Rashford relives ‘crazy’ World Cup & how Man Utd moulded him

first_imgMarcus Rashford doesn’t turn 21 until the end of this month but he is already one of the most experienced heads in an England squad that is being continually tweaked, remodelled and improved by manager Gareth Southgate.The Manchester United forward is already a veteran of 27 caps – and two international tournaments – following his rapid rise from prospect to established professional.It’s barely two and a half years since Rashford made his name, being thrust into a Europa League game against FC Midtjylland by Louis van Gaal after an injury in the warm-up to Anthony Martial. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Rashford had fought his way through the United ranks from the age of seven; his talent so great that he was given the opportunity to train with higher age groups where he mixed it with Paul Pogba, Ravel Morrison and his friend Jesse Lingard.“I remember at first there were 40 or 45 of us and I’d say the real step up was when we got to maybe 10 or 11 [years old] and that number dropped down to about 20 and it started to get a bit more serious,” he tells Goal.“Around that age, there were players coming from all over the world, so it got a bit more difficult.“From the age of about 11 or 12, training with them more regularly was a massive part of my development and the other kids’ development as well.“Training with your own age, there’s a certain amount that you can learn. But when you have the chance to train with older players, the level of learning, it goes up.“You’re learning the same thing as what 18 and 19-year-olds are learning. So that was massive, a big learning curve for us all.”The goals flowed early and abundantly; few English players could be said to have enjoyed such a meteoric rise as Rashford did.A place at Euro 2016 under previous England managerial incumbent Roy Hodgson followed where the side were eliminated in humiliating fashion by Iceland in the first knockout round.The Sam Allardyce regime was aborted quickly, and it seemed the national team was at its lowest ebb. But the pieces were picked up by Southgate who created one of the most promising young England squads ever to go to an international tournament.Marcus Rashford England Manchester UnitedThe World Cup ended with semi-final defeat to Croatia after extra-time and it means England and Rashford have unfinished business heading into Friday’s UEFA Nations League match in Rijeka.But what the Russian adventure also did was help re-establish a meaningful connection between the playing squad and the supporters, something that is still keenly felt by the players when they go on international duty.“I think the timing was very good,” he says. “I think we needed something big to give the country some hope that we can win something in the near future.“We didn’t get all the way in the tournament, but we definitely planted that seed where people can see that we’re growing and what we’re aspiring to be.“The biggest thing is with the fans. I think it’s been a journey that none of us will forget for both players and fans that were watching all over the country. Back home was crazy.”Now, they believe, it is time to go one further. The World Cup demonstrated that England had the mettle to win shootouts – with Rashford notching one of the successful penalties in the second round against Colombia – and the confidence to win knockout matches but their downfall again was an inability to put away teams in the upper reaches of the FIFA World Ranking.That’s why Rashford sees the games against Croatia and Spain – to come on Monday – as an opportunity for the squad to take that crucial final stage of their development and vanquish top class opponents.“These are very tough games, but this is the final step that we are at now – getting over the line against the biggest teams in the world.Marcus Rashford GFX“There’s no added incentive than other going there and beating them and that’s what we’ll feed off and that’s what will take us to the next level.”They will be doing so with as many as seven players in the squad without so much as a single international cap between them. Another two of the selection have only one each.Rashford already has a good working knowledge of the talents of the likes of James Maddison, Mason Mount and Jadon Sancho having studied their game extensively.“I’ve seen a lot of the younger players when they’ve been playing not only first team football but academy football as well. I think we all know their quality and the talent they have. It’s just about nourishing it to get the best out of them for our game.“That’s the enjoyment in football, there’s always people ready to come in. Just by their selection, that shows the strength in depth we have throughout the nation.“Hopefully we can go into these two games and I hope that they do well.”Rashford ranks Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold among the leading young talents in world football having got regular game time at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp.“Trent has played quite a lot of games for his age. He’s performed well throughout his time.“Consistency is the biggest thing so if you’re getting consistent minutes you improve and that’s what really separates as they get a little bit older. There’s a lot of talent and we have a lot of them here.”Rashford had long been marked out as an emerging talent – even at primary school – before joining the elite Fletcher Moss Rangers club which also bred talents like Wes Brown, Danny Welbeck, Jesse Lingard, Ravel Morrison and Tyler Blackett.His teams were beneficiaries of Football Foundation funding. The Football Foundation has delivered £1.5 billion worth of community projects since launching in 2000 – and has become the official sponsor of the England senior men’s team for the upcoming UEFA Nations League games against Croatia and Spain.“In terms of what you envision in the future, going to Fletcher Moss you’ve seen people do it before you, you’re sort of following in the footsteps of those players.“That is important at that age. You have to be able to see your vision, see what your dreams are made of and definitely at Fletcher Moss they give you that platform.“Of course, the facilities have to be in place for you to be able to do that and thankfully it was in place at the time and we had no issues.”last_img read more

Is Shraddha Kapoor’s Saina Nehwal biopic shelved?

first_imgShraddha Kapoor’s entry into the biopic genre with Haseena Parkar may not have gone as planned, with the film being panned by critics as well as failing to weave magic at the box office. And if a report in DNA is to be believed, her second biopic, on the life of ace badminton player Saina Nehwal, is plagued with bad news too.A trade insider revealed to the publication that the Amole Gupte-directed film has been put on hold. Another source revealed, “The project has been pushed. One doesn’t know if it is indefinitely postponed or whether it has been deferred for a bit.”Incidentally, Shraddha had already begun prepping for the film. “It’s probably going to be my most difficult film till date,” Shraddha had said, after announcing that she will portray the former World No 1 badminton player on 70mm.Shraddha was reportedly being trained in badminton by none other than Saina’s coach and former badminton player Pullela Gopichand. However, reports were doing the rounds that the actress was having difficulty in picking up the sport, which was hampering the film’s progress. It is not known if this is the reason for the delay.Apart from Saina, Shraddha currently has Prabhas-starrer Saaho and Shahid Kapoor-starrer Batti Gul Meter Chalu in her kitty.ALSO WATCH: Meet fun and fearless Shraddha Kapoorlast_img read more

9 months agoSpalletti: Inter Milan in Coppa Italia to win it

first_imgSpalletti: Inter Milan in Coppa Italia to win itby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti says they’re in the Coppa Italia to win it.Inter meet Benevento in the round of 16 on Sunday.“As we saw last year, these games can hold hidden dangers, but the team is focused and learned from that experience,” said Spalletti.“We have a stronger mentality now and will try to improve it further in this match. Benevento boss Cristian Bucchi has experience now and is very good at setting his team out, so his type of side can cause problems.“We also saw in Cup competitions in England and France that big clubs can be surprised by minnows. Benevento eliminated Udinese in order to get here, so in one-off matches, the gap between teams can be wiped out.”On winning the Coppa, he added: “It is certainly an objective. This is probably the simplest to achieve, because there are fewer games on the way to the Final. Big clubs take part and it’ll be tough, but a side like Inter must aim for victory.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Catch Seafood Festival

first_imgThe Catch Seafood Festival is coming to the Cunard Centre in Halifax on June 19 and 20 and it promises to be as exciting as the seafood that will be served. There will be seafood tastings, wine pairing events, oyster shucking competitions, demonstrations on lobster preparation, handling techniques, and cooking, music, and the Great Catch Chef Competition. Food Network chefs Chuck Hughes of Chucks Day Off and Anthony Sedlac of The Main, and nutritionist-author Leslie Beck will be there. “Catch is about experiencing Nova Scotia seafood in a unique setting but it’s not just about food tasting, it’s also a place where people can find new ways to add seafood to their menus and learn more about the industry,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau who will officially open the event on Saturday morning. “We’ve created this festival to raise awareness that we have a thriving seafood industry that creates good jobs and grows the economy.” This is the second year the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture has put on this event. Restaurants, seafood producers, harvesters, and other groups important to Nova Scotia’s seafood industry, such as the Marine Stewardship Council and the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia, will have exhibits at the festival. There will also be a fishing vessel docked alongside Cunard Centre so that visitors can meet the crew and learn more about the fishing industry. Buyers from Europe are also expected to attend. Catch Seafood Festival Tickets event are $10.00 and are available online at www.novascotiaseafoodfestival.ca or at the door. Admission includes all special attractions and two taste-testing tickets when you buy tickets at the door and four when you purchase admission tickets online. Tickets to try more seafood offerings can be bought on site. For a full list of events and activities visit the website.last_img read more

TMC leaders spend time with people as part of Didi Ke Bolo

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress leaders travelled in local trains and spent time with people on Sunday, as a part of the ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ programme.Lakshmiratan Shukla, minister of state for Sports, travelled in a local train and distributed cards containing the telephone number to get in touch with Mamata Banerjee, among the passengers. “I used to travel in local trains regularly on my way to Maidan for net practice. I spoke to several people and distributed cards among them. Their response was very positive,” he said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaRabindranath Ghosh, state minister for the North Bengal Development department, spent Saturday night at the house of party supporter Farid Mondol at Deocha village near Cooch Behar, who was beaten up allegedly by BJP workers recently. It may be recalled that Trinamool Congress has lost the Cooch Behar seat in the Lok Sabha election. Ghosh said: “Many persons had come to meet him. I have distributed cards among them. People keep faith in Mamata Banerjee because they know that under her leadership the state can progress.” He also took part in a musical programme held on Saturday evening. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMeanwhile, Trinamool Congress MP Chaudhury Mohon Jatua had lunch at the house of local BJP leader Tapan Mondol in Mathurapur. He also distributed cards among local people. Chiranjib Chakraborty, party MLA from Barasat, talked to local people and visited the houses of some of them. Later, he had lunch at the house of a party worker. ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ has earned tremendous response from people. The people have lodged their complaints with Mamata Banerjee, who in turn has addressed them. The senior leaders of the party have taken part in the programme as well. Banerjee has asked the leaders to talk to the local people and listen to their grievances. The leaders are visiting tea stalls and eateries to lend ear to the complaints of local residents.last_img read more

Rogers beats expectations as wireless segment grows looks to new TV system

first_imgTORONTO – Strong wireless results helped Rogers Communications Inc. beat analyst expectations in the third quarter and raise its full-year outlook.Wireless revenue climbed five per cent while churn, a measure of customer retention, was the best in a decade, said company CEO Joe Natale in a conference call Friday.“In wireless we’ve delivered another strong quarter. We’ve continued to reduce post-paid churn, delivering the best Q3 postpaid churn since 2009.”The improved financial picture saw the company increase its outlook for adjusted earnings growth before taxes and other charges by two percentage points to between seven and nine per cent.Cable revenue climbed a modest one per cent in the quarter, but the company expects to see future growth with its new Ignite TV system introduced in the quarter.The move to the internet-based television product, which Natale said they’re rolling out at a “thoughtful pace,” has the company seeing an end to conventional television products some time in the future to drive down costs and boost simplicity.“At some point in the future you will see us stop selling legacy TV, and then really kind of drive further efforts in getting the built op-ex and cap-ex efficiencies of that move,” he said.Installation costs alone would lead to substantial savings, with conventional cable costing about $1,100 for a full install, compared with $400 and potentially lower with internet-based services, said Natale.Service costs would also be lower in the future with fewer systems, he said.“Having various vintages of TV set-top boxes and home gateways drives complexity in the field for our people.”The new service, which allows customers to browse Netflix and YouTube as well as cable channels from one source, will also allow a boost to revenues per account as they spend more time watching.“Customers have an easier time finding content, navigating through content, and therefore we think a much easier time consuming content,” said Natale.“We’ll continue to find other ways of packaging and merchandising content in the fullness of time, which we think will also help with economics of the business.”Overall, Rogers net income was up 17 per cent to $594 million for the quarter ending Sept. 30 from the same quarter last year.The telecom company says the earnings per share for the quarter worked out to $1.15 per diluted share, up from 98 cents per share last year.Adjusted net income hit $625 million, or $1.21 per share, which beat analyst expectations of $601 million and $1.17 per share according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Overall revenue was up three per cent to $3.77 billion, driven by the wireless gains. Media revenue was down five per cent because of lower revenue from the Toronto Blue Jays.Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B)last_img read more

SAT scraps 2017 NSE order against OPG in colocation case

first_imgNew Delhi: Securities Appellate Tribunal has set aside the NSE’s 2017 order banning OPG Securities for six months and has asked the exchange to pass a fresh order in the matter. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) had suspended stock broker OPG Securities for six months in September 2017 as a trading member on all segments after it found that OPG had used the secondary server instead of primary server without any valid reason in co-location facility. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe NSE had introduced co-location server at its premises in 2009 and OPG had subscribed the facility, according to Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) order. The use of secondary server was permitted only in case of failure of primary server and the NSE had already issued such directions, the SAT order said. It conducted the forensic investigation by Deliotte Touche Tohmatsu LLP and the forensic report brought adverse findings against OPG, following which the exchange had passed the order in September 2017. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysHowever, another forensic report by EY LLP in the same issue was submitted and OPG argued that the report depicts a different picture, the order said. “In view of the fact that another forensic investigation report has come up it would be in the interest of justice that the impugned order be quashed and set aside and the matter be remanded to the respondent Stock Exchange to have a fresh look in the matter,” SAT said in an order on Wednesday. Besides, it directed the NSE to pass the order in six week after giving an opportunity to OPG Securities for hearing.last_img read more

Facebook Posts Mask Worrying Shortcomings of Moroccos Public Diplomacy

Washington D.C. – It is sad to see a small, little known and extraneous country like Zambia “control” the fate of Morocco’s efforts to re-join the African Union (AU).When you take into consideration King Mohammed VI’s gigantic efforts of to bring back his nation to the Pan African organization, the performance of Moroccan officials and their public diplomacy to keep the momentum going seems remarkably weak and chaotic.After years of entrusting feeble but loyal representatives to reach out to governmental and non-governmental agencies around the world with little results, it is time for Rabat to adopt a new approach and bring new faces. Morocco does  not need activists who know how to post Facebook pictures of insignificant and inconsequential meetings; it rather craves Moroccans living overseas who know how to take on the international press with interviews, press releases and op-ed pieces in influential news magazines. Moroccan officials’ inability to capitalize on King Mohammed’s VI success in Africa is just one example of the public diplomacy’s failure. Despite the presence of millions of Moroccans overseas, or as the government call them “Marocains Résidant à l’Etranger (MRE)”, in Europe and North America, Moroccan positions are hardly represented in the host countries’ media and governmental and legislative circles.Questionable choices of Moroccan diaspora’s representatives, weak diplomats, and unprepared officials made the Moroccan public diplomacy irrelevant and inapt. The issues of lack of qualifications among some of the community leaders in Europe and North America have rendered Morocco’s attempts to garner the powers of the MRE futile.With an abundance of well-qualified and respected European and North American residents and citizens of Moroccan descent, it should be easy to harvest talents to represent and advance the Kingdom’s agenda around the globe. Instead, most of the successful and influential MRE have decided to shy away from putting their names and reputations to back the old country.This reluctance is due to the odd personnel decisions of the Moroccan government agencies that tend to choose weak, incompetent and controversial figures to lead their few public diplomacy efforts around the world.Rabat has allocated significant budgets to promote its positions in the Western Sahara conflict and to publicize recent Royal visits to Africa. Yet, once the King leaves the scene, Moroccan officials and diplomats seems impotent to ride the energy.Despite its clear failures, officials insist on using the same “public diplomacy” strategies that have flopped to  promote Morocco’s positions. Adding to the mix, the current political impasse to form a new government in Rabat has added a new degree of pandemonium.As political leaders continue to catfight over ministerial positions in a never ending discussion to form a government, the Algeria backed Polisario representatives are sabotaging the Kings’ recent success in Africa and mounting a rigorous attack in Latin America.It is difficult to find Moroccan officials or “public diplomats” speaking to the international media explaining and promulgating their nation’s worldwide positions. Apart from postings pictures and inadequately written statements on Facebook, these “envoys” have yet to score a diplomatic coup.  In fact, today the European Union and the United States does not consider the Western Sahara Moroccan.There are Moroccans who hold highly respected positions in France, Belgium, Holland, Canada and the United States, just to name few countries. It is time for Moroccan officials to face their misplaced pride and ask help form a “cream of the crop” that can advantage their native land if asked and approach by the appropriate agencies. Their support will cost nothing but will bring more respect and influence than any high flying public relation firms could ever deliver.It is pitiful that Zambia, a country with no relations to North Africa, can put hurdles in Morocco’s strategy in Africa.  If officials had a strong and long lasting diplomatic strategy in Africa and around the world, a small African nation’s position would have been immaterial to the status and prestige of the Kingdom in the continent.The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not represent any institution or entity. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

Ban lauds Bangladeshs progress on womens and childrens health

Last year Mr. Ban launched the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, which has received the support of many developing countries, including Bangladesh. The strategy is supported by Every Woman Every Child, a global effort to mobilize and intensify global action to save the lives of 16 million women and children and improve the lives of millions more. “Bangladesh showed its vision early on,” Mr. Ban noted at a dinner held in the capital, Dhaka, in support of the initiative, adding that the Government met the challenge with ambitious plans.These included bolstering the health workforce, doubling the number of babies who are born with the supervision of a skilled health worker, and making sure that all health centres in all sub-districts have a midwife available at all times, day or night.This dedication paid off, said Mr. Ban, noting that Bangladesh is one of only 16 countries on track to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to cut the deaths of mothers and children.“Bangladesh is proof that governments have to set the stage for effective health care,” he stated. “But the private sector and civil society have to help deliver it.”Earlier in the day, the Secretary-General travelled by helicopter from Dhaka to the north-east region of Moulvibazar, where he visited a community health clinic to spotlight the importance of ensuring access to women’s health care in rural areas.He also met with officials from BRAC, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that works on health and development. Mr. Ban told reporters that through these visits he was able to see that the Government has been investing in people – investing in smart ways to save lives and give people hope.“It is no secret that, in doing this, Bangladesh has become a model to the world,” he added. “Bangladesh is not only on the front line of development challenges. It is on the front line of development solutions.”Bangladesh has “risen from great hardship to build a thriving economy, a vibrant civil society and a dynamic future,” said Mr. Ban, hailing the country as a tremendous global partner, the top contributor of UN peacekeepers and a leading voice for least developing countries (LDCs).The Secretary-General also highlighted the progress made by Bangladesh in an address at Dhaka University, where he was given an honorary doctorate. He told the hundreds of people gathered that if Bangladesh is to create the prosperous future that it deserves, it will only do so through national unity and common cause.Bangladesh, he also pointed out, is a nation in democratic transition. Commending the country on the peaceful conduct of the 2008 elections, he stressed that it is essential that future ballots be carried out in a free, fair and credible manner and that all political leaders look beyond party lines and work together for the country’s future.As part of his last day in Bangladesh, the Secretary-General also spoke to the Board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI Alliance). He also held a bilateral meeting with the Finance Minister, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, following his meetings yesterday with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni and the leader of the opposition, Begum Khaleda Zia.The discussions focused on a range of issues, including Bangladesh’s role in advancing women’s and children’s health, disaster risk reduction, sustainable development and peacekeeping.The next stop on the Secretary-General’s three-nation tour will be Thailand, followed by Indonesia. 15 November 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spotlighted the progress made by Bangladesh in advancing women’s and children’s health, lauding the South Asian nation for its efforts to end the tragedy of millions of needless deaths. read more

Compensation paid to families of migrant workers

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera together with Thalatha Athukorala, Minister of Foreign Employment and Dr. Harsha De Silva, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs handed over compensation and salary dues to family members of deceased and injured migrant workers.Thirty Nine family members received Seventy Two million Sri Lankan rupees from the Minister at the ceremony. This was the fifth compensation awarding ceremony organized by the Ministry this year. While conveying his profound condolences to the family members of the deceased migrant workers, Minister Samaraweera appreciated their valuable contribution to the national economy by way of foreign exchange remittances from abroad. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was able to disburse approximately Sri Lanka Rupees 210 million as compensation and salary dues among 143 families last year. A sum of Sri Lanka Rupees 274 million has already been distributed among 155 families for the current year. In 2016, the Consular Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been able to secure Rs. 346 million, the highest amount of compensation payment in comparison to the previous five years. The Ministry says it was was able to secure compensation and salary dues with the assistance of Sri Lanka Missions in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, Lebanon, Oman and Jordan. These payments were a result of initiatives and constant follow up action pursued by the Sri Lanka Missions and a large portion of the payments were secured through legal action by some of these Missions. The majority of beneficiaries present at the event were from rural areas. read more

Shave for the Brave honours fallen Badger

Brock’s women’s rugby team raised more than $1,100 during Shave for the Brave, which resulted in Badger teammate Katie Faust shaving off and donating 23 inches of her hair to cancer patients.Taylor Ward is gone, but her Brock University rugby teammates have made sure she won’t be forgotten.The team raised more than $1,100 during Shave for the Brave, which resulted in Badger teammate Katie Faust shaving off and donating 23 inches of her hair to cancer patients.Ward died Sept. 7, 2013 – the team’s first match of the season – after an 11-month battle with leukemia.Faust’s red hair is slowly growing back after teammates shaved it in February.After several months with only $100 raised, the team surpassed its goal of $1,000.“They (teammates) were really proud of me, but I’m just as proud of them because our rookies this year didn’t get the chance to know Taylor,” said Faust, a third-year Sport Management student. “For them to come in and step up and be the great group of rookies they were, it was amazing. For our veterans to be as strong as they were throughout the entire thing, it was unbelievable. It really brought everyone together.”It was the second time in four years Faust, 21, shaved her head to honour a cancer victim.Ward, though, was more than a friend.She was a teammate – one whose memory inspired the Badgers throughout their difficult season.“I thought I could do something to let people know that … Taylor lost her battle,” Faust said, “but the war against cancer is still raging.” read more

Poll Has the Constitutional Convention been a success

first_img I don’t know (510) Poll Results: No (668) YesNoI don’t knowVotecenter_img Yes (328) THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION holds its seventh meeting today as it considers whether the offence of blasphemy should be removed from our Constitution.The Convention met for the first time nearly a year ago to consider several proposals and make recommendations on whether or not referendums should be held on issues including lowering the voting age, same-sex marriage and changing the way we elected TDs.The government has yet to take a firm stance on any of its recommendations although it is likely it will outline its position on same-sex marriage next week.Some say the Convention has been an ideal opportunity to consider our 75-year-old Constitution and what parts of it need updating. Others might argue it’s been a talking shop and wasn’t allowed consider important issues like the future of the Seanad before it went to a referendum.But what do you think? Has the Constitutional Convention been a success?last_img read more

Des astronomes découvrent de nouvelles étoiles les plus jeunes jamais observées

first_imgDes astronomes découvrent de nouvelles étoiles, les plus jeunes jamais observéesMardi, la NASA a annoncé que le télescope spatial Herschel avait déniché pas moins de quinze nouvelles étoiles. Elles feraient partie des plus jeunes jamais observées dans l’univers et seraient localisées dans la constellation d’Orion.Le télescope Herschel a beau être en fin de mission, il n’a pas fini de nous dévoiler les mystères de l’Univers ! Lancé en 2009, l’engin vient de découvrir pas moins de 15 étoiles qui étaient jusqu’ici inconnues. Et pour cause, ces jeunes corps sont entourés d’enveloppes denses de gaz et de poussière (proto-étoiles) qui rendaient leur détection difficile. Il a ainsi fallu des observations d’Herschel mais aussi des télescopes Spitzer et APEX (Atacama Pathfinder Experiment) pour les mettre en évidence.Ces 15 proto-étoiles ont été observées tandis que Herschel étudiait le plus grand site de formation d’étoiles situé à proximité de notre système solaire et localisé dans la constellation d’Orion. Pour le plus grand plaisir des astronomes, les étoiles se sont alors avérées faire partie des plus jeunes jamais découvertes dans l’Univers. “Herschel a revélé le plus grand ensemble d’étoiles si jeunes observé dans une seule région de formation d’étoiles”, a expliqué Amelia Stutz, principal auteur de l’étude publiée dans la revue The Astrophysical Journal. Cette découverte fournit ainsi aux scientifiques un aperçu de l’une des phases les plus précoces et les moins bien comprises de la formation d’étoiles. “Avec ces résultats, nous approchons encore davantage de la possibilité d’observer une étoile commençant à se former”, a ajouté cette scientifique du Max Planck Institute for Astronomy en Allemagne. Des étoiles âgées d’à peine 25.000 ansLes étoiles naissent de l’effondrement gravitationnel de nuages massifs de gaz et de poussière. Ce passage d’un nuage de gaz tiède vers une boule de plasma très chaud, l’étoile, est relativement rapide, d’un point de vue cosmique, durant seulement quelques centaines de milliers d’années. Dénicher des proto-étoiles dans leurs phases les plus précoces et les plus courtes est donc un véritable défi. Pour en trouver, des astronomes ont travaillé pendant des années sur le nuage moléculaire d’Orion, une vaste collection de nuages de formation d’étoiles. Néanmoins, ils n’avaient pas pu jusqu’ici, observer les proto-étoiles qui ont été découvertes par Herschel. “Les études précédents ont manqué les proto-étoiles les plus denses, les plus jeunes, et peut-être les plus extrêmes et froides de tout Orion”, a précisé Stutz cité dans un communiqué de la NASA. Pour en savoir plus, Herschel a espionné les proto-étoiles avec des lumières bien précises, pouvant percer à travers les nuages denses qui bloquent normalement les autres lumières. Puis les observations ont été comparées à celles des autres télescopes.Parmi les 15 nouvelles proto-étoiles, 11 possèdent des couleurs très rouges, ce qui signifie que les étoiles sont encore très ancrées dans leur enveloppe gazeuse et donc qu’elles sont très jeunes. Des caractéristiques semblables ont déjà été observés sur sept autres proto-étoiles découvertes par Spitzer. Mais ces étoiles ajoutées aux 11 autres ne représentent que 5% des proto-étoiles et proto-étoiles candidates observées dans Orion. Ce chiffre comprend les plus jeunes étoiles jamais identifiées qui pourraient être âgées d’à peine 25.000 ans, un clignement d’oeil comparé à des corps comme notre Soleil vieux d’un peu plus de 4,5 milliards d’années. Compléter l’album de famille des étoiles Ces nouveaux et jeunes corps “pourraient être capables de nous aider à mieux comprendre comment le processus de formation des étoiles fonctionne dans les tout premiers stades, quand la plupart de la masse stellaire est construite mais quand les conditions physiques sont plus difficiles à observer”, a ajouté Amélia Stutz. Or, ceci est d’une importance cruciale alors que les scientifiques espèrent documenter chronologiquement chaque stade du développement d’une étoile, un peu à la manière d’un album de famille, d’avant leur naissance à leur “enfance”.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESA”Avec ces découvertes récentes, nous ajoutons une photo manquante importante à l’album de famille du développement des étoiles”, a ainsi commenté Glenn Wahlgren, scientifique du programme Herschel pour la NASA. “Herschel nous a permis d’étudier les étoiles en bas âge”, ne reste donc plus désormais qu’à parvenir à remonter davantage dans leur histoire.  (crédits photo : NASA/ESA/ESO/JPL-Caltech/Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy) Le 20 mars 2013 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

I Downloaded My Facebook Activity Archive And You Should Too

first_imgStay on target I just downloaded my Facebook data, and yes, like others, they do have all the mobile numbers in my address book, including some sensitive ones, so now what, as I lean on this open stable door watching the horse disappear over the hill?— Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) March 25, 2018 I downloaded my Facebook data and now I’m going through it. Biggest surprise so far:Facebook gave Sum 41 my contact info pic.twitter.com/zPfu2qqhFd— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) March 23, 2018 They have plundered my phone. They have phone numbers of people who aren’t on Facebook. They have phone numbers of household names who, i’m sure, would be furious to know their phone numbers are accessible. I’m appalled.— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) March 25, 2018 Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. If you can’t trust social media with your personal data, who can you trust?Revelations about Facebook’s data-collection practices have landed the network in hot water—with the U.S. government and global users.In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Mark Zuckerberg & Co. now face an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.“The FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook,” Tom Pahl, acting director of the Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement on Monday.“The FTC is confirming that it has an open non-public investigation into these practices.”That’s great. But people are freaking out about the private information Facebook is already hoarding. Want to freak yourself out? I’m gonna show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it— Dylan Curran (@iamdylancurran) March 24, 2018Mobile users are particularly vulnerable: It turns out Facebook’s Android apps have long been siphoning call and SMS logs—without express permission. (Apple, meanwhile, has never allowed silent access to call data.)In a Sunday blog post, the firm argued that “While we receive certain permissions from Android, uploading this information has always been opt-in only.”What Facebook won’t admit, though, is that requests for consent are often confusing, misleading, or buried under legalese. (In its defense, the network has made the option to withdraw more explicit with recent updates.)Scanning my own activity archive, I’m not surprised to find evidence of photos and videos posted to the site or my scheduled events.But a transcript of every Messenger conversation I’ve ever had? And the phone number and email address of friends (some of whom I’ve not had contact with in more than a decade)? That feels uncomfortably invasive.It is certainly your prerogative to say goodbye to Facebook and uninstall any related apps (WhatsApp and Instagram included).You don’t need to take drastic measures to protect your data, though.Simply navigate to your phone’s Settings, then to “Account Settings” and “Apps.” From there, check which programs currently have access to your account, then click “Remove App” to revoke access.A good rule of thumb is to not connect applications to your social media account. There’s really no good reason to, and it’s not worth compromising your privacy.“We remain strongly committed to protecting people’s information,” Rob Sherman, deputy chief privacy officer at Facebook, said in a statement. “We appreciate the opportunity to answer questions the FTC may have.”Editor’s note: This story was updated at 11 a.m. ET with comment from Facebook.last_img read more

POGO operators drive 27 increase in Metro Manila office rentals in 1Q19

first_img RelatedPosts New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status Load More Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) have been credited with driving a 27% increase in office rentals in Metro Manila in the three months to 31 March 2019.According to a report from real estate giant Jones Lang LaSalle, “The influx of investors from mainland China, especially those involved in POGOs, has contributed to the growth of commercial office activities in both Parañaque City and Pasay City, where the Bay Area is located.” Commercial leases in Metro Manila increased by a total of 51% year-on-year of which POGOs contributed more than half of the growth.The Philippines recently announced the establishment of a new interagency task force to crackdown on illegal online gambling activities in the Philippines, including the compilation of a list of foreign nationals employed by POGOs following claims the government was missing out on Php3 billion (US$57.5 million) in tax revenue each month.Gaming regulator PAGCOR had earlier revealed that its POGO scheme contributed revenue of Php7.365 billion (US$139.3 million) in 2018 – almost double the amount contributed in the previous year.last_img read more

36 introduce flexible working to improve absence rates

first_imgJust over a third (36%) of employer respondents have implemented flexible working initiatives to address staff absence rates, according to research by industry body Group Risk Development (Grid).Its survey of 501 employers also found that a quarter (25%) have seen their absence rates improve over the last 12 months, compared to 40% last year.The research also found:10% of respondents have seen their absence rates worsen over the past year, and 54% say they have remained the same.57% of respondents say employee absences cost them up to 4% of payroll. To improve this, 28% conduct return-to-work interviews and 17% use disciplinary procedures for unacceptable absence.62% of respondents that have seen their absence rates improve cite good morale as the main reason for this, and 34% believe improvements are a result of having robust absence management strategies in place.45% believe the improvement in absence rates is down to fear of redundancy or anxiety about jobs, and 30% think it is due to presenteeism.Respondents that have experienced an increase in employee absence rates believe this is a result of low morale (69%), staff shortages (42%), and bogus absences (40%).Katharine Moxham (pictured), spokesperson for Grid, said: “It’s important that strategies to manage absence are kept up, and that rates aren’t allowed to increase as it really will have a significant impact on business costs in the long run.“That said, it can’t be denied that a quarter have seen rates improve, whether or not this is down on last year, and employers are actively introducing initiatives that focus on the health and wellness of their staff. Flexible working can help to retain talented staff, allowing them to balance home commitments as well as focus on work.“To avoid any surprise costs, and protect against future absences, it’s vital these initiatives are kept up and that they remain a priority. It may seem like a lot to consider in the short-term, but investing in staff in this way will make a huge difference to the bottom line.”last_img read more

Air Force to host meeting to unveil plan to provide potable water

first_imgMost of the groundwater samples that show levels of perflourinated compounds that could threaten human health were found north of the Richardson Highway around Moose Creek. The EPA has set a Lifetime Health Advisory limit of 7 parts per trillion for perflourinated compounds. (Corps of Engineers photo)Air Force officials will host an open house meeting tonight to talk about proposals to provide drinking water to Moose Creek residents whose well water has been made unpotable due to groundwater contamination.Listen nowOfficials with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center will unveil a plan to build a water pipeline from the North Pole water-treatment plant to Moose Creek during Monday’s meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Moose Creek Fire Station.But Eielson Air Force Base spokesman Lieutenant Kitsana Dounglomchan says the officials also will talk about alternative proposals at the meeting.“The Air Force Engineer Center has determined that this first alternative is the best alternative,” Dounglomchan said. “However, the point of having this open house/town hall is to allow Moose Creek residents to make their public comments on it.”Dounglomchan says engineering center personnel believe building a 5-mile pipeline from North Pole to Moose Creek is the best of seven alternatives they’ve developed to provide potable water to the community. The area’s groundwater has been contaminated with two types of perflourinated compounds that came mainly from a type of firefighting foam used at Eielson in years past. But he says if residents think one of the other alternatives would work better, they can comment on that at the meeting.“And based on those comments,” Dounglomchan said. “The Air Force might decide to alter or change its decision, if it’s like, ‘Yeah, we see where you’re coming from there, and it makes sense to move to one of these other alternatives.’ ”Those other alternatives include piping water from Eielson’s water-treatment plant, and installing tanks and delivering water to each home or business in the community.The preferred plan to build the pipeline from North Pole is estimated to cost just over $25 million. Dounglomchan says if that’s the alternative the public and the agency agree on and the decision is made final this summer and funding appropriated this year, water could be flowing within five years.“We would expect the project to be completed by around 2022 or early 2023,” Dounglomchan said.Dounglomchan says more information about the Interim Proposed Plan for Long-Term Water Supply for the Moose Creek is available from the Eielson public affairs office.last_img read more

Why a hydrogen economy doesnt make sense

first_imgIn a recent study, fuel cell expert Ulf Bossel explains that a hydrogen economy is a wasteful economy. The large amount of energy required to isolate hydrogen from natural compounds (water, natural gas, biomass), package the light gas by compression or liquefaction, transfer the energy carrier to the user, plus the energy lost when it is converted to useful electricity with fuel cells, leaves around 25% for practical use — an unacceptable value to run an economy in a sustainable future. Only niche applications like submarines and spacecraft might use hydrogen. “More energy is needed to isolate hydrogen from natural compounds than can ever be recovered from its use,” Bossel explains to PhysOrg.com. “Therefore, making the new chemical energy carrier form natural gas would not make sense, as it would increase the gas consumption and the emission of CO2. Instead, the dwindling fossil fuel reserves must be replaced by energy from renewable sources.”While scientists from around the world have been piecing together the technology, Bossel has taken a broader look at how realistic the use of hydrogen for carrying energy would be. His overall energy analysis of a hydrogen economy demonstrates that high energy losses inevitably resulting from the laws of physics mean that a hydrogen economy will never make sense. “The advantages of hydrogen praised by journalists (non-toxic, burns to water, abundance of hydrogen in the Universe, etc.) are misleading, because the production of hydrogen depends on the availability of energy and water, both of which are increasingly rare and may become political issues, as much as oil and natural gas are today,” says Bossel.“There is a lot of money in the field now,” he continues. “I think that it was a mistake to start with a ‘Presidential Initiative’ rather with a thorough analysis like this one. Huge sums of money were committed too soon, and now even good scientists prostitute themselves to obtain research money for their students or laboratories—otherwise, they risk being fired. But the laws of physics are eternal and cannot be changed with additional research, venture capital or majority votes.”Even though many scientists, including Bossel, predict that the technology to establish a hydrogen economy is within reach, its implementation will never make economic sense, Bossel argues. “In the market place, hydrogen would have to compete with its own source of energy, i.e. with (“green”) electricity from the grid,” he says. “For this reason, creating a new energy carrier is a no-win solution. We have to solve an energy problem not an energy carrier problem.”A wasteful processIn his study, Bossel analyzes a variety of methods for synthesizing, storing and delivering hydrogen, since no single method has yet proven superior. To start, hydrogen is not naturally occurring, but must be synthesized. Solar power system that works at night a renewable energy game-changer Citation: Why a hydrogen economy doesn’t make sense (2006, December 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-12-hydrogen-economy-doesnt.html Explore furthercenter_img This chart compares the useful transport energy requirements for a vehicle powered from a hydrogen process (left) vs. electricity (right). Image Credit: Ulf Bossel. “Ultimately, hydrogen has to be made from renewable electricity by electrolysis of water in the beginning,” Bossel explains, “and then its energy content is converted back to electricity with fuel cells when it’s recombined with oxygen to water. Separating hydrogen from water by electrolysis requires massive amounts of electrical energy and substantial amounts of water.” Also, hydrogen is not a source of energy, but only a carrier of energy. As a carrier, it plays a role similar to that of water in a hydraulic heating system or electrons in a copper wire. When delivering hydrogen, whether by truck or pipeline, the energy costs are several times that for established energy carriers like natural gas or gasoline. Even the most efficient fuel cells cannot recover these losses, Bossel found. For comparison, the “wind-to-wheel” efficiency is at least three times greater for electric cars than for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Another headache is storage. When storing liquid hydrogen, some gas must be allowed to evaporate for safety reasons—meaning that after two weeks, a car would lose half of its fuel, even when not being driven. Also, Bossel found that the output-input efficiency cannot be much above 30%, while advanced batteries have a cycle efficiency of above 80%. In every situation, Bossel found, the energy input outweighs the energy delivered by a factor of three to four. “About four renewable power plants have to be erected to deliver the output of one plant to stationary or mobile consumers via hydrogen and fuel cells,” he writes. “Three of these plants generate energy to cover the parasitic losses of the hydrogen economy while only one of them is producing useful energy.”This fact, he shows, cannot be changed with improvements in technology. Rather, the one-quarter efficiency is based on necessary processes of a hydrogen economy and the properties of hydrogen itself, e.g. its low density and extremely low boiling point, which increase the energy cost of compression or liquefaction and the investment costs of storage. The alternative: An electron economyEconomically, the wasteful hydrogen process translates to electricity from hydrogen and fuel cells costing at least four times as much as electricity from the grid. In fact, electricity would be much more efficiently used if it were sent directly to the appliances instead. If the original electricity could be directly supplied by wires, as much as 90% could be used in applications.“The two key issues of a secure and sustainable energy future are harvesting energy from renewable sources and finding the highest energy efficiency from source to service,” he says. “Among these possibilities, biomethane [which is already being used to fuel cars in some areas] is an important, but only limited part of the energy equation. Electricity from renewable sources will play the dominant role.”To Bossel, this means focusing on the establishment of an efficient “electron economy.” In an electron economy, most energy would be distributed with highest efficiency by electricity and the shortest route in an existing infrastructure could be taken. The efficiency of an electron economy is not affected by any wasteful conversions from physical to chemical and from chemical to physical energy. In contrast, a hydrogen economy is based on two such conversions (electrolysis and fuel cells or hydrogen engines). “An electron economy can offer the shortest, most efficient and most economical way of transporting the sustainable ‘green’ energy to the consumer,” he says. “With the exception of biomass and some solar or geothermal heat, wind, water, solar, geothermal, heat from waste incineration, etc. become available as electricity. Electricity could provide power for cars, comfortable temperature in buildings, heat, light, communication, etc. “In a sustainable energy future, electricity will become the prime energy carrier. We now have to focus our research on electricity storage, electric cars and the modernization of the existing electricity infrastructure.”Citation: Bossel, Ulf. “Does a Hydrogen Economy Make Sense?” Proceedings of the IEEE. Vol. 94, No. 10, October 2006.By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 Physorg.com 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.last_img read more