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researchers say long-lost continent lies beneath indian ocean island


a long-lost continent once sitting between india and madagascar now lies at the bottom of the indian ocean, according to a report published tuesday.lewis ashwal, a scientist at the university of witwatersrand, initially discovered in 2013 that the island of mauritius had a stronger gravitational pull than other parts of the indian ocean. ashwal and his team theorized that the island was sitting on a piece of a sunken continent.according to the report, the team of scientists found zircon crystals that were up to 3 billion years old even though mauritius is only 8 million years old. zircon crystals already located on the island’s beaches have been dated at 2 billion years old. researchers believe volcanic eruptions may have blasted the crystals from below the surface. the scientists dubbed t






3-billion-year-old crystals hint at lost continent’s fate


relics of a long-lost continent may lurk beneath the indian ocean.tiny zircon crystals coughed up by volcanic eruptions on the island of mauritius are around 2.5 billion to 3 billion years old. that’s billions of years older than the island itself, researchers report january 31 in nature communications. the zircons, the researchers propose, are remnants of an ancient continent called mauritia that formed part of the nexus of madagascar and india before the two landm es split apart around 84 million years ago (sn: 1/21/17, p. 18).comparing the crystals’ ages with those of nearby landm es, petrologist lewis ashwal of the university of the witwatersrand, johannesburg and colleagues retraced mauritia’s fate. volcanic eruptions and shifting tectonic plates fragmented mauritia, the researchers s






'lost continent' found under indian ocean


typical view of mauritius beachfront with volcanic mountains in background. the basaltic lavas constituting these mountains formed no older than 9 million years ago.(p o: susan j. webb, university of the witwatersrand)forget atlantis. scientists have uncovered evidence of an ancient “lost continent” under the indian ocean island nation of mauritius, according to a new study.the continent, which geologists call "mauritia," formed part of present-day madagascar and india. the rest of the continent probably sank beneath the sea 84 million years ago.“we are studying the break-up process of the continents, in order to understand the geological history of the planet,” said study lead author lewis ashwal of the university of the witwatersrand in south africa.the continent was likely part of the g






'lost continent' found under indian ocean


typical view of mauritius beachfront with volcanic mountains in background. the basaltic lavas constituting these mountains formed no older than 9 million years ago.(p o: susan j. webb, university of the witwatersrand)forget atlantis. scientists have uncovered evidence of an ancient “lost continent” under the indian ocean island nation of mauritius, according to a new study.the continent, which geologists call "mauritia," formed part of present-day madagascar and india. the rest of the continent probably sank beneath the sea 84 million years ago.“we are studying the break-up process of the continents, in order to understand the geological history of the planet,” said study lead author lewis ashwal of the university of the witwatersrand in south africa.the continent was likely part of the g






el nino may make a comeback as australia sees pacific warming


climate models indicate the central pacific ocean will probably warm over coming monthscanberra: less than a year after the world said goodbye to one of the strongest el ninos on record, forecasters are predicting the weather pattern may make a comeback.climate models indicate the central pacific ocean will probably warm over coming months, suggesting neutral conditions or el nino are the most likely scenarios for the southern hemisphere winter-spring period, australia’s bureau of meteorology said on its website. five models show el nino thresholds may be reached by mid-to-late winter, it said. australia’s winter starts in june.the 2015-16, el nino was the strongest since the record event of 1997-98. the pattern reduced rainfall in the indian monsoon, parched farmlands, and curbed producti






pakistan lifts ban on import of indian films


islamabad: pakistan has allowed the screening of indian films months after it stopped issuing permits for distribution companies to import the movies.the decision to allow the import of indian films was taken after a government committee held consultations with various stakeholders and recommended prime minister nawaz sharif to allow screening of bollywood films.after approval by sharif, the information ministry issued a letter late on tuesday saying that the government was “pleased to continue the existing open policy to display all international movies (including indian films) in pakistani cinemas”.according to the letter, any importers of indian films must first make a request to the ministry of information, which will issue a directive to the ministry of commerce to process the same.it






india vs england: ms dhoni hits maiden t20i half-century in 66th innings


by: express web desk | updated: february 1, 2017 8:48 pm ms dhoni’s aggregate of 1153 runs was most by any batsman without a single fifty in t20 internationals. (source: pti)former indian skipper mahendra singh dhoni scored his maiden t20 half-century against england in the third and the final t20 international match in bangalore.the 35-year old batsman found the fence four times and cleared it twice. he surp ed his previous best score of 48 not out, which he had scored against australia in 2012.inspite of playing 75 t20s matches and 1153 runs in the shortest format, he had never scored a half century in t20is.playing the series decider, virat kohli once again lost the toss and the visiting captain eoin morgan asked the hosts to bat first at the chinaswamy stadium. team india lost skipper






africa’s leaders consider a future when the u.s. no longer cares


african union commission chairwoman n azana dlamini-zuma, center, with the heads of state at the opening session of the a.u. summit. (european pressp o agency)addis ababa, ethiopia — in barack obama’s landmark speech before the african union in july 2015 — the first by a sitting u.s. president — he told the embled heads of state and delegates that the united states was ready to be a development partner with the continent, while warning that would come along with american promotion of human rights, whether they liked it or not.“you are kind of stuck with us — this is how we are. we believe in these things and we’re going to keep talking about them,” he said to applause and laughter from the delegates.now a year-and-a-half later, the african union is g pling with a new u.s. president who has






pakistan resumes screening of indian movies, kaabil, raees likely to release soo


after imposing a ban on indian films for many months, pakistan will resume screening of them soon. this decision was taken after a committee of government officials met the shareholders in this matter. the members then recommended pakistani prime minister nawaz sharif to allow the screening of indian movies.after getting approval from nawaz sharif, the pakistan’s information and broadcasting ministry issued a letter late tuesday for lifting the ban. the letter read the country was pleased to continue the existing open policy to screen all international films including those from india. the letter added that any importers who are interested in screening an indian movie will have to file a request to the ministry of  information and broadcasting. this ministry will further issue directive to






kilauea volcano in hawaii filmed spewing ‘lava fire hose’ into the ocean


the spectacular sight of a hawaiian volcano spewing a thick plume of molten lava into the pacific ocean has been caught on era.a lava fire “hose” in the kilauea volcano on the big island began to seep at the weekend, prompting researchers to take a closer look.the lava stream is roughly two metres wide and wide cracks in the sea cliff could mean the surrounding area is becoming unstable. usgs the plume of lava flowing into the ocean the footage shows lava bursting out of a crack in the cliff, creating “pul ing littoral explosions that the spatter (fragments of molten lava) high into the air” as it hits the water, the us geological survey (usgs) website said.it added: “some of these incandescent clasts fell on top of the sea cliff behind the ocean entry, forming a small spatter cone.“during






india vs england: hugs all-around as india win against england, watch video


by: express web desk | bangalore | published:february 1, 2017 11:34 pm yuzvendra chahal picked up six wickets for 25 runs against england. (source: ap)it was really over in a flash. england were at one stage 119 for the loss of two wickets and then lost their lost eight wicket for eight runs and from just 19 balls. that was the worst collapse in the history of t20 cricket. no one has ever had such a quick collapse. this resulted in england losing the t20 series and failing to win a single series on this tour of india.yuzvender chahal’s record bowling effort helped india to a 75-run win in the final t20i. this helped india win the series as well. his effort is the best for an indian bowler in the shortest format of the game. and his bowling figures are only second best after ajantha mendis






indian-american lawmakers slam republican hindu coalition for backing immigratio


by: pti | washington | published:february 1, 2017 2:58 pmindian-american lawmakers have slammed the us-based republican hindu coalition for supporting president donald trump’s executive order on immigration, which they alleged takes the country backwards “towards dark times”.“as the most senior indian-american member of congress, i believe that donald trump’s executive order does not reflect who we are as americans,” ami bera, a three-time congressman, said.watch what else is making news“the actions of the republican hindu coalition (rhc) today do not reflect the breadth and diversity of the indian-american community, or our diaspora,” he said in a rare criticism of an indian-american organi ion related to the republican party.bera, along with three other indian-american lawmakers, vented






live cricket score india vs england 3rd t20i: india eye series win against engla


by: express web desk | bangalore | published:february 1, 2017 5:39 pm live cricket score, india vs england, 3rd t20: india eye series win against england. (source: ap)after levelling the series in nagpur, india will now look to notch up a win at the chinaswamy stadium in bangalore and win the three-match t20 series against england. the stadium in bangalore is a small ground and a run-fest can be expected in match. indian batsmen haven’t been exceptional this series and will like to make the most of the final t20 international match. england will also like to win the series as they lost both the test and odi series. their bowlers have been phenomenal series while the batsmen have been in good knick apart from the second t20i where they failed to chase down 145-run target. it was also becau






anand amritraj’s davis cup journey ends where it began 43 years ago


written by shahid judge | pune | updated: february 1, 2017 11:33 am anand (l) and vijay amritraj were mainstays of indian davis cup team in 1970s. filedavis cup in the 70s meant that the amritraj family would attend the ties. rather, they would suffer through it. anand amritraj remembers his mother holding a rosary whenever india played while his father would circle the stadium. “he couldn’t sit and watch. he’d take rounds of the stadium listening to the crowd. every time people would cheer, he knew we won a point. if there was silence, we’d lost a point,” he recalls. “that happened for every davis cup match. not so much during the regular tour matches,” he adds, laughing.watch what else is making newsit was the same thing the last time pune hosted a tie, 43 years ago. rewind to 1974. an






lava spews off hawaii into pacific ocean, causing explosions


closeskip in skipxembedxshare kilauea, the most active volcano in hawaii, spews molten rock from its kamokuna ocean entry at hawaii volcanoes national park. usa today network molten lava spews into the pacific ocean off a cliff in hawaii late last month.(p o: usgs) 51 connectlinkedinemailmoredramatic footage taken sunday shows lava spewing out of a hawaiian cliff into the pacific ocean, tossing debris high into the air.the u.s. geological survey said the lava meeting cold seawater produces the explosions, which at times launched debris more than twice the height of the ocean cliff where it e from.the lava comes from the kilauea volcano, located on the southeast shore of hawaii island, the island chain's largest island. the lava pours into the ocean from a tube in the sea cliff at a height






10 things i enjoyed while living in east africa


more and more people have recently started asking me: "why are you a fan of africa?". deep down, i believe that you can't be a fan of a continent with six distinct climatic zones and over 1500 spoken languages and cultures, the same way you are a fan of michelle obama or bruno mars. yet during my three-year stay in different cities across east africa, i discovered a common lifestyle that i've grown to enjoy tremendously. despite the occasional lack of water in the mornings, power cuts at awkward moments or bumpy roads, there's something in the spirit of the region that was refreshingly different from general western ways of life.so, if i really, really had to answer the question "why are you a fan of africa?" - here are the 10 things i loved the most: 1. community spirit everything is ever






india rattle england, win t20i series 2-1: how twitterati reacted


by: express web desk | published:february 1, 2017 11:10 pm yuzvendra chahal finished with the figures of six for 25 in his four overs spell. (source: ap)india sealed the three-match t20 series with a 75-run win in the third and final match at the m. chinnaswamy stadium in bangalore on thursday. indian bowlers did the job for the hosts as they bundled out england for 127. suresh raina’s 63 and ms dhoni’s 56 with the bat and yuzvendra chahal’s six for 25 helped india win the series and continue their unbeaten run against england. india won the five test match series 4-0 and three match odi series 2-1. raina, making his comeback into the indian squad after a long-break, hit his fourth t20 half-century while the former skipper dhoni scored his maiden half-century in his 66th innings. dhoni sh






fm arun jaitley presents union budget 2017 despite congress protests


as union budget 2017 is tabled by the finance minister arun jaitley, congress leader mallikarjur kharge lashed out at the govt and made remarks on the death of former union minister and indian union muslim league leader e. ahamed.kharge said, “i think govt already knew that he had p ed away, but they were trying to maybe delay announcement.”he also added, “its not march 31, there is a lot of time to present budget. govt can postpone it. in our opinion, including jdu leaders and former pm deve gowda, the budget should be postponed.”you may also likethe former union minister and indian union muslim league leader e. ahamed died of heart attack on 1st february, 2017.






find royal history and more in hawaiian town


a waterfront view shows front street in lahaina, maui, hawaii. front street is lahaina’s main downtown street, home to small businesses and opportunities for sightseeing and people-watching.(p o: tor johnson/hawaii tourism authority via ap)lahaina, hawaii - the beach town of lahaina in western maui was once the capital of the hawaiian kingdom, a place where kings were born. it later be e a key port at the height of the 19th-century whaling boom.though it transformed into a mostly tourist area in the 1960s, much of lahaina’s history can still be found sprinkled around town — including in the roots o iant banyan tree.“there’s just a ton of historical spots in town, really precious, sacred places,” said amy fuqua, manager of the lahaina visitor’s center.located about 40 minutes from kahului a






key takeaways for indian startup sector, technology news, ettech


indian startups didn't seem to get much prominence in the budget 2017 speech, contrary to expectations.finance minister arun jaitley announced only few new initiatives for the startup sector in his budget speech for the financial 2017 . some of the key initiatives announced were:- profit linked deduction available to startups for 3 years out of 5 years that was introduced last year, has now being changed to 3 years out of 7 years.- 51% continuous holding of voting rights condition in these startups for the purpose of carry forward of losses has been relaxed subject to the condition that the holding of the original promoter/promoters continues.- proposal to reduce corporate tax for msmes (micro small and medium enterprises) having revenues less than rs 50 crore to 25%. jaitley said 96% of m






key takeaways for indian startup sector, technology news, ettech


indian startups didn't seem to get much prominence in the budget 2017 speech, contrary to expectations.finance minister arun jaitley announced only few new initiatives for the startup sector in his budget speech for the financial 2017 . some of the key initiatives announced were:- profit linked deduction available to startups for 3 years out of 5 years that was introduced last year, has now being changed to 3 years out of 7 years.- 51% continuous holding of voting rights condition in these startups for the purpose of carry forward of losses has been relaxed subject to the condition that the holding of the original promoter/promoters continues.- proposal to reduce corporate tax for msmes (micro small and medium enterprises) having revenues less than rs 50 crore to 25%. jaitley said 96% of m






india - indian e-visa: is all i need a print out of the email?


i recently applied for the indian e-visa. on the website it said that they would send me the e-visa by email on approval.i received an email approving my application. do i only need to print out this email? it looks pretty informal for me.because it said by email, i expected something like an attachment pdf with p og h and maybe coat of arms printed on it or likewise.dear secondname firstname,your application for e-tourist visa (etv) has been processed with following result.application id :- p port no :- application status :- grantedvisa no :- nationality :- germanyyou can arrive in india between 14/01/2017 to 17/02/2017. (date format is dd/mm/yyyy).visa is valid for 30 days from the date of arrival in indiafor any istance contact etv support center at [email protected] tele enquiries(i






3rd t20i: chahal's career-best 6/25 seals resounding series win for india


new delhi: yuzvendra chahal triggered a dramatic collapse as england lost their last eight wickets in the space of just 18 balls to be bowled out for 127 with india recording a big 75-run win to clinch the final t20i and the three-match series 2-1 in bengaluru on wednesday. this is india's first ever bilateral series win in the format over england. chahal finished with career-best 6/25, the best figures by an indian bowler and third overall in t20is, after suresh raina and ms dhoni struck fifties to power india to a huge 202/6. with three sixes off raina in one over, captain eoin morgan had given the necessary push to england chase. they were going strong at 117/2 and needed 86 from 42. virat kohli turned to chahal and the move spelled doom for the visitors. on 40, morgan slog swept a goo






makers of 3g phones likely to post losses as inventory piles up, technology news


indian handset makers could be forced to book losses or write off investments made into 3g devices over the past year, a large chunk of which has piled up as excess inventory in the aftermath of demoneti ion.analysts said 3g inventory worth about rs 1,700 crore could still be in the market, unsold.industry insiders and market watchers said that local players such as micromax, intex, lava and karbonn would find it tough to liquidate 3g-only phones at a discount as 4g phones are already available at affordable prices, unless manufacturers take to deep discounting and absorb the losses.they said that the problem could worsen if reliance’s 4g volte feature phones are launched in this quarter to march at prices lower than the 3g smartphones, whose average price is about $50 (rs 3,400).“inventor






in panic mode, us-based indian professionals hunt for jobs back home, technology


us president donald trump's inauguration pledge to 'buy american-hire american' has stoked interest in jobs back home from overseas indians, who are increasingly reaching out to manpower consultants in the country to explore equivalent options.recruitment firms led by bti consultants, rgf executive search, transearch, the head hunters, and antal international have reported doubling of queries from us-based indian professionals over the past few weeks as the republican winner to the white house race declares his policy stance after the january 20 inauguration.nervousness has also gripped indian companies that have a significant us employee base: hunt for indian talent in the us are now joining the swelling list of cancelled mandates. kris lakshmikanth, chief executive of the head hunters (i






indian expats largely welcome new indian budget


people watch finance minister arun jaitley tabling the union budget 2017 , on tv sets at a showroom in patna on wednesday.dubaiindian expats in the uae seem to be largely in favour of india’s union budget, presented in india’s parliament on wednesday.both salaried expats and business persons from the indian community in the uae underscored what they see as benefits of the budget — most notably the support for rural india and low-income earners, as well as anti-corruption measures.dubai-based salesman pradeep kumar, 35, said: “i welcome the points regarding farming in the budget. i come from a farmers’ family and we know the importance of farming to the livelihood of millions of ordinary people in india, as well as the strategic importance of farming to a nation as a whole.”mohammad khan, a






h1b issue not a sticking point in india-us ties: indian-american donor


by: pti | washington | updated: february 1, 2017 11:05 am the h1b visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows us firms to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialised fields. erting that artificial trade barriers between india and the us would “evaporate” quickly, an indian-american donor and supporter of us president donald trump has said fears about the h-1b overhauling is “overblown” and the issue is unlikely to cause trouble in bilateral ties. “president trump first and foremost is a businessman. he knows how to grow us as a business. he is pretty clear on the position of us chambers of commerce that in order to grow the american economy, you need a lot of it experts and professionals,” chicago-based shalabh ‘shalli’ kuma






there will be no easy matches in asia cup qualifiers, says coach stephen constan


by: pti | new delhi | published:february 1, 2017 3:22 pm india will begin their paign against myanmar in an away match on march 28. (express p o by amit chakravarty)national football coach stephen constantine feels india have a legitimate chance to qualify from group a but said there won’t be any easy games in the 2019 afc asian cup qualifiers.india have been drawn with kyrgyz republic, myanmar and macau in group a of the 2019 afc asian cup qualifiers, beginning march.“on paper it looks favourable. it does give us the hope that we have a legitimate chance to qualify from the group,” constantine told aiff.“i need to take you back to the draw of the world cup qualifiers where we were drawn with guam and turkmenistan and there was a generic feeling all around – ‘no problem, we will have it e






worker found guilty of ing, killing 81-year-old widow


saifi, a resident of madhubani in bihar, was working as a domestic help in the house of the elderly womannew delhi: a court here has held a man guilty of ing and murdering an 81-year-old widow at her residence here.additional sessions judge sanjiv jain on tuesday convicted neeraj saifi of charges dealing with , murder and destruction of evidence.the court will hear argument on the quantum of sentence on february 9.the court framed the charges against saifi in september 2014.saifi, a resident of madhubani in bihar, was working as a domestic help in the house of the elderly woman.her body was recovered around 9.30pm in july 7, 2014, from the second-floor flat of her four-storey building in south delhi’s greater kailash ii area.according to the police, the woman’s post-mortem examination repo






md anderson cancer center's financial woes deepen


md anderson cancer center lost another $58 million in december, according to the center's records, a continuation of mounting operational deficits that caused it to lay off 778 employees last month.last month's loss brings the institution's total operating deficit to nearly $170 million four months into fiscal year 2017. the world renowned houston cancer hospital lost $266 million in the previous fiscal year.dan fontaine, md anderson's chief financial officer, said he's optimistic january will show financial improvement, because many patients delay december appointments until the holiday season is over.but he said it'll likely take until spring for the cancer center to realize financial benefits from the layoffs and begin turning the corner from its financial doldrums.






india lose to arch rivals pakistan at blind world t20


by: pti | new delhi | published:february 1, 2017 9:45 pm pakistan denied india a third consecutive victory at the world t20.the atmosphere was typical of any contest between the arch rivals and it was, for a change, pakistan who emerged victories, getting the better of india by seven wickets in the world t20 for the blind.india notched up a formidable 204 for four at the feroz shah kotla but pakistan, riding on muhammad zafar’s unbeaten 88, chased down the target of 205 in just 15.3 overs, denying india a third consecutive victory at the world t20 against this opponent.prakash j scored 90, off 56 balls, and venkateswara rao (53), were the major contributors for india.as per rule, the bowlers bowled underarm and the batsmen played only sweep s s in front of a decent turnout, which included






pedestrian struck by phoenix fire department vehicle


get breaking news on pedestrian accidents on azcentral.(p o: azcentral)a phoenix fire department battalion truck struck a pedestrian monday evening while responding to an emergency call, police said.the collision occurred just after 7 p.m. when a woman was crossing indian school road mid-block near 30th street, said phoenix police sgt. vince lewis.the woman was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, lewis said.police suspect the pedestrian may have been under the influence of alcohol, lewis added.the fire department vehicle, which was responding to a hazardous-materials incident, was driven by a captain with nearly 30 years of experience, lewis said. the captain's name was not released.the collision closed a portion of indian school road while it was under investigation.re






pedestrian struck by phoenix fire department vehicle


get breaking news on pedestrian accidents on azcentral.(p o: azcentral)a phoenix fire department battalion truck struck a pedestrian monday evening while responding to an emergency call, police said.the collision occurred just after 7 p.m. when a woman was crossing indian school road mid-block near 30th street, said phoenix police sgt. vince lewis.the woman was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, lewis said.police suspect the pedestrian may have been under the influence of alcohol, lewis added.the fire department vehicle, which was responding to a hazardous-materials incident, was driven by a captain with nearly 30 years of experience, lewis said. the captain's name was not released.the collision closed a portion of indian school road while it was under investigation.re






pedestrian struck by phoenix fire department vehicle


get breaking news on pedestrian accidents on azcentral.(p o: azcentral)a phoenix fire department battalion truck struck a pedestrian monday evening while responding to an emergency call, police said.the collision occurred just after 7 p.m. when a woman was crossing indian school road mid-block near 30th street, said phoenix police sgt. vince lewis.the woman was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, lewis said.police suspect the pedestrian may have been under the influence of alcohol, lewis added.the fire department vehicle, which was responding to a hazardous-materials incident, was driven by a captain with nearly 30 years of experience, lewis said. the captain's name was not released.the collision closed a portion of indian school road while it was under investigation.re






pedestrian struck by phoenix fire department vehicle


get breaking news on pedestrian accidents on azcentral.(p o: azcentral)a phoenix fire department battalion truck struck a pedestrian monday evening while responding to an emergency call, police said.the collision occurred just after 7 p.m. when a woman was crossing indian school road mid-block near 30th street, said phoenix police sgt. vince lewis.the woman was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, lewis said.police suspect the pedestrian may have been under the influence of alcohol, lewis added.the fire department vehicle, which was responding to a hazardous-materials incident, was driven by a captain with nearly 30 years of experience, lewis said. the captain's name was not released.the collision closed a portion of indian school road while it was under investigation.re






homeless veteran back on his feet thanks to the help from a stranger


philadelphia –  a local military veteran down on his luck is the type of story that touches so many americans who just want to help.well, in this story,  he found help from a complete stranger.the vet was homeless and injured on the streets of philadelphia.he told fox 29's bill anderson he couldn't even walk.then, he found a reason to fight, when a woman brought light into his life, showing him that people do care.group of texas teens buy homeless man meal, clothes"basically i would get up every morning, well i wouldn't get up, i would just wake up in my wheelchair, wheel to the corner, and panhandle, that was my days, that was all i did," john lochlan explained.less than a year ago a man living on the streets had basically given up on society.  during his time out there he had been s , ig






chinese herbalist who helped malcolm turnbull guilty of un isfactory professiona


the chinese herbalist who rose to prominence after helping prime minister malcolm turnbull shed 14 kilograms has been found guilty of un isfactory professional conduct.in the first case of its kind, dr shuquan liu was prosecuted by the health care complaints commission after prescribing a program of fasting, remedial m age and acupuncture for a patient with chronic ulcerative colitis. shuquan liu prepares ingredients at his chinese medicine centre in bondi westfield. p o: lee besforddr liu's signature wellness 101 program combines fasting, acupuncture, cupping, herbal potions and moxibustion, a traditional chinese medicine the y which consists of burning dried mugwort on particular points on the body.the case is the first in which a chinese medicine practitioner has been brought before the






pedestrian struck by phoenix fire department vehicle


get breaking news on pedestrian accidents on azcentral.(p o: azcentral)a phoenix fire department battalion truck struck a pedestrian monday evening while responding to an emergency call, police said.the collision occurred just after 7 p.m. when a woman was crossing indian school road mid-block near 30th street, said phoenix police sgt. vince lewis.the woman was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, lewis said.police suspect the pedestrian may have been under the influence of alcohol, lewis added.the fire department vehicle, which was responding to a hazardous-materials incident, was driven by a captain with nearly 30 years of experience, lewis said. the captain's name was not released.the collision closed a portion of indian school road while it was under investigation.re






climate change may boost toxic mercury levels in sea life


the muddying of coastal waters by climate change could drastically increase levels of neurotoxic mercury in sea life, contaminating food supplies.shifting rainfall patterns may send 10 to 40 percent more water filled with dissolved bits of organic debris into many coastal areas by 2100. the material can cloud the water, disrupting marine ecosystems by shifting the balance of microbes at the base of the food web, new laboratory experiments suggest. that disruption can at least double methylmercury concentrations in microscopic grazers called zooplankton, researchers report january 27 in science a nces.the extra mercury could reverberate up the food web to fish that humans eat, warns study coauthor erik björn, a biogeochemist at umeå university in sweden. even small amounts of methylmercury,






lok sabha adjourned for the day after arun jaitley concludes budget speech


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: february 1, 2017 2:16 pm speaker sumitra mahajan said the house will meet at 11 a.m. on friday. (source: file)the lok sabha was on wednesday adjourned for the day after finance minister arun jaitley concluded his union budget 2017 speech. speaker sumitra mahajan said that the house will meet at 11 am on friday.watch video | changes in personal tax ratesmahajan had earlier said that the house will remain adjourned tomorrow as a mark of respect to former union minister and iuml leader e ahamed, who p ed away early wednesday after suffering a cardiac arrest. the political stalwart from kerala was admitted to the ram manohar lohia hospital after he collapsed during the president’s address in parliament on tuesday.the treasury benches lauded jaitley’