Kunjarani Devi shocked by CWG mess

first_imgWeightlifter Kunjarani Devi has slammed the shoddy work for the Commonwealth Games (CWG), saying the level of under-preparedness had shocked her.”I wonder why we failed to deliver. I have never such under-preparedness ever in my life,” Kunjarani told Headlines Today, adding that she was ashamed of what was going on.The ace weightlifter said the CWG mess will affect India’s chances to bid for sporting events. “I don’t think we’ll get any big event, such as the Olympics, in the future,” she said.Kunjarani said she had come to the Games Village in August but wasn’t allowed to enter the premises.last_img

CWG: All eyes on India-Pak hockey match

first_imgThere is nothing like a clash between India and Pakistan on the hockey field. As the two teams face off at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Sunday, it again brings into focus the stock of Indian hockey.Everyone knows that after the team failed to make it to the Beijing Olympics in 2008, there was outrage at home. People said coach Joaquim Caravalho should be booted out and that’s exactly what happened. Just after that, the KPS Gill-led Indian Hockey Federation was also ousted.Two-and-a-half years later, nothing much has changed in Indian hockey. One thought hiring a foreign coach would kill all the ills that plagued it. Men running the sport changed, coaches changed and Jose Brasa, who was supposed to be the miracle man, took charge.When India failed to do well in the World Cup in New Delhi at the start of the year, Brasa had said it was too early to expect results. But months later, after the hammering at the hands of the Aussies in the Games, all Brasa could come up with were lame excuses like lack of match practice. The travel schedule of the Indian hockey team, shows that the team has perhaps travelled to every nook and corner of the world. So how can Brasa say Indians “lack in match exposure”? It is the flimsiest excuse that can be offered.The clash against Pakistan will be watched with great interest on Sunday and tickets are hard to find. Pakistan will be keen to exact revenge after the way they lost to India at the same venue in the World Cup.advertisementBut the bigger picture is of how this Indian team has struggled to play with consistency. At a time when India has done well virtually in every other sport in the Commonwealth Games, men’s hockey has been absolutely low key.It brings into focus how, despite loads of money being spent on Brasa, nothing has been achieved. People in the know admit that Brasa is forever cribbing about what he has not got from Hockey India and how promises made to him have not been kept.Another lament of his is how the management does not let him choose the team he wants.Whichever way one looks at it, Brasa has been a big failure and has let down Indian hockey. The Guangzhou Asian Games in November will be Brasa’s last assignment.But the bigger question is, who will set Indian hockey right?last_img read more

Trevor Hohns urges patience with new-look Australian team

first_imgAustralia’s chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns has called on the country’s cricket fans to show patience with the new-look team named for the third Test South Africa. (Trevor Hohns to lead Australia selection panel after Rod Marsh quits)As many as four players could make their Test debuts in the day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval – the most in any Australian Test side since 1978. Five players have been dropped from the team which lost the second Test and the series against South Africa in Hobart as the selectors took drastic action to arrest a run of five straight Test defeats. (Inquisition continues for Australia ‘in crisis’)Hohns said the selection of uncapped batsmen Matt Renshaw, 20, Nic Maddinson, 24, and Peter Handscomb, 25, and fast bowler Chadd Sayers marked the beginning of a new era for Australian cricket.But he cautioned any transformation of Australia’s team could take time.Hohns was appointed chairman on an interim basis after the resignation last Wednesday of former selection chief Rod Marsh.Former Test captain Greg Chappell was also appointed to the panel which Hohns said had the support of Cricket Australia officials “to revamp our team taking into account form, ability and/or potential to perform at Test level. (Humiliated Steve Smith says Australia lacking pride)”We see this is a very exciting challenge for everybody concerned,” Hohns said. “I’m not for one minute going to suggest an immediate turnaround. Patience will be required. But we are obviously hopeful that these players can gel together and stop the downward losing momentum we are currently experiencing.”advertisementEnglish-born Renshaw is expected to open the batting in Adelaide with David Warner while Maddinson and Handscomb are likely to take places in the middle order. Sayers will compete with Jackson Bird to replace Joe Mennie who was dropped along with Joe Burns, Callum Ferguson and Peter Nevill. Batsman Adam Voges was ruled out of the third Test because of concussion.Hohns indicated the selectors were likely to give the newcomers time to find their feet in Test cricket.”What we would like to see now is a better performance,” he said. “And if this group can give us a better performance, that will hold them in good stead going forward.”Handscomb earned his Test call-up after making 215 for Victoria against New South Wales in the most recent round of the domestic Sheffield Shield competition.”It was nice timing,'” Handscomb said of his eight-hour innings. “A lot of people have messaged me saying timing is everything.Maddinson, an attacking left-handed batsman, has played two Twenty20 internationals but has struggled to achieve the consistency necessary to win a Test debut.”I probably haven’t been as consistent as I would have liked over he past couple of years in the four-day format,” Maddinson said. “But that’s the area I’ve probably worked hard at compared to some of the others.”last_img read more

Pep & Mou united by city but divided by style

first_imgManchester United v Manchester City Derby Day in Manchester: Guardiola & Mourinho united by a city but divided by style Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 15:42 12/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Jose Mourinho Pep Guardiola Manchester Getty/Goal Manchester United v Manchester City Premier League Manchester City Manchester United Raheem Sterling Guardiola Yaya Touré Leroy Sané İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Sergio Agüero José Mourinho Opinion An ideological battle will be fought at Old Trafford on Sunday, with defeat for either manager likely to invite scrutiny of their respective styles Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are two managers in remarkably similar positions at their respective Manchester clubs, yet it is their one big difference which will divide and define them at Old Trafford on Sunday.Strip away the propaganda from both sides and you will see two men who arrived at rival clubs at similar moments in their respective histories, and two men who have had similar ups and downs in their attempts to establish their employers as the top dog.United had barely cracked open the Wembley champagne when news broke that Mourinho would take over from Louis van Gaal, who may have delivered the FA Cup but had also put together a team that was well short of expectations. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Manuel Pellegrini, like Van Gaal, also delivered a trophy in his final season but by then it had been widely accepted that he had let the rot set in at City.Whatever way it may be painted now, Mourinho and Guardiola were, and still are, competing on a level playing field. Mourinho, in fact, would have been the happier of the two managers after their first transfer windows; he got the four signings he wanted while Guardiola asked for at least five new defenders and got one.Man Utd possible XIHow last season panned out was probably a reflection of that first summer: Mourinho could not have done enough to make United title contenders again, but he did strengthen sufficiently to win two trophies. Across town, the Guardiola revolution showed signs of progress but was always hamstrung by the lack of an overhaul and the unexpectedly poor form of Claudio Bravo, a cornerstone of the new system.Even now, though, the two managers are in similar positions. Mourinho has certainly cut a miserable figure this season and certain well-placed media leaks have highlighted his displeasure with Ed Woodward, the man who did not stump up the cash to sign Ivan Perisic from Inter, but it is not as if life is a bed of roses for Guardiola. The Catalan may have signed five very useful players this summer but he wanted nine, and he too has been unhappy with his superiors. In recent weeks, he has been putting pressure on City’s sporting director and CEO to release funds for January purchases. Both men want much more than they currently have.But what they do have right now, and how those positions are regarded, is a reflection of their very different footballing outlooks. For United to be in with any kind of shout of winning the title at this stage of the season is a first since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, and it is to Mourinho’s credit that he has used the funds afforded to him to rebuild a hotch-potch team and get them in some kind of position to challenge. Much has been made of United’s results, too, but their fans will remember that victories at Anfield and Chelsea were hard to come by even during Ferguson’s tenure.Losing at a team like Huddersfield was not out of the ordinary for any Ferguson team either, or for any other league champion for that matter, and Mourinho’s enduring quality is that his sides do tend to win the majority of their games. Given United would regularly fail to win even the most straightforward games under Moyes and Van Gaal, that is not something that should not be overlooked.Yet while Mourinho has let the world know about his problems in the transfer market and with injuries, he would never admit that what Guardiola is doing over at the Etihad Stadium is just as big an issue.Man City possible XICity’s performances this season have often been exceptional, and even when they have dipped below that level, they have still found a way to win. If they are to win the league in this manner they would be regarded as one of the most impressive champions in English football history.Put simply, United are good, but City are better. It is a matter of perspective but there is an argument that United are actually doing well to be within eight points of City, given the Blues are enjoying the joint best ever start to a top-flight season.Given Leicester City and Chelsea were barely challenged in their title-winning seasons, United could feel aggrieved that they have only started to get their act together now there is a genuinely great league leader to chase.Not that there is too much sympathy for either Mourinho or United among the British football public, and that is another problem for the Portuguese.For every defeat, every dropped point, or even every defensive performance, he will be compared to his old rival, who is not only winning more matches but doing so with the kind of attacking philosophy which revolutionised football in Spain and Germany.The old arguments regarding substance versus style are surely now irrelevant; City are suggesting you can have both.GFX Mou vs Pep 09122017It is a scenario which will be played out on Sunday. Few expect United to outplay City – another consequence of who the respective managers are – so even if the Portuguese wins he would likely get a measure of criticism from some quarters for “winning ugly”. Just look at the expected-goals-based reaction to the 3-1 win at Arsenal last weekend.A United victory would, of course, spark a title race and they would be afforded the opportunity to chase down their rivals, who for all their supreme performances and various broken records would be just five points clear. That would really be something, and the spotlight would then turn to Guardiola and whether his style really can work when the games pile up in December.Should United lose, however, they would be 11 points adrift. If that happens, Mourinho would not only face criticism that his approach is not just less attractive than Guardiola’s, but ultimately less effective. Perhaps even the United fans who have spent the last few months claiming Guardiola’s success is down to luck or money may finally re-evaluate the situation and wonder whether they are backing the wrong horse and if they would, in all honesty, love to have the Catalan in charge at Old Trafford. We will have to wait until May to see who is on the right side of history, but at least on Sunday both managers will have the opportunity to make their case. Mourinho has made his name by winning, Guardiola by winning with style. If City prove that you can indeed have both in the Premier League, that would really give United something to think about. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Sir Alex Ferguson out of intensive care after surgery, say Manchester United

first_imgnews Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Manchester United have confirmed that Sir Alex Ferguson “no longer needs intensive care” after the brain haemorrhage he suffered on Saturday, with the 76-year-old now set to continue rehabilitation as an inpatient.Ferguson had been in Salford hospital since Saturday following an emergency operation but a statement from the club on Wednesday evening revealed that he is making progress in his recovery.“Sir Alex no longer needs intensive care and will continue rehabilitation as an inpatient,” it read. “His family have been overwhelmed by the level of support and good wishes but continue to request privacy as this will be vital during this next stage of recovery.” On hearing the positive update, the Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger sent his best wishes to his former rival. He said: “It is very fantastic news and I’m very happy for that. It was a concern because he has worked very hard and he deserves a long period of enjoying life, and hopefully he can do that in good shape.”Earlier, the United manager José Mourinho admitted that the club were “very, very positive” that Ferguson would recover. “We are confident,” he said. Alex Ferguson up close: sometimes difficult, always great Read more Manchester United José Mourinho Share on Pinterest Topics Alex Ferguson Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook The manager does not believe there is a cloud over the club and described the spirits of players and staff as good. “We are very, very positive.”After Ferguson collapsed at the family home on Saturday, he was taken to Macclesfield district hospital at around 9am, before receiving a police escort to rush him to the Salford facility, where he was operated on.That day, the club issued the following statement: “Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery. His family request privacy in this matter.”United play at West Ham on Thursday evening and when asked how Ferguson’s condition might affect the display, Mourinho said: “I can only think that if there is any relation, it is a positive relation.”Romelu Lukaku will miss the game and is in a race to be fit for the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday week. “That’s what we try,” said Mourinho, who added that Marouane Fellaini has a chance of playing in their final Premier League game, at home to Watford on Sunday.United need a point at West Ham to secure second place, their highest finish since winning the title five years ago. Yet the manager admits he has players who may never be mentally strong enough. “I trust some more than others that can bridge that gap,” said Mourinho. “That’s normal. I know the players. I worked with the players for a couple of years. And, of course, some of the players I am totally convinced are going to make it, some others I have good hopes that they are going to make it, and some others I don’t believe they are going to make it.“Of course we can keep [those not up to it]. Unless there is a perfect squad, where you buy one goalkeeper, you don’t like [him], you buy another one, or you buy a central defender, you don’t like, you buy another one, you have to keep players you don’t love – when I say love, I say it ‘footballistically’ – and players you don’t totally believe have the level of the squad.”United have beaten all the other top-six teams this season but managed to lose at Newcastle, Huddersfield and Brighton. “When you lose against all the teams that were promoted, that doesn’t smell right for me,” Mourinho said. Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

3 held over killing of Amethi BJP worker

first_imgAmethi (UP): Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the killing of a BJP worker in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi district two days ago, police said on Monday.Director General of Police (DGP) O P Singh said there was a local-level political rivalry between the deceased, Surendra Singh, 50, and the father of one of the accused. “We have arrested three persons. After the incident was reported, as many as seven people were taken into custody and they were thoroughly quizzed,” Singh told reporters here. “Among the seven people, there were three who were linked with the incident.” Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCAmethi Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar said those arrested have been identified as Ramchandra, Dharmanath and Naseem, while two persons were absconding. Singh, a close aide of newly-elected Amethi MP Smriti Irani, was shot when he was sleeping in his house at Baraulia village, 25 km from the district headquarters, on Saturday night. The former village head was referred to a Lucknow hospital, but succumbed to injuries during treatment. “The incident is a result of old enmity. There was tension between the slain ex-pradhan and Dharamnath since the last panchayat election,” the SP said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsBoth were preparing for the coming panchayat election that is likely to be held later this year, police sources said. The DGP said a .315 bore countrymade pistol and a blood-stained towel had been recovered from Ramchandra, whose motorcycle was also used in the incident and is yet to be recovered. The officer said the towel had been sent for forensic examination. “In unveiling the entire case, the police have examined circumstantial evidences and electronic surveillance,” he said. Singh said Atul Singh and Waseem, who are on the run, have been traced at Delhi and Lucknow. The arrests come a day after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had directed the DGP to take effective action in the case.last_img read more

Tottenham target Draxler sees future at PSG

first_imgBerlin: Germany midfielder Julian Draxler has played down rumours linking him to Tottenham Hotspur and said he wants to stay at Paris Saint-Germain. “I feel very happy here, I am playing for a great coach at a great club,” Draxler, 25, told Kicker magazine on Tuesday. Draxler, who earned his 50th cap in Germany’s 2-0 win over Belarus last Saturday, has been in and out of the PSG first eleven since joining the club in 2017. He has recently been linked with Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen and Tottenham Hotspur, but the midfielder told Kicker that he was keen to extend his contract in Paris, which runs until 2021. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun”PSG is a crazy club in a positive way, things can happen from one day to the next, but I don’t think anybody is looking to kick me out here,” he said. “I will prepare for next season just like the last, and if I am offered a new contract, I will listen.” Asked directly about rumours of a move to Tottenham or Bayern last Saturday, Draxler told Bild newspaper that he had “no intention” of leaving PSG. “I can’t say anything about the rumours. I haven’t heard anything about it from the club, and I haven’t spoken with anyone,” he said.last_img read more

Sarah Polley to adapt Zoe Whittalls The Best Kind of People

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Sarah Polley has optioned the film rights to Zoe Whittall’s novel The Best Kind of People and will write and direct the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Whittall’s novel was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a national bestseller in Canada. The Best Kind of People is set in a small, wealthy American community where a popular teacher at a local prep school is charged with sexual assault. The book explores the perspectives of his wife, teenage daughter and adult son, a prominent family in the community now facing social exclusion.“In these frightening times, I believe it is more important than ever to tell this tale of rape culture, and how a family and a community grapples with who should be believed, and how far empathy can stretch itself,” said Polley to The Hollywood Reporter. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Polley is no stranger to adaptations of CanLit. She earned an Academy Award nomination for best adapted screenplay for Away From Her, which was based on the Alice Munro short story “A Bear Came Over the Mountain.” She recently wrote and produced a six-hour miniseries adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace, which will star Sarah Gadon and air on CBC and Netflix.“I still can’t believe it’s happening,” said Whittall in an email to CBC Books. “She’s so iconic and makes such beautiful, meaningful films, that I’m just thrilled. Beyond thrilled. I know I can trust her with the material to transform the story for the screen.” Facebooklast_img read more

Cargo train makes first rail trip between China and Mongolia UN commission

“On 8 November, as the train is flagged on its way, the railways of China and Mongolia will take the first step towards the implementation of a grander vision to link Asia and Europe by land and one that may eventually change the face of transport in north-east Asia,” said Barry Cable, Chief of the Transport and Tourism Division of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).A pilot container block-train will make the 1,700-kilometre journey as part of ESCAP’s Trans-Asian Railway project under a six-country agreement reached at a meeting in Ulaanbaatar in early October.Under the agreement, China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation made a commitment to boost rail movement across borders and recognize the role of railways in regional economic development.The ESCAP project will help to provide land-bridge services linking two of the world’s most economically active regions, northeast Asia and the European Union. Listen to UN Radio report read more

Selfitis the obsessive need to post selfies is a genuine mental disorder

first_img‘Selfitis’ is a genuine mental condition and people who feel compelled to continually post pictures of themselves on social media may need help, psychologists have warned. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. They have now confirmed the ‘selfitis’ does indeed exist and have even developed a ‘Selfitis Behaviour Scale’ which can be used to assess its severity…. Following on from the hoax, researchers at Nottingham Trent University and Thiagarajar School of Management in India decided to investigate whether there was any truth in the phenomenon. The term was first coined in 2014 to describe obsessive selfie-taking in a spoof news story which suggested the American Psychiatric Association was considering classifying it as a disorder.last_img read more

Private mining boom in India a major focus for JCB growth in

first_imgJCB India Ltd is a leading manufacturer of earthmoving and construction equipment in India and unlike in the rest of the world, mining is a major focus market for the company in India. The company started as a joint venture in 1979 and is now a fully owned subsidiary of J.C. Bamford Excavators (JCB) in the UK. With five state-of-the-art factories in India, it today manufactures a wide range of world-class equipment, not only for India, but also for global markets.It introduced backhoe loaders in India close to four decades ago and has since expanded its product range to over 50 different models in eight product categories. The Ballabgarh factory near New Delhi, which is the world’s largest factory for backhoe loaders, is also the headquarters for JCB India. This facility, apart from backhoe loaders, also manufactures skid steer loaders, telehandlers, diesel generators and diesel engines. The company expanded its operations in 2006 and 2007 by setting up two factories at Pune for its Heavyline business. These factories manufacture tracked excavators, wheeled loaders, compaction equipment and Fabrications for the Group. With over 400 engineers, Pune also has JCB’s largest Design Centre outside of the UK.A further investment in India was made at Jaipur in 2014 with the inauguration of a 114-acre, eco-friendly, green manufacturing facility. This facility today manufactures Mini Excavators, Skid Steers and Fabrications.JCB India states: “India has a unique blend of big and small, manual and mechanised, opencast and underground mines. The total number of working coal mines as on date are 572, in the oil sector there are 29 oil projects excluding installations off-shore beyond territorial waters. As far as metaliferous mines are concerned, a fair estimate indicates about 6,000. The total workforce of the mining industry in India consists of about one million workers. The sector is witnessing a lot of growth primarily due to the rise in infrastructure development and automotive production. Power and cement industries are also aiding growth, while the demand for iron and steel is set to continue, given the strong growth expectations for the residential and commercial building industry. There is also a significant scope for new mining capacities in iron ore, bauxite and coal and considerable opportunities for future discoveries of sub- surface deposits. In February 2017, the country’s coal ministry allowed private companies to engage in mining activities for commercial purposes. With this overview and a clear vision of the development needs of the country, the mining industry requires the technological know how of state-of-the-art mining equipment and mining machinery to leverage its true potential.”JCB says it has a range of mining equipment and mining machinery that is exceptionally suited for the stone quarrying and mining industry. “From excavation, hauling and loading to road maintenance, dozing, power backup and maintenance, JCB’s range of wheeled loaders and excavators are the perfect mining machine partners. From 20 t to 38 t, JCB mining excavators are the ultimate mining machines when it comes to delivering against various performance parameters including output and fuel efficiency, reliability and durability and very critical to this industry, mining equipment service and guaranteed mining machine support. The JCB wheeled loaders spanning from 3 t – 5 t boast of industry-leading performance and operating cost that deliver best-in-class output amongst mining equipment and mining machinery.”last_img read more

Hungary Pick Szeged remains undefeated on home ground

The last match of the regular season between hosts Pick Szeged and Tatabánya started at a very odd time on Sunday at 13.10. Szeged had one missing player, playmaker Dániel Buday. There wasn’t too much at stake as Pick had already finished 2., Tatabánya 4. The guests had four former Szeged players, ‘forever young’ Ivo Diaz and the captain of the Hungarian national team Gergely Harsányi on their side.In the first ten minutes it seemed that lunch had a very bad effect on Pick players as the guests quickly gained a five-goal lead (1-6). Coach Skaliczki substituted frequently and tried many unusual tactical variations which is why Szeged’s play was erratic at best. After 10 minutes team captain Attila Vadkerti shifted to higher gear and Pick started getting closer, but they could only equalize in the 24th minute (9-9). Key Pick players began to take more active role, goals by Ancsin and Sulc with successful run-ins by Vadkerti resulted in a 3-goal Szeged lead at half-time (14-11). The biggest difference was reached in the 42th minute (22-14). Yet another setback in Szeged’s play followed (it’s possible some players were already thinking about next week’s CL quarterfinal against Kielce…), allowing Tatabánya to getback into the match a few minutes before the end (25-22).They were unable to equalize however meaning that Pick Szeged kept their undefeated status at home in the Hungarian League (28-22). Young Szeged goalkeeper Mihály Tóth’s performance was remarkable, he produced many great saves, including two penalties during his playtime.Best scorers: Ancsin 6, Prodanovic-Pribanic 4 / Lele 5, Harsányi 4 Text: Gábor Várkonyi, Péter ButtyPhoto: www.szegedma.hu ancsinpickPick Szegedskaliczkisulctatabanyatothvadkerti ← Previous Story Poland (Round 20): Vive Kielce with no problems against Czuwaj Przemyśl Next Story → Women’s EHF CL: Sweet revenge for Gyor in Podgorica – Krim one step to semi-final read more

Les comètes à lorigine des océans terrestres

first_imgLes comètes à l’origine des océans terrestres ?Des chercheurs de l’ESA ont découvert que la comète Hartley 2, passée récemment près de la Terre, comportait une eau de composition chimique semblable à celle des océans terrestres. Une piste intéressante pour expliquer l’un des plus grands mystères de l’univers : la présence d’eau sur Terre.Bien que cela paraisse étonnant, l’eau est probablement un élément étranger à la Terre. En effet, si les scientifiques ne sont toujours pas d’accord sur son origine exacte, ils s’accordent cependant sur le fait que, lors de la formation du système solaire, la Terre était tellement chaude que la plupart des éléments volatils, dont l’eau, se sont évaporés. Seules quelques régions relativement lointaines, au delà de l’orbite de Mars, en ont conservé une grande quantité. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAUn grand nombre de chercheurs pensent donc que l’eau a fait son retour plusieurs millions d’années après la formation de la Terre, sous forme de glace transportée à bord de petits corps célestes : les astéroïdes et, dans une moindre mesure, les comètes. Toutefois, des astrophysiciens travaillant avec le télescope spatial Herschel de l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) ont découvert, pour la toute première fois, que les comètes avaient probablement joué un rôle plus important que prévu dans l’apparition de l’eau sur Terre, rapporte l’AFP.Pour faire une telle trouvaille, ils ont analysé la comète Hartley 2, passée en 2010 par le système solaire à 18 millions de kilomètres de la Terre et ce qu’ils ont démontré s’est révélé très surprenant. La comète contenait de l’eau dont la composition chimique s’est avérée très proche de celle de l’eau des océans terrestres. “Nos mesures ont montré que l’eau de la comète contient un atome de deutérium pour 6.200 atomes d’hydrogène”, un taux très proche de celui de la Terre qui est d’environ un atome pour 6.400 d’hydrogène, explique Paul Hartogh de l’Institut Max Planck de recherches sur le système solaire (MPS). Cette composition suggère alors que les comètes auraient pu apporter bien plus que les 10% d’eau terrestre qu’on leur accordait jusqu’ici. Un apport à confirmer et à évaluer Pourtant, ce n’est pas la première comète que les astrophysiciens analysent mais jusqu’ici les six candidates avaient démontré une concentration en deutérium, un isotope naturel de l’hydrogène beaucoup plus importante. Ainsi, les scientifiques ont précisé qu’il sera tout de même nécessaire d’analyser de nombreux autres échantillons pour mieux évaluer l’apport en eau des comètes sur Terre mais “des comètes du type de Hartley 2 doivent désormais bien être prises en compte”, souligne le chercheur. Le 6 octobre 2011 à 12:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bajaj Finserv rises 8 on report of stake buyout in insurance ventures

first_imgBajaj Finserv was asked by the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Monday to clarify on a news report that the company is planning to buy out the 26 percent stake held by its German partner in its two insurance ventures. The stock spurted more than 8 percent on the BSE during the day and was trading at Rs. 2,212,  a gain of 6.58 percent at around 11.20 a.m.”The Exchange has sought clarification from Bajaj Finserv Ltd with reference to the news appeared in newspaper Mint ‘Bajaj Finserv is likely to buy out Allianz’s stakes in Bajaj Allianz Life’. The reply is awaited,” the exchange said.Financial services company Bajaj Finserv holds 74 percent in the two insurance companies namely Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance company Ltd and Bajaj General Insurance Company Ltd.The cost of acquisition is expected to be about Rs. 10,000 crore, the Mint reported, citing three sources who are aware of the development.”Bajaj is willing to buy Allianz’s 26% stake each in the two firms. As per the fair-valuation method, Bajaj will have to invest around Rs.10,000 crore to buy Allianz’s stakes in the two insurance companies,” the daily quoted one of the sources as saying.A senior Bajaj Finserve confirmed that the company has initiated talks with Allianz.”The discussions between Bajaj and Allianz are on. No final decision has been taken yet on whether Bajaj will buy Allianz’s stake or a third party will come and acquire Allianz’s holding in the two insurance JVs,” Sanjiv Bajaj, managing director at Bajaj Finserv, told the Mint.The Narendra Modi government raised the foreign direct investment (FDI) limit in the insurance sector from 26 percent to 49 percent in March this year. Since then, foreign partners of many joint venture companies have been increasing their stakes in the companies formed with equity participation by Indian companies.There are 24 life insurance and 28 general insurance companies in India.The biggest player in the life insurance is state-run Life Insurance Corporation of India with an almost 70 percent share.last_img read more

Poll Finds Many Harvey Victims Saying They Still Need Help

first_imgDavid J. Phillip/APHurricane Harvey dropped record rainfall on Houston neighborhoods like this one, near Addicks Reservoir.More than three months after Hurricane Harvey walloped Texas, many affected residents say they’re still not getting help they need and President Donald Trump is getting low marks for his handling of the disaster, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation/Episcopal Health Foundation survey released Tuesday.The poll is another indication of how families along the Texas coast continue struggling in wake of the Category 4 storm, which left Houston underwater and killed more than 80 people.Nearly half of residents who said they had property damage or lost their job or work hours because of Harvey say they’re not getting the resources needed to get back on their feet. Federal officials have approved $1.4 billion in Harvey assistance to individuals and households but the survey showed signs of confusion and frustration: More than 6 in 10 denied applicants say they received no information on how to try again.MORE: Houston Matters Discusses Harvey Survey With Elena Marks of Episcopal HealthTrump, who has consistently low approval ratings nationally, also received worse numbers than Congress or Texas leaders for their response to Harvey, with half saying the president was doing a fair or poor job.Fears over immigration enforcement may also have a chilling effect on asking for help: Of those surveyed who were likely to be in the U.S. illegally, a majority were either very or somewhat worried about drawing attention to their status if they reached out for help.“It’s a really mixed picture for a lot of people. We do see people saying their lives are back to normal,” said Liz Hamel, the director of public opinion and survey research for Kaiser. But she added, “The people who are having more trouble recovering are the ones who started out in a more tenuous position.”African-American residents and those living well below the federal poverty level were most likely to say they needed more help. Applying for disaster assistance and repairing damaged homes were the biggest concerns to those needing help, followed by finding affordable housing and getting medical care.About 4 in 10 were also not confident about Harvey relief dollars trickling down to those who need it most.More than 892,000 have applied for aid with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the aftermath of Harvey slamming the Texas coast on Aug. 25. About one-third of those applicants were deemed ineligible, and FEMA spokesman Robert Howard said every person who is denied aid receives a letter stating the reason and information on the appeals process.The White House last month sent Congress a $44 billion disaster aid package that was criticized by lawmakers as being too small. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, called it “wholly inadequate” while White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Texas should “step up” and provide more state money to rebuilding efforts.The survey of 1,635 adults was conducted by phone Oct. 17-Nov. 20 using a random sample of residents that suffered large amounts of property damage from Harvey, according to FEMA reports. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.0 percentage points. Sharelast_img read more

Review The 8BitDo SN30 Pro Is an Elite Nintendo Switch Controller

first_imgStay on target Nintendo Switch’s official Pro controller is one of the best gaming controllers on the market. Though great, the controller lacks customization. This is where our friends at 8BitDo come to the rescue. The company has made a name for itself with its line of retro-style wireless controllers. Now, it has released its own Pro Switch controller: the 8Bitdo SN30 Pro+.Not only does the new controller look and feel great, but it also comes with software that allows for deep customization. The 8BitDo Pro+ is a must-own controller for Nintendo Switch users who wish to get more out of their system.The 8Bitdo SN30 Pro+ is physically a cross between a Super Nintendo and DualShock 4 controller. There are three variants: SN, GB, and Black editions. SN resembles the color scheme of the Super Nintendo, while GB has the look of the original GameBoy. The controller’s size and weight prevent it from feeling like a Super Nintendo controller, though it has the same texture. The SN30 Pro+ is more in line with a DualShock 4’s button layout and weight. Buttons click and spring in a satisfactory manner while the analog sticks move with just the right amount of resistance. It’s an overall comfortable device you can easily play for hours.On its own, the SN30 Pro+ is a winner. What takes it to the next level is the software that enables users to customize the controller’s functions. With the Ultimate Software program, you can remap every button and adjust the sensitivity of the analog sticks, triggers, and rumble. You can even assign one button to perform the function of many. The best part is the ease of the reprogramming process. All you need to do is install the program (found on 8BitDo’s website), plug in the controller, and customize until you’re satisfied. At the time of this writing, the program is only available for PC. A Mac version should come out soon. The controller works great out of the box and I didn’t feel the need to reprogram or adjust anything. Those who truly want a tailored experience will no doubt appreciate the depth of the software.The controller isn’t without drawbacks. It does not feature the gyroscopic function of the official Switch Pro controller. It may become difficult to progress or even play through certain games without the use of this feature. Another missing feature is NFC support, which is necessary to claim in-game Amiibo rewards. The lack of Amiibo support isn’t a deal-breaker, but the lack of gyroscopic functionality certainly could be. I’m not one hundred percent sure why the controller doesn’t have this feature (perhaps it’s to keep the price low?) but its absence will surely ruin some users’ experiences.For the purposes of testing, I played DC Universe Online, Samurai Shodown (1993), Sonic Mania, and Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection on Switch. I tried Doom (2016) and Blazing Chrome on PC. As expected, the controller functioned great across all titles. I particularly enjoyed using the D-Pad in Sonic Mania, Blazing Chrome, and Samurai Shodown. Playing modern 3D games like DCUO and Doom felt right as well.The SN 30 Pro+ is 8BitDo’s best controller yet. The slick-looking peripheral looks awesome, handles beautifully, and works with any game you can imagine. Full customization and the ease of programming nearly every facet of the controller is a huge plus. It is a feature I’d love to see in future 8BitDo controllers. Though missing NFC and gyroscopic support, it is easily the best third party controller you can buy for Switch. It also works great with your PC. My hat goes off to 8BitDo once more. I look forward to seeing how the company will top itself next time.Get the 8Bitdo Sn30 Pro+ for $49.99 on Amazon.More on Geek.com:8BitDo’s M30 Gamepad Is the Ultimate Sega Genesis-Inspired Controller8BitDo’s New SN30 and SN30 Pro Controllers Pay Homage to the Gameboy PocketThe 8BitDo N30 Pro 2 Controller Is a Great Sequel Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch last_img read more

Get some France in your system Delhi

first_imgAfter a successful stint in 2009, Bonjour India is back with its second edition in India.This three-month event from January to April will take place across the country over 16 cities. Organised by the Embassy of France in India and the Institut Français en Inde, in association with the Alliance Française India and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), this event is something they have been planning for two years. Speaking at the unveiling of the Bonjour India website, H.E. François Richier, Ambassador of France said: ‘Bonjour India is an invitation to discover and re-discover France through its whole artistic dimension. As a real cultural dialogue between French and Indian artists, Bonjour India shows the friendship that links France and India.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Max Claudet, director, Institut Français en Inde, cultural counsellor French Embassy in India  highlighted the programmes scheduled and also gave an insight into the main purpose behind  the festival.He said: ‘The event will be inaugurated by Luminocity, by light sculptor Patrick Rimoux and Nandita Palchoudhuri in Delhi and Mumbai, also Ballet Preljocaj on the stage designed by Subodh Gupta as part of an exchange between India and France in the field of art, literature, cinema, education, sports, architecture, fashion, photography and performing arts.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe programme will kickoff with contemporary ballet, and then, One thousand years of peace by Bolshoi Theatre, and a grand show by Subodh Gupta, an aerial acrobatic show, Flying Angels, and a multidisciplinary show, Luminocity. In the dance section, there will be urban ballet Ganga, a choreographic piece uniting poetry, music and dance. In the music section, there will be a concert of sarod and symphony orchestra with electronic music. Composer Pierre Thilloy and Avignon Symphony Orchestra will  be in  performance with sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. Pain and Pleasure at the Court of Versailles is a Baroque music presentation by Amarillis ensemble. Christohe Chassol Indiamore and Scratch Bandits crew will also be performing.Gates to India Song will be a love story performed by Marguerite Duras with Indian artist Nandita Das. For visual arts, there are installations and interactive choreographic navigations called Bangalore Fictions, France Heritage bringing in the historical landmarks of France, Quintessence will showcase paintings by  Dominique Paulin and  photographs by Michel Kirch. There will also be exhibitions on urban development and sustainable architecture, photography and painting exhibitions by Anay Mann and Gigi Scaria, respectively revisiting French heritage in India,.Another aspect of this event will be the strong presence of French literary circle at the Jaipur Literature Festival. The celebrated Albert Camus’ birth centenary will also be celebrated across India through the event. Gear up Delhi.DETAILAt: 16 cities across IndiaWhen: January to April 2013last_img read more

Canadian students stage walkout to protest outdated sex ed curriculum

first_imgAn Ottawa parent participates in the protest with elementary school students At William Lyon Mackenzie C.I., @rayneydaes speaks to the other students. “40000 students across ontario are walking out right now. I had no idea three weeks ago that this idea would become largest student walkout in Ontario’s history. The young people will always win.” pic.twitter.com/3SdzI4XqHt— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) September 21, 2018 In St. Catharines, Ontario, @pacifickiss and her classmates marched out of school to protest. “Sex-ed saves lives,” she said. #WeTheStudentsDoNotConsent pic.twitter.com/sEPA0cGq4K— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) September 21, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… These students from University of Toronto Schools marched along Queen St. to protest #WeTheStudentsDoNotConsent. pic.twitter.com/E4tEP4xfLO— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) September 21, 2018 Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The walkout took place on Friday, 21 September.The Toronto Star estimates that about 38,000 students from 75 different schools across Ontario participated.In their own words‘A walkout is a classic student protest strategy; it shows that we value something over our learning,’ 17-year-old Thea Baines told The Star.Baines is one of the students who helped organize the protest.‘In this case, we value a good education over having an outdated and not-inclusive education, which is what the Ford government is bringing back.’The walkout was largely organized on social media. It was in response to the province’s repeal of the 2015 Health and Physical Education curriculum for elementary students. According to many conservatives, this curriculum was not ‘age appropriate.’The 2015 curriculum was replaced with an older program, used between 1998 and 2014, which doesn’t address issues such as gender identity, same-sex relationships, and consent.‘It will affect the next generation of adults and we want everyone to grow up learning about their bodies, consent, mental health and LGBTQ rights,’ Baines said.‘We want to live in a Canada that values diversity and equality.’‘Since I grew up around that, I don’t quite understand why we would not include that in our sexual education,’ 15-year-old Malikye Wyse, who is critical of the curriculum’s lack of focus on LGBTI rights, said.‘There’s not really a difference between same-sex marriage and different-sex marriage, even if it looks like that. Love is love.’Parent participationSome parents even attended the protest to show their support. Wynne Hartviksen, whose 9th grade daughter Emma participated, is one such parent.‘She had the benefit for grades 6, 7 and 8 of the 2015 curriculum, in the most formative years, and I saw the incredible positive impact of that curriculum on my daughter,’ Hartviksen said.‘There were great conversations about consent that I honestly wish I could’ve had myself, even in university … Great conversations about gender diversity and LGBTQ issues, and (being) openly able to articulate questions that she had, to us as her parents.’Protest imagesCheck out pictures from the student walkout below.At École secondaire Le Caron in Penetanguishene, Ontario a school of 180 take part in #WeTheStudentsDoNotConsent. “Learning about consent is so important!” student @allyssadaltonn said. They are also demanding more Indigenous education, so it doesn’t take away from their history. pic.twitter.com/uEU5N5zpn0— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) September 21, 2018 GAYSTARNEWS- In Toronto’s Northern Secondary School, student Noah Sparrow has been helping lead the #WeTheStudentsDoNotConsent protest. “1998 called. They want their curriculum back!” pic.twitter.com/oJQ1T4mMEdcenter_img In Thornhill, students at Thornlea walkout for the #WeTheStudentsDoNotConsent protest. “It’s 2018 and we shouldn’t be forced to go back in time,” @roxanneeeliza said. “I don’t want students learning about Sex Ed to feel like the information they are being taught excludes them.” pic.twitter.com/hvYQ8hNjae— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) September 21, 2018 — TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) September 21, 2018 So proud of our students at @foresthillci who get it: #sexEd saves lives! Outdated 1998 curriculum turns back the clock on progress and is frankly dangerous. Equitable & inclusive education = #HumanRights . #onpoli #TOpoli #WeTheStudentsDoNotConsent pic.twitter.com/rj05jKaFSq— Jill Andrew (@JILLSLASTWORD) September 21, 2018 Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/canadian-students-walkout-protest-outdated-sex-ed/ Tens of thousands of Canadian students walked out of their schools en-mass to protest their outdated sex ed curriculum. At Bloor C.I., the students had a clear message on their signs. Sex-ed from 1998 belongs in 1998. @RussellPhotos made his way to snap photos of the #WeTheStudentsDoNotConsent. pic.twitter.com/NM53AmoVYW— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) September 21, 2018 A few more signs from all over Ontario from the #WeTheStudentsDoNotConsent student walkout. Julia from Bloor C.I. holds up a sign reading “would you rather I learnt from my boyfriend,” while Waterloo C.I. student Catherine’s sign reads “Curriculum? More like curricu-dumb” pic.twitter.com/GdUF09Y587— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) September 21, 2018 In Guelph, students from three different high schools came together to protest at converged at city hall. pic.twitter.com/7axQKiHZu1— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) September 21, 2018last_img read more

A New Look to Kick Off Spring

first_img Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Artificial Intelligence and RadiologyBundled with this issue is a special supplement on artificial intelligence (AI), sponsored by Philips Healthcare. This supplement, written by industry consultant Greg Freiherr, will take a close look at three key components of AI:•    How To Make Artificial Intelligence Work For Radiology — The future of AI in healthcare depends on people being an integral part of the process.•    What AI Will Look Like In Medical Imaging — AI will likely reshape the  practice of radiology one task at a time.•    How To Keep AI From Failing … Again — Expectations must be kept in line and produce tangible and measurable results in order for physicians to make    better decisions faster. Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Industry AccoladesImaging Technology News was honored with five Azbee Awards for editorial excellence at the 2018 Upper Midwest Regional banquet in Chicago, hosted by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). The Azbee Awards of Excellence recognize the best editorial, online content and design in business-to-business (B2B) media. More than 1,000 entries across 78 categories were submitted for the 2018 awards. Feature | Radiology Business | July 18, 2019 | By Stefanie Manack and Judy Zakutny Finding A Common Data Language for Radiology Approximately 30 percent of a hospital or health system’s profit comes from imaging according, to… read more Augmented ContentHave you downloaded Blippar yet? It’s an innovative way for you to view expanded content in several of our features in each issue. This issue, our augmented print campaign continues on page 27 with the video Big Concerns Remain for MRI Gadolinium Contrast Safety at RSNA 2017; on page 36 with the webinar Advances in CT to Enhance Radiation Therapy Planning; on page 43 with the video Sex Differences in Diagnosing Heart Disease in Women; and three videos on page 46: How Contrast-Enhanced Mammography Will Impact Breast Imaging; The Impact of Breast Density Technology and Legislation; and Personalized Breast Screening and Breast Density. You can use Blippar in 3 easy steps — download the app, hover over this page with the viewfinder and view the enhanced content. ITN was recognized in the following categories:•    Gold, Regular Column, Contributed: The Last Read by Greg Freiherr•    Gold, Video — Technology Report: Enterprise Imaging•    Silver, Enterprise News Story — “Oncology Information Systems Need to Integrate” by Jeff Zagoudis•    Bronze, Trade Show/Conference Coverage — RSNA 2017•    Bronze, Single Topic Coverage by a Team — “Comprehensive Coverage of Breast Imaging,” October 2017 issue News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 You may have noticed a few changes when this issue of ITN arrived in your mail! This issue debuts our new look, which was designed to help make its content easier to read, more streamlined and more visually appealing. Please share your thoughts with us! Related Content Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Melinda Taschetta-Millane, Editorial Director Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more center_img Image by rawpixel from Pixabay  Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more ITN is also a national Azbee finalist in the Regular Column, Contributed and Video categories. The national Azbee award winners will be announced later this month during the 2018 ASBPE national conference in Washington, D.C. 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Photo by Greg Freiherr Feature | Radiology Business | July 22, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Payment Models Seek Traction in Transition from Volume Efforts to reform healthcare are booming, b read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 17, 2019 CMS Proposes New Alternative Payment Model for Radiation Oncology The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposal for an advanced alternative payment model (APM)… read morelast_img read more

Obamas trade quest in Congress trails him across Atlantic

first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of In addition to the summit events at Schloss Elmau, a one-time artist retreat turned luxury spa, Obama met privately with British Prime Minister David Cameron and joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel for beer and sausages in a nearby town.Obama and his advisers voiced confidence in the trade push, but the effort faces a deeply uncertain future. The president’s own Democratic Party is largely opposed to legislation that allows Congress to reject or approve, but not change, trade deals negotiated by the administration. In an unusual political role reversal, the president’s reservoir of support has come from his Republican opponents.If Obama succeeds, it would boost the prospects for Congress eventually ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, a 12-nation consortium that includes G-7 partners Japan and Canada. The other G-7 nations — Britain, France, Germany, and Italy — have a stake in a U.S.-European Union trade deal that is on a slower course.Richard Fontaine, president of the Center for New American Security, said that a failure to grant Obama the negotiating authority could affect his trade agenda. Fontaine said other nations probably would view U.S. lawmakers’ decisions as “a proxy for American engagement in the world.” How men can have a healthy 2019 With the end of his presidency closing in, Obama has made finishing the Asia-Pacific pact a central part of his legacy. And analysts warn that a failure to follow through on that goal would have damaging effects.“That’s going to be a major setback for the president and his agency, his legacy,” said Matthew Goodman, a former Obama administration official and current scholar at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. “I think it would be catastrophic for the U.S. position in Asia, in particular.”Negotiations over the Asia-Pacific pact are nearing a conclusion, but the U.S.-European Union talks have proceeded more slowly and could well slip beyond Obama’s presidency. The presidential trade authority, if approved, probably still would apply, given that it would have a six-year lifespan.British officials said Cameron was pushing G-7 leaders to reach a deal by year’s end. Merkel, in an interview with German television, said she wanted to work on the agreement “at top speed.” In another interview, she said she and Obama discussed trade in their private session “because the American president also knows that there are certainly reservations in Germany.” Among opponents of Obama’s push for the negotiating power, a chief concern about the European trade pact is that it could water down financial regulations. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has argued that if the U.S. and European Union harmonize their financial regulations, it could lead to a race to the bottom and undermine a 2010 U.S. law that tightened restrictions on big banks.Warren and others warn that given Republican opposition to that law, a future GOP president could use the trade deal to purposefully weaken the restrictions.___Associated Press writers Jill Lawless in London, David McHugh in Elmau, Germany, and Jim Kuhnhenn in Washington contributed to this report.___Follow Julie Pace at http://twitter.com/jpaceDCCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. While the Senate already has sided with Obama, the House is another matter. Just 18 Democrats have expressed support publicly, and that is short of what the White House is believed to need in order to supplement affirmative GOP votes.Four of those lawmakers traveled with Obama to Germany: Reps. Gerry Connolly of Virginia, Jim Himes of Connecticut, Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas and Mike Quigley of Illinois. Their invitation appeared aimed both at rewarding lawmakers backing one of Obama’s priorities and showing G-7 leaders that he is getting some Democrats to join the effort.Democrats are under intense pressure from labor unions, liberal organizations and others opposed to the Asia-Pacific pact because they believe it would hurt U.S. workers and weaken environmental standards. Anti-free trade demonstrators were among the groups protesting near the summit site.Obama has insisted the deal is “the most progressive trade deal in history” and would be a boon for the American middle class. White House spokesman Josh Earnest acknowledged that the G-7 leaders have been carefully watching the debate unfold in the U.S. He said Obama’s message to them is that lower trade barriers will benefit citizens in all countries that are party to the trade agreements. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies ELMAU, Germany (AP) — President Barack Obama’s politically fraught trade quest in Washington trailed him across the Atlantic Sunday, as he met with world leaders anxiously watching a debate on Capitol Hill that could impact the status of economic pacts with the Asia-Pacific and Europe.The leaders spent more than an hour privately discussing trade issues as they opened a two-day meeting of the Group of Seven leading industrial nations. The talks in the majestic Bavarian Alps coincided with the delicate debate in Washington over giving Obama the authority to move trade agreements through Congress more quickly. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories last_img read more