Rosetta mission’s lander settles on a comet and makes history

first_imgThe mission team settled on a relatively risk-free region on the “head” of the duck-shaped comet, where only 20% of the terrain contained potentially hazardous slopes greater than 30°. Plans were hatched for the 7-hour landing descent and were loaded up to the spacecraft.The landing almost didn’t take place. In the night before separation, software trouble nearly forced Ulamec to postpone it for 2 weeks. Ulamec also learned that gas thrusters—meant to pin the lander to the surface while its harpoons fired—hadn’t pressurized correctly. But mission managers decided to go ahead anyway, and just past 4 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Philae slipped out of Rosetta’s grasp at walking speeds.Step by step, Rosetta’s instruments followed the lander down and found it to be right on track. A picture taken by a camera on the underbelly of the lander at a 3-kilometer altitude showed it to be nearly in the middle of a 1-kilometer-wide landing ellipse. “The real error was much smaller than the error ellipse,” says ESA Head of Mission Operations Paolo Ferri. Sensors on the legs of the lander indicated that the surface was soft and had helped dampen Philae’s fall.But team members were still confused by conflicting data coming back from the lander, and ESA officials planned to reconvene on Thursday in Darmstadt—hopefully with more answers. “It’s complicated to land on a comet,” Ulamec says. “It’s also very complicated to understand what has happened.”To read more Rosetta coverage, visit our Rosetta collection page. DARMSTADT, GERMANY—The Rosetta orbiter on Wednesday dropped a spidery, three-legged robot the size of a small refrigerator and watched as it tentatively set down on a comet—the first time that the surface of these primordial balls of dust and ice has ever been explored.In the hours after the 11:03 a.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time touchdown, European scientists and engineers struggled to make sense of how stably the lander was resting on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Radio connections between the lander and the orbiter were tenuous, solar power generation was fluctuating, and the lander was not anchored by two harpoons that were supposed to have fired on touchdown. It was even possible that the lander, called Philae, had slipped or bounced—but not hard enough to fling it back into the void. Stephan Ulamec, the Philae project manager for the European Space Agency (ESA), said that the lander’s scientific instruments were taking data and that he was confident Philae would live for another day. “Maybe today, we didn’t just land once, but twice,” he said at a press briefing at ESA’s control center here.In addition to being a first for humanity, the €1.4 billion Rosetta mission marked a strikingly ambitious effort for ESA’s planetary exploration program. It was the first successful landing for the agency since January 2005, when ESA dropped the Huygens probe onto the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan. To a packed audience here, ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain celebrated the historic aspect of the comet landing with obvious pride. “We’re the first to have done that, and it will stay that way forever,” he said.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)If healthy, the lander will now pursue a preprogrammed science routine on battery power lasting about 2.5 days. With sufficient solar power, Philae could continue to work for months. And already, 11 science instruments on the Rosetta orbiter have been taking measurements of 67P’s coal-black, organic-rich crust. But Philae, equipped with a drill that can sample more than 20 centimeters deep, has the potential to reveal the nature of material lying underneath the crust—where ice, dust, and organic molecules have been less altered by sunlight and outgassing. The sun’s heat causes buried ices of water, carbon dioxide, and other molecules to burst forth in diffuse jets of gas and dust.Moments after the landing, Philae lead scientist Jean-Pierre Bibring, of the Institute for Space Astrophysics in Orsay, France, was passing out toasts of Nicolas Feuillatte, a Champagne he had on hand for the occasion. He said he hadn’t been so nervous about the outcome. “As when you go to a plane, you are not the driver,” he says. “We couldn’t do more than what we did.”Getting to the moment was by no means easy. The Rosetta spacecraft launched in 2004 and whirled around the solar system on one of the longest planetary journeys ever, traveling 6.5 billion kilometers. In August, Rosetta arrived at 67P, and scientists began a frantic effort to map the feeble gravity of the comet’s mountain-sized nucleus even as they searched for boulder-free, level landing terrains. The time pressures were severe because Rosetta had to drop Philae before 67P got too close to the sun’s heat. An instrument on Rosetta is already measuring 5 liters per second of water vapor production, but that rate is expected to rise to 500 liters per second by the time 67P makes its closest approach to the sun in August 2015. ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR center_img The target area of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko looms 3 kilometers below the Philae lander as it descends to the surface. last_img read more

EPL: Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho defends John Terry substitution during match against Manchester City

first_imgChelsea football club manager Jose Mourinho has defended his decision to substitute captain John Terry at half-time during their 0-3 English Premier League (EPL) defeat against Manchester City.With City leading 1-0 at the break during Sunday’s game, Mourinho sent in Kurt Zouma to replace Terry. It was the first time that the Chelsea boss decided to substitute the central defender in an EPL match. The 34-year-old England defender had played every minute of every EPL match last season under Mourinho, leading Chelsea to their first title since 2009-10.But Mourinho asserted that conditions during Sunday’s clash at the Etihad Stadium warranted the change.Also read: Rampant Manchester City crushes Chelsea 3-0 When Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero raced clear of the Chelsea back-line moments after kick-off to force an excellent save from the Blues’ goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, Mourinho realised that his defensive strategy was already crumbling.”It was clear to me Zouma has to play,” the Portuguese manager was quoted as saying by BBC. “The point was not to take John out it was to bring Zouma in – I wanted my fastest player on the pitch, not on the bench.””When the game started and 10 seconds later you have Aguero behind the defensive line and facing Begovic, immediately you get the notion that the start wasn’t good. After that he made two or three saves because of that fragility,” he added.The 52-year-old also said that previous managers Roberto Di Matteo and Rafael Benitez had overlooked Terry on several occasions, adding that the Chelsea skipper would have left the defending EPL champions without him.advertisementAlso read:  Fake or not, Chelsea’s reality is not pretty “I don’t know if you asked questions to Rafa Benitez, Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo, to the ones that never played him,” Mourinho said. “I’m the one you shouldn’t ask because I’m the one that plays with John in every game.””I made John captain. I recovered John from a difficult situation with other managers.I brought my captain off and he was on the bench and still captain on the bench because the armband is just an armband,” he added.”I can tell you he was not dancing in the dressing room and I can also tell you he was not having a bad reaction.”last_img read more

Kanu, Cambiasso to attend official draw for FIFA U-17 WC

first_imgMumbai, Jul 5 (PTI) Legendary footballers Esteban Cambiasso and Nwankwo Kanu along with Indian sporting icons Sunil Chhetri and PV Sindhu will attend tomorrows official draw for the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in India later this year. The draw scheduled for tomorrow here will also be attended by officials from the participating teams and the host cities. The event will be telecasted live on FIFA.com. Kanu and Cambiasso are no strangers to the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Kanu held the winners trophy aloft with Nigerias Super Eaglets in 1993 while Argentine great Cambiasso participated in the 1995 edition. Kanu, who won Olympic gold in 1996, was twice chosen as African Player of the Year, and played for the Super Eagles at the 1998, 2002 and 2010 editions of the FIFA World Cup. Cambiasso, meanwhile, won the FIFA U-20 World Cup 1997 and was part of Argentinas team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. “The FIFA U-17 World Cup 1993 really spurred my career ? within years of winning the title, I won the Olympic gold and from there as I would like to believe, there wasnt any looking back,” Kanu said in a statement released by the FIFA and Local Orgainsing Committee. “This tournament provides youngsters the necessary stage for development and I believe this years edition will provide us all with exceptional talent ? much like the previous tournaments.” The two football icons will be joined by India national football team captain Sunil Chhetri and Olympic medallist shuttler Sindhu, both of whom will take part as draw assistants. PTI SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Maria Sharapova awarded main draw wildcard at US Open

first_imgFormer world number one Maria Sharapova will make her first Grand Slam appearance in over 18 months after she was awarded a main draw wildcard for the upcoming US Open, the tournament organisers confirmed on Tuesday.The 30-year-old Russian, who returned from a 15-month doping ban earlier this year, was denied a wildcard at the French Open before she missed the grasscourt season, including Wimbledon, with a thigh injury.Sharapova’s US Open preparations have been disrupted by an arm injury suffered during her first round win over Jennifer Brady earlier this month.The world number 148 was forced to withdraw from the Rogers Cup and the ongoing Cincinnati Open as a precautionary measure ahead of the final grand slam of the year.The US Open runs from August 28 to September 10 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows, New York.last_img read more

Rashpal confident of retaining marathon crown

first_imgMumbai, Dec 9 (PTI) Rashpal Singh, of the Army Sports Institute, is confident of defending the mens title in the 7th Indiabulls Home Loans Vasai-Virar Mayors Marathon to be held here tomorrow.Rashpal had the full Marathon by leading from start to finish last year and has warmed up nicely by recording his personal best of 2:20.23 at the National Marathon in Delhi.The 32-year-old Rashpal will face a threat from last years runner-up Pankaj Dhaka of JSW and Karan Singh of BEG, Kirkee, Pune.Dhaka, who is with the Territorial Army, has been training on his own and is determined to better upon his last years finish.Karan, a two-time winner of the Mumbai Marathon (2014 and 2015), is making a return to long distance running after a lay-off of almost two years due to injury, and believes he has fully recovered and in good condition to challenge for the title.The other fancied names in the full marathon are Jabalpur Armyman Sanaton Singh, who has a personal best of 2:20.11, ASI?s Bhram Prakash, who clocked 2:24.06 while winning the NSG Marathon in Delhi, Anu Sathyadas, winner of the Rourkee Marathon and G B Patle.”I have been preparing well and am currently in peak form having won an even in Allahabad just 21 days back and that gives me more confidence. This time the competition will be much stiffer with Karan also running, but that would only help me to run faster which would certainly improve my timing,” said Rashpal.The 27-year-old Karan was pleased to return to competition after recovering from injury.advertisement”After being out of running for a long time it feels good to get back. I have been working hard during training and I am determined to get back to winning ways. This is my first big race after injury and it would be nice if I can come out a winner,” stated Karan, who clocked a time of 2:21 min in winning the 2015 Mumbai Marathon.The mens half marathon will be spearheaded by Kalidas Hirave, who has a seasons best timing of 1:03.27, clocked while winning the BSF Half Marathon in Delhi.Also in the fray will be Pradeep Singh, who clocked 1:04.34 at ADHM 2017, Man Singh who clocked 1:04.39 at the IDBI HM and National camper Govind Singh, who clocked 1:05.49 at ADHM 2017, besides Chandrakant Manwadhkar and Savhin Patil of the Railways.The womens half marathon will also have a strong field and should see stiff competition between Swati Gadhave and Monika Atahare, who clocked 1:15.21 and 11:15.36 at ADHM 2017.The other strong contenders are Monika Raut, Meenakshi Patil and Manisha Salunkhe.The winner of the Full Marathon for men will stand to gain Rs 2.50 lakh, while the male and female winners of the Half Marathon will take home Rs 1.25 lakh each.There is an increase in the prize money for amateur runners as well in the different age groups. PTI SSR RSY SDMlast_img read more

Mets Need Big Game from Thor

first_imgNEW YORK — The man-child on the mound was simply getting some work in, two simulated innings to sharpen up for the World Series.It was late afternoon at Kauffman Stadium, dimmed by dark clouds on this overcast day in Kansas City, and even his New York Mets teammates wanted no part of 6-foot-6 Noah Syndergaard.David Wright bounded into the batting cage, watched a few fastballs whizz by like pellets fired from a BB gun, and stepped right back out.“How are you supposed to hit that?” he asked buddy Michael Cuddyer.A chuckling group of Mets marveled at Syndergaard’s sizzling cheese the day before the Series opener — but now they’ve placed the heat squarely on their rookie starter.With the National League champs trailing 2-0 in the best-of-seven set, the 23-year-old thunderbolt aptly nicknamed Thor pitches Oct. 30 against Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura.And the Mets know perfectly well they can’t afford to lose.“I feel like being able to watch the past two games has really helped me out and helped me devise a game plan,” Syndergaard said.Both teams canceled workouts Oct. 29 at Citi Field, all dressed up to host its first World Series with a game featuring two of the best arms in baseball.Syndergaard’s fastball averaged 97.1 mph during the regular season, the highest velocity of any major leaguer who pitched at least 150 innings, according to STATS.The 24-year-old Ventura ranked third at 96.3 mph.In the NL playoffs, Syndergaard threw 22 pitches at least 100 mph and topped out at 101, STATS said.Ventura can touch the century mark, too.“Right now I’m not worried about velocity at all. I just want to go deep in the game,” Ventura said, with teammate Christian Colon translating.But while Syndergaard certainly brings it, so do Mets aces Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom. And despite their 95-98 mph heat, neither one was able to throttle a Royals lineup that’s mastered the lost art of consistently making solid contact.“This team likes the fastball,” said ALCS MVP Alcides Escobar, the first batter Syndergaard will face.Kansas City’s aggressive leadoff man is batting .364 with 12 runs, eight RBIs and seven extra-base hits this postseason.“It’s something else being able to watch Escobar walk up there and swing at the first pitch almost every single game,” Syndergaard said. “I have a few tricks up my sleeve that I’ll be able to break out tomorrow night. I’m looking forward to it.”Scolded by Wright in spring training for eating lunch in the clubhouse during an intrasquad game, Syndergaard acknowledged a rookie mistake and agreed he should have been on the bench looking to learn something.And despite all the attention his fastball draws, the rapid development of Syndergaard’s secondary pitches has been the key to his immediate success.“The amount of confidence that I’ve gained throughout this entire season and the journey has been an unbelievable experience for me,” he said.After making his major league debut in May, Syndergaard picked up a two-seamer that runs to his arm side and fine-tuned his changeup. He gained control of his sharp slider without losing the ability to bend in that slower curveball.Veteran teammate Michael Cuddyer used the words maturity, transformation and evolution in describing Syndergaard’s season.“We’re really excited to see him on this stage and see him pitch tomorrow night, and very confident to have him out on the mound,” Cuddyer said.All the improvements along the way helped Syndergaard finish 9-7 with a 3.24 ERA and 166 strikeouts in 150 innings — not to mention a long home run to straightaway center field.Then the right-hander went 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA in three NL playoff games, including his first career relief appearance.Powerful arm, swift progression.“He’s a very fast learner,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “He has no fear.”Ventura generates velocity with a whip of his slender frame, perhaps generously listed at 6-feet tall. Syndergaard, by contrast, is a 240-pound hammer who revels in his larger-than-life image.With long, golden locks flowing out from beneath his baseball cap, 11 letters to that unusual last name arched around his shoulders on the back of a Mets jersey, Syndergaard resembles some sort of Viking pitcher sent from the ancient past.The ninth century nearly straight to the National League, with an impressive pit stop at Double-A Binghamton.“This guy threw six innings at 100 mph in Los Angeles. Please show me anybody that’s done that, outside of Nolan (Ryan), maybe. And that’s where this guy for me has risen to the occasion,” Collins said.“I think he’s come a long way. I think as much as you’d like to go to that crusty, veteran guy who’s been here, who’s done it, to help bail you out of the hole you’re in, we’re not asking that. We’re asking this kid to go out and pitch his game, and his stuff should play.”Syndergaard was given the moniker Thor — the Norse god known for ferocious storms — after tweeting a photo of himself in costume doing squats on Halloween two years ago.Before his NL Championship Series start against the Cubs, he changed the photo atop his Twitter page to a shot featuring lightning striking Chicago’s famous Willis Tower. For the World Series, bolts descending on the Kansas City skyline.“He’s a unique guy,” Collins said.Syndergaard has “Thor” embroidered in gold on one of his gloves. There’s also a “Tyrion” model from “Games of Thrones” and “Drago” from “Rocky IV” and “Heisenberg” from “Breaking Bad,” among others.“Characters I like,” he explained.Off the field, however, Syndergaard is not all nasty.He speaks in soft tones with an air of confidence, and graciously posed for cellphone photos Oct. 26 with Mets and Royals rooters alike — even a disgruntled Cubs fan — following dinner at a popular Kansas City barbecue joint.A year ago, Ventura was a rookie when he won a World Series game his team had to have, Game 6 against San Francisco.Now, back home where he’s pitched his best, Syndergaard will try to do the same.“His name was mentioned to open up the World Series. That’s how well we think he’s pitching,” Collins said.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Block Party | Web Series

first_imgIf you’re a rally enthusiast, you already know about Ken Block. Not counted among rally legends like Colin McRae, Sébastien Loeb and Tommi Mäkinen, Block managed to carve out a niche of his own in motorsports. A story that began in 2008 as a fun video on an abandoned airfield,,If you’re a rally enthusiast, you already know about Ken Block. Not counted among rally legends like Colin McRae, Sébastien Loeb and Tommi Mäkinen, Block managed to carve out a niche of his own in motorsports. A story that began in 2008 as a fun video on an abandoned airfield, drifting the tyres off a Subaru Impreza rally car, gained unprecedented fame on YouTube. The video has since got over 15 million views. Back then, Block was the co-owner of DC shoes, but now he is fully committed to Hoonigan Racing Division.The Gymkhana series of videosnine till datehas grown from fairly basic camerawork to state-of-the-art filming. The latest video features a run on the famous Pikes Peak albeit this being Block’s version of the annual hill climb. All that goes into making such epic videos has been documented in Amazon Prime’s eight-episode series, The Gymkhana Filesthe team, the driver and the effort put in by the Hoonigan team.Associated with the Japanese carmaker from his rallycross days, Block began his videos with Subarus, gradually adding various versions of the Ford Fiesta. Gymkhana 9 showcased a 2016 Ford Focus RS RX, which produced 600 bhp and 650 Nm of torque, and claimed to achieve 0-60 mph (97 kmph) under two seconds. Block and the Hoonigan Racing Division created a monster named Hoonicorn RTR. The car was unveiled in the Gymkhana 7 video, with only vague resemblance to a Mustang. It used a naturally-aspirated Roush Yates 6.7-litre V8 engine, developing 845 bhp and 720 Nm of torque. Now in its second version, the Hoonicorn needed an upgrade. The engine was upgraded with a twin-turbo set-up. These and more changes resulted in a mega 1,400 bhp and 1,250 Nm set-up.advertisementThe Amazon series serves not only as a recap of those milestones but also as a curtain-raiser for the 10th edition of the Gymkhana videos, which is set to release on December 7. The video will also debut a special build, a 1977 Ford F-150 Hoonitruck, as a tribute to Block’s father who owned the same base truck.last_img read more

Kerala man leaves own wedding to play football. His wife has the best reaction

first_imgA football player from Kerala might have pushed his own obsession with the sport to a whole new level. He asked his soon-to-be wife to wait for five minutes in order to go and join his team on the field in an ongoing match that clashed with his wedding ceremony.Ridvan, a defender who plays for FIFA Menjeri, a team in Malappuram 7s league, is the crazy football fan who has left even Rajyavardhan Rathore, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, stumped.Rathore took to Twitter to share the story of Ridvan, who left his own wedding to attend a football match.”Ridvan asked 5 minutes from his bride on his wedding day to play football! What passion! I want to meet him! #5MinuteAur #KheloIndia,” tweeted Rathore.On his wedding day, Ridvan had to face an impossible choice: continuing with his wedding ceremony or joining his team during a crucial moment of the 7s game.The 7s league is a popular football tournament in Kerala. Different from a traditional game of football, which has 11 players, this game has just 7 on each team. The rules of the game are slightly tweaked as well, but largely remain the same. 7s is very popular in Kerala, which explains Ridvan’s love for the game.”Excuse me for five minutes,” Ridvan told his wife-to-be on his wedding day.Fortunately, his team won the game, but the bride was apparently furious.She was surprsied that her would-be husband picked a football match over their wedding. Understandably, isn’t it?advertisementAccording to the website Talksports24x7, she said, “So if the game was at noon, would you cancel the marriage for the game?”We hope that Ridwan had a good reply to that and had a smooth wedding after he got back. At least he got himself a meeting with Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore!ALSO SEE: Fiona the hippo gets best birthday surprise from her crush. The reactions are pricelessALSO WATCH: Sneaky sea lions attemptto snatch diver’s paddles and cameralast_img read more

REBECCA’S GDO POSTCARD FROM THE EDGE…

first_imgIn the second installment of our behind the scenes look at the life and times of the Nation’s Game Development Officers, the Northern Territory’s Rebecca Houston delivers her “Postcard from the Edge” from Australia’s Top End.Last month Queensland’s North Queensland GDO Glenn ‘Richo’ Richardson was featured, this month, Rebecca ‘Chewbeckker’ Houston gives us a sneak peak of her life as a GDO in “The Territory”.Rebecca Houston is promoting Touch Football in some of Australia’s most remote communities, and loving it. The 27-year-old has been in the Game Development Officer role for a little over a year, having moved to Darwin from South-East Queensland when her boyfriend Luke joined the Northern Territory Police Force. Even though she is still relatively new to her job, Houston has an accomplished background in Touch Football.Houston played with Crushers in the Women’s Open SEQTL from 1999-2005, and the Gold Coast Sharks in the National Touch League from 1998-2005. She won an NTL Open Mixed title with ‘Sharkies’ in 2001, and in 2004 she represented the Queensland State of Origin Mixed Open team. Renowned as one of the best ‘finishers’ in the business, the speedster has played a pivotal role in the Barbarians Women’s Open Team’s surge into the semi-finals at the National Touch League for the last two years and continues to prove her mettle under the pressure at the Elite level.The bubbly and dedicated Redlands girl has adjusted well to life as a GDO.Initially moving away from her close knit family and the bright lights of Brisbane was a big adjustment, but the positive and enthusiastic extrovert jumped at the chance to make a career out of the game she has played since she was a teenager in the local Redlands competition.Rebecca has made friends easily and impressed all those around her with her eagerness to work, and willingness to embrace the people and lifestyle in the Territory.Northern Territory Branch Manager Isobel Appo is one person who has keenly observed Rebecca’s progress and is full of praise for the GDO.“Rebecca has done very well. Her AusTouch programs and Junior initiatives have gone over well in the Territory. She has a great rapport with the kids, and her hard work, sense of humour, and genuine desire to help people shines through. She has earned a lot of respect and acceptance in the communities in which she works,” Mrs. Appo said.Rebecca is doing a great job passing on the skills she has honed over her years at the top level to kids in communities that have often never even heard of any kind of football other than AFL. Rebecca recently visited Kalkarindji, Yarralin and Timber Creek in the Katherine Region to run Austouch clinics for 60 children over three days. “By visiting the communities, you get a lot of satisfaction from going out there and teaching them a sport that they’ve never really seen before. Most of the time out in the communities they’ve only seen AFL, so they play AFL. They’ve seen a little bit of Rugby League on the television and that’s about it. So your biggest battle is getting them to pass the ball backwards. Once you get them passing the ball backwards they start to understand what they’re doing and they start to get really excited, it’s a good feeling,” Houston said. Rebecca enjoys the travelling that is part of her Game Development Officer duties. She said she is always welcomed into any community that she visits and appreciates the laid back lifestyle on offer in the Territory. “Everyone loves playing sport, it doesn’t matter what sport it is, people get into it. The kids are always smiling and make you feel so welcome. There is so much natural athleticism and skill as well in the Indigenous communities, and of course it’s very rewarding to give people opportunities that they might not otherwise get in the remote localities,” Houston said.Having covered several communities across the Top End, Houston said she has noticed something about the kids from rural communities compared to the Darwin-based children. “They’re a lot less cheeky!” Houston said with a smile. In June Houston will be travelling to isolated communities in remote Arnhem Land. “I’ve been up to Gove before, but I haven’t been to see their community sport teams so that’ll be good.” Houston said.Houston is dedicated to getting more children involved in Touch Football. Without her work developing Touch Football at the grassroots level the game in the Northern Territory would be struggling for a base. A junior competition that has been established in Darwin is evidence of her work.“We originally had four teams and this year we’ve got eight teams, from under-13s to under-16s. Next year we hope to grow it again so it’s definitely getting bigger. The main thing I want to do is just keep growing it for the children and getting them involved. If we don’t get the kids involved then our sport doesn’t grow and we cease to exist.” Rebecca said.By the end of this year Houston is planning to have a junior competition established in the Katherine region. Her Austouch clinics will hopefully have planted the Touch Football seed in some of tomorrow’s stars. But Houston knows that the kids can only develop their Touch Football skills if competitions are set up for them.“I’m going down to Katherine in August. They are starting a school competition, so hopefully they can get a little bit more interest there for their club so that they can start a junior competition themselves. It would be very rewarding. It is good to say that you’ve started something outside of Darwin, it means that you’re not just focusing on one area and that’s a good outcome for the sport.” Houston said.The Northern Territory is going ahead in leaps and bounds, with the formation of several junior competitions, AusTouch programs, and next month’s NT Junior Development Camp set to further consolidate the Top End’s position as a leading light for junior development in Touch Football in this Country.With the rapid growth of the sport in junior ranks in the Territory, Rebecca Houston is sure to have her hands full for some time to come.last_img read more

Janhvi Kapoor flaunts washboard abs in sports bra and mini shorts at the gym. See pics

first_imgOther Galleries 9 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Kriti Sanon pairs smart denim jacket with neon green dress for Housefull 4 promotions. See pics 10 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Sara Ali Khan is elegance personified in white dress at airport. See pics 10 images Tue, 22 Oct, 2019 Priyanka Chopra in satin red mini wrap-dress enjoys date night with Nick Jonas in NYC 10 images Tue, 22 Oct, 2019 Disha Patani in spaghetti strap top and mini shorts shows how to add oomph to casual lookOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoLifestyleLifestyleGallery Image: Image: Caption: Janhvi Kapoor was spotted outside her Pilates studio in Mumbai today.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Caption: She was spotted with Bollywood’s favourite Pilates instructor Namrata Purohit after her workout session.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Caption: For the workout, Janhvi opted for a neon look.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Caption: She wore a neon blue sports bra with a cut-out sheer neckline.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Caption: Flaunting her washboard abs, she paired it with blue mini shorts.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Caption: She paired the gym ensemble with a sleek top knot.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Image: Caption: She was spotted carrying an Off-White cross body bag.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 6Image: Caption: She completed her look by pairing it with blue and pink flip-flops.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 7Image: Caption: For her glam, Janhvi went with a dewy look with a hint of gloss on her lips.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 8Image: Caption: On the work front, Janhvi will be seen next in RoohiAfza and The Kargil War, a biopic based on Gunjan Saxena, one of the first female pilots of the country to fly in combat.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 9Tags: Janhvi KapoorSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticlePhoto By: Yogen ShahShort description: Janhvi Kapoor was spotted outside her Pilates studio in Mumbai today. Flaunting her washboard abs, she wore a neon blue sports bra with a cut-out sheer neckline and blue mini shorts.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5d9c627971a331570529913_1607236_editCommentContent Publish date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 – 15:00Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1NjciLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1ODkiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NjcifQ==770×433: Short Headline: Janhvi flaunts washboard abs in sports bra and shorts at gymApp headline: Janhvi flaunts washboard abs in sports bra and shorts at gym1200x675:last_img read more

MOL Contribution Ablaze in Oakland

first_imgzoom A fire broke out on board MOL’s containership, MOL Contribution, on Sunday evening, while the ship was berthed in the Port of Oakland, California.The two-alarm blaze in the superstructure broke out just before 6 p.m. and was showing heavy smoke conditions, according to the Oakland fire departments’ official Twitter account.The fire was reported mid-ship, inside an officer’s cabin and on the sixth deck, Oakland firefighters said in a tweet.It took around 40 minutes for the Oakland firefighters to contain the fire with the help of the cargo ship’s crew.The 2014-built containership is manned by 15 crew members. There were no injuries reported.The cause of the fire is being investigated.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Wikimedia/yoppylast_img read more

Former SNC executive has obstruction charge dropped because of excessive delays

first_imgMONTREAL — A former SNC-Lavalin executive and his lawyer have had obstruction of justice charges against them stayed on the grounds that it took too long to bring the case to trial.The engineering company’s former executive vice-president Sami Bebawi and his lawyer, Constantine Kyres, were initially charged with obstruction in 2014.A stay of proceedings was issued in February 2018 after evidence was ruled inadmissible, but the charges were reinstated by direct indictment last May.The defendants invoked the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2016 Jordan decision, which set limits on how long a criminal cases can take, and a judge agreed today.Bebawi is still facing charges including fraud and bribery of a public official in relation to SNC-Lavalin’s dealings with the regime of the late Libyan dictator, Moammar Gadhafi.That case stems from the same Project Assistance investigation that led to charges against SNC-Lavalin. Those charges continue to fuel controversy in Ottawa following a report that the Prime Minister’s Office pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help the company avoid criminal prosecution.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Lankan woman in Dubai says she was forced into prostitution

She told him she needed a job and he said he could find her one that paid well. Three men – TE, a 27-year-old from Pakistan, and the two 27-year-old Bangladeshis TA and MR – were charged with human trafficking, kidnap, running a brothel, and benefiting from prostitution.The Pakistani denied the charges, while the two Bangladeshis were not present in court. The next hearing was scheduled for October 18. He then took her to an apartment in Naif, Dubai, where she met two women who were working willingly as prostitutes. “They told me they were paid Dh15 for each time they had sex with a customer,” said the maid. When she refused to prostitute herself, she was beaten by the three men who ran the brothel, so she gave into their demands.A police raid on the apartment in June resulted in the arrest of the three men. Two prostitutes were also arrested. AF, a 40-year-old policeman, told the court that the men had been running the brothel for the past 20 months. A Sri Lankan woman in Dubai has told a local court that she was kidnapped by a man she met at a bus stop before being locked up in a brothel and forced to prostitute herself for Dh15 per customer.The National newspaper said that the woman identified only as SM, a 27-year-old Sri Lankan maid, told prosecutors that she arrived in Abu Dhabi in March 2011 but absconded from her sponsor’s house about a year later and went to meet her sisters in Sharjah. While she was waiting for them at the bus station a man approached her and began chatting. read more

Taxe carbone Bruxelles présente un nouveau projet

first_imgTaxe carbone : Bruxelles présente un nouveau projetAlors que le sujet divise les pays européens, Bruxelles évoque à nouveau la question d’une fiscalité visant à taxer les énergies les plus polluantes. La Commission européenne a en effet présenté un projet qui devrait permettre à l’UE d’atteindre une réduction de 20% de ses gaz à effet de serre, tout en engendrant des milliards d’euros de bénéfices.L’année dernière, la France avait renoncé à l’instauration d’une taxe carbone, l’un des points phares du Grenelle de l’Environnement, préférant attendre la création d’une fiscalité européenne. Mais d’autres pays ont fait le choix de ne pas attendre. C’est notamment le cas du Royaume-Uni, du Danemark, de la Finlande et de la Suède. Et si l’incapacité des 27 à se mettre d’accord sur une taxe carbone européenne avait contraint la Commission à reporter le projet, elle vient de le relancer en proposant un nouveau texte.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéComme le rapporte Romandie, le document présenté par Bruxelles propose une taxation reposant sur deux composantes : les émissions de CO2, dont le prix est fixé à 20 euros la tonne, et le contenu énergétique, fixé à 9,6 euros par gigajoule pour les carburants et à 15 centimes d’euro pour les combustibles. Un tel système devrait faire passer la taxe minimum pour le gazole de 330 euros pour 1.000 litres à 412 euros en 2018. Celle de l’essence resterait identique, à 359 euros par 1.000 litres. Les sources d’énergie issues de la biomasse, telles que le bioéthanol ou le biodiesel seraient alors taxées à un taux réduit et exemptées de la taxe carbone.Ces mesures devraient être appliquées aux secteurs de l’agriculture, du bâtiment et des transports, tandis que les professionnels de la mer devraient y échapper. Si les Etats membres parviennent à se mettre d’accord, le système pourrait être totalement opérationnel en 2023. Il pourrait alors permettre de réduire de 92 millions de tonnes par an les émissions de CO2. Quant aux recettes engendrées par cette fiscalité verte, elles “pourraient permettre de réduire les cotisations sociales et créer un million d’emplois pour 2030″, a affirmé le commissaire en charge de la Fiscalité, Algirdas Semeta.”Nous voulons encourager l’utilisation d’énergies plus propres, nous voulons aider les biocarburants et nous voulons réduire la dépendance créée par les importants volumes de diesel (gazole) importés”, a-t-il souligné. “La proposition est équilibrée et elle prévoit une période de transition de douze ans suffisante pour s’adapter”, a de son côté assuré le président de la Commission européenne, José Manuel Barroso.Le 15 avril 2011 à 17:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Conference focuses on affordable housing for people with disabilities

first_imgWhat happens to Michael when I die? What happens if I’m in a car accident?These are the questions Monica Meyer started asking herself years ago about her son Michael McCormick. He has autism and epilepsy. He can set up a VCR but can’t cook a meal or test water to make sure it’s not too hot.McCormick, 35, lives on the top floor of a home that’s been converted into two apartments with separate entrances. Meyer wants to see her son grow, have experiences and learn to live a life separate from Mom.“I’m not going to be here for the rest of his life,” she said.Meyer’s concerns and other issues around housing were the basis of a conference on affordable housing for people with disabilities held Monday at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver by Parents Empowered and Communities Enhanced, otherwise known as PEACE.“Whether your child has a developmental disability or not, we’re anxious about how their lives are going to turn out and what it’s going to be like for them when we’re not around anymore,” said keynote speaker George Braddock, president of Creative Housing Solutions and an expert on designing homes for people with disabilities. “When we have a child with a disability, the conversation is more pointed. And I think it causes us to be more thoughtful and more concerned about what’s going to happen.”Meyer was a panelist at Monday’s conference. She talked to attendees about planning far in advance for her son’s future. When he was 12, she started talking about housing with a group of people.last_img read more

A New Learning Center Opened At The Oseta Jolly Primary School

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Caribbean Food and Wine Festival goes to Gourmet Safari Providenciales, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 – An over one hundred thousand dollar investment, and scores of hours in volunteerism by the Amanyara staff. QUOTES. The Amanyara Resort has gallantly come to the aide of the 500 students and their teachers at the Blue Hills based primary school; another private partner on board to support the government school system. Marco Franck, General Manager of Amanyara said they tried to combine a traditional library type setting with a new age feel including computers and soft reading through e-books. School principal Rachel Handfield said the addition is called the Peaceful Place Learning Center. QUOTE. Amanyara will also resurface the kindergarten’s playground as among its projects for Oseta Jolly in this new school year. Also on hand: the Education Minister, the Official Opposition Leader and PTA President Blossom Simons. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Resort Security catches illegals on speed boatcenter_img Related Items:amanyara, blossom simons, marco granck, osetta jolly, peaceful place learning center, rachel handfield Recommended for you RBC & AND Construction make Oseta Jolly playground like newlast_img read more

Search underway for missing man in Florida City

first_imgFLORIDA CITY, Fla. (WSVN) — Police are asking for the public’s help finding a man who went missing in Florida City, last week.According to investigators, 34-year-old Craig Simmons was last seen near Southwest 216th Street and 103rd Court. Authorities issued a missing persons report on Aug. 12.Police said Simmons stands 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 165 pounds and has a skeleton tattoo on his left arm.If you have seen him, call Florida City Police Sgt. David Hunsberger at 305-247-8223, extension 310.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

AntiTrump protesters head to Washington

first_imgHundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend Donald Trump’s inauguration, but hundreds of thousands of protesters are also expected in Washington next week to vent their frustration over his election win.Demonstrations are scheduled across the United States, but the focal point of anti-Trump ire will be in the nation’s capital, where a small minority—several thousand—have pledged to disrupt the January 20 inauguration ceremony.The main protest will come the following day at 10:00 am (1500 GMT) — the Women’s March on Washington, which is backed by celebrity A-list participants including Katy Perry, Julianne Moore, Cher and Scarlett Johansson.It all began with a simple Facebook post from Hawaii grandmother and retired lawyer Teresa Shook to about 40 of her friends.Word traveled quickly, and eventually made it to the pro-Hillary Clinton Facebook group Pantsuit Nation, which has nearly four million members.Now, nearly 190,000 people have said on Facebook they will attend. Another 250,000 said they were interested.“We expect elected leaders to act to protect the rights of women, their families and their communities,” organizers said in a statement.The message -Of course, a mass turnout is no guarantee, especially with temperatures often glacial in mid-January.But at least 1,200 buses have asked for parking permits at Washington’s RFK Stadium for the protest day—compared with just a few hundred for Inauguration Day.Organizers have not specifically used the term “anti-Trump” to describe their efforts, but the message is clear.Bringing together “people of all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations and backgrounds,” organizers say the protest march seeks to secure immigrant rights and access to abortion services, among other demands—things which Trump’s critics accuse him of wanting to curb.Dozens of progressive organizations are supporting the event, with African Americans are expected to make a strong showing.The Black Lives Matter movement, which has focused on denouncing police misconduct, is one of the participants—leading some who see the movement as too radical to withdraw from the January 21 event.Trump can expect to see lots of signs recalling some of his questionable interactions with women, including allegations of sexual assault, sexist comments and fat-shaming a former beauty queen.Pink protest hats -The “Pussyhat Project” is hoping knitters will make one million pink hats with cat ears for protest participants.The play on words is deliberate: they are drawing attention to one of Trump’s more vulgar remarks, made in 2005 and caught on video but which only surfaced in October.“When you’re a star, they let you do it. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything,” Trump is heard bragging.The route -Getting approval for the march was not a given, with authorities limiting the number of permits handed out.Authorities are also somewhat on edge, with 28,000 security forces to be deployed when Trump takes the oath of office on the steps of the Capitol.The march should start near Capitol Hill and head up the National Mall.Co-organizer Linda Sarsour said the event would be made accessible to the elderly, pregnant women and those with handicaps.Protesters are using the hashtag #WhyIMarch to explain why they are heading to Washington—from calls for equality to initiatives to curb gun violence to pleas for health care reform.Nearly 300 “sister marches” have been organized in other US cities—including New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Seattle—and around the world.Beyond traditional rallies, other protest events planned nationwide include poetry slams and an “Art Strike” calling on museums and businesses to shut down on January 20 to “combat the normalization of Trumpism.”last_img read more

Should The US Pay Ransoms To Free Kidnapped Journalists

first_imgCourtesy – Tice FamilyIn 2012, Houston native Austin Tice went missing while covering the Syrian civil war. In 2012, freelance journalist and Houston native Austin Tice went missing while reporting on the civil war in Syria. His parents say – as recently as last month – they have new information renewing their belief that their son is alive.Unfortunately, Tice is one of many journalists kidnapped in other countries over the last few years, and a new book calls into question America’s approach to working for their release.In the audio above, Michael Hagerty talks with Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. He has a new book examining this issue. It’s called We Want to Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages and Ransom.Simon is in town for a pair of events with the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston on Wednesday, Jan. 16, in Houston and Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Woodlands.Joel Simon/TwitterJoel Simon is the executive director of the Committee To Protect Journalists and author of We Want To Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages and Ransom. 00:00 /00:00 Sharecenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listenlast_img read more