CO2 Monitoring Satellite Fails

first_imgA $280 million NASA satellite designed to monitor carbon dioxide emissions failed early this morning because of a problem with the Taurus XL rocket. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory was a critical part of the space agency’s effort to gather data on climate change, and the probe’s failure is a major blow to earth scientists eager to collect more accurate data on carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas. The launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California went well at first, but a few minutes into the flight the fairing that contains the satellite did not separate properly from the rocket, according to NASA officials. That means the probe is in a useless orbit or plunged into the ocean near Antarctica. NASA managers intend to set up a mishap board to understand what took place. The failure comes just as the U.S. Congress approved a funding boost for NASA’s Mission to Planet Earth.Observatory co-investigator John Burrows of the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology said in a statement : “The UK and European science community is a major partner in OCO and the loss of this instrument is a serious setback. The OCO mission aimed to make unique and high quality measurements of the atmospheric column of carbon dioxide at high spatial resolution. This information is urgently required to constrain our understanding of CO2 fluxes at the Earth’s surface (uptake by both the land surface and the oceans) and emissions from fossil fuel combustion.”A recently launched Japanese mission will collect much the same data, but Burrows said that the satellite would have collected “complementary ” information.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(*)last_img read more

Movie review: Khwaabb is quite off the mark

first_imgKhwaabbCast: Navdip Singh, Simer Motiani, Bajrangbali Singh, Rishi Miglani, Nafisa AliDirector: Zaid Ali KhanRating: A poster of the movie Khwaabb.The film promises to tell the story of an athlete’s dreams, struggles, and determination but after seeing the film you can’t help but feel a little disappointed mostly because of the film’s weak storyline. There’s hardly anything worth mentioning here.Sanjay and Kiran belong to the same village. And Sanjay has developed quite a liking for Kiran. While Kiran is an ace swimmer, Sanjay does nothing and knows no better. Only he can run pretty fast. So far he’s been living a life dealing with his alcoholic father’s beatings. And no sooner than you can spell your own name, the head of sports academy, Ram Prasad Lakshman spots the talented two, and brings them back to his academy.Kiran makes the most of this opportunity and works hard on her talent, while Sanjay only has eyes for her and not on the track or field. And so he doesn’t even approve of Kiran’s friendship with a boy called Samir. Soon enough Kiran and Sanjay end up dealing with issues at the academy that make them realise that their dream is the only thing they’ve got. But they’ve yet to deal with something as serious as a dope test. And whether they’ll be able to clear the dope test and realise their dreams is exactly what the film tries to focus on.The film fails at dealing with the small details that make the big picture. There’s nothing on the charm of sports, nor any in-depth look at the lives of athletes. Everything looks a bit superficial.advertisementThe acting, too, isn’t compelling enough, and hardly does much to compensate for the lack of a good story. All in all, the movie fails to impress and barely even manages to make it to the ‘average’ slot.last_img read more

Gurgaon murder: Ryan International School flouted every High Court, police guideline

first_imgThe Ryan International tragedy in Gurugram was completely avoidable and the seven-year-old boy would still be alive had the school and the local administration followed norms and guidelines issued by the police department as well as the Punjab and Haryana High Court.RTI documents, filed by activist Harinder Dhingra and accessed exclusively by Mail Today, show that the Gurugram Regional Transport Authority (RTA) has no record of whether buses of private schools, often owned by influential people, were inspected for their fitness to ply, or if credentials of the drivers and conductors were verified.The Class 2 student was found with his throat slit in a school toilet on Friday after being allegedly murdered by a bus conductor who also tried to sexually assault the boy. “It is intimated that the daily school buses inspection form is to be filled by the transport in-charge of the respective schools. These forms are to be compiled in the school itself. There is no such record available with the office,” the reply said in response to a query regarding the state of compliance of school buses as per ‘Surakshit School Vahan Policy’, which was formed based on directions from the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2013.The unconcern of the transport authority is further underscored by the fact that on the last hearing on July 27 of the RTI plea, which is on with the state information commission (SIC) in Chandigarh, no one from the department appeared in front of the commission and that too without notifying the body.advertisement”The Commission has adjourned the above said case for hearing to 20.09.2017 at 11.00am as neither the respondents have put in appearance nor filed any written replies,” the SIC order of July 27 said.However, the additional deputy commissioner and regional transport officer of Gurugram, Pradeep Dahiya, refused to comment on the RTI reply and the policy’s implementation, saying the district administration had held a detailed press conference over the issue and he had nothing more to add.Apart from other provisions which make for the body of this policy, one of the conditions under the heading ‘Compliance of other functions of School Authority’ reads: “Ensure proper verification of Drivers and Conductors/Attendants from police department which are appointed, if it was not done earlier.”While it has been revealed that the school did not verify the accused’s credentials, it also tried to cover its tracks by collecting the Aadhaar card of the conductor on Friday from his house.A set of regulations issued by the local police department regarding safety of kids is also pertinent to the scene of the crime: the toilet which the boy decided to visit and where the accused slashed his throat with a knife. How was the conductor allowed to enter the same washroom that was also visited by schoolchildren when cops had banned such practice?”Specifically for bus drivers and conductors, whether employed by the school of contracted out, access area must be limited to just the bus area, and specific instructions must be given to them on which areas are out of bound for them. It is therefore suggested that a toilet is provided in this area of clearly specified with visible though secluded access, to prevent need for such persons to enter the actual school premises,” says regulation 2.2.4 of the ‘Guidelines for Safety of Children in Schools’ of the Gurugram police.Another section of the guidelines, 2.2.3, says: “Access to areas like bus area, gym, swimming pool, sports rooms/fields, canteens, toilets should be confined to persons whose presence in the area is required, and are therefore specifically authorised access to these areas; loitering in such specific areas by unauthorised personnel should be prevented to reduce chances of problems arising (eg. Bus driver seen near children’s toilets, or canteen boy seen near sports field). Accordingly, admin/security department must draw up a list of such restricted areas and names of persons permitted entry, and these must be displayed on a notice board on the premises.”ALSO READ |Gurgaon murder: Ryan International School bus conductor confesses to killing child, says he refused sexRyan International School murder: Here’s everything you need to know 7-year-old Gurgaon schoolboy killed by bus conductor who tried to sexually abuse him, say policeDelhi: Ryan International School principal booked in drowning death of 6-year-oldALSO WATCH |  We will complete the probe within 7 days: Gurugram police chief on Ryan International School murderlast_img read more

2015 Queensland State Championships

first_img42 teams from across Queensland will compete in the 2015 Queensland Touch Football State Championships this weekend. Teams from Queensland’s six regions will converge on Dolphin Oval, Redcliffe for the two day event, which starts on Saturday, 24 October. Teams will compete across eight divisions at the event – Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open, Men’s 20’s, Women’s 20’s, Women’s 35’s, Men’s 40’s and Men’s 50’s. Games commence at 8.00am on Saturday morning, with finals commencing from 12.35pm on Sunday. 2014 Queensland State Championships winnersMen’s OpenSouth Queensland 8 defeated North Queensland 6Women’s OpenSunshine Coast 7 defeated Brisbane City 2Mixed OpenBrisbane City 13 defeated Central Queensland 12Men’s 20’sNorth Queensland 8 defeated Central Queensland 5Women’s 20’sBrisbane City 6 defeated Sunshine Coast 4Women’s 27’sBrisbane City 4 defeated North Queensland 2Men’s 30’sNorth Queensland 9 defeated Brisbane City 5Women’s 35’sCentral Queensland 8 defeated South West Queensland 3Men’s 40’sSouth Queensland 8 defeated Central Queensland 3Women’s 40’sBrisbane City 4 defeated South Queensland 3Men’s 45’sSouth Queensland 7 defeated South West Queensland 6Men’s 50’sSunshine Coast 3 defeated Brisbane 2Men’s 55’sNorth Queensland 6 defeated Sunshine Coast 4Regional Champions – Brisbane City Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 Queensland State Championships in the following ways:Website – www.qldtouch.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/QldTouchTwitter – www.twitter.com/QueenslandTouchInstagram – www.instagram.com/QldTouchRelated LinksQLD State Champslast_img read more

Star Athlete Recruit Announces Surprising Commitment

first_imgA generic picture of a football pylon.BLACKSBURG, VA – NOVEMBER 17: A general view of an end zone pylon during the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and North Carolina Tar Heels at Lane Stadium on November 17, 2011 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)One of the top athlete recruits in college football has announced his college decision. It’s a surprising one.Cam’Ron Kelly, a four-star athlete out of Chesapeake, Va., announced on Twitter this morning that he’s committed to Virginia Tech.This comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering the top athlete was believed by most to be considering Clemson or Penn State more. Kelly had even reportedly visited Virginia more than he had VT.He’s going to be a Hokie, though.Kelly announced the news on Twitter.“110% COMMITTED!!!” he wrote.110% COMMITTED!!! pic.twitter.com/3kaEtcxrA5— Cam’Ron Kelly (@CamRonJKelly) June 7, 2018This is a big pickup for Virginia Tech. Kelly is ranked the No. 158 overall recruit by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.The Hokies’ class is ranked No. 31 in the country.last_img read more

Low MR Charter Rates Hurt Pyxis Tankers Earnings

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy of Shaah Shahidh on Unsplash. Due to lower MR charter rates, Greek product tanker company Pyxis Tankers ended the second quarter of this year with a widened net loss.The company posted a net loss of USD 1.3 million in Q2 2018, compared to a net loss of USD 0.8 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier.Voyage revenues stood at USD 7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018, representing a decrease of USD 1.4 million from USD 8.4 million reported in Q2 2017. As explained, the decrease in gross voyage revenues during the second quarter of 2018 was primarily due to lower time charter equivalent rates, as well as to a slight decrease in total operating days attributed to increased idle days between voyage charter employments.“Overall, our operating results for the second quarter of 2018 were mixed. As the quarter unfolded, the time charters for our medium range tankers (“MRs”) rolled-off into a very difficult spot market at much lower rates,” Valentios Valentis, Pyxis Tankers’ Chairman and CEO, commented.“Weaker demand for MRs was caused by temporary market disruptions in the Atlantic basin, led by lower activity in the Gulf of Mexico, continued drawdown of inventories of refined petroleum products in storage and intrusion of larger ships, mainly newbuild crude carriers, which transported clean products on their maiden voyages. Three out of four of our MR tankers are currently in the spot market, which we hope will improve by this fall,” Valentis added.“As for our small tankers, we experienced a nice improvement in trading activity compared to the first quarter of 2018. We have continued to focus on our costs during this challenging period. The success of our efforts was clearly demonstrated during the second quarter as our total operational costs (…) improved,” Valentis continued.The company’s CEO further said that chartering activity is expected to be challenging, however, with a modest upward trend when moving into the fourth quarter. Additionally, a long-term improvement in charter rates is expected as a result of attractive market fundamentals.“We remain optimistic about the fundamentals of the product tanker market, specifically for MRs, and believe that Pyxis Tankers has the platform and position to take advantage of them,” Valentis concluded.Focused on growing its fleet of MR vessels, Pyxis Tankers currently owns a fleet of four MR and two small tankers engaged in seaborne transportation of refined petroleum products and other bulk liquids.last_img read more

Canada names new China envoy amid damaged relations

first_imgToronto: Canada on Wednesday announced the appointment of a prominent businessman as its new ambassador to China amid damaged relations following the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Dominic Barton, the former global managing director of the influential consulting firm McKinsey & Co, as the new envoy. Barton is head of the Trudeau government’s economic advisory council. Beijing’s embassy in Ottawa said China has accepted the nomination of Barton and said the Chinese side “expects him to play a positive role in promoting the bilateral relations back to the right track.” Trudeau fired the previous ambassador after he said it would be “great” if the US dropped its extradition request for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe arrest of the daughter of the founder of Huawei at Vancouver’s airport December 1 severely damaged relations between China and Canada. The US wants her extradited to face charges that she committed fraud by misleading banks about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran. China detained Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor on December 10 in an apparent attempt to pressure Canada to release Meng. China has stopped importing certain Canadian products like canola and meat, and it also re-sentenced a convicted Canadian drug smuggler to death after the Meng arrest as part of an apparent campaign of intimidation and retribution against Canada. Barton worked in Asia for 12 years as well as serving on the board of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and worked as an adjunct professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, according to online biographies.last_img read more

Unable to repay man shot dead financier

first_imgNew Delhi: A man shot dead a financier in Chhawla area of Dwarka district. Police have arrested the criminal. The accused was identified as Than Singh, a resident of Qutub Vihar in Goyla Dairy. He was arrested near New Delhi Railway Station.Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse said that during interrogation, Singh revealed that he used to party with his girlfriends and for this lavish life, he had borrowed money from many persons. He had taken Rs five lakh at the rate of 10 per cent from deceased Dinesh and was paying the monthly instalment regularly. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”According to Than Singh, he had already refunded Rs five lakh back to the deceased with interest. He again took Rs 60,000 from Dinesh, but he was demanding Rs 75,000, which the accused didn’t have,” DCP Anto Alphonse further added. Police further added that after a long quarrel in deceased house, Singh fired with his pistol on the head of Dinesh from behind and ran away from the spot. He then left for Mumbai and remained there. After spending some time, he came back to Delhi to arrange some more money and had planned to move somewhere in Uttarakhand.last_img read more

Encana to buy Newfield Exploration in allstock deal plans to raise dividend

first_imgCALGARY – Encana Corp. has signed a deal to acquire Newfield Exploration Co. in an all-stock offer it said was worth about US$5.5 billion.Under the deal announced Thursday, Newfield shareholders will receive 2.6719 Encana shares for each share of Newfield common stock.Encana will also assume US$2.2 billion of Newfield debt.“This strategic combination advances our strategy and is immediately accretive to our five-year plan,” Encana chief executive Doug Suttles said in a statement.Newfield shares closed at US$20.20 on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, while Encana shares closed at C$13.44 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The deal requires the support of a two-thirds majority vote of Newfield shareholders and a majority vote by Encana shareholders.Lee Boothby, Newfield’s chairman, president and CEO, said it is the best path forward for the company.“The combination of the two companies provides our investors with the very attributes that should be differentiated in today’s energy sector—operational scale, proven execution in development of large, liquids-rich onshore resource plays, a peer-leading cost structure and an exceptionally strong balance sheet,” Boothby said in a statement.Once the deal is completed, Encana shareholders will own approximately 63.5 per cent of the combined company and Newfield shareholders will own about 36.5 per cent.Two directors from the Newfield board will join the Encana board upon closing.Encana also said it plans to raise its dividend by 25 per cent and increase its share buyback program to US$1.5 billion once the deal closes.News of the acquisition came as Encana, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, reported a profit of US$39 million or four cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 30.The result compared with a profit of US$294 million or 30 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Revenue totalled US$1.26 billion, up from US$861 million.Production in the quarter totalled 378,200 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up from 284,000 in the third quarter of 2017.Companies in this story: (TSX:ECA)last_img read more

Indian eves hold Malaysia to a 44 draw

first_imgKuala Lumpur: Navneet Kaur struck twice as the Indian women’s hockey team overcame a 2-4 setback in the third quarter to level the scores 4-4 in their third match against Malaysia in the five-match series here on Monday. Though it was India who established a strong position after taking an early 2-0 lead, the team made too many errors inside the circle while defending which led to conceding back-to-back PCs. Malaysia, on the other hand, ensured these opportunities were converted to goals. After Navjot Kaur scored a goal in the 13th minute and Navneet found the back of the net in the 22nd minute to give India a good start, Gurdip Kirandeep of Malaysia scored the team’s first goal in the 26th minute to narrow the Malaysian deficit to 1-2. This was Malaysia’s first goal of the tournament after losing to India 0-3 and 0-5 in the previous two matches. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThis goal propelled Malaysia to test the Indian defenders. An infringement on India’s part gave away a PC which Nuraini Rashid scored with ease. Two more PCs were converted by Nuramirah Zulkifli in the 35th minute and Nuraini Rashid scored again in the 38th minute to take a 4-2 lead in the third quarter. India, however, bounced back in the final quarter with two brilliant goals scored by Navneet in the 45th minute and Lalremsiami in the 54th minute as the visitors settled for a draw. “Obviously this wasn’t our best match, we must forget this and move on,” Chief India coach Sjoerd Marijne said.last_img read more

CRTC lowers wholesale broadband rates to boost competition among providers

OTTAWA — Canada’s telecoms regulator says it has lowered the rates for wholesale broadband access as it looks to increase competition among internet providers.The lower rates announced by the CRTC Thursday means it will be cheaper for smaller internet providers to buy broadband capacity on the networks owned by the big telecom providers.The CRTC requires that the large cable and telephone companies make available parts of their network, at rates set by the regulator, to improve competition and lower prices.In 2016, the CRTC set interim wholesale rates after it decided the rates proposed by the telecom companies were not “just and reasonable.”It says the final rates are 15 to 43 per cent lower than the interim rates for monthly capacity, and three to 77 per cent lower for access rates.Major telecom companies have warned that their investments in expanding infrastructure could be impacted if wholesale rates are set too low. The Canadian Press read more

PODCAST Brock alum talks innovation and leadership at McDonalds on Conversations with

[View the story “Goodman Scholars Reception” on Storify] Conversations with Goodman host Susan LeBlanc chats with Goodman graduate Victor Rocca (BBA ’93), who is now Regional Vice President, Ontario, at McDonald’s Canada.Having built a successful career in business, Rocca has a lot of insight to share with Goodman students looking to start their careers.Rocca oversees 500 McDonald’s stores in the Ontario region and is responsible for franchising, marketing, operations and finance.Rocca, who holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation, talks about how accounting was a great starting point for his career and opened doors of opportunity for him.“Anything that’s happening out there is business. There’s different forms of it, but what an accounting basis gives you is the opportunity to understand how businesses are run, how businesses stay profitable – or even in a non-profit environment, how they survive – and I’ve been fortunate enough that that background had led me to a number of directions in my career,” said Rocca.“Everything comes down to people and relationships. Accounting forms a solid platform from which to venture out but it’s simply the starting point. Being able to understand business and connect with anyone you’re interacting with on a common ground is the key to being successful in anything you do.”Rocca talks about various innovations that have taken place at McDonald’s Canada in recent years, including a focus on reimaging restaurants, coffee, and most recently, a “transformation of our guest experience.”Reflecting on his time at the Goodman School of Business, Rocca describes his co-op experience as invaluable in implementing what he learned in the classroom.Rocca was on campus yesterday to speak to Goodman Scholars and Beta Gamma Sigma members at the Goodman Scholars Reception which honoured student academic excellence.This podcast is the latest in the Conversations with Goodman series which is produced by the Goodman Marketing, Communications and Alumni Relations team and features guests from the Goodman community. read more

Your Facebook news feed is going to get busier as autoplay video

first_imgAFTER THREE MONTHS of testing, Facebook is bringing 15-second video ads that auto-play in the news feed.The new ads, called Premium Video Ads, were originally announced back in December as part of a trial run, but the company says it will be rolling out the service to both web and mobile users over the next few months.Video ads play without sound when they appear on the screen, allowing users to either scroll past if they don’t want to watch it. If they do, they can tap on the video where it will expand into a full-screen video with sound.Facebook says it will be rolling out the ads slowly, mainly due to fears that seeing them would put off users. It’s working with a small number of advertisers and monitoring how people interact with them before it expands the service.The introduction of video ads is Facebook’s attempt to tap into TV budgets. The ads reportedly cost between $1 million to $2.5 million a day and will be similar to a TV commercial, with targeting limited to age and gender.Recently, the company’s photo app, Instagram, recently announced a $100 million deal with agency Omnicom, as part of its own paid advertising program.Read: In a bad mood? Chances are your social networks are to blame >Read: Spot the difference: Facebook rolls out updated news feed >last_img read more