ScienceShot: Mystery of Quacking Caller in Antarctic Solved

first_imgSince the 1960s, marine scientists have puzzled over the strange quacking sounds they often heard in the icy waters of Antarctica’s Southern Ocean. Submarine personnel first described the oddly repetitive call, which is one of the most common sounds in that ocean during the austral winter. They gave it the name “bio-duck.” The sound consists of a series of pulses with a 3.1-second interval between two series. The sound further stumped scientists when they discovered some years ago that it occurred each winter and spring simultaneously in the eastern Weddell Sea and off Western Australia. Now, cetacean researchers are declaring the mystery solved: Antarctic minke whales (Balaenoptera bonaerensis) produce the calls. The discovery is already providing new insights into the behaviors of this little-known cetacean species, which is the primary target for Japanese “scientific” whale hunts. The researchers made their discovery by attaching sensors that collect acoustic data to two of the whales in 2013. One tag recorded for 18 hours, the other for only eight. The tagged whales were traveling with their fellows in groups of five to 40 animals, and feeding almost nonstop. Although the tags registered only 32 clear calls, those were enough for the researchers to conclusively link the sound to the minke whales. The whales made 26 of these calls when close to the surface, sometimes just before diving to feed. The scientists compared their recordings to other bio-duck calls that have been collected over the years, some from recorders mounted at the bottom of the sea, making an unequivocal match, they report online today in Biology Letters. The researchers do not yet know the purpose of the whales’ calls, but say that they should help them unravel other mysteries, including the minke whales’ overall abundance and migration patterns.See more ScienceShots.(Audio credit: Ilse Van Opzeeland and Lars Kindermann/Alfred-Wegener-Institute [AWI], Germany)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(*)last_img read more

2017 Rogues’ Gallery: Indian Americans Who Made News for Wrong Reasons

first_imgThe year that just went by propelled many ordinary people into limelight for their alleged notorious acts. While the death of 3-year-old Sherin Mathews brought her parents Wesley and Sini Mathews into headlines across the world, Abhishek Gattani’s ill-treatment of his wife spurred discussions on the prevalence of domestic abuse in Silicon Valley. Bikram Choudhury grabbed attention once again for his failed “hot yoga” empire, and disgraced businessman John Kapoor brought into public eye the ills pervading the pharma industry in the United States.Little India recaps some of the Indian Americans who were in the news for wrong reasons in 2017:Wesley and Sini MathewsWesley MathewsOn Oct. 7, 2017, 3-year-old Sherin Mathews went missing at Richardson, Texas. Two weeks later, the police found her body in a culvert near her house, following which the police arrested her father Wesley Mathews.Wesley said that Sherin choked on the milk that he was forcing her to drink. He changed his statements in the following days, eventually saying that he took her body along with the trash, and disposed it in the culvert. Wesley is charged with child endangerment and faces a life sentence.Sherin MathewsSini Mathews also faces charges of child endangerment and abandonment. Charges against her were pressed after it was found that the couple and their biological daughter went out for dinner on Oct. 6, leaving Sherin at home without any supervision for an hour and a half. The child was placed “in imminent danger of death, bodily injury, or physical or mental impairment,” Detective J Farmer wrote in Sini Mathews’ arrest warrant.Sherin was adopted from an orphanage in Bihar 18 months before her death. The parents are currently fighting for custody of their biological daughter who was taken by Child Protective Services after Sherin went missing.John KapoorJohn KapoorOn Oct. 26, Pharma billionaire John Kapoor, the founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc., was arrested on charges of using bribery and fraud to promote prescription of an opioid pain medication to patients. Launched in 2012, the medicine was meant for stage-end cancer patients but was allegedly prescribed to non-cancer patients as well. According to prosecutors, Insys is an example of American pharmaceutical companies prioritizing profits over public health.Kapoor, 74, who stepped down as the company’s CEO in January 2017, pleaded not guilty to these charges and of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and conspiracy to violate the anti-kickback law in November.On Dec. 21, 2017, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein filed an unfair trade lawsuit against the already embattled company for allegedly bribing doctors to prescribe Subsys, the oral spray meant for cancer patients.Bikram ChoudhuryBikram Choudhury, the founder of a California-based yoga organization that promoted his “hot” yoga practice, was heaped with accusations of sexual assault by many women, including his students and instructors. After an arrest warrant was issued against him in May, the 73-year-old yoga practitioner fled the United States and is currently absconding. His “hot yoga” practice required people to perform yoga in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, which was perhaps meant to simulate Indian weather conditions.Choudhury’s former lawyer wrote in a lawsuit against him in 2013: “Bikram Choudhury created a hyper-sexualized, offensive and degrading environment for women by, among other things, demanding that female staffers brush his hair and give him massages.”In court filings made on Nov. 9, Bikram Choudhury Yoga Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after multiple court judgments made the company liable to pay $16.7 million to multiple women for sexual assault.Zain JafferZain JafferZain Jaffer, the co-founder of San Francisco-based startup Vungle, a mobile ad company, was arrested in October, over charges of sexually abusing his children. Jaffer, who has a three-year-old son and one-year-old daughter, was accused of felony assault, lewd act upon a child, and other related charges. The 29-year-old entrepreneur was “charged with two counts of child abuse, against his son and daughter, as well as oral copulation of a person under 14, lewd act upon a child and assault likely to produce great bodily injury,” Forbes reported citing Steve Wagstaffe, the San Mateo County District Attorney.Jaffer was also charged with misdemeanor battery upon a police officer and emergency personnel. Jaffer pleaded not guilty, according to his attorney who spoke to Forbes magazine. Jaffer was part of Forbes 30-under-30 list in 2012.Abhishek GattaniAbhishek GattaniThe case of domestic abuse involving two Silicon Valley techies Neha Rastogi and Abhishek Gattani blew open early in the year, and shook people for the shocking incidents in their 10-year marriage. Rastogi said Gattani began abusing her shortly after the marriage, and he was even arrested four years ago when the mailman saw him beating her on the sidewalk. Rastogi had then bailed him out in hope, according to her statement, that he would change for the better for the sake of their three-month-old daughter.When the abuse began again, she started recording his acts in audio and video clips and went to the same police in July 2016. Gattani faced charges of felony assault and domestic violence.However, a plea deal was reached between the prosecution and defense despite Rastogi’s protests. The District Attorney’s Office wrote a memo defending the plea agreement, talking about the difficulties prosecutors would face if the case went to trial. The memo also said that by the time Rastogi went to police, she only had two faint bruises, which does not meet the “traumatic condition” required to prove a felony.The prosecution came to an agreement with him for “felony accessory after fact” and “offensive touching.” The case was rescheduled after Rastogi read out a statement questioning the reducing the 10 years of abuse to “offensive touching.” In June 2017, the judge upheld his sentence of letting Gattani serve only 13 days in jail. Related ItemsIndian Americanlast_img read more

Serie A: Kalidou Koulibaly Hands Juventus Win in 7-goal Thriller vs Napoli

first_img cristiano ronaldofootballJuventusKalidou Koulibaly First Published: September 1, 2019, 7:49 AM IST Milan: Kalidou Koulibaly handed Juventus a dramatic win on Saturday with a last-gasp own goal that consigned Napoli to a painful 4-3 Serie A defeat after his side had battled back from three goals down to level the scores.The Senegal international shanked in Paulo Dybala’s free-kick under no pressure in the second minute of stoppage time to hand Juve the three points in Turin and put Maurizio Sarri’s side top with a maximum six points, leaving Napoli with nothing to show for their Herculean efforts. “It’s an own goal that hurts me because it came after an incredible comeback,” Koulibaly later said on Twitter.”I’m sorry but I have to — we have to accept it: we are strong. We have shown that. We’re going to prove it.”Koulibaly’s blunder undid all of Napoli’s good work in fighting back from the dead with less than half-an-hour left, with goals from Danilo just 20 seconds after he came on as a substitute, Gonzalo Higuain — back at Juventus after loan spells at AC Milan and Chelsea — and Cristiano Ronaldo on 61 minutes giving the reigning champions what looked like an unassailable lead.However two goals in as many minutes from Kostas Manolas and Hirving Lozano shortly after Ronaldo had made it three brought Napoli back into the game, and Giovanni Di Lorenzo sent the away fans wild with a close-range finish to set up a tense final nine minutes.But with at least point seemingly in the bag, Koulibaly made it a nightmare end for Carlo Ancelotti’s men, who finished on the wrong end of a 4-3 scoreline after winning by the same margin at Fiorentina last weekend.”It was a rollercoaster. We lost control of the game and got distracted, so they managed to equalise, but fortunately in the end we still won,” said Higuain, who spun Koulibaly before slamming home Juve’s superb second.The champions made light of the absence of captain Giorgio Chiellini, out with anterior cruciate ligament knee injury, and Sarri, who is battling pneumonia and was not on the bench.Ancelotti meanwhile was left to regret a “wasted opportunity” after losing in such gut-wrenching fashion.”It was not a positive performance. The first hour we didn’t do well. But despite the 3-0 we stayed in the game, we came back,” said Ancelotti.”Juventus have so much character and quality, we know that they always step up in the important moments of the season.”We wasted an opportunity today.”AC MILAN SCRAPE OPENING WINEarlier Turkey midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu claimed AC Milan’s first three points of the season after scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win over newly-promoted Brescia.The 25-year-old connected with a cross from Spanish winger Suso to head a 12th-minute winner after Milan had lost their opener to Udinese last weekend.Poland forward Krzysztof Piatek, who finished third in Serie A’s scorers chart last season with 22 goals, Lucas Paqueta and Fabio Borini all started on the bench for the side who have been banned from this season’s Europa League for breaking financial fair play rules.Dimitri Bisoli missed a chance to equalise, sending a shot over the bar with Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma denying Ricardo Rodriguez’s deflected shot before the break.Piatek come on for the last half an hour in place of Andre Silva, with Paqueta replacing Calhanoglu five minutes later.The hosts came to life in the final 10 minutes with Piatek missing a chance to get a second goal for Milan, then setting up Paqueta who also drew a blank. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

2nd Test: Pujara, Rahane in 211-run unbroken stand as India dominate Sri Lanka

first_imgHighlights from Day 1 of the second Test between Sri Lanka and India being played at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo. (Scorecard)India 1st Innings:17.05 IST: India 344/3 (90 overs) at stumps on Day 1 vs Sri Lanka. Cheteshwar Pujara 128*, Ajinkya Rahane 103* Rahane and Pujara walk off to a standing ovation from the dressing room. A hundred from both of them have ensured India are right on top in this match. They did not lose a wicket in this session and have managed toadd 106 runs. After winning the toss and opting to bat this the ideal situation they would have wanted to be in.Sri Lanka on the other hand, have found it very difficult to apply anykind of pressure on the Indian batsmen. They were too short and bowledway too many bad balls. To make matters worse Nuwan Pradeep walked ofholding a hamstring and if he cannot bowl in this game it is going to be a crucial blow for the hosts.16.49 IST: THAT’S A TON FOR JINX! Ajinkya Rahane scores 9th hundred, second in Sri Lanka and sixth outside India. India’s best overseas player in Test cricket at the moment, you can see why. Has delivered once again on foreign soil. Leans ahead and taps it in front of point as he steals a single. Lovely knock. India 338/3 (85.2 overs)Finally! She said, after @ajinkyarahane88 gets to a well-made 9th Test century #TeamIndia #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/l1HlAM95x2- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 2017Batsman @ajinkyarahane88 brings up his 9th Test ton. Follow the game here – https://t.co/cexxqoSOZz #SLvIND #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/diEzYrLH6aadvertisement- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 2017Ajinkya Rahane (21 50+ Test scores)100s: 990s: 280s: 270s: 260s: 150s: 5#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 3, 201716.31 IST: Pradeep is walking off the field. Seems like a hamstring injury. The last two balls of his over will be bowled by Pushpakumara. IND 321/3 in 81 overs16.27 IST: Second new ball has been taken. Nuwan Pradeep will have a crack with it first up.16.26 IST: Sri Lanka now have the option to take the second new ball. IND 317/3 in 80 ovs16.22 IST: Herath to Rahane, FOUR! Tossed up outside the line of off stump, Rahane drives it through extra cover and sends it all the way for a boundary.2nd Test. 79.2: R Herath to A Rahane (88), 4 runs, 315/3 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201716.17 IST: Pushpakumara to Rahane, DROPPED on 80! A tough chance. He almost got his first Test wicket. Tosses it up on off, Rahane drives it uppishly to the left of the bowler who dives and stretches his hand but is unable to hang onto it. The ball goes down to long off for a run. IND 306/3 in 78 ovs16. 10 IST: Pushpakumara to Rahane, FOUR!  Poor ball. Another free from a Lankan bowler. Short and wide outside off, Rahane rocks onto his back foot and firmly punches it through the covers for a boundary. India 299/3 (76 overs) vs Sri Lanka15.56 IST: de Silva to Rahane, FOUR! BANG! Rahane comes down the track and hits it over mid off for a one bounce boundary. He has played with great intent here. India 288/3 (73 overs) vs Sri Lanka15.38 IST: Pushpakumara to Pujara, bowled on the stumps, Pujara flicks it through square leg for a couple. He also brings up his 13th hundred. This has been very good knock by him. He has been patient and he deserves this. He is the seventh Indian batsman to score a ton in his 50th Test. India 266/3 (67.4 overs) vs Sri Lanka Fewest inns to 13 Test 100s for India68 S Gavaskar81 V Kohli82 S Tendulkar84 Cheteshwar Pujara#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 3, 2017Mr. Consistent – @cheteshwar1 brings up his 13th Test ton #SLvIND #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/4QNedfg7qc- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201715.26 IST: Pradeep to Rahane, FOUR! BEAUTIFUL! Full ball on off, Rahane leans into it and drives it through covers for a boundary.2nd Test. 64.4: N Pradeep to A Rahane (54), 4 runs, 258/3 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201715.22 IST: WELL PLAYED JINKS! Fifty for Rahane! Has been flawless so far. Scored runs briskly and looked brilliant. Drives it to long off and takes a single. Like Pujara, he too must carry on and make a big score. IND 254/3 in 64 ovs15.13 IST: Pushpakumara and Perera bowling in tandem post tea. India 242/3 in 61 overs. Pujara 91*, Rahane 43*. Partnership: 109 off 133 balls 15.06 IST: Just the run one came from Perera’s over post tea. India 239/3 in 59 overs. Time for the final session as Pujara and Rahane walk out to the middle #TeamIndia #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/mHn00hQXVVadvertisement- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201714.43 IST: India 238/3 in 58 overs at tea on Day 1. Pujara 89*, Rahane 41*. Post-lunch session – 137 runs in 30 overs, 2 wickets.Sri Lanka started off the session well by taking two quick wickets but Rahane and Pujara added some quick runs and have made sure that it has belonged to India. Pujara has been like a wall at one end and Rahane is scoring at a brisk rate. India will want the same to continue after the break.Sri Lanka on the other hand, have been wayward with their lines and lengths. They need a wicket or two to get back into the game. There is assistance from the pitch but the Lankan bowlers are not hitting the right areas. They need to come out fighting after the break. Join us for the final session in a while.14.40 IST: NOT OUT! Unsuccessful review from Sri Lanka, Rahane survives as he was struck outside off-stump 14.39 IST: Pradeep to Rahane, huge appeal for LBW! umpire says not out. Sri Lanka take a review14.34 IST: Herath to Rahane, a single brings up the 100-run partnership between Pujara and Rahane in just 104 balls.14.09 IST: 200 up for India in the 51st over. Pujara 67*, Rahane 26*. Partnership: 67 off 70 ballsIndian Test capts dismissed on “unlucky 13” most times – 2Gundappa Viswanath 1980Sunil Gavaskar 1983 & 1984Virat Kohli 2017#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 3, 201714.05 IST: Perera to Pujara, FOUR! Good timing. Met the ball well at its pitch and drove it through the line past the sliding mid off fielder, who couldn’t stop it moving to his left. Super shot.2nd Test. 49.2: MDK Perera to C Pujara (65), 4 runs, 195/3 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201714.02 IST: Pushpakumara to Pujara, SIX! Wrong line and length to bowl. Very wrong. Malinda drops it short, on middle and leg, Pujara rocks back and with a powerful pull clears mid-wicket for a maximum.2nd Test. 48.4: M Pushpakumara to C Pujara (60), 6 runs, 190/3 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201713.56 IST: Pujara gets to his 16th Test fifty in 112 balls. Pujara fifty steadies India post lunch. IND 178/3 in 47.1 overs13.52 IST: Pushpakumara to Rahane, FOUR! That’s a lovely shot. Rahane is afraid to take the attack to the opposition. Skips out watching the flight and lifts it over mid-wicket for a boundary. Excellent finish to the over.2nd Test. 45.6: MDK Perera to A Rahane (17), 4 runs, 170/3 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201713.48 IST: Pushpakumara to Rahane, FOUR! Super shot! Tossed up delivery on middle, Rahane stays leg side, gets to the pitch of the delivery and smashes it past a diving Rangana Herath, who in all honestly stood no chance to stop it. It races away to the fence for a boundary.2nd Test. 44.3: M Pushpakumara to A Rahane (11), 4 runs, 163/3 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201713.43 IST: Players break for drinks! Sri Lanka have come back into the game by using the conditions well. Picked up a couple of wickets and clogged the run flow effectively. This next phase of play will be quite important for both teams. India 159/3 in 44 overs (Pujara 45*, Rahane 7*). advertisement13.34 IST: TAKE A BOW CHE! Cheteshwar Pujara completes 4000 Test runs in his 50th Test match. He is joint-third fastest Indian, along with Rahul Dravid, to get to the landmark in 84 innings. IND 145/3 in 41.3 overs 13.30 IST: Herath to Rahane, FOUR! Drags his length back on middle, Rahane whips it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Ajinkya gets off the mark.13.24 IST: Herath to Kohli, OUT c Angelo Mathews b Rangana Herath. Angelo, you beauty! A great reflex catch by the ex-skipper. Flatter and outside off, Kohli tries to cut it but gets an outside edge which flies to Mathews at first slip who takes a brilliant catch diving to his right. Kohli is not happy with himself. That was too close to cut maybe. Never the less, a big wicket for Sri Lanka and they are right back into the game now.38.5: WICKET! V Kohli (13) is out, c Angelo Mathews b Rangana Herath, 133/3- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201713.19 IST: Pradeep to Pujara, FOUR! EDGY BOUNDARY! Fuller in length, swinging away from the batsman. Pujara gets it off the outside edge through backward point and the ball races to the fence.2nd Test. 37.6: N Pradeep to C Pujara (27), 4 runs, 133/2 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201713.14 IST: Herath to Kohli, FOUR! WHAT PLACEMENT! Loopy ball outside off, Kohli leans into it and drives it through covers for a boundary. He has played some great shots uptil now.2nd Test. 36.6: R Herath to V Kohli (13), 4 runs, 129/2 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201713.09 IST: Pradeep to Kohli, FOUR! LOVELY SHOT! The short ball followed by a full one on off, Kohli leans into it and drives it through mid off for a boundary.2nd Test. 35.3: N Pradeep to V Kohli (8), 4 runs, 124/2 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201712.59 IST: Herath to Pujara, FOUR! Plays the sweep thorugh backward square leg to great effect and collects a boundary.2nd Test. 32.3: R Herath to C Pujara (23), 4 runs, 118/2 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201712.48 IST: RUN OUT! Yes, No, Yes, No and a run out. A big misunderstanding between the two batsmen. Tosses it up on off, Rahul pushes it towards covers and sets off for a run. Pujara first obliges but then stops in between the pitch and sends Rahul back who also was half way down. Chandimal is quick to the ball and fires in a throw to Dickwella who collects the ball and whips the bails off. Rahul is well short of his ground. He is not happy at all. He walks back dejected. He fails to covert it big once again. He is run out for the first time in his Test career. India have lost both their openers now. IND 109/2in 30.4 overs30.4: WICKET! L Rahul (57) is out, run out (Dinesh Chandimal), 109/2 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201712.40 IST: Herath will begin the proceedings post lunch12.00 IST: India 101/1 in 28 overs at lunch on Day 1. Rahul 52*, Pujara 14*, Perera 1/11Despite the loss of Shikhar Dhawan early in the morning, this is still India’s session. Scored 101 runs in 28 overs as Rahul and Pujara have done well with the bat. Kept the scoreboard ticking and the former has gone on to score a fifty. Sri Lanka couldn’t do much in this session but the ball is already turning and this will surely encourage them. The afternoon session should make for an interesting viewing. Join us back shortly for that.And that will be Lunch as #TeamIndia get to 101/1 with @klrahul11 on 52* and @cheteshwar1 on 14* #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/zkaRC2m2uK- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201711.56 IST: Herath to Rahul, FOUR! That’s just adding to Lanka’s woes. Rahul advances down the track and lofts it over mid off. It falls just inside the rope and that’ll be a boundary. 8th Test fifty for KL Rahul! This is his 6th consecutive fifty. But, 4 out of those 6 times he’s gotten out in the 50-70 range. Something to be careful about. IND 101/1 in 26.5 ovs 2nd Test. 26.5: R Herath to L Rahul (52), 4 runs, 101/1 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201711.54 IST: NOT OUT! RAHUL LIVES TO FIGHT ON! But an excellent delivery from Herath and equally impressive glovework from Niroshan Dickwella. Slightly quicker through the air, turns and beats the outside edge of Rahul’s hanging bat. He’s a touch off balance too and this provides Dickwella the opportunity to whip the bails off and does so in a flash. It’s taken upstairs and replays show that he’s just managed to plant his back foot back in time.11.54 IST: Stumping appeal! This could be a big wicket for Sri Lanka. KL Rahul is the man in question. Dickwella could have got his man. IND 97/1 in 26.3 overs11.51 IST: India 97/1 in 26 overs. Rahul 48*, Pujara 14*. Current partnership – 41 off 95 balls11.22 IST: Herath to Rahul, FOUR! Full on middle, Rahul brings out the broom and sweeps it past short leg, through square leg and sends it across the rope for a boundary.2nd Test. 18.4: R Herath to L Rahul (42), 4 runs, 89/1 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201711.20 IST: Pushpakumara to Rahul, FOUR! Short and flat on the stumps, Rahul goes back and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.2nd Test. 17.6: M Pushpakumara to L Rahul (38), 4 runs, 84/1 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201711.11 IST: Pushpakumara to Rahul, FOUR! Malinda gives it a lot of flight and seeing this, Rahul uses his feet well. Gets to the pitch and lofts it over extra cover for a boundary.2nd Test. 15.1: M Pushpakumara to L Rahul (31), 4 runs, 74/1 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201711.09 IST: Perera to Pujara, FOUR! TOP SHOT! He loves using his feet to the finger spinner. Dances down the track and drives it past the bowler for a boundary.2nd Test. 14.4: MDK Perera to C Pujara (8), 4 runs, 70/1 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201711.05 IST: Drinks break! India started off well but the Lankans have come back with Dhawan’s dismissal. A wicket or two now and they present themselves with the opportunity to have a firm position in this game.11.03 IST: Debutant Malinda Pushpakumara gives away just 1 run from his first over. IND 63/1 in 14 ovs 11.00 IST: Debutant Malinda Pushpakumara will bowl for the very first time in his international career.10.49 IST: OUT! A successful review from Sri Lanka this time. The bowling change has worked wonders. The danger man Dhawan has to depart. Bowls it full on middle, the ball straightens a little. Dhawan tries to sweep but misses and is struck on the pads. The Lankans appeal and this time the umpire gives it not out. Chandimal after a chat with his teammates decides to review. They go upstairs. Replays show that there was no bat involved. The ball has pitched in line, strikes him in line and is clipping the stumps. Three reds the umpire has to overturn his decision again. Big wicket for the home side. Dilruwan is ecstatic.(AP Photo)10.1: WICKET! S Dhawan (35) is out, lbw Dilruwan Perera, 56/1 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201710.48 IST: Perera to Dhawan, another lbw shout! this time Dhawan is the man in question. Looks close, he could be in trouble.10.42 IST: KL Survives! NOT OUT! A brilliant review from him. The ploy to bowl with the part timer almost paid off for Sri Lanka. Bowls it on a length on middle, jags back in a touch. Rahul tries to flick but misses and is struck on the pads. The Lankans appeal and the umpire gives it out. Lokesh walks down to his partner and after a chat he decides to review it. They go upstairs. Replays show that the ball has pitched in line and hits him in line but is missing the stumps. The on-field call has to be overturned. IND 53/010.41 IST: Karunaratne to Rahul, BIG APPEAL and given out LBW by the umpire! Rahul has taken a review but it looks close!10.37 IST: Pradeep to Rahul, FOUR! It is raining boundaries in Colombo. Bowls it on the pads, Rahul flicks it to the fine leg fence for a boundary and brings up India’s fifty in the ninth over. Scoring rate – 5.882nd Test. 8.4: N Pradeep to L Rahul (18), 4 runs, 51/0 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201710.35 IST: Pradeep to Dhawan, FOUR! He is so good through the cover region. Full outside off, Dhawan drives it through covers for another boundary. He is on the charge here.10.34 IST: Karunaratne’s first over goes for four runs. IND 42/0 in 8 ovs (Dhawan 28*, Rahul 14*)10.30 IST: An unlikely bowling change as part-time medium pacer Dimuth Karunaratne is introduced into the bowling attack.10.29 IST: Pradeep to Dhawan, BIG APPEAL! But nothing from the umpire. Lands it on a length on middle, Dhawan walks across and tries to flick but misses and is struck on the pads. Appeal made but seems like it was going down the leg side. IND 38/0 in 7 ovs 10.25 IST: Pradeep to Dhawan, FOUR! CRACKING SHOT! He is growing in confidence here. Fuller in length outside off, Dhawan leans forward and drives it through covers and the ball races to the fence.2nd Test. 6.1: N Pradeep to S Dhawan (25), 4 runs, 36/0 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201710.23 IST: Herath to Rahul, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Rahul. Dances down the track and hits it towards mid off where De Silva slips while running to his right and lets it through for another boundary.2nd Test. 5.6: R Herath to L Rahul (11), 4 runs, 32/0 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201710.23 IST: Herath to Rahul, FOUR! TOP SHOT! Herath gives it air outside off, Rahul square drives it for a boundary.10.18 IST: Pradeep to Dhawan, FOUR! CRUNCHED! Bangs it in short on middle, Dhawan pulls it through square leg for a boundary. That made a cracking sound off the bat.2nd Test. 4.3: N Pradeep to S Dhawan (19), 4 runs, 22/0 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201710.16 IST: Herath bowls the first maiden over of the day. IND 18/0 in 4 overs10.14 IST: Dhawan is batting with a strike rate of over 93 with two boundaries and a six. IND 18/0 in 3 ovs10.11 IST: Pradeep to Dhawan, FOUR! Nails the cut shot this time. Shorter outside off, Shikhar camps back and cuts it through backward point for a boundary.2nd Test. 2.5: N Pradeep to S Dhawan (15), 4 runs, 18/0 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201710.07 IST: Herath to Dhawan, SIX! BANG! We saw this so many times in the first Test. Dances down the wicket and lofts it over the long on fence for a maximum. Brilliant from Dhawan.2nd Test. 1.5: R Herath to S Dhawan (10), 6 runs, 13/0 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201710.05 IST: Off-spinner Rangana Herath will share the new ball with Pradeep from the other end.10.03 IST: Pradeep to Dhawan, FOUR! STREAKY BOUNDARY! Lands it on a length just outside off, Dhawan pokes at it and gets an outside edge past the diving Kusal at third slip for a boundary. The slip should have been a little closer. A good over by Pradeep.2nd Test. 0.6: N Pradeep to S Dhawan (4), 4 runs, 4/0 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 201710.02 IST: Looking at the first three balls it seems this pitch is not going to assist the fast bowlers. Not much bounce on offer and is on the slower side as well. 10.00 IST: Shikhar Dhawan takes first strike for India. Nuwan Pradeep will open the attack for the hosts.Pre-match updates:9.50 IST: Sri Lanka Playing XI: Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Nuwan Pradeep9.50 IST: India Playing XI – IND XI: L Rahul, S Dhawan, C Pujara, V Kohli, A Rahane, R Ashwin, W Saha, H Pandya, R Jadeja, M Shami, U Yadav- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 20179.40 IST: Three changes for Sri Lanka today – captain Dinesh Chandimal is back in the playing XI, Malinda Pushpakumara will make his debut and Dhananjaya de Silva gets a game.9.32 IST: TOSS! India captain Virat Kohli wins the toss and opts to bat first against Sri Lanka at Colombo. KL Rahul replaces Abhinav Mukund in the Indian playing XI.#TeamIndia win the toss and will bat first. @klrahul11 comes in place of Abhinav Mukund #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/gRdHTvSw34- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 20179.22 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara is all set to play his 50th Test match today. All the best ‘Che’Happy 50th Test @cheteshwar1 Good luck ????????? #TeamIndia #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/pSQspqt5mK- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 20179.10 IST: Meanwhile, the ICC has granted permission to Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal to use an inhaler during the match following a bout of pneumonia.8.45 IST: Team India are off to the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground for the second Test.And…off we go #TeamIndia #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/ub0FOy0bCi- BCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 2017Brief Preview: In-form India will look to inflict another defeat on Sri Lanka and seal the three-Test series when the two sides clash in the second rubber at the Sinhalese Sports Club here on Thursday.India scripted a rampaging 304-run victory in the first Test with opener Shikhar Dhawan making a strong case for himself with regular openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay, left out injured.Dhawan smashed a 168-ball 190 in the first innings to steer India to a mammoth total of 600 and help it take a firm grip on the match, which eventually they never let go.Dhawan was adjudged Man-of-the-Match and that leaves skipper Virat Kohli with a happy headache of chosing between Dhawan, Abhinav Mukund and Rahul, who is back into the reckoning.Mukund also scored a crafty 81 in the second essay which had Kohli’s unbeaten 103. Rahul, who laid low in the first Test with viral fever, has now recovered and if he is successful in proving his fitness for this Test, the toss-up will be between Dhawan and Mukund for the second opener’s slot.It is unlikely that Mukund will get a look in, owing to Dhawan’s form.I’m positive about the fact that the current Indian team can do things that probably no other Indian team has done before – @RaviShastriOfc pic.twitter.com/LUek9yJYav- BCCI (@BCCI) August 1, 2017last_img read more

Emenalo proud of Chelsea loan system

first_imgChelsea Emenalo: Christensen proves merit of Chelsea loan system Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 10:53 11/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) AndreasChristensen-Cropped Getty Images Chelsea Premier League The former technical director at Stamford Bridge has pointed to the 21-year-old as vindication for the club’s developmental strategy Former Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo said defender Andreas Christensen is a prime example that the club’s loan system works.Danish centre-back Christensen is back at Chelsea and in the first team after spending two years on loan with Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach.Chelsea 6/5 to be top London club Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 21-year-old, who moved to Stamford Bridge in 2012, started instead of star David Luiz in Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.Asked about the club’s loan programme and whether Christensen is a good example of the working being done, Emenalo — who stepped down from his position on Monday — told Chelsea TV: “Absolutely.”Andreas, unbeknown to him, gave me a wonderful parting gift yesterday because his performance is indicative of what development is all about.”Development equals humility, hard work and timing and Andreas has done all three. “He’s shown great humility to go on loan and work very hard while he was there and gain the experience which is needed.”The timing is right for him now to step in and show what he’s learnt during those periods of development.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Report: Atletico Madrid 1-0 Getafe

first_imgAlvaro Morata’s first-half goal earned Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win over Getafe as they made a victorious start to the new LaLiga season.Morata converted a cross from new signing Kieran Trippier, who impressed on his debut, 23 minutes into the first half at the Wanda Metropolitano.Getafe’s Jorge Molina and Atletico’s Renan Lodi were both sent off in quick succession as events took a dramatic turn before half-time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Morata spurned the opportunity to claim a second when he saw a penalty saved in the second half after fine work from Joao Felix, who caught the eye before being substituted after an awkward fall in the 66th minute.But Atletico held on to a hard-fought victory regardless.It was a close-season of change at Atletico with the departure of Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona and an influx of new arrivals including €126million Joao Felix and England international Trippier.The former Tottenham defender claimed his first assist, delivering a pinpoint cross from the right which was powerfully headed home by Morata.”Hey mate, I’ve scored Atleti’s first goal in the 2019/20 @LaLigaEN season!”#AtletiGetafe#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/da0BGwcfiZ— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) August 18, 2019It was no more than the home side deserved after a dominant start and they were dealt a further boost when Molina saw his initial yellow card switched to red following a VAR consultation after he caught Thomas Partey’s heel with his studs.Yet, in a dramatic end to the half, Atletico were also reduced to 10 men after Lodi, making his debut, received two yellow cards in quick succession, his second for appearing to catch Damian Suarez’s face in an aerial duel.After the break, a sensational run from Joao Felix ended with him being poleaxed for a penalty in the 56th minute, only for Morata to see his spot kick saved superbly by David Soria.Joao Felix was soon replaced by fellow new signing Marcos Llorente after receiving medical attention and Diego Simeone’s side managed to cling on to the three points despite Angel Rodriguez hitting the crossbar from long-range late on.Poetry in motion. #AtletiGetafe pic.twitter.com/ayjnwxfRNK— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) August 18, 2019 What does it mean? First one out of the wayIt is early days, but as Barcelona’s defeat to Athletic Bilbao on Friday proved, take nothing for granted on an opening weekend. After rivals Real Madrid’s victorious start, Simeone will be pleased to see his team having made a winning opening to their campaign as well.Trippier impressesIt was a dream start to his LaLiga career for England full-back Trippier, who made a strong case for man of the match. His willingness to get forward down Atletico’s right is precisely why Simeone signed him and his stunning delivery for Morata’s goal will have quickly endeared him to the home crowd.Nightmare debut for LodiWhile it was a fine introduction for Trippier, it proved to be the opposite on the other flank for Lodi, who was signed from Athletico Paranaense in the close season. Two yellow cards in as many minutes and an early bath before half-time was almost the worst possible start the Brazilian could have wished for.KEYOPTA FACTS – Only Griezmann (eight) has scored more LaLiga goals than Morata (seven) for Atletico in 2019.- Twelve different players have been sent off for Getafe under Jose Bordalas in LaLiga, more than any other manager in the competition since 2017-18.- Trippier is the first Englishman to provide an assist in LaLiga since Jermaine Pennant for Real Zaragoza against Sporting Gijon in February 2010.- No goalkeeper has saved more penalties than Getafe’s Soria in LaLiga since the start of last season (three, the same as Jordi Masip and Alberto Garcia).- Since their last promotion to LaLiga, Lodi is the second Atletico player to be sent off on his debut in the competition, the first one since Giourkas Seitaridis against Racing Santander in August 2006.What’s next?A date with Leganes awaits Atletico next Sunday, providing Simeone’s team with a real chance to continue their perfect start to the new season. Getafe host Athletic Bilbao the day before. read morelast_img read more

John Legend To Perform At Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Gala

first_imgOscar- and Grammy-Award Winning Singer and Songwriter, John Legend will perform at the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Annual Fall Gala on Saturday, October 24, 2015 in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.The evening’s Courage and Commitment honoree is Professor Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate, and the Wiesel Family. Mr. Wiesel is a renowned author and the President of The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. He has been awarded more than 100 honorary degrees, and is the recipient of the esteemed Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Nobel Prize for Peace. Acceptance remarks will be delivered by Mr. Wiesel’s son, Elisha Wiesel.Karen E. Andrews, MMRF Co-Founder and a current member of the MMRF Board of Directors, will be honored with the Spirit of Hope Award. Ms. Andrews has been a steadfast champion of accelerating cancer research and has helped the MMRF to become one of the leading research foundations in the nation, if not the world. A Greenwich, CT resident, Ms. Andrews also serves as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the March Of Dimes.Both awards are the highest accolade presented by the Foundation in recognition of extraordinary contributions by the honorees to inspire hope through his or her life’s work.The evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies is Bonnie Hunt, Actress, Director, Producer and Writer and MMRF Honorary Board of Directors. Presenting sponsors include: Takeda Oncology and Janssen Biotech, Inc. Funds raised through this premier event will benefit the groundbreaking cancer research models of the MMRF, which are aimed at accelerating the development of new treatments to extend the lives of myeloma patients and find a cure for multiple myeloma, the second most prevalent blood cancer.The MMRF Fall Gala is the largest charity event in Fairfield County, CT and is attended by over 1,200 of the nation’s most prominent celebrities, business executives and health care professionals. For more information about the MMRF Annual Fall Gala, please visit: www.themmrf.org/FallGalaTickets. To reserve a table or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please email mmrf@benefitoffice.org or call 888-584-5463.last_img read more

Comcast drops Fox bid paving way for sale to Disney

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Comcast is dropping its bid for Fox’s entertainment businesses, paving the way for Disney to boost its upcoming streaming service by buying the studios behind “The Simpsons” and X-Men.Comcast can now focus on its pursuit of European pay-TV operator Sky, a deal that would give the Philadelphia-based cable and media company a larger presence outside the U.S.The moves come as the media landscape is shifting dramatically. Cable and telecom companies are buying content makers to compete with popular streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon. AT&T bought Time Warner last month for $81 billion.Comcast had been dueling with Disney for Twenty-First Century Fox, but Comcast said Thursday that it would not raise its $66 billion offer for Fox. The Walt Disney Co. had topped Comcast’s bid by offering $71 billion.The U.S. Department of Justice has approved Disney’s bid as long as Disney, which owns the national sports network ESPN, sells Fox’s 22 regional sports networks. Fox shareholders are set to vote on Disney’s offer July 27.Disney CEO Bob Iger said he was “extremely pleased” with Comcast’s announcement.“Our focus now is on completing the regulatory process and ultimately moving toward integrating our businesses,” he said in a statement.If the deal closes, Disney would get a controlling stake in streaming service Hulu and Twentieth Century Fox film and TV studios. Disney owns Marvel Studios, but some characters including the X-Men had already been licensed to Fox. A sale means the X-Men and the Avengers could reunite in future movies. With Fox, Disney would also have a larger library of movies and shows for a streaming service set to debut next year.“This was the final chapter in this soap opera,” GBH Insights analyst Daniel Ives said.Ives said Comcast’s focus now is on getting Sky “to build a strong beachhead content strategy in Europe.”Sky operates in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy and the U.K. It has 22.5 million customers, attracted by offerings such as English Premier League soccer and “Game of Thrones.”Fox has been trying to buy the 61 per cent of Sky it doesn’t already own. The idea was to sell Sky to Disney as part of the broader deal. Last week, Comcast made a bid that values Sky at $34 billion, compared with $32.5 billion in Fox’s offer.Disney said in a regulatory filing last week that Fox might not raise its bid to compete with Comcast’s offer, meaning Comcast is likely to end up with Sky and Disney the rest of Fox that’s up for sale. That includes other international properties, including the Star India satellite service. Some Fox businesses, including Fox News Channel and the Fox television network, will remain with media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his family.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Launches NewGeneration RAM Airplanes in Rabat

Rabat – King Mohammed VI launched the first aircraft from the new generation of Royal Air Maroc (RAM) aircraft, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, on Wednesday at the Rabat-Sale airport.Longer than the Boeing 787-8, the 787-9 can carry 302 passengers, 28 more than the 787-8, for up to 14,140 kilometers.The added capacity will allow RAM to expand its reach and make its flights more profitable. RAM will officially join Oneworld, an airline alliance, in mid-2020.Read Also: Royal Air Maroc to Become Oneworld Alliance’s First African Full MemberThe Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is built with composite materials, which significantly reduces the airplane’s weight, fuel consumption, and carbon emissions by as much as 25 percent compared to other long-haul aircraft.The King also laid the foundation stone for a new terminal at Rabat-Sale airport.The project will increase the airport’s annual capacity to 4 million passengers instead of the current 1.5 million and is part of the tourism program “Rabat, City of Lights and Capital of Culture.” The airport currently hosts 10-20 flights per day. read more

Encana spinoff PrairieSky Royalty Ltd surges in Toronto Stock Exchange debut

CALGARY – Encana Corp. spinoff PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. (TSX:PSK) made an impressive debut Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange, with its shares surging about 32 per cent over their initial public offering price.PrairieSky’s stock closed at $37 on Thursday and was the most actively traded issue on the exchange. The IPO of 52 million shares was priced at $28, itself an increase from an earlier expected range of between $23 and $26.50.As part of a sweeping new strategy unveiled last fall, Calgary-based energy producer Encana (TSX:ECA) decided to separate a big chunk of its royalty lands into a new publicly traded company. It aims to bring in revenues by allowing other energy companies to develop oil and gas on its land, which spans 5.2 million acres in southern and central Alberta.“This is an exciting day for our company, marking the creation of PrairieSky, owner of one of the largest and most concentrated independently owned, fee simple mineral title positions in Canada,” said Andrew Phillips, PrairieSky’s president and CEO.“It gives me great satisfaction to announce that PrairieSky is officially open for business.”As of the IPO’s closing on Thursday, Encana had a 60 per cent stake in PrairieSky and had raised $1.46 billion.The offering’s underwriters, led by TD Securities and CIBC, have been granted the option to buy 7.8 million shares, which would increase Encana’s proceeds to $1.67 billion if exercised in full and would leave Encana with a 54 per cent stake.“The successful launch of the PrairieSky IPO marks the achievement of a major objective in our 2014 plan that was laid out at the time of our strategy announcement in November 2013. The creation of PrairieSky has unlocked value from our royalty business, which is a great example of the quality assets in our portfolio,” said Encana CEO Doug Suttles, who took the helm nearly a year ago.“I am confident that PrairieSky’s strong leadership team will capture the full potential of this unique asset base.”Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter Encana spinoff PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. surges in Toronto Stock Exchange debut AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted May 29, 2014 9:02 am MDT read more

Rishabh Pant returns home for final World Cup examination

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWest Indies stun India in low-scoring thrillerJuly 2, 2017In “Sports”Dhoni not part of T20I squad to face West Indies and AustraliaOctober 26, 2018In “latest news”Will India test their bench strength?July 1, 2017In “Sports” Rishabh Pant attempts a switch hit (Getty Images)If you’re Rishabh Pant, every step you take, every stumping you miss, every run you score, every catch you take and every move you make has the potential to be scrutinised, even more so now with India in their final stretch of World Cup preparation.Pant was handed an opportunity in the fourth ODI after MS Dhoni was rested for the final two games. He showed his boundary-clearing ability during his 24-ball 36 – no worries as far as the batting goes – but Pant, the keeper, struggled to collect the ball cleanly.His two missed stumpings – when Ashton Turner was on 38 and 41 – elicited chants of “Dhoni! Dhoni! Dhoni!” from the Mohali crowd. A cheeky attempt to underarm flick the ball onto the stumps resulted in an overthrow.Earlier, he had missed a more difficult stumping chance via a deflection off Peter Handscomb’s pads when left-arm wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav drew the batsman out of the crease. Handscomb was on 105 at that point. He added 12 more to his tally before being dismissed, but Turner made India pay dearly, blasting 84 off 43 balls to tip the chase of 359 Australia’s way.Clearly, it wasn’t his night. Turner announced himself in style, in just his second ODI, to win the match and give Australia World Cup selection headaches. What about Pant, who is also trying to make that flight to the UK?It can be intimidating for a 21-year old, but Pant is now into his third year of international cricket. Having become an IPL star and a Test regular, he must be familiar with such pressure, but there’s no doubt the spotlight will be on his wicketkeeping. However, both Shikhar Dhawan and bowling coach Bharat Arun defended Pant’s wicketkeeping ability.Not too long ago, Dinesh Karthik was India’s finisher and he even said that this version of him relished high-pressure situations. In the past two years in ODIs, Karthik has been unbeaten in seven out of ten matches India have won while chasing. Only Joe Root (nine), Virat Kohli (eight) and Dhoni (eight) have been better in this period.While Karthik has had a fairly extended run since the Champions Trophy – he had played 17 ODI innings – Pant has got only three innings in this period. Yet, he has been deemed good enough to earn a Category A central contract, the the second-most lucrative retainer. The team management is impressed with his six-hitting ability and is prepared to be patient despite his limitations as a wicketkeeper and outfielder.The reason why they’re heavily invested in him is for the six-hitting prowess he brings to the middle order, a factor that could be crucial if Hardik Pandya isn’t available. But now, he’ll return to his home ground with the series on his line. Among the existing options, Vijay Shankar doesn’t bring such raw power: he is more a technically correct batsman who provides a few tight overs with the ball. Can Pant capitalise?Virat Kohli insists the IPL will have no impact on World Cup selection, effectively meaning Wednesday presents Pant one last chance before the World Cup. Karthik has already shown the management what he’s capable of, and by the time Pant was fumbling behind the stumps in Mohali, Karthik was having fun at his good friend and Tamil Nadu team-mate Abhinav Mukund’s wedding. Who’ll have fun at the World Cup: Karthik or Pant? (ESPNCricinfo) read more

Boart Longyear celebrates two years LTI free at Northparkes

first_imgA “safety first” approach has made it two safe years and counting for Boart Longyear’s team at Northparkes Mines in New South Wales, Australia. The crew has not had a lost-time injury (LTI) since its arrival onsite at Northparkes as a drilling contractor, recently passing the milestone of two years LTI-free. Boart Longyear says its safety first approach to drilling focuses on keeping people safe with zero injuries, zero illnesses and protecting the environment with zero environmental incidents.“Safety is the most important aspect of a job site for Boart Longyear,” said Harry Mostert, Territory Manager – Eastern Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific. “Our safety culture is about accepting a personal and shared responsibility for ourselves, our fellow employees, our contractors, our customers and our shareholders to proactively work on improving safety on site. We are extremely proud of what our team at Northparkes has accomplished.” Northparkes is a copper and gold mine located approximately 360 km west of Sydney. It is now a joint venture between China Molybdenum Co Ltd (CMOC) (80%) and the Sumitomo Groups (20%). In addition to its safety performance, the Boart Longyear crew won the site’s Zero Harm award for workplace improvements, including elevated platforms on diamond drill rigs, water control systems and above-ground sumps for both reverse circulation and diamond drilling.Celebrating its 125th year anniversary in 2015, Boart Longyear is the world’s leading provider of drilling services, drilling equipment, and performance tooling for mining and drilling companies globally. It also has a substantial presence in aftermarket parts and service, energy, mine de-watering, oil sands exploration, and production drilling. The Global Drilling Services division operates in over 30 countries for a diverse mining customer base spanning a wide range of commodities, including copper, gold, nickel, zinc, uranium, and other metals and minerals. The Global Products division designs, manufactures and sells drilling equipment, performance tooling, and aftermarket parts and services to customers in over 100 countries.last_img read more

Hangovers actually get better later in life

first_img Contaminated tap water could lead to 100,000 cases of cancer in the US if people drink it their whole lives. Here’s how worried you should be. Since right after World War II, the president’s national security adviser has an unparalleled ability to influence events worldwide NO-ONE ENJOYS the headaches, nausea, and sluggishness of a hangover. There seems to be a general perception that as people get older, their drinking stamina decreases.However, a new study shows that older binge drinkers report less-frequent and less-severe hangovers.Research on hangovers is usually centred around young people — college-aged partiers likely to consume more alcohol more often than older people.The new study, published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, analysed the hangovers of close to 52,000 participants of legal drinking age. The oldest participant was 94.Participants in the survey were asked their typical alcohol consumption per week, of beer, wine, fortified wine, and spirits, and how often they took part in binge drinking, ranging from never to more than once a week.The symptomsIn regards to hangovers, participants were asked how often they experienced thirst, exhaustion, headaches, dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting after an episode of binge drinking. They found that older people drank less, but when they did binge drink they experienced fewer hangover symptoms.You’d think the reason would be obvious: Older people drink less, so of course they experience fewer and less-severe hangovers. But the results were the same, even after accounting for the frequency of binge drinking, drinking with or without a meal, and drinking while smoking.“While it is true that older individuals on average binge-drink less often than younger individuals, we did not find in our data that results were due to differences in drinking patterns,” study researcher Janne Tolstrup, of the University of Southern Denmark, said in a press release.So, why then?The scientists discussed four possible explanations for their results.1. Binge drinking intensity decreases with age.In a survey, 18- to 24-year-olds defined binge drinking as nine drinks. Those who are 65 years old and up defined binge drinking as only six drinks. This suggests that binge drinking intensity decreases with age. The study only examined the frequency of binge drinking, not the intensity.2. Increased alcohol tolerance.Research shows that people can build up a tolerance for alcohol, so older drinkers can handle more drinks before they start feeling a hangover the next day.3. Trial and error.Some people swear a Bloody Mary cures their hangover, for others it may be as simple as drinking a big glass of water before bed or popping an aspirin. As people age, many develop their own personal hangover prevention or morning-after cure, and this could be a possible explanation for why older people have an easier time after binge drinking — they know what works to feel better the morning after.4. Natural selection.The scientists acknowledge that it may be possible that people who experience more severe hangovers simply give up and quit binge drinking as they grow older — essentially pruning the drinking tree.There’s still a lot of work to do to understand hangovers.“While there have been tens of thousands of studies on the more direct effects of alcohol, there have only been fewer than 200 published papers on the hangover,” Tolstrup said in a press release.- Kelly DickersonSee what your alcohol intake could do to your face>Average Irish intake over age of 15 is 700 times more than advised> 10 things in tech you need to know today Trump carries a wad of cash for tipping people in his back pocket instead of a wallet last_img read more

Astronomers believe they are observing a planet forming for the first time

first_imgWe know what it takes for planets to form — the right mix of cosmic elements all coming together at the right time, and in the right place. However, we have never really gotten a good look at a planet that is currently in its formation stage. Now, though, astronomers using the European Space Agency’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) have observed what appears to be a planet forming in the middle of a disc of gas and dust. If confirmed, this would be the first time a forming planet has been directly observed.The (probably) forming planet is located just 335 lightyears from Earth — relatively close in a galactic sense — and looks like it would end up forming as a gas giant. The forming planet is estimated to be located around 70 times farther from its star — HD 100546 — than the Earth is from the Sun. Normally, gas giants aren’t located so far from their stars, so if this forming planet is indeed a gas giant, it would’ve either had to be moved out that distance due to something like a gravitational effect, or astronomers just learned something new about gas giants.In the above image, the left half shows the light from the forming planet’s star. When that light is blocked out, the right half of the image — the red blob — became visible, which is the disc of gas and dust surrounding the planet. It is, however, possible that the light that is thought to be a forming planet is actually light from another, unidentified source further away, but astronomers say that is unlikely, though technically possible.If we already know how a planet forms, why would observing the process matter? Well, for one, we’ve never done that before — you can learn a lot about seeing something actually happen, rather than hearing or hypothesizing about it. Secondly, it would prove that the formation process can happen with a significantly large empty gap between the planet and star.While astronomers say the red blob is likely a forming planet, further observations are necessary to confirm. Until then, we can just  sit back and be amazed that new planets are forming all over the universe. That’s a thing that is happening right now.last_img read more

Portland teachers union authorizes strike

first_imgPORTLAND — Teacher strikes drew closer Wednesday in two Oregon school districts, including the largest in the state.Portland Public Schools’ teachers voted to authorize a strike and set a walkout date of Feb. 20.In the southern Oregon city of Medford, teachers said they will walk out at 6 a.m. Thursday if no contract agreement is reached by then.On Wednesday night, a handful of Medford teachers and their union president announced their “utter disappointment” in the day’s negotiations, the Medford Mail Tribune reported. Bargaining resumed Wednesday after daylong talks Tuesday in which a state mediator shuttled between the two sides.Medford Education Association President Cheryl Lashley said bargaining teams would keep trying until a minute before the scheduled strike.Superintendent Phil Long has announced that schools will be closed Thursday.The district’s strike plan calls for classes to be closed through Monday in the event of a walkout. It would then plan to staff the schools with substitute teachers and security officers. All extracurricular activities except high school sports would be canceled.A Medford walkout could involve as many as 600 teachers. Issues include health insurance, retirement benefits, working conditions and salaries.An even larger strike was a possibility in the state’s largest district, Portland, where the teachers union represents 2,900 teachers. The district has nearly 48,000 students.It would be the first such strike in Portland, The Oregonian reported (http://is.gd/KH82XN).last_img read more

BSE closes points 781 up on Dec 30

first_imgBSE closes points 7.81 up on Dec 304.3K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 7.81 up on Dec 304.3K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Dec 30 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 7.81 points up to stand at 27,403.54. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 1.95 points up to stand at 8,248.25. ADANI PORTS and BEML were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.92% and 7.53% along with NATCO PHARMA LTD. and ABB with an increase of 6.59% and 6.58% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include PMCFIN and RASOYA PROTEINS LTD. with a decrease of 4.97% and 4.93% along with UNITECH and JAIPRAKASH ASSOCIATES LTD. with a decrease of 4.79% and 4.03% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 61.93 points at 18,670.54 while the banking sector is up 143.37 points at 21,365.09 and the reality sector is down 3.11 points at 1,540.13. The Indian currency is down 0.37% at Rs 63.43 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Dec 30 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 7.81 points up to stand at 27,403.54. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 1.95 points up to stand at 8,248.25. ADANI PORTS and BEML were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.92% and 7.53% along with NATCO PHARMA LTD. and ABB with an increase of 6.59% and 6.58% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include PMCFIN and RASOYA PROTEINS LTD. with a decrease of 4.97% and 4.93% along with UNITECH and JAIPRAKASH ASSOCIATES LTD. with a decrease of 4.79% and 4.03% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 61.93 points at 18,670.54 while the banking sector is up 143.37 points at 21,365.09 and the reality sector is down 3.11 points at 1,540.13. The Indian currency is down 0.37% at Rs 63.43 per dollar.last_img read more

Nawshaba denied bail admitted to DMCH

first_imgQuazi Nawshaba AhmedRejecting the bail petition of actress Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed, a Dhaka court on Monday ordered the concerned authorities to admit her to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for treatment, reports UNB.Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Asaduzzaman Nur passed the order after Nawshaba’s lawyer Shamol Kanti Dhar filed the petition seeking bail for the actress upon completion of her six-day remand in two phases in a case filed under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act. Earlier, Nawshaba was taken to DMCH as she fell sick at Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court in the afternoon.Alimuzzaman, deputy commissioner under the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said Nawshaba was produced before a Dhaka CMM court on Monday as her two days’ fresh remand expired on Sunday.“When she was produced before the court, she fell sick. Later, she was taken to the DMCH for treatment,” said Alimuzzaman.DMCH officials said the DB police brought Nawshaba to the hospital around 3:45pm and took back after treatment at the medicine department of the hospital at 4:40pm. Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Amirul Haider Chowdhury on Friday put actress Nawshaba on a two-day fresh remand in the case when Mohammad Rafiqul Islam, a CTTC unit inspector and the investigation officer of the case, produced Nawshaba before his court on expiry of her four-day remand and sought a 10-day fresh remand.Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) detained the actress from Uttara area in the capital on 4 August over spreading rumours on Facebook over the attack on protesting students.In a Facebook live, Nawshaba claimed that the attackers killed two students and gouged out the eyes of another at Jhigatola intersection.In her post, she also requested people to get united, take to the streets to ‘protect’ the students as they were attacked by Bangladesh Chhatra League activists.last_img read more

IKEA shows interest in Bengal MSME sector likely to benefit

first_imgKolkata: Swedish multinational IKEA, which operates in 50 countries, has expressed interest in procuring natural fibre and bamboo from Bengal, giving an impetus to the state’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector.The group that recently opened its first store in the country in Hyderabad, has a plan of investing Rs 2,000 crore in the current financial year, to procure natural fibre and bamboo. There are possibilities of investment of a major part of it in Bengal. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWith the expression of interest in procuring natural fibre and bamboo from the state, the company, with a global presence, is going to leave its footprint in Bengal. According to senior officials of the state MSME and Textiles department, this is an indicator of further investment in Bengal.IKEA’s top official on Tuesday attended the third plenary session in the State MSME Conclave on Rural Entrepreneurship Hub (REH), that was coordinated by the former president of Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ambarish Dasgupta. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe IKEA official explained the company’s role in exports of products made by artisans and the MSME sector. At the same time, he has shown keenness in procuring natural fibre and bamboo from Bengal. There will be proper quality stipulations as well.Sources said that there have also been discussions of the IKEA authorities with the top brass of the Bengal government, in connection with opening of a store in the state.It has been learnt that they want to open store at a location close to a Metro station, as they want people from all strata to visit their store and buy goods. The state Finance minister Amit Mitra, who is also the MSME and Textiles minister, said in the Concluding Session of the conclave that the artisans and MSME entrepreneurs have started receiving huge orders from abroad as well.”In such a situation, it is important to meet the deadlines by delivering the ordered objects on time. So, there is a need of a supply chain management system and the West Bengal State Export Promotion Society will help the MSME entrepreneurs in meeting their deadlines,” Mitra said.It may be mentioned that certificate of registration as a rural entrepreneurship hub has been given to three MSME entrepreneurs. 300 such entrepreneurs will be getting the same. There were thorough discussions in the three other plenary sessions – Lean Manufacturing, SME Listing and Export Orientation.last_img read more

The Strange Medieval Sword Technique of Actually Holding the Blade to Strike

first_imgThe German word Mordhau translates roughly as “murder stroke” or “murder strike”. It represents a particular move in German medieval swordsmanship where the fighter holds the blade of his sword with both hands and essentially uses the weapon more like a mace or war hammer to hit his opponent. Besides thinking that this sounds very painful, one could reasonably wonder why this should be of interest to modern folk, who don’t generally go around getting into sword fights. The answer to that is that there are plenty of modern folks who do.Letting your inner knight out to play has actually become a recognized sport, and people are taking to the sword again. Some people have been turning to medieval martial arts as an alternative form of fitness or are drawn to the sport because of its historical connections. There are even two different international groups that revolve around the medieval military traditions, each with their own, slightly different, take on the sport.Page of the Codex Wallerstein showing a half-sword thrust against a Mordhau move (Plate 214)One of those groups calls itself Historical Medieval Battles. According to gizmodo.com, HMB was founded in 2009, and it has an annual international event called the Battle of Nations, held in a different European country every year.The Battlefield attracts teams from more than 30 countries with each team having a minimum of eight members and a maximum of 50. The event draws about 25,000 people every year, who don real armor and use real weaponry.Mordhau technique in 1467Events can include everything from one-on-one duels with a variety of weapons to mass battles on a truly epic scale. The group has its own international association, and the HMBIA has strict regulations about weapons standards, dress, protocol, and a host of other issues.Photo by Staff Sgt. Robert BarnettThe second large organization who’s drawn to all things medieval military is HEMA, or Historical European Martial Arts. The organization’s website notes that, unlike the Eastern sword fighting traditions which survived by being passed from master to master through generations, there wasn’t the same sort of continuity in the west.Many of the European sword military traditions either died out or devolved into sports like fencing, boxing, or wrestling. HEMA is working to resurrect those traditions by way of researching manuals written by medieval masters, sometimes encoded as poetry, and using those works to teach modern generations those lost arts.U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert BarnettBoth groups put an emphasis on authenticity in training and technique, stressing that the sport isn’t about just hitting each with swords. Their styles are a bit different, though. HEMA puts its focus on rigorous research of period combat manuals, translating appropriate source material. HMB is also about correctness of technique but is more focused on the extreme sports angle.Both groups have a host of events on local, national, and international scales. Both use some very modern methods of getting the word out about their very old-fashioned activities, using Facebook, YouTube, and other social media platforms as a means of keeping members informed about events and the community.Check out some surprising facts about Gladiators you probably didn’t know:The UK Federation for Full-Contact Medieval Combat likens the difference between the two to the experiential difference between playing football (soccer) and rugby. HEMA is all flowing attacks and precision, HMB is more outright warlike.Two knights do mock battle at a medieval fair in Southern SpainThe interest in resurrecting medieval fighting techniques began in the 1960s, according to one history of the HEMA movement. In the mid-‘60s several well received texts were published on the subject, and the Society for Creative Anachronisms, a group devoted to recreating the Middle Ages as they “should have been”, was just starting to gain traction on college campuses and elsewhere.Re-enactors and classical fencers had a lot to do with carrying the sport through the ‘70s, as did stage-combat people and fighters in the SCA. In the 1990s, the fledgling internet began to knit small, disparate groups together into larger communities, with the momentum really starting to grow through the first decade of the 21st century, spawning a variety of events and standardizing practices and regulations along the way.Read another story from us: A Golden Age? Life During the Pax RomanaToday, both groups are well-grounded and have sizable memberships. People can get into the sport through small, local sword fighting groups, and even some speciality gyms teach sword fighting skills, such as Mordhau Historical Combat in Arizona.Both HEMA and HMB have resources on their sites to help connect those who are interested in taking part with the closest clubs and groups in their areas, making it possible for more people to “go medieval”.last_img read more