I had the pleasure this last week of working with Hank (The Server Room) and was able to watch Paul Otellini’s keynote @ the conference. he talked about vPro a bit, therefore I am posting this quick video on what he said. Enjoy!
VANCOUVER, CANADA—In many parts of Latin America and Asia, large swaths of coastal mangrove forests have been cut down and turned into shrimp farms. Not only does this deforestation destroy habitat for birds and cause other ecological problems, but it also releases a large amount of the carbon stored in mangrove soil—so much, in fact, that the shrimp end up having a sizable carbon footprint, according to calculations presented here today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (which publishes ScienceNOW).To get a handle on how much carbon dioxide is represented by shrimp, ecologist Boone Kauffman of Oregon State University in Corvallis made some estimates based on typical shrimp farms in southeast Asia. He looked at farms that are relatively large and not particularly productive, with harvests yielding 50 to 500 kilograms of shrimp per hectare. These farms, which make up about half of those in the world, only last for 5 years or so before the buildup of sludge in the ponds and the acid sulfate soil renders them unfit for shrimp. “It’s the equivalent of slash-and-burn agriculture,” Kauffman said. (Other types of shrimp farms are more efficient and not located in mangrove forests.)Drawing on other studies, Kauffman estimated that 401 metric tons of carbon are emitted to the atmosphere when a hectare of mangrove is converted to a shrimp farm, which is equivalent to 1472 tons of carbon dioxide. Over the average 5-year life span of a farm, a farmer will typically harvest about 1659 kilograms of shrimp. So a 100-gram shrimp cocktail represents an “astonishing” 198 kilograms of carbon dioxide from the loss of the mangrove, Kauffman said, the equivalent of burning 90 liters of gasoline. The carbon intensity of shrimp from deforested mangroves is 10 times greater than that of beef grown in deforested Amazonian rain forest, according to other unpublished calculations Kauffman has made. 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Based on his calculations, Kauffman says that compensating farmers for not growing shrimp would mean that each ton of carbon kept intact in mangrove soil would cost about $4.50. “That’s well within the range of carbon markets,” Kauffman said.At the moment, these carbon markets only trade in credits for terrestrial ecosystems; for example, keeping a certain amount of forest intact in order to offset a ton of carbon dioxide emitted by burning fossil fuels. At the session, Carolyn Ching of the VCS Association—a firm that creates accounting standards for carbon credits—described progress in devising the first carbon credit program for mangroves and other wetlands, which could provide funds for their conservation and restoration. Ching suggested the system could be finalized and running as early as September: “We see carbon finance as one of the potential mechanisms for addressing wetlands conservation.”Full coverage of AAAS 2012
Australia’s premium fast bowler Mitchell Starc has parted ways with his Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore a day before the players auction and will also not feature in this year’s tournament.Starc will instead focus on rehabilitation ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy in June.A tweet from Indian Premier League also confirmed Starc’s dissociation from the Virat Kohli-led RCB, who finished as the runners-up last season.NEWS ALERT: @RCBTweets, Mitchell Starc discontinue their association ahead of 2017 season pic.twitter.com/fSounrYkQb- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 19, 2017″The Royal Challengers Bangalore and fast bowler Mitchell Starc have mutually decided to discontinue their association ahead of the upcoming season of Indian Premier League 2017 in accordance with Regulation 41 of the IPL Player Regulations,” the BCCI said in a press release.Starc said his focus right now remains on the upcoming four-Test series against India starting February 23 in Pune.”At this point in time after a long summer and with a big tour of India still ahead I think it is in my best interests, both physically and mentally, for me to have a break, spend time with my family and take the opportunity to work on getting back to full fitness. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Bangalore and I certainly hope to be back playing for them in the future and wish them all the best in this year’s IPL,” said Starc.The RCB will now go into Monday’s players auction with an additional purse of Rupees 5 crore and an additional slot for overseas player.advertisementStarc, who missed the previous edition of the IPL due to injury, joined the RCB in 2014 and has taken 34 wickets for his franchise.
World No.1 Simona Halep fought back after losing a set to reach the semi-finals at the Indian Wells on Wednesday.Halep overcame strong winds and a determined Petra Martic of Croatia to register a 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 win in 2 hours and 23 minutes.Halep’s triumph ensured she advanced to the semi-finals at Indian Wells for the third time.The top seed closed out the match with the quick efficiency of three winners after a series of long games that had swung back and forth on the breezy afternoon.The wind had affected play almost from the beginning with Halep claiming the first set after Martic had pulled within 5-4.Martic built a 5-2 lead in the second set before Halep fought back to level at 5-5.But Martic took the final two points to level the match, capturing her first set from a top three player in her seventh attempt.Halep, however, managed to race away with the match after the third set had been locked at 3-3.(With inputs from Reuters)
Arsenal Spurs ahead of Arsenal? Most teams are ahead of Arsenal, says Roy Keane Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 18:10 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The Manchester United legend has taken a sly dig at the Gunners, with Lee Dixon also conceding that power has started to shift in north London Manchester United legend Roy Keane has taken a sly dig at Arsene Wenger by suggesting that “most teams in the Premier League are ahead of Arsenal”.The Gunners have slipped out of Premier League title contention in recent years, with the ‘Invincibles’ of 2003-04 the last side to get their hands on the top-flight crown.Wenger even saw his side tumble out of the top four for the first time under his stewardship last season, leaving them without Champions League competition. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player While they are now taking in Thursday night action in the Europa League, arch-rivals Tottenham are drawing plenty of plaudits at home and abroad – with Spurs piecing together another title bid while picking up positive results such as a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in Europe .Keane believes power has now shifted in north London, and across the board when it comes to Arsenal.Spurs 11/10 to be top London club “I think most teams in the Premier League are ahead of Arsenal,” the outspoken Irishman told ITV when quizzed on the current state of affairs at Emirates Stadium.Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon also conceded to ITV that Tottenham continue to show signs of promise while the Gunners stagnate.He said: “Spurs now are rock solid, a really good team. They went to Real Madrid, they were very brave and showed a lot of courage.”The manager and players deserve great credit because this is a top Tottenham team now. “They can be a threat in the Champions League, getting into the knock-out stages and getting to a quarter-final maybe.”Arsenal are set to face Red Star Belgrade in continental competition on Thursday , with the Gunners seeking to offer a positive response to a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Watford last time out which saw Hornets striker Troy Deeney accuse them of lacking the “cojones” for a fight.Jack Wilshere is among those to have hit back at those comments , with the England international determined to help Wenger’s side silence their critics.He said: “As a player if you’re attitude is questioned, it’s horrible.”I look around this team and you can’t question our character. People try and put us down, they always have.”I don’t think the comments were justified. When we look back at the game we look back at ourselves and what we did wrong. I don’t think we can look back and question our character.”We did certain things wrong but we certainly didn’t want to let the lead slip. We will move on.”
April 18, 2014 zoom Tsuneishi Group has received orders for four 1,020 TEU container carriers from the Hong Kong-based subsidiary of Shanghai International Port (Group) Co., Ltd. (SIPG).The four ordered vessels feature latest improvements in fuel efficiency. Reductions in both fuel consumption and nitrogen compounds contained in gas emissions are achieved by applying an engine in which fuel injection is controlled electronically rather than by the conventional mechanical method.Fuel efficiency is further improved by a proprietary propeller design, thanks to which the main engine’s output can be more efficiently converted to propulsive force.These four newly ordered vessels will be operated by Shanghai Haihua Shipping Co., Ltd. (HASCO), a member of the SIPG Group.The contract signing ceremony was held at Tsuneishi Shipbuilding’s main shipyard in Numakuma-cho Fukuyama city, Hiroshima on April 11th 2014.First two ships are scheduled for completion in 2016, while the other two in 2017.
zoom International maritime union Nautilus has welcomed news that the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has agreed to provide expert help to boost the implementation of its 2006 guidelines on the fair treatment of seafarers after a maritime accident.The IMO’s legal committee agreed the expert help after considering the results of a survey conducted by Seafarers’ Rights International charity (SRI) on member states’ progress towards implementation. The committee concluded that the next step is for its technical cooperation committee to provide the expert help for those members who need it.A paper co-sponsored by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), the International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations, Comite Maritieme International and Intermanager was presented to the IMO — based on a survey of member states by SRI.Of the 45 member states who responded to the survey, most thought their existing laws were adequate or had already incorporated the guidelines into national laws, but just over a third requested further help in understanding and implementing the fair treatment guidelines.The member states’ survey was a follow up to previous SRI research conducted with 3,480 seafarers which found that human and other legal rights of seafarers contained in the guidelines are often subject to violation.
Annette FrancisAPTN National NewsMore than 200 people gathered on Parliament Hill to honour Indigenous women who have either been murdered or have gone missing.Tuesday also marks the 11th anniversary of the vigil which is now held across the country.Under a clear blue sky, those gathered paid tribute to Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook.See more stories on SIS and Missing and Murdered Indigenous women here: #MMIWGafrancis@aptn.ca
WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A passenger on a plane that crashed into a Pacific lagoon on Friday said the flight attendants were panicking and he saw water pouring through a hole in the side of the plane before he was able to escape.Local boats helped rescue all 47 passengers and crew after the plane hit the water while trying to land at the Chuuk Island airport in the Micronesia archipelago.Seven people were taken to a hospital, according to officials, including one described as being in critical but stable condition.Passenger Bill Jaynes said the Air Niugini plane came in very low.“I thought we landed hard,” he said. “Until I looked over and saw a hole in the side of the plane and water was coming in. And I thought, well, this is not the way it’s supposed to happen.”Jaynes said those aboard managed to wade through waist-deep water to the emergency exits on the sinking plane.He said the flight attendants were yelling, and that he suffered a minor head injury. He said he called his wife, who started crying.“I was really impressed with the locals who immediately started coming out in boats,” he said in an interview with a missionary in Chuuk, Matthew Colson, that was posted online and shared with the AP.“One would think that they might be afraid to approach a plane that’s just crashed.”The sequence of events remains unclear. The airline said the plane landed short of the runway. However, Jaynes said the only scenario he can imagine is that it hit the end of the runway and continued into the water.The U.S. Navy said sailors working nearby on improving a wharf also helped in the rescue by using an inflatable boat to shuttle people ashore before the plane sank in about 30 metres (100 feet) of water.The striking images of people being rescued from the half-submerged plane were reminiscent of the 2009 crash landing in New York City known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.”Louie Mallari, who was working at a hotel near the airport, said he could hear the whole thing happen.“As the plane approaches, the sound of the engine is getting stronger, then suddenly a splash of water,” he said, adding that he then heard screaming.He said it’s a good thing that so many people use boats to travel and were able to quickly help with the rescue.“It’s really fortunate that we didn’t have any fatalities,” said Glenn Harris, a government aviation security inspector for the Federated States of Micronesia.Harris said the plane left from the Micronesian island of Pohnpei about 700 kilometres (435 miles) to the east before ending up in the water at about 10 a.m.He said he has yet to see a passenger manifest, but typical passengers would include businesspeople from Micronesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia, as well as some tourists. Chuuk is known for its world-class diving, with dozens of World War II shipwrecks visible in the clear waters.Harris said he doesn’t know what caused the crash landing or whether the pilots had alerted air traffic control of any problems. He said an investigative team would be on the ground in Chuuk by Saturday to figure out what went wrong.The airline said in a statement that the 35 passengers and 12 crew members aboard the Boeing 737 were all able to safely evacuate. It said the weather was poor at the time, with heavy rain and reduced visibility.The airline said it was making all efforts to ensure the ongoing safety of the passengers and meet their immediate needs. It said it was in touch with embassies, passenger representatives, stakeholders and families of the crew.Air Niugini is the national airline of Papua New Guinea and has operated since 1973. The airline identified the flight as PX 073 with the registration number P2-PXE. Flight histories show the aircraft has made recent flights to Manila, Sydney and Singapore.Air Niugini’s network is concentrated on domestic routes linking the capital, Port Moresby, with isolated points across the Papua New Guinea archipelago, but it flies as far as Tokyo and Hong Kong.The fleet includes Boeing 767 and 737 jets for international routes, according to the airline, as well as Fokker F-100 aircraft, Q400 and Dash 8 aircraft for challenging local terrain.Micronesia, located north of Australia and east of the Philippines, is home to just over 100,000 people. It has close ties with the U.S. under an agreement known as a compact of free association.The crash landing comes less than two months before Papua New Guinea hosts the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, expected to draw world leaders beginning on Nov. 17.In the “Miracle on the Hudson,” both engines on a U.S. Airways jet failed after it struck a flock of geese during takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Pilots Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles safely landed their powerless plane on the Hudson River and passengers and crew walked on the wings to be rescued.In both crashes, everyone survived.“I’m alive,” said Jaynes, the passenger. “That’s an extremely good thing.”___Associated Press journalists Penny Yi Wang, Nicole Evatt, Kiko Rosario and Adam Schreck in Bangkok contributed to this report.
“Our teams in Diffa say that people are still arriving in Niger from Nigeria as a result of the attack,” said Adrian Edwards, a UNHCR spokesman based in Geneva. The town of Damassak, which lies just a few kilometres from the Niger border, was reportedly captured by Boko Haram on November 24. UNHCR field staff has reported that while most refugees wait for boats to cross the Komadougou Yobé River separating the two countries, others have been trying to swim across to safety. Locals in the area have said they have seen people drown while trying to cross the river. Other reports claim that people fleeing were shot by Boko Haram who chased as far as the river banks. And those who have made it across the river to Niger are reporting there are still many displaced, mostly women, children, older people and some injured on the Nigerian side of the river waiting to cross over to Niger. The new arrivals also reported that many civilians were killed during the attack on Damassak, especially young men, but that insurgents were also shooting at women and children. Some said that they believed the attack was in reprisal for the enlistment of young men in self-defence groups, which have been formed to fight the insurgents.According to UNHCR staff on the ground, many children were separated from their parents during the attack and the escape to Niger. In the closest town, Chetimari, children and adults alike are wandering around the makeshift settlements, searching for relatives. “Refugees said they had no time to collect any of their belongings and had to leave everything behind. With its partners and the local community, UNHCR has been providing plastic sheeting and blankets to help people put up temporary shelters and [as protection] against the night-time cold,” Mr. Edwards said.After an attack on the Nigerian village of Malan Fatori on 5 October, which prompted the flight of more than 1,000 people to Niger, Damassak is the second large attack occurring only a few kilometres away from the Nigerian-Niger border in less than two months.The increasing presence of the insurgents in close proximity to the border with Niger is likely to lead to new displacements in the near future.According to authorities, violence in Nigeria has pushed more than 39,000 Nigerians to flee to Cameroon and 2,800 to Chad. In Nigeria, some 700,000 people are internally displaced.More than 100,000 people have fled to Niger since May 2013, when the Nigerian government declared a state of emergency in three north-eastern states following attacks from Boko Haram. Some 30,000 people have found refuge in the area in the past two months alone. “While local inhabitants have shared their meagre resources with the Nigerian refugees, we fear that the already fragile economic structure could collapse under the strain,” Mr. Edwards said.
The Other Palace Theatre, home of The Other Naughty PigletCredit:Julian Simmonds/The Telegraph Lord Lloyd Webber has teamed up with the team behind Naughty Piglets restaurant in Brixton to create ‘The Other Naughty Piglet’ Credit:Julian Simmonds/The Telegraph Since the Other Naughty Piglet opened critics have been queuing up to lavish praise on it.The Good Food Guide, published this week, says stand out dishes include XO linguine with confit egg yolk, black pudding, BBQ pork belly and brown-butter chocolate crumble and honeycomb.It states: ”Allow time for eating if you’re here for a show. Up a sweeping marble staircase, it’s a light-filled space adorned with empty bottles, overlooked by a kitchen counter where a young brigade turns out small plates of sublimely creative, flavour-driven dishes, where balance and complexity come together in flashes of inspiration. Service could hardly be more knowledgeable or more engaging.” It must always be nerve wracking reading the first reviews, even for someone with as many years in the game as Andrew Lloyd Webber.No such problems with his first venture into the restaurant trade.Lord Lloyd Webber’s The Other Naughty Piglet has been chosen by the latest edition of The Good Food Guide as one of the best new places to eat in Britain, barely six months after its opening.In fact Lord Lloyd Webber jokes it is more popular with the critics than some of this shows.Not content with being one of the most successful musical impresarios of the British stage Lord Lloyd Webber has always nurtured an ambition to become a restaurateur.So he is naturally more than pleased that his first attempt has been chosen by the Good Food Guide’s secret reviewers for inclusion. The venue, housed inside Lord Lloyd Webber’s theatre The Other Palace, in Victoria, central London, is the spin-off of one of his favourite restaurants, the Naughty Piglets in Brixton, first recommended to him by one of his children.In fact you could say he liked it so much he decided to open one of his own.Lord Lloyd Webber, who brought us the likes of Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and Phantom of the Opera, teamed up with the husband and wife team Joe Sharratt and Margaux Aubry, the couple responsible for the original Naughty Piglets, to make his dream of running a restaurant come true. “I always thought that if I ever got the opportunity to put a decent restaurant into a theatre I’d do it,” Lord Lloyd Webber told The Telegraph. Lord Lloyd Webber has plans to open restaurants at some of his other theatres, on the back of the Other Naughty Piglet’s success.As he says, tongue partly in cheek: “The critics seem to like it more than some of the shows.” “The Brixton restaurant was my son’s local and he recommended it to me. I thought it was wonderful and I thought it would do really well at The Other Palace, which has a purpose built restaurant space we have completely refurbished..“I’ve always thought it would be a nice thing to have decent food in a theatre and this has come together rather happily.”A large open kitchen dominates the Other Naughty Piglet, which specialises in sharing dishes, playing on the idea of a theatre within a theatre.Lord Lloyd Webber, who was the Daily Telegraph’s food and wine critic for five years, said: “I wanted to have something that wasn’t too expensive, a bit casual, but good, where people could hang out and talk about theatre. We’re very pleased we’ve been included in the Good Food Guide.” Lunch special: Gremolata crust bone marrow, bitter leaf salad & a glass of wine for £10 at The Other Naughty PigletCredit:The Other Naughty Piglet 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.
By 2020 the number of countries eligible for support from Gavi will have fallen from 73 to 53.MPs are warning that despite the transition period immunisation rates in some middle-income countries are still stalling.Dr Philippa Whitford, chair of the all party group and Scottish National Party MP for Central Ayrshire, said just using a country’s gross national income (GNI) as the basis for whether it should have access to support was too crude a measure as many middle income countries had extreme inequality.”Gavi should look at access to vaccines across the country – what percentage of children are getting vaccines, does the country have areas of conflict or extreme poverty? “Gavi should be looking at countries in the round rather than just basing their support on whether the capital city has a lot of money,” she said.The report also highlights the growing trend of “vaccine hesitancy” – refusal of or scepticism about vaccines – in countries whatever their economic status.A recent study that only 14 countries in the world reported no vaccine hesitancy. The report blames fears over the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine going back almost 20 years for the explosion in the number of measles cases in Europe – more than 41,000 people contracted the disease in Europe in the first six months of 2018, almost twice the annual number of cases seen in the whole of 2017, which saw around 24,000 infections. 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. And objections to cholera vaccines in parts of Yemen and violence against polio workers in Pakistan are part of the same trend, the report warns.But Dr Whitford said that complacency as well as scepticism played a part in richer countries. ”Vaccination is a victim of its own success. Because people are no longer seeing the scourge that these diseases were, they think a disease like measles is not a big deal. In an era of airplane travel – and the ability to move around the world vaccination is critical,” she said.A spokesperson for Gavi acknowledged that using a country’s gross national income alone was not always appropriate.“This is why our board, comprised of donor countries, civil society as well as developing countries, has recently made decisions to ensure children in a small number of transitioning countries that are facing acute challenges continue to benefit from the Gavi support and are not left behind. Gavi will also continue to engage with countries in post-transition to mitigate risks of decreasing performance,” the spokesperson said. Millions of children around the world are missing out on life-saving vaccinations because countries which were once eligible for financial support can no longer afford them. The widespread introduction of vaccinations against deadly diseases such as polio, pneumonia and measles has been widely heralded as a game changer, saving an estimated 10 million lives between 2010 and 2015 according to the World Health Organization. But a new report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Vaccinations for All has highlighted how progress on the introduction of vaccines has stalled in recent years, with nearly 20 million children in 2017 failing to receive all 11 of the routine childhood vaccinations recommended by the WHO.The MPs have highlighted how children in middle income countries such as Nigeria and South Africa are particularly at risk of missing out.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––They are urging Gavi, an alliance which provides access to vaccines to developing countries, to change its eligibility and transition criteria.As countries become richer and move from low- to middle-income status they are no longer eligible for support from Gavi after a five-year transition period. After this they are eligible for reduced rates on vaccine purchases for five to 10 years. Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security But when this period finishes, countries have to pay full and some expensive vaccines such as for pneumococcal disease – which can cost up to $50 per dose – may be out of their reach, the report warns.
THE GOOD NEWS for Ireland is that the lineout and defensive issues they suffered at Twickenham on Saturday are fixable.Some of the mistakes Ireland delivered would be unacceptable to coaches at much lower levels of the game.We should stress that England’s performance was outstanding in all aspects and underlined their World Cup credentials, but Joe Schmidt will be focusing on his own team’s shortcomings – with plenty of evidence to choose from. Ireland had no answers for England’s attack. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOThe lineout was perhaps the worst it has ever been in Schmidt’s time in charge, meaning forwards coach Simon Easterby and his key leaders in the pack will be working hard to ensure it never malfunctions like that again.Those set-piece issues were deeply damaging in Twickenham, while the defensive performance was a shitshow of epic proportions. Defence coach Andy Farrell has never seen his charges torn apart in this fashion, leaving him with lots of work to do before the World Cup.It is true that most of Ireland’s starting team were playing their first game of the new season, but they defended like they hadn’t ever played together at times.The fatigue of a heavy eight-day training camp in Portugal certainly played a part in some of Ireland’s shortcomings but to concede basic scores as easily as they did will have been unacceptable to Schmidt, who tore strips off his team in the changing room afterwards.The defensive horror show will have been chief among a particularly uncompromising Schmidt analysis review. England scored their first try in the 13th minute and they barely took the foot off the gas thereafter, tearing Ireland apart for eight tries in total.Here, we look at six of those English tries.Joe Cokanasiga For England’s first score, Ireland’s issues start directly at the source of the ball around a scrum, as we can see below.Having initially shifted to the openside after Ben Youngs’ feed into the scrum, scrum-half Conor Murray begins to move back into the blindside channel [white] as Billy Vunipola picks the ball up.At the same time, blindside wing Jordan Larmour advances up [red], clearly also worried about a blindside attack.But Youngs  is already pushing off the scrum on the openside, while England’s blindside wing Jonny May  has tucked in behind out-half George Ford .Ireland appear to be worried about Vunipola carrying down the blindside but there is also flanker Peter O’Mahony to come off that side of the scrum, as well as number eight CJ Stander if required.Simply put, Ireland waste bodies in the blindside and already now they’re playing catch-up.Without Murray on his inside shoulder, Ireland out-half Ross Byrne now has to worry about Youngs [indicated in white below], as openside flanker Josh van der Flier [yellow] can’t get off the side of the scrum quick enough to mark up on the England nine.Had Byrne had a viable defender on his inside here, getting across to Young, the Ireland out-half could have turned his attention outwards to England’s Owen Farrell  running a hard decoy line.Instead, the chain effect sees Bundee Aki [blue above] having to respect Farrell’s run, in case Youngs slips him a short flat pass.But Youngs goes out the back of Farrell to Ford with a screen pass and though Aki slides beyond Farrell, he’s now playing catch-up on Ford, rather than being able to drift out beyond him again.The chain effect continues as Garry Ringrose now sits down on Manu Tuilagi [blue below], worrying about the short pass from Ford to the powerful outside centre.Instead, Ford uses a second screen pass [red] to find May out the back door and suddenly there is a real opportunity.With Elliot Daly and Joe Cokanasiga outside May and half the width of the pitch for them to work with after England have held the interior defence so well, Ireland now have to scramble well to survive. Instead, they concede.Jacob Stockdale is left in a tough position on the edge of the frontline defence. He could potentially sit off May here, backing down the pitch in a bid to allow those inside him to reconnect, before drifting off.Instead, he hammers inwards on May, hoping to tackle him ball-and-all and stop the attack dead.We don’t know if this is what Ireland’s defensive system under Andy Farrell calls for but, based on previous evidence, that would seem to be the case. Ireland regularly try to shut the ball down when exposed on the edges, rather than playing it safe and sitting off.May’s brilliant handling here sees him get the ball away just before Stockdale makes contact, allowing Daly to draw in Ireland fullback Rob Kearney, who also opts to hammer inwards [yellow below].We can see that Larmour [white above] is tracking across in the backfield, and blindside wings should always be working hard to provide a safety net in instances like this one.However, Larmour has been delayed by initially advancing up in the blindside channel at the scrum and he can’t make up the distance as the powerful Cokanasiga gets the ball with huge space to run diagonally into.The England wing fends Larmour as he finishes a superbly-executed backline play.From Ireland’s point of view, however, this kind of score is deeply disappointing to concede.“Certainly, the first one was really an error on the inside and then we were playing catch up out wide,” said Schmidt. “It was really well worked by them but our defence coming out off the scrum wasn’t as good as it needs to be and once that happens you’re in a tough position.”Elliot DalyBeing down to 14 men with Conor Murray on the ground injured certainly didn’t help Ireland for the second English try, but again they will be disappointed with their efforts.England’s attacking play throughout this passage is sublime, as they offload out of tackles, constantly forcing Ireland to work hard in defence, until the fatigue finally tells with Murray out of play.The second last phase is crucial, as Tuilagi comes on a hard, direct line [red below] off Young’s long pass [white] that attracts both Ringrose and Cian Healy into the tackle.Farrell makes a superb clearout to ensure quick ball and the opportunity beckons as Ireland are slow to fold around the corner.That lack of urgency, as well as Tuilagi’s superb carry, leaves Ireland very narrow to the ruck [red below], as Ford [blue] signals for the wide pass.Again, Stockdale is left in a tough situation on the left edge, with Ford having two players outside him in Tom Curry and Daly.Again, he opts to bite up and in [red below] onto the ball in a bid to stop it in Ford’s hands with a dominant tackle.Sitting off and trying to drift close to your own tryline is obviously not ideal, with the opposition so close to scoring obviously, but Aki might wonder if he could have got to Ford [as indicated in white above] had Stockdale worked outwards.Ireland have obviously had success from their edge defenders shooting up and in aggressively in recent years – think of Stockdale’s intercept tries during the 2018 Grand Slam – but there could possibly be more balance here, whether it is a systems or individual issue.In this case, Ford has the ability to get the ball away and Curry can draw up Kearney [yellow below] before feeding Daly for the score.Kearney makes neck contact with Curry after the England flanker has passed the ball here and is lucky to avoid being carded.Manu TuilagiThis was another hugely disappointing scrum score from Ireland’s point of view, with England barely having to work for their seven points.As we can see below, England keep Tuilagi  and Cokanasiga  on the right-hand side of the midfield scrum.Ireland position Aki , Byrne  and Stockdale  on that side of the scrum, aware that England could use Vunipola and Youngs breaking off the scrum to their right.Aki is positioned as the first defender off the scrum, with Ireland obviously worried about the threat of Vunipola carrying off the base – Leinster couldn’t handle him in the Champions Cup final last season from a similar position.But Aki ends up being too concerned about Vunipola, to Ireland’s detriment.As indicated in red below, Aki shoots up and in as Vunipola scoops the ball off the ground, committing early on to tackling the England number eight.But with van der Flier [yellow] breaking from the scrum into that same space and replacement scrum-half Luke McGrath [blue] actually tackling Vunipola as he instead passes the ball to Youngs, Ireland are committing three defenders onto Vunipola.Aki has no eyes on Youngs breaking off the scrum and now that means Byrne has to turn in on the England scrum-half [red below].With Youngs shifting the ball on to Tuilagi, Stockdale is once again left in a very tricky situation.Tuilagi is the threat on the ball, of course, but Cokanasiga is lurking wide.Stockdale has initially moved up into the passing channel between Tuilagi and Cokanasiga but the attempts to readjust inwards [yellow].He is essentially in no man’s land, however, and will have been disappointed not to even get a shoulder on Tuilagi to slow him.Instead, Tuilagi is able to break through and evade the clutches of CJ Stander, coming from the back of the scrum, to score England’s damaging third try soon before half-time.It’s simply too easy for England and Farrell will have been frustrated at his players not making the hosts at least work harder for their score.Maro ItojeHaving ended the first-half in a weak manner, Ireland started the second in shambolic form as another botched lineout allowed England back into attack mode just outside the Ireland 22.Reacting positively to mistakes – winning the next moment – has been a big focus for Ireland under Schmidt, but here they concede a try within a phase of the lineout malfunction.With Rory Best’s lineout throw having escaped Iain Henderson at the tail of the lineout, Ford scoops the ball up and feeds flanker Sam Underhill for a carry [red below].It’s a strong carry from Underhill into van der Flier’s tackle and it takes England over the 22-metre line, with Ireland’s forwards now having to retreat slightly to set themselves up defensively.It’s all too slow from Ireland here, as they react very poorly to their lineout error.As the Irish forwards move, we can see that replacement loosehead prop Jack McGrath initially gets his head up to scan [white below], seemingly spotting the threat of Itoje.But that’s the last time McGrath sees Itoje until it’s too late.As we can see below, Tadhg Furlong [yellow] sets up in behind the ruck, rather than directly at the fringe of it.McGrath now begins to worry about Youngs sniping and we can see that his gaze is directed at the England scrum-half [white below].He’s not aware of the clever line Itoje has picked [red], coming back across McGrath into the space to the right of the ruck – which Furlong hasn’t quite filled.Henderson is still moving into position [blue above] after falling to the ground at the lineout, but there doesn’t appear to be any communication from him to McGrath inside about the threat Itoje now poses.So as Youngs picks Itoje out on that intelligent line and McGrath does get his head back out from the ruck, the Ireland prop [white below] is already advancing beyond Itoje [red] and can’t react to engage in a tackle.Furlong attempts to get across from the ruck to tackle Itoje low [yellow below] but he misses the tackle against the explosive England lock.Ireland don’t have any cover in behind either, with fullback Kearney having swept across to his right after Underhill’s carry, seemingly concerned about a wide attack on that side. Stockdale, meanwhile, is wide on Ireland’s left – tracking England right wing Cokanasiga in that area.It’s another shockingly easy try for Ireland to concede at Test level.Tom CurryAfter Eddie Jones’ team have scored again through George Kruis at the end of a multi-phase attack that caught Ireland narrow on their right edge, England’s next try wasn’t much better from Ireland’s point of view as a simple and superbly-executed tip-on pass cut them apart.Having started at a scrum on the halfway line, England again run through their impressive phase play and leave themselves in a situation where they’re coming off the left-hand touchline. By Murray Kinsella Monday 26 Aug 2019, 12:27 PM Aug 26th 2019, 12:27 PM Get the latest Rugby World Cup news and analysis, delivered straight to your inbox: 53 Comments https://the42.ie/4782195 Basic and well-executed shape from England dismantles Ireland. We can see that the outstanding Kyle Sinckler  – who has made a sharp link pass only seconds before – is in the middle of a three-man pod.Flankers Curry  and Underhill  are either side of him as viable receivers of a pass from Sinckler after replacement scrum-half Willi Heinz has hit the skillful tighthead prop.Out the back, Ford  is also a possible receiver of a pullback pass from Sinckler.Defensively, Ireland are poorly organised, with their spacing an issue here.Classically, we might have seen Ireland defend in the manner indicated below, with van der Flier [white] dealing with Sinckler, Toner taking Underhill [yellow], while O’Mahony [red] plugged the inside and Henderson [blue] worried about a pullback pass.Instead, we see Toner turning in on Sinckler here.As indicated below, the Ireland lock looks to hit Sinckler [yellow] but the tighthead is clever enough to tip the ball on to Underhill on his right.With that spacing between Toner and Henderson initially very wide, the Ulsterman can’t adjust inwards to deal with Underhill bursting into clear space.Now, we don’t know for sure what Ireland’s defensive system in phase play calls for each player to do – who to mark up on in these instances – but we can say with certainty that there is a major disconnect between the defenders in this instance, with poor organisation allowing a clean linebreak where one really shouldn’t happen.As Underhill breaks through [white above], it’s also disappointing for Ireland that Curry [red] is able to get in behind so cleanly too.There is no effort from O’Mahony or McGrath on the inside to impede or slow his progress through to support Underhill, meaning the openside can simply draw in last man Larmour and feed his back row partner for another England try.Joe Cokanasiga’s secondIreland’s woes on scrum defence returned for England’s seventh, as they struck on first-phase for yet another all-too-easy score.On this occasion, it’s a right-hand-side scrum for the English, meaning Ireland scrum-half McGrath will be in play as a defender on the openside.Heinz does a good job, however, picking the ball from the scrum and taking just a couple of steps to hold McGrath from drifting immediately out.That means that Ireland out-half Jack Carty will be initially dealing with opposite number Ford [indicated in white below], which isn’t a major issue at this stage if Ireland’s midfield defence work together.Blindside wing Cokanasiga [pink above] is already in motion behind the England midfield, so Ireland should be well aware that there is the threat of a pullback pass here, most obviously from Farrell at 12.As Ford passes the ball to Farrell in the shot below, that should trigger Ireland’s midfield defence into shifting out a man, essentially sliding onto the next attacker rather than the man they had initially marked up on.In this case, that would mean Carty drifting onto Farrell [white below], Aki shifting out to Tuilagi [red] and Ringrose tracking Cokanasiga out the back door [yellow].Ireland are coming forward at pace at the same time, making it trickier obviously, and we can see that Aki and Ringrose are already slightly ahead of Carty on the inside, creating an early disconnect.Aki then makes the decision to go and engage Farrell [red below], rather than drifting off him and leaving Carty to make any possible tackle on Farrell.As Aki goes to hit Farrell, though, the England centre has the skill to release his pass to the outside.Because Aki bites down on Farrell, Ringrose at 13 is left with a split-second decision to make – track Tuilagi’s direct run for a possible short pass, or slip past him to deal with Cokanasiga on a possible screen pass from Farrell.As ever, Farrell superbly disguises his true intention with his hard-to-read body language and Ringrose opts to respect Tuilagi’s line, worrying about the England 13′s sheer power, and bites down on him [yellow below].Farrell instead superbly releases the ball out the back of Tuilagi to allow Cokanasiga to steam into space [pink above], with Ireland’s next defender – Andrew Conway – having been in drift mode [white above] outside Ringrose, concerned about Daly and May out wide.Cokanasiga scorches through into space and again the Irish backfield can’t redeem the situation.Heinz has run an intelligent pre-emptive line after his initial pass to take him up to Cokanasiga’s inside [blue below].Larmour [red above] is attempting to track back after initially sweeping over to the right-hand side of the backfield, worried about England launching a wide attack from the scrum.Larmour is quick but he’s not in realistic position to catch the thundering Cokanasiga, leaving Stockdale as the only hope for Ireland after tracking across [white above] from Ireland’s left-hand side.Heinz is a worry, of course, but Stockdale is likely to feel he could have at least engaged into contact with Cokanasiga here, forcing the England wing to test his skills with an inside pass or offload.Instead, Stockdale [white above] looks to get into the passing channel between Cokanasiga and Heinz, hoping for an intercept, but the England wing simply dummies and strides clear to score.In truth, the damage had already been done with a simple screen play to take Ireland’s midfield apart.“They undid us with that one through the middle from a very basic play from Owen Farrell going in behind 13 and Cokasinga getting the space through the middle,” said Schmidt. “So, there’s some pretty big frustration there.”The eighth English try came directly from yet another botched Ireland lineout, this time on their own five-metre line. Those set-piece issues need to be fixed urgently ahead of the World Cup.The defence, meanwhile, was dire in London, although everything we have seen here is certainly fixable. These kinds of errors would not be expected from elite Test rugby players. Schmidt spoke about how Ireland were “really disappointed with the lack of connection” in their defence and they now need to remedy these issues rapidly before taking on Wales in Cardiff.- This article was updated at 2.46pm to amend the numbering on the screenshot of England’s set-up to the right of the scrum before Manu Tuilagi’s try. Analysis: England run rampant through Ireland’s defensive horror show Joe Schmidt’s team were extremely poor in defence as they were hammered in Twickenham. Share12 Tweet Email3 32,696 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
River Plate President Rodolfo D’Onofrio hopes that the coming days will mark the end of violence in Argentine football and its society.Rodolfo spoke to Marca in the hours leading up to the grand final between Boca Juniors and River Plate and he is confident that there will be no violence even after receiving threats to his life and family.“This Thursday in the Congress, a law was projected against that and the House is approving very strong sanctions for those who commit those acts.”“I want this to be an example for Argentine football so that there is a before and after. As England did with the hooligans, in Spain with the ultras… the hardest law must be applied. I hope to see improvement on this.”“It’s a great shame that the most important match in Argentina has to be played in another country. I also hold the AFA responsible because those who manage it would have had to talk with the institutions.”Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).“You don’t have to gather an army to be able to play football, but intelligence.”“You have to turn the page after everything that has happened. We are already in Madrid and we are trying to concentrate on the match. We want it to be a party atmosphere and understand that it is a game, it’s not about the death of anyone.“Both teams are representations of what is the Argentine’s passion for football. I hope you see a real show and not what’s happened over the last days.”
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Spending on military construction and family housing programs would reach $10.3 billion next year, a $241 million increase over the current year’s allocation, under the conference report for a fiscal 2019 spending package covering the military construction-Veterans Affairs, energy-water and legislative branch appropriations bills. The funding level falls $130.6 million below the Pentagon’s budget request, however.The bill provides $100 million in milcon funds — $50 million to the Air Force, and $50 million to the Navy and Marine Corps — to alleviate shortfalls in funding for access control points, air traffic control towers, fire stations and anti-terrorism/force protection projects, the conferees stated. “There has been much concern on both sides of the aisle that these types of military construction projects continually fall short of securing funding in a fiscal year due to higher priorities within the services,” according to the report. The services will need to submit a spending plan for the extra funds within 30 days after the bill is enacted, the report says.Separately, the conference agreement provides $193.4 million for the Energy Resilience and Conservation Investment Program (ERCIP), which represents a $43.4 million increase over the budget request. The extra funds are intended to fund the top six unfunded requirements under the program, according to the report. The conference report includes an additional $5 million for the defense-wide planning and design account specifically for ERCIP.A listing of the 167 construction projects worldwide funded in the measure is included in the conference report.Photo by Patrick Buffett
Zaheerabad: MLA Manik Rao participated in the Haritha Haram programme conducted at Rayipalli village on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, Manik Rao said, “I will try to get more funds to the villages which brings good results in Haritha Haram. It should not be an idea of just planting a plant, people should save them until they become trees and give shelter.” Village Sarpanch Chukkamma, MPTC Ramulu, Hugelli Ramulu Yadav, Vijay Mohan Reddy, Chiranjeevi Reddy, Yesu Rathnam, Rama Chandar and others were present.
Last Wednesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May sacked Gavin Williamson from the position of defence secretary following a leak of sensitive information from a National Security Council meeting. The leak was about Huawei’s 5G technology being allowed to grow with help from the UK, but the police pointed out that it was not a criminal offence.Williamson said in a statement, “With the Metropolitan Police not willing to do a criminal investigation it is clear a proper, full and impartial investigation needs to be conducted on this shabby and discredited witch-hunt that has been so badly mishandled by both the prime minister and Mark Sedwill.”The UK is in a bind, as the debate has shifted from security concerns regarding Huawei to allegations of leaks to the press from within the government. Then, the landscape changed when rumours surfaced that Vodafone, Europe’s largest phone company, had found a backdoor into Huawei’s networking equipment a few years ago.Three of the five countries from the intelligence-sharing Five Eyes network, the USA, Australia and New Zealand have already banned Huawei Technologies from being used in government agencies. This put pressure on the UK and Canada from Washington, as the US publicly condemned companies that used Huawei technology. Experts on the subject believe that the US wants to prevent a Chinese company from being the leaders in bringing the new technology to the world. The ultimate decision would essentially result in a trade-off between security concerns and the rejection of newer, more powerful technology. Huawei 5GHuaweiThese developments have had a major impact on global relations. Canada is suffering due to the import block imposed by China in view of the US-China spat. “It is the United States’ position that putting Huawei or any other untrustworthy vendor in any part of the 5G telecommunications network is a risk,” said Robert Strayer, deputy assistant secretary for cyber, international communications and information policy at the State Department. The US is stating a possible breach as the main reason for denying advancement to 5G through Huawei.India has been dragged in the fray as well. A senior government official told Economic Times, “We are seeing that the UK has decided to use Huawei equipment in some non-core areas. Also, Germany is pushing back on the US pressure,” he said in reference to the pushback from the two countries. “It is unfair to deprive telcos of end-to-end technology at a lower cost which the Chinese company offers.” Huawei has released a new video showing its new fast charging technology, is the company prepping up something new for MWC 2018?ReutersHuawei officials seem confident that the company will be allowed to conduct trials in India, reiterating their track record in security and their primary objectives of protecting user data. They hope to begin trial after the election results get announced on May 23. “Our equipment is compliant to international standards and tests, and we are ready to comply with any government regulations and tests in India,” said the senior Huawei India official. Stakeholders await the allotment of the 5G spectrum by the Indian government.In a conference on February 26, Huawei’s rotating chairman, Guo Ping had assaulted the US over security concerns: “Prism, prism, on the wall, who is the most trustworthy of them all?” he said in reference to the previously-secret NSA (National Security Agency) data surveillance project. “If you don’t understand that question, you can go ask Edward Snowden.” He added, “The Cloud Act allows them to access data cross-borders. So, for the best technology and for greater security, please choose Huawei.”A decision is yet to be made on all fronts and the longer this debate drags out, the more time other companies will have to catch up to Huawei. Huawei P30 Pro First Impressions, a super camera smartphone with extensive photography skills Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:06/0:57Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:51?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …
00:00 /00:55 Industries most at riskAcross Houston’s labor market as a whole, 46.3 percent of the job tasks currently performed by workers will likely be automatable in the future. Some of the industries most likely to be impacted – both nationwide and in Houston – include food service, administrative roles and transportation. “Houston’s a pretty large logistics and transportation hub. And one of the jobs that’s at most risk for disruption is truck driving,” Maxim said. “In particular with the rise of autonomous vehicles there’s going to be some pretty significant changes to the long haul trucking and logistics and transportation industries moving forward.”Another sector in Houston that will feel the brunt of these emerging technologies is fossil fuel extraction.“The jobs that are around fossil fuel extraction and refinement are highly automatable,” Maxim said. “They’re things that are fairly dangerous, they’re things that are fairly rote and routine, and so they’re kind of primed to be able to be turned over to machines moving forward.”Timeline for integrationIn the study, the researchers looked at technologies that are already in development. Maxim said most would start being integrated into the workforce by 2030, though it would likely be another 15 to 35 years after that before they’re widespread.“The idea is a lot of this stuff is still in prototype stages, but by 2030 it should be operational, [and] be able to be employed in the job. And so just because something is able to be deployed by 2030 doesn’t mean it necessarily will be everywhere,” he said.He compared the integration of automation technologies to the way personal computing transformed the workplace.“Even jobs that are at low risk are going to still have some of their tasks and some of their day to day routines automated by new technologies moving forward,” he said. “So this is something that just as the personal computer touched nearly every job in the United States, these new technologies are going to have a similar widespread impact where they’re affecting almost every worker.” Share X PixabayAbout one in four jobs in Houston are at high risk of being displaced by automation in years to come, according to a recent report by the Brookings Institution.The study looked at how emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning will transform the American workforce.“With automation and artificial intelligence moving forward, I think it conjures up images of robots moving around, like Rosie the maid from the Jetsons going around tidying up the house,” said Robert Maxim, a senior research analyst at the Brookings Institution and one of the authors of the report. “But a lot this stuff is actually going to be computer software. It might not even have a physical presence in the world.”The researchers classified a job as high-risk if 70 percent or more of the tasks involved have the potential to be automated.“What that means is if you’re replacing 75 percent of the tasks then you’re not going to need as many workers conducting that job in the economy,” Maxim said. “There’s not going to be this mass displacement, but in certain occupations there will certainly be displacement and people will need to find new jobs.”With 25.5 percent of its jobs at high risk of being automated, Houston was slightly higher than the national average of 25 percent, and ranked 29 out of the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen
The Wii U has now been officially announced along with release dates for the US, Japan, and Europe. But we still don’t know that much about the hardware other than it will run a triple-core IBM Broadway CPU, an AMD Radeon GPU, and gives developers (only) 1GB of RAM to play with.Until Nintendo decide to divulge more information and get the Wii U out there for us all to play with, the only thing we can judge the system on is the trailers publishers are releasing this week.Below we’ve collected together the best of the bunch (so far) that show off the potential of the launch window games. There’s nothing that screams “better than Xbox!” but it’s certainly a massive step up from the Wii‘s SD capabilities.Is the Wii U worth $299.99? Are these games worth the $60 each you’ll probably have to pay for them? Watch what is currently the best of the trailers before deciding to pre-order: Our opinion? There’s nothing that stands out as a system seller yet, but there is a lot of choice and a couple of months left for Nintendo to wow us. How much title choice there will be on launch day has yet to be confirmed, though.Another aspect of the system to consider is the surprise inclusion of Nintendo TVii, which is all about accessing non-gaming content, such as hooking into Netflix and chatting with friends as you watch a movie or TV show. It’s certainly not enough on its own to sell the system, but does mean the Wii U will be powered on for more than just games.
For many years now, scientists have wondered why the universe is expanding faster than it should be. Through conventional knowledge of physics, the universe should be expanding at a slower pace that observations show that it is. “There are two main theories for why the universe is expanding so fast,” Martin Kunz tells PhysOrg.com. “One is modified gravity and the other is the presence of dark energy. We want to figure out how to distinguish between the two.” Explore further Citation: Modified gravity v. dark energy (2007, April 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-04-gravity-dark-energy.html Detecting the difference between dark energy and modified gravity would provide physicists with a better understanding of how the universe works. And detecting modified gravity would add a further benefit by contributing to the understanding of one the fundamental forces in the universe. Kunz, a scientist at the University of Geneva, and his colleague Domenico Sapone have published a Letter in Physical Review Letters addressing the difficulties of distinguishing between modified gravity and dark energy. The Letter is titled “Dark Energy versus Modified Gravity.”“There are theoretical problems with dark energy,” explains Kunz, “and this had led people to modified Einstein’s general relativity in order to get modified gravity, which some think would explain the expansion of the universe.” The problem, he says, comes in when one tries to observe one of these phenomena. “We cannot observe either dark energy or modified gravity directly. We can only observe how galaxies behave.”Kunz points out that in many models, the universe is shown as smooth, assuming that the energy is evenly distributed and homogenous. “This is not completely the case,” Kunz says. “There are small fluctuations. But many measurements only probe the smooth universe.” He continues: “In this simple model, you can make everything look like a component with negative pressure, there is no way to decide whether it is due to dark energy or a modification of gravity.” Some scientists have looked at the growth of structure in the universe as way to distinguish between the effects of modified gravity and the effects of dark energy. It is these measurements that Kunz and Sapone find lacking in terms of ability to detect differences between the two. Through some modeling and equations of their own, the two have found that dark energy perturbations can affect the distribution of galaxies in a way that matches the effects of modified gravity. “At a certain level, dark energy and modified gravity look the same,” Kunz explains.“People hoped that you could prove general relativity wrong by studying how structure forms in the universe,” Kunz says. “We showed that you could rule out certain models of dark energy, but not general relativity itself.”So, while Kunz and Sapone did not manage to show how to distinguish dark energy from modified gravity, they did discover new avenues that need to be explored in the debate of modified gravity versus dark energy. And they discovered something else: “One thing we saw that was really essential was anisotropic stress,” says Kunz. “The presence or absence of anisotropic stress might help to distinguish between the two. If we measure the presence of anisotropic stress in the universe, it is more likely to be modified gravity.”Kunz also sees hope for the future of settling this debate. “Over the next few years, precise measurements of weak gravitational lensing will become possible, which also measures anisotropic stress. Combined with the next round of distance measurements with supernovae, we will be able to get good constraints.”Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Supercomputer shows ‘Chameleon Theory’ could change how we think about gravity 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.