Your Goals and Your Effort

first_imgAs a young child, I went to Catholic Schools. When I reached my rebellious teenage years, my grades began to suffer. But at Catholic schools, you received two grades. The first was your letter grade, the mark that you achieved. The second grade was a number between 1 and 4. My grades consisted of a lot of C4’s. That meant that I got a C and put forth absolutely the lowest possible effort.I didn’t get in trouble for the C. I got in trouble for the 4. My mom would have taken a C1, that would have indicated an average score with the maximum effort. She would not accept a C4, even though I gave her plenty of them.If you are doing just enough to reach your activity quota, you aren’t working to your capacity. How does one know this? Because you are at—or just under— what someone else has required of you. That activity goal is not a goal you set for yourself. Instead, it is what someone else expects of you, likely determined by what is average, what is acceptable.If the activity quota would have been greater when you started, then you would already be doing more than you are now, provided you are the kind of person who does only what is expected of them, and no more. You’d also be producing the better results that would accompany greater effort.What someone else finds acceptable for you should not be what you find acceptable. That would be to accept too low a standard. Your standard should be your own. You should work to your potential.Your goals are your own. Your personal quota is not your company’s quota. It is what you determine you want for yourself. If you want greater income, then you can’t work to what is minimally acceptable performance. If you want to work to your full potential, you have to put forth the effort of which you are capable, not what someone else will accept from you.If you are honest with yourself about how you are doing, would you grade yourself a 1 for maximum effort, or would the score you give yourself indicate that you are coasting, doing just enough to get by?path Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Rebellion in Nagpur Cong.: 17 corporators pick their leader

first_imgNagpur: The factionalism in the Nagpur city unit of the Congress has come to the fore once again as 17 of the 29 corporators in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) refusing to accept Sanjay Mahakalkar as their leader.After the NMC elections in which the Congress’s tally was reduced to 29 seats from 41 in 2012, the party decided to appoint Mr. Mahakalkar as the leader of the opposition (LoP). However, his appointment did not go down well with the majority of workers and corporators as they wanted to see Prafulla Gudadhe Patil as the LoP. Mr. Mahakalkar is considered close to district Congress chief Vikas Thakre, who had suffered a humiliating defeat in the NMC elections.Earlier this week, a group handed over a letter of support of 17 corporators to the Nagpur divisional commissioner and asked him to appoint Tananji Wanve as the LoP.The development came two days before when Mr. Mahakalkar was planning to send Mr. Thakre as the nominated member to the NMC.On Wednesday, the 17 corporators paraded in front of the divisional commissioner’s representative claiming a majority in the Congress unit.“Mr. Mahakalkar was appointed unfairly by those who did not even have the people’s support and had lost their elections whereas popular leader like Mr. Patil was sidelined despite defeating the BJP panel in the Chief Minister’s backyard. We raised this issue with the state Congress leadership and also with vice-president Rahul Gandhi during a recent meeting in New Delhi. We are not opposed to anyone, but every decision in the party should be taken after consulting everyone, which was not done at the time of the appointment of Mr. Mahakalkar as the LoP,” Mr. Wanve told The Hindu.“The State leadership had assured us that they would declare the group with the majority as the Congress unit. Now the majority is with us and we expect that the divisional commissioner give us a letter of recognition in a couple of days. We are keeping the State and the Central leadership in the loop about every single development,” he said.Mr. Thakre, however, claimed that the breakaway group is illegal. “They do not have the party’s support. The party had sent an observer who had appointed Mr. Mahakalkar as the LoP. This group is backed by Satish Chaturvedi (former cabinet minister). I have already told the State leadership about this group’s anti-party activities.”last_img read more

Goa to hold science and art fete in November

first_imgFollowing the success of its first science-meets-art festival, The Story of Light, in Goa in 2015, its organisers are back this November with ‘The Story of Space’ festival.The event will be held at various venues across the city from November 10 to19. “The Story Of Space 2017 is an interdisciplinary, informal learning festival that will explore ‘space’ and its connection to science, philosophy, art and culture. It proposes to engage artists, scientists, educators, and philosophers to create informal learning experiences for all ages. Admission is free,” festival co-director Shaira Sequeira Shetty told The Hindu here on Thursday.The organisers — The Story of Foundation — have also announced a crowd funding initiative for the month-long festival, which is hosted in partnership with the Corporation of the city of Panaji. The organisers expect 50,000 visitors. The event will also include public installations, performances, films, workshops, talks and panel discussions. “The overall festival goals are to promote a public understanding of current science; to create a network and platform for science, philosophy, art, and culture to meet through cross-and inter-disciplinary stories; and to promote the sensibility of patterns that connect,” Ms. Shetty said. Over 50 proposals have been selected based on diverse criteria.Giving the highlights of the projects, Ms. Shetty said that in Physics, Robin Meier is composing a new musical score based on satellite data obtained from the European Space Agency. Alongside, he is sculpting the first-of-its kind musical instrument from a meteorite. In philosophy, S. Bhuvuneshwari will share concepts of space as discussed in Indian philosophy. Aalto University Media Lab from Finland opens a line of communication between Helsinki and Goa. New Media students will design two installations, one in Helsinki and the other at the festival, where the audience will interact and communicate with others, in a way that evokes questions around power, nationality, borders, race and relationships. This project under “Politics” is supported by Aalto University. Under Perception, Akash and Thomas from Sound.Codes are archiving and recreating landmarks and heritage spaces in Goa by mapping their acoustics.last_img read more

Hat-trick for Patna Pirates

first_imgAfter an initial lull, Pardeep Narwal bustled up and turned a ray of sunshine as Patna Pirates beat Gujarat Fortunegiants 55-38 to clinch its third straight title in the ProKabaddi league here on Saturday.After the crowd soaked in the nightclub vibe — it went wild as if lured into riotous living — before the play began, the Fortunegiants flew high initially.While defending — its forte — it was wonderfully braced. Its defenders, mostly forming a chain, seemed to take any raider down with ease. Pirates suffered an all-out to go down 3-9, and even its cracker-jack of a raider, Pardeep Narwal, looked as if he was disarmed and helpless. He was held easy when the Pirates went down 6-13.But it all was to become a distant memory for the Pirates as Narwal turned beastly eftsoons. One particular stretch of play showed his devilish efficiency. The Pirates was down to two men and on the verge of an all-out, when he raided a full-strength opposition and put out two defenders. From there, with him pulling off a few more successful raids, the situation reversed that the Fortunegiants suffered an all-out. Narwal scored 19 points in all.The result: Patna Pirates 55 bt Gujarat Fortunegiants 38.Special awards (for the season): Top-scorer: Pardeep Narwal (Patna Pirates); Best debutant: Sachin (Gujarat Fortunegiants); Best raider: Pardeep Narwal; Best defender: Surender Nada (Haryana Steelers); Most valuable player: Pardeep Narwal.last_img read more

Uttar Pradesh govt. scraps free pilgrimage scheme for elderly

first_imgThe Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has scrapped the Shravan Yatra, a scheme under which elderly citizens could go on pilgrimage trips free of cost.The Shravan Yatra was started in 2015 under the previous Samajwadi Party government headed by Akhilesh Yadav.Responding to a question raised in the State Assembly, U.P Minister for Religious Affairs, Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary, said the Shravan Yatra was being scrapped in “public interest”. “There is no plan to revive the scheme,” he said.Former CM Mr. Yadav had kickstarted the scheme under the name of “Samajwadi Shravan Yatra” in March 2015, as part of his outreach to counter allegations of Muslim appeasement by the BJP.Under the scheme, the government bore the entire boarding and lodging expenses for pilgrimage trips undertaken by senior citizens. The name of the yatra was inspired by the story of Shravan Kumar, who had carried his blind parents on his shoulders for a pilgrimage.This year, a shadow was cast over the yatra after the trips scheduled for October, November and December were cancelled as the IRCTC, which organises the travel, did not receive the necessary funds from the Religious Affairs Ministry even though Rs 14 crore was allocated for it. Also, while six trains were running under the scheme last year, under the new government the number had fallen to two.Pilgrimage trips were scheduled for Somnath, Dwarka, Madurai, Puri and Konark this year.last_img read more

Patient ‘beaten up’ by doctor in Cuttack

first_imgIn yet another shocking incident, a patient on Thursday alleged that he was mercilessly beaten up by a senior doctor of SCB Medical College and Hospital’s nephrology department. The patient, a native of Baragarh district, alleged that when he came for further treatment on Thursday, Prof. Chittaranjan Kar slapped and kicked him saying why he had not come on the day when he has outdoor duty. However, Prof. Kar denied the allegations, saying he never assaulted the patient. Hospital Superintendent Prof. Shyama Kanungo confirmed that she had received a complaint in this regard.last_img

Only slippers at Bihar board exams

first_imgThe Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has, as part of its efforts to prevent cheating, asked students not to wear shoes and socks and instead wear slippers to the upcoming Class X board examinations beginning on February 21.In the past, Bihar has hit the headlines for mass cheating and toppers scam in Class X and Intermediate board examinations.In the just-concluded Intermediate examinations, 985 students were expelled for resorting to “unfair means” and 25 were caught for impersonation.“The board has decided that only candidates wearing slippers will be allowed to enter the examination halls… those coming to the centres wearing shoes and socks will have to remove them outside,” said BSEB chairman Anand Kishor. “Of late, many agencies conducting entrance examinations too have banned shoes and socks inside examination halls.”Last year too, shoes, socks and even full sleeve shirts were not allowed inside the exam centres. “It might sound bizarre, but it is necessary as mass cheating in board examinations has become a regular feature in the State for the last several years… it is only in the last two years that the BSEB has started taking tough measures,” said Sanjay Kumar, a student. Last year too, the BSEB had taken tough steps, following which most of the students had failed to clear the class X and Intermediate board examinations. Earlier, toppers in the board examinations had hit the headlines when they were caught on camera giving ridiculous answers to basics questions on their subjects. In all, 17.70 lakh students will sit for the board examinations this year, scheduled to be held from February 21 to February 28, at 1,426 centres across the State.last_img read more

Agitation over milk prices called off in Maharashtra

first_imgThe Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) led by Lok Sabha MP Raju Shetti announced the withdrawal of agitation by dairy farmers late on Thursday night. This followed the State government’s directive to cooperative and private milk societies to pay ₹25 per litre milk to producers from July 21.“Since the government has accepted our demand to give ₹25 per litre rate to dairy farmer, we have decided to withdraw the agitation,” Mr Shetti told The Hindu after a meeting with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Earlier in the evening Dairy Development Minister Mahadev Jankar said in the Assembly, “The government has decided to not give any subsidy on packaged milk. For the rest of milk production, the government will give ₹5 per litre subsidy which will be given either to milk collection societies or to the ones which will process the milk.” This announcement followed a meeting attended by Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Mr. Fadnavis, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, NCP leader Ajit Pawar, and leaders and representatives of milk suppliers federation. Following the decision, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis called Mr. Shetti for a meeting to Nagpur.The farmers had been holding protests across the state since Monday, seeking a hike of ₹5 per litre in the procurement prices. The impact of the protest was felt in some cities, including Pune, where the supply of milk was partially affected.At a previous meeting on July 10, the government had announced ₹50 per kilogram subsidy on milk powder produced for export. To avail this benefit the societies will now have to pay ₹25 per litre to dairy farmers.last_img read more

China river barrier breaches, Arunachal safe

first_imgThe Disaster Management Department in Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday marked the central part of the State safe after water of Tibet’s Yarlung Tsangpo River overtopped a landslide-induced barrier in the morning and started flowing downstream.A landslide in the Milin section of Yarlung Tsangpo at about 11 am on October 29 had created a 1.70 km barrier, temporarily blocking the flow of water towards Arunachal Pradesh. A landslide of bigger intensity in the same section on October 17 had created a 3.5 km barrier.The Yarlung Tsangpo becomes the Siang after entering India and flows through three districts of Arunachal Pradesh — Upper Siang, Siang and East Siang — before meeting two other rivers to form the Brahmaputra in Assam downstream.“We received information from China via the Central Water Commission that the accumulated water began overtopping the Milin section barrier at 9:30 am. The water reached Tuting in Upper Siang at 5:55 pm and is likely to reach Pasighat (on Arunachal Pradesh-Assam border) at 3 am on Thursday,” Bidol Tayeng, secretary of Arunachal Pradesh’s Disaster Management Department told The Hindu.He said that the force and volume of the water were less than that on October 19 when the barrier formed on Yarlung Tsangpo 13 days ago had breached.However, the heads of the districts through which the Siang River meanders have been asked to ensure people do not venture out to the river for any purpose until the flow of water becomes normal.last_img read more

35 students going to PM’s rally injured

first_imgThirty-five students on their way to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Dharamshala were injured when their bus overturned in Kangra district on Thursday, an official said.The students from a computer training centre were heading for the Dharamshala’s Police Grounds in a private bus when the accident took place in the district’s Jawala sub-division. The condition of five of the injured is said to be critical, the official said.Congress president Rahul Gandhi said he was saddened to hear the news. “I pray to God that those who are injured get relief as soon as possible,” he said on Facebook.last_img

‘Delhi mein sarkar badal do’: Mamata Banerjee’s call at Opposition rally

first_imgKolkata Opposition rally | Live: ‘Modi govt has passed its expiry date,’ says Mamata  The BJP’s days at the Centre were numbered. “There is courtesy in politics, but the BJP does not follow it. Those who are not with BJP are called thieves,” she said.Ms. Banerjee claimed that the BJP did not give respect to many of its own senior leaders and people like Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari were ignored in that party.“Modi and his associates are now talking of collective leadership, but if the BJP wins the Lok Sabha polls, these leaders will be ignored again,” she said.The present situation in the country was of “super Emergency”. It was worse than the one imposed by Indira Gandhi, she alleged. Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Saturday came out with a call,‘Delhi mein sarkar badal do’  (change the government at the Centre) at a mega Opposition rally organised by her party. Ms. Banerjee asserted that the “expiry date” of the Modi government was over and a united Opposition would win the coming general election. She promised to work together along with other Opposition parties. Who the prime minister would be decided after polls, she said.Also Readlast_img read more

Genes don’t just influence your IQ—they determine how well you do in school

first_imgIf you sailed through school with high grades and perfect test scores, you probably did it with traits beyond sheer smarts. A new study of more than 6000 pairs of twins finds that academic achievement is influenced by genes affecting motivation, personality, confidence, and dozens of other traits, in addition to those that shape intelligence. The results may lead to new ways to improve childhood education.  “I think this is going to end up being a really classic paper in the literature,” says psychologist Lee Thompson of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, who has studied the genetics of cognitive skills and who was not involved in the work. “It’s a really firm foundation from which we can build on.”Researchers have previously shown that a person’s IQ is highly influenced by genetic factors, and have even identified certain genes that play a role. They’ve also shown that performance in school has genetic factors. But it’s been unclear whether the same genes that influence IQ also influence grades and test scores.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In the new study, researchers at King’s College London turned to a cohort of more than 11,000 pairs of both identical and nonidentical twins born in the United Kingdom between 1994 and 1996. Rather than focus solely on IQ, as many previous studies had, the scientists analyzed 83 different traits, which had been reported on questionnaires that the twins, at age 16, and their parents filled out. The traits ranged from measures of health and overall happiness to ratings of how much each teen liked school and how hard they worked. Then, the researchers collected data on how well each individual scored on the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exam, an exam that all students in the United Kingdom must take and which is used for admission to advanced classes or colleges.The team found nine general groups of traits that were all highly hereditary—the identical twins were more likely to share the traits than nonidentical twins—and also correlated with performance on the GCSE. Not only were traits other than intelligence correlated with GCSE scores, but these other traits also explained more than half of the total genetic basis for the test scores.In all, about 62% of the individual differences in academic achievement—at least when it came to GCSE scores—could be attributed to genetic factors, a number similar to previous studies’ findings, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“It’s really important to understand why children differ in academic achievement,” says developmental psychologist Kaili Rimfeld of King’s College London, an author of the new paper. “These twin studies show that there’s a genetic basis for the differences in how easy or enjoyable children find learning.” Understanding that there’s a genetic basis for why people differ in not only intelligence, but also their drive to learn, she says, underscores the need for personalized classrooms where students can learn in different ways—from computer programs to hands-on projects—that are most fitted to their own personalities.The results, Thompson points out, would likely differ in less-developed countries where children don’t have equal access to education; academic achievement in these places is shaped more by opportunities than genetics. And the new study gives little information on what the genes might be that influence test scores. “Each one of these traits is very complex,” she says, “so we’re talking about hundreds of genes that are acting together.” Future studies, she says, may be able to shed light on specific genes that affect academic achievement, which could help diagnose or treat learning disabilities.*Correction, 7 October, 12:20 p.m.: This item originally stated that 62% of academic achievement could be attributed to genetic factors. In fact, the research showed that 62% of the differences between individual students’ GCSE scores were attributed to genetic factors.last_img read more

Are earthquakes also earth burps?

first_imgAn “excuse me” might be nice. Researchers have found that Earth belches a potent greenhouse gas known as tetrafluoromethane (CF4) during earthquakes and other tectonic events. The emissions likely aren’t making a significant contribution to global warming, but the findings could change the way scientists model future climate scenarios. They also complicate the use of CF4 as a way to measure how the continents and climate have changed over millennia.CF4 is among the most persistent greenhouse gasses. It lingers in the atmosphere for an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 years, says Karl Haase, a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research chemist in Reston, Virginia, who reviewed the new paper but was not affiliated with the study. “Once it’s in the air, it’s there.” CF4’s long life span makes it interesting to scientists studying the history of Earth’s climate over the eons, but until now not much was understood about how it gets into the atmosphere, he says.Scientists did know that the slow weathering of granite and other metamorphic rocks by rainfall created CF4. But when USGS hydrologist Daniel Deeds in San Diego, California, and colleagues observed elevated levels of the gas in groundwater samples near an active fault in the Mojave Desert, they began to suspect tectonic activity might also play a role.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)For the new study, they tested 14 groundwater samples from aquifers along the “Big Bend” area of the San Andreas fault northwest of Los Angeles, California. All but one of the samples showed levels of CF4 that were higher than waters that had been in contact with air, indicating that the chemical was being absorbed from stone deep underground.After accounting for the CF4 that could be attributed to weathering, the team found that water samples closer to the fault contained excess CF4 levels that were significantly higher than those from farther away. And ground waters that were within 200 meters of the San Andreas fault contained excess levels of CF4 that were “orders of magnitude” higher than elsewhere in the region, according to the paper. “You get these slower emissions from weathering, and then you get these burps of CF4 from tectonic activity,” Deeds says.It’s still not clear whether the CF4 is created by the fracturing of Earth during an earthquake or by chemical changes in the high pressures of deep fault zones—geological stresses that would lead to an earthquake eventually. Either way, Deeds notes, the emissions can take thousands of years to reach Earth’s surface, which means scientists couldn’t use CF4 release to predict earthquakes.Human activity like aluminum and semiconductor production is a much bigger source of CF4 in the atmosphere, but understanding where weaker natural emissions come from is still important because of its extraordinarily long life, says Jochen Harnisch, an atmospheric scientist with the environment and climate policy division of KfW Development Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, who was not affiliated with the study.A potentially more significant result of the study, published online before print in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, could be on how CF4 is used in studying changes in the planet’s carbon balance over time, Deeds notes. Understanding how CF4 is released could be useful to scientists modeling future climate scenarios, helping them understand how long elevated levels of the gas would linger in the atmosphere even if human emissions were curbed. “Small natural sources may not seem important, but if they accumulate in the atmosphere over thousands to tens of thousands of years they can be significant,” Deeds says.Because of the chemical’s long life span, scientists have proposed using CF4 found in ice core samples as a tracer to study changes in Earth’s climate over geologic time. Fluctuations in CF4 were seen as indicators of how fast the granite material in Earth’s crust was weathering, which in turn could be used to estimate changes in rainfall, temperature, and glacier activity. But now, Deeds says, those fluctuations can’t be attributed exclusively to weathering. “There may be other processes at play, specifically tectonic activity.”last_img read more

Dubai Court Agrees to Extradite British National to India in Corruption Scandal

first_imgA Dubai court has ordered the extradition of a British national to India where he faces charges of commercial fraud, bribery and money laundering, local media reported.Christian James Michel is wanted in India as part of investigations into a multi-million dollar helicopter purchase deal.Read it at Gulf Business Related Itemslast_img

Pressure Mounts On UK To Retract India-administered Kashmir Remark

first_imgA senior MP of the ruling Conservative party on Tuesday joined calls for foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt to retract his conception of Jammu and Kashmir as ‘India-administered Kashmir’ in a statement last week following the Pulwama terror attack.Read it at Hindustan Times Related Itemslast_img

TCS Scores $2.25 Billion Deal with Nielsen

first_imgTata Consultancy Services (TCS) bagged a $2.25 billion outsourcing contract from Nielsen, a television rating measurement company based in the United States. The deal, which is one of the largest such agreements for an Indian firm, led to increase in the share price of India’s largest outsourcing firm.The new contract is an extension of their collaboration that has been ongoing since 2007. Nielsen and TCS had then signed a $1.2 billion contract, in which the Mumbai-based company took responsibility for important IT and operational processes and helped Nielsen integrate and centralize multiple systems, technologies and processes on a global scale. It was a 10-year-deal that was later expanded to $2.5 billion in 2013 to 2020.The latest deal expands the collaboration till 2025. With the new agreement, TCS is assured of $320 million in business from Nielsen every year from 2017 to 2020, $186 million in annual revenue from 2021 to 2024 and $139.5 million in 2025, according to a regulatory filing made by Nielsen to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.“The term of the Agreement has been extended for an additional five years, so as to expire on December 31, 2025, with three one-year renewal options granted to Nielsen,” said the Nielsen statement. “In connection with the entry into the Agreement, the parties have agreed to terminate the separate Global Infrastructure Services Agreement between them as of the Effective Date and include the services provided thereunder in one or more Statements of Work (‘SOWs’) arising under the Agreement. TCS will globally provide Nielsen with professional services relating to information technology (including application development and maintenance), business process outsourcing, client service knowledge process outsourcing, management sciences, analytics, and financial planning.”According to the statement, TCS will provide services relating to IT —including application development and maintenance — BPO, client service knowledge process outsourcing, management sciences, analytics, and financial planning.TCS CEO Rajesh Gopinathan is being lauded for the renewed agreement. He took over as the CEO in February 2017 after his predecessor N Chandrasekaran was appointed the chairman of Tata Sons. Related ItemsNielsenOutsourcingTCSlast_img read more