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United States Declares Central America Area Free of Land Mines

first_imgBy Dialogo January 09, 2012 A U.S. State Department report has declared Central America a region free of land mines. According to the annual report To Walk the Earth in Safety, made public by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Central America is the first area of the world to be free of armaments of this kind. According to the official statement, thousands of land mines and unexploded munitions remain buried in former conflict zones throughout the world, making it unsafe and unusable and causing 4,000 deaths a year. In the Central American region, mines were left buried following the internal armed conflicts in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, which took place from the mid-1960s to the early 1990s. Clinton said that the annual number of victims “is still an unacceptably high figure,” but she noted, “Over the last decade, we have helped decrease the worldwide number of landmine casualties from around 15,000 to 20,000 annually to approximately 4,000 in each of the last two years.”last_img read more

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Carrick lauds evergreen Giggs

first_img At 39, Giggs has now won an incredible 13 league titles following Monday night’s championship-clinching 3-0 win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford. To put it into context, the veteran Welshman has now won as many as Arsenal have in their entire history. It is a quite phenomenal achievement, and Giggs is not finished yet given he has already signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at United beyond his 40th birthday. Carrick said: “I keep talking about him but what else is there left to say?” Michael Carrick has run out of words to describe the achievements of Manchester United “legend” Ryan Giggs. Press Associationcenter_img He added: “It is sensational that he is still able to do that after all this time. It is not just physical, it is mental, having the drive and desire to do it every day. The league wasn’t won tonight, it was won all season with all the work we have put in. “Ryan is out there training every day. The standard he has set is unbelievable. He is a legend. It is a throwaway comment too often. But he is the legend really. It is a pleasure to play with him and work with him every day.” Giggs completed the full 90 minutes on Monday night, his 28th appearance of the season. Yet even he would accept he must cede top billing to Robin van Persie, whose second United hat-trick ensured the Red Devils were never going to be troubled gaining the three points required to snatch the trophy back off Manchester City. And his contribution – which took him on to 24 Premier League goals for the season, one more than chief Golden Boot rival Luis Suarez, whose season is almost certainly at an end – included a brilliant second, which Carrick believes is a contender for goal of the season. Van Persie followed Wayne Rooney’s 40-yard pass, watching it drop 20 yards from goal before drilling a magnificent volley straight past Brad Guzan. “It has to be right up there,” said Carrick. “The movement for starters, then Wayne to pick him out with a great pass. The finish was textbook. “There are not many people who can do that. Robin has had a terrific season. It is his first one here and if he carries on like this he will have a good career, that’s for certain.” last_img read more

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Inter Milan Extend Victor Moses’ Stay Till End of Season

first_imgInter Milan have extended their loan contract with Victor Moses until the end of the 2019-2020 Serie A season, according to reports.The print edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Victor Moses and Alexis Sanchez will remain at the Nerazzurri until the end of the championship, while as regards August, Inter Milan are still in talks with Chelsea and Manchester United.The original loan agreement between Inter and the Premier League clubs expired on Tuesday, June 30. Victor Moses Since joining the Milan based club in the January transfer window, Moses has provided two assists in 11 games to date and was in action for 491 minutes.The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner has featured in all the four matches Inter Milan have been involved in since the season restarted on June 13.Moses is eligible to represent Inter Milan in their last ten games of the 2019-2020 season, beginning with Wednesday’s home 6-0 win against Brescia.There is a cloud over the long-term future of the former Super Eagles star at Inter Milan, with the club’s signing of Real Madrid’s Morocco national-team player Achraf Hakimi.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Girls Golf Rocks 2020

first_img8 Dec 2019 Girls Golf Rocks 2020 Girls Golf Rocks is back for 2020 and the message to clubs is ‘don’t delay, apply today’.There is now just one month left for clubs to apply to be a part of the fun in 2020 .Online applications close on 8 January, 2020. All successful clubs will be informed w/c 10 February, 2020.Already clubs the length and breadth of England have indicated a desire to join the Girls Golf Rocks revolution.If you haven’t already done so, then push Santa’s list to one side for now and sign up for Girls Golf Rocks!Clubs will stage two six-week coaching blocks for girls aged 7-14 between May and October 2020 with coach funding available from England Golf and the Golf Foundation.Has your club got on board with Girls Golf Rocks in previous years and wants to take part again in 2020?Has your club never taken part and you think it’s time to climb onto the Girls Golf Rocks bandwagon?Please click here to find out more details and to apply.The programme, jointly run by England Golf and the Golf Foundation, is now in its fifth year and has helped introduce over 5,000 girls to the game of golf – inspiring new recruits to enjoy themselves in a fun, friendly and safe environment.Discover Girls Golf Rocks on our social platforms:Facebook  TwitterInstagramlast_img read more

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Star Formation Theories Fail to Shine

first_imgBig things are wrong in astrophysics, say several news articles.The laws of star formation challenged (Phys.org). Once we learn a couple of terms, we’ll see how bad the news is about star formation. IMF1 stands for the mass distribution of stars at birth. CMF2 stands for the mass distribution of cores from which they formed. Those numbers should agree, but new work “could challenge the widespread assumption that the mass distribution of a population of star-forming cores is identical to that of the stars they spawn.” Salpeter’s Law, stated by Edwin Salpeter in 1955 based on molecular clouds near our solar system, says those distributions should agree. The bad news: when astronomers look at more distant stars, they don’t. The ALMA Telescope allowed them to check the relationship for more distant stars. The implications could reverberate through astrophysics:It turned out that, in the W43-MM1 cloud, there was an overabundance of massive cores, while less massive cores were under-represented. These findings call into question not only the relationship between the CMF and the IMF, but even the supposedly universal nature of the IMF. The mass distribution of young stars may not be the same everywhere in our Galaxy, contrary to what is currently assumed. If this turns out to be the case, the scientific community will be forced to re-examine its calculations about star formation and, eventually, any estimates that depend on the number of massive stars, such as the chemical enrichment of the interstellar medium, the numbers of black holes and supernovae, etc.Burst of newborn stars in young star cluster puzzles astronomers (Phys.org). Another term to learn is “blue stragglers.” These are hot blue stars that shouldn’t be where they are: they “‘straggle’ behind the natural evolution of most stars in a cluster.” Blue stars are assumed to burn up very fast. They shouldn’t exist in globular clusters, therefore, which are assumed to be very old. Those clusters are also depleted of the gas needed to form new stars. To get around this conundrum, astronomers hoped that blue stars might have formed more recently by collisions. The Chinese Academy of Sciences, using the Hubble Space Telescope, now says that explanation does not appear probable. They found an unexpected population of blue stars in a “young” globular cluster (two billion years). What does that imply? “This is surprising, because blue straggler stars in this cluster seem to have formed in a well-defined burst,” not from random collisions. It’s like they all ‘burst’ on the scene together, so to speak. A collapsing globular cluster might bring about this situation, but it shouldn’t be happening in a young cluster.“When the very cores of clusters collapse under the gravity of all the stars in that small volume of space, we witness one of the most extreme astronomical events. When this happens, the cluster becomes extremely dense and you can imagine that many stellar collisions could happen in the core region. As a result, lots of blue straggler stars could be produced. For this reason, the double sequence of blue stragglers can be expected in clusters only when they get old, older than 10 billion years,” said Dr. DENG.“However, we did not find any evidence that supports the presence of a collapsed core in this cluster. In addition, the conditions in this cluster even disfavor the occurrence of many stellar collisions,” said Dr. LI.An anonymous reviewer solicited by the editors of The Astrophysical Journal wrote, “This work certainly presents unexpected, and therefore interesting observational results… It challenges the generality of explanations put forward for other such blue straggler sequences.” (Visited 603 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Stars and HabitabilitySmall Stars are Awesome — But Can They Support Life? (Space.com). In this article, Paul Sutter (astrophysicist at Ohio State) explains why red dwarf stars (the most numerous in the universe) are unlikely candidates for hosting habitable planets. For one thing, the habitable zone is close to the star. And then, red stars tend to erupt with killer flares. If that isn’t bad enough for life, a planet in the zone would most likely become tidally locked to the star. One side would be exposed to the killer flares; the other side would face away into the freezing cold of space.Sutter takes the gamble anyway. There are so many of these stars, he says, and they last so long, a few might beat the odds. “So, even if life has trouble getting started or sticking around, there are a ridiculously high number of chances available for life to get a crack,” he says. “Your odds may not be that great at a penny slot machine in Vegas, but if you’ve got a lot of pennies you might just come out ahead.” Since the only star we know of that hosts a habitable planet is not a red dwarf, good science would like to see evidence before trying Sutter’s odds. Probability theory itself warns against reckless drafts on the bank of time. Sutter has a finite number of pennies, but he should calculate the odds of getting even one protein by chance. Watch the animation, “The Amoeba’s Journey” from the Illustra Film Origin. There isn’t enough time in the universe to try the number of rolls required to get a small protein, let alone life.Elements from the stars—the unexpected discovery that upended astrophysics 66 years ago (Phys.org). In this article, Spyrou and Schatz review the 1952 discovery of technetium in a stellar spectrum and what that meant for the future of astronomy. Technetium, having no stable forms, must have formed recently, concluded Paul Merrill working at the Mt. Wilson Observatory. This “completely unexpected” discovery led to the common secular statement, popularized by Carl Sagan, that ‘we are all made of starstuff.’On May 2, 1952, Merrill reported his discovery in the journal Science. Among the three interpretations offered by Merrill was the answer: Stars create heavy elements! Not only had Merrill explained a puzzling observation, he had also opened the door to understand our cosmic origins. Not many discoveries in science completely change our view of the world – but this one did. The newly revealed picture of the universe was simply mind-blowing, and the repercussions of this discovery are still driving nuclear science research today.The field of stellar nucleosynthesis was born, but the article reveals some incidents for historians of science to consider. Prior to 1952, astronomers assumed that all the elements were formed in the big bang. Alternative scenarios were considered, “But no one really had come up with a convincing theory for the origin of the elements – until Paul Merrill’s observation.” A convincing theory, however, should be distinguished from a true theory.Spyrou and Schatz show how the new paradigm led to the 1957 B2FH paper (Burbidge, Burbidge, Fowler and Hoyle) that seemed to convince everyone that stars make heavy elements. But while theories can work on paper, fusion is difficult to study in the lab: “for more than six decades, nuclear physicists have continued to work to get a handle on the nuclear reactions that drive the stars.” I.e., they’re not there yet. Computer models crank out solutions, “trying to recreate the parts of the universe we see, while reaching out toward the ones that are still hiding until the next major discovery.”Could the next major discovery “upend” the last major discovery? The current theory of stellar nucleosynthesis is not without problems. The reactions up to the element iron are exothermic, therefore give off energy. The elements heavier than iron are endothermic, requiring the input of energy. Astronomers assume that supernovae will be powerful enough to supply the energy, but nobody has quite figured out how to create a supernova in the lab. The situation described in this article reminds one of Thomas Kuhn’s portrayal of scientific paradigms. Everyone in the ‘guild’ is occupied with working on the paradigm, not questioning it. The next scientific revolution could replace this paradigm of nucleosynthesis with a different one.Chalk this entry up under the Psarris title, “What you’re not being told about astronomy.” How many books, TV shows or movies have you seen that assume habitable planets are as common as dirt? How many that assume science has figured out star formation? How many that blissfully stated that globular clusters are old, with only old stars? How many that you are just starstuff? Dig a little deeper with a skeptical eye, and you often find a house of cards sitting on a foundation of sand.last_img read more

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What is a “Missed Approach”?

first_imgIn the past, if pilots could not see either the approach lights or runway after descending to a certain height called the MDA, or “Minimum Descent Altitude,” they had to execute a missed approach by adding power, climbing back to a higher altitude and trying the approach again, or diverting to an alternate airport. With today’s advanced Category III or “Cat III” landing parameters, aircraft can be automatically guided all the way down to a safe landing on the runway in “zero-zero” conditions (no ceiling/no visibility) without the pilots ever seeing the ground.last_img

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Nikola Jokic, Nuggets hold off Spurs in Game 7 to advance

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Jokic finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, with no pass bigger than the one to set up Murray’s floater. DeMar DeRozan had a chance to slice into the deficit but was blocked by Torrey Craig. Then, the Spurs couldn’t hear coach Gregg Popovich screaming for a foul over the noise and the Nuggets were able to essentially run out the clock.“It took everybody,” Murray said. “Most of all it took the fans. … It’s a great feeling, an amazing feeling. We’re having a lot of fun. We’re one group. We’re united.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jokic also had a triple-double in Game 1.“He’s magnificent, magnificent,” Popovich said. “I’ll just leave it at that.”Denver went an NBA-best 34-7 at home in the regular season and rode the energy of the crowd.It was a forgettable first half for the Spurs, who trailed 47-34 after shooting 22.2% from the floor.TIP-INSSpurs: G Patty Mills played in his 85th playoff game with San Antonio, tying him with Sean Elliott for ninth-most in franchise history. … Popovich remains on 170 playoff wins, trailing only Pat Riley (171) and Phil Jackson (229). … F LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 16 points.Nuggets: Denver was 2 of 20 from 3-point range. … G Gary Harris had 11 points.SCREEN GAMEThe Nuggets weren’t particularly pleased with the way the Spurs set screens during the series. More specifically, Jakob Poeltl, whose knee caught Murray in the thigh during the third quarter of Game 6.DeRozan bristled at the notion that Poeltl may be a dirty player. “Anybody that thinks Jakob is a dirty play, they have a dirty mind,” DeRozan said. “Jakob is not a dirty player at all. He goes out there and plays extremely hard. His intent is never to hurt anybody.”HOOPS HISTORIANA big basketball historian, Gay reflected on the loss of John Havlicek, the Boston Celtics star and Hall of Famer who died Thursday at 79. Gay said Havlicek’s versatility paved the way for players like him.“Couldn’t shoot like him,” Gay said. “Wish I could.”POP’S THOUGHTSPopovich was asked in a round-about way what his future as a head coach will be after this season.“I’m a head coach in the NBA,” Popovich responded. “I don’t think about what that means in the future.” View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Kawhi Leonard has 45 points, Raptors top 76ers in Game 1 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSince making the Western Conference finals in 2009, the Nuggets have bowed out in the first round on four occasions. This was their first playoff appearance in six seasons.Denver will host third-seeded Portland in a series that begins Monday. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, pulls in a rebound as San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White defends in the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Nikola Jokic had another triple-double, Jamal Murray hit a clutch floater with 36.8 seconds remaining and the Denver Nuggets held off the San Antonio Spurs 90-86 in Game 7 on Saturday night to advance in the postseason for the first time in a decade.In a matchup between a Denver team with the youngest playoff roster in the West and the savvy Spurs, the second-seeded Nuggets built a 17-point lead in the third quarter only to see it whittled down to two with 52 seconds remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Murray added 23 points for the Nuggets, who captured a Game 7 for the first time since May 3, 1978, when David Thompson had 37 in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks.The Nuggets never trailed Saturday and it was far from easy.“Anxiety is a good word,” coach Michael Malone joked.Rudy Gay had 21 points for San Antonio, while DeRozan and Bryn Forbes each added 19. The Spurs fell to 3-4 in Games 7s under Gregg Popovich.Jokic turned in another monster game. Jokic showed off his arsenal of shots, even throwing in a sky hook. He played a little more than 43 minutes — just slightly down from the 48 minutes Malone pledged to play him in pregame.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Defeat won’t knock these players off their stride

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: Defeat won’t knock these players off their strideby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists defeat at Manchester City won’t knock them off their stride.Last night’s result sees their lead at the top of the table cut to four points.But Klopp says, “I have so much faith in my players you can’t imagine. If somebody would have told me after both games against Manchester City we are four points up, I would’ve paid money for it like you wouldn’t believe. “For us it is really important we take it game by game because there is no other chance. If we would have won the title five times in the last 10 years then we go 100 per cent, but we don’t have the experience in that. Why should we behave like somebody who won it all the time? It’s true that we didn’t win it for a long time, the club didn’t and we never won it as a team, that’s how it is. “We want to finish the season as good as possible and that’s our right, we can do that. We are still in a pretty good position so it’s all fine for us. Not in the moment, it feels really bad, but it’s only the moment. Tomorrow morning we wake up, it feels still average and then we have the opportunity to work on it and prepare for the next game and that’s what we will 100 per cent do. That’s all.” last_img read more

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Carriers on SCFI Routes Earn 7 Pct Less in 2016

first_imgzoom Due to the devastating low rates in the first half of 2016, container shipping lines earned an average of 7% less, than in 2015 on all Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) trade routes, according to BIMCO.The freight rates managed to gain momentum through second half of 2016, and were 22% higher than the rates received in the same period a year earlier, due to measures taken from the shipping lines in terms of network optimisation, scrapping and more careful deployment around the peak season.As the freight rates increased, two thirds of the trades on the SCFI closed 2016 at a higher rate than in 2015 and three trade routes hit the highest USD per TEU for a week 52 in more than five years, including trades from Shanghai to Santos, Durban and Australia/New Zealand.BIMCO said that the China Containerised Freight Index (CCFI), reflecting China’s nationwide export of containers, is showing a 19% drop from 2015 to 2016.“Despite the average rate for 2016 is lower than 2015, 2016 might stand out for something positive, where the container shipping lines took some of the measures needed to adapt to the new normal, where the growth in demand is equal to the GDP,” Peter Sand, BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst, said.If the Trade-to-GDP-Multiplier stays at the current level and the International Monetary Fund is correct with their projection, the container shipping industry will be status quo in 2017 and the freight rates will most likely stay at the same level as last half of 2016.However, Sand said that the container shipping lines will increasingly focus on reaping the benefits of consolidation and “we will most certainly see their profits go up.”last_img read more

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Manitoba Metis Federation claims victory after Supreme Court ruling

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Manitoba Metis Federation is claiming victory following a Supreme Court of Canada decision on a three-decade old case.The Supreme Court, in a 6-2 ruling, found that the “federal Crown failed to implement the land grant provision” under the Manitoba Act of 1870.The Manitoba Metis Federation argued that the federal government failed to set aside 1.4 million acres of land for the children of the Metis.The ruling is expected to trigger land claim negotiations.last_img

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