London Olympics: Hope floats for Gutta and Ponappa after 8 badminton players are thrown out for underperforming

first_imgContrary to widespread belief that their appeal has been rejected, India’s ace doubles shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa hopes she and Jwala Gutta would make it to the quarterfinals of the women’s badminton event after four pairs were disqualified from the London Olympics on Wednesday for “not using one’s best efforts to win a match”.”We are not sure what the scenario is right now. We are waiting for the decision and we hope to make it to the quarters. As far as I know, the officials are discussing the issue and we will get to know in some time,” Ashwini said.”We have given our best and that is all we could do,” she added.The meeting of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) is currently underway at the Wembley Arena, the venue for the badminton event.The suspended pairs are: Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang of China; Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari of Indonesia; Jung Kyung Eun and Kim Ha Na of South Korea; and Ha Jung Eun and Kim Min Jung, also of South Korea.However, they are not from Group B, of which the Jwala and Ashwini were a part of. The Indians finished third in their group.Ashwini said they had won more matches than the other teams who are in contention for moving to the quarters.London Olympics chief organiser Sebastian Coe described the incidents as “depressing”, saying “who wants to sit through something like that”.International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said that such incidents were “not acceptable”.advertisementlast_img read more

Weah joins USMNT with new look, boosted confidence

first_imgTim Weah arrived at U.S. national team camp in New Jersey sporting a new look this week. Gone were the braids he wore the last time he was with the team, and that he’d had as recently as his last appearance for Paris Saint-Germain. Instead, he wore a very short haircut that made him look so different that one reporter on Monday began asking him questions about what it was like to be in camp with Tim Weah.The precocious young forward began to answer the question before stopping and saying, “I am Tim Weah.” “I was just sitting in the [barber’s] chair one day and I was like, ‘wow, I need a change,’ so I just cut it off,” Weah said. “And it’s getting hot.” 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! Weah’s haircut isn’t the only thing different as he prepares for the USMNT’s upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Mexico. He has also arrived with an added level of confidence built through the playing time he has earned with PSG in the early part of the season.Even just a couple months ago, few would have envisioned Weah earning the minutes he has in the season’s early going. “As you saw against Bolivia (in May), coming in as a young 18-year-old playing against professionals and playing with professionals that I used to watch,” Weah said. “I came in with a little bit less confidence, and a little bit less swagger because I was kind of holding back. I wanted to play simple.”I’m more confident now,” Weah said. “I’m training every day with the best players so in this camp I really want to show the world and show our supporters what I can really do on the ball. Build plays, spark plays, create plays, score goals. That’s my main goal, racking up on stats. Once I get that no matter what age, 18, 19, 20, I’ll always have that confidence.”Weah is off to an encouraging start to the season at PSG, staying with the French champions despite rumors of potential loan moves. He revealed on Monday that a loan away from PSG was an option, but the 18-year-old made a tough decision that he stands behind.”I was supposed to go on loan earlier this season and I chose not to go,” Weah said. “I chose to stay and work on my game because I feel like under [PSG manager Thomas] Tuchel and the players that we have it’s going to be great for me. My game is going to develop so much and I’m going to mature and I feel like that was the best decision for me.”I don’t want to rush anything,” Weah said. “I’m only 18. But in the future we’ll see. Maybe a loan takes me. Maybe after this year I’ll be a little more comfortable playing professional soccer.”Weah also stayed to continue working with Tuchel, who has taken over at PSG and has already shown the same affinity for giving young players opportunities that he showed while at Borussia Dortmund.”Amazing. One of the best coaches I’ve ever worked with,” Weah said of Tuchel. “Tactically he’s amazing, technically he’s an amazing coach. Without his coaching staff I feel like he wouldn’t be the coach he is. He’s a great person. I love him so much. With the young guys he really shows us that he cares about us. With all the guys he shows us he’s a team guy and he loves his players like they’re his children.”He’s really there for us, and he pushes us to be the best we can be,” Weah said. “He gets angry at us sometimes but we all know it’s for the better. I can’t wait to get more games under Tuchel, and hopefully next season I’ll have a great spot and I’ll be in a good position to eventually take a path like Cavani.”Speaking of PSG, Weah will be standing across the field from one of his club teammates on Friday in Brazilian star Neymar, who will guide a strong Brazil team into Friday’s friendly.”He’s super talented. A great guy. Super confident when he’s on the pitch,” Weah said of Neymar. “You’ve just got to keep your eyes on him and just watch everything that he does because he’s one of the best players in the world and it’s super hard to play against him.”I feel like with the group of guys we have here, with Tyler Adams helping in with the defense from the midfield, and John Brooks, Matt Miazga, [Cameron Carter-Vickers] I feel like, as young guys we can really get the job done.”While some might question the value of friendlies, especially at a time when the team has yet to hire its full-time head coach, Weah makes it clear that the chance to play against high-profile opponents is invaluable for a young group of players who have already put together some encouraging results in 2018, including the 1-1 draw with France in June.”These games, they build confidence,” Weah said. “Playing against World Cup winners, we didn’t know they were going to win the World Cup, but we played our buts off like it was a final for us and we tied France 1-1. These games are completely important to this group because it’s something to build on, and it’s growth, and that’s what we need. We need to really jell together because we do have new guys coming in each camp. The squad is getting younger each camp.”Games like this, playing against Brazil, if we do get a result — and I really feel that we will — it’s going to be a huge confidence builder and it’s going to be great going to Nashville to play Mexico.”last_img read more

Paris Saint-Germain win French Super Cup at Neymar return and Tuchel debut

first_imgNeymar made a winning return to Paris Saint-Germain as they registered a solid 4-0 win over Ligue 1 2017-18 runners-up AS Monaco to claim the French Super Cup at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre on Saturday.Thomas Tuchel got a winning start to his innings as the PSG coach as Angel Di Maria scored a brace to hand The Parisians a record-equalling eighth Super Cup victory.Neymar came to the party only in the 76th minute of the match when PSG were already 3-0 up. He replace Marco Verratti on the field and received a rapturous applause from the crowd.Neymar was not handed a start in the match as he has returned to PSG training only this week following the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Neymar’s strike partners Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani did not travel to China with the rest of the squad. Neymar was introduced into the French Super Cup encounter in the 76th minute. (Getty Images)Italy’s legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who has joined PSG from Juventus only this season, started between the posts but did not have much to do in a game that was absolutely dominated by France’s domestic treble winners.Di Maria had been a lively presence throughout the first half and the Argentine opened the scoring 12 minutes before the break when he capitalised on a foul on Adrien Rabiot to strike a curling free kick over the wall and beyond Diego Benaglio. Angel Di Maria scored a brace to help PSG win the French Super Cup. (AP Photo)Seven minutes later, Christopher Nkunku slotted home PSG’s second from close range as his side took a two-goal cushion into halftime.advertisementMidway through the second half, Timothy Weah put the result beyond doubt when he slipped the ball through Benaglio’s legs from eight yards to make the most of Stanley N’Soki’s darting run and cutback from the touchline.Di Maria, who had begun the assault on Monaco, put the seal on the win in stoppage time when he slotted into the bottom corner.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Rishi Kapoor: Sara Ali Khan sets example of how celebrities should behave at airport

first_imgVeteran actor Rishi Kapoor heaped praises on Sara Ali Khan for setting an example of how celebrities should behave at the airport. While celebrities seem larger than life, sporting airport looks and surrounded by bodyguards, Sara was seen lugging her suitcases without any help.The 23-year-old actor was returning to Mumbai from her trip to Lucknow on Tuesday when she was spotted handling her own luggage, unlike many other celebrities. Among many others who hailed Sara for handling her own luggage was Kapoor, who lauded her on social media.”Wonderful Sara. You set examples how celebrities should behave at the airport. No harm at all tugging your own baggage, no chamchas to receive and the icing on the cake! No dark glasses or an airport look. You show confidence with no insecurities. Atta girl!” he tweeted, quoting a news article.The Kedarnath actor was busy filming for Imtiaz Ali’s upcoming yet-untitled flick in Himachal Pradesh alongside Kartik Aaryan and Randeep Hooda.Rishi, on the other hand, is counting his days to return to India post treatment for an unknown health condition. The veteran actor has been visited by a slew of Bollywood celebrities including Karan Johar, Vicky Kaushal, Boman Irani, Deepika Padukone, Aamir Khan, Alia Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra, Sonali Bendre, and Javed Akhtar.His wife Neetu Kapoor, who is quite active on Instagram, keeps sharing pictures from their huddles.advertisementThe Mulk actor, who went to the US in September last year, was last seen in Jhootha Kahin Ka, which released on July 19.Watch Rishi Kapoor in Jhootha Kahin Ka:ALSO READ | Netizens hail Sara Ali Khan for carrying her own luggage: She doesn’t behave like a star kidALSO READ | Rishi Kapoor on cancer: I had lost 26kg as I had no appetite for the first four monthsALSO READ | Kartik Aaryan is missing someone in new sad picture. Is it Sara Ali Khan, ask fansALSO READ | Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan take a stroll in Shimla with their faces covered. Watch videoALSO WATCH | Sara Ali Khan’s first look from Kedarnath outlast_img read more

CENTER FOR SIOUXLAND CELEBRATES NEW RENOVATIONS

first_imgTHE CENTER FOR SIOUXLAND HAS REMODELED THEIR FACILITY AT 715 DOUGLAS STREET TO BETTER SERVE THEIR CLIENTS.EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JONETTE SPURLOCK SAYS THE MUCH NEEDED BUILDING IMPROVEMENTS ARE THANKS TO DONORS AND A MRHD GRANT:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/CENTER.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……MORE INVITING. ;22WITH THE HOLIDAYS UPON US, THE CENTER IS BUSY PROVIDING FINANCIAL COUNSELING FOR THOSE ON A LIMITED BUDGET:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/CENTER2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….RIGHT NOW. ;13THE SIOUXLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HELD A RIBBON CUTTING TO CELEBRATE THE RENOVATIONS.THE CENTER FOR SIOUXLAND HAS SERVED THE AREA FOR 41 YEARS.last_img read more

Report: Roar 0 Mariners 0

first_imgBrisbane Roar 0 Central Coast Mariners 0: Strugglers stay winless Dejan Kalinic 16:06 11/5/17 ConnorPain - Cropped Getty Images The Central Coast Mariners and Brisbane Roar played out a 0-0 draw in the A-League. Brisbane Roar and the Central Coast Mariners remain winless in the A-League this season after playing out a 0-0 draw on Sunday.Both teams are without a victory through five games after they were unable to find a goal at Suncorp Stadium.Brisbane looked the more likely throughout the first half, but they created few clear-cut chances. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player They gifted the first huge opportunity of the game to the Mariners shortly after the break.A poor giveaway presented a chance to Danny De Silva, but the attacking midfielder’s effort was too narrow and palmed away by Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young.Mariners shot-stopper Ben Kennedy was forced into a low save from Jade North in stoppage time to earn the visitors a point.That was as close as either team came as the Mariners moved up to seventh and Brisbane off the bottom.FULL TIME | After 24 games we have our first 0-0 draw of the 2017/18 season. #BRIvCCM #ALeague pic.twitter.com/P1Onvd4YD1— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) November 5, 2017last_img read more

India tour of West Indies could start in first week of August

first_imgIndia tour of West Indies could start in first week of AugustIndia were scheduled to tour West Indies just after the World Cup final on July 14. However, BCCI wanted the Indian players to have a break before the tour where both the teams are scheduled to play two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiMay 1, 2019UPDATED: May 1, 2019 20:17 IST India will tour West Indies for two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is. (Twitter/@BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSIndia’s tour of West Indies could be pushed back to August first weekThe final dates for the tour will be finalised by CWI at its board meeting on May 13India are scheduled to play two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is with West IndiesIndia’s tour of the West Indies could start in the first week of August as Cricket West Indies has agreed to the BCCI’s request of pushing back the tour of the Caribbean by a couple of weeks.The Indian team was tentatively scheduled to reach the Caribbean island immediately after the World Cup final on July 14. However, the BCCI might have wanted the India players to have a break before the tour, which the CWI was happy to entertain.As per the ICC’s Future Tours Programme, India were scheduled to tour the West Indies after the World Cup for a full tour comprising two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is.According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, the tour is likely to commence in the first week of August and run till September 4. The final dates for the tour along with the venues will be finalised by CWI at its board meeting on May 13.CWI also wanted a clear window for the Caribbean Premier League, which has now also been rescheduled, owing to the shift in the India tour itinerary.Originally, the seventh edition of the CPL was slotted from August 21 to September 27. As per the revised dates, the tournament will now be played between September 4 and October 12.Also Read | Chris Gayle, Andre Russell in West Indies 2019 World Cup squadAlso Read | West Indies have X factor at 2019 ICC World Cup, says coach Floyd ReiferAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow India tour of West IndiesFollow World Cup 2019Follow Caribbean Premier Leaguelast_img read more

MOL Takes Delivery of Newbuild Coal Carrier

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has today taken delivery of the coal carrier Shin Yahagi Maru at Imari Shipyard and Works of Namura Shipbuilding.The vessel, which was jointly developed by Namura Shipbuilding and MOL, will serve Chubu Electric Power’s thermal power plants under a new long-term consecutive voyage service contract.According to MOL, the vessel is a state-of-the-art coal carrier with a wide-beam/shallow-draft configuration and wide range of advanced safety and energy-saving features.The vessel is so-called “Hekinan MAX”, featuring 250 meters length to maximize transport volume to the discharging port, Chubu Electric Power’s Hekinan Thermal Power Plant.The new vessel succeeds the Yahagi Maru, a coal carrier that served Chubu Electric Power for 21 years starting in 1992.last_img read more

Fincantieri’s Performance Bounces Back in Q1

first_imgzoom Italian shipbuilding major Fincantieri has marked a turning point in the first quarter of 2016, returning to the black from losses that were pressuring the shipbuilder’s results from the second half of 2015.Profit before extraordinary and non-recurring income and expenses was EUR 5 million (USD 5.7 million), improving from a net loss of EUR 21 million in the first quarter of 2015. EBITDA was EUR 51 million against EUR 59 million in the corresponding quarter of 2015, with an EBITDA margin of 4.9% compared to 5.3% in Q1 2015.“Today we are presenting a solid set of quarterly results that mark a turning point from the second half of 2015, with which Fincantieri left behind the industry’s longest period of crisis, showing a clear recovery in operating and economic performance,” said Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri’s Chief Executive Officer.Profit for the period was EUR 0.3 million against a net loss of EUR 27 million at 31 March 2015.During the first three months of 2016, the group was awarded EUR 713 million in new orders, compared to EUR 85 million in the corresponding period of 2015, with a book-to-bill ratio (order intake/revenue) of 0.7 (0.1 at 31 March 2015).The shipbuilding segment accounted for 90% of the quarter’s order intake before consolidation adjustments (53% in the first quarter of 2015), the offshore segment for 10% (35% in the first quarter of 2015) and the equipment, systems and services segment for 28% (29% in the first quarter of 2015). “We have managed and developed our business with determination in the first few months of 2016, finalizing major agreements, including those with Carnival Corporation and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings for the Regent Seven Seas Cruises brand. The backlog at 31 March demonstrates the group’s ability to continuously transform into firm contracts the major commercial negotiations that a year ago, being still in progress, were included in the soft backlog. The total backlog remains at record levels, having exceeded EUR 19 billion at the end of the first quarter,” Bono added.“The important operational and economic objectives achieved in the first few months of 2016 allow us to confirm the Business Plan’s targets in terms of revenue growth, increased profitability, cash generation and shareholder remuneration.”Since the beginning of the year, Fincantieri delivered three cruise ships, including two prototypes, namely the Koningsdam for Holland America Line and the Carnival Vista for Carnival Cruise Lines, which were  delivered in the same week at two different yards. Several naval and offshore vessels were also delivered during the quarter.  Overall, the deliveries in the first four months of 2016 generated cash inflows totaling some EUR 1.9 billion.For the remainder of 2016, the group confirmed the guidance for 2016 outlined in the Business Plan 2016-2020, i.e. revenue growth of 4-6%, an EBITDA margin of around 5% and a positive net result.As for the shipbuilding segment, the solid results for the first quarter of 2016 support the company’s expectation of margins recovery in the remainder of the year from the levels seen in the final quarters of 2015.As for the offshore segment, 2016 is still characterized by a widespread and protracted market crisis entailing problems for all industry players, with a significant number of OSV owners embarking on restructuring processes with a consequent rise in counterparty risk. To confront this market situation, the subsidiary VARD is carrying on the actions to diversify and reorganize itself and is now working with clients and financial institutions to secure the current order book, Fincantieri said.Finally, the company’s equipment, systems and services segment is expected not only to see further growth in volumes in 2016, but also to confirm the positive margins recorded in the previous year.last_img read more

WorldRenowned Expert Conducting Education System Administrative Review

first_imgThe province has hired Avis Glaze, an internationally recognized expert, to review its education administrative model. The review will look at how public schools are administered, including elected school boards and their central office administration, along with administration at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Ms. Glaze served as Ontario’s education commissioner and senior adviser to the Minister of Education. She was the province’s first chief student achievement officer and founding CEO of the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat. She was awarded the Order of Ontario, as well as many international awards, for her contributions to education. She has extensive experience in system and school improvement having worked with educators in almost 50 countries. She was sent to South Africa by the Canadian government to assist with education reform and national reconstruction and has assisted with education reform in New Zealand. Most recently, she was invited to assist Scotland with its system and school improvement. She has also been a classroom teacher, special education teacher, guidance counsellor, administrator and a faculty of education professor. “This review is about ensuring our system is working as well as it can for the maximum benefit of our students,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “It’s been two decades since we’ve taken a look at our administrative model. I believe we could benefit from the breadth and depth of experience that Avis will bring to bear on a review.” “Nova Scotia is one of the school systems internationally that is doing innovative work,” said Ms. Glaze. “It believes in continuous improvement and puts students at the centre of all it does. The system is serious about working collaboratively with partners to improve the life chances of students and the prosperity of the province. “I have no doubt with the efforts that are being instituted, that by all measures Nova Scotia will be a world-class education system ” The review will begin immediately with a final report submitted to the Department by Dec. 31. “Together with the work of the Commission on Inclusive Education and the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions, the administrative review is another way we’re working to make our education system better for our kids,” said Mr. Churchill. To view the terms of reference for the review, visit www.ednet.ns.ca/adminreview . For a biography of Ms. Glaze go to avisglaze.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/AVIS-GLAZE-FULL-PAGE-BIO-2016.pdf .last_img read more

Prince Harry Attends Landmine Free World 2025 Reception

first_imgPrince Harry attended The Landmine Free World 2025 Reception at Kensington Palace to mark International Mine Awareness Day.The Reception was hosted by the world’s two leading landmine charities, Mines Advisory Group (MAG) and The HALO Trust, who aim to free the world of landmines by 2025.“I have seen first-hand the work of demining field teams in Cahora Bassa, Mozambique and Cuito Cuanavale, Angola and can attest to their discipline, expertise and determination,” said Prince Harry. “MAG and HALO alone have a combined workforce of 9,000 people – almost all from mine-affected communities. They, and other organisations, have the knowledge, experience and capability to realise the Treaty’s vision by 2025 or sooner.“It would take just an additional £100m each year until 2025 – the cost of a star signing for some professional football teams – to clear the world’s most affected countries of landmines; countries such as Afghanistan, Cambodia and Sri Lanka, where the debris from bygone wars denies men and women the ability to cultivate their land, feed their children and re-build their lives.“I applaud the Secretary of State and our government for their bold commitment to supporting this vital work with additional funding. I hope this example will be seen by the international community as a reminder of the commitments made in 1997 and that other countries will redouble their efforts. The sooner we are able to clear all remaining landmines the less chance there is of innocent lives being lost or changed forever.”The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty was signed 20 years ago in order to prevent the use and production of landmines across the world – but there are still countries contaminated with the devices.Several key figures in the signing of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty attended the reception, alongside other senior representatives of governments who support international mine action.The Chief Executive of MAG, Jane Cocking, and The HALO Trust Chief Executive, James Cowan, spoke before introducing Prince Harry and Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel.Prince Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, was closely involved in raising awareness about landmines, visiting Angola and Bosnia, two countries heavily affected.In the year marking the twentieth anniversary of The Princess’ death, Prince Harry is pleased to recognise his mother’s work and the progress which has been made by MAG, HALO, the UK Government and other organisations.“Twenty years ago, in the last months of her life, my mother campaigned to draw attention to the horrific and indiscriminate impact of landmines,” said Prince Harry. “She visited affected areas such as Huambo in Angola and Travnik in Bosnia. She heard how people in these communities lived in constant fear that each step may be their last. She met with those who had suffered life changing injuries as a result of anti-personnel mines, she listened to their stories, and helped share them with the world.”Prince Harry has visited minefields himself, in both Angola and Mozambique, meeting amputees, and witnessing the devastating impact landmines have on some of the poorest people in mine-affected communities.Source:Royal.UKlast_img read more

King Mohammed VI Grants Plots of Land to 5 Raja Players

first_imgCasablanca- King Mohammed VI has recently granted plots of land to five members of Casablanca’s Raja football team, according to daily Assabah’s issue of Tuesday, March 18.  King Mohammed VI recently granted five Raja football players plots of land, of 300 m2 each, in reward for their achievements for Morocco during the Fifa Club World Cup 2013.In the run up to the final, after a string of victories, the Green Team qualified to play the final match against Bayern Munchen.  Raja was the first African team ever to qualify for the FCWC final. According to daily Assabah, the Royal Cabinet informed the five Raja players that the Moroccan sovereign had decided to grant each of them a plot of land worth MAD 150,000. Although Raja lost the final match to Bayern Munchen, its qualification to the final was deemed “a historical event,”and all Moroccans across the kingdom celebrated Raja’s unprecedented achievement. In contrast, the 2014 CAF Champions League was not as successful for the Raja team as the FCWC 2013. The Eagles were eliminated in the second round by the Guinean team, Horoya Conakry.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

SLFP requests Sirisena to contest next Presidential election

Senior Deputy President of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Nimal Siripala de Silva, General Secretary of Sri Lanka Freedom Party Dayasiri Jayasekara and MPs Mahinda Samarasinghe, Sarath Amunugama, Duminda Dissanayake, Mahinda Amaraweera, Faizar Muthappa, Ranjith Siyabalapitiya, Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Weerakumara Dissanayake, Dushmantha Miithrapala, Shriyani Wijewickrama, Mohan Lal Grero and Shantha Bandara were among the group that handed over the letter to the President. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has requested President Maithripala Sirisena to contest the next Presidential elections.The request was made in a letter submitted to the President today. The SLFP Parliamentarians urged the President to form a joint progressive movement to work against the United National Party at the next election. read more

Jeremy the rare lefty snail caught in a love triangle is left

first_imgBut what next for Jeremy and his potential to become a father after being left on the shelf? Researchers are still seeking a suitable partner for him, but Jeremy is said to have embraced his role as a “loveable uncle” and has been observed playing with the baby snails.While he remains on the market for a mate, Jeremy is said to have been “remarkably unphotogenic” lately and will not pose for pictures.Perhaps he just does not want to come out of his shell. They are seeking to study a gene that also affects body asymmetry in other animals – including humans.Research using these snails could offer the chance to develop our understanding of how organs are placed in the body and why this process can sometimes go wrong. Jeremy in his role as loveable uncle “The irony is, it’s like that thing where maybe you introduce your best friend to a girl you’re interested in,” Dr Angus Davison, a biologist at the University of Nottingham who is also Jeremy’s keeper, told Radio 4’s Today programme. “The two snails got together.”Snails mate face-to-face, sliding past each other on the right hand side so their genitalia can meet.To copulate, “lefty” snails must beat one-in-a million odds to find a mate with compatible sex organs.Jeremy has had the benefit of the match-making skills of researchers, who want to study the genetics of left-sidedness and continue to hunt for a partner for Jeremy so they can study his offspring. Love is a hard game to play when you are a rare “lefty” snail.Jeremy the garden snail’s rare genetic mutation means his shell spirals anti-clockwise – leaving his sex organs on the wrong side.Researchers at the University of Nottingham sought to help the sinistral mutant in finding a suitable mate by launching a worldwide hunt.center_img But the search has spectacularly backfired – after Jeremy found himself on the losing side of a gastropod love triangle.At first, things looked promising when two potential left-coiling partners were found for him by a snail enthusiast in Ipswich and farmer in Mallorca.But it has since emerged that Jeremy has been overlooked by his potential lovers. Instead of mating with Jeremy, the other “lefty” snails – called Lefty and Tomeau – have paired up and procreated together.Their first batch of eggs together was laid in April and now a total of 170 babies, which are each right-coiled, have been born. Jeremy in his role as loveable uncleCredit:BBC Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Shake up in Timehri Police Station after female prisoner escapes

…two ranks demoted, one awaiting charges and another being investigatedTwo ranks attached the Guyana Police Force have faced demotion, while another is expected to be charged internally, and a fourth is being investigated following the escape of a female prisoner from the Timehri Police Station lockups on Monday last.INews understands that an inspector has now been transferred to Force Control, a CID rank was demoted to general duties and transferred to the Police “C” Division (East Coast Demerara), while a female Station Sergeant is awaiting charges and a Lance Corporal is being investigated.The four were all stationed at the Timehri Police Station.Based on information received a female prisoner, who was held for possession of narcotics, was transferred to the Timehri Police Station from the East La Penitence Police Station.However, she reportedly managed to escape during an alleged “lapse in supervision” by the ranks, police say.Investigations are ongoing as officers are trying apprehend the prison escapee. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice says raped prisoner assaulted ranks; Top Cop knew of assault since DecemberJanuary 15, 2014In “Crime”Colwyn Harding’s file sent to DPPFebruary 10, 2014In “Crime”No buggery evidence in Harding’s claims – KennardFebruary 4, 2014In “Crime” read more

Anglo American selects Intergraph SmartPlant Foundation for Los Bronces

first_imgAnglo American, one of the largest copper producers in Chile, has selected Intergraph® SmartPlant® Foundation to support the information management handover process for its Los Bronces expansion project (IM, April 2011, pp14-19), which is expected to increase production capacity to an average of 400,000 t/y of fine copper. Anglo American joins hundreds of companies that have implemented SmartPlant Foundation, an information management solution. Anglo American sought to optimiase its present project/plant information management systems handover strategy to reduce risks in all areas of its business.Pixis, the exclusive distributor of Intergraph solutions in Chile and Peru since 1996, is working closely with Anglo American on the project.Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine President, said, “SmartPlant Foundation provides Anglo American the technology and capabilities of the industry-standard solution for information management, used by EPC companies and owner operators globally. The implementation of SmartPlant Foundation at Los Bronces gives Anglo American fast, easy and intuitive access to engineering documentation, allowing it to execute projects and operate safer while increasing quality and productivity.”Intergraph says “SmartPlant Foundation has the broadest solution footprint in the industry with capabilities that span the entire project life cycle, ranging from simple document management to configuration management in highly regarded industries. Its forte is the ability to manage massively interrelated, interdependent and rapidly evolving data that is the backbone of SmartPlant Enterprise, Intergraph’s multi-discipline integrated engineering suite, as well as being the platform for integrated applications such as SmartPlant Construction and SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators.”last_img read more

Social justice group distances itself from insolvency budget figures

first_imgTHE ORGANISATION WHOSE budget guidelines were used as the model for the insolvency guidelines published yesterday have issued a statement saying that the final figures used were “an adapted version”.The Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice (VPSJ) – formed in 1996 to work for social and economic change tackling poverty and exclusion – said that it welcomed the publication of the Insolvency Service of Ireland’s (ISI) guidelines on Reasonable Living Expenses.The group said, however, that the ISI model was “an adapted version of the Minimum Essential Budget Standards data” and that it had been altered to “what the ISI regards as appropriate to the context of personal insolvency.”The statement marked for particular attention the following section of the guidelines: The figures used in these guidelines have unique application to personal insolvency and are not intended to be used for purposes other than the stated purposes of these guidelines under the Act.The VPSJ also said that the budget numbers were different to the expenditure and income data available on www.budgeting.ie and the results produced by the Minimum Income Standards calculator www.MISc.ie.Read: Struggling borrowers may have to move house, sell car and change creche to enter new insolvency process >More: PIC: How much a single person can spend under the new insolvency rules >Reaction: New insolvency guidelines protect banks at borrowers’ expense – opposition >last_img read more

iPad 2 to be smaller flatter and louder

first_imgThe image above, depicting what might be the iPad 2, has been making the rounds today. It shows the supposed back corner of the next iPad, complete with a large “wide-ranged” speaker, but what is even more interesting is what is missing: both a USB slot and an SD card reader.Japanese tech blog Macotakara posted a report saying they learned from an anonymous source that the 2011 iPad would be 3mm smaller than the current one but would feature the same size display (meaning the bezel will be trimmed). It would also have a back piece that is “flat like an iPod touch” as opposed to the current convex shape. Also the ambient light sensor would be moved to the upper center of the back of the unit and the iPad may have two cameras. The site noted that the camera information is unreliable, despite the fact that most speculation lists this as the most likely change for the next iPad revision.AdChoices广告As for timing, the anonymous source says to expect the product to ship in between the middle and end of January as parts production has already started.Read more at Macotakara, via BGR.Sal’s ThoughtsWhile this report is interesting it’s not one I’m really taking to heart. I don’t doubt that somewhere production for the iPad 2 is beginning but the image above isn’t quite convincing and that speaker grille looks rather ugly. I could definitely see the second iPad shipping with the same size display and without an SD slot though, and a flatter shape for the back wouldn’t be overly surprising.Better sound would be a major plus too, but that image just doesn’t look right. The thing is, it’s in keeping with the case rumors we’ve seen, all of which have some sort of cutout in the rear corner, though not all the rumors seem to agree on the size and placement. Also none of the cases have a hole in the back for the light sensor… not that putting the ALS in the rear even seems to make much sense.So while things do seem to fit together somewhat conveniently, I wouldn’t put money on this being a final design.last_img read more

Google sends out invites for October 29 Android event

first_imgGoogle has sent invitations out for an event on October 29th, a day that has been widely rumored as the day Google will unveil the LG Nexus 4. The invitations don’t explicitly state that this event is for the next Nexus product, but the familiar Google Now layout coupled with the tag line “The Playground is Open” makes it abundantly clear this is about a Nexus device.We’ve seen the photos, heard the rumors, and laughed at the odd pattern on the back. The LG device, codenamed Mako, has been in testing internally by Google employees for weeks. Some leaks have shown Android 4.1.2 on earlier builds, but the quad core Snapdragon-powered phone is expected to launch running 4.2. This Nexus 4 appears to be a GSM only device, and no evidence pointing to a Verizon Wireless model at all. The 4 is expected to have an 8MP camera and 2GB of RAM, but no removable storage or battery info has been found.There’s also a strong likelihood that Google will announce a refresh to the Nexus 7 Best Price at Amazon line. The playground quote in the invitation is straight out of the original Nexus 7 commercial, though that could become something Google uses for the whole Nexus line. If a refresh is coming, the two big rumored features are a 32GB storage model and a model that allows for a cellular connection. In competing with Apple and Amazon, Google will likely continue to drive towards the $199 price point.Google’s announcement falls at the end of a line of announcements, including new products from Apple and the release of Microsoft Surface and Windows 8. Each of these three companies is clearly working overtime to have our undivided attention this holiday season, which in the end is always good for the users.via Engadgetlast_img read more

Gaz de schiste Gasland arrive en France

first_imgGaz de schiste : “Gasland” arrive en France Le 6 avril prochain, le documentaire “Gasland” qui met en avant les ravages provoqués par le gaz de schiste aux Etats-Unis sera sur grand écran dans une trentaine de villes françaises. De quoi faire réfléchir ceux qui militent pour avoir recours à ce type d’énergie.   Josh Fox a réalisé un documentaire choc sur le gaz de schiste. Sorti en 2010 et nominé aux Oscars, il sera projeté à partir du 6 avril sur les écrans de cinéma français et Canal+ le diffusera deux jours plus tôt en avant-première. Le distributeur du film, le groupe Kanibal, a indiqué à l’AFP que des débats organisés par des militants anti-gaz de schiste suivraient la projection du documentaire.  Le film propose de donner un avant-goût de ce qu’implique l’exploitation du gaz de schiste. Cette source d’énergie fait rêver de nombreuses entreprises et est en plein développement à travers le monde. Pour capter le gaz, il est nécessaire d’injecter une eau sous très haute pression additionnée de produits chimiques de façon à briser la roche qui l’emprisonne. La contamination des nappes phréatiques est inévitable et “Gasland” montre à quel point le retentissement écologique est désastreux.  Les animaux perdent leurs poils, l’eau du robinet devient marron, un homme parvient à mettre le feu à l’eau qui coule de son robinet, des bulles sont visibles… Grâce à ce documentaire, Guillaume Vermorel, du collectif Stop au gaz de schiste, explique que “la population (…) qui ne serait pas encore au courant du problème des gaz de schiste va en prendre conscience”.  À lire aussiCe corail préfère manger du plastique plutôt que de sa nourriture habituellePourtant, l’Amicale des foreurs et des métiers du pétrole ne se laisse pas faire. Elle rétorque que le film, s’il est “fort bien fait”, est par ailleurs “truffé de contre-vérités”. L’argumentaire de l’Amicale qui accompagne une lettre adressée aux députés explique que “les accidents” dont le film fait état sont “presque toujours liés à une mauvaise cimentation des cuvelages dans les puits et non à la technique de fracturation”.  En attendant le rapport qui doit être rendu le 31 mai prochain sur l’impact environnemental de ce type de techniques d’exploitation, aucune autorisation de forage n’a été délivrée en France. Les industriels doivent prouver au gouvernement qu’ils peuvent extraire le gaz de schiste par d’autres méthodes que celles employées par les Américains.Le 31 mars 2011 à 12:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more