Ceres-Negros faces tough odds vs JDT in AFC Cup semis

first_imgLATEST STORIES Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast JDT’s Mexican coach Benjamin Mora knows the Malaysians are in for a dogfight. “We expect a difficult game because the first leg was a tough game,” said Mora. “Ceres is a very good team. They play good football. They are very fast. And they shape very well defensively.”Mora stressed that the two away goals scored by Ceres shouldn’t get in the way of JDT’s play. “I think we must be patient and organized because we lead the 3-2,” said the Mexican. “I know the two away goals may affect if we don’t stay focused and don’t manage the game as we want.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Roach: Pacquiao needs to KO Horn to land big fights A standing-room-only crowd watches Ceres-Negros’ recent match against Malaysia’s Felda United in the AFC Cup. No other place in the country packs as many football fans as Bacolod’s Panaad stadium. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO / STEPHEN TANBACOLOD CITY – On its home turf, Ceres-Negros has looked unstoppable in the 2017 AFC Cup. But the Busmen face their toughest test yet when they try to overturn a 2-3 deficit against Johor Darul Ta’zim of Malaysia in the second leg of their AFC Cup Asean zonal semifinal tie at Panaad Stadium. ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast The Busmen beat Tampines Rovers (5-0) and Hanoi FC of Vietnam (6-2) in the group stage, but the stakes are higher and the opposition is expected to be stronger when the Malaysian champions line up against the home side at 7:30 p.m. “The team is motivated to win so we are not under pressure,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic from Serbia. “I think its a big challenge to play this game and the opportunity also to reach something. It’s a special motivation for us if we can reach the final.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThere will be no shortage in firepower for the Busmen with first leg goalscorers Fernando Rodriguez and Bienvenido Maranon available for selection, while midfielder Manny Ott, still hurting from a chest injury in the first leg last May 17, is also in the squad to rekindle his battle with JDT talisman Safiq Rahim, who scored in the first leg at Larkin Stadium. With the away goals rule in play, the Philippines Football League side only needs a 1-0 victory over the Malaysian champions to advance to the next round, where they will face the winner of the Home United-Global Cebu tie being played Tuesday night in Singapore. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View commentslast_img read more

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Running: The health mantra for Delhi

first_imgNaveen JindalDelhi is an intoxicating mix of traditional and modern blends and is ideal for anyone who is passionate about sports and fitness. In fact, the capital offers its residents everything they may need for a healthy life. The excellent infrastructure it provides is enough for us to be proud,Naveen JindalDelhi is an intoxicating mix of traditional and modern blends and is ideal for anyone who is passionate about sports and fitness. In fact, the capital offers its residents everything they may need for a healthy life. The excellent infrastructure it provides is enough for us to be proud of.Far removed from the glass and chrome cities world over, Delhi abounds in greenery and has parks and stadiums that are tailor-made for the fitness conscious. While exercise is a personal regimen, running in this city has taken on social proportions. The first time I ran in a marathon was three years ago; the energy of a thousand people running together was just amazing, and addictive. City marathons create a sense of belonging, a sense of ownership and responsibility. While maintaining the highest level of fitness is my primary aim, running the marathon is an unparalleled experience. The Delhi Marathon is always for a good cause and I love knowing that we are helping a cause by running as a community.Another event that I take pride in being part of is the Tiranga Run. To run holding the national flag high is a feeling every Indian should be able to boast of. I take a personal pride in this as it was when I moved a plea that the Court allowed every Indian national the right to fly the national flag.When I first ran the Delhi marathon three years ago, I found the energy of a thousand people running together amazing, and addictiv.Of course, running a marathon is serious exercise, and fitness is something every individual should take seriously. I personally have not been jogging outdoors regularly of late but this city has a plethora of excellent options for those who love running. Lodhi Gardens, Nehru Park, India Gate, professional stadiums and even private clubs, the capital offers some thing to anyone brimming with enthusiasm. Over the past few years, time constraints have meant that I work out mostly at home. But I always believe that a healthy body is the key to a positive mind and thus for me, a fitness regimen is a must. I am also a firm believer in the benefits of yoga and pranayam. Yoga is as much about the body as it is about the mind and I religiously practise my daily routine of yoga even when I am travelling.What is important is to have a healthy lifestyle and by that I mean early to bed and early to rise, exercise daily, and eat the right food at regular intervals, which helps maintain metabolism. If you eat unhealthy or junk food, then it becomes very difficult to burn out the calories. One has to be disciplined, always.advertisementThe best tracks in townSIRI FORT SPORTS COMPLEXKhel Gaon MargTrack: 1 kmSurface: Clay lawn surface for a smooth run. Clientele: Fitness fans. “This is a wonderful track, beautifully maintained by DDA. All that greenery makes you feel healthier.”-Muzaffar Iqbal, member, Indian hockey teamNEHRU PARKChanakyapuriTrack: 2.4 kmSurface: Soft non-metal surface easy on ligaments Clientele: The proximity to the Diplomatic Enclave says it all.LODHI GARDENLodhi RoadTrack: 2.5 kmSurface: Made of clay. The park even has a monkey bridge where runners can get a thorough workout. Clientele: This power park attracts the who’s who of Delhi, politicians, judges, industrialists et al.JAWAHARLAL NEHRU STADIUMOff Lodhi RoadTrack: Four lane, 400 mSurface: Synthetic track Clientele: State and national level athletes. “Delhi’s only two synthetic tracks for professional athletes can be found here.”-D. Sarkar, director (Sports), DDA.ROSE GARDENNear IITTrack: 750 mSurface: Soft mud track Clientele: Nature nuts and fitness freaks. “The best part about this park is that there are no irritating romantic couples lurking here.”-Capt. Deepanjali Bakshi, runner-mountaineer.last_img read more

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Virginia, Kansas Go Down in NCAA

first_imgJahlil Okafor powered Duke into the Sweet 16. No such luck for a pair of No. 2 seeds in Kansas and Virginia.Kansas lost to Wichita State in a victory for an upstart school thirsting for a shot against the Jayhawks. And Michigan State continued its March success under coach Tom Izzo thanks to Travis Trice, who took command from the start to hand the ACC its first loss in this NCAA Tournament.A look at how teams fared March 22 in the round of 32:EAST REGIONMICHIGAN STATE 60, VIRGINIA 54CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Travis Trice scored 23 points, and Michigan State knocked second-seeded Virginia out of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.Branden Dawson added 15 points and nine rebounds for the seventh-seeded Spartans, who advanced to the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in the last eight seasons under coach Tom Izzo. The Spartans will play the winner of the Oklahoma-Dayton game in Syracuse, New York on March 27.With top seed Villanova having lost March 21, it is the first time a No. 1 and 2 seed from the same region didn’t advance to the Sweet 16 since Kentucky and Gonzaga in 2004.The Spartans stole a page from last year’s regional semifinal win, limiting the Cavaliers to 29.8 percent shooting. Virginia finished 2-of-17 from 3-point range.Last year, the Spartans upset the top-seeded Cavaliers in the regional semifinal by holding Virginia to 35.1 percent shooting.The Cavaliers (30-4) were led by Anthony Gill’s 11 points and Darion Atkins’ 10 points and 14 rebounds.OKLAHOMA 72, DAYTON 66COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jordan Woodard had 16 points and Buddy Hield scored 15, helping Oklahoma advanced to the second weekend of the tourney.Coach Lon Kruger became the second coach to take four schools (Kansas State, Florida and UNLV) to the round of 16. Third-seeded Oklahoma (24-10) will play Michigan State on March 27 at the East Regional in Syracuse, New York.The Flyers (27-9), who started in the First Four at home, came up a victory short of their second straight trip to the Sweet 16 as an 11 seed.Oklahoma rallied with its defense, holding Dayton scoreless for 9:04 and without a basket for 10:32 in the second half. Scoochie Smith led Dayton with 16 points.LOUISVILLE 66, NORTHERN IOWA 53SEATTLE— Louisville is headed to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year.Terry Rozier scored 25 points to lead the fourth-seeded Cards to the victory. Montrezl Harrell added 14 for Louisville (26-8), including a couple of game-sealing alley-oop jams on passes from Rozier.The Cardinals will play eighth-seeded North Carolina State on Friday in an East Region that is now missing the top two seeds.The Cardinals packed it in against Northern Iowa’s top scorer, Seth Tuttle, holding him to 14 points and only seven shot attempts. The Panthers (31-4) were trying for their first trip to the second weekend since 2010.SOUTH REGIONDUKE 68, SAN DIEGO STATE 49CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jahlil Okafor scored 18 of his 26 points in a dominating first half and Duke beat San Diego State 68-49 on Sunday in the NCAA Tournament, sending the top-seeded Blue Devils back to the Sweet 16.Fellow freshman Justise Winslow added 13 points and 12 rebounds for Duke (31-4), which for the second straight tournament game ran out to a quick lead and stayed in control the rest of the way.Duke — holding a No. 1 seed for the 11th time in 18 seasons but its first since 2011 — advanced to face fifth-seeded Utah in Houston’s South Region semifinals.Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils are pushing for their 12th Final Four and completed their two-game stay in their home state with a pair of hot-shooting wins.Duke shot 55 percent against the eighth-seeded Aztecs (27-9), two days after shooting 63 percent against Robert Morris.GONZAGA 87, IOWA 68SEATTLE — Kyle Wiltjer scored 13 of his 24 points during Gonzaga’s flawless first half, helping the Bulldogs advance to the round of 16 for the first time since 2009.After five straight departures on the first weekend of the NCAA tourney, Gonzaga (34-2) is back in the regional semifinals, thanks to an efficient offensive performance in the first 20 minutes that Iowa could never overcome. Domantas Sabonis finished with 18 points.Jared Uthoff led Iowa (22-12) with 20 points, and Aaron White had 19.Wiltjer was nearly perfect. He made 10 of 12 shots and 4 of 6 3-pointers. His 24 points came in just 25 minutes.MIDWEST REGIONWICHITA STATE 78, KANSAS 65OMAHA, Neb. — No wonder Kansas never wants anything to do with Wichita State.Behind another steady performance from Fred VanVleet and the hot shooting of Evan Wessel, the No. 7 seed Shockers rolled past the second-seeded Jayhawks 78-65 on Sunday, earning a trip to the Sweet 16 at the expense of the school that has caused them so much chagrin.Tekele Cotton led the way with 19 points for the Shockers (30-4). VanVleet finished with 17 and Wessel hit four 3-pointers and scored 12, sending the Missouri Valley champions to Cleveland for the Midwest Regional semifinal against third-seeded Notre Dame.Devonte’ Graham and Perry Ellis had 17 points each, and Frank Mason added 16 for the Jayhawks (27-9), who blew an early eight-point lead and never really threatened in the second half.WEST VIRGINIA 69, MARYLAND 59COLUMBUS, Ohio — Devin Williams had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and rugged West Virginia advanced to a Sweet 16 showdown with undefeated Kentucky.Gary Browne scored 14 points and Daxter Miles Jr. had 12 as West Virginia reached the second weekend of the tournament for the first time since 2010, when it went all the way to the Final Four. The fifth-seeded Mountaineers (25-9) will take on the Wildcats on Thursday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals in Cleveland.Melo Trimble had 15 points for Maryland (28-7), but sat on the bench for the final 8:25 after he was hurt for the third time in the game.Maryland was trying to advance to the round of 16 for the first time since 2003 — a year after the Terps won the national championship under coach Gary Williams.The teams were locked in a close battle until West Virginia used its gritty pressure defense and physical play to pull away from the Terrapins.WEST REGIONWISCONSIN 72, OREGON 65OMAHA, Neb. — Sam Dekker scored 17 points for balanced Wisconsin, which beat Oregon in the round of 32 for the second straight year.Next up for the Badgers (33-3) is a trip to Los Angeles to play fourth-seeded North Carolina in the Sweet 16 on Thursday.Wisconsin played with the lead all game until Dwayne Benjamin tied it at 52 with a high-arcing 3-pointer from in front of his bench with 5:27 left. But Dekker responded with a reverse layup and 3-pointer to make it 58-52.Joseph Young, who scored 27 points in a win over Oklahoma State on Friday, had 30 against the Badgers.Wisconsin got 16 points from Frank Kaminsky, 14 from Nigel Hayes and 12 from Bronson Koenig.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Hina Khan goes beast mode as she hits the gym after ages in sheer top and tights. Watch video

first_imgThe latest victim of workout bug is actor Hina Khan and with her new gym video the diva is proving that she knows the grind and how.Taking to her Instagram account today, Hina documented her workout routine at the gym and it will give you major goals.In the videos, Hina revealed that she was hitting the gym after ages and showed her fans and followers how she sweated it out on her first day.The star, who recently took the French Riviera by storm with her debut on the red carpet, did a bunch of cardio and muscle training exercises.Turning her beast mode on, Hina also nailed core-strengthening routines and squats.She slayed the gym routine in workout ready outfits and gave us gym fashion goals.Baring her toned abs, she wore a black sports bra over a sheer black top and hot pink tights for the tough routine. She paired the look with pulled back open locks accessorised with a quirky ‘I woke up like this’ headband and white training shoes.On the work front, Hina recently shot for her next film, Wish List in Milan and Switzerland. She will also be seen in the role of a young Muslim girl who lives near the Line of Control in her movie, Lines, which she debuted at Cannes.advertisementALSO SEE | Hina Khan keeps it chic in summery crop top and pants with boyfriend Rocky Jaiswal in MumbaiALSO WATCH | Lovebirds Hina Khan and Rocky Jaiswal share their naughty fantasieslast_img read more

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EIGHT APPLY FOR NW IOWA DISTRICT JUDGE POST

first_imgEight attorneys have applied for the northwest Iowa district judge position created by the retirement of Judge Mary Jane Sokolovske.The applicants include assistant county attorney and former state representative David Dawson, judicial magistrate Tod Deck, Plymouth County Attorney Darin Raymond, public defender Billy Oyadare, former assistant city attorney Roseanne Lienhard, District Associate Judge Julie Schumacher and attorneys Zachary Hindman of Sioux City and Michael Jacobsma of Orange City.Each applicant will be interviewed on December 9th at the Woodbury County Courthouse.last_img

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Apologies to Kirk Herbstreit

first_imgLast night I posted what I thought was something from Kirk Herbstreit’s Instagram account. You can go here and see the most recent post on OSU for this account.I studied the account a little bit, saw some photos that had to have been taken by him (behind the desk at Gameday?) and went with it. In retrospect it was quite the whiff. The language in his post really should have kind of been all I needed to know it was fake but I just stared right through it.Turns out somebody is just ripping all the photos he posts to Twitter and posting them on Instagram as him — same name and photo and everything. I have no idea why somebody would go to all this trouble to impersonate Kirk Herbstreit but…yeah.Kirk verified this via Twitter:Someone has created a fake Instagram account posing to be me. My twitter account is verified & real. Please disregard the Instagram account.— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 13, 2013So that was my bad. I wasn’t trying to post fake stuff for more attention. I wasn’t trying to make stuff up. I wasn’t trying to do any of that. I should have looked into it further and I own that — no excuses from me on this one. You expect better than that and you deserve better than that and I hope I’ve shown over time that I deliver better than that.And yes, I totally see the irony.I still hope he cancelled his SI subscription.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Emery urges patience in Arsenal transfer chase

first_imgUnai Emery has urged patience in what has been a frustrating summer transfer window for Arsenal so far.The Gunners have been linked with a number of potential additions, but have got just one deal over the line.Gabriel Martinelli has arrived at Emirates Stadium, and is considered to be a hot prospect for the future, but there has been no further movement in north London. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Bids have been lodged for the likes of Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney and Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba, only to face struggles in getting big-money agreements completed.Emery remains optimistic when it comes to getting bodies in, with Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha another long-standing target, but accepts that the recruitment process may not move as quickly as an expectant fan base had been hoping.The Spaniard told reporters when quizzed for an update on his transfer plans: “The club is working. We are speaking every day with the club and Edu.“I prefer to work with patience and calm and take the best decision.“We have very good players, very young good players. We need someone to help us. The club is working on that.“We prefer to take the best decision with patience. If we need to wait more time for this reason I prefer to do that.”Edu Gaspar Brazil ArsenalArsenal have made changes behind the scenes in an effort to aid their cause, both in bringing in fresh faces and working with those already on the club’s books.Freddie Ljungberg has joined Emery’s coaching staff in the first-team fold, while another familiar face in the form of ex-midfielder Edu is back in England as the Gunners’ new technical director.“You know better than me they are two Arsenal ex-players!” Emery said when asked how two former favourites are settling into their new roles.“Freddie was working with the Under-23s but when he proposed to us and the club, speaking with him and Steve Bould, we changed the two situations. I am very happy with Freddie.“Edu played here and also I was his coach in Valencia for one year. He has experience. He knows Arsenal. He’s a very good worker for us in this sporting director job.“Raul [Sanllehi], Vinai [Venkatesham] and I were trying to find the best person who can help us with experience and also with knowing this club. It’s Edu. For me he’s the perfect man to do that.”last_img read more

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130 fighters killed in 48 hours in northwest Syria Monitor

first_imgBeirut: Fighting raged in northwest Syria on Thursday with clashes between regime forces and jihadist-led fighters killing 130 combatants in two days, a war monitor said. The Idlib region, home to some three million people, is supposed to be protected by a months-old international truce deal, but it has come under increased bombardment by the regime and its Russian ally since late April. On the southwestern edges of the jihadist-run enclave, bombardment and fierce fighting since Tuesday have killed 89 anti-regime fighters and left 41 dead on the government side, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London This included at least 14 anti-regime fighters and 21 pro-government forces killed early Thursday, it said. The fighting has centred around the village of Tal Meleh in the north of Hama province, according to the Britain-based monitoring group. “The clashes are ongoing,” with both regime and Russian war planes pounding the area, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said. On Wednesday, 17 civilians were killed in regime bombardment on several parts of the rebel region, he said. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador Russia and rebel backer Turkey brokered an agreement intended to stave off an all-out regime assault on Idlib in September, but that deal was never fully implemented as jihadists refused to withdraw from the planned buffer zone. The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group, led by ex-members of Al-Qaeda’s former Syria affiliate, extended its control over the region, which spans most of Idlib province as well as slivers of the adjacent provinces of Latakia, Hama and Aleppo. The Syrian government and Russia have upped their bombardment of the region since late April, killing more than 400 civilians, according to the Observatory. Syria’s war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions at home and abroad since it started in 2011 with the repression of anti-government protests.last_img read more

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Alberta changes abortion clinic bill conservatives still noshows on votes

first_imgEDMONTON – Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP government made more changes to its abortion clinic bill Wednesday while the Opposition United Conservatives continued to register their displeasure by walking out en masse during votes.Government members accepted an amendment from Independent Derek Fildebrandt to specifically include the role of municipal bylaw officers in enforcing the proposed legislation, which mandates no-protest zones around clinics.However, they rejected a second Fildebrandt motion aimed at ensuring the bill won’t restrict the freedom of the media to cover news events surrounding the clinics.“I don’t think (privacy of clinic participants) has been abused by the media to date and I don’t think it would be abused in the future, but I think (press freedom) is an important aspect to take note of when we’re writing legislation,” Fildebrandt told the house.NDP Infrastructure Minister Sandra Jansen spoke against the amendment.Jansen, a former journalist, said mainstream journalists already handle the clinics respectfully. But Jansen said some anti-abortionists billing themselves as journalists would use the amendment to breach the no-go zone and harass staff and patients.“While I appreciate the effort, I will say that I find the implications of this amendment frightening,” Jansen said.Bill 9 would create minimum 50 metre no-protest zones around abortion clinics.It would also make it illegal for anyone to harass a doctor by phone, mail or online to convince them to not provide abortion services. Anyone breaking the law would face fines up to $10,000 or a year in jail.UCP Leader Jason Kenney has said the legislation is unnecessary because abortion clinics already have legal tools at their disposal to deal with protests. He said he and his caucus are abstaining from what they call deliberately political and provocative legislation.Five of the 25-member UCP caucus sat silently during debate of Fildebrandt’s amendments and walked out when the votes were called.The UCP has now left the house en masse six times during discussions on Bill 9.The NDP says the UCP members are failing to meet their responsibilities as legislature members by walking out on an important bill.Earlier Wednesday during question period, Kenney questioned the government’s sincerity, noting, “Bill 9 is something they did not even think was important enough to mention in their (recent) throne speech let alone their (2015 election) platform.”The UCP caucus also walked out of the vote late Tuesday night when the government accepted an amendment by NDP backbencher Deborah Drever to increase the safety zones to 150 metres if the proposed minimum of 50 metres doesn’t prove effective.Fildebrandt argued against it.He said while he is in favour of legislated protections for women and staff, that must be balanced with respect for freedom of speech.If the bill becomes law, Alberta would join British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador in creating so-called bubble zones.Notley has said the UCP absence at debate speaks to the party’s broader unofficial policy of not standing up for women’s rights.This past weekend, United Conservatives voted to adopt a policy that would mandate parents be told when a minor has “invasive medical procedures.”Those on both sides of the abortion debate say that would open the door to mandatory parental consent in abortion procedures for minors.Kenney has said he will decide what resolutions are part of the party’s election platform and reiterated he won’t legislate on abortion.last_img read more

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Ancient fish species discovered in Nova Scotia opens door for future research

first_imgA species of fish that lived 350 million years ago has been discovered in Nova Scotia, casting new light on a little-understood time period.The discovery was made in 2015 by Jason Anderson, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Calgary, at Blue Beach, N.S., and announced Wednesday.Chris Mansky, fossil researcher and curator of the Blue Beach Fossil Museum, says Anderson located the skull of the early Carboniferous fish and was able to compare it to the family tree of better-known relatives of the fish.Mansky says the research of Anderson and his team show the fish’s lineage appears to be a survivor of the Devonian extinction, which contradicts the notion that the extinction wiped out that group.The species — Avonichthys manskyi — was named after the nearby Avon River and for Mansky, in honour of his years of collecting and exhibiting the fossils of Blue Beach.The findings were published Wednesday in the United Kingdom’s peer-reviewed Royal Society Open Science journal.Mansky said the fish is unique, and the discovery means that researchers may start looking at evolution differently.“It paves the way for future researchers. It gives us new theory and it upsets the old theory,” he said.“The old politics of the Devonian extinction is very much in debate. This is essentially a road map of new opportunities for young researchers who can work at this for many years… The actual shape and patterns of evolution are not so clear. To gain an understanding of how it really was, we still have a lot of work.”Anderson said he came across the specimen by chance during a stroll on Blue Beach.“There’s nothing extraordinary about that moment at all. I was just literally walking along looking at the ground, kicking rocks, and I found one that was the shape of a bone. I didn’t even know it was a fossil,” said Anderson from a conference in Ottawa.“It wasn’t until a few months later that I actually put it under a microscope.”Anderson said there are many lingering questions, including how many of these fish species survived the extinction.“Or is it an artifact of preservation, the fact that we just don’t have very many fossils of this age? Now that we’re actually actively exploring, will we start filling in more of these lineages? Or is this one real lucky one that managed to squeak through?” he said.“We need to get a better idea of what other fish lived at that time, and in other places at the same time, and that will tell us more about how severely vertebrates were impacted by the mass extinction.”He said that research has already taken him back to Blue Beach.The site where the fossil was located is on the Bay of Fundy’s Minas Basin, which has the highest tides in the world. The sea has eroded into the shoreline, uncovering 350-million-year-old fossils.“This highly dynamic environment, over four kilometres in length, creates unique opportunities for discoveries that would otherwise be very difficult to make,” said Mansky.“Nature does the digging here.”Mansky said his museum has a collection of roughly 10,000 fossils, weighing roughly 100,000 pounds. He described it as “busting at the seams,” making it impossible for researchers to examine and catalogue the material properly.“These were findings and a paper generated from a single fossil, so we can only imagine how much more there is to be learned in the upstairs of Blue Beach Fossil Museum,” said Mansky.“There needs to be a new paleontology centre developed here to establish a permanent foothold for this fossil collection. It’s a world-class collection and right now we have a private home-based, ma-and-pa museum. The collection has outgrown its home.”Conrad Wilson and Jason Pardo were also authors of the article published Wednesday.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

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French Court Sentences Controversial Comedian Dieudonné Mbala Mbala

Rabat – Dieudonné M’bala M’bala leaving a Paris courthouse, following a previous court appearance on Feb. 4, 2015.A Criminal Court in Paris has sentenced incendiary comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala to two years in prison for tax evasion. The comedian was suspected of diverting over a million euros in revenue from his live shows. In addition to serving time in prison, on Friday, July 5 the court ordered the 53-year-old to pay a fine of €200,000. Dieudonné’s business partner and his production company were also fined for related tax evasion.The comedian, his partner, and his lawyers were all absent during the trial.France 24 reported Dieudonné, who has a large fan base in low-income areas around major French cities, will likely fulfill his sentence through community service instead of prison time.This was not the first time the controversial comedian has been summoned to court.As early as 2006, Dieudonné was fined for defamatory comments, calling a prominent Jewish television presenter a “secret donor of the child-murdering Israeli army.” Dieudonné has since been repeatedly convicted for using provocative and anti-semetic language. The infamous comedian has been accused of publicly supporting terrorism, and referred to Holocaust commemorations as “memorial pornography.”In addition to multiple defamation lawsuits, Dieudonné was also convicted of tax evasion in 2012.Morocco has cancelled several of Dieudonné’s scheduled appearances in the past. The comedian alleged his shows were cancelled due to pressure from what he described as “community organizations.”Defending his language, Dieudonné has said he has the right to free speech and claimed he was the victim of a “Zionist Lobby.” read more

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UN launches campaign to text message for peace

One of the events promoting the International Day of Peace, held on 21 September to observe “a day of ceasefire and non-violence”, encourages US cell phone users to send 160-character text messages starting with the word ‘PEACE’ to phone number 69866. The UN Department of Public information will collect the texts on a website www.peaceday2008.org as well as send the messages to dignitaries attending the UN General Assembly on 23 September.“I call on world leaders and peoples around the world to join forces against conflict, poverty and hunger, and for all human rights for all,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message on 29 August.“Together let us send a powerful signal for peace that will be read, heard and felt around the world,” he added. The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the General Assembly, and this year the Secretary-General will ring the Japanese Peace Bell at UN Headquarters on Friday, 19 September at noon to signal a minute of silence. Attending the ceremony in New York will be Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Michael Douglas, Jane Goodall and Midori Goto, who are all UN Messengers of Peace. After the ceremony, students from schools around New York will hold a video conference with their counterparts in Sudan, Afghanistan and Liberia. 2 September 2008The United Nations launched a text messaging for peace campaign today, urging cell phone users in the United States to compose peace messages to be published on a website and delivered to world leaders gathered for the General Assembly later this month. read more

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UN agency supports struggling farmers in Swaziland affected by food price crisis

8 September 2008The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced plans today to help cash-strapped farmers in Swaziland, affected by the global food price crisis, buy seeds in time for the next planting season. The combination of the sudden hike in food prices – more than 50 per cent in the last year – and the high cost of fuel and other agricultural inputs threatens to leave Swazi farmers with no harvest, food or income.FAO is preparing to deliver emergency assistance to farmers in the southern African country who cannot afford to purchase seeds and other raw agricultural materials, under its Initiative on Soaring Food Prices (ISFP).Starting at the end of the month, farmers in the landlocked region will receive vouchers they can use to choose seeds and other agricultural supplies from local producers at markets set up by FAO, known as Input Trade Fairs.Swaziland is on of a growing list of countries around the world targeted by a coordinated UN-wide effort to combat the effects of months of spiralling food prices.“We are stepping up the momentum, from one country to the next,” FAO Director-General, Jacques Diouf, told reporters at a school-based farming project in Boyane near the capital, Mbabane.“We must work together to produce more food where it is urgently needed to contain the impact of soaring prices on poor consumers,” Mr. Diouf added.In Boyane, AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children showed Mr. Diouf some of the sustainable agricultural practices, handicrafts and other skills they have learned through Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools initiative, sponsored by FAO and other UN agencies.Mr. Diouf used the occasion to call for further investment in agriculture and programmes designed to tackle problems contributing to the overall increase in food insecurity throughout the region.According to FAO, the hardest-hit countries, most of them in Africa, will need at least $30 billion annually to ensure food security and revive agricultural systems that have been neglected for several decades. read more

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Moving from megabytes to gigabytes Ottawa pledges 50M for Arctic internet

IQALUIT, Nunavut — The federal government has promised to contribute nearly $50 million to bring high-speed internet to Nunavut where some of the poorest and most expensive service in Canada has long been considered an economic drag.The money, together with $73 million from regional service provider Northwestel, will put satellite dishes and ground stations in all 25 Nunavut communities, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains said Thursday in Iqaluit.“We’re moving from megabytes to gigabytes.”Everyone from local users to federal committee members has long identified poor internet as a major barrier to northern development.Current internet speeds in Nunavut are, at best, about three megabytes per second — enough to transmit just one medium-sized picture.Earlier this year, a report to then-Indigenous and northern affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett found internet access to be a greater concern among northerners than environmental conservation. The drag poor internet access has had on Arctic development has been pointed out in studies dating back to 2011.Mining companies have had to courier documents to northern regulators because internet connections couldn’t handle the file sizes. An Iqaluit band that recorded a music video to accompany its latest release found it couldn’t be uploaded.The new satellite dishes are expected to provide speeds of between five and 15 megabytes per second. Broadband capacity is expected to increase by 20 times.The dishes will be built over a three-year period, said Northwestel vice-president Curtis Shaw. The first communities are to be hooked up by early next year.All satellites will be open access for other providers, he said.The new dishes are expected to open a broad range of possibilities for northerners, said Shaw.“You think about a school having video-conferencing in the school, having distance education, a field trip to a museum.“From a health-care standpoint, you can now start sending results and use the internet for diagnostic tools. For an elder, it could mean not travelling out of the community for service.”Shaw said costs are also expected to come down.“We’re expecting costs will drop to the end user.”Actual Arctic internet users were dubious about Thursday’s announcement. Several pointed out on Twitter that five megabytes per second is still slow.“That’s the CRTC’s minimum requirement from about six years ago,” tweeted someone under the name of Ryan Oliver.Another said that by the time the satellite dishes are in place, increased demand will eat up any gains in speed.“Satellite is pointless,” tweeted someone under the name of Kyle Sheppard.Bains said the government remains committed to a fibre-optic link for northern communities.“We continue to look at that option and other options as well. We felt this was an important step in the short term to be able to use new satellite technology to provided that backbone infrastructure.”Bains said the project fulfils a government promise.“It’s about equality of opportunity. We want people to have the tools they need to succeed.”Many northerners are heavy internet users. Social media such as Facebook helps connect with relatives and friends in distant communities where travel is expensive. Such services are also widely used to trade items such as country foods.— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960 read more

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Nurses staging 1day strike at 12 hospitals in 3 states

HIALEAH, Fla. — Registered nurses staged a one-day strike against Tenet Health hospitals in Florida, California and Arizona on Friday, demanding higher wages and better working conditions.About 6,500 National Nurses United members walked out at 12 Tenet facilities after working without a contract for two years in Arizona and under expired contracts for months in California and Florida, the union said. They plan to resume working Saturday.Members are also passing out leaflets in Texas, where contracts at two Tenet hospitals in El Paso expire later this year.Yajaira Roman, a union leader and neurological intensive care nurse at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, Florida, said that although the Tenet nurses want higher wages, they also want a lower patient-to-nurse ratio as a way to avoid burnout and improve care. For example, the union says Tenet assigns eight patients per nurse in Palmetto’s surgical unit, double the level the union says research recommends.“We are nurses — we are really proud of what we do and we’re happy that we’re serving the community, but we want to do it in a way where when patients leave the hospital they are extremely satisfied,” said Roman, a nurse for 18 years.Tenet, which has 65 hospitals and 115,000 employees nationwide, issued a statement saying it has negotiated in “good faith” and it is disappointed the union chose to strike.“While we respect the nurses’ right to strike, patients and their loved ones can be assured that our patients will continue to be cared for by qualified replacement registered nurses and other caregivers,” the Dallas-based company’s statement said.According to the U.S. Labor Department, almost 3 million registered nurses are employed nationally, with an average annual salary of $75,510. Florida’s average RN salary is $66,210, Arizona’s is $77,000 and California’s is $106,950, tops in the nation. RNs typically have either an associate degree or bachelor’s degree in nursing or graduated from a three-year program at a teaching hospital. They then must pass a state licensing exam.The Tenet walkout is one of several strikes and organizing efforts nationwide as unions work to rebuild from a steep membership decline that began 50 years ago. Many are focusing on white-collar, female-dominated and service-sector industries such as health care, teaching, the media and hospitality instead of just blue-collar, male-dominated industries like manufacturing, where the United Auto Workers is striking against General Motors.A recent Gallup poll showed Americans support unions by a 2-to-1 margin, up from a near even split 10 years ago and nearly the highest level since the 1960s.The Associated Press read more

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NY lawmakers Cuomo is moving to cut funds to fight cancer

NY lawmakers: Cuomo is moving to cut funds to fight cancer ALBANY, N.Y. – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a $25 million reduction to programs that fight cancer, diabetes and other public health challenges — a move intended to eliminate inefficiencies that is being fought by some lawmakers and health advocates who oppose the cuts.Critics worry the cutbacks in Cuomo’s $152 billion budget proposal represent a reversal for a Democratic governor who last year made cancer screenings a key issue after his longtime companion, celebrity chef Sandra Lee, successfully overcame breast cancer.Lee was by Cuomo’s side last summer when he signed legislation ordering hospitals to expand hours when mammograms are offered and requiring insurance companies to eliminate deductibles and co-pays for the screening and other diagnostic tests. He also approved $16 million in annual funding dedicated to breast cancer screenings, money that wouldn’t be affected by the proposed cuts.Lawmakers and public health advocates say they are opposed to the proposed cuts to funding that supports screenings for cervical and colorectal cancer as well.“It’s a vital service,” said Julie Hart, government relations director for the American Cancer Society in New York. “Over 25,000 New Yorkers received a free screening in the past year thanks to that program.”The administration notes that it would be up to state health officials to make pinpointed reductions to obsolete or inefficient programs, and that it’s possible some individual programs could even see increased funding taken from other less valuable initiatives.“Our proposal consolidates outdated and duplicative appropriations so we can direct more resources to our health care priorities – which include preventing and treating cancer and other diseases,” said Robert Mujica, Cuomo’s budget director. He said that when Medicaid spending is included overall spending on health care is up in Cuomo’s budget proposal.The 39 different programs facing cuts also include ones that support poison control, teen pregnancy prevention as well as efforts to fight obesity, diabetes, sickle cell anemia, childhood asthma and other conditions. Cuomo has called for a 20 per cent reduction overall, equal to just under $25 million.Some lawmakers from Cuomo’s own party don’t buy the administration’s explanation. Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat, said the decisions about which health programs are cut and which ones are not should be discussed in public with lawmakers before they vote on the budget.“He’ll say, ‘I’m not cutting any individual program … I’m just giving the agency the discretion to move around money,’” she told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “These are individual funding streams for important things.”An analysis of the proposal by Democrats in the state Assembly found that if the cuts are administered evenly, the program supporting a variety of cancer screenings would take a $4.9 million hit. Programs targeting obesity and diabetes would lose nearly $1.5 million, while efforts to prevent teen pregnancy would see $2.1 million in cuts.Lawmakers hope to approve a state budget by April 1. FILE – In this June 27, 2016, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs legislation concerning breast cancer screenings with his girlfriend Sandra Lee standing behind him, during a breast cancer awareness motorcycle event in New York. Following Lee’s successful battle with breast cancer Gov. Cuomo called for big investments to fight cancer last year, but now seeks to cut $25 million from public health programs that pay to fight cancer, diabetes and other conditions. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) by David Klepper, The Associated Press Posted Feb 22, 2017 4:14 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 22, 2017 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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High speed robot takes slowmotion video to the next level

first_imgThere may be a reason to actually watch commercials on television again. That is, as long as they are created by “The Marmalade,” a German studio that has created a new high speed robot named “Spike” that is capable of capturing some mind-blowing slow motion shots.Traditionally, high speed video capture is done using a stationary camera that captures an event happening literally in the blink of an eye. When the footage is slowed down you are able to witness detail you wouldn’t otherwise get to see. While this method has created some high-quality visuals, The Marmalade realized the constraints of the technique as a limitation to creativity, and so sought out a way to break through the normal paradigm.Borrowing from the virtual cameras employed inside 3D modeling software, engineers for the studio set out to create a robot that could use the same methodology in the real world. The result was a robot that can move at virtually any speed desired and is driven by a custom piece of software that users can employ to dictate the robot’s movements on the fly. As you witnessed in the video above, Spike is capable of moving its camera in ways that reveal a totally novel way of looking at motion events in the real world.The effects that The Marmalade has come up with are so good that they are often mistaken for computer generated graphics. Indeed watching the trailer that the studio made it’s hard to believe that everything seen is something that actually happened.spike1spike1Spike robot and cameraspike3spike4spike5Read more at The Marmalade’s site via PetaPixellast_img read more

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Juventus ready to sell Miralem Pjanic

first_imgJuventus are now prepared to sell star midfielder Miralem Pjanic this summer with both Barcelona and Manchester City interested, claims Yahoo SportThe Serie A champions have decided to part with Pjanic this summer in a bid to bolster their finances following Cristiano Ronaldo’s €112m arrival from Real Madrid earlier this month.Pjanic is believed to have an asking price of around €80m and has been strongly linked with a departure from the Old Lady lately with City believed to be the frontrunners for his services after missing out on Jorginho to Premier League rivals Chelsea.While satisfied with his midfield options, City boss Pep Guardiola may still be interested in launching a bid for a player of the calibre of Pjanic.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The Bosnia international is not the only one set to leave Turin due to Ronaldo’s arrival with Juventus looking to offload a number of high profile players in order to balance their books once more.Gonzalo Higuain and Daniele Rugani have both been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea, while Barcelona have also been linked with a move for Pjanic.The La Liga champions are still looking to bolster their midfield options for the new season due to the departure of club legend Andres Iniesta and Paulinho.And it appears that Barcelona are ready to rival the big-spending City for the signature of Pjanic, who scored five goals and made eight assists in 31 Serie A appearances last season.last_img read more

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US Air Force copter crashes in England killing 4

first_imgLONDON — A U.S. Air Force Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in the coastal marshes of eastern England during a training mission on Tuesday night, killing all four crew members aboard, officials said. The helicopter crashed at about 6 p.m. local time near Salthouse on the Norfolk coast, a statement from the U.S. Air Force said. The aircraft was based at the nearby Royal Air Force station in Lakenheath, Suffolk County, which hosts USAF units and personnel.The helicopter, assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing, was flying low at the time of the crash, the statement added.In Washington, a U.S. defense official said the accident killed the four U.S. Air Force crew members aboard. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the crash publicly. Local police in Norfolk County also said they believed all four crew had died. Family members will be notified before details about the victims are released.Emergency workers from the fire brigade, coast guard and police responded the scene. Police in Norfolk County believed ammunition was onboard the helicopter, and the scene was cordoned off so that experts could ensure the area was safe. Apart from the crew, nobody was put in any danger, police said. It is not yet known what caused the accident.Pave Hawks — a modified version of the better-known Black Hawks — are mostly used for combat search and rescue missions, mainly to recover downed air crew members or other personnel during war and other hostile situations. They typically practice flying low and fast, often at altitudes of hundreds, rather than thousands, of feet. Pave Hawks have been deployed in numerous missions, including to Japan in the wake of the tsunami in 2011 and to the southern U.S. after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. They also support military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.last_img read more

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