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‘Nobody will come and nobody will go out’ – Man City rule out January deals

first_img Manuel Pellegrini 1 Manuel Pellegrini says Manchester City will not make any signings this month and has ruled out Wilfried Bony leaving the club.The City boss has been tipped to launch a move for a striker in the January window, with suggestions Bony could head back to his former club Swansea.But Pellegrini insists he is happy with his current squad, telling reporters on Friday: “Our squad is complete. Nobody will come and nobody will go out.“We have options until the last day, but at the moment, no news.”Bony has struggled to make an impact since his £28million move from Swansea last January and Sergio Aguero has regularly been sidelined by injury.But Pellegrini says he has faith in his current strikeforce and insists 19-year-old Kelechi Iheanacho has proved he is ready to take his chance when it comes.“Kelechi has been involved from the first game of this season. He’s in the squad because he’s important in that position,” he said.“It’s important for him that when he has the opportunity to play, to do it in the way he did in the last game against Norwich.“He’s the answer for a lot of questions that you asked before about whether we need to bring in another striker – the other striker is Kelechi.”last_img read more

Maradona leaves Federer in tears with emotional message calling him ‘the greatest’

first_img Hard to kill MAIN ATTRACTION Isaiah Thomas banned by the NBA after confronting fan for abusing him over a ‘Frosty’ Watch astonishing moment heavyweight out on his feet turns tables and floors prospect what? Tennis legend Roger Federer broke down in tears following an emotional message from Diego Maradona.The former Barcelona and Argentina star was invited to watch Federer, who is playing a series of exhibition matches with Alexander Zverev in a tour of South America, but could not make it.Instead, Maradona sent a video message, which was aired on the big screen as Federer was on the court, calling the 20-time Grand Slam champion ‘the greatest’. low blow Watch New York Jets quarterback get punched in the groin by opponent Tickets for McGregor’s UFC comeback fight sell out in only three minutes advisor Roger Federer welled up after hearing Diego Maradona’s praise Una de las perlitas de Federer de ayer: ¡Vio a un hincha sacar una foto y POSÓ PARA ÉL! 😂👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/2u5AajQ7bP— TyC Sports (@TyCSports) November 21, 2019 ‘His punch power is 10 out of 10’ – What it’s like to take a Deontay Wilder punch SHOCK Steve Harmison picks his starting XI for first Test against South Africa Meet Russian brute Evgeny Romanov, the only man to knock out Deontay Wilder line-up LATEST SPORT NEWS UPDATED ¡LOCURA POR ROGER!Federer firmó autógrafos, se sacó fotos y recibió el cariño de algunos de sus miles de fans que lo disfrutaron en Parque Roca. pic.twitter.com/UZ8lq9of9A— TyC Sports (@TyCSports) November 21, 2019 STOPPED “I think in 2009 I questioned it for the first time. [It’s been] ten years and here I am. I’m exactly where I wanted to be at this age.“It is a lot of work to stay. I expected to play until 35-36 and here I am, in a new dimension.”Federer is playing friendly matches with Zverev in Argentina, Mexico, Colombia and Ecuador in an attempt to bring more top level tennis to South America.There is no doubt he is the star attraction, receiving the kind of attention Maradona is accustomed to, while he also joked with a fan on court by posing for various photographs much to the delight of the crowd. Boxing schedule 2020, all major upcoming fights and results Sami Callihan: ‘once in a lifetime’ matchup with Tessa Blanchard Steve Harmison says James Anderson will help Jofra Archer develop as Test bowler El saludo de Diego Maradona para Roger Federer. Del más grande futbolista de todos los tiempos, al más grande tenista de todos los tiempos. pic.twitter.com/UAME8JaECU— TyC Sports (@TyCSports) November 20, 2019He said: “Hello master, machine, like I call you.“You were, you are, and will always be the greatest. There is no other like you.“I want you to know that if you have any kind of trouble in my country, you can call me and tell me what you need.”Maradona’s kind words left Federer in tears on the court.Despite being almost 40, the Swiss star insists he has no plans to retire soon.Federer said: “My retirement is going to depend on my health. At this moment I see no reason to stop. 1 Getty Images – Getty POWER last_img read more

Football Talk: Griffiths slams troll, Caixinha’s King dig

first_imgIt’s exactly a week until Christmas Day but unfortunately there is some bad feeling in the air.Leigh Griffiths has been subjected to more Twitter abuse being aimed at his children and had to publicly shame the troll for his vile comment.Meanwhile, former Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has had a sly dig at Rangers chairman Dave King by saying his new club Cruz Azul is “tremendously different” and he now has a much closer relationship with those behind the scenes.Elsewhere, Celtic’s unbeaten domestic run came to an end on Sunday and we have all the reaction to the historic Hearts victory.last_img

Carbury and Merville knocked out of FAI Junior Cup

first_imgEj’s Leading scorers: (10) Malachy Spratt St John’s FC (9) Ibrahim Savage Carbury FC (8) Mark Irwin Ballymote Celtic (6) Dermot Beggan Aughanagh Celtic Anthony Elding Arrow Harps Conor Davey Ballisodare Utd Gareth Kelly Carbury FC Lee Marshall Strand Celtic (5) Andrew Patton Ballisodare Utd Matthew Conlon Oates Strand Celtic Seamus Ryder Niall Walsh Manor Rangers.Sligo Pallets Premier League Strand Celtic were unable to grab their opportunity of putting pressure on Carbury at the top of the table in the Sligo Southern Hotel Super League. Their pitch at Strandhill was unplayable and the game reverted to Calry Bohs grounds at Hazelwood. On paper this was a banker for Strand flying high at the top of the leaderboard while Calry Bohs were languishing near the bottom. But Calry Bohs forgot to read the script and hammered home three goals courtesy of Paul Logan, Kevin Coen and Stephen McDermott while Matthew Conlon Oates scored a consolation goal for the sea siders.Leitrim kingpins Manor Rangers welcomed Aughanagh Celtic to the Bee Park Manorhamilton a win here for the home side would again put them up as major title contenders but they fell by the odd goal in five to a more eager and committed Aughanagh Celtic who scored with a goal each from Stephen and Bryan Craig with a third courtesy of Marc Keegan. Seamus Ryder and Niall Walsh were on target for Manor.Arrow Harps moved their game to Brother Walfrid Park and what a game it was with both sides eventually sharing the spoils in a cracker of a game. The big man Anthony Elding netting for Arrow Harps while Colin Duffy was on hand to fire home for Ballymote Celtic. Each side then scored an own goal that in the end seen them also share the points.St John’s welcomed Ballisodare United to the astro at Cleveragh and found themselves three goals in arrears at the break thanks to Andrew Patton Stephen Fallon and Simon Gilmartin all hitting the back of the onion bag for a rampant Ballisodare United. St John’s picked up the pace in the second half with Conor Brennan netting ten minutes into the second half. St John’s hit the crossbar three times but it was six minutes from time when Stephen Armstrong got their second but it was just to little to late as Ballisodare controlled their area and saw the game out to take three great points.in the Andrew Mullens Sligo Pallets Premier League Real Tubber continue their climb winning well away to a battling Coolaney United. Real Tubber were two goals up at the interval thanks to strikes from Brian Moran and Fabio Cretaro. Coolaney were right back in the game eight minutes into the second half when Johnathan Gilligan crashed home a superb goal. Things got worse for Real Tubber on sixty-five minutes when referee John Griffin gave Fabio Cretaro his marching orders. Coolaney were now pressing hard in search of that elusive equaliser but it was Real Tubber who struck with devastating effect five minutes from the end when Matthew Mulhern struck the all-important third goal that clinched the points for Real Tubber.Cartron United maintain leadership at the top thanks to the scoring prowess of Kevin Buckley who scored the only two goals of the game against a hardworking and talented Benbulben FC at the Institute of Technology Ballinode Sligo.North Sligo pace setters Cliffoney Celtic are keeping them under pressure hitting five without reply at home to Gurteen Celtic. Alan Harrison here in splendid form netting himself a fantastic hat trick with a goal each from Bartley Clancy and Eoin Hever.Chaffpool United were hosts to Dromore Villa in an exciting six goal thriller that at the end seen both sides share the spoils. The Pool scored with strikes from Kevin Gallagher Padraig Murtagh and Fergus Leonard while the Villa replied with a hat trick from Stephen Feeney that insured the young guns of Drome Villa a great point.In the FAI Junior Cup 4th Round Carbury FC went down by the odd goal three away to St Peters of Athlone after extra time while Merville United at home to last season’s Connacht Champions Ballinasloe Town were most unlucky. Going down to a penalty kick twelve minutes from time. Arrow Harps2 – 2Ballymote Celtic Aughanagh CelticvBallisodare Utd PWDLFAGDPts 9Coolaney United81251225-135 Manor Rangers2 – 3Aughanagh Celtic 3Manor Rangers84132021-113 Benbulben FCvGlenview Stars 6Glenview Stars73131310310 Chaffpool Utd3 – 3Dromore Villa 5Benbulben FC63121412210 Glenview StarsP – PMCR FC Merville Utd0 – 1Ballinasloe Town Sligo Pallets Premier League KO 11am FAI Intermediate Inter League (Michael Ward) Tournament – Connacht 2017Representative Team Manager John Loftus and his counterparts in Galway Gareth Gorman and Peter Carpenter take charge of the Connacht Representative Squad next weekend in Galway. Connacht play Munster Senior League on Friday the 17th November KO 7.45PM Eamon Deacy Park. On Saturday Connacht FA v Ulster Senior League KO 2.30pm Eamon Deacy Park. Sunday 19th KO11.30am Eamon Deacy Park Leinster Senior League v Connacht FA. We wish the management team players and staff every success.Results 12th November Sligo Southern Hotel Super League 10Ballygawley Celtic9027831-232 6Ballisodare United73222315811 St Peters FC2 – 1 Carbury FC 1Carbury FC66002461818 Cartron UnitedvCliffoney Celtic 10Dromore Villa5014826-181 Benbulben FC0 – 2Cartron United Fixtures Sunday 19th November Sligo Southern Hotel Super League KO 11am St John’s FC2 – 3Ballisodare Utd 11Gurteen Celtic6006233-310 PWDLFAGDPts Sligo Pallets Premier League 5Arrow Harps73221314-111 9Ballymote Celtic71331924-56 4Aughanagh Celtic83321716112 2Strand Celtic FC851228161216 Coolaney UtdvChaffpool Utd 7Real Tubber82151330-177 3Merville United66003292318 Arrow HarpsvSt John’s FC Strand Celtic1 – 3Calry Bohs Calry BohsvBallygawley Celtic 8Chaffpool United71241117-65 Gurteen Celtic0 – 5Cliffoney Celtic 2Cliffoney Celtic85303172418 8Calry Bohs92251722-58 MCR FCvGurteen Celtic 7St. John’s FC73041721-49 Coolaney Utd1 – 3Real Tubber 1Cartron United F.C.961232112119 FAI Junior Cup 4th Round Dromore VillavReal Tubber 4MCR FC44001311212 Tables 12th NovemberSligo Southern Hotel Super League Ej’s Leading scorers: (12) Ryan Mc Manus Merville Utd (10) Kevin Buckley Cartron Utd (8) Alan Harrison Cliffoney Celtic (7) Bartley Clancy Cliffoney Celtic (6) Gavin Mc Donagh Cartron Utd (5) Stephen Feeney Dromore Villa Tyler Stallard Merville Utd (4) Colin Feehily Cartron Utd Alan Mc Gloughlin Benbulben Niall Thomas Cliffoney Celtic FC Keith Carty Glenview Stars Ciaran Harvey MCR FC Joseph Cobbe MCR FClast_img read more

Customer Contract Revenue Recognition Accounting Method Change Provided (Rev. 2018-29)

first_imgThe IRS provided an automatic consent procedure for taxpayers changing to a new accounting method under standards issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). Recently, the FASB and IASB issued new standards for recognizing revenue from customer contracts.Revenue Recognition Accounting Method ChangeOn May 28, 2014, FASB and the IASB announced new financial accounting standards for revenue recognition (Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606)). Generally, a taxpayer recognizes revenue for financial accounting purposes when the taxpayer satisfies a performance obligation by transferring a promised good or service to a customer.Publicly-traded entities, certain not-for-profit entities, and certain employee benefit plans must adopt the new standards for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017. Moreover, all other entities must adopt the new standards for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018.Changing Accounting Method This procedure applies to a taxpayer that wants to change the way it recognizes income for federal income tax purposes to a new method under the FASB/IASB standards for:identifying performance obligations;allocating transaction price to performance obligations; andconsidering performance obligations satisfied.Further, a taxpayer may use the automatic change method only if its new accounting method is permissible for federal income tax purposes.In addition,the change must be made for the tax year in which the taxpayer adopts the new standards for financial accounting purposes, anda taxpayer may automatically make the change only in the taxpayer’s first, second, or third tax year ending on or after May 10, 2018.The taxpayer may make the change on a cut-off basis or with a Code Sec. 481(a) adjustment.Refiling Pending Method Change RequestsFurther, a taxpayer that filed a regular accounting method change request before May 10, 2018:may refile using the automatic change procedure if the application is still pending on May 10, 2018.must notify the national office it intends to refile under the automatic change procedures before June 11, 2018, or the issuance of a change determination letter.The IRS provides additional details in the guidance.Comments RequestedFinally, the IRS requests comments onfuture guidance that may be necessary as taxpayers begin to comply with the new standardsthe automatic change procedures andfuture guidance that may be necessary to help taxpayers comply with Code Sec. 451, as amended by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97).Rev. Proc. 2018-29 Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

The IT Skills Gap: Balancing Old and New

first_imgManaging the Changing IT Landscape: IT WorkforceIn IT, it’s never as simple as “out with the old and in with the new.” There’s no rip-and-replace strategy for PCs, servers, or people. Employee turnover and infrastructure upgrades happen regularly, and at a steady pace, to minimize disruption. Today’s advanced technologies are creating new opportunities to improve productivity and collaboration in the enterprise, but they’re also bringing challenges for IT workforce staffing. There’s a need to tap the younger, next-generation IT workers who have a keen understanding of Web-based and mobile computing along with social, yet balance that with IT veterans who have a deep understanding of legacy applications and systems. As many aging IT workers move onto retirement, they’re taking invaluable legacy knowledge with them. Without that insight, organizations run the risk of interrupting critical business processes as they transition to newer systems and applications. For IT managers, balancing the skill set of the old and the new might just be the key to success. Younger workers lead the way in socialLast month, I blogged about how younger workers are changing the status quo with a new way to work. A large part of that is social. Millennials were raised on technology; they’re accustomed to sharing information openly, and to them, social media is a way of life. They consider texting, IM, and even Facebook* as critical business communication tools. It’s a totally different approach.Mobile, social, and cloud continue to become an integral part of the enterprise, and there’s a critical need to manage and support the technologies—for IT and for the business. For example, within the business, social can improve collaboration, boost morale, and help speed decision making among employees. When applied externally with clients, it’s an opportunity to foster communication, generate customer relationships, and share insights and successes. And there’s no denying that younger workers bring critical social skills to the table. CIO.com examines the IT skills gap CIO.com publisher emeritus Gary Beach is in the midst of an interesting three-part series on the IT skills gap. The first segment   discusses whether a skills gap actually exists; the second segment looks at the gap in terms of education; and the third segment will consolidate Beach’s perspective on what it all means. In the series, CompTIA, a technology association focused on professional development, cites from a recent report that 93 percent of employers indicate there is an overall skills gap among their IT staff. So nearly all IT organizations are feeling the pain, but what does it mean exactly? The American Society for Training and Development defines the skills gap as the point at which a company can’t grow or execute its business strategy because it can no longer hire or retain the right people. It’s a big deal. And Beach explains that there are five key IT areas where companies are struggling with a skills gap: security, cloud, mobility, business analytics, and social media. It’s no surprise that cloud, mobility, and social show up in that list. I experienced this first hand when I was working on an Intel IT cloud computing implementation. New job roles were a key part of redefining service delivery. Today, I continually see the need to accelerate skill sets across our business and around the industry.  Where do you see IT skills gaps emerging that are critical to your business priorities, and how do you address them? Chris @chris_p_intel#ITCenter #ITSkillsGaplast_img read more

Breaking News: Archaeology Groups Oppose Proposed Arizona Land Swap

first_imgArchaeology groups are lining up against a proposal, currently being debated on the floor of the House of Representatives, to give a major copper mining company a large chunk of federal land in Arizona in exchange for private lands. The groups are particularly concerned that any mine built on the former federal land would destroy archeological sites near Oak Flat, a popular Arizona recreational area. The trade would be “a blatant giveaway of the nation’s public land to a single private stakeholder” and would set “a dangerous precedent,” William F. Limp, president of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) in Washington, D.C., argues with colleagues in a letter to lawmakers signed by eight archeology and historic preservation groups. The proposal (H.R. 1904) would swap U.S. Forest Service land about 112 kilometers south of Phoenix for an array of privately owned lands elsewhere in the state. Under the arrangement, initially floated in 2005, Resolution Copper Co., an offshoot of global mining leader Rio Tinto, would get about 971 hectares of land believed to sit atop a vast deposit of high-quality copper. The federal government would get about 2144 hectares in exchange, including 1214 hectares of ecologically important land along the lower San Pedro River. 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In particular, the trade carries no “assurances that priceless historic and cultural resources will be protected,” they write. The bill exempts the transfer from prior reviews under environmental and historical preservation laws, they note, arguing that conducting such reviews “after land has been removed from federal control is clearly too little, too late, and not in the public interest.” The House is expected to vote on the bill later this afternoon. ScienceInsider will be following the debate. The Senate has yet to take up a companion measure, which would be necessary for the swap to move forward.last_img read more

Few Low Grades at DOE Science Facilities as U.S. Prepares to Set Priorities

first_img Argonne National Laboratory HIGH-FLUX NEUTRON SOURCES Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee—ABSOLUTELY CENTRAL High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee—IMPORTANT Lujan Neutron Scattering Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico—LOWER PRIORITY NANOSCALE SCIENCE RESEARCH CENTERS Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee—IMPORTANT Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California—ABSOLUTELY CENTRAL Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratoriues [sic], New Mexico—ABSOLUTELY CENTRAL Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York—IMPORTANT Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) at Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois—ABSOLUTELY CENTRAL LIGHT SOURCES National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) at Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York—LOWER PRIORITY (closing 2014) National Synchrotron Light Source – II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York—(under construction)—ABSOLUTELY CENTRAL Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, California—IMPORTANT Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois—ABSOLUTELY CENTRAL Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, California—ABSOLUTELY CENTRAL PROPOSED UPGRADES/NEW FACILITIES APS upgrade—ABSOLUTELY CENTRAL LCLS upgrade—ABSOLUTELY CENTRAL Next Generation Light Source—ABSOLUTELY CENTRAL (but significant technical and engineering challenges remain before construction can be initiated) SNS Second Target Station—ABSOLUTELY CENTRAL (but significant technical and engineering challenges remain before construction can be initiated)center_img It’s a Lake Wobegon world when it comes to some big science facilities funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE): They’re all pretty much above average, a DOE advisory board said today. Lake Wobegon is the fictional town created by U.S. humorist Garrison Keillor “where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.” Today’s ratings of more than a dozen existing and planned DOE facilities—including nanoscience centers, x-ray and ultraviolet light sources, and neutron scattering devices—carried a similar skew. The evaluations came from DOE’s Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC), a 25-member panel that helps steer one of the six major research programs within the department’s $5 billion Office of Science. It was responding to a request from DOE science chief William Brinkman, who late last year asked BESAC and the five other advisory panels to help out with an effort to develop a 10-year plan that will set spending priorities for new and existing research facilities. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) In particular, Brinkman’s letter asked each advisory panel to consider how the facilities in their program “contribute to world-leading science,” and to place each into one of four categories: “absolutely central,” “important,” “lower priority,” and “don’t know enough yet.” He also wanted them to work fast, setting a 22 March deadline for responses. Today, BESAC took a big step toward meeting that target by approving its facilities ratings list, which had been developed by a subcommittee. The action came near the end of a 2-day meeting held in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Overall, the group rated seven of 13 existing BES facilities “absolutely central” for cutting-edge science. Four were rated “important.” And just two received the black mark of the “lower priority” ranking. However, one of the downgraded facilities, the National Synchrotron Light Source at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, is already scheduled to shut down in 2014 as its much bigger and better replacement is under construction next door. The other low priority facility, the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, is highly valued by researchers at other parts of DOE, committee members noted, but is of less importance to BES-funded scientists. The panel also looked at four proposed new or upgraded facilities that are in DOE’s pipeline; all were deemed “absolutely central.” (For a list of the ratings, see below.) The high rankings shouldn’t be a surprise, because the facilities have to go through an extensive and “very thorough” review and justification process to win federal funding, BESAC Chair John Hemminger, a chemist at the University of California, Irvine, tells ScienceInsider. “If the answer wasn’t: ‘Yes, these are world-class facilities,’ then the system was broken at some point,” he says. One thing the committee didn’t do, however, is say which of its children it loves the most. “We were specifically told not to rank things relative to each other, but look at each alone,” Hemminger says. Instead, Office of Science officials will do the ranking as it prepares the overall 10-year priorities plan. They will not only consider a proposed project’s scientific worthiness, Brinkman’s letter notes, but also its cost and readiness for construction. BESAC hopes to complete a full draft of its ratings list next week. The Office of Science’s facilities priorities plan is due on 30 September. How BESAC rated the facilities Absolutely central. A Department of Energy advisory panels says the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois is “absolutely central” to U.S. leadership in science.last_img read more

Corals tie stronger El Niños to climate change

first_img Kim Cobb and two team members, clad in black scuba gear, have been scouring the coral-studded seabed near the equatorial Pacific’s Christmas Island here for nearly an hour. Then Cobb emerges with a victorious “Yes!”A few minutes later, Cobb, a paleoclimatologist at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, dives back to the bottom and, from under a coral head, extracts the prize: two small containers encrusted with coralline algae. Inside are recorders of salinity and temperature that captured in excruciating detail the 2015–16 El Niño event, which brought a pulse of abnormally warm water to the tropical Pacific. The recorders showed that during the disturbance, which wreaked climatic havoc around the globe, the warming here set a record: 3°C above normal. The extreme warmth, Cobb says, reflected not just the natural El Niño cycle, but a new factor: global warming caused by human activity.As she will report next week at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, California, a detailed, long-term temperature record derived from corals on Christmas and other Pacific islands shows that over the last 7000 years, El Niños waxed and waned. Then, during the 20th century, with global warming taking hold, their intensity began to climb. The trend is likely to continue, boding ever more destructive El Niños, she says. “It’s yet another impact of global warming that we’d like to avoid.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, says Cobb’s temperature archive offers the first historical picture of El Niño and its changes. “It’s unique and gives a fascinating window into an otherwise totally obscure, but vitally important, part of climate history.”El Niños arrive every 3 to 7 years when winds fail in the tropical Pacific, allowing warm water to pool in the eastern part of the ocean. The oceanic warmth disrupts fisheries and can bleach and kill corals—85% of Christmas Island’s corals may have died in the latest El Niño, which ended in May. El Niños also trigger widespread floods and droughts that, during the extreme El Niño of 1997–98, caused $35 billion in damage and claimed an estimated 23,000 lives.Yet no one knew whether the gradual warming of the globe is intensifying these events, in part because records are short and spotty in the remote parts of the Pacific where El Niño hits hardest. To get the long view, Cobb and her collaborators gathered hundreds of lumps of old coral washed up on beaches on Christmas and Fanning islands (both part of the Republic of Kiribati) and the U.S. island of Palmyra. By applying uranium-thorium dating to the corals and measuring ratios of oxygen isotopes in their skeletons, her lab reconstructed ocean temperatures for much of the last 7000 years.During that time, Cobb says, “all kinds of stuff was going on in the climate, but it had no discernible effect on El Niño events.” But the corals, supplemented by sensors like the one Cobb recovered off Christmas, show that over the past century El Niño intensity has increased by 25%. “There is no century even remotely resembling the 20th in the record for at least 5000 years,” she says.Cobb’s finding is consistent with a 2013 study of tree rings suggesting that El Niño–related weather havoc has intensified across much of the globe in recent decades, notes Wenju Cai, a climate modeler at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Melbourne, Australia. But the tree ring record is too short, he says, to show whether global warming is to blame. Cobb’s 7000-year archive, in contrast, “clearly shows that 20th century El Niños are more extreme and intense than they were before the industrial era, and that points to global warming as a cause.”Eric Guilyardi, a climate scientist at the Pierre Simon Laplace Institute in Paris, hopes Cobb’s results will inspire others to develop similar temperature records elsewhere in the equatorial Pacific. “This will give us the spatial view needed to be sure El Niño is indeed changing.”Now, Cobb plans to push her temperature record into the future. “We’re now tracking 30 corals that have survived this latest El Niño,” she says. They’re waiting to record the next one—and even hotter seas to come. Corals tie stronger El Niños to climate change By Christopher PalaDec. 9, 2016 , 9:00 AM Alyssa Atwood Paleoclimatologist Kim Cobb samples coral, which preserves a record of water temperature in the ratio of oxygen isotopes in its skeleton.last_img read more

Indian women stand fourth in ICC cricket rankings

first_imgThe Indian women’s cricket team stands fourth in the latest ICC team rankings with the new innovative multi-format system brought into place. The new rankings system will incorporate the results of T20, ODI and Test matches and then come out with a single rating.Not surprisingly, Australia are ranked number one following its success in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 in India and the World Twenty20 2014 in Bangladesh. It also leads the ICC Women’s Championship, which is the qualifying tournament for the 2017 World Cup.England are ranked second in the 10-team table, 10 points behind Australia, followed by New Zealand (109), India (105), West Indies (99), South Africa (92), Pakistan (81), Sri Lanka (74), Bangladesh (57) and Ireland (26). Teams will be added to the table as and when they reach the required standard.The launch of ICC Women’s Team Rankings is part of the ICC’s long-term commitment to investing, giving incentives, promoting and publicising women’s cricket, which has already started to drive substantial increase in public interest and participation as well as a marked improvement in the standard of the international game.The world’s fourth-ranked batswoman and the Indian captain, Mithali, Raj said: “I am happy to know that the ICC has launched the ICC Women’s Team Rankings. There will now be added context when the sides play in bilateral series as victories will not only edge teams closer to the ICC Women’s World Cup but will also be rewarded in terms of improvement in rankings.”For India, the aim is simple and straight’ qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 and, in the meantime, top the rankings. It will be challenging but not impossible, and if we continue to work hard, I don’t see why we can’t achieve these objectives.” advertisementlast_img read more