Ground-based surveys of ice-divide triple junctions in two Antarctic ice rises, the Fletcher Promontory and Berkner Island, have been carried out using low-frequency ice-penetrating radars. These surveys have focused on understanding the internal layer architecture at and around the triple junctions, with a particular emphasis on understanding how the Raymond effect operates. A variety of features have been observed, including Raymond cupolas under the junctions, bump stacks of varying amplitude with distance from the divide, double bumps, crooked stacks implying divide motion, and the presence of ridges containing weak and strong bump stacks. It was generally not possible to elucidate the three-dimensional structure by correlation of pick crossovers, so instead a least squares cross-correlation technique was used which computes nominal age surfaces using radial basis function interpolation. Double bumps are absent from the central cupola of Fletcher Promontory, permitting us to infer that the ice here has thinned by around 500 m in the past 5000 years. Estimates of the age scale suggest that there will be recoverable Eemian ice. A technique for inferring the velocity profile at divides using layer traces and assumed velocities in the flanks is presented.
Martin Jol wants to pip Bolton to the signing of Stoke City striker Cameron Jerome, according to The Sun.It is claimed Jol is competing with Wanderers in an effort to capture the former England Under-21 international, who has scored seven goals this season and is apparently rated at £4m.Terry is nursing an injury.The Guardian report that Chelsea’s interim boss Roberto Di Matteo may be forced to risk John Terry despite doubts over the defender’s fitness.Terry is struggling with a rib injury but with some vital matches approaching, Di Matteo is desperate to include him.The Italian said: “It all depends on how quick he can heal and the pain level he can sustain. As soon as that is possible to do he will train.”Meanwhile, The Sun declare that Di Matteo believes he needs to achieve a top-four finish and win the Champions League to be considered a success.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
This past weekend saw all of our coastal steelhead rivers turn some shade of green – some emerald and some olive. Condition-wise, it was probably the best we’ve had this season. But pristine conditions only last so long. And now as we go another week deeper into a disheartening dry spell, some rivers are getting too low to drift and too clear to be good. The Chetco, Elk, and Sixes would fall into those categories. The Smith and the South Fork Eel are both dropping and clearing as well. Green …
Tendulkar’s batting prowess on display against Zimbabwe at Sharjah in November 1998.I have often been asked whether I knew Sachin Tendulkar was destined for his remarkable run in world cricket-a run that is punctuated with records, some coming in the 22nd year of his international cricket-when I first saw him,Tendulkar’s batting prowess on display against Zimbabwe at Sharjah in November 1998.I have often been asked whether I knew Sachin Tendulkar was destined for his remarkable run in world cricket-a run that is punctuated with records, some coming in the 22nd year of his international cricket-when I first saw him play. It is always hard to spot exceptional talent in a youngster, but when I first saw Sachin, I knew I was watching a special player. He was batting at the WACA, Perth, on a pitch that in those days was a fast bowler’s paradise. Australians found it tough going at Perth and here was an Indian teenager, on his first tour to Australia, batting with great composure and exceptional ease to score one of his finest centuries. The signs of a special talent were clear for the world to see and I knew Sachin would make a mark on cricket.Tendulkar acknowledges the applause from the crowd after scoring a 50 as Australian captain Steve Waugh walks away during the fourth Test match between India and Australia at Sydney in January 2004.Today,twodecades later, there is still plenty of fuel left in Tendulkar and it is fascinating to see his hunger for success and the discipline to remain fit and focused at this level. From the point of view of a contemporary, I find it amazing that he has remained the key wicket that the opposition prizes for more than two decades. It’s one thing to be around for that but quite another thing to remain the linchpin of the team right through that period.It was in the early 1990s that the Indian fans really started to warm to Sachin’s talent and persona. The decade saw Sachin develop from a promising youngster into one who values his talent and is willing to work hard to make the most of it. It’s not always that exceptional talent translates into a great career, but Sachin had the temperament and the discipline to exploit that ability.Tendulkar scores a half century against Sri Lanka during the third Test match at Colombo in August 2010.Right through the 1990s and even thereafter, Sachin has always kept some of his most brilliant knocks for Australia, and very often it was really a pressure cooker situation because you had an unstoppable cricketer as well as thousands of screaming fans to deal with. It was a cauldron, and you could see that Sachin would feed off the fans and the cheering and expectations would actually get him going.As a captain you knew you had to get him out early and if you did not manage that, you were in for a hard time. There were a few plans we had for him, the one that comes in occasionally trapped him in front of the wicket and we often found him impatient if he were kept away from the strike for long. These tactics worked at times, but very often they did not. I remember seeing him scoring at century that is known as the ‘sandstorm knock’ in Sharjah.Australia won the game, but if in the change room after the match, you would have thought we were the losing side. I voiced my concern about Sachin’s form and Allan Border consoled us saying that it would be impossible for him to bat that well in the finals and that Sachin in fact was due for a failure. Sachin famously scored another century, this time on his 25th birthday to seal the trophy for India. At that point common opinion was that Sachin could not get much better than this.It’s hard to say what motivates a player, and when a career spans two decades, the targets must have shifted often and the desire to raise the bar must manifest itself in various ways. Who would have predicted that Sachin would breach the 200 mark in ODIs in his 22nd year? Today he has gone past my 169 Tests and I think he looks good to cross 200 as far as Tests go as well. Perhaps the 200-Test mark is the motivation that is taking Sachin through the training sessions, the travel and the hard yards that might make a player feel jaded after two demanding decades.Plays a leg glance during the second Test against Australia in Mohali in October 20.Today, we are looking at at least two more years of Sachin Tendulkar. However, it was not always this way. He had a bit of a dip a few years ago, but he emerged from that 12-month slump with greater determination to prove that there some fire in the belly. In fact, my last Test was a significant one for Sachin as well. It was the Sydney Test from when we saw a new, cautious, more accumulative batsman take over from his earlier, free-flowing avatar. He had been struggling through that series, and this when the rest of the Indians were actually scoring a lot of runs. Sachin reassessed his game and cut off his off-drive which forced the bowlers to bowl to him while he was content to play the waiting game. It seemed that he had decided that this was the role he wanted to play and this phase continued for many seasons. Again at the SCG in 2008 he played delightfully in the Test that ended in controversy. Few who saw him play would forget his effortless strokeplay, and the manner in which he put the bowlers away in the first innings.Today, Sachin plays smart cricket, but he also seems to be enjoying himself. The body does give him reminders of the wear and tear it has been through, but he has gained in experience and knows his game well enough to adapt himself. He also seems content to preserve himself and does take a break every now and then. Significantly, he has opted out of the Twenty20 format even though he looks very good when he turns out for Mumbai.Tendulkar raises his bat after scoring a century during the second Test against South Africa at Kolkata in February 2010.There is a lot to remember Sachin by whenever he decides to call it a day. There are records that will stand the test of time and there will be some that are bound to be broken. For instance, who is to bet that Virender Sehwag will not score a triple century in onedayers! The game is shifting and reshaping itself all the time, and scores are going to get increasingly stratospheric.However, the one record that he might have for himself is the one for Test appearances. I remember thinking 168 Tests would be a hard number to get past, but it has happened in six years. However, with the number of formats that have now come into the equation, it will be hard for a player to sustain himself for the number of years it takes to play 200 Tests.I am assuming that that is the motivation that will keep the little master hungry for a couple of years more. For all you know it’s the 100 centuries in Tests and one-dayers that is keeping Sachin hungry. His centuries are coming at a regular rate once again after a dip in 2005-2006. He is pulling away from the competition, and at 48 and still counting, he might have the record for himself for quite some time.Every player has his own reasons for calling it a day. Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath wanted to sign off with an Ashes series. When I decided to retire, it seemed right to call it a day at Sydney against the Indians. I had made my debut against India in 1985 and it seemed like a cycle would be completed if I were to retire after playing against India. When I hung up my boots, I knew that the goals that would keep me hungry were no longer there.It’s clear that Sachin too has earned the right to decide his future on his terms. We are talking about a mature, fit and sensible cricketer who knows he has the desire to play on coupled with the ability to do well. I see the legend growing for at least two more years.advertisementadvertisementadvertisement
File photo of CWG Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi.After the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided his house in the national capital on Friday and questioned him for eight hours over allegations of bungling in the conduct of the sporting extravaganza, a beleaguered Suresh Kalmadi said that he is innocent till proven guilty.Trying to put up a brave front, Kalmadi, the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman, told reporters outside his residence, “I have not taken any decision alone. All decisions have been taken by the Executive Board”.He went on to say that the OC was given a budget of Rs 1,500 crore which is “four to five per cent of the total budget” for the Games and “we have by way of revenue generated Rs 700 crore from the Games”.As he faced a volley of questions, Kalmadi said, “I am innocent till proven guilty. You (media) are all pronouncing me guilty”.”I offered them full cooperation. I had said after giving the successful CWG that the Organising Committee was ready for any investigations,” he said.The Congress MP said that he or his officials had nothing to hide from the probe agency and expressed surprise over the letter written by the CBI Director A. P. Singh to the government seeking his removal as he was interfering in the probe.”I have written to the CBI chief and informed that the Organising Committee had handed over all the documents. In case there were some more left, the same would be provided” Kalmadi said and also added that there was a possibility that the papers could be with other probe agencies including Income Tax, CAG or Enforcement Directorate.advertisementAsked if he was being made a “scapegoat”, Kalmadi declined to comment.”I don’t want to answer this question. No comments,” he said.On what all has been taken by the CBI after the searches, Kalmadi said, “I don’t know what all they have taken. They have handed me a list.”The CWG OC chief came out of the gate but went back quickly as he found the media waiting in large numbers rushing towards him.He came out again after some time to address the media.Kalmadi said the CBI teams besides his residence had also visited his home in Pune and his brother’s place in Mumbai.The CBI officials also searched his business premises. “They have searched the whole place through and through”.Asked whether he was hurt, Kalmadi said, “No, I am not hurt. I have no complaints at all”.Kalmadi, in a lighter vein, also said the CBI sleuths had brought breakfast for him. “Of course, I gave them coffee”.- With PTI inputs
New Delhi: Three persons, who pretended to be as Australian tax officers, were arrested by Delhi Police for running a scam that is believed to have affected more than a hundred persons living in Australia. Police said that the fraudsters also cheated Bollywood actress of 5, 700 Australian Dollars (Rs 2,76,777.75) by threatening to arrest her for tax violations.Police identified the accused as Bhanuj Berry (24), Puneet Chadha (34) and Rishabh Khanna (23). They were arrested from West Delhi area. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesDeputy Commissioner of Police (CyPad) Anyesh Roy said that they received a complaint from Bollywood actress Isha Sharvani, who lives in Perth. In her complaint, Isha said that she received calls from someone who claimed to be calling on behalf of the Australian Tax Office. DCP Roy added that the calling number that was displayed on complainant’s phone was of Canberra, the capital city of Australia. The caller told her that there were some violations in her tax returns because of which the Australian Government had issued a warrant for her immediate arrest. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarShe was further told by the accused that the only way to settle the matter was a confidential transaction to the remittance officer of the Australian Tax Office, India Branch. The accused persons intimidated the victim into transferring money to them via Western Union (3500 AUD) and RIA Money Transfer (2500 AUD). The accused stayed on the call with her for more than three hours until the transaction was over. Later on, the victim realised that she had been duped. The team under ACP Aditya Gautam started their investigation. From the details provided by Western Union and RIA Money transfer, the team was able to track down three accused in the case. “Puneet Chadha has studied Master of Business Administration, while Bhanuj Berry has studied B.Com from School of Open Learning and Rishabh Khanna is in the final year of Bachelor of Business Administration,” police said. During interrogation, the accused disclosed that they operate from a fake call centre in Vikaspuri. They specifically target people living in Australia by pretending to be Australian Tax Officials. They made VoIP calls and used number spoofing software for displaying Australian numbers and also talked in fluent Australian English accent. They intimidate the unsuspecting victims by claiming that there was a problem with their tax returns due to which the government had issued a warrant for their immediate arrest and later they duped money. “Several bank accounts of the accused having money more than Rs. 1 Crore have been frozen,” police said.
Bengaluru: Even as the fate of the 17 disqualified Congress-JD(S) MLAs is yet to be decided by the Supreme Court over their eligibility to contest the bypolls in Karnataka, there is growing opposition within the state BJP against giving them tickets, with a senior party MLA Umesh Katti saying on Sunday that they will have to find their way.The saffron party, that came to power with the help of the disqualified RPT disqualified MLAs, plans to field most of them in the by-polls on getting respite from the Apex Court, where they have challenged their disqualification. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”Raju Kage, Laxman Savadi, Ashok Pujari (aspirants) are my close friends. I will speak (to the party leadership)… tickets have not yet been issued. When it is issued, let’s see…all these three will get tickets, if they dont get, let’s see then,” Katti said. Speaking to reporters in Chikkodi, he said Raju Kage had said he would not jump ship to the Congress and would seek a ticket from the BJP after meeting the party leadership. Kage had stated that if he does not get a ticket, he would go his own way, Katti said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”Kage will continue in BJP, he will get a ticket (from Kagwad),” Katti said. Asked about the fate of disqualified MLAs like Shrimat Patil from Kagwad, he said, “for disqualified MLAs- they have their way and we have ours.” The bypolls to 15 of the 17 seats represented by disqualified MLAs, which the Election Commission had decided to defer, has now been scheduled for December 5. The counting will take place on December 9. There is growing resistance from aspirants and party candidates defeated in the 2018 assembly polls against the move to give these MLAs tickets in several constituencies, as they feel tickets should be given to loyal party cadres who have worked to build it, in constituencies like- Hosakote, Hirekerur, Kagwad, Mahalakshmi Layout, among others.