Egypt withdraws from latest Nile dam talks

first_imgEgypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan through which the Blue Nile flows have been negotiating for the best part of a decade, but all the while the dam has been built. Ethiopia celebrated as the rains began filling the dam in June but the neighbors are concerned over people who depend on the river downstream. (BBC) Sudan’s Water and Irrigation Minister, Yasser Abbas, said he received a letter from his Ethiopian counterpart with the proposal. EGYPT has withdrawn from the renewed talks on the future of a giant hydropower project on the Nile River being built by Ethiopia. Sudan has also threatened to withdraw from the talks, saying Ethiopia is insisting on linking them to renegotiating a deal on sharing the waters of the Blue Nile. The latest standoff is over new filling guidelines proposed by Ethiopia. The Sudanese minister said Ethiopia proposed “the deal under discussion be limited to filling up the dam and any deal concerning its management be linked to the question of sharing Blue Nile waters,” AFP news agency reports.last_img read more

FORENSICS OFFICERS EXAMINE SCENE OF KILLYBEGS FIRE

first_imgA KILLYBEGS man had a lucky escape today after his house went on fire.Forensics officers are today trying to establish the cause of the blaze at the home on the Conlin Road in the town.Three fire tenders attended the scene after the alarm was raised shortly after 1am. A neighbour said: “The house is damaged but thankfully no-one was hurt.”Gardai have preserved the scene and are “carrying out routine enquiries” into the cause of the blaze. FORENSICS OFFICERS EXAMINE SCENE OF KILLYBEGS FIRE was last modified: January 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:killybegs firelast_img read more

Aliens Invade Science News

first_imgWhat are aliens doing in science news reports?  There is no evidence they even exist.  That has not hindered some scientists from speculating.  BBC News reporters Pallab Ghosh headlined an entry “Astronomers hopeful of detecting extra-terrestrial life,” and adorned it with a Hollywood-style alien corpse.  The article highlighted the optimism of Lord Rees, the president of the Royal Society and Astronomer Royal of Britain, who thinks we are getting close to discovering alien life.  And whatever the discovery shows them to be, “It would change our view of ourselves and our place in the cosmos.”    Frank Drake of SETI fame was also given very good press by the BBC News for finding nothing for 50 years.  Drake was praised for inventing an equation that, to evaluate, would require knowledge of several factors that are beyond observation or measurement.  Reporter Jonathan Amos focused on what our reactions would be if we discovered aliens.    New Scientist went even further and speculated on what aliens will look like.  Reporter Stephen Battersby acknowledged there is no evidence for “Tentacled monsters, pale skinny humanoids, shimmery beings of pure energy… When it comes to the question of what alien life forms might look like, we are free to let our imagination roam,” he said.  “The science-in-waiting of extraterrestrial anatomy has yet to acquire its first piece of data, so nobody knows what features we will behold if and when humans and aliens come face-to-face.  Or face to squirmy something.”  From there, various astrobiologists and origin-of-life researchers weighed in with their imaginative speculations.  Stephen Benner thought life might be built on alien chemistry.  Battersby speculated about life in our solar system.  “In our eyes, the Titanians might seem pretty laid back.  At around 93 kelvin, Titan’s seas are very cold and that makes chemical reactions super slow.” Dirk Schulze-Makuch (U of Washington) who said, “Things could be very slow-moving and slow-growing.  The lifetime of such an organism may be 10,000 years, or perhaps as much as a million.”    Battersby switched over to SETI and let his imagination run loose: “Even without knowing the details of their chemistry or habitat, it is possible to hazard a few guesses,” he said.  He used “convergent evolution” to speculate that aliens might look like us, and even put English words in their mouth. So if our aliens come from a planet with a range of habitats not too different from those on Earth, they might well have some of the same characteristics.  A well-lit world like ours would probably produce beings with eyes – so maybe a recognisable face after all.  And our cosmic correspondents would presumably need some manipulating organs to fiddle with the nuts and bolts of their technology.  They might even have hands, but then again why not a prehensile tail or a trunk instead?  “Maybe it’s an antenna, maybe a tentacle,” says [Lynn] Rothschild [NASA Ames].  “Maybe an octopus would look at us and think ‘How can you expect this organism to develop technology with its two clumsy front limbs?’”While we’re speculating, let’s not let empiricism get in the way.  They might even be machines; or “we might find tentacled monsters, pale skinny humanoids, shimmery beings of pure energy….”  At least we can take comfort in the probability that the aliens are green – that is, environmentalists.  The NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) tells us, for good or for ill, “Astrobiology Opens Pandora’s Box.”  Pandora has improved her reputation since the movie Avatar.  “Lisa Kaltenegger from NAI’s MIT team discusses exoplanets and science fiction with CNN World, noting that it’s likely many moons such as Avatar’s Pandora exist, and we’re that much closer to finding them with NASA’s Kepler mission.”  Actually, Pandora does exist.  It’s a little bitty moon inside Saturn’s F-Ring (see Planetary Photojournal).  But since this is an article about Astrobiology, the implication is that where big-world Pandoras of the Avatar kind form, Pandorans – environmentally-friendly sentient communicators – are sure to emerge.  Why?  Because evolution is a force throughout the universe.  Whether green sentient slime or general electric beings of pure energy, it good things to life.    For more on SETI speculation, see the 10/31/2009 entry. If this is New Scientist, don’t ask what New Rationality is supposed to be.  Can you imagine the reaction of these “scientists” if theologians or historians were to flip out in unsubstantiated imagination like this?  This is nothing but Darwinism, with all its silly concoctions like “convergent evolution” (01/26/2010) projected into space.  They call it “science-in-waiting.”  Gnomology could be called that, too (09/01/2009, 09/17/2008, 04/21/2008, and 03/16/2008 commentaries).  Let’s throw in alchemy, astrology and natural magic.  After all, no data are needed, and those “sciences” actually had more to work with.  While the alien hunters are speculating in Fantasyland pretending to be scientists, maybe they could tell us how many aliens made of pure energy could dance on the head of a pin.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Indian hockey captain Rani Rampal named flag bearer at Asian Games 2018 closing ceremony

first_imgIndia women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal will be leading the Indian contingent at the 2018 Asian Games closing ceremony at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta on Sunday.”Rani will be the flag-bearer for tomorrow’s ceremony,” Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra told PTI.Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was India’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony. Chopra went on to win the gold medal comfortably. Chopra managed a personal best throw of 88.06 to secure India’s first-ever gold medal in javelin throw at the Asian Games and the first medal in the sport since 1982, where India bagged bronze.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSMany of India’s 550-plus athletes have gone back home after the end of their respective events and the choice of the closing ceremony flag-bearer was based on the availability of the athletes at the Games Village.Its a matter of great pride for me to be the flag bearer of our contingent during the closing ceremony of Asian Games today. I would like to thank IOA @ioaindia @TheHockeyIndia for giving me this opportunity. pic.twitter.com/0NphaDCGd7 Rani Rampal (@imranirampal) September 2, 2018Skipper Rani led India to silver in the women’s hockey event, after losing 1-2 in the final against Japan. She led India to their first final in 20 years, scoring three goals in the tournament.READ – India take silver after losing to JapanHockey India congratulates @imranirampal, the Captain of the Indian Womens Hockey Team, who will be holding up the tricolour for the Indian contingent during the closing ceremony of the @asiangames2018 in Jakarta & Palembang on 2nd September. #IndiaKaGame #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/COoox6bf07advertisementHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) September 1, 2018India finished their Asian Games 2018 campaign with 69 medals including 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze. The 23-year-old, who is coming back from an injury, was in tears after the final even though it was not such a bad result considering the team had got bronze four years ago at Incheon.India surpassed their previous best ever performance at the Asian Games, of 65 medals, which they had achieved at Guangzhou in China back in 2010. India had won 14 gold, 17 silver and 34 bronze medals 8 years ago.READ – India sign off with best ever medal haul in their Asian Games historyIndia also equalled their best ever tally of gold medals by winning 15 yellow metals, emulating their 1951 New Delhi performance. Interestingly this was also India’s best in terms of silver medals won — 24. In the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi, India had managed 19 silver medals.In the Incheon Games 2014, India had won 57 medals (11 gold, 10 silver and 36 bronze).READ- India record best-ever medal haul: All the medalsMany international and Indonesian superstars will be performing at the closing ceremony, just like the opening ceremony. Superstars like Isyana Sarasvati, iKon, Ran, Denada, GIGI, Dira Sugandi, will take the stage.More than 10,000 athletes gave their best at the Asian Games 2018, winning medals for their respective countries. 465 gold medals were won by the athletes of 28 countries. 37 out of 45 participating nations were able to win medals at the Asian Games 2018. China finished on top of the medal tally with 132 gold medals.The ceremony will be live from 17:30 IST.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more