Ferocity of Geological Change Stuns Scientists

first_imgA crack in Ethiopia 500 meters long took just days to form.  New Scientist reported about a team of scientists who used seismic sensors to reconstruct the event.  “They found that a 60-kilometre-long, 8-metre-wide dike of solidified magma formed in the rift, causing the crack, in a matter of days.”  They believe the crack will some day form a new ocean like the Red Sea.    The team was amazed by the rapid change.  “The ferocity of what we saw during this episode stunned everyone,” said a team member who came over to study the continental rift that began in 2005 as plates began to shift (12/09/2005).  “Similar dikes in Iceland are typically around 10 kilometres long and 1 metre wide and can take years to form,” the article said.  “The new study shows the formation of dikes can occur in larger segments – and over much shorter periods of time – than previously thought.”  They estimate it will take 4 million years for an ocean to form in the rift.    The report on PhysOrg called this a “magnetic deformation.”  The scientist interviewed was also interested in how quickly this occurred but said the ocean formation is “happening slowly, likely to take a few million years.”What’s ferocious is the hubris of scientists.  The speed of this episode amazed them.  They learned that big changes can occur faster than they thought.  Then they turned right around and announced confidently that we will have to wait 4 million years to go surfing.  Then spend millions and millions as recklessly as an identity thief with a stolen credit card.  Who is going to wait those millions of years to tell them if they were right or wrong?  It’s a built-in confidence scam.But scientists, who ought to know,Tell us that it must be so.Oh let us never, never doubtWhat nobody is sure about. – Hilaire Belloc.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Little joys of life for security personnel

first_imgTwo men come on a scooter, hands over a carton to a security personnel. Three others come in a mini-van with a drum full of rice and another full of Rajma. It was Rajma Chawal for lunch on Monday for many security personnel manning Sirsa where the Dera Sacha Sauda has its headquarters. The food, however, is provided by locals and several community organisations as a token of appreciation to the force of nearly 4,000 who have been working relentlessly since Thursday. The town is protected by 40 security companies including the Army, Border Security Forces, local police amid others whose primary job is to maintain law and order and minimise violence anticipated in the wake of circumstances. Mukul, 30-year-old businessman who stays in the next street to Satnam Singh Chowk where the concentration of security personnel is dense, ordered a bakery to produce 1,000 vegetable patties on Thursday as breakfast. In the evening, they were treated with bread pakoda and chai; not to mention, the endless supply of water. “Little joys of life in such tough situations,” smiled Constable Ajay Kumar as he facilitated the entry of a food truck. “They’ve been working day and night just to protect us. This is the least we can do for them,” said Rajnish Sharma, Mukul’s friend who pitched in money for Thursday’s breakfast. Sarabjit Singh, sarpanch of Vaidwala village, a few km away from the Dera where stands a police check point, along with her mother Manjit Kaur (65) has been hosting two meals a day for the force since August 25. “Today, it’s chhole, chawal and roti. My mother and wife cook for nearly 150 people both the times and there’s nothing more rewarding,” he said.Not only are the locals making sure that the jawans are well fed, several organisations like the Roti Bank, Jain Samiti and Kanhaiya Manav Sewa Samiti are voluntarily providing food and water to the security personnel. How are they getting the ration when shops are closed is a question answered by Sushil Kandoi, 54, of the Roti Bank. “We just started doing it. As the word spread, help started pouring in in terms of money, pulses, rice and vegetables. I never asked anyone for it but we’re all humans after all,” he said referring to all the grocery shopowners who’ve been providing the organisation with raw material. The overwhelmed security personnel return the favour with a ‘Thank you’. “We feel very happy when people think about us. Who doesn’t? Accha lagta hai jab hamari mehnat ko pehchana jata hai [It feels great when our effort is recognised],” said Constable Jitender Kumar.last_img read more

Lynx capture 4th WNBA title, overcome Sparks in 5 games

first_imgCoach Cheryl Reeve has always regretted not getting Fowles more involved late in Game 5 a year ago, andthey made sure to force-feed their MVP this time around to close the door. After Parker’s 3 cut Minnesota’s lead to 68-64, Fowles corralled a loose ball and finger-rolled it in just ahead of the shot clock buzzer for a 70-64 lead.The Lynx looked to have things in control when Augustus’s jumper gave them a 79-67 lead that lasted until Jantel Lavender’s layup with 90 seconds to go. But Riquna Williams hit two free throws and Sims had two steals for layups, one of which she converted for a three-point play to pull Los Angeles within 79-76 with 35 seconds to go.But Moore responded with a tough pull-up in the lane and Fowles hit a couple of foul shots to ice it.“We’re not a team and I’m not a person to make excuses,” Sparks coach Brian Agler said. “We just didn’t do what we needed to do to …”A rivalry this tight just had to come down to a Game 5, and Minnesota forced it with an 80-69 victory Sunday in Los Angeles. The Sparks and Lynx went five games last year before Los Angeles won on a last-second put-back from Ogwumike. The previous 12 meetings between these two teams, starting with Game 1 of last year’s finals, had a cumulative score of 908-908.ADVERTISEMENT “I think every time you do this, it gets a little more special because it gets a little harder,” Whalen said. “And more meaningful because you know it’s not easy. It’s not something we try to take for granted ever.”Candace Parker had 19 points, 15 rebounds and five assists for the Sparks, who were looking to become the first repeat champions in 15 years. Chelsea Gray had 15 points and eight assists, but Nneka Ogwumike fouled out with 5:29 to play and finished with 11 points. Los Angeles turned it over 17 times.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith a team that had the makings of a new dynasty bearing down on it, the Lynx responded to reassert their own. They have been in the finals in six of the last seven years and now find themselves in the company of Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes and the Comets that dominated the league’s early days.“They wanted to take their place next to the Houston Comets,” coach Cheryl Reeve said. “So they did it.”The game the Lynx rule now is bigger, faster and deeper and the proud core of Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, Augustus and Whalen have had to earn everything they’ve accomplished. They led by 12 in the third quarter, but Los Angeles pushed right back, trimming the deficit to four at the start of the fourth. 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Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Odyssey Sims of the Los Angeles Sparks and Lindsay Whalen #13 of the Minnesota Lynx go after a loose ball during the fourth quarter of Game Five of the WNBA Finals on October 4, 2017 at Williams in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Lynx defeated the Sparks 85-76 to win the championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images/AFPMINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — Sylvia Fowles had 17 points and broke her own WNBA Finals record by grabbing 20 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Lynx to their fourth championship in seven years with an 85-76 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 5 on Wednesday.Maya Moore had 18 points and 10 rebounds and hit a huge runner with 26 seconds to play, Lindsay Whalen had 17 points and eight assists and Seimone Augustus added 14 points to help the Lynx move level with the Houston Comets for most titles in league history.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next LATEST STORIES A capacity crowd packed Williams Arena, turning one of the oldest basketball arenas in the country into a rollicking women’s hoops mecca, reminiscent of Whalen’s days here as a star for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. The old “Barn” is filled with obstructed views — seats behind support posts and under awnings that make seeing the court difficult.They were all filled on Wednesday night, and even if they had to crane their necks for the right view, they saw a game as long on turnovers as it was tension. The Lynx turned it over 18 times, but were able to overcome that with 22 points off of the Sparks’ mistakes.last_img read more

Lady Maroons score repeat

first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Which team will show up at winning time? She just scored two straight points when she was taken out of the court on a stretcher, grimacing in pain. The 19-year-old finished with 19 points.Tots Carlos scored 13 points, while Isa Molde added 11 for UP.After cruising to a first set win, UP rallied from a 14-9 deficit in the second frame to win.That proved too much for La Salle, which never got its bearings from then on.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving University of the Philippines may have proven several points Sunday night.But the most significant of them was that, finally, somebody figured out a way to break La Salle’s armour of invincibility in the UAAP women’s volleyball competitions.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Maroons were one unstoppable force in shutting out the three-time defending champions, scoring a 25-16, 26-24, 25-19 shellacking before a  sell-out crowd at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City.The win created a gridlock in second spot among four teams underneath runaway leader Ateneo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIt also proved a few other points.One is that UP’s five-set win over La Salle in the first round—the Lady Spikers first taste of defeat this year—was not by sheer luck. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventcenter_img Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss It also consolidated UP’s spot among the title contenders this season, which unofficially began when it won back-to-back club championships last year.But most importantly, the Lady Maroons just figured out a way to dominate La Salle, which has won 11 titles over the span of 15 seasons.It helped that La Salle, which topped the league in scoring from the service line—2.6 aces per set average—sputtered with 17 service errors for a shocking 37 unforced errors all in all.Earlier, Far Eastern University weathered the loss of rookie Lycha Ebon to overcome Adamson, 30-32, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13.The Lady Tamaraws’ prized rookie hurt her right knee after landing awkwardly for a spike early in the fifth set.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

India beat South Africa 5-1 to win FIH Series Finals

first_imgIndia lived up to their billing and thrashed South Africa 5-1 in the summit clash to win the FIH Series Finals hockey tournament here Saturday.Coming into the tournament as overwhelming favourites, world no. 5 India played like champions and remained unbeaten throughout the tournament.Dragflickers Varun Kumar (2nd and 49th minutes) and Harmanpreet Singh (11th and 25th) scored a brace each, while Vivek Sagar Prasad (35th) was the other goal scorer for India.South Africa’s lone goal was scored by Richard Pautz in the 53rd minute.India and South Africa have already qualified for the final round of the Olympic qualifiers before Saturday’s summit clash.Earlier in the day, Asian Games champion Japan defeated USA 4-2 to finish third in the competition.The top two finishers of this tournament make it to the final round of the Olympic qualifiers to be held later this year.Going by world rankings, the Indians were expected to control the proceedings and they exactly did that from the word go.India secured their first penalty corner as early as in the second minute and Varun made no mistake in converting the opportunity into a goal.In the 11th minute, India got another penalty corner and this time Harmanpreet slammed home to make the scoreline 2-0 in favour of the hosts.Seconds before the end of the first quarter, South Africa got a rare opportunity but Nqobile Ntuli’s reverse hit was kept away by Krishan Bahadur Pathak in front of the Indian goal.Five minutes from half time, India was awarded a penalty stroke when Birendra Lakra was stick-checked inside South Africa’s ‘D’ by Jethro Eustice and Harmanpreet made no mistake to make the scoreline 3-0.advertisementThe flow of the match continued in the same vein after the change of ends with India dominating the proceedings.Five minutes into the third quarter, India extended their lead when Vivek Sagar Prasad scored from close range after being set up by Simranjeet Singh.India secured their third penalty corner in the 41st minute but this time Amit Rohidas’ try was saved by the South African goalkeeper.India kept up the pressure and earned their fourth penalty corner in the 49th minute and Varun scored from a variation to make the scoreline 5-0 in the home team’s favour.South Africa finally had something to cheer about when they secured back-to-back penalty corners in the 53rd minute and from the second chance, Pautz deflected in Eustice’s flick to reduce the margin to 5-1.Four minutes from the final hooter, India secured two more penalty corners but failed to utilise the opportunities.South Africa too got the last chance to pull another goal back in the form of their third penalty corner but to no effect.India’s chief coach Graham Reid was relatively satisfied with his wards performances and said the just-concluded tournament was a good outing in terms of preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.”I think what I am pleased with is the last two matches, where it really counted. We played well. Yesterday was very good, today was good in parts. We can learn from things,” he said after the victory.”Good to practice in the heat with back-to-back matches. That’s the kind of heat we will face in Tokyo.”Reid also pointed out the positives he has derived from this tournament.”I never put an upper limit on something. We should always get better. From the point of PC conversion, all our flickers did well in this event. The great thing is we are creating opportunities. Next phase is to ensure we convert those percentages,” he said.The chief coach, however, said defence is something in which India will need to work extensively in the run-up to the final Olympic qualifying event later this year and thereafter as well.”You expect a lot of pressure in our defence. We have a defensive camp coming up in the first or second week in July. So we have a couple of good coaches coming. I am looking forward to it,” he signed off.Also Read | FIH Series 2019: Poland & Russia arrive in BhubaneshwarAlso Read | Indian women’s hockey team end series with 0-4 loss to South KoreaAlso Seelast_img read more

ATTENTION NATIONAL TRAINING SQUAD MEMBERS

first_imgIn preparation for the 2007 World Cup, successful letters were recently sent out to the 2006 Open National Training Squad (NTS) members. NTS members are required to return their acceptance form and pay their deposits by Monday May 1st.Any squad member who has not done this will be immediately replaced in the squad.The NTS squads will be announced on the TFA website on Tuesday May 2nd. If you are an NTS squad member and have any questions/problems regarding this please contact Maree Curran on (02) 6285 2703 or techsupport@austouch.com.au immediately.For all Senior players who have been selected in a Senior Squad, please note that your deposits are due on Monday May 15th and the squads will be announced on the website in the week of May 22nd.last_img read more

Womens Hockey Ohio State Braendli shuts out No 1 Wisconsin in 10

Ohio State then-freshman goalie Andrea Braendli (30) prepares for a shot in the game against Minnesota State on Oct. 11. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Assistant Sports EditorOhio State freshman goalie Andrea Braendli pitched a shutout as the No. 7 Buckeyes women’s hockey team stole a victory from the No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers Friday night.Braendli made 32 saves as the Buckeyes (15-6, 9-4 WCHA) survived being outshot 32-20 to hold onto a 1-0 win against No. 1 Wisconsin (19-2, 9-2 WCHA) in the first game of a home series.Buckeyes head coach Nadine Muzerall praised her star freshman goalie for her performance against a Wisconsin team that had won 11 straight games dating back to Oct. 27.“Andrea has said numerous times that she loves to play against competitive teams,” Muzerall said. “Great players, they all want to play those types of games. Andrea is the perfect fit for our team, not just because she’s a stellar athlete, but because she’s got the right character and she’s a team-first person.”Physical play between the conference rivals began early, as a flurry of Wisconsin penalties set up an Ohio State power play goal from redshirt junior defenseman Jincy Dunne seven minutes into the period. It would prove to be the game’s lone score.Dunne’s slap shot goal was her second of the season and came courtesy of assists from sophomore forward and team points leader Emma Maltais and freshman defenseman Sophie Jaques.Faced with defending the net against the No. 2 goal-scoring attack in the nation, Braendli shut out the Badgers, who had only been held scoreless in one other game this season.Despite a stellar individual performance, Braendli credited the trust of her teammates as the catalyst for the victory.“That was a team win,” Braendli said. “They made me look good, actually. It’s amazing to play with them, it’s really an honor.”Though the Badgers entered the game with the nation’s best power play at 29.5 percent, Muzerall said it was Ohio State that gained momentum with the man advantage.In the first period, Muzerall said the four Wisconsin penalties allowed the Buckeyes scoring opportunities as Badgers rotated in and out of the penalty box.“That got us, obviously, in a rhythm,” Muzerall said. “They were all deserving. We were relentless and kept our feet moving, and when we did that we drew penalties. I think we surprised them with our speed.”Ohio State was on the defensive for most of the second and third periods, challenging Wisconsin redshirt junior goalie Kristin Campbell with just 11 shots after the first period, while the Badgers managed 13 in the third period alone.Muzerall said the shot discrepancy wasn’t a concern for the Buckeyes against a Wisconsin offense that came into the game outscoring opponents 81-23.“We weren’t concerned about what the shots were going to be, we just knew we had to play smart defensively,” Muzerall said. “We knew we couldn’t give up anything knowing how hard it is to score on Campbell and Wisconsin.”Wisconsin redshirt senior forward Annie Pankowski, No. 2 on the team in goals and points, put up just three shots on the night and snapped a seven-game goal streak.Muzerall said the upset will give the Buckeyes momentum and confidence moving forward.“People doubted us,” she said. “It’s a good way to prove to people we are the Buckeyes and we’re on the rise and we can play with the best of them.”Braendli said Ohio State will need to muster a similar performance Saturday in order to make it four-straight victories against Wisconsin dating back to last season.Ohio State will go for the series sweep as they face off with the Badgers again on Saturday at 3:07 p.m. at the OSU Ice Rink. read more

Official Deulofeu joins Watford on a permanent deal

first_imgWatford have completed the permanent signing of Gerard Deulofeu in a reported €13m dealAfter struggling to break into the Barcelona team under new head coach Ernesto Valverde last season, Deulofeu joined Watford on a loan deal in the winter transfer window for the remainder of the 2017-18 season and made a total of seven appearances and scored on his home debut for the Hornets in the 4-1 win over Chelsea in February.The 24-year-old has now signed a five-year at Vicarage Road.“We are very pleased to welcome Gerard back to Vicarage Road and thank FC Barcelona for their part in concluding this deal,” read a club statement from Watford chairman and CEO Scott Duxbury.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Our ambition to succeed and grow in the Premier League remains as strong as ever.”After two loan spells with both Everton and Sevilla, Deulofeu completed a permanent move to the Premier League side in 2015.However, the 24-year-old only found the back of the net four times in his 46 appearances for Everton and was re-signed by Barcelona in 2017 after an impressive loan spell with AC Milan.last_img read more

BNP calls formation of joint working group an uncertain process

first_imgmirza fakhrul islam alamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Monday opposed the decision of Bangladesh and Myanmar to form a joint working group to start the repatriation process of all the Rohingyas staying in Bangladesh, saying it is an uncertain process to resolve the crisis, reports UNB.”The formation of a joint working group is an uncertain process to resolve the issue. Such a decision has manifested that the government is going to fail to have a quick solution to the Rohingya crisis. It’s also failed to make the international community understand the dangerous situation Bangladesh is now facing,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.Speaking at a documentary screening programme, the BNP leader renewed their party’s call for forging a national unity to overcome the Rohingya crisis.”We’ve long been talking about forming a national unity to face the challenge. Unfortunately, the government is not paying any heed to it as its policy is to divide the nation.”He urged the government to call a national convention to forge the unity and take steps to send an all-party delegation to different countries to push for resolving the problem.Jatiyatabadi Samajik Sangskritik Sangstha (Jasas) screened the documentary at Kendrio Kochi Kachar Mela auditorium on the plight of Rohingyas and repression on them.Earlier at a meeting of officials of the Bangladesh and Myanmar at the state guesthouse Padma, the two countries agreed to form a joint working group to start the repatriation process of all the Rohingyas living in Bangladesh, which Dhaka sees as a “progress.””It’ll soon be formed and I’m hopeful (about a solution),” Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told reporters in the afternoon mentioning that Myanmar came up with the proposal of repatriation of the Rohingyas.He, however, said the composition of the joint working group will be finalised later. “We’ll give our names from our side while they’ll give their names [for the joint working group].”Fakhrul said the government has failed to portrait the Rohingya crisis and genocide against them by the Myanmar authorities before the international community.”People of Bangladesh have come under an attack through the problem. The government has failed to convince the international community how humanity, and Bangladesh’s independence, sovereignty, economy, environment and society have been affected by the Rohingya crisis.”He also criticised the government for not sending any high-profile delegation to any country and for not intensifying its diplomatic efforts to get influential countries’ support to resolve the Rohingya crisis.He also urged the country’s people to get united to drum up a strong public opinion across the country and abroad to stop persecution on Rohingyas and force the Myanmar authorities to take back their citizens ensuring their rights, citizenship and dignity.last_img read more