Pakistan paceman Mohammad Amir, who spent time in jail and served a five-year ban for spot-fixing, will be able to handle the pressure of returning to England if he is granted a visa for their upcoming tour, said team-mate Azhar Ali. (Latest Cricket stories)Amir was considered one of the most exciting fast bowlers in the world before a 2010 spot-fixing scandal that resulted in bans and jail sentences for him, former Test captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif. (Miandad slams PCB for exhausting players with hectic training schedule)The trio were cleared to return to the sport by the International Cricket Council (ICC) last September after serving suspensions.The Pakistan Cricket Board has requested a visa for Amir, who has already toured New Zealand for a limited over series, played in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh and featured in the World Twenty20 in India since serving his ban.Azhar had offered his resignation as one-day captain when Amir was brought back into the Pakistan fold but is now keen to move on and says the team will support the 24-year-old quick if he needs it in England.THING OF THE PAST”(What happened in) 2010 is in the past and now we need to look forward,” Azhar told reporters on Tuesday.”It has been a while now since he has been with us. It could have been tough, had he come in straight on such a tour, but now, after playing with us for a long time, things have settled.advertisement”Even he isn’t under pressure because he has already made his comeback a few months ago and the toughest phase is over for him,” Azhar said.”I know England was the place where the incident happened but hopefully he can handle the pressure like he did on his comeback. But still if anything happens, we, as a team, will handle it.”Pakistan will play four Tests, five one-dayers and a Twenty20 International in England between July 14 and September 7.
Paulo Dybala ‘Dybala can win the Ballon d’Or’ – Juventus striker receives Trezeguet backing Chris Burton 01:48 10/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Paulo Dybala Juventus Serie A The World Cup winner is a fan of the Argentine forward, but feels that ongoing comparisons with Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi are unnecessary Paulo Dybala is a future Ballon d’Or winner, according to David Trezeguet, with the Argentine’s performances for Juventus drawing comparisons to Lionel Messi.A stunning start to the 2017-18 campaign has seen the Argentine forward net 12 times in 10 appearances.Those efforts have seen him likened to an illustrious countryman on the books at Barcelona, while being talked up for a potential future move to Camp Nou or Real Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. World Cup winner Trezeguet has added his voice to the many plaudits being bestowed upon Dybala, although he does feel that the Messi talk is unnecessary for a 23-year-old talent making his own way in the game.The former Juve and France striker told ItaSportPress.it: “Dybala can win the Ballon d’Or, as I think he’s showing the right kind of character.“I often hear of comparisons between Dybala and Leo Messi, but I think that is important for him and can help him to grow.”World football’s biggest individual prize has been dominated over the past decade by Messi and his eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo.Dybala’s form is suggesting that he can get close to that level, with his performances helping to carry Juve.He has become ever more important to the collective cause in Turin as Gonzalo Higuain has endured something of a dip.The Argentine frontman has been prolific throughout his career, but has managed just four goals so far this season.He has, however, found the target in each of his last two outings and Trezeguet is confident that the 29-year-old will soon be back to his best.“As for Higuain, he has been very consistent over his career and you can tell a champion during his most difficult moments,” he added.“He’s seemed better physically of late and this means he still wants to train hard and show what he can do.“It’s likely that some time on the bench did him good, but now Juventus need to improve as a team.”Defending Serie A champions Juve return to domestic competition on October 14 with a home date against Lazio.
Frank Lampard has already brought “something special” to the Chelsea squad following his return to Stamford Bridge as manager, according to Cesar Azpilicueta.Lampard’s Chelsea tenure began with a 1-1 draw against Bohemians in the Blues’ opening pre-season game in Ireland on Wednesday.Chelsea’s record goalscorer took over as boss on July 4, following an impressive debut season in coaching at the helm of Derby County. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare And Azpilicueta has hailed the impact his former team-mate has had on Chelsea’s squad, acknowledging that displays under former coach Maurizio Sarri were not always up to scratch.”It is true that last season, for periods, we didn’t give the fans what they expected,” Azpilicueta said. “Our performances were not good enough.”We turned it around and won the Europa League but you can see that this season all of the fans are very happy we have the gaffer back at the Bridge.”Now we have to give it back by working hard on the pitch, by winning games. We are very happy to have him with us. I can’t add anything to his career at Chelsea as a player.”But, over his first week in training, I’ve seen the way he wants to play, the way he wants us to feel the shirt, the way he wants us to train every day, it is something special.”Azpilicueta expanded on his plaudits, adding that Lampard’s commitment to Chelsea during his playing career sets the perfect example for the current players to follow.”He was here for a very long and very successful period, and always set an example: how he wanted to break every record or improve himself in every session,” Azpilicueta said.”We have to be grateful and feel the passion for the shirt. We are very excited and the only way we can carry it on is by winning together, getting the feeling back of being all together as a club.”We have to take responsibility and know that there are a lot of things [going on] around us, but we have to work hard to get better.”Lampard’s first competitive game will be against Manchester United on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, before Chelsea face Champions League winners Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup on August 14. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Global T20 Canada live stream: How to watch Yuvraj Singh in action in Toronto Nationals vs Vancouver KnightsGlobal T20 Canada live stream: The second edition of the Global T20 Canada will begin from today. Yuvraj Singh’s Toronto Nationals will fight against Vancouver Knights at CAA Centre, Brampton.advertisement India Today Web Desk CanadaJuly 25, 2019UPDATED: July 25, 2019 16:20 IST Yuvraj Singh vs Chris Gayle in GT20 Canada 1st match (@GT20Canada)The second edition of the Global T20 Canada is all set to kick-start from Thursday. The 20-over cricket tournament, currently being played at the CAA Centre, Brampton, Ontario. The opening game of GT20 will be played between Toronto Nationals and Vancouver Knights today.The league will feature six teams which are: Toronto Nationals, Vancouver Knights, Montreal Tigers, Winnipeg Hawks, Edmonton Royals and Brampton Wolves.Today’s match will be interesting to watch as two legends of cricket Yuvraj Singh and Chris Gayle will lock horns in the opening match of the league.First match of the #GT2019Defending champion @VKnights_ vs @TorontoNational @YUVSTRONG12 has assured he won’t bowl to @henrygaylePreview by @sidvee https://t.co/CLtFpjriu6GT20 Canada (@GT20Canada) July 25, 2019When will the clash between Toronto Nationals and Vancouver Knights begin?The match will start at 12:30 PM local time (10:00 PM IST) (4:30 PM GMT).Where I can watch Global T20 Canada match live?The first match of the league can be watched on the Star Network. If you want to see online, you can stream on Hotstar.Where will the 1st T20 match between Toronto Nationals and Vancouver Knights be played?All the matches will be played at CAA Centre, Brampton, Ontario, Canada.What are the probable playing XIs for today’s match?TOR vs VK Playing 11Team Toronto Nationals (Playing XI): Yuvraj Singh (C), Brendon McCullum, Heinrich Klaasen, Calum Macleod, Chirag Suri, Ghulam Shabber (WK), Mark Montfort, Chris Green, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jeremy Gordon, Jasdeep Singh.Team Vancouver Knights (Playing XI): Chris Gayle (C), Rassie van der Dussen, Shoaib Malik, Chadwick Walton (WK), Saad Bin Zafar, Rizwan Cheema, JJ Smit, Michael Rippon, Ali Khan, Tim Southee, Andile PhehlukwayoadvertisementRead more | PKL 2019 Live Streaming: Where to watch Dabang Delhi vs Tamil ThalaivasAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow GT20 Canada live streamFollow GT20Follow Chris GayleFollow Yuvraj SinghFollow Toronto Nationals
In addition to the government money, BlackBerry is committing to invest $310.5 million in the vehicle software development project, and at Friday’s announcement, both Chen and Trudeau talked about the apprenticeship opportunities that will train more people for technology jobs.BlackBerry also committed to spending $5 million on partnerships with academic, private sector and government organizations on cybersecurity work, as part of the overall project.Playing off its reputation for reliability and security, BlackBerry also recently announced a smart cities certificate system, which aims to create a trusted way for connected cars, traffic lights and other urban infrastructure to communicate.The idea of building an operating system for the car also ties in with the future of autonomous vehicles — something QNX is also testing, and something that Trudeau mentioned at Friday’s announcement.“The cars of the future are bound to be not only autonomous but connected to one another, communicating between them to make our roads safer. For a global leader like QNX, this represents an unprecedented opportunity for growth,” Trudeau said.“The race for the top spot in the new economy has already begun, and if we want to see Canadians take the lead, we need to have their backs.” On Friday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government will be providing a $40 million grant to help BlackBerry Ltd. develop new software for the vehicles of the future.Trudeau was at BlackBerry’s QNX division in Ottawa alongside CEO John Chen for the announcement, touting the 800 jobs expected to be created at the company’s Ottawa campus.But BlackBerry is hoping that the project will have a bigger impact than that: it wants to become the essential software platform for future connected cars, something on which an entire ecosystem of applications could eventually be based. BlackBerry’s QNX software now being used in 120 million cars, double the number of past three years BlackBerry senses big new opportunity in security needs of connected devices https://business.financialpost.com/technology/meet-blackberrys-qnx-the-nervous-system-of-the-driverless-cars-of-the-future QNX software is already in the infotainment systems of more than 120 million cars, including such brands as Toyota, Audi, Jaguar and Ford.While there are numerous other simple systems embedded in cars, most are currently independent of each other.“In today’s vehicle you have up to hundreds of electronic control units (ECUs) and they’re all separate. So, for instance, if you have automatic braking in your vehicle, that’s an ECU.… If you have automatic door locks, that’s an ECU,” John Wall, head of the QNX division, said.“The car of the future is going to be a consolidation of these functions on what we call a high-performance computer platform.”BlackBerry sees itself as ideally positioned to build this platform, not only because QNX is already in millions of cars, but because the company has a strong reputation for efficient, reliable and secure software.“The best analogy I can make is, think of the smartphone. Way back when, Blackberry had their ecosystem, Apple had their ecosystem, Nokia had their ecosystem. Eventually it collapsed down to Android and iOS,” he said.BlackBerry currently employs about 2,000 people across Canada, and the $40 million grant from the government is expected to create the new jobs over 10 years.The cars of the future are bound to be not only autonomous but connected to one another, communicating between them to make our roads safer.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 15, 2014 4:23 am MDT Greek short-term borrowing costs tumble after return to bond market ATHENS, Greece – Greece’s borrowing costs in a short-term debt sale have tumbled, days after the country returned to the international bond markets.The interest rate on a 13-week treasury bill issued Tuesday fell to 2.45 per cent, compared with 3.1 per cent for a similar issue last month, according to the public debt management agency.Greece raised 1.625 billion euros ($2.25 billion) in Tuesday’s sale, which was 2.73 times oversubscribed.After being locked out of the international bond market for four years by excessively high interest rates, Greece sold its first five-year bond since 2010 last week. The auction was eight times oversubscribed, and the country raised 3 billion euros at a 4.95 per cent yield.Athens has been relying on international bailout funds worth 240 billion euros since nearly going bankrupt in 2010.
Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) defends against Columbus Blue Jackets center Alexander Wennberg (10) in the third period during an NHL game between the Nashville Predators and the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Predators won 3-1. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Columbus Blue Jackets were a skate away from losing all four games in the sixth week of the NHL season. Lucky for them, that skate was on goalie Sergei Bobrovsky whose improbable save Saturday in Detroit denied the game-winning goal in overtime against the Red Wings.On a 2-on-0 breakaway in 3-on-3 overtime, Detroit left wing Andreas Athanasiou passed across the goal to right wing Anthony Mantha, then Mantha back to Athanasiou, who had an open net for the game-winner. Bobrovsky slid across the crease to play the pass, so when the puck went back across the goal, Bobrovsky lifted his right skate and kept the puck from hitting the back of the net.The game went into a shootout and Bobrovsky continued his dominance. The shootout took nine rounds to decide, until defenseman Jack Johnson delivered the game-winner. Bobrovsky made stop after stop to help the Jackets avoid extending their losing streak to five games.After entering the week in first place of the Metropolitan Division, the Blue Jackets (10-7-1) losses to the New York Rangers, Nashville Predators and Carolina Hurricanes trail the New Jersey Devils by three points in second place.Here are some headlines from the fifth week of the Blue Jackets’ season.Lack of identity manifesting into lossesIn last week’s recap, this column said Columbus was winning without really playing to its full potential. After Columbus took a 2-0 lead Nov. 6 against the Rangers, it looked as if the Blue Jackets had turned the corner. But three power-play goals allowed in the third period erased that. Now there’s a larger problem. The lack of an identity is resulting in games in the loss column.The Columbus penalty kill was ranked in the top 10 and had been a staple to the team’s early success. Nov. 6, against the Rangers, the penalty kill wasn’t there and it lost. The next two games, the offense was missing for the majority of the game and the defense continued to struggle outside of the top line of Seth Jones and Zach Werenski.The abysmal power play continues to be an obstacle the Jackets can’t seem to overcome. They were 0-for-9 this week, and it remains one of head coach John Tortorella’s top priorities.That power play…There might be a good reason for the power-play struggles, but it’s difficult to pinpoint that reason. The first power-play line of Artemi Panarin, Nick Foligno, Cam Atkinson, Werenski and Jones is plenty talented enough to score any time it’s on the ice. The second line has scorers, too, with Boone Jenner, Alexander Wennberg, Josh Anderson, Ryan Murray and Oliver Bjorkstrand.The forwards are undoubtedly the Jackets best scorers. But right now, Tortorella is trying to find a combination that works because the power play is simply awful with a capital “A.”The Jackets have converted 5-of-52 chances this year, which is a league-worst 9.6 percent. The second-worst power-play percentage is four points above that — Carolina’s 13.2 percent. Maybe it’s passing too much or some chemistry issue. Either way, the Jackets need to solve it quick.Panarin is back in the scoring columnAgainst the Rangers, Panarin notched his first goal since Oct. 13. Acquired via trade from Chicago in the offseason, the left winger received a puck from Werenski in the low slot and buried it past goalie Henrik Lundqvist.He scored a highlight-reel goal Saturday against Detroit, receiving a cross-ice pass from Bjorkstrand and launched a one-timer in front of the net past Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.Injury reportThird-line left wing Matt Calvert was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 6. Calvert is expected to miss three to four weeks with an upper body injury.Fourth-line center Lukas Sedlak is on injured reserve with ankle injury retroactive to Oct. 23.Looking aheadThere are only two games this week for the Blue Jackets, but they are against two playoff-caliber opponents.Montreal Canadiens (5th Atlantic) play host to Columbus Tuesday night, then the Jackets return to Nationwide Arena for a rematch with the Rangers (6th Metropolitan), who sit just one point behind the Jackets as of Monday night. The Rangers are riding a six-game win streak.Top performersArtemi Panarin – two goals (3), two points (13), 12 shotsOliver Bjorkstrand – one goal (5), one assist (6), two points (11), +1Brandon Dubinsky – one goal (2), one assist (4), two points (6)Seth Jones – one assist (9), one point (12), 11 shotsGoaltending:Sergei Bobrovsky – 1-2-0 (9-4-1), 2.29 goals allowed average (2.24), 79 saves, .919 save percentage (.925)Joonas Korpisalo – 0-1-0 (1-3-0), 2.04 goals allowed average (3.28), 26 saves, .928 save percentage (.896)In the circle (faceoff record, faceoff win percentage, EV record, PP record, SH record)Brandon Dubinsky – 39-35, 52.7, 31-28, 1-1, 7-6 Alexander Wennberg – 24-28, 46.2, 23-28, 0-0, 1-0Nick Foligno – 14-19, 42.4, 9-16, 5-3, 0-0Pierre-Luc Dubois – 10-15, 40.0, 10-15, 0-0, 0-0Boone Jenner – 4-5, 44.4, 3-3, 1-1, 0-1Overall: 500-588 (46.0 percent), ranked 30thSpecial teams units:Powerplay – 0-for-1 at New York Rangers; 0-for-4 vs. Nashville; 0-for-2 vs. Carolina; 0-for-2 at DetroitOverall: 5-for-52 (9.6 percent), ranked 31stPenalty kill – 2-for-5 at New York Rangers; 4-for-4 vs. Nashville; 1-for-1 vs. Carolina; 0-for-0 at DetroitOverall: 37-for-46 (80.4 percent), ranked 16thUp next:11/14 – at Montreal (8-9-1)11/17 – vs. New York Rangers (9-7-2)
Google and Samsung this week doubled down on Chrome OS with the unveiling of two new Chromebooks. One, a Wi-Fi only model priced at the near-unbelievable $249. The other, a 3G-capable version for just $80 more. There’s more to the story than just dirt-cheap laptops, of course.Buyers of the new 3G Chromebook will also get 100MB of free mobile data every month from Verizon. The Big G is also promoting Google Drive in a big way, giving purchasers of all new Chrome OS hardware 100GB of free cloud storage for two years. It’s those two features that make the new Chromebook offerings feel an awful lot like subscription computing.Once the two year free-ride is over, you’ll have a choice: pay $5 a month to keep your Google Drive at 100GB or (we assume) purchase another new Chrome OS device for the going rate and get it for free all over again. It’s your call: the equivalent of $10/month for a new laptop and 100GB, or $5 for just the storage.Businesses can already rent Chrome OS hardware for around $30 a month. To challenge Microsoft and Apple, however, Google needs to convince consumers to take the plunge, too. While outright rentals aren’t in the cards right now, the new, cheaper Chromebooks really do look like they’re setting the stage for a future free hardware, monthly subscription offering.With its ever-expanding stable of services, it could just be a matter of what Google wants to charge for. Maybe we’ll pay monthly for storage in Drive and apps like Google Music and get a Chromebook thrown in at no cost. Or perhaps Google will keep on selling Chromebooks and Chrometops and offering those who were willing to make the change free storage and service.Whichever path the company takes, it’s pretty clear that the road to Chrome OS success is going to be paved with low-cost hardware. Anyone care to guess what the next generation of Chromebook will cost?
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Human bones found in an ancient Greek tomb belonged to at least five individuals, including an elderly woman and a child, officials say.The Greek culture minister said there would be further tests on the finds at Amphipolis, near Thessaloniki, to see if they were related.The discovery of bones has led to intense speculation surrounding the Alexander-era site. Experts have suggested it might belong to one of his generals or a relative.The ministry said the remains belonged to:– a woman in her 60s who suffered from osteoporosis and was about 1.57m (5ft 1in) tall – a newborn child of unspecified sex – two men aged between 35 and 45, the youngest of whom died of a stab wound, and between 1.62m and 1.68m – a fourth adult whose corpse, unlike the others, had been cremated.Some 550 bone fragments were found and so far 157 of them have been matched to the humans. There were also animal remains inside the tomb.It is not clear when each of the five individuals died, when they were buried or whether the tomb had been built for all of them.The excavations at Amphipolis uncovered three vaulted chambers behind a facade decorated with two big marble sphinxes.Inside, archaeologists found a pair of caryatids – larger-than-life statues of young women – and a mosaic pavement depicting the abduction of the goddess of Persephone by Hades, king of the underworld.The tomb is thought to date from 325BC, shortly before Alexander the Great’s death, and 300BC.The dig has enthralled many Greeks ever since Prime Minister Antonis Samaras visited the site last August and described it as “an exceptionally important discovery”.Alexander himself was buried in Egypt, although the precise location remains a mystery.He built an empire from modern Greece to India. As his generals fought over his legacy, Alexander’s mother Olympias, his widow Roxana, his son and his half-brother were all killed, most of them near Amphipolis.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Houses, churches, even a hotel, half-ruined, sinking in deep holes, or seemingly diving from steep hillsides – Ropoto is a village that seems to consist of creepy, eerie buildings. A ghost town in the heart of Thessalia, near the thriving town of Trikala, according to Greek Reporter Ropoto has become a ghost town, standing on hollow ground ever since the landslide that saw many buildings collapse in 2012. It was not an unforseen catastrophe however. Geologists have been issuing warnings since the 1960s, when they first became aware of the ruptures in the ground. And yet, no precaution was taken, no policies implemented. Denial and inaction have condemned the village, while in the 1980s new building permits were issued, further burdening the fragile ground. Then the rain came. Unable to push rainwater out to the surrounding stream due to poor infrastructure, the village started to crumble. Flimsy foundation and steep inclines saw buildings being swept by the landslide. More than 300 families were forced to move out of their homes as the houses began to slip down the mountain. The once picturesque village has become a modern ghost town, towering over the hillside, a series of uninhabitable buildings standing in ruins, slowly sliding down the mountain.
This illustration shows what a proposed liquefaction plant at Nikiski could look like. (Source: Alaska LNG)Lawmakers around the state are packing their bags and preparing to head to Juneau for their third special session of the year. This session will focus on one thing: the Alaska LNG project. That’s the giant pipeline the state hopes to build, along with ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips — and maybe TransCanada — to bring natural gas from the North Slope.Download AudioBut if you’re like a lot of Alaskans, you might be a little fuzzy on the details.I wanted to find out what Alaskans know about this project, so I parked myself outside the Fred Meyer on Northern Lights Boulevard in Anchorage.Waldholz: If I say liquified natural gas, do you know what that is? Woman: No? Liquified natural gas, no.Man: It’s something they’ve been talking about for thirty years! It’s just one of those pipe dreams. Waldholz: Literally. Man: Yeah, literally. [Laughs]Waldholz: Do you know what LNG is, or why it’s liquified?Second man: I’m thinking it’s liquified for easier transport…it’s easier to transport a quantity of liquid versus the same quantity of gas. Waldholz: That is exactly it!That is exactly it. Here’s the short version: the Alaska LNG project will bring natural gas from the North Slope down to Nikiski, on the Kenai Peninsula, for export to buyers in Asia. In order to load the gas onto the ships that will carry it across the Pacific, it has to be liquefied.And it’s a huge project. The estimated price tag is $45 to $65 billion dollars.Lydia Johnson works for ExxonMobil. She’s the technical manager for the Alaska LNG project.Johnson: This is way bigger than TAPS [the Trans Alaska Pipeline System]. This is one of the largest, most complex projects in the world today.Waldholz: In the world? Johnson: In the world. Right here in Alaska.This illustration shows what a proposed gas treatment plant on the North Slope could look like. (Courtesy of Alaska LNG)The key point — if you remember just one thing — is that the Alaska LNG project is not just a pipeline. It actually has three big pieces. First, there’s a gas treatment plant on the North Slope, to prepare the gas for the pipeline. Then there’s the pipeline itself, running some 800 miles down to Cook Inlet. And then there’s a giant liquefaction plant in Nikiski.Johnson says each one of the components is a megaproject in its own right.Johnson: You put them all together, that’s a gigaproject. That’s our term.That’s right. A gigaproject. And one that could bring in more than $2 billion a year in state revenue.So let’s walk through this gigaproject. Johnson: If I’m a natural gas molecule, natural gas is found below ground, so we’re looking at the fields of Pt. Thomson and Prudhoe Bay…The gas at Prudhoe Bay has been tempting pipeline builders for decades. For some forty years, the state has fielded different proposals, most recently to connect the North Slope to the lower 48. The shale gas revolution put an end to that plan — suddenly, nobody needed more gas down south. That’s why this plan would ship the gas to Asia.But before it can go anywhere, it has to be treated. The project calls for a gas treatment plant on the North Slope, to strip out impurities like carbon dioxide.“This would be the largest gas treatment facility in the Arctic,” Johnson said. “Ever. Huge project.”From that huge project into the next one: from the gas treatment facility, the gas would go into a pipeline rivaling the Trans Alaska Pipeline in length. There are some key differences. The existing pipeline carries crude oil, which comes out of the ground warm. Johnson compared it to syrup.“Syrup going through a pipeline needs to be very hot,” she said.That, by the way, is why much of the Trans Alaska Pipeline is above-ground. You don’t want to build a hot pipeline in permafrost.“Now you think of natural gas,” Johnson said. “It’s very cold, it comes out of the ground naturally very cold.”So the gas pipeline will be buried.The plan calls for the line to run alongside the Trans Alaska Pipeline until about Livengood. From there, it would break off and head south to Cook Inlet.Along the way, the line would need eight compressor stations to provide pressure and move the gas along. There are also plans for five off-take points. The idea is to deliver natural gas to Alaska communities along the route, with the hope that it would lower local energy costs.The line would cross under Cook Inlet, perhaps near Tyonek, and end at a brand new liquefaction facility at Nikiski. That’s where the magic happens — and it’s expensive magic. Roughly half the cost of this $45 to $65 billion project is just the liquefaction plant.The point of liquefaction is to shrink the gas to a manageable size. When the gas is chilled and becomes a liquid, it becomes six hundred times smaller.“If you took natural gas without liquefying it, you would need huge ships,” Johnson said. “And it would be basically a floating bomb, which you don’t want.”But loaded with liquified natural gas, those ships then become, essentially, floating pipelines, carrying the gas to markets around the world.Here’s the catch, however: liquifying natural gas requires cooling it to -260 degrees Fahrenheit. There are only so many places on earth where that can be done.As it happens, one of those places is already in Nikiski — ConocoPhillips’ Kenai LNG plant.And that’s where we’ll go next time: in Part 2 when we get to use the word cryogenic in a non-sci fi context.Click here for Part 2 of the “What is Alaska LNG?” series.
Responders from Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC), U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), the North Slope Borough, and BP Exploration Alaska (BPXA) has been established to respond to natural gas and crude oil discharge near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. (Photo courtesy U.S. EPA)State regulators are calling for a review of thousands of oil wells on the North Slope by the end of this year.Listen nowThe Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is ordering all wells on the North Slope that have a similar design to a BP well that failed this spring, to be shut in immediately and reported to the state.The emergency order comes after BP blamed an April oil spill and gas leak on a piece of a well casing that buckled under pressure from thawing permafrost.The company later shut in five other producing wells that had a similar design.But, Cathy Foerster, who sits on the commission, said the company kept the results of its investigation largely quiet.“When BP was in here last week we asked them if they had shared the information with all of their operators and they said they had only shared it with their co-owners,” Foerster said.Foerster said she was disappointed by the company’s decision.It isn’t clear how many wells on the North Slope have a similar design. But, Foerster said she was confident that engineers for each company could complete the review process before the end of the year. She said BP’s flawed Prudhoe Bay well was older and she doesn’t think newer fields on the North Slope will have similarly designed wells.“I don’t think many modern wells were drilled that way, but I don’t know,” Foerster said. “We’re doing this just to make sure.”Foerster said operators will not have to shut in the flawed wells permanently – they can pay to have them fixed.Foerster said the permafrost around the wells is not thawing because of climate change; rather she blames it on the heat from the oil and gas and other fluids being pumped from thousands of feet underground to the frozen surface.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Monday declined to entertain a plea seeking to recognise the relationship of members of LGBT community by making law and regulations relating to marriage, adoption and divorce. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar said drafting of a law is an exclusive power of the legislature and not the judiciary. “It appears that this court will be extremely slow to give direction to draft a legislation or regulation or policy,” the bench said and disposed of the petition. During the hearing, the bench also asked, “Can a writ court direct the legislature to draft a law? Is a writ court supposed to do this?” The petitioner also prayed that the Centre and the Delhi government be directed to constitute a Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) commission in Delhi for upliftment and welfare of members of the community. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The bench said the authorities were permitted to do so if they wished, and it finds no reason to pass a direction in this regard. The petition, filed by advocates Tajinder Singh and Anurag Chauhan, sought that the commission be constituted to eradicate the problems such as fear, shame, gender dysphoria, social pressure, depression and social stigma and also to create awareness among the general public. The plea also sought for bringing in appropriate changes to the Hindu Marriage Act and other personal laws to recognise the rights pertaining to marriage and adoption. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The Centre, in a reply to the petition, has said that the ministry concerned is taking all necessary measures for upliftment of transgenders and to bring them in the mainstream. The petition said, “Not only society as a whole but State machinery also treat the LGBT community differently, especially police. They are a regular victim of rights violations. They are deprived of their basic human right and right to life which includes the right to enjoy life properly.” It said the first step is sex education in schools and at homes. A child must feel comfortable discussing problems or issues related to sexual matters and even their sexual choices with their parents or teachers, and it is important that they fully appreciate their wards’ situation and guide them accordingly, it added. “Law enforcement agencies such as police also need sensitisation so that they will be able to appreciate the genuine concerns of members of the LGBT community. Similarly, our media and film fraternity is required to be more considerate while depicting such people in their shows and films respectively,” the plea said.
German police say that 25 people have been injured, four of them severely, when an explosion destroyed a building in the western city of Wuppertal.Police say the explosion rocked the several-story building shortly before midnight Saturday with a large noise, scaring people in surrounding homes so much they ran out into the street in a panic.Fire broke out in several different parts of the house and firefighters had trouble dousing the flames because parts of the building kept collapsing. They were able to rescue four severely injured from inside the building. Another 21 people were slightly injured and treated by emergency staff at the scene.Police said Sunday they were still trying to get the fire under control. They are investigating the cause of the explosion.
Chris Pizzello/APDebbie Reynolds and her daughter, Carrie Fisher, at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in 2011 in Los Angeles. Reynolds’ death, just one day after her daughter’s, has led many to ask whether it’s really possible to die of a broken heart.The actress Debbie Reynolds’ death just one day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, died has led some to speculate that grief from the loss might have been a contributing factor. There was similar speculation when actress Brittany Murphy’s husband, Simon Monjack, was found dead at just 39, several months after the sudden death of his wife.It’s a common theme in literature — 10 of Shakespeare’s characters die of strong emotion — but is it actually possible to die of a broken heart?The short answer is, maybe. A small study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2005 evaluated 19 patients who showed symptoms of cardiovascular dysfunction after sudden emotional stress, concluding: “Emotional stress can precipitate severe, reversible left ventricular dysfunction in patients without coronary disease.” The condition, known as Broken Heart Syndrome, has been well-documented since this small study and is now recognized by the American Medical Association as occasionally fatal. It seems to primarily affect older women.While this particular condition is quite rare, stress and strong emotions have long been known to elevate the risk of more common problems, like heart attack and stroke. Some reports have suggested Reynolds had stroke-like symptoms before she died.Dr. Ilan Wittstein was lead author of the NEJM study and is a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins University. “It looked clinically like a heart attack,” he says of the patients suffering Broken Heart Syndrome in his study. But, he adds, “Typically a heart attack is caused by a blockage in an artery, that develops a blood clot around it, and then blood flow to the heart is cut off. And what we saw in our patients was that they really didn’t have any blockages in their arteries.”The good news is that the effect seems to be remarkably short-lived and treatable in most people. While heart attacks cause permanent damage to the heart muscle, the effect of Broken Heart Syndrome seems to be completely reversible. “Typically within a couple of weeks the heart muscle is back to normal again,” Wittstein says. He adds that while the condition can be fatal, it usually isn’t.Wittstein thinks the physiological explanation involves the hormones your body produces when you’re under significant stress: adrenaline and noradrenaline. “We think these stress hormones, when they’re produced in large amounts, actually go to the heart and affect the very tiny blood vessels that surround the heart,” triggering a temporary decrease of blood flow to the heart.“As a result, the heart muscle is stunned,” Wittstein says. “It can’t function properly for a matter of days.”George Bonanno, a clinical psychologist who studies grief at Columbia University, says he is skeptical that grief had anything to do with Reynolds’ death. “It’s a little on the 19th century side to be saying she died of grief,” he says. In most cases, after a loss, “we get on with our lives pretty quickly. I had argued, and I think the data supports, that we’re kind of wired to do that.”Bonanno says sadness is adaptive: We have evolved to feel sad in the same way we evolved to feel cold.“You don’t need to feel cold,” he says. “Your body will regulate its temperature as best it can, without you even knowing you’re cold. But we evolved the feeling of cold later in evolution because it’s instrumental.” When you feel cold, you can often do something to help your body — by putting on a coat, going inside, or turning up the heat.In the same way, Bonanno says, there must be a good reason humans evolved to feel sadness. “Being sad is very adaptive when you’ve had a major loss, because you’re turning inward, because you’re reflecting, because you’re recalibrating,” he says. “And all those things are all very important to do.”His work has also examined facial expressions, and how people who look sad invite sympathy. One theory is that by feeling and looking sad, we let the people around us know that we need their help.But, like so many things, sadness might be “adaptive” only in moderation. Camille Wortman, a psychologist at Stony Brook University who studies grief and bereavement, is especially interested in cases where the loss of a loved one is very sudden or traumatic. She says there is a more extreme grief associated with the sudden loss of a child — even if that child is an adult — as was the case for Reynolds.“The death of a child is absolutely devastating for a parent no matter when it occurs,” Wortman says. “I don’t think those people really bounce back the way we might think. I see them struggling for years and years with just an enormous hole in their heart, and an enormous sense of emptiness.”People do improve over time though, she says, provided they get the help and support that they need.We may never know whether a sudden stun to the heart or any other manifestation of grief played a role in Reynolds’ death. But Wittstein says the symptoms of Broken Heart Syndrome are very similar to that of a heart attack — chest pain and shortness of breath — and anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention.As for the psychological and emotional aspects of grief, Bonanno and Wortman both say it’s important not to be judgmental, of your own grief or that of others. There are many healthy ways to grieve, and Bonanno says, grief comes and goes in phases. Everyone’s pace of healing is different.“We don’t stay in these states all day long, even though it may seem like we do,” he says. “We go in and out of these states.”In his research coding facial expressions, Bonanno has found that the majority of people are able to laugh and smile when remembering things about a deceased spouse, even very soon after their death. “[They] might be crying one second, and then you’d get somebody genuinely laughing and smiling,” Bonanno says. “You see people do this at funerals,” he adds. Loved ones gather, and “most people are actually capable of interacting with them in a really meaningful way.”Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Every geek wants that bit of merchandise from their favorite series to call their own. Whether for cosplay, personal or just to hang out at your desk (smiles at my own little Kylo Ren), Skelton Crew Studios creates pieces that give comic fans their own limited edition favorite item or character from your beloved comic book series.Skelton Crew Studios, headed by Israel Skelton with his wife Kathryn, is the home for officially licensed replicas with collectible items from Hellboy/B.R.P.D, Chew, Killogy, Templesmith, Head Lopper and much more.Recently, Skelton Crew Studios has opened their vault to pre-release their highly anticipated Em Cypress bust. Em is designed by Mike Norton and Israel Skelton, sculpted by Arlen Pelletier, from the Tim Seeley & Mike Norton comic Revival (Image Comics).Geek had the opportunity to chat with Israel and get the lowdown on the Em bust, his favorite pieces in the collection, how it all got started and what’s next. Skelton Crew Studio is such a quiet little company doing some big things! How did Skelton Crew Studio begin? What motivated you to start the business?Ha! Well, I guess the challenge is not to be too quiet — we’ve been working with more and more creators and building a name for ourselves over the last decade, and we’re hoping more people keep discovering us. I’ve been making things for myself since I was a kid – think Captain America’s Shield out of a saucer sled or Wolverine’s claws out of blueberry rakes – and keep that up into my 20s.A decade ago, at BangPop! Comic-Con up in Bangor, Maine, my buddy who organized the con asked me to bring my pieces up to take up table space. There, I was introduced through a friend to Joe Hil, whose first trade of “Locke & Key” was about to come out. As the con was winding down, Joe asked if I could build a real Ghost Key. Everything started from there.I worked in distribution for about 15 years before going full-time with the studio, so I knew how to get things from one place to another. I’ve always loved building replicas, and I thought it would be amazing if I could do that for a living.Em bust_ 1_1_SCSEm bust_ 1_1_SCSvia Skelton Crew Studios Em bust 1_3_SCSvia Skelton Crew Studios Em bust 1_4_SCSvia Skelton Crew Studios Em bust 1_2_SCSvia Skelton Crew Studios via Skelton Crew Studios Revival is such an underground hit in comics, and Em Cypress is such an everchanging and lovingly complex character. What made you want to partner with Tim Seeley and Mike Norton to bring Em to life? What was it about Revival as a comic and Em as a character that caught your eye?I just loved the book — Mike’s art and Tim’s writing is amazing. I love a dark book, I love a mystery, and this has everything. There’s also something to be said for along epic story. Em was a bit of an obvious choice. She’s such a badass, and, in my head, having the creep clung to the back of her dirty hoodie was something I just couldn’t shake.You guys make beautifully limited edition busts, keys, hats, etc. from some very well known comic series like Chew, Hellboy, Locke and Key, Mouse Guard, and Head Looper. Totally not playing favorites, but what are some of your favorite pieces from the collection?Thanks for the kind words! I’ve always been real partial to the Shadow Key — it was a fun build, and I built it in the time before we were digitally sculpting. I approached the key as if I were building a piece of jewelry.I also love the Roosh’s Nail from B.P.R.D. I love the lines on it, I love how simple it is, and I love how the lines really capture Mike’s art. When you work in this business, it’s not about your interpretation. It’s about having to hit different artist’s lines and make it look like this piece fell out of the pages if you shook the book upside down.via Skelton Crew StudiosWhat’s your dream series to make merchandise for? What in that series would you to make a collectible of?My own! I’ve got a few ideas that I’ve had kicking around for a long time, and it’s time to maybe have those bear fruit. That’s a goal for 2018. As for an existing series, that’s tough. I’m already working with a good chunk of my favorites. We’ve just released our new Huck statue with Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque, and it’s been pretty amazing to work with both of them. I’m a huge fan of Mike Mignola, and it’s been a huge honor to bring some of his pieces to life. John Layman and Rob Guillory from “CHEW” are awesome, great people, and the same for everyone on “Locke & Key.” I feel pretty lucky.Thank you so much for talking with Geek! What’s next for Skelton Crew Studios? Do you have some projects in the works that you can disclose?So many irons in the fire that I can’t talk about. I can generally say that we’ve contributed to the “Locke & Key” pilot filed last fall, can’t wait to see that. We have plush, metal, statues and vinyl pieces in different stages of pre-production, five of them are creator or creative team that we’re working with for the first time, which feels awesome – part of getting that word out about the studio.Our next release will likely be Baba Yaga’s Acorn in the B.P.R.D. Artifact Archive Collection with Mike next month, there’s a vinyl that could pop anytime, and he’s, well, eye-catching, I’ll say that.You can now pre-order the Em Cypress bust now on their website. 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Google has always been a friend to journalists. Now, the company is proving its loyalty with an open-source tool that grants news organizations safer access to the Internet.Developed by Alphabet-owned think tank Jigsaw (formerly Google Ideas), virtual private network Outline lets users directly own and operate their server—no third-party trust necessary.The VPN was designed for everyone—from the office luddite to most liberated geek—with a simple setup, strong encryption, and auto-updating servers.“Journalists need safe access to information to research issues, communicate with sources, and report the news,” Jigsaw product manager Santiago Andrigo wrote in a blog announcement.A virtual private network encrypts Internet traffic by bouncing it through a remote server. But while it may shield you from the prying eyes of your Internet service provider, users are still at the mercy of whoever controls the VPN.With the exception of Outline.Outline Manager lets you can create a server and share access with unlimited accounts (via Jigsaw)“Much of Jigsaw’s work involves defending news organizations from digital threats that try to block access to information,” Andrigo wrote. “We created Outline because news organizations need reliable, private Internet access to make information accessible and meaningful for their reads.“That’s a mission we share with the news industry,” he continued. “And a more informed world starts with access to information.”Plus, retaining your own server makes it easy to control traffic and maintain Internet speeds.(For the technically inclined: Outline supports modern AEAD 256-bit cipher encryption and is resistant to probing and stronger against protocol fingerprinting, “which makes it significantly harder to block by modern deep-packet-inspection software.”)Windows, Android, Chrome OS, and Linux users can sign up online for Outline Manager: Use your own infrastructure or a cloud provider to create a server and share access with unlimited accounts.Still, an early-stage product, Jigsaw expects to release versions of Outline for Apple’s macOS and iOS platforms “soon.”For more, see Geek sister site PCMag’s lineup of The Best VPN Services of 2018, as well as How to Set Up and Use a VPN. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. This VPN and Firewall Combo Keeps Your Browsing Under Wraps for Just $30Get Over 95 Percent Off Lifetime Subscription to Fastest VPN Stay on target
As the United States’ neighboring countries lose their economic edge in the nation’s home market, analysts at Capital Economics suggest China might soon become the biggest foreign buyer of U.S. housing.In a report released earlier this week, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found foreign purchases of U.S. real estate surged in the 12 months ending in March to $92.2 billion, an increase of 35 percent over the prior period.In a note to clients, Paul Diggle, property economist at Capital Economics, insisted that foreign contributions to the housing recovery remain marginal even with the increase.”Foreign buyers remain relatively peripheral to the housing recovery for a number of reasons,” Diggle wrote. “For Canadian and Mexican buyers … currency movements have compounded the impact of rising house prices, reducing the extent to which US housing looks undervalued.”Meanwhile, income growth in China has made U.S. housing a relatively cheap investment.From April 2013 through March 2014, Chinese buyers accounted for 16 percent of foreign home sales, up from 12 percent in 2013 and just 5 percent in 2009. In dollar volume, China’s share is higher, accounting for $22 billion—about 24 percent—of sales during that period.”Put another way, the value of homes bought by Chinese buyers in the US has increased from $1.2 [billion] to $7.5 [billion], or slightly more than 500 percent, over five years,” Diggle said.While that’s still only a small fraction of the more than $1 trillion in total home purchases over the past year, Diggle adds that the influence of Chinese buyers has climbed as high as 35 percent of all sales in California and a further 28 percent in Washington, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.That concentration extends even further in the market for single-family homes selling for more than $500,000 in suburban areas.Even with tightening monetary policy keeping foreign demand down in the near future, Diggle predicts Chinese buyers could outweigh Canadians as the largest source of foreign demand within five years should trends continue.”The strength of Chinese demand is another reason to watch closely developments in the Californian housing market, where housing is now no better than fairly valued at the State-wide level and starting to look frothy in a number of metros,” he concludes. Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News July 11, 2014 451 Views Capital Economics Investment Investors National Association of Realtors 2014-07-11 Tory Barringer China Set to Overtake Others in U.S. Homebuying
A strong revision to consumer spending helped push the economy to its fastest growth rate in more than a decade last quarter.According to a third reading released Tuesday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annualized rate of 5.0 percent in Q3, up from an earlier estimate of 3.9 percent and an estimate of 4.6 percent in the second quarter.It also marked the best growth rate for GDP since the third quarter of 2003, which saw the economy grow at a yearly rate of 6.9 percent.According to BEA, the latest quarterly estimate includes improved contributions from consumer spending, which is now estimated to have increased 3.2 percent compared to Q2’s 2.5 percent gain.Also improved in the third report was the contribution from nonresidential fixed investment, which increased 8.9 percent. Residential fixed investment—a measure of the housing market’s direct contribution to economic activity—increased just 3.2 percent.Despite the third quarter’s promising growth rate—which beat the 4.3 percent forecast by economists surveyed by the Wall Street Journal—analysts don’t expect the economy will be able to maintain that momentum in the fourth quarter, even with lower gas prices fueling spending.”The central story of the third and fourth quarters remains intact with the torrid growth in the second and third quarters not continuing into fourth quarter, but also not being problematic for 2015,” said Doug Handler, chief U.S. economist for IHS, which predicts real GDP growth will come in between 2.2–2.4 percent for all of 2014. “In conjunction with other recent releases on the economy, our assessment for growth [in] 2015 will now be around 3.0 percent.” Bureau of Economic Analysis Consumer spending GDP IHS Global Insight 2014-12-23 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News Third-Quarter GDP Gets Major Upward Revision December 23, 2014 530 Views Share
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