Chelsea defensive duo Christensen, Emerson doubtful for Newcastleby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndreas Christensen and Emerson are doubtful for Chelsea’s clash with Newcastle United on Saturday, according to Goal.Emerson has been out of action since September with a hamstring problem, but he has not officially been ruled out of facing the Magpies.Christensen picked up a hamstring problem over the international break.In positive news for the Blues, Antonio Rudiger could be eased back by Frank Lampard’s after an interrupted start to the season.Reece James, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic also picked up injuries over the international break. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Reuters GalleAugust 16, 2019UPDATED: August 16, 2019 18:41 IST New Zealand’s BJ Watling in action during the third day of the first test (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBoth BJ Watling and Tim Southee shared a crucial 54 run partnership towards closing stages of the dayBad light stops play with New Zealand 195/7, leading by 177 runsWilliam Somerville was batting on five at the other end when bad light stopped play at the GalleBJ Watling rescued New Zealand with a gutsy unbeaten 63 as the visitors overcame a batting collapse to reach 195 for seven in their second innings on day three of the opening test against Sri Lanka on Friday.The tourists, having conceded an 18-run first innings lead, were reeling at 25 for three but Tom Latham made 45 and Watling produced a fighting 50 to stretch New Zealand’s lead to 177 runs with three wickets in hand at stumps.William Somerville was batting on five at the other end when bad light stopped play at the Galle International Stadium.Earlier, Sri Lanka added 40 runs to their overnight score of 227-7 before losing their last three wickets in the morning session.New Zealand, who made 249 in the first innings, were undone by the Sri Lankan spinners in their second spell as well.Off-spinner Dhanjaya de Silva drew first blood when Jeet Raval (four) was caught in the cover after trying to check his drive shot.Kane Williamson had fallen for a third ball duck in the first innings and he looked uncharacteristically ill at ease in the second as well.The right-hander made four before charging out against Lasith Embuldeniya and Kusal Perera, positioned at mid-on, took a superb catch leaping backward to send back the New Zealand skipper.In his next over, Lasith Embuldeniya dismissed Ross Taylor (three) to further peg back the tourists.Latham staged a brief recovery job with Henry Nicholls who contributed 26 before both departed.Watling then took it upon himself to stretch their lead.advertisementThe wicketkeeper-batsman hit five boundaries in his patient knock while Tim Southee chipped in with 23.Also Read | Ravi Shastri again! BCCI CAC reappoint former India captain as head coachAlso 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow BJ WatlingFollow New Zealand vs Sri LankaFollow Tom LathamFollow NZ vs SL Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 3: BJ Watling fifty helps New Zealand take 177-run leadThe tourists, having conceded an 18-run first innings lead, were reeling at 25 for three but Tom Latham made 45 and Watling produced a fighting 50 to stretch New Zealand’s lead to 177 runs with three wickets in hand at stumps.advertisement
zoom Is liquefied natural gas (LNG) the future of marine fuel – or just a future marine fuel? That is the billion-dollar question. Cleaner, safer, more affordable and easier to obtain – as the variety and interest in new marine fuels grows, shipowners and operators are more likely to opt for the prosaic than the exotic, says John Bradshaw, Lloyd’s Register Marine’s Lead Project Engineer for Machinery.According to Bradshaw, Lloyd’s Register has invested heavily in supporting the development of LNG and believes it has a bright future as a marine fuel. However, it is worth stepping back and looking beyond the media headlines.The number of LNG-fuelled ships being ordered is a small proportion of the total and, in terms of the existing fleet, statistically insignificant. For LNG to supplant oil it needs a fuel supply infrastructure to be in place, requiring significant investment. North American wholesale LNG prices are quoted to promote it as a cheap fuel, but these are not representative of LNG bunker prices.What are the alternatives with respect to what society demands of future fuels?Emissions driverInterest in alternative marine fuels has been driven to some extent by changes to nitrogen and sulphur oxides (NOx and SOx) emissions limits. LNG is low in sulphur and gas engines have lower NOx emissions than oil engines. The ferry sector in particular is embracing alternative fuels. The economics are particularly attractive for ferries operating in emission control areas, as witnessed by the delivery last year of the 2,800-passenger LNG-fuelled ferry Viking Grace and Stena’s planned conversion of the Stena Britannica to methanol.Outside shipping, the emissions debate is dominated by carbon dioxide. Shipping will be expected to reduce its carbon intensity as society demands affordable, secure low-carbon energy; the ideal clean, readily available fuel is hardly attractive if it is too expensive.The dilemma is facing not just shipping, but society as a whole. Society wants unlimited, cheap and clean energy. The industry has yet to find a fuel satisfying all three demands and is unlikely to reach this energy nirvana soon. The objectives pull in different directions and any two of them can be achieved relatively easily. There is cheap and readily available fuel if environmental impact is considered unimportant, and clean, fully renewable fuels if affordability is irrelevant. Yet while compromise is often used as a pejorative expression, achieving an optimum energy compromise is an aspiration, not a failure.Are we running out of fuel?When considering energy security there is increasing angst that fuel is about to run out. Is this view based on fact or fiction? Reliable sources show known oil and gas reserves have steadily increased by approximately 60 per cent since 1992. Demand is also growing, but there is no reason to panic about oil or gas and it is generally not understood that elemental carbon and hydrogen can be reformed into almost any synthesised hydrocarbon fuel using existing technology.The economics of synthesised fuels, such as coal to liquid processes, are not attractive. However 20 years ago, this was also true of extracting shale oil and gas. Other hydrocarbon fossil fuels, including ethane and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), can be utilised as fuel relatively easily.Few things look as old fashioned as yesterday’s vision of today and one should remember that assumptions of future energy trends are just that – assumptions. Two extreme future scenarios are a write-down of fossil fuel reserves to combat global warming, or synthetic photo synthesis making carbon dioxide yesterday’s problem. Neither scenario is impossible, demonstrating just how energy assumptions might change.Environmental concernsSo the industry players should not lose too much sleep worrying about the world’s supply of fuel going dry. But what about the environmental impact? Carbon intensity of fuel depends upon how the energy system is defined. The marine Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) carbon factors are based on stack emissions, but society increasingly expects a more holistic view, considering extraction, refining and supply. This could fundamentally change the carbon intensity of marine fuels.Natural gas is cleaner than oil, but is it greener than combusting a waste product when emissions can be cleaned? Arguing that combusting residual fuel oil is environmentally responsible may seem flippant, but it is certainly possible to support such an argument, thus challenging accepted wisdom. Exhaust gas cleaning is a mature industrial technology and some exciting systems designed for the marine market are now available. Ships equipped with these systems can combust high sulphur residual oil in emission control areas.To misquote Mark Twain, rumours of the death of oil are greatly exaggerated. Oil remains the dominant marine fuel and, with clean emissions technology, will continue to compete against the newer fuels entering shipping.So what are the alternatives? Biofuel use is increasing; fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) biodiesel is widely available, but increasing societal resistance against FAME will make next generation algae derived bio-oils much more attractive.Methanol is generally derived from natural gas feedstocks, but with renewable feedstock being available it has great potential as a clean fuel. Although toxic and flammable, fuel handling and risk management is simpler than for LNG, since it is not a cryogenic liquid.Hydrogen has traditionally been energy intensive to produce in large quantities and risk management is challenging, however it is potentially both clean and abundant. If efforts to reduce the cost of generating hydrogen reach fruition, then it could potentially become the holy grail of energy; cheap, clean and abundant fuel. Nuclear energy is mature, clean and reliable, but acceptance of nuclear energy faces significant political, regulatory and societal challenges.Renewable energy, such as wind and solar, will augment fuels, such as gas or oil, but are unlikely to replace them.There is no ‘one size fits all’ best solution. Market fragmentation with operators selecting solutions fitting their own needs is likely, perhaps resulting in multiple fuel policies within an operator’s fleet.LR expects to see continued strong growth in the LNG fuel market, with oil retaining a large market share. Alternatives, such as methanol, biodiesel and hydrocarbon gases including LPG, will gain traction, while more radical alternatives, such as hydrogen and nuclear, should not be discounted.Lloyd’s Register (John Bradshaw), May 5, 2014
BEIJING — Construction on a new airport in China’s capital that promises to be one of the largest in the world is speeding toward completion.A project manager told reporters at the site Friday that construction of the Beijing Daxing International Airport is slated to finish in late June. It will open at the end of September.Construction began less than five years ago.Situated in the city’s south, the airport will serve 200 million people from 28 cities in and around Beijing, Tianjin and the northern province of Hebei.Beijing authorities said the terminal building’s size of 1.03 million square meters (11.08 million square feet) will make it the largest single airport terminal in the world.The Associated Press
The UN attributed this relatively low export level to bad weather conditions at one of the loading platforms and uncertainties surrounding the renewal of the oil-for-food programme earlier this month. Those uncertainties were since resolved on 4 December when the Security Council extended the programme through 3 June 2003.Under a new system that speeds the approval of humanitarian contracts for Iraq, the Office of the Iraq Programme has approved 2,972 contracts worth about $4 billion after assessment by the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that they do not contain “dual-use” items named on the “Goods Review List.”An additional 1,176 contracts worth about $3.7 billion were found to be non-compliant with the List. UNMOVIC and the IAEA will require additional technical information from suppliers to enable final assessments on those items.
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“He is one of the few people who think of war in three-dimensional terms,” Randolph wrote to the Prime Minister.Churchill eventually summoned Stirling to meet him in Cairo and was “bowled over” by the young soldier.During the meeting, Stirling took a souvenir signature from Churchill and the Commander-in-Chief of the Middle East and typed on the blank page: “Please give the bearer of this note every possible assistance.”Ben Macintyre writes in his newly-published SAS: Rogue Heroes book: “Stirling had no qualms about this blatant forgery: Churchill had become a staunch supporter of the unit and so, he insisted, ‘in a sense it was authentic’.” The book, on sale from Thursday, also details how Paddy Mayne, one of the SAS’s most famous veterans, destroyed more German aircraft than any other man in the military by running through airfields strapping explosives to planes.Between 1941 and 1945, the Special Air Service pioneered a form of combat that has since become a central component of modern warfare. It began life as a raiding force in the north African desert, but grew into the most formidable commando unit of the war, and the prototype for special forces across the world, notably the US Delta Force and Navy Seals.In 1980, an SAS squad successfully stormed the Iranian embassy in London and liberated 25 hostages, killing five of the six hostage-takers in 11 minutes. Creating mayhem behind enemy lines, the SAS’s elite brand of derring-do played an integral part in defeating Nazi Germany.Yet some wartime military chiefs dismissed their clandestine tactics as “just not cricket” and tried to get the fighting unit disbanded – before Winston Churchill intervened.Archive material opened up for the first time in 75 years reveals how Churchill’s hard-drinking and overweight son, Randolph, became the SAS’s unlikely saviour.David Stirling, then the young, eccentric pioneer of the unit, pulled off a masterstroke by allowing Randolph to observe some of the early covert activities in the Middle East. New roll of honour uncovers stories of lost SAS heroes of the Second World War Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
One of Australia’s foremost mining people has warned that equities and resources markets in Australia should not be deterred or deflected by the recent slump in metals prices generally. Addressing the second day of the Paydirt 2008 Victoria Resources Conference, Oz Minerals’ Director, Owen Hegarty, described the slump as nothing more than a “short-term blip on our radar screens. There is a snatch and grab going on out there globally for resources to supply burgeoning demand and we should be getting our engines ready for a market resurgence in the very near future.” Hegarty told delegates.“This is being led obviously by China which has the perfect quadrella – firstly, growth on a scale never seen before. It has massive investment in infrastructure, the largest urban migration in the history of the world, and an increasing intensity of metal uses, creating a very positive demand side – so it is the perfect storm. In terms of supply, it is the perfect nightmare.”Hegarty said there were decreasing copper discoveries, exploration was being forced into domains it had not been previously, head grades were declining, every project faced increased capital costs and delays, and continuous disruption to power and water and acid shortages.“The acid situation worldwide is critical and is turning many SX-EW copper producers from low cost producers into high cost producers for that component alone. Acid costs have gone from virtually negligible to around $500/t.”Hegarty welcomed however the Rudd Government’s willingness to mining sector pleas for a flow through share scheme. “The sector tried so many times with the previous Federal Government and failed but we believe we have a real chance this time, and this will be a real breakthrough for this Government.”
Masayasu Ito, Sony Computer Entertainment senior vice president, has admitted that for every PS4 console sold, Sony will be losing money. In other words, the cost of manufacturing and shipping the console costs more than the retail price. However, the loss is not going to be that great, and the company believes it will easily make the money back from the sales of games and PlayStation Plus subscriptions alongside the hardware.Sony isn’t saying how much of a loss it will incur per console, but the loss will apparently easily be recouped after, or even during that initial hardware sale. That isn’t just because a PS Plus subscription is more important for this generation, but Ito suggested developing games for the system will cost less, too. So while games retain their $60 price point, they should cost less than PS3 games did to create, meaning higher profits per title.If you factor in the expected three console bundles at launch, many more gamers signing up for a PS Plus annual subscription, and at least one title being sold alongside each console, you can see how Sony may break even on each initial PS4 sale. That’s a far better situation than when the PS3 launched.For both Xbox One and PS4 there’s also more potential for greater profits from digital sales. Purchasing games directly on a console is now much more commonplace, and both machines will have access to other content purchases such as movie and TV series rentals and license purchases. It seems likely Sony and Microsoft will push digital sales harder this generation, as a $60 digital game purchase is much more profitable than the same-priced physical version.You could also argue that by being priced higher the Xbox One is enticing PS4 owners to buy more games. The thinking will be “I can get a PS4 with two games for the price of an Xbox One” and Sony will be sure to focus in on that fact in marketing this year.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Recently appointed Finance Minister Yiorgos Papaconstantinou was given a public dressing-down in Luxembourg last week over the credibility of Greece’s deficit data after he more than tripled the estimated budget shortfall for the year.At his first meeting of Eurogroup ministers, Papaconstantinou pledged to bring the budget deficit into single digits in 2010 from this year’s expected 12.5 percent, more than three times Greece’s previous forecast of 3.7 percent.“We plan to start consolidation [of public finances] in 2010; they will be structural, not one-off measures,” Papaconstantinou told a news conference. “We plan a new law by February next year, it will change the fundamental mechanics of the tax collection system, which has unfortunately collapsed in the last few months,” he added.Budget deficits have swollen everywhere in Europe as the economic crisis prompted an increase in stimulus spending.But nowhere has the scale of change been as big as in Greece, a chronic offender of the eurozone’s budget deficit rules, which recently doubled its 2009 budget deficit forecast, triggering harsh criticism from fellow EU partners.“The game is over; we need serious statistics,” the chairman of the Eurogroup of finance ministers Jean-Claude Juncker said.Papaconstantinou pledged to improve the quality of statistical reporting by boosting the national agency’s independence and distancing it from policy makers.Athens wants to negotiate a three-year period of grace with the European Union to get its deficit back to the 3 percent of gross domestic product limit prescribed under the bloc’s economic policy beacon, its so-called stability and growth pact.“It is clear the previous target of bringing the deficit below 3 percent by 2010 is quite out of the question,” Papaconstantinou said. A “three- to four-year horizon is a realistic goal, with four more likely than three.”The government should implement a plan to cut its budget deficit by around 5 percent of gross domestic product by the end of 2011 to aid growth and enhance its credibility in financial markets, the Bank of Greece said last week.The central bank expects the economy to shrink by one percent this year, the first contraction since 1993. Unemployment will exceed 9 percent and the year will end with an inflation rate of between 1.1 percent and 1.3 percent.Fighting tax evasion and government waste should be part of the campaign to cut the shortfall, the central bank added. “Combating waste and tax evasion gradually over 10 years would mean a fiscal benefit of the order of 3 to 5 billion euros, or 1.2 percent to 2.2 percent of GDP annually,” the report said.
Des étoiles sous-naines à la chape de plombUne équipe d’astrophysiciens vient de découvrir deux étoiles d’un nouveau type, dont l’atmosphère est chargée de plomb.Des étoiles “heavy metal” ? Ce ne sont pas des astres aux cheveux longs et aux guitares saturées mais des étoiles dont l’atmosphère contient beaucoup de métaux lourds. Ce sont des chercheurs britanniques qui viennent de mettre en évidence deux étoiles de ce type, situées à 800 et 1.000 années lumières de nous.L’étude, parue dans la revue Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, décrypte deux étoiles sous-naines chaudes, riches en hélium. Or, ces astres sont assez curieux car ils contiennent beaucoup moins d’hydrogène et beaucoup plus d’hélium que la normale. Plus inattendu encore : les deux étoiles étudiées, HE 2359-2844 et HE 1256-2738, ont la caractéristique d’abriter 10.000 fois plus de plomb dans leur atmosphère que notre Soleil. Pour faire de telles observations, les chercheurs ont utilisé le VLT, le Very Large Telescope situé au Chili, dans le désert d’Atacama qui a permis de percer les mystères de ces astres inconnus.Métal hurlantLe plomb est l’un des éléments naturels les plus lourds de l’univers. Dans le Soleil, on trouve moins d’un atome de plomb pour 10 milliards atomes d’hydrogène. Avec des températures de surface dépassant les 38.000°C, les atomes de plomb perdent des électrons, ce qui produit des lignes distinctes dans le spectre de l’étoile, permettant de calculer leur concentration. C’est donc de cette façon que les chercheurs ont pu évaluer les teneurs en plomb dans les atmosphères de HE 2359-2844 et HE 1256-2738. Mais ce n’est pas tout puisque la première étoile s’est révélée posséder également 10.000 fois plus d’yttrium et de zirconium que le Soleil. En ajoutant l’étoile riche en zirconium LS IV-14 116 découverte il y a 3 ans par la même équipe, les trois forment ainsi une nouvelle classe d’étoiles, les sous-naines à métaux lourds (“heavy metal subdwarfs”).Une étape intermédiaire ?Pour les astrophysiciens, ces étoiles pourraient se révéler être un lien crucial entre les géantes rouges et les sous-naines bleues. Les géantes rouges, étoiles gigantesques de 30 à 40 fois la taille du soleil, perdent progressivement leur couche d’hydrogène de surface et rétrécissent pour devenir des “sous-naines chaudes”, beaucoup plus chaudes et brillantes. En rapetissant, ces étoiles forment petit à petit des couches de différents éléments, tel un millefeuille d’atomes.A l’instar de la vapeur d’eau dans l’atmosphère terrestre, la couche de plomb atteindrait une épaisseur et une densité assez forte pour être observée depuis la Terre, formant des véritables nuages de plomb, d’après les chercheurs. L’équipe estime ainsi que cette couche pourrait mesurer 100km d’épaisseur et peser près de 100 milliards de tonnes. Un exemple extrêmement rare à observer.À lire aussiExpérience : que se passe-t-il quand du Coca rencontre du plomb fondu ?Face à une telle perspective, les chercheurs prévoient désormais de continuer à investiguer ces poids lourds du cosmos, car leur formation et leur devenir reste encore purement spéculatif.(Crédit photo : C.S. jeffery) Le 4 août 2013 à 13:06 • Emmanuel Perrin
The former Barcelona star has shared his thoughts that his son Justin needs more time to improve and mature on- and off-field before moving on to Barcelona.Kluivert Jr. was told has to wait some more time before moving on to Barcelona by his own father, who himself is a former Catalan striker.Justin, who is currently playing at Ajax, has been certainly following his dad’s footsteps – he has been the center of attention for quite a few clubs ever since entering the football scene in Amsterdam.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“The truth is that now is not the time,” Partick Kluivert claimed, according to the42.“He is just in his second year in the Netherlands and moving to a club of the magnitude of Barca should not be the first choice. For now, go step by step, calmly and calmly, but as a father I will support him in anything he decides.”Barca are reportedly more than ready to make Kluivert Jr.’s dream reality already, but so are Milan and Roma.
4:38 1 Samsung said in December that it would introduce a 5G phone for Verizon, AT&T and other wireless providers in the first half of 2019. Its first device uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor paired with the chipmaker’s X50 5G modem. The US carriers are in a race to be first with the faster networks — and woo the biggest handset makers. When it comes to the wooing, Verizon appears to be ahead. Along with Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G launching first on its 5G network, Motorola soon will release a 5G “Mod,” or module, that attaches to the back of the Moto Z3 to let it run on the faster wireless network.Verizon will be the first carrier to get Samsung’s 5G phone. But other carriers in the US and around the world will also be getting the device later this year. CNET Supercharged Galaxy S10The Galaxy S10 5G has a 6.7-inch display packed into a device about the same size of the Note 9. The older device is 6.37 inches long by 3.01 inches wide and has a 6.4-inch display. The Galaxy S10 Plus also has a 6.4-inch display. “While it’s a big display [in the Galaxy S10 5G], it’s not a big phone,” Suzanne De Silva, director of product marketing at Samsung Electronics America, said at a press meeting ahead of Unpacked. Now playing: Watch this: The camera set-up is similar to the Galaxy S10 Plus, but the Galaxy S10 5G also has a fourth lens on the back of the device to give 3D-depth information for augmented reality and other tasks. But it’s not capable of 3D mapping for secure biometrics to unlock the phone, like what Apple has done with Face ID. The Galaxy S10 5G has a 4500 milliamp battery, larger than the 4100 milliamp battery packed into the Galaxy S10 Plus. 5G phones are expected to consume more power than 4G LTE phones, which means they need bigger batteries to get through the day. Samsung isn’t saying yet how much the device will cost, but it’s likely to be pricier than its fancy Galaxy S10 Plus. That phone starts at $1,000 for 128Gb of storage. Samsung also hasn’t finalized the colors, but the model viewed by CNET ahead of the launch was a shiny, silver metallic finish. It also has a 5G logo on the back. The initial 5G phones on the market are expected to be expensive. It’s possible they could be significantly higher than 4G LTE variants. OnePlus, for instance, believes its first 5G phone may be $200 to $300 higher than this year’s flagship OnePlus 6T. That’s a whopping 36 percent to 55 percent increase over the older device. Justin Denison, Samsung’s senior vice president of mobile, in December at a Qualcomm conference said the belief is that 5G’s expanded capabilities will make consumers willing to shell out more because they feel like they’re getting more. “If you generate enough value [in the phone], then consumers will be ready to pay,” he said at the time.Originally published at 11:30 a.m. PTUpdate at 1:22 p.m. PT: Adds comments from Samsung executive.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.Tech Enabled: CNET chronicles tech’s role in providing new kinds of accessibility. The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will launch first on Verizon’s network. Sarah Tew/CNET If you want Samsung’s super-fast 5G phone ASAP, you’ll have to be a Verizon subscriber. The Galaxy S10 5G will be available first on Verizon’s network when it launches in the second quarter. It then will be sold by AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile later that same quarter. Samsung didn’t give specific details about the launch dates or pricing, but Drew Blackard, Samsung senior director of product marketing, told CNET after Unpacked that the device will be more of an “incremental step-up” from the $1,000 S10 Max, not a huge jump like the $1,980 Galaxy Fold. He noted it will be over $100 more expensive but declined to give any further specifics. “That’s natural because it has a bigger battery, more cameras and also has 5G,” Blackard said in an interview. Comment Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E: Every camera lens and curve See also The phone is essentially the Galaxy S10 Plus on steroids. It has an extra camera lens on the back, bigger battery and other features that makes it the highest-end phone Samsung will have available the first half of the year.Samsung unveiled the phone Wednesday at its Unpacked event in San Francisco. The launch came with a host of announcements, including the introduction of Samsung’s new flagship smartphones — the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and cheaper S10E. 5G speeds5G technology is expected to significantly boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It can run between 10 and 100 times faster than your typical cellular connection today, and even quicker than anything you can get with a physical fiber-optic cable going into your house. It will also connect a device to the network faster, with speeds as quick as a millisecond to start your download or upload.The overall speed gains mean that phones will be better equipped to handle complex computing tasks in a fraction of the time they currently take. This could make possible advanced photography features, artificial intelligence actions and augmented reality apps, all of which would take far too long to process with today’s phones. 5G technology will also allow driverless cars and buses to talk to each other, as well as surrounding objects, such as smart streetlights.”5G will change everything,” Blackard said during the Unpacked keynote. “It’s true, it won’t happen overnight. [But] the whole tech industry has been laying the groundwork for 5G for decades.”Samsung has tended to be ahead of the pack when it comes to new technologies. Its devices were some of the first to use OLED displays, and it also released slightly curved phones early on. It’s natural for the company to push into 5G as quickly as possible. Samsung, facing a slowdown in smartphone demand, hopes 5G — along with foldables and other new device features — will help get consumers excited about phones again. 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A recently published scientific study says the 1989 Exxon-Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound is less to blame for salmon and herring declines than previously thought, but critics say it’s not that simple.Exxon Valedz as it is being tended after hitting a reef and spilling millions of gallons of oil into Prince William Sound in 1989. (Photo: Alaska Public Media)Listen nowThe study says wild red salmon are affected more by adult hatchery-raised pink salmon that compete with reds or eat them when they’re small. And the research also says herring declines are more related to increased fresh water from melting glaciers, rather than oil inundation after the spill.Critics – including a long-time environmentalist with deep ties to Prince William Sound – say the research helps understand the complex ecosystem, but it is inaccurate to say the oil spill did not play a major role in fish population declines.The study – published in the journal PLOS One in March – looks at fish data from before and after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, along with a variety of other research. After crunching the numbers through their computer models, the new paper’s authors say a commonly held belief about the oil spill might not be true.The paper says analysis of impacts to salmon and herring showed, quote, “little overall support for an oil spill effect.”But study co-author Rich Brenner, a commercial fisheries biologist with the state Department of Fish and Game said oil isn’t blameless in fisheries decline following the Exxon Valdez spill.“That doesn’t mean it didn’t affect salmon or herring or other species,” Brenner said. “It’s just that, you know, with all the other changes that have taken place, the oil spill effect is sort of overshadowed, possibly, by other factors.”The study authors say those other factors are fresh water from glacial melting related to global warming – in the case of herring, the inundation of freshwater affects the number of juveniles that survive – and adult pink salmon out-competing or eating young red salmon.But, to put it lightly, longtime environmental consultant Rick Steiner is not buying the explanation.Steiner was a marine conservation professor with the University of Alaska for 30 years and was the university’s marine advisor in Prince William Sound before, during and after the Exxon-Valdez oil spill.Steiner says the study is interesting and adds to the overall understanding of the area’s ecosystem.But Steiner says the researchers’ conclusions are not groundbreaking and that there are many other things impacting fish stocks.“You know for any headline from the study, it’s not ‘Study finds oil didn’t cause long term impact on herring and salmon in Prince William Sound,’ but the headline would simply be, ‘Study reaffirms multiple factors behind Prince William Sound ecosystem dynamics,’ and that is the take home,” Steiner said.Steiner says the system is so complicated and ever-changing that it is almost impossible to make definitive conclusions about how discrete, isolated factors are specifically to blame.And Steiner disagreed with the study’s main takeaway: that the oil spill had a negligible effect on herring and red salmon stocks.“That simply is either poorly worded or it’s an inaccurate conclusion,” Steiner said. “There’s abundant scientific documentation of impact of the Exxon-Valdez oil spill on herring, salmon, sockeye and pink salmon.”Steiner said he does not see any possible policy implications from the study. For example, he said, a vast majority in the scientific community already recognizes the negative impact from climate change, so to know herring might be affected is just one more example of that impact.And regarding the balance between pink salmon and reds — with pinks, for the most part, being shipped to overseas markets — Steiner says many involved in fisheries science have already said there was a problem with the hatchery programs in the Sound.“Billions of hatchery fry going out into a coastal ecosystem do have an impact,” Steiner said. “We know this. And perhaps we’ve overdone it with hatchery production. We understand that it’s been a strong economic driver in places like Prince William Sound, but there’s a maxim in ecology that says there’s not such thing as a free lunch.”What he means is: that at some point, fisheries managers may need to place a higher value on protecting one species of fish over another.But Steiner said making sure tankers do not accidentally dump massive amounts of crude oil into the Sound’s waters is a no-brainer.Both Steiner and Brenner, the researcher, said seeing the spill right after it happened was difficult.“You know, we were out there in the spill response, and you could see animals dying and the body counts and the carcasses being brought into shore facilities, and the oiled animals being brought in to rehab facilities and things like that, so it was very graphic,” Steiner said.Brenner was a teenager at the time, having grown up in the area, and said he feels lucky to have seen Prince William Sound before the spill. Brenner had worked as a fisherman, but like many other people helped on the spill cleanup.“For somebody of that age it was a remarkable thing to see this very wild place turn into a very populated place with a lot going on and oil everywhere,” Brenner said. “Definitely made a big impression on me.”This story has been updated regarding a lack of response from EVOSTC.
Kohli feels Dhoni’s experience is a huge assetReutersOver the last year or so, the form of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his place in the ODI team has been discussed threadbare. At the beginning of 2019, it seemed that the former captain of the Indian team is well past his time and may have become a liability on the ODI unit.But Dhoni responded to criticism with great performances in the ODI series in Australia and New Zealand. With him playing some brilliant innings in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) also and getting his team to within two runs of winning the title, the veteran keeper-batsman is back to being the darling of the media and fans.One man who seems to have never lost faith in him is Indian team’s current captain Virat Kohli. In an interview to Cricbuzz, Kohli was unhappy with people who have questioned MSD’s place in the team. On their criticism, he said: “That’s unfortunate. Honestly, I think people lack patience. An odd day here, a poor one there, and chatter becomes endless.”Dhoni still invaluable to the teamThe man who took over as captain during 2014/15 Test series in Australia also spoke in no uncertain terms when describing the value of his predecessor. “What can I say about him? My career started under him and few have seen him from so close over the last few years as I have. There’s one thing about MS that’s far more important than anything else – and there’s a lot to him – for him, the team is always above everything else. It’s always about the team, no matter what. To top it, look at the experience he brings to the squad and we’re richer with it. Some of his dismissals behind the stumps, just recently too (in IPL), were match-changing,” he added. Dhoni’s form in the IPL was goodIPL TwitterThe India skipper also mentioned the importance of Dhoni’s presence behind the stumps. “The fact is that MS Dhoni is among the smartest guys in the game. Behind the stumps, as I said, he’s priceless. It gives me the freedom to do my thing. Someone like MS is around with a wealth of experience,” Kohli added.It has often been observed by commentators that despite no longer being the captain, MSD seems to play a major role in decision-making. The regular instructions being given by him during a match suggests that he is still actively involved in the formation and implementation of tactics and strategies.Along with Mahi, the India captain also sees Rohit Sharma as a valuable member of the leadership group. “MS and Rohit – both. The way they’ve gone about with their respective roles, of captains in IPL, speaks volumes of what they bring to the table. MS in particular has a legacy. So, it augurs so well for this team to have both of them in a leadership role. That’s why, the team management decided to have a strategy pool in place which MS and Rohit are part of,” the 30-year old revealed.Rohit Sharma is the captain of Mumbai Indians and has led his team to the title four times, including the latest season. He has also captained India in several ODI and T20I matches where Kohli wasn’t available.
Fighters of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries sit in a heavily-armed vehicle near defensive positions near the frontline village of Ayn al-Hisan, on the outskirts of Tal Afar west of Mosul. Photo: AFPIraqi forces launched an offensive on jihadists defending Mosul’s west bank Sunday, in what could be the most brutal fighting yet in a four-month-old operation on the city.“Our forces are beginning the liberation of the citizens from the terror of Daesh,” Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a short televised speech, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.“We announce the start of a new phase in the operation. We are coming, Nineveh, to liberate the western side of Mosul,” he said, referring to the province of which Mosul is the capital.Federal police and interior ministry forces were expected to start the new phase in the offensive by moving on Mosul airport, which is on the southern edge of the city, west of the Tigris River.The jihadists have put up stiff resistance to defend Mosul, their last major stronghold in Iraq and the place where their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a “caliphate” in 2014.After shaping operations around Mosul, it took Iraq’s most seasoned forces-the elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) — more than two months to clear the eastern side of Mosul.After a pause in the operation launched on October 17, federal forces now face what was always billed as the toughest nut to crack: Mosul’s west bank, home to the narrow streets of the Old City.“West Mosul had the potential certainly of being more difficult, with house-to-house fighting on a larger and more bloody scale,” said Patrick Skinner, from the Soufan Group intelligence consultancy.The streets around the historical centre, which includes the mosque in which Baghdadi made his only public appearance in June 2014, will be impassable for many military vehicles and force government fighters to take on IS in perilous dismounted warfare.Prior to the offensive that saw IS seize Mosul and much of Iraq’s Sunni Arab heartland nearly three years ago, the east bank was more ethnically diverse than the west, where analysts believe the jihadists could enjoy more support.Tougher resistance“IS resistance could be greater in this area and it will be harder, but all the more important, to completely clear the networks from Mosul after its recapture,” said Emily Anagnostos, Iraq analyst at the Institute for the Study of War.While the federal forces’ attrition is said to be high, IS’s had been undoubtedly higher and commanders have said the jihadists may no longer have the resources to defend east Mosul effectively.Recent incidents in liberated east point to the difficulty of ensuring remnants of IS have not blended in with the civilian population in a huge city which most residents did not flee ahead of the government offensive.Aid organisations had feared an exodus of unprecedented proportions before the start of the Mosul operation but half a million-a significant majority-of residents stayed home.Their continued presence prevented both sides from resorting to deadlier weaponry, which may have slowed down the battle but averted a potentially much more serious humanitarian emergency in the middle of winter as well as more extensive material damage to the city.“Mosul is going better than we expected, but there are serious dangers ahead,” Lise Grande, UN humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, told AFP.Residents of west Mosul have reported very difficult living conditions and warned that they were already low on food, with weeks of fighting expected to lie ahead.IS fighters and Mosul residents remained able to move across both sides of the city during much of the fighting in the east but all bridges across the Tigris have now been dropped and the jihadists in the west are all but besieged.IS has used civilians as human shields as part of its defence tactics and killed residents attempting to flee, making it both difficult and dangerous for the population to escape.While specialised units may attempt to throw pontoon bridges across the river to attack from the east, the main initial assault of the upcoming phase in the Mosul is expected to come from the south on the city’s airport.Army, police, interior ministry and special forces have been gearing up for the push on Mosul’s southern front, with a large concentration of fighters based out of Hammam al-Alil.
X Alternative sources of energy are becoming increasingly popular in Texas and other places.It’s good news for the environment, but what does it mean for Houston, a city whose economy depends heavily on oil and gas?John Berger, the CEO of Houston-based solar company Sunnova, wants the Bayou City to be known as the capital for all energy sources, not just oil and gas.“We should embrace technology, we should go out there and we should take our talent — the best people, I think, in the world as far as energy, and the biggest cluster of those people certainly — and we should harness that talent,” he said. “And we should be in lead of everything: solar, wind, oil and gas, everything.”Click on the play button above to listen to the interview. Share 00:00 /03:51 Listen Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaSunnova CEO John Berger says Houston is on the way to becoming the capital of all energy, not just oil and gas. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
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Asked about the apparent inaccuracy in the prosecutors’ theory of why Mora was killed, and how he might have known his killers – outlined in a press conference the morning of the raids – OIJ Director Francisco Segura offered little explanation, sticking to what seems to be a carefully – albeit sloppily – constructed storyline.Check the rape file, Segura suggested, referring to details of a similar attack on the same beach weeks before Mora was killed. Prosecutors allege some of the defendants carried out both the sexual assault, and later, Mora’s murder. That case could hold several answers to these pending questions.The OIJ press office can give you that file, Segura told The Tico Times, referring to the May 18 sexual assault on Moín Beach. But an OIJ press spokesman referred us to the Prosecutor’s Office, where a spokeswoman noted that the sexual assault case is sealed pending trial.The OIJ does have some pretty convincing evidence against the suspects, including several cellphones belonging to the victims, seized during the raids, as well as other stolen items, and backpacks and clothing that match descriptions offered by victims’ statements to investigators. And, as crhoy.com’s Álvaro Sánchez notes, of 42 homicide cases on the board in 2012, the OIJ’s Caribbean office has solved 41, placing 35 victims and witnesses under police protection.But, as we pointed out in an earlier story, the motive remains unclear. You can bet we’ll be watching the upcoming murder trials closely.In the meantime, tune in Wednesday at 12 p.m. (Costa Rica time) to Schulz’s on-air interview with Watson, who will be speaking “from an unknown location via remote transmission,” at RainforestRadio.com, 960 AM Costa Rica, or LATalkRadio.com.David Boddiger is editor-in-chief of The Tico Times.Update: The show is available for download at LATalkRadio.com. Facebook Comments Evidence seized during a July 31 series of raids in Limón that netted eight suspects police believe are linked to Jairo Mora’s murder. Courtesy of OIJ When Costa Rican authoritiesrounded up eight suspects on the two-month anniversary of sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora’s death, law enforcement was elated. Politicians had found respite from mounting international pressure against the Costa Rican government to solve the case and protect conservationists, who are now threatened by murderers in addition to battling a lack of resources and harsh tropical elements.But instead of congratulating local officials on their lengthy investigation, Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson responded with a personal letter to Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla, posted on his Facebook page, that accused her “firm and honest” administration of protecting “a couple of low life narco-thugs from being brought to justice.”“Jairo Mora Sandoval. Remember him. If not, we’re going to make sure you never forget him. He was a Tico, Laura, one of your own people. Born and raised in Costa Rica and only twenty-six years old. Tall, dark, young, intelligent and handsome, Laura, and passionate, oh yes, very passionate, the kind of man Costa Rica should be proud of,” Watson wrote.Paul Watson and other conservationists aren’t buying investigators’ description of the events that led up to Mora’s slaying, as described in detail in recent Tico Times reports. Seizing on apparent inconsistencies in the Judicial Investigation Police’s (OIJ) ascribed motive in the case, Watson likened the eight suspects – six men and two women – who were arrested in an early-morning raid on July 31 to “Captain Louis Renault in the movie Casablanca when he asks his officers to ‘round up the usual suspects.’”His biting letter prompted hundreds of comments on social media, mostly supportive of Watson’s criticisms, some accusing him of starting a war of words to distract from his own legal problems, initiated after 10 years by a Costa Rican administration Watson repeatedly accuses of colluding with the Japanese government.Chinchilla, not known for treating critics with diplomacy and benevolence, and who said she hadn’t seen the letter, responded by accusing Watson of harboring “disdain for the Costa Rican rule of law,” AmeliaRueda.com reported. Related posts:Costa Rica denies claim by Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson that Interpol Red Notice ‘has been dropped’ Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson arrested in Germany Could the Cocos Island pact happen? Will Sea Shepherd’s Watson strike a deal to face Costa Rica charges?