Today, Earth’s crust is made of tectonic plates that jostle across its surface and are sometimes, via collisions, gradually shoved back into the depths. But long before this mode of geological recycling arose, large blobs of dense material solidified on the undersides of Earth’s nascent tectonic plates and then dripped back toward our planet’s core, a new study suggests. Billions of years ago, soon after Earth formed, material in the mantle—the layer that lies between the core and the crust—was much warmer and flowed much more readily than it does today. If the mantle was as warm as 1600°C, as some models suggest, the overlying crust (shades of blue and light green, lower video) may eventually have grown to reach 45 kilometers thick. In such conditions, the material that solidified on the underside of that crust would have been rich in dense minerals (dark red blobs in lower video) such as magnesium oxides. Because those materials weren’t firmly attached to the crust and were, on the whole, heavier than those in the mantle, they dripped back toward the core (triggering the upwelling of deeper material, as depicted in the video, which represents several million years of time) the researchers report this month in Nature Geoscience. (Arrows in the upper video denote the direction and relative speed of mantle flow.) Eventually, as Earth cooled, the mantle firmed up somewhat, and bits of overlying crust became strong enough to hold together when shoved beneath their neighbors—just the conditions needed to usher in modern-style plate tectonics. The drip-style tectonics described in the team’s model probably remained the dominant form of crustal recycling until about 2 billion years ago. This proposed mode of geological recycling helps explain why the oldest remaining bits of Earth’s original crust are relatively light and magnesium-poor, the researchers contend.
SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES FILE – Russell Westbrook #0 and Paul George #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrate a dunk during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPOklahoma City Thunder stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George have both undergone successful surgeries to fix injuries ahead of next season, the club announced on Tuesday.Westbrook went under the knife to repair a ligament in his left hand and had also undergone an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee, the club said.ADVERTISEMENT Nuggets on verge of Western Finals trip after blowout of Trail Blazers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The 2016-2017 NBA MVP is expected to be fit to return to basketball activities in three weeks, the club said.George meanwhile had elective surgery on his right shoulder to address a tendon tear. He also faces further surgery on his left shoulder to repair a torn labrum, the team said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNo timetable was given for George’s likely return, with the club saying only that an update would be given ahead of the 2019-2020 season.Westbrook and George were key figures once again for the Thunder this season before the team exited in the opening round of the playoffs. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the third consecutive year (22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, 10.7 assists), the first player in NBA history to accomplish the feat.George meanwhile averaged career highs in points (28), rebounds (8.2), assists (4.1) and steals (2.21).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Maria Sharapova’s first tournament since her controversial return to tennis is over after losing to Kristina Mladenovic of France in the Porsche Grand Prix semifinals.Mladenovic beat former top-ranked Sharapova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 on Saturday.In her fourth match following a 15-month doping ban, the Russian was left to rue missing 13 of her 16 break-point opportunities as Mladenovic rallied to win in 2 hours, 38 minutes.The 19th-ranked Mladenovic, who ousted two-time defending champion Angelique Kerber on Thursday, next plays the winner of the other semifinal between fourth-seeded Simona Halep and last year’s runner-up Laura Siegemund.Five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova, who tested positive for meldonium at last year’s Australian Open, had been given a wild card to enter the Stuttgart event after losing her ranking because of the ban.
MARSEILLE, France (AP). Antoine Griezmann scored twice as France beat world champion Germany 2-0 on Thursday to line up a European Championship final against Portugal.Griezmann put France in front from the penalty spot in stoppage time at the end of the first half and then took full advantage of a German defensive blunder to score his second with a calm finish in the 72nd minute.Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer fails to catch the ball allowing France’s Antoine Griezmann, left, to score his second goal during the Euro 2016 semifinal soccer match between Germany and France, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)France reached its first final for a decade and is chasing its first major trophy since Euro 2000, while Germany missed its chance to add the European title to the World Cup it won in 2014.Griezmann has now scored six goals at Euro 2016 — twice as many as any other player at the tournament — and could have completed a hat trick on a break in the 86th but shot straight at goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, center reacts after France’s Antoine Griezmann, right, scored his second goal during the Euro 2016 semifinal soccer match between Germany and France, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Germany could have scored more than once as it dominated the first half. But it was denied by poor shooting from Thomas Mueller, who ended his tournament scoreless, and a save by Hugo Lloris to deny Emre Can’s bouncing shot.France took the lead from the penalty spot after Bastian Schweinsteiger handled the ball in an aerial challenge with Patrice Evra.Griezmann stepped up to score, striking the penalty hard to Neuer’s right.The German defense had not conceded from open play all tournament, but it fell apart for Griezmann’s second goal in the 72nd minute. Benedikt Hoewedes’ sluggish pass to right back Joshua Kimmich was cut out by Paul Pogba and Neuer could only palm away the midfielder’s cross to Griezmann, who finished with ease.Germany’s Toni Kroos, left, challenges for the ball with France’s Blaise Matuidi during the Euro 2016 semifinal soccer match between Germany and France, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Germany responded well and could have pulled one back when Kimmich hit the post, before Julian Draxler sent a free-kick narrowly wide and Hoewedes headed over.France’s players celebrated at the end with the fans by performing the “Hu” chant made famous at the tournament by Iceland.
Share via Email news Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger England Gareth Southgate has moved to smooth relations with Bulgaria before the Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday after he and members of the England squad were accused of making “offensive” and “derogatory” remarks that have raised the temperature around the fixture.Southgate had suggested that he feared the worst in terms of possible racist abuse from the stands in Sofia, while the Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham said the players were prepared to walk off in the face of it and had also discussed whether they should ignore Uefa’s protocols regarding the issue. Euro 2020 qualifying Topics Raheem Sterling, who has been a passionate anti-racism campaigner, said at the moment that he had “full faith in Uefa” and its protocols. He talked more about his ambition to win silverware with England, having done so at club level with Manchester City, and he admitted he found extra motivation from the fact the Euro 2020 final will be held at Wembley, close to where he grew up.“It’s something you think of all the time [winning with England], especially after coming so close in the World Cup,” Sterling said. “I feel that a lot of the players don’t just want to be involved in tournaments and finish in the quarter-finals or the semi‑finals and say that was a good run.“Every single player and the manager all want to go into tournaments with the thought of winning. It’s definitely something we all dream of.”Sterling is part of a highly rated group of England attackers alongside Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford, while Southgate also name‑checked Callum Hudson‑Odoi and Arsenal’s 18-year-old Bukayo Saka.“It’s exciting but we have to do it in big games, big tournaments,” Sterling said. “That’s when we’ll be judged as a great front three or not.” Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Gareth Southgate has luxury of giving Mason Mount a go against Czechs Share on Facebook Southgate is preparing for the tie in Prague against the Czech Republic on Friday night, when victory would secure England’s qualification for a finals they will host with a number of other countries. He wants the focus to be on the game, on his players expressing themselves and, hopefully, revelling in the thrill of qualifying.As ever, though, there have been side issues, with the potential problems in Sofia at the top of the agenda. Borislav Mihaylov, the president of the Bulgarian Football Union, revealed on Thursday he had written to Uefa to express his frustration at comments made by Southgate and others, which he suggested had been pre-emptive.Bulgaria’s stadium has been partially closed for two matches – the second of which will be against England – because of racist abuse from their supporters in the June qualifiers against the Czechs and Kosovo.Mihaylov called upon Uefa to sanction England if they went against its protocols and he did not conceal his anger. “I personally find these comments [from Southgate] offensive due to the unjust branding of the local spectators as people inclined to discriminatory behaviour,” Mihaylov said. “I cannot allow for such derogatory claims to continue being spread in the mass media.”Southgate, who suggested his players would respect Uefa protocols, made the point that England would be foolish not to look at the country’s own issues with racism and he mentioned the alleged abuse in a National League game between Hartlepool and Dover in September.“I can totally understand why the Bulgarian president feels as he does because we have purely been responding honestly to questions we’ve been asked,” Southgate said. “That will then be relayed and the way it’s pitched could appear provocative.“We are not trying to create a situation, far from it. We’re all hoping that over the next 72 hours we’re just talking about two football matches.“I have to say again, we don’t look at other countries in a way that we don’t shine a mirror on our own. What happened in Hartlepool a couple of weeks ago was probably worse than things I’ve seen or heard about in many other countries in the world.” Share on Twitter Read more The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Bulgaria Gareth Southgate Reuse this content
Twitter/@APGrooverSteve Sarkisian is officially a member of Alabama’s coaching staff, and his work kicks off with today’s game against Western Kentucky.After reports emerged following Alabama’s blowout win over USC last Saturday night, Nick Saban announced that the former Trojans head coach would join the team as an offensive analyst.Coach Sark is in Tuscaloosa today for Alabama’s home game against Western Kentucky. He was spotted in the Crimson Tide coaches booth, wearing a ‘Bama hat.Steve Sarkisian looking good in that Crimson Tide visor #coachingrehab #rtr pic.twitter.com/d37jUdDB0H— Andrew Groover (@APGroover) September 10, 2016The Sarkisian move mirrors the one that Lane Kiffin made when he was fired by USC in the middle of the 2013 season. That December, he joined the Tide in an advisory role ahead of bowl season, and joined the staff officially as offensive coordinator the following season. Now, Sarkisian, a former Pete Carroll assistant and USC head coach like Kiffin, seems to be heading on the same path.The hiring has launched some interesting conspiracy theories. FOX Sports’ Joel Klatt told Colin Cowherd that he thinks Alabama made the move to block Les Miles from replacing Cam Cameron at mid-season with Sarkisian as offensive coordinator.Whether or not that is true, based on the success that Kiffin has had, which has made him a potential head coach candidate once again, teaming with Nick Saban is a wise decision for coaches looking to bounce back.
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 05: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish Leprechaun celebrates a touchdown against the Texas Longhorns during the first quarter at Notre Dame Stadium on September 5, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)The initial College Football Playoff rankings came out this past Tuesday, and Notre Dame fans were likely happy with what they saw – coming in at No. 4. But there’s a nightmare scenario brewing for the Fighting Irish, potentially.Each year, FiveThirtyEight puts out a College Football Playoff predictor that allows users to plug in different scenarios for the final few weeks of the season. Notre Dame fans won’t like one specific scenario – which could happen.If you assume that Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Ohio State are all going to win out, FiveThirtyEight gives the Fighting Irish the lowest chances of getting into the Playoff.In such a scenario, Alabama and Clemson would have over 99-percent chance of getting in. Ohio State would be at 72-percent, with Oklahoma at 65-percent. Notre Dame would be 60-percent.Oklahoma lost to Texas, while Ohio State lost to Purdue. So they’d be getting in over an undefeated Notre Dame team.Why would this happen? It’s hard to pinpoint, but both Oklahoma and Ohio State will have conference title games to make their cases. Notre Dame, being independent, would not.This probably won’t happen, but if it does, there will be a lot of pressure on Notre Dame to reconsider joining a conference. There will also be a ton of college football fans calling for an expanded playoff.
The cheapest available seat for Michigan-Penn State is $190 without fees, according to VividSeats.com.You can see the prices for every game here.The Nittany Lions and Wolverines will meet on October 19. Kickoff time and TV info will be released at a later date.Michigan won last year’s game in a 49-10 blowout, but PSU beat the Wolverines handily at home in 2017. GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions leads his team onto the field prior to the start of a game against the Washington Huskies during the Playstation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)Overall, Penn State football’s 2019 home slate is a little…underwhelming. Beaver Stadium will still be packed to capacity, but fans miss out on some big opponents.For starters, the Nittany Lions play Michigan State, Ohio State and Iowa on the road. Maryland is a road game as well, albeit one a lot of Penn State fans can travel to easily.Home games with Indiana, Buffalo, Rutgers and Idaho aren’t too sexy either. Pitt and Michigan are Penn State’s top two home games.Thus, it shouldn’t be a major surprise that the most expensive ticket for a game in Happy Valley is for the Michigan contest in mid-October.
zoom The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) has signed a joint development agreement (JDA) with Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), Maritime Offshore Limited, a subsidiary of UAE-based oil rig constructor Lamprell, and South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries on establishment of a maritime yard at Ras Al Khair in eastern Saudi Arabia.The JDA represents the next phase of development between the partners after signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in January.Following preliminary due diligence and feasibility studies, the next step for the partners will be to assess the operational, financial, personnel and legal aspects of the project in detail with a view to making a final investment decision in due course.In line with the JDA, the costs associated with the workstreams covered by the agreement will be shared by the parties.The intended maritime yard is aimed at providing engineering, manufacturing and repair services for offshore rigs, commercial vessels and offshore service vessels.The outcome of the agreement to engage in the potential joint venture partnership will be determined upon finalisation of all activities and required due diligence, as well as all necessary corporate approvals.The JDA terminates on the earlier of the effective date of the shareholders agreement or one year after the signing date.
Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath government has recommended a CBI probe into the road accident in which the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer have been critically injured and two female relatives killed. The other major revelation is the truck involved in the accident belongs to a Samajwadi Party leader. The Akhilesh Yadav-led party, incidentally, was the first to demand the Central Bureau of Investigation probe. Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said around midnight on Monday a formal request for the probe by the premiere agency was sent to the Centre. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The government has decided to refer the investigation of case crime number 305/2019 u/s 302/307/506/120 B IPC PS Gurbuxganj Distt Rae Bareli to the CBI. A formal request has been sent to Government of India in this regard,” he stated. Earlier on Monday, Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police O.P. Singh said the state government was ready for a CBI probe into the accident, if a request was made. “The truck was over-speeding and it was raining also. Prima facie, it appears to be an accident, but a detailed unbiased probe is on in the matter. The state government is ready to recommend a CBI probe into the Sunday’s mishap in Rae Bareli if the victim’s mother or a relative makes any request in this regard,” Singh had said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday In the major revelation on Tuesday, sources said that the truck that smashed the car of the Unnao rape survivor belonged to a Samajwadi Party leader. On Sunday, the Unnao rape survivor’s car was hit by a truck in a road accident in which her aunts were killed and her lawyer and she are in critical condition. BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar is accused of raping the girl and he has been in jail ever since an FIR was filed against him. Informing about a new link, sources said that the truck in the accident belonged to SP leader Nandu Pal. Pal is an SP leader from Fatehpur district unit and his wife Ramashree Pal was elected as Asothar Block Pramukh on an SP ticket. His three brothers Devendra Pal, Munna Pal and Dilip Pal own 27 trucks. Mahesh Singh, uncle of the rape survivor, has alleged in his complaint that the security personnel allotted to the rape survivor were passing on information about the family’s whereabouts to the accused BJP MLA. Meanwhile, the cremation of the two female relatives killed in Sunday’s car crash is scheduled to take place in Unnao amidst tight security on Tuesday.
Following its 25th Anniversary Celebration in NYC on March 31st, Tusk’s Royal Patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, has written a personal article published in the organization’s annual report.The Prince highlights today’s greatest conservation challenges and the reason he believes that Tusk is having an impact in Africa.“I was initially drawn to Tusk by its innovative and holistic approach and its unwavering certainty that conservation is as much about people and community programs as it is about wildlife protection,” writes the Prince, whose commitment to highlighting the issue of the illegal wildlife trade has won him plaudits across the world.The illegal wildlife trade, now the fourth most lucrative transnational crime, generates over $20 billion a year in illegal profits.In the article, Prince William continues a theme he spoke passionately about in his speech to the World Bank in Washington in December.“The cumulative effect of this insidious trade on our natural heritage is shocking. Over the last 100 years, the abundance of the world’s species has decreased by almost a third, pushing some of our most iconic creatures to the brink of extinction. But the illegal wildlife trade also has an unacceptable human cost for those who have lived for centuries in harmony with wildlife. It threatens to wipe out Africa’s natural heritage, satisfying the greed of international criminals while trapping others in a destructive cycle of poverty and conflict.”For 25 years, Tusk has responded to these challenges by investing in agile and adaptable conservation projects that have the greatest impact on wildlife and communities in Africa.Prince William concludes, “Despite facing some of the greatest conservation challenges to international conservation in history, Tusk continues to be a shining light in what are tragically dark times for Africa’s wildlife. In this, its 25th Anniversary Year, I am extremely proud of all the charity has achieved, what it stands for, and the hope it offers to Africa and the survival of its natural heritage. I am honoured to be its Royal Patron.”To read the Prince’s article in full, click here.
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has told Congress that it’s reached a deal that would allow Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. to stay in business, a source familiar with the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a confidential matter said Friday.A resolution of the ZTE case could clear the way for the United States to make progress in its high-stakes trade talks with China. But news of the agreement drew immediate fire on Capitol Hill.Under the agreement, ZTE would oust its management team, hire American compliance officers and pay a fine. The fine would come on top of the roughly $1 billion ZTE has already paid for selling equipment to North Korea and Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.In return, the Commerce Department would lift a seven-year ban on ZTE’s purchase of components that the Chinese firm depends on from U.S. companies. The ban, imposed earlier this month, threatened to put ZTE out of business.“This is a law enforcement action being handled by Commerce,” said Lindsay Walters, the deputy White House press secretary. “We are making sure ZTE is held accountable for violating U.S. sanctions, pays a big price and that we are protecting our security infrastructure and U.S. jobs.”The Commerce Department did not immediately respond to a call seeking further details about the agreement.On Capitol Hill, one senior congressional source said leaders have not yet received formal notification.Lawmakers have warned the administration not to go easy on a company that brazenly violated U.S. sanctions against two rogue nations that were pursuing nuclear weapons production.“If the administration goes through with this reported deal, President Trump would be helping make China great again,” said Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York.Schumer added: “Both parties in Congress should come together to stop this deal in its tracks.”“ZTE presents a national security threat to the United States — and nothing in this reported deal addresses that fundamental fact,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. “If President Trump won’t put our security before Chinese jobs, Congress will act on a bipartisan basis to stop him.”Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida tweeted: “It is a great deal … for #ZTE & China … Many hoped this time would be different.”Congress, Rubio said, “will need to act.”Trump responded to his critics late Friday, saying Democrats had done nothing to rein in ZTE. “I closed it down then let it reopen with high level security guarantees, change of management and board, must purchase U.S. parts and pay a $1.3 Billion fine,” he tweeted.The Commerce Department last month blocked China’s ZTE from importing American components for seven years, having concluded that ZTE deceived U.S. regulators after it settled charges last year of violating sanctions against Iran and North Korea. The ban amounted to a virtual death sentence for ZTE, which relies on U.S. parts, and it also hurt ZTE’s U.S. suppliers.On the eve of broad trade talks last week with a Chinese trade envoy, Trump waded into the ZTE case: He tweeted that he was working with President Xi Jinping to put ZTE “back in business, fast” and save tens of thousands of Chinese jobs.He later tweeted that the ZTE talks were “part of a larger trade deal” being negotiated with China.Word of a reported ZTE agreement comes nearly a week after the U.S. and China suspended plans to impose tariffs on as much as $200 billion of each other’s goods. In doing two, the two nations pulled back from the brink of a trade war over Chinese demands that U.S. companies hand over some of their technology as the price of doing business in China.Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is scheduled to travel to Beijing on June 2 for further discussions over China’s aggressive push to challenge U.S. technological dominance. Resolving the ZTE case — a company that employs more than 70,000 Chinese — could make the talks go more smoothly.___AP Staff Writers Lisa Mascaro and Zeke Miller contributed to this report.
EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Opposition leader Jason Kenney says it’s time to take immediate action on the oil-price differential before it leads to further job cuts and losses to the province’s core industry.Kenney says he will work with Premier Rachel Notley’s government to fast-track a new law that would order companies to cut production by 10 percent.He says it’s a drastic solution but one that is necessary. Alberta oil is now selling at sharply discounted prices due in part to bottlenecks in pipelines.Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd says her department is open to all ideas.But she says opinion is divided on whether legislated cuts to oil production are the answer.Premier Rachel Notley has been searching for solutions to get more oil to market and her government is now in negotiations to buy rail cars for increased transport.
“The football pitch and playground inaugurated today are tremendously important for the well-being of the children of Aida Camp,” said the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Pierre Krähenbühl, in a press release.“Together with our Palestinian and international partners, we are committed to continue supporting the children who have endured so much unacceptable pain and suffering,” he stressed.The new spaces have been made possible with a generous contribution from the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) and will provide the children of Aida camp with a rare opportunity to play within a very challenging environment.”The refugee children of Aida camp are particularly exposed to frequent confrontations, resulting violence and tear gas in the camp. The playground and the football pitch provide a much-needed opportunity for these kids to play, have fun and for a moment forget about the daily challenges they face living under military occupation,” explained the Director of UNRWA Operations in the West Bank, Felipe Sanchez.Diplomats from various countries and community representatives attended the inauguration in addition to UNRWA’s top officials, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iceland, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, and the Director of the Lajee Center, Salah Ajarma.The inauguration event also featured a football match between diplomats and children of Aida camp as well as an exhibition of photographs by Osama Silwadi portraying UNRWA staff’s commitment to the protection of Palestine refugees.The inauguration comes after several months of increased violence in and around Aida camp, with almost daily confrontations between Israeli security forces and Palestinians. From 1 October 2015 to 11 February 2016, UNRWA recorded 93 incursions by Israeli forces into Aida camp, and more than 512 Palestine refugees, including 61 minors, were injured.
“The world needs your leadership to meet the climate challenge,” Mr. Ban said in remarks at a high-level meeting on resilience with insurance industry leaders and other stakeholders at UN Headquarters in New York this morning. Emphasizing that the “impacts of climate change will affect every aspect of our lives,” the Secretary-General noted that the insurance industry played a key role at the Climate Summit he hosted in 2014 and was instrumental in mobilizing momentum for the Paris Agreement in December 2015. Climate change “profoundly affects” the core business of the insurance industry because the industry will be faced with “mounting claims of a magnitude not yet seen” and also because the industry’s investment decisions can give rise to unexpected risks. “Conversely, if you invest wisely, you could reap new rewards – for both your own businesses and society at large,” the UN chief said. Recalling the ‘Anticipate, Absorb, and Reshape’ multi-stakeholder global initiative that he launched this past year to increase climate resilience, Mr. Ban stressed the importance of better anticipating and acting on climate hazards through early earning and early action, as well as reshaping development to reduce risks at both national and international levels. The initiative – referred to as ‘A2R’ – was launched this past November by Mr. Ban and 13 agencies of the UN system, and aims to strengthen the ability of countries to anticipate hazards, absorb shocks, and reshape development to reduce climate risks. Among the actions that the insurance industry should take include greening its investment portfolios and, by 2020, to measuring its carbon footprint. In addition, the industry should also ‘decarbonize’ its investments so as not to contribute to rising greenhouse emissions, the Secretary-General said. “It is not enough to simply create new products to respond to climate catastrophes,” he stressed. “At some $25 trillion dollars, you own some of the world’s largest investment portfolios.Your investment decisions are crucial for reducing the growth of carbon emissions and protecting again the financial disruption caused by stranded assets.” Mr. Ban also challenged the industry to double investments in clean energy and work with the UN to ensure that early warning and early actions are made available to the most vulnerable countries by 2020, since more than one million people have already lost their lives to disasters in this century. In addition, he said that the world’s most vulnerable people should be provided with greater access to risk transfer mechanisms. “The poorest and most vulnerable people – those who have done least to cause climate change – need support to reduce their exposure to climate impacts,” the UN chief said. Lastly, Mr. Ban challenged the insurance industry to develop auditable standards in the industry that incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals. “It is no longer sufficient to work on voluntary principles and guidelines that do not affect vital decisions,” he said. “It is no longer sufficient to think that human development is the responsibility of governments alone. We thought the same about climate change for years. We were wrong.” Also attending the meeting were Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR); Selwin Hart, Director of the Climate Change Support Team; and Mike McGavick, Chairperson of the Geneva Association.
Diabetes could be a warning sign of cancer, a new study suggests.The research found 50 per cent of patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes the previous year.The study of nearly 1 million patients in Italy and Belgium was led by the International Prevention Research Institute in Lyon, France, with findings presented at the European Cancer Congress in Amsterdam Among those who already had type 2 diabetes, a deterioration in the condition was linked to a seven-fold increased risk of being diagnosed with the cancer, which is one of the most deadly.Links been pancreatic cancer and diabetes have previously been found. Doctors and their diabetic patients should be aware that the onset of diabetes or rapidly deteriorating diabetes could be the first sign of hidden pancreatic cancerAlice Koechlin, from the International Prevention Research Institute “We now need the work developing early diagnostic tests to catch up so that we can make use of this information as soon as possible.” Obesity is fuelling rising cases of diabetes in the UKCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Researchers said more needs to be done to develop earlier tests for pancreatic cancer so that those at extra risk – such as those newly diagnosed with diabetes – could undergo screening.Alice Koechlin, from the International Prevention Research Institute said: “Doctors and their diabetic patients should be aware that the onset of diabetes or rapidly deteriorating diabetes could be the first sign of hidden pancreatic cancer, and steps should be taken to investigate it.”She said more work was needed to attempt to identify pancreatic cancer before symptoms were present.“There is currently no good, non-invasive method for detecting pancreatic cancer that is not yet showing any visible signs or symptoms. We hope that our results will encourage the search for blood markers indicating the presence of pancreatic cancer, which could guide decisions to perform a confirmation examination like endoscopy,” she said. Maggie Blanks, chief executive of national charity Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund welcomed the findings.She said: “The association between pancreatic cancer and type 2 diabetes has been an area of interest to researchers for several years, so it’s great to see studies generating new and potentially very valuable information which could alert clinicians to the need for further investigation in certain patients. Show more The pancreas creates insulin, and type 2 diabetes is caused when the body does not use the hormone properly, creating insulin resistance. Experts said it was possible that the treatment for diabetes increases the risk of pancreatic cancer, or that the cancer caused the increased risk of diabetes. While diabetes is extremely common, with more than 3.5 million cases in the UK, pancreatic cancer remains relatively rare, with around 10,000 diagnoses annually.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram During the past week my company, Yellow Brick Road, started “The RBA Appeal”, an online campaign that allowed Australians to tell the Reserve Bank the kind of financial pressures they were under. While watching the videos and reading through the emails and messages, one thing that struck me was the degree to which people don’t really understand the role of the Reserve Bank. The Reserve is an independent government agency that oversees the financial system, and controls things like foreign exchange reserves and gold policy. But what it does once a month is meet and discuss whether they will raise their official cash interest rate – the rate at which the government will lend to the finance sector. By setting this official rate, they set a benchmark for variable rate mortgages because lenders price their mortgages off the official cash rate. This is called monetary policy – controlling an economy with the cost of money. The RBA’s mandate is to keep inflation within healthy limits, between 2 and 3 percent. It does this by raising interest rates when inflation is too high, and dropping interest rates when inflation looks to be too low. The problems at the moment are not of the RBA’s making. Inflation is coming from areas that cannot be controlled by monetary policy. For instance, the government can pursue a fiscal policy in parallel with monetary policy. In fiscal policy, the government controls the economy with the supply of money – its own spending- via a fiscal stimulus package or a First Home Owner Grant. This can be inflationary. So the RBA can be raising interest rates to control inflation created by government spending. There are also problems with a ‘two-speed’ economy that the RBA cannot deal with by simply manipulating interest rates. If mining is booming, creating inflationary pressures with the wages it pays and the increased spending it has to make, then the RBA cannot quarantine that inflation because of where it comes from. Likewise with the actual prices that are rising.The RBA controls overall inflation with reference to the Consumer Price Index, a rolling average of prices in Australia created by the Australia Bureau of Statistics. It’s 11 line items, from food and alcohol to education and financial services. When these add up to a CPI of near to or over 3 per cent, the RBA will lift interest rates, regardless of the fact that some of this result is caused by one sector, such as power generation or supermarkets. So, Middle Australia pays the price rises and then gets hit with interest rate rises. It doesn’t seem fair but it is our system. Regardless, we all deserve a say, so keep those messages and videos coming.
Software Tags Top 5 favorite Microsoft duds $169 Microsoft Windows 10 Abt Electronics Share your voice Amazon Review • Windows 10 review: Microsoft gets it right $143 See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best Buy See it Mentioned Above Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (OEM) Now playing: Watch this: Sajjad Hussain/Getty Images Microsoft’s new Office app is available now for all Windows 10 users, Microsoft announced in a blog post Wednesday. The app, which was announced in December, replaces the current My Office app.The new app is designed to be more useful to Office users by letting them launch documents, access Office desktop apps and more. While the soon-to-be-replaced My Office app has most of these features, the new one focuses on free elements. With the new app, you can find your way around with tutorials, tips, tricks and more — but no Clippy. Microsoft Office joined the Mac App Store earlier this year. The new Office app is free and comes preinstalled on Windows 10, so you don’t need to buy Office 365 to use it. $179 See It 4:10 3 $145 See It Comments Microsoft Office Microsoft Windows 10
1Bharat Wednesday42.30 RankMovieReleaseCollection 3Kesari Thursday21.06 Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani in Kabir SinghTwitterShahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh started with a bang and made supern collection at the Indian box office on the first day. The film has beaten the opening record of Ranveer Singh’s Gully Boy.Kabir Singh is a remake of the blockbuster Telugu movie Arjun Singh and the success of the latter has generated a lot of hype for the former. Adding this hysteria are its songs, trailer and other promos, which doubled the curiosity and expectations about the movie. The distributors released in more than 2,700 screens across the domestic market to cash in on the hype and craze for the film.The exhibitors of Kabir Singh opened the advance booking almost a week ahead of its release and they also kept its tickets price low, which coupled with above aspects helped the film do wonderful advance sales not just in multiplexes, but also in single screens, which came as a big surprise to many in B-Town.In terms of advance ticket booking, Kabir Singh has set a record by becoming the second biggest film of the year after Salman Khan’s recent release Bharat. Sumit Kadel, an observer of Bollywood film trade tweeted, “#KabirSingh Advance booking is second best after #Bharat in 2019.”Kabir Singh registered an average of 50 per cent occupancy in both multiplexes and single screens in the morning shows on Friday. Sumit Kadel, an observer of Bollywood film trade tweeted, “#KabirSingh off to a flying start at the box office. Youth has flocked the theaters across India. Film is registering 40% occupancy in morning shows, 55-60% at major cities. FANTASTIC opening.”The Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani starrer was successful in meeting the expectations and a strong word of mouth boosted its business in in the later shows of the day. Before its release, trade experts had predicted Kabir Singh would collect Rs 15 crore net at the Indian box office on the first day. After its release the film has stunned everyone with its superb collectionsAs per early estimates, Kabir Singh has collected approximately Rs 21 crore net at the domestic box office on the first day and become the fourth biggest opener of the year, beating the record of Ranveer Singh’s Gully Boy. Sumit Kadel tweeted, “#KabirSingh Friday- ₹ 20-21 cr nett. BLOCKBUSTER opening, all set for colossal weekend. @shahidkapoor.”Here are the top 5 biggest opening Bollywood movies of the year 2019.RankRankMovieMovieReleaseReleaseCollectionCollectionRank1MovieBharat ReleaseWednesdayCollection42.30Rank2MovieKalankReleaseWednesdayCollection21.60Rank3MovieKesari ReleaseThursdayCollection21.06Rank4MovieKabir SinghReleaseFridayCollection21.00Rank5MovieGullyBoy ReleaseThursdayCollection19.40 2KalankWednesday21.60 5GullyBoy Thursday19.40 4Kabir SinghFriday21.00
Ten Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in Inn Din village. Photo: ReutersThe violence which drove 700,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar into Bangladesh was “without excuse”, US vice president Mike Pence told Aung San Suu Kyi in stinging comments on Wednesday.On the sidelines of a summit in Singapore Pence piled the pressure on Myanmar’s de facto leader, calling for an explanation of the jailing of two Reuters journalists over their coverage of the crisis.Suu Kyi has seen her reputation as a rights defender shredded by her refusal to speak up for the Rohingya, a stateless group reviled in the Buddhist-majority country.She has already had an Amnesty International honour revoked this week and faced sharp words from Malaysia’s prime minister at a usually tepid meeting of Southeast Asian nations in Singapore.In direct marks as he sat next to Suu Kyi, Pence condemned the “violence and persecution” against the Rohingya as “without excuse”.Then in a front-on challenge to Myanmar’s civilian leader, Pence said he was “anxious to hear about the progress” being made to hold the perpetrators accountable.A crackdown led by Myanmar’s army last year sparked an exodus of the Muslim minority into neighbouring Bangladesh, taking with them accounts of atrocities — rape, murder and arson of their villages.UN investigators say the army’s actions amounted to genocide.Suu Kyi brushed off Pence’s comments.”In a way, we can say we understand our country better than any other country does,” she said.On Thursday a long-delayed — and heavily criticised — plan to repatriate Rohingya was set to begin, despite dire warnings their safety will be in jeopardy if forced to return to Myanmar.The process has undergone several false starts before.Myanmar does not want its Rohingya, who are officially described as “Bengali” illegal immigrants.And the Rohingya do not want to go back without security guarantees and citizenship.But the fetid and overcrowded refugee camps in Bangladesh offer little future for the more than one million Rohingya who have fled successive waves of violence in Myanmar.- Jailed journalists -The Rohingya crisis has tarnished Myanmar’s reputation among large sections of an international community which helped shape its transition from outright military rule.Suu Kyi has no power over the army, which retains autonomy over all security matters.But she has come under fire for not doing more to speak out against the generals’ excesses.She has also been criticised for her failure to speak up for two Reuters reporters jailed for seven years for breaching a colonial-era state secrets act after reporting on the extrajudicial killing of 10 Rohingya men during a military crackdown last year.Pence called their case “deeply troubling”, adding the US placed a “premium … on a free and independent press”.A senior US official told reporters that Pence asked Suu Kyi directly and repeatedly to pardon the two reporters during their talks.The official did not say how Suu Kyi responded.The sentence prompted a storm of global outcry as an assault on freedom of speech, casting doubt on the direction and depth of Myanmar reforms.In her only direct comments on the Reuters case Suu Kyi — herself once a political prisoner held under house arrest by the former junta — has said the pair were jailed under a fair legal process.”They were not jailed because they were journalists” but because “the court has decided that they had broken the Official Secrets Act”, she said in September.Suu Kyi’s civilian government had the power to drop the charges.Reuters has appealed the verdict and has been lobbying for the release of the pair who they say were set up by police and arrested to silence their reporting.The High Court is likely to take up to five or six months to rule on the appeal, during which time the reporters will remain in Yangon’s notorious Insein prison.After numerous delays, the first significant group of Rohingya — some 2,000 strong — is due to return to Myanmar on 15 November as part of a repatriation deal signed with Bangladesh a year ago.However, the UN and rights groups maintain that conditions for their “safe, dignified and sustainable” return are still not in place.