Indian women will bank on spinners in World Cup, says Mithali

first_imgMumbai, Jun 10 (PTI) Indian womens teams skipper, Mithali Raj, said today that the team would be banking on its spinners in the ICC World Cup, starting later this month, even though the event is being played in England and Wales and her team is armed with three medium pacers.”Honestly everybody prefers to have extra fast bowlers in the side. But India have always banked on spinners, irrespective of the wicket. Whether in Australia, South Africa (or elsewhere), spinners have done exceptionally well. The three fast bowlers have also been doing well in the past two series,” Mithali told reporters here on the eve of the teams departure.ICC Womens World Cup 2017 will held in England & Wales from June 24 – July 23.The first aim of the team, which has practised here in the Bandra-Kurla Complex of the Mumbai Cricket Association, in its quest to lift the Cup is to reach the semi-finals, said Mithali, who is the main batter.”We definitely want to win the World Cup. It is a great platform to show the kind of cricket the girls have been playing for the past couple of years,” said 34-year-old Mithali.”The format is different this time in this edition. Its a league cum knock out and is a long tour. I want the girls to take it one match at a time. Our first step would be to get into the semis,” said Mithali who, along with all rounder Jhulan Goswami (34), is the most experienced of the lot.advertisement”We are experienced players and we share our experience with the players. Now that it is the World Cup, a few seniors are aware of the pressure. We can be there for the juniors during the pressure situations. As senior players we can be around them,” she said.Rains have affected the conduct of the ongoing ICC mens Champions Trophy in England and could play spoil sport in the womens World Cup too.Asked about the weather being a factor, Mithali said in such situations the toss could become crucial.”Weather is definitely an important factor in English conditions. We will see and analyse weather report on a particular match day, whether there are chances of rain or not and accordingly chalk out team plan. Its early summer there and chances of rain are very much there, so toss is going to play a very important role.”We will see how we shuffle our batting order. And wickets are also important. But I am not able to say right now how we are going to prepare in those conditions. We already have witnessed (in the mens Champions Trophy) how teams are posting 300-plus targets in good sunlight conditions. We will also hope to get such days for our matches,” she said.Teams coach Tushar Arothe expressed happiness at the preparation of the unit and was of the opinion that the fielding has improved.”When I took over as a fielding coach in 2009 we started doing fielding drills regularly. Over a period of time they have improved. Against Bangladesh we won a couple of matches with our good fielding. Similarly in South Africa we took some brilliant catches as well as earned some wickets through run-outs. So I am hoping we will do well (in fielding) in the World Cup too”.The team will reach UK one week prior to the official warm-up matches. They will train at Loughborough MCC University and play a practise match against England women on June 13 before heading to Derbyshire for a camp.The team will be based in Derby and play two warm-up games against New Zealand (June 19) and Sri Lanka (June 21).Squad: Mithali Raj (Captain), Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Mona Meshram, Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, Sushma Verma, Mansi Joshi, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Nuzhat Parveen, Smriti Mandhana. PTI NRB SSR NRBlast_img read more

Asian Games 2018 Day 8 wrap: 3 athletics silver medals take India’s tally to 36

first_imgIt was a seven-medal day for India on Sunday at the Asian Games 2018 as they took their tally to 36. India are currently in the ninth position in the medal table with 7 gold, 10 silver and 19 bronze.The first medal of the day came for India in the equestrian event as Fouaad Mirza won a silver medal in the jumping final. His valiant effort also helped the Indian team bag silver in the same event.Mirza scored 26.40 points behind Japanese gold medallist Yoshiaka Oiwa, who scored 22.70. China’s Alex Tian Hua finished third with 27.10 points.In the team event, India, comprising Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik and Jitender Singh and Mirza, finished with 121.30 behind Japan’s 82.40 to get a silver. Thailand finished third with 126.70 points.Asian Games, Day 8: HighlightsMirza became the first Indian to win an Asian Games individual medal in the equestrian event in 36 years. Raghubir Singh, Ghulam Mohammed Khan and Prahlad Singh had won the gold, silver and bronze in the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi.Fouaad Mirza, Team India win silver medals in EquestrianFouaad topped the dressage and cross-country qualifiers with a score of 22.40 and went into the jumping finals as a favourite. In the medal round, he notched up 26.40 to bag silver in the three-day competition.What a day for India in athletics!In a Magnificent run, Indias Dutee Chand won SILVER medal in Women’s 100 m with a timing of 11.32sec.KUDOS to you Champion! #AsianGames2018 #KheloIndia #IndiaAtAsianGames Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 26, 2018India had previously won 10 medals in the sport, including three gold.advertisementThe last individual medal in eventing came in 1982 when Raghubir Singh finished on the podium in the Indian capital.TWO MEDALS IN BRIDGETwo medals came for India in the debut sport of bridge.India earned the bronze medals after the men and mixed teams lost their semi-final matches.India settle for two bronze medals in bridgeThe men’s team lost to Singapore while the mixed team suffered defeat at the hands of Thailand.Seems like a great day for the Bridge Team! Our Mens team wins a Bronze and so does our Mixed Team. Congratulations to the contingent. #AsianGames2018 Modi (@narendramodi) August 26, 2018There is no bronze medal play-off in bridge sport at the Games.The sport of bridge has been introduced for the first time in the Asian Games.ATHLETES SHINE ON SUNDAYHima Das shattered the 400m national record for a second time in two days for a silver while Dutee Chand grabbed the second place in 100m dash.Muhammed Anas clinched a silver in men’s 400m as well as Indian track and field athletes followed up the gold won by shot putter Tejinderpal Singh Toor yesterday.Muhammed Anas wins men’s 400m silverLong distance runner Govindan Lakshmanan crossed the finishing line at third in men’s 10,000m race but was later disqualified under IAAF 163.3b (lane infringement). He was initially shown to have clocked 29:44.91.India did lodge a protest against the decision to disqualify Lakshmanan but the jury of appeals rejected it.It was indeed a sensational performance by our 22yr-old star @DuteeChand who won a silver medal in the womens 100m with a timing of 11.32s.The whole nation rejoices in your achievement. #SAI #IndiaAtAsianGames #Athletics @afiindia @iaaforg #AsianGames2018 #KheloIndia (@Media_SAI) August 26, 2018India’s new track sensation, Hima clocked 50.59 seconds to win the silver, behind Bahrain’s Salwa Naser who won the gold in a new Games record time of 50.09 seconds.Hima Das wins silver in 400m with National RecordHima, the reigning Under-20 world champion, had qualified for the final with a national record time of 51.00 seconds yesterday, bettering the 14-year-old mark set by Manjeet Kaur (51.05) in Chennai in 2004, and she today bettered it again.Naser, the Nigerian-born 2017 World Championships silver medallist and winner of four legs of Diamond League Series this year, did not have to exert much in the end to clinch the goal.Another Indian in the women’s 400m final, Nirmala Sheoran finished fourth in 52.96.Dutee Chand wins silver in women’s 100m raceAsian champion Anas settled with a silver in the men’s 400m final as he timed 45.69 seconds, behind Asian season leader and 2017 World Championships bronze medallist Hassan Abdalelah of Qatar, who clocked in 44.89 seconds.Anas, who holds the national record of 45.24, had clocked 45.30 in the preliminary heats.Heres the #MedalTally at the conclusion of action today!With a total of 36 medals won by #India, were moving up the tally. #SAI #IndiaAtAsianGames #TeamIndia #AsianGames2018 #KheloIndia (@Media_SAI) August 26, 2018Arokia Rajiv finished fourth by clocking 45.84 which was better than his semifinals (46.08) timing.Dutee qualified for the women’s 100m final by clocking 11.43 in semifinal and two and a half hours later, she came out to run a memorable race.Running in lane number 7, Dutte clocked 11.32 seconds, a tad below her national record of 11.29 seconds.Dutee Chand delighted with Asiad medal after troubled pastOdiong Edidiong of Bahrain won the gold in 11.30 while Wei Yongli of China took the bronze in 11.33 in a close finish.The 22-year-old from Odisha was taking part in her first Asian Games. She was suspended by the IAAF in 2014 under its hyperandrogenism policy but she filed an appealed before the Court of Arbitration for Sports and won it.Recently, under a revised rule of the IAAF, Dutee was left outside the purview of the hyperandrogenism policy (which bars women athletes having male hormones above permissible limit from competing) which gave her liberty to pursue her career.Sindhu in semi-finals!A gritty performance from our star shuttler & #TOPSAthlete @Pvsindhu1 as she bt #THAs #NitchaonJindapol in 3 sets to reach her 1st #AsianGames SF in womens singles.#GoForGold #Badminton #SAI @BAI_Media #IndiaAtAsianGames #AsianGames2018 #KheloIndia (@Media_SAI) August 26, 2018SAINA MAKES HISTORYIn badminton, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal won their respective singles quarter-final match to assure two more medals for India.Asian Games 2018: India’s medal tally after Day 8First it was London bronze medallist Saina, who ended a 36-year-old wait for an individual medal after locking at least a bronze following a 21-18 21-16 win over world number five Ratchanok Intanon in a 42-minute quarterfinal.Rio silver medallist Sindhu then fought past world number 12 Nitchaon Jindapol 21-11 16-21 21-14 in the other quarterfinal.SARJUBALA ADVANCESIn boxing, former world silver-medallist Sarjubala Devi advanced to the quarter-finals but Manoj Kumar and Shiva Thapa were ousted after pre-quarterfinal losses.Sarjubala, competing in the flyweight 51kg category, defeated Tajikistan’s Madina Ghaforova 5-0 in a bout which was more gruelling than what the score-line might suggest.Govindan Lakshmanan loses 10,000m bronze due to disqualificationManoj went out after being bested by Kyrgyzstan’s Abdurakhman Abdurakhamanov in the welterweight 69kg category, while Shiva spent less than a minute in the ring before referee stopped the contest in favour of China’s Jun Shan in the lightweight 60kg category.INDIA REACH HOCKEY SEMISIn hockey, Defending champions India continued their unbeaten run and beat South Korea 5-3 in a pool match to storm into the semi-finals of the men’s hockey competition.India scored through Rupinder Pal Singh (1st minute), Chinglensana Singh (4th), Lalit Upadhyay (15th), Manpreet Singh (49th) and Akashdeep Singh (55th), while Korea’s goals came from the sticks of Manjae Jung (33rd, 35th) and Jonghyun Jang (59th).India were also assured of at least two more silver medals after its men and women’s team progressed to the final of the compound archery team events in Jakarta on Sunday.advertisementThe Indian men are the defending champions and they lived up to their reputation by getting the better of Chinese Taipei 230-227 in the semi-finals.The Indian women, who had returned with a bronze medal from Incheon four years ago, too, beat Chinese Taipei 225-222 in the semi-finals to progress to the gold medal match.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

70 percent of OSU fans think a healthy Daxx Garman should start

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! I’m in the minority here but I think I say stick with JW for now. I don’t really know why I’m saying that as it’s fairly clear that Daxx has the better arm — despite what Mike Yurcich thinks — but I guess I just know what I’m getting with JW against big-time teams.I don’t yet with Daxx — and while he’s got a good arm and seems more than capable of running the offense I’m not sure I want to spend the UTSA and Tech games finding out for sure.For example, what if Daxx starts against FSU? How do we feel like that game goes? I don’t think it’s a six-point game at the end. I mean, is there a human alive who thinks Daxx doesn’t get rattled and start forcing things down 17-0 against Florida State? Heck, I was rattled and I was sitting 300 feet from the field.Missouri State was a glorified scrimmage and while Daxx was good, I’ve seen JW go against Big 12 teams. And win.Here were my favorite comments from the poll:Troy: You forgot a healthy Rudolph.Luke: Ask the receivers the same question…T-Bone: I saw Daxx play one time. I saw a strong arm but I also saw him throw against the grain and off his wrong foot against an inferior opponent. His running ability looked very limited. If we were playing a better team, he may have done poorly.John Snyder: Can I vote neither?Shaniac: For once and only once, I actually agree with Jenni Carlson on this one. If we really run an Air Raid offense, then Daxx is the guy. If we run the offense that we ran with Zac Robinson, then JW is the guy.And let’s all appreciate this jewel of a comment:Evie Taylor: How is this good for our team? Doesn’t it cause division and doesn’t it undermine the coaches that have far more ability to make this call than someone who doesn’t watch them practice daily? And, what difference does it make when you are not the one making the decision of saying who should be running out every Saturday to lead the team. It only brings more negativity for the QBs to overcome when they see a fan base that doesn’t support them. I would think this is part of the reason Gundy protects them from the local media. It’s like a back seat driver who can’t see the road from the back seat but thinks he knows how to drive better than the one sitting in the drivers seat and then nagging the driver constantly causing him to not be able to focus 100% on driving the car.Maybe I don’t understand your blog but it seems to me to be so divisive. I am an OSU fan and I am supportive of whoever runs out there from week to week.Incredible.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. QuarterbackPercentage USATSI_8063984_154512258_lowresOn Tuesday I threw out a poll on which quarterback you think should start if both are healthy.Here are the results after nearly 800 votes:center_img Healthy JW Walsh28 percent Healthy Daxx Garman72 percentlast_img read more

Credits Awarded for Student Learning Outside of School

first_imgNova Scotia high school students may soon be eligible to earn academic credit for successfully learning a new language, developing skills to save lives, or by becoming better citizens through a leadership program. The Department of Education plans to introduce a policy next year that will recognize the value of student learning outside the public school system. Under the proposed External Credentialing Policy, high school students would have the opportunity to earn one elective high school credit from a number of high-quality, nationally recognized courses and programs that promote student leadership and achievement in languages and arts. “This is all about enhancing opportunity for our students,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “The public school program offers many wonderful electives that meet the needs of our students, but we also recognize that there are other quality programs offered outside of schools that also provide students with great learning experiences.” Six provinces award one or more high school credits for courses and programs offered by external providers, in the areas of leadership, language instruction and arts. The list of programs and organizations that would be recognized by the Nova Scotia Department of Education include: Leadership: Languages include: Italian, Greek, Hebrew, Lebanese, Mandarin, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Korean and Farsi. All external courses or programs would have to be approved and meet standards set out in the department’s Essential Graduation Learnings. External programs cannot replicate courses taught in school. The public is invited to offer input into the final policy. The draft, External Credentialing Policy Discussion Paper and questionnaire is available online at . The deadline for written submissions is Friday, Feb. 8. The Company Program, Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia Air Sea and Army Cadet programs, Canadian Cadet Organization 4-H Leadership Development Program, 4-H Nova Scotia Sport leadership programs, Sport Nova Scotia St. John Ambulance National Lifeguard Service Instrumental Music and Voice, Royal Conservatory of Music Ballet, modern, jazz and culture specific dance forms, Dance Nova Scotia Youth Performance Company, Neptune Theatre Arts:last_img read more

Bill Clinton To Match Every Dollar Donated To Clinton Foundation This Week

first_imgUntil midnight on June 17, Bill Clinton will match every dollar donated to the Clinton Foundation.“Nothing we do is more powerful than changing a life, ” he wrote to supporters. “That’s why I need your help.“The Clinton Foundation is working every day to find lasting solutions to the world’s greatest challenges – providing families with a sustainable path out of poverty, helping communities fight the effects of climate change, increasing opportunity for women and girls, and reducing the prevalence of preventable diseases and childhood obesity.“All of our initiatives are based on our belief that when we empower individuals, we create lasting change.“And once we find a solution that works, we scale projects by bringing together partners, removing barriers, and taking action. But it is only with your support that we can transform more lives and communities from what they are today to what they can be tomorrow.“Donate $5 or more today, and I will personally match every dollar you give – up to our goal of $100,000 – before June 17.“Your gift will go twice as far: When you give $5, it’ll become $10. $10 will become $20, and $25 will become $50. And no matter what you give, that adds up to more lives changed.“I believe that together we can accomplish more than any of us can on our own.”To make a donation, click here.last_img read more

Transferred police personnel assume duty

first_imgKolkata: In a major reshuffle in the IPS rank, the state government awarded posting to four IPS officers including the then Commissioner of Police(CP) of Kolkata and Bidhannagar who were removed by the Election Commission on Friday late night. Jayanta Kumar Basu, who was serving as Director, Directorate of Economic Offences, was appointed as ADG, Establishment. On Friday, the Election Commission had removed CP Kolkata Anuj Sharma and CP, Bidhannagar, Gyanwant Singh from their respective posts along with two IPS officers holding the post of Superintendent of Police (SP) in Bolpur and Diamond Harbour police district respectively. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to the order published on Saturday by the state Home & Hill Affairs department, Anuj Sharma has been posted as the Additional Director General (ADG), Operations, whereas Gyanwant has been posted as the Director of the Directorate of Economic Offences in the rank of ADG. Apart from the two top cops, SP Diamond Harbour S Selvamurugan has been transferred to the post of Commandant (CO) of State Armed Police (SAP), 6th Battalion. Avvaru Rabindranath who was posted in Bidhannagar Police has been made SP Birbhum replacing Shyam Singh who has been transferred to CO, SAP 13th Battalion. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMeanwhile, as per the EC order, Rajesh Kumar took over charge as Kolkata CP and Natarajan Ramesh Babu assumed charge as CP, Bidhannagar on Saturday afternoon. Kumar, after taking over charge, said he would ensure conductance of free and fair elections in the state. “Kolkata Police is a prestigious unit and its system is unquestionable. Several steps have already taken by the Kolkata Police which are very good and effective,” he added.last_img read more

PM Modi greets Widodo on reelection as Indonesian president

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted Joko Widodo on Tuesday for his re-election as the Indonesian president, saying he looked forward to working with him to further deepen the bilateral partnership. Widodo was re-elected as the leader of Indonesia, the third-biggest democracy in the world, on Tuesday. “Heartiest congratulations @jokowi on your re-election! As two large democracies, we take collective pride in successful celebration of democracy. We wish you and people of Indonesia all success under your dynamic leadership,” Modi said in a tweet. He added that as the two nations marked seven decades of diplomatic relationship, “I look forward to working closely with you to further deepen our bilateral Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.”last_img read more

North American markets end higher as investors turn spotlight on Greek election

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market held onto most of its gains Friday on optimism that central banks are prepared to respond to the outcome of the Greek election this weekend, if required.The sentiment buoyed markets around the globe as well after the president of the European Central Bank said it would continue its “crucial role” of making sure the financial system has sufficient cash.The S&P/TSX composite index moved ahead 58.48 points to 11,524.90, up 0.2% for the week. The TSX Venture Exchange slipped 1.31 points to 1,251.02.The Canadian dollar was up 0.15 of a cent at 97.83 cents US.[np-related]Concerns have been growing over the elections in Greece on Sunday and whether Athens will be forced to leave the euro currency union if the elected party doesn’t support the tough austerity terms of the country’s financial bailout package. Greece’s exit from the euro could have a widespread impact on other European countries.Bob Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse, suggested that if any swift action is needed, the central banks are likely at the ready.“You don’t want to let the market see you blink. You could see tremendous monetary support, whatever fashion necessary, right out of the chute in the wake of any need,” he said in a phone interview from Saskatoon, Sask.“It may be one of those situations in which having sold on the rumour you don’t get a lot more selling on the news.”On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average was ahead 115.26 points at 12,767.17.The Nasdaq composite index rose 36.47 points to 2,872.80 and the S&P 500 index added 13.74 points to 1,342.84.On the TSX, metals and mining stocks rose 1.7%, with Sherritt International (TSX:S) up seven cents to $4.91.The information technology sector was 1.7% higher, partly on a five per cent gain in stock of Research In Motion, which was up 56 cents at $11.17.The energy sector gained 1.8% with the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closing 12 cents higher at US$84.03 a barrel, which is about flat with a week ago.July copper was up about three cents to US$3.38 a pound, while August gold shifted $8.50 higher to US$1,628.10 an ounce, ending the week up per cent. A series of Canadian data provided some insight into the domestic economy.The Canadian Real Estate Association reported that the number of homes sales last month fell 3.1% compared with April, but remained up from a year ago. Still, the organization updated its forecast for the year to see average home prices rise by 2.2% to $370,700 compared with an earlier expectation that they would fall 1.1%.Statistics Canada reported that manufacturing sales fell 0.8% in April to $49.1-billion, marking the third decline in four months, driven in particular by the aerospace product and parts industry and by the petroleum and coal products sector.“The economic stats here or south of the border, while mixed, continue to show the sort of modest growth that we’ve written and talked about ad nauseam for the past year and a half,” Gorman said.“It’s important to bear that in mind because we are very much focused on some of these macro issues emanating out of Europe, but we continue to make decent progress here in North America, and I think that will likely continue to be the case.”In Europe, markets have been focused on the Greek election on Sunday.The Bank of England and the U.K. government said they stand ready to offer up to 140 billion pounds (US$217-billion) in cheap loans to lenders that might have trouble raising money from credit markets, which could tighten up if results of the Greek elections spook investors.The European Central Bank, meanwhile, continues to offer unlimited amounts of cheap short-term loans as well, even though its chief, Mario Draghi, has warned that European governments need to make bold decisions to shore up confidence in the euro.Draghi said Friday that the ECB has supported banks against the ongoing debt crisis with $1-trillion ($1.26-trillion) in emergency credit to banks and that now it was the turn of governments to act.Germany, however, is reluctant to accept any big moves that might cost Berlin more money, such as jointly-issued eurobonds. Any solutions would be announced at a June 28 summit of world leaders.Bombardier Transportation (TSX:BBD.B) says it has signed a deal worth up to $1.6-billion to supply San Francisco with new rail cars, the latest in a string of major contracts signed with U.S. customers. Its shares gained 2.6% to $3.91.Heading into next week, investors will look to the U.S. Federal Reserve to provide an indication it is willing to provide another round of stimulus to help a slowing economy. The Fed makes its next interest rate announcement Tuesday.The Canadian Press read more

Pan Am torch relay begins

The Pan Am torch relay started Saturday.The flame arrived Saturday afternoon at Toronto’s waterfront despite the heavy rain and thunder.Its 41 day journey across Canada has begun.There was a delay because of a heavy downpour but that didn’t stop people from gathering along the waterfront to watch. Many cheering when the flame made it to shore.It was carried in a float plane that touched down on Lake Ontario before being handed off and carried ashore in a canoe.It arrived in Toronto from Mexico where the games were last held. Olympic Gold Medalist Rosie Maclennan was the first official torchbearer.It will then be back in Toronto on July 5th and will conclude with the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony on July 10th. read more

Report says Kitimat BC airshed can accommodate oil gas smelter industries

Report says Kitimat, B.C., airshed can accommodate oil, gas, smelter industries VANCOUVER – Kitimat’s air, water, land and residents can handle prospective oil, gas and aluminum industry expansions in the area, says a British Columbia Environment Ministry report released Friday.Environment Minister Mary Polak said the government-funded, independent report concludes that with the proper management, Kitimat’s airshed can safely accommodate industrial growth.Polak said as long as companies use world-leading emission standards, sulphur and nitrogen oxide levels will be significantly reduced and industrial expansion can be managed.The airshed assessment looked at Rio Tinto Alcan’s existing smelter and its upgrade project, a proposed oil refinery, four proposed liquefied-natural-gas facilities, the BC Hydro gas turbine facility, and the predicted increase in marine shipping.“The study tells us that with proper management there is significant capacity in the Kitimat airshed to safely accommodate industrial growth, while still protecting human health and the environment,” said Polak at a news conference. “This report is helping shape management strategies to protect air quality, human health and our overall environment.”Scientists and environmentalists have expressed concerns about emissions from the proposed LNG plants in Kitimat, which is located in a tunnel-like valley, near Douglas Channel, and off the north coast.Last fall, SkeenaWild Conservation Trust, an environmental organization concerned about wild salmon, released a report that estimated three proposed Kitimat LNG plants will burn 2.5 times more natural gas than is consumed in Metro Vancouver annually.The Liberal government provided $650,000 last October to study industrial development in the area and the potential impacts of air pollution.That prompted Prof. Douw Steyn of the University of B.C.’s earth, oceans and atmospheric sciences department, to state that business, government and the community must have a better idea of the area’s environmental capabilities before massive development occurs.Clean Energy Canada spokeswoman Merran Smith said burning natural gas to make LNG elevates levels of air pollutants that create acid rain and worsens asthma and respiratory illnesses.Smith said Kitimat’s pollution problems would be greatly reduced if the government required the proposed LNG plants to use electric power instead of natural gas.“If the industry moves forward with proposals to build gas-fired LNG plants in Kitimat, more people are at greater risk of getting sick more often,” said Smith in a statement.“Proponents can largely eliminate this threat — reducing air emissions by 70 per cent — by powering their plants with electric drives running on locally generated, renewable energy. Industry needs to step up to the plate. Kitimat already has a smog problem. There is simply no need to make it worse.”Polak said the study focused on nitrogen and sulphur oxide emissions and did not examine potential greenhouse gas emissions associated with the proposed LNG plants. She said plans to measure and control GHG emissions associated with global warming will be in other government reports and initiatives, but she did not elaborate.The airshed report examined potential health and environmental impacts in the area surrounding Kitimat, Kitamaat Village, Gitg’at, Hartley Bay and Terrace.Polak said the report found low environmental impacts associated with nitrogen dioxide levels, but some increased levels of sulphur dioxide soil contamination and the potential danger of acidification in seven of the area’s more than 300 lakes.B.C.’s lone Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver said the study indicates that increases in sulphur and nitrogen oxides will create human-health hazards.He said the government is trying to protect its LNG goals by downplaying the report’s findings.“They are trying to paint what is actually a dire conclusion in good light to avoid undermining their LNG dreams,” Weaver said in a statement.“The study undeniably concludes that if you put four LNG plants into Kitimat you will have critical impacts on human health.” by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 18, 2014 12:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Sony demos flexible epaper at SID 2011

first_imgIf all you want to do is read lots of books on the go, then choosing an e-reader over a tablet brings with it a few key advantages. E-readers are thinner and their batteries can last 10,000+ page turns, or over a month in general usage. But just like tablet devices, they remain rigid in a plastic or metal casing.Sony looks set to change that fact by introducing a flexible form of e-paper. The new display was on show at the SID International Syposium, Seminar & Exhibition in Los Angeles last week. It uses an organic TFT coupled with peri-xanthenoxanthene for the semiconductor layer. Spin coating is then used to create the finished e-paper ensuring very thin, even film layers that allow for flexibility without compromising the surface or components in the display.AdChoices广告The e-paper on show was not color, but outperformed current e-reader displays in both size and resolution. Sony used a 13.3-inch sheet that has a resolution of 1,600 x 1,200 and can be bent to a “curvature radius of 5mm.” Such a curvature allows the display to be almost folded over.Read more at Tech-On!Matthew’s OpinionE-readers have a number of ways they can be improved in future models. Color is probably the most desired feature, but also larger and thinner affordable devices would be high on a user’s wish list. This e-paper from Sony may go one step further, though, and remove the rigid casing from such devices.Scaling the Kindle, Nook, or Reader up to 13-inches would require reinforcing the casing and would require a larger case or bag to carry it around in. With this flexible e-paper you could roll it up when not in use instead. That not only protects the screen, but also makes for a much smaller device to carry in a bag.If Sony can get this flexible display showing color then they are certainly on to a winner. The only question that remains is whether it can be produced for around the same price as current e-paper displays?last_img read more

Greek Australian academic at the forefront of addressing domestic violence

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Just last week in Australia six women were killed in a matter of seven days. So it’s fair to say that the appointment of the Respect Victoria board, an independent family violence authority, couldn’t be timelier.Created under the Prevention of Family Violence Act (2018), the agency’s focus is on addressing and preventing all forms of family violence, including that against women, men, children, youth, elderly, people with a disability, LGBTIQ, and from CALD background. Led by Chairperson Melanie Eagle, amongst those appointed on the board last week was Greek Australian Liana Papoutsis.Aside from her extensive CV as a highly experienced human rights, international relations and law academic, Ms Papoutsis also brings her own first-hand experience of domestic violence to the table, an invaluable insight when talking about prevention as highlighted by the Royal Commission into Family Violence in March 2016.“I think it’s vital to have the lived experience in such bodies,” she told Neos Kosmos.“Often people with lived experience are really in the best place to identify the gaps … I think that it speaks volumes about where Victoria is headed in the way it deals with prevention.”What makes Respect Victoria particularly promising from the get go is that after 18 months of lobbying, it has been made an independent statutory authority.This ensures the agency will have the authority to hold both government and the Victorian community to account on taking action to stop violence before it starts, while also having sustained funding – meaning longevity, which Ms Papoutsis says is extremely important when it comes to prevention.“Prevention is a long-hauled generational type endeavour. It’s not ‘hey we can put these messages out and tomorrow it’s all going to stop’, which would be utopia. But that is not going to happen,” she says, likening it to the Quit campaign, which has been going for 25-30 years, and has only been seeing real results in recent years.Family violence is an increasing issue in Australia, and Ms Papoutsis says that research indicates that it is largely underpinned by gender inequality.“The evidence base is overwhelming,” she says. “Basically it’s sort of things like where people condone gender stereotypes, that the female should be this and the man should be that, and when there’s that rigid adherence to those stereotypes and they don’t call it out, that is clearly a problem.”With Australia considered a highly patriarchal society, Ms Papoutsis says this prejudice is something we see clearly played out in many areas of society, from simple things like who does the cleaning up to the gender pay gap and the global movement of #MeToo. In fact children are already ingrained in gender stereotypes well before they even get to school.“We see it in everyday society: the pink, the blue, the cars, the dolls. Which is fine; it’s not an issue about what a little boy or girl is playing with. It’s about choice for children, and it’s about not shoving preconceived ideas down their throats of ‘if you’re a boy be a man, you’re not supposed to cry’ and ‘if you’re a girl you’re supposed to be fluffy and pretty and soft’. These are the things we need to smash,” she says.Family violence is one that touches all communities, regardless of socio-economic status. When it comes to the Greek community, which is undoubtedly also heavily patriarchal, she says the main problem is the lack of dialogue surrounding the matter.“We’re not talking about family violence much, whereas in more mainstream community we are. What I’d like to see in the Greek community is a lot more discussion about it,” she urges.“Early migrants from the 50s and 60s, a lot of women in those particular age groups suffered for many, many, many years in silence. Unfortunately they had nowhere to go, there were no resources for those women – in fact there were hardly any resources for any woman, let alone one from a CALD background.”But Ms Papoutsis says things are slowly, but surely, changing thanks to younger generations being made more aware.“What we’re seeing now is a trend whereby these women are now older, and they’ve got adult children who are saying ‘hey you’ve put up with this for so long, you need to get some protection’. We’re seeing a lot of women now in their 60s going to court and obtaining family violence intervention orders against their current husbands after 40 years of marriage for example.”In reference to the Family Violence Protection Act (2008), Ms Papoutsis says it’s important to remember the definition of family violence goes well beyond the physical, and can be anything from economic control, isolation from family and friends, and emotional/psychological.Ms Papoutsis is unreservedly committed to what she refers to as “life’s work”.Aside from her prevention work being key to breaking the cycle of intergenerational trauma in children, and being a positive role model for her own child, she says it is a chance to fully acknowledge that everyone’s experience of family violence is tinted by lenses of culture, gender and sexual identity – something she realised through her own experience of family violence when seeking help.“As a Greek Australian woman it is an opportunity to bring out the voices of Greek women, not just of the older generation, but also women just like myself who were born here but didn’t really fit anywhere,” she explains.“I didn’t fit in the mainstream, I didn’t fit in the newly arrived communities, and I sort of kept falling through the cracks because it was difficult for the services to understand the lived experience of a Greek Australian woman. I still had the cultural nuances on my shoulders.“That’s one of my aims – to be able to reach out and bring diversity to the table of prevention, not just from my own perspective, but understanding my own diverse background and bringing other diverse perspectives into the room.”For more information, visit read more

Watch SpaceX Launches CRS18 Mission to the Space Station

first_imgStay on target SpaceX is ready for its CRS-18 mission: A used Falcon 9 rocket will launch a previously flown Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) on July 24 and you can watch all the action online.Tonight, at 6:24 p.m. EDT, the CRS-18 mission will take off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, reported. Approximately 9 minutes after liftoff, the Dragon cargo spacecraft will split from the Falcon 9 rocket’s second stage and it’s expected to attach to the ISS on Friday, July 26. You can livestream the CRS-18 mission launch on NASA’s webcast, which will start at 6 p.m. EDT or SpaceX’s webcast, which is expect to begin around 6:09 p.m. EDT.The CRS-18 mission is an important one for NASA and SpaceX: The flight is delivering almost 5,000 pounds of supplies to the ISS. Critical supplies and materials part of the payload will be used for more than 250 science and research investigations that will take place for Expedition 60 and others, according to a NASA press release.Here are just some of the experiments scheduled to head to the @Space_Station tomorrow aboard the @SpaceX #Dragon : #NASASocial— ISS Research (@ISS_Research) July 23, 2019In addition to sending these critical supplies and materials, the Dragon cargo spacecraft’s unpressurized trunk is transporting the International Docking Adapter-3 (IDA-3), which will be installed at the ISS and provide the orbiting laboratory with two common ports that will expand opportunities for vehicle visits, including new spaceships designed to ferry humans for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.What’s the status of today’s 6:24pm ET @SpaceX launch to our orbiting laboratory? Tune in to NASA TV starting at 10am ET to get the latest update from the experts. Watch: Have questions? Use #askNASA— NASA (@NASA) July 24, 2019The Dragon cargo spacecraft is expected to dock at the ISS on Friday, and it will be welcomed by NASA astronauts Nick Hague, Christina Koch, and Andrew Morgan. With the ISS’ robotic arm, Hague will grab the Dragon cargo spacecraft, while Koch will provide backup assistance. Morgan will help monitor telemetry during the Dragon cargo spacecraft’s approach. Once the Dragon cargo spacecraft is captured, mission control in Houston will send ground commands for the ISS’ robotic arm to install it on the bottom of the ISS’ Harmony module.Forecasters with the @45thSpaceWing predict a 30% chance of favorable weather for tomorrow’s 6:24pm ET launch of @SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Get more details:— NASA (@NASA) July 24, 2019If the weather does not cooperate, a backup launch opportunity for the CRS-18 mission will open on Thursday, July 25, at 6:01 p.m. EDT. As of now, NASA predicts that the weather will cooperate for tonight’s massive launch.More on’s Starhopper Survives Rigorous Static-Fire Test in TexasSpaceX: Leaky Valve Culprit in April Crew Dragon Explosion Watch: SpaceX Is Launching a Falcon Heavy Rocket Tonight ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas last_img read more

Strowman vs Zayn and Rusev vs Big Cass added to WWE Roadblock

first_img Google+ Former WWE star Big Cass reportedly has incident at WrestlePro Event in New Jersey Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp December 13, 2016 at 2:17 pm Twitter 2 COMMENTS Alexandru Videos Articles Joey Janela comments on backstage incident with Big Cass at WrestlePro Event Pinterest Videos Articles Comments are closed. WrestleMania: SNL Weekend Updates Michael Che And Colin Jost Got Strowman WWE’s Kevin Owens Scheduled For Surgery Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR I imagine Strowman defeats Zayn and then beggins his feud with Samoa Joe…center_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins WWE And WrestleMania 34 Bring New Orleans A Big Payday Roman Reigns During tonight’s 12/12 WWE RAW from Philadelphia, Braun Strowman vs. Sami Zayn and Rusev vs. Big Cass were both added to the card for WWE Roadblock this Sunday.Rusev vs. Big Cass is being advertised part of the Roadblock Kickoff..@RealMickFoley says THIS SUNDAY, Zayn will face Strowman at #WWERoadblock! There never was any trade! #BlankPaper— WWE (@WWE) December 13, 2016Here is the updated card for WWE Roadblock this Sunday live in Pittsburgh.WWE Universal ChampionshipKevin Owens (c) vs. Roman ReignsWWE RAW Women’s Championship30 Minute Iron Man MatchSasha Banks (c) vs. CharlotteWWE Cruiserweight ChampionshipTriple Threat MatchRich Swann (c) vs. Brian Kendrick vs. TJ PerkinsSeth Rollins vs. Chris JerichoBraun Strowman vs. Sami ZaynKickoff Show:Rusev vs. Big will have live coverage of WWE Roadblock this Sunday night (December 17) beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern (7:00 CT).Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestleMania Could Be Biggest EverVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Jamie Stidiford Facebook WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever So The New Day won’t be defending there titles at Roadblock? that’s abit strange. Also how long before Big Cass turns on Enzo (I know there over at the moment but I thinks it might be coming sooner rather than later)? WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Daniel Bryan December 13, 2016 at 2:33 amlast_img read more

Allegri happy with perfect Juventus

first_imgJuventus boss Max Allegri admitted the club played the best game of their season so far against Udinese suggesting they can build on their success onwards.The Bianconneri have made a perfect start to the campaign, winning all 10 competitive games, including the recent 2-0 away win to Udinese.“We worked hard to ensure we got off to a strong start this season. It was a difficult game, I think we played perhaps our best of the season, allowing Udinese practically nothing,” the Coach told Football Italia.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“It could’ve been at risky fixture, but we showed great maturity and determination. The lads know what we are working on, at times we have been a little complacent after taking the lead, but we didn’t do that today.“Rodrigo Bentancur impressed me in midfield, both tactically and technically, then, of course, he scored the goal. I think above all, we are not too hasty, but move the ball around quickly and all over the field to make the most of the great technical qualities at our disposal.“The break for international duty came at the right time, though, as we needed a rest. We need to set new targets every time, which now is a series of clean sheets. If we don’t keep setting ourselves targets, we risk resting on our laurels.”last_img read more

Avengers Endgame ending — Solo Black Widow movie may feature Iron Man

first_imgScarlett Johansson as the Black WidowAvengers official FacebookAvengers: Endgame movie released earlier this week and it instantly broke all the box-office predictions. The movie made a whopping $60 million on opening day and movie experts are predicting that it will garner more than $1 billion. Apart from the box-office success, the movie will be remembered for several iconic sequences and particularly the one which happened between Black Widow and Hawkeye.Major spoilers for Avengers Endgame movie:As we have covered in our previous Avengers Endgame time travel post, Black Widow and Hawkeye goes to Vormir to get the Soul Stone. As we learned in Avengers: Infinity War, the only way one can acquire Soul Stone is by sacrificing the one person he or she loves the most. In IW, Thanos sacrificed his daughter Gamora.Black Widow and Hawkeye had a discussion as who is going to die and who is going to get the stone. After a lot of heated argument that involved punching and hurting each other physically, we see how Black Widow dies and Hawkeye comes back to the present storyline with the Soul Stone.If Black Widow is dead then what it means for Scarlett Johansson’s solo Black Widow movie?Scarlett Johansson has played Natasha Romanoff from Iron Man 2 and has remained a core member of the Avengers team. Before Captain Marvel, she was the only woman in the group and her presence meant a great deal especially to Bruce Banner aka Hulk. Scarlett Johansson at the press event for Avengers: EndgameTwitterAs earlier reported, a solo Black Widow movie was in development by Marvel with a May 2020 release. Cate Shortland is attached to direct the project and stars like Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh, and David Harbour are going to play some important roles. At first, we were speculating that the solo Black Widow movie will feature Natasha’s story after the events of Avengers Endgame movie but the character’s death has proved that the upcoming solo movie will be a prequel story, which means that we might get to see other Avengers as well.As of now, neither The Walt Disney Company and Marvel Studios have confirmed the plot details of Black Widow movie but since the lead character is dead, it is most likely that they will be working on a prequel movie. We are not sure whether we get to see Tony Stark in the upcoming Black Widow movie but characters like Clint Barton aka Hawkeye, Captain Marvel, and Nick Fury may come in some capacity.Production of solo Black Widow movie is expected to begin after the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home.last_img read more

Documentary Examines Rise Of Militant NeoNazi Groups

first_img Share pbs.orgRiots in Charlottesville, Va. between Alt-Right demonstrators and counter protesters in 2017.Last month, a Frontline documentary called Documenting Hate: New American Nazis aired on PBS. The investigation from Frontline and ProPublica examines a neo-Nazi group that has actively recruited inside the U.S. military and how it’s gained strength after the 2017 Charlottesville rally, that erupted in violence.In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin talks with A.C. Thompson, a reporter with ProPublica, and correspondent for Frontline.Related Link: read more

Paul Feig has had it with Ghostbusters geeks

first_imgNo, they’re attacking my cast personally. Look at @Lesdoggg mentions. They’re going after her and @melissamccarthy.— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) March 8, 2016Feig has had enough, according to the new interview. In response to the controversy about Leslie Jones, he said, “I don’t care what shape or size or color or anything they are. I live or die on what things are funny and whether or not people will be entertained by them.”Here’s hoping that Feig can keep his chin up until July 15th when the movie comes out. I don’t know much about getting dumb people to stop yelling, but I’m pretty sure calling them a–holes doesn’t work, even if you’re right. And haters, attack me all you want but when you attack and insult my cast, you’ve crossed the line. Grow up and leave my cast alone.— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) March 8, 2016 In case you’ve successfully missed the outrage (and more power to you), there is a large contingent of people on the internet who don’t think that remaking the original Ghostbusters with Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Leslie Jones as the leads was a great idea. You’d think that the original Ghostbusters had been about bros and bro-ing out with how violently some people have reacted to the very idea that there is a ghost busting team where the man is only the dumb secretary.Somehow, director Paul Feig receives the brunt of vitriol, maybe because he occasionally responds to the haters on Twitter. As the male face of a female Ghostbusters, Feig has come to a conclusion:“Geek culture is home to some of the biggest a–holes I’ve ever met in my life…Especially after being attacked by them for months because of this ‘Ghostbusters’ project.” This came from a New York Daily News interview, and…I have no doubt that he’s right. As a writer and director, he started off with Freaks and Geeks a television show that is mostly liked for its portrayal of the titular spheres of high school life. As far as making films go, he’s most famous for his Melissa McCarthy run of comedies: Bridesmaids, The Heat, and Spy. All of those projects have been pretty well received and all of those projects have been based on original material and characters. Feig’s fandom was probably the kind of people who were willing to trust the director to bring them a worthwhile movie.Enter Ghostbusters fans.Remember that cut scene where Ray says Ghostbusters can only be men? Do you? Because it doesn’t exist.#NotAllGhostbustersFans, mind you, just a very vocal minority. Fact and cannon obsessed Ghostbusters fans could rightfully be concerned that a reboot means the end for the stories about the original line-up. Like a lot of rebooted properties, there’s a latent fear that another version of something loved existing somehow devalues the original. I don’t think we’re dealing with that type of fan, because the canon-obsessed geek would recognize that there was a female Ghostbuster in The Extreme Ghostbusters (Kylie Griffin).There’s a grouping of Ghostbusters fans who won’t accept women in the role. Sure. We know they exist, because by their consistent campaigns to downvote the YouTube trailer for the movie have made it the most disliked movie trailer of all time on the video site. Even if Paul Feig could dismiss misogyny for what it is and move on with his life, that hasn’t been the end of his problems with Ghostbusters fans.The movie ran into harsh criticism after the first trailer was released when it was revealed that Leslie Jones’ character wasn’t a scientist like the other three. Instead of seeing this as a mirror to the make-up of the original foursome (Winston Zedmore was not a scientist), a large group of people were upset that the black Ghostbuster was made to be a lowly Metro Transit Authority employee. Both Jones and Feig pushed back a little on the reaction, pleading with people to see the movie and not base all assumptions off a trailer.They’re coming…to erase your childhood memories!Which leads to another group of people who dislike Paul Feig: people who didn’t like the trailer and assume they won’t like the movie. These arguments occasionally reveal themselves to be one of the two other geek gripes, but can also stand on their own. You can find people online complaining that the new ghost designs look horrible or that they’ve turned an homage to the 1984 film’s librarian ghost into a broad slime vomit gag. The difference between people who don’t like the trailer and people who think the trailer is emblematic of the whole film is that the latter kept yelling at Paul Feig.last_img read more

Another way for stellarmass black holes to grow larger

first_img , Astrophysical Journal , arXiv A trio of researchers with The University of Hong Kong, Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Taiwan and Northwestern University in the U.S., has come up with an alternative theory to explain how some stellar-mass black holes can grow bigger than others. In their paper published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Shu-Xu Yi, K.S. Cheng and Ronald Taam describe their theory and how it might work. Citation: Another way for stellar-mass black holes to grow larger (2018, August 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Since the initial detection of gravitational waves three years ago, five more detections have been observed—and five of the total have been traced back to emissions created by two stellar-mass black holes merging. The sixth was attributed to neutron stars merging. As part of their studies of such detections, space researchers have been surprised by the size of the stellar-mass black holes producing the gravity waves—they were bigger than other stellar-mass black holes. Their larger size has thus far been explained by the theory that they grew larger because they began their lives as stars that contained very small amounts of metal—stars with traces of metals would retain most of their mass because they produce weaker solar winds. In this new effort, the researchers suggest another possible way for stellar-mass black holes to grow larger than normal.The new theory starts out by noting that some supermassive black holes at the hearts of galaxies are surrounded by a disk of gas and dust. In such galaxies, there are often stars lying just outside the disk—stars that could evolve to become stellar-mass black holes. The researchers suggest that it is possible that sometimes, pairs of these stars wind up in the disk as they evolve into black holes. Such stellar-mass black holes would pull in material from the disk, causing them to grow larger. The researchers note that if such a scenario were to play out, it is also possible that the two merging stars could wind up with a synchronized spin resulting in a stellar-mass black hole that produces more gravity waves than if the spins had not been synchronized, making them easier for researchers to spot. More information: Shu-Xu Yi et al. The Growth of Stellar Mass Black Hole Binaries Trapped in the Accretion Disks of Active Galactic Nuclei, The Astrophysical Journal (2018). DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/aac649 , On Arxiv: the four black hole (BH) binary merger events detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), six progenitor BHs have masses greater than 20 M ⊙. The existence of such massive BHs suggests that extreme metal-poor stars are the progenitors. An alternative possibility, that a pair of stellar mass BHs each with mass ~7 M ⊙ increases to >20 M ⊙ via accretion from a disk surrounding a supermassive BH (SMBH) in an active galactic nucleus (AGN), is considered. The growth of mass of the binary and the transfer of orbital angular momentum to the disk accelerates the merger. Based on the recent numerical work of Tang et al., it is found that, in the disk of a low-mass AGN with mass ~106 M ⊙ and Eddington ratio >0.01, the mass of an individual BH in the binary can grow to >20 M ⊙ before coalescence, provided that accretion takes place at a rate more than 10 times the Eddington value. This mechanism predicts a new class of gravitational wave (GW) sources involving the merger of two extreme Kerr black holes associated with AGNs and a possible electromagnetic wave counterpart. Journal information: Astrophysical Journal Letterscenter_img Explore further Image: Black hole bounty captured in the center of the Milky Way © 2018 This artist’s impression shows a binary system containing a stellar-mass black hole called IGR J17091-3624, or IGR J17091 for short. The strong gravity of the black hole, on the left, is pulling gas away from a companion star on the right. This gas forms a disk of hot gas around the black hole, and the wind is driven off this disk. Credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more