Computer Modelers Earn Chemistry Prize

first_imgHow does that work? The question is the starting point for anyone who tinkers with an engine, a watch, or in the case of this year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in chemistry, the proteins inside our bodies. Today, three U.S.-based chemists shared this year’s prize for developing computer models that reveal how proteins and other compounds undergo chemical reactions.All three of this year’s chemistry laureates are naturalized U.S. citizens. Martin Karplus of Harvard University and the University of Strasbourg in France was born in 1930 in Vienna and moved to the United States just before the outbreak of World War II. Michael Levitt of Stanford University’s School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, was born in Pretoria in 1947, and today is a British, U.S., and Israeli citizen. And Arieh Warshel of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles was born in 1940 in Kibbutz Sde-Nahum, Israel, and still holds Israeli citizenship.The three pioneered new tools for studying chemistry in motion. By the 1970s, researchers had a good idea of what many molecules, including large proteins, looked like. Tools such as x-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy provided images of molecules in atomic detail. But those pictures were static. 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The simulations took mathematical models for the forces between atoms and used them to calculate how molecules hold together, move, and react. Later, chemists incorporated the models into computer codes that could run more complex simulations. By the late 1960s, there were two such approaches. One used equations of classical Newtonian physics to model the motions of atoms and bonds in molecules like balls connected by springs. Because this approach was mathematically tractable for large numbers of atoms, it enabled researchers to simulate proteins and other large molecules. In 1969, Levitt and Warshel, then both at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, designed just such a program that could track the movements of proteins and other large biomolecules. But it couldn’t calculate the changes in energy involved when chemicals react and form new molecules.Meanwhile, at Harvard, Karplus was deeply enmeshed in the second approach to simulation, called quantum chemistry. This approach was far better at simulating the motion of electrons and atomic nuclei involved in chemical reactions. But it was so computationally demanding that it was useful only in solving the behavior of small molecules.The effort to bring the quantum and classical worldviews together “was a fairly natural progression,” Levitt says. In 1970, Warshel visited Karplus’s lab and brought his classical program with him. The two soon constructed a program that welded their approaches, treating mobile electrons—called pi electrons—with a quantum chemical treatment and atomic nuclei with a classical approach. They then used this to calculate the behavior of linear organic molecules. Although the molecules were far smaller than proteins, the simulation marked the first successful construction of a hybrid model.Karplus and Warshel’s program worked only for flat “planar” molecules. But in 1976, Warshel and Levitt followed it up with a more general approach, and showed that it worked for simulating the behavior of the protein lysozyme, an antibacterial compound that was the first enzyme to have its structure solved by x-ray diffraction. “The prize recognizes developments that started over 40 years ago that still reverberate today through much of chemistry and biology,” says Klaus Schulten, a computer modeling expert at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.Today, those reverberations include related hybrid “multiscale models” capable of simulating more than 4 million atoms, which researchers are using to reveal the complex chemistry involved in everything from the translation of genes into proteins to the conversion of sunlight into chemical fuel that is at the heart of photosynthesis. Such processes are so complex, Schulten and others say, that they are impossible to study without computers. Now, thousands of researchers are hard at work in the field. Still, Schulten says, the Nobel Committee got it right: “If you had to single somebody out, I think there’s a good case to be made that these three were the right choice.”Even so, Warshel says that he was wary when he reached for the ringing phone this morning at 2 a.m. “I checked to see if they talked in a Swedish accent just to be sure.”last_img read more

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Landslides sever Imphal-Assam link

first_imgIncessant rain over the past few days in Manipur has triggered multiple landslides in the State and on the national highways that snake through the hills.Government officials on Saturday said that three landslides on NH-37, which connects Imphal to Assam, buried or stranded several vehicles and have rendered large portions of the highway non-motorable. The police said that debris was being cleared and the highway may be reopened soon.The officials said that landslides were reported at Lukhambi, Kotland and Nung.last_img read more

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IPL 2016: Faf du Plessis says Rising Pune Supergiants fell short by 10 runs

first_imgRising Pune Supergiants opener Faf du Plessis rued his team’s batting collapse towards the ends after their seven-wicket loss to Gujarat Lions in Rajkot on Thursday night. Chasing 164 for a win, openers Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum put on an 85-run stand to set up Gujarat’s second victory in the IPL 2016. (Match Report | Highlights )”Possibly 10 more runs would have been great for us, but we could not score enough runs and lost wickets towards the end,” Du Plessis told reporters at the post-match press conference.Chasing 164, Gujarat Lions rode on a powerful batting display to overwhelm the target with two overs to spare.Du Plessis added, “We have some quality players who have the ability to score runs quickly but we could not do that as we wanted.”Du Plessis was the top scorer for his side making 69 off 43 balls. (Dhoni blames pacers for Pune’s poor show)He said that the wicket at SCA was not difficult to play spinners, but Gujarat Lions bowlers bowled well and did not allow them to play freely.”They have bowlers who have the ability to take pace off the ball, they bowl good cutters and slower ones in right areas and their spinners too bowled well and made it difficult for us to hit fours and sixes in middle overs,” he said.Ravindra Jadeja and Pravin Tambe took two wickets each while Jadeja conceded only 18 runs in his four overs.He praised the Gujarat Lions spinners for bowling to a tight line and length.advertisement”On this type of wicket you just land the ball on a good spot and if you can do that the batsmen feel the pressure.Unfortunately, we couldn’t do that for long period,” Du Plessis said.He termed the match a good learning experience for the team.”What we learnt from this game is how to bowl on a wicket like this, we are a new team and will find out a good combination in bowling and batting department.”When asked about the brisk start in the first 10 overs before being pegged back, he said that it was easier to bat initially.”First 10 overs were a bit easier and then the wicket had gone slow and it was not easy for batsmen to attack bowlers.”Both the teams batted well but only difference was that they knew the target and therefore played accordingly.”(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Lopetegui on the brink as Madrid seek morale-boosting win over Plzen

first_imgMadrid Oct 22 (AFP) Real Madrid’s players may have offered a show of public support to Julen Lopetegui but fail to win at home against Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday and their words will mean very little.”Julen has the backing of the entire team,” Sergio Ramos said after Madrid’s 2-1 loss to Levante on Saturday, their fourth defeat in five games and third in a row. “We are with him to the death,” said Marcelo.Three months into the season, there are few obvious alternatives if the club’s president Florentino Perez decides to wield the axe.Santiago Solari, coach of Castilla, Real Madrid’s B team, could take charge in the short-term but the troubled search for a suitable coach in the summer would not appear much smoother now.Mauricio Pochettino, Jurgen Klopp and Max Allegri would all be near-impossible to sign mid-season, while Joachim Low is still attached to Germany.Antonio Conte is out of work but there is an issue with the Italian’s style of play, not to mention any legal wranglings around his compensation package with Chelsea.Arsene Wenger would be fascinating but high-risk.For Lopetegui to call off the search, victory is surely essential at the Santiago Bernabeu against Plzen, the Czech team that have only won two Champions League matches in their history.Then avoiding defeat to Barcelona, who will be without the injured Lionel Messi, could buy him a trio of theoretically kinder fixtures against Melilla in the Copa del Rey, Real Valladolid in the league and Plzen again in the Czech Republic. Win those, and the outlook might look more rosy.advertisementAmid the sprawl of disapproving headlines on Sunday, Diario AS ran an online poll: who is more guilty, the club’s coach or president? Just over 80,000 replies were credited – almost 17,000 more than had attended the Santiago Bernabeu the day before – and 86 per cent of them answered Perez.There were whistles after the loss to Levante and a scattering of swinging white handkerchiefs too.But the atmosphere was marked more by deflation than disgust. At the end, as his players hunched on their knees, Lopetegui stood on the touchline, staring into space.Lopetegui is on the brink – he may well not make the Clasico on Sunday – but there is a sense this “mega crisis”, as termed by Barcelona’s Mundo Deportivo, has been a long-time coming.In July, days after Cristiano Ronaldo had left for Juventus, Perez defended his recruitment strategy, saying: “Madrid is strengthening its search for young players that will become the next great players of the sport.”By the end of the summer, they had signed Vinicius, the 18-year-old striker from Flamengo, Alvaro Odriozola, a 22-year-old right back from Real Sociedad, and Mariano Diaz, who returned after a decent season with Lyon.Only Thibaut Courtois could be considered a star, and he was joining a club that already had UEFA’s goalkeeper of the season.- papering over cracks -========================One theory goes that Perez is keeping the treasury full in preparation for a fresh tilt for Neymar next summer. It might explain too why a move for Eden Hazard has never been pushed through.In the meantime, Zinedine Zidane and now, Lopetegui, have been charged with papering over the cracks.Zidane managed it, spectacularly, by winning in Europe, although if Michael Oliver had not puffed his whistle for a borderline 98th-minute penalty against Juventus, Madrid would have been out in the last 16. In La Liga, they finished 17 points behind Barcelona.Three Champions League titles in a row is no fluke, just as two interventions from the Video Assistant Referee were not the sole reason Madrid lost at home to Levante for the first time in 11 years.Defensive mistakes, panicky finishing and stodgy build-up all reflected badly on Lopetegui, who made matters worse by leaving Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema on the bench.Both endured fitness issues over the international break but were excellent in the second half. By then, it was too late.”I believe in this team more than ever,” Lopetegui said.Only one of the last six Madrid coaches to preside over three consecutive defeats was not sacked afterwards. That was Bernd Schuster, whose team had put their feet up after winning the title in 2008.Lopetegui has far less credit in the bank. Perez’s period of austerity is coming home to roost. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

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R Ashwin on return to Chepauk: Playing in front of Chennai crowd always special

first_imgKings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin on Thursday said he is looking forward to taking on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at his hometown in Chennai in their upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 tie on Saturday.Ashwin, speaking to AajTak, said Chennai is always special to him but insisted that the game against Chennai Super Kings away from home is crucial to him and his Kings XI teammates.Ashwin rose to prominence during his days with Chennai Super Kings. The Tamil Nadu off-spinner played an integral role in CSK’s two IPL title-winning campaigns.However, ahead of IPL 2018, Ashwin was bought by Kings XI Punjab, who named the off-spinner as their captain. Ashwin didn’t have the opportunity to lead KXIP against CSK in Chennai last year as CSK had played six of their seven ‘home’ games in Pune after matches were shifted out of Chepauk due to Cauvery River dispute.”Playing in front of the Chennai crowd is always special for me. I have done some incredible things at my home ground. In fact, I had led CSK to a Super Over against Kings XI long, long time ago in 2010,” Ashwin said.He added: “But look we are all professional cricketers. Today, as of now where we stand is very important. We should look at this from the perspective of how the IPL stands. It’s very important for us to continue what we’ve been doing. Our emphasis, more than anything else, is about enjoying ourselves. Not putting too much pressure on ourselves.advertisement”Yes, it’s a very important game for me. I have always looked forward to coming back and playing in Chepauk.”A chat with our title sponsors, @aajtakFrom dressing room to the newsroom, our players roar wherever they go! #SaddaPunjab #KXIP #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/iMMEsMFdxyKings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 4, 2019Ashwin elated with KXIP bowling effortMeanwhile, Ashwin also lauded his bowlers for holding their nerves in pressure situations in IPL 2019. Kings XI Punjab are on top of the Indian Premier League table with three wins from four matches.Kings XI made a stunning comeback in their 14-run win over Delhi Capitals on April 1 as they picked up the Capitals’ last seven wickets while conceding just eight runs in their defence of a 166-run total.Heaping praise on the likes of Sam Curran and Mohammed Shami, Ashwin added: “I look, I mean, in this format you definitely need a bit of luck. But it’s very easy to throw in the towel when the game gets close but our bowling unit stuck it out. The credit needs to be given to our bowling unit.”That’s one of the reasons why we went hard behind Mohammed Shami. We knew Sam Curran is a combination player for us, we want hard despite people saying a lot of things. We wanted to create a conducive environment where youth and experience together creates a joyful atmosphere.”Also Read | R Ashwin opens up on Mankading row: People will keep giving opinionsAlso Read | James Anderson criticising Mandaking today, he might end up doing it tomorrow: R AshwinAlso See:last_img read more

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a month agoInter Milan coach Conte: Why I’m holding back Alexis

first_imgInter Milan coach Conte: Why I’m holding back Alexisby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan manager Antonio Conte says Alexis Sanchez is not fit enough to make his first start for the club.The Chilean has made one brief substitute appearance since joining from Manchester United on loan this past summer.”For him it is worth the words I give for everyone else,” he said ahead of Wednesday’s home game against Lazio.”When I see ready players, they will be inserted [into the XI].”I have to work in the interest of Inter, not of individuals.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Rohit Sharma 1st batsman to hit 5 hundreds in a single World Cup

first_img scorecard Rohit Sharma 1st batsman to hit 5 hundreds in a single World CupIndia vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma hit his 5th hundred of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. He now has 6 World Cup hundreds in his career which is the joint most with Sachin Tendulkar. Rajarshi Gupta LeedsJuly 6, 2019UPDATED: July 6, 2019 22:33 IST Rohit Sharma scored his 6th World Cup hundred. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma has hit 5 hundreds in the 2019 Cricket World CupRohit hit hundreds vs South Africa, Pakistan, England, Bangladesh and Sri LankaRohit also equalled Tendulkar’s record for most World Cup hundredsRohit Sharma became the 1st player to hit 5 hundreds in single edition of the World Cup. During India’s final league match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup against Sri Lanka, Rohit created history when he scored his 27th hundred in one-day internationals.Rohit Sharma has been in sensational form in the 2019 World Cup. This was his 5th hundred in only 8 innings. India’s game against New Zealand was washed out. Kumar Sangakkara had scored 4 hundreds in the 2015 World Cup.Rohit has now 3 successive hundreds in this World Cup. He had scored 102 against England on June 30 and 104 against Bangladesh on July 2.This is Rohit Sharma’s 6th hundred in his World Cup career. He had scored a hundred in the quarter-final against Bangladesh in 2015. He has now drawn level with Sachin Tendulkar for most hundreds in World Cup history.During the course of his innings, Rohit Sharma became the 4th cricketer and 2nd Indian after Sachin Tendulkar to score 600 runs in a World Cup. No man has scored more runs than Rohit Sharma after the league stages of a World Cup.Rohit Sharma has been in spectacular touch in the World Cup.Against South Africa, Rohit led a tricky chase for India with an unbeaten 122 before scoring 57 against Australia. He then smashed 140 against Pakistan before missing out against Afghanistan and West Indies. He then smashed 102 against England and 104 against Bangladesh.Rohit Sharma was controversially given out against West Indies but he made up for it with some scintillating batting against other teams.Rohit’s regular opening partner Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of the World Cup after a thumb injury but he joined forces to add record stands for the 1st wicket with KL Rahul. The pair was involved in century opening stands against Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.advertisementAlso Read | Rohit Sharma 2nd India batsman to score 600 runs in a single World CupAlso Read | Shaheen Shah Afridi: Pakistan cricket’s next superstar in the makingAlso 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Rohit Sharma century commentary Next No data available! graphs advertisement view more view lesslast_img read more

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Finance Ministry Moving to Improve Service Delivery

first_imgStory Highlights The Ministry of Finance and the Public Service is on a drive to improve its service delivery under the Cabinet Office Service Excellence Programme. As part of the process, the entity is undertaking a customer service survey to garner feedback about its products and services. Director of Communications, Elaine Oxamendi Vicet, told JIS News that “the survey will inform the level of training that our customer service representatives get as they engage with the public”. The Ministry of Finance and the Public Service is on a drive to improve its service delivery under the Cabinet Office Service Excellence Programme.As part of the process, the entity is undertaking a customer service survey to garner feedback about its products and services.Director of Communications, Elaine Oxamendi Vicet, told JIS News that “the survey will inform the level of training that our customer service representatives get as they engage with the public”.She said the survey, which was rolled out at the end of April, has, so far, received over 500 responses. It is expected to be completed by the end of this week.The Communications Director informed that the Ministry also has a customer service plan that is awaiting approval from the Financial Secretary.Acting Deputy Financial Secretary for the Corporate Planning and Administration Division, Trudy-Ann James Linton, told JIS News that some improvements have already been made, citing the reduced turnaround time, from six to three weeks, for approval of motor-vehicle concession for government employees.In addition, concession letters now expire in one year instead of six months.Additionally, Mrs. James Linton said that some processes will be moved to online platforms, making it more convenient for customers and car dealers.Other areas to be addressed include pension payments and scholarships for public-sector employees and their beneficiaries.The Ministry is aiming to start disbursing pension payments to public-sector retirees within 30 days after they have stopped working.last_img read more

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Latest inspections find EVM components missing from safe rooms in few MP

first_imgBhopal: Latest inspections have found that Ballot Unit (BU) and Detachable Memory Module (DMM), which act as key components of an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM), are missing from safe rooms in a few districts of Madhya Pradesh, according to RTI documents. However, the RTI did not specify whether the EVMs were used in the last elections in the state. These inspection reports were prepared during April and June this year and provided to RTI applicant Ajay Dubey who had sought details from the State Election Commission of the latest reports received from district administrations on security and management of EVMs. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Nine DMMs were found missing during the inspection of EVMs store room in Umaria, the reply said, without mentioning any reason behind it. The Detachable Memory Module is an extra memory of the EVM which can be detached from the machine and stored separately. According to Master Stock Register (MSR), there were supposed to be 2,709 DMMs in a strong room at a government polytechnic college in Narsinghpur district. During inspection, 2,508 DMMs were not found, according to the reply given by the district administration. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah In a note, the Narsinghpur district authority said 687 DMMs, which were not used in elections (without mentioning what polls they are referring to), were sent to the commission’s office and those used in elections were sent to ECIL, Hyderabad for disposal. There are 201 DMMs available in the store room, the administration of Narsinghpur district said, without mentioning details of other missing EVMs. Nine Ballot Units were not found during the inspection of a strong room in Bhind district, the RTI reply said. A ballot unit is is a small box-like device, on top of which each candidate and his/her election symbol is listed like a big ballot paper. The voter polls his vote by pressing the blue button against the name of his desired candidate. Errors were found in 13 Control Units and 16 Ballot Units, during pre-first level checks, in May 2018, and they were not rectified by engineers sent by commission, said a copy of the report dated May 21, 2019 by Bhind district to the State Election Commission. In Mandsaur, eight BUs were found missing and one DMM was missing in Shajapur district, according to the RTI reply. A total of 26 DMMs were found missing in a strong room at Old Collector Bhavan, Balaghat district, it said, adding that 11 and 28 BUs were not found in the store room in Sagar and Gwalior districts, respectively. There were districts like Ashoknagar, Shahdol, Dhar, Seoni, Shivpuri and Anuppur where all Control Units and Ballot Units were accounted for. “A thorough probe is needed to immediately trace missing Control Units, Ballot Units or DMMs. It poses a serious security concern over the safety of EVMs,” said Dubey. There were some district administrations like Bhopal and Rewa, who have not submitted the inspection reports, he said.last_img read more

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Building climate resistance

first_imgJust 3 per cent more investment in infrastructure assets can save developing countries $4.2 trillion, according to a report jointly published by the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery. Making such assets and services climate resilient will help these countries earn $4 for each $1 spent, the report added. These low- and middle-income countries suffer an estimated loss of $391-$647 billion due to damage and disruption in infrastructure assets and services in a year highlighted the report. But despite investing around $1 trillion every year, the quality and adequacy of infrastructure services is not up to the mark, it added. Also Read – A special kind of bondSpending between $11 billion and $65 billion a year by 2030 can help these countries create reliable infrastructural assets, estimated the report. Interruptions in water supply are estimated to cost between $88 billion and $153 billion a year to all developing nations. Waterborne diseases stemming from an intermittent water supply lead to medical treatment costs and lost incomes between $3 billion and $6 billion a year, according to the report. Underfunding and poor maintenance are some of the key factors resulting in unreliable electricity grids, inadequate water, and sanitation systems, and overstrained transport networks. Also Read – Insider threat management Natural disasters worsen matter According to the report, natural hazards magnify challenges faced by these already-strained and fragile systems. This resonates with the findings of a World Risk report released three years ago. Outages caused by natural hazards tend to be longer and geographically larger than other outages. For example, Cyclone Fani had damaged electricity transmission and distribution systems, cutting people’s access to electricity. Even after 50 days, electricity has not been restored in the most-affected districts of Odisha. A wider damage to electricity supply systems was reported due to 2017 hurricanes in Puerto Rico. Africa and South Asia bear the highest losses owing to unreliable infrastructure. Power systems are more vulnerable to natural shocks in poorer countries than in richer countries. Storms of the same intensity are more likely to cause outages in Bangladesh than in the United States. After examining four essential infrastructure systems—power, water and sanitation, transport, and telecommunications—the researchers found that making them more resilient is critical, not only to avoid costly damage, but also to minimise the wide-ranging consequences of natural disasters. “Resilient infrastructure is not about roads or bridges, or power plants. It is about the people, the households, and the communities for whom this quality infrastructure is a lifeline to better health, better education and better livelihoods,” said David Malpass, president, World Bank Group. Not just more, but better Strengthening the infrastructure to meet the Sustainable Development Goals will require substantial investments in maintenance of existing assets. However, infrastructure management is not just about spending more, but also about spending better, according to the report that suggested targeted actions. Resilience should be included in the regulations and decision making process through data, tools, and skills will be essential to create and maintain the assets, according to the report. Without geospatial information on locations exposed to natural disasters, strengthening the whole system would cost 10 times more—between $120 billion and $670 billion, added the World Bank study. Combining infrastructure with nature-based solutions too reduces countries’ investment needs. “In Philippines, mangroves, reefs and other natural systems prevent more than $1 billion in annual disaster losses,” read the report. Providing appropriate finances to create risk-informed master plans remains a key challenge in creating disaster-resilient assets, acknowledged the World Bank. (Kiran Pandey is Programme Director, Environment Resource Unit, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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6 pilgrims died in last 4 days Amarnath Yatra toll reaches 22

first_imgSrinagar: Six persons have died in the past four days during the ongoing pilgrimage to Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, taking the death toll in this year’s pilgrimage to 22, officials said on Saturday. “Six pilgrims died due to various causes during their pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine of Shri Amarnathji,” the officials said here. Among the dead are 18 pilgrims, two ‘sevadars’ (volunteers) and two security force personnel deployed on duty en route the holy cave. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed In addition to these, 30 others have suffered injuries due to shooting stones and other causes since the commencement of the pilgrimage on July 1, the officials said. Deaths due to cardiac arrest triggered by lack of oxygen in the area around the cave shrine have been common over the years, prompting the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board to issue regular health advisories to the pilgrims. All pilgrims are required to get a fitness certificate issued from a doctor before undertaking the pilgrimage to the shrine located at an altitude of 3,888 metres. Nearly 2.5 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance to the naturally formed ice-lingam in the cave shrine in the 19 days of the yatra this year. The yatra will conclude on August 15, coinciding with Raksha Bandhan.last_img read more

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The only jazz festival east of Montréal can continue its international development

first_imgAdvertisement RIMOUSKI, QC – Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)The Government of Canada’s investment in sports and cultural events is an effective way to support actions that generate substantial economic and media spinoff in the regions in which the events are held.On the occasion of the opening of the 32nd Festi Jazz international de Rimouski (website in French only), the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED, announced that $48,400 in financial assistance, in the form of a non-repayable contribution, has been granted to commercialize the 2017 and 2018 events outside Quebec. Festi Jazz Rimouski Inc. is an organization whose mission is to organize and promote the Festi Jazz international de Rimouski, allowing tourists and Quebecers to discover various jazz styles. The funding awarded through CED’s Quebec Economic Development Program (QEDP) will go toward hospitality for journalists and foreign representatives, advertising costs and participation in events for target markets. The project also involves the design of a new Internet site and bilingual application, English translation of the various promotional tools and the purchase of digital production equipment for Web promotion.Quote“The Government of Canada supports mobilizing and unifying projects like the Festi Jazz international de Rimouski, which showcase the regions of Canada abroad. These artistic events generate significant spinoff in terms of jobs, tourism and visibility for Canada.”The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CEDQuick factsFesti Jazz Rimouski Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to give jazz lovers from Bas-Saint-Laurent, the rest of Quebec and the Maritimes access to high-quality shows in an urban and maritime environment.The 2017 line-up includes 60 shows with 300 artists, including two Grandes soirées du jazz québécois, featuring many major Quebec musicians.The shows in the Festi Jazz international de Rimouski, which attract over 30,000 people annually, will be presented on 15 stages in the area, including a festive site in the heart of downtown Rimouski.CED is one of the six regional development agencies under the responsibility of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.For more information on CED’s key directions until 2021, consult Strategic Plan 2021 or visit www.dec-ced.gc.ca.Stay connectedFollow CED on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube Follow the Festi Jazz international de Rimouski on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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Morocco’s Safaa Taouch only Arab Representative at Miss Humanity International 2014

Fez – Morocco’s beauty is on a mission! Miss Morocco, Safaa Taouch has been selected to represent the Arab World at the 4th edition of Miss Humanity International 2014, scheduled August 17-27 in Barbados.24-year-old Safaa Taouch is not only a pretty face. She is an advocate of humanitarian causes and is aware that beauty is power and she is using it for good.For that reason, she was selected to compete for the Miss Humanity International title which is an innovative and holistic pageant that advocates humanitarian causes through raising funds and awareness. In an exclusive interview with Morocco World News, Safaa Taouch revealed that she marked her first appearance in the beauty competitions in 2012 in Morocco, “when [she] participated in Miss Morocco at the Cherry Festival in Sefrou, before [she] won the runner-up for edition.”“Later in 2012, I was crowned Miss Arab World in Cairo, Egypt before the committee selected me to represent the Arab World in Miss Humanity International 2014,” she added.“In the same year, I was named Goodwill Ambassador for abandoned & homeless children in the Arab World,” she noted. Revealing the reason that made her join this competition, Safaa said she liked what Miss Humanity International stood for, stressing that she decided to run for the competition because of her keenness on helping children.Morocco’s most beautiful woman is an advocate. Her beauty attracts more attention and she is using it to speak for those who have no voice and to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves, such as needy children. Safaa believes Beauty is much more than appearance. “Beauty is honesty, integrity, compassion and people’s love for you,” she said.Representing Morocco in this competition, Safaa said she feels “pride in representing my country. Still, I also have a feeling of responsibility to promote a good image of Moroccan women on this international platform, and show the world Moroccans women’s openness to other cultures as well as their strong presence in society.”This year, Safaa Taouch graduated from the Institute of Applied Technology (ISTA) in Kenitra, and earned a degree in marketing and business management.Safaa revealed to MWN that she enjoys a lot of support from her family and friends, stressing that they give her the power and energy to go further in this competition and in her charitable activities.Safaa Taouch will compete for Miss Humanity International 2014 along with thirteen pageants from other countries, including the US, Australia, Jamaica, Nigeria, Belgium, South Africa…etc.To vote for the Moroccan candidate, follow this link.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

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Assault of RCMP officers by group in La Ronge captured on phone

A group assault of two RCMP officers in La Ronge was captured on someone’s phone — and investigators are asking anyone with the footage to come forward.The incident took place around 1 a.m. on Aug. 23, after La Ronge RCMP received a request from a homeowner for help “in removing several unwanted guests from a residence,” RCMP said Thursday in a news release.Several people complied with the officers’ instructions to leave. According to RCMP, while the two officers were assisting an intoxicated guest who was not under arrest, another man assaulted both officers. After being told he was under arrest for assaulting a police officer, the man ran away but was stopped by the officers, leading to “further struggle to the ground as the male resisted the arrest.”While police were placing the man in custody and attempting to handcuff him, “several unknown people began to physically assault the officers,” RCMP said.According to police, other people were using a phone to film the entire incident, which lasted approximately 10 minutes. After both officers were struck multiple times, one of them drew a conducted energy weapon (CEW) — commonly referred to as a Taser — to create space between the assailants and the officers.The CEW was not deployed, RCMP said. The man was arrested without further incident. He appeared Aug. 23 in La Ronge provincial court on a charge of assaulting a police officer.RCMP say video footage taken of the incident “is crucial to helping identify the persons responsible for the assault of the two police officers.”Both officers received medical treatment and remain on light duties as a result of injuries suffered during the incident, RCMP said. read more

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Apple submits list of eight Samsung products requests they be pulled from

Apple submits list of eight Samsung products, requests they be pulled from American shelves by News Staff Posted Aug 27, 2012 7:46 pm MDT Apple has submitted a list of eight Samsung products that it wants a judge to order pulled from shelves and banned from the American market. The list was submitted Monday after a California jury found Samsung infringed on some patented technology related to the iPhone and iPad. The products include the Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S2 AT&T, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 T-Mobile, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge and Galaxy Prevail. The court decision sent Apple shared up almost two per cent, closing at $675.48, adding to Apple’s position as the world’s most valuable company (by market cap). AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email android|apple|apple ipad|Apple iPhone|galaxy s|iPad|samsung|samsung galaxy s read more

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Silicon Valley gender bias suit puts spotlight on venture capital industry culture

SAN FRANCISCO – A sex discrimination trial against one of Silicon Valley’s most prestigious venture capital firms is providing a rare peek into the elite investment companies vying to fund the next Google and Amazon.Their partnership rosters are stacked with some of the nation’s most accomplished graduates— multiple-degree holders from schools such as Harvard and Stanford universities who are competing aggressively to back the next big technology company. But they are also places where women are grossly underrepresented.Ellen Pao’s lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers goes further, describing the firm as an old-boys club where women allegedly were excluded from parties at former Vice-President Al Gore’s house, asked to take notes at a meeting like secretaries and subjected to harassment and boorish behaviour by their male colleagues such as a conversation about porn stars and a trip to the Playboy Mansion aboard a private jet.The case has put a spotlight on the gender inequities in the technology sector at a time when it is booming and minting new millionaires, but generating resentment from people who feel left out and victimized by its success, which they blame for higher rents and gentrification. The trial has also brought some of the nation’s most accomplished venture capitalists into the courtroom, where they have faced tough questions about sexual harassment and the behaviour of men in the workplace.Pao, who has an MBA and law degree from Harvard, has mostly sat quietly and declined media questions during breaks in the proceedings. She could begin testifying on Friday.But the jury has heard hours of testimony from her former colleagues, including one of her mentors at the firm, billionaire investor John Doerr, who was placed in the awkward position of defending his company while acknowledging that the dearth of females in the venture capital industry is “pathetic.”A study released last year by Babson College in Massachusetts found that women filled just 6 per cent of the partner-level positions at 139 venture capital firms in 2013, down from 10 per cent in 1999.Doerr said 20 per cent of partners at Kleiner Perkins are women, and he has worked hard to recruit more women. He has disputed Pao’s contention that she was passed over for promotions because she was a woman and then fired in 2012 after she complained.Like the Kleiner Perkins legal team, he says Pao, 45, didn’t get along with her colleagues — a requirement for the junior partner position she moved into in 2010 after serving as his chief of staff.In a sign of the competitiveness of the industry, Doerr said of the 24 junior partners the firm has taken on during his tenure, only five were promoted. The rest, like Pao, were asked to move on.Doerr testified he was a loyal supporter of Pao’s and tried to help her succeed at Kleiner Perkins. As a member of the Kleiner Perkins management team, he said he fought for Pao to stay with the company and objected when other partners wanted to let her go in 2011.In a job review presented in court, Doerr said Pao needed to improve her interpersonal skills and not be dismissive of peers who don’t meet her expectations, though he otherwise praised her performance in her first year as his chief of staff.“You can’t dismiss people who you want to exchange ideas with,” Doerr testified. “It just causes the partnership to fail.”Alan Exelrod, Pao’s attorney, has argued that at least some of Pao’s male colleagues faced the same criticism — they were deemed “aggressive and opinionated,” ”territorial,” and needed to improve their delivery — but were promoted while she was not.“Was there a level playing field for Ellen Pao at Kleiner Perkins?” he said during his opening statement. “We will prove to you in this case that there was not.”Pao is seeking $16 million in damages. The firm is seeking to limit any possible damages by arguing that Pao is well-compensated in her current position as interim CEO of the popular social media company Reddit. Silicon Valley gender bias suit puts spotlight on venture capital industry culture by Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press Posted Mar 5, 2015 1:59 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Greek Australian voyeur sentenced

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A voyeur who used a mirror and mobile phone to film women on public toilets has been sentenced to 250 hours’ community service.Apostolos Kipouros, 19 years old, was discovered by women at Woden Westfield shopping centre in Canberra earlier this year.On one occasion, while a woman was on the toilet, she noticed a mirror and phone coming from under the cubicle wall. She screamed and ran off, and another woman also ran out of a different cubicle. Security were called and Kipouros was found still in the cubicle between where the two women had been. He had a black hood pulled over his head and a phone and tablet with him.Apostolos Kipouros was interviewed by police and later admitted to filming the women; something he said he’d done to impress his friends. He said he’d filmed women in his homeland of Greece before coming to Australia. Police examined his phone and discovered more videos.Kipouros conduct was described by prosecutor Phoebe Burgoyne-Scutts as “alarming behaviour to say the least”.His lawyer Paul Edmonds said his client understood the seriousness of the crimes and recognised he needed counselling.He said the teenager had no criminal history, a supportive family, was studying, working and had no drug, alcohol, or mental health issues.Mr Morrison sentenced Kipouros to 250 hours’ community service and a two-year good behaviour order.Source: Fairfax Medialast_img read more

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Elon Musk SpaceX Paypal Tesla ce quil faut savoir sur lingénieur qui

first_imgElon Musk : SpaceX, Paypal, Tesla, ce qu’il faut savoir sur l’ingénieur qui veut coloniser MarsElon Musk est le patron de l’entreprise Tesla et le fondateur de l’entreprise SpaceX. Qui est cet entrepreneur fantasque qui rêve de coloniser mars et concurrence la NASA avec ses fusées ? Maxisciences vous explique Biographie :Naissance : le 28 juin 1971, Prétoria, Afrique du SudElon Musk naît à Pretoria en Afrique du Sud, son père, Errold Musk est un ingénieur et sa mère, Maye Musk, une nutritionniste et un mannequin. Ses parents divorcent alors qu’Elon Musk a 9 ans. A 12 ans, il vend son premier programme de jeux vidéos et se passionne de lecture, notamment de science fiction, de programmation, de business et d’ingénierie. Il étudie à l’université Queen’s au Canada et intègre en 1992 la Wharton School aux Etats-Unis. Il y étudie la physique et le commerce et sort diplômée pour ses deux premières années d’études. En 1995, il reçoit une bourse préparer un doctorat en physique énergétique à Stanford. Il suspend quelques mois plus tard sa préparation au doctorat pour fonder Zip2, un éditeur de logiciel de publication de contenu en ligne pour les informations des entreprises. C’est un véritable succès pour l’entrepreneur qui vend une partie de Zip2 à l’entreprise Compaq pour 341 millions de dollars. Elon Musk et son frère Kimbal Musk garde 12% de la société. Elon Musk a le vend en poupe et en 1999 il créé une banque en ligne appelée X.com, cette société acquiert Paypal en 2000, une société de paiement en ligne. X.com cesse ses services bancaires et en 2001, prend le nom de Paypal. En 2002, Paypal est revendu à Ebay pour 1,5 milliard de dollars. SpaceX En 2002, Elon Musk lance sa troisième société, Space Exploration Technologies : SpaceX. Il en est toujours aujourd’hui le CEO et le CTO. L’objectif de cette entreprise est de développer des véhicules de lancement spatiaux dont le premier étage peut être réutilisable et faire baisser le prix des lancements. Mais le plus grand projet de SpaceX est de rendre possible la colonisation de Mars. L’entreprise a créé les fusées Falcon 1 et 9 et le vaisseau Cargo Dragon 21. En 2012, SpaceX prouve qu’elle a bien sa place auprès des grands comme la NASA et ravitaille la Station spatiale internationale. En 2015, Space X créé la première récupération du premier étage de Falcon 9. En 2017, Falcon 9 est lancée avec un premier étage déjà utilisé en 2016.Tesla À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAElon Musk entre dans le capitale de Tesla, entreprise qui produit des voitures en 2004. En 2008, il en devient le dirigeant. La même année, l’entreprise Tesla et SpaceX vivent une situation financière difficile, Tesla est sauvée grâce à l’engagement de ses investisseurs d’augmenter leur participation et SpaceX décroche un contrat avec la NASA afin de ravitailler la station spatiale internationale. Lancement d’une fusée pour MarsLe 6 février 2018, SpaceX a lancé une fusée, Falcon Heavy du Kennedy Space Center en Floride, aux Etats-Unis à 3h45, heure locale. Cette fusée, dont deux des trois lanceurs sont revenus sans problème a été envoyé avec un chargement pour le moins atypique : un roadster de la marque Tesla à la place de la masse inerte qui est envoyée habituellement. La voiture va circuler sur une orbite elliptique autour du soleil qui pourra la faire croiser l’orbite de Mars (et celle de la Terre). La voiture pourrait rester des milliers d’années en orbite. L’influence de Jupiter devrait perturber sa trajectoire et la voiture finira par se désintégrer sur le Soleil.Le 8 février 2018 à 12:33 • Morsli Paulinelast_img read more

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Study Neanderthals No More Violent Than Modern Humans

first_imgStay on target Earliest Modern Human Discovered Outside AfricaWoolly Mammoths, Neanderthals May Have Shared Genetic Traits Neanderthals have gotten a bad rap.Having emerged some 400,000 years ago, in what is now Western Europe and Southwest and Central Asia, the hunter-gatherers weathered several glacial periods before going extinct about 40,000 years ago.But despite decades of research helping to clarify certain elements of the archaic humans, it is hard to escape the stereotypes: club-carrying, dim-witted brutes dragging each other from cave to cave by the hair.A new study, published in the journal Nature, is setting the record straight about Homo neanderthalensis‘ perceived violent, traumatic life.“Neanderthals are commonly depicted as leading dangerous lives and permanently struggling for survival,” the research paper said. “This view largely relies on the high incidences of trauma that have been reported and have variously been attributed to violent social behavior, highly mobile hunter-gatherer lifestyles, or attacks by carnivores.”Yes, life before mobile phones and smart thermostats and streaming television and tater tots was hard. But no more difficult or violent than for modern humans.“Our study is the first to address the question of population-level rates of head injuries in Neanderthals and Upper Paleolithic Europeans by examining both injured and non-injured individuals,” lead author Katerina Harvati, an archaeologist at the University of Tübingen in Germany, told Gizmodo. “We used sophisticated statistical modeling, taking into account preservation bias and other factors.”Tapping into the “largest dataset currently available,” Harvati & Co. had access to more than 800 specimens collected throughout western Eurasia, and dated between 80,000 and 20,000 years ago.The team documented incidents of skull trauma, perceived sex and age at death, degree of skeleton preservation, and geographical location of each sample.Based on 836 cranial elements analyzed from 204 individuals, researchers found no differences in injury rates between Neanderthals and contemporaneous humans, Gizmodo reported.(It is worth noting that their investigation focused on data from existing literature; researchers did not examine specimens directly.)“What we know now that we did not know before is that the prevalence of cranial injury at the population level is comparable between ‘classic’ Neanderthals and early Upper Paleolithic modern humans, suggesting that Neanderthal lives were not more dangerous than those of the latter group,” Harvati explained, adding that this discovery “has potential implications for previous hypotheses.”Late last month, researchers completed the first 3D virtual reconstruction of a Neanderthal rib cage, shining light on key differences between the trite image of a hunched-over “caveman” and actual Homo neanderthalensis.More coverage on Geek.com:Scientists Successfully Grow Neanderthal ‘Minibrains’ in Petri DishYour Neanderthal DNA Could Be Causing a Beer GutIt Didn’t Take Long for Humans and Neanderthals to Start Boinkinglast_img read more

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Mourinhos attitude may be exaggerated for media claims Morrison

first_imgClinton Morrison claims Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho’s current predisposition at United could have been exaggerated for just for media attention.Earlier, Mourinho has demonstrated his frustration on a wide range of things during the club’s pre-season tour of America.Some which are: a lack of transfer activity to some of his squad returning late from the World Cup, calling out players including Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial for criticism.“He [Mourinho] might be so frustrated with the media but in the changing room he might be saying something totally different to his players,” Morrison told Sky Sports.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“As Lee Grant said, and I know Granty, he would be telling the truth, it looks like from the outside it is not a happy camp but from the inside, it might be a very happy camp.“He’s been very frustrated, Jose Mourinho. Over the last few years, it has gotten worse and worse. He looks like he hardly wants to speak to the media.”last_img read more

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