The BCCI has formally sought the clearance of the central government to play Pakistan in Sri Lanka in December, its secretary Anurag Thakur confirmed.The ball is now in the court of respective governments of India and Pakistan with both BCCI and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) waiting for political clearance for the series next month.”Yesterday, I have written a letter to the Foreign Ministry seeking clearance to play with Pakistan in Sri Lanka,” said Thakur.”According to the agreement of India and Pakistan, both teams were supposed to play in UAE or at any other neutral venue if the conditions in Pakistan were not suitable. It is up to Pakistan as to where they want to play. After discussions with BCCI and PCB, both countries have decided to play in Sri Lanka,” he added.PCB too is waiting for the government nod and its chief Shahryar Khan expects Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take the decision soon.”It is very much in the hands of the government. I personally dont know how much time it will take for the clearance. The Prime Minister is travelling at the moment, so he will take a decision soon after coming back. We will just have to wait,” Shahryar told.With only a month’s window available after India finish their Test Series against South Africa on December 7, the much awaited series is likely to be confined to three ODIs and two T20 Internationals instead of the original five ODIs, two Tests and as many T20 Internationals.advertisementSri Lanka emerged as the host for the series between arch-rivals after India refused to play in UAE. The proceedings had been fast-tracked once BCCI president and current ICC chairman Shashank Manohar met PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan and senior official Najam Sethi in presence of ECB supremo and chairman of ‘Pakistan Task Force’ Giles Clarke, who is likely to make the series announcement on Friday.
Freelancers need headshots, too!As a freelancer, it may be hard to figure out your place amongst the working stiffs. Freelancers have to work harder than most to cultivate connections and potential jobs, which is why it is so important to have a strong presence on various job and social media sites.Unfortunately, no matter how impressive your CV is, the first thing that people will invariably look at is your photo, and what may work for Facebook might not cut it on LinkedIn or your website.Here are a few guidelines to follow for professional selfies, hereby known as #profies (boom internet, just invented a hashtag).1. Make it naturalMake sure your pose and expression are not awkward or forced. It’s also important to remember that much like a fake laugh, people are pretty good at spotting a fake smile, so make it sincere. If you need some help here’s a gif:2. Dress the partIf you are a freelance CPA, then perhaps you would do best in business attire. If you are a personal chef, maybe a suit would be awkward. In general, neutral or darker toned clothes are a safe bet because these colors won’t take any attention away from your face. Avoid any styling that is distracting or superfluous.3. Lighting, setting, and positionThere are three important factors to consider for the overall composition of your shot: lighting, setting and position.Lighting: Natural light is great for a soft, even light. For foolproof #profies position yourself in front of a solid wall or backdrop, and face directly towards the source of light.Setting: Where you choose to shoot is very important for your headshot as well; it should be purposeful and a part of the context of who you are and what you are trying to portray.Position: Similar to pose, you should consider how you are oriented within your setting and how close up or far away the photo is shot. Given that you are typically limited by selfie arm length, you may have less options on distance depending on what device you use to take the photo. Or you can get one of these things (as unbelievably stupid as they are, whoever invented them is an evil genius).4. Facebook vs. LinkedIn vs. TwitterWe live in a pretty connected world, and it’s hard to stay confined in one location without being cross referenced in others. Additionally, you may want to link to a Facebook or Twitter page from within your LinkedIn profile or website. While you may choose to use your headshot for your professional platforms, you should be mindful of your profile photos across all social media platforms given that potential clients will most likely see it, and therefore it should be a good representation of you.Professional or #Profie?Ultimately the choice is yours, if you go the professional route your photos are going to look, well, more professional. If you are willing to go it alone, grab your digital photography tool of choice and see what you can do on your own (even if it is just to give you a frame of reference for having more professional shots done later). Of course if you do go pro, why not support a local freelance photographer?Some do’s and don’ts:Winning #profie! Great smile, sweater, lighting, setting, and position! You’re hired!Almost there, ditch the scarf and the earrings and you’ll have yourself a stunner. Also, a little close up. Also, your smile is fake. Also, look at the viewfinder, not at yourself.Nothing about this is right, unless you are seeking a career as a botanist, but even then.You have mastered the #selfie grasshopper, however, it’s not quite #profie material due to the setting and position.This would have been a good one if it weren’t for the lighting and the mysterious rivet next to your temple. Bright backgrounds can make your #profie stand out! So keep it in mind.What are your tips for #profies freelancers or have you ever had professional headshots taken?
Motorola last month confirmed that the company would be announcing its first product of the year in April. It looks like it has now chosen April 19 as the date and Sao Paulo as the location to unveil its new product. In all likelihood this could be the Moto G6 series that we’ve been hearing about over the past several weeks. The lineup is expected to include the Moto G6, Moto G6 Play and Moto G6 Plus from what past reports tell us, and these phones are also tipped to bring a new design language as well.The company has sent out media invites for its event where it is expected to announce its first smartphone lineup for the year. Over the past several months, we have heard rumours of not just the Moto G6 series, but the Moto E5 line as well, so it is possible that we may see both the series being announced this month. Chances of the Moto G6 line is more, however, as a number of reports have been pouring in about the devices over the past few weeks. Earlier this month, both the Moto G6 and the G6 Play were listed online, revealing some key specs along with pricing.The Moto G6, from everything that we have heard so far, will sport an 18:9 display on the front with slim bezels all around and a circular dual rear camera setup on the back that looks similar to the Moto X4. Notably, despite the tall aspect ratio, Motorola will keep sufficient bezels on the bottom to keep the home button cum fingerprint sensor. As per an online listing, the Moto G6 will sport a 5.7-inch Full HD+ display and will be protected by a Gorilla Glass on top. The phone is expected to be powered by a 1.8GHz octa core processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.advertisementThe dual rear camera could include a 12-megapixel primary lens and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor for depth effects. As per past reports the Moto G6 will come with a 16-megapixel selfie camera, but the most recent listing notes an 8-megapixel sensor so it’s anyone’s guess at the moment. The online listing also pegs the G6 at $250 (approx Rs 16,300). Picture Courtesy: Droid LifeThe Moto G6 Play is expected to fall below the G6 as far as pricing is concerned. The Play model is also tipped to sport a 5.7-inch Full HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It will look similar to the G6 in that the home button will be on the front and a circular camera module on the back – only the module might just keep one camera sensor instead of two. A 5-megapixel front camera is also expected. The handset is expected to be powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 427 chipset. The main highlight of the phone is that it is tipped to be backed by a 4,000mAh battery. As per the online listing, the Moto G6 Play will be priced at $200 (approx Rs 13,000).The Moto G6 Plus will be the most expensive among the three phones and is expected to be a larger device with a 5.93-inch full HD+ display. The phone will likely be powered by a more powerful Snapdragon 630 SoC. All three phones are expected to ship with Android Oreo out-of-the-box. Not much else is known about the Plus model as yet. We will know more in the days leading up to the launch event on April 19.
features Since you’re here… ‘It’s not fun to get punched in the face’You’d never know that boxing was dying from one glance inside the Morris Park Boxing Club in the Van Nest neighborhood of the Bronx on a simmering August weekday afternoon, amid the thwap-thwap of gloves on punching bags, the faint whistle of jump ropes, the smell of leather and sweat. Thousands of young professional and amateur fighters come through the gym since it opened shop in 1977, among them homegrown world champions like Davis and Lou Del Valle. But a quarter-century ago, an estimated 150 gyms were scattered throughout the five boroughs. Today there are fewer than 10. Boxing gyms have struggled to keep their doors open as business declines, while rents escalate and gentrification encroaches.The famed spaces of yesteryear are all gone: Gramercy Gym, owned by Cus D’Amato, trainer of world champions Floyd Patterson, Jose Torres and Mike Tyson, has become a PC Richards store near Union Square. Grupp’s is a Food Bank For New York City. Others have been converted to storefronts for Jamba Juice or Urban Outfitters. Many gyms, like Gleason’s and the Church Street Boxing Gym, now primarily cater not to aspiring fighters but to white-collar clients, who may want a rigorous workout but aren’t looking to boxing for a livelihood. The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage “No one gave a shit about either guy in the fight,” DiBella says. “People didn’t care about that, people care about this. Mayweather, whatever you think of him, a lot of people love him and a lot of people hate him. But that makes people care. And McGregor is like a singular personality in MMA, definitely the biggest self-marketer in the UFC, a guy who has unbelievable swagger. He’s a guy who’s crazy enough to think he could win, who’s charismatic enough to convince the world he could win, against the biggest name in boxing.”One prevailing narrative attributes boxing’s decline to the rise of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the mixed martial arts promotion that’s launched McGregor to stardom. The UFC is a centralized entity that holds all of its fighters under contract, empowering the organization with the ability to make the fights the fans want to see. But executives from both sports have disputed the characterization of combat sports as a zero-sum game.“The core demographic for boxing is black, Hispanic and baby boomers, while the UFC targets younger adults who grew up watching WWE but aren’t married with kids yet,” says one high-ranking TV executive, who spoke to the Guardian on condition of anonymity. “Look at the brands [the UFC] associates itself with and places where it holds events.”Nor is it an age problem. A recent analysis of live TV viewership on broadcast and cable telecasts found the median age of viewers for UFC was 34 a decade ago compared to 47 for boxing. Last year, the median for both sports was 49. The fact is, this has always been a sport that’s existed the precipice of extinction, from the backlash to the English bare-knuckle fights of the 1700s to the mob corruption of the mid-20th century to the renewed abolition movement of the 1980s, often led by white middle-class reformers disconnected from the countless impoverished and disenfranchised youth, mainly black and Hispanic, it’s saved. Surely boxing has been complicit in its own downfall in the United States, but it will take a lot more than one circus match to put it down for the count. Support The Guardian ‘An inability to govern itself’Lou DiBella, the whip-smart and bombastic New York fight promoter, regards the trade that represents his livelihood with an insider’s knowledge and outsider’s healthy skepticism. The 56-year-old Harvard Law School graduate, who opened a promotional company after an 11-year run as HBO’s boxing czar, has never been one to whitewash the sport’s flaws, but he scoffs at the notion that Mayweather-McGregor is a negative. That ship sailed long ago.“This fight isn’t bad for boxing,” DiBella says. “Boxing’s been bad for boxing for a long time now. It went from being one of the one or two biggest sports in America to, in a half-century, becoming marginalized.“The decline of boxing was hastened by the fact there is no monopoly in boxing. There is no one dominant company in boxing. Boxing has had a decline largely based on its own inability to govern itself. There hasn’t been a sensible business model or paradigm for the industry in years and years.”The sweet science of bruising was America’s preeminent sport during the first half of the 20th century and New York City was its commercial and spiritual epicenter, home to meccas like Madison Square Garden and Yankee Stadium, where scribes like AJ Liebling and WC Heinz spun legends and made folk heroes out of such champions as Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano and Sugar Ray Robinson. Yet even as the sport thrives abroad with dynamic stars like Anthony Joshua selling out Wembley Stadium, boxing in the US has found itself muscled further to the periphery of a sports and entertainment landscape that’s never been more crowded.The reasons are manifest and well-documented, but the lack of clearly identifiable champions rates high on the list.Fifty years ago, there were eight world champions, from flyweight to heavyweight, and everyone knew who they were. But the sport’s lack of a central authority has wrought four major sanctioning bodies – the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF – that can each designate multiple champions, super champions, interim champions, regular champions and champions emeritus, in 17 divisions instead of eight. It’s created an alphabet soup that’s made the sport incomprehensible to casual observers while cheapening the currency of a world title. “It would be like if they gave out four Olympic gold medals for every event,” says Thomas Hauser, the author and boxing historian. “The heavyweight championship of the world was the most coveted title in sports. Everyone knew who the heavyweight champion was. And not only when it was Muhammad Ali or Rocky Marciano, they knew when it was Ingemar Johansson. These days, that’s just not the case.”That might be tolerable if the sport delivered compelling match-ups with regularity, but it doesn’t. Boxing is healthier than it’s given credit for, with a loyal and robust audience that turns up for and buys the big fights. But too often that loyalty is abused by promoters who fail to produce the fights the fans want to see and are far too self-satisfied on the rare occasions they do. Source: Esther Lin/Showtime Sports Once the sport’s center of gravity, New York has been supplanted by Las Vegas, where the casinos offer free venues, vast site fees and complimentary hotel rooms to just about everyone involved with a promotion. Even when promoters want to stage a major fight in New York, it’s simply not feasible. New York’s higher cost of living has also undercut the talent pool. Many professional boxers train in the South, where life is cheaper, or in Las Vegas or along the Gulf Coast where there are more casinos and opportunities to fight.The world’s highest paid athletes have, almost without exception, always been American boxers. But it does not follow that boxers in general are highly paid and the sport’s shrinking middle class has never felt as condensed as today. When you consider the stratospheric spike in professional football and basketball salaries – other sports that draw their enlistees from America’s underclasses – it’s no wonder that America’s next great prizefighter is most likely playing middle linebacker or power forward today.“It’s not fun to get punched in the face,” Hauser says. “It’s hard and there’s no glory in it. If you’re an Olympic gold medalist, maybe you’ll start out making a million dollars a fight. But boxers starting out today are far more likely to be making $200 or $300 for a four-rounder.” Source: AP This criticism metastasized into a mainstream controversy with Mayweather’s inability for years to come to terms with Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino slugger who threatened Floyd’s status as the world’s best fighter. It’s rare that two boxers considered the best in the sport will come from the same weight class and rarer still that both are roughly the same age. This was no dream fight, it was an obligation: a fight the public had made. It finally happened in 2015, breaking every revenue benchmark imaginable. But the underwhelming product between fighters past their physical peaks left a bad taste that promoters almost unilaterally claim did more harm than good, leaving the sport in an extended hangover. Worse still, the sport’s power brokers have placed their biggest events behind a paywall. Where America’s four major over-the-air TV networks broadcast major bouts as recently as a quarter-century ago, the biggest fights are now carried exclusively on HBO, Showtime and other pay cable networks. Pay-per-view costs for marquee events have soared as high as $99.95, pricing out the casual fan.“How big would Tiger Woods have been,” Hauser asks, “if people could have watched him in the John Deere Classic for free, but had to pay $79.95 to watch him in the Masters?”These days, a boxer needs a special something to cross over into the cultural mainstream, whether it’s a hyperkinetic, made-for-YouTube style (like Mike Tyson or Manny Pacquiao) or a built-in fan base (like Oscar De La Hoya).No one knows this better than Mayweather. For years he was billed as Pretty Boy Floyd, an extraordinary boxer with little profile beyond hardcore fight fans. Then in 2007, he bought out his contract from Bob Arum for the princely sum of $750,000 and recast himself as a villain, aided by the advent of HBO’s 24/7 docuseries and his 2007 superfight with De La Hoya, and became a crossover star. Mainstream-cracking appearances from Dancing With The Stars to WrestleMania followed. He’s since amassed a fortune greater than any other fighter in history, no less than a miracle given his risk-averse, defensive style that appeals to a subset of aficionados but not a broader public that’s always preferred slugging to boxing.Mayweather’s net worth only ballooned after he decided to be the cowboy in the black hat: since 2006, he’s generated more than $1bn in revenue – mainly because more people fork over their money in hopes of watching him lose. For several years he’s been at the top of Forbes’ highest-paid athletes list despite virtually no income from endorsements, which may strike some financial minds as wasted earning potential but which in reality makes him beholden to nobody but himself.Now the greatest heel in American sports since Jack Johnson stands to make a record windfall on a fight that many purists have decried as a craven money grab, a backlash DiBella claps back at. “I love fighters and I like the fact that it’s a sport of poor kids, I like the poetry and the drama and the theater of boxing,” DiBella says. “But who’s going to start talking about the purity and sanctity of boxing? Get the fuck out of here with that. The holier-than-thou shit that’s coming out of this fight, a lot of it’s from people who wish they were economically involved.” Floyd Mayweather Read more Mayweather and Pacquiao banner hangs on the MGM Grand | Source: Getty US sports … we have a small favour to ask. 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We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Topics Share on Facebook Share via Email Glenn, who turned 87 on Friday and still holds court into the morning hours on most nights, has worn many hats during more than six decades in and around the fight game. He had 16 fights as an amateur, once going the distance in a loss to Floyd Patterson. He’s worked as a cutman and he’s managed a number of fighters and trained a few more, steering Jameel McCline to a pair of heavyweight title shots in the early 00s but never winning the big one. For years he owned and operated the famed Times Square Gym two blocks down on 42nd Street, where he worked as an occasional trainer for his friend Muhammad Ali when he was in town. The gym and the building that housed it are long gone, razed in the 1980s amid a redevelopment that transformed Times Square from gallery of drug dealers, sex shops, pickpockets and hustlers to the Disneyfied tourist destination of present day. But the bar endures – one of the last vestiges of the area’s gritty, pre-Giuliani incarnation, not so different today than when it opened in 1971. Source: Lauren Caulk Reuse this content Share on Messenger Jimmy’s Corner is a classic dive on 44th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues in Manhattan, a half-block east from the neon marquees and flashing Jumbotrons of Times Square. The bar is warmly lit and slender, hardly wider than a walk-in closet, open seven days a week from 11.30am to 4am. The booze is cheap, the jukebox is loaded with Stax classics and the walls are a dense assemblage of posters, memorabilia and photographs culled from owner Jimmy Glenn’s panoramic life in boxing. Conor McGregor When there’s a fight in town, it’s not uncommon to see promoters, trainers and ring types along the long bar or clustered around the tables in the back. But these days Jimmy’s is less a town square for boxing’s colorful cast of players and more of a throwback to a time when the sport commanded the national consciousness like no other public spectacle.The conversation among the barflies tonight is the forthcoming fight between Floyd Mayweather, the finest boxer of his generation, and Conor McGregor, the mixed martial arts star and the first fighter in the 23-year history of the UFC to hold titles simultaneously in two weight divisions. They’re the biggest pay-per-view draws in their respective sports, but Saturday’s fight on the Las Vegas strip is under boxing rules, an arrangement that some have likened to a 5000m race between Usain Bolt and Mo Farah or a trumpet competition between Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix.The fight has thrust boxing into the national conversation in America once more, but the rhetoric hasn’t been positive. If a circus match like this is the best that boxing has to offer, what hope does the sport have for the future? Share on Pinterest Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn At home on the brinkSaturday’s fight between Mayweather and McGregor is expected to eclipse the domestic pay-per-view record of 4.6m buys set by Mayweather’s summit meeting with Pacquiao two years ago. At a price point of $99.95, that could mean up to $500m in pay-per-view revenue in addition to the live gate, international broadcast rights and sponsorship deals, which altogether could approach an additional $200m. But what does it intimate for a sport’s long-term health that a one-off stunt, a spectacle that’s drawn comparisons to Muhammad Ali’s risible fight with the Japanese pro wrestler Antonio Inoki in 1976, will be the sport’s biggest event in years, casting a long shadow over big-ticket events like September’s middleweight title unification fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin?“I don’t believe anyone’s getting cheated, I don’t believe it’s immoral or unethical,” DiBella says. “It is what it is. The world is the world. There are a lot of things I shake my head at all the time in 21st-century America. People like events and celebrity and conflict and immediate gratification.“I don’t understand the Kardashians being stars. I don’t understand Housewife shows. But let’s cut all the self-righteousness, let’s cut all the pseudo-intellectual analysis and cut to the bottom line. It’s happening because a lot of people want to pay to see it.”Three days after the Mayweather-McGregor fight was announced, Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev met in a rematch of a gripping unified light heavyweight title fight in November that ended in controversy. It was, at least by one metric, the best fight that could be made: Ward and Kovalev were rated the two best prizefighters in the world, pound for pound, by Ring magazine. Yet it badly underwhelmed at the box office, reportedly generated 130,000 pay-per-view buys and a paid attendance of 6,366, generating a live gate of $2.19m.
SAN ANTONIO, TX – APRIL 02: Head coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats reacts against the Michigan Wolverines in the second half during the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four National Championship game at the Alamodome on April 2, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. The Villanova Wildcats defeated the Michigan Wolverines 79-62. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)If we could assign a face to the a No. 16 seed is going to eventually beat a No. 1 seed bandwagon, that face would be the one belonging to Pablo Torre. The ESPN The Magazine senior writer and Around the Horn panelist has now picked a No. 16 seed to upset a No. 1 three years in a row. In 2013, Torre picked Southern to beat Gonzaga; the Bulldogs won, but the game was tied with under four minutes to play. In 2014, he predicted Coastal Carolina would knock off Virginia; the Cavaliers were victorious, but trailed by five points at halftime. And in 2015, Torre is claiming Lafayette will defeat Villanova. He made his prediction on ATH today. S/o to @PabloTorre for predicting us over Nova on @AroundtheHorn today #MarchMadness #Cinderella pic.twitter.com/34KFMqZGMM— Monty Boykins (@MontyBoykins32) March 18, 2015It is going to eventually happen. Will this be the year?
Story Highlights Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) President, Diane Edwards, says more value-added products need to be exported to the European Union (EU), to reverse the decline in trade with the bloc.“We need to diversify away from commodities like banana and sugar into value- added products. So, we have coffee, which can become a value-added product. We have many food producers who have been producing unique and interesting items,” she said.Ms. Edwards was speaking to JIS News at a CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) workshop, held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on October 2.Brought into effect on December 29, 2008, the EPA applies duty-free-quota-free market access to all products from CARIFORUM countries, except arms.Since the signing of the CARIFORUM-EU EPA on October 15, 2008, Jamaica’s trade with the EU has declined by 67 per cent.Ms. Edwards is recommending branding locally produced goods as “authentic Jamaican” to be marketed in Europe.“Jamaican music is also another huge opportunity, which we have never used to promote Jamaican products. There are about 20 to 30 music festivals in Europe. We need a programme to position Jamaican cuisine, music and the whole lifestyle as a vehicle to sell our products,” she said.Meanwhile, the JAMPRO Head said plans are in the offing to position Jamaica in the top 10 of Doing Business.“We are actually working very hard with the World Bank on a specific agenda, on a specific menu of steps, which will take us into the top 10,” she said.A part of the process will be to make the “permitting and approvals process easier, which is really critical,” Ms. Edwards said.Produced by the World Bank, the Doing Business Report presents quantitative indicators on business regulation and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 190 economies. For 2018, Jamaica ranks 70.Ms. Edwards urged local business owners in attendance to seize the opportunities provided by the workshop on the EPA.In his remarks, Board Member of the Caribbean Export Development Agency, Claude Duncan, said his agency recently started implementation of the Regional Private Sector Development Programme, under the 11th European Development Fund.“A large focus under this Fund will be to ensure that firms and the organisations that support them are more aware of the EPA, the opportunities that exist for Caribbean producers and service providers and how they can capitalise on these opportunities,” he said.Mr. Duncan encouraged local business owners to learn about intellectual property rights, while learning about access to the EU market.For his part, Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to Jamaica, Ricard Bardia Divins, noted that the EPA is central to the European trade strategy in the Caribbean.He explained that its function is not solely about reducing tariffs, but is also about “creating a friendly business environment to promote a more competitive private sector”.“The main goal of the EPA is to make it easier for businesses from both regions to invest in and trade with each other and to stimulate economic growth and job creation across the Caribbean,” he said.Held in collaboration with the EU, JAMPRO and the Caribbean Export Development Agency, the EPA workshop was aimed at sensitising the local business community and government departments on the benefits and opportunities of the EPA for Jamaican exporters and entrepreneurs.The one-day event explored topics such as ‘Preparing to export to the European Market’, and ‘Understanding EU rules and Regulations’. Ms. Edwards was speaking to JIS News at a CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) workshop, held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on October 2. Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) President, Diane Edwards, says more value-added products need to be exported to the European Union (EU), to reverse the decline in trade with the bloc. “We need to diversify away from commodities like banana and sugar into value- added products. So, we have coffee, which can become a value-added product. We have many food producers who have been producing unique and interesting items,” she said.
Interest in Nova Scotia’s oil and natural gas reserves continues to heat up with the approval of another onshore exploration agreement. Energy Minister Richard Hurlburt has granted an exploration licence to Forent Energy Ltd. to explore for oil and gas on land in Antigonish, Guysborough and Pictou counties. The licence was awarded following a call for bids announced earlier this year. “Nova Scotia’s onshore is a frontier with great potential,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “We are committed to working with companies like Forent to encourage continued exploration of our onshore oil and gas reserves.” Forent Energy has been an oil and gas producing company in Alberta since the late 1990’s and revised its exploration efforts to focus on Nova Scotia opportunities in 2006. The company’s president, Dennis Forgeron, welcomed the news. “This is great news for the future and growth of the company,” said Mr. Forgeron. “As someone raised in Cape Breton, it’s great to see opportunities in oil and gas develop here at home. Our hope is to help make the province’s onshore potential become a reality, not only for us, but for Nova Scotia.” Onshore conventional exploration agreements are valid for three years with an option to renew at the end of the third year. In order to be awarded the rights to explore a block of land, companies must go through a competitive bidding process. Successful bidders are chosen based on the financial value of the company’s work plan over the term of the agreement, its technical capabilities, and its industry experience. Forent Energy Ltd. is an oil and gas exploration company with holdings in Alberta and Nova Scotia. This is its first exploration agreement in Nova Scotia. Forent has already been operating in the Stewiacke area on an exploration licence held by EOG Resources.
Dolores O’Riordan, the defiant voice of Irish rock band the Cranberries who died Monday at 46, found a certain solace in her second home — a remote town in Ontario.When she wasn’t performing rock anthems like “Zombie,” “Linger” and “Dreams” before audiences of thousands, O’Riordan was often at her cottage north of Peterborough, Ont., about 90 minutes northeast of Toronto.It was there she escaped from her sometimes relentless global fame and lived for years with her family. The region was also fruitful grounds for her two solo albums.“I’m half a Canuck,” she said in a 2009 interview with The Canadian Press. “I’ve spent half my life here now.”O’Riordan was found dead Monday at a hotel in London, where she was recording new music. Her publicist said the singer’s family is “devastated.” The cause of her death wasn’t immediately available.With her former husband Don Burton, their two kids and a child from Burton’s previous relationship, they spent years dividing time between Ireland and their Ontario cottage.When they met, the Toronto-born Burton was the tour manager for Duran Duran but he wound up taking on O’Riordan’s career.Though they eventually divorced, O’Riordan kept her connections to Canada. On Boxing Day, she posted on social media that she was headed to Ontario to spend time with her family.She frequently talked about how she enjoyed the province. Whether it was riding a Sea-Doo or a snowmobile she was known for exploring the great outdoors.“You can really get lost here, and I like that,” she said.“The seasons are so dramatic here — from the snow in the winter to the beauty of the autumn, the colours of the leaves falling — so I have a piano outside my window and sometimes I start off there with ideas, just using nature as a backdrop.”O’Riordan released two solo albums that were recorded in Canada. “Are You Listening,” in 2007, was produced at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ont., and EMAC Recording Studios in London, Ont.Her 2009 followup, “No Baggage,” was recorded solely at EMAC. The album cover features O’Riordan sitting on a bench atop the frozen Big Bald Lake in the backyard of her home.Robert Nation, owner of the EMAC studio, remembers O’Riordan’s unabating sense of self whenever she was working.“She had to be totally inspired and in the moment. If she wasn’t she’d say, ‘I’m going to go out for a while, get outside and let you know what I’m doing later,’” Nation said.“She knew when she was feeling right and when she was comfortable. It was the first time I came across (someone) like that.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.
FREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s NDP leader has quit, after the party decided over the weekend to hold a leadership convention to replace her.Jennifer McKenzie issued a statement saying her resignation is effective immediately.Her party failed to win any seats in last fall’s provincial election, and she herself came third in her own Saint John, N.B., riding.McKenzie says even though the election results were disappointing, she was grateful to run a full slate of 49 candidates and that over half of them were women.She had been leader of the party since August 2017, and the party says a leadership convention will be held within the next six months.The NDP leader in Newfoundland and Labrador, Gerry Rogers, also stepped down this month, saying she could not commit to four more years in that province’s House of Assembly.New Brunswick Liberals have a leadership convention set for June 22 in Saint John.The Canadian Press
Massachusetts’ attorney general is calling for political leaders in eastern North America to commit to stronger protections of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.Maura Healey addressed a letter to eastern Canadian premiers and New England governors Wednesday asking for a joint statement that would expand protections for the species “on the brink of extinction.”Eight right whales have died in Canadian waters this summer, out of a global population numbering only about 400.Healey’s letter is the latest in political developments from the United States on the issue of right whale protection as six U.S. governors and five Canadian premiers prepare to meet in Saint John, N.B., next week.Last week, the Maine Lobstermen’s Association stated it was pulling out of a U.S. agreement meant to reduce risk to right whales.The organization says data shows vessel strikes and Canadian fishing gear account for more right whale deaths and injuries.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The federal banking regulator is proposing a new stress test for all uninsured mortgages as part of efforts to tighten lending rules.The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) recommended the measure as part of draft changes that it has published for public consultations.The change would mean that homebuyers who have a down payment of 20 per cent or more — and therefore don’t require mortgage insurance — will still face a stress test to see if they can handle their payments if interest rates rise.The regulator also proposed Thursday expressly prohibiting co-lending arrangements that are designed or appear to be designed to circumvent regulatory requirements.The suggestions follows a move by Ottawa last year to require that all insured mortgages undergo a stress test to determine if borrowers will be able to make their payments if circumstances change such as in the event of a job loss or interest rate hike.Speculation is rampant that the Bank of Canada could raise its key interest rate target as early as next week.If the central bank raises its key rate, the big banks are expected to raise their prime rates, a move that will increase the cost of variable rate mortgages and other loans tied to the benchmark rate.OSFI said it expects to finalize its guidelines later this year.
The opposition coalition had appealed to all Maldivian citizens residing in Sri Lanka to join in the inauguration event this evening. RaajjeTV was fined by an exorbitant MVR two million (USD 130,000), the maximum amount allowed under the defamation bill, last Wednesday for broadcasting a live interview which the government-controlled MBC alleged to contain content that defames incumbent President Abdulla Yameen. Following this, the station had re-opened it’s ‘Aburufulhu fund’ box on the 10th of August. The fund opening was inaugurated by opposition coalition’s Presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in front of the station’s main office in the capital. (Colombo Gazette) The Maldives Joint Opposition is to open a fund box in order to assist privately run television station RaajjeTV to pay off a fine imposed by Maldives Broadcasting Commission (MBC), after the inauguration of their campaign site in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Sunday, RaajjeTV reported.As an initiative by supporters of the opposition coalition in Colombo, “Minivan Javvu Jagaha” was opened on Sunday evening at 04:30 where a fund box was also be placed for contributions to RaajjeTV’s ‘Aburufulhu Fund’.
The plan adopted at the just-concluded Meeting on Trafficking in Human Beings in Accra, Ghana, calls for the countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to ratify and fully implement international instruments of ECOWAS and the UN that strengthen laws against human trafficking and protect victims of trafficking, especially women and children.The two-day meeting, which ended on Wednesday, was held in cooperation with the Vienna-based UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP). The 15 ECOWAS member States are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.According to ODCCP, trafficking in human beings is pervasive and growing in West Africa today, with the involvement of organized crime driving this growth and increasing the number of the sub-region’s citizens who suffer its depredations. Two main types of trafficking exist in the sub-region: trafficking in children mainly for domestic work and for farm labour across and within national borders; and trafficking in women and children for sexual exploitation mainly outside of the sub-region. Poverty is a major driving force in the rise of trafficking in human beings, and women and children are easily lured into trafficking networks by recruiters who promise lucrative jobs abroad.The action plan will be submitted for adoption by the annual Summit of ECOWAS Heads of States in December. It will commit countries to adopt laws criminalizing trafficking in human beings and to build the necessary administrative structures. Working in co-operation with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other representatives of civil society, ECOWAS countries will take responsibility for protecting trafficking victims. They will also develop public awareness campaigns aimed at potential victims of trafficking, using both traditional channels of information as well as the mass media.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Major U.S. stock indexes slipped Friday as drug companies dragged the market lower. Small-company stocks bucked the downward trend and continued to climb, and bond yields rose to their highest level in a year.Drugmakers like Merck and biotech company Amgen took some of the biggest losses Friday. Weak results from Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch hurt retailers as investors kept a close eye on the upcoming holiday season.Small companies including regional banks continued to make large gains. Those stocks have risen sharply since the presidential election last week and are now at record highs.“Some of the proposals that (President-elect Donald) Trump has promoted, specifically deregulation and also some of his trade proposals, are better for small companies than potentially they are for large ones,” said Katie Nixon, chief investment officer for Northern Trust.The Dow Jones industrial average slid 35.89 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 18,867.93. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 5.22 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,181.90. The Nasdaq composite touched a record high early on, but turned lower and gave up 12.46 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 5,321.51.That’s not a big loss, but the major indexes hadn’t fallen that much since before the presidential election. Still, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq finished substantially higher this week after their big gains the week before. But indexes of smaller companies, like the Russell 2000 and the S&P 600, did better. They are on 11-day winning streaks and have hit all-time highs.Among small-company stocks, mortgage lending service company LendingTree added $6.80, or 7.3 per cent, to $100 and coal miner Cloud Peak Energy rose 79 cents, or 15.8 per cent, to $5.79.Losses for drug companies weighed down health care stocks. Botox maker Allergan retreated $8.20, or 4.1 per cent, to $191.78 and biotech giant Amgen fell $2.13, or 1.4 per cent, to $145.23. Hepatitis C drugmaker Gilead Sciences shed 96 cents, or 1.3 per cent, to $74.62.Drug company stocks are coming off their biggest weekly gain in two years. The stocks had been falling in the months leading up to the election because investors worried that under a Hillary Clinton presidency, the federal government would take steps to rein in drug prices. Those kinds of steps are less likely under a Trump presidency and a Republican-controlled Congress.The dollar continued to climb. It’s near one-year highs against the euro and six-month highs against the yen. The dollar rose to 110.63 yen from 109.89 yen. The euro fell to $1.0599 from $1.0626.The dollar hasn’t been this strong since early 2003. Nixon of Northern Trust said that’s affecting big multinational companies because it can hurt their sales outside the U.S., but it’s less of a problem for smaller, domestically-oriented companies.Investors continued to sell U.S. government bonds at a rapid clip, and bond prices wobbled and turned lower. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.34 per cent from 2.30 per cent. Bond prices have fallen hard since the election and yields are now at their highest in a year.Teen clothing company Abercrombie & Fitch plunged $2.33, or 13.8 per cent, to $14.60 after it reported weak sales and a smaller profit than analysts had expected. Gap’s said fewer people visited its stores heading into the holiday season. Its stock gave up $5.10, or 16.6 per cent, to $25.61. Sporting goods Hibbett Sports retailer cut its annual forecasts after a weak third-quarter report. It dropped $4.90, or 10.8 per cent, to $40.40.Shoppers are not buying as many clothes and moving toward discount chains. That trend continued as discount retailer Ross Stores rose $2.47, or 3.8 per cent, to $68 after it posted a better-than-expected profit and sales.Companies that sell common household products are also moving lower. Procter & Gamble gave up $1.07, or 1.3 per cent, to $82 and drugstore operator Walgreens Boots Alliance slumped 72 cents to $83.27. Those companies have fallen since the election as investors buy companies that could benefit more from faster economic growth.Benchmark U.S. crude rose 27 cents to close at $45.69 a barrel in New York, while Brent crude, which is used to price international oils, added 37 cents to $46.86 a barrel in London. Energy companies traded higher. Chevron rose $1.08, or 1 per cent, to $109.20 and ConocoPhillips jumped $1.15, or 2.6 per cent, to $44.76.Gold fell $8.20 to $1,208.70 an ounce. Silver lost 15 cents to $16.62 an ounce. Copper dipped 2 cents to $2.47 a pound.In other energy trading, wholesale gasoline stayed at $1.34 a gallon. Heating oil picked up 1 cent to $1.46 a gallon. Natural gas climbed 14 cents, or 5.2 per cent, to $2.84 per 1,000 cubic feet.France’s CAC 40 fell 0.5 per cent and the FTSE 100 in Britain dipped 0.3 per cent. The German DAX lost 0.2 per cent. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index added 0.6 per cent as the yen hit a six-month low, helping shares of the country’s big exporters. South Korea’s Kospi shed 0.3 per cent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.4 per cent.____AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAP His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/journalist/marley-jay by Marley Jay, The Associated Press Posted Nov 18, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Nov 18, 2016 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Oct. 7, 2016 file photo, a sign for Wall Street is carved into a building located near the New York Stock Exchange. Japanese shares rose, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, on the yen’s weakness while other Asian benchmarks wobbled after Fed chair Janet Yellen signaled that policymakers intend to raise interest rates soon. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Drugmaker losses pull stocks lower; small-cap surge goes on
Prior to the attack, Brayley had drunk at least nine pints and taken cocaine, while the victim was estimated to have been three times over the drink drive limit when the attack occured.She was found in the Bachelor’s Acre park, just 200 yards from the castle where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, married this year. The attack happened on December 14 last year. Both the victim and the accused were on nights out with friends. “Before you attacked your victim, CCTV footage showed you in a club trying to put your arms around women to touch their breasts and backsides.”You can also be seen walking around Windsor. I reject your claim you were looking for somewhere to purchase food, instead you were prowling.”This was a reconnaissance mission, looking for a lone female and somewhere to rape her.”Brayley, of Victoria Barracks in Windsor, Berks., originally denied he had even had sex with his victim, and only once it was proved with DNA evidence, he admitted intercourse but claimed the woman begged him to have sex. This was a reconnaissance mission, looking for a lone female and somewhere to rape herJudge Johannah Cutts QC A Coldstream Guards soldier who “prowled” streets and bars near Windsor Castle on a “reconnaissance mission” before raping a woman has been jailed for 19 years.A judge said Connor Brayley was “looking for a lone female and somewhere to rape her”, as he sentenced him at Reading Crown Court on Friday.Brayley dragged his victim down an alleyway after a night out, less than 200 yards from the famous royal residence, before the 24-year-old raped the young mother close to a park, the court was told. Judge Johannah Cutts QC said: “There is no mistaking that you targeted a lone woman for your own sexual gratification.”Your victim was entitled to be enjoying herself and she was entitled to get home safely. However, she had the misfortune to come across you. Brayley had drunk at least nine pints and taken cocaineCredit:INS News Agency Ltd Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
MINISTER FOR JUSTICE and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, today announced a new visa scheme between Ireland and the United Kingdom will start this autumn.The scheme will allow Chinese and Indian tourists and business visitors to travel between Ireland and the UK on a single visa. The current situation means even those travelling between the Republic and Northern Ireland need two separate visas.Fitzgerald said this evening that the ‘British Irish Visa Scheme’ will provide a major boost to tourism”. She added that the scheme “marked an historic development in the relationship between Ireland and the UK and in the operation of the Common Travel Area which has existed between the two countries since 1922″.Arrangements to allow for this scheme are being processed in the UK Home Office but Fitzgerald’s department said that Irish authorities are also working with the authorities of the countries concerned on the practical implementation.Read: Leaving to work in Australia? Make sure you know your rights>Read: Tourism numbers are up and so are jobs in accommodation and food>
Image: Shutterstock/Timolina By Sean Murray Share3 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The 9 at 9: Wednesday Here’s everything you need to know as you start your day. EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #FATAL CRASH: A man in his 50s, wh0 was out walking with his daughter, has died following a fatal road collision in west Dublin. The young woman is being treated in hospital for her injuries.2. #WARNING: The HSE has issued a public health warning to illegal drug users in the Cork area over a powerful new drug linked to the death of a 16-year-old earlier this week.3. #MANNING: In one of his last acts as US President, Barack Obama has commuted the sentence of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who is now due to be released in May.4. #NEXT-GEN TRAVEL: A new Dennis O’Brien-backed hotel aimed at the tech-savvy traveller is set to open in the spring of 2018.5. #TRAFFICKING: A woman accused of trafficking a young Nigerian woman into the country and forcing her into prostitution has gone on trial in Dublin.6. #BREXIT: Theresa May laid out her plan for a hard Brexit yesterday, and it’s been described as the “worst possible outcome for Ireland”.7. #LAWSUIT: Just before his inauguration, Donald Trump has been hit by a defamation lawsuit from a former contestant on his reality TV show The Apprentice.8. #COLD CASE: Gardaí have issued a fresh appeal for information, ten years to the day that Michael Gallagher was murdered at his home in Tallaght.9. #FAIR DEAL: The Department of Health has committed to “priority” of statutory homecare for the elderly in the wake of the broadcast of an RTÉ documentary on the subject. 11,726 Views Short URL Jan 18th 2017, 7:46 AM Image: Shutterstock/Timolina Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 7:46 AM No Comments http://jrnl.ie/3191919
Ne manquez pas l’éclipse partielle de Lune visible ce soir dans le cielTraditionnellement nommée “Lune Rose” (“Pink Moon” en anglais), la lune sera pleine le soir du jeudi 25 avril. Mais l’astre connaitra également au même moment une éclipse partielle visible dans partout et notamment dans l’hémisphère nord. C’est une habitude, les différentes pleines lunes de l’année ont toutes le droit à leur petit surnom. Au mois de janvier, la Lune du loup (en anglais “Wolf Moon”) a pointé son né, juste avant la Lune de neige (“Snow Moon”) en février et la Lune de tempête (“Storm Moon”) en mars. Le mois d’avril n’y échappe et ce soir c’est la pleine “Lune rose” (“Pink Moon”) qui fera son apparition. Alors, surtout, ne vous attendez pas à ce que l’astre se teinte subitement d’un couleur rose malabar. Elle tire tout simplement son nom du Calopogon tubéreux, plus joliment appelé “Grass pink” en anglais. En effet, cette orchidée qui est donc rose est l’une des premières plantes à fleurir dès l’arrivée des beaux jours. D’où le surnom de la Lune que l’on peut considérer comme annonciatrice de la venue de cette jolie fleur.Pleine lune et éclipse lunaireMais cette année, la “Lune rose” sera un peu particulière, puisqu’elle aura lieu en même temps qu’une éclipse lunaire partielle. Une grande partie des habitants de la planète seront en mesure de l’admirer. Par contre, l’Amérique du Nord devra se contenter d’une simple Lune rose, ce qui en soit, est déjà un spectacle splendide. Depuis l’Europe et l’Afrique de l’Ouest, elle aura lieu juste après le coucher du soleil et sera visible à l’Est. L’Asie de l’Ouest et Centrale pourront l’apercevoir vers minuit, au dessus de leur tête. Enfin, en Australie, Indonésie et Asie de l’Est, elle sera visible avant le coucher du soleil le 26 avril, vers l’Ouest. L’éclipse lunaire ne sera, en revanche, que partielle. À son apogée, durant la nuit du 25 au 26 avril, l’ombre de la Terre ne couvrira que 1,5% du diamètre de la Lune, à peine visible. Avec une durée de 27 minutes, cette éclipse de lune sera la troisième éclipse partielle la plus courte du 21ème siècle. La prochaine fois que l’ombre de la Terre touchera l’astre lunaire aura lieu le 15 avril 2014, mais l’éclipse lunaire sera cette fois-ci totale. L’éclipse lunaire partielle se déroulera dans le voisinage proche de Saturne, la planète dorée, qui sera bientôt plus proche de la Terre qu’elle ne l’a jamais été. Attention donc, à ne pas la rater, car elle aura lieu à la même heure pour tout le monde, à 19h54, heure universelle.Une éclipse partielle lunaire, c’est quoi ?Une éclipse lunaire, même partielle, ne peut avoir lieu que lorsque la Lune est pleine, et qu’elle fait face au Soleil dans le ciel de la Terre. À ce moment, la Terre se situe exactement entre la Lune et le Soleil, obscurcissant le satellite. Cette fois, l’alignement Soleil-Terre-Lune est légèrement désaxé, ce qui provoque une éclipse partielle uniquement. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreIl est possible d’apercevoir une éclipse lunaire quand l’ombre de la Terre touche la surface de la Lune. La Terre possède une ombre double. Une ombre noire “interne” et une pénombre environnante plus claire. Cette nuit, la Lune ne pénètrera dans la partie la plus sombre de l’ombre de la Terre que brièvement. Seule la partie la plus au Nord de la Lune passera dans cette zone.D’ailleurs, pour ceux qui n’ont pas de joli point de vue, SLOOH, un système de surveillance de l’espace sur Internet, retransmettra en direct l’éclipse partielle à l’aide de télescopes situés dans les îles Canaries.À noter que la prochaine pleine lune aura lieu le 25 mai prochain et portera le joli nom de Lune fleurie. Deux prochaines éclipses solaires auront lieu cette année, le 25 mai et le 18 octobre, mais ce ne seront que des éclipses pénombrales. C’est-à-dire que l’ombre de la Terre ne touchera pas la Lune. L’astre ne fera que traverser la pénombre de notre planète. Le 25 avril 2013 à 16:42 • Emmanuel Perrin
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. When we talk about an asteroid hitting earth and wiping out all life, it’s generally presumed that we don’t really mean ALL life. There are some species that live far below ground that could survive. And one bacterium could potentially survive far longer than the rest of us because unlike the overwhelming majority of creatures on our planet, it uses radiation to survive instead of deriving power from the sun.Desulforudis audaxviator lives in total darkness, just under two miles beneath the surface. There it manages to cling to life in a place that has no sunlight, no oxygen, and no organic compounds (like methane or ethane) to break apart for energy. Instead, it lives off the small trickle of radiation from the decaying uranium in the rocks around it.According to researchers from the University of Sao Paulo, this could give us a great model for extraterrestrial life. Specifically life on Europa, the frozen ocean moon of Jupiter.“We studied the possible effects of a biologically usable energy source on Europa based on information obtained from an analogous environment on Earth,” study lead, Douglas Galante told Brazilian news organization FAPESP.Current hypotheses suggest that life on Europa may resemble that found in the depths of Earth’s oceans, piggybacking off of the chemical and thermal energy found in seafloor vents. But having another, totally separate mechanism for life to make energy dramatically increases the chances that life could adapt and survive under conditions found beyond our world.“The uranium breaks down the water molecules to produce free radicals. The free radicals attack the surrounding rocks, especially pyrite, producing sulfate. The bacteria use the sulfate to synthesize ATP [adenosine triphosphate], the nucleotide responsible for energy storage in cells,” Galante said. “This is the first time an ecosystem has been found to survive directly on the basis of nuclear energy.”In their paper, Galante and his team also posit that these conditions may well be found on Europa, meaning it’s feasible that yet another form of life could exist there.“In our study, we worked with three radioactive elements: uranium, thorium and potassium, the most abundant in the terrestrial context. Based on the percentages found on Earth, in meteorites and on Mars, we can predict the amounts that probably exist on Europa,” Galante said.Whether Europa could sustain life will ultimately come down to its chemistry. We know that, through the regular movement of Jupiter and Europa through the system of Jovian moons, could generate enough stretching and pulling of Europa’s core to keep it warm. In fact, we know this is the case. So, as long as the conditions were favorable for life there, and provided the chemical make-up of the moon itself favors it, life could very well exist in its depths.Adding more fuel to these hypotheses are the fact that life on Earth started very shortly after the planet formed. Essentially, as soon as things weren’t totally molten, life sprang up — almost immediately in geological terms.“The ocean bed on Europa appears to offer very similar conditions to those that existed on primitive Earth during its first billion years,” Galante added. So studying Europa today is to some extent like looking back at our own planet in the past.”I dunno about you, but this has me very excited. Not just the fact that there are bacteria that can live on nuclear energy, but that it seems the more we look, the more we seem to find that life really will find a way.
For the end of the year holiday festivities, the folks at the Yogcast have a fundraising event. And thanks to the help of Humble Bundle and some excellent developers, the Yogscast Jingle Jam earns some big bucks for charity while delivering some really fun games on Steam. • Yogscast Jingle Jam 2018Any amount will be appreciated by the charities, but a purchase of $5 or more will also give you some Black Ops 4 salutes and a written shout-out on a Yogcast stream.Spend at least $5Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 C.O.D.E. Salute Pack (Battle.net)$5 Shout-out on Yogscast StreamGo for the $35 minimum, and you’ll be swamped with Steam codes – with more games revealing daily through Christmas. Game Dev Studio, Guild Wars 2, Westerado: Double Barreled, and more will be yours to keep in your Steam library.Spend at least $35Animal Super Squad KabounceThe Greater GoodBatalj BETA Two-PackCardLife: Cardboard Survival (Sold Out)-40% off any purchase on Displate.comWarhammer: End Times – VermintideGUILTY GEAR Xrd -SIGN- (Limited Availability)Guns of Icarus Alliance Collector’s EditionSwitchbladeTower 57Unit 4Throne of Lies: The Online Game of DeceitFreaky AwesomeGuild Wars 2 Jingle Jam 2018 PackLakeview Cabin CollectionChivalry: Medieval WarfareGame Dev StudioNo Time to Explain RemasteredConvoySlime-sanWesterado: Double BarreledSpace Pilgrim Episode I: Alpha CentauriDon’t Stand OutSure FootingMore goodies unlock every day until ChristmasBy default, your money will benefit each of these non-profits: Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal; Stand Up To Cancer; International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association; WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation; SpecialEffect; Mental Health Foundation; War Child UK; The Call of Duty Endowment; and any one of Humble Bundle’s other participating non-profits.Sale Ends: December 31st, 2018 at 11:59PM PTNote: Terms and conditions apply. See the Humble site for more information.For more great Humble deals, go to TechBargains.