Beach tourism activities in Goa stopped as rains arrive

first_imgPanaji, May 31 (PTI) With the arrival of rains today, various beach tourism activities in Goa have been stopped with shacks being dismantled and lifeguards issuing advisory to the visitors against venturing into the sea.The sea remains rough during the rains making it dangerous for the swimmers to venture in.The state government has also directed the temporary beach shacks along the shoreline to be dismantled so that they can be re-erected in September, post-monsoons.”The tourism season 2016-17 draws to a close today. Most of the shack operations have closed and shack structures removed for the season.”Water sports and other adventure activities have also stopped for the season,” State tourism director Menino D?Souza told PTI.”We are certain that the season has been a successful one for most tourism stakeholders in Goa. The tourism department along with Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) is now ready for monsoon tourism and the next four months will be as promising as always,” he said.”The Sunday monsoon trekking expeditions, white water river rafting, monsoon festivals, tours and sightseeing to some of Goa?s popular waterfalls will be promoted extensively,” the director said.Drishti Lifesaving Pvt Ltd, a private agency manning the beaches, has issued advisory warning locals as well as the tourist not to venture into the sea.”We have put up red flags at all the beaches which means that the area is not meant for swimming. Its advisable to steer clear of the high tideline in such circumstances,” said P N Pandey, general manager (operations) of Drishti Lifesaving Pvt Ltd.advertisement”Our lifeguards present along the coast are monitoring the surroundings. The team is trained to carry out rescue operations even in rough weather,” he said.The Goa government prohibits swimming in beaches and all water sports activities are stopped during the monsoon season from June to September each year. PTI RPS RMT BASlast_img read more

Virat Kohli wants India to move on after first ODI series defeat since 2016

first_imgVirat Kohli suffered only his 12th ODI loss as India captain as England won the third and final ODI at Headingley by 8 wickets to clinch the three-match series 2-1 on Tuesday.Virat Kohli’s team put in a disappointing performance in the series-decider as the players faltered in all three departments in the game which mattered the most to miss out on a chance to register its 10th successive ODI series win.Chasing a below-par score of 257 for victory, England rode on an unbeaten hundred from Joe Root and 88 not out from captain Eoin Morgan to reach the target with 33 balls to spare.”We were never up to the mark as far as runs were concerned. We had 25-30 runs too little. England were clinical in all departments and throughly deserved to win. We need to be at our best against a team like England.READ – Root, Morgan and English spinners snap India’s winning run”The bowlers did well, especially their spinners who didn’t get greedy and contained the runs before getting wickets eventually. We thought Dinesh did well, but he couldn’t convert his start, so I don’t regret the batting order changes,” Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation.India were looking at this series as an opportunity to get the balance of its playing XI right ahead of the 50-over World Cup which will be played in England next year.India vs England 3rd ODI: HIGHLIGHTS | AS IT HAPPENEDThe team made three changes to their lineup in this match with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur and Dinesh Karthik getting a game in place of Umesh Yadav, Siddharth Kaul and KL Rahul.advertisementThe changes didn’t really work for the Indian team but captain Virat Kohli still didn’t have any regrets over the failed changes.”Shardul was meant to get some exposure, and Bhuvi needed to make a comeback. When the changes don’t come off, they look unnecessary so it must be taken in our stride. These kind of games will tell us what we need to improve upon for the World Cup.READ – Kohli storms past AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni to break another ODI record”We need to have a good balance in the side, and we need to get our act right before the World Cup. We can’t rely on one skill, and we need to do well in all departments,” Virat Kohli said.For India, Shardul Thakur was the lone bowler who managed to take a wicket.With this loss India’s nine-ODI series winning streak came to an end. It was also England’s first ODI bilateral series win over India since 2011.READ – Kohli stares in disbelief after falling to Adil Rashid’s leg-spinThe Indian team will look to move on from this loss as they have a gruelling five-match Test series coming up against England starting next month.”The Test squad is pretty settled, and it’s going to be a lengthy series. We want to play tough cricket and we know the English side will provide us with that,” Kohli said.The Indian captain concluded the interview by praising England leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who bowled a peach of a delivery to snare Kohli’s wicket and turn the tide in the home team’s favour.”I’ve been playing against Rashid since U-19 and it was a terrific ball, so it’s just one of those balls that you have to take in your stride and say “Wow”. I’m surprised that his turn has reduced over the years, but this one was an amazing ball,” Kohli said.last_img read more

Soyuz arrives at ISS on first manned mission since October failure

first_imgBaikonur (Kazakhstan), Dec 3 (AFP) A Soyuz spacecraft carrying Russian, American and Canadian astronauts arrived at the International Space Station on Monday, following the first manned launch since a failed launch in October.Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency blasted off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome earlier in the day.They successfully docked at the ISS on schedule at 1736 GMT to begin an expected six and a half months aboard the ISS, the Russian Roscosmos space agency said via Twitter.It was the first manned voyage for the Soviet-era Soyuz since October 11, when a rocket carrying Russia’s Aleksey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague failed just minutes after blast-off, forcing the pair to make a harrowing emergency landing.They escaped unharmed but the failed launch — the first such incident in Russia’s post-Soviet history — raised concerns about the state of the Soyuz programme.The Soyuz is the only means of reaching the ISS since the United States retired the space shuttle in 2011.Kononenko, McClain and Saint-Jacques smiled and gave thumbs up to the cheering crowd including relatives as they ascended into the Soyuz capsule on Monday morning.Minutes after take off, Roscosmos said the capsule was in orbit. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine meanwhile thanked the US and Russian teams “for their dedication to making this launch a success”.In a successful rehearsal for Monday’s flight, a Soyuz cargo vessel took off on November 16 from Baikonur and delivered several tonnes of food, fuel and supplies to the ISS.advertisementRussia said last month the October launch had failed because of a sensor damaged during assembly at the Baikonur cosmodrome, but insisted the spacecraft remained reliable.While flight commander Kononenko is beginning his fourth mission to add to an impressive 533 days in space, both Saint-Jacques and McClain are making their maiden trip.Crew commander Kononenko, 54, said during a press conference on the eve of the launch that “risk is part of our profession”.But he added that his team “absolutely” trusted those who had prepared for the flight.European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, NASA’s Serena Aunon-Chancellor and Sergei Prokopyev of Roscosmos were set to greet the trio on arrival at the ISS.Veteran Kononenko said the crew would conduct a spacewalk on December 11 as part of an investigation into a mysterious hole that has caused an air leak on the ISS.While on board, Saint-Jacques will be involved in an experiment called “At Home in Space” which “takes a closer look at how crew members adapt to living with each other by creating a shared culture,” according to the Canadian Space Agency.Among the dozens of other experiments the new crew members will take part in is one that will use worms to examine muscle loss in space, led by British scientists.The experiment could pave the way to new treatments for muscular conditions for people on Earth, according to the UK Space Agency.McClain, 39, served in Iraq and has represented the United States in women’s rugby.She has said training to spacewalk resembled the sport since it demands “grit, toughness, mental focus, and more”.Russia-US cooperation in space has remained one of the few areas not affected by a crisis in ties between the former Cold War enemies.But comments by the combative chief of the Russian space agency, Dmitry Rogozin, have raised eyebrows.He recently joked Russia would send a mission to the Moon to “verify” whether or not NASA lunar landings ever took place.In recent years Russia’s debt-laden space industry has suffered a number of mishaps including the loss of cargo spacecraft and satellites.At a press conference following the successful docking, Rogozin announced March 1, 2019, as the date for the next manned launch to the ISS.He said Ovchinin and Hague would be on board, along with NASA’s Christina Koch. (AFP) SCYSCYlast_img read more

Alabama Expands Its Clout on Capitol Hill

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR With Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) expected to take over the Senate Appropriations Committee — and likely the committee’s defense spending panel as well — following current Chairman Thad Cochran’s announcement that he plans to step down April1, Alabama looks to play an outsize role in crafting the Pentagon’s budget. The state’s congressional delegation boasts a high profile in the House as well, reports CQ. Martha Roby (R) serves on that chamber’s defense appropriations subcommittee and Robert Aderholt (R), who now chairs the agriculture spending panel, is vying to replace current House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) following his retirement at the end of this year’s session. Meanwhile, Mike Rogers (R) chairs the House Armed Services’ Strategic Forces Subcommittee, and two other Alabama Republicans, Reps. Mo Brooks and Bradley Byrne, also serve on Armed Services. The state is home to four major installations and has a significant defense manufacturing presence.last_img read more

BSE closes points 17835 up on Feb 11

first_imgBSE closes points 178.35 up on Feb 112.2K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 178.35 up on Feb 112.2K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Feb 11 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 178.35 points up to stand at 28,533.97. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 61.85 points up to stand at 8,627.40. FORTIS and NCC were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 20.00% and 19.97% along with PIPAVAV DOC and HCC with an increase of 15.96% and 11.74% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include SRF and PMCFIN with a decrease of 5.50% and 4.94% along with SADBHAV ENGINEERING LTD. and MUTHOOT FINANCE LTD. with a decrease of 4.63% and 3.04% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 152.22 points at 19,097.69 while the banking sector is up 225.47 points at 21,689.54 and the reality sector is up 12.80 points at 1,715.53. The Indian currency is up 0.08% at Rs 62.23 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Feb 11 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 178.35 points up to stand at 28,533.97. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 61.85 points up to stand at 8,627.40. FORTIS and NCC were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 20.00% and 19.97% along with PIPAVAV DOC and HCC with an increase of 15.96% and 11.74% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include SRF and PMCFIN with a decrease of 5.50% and 4.94% along with SADBHAV ENGINEERING LTD. and MUTHOOT FINANCE LTD. with a decrease of 4.63% and 3.04% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 152.22 points at 19,097.69 while the banking sector is up 225.47 points at 21,689.54 and the reality sector is up 12.80 points at 1,715.53. The Indian currency is up 0.08% at Rs 62.23 per dollar.last_img read more

Experiment in a box suggests a few cold falling rain drops could

first_img , arXiv PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Journal information: Physical Review Letters This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Play Drops of cold liquid SF6SF6 fall through an atmosphere of helium gas containing SF6SF6 vapor. Each drop, by cooling the surrounding vapor, creates a burst of tiny SF6SF6 droplets in its wake. The experiment illustrates a basic process of droplet seeding that may contribute to rain formation in the Earth’s atmosphere. Credit: P. Prabhakaran et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. (2017) They report that some of the sulphur hexafluoride pooled at the bottom of the tank and some of it remained as a gas in the upper portions of the tank. But then, the sulphur hexafluoride began to form droplets on the top of the box, which eventually detached, falling through the gas to land in the pool below. But the team found that as they fell, they caused smaller droplets to form in their wake—this was because the drops were colder than the gas they were passing through. These smaller drops than fell into the pool below as rain.The researchers acknowledge that they have no evidence that their experiment mimicked nature, but note that if something similar is happening in the atmosphere, it could explain the onset of sudden rainstorms. © 2017 Contrast enhanced image sequence of an SF6 drop falling through the gaseous SF6-He layer. Shown is the lower part of the cell. The black mark on the left indicates the position of the liquid-vapor interface located at about 6 mm from the bottom plate. The time stamp (in ms) for each of these figures is indicated at the bottom right corner. Credit: arXiv:1705.10501 [] Drops of water found to spring from oscillating surface faster than the surface moves A half-century ago, scientists discovered that dumping dry ice on top of cumulus clouds caused the clouds to release rain, but to this day, nobody knows why. Similarly, scientists are still baffled by sudden rainstorms. Why do some clouds suddenly release rain while others that appear nearly identical do not? No one knows, because the factors at play in rain clouds are too difficult to study. For that reason, scientists are trying to recreate atmospheric conditions in the lab or via computer simulations. Unfortunately, neither approach has led to answers regarding sudden rainstorms. In this new effort, the researchers have taken a new approach to better understand rainstorms.Because it is difficult to mimic normal upper atmospheric conditions in a lab container, the researchers chose to use sulphur hexafluoride as a stand-in for water in the atmosphere because it can exist as a liquid and a gas at surface level pressure and also because it forms into droplets when chilled. They used helium as a stand-in for general atmospheric gasses. The chemicals were pumped into a box which was then heated slightly on the bottom and chilled slightly at the top. The researchers used a high-speed camera to film the action. (—A team of researchers from Germany, France and the U.S. has found a possible explanation for the onset of sudden rainstorms. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group describes experiments they conducted with stand-ins for water and atmospheric gases in a box in their lab and what they witnessed. More information: Prasanth Prabhakaran et al. Can Hail and Rain Nucleate Cloud Droplets?, Physical Review Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.128701 , On Arxiv: present results from moist convection in a mixture of pressurized sulfur hexa-flouride (liquid and vapor) and helium (gas) to model the wet and dry components of the earth’s atmosphere. To allow for homogeneous nucleation, we operate the experiment close to critical conditions. We report on the nucleation of microdroplets in the wake of large cold liquid drops falling through the supersaturated atmosphere and show that the homogeneous nucleation is caused by isobaric cooling of the saturated sulfur hexaflouride vapor. Our results carry over to atmospheric clouds: falling hail and cold rain drops may enhance the heterogeneous nucleation of microdroplets in their wake under supersaturated atmospheric conditions. We also observed that under appropriate conditions settling microdroplets form a rather stable horizontal cloud layer, which separates regions of super and sub critical saturation. Citation: Experiment in a box suggests a few cold falling rain drops could lead to a rain shower (2017, September 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore furtherlast_img read more