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first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#Hangout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts Here are the links to the stories and topics we talked about:TorrentFreak: BitTorrent Traffic Increases 40% in Half a YearDan Lyons: The Streaming Video Market Is So Messed Up It’s ScaryDan Frommer: Twitter Is Now The Best Way To Follow Election ResultsReadWrite PauseTim McCormick: How To Drop Your Data Plan And Keep Using Your SmartphoneTim McCormick: What Life Is Like For A Smartphone User Without A Data PlanBrian Proffitt: Why I’m Joining The Movement To Stop Answering After-Hours EmailJon Mitchell: Do You Need To Go Cyborg To Keep Your Job?Reader’s response to Do You Need To Go Cyborg To Keep Your Job?center_img jon mitchell 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

Is it Time to Stop Forfeiting Vacation Days?

first_img Photo credit: Project Time Off Created in Canva by Alicia Cassels Return to article. Long DescriptionWritten by Alicia Cassels, MA, MFLN Military Caregiving Blog ContributorAn American Worker’s DilemmaTo use, or not to use? When it comes to vacation, that is the question faced by millions of American workers each year. Taking hard-earned vacation time is a no-brainer for most workers, right? -Not actually. Results of the 2018 State of American Vacation annual tracking survey indicate that the majority of American workers forfeited vacation time in 2017. According to their most recent report, 52% of workers left a total of 705 million unused vacation days in 2017. Oxford Economics analyzed the dollar value associated with this forfeited vacation time, finding an estimated $62.2 billion dollars in lost benefits. In effect, these workers donated an individual average of $561.00 dollars to their employers in 2017.Why do American Workers Forfeit Their Vacation Time?While a great number of factors influence whether an employee chooses to use their vacation time, the 2018 report examines three specific areas impacting worker decisions to leave time unused.Employees concerned about appearing less dedicated or replaceable if they took a vacation were much less likely to use all their vacation time. In total, 61% of these employees left vacation time unused as compared to 52% overall.Employees who reported that their workload was too heavy to get away were more likely than average to have unused vacation time, with 57% of these employees forfeiting time as compared to 52% overall.Employees who reported a lack of coverage at work, or that no one else could do their job were also more likely to forfeit vacation time, resulting in 56% with unused vacation days as compared to 52% overall.The Case for TravelWhile those who fail to use vacation time may report fear about negative impacts on their careers, American Vacation annual tracking survey results indicate that the opposite is true. Most striking are the results indicating that workers who use their vacation days to travel tend to be more likely to make higher salaries and receive a promotion than non-travelers.“More than half (52%) of mega-travelers reported receiving a promotion in the last two years compared to Americans who use some (44%) or little to none (44%) of their time to travel.”Those who use the majority of their vacation time to travel also report,“higher likelihood of receiving a raise, bonus, or both than homebodies. Employees who used little to none of their vacation time for travel were five percentage points less likely than those who used all or most of their vacation time for travel to report a raise or bonus in the last three years (81% to 86%).”A Promising TrendAmericans are beginning to use more of their vacation time. The 2018 report indicates that America’s vacation culture seems to be changing for the better. In 2017, more employees expressed confidence about using the vacation time they had earned, and more employers encouraged workers to utilize their vacation time. While 52% left unused vacation days on the table, that number represents an improvement over 54 percent in 2016 and 55 percent in 2015.center_img Return to article. Long DescriptionIs it Time for Change?If you have tended to be in the majority, the group of American workers who leave vacation time unused each year, it may be time to rethink that stance. Through experimentation with taking time off for travel you may find that, rather than hindering success at work, using the vacation time you have earned may have a positive effect on your (2018). State of American Vacation 2018. [online] Available at: [Accessed 21 Mar. 2019].last_img read more

Puzzle of Darwin’s ‘strangest animals’ finally solved

first_imgCharles Darwin called them perhaps the “strangest animal[s] ever discovered.” And evolutionary biologists have puzzled ever since over where to place certain odd-looking extinct South American hooved animals in the mammalian branches of the tree of life. Now, new molecular evidence from proteins preserved in fossilized bones reveals that the mammals—including Macrauchenia, a leggy animal that looked like a fat camel with a short elephantlike trunk, and Toxodon, a stout beast with a rhinoceroslike body and a hippolike head—are most closely related to horses, tapirs, and rhinos, and not to African elephants as had previously been suggested. The work not only solves this evolutionary conundrum; it also demonstrates the ability of an emerging technique to shed light on remains from distant eras.“This really is a beautiful paper that answers one of the most important and unresolved questions in phylogeny,” says William Murphy, a molecular evolution expert at Texas A&M University, College Station, who was not involved in the work.The puzzle of the origins of the weird hooved animals, or ungulates, which died out about 10,000 years ago, arose because of their unusual skeletal structure. Molecular paleontologists were unable to recover any ancient DNA from the animals, probably because of South America’s warm climate, which rapidly degrades DNA, says Ian Barnes, an evolutionary biologist at the Natural History Museum in London who led the current project. But Barnes and his colleagues knew that proteins are often more stable, degrading up to 10 times more slowly than DNA.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)So the researchers sought to recover ancient proteins, in particular collagen, a protein that makes up connective tissue and is abundant in bones. To do so, Barnes and Ross MacPhee of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City teamed up with Matthew Collins, an ancient protein sequencing specialist at the University of York in the United Kingdom, and more than two dozen other colleagues from around the world.For several years, Collins and his colleagues have compiled a database of collagen sequences from both living and extinct animals. Those sequences reveal how evolution has generated subtle changes in the amino acids in collagen among a wide variety of different mammals. The researchers collected 48 different fossils of the extinct South American ungulates. Few of the specimens were dated, but the team used radiocarbon methods to date a few to about 12,000 years ago. The researchers recovered proteins thought to be collagen, and then one by one ran them through a mass spectrometer.The machine fragments proteins into short peptides and precisely weighs them to determine their amino acid makeup. That gave them what amounts to a peptide fingerprint for each protein sample evaluated. The researchers then compared each of those fingerprints with the collagen database to determine how much each sequence differed from other mammalian sequences. The results, which appear online today in Nature, clearly showed that Macrauchenia and Toxodon form a single phylogenic group of placental mammals that likely branched off from Perissodactyla—the group including horses, tapirs, and rhinos—some 55 million years ago  ,   Barnes says.The new work, which pieced together dozens of degraded ancient protein samples, is “a remarkable effort … [that was] not for the faint of heart,” says Peggy Ostrom, a biogeochemist at Michigan State University in East Lansing.Collins says he remains particularly excited about the work not because it solves a puzzle that flummoxed Darwin, but because by sequencing proteins, researchers can extend their analysis of extinct organisms well beyond the reach of DNA. Says Collins: “Protein sequencing has the potential to look a lot farther back in time.”last_img read more

Patnaik orders SIT probe into Kandhamal killings

first_imgBhubaneswar, Jul 11 (PTI) Terming the recent killing of five persons during an anti-Maoist operation in Kandhamal as “most unfortunate”, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today directed a Special Investigation Team of the State Human Rights Protection Cell to probe the incident.”For a thorough and impartial probe into the incident, I have directed that the investigation of the case will be done by a Special Investigation Team of the State Human Rights Protection Cell to be monitored and supervised by an officer of the rank of Additional DG,” he said in a statement after reviewing the situation.”If anyone is found to be of negligent conduct after probe, we shall take stringent action,” he said, adding he has also asked the DG Police to have a detailed review and apply required correctives so that such an incident is not repeated in future in anti-Naxalite operations.At least five villagers, including two women and a child, were killed and three others injured in crossfire during an encounter between security personnel and Maoists at Gumutmaha in Kandhamal district on July 8.Patnaik said the Kandhamal issue was the most “unfortunate” incident and his government has taken it “very seriously”.”My government is always concerned for the ST, SC and the deprived sections of the society,” he said.Chief Secretary A P Padhi, Home Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy, DG Police K B Singh and Director, Intelligence Sunil Roy and other senior officers were present in the meeting.Earlier, Patnaik had ordered a judicial probe into the incident besides announcing Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia, government jobs and social security coverages for the family of each victim. PTI AAM NN KK SRYadvertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2017 RPS vs SRH Highlights: How MS Dhoni masterclass floored Hyderabad

first_imgHello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of Match No. 24 between Rising Pune Supergiant and Sunrisers Hyderabad at the MCA stadium in Pune. (Scorecard | Points Table)Just as we said earlier, its just the start! #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 2017PUNE INNINGS:MS Dhoni: It was a difficult one but it was important that, since we had strikers towards the end, that we take Rashid out of the game. That was his last over. It’s not a pretty big ground, and there was a pretty strong breeze. That was the plan. It was slightly above average, the run rate. You can’t always pull it off. Manoj’s contribution was very important. In modern day cricket, there’s no run rate that’s high. It boils down to how the opposition bowlers execute. Overall I feel that last four overs you can get 60 runs provided the opposition plays badly and you play well.Steve Smith: Got pretty close towards the end there. MS did what he’s done for such a long period of time. Probably thought it was a 160-165 wicket. We probably didn’t execute our plans right. Tripathi was very good at the top there. These are big five games for us. If we can keep playing like that, and climb up the ladder it will be nice.19.32 IST: What a thriller we have just witnessed! MS Dhoni repeats his old heroics to finish a match that was not in his their hands at one moment of the match. He came in the middle after Pune lost their captain Steven Smith and with his team needing 90 off 55 balls. He was a bit tentative in the start of the innings but was always positive. Wickets kept tumbling at the other end but he kept his calm and stitched a 58-run stand with Manoj Tiwary to the hosts home. A last ball four really was the icing on the cake for this champion player who was facing a lot of criticism lately.advertisement19.31 IST: FOUR! Dhoni finishes it off in style! Phew what a match! Dhoni the finisher has returned and in what manner! Kaul bowls a full ball, outside off, Dhoni calmly drives it through covers for a boundary. The Pune dugout is ecstatic and why not these last over wins lift the team altogether. PUNE WIN BY SIX WICKETS.19.31 IST: 2 needed off 1! MS Dhoni on strike. Plenty of talks going on. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is having a chat with the bowler. Can we have a Super Over?Match 24. 19.1: S Kaul to M Tiwary, 4 runs, 170/4 #RPSvSRH- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 22 April 2017Dhoni leads from the front. Great way to bring up his 50.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #RPSvSRH- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 22 April 2017Back to back boundaries from #MSDhoni #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 2017Final 12 balls, 30 runs required. Nail biting finish this at the MCA Stadium! #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 2017Match 24. 17.5: M Siraj to MS Dhoni, 4 runs, 146/4 #RPSvSRH- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 22 April 201719.14 IST: SIX! Smashed! Back of a length delivery, outside off, Dhoni stands tall and slap-pulls it over long on for a maximum.19.13 IST: DROPPED! Siraj bowls a full toss, outside off, Dhoni tries to drive it past covers. But he doesn’t time it well, Bhuvneshwar Kumar runs ahead from that position gets his fingertips to the ball but fails to hold onto it. Siraj appreciates the effort from his senior bowler. One run taken.Match 24. 16.6: B Kumar to M Tiwary, 4 runs, 130/4 #RPSvSRH- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 22 April 2017.@tiwarymanoj walks out into the middle. 55 off 22 balls. #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 201719.04 IST: WICKET! Bhuvneshwar strikes straightaway. Serves a fuller delivery around leg, Stokes tries to go over mid-wicket with a flick. But he doesn’t quite connect it well. The ball goes straight to the substitute fielder Shankar who runs ahead and takes a well-judged catch. Another failure for Stokes with the bat. A timely strike for Hyderabad. Pune need 56 off 23 balls. Rising Pune Supergiant 121/4 (16.1 overs) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (176/3)Match 24. 14.6: S Kaul to B Stokes, 4 runs, 115/3 #RPSvSRH- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 22 April 2017Almost a helicopter! FLAT SIX that! What power #MSDhoni #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 2017#RPS 101-3 after 14 overs. #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 201718.49 IST: WICKET! Rashid Khan is not only amazing with his googlies and leg breaks but also his fielding. Tossed up delivery around middle and leg, Dhoni uses his feet and clips it towards mid-wicket and starts running. Rashid runs to his right, collects the ball and fires a throw to score a direct hit at the striker’s end. It seemed out instantly but the umpires go upstairs. Replays show he is well outside the crease and is out, but Rahul doesn’t feel the need for the big screen to say that as he was already in the dugout by the time it the red signal was on the screen. A disappointing end to an amazing innings. Rising Pune Supergiant 98/3 (13.1 overs) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (176/3)advertisement13 overs have been bowled #RPS 98-2, need another 79 runs off 42 deliveries. #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 201718.42 IST: FOUR! Cracking shot! Room on offer and punished! Good length delivery, outside off, Dhoni cuts it hard through point for a boundary. The third man fielder had no chance.Superstar @Mozzie21 is into the attack! Time to show it with the ball now Mozzie.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #RPSvSRH- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 22 April 201718.35 IST: WICKET! Rashid Khan has dismissed yet another big fish! The leggie bowls the wrong ‘un and Smith plays a wrong shot. He makes room and looks to guide it down but instead he chops on and the ball crashes onto the stumps. He is livid with himself and almost bangs his willow on the ground. Rashid starts celebrating and Naman Ojha joins him. But I don’t think the crowd mind the wicket because the chants of DHONI, DHONI have begun. Rising Pune Supergiant 87/2 (10.5 overs) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (176/3)Match 24. 9.5: B Sharma to S Smith, 6 runs, 82/1 #RPSvSRH- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 22 April 2017Match 24. 9.4: B Sharma to S Smith, 6 runs, 76/1 #RPSvSRH- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 22 April 201718.29 IST: FOUR! Short and outside off, Tripathi goes back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Poor end to the over!18.27 IST: FIFTY! Rahul Tripathi slams maiden fifty in IPL. Shortish and outside off, Tripathi punches it through covers for a run. A fine innings from the youngster but he has to carry on.18.23 IST: Time Out has been taken. Rahul Tripathi is one short of a well deserved century. He has looked in ominous start and it is vital for Hyderabad to get rid of him as soon as possible. Let’s see what strategy they chalk out for the youngster.Match 24. 5.6: S Kaul to R Tripathi, 6 runs, 55/1 #RPSvSRH- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 22 April 2017Match 24. 5.4: S Kaul to R Tripathi, 4 runs, 49/1 #RPSvSRH- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 22 April 201718.12 IST: SIX! That came of the middle of the willow. Good length delivery, in the line of the stumps, Rahul Tripathi comes down the ground and lofts the white object over mid on for a maximum. Pune have scored 45 runs so far, out of those Rahul has scored 37.#RPS 37-1. Tripathi in full flow. #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 201718.07 IST: FOUR! This young boy is enjoying his time at the centre, isn’t he? Length ball, outside off, Tripathi slashes it through point for a boundary.18.06 IST: SIX! He’s timed that extremely well. Short again, on the sticks, Tripathi stays in his crease and pulls it over square leg for half a dozen.advertisement18.05 IST: DROPPED! Tripathi gets a reprieve! Siraj bowls a shortish delivery around off, Tripathi tries to pull it but only manages a top edge. The ball lobs high up in the air and goes behind. Bipul Sharma runs behind from short fine leg, gets under the ball but fluffs it. An easy catch put down! They run a brace in that time.18.02 IST: WICKET! A false dismissal, really! Rahane’s poor run in the tournament continues. Bipul Sharma flights it around leg, Rahane uses his feet and tries to go over mid on. But he mistimes the ball and goes towards Kaul at mid on who goes to his right and reverse cups it. Bipul celebrates the wicket like Afridi! Rahane walks back sadly. Rising Pune Supergiant 15/1 (3.1 overs) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (176/3)17.58 IST: FOUR! Serves a length ball, outside off, Tripathi tries to run it down to third man but edges it a lot finer and past keeper for a boundary.Down the track and slapped! Absolute arrogance in the stroke from Tripathi! FOUR! #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 201717.49 IST: The visitors are on the field and are discussing their strategy. Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi have arrived at the crease. Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts the proceedings for Hyderabad.HYDERABAD INNINGS:17.33 IST: HYDERABAD END ON 176/3! Moises Henriques and Deepak Hooda clubbed ensured that Hyderabad post a competitive total on board. The visitors scored 63 runs in the last five overs and Pune’s death bowling once again harmed them. In hindsight, David Warner’s wicket was a boon for his side as he failed to get going and once he fell Hooda played a handy cameo. Shikhar Dhawan too batted at a poor strike rate of 103.44 in his innings of 30. Kane Williamson was looking good but was undone by a slower ball of Daniel Christian.17.32 IST: FOUR! Full and wide outside off, Henriques opens the face of the bat and slices it between backward point and short third man for a boundary.17.30 IST: FIFTY! Fantastic knock! Thakur follows the batsman down the leg side with a fuller length ball, Henriques still manages to make room and drives it crisply through covers for a boundary. Henriques slams his fifth fifty.17.29 IST: FOUR! Superbly played! Shardul hurls in a slower short ball around off, Hooda picks it in a trice, waits for it on the back foot and at the last moment lifts it over the keeper for a boundary.Last 6 balls, SRH 161-3. #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 2017He waited to perfection and BAM! @Mozzie21 strikes that for a clean SIX!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #RPSvSRH- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 22 April 2017MASSIVE! @imDeepakHooda smokes that off the bat for a SIX out of the park.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #RPSvSRH- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 22 April 201717.23 IST: FOUR! Henriques is loving playing square of the wicket. Shardul Thakur bowls short and outside off, 119 kph, the Aussie rocks back and steers it behind point for a boundary.Match 24. 17.3: S Thakur to D Hooda, 4 runs, 140/3 #RPSvSRH- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 22 April 2017After 17 overs we’re at 134/3. @Mozzie21 ends it with a superb stroke to the fence for a FOUR!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #RPSvSRH- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 22 April 201717.16 IST: WICKET! Bowled ’em! Unadkat returns to over the wicket for the southpaw and angles in a slower delivery, on back of a length around middle, following the batsman, Warner tries playing the reverse batted shot, or maybe a switch hit, but fails to connect. It goes on to hit the stumps and it ends Warner’s rather unusual stay at the crease. Failed to get going in spite of spending so much time in the middle. Sunrisers Hyderabad 129/3 (16.3 overs) vs Rising Pune Supergiant17.15 IST: SIX! Out of here! Unadkat runs in from around the wicket and angles in a full ball around off, Henriques attacks it with all his might and smokes it over mid-wicket for a biggie..@danchristian54 finishes his spell. 4-0-20-1. Pure class. SRH 122-6 after 16. #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 201717.11 IST: Time for the Time Out. Pune have so far controlled the match but now a crucial phase of the match is coming. They need to bowl well to ensure that Hyderabad stay below 150 runs.With 5 overs to go, #DavidWarner is up to the task. Strikes it for a FOUR!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #RPSvSRH- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 22 April 201717.05 IST: SIX! Tahir loses his control over the ball, lets out a high full toss around off, Warner turns inside the crease with the switch hit and sends it rocketing over point for a biggie. It’s called a no ball for a waist high full toss.17.02 IST: FOUR! Henriques has decided to attack. An off pace delivery, a touch short and in the line of the stumps, Moises makes room, shimmies down the track and forces it past the diving mid off fielder for a boundary.17.01 IST: FOUR! Nicely done! Back of a length delivery on off, Henriques shifts his weight on the back foot and powers his pull shot over mid-wicket for a boundary.Just 2 runs & wicket. Well bowled Mate! @danchristian54 SRH 85-2 after 13 #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 201716.56 IST: WICKET! Plumb in front! That’s a massive breakthrough for Pune. Clever change in pace by Christian has deceived the Kiwi. Sunrisers Hyderabad 84/2 (12.3 overs) vs Rising Pune SupergiantMatch 24. 11.6: B Stokes to K Williamson, 4 runs, 83/1 #RPSvSRH- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 22 April 2017First maximum of the innings brought to you by Kane. It’s a start. ???#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #RPSvSRH- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 22 April 201716.50 IST: SMITH DROPS A SITTER! A slower full ball outside off, angling in, Warner sticks back and hammers it straight to mid off. It’s uppish, travelling and Smith drops a dolly. You don’t often see this player dropping catches. Knowing him, he will be kicking himself for missing out. Warner can punish them for this!At the half way stage we’re at 65/1. Slow start, but remember, we have some classy men out in the middle.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #RPSvSRH- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 22 April 201716.38 IST: WICKET! Wicket first ball for Imran Tahir and he is up and running in celebration. What an impact bowler he is! A bit on the shorter side around middle, Dhawan goes back to pull but gets a big top edge. The ball balloons in the air and Tripathi in the deep mid-wicket region judges the skier perfectly. Shikhar falls after providing a start. Sunrisers Hyderabad 55/1 (8.1 overs) vs Rising Pune Supergiant16.31 IST: Time Out has been taken. The going has been decent from the visiting team. They haven’t gone hammer and tongs but have done well to score at a decent rate and more importantly all their wickets are in tact.SRH 53-0 after 7 overs. 8 off that over. #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 2017Excellent use of the feet by #Shikhar straight to the boundary line for a FOUR!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #RPSvSRH- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 22 April 201716.27 IST: FOUR! Slower delivery by Thakur, Warner picks it early, goes on the back foot and punishes the shorter ball through backward point for a boundary. 11 from the over, a good Powerplay for Hyderabad.#DavidWarner whacks that straight down the ground, he picked up the length with ease and got that racing for a FOUR!#OrangeArmy #RPSvSRH- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 22 April 2017SRH 34-0 after 5 overs. #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 201716.22 IST: NOT OUT! The umpires have gone up for a run out against Shikhar Dhawan. The Pune players are confident. Is Dhawan in danger? No, he isn’t! Stokes angles in a length ball from around off, Dhawan works it towards mid-wicket and looks to steal a single. Unadkat manning that region attacks the ball and scores a direct hit at the non-striker’s end. They appeal, it’s referred upstairs but the replays show that Dhawan was safely in.16.18 IST: FOUR! Poor delivery by Ben, he bowls it short and wide outside off, Dhawan uses his lovely hands to whack it through backward point for a boundary.#Shikhar cuts that through off #Stokes for a FOUR!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #RPSvSRH- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 22 April 2017After 3 overs SRH 2-0, 8 coming off that over. #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 201716.09 IST: Dhoni has a word with the bowler Washington Sundar and suggests him some field changes. He asked him to take square leg back and seeing that Steven Smith makes the change.16.03 IST: FOUR! Dhawan is off the mark with a boundary! Unadkat angles in a length ball, around middle and off, Dhawan charges down the track and forces it past mid on for a boundary.15.58 IST: It’s time to play the game. Out come David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan to open the batting for the visiting team. Pune are beginning with the pace of Jaydev Unadkat.#IPL Match 24: Here are the Playing XIs for #RPS & #SRH IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 22 April 201715.42 IST: For Pune – Sundar Washington replaces Rahul Chahar15.36 IST: Big Blow for Hyderabad! Yuvraj Singh is unwell and will miss this match. Bipul Sharma has been drafted into the playing XI as a replacement.15.32 IST: TOSS! Rising Pune Supergiant skipper Steve Smith opts to bowl against David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad.15.28 IST: We are just moments away from the toss now. Australia captain Steve Smith and his deput David Warner will be going against each other today. I guess that’s the beauty of the IPLWelcome @SunRisers to our fortress,playing you guys here for the 1st time. Lets give our fans a cracker of a game #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 22, 201715.18 IST: Sunrisers players have fun off the field with the ‘Never Have I Ever’ challengeWatch our boys give it a go at the Never Have I Ever Challenge.Bored Games – Episode 1#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 21, 201715.10 IST: Great initiative taken by the Pune franchise for today’s match which promises to be a thriller.25 differently abled soldiers will watch us play at the MCA Stadium, proud & privileged. #SupergiantsForSoldier #RPSvSRH @ketto RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 22, 2017Brief Preview:A confident Sunrisers Hyderabad, on a two-match winning run, will face a rejuvenated Rising Pune Supergiant in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Saturday.WATCH: Nitish Rana, Manish Pandey dominate frenetic week 3 of IPL 2017Earlier this week, Hyderabad defeated Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils at home and now they play their third away match. They had lost their earlier two away matches.And come Saturday, they will be keen to win the Pune clash so that they can take the confidence to their coming away games at Bengaluru and Mohali.Australian Steven Smith-led Pune, who defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last match to end a three-match losing streak on Sunday, will be fresh and raring to go after a five-day break. Pune team, which has won two matches from five games, must have utilised the five-day break as a period to recharge their batteries and retrospect themselves with the middle campaign of the IPL about to reach.To overcome a strong team like Hyderabad, Pune will have to put up a strong show with both the bat and the ball. Pune will be expecting Smith, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary and Ben Stokes to fire in order to post a good total.Pune’s bowling, always the weak link, must be confident after restricting a powerful RCB batting line-up to 134/9 in pursuit of 162. A lot will depend on how veteran South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir performs.Medium pacers Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Stokes and Daniel Christian will again need to raise the bar as they will be up against the likes of a top-heavy Hyderabad batting line-up, which features David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson. Australian left-handed opener Warner has been leading the way for them, having notched 239 run in six innings so far.last_img read more

Blackhawks Strike Lightning, 2-1

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — Although Teuvo Teravainen has been with the Chicago Blackhawks for just a few months, the 20-year-old Finn already fits in perfectly on a veteran club with a knack for big-game greatness.And when Chicago’s stars couldn’t crack the Tampa Bay Lightning’s defense for the first 53 minutes of the Stanley Cup Final opener, Teravainen stepped up in dramatic fashion to put the Blackhawks on top.Teravainen and Antoine Vermette scored 1:58 apart late in the third period, and the Blackhawks rallied to stun the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on June 3.Corey Crawford made 22 saves for the Blackhawks, who opened the final series in their quest for their third NHL title in six seasons with more of the clutch offensive play on which they’ve built a championship team — but they didn’t get it from Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane this time.Instead, it was their youngest player, one who was more worried about public speaking than very public scoring.“When I scored the goal, the first thing (I thought) was, ‘Oh no, I have to go out in the media after the game,’” Teravainen said.Teravainen scored through traffic with 6:32 to play, and he forced the turnover that led to Vermette’s winner with 4:34 left. Just like that, the Blackhawks erased Tampa Bay’s home-ice advantage and silenced an Amalie Arena crowd celebrating Tampa Bay’s first trip to the Final since winning the 2004 title.“It’s pretty amazing,” Teravainen said. “I know we have a great team. We have a lot of experience, but myself, I’m a young guy here, so I try to bring some energy. Tampa Bay is a really great team. It’s a fast game out there. You have to be ready.”Game 2 is June 7 in Tampa.With Toews and Kane off the ice and the clock dwindling, the Blackhawks’ supporting players delivered. And after 2 1/2 periods of strong defense, the Lightning felt they got excessively cautious — Chicago’s persistence finally was rewarded in dramatic fashion.Shortly after Crawford stopped Ryan Callahan on a breakaway, Marcus Kruger and Valtteri Filppula provided screens in front of goalie Ben Bishop, who never saw Teravainen’s shot for his third goal of the postseason.Teravainen then forced a turnover by J.T. Brown in the Lightning zone. Vermette collected the bouncing puck in the slot and beat Bishop in the top right corner for his third goal.Teravainen is the youngest player to have a multipoint game in the Stanley Cup Final since a 19-year-old Jaromir Jagr did it for Pittsburgh in 1991.“He’s growing more confident every game,” Marian Hossa said. “He doesn’t seem to have a heartbeat. He’s so calm. He’s Finnish cold.”Vermette joined Teravainen as an unlikely hero, providing a timely return on the Blackhawks’ much-debated decision to acquire him from Arizona at the trade deadline.“We got better as the game went on,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. “Huge goal through traffic, and then a nice shot by Vermy. Turned out to be a great third period. … Finding a way to win is what this team is all about.”Bishop stopped 19 shots and Alex Killorn scored in the opening minutes for Tampa Bay, which appeared to be closing in on a gritty shutout victory.“For most of the game, we saw we can hang, and we can be better,” Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos said. “You’ve got to go through these situations to learn from them. It comes down to the small details, and it comes down to a bounce.”In his first game since shutting out the Rangers at Madison Square Garden to win the East title, the 6-foot-7 Bishop and his defense were a few minutes away from his third shutout in four games.In fact, Tampa Bay appeared to frustrate the Blackhawks to the point of biting: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman believes Chicago’s Andrew Shaw bit him on the torso during a scrum after the whistle in the second period. Hedman lifted his jersey on the bench to show the bruise.“We really didn’t give them much the entire game,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “Could we have made a few more poised plays? I guess we could have. But we had chances to put them away, and that was letting them hang around.”The winner of Game 1 has won the Cup in 58 of the last 75 Finals since 1939, including the last three.Chicago roared into its third Final under Quenneville and its 13th overall after outlasting Anaheim in a memorable seven-game conference final.A roster loaded with championship-winning players and veteran talent made the Blackhawks most observers’ favorite in this series despite questions about a defense relying heavily on just four players, including tireless star Duncan Keith, who played 29 minutes, 15 seconds against the Lightning.After a stirring pregame celebration of the Lightning’s return to the Final 11 years after winning their only title, they opened with a noticeable jump on the Blackhawks.Alex Killorn, the first Harvard product to score in a Final, needed just 4:31 to get the Lightning on top with an exceptional backhand redirect of Anton Stralman’s shot.(GREG BEACHAM, AP Hockey Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoBurnley boss Sean Dyche: January market unforgiving

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Sean Dyche: January market unforgivingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche admits they finding the January market ‘unforgiving’.Dyche admits the rising cost of players is making the transfer window difficult for Burnley.”It’s not like we are going to magic up £50m to go and sign who we want,” Dyche said. “I think predominantly the Championship is one of our markets.”It’s hard enough trying to get players out of the Championship for what I call ‘real money’, as in normal, sensible sort of money. So you try the Premier League, and as you can imagine, it’s very, very difficult.” last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea assistant coach Cudicini pleased for Morata after FA Cup brace

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea assistant coach Cudicini pleased for Morata after FA Cup braceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant coach Carlo Cudicini was full of praise for Alvaro Morata after their 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest.Morata scored twice as FA Cup holders Chelsea advanced with a 2-0 third-round win over Forest at Stamford Bridge.”I think Alvaro played an important part in today’s performance, he was very good in terms of working for the team, offensively but mainly defensively,” said Cudicini. “It was very important for him to score two goals which can only be good for his confidence. We are all pleased with his performance but we were even when he didn’t score in previous games so hopefully it will be good for his morale that he scored, and hopefully he will be more free in his mind.”Gianfranco Zola mentioned in the press conference before the match that for a striker it’s difficult when you go through a spell when you don’t score many goals, so his body language was a bit down, but in training he’s working very hard and we all knew that sooner or later he would be able to turn the corner and start scoring goals. Thankfully he did it today, it was very important because we really care about this competition and we want to do well.” last_img read more

Report: Uganda 0 Senegal 1

first_imgSadio Mane fired Senegal through to the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals as they saw off Uganda 1-0 in Cairo.The Liverpool striker is targeting more silverware after helping his club side land Champions League glory, and Mane’s first-half strike carried his nation past awkward opposition.Mane missed a second-half penalty after he had been clattered, but his earlier clinical finish proved enough. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Senegal, for whom this was an eighth win in their last nine games, will next face Benin who earned a shock 4-1 penalties win against Morocco following a 1-1 draw earlier on Friday.Like a boss :sunglasses:#TotalAFCON2019 #UGASEN— CAF (@CAF_Online) July 5, 2019In a sign of things to come, Uganda goalkeeper Denis Onyango bolted out of his penalty area and knocked Ismaila Sarr to the ground in the early stages, with Senegal urging the referee to show a red card. He opted for yellow.Uganda, runners-up in 1978, fell behind in the 15th minute when Mane charged into the penalty area and beat Onyango with a low left-footed shot into the bottom-right corner.Farouk Miya looked to carry some threat for Uganda, but they lacked a cutting edge and should have been 2-0 down by the hour mark.Onyango charged off his line and mistimed a lunging tackle in his penalty area, sending Mane sprawling. It looked a foul worthy of a second yellow card, but the goalkeeper instead appeared to be given a final warning.Mane went for the right corner again, but Onyango guessed correctly and pushed the ball away.The miss almost proved costly, with Uganda going close to equalising in spectacular fashion when Allan Kateregga drove a 30-yard free-kick towards goal.The ball was struck firmly and heading inside the right post, but Alfred Gomis threw himself across goal to make a fine, priceless save. KEY OPTA FACTS- Senegal have won their first knockout stage game in the Africa Cup of Nations since February 2006, a quarter-final victory over Guinea (3-2).- Uganda have won only one of their last eight Africa Cup of Nations games (D2 L5), after winning three of the previous four (L1).- No player has tried (37) nor completed (13) more crosses in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations than Miya. – No player has taken (four) nor missed (two) more penalties than Sadio Mane in the Africa Cup of Nations since Opta began analysing the competition in 2010.  – Sadio Mane has scored Senegal’s last three goals in the Africa Cup of Nations. read morelast_img read more

Nomi Osakas French Open dream shattered by Siniakova

first_imgParis: World number one Naomi Osaka’s hopes of winning a third successive Grand Slam ended Saturday when she was knocked out of the French Open in the third round by unheralded Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic. Japanese top seed Osaka, the reigning US and Australian Open champion, crashed to a 6-4, 6-2 defeat to the 42nd-ranked Czech. Osaka’s defeat left just four of the women’s top 10 seeds left in the tournament including three-time winner Serena Williams and defending champion Simona Halep. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunOsaka was undone by a shocking 38 unforced errors as she finally ran out of luck in Paris having had to come back from a set down in her first two matches. “It’s amazing, I can’t believe it, I am so happy now,” said Siniakova, who was the women’s doubles champion in Paris in 2018 alongside Barbora Krejcikova. “I played my best tennis and I hope it continues.” Osaka dropped the first set for the third successive match at the tournament, squandering seven break points in all. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upSiniakova made her pay, breaking for 5-4 and taking the opener when Osaka sent back her 16th unforced error of the set. The Czech, who is the world’s number one doubles player, kept up the pressure on the misfiring top seed, breaking for a 3-2 lead in the second set. Siniakova backed it up with another break for 5-2 off Osaka’s third double fault of the match. Victory was hers on Court Suzanne Lenglen when Osaka unleashed another misguided forehand. The Czech goes on to face Madison Keys of the United States for a place in the quarter-finals in what will be her first appearance in the last 16 of the majors. Despite being seeded top for the first time at a Slam, the 21-year-old Osaka had never looked convincing in Paris. She was two points away from defeat in the first round against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova and came back from a set and break down to see off Victoria Azarenka in round two. There were no such problems for men’s world number one Novak Djokovic who eased into the last 16, stepping up his bid to hold all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously for the second time. The Serbian saw off unseeded Italian Salvatore Caruso 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 to set up a fourth-round tie with either Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff or Croatian 13th seed Borna Coric. “Finally, I think I found my best form in the second set,” said Djokovic, who is yet to drop a set in the tournament. It is the 10th successive year the top seed has reached the second week — and 13th in total — as he looks for a second French Open title after sealing his first ‘Djoko’ Slam in Paris in 2016. German fifth seed Alexander Zverev needed another five-setter to reach the fourth round, defeating Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 1-6, 6-2.last_img read more

Concerns grow as Kenya starts repatriating Somali refugees

first_imgNAIRO – While supporting the voluntary repatriation, some leaders from the Somali community in Kenya have expressed concerns that the process would disrupt many lives.“Many of us agree the situation in Somalia has improved,” Mohamed Bashir, a politician and businessman, told Anadolu Agency.“But these refugees have lived in Kenya for a long time,” he noted. “They have married and have children, some of them in schools. The process needs care,” Bashir asserted.The Kenya government has launched the process of repatriating hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees from the Dadaab Camp in Kenya’s North Eastern Province.“There is no turning back,” Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku said Saturday after touring the camp.“We have hosted our brothers from Somalia for more than two decades and the return to rebuild their country is both in Kenya’s and Somalia’s interest,” he added.“We have reached a point of no return but it will not be forced repatriation as the process is based on consultation and agreement.”Two weeks ago, the Kenyan and Somali governments signed an agreement on the voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees.The move followed increasing fears that the refugee camps have become recruitment grounds for the Somali militant group Al-Shabaa.The group has claimed the September 21 attack on Nairobi’s Westgate mall, which left 67 people killed and more than 200 injured.Asha Abdi, 19, was born and brought up in Kenya after her parents fled to Kenya following the overthrow of then Somalia President Mohammed Siad Barre.She says she has never been to Somalia and will not know what to do if sent there.“I have been studying in Nairobi and most of my friends are here,” Abdi told AA in an interview.“My parents back in Garissa are worried and I am worried too as this process will disrupt my education.”last_img read more

Iraqi vaccinators fight against enormous odds with UN help in antipolio campaign

1 October 2007United Nations agencies are helping over 20,000 Iraqi mobile polio vaccinators in “a titanic effort” to reach as many as 5 million children under the age of five despite the violence raging in the strife-torn country and the added difficulty of the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. United Nations agencies are helping over 20,000 Iraqi mobile polio vaccinators in “a titanic effort” to reach as many as 5 million children under the age of five despite the violence raging in the strife-torn country and the added difficulty of the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. “Delivering polio vaccine in Iraq’s violent heartland has never been harder,” the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in its latest update on the campaign. “Vaccinators working in central Iraq, where violence and suspicion are at their most intense, risk their lives to knock on doors and ask to immunize children. “Others have to make the long and difficult trek out to temporary camps where displaced families eke out a precarious existence,” it added. “But vaccinators know that they carry the hopes and fears of Iraq’s polio eradication programme on their shoulders.” UNICEF has provided transport for many vaccination teams in an effort to improve their security, as well as carriers to protect the vaccine vials. It has also supported a massive communication and community mobilization effort to lobby support from local leaders and families. With more than 1 million Iraqis forced to flee their homes since early 2006, close-knit communities are now filled with strangers, their names and faces unknown to the local health teams. But no matter where these children live – whether in cities or remote rural areas, in conflict zones or temporary camps – vaccinators bring the polio vaccine right to their doorsteps, with help from UNICEF and the UN World Health Organization (WHO). The campaign has a simple objective: to administer two drops of oral vaccine to every eligible child. “Iraq’s vaccinators are truly some of the world’s greatest champions for children, and among the least recognized,” UNICEF Iraq’s Chief of Health Alexander Malyavin said. “Their courage alone has kept Iraq polio-free since 2000, despite the chaos brought by conflict and insecurity. To watch them work during a polio campaign is to understand what it means to challenge enormous odds – and beat them.” Succeeding against the odds has become a tradition for Iraq’s polio campaigns, which have continued for the past seven years, through sanctions and war, to maintain the country’s precious polio-free status. The last round in December 2006 reached over 90 per cent of its intended target, immunizing almost 4.4 million children. But concerns are high that as insecurity traps children in “hot zones” or forces them to flee, the most vulnerable will become harder and harder to reach. During this round, vaccinators are will make special efforts to include recently displaced children, many of whom have not been counted on the tally sheets vaccinators usually rely on to keep track of their progress. “These children are probably the most vulnerable in Iraq today, and we’re determined to ensure they don’t miss out,” Dr. Malyavin said. “The goal of the polio campaigns is every child, not just those that are easy to reach.” Iraqi families appreciate that determination. One father put his feelings into words as his son received the two drops needed to remain polio-free for life. “God bless the vaccinators,” he said. “They are doing their very best for the protection of our children.” In Baghdad’s Karrada district, experienced vaccinators are now struggling with impossible burdens. “Huge numbers of displaced families have moved into this area because of violence in their neighbourhoods,” said Alyaa Ahmed Aziz, manager of the local primary health care centre. “You can imagine the load on the vaccinators who were already required to cover a large number of children living here Karrada even before the conflict.” read more

UN envoy hopes next visit to Myanmar will spur dialogue

Ibrahim Gambari’s role has been that of a “go-between,” he said during an interview with the UN News Centre and UN Radio.“The authorities would not talk to Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the opposition. She wouldn’t talk to them,” he noted. “But both talk to me.”In his most recent visit earlier this month, Mr. Gambari said he impressed upon both sides that they must inaugurate a dialogue because “the earlier you start talking directly, the better.”However, he expressed concern over reports that Senior General Than Shwe has “put some conditions on the commencement of that dialogue,” even though the Secretary-General has clarified that discussions must begin as soon as possible and must not hinge on any stipulations.Regarding concerns that trade and business matters could overshadow unity among Myanmar’s neighbours in addressing the situation in the country, Mr. Gambari said that he has taken a proactive approach.“I have actually taken the bull by the horns and went to the capitals of these countries,” he said of his stops to countries such as Japan, China and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).“I feel it is very important to gain their support, get their perspectives and also obtain their advice… because they are neighbouring countries,” he noted, adding that he will also visit these States prior to his next trip to Myanmar.The Special Envoy, who has visited Myanmar three times since being appointed to his current position, welcomed the Government’s decision to allow more access to UN officials.Mr. Gambari’s predecessor, Razali Ismail, was not allowed in the country for over two years, but earlier this year UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Margareta Wahlström and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy were each able to visit Myanmar.“The next step will be for them to admit Professor [and UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar Paulo Sérgio] Pinheiro, and if possible, even the High Commissioner for Human Rights [Louise Arbour] herself,” he said. 8 October 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy to Myanmar voiced hope today that his visit next month to the South-East Asian nation, where authorities have used force against peaceful demonstrators in recent weeks, will spur dialogue between the Government and the opposition, led by Aung San Suu Kyi. read more

President off to Uganda

Last November Museveni visited Sri Lanka at the invitation of his counterpart. During the visit Sri Lanka agreed to refurbish Masulita Vocational Training Center in Kakiri. Rajapaksa will visit Lugazi Sugar Corporation to promote cooperation in sugar production. Sri Lanka is a leading sugar producer.Sri Lanka has per capita income US$2,877 compared to that of Uganda of US$500. The main economic sectors of the country are tourism, tea export, clothing, rice production and other agricultural products. In addition to these economic sectors, overseas employment contributes highly in foreign exchange. “He will be a key note speaker at the conference. The next commonwealth will be hosted by Sri Lanka in two years and so he will the next chair for it,” Kanathan said. He said there were a number of Sri Lanka investors in Uganda and more have showed interests in coming. President Mahinda Rajapaksa will travel to Uganda tomorrow to participate in the Commonwealth Local Government conference, New Vision website reported.Vellupillai Kanathan consul general for Sri Lanka in Uganda said the head of state would spend four days in Uganda. Sri Lanka is an island country in the northern Indian Ocean off the southern coast of the Indian subcontinent in South Asia. Known until 1972 as Ceylon, Sri Lanka has maritime borders with India to the northwest and the Maldives to the southwest.Sri Lanka has been called ‘’The tear drop of India’’ because of its shape and location and is known as “The Pearl of the Indian Ocean” because of its natural beauty. It is also known as “The nation of smiling people”. The island contains tropical forests, and diverse landscapes with high biodiversity. read more

Narrow window of opportunity opens to avert potential Africa locust plague UN

“Every effort must be made now to prepare for a potential re-infestation in West Africa next summer,” FAO Plant Production and Protection Division Director Mahmoud Solh said on the occasion of an extraordinary session of the agency’s 40-nation Desert Locust Control Committee. Representatives of locust affected countries and donors are meeting in Rome this week to review the lessons learnt from this year’s locust campaign and to discuss future control activities. FAO has warned that the current infestation is potentially worse than the last plague of 1987-89, which cost the international community $300 million. Donors have pledged $70 million for locust control activities primarily in the Sahel on the southern doorstep of the Sahara. Affected North African Maghreb countries are also in need of international support for their control campaigns, FAO said. Swarms that escaped spraying in the Sahel have moved rapidly to the Maghreb countries, it added and intensive control operations are under way in Morocco, Algeria and western Libya. A substantial number of immature swarms could become trapped in the coming weeks in the Atlas Mountains and valleys in Morocco and Algeria. Swarms will mature and lay eggs in March when temperatures warm up. This gives control teams at least three months to treat as many swarms as possible before they are ready to lay eggs.The success of the control campaign will heavily depend on weather conditions, Mr. Solh said. A lack of rain, for example, in combination with intensive control operations, could break the cycle of locust development. FAO is helping affected countries to develop detailed contingency plans for a 2005 summer campaign, taking steps to recruit technical specialists in the areas of data management, control, survey, logistics, environmental and human health monitoring for many Sahelian countries. The agency hopes that large scale field trials of environmentally friendly bio-pesticides will be completed before next summer and that some of these products can be used in future control campaigns. read more

Thorson helps No 20 Northwestern beats Illinois 2416

EVANSTON, Ill. — Clayton Thorson accounted for three touchdowns, Isaiah Browser rushed for 166 yards on 18 carries and No. 20 Northwestern beat Illinois 24-16 on Saturday for its seventh straight Big Ten win.Thorson completed 12 of 18 passes for 110 yards and two TDs. He also ran for a score, and Bowser posted his fourth 100-yard game of the season.The Wildcats (8-4, 8-1, No. 19 in CFP) will face No. 10 Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game next weekend in Indianapolis.Illinois (4-8, 2-7) lost for the sixth time in seven games. AJ Bush Jr. completed 23 of 39 passes for 281 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and Ricky Smalling finished with seven receptions for 72 yards and a TD.John Jackson, The Associated Press read more

Michigan Cop Sues Police Department Says He Was Pressured

A Mundy Township police officer filed a civil lawsuit against Mundy Township and its police department alleging they pressured him to portray former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves (left) as guilty of an alleged sexual assault. Photo by Rachel Woolf/Associated Press.A Mundy Township police officer has filed a lawsuit against the township and police department, claiming that they pressured him to paint a former Michigan State basketball star as guilty of an alleged sexual assault.Officer Brian Ogle filed the suit in a Genesee County Court on May 4 accusing the department of punishing him for reporting state law violations by the township and police department to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, The Detroit News reports. Wayne County is handling the investigation into former basketball player Mateen Cleaves.In his complaint, Ogle asserts that his rights under Michigan’s Whistleblowers’ Protection Act were infringed upon and says he “found himself at odds with defendants because he would not acquiesce to defendants’ pressure to portray Mr. Cleaves as guilty of sexual assault.”Per The Detroit News, the Mundy Township officer began his investigation into Cleaves in September 2015 and informed the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office on Nov. 17 of “suspected violations” by the township and department. In a suspected retaliation, the township informed Ogle that he was in violation of their regulations on Feb. 4, the news site reports. According to the lawsuit, Ogle was then suspended for two days without pay.He is now seeking over $25,000 for lost and potential earnings, as well as emotional damages, the Detroit Free Press reports.According to Dean Yotis, Ogle’s attorney, his client was the first on the scene of the alleged sexual assault that took place Sept. 15 and had an opportunity to interview the victim.“He concluded there had not been a crime committed. And the work environment after that was full of tension, and it got to the point that he got suspended for two days,” Yeotis said.Cleaves, who played six seasons in the NBA, is accused of holding a 24-year-old woman against her will in a Mundy Township Hotel and sexually assaulting her, according to the Detroit Free Press. The former basketball star now faces charges of unlawful imprisonment, second-degree criminal sexual assault, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual penetration, and two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. If charged, Cleaves could spend 10 to 15 years behind bars, the publication also reports.The former Detroit Pistons player took to Twitter on March 16 to deny the allegations, writing, “My family and I are devastated by these false charges. I am innocent and the allegations are without merit.”Frank J. Manley, Cleaves’ lawyer, deemed the charges “outrageous, false and catastrophic to his career.” Per The Detroit News, Manley also told reporters Tuesday that he hopes the accusations made in Ogle’s lawsuit will be promptly investigated by the prosecutor’s office.“It’s troubling to me that somehow it appears the lawsuit, if true, that pressure was brought upon Ogle to conform his testimony to a certain narrative,” Manley said.Cleaves is scheduled to be back in court on May 17, The Detroit News reports. read more

Pirates set free Greekflagged tanker

first_imgSomali pirates on Monday set free the Greek-flagged tanker ship “Maran Centaurus” they had seized in November. According to the Greek Coast Guard the 28-member crew, nine Greeks and 19 of foreign nationality, are safe and well in health.The Piraeus-registered vessel had been seized by pirates on November 29, 2009 while sailing 700 miles east of the Somali coast loaded with mazut enroute from Kuwait to the Gulf of Mexico.The ship’s owner company has paid an unspecified ransom to the pirates and it was now sailing to Durban, South Africa, for refueling continuing its route to Mexico.International shipping companies and organisations have expressed their worry over the phenomenon of piracy, which have called on the international community to take increased measures off the Somali coasts, while also charging that the modern-day pirates have set up profitable ‘industry’ with the ship piracies.According to International Maritime Bureau figures, piracy attacks increased by 38.5 percent in 2009, during which 406 vessels were attacked, 50 percent of them were by Somalis. Although official figures of the total ransoms paid are not known, African countries’ officials’ estimate the overall total at 150-200 million US dollars in 2008 alone. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Tiny baby born at 12 ounces finally goes home after nearly 5

first_imgANNAPOLIS, Md. (WSVN) — The smallest baby ever born at a Maryland hospital is finally home after spending the first five months of her life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.Ariana Cruz-Gutierrez was born premature at just 24 weeks into her mother’s pregnancy in early March. She weighed just 12 ounces, about the weight of three sticks of butter, Fox 5 reports.In the days following her birth, Ariana’s weight dropped to as low as 8 ounces, but after numerous transfusions and intubations, she has not only survived but thrived, growing to 4 pounds, 15 ounces.“We felt like we wanted to die,” Oscar Gutierrez, Ariana’s father, told the Capital Gazette. “But, now that we’ve thought of it, it was the best decision we made. Truthfully, when they told us the baby could die, our life changed completely.”Ariana was taken care of around the clock by the hospital’s NICU team, with her parents always by her side. The family was finally able to take their baby daughter home late last week.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Legendary Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul Dies At 54

first_imgAs a founding member of the legendary band Pantera, Paul influenced a generation of rock and metal drummersNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 25, 2018 – 10:54 am Legendary metal drummer Vinnie Paul died on June 22. Paul was a founding member of the GRAMMY-nominated band Pantera as well as Damageplan and Hellyeah.The tragic news arrived via a post on the Pantera Facebook page, announcing, “Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away.” No cause of death was revealed.Known for his signature blend of technique and groove, Paul formed Pantera in 1981 with his brother Darrell “Dimebag” Abbot. The band became a powerhouse of the ’90s metal scene with landmark albums such as 1990’s breakout Cowboys From Hell, 1992’s seminal Vulgar Display Of Power and 1994’s punishing Far Beyond Driven, which earned the group their first GRAMMY nomination for Best Metal Performance for “I’m Broken” at the 37th GRAMMY Awards.After Pantera disbanded, Paul went on to form Damageplan with his brother. Tragically, “Dimebag” Darrel was murdered on stage in 2004 during a Damageplan show in Columbus, Ohio. Following the difficult loss of his brother, Paul went on to form the group Hellyeah, who he toured and released music with up until the time of his death.The music community reacted with shock and grief to the news of Paul’s death. Kiss’ Paul Stanley said in a tweet, “So sad to hear of the death of Vinnie Paul. Loved when Pantera did shows with us and in later years Vinnie was always front and center at all Kiss shows. RIP and condolences to his family,” while Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker tweeted, ” Rest In Peace Vinnie Paul. Heaven has Dimebag and Vinnie now.”Paul’s contribution to the legacy of heavy music and his influence as a drummer of will not be forgotten.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook Legendary Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul Dies At 54 Twitter News Email Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul Dies At 54 legendary-pantera-drummer-vinnie-paul-dies-54last_img read more