Samples purchased and tested by outside labsAnderson spoke with Denny Larson, identified as the executive director of a nonprofit called Global Community Monitor. Larson said that he and environmental attorney Richard Drury bought 150 boxes of laminate flooring around the state and had them tested by three labs.“The results? While laminate flooring from Home Depot and Lowe’s had acceptable levels of formaldehyde, as did Lumber Liquidators American-made laminates, every single sample of Chinese-made laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators failed to meet California formaldehyde emissions standards,” the report said. “Many by a large margin.”On average, the flooring samples from Lumber Liquidators outlets had six or seven times as much formaldehyde as state standards allowed, but some showed levels 20 times as high as permitted. One of the labs, Drury said, was so startled by the results that technicians “thought their machine was broken.” Problem extends beyond California60 Minutes wondered whether the problem extended beyond California, Cooper reported, so producers purchased 31 boxes of Lumber Liquidators Chinese-made laminate flooring at stores in Virginia, Florida, Texas, Illinois and New York.“We sent the samples for testing at two certified labs,” he said. “It turns out of the 31 samples of Chinese-made laminate flooring, only one was compliant with formaldehyde emissions standards. Some were more than 13x over the California limit. Both labs told us they had never seen formaldehyde levels that high.“But when we took those test results to Lumber Liquidators’ founder and chairman Tom Sullivan, he refused to accept the methodology as valid and points out the company is not required by law to test their finished products like we did.”When interviewed, Sullivan said the lab tests were “not a real world test of the laminate,” and said the tests were originally prompted by a group of lawyers who are suing the company and short-selling the stock (that is, betting the stock’s value will decline).The company’s stock rose from $13 a share in 2011 to $119 a share two years later as profit margins doubled, the report said, leading one hedge fund manager 60 Minutes interviewed to suspect it might be breaking the law. Whitney Tilson told Cooper he had been tipped that Lumber Liquidators was buying formaldehyde tainted flooring in China because it was cheaper and allowed a fatter profit margin.A 60 Minutes undercover trip to Chinese factoring making the flooring confirmed Tilson’s claims, Cooper said. A report by the television news program 60 Minutes claims samples of Chinese-made laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators contained six or seven times as much formaldehyde as permitted by California regulations and may pose a health threat to unsuspecting homeowners. In a program that was broadcast on March 1, correspondent Anderson Cooper was told that the problem affected tens of thousands of households in California and hundreds of thousands around the country.Cooper said that Lumber Liquidators, a national chain with more than 360 stores in 46 states, sells 100 million square feet of laminate flooring a year, much of it made in China.The flooring, “as we discovered during our investigation,” he said, “may fail to meet health and safety standards because it contains high levels of formaldehyde, a known cancer causing chemical.”The company says that its flooring is safe, he adds, “but it doesn’t appear that way.”
Police on Tuesday arrested a 21-year-old woman who killed her mother as she objected to her lesbian relationship with her teacher. On March 9, Rashmi Rana’s father Satish Kumar complained to police against his daughter and her teacher Nisha Gautama for battering his wife Pushpa Devi with an iron rod, which caused her death. Rana confessed that her mother had opposed the union.
The students of the government primary and upper primary schools in Rajasthan will get milk in the midday meals thrice in a week under a new scheme for improving nutritional status of children. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will inaugurate an “Annapurna Doodh Yojana” on July 2 for supplying milk to schools.Minister of State for Education Vasudev Devnani said here on Wednesday that the introduction of milk as a supplementary nutritive item would help strengthen the State government’s efforts to improve the health of schoolchildren. Mr. Devnani has written letters to all elected representatives asking them to render help in the Mid Day Meal scheme’s effective implementation.After the inauguration of Annapurna Doodh Yojana, which will coincide with the holding of parent-teacher meetings in all government schools, a “milk week” will be observed between July 2 and 9 all over the State.Nodal officersMr. Devnani said the Block Primary Education Officers would act as the nodal officers for getting milk from the registered milk cooperative societies and making arrangements for its supply to schools. In each district, the Annapurna Doodh Yojana will be launched from a selected government senior higher secondary school in the presence of the in-charge Minister and Secretary.
Substitute Eder’s thunderous finish deep into extra time secured Portugal’s first European Championship title after they overcame the early loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to snatch a 1-0 smash-and-grab victory over hosts France on Sunday. (Match Highlights)Eder picked the perfect moment to score his first competitive goal for his country, marauding forward before letting fly with a bullet shot from 25 metres in the 109th minute. (Match in Pics)It was a cruel blow for France, who had dominated the match from and squandered a number of chances, in front of their devastated home support, who arrived at the Stade de France hoping to celebrate a third European crown.The trophy was lifted by Ronaldo, who broke down in tears at the final whistle but whose game had come to a frustrating end after 24 minutes when he was carried crying from the pitch on a stretcher with a knee injury.So much of the build-up had focused on Ronaldo and his hopes of crowning a glittering career with the only achievement missing from his CV, a piece of international silverware.The script had been written for him to produce a performance to match his status as one of the game’s truly great talents, but he had to settle for a back-stage role after Dimitri Payet’s challenge left him in a heap on the floor. (Fans light up Stade de France)Prior to his departure, it had been a fast-paced start with France’s Moussa Sissoko a bullish presence in midfield, frequently charging through tackles and bursting into the box.advertisementHis 34th-minute shot was well-parried by Patricio, but by that point the match had settled into a pattern of France probing and pushing but struggling to break down their more defensively-minded opponents.MISFIRING FRANCEWithout Ronaldo, Portugal seemed in no hurry to rush the ball forward, happy to see the game descend into a cagey, tactical battle.They had a scare, however, in the 67th minute when Kingsley Coman’s cross found Antoine Griezmann unmarked six metres from goal, only for the tournament’s top scorer to head a golden opportunity over.Minutes later, Olivier Giroud, fed by sprightly substitute Coman, forced a diving save from Patricio, who then parried away a pile-driver from Sissoko as France turned the screw.France’s best chance of the night arrived in stoppage time when substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac turned his marker inside out before scuffing a shot past the keeper and against the post, with the ball bouncing across the face of goal and then out of harm’s way.While Portugal continued to sit back in extra time, they had the better chances with Eder’s header parried by Hugo Lloris and Raphael Guerreiro striking the crossbar with a free kick before Eder’s moment of magic.
Ranchi, Sep 26 (PTI) The Jharkhand government today issued a gazette notification exempting the movie M S Dhoni: The Untold Story to be exhibited at cinema halls and multiplexes from levy and payment of Entertainment Tax.It was taken in the interest of public interest to encourage sports in Jharkhand, the notification said.Sushant Singh Rajput is playing the character of M S Dhoni. PTI PVR DKB
Ireland ripped up the script by beating Wales 1-0 to secure their place in the playoffs for the World Cup finals on Monday.A night of raw emotion began with both sides needing three points to secure second spot in Group D behind Serbia and ended with Ireland’s visiting fans in delirium thanks to James McClean’s goal.Martin O’Neill’s Ireland soaked up the expected Welsh pressure in the Cardiff City Stadium and landed a sucker-punch in the 57th-minute with one of their rare attacks.It proved a body blow from which Chris Coleman’s Wales, who started the night above Ireland in second place and still had eyes on top spot, never recovered as their hopes of reaching a first World Cup finals since 1958 evaporated.Real Madrid forward and Welsh talisman Gareth Bale, missing the crunch clash through injury, could only watch on helplessly in his seat in the stands as Wales suffered their first defeat in 12 World Cup qualifiers.Ireland finished the group as runners-up with 19 points, two ahead of Wales who paid the price for too many draws earlier in the campaign. Serbia beat Georgia 1-0 to win the group and qualify for the Russia finals automatically.”So proud. The players were magnificent playing away from home at a very good Welsh side. To win on their territory was a great result for us,” O’Neill said.”That last half-hour seemed an eternity. We withstood pressure but we knew at some stage we would have to try to win the game and we did. The goal was worthy of winning any game.”advertisementWales dominated before half-time without ever really opening up a well-organised Ireland side and Ireland keeper Darren Randolph was rarely tested.The hosts began the second half with a flourish and James Chester glanced a header into the side-netting.Randolph then made a superb save to tip Hal Robson-Kanu’s powerful header over the crossbar in the 54th minute.Three minutes later Robson-Kanu’s West Bromwich Albion team mate McClean decided the contest as Wales self-destructed.Wales keeper Wayne Hennessey’s poor throw-out put Ashley Williams under pressure and the Everton defender was robbed of the ball by Jeff Kendrick on the right touchline.Kendrick sprinted forward and crossed low, the ball being expertly dummied by Harry Arter before eventually reaching the unmarked McClean, who finished first time with an unstoppable right-foot drive.With news of Croatia leading against Ukraine filtering through, it meant even a draw would not be sufficient for Wales to claim one of the eight playoff spots.Ireland defended superbly for the remainder of the game although Wales were flat. A Welsh goal would have ended Ireland’s playoff hopes and their hearts were in their mouths in stoppage time when Aaron Ramsey fired straight at Randolph.Ireland have not qualified for the World Cup since 2002 and have bitter playoff memories, having been knocked out by a controversial France goal in 2010.They will learn who they must face over two legs when the draw is made on Oct. 17.
Tim Paine was a happy captain and also very much relieved to register his first Test win as the leader of the Australian team after they beat India by 146 runs in the second match in Perth on Tuesday.Chasing 287 for victory, India got bowled out for 140 in the first hour of the first session on Day 5 at the Optus stadium.The win was Australia’s first since the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test in March this year and Paine’s first as captain since succeeding Steve Smith, who is serving a one-year ban for his involvement in the unfortunate incident against South Africa. 5 losses and 1 draw have preceded this match.”It’s a huge honour to captain the Australian side. It’s probably more a relief at the moment, first Test win has taken a while. Really proud of the players and staff. Good to get a little bit of reward.”It was as difficult Test, both have been tough Tests. Two really competitive sides with good fast bowling attack. The pitch was flying through. It seemed like the roller had a real effect on it,” Paine said at the post-match presentation.That winning feeling!Australia celebrate their first Test victory in more than nine months!#AUSvIND | @Toyota_Aus pic.twitter.com/FVTNoypHL3cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 18, 2018The wicket-keeper also praised his team’s batting performance on a pitch which had a lot of pace and bounce on offer for the fast bowlers while the spinners also made life difficult for the batsmen.advertisement”Day 1 was funny. We won the toss and decided to bat. We had our fingers crossed and hoped we play pretty well. Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch getting us to none for 100 was brilliant batting and probably the difference between the two sides.”Khawaja has been batting really well for a long time. He is in a really good space. If he keeps batting the way he is right now, I am sure some big runs are going to come,” Paine said.1-1 going into the Boxing Day Test. It doesn’t get much bigger!Be there: https://t.co/bRUCcSykGl #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/2hy6jDRgHycricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 18, 2018This win will also be special for the home side as it was the first Test match being played at the newly-built Optus stadium in Perth. Also the first win for Justin Langer as the head coach.While Australia’s fast bowlers made good use of their pace and height on the Perth wicket but it was off-spinner Nathan Lyon who emerged as the best bowler in the match as he finished with 8 wickets to bag the man-of-the-match award.”It’s great to have Gaz, every team wants a spinner like Nathan Lyon. He loves bowling to the best players in the world. You can throw him the ball in any condition, at any end, any time against any team and he loves bowling to the best players in the world,” Paine added.Also Read | My hundred irrelevant, says Virat Kohli after India lose Perth TestAlso Read | Australia beat India by 146 runs in Perth, series now level 1-1Also Read | India vs Australia Highlights, 2nd Test Day 5
Transfers Juventus new-boy Howedes rejects Bonucci comparisons Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 22:57 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Twitter @juventusfc Transfers Juventus Serie A The centre-back wants to be judged as a player in his own right and promised to give everything to the cause of a club he considers one of the best Benedikt Howedes doesn’t want to be compared to the departed Leonardo Bonucci as he looks to carve out a role at Juventus.The Germany international – who won the World Cup in 2014 – has initially arrived from boyhood club Schalke on loan, although the Serie A champions have the option to buy next year.Juventus 11-2 to beat Chievo 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Juventus were searching for reinforcements at the back following the sale of Bonucci to domestic rivals AC Milan.However, Howedes – who will automatically trigger a permanent transfer if he makes at least 25 appearances for Juventus this term – feels he deserves to be judged in his own right.”I do not think it is appropriate to be compared to Bonucci, I am a different player and a different person and I want to be judged for my performances,” he told JTV.”I will definitely give you everything I can to make the most of Juventus.”#Höwedes21 #HöwedesDay pic.twitter.com/OESO930X2f— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 31, 2017At his official unveiling on Thursday, Howedes revealed how he always held a desire to move outside of the Bundesliga.”I wanted to play abroad and I’ve been able to seize this opportunity I immediately considered the right choice,” the 29-year-old said.”I feel Juventus is one of the top five most important clubs in the world. I can’t say anything but express my happiness to be here and give my contribution to a successful future at Juve.”I definitely consider myself a leader, I was captain of Schalke for six years.”Even in the youth team I had the role of captain so ever since I was young I’ve been accustomed to being a leader. I have to adapt here and carve out my place in the squad.”
Five stories in the news for Thursday, August 1———CANADA NOT CONSULTED ABOUT U.S. DRUG PLANFederal officials say Ottawa was not consulted in advance about the details of a Trump administration proposal announced Wednesday aimed at allowing American patients and consumers to legally import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada. The office of Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor says while it remains in regular contact with counterparts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about their “mutual interest” in fostering lower drug prices, details of the surprise announcement by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar were not discussed beforehand. Azar, a former drug industry executive, said U.S. patients will be able to import medications safely and effectively with oversight from the Food and Drug Administration under a scheme that prompted many defenders of Canada’s drug supply to sound the alarm.———ADVOCATES SAY MANHUNT SHOWS RESOURCES FOR MMIW CASESSome advocates say there is a stark contrast to the resources deployed in the search for two British Columbia homicide suspects and what happens when an Indigenous woman goes missing or is murdered. Sheila North, former grand chief for northern Manitoba, says it’s been difficult for the families of these women to see the ongoing manhunt because in many cases they had to fund and organize searches for their loved ones on their own. R-C-M-P have used planes, helicopters, drones and lots of officers to search for Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod. They are charged with second-degree murder in the killing of a Vancouver man and are also suspects in the death of a couple. North says it’s important to catch these two men, but says it shows police could put more effort into the cases of Indigenous women.———MAN CONVICTED DESPITE ‘RAPE SHIELD’ PROBLEMSA man who argued misapplication of Canada’s rape shield law had unfairly hamstrung his defence had his conviction restored on Wednesday even though the country’s top court found errors in how judges had applied the provisions. In a 5-2 ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada decided the accused had been able to defend himself properly at trial given the questions he was allowed to ask the complainant. The case arose in the early hours of Canada Day in 2013 during a family camping trip. The 15-year-old complainant maintained her cousin R.V., then 20, sexually assaulted her in the washroom. He denied any sexual contact with her. The prosecution relied heavily on the fact that the teen, who said she was a virgin at the time of the assault, became pregnant around that time. Because she had terminated her pregnancy and the fetus was destroyed, no DNA evidence was available to prove paternity.———SYSTEMIC FAILURES ALLOWED WETTLAUFER’S CRIMESSystemic failures in long-term care allowed Canada’s “first known health-care serial killer” to murder eight elderly patients without raising suspicion, a public inquiry said Wednesday, calling for fundamental changes to prevent such tragedies in the future. In a report capping a two-year probe of nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer’s case, the Ontario inquiry said those failures stem in part from a lack of awareness on the risk of staff members deliberately hurting patients. Wettlaufer is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty in 2017 to killing eight patients with insulin overdoses and attempting to kill four others. She was arrested after confessing to mental health workers and police. She has said she chose insulin for her crimes because it wasn’t tracked where she worked.———PM VISITS ARCTIC TO HIGHLIGHT CLIMATE POLICYPrime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Canada’s Far North to witness some of the more dramatic effects of climate change, part of an effort highlight his Liberal government’s record on climate action ahead of the federal election. Trudeau plans to announce the creation of a new marine protected area near Arctic Bay — an Inuit hamlet on the northwest corner of Baffin Island. Melting sea ice and increased shipping traffic have posed increased threats to many important local species, including sea birds, narwhals and bowhead whales. Trudeau will use the backdrop of shifting Arctic terrain and endangered sea life to cast himself and his Liberal party as best-placed to serve as stewards of the environment.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu meets with Luisa Maria Alcalde, Mexico’s Secretary of Labour and Social Welfare, to discuss implementation of the new North America free trade deal.— Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair and New Brunswick Public Safety Minister Carl Urquhart take part in a funding announcement under the Initiative to Take Action Against Gun and Gang Violence.— St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen brings Stanley Cup to his home town of Fredericton.— Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan makes an announcement regarding investments in Reserve infrastructure across Canada.— Final arguments are expected in the first-degree murder trial of Oscar Arfmann. He is charged in the November 2017 death of Abbotsford police Const. John Davidson.———The Canadian Press
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take immediate diplomatic measures with the authorities in Sri Lanka and arrange for an early release of the 135 fishing boats and 11 fishermen currently in neighbouring island nation’s custody, the Deccan Chronicle reported.In a letter to Modi, Palaniswami said that 135 fishing boats belonging to fishermen from Tamil Nadu, of which 61 were apprehended in 2015, 53 were apprehended in 2016 and 21 were apprehended in 2017, continue to remain impounded in Sri Lankan custody. Palaniswami said that Sri Lankan Government is following a deft strategy of not releasing the fishing boats thereby pushing our fishermen into a poverty stricken state, depriving them of their only means of livelihood. “I request you to kindly take up this issue urgently with the concerned authorities in Sri Lanka and arrange for an early release of the 135 fishing boats and 11 fishermen currently in Sri Lankan custody”, the chief minister said. (Colombo Gazette) “It has been pointed out many times that these fishing boats are perilously berthed and are in imminent threat of irreparable damage due to long periods of disuse and the onslaught of the monsoon”, he said adding hopes of release arose when the Government of Sri Lanka had committed to considering the release of the boats, which has rapidly dissipated as no decision has been taken so far in this regard.
According to a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban also lauded Sierra Leone’s institutions for carrying out recently the first presidential, parliamentary, local council and mayoral elections run entirely but he Government on a peaceful manner, saying that this demonstrates the people’s strong commitment to consolidating democracy and development.For 11 years, Sierra Leone was torn by a civil war after the rebel Revolutionary United Front intervened in an attempt to overthrow the country’s then-President Joseph Momoh. The conflict, which lasted from 1991 to 2002, was often punctuated by acts of extreme brutality as marauding bands of armed youths terrorized the countryside, conscripting child soldiers and used the amputation of limbs as an intimidation method against civilians.“The Secretary-General emphasizes the importance of all Sierra Leoneans working together in the period ahead,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson added in the statement. “In that regard, the Secretary-General welcomes President Koroma’s pledge to reach out to all Sierra Leoneans and to promote national reconciliation and unity.”The 17 November elections were the country’s third since the end of its civil war, and the second since the withdrawal of the peacekeeping operation known as the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) in December 2005. That mission was replaced by various other UN offices, most recently the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office (UNIPSIL), which focuses on political and development activities.Mr. Ban also stressed the responsibility of the country’s political leaders to maintain the atmosphere of calm that prevailed during the election process, and urged all sides to address any outstanding grievances peacefully through established national mechanisms and institutions.“The Secretary-General is confident that the strong partnership between the United Nations and Sierra Leone will continue in the best interest of the people of Sierra Leone,” the statement added.
At the moment, if you want a solid state drive in your PC then a SATA III connection is the only real choice you have. But Super Talent has decided to give you another option by producing a new drive that plugs into a PCIe slot.The SSD line is being called CoreStore and comes in MV (Mini PCie) and MP (PCIe) variations. Storage capacities for both types include 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB options.The flash memory used is a new DDR ONFi 2 (Open NAND Flash Interface). ONFi is an industry workgroup comprising 80+ companies working to standardize and simplify the use of flash memory in any and all systems. As it’s an open standard it should work without firmware updates being required in most setups.By using the PCIe and Mini-PCIe connectors Super Talent allows the drives to be used in a range of different systems included embedded, laptops, netbooks, nettops, and all-in-ones, as well as standard PC configurations. It also potentially frees up the hard drive bay in a limited-size system for a second storage option.As for performance, the CoreStore packs some serious speed. Using a Marvell 88NV9143 controller read speeds are clocked at 350MB/s while write speed is as high as 220MB/s. You won’t be waiting long for a system to load using one of these drives.CoreStore will be available to buy in March with prices yet to be announced. To get the drives working at full speed you will require a Gen 2 PCI slot.Read more at the Super Talent press releaseMatthew’s OpinionIf a manufacturer, or individual building his own small system, wants to save on space and weight then the mini-PCI version of CoreStore looks like an ideal solution. It’s offering better performance than a standard hard drive while taking up hardly any space, using less power, and producing less heat and noise.As for the PCI version, if you are short on hard drive bays or SATA connections it’s a nice alternative. The fact they are very fast drives too makes for a compelling product if the price is right.At the moment we don’t know how much the drives cost or how they compares to the more typical SATA SSD drives. They don’t need casing like the SATA drives do, so they should cost less to manufacture. But the use of this new ONFi 2 flash may push the price up.
Curiosity : la Nasa présente son nouveau rover martien en imagesÉtats-Unis – La Nasa a dévoilé son nouveau rover, qui rejoindra Spirit et Opportunity pour explorer la planète Mars. Doté d’une caméra 3D, le robot devrait quitter la Terre en novembre 2011.Lourd de quelque 775 kilos, Curiosity ne fonctionnera pas à l’énergie solaire, contrairement à ses deux prédécesseurs, mais au plutonium 238. Spirit et Opportunity ont parfois été retardés dans leur avancée à cause des poussières martiennes qui s’accumulaient sur leurs panneaux solaires. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESADoté d’une petite pile atomique qui devrait lui permettre d’avoir assez d’énergie pour tenir au moins douze ans sur la planète rouge, Curiosity vient de faire ses premiers pas dans une salle blanche du Jet Propulsion Laboratory de la Nasa, en Californie.Avec sa caméra 3D qui offrira aux chercheurs d’exceptionnelles images de la surface de Mars, c’est en novembre 2011, à bord d’une fusée Atlas, que le rover devrait embarquer pour la planète rouge. Son arrivée est prévue pour le mois d’août 2012. Là, grâce à son rayon d’action égal voire supérieur à 100 kilomètres, Curiosity aura pour principale mission de découvrir l’histoire de l’eau sur Mars. Quatre sites d’atterrissage sont actuellement à l’étude, tous choisis pour avoir (supposément) hébergé de l’eau par le passé.Découvrez Curiosity en images : https://www.maxisciences.com/curiosity/curiosity-le-nouveau-rover-martien-de-la-nasa_art8557.htmlLe 30 juillet 2010 à 12:46 • Emmanuel Perrin
NASA Wins 2 Emmys for Mars Mission, SpaceX Dragon Flight ProgrammingNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target It’s been a rough year for life on Earth. The Arctic is a staggering 36 degrees hotter than it should be, we’ve had some of the largest storms on record (in part fueled by rising global temperatures), and we’ve hit 400 parts per million global carbon dioxide levels — long considered the point of no return for climate change. You could be forgiven, then, for thinking Earth’s days are numbered. And many of the planets’ top minds agree.While giving a lecture at Oxford last week, Stephen Hawking said that he expects disaster in the next few thousand years.“Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low,” he said, “it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next 1,000 or 10,000 years.”Hawking has long believed that humanity needs to become a multi-planet species, suggesting that the rarity of intelligent life and the distinct technological ability we possess gives us a moral obligation to protect ourselves and others from world-ending events. Hawking believes that we should avoid developing AI, proliferating nuclear weapons, and that humanity must start working now to mitigate the potential damage caused by climate change. If left unchecked, Hawking thinks that any number of these developments could potentially destroy life as we know it.“[But] by that time,” Hawking added, “we should have spread out into space, and to other stars, so a disaster on Earth would not mean the end of the human race.”SpaceX tests a reusable rocket in. (Photo: Screenshot via National Geographic)Given the way things are going, it’s hard to argue that he’s an alarmist. With all this and the expectation that President-Elect Trump will fight any efforts to stop climate change tooth and nail, the Earth has some rough years ahead.Even so, Hawking is hopeful. “Our picture of the universe has changed a great deal in the last 50 years, and I am happy if I have made a small contribution,” he said, according to The Independent. “The fact that we humans, who are ourselves mere fundamental particles of nature, have been able to come this close to understanding the laws that govern us and the universe is certainly a triumph.”That scientific progress may well be our salvation, too. With billionaires like Elon Musk inspired to help protect humanity through the progression of tech, Hawking says that looking to the stars and believing in the majesty of the universe and the strength of the human spirit is more important than ever.“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”
Unopposed CandidatesThese candidates were unopposed in the Nov. 6 general election.• Superintendent of public instruction: Randy I. Dorn.• State senator, 14th Legislative District: Curtis King.• State representative, 20th Legislative District, Position 1: Richard DeBolt.• State Supreme Court, justice, Position 2: Susan Owens.• State Supreme Court, justice, Position 8: Steve Gonzalez.• State Court of Appeals, Division 2, District 3, judge, Position 1: Joel Penoyar.
A Vancouver woman whose vehicle crashed into a light pole and split in two has died, police said Tuesday morning.Molly Mayo, 19, was driving a Volkswagen Jetta east on Mill Plain Boulevard when she lost control and hit a light pole around 1:30 a.m. Monday, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. Her friend Britt Counts, 18, said she heard about Mayo’s death during work Monday afternoon. “It’s very heartbreaking because Molly was such a kind soul,” Counts said.Counts and Mayo met freshman year during choir at Union High School and graduated in 2012. Mayo was studying at Clark College this quarter. Counts last spoke to Mayo on Saturday. “She always had a smile on her face, always, which is good because she had a beautiful smile,” Counts said.When she heard about the car crash, Counts tried to visit Mayo at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, but only family was allowed to visit.The passenger in the car, Caylie Nelson, also 19 and a Vancouver resident, was taken to the same hospital and is listed in satisfactory condition in the trauma ward.The crash was reported at 1:41 a.m., and the intersection was closed until about 7:30 a.m. Speed is being considered a factor. Kapp said it is unknown if other factors contributed to the crash.
Rep. Dean Westlake, D-Kotzebue, speaks during a House Floor Session on Feb 3, 2017. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The Alaska House Majority Coalition is calling for Democratic representative Dean Westlake of Kiana to resign amid sexual harassment allegations.Listen nowThe allegations surfaced after a Wednesday report showed a former Legislative staffer claimed Westlake had harassed her on two different occasions.Since then, according to the Anchorage Daily News, a total of seven women have come forward with sexual harassment allegations against Westlake. In a release from the House Majority, House Speaker Bryce Edgmon said in part, “it is difficult for victims to speak out, especially against elected officials in a position of power and [the House leaders] commend anyone who has been mistreated for coming forward; they are owed justice and respect.”The Alaska Democratic Party echoed similar sentiments about Westlake, stating that the alleged behavior “cannot be tolerated” and that he should resign immediately.The allegations coincide with the Legislature’s plans to revise their existing sexual harassment policies.
Visakhapatnam: Pranjal Bhagat, a student of Oakridge International School (OIS), bagged a seat in Indian Institute of Technology-Jodhpur. Though Pranjal was selected in IIT-Goa, she decided to move to Jodhpur to pursue five-year-long dual degree course in Mechanical stream. She says that her parents – L M Bhagat, Deputy Director of Agriculture department, Raigarh and Jyoti Bhagat, a homemaker, have been extremely supportive in realising her dream. Chhattisgarh-based Pranjal completed her Class XI and XII in OIS, Visakhapatnam. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us Prior to this, she studied in Raigarh. About her preparation, she says that her planned study schedule throughout her Classes XI and XII helped her in cracking IIT entrance examination. “The competition was certainly tough. I only gave it a shot. However, being in a boarding school and following a strict study schedule helped me stand out amidst stiff competition,” she reasons.Pranjal says that she aspires to become an IFS (Indian Foreign Service) officer and is all set to strive hard for her future with determination. Principal of the school Biju Baby and director Nalin Srivastava congratulated Pranjal on her achievement.
Khammam: The representatives and supporters of International Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) on Tuesday took out a huge protest rally on the Khammam roads demanding the Central and the State governments to solve the issues of contract workers working in many of their departments.The rally that began at Pavilion Grounds ended at the District Labour Office. During the protest, the IFTU leaders and supporters raised slogans against the Central and the State governments. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, IFTU State leader G Ramaiah demanded the governments to give minimum salaries to contract workers. He informed that the for the last seven years, the government was paying the same salaries sans any hike. “The State and the Central governments are not paying attention towards solving the issues of contract workers,” he alleged, recalling the promises of the Chief Minster K Chandrashekar Rao during the elections who had promised to enhance the salaries of workers once back in power, but failed to keep his word. Later, the agitators submitted a memorandum to the District Labour Officer at his office. IFTU district president A Venkanna, general secretary G Ramaiah, leaders of the union A Ashok, Y Babu, A Rama Rao, D Srinivas Rao, Rambabu, K Pulla Rao, I Venkanna, G Guravaiah, T Ramulu and others took part in the protest rally.
Could batting be influenced by higher powers?MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty ImagesThose who truly love cricket have always felt a mystical element in the game. Whether it is the tendency of the sport to never let anyone get bigger than it or the major part played by luck, there seems to be some higher power which is often at play.But way back in 1982, a documentary by BBC looking to analyse cricket, especially the arts of batting and bowling, tried to understand the minute body mechanics that lets players succeed in the game. They used a bowling machine and brought in top English batsmen like Allan Lamb and Peter Willy to bat against this machine. Based on the knowledge of human reflexes and the speed at which the ball was travelling, the scientists tried to understand how the batsmen’s reflexes work to play the ball.Shocking resultsBut the results of the test left everyone flummoxed. It turned out, at least in the results of the test, that there is no scientific explanation of how batsmen are able to bat well, and succeed, against a delivery that is not short in length and moves a little.Even accomplished international batsmen like Allan Lamb and Peter Willey seemed clueless while batting against the bowling machine on an artificial pitch with a subtly uneven surface to move the ball. Those who conducted the tests said that for any human being, including a batsmen, at least 1/5th of a second is needed to see something and respond to it with a muscular movement. A ball, bowled at normal pace, would have travelled around 2/3 of the length of the pitch in that time and hence, there is no possibility of a last-minute adjustment. A shorter ball though, does give the batsmen more time.#OnThisDay 1982: Cricket was declared to be scientifically impossible. pic.twitter.com/DOpYRMDAnm— BBC Archive (@BBCArchive) June 9, 2019This video of a 1982 documentary was recently uploaded by BBCYouTube/BBCBut then, how does one explain the phenomenon of, or theory of, batsmen reacting to the length of the ball? When the scientist who was conducting the experiment was asked about his explanation for good batting, which necessarily involves more than just good luck, he said there is no explanation. “The answer is, we just don’t know. We know how bowlers can be great. They have to pitch the ball within 200 milliseconds of the batsmen and get the ball to move a little bit. But as far as we know, the batsman can do nothing about it,” the analyst said. When asked further whether he can explain how batsmen are able to play well, he simply said: “I can’t. It just seems rather mystical to me.”But the science wasn’t able to convince many batsmen. The video clip of a part of this documentary was tweeted by BBC Archives, a twitter page of BBC dedicated to posting clips of old programs broadcasted on the network. It ends with the incomparably outspoken Geoffrey Boycott, then an active batsman, saying, in as sharp a language as today, “This buffoon has come up with this idea that all us batsmen predetermine what sort of shot we are going to play…. That it is absolute rubbish. Almost everybody that can bat and has played fast bowlers at the highest level can tell you that he can’t predetermine anything, else, he would get a smack in the teeth.”Since some batsmen do possess great consistency while others do not, batting can’t just be a matter of luck. So, are good batsmen divinely blessed? Maybe, the term ‘God of Cricket’ applied to Sachin Tendulkar is more than just an epithet.