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Three killed in Panchayat board formation at Bengal’s Amdanga

first_imgViolence over panchayat board formation claimed three more lives in Amdanga area of West Bengal North 24 Parganas district on Wednesday. Overnight violence was precipitated over panchayat board formation a Taraberia gram panchayat in the area. Two of those killed are supporters of Trinamool Congress, while the other person was an activist of Communist Party of India (Marxist). Supporters of both TMC and CPI(M) made allegations that they were targeted on Tuesday night by supporters of the rival parties with crude bombs. Six persons have sustained injuries and are admitted to R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital.The board formation at the panchayat has been deferred for indefinite period due to the violence. The Officer-in-charge of Amdanga police station Manas Das has been removed.“Police has conducted search and three arms, ten bullets and about 200 crude bombs. Ten persons have been arrested,” Inspector General, South Bengal, West Bengal Police Neeraj Singh said.The Supreme Court on August 24 ruled out re-poll on the 20% panchayat seats that were won uncontested by the ruling Trinamool Congress. Since then violence over forming panchayat board have been reported from several districts both in the north and south of the State. At least six people had died in the violence till Tuesday evening.last_img read more

Sexual arms race gave male beetles sticky feet

first_imgMale diving beetles need fancy footwork to catch a mate. Females in the aquatic beetle family Dytiscidae thrash around to dislodge pursuing suitors, requiring males to use adhesive hairlike structures on their feet to mount them. Scientists believe this chaotic copulation sparked an evolutionary arms race where some male diving beetles evolved circular suckers on their feet in place of the grooved spatula-shaped structures more commonly found on other beetles. To find out whether the suckers provide a tighter grip, a research team removed legs from sedated male diving beetles and measured the force required to pry the adhesive structures from smooth surfaces. The circular suckers withstood seven times more horizontal force than the primitive spatula-shaped structures and offered stronger long-term underwater adhesion, the team reports online today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. The researchers believe both structures could inspire improved designs for underwater attachment mechanisms used by scuba divers and maritime salvagers.last_img read more

Wanted to represent India in taekwondo, ended up with amputated limbs instead

first_imgThis state-level taekwondo player had a dream of representing India in the combat sport. But Rajan Gupta’s dreams were shattered in a flash.ATTACKOn June 21, assailants opened fire at him and his father at Delhi’s Bhajanpura area over a festering land dispute. His father died in the attack and the 16-year-old was hospitalised with four bullets lodged in his feet and hip.Days later, the taekwondo hopeful lies hapless on his bed at the trauma centre of AIIMS. Surgeons have amputated his legs to save his life. NO EMERGENCY TREATMENT His mother Sonam Gupta alleges her son received no emergency treatment in time. The day the assault took place, the teen was hospitalised almost 14 hours after being shot, she alleged.Her friend, Rani, accused the police and hospital authorities of delaying the victim’s treatment over paperwork. Rajan Gupta wanted to play for India, she said. But now, he has to live in this condition, that too under the fear he could be targeted again, Rani added.The June 21 firing wasn’t the first instance of deadly firing on the Guptas, the family alleges. Last year, assailants had shot Rajan’s elder brother, Vishal, dead. The police is yet to make arrests in the June 21 assault.ALSO READ:  To hell and back: Dutee Chand amazing story as she attempts to conquer Riolast_img read more

Nico Rosberg wins Japanese Grand Prix to widen lead over Lewis Hamilton

first_imgMercedes driver Nico Rosberg capitalised on a slow start by team-mate Lewis Hamilton to win the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday and widen his lead in the Formula One drivers’ championship.Rosberg, who started from pole position, controlled the race throughout and finished 4.9 seconds ahead of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, who held off Hamilton in close racing over the final few laps.With four races remaining Rosberg holds a 33-point lead over Hamilton.Hamilton, who started second, made another of the poor starts which has been among Mercedes few weak points this season, and dropped back to eighth on the opening lap.The result clinched the constructors’ championship for Mercedes for the third year running.last_img read more

Simeone has ‘positive feelings’ over Gimenez fitness

first_imgDiego Simeone is confident Atletico Madrid will be able to rely on the services of defender Jose Gimenez in Saturday’s derby clash with Real Madrid despite suffering an injury on Tuesday.The Uruguay international was withdrawn 39 minutes into Atletico’s comfortable 3-0 win over promoted Huesca with what the club have described as “muscular discomfort”.Beating Huesca secured a third successive victory for Atletico across all competitions, meaning they go to the Santiago Bernabeu in good form after beginning the season rather shakily. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Losing Gimenez – who has started four times in LaLiga this term – would be a blow to their chances, but Simeone is optimistic about his chances of featuring.”We will see him tomorrow [Wednesday], but we have positive feelings that he will be fine for Saturday’s derby,” he said.Atletico won just one of their first five matches – in 90 minutes – of the season across all fronts, but they are now starting to pick up form.And Simeone is feeling confident heading to the Bernabeu for the first league derby of the season.”We are growing in the associative game, we press more together,” he said. “Against Eibar we already showed improvement, then better against Monaco and even better again against Getafe. This first time was strong and I hope that Saturday is like that.”We arrive [at the derby] with good results. We hope to manage the days left with the right efforts to get there.” 93’ | 3-0 |  Full-time. Great job, boys! #AúpaAtleti #AtletiHuesca pic.twitter.com/fh9Q6usXsW — Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 25, 2018 Simeone also applauded Atletico’s supporters for their reception of Huesca coach Leo Franco, who played as a goalkeeper for the club for five years, one alongside his Argentinian compatriot.”I wish him well,” Simeone said. “It was nice that the fans remembered his time at the club.”Hopefully, Huesca will move forward, transmitting everything he has learned in those years.”last_img read more

10,000-run-mark was on my mind, wanted it so badly: Chris Gayle

first_imgJamaican powerhouse and Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Chris Gayle said he was privileged to be the first batsman in history to score 10,000 runs in T20 cricket.Gayle signalled his return to form with a 38-ball 77 to help Royal Challengers Bangalore post a mammoth 213/2 against Gujarat Lions at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Tuesday.Put into bat, the visitors got off to a thunderous start with Gayle and skipper Virat Kohli (64) putting on 122 runs in 13 overs as the Gujarat bowlers failed to find an answer to the onslaught.Kedar Jadhav (38 not out of 16 balls) and Travis Head (30 not out of 16) then finished off the proceedings in style with a 54-run unbeaten third wicket stand.Coming into the match, just 3 runs short of becoming the first batsman to get 10,000 T20 runs, Gayle reached the landmark slicing a good length delivery from pacer Basil Thampi through point down to third man for a single .There was no looking back from there on as the West Indian turned on the heat, dealing mostly in fours and sixes.”It was great fun. Good to be back. I wanted this so badly. 10,000 runs was on my mind. It’s a privilege to actually be the first to score 10,000 T20 runs. Pleased to get 77 runs. Hopefully we can finish off with a win tonight. It (10,000 runs milestone) was actually playing on my mind a bit but I thought it’s time to have a go and it eventually it paid off,” Gayle told Brett Lee in the post-innings interview.advertisementGayle, who struck 7 sixes and 5 fours during his knock, said hitting sixes comes naturally to him.”It (hitting sixes) is not really premeditated, comes naturally to me. Want to thank all the franchises and West Indies. I want to keep entertaining and get a few more thousand runs.”Gayle also praised Kohli.”Virat batted well. Great partnership between Kedar Jadhav and Travis Head. Hopefully the bowlers can utilize the wicket. variation is key on this wicket,” he said.last_img read more

KL Rahul, Karn Sharma added to Board President’s XI squad against New Zealand

first_imgBatsman KL Rahul and leg-spinner Karn Sharma have been added to the Board President’s XI squad that will take on New Zealand in the warm-up games at the Cricket Club of India (CCI), Mumbai.Karn has been called as a replacement for injured Rajasthan youngster Rahul Chahar.The Black Caps will play two warm-up games against Board President’s XI on October 17 and October 19, before the three-match ODI series against India beginning October 22.Board President’s XI team: Shreyas Iyer (C), KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Karun Nair, Gurkeerat Mann, Prithvi Shaw, Shivam Chaudhary, Milind Kumar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Karn Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Avesh Khan.last_img read more

Javed Miandad blasts PCB, says no need to ‘beg’ India for bilateral cricket

first_imgJaved Miandad believes Pakistan Cricket Board should be focusing more on improving the structure of cricket in the country rather than chasing a bilateral series with India.”They don’t want to play with us so be it. Our cricket will not die if we don’t play with India. We should move on and forget about them,” Miandad told the media at a function in Karachi.The veteran of 124 Tests said there was no need for the PCB to “beg” the BCCI for bilateral matches.”They haven’t played against us in the last 10 years, so what? Has our cricket gone down? no we have done well. The Champions Trophy win is an example. Cricket cannot die in Pakistan. We have also survived without international cricket at home since 2009,” he pointed out.India and Pakistan have not played bilateral cricket since 2012 owing to political tensions between the two countries after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. The former captain urged the PCB to manage its finances better.”Today the PCB is financially stable but there is a need for proper accountability of where the money that comes from the ICC is spent.”There is a need to reduce the administrative expenses of the board and get rid this army of advisors, consultants and employees. The PCB can easily function without paying such heavy salaries to an over-sized staff,” he said.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Tom Brady In ‘Midst of My Career’ at 37, Set on More Super Bowl Titles

first_img___TweetPinShare0 Shares PHOENIX — Tom Brady knows what’s next: more Super Bowl wins.At least he hopes so.The most successful quarterback of his era was still riding the high of his fourth NFL championship on the morning after New England’s 28-24 victory over Seattle. Brady had every right to look back at his four touchdown passes against the NFL’s top-ranked defense and beam. Instead, he was looking ahead.“I am still kind of in the midst of my career,” Brady said Monday before being presented with a car and his third Super Bowl MVP trophy, tying him with his boyhood idol, Joe Montana. “I just love the game. I love playing. I love representing our team.”That team — or previous versions of the Patriots he has quarterbacked — won three Super Bowls in four years, then lost in its next two trips to the big game. Brady knows how close the Patriots came to a third straight flop against the NFC champion, needing an interception with 20 seconds to go to clinch the crown.“We’ve been on the other end of this two times in the last seven years, being ahead late in the game with the chance to win it, and not closing it out,” Brady said of losses in 2008 and 2012 to the New York Giants. “I’m glad we had the opportunity to do it. Coach talked all week about how it was going to take all 60 minutes and it certainly did.“It never broke our will. We were down 10 in the fourth quarter and (Seattle) being on the 1-yard line with 20 seconds left, but the guys never gave up. And you fight until the end and great things happen.”Brady knows all about great things, obviously. A two-time league MVP, he threw for four touchdowns against the NFL’s stingiest defense, and led a comeback from a 10-point deficit through three quarters. He connected on all eight of his throws on the decisive drive that ended with a 3-yard TD pass to Julian Edelman.Brady is 37 and has said he hopes to play well into his 40s, and he works hard to stay in top physical shape. So he doesn’t see his winning toss to Edelman as his final Super Bowl moment.But he certainly recognizes how difficult the journey is.“Yeah, absolutely,” he said. “I was a young kid when we won those first three. I know in ’04 after we beat the Eagles, I was like, ‘I’m just ready for this to be over, get the offseason started,’ just because we had experienced it. Obviously, with some perspective of that game, it’s a hard thing to get here and then it’s a hard thing to win the game.“Playing against the other best team, obviously, one play here, one play there, all things change, and we’ve been on the other end of that, too. So I’m just proud that we really got a chance to finish it out.”His coach, Bill Belichick, recognizes the value of a likely first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback running his offense. When the Patriots were being dominated by the Seahawks in the third quarter Sunday, Belichick understood that if they could keep it close, they had the closer.“He’s a great player,” Belichick said. “It’s been a great privilege to coach Tom for the last 15 years, 14 years as starting quarterback. We have a great relationship. We meet on a regular basis weekly several times.“I can’t think of a more deserving player than Tom to be the recipient of the accolades that he has this week, and particularly last night and today here. He’s our leader. He competes as well as any player I’ve ever coached. He’s well-prepared. He has great poise and great presence. He may not always be perfect, as it is for any of us. We all have our moments, but Tom, like many other players on our team, is the guy that fights to the end and competes until the end.“There’s no player I respect more for that than Tom. That’s been a great pillar of strength for our football team for the past decade and a half.”And, according to Brady, for a while into the future. BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writerlast_img read more

Steve Hansen says England against All Blacks is ‘even bigger’ than Lions tour

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Hansen dismissed any lingering hangover from that incident for Williams, making what appeared to be a sly jibe about Farrell’s controversial tackle against the Springboks last Saturday.“Sonny doesn’t have any demons and he’s got no devils running around in his head,” Hansen said, shaking his head. “Yes he was disappointed, obviously. He did a shoulder charge which hit someone in the chops and got red-carded and rightly so. You just want consistency in that don’t you?”Given England’s lengthy casualty list and the fact New Zealand named their strongest available side missing only the prop Joe Moody, who lacerated an eyelid in training on Tuesday, Hansen’s side are heavily favoured to hand Eddie Jones defeat.“I don’t know who is writing them off, you’d be foolish to do that. Does it put pressure on us? No. There’s already pressure on us. The one constant thing about being in the All Blacks is you’re under pressure,” he added.“You’re expected to win every Test match you play and win it really well. Once you come to realise that, life becomes a little easier. It does at times give you an advantage because when other teams are put under pressure of having to win big games they haven’t experienced that as much as maybe we have.” 15 Damian McKenzie; 14 Ben Smith, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane; 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith; 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 2 Codie Taylor, 3 Owen Franks, 4 Sam Whitelock, 5 Brodie Retallick, 6 Liam Squire, 7 Ardie Savea, 8 Kieran Read (capt).Replacements Dane Coles, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Nepo Laulala, Scott Barrett, Matt Todd, TJ Perenara, Richie Mo’unga, Ryan Crotty Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Show Support The Guardian Was this helpful? Read more Share on Pinterest New Zealand rugby union team Autumn internationals Rugby union Quick guide New Zealand team to play England at Twickenham on Saturday The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Hide Thank you for your feedback. Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Topics England rugby union team Steve Hansen The drawn Lions series, the only major blemish of Hansen’s seven-year reign, will clearly serve as motivation for New Zealand at Twickenham. Frequently reminded of the 1-1 result of the series, the All Blacks meet England and Ireland, both of whom feature many familiar faces from the Lions, over the next two weeks.“I think it’s even bigger than that actually,” Hansen said of the Test at Twickenham after naming the 23 for the match. “The Lions tour has made it bigger because we weren’t successful in only drawing the series. That, to us, wasn’t successful. That’s made this week have a sharper edge to it, which is good.”While England’s leading Lions – Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje, Ben Te’o, Elliot Daly and Jamie George – will attempt to implement the experience acquired from their New Zealand excursion last year, the All Blacks are confident the necessary adjustments have been made.“We did a lot of looking back at the time,” Hansen said. “That year you can look at it and say the Lions series was a gift because there were a lot of things we didn’t do well. We haven’t wasted much time looking back at it over the last few weeks, no. If the first match between England and New Zealand in four years needed any injection of hype then the All Blacks coach, Steve Hansen, delivered it when he suggested that Saturday’s encounter is bigger than last year’s British & Irish Lions tour. “The Lions series hasn’t been great for English rugby in that a lot of players have come back and gone straight back into club footy and there’s been a lot of injuries. It’s hard to get momentum when you’re changing your squad all the time. They beat South Africa the other day so you’d have to say they’re on the up.”Rush defence was one area in which the Lions found success and the New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett is expecting England to try to replicate such systems to close down his time and space.“We’ve learned a bit from that and we think the approach may be similar,” Barrett said. “No doubt England would have got pieces from that series and will look to bring those into this Test match. It’s exciting. We’re playing England, not the Lions, we have to remember that so we’re up for it.”In many ways the Lions series turned on its head in the second Test in Wellington, where the All Blacks inside-centre Sonny Bill Williams was sent off in the 25th minute. The Lions went on to win that tense match 24-21, with the decider then drawn at Eden Park. 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Tite upset ‘top-three player’ Neymar is injured

first_imgTite is upset Neymar will sit out the Copa America through injury as the Brazil head coach described him as the third-best player in the world behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Hosts Brazil will be without Neymar for the upcoming Copa America, which starts on June 14, after the star forward suffered an ankle injury in Wednesday’s 2-0 friendly win over Qatar.Neymar is facing four weeks on the sidelines after being reassessed by Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday, with Brazil drafting in Willian as a replacement. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘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? It is a blow for Tite and Brazil, who are seeking their ninth Copa title and first since 2007 following the Selecao’s group-stage exit in 2016.Asked about Neymar prior to Sunday’s final warm-up match against Honduras, Tite told reporters: “My feelings [in relation to Neymar] is of concern for the human side and for him to be in good health.”And second, I have concern and regret not having a player of his quality, he is a top-three player in the world. For me, apart from Messi and Ronaldo, he compares to [Eden] Hazard, but he has an advantage over Hazard, they think the same way, but he [Neymar] runs the plays faster.”He is the player that we ask for. I’m talking about the athlete, not all the other circumstances behind it. I told him that. And that’s my opinion.”Treino aberto da #SeleçãoBrasileira está rolando no Beira Rio. Tite comanda trabalho tático em campo reduzido #TRSeleçãoDia18 #JogaBola #CopaAmérica pic.twitter.com/Tcy12TetzI — CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 8, 2019 Neymar’s absence comes amid a rape allegation against the PSG forward following an incident in the French capital on May 15.Neymar vehemently denies the accusation and posted an Instagram video on June 2, in which he claimed the allegations are an attempt to “extort” him.The 27-year-old revealed private messages he said were exchanged between himself and the woman, which included intimate photos. The Computer Crime Investigation Office (DRCI) in Rio de Janeiro opened an investigation following the release of the pictures and Neymar was summoned to answer questions on Thursday.”It is clear the situations that happen out of the field affects us, with all the people involved in the Selecao,” Tite said. “But you asked about the news… Inside our team we give much more attention to our work, to train well, and prepare for the next games. “Of course other things happen – I know you’re talking about Neymar, but this is related to everyone. The players we select, the line-up, the set pieces, the ball possession, our aggressiveness and verticalization. There are other important things to worry about. Because our responsibility is to play well, be consistent and have good results. Creativity, consistency and results… No matter what the news is or is going to be.”Brazil will open the tournament against Bolivia in Sao Paulo on Friday before facing Venezuela (June 18) and Peru (June 22) in Group A.last_img read more

Report US Crude Shipments to China Grind to a Halt

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The ongoing trade tensions between the world’s two super powers, China and the United States, have resulted in the complete freeze of U.S crude oil shipments to China, Reuters reports citing the President of China Merchants Energy Shipping Co (CMES) Xie Chunlin as saying.Speaking at the the sidelines of the Global Maritime Forum’s Annual Summit in Hong Kong, Xie said that before the trade war the business was blooming, but now the situation has changed drastically.“We are one of the major carriers for crude oil from the U.S. to China. Before (the trade war) we had a nice business, but now it’s totally stopped,” Reuters cited him as saying.Even though crude oil was exempted from the tit-for-tat tariffs imposed by the two countries recently, the halting of shipments is direct byproduct of the brewing tensions.The move is being reported two months after China International United Petroleum & Chemicals Co. (Unipec), a wholly-owned subsidiary of China’s oil major Sinopec, suspended imports of crude oil from the United States amid ongoing trade tensions between the two countries.The halt was expected to be lifted in October.It is not clear what might be further implications on oil trade between the two countries, but as tensions get heightened, the tanker market could be impacted heavily.This is in particular important having in mind that China was responsible for 25 pct of all U.S. seaborne crude oil exports in terms of volumes in 2017, as indicated earlier by BIMCO.According to Xie,  the trade dispute was forcing China to seek soybeans from suppliers other than the United States, mainly from South America.In mid September, China slapped U.S. with tariffs on USD 60 billion of imported US products as a counter-attack to the latest levies related to USD 200 billion worth of Chinese goods announced by the Trump Administration on September 17.Chinese tariffs apply to products ranging from liquefied natural gas to certain types of aircraft as well as cocoa powder and frozen vegetables. The tariffs would be set at 5 and 10 percent.In the 12 months up until June 2018, China was the second largest buyer of US LNG, accounting for 3 mmtpa of US LNG, according to Giles Farrer, research director at Wood Mackenzie. However, as the US-China trade dispute escalated, Chinese buyers have gradually reduced purchases of US LNG.He explained that the impact on the short term market is likely to be less than previously indicated, partly because the level of the tariff is lower than initially proposed, but also because China is believed to have already completed the majority of its procurement for winter.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Bumi Armada Sells VLCC Armada Ulysses

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Malaysia-based Bumi Armada has reached an agreement to dispose of a very large crude carrier (VLCC), according to data provided in the company’s third quarter of 2018 financial report.The vessel in question is the 1999-built VLCC Armada Ulysses, which was held as an FPSO conversion candidate, Bumi Armada explained.Due to the sale of the 310,100 dwt tanker, the company recognised a non-cash impairment of MYR 41.4 million (USD 9.86 million) in its FPO business.The group’s revenue for the third quarter of 2018 reached MYR 588 million, dropping by 8.3% from MYR 641.4 million reported in the same period a year earlier.Net loss for the period was at MYR 502.8 million, as compared to a net profit of MYR 123.7 million seen in the third quarter of 2017.last_img read more

George Michael Auctions Dog Photos To Benefit Animal Home

first_imgGeorge Michael is auctioning a patchwork photo wall used during his Symphonica tour to benefit an animal rescue home.George Michael’s Dog Photo WallThe photo wall was set up in the communal area at each show on the singer’s tour, and features photos of the dogs belonging to all of the touring personnel – including George’s own dogs, Abbey and Meg. George set the wall up so that all of his crew could see their pets every day they were away on tour.The auction will benefit the Mayhew Animal Home in London. Established in 1886, Mayhew is currently one of the busiest and most effective animal welfare organizations in the city. Find out more here.The auction runs until October 22, and can be accessed via eBay.last_img read more

Lumsden making push for Sochi

Jesse Lumsden is ready to make a push for the podium at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Lumsden is expected to be confirmed as the brakeman for pilot Chris Spring on one of Canada’s two-man sleds and will also take part in the 4 man. Lumsden is at home in Burlington for the holidays before jetting to Europe to join his Olympic mates.Natalie Marconi has more in this report.

What will the postPryor era look like at Ohio State

Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has taken his last snap in Scarlet and Gray. Many Buckeye fans were done with Pryor. They wanted him out, wanted to turn a new page. But in a much harsher reality, problems are far from resolved for the Ohio State football program. Interim head coach Luke Fickell, athletic director Gene Smith and President E. Gordon Gee have until July 5 to provide responses to 42 inquiries from the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations addressed to Gee April 21. University representatives – including former head coach Jim Tressel and Fickell – are scheduled to meet with the Committee on Infractions on Aug. 12. The problems not only apply to off-the-field problems, but there is now a touchdown-producing hole in the defending Big Ten champions’ offense. In the 2010 season, Pryor accounted for 2,272 passing yards, 754 rushing yards and 31 total touchdowns. In addition to Pryor missing the entire season, five other players are already suspended for a portion of the season. The NCAA suspended Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, offensive lineman Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas for the first five games of the upcoming season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits from Eddie Rife, owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor. Linebacker Jordan Whiting earned a one-game suspension. Former OSU linebacker Brian Rolle tweeted from his account Tuesday, @rolly_polly36, that the constant turmoil Buckeyes everywhere are experiencing is frustrating. “You’ve got to be kidding me TP,” Rolle said on Twitter. “Heartbreak after heartbreak… feels like an abusive relationship.” Where does this leave the remaining Buckeyes? The 2011 OSU squad will begin looking at the four quarterback options for the season. OSU tight end Jake Stoneburner summarized it on his twitter account, @STONEYeleven. “KG, BM, JB, TG… Time to step up fellas. This just got real,” Stoneburner tweeted Tuesday. Stoneburner was referring to Kenny Guiton (KG), Braxton Miller (BM), Joe Bauserman (JB) and Taylor Graham (TG). During the 2011 Spring Game, all four quarterbacks saw playing time and all four put up about comparable numbers. Pryor’s lawyer, Larry James, released a statement on Pryor’s behalf. “In the best interest of my teammates, I’ve decided to forego my senior season at Ohio State,” Pryor said in the statement. A friend of Pryor’s and a star of near-equal stature on campus, Jared Sullinger, tweeted to Pryor from his account, @Jared_Sully0. “We gonna miss you @TPeezy2,” Sullinger tweeted. “Had a great career hopefully that continues at the next level bro.” read more

Veszprem to face Vardar on the road to Cologne

MVM VeszpremRK Vardar ← Previous Story Kielce to EHF CL TOP 8! Next Story → SG Flensburg to chase Kielce for Final4! RK Vardar Skopje and MVM Veszprem will fight for the place at VELUX EHF Champions League Final4. Macedonians had a lot of troubles to outplay Polish Orlen Wisla Plock 25:24 (13:15), but at the end, they did it led by fantastic line-player Alem Toskić (8/8) and Arpad Šterbik, who saved two last shots.First match was ended 30:30.Vardar Skopje – Orlen Wisła Płock 25:24 (13:15)Vardar: Sterbik, Angełow, Milic – Abutović, Brumen 2, Cindrić 3, Dibirow 2, Dujshebaev 4, Gorbok, Karacić 4, Manaskov, Maqueda, Marsenić, Shiskariev 2, Stoiłov, Toskić 8.Orlen Wisła: Corrales 1, Wichary – Daszek 3, de Toledo 3, Ghionea 5, Kwiatkowski, Montoro, Nikcević 3, Pusica, Rocha, Tarabochia, Wiśniewski 2, Żytnikow 7.Much easier afternoon had MVM Veszprem against Motor Zaporozhye 41:28 (22:13) to confirm +5 from the first match 29:24.VESZPRÉM: ALILOVIC – MARGUC 4, Nagy L.  3, SULIC  4, PÁLMARSSON  6, Ilics  5 (2), Ugalde  4, Gödör, Gulyás 3, IVÁNCSIK G. 3, Schuch, NILSSON 7, Rodriguez, Terzic 1, Lékai 1.MOTOR: Komok – Kozakevics 2, Deniszov, Kalaras 1, Seveljev 5, Zsukov 2, Malasinskas 3, Kosevoj, Soroka 5, Selmenko 6, Puhovszkij 3, Doroscsuk 1 (1). read more

WaterPowered Mission To Mars May Be In The Future

first_img[artist’s rendering by Robert Becker] I bet you didn’t think you’d be drinking four cups a day of a fuel that might one day take humans to Mars. Scientists say that a water powered spacecraft could complete a mission to the red planet and back for the cost of a single Space Shuttle launch today. The secret is in solar-powered electrothermal engines, a fancy name for what is essentially a steam jet. The system uses electricity to super-heat water and vent it out of an engine to provide thrust. Meanwhile, water would also be used to shield astronauts from the harmful radiation of space. After that water has been used to protect the inhabitants of the craft, it could later be shifted to the fuel tanks.This type of recycling makes the system extremely efficient to operate; Space.com quotes software engineer and technology entrepreneur Brian McConnell saying that a trip to Mars’s moon Phobos and back would cost $1 billion, or 30 times less than traditional chemical rockets. Plus, with that much water on board, crew members could possibly grow crops and have hot baths. Pretty luxurious for an extra-planetary trip.When the spaceship comes back home, it could be kept in low-earth-orbit to simplify its use in future trips. McConnell sees the vessels being used for several decades before they need to be replaced, similar to the Space Shuttle’s long history of service. With fresh food, hot baths and a low price tag, the water-powered rocket is a pretty attractive vision of the future. And an interesting point of discussion over a nice cool glass of rocket-fuel.[via Space.com]last_img read more

Is the Samsung Galaxy S2 worth it in the US

first_imgOne of these things is not like the other…The event was filled with hands on demos of the Galaxy S2 on AT&T as well as the Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch on Sprint. We knew going into the event that for some reason Verizon was not participating in the Galaxy S2 launch. That doesn’t mean for sure that there’s not going to be one, and the rumor mill is practically vibrating at the notion that Big Red didn’t participate because of the impending “Nexus Prime“. While that’s fun speculation, it is a fact that T-Mobile basically didn’t show up tonight. The press release for the T-Mobile Galaxy S2 phone, believed before the event to be the T-Mobile “Hercules”, was non existent. No specs, no details, no launch date. During the event, the T-Mobile phones were kept under glass boxes and no one was allowed to touch them. The T-Mobile employees that were manning the table explained that there were “special features” to the phone that they weren’t ready to announce. As for what it could be? We have some ideas:NFC: It’s possible that the software for NFC, maybe even Google Wallet, is just not ready yet.Not the same chipset: It has been speculated on a number of occasions that the nVidia Tegra2 chipset would end up in one or more of the Galaxy S2 devices. As the manufacturer of the iPad’s A5 chip, which we’ve heard at length from dozens of sources would be in the next iPhone. If Samsung is unable to manufacture the quantity needed to power both the Exynos volume and the A5 volume, they would turn to nVidia. The Tegra2 chipset has been in Samsung products in the past, so maybe there’s a Tegra 2 hiding in the Magenta GS2? Additionally, it has been speculated that there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon inside, in order to take advantage of the 42mbps HSPA+ network that T-Mobile has been touting recently. The Exynos processors in the AT&T version of the phone are only capable of reaching 21mbps on the same network, so maybe T-Mo just went for the full 4G experience?Quad Band: The Galaxy S2 for Tmo might also be insulated for the switch to AT&T by allowing it to function on both networks. This would mean that AT&T would have three large screened Samsung phones that all look pretty similar. So, is it worth it?Samsung’s future across the world might seem unstable, what with Google’s Motorola deal, Apple breathing down their neck, and the rumors that they might be looking at WebOS. The Galaxy S2 is already a couple of months old in the rest of the world, but the US audience has been clamoring for these phones to hit the US. On September 16, the Galaxy S2 will be a staple in the US market, just in time to become a huge success over the holiday season. Unless, of course, the phone gets usurped by any of the phones we’ve heard are on the way that would upstage it. For example:Verizon didn’t even get a Galaxy S2, and while the speculation is that there’s an LTE one inbound, Big Red also has the Droid Bionic and the superhyped Nexus Prime is suspected to be coming to Verizon. Even if Verizon eventually gets a GS2, would it be drowned out in the noise of newer and potentially better phones?Since no one was able to access the T-Mobile version of the device, there’s nothing to confirm or deny that this is the “Hercules” we have heard so much about in recent weeks. While this phone would certainly be a powerhouse on Magenta for a little while, would Samsung usurp it’s own headlining phone?Ice Cream Sandwich is on its way, and Samsung’s decision to switch to Kies Air gives me both good an bad feelings. The good, as I wrote earlier, comes from being able to have one less group to blame when the time comes to ask about updates. The bad is the added complexity of Kies Air. While yes, Samsung has gone a great deal to simplify their Kies application, it still requires installation, download, and the ability to use the app. There will be at minimum a base of technical knowledge needed to update your device, unless the carriers will let you bring the phone in and they offer to do it for you.All in all, the phones are still some of the best on the market, but Samsung’s update history causes me to question how quickly the phones will have the upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. Unlike the upgrade from 2.2 to 2.3, this version update promises to be significant, dare I say paradigm shifting in terms of the affect it will have on how Android phones get used. Samsung needs to prove that users will not, once again, be left with a brand new outdated phone.samsung galaxy s2 t-mobilesamsung galaxy s2 t-mobilesamsung galaxy s2 frontsamsung galaxy s2 backDSCN4810DSCN4806DSCN4803 Last evening in NYC, Samsung held a press event to launch the highly anticipated US reveal of the Galaxy S2 suite of devices. As the successor to the original, immensely popular Galaxy S phones, this new wave of phones have some pretty big shoes to fill. The parent device to this series, the original Galaxy S2 European version, has been met with tremendous sales and popularity, and it is expected that there will be just as great interest in the US.A worthy successor Compared to the Galaxy S line, these new phones are really amazing. Dual core, super AMOLED+, 4.3-5-inch screens, and crazy thin and light. The specs really are not what make these phones true upgrades of the former line. In order to be a real upgrade, these phones need to improve the things that were broken in the previous devices, and Samsung has done that.GPS: The scourge of the Galaxy S phones remains to this day some of the worst GPS of any Android phone I have ever used. Some versions of the phone got patches that made it better, but still not great. The Sprint and AT&T Galaxy S2 phones we saw last night locked onto GPS inside a building within seconds and stayed connected with no issues.“Bloatware” removal: While not all of the Galaxy S phones have bloatware as bad as others (I am looking at you, Samsung Fascinate), it was a consistent issue that a lot of software on the phones was impossible to remove. The Galaxy S2 devices, on the other hand, come with much less of the unnecessary software, and the software was just as easy to remove as any other app.Kies Air: Samsung’s Kies software has been used in the past to update Samsung phones since before Android, but it got abandoned slightly for the Over The Air promises made with Android. When a device doesn’t get an update in a timely manner, the blame machine gets pointed in every which direction with incredible delays sometimes. By removing the carrier from the equation, Samsung has opted to use their own software solution to update their devices. This could possibly be a move by Samsung towards the update alliance proposed by Google at this year’s IO, but what it will do for sure is remove one less person to blame.last_img read more

Vivo Xplay 3S has a 2K display is the beginning of the

first_imgThe folks at China’s Vivo cackle derisively at your smartphone’s piddly 1080p display. They’ll soon be unveiling the Xplay 3S: the world’s first phone with a 2560×1440 pixel qHD (2K) display.Teaser images that appeared on Sina Weibo recently show the beastly Xplay 3S brain-melting pixel measurements. While the phone’s diagonal size isn’t listed, it’s believed that Vivo may be using the 5.5-inch LG panel that was shown off earlier this year.You may be asking yourself, “What’s the point of a 538 ppi display?” It’s well beyond what our eyes can perceive, but that hardly matters in the smartphone spec war.Vivo knows that rabid technophiles just want to own whatever the best thing is, and they don’t necessarily need to understand why it’s the best.Vivo will get to shout “First!” with the Xplay 3S, and that’s all the motivation a lot of gadget makers need.Whether or not your eyes notice the difference between the Xplay 3S display and the 1080p units in phones like the LG G2 and Galaxy Note 3, Vivo’s competitors certainly will. Make no mistake, smartphone history will repeat itself.Now that one phone is being built with a 2560×1440 display, there will be others. The days of the 1080p smartphone are officially numbered. Do we need a 538 ppi display on our mobiles? Probably not. Would we benefit more if manufacturers stuck with cheaper 1080p displays and spent the extra cash on things like bigger batteries or additional NAND? Absolutely.Does that matter? Nope. It’s all about keeping up with the Joneses, and the Vivo Xplay 3S looks like it’s the new Jonesphone.last_img read more

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