Home Ministry orders probe into ex-CJI Balakrishnan’s assets

first_imgFormer Chief Justice of India K.G. BalakrishnanThe Home Ministry has asked the Revenue Department to conduct a probe into the allegations of disproportionate assets against former Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan.In a letter to the Revenue Secretary, the Home Ministry asked him to institute an inquiry through the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the investigative wing of the department.The Home Ministry missive came after it received a petition alleging that Balakrishnan, currently chairperson of National Human Rights Commission, had acquired assets disproportionate to his known sources of income and some of these properties were purchased in the name of his close relatives.”The petition with allegations has been sent to Secretary Revenue department for inquiry,” official sources said.When contacted, Balakrishnan refused to comment, saying that he had already cleared the air about his assets.The petition listed the income and properties of Balakrishnan and his relatives and also attached documents showing purchase of some of the properties and has demanded investigations by the CBDT.”Since the CBDT has the expertise to probe into anyone’s income and disproportionate assets, the task has been given to it,” the sources said.If the allegations against Balakrishnan are found to be true, the Home Ministry may move to President of India seeking sanction to prosecute him and also remove him from the post of NHRC.With inputs from PTIFor more News, click here.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

RS polls in Ktaka to go ahead as scheduled: EC

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 9 (PTI) Rajya Sabha elections to four seats in Karnataka on June 11 will go ahead as scheduled with the Election Commission tonight deciding against cancelling the polls, saying money power has not vitiated the process so much to warrant such a step even as it asked CBI to probe the matter in detail.”… the Commission is not satisfied that the whole electoral process, now in progress, for the biennial election to the Rajya Sabha… is so vitiated by the…allegations that it should not be permitted to continue.”Therefore, the Commission has decided not to defer the poll scheduled to be held on June 11, nor to make any recommendation to the President for rescinding the electoral process for the biennial election under reference,” the seven-page EC order said.But at the same time it agreed that it “cannot ignore to take cognisance of certain illegal activities” as appeared in media including the TV channels.It said JD(S) MLA Mallikarjun Khuba, being a public servant “may also be deemed to have committed an offence” under the Prevention of Corruption Act for seeking bribe for electing a member of the Rajya Sabha. He has shown purportedly seeking Rs 5 crore as bribe for garnering votes in favour of a particular candidate.It ordered that an FIR be lodged against Khuba and others and the whole matter be entrusted to the CBI “for such deeper probe so that all those who may be involved in such nefarious activities are exposed and duly punished under the law.”advertisementIt said it would ask the Ministry of Personnel to instruct the CBI to take up the matter for proper investigation. PTI NAB VMNlast_img read more

Virat Kohli proactive captain, setting examples on and off the field: Mahela Jayawardene

first_imgFormer Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene feels the fear of failure is impeding the growth of the Sri Lankan cricket team, which is currently being outplayed by India in an ongoing series. Sri Lanka’s heavy loss to India in the three-match Test series came after the island nation lost the five-match ODI series against minnows Zimbabwe 2-3. (Too many cooks spoiling my efforts, says Sri Lanka coach)”I feel the team’s confidence is low. The fear of failure factor has come out. They don’t look confident, they don’t look hungry enough in the middle. They need to address that and find solutions very quickly,” Jayawardene told Cricinfo.Talking about the whitewash against India, Jayawardene said the team failed in all departments.”I am sure the guys would be very disappointed with their performance in the Test series. It was a great challenge for them to test themselves against the number one team.”They didn’t handle certain situations well. First innings batting too let them down when there were no demon in the wickets. They also never looked like getting 20 wickets,” said the former Sri Lankan captain. (Sri Lanka hurting from India whitewash: what’s plaguing the islanders?)Jayawardene, however, was all praise for India captain Virat Kohli, who guided his team to an eighth consecutive Test series win.”Look he is a proactive captain. He is very aggressive. He has a brilliant record to start with, though most of the games were played in India, you still have to win matches.advertisement”He has led the team from the front so the rest of the boys are following him on and off the field. The test for them now will be playing away from home.”They have created a good nucleus of players who are taking responsibility. There is good competition for batting and bowling positions,” he said.The Sri Lanka great hailed Hardik Pandya too.”He is an amazing talent, especially for the shorter formats of the game. To have someone who can bowl between 130-140kmph is a great addition to the side.”You saw his batting skills as well. He has the temperament to go big when he needs to. At the same time, he can bat for time. It gives India a lot of options.””His value is no less as a fast bowler,” said Jayawardene.”He has given India the combination they were craving for. To have five bowlers with three quicks and two spinners. It lends a nice balance to the side,” he added.last_img read more

Long live the Mexican Assassin

first_imgRemember Cezar Guerrero who (I believe) was the self-proclaimed “Mexican Assassain”? He’s playing at Fresno State now and playing pretty well (averaged 13-3-4-1 last season)Oh and he hit five straight half court shots in what appears to be Fresno’s take on midnight madness (emphasis on the midnight, not so much on the madness).Also, bonus points for the Jason Terry dance after his fifth one.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

Michigan Superstar Putting Off Surgery To Play In Peach Bowl

first_imgmichigan star chase winovich celebrates a win over wisconsinANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 13: Chase Winovich #15 of the Michigan Wolverines leaves the field celebrating a 38-13 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers on October 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Although the Michigan Wolverines will be without several key players for the Peach Bowl, standout defensive end Chase Winovich is going the extra mile to play his final game in college.In his four-year career with the Wolverines, Winovich has totaled 17.5 sacks, 40.5 tackles for loss and forced three fumbles.His production on the field matched his leadership in the locker room.Throughout the season, Winovich has battled through an injury that will require surgery.Instead of opting for the procedure and starting his preparation for the NFL Draft, the senior will leave it all out on the field one more time for Michigan.The Wolverines face the Florida Gators in the Peach Bowl tomorrow at noon.From The Detroit News:“From that point, I know I’m not going to get surgery, I know I want to play in the Senior Bowl, and I have this bowl game. This is a great opportunity. It’s my last game at Michigan. It was like, ‘Shoot, I’m already hurt I might as well take this opportunity and seize it.’ This is what I came here to do. This is why I came back. I didn’t come back to leave early and take the first chance to jump ship. I’m careful with my words, because jump ship is not what I’m saying what they did. Everyone has their own individual decisions that they have to make. For me, I wasn’t ready to leave. I felt like Michigan has done so much for me, I almost felt like I owed it to Michigan to finish it out in what I thought was the best way.”Based off the description that he gave from the game against the Hoosiers, it sounds like Winovich is dealing with back pains. However, his injury clearly isn’t serious enough to keep him away from the gridiron.Winovich didn’t share any specifics to his injury or what surgery he’ll require, but he did reveal that it’s been lingering since the Indiana game in November.The best possible sendoff for Winovich and all other seniors would be a statement victory over the Florida Gators.[The Detroit News]last_img read more

England, Australia players celebrate hard-fought Ashes series with beers in dressing room

first_img Asian News International LondonSeptember 16, 2019UPDATED: September 16, 2019 16:53 IST This picture was shared on social media by England Cricket’s official handleHIGHLIGHTSEngland beat Australia by 135 runs in 5th Test to level series 2-2This is the first time in 47 years that the Ashes ended as a drawAustralia retained the Ashes urn after winning the first and fourth Tests in the seriesAs the fifth and final Ashes Test came to an end, players from both England and Australia shared the dressing room and were seen chit-chatting about the intense battle that took place on the cricket field over the course of five matches.England defeated Australia in the fifth match by 135 runs, but despite the win, the Three Lions lost the urn to Australia. The series ended as a 2-2 draw, and as Australia had defeated England in the 2017/18 series, the team from Down Under retained the urn.England Cricket’s official Twitter handle shared the picture of players sharing a dressing room and captioned the post as “This is what Ashes cricket is all about! Which conversation would you join”.This is what Ashes cricket is all about!Which conversation would you join? pic.twitter.com/jHWdINQJ4mEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) September 16, 2019This is the first time in 47 years that the Ashes ended as a draw. The last series which ended as a draw between England and Australia was in 1972.Ever since the start of this century, both England and Australia have managed to win the urn five times each.After being set a target of 399, Australia was bundled out for 263 runs in the final innings. Matthew Wade was the top-scorer for Aussies as he played a knock of 117 runs whereas Stuart Broad scalped four wickets for England.Despite losing the Test, Australia managed to retain the Ashes as they had won the last series Down Under in the 2017/18 season.Archer was given the Man of the Match award for scalping six wickets in the first innings of the match.advertisementFierce competitors on the field, but so much respect between these two sides pic.twitter.com/fylX9HtWaDEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) September 16, 2019Aussie batter Steve Smith was given Australia’s Man of the Series award whereas Ben Stokes was handed England’s Man of the Series award.Smith had an exceptional series with the bat as he scored 774 runs, scoring the most number of runs in a series this century.On the other hand, Ben Stokes displayed an all-round performance, scoring 440 runs with the bat and taking eight wickets with the ball.The first Test of the series was won by Australia by 251 runs at Birmingham.The second match at Lord’s finished as a draw and Stokes’s heroics in the third Test at Headingley helped England level the series at 1-1.However, Australia came back strongly in the fourth Test as they won the match by 185 runs to retain the Ashes.The team from Down Under will next face Sri Lanka in a three-match T20I series whereas England will take on New Zealand in a five-match T20I series and two-match Test series.Also Read | Was cooked mentally and physically: Steve Smith looking forward to downtime after Ashes heroicsAlso Read | Jofra Archer thought he could rip my head off: Matthew Wade on facing the fired-up England pacerAlso Read | ICC Test Rankings: Steve Smith builds 34-point lead over Virat Kohli at the topAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Tim Paine feels he has ‘unfinished business’ as Test captainFor 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 byrohan sen Next England, Australia players celebrate hard-fought Ashes series with beers in dressing roomPlayers from both teams were seen chilling inside the dressing room with beers in hand after the conclusion of the Ashes, which ended in a 2-2 draw on Sunday.advertisementlast_img read more

Heidi Loke will be ready for WWCH 2013 in Serbia

Heidi LokeNorwayNorway handballserbia 2013 One of the world’s best player in the last five years, Heidi Loke (31) will be ready for the Women’s World Championship in Serbia! She was questionable for tournament which due injury which forced her to miss the last match of Hungarian Gyor at the Women’s EHF Champions League, but Norwegian girl is too strong to be out for such an important event.– Injury isn’t to serious. It could be serious that I didn’t take a break. I will be ready for WCh 2013 – said Loke to Norwegian media.The most impressive fact in Loke’s career is that she was voted for the “All star team” as the best line-player in the last four big tournaments since EURO 2010.She was voted for the World’s Best Player in 2011 by Handball-Planet.com fans. ← Previous Story Bundesliga (Round 15): Emsdetten reaches second win by beating Lubbecke Next Story → BALTIC HANDBALL LEAGUE: SKA Minsk on the top! read more

It aint so Stephen Donnelly dismisses suggestion that he will join Fianna

first_imgARE WE ABOUT to see another Independent TD join the ranks of Fianna Fáil?No, says Stephen Donnelly.On top of suggestions in several newspapers this weekend, Independent TD faced accusations from Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore today that he “will be wearing the Fianna Fáil jersey at the next General Election”. And between now and then, you will do Fianna Fáil’s work for them by coming in here.In the heated exchange during Leaders’ Questions, the Wicklow and East Carlow TD had questioned the Tánasite on implementing budget cuts despite analysis stating that it will affect low-income families the most.(Image Credit: Stephen Donnelly/YouTube)“It is a disgrace. It’s bad social policy, it’s bad economic policy, and it leads to a rise in inequality, and inequality is bad for everybody”, he said.“You of all people know that, but that is what you are doing.”He added that by attending today’s session he was missing his child’s Christmas play.“Well I’m sorry you’re missing your children’s Christmas play,” the Tánaiste responded, “but can I predict what you won’t miss? The Fianna Fáil parliamentary party away day in 2015, before the General Election”.While the TD did not have the chance to respond to the accusations in the chamber, he took to Twitter afterwards to clear up any confusion.“It ain’t so”, he said. (@DonnellyStephen)center_img (@DonnellyStephen)Former Labour party chairman Colm Keaveney, and more recently Independent TD for East Galway, joined Fianna Fáíl in a shock move last week, while TD Peter Matthews stated that he has engaged in no formal discussions with the party about a possible move to their ranks.Read: Ó Cuív worried by FF’s ‘becalmed’ poll status >last_img read more

Three children found dead in Suffolk house

first_imgPOLICE IN THE UK have launched a “large investigation” following the discovery of the bodies of three young children at a house in Suffolk today.The children are believed to be aged three, two and eleven months.Officers attended the property on London Road South in Lowestoft as they probed the death of a woman in her 20s earlier this morning. She had been found on Gordon Road suffering with severe head injuries. It is believed that she fell from a car park.Ambulance and air ambulance crew members attended to her but she was pronounced dead at the scene.Police said their enquiries led them to the house where the children were found.Their deaths are being treated as suspicious. Post-mortem examinations are due to be carried out this evening and tomorrow at James Paget Hospital at Gorleston.The victims are yet to be identified but it is understood the deceased woman is their mother.“We are in the early stages of a large investigation into what has happened, it is too early to be able to come up with a definitive explanation and we will be keeping an open mind,” said Detective Superintendent John Brocklebank from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team.“However from our initial enquiries we do not believe there is any threat to the wider community.“Our priorities now are to establish the circumstances behind the woman’s death and how it maybe related to the deaths of the three children.”Police are appealing for anyone who has information that may help the investigation to contact them.Two fans shot dead near World Cup stadium in Brazillast_img read more

Wireless network used to monitor breathing without need of tubes or wires

first_imgWe welcome any sort of technological development that makes it possible to easily monitor patients in their homes instead of in a laboratory or hospital setting. For some people who need to be monitored for medical conditions like epilepsy or sleep apnea, a trip to the lab can be time consuming and uncomfortable. Who likes hanging out at the doctor’s office anyway? As we recently saw with the Nokia N900 app that allows for EEG scans to be performed in the comfort of your home, it seems the latest trend is to make devices that can monitor patients at home at a relatively low cost.University of Utah engineers are working on a way to noninvasively measure breathing of surgery patients, adults with sleep apnea, and babies that are at risk of infant death syndrome (SIDS). To do this, they’re using something they developed back in 2009. As we reported previously, University of Utah’s Neal Patwari and Joey Wilson are working with radio systems and wireless networks that can be used to see through walls. Patwari and Wilson found that by using off-the-shelf wireless transceivers, they could actually detect movement in another room as a person walked through the space. This could be used to detect the location of a burglar, people trapped inside a house by a fire, or hostages held captive inside a building.Patwari, assistant professor of electrical engineering at University of Utah, is using the same off-the-shelf wireless transceivers for his system to monitor breathing. As the picture above of Patwari shows, networks of 20 wireless transmitters operating at a frequency of 2.4GHz surround Patwari and measure his breathing rates. Using a metronome to time his breath, Patwari measured his breathing with 15 inhales and exhales a minute, which is the average breathing rate for an average resting adult. Patwari found that the system’s algorithm could measure respiration within 0.4 to 0.2 breathes per minute, which is a low error rate since most monitors round off to the nearest full breath.The transceivers can alert someone if breathing stops without the need for any tubes or wires connected to the patient. Patwari said it could be used to monitor patients who are under sedation after surgery to know if they stop breathing. Another application could be applied around a baby’s crib to alert the parent if their baby stops breathing (SIDS).There are currently SIDS monitors available on the market, but they all require the baby to be connected with wires, electrodes or belts. There are also regular baby monitors that only alert you with sound, as well as mattress sensors that alert the parent when there’s movement in the crib.Patwari’s system needs some more work, but he thinks the product could be on the market in the next five years.via Engadgetlast_img read more

Hyperkins Ultra Game Boy is Basically the Old Game Boy on Steroids

first_img While one can make a strong argument for the Super Nintendo being Nintendo’s best console (they’d probably win that argument), a strong case can also be made for the Game Boy. The world’s first true handheld system is still looked upon fondly by anyone lucky enough to have played one back in the day. Given the popularity of the NES and SNES minis, it’s only natural folks would perhaps want to further indulge their nostalgia by playing some Game Boy games. Thankfully, Hyperkin (the same company behind the Retron 5) is getting ready to release an updated version of the handheld classic.The “Ultra Game Boy” (as it is currently being dubbed) was shown off during this year’s CES and it is certainly an impressive little device. The upcoming handheld features an aluminum casing, which gives it more weight than the original Game Boy. The aluminum housing also makes it much more durable. You can adjust volume and contrast like with the original, but the Ultra Game Boy includes another dial to adjust the LCD backlit display. Unlike the original, you can actually play this one in low or no-light settings. The backlight can even be adjusted to any color of the RGB spectrum. You also have the option of turning the backlight off for that authentic Game Boy experience.Photo courtesy of GizmodoThe improvements don’t stop there. The Ultra Game Boy has a built-in six-hour battery that can be charged via USB-C port. The device also features a pair of stereo speakers and left and right audio-out connections. As Gizmodo points out, this feature is somewhat odd considering classic Game Boy titles only had mono sounds. I doubt many will complain about this, however. The audio-out can be used by chiptune musicians to create music.AdChoices广告The Ultra Game Boy (or whatever it ends up being called) is expected to launch sometime during the summer. Hyperkin wants to sell the device for under $100, which I suppose is a fair deal given all of the improvements the company has implemented. Keep in mind this handheld only plays classic Game Boy and possibly Game Boy Color cartridges; there are no pre-installed titles. If you have some old Game Boy games lying around, you can now dust them off and relive the glory days. Alternatively, you can try to purchase these titles online, though I suspect Game Boy cart prices will start to climb after this announcement.For more CES coverage visit our sister site PC Mag.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Tiny Countertop Dishwasher Cleans Your Dishes in Just MinutesThe Best Robots of CES 2018 last_img read more

Commonwealth Secretary General Youth Games returned home

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp St. Lucian sprinter makes history at Commonwealth Youth Games Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas July 18, 2017 — Commonwealth Secretary General Baroness Patricia Scotland has said visiting athletes are set for a “uniquely Caribbean” experience as they began competition in the Commonwealth Youth Games today.Speaking at the welcome press conference, Scotland said: “The stage is set for a uniquely Caribbean celebration of the young sporting Commonwealth. It has been a tremendous team effort with many different government and sporting agencies all pulling together.” She thanked the Bahamas Government, the Commonwealth Games Federation and the hundreds of athletes for participating.Scotland also expressed delight that the games had “returned home.” This is the first time the Commonwealth Youth Games is being held in the Caribbean region and the second time that any Commonwealth Games has been hosted in the region since the 8th edition was held in Jamaica in 1966.Scotland added that she expected this year’s competition to be the best games ever and a display of the young talent of the Commonwealth. “The Commonwealth Youth Games is symbolic of the unique strength and the focused areas for the Commonwealth. What I know we will see when these games start is the beauty and the vibrancy of our young people.”#MagneticMediaNews#CommonwealthYouthGames Related Items:Baroness Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth General Secretary, commonwealth youth games Bahamas 15th in early Commonwealth Youth Games medal count Akia makes history, first junior woman to sprint for TCI at WYClast_img read more

Sports Illustrated Launches App for Motorola Xoom

first_imgSports Illustrated is now available (through the Android Marketplace) as an app on one of the priciest (and according to some reviews, one of the best) tablets, the Motorola Xoom. As part of Time Inc.’s “All Access” digital subscription plan, SI apps are available for the Samsung Galaxy, Motorola Xoom and Android smartphones.Under the subscription plan, print and digital apps are available for $48 annually or $4.99 while a digital-only subscription is $3.99 per month. Current print subscribers have free access to the digital package for the duration of their term. SI will also be available on the HP TouchPad upon its release later this year. Time Inc. continues to shy away from Apple’s subscription terms. Last year, SI was one of the first publishers to be turned away from the App Store over the magazine’s subscription model, even though the magazine felt like it was following similar models of the Wall Street Journal and Wired by allowing print subscribers to access the iPad version free, with new readers buying the content a month at a time. Apple is said to have told SI to change the offer to single copy purchase. In March, Maxim became the first magazine to launch an app for Xoom with a “Best of” compilation featuring cover subjects, jokes and “hometown hotties.” The Maxim app is priced at $2.99.last_img read more

49 Japanese encephalitis deaths reported in Assam Health

first_imgGuwahati: A total of 49 deaths and 190 cases of Japanese encephalitis have been reported till July 5 in Assam, where the transmission season is at its peak, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday. Sarma said all the districts, except Kokrajhar, were currently under the influence of the disease and preventive steps being taken to combat the situation. Among the slew of measures put in place, the health department’s fear surveillance network comprising multipurpose workers, malarial technical supervisors and accredited social health activists has been instructed to collect blood samples. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “The state government has made arrangements for free transportation of suspected fever cases from the community to the district hospital, while reserving beds for JE and acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in intensive care units and wards,” Sarma said at a press conference here. “It will also bear the cost of diagnosis and treatment of patients,” he said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The minister said the Elisa (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) kits for detection of the virus had been distributed in district hospitals and medical colleges, and awareness was being spread. Intensified fogging operations are being carried out in affected areas and a total of 1,094 affected villages have been covered under the fogging operation so far, he said. “A round-the-clock central control room has been made functional to deal with and monitor the situation closely, and all deputy commissioners directed to step up surveillance activities in coordination with urban local bodies and village panchayats,” Sarma said. Advertise With Us He said vaccination through routine immunisation for children was currently going on, adding that adults had been vaccinated in 20 districts during 2016-17 and the remaining areas need to be covered under the programme. The central government has agreed to support the adult vaccination programme across the state this year once the Japanese encephalitis season was over, Sarma said. In addition to the combative steps, the minister said, emergency measures were being taken to overcome the situation with minimum fatality. The state will provide consolidated special transport allowance of Rs 1,000 for each JE or AES patient reaching a government hospital using own means of transport in case of non-availability of ambulances, he explained. With timely management, the case fatality rate (CFR) could be reduced to a great extent, Sarma said. “However, we recognise that the ICU facilities in government hospitals are limited. In order to overcome the hurdle, a consolidated ICU treatment allowance up to Rs 1 lakh per patient will be paid directly to the private hospital, where an AES/JE positive case has been admitted,” the health minister said. A dedicated help desk will be set up in all medical colleges to ensure faster service delivery, he asserted. “As of now, leaves of all doctors and para-medical staff, including surveillance workers (SW), have been put on hold. Any emergency leave will be granted only with the prior approval of the deputy commissioner of the district. “Unauthorised absence from the place of posting, even after the duty hours, will amount to criminal dereliction of duty and filing of FIR with police,” the minister warned. Assam is an ecologically favourable region for the spread of JE owing to heavy rainfall, large paddy fields with big water bodies, pig farming and domestic pig rearing, all of which support the virus propagation, he pointed out. Contending that JE has no specific treatment and can be cured through supportive treatment, the minister said all drugs like paracetamol, Mannitol, IV fluids and other antibiotics were available free of cost in public health institutions.last_img read more

Star Wars quotes you can use in real life

first_imgIt’s hard to remember, but less than a decade ago, everyone was pretty sure that the Star Wars franchise was basically a zombie of its former self. The prequels were financially successful, but as the 2010s dawned, there was scarce new Star Wars content on the horizon. Obviously that all changed with the Disney-lead Star Wars resurgence and the success of The Force Awakens both critically and at the box office. Once again, Star Wars is relevant!The father of the galaxy far far away, George Lucas, wasn’t necessarily known for being good with words when it came to writing his own scripts. Harrison Ford was famously frustrated working on the original material trying to deliver some of lines Lucas had written or directed him to perform. Since then, the Star Wars series has grown to become a cultural phenomena and most of the dialogue can be used in everyday situations to great effect. Some of these Star Wars quotes, especially those from the original film, are easily applicable to your everyday life.We’ve left out some of the obvious ones, such as “I know” (Han Solo to Princess Leia in The Empire Strikes Back) in a response to people telling you they love you and “It’s a trap!” (Admiral Ackbar, Return of the Jedi) to either cry wolf when it is not a trap or make light of actual traps. Surely, there is a sports team or a celebrity or a video game franchise in your life that has gone from the absolute best to the absolute worst. They may not have been the one foretold to bring balance to the Force, but at one point you held that thing/person in high esteem. Then, that pop star or player or Silent Hill: Book of Memories defies expectation squanders all that goodwill. Then, it’s time to whip out the old Ewan McGregor and scream at them. Or, if you’re like me, you’ll be yelling this at all inanimate objects that disappoint you – “You were the chosen one, homemade tofu scramble!” <><>last_img read more

Friction research casts doubt on fundamental physics law

first_imgThe experimental system. (A) A schematic view of the two loading systems used in these experiments. (B) A total internal reflection based method measures instantaneous changes in the real contact area, A(x,t), along the entire interface. For more details, please see the original publication: Science DOI:10.1126/science.1194777. Image credit: Science, AAAS. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A basic law of physics is that the force required to set an object moving equals the frictional force keeping the object stationary. The force from friction is determined by the coefficient of friction, the ratio of the sideways force to the force pushing down (the weight of the object). This relationship was first described by Leonardo da Vinci and further defined by Charles Coulomb and Guillaume Amontons centuries later.Now a team led by physicist Oded Ben-David, a PhD student from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem studying the dynamics of frictional slips in carefully controlled laboratory experiments has found they could apply as much as five times more sideways force to the object than predicted by the coefficient of friction before the object would move.The experiment’s set up, described by Ben-David’s supervisor Professor Jay Fineberg as the “stupidest system you could think about,” was to place two 200 mm Plexiglass blocks together and use tons of force to press them together, and then try to push the top block sideways until it began to move. They used sensitive strain gauges to measure all the stresses on the blocks and high-speed cameras and lasers to track the points at which the blocks actually touched each other.The results showed that the blocks, which were optically flat and appeared to be touching all along their surfaces, were actually only touching at a few hundred contact points, and at each of these points the sideways forces could be much larger than predicted by the coefficient of friction before the contacts broke and the block started to move. When the contact was ruptured waves similar to sound waves were propelled through the blocks, resembling a mini-earthquake.Professor Fineberg said the blocks represented tectonic plates sliding against each other. When the force is strong enough to pull them apart a series of shock waves result. The experiments were able to measure all the variables, which is impossible in a real situation.The shock waves are of three types: slow ruptures, moving well below the speed of sound, sub-Rayleigh waves traveling along the surface at the speed of sound, and supershear waves, traveling fast enough to cause a sonic boom. The type of wave produced depends on the stresses on the contact points, and the experiments showed that even small nuances could change the dynamics. The most common type of wave in earthquakes is the sub-Rayleigh type, and there is some speculation that an earthquake in Izmit, Turkey in 1999 was a supershear type.The results of the research, published in the journal Science may have implications for engineering and materials science, and could add to the scientific understanding of how earthquakes occur. Fineberg said it might also be possible in the future to trigger small earthquakes to prevent larger, more devastating quakes. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — New research on frictional slipping has revealed that some of the basic assumptions of introductory physics do not hold at small scales. The findings may be useful in the study of earthquakes. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Frictional motion study could provide tool for earthquake prediction Citation: Friction research casts doubt on fundamental physics law (2010, October 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-10-friction-fundamental-physics-law.html More information: The Dynamics of the Onset of Frictional Slip, Oded Ben-David, Gil Cohen, Jay Fineberg, Science 8 October 2010: Vol. 330. no. 6001, pp. 211 – 214. DOI:10.1126/science.1194777last_img read more

NEW YORK — Critics have generally not been kind to

first_img NEW YORK — Critics have generally not been kind to the new Hudson Yards complex.The new neighbourhood, built atop a platform over train yards on the west side of Manhattan, features sleek glass towers with stratospherically expensive residential, retail and office space.Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times’ architecture critic, lamented this spring, “It is, at heart, a supersized suburban-style office park, with a shopping mall and a quasi-gated condo community targeted at the 0.1 per cent.” Even the design centerpiece, a 15-story honeycomb of stairways called the Vessel, has been mocked by some as looking like a giant shawarma. (The New York Post, on the other hand, was kinder, with a headline: “Why the Hudson Yards Vessel is $200M worth of glistening glory.”)The Shed, a performance and arts space at Hudson Yards, has generally been cut more slack.The 300,000-square-foot Shed can be expanded into a 3,000-seat concert hall or shrunk down to an intimate theatre space. The whole thing moves on giant wheels, and is covered by a sliding roof (which Kimmelman said was “eye-catchingly swathed in a tufted Teflon-based sheeting that can bring to mind inflated dry cleaning bags”). The Shed also includes art galleries.It opened in April with British director Steve McQueen’s survey of the African-American influence on music. Bjork’s show “Cornucopia” has landed there. So has opera star Renee Fleming in “Norma Jeane Baker of Troy,” a theatrical mashup of the stories of Marilyn Monroe and Helen of Troy. A Steve Reich-Arvo Part soundtrack accompanies paintings by the German artist Gerhard Richter.Shed artistic director and CEO Alex Poots is sensitive to criticism of the complex as a billionaire’s playground. But he maintains that whatever you think of fancy retail stores, “The Shed is the Robin Hood of the neighbourhood,” an institution that “everyone wants.”As for its association with the rich, he says, “I don’t know where else you get money to invest in artists on this scale.”And he promises it won’t be just a touring spot for shows created elsewhere, or a haven for established names only. Poots, the former director of the Birmingham International Festival, is interested in commissioning new work geared to the space.For more on the Shed and the Hudson Yards, check out The Associated Press’ podcast, “Get Outta Here .”Warren Levinson, The Associated Press The Shed brings art to NYC’s new Hudson Yards complex by Warren Levinson, The Associated Press Posted May 15, 2019 9:38 am PDT FILE – This April 1, 2019 file photo shows The Shed, the latest addition to Hudson Yards, in New York. The building is a new arts space consisting of a stationary building with a a shell constructed around it that can move in a matter of minutes to cover the adjacent public plaza and create an additional 120-foot-high giant room. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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