Azhar Ali says Pakistan attack can hurt England in first Test

first_img Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Share via Email That was the sum of Pakistan’s success before lunch but they appeared more focused after the break. Ashraf bowled a lively, aggressive and accurate spell, during which he hit Ateeq Javid on the helmet, and Rahat also improved, but it was Shadab who caught the eye. The smiling teenager once again demonstrated the considerable potential of his variations, having Lewis Hill caught at mid-off and Aadil Ali dropped at cover, as well as a handful of respectable leg-before shouts turned down, though Leicestershire’s batsmen later reported his googly can be picked, both from the hand and because it is bowled with a slightly quicker action.Even so, wickets continued to elude the visitors. Javid went on to a half-century before retiring, and the shadows of the floodlight pylons were extending a long way across the pitch before Abbas had Tom Wells caught in the gully. Even then Tom Taylor hit him for four fours in five balls before the players shook hands.“It’s a team game and everybody will have to play a part,” said Azhar. “As a senior player I need to make sure I do what I can to build a platform so we have enough runs on the board to help the bowlers. It’s never easy to play in England. It’s always challenging but we are prepared to do our best. It’s a big opportunity, especially for the younger players.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. England v Pakistan 2018 With Pakistan getting ready for the first Test on Thursday Azhar Ali believes they can take 20 England wickets at Lord’s.The opener, who hit 73 on Saturday, said: “Good bowlers always take advantage of early-summer conditions and we have good bowlers.” He added: “That’s the way we’re thinking. We want to play attacking cricket, we want to take 20 wickets. That’s why we are going with five bowlers and hopefully this side will do well.”Their main strike bowler, Mohammad Amir, was unavailable here, protecting the recurring knee injury which forced him to leave the field in the Test against Ireland last week. But the fact that his fellow opening bowler Mohammad Abbas, who took nine wickets in the Test against Ireland, picked up a solitary victim deep into the evening session while his fellow seamers Rahat Ali and Faheem Ashraf both went wicketless, indicates that the pitch at Lord’s is going to have to have spice in it for there to be a serious possibility of Pakistan bowling England out twice.Accurate and economical they may have been but penetrative they were not and on a flattish track only the leg-spinner Shadab Khan looked able to make inroads.Ali also said Pakistan are likely to be unchanged from their Test victory near Dublin last week.As preparations for their two-Test series against England go, taking three wickets in the first 72 overs against what amounted to a county second XI is unlikely to fill Pakistan with confidence. Yet Ali said: “Overall we’re happy with the preparation we’ve had and hopefully that will transfer to the Tests against England. Amir is fine. He bowled very well against Ireland and in the last couple of days he’s been doing his rehab and also some bowling and he’s quite comfortable.”On a cloudless morning it took the visitors almost an hour and three-quarters to prise out Leicestershire’s young openers, who had brought up the 50 before Shadab had Sam Evans leg-before on the back foot for 22.Harry Dearden had ground his way to 19 off 77 balls when a loose drive at a wide delivery from Saad Ali gave Fakhar Zaman a low catch at backward point. Read more match reports Share on Pinterest Topics Pakistan cricket team Cricket Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Read more Imam-ul-Haq helps Pakistan dash Irish hopes of unlikely win in maiden Testlast_img read more

25 days agoEveryone will know ‘top class’ Man Utd youngster Garner – Fletcher

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everyone will know ‘top class’ Man Utd youngster Garner – Fletcherby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United star Darren Fletcher believes that James Garner is one to watch from the club’s academy.Garner has received significant praise for his performances for the under-23 side so far this season.He is a goalscoring, box to box midfielder who has appeared a level above the others at the under-23 level.And Fletcher believes the 18-year-old is a huge talent who can go all the way.”People talk about the leaders and who is going to help them, which is an important side [to the argument], so it’s a difficult one but I’m sure as the season goes on you’re going to see more of James Garner because he’s top class,” Fletcher told BBC Radio 5 Live.”I’m surprised he’s not featured so far but by the end of the season I’m sure that people will know who he is without a doubt, if you don’t by now.” last_img read more

Arrests made following attempted ATM thefts

first_imgA short time later the truck was located in Taylor, B.C.The suspects were seen fleeing on foot from the vehicle and arrested. Police Dog Services assisted in locating the passenger hiding in the grass, near the truck.Constable Chad Neustaeter, of the Fort St. John RCMP, says he was glad that nobody was injured during this incident.Douglas Goodings is facing charges of break and enter, flight from police, assaulting a Peace Officer with a weapon, and two counts of failure to comply with recognizance.  The male passenger was arrested on an outstanding warrant.Goodings is also facing additional charges for another attempted ATM theft which occurred on April 19 at a gas station at the west side of Fort St. John.Goodings remains in custody to attend court at a later date. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On Sunday, April 20, before 5:00 a.m., Fort St. John RCMP received a report of a suspicious pickup truck with a tow rope hanging over the tailgate leaving a gas station on 96A Street.Police attended the scene and observed a smashed window and a broken ATM that was ripped from the wall.Officers made patrols and located the vehicle which then collided with a police vehicle in an effort to flee. The investigation is continuing and additional charges may follow.last_img read more

BJP banks on sitting MP Rao Inderjit Singh for Gurugram

first_imgGurugram: BJP has once again relied on Rao Inderjit Singh for Gurugram Lok Sabha constituency seat. After the BJP announced his name on Saturday, Singh will be hoping to win from the Gurugram seat for the fifth time. Rao Inderjit is the son of Rao Birender Singh who has also won from the Gurugram seat a number of times.In 1998, Rao Inderjit Singh contested from Congress and won. His victory was shortlived as in 1999 he was defeated by Sudha Yadav from BJP who besides being a tall leader of the saffron party is also the widow of Sukhbir Singh Yadav, a martyr in Kargil war. In 2004, Rao Inderjit defeated Sudha Yadav and from thereon he has been winning the Gurugram Lok Sabha seat regularly from Congress and BJP seats. In 2014, Rao Inderjit for the first time fought on BJP ticket and won by more than one lakh votes. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDespite being a prominent leader nationally, Rao Inderjit in the past has not shied away in expressing his displeasure on the workings of the state government. Recently, he disagreed with the state government policy of moving the substantial portion of Aravallis out of the Punjab land and preservation act (PLPA). He has also stated several times that it is the Central government that has played a much greater part in revamping the city’s infrastructure by improving roads and connectivity. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThough Rao Birender Singh and his son have had a formidable record in winning the Ahirwal belt maximum number of times, they have been defeated a few times. After the emergency, Rao Birender Singh of Congress was defeated by lawyer Manohar Lal Saini from Janata Party. Later in 1980 elections, Saini was defeated by Rao Birender Singh. The victorious reign of Rao Birender Singh carried on with huge wins in 1984 and 1989 elections. The tides for Rao Birender Singh changed in 1991 elections when he was defeated by Colonel Ram Singh, a retired Army soldier who had represented India in 1962 and 1965 war with China and Pakistan respectively. Colonel Singh was instrumental in ensuring BJP win for the first time in the belt when he defeated Rao Birender Singh in 1996 General elections. This is for the last time Rao Birender Singh contested in the General elections.last_img read more

Eerie Easter

first_imgNearly a decade after the 26-year long civil war in Sri Lanka came to a long-awaited close, the people of the island nation were crudely jolted with a series of coordinated attacks on churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday. Other nationals killed in the dastardly attack include Indians, Japanese and of USA. In solidarity with Sri Lanka, other nations and world leaders extended their condolences the grieving nation. On a day of worship and cheer, memories of the civil war were wrenched back in a flash. Faraz Shauketaly, a prominent journalist, spoke about the Sri Lanka Civil War and its connection to Sunday’s attack, reiterating that in Sri Lanka, the ethnic conflict began approximately 40 years ago and finished 10 years ago. The 3-decade long war was perpetrated by mainly a group of terrorists who claimed to want independence in the northern part of Sri Lanka, is a tiny island, about 240 miles long and 140 miles wide. May 18, 2019, will mark the 10-year anniversary of the end of the nation’s civil war fought between the Sri Lanka government and its Sinhala Buddhist majority and the Tamil Tigers minority ethnic group. Warning of more attacks in Sri Lanka, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo commented that the United States will keep fighting “radical Islamic terror” in the wake of the Sri Lanka attacks. This comment very easily labels the mishap with a colour and a community that is otherwise vulnerable on the global stage. These attacks come in line with notorious attacks on churches, the latest being the fire that ravaged Notre Dame. The leaders of Sri Lanka, however, showed remarkable grit and insisted that the national suffering must not become a political game.last_img read more

Carrick believes Mourinho nurtures young players

first_imgThe Manchester United long-standing tradition of bringing through young players has continued with the Portuguese managerEnglish Premier League giants Manchester United have always been seen as one of the best clubs for a young player to develop.And former Red Devils midfielder Michael Carrick believes one of the positive sides of Mourinho’s tenure at United is his development of young talent.“He does get the history,” said Carrick to Sky Sports.“For the manager to put him [Rashford] in and play him… and Scott [McTominay] last year… and give them games, big games as well.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“The manager has to take a lot of credit for that. That’s the constant challenge though, isn’t it? That’s what everyone wants to see, that next one,” he added.“They say it’s getting harder. But that’s a challenge for us as a club and for English football – you might not get tens and twenties, you might get five or six players – but it’s got to keep happening.”“At the end of the day, the academies are there to produce players and to give kids a chance of getting in first teams. Especially at United; you can’t ignore the history and traditions,” he continued.“When people ask me: ‘What’s my role now [at the club]?’ That’s a big part of the club. You can’t just neglect the history of the club and what it stands for. And bringing players through is a huge part of that. It’s always been that one, two, three, four – more players in some eras.”last_img read more

Valverde hails unbelievable Messi after 400th La Liga goal

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde believes Lionel Messi’s incredible statistics speak for themselves after he scored his 400th La Liga goalIn just 435 league games, Messi registered his 400th goal as Barcelona cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over SD Eibar on Sunday with Luis Suarez netting the other two goals.“I think the figures speak for themselves,” Valverde told the club website.“We don’t know if anyone will ever get close to those statistics but he is unbelievable.”The victory at Camp Nou enabled Barcelona to maintain their lead in La Liga to five points from second-place Atletico Madrid after 19 games.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“We have finished the first half of the season,” continued Valverde.“We wanted to maintain the advantage we had over the teams that are chasing us and we have done that.“The game was a tough one, like all the games against Eibar. They always put you under pressure high up the field.“At the end of the day we were able to get around that and we are happy because we have reached the halfway point of the league season top of the table, after having some tricky moments so far.”The Catalan giants will next face Levante in the second leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey tie on Thursday, where they hope to overturn their 2-1 deficit at home.last_img read more

Two Missing After Explosion Fire In Whittier

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Girdwood Fire Department responded  with mutual aid late Sunday to assist Whittier Fire with an explosion and boat fire at the commercial dock. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, two people are missing after the explosion and fire. According to Norcross the F/V Alganik has sunk and there is a 100-yard safety zone around the area. Around 12:30am, Monday there was a voluntary evacuation order for nearby Whittier Manor. Photo credit: M. Garhart Shortly before 3am, the Girdwood Fire department confirmed the fire had been contained. Limited details are known at this time. Additional Details will be posted as they are made available. Coast Guard spokesperson Manda Norcross: “A propane tank that had been leaking exploded aboard the F/V Alganik exploded causing the fire which spread to nearby buildings and vehicles.”last_img read more

BSE closes points 1036 down on November 27

first_imgNew Delhi, November 27 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 10.36 points down to stand at 20,414.66. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 2.00 points down to stand at 6,057.10. TTK Prestige and Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 9.14% and 7.23% along with HDIL and Jaypee Infratech Ltd. with an increase of 5.39% and 4.29% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Wockhardt and Pipavav Defence And Offshore Eng Ltd. with a decrease of 8.70% and 4.91% along with Indian Hotels and JetAir India with a decrease of 4.52% and 4.37% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 123.39 points at 12,267.74, while the banking sector is down 11.57 points at 12,441.76 and the realty sector is down 10.83 points at 1,316.70. The Indian currency is up 0.46 % at Rs 62.21 per dollar.last_img read more

BNP National Unity to demo from single platform

first_imgMain opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and two new coalitions have decided to launch a movement with a five-point demand that includes release of former prime minister BNP chief Khaleda Zia.The BNP, National Unity Process initiated by reputed jurist Kamal Hossain and Jukto (United) Front led by former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury took the decision at a meeting at BNP leader Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain’s city residence on Sunday evening.The opposition now commonly demands dissolution of parliament before announcement of election schedule, resignation of the prime minister and her cabinet, holding of election under a neutral government, deployment of the army personnel with magistracy power, and no use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the general elections.”We have a common goal — to stand against the present autocratic regime, from a single platform. We’ve decided in principle to launch together a movement from now on,” said ASM Abdur Rab, president of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), a component of the Front.About the demand for release of Khaleda Zia, he said it is one of their demands as is the release of those who were detailed and sued during the quota reform movement and the demonstration for safe roads.Asked about the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh’s alliance with the BNP, Rab said the new opposition coalition would not take into considerations the BNP’s alliance with any other party.Expressing optimism about joint movement, senior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed said through population demonstration, Khaleda Zia would be released and the election commission would be reconstituted for holding free and fair elections in Bangladesh.Sunday’s development in solidifying the coalition followed the public rally convened by Kamal Hossain and joined by senior BNP leaders including party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and some other minor parties and groups.last_img read more

US needs answers on Saudi journalist Washington Post

first_imgProtestors hold pictures of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demostration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on 5 October 2018. Photo: AFPThe United States should “demand answers” from Saudi Arabia about the disappearance and alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, The Washington Post said late Sunday — and punish the kingdom if cooperation is lacking.Khashoggi, a contributor to the Post who has been critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, vanished after an appointment with Saudi officials on Tuesday at the consulate in Istanbul.A Turkish government source has said that police believe the journalist was murdered — a claim denied by Riyadh.”The United States must now make a concerted effort to determine all the facts about Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance,” the Post said in an editorial, imploring Washington to “demand answers, loud and clear.”Noting that president Donald Trump has treated prince Mohammed as a “favored ally,” the newspaper said the kingdom now should reciprocate with information about Khashoggi’s whereabouts.”If the crown prince does not respond with full cooperation, Congress must, as a first step, suspend all military cooperation with the kingdom,” the Post said.The newspaper called on Turkey to reveal any evidence that it has about Khashoggi’s alleged murder, and to “spare no avenue to investigate.”It also said that Riyadh should explain the presence of about 15 Saudi nationals, some of them officials, who traveled to Istanbul and were at the consulate at the same time as Khashoggi.”We are hoping against hope that Mr Khashoggi is unharmed and will soon return to his writing desk,” the Post said.”If the reports of his murder prove true, grief must be accompanied by accountability for those who carried out the murder and those who ordered it.”Khashoggi, 59, is a former government advisor who has criticized some of prince Mohammed’s policies and Riyadh’s intervention in the war in Yemen.He has lived in the United States since last year to avoid possible arrest, and has written a series of columns for the Post on Saudi affairs.last_img read more

US envoy quits over Trumps Syria move

first_imgIn this 7 June, 2017 file photo, Brett McGurk, the US envoy for the global coalition against IS, speaks during a news conference at the US Embassy Baghdad, Iraq. Photo: APBrett McGurk, the US envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest over president Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw US troops from Syria, a US official said, joining defence secretary Jim Mattis in an administration exodus of experienced national security figures.Only 11 days ago, McGurk had said it would be “reckless” to consider IS defeated and therefore would be unwise to bring American forces home. McGurk decided to speed up his original plan to leave his post in mid-February.Appointed to the post by President Barack Obama in 2015 and retained by Trump, McGurk said in his resignation letter that the militants were on the run, but not yet defeated, and that the premature pullout of American forces from Syria would create the conditions that gave rise to IS. He also cited gains in accelerating the campaign against IS, but that the work was not yet done.His letter, submitted Friday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, was described to The Associated Press on Saturday by an official familiar with its contents. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter before the letter was released and spoke on condition of anonymity.Trump played down the development, tweeting Saturday night that “I do not know” the envoy and it’s a “nothing event.” He noted McGurk planned to leave soon anyway and added: “Grandstander?”Shortly after news of McGurk’s resignation broke, Trump again defended his decision to pull all of the roughly 2,000 US forces from Syria in the coming weeks.“We were originally going to be there for three months, and that was seven years ago – we never left,” Trump tweeted. “When I became President, ISIS was going wild. Now ISIS is largely defeated and other local countries, including Turkey, should be able to easily take care of whatever remains. We’re coming home!”Although the civil war in Syria has gone on since 2011, the US did not begin launching airstrikes against IS until September 2014, and American troops did not go into Syria until 2015.McGurk, whose resignation is effective on 31 December, was planning to leave the job in mid-February after a US-hosted meeting of foreign ministers from the coalition countries, but he felt he could continue no longer after Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria and Mattis’ resignation, according to the official.Trump declaration of a victory over IS has been roundly contradicted by his own experts’ assessments, and his decision to pull troops out was widely denounced by members of Congress, who called his action rash and dangerous.Mattis, perhaps the most respected foreign policy official in the administration, announced on Thursday that he will leave by the end of February. He told Trump in a letter that he was departing because “you have a right to have a Secretary of Defence whose views are better aligned with yours.”The withdrawal decision will fulfil Trump’s goal of bringing troops home from Syria, but military leaders have pushed back for months, arguing that the IS group remains a threat and could regroup in Syria’s long-running civil war. US policy has been to keep troops in place until the extremists are eradicated.Among officials’ key concerns is that a US pullout will leave US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces vulnerable to attacks by Turkey, the Syrian government and remaining IS fighters. The SDF, a Kurdish-led force, is America’s only military partner in SyriaA second official said McGurk on Friday was pushing for the US to allow the SDF to reach out to troops allied with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government for protection. McGurk argued that America had a moral obligation to help prevent the allied fighters from being slaughtered by Turkey, which considers the SDF an enemy.McGurk said at a State Department briefing on Dec. 11 that “it would be reckless if we were just to say, ‘Well, the physical caliphate is defeated, so we can just leave now.’ I think anyone who’s looked at a conflict like this would agree with that.”A week before that, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the US had a long way to go in training local Syrian forces to prevent a resurgence of IS and stabilize Syria. He said it would take 35,000 to 40,000 local troops in northeastern Syria to maintain security over the long term, but only about 20 percent of that number had been trained.McGurk, 45, previously served as a deputy assistant secretary of state for Iraq and Iran, and during the negotiations for the landmark Iran nuclear deal by the Obama administration, led secret side talks with Tehran on the release of Americans imprisoned there.McGurk, was briefly considered for the post of ambassador to Iraq after having served as a senior official covering Iraq and Afghanistan during President George W. Bush’s administration.A former Supreme Court law clerk to the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, McGurk worked as a lawyer for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq after the 2003 US-led invasion and joined Bush’s National Security Council staff, where in 2007 and 2008, he was the lead US negotiator on security agreements with Iraq.Taking over for now for McGurk will be his deputy, retired Lt. Gen. Terry Wolff, who served three tours of active duty in Iraq.Jim Jeffrey, a veteran diplomat who was appointed special representative for Syria engagement in August, is expected to stay in his position, officials said.IS militants still hold a string of villages and towns along the Euphrates River in eastern Syria, where they have resisted weeks of attacks by the US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces to drive them out. The pocket is home to about 15,000 people, among them 2,000 IS fighters, according to US military estimates.But that figure could be as high as 8,000 militants, if fighters hiding out in the deserts south of the Euphrates River are also counted, according to according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict through networks of local informants. Military officials have also made it clear that IS fighters fleeing Euphrates River region have found refuge in other areas of the country, fueling concerns that they could regroup and rise again.The SDF said Thursday: “The war against Islamic State has not ended and the group has not been defeated.”last_img read more

Physicists propose mechanism that explains the origins of both dark matter and

first_imgThis 3D map shows the large-scale distribution of dark matter, reconstructed from measurements of weak gravitational lensing with the Hubble Space Telescope. The field of view covers about nine times the size of the full moon. Image credit: NASA/ESA/Richard Massey. Citation: Physicists propose mechanism that explains the origins of both dark matter and ‘normal’ matter (2010, December 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-physicists-mechanism-dark.html Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (PhysOrg.com) — Through precise cosmological measurements, scientists know that about 4.6% of the energy of the Universe is made of baryonic matter (normal atoms), about 23% is made of dark matter, and the remaining 72% or so is dark energy. Scientists also know that almost all the baryonic matter in the observable Universe is matter (with a positive baryon charge) rather than antimatter (with a negative baryon charge). But exactly why this matter and energy came to be this way is still an open question. In a recent study, physicists have proposed a new mechanism that can generate both the baryon asymmetry and the dark matter density of the Universe simultaneously. UBC physicists make atoms and dark matter add up Explore further The scientists, Hooman Davoudiasl from Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York; David Morrissey and Sean Tulin from TRIUMF in Vancouver, British Columbia; and Kris Sigurdson from the University of British Columbia, also in Vancouver, have published their new proposal in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. They’ve dubbed the new mechanism “hylogenesis” from the Greek words “hyle,” meaning “primordial matter,” and “genesis,” meaning “origin.” “There are two problems in theoretical physics we are trying to address at once,” Sigurdson said. “The baryon asymmetry (why do we have atoms but not antiatoms in the Universe?) has really been a problem since Paul Dirac proposed antimatter in 1928 and it was discovered in 1932. And what is the dark matter? Hints of dark matter have been around since Fritz Zwicky discovered missing mass in the Coma Cluster in 1933, but its identity is still unknown. This mechanism links the formation of atoms and dark matter and helps resolve the baryon asymmetry mystery, as the total dark plus visible baryon balance of the Universe is restored.”In this matter-formation scenario, a new particle X and its antiparticle X-bar (of equal and opposite charge) are produced in the early Universe. X and X-bar are capable of coupling to quarks (the basic components of baryonic matter, e.g., protons and neutrons) in the visible sector as well as particles in a “hidden” sector (so-called because the particles in it interact only feebly with the visible sector). In this scenario X and X-bar would have been produced when the Universe heated up after inflation, in the first moments after at the start of the big bang.Later, X and X-bar would decay, partly into visible baryons (specifically, a neutron made up of one up quark and two down quarks) and partly into hidden baryons. As the scientists explain, X decays to neutrons more often than X-bar decays to antineutrons. By the same amount, X-bar decays to hidden antiparticles more than X decays to hidden particles. In this scenario, the quarks would be the baryonic matter that makes up almost everything we see, and the hidden antibaryons would be what we know as dark matter. Through this yin-yang decay pattern, the positive baryon number of the visible matter is in balance with the negative baryon number of the dark matter. “The energy densities of visible and dark matter are really close to each other (differing by a factor of five),” Tulin said. “In many scenarios, the processes that generate visible and dark matter are unrelated, occurring during widely separated epochs in the early universe through completely different physics. So, this factor of five seems like either a really big coincidence, or it could be a clue that both kinds of matter had a common origin. I think this is the main reason to take seriously these unified models of visible and dark matter genesis.”The physicists predict that this matter-formation mechanism could provide an entirely new way to look for dark matter, since it would leave a signature that could be experimentally detected. As they explain, once in a while a dark matter antiparticle might collide with and annihilate an ordinary atomic particle, releasing a burst of energy. Although this is very rare, there is a chance that experiments on Earth that look for the spontaneous decay of protons could detect dark matter.“We plan to investigate, in more detail, the prospects for dark matter detection in nucleon decay experiments, as this constitutes a distinct signature of our proposal and can open up a new front in the experimental search for dark matter,” Davoudiasl said. “Other potential signals of hylogenesis can appear in astrophysical observations and perhaps particle accelerator data, and we intend to consider these possibilities in our future work as well.” More information: Hooman Davoudiasl, et al. “Unified Origin for Baryonic Visible Matter and Antibaryonic Dark Matter.” Physical Review Letters 105, 211304 (2010). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.211304 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Govt mulls use of biofertilisers to boost plant productivity

first_imgKolkata: The state government is keen on increasing of productivity of various plants by administering bio-fertilisers and other manures, which will be fruitful for the plants.The Biotechnology department has already formed committees for the smooth implementation of various projects taken up by the department. Scientists and research fellows are conducting researches on bio-fertilisers about how they can be used to increase the productivity of various plants and vegetables. They will also save people from the toxic substances used in chemical fertilisers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt has been learnt that researches are being conducted to examine how a particular plant can give fruits three times a year. Likewise, productivity of many other fruit trees and vegetables plants would be increased through various means, which will be more conducive for these plants to grow.According to sources, the state government has a plan to open a unit at all the districts, to provide technical assistance to the farmers on increasing the productivity of what they produce. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe department is committed to ensure that the people can get vegetables, fruits and others foodgrains free from toxic substances at the markets.The department is also contemplating how the productivity of foodgrains and vegetables could be increased in comparatively unfertile areas of Bankura, Birbhum and Purulia. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had laid a lot of stress to improve the standard of life for the farmers in rural areas. She had announced lots of new projects in this regard. The scientists will also conduct “tissue culture” as a part of their research work in the district level to increase the productivity of plants. It has been seen that the vegetables and fruits that are supplied into various markets in the city, are often found to be unhealthy.It also affects human health as various chemical fertilisers rich in toxic substances are often administered to the plants to augment the productivity.The department will also carry out research on increasing the productivity of cattle. The state government will provide assistance to those who rear cattle.last_img read more

How to Identify 5 Common Phishing Attacks

first_img Register Now » 4 min read November 3, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Phishing attacks are emails or malicious websites (among other channels) that solicit personal information from an individual or company by posing as a trustworthy organization or entity. The goal of a phishing is to trick the recipient into taking the attacker’s desired action, such as providing login credentials or entering identifying information into a fraudulent website. These websites may contain malicious code that executes on the user’s local machine when a link is clicked from a phishing email to open the website.Entrepreneurs and small businesses can be especially vulnerable to these types of threats, as many of these organizations lack the full-featured network and data security processes and protocols that large organizations employ. Vigilance will help prevent  an individual or organization from falling victim to a phishing attack that puts sensitive personal and corporate data at risk.Related: The Phishing Expedition You Want to Avoid This Summer5 types of phishing attacks.Phishing attempts most often take the form of an email that seemingly comes from a company the recipient knows or does business with. USA.gov lists some widespread phishing scams reported from agencies and corporations, revealing that phishing emails can take many forms. Five of the most popular forms of phishing attacks are:Emails from people claiming to be stranded in a foreign country, asking you to wire money so that they can travel home.Emails claiming to be from reputable news organizations capitalizing on trending news. These emails generally ask recipients to click a link to read the full story, which in turn leads the user to a malicious website.Emails claiming to be from organizations like the FTC and FDIC, referencing complaints filed or asking recipients to check their bank deposit insurance coverage.Emails threatening to harm recipients unless sums in the thousands of dollars are paid.Emails claiming to be a confirmation of complaints filed by the recipient. Not having logged any complaints, recipients are inclined to click on these links to find out what is being referenced. The links and attachments contain malicious code.Phishing emails can take other forms, but all types make it difficult for recipients to filter out phishing emails from legitimate messages.Related: IBM Uncovers New, Sophisticated Cyber Scam Targeting BusinessesHow to identify phishing attacks.Phishing is most often initiated through email communications, but there are ways to distinguish suspicious emails from legitimate messages. Training yourself and employees on how to recognize these malicious emails is a must for companies to prevent sensitive data loss. Often, these data leaks occur because employees were not armed with the knowledge they need to help protect critical company data. The following may be indicators that an email is a phishing attempt rather than an authentic communication from the company it appears to be:Emails with generic greetings. Phishing emails often include generic greetings, such as “Hello Bank Customer” rather than using the recipient’s actual name.Emails requesting personal information. Legitimate companies never ask customers to enter login credentials or other private information by clicking on a link to a website. This is a safety measure to protect consumers and help customers distinguish fraudulent emails from legitimate ones.Emails requesting an urgent response. Most phishing emails attempt to create a sense of urgency, leading recipients to fear that their account is in jeopardy or they will lose access to important information if they don’t act immediately.Emails with spoofed links. Does a hyperlink in the message body actually lead to the page it claims? Never click on these links to find out; instead, hover over the link to verify its authenticity. Also, look for URLs beginning with HTTPS. The “S” indicates that a website uses encryption to protect users’ page requests, and that it’s from an authorized certificate authority.When in doubt, call. If the content of an email is raises concerns, call the company in question to find out if the email was sent legitimately. If not, the company is now aware and can take action to warn other customers and users of potential phishing attempts appearing to come from their organization.Related: 8 Simple Ways to Minimize Online Risk Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Vivendi has fulfilled its ambition of taking its s

first_imgVivendi has fulfilled its ambition of taking its stake in Telecom Italia above 20%. The French media giant now holds a 20.03% stake in the Italian telco.“The group reitirates its intention to be a long-term shareholder of the Italian telecoms group and, more generally, to develop Vivendi’s activities in southern Europe,” Vivendi said.Vivendi has edged its participation in Telecom Italia up in stages since becoming the telco’s largest shareholder with a 14.9% stake in June, as the result of a share exchange related to its exit from Brazilian operator GVT. The company held 19.9% of the Italian telco’s capital by early October.last_img

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first_imgSponsor Advertisement It was just another day when JPMorgan et al threw everything they had at the precious metals to prevent them from blowing sky highAs I stated in ‘The Wrap’ yesterday morning just minutes before my 5:20 a.m. Eastern time filing deadline…”It remains to be seen whether these rallies [in gold and silver] continue in London…or get stepped on before New York opens…”With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, it’s easy to see that virtually all the excitement was over by 9:20 a.m. BST in London.  There was a vertical price spike at 1:00 p.m. BST, twenty minutes before the Comex open…but it got hammered flat in pretty short order.  The rally after the London p.m. gold fix at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time wasn’t allowed to get too far, either.Gold closed at $1,701.30 spot…up $7.90 on the day.  Net volume was pretty enormous…around 190,000 contracts, so it should be obvious that gold’s attempt to rally well over the $1,700 price mark was not going unopposed…and that JPMorgan et al were going short against all comers.It was virtually the same story in silver…and the price pattern was virtually identical, as you can see from the Kitco chart below.  Silver closed at $32.71 spot…up 44 cents from Wednesday’s close.  Volume was very heavy as well…around 57,000 contracts.The dollar index opened on Wednesday night in New York at 81.20…and then declined in fits and starts down to about 81.07 at 8:00 a.m. in New York.  Then at precisely that moment…the moment that both gold and silver began to spike higher at 1:00 p.m. in London…the dollar index turned on a dime, reaching its 81.42 zenith about 9:40 a.m. in New York…and by 11:00 a.m. Eastern that entire gain had reversed itself.  The dollar index closed at 81.12…down about 8 basis points from Wednesday.If you check the above gold and silver charts, you will note that all the major price activity in New York in both gold and silver happened precisely between those two times.  Hardly a coincidence, I’m sure.The gold stocks gapped up…and after a bit of sag, worked their way slowly higher for the rest of the day.  The HUI finished on its high tick…up 2.67%.The silver stocks were mostly up on the day…but there were a few red arrows amongst the green ones.  Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed up another 1.44%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 5 gold and 157 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved warehouse system on Monday.  In silver, the big short/issuer was the Bank of Nova Scotia…and to no one’s surprise I’m sure, JPMorgan was the biggest long/stopper with 93 contracts in its proprietary [house] account…along with 46 contracts in its client account.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.The CME’s preliminary volume report for yesterday shows that only 1,103 silver contracts remain open in September.  That’s almost a 50 percent drop since Monday.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV…and the U.S. Mint didn’t have a sales report, either.Wednesday was another active day over at the Comex-approved depositories.  They received 926,750 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 1,116,483 troy ounces of the stuff out the door.  Here’s the link to that activity.Nick Laird sent me his “Transparent PM Holdings” chart very late last night…and it’s definitely worth looking at.  As Nick pointed out…”it’s still hitting new highs day after day.”(Click on image to enlarge)I have the usual number of stories for you today…and the final edit is yours.Well, it was just another day when JPMorgan et al threw everything they had at the precious metals to prevent them from blowing sky high…as the volume figures were enormous, especially in gold.Today we get the jobs report at 8:30 a.m. Eastern…and as I say every month at this time, it will be interesting to see how gold reacts to this data…or is allowed to react.  I’ve noticed in the past…that there are times that ‘da boyz’ will soften up the price in advance of the jobs numbers, especially if they’re particularly bad, so that when the gold price does pop at 8:30 a.m….the precious metals have a hole to dig themselves out before turning positive on the day.  That may [or may not] be what went on in the precious metals market earlier today.  We’ll see.We also get the Commitment of Traders Report as well…and I’ll be waiting at the keyboard at precisely 3:30 p.m. Eastern time, which is when they post it on the CFTC website.  I’ll have that data in tomorrow’s column.As I mentioned two paragraphs ago, both gold and silver came under some selling pressure in Far East trading on their Friday.  The lows in both gold and silver were in around 1:00 p.m. Hong Kong time…and are continuing to rally now that London has been open for a bit more than two hours.  It will be interesting to see how long that lasts, or is allowed to last.  Gold volume is already very high…around 35,000 contracts and, like yesterday, silver’s volume is at 12,000+ contracts once again.  The dollar index is down about 20 basis points, gold is down about six bucks…and silver is down 50 cents as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:18 a.m. Eastern time.With the exception of palladium, the other three precious metals are still well into overbought territory…especially silver.  Based on that, it will be interesting to see if JPMorgan et al can, or will, engineer another sell-off in the near future.  Here’s the 6-month silver chart.(Click on image to enlarge)With gold and silver shares roaring higher, there’s still an opportunity to either readjust your portfolio, or get fully invested in the continuing major up-leg of this bull market in both silver and gold…and I respectfully suggest that you take a trial subscription to either Casey Research’s International Speculator [junior gold and silver exploration companies], or BIG GOLD [large producers], with all our best [and current] recommendations…as well as the archives. Don’t forget that our 90-day guarantee of satisfaction is in effect for both publications.Today is another day where I look forward to the 8:20 a.m. Comex open with great interest.  Enjoy your weekend…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Aben Resources (TSX.V: ABN) is a Canadian gold and silver exploration company with a focus on developing properties in the Yukon. The Company’s flagship project is its 100% owned Justin Gold Project located 35 kilometres southeast of the Cantung Mine and has an all season road running through its claims. A phase one drill program was carried out in 2011 on the 18,314 acre Justin Project in which a significant new greenfields gold discovery was made at the property’s POW Zone. The Company intercepted 60 metres of 1.19 g/t gold in hole JN11009 at a vertical depth of 113 metres. Additionally, a new high grade silver-copper zone was discovered at the Kangas Zone with hole JN11003 returning 1.07 metres of 7320 g/t silver (234 oz/ton) and 3.52% copper near surface. As a result of these discoveries on the Justin Project, Aben acquired 14,274 additional acres of mineral tenure in the immediate vicinity of the project to facilitate a more aggressive work program this upcoming season. The Company has four other prospective Yukon and NWT projects in its portfolio along with a seasoned management and geological team. Aben’s chairman, Ron Netolitzky, is credited with exploration success on numerous properties including three Western Canadian gold and silver projects which became producing mines. Please visit our website to learn more about the company and request information.last_img read more

The gold stocks chopped around aimlessly within a

first_img The gold stocks chopped around aimlessly within a two point range of unchanged on Wednesday—and the HUI closed down a tiny 0.15%. It was much the same chart pattern in palladium, except it closed down a dollar. I have a lot of stories for you again today—and some of them are definitely worth your time, but the final edit is always up to you. In a nutshell, the 150 million oz (30,000 contracts) of newly created open contracts between the technical funds and the raptors is what caused silver prices to fall $3 since the end of February. As much as I pinpoint JPMorgan as being the prime silver manipulator, since the bank’s net short position in COMEX silver has hardly changed over this time, I can’t accuse JPM as being the active catalyst in the recent silver price drop. However, I will be very quick to accuse the bank, along with the 7 other large COMEX silver shorts, should that short position increase on any silver rally. It is rare when it is so clear that two specific trader categories accounted for, effectively, all the net positioning in any one market like exists in COMEX silver over the past three months; but the data are undeniable. What is also undeniable is that the technical funds’ new short selling of 150 million oz is what caused the price to drop $3; as there is no other plausible explanation. The only question is what motivated the technical funds to sell such a quantity of silver futures contracts? The answer is also clear – progressively lower prices. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 04 May 2014 Except for the tiny spikes in both gold and silver at, or just before the New York open yesterday, there’s nothing to report regarding yesterday’s price action, as volume was anemic.  I’ve already said what I wanted to say at the top of this column. Here are the 6-month charts for both gold and silver once again, so you can put yesterday’s price action in some perspective against the overall. One should never short a quiet market It was a nothing day again on Wednesday—and the tiny rally that began in gold shortly before the Comex open, got squashed at precisely 8:30 a.m. in New York—and by around 11 a.m. the price was back below unchanged.  Nothing happened after that, as gold traded sideways for the remainder of the day. With gold trading in less than a ten dollar price range, the low and high ticks aren’t worth looking up once again. The gold price finished the day at $1,243.60 spot, down $1.30 from Tuesday’s close.  Volume, net of June and July, was very tiny—around 79,000 contracts. The CME Daily Delivery Report was a quiet affair yesterday, as only 35 gold and 1 silver contract were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Friday.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday—and as of 9:57 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either. There was a tiny sales report from the U.S. Mint.  They sold 50,000 silver eagles—and that was it. After two days of running down the batteries on their forklifts, there wasn’t much in/out activity in either gold or silver on Tuesday over at the Comex-approved depositories.  There were no changes at all in gold—and in silver, nothing was reported received—and 97,156 troy ounces were shipped out. Here’s a chart that Nick Laird passed around yesterday evening.  It shows the total derivatives position in both gold and the white metals versus their entire derivatives position.  It sure doesn’t take much money to control precious metal prices—or the price of anything else they decide is worth their effort. The first photo is of a magpie on the wing that I took a couple of weeks ago.  It’s almost a surreal picture, because it’s being lit by the sun from above and behind at the same time.  No Photoshop here, as it’s straight out of the camera, although I did bump up the saturation a hair. Going into the London open this morning, gold and silver volumes were as low as I can ever remember seeing—even lower than yesterday.  Gold volume was around 11,000 contracts—and silver’s volume was 2,900 contracts.  It is deathly quiet out there—and there isn’t a high-frequency trader in sight.  The gold price is about unchanged, but the other three precious metals are all down from their respective closes in New York yesterday afternoon—and what passes as the world’s reserve currency at the moment, is down a handful of basis points. A long time ago I read somewhere on the Internet that one should never short a quiet market—and I consider that to be excellent advice when it comes to the precious metals at the moment. But Ted did mention in his mid-week commentary to his paying subscribers yesterday that “My only concern in gold is that if the technical fund short position in gold [is] to mimic the record increase witnessed in silver, then there may be more technical fund selling to go in gold.“ That may be true, dear reader, but I bought some silver yesterday anyway, as we’re close enough to a bottom in this metal to suit me. Tomorrow we the jobs numbers, along with a shiny new Commitment of Traders Report—and embedded in [and extracted from] that report is the June Bank Participation information, so I’ll have lots to talk about in my Saturday missive. And as I send this off into cyberspace at 5:10 a.m. EDT, I note that all four precious metals are now down on that day, with silver under the most selling pressure. Volumes have picked up substantially in gold, but is still very much on the lighter side—and silver’s volume is very quiet, so whatever price action is occurring, its happening on very little volume.  The dollar index is down ten basis points. I have no idea what will happen with prices today.  I would suspect that there will be some activity around the release of the job numbers at 8:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, but that event is still 24 hours away. I’m off to bed—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. It was ultra-quiet in silver trading as well—and the 8:15 to 8:30 a.m. EDT rally in that metal met the same fate as the tiny rally in gold—and once the high was in, the price did very little after that. Silver traded within a 20 cent price range yesterday—and closed at $18.795 spot, down 1 whole penny from Tuesday’s close.  Net volume was 20,000 contracts. The dollar index opened flat—and traded flat before a 20 basis point down/up move that began at the London open—and ended 10 hours later shortly after 1 p.m. in New York.  After that, the index didn’t do much—and closed at 80.66, which was up 4 basis points from Tuesday’s close. Platinum traded flat until shortly after 1 p.m. Hong Kong time—and from that point got sold down to its low of the day just before 1 p.m. in Zurich.  The subsequent rally ended at 2 p.m. in electronic trading in New York—and it traded flat from there, closing up 8 bucks. Exactly the same can be said about the silver equities, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index finished the basically unchanged, down a tiny 0.01%. The agreement with Sumitomo on the Fourth of July project is a great compliment to our recent agreement with Newmont Mining on the Wood Hills South project. We also have the Arabia, Golden Shears and some generative efforts being funded through our joint venture business model. 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Arts leaders must do more to tackle the acute la

first_imgArts leaders must do more to tackle the “acute” lack of opportunities for disabled actors on stage and screen, according to union delegates.Members of the Equity performers’ union called for “greater representation and more accurate portrayal” of disabled people, in a motion agreed unanimously by the TUC Disabled Workers Conference in London.The motion also called for “greater inclusive casting… where an actor’s talent and not their impairment drives their talent on stage or screen”.Actor Cindy-Jane Armbruster (pictured, right) told the conference that disabled people were portrayed as “the objects of pity or we are put on a pedestal as superhumans in so-called inspiration porn, or objects of scorn as benefit scroungers… anything but well-rounded human beings”.She said: “I believe very strongly that we need to change these stories, we need to tell better stories, we need to see ourselves represented on stage and on screen for our sense of self-identity. We need to know we are not alone.”She pointed to a survey last year by the Act for Change project, which campaigns for better representation across the live and recorded arts and found that just one in 326 actors performing on the London stage over the Easter weekend had a visible impairment.She added: “Having stories told about us and by us will make it harder for policy-makers to make us invisible, to dehumanise us or, worse, get rid of us.”Heidi McGeogh, of the Musicians’ Union, told the conference: “We really do need to see positive images of disabled people.“It’s going to affect how we are treated by society and how we are valued by society.“People believe what they see on the telly and on the stage and read in the papers.”Iain Scott-Burdon, a BSL-user from Unison, said: “I don’t like to see false disabled people.”He pointed to TV companies that were making programmes featuring hearing actors playing BSL-users.He said: “This is unacceptable. There is a lot of Deaf talent out there. There’s a lot of disabled talent out there.”Mik Scarlet (pictured, centre), another Equity member, told the conference that he used to work on BBC’s From the Edge magazine programme, which had nine disabled presenters and more than 30 disabled programme-makers, while Channel 4 and ITV also put out disability programmes.The disabled journalist and presenter said: “Where have they gone? They have disappeared. Now we have The Undateables and the [Paralympic] Superhumans.“We need more talent on screen, and we need to promote the concept that we need disabled programming made by disabled people.”Roddy Slorach, a University and College Union (UCU) delegate, and author of A Very Capitalist Condition, which examines the history and politics of disability, said the representation of disability in the media needed to be about “overcoming this sense of otherness”, which was “not actually an easy thing to do”.He called for “an end to disability as a form of discrimination” and “a celebration of the diversity of humanity” that looks at who disabled people are rather than using “negative stereotypical images”.The conference was attended by 25 unions, from major organisations such as Unison, Unite and NUT, to smaller unions such as the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the senior civil servants’ union the FDA, with nearly 200 disabled delegates attending.last_img read more