Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon

first_imgTransportation Yara is taking a first step toward greening that process with a pilot plant, set to open in 2019, that will sit next to the existing Pilbara factory. Instead of relying on natural gas to make H2, the new add-on will feed power from a 2.5-megawatt solar array into a bank of electrolyzers, which split water into H2 and O2. The facility will still rely on the Haber-Bosch reaction to combine the hydrogen with nitrogen to make ammonia. But the solar-powered hydrogen source cuts total CO2 emissions from the process roughly in half.Other projects are following suit. The state of South Australia announced plans in February to build a AU$180 million ammonia plant, again relying on electrolyzers powered by renewable energy. Slated to open in 2020, the plant would be a regional source of fertilizer and liquid ammonia, which can be burned in a turbine or run through a fuel cell to make electricity. The supply of liquid energy will help stabilize the grid in South Australia, which suffered a debilitating blackout in 2016.Ammonia made this way should attract buyers in places such as the European Union and California, which have created incentives to buy greener fuels. And as the market grows, so will the distribution routes for importing ammonia and the technologies for using it, Harris says. By then, fuel cells like MacFarlane’s could be ready to displace Haber-Bosch itself—and the half-green approach to ammonia production could become fully green.Instead of applying fearsome heat and pressure, reverse fuel cells make ammonia by deftly wrangling ions and electrons. As in a battery being charged, charged ions flow between two electrodes supplied with electricity. The anode, covered with a catalyst, splits water molecules into O2, hydrogen ions, and electrons. The protons flow through an electrolyte and a proton-permeable membrane to the cathode, while the electrons make the journey through a wire. At the cathode, catalysts split N2 molecules and prompt the hydrogen ions and electrons to react with nitrogen and make ammonia.At present, the yields are modest. At room temperature and pressure, the fuel cell reactions generally have efficiencies of between 1% and 15%, and the throughput is a trickle. But MacFarlane has found a way to boost efficiencies by changing the electrolyte. In the water-based electrolyte that many groups use, water molecules sometimes react with electrons at the cathode, stealing electrons that would otherwise go into making ammonia. “We’re constantly fighting having the electrons going into hydrogen,” MacFarlane says. David Harris, CSIRO Energy Australia’s windy coasts offer a bounty of energy, which it might one day export as a carbon-free fuel. Related research review Air separation unitSteam reformation CO2 Industrial ammoniaMost of the world’s ammonia is synthesized using Haber–Bosch, a century-old process that is fast and fairly efficient. But the factories emit vast amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2).Gentler reactionsA reverse fuel cell uses renewable electricity to drive a chemical reaction that makes ammonia. Waterreacts at the anode to make hydrogen ions (H+), which migrate to the cathode where they react withnitrogen (N2) to form ammonia. The reaction is efficient, but slow.To marketAmmonia is more than fertilizer. The gas liquefieseasily under light pressure and chilling, and can betransported to power plants to generate carbon-freeelectricity. It can also be “cracked” into H2, a valuableenergy source for fuel cell vehicles. COAST PROTECTION BOARD, SOUTH AUSTRALIA NH 3 A green way to make ammonia Reverse fuel cells can use renewable power to make ammonia from air and water, a far more environmentally friendly technique than the industrial Haber-Bosch process. Renewable ammonia could serve as fertilizer—ammonia’s traditional role—or as an energy-dense fuel. Solar In Australia’s states, politicians see renewable ammonia as a potential source of local jobs and tax revenues, says Brett Cooper, chairman of Renewable Hydrogen, a renewable fuels consulting firm in Sydney. In Queensland, officials are discussing creating an ammonia export terminal in the port city of Gladstone, already a hub for shipping liquefied natural gas to Asia. In February, the state of South Australia awarded AU$12 million in grants and loans to a renewable ammonia project. And last year, an international consortium announced plans to build a US$10 billion combined wind and solar plant known as the Asian Renewable Energy Hub in Western Australia state. Although most of the project’s 9000 megawatts of electricity would flow through an undersea cable to power millions of homes in Indonesia, some of that power could be used to generate ammonia for long-distance export. “Ammonia is the key enabler for exporting renewables,” says David Harris, research director for low-emissions technologies at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Energy in Pullenvale. “It’s the bridge to a whole new world.”First, however, the evangelists for renewable ammonia will have to displace one of the modern world’s biggest, dirtiest, and most time-honored industrial processes: something called Haber-Bosch.The ammonia factory, a metallic metropolis of pipes and tanks, sits where the red rocks of Western Australia’s Pilbara Desert meet the ocean. Owned by Yara, the world’s biggest producer of ammonia, and completed in 2006, the plant is still gleaming. It is at the technological vanguard and is one of the largest ammonia plants in the world. Yet at its core are steel reactors that still use a century-old recipe for making ammonia.Until 1909, nitrogen-fixing bacteria made most of the ammonia on the planet. But that year, German scientist Fritz Haber found a reaction that, with the aid of iron catalysts, could split the tough chemical bond that holds together molecules of nitrogen, N2, and combine the atoms with hydrogen to make ammonia. The reaction takes brute force—up to 250 atmospheres of pressure in the tall, narrow steel reactors—a process first industrialized by German chemist Carl Bosch. The process is fairly efficient; about 60% of the energy put into the plant ends up being stored in the ammonia’s bonds. Scaled up to factories the size of Yara’s, the process can produce vast amounts of ammonia. Today, the facility makes and ships 850,000 metric tons of ammonia per year—more than double the weight of the Empire State Building.Most is used as fertilizer. Plants crave nitrogen, used in building proteins and DNA, and ammonia delivers it in a biologically available form. Haber-Bosch reactors can churn out ammonia much faster than natural processes can, and in recent decades the technology has enabled farmers to feed the world’s exploding population. It’s estimated that at least half the nitrogen in the human body today comes from a synthetic ammonia plant.Haber-Bosch led to the Green Revolution, but the process is anything but green. It requires a source of hydrogen gas (H2), which is stripped away from natural gas or coal in a reaction using pressurized, super-heated steam. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is left behind, accounting for about half the emissions from the overall process. The second feedstock, N2, is easily separated from air, which is 78% nitrogen. But generating the pressure needed to meld hydrogen and nitrogen in the reactors consumes more fossil fuels, which means more CO2. The emissions add up: Ammonia production consumes about 2% of the world’s energy and generates 1% of its CO2. NH 3 NH 3 However distant, the prospect of Asia-bound tankers, full of green Australian ammonia, raises the next question. “Once you get ammonia to market, how do you get the energy out of it?” asks Michael Dolan, a chemist at CSIRO Energy in Brisbane.The simplest option, Dolan says, is to use the green ammonia as fertilizer, like today’s ammonia but without the carbon penalty. Beyond that, ammonia could be converted into electricity in a power plant customized to burn ammonia, or in a traditional fuel cell, as the South Australia plant plans to do. But currently, ammonia’s highest value is as a rich source of hydrogen, used to power fuel cell vehicles. Whereas ammonia fertilizer sells for about $750 a ton, hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles can go for more than 10 times that amount.In the United States, fuel cell cars seem all but dead, vanquished by battery-powered vehicles. But Japan is still backing fuel cells heavily. The country has spent more than US$12 billion on hydrogen technology as part of its strategy to reduce fossil fuel imports and meet its commitment to reduce CO2 emissions under the Paris climate accord. Today the country has only about 2500 fuel cell vehicles on the road. But by 2030 Japanese officials expect 800,000. And the nation is eyeing ammonia as a way to fuel them.Converting hydrogen into ammonia only to convert it back again might seem strange. But hydrogen is hard to ship: It has to be liquefied by chilling it to temperatures below −253°C, using up a third of its energy content. Ammonia, by contrast, liquefies at −10°C under a bit of pressure. The energy penalty of converting the hydrogen to ammonia and back is roughly the same as chilling hydrogen, Dolan says—and because far more infrastructure already exists for handling and transporting ammonia, he says, ammonia is the safer bet.That last step—stripping hydrogen off ammonia molecules—is what Dolan and his colleagues are working on. In a cavernous metal warehouse on the CSIRO campus that has long been used to study coal combustion, two of Dolan’s colleagues are assembling a 2-meter-tall reactor that is dwarfed by a nearby coal reactor. When switched on, the reactor will “crack” ammonia into its two constituents: H2, to be gathered up for sale, and N2, to waft back into the air. STEVEN MORTON/FELLOW OF THE ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY SYDNEY, BRISBANE, AND MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA—The ancient, arid landscapes of Australia are fertile ground for new growth, says Douglas MacFarlane, a chemist at Monash University in suburban Melbourne: vast forests of windmills and solar panels. More sunlight per square meter strikes the country than just about any other, and powerful winds buffet its south and west coasts. All told, Australia boasts a renewable energy potential of 25,000 gigawatts, one of the highest in the world and about four times the planet’s installed electricity production capacity. Yet with a small population and few ways to store or export the energy, its renewable bounty is largely untapped.That’s where MacFarlane comes in. For the past 4 years, he has been working on a fuel cell that can convert renewable electricity into a carbon-free fuel: ammonia. Fuel cells typically use the energy stored in chemical bonds to make electricity; MacFarlane’s operates in reverse. In his third-floor laboratory, he shows off one of the devices, about the size of a hockey puck and clad in stainless steel. Two plastic tubes on its backside feed it nitrogen gas and water, and a power cord supplies electricity. Through a third tube on its front, it silently exhales gaseous ammonia, all without the heat, pressure, and carbon emissions normally needed to make the chemical. “This is breathing nitrogen in and breathing ammonia out,” MacFarlane says, beaming like a proud father.Companies around the world already produce $60 billion worth of ammonia every year, primarily as fertilizer, and MacFarlane’s gizmo may allow them to make it more efficiently and cleanly. But he has ambitions to do much more than help farmers. By converting renewable electricity into an energy-rich gas that can easily be cooled and squeezed into a liquid fuel, MacFarlane’s fuel cell effectively bottles sunshine and wind, turning them into a commodity that can be shipped anywhere in the world and converted back into electricity or hydrogen gas to power fuel cell vehicles. The gas bubbling out of the fuel cell is colorless, but environmentally, MacFarlane says, ammonia is as green as can be. “Liquid ammonia is liquid energy,” he says. “It’s the sustainable technology we need.”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(*)Ammonia—one nitrogen atom bonded to three hydrogen atoms—may not seem like an ideal fuel: The chemical, used in household cleaners, smells foul and is toxic. But its energy density by volume is nearly double that of liquid hydrogen—its primary competitor as a green alternative fuel—and it is easier to ship and distribute. “You can store it, ship it, burn it, and convert it back into hydrogen and nitrogen,” says Tim Hughes, an energy storage researcher with manufacturing giant Siemens in Oxford, U.K. “In many ways, it’s ideal.”Researchers around the globe are chasing the same vision of an “ammonia economy,” and Australia is positioning itself to lead it. “It’s just beginning,” says Alan Finkel, Australia’s chief scientist who is based in Canberra. Federal politicians have yet to offer any major legislation in support of renewable ammonia, Finkel says, perhaps understandable in a country long wedded to exporting coal and natural gas. But last year, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency declared that creating an export economy for renewables is one of its priorities. This year, the agency announced AU$20 million in initial funds to support renewable export technologies, including shipping ammonia. That reactor is basically a larger version of Giddey’s membrane reactor, operating in reverse. Only here, gaseous ammonia is piped into the space between two concentric metal tubes. Heat, pressure, and metal catalysts break apart ammonia molecules and push hydrogen atoms toward the tube’s hollow core, where they combine to make H2 that’s sucked out and stored.Ultimately, Dolan says, the reactor will produce 15 kilograms per day of 99.9999% pure hydrogen, enough to power a few fuel cell cars. Next month, he plans to demonstrate the reactor to automakers, using it to fill tanks in a Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Nexo, two fuel cell cars. He says his team is in late-stage discussions with a company to build a commercial pilot plant around the technology. “This is a very important piece of the jigsaw puzzle,” Cooper says.Beyond 2030, Japan will likely import between $10 billion and $20 billion of hydrogen each year, according to a renewable energy roadmap recently published by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Japan, Singapore, and South Korea have all begun discussions with Australian officials about setting up ports for importing renewably produced hydrogen or ammonia. “How it all comes together economically, I don’t know,” Harris says. “But it looks like there’s enough interest to get this industry started.”Cooper knows how he wants it to end. Over coffee on a rainy morning in Sydney, he describes his futuristic vision for renewable ammonia. When he squints, he can see, maybe 30 years down the road, Australia’s coast dotted with supertankers, docked at offshore rigs. But they wouldn’t be filling up with oil. Seafloor powerlines would carry renewable electricity to the rigs from wind and solar farms on shore. On board, one device would use the electricity to desalinate seawater and pass the fresh water to electrolyzers to produce hydrogen. Another device would filter nitrogen from the sky. Reverse fuel cells would knit the two together into ammonia for loading on the tankers—a bounty of energy from the sun, air, and sea.It’s the dream that nuclear fusion never reached, he says: inexhaustible carbon-free power, only this time from ammonia. “It can never run out, and there is no carbon in the system.”center_img OutputEfficiency Beyond fossil fuel–driven nitrogen transformations V. ALTOUNIAN/SCIENCE By Robert F. ServiceJul. 12, 2018 , 2:00 PM Power CrackingN2 OutputEfficiency A component in a reverse fuel cell uses renewable power to knit together water and nitrogen to make ammonia. Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon AirHigh temperature and pressureLow temperature and pressureN2H2H2CO2Natural gas To minimize that competition, he opted for what’s called an ionic liquid electrolyte. That approach allows more N2 and less water to sit near the catalysts on the cathode, boosting the ammonia production. As a result, the efficiency of the fuel cell skyrocketed from below 15% to 60%, he and his colleagues reported last year in Energy & Environmental Science. The result has since improved to 70%, MacFarlane says—but with a tradeoff. The ionic liquid in his fuel cell is goopy, 10 times more viscous than water. Protons have to slog their way to the cathode, slowing the rate of ammonia production. “That hurts us,” MacFarlane says.To speed things up, MacFarlane and his colleagues are toying with their ionic liquids. In a study published in April in ACS Energy Letters, they report devising one rich in fluorine, which helps protons pass more easily and speeds ammonia production by a factor of 10. But the production rate still needs to rise by orders of magnitude before his cells can meet targets, set for the field by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), that would begin to challenge Haber-Bosch.Next to Monash University, Sarb Giddey and his colleagues at the Clayton offices of CSIRO Energy are making ammonia with their “membrane reactor.” It relies on high temperatures and modest pressures—far less than those in a Haber-Bosch reactor—that, compared to MacFarlane’s cell, boost throughput while sacrificing efficiency. The reactor designs call for a pair of concentric long metallic tubes, heated to 450°C. Into the narrow gap between the tubes flows H2, which could be made by a solar- or wind-powered electrolyzer. Catalysts lining the gap split the H2 molecules into individual hydrogen atoms, which modest pressures then force through the atomic lattice of the inner tube wall to its hollow core, where piped-in N2 molecules await. A catalytically active metal such as palladium lines the inner surface, splitting the N2 and coaxing the hydrogen and nitrogen to combine into ammonia—much faster than in MacFarlane’s cell. So far only a small fraction of the input H2 reacts in any given pass—another knock to the reactor’s efficiency.Other approaches are in the works. At the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, researchers led by Ryan O’Hayre are developing button-size reverse fuel cells. Made from ceramics to withstand high operating temperatures, the cell can synthesize ammonia at record rates—about 500 times faster than MacFarlane’s fuel cell. Like Giddey’s membrane reactors, the ceramic fuel cells sacrifice some efficiency for output. Even so, O’Hayre says, they still need to improve production rates by another factor of 70 to meet the DOE targets. “We have a lot of ideas,” O’Hayre says.Whether any of those approaches will wind up being both efficient and fast is still unknown. “The community is still trying to figure out what direction to go,” says Lauren Greenlee, a chemical engineer at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Grigorii Soloveichik, a manager in Washington, D.C., for the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy program on making renewable fuels, agrees. “To make [green] ammonia is not hard,” he says. “Making it economically on a large scale is hard.” CO2 CO2 FertilizerAmmonia power plantFuel cell vehicleAmmonia made near farms Wind It looks like there’s enough interest to get this industry started.last_img read more

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Update: After 1.5 years of delay, India’s ambitious lunar mission launches

first_img Update: After 1.5 years of delay, India’s ambitious lunar mission launches INDIAN SPACE RESEARCH ORGANISATION C. BICKEL/SCIENCE *Update, 22 July, 2:45 p.m.: India’s much-delayed Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission finally launched today on a 7-week journey to a landing site near the moon’s south pole. The launch, planned for 2018 and described in our story below, was first pushed back to later in the year to allow more tests. Then, a comprehensive review in June 2018 recommended more changes to the mission, pushing the launch to early this year, before damage to the lander legs during a test delayed it further to 14 July. All set to go, a technical snag caused the launch to be aborted 56 minutes before liftoff. But at 2:43 a.m. local time today, all went smoothly and Chandrayaan-2 set off for the moon’s previously unexplored polar regions.Below is our original story from 31 January 2018:BENGALURU, INDIA—Sometime this summer, a spacecraft orbiting over the moon’s far side, out of contact with controllers on Earth, will release a lander. The craft will ease to a soft landing just after lunar sunrise on an ancient, table-flat plain about 600 kilometers from the south pole. There, it will unleash a rover into territory never before explored at the surface; all previous lunar craft have set down near the equator.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(*)That’s the ambitious vision for India’s second voyage to the moon in a decade, due to launch in the coming weeks. If Chandrayaan-2 is successful, it will pave the way for even more ambitious Indian missions, such as landings on Mars and an asteroid, as well a Venus probe, says Kailasavadivoo Sivan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) here. Chandrayaan-2, he says, is meant to show that India has the technological prowess “to soft land on other heavenly bodies.”But lunar scientists have much at stake, too. “There has been a rebirth of lunar exploration across the globe, and India can’t be left behind,” says Mylswamy Annadurai, director of the ISRO Satellite Centre. Instruments aboard the lander and rover will collect data on the moon’s thin envelope of plasma, as well as isotopes such as helium-3, a potential fuel for future fusion energy reactors. The orbiter itself will follow up on a stunning discovery by India’s first lunar foray, the Chandrayaan-1 orbiter, which found water molecules on the moon in 2009. Before that, “It was kind of a kooky science to think that you’d find water” there, says James Greenwood, a cosmochemist at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. “Now, we’re arguing about how much water, and not whether it has water or not.” Cameras and a spectrometer aboard the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter could help settle that question.The $150 million mission was originally meant to fly 3 years ago, but Russia failed to deliver a promised lander, prompting India to go it alone. Final preparations are underway on the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, which will launch from the Sriharikota spaceport on the Bay of Bengal aboard India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle.A landing so far from the lunar equator is especially tricky. “It is a difficult and complicated mission,” says Wu Ji, director of the National Space Science Center in Beijing. Less sunlight reaches the poles, which means the lander and rover must be parsimonious with power. The plan is to set down in a high plain between two craters, Manzinus C and Simpelius N, at a latitude of about 70° south. By Pallava BaglaJul. 22, 2019 , 2:45 PM Rover A model of Chandrayaan-2’s rover undergoing tests to prepare for operating in the moon’s anemic gravity. Exploring lunar novaThe lander is equipped with a seismometer to listen for moonquakes and a Langmuir probe that will measure fluctuations in the wispy plasma enveloping the lunar surface. Copernicuscrater Sea ofSerenity Equator Ramp Moon Chandrayaan-2 landing site nearsouthern pole Rover Lander Landing skid The lander will pack as much science as it can into its first lunar day—14 Earth days—as controllers may not be able to revive it after the long lunar night. The craft has a Langmuir probe to measure the moon’s plasma—a wispy layer of charged ions that may explain why the lunar regolith, or dust, has a tendency to float in the thin atmosphere. It also has a seismometer for recording moonquakes. Its seismic measurements would supplement those from the Apollo landings, because readings from high latitudes would be sensitive to signals passing through different parts of the moon. And if the seismometer is lucky enough to record a sizable quake during its operational lifetime, it might offer new evidence in a long-running debate over what the moon’s core is composed of, and whether it’s solid. “We just need more data to understand the lunar interior,” says David Kring, a planetary geologist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, who is not involved in the mission.The briefcase-size rover, weighing just 25 kilograms, will also carry two spectrometers for probing the lunar surface’s elemental composition. The area is enticing, as it is thought to be made up of rocks more than 4 billion years old that solidified from the magma ocean that covered the newly formed moon. The data would be compared with those from Apollo-era missions that landed in other ancient highlands closer to the equator.For some scientists, the most anticipated data will come from the orbiter’s water mapper. Protons in the solar wind generate hydroxyl ions when they strike oxides in the regolith. The ions drift to the poles, where they are trapped in craters as water ice, which the orbiter will inventory. Shedding light on the moon’s water circulation “is a worthwhile endeavor,” says Carle Pieters, a lunar scientist at Brown University. Locating substantial water, adds Muthayya Vanitha, Chandrayaan-2’s project director at ISRO, “could pave the way for the future habitation of the moon,” as water is a limiting factor for operating a base.Regardless of whether Chandrayaan-2 breaks new scientific ground, a successful soft landing near the south pole will be a technical accomplishment for India, as well as a proud moment for the country. It may even benefit other countries’ moon programs. “One of NASA’s main priorities is to go [to the south pole] on a sample return mission,” Greenwood says, “so this could help us also later down the road as they give us more information as to what’s there.”With reporting by Katie Langin. Tychocrater Bulk of previouslunar landings S N Solarpanel Warmelectronicsbox Navigation camera Seeking ground truthWith spectrometers for assaying elements in theregolith, the briefcase-size rover hopes to make the most of the 14-Earth-day lunar day. Pole positionIf all goes to plan, India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission this summer will attempt a soft landing on an ancient high plain of the moon, some 600 kilometers from the south pole. It would be the first land-ing so far from the equator.last_img read more

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Thiago Motta transforms Genoa

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Sandro Tonali scored a goal of the season contender for Brescia, but all three Genoa substitutes were on target to turn it around on coach Thiago Motta’s debut. Click here for the full match report. OR See how all today’s Serie A games unfolded on the Liveblog.last_img

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Germany beat India 5-3 in Hamburg Masters

first_imgThe Indian hockey team fought hard but eventually ran out of steam against Olympic champion Germany to go down 3-5 in its second match of the BDO Hamburg Masters tournament at Uhlenhoster Club, Hamburg.Senior drag-flicker Sandeep Singh sounded the board in the second minute of the match on Saturday, while captain Rajpal Singh (15th) and Dharamvir Singh (41st) were the other scorers for India.The hosts scored through Jan-Marco Montag (11th), Florian Fuchs (16th), Maximillan Muller (50th), Christopher Zeller (64th) and Moritz Furste (70th).Desperate to shrug off a 3-6 humiliation against Holland in the campaign-opener, India began aggressively with Sandeep scoring in the second minute through a penalty stroke.Sandeep’s powerful drag-flick made a body contact with a German defender resulting in the penalty.Stung by the early reversal, Germany went in the hunt for the equaliser but Indian custodian Sreejesh thwarted a few attempts in the early minutes.Montag produced the equaliser in the 11th minute when he creditably converted a penalty corner.With Sardar Singh out of the encounter due to fever and groin pain, Indian defence-line was manned by Gurbaj Singh, Dhananjay Mahadik and Bharat Chikara.India broke back into the lead just four minutes later when Rajpal capitalised on a swift counter-attack organised by Mohd Amir Khan and Danish Mujtaba but could not maintain the difference as Fuchs found back of the Indian net within a minute.In the second half, India took the lead for the third time against the world number two.advertisementChikara snatched the ball from Deecke in the midfield to feed Amir, who deftly set up Dharamvir with a reverse and the Chandigarh youngster drove home in the 41st minute.Germany, however, drew parity again with their captain Muller scoring in the 50th minute.As the deadlock continued, India committed a few unforced errors allowing the Germans to surge ahead.India conceded a penalty corner six minutes before the final whistle. Rajpal carried the ball in his own circle and the corner-flick struck Vikas Pillay on his foot resulting in a penalty stroke which Zeller converted to take Germany ahead.The Germans then rounded off the tally with Furste scoring in the last minute with a turnover after Ravi Pal was dispossessed.India now play Japan in their last game on Sunday.Meanwhile, Japan beat Holland 3-2 in another match of the day.last_img read more

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Teams at Champions League Twenty20 2010

first_imgGroup AChennai Super KingsCountry: IndiaCaptain: MS DhoniWinners: IPL 2010Central Districts StagsCountry: New ZealandCaptain: Jamie HowWinners: HRV Cup 2009-10Victoria BushrangersCountry: AustraliaCaptain: David HusseyWinners: Big Bash 2009-10Wayamba ElevensCountry: Sri LankaCaptain: Jehan MubarakWinners: SL Domestic T20 2009-10WarriorsCountry: South AfricaCaptain: Davy JacobsWinners: Pro20 2009-10Group BMumbai IndiansCountry: IndiaCaptain: S TendulkarFinalists: IPL 2010Guyana Cricket BoardCountry: GuyanaCaptain: Ramnaresh SarwanWinners: Caribbean T20 2010Highveld LionsCountry: South AfricaCaptain: Alviro PetersenFinalists: Pro20 2009-10South Australia RedbacksCountry: AustraliaCaptain: Michael KlingerFinalists: Big Bash 2009-10Royal Challengers BangaloreCountry: IndiaCaptain: Anil Kumble3rd Place: IPL 2010last_img read more

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Visa problem forces Pak club to give Nehru Hockey a miss

first_imgSporting ties have often fallen prey to the tense bilateral relations between India and Pakistan, and Thursday brought another such incident to light when a club from across the border was not allowed to participate in the ongoing Nehru Senior Hockey Tournament.Waseem Hockey Club was registered for the current edition of the tournament and was seeded straight to the quarter-final league.However, its players failed to get visas from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. “We regularly have teams from Pakistan for our event. It is only of late that we have been facing such problems,” Jawaharlal Nehru Hockey Tournament Society secretary Kukoo Walia told Mail Today on Thursday.”The representative of the club was waiting for a long time for the visas at the Indian High Commission but since he has not got them by now, we have told them there is no use now as they had a match scheduled on Saturday.”Waseem Hockey Club’s participation in the tournament was cleared by the sports ministry on a ‘no-cost-to-government’ basis. However, the obstacle came from the home ministry.”I told them that there is nothing I can do about the home ministry not giving clearance. The security of the country is paramount,” Walia said. “May be, next year.”In the absence of one of the star attractions of the event, the organisers had to rejig the schedule of the tournament.Punjab & Sind Bank, who were scheduled to face Karnataka XI in Phase-I of the tournament, were seeded into the quarter-final league to replace Waseem Hockey Club.advertisementCentral Railway defeated Karnataka XI to join them. Apart from Waseem Hockey Club, the other teams to be seeded directly into the quarter-final league are Air India, Bharat Ptroleum, ONGC XI and Indian Oil.This is not the first time that strained bilateral ties have come in the way of sporting relations between India and Pakistan.Cricket series between the two neighbours have been infrequent, especially after the November 26, 2008, terrorist attack on Mumbai. Pakistan players have appeared in the Indian Premier League in just its first edition. They were part of the auction process in the second year but none of the franchises bid for them fearing problems with acquiring visas.last_img read more

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Ind vs WI: West Indies get first win of India tour, keep series alive

first_imgWinning streaks are bound to come to an end at some time. For India, Monday was the day and the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera the venue where the run of victories ended as they lost to the West Indies in the third One-Day International of the five-match series by 16 runs. Score | PhotosIndia were on an 11-match unbeaten run at home in this format and had only lost one match in India this year – against South Africa in the World Cup in Nagpur.West Indies had posted a competitive 260 for five thanks to a whirlwind stand of 79 from just 34 balls for the sixth wicket between captain Darren Sammy (41 from 17 balls, 5×4, 2×6) and Andre Russell (40 from 18 balls, 4×4, 2×6).India were never in with a chance, as they lost six wickets for 105. Rohit Sharma top-scored with 95, his third half-century on the trot, but Windies pacer Ravi Rampaul snared wickets at regular intervals, picking four for 57 in the process and also the Man of the Match award. India lead the series 2-1.The Indians started the chase in the worst possible manner. Skipper Virender Sehwag decided to take on Rampaul right from the start, only managing to edge the first ball he faced to keeper Denesh Ramdin. Onedown batsman Gautam Gambhir shouldered arms to a Rampaul in- dipper and was adjudged leg before wicket, also off the first ball he faced.Opener Parthiv Patel (39 from 35 balls) and Virat Kohli (20 from 30 balls) tried to weather the storm but both got out to the Caribbean spinners, against the run of play.advertisementKohli fell lbw to off-spinner Sunil Narine, on debut, and in the 15th over, Marlon Samuels got one to turn from middle and hit the off stump of Patel, leaving the left-hander stupefied and India at 79 for four.Rohit kept up the vigil at his end, scoring his third half-century of the series. He was dropped at gully by Sammy in the 26th over, but West Indies were always a step ahead of India.Suresh Raina got a rough call as he the umpire gave him out caught down the leg side when the ball seemed to have brushed his pad.R Ashwin took the fight to the West Indies camp, with Rohit scoring freely from the other end, as the two added 91 runs for the seventh wicket.But once Ashwin (31) was out leg-before to Narine in the 40th over and Vinay Kumar (3) lost his off stump to Kemar Roach, India were 200 for eight and almost out of contention. Rohit tried to push the score on his own, but was brilliantly run out by a Sammy direct hit from midwicket in the 44th over. Rampaul completed the rituals when he trapped Abhimanyu Mithun (23) lbw with an in-swinging yorker to seal a morale-boosting win.Earlier, the West Indies top order batsmen sputtered along without hitting top gear and it was their lower order which fired to take the score to 260.West Indies got off to an extremely slow start, scoring just 10 runs from the first seven overs.Openers Lendl Simmons and Danza Hyatt could not make use of the good conditions as Simmons was caught-behind off Vinay in the third over.The scoreboard crawled to 42 in the 14th over, when Mithun got a lucky break – getting Hyatt caught down the leg side for 20 off 39 deliveries.Samuels, who had completed his 22nd ODI half century, tried to hit R Ashwin, bowling from round the wicket, in the first over of the batting powerplay in the 34th over but ended up losing his off stump, thus ending a painstaking 58 off 93 deliveries to leave the West Indies 122 for three.Ramdin and Kieron Pollard put together 50 from 58 deliveries before Umesh Yadav came back to end the stand in the 44th over, getting Ramdin (38) edge a wide slower one to keeper Parthiv – his third catch. After Pollard was brilliantly caught by Ravindra Jadeja in the next over, it was the Windies all the way.In the penultimate over, Sammy took 23 runs off Mithun, with two fours and two sixes.Not to be undone, Russell crashed Yadav for two straight boundaries and capped it off with a six.last_img read more

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WWE Wrestlemania 28 results

first_imgWrestleMania is a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event, produced annually by WWE, a professional wrestling promotion based in Connecticut. WrestleMania XXVIII was held on April 1, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida.WWE first produced the event in 1985 to be its premiere annual event and has since then produced twenty-seven editions.WWE regards it as a flagship event due to it being the most successful and longest-running professional wrestling event in history. WrestleMania was conceptualized by WWE owner Vince McMahon.WrestleMania’s widespread success helped transform the professional wrestling industry and make WWE the most successful wrestling promotion in the world.Results:    WWE Tag Team Championship: Triple Threat Tag Match (Pre-Show): Primo & Epico (c) def. Jimmy & Jey Uso and Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel by Primo (c) pinning Justin Gabriel following the BackStabber to retain.World Heavyweight Championship: Sheamus def. Daniel Bryan (c) by pin following the Brogue Kick to win the World Heavyweight Title.    Kane def. Randy Orton by pin following a super chokeslam.    Intercontinental Championship: Big Show def. Cody Rhodes (c) by pin following the W.M.D. to win the Intercontinental Title.    Maria Menounos & Kelly Kelly def. Eve & Beth Phoenix by Maria Menounos rolling up Beth Phoenix.    “End of an Era” Hell in a Cell Match: Special Referee- Shawn Michaels: The Undertaker def. Triple H by pin following the Tombstone Piledriver to increase his undefeated WrestleMania streak to 20-0.    12-Man Tag Match: Team Johnny- David Otunga (Captain), Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Drew McIntyre, & The Miz (with John Laurinaitis, Eve, and Vickie Guerrero) def. Team Teddy- Santino Marella (Captain), R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, The Great Khali, & Booker T (with Theodore Long, Hornswoggle, and Aksana) by The Miz pinning Zack Ryder following the Skull Crushing Finale. As a result, John Laurinaitis gets total control of both RAW and SmackDown.    WWE Championship: Title Changes Hands on a DQ: CM Punk (c) def. Chris Jericho by submission to the Anaconda Vise to retain.    “Once in a Lifetime” Match: The Rock def. John Cena by pin following the Rock Bottom.advertisementlast_img read more

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Two Indians in latest edition of Sports Illustrated list of 100 top in sports

first_imgThe latest edition of Sports Illustrated lists the 100 most influential members of minorities in sports.Though dominated by prominent African-Americans – Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, the Williams sisters, Magic Johnson, Don King and Kobe Bryant – it includes a couple from the Indian diaspora. Sanjay Kumar, CEO of Computer Associates,The latest edition of Sports Illustrated lists the 100 most influential members of minorities in sports.Though dominated by prominent African-Americans – Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, the Williams sisters, Magic Johnson, Don King and Kobe Bryant – it includes a couple from the Indian diaspora. Sanjay Kumar, CEO of Computer Associates and co-owner of the New York Rangers – the ice hockey team based in the city – has come up at No. 31. Though born in Sri Lanka, Kumar traces his roots to India.Also on the list at No. 99 is Satish Sanan, who is well-known in the glitzy world of horse racing. The Florida-based stable owner has bred 250 horses since he joined the business in 1997 and two of his horses have bagged the prestigious Breeders’ Cup Championship, the world championship for thoroughbred horses.last_img read more

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Barcelona cruises to victory over Murcia in Copa del Rey

first_imgLATEST STORIES MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer scored in the first half and Gerard Pique, Aleix Vidal, Denis Suarez and Jose Arnaiz each added goals after halftime to give the hosts an 8-0 aggregate win against the third-tier club.“We played with great attitude,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “You don’t want to go through any scares in these games, and the best way to do that is to play with good rhythm and dynamism.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBarcelona played without most of its regular starters, including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.Valverde had also rested the team’s top players in the 3-0 first-leg win last month. Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The goals ended Torres’ scoring drought after 13 matches this season.Jose Gimenez also scored for Atletico, which has won three straight in all competitions.Sevilla advancesWissam Ben Yedder scored twice in the first six minutes to lead Sevilla to a 4-0 win over third-division club Cartagena, securing a spot in the last 16 with a 7-0 win on aggregate.Paulo Henrique Ganso added to the lead just before halftime and Joaquin sealed the victory in the second half.It was Sevilla’s first match without coach Eduardo “Toto” Berizzo, who underwent surgery to treat prostate cancer on Tuesday.Assistant coach Ernesto Marcucci is in charge until Berizzo returns.Las Palmas goes throughLas Palmas advanced 6-4 on aggregate after a 3-2 home loss to Deportivo La Coruna, but it lost striker Vitolo just before halftime because of a left leg injury. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FC Barcelona’s Gerard Piqu, center, celebrates with his teammates after scoring during a Spanish Copa del Rey round of 32 second leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Murcia at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID, Spain—Barcelona reached the last 16 of the Copa del Rey with a comfortable 5-0 win over Murcia on Wednesday, but Basque Country teams Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao were eliminated by third-division clubs.Atletico Madrid advanced after a 3-0 win against Elche to overcome a first-leg draw.ADVERTISEMENT View comments After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Conte sent to stands as Chelsea beats Swansea Pique, who missed the Spanish league game against Valencia at the weekend, started the match at Camp Nou but was substituted right after scoring his 56th-minute goal.Barcelona is trying to become the first team to win four straight Copa del Rey titles since Athletic Bilbao in 1930-33.Sociedad stunnedTeenager Bojan Radulovic scored an 87th-minute goal that allowed third-division club Lleida to eliminate top-flight club Real Sociedad on away goals.Lleida won 3-2 after trailing by two goals at halftime at Anoeta Stadium. It had lost the first leg 1-0 at home.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Malditas save PH from shutout MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH “This hurts,” Sociedad coach Eusebio Sacristan said. “We have to ask for the fans’ forgiveness. We are very disappointed.”Sociedad, seventh in the Spanish league, went ahead with goals by Diego Llorente and Juanmi, but the Catalan outsiders rallied with goals by Aitor Nunez and Manu Molina early in the second half. The 18-year-old Radulovic stunned Sociedad with a header near the end.“I’m speechless,” Radulovic said. “It’s my first goal with the first team, in a stadium like this, against a first-division club.”Bilbao oustedAthletic Bilbao was eliminated by Formentera after conceding a goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time at its San Mames Stadium, losing the two-leg series 2-1.“We know that this is a huge loss and that the fans are disappointed,” Athletic coach Jose Angel Ziganda said. “This is probably the worst moment I’ve had to go through as a coach.”Substitute Alvaro Muniz netted the winner with a header off a corner kick cross to stun the home crowd in Bilbao.“Tomorrow it will sink in what it means to beat Athletic in its stadium,” Formentera coach Jose Angel Garcia Sanjuan said.Atletico stays aliveFernando Torres scored a goal in each half as Atletico easily defeated third-division club Elche at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, advancing 4-1 on aggregate. 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Russia signals rainbow flags tolerated at World Cup

first_imgJordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH A signpost directing people to the entrance of the World Cup Final Draw is placed on the Red Square, with the St. Basil cathedral in the background, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. The Final Draw for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia will take place on December 1 in the concert hall of the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)MOSCOW — Spectators will be allowed to fly rainbow flags at the World Cup, Russia’s top anti-discrimination official for soccer indicated on Thursday.Alexei Smertin, the Russian Football Union official and a World Cup ambassador, said spectators won’t be affected by a Russian law prohibiting “propaganda” of homosexuality to minors.ADVERTISEMENT Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993, but anti-gay sentiment remains strong. Russia passed a federal law banning so-called propaganda of homosexuality to minors in 2013, which has been widely criticized for banning gay pride events or discussions of gay rights in public spaces where children might possibly be present.Ahead of Russia hosting the Winter Olympics in 2014, President Vladimir Putin said gay people would be welcome in Sochi but must “leave the children in peace.”In the first major court battle for gay activists who have contested the law, the European Court of Human Rights in June found in favor of three Russian gay activists who claimed the law violated the rights to freedom of expression and prohibition of discrimination. The plaintiffs had been repeatedly rejected in attempts to get official permission to host gay rights protests and other events.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Cavs’ Shumpert to have arthroscopic surgery on left knee center_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Malditas save PH from shutout “There will definitely be no ban on wearing rainbow symbols in Russia. It’s clear you can come here and not be fined for expressing feelings,” Smertin said at a news conference in Moscow to discuss race and discrimination issues in football.The former Russia and Chelsea midfielder added it’s unlikely gay fans could fall foul of Russian law, saying, “The law is about propaganda to minors … I can’t imagine that anyone is going to go into a school and speak.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHis remarks were welcomed by the FARE network, which advises FIFA on discrimination issues.“He’s giving some reassurances and I think in the end that’s all that people want,” FARE executive director Piara Powar told The Associated Press. “People want to know that they can come here safely, that they will be protected, that they are wanted.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

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PSG stun giants Barcelona in five-goal Champions League thriller

first_imgPSG players celebrate after scoring a goal against Barcelona in the Champions League tieParis Saint-Germain overcame goals from Lionel Messi and Neymar to inflict Barcelona’s first loss of the season on Tuesday.PSG, which has endured a subdued start to its French title defence, took control of Group F with the 3-2 victory over the Spanish league leaders in the Champions League.”You are made to pay for errors at this level and we made a few mistakes at the beginning,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. “Later we saw some strategic moves which they execute with great strength and they hurt us.”It meant there was nothing for Xavi Hernandez to celebrate as the Barca midfielder overtook Raul Gonzalez by making a record 143rd Champions League appearance.It was also a record-breaking night for 38-year-old Francesco Totti, who became the oldest scorer in the competition’s 22-year history to give Roma a 1-1 draw at Manchester City. Bayern Munich leads Group E after winning 1-0 at CSKA Moscow, whose stadium was empty as a punishment for racist abuse.David Beckham, Jay Z and Beyonce watch PSG take on Barcelona from the standsChelsea also beat Sporting Lisbon 1-0 to lead Group G, with Schalke held to a 1-1 draw by Maribor.FC Porto leads Group H after a 2-2 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk that was played in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv due to the conflict in the east. BATE climbed to second place by beating Athletic Bilbao 2-1.advertisementIt was a star-studded occasion in the French capital – even in the stands, with celebrity couple Jay-Z and Beyonce watching with former PSG midfielder David Beckham.And it was the perfect start for the hosts, with David Luiz becoming the first player to score against Barcelona this season in the 10th minute after connecting with Javier Pastore’s free kick.But Messi leveled inside two minutes, slotting into the bottom corner of the net for his 402nd career goal and 68th Champions League goal – putting him three behind all-time leading scorer Raul.Slack defending by Barcelona allowed Verratti – one of the smallest players on the pitch – to drift in unmarked and head in his first PSG goal on his 62nd appearance in the 26th minute. PSG’s lead was extended at the start of the second half when Van der Wiel’s firmly struck cross was met by Blaise Matuidi at the back post.Marco Verratti celebrates after scoring his goal for PSG against BarcelonaAlthough PSG’s defensive vulnerability was exposed by Neymar knocking the ball into the net off the post, the hosts held on to collect three points.In the other game in Group F, Lucas Andersen put Ajax in front but Gustavo Manduca scored from the penalty spot to give APOEL Nicosia a 1-1 draw.That was the same outcome in Manchester where Sergio Aguero put English champion City in front from the penalty spot in the fifth minute after being dragged down by Maicon.But after a quick Roma break, Radja Nainggolan slipped a pass through a hole in City’s defense and Totti raced onto the ball, clipping a delicate shot over goalkeeper Joe Hart and into the corner. By scoring at 38, Totti broke the record held by Manchester United great Ryan Giggs, who was 37 years and 9 months when he scored in 2011.City has just one point after being beaten in the last round by Bayern, which earned another 1-0 win at CSKA. Thomas Mueller scored the only goal from the penalty spot in the first half after Mario Goetze was fouled by Mario Fernandes.In Lisbon, the victory margin belied Chelsea’s dominance but reflected its profligacy, with the only goal coming when Nemanja Matic sent a looping header into the net from Cesc Fabregas’ free kick.Both Schalke and Maribor drew their opening Group G matches at Chelsea and Sporting respectively, and had to settle for a point again. Damjan Bohar put the Slovenian visitors in front in the first half before Klaas Jan Huntelaar leveled for Schalke after the break.In Group H, Shakhtar Donetsk threw away a 2-0 lead after goals from Brazilian duo Alex Teixeira and Luiz Adriano. Porto’s Jackson Martinez netted twice late on – the first from the penalty spot in the 89th and the second in the fourth minute of stoppage time.BATE’s win over Athletic Bilbao was secured by goals from Denis Polyakov and Aleksandr Karnitski.last_img read more

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Indian Aces edge out Manila Mavericks 26-25 in thrilling IPTL tie

first_imgIndian Aces’ players celebrate their win over Manila Mavericks.Indian Aces began on Saturday the home leg campaign of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) in a thrilling fashion, edging out Manila Mavericks 26-25 after super shootout in a tense contest at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Arena here.The win enabled the Aces to claim their top-of-the-table position with 24 points from seven matches while Mavericks remained at the third spot with 19 points after seven matches. The tie opened with a closely-fought mixed doubles match, with Mavericks’ Kirsten Flipkens-Daniel Nestor edging out Aces’ home pair of Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza 6-5 (6).The Mavericks extended their slender lead in the next match, with Australian Mark Philippoussis clinching the past champions match 6-4 against Cedric Pioline. The 45-year-old Pioline, despite a lot slower and sharper than the big-bodied Philippoussis, fought evenly and was level at 4-4, but lost his service game at the most crucial juncture of the match to go down fighting.The Aces’ men’s doubles pair of Gael Monfils and Rohan Bopanna had their task cut out. They had to reduce the three-game deficit conceded in the first two matches. And the French-Indian pair began in aggressive fashion. Egged on by a sizeable and vocal crowd, they engaged in an exciting battle with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Treat Huey.Fittingly, the match extended to a tie-break and even then it was too close to determining a winner. Ultimately, the Aces held their nerves to emerge victorious 8-6 in the tie-break and reduce the games count margin to 15-17. The stage was set for a thrilling fight between two charismatic Frenchman, both presently ranked within the top 20 of the ATP rankings.advertisementThe match lived up to its billing with both players chipping and charging to the net, displaying characteristic athleticism. Racquets flew, fists pumped and “come on” shouts uttered numerous times.No favours were asked for or given as they traded blows at exhilarating pace and it was in the 10th game, with Tsonga leading 5-4 and 40-0 in Monfils’ serve that prospect of anyone winning the match emerged.The Aces took a timeout at this juncture to break Tsonga’s momentum but it proved futile as he won 6-4 stretching Mavericks’ lead to 23-19 going into the final match of the tie.The Aces’ hope lay on World No.5 Ana Ivanovic and she began in terrific fashion breaking Flipkens’ first service game to race to a 2-0 lead.That pumped up the Serbian to maintain the gained momentum. She led 4-2 and claimed the contest 6-2 to stretch the tie to a seven-minute super shootout as the scores were level at 25-25.An authoritative Monfils set early pace with a 4-2 and then 7-3 advantage and held onto the lead to win the super shootout 10-7 and secure the tie for Indian Aces 26-25.last_img read more

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Dhawan-inspired India break World Cup jinx after big 130-run win over South Africa

first_imgIndia claimed their first World Cup win over South Africa after confidently defending a Shikhar Dhawan-led target of 308 for 7 for a 130-run victory in a Pool B match on Sunday.Dhawan’s Record | Mohit Sharma’s ContributionAfter Dhawan crafted a stylish century to set the platform for a big total, India stifled South Africa’s batsmen with some tight bowling paired with sharp fielding. India are now undefeated in two pool matches at the World Cup after a 76-run win over archrival Pakistan last week.The Indian bowlers never allowed South Africa to settle into their innings, claiming wickets with a regularity that denied the batsmen the chance to establish worthwhile partnerships.Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin had India’s best figures of 3 for 41, while Mohammed Shami (2 for 30) and Mohit Sharma (2 for 31) took two wickets each in an assured bowling display.The game was a home match for India, as more than 86,000 – mainly Indian – fans turned the Melbourne Cricket Ground into a sea of the team’s blue, punctuated only by Indian flags waving around the stadium. Quinton de Kock looked unsettled and made just seven before he was caught by Virat Kohli off Shami in the fourth over. His opening partner Hashim Amla made 22 before top edging a short-pitched Sharma ball to Shami at long leg.AB de Villiers, who was responsible for two Indian run outs, was himself caught out of his crease thanks to a sharp Mohit return over the wickets. The South Africa captain made 30 in his brief, but confident knock off 38 balls. Francois Du Plessis top scored for South Africa with 55. He brought up his half-century shortly before being caught by Dhawan at mid-off from the bowling of Sharma. JP Duminy was then out for six attempting a reverse sweep, caught by Raina in slips off Ashwin.advertisementDavid Miller (22) became the fourth run out of the match thanks to an excellent return throw from Umesh, and Vernon Philander was out for a duck two balls later in the same over, trapped lbw.From then on, South Africa added just 24 runs for its last three wickets to finish on 177 all out. Earlier, Dhawan treated South Africa’s much-vaunted bowling attack with disdain as he placed his shots around the MCG at will to reach 137 – the highest individual World Cup score against South Africa. De Villiers gave South Africa a promising start after India won the toss and elected to bat, scoring a direct hit on the stumps after a diving stop, catching Rohit Sharma well out of his crease and yet to score in the third over.Dhawan and Virat Kohli set about restoring India’s platform with some stylish stroke play from either end of the crease in a 127-run second wicket partnership. Kohli made an attractive 46 before succumbing to the spin of Imran Tahir (1 for 48), clipping the ball straight to the chest of Faf du Plessis at short midwicket.Ajinkya Rahane had 79 off 60 balls and shared a 125-run partnership with Dhawan for the fourth wicket. Dhawan fittingly raised his century with a four through point off Parnell, raising his bat with outstretched arms and looking skyward to a standing ovation and the sustained roar of an appreciative crowd.last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge now available for sale in India

first_imgSamsung’s new flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge handsets are now available for purchase in India. The devices were first unveiled at the recently concluded MWC event last month. Both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge were earlier up for pre-order via online retailers like Flipkart, Amazon India, Infibeam and Snapdeal. They are now available for grabs, starting at Rs 49,900.Both the handsets will be available in three internal memory variants: 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. The base 32GB variant of the Galaxy S6 is priced at Rs 49,900 while the 64GB and 128GB variants come at Rs 55,900 and Rs 61,900 respectively.The Galaxy S6 Edge with its first-of-its-kind twin curved display starts at Rs 58,900 for the base 32GB variant. The 64GB and 128GB variants of the handset are available for Rs 64,900 and Rs 70,900 respectively.         It must be noted that neither of the handsets support expandable storage.In terms of specification set, both the devices seem well endowed on paper. The Galaxy S6 features a 5.1-inch Quad-HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a 1440×2560 pixels resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protective covering.It is powered by a 2.1 GHz octa-core Exynos 7420 CPU with Mali-T760 and 3 GB RAM. The dual-SIM device runs Android 5.0.2 Lollipop out-of-the-box with the company’s TouchWiz UI on top. It sports a 16 MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, autofocus and LED flash. There is also a 5 MP front facing camera with Auto HDR. It is backed by a 2550 mAh battery.The Edge variant of the Galaxy S6 comes with a similar spec sheet, with design and bettery being the only point of distinction between the two handsets. The Galaxy S6 Edge comes with a larger 2800 mAh battery.advertisementlast_img read more

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