday after armed men stormed the complex the day before. The 15-member Council called on the Libyan authorities to protect diplomatic and consular property and personnel, and to respect fully their international obligations in this regard.They also recalled the fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises, and the obligations on host governments to take all appropriate steps to protect diplomatic and consular premises against any intrusion or damage, and to prevent any attack on diplomatic premises, agents and consular officers. read more

Dinamo Minsk again leader in Belarus

HC Dinamo Minsk VELUX EHF CL TOP 16 team, Dinamo Minsk beat Meshkov Brest 34:26 in away match and got back to the leading position in Belarusian championship:BGC Meshkov (Brest) – “Dynamo” (Minsk) – 26:33 (14:16)BGC: Božić, Čerepenko; Ataevas (5), MARKOTIĆ (5), Knudsen (1), Novickis (2), Prakapenâ (2), Šumak (1), Vukic (2), Baranov (6), Grosas (1) , KOSTADINOVIĆ, Karacic, tartar, USALI, Volyncev (1).Dynamo: Pejanović, Bogdanov, Miâtovič; Ševajević (2), Babic, Skopincev (1), Ševelev, Doroŝuk, Čepulis, Nikulenkov (6), Atman (12), Nikolic, Stecûra (4), Ostrouško, Onufrienko (4), Brovki (4). ← Previous Story EHF CL (W): Györi Audi ETO are in the semifinals! Next Story → End of season for Mate Lekai read more

You tell us The best tech gifts of 2011

first_imgRegardless of what you celebrate, you probably gave and received a few gifts this holiday season. Among those gifts, we’re betting that (since you’re reading Geek.com and all) some of them were pretty geeky. So fill us in: What was the best tech gift that you gave or received this year?It doesn’t matter if it’s something that you made, someone we’ve never heard of, or something that everyone has, it’s all about the thoughtfulness of the gift and the impact it will have. Was it a copy of Skyrim? How about an awesome LED bulb? This is your chance to geek out, to brag about that perfect gift you gave to the geek in your life, and even to show off a little.Personally, I think the best tech gift I gave this year was an Amazon Kindle Touch. My dad is an avid reader but had yet to jump on the ebook reader bandwagon. What can I say — I tried to convince him, but he goes to the library all the time, buys used books when they are available, and couldn’t believe that ebooks bought from Amazon weren’t transferable to other readers.Then why get him a Kindle, you ask? First off, he’s doing some traveling soon, so good luck taking that stack of books on a plane. Next, my mom informed me that with those “free” library books he’s been getting killed with late fees. Third, I was going to buy him a $26 book that ended up being free through Amazon’s Free Book Collection (it’s an out of copyright work). This shaved a third of the price off the Kindle from the start. Finally, my parent’s are Amazon Prime subscribers, so that have full access to the Kindle Lending library, which is over 60,000 works at this point — with no late fees or driving to the library. (So yes, I gave this a lot of thought.) I’m fairly sure that he loves it (the text-to-speech was a major hit) and it’s going to have a positive impact on his reading.I typically ask people not to get me tech stuff as gifts — for the obvious reasons — the best tech gift that I received this year was an awesome La Crosse battery charger. It works with NiCd and NiMH, different battery brands, and various battery sizes. And I think everyone knows that you can never have too many AAs lying around.So… what about you?last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Thursday

first_imgThe 9 at 9: Thursday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. Image: Shutterstock/Natalia Van Doninck Thursday 6 Apr 2017, 8:53 AM By Paul Hosford EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #WATER: Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will take place today as the water committee report threatens to bring down the minority government.2. #FAI: A deal has been reached between the FAI and members of the Irish women’s national soccer team.3. #TRACKER MORTGAGES: A widower who is battling to keep his home after being taken off his tracker mortgage says he will fight to keep the house.4. #MEETING: Donald Trump will meet Chinese president Xi Jinping today – with North Korea, Trade and Taiwan on the agenda.5. #CENSUS: The results of the 2016 census will be released today. Here’s what they’re used for.6. #MIGRANTS: People fleeing war are being beaten and made walk back over the border by European police according to an NGO report.7. #COURTS: A manager at an Xtra-Vision who took around €10,000 from dormant accounts has avoided jail.8. #MYANMAR: Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung Sang Suu Kyi has denied claims of ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.9. #SEIZURE: Cannabis worth €500,00 has been seized near a shopping centre in Kildare. Share Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3326395 Short URL Apr 6th 2017, 8:53 AM Image: Shutterstock/Natalia Van Doninck No Comments 8,444 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

OGM le gouvernement promet son aide pour les vignes de Colmar

first_imgOGM : le gouvernement promet son aide pour les vignes de ColmarColmar, France – Le ministre de l’Agriculture Bruno Le Maire et la ministre chargée de la Recherche, Valérie Pécresse, se sont rendus mardi sur la parcelle expérimentale de vigne transgénique saccagée la semaine dernière à Colmar. Le gouvernement a promis son aide financière pour relancer la recherche menée à l’Institut national de la recherche agronomique (Inra).Après le saccage de soixante-dix pieds de vigne par des militants anti-OGM sur le site de Colmar, le gouvernement est venu apporter son soutien à l’Inra, Bruno Le Maire lui promettant “les moyens financiers nécessaires pour qu’il puisse relancer ses recherches”.À lire aussiPrix Nobel de médecine 2018 : le traitement sur le cancer récompenséL’expérimentation vise à trouver un moyen de lutter contre la maladie du court-noué, un virus transmis par un ver et qui affecterait 60% des vignes françaises. Mais après sept ans de recherche, les équipes semblent découragées, a déploré le directeur de l’Inra de Colmar, Jean Masson. “Je suis retourné. La recherche, ce sont des gens qui travaillent, qui s’investissent, et quand vous leur tapez dessus tout le temps, à la fin du compte, ça fait mal” a-t-il déclaré. Et le ministre de l’Agriculture de lui répondre : “Je comprends ce désarroi, mais on est là pour lutter contre le découragement, pour dire “ça vaut le coup””.Rappelant que les OGM détruits n’étaient pas destinés à être commercialisés, mais seulement à la recherche fondamentale, Valérie Pécresse estime nécessaire que la France ait des “chercheurs capables de mesurer le potentiel et le danger des OGM”. Si cela ne pouvait pas être le cas, “nous importerons, nous consommerons des produits qui nous seront imposés par d’autres et dont nous ne connaîtrons pas les effets ni sur l’environnement ni sur la santé” a-t-elle souligné.Le 25 août 2010 à 17:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more