first_imgbhuvaneshwar-kumar   –  BusinessLine Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s devastating five-wicket haul after a late batting blitzkrieg put India firmly in command as they reduced a hapless New Zealand to 128 for 7 on the rain-hit second day of the second cricket Test here.The Indians, resuming at 239/7, produced a purposeful batting performance in the morning session with Wriddhiman Saha (54 not out) scoring his third Test half-century to help the team reach 316 all out in 104.5 overs.In reply, the Kiwis were tottering at 128/7, still 188 runs behind and facing the prospect of another big defeat after the 197-run drubbing in the opening Test in Kanpur.The wrecker-in chief was Bhuvneshwar with a sensational 5-33, his fourth five-wicket haul in Tests, from 10 overs that broke the back of New Zealand’s batting.The Kiwis faced 34 overs in all today after a bulk of the final session was held up due to wet ground conditions and stumps were drawn early because of bad light.It was a turnaround of sorts for India, who had staggered to 239/7 yesterday on a pitch that offered uneven bounce.But the lower order came up with a confident performance to push India over the 300-run mark, helped to a large extent by Saha’s gritty knock which came off 85 balls and was laced with seven fours and two hits over the boundary line.With a good total on the board, the Indian bowlers were incisive against their rivals in the post-lunch session, reducing them to 85 for 4.However, weather played spoilsport close to tea and an early break was taken which eventually lasted two and a half hours.Passing showers of less than 10 minutes were enough to leave the ground unplayable for more than two hours. However, once play got underway, Bhuvneshwar lit up the gloomy atmosphere with his feisty spell.Included in place of Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar was at his furious best bowling a tidy line and length as he removed stand-in skipper Ross Taylor (36) in his first over after play was resumed following a two and half hours delay.Bowling a beautiful line, Bhuvneshwar dismissed Taylor after he jabbed the ball at first slip and took two wickets in two balls by removing Mitchell Santner (11) and Matt Henry (0) off successive balls.Mohammed Shami (1/46) bowled with pace and bounce to tighten the noose at the other end.Reduced to 23/3 shortly after lunch break when Bhuvneshwar castled Henry Nicholls, Taylor and Ronchi (35) put in their best effort to build a partnership but it did not last long with Jadeja (1/17) cutting it short at 62 runs.Ronchi was trapped on his backfoot by Jadeja off a delivery which seemed to be going down the leg but umpire Rod Tucker had other ideas.In fact, Ronchi’s innings almost ended at 16 but he was dropped at point by substitute Gautam Gambhir who seemed slow to react and let down a regulation catch.Suddenly a thick cloud covered the Eden sky and passing showers meant that the match had to be stopped for an early tea break.Earlier, youngster Nicholls, who replaced skipper Kane Williamson in the side, dragged a widish delivery onto his stumps in a replay of Shikhar Dhawan’s dismissal as India kept taking regular breakthroughs.In reply to India’s 316, New Zealand lost Tom Latham (1) and Martin Guptill (13) in successive overs with Shami and Bhuvneshwar taking the wickets.Shami struck in his first over to trap Latham LBW, while Guptill continued with his woeful run to be bowled by Bhuvneshwar when the ball hit his elbow before crashing on to the stumps.In the morning session, the highlight was Saha’s gritty 54 not out – his third Test half-century in India. He was involved in a quick 31-ball 35 last wicket partnership with Shami (14 from 14 balls; 3×4) which took India past 300.Resuming the day at 14, Saha got hit on his elbow by a rising delivery from Matt Henry and was up against an attacking field with a packed slip cordon, a forward short leg and a leg gully.But he was calm, unnerved and slowly came into his own replying to Henry with a delicate boundary dissecting the packed slip cordon as India went past 250.At the other end, Jadeja, who was yet to open his account endured a testing time from the three Kiwi pacers – Henry, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner. The left-hander could only breathe easy after spin was introduced in the 10th over of the day.Jadeja looked to break free after stepping out to left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner for a six in the previous over but Wagner set him up brilliantly.Jadeja pulled a straight catch to Matt Henry at fine leg for the day’s first dismissal.India were soon reduced to 281/9 but the two local lads in Saha and Shami scripted a revival. Saha looked effortless and made steady progress. He was all attack when spin was introduced.Saha hit Santner over mid-on for a boundary and followed it up with a glorious inside-out shot over long off to bring up his first fifty in India.For Saha, who has had one century and two fifties, this half-century came at a crucial period when India looked in danger of being dismissed for under 250 after yesterday’s poor show in the first hour.Matt Henry was the top wicket-taker for New Zealand with his 3/46, while Neil Wagner, Trent Boult and Jeetan Patel accounted for two each.India lead the three-match series 1-0 with their massive 197 runs victory in Kanpur Test. null RELATED COMMENT cricket bhuvaneshwar-kumar   –  BusinessLine SHARE SHARE EMAIL Rohit steers India to big lead, fighting NZ on backfoot October 01, 2016 SHARE COMMENTS × 0 Published onlast_img read more

first_imgDutchman Ronald Koeman was named as Everton’s new manager on Tuesday after Premier League rivals Southampton reluctantly accepted his resignation.Everton had targeted former Ajax Amsterdam coach Koeman since parting company with Roberto Martinez last month.”We are really pleased to have secured the man who was our number one target from the moment we set out to appoint a new manager,” chairman Bill Kenwright said on the Everton website.”The hopes and aspirations that we all have as Evertonians are with him, as is our total support at board, shareholder and fan level.”Koeman, a European Cup winner as a player with Barcelona, joined Southampton from Feyenoord in 2014, guiding them to seventh place in his first season and sixth last term, earning a Europa League spot.Everton finished a disappointing 11th last season but are set for significant investment after Iranian businessman Farhad Moshiri purchased a 49.9 percent stake in the Merseyside club.”Everton is a club with a great history and real ambition and it is a proud feeling for me to be part of what we want to go and do, together with the chairman and Farhad Moshiri,” Koeman, 53, told”I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and to preparing for a big season in the Premier League.”Confirming Koeman’s departure, Southampton said the hunt had already started for his replacement.”The search has already begun for the right appointment who can take the club to the next level and build on our track record of recent success,” a statement said.advertisement”Our focus now is to build on our long-term plan, and work with a new management team who share both the club’s and our supporters’ values and ambitions.”last_img read more

first_imgWay up in the sky, there are unimaginably beautiful phenomena. One of those breathtaking phenomena on our favourite gas giant, Jupiter, was captured by NASA three days ago. It has left us starry-eyed; your reaction is for you to decide.Read: Juno completes one year in Jupiter orbit: Here’s what the NASA spacecraft found so farThe swirling Jovian clouds We have seen views of the stunning planet Jupiter before, but this view is taken from an angle of Jupiter’s northern hemisphere that is never seen beforeRead: Jupiter is the largest and the oldest planet in solar system: StudyHigh above Jupiter’s clouds, colourful and definitely turbulent clouds caught the attention of the recent December 16 flyby by Juno spacecraftThese Jovian clouds were shot from a distant vantage point lying a little more than 1 Earth diameter — about 13,345 km — from JunoRead:  NASA’s Juno about to enter Jupiter: Know about the spacecraft and the giant planetHowever, what is fascinating is that it looks like a close-up shot!Further, the image was captured at 12:43 pm EST, at a latitude of 48.9 degreesJovian clouds above Jupiter captured by Juno spacecraft/ NASAThe photograph highlights the beauty of Jupiter’s clouds and their tumultuous nature with stunning bluish hues The planet fills the entire image with its dark side making way just on the upper-right cornerRead: Juno sends first image of Jupiter upon arrival: See it hereJupiter completely fills the image, with only a hint of the terminator (where daylight fades to night) in the upper right corner, and no visible limb (the curved edge of the planet) JunoCam imageradvertisementJunoCam imager effects The whole image looks like a beautiful oil painting, much like other snapshots of the planet. However, the clouds swirling over the gas giant don’t actually sport these hues. As reports, this is an effect which occurs after the raw image, taken by Juno’s JunoCam imager, is processed and colour-enhanced.Citizen scientists Gerald Eichstadt and Sean Doran processed this image using data from the JunoCam imager.Read: Venus and Jupiter conjunction : Some FactsInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — The New York Yankees have put Dustin Ackley on the disabled list just five days after they got the infielder-outfielder in a trade with Seattle.The Yankees made the move before hosting Boston on Tuesday night.The AL East leaders also said ailing right-hander Michael Pineda isn’t expected back until September at the earliest, and that rookie outfielder Mason Williams needed season-ending shoulder surgery.Ackley is sidelined with a strain in his right lower back and could miss a month, or more if surgery is needed. He was 0 for 3 in two games for the Yankees, and is batting .212 with six home runs and 19 RBIs for the Mariners and New York.The Yankees recalled right-hander Caleb Cotham from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.Pineda went on the DL last week with a strain in his right forearm. He is 9-7 with a 3.97 ERA.Williams injured his right shoulder in June diving into first base on a pickoff try.last_img read more

first_imgeSports FIFA 18 Ultimate Team of the Week: De Gea and Coutinho star in TOTW 12 Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:00 12/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David de Gea, Manchester United Laurence Griffiths eSports Premier League Serie A Ligue 1 After a stunning display against Arsenal, the Spain goalkeeper is not a surprise inclusion in the squad Anyone who watched Manchester United’s victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last weekend will not be surprised to learn that David de Gea has been selected in the FIFA 18 Team of the Week.The Spain shot-stopper made an incredible 14 saves and was only breached once by the Gunners, while team-mate Ashley Young is also in the panel as a left wing-back.Indeed, the team is packed with Premier League stars this week, as Wayne Rooney makes the cut after a stunning hat-trick for Everton against West Ham.Mesut Ozil and Philippe Coutinho are also in the group, and will provide great creativity in the squad. They are supplemented by Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman, who has exploded into life in recent times. 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 firepower, meanwhile, is supplied by Celta striker Iago Aspas, who is rewarded for his goal against Barcelona at the weekend with a spot in the team. The Team of the Week is available from 1800 GMT on Wednesday, December 6 until December 13.FIFA TOWT 12STARTING XIGK – De Gea – Man Utd – 90 > 92LB – Alex Telles – Porto – 80 > 83CB – Papadopoulos – Hamburg – 79 > 82LWB – Young – Man Utd – 81 > 84LM – Perisic – Inter – 84 > 86CM – Rooney – Everton – 81 > 84CAM – Giuliano – Fenerbahce – 81 > 84LM – Coman – Bayern Munich – 79 > 82RF – Ozil – Arsenal – 88 > 89LW – Coutinho – Liverpool – 86 > 87ST – Iago Aspas – Celta – 83 > 86BENCHGK – Beto – Goztepe – 76 > 81RB – Rosales – Malaga – 77 > 81CDM – Andre – Rennes – 77 > 81 RM – Ibai Gomez – Alaves – 76 > 81CM – Lienard – Strasbourg – 75 > 81ST – Gnabry – Hoffenheim – 79 > 82 ST – Finnbogason – Augsburg – 78 > 81RESERVESGK – Brignoli – Benevento – 70 > 78CM – Markel Bergara – Getafe – 72 > 79CAM – Skhrladze – Silkeborg – 63 > 73ST – Kobayashi – Kawasaki Frontale – 73 > 79ST – Swierczok – Zagłebie Lubin – 65 > 74 Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Read more features Despite the increased sense of tactical ambiguity that Sydney FC’s absence provides, it still seems fitting Newcastle and Melbourne Victory will face off in Saturday night’s climax to this A-League season. More than others in recent memory, this term has been characterised by a reliance on counter-attacking, rooted in overall rigidity in possession against embedded defences – to the point where the team that sit off in these finals are arguably the more threatening. It’s fair to say, like most games of football, it will be won and lost in midfield. In Steven Ugarković, Newcastle have had the best central midfielder in the A-League this season, and by some margin. While his assist for Joey Champness in Brisbane was the best example of what he can do for the Jets in attack – making three separate movements before finally receiving, turning to face forward and thread the ball through the Roar defence – his assist for Jason Hoffman against Victory in December is important in context of the upcoming grand final. Despite Andrew Nabbout’s sale, Newcastle still have collective pace in attack through the likes of Roy O’Donovan, Riley McGree and Dimitri Petratos. With this in mind, Ugarković’s ability to harness that by receiving the ball in positions where he can advance the team’s field position still provides a threat, and it will be something Victory must be mindful of if they are to control the game. Newcastle are most dangerous in space, though. Combination slows down significantly otherwise, and it’s something even more pronounced with Ugarković playing as the deepest midfielder in Ben Kantarovski’s absence. Share via Email Melbourne Victory If the first weekend of this post-season was reflective of how the campaign was played as a whole – with lesser teams like Brisbane and Adelaide still in with a chance to win their games due to static possessional play from the opposition – the second weekend only amplified it. Both winners in last weekend’s semi-finals had less than 45% of the ball in their respective matches – Newcastle with 44.1% on Friday, while Victory triumphed with only 39.5% a day later. The reactive has overwhelmingly been more effective than the active this year, and where Sydney faltered despite individual talent was in the fact they were prompted to penetrate inside Victory’s half, the very aspect where they have showed fallibility on both the domestic and continental stage. If Sydney had snatched a win over Victory, Saturday’s grand final would have had a more knowable complexion, for Newcastle would have likely implemented the same tactics as Victory. With two inherently reactive teams coming up against each other, it’s a more indistinct but nevertheless critical aspect. The disparity in performances between Victory’s games against Adelaide and Sydney to get to this point was stark, despite Terry Antonis’s match-winning individual role last Saturday and improvement in collective play. Since he replaced Mark Milligan in Victory’s midfield, Antonis has made more key passes than Carl Valeri in almost half the total minutes. His per90 rate of 1.2 key passes is closer to James Troisi’s rate of 1.5 than Valeri’s comparably meagre 0.5. The perfectly weighted pass to get Victory into a shooting position for Kosta Barbarouses’s goal on Saturday was a glimpse of how he can unlock a defence – and, in turn, a match. However, Antonis’s instinctive movement off the ball has been increasingly tempered by Muscat, and Victory’s win in Sydney reflected a shift to a more natural tactical state for them. Their three goals against Newcastle in the regular season all came in transitional scenarios, hitting the back of the net each time within three passes of regaining possession.Sign up to receive the latest Australian sports stories every day Share on Twitter Consequently last Friday, it restricted the opportunities with which Ugarković could freely move between the lines and take greater positional risk in the Jets’ phases of possession, as opposed to playing as the second midfielder. Ultimately, and similarly to Victory, Newcastle’s goals against Melbourne City came quickly upon retrieving the ball and pressing the opponent in their own half.There will be drama in Saturday’s grand final – the A-League has been good at delivering that on a regular basis and last weekend illustrated the point quite clearly. However, in a somewhat indicting sense, the winner could simply be decided by which team allows the other to have the ball. A-League Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Australia sport Share on Messenger Forget fairytales, A-League success is borne out of unity of purpose Share on Facebook David Squires on … the 2017-18 A-League season’s grand finalists Share on Pinterest Newcastle Jets Read more Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus mourns the passing of one of our Distinguished Fellows, Former Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Edward Phillip George Seaga. The Mona community extends its condolences to his widow Carla, also a member of the university community, his children and the rest of his family; we also express condolences to his colleagues, constituency members, friends and well-wishers in their time of bereavement.He served as leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) from 1974 to 2005 and was the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica, a country he loved unconditionally and served for more than 40 years.His commitment to building bridges between the haves and the have-nots is the hallmark of the trajectory of his life as a nation-builder and can be measured by his long list of achievements as the longest serving parliamentarian.In addition to being the youngest member of the joint legislative team which crafted Jamaica’s Independence Constitution, he was the architect of the establishment of several institutions that transformed Jamaica’s potential for social and economic growth, and by extension, changed the lives of its people. These include, but are not limited to, the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ); the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE), The Export Import Bank (EXIM Bank), the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) and the Jamaica Unit Trust (JUT). He was integral in the establishment of the student revolving loan fund for higher education, now the Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB). His nation building efforts led to the establishment of social programmes and institutions such as The Golden Age Home for the Elderly, the National School Feeding Programme, and the Human Employment and Resource Training Centre (The Heart Trust/ NTA).His involvement in music and culture predated Jamaica’s independence, as he was passionate about the promotion of the beauty and depth of our cultural and musical heritage across the globe. He established the West India Records Limited (WIRL), to give poor Jamaicans a way to experience their own musical productions in relation to listening and incorporating dance. As a politician he used his good office to preserve our rich cultural legacy with the establishment of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), their mandate being “To influence national development positively by creating opportunities that unearth, develop, preserve and promote the creative talents and cultural expressions of the Jamaican people, through a professional and dynamic team, thereby advancing brand Jamaica worldwide.”Following his retirement from politics, he joined us at The UWI Mona as Honorary Distinguished Fellow and conducted extensive research on child development and revivalist cults. He had several publications related to these areas – Grenada Intervention: The Inside Story; Revelations: Beyond Political Boundaries, Lectures 2005-2009; Parent-Teacher Relationships, published by the Institute of Social and Economic Research, The UWI; and Revival Spirit Cults published in the Jamaica Journal, a publication for which he was integral in its conception. The Jamaica Journal is now an internationally acclaimed scholarly publication of the Institute of Jamaica. He has left an incredible legacy to Jamaica for many generations to come by donating his papers and memorabilia, housed here at the Mona library.A leader of strong conviction and purpose, his influence on the course of life in Jamaica is undeniable. He was a cultural icon, a strong leader a champion of the oppressed. He was a man of action, and most importantly, a man of the people who had unwavering confidence in the ability of Jamaicans to overcome “inhospitable and unlikely odds.”We are eternally grateful that he chose to spend his life in service to Jamaica – all in an effort to build a nation of which its people can be proud.In light of his passing, the University flags will be raised at half-mast today and on the day he is laid to rest. He served as leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) from 1974 to 2005 and was the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica, a country he loved unconditionally and served for more than 40 years. His commitment to building bridges between the haves and the have-nots is the hallmark of the trajectory of his life as a nation-builder and can be measured by his long list of achievements as the longest serving parliamentarian. The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus mourns the passing of one of our Distinguished Fellows, Former Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Edward Phillip George Seaga. The Mona community extends its condolences to his widow Carla, also a member of the university community, his children and the rest of his family; we also express condolences to his colleagues, constituency members, friends and well-wishers in their time of bereavement.last_img read more

first_imgAtlantic Canadian lobster has made a splash in China during a recent 10-day promotional tour by industry and government staff. Industry representatives made significant progress in developing business relationships during the tour that marketed live lobster to cities with booming economies and populations of about eight million people each. A Chinese partner has immediate plans to expand and buy more Atlantic lobster. “Our lobster industry is vital to the future growth and prosperity of our province, especially for the many Nova Scotians who live in our coastal communities,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “This project provided the Nova Scotia lobster industry with a great opportunity to showcase our premium Atlantic Canadian lobster in a significant Asian market. “This is just the first of many possible opportunities to boost our exports to China.” The live lobster China tour was developed by the Nova Scotia Fish Packers Association. The industry-driven project received financial support from the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and industry partners. The delegation, lead by Greg Roach, Fisheries and Aquaculture assistant deputy minister, met with vice-mayor Zhang Yuanfu of Qingdao Municipal People’s Government and Shen Qi Feng, vice-director general, Qingdao Municipal Bureau of Economic Co-operation. “It was really an eye-opener to see the growing wealth and economic activity in China,” said Peter Swim, president of Island Marine Products, one of the project partners. “This market in China offers a great opportunity for us to sell our live lobsters.” Industry tour representatives were from Ferguson’s Lobster Pound Limited, Island Marine Products Limited, Canadian Gold Seafood Limited and K&N Nickerson. Tour events included a Canadian Live Lobster Cooking tournament and a tour of All Success Trading International, the project’s Chinese partner in Qingdao, which will expand to hold more Nova Scotia live lobster for distribution in China.last_img read more

first_imgBATTLEFORD, Sask. – A Saskatchewan farmer who was acquitted last month in the fatal shooting of a young Indigenous man is to be back in court April 16 to face gun charges.Gerald Stanley was charged in November 2016 with two counts of unsafe storage of firearms and his case was up Monday in a North Battleford, Sask., courtroom.The charges relate to the police investigation that began after Colten Boushie, 22, was shot and killed on Stanley’s farm in August 2016.Stanley wasn’t in court nor was his lawyer, Scott Spencer, who called in for the proceeding.The Crown asked for more time in the case.Some of Boushie’s family were outside court holding signs that read ”Justice Against Institutional Racism” and ”Blood On Your Hands.”Boushie’s mother, Debbie Baptiste, poured a bottle of red ketchup onto the ground outside the courthouse to symbolize blood on the snow.“Shame on you Canada,” she said. “Come on, people. You let a murderer walk away … Treaties are being broken. The RCMP covered up Gerald Stanley.”Last month, a jury found Stanley not guilty of second-degree murder in Boushie’s death.Boushie was one of five young people who drove onto Stanley’s farm near Biggar in 2016. His friends testified they were looking for help with a flat tire.Stanley told the trial he thought they were trying to steal an all-terrain vehicle. He testified he fired warning shots to scare them away and the gun accidentally went off again when he went to pull the keys from their SUV.Penalties for unsafe storage of a firearm range from a conditional discharge — which means no criminal record — to a fine, to a prison sentence.According to the provincial court file, one of the charges Stanley faces relates to a number of rifles and a shotgun, while the other was for a Ruger Blackhawk .45-calibre handgun.(CTV Saskatoon, The Canadian Press, CJNB)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the case was in Battleford court.last_img read more

first_imgComedian and author, Alexei Sayle has joined with the BUAV as the organisation announces the delivery of its new report ‘What is happening to cats?’The report, to be delivered to the Home Office, is a critical analysis of kitten and cat experiments carried out in the UK.Alexei said: “As a cat owner myself I know what wonderful companions they can be and how affectionate, intelligent and playful. That is why I am joining with the BUAV to ask the UK Government to bring an end to the use of all cats in experimentation. It is time to stop this cruel and unnecessary suffering.”The BUAV has carried out a comprehensive review of scientific literature involving cat experiments in the UK. Their findings provide a shocking insight into the suffering and cruelty cats and kittens endure in UK universities that will horrify all those concerned with animal welfare – over the last five years, from 2008 to 2012 inclusive, at least 855 cats were used in 1,304 experiments.Much of it driven by university researchers who want to find out how cats ‘work’, experiments carried out included:• Deliberate deprivation of light or vision by rearing kittens in the dark or stitching eyes closed• Invasive brain surgery to implant electrodes in cats’ heads• Lengthy surgical procedures during which the cats are only ‘lightly’ anaesthetised• Paralysis during surgery using chemicals to prevent cats from moving or breathing• Repeated behaviour testing and brain recording whilst being held in small Perspex boxes• Infection with deadly diseases with no mention of pain relief and sometimes no treatment• Repeated blood sampling over many weeks• Cats housed completely on their own for many weeksThe rationale underlying all animal experiments in the UK is that the ‘ends justify the means’ and that animal suffering and loss of life is permissible if it is of benefit to humans or other animals. Yet, as the BUAV Report outlines, the information gained from cat research has little direct relevance to humans because of the fundamental nature of the work and the substantial differences between the two species. Research on cats is cruel, unnecessary and unpopular. Sophisticated, humane and human-relevant techniques can be used instead. The BUAV is calling on the Government to listen to public opinion and take decisive action to ban experiments on cats.In 2012, there was public outcry after the BUAV uncovered research at Cardiff University on litters of new born kittens who were raised in total darkness or deprived of sight in one eye by having their eyelids sewn shut. After 12 weeks, the kittens were anaesthetised and their skulls cut open to expose their brains. Images were taken of their brains’ responses to visual stimuli, after which the kittens were killed and parts of their brains removed for further analysis.In a more recent publicly-funded experiment published in 2014, researchers at University College London and Moorfields Eye Hospital sliced open the eyelids of 6 young cats (under anesthesia) to allow easier access to the eye before a clamp was inserted to hold the eyelids back. Part of the sclera (white of the eye) was then cut open to allow for the insertion of an infusion tube so that the vitreous gel in the middle of the eye could be removed. Three of the cats were also subjected to another surgical procedure to remove the lenses in their eyes.Comedian Ricky Gervais who spoke out against these experiments and is also supporting the BUAV campaign to end the use of cats and dogs in research stated: “Cats share our homes, they are loving, loyal and playful and they deserve a safe and happy life, not one of suffering. That’s why I am supporting the Our Best Friends campaign, taking action to bring a stop to the suffering of cats and dogs in UK laboratories.”Under the banner ‘Cats and dogs are our best friends – they don’t belong in laboratories’, the BUAV is asking for the Government to end their use for experimentation in the UK.CEO of the BUAV, Michelle Thew, said: “Over 5 million families in the UK share their home with one or more cats yet these much loved animals are still being used in cruel and unnecessary tests. We are delivering our report to the Home Office in order to highlight the suffering and present our argument for alternatives to be used to end such cruelty.”Other high-profile spokespeople to join the Our Best Friends campaign include Jilly Cooper, Chris Packham, Kirsty Gallacher, Greg Rutherford and Mary McCartney.last_img read more

first_imgOn Tuesday October 17, 2017, The TJ Martell Foundation for Cancer Research held its 42nd annual New York Honors Gala at Gaustavino’s.The star-studded event included a host of music stars, industry executives, enthusiastic supporters and medical experts who all work to bring awareness and funding to the Foundation’s mission.Mega-producer DJ Khaled helped host the event with performances by Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends, Kane Brown, Matthew Ramsey and Elle King. Country music superstar Garth Brooks surprised the crowd when he entered the stage from the back to present Amazon Music’s Steve Boom with the Music Innovation Award. Two other honorees, Sarah Stennett, CEO & Co-Founder of First Access Entertainment was presented the Spirit of Music Award by model Winnie Harlow and Julie Swidler, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs & General Counsel of Sony Music Entertainment was presented the Lifetime Music Industry Award by Clive Davis.Joel Katz, Chairman of The T.J. Martell Foundation Board and Chairman of Greenberg Traurig’s global entertainment and media practice spoke about the Foundation and remembered Tony Martell, founder of the Foundation, who passed last November.The T.J. Martell Foundation is the music industry’s leading foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding treatments and cures for cancer. The foundation was founded in 1975 by music industry executive and his colleagues in loving memory of his son T.J., who died of leukemia. The Foundation has provided more than $280 million dollars for research that supports seven flagship hospitals in the United States.last_img read more

Mr. Ban transmitted the report to the Security Council yesterday, Michele Montas told journalists, adding he “fully supports” the recommendations of the Lebanon Independent Border Assessment Team.“It is clear that efforts are required from the Lebanese Government, with the support of the international community, to develop a more efficient system for border management in Lebanon,” Ms. Montas said.“The Secretary-General also concurs with the recommendation that Syria should cooperate with the Lebanese authorities, noting that Syria has a shared responsibility in controlling its borders with Lebanon and in implementing [Security Council] resolution 1701,” which ended last year’s war between Hizbollah and the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF).The five-member team, comprised of experts in border security, police, customs and military issues, was set up by Mr. Ban after a request from the Council in April. The team travelled to Lebanon late last month and spent several weeks holding consultations with Lebanese officials and bilateral partners already assisting the country on border monitoring and reviewing existing security arrangements. 27 June 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon backs the recommendations contained in the report of the independent United Nations team tasked with assessing the monitoring of the Lebanese border with Syria, his spokesperson announced today. read more

9 April 2010When 47 countries gather in Washington on Monday at a summit to prevent nuclear proliferation and counter the risk of atomic weapons falling into terrorist hands, one United Nations agency with a proven track record in the field will be front and centre in offering help. From protecting nuclear sites against theft and sabotage to enabling secure repatriation of used but still dangerous atomic fuels to helping countries guard against radioactive attacks on major events such as the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games or June’s soccer World Cup in South Africa, the Vienna-based UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has played a major role.“The risk that any terrorist or criminal would be able to construct a nuclear explosive device or a radiological dispersal device, a so-called dirty bomb, and then use it for their purposes… the threat is real,” IAEA Office of Nuclear Security Director Anita Nilsson said this week of the Washington meeting, which United States President Barack Obama has convened and which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend.“We have been talking about nuclear security for a long time and it has been part of the interest of the international community for a long time, but it has come into focus lately because of many brutal terrorist events that happened around the globe and the recognition that they see no limits.”The IAEA, which began life 53 years ago as a UN body with the name Atoms for Peace, does not have responsibility for nuclear security in Member States but can help all countries that so wish “to establish effective, sustainable nuclear security systems that would significantly reduce or even eliminate this threat,” Ms. Nilsson added.“We recognize that this is a global threat and, therefore, if there are countries and regions who do not recognize the possibility that something like this could happen, that we think is the greatest threat. There is no room for complacency when we are speaking about nuclear security,” she stressed.The Beijing Olympics involved one and a half years of work in which IAEA helped train people to detect radioactive material that might be brought into the venues, and to know what to do if that happened. “And this has now become a major part of how to prepare for big gatherings and events,” Ms. Nilsson said, citing the upcoming World Cup as another example.“We supply them with radiation detection equipment and how to use it, and also what to do if there is detection or even a dispersal of radioactive isotopes – what are the first measures to take and how to clean it up,” she added.Greece, Germany and Brazil likewise called on agency support for the 2004 Olympics, the 2006 World Cup and the 2007 Pan American Games respectively.The IAEA has invaluable knowledge in the field. “The exuberance, the show and the colours that characterize these events often belie sinister risks such as terrorism, which unfortunately come with the high profile these events receive,” it said in a news release. “Recently, the international community has been confronting a new security threat: the risk of the malicious use of nuclear or other radioactive material, an area in which the IAEA has unique expertise.”But the agency is not only concerned with nuclear materials if they should get into the wrong hands. Much of its work focuses on trying to ensure that this does not happen in the first place.IAEA experts help States protect nuclear facilities and transport against sabotage or theft, offering specialized training, helping to enhance cooperation between various national law enforcement officials and backing the installation of radiological monitoring equipment and training at border crossings.In the past six years the agency has helped Member States repatriate 45 consignments of radioactive materials from developing countries where they were used in medicine, industry or research. Should a nuclear security incident occur or a nuclear or radiation emergency arise, the IAEA Incident and Emergency Centre coordinates 24/7 specialized support and assistance for Member States.Some 110 States and several international organizations voluntarily contribute information to the agency’s illicit trafficking database, which tracks nuclear or other radioactive materials outside authorized custody and control. On top of this, the IAEA also undertakes various types of on-site visits to assess a State’s specific security vulnerabilities, needs, and capabilities. read more

A group of 100 Tamil girls will be joining the Army during a ceremony scheduled to be held at Bharathipuram, Killinochchi on Saturday, the Army media unit said.The young girls will be enlisted in the Volunteer Force of the Sri Lanka Army and be assigned to serve under 6th Battalion of the Sri Lanka Army Women’s Corps. After initial military training, they would be assigned for duties in Killinochchi and Mullaitivu districts and it is hoped that they will facilitate the ongoing military civil cooperation activities in the areas. The ceremony on the 17th, where parents of the young ladies will formally hand them over to the Army, has been organized as per Hindu customs and traditions, the army media unit said.

WASHINGTON – A rise in food and gas costs drove a measure of wholesale prices up sharply in May. But outside those volatile categories, inflation was mild.The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index rose 0.5 per cent in May from April. Gas prices rose 1.5 per cent last month, and food costs increased 0.6 per cent.The increase last month followed a 0.7 per cent decline in April and a 0.6 per cent drop in March, both of which were driven by steep declines in gas prices.Core prices, which exclude the food and energy, rose just 0.1 per cent in May. That matches the April increase.The index measures price changes before they reach the consumer.“There really is not much inflationary pressure in the economy,” Paul Dales, an economist at Capital Economics, said in a note to clients.Aside from sharp swings in gas prices, consumer and wholesale inflation has increased very slowly in the past year. Both the overall and core indexes have risen just 1.7 per cent in the 12 months ending in May. That’s below the Federal Reserve’s 2 per cent inflation target, allowing the Fed more latitude to pursue its aggressive policies to spur greater economic growth.The combination of modest economic growth and high unemployment has kept wages from rising quickly. That’s made it harder for retailers and other firms to raise prices.Most of the May increase in food costs stemmed from a 41.6 per cent jump in the cost of eggs, the biggest on record. The jump reflected soaring demand in the U.S. and overseas. The Memorial Day and Mother’s Day holidays, popular occasions for brunch, spurred more demand in the U.S., a department spokesman said. And Mexico imported more U.S. eggs in response to a bird flu epidemic.Nearly two-thirds of the 0.1 per cent increase in core prices occurred because of a 0.4 per cent rise in the wholesale cost of pickup trucks. The housing recovery has created more business for landscapers and contractors, who have bought more trucks.The Fed has said it plans to keep the short-term interest rate it controls at a record low near zero until the unemployment rate falls below 6.5 per cent, provided inflation remains under control. The unemployment rate ticked up in May to 7.6 per cent.The Fed is also purchasing $85 billion a month in bonds to keep longer-term interest rates down. That’s intended to encourage more borrowing and spending, which drives economic growth. The Fed says it will continue to buy bonds until the job market improves substantially.Employers are adding jobs at a steady pace and consumers are spending more, despite an increase in Social Security taxes at the beginning of the year. That’s fueled intense speculation that the Fed may soon start reducing the pace of its monthly bond purchases.Many economists expect they will do so by the end of the year, particularly if hiring stays healthy. But tame inflation means they face less pressure to taper their purchases. If prices were rising more quickly, the Fed could be forced to end its bond-buying program and raise interest rates.The Fed’s next policymaking meeting will take place next week, June 18-19. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 14, 2013 8:42 am MDT Higher food and gas costs push up US wholesale prices 0.5 pct. in May; core prices tame read more

WINNIPEG — Nikolaj Ehlers had a hat trick and Patrik Laine became the fourth-youngest player in NHL history to score 100 career goals when he recorded a pair in the Winnipeg Jets’ 6-5 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.Laine scored his 100th and 101st goals in his 178th game at the age of 20 years, 224 days. Wayne Gretzky did it the fastest in 20 years and 40 days. The other players were Jimmy Carson and Brian Bellows.The Finnish forward now has a league-leading 21 goals this season, 18 scored in November, and 24 points.Ehlers scored a goal in each period, with his third fired in when he went in alone on goalie Corey Crawford and beat him with a low shot at 9:45 of the third period to make it 6-3. It was his third career hat trick.Jacob Trouba also notched a goal and one assist for Winnipeg (14-8-2), while Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler each had three assists.Marcus Kruger, John Hayden, Jan Rutta, Domink Kahun and Artem Anisimov for Chicago (9-12-5). Anisimov’s goal came at 17:08 of the third to squeeze the score to 6-5. David Kampf contributed a pair of assists and Hayden added one.Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves for the Jets, who were 1-3-0 in their four previous games.Crawford stopped 27 shots for the Blackhawks, who are 1-4-0 in their last five games.Three goals were scored in the first four minutes of the opening period, which ended tied 2-2.Laine used a rebound to score his 20th goal of the season at 1:43. Kruger flipped in a bouncing puck at 3:03 and Ehlers regained Winnipeg’s lead 49 seconds later. Hayden tied it with a rebound off Kampf’s breakaway shot at 8:10.Winnipeg jumped out to a 4-2 lead early in the second period when Ehlers scored his seventh goal of the season at 1:01 and Trouba notched his second of the season 45 seconds later.Jets defenceman Cameron Schilling, called up from the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose on Wednesday, picked up the secondary assist of Ehlers’ goal, the first point of his seven-game NHL career. The 30-year-old Indiana native hadn’t played an NHL game since March 2015 when he was with Washington.Schilling and fellow defenceman Sami Niku were on the ice replacing injured blue-liners Dustin Byfuglien and Joe Morrow.Hellebuyck missed a glove save on a long shot by Rutta at 9:31 to squeeze the score 4-3.Winnipeg went into the third period up 27-18 in shots on goal after holding the Blackhawks to five shots in the middle frame.Laine scored on the power play at 1:18 of the third. He has 14 points (13 goals, one assist) in his past seven games. Ehlers followed up at 9:45, but Kahun sent a loose puck in front of the crease past Hellebuyck at 13:16 and Anisimov made it 17:08 with a quick shot from the side of the net.The Jets head out for a three-game road trip starting against New Jersey on Saturday. Chicago ends its quick two-game road trip Saturday in Nashville.Judy Owen, The Canadian Press read more

New Ohio State football head coach Urban Meyer’s staff continued to take shape Thursday as the addition of Temple University wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator Zach Smith was announced. Smith, who spent five years coaching under Meyer at Florida as a quality control assistant and a graduate assistant from 2005-2009, comes to OSU after helping lead the Owls to a 9-4 record in 2011 and a 35-17 win against Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 17. Smith oversaw a receiving unit that compiled 1,648 yards this past year. Two members of Temple’s special teams unit — junior punter Brandon McNamus and junior running back Matt Brown — received All-Mid-American Conference honors in 2011. “Zach has done a terrific job as wide receivers coach at…Temple,” Meyer said in a press release. “I am really looking forward to having the opportunity to work with him again. Ohio State is going to benefit from his coaching and his abilities as a recruiter.” A Dublin, Ohio, native and grandson of former Buckeyes coach Earle Bruce, Smith also served as wide receivers and special teams coach at Marshall during the 2010 season. “It is really, really a dream come true,” Smith said in a press release. “I grew up watching Ohio State, my grandfather coached here and I always dreamt of doing it, too. Plus, I have an opportunity to work with coach Meyer again. I was able to spend five years on his staff at Florida, and now working with him again is another dream come true for me.” Current OSU head coach Luke Fickell and his staff will remain in their positions through the Buckeyes’ Jan. 2 appearance in the 2012 Gator Bowl against Florida. Meyer’s staff will take over after. read more

first_imgB2Gold has provided an update on the solar power plant working at its Otjikoto gold mine, in Namibia, in its 2018 financial results, confirming that the installation is making savings when it comes to heavy fuel oil (HFO) use and power generation costs.On May 29, the company celebrated the official opening of the solar plant, one of the first fully-autonomous hybrid plants in the world.At the time, B2Gold said it would allow the company to significantly reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from the site’s current 24 MW HFO power plant. The shift to an HFO solar hybrid plant was, at that point, expected to reduce Otjikoto’s HFO consumption by approximately 2.3 million litres and reduce associated power generation fuel costs by approximately 10% in 2018.B2Gold selected Caterpillar and Cat® dealer Barloworld for the 7 MW solar power solution. The full system included Cat photovoltaic solar modules and the Cat microgrid master controller.In the company’s 2018 results, B2Gold said the plant was now providing approximately 13% of the electricity consumed on site.And, the plant had also achieved its expected HFO consumption and power generation fuel cost results: “Changing the power plant to an HFO solar hybrid plant reduced Otjikoto’s HFO consumption by approximately 2.4 million litres and reduced associated power generation fuel costs by approximately 10% in 2018,” B2Gold said.last_img read more

first_imgThe release of BioShock Infinite may have been pushed back a month to March 26, but that hasn’t stopped the team at Irrational Games releasing new information about the game in preparation for its launch. And with just over two months to go, the PC specifications have been revealed.As is typical, Irrational Games and publisher 2K have released both minimum and recommended specs for the title. Meeting the minimum will get you a playable game, where as recommended hardware means you’ll experience the game as the developer wanted you to, with all the graphical features turned on and the resolution set to HD levels.In order to play the game you are going to need a minimum of:2.4GHz Core 2 Duo or 2.7GHz Athlon X2 processor2GB RAMATI Radeon HD 3870, Nvidia 8800 GT, or Intel HD 3000 GPU512MB dedicated video card memory20GB hard drive spaceWindows Vista 32-bit with Service Pack 2If you want to play the game as intended, then you need to at least meet the following recommended specs:Quad core Intel or AMD processor4GB RAMATI Radeon HD 6950 or Nvidia GTX 5601024MB dedicated video card memory30GB hard drive spaceWindows 7 64-bit with Service Pack 1In all cases, BioShock Infinite requires Steam and therefore you’ll need access to the Internet in order to authenticate your copy. You can, however, play without a connection after that.Chances are good that most modern PCs will match the recommended specs with the one exception being the graphics card. That may require an upgrade. The hard drive requirement is also quite large, but not ridiculous taking into account the size of hard drives today.The good news is BioShock Infinite is going to be playable on most PCs and laptops released over the last few years, and even if your hardware doesn’t come up to spec, you can always opt for the PS3 or Xbox 360 version.last_img read more

first_imgTitanic, Twister and Aliens actor Bill Paxton has died at the age of 61 The actor also starred in Terminator, Weird Science and Apollo 13. By AFP Share Tweet Email1 46,213 Views Sunday 26 Feb 2017, 3:54 PM 64 Comments Image: AP/Press Association Images Image: AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Updated 8.06pmHOLLYWOOD ACTOR BILL Bill Paxton, best known for his roles in such blockbusters as Apollo 13 and Titanic, has died at the age of 61.The Texas-born actor was a familiar face on US movie screens, with a string of memorable credits to his name from a career spanning several decades.“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” said a statement from a family representative.One of Paxton’s earliest character roles was as a thug in the 1984 The Terminator, and he left a mark as the ill-fated Private Hudson in the 1986 sci-fi thriller Aliens.Paxton played the part of Fred Haise, one of the astronauts of the Apollo 13 lunar mission in the 1995 drama of the same name, while in the 1997 Titanic he was the treasure hunter who led an obsessive search for the sunken ship.“A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker,” the family statement said.Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.Paxton appeared well earlier this month, presenting an award at the NAACP Image Awards in California. Source: Matt SaylesHe also presented a People’s Choice Award with Training Day co-star Justin Cornwell last month. Source: Vince Bucci- © AFP, 2012 Additional reporting Emer McLysaght Short URL Feb 26th 2017, 3:54 PM last_img read more