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Former Australian wicketkeeper batsman Adam Gilchrist will be the captain of Kings XI Punjab for the fourth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Gilchrist led Deccan Chargers to the trophy in the IPL’s second season. It was no wonder that he was the first player to be bought by Punjab during the players’ auction on January 8. Punjab proceeded to buy 10 more players, with only four Indian players, the backbone of any IPL team. They lost out on several players whom they started to bid for, only to be outbid by other franchises. Punjab would now have to fill up the rest of their squad with the uncapped Indian players and India Under-19 players. However coach Michael Bevan remains confident of Punjab’s prospects because of Gilchrist’s presence. Confirming Punjab’s decision to make Gilchrist as the captain of the team Bevan said, “The main reason we picked him was because he is the captain. Even if he is not at the peak of his career, I still feel he is a leader and he has a lot to offer.”
Pravin Amre has worked with a number of India players.Such is the magic of one-day cricket that it can make one forget even excruciating losses suffered in Test cricket a short while ago.The gap between Tests and ODIs in England was not long, yet in that span of time, skipper MS Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher had to face intense media scrutiny, and rightly so. The moment India slipped back into winning mode in the shorter form of cricket, all talk is about winning again.Till some time ago, Suresh Raina was the butt of ridicule when he played abroad as he was unable to score on tracks which offered something to the pace bowlers.Suresh Raina trained under Amre for four days before leaving for the England tour.Call it a metamorphosis or getting into the right mode mentally, Raina was able to conquer the demons and hammer a hundred in style in the second ODI.As reported by Mail Today, the sudden transformation for Raina came after some good “mental sessions” with Pravin Amre, whose stature as a private coach is now rising.We all know that in a sport like cricket, coaches are usually associated with a batsman or a bowler in the initial stage of development. From the time a budding player picks up a bat or starts bowling with a tennis ball, then a cork ball and then the red leather cherry, it’s all about individual efforts.It’s only when the player starts performing and gets associated with a good local club that he gets assistance from coaches. In a place like Delhi, there are so many coaching ‘shops’ being run by former cricketers who have played club cricket or domestic cricket.advertisementThe more business-like former international cricketers are ready to lend their name to an academy where fundamentals are imparted and youngsters turn up in whites for nets.The way cricket is played has changed drastically over the years and emphasis is no longer on what was called ‘copybook’. It’s not just Raina who has gained from Amre, who played 11 Tests and 37 ODIs for India.Amre has made a mark with his ability to help out a few other well-known cricketers like Ajinkya Rahane, Robin Uthappa and Naman Ojha as well.By Amre’s own admission, his job varies from case to case and he is quite happy doing a freelance job sitting in Mumbai. He knows he will not be travelling with Team India and whatever contributions he is going to make will be from home.You and I may think that Amre needs to be present at the nets to iron out the chinks but so advanced has technology become today that the guru can see it all on television. Today, TV replays and videos are available easily and for a coach to spot any major chink is not a problem.Then again, just as the top tennis professionals from Roger Federer to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic hire the best personal coaches for working on technique and tactics, cricket is seeing a new trend emerging.It’s good to note that former cricketers like Amre are able to give back to the sport what they learnt from guru Ramakant Achrekar. Today, cricketers are professionals and have a right to earn, be it an active player or anyone offering assistance.The days of charity are over when Bishan Singh Bedi offered tips to almost anyone who wanted his guidance, be it a player from India or overseas. One of India’s best left-arm spinners has a sharp cricketing brain and never minces words when he has to be critical.One does not expect the newage freelance coaches in India to offer free service like Bishan paaji, but they should take pride in what they do. Amre, for instance, was able to work with Rahane differently, as the latter lacked power in his shots.Amre relied on “baseball techniques” to improve Rahane’s hitting in the shorter format of cricket where generating power in shots is important. And the results are there to see.Before this, one also heard of India opener Gautam Gambhir taking help from Tamil Nadu’s W.V. Raman to help him out with his technique. Cricket is now an art and a science thanks to the three distinct formats.Gambhir and Raman were part of the same IPL franchise – KKR – but the time has come when more batsmen and bowlers could be seeking professional help as they have the money to do it.advertisementIf people like Amre and Raman are recognised for their contributions as coaches, there are former bowlers who have also helped. Manoj Prabhakar has been readily available for teaching budding bowlers the art of reverse swing.There are some more names like Subroto Banerjee, T.A. Sekhar and Narendra Hirwani, who offer valuable insight to bowlers.So the day is not far when we could have a Team India captain planning strategy and tactics with “foreign coaches” while cricketers seek professional help from personal coaches for perfection in technique.Dangerous for the likes of Fletcher, isn’t firstname.lastname@example.org
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) midfielder Marco Verratti’s agent has insisted that the Italian star will not leave the capital football club this summer, clarifying that his client is with an ambitious outfit.The 24-year-old, who is under contract at PSG until 2021, has been linked with several top European clubs like Juventus, Bayern Munich and Barcelona.Juventus are in the hunt for a top midfielder, while Barcelona and Bayern reportedly see Verratti has a perfect replacement for veterans like Andres Iniesta and Xabi Alonso respectively.Former Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez earlier had also said that Verratti “would be ideal” for Barcelona.”Marco Verratti will remain at PSG. Marco is happy in Paris, he has a contract until 2021 and he will definitely stay there,” the player’s agent Donato Di Campli was quoted as saying by football-italia.net on Monday.”The will of PSG also has to be respected, it’s a club which loves him,” he added about the player who reportedly has a price tag of at least $75 million in the transfer market.”We’ll meet the directors, but only to understand the project because the club remains ambitious and wants to win the Champions League.”Di Campli also clarified that Verratti has no chance of returning to play in his home country.
Board of Control for Cricket in India acting president CK Khanna believes that the BCCI is unlikely to come under the ambit of National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) anytime soon despite the constant push from the International Cricket Council.BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, who attended the ICC Board meeting in Singapore, has expressed his opinion which is contrary to board’s current stand.Choudhary has reportedly said that BCCI needs to be WADA compliant even though it has been vehemently opposed by the top cricketers as they have serious reservations over the “whereabouts clause”.”The acting secretary had aired his view but that is not the view of the general body of BCCI. I don’t think any decision can be taken with regards to policy unless new general body is formed,” Khanna told PTI on Saturday.”I believe even the CoA has decided to leave the matter to the general body. This is a serious issue and the cricketers are the biggest stakeholders in it. You can’t alienate them and take a decision in isolation,” Khanna said.The BCCI has always been wary about being signatory to the WADA code as it would effectively bring them under the National Sports Federations (NSFs) umbrella. The BCCI also doesn’t take government grants.For ICC, getting BCCI to sign WADA code is important as the world body is pushing for the sport’s inclusion in the Olympics.(With inputs from PTI)
The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home No picnic is complete without a summer sausage and you’d be cheating yourself if you didn’t try Olympia Provisions’ version. Mildly spiced with mustard and garlic, it has a tangy flavor that’s perfect on its own or paired with a sharp white cheese.See ItFermin Iberico Jamon – $20Iberico ham is always a treat and perfect for a summer picnic. The Pata Negra pigs of Spain feast only on acorns for some of the most flavorful and well-marbled pork ever. Bring along a nice cheese and some crusty bread for the perfect European-style meal.See ItFarmstead Manchego Cheese – €30 Editors’ Recommendations 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read With the summer season well under way, we’re finding literally every chance we can to take any meal al fresco. On one hand, you could keep it simple and sit on the sidewalk or patio outside of your favorite neighborhood restaurant, but there’s something to be said for hand-selecting meats and cheeses, finding a bottle of wine, and going on a good, old-fashioned picnic. Whether you’re going on a hike, planning a day in the park, or working on your tan at the beach, this is our perfect formula for a summer lunch on the go.Quick Primer on MeatsIt’s important to know a few basics things when selecting charcuterie. Salami functions as a blanket term for medium-sized sausage, typically made from pork. (Some higher-end brands will use “salame” as the more traditional Italian term). Sopressata is a larger meat block with a much coarser grind. If you’re into big chunks of pork and fat and really want to taste the difference, this is the direction to go. Lastly, there’s the popular prosciutto, which comes in crudo (raw) and cotto (cooked) forms. You’ll readily find crudo forms (luscious slices of cured pig’s leg that have been aged for at least of year) throughout the US.As with any culinary art form, there are several other varieties of meat (and variations within the above), so it’s best to visit your local meat shop and have a professional walk you through some tasting to learn which you like best. Once you select your meats — or before, you do you — you’ll also want to pick out some cheeses to go with the proteins.For expedience’s sake, though, here are our top picks for a well-rounded charcuterie picnic.The Goods Bellwether Creme Fraiche – $8This French cultured cream is an unexpected, but light and flavorful addition to any charcuterie lineup. It has just enough tang to cut through the myriad strong spices and herbs that are surely happening with the other meats and cheeses on the tray. Plus, it’s produced by a small family farm in Northern California, so you can feel good about purchasing it, too.See ItOlympia Provisions Summer Sausage – $10 The Ooni 3 Portable Pizza Oven Produces Perfect Pies on the Go If you weren’t sure what type of cheese to pair with the jamon, manchego is always our go-to. This mildly-sharp raw sheep’s milk cheese was aged for six months and has a pleasant bite and wonderfully savory flavor.See ItCastelvetrano Olives – $12These are the gold standard of the olive world. They’re easily available and have the perfect salty bite to accompany a large platter of various and sundry delicacies. They’re heavily cured, but come out tender and gorgeous. Just be wary of olives that look *too* green. Your olives should look naturally green — the hue which comes from spending time in a salt bath.See It Freddy Guys Zesty Hazelnuts – $11Almonds and cashews are great, but why not give this alternative a whirl? These nuts are seasoned with a variety of flavors including jalapeño, molasses, and onion, meaning they’ll stand up to the intense flavors of whatever meats and cheeses you have on your on the board.See ItMaille Old Style Whole Grain Dijon Mustard – $8You can never go wrong with the classics, and this tangy, grainy mustard is a testament to that. The French recipe blends mustard seeds with vinegar and red wine for a traditional flavor you can pair with anything. It’s perfect on sandwiches, in marinades, and alongside picnic platters like this.See ItMatiz Sardines – $5These Spanish beauties are underutilized in the States and to us, that’s a damn shame. They’re packed in olive oil and are an essential part of the quintessential Spanish tapas plate. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice cuts through some of the saltiness, but pack a couple on a slice of bread and you’ll be whisking yourself any to the southern European coastline in no time.See ItVonShef 22L Cooler – $20Not only does this cooler look good, it’s tough enough to take on any tailgate, fishing trip, or whatever adventure you might have in mine. Foil insulation keeps the contents icy cold (or warm) and the navy polyester provides a great shell for all of your new charcuterie and fixins. The aluminum frame keeps everything in check during travel, too.See It 7 of the Best Drink References in Music
zoom Danish liner major Maersk Line plans to raise freight rates from Asia to Northern Europe by USD 400 per 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) from April 1st, the company announced Tuesday.The rate increase will also be introduced on the Far East Asia to Mediterranean service worth USD 500 per TEU, excluding Japan and Syria.The increase would take rates up by 190 percent on the current level, Reuters reports, deeming it as “loss-making.”Maersk follows in the footsteps of its counterparts Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and France’s CMA CGM that also announced rate hikes from Asia to Northern Europe worth USD 500 per TEU, taking effect on April 1st.The world’s largest container shipping company, Maersk Line, has been affected considerably by the market downturn in the second half of 2015 as the company’s average freight rates dropped by 16% between 2014 and 2015. This resulted in a revenue drop of 13%, which was only partly offset by lower costs, pushing Maersk Line’s EBITDA down by 21%.World Maritime News Staff
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The medium term outlook for global container port demand growth is positive thanks to strong underlying economic momentum across the world’s major economies.While there may be clouds on the horizon in the form of tariff and trade war fears, economic fundamentals are likely to win-out in the long run, global shipping consultancy Drewry said.“Against this positive picture near term container port capacity expansion will remain relatively subdued following several years of under investment, particularly in greenfield projects. As a result, average utilisation levels are expected to rise markedly across almost all regions of the world by 2022.”Drewry’s latest five year container port demand forecast is based on average global growth of just under 6% per annum, lifting world container port throughput in this period by almost 240 million TEU. The global container port industry is now of such a scale that 6% annual growth equates to around 45 million additional TEU each year, broadly equivalent to the size of the world’s largest container port, Shanghai.Bottom-up capacity projections on a terminal-by-terminal basis present a more conservative picture, with global container port capacity projected to increase by around 125 million TEU by 2022, a growth rate of just over 2% per annum. This is clearly well below projected demand and reflects the cautious investor sentiment towards greenfield projects over the last few years. As a consequence, average utilisation at the global level is forecast to increase significantly from 68% in 2017 to around 80% by 2022. Average regional utilisation levels are projected to increase most sharply in Greater China, North Asia, Southeast Asia and West Coast South America.“Assuming our demand projections are well founded, and the threat of trade wars dissipates, we expect many terminal operators and investors to review and potentially increase their activity levels in terms of new capacity additions,” said Neil Davidson, Drewry’s senior analyst for ports and terminals.“Crucially however, all capacity is not the same,” added Davidson.“Indeed for certain port markets, individual ports and specific terminals, the need for additional capacity may be even greater. Rapid growth in ship sizes has increased the segmentation of terminal capacity, such that today, all ‘deep-sea’ capacity simply cannot handle all ‘deep-sea’ vessels. It is often the case that berths with the infrastructure to handle the largest ships are the most highly utilised and in short supply, while older deep-water berths are under-utilised.”
Nova Scotians are reminded that most stores and retail businesses will be closed Good Friday, April 22 and Easter Sunday, April 24. Both of these days are listed as retail closing days under the Retail Business Designated Day Closing Act, which requires these establishments closed. The Labour Standards Code also gives employees of these businesses the right to refuse to work on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. For example, if a retail store that was not exempt were to schedule an employee to stock shelves while closed on Good Friday, the employee could refuse to work on that day and their job would be protected under the act. Businesses and services such as smaller drug stores and grocery stores, gas stations, and food and beverage establishments are exempt from the retail closing day rules. For a complete list of exemptions, visit www.gov.ns.ca/lae/employmentrights
HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNCIPALITY/HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 northbound, toward Truro, between Exit 7 and Exit 8, is down to one lane due to bridge repairs until Thursday, March 7. Reduce speed, be prepared to stop and expect delays. -30-
Rabat- Under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, Africa has become a “strategic priority for Morocco’s Foreign Policy,” Minister Delegate to the Foreign Minister Mbarka Bouaida said on Sunday in Rabat.In an address read out on her behalf by Culture Minister Mohamed Amine Sbihi at the Africa day in Morocco, Bouaida recalled that Morocco’s constitution stresses the African belonging of Morocco.“Morocco ambitions to further open up to Africa…especially as Morocco has become a key economic and strategic partner for most African economies, as is evidenced by the exponential rise in direct investments in high-value added sectors such as banking, insurance, telecommunications, energy agriculture and social housing,” she said. Bouaida also pointed out to Morocco’s religious model which champions the values of moderation and tolerance, adding that Morocco is well-placed to benefit Africa from its experience.She said that the partnership advocated by Morocco with African countries is based on promoting regional integration as an efficient tool to boost competitiveness and bolster cooperation.In this respect, “Morocco kept calling for a new Maghreban order by reinvigorating the Maghreban Union”.
MONTPELIER, Vt. — The federal Farm Service Agency says a program to help hard-pressed dairy farmers is expected to be ready for enrolment in June.Dairy farmers are in their fifth year of low milk prices that have driven thousands out of business.Thirty-eight U.S. senators recently signed a letter urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement the insurance program quickly, saying dairy farmers’ situation “is urgent.”Farmers would pay for coverage and receive payments when the gap between milk prices and feed prices reach a certain level. The program was delayed by the partial government shutdown.Payments will be retroactive to January.Michigan dairy farmer Ken Nobis says after going through a four-year drought in revenue, each month the program gets put off “the more disheartened producers become.”The Associated Press
4 September 2010Africans need both foreign aid and fairer trading terms with other regions to achieve the poverty reduction and social development targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their 2015 deadline, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today. “Far more than that, they need the tools with which they themselves will create jobs, generate income and unleash the continent’s own potential,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the two-day Africa Consultative Forum on the MDGs in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.Mr. Ban said Africa had seen remarkable success in combating hunger, reducing child malnutrition and mortality, improving school enrolment, expanding access to clean water and HIV/AIDS treatment, as well as controlling tuberculosis, malaria and other neglected tropical diseases.He gave the example of the forum’s host, Rwanda, which he said had made impressive efforts in achieving almost universal primary enrolment, including gender parity at the primary school level. With nearly 60 per cent of children sleeping under insecticide-treated bed nets aimed at keeping out malaria-spreading mosquitoes, the country has registered the largest increase in the use of the nets in Africa, Mr. Ban said in his message, delivered by Jeffrey Sachs, his Senior Adviser on MDGs.Rwanda also made history in 2008 when the representation of women in parliament reached the highest level in the world, Mr. Ban noted.Progress has, however, been uneven across the goals, as well as from country to country and within nations, the Secretary-General noted. Moreover, Africa remains the continent facing the most severe challenges in achieving the MDGs, and progress has been especially slow in improving maternal health and reducing maternal mortality, he pointed out.The MDGs provide concrete benchmarks for tackling extreme poverty and include goals and targets on income poverty, hunger, maternal and child mortality, disease, inadequate shelter, gender inequality and environmental degradation.Overall, and despite the recent food security crisis and global economic upheaval, the developing world remains on track to halve extreme poverty from 1990 levels by 2015, Mr. Ban said.“Encouraging progress has also been made in a significant number of least developed countries. This is no small feat; it shows that the MDGs are achievable,” he said.The high-level summit on the MDGs bringing together nearly 150 world leaders later this month will provide the strong political impetus needed to address the remaining gaps and accelerate progress, the Secretary-General noted.“For my part, I will continue to press hard for a successful summit. We need the strongest possible outcome document – a results-oriented action plan, with concrete steps and timelines, and with mechanisms for holding all partners accountable.“The summit will also showcase success stories, with the hope of scaling them up and creating partnerships that will allow us to do even more in Africa and around the world. I will continue to be your close partner in this effort,” Mr. Ban said.
(Updated)A little more than 24 hours after a violent crash killed two people in Halton Hills — and this afternoon, a second crash took place in the same area. It happened at Trafalgar Road and Number Five Sideroad.It’s strange because we were here to investigate that collision which happened last night which tragically took two lives when the second collision happened this afternoon.Let’s take a look at some of the footage we have from that collision. It happened at around 3pm today. A black Kia Rio suffered significant damage to its front end while moving west to east in the intersection. It then collided with a Subaru Forrester which had damage to the right front end.All the fire and EMS crews were here very quickly — they seemed to be almost immediate as it was necessary to close down part of the intersection and direct traffic as crews worked to clear the cars away.This closure lasted a little less than an hour before things were up and running before things were up and running and there were reports of one person being hurt but the severity was not known but it appeared that it was not serious.Let’s take a look at what happened at about 6 o’clock last night. In the fatal collision, a silver Honda Accord or Civic was carrying four people. It is believed that it was turning right to go south on Trafalgar Road when it was struck by a truck. Two people, a man and a woman were pronounced dead at the scene while the driver was airlifted to Sunnybrook Hospital where he is in serious but stable condition. We’ve learned that they are permanent residents in Canada who were originally from India so there was a bit of a language barrier when speaking with them.Collision reconstruction was in the area for the duration of the evening.We spoke to one member of the collision reconstruction team today about whether the intersection itself played a factor in this collision.Constable Kevin Rye, Traffic Services: “The intersection will play a part in the collision. Having said that, the investigation will be focusing mainly on the conduct of the drivers involved in relation to how they perceived and how they reacted to those traffic signals.”So they are saying that it is most likely to be human error. Just to give you an idea of the severity of this collision that happened last night, the truck came through the intersection southbound. It came off the road and took out a light standard. There’s burn marks and plenty of debris on the road. The light standard is still sitting there.The truck continued on into the corn field where it came to a stop. There was a significant fire which crews had to put out. Luckily the driver did manage to get out and was treated in hospital and is expected to be OK.It could be some time before they find out exactly what went wrong.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, September 19, 2017 – Kingston – Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, has signaled his intention to get Jamaica re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Jamaica, through the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), is seeking to regain a seat in Category ‘C’ of the prestigious governing body of the IMO in December.In his remarks, read by his Senior Advisor, Bindley Sangster, at the MAJ’s recent 16th anniversary awards ceremony, the Minister pointed out that he had, on three prior occasions, successfully led the team to winning a seat on the Council between 2007 and 2011. He said the Government is keen on Jamaica retaining its status as the leading maritime state in the Caribbean, a standing that has been recognized not only by the IMO but also other Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which are maritime countries with similar sustainable development challenges, and the UN’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs).The Minister pointed out that the SIDS and LDCs look to Jamaica for leadership and representation at the IMO and elsewhere. He said the Government is serious about the development aspects of the Authority’s role to facilitate critically important maritime investments, which are clearly outlined in the MAJ’s commissioned study. They will help to create jobs and make Jamaica an envied shipping centre in the Caribbean. The study also shows Jamaica’s potential for maritime investments, such as bunkering, crewing and dry-docking.In 2010, the MAJ commissioned a study called Development of a Framework for Positioning Jamaica as a Shipping Hub, with funding support from the Commonwealth Secretariat.The Minister commended the Authority for a stellar job as the regulatory face for Jamaica’s maritime good order and development over the past 16 years. “You represent Jamaica admirably in the regional and international space, bringing much credit and recognition to the country, and helping to build our profile as a credible maritime state,” he said.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
A picture of then-Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl. Photo from United States Army via Wikimedia CommonsAlaska soldiers are weighing in on Bowe Bergdahl, an Army infantryman who was part of a unit within the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry division stationed at Fort Richardson when he walked away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009.Bergdahl’s case has drawn national attention, and is even the focus of season two of Serial, a wildly popular podcast. But what soldiers are saying about the case and the podcast depends on who you ask.Download Audio“I just started listening to Serial because it was recommended by no less than five people that I trust that served with me,” said Nick Tabacka, who was part of the 501st Infrantry’s Blackfoot company when Bergdahl went missing.Tabaczka was a staff sergeant when he retired from the Army in 2013. He knew Bergdahl — they were part of the same company when Bergdahl disappeared, and Tabaczka told an attentive crowd he was the one who took two of the widely circulated photos of the then-private first class during a two-and-a-half hour panel discussion. The Thursday event was sponsored by the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Political Science Association, a nonpartisan student group.Tabaczka and some other soldiers that served at the same time as Bergdahl are paying attention to the podcast.“I think why I like it is because I recognize a lot of those voices, and so when you know those people it’s a really good report,” Tabaczka said. “And I’m not even an NPR or public radio aficionado.”Tabaczka was one of three speakers featured in the moderated discussion, which touched on everything from the chronology of recovery efforts to sentiments about the high-level exchange of Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners.Though many facts in the case are unclear, there is no dispute over this: Bergdahl left his post, resulting in his capture by the Taliban, and setting in motion an enormous manhunt across Afghanistan.When he started hearing rumors in 2013 that if Bergdahl were rescued from years of imprisonment he likely wouldn’t be tried, it made Tabaczka furious.“As a (non-commissioned officer) at the time, and somebody who categorizes myself as a company man, I was always a fan of being fair and impartial when recommending punishments and rewards. So I’m thinking to myself, ‘This is the worst thing I’ve ever seen, and yet we’re not gonna pursue this to the fullest extent of the law.’”In December, the Army announced it would court marshal Bergdahl over the desertion charge. And for Tabaczka, the company man, it had the effect of the company recognizing its own rules — making good on what he he’d understood was fair.“A lot of us are still trying to find closure. But what we’ve been trying to understand for almost seven years, which is: ‘Why would you do that?’ Like, ‘What was running through your mind?’ Serial is actually allowed us to do that, because we’re hearing excerpts from his own quotations. And so there’s some disdain — people listen to it with hatred. For me, it’s just more information and more closure.”One of the people who referred Tabaczka to Serial is 1st Lt. Ryan Murrell, who arrived in Afghanistan just as the search for Bergdahl was escalating.“I do like the Serial podcast, it reminds me of This American Life, which is also a favorite show of mine,” Murrell said after the panel ended.He thinks some of host Sarah Koenig’s insights are “very civilian-esque.” But he thinks the reporting does a good job establishing the scale of bewilderment and betrayal felt by soldiers. Which is something he believes civilians have a hard time appreciating when the topic of desertion comes up.“We’ve never really seen this before, at least not in the 20th century, not in this war. And to do such a sinful act, such a betrayal to your brothers…we have trouble conceptualizing it, fathoming that.” Murrell said. “Why would you conduct such a heinous act?”The Bergdahl court-marshal case is set for August 2016.
The Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) has released the counselling schedule of Andhra Pradesh Integrated Common Entrance Test (AP ICET) 2019. Candidates seeking admission into MBA and MCA courses through AP ICET have to register themselves by paying the processing fee on August 14 and 15 and then book a slot. The certificate verification will be done from August 14 to 19 for the candidates who booked the slot. And the web option process will begin from August 19 to August 21. The seats will be allocated on August 23, 2019.
Explore further © 2014 Phys.org More information: Carbon Storage in Basalt, Science 25 April 2014: Vol. 344 no. 6182 pp. 373-374. DOI: 10.1126/science.1250828AbstractAll the carbon in the atmosphere, living creatures, and dissolved in the oceans is derived from rocks and will eventually end up in rocks, the largest carbon reservoir on Earth. The carbon moves from one reservoir to another in what is called the carbon cycle. Humans have accelerated this cycle by mining and burning fossil fuel since the beginning of the industrial revolution, causing rising atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations that are the main cause of global warming. One option for mitigating high levels of global warming is to capture CO2 and safely store it for thousands of years or longer in subsurface rocks. By accelerating carbonate mineral formation in these rocks, it is possible to rebalance the global carbon cycle, providing a long-term carbon storage solution. However, this approach is both technically challenging and economically expensive. CO2 source at the Hellisheidi power plant. Credit: Sigurdur R. Gislason Regardless of the problems, it appears likely that the cost of storing carbon dioxide in such fashion (or others like it) will likely become relatively smaller as the costs of dealing with rising temperatures and sea levels increases, which hopefully, will cause more such efforts to come about. As the planet continues to warm due to greenhouse gases (mainly CO2) captured in the atmosphere, scientists focus on two main approaches to solving the problem: stopping (or at least slowing) the addition of new gasses into the atmosphere, or devising techniques to remove the gasses already there. In this new effort, the researchers are focused on the latter approach.Most of the press dedicated to global warming to date has been focused on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Sadly, that approach hasn’t had the desired impact. Because of that governments and organizations are increasingly turning to CCS technology. Just this past week the U.N. issued a climate report which highlighted the necessity of putting more effort into removing gasses to slow the massive costs of the expected average rise in global temperatures in the near future. The problem with pulling carbon out of the air is where to put it—pushing it into the ground is both expensive and risky—geologic activity, such as earthquakes could cause fissures allowing the gas to seep back out into the atmosphere. This is where the researchers in Iceland come in—they’ve been dissolving carbon dioxide into water (from a geothermal plant) and pumping the mixture into basalt formations (that came about due to volcanic activity) underground. Over time, the carbon reacts with calcium, magnesium and iron in the basalt and forms carbonate minerals such as limestone. Scientists have known about this process for some time, but until now, didn’t realize it could happen so quickly. The researchers report that approximately 80 percent of the carbon became embedded in the minerals over the span of just one year. The down side is that it takes a lot of water—up to twenty times as much as the carbon dioxide. Another problem could be pulling the carbon dioxide out of the air, and perhaps having to transport it to a sequestration site. There is also the difficulty of finding the right kind of basalt—it has to be porous. Citation: Researchers find carbon reactions with basalt can form carbonate minerals faster than thought (2014, April 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-04-carbon-reactions-basalt-carbonate-minerals.html Journal information: Science This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Storing carbon dioxide deep underground in rock form The CarbFix injection site, March 2011. Credit: Sigurdur R. Gislason] (Phys.org) —A pair of researchers, one with the Institute of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland, the other with University College in London, has found that mixing carbon dioxide with water and pumping it into underground basalt formations in Iceland has resulted in 80 percent of the carbon being sequestered into carbonate materials within one year’s time. In their paper published in the journal Science, Sigurdur Gislason and Eric Oelkers suggest their method of carbon sequestering may prove a feasible approach to carbon capture and storage (CCS).
When it comes to the liberation of France during the Second World War, one thing pops to mind: The landings at Normandy. While Operation Overlord remains the most iconic segment of the country’s leap toward freedom from German occupation, it certainly wasn’t the only effort which contributed to the downfall of the Nazi regime in France. A lesser known but no less significant military action that took place a month after the beachheads at Normandy were secured went by the codename of Operation Dragoon ― the liberation of southern France.Operation Dragoon, August 1944. Battle as seen from USS Quincy (CA 71).The first notion of Operation Dragoon appeared in 1943, during the Tehran Conference, when it was decided that the landings in Europe and opening of a second front were to be conducted in France. Initially the invasion of Southern France was dubbed Anvil, while the invasion of Normandy was codenamed Sledgehammer. The two were planned to be carried out at the same time.Operation Dragoon – mapIn early 1944, however, the plan of conducting two simultaneous landings in France was abandoned due to lack of resources. Instead, Operation Dragoon was postponed until August 15th when a large contingent of Free French Forces, together with Americans and Canadians, was to land in an area between the towns of Le Lavandou and Saint Raphael on the Mediterranean coast of France.German 88 mm gun on the coast in southern France. Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-258-1324-18 – Micheljack – CC-BY-SA 3.0The Free French Forces were led by General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny ― an experienced soldier who went through the First World War, saw his country defeated in 1940, continued service with the collaborationist Vichy Regime and defected in 1942 to join the Allies.Under his command were more than 256,000 men, including soldiers from France’s African colonies, all eager and ready to take on the occupying force. Before the massive landings took place, squads of American, Canadian and French commandos were assigned to neutralize various coastal batteries, thus enabling complete naval and air superiority for the invading task force.Operation Dragoon landings. Photo by Like tears in rain CC BY-SA 2.5The beaches were bombarded prior to the landings and unlike Normandy, most of the German troops defending the landing zones were more willing to retreat or surrender.The real problem was the minefields left behind by the Germans as a means of slowing the Allied advance while retreating.Jean de Lattre de Tassigny walking through the liberated city of MarseilleNevertheless, fierce fighting continued as the German Forces found themselves in a tight spot, desperately trying to withdraw and regroup while being clinched by the advancing forces from both the south and north-west of France.U.S. paratroopers of the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team prepare for the landings.However, a large number of French Resistance members, who were by this time re-organized as French Forces of the Interior, conducted a series of sabotages and diversions, all in favor of the Allied effort. Their actions caused additional difficulties for the German armed forces. As many of them joined the French army, the number of troops under General de Tassigny’s command increased to almost 400,000 soldiers.Allied advance, August 15th to September 15th 1944.Politically, this was a very important step for the Allied command, as it was deemed critical that the French participated in their own liberation, thus strengthening the tie between the people and the government-in-exile headed by Charles De Gaulle.Top 10 Surviving Buildings Built By The Nazis During Their Time In PowerSoon enough, important French ports of Marseille and Toulon were under Allied control, enabling more troops and supplies to land safely.A German shell explodes near the U.S. Navy heavy cruiser USS Quincy (CA-71) during the invasion of Southern France, in August 1944.Operation Dragoon was a success, despite the fact that a large contingent of veteran German troops managed to retreat successfully. France regained its lost military honor and continued the drive towards Berlin.Monument to the landings of Allied troops under General Patch on the beach of St Tropez, France. Photo by Captmondo CC BY-SA 3.0But the controversial aspect of the operation foreshadowed its success. Since its inception at the Tehran Conference, the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, was against Dragoon. The reason for his objection was the fact that it was done in favor of Stalin’s plan to leave Eastern Europe exclusively in the Soviet sphere of influence.Several troops from the Boy Scouts of America helped escort the veterans from their bus into Arlington National Cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater for the Operation Dragoon commemoration ceremony August 5, 2009. Troops from across the country, as well as Soldiers from the Fort Myer Military Community, helped the veterans around the cemetery.The initial idea, which was abandoned at the Tehran Conference of 1943, was to open a second front in Europe on the Balkan Peninsula. Despite Churchill’s reservations, the Allied leadership headed by General Eisenhower agreed to Stalin’s condition of leaving the Balkans and the Eastern Europe within his grasp.Read another story from us: WWII-Era Bills Worth around $2 Million discovered under Churchill’s favorite tailorsFor some historians, this was the true start of the Cold War, as it became obvious that Hitler’s Thousand-Year-Reich was hardly going to hold on for more than a couple of years and that Europe was to be divided between the two major parties ― the Allies and the Soviet Union.Nikola Budanovic is a freelance journalist who has worked for various media outlets such as Vice, War History Online, The Vintage News, and Taste of Cinema. His main areas of interest are history, particularly military history, literature and film.