How did life on Earth get its start? Do humans harbor genes that jumped from microbes? And does speaking a second language change how you view the world? Science’s Emily Conover and Susanne Bard chat about these stories and more. Plus, Nikolaus Correll discusses the future of robotic materials inspired by nature.
Woman from Arunachal Pradesh does it again. Actually she has done it the fourth time now.Anshu Jamsenpa on Tuesday historically scaled the Mount Everest for the fourth time becoming the first Indian woman to do so. Not stopping this, Anshu will attempt a double ascent to the world’s highest peak to make it a total five successful climbs.Anshu Jamsenpa is a mother of two. She started the climb at 1.45 am on may 13 and reached at the top of the Everest at 9 am on Tuesday to unfurl the Indian national flag.ANSHU JAMSENPA’S CLIMBSTibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on April 2 this year had flagged off the Anshu’s double ascent expedition from Guwahati in Assam.Also Read || Dalai Lama blesses Mt Everest mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa ||The mountaineer scaled the Mount Everest twice in May 2011. Soon after the 2011 one, Anshu scaled the peak again on May 18 in 2013.If she is successful with her double ascent this time, Anshu Jamsenpa will set a record five climbs of Mt Everest.UNFURLING TRICOLOUR THE FOURTH TIMEAnshu Jamsenpa started her expedition after 38 days of acclimatisation at the Everest Base Camp from April 4 to May 12.”The good news is that she is absolutely well and fine and shall attempt a double expedition,” her spokesperson said.Anshu Jamsenpa spoke to officials at the Everest Base Camp and in Kathmandu over satellite phone from the world’s tallest peak after unfurling the tricolour and clicking testimonial photos.Her health is stated to be perfectly fine and she is descending now to the base camp.advertisementShe acknowledged the support extended by State Bank of India, North Eastern Council, Numaligarh Refinery Limited, North Eastern Electric Power Corporation, Arunachal Pradesh government and all her previous associates for her success.Anshu is motivated and energised to try the double ascent if conditions remain favourable.FYI || In PICS: Enormous iceberg floats and reaches Canadian coast, tourists pour in ||
CAIRO (AP) — With a leaky defense and a one-man attack, the sight of Egypt in a pair of recent friendlies must have been pleasing to World Cup group rivals Uruguay, Russia and Saudi Arabia.Egypt qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 28 years and the squad is heading to Russia with high expectations, mainly resting on the shoulders of Liverpool forward Mohammed Salah. But the friendlies against Portugal and Greece could have hardly assured many.The weakness of Egypt’s defense, for example, was painfully showcased in Friday’s match against Portugal, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice in injury time to win it 2-1. On Tuesday, Egypt lost to Greece 1-0.“It was a very sad situation,” Egypt coach Hector Cuper said of Ronaldo’s goals. “I hoped for as different score line, but aside from the result, we learned a great deal.”Particularly disconcerting was that all three goals conceded were headers inside the box from crosses, raising questions not just about the defense’s ability in the air, but also whether Egypt has the tenacity to effectively defend at crunch time.Salah, notwithstanding his left-footed drive that gave Egypt the lead against Portugal, appeared to only get a fraction of the service he receives from his teammates at Liverpool. For long spells in the Portugal game, the prolific forward was left idle and alone, frequently falling back to help in defense.Cuper rested Salah for the Greece game, along with most of the other first-choice players. The attacking trio of Marwan Mohsen, Ramadan Sobhi and Moamen Zakariya rarely threatened against the Greeks and Zakariya squandered a rare chance to score early in the game.Cuper made several second-half substitutions that injected some life into Egypt’s game, but the Greeks were more organized and comfortably held on to win.Overall, Cuper’s mostly reserve lineup was disjointed, lost the ball too often and failed to convert the pair of chances it had. The game also showed that Egypt does not have a striker who can step up if Salah is closely marked or injured.Another revelation, or potential predicament, from the game against Greece is that Egypt’s attackers only seem to shine when attacking midfielder Abdullah el-Said is in the game. The al-Ahly player has also established a reputation for being Salah’s lifeline when both are wearing an Egypt shirt.Egypt has three more friendlies — against Kuwait, Colombia and Belgium — before its opening World Cup match against Uruguay on June 15.TweetPinShare0 Shares
New York, Sept 3 (AFP) Defending champion Rafael Nadal on Sunday reached the US Open quarter-finals for the eighth time where he will face Dominic Thiem, one of only three men to defeat him in 2018. World number one Nadal saw off a battling Nikoloz Basilashvili, the first Georgian in a fourth round in New York, 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-4. “It’s a big victory for me,” said the 32-year-old Nadal, the champion in 2010, 2013 and 2017. “He was hitting the ball very strong and when I thought I was in control of the points, he always came back with strong shots.” It was world number 37 Basilashvili’s strength, however, which proved his undoing. His 56 winners were erased by 59 unforced errors, three times as many as Nadal. Elsewhere, Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 champion, beat Borna Coric 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 to make the last-eight for a third successive year. The third seeded Argentine will next face John Isner, the last American man standing, who defeated Milos Raonic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, taking his tournament aces total past the 100-mark. Thiem, who beat Nadal on clay in Madrid in the run-up to Paris, booked his place in the quarter-finals for the first time with a 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (7/2) win over 2017 runner-up Kevin Anderson. The ninth-seeded Austrian’s three other appearances in the last-eight of a Slam were all on Paris clay in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Nadal leads their head-to-head 7-3 with all of their matches coming on clay courts, including in the final of Roland Garros in June when he captured an 11th French Open.advertisement “Thiem is a great opponent, he has the big serve and he had a big win today against Kevin,” said Nadal who has made the last-eight of every Slam in the same year for the first time since 2011. Thiem has unfinished business at the US Open. Last year, he had two match points against del Potro in the fourth round but fell in five sets. — ‘Against Rafa? I’m not sure’ — ================================== Thiem’s progress to the last-eight comes despite choosing to play European clay court events after Wimbledon before then losing his only summer hard court outing in Cincinnati to Stefanos Tsitsipas. He is the first Austrian in the last-eight at the US Open since Thomas Muster in 1996. “Against Rafa, I’ve had three very nice experiences and seven horrible experiences,” said Thiem who turns 25 on Monday. “On clay, it’s one of the biggest challenges in sports to beat this guy. I hope that it’s a little bit more comfortable on hard court, but I’m not sure.” Third-seeded del Potro made the last-eight for the sixth time against Croatian 20th seed Coric who was playing in his maiden last 16 of a Slam. Coric, 21, saw his challenge undone by a right thigh injury which needed two visits by the trainer as well as general unhappiness with the humidity of the Arther Ashe court. “To win in straight sets in every round is good for the body and physical condition,” said del Potro. “But every round is a battle. I just hope to keep my level high against John in the next match.” Isner reached the quarter-finals for the first time in seven years and hailed the patriotic tournament atmosphere as a “jungle.” Isner, the 11th seed, is attempting to become the first home winner since Andy Roddick in 2003. “There were a lots of ups and downs in the match. The atmosphere was like a jungle,” said Isner of the crowd on the new Louis Armstrong Stadium enjoying a raucous Labor Day weekend. Isner, 33, who will become a father for the first time in two weeks, said he will not fear del Potro even though he has lost to the Argentine star seven times in 11 meetings. Their most recent clash saw del Potro triumph in straight sets in the fourth round at Roland Garros this year. “Why not me? Let’s keep going,” said Isner after firing 56 winners past Raonic and 20 aces taking his ace count to a tournament-leading 112. (AFP) ATKATK
Former Barcelona and Italy player Gianluca Zambrotta spent a good three four months in India back in 2016 when he coached Delhi Dynamos FC (DDFC) in the Indian Super League.Zambrotta guided DDFC to the play-offs spot but failed to advance to the final but the kind of football he displayed through the players and club received a lot of appreciation. However, Zambrotta left to become assistant coach in the Chinese Super League just the next year.Zambrotta, though, had a great time in Delhi, guiding youngsters and developing a hard working Italian philosophy at the club. At the training he was seen a hard taskmaster but off it, he was always seen smiling and mingling with the players and people around.Rohan Sharma, owner of Delhi Dynamos FC, was with the team but in background at that time. Now he is at the forefront, making decisions at the club and in charge of what happens at DDFC.In a conversation with indiatoday.in, Rohan shared a very funny story related to Zambrotta, that shows how much Italians love their cheese and how much Zambrotta missed that here in India.Perhaps, he is still missing it in China.”We had an Italian friend of ours, family friend who came and he got six packs of Italian cheese. I showed that to Zambrotta and that’s the most excited he has been.”He’s like ‘cheese’ and he grabbed the whole box, ran to the kitchen and in broken english tells the cook, ‘cheese pasta, pasta cheese’ and the chef wasn’t getting it. So he started to grate the cheese all over pasta saying ‘pasta, pasta’.advertisement Gianluca Zambrotta, in his broken english, attempted to ask the chef to make him pasta with the Italian cheese. (Delhi Dynamos Photo)”That’s the most excited I have seen Zambrotta. Even more than scoring goals, seeing the cheese, the light in his eyes and he went crazy,” Rohan laughingly shared the tale.Rohan further said that he is still in touch with the former Italian defender and they did speak about him coming back but it didn’t really work.”Zambrotta is a great guy, I am still in touch with him. In fact we did talk about coming back and stuff, this season, but he is settled, getting paid well. It basically did not work out.”Also read – Indian Super League: Carlos’s late strike earns FC Pune City a point vs Delhi DynamosZambrotta had last come to India for a La Liga event, where the El Clasico (Real Madrid vs Barcelona) was screen at a stadium in New Delhi. Even then Zambrotta had spoken of the fact that he liked India and it was nice to be back in Delhi.”We have actually not really had players or managers and coaches, who have not wanted to come back to Delhi Dynamos. Even some of the foreigners who have played here want to come back. We have actually never had an encounter where a former associate of the club just did not want to come back to Delhi,” Rohan shared. Gianluca Zambrotta guided Delhi Dynamos FC to play-offs finish in ISL season 3. (Delhi Dynamos Photo)Two years since Zambrotta left Delhi Dynamos, they are yet to replicate the kind of form they showed under the Italian. Of course, season 4 saw a complete overhaul at the club with a completely new set of players, who could only gel along with each other by the end of the season.”This year I am genuinely hopeful of the team doing well. I have seen them play together and I feel we have very good players, I really like what I am seeing right now. Last year, it was more of the fact that I was defending the club but this year I really think we have a chance at the trophy,” Rohan told.
The offensive line has been much maligned the past few seasons. With good reason. In 2015, the running game produced 126.8 rushing yards per game, which qualified for ninth (out of 10) in the conference. That number was down from a brutal 2014 season in which they finished No. 7 in the conference with 136.6 yards per game.Looking at the overall trajectory of the rushing game, the regression is staggering. They’ve gone from 215 rush yards per game in 2012, which was good for second behind Baylor, to one of the most struggling ground attacks in the conference.There’s no doubt the rushing game is an area of emphasis to improve on this offseason. They’ve brought in junior college All-American Larry Williams, who is competing for the starting guard position as an early enrollee. And they’ll also welcome in junior college transfer Shane Richards later this summer, who will at the least provide quality depth.Beyond that, the Cowboys also have redshirt freshman tackle Marcus Keyes, redshirt freshman center Johnny Wilson, and redshirt sophomore Matt Mucha who all appear to be serviceable backups, proving as much last Saturday.But are they any better as a unit than last year? If you look at the results from Saturday, the answer is a resounding no. But there’s still optimism among the coaching staff.“The offensive line is much improved,” Mike Gundy said Saturday after a lackluster statistical performance. “We’ve got a long ways to go.”The spring game, for what it’s worth, showed no real progress up to this point, other than a definite development of depth behind the first unit. They rushed for 90 total yards on 30 carries Saturday – an average of 3.0 yards per carry. For reference, that would have tied for 127th (out of 128 teams) in the FBS last season. That doesn’t exactly scream Big 12 title contender status.On one hand, this offense has seen this same defense the entire spring. So you would expect some sort of familiarity may help in their attack.But on the other hand, the defense has seen the exact same stuff from the offense all spring, and they have the upper hand in this matchup. After all, it’s not the defensive line who has struggled the past few years.We’re still more than five months away before real football games will be played. But Saturday’s exhibition proved that despite the focus of improving a struggling area with the run game, there is still plenty of work to be done this offseason.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Gattuso happy with AC Milan victory over SPALby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso was happy with victory over SPAL.Andrea Petagna had given SPAL the lead at San Siro, but Samu Castillejo and Higuain turned it around, plus a last-gasp Gianluigi Donnarumma save on Mohamed Fares for the 2-1 result.“I liked the team performance a great deal, both technically and tactically. I liked the mentality of the side, that knew how to suffer,” Gattuso told DAZN.“We could’ve killed it off earlier and must continue to improve. We’ve had to deal with all sorts of things this year. Now we go to Doha without Suso for the Italian Super Cup, one of our most important players, but I don’t want any alibis.“We had two big games in December that we didn’t make the most of, but we’ve just got to lick our wounds and keep going.”
zoomImage Courtesy: SWS Chinese shipbuilder Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) has reportedly signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with two South Korean shipping companies for the construction of up to five bulkers.Namely, Sinokor Merchant Marine and Polaris Shipping have been linked to an order for four Newcastlemaxes and one Capesize bulker respectively, data from Asiasis shows.Under the terms specified in the contract, the delivery of the ships has been set for 2020.The total value of the LoI is said to be USD 294 million.South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries has been the preferred choice for both shipowners so far, as Sinokor has six very large crude carriers (VLCC) on order at HHI, while Polaris has as much as 18 Capesize newbuildings taking shape at the yard, data from VesselsValue shows.Back in February, SWS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China CSSC Holding, snapped up an order for four additional 210,000 dwt bulk carriers from the New York-based ship management firm Foremost Group.The order was described as the first contract secured by the shipbuilder this year.World Maritime News Staff
26 November 2008The top United Nations official in Iraq has called for the urgent establishment of a national legal framework guaranteeing the protection of women, warning that continued gender violence threatens to undermine the country’s families and society. “The situation of women in some parts of the country after years of conflict is very unsatisfactory,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Staffan de Mistura said in a message issued to mark the International Day on the Elimination of Violence Against Women.“Women and girls are paying a disproportionate price for violence. Some are suffering widowhood, targeted violence, discrimination and repression, lack of access to education and health care and increased violence at home,” said Mr. de Mistura.He added that he hoped the occasion would serve to draw an agenda of concrete measures and further a common awareness regarding the advancement of protection of women’s rights in all areas of Iraqi society. “UNAMI would like to urge the support of all law enforcing agencies to redress the current climate of impunity by prioritizing the resolution of cases of violence against women and bringing those responsible to justice,” he said, referring to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Research In Motion’s rebound in the smartphone market has been given a small chance of success against Apple and Android devices after another look at expectations for its new operating system.Some analysts have increased their share target prices and removed sell orders, helped by a firm launch date of Jan. 30 for the BlackBerry 10 operating system and the belief that hardcore customers will upgrade to the new smartphones.“This is a game of odds,” Troy Crandall of MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier said Monday.“That’s why it’s very difficult to figure out what RIM’s going to be worth because we can’t say with any kind of confidence whether this is going to be successful, but history tells us it probably won’t,” he said.Crandall has raised his target price to $10 from $7 for RIM (TSX:RIM) and upgraded the shares for the Waterloo, Ont., company to hold.However, it’s very difficult to bounce back when a company has lost so much market share, he added.RIM has under 10 per cent of market share in the tech-savvy North American market. Its new operating system, expected to better browse the web and be app friendly, is considered a make-or-break product for RIM.Crandall also noted when there were so many sell orders on RIM, there was nowhere lower to go, adding he raised his price on RIM similar to a valuation on struggling handset maker Nokia.CIBC raised its target price Monday on RIM shares to US$17, up from US$8 a share, based on the strength of RIM’s customer base with older BlackBerrys.The CIBC analysis notes RIM has about 80 million smartphone subscribers and some of them will decide to upgrade when the BlackBerry 10 technology becomes available.“With a January 30 BB10 launch date locked in, along with carrier and developer feedback now more clear, an upgrade of the existing subscriber base will be the most likely outcome,” analyst Todd Coupland said in a research note.“Our rating change is based on RIM’s existing subscribers wanting to upgrade to BB10,” Coupland said.CIBC also put a “sector outperform” rating on RIM shares from “sector underperform” which was based on skepticism about its new generation of products.Last week, RIM shares surged $2.38 or 25.8 per cent to $11.61, with gains concentrated on Thursday. Shares closed up 29 cents, or 2.5 per cent, on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday.CIBC’s revised price target is $2 above a price target of US$15 a share issued last week from National Bank Financial.But Edward Jones technology analyst Bill Kreher said he’s keeping his sell order on RIM shares.“I certainly can appreciate that the announcement of a launch date has reduced uncertainty and provided renewed hope, but I still think longer term it will be difficult for RIM to recover lost market share from the past,” he said from St. Louis, Mo.PC magazine analyst Sascha Segan said RIM could have potential growth with “mad messengers,” teens and 20-somethings who want to stay constantly connected with their friends.“That is BlackBerry’s other potential growth market,” said Segan, lead mobile device analyst with New York-based PC magazine.But it depends whether the social games they are playing will be available on the new BlackBerry 10 platform, he said.Segan said the enterprise market that includes departments at companies, governments and corporations — a traditional strength for RIM — is up for grabs with Microsoft making a play with the Windows Phone and Apple making inroads.“Business people are a big part of the equation here,” he said, adding expectations are “spectacularly” low for BlackBerry 10.“RIM has really lowered expectations to the point where even the company’s survival would be a pleasant surprise. If BlackBerry 10 actually appears on its proposed launch date, that actually exceeds expectations.”Analyst Peter Misek of New York-based Jeffries & Company has given the new operating system only a 20 per cent to 30 per cent probability of success. He removed his sell order on the stock and upgraded it to hold. RIM’s revival given a shot against Apple, Android smartphones with BB10 launch by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 26, 2012 5:39 pm MDT
“After two decades of civil war, a collapsed state and innumerable indignities to the proud Somali people, we are hours away from the election of a new president – the event that will completely end the transitional period and move us towards a phase of political and socio-economic transformation,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Augustine P. Mahiga, said in an open letter to the country’s parliamentarians. Mr. Mahiga, who also heads the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), called on the parliamentarians to choose the candidate who will be “honest and effective in leading the country with a vision appropriate for the next four years of transformation and peace-building.” After decades of warfare, Somalia has been undergoing a peace and national reconciliation process, with the country’s transitional governing arrangements coming to an end with the implementation of the so-called Roadmap for the End of Transition. The 10 September election will mark the culmination of a series of landmark events in recent weeks, including the adoption of Somalia’s provisional constitution, the inaugural meeting of its new parliament – which Mr. Mahiga described as the “most qualified and representative” in the country’s history – and the appointment of that body’s speaker. “It has not been easy getting us to this point,” noted Mr. Mahiga. “In addition to the privations you have all endured during these past difficult years, the political process and the security situation has not been easy. There have been moments when all seemed lost and we have sometimes been on the brink of despair. “Nevertheless, somehow, the courage, tenacity and determination of the Somali people has overcome these formidable obstacles and brought us to where we are now.” He urged them to listen to the presidential candidates as they publicly present their visions, and to make their choice accordingly, adding that all Somalis, the region and the rest of the international community are watching during these remaining few days. “My brothers and sisters, it is all up to you,” he added. “You are the highest sovereign authority in the land. You are the custodians of the future which is now in your hands.”
Junior forward Matt Johnson (26) switches onto the ice during a game against Bowling Green Oct. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 5-3.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorLooking to be rested and re-energized, the Ohio State men’s hockey team is set to take on its archrival.Coming off their first open weekend since early January, the Buckeyes (15-10-3, 5-6-3) return to action this weekend with a home-and-home series against Michigan (15-10-3, 7-6-1), including a bit of a change in scenery.The Buckeyes were last in action Feb. 15 when they lost, 4-2, to No. 8 Wisconsin at home. But prior to that loss against the Badgers, the Buckeyes were on a six-game unbeaten run.Coach Steve Rohlik said the weekend without games has helped some of the players with injuries recover as the team enters “the final stretch.”“The biggest thing is to get re-energized,” Rohlik said. “At this time of year, the most important thing is trying to get a few guys healthy and trying to get a few guys back.”Sophomore forward Anthony Greco also cited overcoming injury woes as a positive outcome of the time off, even if it means he and his teammates don’t get to do what they enjoy most: play hockey games.“As a player, once you get into a rhythm, you’d like to play every weekend and keep the momentum going,” Greco said. “But I think for us it was a good time to relax and let some bumps and bruises heal.”An extremely competitive Big Ten conference schedule might be a contributing factor when it comes to the injuries OSU has sustained over the course of the season. It enters this weekend in fourth place, just one spot and three points behind its next opponents, the Wolverines.With only six games left in the regular season, every point is vital when it comes to tournament seeding. Junior forward Tanner Fritz said the team can’t wait to get the final leg of the season underway.“This is the most fun part of the season, and definitely the most important part for us,” Fritz said. “These next three series can put us anywhere from fourth to second place (in conference), so they’re really going to be some huge weekends.”Meanwhile, the Wolverines are coming off a win in their last game against last place Penn State.But much like the Buckeyes, their most recent result wasn’t indicative of their form as of late — before the victory against the Nittany Lions, the men from Ann Arbor had lost four straight.Regardless of their play over the past few weeks, Rohlik said the Wolverines pose a threat, especially considering they beat the Buckeyes in two one-goal decisions Nov. 29 and Dec. 2.“We played two tight games against them but now I think our team knows that if we’re in those tight games we’ve got to win them,” Rohlik said. “These guys (the Wolverines) are a very good team and we know we’re going to have to play our best hockey to beat them.”This weekend is different not only because it deviates from the normal Friday-Saturday doubleheader schedule in favor of a Friday-Sunday home-and-home, but also because of one of the venues. Instead of its normal home of the Schottenstein Center, OSU is set to host Michigan Sunday at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus.The change of scenery might have excited the players, but Fritz said the team knows what its focus is.“It’s such a nice rink and a really great atmosphere so we’re hoping we can get a good amount of fans in,” Fritz said. “But the most important thing is getting three points for the team. Everyone’s looking forward to it and it should be a lot of fun.”Friday’s game is set to start at 6:30 p.m. in Ann Arbor, Mich., while Sunday’s game is set for 1 p.m. in Columbus.
Though it’s not quite as deep as Lake Vostok, water recently discovered about 1.5 miles below-ground in Canada has intrigued scientists — in more ways than one. Of course, they were interested in meaningful chemical analysis, and in the search for the ancient history of life. They were interested in what the water could tell them about geology and climatology and taste and — wait, taste?Yes, Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar took a small swig of the water she and her team dredged up, after having used the isotopes of natural gas found inside it to place its age at between one and 2.64 billion years old. Her review: yuck. Saltier than sea-water and the consistency of “light maple syrup,” this is one drink that only the most serious food adventurers should consider imbibing.Even Lake Vostok, almost 3 times as deep as this water, could contain life.The water has had plenty of time to soak of minerals from the surrounding rock, and as a result it is both thick and discolored, turning slightly orange when it comes in contact with oxygen. That’s mostly thanks to the large amounts of iron it contains, but it has had time to absorb any number of minerals. The water has been sealed off from the atmosphere, has neither evaporated or condensed, possibly since before the evolution of multi-cellularity.The researchers have already proven that the water has the chemical capacity to support life, but they’ve yet to determine if it actually contains life. Dr. Lollar may or may not now be inhabited by billion-year-old proto-bacteria. It holds the same sorts of potential fuel molecules as the water found near deep-sea vents or in a South African mine, both of which sustain life without significant energy from the sun.Water from the aforementioned Lake Vostok was, for a short time, thought to contain super-ancient life, but that finding was debunked by the study’s own authors. They discovered microbes in the water, but these were “merely” a new type of bacteria that had evolved to live off the kerosine-based antifreeze in use for decades as they drilled down to the underground lake.It might seem insane the think that life could exist for about a third of the lifetime of the Earth in total isolation, but always remember the words of Ian Malcolm: Life will find a way. Lollar has yet to be devoured in any Crichton-esque fits of natural retribution, however. Her team hopes to unlock and publish at least some of the mysteries of this water within the year.
The suspected prowler who was shot and killed by a Clark County sheriff’s deputy Sunday was involved in an Idaho jail escape and an Oregon bank robbery in 2002.Paul Joseph Kolar, then 23, and an accomplice escaped from jail in Benewah County, Idaho, and drove to Elgin, Ore., in a stolen Subaru station wagon in May 2002, according to the La Grande Observer. Once there, Kolar entered a US Bank and used a shotgun to demand money from three female bank employees, the newspaper said.After escaping with money and leading police on a high-speed pursuit, Kolar and the accomplice were arrested at gunpoint, the paper reported.At the time of his escape, Kolar was being held in the Benewah County jail awaiting transfer to an Idaho state prison for a felony conviction, the newspaper reported. In October 2001, Kolar was convicted of delivery of a controlled substance, though the case was suspended and later dismissed, according to the Idaho Department of Corrections.He was convicted in Oregon of the robbery and sentenced to 10 years in prison.It is unclear if Kolar had a connection to Clark County.Kolar was identified by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office as the man shot and killed by a deputy who responded to a report of a prowler just before 8 a.m. Sunday at 310 N.W. 289th St. east of Ridgefield.The deputy encountered and engaged with Kolar, who the sheriff’s office said appeared to be armed with a handgun.The deputy shot Kolar multiple times, and Kolar was later pronounced dead at a hospital, the sheriff’s office said. The deputy was not injured.The deputy involved has not been identified, though the sheriff’s office said the deputy has been placed on paid leave per agency policy.
Macau recorded a 3.5% year-on-year decline in gross gaming revenue to MOP$24.45 billion (US$3.01 billion) in July, the result coming in well below initial predictions due in part to Chinese media reports alleging links between leading junket operator Suncity Group and online gaming.The result came despite a strong start to July in the mass market segment with JP Morgan analysts estimating mass GGR finished the month rising by 12% to 13% compared with July 2018, negated by an estimated decline of more than 20% in the VIP segment. They also suggest that Macau’s top three junkets all suffered significant falls in rolling chip volume with demand having “deteriorated sharply” as the month went on.Bernstein’s Vitaly Umansky, Eunice Lee and Kelsey Zhu offered a similar analysis, stating “Demand fell off going into the latter half of the month with some agents and players pulling out on the back of worries over heightened scrutiny overall after the Suncity incident.”As a result, average daily revenue for July was MOP$789 million, down 1% on June and 6% on May numbers. Macau’s GGR for the first seven months of 2019 now sits at MOP$173.96 billion, down 0.9% year-on-year.Early estimates for August have GGR staying relatively flat year-on-year.
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s new mayor was sworn in Tuesday.Vern Halter was declared mayor after the Borough Assembly certified the Oct. 6 election Tuesday night.“I thought we ran a very positive, very good campaign. We just tried to let people know who I was and why I was running and things like that,” Halter said. “And sometimes the outcome comes out the way you want it, and sometimes it doesn’t – I’ve been both directions, by the way.”All but one new Borough Assemblyman was sworn in as well. Doyle Holmes, who lost the Borough’s District 7 Assembly race, says he is contesting the outcome of his race due to problems with the Talkeetna precinct vote.“And, in the case of Talkeetna, with three different groups of people and a four-hour delay and such a deviation in percentages, then somebody needs to open up that bag and look in it, and see what’s going on,” Holmes said.The Borough will investigate the District 7 contest. Randall Kowalke is the unofficial winner of that race.
To pay tribute to legendary Bengali actor Uttam Kumar, the government of West Bengal organised a retrospective of his films at Muktadhara Auditorium in the city. This is second such festival featuring his movies within a span of two months.The festival was inaugurated in the presence of Rajesh Kumar, ADG and Officer on Special Duty,
The Black Friday 2018 deals week has just begun for Amazon and the giant retailer has already listed quite a few interesting deals for gamers.There’s something for everyone here, from the DualShock 4 controllers (also usable on PC) to the Logitech G502 gaming mouse, two different PlayStation VR bundles, an Xbox One S Minecraft bundle and lastly the Xbox One X, the most powerful console available right now. Streamers, on the other hand, may want to take a look at the Elgato Stream Deck Mini deal; Christian checked out the device a few months ago, so don’t forget to read his review first.When it comes to games, the highlights are the amazing Forza Horizon 4 (though beware that only the digital version will unlock it for both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC), the outstanding PlayStation 4 exclusives God of War and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and the ever-popular Overwatch and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.We’ll post new gaming deals as they go live this week, on Amazon or elsewhere. Stay tuned!HardwareDualShock 4 Wireless Controllers (Blue Camouflage, Gold, Green Camouflage, Jet Black, Magma Red, Midnight Blue – $38.99 (40% off)Elgato Stream Deck Mini – $79.99 (20% off)Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse – $34.99 (59% off)PlayStation VR – Astro Bot Rescue Mission + Moss Bundle – $199.99 (33% off)PlayStation VR – Creed: Rise to Glory + Superhot Bundle – $249 (29% off)Xbox One S 1TB Console – Minecraft Creators Bundle – $199.99 Xbox One X – $399.99 (20% off)GamesBulletstorm: Full Clip Edition (Xbox One) – $12.03 (38% off)Dark Souls Trilogy – PlayStation 4 – $59.99 (25% off)Firewall Zero Hour – $19.99 (50% off)Forza Horizon 4 Standard Edition – $35.99 physical for Xbox One, $39.99 Digital for Xbox One and PCGod of War – $29.99 (25% off)Overwatch Legendary Edition (consoles, physical) – $19.99 (67% off)Overwatch Legendary Edition (PC, digital) – $19.99 PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (Xbox One) – $17.99 (43% off)Shining Resonance Refrain: Standard Edition – $24.99 (50% off)Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – $9.99 (50% off – as an Add-On Item, you’ll need to pick this up alongside other items for a qualifying order of at least $25) Share Tweet Submit
Luxperience 2017 Award submissions now openLuxperience announces entries are now open for the prestigious Luxperience Awards. These awards recognise the industry’s endeavours and the evolution of luxury travel while highlighting the shining stars and visionaries of the premium leisure travel and business events markets.Awards are open to both leisure and business event specialists emphasizing the impact and influence of luxury travel across both segmentsMichelle Papas, Luxury Brand Strategist at Luxperience, says: “This year our Awards will align with our theme for 2017: ‘Through A New Lens’. An emphasis will be on exploring the creativity of marketing, innovation and meaningful activities that leave an inspiring influence on travel behaviours and events through impactful visual interpretations”.Now in its third year, winners will be announced in front of over 400 guests at the glittering Luxperience Gala Dinner, taking place on Tuesday 19 September 2017 at Doltone House, Darling Island, Pyrmont. This magical waterfront venue offers harbour bridge and city skyline views providing a glittering backdrop for the annual Luxperience gala night.“Some of the world’s most impressive suppliers and elite group of decision-makers in the global luxury and experiential travel and events arena will be in attendance,” Papas adds. “Our winners set industry standards, raising the bar for others to emulate.”Judging of the submissions will be by an esteemed panel of travel and lifestyle industry experts including Belinda Melocco, Senior Manager Client Engagement for law firm King & Wood Mallesons and award-winning photographer, Mags King, Managing Photo Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review and the Sun Herald.Belinda is an accomplished and well-respected event professional. She is the founder and chair of the esteemed in-house corporate events industry association, Sydney Event Network with over 100 members.Mags’ photography career started at the Guardian in London after winning the prestigious UK Kentmere National Award over 20 years ago. Her meteoric rise in the photo-editing world has seen Mags managing major global photography companies such as Photobition and world-renowned publications such as Travel & Leisure. In 2005, Mags joined Fairfax culminating in her current role of the media company’s flagship papers.“Belinda and Mags will bring to the judging panel a wealth of knowledge and experience and will highlight the opportunities the Luxperience Awards can offer especially to the MICE market,” says Papas. “They will also emphasise the importance imagery plays in enticing where and when travellers and companies will visit next.”The full list of Award Categories:Inspiring AwardMeaningful AwardConnections AwardOutstanding Destination AwardThe Inspiring Award will recognise a buyer or supplier (leisure or premium business events) that best demonstrates excellence in the planning and development of innovative products, events and services, acknowledging entrepreneurial vision, market leadership and uniqueness.The Meaningful Award will pay tribute to a buyer or supplier (leisure or premium business events) that contributes to a greater understanding of history, heritage and culture, incorporating elements such as sense of community, experiential travel or social responsibility within their program or product.The Connections Award will recognise a successful marketing strategy and campaign, both from the buyer or supplier side, which effectively connect with key target markets within the luxury or high end experiential travel space or events and incentives areaIn addition to these awards, Luxperience will recognise an Outstanding Destination, which has influenced the development of luxury and experiential tourism or business events within their country or region.The invitation-only business forum, taking place in Sydney on 17-20 September 2017, is the only one of its kind based in the Australasia and Pacific region that connects the world’s most exclusive travel and business events providers dealing in luxury and experiential travel.For more information on submissions click here.Source = Luxperience
Borrowers Competition Kelli Yarbrough Lenders Lending mortgage RoundPoint Mortgage Travis Rulle 2018-11-30 Donna Joseph in Commentary, Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination A Survival Guide for Today’s Mortgage Market The mortgage industry currently operates in an environment of rising rates, narrowing margins, reduced volumes, and tough competition. The refinance boom is in the rearview mirror, and mortgage companies are now focused on building up their purchase business and making it the centerpiece of their revenue model for the next several years. But what’s the secret to doing more than just hunkering down and surviving the challenges?Get back to the basicsThere is simply no substitute for fundamental concepts like anticipating the customers’ needs (think of the waiter that refills your water without asking) and using all available tools to improve efficiencies. By utilizing new technologies throughout the loan cycle, we not only keep our cost per loan down but can provide a better customer experience that extends well beyond the close of the loan. Instituting workflow improvements allows us to reduce cycle time from application to closing – to be more rate-competitive in the market.However, we’ve found that technology and efficiencies can only take us so far. Customer commitment means expending the resources and human capital to personally guide borrowers, particularly first-time homebuyers. Technology is fantastic, but it can’t necessarily calm the concerns of a would-be borrower. Apps and APIs can’t feel and take part in the emotional process of taking on a mortgage loan and purchasing a home.As a retention-focused operation, lenders must look at processes at the micro level and find every opportunity to cultivate the borrower relationship in the origination stage and then “handshake” that relationship back to the loan servicing team. Keep origination and servicing teams in close communication so that customers receive a seamless, high-touch customer service experience that lasts beyond the loan origination process.Maximize your data utilizationIn addition to analyzing the mountain of data collected in the origination process, find value in truly listening to what customers have to say about their life goals. We want to know, for instance, how much they want to save each month, or what their retirement plans are. This enriches our data and magnifies its power. Now we can maximize new technologies, APIs and data analytics to better anticipate the customer’s potential need for a new mortgage. Since our focus is on retention, constantly review the lending portfolio against current market conditions. Having that knowledge, and being familiar with customers, allows the examination of their equity situation, and when appropriate, alert them to potential opportunities that they may not even be aware of. That’s a win-win: we’re providing valuable products that our customers need when they need it, and we’re creating customers for life. Know (and play to) your strengths. During periods of higher competition and/or lower volumes, it can be tempting to expand offerings and explore new revenue opportunities. However, the savvy mortgage banker should recognize the danger in abandoning your strengths and investing resources in unfamiliar products. It is important to fully understand what we are good at and can confidently let borrowers know if we are not a fit for a particular product they are interested in. Do not try to be something that you are not – that’s too ineffective in cost, time, resources, and can elevate your risk to an uncomfortable level.In today’s market, mortgage bankers simply need to roll up their sleeves and do the hard work of building quality products, a solid customer-centered culture within the company, and balancing the need for technology with the value of the human touch. November 30, 2018 929 Views Share