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Pacquiao gets own football kit from FIFA chief Infantino

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Becoming his own man Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ On Sunday, Pacquiao was gifted with a customized football kit by Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) president Gianni Infantino, who is currently in the country.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicalcenter_img Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Chongson says UE needs change in management as Final 4 drought continues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao plays several other sports apart from what he does best which is boxing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practicePacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division champion, also actively plays basketball and chess during his spare time.The WBA (Super) welterweight champion, perhaps, could also try his hand in football with one good reason to do so.last_img read more

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Kevin Durant’s Menacing Defense Leads the Way for Warriors

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant is growing a little tired of questions about his ability to play defense.“Underrated?” Durant responded when recently asked about the perception of his D. “My coaches don’t feel like that.”Neither does he, and KD’s menacing, 6-foot-9 presence from the paint to the perimeter is a big reason unbeaten Golden State is closing in on its second championship in three years.While best known for his sensational scoring and shot-making from every corner of the court, Durant has been tough on LeBron James so far in these NBA Finals by smothering the Cavs superstar. The Warriors are two wins from a title going into Game 3 at Cleveland on Wednesday night.Durant is chasing his first championship and seems determined to do whatever it takes.So versatile with his length and ability to alter shots, he even played center during Sunday’s Game 2 when Draymond Green dealt with foul trouble in the 132-113 victory.“I don’t think there’s many teams in the league who their backup is better than their starter,” Green said. “So I think that’s a luxury that we have with KD here, and when I went out with foul trouble, obviously he — to say pick up the slack is kind of a ridiculous term, because he’s a great player, an MVP, one of the best players in the world. So just the way he played on the defensive end, the way he played on the offensive end, he’s been doing it all playoffs long, but in these Finals, he’s really picked it up, and it’s been huge for us.”Durant and Green have set the tone all season on the defensive end, establishing an intensity and toughness — and the rest of the Warriors had no choice but to do more during Durant’s 19-game absence this spring with a knee injury.“If we’re locked in on the defensive end, we’ll score enough points,” Green said. “Even on an off night, we’ll score enough points.”After his NBA Finals failure five years ago against James and the Heat, Durant vowed to become a legitimate, respected defender who could make nearly as much of an impact blocking shots and crashing the boards.He insists he can do even more.“I’ve gotten better, and 2013 is when I feel I really turned the corner as a defender. Around 2012, that’s when coaches stopped thinking they could go at me and get a basket or get me in foul trouble,” Durant said. “But I don’t expect anybody on the outside who really doesn’t know the game to look at me as a defender because once you’re labeled something that’s what you’re going to be. But I feel the last four or five years I’ve definitely continued to get better and better, and smarter. I have the physical tools, but it’s also about mentally knowing what to do.”Sure, James still notched his record-tying eighth career Finals triple-double and Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving had big nights. Yet Durant, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson and the others kept the pressure on the Cavs.Durant blocked five shots to go with 33 points, 13 rebounds and six assists after going off for 38 points and eight assists in Thursday’s Game 1.“His defense was amazing, and we needed it. Especially with Draymond out,” coach Steve Kerr said. “It’s a small game and you got shooters everywhere and you have to be able protect the rim with LeBron coming downhill, with Love posting up and Draymond’s on the bench. So that’s a pretty scary proposition for us. I thought that Kev’s defense was unreal, and it was probably the key to the whole game.”It could be that Durant’s defense will quiet the critics at last, especially if he comes out a winner after that scrutinized move from Oklahoma City last July to join the super-Warriors.“I don’t feel like I get picked on or people call sets just to try to score on me. That hasn’t happened in a while,” he said. “I’ve grown leaps and bounds from where I was. I feel like I’ve been a solid defender in this league for a while.”With all of their offensive firepower, the Warriors often turn a stretch of timely defensive stops into scoring spurts that can swing the momentum. Or, in many cases, give them just the jolt they need to put a game out of reach for good.“I operate under the assumption that our guys know what to do and they know their system,” Golden State assistant and defensive specialist Ron Adams said. “We have an eclectic system. There’s freedom offensively, and we have some freedom defensively, and we’re good at it.”When the Warriors added Durant, JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia and David West to a roster that blew a 3-1 Finals lead to James and fell short of a repeat last year, many wondered if they would have enough in the middle to defend the rim.“It was a question mark for some people going into the season, losing (Andrew) Bogut and some other guys,” general manager Bob Myers said. “Ron is interesting. He’s always had good defensive teams. And we take pride in it, we care about it. I know the offense gets most of the attention but our players, they work at it, collectively, individually. They want to be a good defensive team. We try to do it all year. Sometimes it’s better than other times, but this is the time of year you really need it the most. For us, we view it as important as our offense.“It’s not as sexy, but it’s important.”JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Head of 2020 Tokyo Olympics supports daylight time for games

first_imgTokyo, Sep 11 (AP) The head of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics says he favors moving to daylight saving time so sports events can be held in cooler temperatures.Yoshiro Mori says “we can use this opportunity of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for the government to make a bold decision. I have asked the government to seriously consider it.”Mori is the president of the local organizing committee. He was speaking Tuesday at the opening of meetings with representatives of the International Olympic Committee.Mori’s support for moving the clocks forward in Japan comes after a deadly heat wave this summer in Tokyo. It has also met strong opposition.Mori turned down suggestions of switching the games to October when temperatures are cooler. The 1964 Tokyo Olympics were held in October. He says contracts have been signed “and we must abide by our commitments.”Scheduling of many popular Olympic events in dominated by lucrative television contracts, particularly with the American network NBC. The networks want events to take place at advantageous times for their audiences. For Tokyo, this could move swimming times to the morning so they can be view live in the evening in the United States, as happened in Beijing during the 2008 Olympics.There is some local resentment of scheduling events to accommodate foreign broadcasters. (AP) APAAPAlast_img read more

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Fed Cup: Konta and Keothavong wary of Putintseva getting under their skin

first_img GB look to tear up old script in Fed Cup as tennis heads to new venue features Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Tennis Johanna Konta I was only 14 at the time and she refused to shake my hand, wasn’t very nice to me and said I was too loudYulia Putinsteva on playing Anne Keothavong Since you’re here… Read more Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Katie Boulter and Heather Watson (right) training at the Copper Box Arena. Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian “Jo is a really tough player on hard courts but I will do my best,” Putintseva said.Keothavong stoked the fire when she observed: “We all know what she’s like. But the players are professional. You know what’s coming but it’s important that they stay in their own little bubble and don’t rise to her bait. That’s what’s got her to where she is. She’s got tremendous character, a huge personality out there on the court.“But we’ve got fantastic competitors in the team who are capable of dealing with her. I played against her back in the day, didn’t go quite so well for me. The players will be able to deal with anything that comes their way.”Putintseva, all smiles, recalled her early-career win over Keothavong and brushed away suggestions that the heat from that long-ago encounter would concern her this weekend. “I was only 14 at the time and she refused to shake my hand, wasn’t very nice to me, said I was too loud,” she said. “But why would that bother me, her sitting beside the court? She is entitled to sit there. She’s the captain. I certainly won’t be thinking about her during my match.”Keothavong, who grew up in Hackney, is revelling in returning to her roots. “In some ways we’re walking into the unknown,” she said. “Having the opportunity to play in front of a home crowd is what we all wanted. Also we’ve been able to do stuff with Hackney kids, which is special for me. These are moments that really help inspire, not just the kids but the players as well, to have new experiences. Ultimately it’s about the tennis but also the other things around it.”There is a nice glow about the team, rated 15 in the world, four ahead of Kazakhstan and favoured to prevail – especially after their rousing form in Bath, where Konta conquered exhaustion in the deciding match against Serbia and Boulter showed hitherto unknown reserves of tenacity. “All I can do is put the best tennis out there and see what happens,” Boulter said. “I’ll definitely be using the Bath experience.”The hub of the squad is Konta, who has won nine in a row in the competition since her emotional defeat by Simona Halep when Great Britain lost to Romania in the World Group II play-offs two years ago.The doubles on Sunday will bring together Harriet Dart and Heather Watson against Anna Danilina and Galina Voskoboeva, who rarely plays singles and is ranked 58 in the world in doubles. Topics Facebook center_img Share on Twitter Anne Keothavong Konta, once fourth in the world and rebuilding from a ranking of 46, starts the tie against the world No 107, Zarina Diyas, in the opening singles on Saturday, followed by Boulter against Putintseva, who is ranked 48 places above her at 38 in the world. The key match will be the reverse singles on Sunday between Konta and Putintseva, who have plenty of history.Konta needed no reminding of her two encounters with Putintseva: a win on the clay of Rome two years agoand a tough straight-sets defeat in the first round of the French Open last year.“She’s a very feisty competitor, plays every point to the last,” Konta said. “But this is a different sort of tournament, different emotions. Every match this weekend will be a tough battle. Nothing is guaranteed, over two days [after the team’s marathon triumph in Bath in February, when they beat Slovenia, Greece, Hungary and Serbia over four days].”Putintseva was 93 in the rankings when she inflicted Konta’s fourth consecutive first-round Roland Garros defeat on her, so there is baggage to be handled. Share on Pinterest Twitter Reuse this content Share on Facebook Fed Cup There is a good chance the ITF will bring together the Fed Cup and the men’s Davis Cup (also revamped in a World Cup-style final this November) for an annual end-of-year jamboree of team tennis, but that was a long way from Keothavong’s thoughts on Friday.The former Cup stalwart – who won 22 matches in 39 ties over 12 years – will not be distracted by the back-room rumblings. She said at the draw for the World Group II play-offs: “To be honest, that’s in the ITF’s hands. I haven’t thought much about it. What will be will be. Hopefully we’ll come out of it with a win and everything else will take care of itself.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Twitter Anne Keothavong’s Fed Cup warriors, buttressed by the proven pedigree of Johanna Konta and the slow-burning potential of Katie Boulter, are on the verge of returning Great Britain to the elite level of the sport’s international team competition for the first time in 26 years.Standing in their way, however, is one of the most volatile players in tennis, Yulia Putintseva, an adopted daughter of Kazakhstan and not an opponent to go lightly.If Great Britain beat Kazakhstan in the five-match tie at the Copper Box at London’s 2012 Olympic Park on Saturday and Sunday, they will earn a place in the new streamlined finals format – which could be introduced as a 12-nation event next year. Heather Watson training at the Copper Box Arena. Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian Pinterest Share on Messengerlast_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Flooding Report

first_img GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 348 road is flooded near Glenelg, St. Mary’s District. A section of road is closed and water levels should be down today, Feb 20. A detour route is available and marked on Glenelg Church Road. KINGS COUNTY: The following roads continue to have closed sections:Kings West Road, Kings East Road, Brooklyn Street, Bishopville Road (gravel section only), Biggs Road and Avonport Station Road. Rainsforth Road and Musgrave Road are now reopened. Access for emergency vehicles is still available in at least one direction for all roads. Colchester CountyPark Street in Truro is expected to reopen later today, Feb. 20. Branch and Ridge roads in Upper Stewiacke are expected to reopen Thursday, Feb. 21 Lake and Trout Brook roads in Tatamagouche should open by Sunday, Feb. 24. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Cannon Road to Harrison Settlement is reduced to one lane. Motorists are advised to proceed with caution. The following roads in Cumberland Co. are closed: Route 302 from Maccan to Little Forks, Smith Road and Boars Back Road. Drivers are also advised of the following known washouts:The westbound lane on Highway 104 is clear but the road shoulders are washed out between the toll booth and kilometre marker 50. Washouts have also been reported in the Wentworth-Collingwood Road-Westchester area and on Wyvern Road and Silica roads. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Haines Road is closed because of flooding. A detour route is available on Farmington Road and Barss Conner Road. Sleepy Hollow Road is closed because of flooding. A detour route is available on the Oakland Road to Trunk 3. East Clifford Road is closed due to flooding. Three detours are available for motorists on Route 325, Route 208 and Upper Branch Road. The detours are marked. Lower Branch Road, west of Trunk 10, is closed due to flooding. Traffic control consists of detour signs and flashing light units. Motorists are advised to use detour routes on Trunk 10, Route 208 and Lower Branch Road. Ohio Road is closed due to flooding. Motorists are advised to take a detour route from Ohio Road onto Lower Branch Road., to School Street., onto Route 208. The detour is marked. -30- Heavy rains have caused roads to flood in several areas of the province. A list of known flooded roads is below and will be updated as other reports arise on the Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal web site at: http://ns.telenium.ca/map/map15.html#advisories. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 8 is closed until further notice between Highway 101 and the intersection of Virginia Road because of a culvert collapse. Repairs are expected to take several days. A detour route is available on the Virginia Road. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Long Island Road is flooded near Bras d’Or. It is expected to be reopened on Thursday, Feb. 21, or Friday, Feb. 22. QUEENS COUNTY: Old Westfield Road and Medway River Road are both closed because of flooding.last_img read more

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Vandals who smashed Hamilton shop windows planned ahead police say

first_imgThe masked vandals who caused up to $100,000 in damage in Hamilton on Saturday night were organized and likely planned their actions ahead of time, police said Monday.Around 30 people assembled in a city park before marching down a busy street, hurling rocks through shop windows and at people’s homes, police said.“We know this is not a spontaneous act committed by these people,” Insp. Paul Hamilton said. “This was very well planned, very well executed.”Members of the group carried a banner with them that read, “We are the ungovernables.”“I can’t give you a name for this group and we haven’t identified anybody yet,” Hamilton told reporters on Monday.Vandals wore multiple layers of clothing that took off to change their appearance as they fled the scene — a common tactic at major demonstrations, he said.An event billed as the Southern Ontario Anarchist Bookfair took place in downtown Hamilton over the weekend, the inspector said.“I’m not connecting this to the bookfare specifically, but like-minded people attended that event from right across the province, so we are investigating the possibility that there are people from outside this community that committed these acts,” he added.Police initially received calls about people causing “mischief” in the park Saturday night. The two or three officers who arrived at the scene were “not prepared for 30 or so adults, so they had to retreat and call for backup,” Hamilton said.The group scattered, some of them getting into vehicles, when about 30 officers from various units showed up, police said.Hamilton called on witnesses, and even vandals themselves, to speak to police.“Not everybody threw rocks at windows that night, so maybe there’s somebody in that group that doesn’t agree with the philosophy of this group and what took place,” he said. “We really hope that one of those people would step forward and provide us with some information.”last_img read more

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Seth Rogen Announces James Francos Bar Mitzvah

first_imgSeth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity (HFC) today announced the theme of the fourth annual Hilarity for Charity Variety Show: James Franco’s Bar Mitzvah!HFC is a movement led by the couple to inspire change and raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease among the millennial generation.This year’s HFC Variety Show will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. The flagship Los Angeles Variety Show is creating the next generation of Alzheimer’s advocates through evenings filled with music and comedy. Each year, the HFC Variety Show has a new theme and this year the organization is excited to throw James Franco his Bar Mitzvah.“Ever since I’ve known James, he’s been talking about wanting a Bar Mitzvah. We’re excited to see him finally become a man while also helping us raise awareness and funds for people living with Alzheimer’s and towards research that will lead to a cure,” said Rogen. “And in celebration we’ll also have a mohel and a live bris for James at the event. You don’t want to miss it.”Miller Rogen, whose mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 55, said, “Five million Americans are currently living with the disease and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., yet it is the least funded and the only one with no treatment whatsoever.” She continued, “I hope we’re able to capture the attention of more young people, and get the disease the type of funding it deserves.”Past shows have drawn some of Hollywood’s biggest names with performances and appearances by Paul Rudd, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruno Mars, Jack Black, Samuel L. Jackson, Nick Kroll and many more! In 2014 the Prom Night themed Variety Show raised nearly $1 million. The lineup for this year’s Variety Show will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets go on sale to the general public on August 11, 2015 at hilarityforcharity.org.last_img read more

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New Highway to Link Beni Mellal to FezMeknes and Errachidia

Rabat – The Department of Infrastructure, Transport and Logistics has launched a tentative offer for the construction of a highway linking Beni Mellal to Fez-Meknes and Errachidia.In its February 20th issue, the weekly La Vie Eco announced a new highway that will connect Beni Mellal to Fez-Meknes.In order to open up the southeastern provinces and central-east to the rest of the Kingdom, the minister decided to link the province of Errachidia to the highway connecting Beni Mellal with Fes-Meknes. Three new highways will operate this year, namely Rabat highway (41 km), Berrechid-Beni Mellal highway and El Jadida-Safi highway.According to “Autoroutes du Maroc” (ADM), Morocco’s Highways, the Moroccan network has now reached 1,800 km., 1,511 of which are in operation, and the rest will have been completed by 2016. read more

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UNICEF urges big boost in services to prevent mothertochild HIV transmission

The number of children becoming HIV positive every year – some 600,000 – could be more than halved if infected pregnant women received comprehensive services including anti-retroviral drugs, but less than 10 per cent are now getting them, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today. “Hundreds of thousands of children are needlessly born with HIV every year, and many of them die in the first year of life. Yet effective interventions exist,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman said on the eve of World AIDS Day. “We can dramatically reduce the number of children infected by HIV by providing these services to mothers.”Together with the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners, UNICEF called for far greater access to preventive services. Key allies in the battle are meeting in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, this week at the High Level Global Partner Forum to jump start efforts toward achieving the global target of 80 per cent of pregnant women in need of services receiving them by 2010.At the current rate this target, set by the UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS in 2001, will not be met, hampering efforts toward achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halting and reversing HIV/AIDS by 2015.The Forum brings together 140 experts from international organizations and delegations from 27 countries to share best practices and define future directions for accelerating expansion of coverage in countries that most need it.It will share the latest science on the effectiveness of different delivery approaches, the efficacy of anti-retroviral drugs in reducing the transmission of HIV and the feasibility of providing long-term anti-retroviral treatment to keep mothers healthy. The biggest challenges to expanding Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) programmes in most of the worst affected countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, are weak health systems and a shortage of health care workers and supplies. Communities also have not been adequately involved in supporting programme implementation.Although funding for AIDS from donor governments has increased significantly in recent years, children have yet to receive their fair share. One key recommendation to donor governments will be to earmark AIDS funding specifically for programmes aimed at children. Also today, WHO praised Lesotho’s plans to offer confidential and voluntary testing to everybody in an effort to dramatically increase access to treatment and prevention in the small southern African kingdom, where one in three adults is HIV-positive, one of the highest infection rates in the world. “Lesotho’s initiative is an excellent example of this global trend towards expanding and integrating prevention and treatment efforts,” Jim Yong Kim, Director of WHO’s HIV/AIDS Department said, citing the growing availability of affordable treatment in developing countries in gradually transforming the fight against AIDS.“Many nations, like Lesotho, are now empowered to develop exciting, bold programmes that directly confront the epidemic. The impact on prevention will be tangible as more communities break the silence surrounding the disease and begin to speak openly about the impact of HIV/AIDS on their lives.”Dr. Kim noted that moving towards universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care and rolling back the epidemic will require developing and implementing increasingly innovative approaches.“Current prevention, treatment and care efforts are too episodic, ad hoc, and lack the intensity, pace and rhythm needed to make an impact,” he said. “But if we harness our efforts and employ innovative approaches as these nations are doing, there is no reason that we cannot turn back the tide of this epidemic.” read more

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Braves agree to terms with Jonny Venters

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves have agreed to terms with left-hander Jonny Venters on a non-guaranteed contract worth $2.25 million Friday.The 33-year-old reliever, who’s had three Tommy John surgeries, won the NL Comeback Player of the Year Award after appearing in 50 games this season for Tampa Bay and Atlanta. He had a 3.67 ERA. Venters will earn $1 million more than he did last season.Before this past season, Venters last pitched in the majors in 2012 in the NL wild-card game.He made his season debut on April 25 with the rays, making his first start since 2012. The Braves acquired him on July 26 from Tampa Bay in exchange for an international signing slot. He was 4-1 with a 3.54 ERA in 28 games for the Braves.He was originally drafted by the Braves in 2003 in the 30th round. He appeared in 230 games with Atlanta from 2010-2012.The Associated Press read more

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BTI Mine Runner gaining traction underground

first_imgBreaker Technology Inc (BTI) says its Mine Runner is gaining popularity as mines look to increase their utility truck’s life cycle and payload, while decreasing operating costs. With a 6,000 lb payload capacity, the Mine Runner currently offers of the largest payloads for underground utility trucks on the market today. It operates on BTI’s patent pending hydraulic wheel drive system, making operation of the Mine Runner more economical and efficient than a mechanical powertrain.“The ever increasing payload requirements and tramming distances have exceeded the capabilities of the typically repurposed highway 4×4-style truck. Unlike many over the road type vehicles being modified for use underground, the Mine Runner is purpose designed and built for the underground environment,” says  Andy Jackson, BTI Product Specialist, Mobile Equipment Systems. From mechanic’s truck to personnel carrier, crane truck to scissor lift, the Mine Runner is available in eight different models, configured for optimal use in different types of underground mining operation.last_img read more

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PopCap makes Peggle for Android free today only

first_imgPeggle is one of PopCap‘s most popular games, and today you can get it for free if you’re an Android user. PopCap has been working through its catalog and launching their most popular games on Android. To celebrate, each title is made available for free for a day. Today, Peggle is that free game.Peggle is a puzzle game that challenges you to bounce balls over pegs to clear them from the map. It may sound simple, but the reality is anything but, especially when you’re tasked with busting specific pegs from the board or handling multiple balls at the same time. The game has been widely acclaimed, and now you can snag a copy for free, if you have an Android phone.To take advantage of the promo, you’ll need to download it from the Amazon App Store, which means that only Android owners that can access the store (largely North American users) can get the app for free unless there’s a way around it.Peggle was one of the big titles that PopCap said they would bring to Android first, even though they noted earlier in the year that developing for Android was a “struggle” and was certainly more challenging than developing for iOS. Regardless, the game developer seems to be making steady progress on Android ports of their games. Peggle is just the most recent free promotion, earlier this year the company let Android users have Chuzzle and Plants vs. Zombies for free.The Peggle launch is an Amazon App Store exclusive, and as a result it’s only free today. Tomorrow the price goes back up to $2.99. If you don’t have access to the Amazon App Store or live in a location where it’s not available, don’t worry: The developers have committed to bringing their catalog to the Android Market proper in the near future.Read more at Amazon, via Neowinlast_img read more

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Dublinborn woman among five victims of helicopter crash in Welsh mountains

first_img Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 8:21 PM By Sean Murray The Snowdonia mountain range is making the recovery operation difficult. Dublin-born woman among five victims of helicopter crash in Welsh mountains The bodies have yet to be recovered or formally identified. 43 Comments 131,031 Views Image: Peter Byrne/PA Images http://jrnl.ie/3315009 Updated 7.56pm THE RECOVERY OPERATION following the helicopter crash in Wales that killed five people may have to be suspended overnight due to worsening weather conditions.The wreckage of the helicopter was found this morning with all of the victims being members of the same extended family.Two of those on board have been named locally as Kevin and Ruth Burke from Hulcote, near Milton Keynes.Ruth Burke is originally from Dublin and the downed helicopter was crossing the Irish Sea en route to Dublin when the crash occurred.Rescue efforts had got underway yesterday after radio contact was lost with the privately-owned helicopter. It had set off from Milton Keynes in England to travel to Dublin via Caernarfon Bay in Wales.The aerial search was hampered by poor visibility, and the search turned inland this morning in the Snowdonia region of north-west Wales.Mountain rescue teams located the wreckage of the helicopter in the Rhinog Mountains. Mar 30th 2017, 8:21 PM Share201 Tweet Email1 The Snowdonia mountain range is making the recovery operation difficult. Image: Peter Byrne/PA Images An RAF mountain rescue service vehicle on a road near Trawsfynydd in Snowdonia. Source: Peter ByrneSpecialist teams are now participating in the recovery of the bodies but the delicate operation is being hampered by poor weather conditions and difficult terrain.“Owing to the nature and remoteness of the terrain, the poor weather conditions and the absolute need carry out this delicate task with sensitivity and dignity this may take some time,” said Superintendent Gareth Evans of North Wales Police.Their recovery is not just important to their families, but also the investigation as it may help identify any contributory factors.Police have also said that the bodies are yet to be formally identified.The site of the crash is not accessible by vehicles and the local community is being asked to stay away from the area.A temporary exclusion zone over the crash site has been put in place that extends to a height of 5,500 feet above sea level and to a radius of five nautical miles.“In short,  we are advising to keep away from the immediate area so together with the Air Accident Investigation Branch we can gather all the evidence to help establish how this tragic event occurred,” said Evans.The original search for the helicopter had focused on an area of the Irish Sea because its last known position was believed ‘over sea’ in the Caernarfon Bay area.Anyone in the local North Wales area who spotted the aircraft flying over the Snowdonia region is being asked to contact police.“This is a very difficult, challenging and hazardous operation but I’d like to reassure the families of the deceased and local communities that, together with the AAIB and our Mountain Rescue Teams, and weather permitting,  we will continue to work as long as it takes until they are all recovered,” Evans added.- With reporting by Rónán Duffy  Read: Helicopter destined for Dublin goes missing over the Irish Sea Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Property sales in Greece spiking after stagnation

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek property transactions spiked in the second half of 2018.The Independent Authority for Public Revenue data showing a 50.5 per cent annual growth rate in property transaction levy takings in July 2018.A two-month freeze in August and September, was followed by revenue takings at 70.64 per cent in October and 62.5 per cent in November.The yield brought 308 million euros to state coffers as a result of the Greek  property transaction levy (32.2 per cent increase from the same period in 2017).The increase was due to motivated sellers interested in putting their homes on the market following an expected increase in objective values from 1 January, 2019. Owners rushed to get rid of property or pass on assets to their children as a way of paying lower taxes. It is also linked to growth in the short-term rental sector.Real estate agents said that there were more than 25,000 property transactions in 2018 – a figure that had not been seen since before the economic crisis.The trend is set to continue in 2019 as there is talk of further revisions to objective value as a result of the government promising creditors that it would lessen the gap between taxable rates and market prices and attain full alignment of these in 2020.last_img read more

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MSI DC100 le PC de bureau qui se veut netbook

first_imgMSI DC100: le PC de bureau qui se veut netbookMSI propose le DC100, une machine de bureau lorgnant du côté du netbook par sa taille réduite mais qui ne néglige pas les performances.MSI investit dans une nouvelle catégorie de machines: les “NetTops”. Soit le croisement entre la légèreté et la mobilité d’un netbook et les performances et la stabilité d’un desktop, ou machines de bureau. Et le DC100 s’inscrit parfaitement dans cette ligne de produits clairement destinée aux PME, selon iTespresso.À lire aussiLes atouts de la collection été 2012 de SamsungIl se présente comme une petite boîte blanche, très épurée et disposée sur un socle. Sa taille de 20 centimètres sur 15 le rend aussi gros qu’une box ADSL ou un décodeur. C’est dire le gain de place par rapport à la traditionnelle tour de bureau. Seul son poids lourd de 830 grammes trahit sa vraie nature.Contrairement aux netbooks, cette machine délaisse les processeurs Intel Atom un peu vieillissants contre la nouvelle gamme de chez AMD, le E-450. Ce composant est double-cœur, et cadencé à 1,65 GHz, ce qui en fait une machine de bureautique très correcte, sans pouvoir briller sur des taches plus gourmandes en ressources, comme la retouche photo. Mais la liste de ces spécifications ne le destine pas à être une machine de puissance mais de productivité. Il comprend un disque dur 2,5 pouces à 5400 tours/minute de 320 Go, 2 Go de mémoire vive DDR3, des connectivités Wi-Fi N et Ethernet, six ports USB 2.0, un lecteur de carte SD et une sortie HDMI.Le modèle est dès à présent disponible au prix de 329 euros et livré en standard avec Windows 7. Une tarification qui pourra séduire les directeurs d’entreprise ayant besoin de renouveler leur parc sans se ruiner. Le 19 novembre 2011 à 09:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Alphaslot unveils casino blockchain technology

first_img Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Load More Alphaslot is a distributed blockchain-based computing platform and ecosystem that supports industrial-scale gaming applications by connecting multiple blockchains using tokenization as a means of linking gaming verticals.Introducing the company’s potentially revolutionary technology, which provides a tokenized platform to an ecosystem that brings together land-based casinos, online gaming, mobile gaming operators and more, Chan – who is also the CEO of slot machine innovator TGG – said, “We are going to utilize blockchain technologies integrating eSports and social gaming elements into the casino gaming floors together.“We are all from the first company in Asia bringing skill games to the world.”Chan stated that money spent on casino floors by visitors is globally decaying. But according to the Alphaslot head, the company’s ecosystem of users “will lead to an explosion in transaction values, substantially increasing the size of the gaming market.”He added that Alphaslot’s platform makes it possible “to reach new customers, not just the casino customers – we are able to reach casual gamers, we are able to reach hard-core gamers, we are able to reach digital assets collectors as well as tourists.”Alphaslot’s Sora Summit 2018 presentation included a live test of the system run by Joseph Chan, CIO of the company.Sora Summit 2018 is running in Macau from 13 and 14 November with the goal of fostering knowledge and “collaboration between leaders and communities in the blockchain industry with an emphasis on Asia’s blockchain ecosystem.” Blockchain gaming innovator Alphaslot has unveiled its new tokenized social gaming platform which it it hopes will integrate eSports and mobile gaming with land-based casino floors.“Blockchain is changing the entertainment industry as we speak,” said Alphaslot CEO Raymond Chan during a presentation at Sora Summit 2018, held at Macau Tower on Tuesday afternoon. RelatedPosts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive teamlast_img read more

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Apple support phishing scams are getting really good

first_img Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Best Buy I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Rylo The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See It Chris Monroe/CNET Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See All CNET may get a commission from retail offers. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tags Mobile Security TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 Sprint Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See at Turo $6 at Tidal $60 at Best Buy Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Amazon • The Cheapskate $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS $520 at HP Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $999 $59 at eBay Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. 5 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET See It Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $210 at Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free.center_img What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read the AirPods review 7 Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Comments Apple,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it Read the Rylo camera preview reading • ‘Apple support’ phishing scams are getting really good Turo Angela Lang/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It Boost Mobile Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Share your voice See at Amazon JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Share your voice You know those voice mails you get claiming to be from “Windows support”? It looks like scammers are upping their game with convincing phishing calls claiming to be from Apple, security expert Brian Krebs said in a report Thursday.  The scam starts an automated call showing Apple’s logo, address and legitimate Apple phone number that warns the user to return the call because of a data breach, according to the security website. The message then gives a 1-866 number to call back. That number is “a known phishing source,” the security analyst said. Screenshot of the spoofed Apple support number.  screenshot by CNET “The exploit is unique because it allows callers to masquerade as other callers essentially by polluting search results with junk information that makes one number look like the contact number for a real company,” Krebs wrote on his blog. “The number … to call is a known phishing source. Remember: If anyone calls you claiming that your computer is broken they are most probably lying.”Apple didn’t immediately provide a comment on the report. On its website, the company offers advice on how to deal with different scams, including phone calls. “If you get an unsolicited call from someone claiming to be from Apple, hang up and contact us directly,” the company says.We’ll repeat what we’ve said before. The IRS will never call you for money. Microsoft and Apple customer support won’t call you about a widespread data breach. AT&T and Verizon won’t tell you to re-enter your ID and account info to restart your account. If you aren’t sure, go to the company’s website and call the number listed there — not the one the voice mail told you to call. First published Jan. 4, 3:39 p.m. PT.Update, 4:52 p.m.: Adds info from Apple’s website. Tags Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Apple Comments $299 at Amazon Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read Google Home Hub review $155 at Google Express Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itlast_img read more

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Tribal leaders allege misuse of TRICOR funds in Tirupati

first_imgTirupati: Several tribal leaders have disappointed when they could not get an opportunity to explain the serious problems at the meeting convened in Tirupati on occasion of World Adivasi Day on Friday. A meeting was organised by District Tribal Welfare department was ended much to the disappointment of those attended it as it was confined to the brief messages of District Collector N Bharat Gupta and TUDA Chairman Chevireddi Bhaskar Reddy and the Tribals were denied the opportunity to speak citing time constraint. Also Read – DGP Gautam Sawang warns over objectional posts on social media Advertise With Us Soon after Collector and TUDA Chairman left the venue for some other meeting, a few angry youngsters have entered into argument with the District Tribal Welfare Officer finding fault with the organisation of the meeting. When The Hans India asked about their grievances, they said that several issues were listed out by them after discussions but could not get an opportunity to present them before the Collector. They stated that there were many well educated tribals without jobs, who can be accommodated in various societies. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us All 13 ST hostels in the district were surrounded by problems like lack of proper buildings, staff and facilities. Several irregularities have taken place during the last five years on which the government should order an enquiry, they demanded. Also, the previous government has converted several welfare hostels into residential schools. Due to this several posts were created which have been filled without going by the roster points. One leader angrily said that, The AP ST Cooperative Finance Corporation Limited (TRICOR) was having thousands of crores of rupees in it which were being misused by some selfish leaders on which the government should act tough. Advertise With Us “On the occasion of Adivasi Day, the government has to distribute cheques to the beneficiaries of various schemes, but the officials have completely ignored it. A sum of about Rs 75 lakh worth cheques have to be distributed which the officials were saying that they will be given later. Is it proper for them? he asked. The leaders have also demanded upgradation of ST High School at Renigunta Airport into Residential Junior College so that boys can continue their education there itself as girls have a similar one at Srikalahasti. Another leader felt that there were 40,000 tribal families in Chittoor district for which SC, ST sub plan funds were not reaching properly especially at ground level. The officials should identify the leaders at every stage and coordinate with them for better results. The leaders also demanded one berth for Tribals in the trust boards of Srikalahasti, Kanipakam and Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. Earlier, the District Collector told the tribals that they will concentrate on the utilisation of SC, ST sub plan funds and will allot them for health and education aspects in tribal areas to be followed by allocations for infrastructure development. Focus will also be laid on burial grounds in tribal areas. TUDA Chairman Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy has assured that the TUDA will provide the required furniture and air-conditioners for Girijan Bhavan in two weeks and the government has been giving top priority to Girijan welfare.last_img read more

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Mysterious material discovered on moon perplexes scientists Where did it come from

first_imgOZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty ImagesA new study report published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters has talked about the discovery of a mysterious material on the largest crater on the moon. Even though researchers are not sure about the origin of this material, some experts speculate that the mysterious mass could contain metal fragments from an asteroid that crashed on the lunar surface.Researchers also revealed that this asteroid crash might have created the crater on the lunar surface known as the Lunar South Pole-Aitken basin. In the study report titled ‘Deep Structure of the Lunar South Pole-Aitken Basin’, researchers revealed that the crater is as wide as 2,000km. Even though this crater is so mammoth, humans cannot watch it from the earth, as it is located on the far side of the moon. It should be noted that the circumference of the moon itself is 11,000km, and it indicates the gigantic width of this crater.”Imagine taking a pile of metal five times larger than the Big Island of Hawaii and burying it underground. That’s roughly how much-unexpected mass we detected,” said Dr. Peter James, assistant professor of planetary geophysics at Baylor University, and the lead author of the study in a recently issued statement.Experts believe that the Lunar South Pole-Aitken basin is one of the oldest asteroid impact craters in the solar system which is approximately 4 billion years old.”When we combined that with lunar topography data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, we discovered the unexpectedly large amount of mass hundreds of miles underneath the South Pole-Aitken basin. One of the explanations of this extra mass is that the metal from the asteroid that formed this crater is still embedded in the Moon’s mantle,” added James.The researcher also added that this mysterious metal is weighing down the basin floor by more than half a mile. As per James, this basin is one of the most effective natural laboratories to study catastrophic events that played a crucial role in shaping planets and their moons.A few days back, scientists had discovered mysterious flashes on the lunar surface. Some of these flashes were quite short, while some others lasted long on earth’s natural satellite. After making this discovery, some scientists suggested that minor meteor impacts on the lunar surface are causing these strange flashes. Some other experts argued that these short flashes might be due to the reaction of electrically charged particles with the solar wind.last_img read more

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