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London: The come from behind win against New Zealand has made Australia look like the all-conquering team of the past, says former captain Allan Border. Australia were under the pump against New Zealand after opting to bat at Lord’s here on Saturday, losing their heavyweights Aaron Finch, David Warner and Steve Smith cheaply to be 46 for three. Yet, like the Australian teams of the past, they found a way to bounce back to post a challenging 243 for nine before Mitchell Starc ran through the New Zealand batting to fashion an 86-run win. Even Trent Boult’s brilliant hat-trick did not do it for the Black Caps.”After a gentle start, Australia now look the real deal and the win against New Zealand has brought back that old familiar feeling that often leads to a World Cup trophy,” Border wrote in his column for the ICC.”This was a very impressive win because they did it the hard way. In this tournament, they have relied on Aaron Finch, David Warner and Steve Smith at the top of the order to get runs but all of a sudden, they had to dig deep – and to come through that is a very good sign.”He was all praise wicketkeeper batsman Alex Carey who made 71 off 72 balls in trying conditions.”He looked like he was batting on a different surface to everyone else out there. He struck the ball beautifully on both sides of the wicket and hit some nice cover drives, which we did not see much of from anyone else. “He is without doubt my man of the match because, without him, Australia would not have got 150.He has turned a few heads in this tournament with his reliable performances. There were a lot of doubts before, critics asking if he was truly our best option. Should we have gone for Matty Wade or Tim Paine? “But he has grown in confidence and it has been nice to watch.” Another stand-out performer was Starc who produced another match-winning performance. “You would have to pick him in your all-time Australia ODI side because of what he does in the big games. There are lots of other options out there but in the big games, he stands up. “He has come to the boil at the perfect time and Australia now look a strong contender to win it, which is unbelievable when you look at how they were struggling six months ago.” Australia might be Border’s favourites to go all the way but he is not writing off India and England.”I am really confident with where this team is at. India and England demand massive respect too and you can never count your chickens – but that old familiar feeling is definitely back,” he added. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
“I feel like comedy has gone the way of music, where it’s the younger, the hotter … are getting stand up specials over the older, funnier people,” Yashere said. “So when I came to America, I was not getting specials, nobody was offering me specials … I’d send tapes in to Comedy Central, to Netflix — all those guys — nobody was interested. So I was like ‘Well, fuck ‘em. I’m gonna make my own specials.’” In 2007, she made her U.S. comedy debut on the “Last Comic Standing,” a reality competition show for aspiring comics that earned her a spot in The Hollywood Reporter’s top 10 rising talents. Yashere has since focused her work in the States. One year later, she became the first and only British comedian to appear on “Def Comedy Jam,” the HBO comedy series that was the bedrock for the careers of comics like Bernie Mac and Dave Chappelle. “I can absolutely testify to what she says there,” Akinfemi said. “I don’t know how she does it. We marvel at how much stuff she does. It’s just incredible to see her juggle all these different responsibilities, without missing a beat. It’s amazing.” Her role was integral in creating the authenticity that shines through in the performances, including pushing for Nigerian actress Folake Olowofoyeku to play the lead, Yashere described in an interview with MEAWW earlier this week. It was also vital to procuring the writing for several quippy scenes entirely in Yoruba, which secured her the executive producer and writer role on the show. “I just felt like in England I was a big, big fish in a small pond,” Yashere said. “I wanted to expand, and as a Black performer in England, I thought I’d hit the glass ceiling. You know, because it’s such a small amount of talent, especially television, such a smaller market in England, and they have almost a nightclub policy when it comes to Black performers in England. One of us gets on TV, and then the rest of us have to sit back and wait ‘til they die to get on TV. So I was like, I can’t wait.” Bayo Akinfemi, adjunct lecturer in the SCA Division of Film & Television Production and recurring actor on the Yashere co-creation “Bob Hearts Abishola,” invited Yashere to speak to the “Cinematic Communication” class to show Yashere’s evolution from a stand-alone comic to taking bigger roles in producing, writing and casting for a major studio. Longtime stand-up comic, writer, voice artist and now executive producer-actor of CBS sitcom “Bob Hearts Abishola” Gina Yashere spoke to a School of Cinematic Arts class Thursday about incorporating her lessons from doing stand-up comedy into all facets in her career. “It was filmed in L.A., there was a massive crowd that was, you know, a lot of comedians were like, ‘Oh, my God this is a big break,’” Yashere said. “But coming from England, I already had sort of 12 years of television experience under my belt and doing stand-up comedy television shows in England. For me it was just like, ‘Eh, this is fun.’” Born in London to Nigerian parents, the English comedienne originally worked as an elevator engineer before securing stand-up appearances on famed comedy shows such as “Live at the Apollo” and “Blouse and Skirt,” the latter focusing on the Black British experience. After working and achieving a great amount of success in the U.K., Yashere felt as though she hit the glass ceiling. Lorre brought some writers from his shows, but Yashere ensured that the stories, many of which were inspired by her own upbringing, were written from diverse perspectives. Five out of 8 writers in the room are women, two of whom are Nigerian and one who is African American. Yashere described the transition to working on “Bob Hearts Abishola” as an investment in her own talent. Chuck Lorre, creator of “Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Kominsky Method,” found Yashere through a Google search for a Nigerian woman to consult on a new show about a relationship between actor Billy Gardell and a Nigerian nurse. As the studios weren’t receptive to her audition tapes, she rented out 300-person theaters in London, sold tickets and shot her own specials to sell to Showtime and Netflix, owning the property and still making money on royalties. While hitting minor roles on TV series and correspondent spots on late shows such as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” Yashere also produced three stand-up specials on Netflix while also starring in the second-season installment of the platform’s “The Standups.” She ended the talk, after bantering with Akinfemi for keeping her over her time, with some advice for the students. “When I was meeting with the guys and creating the show I was like, ‘Listen, we need some Black writers, you need some writers of color in this room. It can’t be all white dudes because half the cast is Nigerian,” Yashere said. “And if you want this to be authentic, I cannot be the only voice of color in this room.” “Don’t wait for the gatekeepers to tell you whether your stuff is good enough or whether you’re good enough to have your product out there,” Yashere said. “There are so many, so many ways to share your work now that you don’t need to wait for anybody.”
4 CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE UNITED’S RONALDO RETURN PLEA – The Old Trafford faithful are desperate for the Portugal star to return to Manchester CLICK HERE TO SEE MAN UNITED’S “COME HOME RONALDO” PLEA Recent rumours have suggested world star Cristiano Ronaldo is unhappy at Real Madrid, so a group of die-hard Manchester United fans staged another elaborate stunt to try and persuade him to return to Old Trafford.It’s not the first time Red Devils supporters have taken to the skies, having begun their calls for David Moyes’ exit as manager with a famous airbound banner during a match at the Theatre of Dreams last season.This time, though, they took their pleas oversees, as a plane flying the words, “come home Ronaldo”, was seen above Villarreal’s El Madrigal stadium as Los Blancos secured a 2-0 victory.The win came courtesy of goals from Luka Modric and that man Ronaldo – the Portuguese icon’s tenth goal of the season.And, as you can see by the pictures above, the forward showed no sign of his alleged unrest as he celebrated with his team-mates, perhaps suggesting the United fans’ pleas have fallen on deaf ears…Check out pictures of Man United supporters’ second plane stunt above! CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE UNITED’S RONALDO RETURN PLEA – Ronaldo celebrates with his Real Madrid team-mates after netting Los Blancos’ second against Villarreal CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE UNITED’S RONALDO RETURN PLEA – Man United fans fly a banner bearing the words, “come home Ronaldo” above Real Madrid’s match with Villarreal 4 4 4
(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Models of the origin of planetary rings are simulations based on fictions. Real physics cannot keep them billions of years old.Theory vs RealismResearchers at Kobe University claim to have an explanation for planetary rings, Science Daily reports. Their supercomputer model accounts for the difference in composition of Saturn’s icy rings, compared to the rocky rings at Uranus and Neptune. The model, however, published in Icarus, relies on two doubtful assumptions. One is the Late Heavy Bombardment (LHB), which we reported on 9/13/16 is coming under fire. It could be a fiction based on poor data analysis of lunar craters. But even if it happened, the model requires heavy doses of luck. Roaming Kuiper Belt Objects would have to come close enough to a planet’s sphere of influence to be captured and disrupted without plunging into the planet or whizzing by at high speed. Appealing to the Late Heavy Bombardment also incurs a timing penalty, taking place far too early to account for the youthful appearance of the rings today. Without a more recent and plausible supply of candidate objects, this latest model seems to reduce to the Stuff Happens Law, for which no empirical evidence of such events is available. No wonder the authors begin, “The origin of rings around giant planets remains elusive.”Here are two examples of ring systems that cannot be as old as their planets.SaturnThe rings of Saturn are labeled by letters. Starting from the planet, they are D, C, B, A, F, G, and E. Farther out is the wide, diffuse Phoebe ring. News about the C ring, the second to innermost of the main rings, shows it cannot be very old. In Icarus, leading planetary ring specialists published latest findings about the contamination fraction of the C ring, and found it quite low: only about 1-2%. This number should be substantially higher if the rings are old. Since these facts fly in the face of old ages, the scientists had to concoct an auxiliary hypothesis to keep Saturn billions of years old.Despite considerable study, Saturn’s rings continue to challenge current theories for their provenance. Water ice comprises the bulk of Saturn’s rings, yet it is the small fraction of non-icy material that is arguably more valuable in revealing clues about the system’s origin and age. Herein, we present new measurements of the non-icy material fraction in Saturn’s C ring, determined from microwave radiometry observations acquired by the Cassini spacecraft. Our observations show an exceptionally high brightness at near-zero azimuthal angles, suggesting a high porosity of 70–75% for the C ring particles. Furthermore, our results show that most regions in the C ring contain about 1–2% silicates. These results are consistent with an initially nearly pure-ice ring system that has been continuously contaminated by in-falling micrometeoroids over ∼15–90 million years, using the currently accepted value of the micrometeoroid flux at infinity of ∼4.5 × 10−17 g cm−2 s−1, and assuming that the C ring optical depth and surface density has not changed significantly during that time… We also find an enhanced abundance of non-icy material concentrated in the middle C ring…. We propose several models to explain the radially varied non-icy material contamination. Our preferred model is that the C ring has been continuously polluted by meteoroid bombardment since it first formed, while the middle C ring was further contaminated by an incoming Centaur, a rocky object torn apart by tides and ultimately broken into pieces that currently reside in the middle C ring. If correct, the spatial extent of the enhanced non-icy material fraction suggests that the Centaur was likely to be captured and integrated into the rings perhaps as recently as ∼10–20 million years ago.Centaurs are comet-like asteroids orbiting between Jupiter and Neptune. 90 million years is an upper limit on how long the C ring has been contaminated; it could be 1/6 of that (15 million), or less, if contamination was not steady. It should be noted that the longest age offered in this model, 90 million years, is just 2% of the assumed age of Saturn. What happened after 98% of the planet’s lifetime to create this extra ring? The lower age, 10 million years, is 0.22% of the assumed age. That’s when their model calls for a sudden influx of silicates from the imaginary Centaur just 10-20 million years ago. Any longer than that, and the material should have spread out throughout the ring.Reverse EngineeringHow can rings rotate the wrong way around a planet? That’s what scientists are wondering about an exoplanet orbiting J1407, a giant planet or brown dwarf. Elizabeth Howell describes the puzzle in Space.com.A strange and colossal ring system around an alien planet is apparently stuck in reverse, circling opposite to the planet’s own orbit around its parent star. While the arrangement appears unstable, new calculations show the rings could remain for at least 100,000 years.That’s thousands, not billions. Even if these rings could orbit in reverse for a hundred thousand years, that doesn’t explain how they got stuck in reverse. “The researchers said they next plan to examine how the ring structure was created, and how it evolves.” PhysOrg says,Rings that turn in this sense (retrograde rings) are not common. Therefore the researchers suspect that there has been a catastrophe that caused the rings (or the planet) to turn the other way around.Confirmation of this phenomenon will have to await further observation, since it was detected indirectly by two astronomers watching eclipses. If confirmed, it seems reminiscent of the broad Phoebe ring that orbits around Saturn the wrong way along with the outermost moon Phoebe (10/07/09). Since none of Saturn’s rings fit neatly within the current paradigm that the solar system is 4.5 billion years old (3/19/10, 2/04/16), planetary scientists are forced to come up with auxiliary hypotheses to explain their origin.In other Saturn news, the BBC reports that the north polar hexagon has changed color since 2012. It may be a seasonal effect as Saturn approaches its summer solstice. The additional sunlight could change the production of suspended particles – aerosols – that refract light differently.The best observations of Saturn’s rings in Cassini’s whole mission will begin soon. For the mission’s “Grand Finale,” flight engineers are setting the spacecraft onto a highly inclined orbit beginning November 30, that by April will make it dive between Saturn and the D ring. Assuming the craft survives this daring move, it should provide the highest-resolution images of the rings from above and below the ring plane (see animation at above link of how this will look). The mission will end with Cassini’s final plunge into the planet on September 15, 2017.Micrometeoroid impact rate is only one factor that destroys rings. Ring particles are also destroyed through a process called sputtering, where charged particles erode their surfaces. Also, rings tend to spread out through collisions, and get dragged into the planet. Even sunlight pressure can create orbital drag.In my occasional conversations with leading ring specialists at JPL, they readily admitted that Saturn’s rings look a lot younger than Saturn. One of them also confessed that he preferred keeping them old for philosophical reasons. He didn’t like the idea that we are living in a special time when the rings are visible on earth. It would make humans look exceptional.I would probably still be working at JPL well into 2017 on the Cassini mission had I not been fired for sharing DVDs about intelligent design. Click here for a summary of what happened. (DC)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week, the U.S. Commerce Department announced that it is formally initiating antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. This decision follows a petition that was filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission on behalf of the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition, which is made up of the National Biodiesel Board and U.S. biodiesel producers.“Initiation of these investigations validates the allegations in our petition, and we look forward to working with the U.S. government agencies during the course of the next year to enforce America’s trade laws,” said Anne Steckel, NBB Vice President of Federal Affairs in response to this announcement.Today the National Biodiesel Board and US biodiesel producers also provided testimony to the International Trade Commission, explaining that Argentine and Indonesian companies are violating trade laws by flooding the U.S. market with dumped and subsidized biodiesel, and how those imports are injuring American manufacturers and workers.“Make no mistake, 2016 should have been a banner year for U.S. biodiesel producers with demand growth, stable feedstock prices, and regulatory certainty that should have led to profitability and reinvestment in their businesses, but unfortunately that didn’t happen,” Steckel said. “Instead, dumped and subsidized biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia entered the United States in record volumes, capturing greater market share at the expense of U.S. producers. The loss of market share has left the domestic industry with substantial unused capacity and the artificially low prices these imports are sold at leave American biodiesel unable to get a fair return for their product.”Because of illegal trade activities, biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia surged by 464% from 2014 to 2016. That growth has taken 18.3 percentage points of market share from U.S. manufacturers.“Negative margins within our industry due to low-priced imports have had a major impact on our company, with a disproportionately greater impact on smaller producers,” said Robert Morton, co-founder of Newport Biodiesel, a small biodiesel producer from Rhode Island. “We have halted several plant modification projects as a result of reduced working capital, even for modest projects. Because of this, Newport Biodiesel is being limited in its ability to be a productive US green energy company in what is otherwise a growing market.”The adverse impact of dumped and subsidized imports is not limited to America’s small biodiesel producers.“When we see biodiesel from Argentina selling at a discount to the market price of soyoil, the main input into biodiesel, we know we are facing dumped pricing,” said Paul Soanes, CEO and President of Renewable Biofuels (RBF). “The United States is a key market for these exporters, and without a remedy, these unfairly traded imports are likely to continue unabated. That is a further threat to our business.”According to the Commerce Department’s notice of initiation, there is evidence that dumping margins could be as high as 26.54% for Argentina and 28.11% for Indonesia. Commerce’s notice of initiation also undertakes to investigate subsidies based on numerous government programs in those countries.The staff conference is an important step in the administrative process. The Commission is expected to make its preliminary decision and vote on May 5, 2017. Following that, the next key step will be when the U.S. Department of Commerce announces its preliminary determinations regarding the estimated rates of subsidization and dumping — expected on or about August 22, 2017 and October 20, 2017, respectively.The National Biodiesel Board is the U.S. trade association representing the biodiesel and renewable diesel industries, including producers, feedstock suppliers, and fuel distributors.
Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#gaming#web 172 million characters created40 million monthly user hours15 million monthly unique visitors120 million active user-created roomsUsers from over 150 countries11 languagesHappy birthday, Habbo Hotel. We’ve sent you a lifetime supply of umlauts. (OK, it’s no Kalevala, but it’s better than a poke in the eye with a broken Nokia.) Habbo Hotel, one of the world’s largest virtual communities, turned 10 today. Starting as “Mobile Disco,” an interactive chat for a friend’s band, it has become a leading teen community and social game site. In 1999 Sampo Karjalainen and Aapo Kyrölä started Mobile Disco in their native Finland. The next year, as it grew in popularity, they ginned up what has since become a popular element of online environments, the micro-payment model, and launched Habbo Hotel. Since then 172 million folks have churned out a character, grabbed a room, thrown up decorations, chatted, played games and whatever else it is kids get up to these days. Now, 10 years later, micro-payments and “virtual goods” (buying and selling make-believe furniture and clothing and so on) is big business. Sulake (the company Karjalainen and Kyrölä created to develop Habbo) the best quarterly sales results in its history, $20 million.Of course it hasn’t always been roses. Only a year ago, things weren’t looking great for Sulake, which had to lay off 40 employees due to a revenue decline of $14 million from the year before. In 2007, the Dutch police arrested a kid for stealing $5,800 worth of make-believe furniture. (No I’m not kidding.) 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Here’s a little numerical snapshot of our Finnish friends. curt hopkins 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
Crystal Palace winger Townsend happy playing for Hodgsonby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace winger Andros Townsend is happy playing for manager Roy Hodgson.Hodgson gave Townsend his first cap as England manager.Speaking on the former England boss, Townsend said, “Even before he joined Palace, he’s a manager who’d always put his faith in me whether I was in the team at Spurs or out of the team, he’d always selected me for the England squads and given me game time. Nine times out of 10 I’d repay that faith.”Coming here, he’s been no different, it’s just been on a daily basis. He’s very hands on on the training pitch, he likes to do a lot of shape work. He likes to drill into your mind what you’re going to face on a Saturday afternoon. It’s working for us and long may that continue!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government says it has cut the province’s deficit by $500 million, bringing the figure down to $14.5 billion in its first few months in office.The change is announced in the government’s Fall Economic Statement for 2018-2019, its first major fiscal update since winning the spring election.“The fiscal hole is deep,” Finance Minister Vic Fedeli said in presenting the document to the legislature on Thursday afternoon. “The road ahead is not an easy one and will require difficult decisions. Everyone across the province will be required to make sacrifices, without exception.”The government said it has made progress on cutting the deficit by finding $3.2 billion in efficiencies in operations, including a hiring freeze across the public service.The belt-tightening measures laid out also include rolling the positions of three independent officers — the environmental commissioner, the child and youth advocate and the French language services commissioner — into the offices of the auditor general or the provincial ombudsman.Government staff could not say what will happen to those working in the eliminated offices, but Premier Doug Ford has consistently promised that no jobs would be lost as a result of his cost-cutting.Plans for a French-language university have also been cancelled, though the government could not immediately say how much money the move would save.Though it is spending less, the government said it is also taking in $2.7 billion less in revenue in the fiscal year — including $1.5 billion attributed to the cancellation of cap and trade.More than $300,000 in lost revenue is attributed to cancelling planned tax increases, including one that would have raised taxes for small businesses, the document says.The Tories had said the previous Liberal government left a $15 billion deficit, a figure disputed by critics, who said it includes spending promised by the Liberals but cancelled by the current regime.While the document mentions returning the province’s budget to balance, it does not spell out how long it will take to achieve that goal. “Our path forward is clear, and that is why it is important to maintain our resolve to pursue fiscal discipline and ultimately restore our books to balance,” Fedeli said.The fiscal update also promises to eliminate income tax for those earning less than $30,000 a year. The government says the tax cut offsets its decision to scrap a planned increase of the province’s minimum wage that was set to take effect next year.Critics, however, have said raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour as the Liberals had planned would give low-income workers more money than the income tax cut would save. An independent financial analysis came to a similar conclusion.The tax cut is expected to cost the province $495 million in lost revenue, the document says.The update also pledges to expand hours of operation at Beer Store and LCBO outlets across the province, allowing them to open seven days a week until 11 p.m.Shawn Jeffords and Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday removed its Joint Director Satyabrata Kumar, who is now in London assisting UK prosecutors in fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi’s bail hearing case at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court.In a confusion that erupted consequently because of the repatriation of an official investigating a case such as the PNB bank fraud case, ED headquarters in Delhi overturned Kumar’s repatriation order within minutes. Kumar is the main investigating officer from ED in the Nirav Modi case. Sources here said that Director of ED Sanjay Kumar Mishra has cancelled the order and reinstated him into his original post in the Mumbai Zonal Office (MZO) Unit I. The order, dated March 29, said that Kumar’s five-year tenure with the federal agency had ended. Citing Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) guidelines for personnel deputation, the order states that “no extension in deputation beyond 5th year is allowed and deputationist officer is deemed to have been relieved on the date of expiry of deputation period unless the competent authority has with requisite approvals, extended the period of deputation, in writing, prior to the date of expiry.” According to DoPT guidelines on personnel deputation, an officer’s tenure in the agency might be extended for up to two additional years. ED Special Director Vineet Agarwal had signed the order, which further stated that under the current circumstances, all cases being overseen by Kumar, including the USD 2-billion PNB Bank fraud case against Nirav Modi, must be handed over to his immediate superior authority, the Additional Director (western region), who also sits in Mumbai. The repatriation order, which is in possession of the Millennium Post also mentions a Supreme Court directive passed in November 2018, which forbade ED from transferring any officer investigating the coal block allocation scam. The ED order states that as one of the investigating officers in this case Kumar will continue to probe the case from its MZO. However, according to agency officials, it is not possible for Kumar to oversee any ED investigation if he is relieved of his duties in the federal investigative agency. Director Mishra confirmed on Friday that Kumar has not been transferred and that the necessary paperwork required for his two-year extension has already been moved. This cancellation of Kumar’s repatriation order will be followed by an approval of an extension of tenure of Kumar which has already been sent for clearance to the Department of Revenue under thew Union Finance Ministry and the DoPT, sources here said. The ED also issued a clarification through its Twitter handle. “Certain media reports have been appearing that Joint Director supervising investigation in the case of Nirav Modi has been relieved. This report is not correct and denied,” it said. With PTI inputs