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Johnson Matthey profits rise


first_img Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure Solutionautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Herald whatsapp Wednesday 2 February 2011 7:44 pm Tags: NULL Sharecenter_img KCS-content whatsapp British industrial conglomerate Johnson Matthey said full-year profit should beat its previous expectations, helped by higher precious metals prices and the continued recovery of the global auto industry. The world’s largest supplier of catalytic converters, which is also a platinum refiner and makes speciality chemicals, said yesterday that underlying third-quarter pre-tax profit rose 34 per cent and that it expected good trading in its final quarter. Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Johnson Matthey profits rise last_img read more


Waisake Naholo falcons Aaron Smith, probably because of the hairstyle


first_imgMonday Nov 27, 2017 Waisake Naholo falcons Aaron Smith, probably because of the hairstyle Not since 1953 have Wales beaten the All Blacks, and nothing changed on Saturday as the visitors picked up a 33-18 win in Cardiff, thanks to tries from Waisake Naholo, Anton Lienert-Brown and Rieko Ioane. Naholo probably owes his scrumhalf a few beers though, after this happened.Early on the winger, who crossed twice, threw a nice inside pass to halfback Aaron Smith, who unfortunately was not looking, and it hit him right in the face. Smith was not happy.The win was New Zealand’s 30th consecutive victory over Wales, ending their end of season tour on a high after a challenging match against Scotland a week earlier.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Funnies Related Articles 29 WEEKS AGO WATCH: American reacts to brilliant Nigel… 29 WEEKS AGO Video of John Kirwan apologising while wearing… 29 WEEKS AGO Simon Zebo reveals how ‘absolute lunatic’… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more


5 players who found themselves on the list of the most scandalous drugs bans in rugby


first_imgTuesday Apr 7, 2020 5 players who found themselves on the list of the most scandalous drugs bans in rugby Doping is becoming a growing problem in rugby, particularly across the levels of the game that are not in the spotlight. In recent years, testing has led to scandals in South African schoolboy rugby and semi-professional rugby in Wales have magnified how widespread this problem may be, and various unions have tried to crack down on this.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, in the top tiers of professional rugby, failed drugs tests are not as common, but that is not to say that there are none. Such cases often receive a lot of attention due to how rare they are amongst international players. So here are the most famous drugs bans in the modern era:Matt StevensFormer Bath and England prop Matt Stevens was handed a two-year ban by the European Rugby Cup in 2009 after testing positive for cocaine following a fixture against Glasgow in December 2008.The then-26-year-old was at the top of his game when this happened, which understandably sent shockwaves through the game. Perhaps the most significant part was that this was the beginning of a series of events which saw three Bath players, Michael Lipman, Alex Crockett and Andrew Higgins, resign and receive nine-month bans themselves for failing to take drugs tests.The South African-born prop bounced back admirably from this ban though, moving to Saracens and resurrecting his career. He was a key member of the London club’s resurgence at the beginning of last decade, starting in the victorious Premiership final in 2011.He would also be capped by England again, playing in 2011 Rugby World Cup, and was even a surprise pick for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour, following his selection for the 2005 tour as well.Justin HarrisonPart of the ensemble of Bath players embroiled in the drugs tests scandal of 2009, former Wallaby lock Justin Harrison admitted in a Rugby Football Union hearing in July 2009 to taking cocaine. This related to Bath’s end-of-season party and led to an eight-month ban from rugby because of his guilty plea.ADVERTISEMENTThe 34-cap lock announced his retirement after the ban, but made a return to rugby in 2010, signing a one-year deal with the Brumbies, the side he started his career with.Wendell SailorThe former dual code Australia international Wendell Sailor was banned for two years in 2006 for cocaine use during his time playing for the New South Wales Waratahs. The powerful winger argued that this was only recreational, and therefore was not performance-enhancing, but the ban still stood.This came after a few months of ill-discipline, in which Sailor was also sent home from a tour of South Africa for his behaviour.The ban ended his five-year rugby union career in Australia, and while it threw his entire career into doubt, he made the return to league in 2008 with St. George-Illawarra.Johan AckermannADVERTISEMENTThe current Gloucester coach Johan Ackermann had a career in South Africa tarnished by his two-year ban in 1997 for taking the steroid nandrolone to help recover from an ankle injury.The former lock was 26 years of age at the time, and already had four Springboks caps to his name, but was forced to rebuild his career after the ban.He spent the two years out of rugby working for the police, before a return to play for the Golden Lions, Cats, Griquas and Sharks in South Africa and the Northampton Saints in England. He would also play for South Africa again, becoming his country’s oldest ever player in 2007 at the age of 37, although that record has since been surpassed.Chiliboy RalepelleFormer Springboks hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle’s career has been chequered by drug bans and drug-related incidents.This first dated back to 2010, when at the age of 24 Ralepelle was suspended and sent home from the end of year tour for testing positive for methylhexanamine. This later turned out to have been supplied by South Africa themselves, so all charges did not stand.However, the 25-cap international failed a test again in 2014 while with Toulouse, which returned positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone. He was banned for two years, and his contract with the French giants was terminated.He made a return to rugby in 2016 with the Sharks, but the 33-year-old is now awaiting a decision after his hearing for another failed drugs test in early 2019, this time for the growth hormone Zeranol, which could result in a career-ending ban.Related viewing: Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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The Capers / RT+Q Architects


first_img Malaysia Projects Photographs “COPY” 2015 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/633637/the-capers-rt-q-architects Clipboard Save this picture!Courtesy of RT+Q Architects+ 20 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/633637/the-capers-rt-q-architects Clipboard Year:  CopyHousing•Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Architects: RT+Q Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project center_img Housing The Capers / RT+Q ArchitectsSave this projectSaveThe Capers / RT+Q Architects The Capers / RT+Q Architects ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeRT+Q ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingKuala LumpurHousingResidentialMalaysiaPublished on May 24, 2015Cite: “The Capers / RT+Q Architects” 23 May 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogVentilated / Double Skin FacadeTechnowoodClick Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownAcousticKvadrat AcousticsAcoustic Panel System in AMOREPACIFIC HeadquartersStonesCosentinoSilestone® Surfaces – Loft SeriesWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt PlazaTiles / Mosaic / GresiteLove TilesPorcelain Tiles – NestAluminium CompositesMetawellAluminum Panels for Interior DesignMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Double Lock Standing SeamStoolsWilkhahnOffice Stool – Aline-SBulbs / Spots / Wall LightsUniosHorticultural Luminaire – Kobe FloMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” Year:  2015 Photographs:  Courtesy of RT+Q ArchitectsSave this picture!Courtesy of RT+Q ArchitectsRecommended ProductsCompositesULMA Architectural SolutionsPolymer Concrete Facade in Sinafer HeadquartersSystems / Prefabricated PanelsKalwall®Pre-engineered StructuresFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panels – concrete skinMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapText description provided by the architects. The Capers is a mixed residential development comprising two 36-storey towers and two 5-storey blocks of residential apartments, rising from the piano nobile of a landscaped carparking podium. It is located amidst the suburban sprawl of Sentul, 5 km north of the Kuala Lumpur city-centre. It occupies 4.3 acres amongst various other land-parcels within the larger Sentul Masterplan. It is developed by YTL LAND under the leadership of Dato Yeoh Seok Kian — mastermind, risk-taker and visionary.Save this picture!Courtesy of RT+Q ArchitectsTHE AESTHETIC IDEAThe search for architectural form began from an interpretation of the site: its flat terrain and geography, and its rugged landscape of greenery and parks. The organic form of the towers drew inspiration from the soft billowing ‘lalang grass’ and weeds that grow wild in the area.Save this picture!Courtesy of RT+Q ArchitectsThe meandering and free form of The Capers complement, in a counter-intuitive manner, the shapes and rigorous geometry of the other tower blocks of Sentul, developed previously by YTL. While The Capers is a ‘relative’ amongst other YTL residential developments in Sentul (like The Tamarind, The Saffron etc), its playful semantics and naughty aesthetics can also be enjoyed literally as a caper — a prank — amidst the austere urban conditions of Sentul. Since the emergence of its form, it has garnered nicknames like ‘the crooked building’, ‘the up-ended battleship’, ‘the kris’, and ‘the bengkok building’ amongst taxi drivers, inquisitive passers-by and curious onlookers.Save this picture!Site PlanTHE PROGRAMMATIC AND URBAN DEMANDSThe vision was to create a new designed urban environment to stimulate urban revival and to provide about 500 units of mid-cost housing in Sentul. Conceived as part of a larger masterplan of buildings, bridges, parks, gardens and railroad corridors, The Capers is the high-rise residential counterpoint (in form and in usage) to a series of adjacent low-rise office and commercial blocks.Save this picture!Courtesy of RT+Q ArchitectsThe residential units consist of flats, maisonettes, penthouses, bridge units and townhouses designed around a forum of landscaping, greenery, water-features, swimming pools, pavilions and amenities like function rooms, gymnasiums, prayer rooms, childcare centres, playgrounds and  laundromats; in essence, it is a vital microcosm of a larger and mature urban context. The towers are oriented with views towards Batu Caves (the region’s tourist attraction of limestone cave temples) to the north and the Petronas Twin Towers (until recently the world’s tallest buildings) to the south.Save this picture!Courtesy of RT+Q ArchitectsTHE STRUCTURAL AND CONSTRUCTION CHALLENGEThe construction is borne out of a series of modest building methods, materials and structural design. For instance, the twists and turns of the building form is a result of simple laws of physics: as the floor-slabs are ‘pushed out’ every floor to sculpt the slanted profile of the tower, the building ‘knows when to turn back’ as gravity looms and common-sense prevails.Save this picture!SectionThe structural design is predominantly an interlocking series of reinforced concrete vertical shear walls and horizontal flat slabs. This rudimentary economy of its structure belies the challenges encountered, subsequently, on site. For instance, the jagged form of the towers prevent normal methods of hoisting, delivery and installation. Common construction methods were rethought and improvised.Save this picture!Courtesy of RT+Q ArchitectsMaterials like aluminium panelling and steel edge-detailing were deployed as a leitmotif to express a fresh aesthetic to the prevailing multicolour and plaster-and-paint Sentul experience. Details of metallic fins and edges were also incorporated to preserve proportions and geometry of the design.Project gallerySee allShow lessHigh School Monserrate / Marques Franco ArquitectosSelected ProjectsElastic / Garcia Tamjidi Architecture DesignSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Sharelast_img read more


Sham trial ends in two-year jail term for Cambodian fixer


first_imgThis is not the first time that Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government has tried to silence people who raise such issues. The American NGO Agape International Missions was banned from Cambodia in August 2017, one month after CNN broadcast a documentary on the child sex trade in Cambodia for which one of the NGO’s representatives served as guide. News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the withdrawal of all charges against Rath Rott Mony, a Cambodian fixer whose only crime was helping a visiting crew from the Russian state-owned TV network RT (formerly called Russia Today) to make a documentary about child prostitution in Cambodia. “The decision that is taken by Kao Sao, the judge hearing the case against Rath Rott Mony, will have major implications for the Cambodian justice system’s credibility,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. RSF published a report in October 2017 about fixers – “reporting’s unseen facilitators” –and the crucial role they play in enabling journalists to go much further in their reporting when in unfamiliar terrain all over the world. to go further “Unseen facilitators” December 28, 2020 Find out more It enraged the Cambodian government so much that Rath Rott Mony fled to Thailand to seek asylum, but was arrested by the Thai police in Bangkok on 7 December and was handed back to the Cambodian authorities five days later. RSF_en “Judicial sham” CambodiaAsia – Pacific Protecting sources Organized crimeImprisonedWhistleblowersJudicial harassment Help by sharing this information Organisation Rath Rott Mony is seen during his transfer from Prey Sarr prison to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for trial based on trumped-up charges. The verdict will be announced in one week (photo: Reuters). The prosecution case’s other big flaw is treating Rath Rott Mony as the documentary’s co-producer, a claim repeatedly denied by RT.  It was denied again in a recent email to the Cambodian embassy in Moscow from RT’s head of documentaries Ekaterina Yakovleva, who said he was hired solely as a “fixer and interpreter” and had no control over the documentary’s narrative. She also said RT had authorizations signed by all the people who appeared in it. Follow the news on Cambodia June 19, 2019 – Updated on June 26, 2019 Sham trial ends in two-year jail term for Cambodian fixer Cambodia is ranked 143rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Cambodian journalist gets 20 months in jail for livestream February 24, 2021 Find out more Described by the authorities as the documentary’s co-producer and accused by interior ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak of buying stories and broadcasting “fake news insulting the nation,” Rath Rott Mony is facing up to three years in prison and the possibility of being ordered to pay up to 50,000 dollars in damages to plaintiffs produced by the prosecution. RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall” Receive email alerts News Google experiments drop Australian media from search results “What with police manipulation of witnesses, disregard of the evidence and arguments submitted by the defence, and bias in favour of the prosecution, it is time to end this judicial sham and free Rath Rott Mony. His only crime was helping to shed light on a subject of public interest.” Rath Rott Mony’s wife, Long Kim Heang (left), told RSF her husband’s case is an act of intimidation against those who dare investigate issues the government deems forbidden (photo : Kann Vichelka / VOA Khmer).The prosecution’s case is based above all on the testimony of five persons claiming that Rath Rott Mony paid them to appear in the documentary. But the genuineness of these testimonies is questionable. Rath Rott Mony’s wife, Long Kim Heang, told RSF: “In my view, the people who filed complaints against my husband were clearly pressured or threatened into doing it. His arrest and the charges brought against him are just a way for the government to intimidate other media outlets, so that they don’t talk about undesirable subjects.” —————————————————————————-UpdateIn a shocking decision today, a Cambodian court sentenced media fixer Rath Rott Mony to two years in prison after convicting him of “incitement to discriminate.” RSF condemns this iniquitous conclusion to a sham trail and calls for his conviction to be overturned on appeal because of all the inconsistencies in the case against him. —————————————————————————-After being detained for more than six months, he is due to receive the verdict in his trial in one week’s time, on 26 June. The prosecution accuses him of “defaming Cambodia” by helping RT during the filming of “My Mother Sold Me,” a documentary that RT broadcast in October 2018. January 21, 2021 Find out more News CambodiaAsia – Pacific Protecting sources Organized crimeImprisonedWhistleblowersJudicial harassment Newslast_img read more


Deputy-Involved Shooting in Pasadena


first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday latest #1 Deputy-Involved Shooting in Pasadena Published on Thursday, March 14, 2013 | 1:52 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News center_img Community News More Cool Stuff Community News Los Angeles County plainclothes deputies working with the Pasadena police were fired upon by one of two suspects this afternoon in Pasadena, a police lieutenant said.About 12:20 p.m. authorities saw the suspects’ vehicle and at some point the suspect’s vehicle struck a deputy’s vehicle, said Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson.The suspects fled the location, abandoning their vehicle, said Clawson, adding that one of the two suspects fired at the deputies. One of the deputies fired back. It was not immediately known if a suspect was struck. No deputies were injured.Clawson said containment has been set up at Maple and Vista, leading up to Orange Grove. Traffic was being diverted for police activity.There is a large and continuing Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department presence on the Wilson Avenue Bridge across the Freeway at this time. As more is known, we will keep you posted. Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyLove Astrology: 12 Types Of Boyfriends Based On Zodiac SignsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more


Hospital Car Parking charges under scrutiny


first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Google+ Previous articleTory community demands seeks extension of current ferry contractNext articleMan detained after fatal collision is released pending DPP file News Highland By News Highland – March 12, 2018 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Twitter Facebookcenter_img Hospital Car Parking charges under scrutiny Homepage BannerNews Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Car parking charges at Letterkenny University Hospital are among the cheapest in the country for long term parking, but among the highest for visits of an hour or less.At both Letterkenny and Sligo, the charges operate on the basis of €3 for four hours, or a daily charge of €6.However, because there is no option to pay an hourly rate, the two hospitals are the fifth highest in the country for short visits.Graph published on www.independent.ieA comparative study published by the Irish Independent says nationally, hospital car parking charges are in excess of €1 million a month, with the irish Cancer Society calling for cancer patients and their families to be exempted from the charges. WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApplast_img read more


How UFO sightings have captured human imagination for centuries


first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(ROSWELL, N.M.) — For centuries, mankind has reported seeing UFOs in various parts of the world. The alleged sightings have captivated the public imagination and raised questions about life beyond our planet.Early cave drawings, ancient texts and centuries-old paintings appear to depict or describe human contact with extraterrestrial beings and UFOS, or unidentified flying objects. For instance, the 1710 painting by Dutch artist Aert De Gelder appears to show a UFO illuminating the baptism of Jesus Christ.In modern times, purported sightings of UFOs have captured headlines and newscasts worldwide. Most recently, media attention turned to an audio recording released by the Federal Aviation Administration in which two pilots flying on different aircraft above Arizona in late February — report having close encounters with a mysterious object.According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a “rash of sightings” of UFOs swept the United States in 1947, after World War II amid a heightened interest in aerospace flight and technology. The FBI says it helped investigate the claims between 1947 and 1954.“Although the newly formed U.S. Air Force was the primary investigator of these sightings, the FBI received many reports and worked for a time with the Air Force to investigate these matters,” the agency says on its website, where records of some of the reports are published.Perhaps the most famous incident took place northwest of Roswell, New Mexico, in the summer of 1947, when a foreman of a ranch came across mysterious debris, including metal rods and paper-thin, metallic-looking scraps. The man, William Brazel, reported the strange wreckage to the local sheriff, who contacted the nearby Roswell Army Air Field.Maj. Jesse Marcel and other intelligence officers were sent to recover the materials, according to the Roswell Daily Record.A public information officer for the Roswell Army Air Field then released a statement saying officers had retrieved a “flying disc,” which had crashed on the ranch near Roswell.Military officials later retracted the statement after investigating the debris, saying it was actually remnants of a downed weather balloon.“I am sure what I found was not any weather observation balloon,” Brazel told the newspaper in an interview in July 1947.Since the incident near Roswell, a number of non-governmental organizations were set up to investigate alleged UFO sightings. The Mutual UFO Network, founded in 1969, is said to be the oldest and largest in the United States. The Ohio-based nonprofit catalogs and probes cases of purported sightings from around the world.MUFON recorded 7,651 worldwide reports of UFO sightings in 2017, according to its database. It has more than 800 reports so far this year.The National UFO Reporting Center has been recording and investigating alleged sightings and contacts with extraterrestrials since 1974. People who have submitted reports to the Washington state-based group claim to have seen an unexplainable object, often making no audible sounds as it moves in the sky, emits beams of light or changes color.One woman reported seeing “small, metallic spheres in the sky” while looking out her kitchen window in Nooksack, Washington, in the afternoon of March 19. She thought they were birds at first until they began to weave through dark clouds and they reflected the sun, the woman said in her report to NUFORC.“As I watched the objects, I observed them moving up and down in and out of the clouds, as well as side to side,” she wrote. “Then they were gone. They disappeared into the clouds and I haven’t seen them since.”Speaking to ABC News late last year, retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. David Fravor described seeing a 40-foot-long wingless object during a routine training mission off California’s coast on Nov. 14, 2004. The former pilot recalled how the object flew at incredible speeds in an erratic pattern, though he said it had no exhaust trail in infrared scanning.“I can tell you, I think it was not from this world,” Fravor told ABC News in an interview in December 2017. “I’m not crazy, haven’t been drinking. It was — after 18 years of flying, I’ve seen pretty much about everything that I can see in that realm, and this was nothing close.”Fravor’s retelling of this bizarre encounter came after the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed to ABC News that it ran a program for investigating reports of UFOs for years. The once-secret program was funded from 2007 to 2012. According to The New York Times, the Department of Defense spent $22 million on the endeavor.“The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program ended in the 2012 time frame,” the Pentagon told ABC News in a statement on Dec. 16, 2017. “It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding and it was in the best interest of the DoD to make a change. The DoD takes seriously all threats and potential threats to our people, our assets and our mission and takes action whenever credible information is developed.”More recently, the Federal Aviation Administration released the audio recording of a conversation between air traffic control and two pilots on different aircraft who both reported having close encounters with a mysterious object flying high above southern Arizona within minutes of each other on Feb. 24.“Something just passed over us,” one of the pilots says to the Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center. “I don’t know what it was.”A spokesperson for the FAA told ABC News that the controller was unable to verify that any other aircraft was in the area at the time of the reported sightings.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


The energy expenditure of free-ranging black-browed albatrosses


first_imgAs heart rate (f$_{text{H}}$) can be used to determine the energy expenditure of black-browed albatrosses (Diomedea melanophrys) (Bevan et al. 1994), data loggers – recording f$_{text{H}}$ and abdominal temperature (T$_{text{ab}}$) – were implanted into free-ranging black-browed albatrosses breeding at South Georgia. Five birds also had salt water switches (sws) attached to one leg to record when the birds were on the water, and two others had satellite transmitters attached to their back to determine the birds’ position at sea. The birds were released into their natural environment and recaptured, on average, 23 days later when the data loggers were removed. The f$_{text{H}}$ data were then converted into estimates of energy expenditure (EE) using a previously derived equation. The mean EE during incubation and brooding were 2.22 and 2.42 W kg$^{-1}$, respectively. When the birds were foraging at sea, EE increased to between 4.63 and 5.80 W kg$^{-1}$, depending on the phase of the reproductive cycle. As the birds spent approximately the same length of time at the nest and at sea during incubation and brooding, the overall mean EE during these phases were 3.63 and 3.54 W kg$^{-1}$ respectively. These rates are significantly lower than that during the chick-rearing phase when a high level of foraging EE is maintained almost continuously. By combining information from the sws with the f$_{text{H}}$ data, it was possible to determine the EE of the birds when on the water (5.77 W kg$^{-1}$) and when flying (6.21 W kg$^{-1}$). These values are approximately twice the estimated basal metabolic rate (BMR) for the species. The energy costs of flight are half previous values, estimated using the doubly labelled water technique, because of the previous assumption that birds on the water have an EE equivalent to BMR. When the birds were on the nest, T$_{text{ab}}$ was 39.3 $pm $ 0.4 degrees C and this changed very little with time. However, when they were at sea, T$_{text{ab}}$ showed large variations, depending on the behaviour of the bird. Information from the sws indicated that all large drops (> 0.5 degrees C) in T$_{text{ab}}$ occurred when the birds were on water. The mean minimum value reached was 32.5 $pm $ 2.0 degrees C. It is likely that ingestion of prey or water are the major causes of this decrease. This is the first study to have used f$_{text{H}}$ extensively to determine the EE of a free-ranging marine bird. The advantages of using this technique are that data can be obtained over long durations with high resolution, permitting the EE of different activities to be estimated.last_img read more


Tokyo Marathon limiting race entry to elites only, citing coronavirus fears


first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailelectravk/iStock(TOKYO) — Tokyo Marathon organizers have closed the March 1 race to all participants other than elite athletes, due to the spread of coronavirus. “Tokyo Marathon Foundation have been preparing for the Tokyo Marathon 2020 (Sunday, March 1) while implementing preventive safety measures, however, now that case of COVID-19 has been confirmed within Tokyo, we cannot continue to launch the event within the scale we originally anticipated,” race organizers announced in a statement Monday. The foundation has dramatically reduced the number of runners who are eligible to participate to only “marathon elites and the wheelchair elites,” will be allowed to compete in what was previously expected to be a 38,000-person event.Prior to Monday’s announcement, the Tokyo Marathon Foundation asked participants from China to defer entry until 2021 due to the country’s Hubei province being the epicenter of the virus outbreak, ESPN reports. Now, the foundation is extending the option to defer entry to runners impacted by Monday’s announcement. Race participants who defer entry until 2021 will still be required to pay entry fees for that year’s event.As of Monday, China’s National Health Commission said it had received 70,548 reports of confirmed cases and 1,770 deaths on the Chinese mainland. Outside of China, there were 683 laboratory-confirmed cases in 25 countries and three reported deaths as of Sunday, according to the WHO, which would bring the global death toll to 1,775.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. February 17, 2020 /Sports News – National Tokyo Marathon limiting race entry to elites only, citing coronavirus fears Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more




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