Congress questions delay in finalising Naga deal

first_imgThe Congress has accused the BJP of using the framework agreement between the Centre and the NSCN(IM) merely as an election tool with party MLA and spokesperson K. Joykishan saying, “The BJP is in no hurry to ink the final agreement since many elections are in the pipeline.”He said, “The framework agreement was signed on August 3, 2015 and till date the final agreement is kept pending and it is fraught with many question marks.”Speaking to the The Hindu on Saturday, Mr. Joykishan said initially the Nagaland Chief Minister and the leaders of the NSCN(IM) welcomed it. “However, some NSCN(IM) leaders have threatened to go to China and the Nagaland Chief Minister has backed out. This is indicative of the fact that they seem to have realised the gameplan of the BJP.” “Nagaland and Manipur support it If the BJP leaders say that I am wrong, they should come out with a time table,” Mr. Joykishan said.last_img read more

Remove Chidambaram from Union cabinet: BJP leader M M Joshi

first_imgSenior BJP leader M. M. Joshi on Friday launched a sharp attack on home minister P. Chidambaram, demanding his removal from the Union cabinet.”When he was finance minister, there were scams such as the 2G spectrum allotment. When he became home minister, there was a goof-up in the terror list sent to Pakistan. Moreover, his election has been termed as fraudulent, though the Election Commission will decide on that issue,” Joshi said.Joshi also made an oblique reference to Chidambaram, when the latter was the finance minister, for pushing for hike in petrol prices that was not required. The veteran BJP leader, referring to the recent CAG report on the petroleum ministry, asked if the petrol hike was done to effect price rise that would have benefited a select few.”The government itself is promoting corruption… a person like him is not fit to be a minister. I strongly demand his resignation,” Joshi said The home minister has clearly lost the support he had in the saffron party for his tough stand against the Maoists. A few days ago party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar had demanded the home minister’s resignation following media reports on purported conversation between corporate lobbyist Nira Radia and jailed former telecom minister A. Raja about Chidambaram.The chorus against the lawyer-turned-politician went a notch higher when Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa, in her first press conference in the Capital after thumping election result, demanded Chidambaram’s resignation for securing a Lok Sabha win through fraudulent means.advertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Switzerland ignore former captain Gokhan Inler from Euro 2016 squad

first_imgFormer Switzerland captain Gokhan Inler was left off a 28-man squad for a European Championship training camp after failing to break into Leicester’s Premier League title-winning team.Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic said he is “sincerely sorry” for discarding a “big player, a big personality” like the 31-year-old Inler, who has played 81 times for his country.DENIS ZAKARIA GETS CALL-UPPetkovic gave a first call-up to 19-year-old Denis Zakaria, who plays an Inler-type holding midfielder role for Young Boys.The players were called to a training camp starting Sunday ahead of a May 31 deadline to name a 23-player Euro 2016 squad. Switzerland has warm-up matches against Belgium in Geneva on May 28, and Moldova in Lugano on June 3.Switzerland is in host France’s group at Euro 2016 along with Albania and Romania.Squad:Goalkeepers: Yann Sommer (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Roman Buerki (Borussia Dortmund), Marwin Hitz (Augsburg), Yvon Mvogo (Young Boys)Defenders: Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Michael Lang (Basel), Johan Djourou (Hamburger SV), Steve von Bergen (Young Boys), Fabian Schaer (Hoffenheim), Francois Moubandje (Toulouse), Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg), Silvan Widmer (Udinese), Philippe Senderos (Grasshoppers)Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Watford), Blerim Dzemaili (Genoa), Gelson Fernandes (Rennes), Fabian Frei (Mainz), Granit Xhaka (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke), Renato Steffen (Basel), Denis Zakaria (Young Boys), Luca Zuffi (Basel)Forwards: Breel Embolo (Basel), Haris Seferovic (Eintracht Frankfurt), Admir Mehmedi (Bayer Leverkusen), Eren Derdiyok (Kasimpasa), Shani Tarashaj (Everton)last_img read more


first_imgPowell said he played cricket for one year during his school days but left the sport for athletics. “My school cricket team did very badly, so I quit cricket after playing for one year,” he said. “Cricket was earlier very big in Jamaica. It is still big but athletics is bigger now. Chris Gayle is my friend and I love to watch him play and I want to watch cricket. But I dont follow cricket much now because I train in United States and no cricket is shown on TV there.” Asked whos his sporting idol, Powell said, “While growing up I looked up to my eldest brother Donovan (who represented Jamaica in 4x100m relay in 200 Olympics). Later on, I admired Maurice Green. I wanted to run with him, I did and I beat him.” Maurice Green is the former 100m world record holder and 2000 Olympics gold medallist. Powell took part in a discussion organised to motivate the young athletes to take up the sports. Indian sprint legends Milkha Singh, P T Usha and Ashwini Nachappa took part in it. Powell also took part in a race with the young athletes of the Capital City. PTI PDS ATK PDSlast_img read more

Greece Hires John Van’t Schip as National Team Coach

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Former Netherlands national team player John van’t Schip has been named coach of Greece’s national team, which is off to a disappointing start in qualifying for next year’s European Championship.The Greek Football Federation said Wednesday that the 55-year-old van’t Schip has been hired on a two-year contract, replacing Angelos Anastasiadis, whose dismissal was also announced on Wednesday.Greece, the Euro 2004 champion, has not played in a major tournament since the World Cup in Brazil five years ago, and has lost two of its four qualifying games for Euro 2020, including a 3-0 home defeat to Italy.Van’t Schip is a Dutch Canadian who was born in British Columbia. The former midfielder has been an assistant coach for Ajax and the Dutch national team and has also coached clubs in Mexico and Australia.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

LG G8 might be announced at MWC 2019

first_imgFor past couple of years, smartphone makers have moved away from the trend of introducing their high-end flagship devices at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), opting for individual launch events instead. But now, word is that LG is talking a break from this trend by introducing its upcoming flagship smartphone- LG G8- at MWC 2019.According to a report by Android Authority, the Korean electronics giant is reportedly planning to launch the LG G7 ThinQ successor, which we reviewed last year, at the MWC 2019 that is scheduled to take place in Barcelona between February 25 and February 28.While nothing is set in stone, but if the Korean manufacturer does decide to launch LG G8 or LG G8 Thinq, or whatever the company decides to call it in the end, in Barcelona, it will be returning to the stage at MWC after almost two years. LG had last launched LG G6 ThinQ at MWC 2017. However, it skipped MWC 2018 to launch LG G7 ThinQ at a special launch event in May last year.Besides launching its upcoming flagship device– the LG LG8- on the sidelines of the mobile mega-fest,the company is also reportedly planning to accelerate its production schedule for the year 2019. At this point it remains unclear what prompted this change or how it would change the availablity of its flagship device in the global markets, but it is nice to see LG getting back in the game and going toe-to-toe with its competitors which includes Chinese brands like Xiaomi and OnePlus among others.advertisementNotably, when it comes to the details and specifications, the upcoming LG G8 is total mystery right now and little is known about the phone at this point. But if previous reports are to be believed, the phone could come with Sound-on-Display, which means that the phone, instead of having an earpiece on top, would produce sound using a combination of bone conduction technology and vibrations to deliver sound via the phone’s display.Apart from the audio, the LG G8 is expected to run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and come with up to 6GB RAM and storage space that can be expanded further using a microSD card of up to 2TB. The phone is also tipped to come with a 3D front camera and a triple-camera setup at the back.ALSO READ: | LG G8 could skip speakers to use this queer technology insteadALSO READ: | LG working on a phone with 16 lensesALSO READ: | LG trademarks Flex, Foldi and Duplex, hints at a foldable smartphonelast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Hundred vs Pakistan means a lot to me, says David Warner

first_imgDavid Warner on Wednesday scored a well-paced 111-ball 107 as Australia defeated Pakistan by 41 runs in a tense ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash at Taunton to move to No.2 in the World Cup 2019 points table.It was an all-round effort from Australia that helped them get the better of unpredictable Pakistan in a tense clash. Aaron Finch played a captain’s knock and hammered a fearless 82 before Warner went on to hit his 15th ODI hundred.After the wicket of Warner, Amir wreaked havoc on Australia’s batting order as he became the 7th Pakistani bowler to take a five-wicket haul in World Cup history and was the reason why Australia managed only 142 for 9 off 24 overs after scoring 165 for 1 of the first 25 overs.Australia vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Report | Highlights”When I got out, we had 70 balls to go. As a batter, you want to bat 50 overs. We should’ve been around 340-350, credit to Pakistan’s bowlers. Their second spells were outstanding and they made it hard for us,” Man of the Match winner David Warner said during a post-match interview.Warner added that he had to adapt as there was movement early on and get on top of the back of the length deliveries.”It was a used wicket; it was a tad dry and they bowled very straight lines to me and gave me no width. There was a bit of movement early on, so I had to be a lot tighter,” David Warner said.Warner admitted that there were some great efforts from Pakistan which made it a great game of Cricket. He also went on to add that this century meant a lot for him as a batsman. This was Warner’s 1st hundred for Australia since the ball-tampering scandal and his second in World Cups.advertisement”This century means a lot as a batsman. Some great efforts from Pakistan. Our bowlers were fantastic but it was a great game.”Australia will next face Sri Lanka on June 15 in a bid to continue their winning run at World Cup 2019.Also Read | World Cup 2019: David Warner hits 3rd successive ODI hundred vs PakistanAlso Read | Mohammad Amir 1st Pakistan bowler to pick up 5-wicket haul vs Australia in World Cup historyAlso See:last_img read more


first_imgA new report from the Iowa Department of Public Health shows cases of Hepatitis C have shot up nearly 200 percent in Iowa since the year 2000, with many cases here in Woodbury County.The Health Department’s Randy Mayer says the number of cases went from 754 in 2000 to 22-hundred 35 cases in 2015.Mayer says Baby Boomers — those born between 1945 and 1965 — make up one group that has the most positive tests.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/HEP.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..other people” ;16The number of diagnoses among those between the ages of 18 and 30 has more than quadrupled since 2009, with 303 diagnoses in 2015.Mayer says drug use appears to be one of the reasons for the rise in the cases among young people.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/HEP2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..that process” :26Hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver cancer and liver transplants in the U-S. Mayer says those who are older may have contracted the disease and not know it.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/HEP3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….diagnosed soon” :18Hepatitis C can go undetected for years.The public health study found more than 55 percent of Iowans between the ages 18 and 64 who have Hepatitis C live in one of six counties: Polk, Linn, Scott, Woodbury, Pottawattamie, and Black Hawk.last_img read more

London confirmed as venue for Magnus Carlsen’s world title defence in 2018

first_imgnews Read more Magnus Carlsen Share on Pinterest Contest for candidates places heats up at the Fide Grand Prix in Palma Magnus Carlsen’s next defence of his world crown will be a 12-game series in London from 9-28 November 2018. The decision, already widely rumoured, was formally announced at an Evening Standard co-hosted function in London on Wednesday.George Osborne made the announcement and Carlsen, who turned 27 on Thursday, also spoke, in excellent English but with a jest way too subtle for the many non-chessplayers present. The Norwegian said that he hoped to become the first world champion to win a title match game in London since 1993. That was when Garry Kasparov defeated Nigel Short, the joke being that Kasparov later lost his title to Vlad Kramnik in London during 2000 without winning a game. Grigoriy Oparin v AryanTari1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 e5 Bf5 4 g4 Bg6!? 5 e6 Qd6 6 exf7+ Bxf7 7 f4 Nf6 8 Nc3 Nbd7 9 Bh3 g5!? 10 fxg5 Ne4 11 Nge2 Bg7 12 O-O O-O 13 Be3? Nb6 14 Bf4 Nxc3 15 bxc3 e5! 16 Bg3 Nc4 17 Rf5 Bg6 18 Qd3 Qe7 19 dxe5 Nxe5 20 Qe3? Bxf5 21 gxf5 Qxg5! 22 Nf4 Rae8 23 Qe2 Ng6 24 Ne6 Nf4 25 Qg4 Nxh3+ 26 Qxh3 Qxf5 0-13523 1…Rxh3! 2 gxh3 Qxe4+! 3 Rxe4 Nf6! and White resigned. The threat Bxe4+ forcing mate is so strong that White must give up queen and rook by 4 Qf4 Nxe4 5 Qf3 Nd6, emerging a piece down in the ending. Since you’re here… Read more Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Chess Leonard Barden on chesscenter_img Share on Twitter The actual venue has yet to be announced although the organisers say they have several short-listed options. The prize fund is the world body Fide’s minimum of $1m, which could yet present a problem if Fabiano Caruana wins the eight-man candidates in Berlin in March. In that case the billionaire Rex Sinquefield, who has made his home city of St Louis into a global chess capital and who could easily fund a much larger purse, may try to have the match switched to the US.Marketing the challenger in London will not be easy, anyway. The candidates favourite is Levon Aronian, and although chess fans would relish a Carlsen v Aronian series, Norway v Armenia can hardly excite a wider public. The best result in Berlin for the organisers would be a victory for one of Americans, Caruana or Wesley So, while the worst would be if Shakhriyar Mamedyarov from Azerbaijan triumphed.Watching the games online is likely to be a controversial issue, since Fide’s commercial partner Agon intends to try to repeat its monopoly over publication of game moves during play, which caused ill-feeling and legal actions at the last title match in New York 2016.Meanwhile, the 10-player annual London Classic, which has both Carlsen and Aronian in the field, is under way this weekend at the Olympia Conference Centre. The event is also the final leg of the Grand Chess Tour, whose previous rounds were in France, Belgium, and the US, while the eight-player British Knockout Championship, with Short as No1 seed, had its quarter-finals on Friday.Norway has two world champions now after Aryan Tari won the world junior (under-20) crown on tiebreak from an Armenian and an Indian. India’s 12-year-old prodigy Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa tied for fourth, unbeaten on 8/11. He scored a grandmaster result and still has three months to achieve two further GM norms and so break Sergey Karjakin’s age record as the youngest GM at 12 years seven months. But Praggnanandhaa could yet rue failing to convert some promising positions in the last few rounds, including a pawn up against Tari.Tari’s fastest win was scored in daring style after his provocative 4…Bg6 opening choice where 4…Bd7 is usual to prevent 5 e6. Later 9…g5!? took the initiative,and was rewarded with the passive 13 Be3? (13 Nxe4 dxe4 14 c3 is safe). Tari’s vigorous 15…e5! set up complications where his opponent missed the winning tactical trick 21…Qxg5! with a potential knight fork, and White soon resigned faced with a lost endgame. Topics Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. World Chess Championship 2018 Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn London to host Magnus Carlsen’s world chess championship defense in 2018last_img read more

Hutchison Ports to Operate Stockholm Norvik Port

first_imgzoom Port investor, developer and operator Hutchison Ports has entered into an agreement with Ports of Stockholm to operate the container terminal under construction at Stockholm Norvik Port.The new container terminal will boast 450 metres of quay with a depth of 16.5 metres alongside when it opens in 2020. Future expansion will lift capacity at the port to 450,000 TEUs per annum.Located near Nynäshamn, the new port will have better access, deeper water and greater capacity than the city-centre facilities it will replace, according to Hutchison Ports.“The new facility will be the nearest container terminal to the Greater Stockholm area which generates 45% of Swedish GDP,” Clemence Cheng, Managing Director Hutchison Ports Europe, said.“As the only deep-water container facility on the East Coast of Sweden, Norvik Port will deliver both economic and environmental benefits by reducing overland transport, bringing ships and cargo closer to the country’s largest market,” Cheng added.Hutchison Ports has operated Container Terminal Frihamnen in central Stockholm since 2009. The existing terminal will be redeveloped by Ports of Stockholm for residential and amenity purposes once the new facility opens.last_img read more

Founding member of Black Eyed Peas a big hit at ADL show

first_imgTina HouseAPTN National NewsAPTN’s successful and historic eight city broadcast of Aboriginal Day Live Wednesday featured many of the country’s top performers.In Vancouver, one performer, in particular, has reached the highest levels of success in the music business.Now Taboo is also giving back to the community with a message.“Dream big … I went after one after one of the biggest dreams and that was to be in the music industry luckily I met Will I Am and Apple when we were teenagers we created the Black Eyed Peas when we were very young we had the same passion and wants and it was pretty crazy because we all come from different backgrounds ,” said Taboo.thouse@aptn.calast_img

Large fire near Fort Nelson not currently a risk to public safety

first_imgThe fire is one of a cluster that were sparked by lightning over the weekend. Reynolds explained that crews are currently working on containing two small fires north of the largest fire, both of which are smaller than 10 hectares in size. The rest of the fires are burning inside the boundaries of Northern Rocky Mountains Provincial Park, meaning the Wildfire Service is currently letting nature takes its course with those fires, since they are not threatening property.Reynolds said that once additional crews arrive in Northeast B.C., the Wildfire Service will be looking at whether the 4,000 hectare fire will require a full firefighting attack, a modified attack, or if crews will just monitor the fire. Those crews are expert to arrive in Northeast B.C. later this week. FORT NELSON, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service says that though a wildfire burning in the Fort Nelson area has ballooned in size in the past two days, the fire does not pose a risk to public safety.Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre says that the fire, which is burning east of the Muskwa River roughly 75 kilometres southwest of Fort Nelson, grew from a small fire to over 4,000 hectares overnight, making it the largest fire currently burning in B.C. However, Reynolds says that the fire is far from any property, and is not currently posing a risk to public safety. A map of the wildfires burning southwest of Fort Nelson. Photo by BC Wildfire Service.last_img read more

Alumni Relations coordinator retires after 24 years

Lynne Irion, alumni relations co-ordinator, is retiring after nearly 24 years at Brock University. She’s seen here in front of the Student-Alumni Centre, for which she helped with the fundraising campaign. It was a take stock moment that Lynne Irion couldn’t ignore.The alumni relations co-ordinator was standing in the parking lot near the Plaza building and site of the Cairns Complex two years ago when she noticed she couldn’t see a single building that was on campus when she started working at Brock 22 years earlier.Irion’s view of the Schmon Tower, Mackenzie-Chown Complex and Welch Hall was blocked by newer buildings and one thought became clear.“It was at that point that I thought ‘You know, this is not my place anymore,’” Irion recalled. “That’s not a bad thing. It’s wonderful how the University has grown.”Still, that moment helped Irion decide when it would be time to pack in her career at Brock. After nearly 24 years of holding various jobs and titles with Alumni Relations, she will take one last look at how much the campus has changed on Friday, her last day of work before retiring.“I’m excited to go,” Irion said. “I’m really excited to move on to the next leg of my journey.“I thought these last few days, I’d have nothing to do. That’s not going to be the case,” she said, adding she’s finishing up last minute projects. “I’m not going to be twiddling my thumbs.”Avoiding idle hands is what landed Irion a job at Brock in the first place.After moving to Niagara from England in the late 1980s, Irion saw an ad for a computers course.She signed up for a two-week crash course and excelled, much to her own surprise. Her teachers recognized they had an ace and encouraged Irion to do a co-op placement.“And I came to Brock,” she said. “And I’m still here. I never really had plans to work. That wasn’t part of the deal. I just wanted to learn how to use a computer.”Irion enjoyed the social aspect of working as much as the job itself.When she started at Brock, there were only about 6,000 students, which made it easy to get to know the people she would stay in touch with for years after they graduated, even attending weddings of alumni and the christenings of their children.“You walked through the halls and no one was a stranger,” Irion said. “I liked that.”In retirement, Irion has plans to take stock of other locales, visiting family in England and taking a cruise, she hopes, from Spain to Florida. Catching up on her reading is also tops on her retirement to-do list – that and reporting for duty to no one but herself, she said.“That’ll be the best part – being able to do what I want to do.”Join Lynne as she celebrates her retirementWhen: Friday, Sept. 21, 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.Where: Alumni Pub Night at The Mansion House, 5 William St., St. CatharinesAlso, a farewell open house happens Wednesday, Aug. 15, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Alphie’s Bistro. For more information, email mmoore2@brocku.ca. read more

BC forest mill destroyed in explosion that killed two will be rebuilt

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – A sawmill destroyed by a deadly blast in Prince George, B.C., last year will be rebuilt.The Sinclar Group Forest Products company says final design plans haven’t been completed, but it intends to rebuilt the Lakeland Mill, with construction expected to begin this spring.Sinclar President Greg Stewart says he can’t give details of the size and capacity of the plant yet, but he wanted to let the community know the company is going ahead with the project, which should be complete by the summer of next year.The company says mill will incorporate the most advanced safety protocols to ensure a safe work environment.Two men were killed when an explosion and fire ripped through the mill last April 23, just three months after a similar blast killed two workers at a sawmill in Burns Lake, B.C.Wood dust has been implicated in the explosions, and the BC Safety Authority issued a report earlier this year recommending sawmills take more action to manage the dust. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. forest mill destroyed in explosion that killed two will be rebuilt by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 20, 2013 3:57 pm MDT read more

Bowden Muschamp renew ties in AkronSouth Carolina game

COLUMBIA, S.C. — When Terry Bowden was coaching Auburn he saw just what he needed in graduate assistant Will Muschamp 23 years ago. So it’s no surprise to when that Muschamp has excelled running a program.He will get see firsthand how much Muschamp has learned this weekend.Brown’s Akron Zips (4-7) face Muschamp’s Gamecocks (6-5) to close the regular season in a makeup game after South Carolina’s contest with Marshall on Sept. 15 was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence. Akron saw its season-opener at Nebraska called off because of lightning and strong storms.Bowden brought Muschamp on at Auburn after he finished his career as a Georgia defensive back in 1994.“I just remember what an intelligent ballplayer he was. He was savvy, tough guy, a leader,” Bowden said earlier this week. “I liked the way he carried himself as a player. Then, finding out he wanted to be a coach, he’s the guy I look for when I’m looking for graduate assistants. I think he’s turned out everything I thought he would.”When Muschamp’s time as a graduate assistant was over, he took a position outside of football. But that didn’t stick for long with Bowden’s encouraging words that Muschamp could be a successful teacher, mentor and football coach.“To get reassurance from a guy who was head coach at Auburn University and was having a good run at the time, to tell you to stick with this thing,” Muschamp said. “There was no doubt, I appreciate his words.”Muschamp has the Gamecocks on a positive track . He’s the first South Carolina coach to start with three consecutive bowl appearances. And Muschamp’s aiming higher, telling his team to treat this extra week of game practice as a rehearsal for next year in preparing for a Southeastern Conference title game.“The guys will tell you, I like to be able to practice things,” Muschamp said.A win should enhance the Gamecocks bowl destination.Bowden, in his seventh season at Akron, said the Zips had hopes of reaching a bowl game, too, when they agreed to a 12th game in early November. However, four consecutive losses this month ended that goal.Some other things to watch for when South Carolina plays host to Akron:SURGING BENTLEYSouth Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley is on a major roll. He had career highs of 510 yards passing and five touchdowns in last week’s 56-35 loss at No. 2 Clemson. Over his past four games, Bentley has thrown for 1,451 yards and 13 TDs and just two interceptions. The junior was on NFL scouts radar when the year began. His recent play has revived talk of turning pro after this year. Bentley and coach Will Muschamp say the focus is solely on Akron.BOWDEN ON THE SIDELINEEven though it’s his second game as a head coach at South Carolina, Akron’s Terry Bowden will mark his first time on the sideline. The other occasion, as Auburn’s head coach in 1997, Bowden had to stay up in the coaching box due to a back injury. The eighth-ranked Tigers improved to 5-0 that year with a 23-6 win over the Gamecocks.TOUTING HIS PLAYERSWill Muschamp spoke nimbly when asked why Bentley’s performance didn’t earn any Player of the Week recognition from the SEC. After stating that it’s a team game and Bentley’s output was the product of many players’ hard work and preparation,Muschamp said people should be recognized for doing something extraordinary. No one in SEC history, Muschamp said, had ever thrown for that many yards against a top Five opponent. Muschamp then said, “:We have a saying, ‘It just means more.’ It just means more, sometimes, depending on what your logo is. Call it like it is.”Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur shared the latest SEC player of the week honours.NICE WINAkron has something South Carolina does not: A victory over a championship game participant this weekend. The Zips had two pick-six touchdowns in a 39-34 victory at Northwestern this past September. The Wildcats play Ohio State for the Big Ten championship on Saturday.RETURN TO MACTIONSouth Carolina holds an 8-3 mark over teams from the Mid-American Conference. This is the first time the Gamecocks have played a MAC opponent since defeating Eastern Michigan 41-6 in 2000.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Pete Iacobelli, The Associated Press read more

US study finds link between pesticides and autism

first_imgA CALIFORNIA STUDY published today found that pregnant women who lived near farms where pesticides are applied had a two-thirds higher risk of having children with autism.The findings in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives examine the association between living near commercial pesticide applications and having offspring with autism, but do not show cause-and-effect.Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that ranges in severity and has been on the rise in recent years. Health authorities say it now affects as many as one in 68 children in the United States.The latest research was based on data about commercial pesticide applications in California, combined with residential addresses of about 1,000 participants in a study of families with an autistic child.“We mapped where our study participants’ lived during pregnancy and around the time of birth,” said principal investigator Irva Hertz-Picciotto, vice chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at University of California, Davis.California law requires detailed records on what kinds of pesticides are applied, where and when and how much.“What we saw were several classes of pesticides more commonly applied near residences of mothers whose children developed autism or had delayed cognitive or other skills.”About one-third of study participants lived within 1.25 to 1.75 kilometers (about a mile) from a site where commercial pesticides were applied.Researchers found risks of autism were highest when the chemicals were applied during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy.The study authors said the developing fetal brain may be particularly vulnerable to pesticides.“This study validates the results of earlier research that has reported associations between having a child with autism and prenatal exposure to agricultural chemicals in California,” said lead study author Janie Shelton, a UC Davis graduate student.“While we still must investigate whether certain sub-groups are more vulnerable to exposures to these compounds than others, the message is very clear: Women who are pregnant should take special care to avoid contact with agricultural chemicals whenever possible.”- © AFP 2014.Read: €9 million research programme in Autism described as ‘groundbreaking’>Read: Here’s how these furry friends are changing the lives of autistic children in Ireland>last_img read more

LHC la collision approche

first_imgLHC : la collision approcheGenève, Suisse – Le Centre européen de recherche nucléaire (Cern) va effectuer, le 30 mars prochain, un premier essai pour tenter de créer une collision de protons de 7 TeV dans son accélérateur de particules.”Avec deux faisceaux à 3,5 TeV, nous nous apprêtons à lancer le programme de physique du LHC” a déclaré Steve Myers, directeur des accélérateurs et de la technologie. “Mais nous avons encore beaucoup de travail avant d’obtenir des collisions. Aligner les faisceaux est en soi déjà un défi : cela revient un peu à lancer des aiguilles à travers l’Atlantique et à les faire entrer en collision à mi-parcours.” Le Cern va tenter mardi 30 mars de recréer le Big Bang, phénomène à l’origine de la naissance de l’univers, dans un tunnel de 27 kilomètres situé à une centaine de mètres sous terre entre la France et la Suisse. Les chercheurs espèrent ainsi prouver l’existence du boson de Higgs également appelé “particule de Dieu”. Le programme de recherche du Grand collisionneur de hadrons (LHC) n’avait jusqu’à présent jamais atteint une telle puissance dans un accélérateur de particules. L’équipe du LHC travaillera avec des faisceaux à 3,5 TeV qui permettront de mettre en service les systèmes de contrôle des faisceaux ainsi que les systèmes protégeant les détecteurs des particules parasites. Tous doivent être entièrement opérationnels avant que les collisions puissent avoir lieu. “Le LHC n’est pas une machine de série” précise Rolf Heuer, directeur général du Cern. “La machine fonctionne bien, mais nous sommes encore en pleine phase de mise en service, et nous devons admettre que cette première tentative de collision n’est bel et bien qu’une tentative. Il faudra peut-être des heures, voire des jours, pour obtenir des collisions.” L’appareil avait été remis en service le 20 novembre 2009. Son premier faisceau avait été mis en circulation à 0,45 Tev, atteignant les 2,36 TeV avant l’arrêt de la machine le 16 décembre 2009. Les faisceaux ont ensuite recommencé à circuler le 28 février 2010, atteignant les 3,5 TeV le 19 mars.  Après les collisions à 7 TeV, le LHC sera exploité en continu pendant 18 à 24 mois, avec un court arrêt technique à la fin de 2010. Les données seront, à ce moment, suffisantes pour permettre de faire des découvertes dans le domaine de la physique des hautes énergies. Le premier essai de collisions de protons à 7 TeV sera retransmis sur le web le jour même.Le 25 mars 2010 à 18:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

11 New Years Resolutions for Our Favorite Characters

first_img Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 Stay on target Hopefully we’ve all slept off our New Year’s Eve festivities and are back to work (or whatever), ready to make 2019 a better year than the intense hellscape of 2018. But one of the most important elements of the year-changing holiday is the New Year’s resolution, where we make promises that we really intend to keep about making our lives better, from diet and exercise to not being so mean on Twitter. But New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for us flesh and blood humans — fictional characters can stand to make them as well. We put on our imagination hats to advise eleven of our favorites on changes to make in 2019.Lara CroftOne of the most thought-provoking stories in video games last year came in Shadow Of The Tomb Raider, Square Enix’s latest installment in the Lara Croft legacy. The game saw a young Croft in South America working to stave off an apocalyptic event that her own amoral archaeology was responsible for unleashing. As we become more aware of the impact of plundering other countries’ cultural treasures, it might be time for Lara to get some career counseling. Surely there’s a job out there for her that can use her significant skills in wall climbing and dual pistol wielding without being a glorified grave robber? It’s not like she needs the money, right?BatmanDC’s dark knight had a pretty bizarre 2018, from his aborted nuptials with Catwoman to his epic battle with a Jokerized alternate version of himself in Dark Knights: Metal. As the year turns over, he’s caught up in another struggle with arch-nemesis Bane that’s driving him to the brink of madness. So for Bruce Wayne, 2019 needs to be the year of self-care. Dial back on the drama a little bit and give yourself a chance to breathe. Maybe let the fifty different orphan kids that have been Robin do some of the heavy lifting and just chill in the Batcave with a cup of chamomile tea for a while. Gotham will be fine. Well, not “fine” exactly, but no worse than it already is.Kylo RenThe second Star Wars movie didn’t make Kylo Ren look all that great, as he both murdered his Supreme Leader and then got bamboozled by a spectral Luke Skywalker while pursuing revenge. He’s scheduled to return in Episode IX in 2019, and while we’re not foolish enough to advise him away from his collision course with Rey – there’d be no movie otherwise – one little piece of advice for the Sith lord we’d give is get some sunshine. Not only was the scene in which Ren took his shirt off to reveal a pale white rectangle of a torso extremely memeable, a lack of Vitamin D from the sun can contribute to depression and mood disorders. Hang out on Tatooine for a bit and catch some rays, buddy. It’ll do you good.DanteA new entry in the Devil May Cry series, returned to its roots after the badly-received Western reboot of 2013. The half-demon hunter is back to the traditional gray hair and over-the-top attitude, but will that be enough to bring him back in 2019? Our advice for the demon slayer is to embrace minimalism. Seriously, it has to be incredibly exhausting to remember all the special moves for the guy’s guns, swords, electric guitars and other weapons, let alone keeping them all clean and in good working order. Maybe calling a clutter consultant could help him organize his life more efficiently.Sabrina SpellmanNetflix’s edgy adaptation of the Archie comic universe’s resident witch was one of the streaming service’s biggest hits and most controversial offerings, with both devout Christians and grumpy satanists mad at it for different reasons. The second half of the first season is set to drop this year, and our advice to Sabrina is to get a good lawyer. Sure, Netflix handled the Satanic Temple’s lawsuit over the Baphomet statue, but she’s going to have to deal with the repercussions of signing her name in the Book of the Beast and pledging her soul to the Dark Master. Any decent attorney will point out that a minor under 18 can’t be held legally responsible in a contract situation.ThanosThe climax of Avengers: Infinity War managed to both be expected and shocking, as Thanos snapped his gauntleted fingers and instantly eradicated half of all life in the universe. In the film, his motivations are explained as wanting to cure universal overpopulation and resource scarcity, so for 2019 the big purple dummy’s resolution should be to take a basic economics class. Instead of resorting to mass murder with his theoretically unlimited powers, Thanos could have just made more resources and inhabitable planets, or doubled the size of the universe. It’s time to think outside of the box, dude.KratosThe protagonist of the God of War series underwent a pretty big evolution in 2018, from a snarling badass who banged background women for health orbs to a complex (and bearded) father trying to come to terms with his violent past. We hope that 2019 will be equally transformative for Kratos, and in service of that goal our resolution for him is to continue to deepen his relationship with son Atreus by taking a family vacation. The last time the duo hit the road together it was a blood-soaked rampage through the Norse lands, so why not go a little more traditional in 2019 with something like Disneyland? Leave the axe at home and eat a churro or something. Your boy will thank you for it.Wonder WomanAfter the dire slog that was Justice League and the candy-colored mess that was Aquaman, it’s easy to forget that Patty Jenkins’ 2017 Wonder Woman actually showed that a classic DC superhero movie can play it straight, embrace the mythology and still be good. So our advice for the Amazon princess with the bulletproof wrists in 2019 is simple: get some new friends. It’s time to kick the brooding bat-guy to the curb, forget about the League and start running with some heroes who can keep things light and fun while still getting the job done. That Shazam kid looks like he might be cool.Rick SanchezThe wild-haired scientist protagonist of Rick and Morty took the entire year of 2018 off, with not a single new episode aired. The show’s supposed to come back near the end of 2019, and we hope that he’s using the time off to check into rehab. The relentless alcohol abuse is the most boring aspect of the super-genius sociopath’s personality, and let’s be frank: there are untold comedic depths to plumb with a Rick not addled by the demon whiskey and forced to soberly wrestle with the vileness of his actions. So this is sort of a selfish resolution for our benefit as well, but we’re sure his liver will thank us.Daenerys TargaryenThe final season of Game of Thrones drops in 2019, and the Mother of Dragons ended the last one with a pretty terrible decision: boning her nephew Jon Snow. Of course, keeping track of all of the complex family interactions on the show is part of the challenge, but that doesn’t excuse incest. So for Dany, once all of the nonsense with the Night King is over and somebody’s butt is on the Iron Throne her resolution should be to get a 23andme DNA test. If you’re going to be sleeping around the Seven Kingdoms, it might be a good idea to do a little due diligence beforehand just to avoid any embarrassing situations at Thanksgiving.DeadpoolThe Merc with a Mouth had a very good 2018, but there’s always room for improvement. While we’re not willing to suggest that Wade Wilson up his firearms skills, one thing that might make him more tolerable is to head down to his local UCB franchise and take an improv class. Sure, busting out one-liners and breaking the fourth wall during heated battles can be fun and all, but he’s getting a bad reputation for stepping all over his allies. With a little more discipline, Deadpool can find himself a valued member of a collaborative troupe as opposed to the guy who hogs all the laughs. It’s 2019, time for a kinder, gentler sociopathic unkillable murderer for hire.More on Geek.com:New ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Trailer Will Chill You to the Bone11 Coolest Toys of 2018Year in Photos: Best Science, Tech, and News Images of 2018last_img read more

Texas mourners endure grief that none of us can comprehend

first_imgSANTA FE, Texas — Congregations in this deeply religious community near Houston gathered Sunday for their first services since a gunman blasted his way into the high school and killed 10 people, with one pastor lamenting the grief “that none of us can comprehend.”Just two days after the deaths of eight students and two substitute teachers, the pastor of the Dayspring Church acknowledged the pain wracking Santa Fe, a town of 13,000.“They will never be forgotten in this community, these young people, children just going to school,” said Brad Drake, who then read the names of the dead, including a slain student who attended services at Dayspring.“We have families today that are grieving a grief that none of us can comprehend.”The family of the slain student, Angelique Ramirez, did not attend the service. She was a member of the church’s youth ministry, Drake said.“She was a sweet young lady, had a style all of her own,” he recalled. “She almost always had a new hairstyle.”Kelly Ward, who runs a ministry in Springfield, Missouri, and is a licensed counselor, took the stage to urge congregants not to hold in their emotions.last_img read more