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FIFA’s Blatter is still being paid his salary despite ban from world soccer

first_imgFIFA’s Sepp Blatter may have been banned for eight years from the game but he is still receiving his president’s salary from world soccer’s governing body, a spokesman for FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee told Reuters on Monday.Blatter was suspended for 90 days by FIFA on Oct 8 and then banned from the game for eight years last month for ethics violations over a $2 million payment FIFA made to European soccer boss Michel Platini with Blatter’s approval in 2011.But Blatter, a Swiss national who has been president of FIFA since 1998, will continue to be paid until a new president is elected on Feb 26, the spokesman Andreas Bantel said. That would mean Blatter would have been paid for nearly five months during which time he was unable to carry out his duties, and a period in which FIFA has appointed an acting president, African soccer head Issa Hayatou.The compensation sub-committee of FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee recently ruled that it could stop Blatter’s bonuses but not, according to his contract, his salary.”Until the election of a new president on February 26, Mr Blatter is the elected president and therefore – according to his contract – is entitled to receive his remuneration,” Bantel said.Blatter’s US lawyer and his Switzerland-based spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment. FIFA is facing the worst corruption crisis in it history as a total of 41 individuals and entities, including many former FIFA officials, have been charged with corruption-related offences in the United States. The U.S. investigation is far from over and FIFA also faces a parallel Swiss probe.advertisementBlatter’s bonuses have been stopped because he was not carrying out his duties of supervising the organization, including its general secretary. Only last week, FIFA announced that Jerome Valcke was fired from his position as general secretary. It gave no reason but an investigation had followed allegations of corruption related to World Cup ticket sales.COMPENSATION A SECRET”The duty of supervision is listed explicitly in the target agreements for the payment of bonuses. The compensation committee has therefore decided, at its last meeting, not to make any further bonus payments to Mr Blatter,” said Bantel.The size of Blatter’s compensation from FIFA has remained secret although reforms to be voted on at the organization’s February Congress call for the disclosure of individual compensation for the president and top executives.It is also unclear what Hayatou is getting paid to be acting president. FIFA’s finances may have taken a blow in the past year because of the costs and distractions of the corruption scandal. According to a report from the UK’s Press Association late last year, the organization suffered its first loss last year since 2001.Bantel declined to discuss what proportion of Blatter’s payments came from his bonuses.The FIFA Ethics Committee said the payment to Platini, made at a time when Blatter was seeking re-election, lacked transparency and presented conflicts of interest, though both men denied any wrongdoing. Platini has also been banned from soccer for eight years.Both Blatter and Platini have said they will appeal against their bans.last_img read more

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BJP leader rejects Natarajans charge of dismissing AIADMK

first_imggovtTiruvaiyaru (TN), Jan 17 (PTI) Rejecting the charge of AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasiskalas husband M Natarajan that sections in the BJP were trying to “destabilise” the Tamil Nadu government, senior BJP leader L Ganesan today said the Centre wants “smooth relationship” with the state.”I do not know in what context Natarajan said conspiracy was on to destabilise the state government. But the Centre wants good relationship with the Tamil Nadu government and is giving additional focus on that,” Ganesan, a Rajya Sabha member, told reporters here.Speaking at a Pongal festival related event in Thanjavur, Natarajan had last night accused “some sections” in the BJP of trying to split the AIADMK and get the party government in the state dismissed.”They are trying to break the AIADMK and dismiss our government. They are trying to besmirch our government. There are also attempts to saffronise Tamil Nadu but they will not succeed. I will tour the entire state and tear their mask,” he said.Ganesan, former president of BJPs Tamil Nadu unit, criticised “family politics” and said, “Whether it is Tamil Nadu or Uttar Pradesh.. people do not want family politics.”On AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran, whose birth anniversary was celebrated today, the BJP national executive member said MGR was a regional leader with a national outlook and attitude.The BJP leader said those who organised Jallikattu violating the ban were not “terrorists or anti-national forces”.”They supported bulls..that is all. They should be released and no case should be filed against them,” he said.advertisementExpressing hope that the Supreme Court would give a good judgement on Jallikattu, Ganesan said the Centre would arrange for organising the traditional sport, held during Pongal festivities. PTI Corr SSN VS SRYlast_img read more

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Pakistan ‘way behind’ others in terms of fitness, fielding: Mickey Arthur

first_imgCoach Mickey Arthur has slammed the fitness levels and fielding standards of Pakistan after their dismal show in the recent tours to New Zealand and Australia.Pakistan were whitewashed in two consecutive Test series against New Zealand (2-0) and Australia (3-0), respectively. Subsequently, Pakistan also lost the five-match ODI series against Australia by 1-4.”The most disappointing aspect of our team at the moment is our basic fitness levels and fielding standards where we are way behind the rest of the teams. We have worked tirelessly at this discipline and are going to dedicate days at our training camp to just fielding and fitness,” Arthur said. (Pakistan cricket will stage a comeback, says Inzamam-ul-Haq)”Techniques for throwing, catching, stopping balls and sliding need to be taught as our players have never been taught this and their techniques are poor. Again there will be no compromise on fitness. All the players have been given individual fitness standards that need to be met. We were at least 20 runs behind Australia in every game because of our fielding and that is not acceptable.”However, despite the growing criticism, Arthur believed that the team was moving in the right direction. “I certainly believe that we as team are moving in the right direction. I said coming into this job that we needed to create a structure of excellence and we are certainly creating that,” Dawn quoted Arthur as saying. (Misbah-ul-Haq bemoans bowling flaws in Pakistan’s series loss)”All the players that come into our squad now know exactly what the standards and requirements are to play at this level and to represent their country.advertisement”These standards relate to behaviour, fitness levels and optimum mental and technical standards that relate to their roles within the team. The players are clear on this and, barring a few individuals, have met the standards required,” he added.Pakistan will now travel to the West Indies for two T20Is, three ODIs and three Tests beginning March 31 at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.With ANI inputs.last_img read more

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The Zen of Freelancing

first_imgPeople generally have one of two responses when I tell them that I work as a freelance writer:Person 1: [eyebrows raise instantly] “That’s so interesting!”Person 2: [eyebrows furrow instantly in a look of great concern] “Ah. That must be… interesting.”Not everyone finds the idea of freelancing enticing; some people find the entire concept rather terrifying. And the primary concerns of those doubters center around that old freelance lifestyle bugaboo – uncertainty.Where will you get your clients?How can you find a dependable income?What if your freelancing dries up?How can you build a whole career on something that is seemingly so unreliable?First of all, let’s acknowledge the partial truth of this concept. Freelancing is often somewhat unpredictable. If you leave (or lose) a freelance gig, you often don’t get severance or continuing benefits. Income streams can sometimes fluctuate, and you definitely risk some leaner times – especially when you’re starting out. You’re responsible for drumming up your own work, and sometimes that work will be less available, despite your best efforts. It is not always easy.But now let’s examine another truth: conventional work is also not infallibly reliable; nor is it often easy. They may provide a false sense of surety, but most conventional jobs expose you to just as many possible pitfalls as freelancing – without the freedom or autonomy.If the fluctuating economy of the last decade has taught us anything, it’s that “safe” careers are often anything but.Jobs end. Companies downsize or fold, often with little notice (or worse, lots of notice during which they drive you harder and harder – but fire you anyway). In the meantime, you’re working hard for someone else; maybe you’re even doing what you’d rather not be doing. I feel most awful for people who “settle” on something for the stability – and then are betrayed by the very companies they trusted to keep them employed. Some of that vaunted security is ultimately an illusion. To turn to that tired and true old trope: you never know what the future will hold.The fact that conventional jobs are less stable than they may seem is only partial comfort, though. How does one deal with the inherent fluctuations in freelancing?Throughout the years, I’ve found it helpful to embrace the unknown; to accept the uncertainty, rather than obsess about it.In certain forms of Zen meditation, one tries to let the stream of thoughts arise and pass without judgment – like twigs passing in a stream. You try not to let any one thought hinder your concentration or intention; you simply let it appear, and then let it go.When freelancing, I try to make reasonable plans – building up some savings, making sure my portfolio is up-to-date, building my skills, continuing to stay in touch with networks – and then I try not to worry too much about future gigs.It’s embracing the “Zen of Freelancing”; accepting that you prepare as much as you can, and then resolving to live in the moment and attack problems as they come.Pairing reasonable preparation and self-propelled work with accepting uncertainty (about where my path will lead, about which gig comes next) has not only helped me to relax and bob along on that work stream, but also to build confidence in my own abilities. If I believe that I can handle whatever challenges may arise, whenever they arise, I’m accepting that I have the skills to do so – and that’s very powerful.When people express their concerns about freelancing’s fluctuations to me, it feels good to accept and absorb those fears, to smile and say, “Yes – it IS always very interesting.”Want more like this? Join Freelancers Union and never miss a post.last_img read more

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CHEN FOUND NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY

first_imgA South Sioux City man accused of fatally shooting his wife outside of the city’s police station last September has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.Judge Paul Vaughan issued the verdict Wednesday on 41-year-old Bei Sheng Chen.He had been charged with first degree murder, domestic assault and use of a firearm to commit a felony.While Chen will not be sent to prison, he also will not be a free man.Judge Vaughan ordered that Chen be sent to the state psychiatric hospital in Lincoln and treated there until he’s no longer a danger to himself and others.The judge ordered that a treatment plan and evaluation of Chen be prepared within 90 days.Authorities say Chen shot 33-year-old Mei Huang last September 6th in the parking lot of the South Sioux City police station.She died hours later at a Sioux City, Iowa, hospital.last_img read more

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OSU’s Red-Zone Effectiveness Made the Difference Against K-State

first_imgLast week I wrote about the Cowboys’ struggles at scoring touchdowns once they make it into the red-zone. Coming into the Kansas State game, Oklahoma State was nursing its second-worst “ppr” (points per red-zone attempt) in the last nine years at 4.37. The worst was 2014 at 4.21.As the Cowboys tried their hardest to lose to Kansas State, there was one area in which the offense was perfect. They scored a touchdown on all three trips to the red zone. Ben Grogan didn’t attempt a single field goal for the first time this season.This increases their PPR to 4.46, moving them ahead of the 2009 team (4.43) for the time being.Here’s the updated list.2016 – 4.46 ppr2015 – 4.75 ppr2014 – 4.21 ppr2013 – 4.86 ppr2012 – 4.79 ppr2011 – 4.61 ppr2010 – 4.87 ppr2009 – 4.43 ppr2008 – 4.74 pprLate in the first quarter, Jalen McCleskey caught a 12-yard pass and tip toed into the end zone to put OSU on the board after they had fallen behind 13-0. Then late in the second quarter, James Washington got in from the 3-yard line to give the Cowboys their 21-16 halftime lead.The most impressive may have been Chris Carson’s monster 17-yard run to put the Pokes up for good. That’s right. The one where he walked upright carrying two defenders into the end zone.Three red-zone trips that led to 22 points (that last one saw McCleskey “air it out” to Rennie Childs for a two-point conversion).So with all the craziness that occurred in that game, the Cowboys had success in one key area that made a big difference in the win/loss column.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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ESPN’s Prediction For Today’s Kentucky-Georgia Game

first_imgKentucky cheerleaders run on the field with flags.ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 7: The Kentucky Wildcats take the field prior to the game against the Georgia Bulldogs game on November 7, 2015 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won the game 27-3. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)Saturday afternoon features two huge SEC match-ups – one in the SEC East and one in the SEC West. While most of the talk has been about the lead-up to the Alabama-LSU game, there’s another match-up of top-10 teams to watch as well.No. 6 Georgia travels to Lexington to take on No. 9 Kentucky in an SEC East battle. The Wildcats have shocked the nation with one of the best defenses in college football and look to take a stranglehold on the division this afternoon.Before the contest kicks off, ESPN’s computer model predicted the outcome. ESPN gives the Bulldogs an 81.1-percent chance to win.This isn’t the first time Kentucky has been an underdog this season. The Wildcats have just one loss on the season, a 20-14 road loss to Texas A&M.now the team looks to continue its improbable run against the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon.Georgia and Kentucky kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.last_img read more

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Australia series will help India gain confidence ahead of the World Cup: Harbhajan

first_imgAustralia series will help India gain confidence ahead of the World Cup: HarbhajanWorld Cup-winning India off-spinner also urged Virat Kohli’s men to be careful not to pick up injuries during Indian Premier League 2019, which will be played a couple of months ahead of the World Cup. advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiMarch 10, 2019UPDATED: March 10, 2019 19:07 IST India will be bidding to seal the ODI series against Australia in Mohali on Sunday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia can lift any major championship, including the World Cup: Harbhajan SinghThey have to be careful. IPL is a tournament in between where they will be playing a lot of cricket: HarbhajanWhile IPL 2019 begins in Chennai on March 23, the 2019 World Cup will be played from May 30 in England and WalesTop Indian players like skipper Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah need to be careful not to get injured or pick up niggles during the IPL that precedes the ICC World Cup this year, feels Harbhajan Singh.Saying the mega event, commencing on May 30 in England, is still some way off, the former India off-spinner said Kohli’s men will go into it with their confidence high by winning the ongoing ODI series against Australia and becoming the top-ranked team in the world.”World Cup is still very far. We will have to wait and watch what happens. But this is a kind of a team which can lift any major championship. World Cup or any big tournament, – they can definitely win. They have the team (for it)”, Harbhajan said on Sunday.”But they have to be careful. IPL is a tournament in between where they will be playing a lot of cricket, one game after the other. That’s where fitness will come into play.”You don’t want your key players to get injured someone like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah you don’t want them to miss the World Cup because of injuries or niggles. You want them to be on their best of form and (play) best of cricket,” said the veteran who has 417 Test wickets and 269 ODI wickets to his name, and was part of the 2011 World Cup winning squad.Heading into the World Cup as the No. 1 side will boost India’s confidence: SinghHarbhajan spoke on the sidelines of an event organized by Rustomjee Elements and gymnasium Body Art.advertisement”Obviously, this current series (against Australia) will help them (India) to get that confidence (before the World Cup). If they become the number one side in the world, going forward in the World Cup, you go there as a number one which will boost their confidence,” he said.Praising the phenomenal batting exploits of Kohli, who cracked his 41s ODI hundred against Australia at Ranchi in the third game of the series, skyhigh Harbhajan said the Indian skipper has hit a “purple patch”, and is one of the toughest batsmen to bowl to as he doesn’t show any weakness.Looking at his (Virat’s) form, from the last four-to-five years, he has hit that purple patch and he is definitely one of those toughest batsmen that you will come across as a bowler.”Every batsman has a weak point where to bowl at and, at the moment, we dont see that with Virat Kohli. Every ball you bowl to him, he has got an answer for that. But if I have to bowl to him, I’ll have to look for one thing to get him out somehow and to make sure bowl the best against him,” said Harbhajan.Also Read | Virat Kohli jumps in delight as Jasprit Bumrah hits Pat Cummins for a sixAlso Read | Aaron Finch bags unwanted record after getting out for 0 in Mohali ODIAlso Read | Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan set new Indian record in ODIs against AustraliaAlso 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Harbhajan SinghFollow India vs AustraliaFollow IPL 2019Follow 2019 World Cuplast_img read more

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Health needs of floodhit communities in Pakistan remain high – UN

30 August 2010Providing health services to millions of people affected by the massive flooding in Pakistan remains a priority for humanitarian agencies, as a large numbers of those affected by the disaster continue to seek treatment for diseases such as diarrhoea, skin infections, respiratory problems and malaria, the United Nations health agency says. Medical needs have been rising even as assessments indicate that some 400 of the more than 1,000 health facilities in flood-affected districts have been damaged or destroyed by floodwater, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported in an update released yesterday.According to the latest epidemiological data, some 3.7 million people are reported to have received some form of medical treatment between 29 July and 23 August. Of those, 500,000 were cases of acute diarrhoea, 517,000 involved acute respiratory infections, there were 693,000 cases of skin infections and 94,000 suspected cases of malaria.The number of suspected malaria cases is rising in Balochistan and Sindh provinces, compared to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab, according to WHO.UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York that it could take months before the clinics and health centres, schools and other public infrastructure destroyed by the massive floods can be restored. Most of those affected are also not expected to regain their capacity to support themselves any time soon, Mr. Nesirky added.In a related development, the heads of three UN agencies will separately visit Pakistan this week to review ongoing humanitarian work among flood-affected communities.Those travelling to the country are Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the UN Children Fund (UNICEF); Josette Sheeran, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP); and Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).WFP reported that it has reached over 2.5 million of the flood-affected people with food rations during the past month. The agency will begin delivering 1,500 metric tons of rice per day this week, it added.Meanwhile, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that the $459 million response plan for Pakistan has now received $291 million in commitments and an additional $21 million in pledges.The head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, has donated a $70,000 international leadership prize awarded to him to the Pakistan flood emergency response.Mr. Steiner was awarded the 2010 Tällberg Foundation prize at a ceremony in Stockholm yesterday for “principled pragmatism” and “leadership that walks the talk”.He said he had “been deeply touched not only by the scale of the disaster but also the extraordinary efforts of local communities and organizations in mobilizing relief efforts while support from the international community was being deployed.”Mr. Steiner said will immediately transfer the funds to the Sarhad Rural Support Programme – a national non-governmental organization (NGO) which has mobilized flood relief and rehabilitation effort for the affected communities in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. read more

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Kinder Morgan to resume pipeline work after Canadian court win

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP said on Friday it would resume preliminary work on its Trans Mountain pipeline after a British Columbia court granted an injunction against protesters blocking work crews in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby.The company said after the court ruling that it was coming up with a schedule to restart preliminary work at the Burnaby Mountain conservation area. Its shares rose 2.3 percent to $96.17 on the New York Stock Exchange.Kinder Morgan hopes to triple the size of its 300,000-barrel-per-day Trans Mountain pipeline in a $5.4-billion (US$4.79-billion) expansion that would carry more tar sands crude from Edmonton, Alberta, to the port of Vancouver and on to Asian markets.But many area residents oppose plans to run the line under the mountain, and protesters had blocked crews drilling two bore holes for preliminary work on a planned tunnel.The injunction is Kinder’s latest win against the project’s opponents. The city of Burnaby sought to block work on the site after crews cut down trees, but lost before both a court and the national energy regulator. The project is also opposed by many environmental and aboriginal groups, as well as by the mayors of Burnaby and Vancouver.© Thomson Reuters 2014 read more

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Mobile Mark connects up with the mining industry

first_imgWi-Fi, cellular and GPS antennas play a vital role in bringing wireless coverage to the remote areas of mines both above and below ground.With operations taking place in difficult and remote environments, a reliable and effective communication system is an essential requirement to ensure safety and allow uninterrupted communication during routine mining processes.Why is wireless required in mines?SafetyMining work can often take place hundreds of metres below surface so, when disasters occur, the ability to communicate with trapped miners is crucial. For this and other reasons, a rugged communication system that can operate through multiple layers of rock and earth is required.Durable dependabilityWireless communication involves transmission of various types of data. A wireless system of communication is indispensable in mines as wired systems are often unable to withstand disasters. Wired systems fail when connectivity is a must: for instance, in case of a roof fall, fire outbreak, explosion, power or battery failure.The modern wireless technology provides the perfect solution to this problem because wireless solutions:Are reliable;Reach inaccessible areas;Work during crisis situations;Work over long distances;Increase productivity;Reduce operational costs, and;Can be installed at a low cost.From exploration to extraction delivery, wireless technology has become an integral part of the process to improve productivity, reduce costs and enhance safety.Applications range from voice and data communications to fleet management and remote video surveillance. Wireless system designers serving the mining sector are called upon to build networks that offer continuous and balanced coverage.Mobile Mark is a leader in the innovation of Wi-Fi, cellular and GPS antennas in the mining industry, according to the company.Its specialised product lines include:– Exploration;– Infrastructure;– Underground wireless and asset tracking;– Vehicle control and fleet tracking, and;– Remote monitoring and video surveillance.last_img read more

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Samsung fabriquera les Chromebox

first_imgSamsung fabriquera les ChromeboxGoogle a confié à la marque sud-coréenne la production de deux ordinateurs de bureau légers et peu encombrants ainsi que celle de sa Chromebox.Samsung et Google, c’est une affaire qui roule. Déjà très liés au niveau des smartphones, les deux firmes continuent de travailler ensemble. En effet, a société américaine a décidé de confier au sud-coréen la production de deux portables Chromebook Série 5 550 et celle de son boitier Chromebox.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les deux chromebooks seront des machines centrées sur le navigateur Internet Google Chrome. Vendus 450 dollars, et 560 dollars pour le modèle 3G, outre-Atlantique, ils approchent les 3 cm d’épaisseur pour un poids de moins de 2 kilos, explique IT Espresso. Capables de démarrer en moins de 7 secondes, ils disposent de SSD de 16 GB, d’un processeur Intel Celeron 867 double coeur cadencé à 1,3 GHz, 4 Gb de RAM et d’une puce Intel HD Graphics 3000. Google a particulièrement insisté sur l’aspect sécurité de ces appareils avec un dispositif de protection via un bac à sable (“sandbox”) et une analyse (“verified boot”) à chaque initialisation de la machine. La Chromebox, quant à elle, embarque un processeur Intel Celeron B840 double-coeur cadencé à 1,9 GHz avec 4 Go de mémoire vive et une puce Intel HD Graphics 3000. Elle peut connecter jusqu’à deux écrans 30 pouces, elle propose six ports USB et un Display port. Comme pour les Chromebooks, elle possède un disque dur SSD de 16 GB. Il semblerait que Google cherche à produire une version totalement autonome, indépendante d’une connexion Internet, comme le prouve l’intégration d’un mode hors-ligne dans son écosystème de stockage en ligne Drive. Le 1 juin 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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La calotte glaciaire du Groenland montre une fonte record

first_imgLa calotte glaciaire du Groenland montre une fonte recordSelon la NASA, la surface gelée du Groenland a fondu comme jamais en juillet. C’est la première fois qu’une telle réduction de la calotte glaciaire est observée en plus de trente ans d’observations par satellite.Selon les données collectées par trois satellites de la NASA et des scientifiques universitaires, environ 97% de la surface de la calotte glaciaire du Groenland avait dégelé à la mi-juillet, a indiqué l’Agence dans un communiqué. Un chiffre tellement préoccupant que les chercheurs ont eu du mal à y croire. “C’est tellement sans précédent que je me suis d’abord interrogé sur le résultat : était-ce bien réel ou était-ce dû à une erreur de données ?”, a ainsi indiqué Son Nghiem, de la NASA.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Cet expert précise avoir une première fois remarqué la disparition de la majorité de la glace de la surface du Groenland au 12 juillet en analysant les données d’un premier satellite. Ce sont ensuite les résultats des deux autres satellites qui ont confirmé la découverte. Plus exactement, les cartes satellitaires montrent que la surface de la calotte glaciaire avait fondu à 40% au 8 juillet et à 97% quatre jours plus tard. Plus inquiétant encore, ces résultats n’ont été connus que quelques jours après qu’un immense bloc de glace de deux fois la superficie de Paris s’est détaché d’un glacier du Groenland. “Cet événement, combiné à d’autres phénomènes naturels mais rares, comme le monumental décrochage la semaine dernière sur le Glacier Petermann, font partie d’un ensemble complexe”, a ajouté Tom Wagner, responsable de la NASA.C’est en comparant avec le fonctionnement habituel de la fonte des glaces au Groenland qu’on prend conscience de l’ampleur du désastre. En principe, au cours de l’été, la moitié de la surface glaciaire fond naturellement. Généralement, la plupart de l’eau issue de cette fonte regèle rapidement en altitude ou alors est retenue par les glaces des régions côtières. Le reste s’écoule dans l’océan. “Mais cette année, l’ampleur de la fonte à la surface ou près de la surface a connu une hausse brutale”, indique la NASA. Or, selon l’Agence, même le point le plus haut de la calotte glaciaire, situé à plus de trois kilomètres au-dessus du niveau de la mer, montrait des signes de dégel.Les chercheurs doivent maintenant déterminer si cet événement, qui coïncide avec une forte pression inhabituelle d’air chaud au dessus du Groenland, va contribuer à une hausse du niveau des océans. Toutefois, la glaciologue Lora Koenig a expliqué que ce type de fonte intervient tous les 150 ans en moyenne. “La dernière ayant eu lieu en 1889, cet événement est bien au rendez-vous”, a-t-elle confirmé avant d’ajouter : “mais si nous continuons à observer ce type de fonte au cours des prochaines années, ce sera angoissant”.Le 25 juillet 2012 à 13:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Man in online murder photo case waives extradition

first_imgPORTLAND — A man accused of killing his live-in girlfriend and posting photos of her lifeless body online will be returned to Washington state after he surrendered to an officer in neighboring Oregon and waived extradition.David Kalac, 33, was arrested Wednesday night nearly 200 miles from the crime scene after a daylong manhunt.He was being held on $2 million bail in Portland on a second-degree murder charge. He waived extradition Thursday and will be returned to Port Orchard, Washington, west of Seattle, sometime Thursday or Friday, said Lt. Steve Alexander of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office in Portland.Kalac is accused of killing Amber Lynn Coplin, 30, after an argument in their Port Orchard apartment.He then posted photographs of her bloody, bruised body and commented about the killing online, said Scott Wilson, a Kitsap County sheriff’s deputy. The images appeared on 4chan, an online bulletin board.Kalac wrote about strangling the woman and his plan to be fatally shot by police. He posted the comments and photos anonymously, but authorities confirmed they were from him, Wilson said.An autopsy was being conducted Thursday.Kalac evaded police in Coplin’s stolen car until he emerged from a wooded area near Wilsonville, about 20 miles south of Portland, and turned himself in to a passing officer.last_img read more

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Northern moose migration corresponds with early snowmelt and increased vegetation

first_imgMoose and other species have advanced north with warming temperatures. University of Alaska Fairbanks assistant professor of water and environmental research Ken Tape said movement of boreal species into far northern Alaska has corresponded over the last century with earlier snow-melt and river ice out.Listen NowSpeaking during an Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy webinar Tuesday, Tape explained that earlier breakup has allowed increased growth of vegetation.”It’s not just a hydrologic metric, but it’s really telling you when these shrubs growing and flood plains can get started,” Tape said.Tape said that early breakup has allowed for more widespread, and taller, willow shrubs.“Not only are we seeing this shrub expansion.” Tape said. “We think that there’s been a doubling of shrub height in the last century to century and a half.”Tape said habitat surveys show that moose and snowshoe, which have also expanded into the far north tundra regions, prefer willows at least one meter tall.last_img read more

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Toneddown rhetoric of Bhatia Gangwal may give wings to IndiGo patchup bid

first_imgA spat between the co-promoters of IndiGo is showing signs of subsiding as the two camps have toned down the rhetoric.IANSIndia’s biggest airline IndiGo may have just made a u-turn from a disastrous ride towards crash-landing as co-promoters Rahul Bhatia and Rakesh Gangwal have shown the intent to reconcile their differences. The spat between the two had been threatening to take the budget carrier down the path that could have hit the airline’s governance bringing to fore comparison with the defunct Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines.Media reports suggest the latest board meeting showed signs of the two businessmen, who together share more almost 75 percent of the company’s take, thrashing out their differences. The meeting on Friday and Saturday that took stock of the June quarter earnings of the company also discussed some of the issues Gangwal had raised.IndiGo shares were buoyed by the smooth conduct of the board meeting and rose Rs 65 or 4.44 percent from Friday’s close of Rs 1,462 to close on Tuesday at Rs 1,527.Gangwal had tried to get the government and the securities regulator involved in the matter. He wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) alleging irregularities in the related party transactions (RPT) of the airline with the InterGlobe Enterprises (IGE) Group of Bhatia. Gangwal had also sought the expansion of the board.”Two things have happened which are significant (in the board meeting on July 20),” a report in the Financial Express said, citing unidentified sources close to Gangwal. “Firstly, the resolution (was made) on the appointment of an independent woman director which was a regulatory requirement, and decision to induct two more independent directors to strengthen the functioning of the board,” the source said. “The meeting was a cordial one. The issues regarding the strengthening of corporate governance were discussed. Things are moving in the right direction.” IndiGo co-founders Rakesh Gangwal (right) Rahul Bhatia (centre) pose at the launch of revenue operations of IndiGo.ReutersIndiGo said in a statement on Sunday said it would amend its Article of Association (AoA) for expanding its board size to 10 that includes the appointment of an independent woman director as mandated by Sebi, the report said.The AGM is expected to be held in the last week of August. The expansion of the board has been a contentious issue between Gangwal and Bhatia. The Bhatia camp had been viewing the demand for inducting more independent members on the board as an attempt to dilute the controlling rights of his IGE Group.The airline’s board now has six members of which three are Bhatia’s nominees and one of Gangwal. The rest are independent directors. “The unusual rights available to the IGE Group in conjunction with the lack of diversity and paucity of independent directors in the board may very well be at the root of why governance matters have taken such a back seat at IndiGo,” Gangwal had written in his letter to Sebi on July 8.last_img read more