Updated: U.S. Senate Ends Helium Saga

first_imgThe U.S. Senate could soon end a protracted pingpong match over the future of the market for helium, a gas coveted by scientists and high-tech companies alike.Senators are expected to vote as early as today to approve legislation that would allow the U.S. government to continue selling helium from a national reserve that plays a key role in U.S. and world supplies. The Senate’s approval would clear the way for President Barack Obama to sign the bill, preventing a major disruption in a system that is scheduled to end on 1 October.“We have every hope and expectation that the Senate will approve the bill quickly,” says David Isaacs, vice president for government affairs at the Semiconductor Industry Association in Washington, D.C., one of several research and industry groups that have lobbied for its passage.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The legislation has been the subject of complex serve-and-return legislating by the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. The House first passed a helium bill in April, and last week the Senate passed a different version. House lawmakers then insisted on a number of tweaks to the Senate bill, however, raising fears that Congress might not make the deadline for sustaining helium sales.Last night, the House unanimously approved a revised version after altering portions that spell out how money from helium sales is raised and spent. Those changes were made with input from Senate staffers, Isaacs says, and hopes are high that the Senate will now quickly take up and pass the bill.“We wish it could have been done months ago, and we wish it hadn’t taken four votes to get the job done,” Isaac says. “But we are optimistic that there will be a very favorable outcome.”Many scientists who use helium in the lab will be relieved to see the matter settled. But a new law won’t solve one problem, some say: Prices could stay relatively high for buyers of small quantities, stretching research budgets.*Update, 26 September, 4:35 p.m.: The Senate has passed the helium bill. It will now be sent to President Barack Obama for his signature.last_img read more

Tendulkar’s wicket was special: Dockrell

first_imgSachin Tendulkar’s dream wicket in the ongoing World Cup is Irish teenager George Dockrell’s biggest scalp in his short career and the promising left-arm spinner said he will cherish that moment throughout his life and narrate the story to his kids.Dockrell got Tendulkar lbw for 38 in India’s five-wicket win over the minnows in a Group B match in Bangalore on Sunday.Later in the game, he even dismissed India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, also leg before, but for the 18-year-old the master blaster’s wicket will always remain in the top of the list.”Definitely Sachin Tendulkar’s wicket is the best wicket I have ever taken in my career so far. I think I will never forget his prized wicket till the end of my career,” Dockrell told PTI in an interview.”I am a huge fan of Sachin Tendulkar. I love his batting.Probably, when I become old I will tell this to my children and inspire them,” he said.Interestingly, Dockrell would not have achieved the feat if he had stick to his childhood dream of becoming a fast bowler.”I always wanted to become a fast bowler and started as a left-arm seam bowler. But on a tour of Wales, my coach at the Leinster Cricket Club saw me bowl some spin at the nets and asked me to give it a go in the next match and from there on its just spin obviously.”At that time a lot of young batsmen found it difficult to play my spin and I was quite successful initially. Then on I seemed to develop quite well. I was able to hit consistently in the right areas and its going on since then,” said the Dublin left-arm orthodox bowler, who made his ODI debut for Ireland only last year.advertisementDockrell was also impressive for Ireland in the 2009 World Twenty20 following which Somerset snapped him for a two-year contract.Ask him who is his favourite spinner, pat came the reply, “Obviously, Daniel Vettori. He has much control and he is very cunning with his bowling.”In the spin department, he also looks up to India discard Murali Kartik with whom he shared the dressing room in Somerset last season.”I also admire Murali Kartik as a spinner. I saw a bit of him last season in Somerset. He also has amazing control,” Dockrell said.Asked whether Kartik gave him any special tips about how to bowl in Indian conditions, he said, “I haven’t spoken to him yet and last season was only my first season in Somerset but I hoping to interact with him more this season.”After giving India a tough fight in their last match, Ireland will lock horns with the West Indies at the PCA Stadium here on Friday and a win against the inconsistent Caribbeans will brighten their quarter-final hopes.Ireland, who are still to play the West Indies, South Africa and the Netherlands, are fifth in Group B and in the hunt for a last eight spot with the top four teams from both groups advancing through to the next round.”It (the West Indies) is a big game for us. After the win over England there is a lot of confidence in the team that we can beat any side,” Dockrell said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Asia Cup: BCCI hands over hosting rights to Emirates Cricket Board

first_imgDubai, Aug 17 (PTI) The decks were finally cleared today for the Asia Cup as BCCI officially handed over its hosting rights to the Emirates Cricket Board. “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Emirates Cricket Board signed an agreement today for the United Arab Emirates to host the 2018 edition of the Asia Cup,” the BCCI stated in a release. The agreement was signed in Dubai with the BCCI being represented by its acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and CEO Rahul Johri. The chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board, His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, signed on their behalf. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will take part in the tournament. They will be joined by a sixth team — the winner of the Asian Cricket Council qualifier event. The tournament will be held from September 15 to 28 in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The event was originally scheduled in India with BCCI playing the hosts but Pakistan’s participation was an issue considering the prevailing political situation between the neighbouring countries. The BCCI couldn’t procure relevant clearance from government security agencies to host Pakistan. Earlier this year, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) decided that the tournament will be shifted to UAE but India will be hosting the tournament. BCCI acting secretary Choudhary said:”We are thankful to the Emirates Cricket Board for hosting the 2018 Asia Cup on behalf of the BCCI. We will see some of the sports powerhouse nations go head-to-head for ultimate glory and I am confident that cricket fans around the world will enjoy every moment of this prestigious event.”advertisement However, the COA faction was not on the same page with BCCI office bearers regarding handing over the hosting rights to the UAE. Since organisation would involve financial transactions in foreign currency, a senior BCCI office bearer had pointed out that FEMA (Foreign Exchanges Management Act) rules need to be thoroughly checked after the IPL II fiasco when Cricket South Africa hosted the cash-rich league in 2009. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) sanctions USD 2.5 million to the hosts for organisational purposes but it was pointed out that operational costs shoots up in the UAE. The BCCI release does not state what will be the profit sharing mode from the ticket sales. The TV broadcast money goes to ACC. The major attraction of this tournament is two assured Indo-Pakistan clashes. From ECB, it’s chairman said, “It is a matter of great pride for the UAE to host a prestigious event like the Asia Cup. Our country is home to a large section of people from the participating nations and we feel privileged and excited by the opportunity to bring their favourite sport right here to their doorstep. “This is the biggest cricketing event to be held in the UAE and we will ensure every support to make the 2018 Asia Cup a huge success.” PTI KHSAHlast_img read more

Dhoni should play 2019 World Cup because he takes load off Kohli, says Gavaskar

first_imgFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar walked on the same lines as the current skipper regarding Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s importance to the Indian cricket team in limited-overs cricket.It was Virat Kohli first who cleared the air with his “MS Dhoni is integral part of the side” message after the fifth and final ODI against West Indies and now Gavaskar too has joined the ‘Dhoni for 2019 World Cup’ chorus.When asked if he should be a part of the 50-overs squad for the 2019 World Cup in England, Gavaskar said: “There is no question. Because apart from the fact that he has got the experience, he is so useful to Virat Kohli.”The MSK Prasad-led selection committee’s decision to leave the World Cup winning skipper out of T20 action had stirred a debate on Dhoni’s one day spot too following a run of poor scores at a modest strike rate this year.Also read – No record safe the way Virat Kohli is batting: Sunil Gavaskar But, Gavaskar advocates Dhoni’s presence for the counsel he provides to Kohli.”All the little things he does from behind, telling the bowlers where to bowl to which batsmen, making those slight adjustments to the field, that leaves Virat free to think of bowling changes or to think ahead. So he takes a big load of Virat and of course he is always by Virat’s side when he seeks advise. That’s invaluable. No amount of money can give you that experience. Just for that he should be there for the 2019 World Cup,” Gavaskar argued.advertisementOn the selectors laying a new path for Indian cricket in T20 action by leaving Dhoni out for Rishabh Pant, Gavaskar believes Dhoni would have been part of decision making.Also read – MS Dhoni not dropped: Virat Kohli backs ex captain after T20I snub”It is noble of MS Dhoni to make way for Rishab Pant because he clearly realises that he is not going to be there for the T20 World Cup in 2020. So he wants to give Pant opportunities. Pant has played IPL but not enough international T20s. The more he gets to play, that’s better for him and that’s the only feeling MS Dhoni has and he needs to be complimented on that,” he said.But Gavaskar did feel Dhoni not playing T20s would rob him of some match time and advises him to reconsider his call not to play Ranji cricket.”Because the World Cup is so close, I would like him to play a few more matches because once you go past the age of 35 your reflexes slow down. Therefore if you are constantly playing competitive cricket, your reflexes stay in tact. Even if that may not be of the same grade but first class cricket can keep you competitive.I am hoping that he will keep on playing because the larger picture is 2019. I know he thinks of not holding on to a place of a youngster for Jharkhand but for Indian cricket and the World Cup picture in mind he should play,” he observed.last_img read more

Pochettino wanted Pulisic at Spurs – Redknapp

first_imgTottenham were keen on signing Borussia Dortmund playmaker Christian Pulisic, but were priced out of a market which saw Chelsea complete a £58 million ($74m) deal, claims Harry Redknapp.The United States international has, at just 20 years of age, established a reputation as one of the finest young talents in world football.So impressive has his progress for club and country been over recent years that a scramble for his signature was always expected to be sparked at some stage. 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? The current transfer window has seen an agreement finally reached, with Chelsea having moved quickly to fend off interest from domestic and European rivals to secure the services of a much sought-after talent.Pulisic will link up with the Blues over the summer, with his arrival at Stamford Bridge set to leave others disappointed – particularly Spurs, who opted not to bolster their ranks last summer and have now seen a potential winter target head elsewhere.Quizzed on whether he expects any January moves to be made by Mauricio Pochettino, former Tottenham boss Redknapp told talkSPORT: “I’ve got a feeling, I don’t think they will.“I heard they were interested in the boy who went to Chelsea [Pulisic]. He was on their radar but was too expensive.“I think they will stick with what they’ve got.”Danny Rose Christian Eriksen Dele Alli Tottenham Arsenal 191218Spurs have fared admirably this season despite bringing no fresh faces onto their books.They sit third in the Premier League table at present, with just six points separating them from leaders Liverpool.Redknapp believes a title bid may be beyond Pochettino’s side, but feels a top-four finish and a trophy are there to be shot at – with Tottenham preparing to open their FA Cup bid for 2019 against Tranmere before then turning their attention to a Carabao Cup semi-final tie with Chelsea.“It’s all become about the top four now,” Redknapp added.“No disrespect – we see the cup competitions, with the FA Cup teams get to the quarters and put half a reserve team out.“I think it would be nice to see Tottenham win a trophy. They should go for it.“Chelsea next week – that’s a big game. Go to a final, go win a trophy.”last_img read more

Sarfraz Ahmed’s remarks cast doubts on Mohammad Amir’s World Cup selection

first_imgSarfraz Ahmed’s remarks cast doubts on Mohammad Amir’s World Cup selectionSince the Champions Trophy final at the Oval in 2017 when he produced a match-winning spell of 3 for 16, Amir, 26, has not taken more than a wicket in 14 ODIsadvertisement Press Trust of India KarachiApril 7, 2019UPDATED: April 7, 2019 15:52 IST 2019 Cricket World Cup: Mohmmad Amir has been struggling to be consistent for Pakistan in the recent past (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAmir was dropped after just 1 match in the 5-match ODI series against Australia in UAEMohammad Amir has hit an average of around 85 per wicket in these 14 gamesPakistan’s World Cup squad is likely to be announced on April 18Mohammad Amir’s World Cup selection has been thrown into uncertainty after captain Sarfraz Ahmed expressed concerns over the experienced left-arm pacer’s inability to take wickets in One-day Internationals.”When your main strike bowler is not taking wickets regularly obviously it causes concern to the captain,” Sarfaraz told a television channel.Since the Champions Trophy final at the Oval in 2017 when he produced a match-winning spell of 3 for 16, Amir, 26, has not taken more than a wicket in 14 ODIs and has also gone without a wicket in nine of these matches.Even he has hit an average of around 85 per wicket in these 14 games and even his pace and strike rate has gone down in Test matches.The selectors are due to announce the Pakistan World Cup squad on April 18 and sources say that they are likely to announce 17 to 18 players to go to England on April 23.”Pakistan is due to play a five-match ODI series against England besides some matches against English counties in May and since every country has to give final shape to its 15-member World Cup squad by 23rd May, the selectors might want to have a final look at Amir before deciding on whether he plays in the mega-event or not,” a source said.Sarfraz agreed that there had not only been a drastic cut in the strike rate for Amir but his pace had also come down.”I can’t say whether he (Amir) will be in the World Cup squad or not but our minds are clear about our plans and when the squad is announced everyone will know,” the Pakistan skipper added.advertisementThe source confirmed that Amir’s selection is dicey since even the head coach Mickey Arthur and bowling coach Azhar Mahmood seem to have lost faith in him making a comeback.”Arthur has backed Amir all through this time but with more pace options available now, he is having second thoughts about reposing faith in Amir in the big event,” the source claimed.Amir, who has played 36 Tests, 50 ODIs and 43 T20 Internationals in a career blighted by the 2010 spot-fixing scandal and subsequent five-year ban, was publicly criticised by Sarfraz along with the other bowlers during the Test series in South Africa in January.The criticism stung Amir, who had walked out off a press conference during the series when asked about his captain’s thoughts about his bowling and performances.Amir was also dropped after just one match in the recent five-match ODI series against Australia in UAE.Also Read | Andre Russell explains six-hitting spree: Don’t eat anything special, my mind’s freeAlso Read | Shah Rukh Khan hails ‘Baahubali’ Andre Russell after KKR’s stunning victory vs RCBAlso See: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 Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Pakistan cricket teamFollow Sarfraz AhmedFollow Mohammad AmirFollow 2019 World Cuplast_img read more

World Cup 2019: India look to solve batting woes in 2nd warm-up vs Bangladesh

first_img Press Trust of India CardiffMay 28, 2019UPDATED: May 28, 2019 10:52 IST Indian batsmen were troubled by the seam and swing movement in the first warm-up game vs New Zealand (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia were comprehensively beaten by 6 wickets by New Zealand in their 1st warm-up matchIndia’s primary objective during the practice games is to fix their middle-order problemsVijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav are expected to play a part in the 2nd warm-up tie vs BangladeshThe top-order will ideally like an extended session in the middle but injured Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar’s lack of game time will certainly be a bigger worry for India ahead of their final World Cup warm-up game against Bangladesh here Tuesday.The top-heavy Indian line-up flattered to deceive in bowling-friendly conditions at the Oval as Trent Boult troubled them with both swing and seam movement.The six-wicket defeat against New Zealand, however, won’t be a big worry for Virat Kohli as he has some bigger issues to take care of.Kohli is bound to be a worried man if Jadhav and Shankar are unable to get a decent hit against Mashrafe Mortaza’s men before facing a tricky opposition like South Africa in its tournament opener at Southampton on June 4.India’s primary objective during the practice games is to fix their middle-order problems but the two protagonists, who are likely to fill in the important Nos 4 and 6 in the tournament proper, have not fully recovered from their respective injuries.#TeamIndia out and about in Cardiff ahead of the 2nd warm-up game at #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/CLQwPDOnypBCCI (@BCCI) May 27, 2019While Kedar injured his left shoulder during the IPL, Shankar was hit in the nets by a Khaleel Ahmed short ball.This, however, is a Godsend opportunity for KL Rahul to score some useful runs against an attack comprising Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahaman, Rubel Hossain and Shakib al Hasan and cement the No 4 slot. Unless Ravi Shastri and Kohli decide to promote Dinesh Karthik and check him out.advertisementHe was hit on the forearm at The Oval and we are delighted to see @vijayshankar260 back in the nets. #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/p4l3IWZGGMBCCI (@BCCI) May 27, 2019Shakib is recovering from a niggle and Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes expects him to play a pivotal role in the Tigers’ campaign.Rohit and Shikhar, who have enjoyed a decent amount of success against Bangladesh, won’t mind some runs which is always a confidence booster ahead of the main event.If the conditions in Cardiff remain overcast, playing out a testing first spell of Mustafizur or Rubel will certainly keep the top-order batsmen in good stead.Apart from Rahul, the other player who will like to assert himself in the middle will be Ravindra Jadeja, who was the only saving grace in the first warm-up game.While Jadeja’s core strength remains batting, his accurate bowling and razor-sharp fielding will keep Jadhav on toes once he gets a hundred per cent fit.An interesting move in the first game was to send Hardik Pandya at No 5 ahead of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who literally struggled in tough batting conditions scoring 17 off 42 balls.If Hardik is seen as an enforcer at No 5 and Dhoni as a finisher at No 6, the second down slot will become all the more pivotal in the larger context as Rahul, Karthik or Shankar, whoever fits in will have to play the role of a sheet anchor.The bowlers did a decent job in the first outing with both Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami being sharp and economical but a good spell from Kuldeep Yadav is likely to keep him in good head space after a dismal IPL.Squads:India: Virat Kohli (capt), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep YadavBangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Raaman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed.Also Read | Watch: Dhoni’s guest appearance on Chahal TV, Kuldeep listens to Kishore Kumar songsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar back in nets ahead of 2nd warm-up after injury scareAlso Read | Virat Kohli captain on paper but MS Dhoni on ground: Suresh RainaFor 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 Posted byrohan sen World Cup 2019: India look to solve batting woes in 2nd warm-up vs BangladeshThe top-heavy Indian batting line-up flattered to deceive in bowling-friendly conditions at the Oval as Trent Boult troubled them with both swing and seam movement in the first warm-up game.advertisementlast_img read more

The Latest AntiBrexit protesters gather for London march

LONDON — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):11:25 a.m.Protesters are gathering in central London before what is expected to be a massive march in favour of a second Brexit referendum.The march will conclude outside Parliament, where the fate of the Brexit plan hangs in the balance.Organizers are hoping to convince lawmakers to back a new referendum on whether Britain should follow through on plans to leave the European Union.Britain opted to leave in a 2016 referendum, but the process has been stalled by political discord.Tom Watson, the deputy leader of the opposition Labour Party, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and other political figures are scheduled to address the crowd.Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is not expected to attend. He has not been a strong supporter of the movement seeking a second vote.___7 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May has told lawmakers she may not seek passage of her Brexit withdrawal plan in Parliament next week.The embattled leader wrote to lawmakers Friday night saying she would bring the bill back to Parliament “if it appears that there is sufficient support.”She also says she would need the approval of House Speaker John Bercow to bring the plan back for a third time despite his objections.Lawmakers have twice rejected the deal. Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union on April 12 if no deal is approved.She told lawmakers Britain still has options including an extension that would require taking part in European Parliament elections in May.In a conciliatory note, she also offered to meet with lawmakers to discuss Brexit policy.The Associated Press read more

Canadian economy will still grow in 2018 just at a slightly slower

WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund projects moderate economic growth for Canada this year and next, albeit at a rate lower than last year’s and significantly slower than in the United States.In a document generally positive about the current global economy, but flashing warning signs of potential trouble ahead, Tuesday’s IMF World Economic Outlook foresees growth in Canada of 2.1 per cent this year and two per cent next year.That represents a downgrade from January’s outlook of 2.3 per cent growth forecast for this year, and it’s less than the strong three per cent growth Canada experienced in 2017.Despite the IMF’s optimism, these are dangerous economic timesCanada’s response to the China-U.S. trade spat lacks focus: Here’s how this game should be playedCanadians warned to climb out of debt before it’s too late, as threat of cooling housing markets loomsIt’s also less optimistic than the forecast for the U.S.: the United States is projected to grow almost three per cent this year, which is a significant improvement from recent IMF outlooks.“They’re very closely aligned with our forecasts,” said Brett House, the deputy chief economist at Scotiabank, where the prediction for Canada is one-tenth of a percentage point higher than what the IMF projects.“Very, very close to our numbers.”The broader document is generally optimistic about this year’s global prospects, with worldwide growth being on an upswing and a larger-than-previous forecast of a 3.9 per cent increase for 2018.Yet it warns of looming worries — potential trade wars; rising interest rates; heavy spending in certain countries, including the U.S., which could leave little fiscal space for the next downturn; and insufficient worker skills to deal with technological changes.“Favourable conditions will not last forever,” IMF economic counsellor Maurice Obstfeld wrote. “Now is the moment to get ready for leaner times.”He also expressed concern about the longer-term effect of American policies, after the near-term growth spurt.The U.S. is ramping up government spending at the very peak of the economic cycle, even as it cuts taxes, and the deficit is projected to balloon. He suggested this might add to inflation risks; accelerate the need for interest-rate hikes; strain mortgages; and ultimately widen the import-export trade deficit, which is the source of trade tensions.He also pointed to the trade tensions that already exist, with skirmishes over steel tariffs and the U.S.-China punitive threats over intellectual property theft: “The first shots in a potential trade war have now been fired,” Obstfeld warned.But in the short term, analysts agree the U.S. is poised for a good economic year.House attributes the rosier U.S. outlook to federal tax cuts, a massive US$300-billion spending package and the possibility of an additional spending or infrastructure bill.He also calls the slightly slower growth in Canada unsurprising.House describes 2017 a unique “breakout year,” with growth boosted by the new federal child-care benefit and the oil rebound from sagging prices and the Fort McMurray fires.Trade uncertainty, rising interest rates and measures to cool the Toronto and Vancouver housing markets have also contributed to the slower Canadian growth projection, he said.“Things continue at strong levels in 2018,” he said.“But when you’re already at a strong level, growing at the same nearly three per cent rate that we saw last year is tough.” read more

Bartosz Jurecki says godbye to Polish NT

Bartosz JureckiPolish Handball ← Previous Story GOLDEN RUSSIAN GIRLS: The best, but also very beautiful Next Story → Serhiy Bebeshko leads Meshkov Brest until 2020 One of the biggest strentgh of the Polish national team in the last decade, line player Bartosz Jurecki, decided to finish his career in the national team after Olympic Games in Rio. The 37-years old, older brother of left back Michal, had debut for the white “Eagles” in 2004, while the most succesful years where 2007 (the world’s silver at WCh 2007 in Germany), 2009 and 2015, when Poles were winning two bronze medals at World Championships in Croatia and Qatar.Hard-worker, Jurecki, spent the best part of his club’s career in German SC Magdeburg.– I am proud that I played for so many years with the Eagle on my chest. In every game I gave it 100 percent. It is a pity that I leave the guys, but the time has come – said Jurecki. read more

Very dangerous early20th century grenade found in Co Cork

first_imgA GRENADE DATING back to the early 20th century was found in Macroom today.The find came just a little while after a shell was found on a Co Kerry beach.The Defence Forces said this evening that an army bomb disposal team rendered a Mills-type grenade dating from the early 20th Century in Lissarda near Macroom, Co Cork this evening.They said that the team were returning to base from an earlier call out to Co Kerry, where they had determined that a suspicious object found on Rosbehy Beach was “an inert shell without explosive content”.While on the return journey, they got another request from local gardaí.The team arrived at the location at 6.10pm and examined the grenade. It had been found in foliage on farmland and was decided to be “potentially very dangerous”.The grenade was then destroyed at the scene at 6.40pm through a controlled explosion.Because the grenade was found in a remote rural location, there was no requirement for a cordon or evacuations.This was the fourth request for bomb disposal team assistance today. Their other requests included a viable improvised explosive device in Co Monaghan and unstable chemicals in a school in Co Carlow.Read: Viable bomb defused in Monaghan>Read: Home owner finds grenade from War of Independence in garden>last_img read more

Looking at options to respond UK to Iran after tanker seized

first_imgLondon: Britain is looking into a series of options to respond to Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged tanker, junior defence minister Tobias Ellwood said on Sunday when asked whether London was considering putting sanctions on Tehran. “Our first and most important responsibility is to make sure that we get a solution to the issue to do with the current ship, make sure other British-flagged ships are safe to operate in these waters and then look at the wider picture,” he told Sky News. Asked about the possibility of sanctions, he said: “We are going to be looking at a series of options … We will be speaking with our colleagues, our international allies, to see what can actually be done.”last_img read more

India Russia Close in on Kamov226T Helicopter Deal

first_imgReutersIndia and Russia has agreed on an in-principle arrangement, allowing India to manufacture Russian helicopters locally.The initial batch of Kamov-226T helicopters will be catering to the demands of the Indian armed forces, with exports to follow later on, say Russian embassy officials.The deal first made its appearance as a global tender, before being cancelled and was replaced with a ‘Buy and Make’ clause, under the Defence Procurement Procedure. The deal was finally taken up by Russia.Earlier this month, India rolled out the red carpet for Russian President Vladmir Putin, accompanied by a large delegation, including arms manufacturers. Both the countries agreed to assemble 400 advanced Kamov-226T helicopters per year, built using Russian technology in India.The Kamov-226T is a proven twin-turbine utility helicopter, with an interchangeable mission pod, in place of a conventional cabin, allowing the use of various accommodations or equipment configurations.While the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is a likely candidate to partner with Russia, the private sector has also engaged in negotiations, The Hindu quoted Russian embassy officials as saying.India and Russia have a long client-supplier relationship in defence areas. The erstwhile USSR remained India’s main defence equipment supplier, a role recently usurped by USA.The Russian-built Mi-17 was used extensively in the 2013 Uttarakand deluge for search and rescue missions.Russia has also admitted to being open to technology transfer and joint production in diesel-electric submarines. India plans to build six diesel-electric submarines for a staggering ₹50,000 crore, in a bid to reassert its dominance in the Indian Ocean Region.last_img read more

King Becomes DC HBCU Alumni Alliance President

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Staff Writer,  mgray@afro.comDr. Nardos E. King, a 1987 alumnus of Virginia State University has been elected as the new President of the Washington, D.C. Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance.  Dr. King replaces Hampton alumnus Jamie Tettey who served two years as president of the organization that launched in 2012 to support the mission of Historically Black Colleges and Universities by increasing the membership of participating alumni chapters; collaborating on philanthropic efforts; and promoting a higher awareness of HBCU opportunities among underprivileged, minority high school students.King, who is the Executive Principal for Fairfax County Public School’s Region One, is an experienced educator who has worked for several systems around the DMV area.  She is currently responsible for coaching and supervising principals of the northern Virginia region’s 40 schools after previously serving as Assistant Superintendent for High Schools and Executive Director for Secondary Schools in Baltimore County.DC HBCU Alliance President Dr. Nardos King presents the HBCU alliance alumnus of the year for public policy award to Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) (Courtesy Photo)“I’ve had a number of leadership experiences that have prepared me to lead the Alliance,” Dr. King told the AFRO. “Leadership is bringing people together for a common goal and develop plans to move the organization forward and that’s what I hope to do over the next two years.”Dr. King understands how HBCUs shape and mold young people into productive contributors to society.  She stumbled across the path that would lead her to Virginia State. Growing up in southern New Jersey, King initially was accepted by Rutgers and hadn’t been exposed by her parents to the HBCUs. With an Ethiopian mother and military father, an all-Black college was inconceivable. While on a high school visit during an HBCU tour she visited the VSU campus and was so impressed she immediately applied.She stepped onto the Petersburg, VA campus after arriving from Mount Laurel, New Jersey and lived the full Black College experience. During her matriculation process Dr. King earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Information Systems and pledged into the Delta Sigma Sorority where she is a Diamond Life member.  She also met her husband of 30 years – retired United States Army Colonel Stanley A. King.  Her daughter Tracy played college basketball at North Carolina A&T and currently works as a west coast brand specialist for the Nike shoe company.“Virginia State is the love of my life,” King said.  “I’m a loyal Trojan but A&T is just a notch below.”The time at Virginia State also introduced her to a person that would later serve as an inspiration.  Dr. King’s college roommate Donna, who became her best friend, lost a battle with breast cancer after it emerged from remission in 2010. However, she wouldn’t let that passing cause more tragedy than hope.  King founded the Donna M. Saunders Foundation for Breast Cancer Support and Education, which is one of her many volunteer efforts that now includes her presidency with the HBCU Alliance.She is also the President-Elect of the National Alliance of Black School Educators and serves on the supervisory committee of the Apple Federal Credit Union.  Her volunteer work in the community has been recognized by numerous Black Greek letter organizations.The Alliance is a nonprofit organization that started with four charter members, and now includes more than 64 local alumni HBCU chapters.  They have charitable partnerships with the Capital Area Food Bank and the Ronald McDonald House. Dr. King looks to expand on their health and wellness, hunger and higher education awareness programs during her presidency.  The Alliance also has two signature events, a 5K run and 2K walk during HBCU Alumni Weekend in June at Howard University and the annual soirée’ in September during the Congressional Black Caucus weekend.last_img read more

Freestanding anode for use in helping microbial fuel cells convert waste to

first_img More information: S. Zhao et al. Three-dimensional graphene/Pt nanoparticle composites as freestanding anode for enhancing performance of microbial fuel cells, Science Advances (2015). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500372 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. Journal information: Science Advances © 2015 Phys.org Microbes strip power from poo Citation: Freestanding anode for use in helping microbial fuel cells convert waste to electricity (2015, November 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-freestanding-anode-microbial-fuel-cells.html Play The real application of the MFCs for running a timer. Credit: Science Advances (2015). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500372 center_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen SEM images of GA/Pt incubation with S. oneidensis MR-1: (A) top view, (B) and (C) magnified cross-section view of different parts of GA/Pt incubation with S. oneidensis MR-1. Credit: Science Advances (2015). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500372 Explore further (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in China has developed a freestanding anode that can be used to transfer electrolytes from bacteria in wastewater to a microbial fuel cell. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes how they built their probe, its efficiency and their plans for improving their design. Treating human waste is an energy intensive process, with some estimates suggesting it accounts for 3 to 5 percent of all electricity consumed in the U.S. Frustratingly, scientists have not been able to find a way to use the waste to create the electricity to treat it, in a way that is efficient enough to make it worthwhile—much of the current technology centers around fermentation and burning the methane that results, but such process are not yet efficient enough to warrant use in actual wastewater treatment facilities. Another approach is to create sewage based fuel cells which would work by pulling bacterial electrolytes off the waste and using it to create electricity—that is the approach taken by the team in China.The new anode is based on a 3D graphene aerogel decorated with platinum nanoparticles—the team describes it as a “macroporous structure that is favorable for microorganism immobilization and efficient electrolyte transport.” In the lab it looks somewhat like a lump of pumice, the porous surface offers more surface area. The team tested the probe first with water infested with Shewanella oneidensis bacteria, noting how the bacteria became lodged in the pores of the anode. They further tested it with a microbial fuel cell and wastewater samples taken from an actual wastewater treatment facility, and proved the probe worked as designed by using the resultant energy claimed from the sewage to power a small digital kitchen timer.The research group acknowledges that their process is still not efficient enough for practical use, but suggests their probe is a demonstration of what could become a real application. Additional hurdles to overcome will include replacing the platinum with something much less expensive, and finding a way to make the probe durable enough to last for years immersed in raw sewage.last_img read more

Bombings kill at least 14 in outside Baghdad

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies BAGHDAD (AP) — Separate bombings in and around the Iraqi capital on Sunday killed at least 14 people, officials said, as authorities tightened security measures in Baghdad ahead of a major Shiite religious event that draws thousands of vulnerable pilgrims.The deadliest attack took place in the town of Tarmiyah when a car bomber struck a police and army checkpoint, killing five security force members and wounding 10, a police officer said. The town is about 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Baghdad. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   In this Saturday, May 9, 2015 photo, smoke rises after an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition on Islamic State group positions in an eastern neighborhood of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi authorities on Friday signed up the first batch of 1,000 recruits for a new Sunni militia to help its security forces take back the western Anbar province from the Islamic State group, after years of reluctance to arm and train the tribal fighters. (AP Photo) 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Iraq is going through its worst crisis since the 2011 U.S. troop withdrawal as the government is struggling to recapture lost territory from the militants and to maintain security in other parts of the country.___Associated Press writer Murtada Faraj contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Patients with chronic pain give advicecenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Sponsored Stories Another car bomb killed three civilians and wounded eight at an outdoor market in Taji, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Baghdad, the officer added.In the capital’s southern Abu Disher neighborhood, a bomb targeted Shiite pilgrims, killing two and wounding seven. Another civilian was killed and five wounded in a bomb attack in an outdoor market in the northern Baghdad district of Shaab, police added.The anniversary of the 8th-century Imam Mousa al-Kazim’s death draws tens of thousands of Shiites from all walks to converge on his golden-domed shrine in northern Baghdad. The pilgrims typically march to the shrine while hundreds of tents are erected to offer them free food, drinks and services.Also Sunday, a suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden armored military vehicle into a group of government forces during clashes outside the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah. The attack killed at least three soldiers and wounded seven, an army officer said.The Islamic State group, which controls vast areas of northern and western Iraq, claimed responsibility for the attack In an online statement posted on a militant website.Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release the information. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

by HyungJin Kim The Associated Press Posted

first_img by Hyung-Jin Kim, The Associated Press Posted Mar 20, 2018 3:28 am PDT Last Updated Mar 20, 2018 at 7:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email South Korean K-Pop singers to perform in North Korea SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea said Tuesday it will send a 160-member artistic group to North Korea, including about 10 celebrated K-Pop singers, for rare concerts there.The South Korean musical artists will visit Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, from March 31 to April 3 and give two performances, according to a joint statement issued after the two Koreas met at a border village.The development comes during a thaw in the North Korean nuclear crisis. A North Korean band performed in South Korea during the recently ended Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.The South Korean delegation will include some of the country’s pop legends, including Cho Yong-pil, Lee Sunhee and Cho Jin Hee, who performed in Pyongyang during a previous era of detente. Popular girl band Red Velvet is also among the South Korean groups, the statement said.South Korea last sent a pop singer to North Korea in 2005, according to Seoul’s Unification Ministry.During Tuesday’s talks, the two Koreas were unable to agree on which songs the South Korean singers will sing in Pyongyang, a potentially sensitive issue in a country where most citizens are blocked from accessing outside information. But South Korean delegates said they are optimistic an agreement can be reached, saying they will exchange letters via a cross-border communication channel.“When it comes to the list of songs, I don’t think it will take a long time if we talk about the songs they know,” said chief South Korean delegate Yoon Sang, a popular singer and composer. “Some sensitivity remains regarding which songs we’ll choose.”The Koreas also haven’t agreed on who else will be included in the South Korean artistic delegation other than K-Pop singers. Past South Korean performances in the North included a joint symphony concert, an opera and folk music.Yoon’s North Korean counterpart in the talks was Hyon Song Wol, leader of the North’s only girl band. She also headed another North Korean band which performed in the South during the Olympics. Her planning visit to South Korea in January triggered a media frenzy.center_img In this photo provided by South Korea Unification Ministry, North Korean Hyon Song Wol, right, head of a North Korean art troupe, talks with her South Korean counterpart Yun Sang during a meeting to discuss a South Korean art troupe’s planned performance in Pyongyang, North Korea, at the North side of Panmunjom, North Korea, Tuesday, March 20, 2018. (South Korea Unification Ministry via AP) last_img read more

Major tax changes afoot for UK nationals living in Cyprus

first_imgThe updated UK-Cyprus Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) signed on March 22 this year in Nicosia will have major ramifications for UK nationals residing on the island.Significantly, the new DTA will tax all government pensions at source (in the UK) and affected individuals will pay UK standard tax rates.It should be stressed that this applies to publicly funded pensions – such as those received by former members of the British armed forces – paid by the government and not private pensions. Nor does it apply to the statutory state pension.The DTA has not yet entered into force, but will do so once both countries have completed their parliamentary procedures and exchanged diplomatic notes.According to the British High Commission in Nicosia, they expect this to happen at the beginning of tax year 2019-2020.“An announcement will be made when these procedures have been completed,” the British High Commission said.The Sunday Mail contacted the British High Commission, having been alerted to the coming changes by a reader.In email exchanges with the British High Commission, they confirmed that the previous – that is, the still-in-force but lapsing – DTA allowed for UK government pensions to be taxed in Cyprus at a rate of 5 per cent.According to the UK diplomatic mission, the minimum rate on pensions in the UK is 20 per cent, “with those taxpayers also eligible for the relevant tax free allowance of £11,850”.“Those affected by these changes will be able to continue to file their tax returns as previously.”On how many UK nationals in Cyprus will be affected, the British High Commission stated:“HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) does not produce impact assessments for secondary legislation enacting double taxation treaties. This is, in part, due to the difficulty of assessing the impact of a complex treaty that is designed to apply for at least 20 years and which affects not just individuals and businesses, but also trade and investment across borders.”However, it added that it estimates there are around 70,000 British citizens residents in Cyprus, several thousand of whom may be ex-military personnel.Asked what was the reason for the changes, the British High Commission cited the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) model in relation to government service.“The UK’s policy during negotiations is to follow the OECD model text in relation to government service and this is reflected in the majority of our Double Taxation Agreements. When updating the treaty with Cyprus both countries agreed that the OECD text provides the right outcome.”Meanwhile, on June 18 the British High Commission, in conjunction with the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC) and HMRC, organised a seminar to inform the Cypriot accounting community about the new UK Corporate Tax Law and forthcoming changes in UK tax legislation.According to a press release, the event “informed the accounting profession about the new ‘Requirement to Correct’, that requires all UK taxpayers to declare to HMRC, before September 30, 2018 all their foreign income and assets, where there might be tax to pay.”It stated that as of October 1, 2018 new, substantially higher penalties will apply to UK taxpayers who have failed to pay all the tax due on foreign income and assets“The vast majority of people and businesses pay the right amount of tax. The requirement to correct legislation is aimed at those who fail to pay the correct tax on their offshore income or assets.“Many people may not realise that some straightforward actions, such as renting out a property in Cyprus or transferring income and assets from one country to another, could mean having to pay tax in the UK. This includes having income from or an asset in Cyprus or anywhere else in the world. These must all be declared to HMRC.”The press release added that although the ‘Requirement to Correct’ applies to people who pay tax in the UK, “it could still affect people if they live abroad and pay tax outside the UK, for example people who rent out their UK home whilst living in Cyprus or another country.”The British High Commission said that, for individuals who may be concerned that they have not told HMRC about foreign income assets, “or that you have transferred income abroad without paying the UK tax on it, you should make a disclosure to HMRC before September 30, 2018. You could also consider taking independent professional advice before deciding what to do next.”Speaking at the event, an HMRC official said:“The UK Government is getting much tougher on offshore tax evasion. This is the last chance to put things right before tougher sanctions are introduced in 2018. Tax evasion is a crime, committed by a dishonest minority, which unfairly places a greater burden on the honest majority of people and businesses who pay the tax that they owe on time.”The event also outlined the new ‘Corporate Criminal Offences’ legislation, under which companies from anywhere in the world can be liable for failing to prevent their representatives facilitating UK tax evasion, whilst companies based in the UK or who carry out any part of their business in the UK are in scope for failing to prevent the facilitation of overseas tax evasion.Further guidance on how to inform HMRC via the Worldwide Disclosure Facility, including how to register and when payment is due, can be found on the HMRC website at: www.gov.uk/guidance/worldwide-disclosure-facility-make-a-disclosureYou May LikeHealth & Human Research7 Arthritis Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayHealth & Human ResearchUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionType in your name and wait 8 seconds. 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